Σάββατο, 29 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

WHITE WIZARD - Over the top (2010)




White Wizzard was one of the best examples of the NWOTHM (New wave of traditional heavy metal) trend. ''Over the top'' is their debut album. Previously the band had released the ''High speed GTO'' ep which created a small sensation with the title track video. After the ep the whole band apart from the bass player (who happens to be the band leader) left and ''Over the top'' was recorded by a totally new band. This new White Wizzard was the best ever version of the band. Wyatt "The Screamin' Demon" Anderson has a really powerful voice, with a lot of grit, capable of high pitched screaming (thus ''The Screamin' Demon''), guitarist Erik Kluiber plays fantastic leads and riffs and mainman Jon Leon wrote the best selection of songs the band ever presented us with. I really love this album. The songs are totally into 80's metal, the production is kick ass, the performances totally over the top and one 80's metal anthem comes after the other. It's really a shame this band had so many problems with line up changes and personal issues between members. Right after the album half of the band quit again and it's really a miracle that White Wizzard (actually Jon Leon) managed to released another three good albums with band members constantly rotating. 

ENJOY!!!


https://www.mediafire.com/file/x7k5o6m0814c24l/White_Wizzard-_Over_The_Top_%282010%29.rar/file




Τρίτη, 4 Δεκεμβρίου 2018

JRD 2016 best songs compilation (part II)

2nd part of the 2016 best songs compilation

ENJOY!

http://www.mediafire.com/file/5t3jtfx8u5um4vr/2016_cd_2.rar/file

P.S.: Track 28 by Candlebox has wrong title and tags, the right song title is ''Alive at last (acoustic version)'', not ''I've Got A Gun (acoustic version)''

Τρίτη, 27 Νοεμβρίου 2018

JRD 2016 best songs compilation (part I)

As promised here's the first part of my best of 2016 songs compilation (it's not a typo, I'm currently finishing 2017 releases and my 2018 list will be ready somewhere around summer 2019, yeah I'm way behind!)

Tracklist below, just grab it anyway, great compilation (as always), everything from rock to power metal!

Rock
01. Devon Allman- Watch What You Say
02. Rik Emmett- The Ghost of Shadow Town
03. Suburban Myth- The Backdrop
04. Just People- Glass Wire
05. Tess of the Circle- Summer Rain

AOR-Melodic Rock
06. Heart- Two
07. Dante Fox- A Love Affair
08. Eleventh Hour- Back To You
09. Sunstorm- Angel Eyes
10. David A Saylor- Pray For Time
11. Overland- Doctor My Heart
12. Ivory Tower Project- Woman of the Times
13. Hartmann- I Would Murder for You
14. Wigelius- 9 Out of 10
15. Jett Blakk- Let Love Win
16. Jaded Heart- Remembering
17. Cry of Dawn- Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming
18. First Signal- Minute of Your Time
19. Angels or Kings- Go Ask the Moon

Hard Rock
20. Bulletrain- We Salute You
21. Cruzh- Aim for the Head
22. Nordic Union- Falling
23. Hell in the Club- Enjoy the Ride
24. Lordi- Let's Go Slaughter He-Man
25. Tropical Contact- This Is Goodnight
26. Midway- Fallin'
27. Maverick- The One
28. Killit- See the End
29. Tango Down- Anything Can Change
30. Change of Heart- Wayward Son
31. House of Shakira- Waste No Time
32. Gundacker- Reach for the Stars
33. Devil's Balls- Red Lights
34. Daniel Gazzoli Project- Night Hunter
35. Michael Angelo Batio- You Broke My Heart In Two
36. Park Sipes- Burn Into The Night
37. Ian Toomey- Devil's Chord

Modern Hard Rock
38. Dee Snider- We Are the Ones
39. Disciple- Erase
40. Cage9- Oscuro
41. Skillet- I Want to Live
42. Redeem- Chanson D'amour
43. Sixx A.M.- Maybe It's Time
44. One Less Reason- Sometimes
45. ABO- Promise
46. 3 Doors Down- Inside of Me
47. Albany Down- Like a Bullet
48. Small Town Titans- Broken Record
49. Three Cities- Dethroned

Retro Rock/Hard Rock
50. Taste- Is It Just a Dream
51. Joe Bonamassa- How Deep This River Runs
52. Brett Ellis- Self Portrait (Rainbow cover)
53. Dunsmuir- Hung on the Rocks

Heavy Metal
54. Gygax- The Hunter's Heart
55. Tower- Elegy
56. Demon- Are You Just Like Me (Spirit of Man)
57. Innerwish- Needles In My Mind
58. Mystic Prophecy- Metal Brigade
59. Me And The Rest- Take It or Leave It
60. Resurrection Kings- Wash Away

Power/Prog/Melodic Metal
61. Michael Sweet- Bizarre
62. Dynazty- The smoking gun
63. Mercury Falling- King for One Day
64. Pretty Maids- Kingmaker
65. Fates Warning- SOS
66. Oceans of Time- Trust
67. Perseus- The Ride Of Pegasus
68. Beyond the Black- Beautiful Lies
69. Amaranthe- Endlessly


http://www.mediafire.com/file/rh7iz21nxx999ok/cd1.rar/file

Δευτέρα, 26 Νοεμβρίου 2018

ANGEL DUST - Enlighten the darkness (2000)



Yes, it's time for a new upload! Let's see if this time I'll manage to keep this page running like in the good old times...

Angel Dust is a German band that started out in the 80's playing speed/thrash. They broke up in 1990 and reformed with a different line up in 1998 releasing a string of very good albums from 1998 to 2002, their best era. The style had changed to modern dark power metal and ''Enlighten the darkness'' along with 1999's ''Bleed'' are probably the best albums from that era.

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ntp9itt6d277jet/2000_Enlighten_The_Darkness.rar/file






Δευτέρα, 19 Νοεμβρίου 2018

2015 Best songs part II

Folks are probably preparing their best of 2018 lists and so far I've not even managed to finish with my 2017 list. But I do have a nice second list of great 2015 songs and I decided it's time to share it with you. I uploaded the file somewhere else a couple of years ago and I just found out it's still up, so why not post it here as well? I'm not really sure the tracklist below is totally right because I moved a couple of tracks around till I got the compilation fixed, but you 'll be able to see the tracklist once you've downloaded it. One track per artist/band, the whole range from rock to speed/power metal covered, 676 mb size so you can burn it on cd (do people still do that? I do). 

P.S.: In the following days you'll get a nice double best of 2016 compilation

Tracklist

Rock
01 Bite the Bullet- Road to Redemption
02 Panic Room- I Am A Cat
03 The Winery Dogs- Fire
04 Warren Haynes- Beat Down The Dust
05 Walter Trout- Gonna Live Again
06 Hush n' Rush- Dirty love
07 Scash- Better Off Without You
08 Delta Deep- Private Number

AOR
09 China Sky- The Road Not Taken
10 Dakota- Push
11 Push UK- So I Pray (new recording)
12 Blood Red Saints- Better Days
13 Shooting Star- She Gives Me Chills
14 Mantra- Endless Night
15 Sweet & Lynch- Me Without You
16 C.O.P.- Without You

Hard Rock
17 Constancia- Way To Life
18 House of Lords- Eye Of The Storm
19 Martina Edoff- Spirit of Light
20 Joel Hoekstra's 13- Anymore
21 Kelly Keeling- Ride out the Storm
22 Maxx Explosion- Nothing's Easy
23 Lifeline- Jezebel
24 Screaming Eagles- Stand Up & Be Counted
25 Devil's Train- Down On You
26 Doll Skin- Wring Me Out
27 Thundermother- It's Just a Tease

New Rock - Modern Hard Rock
28 Impera- End of the World
29 Machine Elves- Plead
30 Gaiah- Stay Gone
31 23 Azec- The Bigger Picture
32 Trucker Diablo- Murder Ballad

Prog Rock
33 Drifting Sun- Trip the Life Fantastic

Retro hard rock
34 The Burning Crows- Alright
35 Michael Cosyn Group- Angel's Wings
36 Clutch- Our Lady of Electric Light
37 Deadheads- UCP
38 Demon's Eye- Finest Moment
39 Europe- War of Kings
40 Federal Charm- These Four Walls
41 Flying Joes- Waiting for the Sun
42 The Electric Alley- Can We Have Some Love Between Us
43 Imperial Jade- Electric Lady
44 Imperial State Electric- Lost In Losing You
45 Deadheads- Ghost
46 Biters- Space Age Wasteland
47 The Gloria Story- Bang bang (Pull the trigger)

Heavy Metal
48 Fuzz Factory- I'm Not You
49 Enforcer- Undying Evil
50 Blackslash- Rock 'n' Roll
51 Edge of the Blade- River Runs Red
52 Hrom- Power of the World
53 Stash- A Matter of Time
54 W.A.S.P.- Golgotha

Power/Prog/Melodic metal
55 Full of Nothing- Midnight Warning
56 Teramaze- Out Of Subconscious
57 Phantasma- Runaway gray
58 Arena- The Demon Strikes
59 Endomain- Valley Of Disorder
60 Diviner- Riders From The East
61 Infamia- Amordazados
62 The Chronicles Project- Forever
63 Angra- Black Hearted Soul
64 Impellitteri- We Own The Night
65 Empires of Eden- Killing As One
66 Amorphis- Tree of Ages




Κυριακή, 8 Μαΐου 2016

2015 best songs

I've just finished going through the 2015 releases (took me a little bit longer than expected) so I compiled a collection of 68 songs ranging from blues rock to prog/power metal. You can burn it on cd for your car, it's right under 700 mb, at least that's what I had in mind since my car stereo doesn't have a usb port. A great chance to check out releases you might have missed out or remember the year's best moments! The songs are categorized and sorted in a hopefully consistent sequence.

Tracklist:
 

BLUES ROCK
01 Jonn Del Toro Richardson- Behind The Curtain
02 Gerald Clark- Jesus

MELODIC ROCK-AOR
01 Moving Pictures- Bustin Loose
02 King King- You Stopped The Rain
03 Mike Tramp- Who Can You Believe
04 Intelligent Music Project III- Escape
05 Radioactive- Summer Rains (ft. Jimi Jamison)
06 Revolution Saints- Way To The Sun
07 Ozone- So Blind
08 Find Me- Another Day
09 Khymera- Land Of Golden Dreams
10 Nelson- Invincible
11 Issa- Heartbeat
12 Battle Beast- Touch In The Night
13 David Hasselhoff- True survivor
14 The Nightflight Orchestra- Stiletto
15 Stala & So.- When The Night Falls
16 Care of Night- Cassandra
17 Magnus Karlsson's Freefall- No Control (ft. Joe Lynn Turner)

HARD ROCK
01 Airstream- Hold on to What We Got
02 Art Nation- 3000 Beats
03 Scorpions- We Built This House
04 Tragedy- Crazy Train in the Wind
05 Dirty Glory- Fire
06 Dirty Passion- Die Free
07 King Zebra- Never Stop Trying
08 Magick Touch- Trouble & Luck
09 Praying Mantis- Believable
10 Bonfire- Fallin’ Outta Love
11 Coda- Sigo Aquí
12 Naked- Aim for the Heart
13 Talon- Hole In My Head
14 Jettblack- Black & White
15 Eclipse- Live Like I'm Dying
16 The V- Again
17 Trixter- All Night Long
18 Jon Stevens- The Chronic Symphonic

NEW ROCK
01 Spitfire- Battlefield
02 Aranda- We Are The Enemy
03 The Motorleague- Wounded Animal
04 Saffire- This Is Not The End
05 Bridge to Grace- Everything
06 21Octayne- Lost
07 Brother Bones- To Be Alive
08 Atlas Road Crew- I Want You To Know

RETRO
01 Ozone Mama- Hope
02 Thunder- When The Music Played
03 Swam Da Wamp- That Easy
04 The Handful- Last Man Standing
05 Christopher Shayne- Give a Damn
06 Eldorado- Mad Woman
07 Gentlemans Pistols- Private Rendezvous
08 Stone Sour- Love Gun (KISS cover)
09 Bevan Davies- Kill The King (Rainbow cover)

HEAVY METAL
01 Black Trip- Die With Me
02 Horisont- Flying
03 Place of Skulls- You Won't Change Me (Black Sabbath cover)
04 Iron Savior- The Omega Man

MELODIC/PROG/POWER METAL
01 Lord- Playing To Win (Little River Band cover)
02 Stratovarius- In My Line Of Work
03 Alquimia- Vulnerable
04 AngelSeed- Dancing with the Ghosts
05 Kamelot- Veil Of Elysium (Acoustic Version)
06 Queensryche- Bulletproof
07 Symphony X- Without You
08 Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville- City of Heroes
09 Helloween- Stay Crazy
10 Sonata Antartica- Pasok



ENJOY!!!

http://www.mediafire.com/download/nhzys58kf5jj9s6/2015_cd_1.zip

Τετάρτη, 30 Δεκεμβρίου 2015

THE SOULBREAKER COMPANY- Itaka (2010)


Back in 2010 I started checking out as many new bands and releases as I could get my hands on, regardless of whether I knew anything about them or not. With the internet and all it was a direction I was doomed to head to, being the greedy bastard I am. The piles of shit I got to listen to are beyond imagination, you gotta believe me. And then out of the blue comes a band described by many as stoner (which I'm not really fond of) hailing from Spain (a country that contributed decent 80's metal and AOR/hard rock stuff but nothing really fancy over the last years). Despite all this ''Itaka'' is one of the top 10 releases of 2010 and probably one of the 2-3  2010 releases that really stood the test of time and count as really great. I still haven't figured out what the guys are playing here... It's progressive, it's trippy, it's psychedelic, it has a strong retro vibe, all at the same time. The songwriting is complex and there are some crazy sax parts here and there, piano, keys of all kinds, fuzzy guitars, but the most surprising element are the outstanding and innovative vocal lines. The guys certainly think outside the box! The singer has this Ozzy-like tone (ok, that it's probably not a good thing) but the vocal lines are so kick-ass that you'll love the guy! As you go from one song to the next you'll be excited with the quality of the record, no fillers, only killers! And the damn choruses, they drive a nail through your brain with those amazing melodies!

ENJOY!!!

mediafire

Παρασκευή, 19 Ιουλίου 2013

BRONZ- Taken by storm (1984)

There are some styles of rock I love almost by definition, because of their sound, for example heavy pychedelic rock, southern rock, 70's pomp/AOR, NWOBHM and early 80's hard n' heavy. Bronz manage to combine the pomp/AOR sound of the late 70's-early 80's with the edge of NWOBHM so it didn't take much to fall for them. On their 1984 debut album Max Bacon (who had already delivered the goods on two great Nightwing albums) was the star of the show. Fantastic vocals that wouldn't go unnoticed. In fact briefly after the demise of Bronz Bacon joined GTR, the AOR/prog rock project of Steve Howe (Yes) and Steve Hackett (Genesis). Their self titled debut in 1986 went gold and scored a US top 20 hit with When the heart rules the mind. 1987 would see Bacon taking part in Phenomena's second and best album ''Dreamrunner''. Still ''Taken by storm'' is  the best album Bacon was involved in (closely followed by Nightwings ''My kingdom come'' also in 1984). Great songs throughout, big choruses, solid riffs and Bacon's passionate trademark high pitched vocals do the job. The self titled track has all the values of great, galloping, anthemic 80's heavy metal, while on the other side songs like The cold truth take us back to the magic of 70's Foreigner or Toto. This goes on and on from track to track, so if you like your NWOBHM spiced with keys and tons of melody this will sound like heaven.

ENJOY!!!

http://www.mediafire.com/download/t6w4e1qdt2ci4yo/1984_Taken_by_Storm.rar

Πέμπτη, 28 Μαρτίου 2013

FOREIGNER- Foreigner (1977)

 


I never really understood why this band got mocked so much with the whole ''corporate rock'' thing. Unless great music deserves mocking... Anyway, back to adressing reasonable people with good taste: Although their 3 first albums released in the 70's all sold extremely well this one stands high above the other two in terms of songwriting. All songs deliver one way or another. You get a bunch of simplistic but effective and addictive melodic rockers like Feels like the first time, Long, long way from home, Headknocker and I need you, some really nice slower sentimental songs like The damage is done and Woman oh woman and then the real highpoints, the absolute brilliance of pomp AOR anthem Cold as ice, the magic of the spacey ballad Starriders, the ballsy attitude of At war with the world (are you still trying to convince me a wimpy band could deliver such an epic?), the point is there's always something to admire; the vocal power of Lou Gramm, Jones's songwriting, the overall musicianship of the band, the everlasting magic of the 70's AOR sound in its best form. Allthough Foreigner went on to write some of the best known AOR songs in the 80's (Urgent, Waiting for a girl like you, I want to kow what love is), this is their finest moment and sadly their only 70's release of such high level. Both ''Double vision'' and ''Head games'' failed to satisfy me after this early masterpiece. I could surely do with a couple more albums like their debut!

ENJOY!!!
http://www.mediafire.com/?aq92s8o7978cn47