ASPHALT VALENTINE is the first confirmed band for Cruefest Atlanta, set to take place April 4, 2008 at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Tickets will be sold at the door for $10.
Around for more than five years, the association known collectively as “Cruefest” has promoted bands that follow in the MÖTLEY CRÜE spirit. Events are held at various locations around the world throughout the year to spotlight these bands and to raise money for the Skylar Neil Memorial Fund, Nikki Sixx‘s Running Wild in the Night foundation, Tommy Lee‘s charity of choice St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mick Mars‘ charity Spondylitis Association of America.
Event sponsors donate money and merchandise while the bands donate their talent. The highlight of Cruefest Atlanta is the opportunity for MÖTLEY CRÜE fans to get together and raise money for charities. The benefit features the bands as well as the free merchandise, auctions and raffles.
The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund was founded by MÖTLEY CRÜE lead singer Vince Neil in honor of his daughter Skylar who died at age 4 from cancer in 1995. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund donates exclusively to the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer, and aids research. The Skylar Neil Memorial Fund has raised over $1,000,000 to date.
MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx founded the Running Wild in the Night foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for Covenant House. Covenant House is the largest privately funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth.
Last year, Cruefests across the world raised over $25,000 for charity. Cruefest hopes to raise even more in 2008.
You can visit the Cruefest Atlanta MySpace page at this location.
A promotional video for the event can be viewed at this location.
ASHES dIVIDE, the new band fronted by A Perfect Circle co-founder Billy Howerdel, have just released their debut single, “The Stone.” The response has been phenomenal with the track reaching the #1 and #2 “most added” slots on Alternative and Active Rock radio formats respectively! The band is getting set to release their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, on March 18th through Island Records.
Matt Pinfield recently sat down with Howerdel to discuss the new project:
For more info, check the Ashes Divide myspace page!
The Sword has completed work on its wildly-anticipated sophomore album, entitled Gods of the Earth. The follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth is set for an April 1, 2008 release via diverse NYC label Kemado Records.
Recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, Gods of the Earth instantly conveys what words can only try to describe: The Sword is not to be taken lightly. From the moment the album’s lead track “The Sundering” explodes, it is immediately apparent that the Sword has upped the ante on a sound all its own. More ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger, Gods of the Earth’s huge, mountaintop-friendly hooks, thunderous drumming and oceanic bass lines cut through the air like a scythe, while the ominous vocals of frontman J.D. Cronise weave fantastical tales rife with myth and mythology. Waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder dominate songs such as the immediate “Maiden, Mother & Crone”, “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, “Under the Boughs” and the paralyzing “The Black River”.
The final track listing for Gods of the Earth is as follows:
1.) The Sundering
2.) How Heavy This Axe
4.) Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
5.) To Take the Black
6.) Maiden, Mother & Crone
7.) Under the Boughs
8.) The Black River
9.) The White Sea
It is rare when a newer band influenced in 80’s metal puts out a release that remotely compares to their predecessors. The new release Screams from the Wild, by the UK’s Tequila Rockin Bird, sounds like a lost release from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
While this release isn’t original by any means, it is most certainly a good slab of heavy rock. On Screams From the Wild, I can hear bits of Iron Maiden, and Ozzy era Black Sabbath fused into Tequila Rockin’ Birds’ music. I love those bands, so I was immediately captured by the tunes here.
The songs blast off with the opener Welcome to Hell and rock hard right through the closing track Trust In Your Government.
The thunderous drums of Johnny Warriner helps drive the dual axe attack of Nick Watson, and Kez Symes. The powerful, whiskey stained vocals of Rich Woods are a pleasure to take in. A band this talented have to be headed for great things. I would imagine that they won’t be unknown for too much longer. Tequila Rocking Bird will certainly be one of the leaders in the New Wave of Classic Rock that is happening today.
The band has done something rare, by offering up their record for free via download. Something that sounds this good is not usually given away for free, so go download your copy today, before the band regains their senses, and put this record out for sale. Fans of some of the newer Classic Rock bands like Priestess ought to download this asap!
Special thanks to Bill at Rock of Ages for turning me onto this band!
For more information on Tequila Rocking Bird, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To Hell
- Party Song
- Devil’s in the Detail
- Don’t Make Me Angry Again
- Dirty Mama
- Screams From the Wild
- Step Inside My Mind
- Wild Livin’
- Trust In Your Government
Tequila Rocking Bird is:
Rich Woods – Vocals
Nick Watson – Guitar
Kez Symes – Guitar
Johnny Warriner – Drums
Greg Butler – Bass
I saw this video for the first time yesterday, and thought it was pretty funny.
This is a metal video with comedian, actor Brian Posehn. Check it out!