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We go back in time for the next two weeks to a year that changed the world....but were the tunes good?

 

This week Aaron and Chris and present part 1 of their 2001 Year in Review. It doesn't seem like it's been almost a decade and a half from 2001 but it has. Many of you are probably thinking "Did anything good come out in 2001?" Well, your hosts this week dug deep and think you'll nod your head in approval at a number of the gems they unearthed from a year that saw the Billboard charts topped by stuff that, well let's just say was "ungood." In part 1 you'll hear all the info from January to June of 2001 including news on the launch of Wikipedia, Don Felder being fired by The Eagles, Eric Singer being rehired by KISS and putting on the catman makeup, the death of Joey Ramone, the release of Motley Crue's 'The Dirt' and much, much more. You'll also get classic commercials from the year as well as lots of tracks from artists such as Buckcherry, Aerosmith, Betty Blowtorch, Econoline Crush, Hair of the Dog, Clutch, Weezer, Warrant, and many more.

 

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The Donnas

Primal Fear

LA Guns

Megadeth

Drowning Pool

STP

The Cult

 

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With a show that's been in existence for nearly 4 years and has covered numerous facets of rock and metal, you had to know this day would come. We think you'll like it anyway.

 

This week Aaron and Chris set out to tackle a true challenge....finding songs from the genre known as Rap Rock that actually kick ass. This genre is picked apart and ridiculed by many rock and metal purists but your hosts aim this week to dig up some gems and prove that there's some good stuff even in midst of something they hate. Tracks from Rage Against the Machine, Clutch, Kid Rock, Incubus, Gwar, Body Count, The Deftones, Mudvayne and much, much more are included. We hope you'll listen with an open mind as we spin some rockin' riffs and righteous rhymes......otherwise, please come back next week. Dig it!

 

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Todd Cunningham, Anthony Pool, David Alpizar, Dave Shirt, Devin Fox, Marc Alden Taylor, Rhys Lett, Ryan Sessions, Bakko, Bill Wang, Ian Wadley (Rock & Metal Combat Podcast), Robin Bennett, Justin Hayes, Colin Francis, Joe Lascon, Matt Bradshaw, Jeff Hogland, Trevor McDougall, Brent Walter, Scott Olinger, Mike Blount, Derik Novak, Matt Syverson, Joe Royland, Dan Chaput, PJ Brown, Howard Tate, Brent Tibbets, Corey Nowlin, John Sunday, Warren Money, Mike Stewart, Matt Porter (BIG shout-out), Watchin’ You podcast, Gary Daggett, Blair Linthorne, Brad Kanott, Mike Blount, Chad Pollock, Sit & Spin with Joe, Brian Knapp, RAW Magazine, Hot Metal Magazine, Loudmouth, Faces Rocks Magazine, paul47m, Shawn Franklin, Allen Tate, Chris Capaldo, MusicMagsAndWax, Jack Broad, PodcastsAreTheBest, Monte Carr, hoops, Eric Gaudet, Nick Rose, Frank D. Stealth, Trapper Knight, Sven Isaksson, thekissroom

 

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We're back this week to talk about the second half of a very polarizing album.

 

Chris and Aaron return this week with the second part of their discussion with producer Toby Wright for Albums Unleashed - Carnival of Souls. Covering the second half of this controversial KISS album, Toby shares his memories of the tracking and mixing of the songs including the Gene Simmons-sung 'In My Head,' which was written by Gene along with Scott Van Zen and Jaime St. James of Black n' Blue. In this section of the discussion, Wright remembers pushing Simmons and bandmate Paul Stanley to record harmony vocals in the vein of Alice in Chains members Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley; and how the attempt would fall short by comparison.

 

Another track discussed in this hour-plus special is 'I Confess.' Wright reflects on a tense recording session involving a string section that was brought in to add a dark feel to the songs and how he had to get the classically-trained musicians to break convention to pull off the sound he was after.

 

Other tracks covered in this Albums Unleashed special include the psychadelic-tinged 'In the Mirror,' the Black Sabbath-inspired track 'It Never Goes Away,' and one of the most unusual tracks in the KISS catalog; the Middle-Eastern sounding 'Seduction of the Innocent,' 

 

Most notably, however, is the discussion of the debut (and lone) KISS vocal of guitarist Bruce Kulick. This track had quite a history as Wright explains the numerous permutations it would take on during the tracking process (including a lead vocal take from Simmons). This track's autobiographical nature would play out as life would later imitate art in the form of the KISS reunion and guitarist Kulick and drummer Eric Singer would wind up unemployed.

 

Toby Wright goes into great detail in this discussion of how Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley called a meeting during the overdub sessions for Carnival of Souls to break the news that they had been solicited with a multi-million dollar offer to put on the greasepaint and reunite with original KISS drummer and guitarist Peter Criss and Ace Frehley; respectively.

 

The effect of the reunion announcement would have a catastrophic effect on the album; as it was immediately shelved by Mercury Records, leaked on the internet, and then, with very little fanfare, released by the record label in October of 1997. 

 

The Decibel Geek Podcast wants to thank Toby Wright for giving so much time in discussing a controversion, yet bittersweet, album in his massively successful discography. We hope you enjoy this 2 part Albums Unleashed special on KISS' Carnival of Souls.

 

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More COS Info!

 

Bruce Kulick COS Retrospective

 

 

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Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:53pm EST

We wanted to get into something polarizing and divisive this week. Mission accomplised...

 

Famed producer Toby Wright sits down with Chris and Aaron this week for part 1 of a 2 part Albums Unleashed special covering KISS' 1997 release Carnival of Souls.

 

Shelved in early 1996 by Mercury Records due to KISS taking a left turn at Reunionville, Carnival of Souls leaked shortly thereafter and was bootlegged in large numbers necessitating an official release in October of 1997.

 

In this hour-plus part 1 episode, Toby Wright recounts his initial meetings with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley about the "new direction" in which the band was deciding to head, his impressions of the songs being written for the album, and the tracking of basic tracks. The track by track discussion in this episode includes Toby's memories of the creation of songs 'Hate,' 'Rain,' 'Master & Slave,' 'Childhoods End,' ' I Will Be There,' and 'Jungle.' Discussion of tension between Simmons & Stanley over arrangements is also included as well as Wright's memories of a tense mixing session with Simmons in regards to his bass part in one of the songs and how, due to the co-production credit on the album, politics and diplomacy had to be in delicate balance.

 

It's the first half of deep talk about one of KISS' most polarizing albums; with many members of the KISS Army either loving it or hating it. We hope you enjoy Albums Unleashed - Carnival of Souls with Toby Wright.

Toby Wright @Work

 

EDITOR NOTE: Much of the source material for questions presented in this 2 part special from Bruce Kulick's fantastic Carnival of Souls Retrospective. Click HERE to check it out!

 

 

 

 

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After having full intention of recording a new Year in Review episode, life got in the way but something more fun came from it; talking to you!

 

Aaron and Chris call an audible this week. Instead of an intended Year in Review show (don't worry, it'll still happen), the guys get on the blower and talk to you! In this hour-plus interactive episode, your hosts have quick chats with friends of the show including listeners, musicians, and hosts of other great podcasts; all answering one important question. 

 

You'll hear from folks including Mitch Lafon (One on One with Mitch Lafon), Victor Ruiz (Mars Attacks Podcast), Joe Polo (Podcast Rock City), Ian Wadley (Rock and Metal Combat Podcast), Roch Vallaincourt (Radioactive Metal Podcast), Ryan Cook (Big Rock Show/Hair of the Dog), Chip Z'nuff (Enuff Z'nuff), and many others including numerous Decibel Geek listeners. This was a bit of an experiment but it was a lot of fun to record. We hope you enjoy Rock n Rolodex!

 

Calls in Order

 

Jeff “Crippler” Daniels – Nirvana ‘Dumb’

Andrew Jacobs – Beatles ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’

Warren Money – Van Halen ‘Top of the World’

Jack Broad – Beatles – ‘Helter Skelter’

Billy Hardaway – Iron Maiden – ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’

Ian Wadley – Van Halen ‘Romeo Delight’

Brian Ingbretson – Iron Maiden ‘Powerslave’

JTB - Elvis Preley – 'Promised Land'

Mitch Lafon – Metallica – ‘Creeping Death’

Ryan Cook – KISS – ‘100,000 Years’ 

Bill Wang – Rush – 'Cygnus X-1'

Joe Polo – KISS – 'Creatures of the Night'

Nicholas (wrong #) – Pearl Jam – 'Black'

Victor Ruiz – KISS – 'All Hell’s Breaking Loose'

Ben Mitchell – KISS – Take it Off

Trevor McDougall – KISS –'Unholy'

Roch Vallaincourt – KISS – 'Let Me Go Rock n’Roll' 

Chip Z’nuff – Beatles – Dear Prudence

 

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Todd Cunningham, Joe Royland, David Alpizar, David Stonich, Marc Alden Taylor, Jeff Hogland, Warren Money, James Brendon Dunn, Joel Hebensperger, Jay Barth, Chris Karam, Ian Wadley, Shane Hebert, Wally Norton, Derik Novak, Corey Nowlin, Ben Mitchell, Trevor McDougall, Robert Foster, Matt Bradshaw, Joe Lascon, Mark Lo, Brent Tibbets, Brent Walter, Andrew Jacobs, Howard Tate, Sit and Spin with Joe, Dave Shirt,  Greg “Woody” Embry, Mark Edwards, Jimi Love, Brandt Cattell, Chad Pollock, hoops, Rock and Roll GPS, Dave Stell, thekissroom, hkcollectibles, Billy Hardaway, Hot Metal Magazine, RAW Magazine, Faces Rocks Magazine, Loudmouth, Daniel Chaput, Jack Broad Viking Girl

 

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