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Heaven And Hell, the band featuring the post-Ozzy Osbourne members of Black Sabbath, will release its first album under that name, “The Devil You Know,” April 28 on Rhino.
The set is Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice’s first studio release since the 1992 Sabbath album “Dehumanizer,” and was preceded by three new songs on the recent compilation “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years.”
Song titles include “Bible Black,” “Rock & Roll Angel,” “Breaking Into Heaven,” “Atom & Evil” and “Eating the Cannibals.”
Iommi told Billboard last summer that “it really is Black Sabbath, whatever we do,” but said the artists had chosen to tour 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.”
I have been a fan of England’s Heaven’s Basement from the beginning, when they were known as both Hurricane Party and Roadstar. But I think the music they have created as Heaven’s Basement is by far superior to anything they have released in the past. Their self titled 6 song e.p. is simply excellent, it has everything a fan of hard rock would want, killer songs, killer hooks, and solos with enough attitude to fill a large room.
Everything gets started with “Tear Your Heart Out”, this song is like a punch in the face that turns into a beating. Bassist Rob Randell lays down a great groove with drummer Chris Rivers as Sid Glover and Jonny Rocker are assaulting you with their twin guitars. Richie Hevanz’s voice sounds like he lives on a steady diet of whiskey and cigarettes and it is a perfect match for the band. This song is a classic example of drop the top, crank the stereo, and sing along at the top of your lungs as you are flying down the road.
“Executioner’s Day” keeps us in the same frame of mind, it may be a little heavier than “Tear Your Heart Out” but it still has a killer groove and Sid Glover absolutely smokes this solo.
If you have been paying attention you should have noticed how many times the word groove pops up and while all six songs on this release are filled with groove but none as much as “Graduation”. Randell and Rivers are absolutely awesome on this song with Glover close behind.
“Saint Routine” and “Fear of Getting Off” both follow the same recipe as the first three songs with the same outstanding results. To wrap up the guys go out just like they came in with all guns blazing with “Reign on My Parade”.
The only complaint I have about this release is there aren’t more songs, especially “No Pity” and “Can’t Let Go” which you can hear on both the band’s myspace page and the official web site. But I understand them not being included because they were written and recorded after the e.p. was released. If this was a full album it would be amazing. But some songs are better than none and this e.p. makes me more excited about the release of a full album from Richie Hevanz and the fellas.
You can BUY the e.p. at this link http://www.backstreet-merch.com/bands/hvnbt/product.asp?item=hvnbt03 and you can check out all of these songs and more at http://www.heavensbasement.com/jukebox.php or the band’s Myspace page www.myspace.com/heavensbasementofficial
You can add Heaven’s Basement to the list of bands that are bringing hard rock back to the spotlight and of the bands on that list Heaven’s Basement may damn well be the best of the bunch.
- Tear Your Heart Out
- Executioner’s Day
- Saint Routine
- Fear Of Getting Off
- Reign On My Parade
Heaven’s Basement is:
Richie Hevans – Vocals
Sid Glover – Guitars
Jonny Rocker – Guitars and Background Vocals
Chris Rivers – Drums
Rob Randell – Bass
Backstagelivemagazine.com has posted an interview with Freakshow’s Tony Franklin and Frankie Banali. In case you haven’t heard Freakshow is a new project made up with vocalist Markus Allen Christopher (Miss Crazy), guitarist Jeff Labar (Cinderella), bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm & Blue Murder), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) on drums. Here is a portion of BSL’s interview.
TFL: ‘Freakshow’ is your latest musical project – how did your part in this project come to fruition?
FB: My initial musical involvement was a very straight forward affair. Markus asked me when I would be available to come in and lay down drum tracks and I let him know what my available times were. Once we sorted the time frame out, he sent me I think three or four songs that he had as drum machine demos that were very well done. I flew up to San Jose4 where Markus is based out of and started to work. He had budgeted three days for pre-production and three tracking days. We completed the pre-production in one rehearsal, just he and I, and then I recorded the 10 tracks in two evening sessions. One was a seven hour session including set up, miking, getting drum sounds and tracking the drums for seven of the songs. The next evening I recorded the next three songs in about 2 hours. There was a problem with the recording drive which wiped out the very first song I did on day one, so early the next morning before flying back to LA I had to go back in to the studio, set up the drums again and re-cut the first track. The Pro Tools system can sometimes be Pro Fools! There was one additional track, the eleventh one, which was just Markus singing and playing acoustic guitar. I had him send me a MP3 of it and I took that into a studio in LA and added congas, shakers, tambourine and a timpani and sent the files back to him. He liked it and added it when he mixed the record.
TFL: When I spoke with Tony Franklin he mentioned that you contacted him to participate in playing bass for the album. What is it about Tony’s style of bass that drew you to him?
FB: Well, I think it’s a matter of record that Tony, that is MR. FRANKLIN, is my favorite bass player to work with and record with. He is the total package. Great player, very inventive, knows just what to play on every song; you always know it is Tony when you hear him because he is that distinctive and he is a wonderful person. There are four bass players that I have always admired and wanted to work with. Jaco Pastorios, John Paul Jones, Glenn Hughes and Tony Franklin. Since I did actually play one song with Jaco when I was in a south Florida club band and he came up and sat it, I played with Glenn Hughes on the Hughes/Thrall album and a few live shows & having had the opportunity to play live and record numerous sessions with Tony, three out of four has been great for me!
TFL: When I spoke with Markus, he mentioned that there is talk of taking the album on the road to play some live shows. Tony has clearly stated that he will not be playing bass on the road – will you be on the drums Frankie?
FB: It was always understood that Tony would only do the record and not tour. There were no surprises there and no issues. I am very interested in touring with FREAKSHOW. The question really is with the music business being in the state that it’s in, there are a lot of factors that will determine if it will be possible to tour.
You can check out the full interview by visiting http://www.backstagelivemagazine.com/?page_id=323
Since reuniting in January 2007 to perform a benefit concert, GREAT WHITE has moved forward with the successful release in the summer of the same year of their return album “Back To The Rhythm”, a record which was hailed by critics and fans as a return to the heydays of the band. After a world tour that celebrated the first 25 years of GREAT WHITE and that brought them for 14 concerts to Europe, bass player Sean McNabb opted out and was replaced by Scott Snyder (ex-RAMOS,ACCOMPLICE).
The band (which of course includes longtime members by Jack Russell,Michael Lardie, Audie Desbrow and Mark Kendall) went back to the studio and produced the brand new album “Rising”, once again a tribute to the GREAT WHITE root sound with rock, blues and strong melodic elements.
The soulful, blues-based signature sound that turned songs like “Face The Day”, “Rock Me” and “Save Your Love” into international hits, can also be found on the new songs which are currently being mixed by the band’s keyboard player Michael Lardie.
“Rising” will be released by Frontier Records with a release date scheduled for March 13th.
“Rising” track listing:
02. All Or Nothin’
03. I Don’t Mind
06. Is It Enough
07. Last Chance
08. Danger Zone
09. Down On The Level
10. Only You Can Do
11. My Sanctuary
12. Let’s Spend The Night Together
GREAT WHITE is:
Jack Russell – vocals
Michael Lardie – guitars, keyboards
Mark Kendall – guitars
Scott Snyder – bass
Audie Desbrow – drums