“Hollywood Forever” – LA Guns
“Scratch My Back” – Roxx Gang
“California” – Beasto Blanco
“Face Down” – LA Guns
“Not That Much” – Mojo Gurus
“Crazy Nights” – Therion
“Tempo Of The Damned” – Exodus
“Can’t Catch Me” – Roxx Gang
“Subhuman Race” – Skid Row
“Moonchild” – Gypsy Pistoleros
“Over The Edge” – LA Guns
“Pleasure Of The Pain” – Nasty Idols
“Lord Of The Jungle” – Roxx Gang
“Jihad” – Shotgun Messiah
“One Man Army” – Dregen
“Shoot For Thrills” – LA Guns
“The Mob Rules” – Black Sabbath
“Wish You Were Alive” – Nasty Idols
“Endless Vacation” – The Ramones
“Live Fast, Die Loud” – Beasto Blanco
Since the book just got released on Monday, I'm not going into any great detail here today, to avoid major spoilers and such, but here are a few highlights, with minimal spoilers ahead...
"Hollywood Forever" and "Live Fast, Die Loud" are the beginning and ending credits, respectively. "Hollywood Forever" provides a driving intro to the world of the (R)Evolution, while "Live Fast, Die Loud" is meant to serve as a thunderous closing note for readers. Beasto Blanco is a good way to send people out into the street feeling hyped...
"California" is the moment early in the novel when Steele and friends are heading into Los Angeles for an evening hunt. This song has a big, expansive, irresistible sound, and if The Gathering Storm were a movie, you'd see lots of pretty shots of Steele's Chevelle tearing down the highway and entertaining the grimy neon wonderland of the bad side of L.A.
"Tempo Of The Damned" is a bit heavier than the rest of the selections, but for years now I've felt the Steve Souza-fronted version of Exodus largely captures what Rapture would sound like. Donita's got more than a little punk mentality, and Souza's demon-possessed Mickey Mouse vocals are perfect for our gypsy half-blood.
"Subhuman Race?" Steele vs. the revenant. Most of the attention always seems to go to Skid Row's ballads, and a lot of people forget just how HEAVY they could get...songs from Slave To The Grind and Subhuman Race were at times on par with what thrash bands were cranking out during the same era. "Subhuman Race" is Skid Row at their dirty, blistering best...the perfect song for getting into a life-or-death struggle with a subhuman monster on the wrong side of town.
"Scratch My Back" and "Pleasure Of The Pain" are a lean in the direction of what the (R)Evolution Eternal sounds like. Florida's Roxx Gang crossed with Sweden's Nasty Idols? Totally. The (R)Evolution Eternal should not only be able to purr and sneer, but scream and scorch, as well. Here's Nasty Idols demonstrating that...
Besides, for maximum enjoyment of The Gathering Storm, you should have this playlist pounding in your ears as you read...gotta create the proper atmosphere, yes?