Multi-platinum selling artist Godsmack are preparing to release their highly anticipated album, The Oracle. With two consecutive number one albums on the Billboard Top 200 (Faceless and IV) and their latest single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” rapidly climbing the charts, this is one album you do not want to miss.
Drummer, Shannon Larkin describes the sound of The Oracle as much more like the band’s self-titled album, “It’s going to be a monster. The drums sound incredible, Sully Erna’s voice is on fire it’s gonna be much more like the first record; much heavier, with simple, catchy guitar-driven riffs.”
To build anticipation for The Oracle’s May 4th release, Godsmack has unveiled a series of webisode’s titled “The Making Of The Oracle,” which follows the band through the recording process of their first studio album in four years. In the latest installment, the band takes their fans inside the studio and gives them an exclusive peek at two new tracks titled, “What If” and “Forever Shamed.” But gears quickly shift from music to sports when front man Sully decides to place a friendly wager on a New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints football game with producer/engineer Jeremy.
I realize we haven’t been around much lately (that’s subject to physical location by the way, because if you were near any one of us… we would in fact, actually be around each other). We’ve been holed up in the studio working out the finer points of a brand spankin’ new Warrant album… HOW EXCITING!!! We are all really amped up (pun intended) to get the new tracks etched in stone, or on tape, or on hard drive as it is these days and out to all of your ears! No concrete release date at the moment, but word on the street is (actually, word between the five of us… mostly in our homes, not so much on the streets) we’re looking forward to an early to mid-summer release… I guess it’s safe to say.
I am using a little bit of extra discretion by NOT leaking too much info just yet… some nasty people still like to steal, even though they know it’s just not right, and I’d hate to have to rewrite this whole thing in the off chance that some of the song titles, concepts, even the album title be stolen right out from under our very eyes should the evil-doers take a stab at breaking the eighth commandment. I will tell you that the band name is Warrant and what we are hoping is that this album will further solidify the sound of this band as being one that is consistently awesome! Okay that may sound a bit trite and grandiose but I’d like to believe it’s also true. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel, (although infinite tread, titanium lined tubeless tires would be nice) our hopes are that we will satisfy the cravings of every rock fan that has ever heard a Warrant album and wished they were longer. Consider the new Warrant sound as merely an extension of what we’ve done to date with a little more seasoning behind it. Stylistically the new tracks are perhaps a bit more diverse than on previous releases. Of course there’s the killer ballad (do those two words really belong together?) or two, the up-tempo slam it out until you pass out rockers, and some stuff that harkens back to our 70’s roots, you’ll know it when you hear it and it will definitely satisfy! With Pat Regan skillfully helming the board (You should see him, he actually does “helm” when he mixes) as he did on “Born Again” the sound is pure Warrant and then some – thanks to the boy with the golden pipes, Robert Mason.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as things progress, and keep checking in for new dates as they come in – we look forward to seeing you all this summer, wherever you are – and hopefully we’ll be there too, or else you can come to us depending on how far a drive it is. Scratch that just show up and we’ll have a great summer together!
I have always considered myself a casual Rob Zombie fan. I have enjoyed many (but not all) of his songs in the past. With that being said, I am having a lot of trouble getting into the newest CD, Hellbilly Deluxe 2. After spinning this CD a few times, I found moments of brilliance, incredible guitar work, and a catchy song or two. On the other hand, I found Rob’s over industrialized vocals to be rather bland and noisy.
I have no problem with profanity in rock, but the repeated chorus of “Rock Motherfucker” in the song “Sick Bubblegum” does not work for this rock fan. I guess I am in a place in my life where I don’t need to hear the profanities over and over again. I am sure the angst filled teenagers will love it. I don’t care for it.
I must admit that I found the song “What?” extremely catchy, and I have grown to like this one a lot.
The musicianship on this CD is stellar,and I get a kick out of Rob’s horror filled lyrics. For whatever reason, Rob Zombie’s vocals grate on my nerves on this CD. People who like Rob’s vocals may find more to like with Hellbilly Deluxe 2, as John 5, and Piggy D do a great job here.
I have tried repeatedly to listen to this CD, and I have struggled with it ever time. For this listener, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is a macabre mess of distorted mayhem. The Zombieheads out there will probably love this. I found it to be above average at best.
1. Jesus Frankenstein
2. Sick Bubble-Gum
4. Mars Needs Women
5. Werewolf, Baby!
6. Virgin Witch
7. Death and Destiny Inside the Dream Factory
9. Cease to Exist
10.Werewolf Women of the SS
11.The Man Who Laughs
Rob Zombie – Vocals & Lyrics
John 5 – Guitars
Piggy D. – Bass
Tommy Clufetos – Drums
Tyler Bates – String Arrangements
Chris Baseford – Keyboards and Programming
Check out the newest video from Trivium, “Shattering The Skies Above”. This is available on the God of War “Blood & Metal” soundtrack. This soundtrack also features new music from Taking Dawn, Dream Theater and Mutiny Within. You can purchase the song at this link .
Slash posted the following update today:
Hello out there, a little long between updates I know, but I’ve been busy with promo, rehearsal etc. But all is well, I just had a great little trip to Europe doing press, everybody was great. It was very productive all in all.
Its my pleasure to mention that I have finally regained control of my website from my old merch company, as I am no longer working with them. That means Slashonline.com will be active again ASAP.
Tour dates are coming together. I will have Europe, Japan & Australia dates to announce by next week. South America, Mexico & US dates will soon follow.
I’ll announce the touring band next week as well. Its going to be a pretty fucking cool band to say the least.
The new “Slash model” Les Paul comes out April 1st in the USA & Custom Shop limited edition models. The Epiphone version hits the stores August 1st.
The Marshall AFD is in development & coming along fantastically. We’ll keep you in the loop at afd100.com. This is definitely one hell of a Marshall!
The 1st single from my solo record, “By the Sword” featuring Andrew Stockdale is out, so hit up your local radio station & get them to play it. Use what ever means of coercion possible!
That’s it for now but I will have all the show updates & band details coming your way this week.
Until then, caio! Iiii|; ),
Nashville rock band Halo Stereo has announced their All Access Spring 2010 Tour starting on March 11th. The tour kicks off at Innisfree in Tuscaloosa, AL and includes two showcases at SXSW in Austin, TX before concluding on April 10th at Crash Mansion in New York, NY.
Halo Stereo has also announced a contest for a lucky fan to win a chance to be in their next music video. The contest is running now and the winner will be selected on April 20th.
Here is how to enter:
If you are attending a Halo Stereo live show from their All Access Spring Tour this spring, confirm you are coming to this event and get a chance to be on set and play a role in their next music video.
1. Friend Halo Stereo on Facebook (<- Click Here)
2. Confirm that you are coming to the All Access 2010 tour event via Facebook
3. Then suggest the All Access 2010 tour event to as many of your friends as possible
4. Tell them how many people you suggested to on Halo Stereo’s Facebook wall
**Everyone who suggests to a minimum of 20 people will be put in a drawing, with the winner to be selected on April 20th.
Upcoming tour dates for Halo Stereo on The All Access 2010 Spring Tour:
March 11th – Tuscaloosa, AL- Innisfree Pub
March 12th – Jackson, MS – Hal and Mal’s
March 13th – Monroe, LA – Coda Bar
March 14th – Lafayette, LA – Artmosphere
March 15th – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
March 16th – San Antonio,TX – Zombies
March 18th – Austin, TX – Cuba Libre ( uno SXSW Showcase )
March 19th – Austin, TX – The Blind Pig ( uno SXSW Showcase
March 21st – FT.Worth, TX – The Aardvark
April 7th – Baltimore, MD – The 8×10 Club
April 8th – Philadelphia,PA – Danger Danger Gallery
April 9th – New York City,NY – Arlene’s Grocery
April 10th – New York City,NY – Crash Mansion
About Halo Stereo:
Halo Stereo’s sound is most easily described as mainstream American rock with UK influenced melodies. When mentioning the music of Halo Stereo three topics come to mind: love, machines and the end of civilization. Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, these four musicians have tapped into a vein of pop rock music that is topped off with psychedelic lyrics and well-honed musicianship. It’s also loud. They are a melodically oriented rock act with well-written songs, poetic lyrics and head-turning musicianship.
Halo Stereo music can be purchased on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-invisible-war/id279587128)
or by visiting www.halostereo.com.