“Blood Of Knives” is the first video clip of ROSS THE BOSS, the new band of the legendary co-founder of Manowar. The debut album “NEW METAL LEADER” will be released on August 22nd. 100% EPIC HEAVY METAL in the vein of classics like “Battle Hymns”, “Hail To England” and “Sign Of The Hammer”!
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You can find Ross the Boss on myspace here.
Kentucky rockers, Black Stone Cherry have released their sophomore effort, Folklore and Superstition. I was extremely impressed with their debut record, and I wondered if the band would try to repeat the sound of that record or change it up a bit for album #2.
The first album sounded like a cross between the Allman brothers and Metallica. The heavy nature of the first album still shows up in places on Folklore and Superstition, but this record sounds a lot different from the first disc. It isn’t so different that Black Stone Cherry fans will dislike it. In fact, some people may like this one more than the first effort. To my ears, it sounds as if, Black Stone Cherry’s sound has matured over the self titled disc.
This album opens up with the rocking tune, “Blind Man” (see video below). This song is a great opener and does a good job bridging Black Stone Cherry’s last album with Folklore & Superstition.
Some Led Zeppelinish guitar sounds find their way into “Please Come In”. This hit ready song is no Zeppelin rip off though. This is great stuff.
Black Stone Cherry jams out on “Revered Wrinkle”. With so many bands forgetting how to play guitar solos in 2008, BSC shows them how to do it.
“Soulcreek” is the type of sing along anthem that will likely become a staple of Black Stone Cherry’s live show. This is a fun tune, and one of my new favorites.
For the first time ever, Black Stone Cherry breaks out the piano on “Things My Father Said”. If any song on this album could hit the mainstream, this is the one. This tune could easily cross over onto pop and rock radio formats.
For whatever reason the backup vocals on the heavy rockier “The Bitter End” gives the song a disjointed feel to it. I think this song would have been a lot better without them. I love the music, and the lyrics, but the back up vocals mess this tune up.
At The beginning of “Long Sleeves” I picked up on a slight Aerosmith groove similar to their cover of the Beatles “Come Together”. I thought the voice coder in the middle of the song was a nice touch. This is a pretty cool tune for the most part, although I am sure some fans will start picking on Black Stone Cherry’s song writing. One of the core lyrics in this song is “My Momma Always Said to wear Long Sleeves”. After the previous song, “Things My Father Said”, this may be a bit much for some folks. It works for me. I think its cool.
“Peace is Free” is quite possibly the most southern rock styled tune on Folklore and Superstition. I can imagine the lighters and cell phones coming out in a live setting for this low tempo number.
Do I detect a little Lynyrd Skynyrd in “Devil’s Queen”? You may not hear it, but I sure do. This song has a fat guitar sound that is awesome. This is one of my favorite songs on the the disc. You have to hear the guitar work on this song. Great Stuff!
“The Key” is one of the more interesting songs on this disc. It is one of the heavier tracks. About midway through, you will find some interesting guitar sounds. I wouldn’t call this tune essential, but it is somewhat unique.
“You” is one of those songs that has grown on me with repeated listens. This song dives into the southern rock pool once again. “You” has a good classic rock sound that seems radio ready.
“Sunrise” has a very modern rock tone to it, which may help it find its way to radio. This song feels like a filler tune to me, and is my least favorite on the album.
“Ghost of Floyd Collins” is a cool tune about a Kentucky cave explorer Floyd Collins who died as a result of being trapped in a cavern 50 feet below the ground. He was exploring the cave trying to find a new entrance for the Crystal Cave system back in 1925. This is a pretty cool homage to a person who is from the area where the members of Black Stone Cherry grew up.
As a whole, Folklore and Superstition is no sophomore slump for Black Stone Cherry. The band has turned out another very good album. I don’t think this album is as instantly accessible as their first disc. This album isn’t as heavy as the first one, and the tempo seems to have been turned down on the songs somewhat. Folklore and Superstition does have a bunch of good tunes, and a few that are growers. If you prefer to buy your music electronically, I-Tunes has three bonus tracks, “Junkman”, “Stranger” and “Bulldozer”. The big box retailers have this disc on sale for $9.99 this week (8/19 – 8/23).
Rating:Out of 10
1. Blind Man
2. Please Come In
3. Reverend Wrinkle
5. Things My Father Said
6. The Bitter End
7. Long Sleeves
8. Peace is Free
9. Devil’s Queen
10. The Key
13. Ghost of Floyd Collins
Black Stone Cherry is:
Chris Robertson – Vocals and Guitar
Jon Lawhon – Bass
Ben Wills – Guitar
John Fred Young – Drums
The new TESLA single entitled “I Wanna Live” is available for streaming on the band’s MySpace page. The track comes off the group’s seventh studio album, “Forever More” (see cover art below), which is set for release October 7 on Tesla Electric Company Recordings (in partnership with Ryko Distribution).
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”.
The band’s world tour will kick off October 1 in Salt Lake City with more dates announced in the coming weeks.
Article courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Sweden has a new glam rock band for you to check out. This 3 piece band features Snowy Shaw from Trivium and Dream Evil.
XXX – is pronounced Triple X and these 3 X-men behind the fitting moniker are:
You can listen to 4 songs from the upcoming album “Heaven, Hell or Hollywood?” on the band’s MySpace:
2-CD and Digital Collection Captures Megadeth’s Biggest Hits, An Unreleased Demo, Plus Two Rare Live Recordings HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 18
Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, Megadeth is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30 by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth’s top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.
Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks,
among them Megadeth’s top hits, including “Trust,” “A Tout Le Monde,”
“Insomnia” and “Train of Consequences.” Also included are rare 1992 concert
recordings of “Peace Sells” and “Symphony of Destruction,” previously
available only in limited release, the latter having never been released in
the U.S. “High Speed Dirt” is a demo version, previously unreleased.
Iconic frontman Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful metal band,
Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985
debut album, Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good!, and evolving
through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent
style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational
nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an
innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following.
In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album,
Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994’s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997’s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including “Trust” and “Almost Honest.”
After a brief hiatus in 2002, Megadeth made a bold return when their tenth
studio album, The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200.
In recent years, Mustaine has also overseen the broad remastering campaign
for Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second
album, Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying? Mustaine spent months remixing,
remastering, restoring — and in some cases, reconstructing — the band’s
Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each
reissue and last year’s career-spanning Warchest box set is packed with
unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by
the iconoclastic Mustaine.
For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into
the future — musically, lyrically, and culturally — and worked the raw soil
into something desirable and dangerous. With defiance and grace, through
unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet
of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their
insolence, they’ve been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five
platinum and multi-platinum albums.
On September 30, Megadeth will continue to build on this powerful legacy
with Anthology: Set The World Afire and will prove once again that they are an indispensable part of heavy metal history.
For more information regarding Megadeth’s latest pursuits, please visit
the band’s official Website: http://www.megadeth.com.
MEGADETH: Anthology: Set The World Afire (2-CD, Digital Album)
3. Peace Sells
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Devils Island
6. Anarchy in the U.K.
7. Set The World Afire
8. Into The Lungs Of Hell
9. In My Darkest Hour
10. Holy Wars …
The Punishment Due
11. Tornado of Souls
12. Hangar 18
13. Take No Prisoners
14. Go To Hell
15. Sweating Bullets
16. Crown of Worms
17. High Speed Dirt [Demo]*
1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Ashes In Your Mouth
4. Angry Again
5. Train of Consequences
6. Reckoning Day
7. A Tout Le Monde
8. The Killing Road
9. New World Order
13. Prince of Darkness
14. Kill The King
15. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
17. Symphony of Destruction
18. Peace Sells (live,Cow Palace, 1992)**
* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased in the U.S.
Including a rare Forevermore EP featuring unreleased tracks:
Fade into Smoke
Redemption (Live Rehearsal Version)
Venomous (Live Rehearsal Version)
1st Prize – Signed Forevermore EP, poster and t-shirt
2nd Prize – Signed Forevermore EP and t-shirt
8 Runner Ups – Signed Forevermore EP
SWEEPSTAKE RUNS 8/18/2008 – 8/24/2008
If you are one of the many who have tried to secure a copy of Wildside’s debut release, Under the Influence, I have a little bit of good news for you.
While the original out of print copies of Under the Influence may be too costly for most music fans, I spotted something new on Amazon.com.
The Essential Wildside is a new way for Wildside fans to grab some of their tunes at a price that wont break the bank. This new release is only available in a downloadable format, but can be purchased from Amazon.com for $6.99. You can also find this on I-Tunes as well.
The Track Listing is:
Hang On Lucy
Easy as 123
Laid In Sin
Just Another Night
Clock Strikes (Live version)
Looks Like Love
So Far Away
How Many Lies
Sweet Little Sinner
More Dates with A7X, Shinedown, Saving Abel on sale!
Presale starts Thursday at 10am. The password is batbuck. Public onsale is Saturday.
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AC/DC’s new album, Black Ice, will be released on October 20th through Columbia Records. It is the band’s first album in eight years. First single, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Train’, will be issued August 28th.
Black Ice 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’.
Rollingstone.com has posted a short description of the new AC/DC’s album, Black Ice, which will be available on October 21st. Here’s their report:
“AC/DC singer Brian Johnson promised that they’d tour in 2008. Well, he wasn’t kidding. Soon they’ll begin rehearsals in a secret location, before hitting US arenas in late fall. We heard this news at the Sony HQ on New York’s Madison Avenue, before hearing all 15 tracks of the band’s earthshaking new Black Ice, recorded in Vancouver in just eight weeks with Brendan O’Brien. On it, Brian wails about skies on fire, blood in his eyes, storms raging, lightning flashes, hard rain and pretty women. Angus Young shreds throughout (we dig his slide work on ‘Decibel’), and the rhythm cats — Malcom Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd — are solid as a rock. The first single is ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train'; ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’ will be a stripper anthem; and ‘War Machine’ (our favorite) will tear you to pieces.”
Article courtesy of Bravewords.com
Jet Black Stare has unleashed a new video for their current single, “Read to Roll”.
Check out the video below.
According to Wikipedia “Saudades de Rock” roughly translated means “Nostalgic Yearning for Rock”. With that being said it doesn’t change the fact that Extreme’s first album in thirteen years is still unpronounceable to almost anyone not familiar with the Portuguese language. Fortunately the title is the only bad thing I found with this release.
Before I listened to this album I went back and reintroduced myself to Extreme’s music because quite honestly after “Pornograffitti” they lost my attention. The songs were there occasionally but not albums as a whole. There were no such problems with Saudades from start to finish it had me bobbing my head, tapping my feet, and singing along.
Everything gets started with “Star” where the band’s admiration for Queen shines brightly with the vocal harmonies, thumping bass line, and a damn good solo from Nuno Bettencourt. From there it goes to “Comfortably Dumb” with a funk feel Extreme is famous for. Other standout tracks include “Take Us Alive” with what I would call a Texas Stomp feel, “Run” that goes back to the Queen influences again maybe a little to much because the opening lines reminded me of Fame right off the bat. “Last Hour” has a bluesy swagger to it once it gets started. “Flower Man” has a great foot tapping vibe to it even though I can’t understand a single word Gary Cherone is singing. “King of the Ladies” would have fit nicely with any song on “Pornograffitti”. When “Ghost” first started playing I had to check my I-Tunes to make sure someone hadn’t slipped a Coldplay song in there but after a few listens that little mistake was forgiven. Peace (Saudade) gives a nod to the Beatles with some great vocals, harmonies, and piano playing.
Throughout the album Extreme shines together as well as individually. Nuno Bettencourt’s playing is unbelievable; Gary Cherone’s vocals are strong as ever, bassist Pat Badger keeps everyone tight and in line. But in my opinion the “Star” of this album is drummer Kevin Figueiredo not only did he help write three of the tracks he gives one of the best performances I have heard in a long time. In case you didn’t know, one of Figueiredo’s drumming mentors was Mike Mangini. If you pick up the European version you also get an extra track, a demo from 1985 called “Americocaine”
“Saudades de Rock” gives you every thing you would expect from Extreme, plus a few surprises without the trash that plagues a couple of their previous releases.
2. Comfortably Dumb
3. Learn To Love
4. Take Us Alive
6. Last Hour
7. Flower Man
8. King Of The Ladies
13. Peace (Saudade)
Gary Cherone – Vocals
Nuno Bettencourt – Guitars
Pat Badger – Bass, backing vocals
Kevin Figueiredo – Drums, percussion
Reviewed by Rocknrollcoastie.
Tonight (at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET), the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline will be airing a CD premiere of BLACK STONE CHERRY’s new album, Folklore And Superstition. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to RockLineRadio.com.
Folklore And Superstition will be released on August 19th via Roadrunner Records. The Kentucky natives named their sophomore effort after a distinct tradition from their 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.”
The band recorded the album at Black Bird Studios, which is owned and operated by country artist MARTINA McBRIDE, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was produced and mixed by veteran rock producer Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE, SALIVA, SEETHER, SHINEDOWN).
The tracklisting is as follows: ‘Blind Man’, ‘Please Come In’, ‘Reverend Wrinkle’, ‘Soul Creek’, ‘Things My Father Said’, ‘The Bitter End’, ‘Long Sleeves’, ‘Peace Is Free’, ‘Devil’s Queen’, ‘The Key’, ‘You’, ‘Sunrise’, ‘Ghost Of Floyd Collins’.
Last Thursday, I attended the Rockstar Energy Drink, Mayhem Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. This all day festival hosted several hard rock and metal bands, as well as a Motorcycle stunt show, and several meet & greet sessions, where fans could meet their favorite bands. Their were two side stages where bands played back to back, and the mainstage was used for the headlining acts. This concert was full of crowd surfing, mosh pitting, concert going maniacs. I am not sure what the overall attendance was, but based on the full venue and lawn at the Verizon Wireless Music Center, I would estimate between 15 – 20,000 people.
Black Tide was one of the first side show bands that I checked out. They played a short set with a few tunes off of their new album, Light From Above, as well as a cover of Iron Maiden’s Prowler, that was on the recent Kerrang, Iron Maiden Tribute CD Sampler. Most bands only played a 30 – 40 minute set at maximum, with the exception of the headlining bands. This was somewhat disappointing, but this also gave every band a chance to play.
I was pretty impressed by Black Tide. The guys in this band are 18 – 19 years old. For such a young band, they rock pretty hard!
According to Billboard.com Ozzfest 2008, with Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne as headliners, grossed nearly $3.5 million and drew close to 30,000 people to Dallas’ Pizza Hut Park, according to producers Sharon Osbourne and AEG Live.
Sponsored by Affliction Clothing, this year’s Ozzfest marked the return of the 13-year-old hard music brand after a free run at amphitheaters last year.
This year’s one-off event did “fantastically well,” Sharon Osbourne tells Billboard.com. “The one thing is you want for the kids to go away and keep talking about what a great show it was, and that’s what they’re doing.”
In addition to Metallica and Osbourne, mainstage acts were Serj Tankian, Hellyeah, Johnathan Davis, Cavalera Conspiracy, Shadows Fall, Apocalyptica, and In This Moment. The second stage featured Sevendust, Devildriver, Kingdom of Sorrow, Soilent Green, Witchcraft and Goathore. On the third stage were the Sword, Drowning Pool, Rigor Mortis, Within Chaos, Destro and “battle of the bands” winners Debris and Black Tooth.
Going out as a free event in 2007 was “a great learning experience,” Osbourne says. “Everything you do should be a learning experience, unless you’re such an egomaniac you think everything you do is right, and we’re not. I’m glad that we did it. Te fans went away happy, but my God, it was probably one of the toughest things we’ve ever done. Who would think it was so tough to give something away free?”
Osbourne says plans are for Ozzfest to return to Dallas again next summer, likely as a two-day festival, and other cities are also being considered. “Ozzfest ain’t going anywhere,” she says. “We do try and shake things up and experiment. We’re not the old donkey that plods on doing the same sh*t.”
Meanwhile, 2008 has been a great year for Ozzy, Osbourne adds. “Ozzy had an unbelievable last record (‘Black Rain’), an unbelievable year touring and he’s in the studio right now recording,” she says. “We just signed a new deal with Sony for three more albums and we ain’t going nowhere.”
In addition to Affliction, this year’s Ozzfest sponsors included Jägermeister, Monster Energy Drink and ESP Guitars.
Buckcherry has posted a new song off of their up and coming album, Black Butterfly. You can download the song “Rescue Me” for free off of the Buckcherry myspace page at this link!
NME.com is streaming Black Stone Cherry’s new album, Folklore & Superstition, at this link.
Judas Priest has a released a new video in support of their new album, Nostradamus.
Check out the video for “War” below.
The new Eden´s Curse album “The Second Coming” will be released on October, 24, through AFM Records.
Once again production duties were handled by Pink Cream 69 bassist, and producer extraordinaire, Dennis Ward (Angra, Krokus, Silent Force, Allen/Lande) as the band have truly “Upped the Ante” in terms of song writing, performance and production. This is simply going to be a monster of a release that will build upon the success of the self titled debut album.
Many in the industry feel this album alone by itself will now cement the arrival of Eden’s Curse as truly a name to be reckoned with!
Assisting Michael Eden (Vocals), Thorsten Koehne (Guitar), Paul Logue (Bass), Pete Newdeck (Drums) and Ferdy Doernberg (Keys) in creating this huge wall of sound is none other than the voice of TNT, Starbreaker, Westworld and now a solo artist – Tony Harnell who sings backing vocals on the whole album.
Former Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen frontman, and current Cornerstone and Empire vocalist Doogie White once again returns to the aid the Curse Choir along with the ever present Carsten Schulz of Evidence One, Midnite Club and Roger Staffelbach’s Angel of Eden fame.
Also featured is vocalist Pamela Moore best known for her performance as Sister Mary on Queensrÿche’s 1988 epic release “Operation: Mindcrime” and 2006’s sequel “Operation: Mindcrime II”, who duets with Michael Eden on the incredible Power Metal Anthem “Angels & Demons”.
Check out the new e-card for The Showdown for the latest news, tour dates, photos, music and more, or swing by the album trailer for a small taste of what’s to come. “Back Breaker” is available in stores and online August 19th!
Check out Trapt’s brand new video, Who’s Going Home With You Tonight. This song is on Trapt’s new CD, Only Through the Pain, which is due in stores August 5th.
Bullet has released their first single, “Dusk Til Dawn“, off of their up and coming album, Bite the Bullet.
Check out the new song on Bullet’s myspace page.
Let us know what you think!
Billboard.com is reporting that the June leak of nine allegedly “mastered, finished” tracks from Guns N’ Roses’ long-delayed “Chinese Democracy” spurred a renewed round of chatter about whether the Axl Rose-led band will finally release the 14-years-in-the-making album.
But some concrete signs are finally emerging that the album’s release could be imminent. That’s because, according to sources, negotiations are underway for “Chinese Democracy” to come out as an exclusive at one of the big boxes — either Wal-Mart or Best Buy.
Negotiations are also ongoing to have conventional record company distribution, another source says.
Guns N’ Roses is now managed by Irving Azoff’s Front Line Management, and Azoff is a well-known proponent of issuing albums exclusively through retailers. He released the Eagles’ “Long Road Out of Eden” through Wal-Mart, much to the chagrin of other merchants.
Most recently, it became known that AC/DC’s next album will come out exclusively through Wal-Mart. Merchants were particularly incensed that the deal was apparently struck with the blessing of Columbia.
It’s unclear who initiated the Guns N’ Roses exclusive negotiations — Front Line or Interscope, the band’s label.
Representatives at Front Line and Interscope with knowledge of the situation couldn’t be reached for comment by deadline. A Wal-Mart representative says the chain couldn’t confirm this fall’s exclusives. Best Buy representatives couldn’t be reached for comment by deadline.
HRH Comment: Wal-Mart ought to package this CD with a space heater. Hell will have frozen over before this disc comes out.
After the long wait, the first group of dates for the Scars North American headline tour is now announced.
More dates and on-sale information will follow shortly, but in the meantime, here they are North America – get ready to be scarred!
Sun Oct 19 – Atlanta – Masquerade
Mon Oct 20 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues
Wed Oct 22 – Philadelphia – TLA
Thu Oct 23 – Baltimore – Ram’s Head
Sat Oct 25 – New York – The Fillmore
Sun Oct 26 – Boston – Paradise
Tue Oct 28 – Montreal – Le Medley
Wed Oct 29 – Toronto – Phoenix
Fri Oct 31 – Detroit – St.
Sat Nov 1 – Chicago – Metro
Sun Nov 2 – Milwaukee – The Eagles Club
Tue Nov 4 – Minneapolis – First Avenue
Wed Nov 5 – Kansas City – Beaumont
Fri Nov 7 – Denver – Ogden
Sat Nov 8 – Salt Lake City – Murray Theatre
Tue Nov 11 – Edmonton – Edmonton Events Center
Wed Nov 12 – Calgary – MacEwan Ballroom
Fri Nov 14 – Vancouver – Commodore Ballroom
Sat Nov 15 – Seattle – Showbox SODO
Sun Nov 16 – Portland – Roseland
Sat Nov 22 – Phoenix – Marquee
Mon Nov 24 – San Antonio – White Rabbit
Tue Nov 25 – Austin – Emo’s
Wed Nov 26 – Houston – House Of Blues
EYE OF THE JEDI’ IS MOST POPULAR TRACKON NJ BAND’S
ACCLAIMED DEBUT CD, ‘SPARK IT UP’
AMID LATEST WAVE OF STAR WARS MANIA
New Jersey rock band INFERNOPHONIC has been thrust into the midst of the latest wave of “Star Wars Mania” with the arrival of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.“Eye of the Jedi,” the classic hard rockers’ richly melodic and spiritually topical Star Wars tribute, now has become the most popular track on its acclaimed new debut album, SPARK IT UP. It’s no accident that
“Eye of the Jedi” easily is the most downloaded song on the band’s MySpace page (www.myspace.com/infernophonic), and it’s also the one song fans consistently have been demanding in concert all summer long. No INFERNOPHONIC show is complete these days, without “Eye of the Jedi” as the final encore. The audience simply won’t have it any other way.
“The reaction to ‘Jedi’ has been phenomenal,” says Kevin Bolembach, the band’s bass-playing ringmaster. “It’s a catchy tune with a nice, simple arrangement, and I think the subject matter catches listeners and stays with them because it’s something they grew up with and have heard of before. I mean, who doesn’t want to be a swashbuckling Jedi, swinging a light saber around? It’s amazing how these names and mythologies from the Star Wars movies have become permanently embedded in our culture.I believe that it attests to the strength of the concepts behind them.”
Inspired by the timeless philosophies in Jedi mythology, INFERNOPHONIC “Eye of the Jedi” in 2002 as Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, was hitting theaters. Six years later, the band made “Eye of the Jedi” the final track on its debut album. Released in June, SPARK IT UP, has been hailed by Guitar Player, Guitar World, Music Connection and a fast-growing list of others, and has charted in the Top 5 Most Added at FMQB and CMJ. wrote
INFERNOPHONIC’s lyrical themes –written almost entirely by head-turning lead vocalist Elaine Tuttle – primarily center around spiritualism, self-help and resistance to oppression through free-thinking. As Bolembach notes, those ideas have a kinship to the pure and noble Jedi lifestyle and its somewhat vulnerable focus to withstand the corruptive pressures of outside forces.
“I think one of the lines in ‘Jedi’ sums it up best,” he says. “It goes, ‘No time to debate with all the ones that hate – won’t even try to relate, I’ll find a better way to levitate.’ In other words, evil is all around you, but you need to rise above it.”
Heavy without the metal and meticulous in its musicianship, INFERNOPHONIC returns the swaggering spirit and soulful splendor to hard rock in a funked-up, female-fronted fury on SPARK IT UP. With Tuttle being singled out as “red hot singer” (Guitar World) who “conjures comparisons to Grace Slick, Ann Wilson and other ballsy banshees” (Music Connection), INFERNOPHONIC is a true musician’s band that’s pummeling rock’s current conventions with a wallop reserved for the hard-hitting giants of the past four decades. Stacking contemporary influences such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Audioslave on a firm foundation of forefathers Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, the ferocious foursome is rounded out by. Fortifying the attack are the lightning licks of guitarist Pat Piegari (Lourds) and the deep, dirty backbeat of drummer Ross Kantor.
After two years of burning up the Northeast with their incendiary live shows, INFERNOPHONIC was asked to record SPARK IT UP by Alan Evans of Soulive. Evans brought the band into world-famous Applehead Studios in Woodstock, NY (Coheed & Cambria, King Crimson, Medeski Martin & Wood) to plug into its coveted vintage gear, clandestine recording techniques, and cutting edge mixing technologies. Those studio qualities held special meaning for Bolembach, a self-professed gear head who is also founder and president of Godlyke, Inc., an equipment company obsessed with tonal quality. It should come as no surprise that SPARK IT UP is a sonic smorgasbord that will leave every musician wondering: “How did they get that tone?”
Able to melt and meld a diverse audio arsenal to create a new sonic experience, INFERNOPHONIC is a breed apart. SPARK IT UP is sure to ignite the molten core within any hard rock fan, regardless of age, by a band that is glorious in all its heavenly rage.
Nickel and Dime Records is pleased to announce the release of Plan 9 “Manmade Monster” for worldwide distribution. The group’s sophomore release includes 13 original songs that capture the raw energy and spirit of the Glenn Danzig-era Misfits, but with a fresh songwriting perspective and ass-kicking high identity.
Plan 9 originally formed in San Francisco circa 1997 as a one shot, one time Misfits tribute band. The show sold out in under an hour and was attended by none other than Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, and Jim Martin of Faith No More. The crowd was mystified by the extreme likeness that Plan 9 bore to the actual Misfits, both musically and visually. Led by Scary Only of the infamous psychobilly band, the Hellbillys, Plan 9 began to carve out a vast following with their aggressive, powerful and theatrical live shows.
Years later, Plan 9 became one of California’s most popular bands playing for the likes of Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only (Jerry appears on their debut release as well). They have mutated from a “tribute band” to a legitimate death-rock band, writing and producing their own material.
Their debut release, “8 Hits From Hell” (2004), led critics and fans alike to hail Plan 9 as the only true successors of the original Misfits sound.
“The originals seem to approach the classic-middle, Walk Among Us-era Misfits as almost a genre. They have the same well-played, catchy, up-tempo melodic punk with sung vocals and shouted chorus and ’50s B-movie horror and sci-fi themes. Like other bands who have picked up this sound and run with it, it’s often more enjoyable of a listen than the slowed metallic route the actual former Misfits members since have taken.” – MAXIMUM ROCK N ROLL
2. War of the Worlds
3. 13 Shades of Black
5. Heart of Darkness
6. Revenant’s Rise
7. Day of the Dead
9. ManMade Monster
10. Devil’s Advocate
11. Teenagers From Mars / We Bite
13. Black Dragon
14. She Never Sleeps
15. God Told Me To Kill
I must admit that I only discovered The Poor recently, when I found out that they opened up for AC/DC on their Ballbreaker tour. I didn’t wee AC/DC on that tour, but I found I strange that I didn’t know about a band, that opened up for them. On the strength of their tune “More Wine Waiter Please”, The Poor also opened up for KISS, Van Halen, The Scorpions and more.
The Poor’s sound is definitely AC/DC inspired. I don’t know if I would call them an AC/DC clone, but I hear instances where they sound like Airbourne (or is it Airbourne that sounds like them) and Rhino Bucket, with a little bit of 80’s hair metal guitar for good measure. Interestingly enough, The Poor’s drummer, James Young is the nephew of Malcolm & Angus Young.
While the music on this disc is not very original, it is pretty good. This is one of those CD’s where I like every song. Some of my favorite cuts are “Dirty Money”, “Tell Someone Who Cares”, “More Wine Waiter Please”, and “Liar”.
For more information on The Poor, check out their myspace page, and tell someone who cares! You can find copies of this disc, at Amazon.com and on EBay. The band reunited for an opening slot with W.A.S.P. in 2008, so we have not seen the end of The Poor. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Dirty Money
3. Man of War
4. Tell Someone Who Cares
5. More Wine Waiter Please
6. Ain’t on the Chain
8. Hair of the Dog
11. Only the Night
The Poor is:
Skenie – Vocals
Julian Rv Grynglas – Guitars
Matt Whitby – Bass
James Young – Drums
Hinder’s new Album, Take IT To The Limit will be released on November 4th.
Here is the Track Listing:
1. Use Me
2. Loaded and Alone
3. Last Kiss Goodbye
4. Up All Night
5. Without You
6. Take It to the Limit
7. The Best is Yet to Come
8. Heaven Sent
9. Thing for You
10. Lost in the Sun
11. Far from Home
The first single, Use Me, was released to radio on July 7th, and can now be downloaded on I-Tunes.
Did you miss Rev Theory or Airbourne on Jimmy Kimmel Live? You can watch them here!
Airbourne – Running Wild
Rev Theory – Hell Yeah
Sound And Fury Assaults Great White North On Canadian Tour With Airbourne
REJECT ALL THINGS POP FOR REAL, RAMPAGING, ROCK ON DEBUT ALBUM, “SOUND AND FURY” IN STORES NOW!
Toronto’s high powered rock n’ roll powerhouse Sound & Fury have announced their Canadian tour supporting Australian rockers Airbourne. The announcement comes on the heels of the release of the band’s self-titled debut, which hit stores via Rebel Youth Records/MRI-RED Distribution.
Sound and Fury recently shot a video for “Teenage Rampage” at Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club with director Britt Wilen. The video can be seen online at the following location http://new.soundandfury.com/ajax.asp?video=rampage
Sound and Fury frontman Luke Metcalf commented, “The song is about a pretty wild girl I dated in high school and I wanted a video about her that was NOT politically correct. I wanted a video that showed what we were doing; drinking, getting stoned, listening to Rock and Roll and having sex, without some bullshit negative message. Good times!!!”
Sound and Fury, which also includes guitarists Daz and Griffin, bassist John Kerns, and drummer Chris Avalos, is all about power chords, no-BS rock ‘n roll, and total sonic assault, as evidenced by the lead-off turbo-charged single and video from ‘Sound and Fury,’ “18.” The group’s stripped down straight up rock n’ roll and was praised by PunkTV.ca for “combining iconoclastic AC/DC thunder, Misfits brooding, the raw impetuousness of the Pistols and the charismatic anthemic song styling’s of the Ramones. In addition to perfectly capturing their raw power on album, Sound & Fury has been gaining fans by the truckload by also opening up for Canada’s leading pop-punk band, Sum 41, throughout the great white north (as well as the U.K.).
The band has also announced they will be giving away five pairs of tickets to each show for fans who join the Sound & Fury street-team at www.rebelyouth.com. Fans are encouraged to join the street-team to qualify to tickets, Sound & Fury merchandise and a customized Guitar Hero game.
SOUND & FURY & AIRBOURNE CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
August 20 Imperial Quebec City w/ Airbourne
August 21 Le National Montreal w/ Airbourne
August 22 Elements Kitchener w/ Airbourne
August 24 Cowboys London w/ Airbourne
August 27 Garrick Centre Winnipeg w/ Airbourne
August 28 Odeon Saskatoon w/ Airbourne
August 29 Event Centre Edmonton w/ Airbourne
August 31 Commodore Vancouver w/ Airbourne
Sept 01 Sugar Victoria w/ Airbourne