Blabbermouth.net has reported the following:
MASTERPLAN, the melodic power metal band led by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, has released the following statement:
“After months of rumors and speculations, it is now official: [Norwegian singer] Jorn Lande will once again join forces with his old bandmates and work on what is expected to be yet another MASTERPLAN masterpiece.
“The new album is already in the works and Jorn is right now in Roland Grapow Studios in Slovakia recording his vocals.
“The release date is not yet decided, but the album is scheduled to hit the market sometime in early 2010.”
Lande recently told Germany’s Rock Hard magazine about his renewed collaboration with MASTERPLAN, “We never had problems with each other, but professionally, we decided for to go separate ways for a while. . . I am happy that we are . . . working together again — mainly because the combination of MASTERPLAN‘s music and my singing [is] truly something special.”
Lande left MASTERPLAN in May 2006, citing “musical differences” between the vocalist and the rest of the band. During the songwriting process for the group’s third album, it became increasingly apparent that the other members of the band had different visions and plans for the group’s musical direction. While Jorn allegedly wanted MASTERPLAN to follow a more melodic path, the rest of the band apparently wanted to return to the metallic roots of their debut album.
Vocalist Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS) announced his departure from MASTERPLAN in January 2009 after recording just one studio album with the group — 2007’s “MK II”.
Lande‘s new solo album, “Spirit Black”, was released in June via Frontiers Records. The follow-up to last year’s “Lonely Are The Brave” CD — which entered the national chart in Norway at No. 28 and Sweden at No. 42 — was described by Jorn as “a solid and defined album that will shake the classic metal world and hammer the future Jorn legacy in stone!”
Jorn Lande cut his teeth with such internationally renowned acts as ARK, MILLENIUM, VAGABOND and THE SNAKES.
Rev Theory (formerly Revelation Theory) is easily the biggest band on stage two at Cruefest this year. Check out their video clips below.
Cruefest is arguably the biggest touring hard rock festival in 2009. To this avid concert goer, the best thing about Cruefest is, and always will be Motley Crue. You may not like the lineup of Cruefest 2. I don’t either. I am not sure if performing the entire Dr. Feelgood album is a great idea. There is no question that Motley Crue is band that is drawing me to Cruefest, and will continue to bring me back year after year!
Enjoy the video clips below!
Adam Bomb is exploding all over Europe this summer setting the festival scene on fire with his relentless guitar riffs.
A high-voltage performer, NEW YORK cult figure and living legend for rock purists. Adam Bomb is one of the top glam rock acts touring Europe over the past 5 years.
Now’s your chance to witness his genius sharing the stage with Motôrhead at the Bulldog Bash in the UK on the 8th of Aug 09.
Tickets are selling out as we speak for his concerts at Mondo Bizarro in Rennes France, United Club in Turin Italy,
Moods in Monte Carlo, Monaco Yardbirds, **Kickstart 2010** Grimsby UK, and mega more.
Check out the list of concerts to come http://www.myspace.com/adambombonline
turn up your amps to sample tracks like
“I Want My Heavy Metal”, “Rock Like Fuck”, “Je T’aime Bebe”
Adam himself is the featured lead guitarist on John Paul Jones´(Led Zeppelin) most recent solo album, The Thunderthief.
He’s also the lead guitarist & musical force on Hanoi Rocks front man Michael Monroe´s last solo record, Whatcha Want.
As a concert guitarist, Adam has played live on stage and in the studio with Chuck Berry, John Paul Jones, Jimi Hendrix bassist Noel Redding, Cliff Williams of AC/DC, Billy Idol, Axl Rose, Johnny Thunders, Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler, Sylvain Sylvain of The New York Dolls, Mick Taylor of The Rolling Stones, Marc Bolan backup singers Flo & Eddie, Lemmy from Motorhead, Dee Dee Ramone, Jimmy Crespo (Aerosmith), Yngwie Malmsteen, and the list goes on…
To see Adam live is glam rock at its best and heavy metal in its most molten form.
Adam is the real deal. A rock martyr. Amazing. Invincible. And dangerous when lit.
England’s Eruption is a four piece that comes to us by way of Brisbane Australia, made up of Darren Grant (Vocals), Santi Rigolizio (Guitar), Lee Golledge (Drums), and Nick Power (Bass) this Italian Aussie band came together in 2003 after Santi Rigolizio moved to Australia from Italy with hopes of breaking in to the Australian music scene. After placing a few ads in the local newspapers Rigolizio finally got a call from Darren Grant and the seeds of Eruption were planted.
The next 6 years saw the band go through numerous members and two different names, Mobstar and Daz Rigo, before the band signed with Escape Music and changed their name to Eruption.
Eruption’s debut is titled “All Screwed Up” and is chock full of 80’s inspired hard rock with some great playing and background vocals. Darren Grant is a powerhouse whiskey and cigarette type of vocalist, but Santi Rigolizio is an absolute monster on guitar. Give such tracks as “Bad Girl”, “Naive”, and “Reflection” a listen and it is easy to hear.
Love ’em or hate ’em, you can’t deny that Godsmack is a major part of Cruefest 2 this year. Check out the f0ur video clips below! Enjoy!
After just two weeks since their debut release was unleashed to the general public WATCHMEN have already received rave reviews. Don’t go thinking that this is the same old hype that many labels attempt, WATCHMEN are the real deal!
Check out the band for yourself at www.myspace.com/zrockrecordsuk and grab your copy at www.zrecords.net or any good retailer.
Here’s what the press say about WATCHMEN’s prolific debut, can you afford to be left in the cold??
“Wow what can i say but superb, one of the finest melodic rock albums for a long time. Ivan Sencion’s vocals are a must for all fans of Whitesnake/Badlands etc. Its just a fantastic all round album, if this is the standard of Z-Rocks new releases,I think the label will once again be a major contender for the top melodic rock label Chris Nelson www.phoenixradio.co.uk
‘an album that packs more punch than Diego Maradona in a World Cup Quarter Final’? Kev McDempster 7Waves 92.1fm
‘Sounds like Mr Big playing heavy rock in a London Basement in 1982’ Rock Realms.com
“A full throttle hard rock attack, a great album from a band with a big future” The Mayfair Mall
“80s melodic hard rock with a distinct BURNING RAIN / WHITESNAKE influence, paired with the commercial overtones of 80s US melodic rock like HARDLINE. Well produced and played this is indeed a very nice surprise and should find a good home at every melodic- and hard rock collection. ” AOR Heaven
“this band could become in the near future the Argentian version of GOTTHARD! Although the best songs on their same titled debut CD are very close to classic WHITESNAKE.This band from ….Argentina…. is something worth checking out asap” Strutter
Download Free MP3 of “BEHIND THE SUN” from ‘THE CHAIR IN THE DOORWAY’
The first new track to be released from the band’s forthcoming album…
HARD ROCK NIGHTS is pleased to announce yet another new affiliate station! Internet station KWTF “The Edge” (http://www.kwtfworldwide.com) will begin airing HARD ROCK NIGHTS every Friday beginning July 24.
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Theory of A Deadman is the 3rd band to hit the stage in Cruefest 2 this year. While I still think this slot on Cruefest makes as much sense as Trapt did last year, I can not deny the hit singles that the band has had. Check out the videos for “Bad Girlfriend”, “Not Meant To Be” & “Make Up Your Mind” below.
I think the warning statement on the back of the Feel the Steel CD case pretty much says it all. “This CD that you are about to listen to contains parodies that feature foul language, adult content, satanic imagery, and depictions of sexually deviant fantasies that may offend the religious right, the unreligious left, fat girls, skinny girls, metrosexuals, animal lovers, animal haters, hippies, skinheads, the current presidential administration and people with ears. The record label and its parent companies do not endorse or support the opinions of Steel Panther. They just think the f–king rock.”
Hair metal parody bands are not a new thing. Skrapp Mettle arguably did it first, of course some may say Spinal Tap, but that wasn’t a real band. The bottom line is this, none of them were as good as Steel Panther. If you are easily offended, you probably aren’t going to like this disc. If you have a sick or twisted mind, Feel the Steel is going to make you laugh, as well as make you rock. I saw these guys at M3 and they were great live. I knew I had to seek out a copy of this disc as soon as possible. The band has changed names quite a few times. The were originally known as Danger Kitty, Metal Shop & Metal Skool prior to Steel Panther. They band is pretty well known in L.A., but as Steel Panther they are beginning to make a name for themselves globally. Quite a few of the songs on the CD, are carried over from the extremely hard to find Metal Shop CD, Hole Patrol. Nonetheless, Feel the Steel rocks all the way through. There isn’t a bad song on the CD.
Every time I listen to this disc, I hear quite a few bands that Steel Panther has borrowed from. Whitesnake, Warrant, Van Halen, RATT and Bon Jovi are just a few of the bands that Steel Panther has taken their sound from. The amazing thing is the music is so tight, you almost forget that you listening to a parody band. The lyrics won’t let you forget for long though. If this CD was a movie, it would definitely be X-Rated. Feel The Steel is not appropriate for kids, so don’t even try to play this one if your family is present.
Feel the Steel may not be for everyone, but I have enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I think a bunch of you will too.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Death To All But Metal
2. Asian Hooker
3. Community Property
4. Eyes Of A Panther
5. Fat Girl
6. Eatin Aint Cheatin
7. Party All Day
8. Turn Out The Lights
9. Stripper Girl
10. The Shocker
11. Girl From Oklahoma
12. Hells On Fire
Steel Panther is:
Michael Star – Vocals
Satchel – Guitar
Lexxi Foxxx – Bass
Stix Zadinia – Drums
Armored Saint is releasing a FREE demo version of a new song titled Loose Cannon. This demo (performed with a drum program) gives you all a glimpse into Armored Saint’s writing process and is also a nice taste of what’s to come on the band’s forthcoming full-length studio release.
The demo for Loose Cannon is available right now Tuesday, July 21 and is available only at the band’s MySpace page www.myspace.com/armoredsaint1 and at the Metal Blade Records website www.metalbladerecords.com – FREE download HERE!
And for those of you who will be attending the Rock Gone Wild Festival in Northwood, Iowa on August 23rd, the Saint will be performing this new song Loose Cannon in their set.
Armored Saint has finished up writing and will begin recording in early fall for a spring 2010 release on Metal Blade Records.
Keep up to date on all things Saint at the following locations:
TWISTED SISTER will guest on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Wednesday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. PST / 11:30 p.m. EST. Fans are encouraged to speak with TWISTED SISTER by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information, visit http://www.RocklineRadio.com
TWISTED SISTER – Live performance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this Thursday July 23
TWISTED SISTER performed its classic song “We’re Not Gonna Take It” last Thursday, July 16 on “LIVE! with Regis & Kelly”.
Watch the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OynQecMSCf4
Check out these exclusive pics from the LIVE! with Regis & Kelly show:
As announced last week, thrash legends Anthrax regretfully cancelled the first three dates on the second leg of their European tour due to new vocalist Dan Nelson’s unexpected illness. An additional seven European dates are also cancelled, those scheduled from July 22 to July 30. Anthrax is thrilled to announce that they will play the August 1 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, with their good friend John Bush joining them for a very special one off performance.
The members of Anthrax have confirmed the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. In light of this development, Anthrax’s slot on the U.S. Slipknot dates set for August and September, has also been cancelled. Anthrax is already actively considering lead singer candidates, and look forward to hitting the road before the end of the year.
FANS TO GET AN EARLY EARFUL OF NEW SONGS DURING SIX KILLER NORTH AMERICAN DATES
NEW ALBUM, COSMIC EGG, COMING OCTOBER 13
Wolfmother is back with sharpened chops, and the band will preview new material on the road this summer, including a run of shows with the Killers. The Sydney, Australia, rockers have joined on as the main support for six shows in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, where they’ll unveil the songs they’ve spent months recording in L.A. Tickets are now on sale for the following dates:
Mon-Aug-31 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Tue-Sep-01 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach
Wed-Sep-02 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Fri-Sep-04 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
Sat-Sep-05 Montreal, QC Quai Jacques Cartier
Sun-Sep-06 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheater
Fans in L.A. can experience the whole album set to mind-blowing visuals on July 27 at the Laserium CyberTheater at the historic Vine Theater in Hollywood. Wolfmother also plays August 22nd at KROQ’s Epicenter ’09 festival at the Fairplex at Pomona in California.
The Grammy-winning four-piece recently dropped teaser track “Back Round” on iTunes, MySpace.com/wolfmother and wolfmother.com. And the foot-stomping, fuzz-drenched song will soon challenge players of Activision’s Guitar Hero 5. Wolfmother is also opening for AC/DC on its “Black Ice Tour,” beginning in February in 2010. The down-under tour, featuring two groups of Sydney’s finest sons, sold out faster than any in the Australia’s history.
Led by hirsute shredder Andrew Stockdale, the band cooked Cosmic Egg for three years, taking time to lock in a permanent lineup and build on the self-titled album that gave the world the insta-classic track “Woman.” They recorded over the course of two months with heralded UK producer Alan Moulder (Smashing Pumpkins, The Killers, My Bloody Valentine). His sweeping and storied career as an iconic record-maker coupled with Wolfmother’s immortal song craft add up to nothing short of a rip in the time-space continuum. But each one of these face-melting tunes was written to be played live and loud.
Wolfmother plans to headline a U.S. tour after the album’s release later this year.
Foreigner’s triple vision for its upcoming release? A three-disc set of new music, remixed hits and live performances.
Can’t Slow Down, due Sept. 29 on Rhino Entertainment, unveils 13 new songs produced by Marti Frederiksen and Mark Ronson. The title track is a nod to NASCAR and the band’s appearance at this year’s Samsung 500 in Texas.
A second CD remixes such classics as Double Vision, Cold as Ice, Urgent, Hot Blooded and I Wanna Know What Love Is. And the set’s DVD culls performances of hits in 5.1 surround sound, plus footage from Foreigner’s current European tour.
The collection will be sold exclusively at Walmart for $12. The band launches its U.S. tour July 30 in Morristown, N.J.
Courtesy of USA Today.
Get ready to Ratt n’ Roll on the high seas! Sunset Strip superheroes Ratt will sail the Caribbean this November as part of ShipRocked, a multi-day floating festival. ShipRocked sails from Ft. Lauderdale on November 15 and returns you to reality five days later. Along the way, ShipRocked ports in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Georgetown, Grand Cayman. Queensryche, Tesla, Skid Row, Lynam, Endeverafter, Broken Teeth, Stereoside, Stonerider and the Niki Barr Band will join Ratt for the wet n’ wild vacation of lifetime.
Ratt are known for mega glam metal hits like “Round and Round,” “Lay It Down” and “Back for More.” Ratt will rock your face off and party hard with fans aboard ShipRocked. Who knows? You might even hear a choice cut or two from the band’s new album, due sometime this fall.
On ShipRocked, it’s all about the music – but other activities abound like exclusive meet and greets with the artists, theme nights, heavy metal karaoke, contests, charity auctions and maybe even a few all-star jam sessions!
“The biggest advantages ShipRocked has over other land-based festivals are intimacy and access,” says ShipRocked promoter Alan Koenig. “The venue and audience size are smaller, so the performances are much more up close and personal than they would be otherwise. Plus it is substantially easier for the bands to meet and greet all of their fans onboard, versus just a few people before or after a show. Add to that a number of other unique interactive events hosted by the artists and our guests will have plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time with their idols.”
ShipRocked sails November 15 -20, 2009 on the beautiful MSC Poesia. The Poesia is the third vessel in the MSC Cruise Line’s “Musica” family of ships. This ship features MSC Cruise Line’s signature Italian inspired decor, impeccable service, sumptuous cuisine in multiple restaurants, beautiful swimming pools, hot tubs plus a full-service spa and fitness center. Nearly two-thirds of the ship’s staterooms include private balconies! Pricing varies by cabin and is subject to availability, but starts at only $749 (per person, double occupancy) for an interior stateroom. The prices include your cruise (room and board), all the concerts, meet and greets and other exclusive events during the trip. For booking and more information, please visit www.getshiprocked.com, or call 877-855-5502.
ShipRocked will truly be the ultimate rock and roll vacation and backstage pass!
WEDNESDAY 13 has announced a full UK tour with his latest musical outlet, rock band, GUNFIRE 76.
The First Blood Tour will feature special guests, Bullets and Octane. Scheduled dates are as follows:
Dec 01 Concorde 2, Brighton, UK
Dec 02 Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Dec 03 Academy 2, Bristol, UK
Dec 04 Vice, Swansea, Wales
Dec 05 Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK
Dec 06 Academy 2, Birmingham, UK
Dec 07 Cathouse, Glasgow, Scotland
Dec 08 Academy 2, Newcastle, UK
Dec 09 Academy 3, Manchester, UK
Dec 10 Garage, London, UK
Dec 11 Academy 2, Oxford, UK
Dec 12 Cockpit, Leeds, UK
“GUNFIRE 76 will be my extension into the rock world,” says Wednesday. “After touring with THE CHELSEA SMILES, Todd Youth and I found ourselves discussing the bands we grew up on and decided to put a band together that fits more of the rock and roll sound of KISS, DEAD BOYS, NEW YORK DOLLS, THE STOOGES and the in-your-face rock n roll sound. Not being signed to a record label allows me to create new projects and continue growing as an artist.
GUNFIRE 76’s debut is set to be released in October 2009. The CD will be distributed throughout the UK and Europe via The Global Music Group.
For more information on the band visit www.myspace.com/gunfire76
Drowning Pool has the second slot on the Cruefest 2 bill. Check out their videos, “Enemy”, ‘Soldiers” & “Step Up”.
In my opinion, Jorn Lande is one of the best new metal vocalists to come along in quite some time. His releases rarely ever disappoint me, and the new CD, Spirit Black is no exception.
The opening cut and title track “Spirit Black” is the greatest song Ronnie James Dio never wrote. Jorn Lande shows off his awesome Dio like mimicry on this tune, and it is damn cool as a result! Lande’s long time axeman Tore Moren plays some wicked guitar on this song.
“Below” isn’t my favorite JORN track by any means, but this tune does a good job keeping the pace going. Tore Moren’s guitar work is the highlight on this one.
The ultra creepy intro on “Road of the Cross” almost made think this was a Black Sabbath tune. I love the chugging guitars on this track.
I found it ironic that Heaven & Hell has a song Rock and Roll Angel, and JORN has “Rock ‘N’ Roll Angel”. They are two completely different songs
but I have to give a point to JORN. JORN’s “Rock ‘N’ Roll Angel” is clearly better. This JORN tune is a heavy yet melodic rocker that takes a couple of spins to fully absorb. Jon Berg makes a guest appearance and throws in some very cool guitar licks on this track.
“I Walk Alone” is a Tarja Turunen cover song. I haven’t heard the original song, but JORN’s version is pretty good. This song is a
little slower paced than the average JORN song, but Lande owns it vocally anyway.
My overall impression with Spirit Black is that it has stellar musicianship, and great vocals, but I am not so sure that the songs are all that memorable. It is a good disc, but not quite as good as some of JORN’s past releases. I like this CD well enough to replay it, and I wouldn’t turn it off if I heard it on the radio. I am a die-hard JORN fan though, so it might not have as much appeal to other folks. I would recommend giving the songs on JORN’s myspace a listen if you are on the fence.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Spirit Black
3. Road of the Cross
4. The Last Revolution
5. City Inbetween
6. Rock’n’Roll Angel
7. Burn Your Flame
8. World Gone Mad
9. I Walk Alone
Jorn Lande – lead vocals
Tore Moren – guitars
Sid Ringsby – bass
Jimmy Iversen – guitars
Willy Bendiksen – drums
Igor Gianola – guitars on “City Inbetween”, “I Walk Alone” and “The Sun Goes Down”
Espen Mjoen – bass on “City Inbetween” and “The Sun Goes Down”
Nic Angileri – bass on “I Walk Alone”
Jon Berg – additional guitars on “Rock’n’Roll Angel”
Tommy Hansen – additional keyboards
A hot rumor that is being talked about on the Aeroforce one message board as well as Twitter right now, is that after the current Aerosmith tour, Steven Tyler will be leaving Aerosmith.
Fact or Fiction? Let us hope that this one isn’t true!
U.K. glam rockers Tigertailz have been forced to cancel their appearance at Rock Gone Wild, the Iowa-based, four-day festival which is being held August 20-23 at The Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood. According to the band, “Administrative problems leading up to the event have proved impossible to overcome in time for the band to travel to the USA.”
The group adds, “Tigertailz are hugely frustrated and disappointed with this outcome and apologize to those looking forward to see them. The band really wanted to be part of this. However, with many necessary formalities not being finalized and the show only a matter of weeks away, the situation has become an impossible one.” Once again, to those in the USA wanting to see Tigertailz, our sincerest apologies – if there was any way of being there, we’d be there – hopefully we’ll get to you soon…
Tigertailz, which consist of Kim Hooker (vocals), Jay Pepper (Guitars), and Matt Blackout (Drums), had been scheduled to perform on Thursday’s lineup with Saigon Kick, Honeymoon Suite, Tyketto, Warrant, and others. There has been no word on a replacement act at this time.
Can’t get enough Clutch these days? Check out http://www.pro-rock.com/freesongweathermaker to download a free never-before-heard Clutch mp3 called “Metroliner Special.”
Simply go to the above URL and enter your email to have the track sent directly to your inbox and get rockin’ with bonus Strange Cousins from the West material. See why they been called “a reliable source of constant unstoppable rock” in yet another gut-busting track from the Maryland rockers.
For those who have not heard the Poodles, you have no idea what an amazing band you are missing out on. The band has released two stellar albums in Europe “Metal Will Stand Tall” and “Sweet Trade”. With the release of their amazing new album “Clash of the Elements” the band hopes to finally break into the American music scene and once they do I think the sky is the limit for these Swedes. I recently had the opportunity to talk to bassist Pontus Egberg to tell me all about “the Poodles”.
HRH: For people that may not be familiar with the Poodles could you give us a brief history of the band?
Pontus: The band was formed in late 2005 when we had the opportunity to perform in the Swedish leg of the Eurovision Song Contest. For those of you who are not familiar with the Eurovision it is a contest for new music all over Europe, it’s a very big thing back home in Sweden, something like half the population of Sweden sit and watch the final on TV.
After the appearance in this contest the wheels started moving quite rapidly for The Poodles and in the spring of 2006 we released of debut album “Metal Will Stand Tall”. The rest of that year we basically spent on the roads in Sweden and in January of 2007 “Metal Will Stand Tall” was released all over Europe and we headed out on tour together with Hammerfall and Krokus, a trip that took us all over Europe with something like 31 shows in 35 days.
Back from that journey we started recording our sophomore album and with some touring back home in Sweden coming in between the album “Sweet Trade” was released in September of 2007. Right after the release we headed out on another journey through Europe, this time together with Swiss rockers Gotthard. During the spring of 2008 we hit the roads of Europe once again and this time as the headline act. The tour carried on through the summer back home in Sweden and after that we started the preparations for recording our third album.
“Clash Of The Elements” was released on the Swedish market May 20th of 2009, the early fall will see the European release and we really hope we will be able to officially release the album, or all of our albums, in the states really soon.
HRH: The new album is titled “Clash of the Elements” is there a story behind the title?
Pontus: No, not really, it actually came up when we were discussing the album cover design. Someone had the idea to use the old symbols for the four different elements, earth, water, fire and air, and to do something with that. Then the title “Clash Of The Elements” came up and it fits really well with everything we do. First of all we’re four musicians and when we clash together sweet music comes out and we’ve always liked to mix different styles and to use elements in our music may not be typical for our style of music so that can also be a clash of the elements that ends up in something great, hopefully.
HRH: This is the first album with Henrik Bergqvist and his playing is amazing. What was it like going into the studio with a new guitarist?
Pontus: It’s always a bit nerve wrecking, of course. We’d done two albums with our former guitar player and we weren’t sure what thing were going to sound like with Henrik but as you say yourself, his playing is simply amazing, he did a really good job. We weren’t that worried though, I must say, we had done quite a few live shows with Henrik and he had already blended in to the band in a fantastic way so we were pretty sure it was going to turn out great.
HRH: Was the band surprised when Pontus Norgren announced he was leaving the band to join Hammerfall?
Pontus: Yeah, we were all taken a bit by surprise I guess but now, a little more than a year later, when Henrik has found his place in the band we’re all really happy. Henrik fills the spot of guitar player in The Poodles in the best possible way and I talk regularly to Pontus and it seems like he’s really happy in his new band.
HRH: When it came time to find a replacement for Pontus did the band already have Henrik in mind or was there an audition process? If so how many guitarists did you audition before deciding on Henrik?
Pontus: Yes and yes. Henrik was one of the first names that came up but we had quite a few applicants for the spot so we sorted out the top four names, Henrik was one of them, and held auditions. After a day in the rehearsal studio playing with the different guys it was pretty clear that our first hunch had been right and Henrik was asked if he wanted the job and he accepted.
HRH: When I compare “Sweet Trade” to “Clash of the Elements” I can here a big difference and growth in the songwriting. What was the songwriting process like for the band with the new album?
Pontus: The song writing process actually looked pretty much the same as on our previous albums. We’ve always liked to work with different songwriters in order to try to get the best possible song on our albums. We all contribute and I guess you could say Jakob is the common denominator to all of it because he’s involved in most of the songs in one way or the other. Then we sit with a whole bunch of songs and are having trouble choosing the top songs for the album. It usually works out pretty well though, no big fights or anything like that.
HRH: Was Henrik involved in the writing process for “Clash of the Elements”?
Pontus: Yes, Henrik and I wrote a few songs together that we put in to the pile of music and one of them, Don’t Rescue Me, ended up on the album.
HRH: When I listen to “Clash of the Elements” as well as “Sweet Trade” and “Metal Will Stand Tall” I hear Queen and Gotthard influence. Are they influences of the band? What are some of the other bands that have influenced the Poodles music?
Pontus: We’re all pretty much brought up on the classic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal of the ‘70s and ‘80s so I guess involuntarily we have a lot of influences from that style of music, bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, and many, many more. Queen is definitely one of those bands. Gotthard though I had personally never heard before we toured with them in 2007. It’s a fantastic band so I don’t mind if there seems to be some of them in our music but that’s definitely unintentional. Apart from that, as I mentioned earlier, we really like and listen to and take influences from a lot of different styles of music, pop, classical, anything.
HRH: I love every song on “Clash of the Elements” but “No Tomorrow”, “Don’t Rescue Me”, “Give Me A Sign”, and “Dream To Follow” are my favorites. What is your favorite song off the new album? What is your favorite song overall to play live?
Pontus: Thank you! I think you made some very good choices there. I guess I could add “I Rule The Night”, “Heart Of Gold” and “Too Much Of Everything”. Favorite song to play live varies a bit from one night to the other but I would say, personally, that my favorite is probably “Thunderball”.
HRH: What are the tour plans in supporting the new album? Is there any chance your fans in the U.S. will get to see you live?
Pontus: We are currently on tour back home in Sweden all through the summer and a tour of Europe is currently being put together and that is planed to start in October and will probably be a going on for a month or so. About the US, we would definitely like to come over and play for you guys and we are looking in to different options on how get our music properly released over there. If that falls in to place the way we want, who knows. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
HRH: How many songs off “Clash of the Elements” will the band try to fit into the live set this time around?
Pontus: We currently play five songs from the new album in our live set, “Too Much Of Everything”, “Caroline”, “Like No Tomorrow”, “One Out Of Ten” and “I Rule The Night”. During the European tour this fall we will probably add one or two more songs from “Clash Of The Elements”
HRH: When I wrote my review for “Clash of the Elements” I mentioned there was not an American A&R rep smart enough to sign the Poodles to an American recording contract. Has the band had any talks with U.S. record companies about getting your albums released here in the states?
Pontus: First of all let me say I really like that comment and yes, we’ve had talks and talks are still going on, right now as a matter a fact, and we really hope to get something together for the US this time around.
HRH: “Metal Will Stand Tall” and “Sweet Trade” are both available for download from I-Tunes and “Metal Will Stand Tall” is available as a digital download on Amazon. Any idea when “Clash of the Elements” will be available for download on I-Tunes or Amazon?
Pontus: No, actually I don’t. Real soon I hope.
HRH: Over the last few years the Swedish hard rock scene has just exploded to the point that it seems like there is a new Swedish hard rock band releasing an album practically every week. What do you think is the reason for the popularity of Swedish hard rock bands?
Pontus: I actually have no idea what the reason for this is but I love it, it’s a great thing and I think the popularity of this style of music is growing, not only in Sweden, but in a lot of other places as well and that is a really good thing for anyone who plays or just enjoys this kind of music.
HRH: Is there a lot of competition between the different bands or is there camaraderie between the bands?
Pontus: A bit of competition is just a healthy thing I think but mostly I would say everyone is supportive; basically we all have the same goal and the same mission. We all work hard to reach out with our music.
HRH: Did you know “Clash of the Elements” is the first and only album I have ever given a 10 guitar review for?
Pontus: No, I didn’t know this. Thanks a lot, I read the review and I’m still blushing. It’s really great to know that there are people on your side of the Atlantic who enjoy our music and it makes us want to come over there and play even more.
HRH: Is there anything else you would like to say to Poodle fans before we let you go?
Pontus: I would like to encourage you, if you like our music, to help us spread the word, talk to your local radio station or what ever and help us get The Poodles’ music out there. Then maybe some A&R rep will see things clearly and offer The Poodles a proper record deal in the States and we can come over and play for you all. We are certainly up for it.
HRH: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us, we really appreciate it.
Pontus: It’s been a pleasure and thanks for the support!!!
Yesterday, Sunday July 20th was the official start of Cruefest. All this week, Hard Rock Hideout will post videos from all of the Cruefest bands! Who else but Charm City Devils to start up the fun this week?
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Stumbling around on Youtube this weekend I came across a couple of bands that were lost in the “Grunge Revolution” in the early 90’s. First up is Canada’s Saints & Sinners, even with the help of Aldo Nova, Jon Bon Jovi, & Richie Sambora the band couldn’t survive Seattle. Which is a shame because their one and only album is filled with great rockers from beginning to end just a damn shame they never got a real chance to show the world what they had.
Next we have Marc Ferrari’s post Keel project Cold Sweat. Not only did they have to deal with Seattle but an incompetent record company also a.k.a. MCA. Absolutely one of the worst record companies in the music industry when it came to handling hard rock bands. In the case of Cold Sweat MCA cut the band loose the day their debut “Break Out” was released. Bassist Chris McLernon went on to join Saigon Kick, while Ferrari put together another band first called Ivory Tower before changing their name to Medicine Wheel and releasing two albums.
Any fan of melodic hard rock should definitely have both of these albums in their collection. Both are easy to find on EBay or Amazon though they may not exactly be cheap.
Souls of We featuring George Lynch has posted a new video on youtube. Check it out!
Eonian Records, the world’s new premier archive label is pleased to announce two new July releases: SHAKE CITY “Self-Titled” and UZI “Madhouse” both available July 20th.
SHAKE CITY features twelve sleazy, ear candy tracks produced By: Erik Turner of Warrant & Tommy Thayer formally of Black N’ Blue / currently of KISS; featuring “Game of War” written by Jani Lane formerly of Warrant. This is the album music fans have been screaming for over 20 years! According to the band, all they ever wanted to do was satisfy music fans by serving up the kind of songs that made you pump your fist and shout, “Hell yeah, that f**kin’ rocks!”
The new SHAKE CITY release on Eonian Records is simply amazing, the sound quality is perfection and the tunes, the tunes blew me away! Songs like “Hot Love,” “Psychedelic Ride,” “Submarine,” and Get It While It’s Hot” have those great hooks that are missing in music today. This one is an exceptional release! Do yourself a HUGE favor and SHAKE CITY one to your collection! 4 ½ Stars out of 5
~ Brian Rademacher CEO of RockEyez.com
1. One Good Reason 2. Hot Love 3. Betty Blue 4. Get It While It’s Hot 5. Submarine 6. Little Lianne 7. Lust & Love 8. Psychedelic Ride 9. Sweet Dreams 10. Can’t Get Over You 11. Game of War 12. Bad on Wheels
UZI was influenced by the metal rock wave ridden by bands like AC/DC and Motley Crue. Their debut, a collection full of razor guitars, piston-powered drums, and sleazy-pop hooks, displays ten extraordinary songs unleashing a barrage of swagger. “American Dream” and “Rocker” are soon to be classic metal anthems. Title track “Madhouse,” arguably the album’s best song, will raise blood pressure after just one listen. “Away From My Heart,” one the band’s strongest songs, undoubtedly rivals any rocker ballad by GNR, Motley Crue, or Skid Row.
“WOW ….is the first word that came to mind when I heard UZI’s “Madhouse” release from Eonian Records. This release is reminiscent of Sebastian Bach-era Skid Row! If you’re looking for in your face rock n’ roll with a heavier edge, you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection without wasting another precious moment!
~ Andrew Babcock, Hair Metal Mansion
1. Madhouse 2. American Dream 3. Mutha’s Knockin’ 4. Rocker 5. Do What I Do 6. Away From My Heart
7. Raise Hell 8. From the Gutter 9. Wreckerd Man 10. For the Money
Both releases also feature the stellar graphic design art from Suicide Graphix and will not disappoint. SHAKE CITY “Self-Titled” and UZI “Madhouse” is now both available at any store that sells TRUE Hard Rock and Metal.
However, if your favorite store does not carry Eonian Record’s artist, please visit www.EonianRecords.com. CD’s are in stock and are ready to ship …so place your order today!