Blaze Bayley’s second studio album ‘Promise and Terror’ will be released on the band’s own label – Blaze Bayley Recordings – on 1 February 2010 and distributed by Plastic Head. ‘Promise and Terror’ is available to pre-order from the band’s website only until 18 January 2010 with all pre-orders signed by the band.
The accompanying World Tour kicks off at JB’s in Dudley, UK on 6th February 2010. European & South American tour dates have now been confirmed and further dates and countries will be announced shortly.
On 25 September 2009 the book ‘At The End Of The Day’ written by the band’s drummer, Lawrence Paterson, was released. This follows the story of ‘Blaze’ Bayley Cooke from Wolfsbane to Iron Maiden to BLAZE and, ultimately, to the current self-titled Blaze Bayley band. The first run of 500 copies of the book has now sold out but there are plans to reprint the book later in the year.
The double live album ‘The Night That Will Not Die’, recorded at Z7, Switzerland, was released in the summer of 2009; all audio mixed and mastered by producer Jase Edwards.
During the recording sessions for their new album “Consciousness”, which was released through F.O.F Label Group/EMI earlier this year, Smile Empty Soul recorded a cover of Nirvana’s “Aneurysm”. The track has never been released before and is now availible as an exclusive FREE download through AOL music at http://aolradio.podcast.aol.com/aolmusic/mp3s/smileemptysoul_aneurysm.mp3 “Nirvana was one of our biggest influences growing up,” commented Smile Empty Soul’s Sean Danielsen. “Nirvana was just one of those ‘voice of a generation’ type bands that we all loved, so we would cover this song live once in a while to do something cool for fans. We never planned on recording it, but when were in the studio making ‘Consciousness’ our manager said we should do a cover and this one immediately jumped out. We recorded it pretty true to the original and hopefully we did it justice.”
Smile Empty Soul re-released their long lost sophomore album, “Anxiety”, digitally only through ITunes and other digital retailers on November 10th. Anxiety’s 17 tracks were originally recorded in 2005 as the follow-up to the group’s gold certified 2003 self-titled debut. The album is currently on sale though iTunes for $9.99 at http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/anxiety/id338004197
Jan 05 – San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
Jan 06 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Jan 07 – McAllen, TX @ Smoking Aces
Jan 08 – Dallas, TX @ Tree’s
Jan 09 – Houma, LA @ City Club
Jan 10 – Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
Jan 12 – Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Jan 13 – Tampa, FL @ Gasoline Alley
Jan 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Jan 15 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
Jan 16 – Farmingdale, NY @ Crazy Donkey
Jan 17 – Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
Jan 18 – Rochester, NY @ TBA
Jan 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
Jan 22 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa
Jan 23 – Detroit, MI @ Harpos
Jan 27 – Rockford, IL @ Bar 3
Jan 28 – Chicago, IL @ Roadhouse
Jan 29 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ 1st Ave Live
Jan 30 – Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
Jan 31 – Traverse City, MI @ Streeters
Feb 03 – Columbia, MO @ Blue Note
Feb 04 – Appleton, WI @ Revolution
Feb 05 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffys
Feb 06 – Ft Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
Nuclear Blast’s latest signee Mustasch is far from a household name in the U.S., but I am hoping that the band’s major label debut may change that. While Mustasch’s fifth effort does not have a U.S. Release date as of yet, it is available as an import, and is a hard rock release that you will not want to miss. With a sound that is like a blend of the Cult & Soundgarden, Mustasch has blasted out eleven more rockers that you need to hear.
Ralf Gyllenhammer’s mohawk might be gone, but this guy hasn’t stopped rocking one bit. His vocals are razor sharp, and helps drive this songs home on this CD. If you haven’t heard him sing before, you are truly missing out.
The opening prelude track “Tritonus” sounds like it fell out of Tony Iommi’s closet full of riffs. This leads into two great crunch rockers, “Hersey Blasphemy” and “Mine” (see video below). “Damn It’s Dark” would sound amazing on U.S. Radio, and the heavy riffs of “The Man The Myth The Wreck” practically demand headbanging.
The pace slows down somewhat for “The Audience is Listening”. This ready ready tune provides a nice break, but still rocks hard. The first song that I didn’t really care for is “Desolate”. The music on this song just didn’t work for me. Luckily, “Deep In The Woods” picks back up where “The Audience is Listening” left off. This is the type of song that you want to crank up, and rip the knob off. If you liked the Mustasch tune “Double Nature” you are definitely going to like this too.
“I’m Frustrated” is a slower number with a Zeppelin like vibe to it. It is a lot different from the other tunes on this disc, but it is cool nonetheless!
I have been a fan of Mustasch since discovering their previous release “Latest Version of the Truth” in 2007. I have been anxious to get my hands on this CD, and it does not disappoint in the least bit. You can import this CD from Amazon UK for about 17.99 U.S., it should also be available for download via Amazon and iTunes soon. It is definitely worth the high price of admission.
In my opinion, Mustasch is far too good to be a European only hard rock band. I am hoping with their recent signing to Nuclear Blast that they will soon find their way to U.S. soil. Don’t miss out on this excellent CD!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Tritonus (Prelude)
2. Hersey Blasphemy
4. Damn It’s Dark
5. The Man The Myth The Wreck
6. The Audience Is Listening
8. Deep In The Woods
9. I’m Frustrated
11. Blackout Blues
Ralf Gyllenhammer – Vocals – Rhythm Guitar
David Johannesson – Lead Guitar
Mats Johansson – Bass Guitar
Danne McKenzie – Drums, Percussion
Check out the latest video, “Happy Ever Afterlife” from Swedish Rockers Violent Divine. Violent Divine’s new album, “In Harm’s Way” is available now.