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A New Revenge... Is Good?!?

Today's post is from our friend HIM.

Listen to this:

Am I wrong to be cautiously optimistic? Probably. This could end up being yet another one of those cookie-cutter, here today and gone tomorrow, ‘supergroups’ that never tour, and never release another album. That pattern was perfected (if that is the right word) by Frontier Records: plug-and-play bands that always disband.

This is also a scuffed group of major/minor players: Tim “Ripper” Owens (“Cathedral Spires” is a brief moment of absolute glory during his stay in Priest), bassist Rudy Sarzo (who has played on every B-list metal album ever produced, and a few A-list ones as well), Keri Kelli (no slouch and a guy whose real last name is Fear . . . that’s metal!), and drummer James Kottak (stay for Kingdom Come, leave for drunken antics at an airport that end up with him leaving the Scorpions). This is also a variation on Project Rock (goodbye, Zig-Zag).
But Timothy sounds great here and isn’t wearing that dumb cap. The rest of the band is in good form as well (even if Sarzo was busy forming another group and they had to get Jake E. Lee’s nemesis Soussan to fill in for the video). The sound is modern, but not annoyingly so. The song is simple, but not without some cool moments. The video is what you would expect nowadays.
Even the label, Golden Robot Records, has a bit of cache for those of us who love old school rock and metal. Their roster includes John Sykes, Bach, and freaking Rose Tattoo, as well as King’s X and The Lazys (you know I love that band). Well, it also includes Mi-Sex (?), Fyre Byrd (?!), and Groom Epoch (?!?!). But it doesn’t seem like the Frontier Factory that has made a great AOR band like Hardline sound lame and limp. So there’s that.
I am, as I stated, cautiously optimistic. I like it when older players make newer sounding songs that don’t suck. I will wait and see if the album lives up to the promise. One thing, though, guys: your album cover for Enemies & Lovers looks like a V.C. Andrews knock-off that I would buy at a discount bookstore. It ain’t that hard to make a catchy cover. Those Aussies at Golden can surely fork over a bit more scratch.

Reader Comments (18)

God damn that freakin' smoked! Ripper sounds a helluva lot like like Dio here to me,and that's about as good as it gets vocally when it comes to this kind of music. (🤘RIP little dude🤘) If the whole album is anything close to this song,they've got a winner. Just simple,slamming,chugging,good old greasy Rock is what you're after this fits the bill. Thanks for this Him. 👍
February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Gross. Ripper Owens needs to be in a metal band, performing what he does best, not trying to emulate Bon Jovi. Not. A. Fan.
February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBkallday
Excellent tune. My only issue is that there are too many "super-groups" that are nothing but a cash grab. The fact that the most famous member of the group in Sarzo couldn't even be bothered to show up for the video shoot speaks volumes. That being said, I am excited for The End: Machine.
February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSparkyDR99
Is good? Is frickin’ AWESOME!

But no wonder Golden Robot couldn’t afford the extra $200 to pay some punk to do a great album cover. Just look at the size of the set for this video! Geezus!

And, HIM, honestly, can’t really fully appreciate (how’s that for Metal Diplomacy?) you dig on Ftontiers. That label is pretty much songlehandedly saving our genre. Granted, they’re like the NETFLIX of Glam Metal / AOR but then getting bands like KIX doing an album of all new material (“Rock Your Face Off”) for the first time in decades is a Metal Godsend!

If this is cookie cutter I’ll take a dozen!
February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
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February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDale
Very bland and generic, and also not on Rippers wheelhouse.
February 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJeff
In case anyone is interested Rudy Sarzo has a podcast called the Dash.
February 11, 2019 | Unregistered Commentercrued
Keri Kelli is the MAN.
February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
what,,Sorum wasn't available? Seems he does about 10, come and go 'supergroups' a year
February 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJimbo/Spyke
@jimbo/spyke you read my mind. Kerri Kelly looks a lot like Matt
February 11, 2019 | Unregistered Commentercrued
Thanks for the replies everyone. Appreciate it. Figured I would do a bit of light lifting to soften Allysons' workload while she is sick.

Glad to tip you off to this, Gary. And I can certainly understand how people (such as Jeff and Bkallday) wouldn't like this. It teetered a bit for me. Then I just sorta' gave in to it. If anything, the fact that Ripper wasn't trying so hard made it better to me. If that makes sense. We shall see what becomes of this band. I have, as I said, my doubts.

Jimbo, the answer to your question is obvious: if Sarzo says no, it's no. Sorum must follow the Rules of Rudy when it comes to frequent metal couplings. If you don't, you end up on Frontiers playing drums to a song written by an Italian guy who thinks AOR stands for Asiago Opera Rejects. They reanimated Moussolini and asked him what he thought about Alessandro Del Vecchio. Il Duce's reply: "Nah. Not for me. A bit too flamboyant."

I tease Frontiers, Metalboy! But you have to admit that signing with them is oftentimes a deal with the devil. Del Vecchio has a way of inserting himself into quite a few bands that cross his path and sign with Frontiers. There are mostly bad results. Yes, they are the new Century Media (pre-Sony). They keep some of the legacy bands out there. So they deserve respect for that. Granted. But that Del Vecchio guy buys bands so he can drive them and creates super groups so he can toss them aside.

Hello, Dale. Tell us more about yourself. I sense you like Ozzy. So do I. Do you happen to know Fletch? Have you ever met Crued? I ask because I am curious. Looking forward to getting to know you. And I am glad, as I am sure you are, that Ozzy is out of ICU.
February 14, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHim
I am a huge fan of Ripper Owens. Demolition is one of my top 5 favorite Priest albums. I liked his Iced Earth material too and Yngwe. And he's a nice family man to boot. I love him. very talented guy.

I will listen to this for sure. He can do no wrong in my eyes, hat and all.
February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRita
I am a huge fan of Ripper Owens. Demolition is one of my top 5 favorite Priest albums. I liked his Iced Earth material too and Yngwe. And he's a nice family man to boot. I love him. very talented guy.

I will listen to this for sure. He can do no wrong in my eyes, hat and all.
February 15, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRita
Nice to see some love for Ripper, Rita. I shouldn't bag on his hat. It just rubs me the wrong way for some reason.

Like I have said, "Cathedral Spires" is devastatingly good. And the fact that he put up with Yngwie . . . well, he has to be a good guy. No doubt he struggles to patch together a career. But he has made magic more than once. And he has loyal fans. He is a class act in my book, even if he lowered himself to be on that Gordon Ramsey show (which I watch) when the chips were down at his failed restaurant venture.
February 16, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Stop, Rita! You’re making me jealous!
February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Metalboy! - You always kill me ha ha ha.
February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRita
and Him - you are right. Cathedral Spires is a great song. I found Jugulator pretty solid, but not as catchy or diverse as Demolition.

And yes, struggles is the right word for his career as a musician. Seems like he always has a few projects on the go but no stability, which is a shame actually.

and that song is pretty good. I like it.
February 19, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRita

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