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  KIX
'Live In Baltimore'
(Frontiers)
Release Date: 21st September 2012


Phil Kane

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kix live in baltimore

Here you are then, a very fine live dose of sleazy hair Metal boogie that in places comes about as close as you can physically get to the mighty AC/DC without turning into a kind of sincerest form of flattery. Though to be fair, Kix on the whole do show that you don't have to be from Britain or her colonies to nail the boogie groove.

Kix originally hail from 1981 but after a decade of success the band called it a day in 1995; another lingering victim of grunge's bonfire of the vanities. Though many found glee in the purging of the hair Metal bands, Kix were one of the undeserving outfits who got caught up in the resulting and protracted pogrom.

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The band's resurrection in 2003 saw them return like long lost delinquent uncles, the ones that would really piss off your mum then sneak out the house with your dad looking for a beer and a fight. With regular appearances at festivals and biker rallies, some as headliners, Kix have been burning up stages throughout the States ever since, rampaging with the zeal only aging cock jockeys wanting to wring as much life out of the limited time they have left can muster.

It is a CD/DVD package bursting at the seams with fan favourites and choice album cuts and what a little gem it is too, being the first fruits of the band signing up with Frontiers earlier this year. With a production job to die for, 'Live In Baltimore', recorded at the city's Rams Head Live venue, is just about as raw sounding as you can get without actually being at the gig.

The band, Steve Whiteman on lead vocals, Ronnie '10/10' Younkins on guitars, Brian 'Damage' Forsythe on guitars and Jimmy 'Chocolate' Chalfant on drums and Mark Schenker on bass (they couldn't rope in founding member and main song-writer Donnie Purnell) sound like they are having just as big a blast as the audience. Whiteman especially seems to be enjoying himself, interacting well with the crowd; a crude, hilarious front man whose vocal is sometimes not great, suggesting any studio tweaks have been kept to a minimum, yet it fits the space like a glove.

The set list is basically a nostalgia trip being lifted from the first five albums with the 'Blow My Fuse' album featuring quite heavily. It is a grab bag of crowd pleasing goodies from the good old bad ol' days with 'Cold Blood', opener 'No Ring Around Rosie', 'Blow My Fuse', 'Cold Shower', 'Lie Like A Rug', 'Girl Money' and 'Kix Are For Kids' and the sixteen minute fan favourite 'Yeah, Yeah, Yeah' closing the show. With the exception of the hit ballad 'Don't Close Your Eyes' that mercifully shows up early in the set, the album thunders along with the relentless determination of a sobering up alcoholic looking for that first drink of the day.

Is 'Live In Baltimore' any good? Does the Pope fart in the bath? Of course it is good, very good in fact. It's a chunk of satisfyingly dumb assed, hick town, thick skinned American rock n' roll that panders to the lowest common denominator and parties like it is still the 1980s but then, no one said it had to be clever. It rocks like a bastard and kicks like a mule.

Steve Whiteman said: "This is a great thing for us and we hope it's a great thing for Kix fans all around the world. We are so thrilled to finally be able to give the fans what they have been asking for, a live DVD and new Kix music in 2013! We have been hard at work getting new material together that we think will stand shoulder to shoulder with any previous KIX record. It's a really exciting time for Kix!" If this album is anything to go by, things are looking to get very exciting indeed.

On the downside, the money men have yet again got involved with 'Live In Baltimore' being released in three different formats; the cd with eleven tracks, the digital version with sixteen tracks and the DVD with the full twenty tracks. Attempting such flagrant profiteering renders any talk by the band of this 'being just for the fans' sounding a little hollow.

Grasping corporate issues aside, if the sleazier side of rock n' roll is your thing, then so is Kix and 'Live In Baltimore'. If you were, or still are, into the likes of Ratt and Cinderella then you will already know about this lot. If, on the other hand, you haven't the faintest idea what the fuck it is all about then get a copy and have yersel' a really good time.

'Live In Baltimore' is not the best live album you will hear but it sure as hell rocks with the bollocks the size of dumbbells. Just get it and enjoy.

★★★★☆


21.9.12




WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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