Apr 26, 2021

Myles Kennedy, Gilby Clarke, Motorhead, Stone Whiskey

Category: CD/Video Reviews

MYLES KENNEDY

“The Ides of March”

 Myles Kennedy gained notoriety as the frontman for Alter Bridge (which is essentially Creed minus Scott Stapp) with six strong albums under their belt.  Myles later joined Guns N Roses guitarist Slash and together they have released three records to date.  In 2018 Myles released his debut solo release titled, “Year of the Tiger” and on May 14, 2021 Myles will release his second full length solo release, “The Ides of March”.

 “The Ides of March” is a slick, commercial sounding rock record that strips away the heaviness and replaces it with superb songwriting; Myles voice is the center piece of every song and the musical journey is limitless.

 “Get Along” opens the record and is an answer to the current state of the world’s unrest.  

 “A Thousand Words” picks up where “Get Along” leaves off and the first 2 songs on this record were clearly written about life in 2020/2021.

 “In Stride” is a down and dirty, blues based rocker with killer slide guitar work.  This is a stand out track.  

 “The Ides of March” is 7+ minutes in length and starts off like an Iron Maiden song.  This song is epic  and it’s clear why it is also the title of the record.

 “Wake Me When It’s Over” has a quirky pop vibe to it and the lyrics are interesting.

 “Love Raid Down” is a clever ballad/love song and this one could be a cross over hit on adult contemporary and active rock radio.

 “Tell It Like It Is” starts off with a twangy guitar lick and this one has Southern Rock tendencies mixed with classic rock n roll ethics.

 “Moonshot” has a southern flare and it’s interesting how the second half of this record leans towards mellower material.

 “Wanderlust Begins” is an acoustic rocker and touching.

 “Sifting Though The Fire” is unique because it could have gone in a heavier direction but Myles chose to keep it mid tempo and this one is essentially modern country.

 “Worried Man” closes the record and it’s one of the strongest songs on the entire record; there’s definitely a Beatles influence on this one.

All in all this record shows the true range of Myles musical ability and doing it solo allows him to go past the "rock" genre and lean into Southern Rock, country, pop, and at times a maturer material than you may hear from Myles when he performs with Alter Bridge or Slash.

 


 

MOTORHEAD

“Louder Than Noise…Live in Berlin”

 Recorded on December 5, 2012 at the Berlin Velodrom, this new live Motorhead record captures the later version of the band (Lemmy, Phil Campbell, Mikkey Dee) doing what they did best, Play Loud Rock N Roll Music!

 The band sounds great, Lemmy shows some signs of age while listening to this performance but none the less this is Motorhead, warts and all!  

Stand out tracks on this one are the classics, “Damage Case”, “Metropolis”, “The Chase Is Better Than The Catch”, “Killed By Death”, and the song that they always closed with, “Overkill”.  

 There is not a lot to say about this release that hasn’t been said about Motorhead throughout the years; musically the band sounds amazing and the only weak spots would be were Lemmy’s vocals seem strained due to health issues.  RIP Motorhead, you will never be forgotten.

 


 
GILBY CLARKE

“The Gospel Truth”

 Gilby Clarke is best known as the replacement for Izzy Stradlin in Guns N Roses during the “Use Your Illusion” era of the band.  This is Gilby’s 2nd solo record in nearly 20 years and the opening track, “The Gospel Truth” has a hard edge to it while also maintaining a true rock n roll/stonesy vibe.  Gilby’s always had a Rolling Stones vibe to what he does and this track mixes that with a 70’s punk vibe to create a super cool rocker.  Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx performs on this record as does Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins.

 “Wayfarer” has a funky 70’s vibe to it, this one is very laid back.

 “Tightwad” has an MC-5 feel to it, the groove and hook are undeniable while the vocals have a lo-fi quality to it which gives it a garage rock feel.  

 “Rock N Roll Is Getting Louder” - straight up Rolling Stones vibe

 “Wise Old Timer” - sounds like it could have been a left over from the “Use Your Illusion” sessions.

 “Violation” is an old school rock n roller and T-Rex inspired.

 “The Ending” is one of the strongest songs on this record.

 “Dangerous Sin” is an interesting rocker because it takes you somewhere but it’s not clear where it will take you until you listen to it all the way through.

 “Rusted N Busted” - Starts off cool and at times you can hear AC/DC influences on this rocker.

 “She Won’t Fight Fair” closes the record on a power pop vibe and this one is also a stand out track.

Gilby graced his fans with a great rock n roll record, hopefully his 3rd solo disc will not take another 20 years!


 

 
STONE WHISKEY

 North Carolina hard rockers STONE WHISKEY are set to release their debut album, "Rebels of the Sun", a record chock full of hard-hitting rebellious rock ‘n’ roll, on May 7.

 Anthony Focx (Beautiful Creatures) produced the band’s debut release Focx and he has more than 500 releases under his belt including Buckcherry, Night Ranger, Vince Neil, Daughtry, Aerosmith and 17 gold and platinum awards.

 Check out the videos for the first two singles from the release, the title track “Rebels of the Sun,” and “Into the Moonlight.” A third video for the track “Empty Eyes” is scheduled to coincide with the album’s release on May 7.

 Pre-orders for Rebels of the Sun are available at https://stone-whiskey-merch-store.square.site/

 


STONE WHISKEY online:

https://stonewhiskeyband.com

www.facebook.com/stonewhiskey

www.instagram.com/stonewhiskeyband

https://twitter.com/stone_whiskey

www.youtube.com/channel/UCgYJS4qfB_aEYiqFEhCKF5Q


Check out new music from MONSTER MAGNET, "Learning To Die" from their new covers Album, "A Better Dystopia", Out May 21, 2021 via Napalm Records


Check out a new Live video from the upcoming MR BUNGLE release, "The Night They Came Home" set for release on June 11, 2021.  This was the live stream that the band offered fans during quarantine times.  The band features Mike Patton (Faith No More) on vocals, Scott Ian (Anthrax) on guitar and Dave Lombardo (Slayer) on drums.

Author: Bob Suehs