Are you ready for Hysterica? This all female heavy metal band released their debut album, “Metal War” in January.
Check out their video “Girls Made of Heavy Metal” below! This is great stuff!
Who needs gold if you have a stack of Airbourne’s “Ready to Rock” EP? Another copy turned up on Ebay last week. This one sold for a crazy $382.00. That is $47.75 per song.
Grab one if you can find it!
Rock Gone Wild, America’s newest and most diverse rock festival, is on the move-literally.
Organizers of the show announced that the Iowa-based, four-day festival is being moved from Freedom Park in Algona to The Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood.
“The size of the festival necessitated the change,” stated Donnie Frizzell, managing partner of Rock Gone Wild. “Thus, the move to Diamond Jo’s will allow us to best serve the fans of the festival who have already bought tickets, all of the great bands we’ve booked, our employees and those who are still making plans to attend.”
“We’d like to thank everyone involved at Abate and the City of Algona who helped us prepare over the last year for the event. Unfortunately, after visiting the venue several times this year and also looking forward to next year, we decided to make the move to best serve the future of the festival, ” Nathalie Faghihi, festival general manager, added.
The Diamond Jo Casino is a gambling casino and entertainment complex located just south of the Iowa/Minnesota border on Interstate 35 in Northwood. The new venue is 110 miles south of Minneapolis and 135 miles north of Des Moines, which means fans who are flying into those areas will actually be closer to the venue than they would have been to the Algona site.
“This is the first four-day, mega rock, outdoors festival in the world that has aligned itself with a major casino location,” Frizzell said. “We want to offer all concert goers the ultimate experience to fulfill all of their entertainment desires. This is something Rock Gone Wild as an intellectual property will roll out worldwide in 2010.”
A list of hotels in the Clear Lake/Mason City and Albert Lea areas will be posted at the festival website this week. “There are more than 20 major hotels in the area to accommodate our fans,” Frizzell added.
“The move allows us to consolidate our festival operations into one premium site that is located just off a major highway,” Frizzell continued. “We will be able to set-up stages in one venue instead of two, and can use the hotel and casino to accommodate the bands, media and also give fans something to do after the music stops.”
The festival will still be held on August 20th-23rd. All previously sold tickets will be honored on the original dates. Rock Gone Wild in a four day outdoors Rock Festival. VIP, Platinum and general admission advance tickets are now on sale. RV and tent camping site are also available for those wanting to experience everything at Rock Gone Wild has to offer.
The festival organizers have announced the line-ups for each day of the festival:
Thursday, August 20th: Saxon, Jackyl, Warrant, April Wine, Honeymoon Suite, Black ‘N Blue, Ernie and the Automatics (featuring former Boston members Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian), Sick of Sarah, and Savior.
Friday, August 21st: Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saigon Kick, Cherie Currie (of the Runaways), Powerman 5000, Tyketto, Marcy Playground, Rhino Bucket, Attention, Signum A.D., Throw the Figh and Ashamed.
Saturday, August 22nd: Twisted Sister, Skid Row, Lita Ford, Dokken, Great White, Kix, L.A. Guns (featuring Phil Lewis), Hardcore Superstar, Primal Fear, Dangerous Toys, Helix, Junkyard, Frankenstein 3000, Sex Department, Mighty Swine and Stallion Four.
Sunday, August 23rd: George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Candlebox, Sevendust, Saving Abel, Eve 6, Tantric, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Tuff, Lillian Axe, The Texas Hippie Coalition, Downtread, Archer, Fresh Hot Lint and Stuck on Stupid.
Check out Helloween’s video, “I Want Out” below. This is from the 1988 album, Keeper of the Seven Keys, Part 2.
Hit this link, and grab a free download of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s song, “Still Unbroken”!
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
DVD, Blu-ray and Live CD
ON FAVORED NATIONS SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2009
Guitar legend Steve Vai will release his concert film and live CD Where The Wild Things Are September 29th, 2009 on Favored Nations Records. The show was recorded and filmed at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN before a sold-out audience as part of Vai’s successful Sound Theories world tour.
Visit http://favorednations.com/wtwta-preview to view the concert trailer.
Where The Wild Things Are is Vai’s 21st solo project contributing to his 20,000,000 unit worldwide sales that have accumulated over his 30 year career. Vai chose the State Theatre to film because of its large, lush acoustics and the historical theatre’s gorgeous interior.
Vai is widely known for both his unprecedented guitar playing techniques and the unique design of his signature series Ibanez Jem guitar. But his fans have become inextricably drawn to his melodic depth, and dynamic stage performance. The continued evolution of his craft is made apparent in the astonishing musicianship presented in Where The Wild Things Are.
The 2 hour and 40 minute set contains several new tracks and re-orchestrated pieces culled from his rich catalog. His guitar-wielding extravaganza in “The Murder” is an artistic performance piece that must be seen to be believed.
The addition of virtuoso violinists Alex DePue and Ann Marie Calhoun add a dazzling dimension to Vai’s compositions and stage show, delivering fans the unexpected edge they always expect. Other world-class musicians chosen for Vai’s band are: Bryan Beller (bass), Jeremy Colson (drums), Dave Weiner (guitar and sitar) and Zack Wiesinger (lap steel).
“When I put a band and a show together I try to create an entertainment experience that I would like to have if I was sitting in the audience,” explains Vai. “I like to witness great musicianship but nothing too cerebral or overindulgent, I like to be stimulated by a large dynamic range of emotional intensities and melodic richness, I enjoy when people love their instrument and it shows by their oneness with it, I like to feel as though I’m part of a family with the audience and the band, and I like to walk away feeling uplifted and not beat up by somebody’s ego or the things they hate about themselves and the world. And of course I want a cool t-shirt.”
Performance Track Listing:
1. Paint Me Your Face
2. Now We Run
4. Building The Church
5. Tender Surrender
6. Band Intros
8. The Crying Machine
9. Shove The Sun Aside
10. I’m Becoming
11. Die To Live
12. Freak Show Excess
13. Apples In Paradise
14. All About Eve
15. Gary 7
16. Beastly Rap
17. Treasure Island
18. Angel Food
19. Earthquake Sky
20. The Audience Is Listening
21. The Murder
23. Whispering A Prayer
24. Taurus Bulba
27. For The Love Of God
Where The Wild Things Are is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and audio CD.
Black Water Rising’s Self Titled Debut was released on iTunes today. BWR’s new album features the track, “Brother Go On” in the video below.
For two long years, I struggled trying to find a reasonably price copy of EZO’s debut CD. Finally, I decided to cave, and pay the import price from Japan. In the U.S., this CD is pretty scarce and extremely hard to find. I originally had EZO’s debut on cassette tape back in the day, but it eventually was worn out from too many plays. The CD was reissued in 2005, but only in Japan. In the U.S., this disc has been out of print for years.
Many of you probably aren’t familiar with EZO. They are a Japenese metal band that was signed to a record contract by Geffen Records in the eighties, and produced by Gene Simmons. The band had a couple of albums released via Geffen, and a few music videos in support of their albums which got quite a few plays on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.
EZO was originally known as Flatbacker in Japan, and had released a couple of discs under that moniker as well.
So was this CD worth the wait? Most definitely yes. It has been a long time since I have listened to these songs, but I am still enjoying them after all of these years. I have to give some credit to Gene Simmons, as he really got the most out of this band. The production on this CD is top notch, and sounds fantastic. I get a kick out of hearing Masaki’s howling vocals on “House of 1,000 Pleasures” and his growly delivery of “Flashback Heart Attack”.
This disc is actually a lot heavier than I remembered it to be and all of the songs are pretty solid all of the way through. The musicianship of EZO is surprisingly better than a lot of the hair metal acts that followed them. EZO’s guitarist, Shoyo Iida was a pretty big talent on the six string. I really like his playing on this disc a lot. Where did this guy disappear to?
If this CD has any detriment to it. It is a little on the short side. Nine songs clocking in at a little less than 36 minutes. But is nine very good songs! The bottom line is this, if you can fine EZO’s debut CD, buy it, you won’t be disappointed. I like this one a lot, and I think you will too!
Rating: Out of 10
1. House of 1,000 Pleasures
2. Flashback Heart Attack
3. Mr. Midnight
4. Here It Comes
5. I Walk Alone
7. Big Changes
8. Kiss of Fire
Masaki Yamada – Vocals
Taro Takahashi – Bass
Shoyo Iida – Guitar
Hirotsugu Homma – Drums
Check out the latest video from Backyard Babies, “Degenerated”.
After Japan’s most intriguing new musical export performed its first major U.S. series of concerts on 2008’s Rockstar Taste Of Chaos Tour, D’espairsRay (Dis-pairz’-ray) returns to America in 2009 with its most accessible album to date. Whether tagged industrial, metal, or J-Rock, the band’s third album, Redeemer (Hip-O/UMe), to be released July 21, 2009, is just the quartet’s second to be issued in the U.S.
D’espairsRay rose from Tokyo’s vibrant indie underground scene, releasing demo tapes, maxi-singles and EPs, often in very limited quantities and sold at only a few stores or given to fans at concerts. But the distinctive sound, unique visual concept, and enigmatic live shows from singer-lyricist Hizumi, guitarist Karyu, bassist Zero and drummer Tsukasa soon gained a wide following. The group’s 2003 single “Garnet” became its first to hit the top spot on the Japanese indie chart and in 2004 D’espairsRay traveled outside its homeland for the first time, playing in Berlin and Paris.
Initially, D’espairsRay was wedded to the eccentric and flamboyant Japanese “visual kei” movement, which features striking makeup, unusual hair styles, elaborate costumes, and androgynous aesthetics. But the band gradually broadened its horizons and moved closer to J-Rock, with its glam, hard rock, punk and nu metal influences. D’espairsRay premiered on U.S. stages in 2005, primarily at anime conventions. The 2006 European release of its debut full-length album, Coll:set, prompted performances throughout the continent, including becoming the only Japanese band to play one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe, the Wacken Open Air, as well as shows in New York City and Florida.
In 2007, D’espairsRay released the album Mirror and performed at the J-Rock Revolution event in Los Angeles. Mirror was issued in the U.S. the following year to coincide with the Taste Of Chaos Tour. The late 2008 Japanese release of Redeemer–notably more mainstream, and controversially less dark and gothic than the band’s earlier music–spun off a trio of national hits with the cheery “Brilliant,” anthemic “Kamikaze” and catchy “Horizon.”
With Redeemer, D’espairsRay ventures ever deeper into the musical consciousness of America.
Check out D’espairsRay online at this link.
Let me start this rant, by stating that I love Motley Crue. I rarely miss them when they come to town. I have supported them since I first heard them back in the early to mid 80’s. When the Cruefest 2 tickets went on sale, I did not hesitate to buy a pair. Yes, the ticket prices for this festival have gotten out of control, but that is not my issue with the festival at all.
When Motley Crue started up this festival,they said they were looking for bands that embodied rock and roll. That is a fair enough statement, and a good idea at that. I like the idea of them mixing it up with some current bands. It brings a wider mix of fans to the venues for the festival. The idea is obviously working, as they aren’t having a hard time selling tickets. Cruefest 2 looks to be as successful, if not more so than the festival last year.
So why the rant? I am not so sure the bands on the bill this year is the right mix. I am actually looking most foward to seeing the Charm City Devils play. Sadly, they are only going to get 30 minutes to perform. That is too bad, but Cruefest is going help introduce these guys to a whole new bunch of fans. Good for them.
I admit that I am not a huge Drowning Pool fan. They have some songs that I like, but I must admit that I would have picked them to open up for the Crue. I have heard they are really good live, so I will give them a chance.
I have seen Theory of a Deadman previously. I can not deny that they have some good songs on their disc, Scars and Souvenirs, but their spot on this bill makes as much sense as Trapt did last year. Not to mention the fact that they just aren’t interesting to watch. The last time I saw them, they live performance wasn’t much to talk about. Of course, they played directly after Airbourne, if that tells you anything.
Godsmack. Did Motley Crue get it right with this pick? Probably so. This band is probably big enough to headline their own show. They are going to bring a massive draw to the festival. Once again, I am not a huge fan of these guys, but I must admit that I am curious to see what they can do live.
Motley Crue. Ok, this is a no-brainer. Always a good show, and a good time at a Crue show. The band announced that they are going to play the entire Dr. Feelgood album live. There were already a bunch of songs from this disc in their set already, so this won’t be much of a stretch from last year’s show. I am not crazy about a band doing a whole album in their set. If I were Motley, and I was going to perform one disc from their catalog, it would be Shout at the Devil. Imagine if they performed in their makeup and crazy outfits they wore in the 80’s. That would be awesome! Oh well….maybe next year.
In case you missed it, it was announced late in the game that a second stage sponsored by Monster Energy drink was added to Cruefest 2. There was a rumor that Duff McKagan’s Loaded was added to the bill, and things were truly looking up for Cruefest 2. Then the announcement came….and what a doozy it was. The five bands on the second stage are:
Rev Theory, Shram, Cavo, 16 Second Stare, and a local band from each city that Cruefest plays in. I have seen Rev Theory before, and they are a pretty good band live. They may surprise a few folks.
The other bands on the bill, Shram, Cavo and 16 Second Stare got a reaction from me that went something like this: Who? How? What happened? What the ****? With a second stage they could have turned this already growing festival into a true monster (pun intended). They made this announcement very late in the game, and I am sure booking the stage two acts had to be quite a challenge. Nonetheless, I am scratching my head over these choices. I don’t think any of these bands will draw fans, or help sell more tickets to Cruefest.
What happened to Loaded? Where is The Last Vegas? Is this truly the best you could do? Somehow I doubt it. Maybe some of the bands will turn out to be great, but I won’t hold my breath.
As a whole, I am less than excited, if not disappointed about this year’s Cruefest, but I will go once more to support one of my all time favorite bands. What is your take on Cruefest 2?
HARD ROCK NIGHTS is pleased to announce another new affiliate station! Internet station Stickman Radio (http://www.stickman-radio.com) will begin airing HARD ROCK NIGHTS every Friday at 1 p.m. EST beginning July 24
For more information on the HARD ROCK NIGHTS radio program, or to become a broadcast affiliate, visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com.
I never got the chance to see the band ICON play live. After seeing the clip below, even with its staticky audio, and dizzying video,I think they sound great. I hope this band does some more shows, or at least records some music together.
ICON now features Sheldon Tarsha on vocals as well as Dan Wexler & Dave Henzerling on guitar. Check it out!
SHOW AIRS SUNDAY JULY 19 AT 11PM
Steel Panther will be featured as the arch rivals in a Battle of the Bands on the Z ROCK comedy series that follows three friends leading a double life: by night they’re a hard-partying rock band and by day they’re a kids party band. Z ROCK is (kinda) based on the true story of the band Z02 (brothers Paulie Z and David Z, and lifelong friend Joey Cassata) and gives a satirical look at the dark underbelly of the rock n’ roll dream.
Z ROCK airs Sunday at 11pm EST on IFC with repeats Tuesday at 10pm and Saturday at 7pm! For more information on the show visit www.ifc.com/zrock and for the most up-to-date news on Steel Panther head over to www.SteelPantherRocks.com!
Frontiers Records proudly announces the release of the brand new HOUSE OF LORDS album entitled “Cartesian Dreams” on September 18th in Europe and October 13th in the USA.
Following the 2008’s release of “Come to My Kingdom”, a record equally hailed by critics and fans as one of the highlights of the season, HOUSE OF LORDS carved another masterpiece that sets in stone the legacy of one of the most productive and impressive bands of the scene. “This new CD was truly a labour of love” says singer James Christian. “I was so fortunate to be able to work once again with my writing partner and friend Mark Baker. The last time Mark and I worked together was to write and record “Demons Down”. We have a great chemistry when it comes to writing songs. Jimi Bell once again gave us smoking tracks and Tommy Denander also put his contribution on a few great tracks”.
The songs written for the new cd offer many different flavours. “The band as usual always strives to stay true to its sound but this time around we expanded our horizons a bit without compromising the trademark sound that so many people expect from us”, continues James “ We don’t want to keep making the same record over and over, so this time around you will hear a few things you did not hear on the previous CD’s”.
House of Lords debuted in 1989 with the release of the self-titled album, a record which is still regarded as one of the best Arena Rock releases of the 80’s. The colossal sound, the soaring vocals of James Christian and instrumental capabilities of the band (which featured ex Angel and Giuffria Gregg Giuffria, along with such luminaries as Lanny Cordola, Chuck Wright and Ken Mary), reminiscent of such frontrunners as Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Van Halen, immediately brought the band to the attention of the media and fans.
With their sophomore release entitled “Sahara”, House of Lords gained considerable chart success with their cover version of Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home”. After a tour with Nelson in 1991, the group disbanded, eventually coming back with a new lineup (only featuring original members Giuffria and Christian) in 1992 with “Demon’s Down“. With the change of the musical climate, House of Lords went into hibernation, until the original lineup came back together in 2000, releasing of the controversial “Power and the Myth” an album which featured a sound leaning more towards Progressive Hard Rock with 70’s rock influences.
After a short European tour, singer James Christian decided to go back to the trademark Arena Rock sound of House Of Lords, putting together a new line-up with the blessing of founding member Gregg Giuffria, who opted out right before the release of “Power and the Myth”. New members Jimi Bell on guitars, B.J. Zampa on drums and Chris McCarvill on bass supplied a true powerhouse sound to the fifth studio album “World Upside Down”, a record which caused a real stir in the Hard Rock and Melodic Rock scene and was followed up by the equally impressive “Come to My Kingdom”.
The new album “Cartesian Dreams” includes the following songs:
“Cartesian Dreams” is a natural progression for a band that has such a long history and is just what you would expect and even more: superb hooks, majestic atmospheres that bring back the memories of the debut album, monumental guitar riffs and a production to die for. “The one common thread with the band is that we are always on the same page in terms of what want our records to sound like” concludes James. House Of Lords continues to grow with every record and everything in “Cartesian Dreams” shines from the first second to the last!
House of Lords will appear live in Europe with the following dates already finalized and many more in the works.
September 24, Hamburg (GER), Headbanger’s Ballroom
September 25, Obermarchtal (GER), GemeindeHalle
September 30, Verviers (BEL), Spirit of ’66
October 3, Pratteln (CH), Z7
October 5, Vienna (AUT), Gasometer
October 8, Munich (GER), Garage Deluxe
October 16, Bologna (ITA), Estragon
October 17, Cermenate (ITA), Motorockas
October 31, Rockalies (FRA), Normandy
One of the bands performing at Rock Gone Wild this year, that I am really excited about is Hardcore Superstar. Their 2007 album, “Dreaming In A Casket” is great, and their follow up, “Beg For it” is a great disc as well.
Check out the clips from this awesome Swedish band below. Don’t miss your chance to catch the band perform live in their only scheduled U.S. performance! You can purchase tickets for Rock Gone Wild at this link.
When I found out Halestorm was opening up for a couple of bands that I saw earlier this year, I didn’t think they would be much. I still got to the show on time, because I wanted to check them out. Much to my surprise, the band made me an instant fan with their excellent live set, and they have impressed me more with their new self titled CD.
Lzzy Hale is easily one of the best new female rockers to come around in a long time. Not only can has Hale dished out some powerful vocals on this disc, but she has also added some tasty guitar licks as well.
The first two cuts “It’s Not You”, and “I Get Off” are two very rocking tracks. “It’s Not You” has some cool crunching guitars and is very catchy. Lzzy Hale really cuts loose with the screams on “I Get Off”. Both of these tunes are easily my favorites on this disc.
Not that it is a bad thing, but “Bet U Wish U Had Me Back” reminds me of a Kelly Clarkson song. Maybe that isn’t a fair comparison, but I could see this song having some crossover potential on to the pop/rock radio stations.
“What Were You Thinking” is a crunchy rocker with some cool guitar parts & great vocals (seeing a pattern here yet?). This is another hit worthy tune.
I really couldn’t find a bad song in the bunch on Halestorm. That is a credit to Lzzy Hale’s strong song writing, musicianship and awesome vocals. This band has a lot of talent, and I am sure I will be hearing a lot more from this Pennsylvania four piece in the near future. Give the band a chance, and I think you will be surprised this CD. You can check out some of the songs on this disc on the Halestorm myspace page .
Rating: Out of 10
1. It’s Not You
2. I Get Off
3. Bet U Wish U Had Me Back
5. Familiar Taste of Poison
6. I m Not An Angel
7. What Were You Expecting?
8. Love/Hate Heartbreak
9. Better Sorry Than Safe
10. Dirty Work
11. Nothing To Do With Love
Lzzy Hale – Vocals & Guitar
Joe Hottinger – Guitar
Arejay Hale – Drums
Josh Smith – Bass
Kick Ass Comeback Album, Wicked Wonderland, Soon to Follow With Lita’s highly anticipated first album in nearly fourteen years set to be unleashed on October 6th, Wicked Wonderland, the queen of metal has been wowing audiences all summer long with live dates – primarily in Europe. But come the fall, the U.S. will receive its first full-on set of live Lita dates. “They’ve been incredible!,” says Lita about the performances thus far. “Everyone has treated us so good. The energy is intense – the audience is a very important part of the show.” While some rockers are surrounded by assistants and hangers-on to take care of their daily duties, Lita has opted to take her home life on the road, where she is joined by her husband, former Nitro singer Jim Gillette, and their two sons, James and Rocco (age twelve and eight, respectively). Just what is at typical day for Lita, Jim, and the kids? “Bad food – it isn’t mom’s – plane rides, airport fun…isn’t security a blast now? Then there was the bomb threats in Sweden, but hey, the bomb sniffing dogs were cute!” Despite the audiences’ unfamiliarity with the Wicked Wonderland material beforehand, it’s been fitting in perfectly amongst all the classics. “There are a few songs that have to be played live, like ‘Close My Eyes,’ ‘Kiss Me Deadly,’ ‘Hungry,’ and ‘Back to the Cave.’ But the new stuff is so much fun to play – it’s so freakin’ heavy! We’re very excited for everyone to hear the new stuff. It rocks hard. We’ve been playing ‘Crave’ and ‘Betrayal’ [off of Wicked Wonderland]. The reaction has been overwhelming. By the second or third chorus, everyone’s singing along.”
And how does it feel for Lita to finally be hitting the concert trail once more? “It’s wonderful. I’ve been blessed in so many ways, and one of them is my fans. They’re so good to me. Some bands have what I call ‘fair weather fans’ – they’re there when there’s a hit, and gone when there isn’t. That’s never been the case for me. My fans have been there through all the good, the bad, and the ugly, and that’s what makes them so great. When we play ‘Close My Eyes’ it’s amazing – the crowd sings so loud I can’t hear them over my guitar! The energy I get from them is incredible. Recording is fun but playing live is the best. It’s always been my favorite part of all this. I’ve been on stage since I was 16 years old – it’s a big part of who I am. It feels like home to me.” Soon, Lita’s rabid stateside fans will get the chance to experience her royal metallic majesty on a concert stage nearby. “Our show is all about forgetting everything and just having fun. There’s enough bad news on TV. If you want to just let it all hang out and rock like there’s no tomorrow – come out to a show.”
Lita Ford Tour Dates:
- Jul. 17 – Monndance Ranch Jam – Walker, MN
- Jul. 18 – Midwest Rockfest – Mayfield Kansas
- Jul. 24 – Molson Canal Concert Series – North Tonawanda, NY
- Jul. 26 – Ridgefield Playhouse – Ridgefield, CT
- Aug. 03 – Buffalo Chip – Sturgis, SD
- Aug. 22 – Rock Gone Wild – Algona, IA
- Sep. 05 – Taste of Cleveland – Cleveland, OH
Rocklahoma 2009 is now two days gone, but the videos keep trickling in. Check out these new clips from Youtube.
Twisted Sister – You Can’t Stop Rock and Roll
Helix – No Rest For the Wicked
Mass – Reach For the Sky (Filmed by Yasmine Baluch for Dunbar Productions)
Danger Danger – Bang Bang (From behind the stage)
Five Finger Death Punch has posted a new song, “Hard to See” on their myspace page. If this new song gives any idea of what the up and coming 5FDP album is going to sound like, sign me up now!!
Check it out at this link.
From the Crash Diet myspace page:
Its official! SIMON CRUZ (from Jailbait) is the new singer of CRASHDÏET! As if you bastards havent figured that out already ya f****rs =)
An interview with the new lineup is released in Sweden Rock Magazine, in stores today! A translation will be available soon… mean while, check out the new pix of the new lineup in our gallery!
In 1984, Twisted Sister stormed the music world with STAY HUNGRY, featuring the timeless hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock,” among many others. Now, Rhino Records celebrates the multi-platinum hit with a 25th Anniversary Edition that includes a bonus disc of unreleased outtakes and early demos from the original sessions, as well as “30,” a new track recorded especially for this collection by the 1984 lineup: Dee Snider, Jay Jay French, Eddie Ojeda, Mark Mendoza and A.J. Pero.
Now you have a chance to win Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry 25th Anniversary CD and one lucky grand prize winner will also take home an Epiphone Jay Jay French Signature Guitar autographed by all original Twisted Sister band members. Don’t miss your chance to score a very cool edition of a monumental album and your very own Pinkburst Epiphone.
One Grand Prize:
– Epiphone Jay Jay French Signature Guitar in Twisted Pinkburst (autographed by all the original band members)
– Stay Hungry 25th Anniversary Edition CD
HARD ROCK NIGHTS is pleased to announce a new affiliate station! Internet station Rock Hard Radio (http://www.rockhardradio.net) will begin airing HARD ROCK NIGHTS every Saturday beginning July 25, and re-broadcasting every Sunday beginning July 26.
In addition to this new affiliate, HARD ROCK NIGHTS is expanding to three hours each week! Be sure to tune in every Saturday beginning at 9 pm EDT, and be ready to rock until midnight! The rebroadcast will air noon-3 pm EDT each Sunday.
For more information on the HARD ROCK NIGHTS radio program, visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com.
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FIRST SINGLE STARTS ITS RISE TO THE TOP OF THE ROCK CHARTS;
BAND SET TO LAUNCH TWO-MONTH TOUR
WITH ARANDA AND VAYDEN STARTING JULY 3
TANTRIC’s fourth album, MIND CONTROL, will now be released August 4 on the Silent Majority Group label (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). Originally scheduled for July 21, the album was produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Framing Hanley, Dark New Day) and is the follow-up to 2008’s THE END BEGINS, which produced the Top Five Rock hit, “Down and Out.”
The album’s first single, “Mind Control,” is currently in the Top 40 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart after only two weeks, garnering spins on over 50 radio stations nationwide including Phoenix, Detroit, Dallas, Houston and Chicago, and including Sirius XM’s “Octane” channel. A video for the track was recently shot in Nashville with director Mason Dixon (who directed the video for “Down and Out”) and will be debuting nationwide via MTV2’s Unleashed on August 4.
In touring news, the band–Hugo Ferreira (lead vocals, keyboards), Joe Pessia (guitars), Erik Leonhardt (bass and vocals), Marcus Ratzenboeck (violin) and Richie Monica (drums)—is gearing up for a U.S. tour with their special guests Aranda and Vayden starting July 31 in Syracuse, which will also include various radio station festivals along the route.
After spending nearly a year on the road promoting THE END BEGINS, Tantric returned home to begin penning their new album. Except home, for each member, was a different place in the U.S. So instead of sitting together in a rehearsal space in the same city, the members of Tantric wrote separately, sending files electronically to Hugo, who compiled them into working demos. After a few months, the band had written almost thirty songs.
“It was a really unique way of approaching a record,” Hugo says. “It was definitely more of a collaboration than the last record in terms of writing. And we wrote it together even though we were thousands of miles apart. I don’t know how, but we really wrote an incredible record in a short period of time. I’ve always wanted to make a record like this.”
The band then reconvened in the secluded studio in Poconos where they had recorded their last album, where they spent a week playing the songs live and experimenting with what they had written long distance for MIND CONTROL. Inevitably, some of the numbers shifted and evolved during that week.
“We had written the whole record over the computer,” says Erik. “So a lot of it changed once we got into the studio. When you have everyone in the same room the ideas start changing. ‘What if we do this? What if we do that?’ We definitely went heavier on this record, too. I think it has a lot to do with having all new members. This is the new band, full on and writing together. We never said ‘let’s write a heavier record,’ this is just what happened.”
The songs on MIND CONTROL are far ranging both in terms of lyrical content and sonic aesthetic, something the band feels truly encapsulates who they are as artists. The title track and first single, “Mind Control,” a song about the media, sits on the heavier end of the spectrum, chugging with propulsive guitars and an arena-ready rock melody. “What Are You Waiting For,” fills the other end of the spectrum, an emotionally urgent power ballad that immediately engages its listener. The album, as a cohesive whole, reveals the band that Tantric has become. After a tumultuous ten-year career, a shifting of members, and four albums spent searching for themselves, Tantric has solidified their line-up and crafted an album that successfully represents who they are.
“My goal is always to do what I love and survive at it,” explains Hugo, “but I would like this record to take us farther than the last record. I would like it to establish Tantric as this band that’s not going anywhere. We’ve been here for four records already and every record that we’re delivering is getting better. I’m so proud of MIND CONTROL. It’s the one I’ve always wanted to make.”
Check out Tantric at any of the upcoming tour dates:
DATE CITY VENUE
All dates with Aranda and Vayden (except for the radio shows indicated):
Fri 7/31 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
* Sat 8/1 Altamont, NY WZMR Edgefest/Altamont Fairgrounds
Sun 8/2 Hartford, CT Webster Underground
Tue 8/4 Boston, MA Middle East (downstairs)
Thu 8/6 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Fri 8/7 Baltimore, MD The Quarter
Sat 8/8 Laurel, DE The House Sports Bar & Grill
* Sun 8/9 Rochester, NY WZNE show/Riverside Festival Site
Tue 8/11 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
Wed 8/12 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre
Fri 8/14 Louisville, KY Phoenix Hill Tavern
Sat 8/15 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
* Sun 8/16 South Bend, IN Big 10 Rock Fest/St. Patrick’s Park
Sat 8/22 Maplewood, MN The Rock
* Sun 8/23 Algona, IA Rock Gone Wild Festival/Freedom Park
Fri 8/28 Dallas, TX Trees
Sat 8/29 Houston, TX Scout Bar
Sun 8/30 Beaumont, TX Scout Bar
Wed 9/2 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
Thu 9/3 Abilene, TX Midnite Rodeo
Fri 9/4 Lubbock, TX Tequila Jungle
Sat 9/5 Odessa, TX Dos Amigos Cantina
* Sun 9/6 Sunland Park, NM KLAQ BBQ/Western Playland
* Sat 9/12 Huntington, WV XFest 2009/Harris Riverfront Park
* Wed 9/16 York, PA York Fair
* Indicates radio show.
After a succession of tour dates and festival appearances throughout Europe in 2008 and 2009, Swedish heavy metal powerhouse ENFORCER are preparing to invade American soil for the very first time during the NORTH AMERICAN NIGHTMARE TOUR alongside Canadian headbangers CAULDRON (Earache).
In support of their best-selling debut album into the night, ENFORCER will be performing approximately 30 dates throughout North America before returning home to their native Sweden to start work on their sophomore album tentatively scheduled for release in April 2010. Visit the band’s myspace profile to get a preview of things to come with the new demo track “Roll the Dice”. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN, EXCITER, SAVAGE GRACE and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal.
Dates are as follows. Watch the ENFORCER myspace page for updated tour dates as they become available.
August 20th Chicago, IL @ Café Lura
August 21st Detroit, MI @ Blondies
August 26th Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck
August 27th Boise, ID @ Gusto’s
August 31st Redding, CA @ Bubba Thrasher’s
September 1st San Francisco, CA @ TBA
September 6t Flagstaff, AZ @ Mad Italian’s Club 101
September 8th Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar
September 9th Oklahoma, OK @ The Conservatory
September 10th Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
September 11th Manhattan, KS @ PJ’s
September 13th Panama City Beach, FL @ Dysfunction Junction
September 14th Winter Park, FL @ The Haven
September 16th Mill Spring, NC @ The Ultimate Basement
September 17th Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
September 18th Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
September 19th Buffalo, NY @ Club Diablo
September 21st Portsmouth, NH @ Muddy River
Listen to ENFORCER at http://www.myspace.com/enforcerswe
Check out Dream Theater’s new video, “A Rite of Passage” below. “A Rite of Passage” is the first single that was released off of the new Dream Theater album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings.
I remember listening to Vinnie Moore’s first album (actually it was a cassette), Mind’s Eye back in high school. I have always thought he was an awesome shredder that never got his due. To The Core probably wont change that for the current UFO axeman, but it will make a whole bunch of his fans happy.
To The Core is purely an instrumental CD. There are no vocals to get in the way of Moore’s incredible playing. His guitar playing takes center stage, and it is awesome! Truth be told, I am not a big fan of instrumental records, but Moore’s playing is always a pleasure to behold.
The first few songs on this disc are similar to Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani’s style of playing. The guitar work is so good, you almost wish there was a singer to drive home Moore’s awesome licks. “Soul Caravan” has a distinct 70’s vibe about it, complete with some cool saxophone to compliment Moore’s playing.
John Deservio from Black Label Society serves up the bass work on this disc. He does a good job keeping up with Moore’s frenzied fret work, and shows off some chops of his own on the song, “Tailspin”.
To the Core has whet my appetite to hear more from Vinnie Moore. I am long overdue to pick up some of Moore’s stuff in UFO, and this disc has prompted me to do so. If you are a fan of virtuosic style of guitar playing, To The Core needs to be on the top of your shopping list.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Panic Attack
3. Off The Hook
5. Soul Caravan
9. Over My Head
10. Into The Open
11. Into The Sunset
Vinnie Moore – Guitar
Van Romaine – Drums
Tim Lehner – Keyboards
John JD Deservio – Bass
Acetate Records will release WARRIOR SOUL‘s “Destroy The War Machine” through MVD Audio on July 14, 2009. The eight-song album, which was originally released last year under the title “Chinese Democracy”, includes a cover of IGGY POP‘s “Knocking ‘Em Down (In The City)”. This time around, you won’t hear any hidden meanings or agendas in the lyrics, controversial frontman Kory Clarke tells it like it is and calls a spade a fucking shovel. His ever-present vocals make the band unique and immediately identifiable. A full-scale tour of the United States and Europe will follow.
WARRIOR SOUL bassist Janne Jarvis previously stated about “Destroy The War Machine”: “[This album] has everything a WARRIOR SOUL fan should expect from a WARRIOR SOUL record. It has an ear for an argument, puke on its shoes and remains untouched by trends or the long-arm of the corporations.”
“Destroy The War Machine” track listing:
01. Fuck The Pigs
02. The Fourth Reich
03. Motor City
04. Don’t Believe
05. Burning Bridges
06. Bad News (Rock ‘n’ Roll Boyfriend)
07. She’s Glaswegian
08. Knocking ‘Em Down (In The City)
WARRIOR SOUL‘s current lineup is as follows:
Kory Clarke – Vocals
Rille Lundell – Guitar
Johnny H – Guitar
Janne Jarvis – Bass
Billy Williams – Drums
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