This is the antithesis of music like Fejd and Falkenbach, which I reviewed last week. Helrunar is clearly a band for the bravest of metal fans.
Twisted Sister: Club Daze Vol 1- The Studio Sessions & You Can’t Stop Rock & Roll
Two releases that will remind you just how good Twisted Sister were even in their early career. The former is an odds and sods collection that shows the band developing their sound and creating something different. Unlike most of the releases, the tracks are interesting and are something you would find yourself listening to more than once. Early version of “I’ll Never Grow Up”, “Under the Blade”, and “Shoot Em’ Down” appear here. And for levity you have their version of “Leader of the Pack."
The re-mastered version of the their second album just flat out rocks. If you ever loved this album on vinyl, it's time to update your copy. Included are a couple of bonus tracks in the form of “One Man Woman”, “Four Barrel Heart of Love” and “Feel the Power”. Of course what really shines on this release is the awesome title track which hinted at just what a rock monster (in drag) Twisted Sister would become. Of the two, this is definitely recommended for purchase. Expect to see more TS re-mastered releases in the coming months.
Nelson: Lightning Strikes Twice
Perfect hair and Ricky Nelson for their father helped the Nelson twins produce damn near perfect, heavy pop rock in 80s. Well, that and oodles of talent.That first album had a handful of songs on it that were disgustingly catchy and that have managed to stand the test of time rather well. Nelson never managed to hit the right notes or sales as they did with their debut. Well, except in Japan where they are still beloved.
Said to be a “return to form”, it has been suggested that this is the rightful follow-up to their debut, After the Rain. I think that cheapens the release a bit. Its not a band from the 80s trying to sound like time and music hasn’t moved on. This is a damn good album from whatever era it might hail from. It's not a bunch of middle-age rockers trying to act like they were in their 20s, but a couple of damn musicians making some fine music. Songs like “How Can I Miss You” hit the right combination of humor and hard rocking goodness. “Kickin My Heart Around” has the right oomph to satisfy. Of course there is the required ballad with “To Get Back to Your”