I dont know what to label this style of music. It doesnt really fit into any one genre, its glam, disco, rap, funk, dance, techno, electronic and country all piled together. Its slightly weird stuff and a curious mix.
Things open with Rock with a Slam and for me it isn’t a good indication of things to come. This is verging on rock but unfortunately it has Kid Rock type rap all through it.
Looking at the track list I cant help but wonder what the idea (or perhaps lack of ideas) is behind all the double whammy song titles. Oh La La, Bling Bling and Jump Jump for example. Jump Jump is rappy and Bling Bling goes into country territory but both are annoying and naturally repetitive lyrically. While Boob Boob Booty may sound like it should be fun, this is another one that makes me want to tear my hair out with one of the most irritating ditties in musical history, although this could mean it takes off with a vengeance in dance clubs.
Sucker Punch is probably one of the better tunes on Choreography Sucks. It has a cool beat and groove that is quite catchy but I cant really find anything else here I like a great deal. Give the Radio Back is rather melodic but sickly. Sumthin Huge is probably the worst, sounding like a cross between glam and disco gone wrong. Although I couldn’t help but smirk at the corny line “hey baby dig the horny horns” and then we get a blast of horns from the brass section.
Julian Angel is obviously a talented musician, being pretty much a one-man band and he can sing o.k. and while Choreography Sucks does not completely suck, it mostly does. This really doesn’t float my boat and I can’t say I will be listening to this again in a hurry, but if you want to hear something kind of innovative and a little different, give it a whirl.
You can hear songs from Choreography Sucks at Julian Angel’s myspace page.
1. Rock With A Slam (Intro)
2. Sucker Punch
3. Sumthin’ Huge
4. Teaser / Pleaser
5. Oh La La
6. Give The Radio Back
7. Bling Bling
8. This Is On You
9. Boob Boob Booty
10. Jump Jump
11. Strip Down Vegas
12. What Goes Up
13. Sucker Punch (Radio Edit)
Julian Angel – All Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers and Drum Programming except:
Jesse Curse – Acoustic Drums
Cat: Backing Vocals on Jump Jump
The Horny Horns: Brass Section
Reviewed by Tania
Check out the latest video by Crash Diet, Falling Rain. This song is on the band’s new CD, The Unattractive Revolution, which is available for purchase here.
This Tour is being billed at The Loudest Show on Earth.
Motley Crue is releasing their new single, Saints of Los Angeles, as a download for the game Rockband for XBox 360 and Playstation 3.
A second stage will be set up at Cruefest, where fans can compete in the game Rockband.
Motley Crue’s new Album, The Dirt, will be released on June 17th.
Motley Crue’s new video, Saints of Lost Angeles premiered during the announcement. The first part of the tour will have 60 U.S dates. They have not decided if they are going to take the tour to Europe or South America, yet.
Here are the tour dates for the 2008 Crue Fest!
Members of Motley Crue’s S.I.N. Club can preorder tickets now!
Jul 01, 2008 West Palm Beach FL US Cruzan Amphitheatre
Jul 03, 2008 Tampa FL US Ford Center
Jul 05, 2008 Charlotte NC US Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Jul 06, 2008 Virginia Beach VA US Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Jul 08, 2008 Wantagh NY US Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jul 09, 2008 Buffalo NY US Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 12, 2008 Philadelphia PA US Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 13, 2008 Washington DC US Nissan Pavilion Coming Soon
Jul 15, 2008 Detroit MI US DTE Energy Music Theater
Jul 16, 2008 Chicago IL US First Midwest Bank Amphitheater
Jul 18, 2008 Indianapolis IN US Verizon Wireless Music Center
Jul 19, 2008 Milwaukee WI US Marcus Amphitheater
Jul 20, 2008 St. Louis MO US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 22, 2008 Houston TX US Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 23, 2008 San Antonio TX US Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Jul 24, 2008 Dallas TX US Superpages.com center
Jul 26, 2008 Albuquerque NM US Journal Pavilion
Jul 27, 2008 Denver CO US Coors Amphitheater at Fiddler’s Green
Jul 29, 2008 Salt Lake City UT US USANA Amphitheater
Aug 01, 2008 Phoenix AZ US Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Aug 02, 2008 Los Angeles CA US Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Haven
Aug 05, 2008 Sacramento CA US Sleep Train Amphitheater
Aug 06, 2008 San Francisco CA US Shoreline Amphitheater at Mountain View
Aug 08, 2008 Seattle WA US White River Amphitheater
Aug 09, 2008 Portland OR US Rose Garden Arena
Aug 11, 2008 Vancouver BC CA GM Place
Aug 13, 2008 Edmonton AB CA Rexall Place
Aug 14, 2008 Calgary AB CA Pengrowth Saddledome
Aug 15, 2008 Saskatoon SK CA Credit Union Centre
Aug 17, 2008 Winnipeg MB CA MTS Centre
Aug 19, 2008 Cincinnati OH US Riverbend Music Center
Aug 20, 2008 Cleveland OH US Blossom Music Center
Aug 22, 2008 Boston MA US Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 23, 2008 Holmdel NJ US PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 24, 2008 Uncasville CT US Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug 28, 2008 Toronto ON CA Molson Amphitheatre
Aug 29, 2008 Albany NY US Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 30, 2008 Scranton PA US Toyota Pavilion
Aug 31, 2008 Pittsburgh PA US Post-Gazette Pavilion
Northern Irish rockers, Million Dollar Reload, are pleased to announce a co-headlining tour with Chicago trio The Black Molly’s. The tour commences on the 24th May and includes an appearance at the Clive Aid festival in Birmingham 31st May. Singer Phil Conalane said “the guys are thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event and we feel honoured that Million Dollar Reload been asked to participate”. This UK tour is to be followed by 10-day tour of the US with The Black Molly’s.
Million Dollar Reload are Phil – vocals, Andy – guitar, BAM – guitar, Kie – Bass & Davy – drums. All the guy’s are looking forward to touring with The Black Molly’s who are Randi – drums, Tory – vocals/guitar & Patrick – Bass and whose new cd – ‘Ignorance is Bliss‘ has a release date of 29th April 2008, was mixed by Michael Wagener (Queen, Metallica) & mastered at Abbey Road.
Million Dollar Reloads debut album ‘Anthems of a Degeneration‘ which is due for release later this year has been called received a 9/10 rating from www.hardrockhouse.com calling it “…a hell of a way to start a career”. Classic Rock called it “…a wheelie-bin boogie of the trashiest order”, while US web magazine www.hardrockhideout.com told readers “don’t hesitate to pick this one up!”
Their critically acclaimed album is only surpassed by blistering live performances which landed them top support slots with the legendary Alice Cooper, ex-GNR guitarist, Gilby Clarke and New Jersey quartet, Tyketto to name but a few.
Miss these shows at your peril!
More information can be found at myspace.com/milliondollarreload
You can watch Million Dollar Reload’s Video, Livin in the City here!
UK Tour dates are as follows
24th May – Queens Hall, Nuneaton
26th May – The Junction, Redhill
28th May – The Firehouse, Southampton
29th May – The Limelight, Crewe
30th May – The Niteowl, Cheltenham
31st May – Clive Aid, The Asylum, Birmingham
1st June – Toms Bar, Pontypridd
3rd June – White Rabbit, Plymouth
5th June – Underworld, Camden
USA Tour (more dates to follow)
18th June – Blarneys Island, Antioch, Illinois
19th June – The Annex, Madison, Wisconsin
20th June – Chicago City Limits, Schaumburg, Illinois
21st June – Screaming Eagle, Waterloo, Iowa
22nd June – Shooters Hideaway, Des Moines, Iowa
23rd June – Bricktown Ballroom, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
24th June – TBA
25th June – TBA
26th June – TAA
27th June – Shakers, Cambridge, Ohio
28th June – Halftime Bar & Grill, Johnsburg, Illinois
HYDROGYN SIGNS WORLDWIDE THREE ALBUM DEAL WITH DEMOLITION IMPRINT DR2 RECORDS
** FIRST ALBUM, “DEADLY PASSIONS” RELEASED JUNE 23RD **
Friday 4th April 2008: DEMOLITION RECORDS would like to announce the
signing of Ashland Kentucky based rockers HYDROGYN to the UK based label DR2
This signing comes on the heels of the band’s success with their Billboard
charting Bombshell release in 2006, Strip’em Blind Live CD success in
2007, coupled with their relentless touring in Europe over 2007.
“This is exactly what we were looking for, and the label we were looking
to do it with.” said JEFF WESTLAKE of the band. He also went on to say ” We
feel Demolition has a great focus on their future, they know what they
want to do, and have the unique drive that we were looking for in a label to
get the job done.” GED COOK of Demolition stated, “We welcome Hydrogyn to the Demolition family. It really is going to be a pleasure working with them throughout the world.”
The deal is a world-wide three album deal that will start with the first
of those releases, “DEADLY PASSIONS“, coming in June, Worldwide. The new album was recorded in Huntington West Virginia’s Smash Hits Studio. They have also signed with a new manager, DEAN SWETT at the PARAMOUR GROUP, (www.paramourgroup.com) who is planning to have the band very busy supporting the new release throughout the world in 2008.
2007 was a very busy year for the band, not only touring, but also finding
new management, and a new label. Keep your eyes on http://www.hydrogyn.com and http://www.myspace.com/hydrogyn for touring developments as we get closer to the release in June.
CINDERELLA, WARRANT, LYNCH MOB – North American Tour Dates
2 – Stockton, CA – Stockton Arena
3 – Alpine, CA – Viejas
4 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson/ Greek/ Blockbuster
5 – Henderson, NV – Sunset Station Casino (Cinderella only)
9 – El Paso, TX – El Paso County Coliseum
10 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Amphitheater
11 – Amarillo, TX – Azteca Music Hall
12 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
14 – Wichita Falls, TX – Kay Yeager Coliseum
15 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens /Sunset
16 – Dallas, TX – Nokia / HOB
17 – Houston, TX – Verizon Amphitheater
18 – Kansas City, MO – Sandstone Amphitheater
24 – Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB
25 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Forum
26 – West Palm Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Ampitheater
27 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live
29 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
30 – W Detroit, MI – DTE
1 – Clearfield, PA – Clearfield County Fair
2 – Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino
3 – Niagra Falls, NY – Uncasville Seneca Niagra
5 – Atlantic City, NJ – HOB
6 – Reading, PA – Sovreign Center
8 – Lacrosse, WI – Military Base
9 – Oshkosh, WI – Leach Amphitheater
10 – Des Moines, IA – Iowa State Fair
16 – Winter Park, CO – Hawgfest
17 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
23 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
This disc had three songs filled with heavy metal fury, that has me wanting to hear more by this talented three piece band. The tunes on Salvation sound like long lost tracks from the NWOBHM era of rock.
What impresses me most on this disc is how tight the music is. Chris Appleton is a pretty good guitar player and vocally, he reminds me a lot of Armored Saint’s John Bush.
The production on this disc is very good. I love how I can hear the cymbals crash as if drummer Martin McNee was bashing the skins in my living room.
My only complaint is that I need to hear more! Three songs by Fury UK is not enough! If the three songs on this disc are any indication to the future of this band, then Fury UK will be huge before long.
Check ‘em out for yourself at the band’s myspace page!
3. Lost in Forever
Fury UK is:
Chris Appleton- Vocals, lead guitar
Adam Cropper-Bass, backing vocals
Motley Crue is going to make their “Colossal” announcement tonight at 7 P.M.
They will kick off Cruefest, in support of their new album, The Dirt with the bands Buckcherry, Trapt, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach. One date in Tampa, Florida, has already been confirmed by Live Nation.
It has been a while since Motley Crue, has released any new tunes. 2005 to be exact, when the band released 2 new songs, and a cover tune, on their Red, White & Crue compiliation.
Here is the video for Sick Love Song!
and here is a preview of the new Motley Crue song, Saints of Los Angeles.
What do you think of the new Crue tunes?
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH MOTLEY CRUE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, TONIGHT AT 12:05 A.M. EST!!!
Tuesday, April 15 (8pm EDT): SyncLive.com and Amazon.com present a free live webcast event from ASIA’s concert at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. Fans can log on to www.synclive.com, www.amazon.com/earworm, www.frontiers.it or the band’s official website, www.originalasia.com to watch the live concert webcast and exclusive behind-the-scenes clips.
British pop rockers’ “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” and debut single “Nine Lives” rocking Activision’s rhythm game on April 24 for X360, May 8 for PS3.
Last month, British rock legends Def Leppard appeared on Rockline Radio to promote their 10th studio album Songs From the Sparkle Lounge, slated for release under Universal Music Group’s Mercury Records label on April 29. During the Q&A portion of the show, guitarist Phil Collen said that the band’s hit singles “Photograph,” “Animal,” and “Rock of Ages” will appear in Activision’s upcoming Guitar Hero IV.
As it would turn out, being a rock star in the ’80s can have an addling affect on the brain. The band’s label announced today that Def Leppard will indeed be lending several songs to Guitar Hero, but there’s apparently been a venue and setlist change. Beginning on April 24, “Rock of Ages,” “Photograph,” and “Nine Lives,” the upcoming single from the band’s new album, will be available for download over Xbox Live for Activision’s current rhythm game, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. The song pack for the PlayStation 3 edition will follow on May 8.
Def Leppard’s publicist notes that the band will be the first to have “released a new single ahead of its traditional launch through a video game.” Thrash-metal legends Metallica have reportedly been in discussions with Harmonix and MTV Games to take a similar tack by debuting the first single from their next album as a song download in Rock Band.
With “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages” accounted for, no mention was made of the other track Def Leppard confirmed would be appearing in Guitar Hero, “Animal.” However, the band was quite adamant about being included in Guitar Hero IV, so it seems highly likely that this final song has been slated for Activision’s follow-up to the wildly successful rhythm game, which is rumored to be shipping later this year. Activision had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.
ARTIST SERVICE is proud to announce new releases in May 2008
We are very proud to announce the signing of two excellent German bands from the melodic genre.
MIDNITE CLUB, melodic rockers from South-West Germany, fronted by renowned vocalist Carsten “Lizard” Schultz (EVIDENCE ONE) will release their second album “Circus Of Life”, a brilliant melodic rock effort with loads of catchy melodies.
MIDNITE CLUB “Circus Of Life” – release: 5/30/2008 (Artist Service / MBM)
The main man behind MIDNITE CLUB is guitar virtuoso Steffen “Seegi” Seeger, student of guitar legend JOEY TAFOLLA. Steffen also recorded critically acclaimed “The End Of Never” album of ARTENSION guitarist ROGER STAFFELBACH and recently produced the third album “Nomad” of US guitarist IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY.
Behind the mike no other than first class melodic rock singer Carsten “Lizard” Schultz of EVIDENCE ONE could be recruited to do the vocals for “Circus Of Life”.
Also Bernd Herrman, drummer for successful German all-star project SOEHNE MANNHEIMS is part of the project and thus MIDNITE CLUB´s track “One Night Like Lovers” was Bernd Herrmann’s contribution to the SOEHNE MANNHEIMS sampler “Soehne, Mond & Sterne”, which successfully remained in the German album charts for several weeks in 2007.
The album is also featuring Ferdy Doernberg (AXEL RUDI PELL, EDEN’S CURSE, ex-ULI JON ROTH) who plays the keys on the KENNY LOGGINS cover “Danger Zone”.
The line up is completed by keyboarder Holger Seeger (IAIN ASHLEY HERSEY) and bassist Andy Keller.
“Circus Of Life” can be best described as a successful effort to combine the best influences of AOR and melodic rock along with the energy of classic hard rock music. The songs are well structured, providing catchy melodies and huge choruses. The skills of the experienced musicians round off this very warm sounding album.
CLUSTERHEAD, a four piece melodic metal band hailing from Regensburg are pushing into the scene with their debut album “Times Of No Trust”, following the tradition of european influenced melodic heavyrock.
CLUSTERHEAD “Times Of No Trust” – release: 5/30/2008 (Artist Service / MBM)
In 2005 CLUSTERHEAD was formed by 4 musicians who had one single goal: delivering the kind of music to the people they were influenced by from their early days on.
Having grown up with the classic sound of their idols such as Judas Priest, Scorpions, Iron Maiden etc. singer Rene Brandt, guitarist Frank Stadlbauer, bassist Andreas Meyer and drummer Ruediger Tonn are following their roots with their debut album “Times Of No Trust”.
CLUSTERHEAD´s sound is driven by a tight working rhythm section, elobarated guitar work and crowned by Rene´s warm and melodic voice. Tracable melodies and huge choruses are trademarks to the band and although their sound can be described as melodic metal it´s not limited to just reach fans of this genre. Songs like “Poisened”, “Deep In The Night” or the balladesque “Ghosts” are fit for the playlists of every rock radio station.
CLUSTERHEAD already released 3 EP´s, which have been welcomed by the press, comparing the band with genre heroes such as BONFIRE, AXEL RUDI PELL and PINK CREAM 69.
They also gained intensive live experience by continously playing regional and national venues. Just a few weeks ago CLUSTERHEAD proved to be an awesome live band by supporting US power metal heroes CAGE in Southern Germany and thus surely could add lots of new fans to their constantly growing fanbase.
FINAL AXE “The Axe Of The Apostles” – release: 5/30/2008 (Retroactive / MBM)
In his review of this album, HM Magazine editor, Doug Van Pelt writes, “…those of you who remember FINAL AXE (who go all the way back to the late 80’s) will be glad to know that this is easily their best album. If Saint were to win ‘Comeback of the Year’ for 2004’s In the Battle, then this album would win it this year.”
In fact, some might say that with The Axe Of The Apostles, FINAL AXE has captured heavyweight status by showcasing their catchiest, most accessible set of tunes available yet. While retaining its precision guitar assault and quasi-Rob Halford vocals, the band proves they are also masters of melody. In true metal form, The Axe Of The Apostles rarely gives you a chance to come up for air, displaying a real penchant for stadium ready anthems.
Drums are handled by Stryper’s Robert Sweet, whose busy, virtuosic rhythmic base pushes Bill Menchen (guitar) and Simon Tyler (vocals) to the most energetic and impassioned performances of their careers.
Menchen and Tyler have also released two albums with Titanic (Maiden Voyage & Screaming In Silence).
THE SEVENTH POWER “The Seventh Power” – release: 5/30/2008 (Retroactive / MBM)
THE SEVENTH POWER is a band fronted by Bill Menchen, guitarist for both Titanic and Final Axe. All drum tracks on this album were performed by Stryper’s Robert Sweet. Robert references this record as containing some his most accomplished work to date!
Retroactive Records is thrilled to unleash this monumental classic metal release upon the world! Fans of classic Ozzy and Black Sabbath will receive this with open arms. No frantic, speed metal anthems here. Instead, you’ll discover a doomy, sinister elegance built on Menchen’s minor key innovations. THE SEVENTH POWER delivers a seemingly endless supply of crushingly loud and heavy riffs with which to bludgeon audiences into sweet, willing oblivion.
The band, Immune has a new three song EP, called Nothing Left to Believe. Check out the video, released in support of this disc, called I’d Rather Die.
Michael Schenker returns with a brand new CD, and quite possibly the best MSG lineup since the ’80s.
Gary Barden, who is often considered the best MSG vocalist, returns to the microphone on In the Midst of Beauty.
This disc also features the talent of Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Don Airey (Whitesnake, Deep Purple) and Simon Phillips (MSG, Satriani, Toto).
As always, MSG features the stellar guitar work of Michael Schenker. If you are familiar with any of MSG’s prior albums, you know you are going you are going to hear plenty of guitar riffs with that great Schenker trademark sound.
What is cool about this album, is that it seems to be more of a complete band output, than just Schenker playing over the top. Don Airey’s Purple-esque keyboards are often present adding a whole new layer to MSG’s music. This disc has a 70’s classic rock vibe about it, but the production and sound is top notch.
The last couple of MSG albums have been somewhat disappointing, and this is definitely a return to form for Schenker and company. This is easily the best album by MSG since the Robin McAuley era.
This CD will be released in May, and you will definitely want to add this to your list of discs to purchase soon! In the Midst of Beauty will likely find itself in many top album lists at the end of 2008!.
- City Lights
- I Want You
- End of the Line
- Night To Remember
- Wings of Emotion
- Come Closer
- Cross of Crosses
- The One
- This Time
Michael Schenker Group is:
Michael Schenker – Guitars
Gary Barden – Vocals
Don Airey – Keyboards
Neil Murray – Bass
Simon Phillips – Drums
The season finale of Rock of Love 2 is now over, and Bret Michaels has made his decision. Who did he pick?
As much as you hate to admit it, you are probably watching Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love 2 on VH1.
Tonight is the finale of Season 2.
Both girls have lied to Bret about different things. Neither girl seems to have an apparent edge.
Daisy apparently works as a stripper and lives with her ex-boyfriend, who she still shares a bed with. Daisy has also had a relationship with CC Deville. (Things that make you say hmmmmm!)
Ambre lied about her age (she is 37), she told Bret she was 31.
The Rock of Love Finale is tonight at 9 P.M. on VH1.
Spoilers from the final episode will be posted at HardRockHideout.com tonight. My guess is, there will be a Season 3 of the show in the fall of 2008. Assuming that the Poison, Sebastian Bach and Dokken tour is over by then.
Sick City from Winnipeg, Canada have released a new video, in support of their CD, Nightlife.
Check out the video for Smiles & Cries below!
The three piece Metal band from Germany, RAGE, has released a brand new CD, Carved In Stone. Check out the new video, Open My Grave, below!
Theatre of Shadows has been out since 2006, but Chavis Records took a chance a putting this out in the U.S. Market, and I am thankful they did.
Usually, I am not too fond, of metal acts fronted by a female singer. There are a few exceptions to that rule, and Shadowside is one of them. Dani Nolden has an extremely cool, raw voice that is well suited to Shadowside’s style of metal. In fact, her voice is quite unlike anything I have heard before.
At times Theatre of Shadows trades off between Heavy and Power Metal. Some songs have keyboards for an extra melodic layer to the music. The keyboards don’t over power the music, and they are not present through the whole album. There are plenty of double bass drumming throughout this record that will be a catalyst for a massive amount of head banging.
As a whole, I thought Theatre of Shadows was a pretty solid metal album, and a pretty nice introduction to U.S. fans who have not heard them before. Metal fans will certainly want to check the band out when they take the stage at Rocklahoma on Sunday Afternoon, July 13th, 2008.
The Chavis Records version of Theatre of Shadows has a cool cover of the DIO tune, Rainbow in the Dark, as a bonus track. You preview songs off of Theater of Shadows at Shadowside’s myspace page here. Go check them out, they might surprise you!
1. Enter The Shadowside
2. Vampire Hunter
4. We Want A Miracle
6. Queen Of The Sky
7. Believe In Yourself
9. Kingdom Of Life
10. Red Storm
11. Shadow Dance Theatre of Shadows Act I
12. Here To Stay Theatre of Shadows Act II
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Dani Nolden – Vocals
Raphael Mattos – Guitar
Fenando Peto – Bass
Fabio Buituidas – Drums
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details about the sensational new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, brainchild of ex STRATOVARIUS main man Timo Tolkki.
“Everything that was to be said with that band, with those members, had already been said and to continue would have simply been repeating the same formula over and over again”, says Tolkki about this much talked split. Furthermore, tensions between the members brought Tolkki’s decision to form a brand new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, which is the logical progression of the Stratovarius legacy.
The first record from the new band, aptly entitled “New Era“, includes the vocal talents of Michael Kiske (ex HELLOWEEN), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY, AVANTASIA) and Pasi Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) plus Mirka Rantanen on drums (THUNDERSTONE), Pasi Heikkilä on bass (45 DEGREE WOMAN) and Joonas Puolakka on keyboards.
Tolkki originally composed all the songs included in this album for Stratovarius, but after the group broke up, he thought he needed to get these songs out and did not spend time looking for a permanent band line-up. He is currently still auditioning singers and musicians and, as soon as a stable line-up is set in stone, Revolution Renaissance will start its life as a live unit.
“New Era” pays tribute musically to the trademark Stratovarius albums “Visions” and “Episode”, with its Melodic Power Metal style that Tolkki was instrumental in creating, along with such bands as Helloween and Gamma Ray. His trademark guitar playing that earned him a position in “The 80 best guitar players of the World” category in the American “Guitar World” magazine readers poll, shines throughout the album.
Tracklisting of “New Era” includes:
Heroes (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); I Did It My Way (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); We Are Magic (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Angel (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Eden Is Burning (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Glorious And Divine (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); Born Upon The Cross (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Keep The Flame Alive (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Last Night On Earth (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Revolution Renaissance (lead vocals: Michael Kiske).
Witness the rebirth of Timo Tolkki and his music the way the fans want to hear him on June 6th !
A new MÖTLEY CRÜE song, entitled “Saints of Los Angeles”, is being streamed exclusively at Spinner.com. The song is expected to be the first single off the band’s ninth album, “The Dirt”, which is tentatively due on July 8. The single will arrive at radio stations in early May.
Several registered members of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s official message board previously commented on a 28-second leak of “Saints of Los Angeles”, with one fan describing the track as “definitely that elusive cross between ‘Shout at the Devil’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood’ we always heard about.” Another board user writes, “[it] reminds be a bit of the ‘Sick Love Song’ [a track that was included on MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD 'greatest hits' collection, 'Red, White & Crüe' in 2005] style of material, but has a ‘Wildside’ vibe. I’m glad to see the CRÜE go back to a classic/heavy sound while not sounding like ‘New Tattoo’ . This is the style they should stay in.”
“The Dirt” is based on the band’s 2001 memoir of the same name and will be its first all-new studio effort since 2000’s “New Tattoo”. 1997’s “Generation Swine” was the last to feature the group’s original lineup, which reunited for a successful world tour in 2005.
Although it was reported last fall that drummer Tommy Lee had again quit the CRÜE over legal issues, he and the group have reconciled.
Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in a recent online update, “10 songs done for the new CRÜE album so far, I’m very proud of the songs. I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years…Time will tell, of course. A couple of song titles on the CRÜE album are called ‘A Scar On Hollywood Boulevard’ and ‘The Saints Of Los Angeles’… The chemistry in the studio as we’re writing is unbelievable.”
The CRÜE recently denied a post at Robin Leach‘s Las Vegas gossip blog which suggested that the band had signed a three-album, three-tour deal with Live Nation for $100 million. Although the source of the rumor was reportedly singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement, “MÖTLEY CRÜE has not signed any deals to tour or record whatsoever. Any information to the contrary is 100 percent incorrect.”
The management company that represents MÖTLEY CRÜE told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that rumors about the band headlining a festival-type tour called “Cruefest” are “blatantly false and completely unfounded,” although the company, 10th Street Entertainment, did admit that the band’s press conference scheduled for April 15 in Los Angeles will involve at least “a few” of more than two dozen acts. Rumors began circulating about a so-called “Cruefest” after the CRÜE revealed that it will make a “colossal announcement” on April 15, with other 10th Street bands like BUCKCHERRY, DROWNING POOL and PAPA ROACH reportedly on board.
A “video teaser” for the press conference and contest — which appears to contain images of MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and SIXX: A.M. — can be viewed at this location (Quicktime required).
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.
Four hard rocking bands took the stage Tuesday night at Lexington, Kentucky’s, Club A1A.
Uncle Aleister’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival was the first act to take the stage. I didn’t know much about this band, but I expected this to be a cover band. Much to my surprise, and to my liking, the band played all original material. The ages were obviously quite varied in this 4 piece band, but did a pretty good job warming up the small crowd that arrived at the club early.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Stonerider was up next. I recently reviewed this band’s CD, Three Legs of Trouble (Review can be found in the TOP 10, on the HRH Sidebar), and was pretty familiar with their music. I have been spinning this disc a lot as of late, and have really been enjoying their music. I haven’t heard any feedback about the band, so I was not sure what to expect by their live show.
Their set included the tunes, Rush Hour, Baby, Back From the Dead, Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good, Juice Man, and Wild Child. They were pretty good live, although their set was a little too short in my opinion. I would like to catch these guys playing live again.
Bad Loving Never Felt So Good
Endeverafter took the stage around 10 P.M. I was anxious to see this band. I was already quite familiar with the playing of Endeverafter’s Michael Grant. I have heard nothing but good things about these guys from the people who were lucky enough to catch them on the 2006 Poison and Cinderella Tour.
The band played quite a few songs off of their new CD, Kiss or Kill, including, Tip of My Tongue, All Night, Road to Destruction, Next Best Thing, Baby Baby Baby, and I Wanna Be Your Man.
I had high expectations for Endeverafter, and they exceeded them. They were very good live. With a bunch of good songs at their disposal, Endeverafter could really take off, if radio will give them a chance and play a couple of their songs.
I honestly thought Endeverafter was going to be hard act to follow, as good as they played. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tip of My Tongue
I Wanna Be Your Man and Baby, Baby, Baby
Airbourne took the stage around 11 P.M. or so. They were introduced by WKQQ’s Dead Air Dennis and Monkey Boy. Monkey Boy had a small jab at Airbourne comparing them to AC/DC. I guess this was his attempt to be funny. Nonetheless, say what you will about this Airbourne’s obvious influences, they rock as hard as the bands that inspired them.
I have seen hundreds of live shows, and I don’t recall very many shows, where a band put on a more energetic show than the one Airbourne did Tuesday night. 48 hours later, and I am still blown away by the live show that I saw.
Joel O’Keeffe is an amazing front man. He knows how to get the crowd fired up, and does a good job keeping them there. Bassist Justin Street is going to need a neck brace from his constant head banging, hair spinning bass licks. David Roads does a pretty good job keeping up with Joel O’Keeffe note for note. They way these guys run around stage during a set, they must be exhausted from all of the energy they put out. Airbourne’s set included the songs, Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll, Diamond In The Rough, What’s Eatin You, Cheap Wine, Blackjack, Girls in Black, Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast, Runnin’ Wild and Hellfire.
On a negative note, this was a low dough show. For a mere $10.00, you got to see four great bands, and at maximum their was only 100 people in attendance. Lexington, KY is a big college town (UK), so I would expect that a great rock show would like this would attract more people. This club should have been packed. Sadly, it was not.
Airbourne has just recently announced a ton of new dates across the United States. Check below for the latest Tour Dates! DO NOT MISS AIRBOURNE if they come to your town.
Stand Up For Rock N Roll
Diamond in the Rough
Girls in Black
Airbourne Tour Dates
Fri 04/11/08 Madison, WI The Annex
Sat 04/12/08 Maplewood, MN The Rock
Mon 04/14/08 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Wed 04/16/08 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
Thu 04/17/08 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Sat 04/19/08 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Sun 04/20/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Mon 04/21/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
appearing with Seether / Chevelle
Fri 04/25/08 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station Lonestar Pavilion
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Mon 04/28/08 Hattiesburg, MS The Bottling Company
Wed 04/30/08 Nashville, TN On The Rocks
Thu 05/01/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Fri 05/02/08 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Sat 05/03/08 Lynchburg, VA Cattle Annie’s
appearing with Finger Eleven
Fri 05/09/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Mon 05/12/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Tue 05/13/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Wed 05/14/08 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
appearing at “Rock On The Range”
appearing at “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival”
Wed 07/09/08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/11/08 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/12/08 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/13/08 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
Tue 07/15/08 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Wed 07/16/08 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 07/18/08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/19/08 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/20/08 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre
Tue 07/22/08 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Wed 07/23/08 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/25/08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Centre
Sat 07/26/08 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 07/27/08 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park
Tue 07/29/08 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 07/30/08 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/01/08 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Sat 08/02/08 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/03/08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Tue 08/05/08 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
Wed 08/06/08 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 08/08/08 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
Sat 08/09/08 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun 08/10/08 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 08/12/08 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 08/13/08 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri 08/15/08 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/16/08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/17/08 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/19/08 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
JUDAS PRIEST’s long-awaited concept album, Nostradamus, will be released in Europe on June 13th as a regular CD and Deluxe Edition CD via Sony/BMG. Guitarist K.K. Downing told BW&BK recently that the album – based on the life and predictions of 16th-century French prophet Nostradamus – will contain “18 songs clocking in at over an hour and a half.”
In a separate interview with BW&BK, frontman Rob Halford added: “We’re treating this like it’s the holy grail of heavy metal. We’re so protective about it – which you have to be – because I think that one of the intriguing things about creating anything – whether it be writing a book or making a move – the less you say about something, the more people want to know about it. And we don’t need to hype it up, it’s internal. The metal fans around the world have great expectations for this record. They know we’re not going to drop the ball. They know we’re going to give everybody something that’s fantastic and top quality. And that’s what it should be after 35 years.”
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
The band that features Phil Collen, Simon Laffy, and Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook issued the following update on their myspace page today:
We’re sure that you’ve heard the rumors over recent weeks and we are now finally able to confirm that our debut album, ’Surreal’, is set to be released in the US on June 3rd on VH1 Classics. We are excited to bring our music to our fans in the US and can’t wait to blast it for everyone live. Also, we recently filmed a ’secret’ gig in Los Angeles that is to be broadcast on VH1 at the time of the album release. Photos from the gig can be found in the media section on our website at http://www.manraze.com.
We thank all of you for your support while we were recording the album and now look forward to bringing it to you – after all, that’s what counts, isn’t it!! Stay tuned here for more album and tour news coming soon! Bring on the amps– it’s time to rock!
See ya soon,
Simon, Phil & Paul
Check out the video below for the Manraze song, Turn it Up!
You can download this song for free off of the Manraze website, at this location!
Formula One Records is proud and happy to announce that ‘Global Warning’, Burn’s universally acclaimed comeback release, is now on sale around the world. As of this month the album is available in much of Europe, including the territories of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Benelux. It is also now available in the USA from the excellent outlet NEH Records and is on general release in Japan, where first day sales topped over 2000 units. Other countries will be added to the list throughout the year.
The UK melodic rockers have been added to the Rock Of Ages Festival in Birmingham, England on September 6th and will also be appearing at the Firefest V event at Rock City in Nottingham, England on October 26th.
The band will also be featuring in a special edition of Chris Nelson’s Hairspray Heaven Show on www. rock247online. co. uk on Saturday May 10. Chris chose the track ‘Pray For Rain’, from ‘Global Warning’, as his favourite song of 2007.
Burn emerged from the shadow of the tragic death of original drummer, Karl Bee, and the departure of guitarist Rab Devenney in 2007 with a new line-up and ‘Global Warning’, a storming album which has received tremendous reviews from around the world.
The band, Jeff Ogden, Barney Stackhouse, Marc Stackhouse, Benjy Reid, Julian Nicholas and Phil Hammond will begin work on their fourth album later this year, with release planned for 2009.
For Danielia Cotton, What You See Isn’t Necessarily What You Get The Singer’s “Testify” Leaves No Reasonable Doubt: She’s a Rock Star The adage has endured for decades: “Never judge a book by its cover.” In the case of Danielia Cotton, it couldn’t be truer. Her sophomore album ‘Rare Child’ (May 20th, Adrenaline Records/ADA) is the only evidence a listener needs. Danielia may be lovely and petite, but it’s undeniable that her music’s effortless range from gritty “down home” blues to soaring rock stature shouldn’t be ignored. She plays grab-you-by-the-soul music with emotional intensity. When fans and supporters entered a recent sold-out show at New York’s Cutting Room, they were immersed in a spine-tingling performance from a woman whose voice surpasses extraordinary. Audience members were left in awe, whether she was singing hymns with her family or rocking out on guitar with her band. Now she’s making moves on a promo tour throughout the country to support a surge of well-earned radio airplay — “Testify” is currently one of the top songs being added to AAA radio stations nationwide, according to FMQB. Danielia breathes fire into ten rock and soul gems on her album ‘Rare Child,’ which follows her critically acclaimed 2005 ‘Small White Town’ release. All Music Guide called her “a fiery blues-rock artist,” while the Philadelphia Daily News compared her singing to the “emotional power of Janis Joplin… Danielia’s music has the swagger of Let It Bleed-era Rolling Stones.” Listen to Danielia’s “Testify” Here! Get “Testify” on iTunes Here!
Disturbed will release their new album, Indestructible on June 3rd, but fans can pre-order the album today to get their hands on a limited edition package with tons of bonus content. For only $34.98 fans will get the full album plus an exclusive b-side of “Run”, DVD of the making of ‘Indestructible,’ VIP ‘Rock Star Lounge’ laminate for the 2008 Mayhem Tour, access to an upcoming exclusive website full of rare content and much more!
Pre-order your copy here today before supplies run out. This is your chance to get a very limited edition package of Disturbed’s highly anticipated new album Indestructible! The offer is only available at http://www.disturbed1.com/preorder.html.
You can listen to the track Inside the Fire, here!
The United Kingdom has never been short on hard rock talent. The new wave of hard rock bands coming out of Europe, and in the case of Wired Desire, from Scotland, gives me high hopes for the future of rock. One band that is making a lot of noise as of late is the five piece group, Wired Desire. This amazing quintet has the hard edge of AC/DC, the swagger of Guns ‘N Roses, and a great sound that should help pave their path to success.
The band has youth on their side (the average age of WIred Desire’s five members are 21) and are showing a ton of promise with their new EP, Barely Illegal.
This EP has four killer cuts of high energy rock and roll. Music this good can only translate well live. My only complaint after hearing this record, is that I want to hear more. Four songs is not enough, when the tunes are this good.
Daly has a great rock voice. He has that rough edge style that I love to hear. The guitar tandem of Jam and Eddy are already making names for themselves in their young career.
The record labels (what is left of them) ought to be lining up to sign these guys, and get it done quickly.
You can preview all of the band’s tunes at their website, as well as purchase a copy of Barely Illegal. Once you hear these tunes, you will certainly want to own a copy. Don’t miss this!
- No One Sleeps
- The Hard Stuff
- Damn Hard
Wired Desire is:
Daly – Vocals
Jam – Lead Guitar
Eddy – Rhythm Guitar
Darry – Bass
Jeeves – Drums
Check out the video, Capture the Magic, by Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s, Icarus Witch!
Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, the debut album from ASHES dIVIDE finally hit stores Tuesday! Produced by front man and former A Perfect Circle guitarist, Billy Howerdel, the album also features guest collaborations by Josh Freese (NIN, A Perfect Circle), Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde) and Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio. Head over to iTunes now to download a copy, or pick one up a CD your favorite music retailer.