It’s already June! Once July 1st hits, 2012 will officially be half over! Metal be thy name, time keeps on moving. There have been so many terrific album releases thus far in 2012; from Rock to Death Metal, I am not at a loss for seeking out new titles to explore. From the new Candlebox (Love Stories & Other Musings) to Six Feet Under (Undead), with new Jorn and Shadows Fall in-between, there is a wide spectrum out there that I’ve been chowing down with my ears.
The title from Loverboy’s 1985 multi-platinum album, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It, says it all about how I feel about this year in music.
I went to see Loverboy on tour supporting this album, back in 1985. This concert was at the Hartford Civic Center. I remember Philadelphia’s very own, The Hooters, opened up for Loverboy too. This was before I started hanging out with Best Metal Buddy Scott Coverdale and I still bumped into him at this show. Call it Metal buddy fate. Unreal.
To sum it up, Loverboy put on a damn good live show that night; the Hartford Civic Center was packed and the fans were going nuts. Lots of Loverboy lovin’ gals were there, just as many for a Poison concert (for back then). The Hooters were cool to see live too; I made certain to see their entire set.
The new Santana album Shape Shifter is INCREDIBLE. Whoa. As with many new albums, I want to write a review for it sometime soon. To say the guitar playing of Carlos Santana is delicious to my senses is an understatement. All but one song on this new Santana album are instrumentals. If you’ve even been slightly thinking about buying Shape Shifter, just buy it!
There’s just something about the guitar tones of Santana; sonic vibes that puts me into that Summertime good-feeling zone. I love it when a guitarist can take my mind on a journey, especially on instrumentals and Shape Shifter does just that. Carlos Santana is a GUITAR LEGEND. ‘Nuff said.
Both Cannibal Corpse (Torture) and Six Feet Under (Undead) have cracked the Billboard 200 Album Chart this year! Death Metal reigns! Metal be thy name! Both albums were released via Metal Blade Records. I also highly recommend both of these tremendous albums. Yes, I do and ring that Death Metal bell for all extreme and bloody glory.
There are a couple of legendary men of music that have passed away recently and I express condolences to their family, friends and fans:
Jim Marshall – Founder/Creator of Marshall (Amplification) – (Age 88)
Everett Lilly – West Virginia Bluegrass Legend – (Age 87)
May both of these legendary gentlemen of music rest in peace.
LONG LIVE METAL AND ROCK ‘N ROLL.