Multi-million selling Canadians Nickelback have announced that Southern rockers Black Stone Cherry will support them on their upcoming UK arena shows in May. Get your Nickelback tickets!
Dates for Nickelback and Black Stone Cherry’s UK Tour:
Black Stone Cherry aren’t aliens to huge arena tours after securing an opening slot with rock legends Def Leppard and Whitesnake on their European double headline arena tour. They are released their second studio album ‘Folklore and Superstition’ in August 2008. Vocalist/guitarist Chris Robertson reflects on the process, saying,
“Starting out as a band seven years ago, with high hopes and even bigger dreams, I honestly believe this record shows the experience of our past travels, and gives a hint of the future. It captures all the energy and heart that embody Black Stone Cherry. We took some chances on this album and I believe that our fans will appreciate seeing the other sides of the band that they may or may not have known existed.”
Nickelback vocalist, Chad Kroeger has also commented on his take on Nickelback’s popularity, “I honestly think that with every song you release you have to keep winning your own fans over again,” he explains. “I want every single song to be amazing. That’s what I want to hear, so that’s what we have to try to provide to our fans.”
Courtesy of Classic Rock.
Hardline was formed when brothers Johnny (vocals) and JoeyGioeli, originally from the band Brunette, teamed up with guitarist Neal Schon (Journey). Signed by MCA as soon as Schon left Bad English, with the addition of Todd Jensen (David Lee Roth, Alice Cooper) on bass and Deen Castronovo (also coming from Bad English and later on with Journey) on drums, the band went on to record their debut “Double Eclipse” for MCA in 1992 and then went on the tour circuit with such heavy hitters as Van Halen and Mr. Big. (guitar)
While never popular in the mainstream, Hardline’s album became immediately very popular among the Hard Rock fraternity and is still today regarded as one of the finest efforts of the decade. However by that time grunge and alternative styles had already taken over and Melodic Rock was being pushed aside. Tension among band members, the record company and perhaps certain egos, got in the way of an immediate follow-up album, despite the band having written more than enough material.
Years later Johnny (who in the meanwhile gathered vast recognition signing for the German axe-hero Axel Rudi Pell) and his brother Joey decided to give it another go with Hardline after the call of Frontiers Records and with an all new line-up they produced the awesome return album “II” in 2002, with Josh Ramos (of The Storm and Two Fires fame) taking Neal Schon’s place on lead guitar.
Johnny and Josh Ramos started to work on new Hardline songs in 2006. With a renewed line-up now featuring Johnny Gioeli on vocals and Josh Ramos on all guitars, with Michael T. RossJamie Brown on bass and Atma Anur on drums, Hardline are now back from where they have left off producing a killer new album “Leaving The End Open”, chock full of killer guitar riffs, amazing hooklines and heartfelt ballad sealed with Gioeli’s incredible vocals and the band’s instrumental prowess. In Johnny Gioeli’s words “Leaving The End Open has a nice mix of flavors… take “Voices”: it’s power, it’s positive feeling, it puts me in a “I can do anything mood, or “Start Again” purely radio. Everyone on this record shines!” . on keyboards,
Final tracklisting of “Leaving The End Open” includes:
“Today’s worldwide economy has made it so difficult for artists to get out on the road and share the music with the fans” concludes Johnny. “Our fans do not go unnoticed… we will do everything possible to play shows and demonstrate the power this line up has”. The album will be released on May 19th in the USA via Frontiers/Super D and in Japan on King Records.
From Santa Cruz, CA with a sound somewhat similiar to Black Label Society and taking influences from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne comes Archer. This three man band consisting of Guitarist/Vocalist Dylan, bassist Isiah, and Duke T on drums have a huge sound for a trio. A blend of the best in past and present styles, brought to life seething with pure energy. On their album “Doomsday Profits” all of those influences shine through on such songs as “the Man Who Knows All”, “Pride Before The Fall”, “Brewtality” and “Van Salem”.
Archer won “Best Local Band 2008″ in the Metro Santa Cruz Goldies Awards, and played in the 2008 Sweden Rock Festival. The guys have played with everyone from Heart and Blue Oyster Cult to Heaven & Hell and Testament. Archer is scheduled to be a part of Black Label Society’s “Black Label Bash” with BLS & Dope when it hits the Pacific Northwest and Canada in March.
Heart Of Steel Records has announced the signing of reformed ’80s Swedish metallers TORCH for the release of their new album, entitled ”Dark Sinner”. Due on April 3, the CD is said to be “best-of” collection of sorts, featuring re-recorded versions of the band’s biggest and best songs as well as two never-before-released cuts.
“Dark Sinner” track listing:
02. Beyond The Threshold Of Pain
03. Fire Raiser
04. Watcher Of The Night
05. Battle Axe
06. Hatchet Man
08. Sweet Desire
10. Hot On Your Heels
11. Sinister Eyes
13. Beauty And The Beast
14. The Dark Sinner (previously unreleased track)
15. We Will Fight (previously unreleased track)
Following the release of ”Dark Sinner”, TORCH will embark on an european tour, plus they will spread some classic Swedish steel at one of biggest heavy metal festivals in Europe, the mighty Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 3-6, 2009.
Heart Of Steel general manager Primo Bonali commented: “I grew up with the music of TORCH as well as countless heavy metal band in the ’80s. Still TORCH has always been one of my favourite European heavy metal bands. I remember buying the first TORCH album in a stinky and old record store specialized in used vinyls. It was a shock! I remember finding myself jumping in the living room at the sound of ’Warlock’ and ’Beyond The Threshold Of Pain’!!! Then came out ’Electrikiss’, the second album, and it was worth all the expectations. So it was very disappointing to know back then that the band split up after that album. Now having TORCH on my label is one of these ‘dreams came true’ that only happens a very few times in a lifetime! It happened. So I have to say thanks, first of all, to the band who believed in us, and then to all of you guys over there who always support the real heavy metal scene.”
You can preview tracks from Torch by visiting their myspace page