[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRds4RkZg4Y&w=500&h=305] Long rumored and long awaited, this split EP from Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Records gives fans the first taste of the former Pantera and current Down frontman’s upcoming solo work.
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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Q8nvZb7uhY&w=500&h=305] Drummer Steven Adler has built a fair bit of legend in hard rock circles, but for all the wrong reasons. Adler, you may recall, was the guy who was kicked out of Guns n’ Roses because of his drug problem. That takes some real effort.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAkZzoVVLCc&w=500&h=305] What do you get when you mix the three original members of Dokken who were not named Don Dokken with drummer Brian Tichy and guest shots from a few of the best singers in the hard rock realm? A surprisingly solid and vibrant record.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvpoiiBW9bc&w=500&h=305] We’ve each already had our say, individually. Said our piece. Then came time to meet over the remnants of the egg nog and hammer out a consensus — before we go over the disc-al cliff into 2013.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPG3zSgm_Qo&w=500&h=305] There are as many Christmas music traditions as there are stockings hung with with care. For some, the process of awaiting ole St. Nick requires a classic soundtrack, filled with old favorites. For others, something newer makes sense.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAqdCUkxHJ4&w=500&h=305] A few weeks ago former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who has been fairly quiet since his departure from Voivod, suddenly popped up with a new website and some teasers to new music coming.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7S1NPLmkXw&w=500&h=305] I’ve had a little trouble getting in the holiday spirit this year, so despite the fact a new Trans-Siberian Orchestra EP has been out since early November, I’m just now starting to dig into it.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHlBkZCcvwI&w=500&h=305] Though Shooter Jennings’ The Other Life, a companion piece to this year’s Family Man, is not due out until March, fans got a first taste of the record on Friday when Rolling Stone premiered “The White Trash Song.”
This is the first time that I’ve ever enjoyed enough records from the country and Southern rock genres to put together a list. Maybe I’m getting old and turning into that country music-loving guy that my relatives always told me I would
For hard rock and metal, 2012 certainly wasn’t the best year that I can remember. In all honesty, there were only a few albums that came across my desk that really excited me.