Saturday, April 20, 2013

Saturday Shuffle: Skid Row, Danko Jones, White Wizzard, Luna Mortis, Hellbound Glory

Some old-fashioned hard rocking, a little bit of extreme, and some nontraditional traditional country this week ...

Skid Row, “Sweet Little Sister.” From the album Skid Row (1989). Skid Row’s debut album was a little more in line with the 1980s glam rock scene than their later, heavier albums, but there are still some great songs on it, and this is one of them. Energetic, catchy, fun, everything that was good about 1980s rock. This is one 1980s band that I would love to see back together.

Danko Jones, “Had Enough.” From the album Below the Belt (2010). I’m a latecomer to Danko Jones. I’d always kind of liked the music, but it’s only been lately that it connected with me. This tune is a punk-tinged, angry, straight up hard rocker that makes no apologies. It’s what Danko Jones does best.

White Wizzard, “Live Free or Die.” From the album Over the Top (2010). This is one of my least favorite songs from White Wizzard’s fantastic Over the Top. It’s not a bad tune, but it doesn’t have the catchiness or character of some of the better songs on the album.

Luna Mortis, “Last Defiance.” From the album The Absence (2009). I remembered reviewing an album by a previous incarnation of this band, known as Ottoman Empire, and being unimpressed, but I loved this record. The heavy extreme metal influence blended  with much more melodic gothic elements really worked for me, and this is one of my favorite tracks.

Hellbound Glory, “In the Gutter Again.” From the album Old Highs and New Lows (2010). Somehow, Hellbound Glory managed to get on a tour with Kid Rock earlier this year. I’m not sure how that went, but I’m happy that at least this band got to put their music in front of a larger audience. It’s great, old-fashioned, honky tonking, rowdy as hell, rip-roaring country music with a modern attitude. If you haven’t heard them, pick up Old Highs and New Lows. You won’t be disappointed.

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