Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman

What absolute legends Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman are. There is no songwriter in the world who could put together an epic that worms itself into your heart like “Bat Out of Hell”, and there is no singer in the world who could pull it off. Meat Loaf’s heldentenor (“heroic tenor”) vocals are so muchContinue reading “Bat Out of Hell – Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman”

The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

As part of the promotion for my new EP, Demos from Safety, I’m posting reviews of some of the works which inspired each song on the album. I didn’t know that you could end a song by just smashing everything together into a multifaceted waltz-time cacophony until I heard MCR’s “The End.” That’s the wayContinue reading “The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance”

The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold

Do you like music, but wish it was, well, more so? This album is for you! It’s filled with awesome complex work; you may have already heard the Grammy-nominated title track and gotten used to its epic Fm-E riff and beautiful solos, but immediately following that are the beautiful triplet riffs and 4/4 chorus ofContinue reading “The Stage – Avenged Sevenfold”

XPeriments from Dark Phoenix – Hans Zimmer

You’ve heard Hans Zimmer in movies, creating the soundtrack to epic stories, but, on this album, he lets loose and writes a love letter to music itself. They could never put these songs in a superhero film for obvious reasons and I’m okay with that; this work is innovative, wacky, pretentious, and attention-grabbing, all wonderfulContinue reading “XPeriments from Dark Phoenix – Hans Zimmer”

Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition) – Slash

Apocalyptic Love is a personal favorite of mine. It’s just fantastic to hear Slash rip through those constant expertly written riffs, and there’s no comparison for Myles Kennedy’s wild, banshee-like vocals. Sure, the same goes for World on Fire (especially “30 Years to Life”), and Slash’s self-titled debut album is also always fantastic (especially “Sahara”),Continue reading “Apocalyptic Love (Deluxe Edition) – Slash”

Chinese Democracy – Guns N’ Roses

I love this album. Unfortunately, its reputation has been poisoned by fans expecting another Appetite for Destruction to bring glam rock back; that said, the music really is quite out there. Honestly, I can usually tell what kind of a place I’m in by what kind of music I’m listening to, and if I’m listeningContinue reading “Chinese Democracy – Guns N’ Roses”