Train – Bulletproof Picasso (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Bulletproof Picasso - Album CoverThis is the Year of the Lord 1984 and we are listening to The Police, featuring Sting. Right?? Nope. It is actually present-day Train even imitating the Caribbean lilt in their opening song Cadillac, Cadillac that the former and long dissolved band did so well. Well ok – speak about transformation. Kind of a weak start to what should be a stellar record. This is how the band’s new 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso opens up and it is not really with a volley of deadly artillery fire that will boost you out to space. Hmm.

It is the first album without Scott Underwood, the long-time drummer, leaving only Pat Monahan and Jimmy Stafford as original founding members.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Train – California 37 (2012) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - California 37 - Album CoverWell, who would have thought that? After breaking out from obscurity to some better, more lighted shores with their last album, Train managed to land another great record with their 6th studio album California 37. I was very, VERY worried when I heard that they started on a new album way back then. ‘Cause Murphy sez that there is a great risk for the follow on productions to fall into the hands of the Lord of Darkness and never return.

But here, I feel the sunny warmth of California on my skin – a very pleasant surprise. Even if Pat Monahan is actually not from CA, he is from Erie, Pennsylvania (the provincial town sitting right on the lake of the same name) and officially resides (LOL) in the beautiful state of Washington.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Train – Save me, San Francisco (2009) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Train - Save me, San Francisco - Album CoverWell, busted: Here is one of my favorites – RockmusicRaider going mainstream billboard chasin’! What is the world coming to? 

Train, faithfully headed by lead singer Pat Monahan and supported by long time members Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood (left the band in 2014, by the way), always get me up to a good mood again. OK, I get it, folks: No metal there. So sorry. But you know what? If you ever lived in good old California, which I did, this is THE style. If you talk simple rock and nothing sturdier, of course. Pop is an altogether other matter and filled with all of those pop queens that we won’t get into.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

AC/DC – Rock or Bust (2014) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - ACDC - Rock or Bust - Album CoverBack to the future! This is what comes to mind when listening to this newest concoction of our favorite rockers from AC/DC from down under. Similar to other albums, this really starts to sound like some Krokus production gone to Australia – some Hoodoo right there.

Cookie cutter style, nicely built and very solid Hard Rock of the Heavy Metal kind, with down-to-earth riffs. Of which some of them seem to have matured some more since we last heard them in a studio album back in 2008.

Rock or Bust is nothing more than your usual AC/DC holiday turkey with some gravy. Well cooked, no hard edges, no sharp points.Got hooked? Raid this some more...

Krokus – Hoodoo (2010) – Review

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RockmusicRaider Review - Krokus - Hoodoo - Album CoverWell, well! Who would have thought that Krokus would ever again get together and produce a new album called Hoodoo! This really was a great surprise back in 2010. And then with such a rocky Heavy Metal piece! 

Of course, the Swiss Heavy Metal band ‘Krokus‘ would not be themselves when they would not sound like AC/DC in their Bon Scott heyday – well kind of. Only this time this style direction is much more pronounced than in former productions. 

Now, Mark Storace still has it in him. The old fire still ablaze, albeit a bit quieter than a few years back. Indeed, this whole band of aging rockers still can show a lot of skills to other bands in terms of what good, old Heavy Metal really ought to sound like.Got hooked? Raid this some more...