Methods Of Mayhem

18 02 2009

I wanna do a lil something about this Tommy Lee sideproject. As you probably know Tommy Lee is the drummer of Mötley Crüe, and I’m a big Crüe fan. So recently I started searching for sideprojects by the band and even though I was sure what to expect when I read there was rap on this album, I bought it anyway. And I’m glad I did!

The disc says: WARNING: this CD is nothing but worthless plastic unless played loud as fuck!

So I went to my room, put the disc in my radio, turned the volume way up, and I listened to that album nonestop for days. I especially love the songs “Crash”, “Proposition Fuck You”, “Metamorphosis” and “Narcotic”. But the rest of the album is great as well.

Although this album is really electronic and techno, with rap vocals on it. It has still got that Crüe “fuck you all” attitude to it. I think “Crash” is my favorite song on it, it really gets me fired up. Love the first lyrics “Here’s some music to crash your car to!”, and I just might do that sometime!

I was happily suprised when I more recently read this on the internet: Tommy Lee announced in late 2008 that he is reforming Methods of Mayhem and it has been announced in January 2009 that Lee, Kai Marcus and DJ Aero are the current members and will start recording in March 2009.

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Swedmetal Threesome..

9 02 2009


Innocent Rosie – Bad Habit Romance
01. Bitter Pill
02. Knock Me Out
03. Animal
04. Let a Memory Die
05. Bad Habit Romance
06. Sextalkin’
07. I’m A Vibe
08. Wasteland
09. Shine,Shine,Shine
10. Don’t Drag me Down
11. I’ll Get Rich
12. Left Alone

Finally! Innocent Rosie will release their first album “Bad Habit Romance on February 18th 2009. I dunno about you, but I’ve been waiting for this album for quite some time, and I tell you all it’s been worth the wait. Innocent Rosie is everything Guns N’ Roses can never be again, raw, energetic and a kick ass rock n’ roll band.

 

The album is packed with big riffs and even bigger arena worthy choruses, ready to be chant along with by insane crowds from all over the world.

I love the wah-pedal guitar action in the intro  of “Knock Me Out”, as well as the vocals on this song. “Animal” is made to play as loud as possible, once this song grabs you there’s no letting go. The guitars are fast n’ heavy and the drums are ready to bash your guts to jelly. “Sextalkin'” starts of with a high pitched scream off the guitar and then transforms into a Mötley “Dr. Feelgood” era-riff. I like the rock n’ roll piano on this song.
“Let A Memory Die” begins like a slow groofy blues tune, but then slowly but surely morphes into a rock n roll gutpounder.

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Cherry Lips – Cherry Lips
01. Dead or Alive? (Are You)
02. Haunted
03. Stop Messin’ Around
04. Right Now
05. Mean Hot And Nasty
06. On My Own
07. Back For More
08. Shadow
09. The Race is On
10. Heartbreaker
11. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
12. Narcissus

Guys who say girls can’t rock hard should listen to this record and choke on the guitar violence on the album. Cherry Lips is an all-girls band from Italy formed in 2004, and on 27 March this year the world can expect their first album “Cherry Lips” to be released on Swedmetal Records.

 Though this album is more poppy that the music I usually listen to it’s worth more than one spin on my radio. I especially love the music section on this album, it sounds real tight girls!

My personal highlights on this album are “Stop Messin’ Around”, I love the laidback Rolling Stones kinda guitar slide intro, and the vocals sound a bit more aggressive on this one. The song is about something everyone can relate to, people hating the music your playing and wanting you to turn it off. “Mean Hot And Nasty” starts with a mean hot and nasty riff and once again a more aggressive voice than the first couple of songs. Cherry Lips also recorded a way better version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” I have to say this is the first time I’m not annoyed by this song.

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Pretty Wild – All The Way (E.P.)
01. All The Way
02. Time
03. Let The Good Times Roll
04. Shockin’ Teen
05. Dangerous
06. Take It Off
07. Let The Good Times Roll (-86 Mix)
08. Dangerous (live in L.A.)

It’s All The Way back to the 80’s Sunset Strip with this record. Loud but melodic buitar riffs and high pitched vocal screams dominate this album. Pretty wild has played the Roxy and Whisky a Go Go in L.A. And I must say, if they’ve been there two decades earlier they would’ve made it bigger than now.

Like the band said themselves, When you turn on a Pretty Wild song you wanna grab a beer and get the party going, this E.P. is perfect party music. Though “All The Way” isn’t just a party disc, I believe their sound is big enough to fill arenas and stadiums.

The party has begun, and you’re invited; 18 February 2009 “All The Way” will hit the stores. Their debut album will be released later this year.





2008 wrap-up

21 12 2008

So as 2008 is coming to an end, I’m starting to realize how great this year was for rock n’ roll..

I mean there have been some great records released this year, Chinese Democracy (GN’R), Black Butterfly (Buchcherry), Saints of Los Angeles (Mötley Crüe), Black Ice (AC/DC), just to name a few.

In this year I also opened my eyes/ears to the great hard rock genre called sleaze. I had always loved Appetite For Destruction and new some bands that made the same kind of kick ass rock n’ roll but not as much as I do now. As soon as I made my Last.fm profile somewhere this year I started to discover way more bands, and thanks to Classic Rock Magazine’s “round-up Sleaze” I began to figure out there were a whole lotta sleazy diamonds in the rough yet to be found. 

That fact inspired me to help out these bands on the internet by writing some introductions and reviews. So 2008 saw the birth of my website Ink N’ Sleaze. Which I still like posting on and helping the sleaze bands interested in working with me.

Needless to say, for all I care, 2008 was a great fucking rock n’ roll year!

I wish all my viewers, readers, visitors and everyone that helped my with this site in the past a very good new year, and I hope you will help me create another great year for Ink N’ Sleaze.





The Money Grind

26 11 2008

Many people say timetraveling is impossible, but I just found out a way to return to the 80’s L.A. hard rock scene with this great album by Willie Basse. Back in the 80’s Willie was frontman of the band “Black Sheep”, the band Slash was in during his pre-Guns days. Black Sheep was home to a lot of well-known rock artist such as the late Randy Castillo (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe).

As you all know, right now we’re in the 21st century and it’s very clear the music industry needs a firm metal kick in the fucking ass. Well.. Willie Basse and his band, who have also worked with an impressive list of famous rock artists (of which Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith, the Scorpions and Black Sabbath are just view), are here to give that kick as hard as they can. With the new album “The Money Grind” they’re not only kicking ass but it takes you way back to the 80’s with thick guitar riffs, high-pitch vocals and fast guitar solo’s.

The album starts off with an amazing intstrumental track called “Guitargasm”, and I must say, the title says it all. It’s just this huge hammer made out off guitar riffs and solo’s that knocks you out and I guess it could make some guys have an orgasm. Then after a moment off breath the second track “(Love So) Far Away” kicks in with this early Mötley Crüe sounding guitar riff. The chorus is a true 80’s singalong (or should I say chantalong).

There are killerriffs all over the album on tracks like “Don’t Waste My Time”, the title track “The Money Grind” and “U Can’t Have It All”. The track called “Po’ Boy” is something different all together.. It guides you around a couple of different genre’s in music such as reggea, blues and heavy metal. And it’s done in a very good way, ’cause I don’t really dig reggae but this song is actually one of my favorites on this album.

So if you’re into heavy metal that sounds like it’s from the 80’s but still has a modern feel to it. (In other words the music that matters). I highly recommend this album to you.

Exclusive INK N SLEAZE interview coming soon!





Mutherfucker of the Year

19 08 2008

I cain’t believe I haven’t fucking posted this baddass video yet..

Well.. better late than never right?

Enjoy,





Blame it on/Thank the Internet..

7 07 2008

bad pc

I just read Saints of Los Angeles has sold about 99,000 copies in its first week of release. And that got me wondering.. would they have sold more albums if the internet wasn’t here here yet, or as big as it is at the moment.

Let’s say S.O.L.A. was released in a time and place where internet does not excist!
*Whoa! Shocker!*
Would the album have sold 99,000 copies, or more/less? Allthough a lot of people say the album would have sold more without internet, because people wouldn’t be able to download it, I think it would have sold less. Because I found out about the making of, and the release date and etc. of Saints of Los Angeles, thanks to the internet. I live in Holland and I have to admit, Holland wouldn’t give a shit about Mötley Crüe or other hardrock bands anymore.

So I just kept on thinking.. if there was no internet where I can find news about bands and their new albums and stuff.. How the fuck would I ever know anything about it? You see? I wouldn’t have bought the album because I wouldn’t know it excisted.. And I wouldn’t know about a lot of bands I found on the internet. The internet opened my eyes(ears) when it comes to music. Before we had internet at home, all the music I would know about was the populair music, the hiphop and shit like that.

Thanks to the internet I found out about cool (old) bands like Guns N’ Roses, Motörhead, AC/DC, Nirvana, Mötley Crüe and many more. I already knew I liked the loud and hard music because some radio stations still play a little GNR, AC/DC and ofcourse Aerosmith. But I wouldn’t know who it was I was listening to! I liked it, but I didn’t know who that was, or what the song was called. I just remembered the terms I heard, like hard rock, heavy metal, metal, classic rock and whatever label they put on it. Then we got internet, and I just started Googeling the terms and downloading a lot of music from the bands that were labeled like that… and that’s how I think the internet only helps selling albums instead of decreasing it.

For the people I just pissed off in this story because I said I just started downloading a lot of music, I have bought albums of almost all the bands I have downloaded from (check out the “Collexion” page for my.. well.. collection..) , or have a shirt or other merchandising.





The Saints Swingin’

26 06 2008

Okay people, two reviews today, two reviews of two great fucking records..

Let’s start with Saints of Los Angeles by, ofcourse, Mötley Crüe.

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I had heard the title track “Saints of Los Angeles” already, so I was really looking forward to this album. ‘Cause that song just sounded so classic Mötley Crüe, yet very fresh, I loved the song from the moment I heard it.. So two days ago this record was released, but I have to confess, I couldn’t wait so I downloaded it befor that time, though I never had the chance to really listen to it. I was still a bit unsure wether S.O.L.A. was gonna blow my mind or dissapoint me. Because some of these song titles just gave such a modern impression to me that it made me wonder if the record was gonna sound like that as well.. (and I don’t like modern music that much..)

But I bought the record yesterday, and I just fucking love it! When I sat down and just let the music take me over I was amazed how fresh yet familiar this record sounds.. As if I have owned this disc for years already. Nikki had all the right to say: “I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years”. on his blog some time ago. Though I really love “New Tattoo” I think S.O.L.A. is even better.

The songs that spoke to me the most are: “Down at the Whisky”, “Saints of Los Angeles”, “Chicks = Trouble” and “White Trash Circus”. The entire record is great, but these songs are my favorites so far.

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The other record I want to review right now is “Swingin’ at the Fences” by these badboys from Sweden called “The Cowboy Prostitutes.
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SIMON SOLOMON – Lead Guitar
LUCA ISABELLE – Vox/Bass
TOBBE JOHANSSON – Guitar/Backing Vox
PER WIDELL – Drums

This record is packed with rock n’ roll with a big splash of dirty punkrock. The song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Jail” is just a fucking great opener for this album ’cause the song starts with a guitar riff that somehow says to me “Here we are, Fuck you!”. And that’s a good thing! Swingin’ at the Fences has a great attitude to it, the proud-side of, heck, almost every rock star, and the “I don’t give a fuck” feel of punk.

Most songs start with a fast riff/solo and gut-pounding beats which is accompanied with the raw vocals of singer Luca Isabelle at the start of the verses. The chorusses are very melodic, yet they don’t take away the raw attitude of the songs. They just make you want to get out of your chair, put your fist in the air and sing along like you just don’t care. There ain’t one song on this record I don’t like.

And as a great suprise, the second-last song “Roseline”, is a ballad, a very beautifull ballad. You can feel lot of emotions in this song and still feel like a bad-ass motherfucking hardrocker. My compliments to this song guys!