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CD REVIEW: STRYPER’s The Covering… The Worst Album EVER

by on Mar.23, 2011, under editorials, reviews

The Covering
Big 3 Records
0 out of 10

Ok, who here had The Yellow And Black Attack? Raise yer hand! Right.
Who here had Soldiers Under Command? RAISE YER DAMNED HAND! Right, thought so.
Who here had To Hell With The Devil? Raise yer hand, yeah you, there, right there. Raise your hand, you know you had that cassette jamming in your Pinto on the way to high school in 85. Don’t lie to me.
Now, who has any album after that by Stryper? Me neither.

25 years later and the bumble bees are back buzzing around with a new album. Only this time it is covers of their influences, the songs and bands that made them want to be musicians. The list of bands they are covering on the album is great. You’ve got Ozzy, Sweet, Black Sabbath, Scorpions, UFO, Kansas, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Van Halen, and Led Zeppelin. Sounds like a pretty badass CD doesn’t it?

Well it’s pretty bad alright. Don’t believe me? Here is Away Team‘s very own Bam Bam’s two word review of The Covering right here.

Musically there are some decent points to the disc. I mean, as soon as the song starts you can name every song they are playing. So, there’s that. That should almost be worth a point on the 1 to 10 scale right? Ok, so we’ll give them 1 point for being able to recognize the songs they are playing.

And of course the song list is great. Lights Out, Immigrant Song, Breaking The Law, The Trooper, Over The Mountain, Heaven And Hell, Carry On, Highway Star, Set Me Free, Shout It Out Loud, Blackout, and On Fire. I mean, I truly don’t think I’ve seen a better cover album song list than this on one album. So there’s a point for that. Now we’re at 2 out of 10.

The dude on the cover of the album looks like Chris Jericho the wrestler to me, so if you’re into wrestling you might give them a point for that. Now it’s 3 out of 10.

Then Michael Sweet begins to sing. Not that the guy has a bad voice, I mean he’s no Joey Belladonna and that is a point IN his favor, so we’ll give them a point on this CD just because he CAN sing better than Joey Belladonna. Here’s to 4 out of 10. Damn, they’re almost batting .500!

Oh, wait, Michael is still singing. Wow. Ok, I am TRYING to be fair here. His vocals on Set Me Free aren’t THAT bad. I’ll say that. So, in starting off the album it is OK. Of course starting off an album at just OK is not a good place to start. You better go up real quick, because you don’t have far to fall into the ‘this stinks like 10 pounds of hot steaming dog shit’ pile of no return.

The opening riff to the Scorpion’s Blackout kicks in, and you’re like, ok… Let’s get this going. Hey, Michael Sweet doesn’t sound too far off from the Scorpion’s Klaus Meine here. I’ll be damned. Oh wait, there’s the Michael Sweet Stryper Scream… Oh wait, just fucked the whole song, and now his inflection is more Stryper than Scorpions. Lost me there boys.

Heaven And Hell is next. I mean… It’s HEAVEN AND HELL for fuck’s sake! How can you butcher this? Dio, Tony, it may very well be the ultimate old school metal song. And these holier than thou jesus freaks are singing it? I was personally offended when Michael Sweet said that Stryper could have written Heaven And Hell themselves and YOU SHOULD BE OFFENDED TOO because he said that. I’m calling Bullshit! If you could have written something as epic as Heaven And Hell you’d have had a longer career than three years of semi-relevance. And the chorus of ‘ahhhhhh’ during the breakdown????? This isn’t church camp, this is Black Sabbath motherfuckers. How do you remove the balls from one of the most badass songs of all time? HERECY!!!!!!

UFO’s Light Out. Skip it. I can’t deal anymore. Again, I’ll say FOR THE MOST PART, the music isn’t bad. But fuck his voice is so unique, and so pussified that it has no balls to it. And every chance he has to pull this off, he just completely fucks it up. Maybe this should be an instrumental cover album!!!! Yeah, then it would only suck half as bad. Hell, I’d probably rate it a solid 5 then.

The weak ass drum intro into Carry On. What the fuck is that? There’s no balls in the drums either? WTF?????? Skip.

Everyone has their breaking point when it comes to savagely raping the legacy of metal. Stryper covering Deep Purple’s Highway Star is it for me. And we haven’t even gotten to Judas Priest or Iron Maiden yet. Fuck you Stryper for even THINKING about doing this album. Skip.

I don’t think I can continue. Really… My blood pressure can’t take this; my ears can’t handle the blasphemy coming from the speakers, my co-workers are yelling at me to stop killing the litter of cats in my cubicle already. Must. Finish. Worst. Album. Ever.

Shout It Out Loud. Starts out as pussy as the original does. Does that make it bad? No, but at least they can’t fuck up such simpleton songwriting as KISS. If this was maybe the second or third song on the disc, I could probably have handled it, but as we are on the seventh song of this musical abortion, I can’t take anymore, I am up to my limit in shit, so…. Moving on…..

Over The Mountain. Holy Fuck Randy Rhoads just died again. I can’t play guitar that well and I can play the opening riff better than Oz Foxx. Skip.

The Trooper. Stupid fucks, if you are going to take songs like Over The Mountain (Randy Rhoads), Highway Star (Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord), The Trooper (Steve Harris), that have such a distinct musical sound and style, you best be able to reproduce the opening riff, the organ solo, the bass line (respectively) of those songs, or fuck off and JUST DON’T DO THEM. And never mind the shit fucked guitar solo in The Trooper, come up with your own (not). Skip.

Nobody should cover Judas Priest. Period. Skip

Van Halen. Really? You try to tackle the intricacies of Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Randy Rhoads, AND Eddie Van Halen? Who do you think you are, Oz Foxx? Oh, wait… skip.

Do I even have to say anything about Stryper trying to cover Led Zeppelin? Really? Are you going to make me listen to this? FUCK YOU. and fuck Stryper.

And no, I’m not going to listen to their new song called ‘God’. Fuck that. You don’t get to do that to me after aurally sodomizing me for the last 30 minutes.

So, we got the album up to 4 out of 10 before Michael sang, so now where are we? Someone owes me for my therapy bills now!
DO NOT PICK THIS UP, you’ll thank me later.

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DORO releases first clip from 25 Years In Rock 2DVD/CD package

by on Oct.26, 2010, under news

DORO has uploaded a first clip from the upcoming anniversary 2 DVD/CD set, 25 Years In Rock.

The live performance of the SCORPIONS classic, ‘Rock You Like A Hurricane‘, featuring Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker can be seen below.

25 Years In Rock will be released on November 26th via Nuclear Blast. The package includes the entire 25-year anniversary concert, including guest performances in front of 10,000 enthusiastic fans in Dusseldorf as well as a China tour special, outtakes from Doro‘s 2500th concert and a whole lot more.
For more details click here.

For more DORO click here.

DORO feat. SCORPIONS – Rock You Like A Hurricane [Live]

DORO – Official MySpace Site | Myspace Music Videos

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Trailer for DORO’s 25 Years In Rock DVD/CD out now

by on Oct.22, 2010, under news

A trailer for German metal queen DORO‘s upcoming anniversary 2 DVD/CD set, 25 Years In Rock, has been released. 25 Years In Rock will be released on November 26th via Nuclear Blast.

The package includes the entire 25-year anniversary concert, including guest performances in front of 10,000 enthusiastic fans in Dusseldorf as well as a China tour special, outtakes from Doro‘s 2500th concert and a whole lot more.

Pesch celebrated her 25-year career as the reigning queen of German heavy metal by performing a three-hour set on December 13th, 2008 at the ISS Dome in her hometown of Düsseldorf, Germany. HOLY MOSES, LEAVES EYES‘ and ARCH ENEMY opened the show and were followed by full set by Doro (backed by her long-time band including Nick Douglas, Johnny Dee, Joe Taylor and Oliver Palotai), and included guest appearances by Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (OVERKILL), Jean Beauvoir, GRAVE DIGGER‘s Chris Boltendahl and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell, former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen, Scorpions’ Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker, as well as a host of other female vocalists, such as Liv Kristine (LEAVES’ EYES), Floor Jansen (AFTER FOREVER), members of GIRLSCHOOL, Liv of SISTER SIN and Sabina Classen of HOLY MOSES.

Until the end of the year Doro and band will do their last shows in Europe and North America. After a break, in 2011 Doro will begin the songwriting for a new studio album.

Doro tour dates:
30 – Tilburg, Netherlands Halloween Rock Fest
November (with Motörhead)
30 – Düsseldorf, Germany – Phillipshalle
December (with Motörhead)
1 – Hannover, Germany – AWD Hall
3 – Trier, Germany – Arena
4 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
7 – Berlin, Germany – Arena Treptow
8 – Wiesbaden, Germany – Rhein-Main Halle
10 – Chemnitz, Germany – Arena
11 – München, Germany – Zenith
15 – Bremen, Germany – Aladin
16 – Kiel, Germany – Max
18 – Limburg, Germany – Stadthalle
19 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
21 – Augsburg, Germany – Spectrum
22 – Esch / Alzette, Luxembourg – Rockhal
23 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
26 – Nürnberg, Germany – Hirsch
27 – Gießen, Germany – Hessenhalle
29 – Crailsheim, Germany – Jurahalle
30 – Burglengenfeld, Germany – VAZ

For more DORO click here.

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