Category Archives: Guilty Pleasures Take Up All My Time And Space

Savatage – “Edge Of Thorns”

Here is a clip from the Tampa, Florida based band Savatage for the song “Edge Of Thorns”.  Savatage is often credited as a heavy influence on the Death Metal scene in Florida, their early recordings were thrashy and very dark lyrically.  In 1987 Paul O’neil signed on as their producer, and took the band in a new direction.  All their metal elements intact, he make them into what I have always referred to a Heavy Metal Queen type band, blending elements of classical into their heavy rock.  They later became what is now the Transiberian Orchestra. As a matter of fact, the Transiberian Orchestra’s first hit “Christmas Eve” was actually on the Savatage CD Dead Winter Dead first.

This was the first track that I ever heard from the band, and this was the last CD that founding guitarist Criss Oliva would be on.  He was killed by a drunk driver in 1993, and recently he has been getting the credit that he deserved as a guitarist.  His solos are some of the most fluid and musical pieces of music that you will find in the rock world.  I miss this band.

Savatage – “Edge Of Thorns” Official Video




Deep Purple Return With A New CD, And Bob Ezrin Producing

I have been a long time fan of Deep Purple, I have enjoyed music from just about every Mark lineup that they have had.  I do admit though that I haven’t been a huge fan of the last few CD’s, I think the addition of Don Airey in light of Jon Lord’s retirement was a logical choice, but I felt that the songs suffered without Jon’s guidance after listening to the records he was absent from.  That’s not to say that there weren’t some true highlights on those releases, but overall the albums were not as strong in my opinion.

I feel that Now What?!, the new CD from Deep Purple is a great return to form for the band responsible for some many classic albums.  Bob Ezrin’s involvement has produced a sonically brilliant album, and I think that Bob’s musical approach helped with the crafting of songs.  Purple was always a song band, although they claim that they were not on the interview DVD that comes along with the new album.

Denial or not, they have too many great songs in their catalog for them to not be a “song” band.  If you are a Purple fan, or if you like what you do know from the band, I think that Now What?! is CD worth your time, and money.


Here is the video, YES!! Deep Purple made a video, for the song “Vincent Price” off of Now What?!.  Check it out.

Deep Purple – “Vincent Price” Official Video



Year Long Disaster – “Leda Atomica”

Well if you have listened to a few of the shows at this point, you have heard me talk about Daniel Davies and his band Year Long Disaster.  This week you can hear the track “Leda Atomica” from YLD, and they had a great video for the tune too.  Its fully animated, and pretty out there, and the song will kick your ass!

Year Long Disaster – “Year Long Disaster” Official Video


The Late Alvin Lee And Ten Years After – “I’d Love To Change The World”

Hour 2 starts off with a tip of the hat to the late Alvin Lee.  He was one of those underrated guitarists that deserves so much more notoriety.  Here is a great little interview clip of Alvin, and then a cool look at some studio footage of the band doing their classic “I’d Love To Change The World”.

Ten Years After – “I’d Love To Change The World”

Alvin Lee

Pat Travers With A Full Band Version of “Death Letter”

At the end of the first hour of music on the Noize Faktory this week, I closed with Pat Travers’ studio version of the Son House haunting classic “Death Letter”.  It comes off of his most recent studio release called BLUES ON FIRE.  Pat does his take on some of the best early blues classics, and you can hear the tunes that Zeppelin lifted some of their stuff from in a whole new way.

I found this fan video of Travers and his band on tour from last year doing a completely different arrangement of the track, and its just as killer!

Check out Pat’s more recent stuff, lots of covers, but his take on some classic songs can be heard on PT Power Trio 1 and 2, and the most recent album, BLUES ON FIRE.


Pat Travers – “Death Letter” Live


Robin Trower – “Bridge Of Sighs”

Here is another track that you will hear in this weeks episode of the Noize Faktory, the incredible Robin Trower doing his classic “Bridge Of Sighs”.

Robin Trower “Bridge Of Sighs” – 1974 Live On The BBC



This King Biscuit show is one of the best Live CD’s you will ever hear.  Highly recommend it.

Episode 5 Debuts Black Star Riders

The Black Star Riders are a band born out of the latest incarnation of Thin Lizzy.  Deciding to change the bands name as they wrote and recorded new music to preserve the legacy of Phil Lynott’s beloved band, Scott Gorham along with band mates Damon Johnson, Marco Mendoza, and vocalist Ricky Warrick have put together an impressive album.  All Hell’s Breaking Loose would have been an incredible Thin Lizzy record, and I am sure that as Phil listens from above he is smiling.

Here is a great clip of Damon and Ricky performing an acoustic take on the debut single “Bound For Glory”.

Black Star Riders – “Bound For Glory” Acoustic


Whitesnake – “Love Will Set You Free” – Forevermore

The new episode is up, and our opening track this week is from Mr. Coverdale, and his band of Snakes.  They released Forevermore in 2011, and have been touring solidly on it for 2 years.  They have a pair of new live CD’s that have just been released as well.  “Love Will Set You Free” was the first single off the CD, and here is the video that went along with it.

Whitesnake – “Love Will Set You Free” – Forevermore


Episode 5 – Guilty Pleasures Take Up All My Time And Space


Let me start by thanking everyone that has been listening to the shows thus far. We had a great response to the show with Tony Cardenas-Montana, and we have some other great interview shows coming up in the next few weeks, but this week you are stuck with me!

Hour 1 features some great new songs, and a couple of songs that definitely deserve more attention on radio. We start off with Whitesnake, and the first single off of their most recent studio release Forevermore, an album that reminds me of Whitesnake of old, particularly the Slide It In era. We debut the new track from Black Star Riders, the band that came out of Thin Lizzy. The new CD All Hell’s Breaking Loose will not disappoint you if you are a fan of Thin Lizzy, the first single is called “Bound For Glory”. We also have a track from an exceptional new band from the UK called The Temperance Movement, fans of Humble Pie and Free should be very impressed. Of course all of these new tracks are mixed with some great classics from Sabbath, Cheap Trick, Robin Trower, Mountain, and more just to name a few. We wrap the hour with an incredible version of Son House’s “Death Letter” by none other than Pat Travers, from his newest studio offereing Blues On Fire.

Hour 2 starts off with a little tribute to the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years after, Alvin passed recently and I think its only right that we spotlight some of his great work. We then offer up the new single from Monster Truck, off of their new CD, which is out now, called Furiosity. From a new band to a classic band with a brand new CD, Deep Purple, the song “Vincent Price”, check out the video on the home page as well. Before the end of the hour we have another new track from Ugly Kid Joe’s recent EP as well.

Hour 3 features even more new tracks for you, including another cut from Zeppelin’s Celebration Day live release, the debut of Brian Tichy and Sass Jordan’s new act S.U.N. here on the Noize Faktory, and a killer song from the new CD by Cinderella front man Tom Keifer. Lots of other great tracks from UFO, Rival Sons, Gov’t Mule and more!

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