Content tagged 'Hard Rock'
Space Ritual (Album of the Day)
Hawkwind had earned a reputation as one of the hardest-gigging bands in Britain by the time they played the December 1972 concerts heard on SPACE RITUAL. These performances were elaborate rock operas, and though you can't see the light show, dancers or Barney Bubbles-designed sets on this double album, the music is spectacular on its own. Drawn largely from previous studio collection DOREMI FASOL LATIDO, the songs tell a sci-fi tale of Starfarers traveling to Earth – a delightfully harebrained concept that, in the hands of the group's classic lineup (including a pre-Motorhead Lemmy on bass), inspired some thunderously heavy progressive rock. “Orgone Accumulator,” “Space Is Deep” and “Sonic Attack” have lost none of their mind-warping power, and SPACE RITUAL will take you on an audio trip across the cosmos.
SONG OF THE DAY - "Rock And Roll" (Sunset Sound Mix) (Album of the Day)
Has it been a long time since you rock and rolled? Led Zeppelin's “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix) is finally available on streaming services for the first time as a standalone single. Evolving from a jam during recording sessions for the quartet's untitled fourth album, the song is aptly titled given that its rhythm and guitar riff were inspired by the '50s rock of such pioneers as Little Richard and Chuck Berry. A big audience favorite since its release in 1971, the anthem opened Zeppelin concerts for years, and was the final encore of the band's 2007 reunion show. Also available as part of the new LED ZEPPELIN X LED ZEPPELIN digital-only collection, “Rock And Roll” (Sunset Sound Mix) is our Song of the Day.
The Great Southern Trendkill (20th Anniversary Edition) (Album of the Day)
Two years after Pantera topped the chart with FAR BEYOND DRIVEN, Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Dimebag Darrell, and Vinnie Paul returned in 1996 with the dark, unrelenting and highly personal THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL. Featuring the singles “Drag The Waters,” “Suicide Note Pt. 1” and fan favorite “Floods” (a power ballad that includes one of Dimebag's best-ever guitar solos), the collection reached #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and went on to become Pantera's fourth consecutive platinum release. Rhino's new 2-CD 20th anniversary edition includes the original THE GREAT SOUTHERN TRENDKILL remastered, plus a dozen previously unreleased mixes, instrumentals, and live recordings - every album track is represented with an unreleased version. It's the ultimate way to experience one of the most intense and hardest-hitting albums Pantera ever recorded.
Electric Warrior (Album of the Day)
Blow My Fuse (Album of the Day)
Wake Me When It's Over (Album of the Day)
If you're inclined to dismiss Faster Pussycat with the tag "hair metal," give a listen to WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER first. The L.A. quintet's second album, the 1989 collection dials back the glam for a bluesier guitar attack, giving these dozen originals a gritty, streetwise foundation. While crowd-pleasers like "Poison Ivy" show the group can dish out pop-metal anthems with the best of them, songs like "House Of Pain" hit like a punch to the gut – this was a band living the life rather than just posing for pictures of it. With frontman Taime Downe in fine voice and the band roaring behind him, WAKE ME WHEN IT'S OVER is one of the 1980s most underrated hard rock albums.