Tonight on Hard Rock Nights, we salute the hardest rockers in the world…from KISS to Mötley Crüe, Deep Purple to Megadeth, Aerosmith to Ugly Kid Joe! We’ll be spinning classics like Skid Row’s “Youth Gone Wild” and some deeper cuts like Poison’s “Tragically Unhip.” Along for the ride will be new releases from Coldspell, M.O.B, Alice Cooper, T.Y.R., and Lipstick Magazine. Listen to Hard Rock Nights every Saturday night on classxradio.com from 9-11 pm eastern!
The HRH Bowl is here! Four Bands are going for the best new video of 2008. You decide the winner with your votes!
The results of the HRH Playoffs has been decided!
In the Classic Hard Rock Division, Motley Crue’s Saints of Los Angeles Dominated AC/DC’s Rock in Roll Train 50 – 21.
In the New Rock Division, Airbourne defeated both Hinder and Shinedown 24 – 16.
In the Nineties Division, Disturbed edged Buckcherry 25 – 19.
In the Heavy Metal Division, Slipknot topped Metallica 30 – 24.
The following videos move to the Final Round in the HRH Bowl:
Disturbed – Indestructible
Slipknot – Psychosocial
Your votes decide the winner! Vote now!! The Winner will be announced here during the halftime show of the Superbowl on Sunday February 1st, 2009.
Back in 1996 – 1997, Rachel Bolan had a side project with former Saigon Kick drummer Phil Varone called Prunella Scales. The band released their one and only CD, “Dressing Up The Idiot” on the now defunct Mutiny Records. Those of you who immediately associate Rachel Bolan with Skid Row will be surprised with the sound of this record. Prunella Scales sounds nothing like the early 90’s Skid Row with Sebastian Bach. In fact, their sound might have more in common with the later incarnations of Skid Row.
Their sound has a modern hard rock vibe, with a dash of alternative and an occasional punch of metal for good measure. Skid Row producer Michael Wagener helped mix this CD, and the songs flow well as a result. Bolan is not the strongest singer in the world, but he has some very solid musicians backing him up in this band.
The first couple of songs on this CD “Crisp” and “Deadman” show some promise. “Freak Machine” is the most rocking tune on this disc and easily my favorite. The song “When” even has some almost Clapton like guitar moments.
As a whole, this isn’t the strongest batch of songs I have heard, and by the time I get half way through “Dressing Up The Idiot”, I am ready to move onto something else.
In my opinion, this is a CD for Rachel Bolan die hard fans only.
This CD has been out of print for quite some time. You can purchase “Dressing Up The Idiot” for next to nothing at this link.
- Freak Machine
- Fifty Tons of Life
- Don’t Let the Flowers Die
- T.V. is King
- Toms River
- Had To Look
- Talk Myself Down
Prunella Scales is:
Rachel Bolan – Bass, Guitars & Vocals
L. Wood – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tommy Southard – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Phil Varone – Drums & Backing Vocals
Pre-order Wrath, the latest album from Lamb of God before the release date February 24th and get an exclusive Wrath t-shirt from the Official Lamb of God Webstore. Go to lambofgodstore.com for all the details. Additionally, everyone who pre-orders any version of Wrath will automatically be entered into a sweepstakes to win a BAND AUTOGRAPHED GUITAR. One lucky runner-up will receive TWO TICKETS and a BACKSTAGE PASS to an upcoming show!
The red hot REV THEORY is heading back on the road for a headlining tour and is giving 10 fans for each show, VIP ticket upgrades to not only see the band live, but attend an acoustic performance, receive an autographed poster, AND meet the band in person. Please note that this is NOT a contest, each VIP upgrade is $35 USD and there are only 10 upgrades per show, so get your tickets now before it’s too late! And if you haven’t already, pick up a copy of Light It Up in stores and all digital markets everywhere!
February 20th Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
February 23rd Lafayette, LA @ Punk and Crunk Festival w/ Shinedown
February 25th Jackson, MS @ Touch Night Club
February 27th Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
February 28th Goose Creek, SC @ The Dive
March 3rd Townson, MD @ Recher Theatre
March 4th Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
March 5th Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Lillian Axe and their manager are proud to announce that Lillian Axe has signed a worldwide recording contract for 4 albums with Swedish Label, Blistering
Records (www.blisteringrecords.se) Blistering Records’ US office is located in Pittsburgh, PA and the label is distributed by Ryko Distribution in the United
States. The U.S. operations of Blistering Records are run by music industry veteran, Jim Pitulski. Jim is well respected in the hard rock and metal
community and Lillian Axe is happy to welcome Jim and the Blistering Records staff to our family.
Derrick, Eric, Ken, Sam and Steve are so excited about joining the Blistering Records roster of artists and look forward to a long and successful venture
recording their music for Blistering Records.
While searching for a new label over the past year, Lillian Axe was looking for a label who wanted the band to be part of their present and future. Blistering
Records proved to be the most aggressive suitors for Lillian Axe and that made our decision that much easier to make. Blistering Records wanted Lillian Axe
and Lillian Axe wanted to be part of Blistering Records.
Lillian Axe, having re-established themselves in 2007 and 2008 look forward to 2009 as the year of The Axe. Lillian Axe will embark on their world tour in June
in support of their new CD, “Sad Day On Planet Earth” taking them across the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Every city and every festival that
wants Lillian Axe will have them. Lillian Axe look forward to being on the road for the next 12 months.
Although, Lillian Axe never forgets its past, their sound is very modern. The new CD entitled “Sad Day On Planet Earth” is by far their strongest album
musically speaking. There are so many different sounding songs that all forms of radio: Active Rock, Mainstream Rock and Metal Radio will embrace this album.
Lillian Axe are happy to be giving this album to a label who truly believes in the band. 14 songs of pure Lillian Axe.
The songs that will be appearing on “Sad Day On Planet Earth” were written by Steve Blaze. The song titles are: Megaslowfade, Ignite, Divine, Down Below The
Ocean, Jesus Wept, Within Your Reach, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Fire Blood The Earth & Sea, The Grand Scale Of Finality, Cold Day In Hell, Blood Raining Down
On Her Wings, Hibernate, Kill Me Again and Nocturnal Symphony.
All the album artwork is being created by Peter Tsakiris, who is a major force in the industry having created album art for Dio, Twisted Sister, Deep Purple,
Ted Nugent, Overkill, Jackyl and Warrior Soul to name a few.
Once again, we thank you for the opportunity to make the music Lillian Axe has believed in its whole career. Lillian Axe looks forward to making music with you
today, tomorrow and in the future.
Keep an eye out for more news on Lillian Axe as we get closer to the birth of “Sad Day On Planet Earth.”
Sat – 2.14.09 with Seether
Jackson, MS – Club Fire
Netherlands-based metallers EDGE OF ANGER have announced that they have partnered with Romulus X Records for the release of their next album.
Says the band, “Soon we will announce the release date for the digital and hard copy release. Stay tuned!!”
Earlier this year, the band announced: “Lets start the new year with the announcement that two great guitar players have joined our team; we welcome Noud Smeets and Jacco Dekker, both lead guitar players and both bring the band to a higher level, Wietze is now fully focusing on his duty as vocalist. More news soon!”
Edge Of Anger’s last album, The Chaos Theory, is out now via Sleaszy Rider Records and features the following tracklisting: ‘Inside’, ‘Sign Of Chaos’, ‘Dying Illusion’, ‘Layers Of Evolution’, ‘Born To Fall Apart’ (featuring vocals from Judith Stuber – EVERON, SATYRIAN), ‘Endless Brutality’ (featuring vocals from Tony Jelencovich – M.A.N, ICON IN ME, ex-MNEMIC), ‘How Much Can You Take’, ‘Words From Within’, ‘The Downward Spiral’, ‘Save My Day’ (featuring Dennis Hormes solo).
Courtesy of Bravewords.net.
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artists ASPHALT VALENTINE and DC4 have been confirmed to play SXSW 2009 in Austin, TX. Each band will be performing on the outdoor stage located at 7th and Neches St in downtown Austin.
DC4 will be performing on Friday March 20th at 7:30pm and ASPHALT VALENTINE will be performing on Saturday March 21st at 11:30pm.
DC4 will also perform on a separate show in support of Jet Black Stare (Island Records) on Sunday March 22nd at The Scout Bar in Houston, TX..
EXPLODE by DC4 is now available and ready to ship. STRIP ROCK ROLL by ASPHALT VALENTINE is available for preorder and will ship Monday February 16th. Click to Purchase
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Wetton/Downes iCon new original studio album “3” on March 13th 2009.
Since the start of their new artistic union in 2002, John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes have produced several superb releases. During 2004 when they finally sat again around the same piano upon which they had written the 80’s anthems, they emerged with the first album of their renewed partnership christened “iCon”: an outstanding musical creation that met with the unanimous fan and critical acclaim.
John and Geoff therefore decided to pursue this collaboration, giving birth to another outstanding album “Rubicon” in 2006, which followed one EP, one acoustic album/DVD and one live album recorded during a series of successful European dates from October 2005 to spring 2006.
John Wetton and Geoffrey Downes’ songwriting formed much of the fabric of 2008’s successful Asia original lineup reunion release: “Phoenix” an excellent record which gathered great chart success all over the world.
While Asia is on a temporary hiatus (the band will be back in 2009 for more dates), fans have demanded more from Wetton and Downes; the two enjoy each other’s company and love writing together. They were happy to oblige, so the duo took advantage of a short break from international touring in 2008 to write and record their third iCon studio album. The cover art is based on the OM symbol, a universal syllable, not specific to one religion meaning “everything” as a reflection the diverse nature of the album’s musical offering.
On the record, the pure power of Geoff Downes’ keyboards and John Wetton’s jaw-dropping voice and stellar bass playing are enhanced by the performances of the compelling guitar virtuoso Dave Kilminster, fresh from successful tours with Roger Waters and Keith Emerson and former ELO cellist Hugh McDowell, whose unique sound has helped frame all three iCon studio releases. Rounding out the band is Pete Riley, whose work with Keith Emerson, Kilminster and extensive live and session work shows an extraordinary breadth and depth of style.
Renowned new age harpist Andreas Vollenweider also appears as special guest, adding his unique sound to the album, playing on “Raven’” and “Anna’s Kiss’”, while acclaimed vocalist Anne-Marie Helder (Karnataka, Mostly Autumn) appears as special guest on vocals on several songs.
The band will present the new songs with a small Japan and European tour:
February 7 Japan, Fukuoka (2 shows)
February 9 Japan, Osaka (2 shows)
February 11 Japan, Tokyo (2 shows)
February 12 Japan, Tokyo (2 shows)
February 19, Zoetermeer, Boerderij, Holland
February 21, London, Mary’s LeBow Church, England
The London show will be particularly special as it will be held in the St. Mary’s LeBow Church and will be recorded in its entirety for a future Live CD/DVD release. It has been already sold out to enthusiastic fans, prompting management to release a few extra tickets initially reserved for press. These tickets are available at http://www.ticketweb.co.uk. Search for “iCon”, “John Wetton” “Geoff Downes” or “Wetton-Downes’ iCon.
The new album tracklisting will include the following songs (mp3 clip samples available):
In a recent interview with Badmouthers Chris LeMon and Randy Joy the Swedish band Marvel came up during the conversation, so of course I had to investigate. What I found out about Marvel is hard to explain. With the sound of 70’s glam mixed with 90’s garage and every imaginable influence between the two Marvel have an original sound and are definitely a band hard to classify into one genre.
This trio from Linkoping, Sweden actually got together here in the U.S. when members John Steen, Ulrik Bostedt and Tony Samuelsson met in 2002 were all exchange students in Colorado. After releasing three singles the band put out their first album “Five Smell City” in ’05 and followed that with an e.p. “Unleashed” in ’06.
The masked musicians newest album “Thunderblood Heart” has been available worldwide since Feb. ’08. You can check out their version of high energy rock ‘n roll at www.myspace.com/marveltheband or by visiting http://www.marvel.nu
You can also purchase “Five Smell City”, “Unleashed”, and “Thunderblood Heart” on I-Tunes.
Words can not do this band justice, Marvel is a band that must be heard to be understood and appreciated.
Check out their video, “Powers of Attraction” below.
Note: If you are in a band or know a band that would like to be considered for Fresh Blood you use Hard Rock Hideout’s contact page or you can email Fresh Blood at firstname.lastname@example.org
His partners in the project, Nehst Studios, have put out an open casting call through www.screentest.biz to be a part of the film starring Snider and Robert Englund (Freddie Kruger of the Nightmare On Elm Street series).
“We are conducting a national casting call to find actors and extras to be in the film with Dee,” explains Nehst head Larry Meistrich. “This is the best way for people to audition. The goal of this talent search is to give aspiring actors access to participate and work on a really high-profile project.”
“It’s like a national outreach project,” explains Snider. “We will be looking for talent in the body modification and fetish world. Everywhere I go now, every guy and girl with tattoos and big holes in their ears wants to be in my movie!”
Parts of Strangeland: Disciple will take place in a secret society whose inhabitants party hard and strange at an aptly-named dungeon called The Torture Garden. “It’s a hardcore body modification and fetish scene, filled with all kinds of freaks,” Snider says of the venue. “We’re shooting for an NC-17 rating right out of the box. I want enthusiasts from all over the country to be a part of it!”
2009 is already off to a fast start. Here is a partial listing of 2009 New Hard Rock and Metal Releases.
2009 Release Dates
|Artist||CD Title||Release Date|
|Bang Camaro II||Bang Camaro II||1/13/2009|
|Ross The Boss||New Metal Leader||1/13/2009|
|Helstar||The King of Hell||1/13/2009|
|Stuck Mojo||The Great Revival||1/13/2009|
|Hed(PE)||New World Orphans||1/13/2009|
|Kreator||Hordes of Chaos||1/13/2009|
|Sinner||Crash & Burn||1/13/2009|
|Saxon||Into the Labyrinth||1/13/2009|
|Grave Digger||Ballads of a Hangman||1/27/2009|
|Iron Fire||To The Grave||1/27/2009|
|Violent Divine||In Harm’s Way||1/31/2009|
|Doro||Fear No Evil||2/3/2009|
|UFO||No Place To Run (Reissue)||2/3/2009|
|UFO||The Wild, The Willing and The Innocent (Reissue)||2/3/2009|
|Deathstars||Night Electric Night||2/3/2009|
|Dokken||Under Lock and Key (Reissue)||2/3/2009|
|Ted Nugent||Full Frontal Nugity (Reissue)||2/3/2009|
|Alice Cooper||School’s Out (Reissue)||2/10/2009|
|Lamb of God||Wrath||2/24/2009|
|Les Claypool||Of Fungi and Foe||3/17/2009|
|Hammerfall||No Sacrifice, No Victory||3/24/2009|
|The Answer||Everyday Demons||3/31/2009|
|Guitar Hero Metallica||3/29/2009|
|Coming later in 2009|
|Heaven and Hell|
|Hardcore Superstar – Beg For It|
In 2008, Italian rockers, Bruno Rock signed a new deal with new German label, 7HARD. I haven’t heard any songs from Bruno Rock prior to this release, and I must admit, it is kind of odd to start out with a live record from a new band, but I do like what I hear on this disc.
“Live on Fire” is guitar oriented melodic rock album in the vein of Journey and a few other bands of the genre. It is melodic rock with solid guitar work and a very cool Deep Purple like keyboard style. With some Italian bands, I find that the singer’s accents are so strong that it is distracting. This is not the case with Bruno Rock singer, Bruno Kraler. His vocals are clean and are a definite strong suit for this band. The song “La Fonte Dei Sogni” is sung in Italian, which Kraler also sings very well.
For a live CD, this disc is a crisp and clear recording that is almost studio quality. I don’t know if this recording was cleaned up in a studio, but the sound is great, and captures Bruno Rock at the top of their game.
In 2009, Bruno Rock has a new studio album coming out called “War Maniacs”. Judging from the sound of “Live on Fire” I will definitely be picking that one up. “Live on Fire” is a solid record that fans of melodic rock and AOR should check out.
You can find your own copy of “Live on Fire” at CDBaby at this link.
For more information on Bruno Rock, check out the band’s myspace page. You can also check out a couple of song samples by clicking on the song titles below.
- It’s All Been Done For Me
- Now Dies The Truth
- Pray 4 The Rain
- No More Promises
- La Fonte Dei Sogni
- Two Hearts One Weapon
- Take The Trophy
- Hard Working Day
- Born Winner
- Let Me Be The One
- Time To Run *
- Julia *
Bruno Rock is:
Bruno Kraler – Lead Vocals
Bobby Altvater – Guitars
Dominik Huelshorst – Drums
Holger Schulten – Bass
Swiss hard rock band Sideburn has a brand new website at this link. The new site has an audio player with songs off of the band’s hot new album, “Cherry Red”. Check it out!
One of Britain’s best loved rock bands decide to call it a day…but you’ll get one last chance to see them on tour.
On the year that Thunder celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a band, Classic Rock is saddened to hear that the band have decided to split up. A statement says:
As we enter Thunder’s 20th anniversary year, we’ve found ourselves becoming increasingly busy with our various activities outside of the band, and we’ve come to the conclusion that there are simply not enough hours in the day to fit it all in. Having discussed it at length, we’ve decided that this is a fitting time for us to hitch up our wagons and ride into the sunset. We’ve therefore decided to give you advance notice that we intend to cease all recording and touring activity, as of the summer of 2009.
In practical terms, this means that we will cease to be a band as of the summer, but until then it will be more or less business as usual. The 2008 Xmas Show CDs will be released as promised, and the previously announced shows in Europe (February) and Japan (April) will go ahead as planned. We will use these shows, as well as any festival slots we can secure, to make the most of the time left, and say our goodbyes to you.
With that in mind, despite only touring a couple of months ago, we couldn’t make our exit without saying goodbye to UK fans, so we’ve arranged a final UK tour, which will take place in early July. The dates are as follows:-
03/07 – Manchester Academy
04/07 – Sheffield City Hall
05/07 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
07/07 – Newcastle City Hall
08/07 – Nottingham Rock City
10/07 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
11/07 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Tickets will be on sale as of Friday 30th January.
We’ve played loads of fantastic shows over the last 20 years, but we want all the shows between now and when we go to be the best we’ve ever done. We really hope you’ll want to be there to help us to do that.
Thunder frontman Danny Bowes told Classic Rock: “I was pretty much fried at the end of last year, and I came to the conclusion I can’t continue to sing in the band, run the label, manage the band, the online shop, oversee the website, and work as an agent.”
Thunder formed in 1989 and have released 9 studio albums. The band have split once before in 2000 before returning to the fold in 2002.
If this really is the end, Thunder will be sorely missed.
JOURNEY will help kick off Super Bowl XLIII as part of the pre-game festivities adjacent to Raymond James Stadium during the Super Bowl XLIII celebration in Tampa Bay on Sunday, February 1 at 5:30 p.m. EST. JOHN LEGEND will also appear.
Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) and Arnel Pineda (vocals) — earned platinum honors in 2008 for the band’s latest album, “Revelation”, marking JOURNEY’s 11th platinum album certification to date.
More than 148 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pre-game show andSuper Bowl XLIII will be broadcast worldwide to more than 230 countries and territories.
English rockers Heaven’s Basement have posted a new song “Can’t Let Go” on their official Myspace page. This rocker is definitely worth checking out which you can do by visiting www.myspace.com/heavensbasementofficial . The band also has plans to continue their European tour with dates scheduled to keep them on the road until the middle of March, including dates throughout Germany with fellow Englishmen Thunder.
|Mexborough Civic||Mexborough, Midlands|
|Eternet Sports club||Cambridge|
|White Cow||Ilkeston, Midlands|
|Biebob wi/Thunder||Vosselaar, Belgium|
|De Pul wi/Thunder||Uden, Holland|
|Kato wi/Thunder||Berlin, Germany, Berlin|
|Musikzentrum wi/Thunder||Hannover, Germany|
|Matrix wi/Thunder||Bochum, Germany|
|Rosenhof wi/Thunder||Osnabrück, Germany|
|Rockfabrik wi/Thunder||Augsburg, Germany|
|Rockfabrik wi/Thunder||Ludwigsburg, Germany|
|Hirsch wi/Thunder||Nürnberg, Germany|
|Colossaal wi/Thunder||Aschaffenburg, Germany|
|Z7 wi/Thunder||Pratteln, Switzerland|
|ULU wi/Hardcore Superstar||London, London and South East|
Billy Powell, a keyboardist with Lynyrd Skynyrd for 22 years, died Wednesday morning. Powell passed away at his home in Orange Park, Florida, local newspapers report.
Powell had called 911 overnight and said he was having trouble breathing. He was apparently supposed to see a heart specialist earlier this week. Billy Powell was 56 years old.
Powell joined Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1972 following a stint as one of the band’s roadies. He was on the plane that crashed in 1977, taking the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant and seven other people. Powell was seriously hurt in the accident.
Billy Powell joined Lynyrd Skynyrd after Johnny Van Zant heard him play an introduction to “Free Bird” during a rehearsal time. He had performed with the group as recently as this month, when the remaining members went on a four-day cruise. A new album and three-state tour was in the works but will now be cancelled.
Powell was one of only two Lynyrd Skynyrd members in the band since the plane crash. He was married with four children.
Billy Powell Video
The following video shows Billy Powell performing with Lynyrd Skynyrd in 2007:
It has been announced that the newly released “Shout” video from thrashers BLACK TIDE will be featured on mtvU’s new artist show, The Freshman. The show spotlights emerging artists both on air and online, with a chance for one of the competing videos to get an automatic add into rotation on the channel the following week. Be sure to visit http://freshmen.mtvu.com and vote! Fans can vote as many times as they want.
On the strength of their electric debut album, Light From Above, BLACK TIDE has been voted “Best New Artist” from several media outlets including Guitar World, Kerrang!, and TheGauntlet.com.
BLACK TIDE is currently overseas in the UK touring with Bring Me The Horizon, Mindless Self Indulgence and others. The band will return home in February to kick off a US tour with Escape The Fate. BLACK TIDE will also be a main stage performer all summer long on Warped Tour 2009.
Black Tide w/ Escape the Fate:
2/5 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
2/6 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
2/7 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine
2/8 – El Paso, TX – Chic’s Billiards
2/10 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
2/11 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
2/12 – Houston, TX – Meridian
2/13 – Metairie, LA – High Ground
2/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
2/16 – Orlando, FL – Firestone
2/17 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
2/18 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’s Southend
2/19 – Towson, MD – Recher Theater
2/20 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
2/21 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
2/22 – Boston, MA – Middle East
2/24 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
2/25 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
2/27 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
2/28 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
3/1 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/3 – Milwaukee, WI – Rave II
3/4 – Minneapolis, MN – Station 4
3/6 – Denver, CO – Cervantes
3/7 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre
3/8 – Idaho Falls, ID – ICON
3/9 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
3/10 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/11 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
3/13 – Orangevale, CA – Boardwalk
3/14 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
3/15 – Bakersfield, CA – The Dome
3/17 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
3/18 – Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Hello everyone just wanted to leave a quick note to let everyone know today is HRH’s creator and founder our very own Rob Rockitt’s birthday. I won’t embarrass him by revealing his age, but if you get a chance drop him a happy birthday here at HRH or if you seem him in the real world let him know just how many of his grays are showing. Happy Birthday Rob from the staff of HRH!!
James Christian has started the songwriting sessions for the forthcoming HOUSE OF LORDS studio album. This time he plans to go to Los Angeles and write some killer cuts with Mark Baker, well known as the main songwriter of the SIGNAL “Loud and Clear” masterpiece and House of Lords’ “Demons Down”. The band plans to deliver the new album in late spring for a release in the fall 2009.
JORN is working hard on the recording of the new studio album which he plans to entitled “Spirit Black”. Titles of some of the new songs include “Road Of the Cross”, “Black Heart” and “Rock’n Roll Angel”. Jorn states “People can expect a solid and defined album that will shake the classic metal world and hammer the future Jorn legacy in stone”! Frontiers plans to release the new album in June 2009.
Produced again by PFs own Mat Sinner and engineered & co-produced by none other than Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69), the new Primal Fear album marks the first full comeback by guitarist Henny Wolter and the debut by one of the worldwide most respected guitarists Magnus Karlsson, since he joined the band one year ago! Wolter & Karlsson both participated in the songwriting and pre-production, which took place at Karlsson’s Stuntguitar Studio in Sweden. The band recorded 4 weeks at the famous House Of Music studio incl. Randy Black (drums) and vocalist extraordinaire Ralf Scheepers. After the Xmas break the band recorded some small overdubs and started the mix with long time collaborator Achim Koehler. Finally Ted Jensen mastered the album at the Sterling Sound in New York.
The new Primal Fear album titled with the codename of “16.6” (Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead) will be released in May 2009 by Frontiers Records. The new songs will include a lot of the Wolter/Sinner/Scheepers vibe from the “Nuclear Fire” album, then follow the path of “New Religion” and some real surprises!
Mat Sinner comments: “I’m really proud of our work. The guys of the band and the entire team did a killer job! I love the crystal clear sound of the album and total dedication of the players. The fans of our first albums will really love the new tracks, plus there are a lot of sophisticated more stuff on 16.6 following the path of Seven Seals or New Religion“
Guitarist Henny Wolter added some notes to some song titles:
*Riding The Eagle* – is bringing back that Nuclear Fire vibe with a full speed double bass groove and those typical heavy guitar-Riffs and high speed twin leads that Primal Fear stands for. Above all it´s that mix between full throttle metal and melody with Ralf Scheepers powerful vocals on which Primal Fear built their reputation.
*Six Times Dead (16.6)* – the title track and a super heavy guitar riff, stomping groove with a new approach and a message to the fans; 100% Primal Fear!
*Black Rain* – a nearly 7min. epic with big instrumentation, and a heavy arabian atmosphere. Lots of variations and sophisticated playing & singing. This song strongly carries the handwriting of the new bandmember Magnus Karlsson, who is known for these skilful and tasty arrangements.
*Under The Radar* – another traditional Primal Fear speed rocker, a hymn with the classic Scheepers vibe.
*Torn* – seven minutes of pure music and the most ambitioned song & riff we’ve ever recorded, killer stuff, very groovy and a great melodic vocal line.
*Soar* – pure energy combined with a driving groove, a majestic halftime chorus and a great experimental breakdown part – one of my favourite tracks on the new album
*Hands Of Time* – this will be a real surprise for everybody. There is always at least one track on a new PF album, that is different – this time it’s Hands Of Time with four guys sharing the lead vocals – a very cool song!
Back in December, I caught Rev Theory, Trapt and Hinder live at Bogart’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. I decided to hit this show at the last minute. I haven’t seen Rev Theory or Hinder before, and I definitely wanted to check them out.
I will talk about Rev Theory and Trapt at a later time. The band that I was on the fence about was Hinder until I saw this show.
Hinder put on an arena sized show inside of Bogart’s, which is a capable of holding 1500 people or so.
Hinder’s stage was complete with ramps, a drum riser and a pretty awesome light show. This is nothing new if you have been to concerts before, but their stage set up reminded me quite a bit of those used by a few 80’s hard rock acts two decades before Hinder got their start.
I thought Hinder put on one hell of a show, in my opinion. I think most of the folks in the packed house at Bogart’s would have to agree. They did quite a few songs from their debut CD, “Extreme Behavior”, and their newer disc, “Take It To The Limit”. I enjoyed their set, and as a result of this show, I would definitely go see Hinder again.
After seeing them live, it made me ask this question, that I hope some of Hard Rock Hideout’s readers can answer. Why do people hate Hinder so much? I am sure there are a ton of bands out there, that immediately generate the anti-fan. Talk to any 80’s hard rock fan about music, and mention Nirvana, Hinder or Nickelback in the same sentence and see what kind of reaction you get. Usually, it won’t be a positive one.
So, I ask you, what is it about Hinder that you hate so much? I see a lot of Hinder bashing online, and I always wonder why. They may not be the best band in the world. I think they are good, but they could certainly continue to grow and get better in the future. I wouldn’t expect everyone to like them, but the vile hatred towards these guys is uncanny, in my opinion.
The following clips are from the December show. Watch them, and give me your true opinion of Hinder, good or bad.
According to Revolver magazine, SLAYER and MARILYN MANSON will co-headline this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour, which is scheduled to kick off July 10 in Sacramento, California.
The festival billing is as follows:
BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE
Hot Topic Stage:
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
JOB FOR A COWBOY
ALL THAT REMAINS
The dates are as follows (all dates are subject to change):
Jul. 10 – Sacramento, CA
Jul. 11 – San Francisco, CA
Jul. 12 – San Bernardino, CA
Jul. 14 – Seattle, WA
Jul. 17 – Phoenix, AZ
Jul. 18 – Albuquerque, NM
Jul. 19 – Denver, CO
Jul. 21 – Kansas City
Jul. 22 – St. Louis, MO
Jul. 24 – Atlanta, GA
Jul. 25 – Indianapolis, IN
Jul. 26 – Chicago, IL
Jul. 28 – Toronto, ON
Jul. 29 – Scranton, PA
Jul. 31 – Cleveland, OH
Aug. 01 – Pittsburgh, PA
Aug. 02 – Detroit, MI
Aug. 04 – Boston, MA
Aug. 06 – Virginia Beach, VA
Aug. 07 – Camden, NJ
Aug. 08 – Hartford, CT
Aug. 09 – Washington, DC
Aug. 11 – Tampa, FL
Aug. 12 – West Palm Beach, FL
Aug. 14 – Dallas, TX
Aug. 15 – Houston, TX
Aug. 16 – San Antonio, TX
According to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s Italian Promoter, Bruce Springsteen and AC/DC are set to be the headliners at this year’s Hyde Park Calling.
According to Teletext, Springsteen’s Italian promoter has confirmed that “The Boss” will headline the annual event on June 28th with AC/DC topping the bill on June 27th. It’s also expected that Springsteen will headline Glastonbury on June 27th which is the Saturday night.
As previously reported, according to Ryan Clark from Wrestling-edge.com, during a recent appearance at the 36th Annual Global Media and Communications Conference, Linda McMahon announced that rock and roll icons AC/DC will be performing the theme to Wrestlemania XXV, which is scheduled to take place on April 5th, 2009 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
There’s no word yet on what song will be used as the theme.
Vince McMahon is said to be a huge fan of AC/DC, getting his first exposure to the band back in 2000 when they were performing on Saturday Night Live the night Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted the show for the first time.
My plan in 2009 is to release 2 CD’s if possible. One will be the CD I am working on with Jeffrey Steele & Vicky McGehee, the team that
brought you ‘Battle With The Bottle”. The other CD will be a straight up hard ass rocker , the follow up to ‘Angel Down’. I plan on writing
this record with my band , Roy Z hopefully, & definately Jamey Jasta of the band Hatebreed. Jamey & I are getting together this
month to record some demos. I am not going to make a Hatebreed record, I am going to work on material with Jamey that will be heavy &
anthemic but still make sense next to the other CD’s I have done.
I am also planning on releasing a new DVD in 2009. Can’t go into the details quite yet, but there will be more hi quality live DVD material
coming your way this year, a la ‘Roadrage’. Looks like I will be starting work on the new DVD this month.
Don’t get confused by me doing a ‘country’ album & a ‘rock’ album at the same time. I have
always hated labels. What I have learned over my lifetime is , I don’t make decisions for my voice, my voice makes decisions for me. I have to get out of the way of my own voice so it can be heard loud & clear.
My only objective in making CD’s is to make them ‘good’. Hopefully these 2 new CD’s will fall into this category !
All the best & hope to see you on the road again sometime soon!