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TageRyche



Joined: 25 May 2003
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2007 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RICHIE KOTZEN
Into The Black
FRONTIERS RECORDS – 2006
http://www.richiekotzen.com

THE VERDICT

The ex-Poison guitarist continues to explore the musical landscape far and away from that glam metal period with the deeply blues influenced rock and roll found on Into The Black.
Kotzen’s got a nice gritty edge to his singing voice and his musical ability should be without question as he wrote, arranged, produced and performed the album by himself.
“Misunderstood” has a hot burning groove to it, while the last track “My Angel” closes the CD in a much slower fashion. The song still manages to have a sweet riff towards the end of the track though. The harder rock edged tracks “You Can’t Save Me” and “Sacred Ground” both have a flaming hot delivery.
I consider the Poison album Native Tongue the best release the band ever did. I think it comes as no surprise that it’s the only CD on which Kotzen played with the band. He’s got a great musical vision and he continues to unveil and refine it with every successive release. Into The Black is one beautifully wonderful step on that continuing musical evolution.


RATING

4 ½ out of 5


ENEMY REMAINS
S/T
SELF-RELEASED –2007
http://www.enemyremains.com

THE VERDICT

The band founded by ex-Fates Warning drummer Steve Zimmerman in 2005 combine a mix of their progressive metal roots and the traditional power metal sound of yesterday and today to form one amazing sound on their self-titled and self-released 3 song EP.
I loved the alternating gritty and soaring style of vocalist Brian Betterton. On “Live For Today” the main verses had the grit, while the chorus had the soaring style. The tempo variations within “Holdin’ On” are noteworthy and ear catching. The riffs and overall musicianship on “Fallen” were superb.
This was a great introduction to the band. The 3 songs are superb and I can only hope that it will be sooner rather than later before I hear a full-length album with some heavy label support. Yes, the disc was THAT great!

RATING

4 ½ of out 5
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TageRyche



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/thedioyears.htm]Black Sabbath - The Dio Years[/url]

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/deadreckoning.htm]Threshold - Dead Reckoning[/url]
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TageRyche



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/imalive.htm]Kelly Keagy - I'm Alive[/url]

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/truth.htm]Robben Ford - Truth[/url]
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/dontlookaway.htm]Kate Voegele - Don't Look Away[/url]

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2007reviews/baptismbyfire.htm]Frederiks en-Denander - Baptism By Fire[/url]

My Top 10 of 2007 list is [url=http://www.rockislife.com/jayslist07.htm]HERE![/url]
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I also enjoyed KELLY KEAGY - I'm Alive

I think it's a great record.
And my fav song from this album is "Blink Of An Eye"
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TageRyche



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorge,

Glad to know you liked it too.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2008reviews/imortalis.htm]Overkill - Immortalis[/url]
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2008 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2008reviews/darkpassionplay.htm]Nightwi sh - Dark Passion Play[/url]
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PostPosted: Sun May 11, 2008 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[url=http://www.rockislife.com/2008reviews/4.htm]Winger - IV[/url]
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