BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE is Alice In Chains’ first new studio release in more than 10 years. The quartet (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and guitarist/vocalist William DuVall) recorded the album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and Henson Studios in Hollywood.
1. “All Secrets Known”
2. “Check My Brain”
3. “Last Of My Kind”
4. “Your Decision”
5. “A Looking In View”
6. “When The Sun Rose Again”
7. “Acid Bubble”
8. “Lessons Learned”
9. “Take Her Out”
10. “Private Hell”
11. “Black Gives Way To Blue”
Pre-order the album starting Tuesday 8/18 on iTunes. For more information visit www.aliceinchains.com.
“Unfortunately, last night at the Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver, Whitesnake had to cut their performance short due to Mr Coverdale experiencing considerable pain in his vocal chords. He was immediately taken to a specialist for examination. The specialist discovered that David was suffering from severe vocal fold edema and a left vocal fold vascular lesion. He was instructed to cancel all performances for the next two weeks & then undergo a further examination. The doctors told us we were fortunate this was caught at a stage where no apparent permanent damage has been caused. We therefore regretfully have to announce that Whitesnake will not be appearing on the remainder of the US tour with Judas Priest, Whitesnake sincerely regrets any disappointment this may cause.”
Vocalist Zak Stevens of Machines of Grace (and formerly of Savatage) is the special guest on the next edition of Hard Rock Nights, the weekly syndicated radio program. Zak joins JT to talk about his new Machines of Grace project, as well as share his thoughts on a Savatage reunion.
Top shelf status for Machines of Grace comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic.
Matt Leff (guitarist) and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT respectively. Their first band, Wickedwitch, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the line-up and formed the backbone of today’s brainchild: Machines of Grace.
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the Wickedwitch project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front Savatage (and more recently, Circle II Circle), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Metal Church. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed Trigger Effect, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.
Time had clearly hit the afterburners. Call it chemistry, fate or pure coincidence. A Wickedwitch fan suggested that the founding members revise, rethink, record and release the original material, and voila – Machines of Grace was conceived.
Hard Rock Nights can be heard on a number of radio stations dedicated to rock and metal. Point your browser to http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a complete list of stations and airtimes.
Innocent Rosie is one of the most talked about new bands coming out of Sweden today and with the release of their debut “Bad Habit Romance” it is easy to see why. This five piece from Gothenburg, Sweden is made up of Oscar Kaleva (Vocals), Dixxi (Guitars), Joel Eliasson (Rhythm Guitar), Olof Oljelund (Bass), and drummer Benjamin Borang and simply put “Bad Habit Romance” kicks ass. Loaded with some great modern sounding but sleazy, bluesy influenced songs, it’s not hard to say Innocent Rosie may have the best debut of the year on their hands.
“Bitter Cocktail” is a great track to start the album off, heavy but melodic with Kaleva’s whiskey and cigarette flavored voice and some nice bottom end playing from Oljelund, while Dixxi blows the solo way. “Knock Me Out” sound like something L.A. Guns should of had on “Cocked & Loaded” and I personally can never have to much hand claps. “Animal” has a great groove to it, with Borang playing his ass off behind the kit and Dixxi and Eliasson making a great tandem on guitars. “Let A Memory Die” starts out with a great bluesy intro on guitar and harmonica before it kicks in, love the way the band burns through the verses but slow it down and dirty at the chorus and the harmonica solo is awesome. “Bad Habit Romance” starts out acoustic then fires on all cylinders for not only the best song on the album but one of the best songs of the year. “Sextalkin'” sounds like a heavier sleazy version of the Quireboys with some nice honky tonk piano and some great slide guitar. “I’m A Vibe” has a great groove to it and I just can’t get enough of Kaleva’s vocals or Dixxi’s guitar. Great intro from the rhythm section on “Wasteland” before Dixxi takes over on guitar. “Shine, Shine, Shine” is a mid tempo bluesy number with some nice background vocals and foot tapping groove probably my second favorite song on the album. More harmonica and honky tonk piano on the rocking “Don’t Drag Me Down” which should get the crowds singing along in a live setting. “I’ll Get Rich” is another song that reminds me of a heavier version of the Quireboys, one more great song on “Bad Habit Romance”. “Left Alone” would fit nicely on any Backyard Babies or Hardcore Superstar album and is a great way to wrap up “Bad Habit Romance”.
Along with Heaven’s Basement, Innocent Rosie is easily one of the best new bands of the year and given some good record company support Innocent Rosie could have a monster on their hands with this debut. Not just a great debut but a great rock ‘n roll record as a whole, I’m hoping they can make it across the Atlantic to play some live shows here in the states definitely wouldn’t want to miss that show.
You can check out Innocent Rosie at www.myspace.com/innocentrosie and by all means buy a copy of “Bad Habit Romance” or you’ll be missing out.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Bitter Cocktail
02. Knock Me Out
04. Let A Memory Die
05. Bad Habit Romance
07. I’m A Vibe
09. Shine, Shine, Shine
10. Don’t Drag Me Down
11. I’ll Get Rich
12. Left Alone
Oscar Kaleva – vocals
Joel Eliasson – guitar
Olof Oljelund – bass
Benjamin Borang – drums
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