Sunday, November 30, 2008

Chinese Democracy Has Arrived

Yes, you’re reading correct. Guns N Roses has finally released the long awaited album Chinese Democracy. It is true that the band physically isn’t the GNR that many of us came to know and love over the years, but the album picks up just where they left off 14-years ago.

The first thing that everyone needs to realize is that this album is not another Appetite for Destruction. Too many people are expecting that from them and the truth is that Appetite for Destruction is a landmark album that would be hard to duplicate even if the original line-up was still together. Chinese Democracy is much more along the lines of Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 in that the majority of the tracks are longer than 3 minutes and are a mixture of shredding guitars and orchestral sounds.

With that said lets get into the album itself shall we. It’s safe to say from the album that Axl’s vocals are just as solid as we remember them. He doesn’t struggle to hit notes out of his range. Yes you could argue that the vocals are clean due to post production, but you can say that about any album nowadays. And for those of you wondering whether or not GNR would be anything without Slash, wonder no more. The combination of Buckethead and Bumblefoot really brings it all together. The only problem is that they are both on a majority of the tracks and theirs is currently no way to tell who is who.

The album opens with the title track with a gradual start, much like Welcome to The Jungle did for Appetite for Destruction. It’s a strong opening track but it is only one of three Appetite-like tracks. For me the closest this album gets to Appetite is the track Scraped. This track is a bombardment of heavy guitars with solo’s that will completely reassure your faith in the current state of GNR.

As for the rest of the album, it leans more towards the Use Your Illusion albums using a mix of orchestral melodies with shredding guitars. Street of Dreams opens with a piano and will almost instantly have you thinking it’s a reminder of the epic November Rain as it smoothly joins piano and guitar solo’s together. Then there is Madagascar. This track is got to be the bastard child of The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Combing horns, violins and intense guitars along with an audio montage that just ties it all together makes this song stand out. Why its not getting more airplay is beyond me.

All in all, it was worth waiting fourteen years for this album. However if you’re a casual Guns N Roses fan who only knows Appetite for Destruction than this is not an album for you. But if you appreciate the Use Your Illusion albums or just enjoy a good album that showcases everything a band has going for them then go out and get yourself a copy of Chinese Democracy.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Loud for Life Show


Two Chances to see AREA 44

AREA 44 has two dates coming up.

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
337 West Broadway
New York


Friday, December 19th, 2008
Bar Saints & Sinners
205 First Street
Hoboken, NJ


Don't forget to come catch Zandelle live...

Tuesday November 25 at
620 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton NJ

As special guests of...

Also performing will be our good friends LOST LEGACY.

Doors open at 8PM
Zandelle hits the stage at 9PM

Tickets still available (reply to this email to find out more)


Friday December 5 at
9 Great Jones Street, NYC


Doors at 8PM
Zandelle hits the stage at midnight with a full 1 hour set!

Only $10 at the door.

We hope to see you there!

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Odd Zero on the A Rock Show

Check out Odd Zero as they swing by the A Rock Show on Tuesday December 2nd for some questions and fun.

Check out A Rock Show, WP 88.7FM (William Patterson University Radio) or streaming online at, from 2-6pm on Tuesday December 2nd.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Check out PHOENIX REIGN Live at The Chance

Phoenix Reign will be playing at The Chance in Poughkeepsie on December 1st.
Also on the bill is Powerglove and Tourisas.
Tickets are $12 and can be gotten directly from Phoenix Reign.

Don't miss this awesome show, tell them Turbo sent you.

Keep Rockin'

Sunday, November 9, 2008


Please get everyone and there mother to vote for Zandelle to play at BB KINGS CLUB, their name is on the list just find it type your name and email and submit.

Keep Rockin'

Friday, November 7, 2008

Watch Out Cause KILLCODE Is Loose

Being a fan and promoter of rock and metal I’m always looking for bands that can grab me on the first listen. With some bands of recognition are releasing new material that requires more than one listen and newer bands requiring multiple listens just to get a feel for their style, that first grab doesn’t happen often. But KILLCODE has the grab. And once they grab you with their EP To Die For you’ll be hooked.

To Die For is an album that helps to prove that great rock and metal lives strongly and is no where near dying. From the opening track L.I.T.A through the last track Goes Down Easy it’s a solid album full of awesome guitar riffs and solos along with strong vocals that tie everything together as if these guys have been around for several years instead of just breaking out.

In a solid album like this it’s hard to pick out a song that stands out from the rest. There are flying guitar solos in every track which is a breath of fresh air with so many bands leaving that out of songs nowadays. At the midway point of the album is the song Something Better which might just be the song to get them some major recognition in the mainstream music world. It’s an acoustic track that anyone can connect to. It reminds me of Bon Jovi’s acoustic version of Livin’ On A Prayer but better. Why better you ask? Because no matter where you are in life you always feel like there might be something better out there for you but its just not making itself obvious.

Aside from that, the opening track L.I.T.A is a track that I know many can enjoy and surely sing along with. One listen and you’ll smirk like a cat who caught the mouse as you realize what the title means and you begin to think about that person who should have it as their theme song. And if your looking for a track that has it all from start to stop then check out Broken Heel. With a smooth lead it lulls you into a brief relaxed state only to slam you over the head with riffs that’d make anyone stand up and shout “ROCK N ROLL!!”

Overall, if you’re a fan of rock and metal, KILLCODE is a must have as they will surely be around for decades to come.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

The Big Announcement Is Here

As many of you read last week, I said I was going to be making an announcement regarding my latest venture in life. Well that announcement is here.

Because of my passion for rock and metal music I have decided to enter into the music world as a multi-purpose individual with Turbo Promotions. Which means I am making myself available to everyone in the rock and metal world for the following:

- I will promote shows, album release and other things online through my blogs on MySpace and Turbo’s Time as well as with bulletins.
- I will write album reviews for bands. These reviews will be posted on my blogs on MySpace and Turbo’s Time.
- I will be available to be a host or guest for shows. Right now I am only available in the New York City and 5-Boroughs.
- I have video production experience and will be more than happy to help bands with music videos.
- More to come

I also want to make it very clear that I AM NOT trying to compete with anyone who is doing the same kind of work that I am now putting in motion for myself. Rock and metal is a large community that doesn’t get its fair chance in this world and the more of us out there getting the word out the better. I hope to be able to work alongside great rock and metal people in the not so distant future.

Rock and metal bands who’d like to work with me can reach me on MySpace and at the official e-mail for Turbo Promotions;

Keep Rockin’