Family and friends,
As many of you know already, Phil Kennemore was recently diagnosed with metastatic cancer. Phil has undergone a barrage of tests, a long hospital stay at Stanford, an operation, and will soon start aggressive chemotherapy to regain his health and get him back with the band on stage again.
Because of this and potentially more treatments to come, I have put together a fund for Phil so that people from around the world can make donations to help him with his enormous medical bills. I have set up a page for this Fund and you can visit it at the link below, for more information on how you can contribute.
Feel free to spread the word and share this link with your friends.
Any donation, no matter what the size, will be greatly appreciated.
Multi-Platinum rockers Disturbed are currently offering another sneak peek of their new album Asylum. The album track “Never Again” is now available for free download here by sharing the page with your friends on Twitter.
New album Asylum in-stores everywhere on August 31st and is already receiving positive reviews. The NY Daily News’ glowing review of the album stated that the band “strike the finest balance between speed-metal’s impact and hard-rock’s craft” and “finely weigh power and delicacy, catchiness and punch.” The full review can be read here.
The band is also out on the road headlining the First Annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival. Tour dates are as follows:
August – 25 – Cleveland, OH -Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre at Tower City
August – 27 – Scranton, PA @ Montage Mountain Amphitheatre
August – 28 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
August – 29 – Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August – 31 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
September 1 – Charlotte, NC @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 3 – Birmingham, AL @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
September 4 – Tampa, FL @ Fo – Amphitheatre
September 10 – Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
September 11 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
September 12 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
September 14 – Denver, CO @ Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
September 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
September 17 – Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
September 18 – San Diego, CA @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
September 19 – Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
September 22 – Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
September 24 – Portland, OR @ Clark County Government Center Amphitheatre
September 25 – Seattle, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
September 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Pacific Coliseum
September 28 – Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
September 29 – Calgary, AB @ Saddledome
September 30 – Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre
October 2 – Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre
October 3 – Sun Fargo, – @ Fargodome
October 4 – Madison, WI @ Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum
Lordi will release their highly anticipated fifth studio album on September 14, 2010 in the US on The End Records. The new album is titled Babez For Breakfast and will be released simultaneously in Europe, Japan and the USA. The first single and video is “This Is Heavy Metal,”! Check out the video clip below!
Sweden has been a hot bed for talented new hard rock bands. One of the best new Swedish acts that I have heard in 2010, is the band Mama Kin. Mama Kin, who take their name from the classic Aerosmith tune, is a straight forward hard rock band with a vocalist who sounds a lot like Paul Stanley from KISS. Their debut CD, In The City is cram packed full of catchy rockers that most rock fans are going to love.
If you are looking for flashy guitar solos, you aren’t going to find on In the City. What the band lacks in guitar prowess, they more than make up with songs that will get in your head. From “Badge and a Gun” to “Champagne, Chicks & Rock N’ Roll” you will have a hard time finding a bad song in the bunch. The songs are written with easy to remember choruses, that will have you singing along in no time. Some of my favorites include the band’s first single, “Superman”, “Higher and Higher” and the super catchy anthem, “Champagne, Chicks & Rock N’ Roll”.
Mama Kin signed with Jamsync Music in 2010 and released In the City in the U.S in June. Mama Kin has been touring all over the United States, making new fans in each town they visit. I have had the pleasure of seeing the band play live, and enjoyed their set quite a bit. I am already looking forward to seeing them again, and anxious for album #2. If I have any complaints, In the City is a little on the short side. (It clocks in just a little over 35 minutes.) I will take a great, short CD over a bad long one any day of the week. In the City is a lot of fun to listen to and will likely make my Top 10 list of 2010. If you want to end your summer with a bunch of fun rocking tunes, look no further than Mama Kin’s In the City.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Badge And A Gun
2. In The City
3. You Belong To Me
4. Mrs. Operator
5. Higher & Higher
6. Too Much
7. Fortune & Fame
10. Champagne, Chicks & Rock N’ Roll
Mama Kin is:
Ward – Vocals & Guitar
Elias – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals
Jon – Bass & Backing Vocals
Edwin – Drums & Backing Vocals
Los Angeles based melodic rockers ABUSED ROMANCE have just premiered “Vaporize,” a new single from their forthcoming debut album, Shine. Like the album, “Vaporize” was produced by Justin Gray (Econoline Crush, INXS) and mixed by Randy Staub (U2, Alice In Chains). The band features Meir Yaniv (Vocals, Guitar), Amit Ofir (Guitar), Roy Chen (Drums) and Aetam Jakob (Bass). Amit (the guitar player in the band) and I grew up together and started playing guitar together at the age of 13.” Meir reveals. “Amit introduced me to Metallica, and from there I knew that creating and performing music is my calling. We formed our first band together at the age of 14 and co wrote songs. After becoming local L.A. club favorites, Abused Romance hooked up with Freeway Entertainment, which was formed by Russ Regan (former president of Motown Records), and general partner Kent Jacobs (Police, Kiss, Prince, REM) in August of 2009.
Abused Romance have also revealed a new slew of tour dates that find the band supporting veteran Florida hard rockers Nonpoint. “Abused Romance live is a whole different experience than listening to the album. It is an amazing energy and love exchange between us and the audience, because all we see is people’s physical reactions, we feed off of that and push it back to them constantly throughout the show. We’re as real, as powerful and as raw as we can possibly be onstage to create truthful moments with the crowd. It feels like it is our purpose in life when we are up there” offers guitarist Ofir.
The quartet will be releasing Shine, via Freeway Records/Universal Music Group, in the Fall.
*all dates w/ Nonpoint and Egypt Central, except where noted
September 07 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
September 09 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Hayloft Liquor Stand
September 10 – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s
September 11 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
September 15 – Indianapolis, IN- Emmerson Theater
September 17 – Evansville, IN – Woody’s West
September 18 – Huntington, WV – Harris Riverfront Park (w/ Seether, Sick Puppies & Cavo)**
September 21 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva
September 22 – Knoxville, TN – The Valarium
September 24 – Libertyville, IL – Austin’s Fuel Room
September 25 – Cedar Falls, IA – The Wheelhouse
September 26 – Mounds View, MN – Roberts Off 10
September 28 – Dekalb, IL – Otto’s
October 02 – Harrison, AR – Bill Baker Amphitheater
Check out “Vaporize” here: http://soundcloud.com/musicquizking/vaporize
POINT OF ORIGIN TAKING METAL RADIO BY STORM
DOWNSPIRIT was originally formed in 2009 by SYMPHORCE/Ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont in order to fulfil his long-time dream to form a band dedicated to the combination of blues and metal music.
DOWNSPIRIT recently posted footage of the recording sessions for their debut “Point of Origin”. The footage can be viewed at the link below.
In only its first full week at metal radio, “Point of Origin” has been steadily picking up steam thanks to key adds by commercial radio stations: WCHZ (Augusta, GA), WIER (Burlington, VT), WKTA (Chicago, IL), WRIF (Detroit, MI), KJML (Pittsburgh, KS), FMJ (Los Angeles, CA), WEDG (Buffalo, NY) and WKGB (Binghamton, NY).
DOWNSPIRIT‘s main goal is to play live as much as possible – from the smallest club in your neighborhood to the biggest stadiums in the world. Whatever might cross their paths in the long-term future – this band is about to crank your stereos, rock your house and turn it all into one big rock party!
“Point of Origin” is not just an album with excellent songs on it, furthermore it is a sound experience that catches the attention of its listeners from the first note to the last beat! The melancholic feeling of blues music combined with the power of Heavy Metal riffs and strong melodies, a band including well known and talented musicians who came together to deliver quality sounding music with power and passion: THAT’S DOWNSPIRIT!
1. Point of Origin Pt. I
2. Point of Origin Pt. II
3. Love Song
4. Life’s a Bitch
6. Good Times
7. Hollow Words
8. Highway Run
10.Make my Day
Bonus: Rockstar Blues
Steffen Lauth – vocals
Cédric “Cede” Dupont – lead guitar
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – rhythm guitar
Sven Rakowitz – bass
Sebastian Dunkel – drums
NEW ALBUM “SYMPTOMS OF SIN” OUT NOW
New Jersey’s VTT (VOODOO TERROR TRIBE) are offering a free download of the song “Wake of the White Devil” from their debut album “Symptoms of Sin” at MetalUnderground.com. Get your download and check out guitarist Emir Erkal’s description of the song at:
Formed in 2005 by EMIR ERKAL on the guitars and T-BONE on the drums; and later joined by PRIMER on the bass and GIL PZ on the vocals, VTT, the up-and-coming alt-metal band blazes out of the studio in 2009 with new album entitled “Symptoms of Sin”. With Billy Graziadei (Biohazard/Suicide City) at the producer’s reigns, “Symptoms of Sin” showcases a band that has something to prove.
With the CD being finished, the band went on to record a video for the single “The Victim”, which was recorded in the pipe-warehouse where T-Bone works. “Yeah, our drummer may have lost his job over that shoot, but it looks great!”
So what’s with the name? As the guys explain it, VTT is still “Voodoo Terror Tribe”, but the acronym better represents their new approach, and is iconic in its own way. The guys admit that none of them are actual practitioners of Voodoo. As T-Bone states, “While, in a way we’re a tribe, the terms “terror, terrific, or terrible” don’t usually apply.”
Gil begs to differ; “To be a tribe, it would suggest we get along. For me, “VTT” is easier to spell, and makes for better graffiti. Not to mention secular! That’s enough!”
VTT hail from the wastelands of the Garden State armed with a heavy-melodic, radio-friendly sound with provoking lyrics and a confident melancholy collection of art with genuine working-class tenacity that is sure to make waves and turn heads…
CATCH VTT LIVE:
8/25 – New York, NY @ Pyramid Club
8/27 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
FOR MORE INFO ON VTT BE SURE TO VISIT:
American Bang has extended their North American tour in support of their self-titled major label debut, which will be released on August 31st. The tour, which runs through mid-December, includes their home town record release party at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge on September 2nd, and a visit to New York City’s Fillmore @ Irving Plaza on November 3rd.
The eleven-track album, which includes first single “Wild & Young” as well as lead track “Whiskey Walk,” will stream in its entirety beginning August 31st on AOL Music for the official online listening party. In the meantime, the album is available now for pre-order on iTunes. In addition, American Bang continues as the latest “Incoming!” artist on the Fuse network, which is also currently hosting a series of exclusive behind-the-scenes webisodes online at Fuse.tv.
American Bang North American Tour
August 22 Hampton Beach Ballroom Hampton Beach, NH+
August 24 Bourbon Street Ballroom Baltimore, MD+
August 25 The Rock Shop Fayetteville, NC+
August 30 Montgomery, AL Strange Days*
August 31 Jackson, MS Club Fire*
September 1 Huntsville, AL Sammy T’s*
September 2 Nashville, TN Mercy Lounge (Record Release Party)
September 3 Pensacola, FL Seville Quarter*
September 4 Tallahassee, FL Floyds Music Store*
September 5 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live*
September 7 Columbia, SC Jillians
September 8 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend*
September 9 Goose Creek, SC The Dive*
September 10 Johnson City, TN Chrome*
September 12 Dayton, OH WXEG X-Fest 15
September 13 Knoxville, TN Valarium*
September 15 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café*
September 16 Albany, NY Jillians
September 17 Buffalo, NY The Tralf*
September 19 Hartford, CT Webster Theater*
September 21 Youngstown, OH Wedgewood*
September 22 Toledo, OH Headliners*
September 25 Peoria, IL The Whammy Bar*
September 28 Boston, MA Paradise Ballroom**
September 29 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street Ballroom**
October 1 Philadelphia, PA Fillmore at TLA**
October 2 Falls Church, VA State Theatre**
October 3 Richmond, VA The Hat Factory**
October 5 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre**
October 6 Greenville, SC The Handlebar**
October 8 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre**
October 9 Charleston, SC The Music Farm**
October 10 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade**
October 13 Houston, TX The Warehouse**
October 14 Dallas, TX The Loft**
October 15 Austin, TX The Independent**
October 16 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room**
October 19 Memphis, TN Newby’s**
October 20 New Orleans, LA Tipitinas**
October 26 Cincinnati, OH 20th Century Theatre**
October 28 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall**
October 29 Flint, MI The Machine Shop**
October 30 Lancaster, PA The Chameleon**
November 3 New York, NY Fillmore @ Irving Plaza**
November 4 Northampton, MA Pearl Street**
November 5 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony**
November 6 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar**
November 9 Indianapolis, IN The Vouge**
November 12 Chicago, IL The Metro**
November 13 Des Moines, IA People’s Court
November 14 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre**
November 16 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**
November 17 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse**
November 19 Denver, CO Bluebird Theatre**
November 20 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep**
November 30 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory**
December 1 Seattle, WA Snowbox Market**
December 3 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom
December 4 Reno, NV Knitting Factory**
December 6 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s**
December 7 San Francisco, CA The Independent**
December 9 San Diego, CA House of Blues**
December 10 Anaheim, CA House of Blues**
December 11 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre**
+ denotes show with Saving Abel
* denotes show with Cavo
**denotes show with The Gracious Few
Stream The Album On AOL Music, Co-Headlining Tour Starts Tomorrow In NYC
“Hands down one of the best albums of the year”
“…the Finnish symphonic metal band overcomes any restraints with a genuine passion for music…”
“Their talent shines through on every song”
The seventh studio album 7th Symphony from rock Finnish cello-quartet Apocalyptica just debuted. Apocalyptica’s nationwide tour supporting the release kicks off tonight at the Nokia Theatre in New York City, and will wrap up September 13th at the Roseland Theatre in Portland. The band will play an eclectic mix of favorites from past albums as well as brand new tracks including the explosive “End of Me“, which has been steadily climbing the Billboard Active Rock Chart’s Top 20. Cosmos Gaming calls Apocalyptica’s latest “Hands-down one of the best albums of the year” and the Examiner.com raves, “Apocalyptica has an energy and stage presence that makes it hard to turn away from.”
7th Symphony was produced by Joe Barresi (Coheed and Cambria, Queens of the Stone Age, Bad Religion). The album features eight instrumentals plus four headbangers with guest vocals, including the first single and video “End Of Me” with lead vocals by Bush’s Gavin Rossdale. Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Lacey (Flyleaf), Joe Duplantier (Gojira) and Brent Smith (Shinedown) also make cameos on the album. In addition, producer Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Creed, My Chemical Romance) returns for production duties on two tracks.
The conservatory-trained musicians of Apocalyptica (three of whom are graduates of the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki) started playing Metallica covers in 1993 and in 1996 they released their critically acclaimed debut Apocalyptica Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. But it was 2007’s Worlds Collide that broke the band into an international phenomenon. The disc sold over 300k albums in the US, one million digital tracks and featured numerous guest stars including Three Days Grace singer Adam Gontier, whose resounding vocals on “I Don’t Care” blasted Apocalyptica through the stratosphere, and to #1 on the Billboard rock chart.
Stream 7th Symphony on AOL Music here.
Apocalyptica U.S. Tour Dates:
August 24 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
August 26 Boston, MA Royale Boston
August 27 Baltimore, MD Rams Head
August 28 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
August 30 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
August 31 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
September 1 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
September 2 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
September 3 Omaha, NE Slowdown
September 4 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
September 5 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
September 7 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
September 8 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia
September 9 San Francisco, CA The Regency Ballroom
September 12 Seattle, WA Showbox
September 13 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
Escape Music is proud to announce the release of much anticipated new album from TOM GALLEY the creator of PHENOMENA title “Blind Faith” in September 24th 2010!
The album features countless renowned musicians like Mike DeMeo (Riot & Masterplan), Rob Moratti & Ian Crichton (Saga), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) Ralf Scheepers & Mat Sinner (Primal Fear), Mikael Erlandsson (Salute & Last Autumn’s Dreams), Chris Ousey (Heartland), Steve Overland (Overland, FM), Terry Brock (Giant & Strangeways) and many more!
People should learn to expect a little awe and mystery. Phenomena takes us upon a journey where there is nothing pretty about the protagonists of the story that we shall meet along the way. The subject is good against evil. The story began in the year 1983, when Tom Galley wrote a couple of short stories with a transcendental background. Backed by record label Bronze, the recordings for the album “Phenomena” started soon which finally hit the stores in 1985. Besides the extra-ordinary concept story both musicianship and the names involved with the project are highlights to mention. Names such as Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, HTP), drum legend Cozy Powell (RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE a.o.), Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE), Neil Murray (WHITESNAKE) – the elite of the British Hard Rock scene had joined the project. “Phenomena” received high critical acclaim in the press and is now continuing their story with “Blind Faith”.
My friend Bob and I were talking about the Randy Rhoads era of Quiet Riot last night. He recommended that I check out the live video, “Laughing Gas” on Youtube. If you have never seen the late great Randy Rhoads play before, check out this live clip! The video quality is poor, but Randy’s playing is amazing.
Heart Will Be In New York Release Week To Appear on The Today Show, Fox & Friends, ShopNBC and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
“WTF” and “Hey You” Seeing Success at Radio
With anticipation mounting for Heart’s August 31 release of their first new studio album in six years, Red Velvet Car, Heart is seeing success on the road and at radio with their singles “WTF” and “Hey You” seeing increased airplay on AC, AAA and Classic Rock stations across the country. Ann and Nancy Wilson will be in New York City in support of their new release and will be appearing on several national television shows including: “Fox & Friends” (9/1,) “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” (9/2,) “The Today Show” (8/31,) and “ShopNBC” (8/29.) Appearances on “The Joy Behar Show” will air on August 25 and on NPR’s “Weekend Edition” on September 4.
“The barracudas are back and at the top of their game.” (Rolling Stone, September 2, 2010)
“Aggressive, Delicate and Enduring” (New York Times, August 4, 2010)
“Red Velvet Car, to be released by Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings, boasts an evolved sound that doesn’t pander to the iPod generation. The women of Heart have strong stories to tell through the music.” (The Virginian-Pilot, August 13, 2010)
Like all Heart albums, Red Velvet Car rocks hard but also has a deep acoustic side. Nancy Wilson has long been known to play her acoustic guitar with rock ferocity. This time an abundance of resonant acoustic instruments (guitars, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello, and autoharp), played by Nancy Wilson and the album’s producer, Ben Mink, are showcased in Heart’s unique style. Nine of the album’s songs were written for, and appear for the first time on Red Velvet Car. The album’s closer, “Sand,” is a newly recorded version of a song originally written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy’s 1990’s acoustic side project. The release of Red Velvet Car heralds Legacy’s forthcoming reissues of the classic Heart catalog in new physical and digital editions.
Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the ’70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” ‘Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs, and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters’ enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and had a profound influence on rock music.
After months of speculation, WHITESNAKE are thrilled to announce their new bass player/singer… 35 year old MICHAEL DEVIN.
Recently MICHAEL has been playing with LYNCH MOB with new WHITESNAKE drummer, BRIAN TICHY.
This completes the new WHITESNAKE line-up & MICHAEL will be featured on their new album, alongside guitarists DOUG ALDRICH & REB BEACH & keyboardist TIMOTHY DRURY.
MICHAEL DEVIN says… “It’s an honor to be welcomed into the WHITESNAKE family. I’m a big fan. WHITESNAKE is notorious for exciting musicianship, Davids history is rich, and I’m very proud to be here.”
The album is currently being recorded for release on the FRONTIERS label in early 2011. The band will be also returning to touring in support of the new album’s release.
This San Francisco three-piece has a sound that borrow heavily from the mid 70’s, without sounding overly dated.
The Golden Gods tap into their influences like Led Zeppelin, and Deep Purple to create eleven new tunes that rock hard.
I have read where people have compared singer Simon Scott to Justin Hawkins, as well as Eric Martin, and he does kind of sound like a mixture of the two. Judging from the album cover, you might think this band falls into some of the over the top styling of The Darkness, but The Golden Gods are more of straight forward classic hard rock band.
If you want to hear an album full of hard rocking stadium anthems that will get your blood pumping, you need to make it a priority to check out “The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll”. My reaction every time I hear this is the same. Holy crap?! This band is amazing.
If the opening tracks “Even I Don’t Know”, and “Dynamite Lady” don’t get you rocking, there may be no hope for you. The band’s live energy comes through in their music, and makes a big statement on these songs. It sounds as if The Golden Gods have been infused with soul of Grand Funk Railroad and Humble Pie, and found away for that funky 70’s groove to work for them. One thing is certain, The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll is packed with high energy tunes that are a lot of fun to listen to.
I don’t know if it the funky bass, the cowbell, soulful background singers, or just the overall tempo that captivates me with this CD, but is a very happy sounding disc, and quite frankly, I could use quite a few more of these! “Even I Don’t Know”, “Dynamite Lady”, “Midas Touch”, and “Stone Fox” are my favorites, but there really isn’t a bad tune on this disc.
The Golden Gods close out this album with a cover of the Carole King classic, “I Feel The Earth Move”. This version is so rocked out, you will hardly recognize the song as a cover tune. Cool stuff indeed!
It is a shame that The Golden Gods have broken up, but Simon Scott, and Richard Shelton Davis have formed a new band, called The Resurrection. You can check out The Golden Gods on their myspace page. You can find The Resurrection here. You can purchase “The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll” at this link.
My only disappointment with “The Thorny Crown of Rock and Roll” is that I didn’t hear this album sooner. Highly Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Even I Don’t Know
2. Dynamite Lady
3. Funny Lookin’ Mama
4. Rock And Roll Salvation Part II
5. Midas Touch
6. Un-Ltd. Baby
7. Stone Fox
8. Trouble And Bad Women
9. Liver’s On Fire
10. Test The Fire
11. I Feel The Earth Move
The Golden Gods are:
Simon Scott- Vocals and Guitar
Dynamite Dan Trilk – Bass and Vocals
Richard Shelton Davis – Drums and Vocals
You have to love Judas Priest’s classic video, “Locked In”. So many Judas Priest fans hate the band’s 1986 album Turbo for the use of synthesizers, and cheesy glam look. I must admit, that I have to crack up when I see the bad Halloween costumes the band was wearing back then, but I don’t and won’t ever hate Turbo. It is that period of rock when they trying to keep up with the glam era of metal, and they made it through. At least they didn’t go through a flannel shirt wearing phase…Thank God! Enjoy the video clip “Locked In” below!
Check out The Very End on myspace here!
Composer and multi-instrumentalist ARJEN LUCASSEN has firmly established himself worldwide as driving force in progressive rock. While best known for his rock opera project AYREON, the multi-talented Dutchman also regularly embarks on musical side projects, which explore different aspects of Lucassen’s musical personality. As his previous project (GUILT MACHINE’s “On This Perfect Day” 2009) was a relatively relaxed and subtle affair, LUCASSEN’s muses responded by urging him to record something loud, heavy and anything but subtle for this new release. Thus it was a perfect opportunity to launch his musical spacecraft towards the galaxy of bombastic sci-fi rock by revisiting his STAR ONE project.
The result is the album “Victims of the Modern Age,” the follow-up to the STAR ONE debut album, “Space Metal” (2002). Compared to “Space Metal,” the overall sound of “Victims Of The Modern Age” is darker, heavier, more guitar-oriented, and slightly less “spacey”. ARJENhas also raised the bar significantly when it comes to the album’s sound: “I think it’s my best sounding album to date; it’s a huge difference compared to the first STAR ONE. For the guitars I spent weeks experimenting with different amps and settings in every combination imaginable — and it was worth it. The drums sound fantastic, and the vocalists all outdid themselves, putting in even stronger performances than they did the first time around.”
“Victims Of The Modern Age” will be released on InsideOut Music in North America on October 26th . With its stellar musicianship, strong melodies, meticulous production and compelling concept, STAR ONE “Victims of the Modern Age” is yet another exciting project from one of rock’s great visionaries. Please check ARJEN’S VIDEO MESSAGE presenting cast of lead vocalists and the concept of “Victims Of The Modern Age” featuring
Russell Allen (Symphony X)
Damian Wilson (Headspace, Threshold)
Floor Jansen (ReVamp, ex-After Forever)
Dan Swanö (Nightingale, Second Sky, ex-Edge Of Sanity)
For a first snippet of the album and the cover artwork please check out the ARJEN’S trailer on
For more information please visit:
Are you a true Iron Maiden fan? Be the first person to answer the questions correctly below, and win a copy of Iron Maiden’s hot new CD, The Final Frontier!
Iron Maiden Quiz:
1.) Who created the artwork for The Final Frontier?
2.) Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson is related to the singer named Rob Dickinson. Name the band he was in during the ’90s and early ‘00s.
3.) Who is the founding member of Iron Maiden?
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By now, we all know about the past year Aerosmith has had. They were all set to do a huge tour and supposedly finish recording an album of brand new material. Then they went on hiatus. Then Steven Tyler got messed up with the drugs again. He went to rehab after that and Joe Perry claimed that Aerosmith was looking for a new lead singer (like there could even be an Aerosmith without Tyler). There were even rumors that Billy Idol was going to be Tyler’s replacement. Things looked very bleak for the bad boys from Boston and fans feared that the worst was here, Aerosmith was done.
Then, magically, the band kissed and made up. Steven showed up at a Joe Perry concert to announce that he wasn’t leaving the band and a couple of weeks later, the band had sketched out a full “comeback” tour. What I want to know is how real is this comeback?
Currently out on their “Cocked, Locked, and Ready To Rock” Tour, how much is Aerosmith doing this for the fans versus doing it for the money? The reviews of the first handful of concerts have been positive, and that’s a testament to Aerosmith’s professionalism and years of road experience. I’m sure that if you see them on stage this summer/fall, they are going to put on one hell of a show. But is their heart really in it anymore?
With Steven Tyler recently announcing how he wants to be a judge on American Idol and with an unfinished album left rotting in a studio somewhere, could this be the swan song for Aerosmith? How well are the band members really getting along? It appears that they may just be going through the motions in order to fulfill contractual obligations.
Back in the day, Aerosmith changed their setlist every single night so that each concert was a unique experience. On this tour, the band is playing almost identical sets every night. It’s like they stole a page out of the Kiss playbook! What happened to the Aerosmith that could change it up on a dime? With their vast catalog, this band should be playing a whole slew of different tunes nightly.
Setlists aside, how well is the band really getting along. The reviews that I’ve read for their current tour haven’t mentioned anything about how the band interacts on stage. Are Steven and Joe still palling around, or is every member of the band staying in their own space? Friendship, while not required to make an exceptional band, builds a tighter unit. If each member is their own island, then how much is the band really going to give?
The big question here is – could this be the end of Aerosmith? There are currently no plans to go back in the studio to release a new album. Their current tour ends on September 16th in Canada. Will we be seeing Aerosmith after that? Will they even be able to stand the sight of each other once this tour ends? My advice is if you’ve never seen this band live, you might want to catch them on this tour. There may never be another chance.
The kings of “red dirt metal,” Texas Hippie Coalition (THC) have announced a string of US tour dates in support of their latest release, Rollin’. The first single, “Pissed Off and Mad About It” is off to a stellar start at Metal radio, already cracking the Top 10 on CMJ’s Loud Rock Albums chart. The video premiered online yesterday on AOL and can be seen here:
Not only has the single been added at both commercial Active Rock stations and on Metal programs across the country, including Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Liquid Metal channel, and Music Choice Metal, but it has also been embraced by influential nationally-syndicated programs such as Full Metal Jackie and it will be highlighted on HardDrive the weekend of August 28th.
The band has just returned from some overseas festival performances, including the Bospop Festival in Amsterdam. To see some behind the scene footage of their travels, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DN92RS_uy4g THC recently performed at the Rock N America Festival and sat with Eddie Trunk for an interview and an update on the band. To see Eddie talk to them about their music’s “swagger… groove… and nastiness” click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN90O_PKWvs&feature=related
8/13 Oklahoma City, OK America’s Pub
8/14 Merriam, KS Aftershock
8/20 Davis, OK Arbuckle Ballroom
8/21 Wichita Falls, TX The Boneyard
8/22 Wichita, KS America’s Pub
8/24 Cincinnati, OH Play By Play
8/25 Pittsburgh, PA Hard Rock Café
8/26 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
8/27 Champaign, IL Bradley’s 2
8/28 Bolingbrock, IL Tailgaters
8/29 Springfield, IL The Field House
8/31 Sauget, MO Pops
9/1 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theater
9/3 Tarzana, CA Paladino’s
9/4 San Bernardino, CA National Orange Show
9/7 Santa Clara, CA Avalon
9/11 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
NEW BLOOD IN STORES AUGUST 31, 2010 VIA SPV/STEAMHAMMER
Horror-punk rockers THE OTHER are set to inject their “New Blood” into North America’s veins on August 31, 2010. “New Blood” is the THE OTHER’S fourth studio album, but the first to see a proper release in North America and the first to be released on SPV/Steamhammer. National retail chain FYE will be the only place to pick up the exclusive limited edition of “New Blood”. This exclusive digipak edition includes a bonus CD featuring two unreleased tracks from the “New Blood” recording sessions, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Like the 309″, a cover of The Damned’s “Love Song” and a demo version of their song “Blood Runs Cold” This version is limited to 1000 copies and can only be found at your local FYE.
THE OTHER have played at some of the biggest alternative festivals in Europe including Mera Luna, Summer Breeze, Amphi, Endless Summer, Force Attack and Wave Gotik Treffen. They have played shows with Bela B. (of Germany’s punk rock superstars Die Ärzte), The 69 Eyes, The Cult and have toured with The Misfits, The Damned, Balzac and Wednesday 13. The band has played endlessly all over Europe in the last two years and has toured the USA, England and Ireland.
Two weeks ago, THE OTHER played the Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany. Lead singer Rod Usher commented on their performance:
“As a Horror-punk band you don’t know what to expect when playing the world’s biggest Metal Festival Wacken. But instead of rocking in front of a few dozen kids, the WET Stage Area was packed with thousands of Metalheadz who gave THE OTHER an enthusiastic welcome. And not only that, the crowd was also chanting along to the songs and slam dancing and screaming for encores. Talk about a great surprise. Even the songs from our new album “New Blood” seemed to be known to everybody who was there.”
Being a horror-punk and horror-rock connoisseur Rod Usher was more than happy to provide Bloody-Disgusting.com with his list of the top ten horror songs of all time. See if you agree with his picks and post your favorites at the link below.
Last week, hard rock and heavy metal site Noisecreep.com teamed up with THE OTHER to premiere the track “Back to the Cemetery” from the new album. Check out the song at the link below:
Already known as Europe’s most famous horror-punk band, THE OTHER are looking to become the WORLD’S most famous horror-punk band, with the release of their album “New Blood”.
Visit THE OTHER on the web:
2004 “They’re Alive” CD/LP (Fiendforce/Cargo)
2006 “We Are Who We Eat” CD/LP (Fiendforce/Cargo)
2008 “The Place To Bleed” CD/LP (Fiendforce/Cargo)
2010 “New Blood” CD/LP (Steamhammer/SPV)
Vocals: Rod Usher
Guitar & Backing-Vocals: Sarge von Rock
Bass & Backing-Vocals: Migore Drake
Drums: Doc Caligari
DJ Brian Basher has another killer set of tunes ready to go on tonight’s Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show! Check out new music from Black Robot, Maylene & the Sons of Disaster, Leslie, Tunnel, Black Tora, and Our Pick of the Week, Grand Design’s Time Elevation. Tune in TONIGHT, and EVERY Wednesday night online at www.kacvfm.org or in Amarillo, Texas on KACV FM 90!
This is what you missed on last week’s show!
Hard Rock Hideout Radio Show 8/11/10 – Show # 31
It’s A Party – Buckcherry
Blonde, Bad, Beautiful – Airbourne
Hanging By The Skin – Broken Teeth
I Want A Woman – Ratt
Slave Your Body – Babylon A.D.
Goin’ Down (Above The Clouds) – Jetboy
What You’re Doing To Me – Shotgun Revolution
Never Wrong – Riot:Noise
Snitches – Automatic Fire
Graduation – Heaven’s Basement
One Night Stand – Rhino Bucket
Beat To Death Like A Dog – Rhino Bucket
I Was Told – Rhino Bucket
All Night Long – Buckcherry
Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
Get Electric – Reckless Love
Gonna Get You Someday – Wig Wam
Dirty Girl – Skull Daze
She Never Looked That Good For Me – Autograph
In & Out of Love – Bon Jovi
Best Friend Is My Radio – Teenage Casket Company
New York City Is A Drug – the Dirty Pearls
Last Girl On Earth – the Electric Angels
Rock N’ Roll Forever – Kottak
Hey Good Lookin’ – Spike & C.C. Deville
I Saw Her Standing There – John Corabi
Rock N’ Roll All Nite – Poison
Never Say Never – Buckcherry
Antisocial – Anthrax
Talk Dirty To Me – Junior
No More Mr. Nice Guy – Megadeth
The Real Me – W.A.S.P.
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Slayer
Hell Is For Children – Children of Bodom
Good Times – Downspirit
Disappear Again – Furyon
Jack Strong – Glyder
Bullet Proof Hero – Dangerous New Machine
Hungry For Heaven – Dio
Altar of the King – Riot
Burning Up The Night – Krokus
Dead – Buckcherry
It’s Good Enough for Rock ‘N’ Roll – Gilby Clarke
While singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Ilan Rubin of THE NEW REGIME is searching for the best way to release his forthcoming sophomore album, fans won’t have to wait too long to hear a taste of the new material that he has been working on. Starting today, a new song entitled “Remission Of Guilt” will be made available as a free download on the band’s website (www.thenewregime.com) with submission of an e-mail address.
“There is a good girl in every bad girl”
If you haven’t see Finland’s coolest female fronted rock/metal bands live yet here is
your change. For Selena and Sin, Manzana and Vanity Ink hit on the road in September.
Three awesome groups, from street rock to gothic metal, all equally sleazy and hot!
Don’t miss a show in your town!
23.9.2010 CityRock – Stockholm, Sweden
24.9 .2010 Riders Cafe – Lubeck, Germany
25.9.2010 Hamburg – Headcrush, Germany
26.9.2010 Baroeg – Rotterdam, Netherlands
28.9.2010 Thunderbird Lounge – Saint Etienne, France
29.9.2010 Lyon’s Hall – Lyon, France
30.9.2010 Rock City – Uster, Switzerland
1.10.2010 Blackland – Berlin, Germany
2.10.2010 Bunkr – Prague, Czech Republic
3.10.2010 Batallion – Prague, Czech Republic
4.10.2010 Marty’s Club – Cesce Budejovice, Czech Republic
5.10.2010 Brooklyn – Brno, Czech Republic
6.10.2010 Dobrakarma – Warsaw, Poland
7.10.2010 Bermudai – Vilnius, Lithuania
8.10.2010 Fontaine Palace – Liepaja, Latvia
9.10.2010 Nabaklub – Riga, Latvia
FOR SELENA AND SIN, The Finnish melancholic rockers keep the wheels turning. Intensive touring across the Europe made sure the band became known by the big public.
Performing an unique mixture of metal, pop and rock, FSAS have had their distinctive
sound right from the beginning. Band has released two albums, Overdosed on You 2007 and Primrose Path 2010. Check out Selena’s brand new music video “Rusty Rails of Yesterday” on Myspace!
MANZANA is a pop-metal band from Tampere. Bands strangely positive music is industrial toned, gothically darkened version of Bon Jovi with stories about Panda Girls, Mermaids, Lesbian Killers and of course of a broken heart. Manzana’s first two albums entered Finnish chart on position #24 and #26. Manzana will release their third album “Industrial Hippies” on September 15th. The first single and video “Everything but You” was released in July and premiered at Oulu Music Video Festival.
VANITY INK “Don’t dream it, be it”- say the Inkers. They were born and raised with
rock’n’roll records and they sold their souls already at their early ages. Many years in
this business guarantee the professionalism but their wicked sense of humour and
togetherness keeps them yahoo enough. The band is known of their wild and unexpected –
but at the same time really tight – live shows where stagediving, hits, and bruises
cannot be avoided. Vanity Ink was founded in the end of 2002 and has so far released two
EPs and two full-length albums. The new longplayer is scheduled for 2011.
Remember the Hollywood band Masque? I didn’t either. They band recently released a new video, “Body Mind & Soul”, and is working on a new album that will be released soon. I thought this song kind of reminded me of Ugly Kid Joe somewhat. Check out the video below and see for your self!
Should this video ‘Body Mind & Soul” SINK or SWIM? Decide with your vote below!
New York hard rockers BLACK WATER RISING will be playing at this year’s WHEELIEFEST 12. The event takes place on Saturday August 21st in Rowland, PA at Fantasy Island and runs from 12:00 noon to 11:30 PM.
WHEELIEFEST is the annual grassroots gathering of diehard original real rock-n-roll fans. It is an event arranged by fans for the fans at an awesome rural venue known as Fantasy Island. Located outside the tiny village of Rowland in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA, the outdoor event is held at a beautiful privately owned lake with white sand beach, an island with cross bridge, large open-air pavilion and clean modern facilities. Admission to the venue includes excellent ALL-U-Can-Eat catered BBQ dinner, unlimited free refreshments for the entire event, overnight camping, swimming and of course quality up & coming rock acts from all over the US and Canada. For tickets and info visit http://www.realrockpro.com & http://www.myspace.com/wheeliefest
BLACK WATER RISING’S self-titled debut release is available now on Giddy Up! Records. Giddy Up! Records is a brand new label with distribution through Sony/RED. The album artwork was designed by “Mister Sam” aka Sam Shearon, the renowned artist from England who hasdone work for Rob Zombie, Godhead and ESP guitars. In support of the release, BWR have lined up a string of Summer shows with more to be added shortly.
CATCH BLACK WATER RISING LIVE:
August 21st – Rowland, PA @ WHEELIEFEST 2010
September 11th – New Bedford, MA @ New Wave Café
September 25th – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
October 22nd – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
For More Information on BLACK WATER RISING , check them out here:
There are so many hot new releases in August, I fear some of the better new bands will get lost in the shuffle. One of the more interesting bands that I have heard in a while is Stuttgart, Germany’s Downspirit.
Downspirit is a new band that was formed in 2009 by SYMPHORCE/Ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont. Dupont wanted to fulfill his dream to form a band dedicated to the combination of blues and metal music. With Point of Origin, Downspirit has somehow managed to blend 80’s hard rock, modern metal and blues to create a sound that is familiar, and yet refreshingly different from so many of the bands on the scene today.
Singer Steffan Lauth’s voice oscillates between a cool melodic and metal sound that helps to keep the songs interesting on this disc. I didn’t really know what to expect with the opening tracks “Point of Origin Part I, and II”. My first thought was, oh great, another band with down tuned guitars. Luckily, this CD gets more interesting quickly. “Love Song” opens up with some killer blues harp, and delivers a good mix of melodic rock & metal. This song gets better every time I listen to it.
“Good Times” is a kick ass stadium anthem that is going to get a ton of play by me. This is easily my favorite on Point of Origin.
After listening to “Arisen” I would guess that Cédric “Cede” Dupont is influenced by George Lynch. There are some moments that remind me of Lynch Mob in this song.
“The End” is this extremely cool deep-toned number that ought to be a hit for Downspirit. This song has a ton of radio potential.
Downspirit has turned in a surprisingly good debut. Overall, I am very pleased with Point of Origin. This is a CD that I will be playing a ton this summer. If you want to check out a new band that rocks, don’t overlook Downspirit’s Point of Origin. I think you will enjoy it.
The first 1000 copies will be in digipak format and contain one bonus track “Rockstar Blues”! It is available for purchase here! For more information on Downspirit, please visit the band’s myspace page! You can watch the album trailer for Point of Origin below!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Point of Origin Pt. I
2. Point of Origin Pt. II
3. Love Song
4. Life’s a Bitch
6. Good Times
7. Hollow Words
8. Highway Run
10. Make my Day
11. The End
12. Rockstar Blues (Bonus Track)
Steffen Lauth – vocals
Cédric “Cede” Dupont – lead guitar
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – rhythm guitar
Sven Rakowitz – bass
Sebastian Dunkel – drums