Vancouver based metal outfit CRADLE TO GRAVE have announced the dates for their upcoming West Coast North American tour. The band will be hitting markets on the coasts of Canada, US & Mexico throughout the month of August.
Guitarist Sasquatch said: “This is the time of the year where we look forward to going down south to destroy venues with some of our American & Mexican blood brothers,” says guitarist Sasquatch. “Regardless of where we play, it is always fucking crazy and the metal community is alive and well on the West Coast. Come out and thrash till death!”
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 their album online at www.myspace.com/cradletograve.
CRADLE TO GRAVE TOUR DATES:
Aug. 22 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Aug. 23 – Everett, WA @ Flights
Aug. 24 – Tijuana, MX @ El Publieto
Aug. 25 – Mexicali, MX @ El Diablo del Santo Domingo
Aug. 26 – Escondido, MX @ La Cabana del Satanico
Aug. 27 – Santa Monica, CA @ 14 Below
Aug. 28 – Salem, OR @ Sapphire Grill
Aug. 29 – Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck
Aug. 30 – Portland, OR @ The Red Room
Aug. 31 – Seattle, WA @ The Comet Tavern
TESLA DELIVERS ‘FOREVER MORE,’
THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE OCTOBER 7
WORLD TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 1
Multi-platinum rockers TESLA–Jeff Keith (vocals), Frank Hannon (guitars), Brian Wheat (bass), Troy Luccketta (drums) and Dave Rude (guitar)—are looking well into the future with their seventh studio album, FOREVER MORE, set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
“I Wanna Live,” the new album’s first single, is being serviced to radio stations nationwide on August 18. The band’s world tour will kick off October 1 in Salt Lake City with more dates announced in the coming weeks.
For FOREVER MORE, Tesla reunited with producer Terry Thomas, who was behind the boards for the band’s 1994 Gold-certified BUST A NUT album, and engineered by Michael Rosen who worked with Tesla on INTO THE NOW.
Guitarist Frank Hannon explains, “We started writing new songs for this album the first week of January, while simultaneously planning a mid-West tour of America in February and recording our COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008 DVD while we were on the road. Coming home in March, we hired Terry to jump back into writing and recording music with us while we edited the DVD and routed a summer tour of Europe. We’re riding a wave of energy that doesn’t come easy for a band of rookies much less a band whose been doing this for over 20 years – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
“After returning from Europe,” continues Frank, “we jumped right back into the studio to work on FOREVER MORE with Terry while setting up a tour of American festival shows in July and August, playing alongside bands such as Matchbox Twenty, the Wallflowers, Queensrÿche, KISS and Judas Priest. It’s great that we can play with any band, of any music genre, because we’ve never been pigeon-holed into a style or label of music throughout our career.”
In describing the vibe of the new album, he continues, “FOREVER MORE demonstrates this idea of writing songs in a diverse fashion. The title track is one of our deeper cuts complete with heavy lyrics, de-tuned riffs and acoustic interludes, while, ‘I Wanna Live’ is one of our more uplifting songs that bounces musically and delivers a lyrical message that suggests living life to the fullest.”
The rest of the album takes a similar ride of dynamic ups and downs with songs like ‘So What!,’ ‘Fallin’ Apart,’ ‘Breakin’ Free,’ ‘The Game,’ ‘All Of Me’ and ‘The First Time.’”
All the tracks on FOREVER MORE offer a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist–not sounding like another. FOREVER MORE was written and recorded during a period of high energy and bizarre life circumstances for each of Tesla’s band members, with those experiences coming full circle throughout the CD.
Tesla’s DVD, COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008 was released July 15. It’s the band’s first DVD in 17 years (since 1991’s Five Man Video Band) and is filled with over two hours of live music, special behind-the-scenes footage, their fans, backstage, on stage and loose on the streets of Seattle.
In addition, Tesla’s first double-disc collection of 32 of their best tracks and collectibles, GOLD, will be available on August 26 on Geffen/Universal Music Enterprises, ranging from 1986 through 2007 and including their chart hits “Signs,” “Love Song,” and “The Way It Is.“
Staind has made us wait three long years for their sixth studio album, The Illusion of Progress. The band has three number one albums in a row, so they have a lot to live up to with this new disc.
Staind calls The Illusion of Progress the “most musical CD” they’ve recorded to date. While I don’t know if I agree with that statement or not, there are some tunes on this disc that have the potential to be hits for Staind.
The first song This Is It starts off with a heavy but moody track, “This Is It”. This tune has a grunge element to it, but it is pretty cool tune. I expect that this song will hit mainstream radio in the near future.
“The Way I Am” is mid tempo song that just plods along. It isn’t breaking any new ground. It isn’t a bad tune, but it just comes across as average to my ears.
“Believe” is the first single off of Illusion of Progress. This is a pretty solid tune that ought to be a hit for Staind. You can listen to Believe by clicking here.
“Save Me” is a slower paced song that also has some radio potential, if they recorded a clean version of the tune. Their is a lyric in this song, “save me for the fuck of it” that unintentionally jumps out of your speakers when you hear it.
At this point in the record, I was hoping for something a little more upbeat, and I got it, with the song “All I Want“. This is another solid tune from Staind.
“Pardon Me” has a sound that falls somewhere between Tool and Shinedown. This is another slow, and moody track that I just couldn’t get into.
At this point I started to get a little bored with this disc, as I could not find a tune that had the WOW factor I was looking for.
Most of Staind’s tunes have the down tuned guitars that is common place in modern rock today. The one thing that sets apart this band from most of the others is the fine voice of Aaron Lewis. The problem that I have with the Illusion of Progress is that most of the songs of their low to mid tempo range, and are a little more soft and mellow. This isn’t what I expected from Staind. Yes, some of the songs are good, but very few of them excite me very much. I was hoping for something a little heavier, and this disc never seems to get there. This may not be a problem for die hard Staind fans, but I would recommend streaming this album before picking it up.
Rating:Out of 10
1. This Is It
2. The Way I Am
4. Save Me
5. All I Want
6. Pardon Me
7. Lost Along The Way
8. Break Away
9. Tangled Up In You
10. Raining Again
11. Rainy Day Parade
12. The Corner
13. Nothing Left To Say
Aaron Lewis – Vocals
Johnny April – Bass
Jon Wysocki – Drums
Mike Mushock – Guitars
Check out the hot new video, from Theory of a Deadman, “Bad Girlfriend”.
TOUR SHOCKER … METALLICA TO PLAY IN N. AMERICA!
Time for a different sort of vacation … one right here on our home turf!! Now that “Death Magnetic” is complete, we’re ready to start a proper indoor arena tour of the States and Canada and we can’t wait to visit all of our ‘Talli-fans here . . . it really has been too long (hey, what’s four years amongst friends?).
Met Clubbers and Mission Metallica Platinum members will have first crack at ’em when tickets go on sale . . . dates, times and in general more on that later. But for now, we thought we would let you know where we’ll be for the next couple of months . . . here’s a complete list of cities and venues up through January 31, 2009!
Keep watching here for all ticket on sale dates and times . . . coming very soon. See you out there!
All October/November dates with Down and The Sword :
October 21 – Glendale, AZ Jobing Arena
October 23 – Albquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
October 25 – Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
October 26 – Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
November 1 – Portland, OR Rose Quarter
November 3 – Salt Lake City, UT Energy Solutions Arena
November 4 – Denver, CO Pepsi Center
November 6 – Omaha, NE Qwest Center
November 8 – Moline, IL iWireless Center
November 9 – Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
November 17 – St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
November 18 – Tulsa, OK BOK Center
November 20 – Houston, TX Toyota Center
November 22 – Little Rock, AR Alltel Arena
November 23 – New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
All December dates with Lamb of God and The Sword:
December 1 – Seattle, WA Key Arena
December 2 – Vancouver, BC GM Place
December 4 – Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
December 7 – Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
December 12 – Ontario, CA Citizens Bank Arena
December 13 – Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
December 15 – San Diego, CA Cox Arena
December 17 – Los Angeles, CA The Forum
December 20 – Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
All January dates with Machine Head and The Sword:
January 12 – Milwaukee, WI Bradley Center
January 13 – Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
January 15 – Washington, DC Verizon Center
January 17 – Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
January 18 – Boston, MA TD Banknorth Center
January 26 – Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
January 29 – Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
January 31 – Newark, NJ Prudential Center