Eagle Rock’s Mingus Montreux Show Shines In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top New Live CDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Going to live shows is neither easy nor inexpensive nowadays.  Between the collective cost of tickets — which is itself oftentimes bank-breaking — transportation, food, potential lodging and souvenirs, and of course planning around work and family schedules, getting out to live shows is not easy for anyone.

Those barriers make the availability of live recordings something critical for audiences everywhere, regardless of genre.  To that end, live CDs deserve their own consideration just as much as studio recordings, each year.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has developed once again a list of the year’s Top 10 new live CDs.

This year has been an interesting one for live CDs.  Some notable live CDs were featured as part of bigger bundles (E.G. The Rolling Stones’ San Jose ’99 and Voodoo Lounge ’94 shows) while others, such as Alice Cooper’s A Paranormal Night @ The Olympia Paris and Marty Friedman’s One Bad M.F. Live were standalone offerings.

Some were standout offerings for all of the best reasons.  Others had some problems to note.  Keeping all of this in mind, this year’s crop of live CDs deserves just as much attention as the vast sea of studio recordings released throughout the year.

Topping this year’s list is yet another live CD from the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of Charles Mingus’ classic 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival show.  This recording presents Mingus at one of his finest moments, and why his live performances were — and still are today — such powerful presentations.

Coming in second in this year’s list is the new Jimi Hendrix live CD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  This CD was released as part of the bigger Electric Ladyland box set, and stands out so strongly because of its set list, Hendrix and company’s performance and the production values.

Third place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live CDs goes to veteran viking metal outfit Amon Amarth.  The 30-song set list spans two nights and quite an expansive portion of the band’s catalog.  That set list is directly mirrored on its DVD and BD presentation, and sounds just as good.  Though because of the intensity of the show, it is still better appreciated being seen and heard and not just heard.  That’s not to say the CD presentation is bad, but audiences will agree that hearing it makes for far more appreciation for the concerts’ DVD and BD presentations.

Also featured in this year’s list of top new live CDs are those noted new offerings from Marty Friedman, Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones alongside new offerings from Opeth, Devin Townsend and John 5 to name just a few more titles.  As always, this critic’s list features 10 of the year’s top new offerings plus five honorable mentions, which follow, for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 new Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Charles Mingus — Live at Montreux 1975
  2. Jimi Hendrix — Live at the Hollywood BowlAug. 14, 1968
  3. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  4. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean MachineLive at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  5. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  6. The Rolling Stones — No SecuritySan Jose ’99
  7. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  8. John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip — Live in San Francisco
  9. Marty Friedman — One Bad M.F. Live
  10. Accept — Symphonic TerrorLive at Wacken 2017
  11. Alice Cooper — A Paranormal Night at The Olympia Paris
  12. Fates Warning — Live Over Europe
  13. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow — Memories in Rock II
  14. John 5 and The Creatures — It’s Alive
  15. Overkill — Live in Overhausen

Marty Friedman Announces Release Date, Specs For New Live Recording; Debuts Clip From Recording

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Famed virtuoso guitarist Marty Friedman has a new live recording on the way, and in anticipation of its release, a clip has been released from the recording.

Friedman’s new live recording One Mad M.F. Live!! is scheduled to be released October 19 via Prosthetic Records.  Originally recorded April 14, 2018 on the last date of Friedman’s “Wall Of Sound Tour,” the recording will be available on CD, digital and special deluxe 2LP gatefold set with glow-in-the-dark wax as one pressing.  Other vinyl pressings will be in black sparkle and clear splatter.

In anticipation of the recording’s release, a from the performance of Friedman performing his song ‘Whiteworm’ has been released at GuitarWorld.com.  The song is streaming online at Friedman’s official bandcamp site. Pre-orders for the recording are open now at Friedman’s official store.

Friedman shared his thoughts on his new recording in a recent interview, noting that it gives audiences a lot to anticipate.

“This live album is a tip of the hat to the live albums that blew my mind when I was a kid,” Friedman said.  “The musical content itself is modern and atomic-powered, but the presentation is decidedly old-school.  The pacing of the show, the audience participation stuff, the special live arrangements of the songs, these are the things that got me all jacked up as a kid.  I like to give the audience the feeling that they are really getting something unique, something that only happens at THEIR show, not just a recital  of the songs exactly as they know them.  There are lots of happy accidents, once in a lifetime ad libs, things that could have only happened because we were high on that particular audience’s energy.”

Friedman added he felt that the performance presented in this recording achieved the goal for which he aimed in the first place.

“I like to lose myself in giving energy to the audience,” Friedman said.  “I want everyone to go home feeling like they were injected with a shot of positive vibes.  I think we captured that on the record.”

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

In celebration of his new live recording’s release, Friedman will hold a special performance October 21 at the famed Viper Room in Los Angeles, California.  It will be his only live U.S. performance of the year.  Tickets for the show are available here.

The full track listing for One Bad M.F. Live!! is noted below.

Complete track listing for ONE BAD M.F. Live!!:
1. Street Demon
2. Elixir
3. Amagi Goe
4. Inferno
5. Self Pollution
6. Devil Take Tomorrow
7. Mutation Medley (featuring Asche zu Asche, My Oh My, Forbidden City, Tornado of Souls)
8. Ripped
9. Whiteworm
10. Undertow
11. Dragon Mistress
12. Kaeritakunatta Yo

BONUS TRACKS, DIGITAL ONLY:
Hyper Doom
Stigmata Addiction

One Bad M.F. Live!!  follows the release of Wall of Sound (2017).  The album debuted at #12 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart.  Friedman said the album is one of the best that he has ever created.

“I’ve had albums that have charted higher, sold more and got more attention over my career, but Wall of Sound is the album I’ve been striving to make ever since I picked up a guitar,” Friedman said.  “I have an almost unhealthy amount of pride toward that album.  The thrill I get from playing the Wall of Sound stuff live is something that I wanted documented, and that’s what One Bad M.F. Live!! is.”

More information on One Bad M.F. Live!! is available online now along with all of Marty Friedman’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.marrtyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

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Project 86 “Among” Rock and Metal’s Best On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top New Hard Rock & Metal Albums

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For those about to rock, we salute you!

Yes, everyone knows that phrase from AC/DC’s classic song by the same name.  As popular as it is, it is more than just a song lyric and title.  It is a statement of honor for the acts and audiences who span the rock community.  This year, as with every year prior, there are so many bands to honor as the year nears its end, including hard rock and metal bands.  In case it hasn’t become clear by now, this article focuses on this critic’s choices for the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums.  As with every list before, compiling it was not an easy task.  New releases from Project 86, Arch Enemy, Iced Earth, and so many others made this year’s field of new hard rock and metal albums very crowded.  That is putting it lightly.  Between well-known mainstream acts and their lesser-known independent counterparts, the two sides collectively offered so many impressive new albums.

Topping this critic’s list of the year’s top new hard rock and metal albums is Project 86’s latest album Sheep Among Wolves.  The band’s 10th full-length studio recording in 20 years, this record takes all of the best elements of the band’s past — both musically and lyrically — and uses them to craft a work that is just as memorable and engaging as its predecessors.  Also on this year’s list from Phil’s Picks are new albums from — as already noted — Iced Earth and Arch Enemy — as well as new offerings from Overkill, Act of Defiance, Prong, Adrenaline Mob, Blacktop Mojo and others. As with every list, this list presents this critic’s Top 10 titles plus five additional titles for a total of 15 records.  That being noted, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Hard Rock & Metal Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW HARD ROCK & METAL ALBUMS

  1. Project 86 — Sheep Among Wolves
  2. Prong — Zero Days
  3. Act of Defiance — Old Scars, New Wounds
  4. Overkill — The Grinding Wheel
  5. Iced Earth — Incorruptable
  6. Blacktop Mojo — Burn The Ships
  7. Adrenaline Mob — We The People
  8. Marty Friedman — Wall of Sound
  9. Corroded — Defcon Zero
  10. Dragonforce — Reaching Into Infinity
  11. The Haunted — Strength In Numbers
  12. Doyle — As We Die
  13. Demon Hunter — Outlive
  14. 36 Crazyfists — Lanterns
  15. Arch Enemy — Will To Power

That’s all for this list.  Again, it was not an easy list to compile.  Acts the likes of Eve To Eve to Adam, Marty Friedman, Sepultura, Annihilator, Mastodon and so many others all deserve their own share of credit.  With that in mind, it becomes easy to see why no disrespect was meant to any one act or another here.  Every noted act released its own impressive album.  Only so many spaces were available, sadly.

2018 is already shaping up to be an interesting year in its own right, with new material from Ministry on the way alongside new albums from Judas Priest, Saxon, Machine Head, Corrosion of Conformity, Tool, Clutch and lots more.  Stay tuned for all of that in the new year.  To keep up with all of the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Prosthetic Records Reveals Release Date, Specs For Friedman’s Next Record

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

The wait for Marty Friedman’s next new record is almost over.

Friedman will release his next full-length studio recording Wall of Sound Friday, August 4 via Prosthetic Records.  In anticipation of the record’s release, audiences one of the album’s songs, ‘Self Pollution’ is streaming online now.  The song mixes elements of blues, thrash metal and prog-rock for a composition that is certain to hold listeners’ ears.

Friedman, who not only wrote the album’s songs but also produced the album, said in  a recent interview that composing each song was not easy, but said the time and effort paid off in the end.

“It’s a challenge to evolve album after album, especially on your 13th solo album.  Not only as a songwriter, but it is imperative to do new things on my instrument as well,” Friedman said.  “Luckily this is a challenge that I love.  You will find this hard to believe when you hear the density and sheer amount of guitar coming at you from all directions, but in fact all of the final guitar tracks on Wall of Sound were done in nine days.”

He added more than a year was spent composing and fine tuning each song. The result was that quick turnaround.

Guest appearances featured on Wall of Sound include Black Veil Brides member Jinxx, Shiv Mehra of Deafhaven and Jorgen Munkeby of Shining.  Paul Fig (Ghost, Rush, Alice in Chains) engineered the record while Jen Bogren (Lamb of God, Opeth) and legendary Queen producer Mack shared mixing duties. Mack mixed two of the record’s songs, ‘Streetlight’ and ‘For A Friend’ while  Bogren mixed the rest of the record’s songs.

Japanese bassist Kiyoshi handled bass duties throughout the album while veteran session drummer Gregg Bisonette and up-and-comer Anup Sastry shared time behind the kit for this album.

Wall of Sound pre-orders are open now here. The record will be available in five limited edition LP color variants, noted below.

 

  • White Black Swirl LP – 300 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Smoke LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Glow in The Dark LP – 100 Worldwide
  • Clear Black Swirl LP – European retail exclusive, 100 Europe only
  • White LP – US indie retail exclusive, 200 US only

The record’s track listing is noted below.

Wall Of Sound track listing:
1. Self Pollution
2. Sorrow and Madness (featuring Jinxx of Black Veil Brides)
3. Streetlight
4. Whiteworm
5. For A Friend
6. Pussy Ghost (featuring Shiv Mehra of Deafheaven)
7. The Blackest Rose
8. Something to Fight (featuring Jorgen Munkeby of Shining)
9. The Soldier
10. Miracle
11. Last Lament

 

More information on Wall of Sound is available online now along with all of Marty Friedman’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

 

 

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Marty Friedman Premieres Video For ‘Inferno’s’ Latest Single

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

Marty Friedman debuted his latest music video this week.

The veteran guitarist debuted the video for this song ‘Meathook’ this week via Billboard.  The video mixes footage of Friedman and his fellow musicians—including Shining (NOR) front man Jorgen Munkeby—performing live with various snippets of vintage butchers carving p large chunks of meat, car crashes, and other footage that is sure to leave audiences talking.  Audiences will also note behind the band in its live footage the logo of metal band Arch Enemy.  That is because the footage was recorded during his most recent tour with Arch Enemy.

‘Meathook’ comes from Friedman’s latest solo recording Inferno.  Friedman has spent the past two years touring in support of Inferno.  That time on the road included tours with Gus G., Arch Enemy, and Kreator.  His recent live schedule also marked the first time in more than twelve years that he has performed live in the United States.

On Sunday, August 14th, Friedman will wrap his global tour with an orchestra performance at the Famed Hollywood Bowl with veteran flamenco duo Gabriela, who also appeared on another of Inferno’s songs ‘Wicked Pancea.’  Friedman was upbeat when he discussed the upcoming performance.  “I’m so excited to play the Hollywood Bowl, and even more excited to do it with my friends Rodrigo y Gabriela AND a full orchestra!,” he said.  “They did a great collaboration with me on my Inferno record and we’ve met several times in Japan talking about how to make this Hollywood Bowl show a once in a lifetime kind of ultra special show.  Can not wait.”

Following his performance at the Hollywood Bowl Friedman will return to Japan to perform a full live set at SummerSonic, the country’s largest music festival.

More information on Friedman’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with more information on his new video and more at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.martyfriedman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/martyfriedman.official

Twitter: http://twitter.com/marty_friedman

 

 

 

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Holy Grail Debuts ‘Into The Maelstrom’ Lyric Video

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

Next Tuesday, Holy Grail will release Times of Pride and Peril, its third full-length studio recording. In anticipation of its impending release, the band has debuted the video for another song from the album.

Holy Grail debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Into The Maelstrom’ this week. The video sets the song’s lyrics against a futuristic backdrop that includes robots, rockets, an elevator to space and much more. Audiences can cehck it out online now via Prosthetic Records’ official YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQf-DF8ZyHI.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

The band is currently touring in support of Times of Pride and Peril. It is currently touring alongside label mate Marty Friedman and will join Black Tusk beginning February 23rd in Charlotte, NC. The band’s current tour schedule is listed below.

2/8 Phoenix, AZ – The Rebel Lounge ^

2/9 El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls ^

2/11 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s ^

2/12 Houston, TX – Scout Bar ^

2/13 Dallas, TX – Trees ^

2/14 Little Rock, AR – Stickyz ^

2/16 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade ^

2/17 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits ^

2/18 Orlando, FL – Backbooth ^

2/19 St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre ^

2/20 Ocala, FL – O’Malley’s Alley

2/22 Greenville, SC – Gottrocks

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #

2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas #

2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #

2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom #

2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #

2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars #

3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #

3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #

3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck #

3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple

3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies #

3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #

3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock #

3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #

3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #

3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina #

3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx #

3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino #

3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office #

3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore #

3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #

3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin #

3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #

3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub #

3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst #

3/23 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge #

3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room #

^ with Marty Friedman

# with Black Tusk

Audiences can pre-order Times of Pride and Peril online now at iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp and Prosthetic Records’ online store. More information on Times of Pride and Peril is available online now along with all of the latest updates on Holy Grail’s tour, news and more at:

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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Holy Grail Debuts ‘Crystal King’ Lyric Video

Holy Grail drops its latest full-length studio recording Times of Pride and Peril next month. In anticipation the band has already debuted the lyric video for the single ‘No More Heroes’ and is also in the midst of a multi-city tour. Now along with all of that the band also debuted another new video this week.

The band debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Crystal King’ this week. The song is the opener for the band’s new album. The video presents the lyrics for the song set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop of sorts. There are soldiers firing guns, zombie-like figures, and much more along the way. Some might consider the video slightly NSFW because of the shots of people being shot even in shadow just as a fair warning to viewers. Audiences can view the video online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVn4ENCIy1w. After checking out the video audiences can pre-order the album online via iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. Exclusive pre-order bundles are also available online via Prosthetic Records’ online store at http://prostheticrecords.limitedrun.com/bands/holy-grail.

 

Courtesy:  Prosthetic Records

Courtesy: Prosthetic Records

 

The band is currently touring in support of Times of Pride and Peril. The band is scheduled to perform live tonight in Charlotte, North Carolina. The band’s current tour schedule is noted below.

 

2/23 Charlotte, NC – Milestone #
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA – Shakas # 
2/25 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie #
2/26 Boston, MA – Once Ballroom # 
2/27 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus #
2/29 Burlington, VT – Nectars # 
3/1 Quebec City, QC – Le Cercle #
3/2 Montreal, QC – Foufounes Electriques #
3/3 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck # 
3/4 Detroit, MI – Berserker Fest @ The Masonic Temple #
3/5 Chicago, IL – Reggies # 
3/6 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon #
3/7 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock # 
3/8 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium #
3/9 Winnipeg, MB – The Windsor Hotel #
3/11 Saskatoon, SK – Amigos Cantina # 
3/12 Edmonton, AB – Brixx # 
3/13 Calgary, AB – Palomino # 
3/14 Kamloops, BC – The Office # 
3/16 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore # 
3/17 Seattle, WA – El Corazon # 
3/18 Spokane, WA – The Pin # 
3/19 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
3/20 Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre Pub # 
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst # 
3/23 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside #
3/24 Los Angeles, CA – Viper Room # 
3/25 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick # 
3/26 Phoenix, AZ – Pub Rock # 
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar # 
3/29 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater # 
3/30 Kansas City, MO – Riot Room # 
4/1 Indianapolis, IN – 5th Quarter # 
4/2 Newport, KY – Southgate House #
^ with Marty Friedman
# with Black Tusk

 

More information on Holy Grail is available online now along with the band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.holygrailofficial.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/holygrailofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/holygrailband

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