7th Son –featuring guitarist/vocalist Christopher Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bassist Andrew Cushing and drummer Alan Doucette–are a rag tag crew of young turks who formed the band two years ago in their native Sin City. The band recorded three fist-pumping, guitar-driven anthems with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Escape the Fate, Story of the Year) earlier this year. Those songs caught the attention of Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner, who quickly signed the band.
Of their signing to Roadrunner, Babbitt said, “Our battle cry since we started playing dives in dirty Vegas to being nobodies signed to the biggest hard rock label in the world has been ‘Be shred or be dead,’ so we have a lot to live up to and Roadrunner was the only label we knew who would have the balls and the vision to stand behind that credo.” Cross has a more tongue in cheek outlook on their new label home, saying, “We can’t wait to meet some of our esteemed new label-mates and sleep with their girlfriends.
” Lock up your daughters, girlfriends and wives, because 7th Son have arrived!
7th Son are currently recording their Roadrunner debut in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Baskette manning the boards. They will commence recording in mid-November. The band is managed by Dark Angel Management, LLC (Trivium, Seemless, Dirge).
For a taste of 7th Son, check out their MySpace page, which is viewable at: www. myspace. com/7thsonband.
The “dirty boys of the underground,” east coast rockers Kix, are set to bring their high-energy stage antics to America’s heartland. Kix will play the inaugural Rock Gone Wild festival in Algona, Iowa August 20-23, 2009.
Founded in a Hagerstown, Maryland basement about three decades ago, Kix are known for an over-the-top show – complete with choreography! Kix take the phrase “hop, skip and a jump” to a completely new level. Band members made a name for themselves in the mid 1980s with a string of videos on MTV and the hit single “Don’t Close Your Eyes” featured on the popular album Blow My Fuse. East coast fans know Kix intimately. Their New Year’s Eve shows at Hammerjacks are stuff of legend.. Now, fans outside the eastern seaboard get the chance to experience real rock energy up close and personal. Kix are Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10″ Younkins (guitar), Mark Schenker (bass) and Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums).
Kix join Dangerous Toys, Saigon Kick, Rhino Bucket, Helix and Junkyard to the constantly expanding Rock Gone Wild lineup. Visit http://www.rockgonewild.com or http://www.anatomyofafestival.wordpress.com for updated festival information.
Rock Gone Wild fans are able to purchase tickets at all three price levels: platinum, VIP and general admission. Platinum ticket holders are allowed exclusive access to the Sinners Lounge. The Sinners Lounge features buffet style lunch, dinner and nightly snacks daily; liquor and beer, soft drinks and water – all to enjoy in an air conditioned tent. The Sinners Lounge is the perfect nightclub setting for all rock fans! Platinum ticket holders sit in the first ten rows.
VIP ticket holders also get special Rock Gone Wild privileges. These ticket holders will sit in rows 11-30, enjoy buffet style lunch, dinner and late night snacks daily, plus beer, soft drinks and water. VIP fans will enjoy their food and drink in air-conditioned tents. General admission tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, please visit http://tickets.rockgonewild.com/.
Rock Gone Wild will take place at the FreedomPark festival grounds, located at 2507- 160th Avenue in Algona, Iowa.
Rock now. Rock on. Rock wild.
AC/DC’s Black Ice Debuts At Number One In Twenty Nine Countries
AC/DC’s pattern of success shows no sign of stopping as their new studio album, “Black Ice” has debuted at the Number One spot in twenty nine countries. The album has claimed the coveted spot in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and many more. They are expected to sell ten million copies this year alone.
Wal-Mart and Columbia Records have announce a milestone record breaking event for AC/DC’s “Black Ice”, reaching No. 1 this week in U.S. music sales. Selling more than 780,000 units in the U.S. since its release October 20, “Black Ice” also represents the first No. 1 album for the band on the album charts in the U.S. Exclusively sold through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and online at walmart.com, samsclub.com and acdc.com, the new CD release represents the fastest-selling album for Wal-Mart this year.
Not only is the album seeing high interest, but so are all items AC/DC. Since the release of the CD and launch of the AC/DC Rock Again Store area within Wal-Mart stores, other departments are feeling the impact. Music sales at Wal-Mart witnessed the first positive comp sales in months and young men’s apparel saw sales get even hotter. The value Wal-Mart has emphasized with the launch of this new section in each AC/DC Rock Again Store — combining music, apparel, DVDs and even video games — means customers can buy both album and a new AC/DC shirt for under $20.
This coming weekend starting November 2, Wal-Mart launches another exclusive AC/DC value — the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack video game. Developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games, the game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii (Wii arrives November 16) for $39.88 and $29.88 for the PlayStation 2. The game is available at all Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and at the AC/DC Rock Band “pop up” stores located at the MTV Store in Times Square in New York and at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The AC/DC Rock Band pop-up stores will be open through January 4, 2009.
Fans can also go to walmart.com/acdc to preview tracks from the new CD, check out new videos of the band, get information on the pop up stores shop for apparel and more.
“We knew already AC/DC has a strong fan base, and certainly this last week proves their new music is as strong as ever,” said Gary Severson, senior vice president, Walmart Entertainment. “We also knew they were the perfect band for us to create a new concept around music and other categories in our stores. Even in a fast changing and sometimes challenging environment for music, there are bands and ideas that can make a difference, if you give customers your best and at the right value.”
Listen to the new song, “War Zone” by Rob Zombie at the link below. “War Zone” is one of the new songs featured on the Punisher War Zone soundtrack, due in stores November 25th!
I’m not sure what is in the water in Sweden but the country keeps churning out one kick ass band after another, the latest band to join that list is Badmouth. On their self titled debut they are balls out and in your face from beginning to end. I do have to warn you that it took a few listens for me to get used to Tom Pearson’s voice, but after the third or fourth spin I realized how naturally his voice fit the music. I have seen where people have compared him to a younger Don Dokken but I’m not hearing it at all. What I am hearing is a little Lemmy in the way he sings and a little Jesper Binzer (D:A:D) in how he sounds and in my opinion neither of those are bad comparisons. For all the Doubting Thomas’s just give “Rivethead” a listen and you’ll see it could fit easily on any D:A:D album out there.
Everything gets kicked off with “Pedal To The Metal” and you better hold on tight because it is going to be a wild ride. This song has everything needed for a classic anthem great groove, great chorus and gang vocals, and a solo from guitarist Randy Joy that will make any air guitarist jump for joy. “Kick It Up” follows the same recipe with the same great results.
I definitely wouldn’t call “Cocaine Girl” an anthem but it is still a kick ass song nonetheless and it is probably the most sing a long song on the album. I can’t even describe how impressed I am with Randy Joy’s guitar playing three songs down and three great solos and great playing throughout.
“Last Train” isn’t the best song on the album but it gets my vote for best groove on the album. Bassist Chris LeMon lays down some fat bass lines and a tight groove throughout the song. It goes right along with “Cocaine Girl” as a great crank the stereo up and roll the windows down kind of song.
“Dance Little Sister” and “El Diablo” are both fairly good songs but if I had to choose between the two I would pick “El Diablo” because it sounds a lot like a Backyard Babies song.
Next is “Rivethead” and amazing does not begin to describe how great this song is, I could and probably will drive my wife crazy by putting this song on repeat and listening to it non stop. The song sets itself apart from the rest of the album. It is acoustic based but it is by no means a ballad. You truly have to hear this song for it to be appreciated.
“Hell Tonight” is the heaviest song on the album and it is a decent song but it is in the wrong spot on the album because it has to follow “Rivethead” and it would be hard for any song to do that.
“And Take Your Toothbrush With You” is another song that instantly reminds me of Backyard Babies. LeMon gets to stand in the spotlight again with a great groove and bass playing and my newest guitar god, Randy Joy completely smokes the solo.
“SuperSassyBaby” completes our journey with Badmouth and it is another great song. I would not be surprised at all for this to become a new anthem for strippers around the world.
Most bands would have a hard time coming up with 3 songs that are as good as the songs on Badmouth’s debut album yet Badmouth came up with an album’s worth of great songs on their debut nonetheless. It’s not hard to expect great things from this band in the future.
You can pick up Badmouth’s new CD at CDBaby for the nice price of $10.00. Go get it! It is worth every penny! You can also preview some of the tracks on this disc at the Badmouth myspace page at this link.
- Pedal to the Metal
- Kick It Up!
- Cocaine Girl
- Last Train
- Dance Little Sister
- El Diablo
- Hell Tonight
- And Take Your Toothbrush With You
- Super Sassy Baby
Tom Pearson – Lead Vocals
Randy Joy – Lead Guitar
Mike Hill – Rhythm Guitar
Chris Lemon – Bass Guitar
Rick Hard – Drums