Classic Rock’s New Releases Round-Up
This week, we give you a Slash reissue, a new album from an old guitar master, an U.D.O. EP, a compilation from a collection of Swedes, plus some Aussie extreme metal. So, get down and get with it…
Words: Malcolm Dome
Acclaimed as one of the best albums of 2010, the self-titled debut from Slash (Roadrunner) has now been reissued on a deluxe format. The added extras are three acoustic tracks with Myles Kennedy on vocals and a DVD. Is it worth getting this album a second time for these? Your choice. But the acoustic performances (including Velvet Revolver and Guns N’ Roses covers) are good, while the DVD is entertaining and informative.
The continual resurgence of back catalogue reissues from Savatage continues with Gutter Ballet (earMUSIC). Originally released in 1989, this is one of the great albums from the band, bringing together orchestration and power in a surging collection of songs with epic soul and esoteric passion. Perhaps more relevant now than 20 years ago.
You always know what you’ll get from Robin Trower. And The Playful Heart (V-12/Repertoire) fits right into the pattern. Some wonderfully evocative guitar moments on sumptuous songs, with the vocals of Davey Pattison very impressive. If you enjoy what Trower does then this will delight you. It plays to his strengths as a musician and songwriter.
From Sweden, Machinae Supremacy are now on tour in the UK, opening for Children Of Bodom. So, The Beat Of Our Decay (Spinefarm) is a rather timely compilation. It has tracks from their last three albums, and shows the way this band have matured from being almost industrial-lite pop rock band to becoming a formidable, epic metal beast. There’s also a cover included of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi, which is really thunderous.
While we wait for the release of new U.D.O. album Rev Raptor, a four-track EP titled Leatherhead (AFM) gives us all a taste of what’s to come. There will be inevitable comparisons between this and the recent Accept album Blood Of The Nations. The problem here is that the songs are somewhat superficial and never really open up. This has more to do with the format than any lack of writing or musical talent. Hopefully, the full length album will be far sturdier.
The Trews are Canadians with a real penchant for intelligent pop rock. Hope & Ruin (Bumstead) is their fourth studio album, and it is an emotional rollercoaster. There’s real depth here, with some wonderful playing augmenting songs blessed with subtle melodies and potent lyricism. Early Bryan Adams with touches of Rush.
Often overlooked, Blue Oyster Cult’s 1985 album Club Ninja (Lemon) suffers through comparisons with what had gone before. However this reissue, with a much more elaborate and firm mix, is a reminder that there are some stunning songs. Dancin’ In The Ruins, Perfect Water and Shadow Warriors would all have been hailed as classics had they been on the Fire Of Unknown Origin or The Revolution By Night albums.
Finally, a slice of terminally tempestuous metal from Australian cult heroes Destroyer666. To The Devil His Due (Hellsheadbangers). This is actually a collection of the band’s early seven inch singles, long since out of print. While you expect brutality, what surprises is the deep lying groove in each song. A stunning compilation.
Tags: Accept, Blue Oyster Cult, Bryan Adams, Children Of Bodom, Davey Pattison, Destroyer666, Guns N' Roses, Lady GaGa, Machinae Supremacy, Myles Kennedy, Robin Trower, Rush, Savatage, Slash, The Trews, U.D.O., Velvet Revolver