In 2009, Kix nearly stole the show at the M3 rock festival, and in 2010, they repeated that effort!! Why Kix was so far down on the bill seems like a crime to me. There were better than most of the bands that they opened up for. I don’t know what fountain of youth Kix front man Steve Whiteman has tapped into, but I would certainly like some of that stuff. Whiteman is an explosive front man with more energy than singers half his age. The way he jumps and dances around on stage, you would think that he is a teenager. More importantly, are his vocals which are spot on perfect. Overall, he is just a lot of fun to watch and listen to. I can’t give all of the credit to Steve Whiteman though, as the band backing him up are totally awesome. Ronnie Younkins and Brian Forsythe do a terrific job playing guitar, and Jimmy Chalafant continues to prove why he is the best man to hit the skins for Kix. (On a side note, is it just me or does Ronnie Younkins look like Steven Tyler’s brother?)
Kix’s set list included the songs (in no certain order) “Blow My Fuse”, “Sex”, “Cold Shower”, “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah”, “Cold Blood”, and “Girl Money”. There were probably a few more songs too, but I was too busy rockin’ than writing them all down.
The only song that I didn’t really care for was “Yeah, Yeah Yeah” which got very crude in this extended version of the song. That was the only downfall, and aside from that, they were excellent. If you have never seen Kix live, you owe it to yourself to at least make it out to M3, or one of the band’s local shows in Maryland. The band kicks ass, and they were easily one of the best at M3 in 2010. Check out Kix’s website for tour dates. I can only hope that Kix will stay together to write some new tunes. They still have every bit of the energy and talent that made them famous.
You can watch a couple of the video clips and check out our pictures of the show below!
Check out this cool little clip that Taddy Porter made for Hard Rock Hideout!
What did you miss on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show last week? How about three hours of kick ass rock, and three chances to win Ozzy Osbourne’s New CD, Scream!
This is the play list for Show # 24 of Hard Rock Hideout Radio on 6/23/2010!
Hey Kid – Johnny Crash
Ride – Dirty Skirty
Screamin’ For More – Dangerous Toys
How Come It Never Rains – Dogs D’Amour
Mona Lisa Smiled – The Quireboys
Droppin’ Out – Col. Parker
Outer Space – Ace Frehley
I Know Where You Live – Alice Cooper
Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne
Saints of Los Angeles – Motley Crue
One Way Ticket – The Darkness
I Believe In A Thing Called Love – The Darkness
Is It Just Me – The Darkness
Yes I Know (Nobody’s Perfect) – Kiss
Turning Water Into Wine – Bad Habit
That’s What I’m Talking About – Danger Danger
Tainted Angel – Southgang
Nine Lives – Def Leppard
Best of Me – Ratt
Raised On Rock – Scorpions
Hoodoo Woman – Krokus
Turn It Up – Krome
Do Her Wrong – Atom Smash
Timebomb – Hollowick
Golden Frame – Adrenaline 101
Pornstar Dancing – My Darkest Days
Ptolemy – Blue Murder
All For Love – Whitesnake
When Lightening Strikes – Kiss
I Don’t Wanna Stop – Ozzy Osbourne
Love’s An Easy Word To Say – Thunder
I’m Back -Brian Howe
Who’ll Stop The Rain – Vince Neil
Rose – Buckcherry
Angel In My Heart – Britny Fox
Going Down (Above The Clouds) – Jetboy
Let Me Hear You Scream – Ozzy Osbourne
Rise – The Cult
Back In The Day – Megadeth
Start The Fire – Metal Church
Devil In Me – Sin City
Blond, Bad, & Beautiful – Airbourne
WWLD (What Would Lemmy Do?) Jocephus & the G. J Massacre
Daddy’s Girl – The Driving Conditions
Never Enough – Kiss
Join DJ Brian Basher tonight to hear three new songs from our Pick of the Week Taddy Porter, plus a bunch of new music and classic tunes that you will hear NO WHERE ELSE!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio is on the air every Wednesday Night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST, and can be listened to online at www.kacvfm.org, or in Amarillo, Texas on KACV FM 90!
SECOND EXCLUSIVE VIDEO CLIP FROM FEATURE IS AVAILABLE HERE
The long-awaited feature, Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid, has finally hit stores today. Eagle Rock Entertainment’s acclaimed and award-winning Classic Albums series uncovers the story of the making of the legendary heavy metal album. Available on DVD and Blu-Ray, the feature comes just in time for the 40th anniversary of Paranoid.
In a new clip just released online from the documentary, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi and Bill Ward, along with punk icon Henry Rollins and legendary Warner Bros Records executive Joe Smith, discuss the band and the controversy around the Paranoid album.
Pick up Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid at this link.
Direct link to video: http://vimeo.com/12951407
German hard rockers PUMP struck a deal with JAMSYNC MUSIC for the release of their catalog in North America. PUMP are no strangers to the rock scene and have accomplished quite a bit over the years including 3 releases; Against Everyone’s Advice, Breakdown To Breakthrough and Sonic Extasy. All 3 three releases will street in September with tentative plans for the band to head to the U.S. for a short tour in support.
PUMP – Some people might say you can’t play 80ies Metal nowadays, you can’t do this, you can’t do that…come on…the only thing you can’t do is put music into drawers! It’s only Rock’N’ Roll…and they like it!!! Nothing more – nothing less. It’s beer drinkin’, whiskey slammin’, hotel trashin’; chick bangin’ – kick ass Rock-N-Roll!!!!!!!!!! That’s what it’s all about. A description of them, the code they live by, or better both. Come inside and join the PUMP circle of friends. You won’t believe your eyes and ears. PUMP is one of the most exciting new bands of the new millennium. Lookin’ upon them and listening to their music may leave you changed for life. You might feel a sudden need to get drunk, remove your clothes and doin’ all the the things your Mom shouldn’t know. Just things you’ve only fantasized about. If so, welcome to the world of PUMP!
Check out Pump online at this link!
OZZY OSBOURNE sold 81,000 copies of his new album, Scream, in it’s first week of release in the US, to land on the Billboard 200 at #4.
DISTURBED’S NEW SINGLE, “ANOTHER WAY TO DIE,” BLAZING UP ROCK RADIO CHARTS
TICKETS ON SALE FOR AUGUST UPROAR TOUR
Multi-Platinum hard rock band Disturbed have scored their highest chart entry position at Active Rock radio to date with the No. 5 bow of “Another Way To Die,” the electrifying new single from their upcoming album Asylum. This is the best debut on the Active chart for any song since Linkin Park’s “What I’ve Done” in April 2007 and is only the 15th song to debut in the Top Five since 1997. The track also debuted at No. 6 on the Mainstream Rock chart and was the No. 1 Most Added at Active and Modern Rock.
The band have also just announced that Reprise Records will be releasing Asylum on August 31st, 2010. Cover art for Asylum has just been revealed on their website, www.disturbed1.com.
On August 17th the band will hit the road to headline the first annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which runs through October 4th. Also on the bill are Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, Halestorm, and Hell Yeah. Tickets for UPROAR are on sale now. Please visit www.rockstaruproar.com for details.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with Winger at the M3 Rock Festival. The last time I saw Winger perform a few years ago, it was in support of their album IV. I don’t know if it was the small crowd at my local venue, the blazing set that was done by Frank Hannon beforehand, or just an off night, but Winger was just OK that night. I was hoping for more at M3 and I got it! I don’t know if it was the unspoken competition between bands, but Kip Winger and company were great at M3. They put on a great set, and were much more lively than the last time I saw them.
I have seen Reb Beach play several times in the past, not only with Winger, but also with Dokken & Whitesnake. He never disappoints, and was quite fun to watch. Winger’s second guitar player John Roth got his chance to strut his stuff too, and he proved to be a very good player as well. Kip Winger’s voice is still in fine form after all of these years, and he still sounds great on all of those classic Winger tunes. Winger’s set included the songs, “Seventeen”, “You are the Saint, I am the Sinner”, “Headed for a Heartbreak”, “Down Incognito”, “Deal With the Devil”, “Can’t Get Enough” and more. I truly enjoyed Winger’s set, and I hope they return to another M3 Rock Festival in the future! Check out the video clip and pictures from the show below.
A few months ago, my best friend asked me if I had ever heard of a band called Taddy Porter. When I told her no, she went on and on and on about how amazing they were. She had just seen them open up for some big time band at a little, local venue in our hometown. To make a long story short, she said Taddy Porter blew that big time band away. That was enough to peak my interest.
This quartet from Stillwater, Oklahoma consists of Andy Brewer on vocals/guitar, Kevin Jones on bass, Joe Selby on lead guitar/vocals and Doug Jones on drums. It may look like they’re not quite old enough to buy beer, but they sound like they skipped right over the beer and started guzzling Jack Daniels many, many years ago. Their Facebook bio confirms that their sound “hold[s] you at gunpoint and command[s] that you shake your ass.” That is an understatement.
They draw their influence from the Black Keys, Led Zeppelin, Creedence and Jethro Tull, to name just a few, but I hear some other good things going on. There’s a little AC/DC hiding in there, along with some 80’s rock and a touch of the south and some blues. Their sound is definitely fortified in classic rock with a fresh twist that makes it current and not just another lame, copy cat. This album is just heavy on one of my favorite things: sweet, sweet, good ol’ fashioned, bang your head, get down and dirty rock & roll…and it’s sounds SO good.
For some guys who’ve only been together since 2007, they have a feel that is well beyond their years. It’s so nice to know that these gentlemen take their music seriously; they’re not just a bunch of dudes trying to make it big and get laid (although I’m sure they don’t mind that perk). They actually care about their music. Brewer even took guitar lessons to improve his playing and learn slide. The guitars aren’t overworked or super fancy; they’re simple, dirty and work well together. The drums and bass are heavy and solid. Brewer’s voice is strong and clean, which plays well against all of the dirt the rest of the band is delivering.
The first track, “Whatever Hurts You,” starts off with a slow groove and then blasts your face with rock; it’s a pretty sweet introduction to what’s ahead for your listening pleasure. Their single, “Shake Me” is hot, sexy, loud and rough. There’s enough energy in this song to keep you partying for days, maybe even weeks. The album continues in this rocking fashion with only a couple slower tunes that let you catch your breath.
I could sit here and describe every song on the album to you, but all you really need to know is that it rocks. If you don’t like to rock, then there’s something wrong with you. Can I say “rock” or “dirty” any more in this review? Yes. Make sure your dirty ass buys this album when it comes out because it rocks.
Check out Taddy Porter online at this link! Taddy Porter’s CD hits stores today!!
Rating: Out of 10
- Whatever Haunts You
- Big Enough
- Shake Me
- Gotta Get You Back
- Long Slow Drag
- I Gotta Love
- Mean Bitch
- Bringing Me Down
- In The Morning
- Fire In The Streets
- Railroad Queen
- King Louie
Taddy Porter is:
Andy Brewer – Lead Vocals
Joe Selby – Lead Guitar
Kevin Jones – Bass
Doug Jones – Drums
TAKE A PEEK AT WARP RIDERS’ NEW ARTWORK
One of the foundations of the metal revival of the past ten years, Austin TX’s The Sword have released two flawless slabs of vintage heaviness on Kemado Records, toured the world with Metallica, and were honored to grace the past three editions of Guitar Hero. This summer, the band casts its gaze to the stars for Warp Riders, their third full-length and their most ambitious effort to date. Hitting stores on August 24th via Kemado Records, it is the band’s first concept album and is fittingly grand in scope both lyrically and in terms of musical craftsmanship.
This also marks the first release where the group has worked with an outside producer. Helmed by Matt Bayles (Pearl Jam, Mastodon, Isis), Warp Riders is anchored by an epic science-fiction narrative. The storyline is a psychedelic space opera that explores temporal themes of death and rebirth.
The album also finds The Sword expanding their range from pure metal to include bone-crunching hard rock at large. Rather than dampening their sound, the band actually sounds more amplified than ever, spewing out some of their most scalding riffs to date and channeling an unearthly bellow from their low end.
Opening track “Acheron/Unearthing The Orb” begins with ominous, fog-drenched atmosphere before a flurry of nimble fretwork and galloping drums storm out of the gate. The energy doesn’t let up once and by the final moments of closing track “(The Night Sky Cried) Tears of Fire,” an intensely satisfying resolution sets in. Guitarists Kyle Shutt and JD Cronise execute punishing acrobatics while injecting melody at every turn. Bryan Richie’s warm bass lays down the foundation and ripples with menace. Trivett Wingo’s drumming explodes with the perfect balance of both precision and dexterity. Each member of The Sword is an individual force to be reckoned with, but when united they come together like the four horsemen of the apocalypse to wreak havoc like no other.
On July 23, the new Heavy/Power Metal compilation “Metallic Dawning” will be released. With 32 songs on 2 CDs and a playing time of more than 150 minutes this compilations offers “value for money”. It will be available for special price and even include 3 unreleased tracks (Ross The Boss, Circle II Circle and Elvenking). The cover artwork has been created by Bulgarian artist Dimitar Nikolov. Take a look at the tracklist here:
01. U.D.O. – Black And White
02. MASTERPLAN – Time To Be King
03. HAMMERFALL – Any Means Necessary
04. NIGHTWISH – Master Passion Greed
05. ORDEN OGAN – All These Dark Years
06. AXXIS – Last Man On Earth
07. TRIOSPHERE – Driven
08. PRIMAL FEAR – Riding The Eagle
09. JON OLIVA`S PAIN – Death Rides A Black Horse
10. CRYSTAL VIPER – Stronghold: Under Siege
11. RHAPSODY OF FIRE – Reign Of Terror
12. ATHORN – Humanize The Demon
13. MANIMAL – The Life We Lived
14. JORN – Road Of The Cross
15. ALMAH – Beyond Tomorrow
01. SABATON – Ghost Division
02. ROSS THE BOSS – Dead Man´s Curve (unreleased track)
03. ELVENKING – The Cabal (unreleased track)
04. CIRCLE II CIRCLE – Consequence Of Power (unreleased track)
05. AXEL RUDI PELL – Devil Zone
06. STORMWARRIOR – Heading Northe
07. BRAINSTORM – Shiver
08. AT VANCE – Salvation Day
09. MOB RULES – Trial By Fire
10. HERMAN FRANK – Father Buries Son
11. MAGICA – Anywhere But Home
12. HEAVENLY – Ashen Paradise
13. NIGHTMARE – Legions Of The Rising Sun
14. SINNER – Crash & Burn
15. SAVAGE CIRCUS – Of Doom And Death
16. RAM – In Victory
17. ROB ROCK: Savior´s Call
Check out the new video “Get Your Hands Dirty” from UK Rockers JETT Black! Great Tune!!
‘Custom Built’, the brand new solo album from Bret Michaels will be released July 6th!
Featuring the single ‘Nothing To Lose’ (with Miley Cyrus), a remake of Sublime’s hit song ‘What I Got’, a rootsy version of ‘Every Rose Has It’s Thorn’, the theme song to the upcoming VH1 show “Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It” titled ‘Riding Against The Wind’ and much more! The new album will be available from Target, Best Buy, iTunes, Yahoo, Napster & anywhere else you buy digital music!
You can also pick up your copy of the album by visiting:
For Bret Michaels 2010 ‘Custom Built’ tour dates, package details, availability & to secure your ‘VIP Ticket/ Meet & Greet Package’ please visit:
It is hard to believe that the M3 festival was over a week ago already. This week went so fast. One of the bands that I haven’t seen many folks talk about at M3 is L.A. Guns. L.A. Guns was the third band on the main stage at the M3 Rock Festival last weekend. I was looking forward to seeing them again. I knew that the band probably wouldn’t have any new tunes to offer live (they didn’t), but they always put on a pretty good set, and their M3 appearance was no exception. I have seen L.A. Guns at least once a year for the last four years, and they haven’t ever disappointed me. This is the band’s second appearance at M3, and first with new member, Kenny Kweens.
Kenny Kweens (ex. Beautiful Creatures) is the new bass player for L.A. Guns. I knew this guy was good, but was surprised to find that he actually added something to L.A Guns live show. Kweens is a talented player, and has a lot of energy on stage. He also has a very cool glam look that is a nice addition to the band.
It was extremely hot at the M3 Festival, and in the Pavillion area under the roof, it was even hotter. Phil Lewis came out with a long sleeve shirt and leather vest. Did someone not tell Phil it was hotter than hell in Maryland? He looked great, but I can’t even image how hot he had to be.
L.A. Guns set offered no real surprises in their set list, but they did put on a good show. I know the band gets a lot of crap with the constant feud with Tracii Guns, but honestly, I still believe that this is the one, and only version of L.A. Guns that you need to see live. Stacey Blades may not be as good as Tracii, but he does do a good job with the songs. Ironically, a tweet came over on Twitter from Tracii Guns, when L.A. Guns was on stage. Coincidence? I think not.
You can check out a couple of clips and pictures from the show below.
Hot off of their big festival shows at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio, and the Rocklahoma Music Festival in Pryor, Oklahoma, Taddy Porter has joined together with Hard Rock Hideout for an onlinelistening party of their new CD.
Stillwater, Oklahoma’s Taddy Porter is set to release their debut CD on June 29th, 2010 via Primary Wave Records!
The band’s first single “Shake Me” has been storming up the charts, and has quickly become a fan favorite on the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show!
On Friday Night, June 25th, from 8 P.M. – 11 P.M. EST, Hard Rock Hideout will have
streaming links of Taddy Porter’s new self titled CD. You can get a full preview of the new disc four days early!
Hard Rock Hideout will also have an awesome prize pack giveaway including a autographed CD, a poster and t-shirt!.
Join us tonight for the Taddy Porter listening Party at the Hard Rock Hideout, and check out one of the hottest new bands of 2010!
Check out the hot new video for Ozzy Osbourne’s single, “Let Me Hear You Scream” below! You can Ozzy’s new CD Scream for $ 7.99 at this link!
New Device has made their cover of the Def Leppard tune, “Photograph” available as a free download. Get yours at this link!
Check out their live video footage in the clip below!
Love & War Records and Lillian Axe welcome Ronny Munroe as the new voice of Lillian Axe. As of August 1, 2010, Ronny Munroe, formerly the lead vocalist of Metal Church, will join Lillian Axe as a fulltime member replacing departing vocalist Derrick LeFevre as lead vocalist of Lillian Axe.
The members of Lillian Axe wish Derrick LeFevre nothing but the best of luck in his future endeavors. Unfortunately Derrick could not commit to the rigorous touring schedule that Lillian Axe prides itself on to this day.
When Ronny Munroe takes the stage, he has the crowd’s attention. His unique vocal style sets him apart from other singers because he brings something extraordinary to every song. Ronny is an in-your-face performer, consummate professional, innovative lyricist and songwriter who fuses melody with hard hitting rock in a way that will take your breath away.
Lillian Axe founder and guitarist, Steve Blaze says, “We met Ronny in Seattle playing a show together two years ago. My first impression was “damn he’s tall!” After watching him perform, I thought to myself how amazing a vocalist and presence he was. I always keep in the back of my mind great talents when I see them, and Ronny was one of those guys. During the 3 days we spent together in New Orleans rehearsing and getting to know each other, I was amazed how well he fit in as a human being as well as a band mate. The true talent is only half the game; the person is the other. Ronny has it all. Having Ronny as a writing partner and performing partner is something I am very much looking forward to!”
Bassist Eric Morris agrees, “I am looking forward to what a vocalist like Ronny can bring to the table. I think he will add a whole new element and catapult our music into a brand new fan base as well as satisfy the die-hards.”
Call me crazy if you will, but Tuesday night I ponied up my $18.00 to see the Big Four ( Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, & Metallica) in my local movie theater. The bands recorded their Sonisphere concert from Sofia, Bulgaria on June 22nd, and broadcast it in movie theaters across the United States. The bands are in talks to play together in the states, but it may not be until 2011 or 2012. Those talks and negotiations could easily stall, and I wanted my shot at seeing the bands play together! Obviously, I wasn’t going to spend the big bucks to fly overseas. After a scorching hot day at M3 on Saturday, getting to see four of the biggest Metal bands of all time in a reclining seat with air conditioning seemed like a pretty cool idea.
I guess they wanted to build up some anticipation for the live show, as the first half hour was taken up with a small round table discussion featuring Lars Ulrich, Scott Ian and Dave Mustaine. A variety of topics were covered but Dave Mustaine said it best that “Tonight we are making music history”!
Anthrax played first, and man they came out firing. I quickly came to realize that I have not ever seen Anthrax with Joey Belladonna. Joey Belladonna still sounds great singing those classic Anthrax tunes. The band covered all of the songs you would expect them to including (in no certain order) “Indians”, “Got the Time”, “Antisocial”, “Madhouse”, “Caught in A Mosh”, “Only”, “Metal Thrashing Mad”, & “I Am The Law”. Anthrax also did a pretty cool tribute to the late great Ronnie James Dio during the show. Joey Belladonna is the ageless wonder. He still pretty much looks exactly the same. Hopefully the band will record some new tunes with Joey. My only disappointment with the Anthrax set is, it was too short. They only played for 45 minutes at best.
Luckily, right after Anthrax was done, they immediately cut to Megadeth. No long delay between sets in this film. (Thank Goodness!)
With Megadeth’s set, the crowd began to swell at Sonisphere. As more and more people were pouring into the stadium, the sky cut loose, and it appeared to have poured a flood during their set. It was awesome to see Dave Ellefson up on the stage with Mustaine once more. I am glad the guys buried the hatchet. Over all Megadeth sounded great, although I thought the sound on Mustaine’s microphone was mixed too low at times. At least to me, it seemed like Dave ‘s vocals were hard to hear. It could have been the rain that was creating some issues. This wasn’t present throughout all of Megadeth’s set by any means, and it was only a small issue. I enjoyed Megadeth’s set quite a bit, and can’t wait to see them play again in the States.
I have to admit that I have never been a big Slayer fan, so seeing the band in a movie theater for the first time was pretty cool. I must admit, Slayer was pretty tight even if I didn’t know many of their songs. Much like Anthrax and Megadeth’s sets before them, Slayer’s set was fairly short, and it seemed like no time before the mighty Met hit the stage.
It hasn’t been that long since I have seen Metallica live. They played in Cincinnati last year, and were pretty awesome then. I don’t know if it was the energy of the packed house in Bulgaria, but Metallica seemed like they were on FIRE for this show. By the time Metallica took the stage, it appeared that there was well over fifty thousand people in the Sonisphere venue. It was a solid sea of metal fans, as far as the eye could see. Metallica had the biggest stage set up, including a huge video wall behind them, and plenty of pyro. None of that really mattered as the band sounded great. I wont even attempt to try to post the set list, but they played a great mix of songs from all stages of their career.
Towards the end of Metallica’s set, the brought out Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer to join them on stage to do their cover of the Diamondhead classic, “Am I Evil”. Man oh Man, even from a movie screen, it was AWESOME. I can’t even begin to say how cool it was to see Dave Mustaine performing on the same stage as Metallica after all of these years. Having all of those incredible guitar players on the stage at the same time was unbelievable. The clip below doesn’t really do it justice..
The entire show was over four hours long, and well worth the price of admission. Hearing this show in my theater’s surround sound and big screen was truly a cool experience. On a side note, my local theater catered to the Metal heads that packed the theater by bringing a portable beer both, to make the concert experience a little more authentic. It made me wonder, could this be a new way to experience concerts in the future? I would gladly pay my 20 bucks in my local theater if it meant getting to see some live shows like the Download festival, Sonisphere, Hard Rock Hell, or some of the bigger music festivals that happen over seas. Food for thought!!
Overall, The Big Four was a great experience even if it was in a movie theater. I hope they do more shows like this in the future!
“It’s not hard to believe that Ben Woods might have sold his soul to the devil in exchange for musical virtuosity. With dark, feral eyes and fingers blurring on the guitar, it’s easy to imagine him at a crossroads cutting the deal” – East Bay Express~
Benjamin Woods and his monster creation FLAMETAL will release their latest masterpiece “HEAVY MELLOW” July 6th on Flametal Records. This album embraces the metal-works of SLAYER, MEGADETH, KISS and the SCORPIONS to name a few. “This is a Flamenco Guitar tribute album to some of the great Metal masterpieces,” says Woods. “It is definitely a different album from the other FLAMETAL releases and is more of a solo effort that is a very powerful to play live. Although the songs are very dark, everyone gets it, even your Mom.”
Woods is a new breed of virtuoso and a speed metal guitarist from the start. By a twist of fate Woods gear was stolen by a junkie, leaving him with only a Spanish Guitar to practice on. This was the defining moment that ignited a passion for Flamenco Guitar. After spending years studying and performing authentic Flamenco, Woods created the genre-bending group FLAMETAL, earning him an international reputation as the master of Flamenco and Metal. Playing Metal without a pick, or distortion would seem impossible to most, but through his training and creativity, Woods is the first and only musician to successfully combine real Flamenco and Metal. Here he pays tribute to some of his favorite metal tunes, played in the Flamenco idiom, with traditional accompaniment. “I had to use all my Flamenco knowledge to play these metal favorites without losing the integrity so I picked great songs with great melodies. On some songs I sped up the tempo, dropped a verse or created a new solo version only slightly changing the arrangements,” explains Woods. “The King Diamond song was a great challenge to put into the 12/8 time Flamenco rhythm of Bulerias, and the solo was definitely fun, but a bitch to learn on the Spanish guitar. The Megadeth tune was difficult to create melodies from Mustaine’s vocal grunts and growls, but cool how it fit into the slithery rhythm of Tanguillos. I was very fortunate to have Steve Stevens do some nylon and electric guitar solos on my original tune “Cursed”. It’s a raw preview of what the next original FLAMETAL album will be with many great guest artists featured.”
Woods has built a substantial following through his years of touring and recording as “HEAVY MELLOW” unveils him to be a master musician with deep musical roots in metal, classical and Flamenco guitar. Woods is also one of the only American Flamenco guitarists to ever grace the pages of Spain’s national newspaper El Pais, and Spain’s number one Flamenco publication ALMA 100.
Woods raw energy combined with exotic and sophisticated acoustic playing and the talent of a new-generation shred-master is a much needed breath of fresh air to the instrumental rock genre.
On the heels of his solo album debut as #1 Rock Album and performing at some of the largest European outdoor Festivals, Slash launches his U.S. Summer tour.
The U.S. dates will feature vocalist Myles Kennedy who was also part of the European tour and received strong critical praise at shows like the Download Festival which had over 100,000 fans and Rock-Am Ring which had more than 70,000 concert-goers. Audiences in Europe were treated to a career-spanning Slash set list of songs from the new album which Kennedy provides vocals for two songs, along with Slash classics from Guns N Roses like “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “Paradise City” and numerous Velvet Revolver, and Slash’s Snakepit favorites. Full tour routing listed below, additional dates/cities to be announced shortly. Check local ticketing agencies for on-sale dates and locations.
Aug. 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theater
Aug. 31 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
Sept. 1 – Denver, CO – Ogden
Sept. 2 – Kansas City, MO – Voodoo Lounge
Sept. 4 – Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sept. 5 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater
Sept. 6 – Clear Lake, IA – Surf Ballroom
Sept. 8 – Chicago, IL -Riviera Theater
Sept. 9 – Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsors – The Colosseum
Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
Sept. 11 – Belleville, ON – Empire Theater
Sept. 14 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
Sept. 15 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Sept. 18 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Sept. 20 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Sept. 22 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s – Stir Cove
Sept. 23 – Medina, MN – Medina Entertainment Center
Oct. 2 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market
Thanks to Epic Records, we are giving away three copies of Ozzy Osbourne’s new CD Scream, tonight on Hard Rock Hideout Radio! You gotta listen to win!
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Holy $%^T! That was my initial reaction when I heard the latest Ozzy album, “Scream,” for the first time. I’ll admit I didn’t have high expectations out of the gate, but holy hell, what a record! Ozzy has proven that he still has it and maybe never lost it to begin with. “Scream” is an album that renews faith in the current state of rock and roll and solidifies Ozzy’s status as a rock god. Make no mistake, “Scream” rocks hard and rocks right.
“Scream” opens with the dark, heavy, and so enjoyable song, “Let It Die.” This dark heavy track opens the album with a boom and sets the tone for all that is to follow. Ozzy’s vocals are sharp and tough and the guitar playing by new Ozzy guitarist Gus G is blistering and emotional. Sure, everyone is going to miss Zak Wylde, but Gus G is a healthy replacement that quickly poses the question “Zak who?”
“Let Me Hear You Scream” picks up right where “Let It Die” left off and a better track could not have been chosen for the album’s first single. “Let Me Hear You Scream” is classic Ozzy at his best. This fast tempo rocker will have you pumping your fist in the air and singing along in a matter of seconds. With a chorus of “go hard or go home” Ozzy delivers on this mantra. “Let Me Hear You Scream” does rock hard and it’s a track that will most likely have the repeat button being hit multiple times.
“Soul Sucker” is the darkest song on the disc. With a heavy, Tony Iommi guitar and doctored reverb Ozzy vocals, “Soul Sucker” could be something off the latest Black Sabbath effort. The song draws deep on Ozzy’s roots of demonic music and blends perfectly with his newer pop subjects of love and lost love. The end result is one of the best Osbourne songs ever recorded.
“Life Won’t Wait” the requisite power ballad slows things down, but not in a negative way. This song still rocks hard, even for a ballad, and once again Gus G has the opportunity to show off his chops and skills as Ozzy’s latest, greatest guitarist. Drawing from the “No More Tears” period, “Life Won’t Wait” is certain to be a radio hit in the next few months. It’s a lovely ballad that shows the softer side of Ozzy and even includes a meaningful message of going after what you want now as opposed to later.
The heavy, hard rocking hits continue. “Diggin’ Me Down”, “Crucify”, and “Fearless” are all hard rocking mavens that please the ear in ways that most songs can’t. Full of grit, shredding guitar, and signature Ozzy vocals, these tracks are monster rock songs that help shape and solidify “Scream.”
Overall, Ozzy has really returned with his latest album. “Scream” is an unexpected masterpiece and front-runner for hard rock album of the year. Ozzy should consider playing a lot off material off this disc during his upcoming tour, because the fans deserve to hear it, and Mr. Osbourne should be very proud of what he has accomplished on “Scream.” This disc will make you scream… for joy!
Rating: Out of 10
- Let It Die
- Let Me Hear You Scream
- Soul Sucker
- Life Won’t Wait
- Diggin’ Me Down
- I Want It More
- Latimer’s Mercy
- I Love You All
Ozzy Osbourne Band Is:
Ozzy Osbourne – Vocals
Gus G. – Guitars
Rob “Blasko” Nicholson – Bass
Adam Wakerman – Keyboards
Tommy Clufetos – Drums
On June 29th, Classic Albums: Black Sabbath – Paranoid will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. Eagle Rock Entertainment’s acclaimed and award-winning Classic Albums series will uncover the story of the making of this landmark heavy metal collection. Black Sabbath: Classic Albums – Paranoid is released, just in time for the 40th anniversary of the album. Clocking in at over 97 minutes, the documentary features brand new interviews with Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitars), Geezer Butler (bass), and Bill Ward (drums).
The DVD chronicles the creation of the locomotive force and unrelenting energy behind these tracks, which ignited an electrified and unforeseen brand of blues-rock. The comprehensive collection of interviews, demonstrations, archive videos, and feature cuts from timeless epics such as “War Pigs,” “Iron Man,” and the title track, is complemented with 40 minutes of bonus features. For the first time a classic album title is also released on Blu-Ray.
In a new clip just released from the documentary, Henry Rollins and legendary journalist Geoff Barton discuss the song “Fairies Wear Boots.” Also featured in the video clip is Paranoid engineer Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard).
Hard Rock Hideout has two copies of the new DVD to giveaway! You have to prove that you are a true Black Sabbath fan for this one.
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Heart’s new 5 song EP featuring the new single, “WTF” now available at iTunes and Amazon! The full length release “Red Velvet Car” will be released August 31. Get it here!
Of the track in question, Miller says, “Hey Yeah” is a tune that I first heard on a Jimmie Vaughan album, Strange Pleasure. Jimmie is one of my favorite guitar players of all time. I love Stevie Ray Vaughan, of course, but I love Jimmie more. He’s deeper, he’s simpler. He says more with just a handful of notes.”
Don’t miss your chance to get this track FREE, and for more of Miller’s commentary on his first album in 17 years, go right here!
Album Streaming On AOL Music & CBS Radio’s “The Street Date”
Glenn Danzig today unleashes his first new Danzig studio album in six years, Deth Red Sabaoth, on Evilive/The End Records. The album is currently streaming on AOL Music’s Full CD Listening Party as well as on CBS Radio’s “The Street Date”, which also features an in-depth video interview with Glenn. You can purchase Deth Red Saboth physically on Amazon and digitally on Amazon MP3.
CBS Radio’s “The Street Date”: www.thestreetdate.com/danzig-deth-red-sabaothThe 11-track collection, produced, recorded and penned by Danzig, is laced with Glenn’s lycanthropic growls and blues-infected wailing. Tracks including “Black Candy,” “The Revengeful,” and the first single, “On A Wicked Night,” emit a spectral glow to rival the highest points in Danzig’s colossal discography. Part 1 of the exquisite two-part “Pyre of Souls” opens with acoustic guitar, haunting piano, Glenn’s plainsong vocal, and an almost dirge-like feel; Part II explodes with electric guitars and a driving, mesmerizing cadence.
As is with all of Danzig’s releases, the CD cover artwork for Deth Red Sabaoth is provocative and ominous. The cover is an original piece created specifically for the CD by the award-winning artist Joe Chiodo whose work has graced not only Danzig’s Verotik publishing line, but the covers of numerous graphic novels and comic books, including “X-Men Unlimited.” Deth Red Sabaoth isn’t the first time one of Chiodo’s paintings has been part of a Danzig package – one of his erotic “good girl” pinups was part of 2007’s The Lost Tracks of Danzig.
Deth Red Sabaoth marks Danzig’s ninth studio venture that began back in 1988 with the Rick Rubin-produced, Platinum-certified, Danzig. A live version of his oedipal projectile “Mother,” was a major hit, and added to his iconic status that began a decade earlier when he founded the near-mythic punk band Misfits and then Samhain. Sales of ten-million albums later and having been dubbed “goth-punk’s godfather” by SPIN, Glenn Danzig is arguably the most versatile talent to emerge from hardcore’s first wave, and truly is a renaissance man – a graphic designer, photographer, comic book publisher and composer. His venture into composing and recording classical music yielded Black Aria, that debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Classical charts, and Black Aria II, that had Glenn sharing the Billboard/Classical’s Top Ten with Itzhak Perlman and Andrea Bocelli. His indelible stamp is on artists like Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails, and he has written songs that have been sung by a diverse array of artists, from Metallica to Johnny Cash.
Danzig – Glenn, guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Johnny Kelly and bassist Steve Zing – also a founding member of Samhain with Glenn – are currently on a special 9-city tour to support Deth Red Sabaoth; with all current dates listed below.
DANZIG on tour:
6/24 Record Exchange, Boise, ID, 6-7:30pm , in-store signing
6/24 Knitting Factory, Boise, ID
6/25 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV
6/26 Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
6/27 Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
For a limited time, Murderdolls are offering a free download of “My Dark Place Alone” — the lead single off their upcoming album Women and Children Last. Head to roadrunnerrecords.com to get it now!
Just when you thought all the fun was gone from rock music, you thought wrong, because the inimitable Murderdolls are back, emerging from a dormant period with their middle fingers to the sky, tongues planted firmly in their cheeks and ready to call out those that haunt today’s predictable musical landscape. Their first album in eight years, entitled Women and Children Last, is set for release August 31st through Roadrunner Records.
Murderdolls are the Frankenstein brainchild of Joey Jordison and partner-in-grime, Wednesday 13. The band sees Joey step away from his day job and masked role behind the kit in Slipknot to playing a low-slung lead guitar, while Wednesday serves as the frontman in their macabre rock ‘n’ roll circus. The duo are ready to breathe new life into the project with a brand new line-up, while their ‘fuck you’ attitude, devilish glamour and trademark black sense of humor remain firmly in tact. Joey and Wednesday are excited to bring back their revamped musical monster, exclaiming, “We don’t look at this as a return…this is REVENGE! The music scene today is as boring and stale as it was in 2002, when we first formed the band. This time around, everyone is the enemy!”
Comments Joey, “We’ve waited eight years to make sure, but this is the perfect time to bring Murderdolls back to the world. We’ve got nothing to lose and nothing to prove. So raise your fist along with us motherfuckers and sorry if you get a bloody nose along the way. It’s about to get ugly! Women and Children Last!!!”