Orange County hardcore legends T.S.O.L. are getting ready to go into the studio to record their newest album, a 30th anniversary album for the band.
Their next record, Life, Liberty & The Pursuit of Free Downloads, has the distinct ring of being the opposite of a moneygrab, though, as the band is planning on giving it away for free.
T.S.O.L., including original guitarist Ron Emory, bassist Mike Roche, keyboardist Greg Kuehn, vocalist Jack Grisham, and Tiny Bubs is now working to create their 16th album that will be released on Hurley.com as a free download in early January 2009.
It’s the band’s relationship with Hurley that’s allowing them to be able to offer this record up, according to Grisham:
We were really stoked to be able to make this record, or whatever they call it these days – how about ‘electronic files of emotional significance’ – anyway, the Hurley family has been a longtime supporter of the band T.S.O.L, and we we’re lucky to have that relationship in place. To be able to give away what, without Hurley, we wouldn’t have been able to afford to create, is a great experience for us; and the chance to exchange our services for the benefit of causes we believe in is in itself what punk should have stayed about.
Leading up to the album’s release, visitors to the site will be able to access live streaming video of the band’s entire recording process at the Hurley Studio. The band also hopes to use the project as a call-to-action in order to gain the support for several charities they are involved with including the Midnight Mission, Surfrider, Orangewood Foundation, SPCA and the Orange County Food Bank.
T.S.O.L. will follow up the release with a tour of the states. Stay tuned for dates.
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KEYBOARD/VIOLIN LEGEND EDDIE JOBSON RETURNS FROM 27-YEAR RETIREMENT
TO INTRODUCE ‘VIRTUAL VIRTUOSO’ SUPERGROUP UKZ IN NEW YORK CITY
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR ‘ONE CITY WORLD TOUR’ WORLD DEBUT CONCERT EXCLUSIVE
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24 AT TOWN HALL
Watch the new video for RADIATION below!
Keyboard and electric-violin legend EDDIE JOBSON (U.K., Roxy Music, Frank Zappa, Jethro Tull) is returning in grand style from a self-imposed 27-year retirement to introduce UKZ, his new “Virtual Virtuoso” supergroup, with a world debut concert exclusive in New York City.
Anticipated by Ticket News as “one of contemporary music’s iconic performances” and attracting concertgoers from around the world, UKZ will begin and end its “One City World Tour” on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., NYC. Show time is 8 p.m. This rare concert event also will feature the U.S.debut of special guests Stick Men, featuring King Crimson’s Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto. Tickets are $125, $95, $85 & $60 and on sale NOW through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com. For info, call the box office at 212.840.2824 or visit www.the-townhall-nyc.org.
In a state-of-the-art display of masterful musicianship that elevates the spirit of progressive music to the modern demands of younger new audiences, UKZ will be premiering compositions from its upcoming debut EP, RADIATION, set for release March 24 via Ryko Distribution. UKZ’s updated sound infuses the industrial edge and rhythmic aggression of bands from Tool to Nine Inch Nails, and it’s exemplified in the seven-minute video for the title track, which already has received over 5,000 hits in its first week on YouTube.
“New directions excite me,” says Jobson, “I decided a year-and-a-half ago that I still had more to say in the rock arena, and that the internet had allowed every aspect of that expression to be approached in a new way. Everything with this band project has been self-produced, independent of the music-business machine. I have created a real ‘player’ band of virtuosos and I am taking it straight to the people.”
A classically trained progressive-rock icon, Jobson assembled UKZ virtually by auditioning performances on YouTube. The result is a multi-generational “dream band” of world-class improvisers from all parts of the globe whose members are: Trey Gunn (a 10-year veteran of King Crimson and the leading exponent of the Warr 10-string touch guitar), Aaron Lippert (former lead singer of Expanding Man), Alex MachacekMarco Minnemann (German drum sensation). (Austrian guitar prodigy), and
Jobson has spent much of his time away from band activity creating music for film and television. He’s been an integral contributor to movie and TV soundtracks, and also has earned several Clio awards for his commercial compositions.
More recently, he’s been the driving force behind the Bulgarian Women’s Choir, which he began working with 13 years ago while exploring new sounds for a reunion of U.K., the influential British supergroup. Jobson also runs Globe Media Arts, a music/video production company, music publishing company, and online store, including two indie labels for advanced musicians, Globe Music and Glo Digital.
“I have spent my life looking for new musical challenges,” he says. “The latest is in taking on the challenge of creating a truly contemporary rock environment for some of the world’s best players to exhibit their craft, while maintaining some level of accessibility. So far, I am pleased with the results and I am looking forward to returning to live performance to share those results with fans from around the globe, in New York City — the capital of the world. My hope is to move things forward — at least a little bit.”
Alex Nunez, the former guitarist from Black Tide, has started up a new band called The Panix.
Check them out on Myspace at this link.
Welcome to the first edition of Hard Rock Hideout’s “Fresh Blood”. We are going to introduce everyone to some new and up and coming bands that we think will be making some noise in the near future. For our first edition we have from the U.K., Heaven’s Basement, AC/DC once sang “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)” and these guys have exemplified that statement. Comprised of vocalist Richie Hevanz, guitarists Sid Glover and Jonny Rocker, and the rhythm section of drummer Chris Rivers and bassist Rob Randell. They were first known as Hurricane Party and issued their debut e.p. “Get This” in 2004. But out of respect to the victims of Hurricane Katrina changed their name to Roadstar and released two albums Grand Hotel in ’06 and followed up with Glass Mountain in ’07. The story supposedly goes that after a disagreement with their previous management team they were forced not only to change their name but quit playing their previous catalog of songs. Now the guys are back with a new name, but the with same sound and same great songwriting displayed on their previous releases. “Tear Your Heart Out”, “Executioner’s Day”, “Saint Routine”, “Reign On My Parade” and “I’ll Never Write A Love Song” are just a few of the great songs these guys have put together, you can check these songs and more at http://www.myspace.com/heavensbasementofficial or you can check the band out at http://www.heavensbasement.com where you can order the band’s e.p. and listen to more songs not posted on the band’s myspace page.
As Reported by Classic Rock:
Jimmy Page’s manager Peter Mensch has confirmed that Led Zeppelin will find themselves a new lead singer this year.After Plant confirmed that he would not be taking part in any further Led Zeppelin endeavours and will allegedly be recording with Alsion Krauss again this month, rumours have continued to swill that the remaining members of Led Zep will push on with touring without their former singer (though it remains to be seen whether or not they will use the name Led Zeppelin).
In the latest twist in the tale, Jimmy Page’s manager Peter Mensch has told 6Music “”Jimmy Page has been playing guitar professionally since he was 16 years old. Jimmy Page likes being a musician. That’s what he does! He doesn’t want to be a race car driver or a solicitor.”
“So they did the show with Robert Plant; they had a really good time rehearsing, the three of them, before Robert showed up.”
“And they decided that if they could find a singer that they thought would fit their bill – whatever their bill was at this stage in their career – that they’d make a record and go on tour.”
“John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page enjoy playing with each other, Jason Bonham is a really good drummer so why not? We just need to find a singer.”
CULT OF STATIC to be released March 17th on REPRISE RECORDS
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth shreds guitar solo on the new version of “Lunatic”
The Industrial Metal Machine called Static-X returns with their heaviest, most flammable work to date. CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records, marries the band’s aggressive driving force with disarming experimentation.
The fiery raw quality of CULT OF STATIC is blatant as the first single “Stingwray” hits airwaves February 14th. “Stingwray” was inspired by Wayne Static’s wife Tera Wray Static and the Corvette Stingray she drives. The song’s powerful beats and heavy guitar riffs make this song a commanding force on the record.
Keeping the integral tones, Static-X encompasses shredding guitars with solos that have brought the band to a level of playing to be reckoned with. The cybernetic stomp of “Hypure” and “You Am I” bludgeon, bruise and break with precise grooves. Elsewhere, the staccato riffs on “Terminal” crush through an unmistakable guitar tone. Guitarist Koichi Fukuda blazes through incendiary solos, while Tony Campos bolts down demonic bass lines and Nick Oshiro pounds out deadly rhythms. Front-man Wayne Static riffs pure violence and screams out his soul. “Over the years my voice has been destroyed from excessive touring… and I love it,” exclaims Static. “The vocals on the new record are raw and brutal.”
A song you may already be familiar with is “LUNATIC” as it was included on the Punisher: War Zone movie soundtrack. Although “LUNATIC” is relentless and raw, brandishing a ripping groove and an impenetrable barrier of guitars the album cut was re-recorded to feature a solo by legendary Megadeth front-man Dave Mustaine. “I’ve been a huge Megadeth fan for years,” explains Static. “We’ve toured with them twice. Mustaine and I really hit it off on the road. His lead style is one of the most distinctive styles out there. There’s something amazing about it. When you hear him solo, you know it’s him.”
Since their breakthrough debut, Wisconsin Death Trip, Static-X has sold over three million records, and they’ve completed numerous successful world tours including three Ozzfests, The Family Values Tour and Gigantour. CULT OF STATIC is the bastard child of a 10 year journey of metal annihilation, unleashing the beast to all in their path. “I can hardly believe it’s been a decade since the release of our first cd, “Wisconsin Death Trip,” and we’re still going strong thanks to all of our loyal fans,” explains Static. “The title CULT OF STATIC is meant to be a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us through the years. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the upcoming world tour.”
07. You Am I
11. Grind 2 Halt
Million Dollar Reload has posted the following on their blog this afternoon:
As promised, ‘Anthems of a Degeneration’ is now available to download from iTunes once again.
Sorry for the delay and we’ll get the other download sites and physical CD’s back in stores real soon.
What a way for Lemmy Kilmister, Motörhead’s legendary frontman, to start the new year: making an an indelible impression on national TV, with the band’s new song from /Motörizer/, “Rock Out” as the soundtrack.
The national cable TV show, LA INK, one of The Learning Channel’s most talked about programs, will be featuring Lemmy getting his three current tattoos touched up by ink vixen, Kat Von D.
As noted on the TLC website:
LA INK- this Thursday, January 8, 2009 – 10:00 PM
This TV feature is a companion piece to the recent Lemmy/Motörhead article in the January, 2009 issue of INKED Magazine, their best-selling issue ever. In it, Lemmy discusses:
- the three tattoos: The Ace of Spades (left forearm), a Capricorn sign (left shoulder) and an Indian shield (right forearm).
- his first tattoo: In 1973 in Dayton, Ohio when he was in Hawkwind. It was a marijuana leaf, which he’s since had covered up because it looked like “a pizza with wings.” It’s now an Indian shield.
- the biggest tattoo disaster he’s seen: A friend of theirs was getting “Born to Lose” tattooed on her arm, and the guy was about to spell it with two o’s – “Born to Loose.” Lemmy saved her just in time.
- some wild Motörhead tattoos he’s seen: Says Lemmy, “A friend of ours in Germany has his entire back covered with the logo and he’s got us tattooed on the sides of his head and chest. He’s got our faces on the calves of his legs.” Now that’s a fan!
**side bar – many of the band’s fans have sent in pix of their very own beloved Motörhead tats. Check ‘em out and send in yours: http://imotorhead.com/mh_for_life.cfm
The hard-livin’ Englishman goes on to talk about politics, strippers, UFOs, sex, gambling, ghosts, porn stars and being a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. Just the normal interview stuff. Oh, and a bit about the Lemmy movie that’s in the works.
TV, film and print. Lemmy…he’s just your typical all-around guy.
EXPLODE, the latest effort from DC4 featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, Odin), Shawn Duncan (Odin), Matt Duncan, and Rowan Robertson (Dio) streets January 27th. A CD Release Party is set for February 28th at The Key Club, 9039 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA. The night will host a great lineup of special guests performing such as Mandy Lion of WWIII, Warrior, Mad Temple, Thunder City Shout, and Faded Sun. Doors at 7PM, Show starts at 8PM. Buy a ticket and get a copy of the new CD EXPLODE and a chance to win an ESP Guitar.
DC4 will be performing on the following dates:
|THE BLUE CAFE||Long Beach, California|
|THE KEY CLUB||HOLLYWOOD, California|
|ANGELS ROADHOUSE APPLE VALLEY||APPLE VALLEY, California|
|CLUB VODKA @ THE KNITTING FACTORY W/ KEEL||HOLLYWOOD, California|
|THE KEY CLUB/OFFICIAL RECORD RELEASE PARTY!!||HOLLYWOOD, California|
|THUNDER OF GODS FESTIVAL||DRIPPING SPRINGS/AUSTIN, Texas|
Rowan Robertson will be at The Spectraflex Booth @ 3PM Thursday Jan 15th
Jeff Duncan will be at The Krank Booth TBA
Jeff Duncan and Rowan Robertson will be at The Krank Booth TBA
Jeff Duncan and Phil Sandavol will be at The Krank Booth TBA
Welcome to the first installment of Rock Whiplash! My name is Christine and you can normally find me on my music blog, Hell on High Heels, dishing out my sassy opinion on all things music. The crew at Hard Rock Hideout was gracious enough to invite me over here to share my thoughts and opinions with you. So let’s get this party started!
What makes a band or a song rock? This is a question I’ve been pondering since VH1 announced their 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs(there’s not enough room on this blog for me to even begin bitching about that list). I know what I think rocks, but it may not be what everyone else thinks rocks. Then I started shuffling through all the different types of music that I listen to trying to decipher whether or not I think it rocks.
I like Justin Timberlake, but I don’t think he necessarily rocks (Yeah, I know. He’s one of my many flaws). Motley Crue definitely rocks. There’s no question that Pantera rocks. I think Poison rocks; however, I don’t think Bret Michaels solo rocks (and Bret Michaels wearing his own shirts certainly doesn’t rock). I don’t think 3 Doors Down rocks at all and wouldn’t know what rock was if it jumped up and bit what little talent they have right off. I can’t stand Rush, but there’s no denying that they do rock. There’s a plethora of current bands out on the radio today who most would say rock, but I would probably beg to differ.
So what are the main ingredients that one needs to rock? For me, it’s all about feeling. Sure, guitar shredding plays a major roll in rocking, but it’s not going to rock unless you the listener can feel it. Do you know what I mean? It’s the feeling you get in your gut when your favorite songs come on the radio. You reach for the volume and turn it to 11. And as you’re listening to that song , you think to yourself, “How the f*ck could anyone create a song this bad ass?” In that instant, you know it rocks.
That’s why I say 3 Doors Down doesn’t rock. I can’t feel anything when I listen to their music, and it’s even worse to listen to them live. However, even though I don’t like Rush, I can certainly still feel emotion and soul in their music. When I hear Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir, I can’t imagine anything holier or more spine tingling than that song; it makes me stop whatever I’m doing to sit back and really listen, enjoy, appreciate, and feel the music.
So who do you think rocks? And what makes a song or a band rock?
Endangered species? Not quite – Rhino Bucket started recording a new album last April for what was to be a fall release. Well, Fall fell and Christmas came and went and no Bucket under the tree this year. It’s not cuz you’ve been naughty. We love naughty! So what’s the deal? Where’s the record?
To make a long story short, after laying down 95 percent of the tracks the “producer” went rogue, off the grid and disappeared with the hard drive, leaving both Acetate and the Bucket with a depleted recording budget and no record. Does the story end here… nope, no fuckin’ way.
Our label was relentless in their efforts to recover the recordings – that’s the good news. Bad news is they ain;t quite done yet, we still need some additional recording and mixing. See where we’re heading?? Yup, you guessed it. We’re broke and we’re turning to you, The Bucketheads, The Bucket Brigade, Rhino Nation, to help us raise some dough and finish this bitch (the record, not the producer).
We’re asking that the most dedicated Bucket fans purchase the new album in advance, which is what we like to do anyway, but this is a little earlier than usual. This will give us the funds to book the studio time needed to complete the project and believe us, you want us to finish this record! What’s in it for you? Well, besides hookin’ the boys up and being the first ones to get the spankin’ new disc, we have written a song about our latest “experience” and only those of you who pre-purchase will receive a special edition of the tentatively titled “Hardest Town” containing this exclusive track.
As is stands now, we’re looking at a May 5 release, but that depends on you! Either way we’ll ship out these special pre-sale CDs well in advance.
So, dig deep boys and girls and lets keep the new rock rolling!
To pre-order and listen to a new track from the upcoming CD, please click the link below.
Go behind the scenes with rocker Chris Cornell on the set of his new video for “Scream.” Watch Chris discuss the concept behind the video and the unique, ethereal quality that director Alan Ferguson (Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z) helps create. “Scream” is the title track off of the forthcoming album produced by Timbaland due out this year.
According to Digitalspy.co.uk, MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has implemented a new rule for anyone entering the rock band’s dressing room.
The 46-year-old told Playboy that he will allow people backstage on the proviso that they shed a layer of clothing.
“You must remove one article of clothing – your pants, your top – or else you are not allowed in my dressing room,” he said. “That gets the fucking party started so quick. Everyone’s walking around topless.”
Weathermaker Music, the label owned by touring juggernauts Clutch, has inked a multi-year, multiple release
North American deal with Sony/BMG owned RED Distribution. First on deck, slated for a February 17th release through the formidable alliance, is the new BAKERTON GROUP release entitled “El Rojo!”
Produced by Clutch and J. Robbins at Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, MD, “El Rojo” will be the first full tilt release from THE BAKERTON GROUP, the psychedelic instrumental jazz-laden alter ego of Clutch (all 4 original Clutch members make up The Bakerton Group). In addition, Per Wiberg from Opeth was brought in to handle all piano, synth and keyboard duties on all 10 of “El Rojo’s” tracks.
In other Clutch related news, some of the incredible footage from the band’s first ever live DVD/CD, “Full Fathom Five,” will be featured on Comcast Cable’s On Demand “Concert TV” channel starting December 15th, along with classic rock icons Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Black Crowes, Deep Purple, Santana, U2 & Motorhead.
“Clutch have so many fans here at RED, and we couldn’t be happier they chose us to be their distribution partner..
. Helping the band build their new label will make 2009 an even better year at RED.” – RED Senior Vice President of Product Development Alan Becker.
“We’re so amped about our deal with RED. I’m convinced their team is as hungry as we are to take The Bakerton Group, Clutch and Weathermaker Music to the next level.” – Weathermaker Label Manager Jon Nardachone.
Listen to snippets of two tracks from El Rojo now!
El Rojo Tracklisting
1. Time Horizon
3. Peruvian Airspace
4. Bien Classico
5. Life on Lars
7. The Gigantowakhia
8. Work ‘em
9. Last Orbit
10. Bill Proger’s Galaxy
The Bakerton Group will hit the road in support of El Rojo. Joining the group on the road will be Red Fang. Then as a special treat, Clutch will perform a full set and headline each night of the tour. This is your chance to see both The Bakerton Group and Clutch music performed live together!
2.11.09 – V Club, HUNTINGTON, WV
2.12.09 – Headliners, LOUISVILLE, KY
2.13.09 – The Village, LITTLE ROCK, AR
2.14.09 – Remington’s, SPRINGFIELD, MO
2.15.09 – The Canopy Club, URBANA, IL
2.17.09 – The Majestic Theater, MADISON, WI
2.18.09 – The Double Door, DETROIT, MI**
2.19.09 – The Vogue, INDIANAPOLIS, IN
2.20.09 – The Terminal, TRAVERSE CITY, MI
2.21.09 – The Shelter, CHICAGO, IL **
2.22.09 – The Machine Shop, FLINT, MI
2.24.09 – Montage Music Hall, ROCHESTER, NY
2.25.09 – Higher Ground, BURLINGTON, VT
2.26.09 – The Asylum, PORTLAND, ME
2.27.09 – The Chance, POUGHKEEPSIE, NY
2.28.09 – The Crazy Donkey, LONG ISLAND, NY
3.01.09 – The Chameleon Club, LANCASTER, PA
**The Bakerton Group headlining show
For more information
Queensryche has announced an extensive North American tour in support of their forthcoming new studio album, “American Soldier.”
The tour dates are as follows:
16 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
17 – Snoqualmie Casino – Seattle, WA
18 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
19 – Senator Theater – Chico, CA
22 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
23 – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
24 – House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
25 – House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
26 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
28 – Paramount – Denver, CO
29 – Voodoo Lounge – Kansas City, MO
30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee , WI
1 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
3 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
5 – Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
6 – House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
7 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
8 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
10 – Palace Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
12 – Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY
13 – Palace Theatre – Stamford, CT
14 – Starland Ballroom – Sayerville, NJ
15 – Nokia Theater – New York, NY
16 – Showboat – Atlantic City, NJ
17 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
19 – Ruth Eckerd – Tampa, FL
20 – House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista, FL
21 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
22 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
23 – Hemisfair Park – San Antonio, TX
24 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
When word came out that Honeymoon Suite would be releasing a new album in 2008, lead singer Johnnie Dee was quoted as saying the new album would be a return to the bands roots and was he ever right. If I didn’t know better it would be easy to think the band’s latest release “Clifton Hill” was released between “the Big Prize” and “Racing After Midnight”, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because in my opinion those are Honeymoon Suite’s two best releases. The band announced the return of the original line up in 2007 and brought producer Tom Tremuth, producer of their debut album, back on board for “Clifton Hill” and the results couldn’t have turned out any better for the band. While they did have a few songs make the charts in the U.S. the band was never a household name which is unfortunate because these Canadians write some very good AOR in the same vein as Journey and fellow Canadians Loverboy.
“She Ain’t Alright” is a great way to start “Clifton Hill” off, this rocker has everything an AOR fan wants to hear. Derry Grehan inspires some great air guitar on this song and Dee’s vocals and the rest of the band sound as great as ever.
“Tired of Waiting” follows the same recipe as “She Ain’t Alright” although it is a little more radio friendly nevertheless it amounts to another solid song. Drummer Dave Betts plays this song like his life depended on it.
“Riffola” isn’t the best song on the album but it is still good, a little heavier than the first two songs. Grehan puts on another great performance and the whole band sounds just like a band that has been playing together for some 20 odd years, tight and in sync with one another.
“Ordinary” is a mid tempo song that starts off with some nice keyboards by Ray Coburn before it kicks in on the second verse.
Dave Betts is at it again, playing like his life depended on it in the opening of “the House” and the band as a whole gets back to rocking while Dee takes a stroll down memory lane thinking about growing up and how it has affected him today.
“Why Should I”, “That’s All You Got” and “Restless” are three more songs that really stand out and exemplify Honeymoon Suite.
In one fell swoop on “Clifton Hill” Honeymoon Suite were able to get back to their roots, while not dating themselves and were able to make themselves a viable band once again in today’s music scene. Hopefully this time around they will be able to make a dent in the U.S. and get the credit they deserve as a great rock band.
- She Ain’t Alright
- Tired O’ Waitin’
- The House
- Why Should I?
- Down To Business
- Sunday Morning
- That’s All I Got
- Separate Lives
Honeymoon Suite is:
Johnnie Dee – Vocals
Derry Grehan – Guitars
Dave Betts – Drums
Gary Lalonde – Bass
Ray Cockburn – Keyboards
According to legendary heavy metal guitarist Tony Iommi, the upcoming album from HEAVEN AND HELL — the band featuring BLACK SABBATH members Iommi, Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Geezer Butler (bass) andVinny Appice (drums) — is tentatively scheduled for release in March/April via Rhino. The group’s first LP since SABBATH‘s“Dehumanizer” (1992) is being recorded at Rockfield studios in Wales, U.K. (where “Dehumanizer” was also tracked). “It’s all going very well, I’m pleased to say,” Iommi said in a January 5, 2009 online posting.
Ronnie James Dio, who co-wrote the self-produced album with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler during sessions in Los Angeles and England, told Revolver magazine that the CD “sounds great. It’s a real cross-section of everything we’ve done, from ‘Heaven and Hell’ through ‘Mob Rules’ and ‘Dehumanizer’. I think there’s a lot of ‘Dehumanizer’ in it, but a lot of other things, too, a real good blend of what this band has represented.”
HEAVEN AND HELL has scheduled the following European tour dates:
May 30 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
May 31 – Moscow, RUS @ B1 Maximum
Jun. 02 – Helsinki, FIN @ Icehall
June 3-6 – Sölvesborg, SWE – Sweden Rock
Jun. 04 – Oslo, NOR @ Spektrum
Jun. 08 – Gießen, GER @ Hessenhallen
Jun. 09 – Berlin, GER @ Zitadelle
Jun. 10 – Bamberg, GER @ Jako-Arena
Jun. 13 – Burgum, NETH – Waldrock
Jun. 14 – Karlsruhe, GER @ Europahalle
Jun. 16 – Bonn, GER @ Museumsmeile
Jun. 17 – Zürich, SWI @ Volkshaus
Jun. 19-21 – Clisson, FRA – Hellfest
More shows will be announced soon.
More than two years ago, Dio, Iommi, Butler and Appice reunited to record a trio of new songs for Rhino‘s “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”before launching a highly anticipated and greatly acclaimed world tour under their new moniker HEAVEN AND HELL. Revitalized by the reunion, the lineup is back in the studio now recording the first-ever full-length studio album from HEAVEN AND HELL. To whet the fans’ appetites for the new album, HEAVEN AND HELL returned to the road this past summer for a short stint on the Metal Masters Tour, a month-long North American trek with JUDAS PRIEST, MOTÖRHEAD, and TESTAMENT.
Regarding the band’s decision to continue to operate as HEAVEN AND HELL rather than BLACK SABBATH, Iommi told Billboard.com earlier this year, “It really is BLACK SABBATH, whatever we do. We just choose to go out as HEAVEN AND HELL so everyone knows what they’re getting [and] so people won’t expect to hear ‘Iron Man’ and all those songs. We’ve done them for so many years, it’s nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again.”
Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has set “Anomaly” as the title of his new solo album, tentatively due this spring. Check out the cover artwork below.
In an early 2008 interview with Billboard, Frehley stated about his forthcoming solo CD, “Basically, I’m trying to get back into the mindset I was in when I did my first solo record [1978’s ‘Ace Frehley’]. That record seemed to have all the elements everybody liked — a real cool instrumental, a hit single, some real heavy rockers, a nice variety of different genres of music.”
Among his favorite new tracks are “A Little Below the Angels”, hard-rocking “Pain in the Neck” and an instrumental called “Fractured Quantum”, which is a follow-up to his previous instrumentals “Fractured Mirror” and “Fractured Too”. Another favorite is “groove song” titled“Genghis Khan”, which he likens in tone to LED ZEPPELIN‘s “Kashmir”.
Frehley told MyrtleBeachOnline.com that he’s shooting for 12 tracks on his next album, his first in 18 years. Studio work has spanned several months, and some of the songs go back 12 years.
Frehley recently spent time on the road fronting a band that featured second guitarist Derek Hawkins, drummer Scot Coogan (ex-BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION) and bassist Anthony Esposito (ex-LYNCH MOB).
Did you miss the Airbourne Interview on The Bruce Dickinson show last Friday? You can listen to it at the following link!
The fallout from the financial turmoil surrounding Quebec distributor Fusion 3 continues, with Universal Music Canada announcing a deal to distribute SPV. SPV, which has acts such as Sepultura, Alice Cooper, Eric Burdon, Whitesnake, Motörhead, Skinny Puppy, Symphony X and Type O Negative, has entered into an exclusive distribution deal with Universal, which already distributes indie labels like Last Gang, Maple Music and others. SPV also has several sub-labels that it produces and distributes such as Steamhammer, Synthetic Symphony, Oblivion, SPV Recordings/SPV America and progressive label InsideOut.
The label had been previously distributed by Fusion 3, Canada’s largest independent distributor that filed for bankruptcy protection in Quebec in December. Jim West, the company’s founder, told Billboard today that the label has extended the bankruptcy protection by an additional 30 days as it negotiates with creditors.
SPV’s director of sales, Thomas Ziegler, said the deal with Universal should stabilize SPV’s distribution in Canada.
“There is no need to point out that these are challenging times in the music business,” Zeigler said in a statement. “We feel very confident about going with the market leader to face those challenges and to make sure to satisfy the needs of our customers.”
The Osbournes’ brand-new variety show for FOX (Osbournes: Reloaded) is searching for the biggest, baddest Ozzy Osbourne superfans who are willing to do anything (and we mean ANYTHING!) to meet him. We definitely want to push the boundaries. Think eating bugs, licking belly buttons, getting pierced, shaving your head, getting tattooed, etc. If you’ve always dreamed of meeting Ozzy Osbourne and know that you’d be willing to do whatever it takes, we want to hear from you!
We’re looking for HUGE fans from Southern California. If this is you, please shoot an email to producer Brian Updyke (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your name, age, location, a recent photo, and a brief paragraph explaining why you’re the ultimate Ozzy superfan and deserve to meet your idol.
Freshly signed to WorldSound Music, it shouldn’t be long before Los Angeles’ best-kept secret, Carbon 9, is launched upon an unsuspecting world – especially after hearing their latest release, ‘The Bull,’ Mixed by Frank Gryner (Rob Zombie, Perfect Circle, Tommy Lee, etc.) ‘The Bull’ manages to balance electro rock sounds with strong pop melodies and anthemic choruses – resulting in a sound that sounds custom-made for crossover success.
Comprised of members Stacey Quinealty (vocals and sequencing), Danny Cistone (backing vocals), Darwin DeVitis (guitars and vocals), Omar D. Brancato (bass and vocals), and Matty Milani (drums), Carbon 9 has already made numerous impressive inroads into the music industry, including their music appearing on XM Radio and commercials. Also, the band has received rave reviews from L.A. Alive (“I have seen the future of rock, and it is Carbon 9”), Music Connection (“The music is so overwhelming no one is spared”), and KNAC.com (“Carbon 9 craft memorable songs while still keeping the head-throbbing beats”), and has headlined such renowned clubs as the Whisky A-Go-Go, the Viper Room, the Roxy, and the Troubadour, among others.
But it’s the numbers that speak loudest – the group has sold over 5,000 copies of their earlier releases, while their Myspace page has over 14,000 friends signed up.
If you’re still unsure, just check out the handful of songs from ‘The Bull’ that are currently posted on Carbon 9’s label page for the proof – including such originals as “My Friend” (a song that according to Stacey is “Directly about that one person that constantly stabs you in the back yet we continue to keep them close within the circle”), “Somebody Like Me” (which is “A very egocentric song that states the fact that we need a significant other but usually demand someone to follow our ways and do as we do”), and the title track (“It is about the strength in belief of the self”), as well as a rockin’ version of the Danzig classic, “Mother” (“This was our first cover song to ever record and we chose it very carefully”). While they’ve often been noted as the “hardest working band in L.A.,” with the arrival of ‘The Bull,’ perhaps a more fitting description of Carbon 9 is the “hardest rocking band in L.A.”
TRACK LISTING FOR ‘THE BULL’:
1. What is it We’re Made of
2. Crawling Over Me
3. My Friend
4. Somebody Like Me
5. The Bull
7. Butterflies in My Head
8. For You
9. The Life
10. Mary Mannequin
11. I’m Not Broken
12. Loving You
13. I’m on My Own
14. Lonely in Love
FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO:
http://www.worldsound.com/carbon9/ [includes stream of entire album]
George Lynch is back with a hot new CD, and an updated sound. For his new project, Souls of We, he has enlisted the help of former Brides of Destruction front man, London LeGrand. I kind of liked the Brides of Destruction CD’s so I was curious to see how LeGrand would fair with Lynch. Much to my surprise, this is easily the best music ever released with London on vocals.
First and foremost, I had no expectations going into this disc. I didn’t expect the music on this CD to sound like Dokken, or Lynch Mob. I knew George Lynch was tired of playing the same old riffs over and over again, so I expected something different from Souls of We. Different it is, but in a good way.
The bass guitar on this CD is deep and heavy. At times it seems as if Lynch has tuned his guitar down a key to better blend with the bass. The ripping solos that Lynch is famous is for is there, but they don’t stand out as much as his previous works. London LeGrand shows more range with his voice than ever before.
Lynch may be known best as a hair metal guitarist, but with Souls of We he has managed to put together a very modern sounding recording. It so modern sounding in fact that some of these songs ought to be played on rock radio. There are a couple of songs on “Let The Truth Be Known” that remind me a lot of Alice in Chains, and one or two that could easily fall into the System of Down territory.
The first time I played this record I thought to myself, “Wow, I need to listen to this again.” There are some pretty cool if not amazing songs on “Let The Truth Be Known”. I applaud Lynch for trying something different. Not every song on this disc works, but there are quite a few good ones to check out.
If you listen to one song on this disc, check out “January” or “Skeleton Key”. These are some of the stand out tracks.
If you are a fan of modern hard rock fan, you ought to pick this up. Lynch fans probably already own this.
1. Let The Truth Be Known
3. Skeleton Key
4. Everything I Want
5. Key Of Noise
6. Sorry To Say
8. St. Jude
9. Ghandi’s Got A Gun
10. Push It
11. Psycho Circus
12. Nork 13
14. Under The Dead Tree
Souls of We are:
George Lynch – Guitars
London LeGrand – Vocals
Johny Chow – Bass
Yael – Drums
Andrew Freeman – Bass
Frederic Leclercq – Bass
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mike Hanson – Drums
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Mike Wengren – Drums
Patrick Johansson – Drums
Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell Guitarist posted the following on his blog this evening:
I have been so busy working on the new album!!! It’s all going very well I’m pleased to say!
We are hoping for the album to be released some time in March/April.
Just to let everyone know I appreciate all your messages, comments and all your support.
Since opening their doors on July 4th, 2008, Eonian Records has become synonymous with some of the highest quality hard rock and metal music in the world. Busy building on its new found reputation; Eonian Records has recently become the home of several musical icons of Chicago’s legendary music club The Thirsty Whale, including Dear Diary, Gynger Lynn, Pistol Dawn, Sgt. Roxx, Sweet Sybil, and UZI.
Eonian Records has also signed Southern California Guitar Hero Ronny North. Ronny endorses his own signature line through Tregan Guitars and was named Best Male Guitarist Award at the 2006 All Access Magazine Music Awards. Ronny North’s “Then & Now” release will feature several never released tracks from his earlier days on the Sunset Strip: Kidd Comet and Forever Young, and a few big name guest players such as Rikki Rocket, Eric Singer, and CC Deville to name a few.
One of Eonian Records most noteworthy signings comes from the Seattle metal scene, Dr. Grind. In the heart of the grunge movement storms a combination of power resembling Queensryche and the melodic metal behind Dokken. Dr. Grind’s “Speechless” release is a striking collection of the charismatic hook-line-and-sinker choruses, blinding twin guitar melodies, and solid walls of anthemic five-part vocal harmonies.
Emerging from the Columbus, Ohio rock scene to become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands was the Christian metal group Legacy. Touring with the likes of Sacred Warrior and REZ, Legacy pounded the Midwest club circuit delivering their slick, polished, L.A. metal, featuring dual guitar wizardry of Fred Blanchard and Matt Rice.
Named one of the top bands and one of the very best live acts to come out of the Tri-state area is Strike Twice. This five-piece shows its influences on its debut release with its mixture of Motley Crue, AC/DC, and Skid Row; while delivering a straight-forward, unapologetic, slab of metal. Strike Twice promises to deliver one of the best and most fulfilling Hard Rock releases of 2009!
However, the great signings do not end there. Eonian Records has also become the home of Bad Attitude, Charlemagne, High Noon, and Shake City, all of whom played throughout Southern California in the late 80’s and early 90’s with a majority of those shows on the infamous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Gazzarri’s, The Whiskey, The Rainbow, The Roxy, and The Troubadour all played host to these four bands at one time or another.
High Noon Shake City
Finally, hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, comes three flamboyant, photogenic bands with killer hooks in Felony, Snakeskin Cowboy, and Wanted, all who has packed clubs all over the Midwest with Record Executives in the house nearly every night.
Eonian Record’s releases will be available at www.eonianrecords.com through secure online shopping and will be mailed nearly worldwide. However, if you would like to see an Eonian artist in your local music shop, this can also be possible.
Expect a very busy 2009 and nothing but the most sought after artists and releases from Eonian Records. Visit www.eonianrecords.com for more details.