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CD review ALICE COOPER "Paranormal"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Rock, Hardrock, News, earMUSIC, Sleaze Rock, Blues, CD Review

CD review ALICE COOPER "Paranormal"

(9/10) Is there anybody out there that never heard of Alice Cooper? It's hard to imagine. Even though you might not be interested in rock music you at least listened to "School's Out" once. Actually it was this song that also acted as a door opener for me. As being a metal head from the 80's my entry point was, next to "School's Out", the 1986 release "Constrictor" which started a new era for the iconic singer that released three years later with "Trash" a next multi-seller.

Almost 50 years after having published the debut "Pretties for You", Alice Cooper will unveil his 27th studio album entitled "Paranormal". In the meantime the former shock-rocker is probably less shocking than during the wild 70's but for sure Vincent Furnier is still rocking as hard and heavy as he did through out his entire career with the new studio album being as good as expected.

 

Together with producer Bob Ezrin the dinosaur in rock recorded a longplayer that features all the typical Alice Cooper trademarks, all captured in ten brand new tracks. 

 

Things kick-off with "Paranormal" - the title track. It's a gloomy song partly with some almost spoken lyrics, which gives the tune a special retro vibe. In general I must say that the numbers on the album revitalize some earlier Alice Cooper sounds done in a contemporary fashion. The album feels like a journey back in time, including a lot of pure rock'n'roll. 

 

"Fireball" is such a song, a tune that is simply terrific. This groove catches you from second one and standing still while listening to the track is no option. The album is charged with great songs. The first single release "Paranoiac Personality" brings back the 80's Alice Cooper while the up-tempo "Dynamite Road" is an explosive rocker that includes everything you expect from a good Alice Cooper songs.

 

The last third of the album comes with some nice twists. "Holy Water" includes some well-done horn-parts, followed by the kicking "Rats". This musical fast-train is the best song on the album. Alice Cooper is almost 70 years old and it's amazing how much energy still comes with this icon in rock. I love "Rats" and also the closer can easily keep the level up high. "The Sound Of A" is a well-placed counterpart to "Rats". The tune is built on bigger soundscapes and has a calmer expression. Pink Floyd influences shimmer through here and there, esp. when in comes to the melody-lines and guitar sound. It's an awesome closer, rounding of an excellent album done by an artist that's more than just an influencer. This man is a legend and the new album underlines it. Fortunately there doesn't seem to be an end in sight.

 

What makes this release to a special one is the bonus CD. The add-on includes two new studio tracks, performed by the original Alice Cooper Band. The singer teamed-up with the former band mates Dennis Dunaway, Neal Smith and Michael Bruce for recording "Genuine American Girl" and "You and All of Your Friends". Both tracks include a very special vibe and sound perfect. These tracks are another proof that rock'n'roll is about passion and not age. I guess that a lot of young dudes would love to write songs like the mentioned ones.

 

Last but not least this CD includes 6 Alice Cooper classics, recorded in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. "Under My Wheels", "Feed My Frankenstein" and "Only Woman Bleed" belong to the best ones in hard rock history and are the icing on the cake of this fantastic release.  If you don't like this album you must be deaf.

 

 

(9/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Paranormal
  2. Dead Flies
  3. Fireball
  4. Paranoiac Personality
  5. Fallen In Love
  6. Dynamite Road
  7. Private Public Breakdown
  8. Holy Water
  9. Rats
  10. The Sound Of A

Bonus CD:

  1. Genuine American Girl (New studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band)
  2. You And All Of Your Friends  (New studio recordings with the Original Alice Cooper Band)
  3. No More Mr. Nice Guy (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  4. Under My Wheels (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  5. Billion Dollar Babies (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  6. Feed My Frankenstein (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  7. Only Woman Bleed (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)
  8. School’s Out (Live at Columbus, Ohio with the current Alice Cooper band 2016)

 

 

Label: earMUSIC

 

Genre: Hardrock

 

Release Date EU: July 28th, 2017

 

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CD review BEASTO BLANCO "Beasto Blanco"

Veröffentlicht am 1. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Beasto Blanco, Alice Cooper, White Zombie, News, Hardrock, Rock, Shock Rock, CD Review

(7/10) Beasto Blanco is the band of Chuck Garric, known as bassplayer of Alice Cooper. The self-titled new record is the sophomore album of this hardrock outfit from New York, NY, an longplayer that includes 13 songs. Eleven of them are brand new and the twelves one is a cover version of Alice Cooper's "Feed my Frankenstein". The same goes for the Motörhead cover "Born to Raise Hell" which can be only found on the European edition. "Feed my Frankenstein" acts also as the first single release and it can easily handle a comparison with the original. Esp. the female vocals in the verse give this interpretation a new expression that works very well.

For the ones of you that never heard of the band earlier, Beasto Blanko makes music that's influenced by White Zombie, some Motörhead and of course the earlier mentioned master of shock rock - Alice Cooper. Here and there is also some Kiss is coming up to surface and the result is nothing to sneeze at.

I wouldn't go that far saying that I haven't heard anything similar before. However, what Beasto Blanco delivers on the debut are entertaining songs like the creepy "Death Rattle", the straight-forward rocker "Grind" and "Machine Girl" that reminds of the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Ryan Greene gave the album a great sound and also the artwork fits to this package. All in all it's good stuff and fans of the earlier mentioned bands should give this album a chance.

 

(7/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Buried Angels
  2. Grind
  3. Feed My Frankenstein (Alice Cooper cover)
  4. Carcosa
  5. Death Rattle
  6. Dark Matter
  7. Sadhana
  8. I Rise
  9. Machine Girl
  10. Honey
  11. Blind Drive
  12. Damnation
  13. Born to Raise Hell (Motorhead cover)

 

Label: El Puerto Records

Genre: Hardrock

Release Date EU: May 19th, 2017

 

CD review BEASTO BLANCO "Beasto Blanco"
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CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"

Veröffentlicht am 24. Februar 2015 von Markus W. in Ian Paice, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Queen, Classic Rock, News, CD Review

(9/10) It was in 2012 when drum legend Ian Paice arranged a concert in the Royal Albert Hall in London. He called it the "Ian Paice's Sunflower Superjam". It was actually meant to be a private charity event that the iconic drummer organised together with his wife Jacky. The couple managed to bring together a bunch of excellent and well-kown musicians that supported them that night. The result was an outstanding evening with some of the most important heores in rock.

Luckily this event didn't stay just a private one. The concert was recorded and filmed and we all can join in via CD or DVD/BluRay.

The guys who performed the songs sound like the 'who is who' of rock. Names like Bruce Dickinson, Alice Cooper, Uli Jon Roth, Brian May, John Paul Jones and Ian Paice are a guarantee for excellent live music. Bruce Dickinson sings "Black night" from Deep Purple and does a great Gillan-like scream in the beginning - introduced by a "You now what comes next". He does a great job and having Brian May on the six string makes this version evem more special. Alice Cooper is performing "Elected" and the Cooper-hit "School's out". The first track supported by Uli Jon Roth on guitar while Brian May plays the axe on "School's out". Very cool stuff.

With "Pictued within" also Jon Lord (R.I.P.) was honored that night. The soulful intepretation of Steve Balsamo is awesome and gets under your skin. Uli Jon Roth added an old Scorpions song, "The sails of Charon" from the "Taken by force" album, to the show and also "Since you've been gone", with Brian May in the lead, is just a treat for your ears.

"Ian Paice's Sunflower Jam" is an impressive document of an extraordinary evening. Each rock fan should call this record his own. This is music history in all meanings of the words.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Ain't no telling
  2. This wheel's on fire
  3. The sails of Charon
  4. Rock and roll
  5. Pictures within
  6. Something about you
  7. Lessons in love
  8. Emerald
  9. Behind blue eyes
  10. Black night
  11. Since you've been gone
  12. Elected
  13. School's out
  14. Smoke on the water

 

Label: earMUSIC

Genre: Classic Rock

CD review IAN PAICE'S SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM "Live at the Royal Albert Hall"
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IAN PAICE's SUNFLOWER SUPERJAM - trailer

Veröffentlicht am 29. Januar 2015 von Markus W. in Ian Paice, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Rock, Classic Rock, Hardrock, News, Video

Drum legend Ian Paice is releasing a spectecular live document on CD and DVD end of February this year. It contains the 2012 "Ian Paice's Sunflower Superjam - Live at the Royal Albert Hall". The event was meant to be a private charity show, organised by Paice and his wife. 

End of February everybody has the chance to join in via the CD or the DVD. The concert features some of the best musicians in rock, like Bruce Dickinsin, Uli Jon Roth, Alice Cooper, Brian May plus some more. Here comes a short appetizer from this unique show...

Photo: Gabrielle McMillan

Photo: Gabrielle McMillan

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DVD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"

Veröffentlicht am 25. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, Rock, Wacken, DVD review, News

(8/10) I will not go too deep into the music and the setlist, since I talked about this already in the CD review from a few days ago.

The DVD though contains the same songs as the CD. This means that you get the full package with this release. The show was recorded at the mighty Wacken festival 2013 and it was split into three parts.

The first part covered the more glam tracks from Alice Cooper like "House of fire" and "Billion dollar babies". The second section of the gig was the more dark side of Alice Cooper. "Go to hell", "I love the dead" and "Feed my Frankenstein" are supported by all kind of gimmicks and typical Alice Cooper show elements incl. the obligatory guillotine.

The last third of the songs is a combination of covers and tunes from Cooper's old heroes. It is The Who ("My generation"), The Beatles ("Revolution") and Jimi Hendrix ("Foxy lady") that influenced the singer in his early days and he pays tribute to those rock dinosaurs.

The end of the show is for THE hits of the band. "I'm eighteen", "Poison" and "School's out" finish a great show. Cool that it was put on DVD so that even a bigger audience can enjoy the concert.

The sound is excellent and the three guitar players are pushing a lot. 

As an add-on the DVD contains a 16 minutes long interview in which Alice Cooper talks about the background of the show and gives insights into his musical life. A nice thing, but the core is of course the show itself.

Good stuff which is worth to go for.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hello hooray
  2. House of fire
  3. No more Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Under the wheels
  5. I'll bit your face off
  6. Billion dollars babies
  7. Caffeine
  8. Department of youth
  9. Hej stoopid
  10. Dirty diamonds
  11. Welcome to my nightmare
  12. Go to hell
  13. He's back (the man behind the mask)
  14. Feed my Frankenstein
  15. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  16. Killer
  17. I love the dead
  18. Break on though
  19. Revolution
  20. Foxy lady
  21. My generation
  22. I'm eighteen
  23. Poison
  24. School's out / Another brick in the wall

​Label: UDR

Genre: hardrock

DVD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"
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CD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"

Veröffentlicht am 17. Oktober 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, Wacken, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, CD Review

(8/10) The master of shock rock Alice Cooper played at the mighty Wacken festival in 2013 and the gig is now released as CD/DVD. It was another moment when legends came together. Rock dinosaur Alice Cooper and the famous Wacken festival.

The result is an impressing live album with a full and authentic live sound. It reflects the great atmosphere during the show pretty well.

The setlist doesn't leave space for any extra wishes. Alice Cooper served an excellent mix of old stuff like "Million dollar babies" and new material like "Dirty diamonds". Also the hits from the 80's have been a 'must' for the show. "House of fire" as well as "Feed my Frankenstein" rocked Wacken very well. "With "Department of youth" also a not that often performed tracks found the way on the setlist.

In the last third of the concert Alice showed his respect for other rock legends. "Revolution" from The Beatles, "Foxy lady" from Hendrix and The Who's "My generation" have been performed and fitted perfect into the set. Good choice.

The end of the show was reserved for the biggest highlights of Alice Cooper's discography.Those guaranteed a grand final. The triple "I'm eighteen", "Poison" and "School's out" rounded off a passiont Alice Cooper show that makes hangry for more.

It's always a pleasure to see the 66 years old rocker on stage. The energy he transfers is still amazing. Those are the real legends and we hope that Alice Cooper will delight us many more years with his music, his show and his dedication. Rock'n'roll never dies.

 

PS: Another remarkable fact is that UDR start with this release a series of live recording from legendary Wacken performances. From each album EUR 1,- will be donated to the Wacken Foundation. The organisation is a non-profit one and supports young talents in hardrock and metal music. Very good and another reason to call this album your own.

 

(8/10)

 

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hello hooray
  2. House of fire
  3. No more Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Under the wheels
  5. I'll bit your face off
  6. Billion dollars babies
  7. Caffeine
  8. Department of youth
  9. Hej stoopid
  10. Dirty diamonds
  11. Welcome to my nightmare
  12. Go to hell
  13. He's back (the man behind the mask)
  14. Feed my Frankenstein
  15. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  16. Killer
  17. I love the dead
  18. Break on though
  19. Revolution
  20. Foxy lady
  21. My generation
  22. I'm eighteen
  23. Poison
  24. School's out / Another brick in the wall

 

Label: UDR

Genre: Hardrock

 

CD review ALICE COOPER "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken"
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Cover and track list from ALICE COOPER CD/DVD

Veröffentlicht am 13. September 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, News, Rock, Wacken

Here comes the cover and the tracklist from the upcoming Alice Cooper CD/DVD from the mighty Wacken festival.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hello hooray
  2. House of fire
  3. No more Mr. Nice Guy
  4. Under the wheels
  5. I'll bite your face off
  6. Billion dollar babies
  7. Caffeine
  8. Department of youth
  9. Hey stoopid
  10. Dirty diamonds
  11. Welcome to my nightmare
  12. Go to hell
  13. He's back (The man behind the mask)
  14. Feed my Frankenstein
  15. Ballad of Dwight Fry
  16. Killer
  17. I love the dead
  18. Break on thorugh
  19. Revolution
  20. Foxey lady
  21. My generation
  22. I'm eighteen
  23. Poison
  24. Schools out / Another brick in the wall

 

 

Cover and track list from ALICE COOPER CD/DVD
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ALICE COOPER talks about the upcoming live DVD

Veröffentlicht am 28. August 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, Rock, Classic Rock, News, Video

Legendary shock rocker Alice Cooper talks about the upcoming live DVD "Raise the dead - Live from Wacken". Listen to him and get excited about the DVD.

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Re-release from ALICE COOPER albums

Veröffentlicht am 7. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Alice Cooper, Hardrock, News

Eagle’s new series Armoury Classics brings together two original Armoury Records CD releases into a single set for the first time. This release combines two studio albums from Alice Cooper, “The Eyes Of Alice Cooper” from 2003 and “Dirty Diamonds” from 2005. Both of those albums saw Alice Cooper return to a cleaner, hard rock sound and away from the heavy industrial feel of the two preceding albums. They proved to be two of the most successful albums of the latter days of his career to date and were both critically acclaimed. These are two great albums worthy of inclusion in any fan’s collection.

Re-release from ALICE COOPER albums
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