BAD GIRLFRIEND has risen to #1 on the U.S. active rock charts. It is the second # 1 single off of Theory of a Deadman’s album, Scars & Souvenirs.
Check out the HRH live video of Bad Girlfriend below.
Gene Simmons continues to find new ways to bastardize the KISS name:
KISSonline.com is reporting:
“The KISS Coffeehouse is releasing KISS Hotter Than Hell Ketchup! The Coffeehouse will be sampling KISS Ketchup and fries at noon on September 6th. Bottles of KISS Habanero Ketchup will be on sale for $7.95 (US).”
It is a sad day when KISS is making condiments instead of new music.
The United States isn’t the only country with great music festival. Firefest V, will soon be taking place in the Rock City club in Nottingham, UK.
Check out this two day lineup:
This show takes place on Saturday October 25th, and Sunday October 26th. For ticket information, check out the Firefest Website at this location.
The following are videos from Firefest IV:
Jorn Lande performing Duke of Love
Harem Scarem – If There Was A Time
Tyketto – Forever Young
Jaded Heart – Hero
Testament on Masters of Metal Tour with Judas Priest,
Heaven and Hell + Motorhead (Through August)
08/30/08 Glen Helen Pavilion – Devore, CA
08/31/08 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
09/20/08 Club Citta – Kawasaki, Japan
09/21/08 Club Citta – Kawasaki, Japan
09/25/08 The Arena – Brisbane, Australia
09/26/08 The HiFi – Melbourne Australia
09/27/08 The Metro – Sydney, Australia
10/01/08 Diamond Ballroom, Oklahoma City, OK
10/03/08 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
10/04/08 The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
10/05/08 Lulu’s – State College, PA
10/07/08 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
10/08/08 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA
10/09/08 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY*
10/10/08 Webster Theate – Hartford, CT
All dates with Soilent Green, except for date marked with *, which is
with Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, and Between Buried And Me
11/09/08 AMI Stadium – Christchurch, New Zealand
Innocent Rosie has posted a new teaser of their song “I’m A Vibe”. This will song will appear on the new Innocent Rosie album, Bad Romance. Go here to check it out!
Rockarma has released a brand new video, “Bad June”, in support of their album, Bring It. You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review by clicking here.
Check out the video below.
I am not sure why it took so long for me to discover Zebrahead. This Pop/punk/rap core band has had their music in a plethora of movies and video games, and yet they have stayed off of my radar until now.
With their brand new album “Phoenix” the band has a sound that is like a blend of The Offspring, Green Day, and Sum 41. The music does have a little bit of rap in it, but it doesn’t define the music. Zebrahead makes it work for them.
Is this music hard rock? No, it isn’t. I think the harder guitar riffs and rapid fire drum beats will certainly make this music palatable to both hard rock and power pop fans.
The songs on Phoenix are extremely upbeat and easy to listen to.
Typically, I wouldn’t like a lot of music like this, but Zebrahead works for me, as they aren’t trying to sound like any of the acts that I am usually listening to. I have been playing this disc in my car for a couple of weeks now, and I have been surprised how much I have enjoyed this.
Some of the songs have a punk rock style with a heavy edge to them, and some fall more into the pop rock category.
Some of my favorite cuts are “HMP”, “Mental Health”, “The Juggernauts” and “Ignite”
As an added bonus, this CD comes with a DVD, Broadcast the World, the Fucking DVD, that is packed with Zebrahead music videos from their previous releases as well as home videos, and live footage. If you haven’t listened to Zebrahead before, this CD/DVD set is the perfect introduction to the band. I am enjoying Phoenix, and I think you will too.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Hell Yeah!
3. Just the Tip
4. Mental Health
5. The Juggernauts
6. Death by Disco
7. Be Careful What You Wish For
8. Morse Code for Suckers
10. Mike Dexter Is a God, Mike Dexter Is a Role Model,
Mike Dexter Is an Asshole
11. Junkie and the Halo
13. Hit the Ground
14. Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right, But Three Rights Make a Left
15. All for None, And None for All
16. Sorry, But Your Friends Are Hot
DVD Track Listing:
Postcards from Hell
Broadcast to the World
Karma Flavored Whisky
The Walking Dead (Previously Unreleased)
Ali Tabatabaee – vocals
Matty Lewis – guitar, vocals
Ed Udhus – drums
Ben Osmundson – bass
Greg Bergdorf – guitar
Buckcherry was one of the bands at Cruefest that I was looking forward to almost as much as Motley Crue. I have heard by quite a few folks that Buckcherry puts on a great show, but I never caught them live until Cruefest.
Buckcherry’s set list included the songs, “Lit up”, “Next To you”, “Everything”, “Broken glass”, “Sorry”, “Too Drunk” and an over 13 minute version of “Crazy Bitch” to close the show out. “Crazy Bitch” was one of the songs that I was looking forward to. I thought this extended version was a little bit too over the top, and way too long. Buckcherry could have added two more songs to their set by the time they got done with this one. I would have loved to have heard a couple more of their older tunes.
Aside from the “Crazy Bitch” performance, I thought Buckcherry was very good. Josh Todd is a very good front man, and the band is very tight. I never put much thought into Buckcherry’s guitarists, but both Keith Nelson and Stevie D. were very good. Their performance wasn’t quite as athletic as Papa Roach’s, but they were fun to watch nonetheless. They are definitely one of the better bands on the Cruefest bill.
I am hoping to catch Buckcherry again in September at X-Fest in Dayton, Ohio with Avenged Sevenfold. Hopefully, they will do a normal version of Crazy Bitch the next time around.
You can watch the edited Crazy Bitch video here. (I cut out the 3 minute monologue at the beginning of the song).
Trains have been a popular subject in Hard Rock for years. In 1974, “Train Kept a Rollin” for Aerosmith“, In 1980, Ozzy Osbourne gave us the “Crazy Train”, 1987 brought us Guns ‘N Roses‘ “Nightrain“. In 1989 Badlands offered up “Rumblin’ Train“, in 1997 Judas Priest unleashed “Bullet Train” and in 2006, Black Stone Cherry gave us “Lonely Train“.
By now I am sure you have heard AC/DC’s new single “Rock ‘N Roll Train“. It has been a hot topic on the internet. It is getting airplay on radio stations everywhere. What do you think of the new song? Will you buy AC/DC’s new CD Black Ice?!
Zebrahead released a video “Mental Health” in support of their new album, Phoenix.
Check it out here!
Do you want exclusive Dragonforce tickets before they go on sale to the public? Want a meet & greet with the band?
The Angels’ Face to Face was released in 1978, and in 1980 in the United States under the moniker Angel City (the U.S. already had a band named Angel). This band was influential on several hard rock acts including one of the more recent acts Airbourne. Knowing this, I had to seek out a copy of the Face to Face to see what The Angels had to offer.
The Angels have a sound that is riff-heavy, pub rock similar to but not the same as AC/DC. This band isn’t quite as heavy, and singer Doc Neeson’s voice isn’t as abrasive as Bon Scott’s or Brian Johnson’s voice.
The overall production value on Face to Face definitely sounds a little dated. Their is no question that this music came from the 70’s. While the music isn’t unlistenable, it is just doesn’t meet the quality of today’s recordings.
I don’t know if I would call Face to Face essential, but there are some good songs to found here. “Take a Long Line”, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”, “Can’t Shake It” (which was later covered by Great White on their 1991 CD, Hooked), and “No Exit” are the best songs in my opinion. All of these tunes sound as if they would translate well live. They are songs that will get you on your feet, and get you rocking. A couple of these songs should have got some radio play in the U.S., but for whatever reason never seemed to crack the U.S. airwaves. It is a shame, as The Angels are solid act, even though they are largely unknown on U.S. soil.
Those of you looking to track down a copy of Face to Face are in luck. You can find new copies of this CD at Amazon.com for under 10 bucks. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Take a Long Line
3. After the Rain
4. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
5. Shadow Boxer
6. Comin’ Down
7. Out of the Blue
8. Can’t Shake It
9. Waiting for the World
10. No Exit
The Angels are:
Chris Bailey – bass
Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup – drums, vocals
John Brewster – rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Brewster – lead guitar, vocals
Doc Neeson – lead vocals
Sixx A.M.’s set was over way too fast. The road crew had the stage ready for Papa Roach in record time. I must admit that in the case of Papa Roach, they were one of the bands on the Cruefest bill that I did not care about. I didn’t own any of their music. I knew a few of their songs that I heard on the radio, but that was about the extent of it.
From the first second Papa Roach took the stage, I was pretty amazed. Jacoby Shaddix is an extremely energetic front man. He didn’t stand still for a second, and even came out into the crowd while singing a song. (This also made it damn near impossible to get a good picture of him.) The whole Papa Roach set was very high energy, and really got the crowd going. Their live set was so good that my personal opinion of the band went from “don’t care” to “draw“. I would go see these guys again in a heart beat.
Papa Roach’s live set included the songs: “…To Be Loved“, “Forever“, “Time Is Running Out“, “Getting Away With Murder“, “Scars“, “Last Resort” and a brand new song, “I Almost Told You I Loved You“, which will be on the new Papa Roach CD, Metamorphisis, that will be released later this year. You can see the video for this song below.
After seeing Papa Roach live for the first time, I completely understand why they got the nod to open for Motley Crue, in Cruefest 2008. I am glad they where there. They gained a bunch of new fans on the Cincinnati stop of the tour.
Drowning Pool has released a new video “37 Stitches“, in support of their 2007 CD, Full Circle.
Check it out below.
Are you loving the new AC/DC single, “Runaway Train”?! AC/DC has a great pre-order special available direct from the AC/DC website. You can preorder the new Deluxe edition of the AC/DC CD, Black Ice, along with a copy of the DVD, No Bull for only $25.99, or $35.98, if you prefer Blue Ray.
The Deluxe Edition of Black Ice is a hardcover package that features a 30-page expanded booklet with exclusive new illustrations, studio and live photographs of AC/DC.
Iced Earth has posted previews of several new cuts off of their up and coming disc, The Crucible of Man, Something Wicked Part II. Go the Iced Earth myspace page and check out the new cuts, “Crucify the King”, “Divide Devour”, “Come What May”, “In Sacred Flames”, “Behold the Wicked Child”, and “A Gift or Curse”. The new songs sound awesome! Check them out!
The Crucible of Man has the following scheduled release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: September 5
United Kingdom and Europe: September 8
USA and Canada: September 9
Bang Camaro has posted a new song called “Night Lies” on their myspace page. This new song is available for download through CD Freedom and I-Tunes. Check it Out!
JSS – ‘Beautiful Mess’ has hit the digital market ahead of schedule.
With the huge demand escalating since the availability of the free download ‘Testify’ and Jeff’s imminent exposure during the new TSO tour. Sewtoe Productions are proud to announce the advance launch of Jeff’s new solo album. The very nature and speed of today’s digital music download market has meant that ‘Beautiful Mess’ can come to fruition three weeks ahead of its proposed release! Why wait another month! JSS is ready, so let’s move it people!
JSS – Beautiful Mess
The 4th solo album from Jeff Scott Soto (who has sung for such bands as Journey & Talisman) but the 1st under the new moniker, JSS, this album is a departure from the classic rock sound Jeff has been known for.
Who is JSS?
He is an artiste who has graced many stages, a hybrid redolent of soul, pop, rock, blues and R&B influenced by luminaries such as Queen, Prince and Sam Cooke and a man who has proved, across the years that he can deliver all these genre well.
For many years JSS has been known to all and sundry as ‘Jeff Scott Soto’. In a career spanning more than twenty years, beginning as the vocalist for guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, leading to frontman for many bands including; ‘Talisman’, the legendary ‘Journey’, ‘Soul Sirkus’ and most recently ‘Trans Siberian Orchestra’. In 2002 he set out on the long, arduous road of a solo career with the acclaimed ‘Prism’ and has released two solo albums since then, ‘Lost In The Translation’ and now ‘Beautiful Mess’. He came to the notice of many in the industry when he provided the lead vocals for the main character / singer of ‘Steel Dragon’ in the Mark Wahlberg motion picture ‘Rock Star. With an audience that comes from Europe, Asia, South America and North America, his appeal is about to be widened further with this new release.
In ‘Beautiful Mess’, for which Jeff Scott Soto has become ‘JSS’ he blends the influences he grew up loving into one ‘beautiful mess’ indeed. From the rocking soul of “21st Century” to the sultry “Gin & Tonic Sky” to the greasy funk of “Bring It Home” to the Beatle-esque “Kick It”, JSS leaves no stone unturned in this release, pleasing fans old & new alike. ‘Beautiful Mess’, which is co-written & produced by the savvy Swedish artist/producer/writer Paulo Mendonça, is a turning point for JSS who recently dubbed by many as the ‘new hardest working man in show business’ & this new album will find him touring the globe once again through 2009.
If you like the bite of Lenny Kravitz, the sultriness of Seal, the smoothness of Sam Cooke & the rawness of the nostalgic 70’s rock ‘n soul all mixed with a contemporary touch of today’s hit music, this is one not to be missed!!
Nikki Sixx posted the following on his blog this afternoon:
HEY ALL,BEEN SWAMPED,TOURING TWO BANDS,OUR OWN FESTIVAL,ROYAL UNDERGROUND,FAMILY,PRESS,RECORDING NEW MUSIC,WORKING WITH NEW BANDS AT 11-7,DOING PHOTOGRAPHY,TRYING TO SEE KATHERINE AND TRAVELING NON STOP….SO SWAMPED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT BUT NOT A COMPLAINT.
WERE SHOOTING A LIVE DVD OF CRUE FEST TOMORROW IN TORONTO AND IM AT THE AIRPORT WAITING FOR MY RED EYE( AND YES THEY ARE TOO)….
4 MORE SHOWS AND CRUE FEST >ONE< IS OVER…IT WENT SO FAST,AND NEXT YEAR IS APPROACHING EVEN QUICKER….
DONT HAVE MUCH TO REPORT,REALLY JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR A KILLER SUMMER.
LOVE AND ROCK N ROLL
Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL will release its 30th-anniversary album, “Legacy”, on October 24 in Germany, October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the USA via Wacken Records/SPV. The CD will feature a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, “Fast” Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER. Even the group’s original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener “Everything ‘s The Same” with a special ghost appearance!
“Legacy” (see artwork below) track listing:
01. Everything’s The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion – her ashes)
02. From The Other Side
03. I Spy (Girlschool Mix)
04. Spend Spend Spend (feat. J.J. French guitar solo)
05. Whole New World (feat. Neil Murray – bass, Phil Campbell – lead guitar)
06. Just Another Day (feat. Phil Campbell – guitar solo)
07. Legend (feat. Neil Murray – bass)
08. Still Waters
09. Metropolis (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke – guitar solo)
10. Don’t Mess Around (feat. Eddie Ojeda – guitar solo)
12. Don’t Talk To Me (feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)
13. I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) (feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on lead guitar)
Article courtesy of Blabbermouth
The members of Cradle To Grave have been forced to cancel their recently announced tour of the West Coast after the group was detained by the US Department of Homeland Security for suspicion of either sneaking drugs in or attempting to seek work illegally, despite the fact that the band had valid working papers in thier possession. The band was detained for more than 5 hours at the Blaine, WA border facilities, where bored security agents strip searched one of the members, and refused to listen to the band members’ own account of why they were there.
Singer Greg Cavanagh was held for four hours, then refused entry to the US because of suspicion of “rampant drug use, voluminous encounters with prostitutes and satanism” after the border agents reviewed the band’s MySpace page.
At one point, guitarist Denis “Sasquatch” Barthe was held at gun point by 5 officers. He was asked to lay down on the ground, was handcuffed and returned to Canada in a U.S. Border Protection vehicle. After almost five hours of screaming, door-slamming and accusations, the rest of the band was asked to return to Canada.
Last year, Cradle To Grave were refused an entry visa allegedly because the State Department felt their name might “incite violence” and this after they were allowed to tour in 2005. However, in 2002 & 2004 the band were refused entry to the US due to an alleged “lack of artistic merit”.
Cavanagh commented: “Contrary to popular belief, the US doesn’t welcome all foreign musicians with open arms,” he chuckled sarcastically. “We regret to say this, but the tour is over before it even started. Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to bring us down there for the shows we had booked. We’ll hopefully have better luck next time and be able to play for all you crazy West Coast metalheads.”
Cradle to Grave recently released their new album “Texas Medicine through Year of the Sun Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Devin Townsend (Lamb of God, Darkest Hour, GWAR) and hailed by the Vancouver Straight as “the soundtrack of choice for your trip to the electric chair.” The band is currently streaming tracks from the album online at www.myspace.com/cradletograve.
Terrestrial and satellite radio stations have been playing this band, 12 Stones. The song “Adrenaline” is on the 12 Stones 2007 cd, Anthems For the Underdog. What do you think of 12 Stones? Should they SINK or SWIM?
One thing that was pretty amazing at Cruefest, was how fast they tore down and set up the stage for the next band. If you were late getting to Cruefest, chances are you missed Trapt, and Sixx A.M. Luckily, I was there right at 5 for Cruefest, and I didn’t miss a minute of the action.
Sixx A.M. took the stage, and myself by surprise. I have listened to the Heroin Diaries several times since its release, so I am pretty familiar with all of the songs, but I have never seen singer James Michael, or guitarist DJ Ashba live.
Sixx A.M. didn’t have the longest set, but the played all of the popular songs off The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack including, “Tomorrow”, “Accidents Can Happen”, “Pray For Me”, and closed out their set with “Life Is Beautiful”. I knew they would be good, but I didn’t expect to like them as much as I did. Sixx A.M. was excellent live, so good in fact that Nikki Sixx may have to do a second album with this group.
Nikki Sixx is obviously the star in this band. At no point did he try to upstage Michael or Ashba, in fact, I thought for Sixx A.M. being a side project that they appeared to have pretty good chemistry as a band. I would definitely pay to see these guys again! Sixx A.M. was certainly a highlight in Cruefest.
The following clip is Sixx A.M. performing “Life is Beautiful“. Enjoy!
As reported by Billboard.com, Federal authorities say they have arrested a blogger suspected of streaming songs from Guns N’ Roses unreleased album, “Chinese Democracy,” on his Web site.
FBI agents arrested 27-year-old Kevin Cogill this morning (Aug. 27) on suspicion of violating federal copyright laws. Federal authorities say Cogill posted nine unreleased Guns N’ Roses songs on Antiquiet.com in June. The songs were later removed but spread quickly across the Internet.
According to an arrest affidavit, Cogill admitted to agents that he posted the songs on his Web site.
“Chinese Democracy” has been in the works for more than a decade, with frontman Axl Rose the only remaining original member of the once mighty group. Rumblings that the album may finally be out this fall, possibly as a Best Buy exclusive, have not been confirmed by Guns N’ Roses or its management.
‘Rock N Roll Train’ is the first single from AC/DC’s 15th album Black Ice, due out via Columbia Records on Tuesday, October 21st.
Black Ice is the first full-length studio album of all-new material from AC/DC since the release of Stiff Upper Lip in 2000. Produced by Brendan O’Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, BC, Black Ice premieres 15 new AC/DC compositions and performances including ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Train’, slated to arrive at radio around the world on August 28th with a video debuting in September.
AC/DC will embark on a major world tour, the group’s first since 2001, beginning late October.
Black Ice features the following tracklisting: ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, ‘Skies On Fire’, ‘Big Jack’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘War Machine’, ‘Smash ‘N Grab’, ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight’, ‘Wheels’, ‘Decibel’, ‘Stormy May Day’, ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Money Made’, ‘Rock N Roll Dream’, ‘Rocking All The Way’, ‘Black Ice’.
Talk about detonating on impact. The Illusion of Progress, the new album from Flip/Atlantic recording artists Staind, rocketed onto the Billboard 200 this week at #3, making it the fourth consecutive album of the band’s career to debut in the top 3.
News of the album’s explosive arrival follows a flurry of headline-making moves for the multi-platinum band, who recently teamed with online retailer Amazon.com for an innovative pre-release promotion, and have been on a worldwide summer tour, to be followed by a run in Europe with Nickelback in September, and headlining dates with special guests Seether and Papa Roach beginning October 4th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. Fans can go to www.staind.com for ticket information.
The Illusion of Progress is being propelled by chart-topping lead single “Believe,” currently #2 at Modern Rock, #5 at Active Rock, and #4 at Mainstream Rock. The song has already begun crossing over to the Hot AC charts with a debut at #34. “Believe” is Staind’s fastest-growing hit since “It’s Been Awhile.”
The Illusion of Progress is Staind’s sixth album and the follow-up to 2005’s certified platinum Chapter V. The album was produced by Johnny K and recorded in Lewis’ home studio with guitarist Mike Mushok , drummer Jon Wysocki, and bassist Johnny April.
Tour dates for STAIND are as follows (additional dates to be confirmed)
DATE VENUE CITY
With 3 Doors Down and Hinder
8/27 WaMu Theater Seattle, WA
8/29 Mandalay Bay Las Vegas, NV
8/30 Konocti Field Amphitheater Kelseyville, CA
8/31 Verizon Wireless Amp Irvine, CA (Aaron Lewis solo show)
With Nickelback in Europe
9/8 Cologne Arena Cologne
9/9 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart
9/12 Odyssey Arena Belfast
9/13 RDS Simmonscourt Dublin
9/15 MEN Arena Manchester
9/16 Sheffield Arena Sheffield
9/18 The NEC Birmingham
9/19 o2 Arena London
9/21 Wembley Arena London
10/3 Turning Stone Verona, NY (Staind only)
With Seether and Papa Roach
10/4 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
10/7 Greensboro Special Events Center Greensboro, NC
10/9 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, FL
10/10 St. Augustine Amphitheater St. Augustine, FL
10/12 Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
10/14 Heritage Park Simpsonville (Greenville), SC
10/15 Freedom Hall Civic Center Johnson City, TN
10/17 The Amphitheater at the Warf Orange Beach, AL
10/18 Snowden Grove Park Amphitheatre Southaven, MS
10/19 Lakewood Amphitheater Atlanta, GA
10/21 Black River Coliseum Poplar Bluff, MO
10/22 Rockford MetroCentre Rockford, IL
10/24 Tulsa Convention Center Arena Tulsa, OK
10/26 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
11/12 Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT (with Papa Roach only)
11/14 Sovereign Center Reading, PA (with Papa Roach only)
11/15 Asbury Park Convention Hall Complex Asbury Park, NJ
11/16 Tsongas Arena Lowell, MA
11/18 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Sound and Fury are continuing their rock n’ roll freight train of excess with the group’s Fall US tour alongside Boston based ‘80s enthusiasts Bang Camaro.
“Bang Camaro are really great and we’re really excited to be touring with them and its gonna be a kick ass party,” commented Sound and Fury frontman Luke Metcalf.
Toronto’s Sound and Fury are flying high off their self-titled debut full-length album, which was released through Rebel Youth Records/MRI-RED Distribution. The band’s refreshing approach to modern rock combines the thunderous riffing of AC/DC with the raw energy of the Ramones. The band’s explosive live show has been converting loyal fans opening for everyone from pop-punkers Sum 41 to Aussie rockers Airbourne. Sound and Fury’s unbridled power can be witnessed in the group’s brand new video for “Teenage Rampage”, which can be seen online at www.soundandfury.com.
Boston based Bang Camaro are the perfect tour companion to aid Sound and Fury’s whiskey rawk show. The band consists of three guitar players, a bass player, a drummer, and anywhere from ten to twenty singers. The songs remind the listener of arena rock from the mid to late 80s, but with a strange twist. This band has no lead vocals, only guitar solos and choruses sung by the band and the mob of extras. The group is touring in support of their self-titled debut album, which has drawn attention from MTV and Billboard magazine.
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Bang Camaro:
Sep 12 2008 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street
Sep 13 2008 Portland, ME @ The Asylum
Sep 25 2008 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Sep 26 2008 Madison, WI @ The High Noon Saloon
Sep 27 2008 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct 03 2008 Seattle, WA @ King Cobra
Oct 04 2008 Portland, OR @ Dante’s
Oct 05 2008 San Francisco, CA@ Bottom of the Hill
Oct 08 2008 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Oct 09 2008 Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
Oct 10 2008 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Oct 11 2008 Tucson, AZ @ Plush
Sound And Fury Tour Dates w/ Airbourne:
Nov 01 Cardiff University Cardiff, UK
Nov 02 Bristol Academy Bristol, UK
Nov 05 Birmingham Academy Birmingham, UK
Nov 06 Sheffield Octagon Sheffield, UK
Nov 07 Liverpool Academy Liverpool, UK
Nov 08 Manchester Academy Manchester, UK
Nov 10 Dublin Ambassador Dublin, IRE
Nov 11 Belfast Mandela Hall Belfast, IRE
Nov 13 Inverness Ironworks
Nov 14 Dundee Fat Sams
Nov 15 Glasgow Barrowlands Glasgow
Nov 17 Newcastle Academy Newcastle, UK
Nov 18 Leeds Met University Leeds, UK
Nov 19 Stoke Victoria Hall UK
Nov 20 Nottingham Rock City Nottingham, UK
Nov 22 Oxford Academy Oxford, UK
Nov 23 Norwich UEA
Nov 24 Cambridge Junction Cambridge, UK
Nov 26 Folkestone Lees Cliff Hall UK
Nov 27 Astoria London, UK
Dec 1 Laiterie Strasbourg, France
Dec 2 Trabendo Paris, France
Dec 4 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
Dec 5 Theatre Barbey Bordeaux, France
Dec 6 Rolling Stone Milan, Italy
Dec 7 Rohstofflager Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 8 Flex Vienna, Austria
Dec 15 Small Vega Copenhagen, Denmark
Dec 18 Grunspan Hamburg, Germany
Dec 21 Backstage/Werk Munich, Germany
Dec 28 Colas-Saal Ascahffenburg, Germany
Today is the 18th Anniversary of Steve Ray Vaughn’s unfortunate death. Check out SRV in the video for “Texas Flood” below.
Cruefest came to Cincinnati on Tuesday August 19th. Trapt took the stage shortly after 5 P.M. and played a collection of songs including “Headstrong”, “Still Frame”, “Stand Up”, “I Believe” and their new single, “Who’s Going Home with You Tonight”.
I thought Trapt was good, but their music is more on the alternative rock side, than hard rock. Out of all of the bands on the Cruefest bill, I thought Trapt seemed a little out of place. They were the least heavy act in Cruefest. Their sound wasn’t the only thing that seemed to greatly differ from the other acts on Cruefest.
The members of Sixx A.M. Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crue, have more tattoos on their skin than most bands I have seen live. Trapt looked like a clean cut bunch of corporate rockers. Their image has nothing to do with their sound. They were good live, but when comparing them to the rest of the acts on the Cruefest bill, they were nothing more than an o.k. warm up act. They didn’t have the energy of the other bands on this bill. I was glad that I got to see them, and I did enjoy hearing a couple of their songs. Their live performance wouldn’t draw me to another show.
From a business perspective, putting Trapt on this bill makes sense. The band has a solid fan base, and have sold a ton of albums. I hope for Cruefest 2009, they pick some bands that better fit the hard rock genre.
The slideshow below are some of the pictures I took during the Trapt set. Enjoy!
Stockholm, Sweden’s Heave have released a brand new disc, “Final Day”. Unlike the majority of the acts from Sweden that have been moving in the glam metal direction, “Final Day” is a heavy metal record.
The music on “Final Day” is pretty good. The guitar work is often in a heavy doom laden style, that I didn’t expect to hear from this band. The problem with Heave’s sound, is the vocals of Anna Olsson. This girl can sing, and truly belt out the notes. On “Final Day” Anna Olsson hits some extremely high notes with her high pitched screams that makes the hair stand up on my arms. It is really cool, and from a metal perspective this is the type of thing that I like to hear from a singer. From this listener’s ears, the pitch of her voice doesn’t match up well with Heave’s bass heavy music.
This is an example of a talented band with a good singer, but the two pieces of a puzzle that don’t seem to fit together very well. I believe Heave has a lot of potential, but Final Day is a release that they will need to grow from if they are to succeed.
If female fronted metal is your thing, you ought to give Heave a look.
Rating:Out of 10
Heave performing Emptiness Live
1. The End
3. Stand My Ground
4. Fears Come Alive
6. In Control
7. On And On
11. Final Day
Anna Olsson – Vocals
Marcus Sundquist – Guitars
Pasi J Lappi – Bass
Patrik Nikolic´- Drums