Content tagged 'Hard Rock'
The Great Southern Trendkill (20th Anniversary Edition) (Album of the Day)
Two years after Pantera topped the chart with FAR BEYOND DRIVEN, Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell, and Vinnie Paul returned in 1996 with the dark, unrelenting and highly personal THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL. Featuring the singles “Drag The Waters,” “Suicide Note Pt. 1” and fan favorite “Floods” (a power ballad that includes one of Dimebag's best-ever guitar solos), the collection reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and went on to become Pantera's fourth consecutive platinum release. Rhino's new 2-CD 20th anniversary edition includes the original THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings - every album track is represented with an unreleased version. It's the ultimate way to experience one of the most intense and hardest-hitting albums Pantera ever recorded.
Electric Warrior (Album of the Day)
Blow My Fuse (Album of the Day)
Wake Me When It's Over (Album of the Day)
If you're inclined to dismiss Faster Pussycat with the tag "hair metal," give a listen to WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER first. The L.A. quintet's second album, the 1989 collection dials back the glam for a bluesier guitar attack, giving these dozen originals a gritty, streetwise foundation. While crowd-pleasers like "Poison Ivy" show the group can dish out pop-metal anthems with the best of them, songs like "House Of Pain" hit like a punch to the gut – this was a band living the life rather than just posing for pictures of it. With frontman Taime Downe in fine voice and the band roaring behind him, WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER is one of the 1980s most underrated hard rock albums.
In A Gadda Da Vida (Album of the Day)
Welcome To Sky Valley (Album of the Day)
Heaven and Hell (Album of the Day)
Deep Purple In Rock (Album of the Day)
... And The Circus Leave Town (Album of the Day)
...AND THE CIRCUS LEAVES TOWN was a fitting title for the fourth album from Kyuss; a few months after the Elektra collection's July 1995 release, the quartet would disperse to seek out greener pastures (most notably guitarist Josh Homme, who would form Queens Of The Stone Age). The stoner rock pioneers made the most of their final album, adding a quieter, more contemplative tone to the low-rumbling heaviness for which these sons of the desert were best known. Standouts include the ferocious opener “Hurricane,” wah-wah stomper “One Inch Man” and “Catamaran,” from drummer Alfredo Hernández's previous band (and this being the 1990s, there are also a couple of hidden tracks). To help celebrate Homme's birthday, we'll crank up the volume on ...AND THE CIRCUS LEAVES TOWN today.
Crest Of A Knave (Album of the Day)
On this day in 1989, the first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance was handed out – to Jethro Tull. Howls of protest accompanied the choice, but in fairness to the venerable British band, CREST OF A KNAVE offers guitarist Martin Barre plenty of opportunity to wail, and such tracks as “Steel Monkey” absolutely qualify as headbangers. The Chrysalis collection sparked a commercial and artistic resurgence for the group, which had been sidelined for three years while frontman Ian Anderson recovered from throat problems. If it's louder and more intense that their earlier work, CREST OF A KNAVE still features such Tull trademarks as ambitious folk-inflected epics (“Budapest”), social commentary (“Farm On The Freeway”) and of course Anderson's fine flute work. You might be a fool to look for Jethro Tull in the heavy metal section of your record store, but you'd be a knave to dismiss one of the band's best albums since their 1970s heyday.