Current Playlist

Most of the CDs I’ve been listening to are up for review but I also decided to give a few oldies a spin…..

Lana Lane – Red Planet Boulevard (2007): I am kicking myself for not buying this when it came out in late 2007. If I did, this album would have easily made my Top 15 Albums of 2007. I think I have spun this CD more in the last two weeks than any album I’ve bought since the beginning of the year. It is going to be a staple on my playlist for more than a few weeks.

Testament – The Formation Of Damnation (2008): The label was nice enough to send me a copy to review but I would have been more than happy to buy my own copy. I’ve only had a few spins but I like what I hear so far.

Pharaoh – Be Gone (2008): I’ve been enjoying the latest Pharaoh album for a couple of weeks now and I should have a review soon. BE GONE is released in Europe later this week.

Asia – Phoenix (2008): Bought this today but I only had a quick listen in the car on the way home from the record store. Every year there are controversial albums, this year one of them is Asia’s PHOENIX. I have read a lot of reviews and it’s considered either a return to form or very boring and bland, there has been no middle ground.

Saints Of The Underground – Love The Sin, Hate The Sinner (2008): I heard about this “supergroup” toward the end of 2006 but I really didn’t think it would see the light of day. I picked this up with the Asia album and I gave it a spin while I walked the dog today. I’ll review this soon.

W.A.S.P. – The Last Command (1985): My favorite W.A.S.P. album. I never get tired of it except for maybe ‘Blind In Texas’ because it’s always on VH-1 Classic. ‘Fistful Of Diamonds’ is a great song, so is ‘Widowmaker’…..classic W.A.S.P.!

KISS – Animalize (1984): KISS is my favorite band but I know the songs so well that I don’t bother to listen to them that often. For some reason, I had to hear ‘Get All You Can Take’ so I listened to the whole album rather than skip to the song. ANIMALIZE is a solid KISS record, probably their best until 1992’s REVENGE…..there’s more to the album than ‘Heaven’s On Fire’ but that is still a great tune.

Saxon – Denim And Leather (1981): “Denim and leather, brought us all together”… truer words are spoken! Pure NWOBHM and classic Saxon with tracks like ‘Play It Loud’, ‘Princess Of The Night’, the title cut and ‘Never Surrender’. The band still revolves five of the songs here in and out of their current setlist.

3 comments on “Current Playlist

  1. Hmm – I thought my review of the new Asia album at Rock Of Ages was middle ground. I certainly didn’t go overboard on it personally but didn’t savage it either. I know what you mean though – it seems to have polarised opinions in most places.

    I’m enjoying that Pharaoh album too at the moment – my first experience of them. Review from me to come soon too so it’ll be interesting how whether our views match.

    Saxon’s Denim & Leather is one of the essential nwobhm albums – a must have for every rock collection I reckon!

  2. YEAHHH, DENIM AND LEATHER is a classic and love it. I still have to buy the new ASIA album but will soon because i listen to some samplers and they sound like the first 3 ASIA albums, the only ones i care about.
    Great playlist Steve. I have been playing TOURNIQUET, FACT, KILLER(belgium), SCHIZO from Italy(thrash metal legends that i love), PROFANATICA(US black metal legends), FEEL THE PAIN by the US METAL band AMULANCE, and many more i dont remember right now.

  3. Bill – The new Asia is one of the most discussed albums so far this year. Your review was in the middle but the majority have been a love/hate thing. Pharaoh is solid and DENIM & LEATHER is a must have!

    Rene – I like Tourniquet & Amulance. I’m putting the other bands on my list.

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