segunda-feira, 22 de maio de 2017

All Them Witches - Rock (USA)


All Them Witches are an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band consists of drummer Robby Staebler, vocalist, bassist, and guitarist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., guitarist Ben McLeod, and keyboardist and violinist Allan Van Cleave. All Them Witches' debut album Our Mother Electricity was released in 2012 from Elektrohasch. Soon after came their EP, Extra Pleasant, which was recorded with two microphones directly to a tape recorder. In 2013, the band's second studio album, Lightning at the Door, was originally released on their own Bandcamp page, but was later distributed by Tone Tree Music. In 2015, the band released their third studio album Dying Surfer Meets His Maker as well as the official live album At The Garage; the former album was recorded in six days in a remote cabin in Tennessee and received a score of 72 on Metacritic. Their fourth studio album Sleeping Through the War was released in February 2017.



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Abattoir - Heavy Metal (USA)


ABATTOIR is a speed/thrash metal band from California, USA formed in the early 1980's (1982). Abattoir means something like "butchered" in French. Early incarnations of the band had John Cyriis (vocals) and Juan Garcia (guitar), both of which went on to form Agent Steel. This incarnation of the band recorded the song "Screams From the Grace" on Metal Massacre IV. Juan also recorded on the band's debut Vicious Attack but all credit was removed by Combat Records before the album went to press. Soon after the release of their debut Steve Gaines was replaced by Mike Towers (ex- Heretic). The Only Safe Place" turned out to be the last album of the band a little after the release of this album Mel Sanchez got together with his formed bandmate Juan Garcia, who left Agent Steel in 1987, to form Evildead, at which point James Murphy (Death/Testament/Obituary) joined before the band split a year later.



Originally recorded as a demo, Combat Records loved the raw, vicious sound so much they released it like it was, at least that is what the story it. It's either that or they didn't have the money or time to re-record the songs. Despite Mark Caro and Danny Olivero being listed as guitarists, it was actually Agent Steel's Juan Garcia who recorded this album. Once again, this is what the story is, although the liner notes to the original Combat release don't reflect this story. However,the 1998 Century Media re-release does tell the story in the short bio that is included. Musically "Vicious Attack" is raw thrash metal, roughly recorded and delivered with an almost punk like attack, while the execution is quite tight. It is fitting that the band does a cover of Motorhead's "Ace of Spades" as this release certainly has a heavy Motorhead influence. The riffs, however, are pure thrash, while the slightly more melodic vocals with variations between high screams and raspier grunts help the band to bridge a gap between speed metal and thrash. The songwriting is all pretty solid. If these songs had been recorded slightly better, without losing the edge they would have even been better. Certainly one of the forgotten gems of the first wave of thrash metal to come out of California.

Tracks:
All songs written by Abattoir.
01. Intro: Beyond The Altar - 1:23
02. Bring On The Damned - 4:13
03. The Only Safe Place - 5:03
04. Nothing Sacred - 5:14
05. Hammer Of The Gods - 4:26
06. Back To Hell - 3:05
07. Temptations Of The Flesh - 5:24
08. Under My Skin - 3:54
09. S.B.D. (Feel The Fire) - 3:26
10. Night Of The Knife - 5:21

Personnel:
- Mike Towers (Mike Torres) - vocals
- Danny Oliverio - guitars
- Mark Caro - guitars
- Mel Sanchez (Melchior Sanchez) - bass
- Danny Anaya - drums
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- Chuck Rosa - engineer, producer 


domingo, 21 de maio de 2017

Adisos - Fusion Rock Jazz (Greek)


A great band from Greek. Unfortunatelly, I don't have much Information.





Adele - Pop Music (UK)


Adele Laurie Blue Adkins MBE (born 5 May 1988) is an English singer-songwriter. After graduating from the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in 2006, Adele was given a recording contract by XL Recordings after a friend posted her demo on Myspace the same year. In 2007, she received the Brit Awards "Critics' Choice" award and won the BBC Sound of 2008 poll. Her debut album, 19, was released in 2008 to commercial and critical success. It is certified seven times platinum in the UK, and three times platinum in the US. An appearance she made on Saturday Night Live in late 2008 boosted her career in the US. At the 51st Grammy Awards in 2009, Adele received the awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.



sábado, 20 de maio de 2017

CREDO Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


Despite being a Neo Prog band, the history of these British musicians goes back to 1971 when Tim BIRRELL (guitar) and Jim MURDOCH (bass) were members of the Scottish band ARMAGEDDON, but as they say in their site, none of them were able to play decently until a couple years later, but discouraged because of the lack of success, the band split soon. In 1977 the two musicians decided to embrace music again, but there was a long path to go through; after some time the talented keyboardist and lyricist Mick STOVOLD joins them and is followed by Paul CLARK (drums) and even before they had chosen a name, Mark COLTON (vocals) joins the band.

In 1992 they have their first gig in Alderton under the name AD HOC; it's only in 1993 when they release their first demos, that the name CREDO is adopted by the musicians. In 1994 the band releases their debut album called ''Field of Vision'', which has some success in UK, the sound of the band is influenced by the usual suspects like MARILLION, GENESIS, a bit of YES, but with a brighter, even when lighter, sound.

They have extensive tours but four days before a concert supporting Paul YOUNG, Mick STOVOLD decides to leave the band and is replaced by Mike VARTY and later Paul CLARKE is replaced by Martin MEADS. It takes the band 11 years, but at last ''Rhetoric'' is released in 2005; despite the changes in the band the style remains similar, even though they sound much better and the album is much more solid than the debut, this time you can even listen some David GILMOUR influence.

Really good band that deserves to be listened, just hope that it doesn't take them another decade to release their third album.

Iván Melgar Morey

Update:
In 2009, CREDO release the live DVD ''This is What We Do'', recorded in Poland and containing mostly material from ''Rhetoric''. In 2011, their third album ''Against Reason'' is released, including the hit 'Staring at the Sun' that received airplay and praise in Europe and the band do headline tours in UK and Europe. In April 2012, Martin MEADS leaves the band due to other commitments and in July Gerald ('Mully') MULLIGAN fills in the drums position. Several shows follow in 2012 and 2013 and the band is preparing for the release of their fourth album.

Update by aapatsos



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COSMOS FACTORY Psychedelic/Space Rock • Japan


The starting line-up of this unique Japanese progrock band is: Tsutomu Izumi (keyboards, Moog synthesizer, vocals), Hisashi Mizutani (guitar, vocals), Toshkazu Taki (bass, vocals), Kazuo Okamoto (drums & percussion) and Misao on violin. They made a serie of albums in the Seventies with every time another sound: the debut album "An Old Castle of Transylvania" ('73) sounds like early FLOYD/VANILLA FUDGE, the third album "Black Hole" (75) is more in the vein of complex KING CRIMSON (nerve-racking FRIPPERIAN play), the second LP "The journey.." sound rather weird and freaky and their fourth entitled "Metal Reflection" is, as the title suggests, pure hardrock/metal.

The long title track of their debut album "An old Castle of Transylvania" (around 20 minutes) is a mindblowing blend of psychedelia and progrock with great build ups and eruptions, very moving! The swirling climate also brings the long live tracks from URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE, IRON BUTTERFLY, VANILLA FUDGE and Krautrock like early JANE and ELOY on my mind. It contains sumptuous keyboardplay (Hammond and Mellotron) and biting guitar. The interplay between guitar and organ is like "Set the controls for the heart of the sun" from PINK FLOYD. The other songs are also loaded with Hammond and Mellotron, a real 'keyboard nirvana'.





sexta-feira, 19 de maio de 2017

Wardell Quezerque's Funky (Rare And Unreleased New Orleans Funk (1968-1972)


A lifelong fixture and staple in the evolution of New Orleans funk and soul, Wardell Quezerque is largely known for his production work for Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff" and King Floyd's "Groove Me." He is regarded by many historians as the "Creole Beethoven," so the fact that it took this long to release an anthology of his greatest productions is a bit puzzling. This edition of the excellent Funky Funky New Orleans series compiles 21 of Quezerque's finest underrated treasures. Productions for Quezerque's son's band, the Unemployed, set the tone immediately, and Chuck Simmons, Johnny Adams, and Tami Lynn also deliver outstanding, fiery performances. A solid compilation for a man whose recognition is far overdue.




1) The Unemployed - Funky Thing [part 1 & 2]
2) The Unemployed - They Won't Let Me
3) The Unemployed - Funky Rooster
4)   Denise Keeble - Love School
5) C.l. Blast - Everybody Just Don't Know What Love Is
6) Denise Keeble - Chain On My Thing
7) Klicky Robinson - When I Wanna See You
8)   Chuck Simmons - Lay It On Me [part 1]
9) Chuck Simmons - Lay It On Me [part 2]
10) C.l. Blast - Love Is Good
11) Curtis Johnson - Sho-nuff The Real Thing
12) Joe Wilson - Other Side Of Your Mind
13) C.l. Blast - Got To Find Someone
14) Johnny Adams - More Than One Way
15) C.l. Blast - Two Times One Is Two

Los Peyotes - Garage Rock (Peru & Argentina)



Los Peyotes is a garage rock and Surf rock music group from Argentina and Peru, signed to Dirty Water Records.

The Band:
Pablo Bam Bam - Drums and Screams
Zelmar Garín- Lead Fuzz Guitar and Screams
David Peyote - Vocals, Guitar and Maracas
J.R Lemons - Farfisa Organ and Screams
Oscar Hechomierda - Bass and Screams


quinta-feira, 18 de maio de 2017

Rare Soul; Authentic Vinyl Editions



01 - Stormie Winters - Foolish Dreamer
02 - Lavinia Lewis - So Many Times
03 - Delores Lynn - Just Tell It Like It Is
04 - Charlottia Gilbert - Chances Go Round
05 - Turbans - Damage Is Done
06 - Lee Clark - All Alone In My Lonely Room
07 - Jimmy Ricks - I Wonder
08 - The Laddins - If You Need Me I'll Be There
09 - Eddie Bo - You're The Only One
10 - The Tabbs - Two Stupid Feet
11 - Lenny Miles - In Between Tears
12 - Renaults - Just Like Mine
13 - Mack Starr & The Mellows - Drifting Apart
14 - Billy Keen - I Finally Got Wise
15 - The Turbans - I Wonder (I wanna Know)
16 - Duff Thurmond - Now That You've Left Me
17 - B.B. Butler - I Hope I Don't Cry
18 - Loretta King - Tell Me My Love
19 - Tran Sisters - Pull The Covers Right Up
20 - Barbara Carr - I Can't Stop Now
21 - Zena Foster - Make It Me
22 - Bertha Tolbert - Rain In Lover's Lane
23 - Dolly & The Fashions - Just Another Fool
24 - Mary Johnson - You Have My Blessings
25 - Etelle Brown - You Got Just What You Asked For
26 - The Lovelites - (When) I Get Scared
27 - Carrie Grant & The Grandeurs - There'll Come A Time
28 - Del Ashley - Little Miss Stuck-Up
29 - The Crayons - Love At First Sight
30 - Rosa Lee - My Heart
31 - The Electras - All I Wanna Do Is Run
32 - Brendetta Davis - Until You Were Gone
33 - Diane Newby - Say It Again
34 - The Sonnets - Teardrops




1313 Mockingbird Lane = Garage Rock (USA)


1313 Mockingbird Lane is an American garage rock band whose name was inspired by The Munsters' (television show) mansion address. The group formed in the late 1980s in Albany, New York, touring extensively, and releasing at least nine different 45 rpm records, LP records, and CD recordings. The band had a full-page narrative dedicated to them in Timothy Gassen's book The Knights of Fuzz, about the garage rock and psychedelic music phenomenon of 1980-1995. Of thousands of bands covered in the book, Gassen listed 1313 Mockingbird Lane on his "all time Hot 100" list, which also included The Chesterfield Kings and the Flamin' Groovies.


 The singles






Triskaidekaphobia




quarta-feira, 17 de maio de 2017

Adam Levy, Jazz (USA)


Adam Levy is a jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter, studio musician, and a writer for Universal Music Publishing Group. Levy has recorded with Norah Jones (and was a touring member of her Handsome Band from 2002 through 2007), Tracy Chapman, Ani Di Franco, Manuel Galbán, Sex Mob, Amos Lee, and other esteemed artists, and has released several solo albums as well. Town & Country] is his latest studio album.





Adam Makowicz - Polish Jazz


Adam Makowicz (born Adam Matyszkowicz; August 18, 1940) is a Polish pianist and composer living in Toronto. He performs jazz and classical piano pieces, as well as his own compositions. Besides playing solo, he has worked with such musicians as Michał Urbaniak, Tomasz Stanko and Leszek Możdżer, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington DC, at the Kennedy Centre, at the Carnegie Hall, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and other major orchestras at concert halls in Americas and in Europe. His technical skills as jazz pianist have been compared to that of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Erroll Garner among others.[citation needed] His specialty in classical piano since his studies in the 1950s has been the music of Chopin.





Adam Rogers - Jazz Guitar (USA)


Adam Rogers is an American jazz guitarist. Rare is the debut album that presents a vision so mature and cosmopolitan as that expressed by guitarist Adam Rogers on this CD. Nor is it a commonplace for any musician to realize their concept with the authority and elegance Rogers imparts to the entire program. The A-list rhythm section, pianist Ed Simon, bassist Scott Colley, and drummer Clarence Penn, are fully in synch throughout a varied program.

terça-feira, 16 de maio de 2017

FACTORY OF DREAMS Neo-Prog • Portugal


Factory of Dreams biography (http://www.progarchives.com/album.asp?id=24923)
FACTORY OF DREAMS is a collaboration between multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Hugo Flores and vocalist Jessica Lehto. This Portugese band plays a gothic, slightly metallic brand of neo-prog. Neither Flores nor Lehto are new to the music business, as Flores released his first album, a solo effort "Atlantis" in 2000, and then formed the band SONIC PULSAR which released two albums. Flores then created PROJECT CREATION, a band more in the prog-metal vein, and released two albums, part of a multi-album story arc, under this name. 

Lehto began singing at the age of 15 and was inspired by such bands as THE GATHERING, WITHIN TEMPTATION, NIGHTWISH and BLIND GUARDIAN. She has her own musical project called ONCE THERE WAS. 

The two joined forces to create FACTORY OF DREAMS in 2008, and released their first album that year, entitled "Poles". The two are currently finishing their second album "A Strange Utopia" to be released in the autumn of 2009.





Made in Portugal!!!
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ARENA Neo-Prog • United Kingdom


The gathering of ARENA's famous musicians makes a super-group: Mick POINTER (Ex-MARILLION) plays the drums, Clive NOLAN (PENDRAGON) the keyboards, and Keith MORE (ASIA) played the guitar until replaced by John MITCHELL (Ex-Kino).Vocalist Rob SOWDEN has been with the band since IMMORTAL? and the bass player is Ian SALMON. There have also been some guest appearances by Tracy HITCHINGS (singer of QUASAR, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN & LANDMARQ) and Steve ROTHERY (MARILLION's gifted guitarist).

"Songs From The Lion's Cage" is then a very professional Progressive rock, both close to MARILLION and hard-rock. "Pride", their second opus issued in 1996 (one year after the previous one) confirmed the high musical level of this band, at a time when they added a touch IQ to their music. Curiously the band's sound gained in heaviness after their 2 first albums, and the music quality increased a lot in originality and musicianship. 

Recorded in 1998, "The Visitor" alternates passages inspired by Steve HOGARTH's group along with some dark instrumentation. "Immortal" shows a new heavier dimension that still remains anchored in the best neo-Progressive music. "Moviedrome" is an excellent twenty minute track. "Contagion" follows the glorious tradition of "Immortal", although I found it more hard edged and multidimensional from all aspects. This powerful and evoking concept album tells about the quest for redemption, through the vision of a dark and anguishing future. No doubt about it, people won't have to think for a long time before electing the best album of winter 2002-2003! 

''Pepper's ghost'' from 2005 sees Arena entering the realms of a quite heavy and very symphonic sound with some metal elements, a real highlight of their career. Long-time members Rod Sowden and Ian Salmon left the band in 2010 and they were replaced by Paul Manzi and John Jowitt respectively, the latter starting his second stint with the band.''The Seventh Degree Of Separation'' offers a very fresh and pounding sound, but the song structures had now become a bit conventional. Same goes for their latest entry, the 2015 ''The Unquiet Sky'', here Jowitt's place has been taken by newcomer Kylan Amos.

One of the best bands on the English scene nowadays... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!





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