Mark Uricheck

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Gotthard, ‘Bang!’ – Album Review

October 16, 2014
The End Records
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In what’s so far, easily the most expansive, divergent addition to the Gotthard catalog, ‘Bang!’ is the sound of a band not quite content with its laurels as one of Europe’s premiere arena-rock specialties. Now 22 years into a million-plus selling career, Gotthard appears to be firing a few choice warning shots signaling they’re still melodically dangerous.

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Eric Clapton & Friends, ‘The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale’ – Album Review

August 25, 2014
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The legendary Oklahoma-born Cale, the man responsible for the dissemination of the laid-back “Tulsa Sound,” was of such influence to Eric Clapton. In fact, Clapton credits Cale with dragging him out of his drug-induced haze of the 1970’s, and in turn, Cale would give Clapton platinum-tipped ammunition like “After Midnight” and “Cocaine” to arm his post-“Clapton is God” cannon. In addition, Clapton covered more obscure Cale cuts like “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime” on his 1978 ‘Backless’ album.

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Overkill, ‘White Devil Armory’ – Album Review

July 31, 2014
eOne Music
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Truly an album that can satisfy every era of Overkill fan, ‘White Devil Armory’ bridges the classic thrash for which they’re known, with the sinister throwdown of 21st century metal production and relentless lack of pandering to trends. How long the band can sustain such fury is anyone’s guess, but we’ll be more than happy to get pulled under by this heaviest of anchor drop.

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Uriah Heep, ‘Outsider’ – Album Review

June 26, 2014
Uriah Heep Outsider
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Now 24 albums and 45 years deep into a career that hit its commercial peak during the early 1970’s, and down to one original member in guitarist Mick Box, no one would bat an eyelash if Uriah Heep was phoning it in at this point. On the band’s latest studio album, ‘Outsider,’ Uriah Heep surprises by not only delivering a vital, dynamically musical statement, but also material that’s worthy of such proto-metal primordial classics like 1972’s ‘Demons and Wizards.’

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Nazareth, ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Telephone’ – Album Review

June 10, 2014
Union Square Music
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This, the 23rd release from Scottish blues rockers Nazareth, is a bit of a paradox. Here’s the good: the album is best thing the band’s done in quite some time, throwing down the gauntlet after a few semi-clinkers like their most recent studio offering, 2011’s “Big Dogz.” The bad: this will be the final studio recording to feature original vocalist and gravel-throated inspiration to a generation of hard rock royalty like Axl Rose and Michael Monroe, Dan McCafferty.

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When the Levee Breaks: Led Zeppelin’s Running History of Legal Accusations

May 27, 2014
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Led Zeppelin has never been a band that’s devoid of controversy. From Zeppelin’s earliest days, they’ve been tagged by some as musical thieves, “borrowing” lyrics and melodies to fit their own agenda. There have been some songs that the band outright admits to being more than shade “influenced” by, such as “You Shook Me” from the 1969 debut.

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