Author: Christian Graus

Review: Sonic Prophecy – Savage Gods

Sonic Prophecy are a Power Metal band from Utah. They formed in 2008 and this is their third album. Their website boasts that they, “Wanted to capture the excitement and sound of such bands as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Helloween, Hammerfall, and Kamelot while melding other musical styles, arriving at a sound all their own.” That’s a very accurate summary of their sound. This is a band with deep roots in classic Heavy Metal. There’s no Nu Metal here, no Thrash; you can draw a straight line from these guys all the way back to the Metal of the...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Suicidal Tendencies

History: Forming in 1980, Suicidal Tendencies were born before Heavy Metal became big again, and were initially a punk band. It was four years between their first and second albums, and the introduction of Rocky George on guitar pushed them in more of a Heavy Metal direction. Rob Trujillo, who is currently in Metallica, was in the band in their heyday, joining in 1989 and leaving in 1995, the same year as George.  In the following years, the band had extended breaks but have released albums recently and are currently touring.   Influences: The first album is very obviously...

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Hidden Classics: It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere – Slash

Gun’s n Roses were the subject of a concentrated marketing campaign in the form of the confected ‘live like a suicide’ EP and shows at the Marquee in London, but their success didn’t come overnight.  The album took a while to take off. But, once it did, the band was, of course, unstoppable.  The ‘Lies’ album, like the EP, was a stop gap to keep interest going while the band recorded a real follow up.  This took the form of a double album, ‘Use Your Illusion’, which included songs from their early days, including November Rain.  The gap between...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Motley Crue

History: Formed in 1981 in LA by Nikki Sixx after he left the band London, with Tommy Lee the other member in from the start. The band predated the rise of Hair Metal and have often claimed credit for it, although it’s just as true that the band changed direction to become more commercial, starting with their third album. Their fifth album, Dr Feelgood, was their biggest hit, and afterwards the band fell apart, eventually regrouping for nostalgia tours and patchy new music before calling it a day in 2015.   Influences: Listening to the first Motley Crue album,...

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Hidden Classics: Dirty Looks – Cool from the wire

In 1984, Danish born Henrik Ostergaard  moved from Pennsylvania to LA along with members of his band at the time, and started a new band called Dirty Looks.  That band released three independent albums before getting signed and releasing ‘Cool from the wire’ in 1988. The style of music here is 80s hard rock, a world away from the pop stylings of Poison and Ratt at the time and closer to bands like Krokus.  The vocals from time to time are attention getting for the degree to which they are modeled on Bon Scott (check out the breakdown in...

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