From Rockline Radio.com:
There’s a joke that’s been around for years and one could easily apply it to Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine. It goes something like this, “Few would argue that Dave Mustaine is outspoken”. The reply is, “Oh yeah, by whom?” We love that about Dave, he’s a no pretense, straight shooting, in-your-face- kinda guy and while he might tick off some people now and then, we find it refreshing to know where you stand with someone. It translates to his music too. Megadeth is upfront, political, engaging, confrontational and thought provoking. Take the latest single, “The Right To Go Insane”, from the newest album, “Endgame”. It’s about that former military dude in San Diego, Shawn Timothy Nelson, who flipped out a few years ago, stole an M-60 Patton military tank from the US National Guard Armory and went on a property damaging, hell-bent rampage that ended in the worst possible way, lodged on a concrete median with his life taken without reservation or hesitation. While it’s hard to justify such actions (from both sides), a quick inventory of Nelson’s life explained much. Sometimes an event will cause a person to snap, but with the overworked and underappreciated Shaun Nelson his whole life disintegrated with both of his parents dying, his house being foreclosed upon and as if that weren’t enough his wife left him too. In the video for the song Mustaine portrays the maniacal Nelson. David Ellefson, Megadeth’s longtime bassist, returns to the fold for his first video appearance with the band since 2001. New to the band is Chris Broderick whom Mustaine terms the greatest guitarist the band has ever had, praise of the highest order from a man who has heard a player or two in his time.
Megadeth.com and mySpace.com/Megadeth are user friendly and informative sites for you to visit. ROCKLINE is where you can place a free call and speak with Dave….and from what we understand David might join us as well. A quick visit to the website will let you know about the special event to take place on June 22 at select movie theaters as “The Big Four”, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax will perform on one stage together. This is a onetime event, never to be repeated and you can learn more at TheBigFourLive.com
Even though “Endgame” came out in 2009 this is our first chance to catch up with Megadeth as they spend so much time on the road, much of it overseas and there have been many changes within the band and personally as well. It’s time to catch up again as we welcome Megadeth back to ROCKLINE!
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The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA — the largest alignment of progressive, classic and power metal bands on American soil — has been finalized for this September’s festivities.
As always, the massive event, held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites and more. This year’s festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th.
There are actually only approximately 300 tickets still available for the fest, so don’t wait! View the full lineup below, and check out the official website for ProgPower USA for full details, ticket info, the history of the fest and more: http://www.progpowerusa.com
PROGPOWER USA XI ITINERARY:
9/08/2010 ProgPower USA XI Mid-Week Mayhem
Ross the Boss (New York) – “A Night of Manowar Classics” with Scott Columbus
Seven Kingdoms (Florida)
9/09/2010 ProgPower USA XI Kick-Off
Accept (Germany) 10:45 – close
Leprous (Norway)* 9:15 – 10:15
Borealis (Canada) 8:00 – 8:45
Six Minute Century (Texas, USA) 6:45 – 7:30
9/10/2010 ProgPower USA Day 1
Nocturnal Rites (Sweden)
Tyr (Faroe Islands)
Seventh Wonder (Sweden) *
Leaves’ Eyes (Norway/Germany)
Illusion Suite (Norway) *
9/11/2010 ProgPower USA Day 2
Tarot (Finland) *
Delain (The Netherlands) *
DGM (Italy) *
Oceans of Sadness (Belgium) *
Stormwarrior (Germany) *
Paradox (Germany) *
* = first ever performance on American soil
I have been a fan of Pretty Maids since their classic Future World release. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I received the news about the band’s follow-up to 2006′s Wake Up To the Real World. With Pandemonium, Pretty Maids have turned in another solid effort, and one that will definitely appeal to fans of the band’s previous releases, and melodic rock in general.
The album opens up with the title track, “Pandemonium”. It seems like to me that Pretty Maids tried to recapture some of the same magic from Future World, and more or less it does. I thought it was odd for a Danish band to have prattlings in their song from U.S. President Barack Obama, and quite frankly, I could have lived with it. Aside from that, “Pandemonium” is a pretty solid opener. I love the up tempo keys of Morten Sandager, and the heavy guitars of Ken Hammer. Ronnie Atkins voice is a lot heavier and more coarse than I remember it being, but it works great with this type of music.
“I.N.V.U” is another melodic monster that reminds me a lot of the current style of the band Gotthard. This is another great tune from Pretty Maids.
If you have been listening to the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show, you have heard the song “Little Drops of Heaven” a few times by now. In my opinion, this song is easily one of the best of Pretty Maids career. Check it out in the video below.
“One World One Truth” is another up tempo rocker. This one has it all! Blazing guitar solos, great vocals, killer keys. “One World One Truth” does not disappoint at all.
The intro of “Final Day of Innocence” reminds me of the Who’s “Teenage Wasteland”. This song is a pretty catchy melodic rocker that will have you singing along in no time.
“Cielo Drive” is one of the heavier cuts on Pandemonium,. I am a sucker for these up tempo heavy tunes from Pretty Maids, and this one is easily one of my favorites.
You get two versions of “It Comes at Night” on Pandemonium. This song mixes it up with some cool guitar work, killer piano, occasional voice coder. You will want to hit replay after you hear this song the first time. This is some killer stuff. The second version of the song is a minute and a half longer with a longer intro. I think I like the longer version better, but both are very cool.
“Old Enough to Know” has a much more updated song to it, and doesn’t have the dominant keyboards that are present on the other songs on Pandemonium. As a result, “Old Enough To Know” almost sounds out-of-place on this album. The song is a little lighter than what I would expect from Pretty Maids, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see them have a hit with this song. This is more in the vein of the music on Bon Jovi’s The Circle.
Luckily, the detour for Pretty Maids is a short one, and the heaviness returns on “Beautiful Madness”. “Beautiful Madness” is a mid-tempo number that is a real grower. I find myself cranking this one up in my car.
The song “Breathless” reminds me a lot of Foreigner. This song would not have been out-of-place on Foreigner’s last CD, “Can’t Slow Down”.
Overall, I enjoyed the songs on Pandemonium quite a bit, and found no filler tracks. This is one of the better melodic rock CD’s I have listened to in 2010!
Pandemonium will be released in the U.S. on June 8th. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this CD. You can pick up Pandemonium at this link.
For more information on Pretty Maids, please visit the prettymaids.dk.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Little Drops of Heaven
4. One World One Truth
5. Final Day of Innocence
6. Cielo Drive
7. It Comes at Night
8. Old Enough to Know
9. Beautiful Madness
11. It Comes at Night (remix bonus track)
Pretty Maids are:
Ronnie Atkins – lead vocals
Ken Hammer – guitar
Allan Tschicaja – drums
Morten Sandager – keyboards
Kenn Jackson – bass
Bret Michaels was the winner of this seasons Celebrity Apprentice show on NBC. While Donald Trump announce to Bret, “Your Hired”, there were no real losers. Snapple donated 250,000 to Bret Michaels, and runner up Holly Robinson Peete’s charities.
Two days ago Y sent me a piano ballad he wrote while saddened by the horrible tragedy of Ronnies passing due to cancer.
That night I wrote the lyrics and melody to the song “For the last in line”. We decided to have it recorded and released in the name of Ronnies new fund: “Ronnie James Dio Stand up and shout Cancer Fund”.
In the morning we recorded it and today it was mastered and released.
Itunes and all other sites will follow. We have decided not to release the full version on Spotify, but it can be heard on youtube as of tonight!
I guess it´s some kind of record, getting a song released a day after it´s written…
“Ronnie James Dio Stand up and shout Cancer Fund” is registered as owner of this song, and gets 100% of all sales!
Buy it to support his cause, the fight against cancer!
Please buy this song and share this link everywhere to give Dio’s fund a boost from us rockers!
THANKS / Blade & the boys
The Norse God of Metal. The leader of the renaissance of classic Hard Rock on its highest level. One of the most prolific and sought-after singers of today, whose vocal talent has reserved him a place amongst the greatest giants in the history of Rock. This is Jorn Lande and now he offers his talents to honour the musical legacy of Ronnie James Dio, with his new album aptly entitled “Dio”, to be released on Frontiers Records on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the US.
Handpicking some lesser known tunes of the Dio era, along with some of the true classics, Jorn offers a fine collection of songs that present the music of the Man and the Artist, with a unique twist. In Jorn Lande’s own words: “Throughout the years I have had the privilege of both meeting and working with many of the musicians that have inspired me on my musical journey. Ronnie James Dio has inspired me through decades, and this man’s influence continues to add colour to my creative spirit. Ever since the first time I heard his royal roar back in the 70′s, I have been fascinated by this extremely talented man’s creative force and dedication to music. His career has been going on for so long and includes so many great songs, that it was a challenge to decide which songs and what era to focus on. I ended up focusing on the DIO era”.
The album also includes an original song for which a videoclip, shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) was produced. Jorn says “I wrote ‘Song for Ronnie James’ as a tribute and a personal thanks to the man who has been my mentor for more than 35 years. This great man has affected my life and career in such a way that without his presence, I would not have become the artist I am today”.
The “Song for Ronnie James” videoclip can be watched here:
Either as front man in German metal act Masterplan, which has achieved great success around the world, or as guest in spectacular projects such as Tobias Sammet’s “Avantasia”, or in the Allen / Lande’s releases, Jorn Lande is today a trademark for quality Hard Rock music. “Dio” is the new chapter in Jorn’s history and a sincere and heartfelt “thank you” to a great and influential Artist.
“Dio” was mixed by Tommy Hansen, Jailhouse Studios, and the final tracklisting includes the following tracks: Song For Ronnie James; Invisible; Shame on the Night; Push; Stand Up And Shout; Don’t Talk to Strangers; Lord Of The Last Day; Night People; Sacred Heart; Sunset Superman; Lonely Is The Word / Letters From Earth (2010 version); Kill The King*; Straight Through The Heart (live). Song for Ronnie James (videoclip)
Jorn Lande: Lead Vocals
Willy Bendiksen: drums
Tore Moren: guitars
Jgor Gianola: guitars
Tor Erik Myhre: guitars
Nic Angileri: Bass
Dream Evil, the Swedish heavy metal band named after the classic DIO album, is back with their fifth studio album, In The Night. The only thing the band has changed in 2010 is their stage names. If you are familiar with the heavy metal sound of Dream Evil, you will find much to like with the band’s latest release. Dream Evil dishes out another disc filled with awesome musicianship, incredible energy, and fantastic vocals. If you haven’t ever heard singer Niklas “Nick Night” Isfeldt sing before you are in for a treat. Isfeldt could give Rob Halford and Ralf Scheepers a run for their money. His metal screams are total ecstasy to my ears.
I must admit that I didn’t care much for the album opener “Immortal”. Maybe it just taps into the whole power metal/viking metal thing a little too much for my taste. Luckily, this is one of the only weak spots on In the Night.
The title track “In The Night” immediately bring classic Accept to mind. This is a powerful song, that should have been the album opener in my opinion.
If there is one song that exudes the complete spirit of heavy metal music, “Bang Your Head” would be the one. This stadium anthem might have some cheesy lyrics, but the song is undeniably 100 % pure metal, and I love it.
If Dream Evil ever had a hit song in the making, “See The Light” would be the one. This song has a big bombastic sound that the melodic rock fans are going to love.
On the not so cleverly titled song “The Ballad”, Dream Evil slow it down and show that they can deliver one great power ballad. I am not sure why they didn’t call this “When The Children Cry”, but it is a good song nonetheless. A lot of fans have given Dream Evil crap over this tune, but I like that fact that band still shines when they aren’t cranking out their high speed rockers.
“Kill, Burn, Be Evil” is a metal anthem that will have fans screaming at the top of their lungs and throwing their devil horns in the air. The song’s only detriment is that it is a little short, but it is still highly enjoyable.
Not every song on In The Night is perfect, but I have given this CD a few spins now, and it seems to get better with every listen.
Dream Evil always delivers with each new album they have put out. If you are a metalhead, you won’t want to miss out on Into the Night!! Pick it up and let the headbanging begin!
For more information on Dream Evil, and to preview some songs from Into The Night, please visit the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
2. In The Night
3. Bang Your Head
4. See The Light
7. On The Wind
8. The Ballad
9. In The Fires Of The Sun
10. Mean Machine
11. Kill, Burn, Be Evil
12. The Unchosen One
Dream Evil is:
Niklas Isfeldt (Nick Night) – Vocals
Daniel Varghamne (Dannee Demon) – Lead Guitars
Fredrik Nordström (Ritchie Rainbow) – Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards
Peter Stålfors (Pete Pain) – Bass
Patrik Jerksten (Pat Power) – Drums
If you haven’t heard the new Danko Jones song, “Full of Regret”, stop what you are doing, and watch this video clip now! The video below features Lemmy from Motorhead, Selma Blair, Elijah Wood and more! Danko Jones new album, “Below The Belt” will be released on June 8th!
If you’re still with us here and want a little more info about the good people helping to make this happen, check out: byexperience.net. They’ve done some awesome events!
CELEBRITY APPRENTICE FINALIST, BRET MICHAELS, BACK IN HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING WARNING STROKE KNOWN AS A TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACK (TIA)
RECEIVES DEVASTATING NEWS AS TESTS SHOW HE HAS A HOLE IN HIS HEART OR PATENT FORAMEN OVALE (PFO)
Bret Michaels was readmitted to the hospital this week after suffering numbness on the left side of his body, predominately his face and hands which doctors described as a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or warning stroke. While MRI and CT scan tests were being conducted, Michaels also received a Doppler Ultrasound of his legs and lower abdomen looking for blood clots and most importantly an Ultrasound Bubble Test of his heart was conducted which proved positive for a Patent Forum Ovale (PFO), a hole in the heart. Dr. Zabramski (Bret’s neurosurgeon), Dr. Becker (who ordered the test), Dr. Cook (who conducted the test) and Dr. Frey (Director, Outpatient Stroke Program) all confirmed the results.
Dr. Zabramski states “There is no doubt that the positive Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) is devastating news to Bret and his family. The good news is that it is operable and treatable and we think we may have diagnosed the problem that caused the Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or warning stroke; however we feel it is highly unlikely this is connected to the brain hemorrhage he suffered just a few weeks earlier. Once again it is great that he quickly reacted to the severe numbness and got to the hospital immediately.”
Dr. Zabramski continues, “I realize Bret wants to make a full recovery so that he can be active with his family, attempt to attend the finale of Celebrity Apprentice and especially get back on the road to continue making music. Without a doubt he is very determined to get healthy and make a 100% recovery. Medically speaking it is a fantastic attitude both mentally and physically for him to have. However, Bret’s brain and body are not quite 100% yet, especially with the hole found in his heart. Further tests will be conducted throughout the week and I will have more information next week as to how this Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) will be treated. For now, Bret will be treated with outpatient care which includes a daily injection of Lovenox (a blood thinner to reduce the chance of blood clots) and blood tests.”
Bret’s rep, Janna Elias, states “Bret wants everyone to know he cannot thank you enough for all of the well wishes, prayers, and good vibes you have sent his way. Even though these last few months have been tough on him and his family, especially this most recent setback, he is in good spirits, great medical hands and is positive and hopeful that everything is going to be OK. He is up, walking, talking, continuing his daily rehab and very happy to be alive but he has made it clear he is sick and tired of being in the hospital and is ready to rock again.”
Legendary doom band PENTAGRAM have just announced the Southern US tour dates with Relapse recording artist BLACK TUSK. This tour will kick-off in Raleigh, NC and finish at the Maryland Deathfest. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.
PENTAGRAM have just been accepted into the Decibel Hall of Fame for their masterpiece recording of their 1985 Peaceville Records release of Relentless in the June issue of Decibel Magazine. “This is one of the momentous honors in Pentagram history. Thanks to all, heart and soul; next “hall of” stop, Cleveland, God willing!! LOL” states lead singer Bobby Liebling about being accepted into the Decibel Hall of Fame. This issue gives detailed interviews with Bobby and the guys about the recording process and the times spent during this period in the band.
May tour will feature the following band members:
Victor Griffin – Guitar
Greg Turley – Bass
Gary Isom – Drums
Bobby Liebling – The Mad Man On The Mic
Pentagram Tour Dates:
May 21 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern
May 22 Savannah, GA The Jinx
May 23 Orlando, FL The Backbooth
May 25 Houston, TX Walter’s On Washington
May 26 Austin, TX Emo’s
May 27 New Orleans, LA The Hanger
May 28 Nashville, TN The End
May 29 Newport, KY Southgate House
May 30 Baltimore, MD Maryland Deathfest VIII
Additional information will be made available via the PENTAGRAM MySpace page: www.myspace.com/thepentagramarchives
Miss America In Stoes June 8th!
Saving Abel have just premiered their official music video for “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” on Yahoo! Music. Take a look at the guys rocking out by Hollywood’s famous Capitol Records building right here.
You can get “Stupid Girl (Only in Hollywood)” on iTunes now. Also, Saving Abel’s album, Miss America, will be in stores and on iTunes on June 8th. Head to their MySpace for updates and more information.
Cancer sucks!! I come from a family that has been decimated by Cancer. I have lost several uncles, and aunt, and my niece Pam to this terrible disease. I honestly believe with all of the advances in technology in medicine, that we could have
gotten a grip on Cancer, and come up with a cure by now.
It has been a few days since I learned about the death of Ronnie James Dio to stomach cancer, and I must admit I am still in somewhat of a funk. I feel like a lost a close friend, even though I didn’t know Ronnie personally. I have loved all of his music over the years, whether it has been Rainbow, Black Sabbath, DIO, or Heaven & Hell. I absolutely hate that he is gone. Knowing that I will never get to see him sing again rips at the very fiber of my being.
This week I have listened to several interviews of the friends, band mates and associates of Ronnie, and they all mentioned just how great of a person Ronnie James Dio was. While I never got to know him personally, the few times I have seen him perform, he always gave 100% of himself, and I had a lot of respect for the man.
Looking back over Ronnie’s accomplishments, the one thing that strikes me is “Hear ‘N’ Aid” project back in the mid 80′s that was created to help famine in Africa. This charity CD helped raise over a million dollars. A million dollars is a huge amount when it comes to feeding hungry people. I wonder how a donation of this size would help cure Cancer?! Would it be enough? I doubt it, but I am sure it would help.
I would love to see a new group of hard rock & metal musicians take the time out to record a CD for Cancer Research. I would gladly donate my own 20 bucks for the CD, if I knew it was going to a good cause like the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund. Dio gave us so many great songs to enjoy, can we give something back in return?
The little man with the huge voice and big heart has left us for a better place.The legacy of Ronnie James Dio should live on forever!!
On a very special episode of Hard Rock Nights, airing May 21-27, tribute will be paid to the voice of heavy metal, Ronnie James Dio. The two-hour episode will feature music spanning the late singer’s career, from the oldies of the 1960s to his last studio release with Heaven and Hell. Several special guests will appear on the program to share memories of Dio, including Ron Keel, Tommy Denander, Robert Sarzo of Hurricane, former bandmates Rowan Robertson and Tracy G, touring member Chuck Garric, and many others.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program broadcast on several rock and metal stations on the FM dial and the internet. Visit http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates for a full list of stations and times.
Frontiers Records announces the release of TERRA NOVA new studio album
Dutch Melodic Rockers TERRA NOVA will release their anticipated new album “Come Alive” on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA. “Come Alive” is the band’s 5th original studio album and their first full length release over the last five years.
TERRA NOVA started the work for the recording of the new album in 2008. Their vision was to go back and recreate the exciting sound of their debut album “Livin’ It Up”, a milestone record which captured the sheer joie de vivre of the eighties AOR and melodic rock and catapulted TERRA NOVA into the vanguard of the genre, both in Europe and Japan.
With this in mind TERRA NOVA reunited in the original line-up with Fred Hendrix on lead vocals and guitar, Ron Hendrix on keyboards, Gesuino Derosas on lead guitars, Lars Beuving on drums and the additional musician Eric Coenen (who played on the band’s third and fourth record) on bass guitar.
“The new songs are very much in the line of “Livin’ It Up“, states Fred Hendrix, “fresh and pumping, but with a little blink to the modern sound and styles. Our aim was to please our earliest fans but also the new generation of Melodic Rock fans and we have tried to combine old and new styles and sounds. This album was a real joy to record with all the original members of our first album!”
TERRA NOVA debuted in 1996 with the amazing ‘Livin’ It Up’, a record that marked the end of a long musical era for the two Hendrix brothers, the band’s founding members. No second album syndrome caught TERRA NOVA and ‘Break Away’ was released in 1997 to major critical acclaim and even bigger success in Japan, leading to a major tour of the Far East in 1998. At the end of 1999, after the release of their third album, ‘Make My Day’, persistent problems with their Dutch record company saw the band reach the end of their patience and the end of the road.
Six years after, Frontiers Records pulled Fred Hendrix away from his solo projects and commissioned a new album. For the thousands of fans who remembered TERRA NOVA’s three nineties’ releases this was truly something to celebrate and the come-back album “Escape” was received warmly by the critics and fans.
“Come Alive” is now set to restore the faith in true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Come Alive” tracklisting includes:
Check out TERRA NOVA and / or the Frontiers Records website for tour news which we are planned for the end of this year.
Fred Hendrix – Vocals
Gesuino Derosas – Guitars
Lars Beuving – Drums
Ron Hendrix – Keyboards
Eric Coenen – Bass
Godsmack is back with their follow-up effort to 2006′s IV. The Oracle sees Godsmack returning to the formula that has garnered the band much success. The end result is a rockin’ CD that is going to get a lot of radio airplay.
Their was a hot rumor that the first single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” was written about Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx after Cruefest 2. I don’t know whether this has been confirmed or denied, but it is definitely a great song.
“War and Peace” is the type of song that almost screams “MOSH PIT”! This heavy rocker will fire up your inner headbanger quickly.
One of my favorite songs from this CD, “Love-Hate-Sex-Pain” is a slower song, but it is definitely a stand out cut on the Oracle.
“Devil’s Swing” has an infectious rhythm that is going to demand a lot of replays. If Shannon Larkin’s drums don’t do it for you, Sully Erna’s harmonica certainly will. Cool song!
“Good Day To Die” is another hard-charging, anger-filled stadium anthem that will have the fists flying in the air. The song has a repetitive bass line, but some pretty good riffs that will keep you rocking.
When I hear “Forever Shamed”, I can’t help but think that Sully Erna sounds a lot like James Hetfield from Metallica. Erna’s gruff vocals have made this song grow on me quite a bit.
What I don’t understand is why Godsmack chose to close out The Oracle, with a six plus minute instrumental track of the same name. This is an odd way to close out this disc, and it doesn’t really add anything to the CD in my opinion.
Although The Oracle does not break any new ground, it is much better than Godsmack’s previous effort, IV. The Oracle is very much in the same vein as Godsmack’s debut, which will likely help it get a lot of radio play. If you liked the first couple of CD’s from Godsmack’s, you will probably like The Oracle too. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Cryin’ Like A Bitch
2. Saints and Sinners
3. War And Peace
5. What If?
6. Devil’s Swing
7. Good Day To Die
8. Forever Shamed
9. Shadow Of A Soul
10. The Oracle
Sully Erna – vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, producer
Tony Rombola – lead guitar, backing vocals
Robbie Merrill – bass, backing vocals
Shannon Larkin – drums, backing vocals
Check out the new video clip from Sweden’s Grand Design. This song is from the band’s 2009 CD, Time Elevation.
BLS’ new CD, Order of the Black, which will be released worldwide August 10, 2010 will feature 4 different CD covers. North America/Europe/Australia & South America/ Asia will all feature different covers.
The U.S. Cover is posted below!
Avenged Sevenfold have a released a new song titled “Nightmare”. The new song is available via iTunes at this link. You can check out the song in the clip below.
Show will give viewers inside look at rocker’s home life.
We’ve seen Poison’s Bret Michaels surrounded by a bevy of buxom, tattooed babes on “Rock of Love,” watched him compete on “The Celebrity Apprentice” and waited anxiously to hear news of his recovery from a potentially fatal brain hemorrhage. But the one side of the former wild-child rocker we haven’t really seen is his private one.
That will change on May 31 when VH1 premieres a new Michaels documentary series, “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It,” which a press announcement promises will give viewers “an insider’s look at Bret’s home life when he isn’t touring, shooting, partying and rocking out. After the lights have dimmed on stage and the music stops for the night, Bret rolls off the tour bus right into the loving arms of his daughters Raine and Jorja, who affectionately refer to him as ‘Poppa Rocka.’ “
Due to Michaels’ recent health crisis, the full 10-episode run of the half-hour show has been pushed to the fall, with no confirmed air date available at press time.
“After Bret’s recent appendectomy and life-threatening brain hemorrhage, we’re so happy that he is on the road to recovery and coming back to VH1,” said Jeff Olde, executive vice president of original programming and production at the network. “Bret is family to us and has always been a huge hit on the network, headlining several series and specials that have garnered record-breaking ratings and made a strong connection with our audience. We have temporarily halted production on the series with Bret’s health as our primary concern. Production will resume when it is cleared by his doctors. … We’d like to celebrate Bret’s recovery with this sneak peak special featuring the next chapter in Bret’s story on VH1. It’s a never-before-seen look into Bret’s family life — the real center of his world from which he draws his unsinkable strength.”
Michaels is recovering from the hemorrhage and is slated to give his first on-camera interview since the health scare on Wednesday, when he visits “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He is also expected to appear on the season finale of “The Celebrity Apprentice” on Sunday and to play his first concert since the incident on May 28.
The rocker has a new album, Custom Built, due out on June 8. It features his collaboration with Miley Cyrus on “Nothing to Lose,” as well as a cover of Sublime’s landmark hit “What I Got.”
Courtesy of MTV.com.
HELLOWEEN’ S Michael Weikath – guitarist, songwriter and founding member of one of the most influential European Power Metal Bands, dating back to 1985. Helloween has set the standard for this genre of Heavy Metal, while exemplifying longevity and industry durability also breeds consistent quality albums. Since 1985, many changes have taken place in the world of Heavy Metal, major bands that once filled arenas are now filling clubs and musicians can now download and upload musical arrangements on a laptop. Throw in the fact, that a select group of Helloween songs have become rearranged, with the enormous help from the 70 Piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and The London Choir.
Helloween has reached a Heavy Metal milestone, celebrating their quarter century as a major player and mighty influence on the European Power Metal stage. Thus, saluting their catalog of albums with the release of “Unarmed – Best Of 25th Anniversary”. Michael Weikath or Weiki as he likes to be called, proved to be quite an intriguing conversationalist, with an admirable straight forwardness about him that this writer found most appealing. Weiki took the time recently to discuss with Hard Rock Hideout the aforementioned, plus added some interesting thoughts along the way. Here is what Weiki had to say:
HRH: How are you doing Weiki?
Weiki: I’m doing well! I’m looking up the Veronica’s right now and buying music on the internet. The Veronica’s are twins, they are really good! I like their music a lot. Do you listen to them?
HRH: I can’t say that I do, Weiki. I’ve heard of them though.
Weiki: You should definitely give them a try.
HRH: What other bands are you currently listening to?
Weiki: I’m a big fan of Chris Cornell. Nirvana, you know, I hated their music when it first came out, now, it’s good and not so bad. I’m a fan of The Moody Blues and technical stuff from the 1970′s. I’m pretty open, even original Disco, I’m with it.
HRH: Congratulations Weiki on Helloween’s 25th Anniversary! The new album is a unique celebration of your songs. What inspired this musical direction for “Unarmed”?
Weiki: Well, we just came off of a huge, a massive tour. We had some time off after the last tour and never really had a break for fifteen years. “Unarmed” was all the managers idea, the thought of doing something big this time around for the 25th Anniversary of Helloween. We employed outside arrangers to re-arrange all of the songs you hear on “Unarmed”. We picked some greatest tracks, still “Falling To Pieces” was not on the list. There was a ton of file transfers going on and everything was done this way, so I could stay on top of what was happening with the arrangements.
HRH: From concept to finish, how long did it take to create “Unarmed”?
Weiki: It took a little over a year. With the re-arrrangements, feedbacks, brainstorming and recording. We had to consult with so many people and work with numerous timetables regarding the classical and digital recordings. Having the opportunity, the means and the time to do this album all came together. I feel the result is great! So far, I have heard a fifty-fifty response to “Unarmed”, people either love it or hate it.
HRH: Well Weiki, I am not in the group that hates “Unarmed”!
Weiki: Thank you!
HRH: With all of the dynamics involved with “Unarmed”, what was the most difficult step in the recording process?
Weiki: Doing arrangements on the computer was no biggie. The Classical arrangements of the timing and where do you put these parts? That all takes time. During the session arrangements, I did not touch one string or guitar.
HRH: “Why” is a hidden track, with no hint of it anywhere in the liner notes. Why is this?
Weiki: I don’t know, it’s not on my CD either! I was pretty surprised myself when I discovered this. I’m not aware of why “Why” is a hidden track. It’s a mega surprise track! It surprised everyone, even me!
HRH: Would you consider creating music in the future with the 70 piece Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Choir once again?
Weiki: It was so much hard work, it’s a good idea though. If our manager wants to, we do it. We would be extremely proud to do it again.
HRH: What other personal music goals do you still have?
Weiki: There are times, where I think I could have done many other things in the past. There was a time when I was not sure of staying in Helloween, it was during the “Chameleon” phase. I moved on with it of course. I like to consider each and every option. Well, for example, I’ve always liked the collaboration of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf, that is something I would like to do. Creative Rock and doing something in that direction I would like to try. ELO, Queen, Jim Steinman and Meatloaf are great examples.
HRH Note: “Chameleon” was the fifth studio album released by Helloween in 1993, (not counting their debut “Helloween” EP from 1985).
HRH: Where in America is your favorite city or venue to play?
Weiki: It’s so hard to say and choose. The United States is so vast! I do love B.B. Kings in New York City though. Maryland has many nice places, up around Niagara Falls and Arizona as well. The Key Club in L.A. I really remember well, it filled around eight hundred people and it was great. In America, there are too many interesting places.
HRH: What band would Helloween want to tour with, that you haven’t toured with already?
Weiki: It’s really hard to say. Judas Priest would have been cool in the past, only it’s not recommended now. One point in time, in the past, we should have toured with Judas Priest. We are out on our own now, as a headlining band. For us to do our own lineup show is dream stuff and wishful thinking. We’ve played the festivals in the past, with say, Cinderella and DIO. Then, Guns & Roses comes out to end the night. It was managements decision back then to play certain festivals and in which order.
HRH: Do you own an iPad yet? I’m just looking into them right now myself.
Weiki: Not yet, they are not available in Spain, at the time they are first available in America. I will get one though, an iPad will be pretty cool. They are thin and light weight, perfect for traveling in the airports.
HRH Note: Michael Weikath currently resides in Spain.
HRH: “Gambling With The Devil” is one of my favorite Helloween albums, there are many uplifting and positive songs on it, for example, “Can Do It”.
Weiki: I wrote that song. “Gambling With The Devil” does have some positive songs. I like to stay positive with my lyrics and stay away from the dark themes. I like to write positive songs, with meaning. “The Dark Ride” was too dark of an album for me, lyrically.
HRH Note: “The Dark Ride” was the ninth studio album released by Helloween, back in 2000.
HRH: Who are your hero’s in life?
Weiki: You have to be very careful about who to idolize. It’s very hard to say. If I was to say, for example, Humphrey Bogart, how many skeletons may he have hid in his closet?
HRH Note: Humphrey Bogart was an American film actor, spanning three decades in film during the 1930′s, ’40′s and ’50′s.
HRH: Are you setting sight on a North American tour this year?
Weiki: In November a tour starts that will go into next year. Our last time out went extremely well for the first time ever! It was more of a condensed experience but a brilliant tour. The clubs, bus and accommodations were great and it was a great time. Our last tour was just organized better, it was very intense!
HRH: Which do you prefer better, an arena or club?
Weiki: Whether we play an arena or club, people, the fans, pay to be there. As long as we put on the best show possible for the fans, it doesn’t really matter. It’s always great being close to the fans in a club, as long as they are friendly! We like to play to a minimum of fifty people in a club, sometimes that is not always the case though. There have been times where there are say, seventeen people in the club! Regardless, Helloween must put on the best show and play great. When the show goes as planned, I’m happy. If a band were to ever fuck up a show in a small club, it would get on You Tube very fast! I believe you can still be a great band playing in a shit hole.
HRH: What Helloween album do you look back upon with the most pride?
Weiki: All of them! They are like photo albums. They all ooze something special, each album is unique. A lot of work went into each and every Helloween album.
If you missed the debut of Black Robot’s hot new video, “Cocaine” on IGN.com last week, you can catch it here in all its glory. Enjoy!!
I can’t believe Ronnie James Dio is gone. He left us way too soon. The video clips below are just a sample of the great music Ronnie left us with.
It has been a very slow news weekend in the metal world, so it saddens me to post the following info:
Ronnie James Dio, legendary vocalist for Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, has died after a battle with stomach cancer, according to wife Wendy Dio. He was 67 years old.
The heavy metal singer died early this morning. He was being treated at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
A Twitter rumor circulated Saturday night that Dio had died. It caught fire so quickly that his wife had to issue a formal denial.
His wife released a new statement to blabbermouth.net today confirming his death:
Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45 a.m. [on Sunday] 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private goodbyes before he peacefully passed away.
Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all.
We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us.
Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss.
Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
In my opinion, Ronnie James Dio is and always will be one of the greatest singers in the history of heavy metal. His has had some amazing accomplishments with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, and his solo band DIO. Our condolences and well wishes go out to Wendy Dio, and the entire DIO family, and friends. The metal world lost one of their greatest Icon’s today. Ronnie James Dio will be greatly missed.
Former members of YES and TOTO return with a new band
The term “Super-Group” can only describe the band arising out of two of the most creative bands of the past 30 years: YOSO is formed out of TOTO’s brilliant lead vocalist Bobby Kimball and the creative force of former YES members, Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood, thus equalling the magic of YES with the voice of TOTO. However, YOSO is much more than a combination of two classic rock groups. The band’s debut album “Elements” – which comes together with a bonus live CD where the band plays some old and new classics – presents a fascinating combination of the sound of YES (“90125″/”Big Generator” era) and TOTO, with a very interesting and original sound that truly encompasses the styles.
“Elements” will see the light of day on July 2nd in Europe and July 27th in the USA, where the band has already scheduled a number of tour dates in support of the album’s release, on Frontiers Records.
Even though the band’s heritage is from 2 classic bands, YOSO intends to become its own identifiable entity in a very short time, YOSO’s collective mission is to make the next decade one where YOSO’s music will be held up alongside their classic rock backgrounds as a band as important as TOTO and YES.
Billy Sherwood recalls: “YOSO was started when I suggested to Bobby Kimball we should write some new music and form a band, we had been working together on various tribute projects I was producing and one thing lead to another, before too long we had 5 songs in the can and were well on our way to making a record and thinking seriously about taking it to the next level. Once there was a few songs underway the concept grew into the band we now have, “ YOSO “.
YOSO line-up was later rounded out with two amazingly gifted musicians: Johnny Bruhns as the guitarist and background vocalist and Scott Conner on drums, percussion and background vocals.
YOSO does indeed have the magic of YES and the voice of TOTO. However, in 2010 the band intends to convince fans of both bands that the brilliance of YOSO will be just as celebrated in the years to come.
“Elements” tracklisting includes:
Bonus live CD: Yoso; Rosanna; Owner of a Lonely Heart; Walk Away; Good For You; Yes Medley (Yours Is No Disgrace/Heart of the Sunrise/South Side of the Sky/Starship Trooper/I’ve Seen All Good People); To Seek the Truth; Hold The Line; Cinema; Gift With a Golden Gun; White Sister.
More song streaming, live clips and info available on: www.myspace.com/yosohq
YOSO – US Tour dates (more TBA)
11 August – Keswick Theatre, Glenside, PA
12 August – The State Theatre, Falls Church, VA
15 August – Ramshead Tavern (Ramshead Onstage), Annapolis, MD
17 August – B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill, New York, NY
19 August – Kent Stage, Kent, OH
20 August – Syndicate Dinner Theatre, Newport, Ky
21 August – Lake Clementia Amphitheatre, Rancho Murieta, CA
Bobby Kimball; vocals; Tony Kaye: keyboards, background vocals; Billy Sherwood: bass, vocals; Johnny Bruhns: guitar, background vocals; Scott Conner: drums, background vocals.
Korn‘s 9th studio effort, Korn III – Remember Who You Are marks a return to form for the modern metal powerhouse. Enlisting producer Ross Robinson, the man who helmed the boards on their first two albums, the band emerge with an album that fits right in where those first two left off.
As for the gripping image of the album’s cover, the photo was shot in Oildale, California — the namesake of the lead-off track and first single that you can hear below. Korn III: Remember Who You Are is out on July 13th — the same week the band kicks off their co-headlining run on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.
It seems for every band that got signed in the eighties, there were ten more that didn’t. Eonian Records continues to unearth some talented acts from the hair metal era, and after giving Charlotte’s Medusa Groove a few spins, I would have to say that is one of their better CD’s that they have released. The first thing I noticed is the sound quality on this disc. This is a lot better than some of Eonian’s previous offerings.
Charlotte seems to have mixed a little bit of a 70′s vibe into their style of hard rock. Medusa Groove teeters between the bluesy sounds of Led Zeppelin, and the 80′s hard rock of band’s like Steelheart, Kingdom Come and Lynch Mob. It doesn’t really matter who you compare Charlotte to though. The band flat-out rocks.
Eric Ganz has one hell of a cool voice that sounds like a blend of Lenny Wolf, Miljenko Matijevic and Terry Ilous. His voice helps set Charlotte apart from the standard hair metal offerings of the eighties. The more I have listened to Medusa Groove, I wonder how this band didn’t get signed. There is a pretty cool mix of styles on this CD, from the more hair metal flavored tunes such as “Miss Necrophilia”, “She Get It Up”, “Invisible Man”, and “All Tied Up” to the 70′s influenced numbers, “Woman Behind The Eyes”, (my personal favorite) “Siren”, and “Little Devils”. “Changes” is the type of song that would have the masses breaking out their zippo lighters (or cell phones for today’s audiences). This is one of the better ballads that I have listened to. Overall, I did not find one bad song on this CD, and I found myself hitting repeat a few times so I could listen to it again.
The bottom line: Charlotte is an above average band that didn’t get their due. Medusa Groove was a nice surprise for this listener, and is a a quality release that you should look into. I am glad that Eonian Records has given the world an opportunity to hear this cool band.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Medusa Groove
2. Woman Behind The Eyes
4. Little Devils
5. Miss Necrophilia
6. She Get It Up
7. Got Love On The Line
9. Roadhouse Of Love
10. Ocean Of Love And Mercy
11. Invisible Man
12. All Tied Up
Eric Ganz – Lead Vocals
Nick DiBacco – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Vinnie Cacciotti – Guitar
Chris Colovas – Bass, Backing Vocals
Eric D. Brewton – Drums, Backing Vocals
Check out the brand new song and video “Teutonic Terror” from Accept. This is the first song to feature Accept’s new vocalist, Mark Tornillo (TT Quick).