Southern rock doomsters and bar-brawlers across the land, prepare to meet KING GIANT. This Northern Virginia/Washington DC-area quintet have been producing their infectious, soulful but nonetheless ultra-tough brew of gritty southern metal since 2006. After several years of honing their skills as a unit, the band have poured their blood and soul into their self-released debut full-length album Southern Darkness.
The professionally produced Southern Darkness is a burly, blues-driven collection of ten whiskey-soaked KING GIANT originals, as well as a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Needle And The Spoon”; the album rounding out at a thunderous, fully entertaining 55:55 ride any fan of Corrosion of Conformity, Kyuss, Clutch, Down and other quality, groove-heavy Southern rollers will immediately latch onto.
Grab a beer and go check out three tracks from Southern Darkness, “Solace,” “Hollow” and “Shindig,” now at the band’s MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/kinggiant
Southern Darkness Track Listing:
02 Burning Regrets
03 13 To
05 Mississippi River
04 Potter’s Field
07 Machine Gun Mantra
06 Lady Whiskey
10 Desert Run
11 Needle And The Spoon (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
KING GIANT have been playing shows in support of their Southern Darkness material — as well as songs for an upcoming full-length they are currently constructing — alongside Salome, The Wino Band, Earthride, The Bakerton Group, Wooly Mammoth and more in their native tri-state over recent months, and have several more booked through DC, Virginia and New Jersey this summer.
KING GIANT upcoming gigs:
7/17/2010 Red&Black – Washington, DC
7/31/2010 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
8/13/2010 Mackey’s – Manassas, VA
8/23/2010 DC 9 – Washington, DC
8/26/2010 Maxwells – Hoboken, NJ
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold are offering fans the chance to hear another new track off the upcoming album Nightmare on their Facebook page. A lyric video for the track “Buried Alive” can be unlocked when fans “Like” the Avenged Sevenfold Facebook page and share the video via status update.
The band’s fifth studio album, Nightmare, in-stores on July 27th. The band will hit the road later this Summer on the Rockstar UPROAR tour with Disturbed.
Do you want to hear the best new and classic rock from around the planet? Check out the Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show Tonight at 9 P.M. Easter at KACV-FM 90 in Amarillo, Texas, or online at this link.
This is the play list from the 7/7/10 show.
Addicted To Metal – Kissin’ Dynamite
Metal Health (Bang Your Head) – Quiet Riot
Blind In Texas – W.A.S.P.
Black Heart – Broken Teeth
You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll – Twisted Sister
Keep Your Eye On The Money – Motley Crue
High School – Michael Monroe
Axe To The Wax – Johnny Crash
Refugee – Vain of Jenna
Give It To Me Good – Trixter
You’re So Vain – Faster Pussycat
Burnin’ Bridges – Slaughter
Full of Regret – Danko Jones (Pick of the Week)
Hello Mr. Heartache – Grand Design
Promises – Def Leppard
Better This Way – 7th Heaven
Stand Up (Kick Love Into Motion) – Def Leppard
Hard On You – Wildstreet
Make Love (Like A Man) – Def Leppard
Do Ya Wanna Taste It – Wig Wam
Count Me Out – Foxy Shazam
For Hate’z Sake – Tigertailz
Rocketship of Love – Hansel
We Run – Outloud!
Hearts On Fire – Black Tora
Live Forever – Wild Side
Active Volcanoes – Danko Jones (Pick of the Week)
What’s On Your Mind – Last Autumn’s Dream
Band of Brothers – The Poodles
All Out of Love – Grand Illusion
Don’t Blame It On Love – Danger Danger
That Time of Year – Vinnie Vincent Invasion
Stay – H.E.A.T.
7 O’Clock – The Quireboys
Lie Down…I Think I Love You – Whitesnake
Heart of Stone – Noisy Mama
Dead N’ Gone – The 69 Eyes
Killing Loneliness – H.I.M.
The End of the Line – Negative
I Think Bad Thoughts – Danko Jones (Pick of the Week)
Friends – Backyard Babies
Some Days Just Suck – The Wildhearts
Early in the day at the M3 Festival, Eddie Trunk broke the news on Twitter that Klaus Meine from the Scorpions was sick, but would perform. I didn’t quite know what to expect at this point, but was a little disappointed that my first (and possibly last) Scorpions show would not have the band at 100%. The show started out with an extended instrumental only version of the Scorpions song “New Generation” from the Unbreakable album.. I don’t know if it was a miscue or what, but they played the song for about five minutes with the stage lights on, and no vocals. It was just weird. I didn’t know what the hell was going on.
The Scorpions obviously had the best stage show. The video screen behind the stage was pretty awesome, and James Kottak’s drum kit was on a rising platform, that was raised over ten feet in the air with chains that were mounted to the floor of the drum riser. It was a pretty cool site. I really got a kick out of watching the band play. Rudolf Schenker and Matthias Jabs were much more animated than I expected them to be. One upon a time, I heard Rudoph Schenker was kind of a shy guy. You would never know it from his stage performance. He was incredible!
Luckily, the Scorpions got their act together and played a blazing set of their classic tunes, including “Blackout”, “The Zoo”, “Rock Me Like a Hurricane”, “Big City Nights”, “Holiday”, “Bad Boys Running Wild”, “Winds of Change”,”Coast to Coast” “Tease Me Please Me” and “Another Piece of Meat” in which the band brought out Vince Neil on vocals to give Klaus a hand. My first thought was, “Oh Great, Here is ANOTHER song that Vince can forget the lyrics too”. Luckily Klaus did most of the singing. Quite honestly, I thought the Scorpions sounded incredible, even though Klaus was not singing up to his normal level. I could tell that he was definitely holding back somewhat, and struggling a little bit, but it did not detract from my enjoyment of the show. A dumbass fan in the front row was giving a Klaus a hard time, and telling him to sing louder. Klaus seemed a little pissed and explained to all of the fans that he was sick, and his voice was shot. He encouraged everyone to sing a long. He was truly doing the best he could. Lets face it , the band could have easily canceled this show, but decided not to. I thought it was cool for them to carry on with the show. I would have been greatly disappointed if they didn’t play. I can’t believe a stupid fan would disrespect the band, and Klaus in this way. I don’t know if it was the extreme heat at M3, or what, but the dumb ass fans seemed to be in abundance in the pit. The front row heckler was not the only knucklehead. A guy in the fourth row, who was easily over 6 foot tall decided to stand on his chair and block our view. Security took care of him after a few songs, but it wasn’t any where soon enough in my opinion. Seriously folks, if you are taller than a freakin’ beanstalk, do you really need to stand on a chair and block other fan’s views?
Aside from the boneheads at the show, I really did enjoy the Scorpions quite a bit. The band performed a few of their new tunes including “Raised on Rock”, “Sting in the Tail” and “The Best Is Yet to Come”. I love their new album, Sting in the Tail, but I probably would have traded one of these songs for “Still Loving You”, but what are you going to do. I enjoyed the Scorpions farewell tour at M3, and I hope and pray that they play near me one more time, before they call it a day. They will be greatly missed when they retire. The Scorpions closed out M3 in fine fashion. I can’t wait until the next festival in 2011!
Check out the pictures and clips of the show below!
I love it when a band does something fun with a video, and the Sin City Sinners do just that with the song “Goin To Vegas”. I am not a fan of Ron Jeremy by any means, but he does add some humor to this clip. Check it out below!