October 2016 Rock Releases

I recently saw a list of all the rock albums being released in October and there are a¬†lot! So I thought I’d list them here, just to put them all in one place for my followers. ūüôā

Oct. 7th

  • Alter Bridge:¬†The Last Hero
  • Candiria:¬†While They Were Sleeping
  • The Devil Wears Prada:¬†Transit Blues
  • Fit for a King:¬†Deathgrip
  • Green Day:¬†Revolution Radio
  • Meshuggah:¬†The Violent Sleep of Reason
  • NOFX:¬†First Ditch Effort
  • Saxon:¬†Let Me Feel Your Power
  • Sonata Arctica:¬†The Ninth Hour
  • Sum 41:¬†13th Hour

Oct. 14th

  • Darkthrone:¬†Arctic Thunder
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan:¬†Dissociation
  • Red Fang:¬†Only Ghosts
  • Seeker:¬†Loss
  • Sonic Syndicate:¬†Confessions

Oct. 21st

  • Amaranths:¬†Maximalism
  • Destrage:¬†A Means to No End
  • I Prevail:¬†Lifelines
  • Korn:¬†The Serenity of Suffering
  • Obituary:¬†Ten Thousand Ways to Die
  • The Pretty Reckless:¬†Who You Selling For?
  • T.O.M.B.:¬†Fury Nocturnus
  • Wovenwar:¬†Honor is Dead

Oct. 28th

  • Anaal Nathrakh:¬†The Whole of the Law
  • Crowbar:¬†The Serpent Only Lies
  • Dope:¬†Blood Money, Part 1
  • Fair Warning:¬†Pimp Your Past
  • Helmet:¬†Dead to the World
  • Memphis May Fire:¬†This Light I Hold
  • Serpentine Dominion:¬†Serpentine Dominion
  • Dee Snider:¬†We Are the Ones
  • Testament:¬†The Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Ulcerate:¬†Shrines of Paralysis
  • Whores:¬†Gold

 

 

 

Album of the Day: D’espairsRay’s Monsters

I saw D’espairsRay in 2008 with Avenged Sevenfold and Atreyu. I fell in love instantly, so naturally, once I was home, I found everything by them that I could. “Dope” is my favorite song, by far, and that’s why¬†Monsters¬†is my album of the day.

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Weekly Focus: Alice Cooper, Day Seven

Alice Cooper — “Under My Wheels,” from the album¬†A Fistful of Alice¬†(1997).

Weekly Focus: Alice Cooper, Day Six

My absolute favorite Alice Cooper song ‚̧

Alice Cooper — “Some Folks,” from the album¬†Welcome to My Nightmare¬†(1975).

Weekly Focus: Alice Cooper, Day Five

Alice Cooper — “The Black Widow,” from the album¬†Welcome to My Nightmare¬†(1975).

Concert Review: We Spent the Night With Alice Cooper

As much as I want this to be strictly a review, I can’t leave out the personal angle. See, my dad has been a fan of Alice Cooper since he was eighteen-ish. He actually saw them in ’75 on the Welcome to My Nightmare tour. When I heard that Alice Cooper was coming to Huntsville, my first thought was that my dad had to go, but I knew he wouldn’t buy a ticket for himself. He would have to have some kind of incentive. So I asked him to take me for my birthday–and he did.

Dad and I arrived at the Von Braun Center at 7:30 p.m. We found our seats and sat there, staring at the blue-lit backdrop (featuring Alice Cooper’s eyes) in anticipation. Nearly half an hour later, the arena darkened and a roar came from the crowd as the backdrop glowed red. We were off.

And this is where I switch to review mode…

Alice Cooper opened the set with “The Black Widow,” straight into “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” The band played for a solid hour and a half with barely a pause. They did all of the songs one would expect, including “I’m Eighteen,” “Billion Dollar Babies,” and “School’s Out.” Alice himself stepped back a few times to permit his band to show off their talents. The moments that really stood out were the solos from guitarist Nita Strauss and drummer Glen Sobel.

It’s no surprise the stage show was incredible! A dancing nurse, a broken windup doll, and the monster stomping around growling the chorus of “Feed My Frankenstein” were only the beginning. I mean, how often do you see a rock star get beheaded in the middle of his set?

Roughly halfway through, there was a tribute to other artists we have lost. Alice Cooper covered songs from The Who (in honor of Keith Moon), Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Motorhead (in honor of Lemmy Kilmister). In case anyone reading is going to be at a show during this tour, I will not list which tracks they played. I was pleasantly surprised, and I wouldn’t want to take that away from you.

Following “School’s Out,” the band left the stage. They returned within seconds to loud cheers and closed the show with “Elected.” Alice thanked his audience and after a few bows and showering the fans with picks and drumsticks, he and his mates exited for the final time.

I am very glad I convinced my dad to attend this concert. My only complaint would be that the show wasn’t long enough. Otherwise, it was perfect. Alice Cooper is a true entertainer. The Godfather of Shock Rock’s reign continues.

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Weekly Focus: Alice Cooper, Day Three

This is another one of my favorites. I first heard it on¬†Wayne’s World¬†and was instantly hooked.

Alice Cooper — “Feed My Frankenstein,” from the album¬†Hey Stoopid¬†(1991).

Weekly Focus: Alice Cooper, Day Two

One of my favorites ‚̧

Alice Cooper — “Ballad of Dwight Fry,” from the album¬†Love It to Death¬†(1971).