Ron Keel, the frontman of the band Keel, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights on Saturday, February 14th, 2009. Ron will speak about the reunion, the tour, and the new record.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly radio program on WMWX in Cincinnati, which can be heard online at http://www.classxradio.com. Hard Rock Nights airs on Saturdays from 9-11 pm EDT.
The co-founder of the rock group Saving Abel and another employee of the band are facing charges after authorities say they forced a 17-year-old girl to perform a sex act following a concert in Oakland.
Thirty-three-year-old Jason Null and 21-year-old Brandon Danger were arraigned Friday on charges of forced oral copulation and forced oral copulation on a minor.
Null, a founder and lead guitarist with the group, pleaded not guilty. His attorney says the charges are “baseless” and his client will be exonerated. Danger has yet to enter a plea.
Police say the girl was lured onto the band’s tour bus Tuesday night thinking she would be in a rock video. Once inside, they say she was forced to perform the sex act.
Courtesy of the Oakland Tribune.
Silver Mountain is a legendary Scandinavian heavy metal group hailing from Malmo in Sweden. They appeared on the scene in late 70’s, only to dominate the 80’s with their original and inspirational music. Over the years they released four LPs and one live album, forever carving their name in heavy metal history. Metal Mind Productions presents the set of exclusive re-releases which brings back a true metal icon:
“Shakin’ Brains” (1983)
The debut album brought a huge dose of electrifying hard rock/heavy metal, clearly inspired by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. Brilliant guitar work was the key feature of this release, instantly putting Silver Mountain on the top of the list of Swedish metal artists. Such songs as the organ-fueled “Spring Maiden”, the powerful “Destruction Song” and the enchanting piano ballad “King of the Sea” are to this day considered as timeless classics. With “Shakin’ Brains” Silver Mountain proved that Scandinavia has much to offer when it comes to traditional heavy metal. New edition includes 1 bonus track.
Their second album didn’t gain a huge success in Europe, but surprisingly it became a big hit in Japan. The amazing response enabled the band to play an excessive tour over the entire country, which ended in recording a live album called “Hibiya – Live in Japan’85”.
“Roses & Champagne” (1988)
Their third LP did not manage to become as successful as the band expected it to be. Recorded with two new members – Johan Dahlstrom (vocals) and Kjell Gustavsson (drums) – the album was a solid release with a bunch of memorable songs like “Forest of Cries”, “Paradise Smile” and “Not You Baby”. New edition includes 2 bonus tracks.
“Breakin’ Chains” (2001)
In 2000, the original line-up which recorded “Shakin’ Brains” got back together for a couple of shows and eventually decided to make one last album, containing left-over songs from the debut LP’s recording sessions. All songs were rewritten and recorded from scratch, brilliantly joining the old-school feeling with modern technology. “Breakin’ Chains” was released in 2001, immediately becoming a long-awaited metal classic, especially with such amazing songs as “Maniac”, “Axeman and the Virgin” and “Dance Around the Fire”. New edition includes 2 bonus tracks.
Silver Mountain’s re-issues will be available in a new digipak edition, digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. Each title is limited to numbered 2000 copies. The release date is set up for 16th February in Europe and 10th March in USA (via MVD).
The band was first assembled in 1978 by Jonas Hansson (guitar, vocals), Ingemar Stenquist (bass), Morgan Alm (guitar) and Marten Hedener (drums). Taking their name from a song by Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, the group begun crafting their own style, eventually releasing a single called “Man Of No Present Existence” in 1979. Unfortunately the single didn’t gain much popularity and the band begun to suffer from constant line-up changes. Over the next three years, a large number of local musicians fronted Silver Mountain (including none other than the Swedish guitar hero Yngwie Malmsteen!), until finally in late 1982 a solid line-up has emerged. The group, consisting of Hansson, guitarist Per Stadin, keyboardist Jens Johansson and his brother Anders on drums, played together for almost two years to eventually sign a record deal with the acclaimed label Roadrunner Records. Thus, in March 1983, Silver Mountain’s debut LP – “Shakin’ Brains” – was finally released. The album brought a huge dose of electrifying hard rock/heavy metal, clearly inspired by Rainbow, Deep Purple and Iron Maiden. Brilliant guitarwork was the key feature of this release, instantly putting Silver Mountain on the top of the list of Swedish metal artists. Such songs as the organ-fueled “Spring Maiden”, the powerful “Destruction Song” and the enchanting piano ballad “King of the Sea” are to this day considered as timeless classics. With “Shakin’ Brains” Silver Mountain proved that Scandinavia has much to offer when it comes to traditional heavy metal.
Unfortunately, soon after the release of the debut LP, Jens and Anders Johansson departed to join Yngwie Malmsteen for the recording of his LP “Rising Force” (later on Jens went on to Stratovarious, while Anders joined Hammerfall). Hansson and Stadin re-employed the band’s original drummer Marten Hedener and along with new vocalist Christer Mentzer and session keyboardist Erik Nielsen they recorded their second album – “Universe” – in 1984. The LP didn’t gain a huge success in Europe, but surprisingly it became a big hit in Japan. The amazing response enabled the band to play an excessive tour over the entire country, which ended in recording a live album called “Hibiya – Live in Japan’85”. The album brilliantly captured the outstanding energy that emerged on that historical night (October 10th, 1985) at the Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-Do. The concert was a major success and brought the band many hopes for the future. Unfortunately, their third LP – “Roses & Champagne”, released in 1988 – did not manage to become as successful as the band expected it to be. Recorded with two new members – Johan Dahlstrom (vocals) and Kjell Gustavsson (drums) – the album was a solid release with a bunch of memorable songs like “Forest of Cries”, “Paradise Smile” and “Not You Baby”. Nevertheless, the poor sales forced Silver Mountain to disband in 1989…
After splitting up, most of the musicians went on to different projects, while founder Jonas Hansson concentrated on composing soundtracks and his solo career, forming the Jonas Hansson Band. But the legend of Silver Mountain was not forgotten – in 2000, the original line-up which recorded “Shakin’ Brains” got back together for a couple of shows and eventually decided to make one last album, containing left-over songs from the debut LP’s recording sessions. All songs were rewritten and recorded from scratch, brilliantly joining the old-school feeling with modern technology. Finally, “Breakin’ Chains” was released in 2001, immediately becoming a long-awaited metal classic, especially with such amazing songs as “Maniac”, “Axeman and the Virgin” and “Dance Around the Fire”. The band called it quits after this release, officially closing the last chapter of Silver Mountain’s history. Or did they?…
Whatever the future may bring, it is still good to look back at the past from time to time. This collection of re-released Silver Mountain albums brings a truly epic dose of prime classical heavy metal and captures all the best moments of one of the few Swedish legends who managed to make a difference in the metal world. So sit tight and buckle your seatbelts, as Silver Mountain takes you for a ride of your life!
Band Welcomes Back Original Guitarist Wayne Lozinak; Splitting With Guitar Player Sean Martin
Hardcore metal pioneers HATEBREED are set to release their long-awaited new covers album, “FOR THE LIONS,” on Tuesday May 5th, 2009 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). This new release is the follow-up to the band’s #1 Billboard charting DVD, “LIVE DOMINANCE” (released September of 2008) which left fans “Picking their teeth up off the floor” and “sounding immense” according to Outburn.
The songs on “FOR THE LIONS” were carefully selected by HATEBREED to represent a panoramic view of some of their favorite artists and greatest musical inspirations. Having completed the album in 2008, the band felt their work wasn’t done yet and just returned to the studio with original guitar player Wayne Lozinak to record additional tracks for the album. The 4 new covers are among the most bludgeoning the band has yet to record. These include, “Ghosts Of War” (Slayer), “Supertouch/Sh**fit” (Bad Brains), “Thirsty” (Black Flag) and “Suicidal Maniac” (Suicidal Tendencies).
“FOR THE LIONS” was produced, engineered and mixed by long-time band associate Zeuss.
For a preview of “Suicidal Maniac,” please click on www.myspace.com/hatebreed.
In additional HATEBREED news, the band announces the departure of guitar player Sean M. Martin, welcoming back to the fold original guitarist Wayne Lozinak.
Front man Jamey Jasta says, “I speak on behalf of all of us and we support Sean’s decision to leave and want him to be happy and successful at everything he does. There are no bad feelings at all and you’ll probably see him hanging on stage at some of our local shows. We’re family and he will be missed but HATEBREED will forge on.”
Sean M. Martin comments, “After 10 years, I’ve decided to leave HATEBREED. This in no way reflects my personal relationship with Jamey, Chris, Matt and Frank; they’re four of my closest friends and I’ll always love them with all my heart. I want to thank all of the fans as well as the guys in the band and crew, past and present, for giving me some of the best times of my life.”
HATEBREED will play a special one-off show on May 1st at Toad’s Place in New-Haven, CT, performing songs from the forthcoming covers album and of course, long-time favorites.
HATEBREED will also be kicking off a short world tour appearing at the following European Festivals:
June 20th / Hellfest, Clisson, France
July 3rd / Vainstream, Munster, Germany
July 4th / With Full Force, Germany
July 6th / Metalcamp, Tomlin, Slovenia
July 24th / Santiago, Chile @ Teatro Caupolican
July 25th / Buenos Aires, Argentina @ El Teatro Flores
July 26th / Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Espaco Lux
Look for HATEBREED to tour behind “FOR THE LIONS” with a full round of dates to be announced later this year.
The complete track listing for “FOR THE LIONS” is to include the following covers:
Slayer – Ghosts of War
Cro-Mags – It’s The Limit
Suicidal Tendencies – Suicidal Maniac
Sepultura – Refuse/Resist
Metallica – Escape
Bad Brains – Supertouch/Sh**fit
Misfits – Hatebreeders
D.R.I. – Evil Minds
Madball – Set It Off
Sick Of It All – Shut Me Out
Black Flag – Thirsty
Negative Approach – Sick Of Talk
Crowbar – All I Had I Gave
Merauder – Life Is Pain
Agnostic Front – Your Mistake
Judge – Hear Me
Obituary – I’m In Pain
Subzero – Boxed In
Edsel Dope and Company to Release E1 Music Debut on March 10th; Dope Hits the Road With Black Label Society March 3rd
In the ever-changing world of rock music, one band has held a steady hand. Living in a world of their own design, and made for their fans, DOPE has managed to lay waste to comparisons, musical or otherwise, since their creation a decade ago. The Chicago-based rockers have, in the words of their frontman and band namesake Edsel Dope, “seen it all.” And it’s this attitude from which the band draws upon on “No Regrets,” their fifth album, and first for E1 Music (formerly known as KOCH Records). “‘No Regrets’ is not only a commentary on where we have been, but also where we are headed,” says Dope.
Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, “No Regrets” is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The songs on “No Regrets” encompass the “kick in the rear and dare you to have fun” vibe that DOPE fans have come to expect. The sex, dope, and rock n’ metal energy oozes through “No Regrets” — much like the pentatonic scale runs through modern-day guitar hero Zakk Wylde’s fingertips. Wylde, who first met the band when they supported his Black Label Society tour in 2007, makes an appearance on the first single, “Addiction.” Other tracks like “Violence,” “6 6 Sick,” and “We Are” take us back to the root of the band’s sound, but with an obvious shot of technical adrenaline. The dark and gloomy “My Funeral” and raunchy “Dirty World” are a somber change of pace, while “No Regrets” and bonus tracks, “Nothing For Me Here” and “I Don’t Give A…,” continue to showcase the wide spectrum of influences that DOPE drew from when creating this album.
First single, “Addiction,” is garnering praise on the airwaves with early adds at KXXR in Minneapolis, KUPD in Phoenix, WIIL in Chicago, KHTQ in Spokane, KXFX in Santa Rosa, KBRE in Merced and at WJJO in Madison. In Madison, “Our third hometown — after New York and Chicago,” says Dope, the track is getting top 5 phones. The track impacts radio on Tuesday, February 10.
Enlisting video directors, Dale “Rage” Resteghini (MudVayne, Shadows Fall, Trivium, Unearth) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) for “Addiction,” the video is “an aggressively shot film that we are placing just about everywhere, so look for it now,” says Dope. If that isn’t enough, the band rolls out across North America on Black Label Society’s “Black Label Bash,” alongside Black Label Society and Sevendust beginning March 3rd in San Francisco.
With all the early praises, it’s clear asking if DOPE indeed has no regrets is flat out unnecessary. As a musician this immersed in what he lives and breathes, he would never in a lifetime be so disingenuous to actually affix his latest and greatest work with that moniker if he indeed had. DOPE’s mission with “No Regrets” is simple — “to release a record for the fans but also has enough hooks, energy and good times to engage a new group of disciples with each and every listen,” says Dope.
Tour Dates (With Black Label Society and Sevendust):
(***) Denotes Headlining Show
Thursday, 3/5 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk ***
Friday, 3/6 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Saturday, 3/7 – Sparks, NV (Reno) – The New Oasis
Monday, 3/9 – Chico, CA – The Senator Theatre
Tuesday, 3/10 – Medford, OR – Medford Armory
Wednesday, 3/11 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
Friday, 3/13 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
Saturday, 3/14 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Sunday, 3/15 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Tuesday, 3/17 – Calgary, AB – Calgary Corral
Wednesday, 3/18 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Friday, 3/20 – Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
Saturday, 3/21 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
Sunday, 3/22 – St. Paul, MN (and Minneapolis) – Myth
Tuesday, 3/24 – Waterloo, IA (Cedar Falls) – McElroy Auditorium
Wednesday, 3/25 – North Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s
Thursday, 3/26 – Madison, WI – The Annex (WJJO Presents) ***
Friday, 3/27 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Saturday, 3/28 – Chicago, IL – Congress Theater
Sunday, 3/29 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati) – Madison Theatre
Monday, 3/30 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection ***
Tuesday, 3/31 – MT. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theatre
Wednesday, 4/1 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Zoo
Thursday, 4/2 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance ***
Friday, 4/3 – Rochester, NY (Buffalo) – Main Street Armory
Saturday, 4/4 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
Monday, 4/6 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
Tuesday, 4/7 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
Thursday, 4/9 – Manchester, NH – Verizon Wireless Arena
Friday, 4/10 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
Saturday, 4/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
Tuesday, 4/14 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues
Wednesday, 4/15 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live
Thursday, 4/16 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx ***
Friday, 4/17 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – HOB
Saturday, 4/18 – Duluth, GA (Atlanta) – Wild Bill’s
Sunday, 4/19 – Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
Tuesday, 4/21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Wednesday, 4/22 – New Orleans, LA – HOB (With Sevendust)
Thursday, 4/23 – San Antonio, TX – Scout Bar ***
Friday, 4/24 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amp.
Saturday, 4/25 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom
Sunday, 4/26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Tuesday, 4/28 – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix) – Marquee Theatre
Wednesday, 4/29 – Tempe, AZ (Phoenix) – Marquee Theatre
Thursday, 4/30 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick ***
Friday, 5/1 – Las Vegas, NV – HOB
Saturday, 5/2 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artist BULLETBOYS have announced the first leg of the ROAD TO NOWHERE 2009 Tour. BULLETBOYS, featuring members Marq Torien, Ryche Green, Michael Thomas, and returning original member Lonnie Vincent will kickoff the tour in El Paso, TX on February 21st at Take II with very special guests SWIRL. SWIRL will support the BULLETBOYS on this leg of the tour.
|Take II w/ Swirl||El Paso, Texas|
|Cadillac Bar w/ Swirl||San Antonio, Texas|
|War Legion Underground w/ Swirl||Amarillo, Texas|
|The Underground bar w/ Swirl||Mankato, Minnesota|
|Pickle Park w/ Swirl||Fridley, Minnesota|
|Route 15 w/ Swirl||Greenville, Wisconsin|
|Rock N Roll Heaven w/ Swirl||West Seneca, New York|
|Dingbatz w/ Swirl||Clifton, New Jersey|
|Jaxx w/ Swirl||Springfield, Virginia|
|Wild Willies w/ Swirl||Mechanicsville, Virginia|
|The Garage w/ Swirl||St Petersburg, Florida|
|Club Atmosphere w/ Swirl||Homosassa, Florida|
|Blue Goat w/ Swirl||Salina, Kansas|
|Rockstars w/ Swirl||Dallas, Texas|
|Halifax Forum Arena||Halifax, Nova Scotia|
Original BULLETBOY Lonnie Vincent performed with band on select dates this past summer and has since returned to the band full time. Lonnie Vincent is one of the most charismatic musicians from the L.A. scene to hit the stage and his return has energized the chemistry within the group.
The BULLETBOYS will be performing new material from the forthcoming new release titled 10¢ Billionaire as well as all the favorite BULLETBOYS hits and classics . Recording for 10¢ Billionaire is completed and is currently being mixed by producer Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Wildside, Big Ball Stars). Information regarding 10¢ Billionaire will be forthcoming.
Check out the Bullet Boys performing “Smooth Up In Ya” below.
When I received the news of a new Saxon CD coming out last fall, I put “Into the Labyrinth” onto my must purchase list of 2009. Saxon’s last album”The Inner Sanctum” was one of my favorites of 2007. Needless to say, I have been anxiously awaiting this CD.
“Into the Labyrinth” has everything I would expect from a Saxon release. It has a good balance of power and classic heavy metal. Biff Byford and company do not reinvent the wheel with this release, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t want them too. Saxon’s sound hasn’t changed much over the years, and I am grateful that they can still put out a heavy metal album of this caliber.
Saxon has always managed to create some huge stadium anthems that always hit home with me. On Inner Sanctum, there was “Need For Speed” and “I’ve Got To Rock To Stay Alive”. On Into the Labyrinth Saxon has created some new treasures with the songs and “Live To Rock” and “Slow Lane Blues”. The fun doesn’t stop there though. “Into the Labyrinth” is full of headbanging good tunes that are likable on the first listen.
Saxon blasts out the quality metal with cool songs like “Battalions of Steel”, “Demon Sweeney Todd”, “Valley of the Kings” and “Crimes of Passion”. Paul Quinn shreds like crazy on this disc, and Nigel Glockler’s drum work shines on this album. He proves to be a very under rated drummer. Why don’t we hear more about this guy? Biff Byford is one of those great metal singers who’s voice has aged well. He hasn’t lost much if anything off of his voice, and sounds great once more.
These stalwarts from the NWOBHM have released the best new metal CD of 2009 so far. If you have been a Saxon fan in the past, this CD will not disappoint you. I believe Saxon has topped their last CD, “The Inner Sanctum”. Like a fine wine, this band only seems to get better with age. I can’t wait to see these guys at the Rock Gone Wild festival in 2009!
- Battalions of Steel
- Live To Rock
- Demon Sweeney Todd
- The Letter
- Valley of the Kings
- Slow Lane Blues
- Crime of Passion
- Premonition in D Minor
- Protect Yourselves
- Come Rock of Ages (The Circle is Complete)
- Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
Biff Byford – Vocals
Nibbs Carter – Bass
Paul Quinn – Guitars
Doug Scarratt – Guitars
Nigel Glockler – Drums