Union was a band formed by Bruce Kulick, ex-Kiss, and John Corabi ex-Motley Crue / ex-Scream. They picked up a young unknown drummer by the name of Brent Fitz. This is a live clip of Union from their DVD Do Your Own Thing. “Old Man Wise” is the lead single off the debut CD from Union, and Brent’s drumming is a prominent feature of the song. This was a great band, who I think should still be making records together.
Black Sabbath returns with their first new CD with Ozzy on vocals since Never Say Die. The first song that they dropped on the world is the track that starts Hour 2 this week, “God Is Dead?”. If you haven’t heard the CD yet and you like the music that we play here on the Noize Faktory then you must get it in gear and pick up 13. My favorite track on the CD is “Damaged Soul”, but I really enjoyed the entire thing from start to finish, and the deluxe edition features 3 bonus tracks that are just as strong as everything on the CD.
Here is the video that the band put together for the track “God Is Dead?”, enjoy the macabre!
My pick of the week is a new band from Austin, TX, don’t be afraid, they aren’t a hipster band, they are a powerhouse rock band called Scorpion Child. Their debut CD is out on Nuclear Blast Records, and it will not disappoint. I found the band via Amazon, they recomended it to me based on my vast collection of incredible music (this may be slightly sarcastic). The album features 10 tracks, and there is a bonus track on itunes as well. You will be hearing a lot of these guys on upcoming shows, but this week we debut the band with the song “Liquor”. I have attached the official lyric video for your viewing pleasure, and you can check out hour 3 of this weeks Noize Faktory to hear the track at the top of the hour.
Go get this CD!
You may know Andrew Stockdale as the leader, writer, and sole identifiable member of the Australian rock band Wolfmother who’s hit “Woman” catapulted them onto the scene. Andrew was also the vocalist on guitarist Slash’s first solo single “By The Sword”. With the release of his new solo album Andrew continues to impress with his mix of modern rock and that classic 70’s sound.
The album is entitled Keep Moving, its 16 songs of pure rock n’ roll in its truest form. 16 songs is a great buy, that’s alot of entertainment for your dollar. Wolfmother established Andrew as a singer with an outrageous range, capable of doing almost in-human things, this solo endeavor establishes Andrew as a great song writer. His influences are all on display in grand form on this album, from the Zeppelin-esque rhythms and the Plant screams, to almost Dylan like lyrics and delivery on some songs, along with a few ZZ Top inspired grooves. My favorite thing about this disc is the array of songs, and just how strong they all are.
This week we debut “Long Way To Go” on the Noize Faktory right in hour 1, and I have attached the link to the video for the song. This one is one of my two albums of the week.
Andrew is on tour right now, so if he is coming through a club in your area, get out and support him, he is in the US starting this week.
This weeks title song is UFO’s “Rock Bottom”. Hands down one of the greatest rock guitar riffs of all time, and Michael Schenker’s solo is in my opinion one of his best. The energy that Pete Way brings to the song, and the great lyric from Phil Moog. Here is a great live clip of UFO from 1975 performing the incredible “Rock Bottom”. Watch it, love it!
After 30 years Cactus reunited to play their first live show at B.B. Kings in NY. This is a live clip of the band performing their best known track “Evil”. The band originally featured Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck alongside Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert. After Beck was involved in a car accident, and Stewart decided to join the Faces, Appice and Bogert brought in guitarist Jim McCarty of Mitch Ryder, and vocalist Rusty Day from the Amboy Dukes. In this clip Jimmy Kunes is on vocals for the late Rusty Day. I love the song, not so sure how much I love the drum solo in the middle of this thing, but Carmine does play the track like the original recording.
In hour 2 this week you can hear Lemmy and Motorhead with Girlschool doing “Please Don’t Touch”, here is a television clip of them doing the song together on some European TV show. This is a rare clip of them together promoting the song. Enjoy!
After spending the better part of 5 years working with Slash, and hearing so much of his catalog performed live night after night, the first time I heard the track “Anastasia” I was blown away. Slash began working on the bits and pieces of this song in his solos during the Slash Tour of 2010 and 2011. By the end of the tour the band was ready to go in and start work on the Apocalyptic Love album. Slash had constructed the intro and song structure for Anastasia, and all that was left was for Myles to go in and add an incredible melody and vocal. The song became a staple of the live shows from the very start of the albums tour, and was clearly a fan favorite from the first time it was played. Here is a great video of “Anastasia” performed live in Sydney during the 2012 sold out Australian tour.
Jon Oliva is best known as the longtime frontman of Savatage, and later as the musical mastermind of TSO. Since Savatage has gone on hiatus Jon has busied himself with several projects, including Jon Oliva’s Pain. Pain featured riffs that Jon’s late brother Criss had left behind on tape over the years. Jon dedicated the Pain project and his projects after Savatage to be a conduit to release all of the music that he and Criss had left unfinished. RAISE THE CURTAIN is the final installment of Criss’ ideas, which brings an end to a long chapter of the Oliva’s work together. Criss has just recently started getting credit for his amazing guitar work, and Jon has done his brother a great honor by sticking to his promise to share the music that he left behind with his fans. This album mixes the last of Criss’ ideas with more originals from Jon, and the different genres and elements of the Oliva’s writing over the years, and their many influences. If you are a fan of Savatage and the way that they evolved over the years this CD covers it all.
Here is the official lyric video for “Father Time” which is featured in hour 1 of this weeks episode of the Noize Faktory.
July 12th would have been the 63rd birthday of the late Mr. Eric Carr. As a Kiss fan growing up Eric had a huge impact on me, my first two records were LICK IT UP and the unmatchable CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. From the intro of the title track to the last ringing chord of “War Machine” Eric’s thunder is absolutely undeniable. That record is the record that defined Kiss to me, and much of that was because of Eric’s incredible playing. I finally got to see Kiss live in 1990 on the Hot In The Shade tour, Eric’s last tour with the band. The setlist was incredible, they played for over 2 hours, and touched on every era of the band, we even got to listen in while they did “I Was Made For Loving You” during soundcheck, which they hadn’t yet added to the set, it was much like the rocked up version which later appeared on ALIVE III.
Eric’s memory lives on in his music, and the millions of Kiss fans that cherish everything he brought to the band, including all the time that he spent with his fans. I recently added a special piece of Eric memorabilia to my personal collection, one of his RIAA gold records for CREATURES OF THE NIGHT.
Here is a clip of Eric on stage with Kiss performing “Young And Wasted” from Animalize Uncensored in 1984.