Hello rock’n rollers from all over the world! The Saint here to give you all the latest in the world of Black’n Blue. We high tailed it up north to play Seattle Washington and Portland Oregon at years end. Unfortunately we hit the biggest snow storm since Lewis and Clark burned squirrels for heat on the great Columbia river. Portland was cancelled but we did play for some hungry BNB fans in Seattle and the band sounded great. I flew up a few days early to work on the Hell Yeah recordings. Things are sounding fucking killer. We do hope to get this out sometime in 2009. We are also psyched to announce that we are working with ARM Entertainment as our booking agent to kick the shit out of this glorious new year in true Black’n Blue style. We also have finally got a great hold on some European/Great Britain shows this year.2009 is going to be a kick ass year for us so stay tuned for a BNB rock show in the near future! Jaime St James
Vocalist Biff Byford of British heavy metal legends SAXON was IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson‘s guest earlier tonight (Friday, January 16) during Bruce‘s weekly BBC 6 Music radio program, dubbed “The Bruce Dickinson Friday Rock Show”. The program is now available for streaming at BBC.co.uk.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Tommy Lee is ready for a little mayhem — and not just with Motley Crue.
The rock drummer — who with his bandmates kicks off the group’s Saints of Los Angeles tour January 31 in Indio, California — told Billboard he has started work on his second Methods of Mayhem album, following up his side project’s platinum 1999 debut.
DJ Aero and guitarist Kai Marcus are still onboard, and Lee’s producing partner Scott Humphrey “is starting to get involved” as the songs are formulating. “We’re going to start tracking as soon as Motley is done (touring) at the end of March, and hopefully I’ll have it ready by April/May and done by the top of June,” Lee said.
Lee said he wouldn’t mind having Methods of Mayhem on the Crue Fest II tour, which is slated to begin in July, “like (Motley Crue bassist) Nikki (Sixx) did with Sixx:A.M. last year. That’d be killer.”
As for the rest of the Crue Fest II lineup, Lee said it’s still being discussed. “There’s offers going around all over the place,” he said. “We actually talked about that a little. Rob Zombie’s name came up. Godsmack. Alice Cooper. I’d like to switch it up, add a little bit more variety this year. I think it’d be fun to inject that.”
It appears that the format on XM Radio’s Boneyard has definitely changed. Their new format is, “Classic Rock that is Hard and Heavy”. Over the last couple of days I have heard heavy cuts from Motley Crue, Metallica, Megadeth, Rush, Aerosmith, The Cult, Black Sabbath and more. I can’t say that I have heard anything that truly falls under the hair metal envelope, so that is one major change to the Boneyard.
Still no sign of the familiar “Bone Me” either.
The station seems to be a little heavier than it used to be, but I have heard no new songs on the Boneyard and that is a complete disappointment.
Hopefully, it will get better as time goes on, but it is definitely not the same.
MALTESE FALCON can easily be called the lost heroes of the golden years of heavy metal. Inspired by Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Grim Reaper, the band invaded the 80’s metal scene with a solid mixture of power, melody and heaviness. Their short, yet successful career brought a true gem – the album “Metal Rush”, released in 1984. The band’s debut album was packed with prime quality heavy metal and even though it was reminiscent of early W.A.S.P., Maltese Falcon managed to show some tricks of their own and instantly gained recognition on the Danish metal scene. “Metal Rush” starts off with the sharp opener “Alive” and is followed by such highlights as the massive “Heavy ‘n’ Loud”, the catchy “Rebellion” and the ultimate crowd-pleaser “Headbanger”. The band also included a ballad – “On Fire” – which ch immediately precedes the last song on the album, the ultra-fast title track. Musically, Maltese Falcon did not venture far from the typical heavy metal formula, however in terms of vocals, they were quite original. Some reviewers called Jensen’s voice a mixture of AC/DC’s Brain Johnson and Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. Indeed, his singing was extremely high-pitched and offered an interesting range of possibilities, which some critics loved and other hated.
Now, with this exclusive re-release, you can one again see the Maltese Falcon fly high all the way to the heavy metal top! First CD release of “Metal Rush” will be available in a digipak edition limited to 2000 copies, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. The release date is set up for 19th January in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD).
BALANCE is the history of MELODIC ROCK. Formed in the early 80’s by BOB KULICK (KISS, ALICE COOPER, MEAT LOAF etc) with Peppy Castro (ex WIGGY BITS, BLUES MAGOOS) and Doug Katsaros (keyboard player who later found fame and fortune with KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinéad O’Connor and Aerosmith among others), they have released 2 albums which made waves between the fans of this particular music style, especially “In For The Count” which was recently reissued by Rock Candy / Universal.
The band members after the end of BALANCE in the 80’s went on to have shining careers in the music business, however they never had the chance to work on a new Balance album and complete their musical circle, so as soon as they got a proposal from Frontiers Records, and after the recent reissue of their classic “In For The Count” album on Rock Candy / Universal, they decided the time was right to start working again.
Completed with the help of Bret Chassen on drums (who also co-produced the album together with Bob Kulick), the resulting album “Equilibrium” is truly a labour of love: a record written and crafted with the highest respect for the fans and the same enthusiasm as the old days, bringing back the trademark sound and updating it to the production techniques and taste of the new millennium. A true Melodic Rock masterpiece!
- Sound samples in mp3 (click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
- 25th January – Italy – Rome – Jailbreak
( Roma Caput Glam Fest )
- 27th January – Swiss – Uster – Rock City
Frontiers Records has announced the reissue of two Jeff Scott Soto CD’s! “Lost in the Translation” and “Prism“. Both CD’s will be reissued with bonus tracks that were previous unreleased.
New Track Listing for “Lost In The Translation”:
BELIEVE IN ME
IF THIS IS THE END
LOST IN THE TRANSLATION
BEGINNING 2 END
ON MY OWN
FIND OUR WAY
TURNED THE PAGE (original
Japanese Bonus Track, unreleased in Europe)*
AS I DO 2 U*
THIS AIN’T THE LOVE*
LONELY SHADE OF BLUE*
SOUL DIVINE (Acoustic)*
* Bonus tracks
New Track Listing for “Prism”:
EYES OF LOVE
DON’T COME EASY
DON’T WANNA SAY
I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER
2 LATE 4 GOODBYES
TILL THE END OF TIME
BY YOUR SIDE
DON’T WALK AWAY
GOOD LOVE (original
japanese bonus track, unreleased in Europe)*
2012 (original Japanese
Bonus Track of “Essential Ballads”, unreleased in Europe)*
SEND HER MY LOVE*
AGAIN 2 BE FOUND (LIVE)*
STAND UP (LIVE)*
4 U (LIVE)*
* Bonus tracks
The long awaited debut Strip Rock Roll from Asphalt Valentine has finally been completed and was been sent for mastering. Dubbed ‘Strip Rock Democracy’, the project has undergone member changes, rewrites, re records, and other numerous delays. The band recently put the finishing touches on ‘SRR’ and the final mixdowns have been completed. SRR was sent to Alpine Sound for the mastering process.
Strip Rock Roll is set for a special release date of February 14th which coincides with their CD Release Party on the same evening. The official street date will be February 17th with pre order sales beginning on Monday January 26th. Further details on the CD Release Party and tour dates will be forthcoming.
1. Never Lose It
2. Dirty Little Secret
3. It’s Not Me
4. Hard Life
5. Love & Gone
6. Don’t Come Easy
7. Be Your Drug
8. Strip Rock Roll
9. Down To The Aces
What would you get if John Bush was the lead singer for Corrosion of Conformity and Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf was the lead songwriter?? The answer very well could sound like Columbus OH’s Robot Lords of Toyko. The duo of Rick Ritzler – Drums/Guitar and Paul Jones – Lead Vocals/Guitar have been playing together for almost 15 years and as Robot Lords of Toyko for the last four years. They released their second album “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” in Oct ’08 after employing a virtual list of who’s who from the Midwestern rock and metal scene, including Joe Viers (Snowblynd), Beau Van Bibber (Deflagration), Steve Theado (American Dog), Rob Johnson (Magnitude 9/Solo), Steve Pollick (ex-Icarus Witch/Order of Nine), and instrumental guitar great Neil Zaza, among others to record the album. The guys were able to pull of the nearly impossible trick of making an album that sounds like a band album. The songs are all solid and concise from start to finish with the sound of a seasoned band that has more than a couple of tours together under their belts instead of a project put together and played by a dozen or so individuals.
Taking their cue from influences such as Black Sabbath, the aforementioned C.O.C., King’s X, and Motorhead RLoT is not pretty boy music, it is thick, sludgey, heavy in your face music. If you don’t believe me give songs such as “Princess of Hollywood”, “Deathwagon”, or “Burn the Sky” a listen they will make you a believer.
After years of touring the Midwest, “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” should be the album that finally gets Robot Lords of Toyko known nationally. You can check them out for yourself at http://www.robotlordsoftokyo.com/. You can preview RLoT music at http://www.myspace.com/robotlords
Their self titled debut and “Whiskey, Blood, & Napalm” are both available for purchase at CDBaby http://cdbaby.com/found?allsearch=Robot+Lords+of+Tokyo&submit=
For the fans of a rifftastic brew of stoner/doom groove anthems with alcohol-fueled riffage, guitar hero shredding, and more groove-metal swagger than you can shake a stick at Robot Lords of Toyko will be right up your alley.