Extreme’s debut CD hit the hair metal scene in 1989. I always thought their debut CD was a little hit
and miss. There are some good songs, and there are a few tunes that feel like filler material.
The one thing that propels Extreme past many of their peers is the superb guitar work of Nuno Bettencourt. Without Nuno, I often wonder if this band would have been a blip on the musical radar.
Bettencourt adds a funky groove to Extreme’s music that helps seperate them from so many of the bands that oversatured the music scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. The band broke out in 1989 with several videos on MTV that launched a fairly solid career for Gary Cherone and company.
This self titled debut isn’t the band’s strongest effort by any means, but it is definitely worth a listen. Check out the songs Wind Me Up, Kid Ego, or the Play With Me, and you will certainly have a rocking good time.
This is one of those discs that you have to get out from time to time, if only to hear Bettencourt shred. His guitar work on Play With Me is worth the price of admission, all by itself.
Extreme has reunited in 2007, and will play the first show of their 2008 tour, at the Rocklahoma music festival in July. For more information on Extreme, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Little Girls
2. Wind Me Up
3. Kid Ego
4. Watching, Waiting
5. Mutha (Don’t Wanna Go To School Today)
6. Teacher’s Pet
7. Big Boys Don’t Cry
8. Smoke Signals
9. Flesh ‘N’ Blood
10. Rock A Bye Bye
11. Play With Me
Gary Cherone – Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Guitars
Pat Badger – Bass
Paul Geary – Drums
Black ‘N Blue has released a killer new tune, Fool’s Bleed, and has made it available for download on their myspace page. You can download the mp3 at this link.
Airbourne is a kick ass rock and roll band, and now they have become a kick ass pie making, rock and roll band? Watch the video below!
In 2006, Kingdom Come released a new album, Ain’t Crying For the Moon. The video below, is for the title track on the album.
The Swedish band, All Ends have released a new video, Pretty Words. Check it out!
Quite a few bands have mentioned Watch Tower as one of their influences. Watch Tower’s impact on progressive rock and metal can be heard on their debut record, Energetic Disassembly.
This CD is a fairly short listen, clocking in at under forty minutes, but it is definitely worth the time spent.
Not only did Energetic Disassembly launch the careers of Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth) and Billy White., it also influenced the sound of many future progressive metal acts, including Dream Theater.
This Texas quartet’s music is best described as technical thrash. Think early Metallica style thrash with a bunch of progressive style time changes. Those of you who are familiar with Jason McMaster’s work in Dangerous Toys, have never heard him sing like this. Most of his vocals are sung at a higher, ear splitting register. His vocal approach was a lot more common by the speed metal acts of the 80’s.
The musicianship is nothing short of stellar on this disc. Not only does Billy White’s guitar work shine on this disc, but Doug Keyser’s bass work really stands out. Watch Tower’s sound may be a little on the experimental side, but fans of early 80’s thrash, will most certainly like this. If there are any downfalls with this disc, it would be with the production. The production quality is a little on the thin side, but this doesn’t hurt your listening experience.
Those wanting to hear one of the early pioneers of thrash metal music need to seek out Energetic Disassembly. This disc was out of print for quite some time, and was recently reissued by Rockadrome. It can be purchased from CD Baby.com. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Violent Change
3. Tyrants in distress
4. Social Fears
5. Energetic Disassembly
6. Argonne Forest
7. Cimmerian Shadows
Jason McMaster / vocals
Billy White / guitar
Doug Keyser / bass
Rick Colaluca / drums
Roadrunner Records has set an August 19 release date for “Folklore and Superstition”, the new album from Kentucky rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY.
The band, known for crafting blues-infused Southern rawk that sounds as good on the back porch as it does bellowing from Marshall stacks in a packed venue, named its sophomore effort after a distinct tradition from its native region: folklore, story telling and superstitions. “There is a mystique with folklore and superstition,” says drummer John Fred Young. “We’re intrigued by and interested in history, roots and heritage, and we incorporate that into the band.” Bassist Jon Lawhon concurs, “We are taking the Southern tradition and spreading it out to the rest of the world. They say, ‘Write what you know,’ so that’s what we’re doing, writing what we know.”
On “Folklore and Superstition”, BLACK STONE CHERRY incorporates lyrical tales with upbeat riffing and atypical conventions like turkey calls, making it a record that is pleasing as it is unpredictable. The band recorded the album at Black Bird Studios, which is owned and operated by country artist Martina McBride, in Nashville, Tennessee. The album crackles with a down-home, feel good, rock ‘n’ roll current and was produced and mixed by veteran rock producer Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE, SALIVA, SEETHER, SHINEDOWN).
The track listing is as follows:
01. Blind Man
02. Please Come In
03. Reverend Wrinkle
04. Soul Creek
05. Things My Father Said
06. The Bitter End
07. Long Sleeves
08. Peace Is Free
09. Devil’s Queen
10. The Key
13. Ghost of Floyd Collins
BLACK STONE CHERRY will embark on pre-release touring all summer long.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth!
Jackyl front man, Jesse James Dupree is about to unleash a new solo album, Rev It Up and GO Go on the world. Until the new disc hits the streets, he has made the title track, Rev It Up and GO GO, available for download off of ITunes.
You can also hear the new song at the Dixie Inc. Myspace Page.
Clusterhead is a 4 piece band from Regensburg, Germany. After 3 EP’s, the band has finally released their first full length CD, in 2008.
Times of No Trust starts off with a heavy, melodic tune Tears I’ve Cried, that sounds like a cross between Gotthard and the Scorpions. This is first tune that I have heard by Clusterhead, and it only made me hungry to hear more.
The title track, Times of No Trust, has a lot of loud, crunching guitars. I like the writing in the song, but for some reason the music doesn’t flow very well for me.
Rene Brandt really cuts loose with his Halford like screams on the track, Made of Stone. The heavy guitars really get you headbanging, and the keyboards give this song a semi-creepy edge to it. Cool stuff!
Clusterhead slows it down with the melodic tune, Ghosts. This mid tempo track screams hit, if a few radio stations pick this song up. I hear elements in this song that reminds me of both Queensryche, and Dokken. This is a very good tune.
The Human Factor is NOT a Metal Church cover tune, but maybe it should be. I replayed this song a few times, but I just could not get into it. It needed a little more variety in the guitar work to kick it in to gear.
Poisoned is another melodic number that I thought needed something. At times, I thought this song was overpowered by the keyboard melodies. The deep background vocals did not help out either.
Deep in the Night is jumpstarted by the double bass drumming of Reudiger Tonn. After hearing this, I wondered why Clusterhead chose to wait until this late in the album to inject the heavy machine gun rhythms into a song. Either way, I like this song a lot.
The opening guitar riffs on Prediction of a Night steers Clusterhead into an almost W.A.S.P. Like territory. Solid musicianship, cool bass riffs, and more Halford like screams enhance this tune. Good stuff!
Your Confession started out strong enough, with its heavy progressive rhythms, but this song is missing something, and some of the vocal parts didn’t really work for me.
If Dead Faint doesn’t get you singing fiiiiire, you headphones must be broke. This is one of the catchier songs by Clusterhead.
Hole In My Heart has some parts that bring Whitesnake’s Still of the Night to mind. While this song is not to that level, it is a pretty good tune, and a very solid way to close out this album.
Times of No Trust invokes memories of a lot of hard rock bands that I enjoyed from the 80’s, but only in parts. Clusterhead is a pretty good band with solid musicianship. I think on some songs they rely too much on the hard crunching guitars instead of letting Frank Stadbauer guitar work shine the way I believe it could. There are some pretty good songs on this album, and there are some that are fairly average.
If you are willing to take your time with this disc, I think you will find some good metal music you can enjoy.
For more information on Clusterhead, check out the band’s myspace page.
1. Tears I’ve Cried
2. Times Of No Trust
3. Made Of Stone
5. The Human Factor
7. Deep In The Night
8. Prediction Of A Fight
9. Your Confession
10. Dead Faint
11. Hole In My Heart
Rene Brandt – Vocals
Reudiger Tonn – Drums
Andreas Meyer – Bass
Frank Stadbauer – Guitar
Leverage released a new CD, Blind Fire in January 2008. Check out the single and video, Mister Universe, below.
REV THEORY TEAMING UP WITH THE MALOOF BROTHERS FOR THE JUNE 10 RELEASE OF “LIGHT IT UP”
Rain Nightclub at Palms Resort and Casino to host June 12 party celebrating debut release from Maloof Music, the Maloof brothers new joint-venture with Interscope Records
The Maloof brothers have already established themselves as trendsetting moguls in the worlds of sports, food & beverages and banking. Next up? Rock music.
The June 10 on-sale of “Light It Up,” the sophomore effort from New York’s Rev Theory, will mark the inaugural release from Maloof Music, a joint venture between the famed businessmen and Interscope Records. To commemorate the relationship, the Maloof’s are hosting a party destined to return the “sin” to the words “hit single,” with Rev Theory taking over the luxurious Rain Nightclub at the Maloof’s Palms Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas.
The June 12 festivities – to be hosted by Las Vegas radio station KOMP 92.3 – will feature a performance by Rev Theory, a “Hottest Girl In Vegas” competition which will award three of the City of Sin’s finest with cash prizes and a featured role in the new video for the album’s title track and second single (which will be shot in Vegas in the coming weeks), and the usually bevy of special guests and decadent details that have made the Rain Nightclub and Palms Resort and Casino one of Las Vegas’ main attractions after dark, and well into the morning hours.
“We’re music buffs and music fans, and Rev Theory blew us away with their presence and power,” says Phil Maloof, who oversees Maloof Music, the latest venture from the family that reinvented the Las Vegas strip with the Palms, a full-service resort and casino complete with a state-of-the-art, $10.0 million recording studio that has hosted the likes of Michael Jackson, the Killers, and Panic At The Disco. The family’s other operations include (but are not limited to) the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, the Sacramento Monarchs WNBA franchise, and western distribution rights to Coors and Miller products. “We can, and will, do a lot of ancillary marketing through the NBA, Miller, the casino, and all of our other avenues that we’ve found success with. That is where music is going, and we’re looking forward to taking it the next level.”
“Their first single, ‘Hell Yeah,’ and their next single, ‘Light It Up,’ are anthems that we know will continue to get played at sporting events for a long time to come, then they have the crossover songs, the great ballads that we know will have appeal at different radio formats,” echoes Tony Guanci, a partner in Maloof Music and a number of the family’s other ventures. “We try very hard not to be corporate, so that our products create more of a groundswell, and we expect to apply the same theories here that we do in all of our other businesses, one customer at a time. Rev Theory are the perfect band for us to partner with – The music is already there, once we open up our contacts and marketing machine, it’s only going to further the process and strengthen the momentum.”
Even before the June 10 release of the album via Interscope/DGC/Van Howes Records/Maloof Music/Idol Roc, lead single “Hell Yeah” continues to build momentum. The track has been chosen as the official theme song for the WWE’s “One Night Stand” Pay Per View June 1, and its video became the first video ever to be premiered on XBOX Life, which features more than 12.0 subscribers. The single will also be part of the soundtrack for EA Sports’ best-selling video game “Madden ’09,” which will be released Aug. 12.
“Light It Up” was produced by Brian Howes and Josh Abraham. Howes is most recently known for his work as producer and co-writer on Hinder’s triple-platinum “Extreme Behavior,” and also co-wrote on “American Idol” runner-up Chris Daughtry’s self-titled, quadruple-platinum debut. Abraham’s recent production projects include Linkin Park, Staind, Velvet Revolver and 30 Seconds To Mars.
Well-traveled road warriors, Rev Theory – Rich Luzzi, Julien Jorgensen, Dave Agoglia, Matt McCloskey and Rikky Lixx – will embark on an expansive two-month summer trek with Puddle of Mudd that kicks off July 5 in Des Moines, IA. Other notable summer appearances include a TV performance on CBS that is taped on July 11th at the first ever Maloof Money Cup (a skateboard festival in Orange County produced by the Maloof’s), as well as an August 9 performance at the Sturgis Bikefest, where the crowd is expected to top the 650,000 mark.
Another young San Francisco band has set out to return 80’s style thrash metal to the masses.
The band has a style that blends the early metal style of Metallica and Slayer. Yes, their work is nothing unique. It sounds like the band is heavily influenced by Metallica’s early work, and I am ok with that.
Even if the music is derivative of Hatchet’s idols, it most certainly rocks, and rocks hard. Awaiting Evil offers plenty of thrash metal punch for this 80’s thrash metal fan. Julz Ramos and Sterling Bailey are solid axe men who show an amazing amount of potential. Marcus Kirchen has a look that reminds me of Ripper Owens. His voice vascillates between a strong clean metal vocal, and a coarse growly style of singing. He isn’t a cookie monster style of singer, and for that, I am grateful. I have heard enough of those type of singers to last me a lifetime.
The nine songs on Awaiting Evil clock in just shy of 42 minutes. On this record you will hear plenty of high speed drumming, tons of guitar noodling and enough solid trash metal to give you whiplash.
Metal Blade has found an excellent new band to carry on the torch for thrash metal. To hear more songs, and find more information on the band, check out the Hatchet myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Darkening Skies
2. Frailty Of The Flesh
3. Sealed Fate
4. Frozen Hell
5. Attack Imminent
6. Morlocks Tomb
7. Storm The Gates
8. The Dead Will March
9. Awaiting Evil
Marcus (Tormentor) Kirchen- Vocals
Julz Ramos – Lead Guitars
Sterling (McFly) Bailey – Guitars
Slave – Drums
Dan (Destroyer) Voight – Bass
Have you seen the Soul SirkUs video, Another World, featuring Jeff Scott Soto and Neal Schon? I haven’t even either, until now. Check it out!
Leatherwolf has released a new video in support of their CD, New World Asylum. Check out the video for Dr. Wicked below!
Both tracks are taken from the group’s forthcoming self-titled debut, which hits stores on June 24th via Rebel Youth Records/MRI-RED Distribution.
“The videos were shot at various shows on the UK tour. The crowds were awesome, as every show was a rampage from the moment we started the set,” says frontman Luke Metcalf of the creation of the video. “I wrote the “Supercharged” music and some of the lyrics for the song one day after I got incredibly high and went and lay down on the side of a hill during an incredible thunder storm in Toronto last summer. For about two hours I watched hundreds and hundreds of lightning bolts ripping across the sky above and around me.”
SOUND AND FURY is all about power chords and no-bullshit rock ‘n roll, total sonic assault. Founded by frontman Luke Metcalf with a desire to create stripped down straight up whiskey drinking rock n’ roll, he
recruited guitarists Daz and Griffin, ex- Age of Electric bassist John
Kerns, and drummer Chris Avalos, to play the music he lives to create.
In addition to perfectly capturing their raw rock n’ roll power on the
album, the group has been gaining fans by the truckload by opening up
for Canada’s leading pop-punk band, Sum 41, throughout the great white north (as well as the U.K.).
I have seen and enjoyed many horror movies, so I found it impossible to pass up the new DVD release, Attitude for Destruction.
I knew going into this movie, that it would probably be a low budget “B” flick, but I didn’t let that stop me. (It should have.)
The movie description drew me in: “In the tradition of ROCK AND ROLL NIGHTMARE MONSTER DOGS and KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM comes the rock horror film ATTITUDE FOR DESTRUCTION an epic tale of Sunset Strip-era metal murder and mayhem that critics are calling “Freddy Krueger with a Stratocaster…a REAL appetite for destruction!” The GUNS N’ ROSES-esque band HOLLYWOOD ROSES fronted by vocalist DRAKE is on the verge of superstardom courting a major record deal with Diamond Star Records. One small problem – the label doesn’t want Drake in the band. So the remaining band members do what any fame-hungry performer would do – they kill Drake. But Drake’s girlfriend has made a pact with the devil and brings her deceased lover back from the dead. Drake then goes on a slashing spree of blood and guts against all who have crossed him leaving behind a horrific trail of gruesome gory revenge.”
I was really hoping that this movie would deliver, but sadly it does not. Attitude for Destruction features a no name cast, a weak predictable story, poor acting, a cheap production, and the most bad wigs that I have ever seen in film history.
Yes, there is plenty of blood, guts, midgets and (unnecessary) nudity, but nothing can save this flick. The soundtrack isn’t too bad, in fact, the music is mixed in so loud it often over powers the poorly scripted lines. The music featured in this flick is actually by …..drumroll please….. Hollywood Roses featuring special guests Tracii Guns. It also has a awful version of Round and Round that was recorded by Stephen Pearcy. Additional songs by Dopesnake and Drama Addict can be found in this movie. The horror-film stars real-life, rock and roll vocalist Colby Veil from the band Hollywood Roses, whose debut album was released last year by Cleopatra Records. If anything, the movie exposed me to the new music by Hollywood Roses, and that is the only thing positive I can take out of watching this DVD.
This is the kind of movie that you and your horror loving friends will want to rent, only to make fun of it.
Rating: Zombie’s Out of Five
Check out the photo gallery by Type 3 Media, from the Allentown, PA show on 5/13/08.
Do you like your Rock music to have crunchy guitar riffs soaring vocals and melodic songs that actually make you feel good?……well now you have the chance to see and hear all those things wrapped up together when new British music sensation The Jakals come to town and perform!
The Four piece from Brighton England are Chay Brewer, Lucas Cook, Jose Pinto and drummer Tom Strange and are here in the US on tour as well as the only UK band invited to play the Rocklahoma music festival at Pryor Oklahoma 10th – 13th July 2008.
The Jakals unique sound is a subtle blend of styles. A bit of The Rolling Stones, a hint of Guns and Roses along with shades of Free and Aerosmith, mixed up in a cauldron of driving blues riffs that make it seem somehow familiar as well as exciting original and fresh……… It’s got everything, passion, emotion, excitement and fun.
The Band have been together for just over four years and recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London at a special showcase to play amongst others their charity song “Farewell” written in conjunction with The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to highlight the dangers of world wide climate change.
All proceeds from the single are going to special projects within the WWF relating to environmental concerns and the band are naturally proud of this historic association and the good causes they are influencing.
The Jakals Tour Dates:
27 June The Lager House Detroit USA
28 June Planet Rock Battle Creek Michigan USA
29 June Zanies Too Indianapolis USA
1 July The Rudyard Kipling Louisville Kentucky USA
2 July Howlers Coyote Cafe Pittsburgh Pennsylvania USA
3 July 3rd And Lindsley Nashville, Tennessee USA
4 July TBC Memphis, Tennessee USA
5 July Neils Memphis Tennesse USA
7 July TBC Little Rock Arkansas USA
8 July TBC Tulsa Oklahoma USA
12 July Rocklahoma USA Pryor Oklahoma USA
15 July Dirty Jacks Cincinnati Ohio USA
Black List Union has a new single, video and album under the moniker, Breaking Bread With The Devil. The new album will be released July 22nd. For more information on the band, check out their myspace page.
Rob Halford is offering a free download of the Fight Song, Never Again.
Get Your free mp3 download from Halford Music.com
It is hard for me to believe that is has almost been 20 years since Pretty Boy Floyd’s debut, Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz. It has been a long time since I listened to this disc, as I only picked up a copy of this CD, only recently. I once owned a copy of this on cassette tape, but that tape bit the dust a long time ago.
I somewhat recall the band having a sound similar to Motley Crue, but aside from the title track, I could not remember much of the album.
Steve Stevens vocals do remind me of Vince Neil’s vocals from the Too Fast For Love album, but I believe the style of music is a little closer to Poison than Motley Crue. I don’t think Pretty Boy Floyd is as good as either of those two bands. I did enjoy their songs, Rock & Roll, the Motley Crue Cover, Toast of the Town, and the title track, Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz, but aside from that, I found this to be fairly standard stuff. This is a CD for hair/glam metal fans only.
Pretty Boy Floyd will reunite for the Rocklahoma Music Festival on Saturday July 12th. If you are looking for a copy of Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz, prior to the show, you can purchase the CD at this link.
For more information on Pretty Boy Floyd, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Leather Boyz With Electric Toyz
2. Rock & Roll
3. Wild Angels
4. 48 Hours
5. Toast of the Town
6. Rock and Roll Outlaws
7. Only the Young
8. Last Kiss
9. Your Mama Won’t Know
10. I Wanna Be With You
11. Slam Dunk
12. She’s My Baby
13. Two Hearts
Pretty Boy Floyd is:
Steve “Sex” Summers – lead Vocals
Kristy “Krash” Majors – guitar
Vinnie Chas – bass
Kari “The Mouth” Kane – drums
Sometimes it is a mystery to me how some talented bands remain obscure, while bands of lesser talent went on to be the next big thing.
In the case of New York City’s Spread Eagle, they were not short on talent, but seemed doomed to fail the day they signed with MCA. I wonder if things would have been different if this band received a little more support. Their debut came out a little late in the game. Had this record hit two years earlier, Spread Eagle would surely be a household name amongst hard rock fans.
Spread Eagle is an excellent sleaze metal band that has a sound that I would call a cross between Skid Row and Guns ‘N Roses. The music may be a little derivative of those two bands, but it still kicks ass. Their debut album is filled with killer tunes like Broken City, Switchblade Serenade, Dead of Winter, and Scratch Like a Cat. Ray West has a gritty, abrasive voice that works perfectly for this type of metal. Paul Dibartolo plays his ass of on this disc.
Spread Eagle is highly under rated, and this CD is still worth seeking out. This CD was out of print for a while, but it was reissued by Lovember Records in late 2006. Grab a copy of this disc if you can find it!
For more information on Spread Eagle, check out their myspace page.
In 2008, Rob DeLuca carries on in a new band called Of Earth, while Ray West continues on in Hostel Inc. Who knows…..we may not have seen the last of Spread Eagle yet!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Broken City
2. Back On The Bitch
3. Switchblade Serenade
4. Hot Sex
5. Suzy Suicide
6. Dead Of Winter
7. Scratch Like A Cat
8. Thru These Eyes
9. Spread Eagle
10. 42nd Street
11. Shotgun Kisses
Spread Eagle is:
Ray West – Vocals
Paul Dibartolo – Guitars
Rob DeLuca – Bass
Tommi Gallo – Drums
Ex-Black Sheep Frontman/Producer WILLIE BASSE Launches New Empire Media, Inc. With New Album “The Money Grind”
80’s Metal Pioneer, Willie Basse has launched his new label New Empire Media with the release of his new album “The Money Grind”. The album is now availible in stores and on iTunes at http://www.apple.com/itunes/jukebox now with a European release slated for September, followed by a European a tour in October/November 2008.
Basse, best known for his role as bassist/frontman for the legendary LA based metalheads, Black Sheep (the metal version, not the rap version who bought the name from him in the 90’s. Black Sheep and Willie Basse were mainstays on the Los Angeles sunset strip during the ‘80s metal explosion. The band best known for their technical prowess and precision, has boasted members that include Slash, Paul Gilbert, James Kottak, Randy Castillo and Mitch Perry.
Staying true to his his metal and rock roots, Basse flexes his abilities as a song writer on “The Money Grind” with 12 ear-crunching, classic metal songs that will bring him back to the forefront of the genre. His unapologetic approach to metal makes the “The Money Grind” a powerful musical statement that can’t be ignored.
“The term classic metal doesn’t really make sense to me,” says Basse when describing his new album, “because that implies that there isn’t anything current about metal music, which isn’t true. Alternative, Grunge, Punk, Emo, etc. – they all have their basis in the same metal music that I’ve been playing for years.”
Despite taking a hiatus to pursue real estate, Basse has remained active during his absence from the music scene. In addition to his own label, Willie has built several state of the art recording studio facilities. He’s worked for years as a Pro Audio Equipment Specialist and Technology Consultant. His studio is almost as busy as Willie is himself. Recent projects coming out his studios include, CANNED HEAT “Boogie 2000”, Finis Tasby “Jump Children” and several projects that feature DJ Ashba (SIXX:AM / Beautiful Creatures), Glen Sobel (Gary Hoey / Impelliteri / Beautiful Creatures) Carmine & Vinnie Appice (Ozzy / Black Sabbath / Dio) Phil Soussan (Ozzy), Tony Franklin (Jimi Page / Blue Murder), Jeff Pilson (Dokken / Dio), Randy Castillo (Ozzy / Lita Ford), James Kottak (Scorpions), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Mike Finnigan (Hendrix / CSN / Bonnie Raitt), Lee Thornburg (Tower of Power Horns).
Samples from Willie Basse’s new album “The Money Grind” can be heard online at www.MySpace.com/WillieBasse
BANGALORE CHOIR is reuniting with four original members, plus the addition of kick-ass guitarist Brynn Arens, known for his work with FLIPP and OBSESSION.
It has been 16 years since the band’s only release “On Target” on Giant Records in 1992, which came out on the same day as NIRVANA‘s “Nevermind”. Shortly after, BANGALORE CHOIR dismantled after being released from the label.
After several years under the radar on a ranch in Montana, lead vocalist David Reece (ex-ACCEPT, DAREFORCE) was contacted by Escape Records in 2007 to see what the chances would be for him to go to Sweden to sing on Swedish band GYPSY ROSE‘s next release. Soon after that David found himself in the studio for the next year recording and writing for the new GYPSY ROSE CD, “Another World”, to be released June 20.
While touring and doing the Sweden Rock Festival in June 2007 and opening for AEROSMITH in Europe, Reece regained his passion for music, deciding he wanted to put BANGALORE CHOIR back together. Reece contacted former bandmate John Kirk. Upon returning from Sweden the process was put into motion. David found himself on his way to Northern California to Kirk‘s studio EVP Productions to start laying down tracks with a catalog of new material.
Pre-production is almost complete with a CD release planned for mid-summer 2008. Excitement was a buzz and with new management on board talk about doing summer festivals came up.
Lance King at Nightmare Records got word of this, and we contacted the band immediately about them playing the Tri-Label Stage at this year’s Rocklahoma festival.
The original rhythm duo of bassist Ian Mayo and drummer Jackie Ramos have cleared their schedules and are on board for the reunion.
BANGALORE CHOIR is set to perform July 13 in Pryor, headlining the Second Stage North, and leave a permanent imprint on those who attend.
Don’t remember Bangalore Choir? Watch the video below!
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Death Angel has released a new CD, Killing Season, in February. The band has released a video for the song Dethroned.
If you say Sink, Death Angel’s Killing Season wont see the light of day at HRH. If you saw SWIM, it will be reviewed at this website soon.
Special thanks to Heepsy for pointing this one out to me.
Post your comments, and your decision below!!
Congratulations to David Cook for winning American Idol Season 7. After seven seasons, finally a rock guy wins American Idol. Cook won over David Archuleta by 12 Million Votes.
Some of the highlights from David Cook’s performances are below!
Performing The Beatles Day Tripper (Whitesnake Arrangement)
Performing Lionel Richie’s Hello
Performing Free’s All Right Now
Performing Aerosmith’s Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Performing Bon Jovi’s Living on A Prayer