New Releases: November 12, 2021 – L.A. Guns

L.A. Guns - Checkered Past LA Guns


Three albums into the Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis L.A. Guns reunion, most of us know the difference between this version of L.A. Guns, and Reiley’s L.A. Guns. Checkered Past is the third go-round for Guns/Lewis variation of the band. It follows 2019’s The Devil You Know, and 2017’s The Missing Peace.

L.A. Guns is a band that has always for the most part pleased and entertained me. No matter who is in or out of the lineup, I always find something I like off of all of their releases. Some albums may be stronger than others, but there is still something good to find.

Checkered Past is no different, it follows the solid work the Lewis/Guns tandem has been putting forward on their last two albums. There are plenty of solid tracks on the album. And being someone that isn’t a fan of ballads, there are a few, that I don’t care for.

I have always argued that the band’s debut should be mentioned in the conversation when discussing great albums by bands from L.A. Although their second album, Cocked And Loaded, had “all the hits”, the self-titled debut is timeless. The rawness, the energy, and the songs themselves put it over the top for me. I still listen to it all the time and actually don’t skip that album’s ballad.

Is L.A. Guns’ Checkered Past on the level of their debut album? No, not even close for me. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy most of the album. Case in point, a lot of the album’s tracks are already in my L.A. Guns playlist.

If you remotely enjoy the band, check the album out. As alluded to above, it continues what this variant of the band has been doing on their last few releases. If you like those, you’ll more than likely enjoy this one as well.

Here is L.A. Guns with the title track off of their latest album Living Right Now.

Interested in checking out Checkered Past by L.A. Guns before picking the album up?

Pick your poison, check out the album on either Spotify or Apple Music here.

Emigrate The Persistence Of Memory


This is album number four by Emigrate. I really love their 2014 released Silent So Long, and 2018’s A Million Degrees. They’re albums I play all the time, and own on vinyl.

Even their 2007 self-titled release has a bunch of cool tracks. But The Persistence Of Memory falls way short of my expectations from the band.

The album isn’t bad at all, and I still prefer Richard Kruspe’s side project to his “day job”. But I didn’t need a millionth and one cover of “Always On My Mind”. I also didn’t need another version of “Hypothetical”, I’m good with the original.

While I feel like other bands really raised their game during the pandemic, most of the songs off of the album are decent but not as great as other things Richard has released under this name. 

I do encourage you to check the album out and decide for yourselves.

Here is Emigrate with "I'm Still Alive" off of their latest album The Persistence Of Memory.

Interested in checking out The Persistence Of Memory by Emigrate before picking the album up?

Pick your poison, check out the album on either Spotify or Apple Music here.


Gov’t Mule – Heavy Load Blues

Enuff Z’Nuff – Enuff Z’Nuff’s Hardrock Nite

Beatallica – The Devolver

Haunt – Unplugged Vol. 1

Scattered Hamlet – Stereo Overthrow

NorthTale – Eternal Flame

Bonded – Into Blackness

Negură Bunget – Zău

Darkwoods My Betrothed – Angel Of Carnage Unleashed

Insania – V

Delphian – Somnambulant Foregoer

Groundbreaker – Soul To Soul

Unleashed – No Sign Of Life

All Life Dies – Ghost Dust

Blood Sports – Hot Blood And Cold Steel

Suntitle – In A Dream

Rhine – Ausland

Tower – Shock To The System

200 Stab Wounds – Slave To The Scalpel

Hyperdontia – Hideous Entity

Cave Bastard – Wrath Of The Bastard

Burial Waves – Holy Ground

Anton Johansson – Nevertold Stories

Silent Planet – Iridescent


Rise Against – Nowhere Sessions

All Hail The Yeti – Within The Hollow Earth

Eyes Wide Open – Through Life And Death

Vended – What Is It//Kill It


Nirvana – Nevermind 30th Anniversary Edition

Hammerfall – Renegade 2.0

All That Remains – The Fall Of Ideals

Borknagar – Borknagar


Suffocation – Live In North America


Mordred – The Noise Years

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