CHAVIS RECORDS unveils the new cover art for DC4-EXPLODE
EXPLODE is set to be released on October 6, 2008. DC4 features current and former members of DIO, ARMORED SAINT, & ODIN. Check ou tthe new track Candy Caine on the player!
FINALLY, AFTER 20 YEARS – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD ARE THE ONLY RECORDING’S OF L.A’S ‘SUNSET STRIP’ BASED HAIR METAL BAND “PAIR-A-DICE”!!
PAIR-A-DICE best known for there days on the Sunset Strip in the 80’s the band developed a huge following, and played with many of L.A.’s hottest bands like: Poison, Warrant, Guns N Roses, LA Guns, Slaughter, Bang Tango, Jet Boy, Tuff, Pretty Boy Floyd and many more.
Retrospect Records has signed the band and has released for the first time ever on CD recordings of Pair-A-Dice including such live hits as “Stay the Night’ “Nowhere to Run” and the classic crowd favorite “Where’s Jenny” Pair A Dice has been described as Warrant meets Skid Row with searing guitar solos and large vocal harmonies.
Founding members Paul Lancia (vocals) and Nick Masella (bass) started Pair-A-Dice together in 1986 at the peak of the Glam/Poison era on the strip. Daz Bash (drums) joined soon after, followed by Billy D’Vette (guitar, vocals) and Dave Marshall (guitar, vocals).
This solidified the line up that went onto becoming one of the most exciting live bands on the Sunset Strip from 1986 to 1990. The next several years saw this hard rockin band selling out shows at clubs such as: ‘The Whiskey a Go Go, ‘The Troubadour’, ‘The Roxy’, Gazzari’s , and included a tour of Japan with fellow Sunset Strip band Jet Boy in 1989. The band was looked at by every major label in Hollywood but unfortunately the band was never signed to a multi record contract and the songs have been locked away in a vault, until now!
In 1990 Paul started his own self-titled project: ‘Lancia’, Billy D’Vette stepped in as lead singer but this was short lived and soon after, the remaining members of Pair-A-Dice all tried their luck with other project: Dave Marshall went on to play with The Vince Neil Band with Steve Stevens, Brunette and Fiona. Billy replaced Marc Ferrari in Cold Sweat. Nick played with Ashes II Ashes, and Daz played on Alice Cooper’s “Line on You” Video.
NOW with the release of the long awaited CD debut the band has reunited with all five original members for the first time. They recently performed at the 2008 Rocklahoma Festival along with a few select shows in Los Angeles. The band also plan to release a live performance DVD and a follow up CD in 2009.
Twenty years is a long wait, but, with the rejuvenated rock scene making the rise to the top again, you will not only get to hear these boys, but see them play once again.
It has been 4 long years since Slipknot’s last studio album. “All Hope is Gone” is rumored to be (say it isn’t so!) their last album. Slipknot’s fan base has swelled to massive proportions over the years, and judging from the live show that I saw by them recently, this is a band that needs to continue.
“All Hope is Gone” pushes Slipknot further away from the Nu metal genre, and more towards the heavy and thrash metal side. This album is extremely heavy. With that being said, most hard rock fans may dislike this, but metal heads will rejoice when they play this.
There are moments where this album is heavy as hell, and there are a couple of songs that seem to fall closer to Corey Taylor’s other band Stone Sour. In fact, the song “Snuff” is an acoustic based song, that is probably the least heavy song Slipknot has ever done. This tune seems to fall much closer to Stone Sour than anything Slipknot has done. I like this tune a lot, but the maggots (Slipknot fans) are going to flip out when they hear this.
One listen to “Sulfer” and I thought wow to myself. What an incredible feast of metal this is. “Psychosocial” might be one of the coolest Slipknot tunes ever. The awesome groove on this tune had me hooked immediately.
Is it just me or do I hear “Metallica’s Enter Sandman” creeping its way into “Dead Memories”? This song sounds like a blend of Metallica and Tool. This song is more of a mainstream metal tune. Some songs on this disc such as “Gehenna”, “Dead Memories”, “Snuff” and “All Hope Is Gone” will get a ton of radio air play. The rest may be far too heavy for terrestrial radio formats.
Is “All Hope is Gone” Slipknot’s best work? While it has some great moments, I don’t think this disc stands up to their album Iowa. While Iowa is still my favorite, I think Slipknot fans will like this. The band hasn’t put out an album this brutal since their 1999 debut.
The sound on All Hope is Gone falls some where in between Iowa and Vol. 3. There are things missing on All Hope is Gone that disappoints me. The cool percussion and drums of Chris Fehn and Shawn Crahan are back on the song “Psychosocial”, but seem to be missing elsewhere. I didn’t hear a lot of samples or use of the turntables on this record either. There are a lot more guitar solos on this record than on past releases which is a nice addition. As a whole, this is Slipknot’s sound moving in a slightly new direction. “All Hope is Gone” is another solid effort and is worth picking up.
For more information on Slipknot, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
- Dead Memories
- Butcher’s Hook
- This Cold Black
- Wherein Lies Continue
- All Hope Is Gone
Sid Wilson – Turntables
Joey Jordison – Drums
Paul Gray – Bass
Chris Fehn – Percussion
Jim Root – Guitars
Craig “133” Jones – Keyboards/samples
Shawn “Clown” Crahan – Percussion
Mick Thomson – Guitars
Corey Taylor – Vocals
Motley Crue has released their second video in support of their new album, Saints of Los Angeles.
Check out the video for Mother Fucker of the Year below.
You can watch the video for the title track, Saints of Los Angeles here.