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Stepson Lost Tapes LPHere’s a review of the Stepson – The Lost Tapes 1972-1974 CD found on

Album Title:
The Lost Tapes
Release Date:
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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This CD is from the mastertape recorded in 1972/1974 which seemed to be lost. This quartet are clearly influenced by hard rock’s illustrious past, cuz there are faint echoes of Led Zeppelin, Cactus, Grand Funk, Leafhound and Bloodrock. Although Stepson are, at least on the surface, an easily familiar commonplace hard rock band, there is something absolutely intriguing and hypnotizing about their stab at bluesy hard rock music. The powerful opening track “Danger Zone” is screwed into your head, then you get hit with the excellent “Streets of Alameda” and ripping “Can’t help myself”. The songs on this LP are played with such awesome power that you cannot fail to be blown away. Possibly the best track on the album is the stunning MC 5-like “Midnight creep” which is a roller coaster ride into guitar madness. The recording is marred somewhat by inferior equipment and bad mixing, but it still is a splendidly thick slice of 70’s hardrock served up in the Golden Eagle in the motorcity Detroit, Michigan.

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Stepson – Lost Tapes 72-74 LP (ROCK/LION048-V-1)

Stepson Lost Tapes LPStepson - Lost Tapes 72-74 LPSTEPSON – Lost Tapes LP (Rock/Lion048-V-1) OUT NOW! About forty years in the making, and finally the world has the second Stepson album! Utilizing tapes preserved by drummer Len Fagan then transferred to digital and mastered by bassist Bruce Hauser, this fine collection of twelve songs is as close as the world will ever get to a real second Stepson album. Some is raw, some is embryonic, but it’s all prime stuff for fans to savor, reflecting the band’s “devil may care” attitude and rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. And just in case you don’t believe that the band liked to party, consider that the exact recording dates (and even some locations) have long been forgotten. To borrow an old adage: If you can remember Stepson, you weren’t there. Kicking off with a crunching riff by guitarist Joey Newman, ‘Danger Zone’ is the heaviest track Stepson ever cut, replete with an ominous atmosphere reflecting the seedy side of their native Los Angeles; ‘Streets of Alameda’ (1974) is an ode to vocalist Jeff Hawks’ hometown, [Read more…]

Ashbury and Winterhawk mesmerize the crowd at Ragnarokkr fest in Chicago!

Winterhawk Jordan MacarusRagnarokkr heavy metal fest hit the city of Chicago’s south loop area at Reggies on May 3rd-4th. In a surprise to some, Rockadrome label artists, Ashbury and Winterhawk were huge hits as both had the crowd chanting their names and left great impressions on everyone in attendance! The buzz was that they stole the weekend!

I’ve seen this latest incarnation of Winterhawk several years prior at the Alehorn of Power fest in Chicago and it’s always a pleasure to watch Jordan Macarus wield his homemade six string axe and slay the audience with his magical playing. If you’ve never seen them, you need to. At Ragnarokkr they played classics like Hammer and the Axe, There and Back Again, Free to Live and ‘new’ classic Larkin. It’s about time they headed over to Europe!

This was the first time I’ve seen Ashbury live and they were excellent. They entranced the crowd with their own brand of classic epic hard rock as they played classic tracks from the Endless Skies album and a few from their self-released follow up. These old pros knew how to deliver the goods and they whipped the crowd into a frenzy with their great delivery and execution! That’s the great thing about heavy metal crowds, they are not going to just sit back and enjoy they are gonna rush the stage, fist pump, scream, and call for more….and they did!!! Get ready Europe as Ashbury are headed over to Germany and Greece later this year! Ashbury ragnarokkr