Saturday, February 6, 2016

Saturday Shuffle: Doro, Skid Row, Skynyrd, III, Manowar

Returning to the shuffle after a while with some good old-fashioned metal, a nasty hard rocker and some Southern flavor, as well...

Doro, “Revenge.” From the album Raise Your Fist (2012). I don’t know why I don’t listen to Doro more. I loved her work with Warlock, and it seems like I enjoy her solo work when I hear it as well, but I just don’t listen all that often. “Revenge” is just a driving, old-fashioned traditional metal ripper, pretty much what Doro does.

Skid Row, “Mudkicker.” From the album Slave to the Grind (1991). Slave to the Grind is, without a doubt, Skid Row’s crowning achievement, and “Mudkicker” is one of my favorite songs from the record. It’s a down and dirty rocker, and though that main riff is fairly simple, it’s heavy and gnarly as hell. It’s one of those songs I never get tired of hearing.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Ain’t No Good Life.” From the album Street Survivors (1977). Not one of the Skynyrd songs that you hear regularly, but it’s a nice little piece of bluesy Southern rock. It almost reminds me of an early ZZ Top tune at times.

Hank III, “Ghost to a Ghost.” From the album Ghost to a Ghost (2011). The first album out of the contentious Curb contract for Hank III was a big disappointment for me. I thought perhaps he was sandbagging his best material, but sadly that wasn’t the case. The title track, featuring Les Claypool on bass and backing vocals from Tom Waits was one of the high points of the record, blending a Latin American flavor with a heavy, growling chorus.

Manowar, “God or Man.” From the album Thunder in the Sky (2009). It’s Manowar. What more is there to say? Pull on your loincloth, strap on your sword and pound your chest as you ride into battle.

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