Skindred has released “Electric Avenue” a cover of the classic Eddy Grant song through Myspace on Monday, January 13th. “Electric Avenue” became a cross-Atlantic smash, topping the charts in both the US and UK. The original most recently gained notoriety by being prominently featured in the hit Seth Rogen comedy, “Pineapple Express”.
Southern California California powerhouse SiX have been selected to join P.O.D and Disturbed on WWE’s Smackdown vs Raw 2009 video game. The song “Circles” (re-titled as “Better than Mine” for the game) has been taken from the band’s last album “Between The Warning and the War” and is featured on the game’s soundtrack.The licensed songs in the soundtrack WWE’s Smackdown VS. Raw 2009 video game are as follows:
SiX – ” Circles (Better Than Mine)”
Disturbed – “Perfect Insanity”
Bloodsimple – “Dead Man Walking”
Steriogram – “Get Up”
The Exies – “Lay Your Money Down”
Disturbed -“Perfect Insanity”
Burn Halo – “Save Me”
MURS – “SWC”
SiX’s sophomore effort, “Between The War and the Warning”, was released on the group’s own 1605 Records and features guest appearances by Mike Clark from Suicidal Tendencies and bassist Tony Campos from Static-X. The group are currently in the studio working on material for a new album expected to be released in early 2009. More information on SiX can be found at www.myspace.com/six
SiX TOUR DATES:
Jan 14 2009 Anaheim, CA @ JUKE JOINT
Jan 24 2009 Long Beach, CA @ Di Piazza’s
Mar 28 2009 Barstow, CA @ Private Party SAM
Re-release of “Slave to the Machine set for February 27th, 2009 :
The official reissue date release for the CD from 1996 “Slave to the Machine” is February 27th and sold by Perris Records.
This CD was the last one recorded by the band before Henrik decided to call it a day with Dirty Looks and founded Burning Orange with Scott Robison on vocals.
“Slave” was the 11th album in Dirty Looks’ discography and became quickly one of the hardest to find, it hit the highest prices on the second-hand market where it was sold up to a hundred bucks by lucky owners of the CD.
This remastered reissue will comes out with 2 bonus tracks recorded live from the Warner Theater show in Erie, PA on October 5th 2008, those tracks are “Everythings Gonna Be Alright” and the encore’s song “Let There Be Rock”.
You can already hearing 2 remastered tunes (‘Murder For Money’ and
‘Droperidol’) from this re-release on www.myspace.com/dirtylookseurope
The three Categories below, Best New Rock Festival, Best New Album, and Best New Band of 2008, were voted on by HRH visitors over a two week period. The following award winners received the most votes in the 2008 Reader Awards!
There were a ton of awesome festivals all over the world including the Sweden Rock Festival, Hard Rock Hell, Rock The Bayou, Rocklahoma, The Mayhem Festival and a lot more. When Motley Crue took brought their festival tour all over the U.S., it gave more fans a chance to see a great bill with some really cool bands. Although Cruefest had the fewest amount of bands (Trapt, Sixx A.M., Papa Roach, Buckcherry and Motley Crue) of the festivals in this competition, more people were able to see attend this touring festival, and the vote was loud and clear. Cruefest was the top festival of 2008 and is Hard Rock Hideout’s 2008 Reader Award, Gold Award Winner!
In the final week of voting, AC/DC fans came of no where to push AC/DC’s Black Ice to the number one stop in 2008. As no surprise, “Black Ice” has been the top selling hard disc of 2008. It has already exceeded three million copies sold and quickly approaching the four million mark. Congratulations to AC/DC for winning the Best New Album of 2008 Gold Award!
The Best New Band of 2008 was the most heavily voted in category in the 2008 Reader Awards. There were some pretty amazing bands nominated in 2008, and the Syrym fans came out in mass numbers to push their band to the top. Syrym is the new band featuring former Babylon A.D. members, Ron Freschi, and Jamie Pacheo, as well as singer Jeffrey Winslow, and bassist Rich Talley. They are a great new band with a very good CD that is available now!. Check them out if you haven’t already at their website, Syrym.com. Congratulations to Syrym for winning Hard Rock Hideout’s 2008 Reader Awards, Best New Band of 2008, Gold Award!
Thanks to all of the fans who voted in this competition! Without your votes, this competition would not have been possible!
The legendary rockers Fleetwood Mac have added 29 more shows to their upcoming Greatest Hits “Unleashed” Tour in April and May, it was confirmed today by Live Nation. The new tour dates come on the heels of the first leg of dates announced in December which have nearly sold out.
“We are extremely pleased with the Fleetwood Mac sales to date,” said Jason Garner, Chief Executive Officer of Global Music at Live Nation. “Their success is another example of the strength of the 2009 concert season.”
The sure to be historic “Unleashed” Tour, beginning on March 1st in Pittsburgh, is an epic cross-country trek featuring 44 shows in major markets. The tour will include all of the Mac’s many greatest hits from over the course of the band’s extraordinary career. Fleetwood Mac, the multi-Grammy winning, multi-platinum Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees are back on the road for the first time in five years following several successful solo projects.
Tickets for the Live Nation produced tour go on sale to the public on January 26th at www.LiveNation.com and www.ticketmaster.com. American Express cardmembers will have early access to tickets beginning January 17th at 10am local time through January 25th at 10pm local time at www.ticketmaster.com, excluding Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. American Express presale tickets for the Philadelphia show are available at www.comcasttix.com and Houston at www.Toyotacentertix.com.
“We love our band and think the title of the tour “UNLEASHED” perfectly describes how we all feel when we get on stage together – especially in 2009. We’re so happy to get back out on the road, perform everyone’s favorite songs and see our fans,” said the band in a joint statement.
In other great Fleetwood Mac news, the iconographic ‘RUMOURS’ CD (certified Diamond (R) signifying sales of over 10 million units by the RIAA) is scheduled to be re-released as part of a special CD/DVD boxed set on Reprise Records in conjunction with the tour dates. The boxed set will include several songs from “Rumours” in their original demo form along with unreleased tracks recorded during that time period and never-before-seen DVD footage of the band from the “Rumours” era.
I Love All Access will provide a variety of VIP packages for the tour, including premium seats accessible via www.iloveallaccess.com.
FLEETWOOD MAC ‘UNLEASHED’ TOUR DATES 2009:
Previously Announced tour dates:
Date City Venue
Sunday, March 1st Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
Tuesday, March 3rd St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Thurs, March 5th Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Sunday, March 8th Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Tuesday, March 10th Washington, DC Verizon Center
Wednesday, March 11th Boston, MA TD Banknorth Arena
Friday, March 13th Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
Saturday, March 14th Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Monday, March 16th Rochester, NY Blue Cross Arena
Thursday, March 19th New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Saturday, March 21st East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
Monday, March 23rd Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
Wednesday, March 25th Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Thursday, March 26th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Newly Announced tour dates:
Date City Venue
Friday, March 6th Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
Tuesday, March 17th Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Wednesday, April 15th Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Friday, April 17th Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
Saturday, April 18th Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Monday, April 20th Orlando, FL Amway Arena
Wednesday, April 22nd Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
Thursday, April 23rd Fort Lauderdale, FL BankAtlantic Center
Saturday, April 25th Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
Sunday, April 26th Greensboro, SC Greensboro Coliseum
Tuesday, April 28th Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Thursday, April 30th Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Saturday, May 2nd Houston, TX Toyota Center
Sunday, May 3rd Tulsa, OK BOK Center
Tuesday, May 5th St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
Thursday, May 7th Omaha, NE Qwest Center
Friday, May 8th Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Sunday, May 10th Denver, CO Pepsi Center
Tuesday, May 12th Calgary, AL Pengrowth Saddledome
Wednesday, May 13th Edmonton, AL Rexall Place
Friday, May 15th Vancouver, BC GM Place
Saturday, May 16th Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Monday, May 18th Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Wednesday, May 20th Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Thursday, May 21st San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
Saturday, May 23rd Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Sunday, May 24th Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Thursday, May 28th Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Saturday, May 30th Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
Sunday, May 31st San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Swedish metallers VIOLENT DIVINE today release their new single ‘Blackheart’, lifted from their upcoming new album, In Harm’s Way. The band have also released a video for ‘Blackheart’, which can be seen below.
Violent Divine will release In Harm’s Way (Misty Recordings) on January 31st. The album is mixed and produced by Pontus Norgren, guitarist of Swedish metal act HAMMERFALL. It was a natural choice to work together with a highly acclaimed sound engineer and musician like Pontus Norgren, with his long experience of both live and studio and who’s previously worked with bands like EUROPE and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.
Violent Divine and Pontus Norgren share a lot of musical influences like OZZY OSBOURNE, MÖTLEY CRÜE and ACCEPT, just to mention a few. The new album In Harm’s Way is a massive hard rock album, mixing heavy metal, glam and classic hard rock, featuring 12 strong tracks in the true spirit of Violent Divine.
Tracklisting for In Harm’s Way: ‘Let Them Burn’, ‘Pain’, ‘Blackheart’, ‘Days Of Sorrow’ ‘I Am’, ‘Love Is Divine’, ‘End Of Times’, ‘Master Of Reality’, ‘Happy Ever Afterlife’, ‘Skin Deep’, ‘This Love’, ‘Vampire Empire’.
Violent Divine – formed in late 2005, unanimously praised for their 2006 debut album by critics and fans alike. The album spawned 3 singles: ‘Rush You’, ‘Let’s Go’ and ‘Levitate’ and made great impact in numerous international radio stations as well as in major Swedish radio stations. International press said: “Rock and roll is back and going to be louder and more alive than ever before and twelve orgasmic tracks of sex, sex and rock n fuckin roll.”
Since this past summer when I started writing reviews here at HRH there has been so much good music that it became impossible to keep up with everything that was being released. Now I am going to try and catch up with some of the albums I missed. I can not think of a better band to start with than H.E.A.T. of course they are another kick ass Swedish band, but where the majority of Swedish bands are following the sleaze glam route H.E.A.T. decided to follow a different path from their counter-parts. This six man band from Stockholm decided to take a more melodic approach to their music in the vein of such bands as Europe, Giant, Unruly Child, Bangalore Choir, and Hardline. There are 13 tracks but 12 actual songs on this album and every one of them are stellar.
Vocalist Kenny Leckremo reminds me a lot of former Unruly Child vocalist Mark Free mixed with Bangalore Choir’s David Reece thrown in with his approach and delivery of the songs. His voice is powerful without being overbearing to the music, I don’t think he has even began to test the limits of his vocal range. The twin guitar attack of Dave Dalone and Eric Rivers also stand out both could stand their own ground against many players both from today and the past. Keyboardist Jona Tee probably made the best impression on me out of anyone in the band simply because he playing is outstanding and it enhances the songs instead of overpowering them which tends to happen quite a lot with melodic rock. Bassist Jimmy Jay and drummer Crash round out the band and are an extremely capable rhythm section that keep everyone else tight and in line.
After a short intro everything gets started with “There For You” which is a great song to kick off the album, as it is a prime example of what H.E.A.T. has in store for the listeners on this album. Straight up perfect arena rock anthem, a great solo from Dave Dalone, and a very solid performance from the rhythm section that will have you tapping your feet and bobbing your head as you sing along. Second track “Never Let Go” follows the same recipe with the same great results.
If H.E.A.T. are able to hit the arenas here in the States “Keep On Dreaming” will have everyone flicking their Bics and lighting up their cell phones for this outstanding anthem. “Follow Me” slows things down a bit with it nice piano entrance before it picks up at the chrous with soaring vocals both lead and background “Straight For Your Heart” is another kick ass song with a great performance from the entire band but drummer Crash really stands out with his playing. “Cry” and “Feel It Again” are two more outstanding songs “Cry” is mid tempo while “Feel It Again” is a more rocking song. “Straight Up” starts out with a slow burning bluesy groove to it before it kicks in at the chrous. “Bring The Stars” besides being my favorite song on the album is another arena ready anthem with a great performance from both Jimmy Jay and Jona Tee.
“You’re Lying” and “Feel The Heat” finish up the album on a very strong note. For any fans of the bands mentioned above this album is an absolute must have but for fans of just straight up arena ready melodic rock you can’t go wrong with purchasing this album either. I got H.E.A.T. to late for them to be included on my best of ’08 but they will definitely be on my best of ’09 list.
2. There For You
3. Never Let Go
4. Late Night Lady
5. Keep On Dreaming
6. Follow Me
7. Straight For Your Heart
9. Feel It Again
10. Straight Up
11. Bring The Stars
12. You’re Lying
13. Feel The Heat
Kenny Leckremo – Vocals
Dave Dalone – Guitars
Eric Rivers – Guitars
Jona Tee – Keyboards
Jimmy Jay – Bass
Crash – Drums