Lick Library, one of the worlds leading suppliers of guitar tuition DVDs announce a fantastic competition to win one of two tickets to see Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck perform live at one of only two sold out shows at the O2 in London on 13th February 2010. These shows are a rare opportunity to see two of the greatest guitar legends play together in this unique once only performance.
To enter the competition, just upload a video yourself playing any Eric Clapton or Jeff Beck riff, solo or complete track to the Lick Library site; go to the homepage http://www.licklibrary.com and follow the ‘Competition’ link, then get your friends to vote for it – Simple. If you need some creative ideas don’t forget to check out Lick Library DVDs such as Quick Licks: Jeff Beck or Learn to play Eric Clapton for inspiration’
There is a runner up prize of ten Lick Library DVDs of your choice.
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS 31st JANUARY 2010.
Frontiers Records to release TREAT brand new reunion album “Coup De Grace” on March 19th in Europe and April 6th in the USA.
January 2010 – Twenty-five years after the release of their sensational debut album “Scratch and Bite” and eighteen year since their last self-titled studio album saw the light of day, Swedish melodic rock legends Treat are out to get you on the run again!
“Coup de Grace” is the album that every melodic rock fan hoped for but never dared to dream of: a classic rock masterpiece with thunderous guitars, powerful yet seductive melodies and hook-laden songs, all wrapped up in a production that combines the best of “now” and “then”.
It´s been twenty-five years in the making, says guitarist and main songwriter Anders Wikström. Since day one I knew we had this album in us. The ideas were there. The vision. But it took us this long to find the right tools to make it all come true. It took five albums, millions of miles on the road, a thirteen year long break and a whole new perspective on life to get it right. In hindsight it now seems that everything we´ve done since we formed the band has been pointing in one direction. Of course we didn´t know it back then, but this is what we aimed for all along, says Anders.
So here we are, in 2010 Treat is releasing their sixth album, not counting the best of “Weapons of Choice”, released when the band reformed in 2006. “Coup de Grace” is a collection of songs that is so much more than just kick-ass-sing-along-rock´n´roll-songs. They are more a sort of mini autobiographies from five grown men reflecting on life. Back then, in the 80´s, it was rock´n´roll twenty-four-seven: big guitars, big choruses, big hair, babes and booze.
This album is a statement of who we are today, explains Anders Wikström. We’re older… yeah, perhaps even wiser. We look at our lives and the world around us in a different way. I wanted to reflect that in our lyrics. I mean, we’re all fathers and we raise our kids in a world that’s in a turmoil. There’s a lot of pressures, fears and tough expectations. The rat race is spinning out of control, but everybody expect you to be happy. The big guitars are still there and became even bigger. The big choruses. The big sound. The hair… yeah, well, you know: they’re in the mid forties. Booze? Nah. Babes? Yeah. Their wives and girlfriends. The mothers of their kids. But there’s as new “big” in the Treat equation: the courage to let their fears, worries and views on both politics and the modern life that wears us all down reflect in the lyrics. It was the natural thing to do. I mean, life is so much more than rock´n´roll all night and party every day, says Wikström.
But make no mistakes: Treat is a rock´n´roll brigade. A force of nature. Today even stronger and more powerful than ever. From the opening somewhat haunting prelude, that sets the tone of the album, the right-in-your face rock´n´roll grenade The war is over, the soul searching Paper tiger to the trademark power ballad A life to die for and Roar, where the band manages to make an epic with a hit feeling, Treat is telling all the world that they’re back. Bigger, better and bolder.
We got back together in 2006 because we all missed playing together. We released a compilation album and did a tour, but we weren’t sure what to do next. In 2008 we all felt that we had an album to do, continues Wikström. I started demoing songs and in May 2009 we were ready to hit the studio.
Produced and recorded in Stockholm, Sweden by Anders Wikström, partly together with keyboard player Patrick Appelgren, “Coup de Grace”, is an album that’s going to stand out in a musical climate where mediocrity and superficiality are an asset but where talent, musicianship and dedication is not required to make the charts.
“Coup de Grace” includes the following tracks:
Prelude – Coup de Grace; The War Is Over; All In, Paper Tiger; Roar; A Life To Die For; Tangled Up; Skies of Mongolia; Heaven Can Wait; I’m Not Runnin’; No Way Without You; We Own The Night; All For Love; Breathless.
This is our footprint in the history of rock´n´roll, concludes Anders Wikström. We can proudly say that this is the album we would like to show our grandkids!
TREAT is ANDERS WIKSTRÖM (guitars and backing vocals), ROBERT ERNLUND (lead vocals), JAMIE BORGER (drums), NALLE PÅHLSSON (bass and backing vocals) and PATRICK APPELGREN (keyboards/guitar and backing vocals)
If you missed last night’s Hard Rock Hideout Radio show, you missed a ton of great music. Here is the playlist for last night’s show:
Kissin’ Dynamite – Let’s Get Freaky
Arcade – Dancin’ With The Angels
Brides of Destruction – I Don’t Care
Tarsha – I Don’t Care
Backyard Babies – Pigs For Swine
Hardcore Superstar – We Don’t Celebrate Sundays
Black Stone Cherry – Blind Man
Black Water Rising – Brother Go On
Hellfueled – Am I Blind
Iron Maiden – Can I Play With Madness (By Request)
Blackberry Smoke – Up In Smoke
Snowblynd – Lust N’ Liquor
Dirty Sweet – Baby Come Home
Koritni – 155 (Random Pick of the Week)
Kik Tracee – Velvet Crush
Sinomatic – Tell A Lie
H.E.A.T. – Keep on Dreaming
Blonz – Miracles
Universe – I Want You
Foreigner – Angel Tonight
Babylon Bombs – Liberation
Bai Bang – I Love The Things You Hate
SR-71 – Here We Go Again
H.E.A.T. – Keep On Dreaming
Blonz – Mircacles
Universe – I Want You
Foreigner – Angel Tonight
Gotthard – Where’s Love When It’s Gone
Babylon Bombs – Liberation
Bai Bang – I Love The Things You Hate
SR-71 – Here We Go Again
5th Sonic Brigade – Whooo Song
Crazy Lixx – Dr. Hollywood
Ammotrack – A Bigger Bang
Koritni – By My Side (Random Pick of the Week)
Rhino Bucket – I Was Told
Free Spirit – Far Away From Heaven
Electric Boys – Psychedelic Eyes
Balaam & The Angel – I Love The Things You Do To Me
The Quireboys – Hall of Shame
Last Autumn’s Dream – Heartbreaker
Whitesnake – All In The Name of Love
Gun – Let Your Hair Down
Extreme – Run
Antiproduct – Surfin the World
Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson – Wasting Time
Krome – Turn It Up
Helix – Make ‘Em Dance
Krokus – Too Wired To Sleep
Crashdiet – Die Another Day
Koritni- Devil’s Daughter (Random Pick of the Week)
Kiss – It’s My Life
Please join us each week at 10:00 P.M. – 1:00 A.M. EST on KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX, or online via www.kacvfm.org.
After the demise of the Christian Metal band Liberty N’ Justice, band found Justin Murr decided to carry on with the Liberty N’ Justice name. Without a band at his disposal, he has brought in countless rockers to help create the songs from Liberty N’ Justice. Light It Up, is the brand new CD that was recently released by LNJ . It is s a star studded affair, and a damn fine release at that.
Typically, I am not a big fan of compilation CD’s, but Light it Up is a well rounded affair, and sounds great all the way through.
The first time I heard the title track “Light It Up” I did a double take. I could not believe this was Phil Lewis on vocals. Lewis sings in a lower key than I am accustomed to hearing him sing in. This is a rockin’ tune, and a pretty cool way to start off this CD.
Dale and Troy Thompson from Bride blast out the tune “The Other Thief” which sounds like it could be an unreleased Black Sabbath tune.
CJ Snare and Bill Leverty take the song “Blink” and make it sound like a lost Firehouse classic. I could see Firehouse doing this song live. Great tune!
“Man vs. Mother Nature” reunites the team of Ted Poley & Vic Rivera. If you liked the Poley /Rivera album, of any Danger Danger tunes, you are going to love this awesome song. This is easily the best on Light it Up.
“Uncle Sam”, which combines the talents of Sheldon Tarsha and Foreigner’s Jeff Pilson. If you haven’t heard Tarsha sing before, you are truly missing out. I would have never thought about combing Tarsha with Pilson, but this combination works. This is another terrific tune.
“Every Reason To Believe” is an acoustic based tune which features Kelly Keeling & Kerri Kelli. I have always loved Keeling’s voice, and he delivers with this song. If “Every Reason To Believe” would have been released in the late eighties, it would have been a monster hit. I can imagine a stadium full of lit lighters (or cellphones) swaying to this excellent tune.
I must admit that haven’t listened to a ton of Harem Scarem. “Beautiful Decision” which features Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess & Pete Lesperance, is a fantastic melodic rocker that is going to have me shopping for some Harem Scarem CD’s.
If “Greed” is any example of what the new Warrant tunes will sound like, sign me up now. I have loved just about everything Robert Mason has been involved in, and I can add LNJ’s “Greed” to that list.
Overall, “Light It Up” is one of my favorite new releases of 2010. If you are looking for a CD that can offer you a lot of variety, strong writing, and great sounding songs, you don’t need to look any further than Libery N’ Justice’s Light It Up.
Rating: Out of 10
- Light It Up (Phil Lewis of LA Guns and JK Northrup)
- The Other Thief (Dale and Troy Thompson of Bride)
- Blink (Lynn Louise Lowrey of Vixen and Eddie Ojeda of Twisted Sister)
- Do What You Believe (CJ Snare and Bill Leverty of Firehouse)
- Man vs. Mother Nature (Ted Poley of Danger Danger and Vic Rivera of Crunch)
- Treading On Serpents (Les Carlsen of Bloodgood and Oz Fox of Stryper/Bloodgood)
- Uncle Sam (Sheldon Tarsha of Tarsha/Adler’s Appetite and Jeff Pilson of Dokken/Foreigner)
- Every Reason To Believe (Kelly Keeling of Baton Rouge/TSO and Kerri Kelli of Alice Cooper)
- Wrestling With God (Pete Loran, Steve Brown of TRIXTER & Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of GN’R / Lita Ford)
- Best Time You Never Had (Chris Jericho (WWE Wrestler/Fozzy) and Phil Collen of Def Leppard)
- Beautiful Decision (Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance of Harem Scarem)
- Drunk Dead Gorgeous (Marq Torien of BulletBoys and Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P.)
- Greed (Robert Mason of Warrant/Lynch Mob and Jerry Dixon of Warrant)
- For Better Or Worse (Shawn Pelata of Line Of Fire/Waking Jonah and Stephen Chesney of Waking Jonah)
Former Metal Church singer Ronny Munroe has released a new video, “Delirium”. Check it out!
Phoenix-based rockers RAZER have teamed up with sponsors Krank Amplification and Gibson / Epiphone Guitars to create an impressive giveaway contest. Beginning on January 15th and extending through February 28th, contestants will enter for a chance to win one of three prize packages. 1st prize will consist of a brand new Epiphone Les Paul Standard Guitar alongside the impressive Krank Rev SST Head Amp w/ 4×12 Cab. The 2nd prize winner will take home a Krank Distortus Maximus guitar pedal, band t-shirt, and a signed copy of their debut cd, Dark Devotion. The 3rd prize winner will receive a 10-pack of D’Addario strings, a RAZER t-shirt, and signed cd. As a bonus to these top prize packages, the band will also give away a signed copy of Dark Devotion to 50 random entrants.
Razer, working alongside 116 Productions producers Chuck Alkazian and Matt Novesky, has recently released their latest full-length effort “Dark Devotion”. Bassist Chris Catero, guitarist Paul Sullivan and drummer Eric Bongiorno – formerly of Metal Blade Records artist Wardog – solidified Razer with the addition of guitarist Jeromy Graves and the commanding vocals of frontman Chris Powers. Their songs are a combination of muscular and heavy riffs, tight arrangements, evolved musical playing and true pop sensibilities, making for a unique blend that appeals to both the average radio listener and the most avid pit mosher.
The band’s heavy sound, a combination of exceptionally strong songwriting and Power’s powerhouse vocals, has garnered attention nationwide, resulting in Powers being selected by “Guitar Hero” video game song producer Steve Ouimette to sing on the ending track “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” on “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock”. Their single “Superpaun” was featured in Disc Maker’s instructional DVD “Achieving Success with Your Music: Hard-Hitting Tips on Marketing, A&R, Record Labels and Increasing the Income You Make with Music”. Razer has also been featured in Guitar World Magazine’s “Introducing” column as well as being the unsigned artist of the month in Japan’s prestigious Burrn! Magazine.
Bassist Chris Catero also serves as touring bassist for legendary guitar god Marty Friedman of Megadeth fame as well as being the head of artist relations and domestic sales for international guitar amp manufacturer Krank Amplification, touting such acts as Metallica, Fall Out Boy, Toby Keith, Yellowcard, Queensryche, and others as endorsers/users.
For more information on RAZER visit: http://www.razerband.com/
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Did you like the new song from Gun, “Let Your Hair Down” that was on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio show tonight? You can download the song for free at this link. Go get it!!