February 13, Pittsfield MA show postponed: The Michael Sweet show scheduled for February 13 at Crowne Plaza Grand Ballroom in Pittsfield, MA will be postponed until further notice. As many of our friends and fans know, Kyle Sweet (Michael’s wife) has been battling cancer for some time now and after recent developments, and with much prayer and consideration, we believe it to be in the best interest of all for Michael to spend time with, and caring for, his wife. Tickets already purchased will be honored at the rescheduled date. Stay tuned to MichaelSweet.com for an announcement of the rescheduled date. For more information or questions email promoter, Matthew Sposato at firstname.lastname@example.org
Swedish metal powerhouse ENFORCER will be supporting their critically acclaimed album, Into the Night with an upcoming European tour along with fellow Swedish headbangers PORTRAIT. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Listed below are the tour dates.
Additionally ENFORCER will be announcing full US tour dates shortly. Prepare to enter the world of ENFORCER where heavy metal is the law!
February 7th Murcia, Spain @ Heavy Metal Espectros Fest
February 20th Pforsheim, Germany @ Kupferdachle
February 21st Wurzburg, Germany @ Fist Held High Festival
February 22nd Berlin, Germany @ Amnesie
February 23rd Kiel, Germany @ Pumpe
February 24th Osnabruck, Germany @ Bastard Club
February 25th Lille, France @ Chimere
February 26th Gent, Belgium @ TBA
February 27th Leeuwarden, Holland @ Mukkes
February 28th Oberhausen, Germany @ Helvete
March 21st Sandviken, Sweden @ Byggeriet Metal Club
Listen to ENFORCER at http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
Hollywood Undead and Hard Rock Hideout have teamed up to hook up one lucky grand prize winner with a Playstation 3 prize pack that includes the game system and Madden NFL ’09.
Swan Songs, featuring the hit “Undead” is in stores now and burning up the radio!
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Joel Valentine, lead singer of T.Y.R. Tonight You Rock, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights this Saturday night, February 7. Joel will speak with us about the history of the band, the scene in the 1980s, and the release of T.Y.R.’s album, All Comes Down To You.
Hard Rock Nights can be heard on WMWX (ClassX) in Cincinnati, and at http://www.classxradio.com globally, every Saturday night 9-11 pm EDT. For more information on Hard Rock Nights, visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com and http://www.myspace.com/jtshardrockradio.
Wednesday 13 is pleased to announce that Glamour Of The Kill will be joining the U.K. portion of the upcoming tour.
Commented Wednesday 13 “This was a difficult tour to book. We knew that this was going to be the last tour overseas for 2009 so we had to do something special. From the beginning, we knew that we wanted to take out The Chelsea Smiles. Those guys put on such a good rock n roll show and our fans should love them. I had been going back and forth trying to decide on the next band to join us. Our agent mentioned Glamour of the Kill and after checking them out and seeing how good they are doing on their own, without support from any label, I decided they would be the perfect fit.”
Overseas Wednesday 13 will be releasing his Bloodwork E.P. on March 16th, the same day The Chelsea Smiles will be releasing their long-awaited self-titled sophomore full length.
After this tour, Wednesday 13 will be taking a break from this band to concentrate on his southern project Bourbon Crow.
Wednesday 13, Glamour Of The Kill & The Chelsea Smiles Tour Dates
Mar 20 2009 The Park Peterborough
Mar 21 2009 Rock City Nottingham
Mar 22 2009 Academy 2 Birmingham
Mar 23 2009 Waterfront Norwich
Mar 24 2009 Academy Bristol
Mar 25 2009 Sugarmill Stoke-On-Trent
Mar 26 2009 Club Academy Manchester
Mar 27 2009 The Assembly Leamington Spa
Mar 28 2009 Cockpit Leeds
Mar 29 2009 Corporation Sheffield
Mar 30 2009 Cat House Glasgow
Mar 31 2009 Academy Newcastle
Apr 1 2009 Concorde 2 Brighton
Apr 2 2009 Brook Southampton
Apr 3 2009 Electric Ballroom London
In The Studio With Bob Rock!
Announce Their Upcoming Release
Multi-platinum rock band 311 have been hard at work in their own North Hollywood studio, The Hive, with legendary producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith) putting the final touches on their ninth studio album. The highly anticipated record, Uplifter, is set for release via Volcano/Jive Records in late spring.
This is the band’s first album in over three years – and their first with producer Bob Rock. 311 will hit the road in support of Uplifter with Spring & Summer tours across the US. 311’s Spring Tour will begin April 15Summer Unity Tour will follow in June. and 311’s
311 formed in Omaha, Nebraska in 1990 and is vocalist/guitarist Nick Hexum, vocalist/DJ SA Martinez, lead guitarist Tim Mahoney, drummer Chad Sexton and bassist P-Nut. To date, 311 has sold over 8.3 million units in the U.S alone, with 5 albums in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Sales Chart and 7 singles soaring into the Top 10 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart (including the #1 singles Down, Love Song and Don’t Tread On Me).
The band’s celebratory live shows & incessant touring schedule have earned them a massive grassroots following nationwide. Since its inception in 2004, 311’s annual summer headlining amphitheatre run, Unity Tour, has become one of the largest modern rock concerts of the summer. Support acts on the past five Unity Tours have included Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Papa Roach, The Wailers, O.A.R. and Matisyahu.
American Dog are currently in a contest at Safe Auto. They’ve turned the Safe Auto jingle into a rocking tune. They are currently in 3rd place and could use a little help. If they win, it will pay for the recording of their next CD. Here’s the link:
JAW has progressive elements similar to that of Tool, but enough thunderous metal action to make them all their own” – James Korba, Stylus Magazine.
“JAW mixes the experimentation of Tool with a bit of death metal and prog rock”
– Mike Warkentin, Uptown Magazine.
Canadian Prog-Metal band JAW is releasing their sophomore album SWINGS HUMANS on Reversed Records on March 24th, 2009. Their efforts to unify musical experimentation and a message of personal evolution, is clearly in evidence on an absolutely meticulously crafted eight-song affair.
JAW is power, an unrestrained force possessing an unorthodox songwriting style. Fearlessly they innovate as they push for change. JAW is an inherent talent, a creative David in world of conformist Goliaths.
JAW formed in 2001 when vocalist Emmanuel Olarewaju and guitarist Jason Dokken met through serendipity at a music store in their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. After months of searching for individuals who shared in their creative vision, Olarewaju and Dokken recruited bassist Pablo Riedel and drummer Kevin Kornelsen. On July 17th 2001, JAW began. Within a few months of forming, the quartet had written a solid set of songs. These songs only scratched the surface of JAW’s potential.
JAW recorded their first EP in November 2002. With EP in hand JAW began tirelessly touring the frigid western Canadian plains through to the eastern coast, while periodically dipping into Minnesota and North Dakota. JAW’s live performance impressed to such an extent that within a year the group had sold enough albums to garner a strong following nationwide.
JAW entered The Space Behind A Garage Studios in Winnipeg, Manitoba with producer/engineer Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, Townsend Band, Darkest Hour, Threat Signal) to record SWINGS HUMANS’. The result of this collaboration is of brutality and peace conveyed through movements, from the grandeur of its mountain tops to the voids of its valleys. Soulful, poetic, graceful and mighty, JAW’s SWINGS HUMANS reinvents what metal is and can be.
Emmanuel Olarewaju – Vocals
Jason Dokken – Guitar
Pablo Riedel – Bass
Kevin Kornelsen – Drums
Frontiers Records is particularly pleased to announce the come back release from STREET LEGAL “Bite The Bullet” due for release in Europe on March 13th 2009.
STREET LEGAL name came to prominence for the first time during the year 2000 when the band’s debut “Thunderdome” was released with strong critical acclaim in Europe on Frontiers Records. The band did already build a a solid reputation with some great live shows in their home country Norway, particularly their first show in May 99 as support of W.A.S.P. gathered such comments as: – «Iron Maiden threatened Kiss in 1980, Clawfinger showed muscle before Anthrax in 1990, Skunk Anansie blew away Therapy? in 1995. In 1999 Street Legal outplayed W.A.S.P.» – Stig Myhre (Nettpuls). “Street Legal should be the next Norwegian act to make a remarkable impact on an international level” – Jan Dahle (Scream). After the release of “Thuderdome”, STREET LEGAL performed some killer shows at the Sweden Rock Festival and at the Gods Festival in the UK.
Soundwise, these Norwegian rockers have been often compared to THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE and BLUE MURDER. “Classic rock with a strong blues foundation, still very harmony driven”, comments bass player and singer Bjorn Boge, when asked to describe the sound of the band to the uninitiated. “A lot of influences from the past: Westcoast Music, Metal, Hard Rock from the late 70´s. Always with focus on the song. Lyrics are also important. Chuck Frazier, my buddy in the lyric department is the major force behind this”.
After a long hiatus and some line-up changes, STREET LEGAL are now back to Rock with a superb new album that takes from where the previous has left. Bjorn explains: “This record marks the introduction of my brother Oystein as the drummer in the band and also brings a more straightforward rock’n roll approach than “Thunderdome”. For the time being we decided to stick with just the two of us. We know a lot of great guitar players, so the live lineup will be as strong as ever”. With Bjorn and his brother Oysten on drums, featured on the album there are Tore Ostby (ex ARK, Conception) and Rolf Bjorseth playing guitars.
Bjorn concludes: “It’s been a long and bumpy ride the last nine years for Street Legal. Since Thunderdome we went through heaven and hell: tourbus accident, personal disasters, depressions, divorces… The only problem we didn’t have was drugs! “Bite the bullet” was so hard to make, that we sometimes felt it was better to quit and call it a day. But we didn’t. And today I am very proud of what came out of this process. Street Legal will kick serious ass again. Looking forward to see you on the road!”
Final tracklisting of “Bite the Bullet” includes:
Hydrogyn is back with their sophomore effort, “Deadly Passions”. I enjoyed their debut “Bombshell” and was looking forward to what these Kentucky based rockers had in store for us for release number two.
From the opening cut “Rejection”, my guess is that Hydrogyn is trying to take a heavier approach to their music, and applaud them for doing so. “Bombshell” had a few tracks that I would consider a little too soft or light for the average hard rocker.
“Deadly Passions” starts off with the face melting tune “Rejection”. If the opening guitar riffs don’t get you interested in Hydrogyn’s music, you ought to hang around for Julie Westlake’s vocals. Much like Hydrogyn’s debut, Westlake’s vocals on this disc remind me a lot of Pat Benatar.
Craig Goldy’s brief tenure in the band must have been a good influence on guitarist Jeff Westlake, as he plays harder and heavier than ever before.
“On and On” teeters between a mid tempo melodic rocker, and a high tempo metallic rocker with some background screams thrown in from Chris Sammons for good measure. It isn’t the perfect tune, but I will get some replay value of this one.
“Deadly Passion” has a really cool upbeat groove, and is easily my favorite song on this disc.
“You Oughta Know” is a cover of the 1995 Alanis Morissette hit tune. This version is harder than the original, but not quite as good. This isn’t the first cover song Hydrogyn has recorded, but the other ones they have done are better than this. As popular as “You Oughta Know” was in the nineties, this version should have slayed the original, but it unfortunately does not.
“Candles Light Your Way” has been growing on me quite a bit. This is a catchy tune with some very good background vocals.
“Deadly Passions” has a good balance of 80’s hard rock and today’s modern hard rock sounds. In some places it works, and in others it doesn’t. I think “Deadly Passions” is a little better than Hydrogyn’s debut, but I don’t think we have heard the best piece of music from this band as of yet.
Julie Westlake – Vocals
Jeff Westlake – Guitars and Keyboards
Chris Sammons – Bass and Background Vocals
Josh Kitchen – Drums & Percussion
Steve Riley – Keyboards & Piano
Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan is releasing his much anticipated third solo album entitled “Holy Cow!” on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan’s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist.
Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To Ya Ev’ry Time”, Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr Big) on “Dynamic Exhilarator”, Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song “Turning Point” as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine.
Sheehan has played over 4,000 gigs with a career that includes stints with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Steve Vai. Voted the “Best Rock Bass Player” 5 times in Guitar Player magazines Readers Poll, an honor which placed Sheehan in their “Gallery of Greats” (alongside Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Eddie Van Halen to name but a few). With cumulative sales of over 4 million records in his career, Billy Sheehan has made the album his fans have been waiting for, over the top playing with strong songs.
Sheehan continues to stretch the boundaries of the bass guitar while showcasing his immense talent as a guitarist (Baritone 12 string and 6 string guitars) and singer. Look for a Billy Sheehan solo tour to promote this album in the very near future.
“Holy Cow” track listing:
01. In A Week Or Two (I’ll Give It Back To You)
02. Dynamic Exhilarator
03. A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time
04. A Bloodless Casualty
05. Make It To Another Day (I Keep Rolling On My Way)
06. Another Broken Promise
07. Just Another Humanoid
08. Turning Point
09. Two People Can Keep A Secret (If One Of Them Is Dead)
10. Theme From An Imaginary Science Fiction
11. Cell Towers
Make No Bones about it, Fattooth is Canada’s premiere Kick in the face Metal/Punk crossover act. Their self-titled debut US release will hit March 24th on Reversed Records.
With a killer stage show and biting sound, Fattooth has been tearing a new hole in the Canadian underground scene. Eons beyond all the tired Death metal and Grindcore acts boring the hell out of every one to the point of suicide;… With no patience for the depressed and prozakked,…. Fattooth brings on a mix of Punk, Cock Rock and Metal roots that make the sluts rip their shirts off and the dudes thrash their mullets.
You may be asking yourself how did this menacing quartet come to be? The better question is how are they allowed to corrupt the youth without consequence? We will save that for an upcoming seminar on obscenity and censorship. Originally, it was three guys solid (Mihran Boudakian, Hucifer and George Xipoleas), beating out sound and going deaf with a multitude of half ass drummers in Montreal, Canada. Their work was enough to get producer and Juno award winning engineer Rob Shallcross( Strapping Young Lad, Gwar, Man Made Mountains, Mr. Plow etc.) interested in the project, after having worked with the talents of Hucifer back in grungy old Winnipeg in the late 90‘s. The guys in Montreal sent Shallcross the material they had recorded and Hucifer started tracking the vocals in Vancouver, between planting Trees on the West Coast of Canada, Gene Hoglan (Death, Dethlok, Strapping Young Lad, Zimmer’s hole) flew in, pounded out the drum tracks and ate a bunch of Sushi. The remaining two flew in to complete the job that had been started in Magma Studios in January 08, hence the self titled debut album.
The three discovered a suitable replacement for Gene in Costa Dimitroulis and are currently banging out shows to sweaty, drunk, awestruck audiences. This album will be released in the U.S in conjunction with over 40 dates in 23 states.
Guitar: George Xipoleas
Bass: Mihran Boudakian
Drums: Gene Hoglan (on album) – Costa Dimitroulis
1- Big Daddy
2- Rock around the world
3- High Time at low tide
5- Red neck metal head
6- Gunned by noon
9- The More machine
For more information click on http://www.myspace.com/fattooth
Buckcherry is giving away a free mp3 of their new song, “Don’t Go Away”. This track is available when you go and register at iHeartMusic.com at this link. This is the only way to get this Exclusive Live Version, so act now!!