Alice Cooper Goes To Hell ($5 SPECIAL)

"Following the success of his first solo album, Welcome to My Nightmare, Alice Cooper followed it up with another concept album, Goes to Hell, similar in style to its predecessor. Again, longtime Alice producer Bob Ezrin was on board, and while there are a few highlights, Goes to Hell signaled an Alice era where he pretty much forsook the raw garage rock of his early days (Killer, School's Out) in favor of polished studio glitz. That said, the title track is worthy of any headbanger's time (and remains one of Cooper's most overlooked rock tunes), while "I Never Cry" was another Alice ballad that found a place near the top of the charts. Other highlights include such tracks as the disco-rock-boogie of "You Gotta Dance" and the laid-back yet sinister funk groove of "I'm the Coolest." Elsewhere, the musical experiments aren't as successful -- the old-time sounds of "Give the Kid a Break," "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows," and the album-closing "Going Home" are about as far removed from the expected hard-rocking AC direction as you can get. And while the rocker "Wish You Were Here" would become a late-'70s concert standard for the Coop, the original studio version lacks the firepower the song achieved on the stage. Alice was supposed to follow up the album's release with another highly theatrical stage show (following the cue of his first solo tour in 1975), but an illness squashed the tour altogether. Despite its missteps, the gold-certified Goes to Hell would prove to be Alice's most commercially successful solo album for quite some time." - All Music Guide

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    $6.00
  • Cynthesis is a new band that reunites three of the original members of Zero Hour (Jasun and Troy Tipton, and Erik Rosvold) along with Enchant drummer Sean Flanagan.ReEvolution is the middle part of a dystopian trilogy begun with 2011’s DeEvolution. The central character, a shaman, is sent out to gather more slaves. He comes across a tribe and senses a light within them that triggers a distant memory of his past.  He realizes this is the original tribe he was taken from.  He brings them back to the city and encounters what was done to the population and sets them free.While Cynthesis maintains much of the Zero Hour tech metal influence, it also demonstrates the more melodic and atmospheric side of Jasun Tipton’s songwriting.  ReEvolution will appeal to fans of both progressive rock and metal.
    $13.00
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    $29.00
  • In Crescendo is the fourth studio album from this Italian progressive band.  While originally working in a purely metal direction, the band has expanded the scope of their sound to encompass elements of progressive rock as well.  There is a very strong atmospheric component similar to Riverside, Porcupine Tree, and Pink Floyd but the heavier, metallic side of Opeth and Dream Theater is clearly present as well.Over the past two years Kingcrow has expanded their fan base with a European tour in support of Redemption and Jon Oliva as well as appearances at ProgPower Europe and ProgPower USA.  An announcement about 2013 US tour dates is imminent. 
    $13.00
  • DeEvolution tells the story of an elite group of leaders from a heavily industrialized city who find, brainwash and then exploit an indigenous tribe’s shaman, believing he would be the perfect supreme leader. By propping him up as possessing all the answers to societies ills the elites use him in order to gain and keep more control over the masses. They plan to influence the masses on several fronts: Religion, Media, Consumerism, and Government.Twin brothers, Jasun and Troy Tipton along with Erik Rosvold released two albums with the Progressive-Metal act Zero Hour. The band's second album "The Towers of Avarice" won sparkling reviews from nearly every metal magazine around the World and has achieved classic status among prog metal fans. Zero Hour successfully toured Europe and performed twice at Prog Power USA, the largest prog-metal music festival in the World. In 2003, fans were disappointed when Zero Hour parted ways with Erik Rosvold.In late 2007, Jasun began writing material for Cynthesis. As the music developed Jasun could only imagine one vocalist to really connect to the material. After one phone call both Jasun and Erik were very excited to work together again.The final piece of the puzzle was to find an amazing drummer. Jasun asked Troy what drummer he would like to work with. Without any hesitation Troy said, "Sean Flanegan is the guy". Sean is best known for his work with the Progressive Rock band, Enchant (Blink of an eye & Tug of War).Produced by Dino Alden, DeEvolution is the first of a projected series of albums from this reunited force of progressive metal.
    $8.00
  • "Steely Dan hadn't been a real working band since Pretzel Logic, but with Aja, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen's obsession with sonic detail and fascination with composition reached new heights. A coolly textured and immaculately produced collection of sophisticated jazz-rock, Aja has none of the overt cynicism or self-consciously challenging music that distinguished previous Steely Dan records. Instead, it's a measured and textured album, filled with subtle melodies and accomplished, jazzy solos that blend easily into the lush instrumental backdrops. But Aja isn't just about texture, since Becker and Fagen's songs are their most complex and musically rich set of songs -- even the simplest song, the sunny pop of "Peg," has layers of jazzy vocal harmonies. In fact, Steely Dan ignores rock on Aja, preferring to fuse cool jazz, blues, and pop together in a seamless, seductive fashion. It's complex music delivered with ease, and although the duo's preoccupation with clean sound and self-consciously sophisticated arrangements would eventually lead to a dead end, Aja is a shining example of jazz-rock at its finest." - All Music Guide
    $5.00
  • "Central to the album are tracks like "Beautiful" and "Missing," each bristling with redemptive lyrical and vocal power, Dug near evangelical above his chosen eccentric palette, one of abrasive textures and sublime melodies that emanate truths rather than delivering them primary-colored and sharp-angled.Says Dug: ""Beautiful" is one of my favorites: ‘Don't forget you’re beautiful.' Everything I sing about, even if I’m telling somebody something about themselves, I'm actually talking to myself, about something that I've been through. So I just go ‘you,’ instead of ‘me’ (laughs). There were many times I just never felt like I was any good, and a lot of us feel that way. So I just figured, hey, ‘Don't forget you’re beautiful.’ That's a good line. And I've seen people cry, listening to that song. And "Missing;" musically it just slams; just from the beginning, even before I put the lyrics on it, it's like, this song is going to work. It was just special for me. It has some kind of vibe that I wasn't used to, a whole new slant with respect to what I do."Lightening up from the dirty strip-mining of the record’s guttural tone is a little ditty called "Equal Rights." The song is pret’ near a bit of a revival hoe-down, and might be a surefire hit, in a different time, space and dimension."Yeah, that was fun," laughs Dug. "There was an old Larry Graham/Grand Central Station song, and Sly And The Family Stone used to do the sang type of thing. They used to sit around and do these harmonies, this black gospel kind of thing, and I grew up in that situation, so I put that together with the slide guitar. I picked up slide years and years ago, but never played it. On this record I play slide all over the place. So I sat down and started strumming a guitar, and I thought, you know, maybe I'll write some kind of old gospel-type song. ‘Equal rights for everyone,’ yeah!"
    $8.00
  • "When one thinks of countries that are a hotbed of prog metal bands, places such as Norway, Sweden, and Finland come to mind. However the Land Down Undah’ otherwise known as Australia has been churning out amazing prog metal bands for the past decade. Bands such as Hemina, Voyager, Lord, Carnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Teramaze and Melbourne’s Vanishing Point have been wowing the prog metal scene for the past decade. It’s been seven long years since the release of Vanishing Point’s The Fourth Season, but the melodic metal quintet consisting of Silvio Massaro (Vocals), Chris Porcianko and James Maier (Guitars), Simon Best (Bass), and Christian Nativo (Drums) have finally returned with their fifth studio album Distant Is The Sun on AFM Records. The band has stayed true to their unique blend of progressive, power, AOR metal and have secured the talents of Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann of Ordan Ogen for mixing duites on Distant Is The Sun. Picking up right where The Fourth Season left off, the musicianship and songwriting on Distant Is The Sun is exceptional.The album kicks off with the short instrumental track Beyond Redemption and powers right into the first song King of Empty Promises. The double bass drum attack from Nativo and melodic keyboards lead the way and the harmonious soaring vocals during the chorus are a perfect way to officially start the album.The title track is next and begins with a heavy groove and transforms into a light piano tinged verses with Massaro’s impressive vocals leading to a catchy and melodic chorus. The twin guitar harmony lead attack from Porcianko and Maier is a thing of beauty during the solo section.Symphonic keys signify the start of When Truth Lies, an epic slab of energetic melodic progressive metal with a driving headbanging beat. Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kaako lends his melodic pipes to the fast and furious power metal of Circle of Fire. Kaako and Massaro’s vocals compliment each other extremely well and create an amazing metal duet.The keyboard prominence on Denied Deliverance is pronounced in the mix but never overshadows the heaviness of the track, it just adds to the overall melody of the song. A blazing guitar solo section highlights the middle portion of another stellar song. Let the River Run has an impeccable acappella vocal harmony section that begins this mid tempo metal gem. The beautiful vocals during the chorus will be stuck in your head for days after listening.The album slows down for the piano based Story of Misery but don’t be fooled into thinking this is a traditional power ballad. The emphasis is on POWER with a emotive vocal performance from Massaro. Era Zero speeds things right back up with a frenzied double kick attack with plenty of soaring melodic vocals throughout and a shredding guitar solo from the tandem of Porcianko/Maier and culminates in a symphonic ending and bursts right into Pillars of Sand which keeps the hard and fast metal flowing.The eerie keyboard intro of As December Fades melds into a Maiden-esque guitar harmony and a glorious AOR sounding chorus with a symphonic element that is reminiscent of Within Temptation. A bright piano melody signals the beginning of Handful of Hope. Once again Massaro gets his chance to shine with an impressive vocal performance filled with passion and emotion. The bands penchant for writing catchy power metal is on display on Walls of Silence. The brilliant symphonic melodies and heavy guitar compliment each other perfectly. The album closes with the acoustic guitar tinged instrument titled April, an understated yet effective piece of music with a keyboard accompaniment underneath in the mix. It is a curious choice to end the album, but well done nonetheless.After a seven-year absence, the world of melodic prog welcomes back Vanishing Point with open arms and hopefully Distant Is The Sun will shoot the band to the next level of popularity outside their native Australia. This goes to show that like a fine wine, Vanishing Point only improves with age!" - Lady Obscure
    $15.00
  • Remastered edition of this star-studded first solo album comes with a bonus track.
    $17.00
  • Limited edition vinyl EP released in 2013 available at a bargain price.  Majeure is the pseudonym for A.E. Paterra - 1/2 of the Zombi duo.  Paterra plays all analog symtns as well as real and sampled drums.  If you are a fan of 80s Tangerine Dream this one will blast you into space."With the legacy of Zombi now in stone, it’s been a treat to see co-founding member A.E. Paterra take on his musical path under the Majeure moniker. The sound of Majeure sticks to the analog realm, bringing a warmth and texture base that is reminiscent of the most experimental records of the 70’s. Releasing the debut LP Timespan a few years back and following up shortly afterwards with Solar Maximum, the skilled multi-instrumentalist is back with the good people at Temporary Residence Ltd. for the release of his latest outing Romance Language. I was really drawn to the first two full lengths and their unique brands of synthesizer heavy space prog dance music and the fact that a majority of Romance Language is devoid of percussion adds a special quality to the presentation. The unrestricted movement of the synths finds much more unique paths and I feel the quality of the music retains a timeless tone because of it. The journey is tranquil and ambient with Romance Language and it’s been a favorite album for relaxation over the last few months. The album consists of two long songs that each grace a side of the 12″ (“Romance Language” b/w Falcon Searider”), bringing together  a sense of meditative continuity in the first half that is a perfect projecting base for the change in energy on the second. The album lands in a sunburst 80’s synth groove by the ending section of the album, bursting out of the hazy and murky corridors of expression the second song begins with. Out of all three albums, Romance Language is my favorite of Majeure’s and has been under the radar among those close this year.The albums title track clocks in at 11:31 and spirals in shifting patterns within the first few bars. It’s a very bright and sequenced set of loops that rotates around one another with supplied with subtle additives of the most experimental kind. The deep swelling of sustained waves from the next synth enters the low end spectrum with a lot of depth around the sequenced loops. You can really feel the human element at this point and it continues to glow and shine brighter by the measure. It’s one of the most fluid and ethereal sound Majeure has created to date and it sent me into an immediate hypnotic state upon initial contact. It’s the kind of music that is excellent in closing ones eyes and getting lost inside of the abstract framework of synthetic layering present. The 4:00 mark cuts out the spiraling loops, leaving the atmospheric wind tones and sustained oscillations of synth to drift into the next scene with a psychedelic pathway through out. This lands into the first true progression of rhythmic stability, grabbing onto a loop that is much more grounded and forward in motion. The overtones add the shifting and transforming aura, encasing the song into an entirely different display of emotions through each major section. The soothing nature of the synth that mirrors a flute is mesmerizing, gently playing into the towering repetition of the synth that keeps the rhythm in lock. This soothing synth is then given time to bond solely with the wind tones hovering in the background, creating another immensely beautiful section of music from the mind of Majeure. It’s the kind of ominous approach that’s perfectly for the most potent and complex films.The darkened nature of the first sides ending is brought into the abyss even further with the sequence of layering that begins “Falcon Searider.” A gloomy and drafty scene comes to mind as the song evolves. It’s fascinating to realize how much the scenery has changed since the beginning sequences of the first side and what’s occurring in the first few minutes of the second. The distinct quality of analog gear for the recording of this song is undeniable and it’s with this tone that I am really drawn to every single moment. Small shades of overtones keep stacking over the core and it eventually begins to draw a sense of note configurations as these layers build. It all boils though, never moving too far from the cores growing levels of heat. Around 4:40, the dynamics of the music change entirely and the most drastically on the album. The drafty sounds part ways like clouds in their last moments blocking the sun. The synth line that draws the entire rhythm together has a Michael Jackson thriller feel. Dark and mysterious but groove based to the highest levels. The addition of a drum machine is the icing on the cake, giving way to the influences that defined his last album Solar Maximum. The progression of layers finds an incredible apex section after the 9:00 mark, blasting into the next hemisphere with pitch shifted synth lines and the never ending glow of the rhythm section. A simple fade at the end gives the ending a perfect nod to the 80’s synth movement.Romance Language has been a rewarding listen this year and I find that its meaning becomes even more enriched with every listen. It’s a perfect album for anyone who love analog based synth music and speaks volumes about the future state of music that Majeure continues to tap into. Nobody is doing it like Majeure when it comes to this field of expression and I feel Romance Language is his best effort to date." - Sound Colour Vibration
    $6.00
  • "Borboletta is the sixth studio album by Santana. It is one of his jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai, Welcome, Love Devotion Surrender with John McLaughlin, and Illuminations with Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Jules Broussard. The guitarist leaves a lot of room to percussion, saxophone and keyboards to set moods ("Spring Manifestations"), as well as lengthy solos by himself ("Promise of a Fisherman") and vocals ("Give and Take", a funky guitar-led song). The record was released in a shiny blue sleeve displaying a butterfly, an allusion to the album Butterfly Dreams by Brazilian musician Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira, whose contributions deeply influenced the sound of Borboletta."
    $5.00
  • Note this is not a 2 on 1.  Its a 15 track compilation of the albums Balls To The Wall and Restless & Wild.
    $5.00
  • "This is something of a family album, co-credited to Paul Kantner and his wife, Grace Slick, and featuring on its cover a photograph of their infant daughter, China. It also features the family of San Francisco Bay Area musicians, including David Crosby, Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, and other current members of Jefferson Airplane and future members of Jefferson Starship. Its style of loosely arranged acid rock music and radical left political lyrics is similar to such recent albums as the Kantner/Starship Blows Against the Empire (December 1970) and the Airplane's Bark (August 1971), which were made by most of the same players. But Kantner and Slick's usual stridency is not counterbalanced by substance as much as on earlier efforts, perhaps because they were making too many albums too quickly to keep up the quality of their songwriting. Still, anyone who enjoys the sweet-and-sour unison singing of X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka should listen to Sunfighter to see where they got it from." - Allmusic Guide
    $8.00
  • Budget priced slip case set featuring Judgement, A Fine Day To Exit, and A Natural Disaster.
    $18.00