Hole in the Sun is the first new album from Night Ranger in nine years. On Hole in the Sun, the band has returned to their hard rocking roots.
The lineup of Night Ranger has changed since this album was released. Michael Lardie has returned to Great White, and was replaced by Christian Matthew Cullen. Jeff Watson was replaced with Joel Hoekstra.
I must admit that I had low expectations for this disc. I like Night Ranger, but the last couple of releases were just on the o.k. side for me. Hole In the Sun is easily the best record they have done in a long time.
Jack Blades and Kelly Keagy trade off on the lead vocals on this disc. Both singers do a pretty fine job, especially Jack Blades who sings backup to Keagy’s tracks.
Before this disc was released, Jeff Watson was fire by Night Ranger. I do not know the reasons why, other than some squabling over the direction of this album. Judging from the sounds on Hole In the Sun, it couldn’t have been due to his playing ability. The guitar work of Watson and Gillis is superb on this disc.
Some of the songs on Hole in the Sun are of the hard rock variety, and some fall more into the melodic rock/aor vein. The mix of songs on Hole In the Sun is pretty good, which gives the album a very balanced feel to it. Their really isn’t a bad song on this disc.
The first three tracks are amongst the heavier cuts on the album. You’re Gonna Hear From Me is one seriously rocking tune, and quite possibly one of Night Ranger’s best songs ever.
My favorite cuts are Tell Your Vision, You’re Gonna Hear From Me, What Happened, and Wrap It Up.
Europe has had their hands on this disc since 2007 (although it has a different cover). I am not sure why it took so long for Night Ranger to secure a U.S. deal, but I am glad they did. If you have ever considered yourself a Night Ranger fan, you need to check out Hole in the Sun. This may not be their best record, but it is a very solid effort, and worth checking out.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Tell Your Vision
2. Drama Queen
3. You’re Gonna Hear From Me
4. Whatever Happened
5. There Is Life
7. Hole In The Sun
8. Fool In Me
9. White Knuckle Ride
10. Revelation 4AM
11. Wrap It Up
13. Don’t Tell Me You Love Me [Acoustic Version]
14. Sister Christian [Acoustic Version]
Night Ranger is:
Jack Blades – Bass and LeadVocals
Brad Gillis – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Jeff Watson – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Kelly Keagy – Drums and Lead Vocals
Michael Lardie – Keyboards and Backing Vocals
If you want to check out some new rock that will not break the bank, Best Buy and Amazon.com has a great deal for you this week.
Island Records recording artist, Jet Black Stare is releasing their debut album, In This Life for a mere $5.99. That is a hell of a deal for a new CD.
In This LIfe is out in stores today!
Island Records’ newest band Jet Black Stare blasts their way onto Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock radio with their first single “Ready To Roll,” in advance of their debut album, IN THIS LIFE, in stores July 15th.
Underscoring the pre-release excitement already being generated by Jet Black Stare’s “Ready To Roll,” the song and another JBS track, “It’s Over,” were tapped for the 15-song soundtrack of EA Sports’ sales phenom NASCAR 09 video game, set for June 11th release in PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 formats. In addition, “Ready To Roll” has been chosen as the official theme for this year’s 21st annual WWE Summerslam pay-per-view event – always one of the wrestling year’s biggest ppv draws – originating in 2008 from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 17th.
In the midst of all this activity, Jet Black Stare will wrap up a cross-country tour of their native Canada next week with State Of Shock and Econoline Crush. After a one-week break, it’s back on the road in Texas, for shows with Saving Abel (five cities); then with Shinedown and EndeverAfter (three cities). Please see all tour dates below.
Jet Black Stare – singer/songwriter Rod Black, guitarists Flip and Dave Muselman, bassist Shane Hayes, and drummer Dan Swinimer – were formed last year when Vancouver rock band veteran Black hooked up with songwriter/producer Jeff Johnson and the songs just started flying, more than enough to fill up IN THIS LIFE.
One of them, “I’m Breathing,” is rooted in Black’s skirmish with death after a near-fatal car crash at age 19 as a “flat-line patient,” actually pronounced dead. “But,” he says, “the next day I woke up! The doctors and nurses were astonished. Four hours later I walked out of the hospital and went to work.” What he realized after that was essentially his purpose in life, “to do music, and to reach as many people as I can, and hopefully, bring a positive message.”
You can hear the band’s first single, Ready to Roll, at this link.
According to a posting on the unofficial AC/DC web site AC/DC Electric Shock, AC/DC’s new album, whch will most likely be called “Black Ice”, will be released by Columbia Records on October 28 in North America and October 27 in the rest of the world. The first single, “Runaway Train”, which was also a contender for the album’s title, will be released in late August. Details for a world tour starting in late 2008 should be announced in the coming days.
AC/DC’s new album will follow 2000′s “Stiff Upper Lip”. It was recorded at a Canadian studio with PEARL JAM and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN producer Brendan O’Brien.
Sony BMG, Columbia’s parent company, recently revealed that the disc will be sold exclusively through Wal-Mart stores, which has caused controversy with critics and fans.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth
Billy Idol has recorded two brand new songs for The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, a new career-spanning CD, Deluxe Edition CD/DVD and digital collection to be released June 24 by Capitol/EMI. The two songs, “John Wayne” and “New Future Weapon,” will be exclusively available on the new release, which features all seven of Idol’s Top 10 hits among its 18 tracks, including two #1s. The Deluxe Edition adds 13 music videos making their DVD release debuts, including two alternate video edits that have never before been released in any format. The CD and CD/DVD packages are both designed by Shepard Fairey and include liner notes by David Wild.
The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself gathers together the music that Billy Idol has taken to stages all around the world, as well as two brand new songs. The new tracks find the man still at the peak of his powers, working with longtime partner and guitar great Steve Stevens and his other current band members, drummer and songwriting collaborator Brian Tichy and keyboardist Derek Sherinian. On June 24, Idol will perform songs from the new release on the outdoor stage of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Of his new song “John Wayne,” Idol says, “When I’m singing it, I’m thinking about the characters John Wayne played. They were usually men with a flaw in their character or something dark in their past they’re trying to rise above before the end of the movie. So it’s not about the kick-in-the-door John Wayne or the barroom fight John Wayne — it’s more the man who overcomes.”
Of the collection’s other new track, “New Future Weapon,” Idol says, “I was reading about the new stealth fighter plane the Raptor, and I was struck by the ambivalence of the pilot talking about the enemy. Musically, it’s got a bit of the Spaghetti Western about it. It’s a sick song, as you might expect.”
The two new songs are produced by Josh Abraham, whose production discography includes Velvet Revolver’s double platinum, Grammy Award-winning Contraband, 30 Seconds To Mars’ platinum A Beautiful Lie, Staind’s eight-times platinum Break The Cycle and double platinum 14 Shades of Grey, Limp Bizkit’s seven-times platinum Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water, and Courtney Love’s America’s Sweetheart, among many others.
The Deluxe Edition CD/DVD adds 13 music videos that helped forever define Idol as a rock icon, including previously unreleased edits of “Cradle Of Love” and “Hot In The City.” “We worked hard so there would be some consistency to the videos and so we wouldn’t have to be embarrassed one day,” Idol says. “We sweated over them – video hell, we would call it.” As with his vital music, Idol liked to use his videos to shake things up as much as possible. “That was a pretty bland time of corporate rock and afternoon television music, and we wanted to bring in a little more danger and after hours fun into it,” he explains. “Maybe that’s why we looked like vampires.”
Part of the Bromley Contingent of early Sex Pistols fans, Billy Idol was inspired to front the popular British punk band Generation X from 1976 until the band’s break-up in 1981. From there, he decided to try his luck in America. “I definitely took punk with me wherever I’ve gone,” Idol says. “That was the whole idea really. I wanted to transform my music, but I didn’t want to ever lose sight of that punk rock attitude. Whether we turned to hard rock or disco or whatever the hell else we did over the years, that helped give the music a spirit it would not have had if I hadn’t come out of the punk movement.”
Idol’s first solo album was released by Chrysalis in 1982, but it didn’t hit its chart peak until the following year. The self-titled album’s “White Wedding” and “Dancing with Myself” (a new version of a song Idol first recorded with Generation X) were major club hits in 1983, fueled by heavy video play on MTV. “White Wedding” also crossed over to the Top 5 of the Mainstream Rock chart, while “Hot In the City” made the Top 50 of the Billboard Hot 100, and Billy Idol was certified gold with U.S. sales totaling more than 500,000 units.
Idol really smashed through with his 1984 double platinum album, Rebel Yell. Stocked with major radio and MTV hits, including “Rebel Yell,” “Eyes Without a Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Catch My Fall,” the album reached #6 on the Billboard 200.
1987’s platinum-selling Vital Idol collection presented his hits in expanded remixes, including the chart-topping smash “Mony, Mony;” that same year, Idol released a new album, the platinum Top 10 Whiplash Smile, with its standout singles “To Be A Lover” and “Don’t Need A Gun.” The platinum-certified Charmed Life album followed in 1990 with “Cradle Of Love” and “L.A. Woman.” 1993’s Cyberpunk included the Top 10 Mainstream Rock hit “Shock To The System.” A platinum-selling Greatest Hits collection, released in 2000, re-charged Idol’s catalog, and 12 years after his last new album release, he returned with Devil’s Playground in 2005 (Sanctuary). The album’s “World Comin’ Down” is included in the new collection’s tracks.
“It’s funny what you have to do to carve out your own niche,” Idol says with a laugh when asked about the new collection’s Idolize Yourself title. “But everyone should idolize themselves, shouldn’t they?” The niche that Billy Idol has created over these past few decades is no laughing matter. Beyond the platinum sound and the platinum hair, Idol is respected as the original punk rocker who long ago found a way to take that sneering punk attitude to the top of the charts.
Listening back to The Very Best Of Billy Idol: Idolize Yourself, the man himself felt a real sense of pride. “I was knocked out,” Idol says. “For all the up and downs, there’s some quality there. So I feel like I can walk into my house justified. The highs were very high — sometimes too high — and the lows were low, but somehow it still holds up.”
1. Dancing With Myself
2. Hot In The City
3. White Wedding Part 1
4. Rebel Yell
5. Eyes Without A Face
6. Flesh For Fantasy
7. Catch My Fall
8. To Be A Lover
9. Don’t Need A Gun
10. Sweet Sixteen
11. Mony, Mony (Live)
12. Cradle Of Love
13. L.A. Woman
14. Shock To The System
16. World Comin’ Down
17. John Wayne – new exclusive track
18. New Future Weapon – new exclusive track
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Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the European release of NIGHT RANGER latest double live album “Rockin’ Shibuya 2007” on September 19th 2008.
Night Ranger is a band that left an indelible mark with a string of best-selling albums that sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. The band’s popularity was fuelled by an impressive string of instantly recognizable hit singles and signature album tracks, including “Sister Christian”, “(You Can Still) Rock In America”, “When You Close Your Eyes”, “Sentimental Street”, “Goodbye” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me”. Harnessing the frenetic drive of heavy metal to hook-laden rock songs, throwing in a stunning twin lead guitar team and melodic radio-friendly power ballads, Night Ranger inspired new descriptive phrases such as “melodic metal” and “metal power pop”.
Following a seven-year absence, Night Ranger reunited in 1996 for a tour of Japan and a summer US tour. Fans proved that they still loved the music and the band. Also that year, the band released “Neverland”, and the following year, “Seven”, studio albums that set the standard for the 80s rock revival. Nearly every summer since, Night Ranger has toured across the country, sharing stages with such acts as REO Speedwagon, Styx, Journey, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Poison, Cinderella, Boston, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Cheap Trick and Kansas.
2007 proved to be another busy year for Night Ranger with a successful new studio album, “Hole In The Sun” released in Europe in April 2007. The band also embarked on a new Japan tour with Reb Beach filling in for long-time member Jeff Watson on guitar. The result is this exciting brand new Live album release which includes audio from the band’s June 2007 show at the C.C. Lemon Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo on two CDs. The tracklisting includes all the classic hits from the band plus a handful of songs taken from the newest album “Hole In The Sun” and a driving rendition of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” incorporated in the concert opener “This Boy Needs To Rock”.
Full tracklisting includes:
Cd1: This Boy Needs To Rock / Highway Star; Tell Your Vision; Sing Me Away; Touch Of Madness; Drama Queen; Rumours In The Air; Seven Wishes; The Secret of My Success; There Is Life; Eddie’s Comin’ Out Tonight.
Cd2: Sentimental Street; Forever All Over Again; Goodbye; Whatever Happened; Four In The Morning; When You Close Your Eyes; Don’t Tell Me You Love Me; Sister Christian; You’re Gonna Hear From Me; (You Can Still) Rock In America.
The bright lights and rock ‘n’ roll nights never end for Night Ranger. You can still Rock in America!
Loverboy played at the annual Midsummer at the Meadows celebration at the Miami Meadows Park in Milford, Ohio. Luckily, I found out about this free show a day before it was supposed to happen. (Thanks Bonnie!) Needless to say, I made the short trek north, to see Loverboy play live. I have seen the band play before, but it has been at least fifteen years since I saw them in concert last.
The Canadian rockers blasted out a 90 minute set that started off with their ’87 Bon Jovi penned tune Notorius, and several more of their hits from the 80′s including: Turn Me Lose, The Kid is Hot Tonight, Lovin’ Every Minute Of It, Take Me To The Top, Working For the Weekend, Hot Girls In Love, When It’s Over, Lucky Ones and a couple of tracks off of their new album, Just Gettin’ Started.
Every band member got their chance to shine, and new bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve, who replaced the late Scott Smith in 2001, sounds great and really seems to fit in well. Mike Reno’s voice seemed to get stronger as the night went on, and he was blasting out notes I wouldn’t expect him to hit at this point in his career. Even at 62 years of age, Paul Dean can still get it done on guitar.
As a whole, It was a pretty good show, and you can’t beat free. I would have gladly paid for this concert. Loverboy may not have been part of the whole glam metal scene of the late 80′s and early 90′s, but they would be a very cool candidate for Rocklahoma 2009.
I hope you enjoy the live video clips below!
In 2006, Papa Roach released the video, To Be Loved, in support of their album, The Paramour Sessions.
Check out the video below.
Papa Roach’s new album, Metamorphisis will be released this fall.
Black Robot, the band featuring former members of Buckcherry, have posted a new AC/DC like tune, called BaddAss online.
Go the band’s myspace page to check it out!
Crashdiet has posted the following bulletin via myspace:
We have decided, in a mutual decision to go separate ways with Olli.
We need a singer who can commit 100%, which unfortunately Olli couldn´t live up to. He as many knows about, has another band in finland and we couldn’t settle for sharing our time. We want to go further than any band has done before and we cant afford to spend time just waiting. We need to function as a full unit, all the time!
It was, as mentioned above, a mutual decision and this aint the result of any kind of argument. We definately will go on as friends, and we wish Olli all the best!
Just to make things clear. CRASHDÏET has no intention of giving up. The three of us are more hungry than ever and you ain´t seen the end of CRASHDÏET yet!
//Eric, Martin and Peter
A new band called Freakshow featuring, Frankie Banali from Quiet Riot on Drums, Jeff Labar from Cinderella on Guitar, and Markus Allen Christopher from Miss Crazy on Vocals.
Check out the band’s new myspace page for more info.
A new bass player will be announced soon!
I was lured into watching the DVD, 10,000 B.C., mainly by its creative trailer (below), which led me to believe this would be a movie with massive special effects and a good story to follow.
10,000 B.C. is one part action flick, one part love story that is rolled into a time that most people (self included) are unfamiliar with.
The cast does not employ any A-List actors. Stephen Straight plays the warrior, D’Leh, and Camilla Belle plays his kidnapped love interest, Evolet. Even without big name actors and actresses, the cast makes this story work.
The movie starts off a little show, but picks up pace quickly and has a few cool surprises along the way. I thought 10,000 B.C. would have a lot more special effects than it did. It is not not loaded with effects, but when they are used, they are used well.
The scenes with the Sabretooth, Wooly Mammoths, and the Velociraptor like Terror Birds were pretty cool, although short.
There are a ton of factual errors in this movie, but I doubt most movie watchers will care about those.
10,000 B.C. has a good story, good effects and overall is an entertaining film. This is definitely a flick, worthy of a rental.
Rating: Out of 5
In 2005, Trapt released their sophomore effort, Someone In Control. Stand Up is the first of three singles from the album, and hit #3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Chart.
Trapt’s new album, Only Through te Pain, will be released August 5th, 2008.
What’s In A Name? Baltimore Rockers, Forty Acres changed their name to Chosen Son, and then settled on the new moniker, Charm City Devils and signed to Eleven Seven Music. Nikki Sixx came up with the name for band.
Check out their video, Lets RockNRoll below. You can buy this song off of ITunes today!
In 2007, Crash Music released Black ‘N Blue’s Rarities. This is a collection of rare demos, live cuts, and previously unreleased songs.
I have been playing this disc for a few months now, but haven’t mentioned it at HRH. The band will be performing a reunion show at Rocklahoma this afternoon, so I thought I would give this disc another look.
The opening cut Violent Kid, is one of the heavier cuts I have heard Black ‘N Blue record. This is a really cool song that deserves a finished studio version. Tommy Thayer really jams on this song.
Sign In Blood is another heavy rocker that reminds me a lot of RATT’s style of hard rock. This song also deserves a finished studio version. This is a really good tune.
Every Black ‘N Blue recognizes the song Wicked Bitch, as one of the band’s biggest anthems. This version is slightly different that the original studio version, but still worth hearing.
Cold Heart is a demo that didn’t really cut it for me. They could rework this song a little bit, and improve it, but I could see why this one didn’t get released.
Hold on To 18 is a little different than the version on the band’s self titled album from 1984. This one is little more raw, and lacks the cool guitar intro in the beginning of the song. I prefer the original, but this one is o.k. too.
Lickety Split is a cool upbeat tune, that seems to capture Black ‘N Blue having a lot of fun.
A few of the demo cuts on Rarities offer a glimpse into the unreleased disc, Hell Yeah. Serious Drag, So Long and Hell Yeah are all demos from the up and coming (rumored to be) 2009 release.
Serious Drag is a raw sounding cut that has some good sounding guitar parts. This song has potential, but needs some work.
So Long has a cool intro. This version also has that raw demo sound. With a little tweaking, this song could have some hit potential (if radio would actually play the finished version).
Hell Yeah is probably my favorite out of the three songs. This song has a good classic rock vibe about it.
I already had live versions of both Autoblast and I’m the King from the band’s Live in Detroit 1984 record. The cuts here are the same with one exception. The sound quality is far superior to the 1984 record on both of these tracks. For that reason, I am glad to have these songs again.
I have all of the Black ‘N Blue releases prior to this one, so this disc was a must own disc for me. If you are a Black ‘N Blue fan, Rarities is a nice way to round out your collection. Check it Out!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Violent Kid
2. Sign In Blood
3. Wicked Bitch
4. Cold Heart
5. Hold On To 18
6. Lickety Split
7. Serious Drag
8. So Long
9. Hell Yeah
10. Autoblast (Live)
11. I’m The King (Live)
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
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Black Tide will be hitting the web on Saturday July 12th for a LIVE chat and interview from the San Francisco stop of Mayhem Festival. Thanks to Skateboards.com and Justin.tv, fans can go to http://www.skateboards.com/justintv to interact with the band, ask questions, or just watch the madness unfold. Black Tide goes live at 2:30PM PST. Be prepared!
Tampa’s rock band Soulidium announces the return of front man Michael McKnight from a trip to Miami where he visited friend and world-famous cosmetic dentist Dr. Julio Hernandez. Michael’s wife, Angela D’Angeles McKnight, creator of rock/goth site ViciousAngelz.com, enlisted the expertise of Dr. Hernandez to perform the procedure that gave her permanent vampire fangs. The couples’ extreme modifications make them the first official vampire couple of rock/metal.
“Fangs are the new tattoo,” Michael McKnight declares. “I believe that not long from now, you will see a movement of vampire culture everywhere. Vampires are definitely fucking metal and I predict that the face of rock is about to change into something nobody has ever seen before.”
Angelina’s vampiric transformation will be featured in an upcoming episode of “The Addiction,” Soulidium’s self-produced, new rock and metal variety show which will be syndicated across the Internet and hosted by the band and the gorgeous ladies of ViciousAngelz.com. Episodes will be online starting in August 2008.
Having been together for over 2 years now, the dynamic gothic couple has fought an inspiring uphill battle against all odds to bring Soulidium into the limelight and to establish their new independent record label, Dark Knight Entertainment. Dark Knight Entertainment is part of the ADA/Warner Music Group and provides major distribution for bands.
Soulidium recently returned from a first tour run with Sevendust, where the dynamic horror-based group slammed audiences with their performance, video, sound, and continued to establish a dedicated fan base as they promoted their debut release Children of Chaos.
The song was featured on the Saw IV soundtrack alongside artists like Avenged Sevenfold, Ministry, Drowning Pool, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Emilie Autumn. On July 29th, Soulidium will re-join Sevendust for another tour with Alter Bridge and Nonpoint. Upcoming tour dates for Soulidium and more information about “The Addiction” can be found at www.MySpace.com/Soulidium.
Before Sixx A.M. ever saw the light of day, Nikki Sixx had another side project called 58. The name of this group came from Nikki’s year of birth. The band members also had Sixx’s former father-in-law, Dave Darling, session drummer Bucket Baker, and Steve (Son of Barry) Gibb.
Those of you looking for something Motley Crue like, or even Sixx A.M.- like for that matter, you wont know what to think about 58.
One quick look at the song titles and it isn’t too hard to figure out who wrote the majority of the material on this record. Sixx and Darling penned most of the material on Diet For A New America.
Quite honestly, this is more of the type of release I would expect from Tommy Lee, than Nikki Sixx. This music is a radical departure from the hard rock tunes that I am used to hearing Nikki Sixx play on.
I am not a fan of this style of music, but I hear little bits and pieces of Nine Inch Nails type of industrial rock fused with an odd mixture of alternative, and pop music.
This CD is an interesting listening experience, but would likely serve fans of alternative music more so than the hard rocking fans of Motley Crue.
You can pick copies of this disc up from Amazon.com for very little money. Die hard Sixx fans may want to check this out. All others will probably want to avoid this disc.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Don’t Laugh (You Might Be Next)
2. El Paso
3. Piece Of Candy
4. Shopping Cart Jesus
6. Song To Slit Your Wrists By
8. Killing Joke
9. All Of My Heroes Are Dead
10. Alone Again (Naturally)
11. Who We Are
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Dave Darling – Guitars and Vocals
Steve Gibb – Guitars and Vocals
Bucket Baker – Drums
Sweden’s Innocent Rosie has a brand new video, Knock Me Out! Check it out below!!
Metallica is offering hardcore fans a “coffin box” edition of its upcoming album, “Death Magnetic,” due in September via Warner Bros.
In addition to the album, the package will include a disc of demos, a behind-the-scenes DVD chronicling the making of “Death Magnetic,” a T-shirt, a flag, guitar picks and a poster.
Also featured is a Metallica credit card with a code redeemable for a download of a “special European show happening in September.” This edition is only available from the band’s Web site.
As previously reported, Metallica is offering a variety of insider perks to fans who join its Mission: Metallica club, including “fly on the wall” studio footage, contests, merchandise and downloads.
Source – Billboard.com
Mower Added To San Diego, CA Date of Rockstar Mayhem Festival Featuring Slipknot & Disturbed
San Diego, CA’s Mower have been added to the July 16th San Diego, CA date of the Rockstar Music Mayhem Festival featuring Slipknot and Disturbed. The band will be performing alongside metal heavyweights like Machine Head, 36 Crazyfists and Five Finger Death Punch in the group’s hometown.
“THANK YOU! That’s what you say about performing on the Jagermeister stage in San Diego on the biggest tour of the summer, the Rockstar Mayhem Festival,” says frontman Brian Sheerin. “We’re wrapping up the new Mower CD this month and we’ve got some heavy new material we’re looking forward to playing at Mayhem.”
Mower recently entered a Los Angeles, CA recording studio with producer Eddie Wohl (Anthrax, Ill Nino, 36 Crazyfists, Dry Kill Logic) to record their upcoming new album. The album is a split release with six brand new Mower songs and six songs from the group’s jazz alter ego Slower. Slower is comprised of the Mower band members performing jazz and lounge versions of Mower songs.
“We’ve a couple guest guitarists, guest vocals, string sections keyboards and percussion for this album. Stay tuned in the coming weeks and we’ll announce a pretty sick list of musicians that have been collaborating with us in the studio,” Sheerin says. “Our writing style changed in that there are more songs about events that we lived through and people in our lives, but our sarcasm hasn’t faded one bit and neither has our sense of humor.”
The band recently released a video for the track “American Psycho”.
The track appears on the group’s critically acclaimed sophomore effort, “Not For You”, which saw them tour the US relentlessly alongside (Hed)p.e. and Diecast. The album’s lead single “Road Rage” was one of most requested tracks on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Hard Attack for twelve consecutive weeks.
MOWER TOUR DATES:
July 10 2008 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
July 16 2008 San Diego, CA @ Coors Ampitheatre
July 19 2008 San Diego, CA @ Cane Bar & Grill
Recently, a friend of mine let me borrow a copy of his Chastain CD, In Dementia. I have always enjoyed David T. Chastain’s guitar work, but I have not checked out his latest music.
The one thing that surprised me about this Chastain disc, was the razor sharp vocals of Kate French. There are some exceptions to the rule, (i.e. Doro Pesch, Lita Ford, etc.) but I usually don’t care for female lead singers in most hard rock or heavy metal bands.
Kate French has made me rethink this once more. You would not expect a metal style voice to come out of this blonde bombshell, but she delivers the goods. Her Mustaine like snarls seems to be tailor made for David T. Chastain’s virtuoso style of guitar playing.
Chastain’s playing on this record seems to be a good balance of chugging heavy riffs, and melodic fret work that he has always been known for.
I am not sure how In Dementia compares to other Chastain releases, but I thought this was a pretty solid metal record. If anything, this disc put Kate French on my radar. Kate recorded one more CD, after this with Chastain before moving on to the band Vainglory. I will be checking out those releases as a result of hearing this disc.
If you are looking for some good metal to add to your collection, give In Dementia a look. You can hear samples of this record at Amazon.com.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Human Sacrifice
4. Sick Puppy
6. In Dementia
7. House of Stone
Kate French – Lead and backing vocals
Kevin Kekes – Bass
Dennis Lesh – Drums
David T. Chastain – Lead guitars and keyboards
Tarot released a new album, Crows Fly Black in 2007. Check out their brand new single and video, To The Stars.
If you love it, let us know by saying SWIM. We will review this disc at HRH. If you hate it, say SWIM we will pass this one up.
Big Elf’s new album, Cheat the Gallows will be available for purchase on August 12th.
You download the first single, Money, It’s Pure Evil, at the band’s myspace page. Check it out!
Black Tide rolled into Seattle today to kick off another summer full of metal madness on the inaugural Mayhem Festival. Fan’s attending the festival can expect to hear Light From Above favorite “Warriors of Time” as well as their spot-on cover of Iron Maiden’s classic, “Prowler.”
The studio version of “Prowler” and the live version of “Warriors of Time” are now available for purchase on iTunes.
You check out the streams of the songs below!
San Antonio rock trio Girl in a Coma is touring the US throughout the summer and will join Tegan and Sara on their fall tour. Girl in a Coma, signed to Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records label, is touring in support of their album ‘Both Before I’m Gone,’ hailed as an “awesome debut” (Artist Direct) of “inspired, body moving tracks” (Bust Magazine).
A dream came true for the band when the trio was hand picked by Morrissey to open several dates on his 2007-2008 US and European tours. Girl in a Coma also appeared on Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors tour in June, as well as opening stints for The Toadies, Frank Black, Social Distortion and more.
Here’s “Say,” a track from ‘Both Before I’m Gone.’
Tour dates, including Tegan and Sara tour, are listed on their MySpace page.
Jul 12 – Citrus Heights, CA – The Fire Escape Bar
Jul 13 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
Jul 15 – San Jose, CA – Macla
Jul 16 – Santa Barbara, CA – Muddy Water’s Café
Jul 17 – Long Beach, CA – Alex’s Bar
Jul 19 – Hollywood, CA – The Knitting Factory
Jul 21 – San Diego, CA – The Beauty Bar San Diego
Jul 22 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Casino
Jul 23 – Mesa, AZ – Hollywood Alley
Jul 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Launch Pad
Jul 25 – El Paso, TX – The Underground
Aug 1 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Aug 2 – Jack’s Patio – San Antonio, TX
DEMOLITION RECORDS imprint label, DR2 RECORDS has put pen to paper and snapped up “I HATE KATE”
I HATE KATE, from Huntingdon Beach California, will be releasing their debut album “EMBRACE THE CURSE” on their new DR2 label imprint this Autumn.
The act, fronted by former ZEBRAHEAD guitarist and vocalist JUSTIN MAURIELLO are also set to announceEuropean tour dates this Autumn to coincide with the albums release.
The band are already receiving great reviews in both the US and Japan where the album seems to already begathering a momentum of its own.
ERIC COOK, Label Manager of DEMOLITION / DR2 RECORDS said:
“We cannot believe we were lucky enough to sign this act for Europe when so many labelswere chasing them.Every song on the album is a winner and for us this act definitely showcases everything we are trying to do withour new DR2 imprint which is all about finding great new artist “
I HATE KATE’S “EMBRACE THE CURSE” will be released on DR2 via Plastichead distribution on September 29th.
Lizzy Borden has a brand new video, Abnormal. This is off of the excellent new disc, Appointment With Death.
Boston native, David Vaccaro returns in 2008 with his second output called New Machine. On this release he gets a little bit of help from former MSG front man, Robin McAuley, who sings on four tracks on this disc.
Vaccaro wrote and plays the majority of the music on this disc. While New Machine may not be a true band offering, it certainly sounds like it is.
Robin McAuley does a fine job on the songs he sings on, in fact his presence really gives the songs on New Machine a lift.
Exit Sign is a really good opener and shows off Vaccaro’s six string talents.
Somebody Like You has a cool 70′s rock vibe about it.
The Stake is a cover of the Steve Miller band song. I can’t say that I am familiar with the original, but this song has a cool Foghat style to it.
Disclaimer is a well written, catchy tune about product disclaimers. You have to hear this song to appreciate it.
Time To Move On is a simple but infectious tune that has a Beatles feel to it.
I am not really sure what to make of Desert Run. Some of guitar parts sound synthesized, and mixed with a lead Spanish guitar. This instrumental track is interesting but not essential.
Robin McAuley takes back over the vocals on You Don’t Care. This song has a flamenco style about it, with a keyboard mix. A good song but not great.
McAuley’s final appearance on New Machine is on the song, Tangled In Your Web. This song has a funky groove that gets its hooks into you.
The guitar riff on the song, On Yer Way, reminds me a lot of the Bad Company song, Feel Like Making Love. Vaccaro mixes a little bit of slide guitar in, for this cool sounding tune.
Back to My Baby is a another pleasing rocker, with an upbeat swing. This song has a little bit of saxophone mixed in. All in all, this is an enjoyable tune, and a good way to close out this disc.
The Bottom line: V-Project is a solid disc, with some very good guitar work, and excellent vocals by Robin McAuley. This disc is not too hard, and not too heavy, but has enough in common with 80′s classic rock to make it listenable for most rock fans. Diehard McAuley fans will want to pick this up. Others may want to check the tunes out before buying.
You can preview V-Project’s music, and purchase their CD, at this link for DMV Music.com
1. Exit Sign
2. Somebody Like You
3. The Stake
5. Time To Move On
6. Desert Run
7. You Don’t Care
8. Tangled In Your Web
9. On Yer Way
10. Back To My Baby
David Vaccaro – Lead and Backing Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards and Drum Machine programming
Robin McAuley – Vocals (Exit Sign, Somebody Like You, You Don’t Care, Tangled In Your Web)
Lita Ford performed a pre-Rocklahoma warm up show in Farmingdale, NY at the Crazy Donkey on July 6th.
Check out the following videos from the performance:
Only Women Bleed (Alice Cooper Cover)
Close My Eyes Forever
Kiss Me Deadly