Sophmore release that is quite the scorcher. 'Nemesis' mixes some straight ahead thrash metal, a la Slayer, mixed with more modern metal (i.e. Machine Head/Pantera) and some more ethereal and experimental parts as well. Still, "Nemesis" is heavy as a freight train going 100 mile per hour. One of the truly rare stand-out metal releases from the late 90s, especially when it comes to thrash.
The successful self-titled reissue of Fame-era material released in early 2004 allowed Candi Staton to make this, her first secular album in several years. Where 1999's Outside In was a way to take advantage of her unplanned return to the clubs – a couple singles released during the '90s used a vocal she recorded for a documentary about a man's struggle with life-threatening obesity – His Hands is 100 percent Southern soul. Staton involves several family members and longtime associates, including son Marcus Williams (a seasoned drummer who has played with her for years), daughter Cassandra Hightower, sister Maggie Staton Peebles, and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section organist Barry Beckett. It might be surprising to see that Lambchop's Mark Nevers produced the session, and that Lambchop ally Lloyd Barry arranged the horns, but both men have done extensive work with Staton's peers in the gospel world.
The Rattles performed in Hamburg, and played at the same venues as The Beatles on several occasions in 1962.In 1964 the group recorded "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah", which charted in the UK. In 1968 they recorded their first version of "The Witch", with vocals by Henner Hoier.The band's records sold well in Germany during the 1960s.Their second version of "The Witch" in 1970, this time with vocals by Edna Bejarano, became their only international hit."The Witch" appeared in the Top 10 on the UK Singles Chart, the top 20 in Austria, and reached the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S., the first German record to reach that chart. It eventually sold over one million copies.Rosetta Stone released a gothic rock cover of "The Witch" in the 90s.
Circa is a band of veterans, formed by former Yes members Billy Sherwood, Tony Kaye and Alan White. In Circa, they team up with guitarist Jimmy Haun to go off on an adventure into the past and present of progressive rock. Hints of the 70s, 80s and 90s show through in all compositions by this band, which at the same time are 100% 21st century progressive rock songs. In 2007, the band released their debut album Circa:2007, adding an even more 21st century touch to the old prog influences…