Southern rock legends Molly Hatchet are giving all proceeds from their new single “Fly On Wings Of Angels” to the Somer Thompson Foundation. The single, which will appear on Molly Hatchet’s upcoming ‘Justice’ CD, is available for purchase at http://www.mollyhatchet.com/MollyHatchetMP3Downloads.html.
Diena Thompson found herself living every parent’s worst nightmare when her 7 year old daughter went missing on October 19, 2009. Two days later, in a Georgia landfill, Somer’s body was discovered. The community felt an immediate call to action. Fundraisers were coordinated to aid Diena and her family, as well as to raise money for the reward fund.
Multi-platinum, International Recording Artists Molly Hatchet has played an integral part in supporting Diena Thompson. The band donated items for a silent auction and orchestrated a benefit concert, which included fellow Jacksonville based bands, Something Distant and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Molly Hatchet’s biggest contribution to this case is the song that was written in Somer Thompson’s memory. “Fly on Wings of Angels” is a beautiful ballad that opens with Somer’s older sister, Abby, singing “You are my Sunshine”, Somer’s favorite song. The song will be the first single on the bands new album titled “JUSTICE” which will be release on June 1, 2010 worldwide.
Somer’s Song…Fly on Wings of Angels with Abby Thompson (Sister singing in her memory on the opening of the song which was Somers favorite “You are my Sunshine”.
To celebrate the release of Diamond Eyes on May 4th, Deftones and Hard Rock Hideout are excited to offer you the chance to win an ESP LTD SC-207 guitar signed by Deftones.
This contest will end on May 14th, so act now!!
Type O Negative label, SPV / Steamhammer has issued the following statement:
“It’s with great sadness that we give our condolences to the family and friends of Peter Steele. He died on April 14th, 2010. With his bands CARNIVORE and Type O Negative he achieved cult status and was loved by fans around the world.
The last releases he did with Type O Negative were the DVD Symphony For The Devil and the studio album Dead Again. SPV/Steamhammer proudly released both products worldwide, which will now – very unfortunately – be the end of his recording legacy.
The world has lost a charismatic frontman and a very talented person.
Our condolences go to Peter`s family, friends and the members of his bands.
In Mourning… SPV / Steamhammer.”
If Jon Oliva has proven one thing throughout his music career, it’s that he is never at a loss for storytelling through song. Jon Oliva’s Pain is just another amazing band that he has nurtured and built to stand the test of time. Festival is the newest release from Jon Oliva’s Pain, (released on April 13, 2010 in the U.S.). Festival is just that… a festival of songs that embody horror, nightmarish stories and the human experience.
If you are hankering for a new Heavy Metal album, that touches on some diverse musical material, while lending some dark themes lyrically, Festival should satisfy your palette. Need not worry though, this album delivers the hard and heavy that has grown on me considerably, which should do the same for any Jon Oliva’s Pain or Heavy Metal fan, in all likelihood. Jon Oliva is no stranger to atmospherics and chilling sound effects… Jon Oliva’s Pain delivers such mentioned on the opening track Festival. The chilling and carnival like sound effects open Festival, with spine curdling thunder storm atmospherics that explodes the creep-out meter.
“Death Rides A Black Horse” is a superior listen into a nightmare that engages with its epic and haunting keyboards. Without question, I cannot get “Death Rides A Black Horse” out of my mind ever since I first heard it, the atmospheric keyboards are what has captivated me so incredibly. This very easily can be the highlight song, that is played at the culmination of an epic horror film. “Eyes of hell burn in his eyes” are just a sampling of the lyrical content this song bestows… the grim reaper rides again through Jon Oliva’s Pain!
The one word that comes to mind while listening to Festival, is that these songs embody the integrity and substance of a man who knows how to write the utmost credible music and lyrics. Now has the sound and flavor of late 1970’s Electric Light Orchestra, while never leaving the threads of Jon Oliva’s Pain far behind.”Lies” upholds a Power Metal meets Traditional Heavy Metal union. Jon Oliva’s vocals on “Lies” reminds me of just how Heavy Metal vocals can pierce through a song with uncanny resonance.
“Looking For Nothing” has a Beatle-esque coating, the music speaks tranquility, all the while brandishing a 1970’s Classic Rock sword. “Living On The Edge” jumps out at me as a psyche-you-out song that straddles dark lyrics with an electrifying hardness. This dramatic song finds its incredible balance within its memorable melodies, caught between the speed and paced heaviness of the music itself.
To comment on the totality of musicianship I hear on Festival, the only way I can describe the credibility of this Jon Oliva’s Pain lineup, is to state, please take the time to buy Festival and listen for yourself… honestly, these guys are that great at what they do. If there is that one song on Festival, that exemplifies what I honestly mean here, it is “Winter Haven”. This song distinguishes itself amongst Festival as raising the music bar… and Jon Oliva’s Pain have succeeded in doing just that, in my Metal opinion.
Layered and textured are the songs throughout Festival, the ingredients and arrangements from a music mastermind in Jon Oliva comes through with heavy and soft results. I find both the heavy and soft sides of Festival, to be quite delectable for my music palette. This is a return to Old School form for Jon Oliva’s Pain, only it is presented with admirable conscientious care. If Jon Oliva set out to celebrate his interpretation of Heavy Metal, he has done so with Jon Oliva’s Pain and Festival… and I’m on board for this celebration.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Lies 6:18
02. Death Rides A Black Horse 5:28
03. Festival 4:22
04. Afterglow 6:50
05. Living On The Edge 5:10
06. Looking For Nothing 2:42
07. The Evil Within 4:36
08. Winter Haven 7:38
09. I Fear You 5:11
10. Now 3:51
Jon Oliva’s Pain is:
Jon Oliva – vocals, keyboards
Matt LaPorte – guitars
Tom McDyne – guitars
Kevin Rothney – bass
Christopher Kinder – drums
LILLIAN AXE has signed a new recording contract and will release their Tenth Album on JULY 20, 2010: Lillian Axe will be releasing their new album entitled, “Deep Red Shadows” on Love & War Records / MRI Associated through Sony Music Distribution (RED). Special guest appearing on their new album will be Ty Tabor of King’s X.
PRETTY MAIDS have just finished the shooting of the videoclip for the single “Little Drops of Heaven” under the direction of Thomas Tjader (Saint Deamon), taken from the forthcoming album “Pandemonium” to be released on Frontiers Records on May 14th in Europe and June 8th in the USA. The video can now be seen below!