Phoenix-based new progressive metal band, BACK FROM ASHES, have joined the award-winning Independent A&R Firm, Big Noise!
With the self titled, Ryan Greene-produced EP hot off the press, a recent endorsement deal with the famed Jackson Guitar Company, and loads of media exposure, Big Noise was the next logical step on the band’s proverbial ladder to success.
Specializing in artist development, music promotion, and publicity, Big Noise bring to the table over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the music business. They are also a full voting and nominating member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. – The Grammy Awards.
The teaming of Back From Ashes with Big Noise is sure to make a tremendous impact within the metal genre.
Frontiers Records is happy to announce the release of CRASH THE SYSTEM’s debut album entitled “The Crowning” on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow.
The CRASH THE SYSTEM – project came about as a collaboration between song-writer Sören Kronqvist (former Finnish 400 meter hurdle champion and songwriter for Michael Bormann, House of Lords and CC Rock between others) and drummer/producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, The Murder of My Sweet) in the fall of 2008. The duhas known each other for a couple of years and they respect each other’s work. Sören and Daniel decided to make a project together with songs they enjoyed writing. “The original plan was to make one song with Daniel and try to get that song out to a band or an artist. And, if it would turn out good we would do more together” explains Sören. “The first song we did was All Because Of You and we both were really happy with how that song turned out. A few record companies also liked the song. We then recorded three more songs and got good response from them as well and that’s when Frontiers came into the picture”.
Thanks to Daniel’s extensive music background, good reputation, and connections in the music business he managed to bring in some of the top names in Sweden into the project. Guest vocalists on the project are: Göran Edman (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum, Brazen Abbot, etc), Mats Levén (Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Infinite Mass, etc), Thomas Vikström (Ex-Talk Of The Town, Candlemass, etc) and Björn Jansson (Ex-Ride The Sky, Tears Of Anger, etc). Appearing on the album are also Johan Niemann (Mind’s Eye, The Murder of My Sweet etc), Daniel Palmqvist (The Murder of My Sweet), and Manuel Lewys (Machinery, Elwood, etc) on guitars with additional keyboards by Andreas Lindahl and additional backing vocals by Angelica Rylin (The Murder of My Sweet).
“The sound of Crash The System is a mix of 80’s hard rock/metal, modern metal, some symphonic influences and a few hi-tech elements” continues Sören. “I come from a softer side of metal and Daniel comes from the prog side of rock and metal. Crash The System is where we both meet. The “crash of styles” and the added touch of the four fantastic singers Göran Edman, Mats Leven, Thomas Vikström and Björn Jansson as well as the additional musicians gives the sound an interesting character. We wanted to keep it fairly simple with catchy melodies. Just put in the cd in the cd player and rock, not having to listen to the record 20 times to understand it”. Fans of 80’s Melodic Hard Rock with influences of modern symphonic metal should not be disappointed with the catchy choruses and great melodies sung by some of the top hard rock singers around. “Hopefully people will like the songs and look forward to the next album and more material from us. We feel that all songs are about equally strong, none of the songs are fillers” concludes Sören.
“The Crowning” final tracklisting includes: Fight Fire With Fire; All Because of You; I Still Believe In Love; Love Is In Your Eyes; Love Is In Your Eyes; Take a Chance; Enough Of Your Lovin’; Mysterious; Angel Of My Heart; Rolling Stone; Don’t Tell Me No Lies; Broken Glass; Higher and Higher; Without Chances.
Rob Thorne, lead singer and guitarist from Connecticut power metal band Sacred Oath, will be the special guest on this week’s edition of Hard Rock Nights on ClassX. Sacred Oath will release their new self-titled album on May 12. The first single, “Counting Zeros,” has already made an impact on the hard rock world through features on MTV’s Head Bangers Blog, BW&BK’s Knuckletracks Player, and as an iTunes Discovery Download “Pick of the Week,” with an estimated 300,000 downloads during the week of April 6. Thorne will speak with JT about the new record, the 22-year old whiz kid guitarist in the band, and plans for touring and future singles from the record. Be sure to tune in on Saturday, May 9, from 9-11 pm EDT on classxradio.com.
More information on Sacred Oath can be found at sacredoath.net.
In addition to guest appearances, Hard Rock Nights features the best hard rock music released over the past four decades, including Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Quiet Riot, Guns N’ Roses, and Black Sabbath. More information on the program can be found at hardrocknights.wordpress.com.
First winner of the Jezebeth Ultimate Band Contest, Eden’s Curse featuring a duet with Michael Eden and Pamela Moore, have released their new music video “Angels & Demons” to be featured in Damien Dante’s forthcoming Original Motion Picture Jezebeth, which will be released via Satania 6 Films later in 2009, as well as the Dark Star Records accompanying Soundtrack.
The band have also inked a deal to include the promo video as a bonus inclusion on the DVD release of Jezebeth. The video features clips from the movie starring Bree Michaels as Jezebeth.
Eden’s Curse head out on tour in the UK & Ireland next month with Finnish Power Metal sensations Stratovarius and Greek Melodic Metallers Firewind.
There are very few times, especially in today’s music scene, where a band actually lives up to the hype that precedes them. For Chicago based rockers the Last Vegas they not only live up to the hype on their new release “Whatever Gets You Off” they completely blow all those expectations out of the water. But then again, the Last Vegas is not just some new band that walked in off the streets and into the recording studio to record “Whatever Gets You Off”. The band has been releasing albums since 2004 and along with endless touring have definitely paid their rock ‘n roll dues, the fact they have Nikki Sixx helping drive the boat only helps take the band’s punk, sleaze/glam inspired rock to the next level. The only complaint I have about “Whatever Gets You Off” is the fact that six of the eleven songs on this album were also included on their 2008 self titled release. But for anyone hearing the guys for the first time that isn’t going to really matter.
The title track “Whatever Gets You Off” kicks off the whole shebang with a modern sounding Dangerous Toys groove, especially at the chorus. The band as a whole absolutely smoke this song, but vocalist Chad Cherry and guitarist Adam D’ Arling especially stand out. D’Arling shreds his solo on this track and Cherry is so full of swagger and attitude it just spills all over this song. If you want a song to crank and piss the neighbors off this is definitely the song. “I’m Bad”, which is the first single and video, follows up with a thumping nasty groove laid down by drummer Nate Arling and bassist Danny Smash. “High Class Trash” and “Loose Lips are two more swagger and attitude filled rockers with some great foot stomping grooves courtesy of some great bass lines from Danny Smash.
“Apologize” is probably the biggest surprise on “Whatever Gets You Off” after four straight up rockers, a piano and strings based dare I say power ballad with a great 70’s arena rock feel to it was the last thing I was expecting but the band is able to pull it off. You can definitely expect lighters and cell phones lighting up for this one if the band performs it live. “Cherry Red” gets the band back on track with a great sleazy groove and sing along chorus. “Dirty Things You Do” is a great stripper song with a Velvet Revolver feel to it. The remaining four songs on “Whatever Gets You Off” are all re-recorded versions of songs from the band’s last release other than a few subtle changes here and there, they are all note for note versions of the originals.
When summer finally comes around and the top comes off my Jeep “Whatever Gets You Off” is definitely one of the albums I will be blasting all summer long, much to the dismay of my neighbors.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Whatever Gets You Off
2. I’m Bad
3. High Class Trash
4. Loose Lips
6. Cherry Red
7. Another Lover
8. Dirty Things You Do
9. White Lies
10. Love Me Bad
11. Outta My Mind
The Last Vegas are:
Chad Cherry – Vocals
Adam D’Arling – Guitars
Nate Arling – Drums
Johnny Wator – Guitars
Danny Smash – Bass
“A Rite Of Passage” FREE MP3 on RoadrunnerRecords.com – 24-hour promotion!
Starting on May 6th at 12AM EST you can follow the link below to download a free MP3 of “A Rite Of Passage”, the first track from Dream Theater’s upcoming album Black Clouds & Silver Linings, in stores 06.23.09.
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