The thing with L.A. Guns, at least in my eyes, is that you pretty much know what you are going to get just as long as vocalist Phil Lewis is fronting the band. They have definitely been a mixed bag without Lewis (AMERICAN HARDCORE - pretty bad, WASTED - pretty good, SHRINKING VIOLET pretty solid, BLACKLIST - awful). But when Lewis fronts an entity known as L.A. Guns, you are pretty much guaranteed a solid listening experience from these 80s sleaze rockers. True to form, HOLLYWOOD FOREVER is a solid effort once again from LA Guns.
I don't know what to call the development of a band like American Dog. For most bands, you would say that they have matured as a band. But I think if bassist/vocalist Michael Hannon or guitarist Steve Theado heard me say they had matured, they would knock me to the ground, give me a wedgey and piss in my face to prove that nothing had changed in the always crazy world of Canine Country! Clearly, a band like American Dog does not "mature", Just their playing does.
Reviewing POISON SMILE is pretty easy to do in all honesty. If you have liked them in the past, you will love this. If you hated them before, well...wait until tomorrow and a new review will be posted. As a fan, I'm always excited to receive a new American Dog release because they always deliver for me. Their own special brand of made in America, barroom rock n' roll is some of the best in a genre that is very crowded with great bands.
While I'm sure most of you are going "who?", this is one release that I've been anticipating for well over a year. From the ashes of the band, and this site's namesake, PiT, guitarist Jim Lavender and bassist Curt Briscar have found new members, a new musical vision, and have finally resurfaced as Voodoo Brother.
To say the least, Voodoo Brother is a far cry from what these guys have done previously. So much so in fact, that Lavender no longer uses his former stage name of Joe Campo. He fooled me! Voodoo Brother is like a collaboration of the known and the unknown; like if Down shared a tour bus with the late, great Agatha Crawl.
POINT OF NO RETURN
The single hardest working new thrash band in the world has returned with a quick four song EP that is designed to do one thing and one thing only - give them a reason to stay on tour! Mission Accomplished.
Since this is a four song EP, there's not a ton to write about. POINT OF NO RETURN featured two new songs and two covers. Starting with the new material, this stuff has to be material that didn't make TIME IS UP. I have no idea why.
BIG BLACK BUS
I'm one of those music snobs that doesn't like the "known" music nearly as much as the stuff that flew under most people's radar. That said, there was a band that came and went in that I loved in the late 90s called Boiler. While I'm sure most of you don't remember them, I do. Two brilliant CDs and an EP...THE NEW PROFESSIONALS, COW TIPPIN' IN C SHARP and YEEHAW...three releases that have found permanent residence in my music collection, and three that still get played a lot. Boiler was one of those bands that you could always put on to give you an energy boost as well as a shot of attitude along the way. Songs like "Railroaded" or "Stegasaurus" are addictive as Hell.
Job For A Cowboy
For many years now, Job For A Cowboy has been somewhat of a whipping post for me. From their start, they were a metalcore band that wanted to be a death metal band, but were seemingly afraid to take it all the way over the edge and become just that. Their album GENESIS was kind of laughable to be honest; a collection of songs from a band that wasn't sure if they wanted to hop on the trend or have integrity. Their followup, RUINATION was a step in the right direction, but still featured a bit too much of that deathcore spirit for my taste. Somewhere along the way though, Job For A Cowboy must have heard from guys like me that wanted them to become a full fledged death metal band and stop messing around with trendy gimmicks. DEMONOCRACY is just what the doctor always ordered from them - full on brilliant death metal.