Frontiers Records is truly excited to introduce the world the talents of LAND OF TALES. The band is formed around Kristian and Palle, two musicians who have been playing together for fifteen years in a Finnish band called NAISKALA. During the past few years the guys have felt more and more the need to write and compose in English language and towards and more Adult-Oriented Rock musical style.
Kristian started writing songs in November 2006, meanwhile Petri Lahtinen and Mika Mäkiranta wrote the lyrics for the tales. The result was a demo that was submitted to the attention of Frontiers Records in the past weeks. The brilliant songwriting, catchy melodies and big choruses immediately hit the attention of Frontiers Records A&R team, who decided to offer the band a recording deal.
In the meanwhile, long time musicians and friends Sami Rajala (on bass) and Sami Ojala (on drums) joined the band and right now the guys are busy in the studio completing the songwriting for their debut album which is foreseen to be released in early 2008.
The Land of Tales sound can be described as an equal union of keyboards and guitar, well crafted and with truly original and strong melodic elements! Check out some of the band’s demo tracks that gained them the recording deal at www.myspace.com/landoftales
Their material did already receive some glowing press responses with Strutter Webzine saying: “LAND OF TALES is definitely a sensational new Finnish AOR band as good as last year’s BROTHER FIRETRIBE or URBAN TALE”. AORdreamzones wrote “I will only write a few words about these new Finnish stars on the melodic rock sky. I found them through the fantastic MySpace site and I even liked them so much so I had to add them and one of their songs as the song of the week”
”We are so excited to work with the label, which is absolutely the best for this kind of music!” say Kristian and Palle. So let’s share their enthusiasm and get ready for a brand new talent to be unleashed on the Melodic Rock World !!
Swedish Melodic Rock quartet ECLIPSE is back to the studio writing and recording the songs that will make up their third studio album. After the great acclaim gathered by their debut album on Frontiers entitled “Second To None”, the guys took some time off to write songs that could really be something “BIG” and that could really launch the band to the levels they deserve.
The resulting was a few demo tracks which were delivered to Frontiers a couple of months back. We are pleased to say the guys totally nailed it! When exposed to samples of the new material Andrew J. McNeice of Melodicrock.com had to say “I love it when that music impresses beyond expectation and I get to talk about that. Today I refer to Swedish AOR outfit Eclipse, who have already gained a loyal following with 2 passionate, powerful melodic rock records. The guys are hard at work on album number three for Frontiers Records which signals what isn’t really a slight change in direction, but rather an updating of their sound. It suits them. The rough mixes I have heard of three songs features a more modern and contemporary sound, but still very classy and very melodic outlook. Of the tracks I have heard – Unbreakable has a punchier guitar riff and a darker contemporary style, but a glorious harmony filled chorus. Two Souls has a faster tempo and a commercial rock feel and reminds me of an updated Talisman style. To Mend A Broken Heart is a great, catchy modern rocker with an uplifting commercial chorus. It may be a new sound, but the best aspects of their sound remains and I’m really keen to hear more from these Swedish lads”.
As a special present, enjoy a small sample of Unbreakable (demo version!) and get ready for the full attack in early 2008. These guys are getting ready to kill !!!
The STARBREAKER guitar player has been quite busy in the past few months. After completing the songwriting and production for the second ALLEN / LANDE instalment “The Revenge”, Magnus has completed a brand new record with ex YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and RING OF FIRE singer MARK BOALS on all lead vocals. This new album, entitled THE CODEX is going to be a slightly heavier affair compared to the most recent efforts from Magnus and will showcase Boals’ return on the scene after a 3 years hiatus. Release for this incredible record is tentatively scheduled for December 07. Stay tuned for more details.
Not content with this, Karlsson is already in very advanced stages for the songwriting of the sixth BOB CATLEY solo album. For this record Magnus dug deep in his Celtic and Epic Hard Rock influences and gave the material anyway an heavier edge, similar in places to Catley’s “When Empires Burn” with obvious hints to MAGNUM sound. Production for the album will be handled by none other than Dennis Ward.
Finally singer ex TNT singer Tony Harnell has planned a songwriting trip to Sweden in august to write together with Magnus the new STARBREAKER album. More details on this will be unleashed when available !
PLACES OF POWER
Bruce Turgon (ex FOREIGNER) and Philip Bardowell (ex UNRULY CHILD) are very close to finish laying the rough tracks for their upcoming debut album. Some of the songs that will be included on the record are Hard To Love You, Places of Power, I Live For You, One Day, The Passage, Light Of My World, Secrets, Desires of Our Hearts, Always and Make Me Believe.
The songwriting is truly impressive and can only be described as “Foreigner with balls”, with epic elements at times resounding of classic House of Lords sound. The recording are planned to be finished after the summer with mix to be handled by Dennis Ward (Allen / Lande, PC 69 etc). Places of Power is going to be one of the major priorities in Melodic Rock for new year so stay tuned for updates !
HOUSE OF LORDS
James Christian and his cohorts in Florida are deep in the songwriting mood for the new album that has a working title of “Come To My Kingdom”. The stuff written so far encompasses everything that HOUSE OF LORDS is known for: soaring melodies, epic numbers and riveting guitars. You can expect the right follow up to “World Upside Down” one of the most successful releases on Frontiers in 2006!
The third chapter of the KHYMERA project is about to be completed. The line-up this time is identical to the second album with Daniele Liverani on keyboards, Tommy Ermolli on guitars, Dario Ciccioni on drums and Dennis Ward of PC69 handling all lead vocals. The bulk of the songwriting was supplied this time by Jim and Tom Martin, who offered seven tracks on the previous album and wrote the classic “Ghost Of Time” on the HOUSE OF LORDS masterpiece album “World Upside Down”. You can expect this time a tighter production and a stronger amalgam for a winning team that will please every Melodic Rock freak ! Release to happen in early 2008.
Former STRANGEWAYS singer Terry Brock is currently busy in the recording and production for his new solo album in Los Angeles under the direction of none other than Mike Slamer (STEELHOUSE LANE, SEVENTH KEY, SLAMER). Terry is back in a true Melodic Rock mood and his songwriting is expected to go back directly to his STRANGEWAYS days with some hints at KANSAS’ “Drastic Measures”. The mix will start after the summer and delivery of the album is expected to happen at the end of 2007.
Brothers Robbie and Brian LaBlanc have pretty much completed the songwriting of the second BLANC FACES album for Frontiers Records. Some of the song titles include Goodbye Summer, I Come Alive, Don’t Take It Away, Like a Believer, Fly, Light In My World, Deep In The Heart, I Swear To You, Everything, It’s All About Love, Falling From The Moon.
Whoever loved the band’s self titled debut is expected to be absolutely delighted with what is to come. You can expect great songs in Survivor meets Journey style.
Atreyu have filmed a 5-part video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. The second installment of the video focuses around drummer/co-vocalist Brandon Sallers and his methods for recording his drum tracks on the new record.
Check out the video below:
Canada’s THE END have lined up a string of Canadian dates supporting All That Remains in late September. On Friday, they will kick off a short US tour with Between the Buried and Me and The Red Chord in Portland, Oregon before heading to Europe for the rest of the summer.
The End released Elementary through Relapse Records earlier this year.
w/ All That Remains, The Acacia Strain, Too Pure to Die
9/21/07 The Garrick Center Winnipeg MB, Canada
9/22/07 Riddell Centre Regina SK, Canada
9/24/07 The Starlite Room Edmonton AB. Canada
9/25/07 The Warehouse Calary AB, Canada
9/27/07 El Corazon Seattle Washington
9/28/07 Croation Culture Centre Vancouver BC, Canada
ALL TOUR DATES
w/ Between The Buried and Me, The Red Chord, Cephalic Carnage
8/3/07 The Station Portland, Oregon
8/4/07 Higher Ground Winooski, Vermont
8/5/07 Revolution Hall Troy, New York
8/7/07 Chameleon Club Lancaster, Pennsylvania
8/8/07 Mad Hatter Covington
8/9/07 Monkey Bar Huntington, West Virginia
8/10/07 Alley Katz Richmond, Virginia
8/11/07 Soapbox Lounge Wilmington, North Carolina
w/ Fear Before the March of Flames, Heavy Heavy Low Low
8/17/07 Sputnikhalle Münster
8/18/07 Pukkelpop Fest Hasselt (w/Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, NIN, Arcade Fire, and more)
8/19/07 Doornroosje Nijmegen
8/20/07 Batofar Paris
8/21/07 Dynamo Zurich
8/22/07 Exhaus Trier
8/23/07 Stadtmitte Karlsruhe
8/24/07 Beky Bay Beach Rimini
8/25/07 Feierwerk Munchen
8/26/07 Alter Stattbahnhof Schweinfurt
8/27/07 Kato Berlin
8/28/07 Underground Köln
8/29/07 The Peel Kingston
8/30/07 The Croft Bristol
8/31/07 Joiners Southampton
9/1/07 Sugarmill Stoke on Trent
9/2/07 Corporation Sheffield
9/3/07 Moshulu Aberdeen
9/4/07 Music Box Manchester
9/5/07 Concorde 2 Brightton
9/6/07 Rock City Nottingham
9/7/07 Underworld London
9/8/07 Waterfront Rotterdam
Nikki Sixx’s new band, Sixx: A.M., have released the second track, “Pray for Me,” from The Heroin Diaries album at www.myspace.com/theheroindiaries in support of the upcoming release of the soundtrack on August 21st with the book to follow for release on September 21st.
Also Nikki just released the first clip in a new video podcast series for The Heroin Diaries. Check out Nikki speaking on what it was like to transform his diary entries into music:
Brandi C. from VH1’s “Rock of Love” has been busy since the show wrapped — shooting a porn flick! Brandi, or as she’s named on babygotboobs.com, “Brittany,” went straight from filming Brett Michaels’ show — to shooting a threesome. That’s a busy girl!
According to her MySpace page, the busty blonde recently walked the red carpet for the first time. She was as relaxed in front of the cameras with her clothes on … as she is with them off!
Bret Michaels was pissed when he heard he missed out on a threesome with one of his reality show contestants — but Brandi tells TMZ she doesn’t do them all the time. Riiiiiight.
TMZ spotted the babygotboobs.com star, aka “Brittany,” with “Rock of Love” co-star Heather on Robertson Blvd., shopping for some paparazzi attention. Without being asked, Brandi admitted she was the video vixen, saying, “It was just a one time deal … I just wanted to try it out, see what it’s all about … it was an exciting, fun time, but it’s done.”
Nothin’ but a good time here!
Courtesy of TMZ.com
I must admit that Hell to Pay gives me a small glimmer of hope for Dokken’s up and coming 2007 release, Lightning Strikes Again.
The sound on Hell to Pay is far more subdued that the band’s previous efforts with Lynch and Pilson. There are a few rockers on this disc, but you have to sift through the sludge to find them.
Don’t Bring Me Down is a high tempo rocker with plenty of excellent guitar work by Jon Levin. Don Dokken is in fine vocal form here.
Escape is a low to mid-tempo number that has grown on me after repeated listens. It is an above average track
Better Off Before retains the sound of classic Dokken. There is plenty of guitar noodling and crunching bass in this song. Good Stuff!
Still I’m Sad is a cool song with haunting guitars. It is a mid-tempo number that rocks hard.
Hell to Play still has plenty of misses, and mixing seems a little strange to me. Most people by a Dokken record because they want to hear something that rocks. Hell to Pay starts off with a semi mellow song, The Last Goodbye. It has a few rocking moments, but seems like a odd choice to open the disc with. There are several other songs in this vein, Haunted, Care For You, I Surrender, Letter To Home, Can You See. None of these songs are particularly bad, but they don’t rock as hard as they should.
Does this release compare to the George Lynch and Jeff Pilson releases? No, not even close. This isn’t the kind of release that will get your adrenaline pumping. John Levin’s playing is very good, but Hell to Pay suffers from too many low to mid tempo songs, and not enough songs that rock hard.
I think with the right material, the 4 piece unit of Don Dokken, Mick Brown, Barry Sparks and Jon Levin could probably rock pretty hard. Hopefully, their sophomore effort with this lineup is heavier that this one.
Hell to Pay, is an above average release that will appeal to some. Some Dokken fans may want to use this as a frisbee.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Last Goodbye
2. Don’t Bring Me Down
5. Prozac Nation
6. Care For You
7. Better Off Before
8. Still I’m Sad
9. I Surrender
10. Letter To Home
11. Can You See
12. Care For You (Unplugged)
Another cool band from the land down under, is the band Electric Mary. A cool band that reminds me of Buckcherry somewhat. Judging from the clips I listened to on the band’s myspace page, they won’t be unsigned for long.
Check out the video below:
Former Scorpions Drummer has released a new video for his solo CD, I’m Back.
Check it Out!
This debut by Montrose launched the career of the Red Rocker, Sammy Hagar. Even as far back as ’73, Sammy had great pipes. His excellent vocals are practically indistinguishable from his newer stuff today.
Ronnie Montrose’s guitar licks are heavily influenced by Jeff Beck on this album. His exceptional playing on this record easily carried on that same tradition, by influencing future guitar virtuosos well into the 80’s and beyond.
This album may not be the most commercially successful disc of all time, but it still deserves mentioning in 2007. There are plenty of songs on this disc that still sound great without being dated. Check out Rock the Nation, Bad Motor Scooter and Rock Candy.
This disc is still a gem in my collection, that I need to play from time to time. It is essential listening for all hard rock, and Sammy Hagar fans! It can be picked up from Amazon.com for less than 10 bucks. It is worth the price!
1. Rock The Nation
2. Bad Motor Scooter
3. Space Station
4. I Don’t Want It
5. Good Rockin’ Tonight
6. Rock Candy
7. One Thing On My Mind
8. Make It Last
The Scorpions have released an Electronic Press Kit for their new CD Humanity Hour 1. You can watch the video at this link.
If you haven’t picked this disc up, you are missing out one of the better releases of 2007.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
The new video clip for the song Humanity is posted below:
In case you haven’t heard, earlier this week Atlanta Falcon star quarterback, Michael Vick was indicted on dog fighting charges earlier this week. You can read that story here.
This morning in email, a friend of mine sent the following picture:
This Michael Wagener produced disc features Ron Keel on vocals, Marc Ferrari and Brian Jay on guitar, Kenny Chaisson on bass, and Dwain Miller on drums.
This is a another disc that I have owned on multiple formats. I wore my cassette tape of this out years ago, and was quick to pick it up on CD once that happened.
This disc has a bunch of excellent hard rock tunes and a solid power ballad, Calm Before the Storm. My favorite songs are Somebody’s Waiting, Cherry Lane, King of the Rock and I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl.
If I had to compare Keel to other bands from the same time period, I would say that they are closest to Dokken. Ron Keel belts the vocals out with his melodic screams, and Marc Ferrari has many impressive guitar solos throughout this release.
It should be a crime, that a CD this good is out of print. The only way you are going to find this one now is through EBay, Gemm, or some expensive used copies through Amazon.com.
You can preview a couple of the songs below. Don’t miss out on this disc, if you don’t own it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. United Nations
2. Somebody’s Waiting
3. Cherry Lane
4. Calm Before the Storm
5. King of the Rock
6. It’s a Jungle Out There
7.I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl
8. Don’t Say You Love Me
9. If Love Is a Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted)
10. 4th of July
Quiet riot Drummer Frankie Banali To Release Tribute to Led Zeppelin
September 18, Frankie Banali and his musical friends pay tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin on 24/7/365. This release finds Banali along with bassist Tony Franklin working with a rotating cast of vocalists and guitarists.
According to Frankie Banali, “the album is dedicated with love and respect to the memory of John Henry Bonham – May 31, 1948 / September 25, 1980, and it has truly been a labor of love.”
Sample MP3 audio tracks and partial CD art can be found at the following location: http://www.frankie-banali.com/LZ-Tribute.html
* THE WANTON SONG
* FOUR STICKS
* OUT ON THE TILES
* RAMBLE ON
* THE OCEAN
* THE IMMIGRANT SONG
* ROYAL ORLEANS
* GALLOWS POLE
* CUSTARD PIE
* WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
* (THEY WERE) THE EYE OF GOD
The Rhythm Section:
Frankie Banali/Drums and Percussion
Tony Franklin/Bass (The Firm/Blue Murder)
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath)
Bobby Kimball (Toto)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen/Journey)
Alex Ligertwood (Santana)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Robin McCauley (Michael Schenker/MSG)
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot)
Chas West (Bonham/Lynch mob)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
Reb Beach (Winger)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
Steve Fister (Lita Ford)
Neil Citron (Hero)
Michael Lardie/Keyboards (Night Ranger/Great White)
Neil Citron/Additional Keyboards
Courtesy of KNAC
Trapt is holding the world premiere of their new video “Stay Alive” on Yahoo today. The band wanted to do something a little different and utilize some of the great talent that exists on the web to create their new video. The band searched hard and found Mile Kalbach, an amazing claymation artists who was a fan of the band. After viewing his work online, the band knew he had to be a part of the “Stay Alive” video.
With direction from the band, Kalbach went out and helped make the underlying feeling of “Stay Alive” actually come to life.
“Stay Alive” is the first track off Trapt’s new live album Trapt Live! which hits stores on September 18th. The band is currently in the studio working on their next album, due out early 2008. In addition to the new album, Trapt are close to announcing a fall tour.
Video premiere link: http://music.yahoo.com/premieres
It is 26 days until the new release of the Nikki Sixx Soundtrack for his book, the Heroin Diaries.
Nikki Sixx has released the following video for the song, Life is Beautiful, in support of the up and coming soundtrack and book.
Sixx A.M. – Life is Beautiful
The Sixx A.M. CD hits the stores on 8/21/07.
The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star will be available on 9/18/07.
There is a new band that is about to break onto the scene in a big way. Judging from the two new single’s released on the band’s myspace page, Sweet Sister, and You Shook Me, swedish rockers, Hell ‘N’ Diesel are going to break out big time, when their new CD, Passion for Power hits in September.
If you like 80’s style hard rock, check this band out! They kick ass!
Here is their video called Miss Cocaine!
Check out the new video by the band Tainted.
For more information on Tainted, check out their website at www.tainted.us.
I received a note today that Grand Lux’ CD, Carved In Stone is now available at most retailers including Best Buy, Tower Records, and Amazon.com.
I purchased this CD months ago through CD Inzane, and has been one of my favorites in 2007. You can check out the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
The video for the song, Escaping the Clouds is below:
Another Animal, featuring Whitfield Crane and Shannon Larkin from Ugly Kid Joe, has released a new single today, “Broken Again”.
You can hear this song on the band’s myspace page here. You can also buy the new song over at ITunes today!
After a storming performance in front of 20.000 enthused fans at this year’s “Masters Of Rock”-festival in the Czech Republic 2 weeks ago, German melodic rock band PINK CREAM 69 has returned home to Karlsruhe. An unbelievable concert in front of 40.000 people at the open air event “Das Fest” followed. One of the highlights in the band’s career so far. Both concerts have been recorded for a double-DVD with the tentative title “Past & Present” to be released in 2008. The first DVD-effort in the band’s 20-year-long career.
The first DVD in the package – to be called “Present” – will contain the highlights from both of the festivals and a full headlining concert to be recorded in the next months. Also included will be interview- and behind-the-scenes-footage.
The second DVD – to be called “Past” – will contain the rare out-of-print VHS-live-recording “Size It Up! – Live In Japan 1992” now in digital quality documenting PINK CREAM 69’s first-ever outstanding appearance in Tokyo/Japan in the band’s original line-up with ex-singer Andi Deris (HELLOWEEN). Furthermore all the 8 promotional PINK CREAM 69-videos from the past will be included along with more bonus features.
Comment: I will definitely pick this one up. This is a great band!
I am probably one of a small group of people that was looking forward to the new disc, Waters Rising by Lillian Axe. I have been a fan of this band since I heard their self titled debut back in 1988. I fear that I may be a little more critical of this release than most.
Much like a lot of the bands from the late 80’s and early 90’s, Lillian Axe has had its fair share of membership changes. In 2007, lead guitarist Steve Blaze finds himself the lone original member of Lillian Axe. The band has a new singer, Derrick LeFevre, and three additional new members, Sam Poitevent on guitar, Eric Morris on bass, and Ken Koudelka on bass.
The band’s sound is a little more mature, but still very close to that on the previous releases. Derrick LeFevre doesn’t have the range of former L.A. singer, Ron Taylor, however with the back up vocals of Steve Blaze, its a minor difference.
I have listened to this CD a few times now. On the first listen, I was disappointed. Each time I spin this disc, it seems to get a little better.
With so many new members in the band, I believe it was critical for Lillian Axe to establish their sound quickly on the first track. Luckily, the title track, Waters Rising starts the disc off nicely with a sound that all Lillian Axe fans are going to flock to. Antarctica is a heavy song that keeps the pace going. I didn’t care for this song at first, but its definitely growing on. Steve Blaze has some very good guitar work on this track.
It is hard for me not to like Become a Monster. This song has a killer groove. The song could have been shortened up a little bit, and it would have been a bit better. It is still a solid song.
The guitars on Quarantine takes this song down a heavy path, that twists and winds itself around a classic rock type of sound. It is almost like two songs in one. Very cool!
I Have to Die, Goodbye starts off with a guitar sound that reminds me of the beginning of Queensryche’s Silent Lucidity. This song mixes both acoustic and electric guitars. Between the mix of guitar sounds, and the extremely deep voiced back up vocals, I just could not get into this tune.
Fear of Time is a heavier tune that captures the classic sound of Lillian Axe perfectly. This is my early favorite on the record.
Until the End of the World is an extremely cool song that almost approaches progressive metal, but some how stays grounded with a base in 80’s style hard rock. This song is another favorite of mine.
I have an issue with Fields of Yesterday, and Deep in the Black. Both of these songs are way too long. Both songs clock in at 8:30. After five minutes, I am ready to move on to another song. To me, it messed up the pacing of the record.
Thirst and The 2nd of May are solid numbers, but not essential.
5 closes out this disc with a heavy instrumental that is nearly thrash metal. I don’t usually get into instrumentals very much, but this is very cool.
I have listened to Waters Rising several times now, and I will admit that this is my least favorite Lillian Axe disc out of the bunch. It isn’t bad, but I find myself getting a little bored at the last third of the album. Each listener may feel differently, and I am sure the Lillian Axe diehards will be happy with this effort. I just don’t think it is as strong as some of their prior releases.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Waters Rising
3. Become a Monster
5. I Have To Die, Goodbye
6. Fear Of Time
7. Until the End of the World
8. Fields Of Yesterday
10. The 2nd Of May
11. Deep In the Black
One of the earliest music reviews that I have written at the Hard Rock Hideout was for Stone Sour’s Come What(ever) May.
This band fronted by Slipknot singer, Corey Taylor and Jim Root has experienced a moderate level of success in 2006/2007. Their album has gone gold (over 500,000 units sold).
They have 2 Grammy Nominations, and 3 singles that have charted in the top 21 songs, including a #1 hit song, Through Glass.
Here are the four videos that the band released for Come What(ever) May.
Made of Scars
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HIM’s video for their new single “Kiss of Dawn,” has a secret. Written as part of the original treatment by Director Meiert Avis, you must watch carefully because things are not what they seem – and just when you though you had it all figured out, there is more to find. The video is exclusively available on iTunes today. Once you watch the video go to heartagram.com to solve the mystery. The person who cracks the code will get to see any HIM show of their choice in 2007 or 2008 and meet the band backstage.
HIM will release their new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th via Sire Records.
“Kiss of Dawn” iTunes link http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewVideo?id=260166506&s=143441
I can appreciate an updated sound as a band matures, but this is drastically different, even for Silverchair.
On this new CD, their sound is a lot more like U2.
Check out the video below for Straight Lines!
Sheldon Tarsha has posted the following at his website:
“Two weeks before Rocklahoma, Steven Adler and I spoke
for almost an hour on the phone. He apologized
profusely for derailing our European tour last year
and PROMISED me that he was going to pay me out of his
personal account “If not 20K at least 10K” to be in
the band and do the upcoming tour with him. I
postponed my show on July 13th that I had scheduled in
San Diego with my band (TARSHA) to be available to
play with Steven at Rocklahoma. I tried calling and
texting him several times as the date approached. I
got no call, no nothin’. He completely flaked on me
and never called!
It wasn’t till a couple days ago that I called his
brother Jamie. I told him and Steven’s new manager
that I’m not available to tour with Adler. They BEGGED
me to “At least play the Key Club show…” I told
them, I’m sorry guys, I’ve been on the rollercoaster
ride long enough. PLEASE find someone else. They said
“We want u and only u” blah blah blah… I texted them
back the next day and told them I need 5k up front to
do the tour. They immediately started in with “We
don’t have that kind of money…We’re not rich like u
might think…” I told them that if I was gonna be
involved, I need to know that Adler’s Appetite is a
serious band with plans for real success. They told me
“I thought you said it’s not about the money, which is
it?” I told them it’s about the commitment, not only
to me and the fans, but the overall success of the
project. I told them that if they don’t plan on going
all the way, I don’t want to be involved.” They had no
I’m extremely focused right now with my new band
TARSHA. The current album ‘PROPHECIES’ is selling
worldwide with the first single DIRTY in the Top 10 on
the global radio charts for 25 weeks now on Live365
Radio. I recently signed with national booking agency
AFM ENTERTAINMENT (CELLDWELLER, DEADSTAR ASSEMBLY,
SPYDER BABY) to schedule a North American tour for
TARSHA across the US and Canada in 2006. I’ve been in
the studio working on new songs for the next TARSHA
album which is more than halfway complete and will be
released in 2008.
I wish Adler the best of luck and I hope all the fans
I made touring with Adler’s Appetite will check out my
new music and support my new album.”
This is a five piece band led by singer, Hell Hofer, Hampus Klang on lead guitar, Erik Almström also on lead guitar, Gustav Hjortsjö on drums, and Adam Hector on bass.
If you can get past the gravelly voice of Hell Hofer, you are probably going to like, and possibly even love this band. The guitar work on this disc is superb and it rocks hard, from beginning to end. Heading for the Top sounds as if this was a lost disc from the NWOBHM era.
I have spun this one a few times now, and I don’t think there is a bad song on this disc. Check out the video for Heading For the Top, if you like what you hear, you will like this disc a lot.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Midnight Riders (Riding Free)
2. Turn It Up Loud
3. Heading for the Top
4. Rambling Man
5. Hard Luck Lady
6. Speeding in the Night
7. One Deal with the Devil
8. Rock Steady
9. Leather Love
10. Raise Hell
11. Bang Your Head
The single was released to radio stations, and can now be purchased at ITunes!
Check it out and let me know what you think!
You can listen to the new song at this link.
Comment: I have listened to this song a couple of times, and I think its pretty cool!