SEBASTIAN BACH: ABachalypse Now: CD

ABachalypse Now is a live collection with two CDs and a DVD. It chronicles three different Bach solo shows last summer: Hellfest in France, Graspop in Belgium and the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles. Since the shows were so close together, the set lists are pretty similar. There’s a mix of classic Skid Row tracks and Bach’s solo material.

Now for the fun stuff, Bach has admitted that the vocals on the CD has been fixed in the studio, so you don’t get a live recording of him singing, but it really doesn’t bother me too much. If you are looking for a collection of your favorite songs from his solo career and with SKID ROW, this is the place to look. The band is tight, heavy and gives the songs the energy to make them stand out. You get song after song of power and emotion that really will get you cranking this up and blaring it out of your windows with a few beers down your neck.

You get two CDs and a DVD with three shows, what more can you ask for? This is great value for the money and if you are a fan, a purchase that you need to get.

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PRETTY MAIDS: Motherland: CD

PRETTY MAIDS is melodic metal band from Denmark that have been around since 1981, and have quite a payload of releases behind them. This is their first album since Pandemonium in 2010.

This album differs somewhat to what has come before by having a very keyboard-centric sound, fortunately, the guitar is sharp and heavier than ever and the combination of the monstrously heavy guitar sound and focus on the keyboard gives the album a very thick sound. “Mother of All Lies,” “Why So Serious?” and the title track show the band giving us the hard and heavy sound that they do so well. The title track is an up-tempo pounder that has grooves, and the chorus is pure perfection. “Why So Serious?” is a haunting and captivating song that blends melody with fantastic riffing. “Sad to See You Suffer,” “Bullet For You” and the excellent “Wasted” shows off the melodic essence of this band perfectly. “Bullet For You” showcases harmonies that are luscious and fill out the vocals beautifully. “Wasted” closes the record and does an excellent job of blending the keyboard playing into the songwriting.

All of these songs have amazing choruses that will stick in your head long after the record is over. Everyone who is a fan of PRETTY MAIDS and loves  melodic metal songs will fall in love with this CD

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