Classic Rock’s New Releases Round-Up
This week we’ve Motorhead being louder than everyone else. A freebie from a young Brit metal band. Melodic rock form Denmark and Sweden, and prog from Scotland and America.
Words: Malcolm Dome
Motorhead pitch into action with the live DVD/CD The World Is Ours – Vol 1 Everywhere Louder Than Everyplace Else (Motorhead Music/EMI). It’s an unwieldy title for what is a triple disc that captures the band in top form during a show in Chile earlier this year, plus other tracks from New York and Manchester. It’s testament to the trio’s enduring live appeal and charisma.
Savage Messiah are actually giving away new album Plague Of Conscience (Earache). And if you like the idea of a NWOBHM style band with a thrashy edge, then you’re gonna love what these young Brits do. This will be properly released in January, and is already shaping up to be one of the metal albums of 2012.
Nitroville offer blues-rock with a some neatly stacked tunes on Can’t Stop What’s Comin’. With a singer in Tola Lamont who brings to mind Lynne Jackaman of Saint Jude, this lot are worth checking out. Find out more at www.nitroville.com
Former Pallas vocalist Alan Reed returns with the solo album Dancing With Ghosts (Red Dwarf Recordings). It’s a soft palate of acoustically led and introspective songs which, while low key, are nonetheless quite charismatic and appealing. The Scotsman still has what it takes.
Hard to believe that Denmark’s Fate started out as an offshoot of Mercyful Fate, but it is true. This was always designed to showcase the more melodic talents of certain members of the latter. Well, all that’s nearly 30 years ago. Today’s line-up has no connection at all to King Diamond. But Ghosts From The Past (AOR Heaven) continues the same AOR approach as has always been the case with this band. It’s pleasant and diverting enough, albeit lacking a killer moment.
Better is Alfonzetti and the album Here Comes The Night (AOR Heaven). This is Swede Matti Alfonzetti, one time singer with Jagged Edge (a precursor of Skin) and a stylish performer. This album has a real class, with the main man also playing bass and guitar (joined by Daniel Flores on drums and keyboards). Not only is it very tuneful, but Alfonzetti’s slightly bluesy voice gives it all a welcome edge.
Neal Morse never lets anyone down. His prog approach is always cultured and creative. Testimony 2: Live In Los Angeles (InsideOut) is a massive two CD/three disc DVD extravaganza, with loads of extras, including his reunion with Spock’s Beard earlier this year at the High Voltage Festival. A treat for all prog fans.
Finally, to Disturbed. One of the most successful bands to come out of the nu metal scene, they are currently on hiatus (which is something of a trend these days for biggish bands). The Lost Children (Reprise) is a collection of rarities and B sides, presumably to plug the gap until the band decide to return. As you might expect, it really has nothing to offer anyone apart from Disturbed diehards. And it is something of a disjointed compilation.
Tags: Alan Reed, Alfonzetti, Daniel Flores, Disturbed, Fate. Mercyful Fate, High Voltage Festival, Jagged Edge, King Diamind, Lynne Jackaman, Matti Alfonzetti, Motorhead, Neal Morse, Nitroville, Pallas, Saint Jude, Savage Messiah, Skin, Spock's Beard