Static-X will take the Metal Down Under on an Australian trek in support of chart topping album CULT OF STATIC.
Static-X announced TERMINAL as the third release off their critically acclaimed and most flammable work to date, CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records. This third release comes on the coattails of their first hit single STINGWRAY and second hit Z-28, while the album CULT OF STATIC charted Billboards Top 200 at the #16 position.
STATIC X – AUSTRALIA TOUR DATES:
Tue 10 Nov HiFi Brisbane 18+
Wed 11 Nov Metro Sydney All Ages
Thu 12 Nov HiFi Melbourne 18+
Fri 13 Nov Fowlers Adelaide All Ages
Sun 15 Nov Capitol Perth 18+
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GUILT MACHINE Unleashes New Album In The USA
ON THIS PERFECT DAY To Release September 29th on Mascot Records USA
Arjen Lucassen creates the new prog rock project GUILT MACHINE. The band releases ON THIS PERFECT DAY September 29th on Mascot Records USA. The album will be released in three formats. Regular Edition of CD in jewel case, Special edition of CD/DVD Digipak and a limited edition CD/DVD Digibook.
“In my view this is my best side project so far,” explains Lucassen. “It comes completely from the heart, for it was written and recorded during a new inspiring phase in my life after my heavy depression. This, being an entirely new project, there were no expectations whatsoever, which enabled me to just let my inspiration guide me without any (outside) pressure.”
As AYREON fans have come to expect from Arjen, the music of GUILT MACHINE ranges from dark and heavy to atmospheric and melancholic. But GUILT MACHINE introduces some new twists as well, particularly when it comes to the vocals. Rather than putting together an ensemble cast of vocalists from the prog, rock and metal scene, Arjen has enlisted the talents of a single alternative rock vocalist, Jasper Steverlinck.
How did Arjen get an alternative rock vocalist to switch genres and sing on a prog rock project? “In the beginning, it was hard to convince Jasper to sing on this album, because he comes from a completely different musical background,” Arjen said. “He didn’t even know what prog was, but we’ve made a believer out of him! What I admire about Jasper‘s voice, besides its beautiful clear timbre, is the emotion and credibility he puts into his performance and his enormous range. Because this project features just one singer I needed someone versatile enough to portray all of the different moods, and Jasper didn’t disappoint. And he’s a really nice and dedicated guy as well!”
For GUILT MACHINE, Arjen also chose to record with a different drummer, Chris Maitland (ex-PORCUPINE TREE). “Chris was the ideal choice this time, having both the power for the heavy sections and the subtle touch needed in the more atmospheric parts,” Arjen said.
Rather than the explicit storyline you would expect in an AYREON release, the songs of GUILT MACHINE revolve around a central theme. Instead of looking outward into a world of fantasy or science fiction, the songs look inward, exploring the destructive psychology of guilt, regret and the darkest form of secret — the secrets we hide from ourselves.
“At first I asked my partner and personal manager Lori to quickly write scratch lyrics for one of the songs so I could record some guide vocals,” Arjen said. “I was so impressed by what she produced that I asked her to write the lyrics for all the songs. I was unable myself to create the type of darkly enigmatic, open-ended lyrics I wanted for these songs, my specialty being sci-fi lyrics about sinister aliens. She definitely gave the songs an extra dimension with her lyrics, exorcising the demons we both had faced in the past few years. It’s also no secret that I’ve always been a big fan of her melodic guitar style, so she also plays all the guitar solos on this album.”
Despite these differences, GUILT MACHINE still has much in common with AYREON. The songs are mainly long, “epic” tracks that feature dynamic contrasts between softer, dreamy sections and powerful, heavy passages. There are intricate harmonies, complex rhythms, soaring melodies, and an eclectic selection of instruments — all what you’d expect from an AYREON release.
For some – a living legend of heavy metal, for others – a long forgotten relic of the past. Either way, there’s no doubt that Anvil left a visible mark in the history of heavy music. Their legacy reaches all the way back to the 80’s, when the group celebrated their biggest triumphs. Although Anvil’s popularity eventually expired, the band remained true to their passion and against all the odds, kept recording new material for years to come.
In January 2008 director and huge Anvil fan, Sacha Gervasi (known also as the writer of the blockbuster film “The Terminal”) released his documentary about the band, called “Anvil! The Story of Anvil”. Filmed between 2005 and 2007, it showcased with brutal honesty Anvil’s decline from greatness to obscurity. The documentary proved to be a big hit, winning thousands of hearts worldwide and getting raving reviews in the press. The Times called it “possibly the greatest film yet made about rock and roll”. The movie brought Anvil back on the metal radar – in 2009 the band performed on the Download Festival and supported AC/DC on three shows during their “Black Ice” world tour.This exclusive re-release brings back a truly exceptional live album. “Past and Present – Live in Concert” covers Anvil’s most successful period and delivers some of their most memorable hits and is the perfect way to get to know one of the most remarkable and die-hard bands in the history of heavy metal! Metal Mind Productions will re-issue this album on 21st September (worldwide except for USA, Canada, South & Central America).
1. Concrete Jungle
2. Toe Jam
4. Forged In Fire
5. Blood On The Ice
6. March Of The Crabs
8. Metal On Metal
9. Winged Assassins
TrashPit Records is very proud to announce the UK release of the debut EP from STACI T. RAT – ‘Year of The Rat’ on September 28th.
The Toronto based guitarist, Staci T Rat serves up an infectious, heady mix of low strung, dirty bar room anthems that showcase the solid songwriting that was highly evident in past projects Red Light Rippers and Chop Suicide. It’s a talent and passion that has made him one of the Canadian underground rock scene’s most celebrated and hard working acts.
‘Year of The Rat’, boasts a collection of songs that pay tribute to Staci’s rock influences from AC/DC, Jane’s Addiction, the essential Van Halen I, old school Alice Cooper and a healthy dose of Faster Pussycat on a late night bar room jam! It’s these molded to Rat’s huge hooks, solid guitar skills and comfortable leap to frontman status that make this such an exciting slab of Rock n Roll.
From the guitar swagger of ‘Seven Years’ featuring Charlie Harper of the UK Subs on harmonica, through to the airy, last call acoustic gem ‘Another Time’, Staci T Rat has delivered his most adventurous and satisfying release yet.
‘Year Of The Rat’ is released in the UK on September 28th with pre-orders through www.trashpit.co.uk being taken from September 1st.
Live dates are planned for the latter part of 2009.
Is the sequel ever as good as the original? For House of Lords the answer is a resounding YES! After a “What the Hell Were They Thinking” moment that was the release of 2000’s “the Power & the Myth” James Christian said enough is enough, and with the blessing of founder Gregg Giuffria, put together a new lineup consisting of Jimi Bell (Guitars), BJ Zampa (Drums), and Chris McCarvill (Bass) and a return to the melodic sound House of Lords were known for. With the release of two very solid albums “World Upside Down” and “Come To My Kingdom” House of Lords were back at the forefront of the Melodic Rock world, but the release of the lineup’s third album “Cartesian Dreams” puts the band way ahead of the competition. If I could only use one word to describe the sound of “Cartesian Dreams” it would be heavy, by far the heaviest HoL album to date but still retaining HoL’s trademark melody and sound. James Christian’s voice still sounds fantastic and the band as a whole are tight and in sync with one another.
“Cartesian Dreams” starts out with a bang with the title track, and immediately gives us a taste of what we are in for with this release. Heavy, thumping, with nice keyboard fills and some outstanding background vocals Bell has an excellent solo but it is BJ Zampa that outshines everyone on this track with his drumming. “Born To Be Your Baby” follows up with a great sing a long chorus that will get stuck in your head and not let go. One of the catchiest tracks on the album that has single written all over it. “Desert Rain” is next in line and much like “Cartesian Dreams” is a heavy thumping song about the Iraq War, with the whole band sounding fantastic. On the American version “Sweet September” is the closest song you could call a ballad on this album and it is a great one with some nice background vocals and James Christian sounds amazing on this song. “Bangin'” is a great dirty rocker, which would make a great lead off single, a classic HoL song. At first listen you think “A Simple Plan” is a slow mid tempo number, but once Bell’s guitar kicks in, that changes your thinking completely, while it does stay in the mid tempo range it is anything but slow. Once again the band sounds outstanding on this song especially Bell and McCarvill.
The rest of “Cartesian Dreams” is filled with more heavy melodic rockers like “Saved By Rock”, “Repo Man” and the outstanding “Joanna” another song with single written all over it. If you get the European version look out for the song “the Train” a slow mid tempo song with some great lyrics and background vocals. Fans of HoL and Melodic Rock in general are going to find “Cartesian Dreams” to not only be the best release of HoL’s new Lineup but one of the best of the band’s entire career. Definitely a must have album.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Cartesian Dreams
02. Born To Be Your Baby
03. Desert Rain
04. Sweet September
06. A Simple Plan
07. Never Look Back
08. The Bigger They Come
09. Repo Man
10. Saved By Rock
12. The Train (Bonus Track)
House of Lords are:
James Christian – vocals
Jimi Bell – guitars
BJ Zampa – drums
Chris McCarvill – bass
Vendetta has released a new video “My Revelation” for their forthcoming album, Heretic Nation. Check them out on myspace at this link.
White Sister’s classic self titled album was never officially released on CD until now.
Check out the song clip, “Don’t Say That Your Mine”.
You can grab White Sister’s CD at CDInzane.com, and CMDistro.com.
New upstart label, FnA Records, uncovers hidden gem from 1985 with major musicians!
FnA Records is set to release a piece of musical history. In 1985, Heavy Metal band HAWK recorded an album that would never see the light of day. Within the last twenty-four years from when the album was recorded, all the members of the band have gone on to have stellar careers.
Hawk featured Scott Travis who would leave Hawk for Racer X and then eventually become the ongoing drummer in Judas Priest; one of the worlds greatest Heavy Metal bands. Lead singer Charlie Wayne Morrill would eventually front King Kobra and be a major player in the development of the Bullet Boys. Lonnie Vincent also became a member of the Bullet Boys. Lastly, Doug Marks went onto form Metal Method; a highly successful instructional music video company.
Although the band wore a lot of make-up, they were definitely a heavy metal band with tunes like Witches Burning, Overkill, Burning Leather, and Don’t Try To Stop Me. The 10 track album also featured one ballad entitled No One 2 Love.
When FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net) uncovered this gem in 2009 and found out that it had been sitting in the vaults all these years, they knew they had to release it. FnA Records named the album LET THE METAL LIVE after one of the tracks on the album and how appropriate that is for the times.
The album is slated for release on September 1, 2009, although it has been readily available online for the last month.
FnA Records, LLC. is a new record label formed in 2009 to bring Rockers and Metal heads some of the best unreleased and hard-to-find music from the 80’s and early 90’s. We are also a label that allows you, the fans to bring us music that you remember from “Back In The Day”, and to have it professionally released.
LITA & FAMILY STAR IN THE GILLETTES: FAMILY BUSINESS COMIC BOOK 14-Year-Old Comic Writer Jake Tinsley Pens the Book Lita has taken her family into the recording studio, on the road around the globe, and now will capture her clan manga-style on the pages of their first comic book, The Gillettes: Family Business, due this November. “We always wanted to do a comic book,” says the Queen of Heavy Metal. “And, this was a great family project. We include the kids in everything we do. They sing the ‘Pledge of Allegiance’ on my new album, Wicked Wonderland, and we bring them on the road, where they often jump onstage and throw metal horns or squirt water guns at the crowd. To include them in a project like this was exciting for the whole family.” The comic book will tell the tale of Lita, husband Jim Gillette, and their two sons, Rocco, 8, and James, 12, trying to make it to their Halloween rock concert, but they encounter trouble along the way in the form of ravenous zombies and an ancient Chinese curse. The book’s writer, 14-year-old Jake Tinsley, attracted fans worldwide through his critically-acclaimed Night Owl comic book series and his socially-conscious Amber Hagerman Deserves Justice: A Night Owl Story, which was dedicated to helping to find the person who adducted and killed the nine-year-old Arlington, Texas girl in 1996 for which the AMBER Alert child abduction system is named after. “After working on something as serious as the Amber comic,” explains Jake, “my dad and I wanted a project that was fun. What’s more fun than zombies and rock and roll?” Jake once again teamed with veteran manga artist Jason Dube on this comic to render the drawings. “Jason is the best artist there is for drawing beautiful women manga style,” adds Jake. “He really does Lita justice.” Manga is the Japanese style known for its bright colors and wide-eyed characters who are exaggerated versions of the human form. Jake, who is a third generation writer, said he wanted to meet Lita and Jim’s kids, Rocco and James because they are second generation rock and rollers. “It’s like they’re real life superheroes already. Who better to fight zombies than a couple of kids so well-trained to fight in real life?” adds Jake. Rocco and James are indeed well-trained at fighting as both kids are into boxing and jujutsu. In fact, the two are assistant jujutsu teachers. “Our kids kicked the hell out it. They are pretty beastly anyway,” adds Lita. “Our kids are extreme and Jake is extreme as a writer. They’re all mighty kids and it was fun to get them together.” The 24-page, full-color comic book, The Gillettes: Family Business, will be available wherever comic books are sold in November via the family’s JLRG Entertainment and Tinsley’s Wham Bang Comics, which he co-founded with his father Ben Tinsley. For more information, go to litaxx.tv or whambangcomics.com.
Sacred Oath will be the featured artist on I-95 FM Sunday evening at 10 PM. They will be playing most of the new album and talking about the upcoming fall tour. Dial it in at 95.1 FM in the Danbury CT area, or listen online at www.i95rock.com.
In the studio and sweating blood, Broken Teeth is hammering out a new album that will crush like an anvil when it lands at the end of the year. Titled “Viva la Rock Fantastico!” and featuring guest vocals by Canadian rock-n-roll killer, Danko Jones, the album is a fireball of scorching new tracks, including “Exploder,” “Spitting Nails,” “Blackheart” and the spiked-with-tequila title track. As always, Broken Teeth will screech their rock-n-roll sermon to the metal church faithful when “Fantastico” ignites a case of road-hard, white line fever across the U.S.A. and beyond. If you bow at the altar of Rose Tattoo, AC/DC and Rhino Bucket, you’re gonna scream for Broken Teeth!
Check out the Broken Teeth clip, “Roll Over” below.
The weekend-long special to coincide with the release of his latest movie, “H2: Halloween 2”
WHAT: Rob Zombie will celebrate the release of his new movie, H2: Halloween 2, by hosting “Rob Zombie’s Halloween in August,” the weekend-long special featuring horror-themed rock hand-picked by Zombie himself.
Zombie will discuss creating and writing H2: Halloween 2, his thoughts on Michael Myers, his favorite horror movies and scenes, music’s importance to film making and his favorite Halloween costume as a child.
During “Rob Zombie’s Halloween in August,” listeners will also hear music from Zombie’s bands White Zombie and Rob Zombie, as well as Powerman 5000, Deftones, System Of A Down, Korn, Disturbed, Sevendust, Pantera and music from the Halloween soundtracks.
WHERE: Octane, SIRIUS channel 20 and XM channel 48.
WHEN: Friday, August 28 at 9:00 am ET through Monday, August 31 at 3:00 am ET.
MORE: SIRIUS XM’s Octane is an uncensored look into the world of pure hard rock. Listeners will hear Slipknot, Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, System Of A Down, Linkin Park, Chevelle, Shinedown, Sevendust, Mudvayne, Drowning Pool, Staind. P.O.D. and more.
The Bio on Germany’s latest metal band, The New Black describes the band like this: “Just imagine Black Label Society inviting the Nickelback guy over for some Thin Lizzy covers, all dressed up in Pantera shirts.” While this kind of sounds like a hot mess of influences, I am not sure if I could say it any better than that. The music on this CD is a cool mix of classic metal and modern hard rock. It is a step above the majority of the stuff you are hearing on U.S. radio stations today.
The New Black’s singer, Fludid has an almost James Hetfield like growl. His voice has just enough coarseness to make the songs interesting. The music on this CD has a much heavier edge than today’s modern hard rock acts. There is some of that distorted guitar sound that haunts U.S. rock radio, but it is mixed with plenty of solos and a dash of Zakk Wylde style pinch harmonics here and there.
There is a lot of cool music on this disc. It is nearly impossible to listen to “Everlasting”, and not bang your head. Once the guitars kick in, it is practically irresistible. “Why I Burn” almost rips off the Pantera type of groove to start off with, but then settles into a very cool, crunch filled rocker. The New Black dishes out a bunch of Thin Lizzyisms in their music. Obviously, the tunes are heavier here, but you can’t listen to “Coming Home” or “Simplify” and not recognize the similarities of their twin axe attack. With that being said, both songs are really well done, and are a good listen. I love the blues harp intro on “Simplify”.
If there was any song on this disc that could sneak onto U.S. Radio, “More Than A Man” will be the one. This song kind of reminds me of Shinedown on steroids. It is an up tempo tune, with a cool modern rock slant.
Even though “50 Ways To Love Your Live’ is not one of my favorites on this CD, there are some really cool riffs that are worth listening to.
Some of the other highlights are “Ballad of Broken Angels”, “Love is Blue”, and “Drive”.
The more I listen to this CD, the more I like it. I believe The New Black has created one of the better hard rock albums of 2009. Check them out on myspace at this link, or at Reverbnation here. If you like what you hear (and I bet you will), you can download a copy of the song “Everlasting” for free from AFM Records here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Why I Burn
- Coming Home
- More Than A Man
- 50 Ways To Love Your Liver
- Ballad Of Broken Angels
- Not Me
- Superman Without A Town
- Man Who Saw The Universe, The
- Love Is Blue
- Welcome To Point Black
The New Black is:
Fludid – Vocals
Christof Leim – Guitars
Fabian Schwarz – Guitars
Gunt Auschrat – Bass
Chris Weiss – Drums
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Finland’s Vanity Ink has released a new single and video, “Smell The Party”. This song is on the band’s new album, MORE SENSELESS RANDOM BEHAVIOUR.
DIO, the band fronted by legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW), has scheduled the following U.K. dates:
Nov. 21 – Glasgow, UK @ 02 Academy
Nov. 22 – Sheffield, UK @ 02 Academy
Nov. 24 – London, UK @ HMV Forum
Nov. 25 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
Nov. 27 – Manchester, UK @ Academy
Nov. 28 – Lincoln, UK @ Engine Shed
Nov. 29 – Bristol, UK @ Academy
Tickets go on sale on August 28 at 9:00 a.m.
The dates for the other European countries are expected to be announced shortly.
DIO’s “Killing The Dragon” album from 2002 was released in June on limited-edition vinyl with a gatefold pop-up cover via Night Of The Vinyl Dead. Only 500 hand-numbered copies were manufactured.
“Killing The Dragon” was originally released by Spitfire Records.
DIO’s “The Very Beast of Dio” was officially certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on March 11, 2009 for shipments in the United States in excess of 500,000 copies.
Issued in October 2000, “The Very Beast of Dio” is the second greatest-hits collection CD — and the first to be released in the U.S. — from the Ronnie James Dio-fronted band.
DIO’s last release was the “Holy Diver Live” CD, featuring a performance of the classic “Holy Diver” album in its entirety, from start to finish, recorded live for the very first time in 2005 in front of a sold-out London crowd. It also includes, among others, “Heaven & Hell”, “Sign of the Southern Cross” and “Mob Rules” from vocalist Ronnie James Dio’s BLACK SABBATH days, “Tarot Woman”, “Man on the Silver Mountain” and “Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll” from the RAINBOW era and “We Rock” from his solo career.
Paul Gilbert will be the special guest on the syndicated Hard Rock Nights radio program beginning August 28. Having released “United States” with Freddie Nelson earlier in the year and reuniting with Mr. Big in the summer, Gilbert has a lot to talk about. Will he tour in the States with Freddie Nelson? Will Mr. Big put out a new studio album? Tune in to find out what Gilbert has to say!
“United States” is the first collaboration of Paul Gilbert and Freddie Nelson. The album features 10 new songs which they wrote, performed, and produced together in the summer of 2008. “United States” was released May 12th, 2009 on Mascot Records U.S.A.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program focusing on new and classic hard rock. See http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/
In its first week of sales, BULLETBOYS remarkable new release 10c Billionaire, has entered the Billboard Album Charts this morning at the #6 position of Top Internet sales alone. The CD is making its way into stores over the next several days.
“The album has had strong initial sales despite a couple of minor set backs in the beginning and the sales continue upward at this point. Right now, this release is exploding nationwide and we are inundated daily with sales requests, requests for promo info, and a variety of other information regarding 10c Billionaire and BULLETBOYS. We are in a good place at the moment and hope the trend continues at least for a little while. – Label CEO Bill Chavis
As previously reported, BULLETBOYS are winding down the last days of the successful Summer Rockfest 2009 tour with Faster Pussycat. The band finishes up in California with a few days rest and then out to AZ for a 1 off date before taking a well deserved break. Plans are for the band to head to Europe for a couple of weeks as leg two of their Road To Nowhere Tour and then on to Japan for leg 3 and back to the U.S. at the end of the year. 2010 is beginning to shape up nicely for a continued trek.
CHAVIS RECORDS has release the new cover art and track listing for the blistering new masterpiece 13 CROWS, by the Canadian band SNAKE EYES SEVEN. Targeted for an October 31st release, 13 CROWS was recorded and produced by Cam MacLeod (White Wolf) @ Titan Sound. Checkout 2 new tracks Can’t Fall Down and Freight Train at this location.
Aussie melodic rockers White Widdow are offering free downloads of their new EP via the link below. This is solid melodic rock/AOR in the vein of Valentine. Check them out on myspace at this link!
Melbourne, Australia’s Sin City, has a new video “God Damn”. Check out the clip below and decide if ‘God Damn” should SINK or SWIM. If you like what you hear, you can download this song (and two more) at this link, for free.
Rob Zombie is getting ready for this Friday’s (August 28) release of his fourth movie as a screenwriter and director, “Halloween II”, doing press interviews and attending the premiere on Monday (August 24) in Los Angeles. But Zombie somehow managed to find time in the past year to also make a new record, and told The Pulse of Radio as much as he could about it. “Still figuring out the title,” he said. “The release date is November 10th. It’s a great record. It’s probably my favorite record ever, because for the first time since like the last WHITE ZOMBIE record, I made a record with a band. You know, all my solo records have been real solo records, like, you know, there’s pictures of people on the record but they didn’t play on the record. This has been the same four guys now for four years and it’s all of us really, we really were in a room jamming and making something, and more special things come out that way.”
Zombie’s third solo album, “Educated Horses”, came out in 2006.
Before embarking on a solo career in 1998, Zombie recorded four studio albums with WHITE ZOMBIE.
“Halloween II” is the follow-up to Zombie’s successful 2007 remake of the original 1978 horror classic. His take on “Halloween” earned more than $60 million at the box office, his biggest haul as a filmmaker to date.
His adult-oriented animated movie, “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto”, will hit DVD and cable next month.
It’s official! The BULLETBOYS new opus 10c Billionaire is now available. All those that preordered, your orders have been shipped. The release is off to a very successful start with high praise being given to BULLETBOYS for a superb effort in 10c Billionaire.
BULLETBOYS are winding down the last days of the successful Summer Rockfest 2009 tour with Faster Pussycat. The band finishes up in California with a few days rest and then out to AZ for a 1 off date before taking a well deserved break. Plans are for the band to head to Europe of leg two of their Road To Nowhere Tour for a couple of weeks and then on to Japan for leg 3 and back to the U.S. at the end of the year. 2010 is beginning to shape up nicely for a continued trek.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the tenth JADED HEART studio album entitled “Perfect Insanity” on October 16th 2009.
Formed in 1990 by singer and songwriter Michael Bormann (ex Bonfire) and his brother Dirk Bormann (guitar) the line-up was completed the following year when Michael Müller (bass, ex The Sygnet) and former Mad Max drummer Axel Kruse joined the band.
The band’s breakthrough album “Slaves And Masters” was their second and was released in 1997. This record stayed in the Japanese Top Ten import charts for four months and in their home country Germany the band was featured on several national TV shows on RTL, PRO 7 and many more. After that Jaded Heart went out on a big tour with Axxis and Heaven’s Gate that staged more than 40 concerts throughout Europe.
After the release of “Trust”, Jaded Heart’s fifth album in 2003, the band and frontman Michael Bormann decided to part ways and the new Swedish frontman Johan Fahlberg (ex Scudiero) joined giving the following album “Helluva Time” in 2005 a fresher approach.
The band showed that they could live up on their legs after Bormann’s departure and after the release they toured as support for German metal heads Helloween in the south of Europe (Italy, Spain, France) and did a successful headlining tour all over Germany, Switzerland and Belgium. Peter Ostros, a long time friend of the guys, joined Jaded Heart as a steady member on guitar, bringing new influences to the band’s music.
Following 2007’s release of “Sinister Mind”, Jaded Heart headed back to the studio in 2009 for the new album christened “Perfect Insanity”. “The concept has to do with all the things happening in this world right now, a “Perfect Insanity”, explains drummer Axel Kruse. “Everyone is just thinking ´bout himself, and not about how to change all this shit that´s going on right now (wars/economic crisis etc.)”. Productionwise, the winning team of “Sinister Mind” was not changed with Michael Voss (Mad Max, Voices Of Rock) at the production helm, Chris Lausmann mixing / editing and Dennis Ward mastering. “Musically the style we´re gonna do right now is a so called mix of traditional Hard Rock and Melodic Metal, played with faith and heart!! Great production and sound!!”, says Axel.
“Perfect Insanity” tracklisting includes: Intro; Love is a Killer; Fly Away; Blood Stained Lies; Tonight; Freedom Call; One Life One Death; Rising; Hell Just Arrived; Psycho Kiss; Come to the Feast; Exterminated.
“The feeling inside the band is very good, we think it will be a great album and brings us the next step forward. Finally we will head off to Japan and hope to play some great Festivals next year” concludes Axel. Look out for Jaded Heart in their forthcoming European / Japan tour!! Stay tuned for the tour dates announcement.
Check out Halestorm’s brand new video, “Love/Hate Heartbreak” below. You can grab their new CD, at this link.
“Livin’ Out Loud” is the newest release from Johnny Lima and it is by far the best release in his 13 year career. I recently had the opportunity to talk to Johnny and he filled me on the new album, producing newcomers Dirty Penny, and getting the facts straight about working with Freakshow.
HRH: Johnny, First I would like to thank you for taking the time to talk to Hard Rock Hideout today.
Johnny Lima: And I want to thank you for all your support and the awesome review.
HRH: It’s been a little over 3 months since “Livin’ Out Loud” was released. What has been the reaction to it so far?
Johnny Lima: The reaction has been much better than I could had ever hoped for. I’ve only read a couple of bad reviews, but that’s expected. The majority of reviews have been outstanding to say the least. Most importantly to me, the feedback from the fans has been really positive. As long as the fans love it, than I’m happy!
HRH: What do you think is the biggest difference between “Livin’ Out Loud” and your past releases?
Johnny Lima: I think the biggest difference was that I felt no pressure when making this album. Mostly due to the fact that I wasn’t trying to meet any record company’s deadlines. I also think that I was more excited about making this album than any of the previous albums, and it shows.
HRH: Do you listen to your albums after they have been released or do you wait a while and then go back and listen to them?
Johnny Lima: Normally I don’t, but since I’m just about finished getting my band together, I’ve been listening to them more often. I need to decide which songs I want to play live and also, need to relearn them because I haven’t played a lot of these songs in years.
HRH: What would you say is your favorite track on the album right now?
Johnny Lima: It’s a toss up between Livin’ Out Loud, Caught In The Middle, and Hate To Say Goodbye.
HRH: I have to ask…Is the subject of “Caught in the Middle” a real life experience or just fiction?
Johnny Lima: (laughing) It’s both. I had a similar incident happen to me a long time ago, but the girl wasn’t married. It just so happened that her roommate was madly in love with her and didn’t like the idea that she invited someone over to bang her. He actually kicked down the door too. Scared the living shit out of me. Julia, if your out there, I hope you’re doing well. HAHAHAHA!!
HRH: Maybe it’s just me, but I can definitely hear some Bon Jovi and Def Leppard influences on “Livin’ Out Loud” What are some of the other bands that have an influence on your music?
Johnny Lima: I’ve been influence by a lot of music from the 70’s and 80’s. Bands like AC/DC, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Poison, Ratt, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, and the list goes on and on.
HRH: You’ve been playing guitar and writing since you were 12. What band had the biggest influence on you in the beginning?
Johnny Lima: KISS!
HRH: It was 4 years between the release of “Version 1.2” and “Livin’ Out Loud” You spent some of that time producing Dirty Penny and Freakshow, among others. How did you get involved with the Freakshow project?
Johnny Lima: Well, first let me say that I only recorded and mixed the album for Freakshow. I didn’t produce it. I got involved with Freakshow because of my work that I did with Miss Crazy. Markus and I work really well together in the studio, so it was only natural that they’d record the album with me.
HRH: What was it like working with musicians the caliber of Frankie Banali, Tony Franklin, Jeff Lebar, and Markus Allen Christopher?
Johnny Lima: It was an absolute pleasure. I’ve already worked with Markus before, so I knew what to expect. However, this was my first time meeting Frankie and Jeff as well as my first time working with them. So I didn’t know what to expect. I have to admit, I expected the rock star trip. Attitude and Ego. I got none of that. What I got was two outstanding human beings that still love to make music and do so with the BIGGEST amount of professionalism. Not to mention that when you have musicians with that caliber, it’s easy to record. So for me, it was as easy as just pressing a few buttons. I didn’t get a chance to work with Tony as he recorded his bass parts in his own studio in L.A.
HRH: Any chance we could see you working with any of the Freakshow guys in the future on your own material?
Johnny Lima: That would be very cool. Never say never!
HRH: What is the difference in working with a new band like Dirty Penny and a group of veterans like Freakshow?
Johnny Lima: The biggest difference is the experience level. With Dirty Penny, I really have to sit down with them and work with them on their songs and their individual parts. With Freakshow, I just pressed buttons and moved faders. However, my role was different with each band. With Dirty Penny, I was the producer, so I was responsible for how the album came out. So that’s why I had a hands on approach with them. With Freakshow, that responsibility wasn’t mine, even though I was a big part in how that album sounded, I wasn’t responsible for picking the songs or making sure the songs were good enough to be on an album. It’s two totally different experiences, but I enjoyed both of them equally. I love producing, and it’s something that I’ll continue doing. I think I have a knack for hearing something that works, and knowing when something doesn’t.
HRH: Dirty Penny is preparing to release their second album “Young & Reckless” were you involved in that project in any way?
Johnny Lima: Yes, I Produced, Engineered, and Mixed that album as well as co-wrote 4 of the songs.
HRH: I think it is safe to say you are much better known in Europe than here in the U.S. European fans always seem to be ahead of fans in the U.S. especially when it comes to hard rock bands/acts. What do you think is the big difference between fans in Europe and the U.S.?
Johnny Lima: Well, I don’t think Europeans are “ahead” of Americans when it comes to music. I just think that they appreciate music more and don’t give a shit what’s on MTV or what’s “cool”. From my experience from knowing people on both sides of the pond, I came to the conclusion that Americans use music as a way to have background noise when they’re doing something. Be it, driving, cleaning the house, doing the homework, etc. Europeans are more passionate about music. They live for music. It’s a part of their life. Not just background noise. That’s just my opinion. As far as my career is concerned, yes, Europe is a better market for me. Europe is where it all really started. I think America is coming around though. Gives us some time. Eventually we’ll get bored of the Xbox and want to get back into enjoying music again.
HRH: Were you offered any slots at any of the big festivals (i.e. Rocklahoma, Rock Gone Wild, etc) that took place this past summer?
Johnny Lima: No I haven’t. It wouldn’t have been able to work out anyway since I don’t have my band completed yet (just need a keyboardist).
HRH: Are you planning a full blown tour to support “Livin’ Out Loud” here in the U.S. or will it be more pick and choose?
Johnny Lima: If by full blown tour you mean me getting in a van and playing in every dive bar across the U.S., leaving my family behind to fend for themselves while I go play rock star for little or no money, and come back home broke as a bum, the answer is no. HAHAHA!! I’m getting a band together, and my intention is to play close to home for now. If opportunities arise in other areas I’m not opposed to playing there, but I can’t play for free. I have a mortgage just like everyone else. So if it makes financial sense, I’ll play anywhere in the world.
HRH: What about European tour plans? We have a lot of readers from Norway at HRH so any plans for some dates there?
Johnny Lima: I’d love to play in Europe again. And I’m sure eventually I will. However, it all comes down to money. Who’s going to foot the bill for the show? I’m not. So if people from Norway want me to play there, the best thing to do is start telling all their friends to go out and buy the album. You can get it at my website, and I ship all over the world. If I’ve got great sales figures for Norway, I can approach a promoter with those sales figures and the chances of the promoter booking me after seeing great sales figures are pretty good.
HRH: Your first major band was called Attitude. Can you tell me a little about that band?
Johnny Lima: Well, I wouldn’t say that the band was major. We never got out of the Bay Area. It was a fun time and a great experience. Unfortunately, we were a little too late for the party. Just when things started going well for us, Grunge happened, and our drummer got in a car accident. It just wasn’t our time.
HRH: Did the band ever release any albums?
Johnny Lima: No we had a 10 song demo that’s now floating around the internet. So if anyone finds it, you have my permission to download it as it’s something that I will never release.
HRH: You are online at Myspace and JohnnyLima.com are there any other ways fans can keep up to date with what you’re up to? Facebook, Twitter, etc?
Johnny Lima: Facebook, Reverbnation are the only two other sites that I’m active in.
HRH: Johnny once again thank you for taking the time to talk to us today. Is there anything you would like to say before we let you go?
Johnny Lima: I would just like to thank you and the fans for all the support. And for those of you who haven’t bought my album, you can do so at johnnylima.com. Rock on!
THE BLACK CROWES will release of their new studio CD, Before the Frost…Until The Freeze. on August 31, 2009.
The second album, titled …Until The Freeze, will be given away for free exclusively through a unique download code which is included in Before The Frost… as a “thank you” to their fans for two decades of continued support.
A limited-edition vinyl release of Before The Frost…Until The Freeze, featuring all 20 tracks, will also be available.
Before the Frost…features 11 new unreleased Black Crowes’ studio songs. The free album …Until The Freeze has 8 new original Black Crowes’ studio songs plus a cover version of the Stephen Stills classic “So Many Times.”
Before The Frost…track listing:
Good Morning Captain
Been A Long Time (Waiting On Love)
A Train Still Makes A Lonely Sound
I Ain’t Hiding
Kept My Soul
What Is Home
Houston Don’t Dream About Me
And The Band Played On
Last Place That Love Lives
Before the Frost…, and its corresponding free album …Until The Freeze, were recorded over a series of five nights at Levon Helm Studios. Although both are studio albums, all the new material was performed and recorded in front of an intimate audience of the band’s fans.
Chris Robinson conceived the innovative concept of Before the Frost…Until The Freeze:
I think we fulfilled a musical commitment to continue on the golden road of artistic independence. Approaching 20 years into our careers, we still are ambitious enough to push ourselves to create something unique that we have never done before.
As The Black Crowes approach the upcoming 20th anniversary of their release of one of rock s most influential records, Shake Your Money Maker, which produced such hits as Jealous Again, She Talks To Angels and Hard to Handle, they are time and again hailed as one of Rock and Roll s best live acts.
…Until The Freeze track listing:
The Shady Grove
The Garden Gate
Roll Old Jeremiah
Lady Of Avenue A
So Many Times
Fork In The River
As KISS celebrates their 35th anniversary, Gene Simmons is celebrating his 60th birthday today. You read that right….
6-0! Sixty! 60!
Happy Birthday Gene!