CD Review: Scandal – “Yellow”

Artist : Scandal Album : Yellow (2016 Epic Records Japan) Tracks : 13 Artist website : http://www.scandal-4.com/ OVERVIEW :  BACKGROUND Yellow is the seventh studio album by Japanese rock band Scandal. I have been a casual fan of the band for about three years. Some of the songs from their previous albums Standard (2013), Temptation Box (2010) and […]

Lyrics: “So Imanginary” by Jose Bernardo

“So Imaginary” “So Imaginary” was a song I wrote while I studied at Berklee. I recorded a demo of this song with my friends at Mikko’s project studio and it is included below for your listening pleasure. This demo was recorded on September 24, 2001. The band consists of: Vocals: Annette Chen Piano: Corey Redgrift Guitars […]

Jose’s Top 12 Albums of all Time

My Top 12 Albums of all Time Here’s a list of my top 12 albums of all time listed in no particular order.  Metallica – Metallica (The Black Album) Michael Jackson – Bad Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark Dream Theater – Train of Thought Guns n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II Gloria Estefan […]

CD Review: Iron Maiden – “The Book of Souls”

Artist : Iron Maiden Album : The Book of Souls (2015 Parlophone/Sanctuary) Tracks : 11 [6 on disc 1 and 5 on disc 2] Artist website :  www.ironmaiden.com OVERVIEW :  This is the 16th studio album from a band that should need no introductions. Iron Maiden is about as synonymous to heavy metal as Metallica. I was surprised to […]

CD Review: Steven Wilson – “4 1/2”

Artist : Steven Wilson Album : 4 1/2 (2016 Kscope) Tracks : 6 Artist website : www.stevenwilsonhq.com OVERVIEW :  This is my first listen to Steven Wilson’s 4 1/2. I have heard bits and pieces of his solo work and will be listening to all of his solo records and documenting my first impressions of them all in future […]

CD Review: GWAR – “Lust In Space”

CD Review This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for www.theweeklyriff.com between 2008 and 2010. These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins. Artist : GWAR Album : Lust In Space (2009 Metal Blade) Tracks : 11 Artist website : http://www.gwar.net REVIEW OVERVIEW This is the eleventh studio album from this Virginia thrash band, […]

CD Review: Noisettes – “Wild Young Hearts”

CD Review This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for www.theweeklyriff.com between 2008 and 2010. These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins. Artist : Noisettes Album : Wild Young Hearts (2009 Vertigo/Universal) Tracks : 11 Artist website : http://www.noisettes.co.uk REVIEW OVERVIEW The Noisettes are from the United Kingdom and this is a review of […]

DVD Review: Joe Satriani – “Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock”

DVD Review This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for www.theweeklyriff.com between 2008 and 2010. These were Jose’s first impressions: Artist : Joe Satriani DVD : Live In Paris: I Just Wanna Rock (2010 Epic/Sony Music) Type : Concert Discs : 1 Artist website : http://www.satriani.com OVERVIEW Overall, this was an incredibly cool DVD to watch. This DVD probably won’t […]

CD Review: Rob Zombie – “Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool”

CD Review This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for www.theweeklyriff.com between 2008 and 2010. These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins. Artist : Rob Zombie Album : Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool  (2010 Roadrunner) Tracks : 11 Artist website : http://www.robzombie.com OVERVIEW Having been […]

CD Review: Transatlantic – “The Whirlwind”

CD Review This review was originally written by Jose Bernardo for www.theweeklyriff.com between 2008 and 2010. These were Jose’s first impressions of the songs and were not written after multiple spins. Artist : Transatlantic Album : The Whirlwind (2009 Radiant Records/Metal Blade/ SONY/Inside Out/EMI) Tracks : (see below) Artist website : http://www.transatlanticweb.com/ OVERVIEW The band that raised the bars of truly epic songwriting […]