NEW ALBUM “JUSTICE” IN STORES NOW
AVAILABLE AS CD, DOUBLE GATEFOLD VINYL AND DOWNLOAD
“Justice is all about loud ‘n’ proud hard rock — brash, boisterous, and ballsy” – AllMusic.com
“Molly Hatchet is the goddamn greatest biker rock band on the planet, with tracks like ‘Been To Heaven, Been To Hell’, ‘Safe In My Skin’ and the unbelievable snake-bit ‘Vengeance’ tearing a strip off of barroom rock with bold barbecued production and playing on fire.”- Bravewords
June 1st, 2010 marked the release of MOLLY HATCHET’S latest studio effort Justice. The album has been receiving rave reviews and the new songs are being heralded as instant classics. Guitarist and songwriter Bobby Ingram said the following about the current tour in support of Justice:
“…..As we are on tour now and playing the new album “JUSTICE” in circulation in many countries we are seeing so many people, cultures and countries filled with Southern Rockers that all relate to the theme of the new album. We have all experienced from both sides Justice sought and Justice Served…when playing the new album live we see people react to all of the songs played from “Southern Pride” to “Fly on Wings of Angels” (Somer’s Song) with a complete understanding of “JUSTICE”. We all must help each other during these times of hardship around the world and one person help another and another…in the end we all help each other and true “JUSTICE” is served. God Bless and see you all on tour!!!”
There are so many exciting aspects to discover on the new album Justice (Ingram, McCormick, Dave Hlubek (guitar), Tim Lindsey (bass), Shawn Beamer (drums), John Galvin (keyboards)) are at the pinnacle of their creativity. MOLLY HATCHET have recorded a true masterpiece; not only in terms of their compositions, but also in terms of its production, Justice leaves nothing to be desired. Producer Ingram is responsible for the awesome sound, supported by sound engineer Tommy Newton, who mixed the album. This collaboration turned Justice into an album which impresses at all levels: earthy, dynamic, with a lot of love for detail and loads of energy. You could say it’s MOLLY HATCHET at their best!
CATCH MOLLY HATCHET ON TOUR THIS SUMMER:
7/15 – Springfield, MA @ Bike Night at Stearns Square
7/16 – Grants, NM @ Fire & Ice Rally
7/17 – Erie, Pennsylvania @ Roar on the Shore Motorcycle Rally
7/24 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Dakota Rock Fest/Sioux Empire Festival Grounds
7/30 – Springfield, MO @ Ozark Empire Fairgrounds
8/5 – Horseheads, NY @ Chemung County Fair
8/7 – Front Royal, VA @ Warren County Fair
8/8 – Watertown, WI @ Watertown Riverfest
8/12 – West Allis, WI @ Cousins Int’l Amphitheater/Wisconsin State Fair
9/4 – Rutland, VT @ Vermont State Fair
9/29 – Doswell, VA @ State Fair of Virginia
10/30 – Manistee, MI @ Little River Casino Resort
VISIT MOLLY HATCHET AND SPV ON THE WEB
Hear what Paul Gilbert has to say about his new release
Shred Guitar Master PAUL GILBERT
To Release 3rd Guitar Instrumental CD
FUZZ UNIVERSE on SHRAPNEL RECORDS out AUGUST 3RD
Paul Gilbert is regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry. Starting his recording career with Shrapnel Records as a teenager in the late 80’s, Gilbert remains one of the most active guitarists from the original shred guitar scene. His rise to Platinum success includes a number one song with Mister Big, and cult status as founding member of the legendary and highly successful underground progressive metal band Racer X.
For more information click on www.paulgilbert.com
DAN DONEGAN UPDATES FANS FROM THE ROAD
ASYLUM AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE AUGUST 31ST
Multi-Platinum recording artists Disturbed have just made the new song “Asylum” available for download on their website. The song is off of the new album, which will be released on August 31st. To download the new track fans must enter their email address and join the Disturbed mailing list.
The band have recently uploaded a video update from guitarist Dan Donegan on their YouTube channel. In the clip Dan takes us into the studio for the latest on the making of the band’s fifth studio album.
Disturbed will be hitting the road later this Summer with Avenged Sevenfold on the Rockstar UPROAR tour.
“Cocaine” is easily my favorite cover song in quite some time. No only is Black Robot’s cover great, but they took it one step further with their kick ass video. Check it out below!
Bret Michaels’ independent album Custom Built roars onto the Billboard Top 200 charts this week at #14 —topping Poison’s last album which debuted at #17— and proving that an independent artist and underdog can succeed alongside industry favorites. Showcasing Michaels’ diversity as a singer and songwriter, the album contains tracks such as “Nothing to Lose” featuring Miley Cyrus; “Go That Far,” a club remix of the theme from Michaels’ record-breaking reality show Rock of Love; and “What I Got,” a remake of the popular Sublime song which features a new verse added by Michaels, who has been performing the song live for enthusiastic fans all summer.
In addition to his album’s debut onto the Billboard Top 200 charts, Michaels was also honored by the American Diabetes Association with its prestigious Chair’s Citation Award. The Award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals, corporations, institutions or organizations that have demonstrated significant dedication to advancing the mission of the American Diabetes Association nationally or in their local markets. ”We are proud of Bret’s passion and commitment to raising funds for the American Diabetes Association. His efforts this year will truly help us change the future of this deadly disease,” said Larry Hausner, CEO, American Diabetes Association. ”We are also very excited to continue our relationship with Bret and, together, help Stop DiabetesSM.”
For more information or to purchase the album Custom Built, please visit www.bretmichaels.com
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! SPOILER ALERT! If you do not know what Iron Maiden is playing on their current tour and you do not want to know, please do not read any further. However, if you already know about the setlist, or you don’t mind being spoiled, then read on.
There have been a lot of complaints across the Internet and amongst my inner circle of metal music addicts about the choice of songs for the upcoming Maiden tour. US fans are in an uproar. “How could they?!” they’ve screamed. “What the hell is up with this setlist?” Some fans have been ripping Maiden’s decision to shreds.
To that, I say, hogwash! This Maiden setlist is incredible, and their decision to go out on tour and embrace their newer material should be commended. Iron Maiden is a band that is ever evolving and constantly trying unique things. That’s how a band stays fresh and relevant.
In 2005, the band went on The Early Days tour where they played nothing but songs from their first 4 albums. In 2008 they went out on the Somewhere Back In Time tour playing nothing but their massive hits from the 80s. If the fans wanted nothing but classics, then that was the tour they had to see Maiden on.
Now, Iron Maiden is changing it up. They aren’t Poison. They aren’t going to give you the same setlist every tour. They actually have new music. They’ve actually recorded a few albums in the past 10 years. Why shouldn’t they embrace them by performing songs from those albums live? A true fan of the band is open to the new songs as well as the classics. Yes, the old hits are great, but there is nothing wrong with performing a lot of newer material as well. There are other Iron Maiden albums besides Number of the Beast.
The Wicker Man is an exceptional choice for an opener. It’s a solid, rocking, and powerful song. Personally, I think it’s up there with any classic Maiden track. These Colours Don’t Run is an incredible sing along from A Matter of Life and Death. It’s hard rocking and finds Bruce at his best running around on stage and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Blood Brothers live is astonishing. Don’t believe me? Watch Rock In Rio and you will see how mesmerizing that song is live. The same holds true for Brave New World. Both songs are amazing in concert.
Wildest Dreams? Totally rock and roll. This is another powerful and amazing Iron Maiden Song that is going to have the crowd roaring. Wildest Dreams could battle The Wicker Man for concert opener. It’s a short, compact, bursting song that knocks the listener out with abundant energy. And we all know how Bruce Dickinson can deliver as a frontman.
And for the fans crying “Boo Hoo! No one is going to like this concert!” the classics are there. They just happen to come at the end. Sometimes you have to wait to hear the best. You know, save the best for last. It will only make those classics even more powerful. By the time Fear of the Dark is played, the crowd is going to be so juiced in anticipation that they will explode. And when The Number of the Beast is played to open the encore, and the voice comes over the PA, well, it’s going to be an experience.
No matter what songs they choose to play, this is Iron Maiden. Still fronted by Bruce Dickinson. Still led by Steve Harris. The band is magnificent in concert regardless of which album they are featuring. As someone who saw them on their A Matter of Life and Death tour (where they played their brand new album in its entirety) I know firsthand how great they can be even if the material is new. This is going to be a fabulous concert for real Maiden fans. If you’re a fan of the band and you don’t like any songs from their last three albums, then I have news for you – you’re not a fan of the band, you’re a poser.
The Wicker Man
The Ghost of the Navigator
Brighter Than A Thousand Suns
Paschendale (or Dance of Death)
The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
These Colours Don’t Run
No More Lies
Brave New World
Fear Of The Dark
The Number of the Beast
Hallowed Be Thy Name
An undeniable presence in the 1980s, Dee Snider is instantly recognizable as the front man of heavy metal band Twisted Sister. But really, he’s just one of six – a regular guy navigating life in the suburbs of New York with his powerhouse wife, Suzette, and their four kids. They are an off-beat but tight-knit family with children who are fiercely independent and strong-willed: Jesse is an aspiring rock musician, husband and new father; Shane is the resident comic; Cody’s a budding filmmaker; and Cheyenne is daddy’s little girl, making the tough transition to teenager. They’re a rock-solid family of unique individuals not afraid to speak their minds. Despite their father’s rock star status, they are just like every other family… only not at all.
Growing Up Twisted Premieres July 27th at 10 P.M. on A & E.
Hard Rock Hideout favorites, Million Dollar Reload have just posted two new demo tracks “Bullets In The Sky” and “Pretty People” on their myspace page. Check them out at this link!
Megadeth has put out a ton of cool videos over the years. They can now add “Headcrusher” to that list. Check out the clip below.
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!
The Hairball John Radio Show will return on Wed,, July 28th as a LIVE party show recorded from 6pm to 9pm at The “Big House” Retro Club in Bay City, Michigan. This special event will also serve as the pre-concert party for L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and John Corabi all of whom will be performing that night at The Vault. The Past is TRULY Back to Kick your Ass!
Frontiers Records is excited to present the world the talents of Norwegian singer ISSA (Isabell Oversveen) with the release of her debut album Sign of Angels on September 14th in Europe and October 10th in the USA.
Sometimes real discoveries in music shake up the rock world from out of nowhere. In 2008 a new band from Sweden called Work of Art took the Melodic Rock scene by storm with a stunning debut album. In the end of 2009 W.E.T., another alliance between Swedish musicians with singer Jeff Scott Soto was met with the highest enthusiasm from the Melodic Rock crowd, and just a few months ago, the return of Treat with Coup De Grace, marked another milestone release in the genre. Now, once again from Scandinavia, Issa, an exceptionally gifted singer from Norway takes her chance with Sign of Angels, her debut album, an album that many of the ones in the know have defined as a bomb!
Helped by producer Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and some killer musicians such as Peter Huss on guitar, Uli Kusch (ex Masterplan, Helloween) on drums, Nobby Noberg on bass and Tim Larsson (Nick Lachey) on keyboards, Issa has managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. Described as Brother Firetribe meets Treat with tons of melodies, class and attitude, Sign of Angels features song writing contributions from Joacim Cans (Hammerfall), Thomas Vickstrom (Candlemass), Daniel Flores (TMOMS), Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System) and many
A video clip for the song Im Alive a true radio hit was shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) and will be added to the album.
Issa is a 26 years old girl from Oslo. At 17 she started to work her way into the music business as a demo singer for different labels in studios all around Norway. At 19 she won a competition with almost 150.000 votes singing the song Fade Away written by Stian Aarstad, who had been a member of Dimmu Borgir. The song was released on a record in co-operation with TV channel Fox Kids.
People just love listening to this girl sing and she soon hooked up with Gaute Ormaasen from the Norwegian Idol Show and toured with him. Issa has also performed on many Metal and Rock records including albums by Gaia Epicus and Illusion Suite. Issa has also played over 400 shows with Norwegian artists such as Postgirobygget, Dde, Jahn Teigen etc.
Sign of Angels final track listing includes:
Angels Crying; Im Alive; Give Me A Sign; River of Love; What Can I Do; Closer; Unbelievable; How Will I Know; As I Live and Breathe; Flying High; Its Not Me; Fallen Angel. Im Alive (bonus video clip)
The songs Im Alive and Angels Crying can exclusively be listened to in full by streaming on the Frontiers Web radio from July 13th. Tune in at:
Enjoy the YouTube trailer presentation:
Issa: lead vocals
Peter Huss: guitars
Tim Larsson: keyboards
Nobby Noberg: bass
Uli Kusch: drums
Have you been seeking out some new rock and roll that kicks you in the gut and makes you stand up and scream, “Hell Yeah!” Well, look no further than California’s Black Sunshine. Their self titled debut album was unleashed back in May, and my only regret is that I didn’t get my hands on this disc sooner. Wrapped in heavy riffs, dark tones, and blasting with rock and roll, Black Sunshine is a fun album to enjoy this summer.
Black Sunshine is fronted by the gritty vocals of lead singer Matt Reardon. His dirty voice (reminiscent of Josey Scott from Saliva) is a perfect match for the music that the rest of the band performs. Having been an extreme skier in a previous life, Reardon knows how to come at his audience hard, fast, and with astonishing results.
The lead single “Once In My Life” is a fantastic track. Opening with a slow, folksy build, the song bursts into hard and heavy about 40 seconds in. “Once In My Life” is a great overview of the “Black Sunshine” sound. Heavy on vocals and guitars, but rooted with a rhythm section that keeps perfect time, “Once In My Life” should be a modern rock radio hit in no time.
Guitarist Charles Lee showcases some of his hard chops throughout the record, most notably on the album’s best song, “Slave.” “Slave” is a masterpiece of music, brilliant in vocals, guitars, bass, and drums. The lyrics hit home hard, as Reardon sings about not wanting to be a slave to the 9 to 5 grind. We need to untie the noose and be set free. Go after what you want in life and don’t conform to what society tells you that you have to be. Nothing is more rock and roll than that. And coming from a guy who had to reinvent himself after a severe skiing accident nearly cost him his life, the message in “Slave” is that much more meaningful.
Want mellow tunes to compliment the heavy rockers? “Black Sunshine” has those too. “Cannonball” slows things down a bit, blending acoustic and electric guitars with soft drums and Reardon’s higher octave vocals. “Cannonball” is the classic, gritty, modern rock ballad done in the style of Hinder or Saliva. The music is slowed down, but still powerful, and the arrangement on this song is high quality. A powerful ballad, it’s almost certain that “Cannonball” will be released as a single sometime in the near future.
“Hell Yeah” is the only song on the album that was somewhat of a disappointment. A solid track overall, Black Sunshine followed the theme of Nickelback’s “Animal” but left the heaviest punches off of this track. The song tells the tale of the narrator having some fun with a girl that “grinds his gears” and telling her father not to wait up for them. Too familiar to Nickelback’s lines of “that’s her Dad outside the car” and “I got both hands on the wheel while she’s got both hands on my gear” but without the wit, “Hell Yeah,” was a bit of a letdown.
Filled with heavy guitars, an outstanding rhythm section, and a lead vocalist that has range and power, Black Sunshine is a fun band to listen to. Their eponymous debut album is loaded with riffs and beats that every hard rocker loves to hear. Bound to be a summer sensation, “Black Sunshine” is an album that should be added to every rock and roll collection. Without question, Black Sunshine is an exceptional group worth your attention. They certainly have my vote for best new band of 2010. Do yourself a favor and check out their hard rocking debut album, available in stores now.
Rating: Out of 10
- Holy Gasoline
- Burn To Shine
- Once In My Life
- Hell Yeah
- Flying Sideways
- Psycho Babble
When Accept announced former T.T. Quick front man, Mark Tornillo as their singer, I must admit that I had my reservations. Udo Dirkschneider is a hard act to follow. Then I saw the clip for “Teutonic Terror”, and I put all doubts aside. I can’t wait to hear Accept’s new album, Blood of Nations, and I am looking to its August release. Check out the video “Teutonic Terror” below.
Yngwie Malmsteen took time from his busy schedule to produce the new Nick Marino album “Freedom Has No Price” released by Rising Force Records.
“Freedom Has No Price” is the first worldwide solo release album from Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force Record’s newest artist Nick Marino. At the early age of 7, Nick Marino’s musical training began as he received classical vocal and piano training at an exclusive music school in Eastern Europe. His musical ability continued and grew throughout his adolescence traveling and performing throughout Europe and Asia. After performing and recording with Gloria Gaynor and The Trumps among many other recognized artists, Nick caught the ear of guitar maestro Yngwie Malmsteen. Strongly influenced by artists like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Queen and AC/DC, under Yngwie’s masterful guidance, Nick’s musical journey has culminated in turning his dream into reality with his release of his solo album Freedom Has No Price. Produced by Yngwie himself, and as the first artist to release under Rising Force other than Yngwie, Freedom Has No Price combines Nick’s classical training with the rock music which inspired him on twelve inspirational original tracks.
“NIGHTMARE” VIDEO PREMIERES ON MTV.COM 11AM EST JULY 17TH
NIGHTMARE AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE JULY 27TH
Avenged Sevenfold have just released three new teaser trailers in anticipation of the “Nightmare” video premiere on MTV.com on July 17th at 11AM EST. The three trailers can be seen on the band’s Youtube Channel. The band will be releasing its fifth studio album, Nightmare, on July 27th and will also be teaming up with Disturbed on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour later this Summer.
Nightmare Deluxe iTunes pre-order URL: http://itunes.apple.com/preorder/nightmare-deluxe-version/id379461578
KAI HANSEN - As European Power Metal has sustained and nurtured it’s loyal fans worldwide spanning three decades, there is one key figure that can be saluted for his unparalleled contribution to this Heavy Metal sub-genre, that being Kai Hansen. As cofounder of legendary Helloween back in 1984 and founding member and leader of Gamma Ray since 1988, Kai Hansen has undeniably carved out his name in Power Metal History, if not Heavy Metal History. With his band, Gamma Ray, releasing their tenth studio album “To The Metal”, on January 29, 2010, on Earmusic, the legacy only grows stronger for this living legend of Heavy Metal.
Kai Hansen is a lead vocalist, lead guitarist, lyricist, song writer and arguably one of, if not “the” Founding Father of European Power Metal. To state that Kai Hansen is an important and historic figure to the world of Heavy Metal is justified, his music resume is undisputed. What has impressed me even more about Kai Hansen, besides his brilliant Heavy Metal career and launching European Power Metal through the stratosphere, is that he carried an interview as a true gentleman, a musician who is not looking for bragging rights or staking claim to fame. This is a musician who knows his accomplishments and has every right to be proud of them. Kai Hansen recently took time from his filled schedule to talk to Hard Rock Hideout, this is what he had to say:
HRH: Is Gamma Ray more tight than ever as a band, it sure sounds that way to me on “To The Metal”.
Kai: Absolutely! I think so, absolutely. With our friendship, there is no need to discuss songs anymore, we have enough chemistry, therefore, there is no need to argue. We’re good old boys, you know? We each know each other so well and know what the other is thinking.
HRH: “To The Metal” is as potent and powerful as any Gamma Ray album ever made. Truthfully, how much fun was this album to create?
Kai: I’m very happy with this new album. Everything just went smooth and it was a very relaxed process. There was never much doubt about the songs at all. Making “To The Metal” was a growing process, especially when the record company, (SPV), went bankrupt. There was a slow down for awhile, then things got resolved. Eventually it was a very good process still. The break for us did the album some good, it gave us a chance to let things settle down a bit and take time to reflect.
HRH: The song “To The Metal” is Old School genius, what’s the story behind it?
Kai: “To The Metal” was born when I was jamming around on guitar in rehearsal rooms, while I was playing riffs. Dani, (Daniel Zimmermann/drummer), heard these riffs and we both said this is a Metal hymn. Dani started jamming on it, he could feel it, then things started to roll from there. “To The Metal” is a song about Metal itself. Metal has been around for such a long time, Metal is very much like a dragon with many heads and when one gets cut off, it grows a new head!
HRH: “No Need To Cry” is an amazing example of healing personal loss through music. How proud is Gamma Ray of this exceptional song?
Kai: There are actually two songs on this album like this. “Mother Angel” and “No Need To Cry”. Music is a good outlet to get over a loss. Music is something that is very touching and helps me to get out my emotion and what I’m feeling inside. “Mother Angel” was written for my Mother who passed away a couple of years ago. “Mother Angel” is my way of talking to my Mother now.
HRH: “Rise” is a song that resonates with high emotion. Is this your favorite style of song to sing?
Kai: It depends on the song and which way the song goes. I always have a lot of emotion when I sing. This song has a “let’s go attitude” and ”break free”… “rise”.
HRH: Your song “To Mother Earth” from the album “Land Of The Free II” comes to my thoughts each time I see the news footage of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf Coast. What are your thoughts?
Kai: Well, it is something. It doesn’t take a very wise man to think about these things. It was bound to happen anyways, especially after the Exxon Valdez disaster happened years ago. It’s a shame. It’s too bad really.
HRH: Do you stay in touch with Ralf Scheepers? (Former/original Gamma Ray vocalist & current Primal Fear vocalist).
Kai: We talk on the phone a lot and send emails back and forth all the time. We meet up at festivals and drink beers together. We are very good friends always!
HRH: What festival is your favorite to play?
Kai: Wacken. I grew up with this Wacken Festival, it’s my hometown. I’ve seen the Wacken Festival grow from a small festival with cows grazing nearby to the very large festival it is today. There would be two hundred to three hundred people at the Wacken Festival in the early days.
HRH: Do you have any personal memories of Ronnie James Dio you would like to share?
Kai: We once toured with Dio for a few shows, when I was with Helloween. I was amazed by Ronnie’s presence on stage and his voice, he was a giant! When I heard the news of his passing, I put on some Dio music and reflected on those moments I was with him on tour.
HRH: What’s it like to collaborate on a project with Tobias Sammet?
Kai: Toby? Toby is one of the greatest guys I ever worked with so far. I know him from when Gamma Ray played around his hometown, he would come to all of our shows! Here was this little boy, giving me his demo’s and asking me lot’s of questions. Toby’s demo’s reminded me of a cross between Helloween and Blind Guardian, not bad music at all. I didn’t like the name of his band Edguy back then though! I said, if your gonna make it, you have to change that F’n name! Being funny is a part of Toby and Edguy is a funny name for his band. Toby really made it and made it in a good way.
HRH Note: Kai Hansen was a guest-lead guitarist on Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia album, “The Scarecrow”, released in 2008 on Nuclear Blast Records.
HRH: Will Gamma Ray be headed to the States in 2010?
Kai: We are at the moment, looking at September. The plans are on the table but it’s too early for details right now. Our agency is on track though for this to happen. Our fans can check out our website and MySpace for updates on Gamma Ray’s tour schedule for America and abroad.
HRH: What is Kai Hansen’s most proud musical achievement?
Kai: Well, I cannot pin it down to just one song or one album. I’m happy with everything I’ve done so far. Having been a part of Helloween and witnessing this band becoming so big. Then, starting something new with Gamma Ray and twenty years later both bands are still so strong. My band Gamma Ray delivering songs to people for twenty years, that they can take and enjoy, is something very special to me.
White Wizzard’s videos have always been a little over the top, and their latest video “Over The Top” follows that pattern. Check out the clip below!
Sick Puppies, It’s Alive, Janus, and My Darkest Days are teaming up with Hard Rock Hideout to give their fans a chance to win a signed Epiphone guitar! All four bands will start the tour in July and continue touring through the middle of August.
This contest ends on August 27th, so act now! Click on the image below to enter!
Adler’s Appetite, the band led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler — has finished recording and mixing its new single, “Alive”, with longtime friend and producer Anthony Focx (Vince Neil, Buckcherry). The group is planning on debuting the song live as part of its summer tour, which will kick off Friday, July 9 in Redondo Beach, California.
“We are really excited to be moving forward with original material,” says Adler’s Appetite guitarist Alex Grossi. “I think people are really going to like the direction we are going in.”
The band — which includes guitarists Alex Grossi (ex-Quiet Riot) and Michael Thomas (Faster Pussycat), bassist Chip Z’nuff (Enuff Znuff) and vocalist Rick Stitch (Ladyjack) — plans to release the song worldwide in conjunction with Adler’s tell-all biography, “My Appetite For Destruction: Sex, Drugs & Guns N’ Roses”, which is set for a July 27 release through HarperCollins.
Steven Adler will sign copies of his tell-all biography, “My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses”, at Bookends in Ridgewood, New Jersey on Wednesday, July 28 at noon.
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net
Torry Castellano, The drummer from the rock band, The Donnas has posted the following on the Donnas website:
This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I’ve been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.
As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas family, which of course includes all of you. I’ve loved all the experiences that we’ve had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can’t play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock ‘n roll.
I’ve had to think about what I’m going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I’ve been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I’ve decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I’ll miss living near the other girls, but I’ll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.
No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donna’s family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I’ll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic.
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New York and Massachusetts Melodic Rockers VOICES OF EXTREME will release their anticipated new album “Break the Silence” on August 2nd in the USA. “Break the Silence” is the band’s 2nd original studio album and their second full length release within the last five years.
V.O.X. is an infectious rising band who has caught the interest from top industry peers like Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and David Swales (Affinity Management) who co-manage the band.
V.O.X. was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan. They started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin and John Macaluso. The second release introduces new musicians Rob Katrikh and Mike Khalilov.
V.O.X. have a powerhouse line-up previously involved with artists like Doro, TNT, Ark, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
V.O.X. is now complete with Don Chaffin on lead vocals, Rob Katrikh on lead guitars, Bob Brennan on bass guitar, Mike Khalilov on keyboards, and John Macaluso on drums.
“Break the Silence”, states Don Chaffin, “Is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and
various individual styles of the band members and a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances! ”
V.O.X. debuted in 2005 with the amazing ‘Hypocrite’, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005.
Once the debut album was complete, it wasn’t long before the V.O.X. hit the stage opening for Disturbed , Alice in Chains, and Godsmack.
“Break the Silence” will inspire fans of true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Break the Silence” track listing includes:
Damned, Tell Me What It Takes, Apocalypse, Break the Silense, Numb, Did It Again, Hollow, Made of Stone, Blown Away, Sorry
Check out VOICES OF EXTREME website for upcoming shows and news.
VOICES OF EXTREME
Don Chaffin- Lead Vocals
Rob Katrikh– Guitar
Bob Brennan- Bass Guitar
Mike Khalilov- Keys
One of my recent finds in a Baltimore record store was Rainbow’s 1983 release Bent Out of Shape. If you are not familiar with Bent Out of Shape, this is the last Rainbow CD to feature Joe Lynn Turner on vocals, and Roger Glover on bass. This disc produced a couple of the band’s bigger songs, “Street of Dreams” and “Can’t Let You Go”. The initial release only came out on LP and cassette, and was released on CD years later. I have never seen this CD in any of my local stores before, so I was pretty excited to find this disc while in Maryland for the M3 Rock festival. “Street of Dreams” has been one of my favorite Rainbow songs for years. I have had the song on The Very Best of Rainbow CD, for a while, but never had the original release with the song until now.
“Can’t Let You Go” is another killer tune, with its creepy 70′s horror movie pipe organ intro. The album intro “Stranded” is another notable track, with a superb vocal from Joe Lynn Turner.
“Fool For the Night” sounds a lot like a Loverboy tune. I don’t know if Ritchie Blackmore was taking a smoke break when this song was recorded. The guitar work could have easily have been a session player for most of this one. There is a brief guitar solo which is pretty cool, but over all the guitar work blends so much with the keyboards that it sounds more like an 80′s pop/rock tune. This one isn’t one of my favorites, but it is an ok tune.
After hearing “Fire Dance” I wondered if the band was pissed about having to do “Fool For the Night”. On “Fire Dance” it seems that everyone cuts loose. David Rosenthal is no slouch on the keyboards. His playing is superb on “Fire Dance”. Roger Glover shows why his is one of the bass players in the business, and Blackmore’s guitar work is pure magic. I absolutely love this song.
Rainbow gives Joe Lynn Turner a break with the instrumental song “Anybody There”. This is another unappreciated gem that needs to be heard at maximum volume.
I guess it is a sign of the times when Bent Out of Shape was released. “Desperate Heart” kind of sounds like a Survivor tune. Joe Lynn Turner is such an amazing singer, he can an average song, and turn into something great, which he does here. This song sounds like Rainbow as trying to find some mainstream appeal on the radio, but it didn’t work out for them. It is too bad, this song had some potential.
“Street of Dreams” is easily one of the best Rainbow songs ever. This song is as close to perfection as it gets. It is absolute classic! (Check it out in the video below!).
“Drinking With the Devil” should have been another big song for Rainbow. This is a fast tempo rocker that sees Blackmore strut his stuff. I wish I could have seen Rainbow perform this live. This is such a fun tune.
“Snowman” is another instrumental. I must admit, I am not a big fan of instrumental tracks, and two on a ten track CD seems a little excessive to me. Bent Out of Shape could have used another rocker, instead of this song. The CD does end in fine fashion with rockin’ album closer “Make Your Move”.
Although Bent Out of Shape, isn’t the best disc in the Rainbow catalog, the outstanding vocals of Joe Lynn Turner alone make this a disc worth seeking out. “Street of Dreams” is worth the price of admission in my opinion. Chances are you won’t find this in a retail store, but you can get it dirt cheap at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Can’t Let You Go
3. Fool for the Night
4. Fire Dance
5. Anybody There
6. Desperate Heart
7. Street of Dreams
8. Drinking With the Devil
10. Make Your Move
Ritchie Blackmore – Guitars
Roger Glover – Bass, Percussion
Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals
David Rosenthal – Keyboards
Chuck Burgi – Drums
Band teams with powerhouse mixer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row) and producer Ryan Andersen (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Thornley)
‘Release Me’ is a wonderful rock ride … It is the type of song
that will sound good 10 years from now. – Hardcore Mix Blog
Western Canadian rockers Eldebrock have teamed up with industry heavyweight Michael Wagener and producer Ryan Andersen to create their self-titled debut album and issue their first single, Release Me.
Wagener, whose works have sold more than 92 million albums worldwide, has worked on some of rock’s most respected albums including Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Skid Row’s self-titled debut and Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears. Credits for Andersen include Nickelback’s The Long Road and All the Right Reasons. The band’s highly-anticipated album is scheduled for release on September 14.
Eldebrock is clearing a path alongside other current top Canadian rock bands Nickelback, Three Days Grace and Theory of a Deadman.
“This album is very much looking forward in time, creating its own niche, very solid musicianship, great songs, great performance and great sound,” Wagener says.
“Eldebrock’s sound is a combination of layered guitars and vocal harmonies in the style of Alice in Chains, driving rhythm a’ la Godsmack and lead guitar influenced by Slash and Zakk Wylde,” says rhythm guitarist and founding member Del Bannerman.
For Del, it took some devastating events to trigger a complete life change. His beloved mother was killed in a car crash, his only brother went missing and was added to the Canada-wide Missing Persons List, and shortly after a great night jamming with actor Brad Renfro, the actor unexpectedly passed. That’s when Del decided life was too short to spend working at an office job and he started pursuing his passion for music.
“Major events can shape your life and I knew I wasn’t leading the life I wanted,” Del explains. “Yeah, I’ve been through some crazy times, who hasn’t, and actually my time here has been pretty damn good, but it was enough for me to re-evaluate what I was doing with my life. It’s all about choices. I decided I was going to start a rock band, put out a solid album with some great musicians and try to make a positive impact.”
In early 2010, the band decided to give back in a big way and reach out globally by partnering with the UICC – International Union Against Cancer (www.uicc.org), the leading, non-governmental organization in Geneva that is dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer. The band created the campaign, World War on Cancer, and will commit $1 per album (.10 cents per song sold) to support the UICC’s fight against cancer.
Eldebrock is Jay Wegenast (Lead vocals/guitar), Barrett Moore (Lead guitar/vocals), Del Bannerman (Rhythm guitar), Richard Lalonde (Bass) and Shawn Bannerman (Drums).
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Korn is once again reinventing itself and doing something completely innovative, nine albums and two decades into its incredible career. The band will perform for an hour and twenty minutes inside the mysterious crop circle that was recently revealed in the final installment of a viral web campaign. The band worked closely with longtime UK-based circle makers, circlemakers.org, on the shadowy design which features a series of intricate circles, one of which includes the iconic Korn logo, and stretches over 920 feet long and 350 feet wide. The concert event, which is a first for a rock band, takes inspiration from the eerie atmosphere of Pink Floyd’s legendary “Live at Pompeii.” The concert will make its North American broadcast premiere on HDNet on Sunday, July 11 at 8 PM ET and will have a worldwide online premiere on Monday, July 12 via MySpace in countries all over the world.
Over the last month, web watchers were exposed to mysterious, unexplainable footage shot from a wheat field near Korn ‘s native Bakersfield, California. The viral series lead many to wonder what was going on and what exactly Korn had in store for their loyal fans. Well, the time has come to find out what is really going on with these ominous “signs.” The band will perform several songs from Korn III – Remember Who You Are, their new album which is due out July 13. Korn will also dip into their beloved catalog and play numerous classics and fan favorites, which certainly ups the event’s “must see” status.