Grande Royale’s Latest EP Is A Grand Pure Rock Record

Courtesy: The Sign Records

Rock and roll is not dead.  Despite what KISS bassist Gene Simmons and others want to believe, it is anything but.  People have tried to claim that the genre (and metal) is dead.  Apparently, even the Recording Industry Association of America wants audiences to believe rock is dead.  Thankfully, year after year, so many bands prove that quite the contrary is the reality.  Independent rock band Grande Royale is just the latest band to prove the critics wrong thanks to its forthcoming album, Carry On.  Scheduled for release Friday, the band’s fifth album leaves no doubt that real, pure guitar rock is alive and well.  That is evidenced clearly in the record’s collective musical arrangements, which will be discussed shortly.  The arrangements’ companion lyrical content does just as much to support the noted statements.  It will be discussed a little later.  The record’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of this latest offering from Grande Royale.  All things considered, they make the album clear proof that rock and roll is indeed alive and well.

Independent rock band Grande Royale’s fifth full-length studio recording, Carry On, is proof positive that despite the continued claims by so many that real guitar rock is dead, it clearly is anything but dead.  In fact, it is pure, guitar rock at its finest, and proves that the genre is alive and well.  That is proven in large part through the album’s collective musical arrangements.  The arrangements are everything that guitar rock purists have come to love about the genre.  The rich, driving guitar riffs start off the album with a sound and stylistic approach that is closely similar to that of Pearl Jam circa 2000 in ‘Troublemaker.’  ‘One of a Kind,’ which immediately follows, incorporates the most subtle touch of vintage guitar rock and pairs that with an equally subtle touch of vintage punk for yet another interesting composition.  ‘Bang,’ the album’s very next song, incorporates even more of a vintage guitar rock influence for its body, changing things up.  As if all of that is not enough, the band even gives listeners a touch of 90s pop rock late in the album’s 32-minute run in ‘Staying Dry.’  It’s just one more example of what makes the album’s musical arrangements so enjoyable.  Between these arrangements, the stoner rock approach of ‘Schizoid Lullaby,’ the raucous ‘Just As Bad As You,’ and everything else featured here, there is no doubt that the musical arrangements featured throughout this album give plenty of reason for audiences to hear the album.  They are just a portion of what makes this latest offering from Grand Royale so enjoyable.  The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements add to the record’s appeal even more. 

The importance of the album’s lyrics is shown in part late in the album’s run in the form of ‘Ain’t Got Soul.’  This two minute, 40 second opus is classic rock right to the bone in its lyrical theme.  The song’s chorus gives listeners every reason to raise the horns as it states against the arrangement’s high energy, “You got no role/I am swinging to the beat/You better watch out/I’m swinging to the beat/Do not stand there and shout, ‘Over and out’/’Cause you ain’t got soul/Unless you rock n roll/’Cause you ain’t got soul/An eternal case where we all belong.”  The tribute continues as the song’s subject states in the song’s second verse, “All the rules you make/I am guilty of the crime/Guilty of the charge/Playing the blues/I am a slave to my passion/Do not tell me what to do/Go back to your pretty city.”  Again, this is just a tribute to rock and roll, and to simply rocking out.  It is just as pure rock and roll as any of the album’s musical arrangements. 

‘Troublemaker’ is its own pure rock and roll work in its lyrical content just as much as its musical arrangement.  This is one of those familiar, accessible works that finds its subject addressing someone who is toxic.  That is inferred right from the song’s outset in its lead verse.  The subject states in the song’s lead verse, “All that you are in your tattered soul/Leave it all behind/You got no options my friend/All that you need/You better hit the speed/You don’t need to pretend/I’m here to take a stand.”  The commentary continues in the song’s second verse, which finds the subject telling that second person, “

I cannot stand this anymore/We’ve been here before/Knocking at your door/You are trouble, the devil/I cannot stand your face oh/My cannon is loose/Are you ready for some news?”  The song’s chorus adds to the statement even more as the subject is addressing that person, who turns out to apparently be a woman, stating, “So, darling meet me at the Troublemaker Street/Calling you a rascal, calling me a fraud/Darling, you’re the queen of the Troublemaker Street/Calling you a rascal, calling me a fraud” Whether the song’s subject is addressing solely a woman, overall or two different people, the fact of the matter is that this familiar rock and roll theme.  It will connect with any rock and roll purist.

‘Just As Bad As You’ is one more example of what makes this record’s lyrical content so important.  This song’s lyrical theme comes across as being one of those classic “partners in crime” type songs in regards to its lyrical content.  That is inferred early on in the song’s lead verse, which states, “Yeah, we are in the game/No need to put out the flame/Just me and you/Into the hall of fame/We are in the game/And who are you to blame?/Just you and me/And the power of gain.”  That seeming message continues as the song states, “Darling, you are wild/We can’t go on/This life lies way beyond/But I’m just as bad as you/Cause you are wild/We can’t go on/But I’m just as bad as you/Yeah, we are in the zone/Nothing left to atone/Just you and me/Descending the throne.”  Again, this “just the two of us” style theme is familiar to rock fans as the other themes noted here. Between these themes and those in the record’s other songs, little question is left as to the appeal of the album’s lyrical content to its presentation.  When this overall element is considered along with the album’s musical arrangements, the album’s appeal increases even more.  The overall content is still only a portion of what makes the album a success.  The record’s production rounds out its most important content.

The production that went into Carry On is important to note because of the impact that it has on the album’s general effect.  One need not listen too closely to catch the raw, garage rock sound at the center of each of the album’s songs. The richness and thickness in the drums and bass, the cutting but still so raw, driving guitars, and even the effect used on the vocals put their own touch to the record’s presentation.  That is all thanks to the production that went into making each item sound so good.  What’s more, each instrument is so well-balanced with the others and the vocals throughout.  The result is that the record will appeal to listeners as much for its general effect as for its overall content.  Keeping  all of that in mind, the album overall proves itself to be a welcome return for Grande Royale.

Grande Royale’s latest album, Carry On, is a presentation that the band’s established will find a welcome return from the group.  At the same time, audiences who are less familiar with the band and its catalog will find it just as welcome an introduction to the band.  That is due in no small part to the record’s featured musical arrangements.  The arrangements are pure, guitar rock at its finest.  The lyrical themes featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements are vintage rock and roll in their own right, and are accessible in their own right.  The record’s production puts the final touch to its presentation, bringing everything together.  Each item noted is important in its own right to the whole of the album’s presentation.  All things considered, they make Carry On one more of this year’s top new rock and independent albums.  Carry On is scheduled for release Friday through The Sign Records.  More information on Carry On is available along with all of Grande Royale’s latest news at:



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KISS’ Latest Live Recording Lives Up To Its Title

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Late last year, veteran rock band KISS played a nine-night residency at Las Vegas’ famed Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  Now almost a year later, one of those shows has been made available to audiences in the form of the band’s new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas.  Released just this week, the extensive recording offers audiences and members of the KISS Army to appreciate beginning with its set list.  That will be discussed shortly.  The band’s stage show and presence are just as important to the concert as the set list.  That will be discussed later.  The varied platforms on which the concert is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered, they make KISS Rocks Vegas one more must have for any KISS fan whether just a fan or a longtime member of the KISS Army.

KISS’ new live recording KISS Rocks Vegas is hardly the band’s first ever live recording.  It is, however a welcome addition to any KISS fan’s collection.  That is due in part to the concert’s set list.  The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1974 self-titled debut and all the way up to its 1998 album Psycho Circus to make up its body.  The band’s 1976 album Destroyer is most heavily represented in this set list with no fewer than five of its songs presented here.  Those songs are: ‘Beth,’ ‘Detroit Rock City,’ ‘God of Thunder,’ ‘Shout It Out Loud,’ and ‘Do You Love Me.’  Love Gun (1977) receives three nods with ‘Christine Sixteen,’ ‘Love Gun,’ and ‘Plaster Caster.’  These are just some of the band’s hit songs included in the twenty-three-song set.  The band obviously couldn’t pull songs from every one of its albums in just one show.  That would require a set list that would lead to a much more extensive recording.  Of course odds are that few, if any, KISS fans would complain about that.  Keeping that in mind the show’s extensive set list gives audiences plenty to appreciate in the bigger picture of this recording.  The band’s show and stage presence combine to make for another important part of the recording’s presentation.

The extensive twenty-three song set that is featured in KISS’ new live recording is clearly pivotal to the recording’s overall presentation.  It obviously doesn’t cover the band’s entire catalogue of hits and albums.  But audiences will agree that it does cover quite a bit of ground.  It is just one of the key features of the recording, too.  The band’s overall show and its stage presence throughout are collectively just as important to note as the show’s set list.  The band’s stage show is just as intense as it was in the band’s heyday.  Those that have seen the band’s live shows from its early days will agree with that sentiment.  It includes all of the pyro, lights, and other over-the-top elements for which the band has come to be known.  The camera crew’s work in capturing that intensity is to be applauded, too.  That is because it does such an impressive job translating that intensity to audiences at home.  In the same vein the band’s actual presence throughout the concert is just as notable.  All four members of the band give one hundred percent and then some in entertaining the audience in attendance.  Paul Stanley commands the stage and the audience.  Fellow founding member Gene Simmons expertly compliments Stanley’s persona with his own *ahem* fiery energy throughout the show.  One would expect that both men would take it easy at their age, as so many older performers do.  But neither one does.  Rather, they give their all because the audience gave its all, too.  Even current drummer and guitarist Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer put in their share of energy, too in their performances.  The combined efforts of all four men make the band’s stage presence in itself intense and wholly entertaining.  The band’s actual stage show couples with that performance to make both elements one whole that is just as important to this recording as the show’s set list.  Even collectively, they are still not all that makes KISS Rocks Vegas another standout live recording from what is considered by many to be “the greatest band in the world.”  The varied platforms on which this recording is available rounds out the concert’s most important elements.

The set list that is featured in KISS Rocks Vegas works with the bands stage presence and stage show to give KISS fans more than enough reason to add this new live recording to their personal collections.  They are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for the recording.  The concert is available on a number of platforms.  Those platforms include: DVD + CD combo pack, Blu-ray + CD combo pack, Deluxe Edition DVD + Blu-ray + 2CD.  In making the concert in three separate platforms, Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS have covered all of their collective bases here.  Regardless of whether fans have DVD players or Blu-ray players, every fan can enjoy the concert in full with both its audio and audio/visual presentation.  For the true KISS loyalists—the hardcore members of the KISS Army—there is also the Deluxe Edition, which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray in one complete package along with a double CD audio presentation of the concert.  That Deluxe Edition also includes a large photo book complete with pictures from the band’s nine-night residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.  So whether one is just a fan, a devoted fan, or full-blown member of the KISS Army, there is something for everyone across the board.  Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS are to be highly commended for going this route.  When this element is set alongside the band’s stage show and presence, and the show’s extensive set list, it all comes together to show once and for all why this concert is, again, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.

KISS Rocks Vegas is not KISS’ first ever live recording.  And regardless of whether fans have any of the band’s previous live recordings, this latest live offering still proves in the long run to be one more must have for any KISS fan and his or her collection.  This is made clear in part through the concerts extensive, twenty-three song set list.  The band’s performance of that set list and the band’s overall stage show make that even clearer.  The multiple platforms on which the concert has been made available by Eagle Rock Entertainment and KISS puts the finishing touch on why the recording is so impressive.  Each element is obviously important in its own way to the concert’s overall presentation.  All things considered KISS Rocks Vegas proves to be, once more, a must have for any KISS fan and his or her KISS collection.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other titles available from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online now at:










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