Hard rock foursome Fireball Ministry is releasing the 180 gram white vinyl pressing of their March 2010 self-titled album FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release) on December 22, 2010 also via Restricted Release.
Known by fans and critics alike as an uncompromising, unpretentious and entirely authentic hard rock force, Fireball Ministry’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) re-teamed with renowned producer/engineer Andrew Alekel (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters), The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast) for the self-titled album.
“We are very excited to have a release on vinyl—it’s the way nature intended music to be heard,” says front-man Rev. James A. Rota II.
Recorded at Grandmaster in Hollywood, with additional vocals tracked at Dave Grohl’s 606 Studio, Fireball Ministry’s ten-track, collector’s edition LP has a limited run of 1,000 copies and is the band’s second release without a traditional label. The FIREBALL MINISTRY vinyl pressing is currently available for pre-order at www.FireballMinistry.com and includes the full album digital download and bonus video for “Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker.”
Following is the track listing for FIREBALL MINISTRY (Restricted Release):
1) Hard Lines
2) Fallen Believers
3) Thought It Out
4) Followed By a Fall
5) Kick Back
6) Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker
7) End of Story
8) Common Enemy
9) Sleeping With Angels
10) In Their Own Right
FIREBALL MINISTRY discography:
Ou Est La Rock? (Bong Load, 1999)
FMEP (Small Stone, 2001)
The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003)
Their Rock Is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker, 2005)
Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010)
ABOUT THE BAND Since forming in 1999, FIREBALL MINISTRY’s REV. JAMES A. ROTA II (guitar, vocals), EMILY J. BURTON (guitar), JOHN ORESHNICK (drums) and JOHNY CHOW (bass) have produced an arsenal of heavy-hitting albums including: Ou Est La Rock? (Bongload Custom Records, 1999); FMEP (Small Stone Recordings, 2001);The Second Great Awakening (Nuclear Blast, 2003); Their Rock is Not Our Rock (Liquor & Poker Music, 2005); and Fireball Ministry (Restricted Release, 2010). Proving the legitimacy of their hard rock and metal roots, Fireball Ministry has been invited to share the stages of legendary music icons across the globe; among them: Judas Priest, Alice Cooper, Dio, Blue Oyster Cult, Uriah Heap, Motorhead, and Slayer. FIREBALL MINISTRY’s songs have appeared on numerous TV shows and films including most recently three songs “Kick Back,” “End of Story,” and “Fallen Believers,” on the highly-acclaimed FX Network show “Sons of Anarchy.” “Choker” was featured on the award-winning
HBO series “The Sopranos” while “Daughter of the Damned” was in the Christian Slater feature film Alone In The Dark. In addition to having six songs appear on MTV’s “Viva La Bam” series, FIREBALL’s music has also appeared extensively in the world of extreme action sports and gaming, “King” and “Flatline” were featured in the Billabong “Odyssey” movie and “The Broken” in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) video game “WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW.” www.FireballMinistry.com
ALBUM IN STORES JANUARY 11, 2011 IN NORTH AMERICA ON SPV/STEAMHAMMER
Today kicks off the second week of DECIBEL Magazine’s exclusive premiere of new tracks from SODOM‘s forthcoming release “In War and Pieces” on their “Deciblog”. In addition to premiering the new tracks, the “Deciblog” will be a weekly giveaway of the Double LP “Blood Red vinyl version of “In War and Pieces” Check out the next two tracks “Through Toxic Veins” and “Nothing Counts More Than Blood” and enter for a chance to win a copy of “In War and Pieces” at http://fpro.us/O
January 11, 2011 is the North American street date for SODOM‘s new album, In War And Pieces. The album is will be available in the following formats: regular CD, two-CD digipack, double vinyl, two-CD digipack with lanyard.
“In War And Pieces” was produced by Waldemar Sorychta, who has previously worked with Tiamat, Moonspell, Lacuna Coil and Sentenced, among many others. The cover artwork (see below) was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with Testament, Sigh, Anacrusis and GWAR.
In a recent interview with Mattowarrior’s Metal Madness, SODOM bassist/vocalist Thomas “Angelripper” Such stated about the upcoming album, “We have a new producer, Waldemar Sorychta of GRIP INC. He’s like a fourth bandmember. I told him I wanted SODOM to go back to our roots, and it’s important to create an album with an old sound. I don’t like productions where the bands sound like all the others. He ha[d] many ideas on how to arrange the album, and vocal lines, etc.”
Such previously stated about the group’s new material, “There has never been a SODOM album which is so wide-ranged, as powerful and as typically SODOM as this one.”
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Buckcherry has been wanting to write an original Christmas song for some time and never had opportunity until now. “Christmas Is Here” got started with a simple melody in the spirit of traditional Christmas songs, then Josh took the melody to Keith who came up with the music and it came together very quickly with all 5 of us jamming up at the Bastard Ranch where “All Night Long” was made. Like everything Buckcherry we hope it puts a smile on your face. Merry Christmas.
Click here to download “Christmas is Here”: http://bit.ly/fKUFfU
Marcie Free – After interviewing Marcie Free, I could only walk away feeling I’ve spoken to one of the nicest and most sincere person from the Rock Music world. Formerly Mark Free, Marcie Free has a newfound lease on life, with her voice sounding as vibrant, harmonious and memorable as ever. Just one listen to the new Unruly Child album, “Worlds Collide”, will support my claim as to Marcie’s vocals being amongst the best in the business. Released back in November of 2010, Marcie and her band have truly created an album of songs that transcends decades of AOR and Melodic Rock goodness.
Marcie Free speaks about “Worlds Collide” and their new music video for “Very First Time”, along with memories of fronting King Kobra and dastardly villains of the music industry’s past. She also touches on living through earthquakes and crazed fans in Mexico. To say Marcie Free is a survivor is an understatement from this writer, Marcie Free exemplifies what it means to be your own person and carry on through life, regardless of what obstacles may deter you. Marcie Free has indeed seen it all and I can only applaud her contentment with life and the music she has created with Unruly Child. Here is what Marcie had to say:
HRH: Hey Marcie, I’m a huge fan of this new Unruly Child album!
Marcie: I’m a fan of it too! The first time I really heard it was on my home stereo. It’s just so great sonically, this album echos really good spaciously, almost three dimensional. The Beatles are responsible for everything we’re doing right now!
HRH: I won’t disagree with you there. That was and still is some band.
Marcie: I remember the whole Ed Sullivan Show appearance and everyone talking about their hair. I went and had my hair cut like the Beatles and all the girls at school were saying, what did you do to your hair! (laughs)
HRH: How much fun did you have recording “Worlds Collide”? I get a vibe from the songs that there was some fun involved.
Marcie: We’re not crazy, we’re serious about what we do as a band. I’m in Ypsilanti, Michigan and the other guys are in L.A., so video phones and skype allowed me to do my vocals in my studio, here in Michigan. Bruce (guitarist Bruce Gowdy) and I built a good studio here together. He taught me how to run my studio, so I could do engineering and vocals at the same time.
HRH: That’s very cool, Marcie.
Marcie: We wrote and recorded World’s Collide in four months. These songs are a gift from God, they just pour out of me!
HRH: Will Unruly Child be touring or playing any dates to support “Worlds Collide”?
Marcie: Absolutely, we’re all committed. I was just talking on the phone with Bruce last night about it. No Nonsense Bookings in Europe handles all the Frontiers Records acts. We’ll wait after the record is out two months, then look over our budget and everything, lay it all out on the table. Jay (drummer Jay Schellen) has commitments with Asia and Larry (bass guitarist Larry Antonio) has the same with Pablo Cruise, so we have to work around that. We’d like to tour in the Summer, write in the Fall and record during the Winter. We’re that serious about it. I never expected all of this, I just go with God and let him take control of the reigns please!
HRH: Are U.S. tour dates in the mix?
Marcie: Europe is where we’re focused right now, for our kind of music is played more over there and popular. There is nobody telling the radio stations what to play anymore in the U.S., it’s just like dogs chasing their own tails with the radio stations in the U.S.!
HRH: I always say, when it comes to the media and Hard Rock or Heavy Metal, Europe gets it!
HRH: “Very First Time” is a standout song on “Worlds Collide” for it’s positive lyrics and energy. What’s the inspiration behind this fabulous song?
Marcie: Well, Bruce and Guy (keyboardist Guy Allison) wrote that one. You know, this song is about what transcends love, gender, age, sex and race… it equals pure love. Being in love for the first time, having an infatuation with life and getting high on everything when we’re together. Guy was inspired on this organ – ‘lighter shade of pale” sort of thing. (laughs)
Marcie: I was surprised we lead with this song, it really surprised us, the record company pulled it out at the last minute. We went from “When We Were Young” to “When Worlds Collide” to “Very First Time”.
HRH: The music video for “Very First Time” is excellent.
Marcie: Thank you. It only cost us five thousand dollars to make it! We did not have a huge budget, so we made use of available natural light, up in a loft, inside a L.A. warehouse. All that natural light came through the windows, it looks like heaven! Devin DeHaven was our director. He has worked with and directed Eminem and Y&T videos as well.
HRH: Check out the “Very First Time” video here!
HRH: “You Don’t Understand” has some progressive keys happening, at the onset and towards this song’s climax. Are you an Electric Light Orchestra fan? Those keys remind me of ELO.
Marcie: Oh yeah, I was a huge fan of The Electric Light Orchestra for awhile. I love the simplicity and overall melodic approach to their music, it was very cool. I liked when Jeff Lynne (vocalist/guitarist of ELO) got together with The Traveling Wilburys. I dig him. George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, were all together in that band.
HRH: Are the lyrics to “You Don’t Understand” meant for someone that was or is close to you?
Marcie: Yeah, it’s personal. I interjected some personal memories of how hard it is to go through what I went through. It destroyed my marriage. Lyrically, it’s about how some people just don’t get it. These lyrics were written metaphorically and not in your face. I was sitting at my computer one day, I picked up my acoustic and wrote this song. I made the demo that same day, along with background vocals. I played it for Bruce on skype and I started crying. Bruce loved it and did all the arrangements.
HRH: “Love Is Blind” flat out Rocks! How did you come about including such memorable chorus moments in this song?
Marcie: Bruce and Guy wrote this. I first heard it when I went out to L.A. to shoot pictures for the album cover. Bruce played it for me and it grabbed me, it spoke to me. This song does have an amazing chorus. There are Doo-wop answer style, background vocals. It’s a really strong song.
HRH: What’s missing in the music industry today, that existed back in the 1980’s?
Marcie: Well, it’s always been kind of soulless and cruel, with lot’s of crooks. In lot’s of ways, it’s sweet justice to see record companies brought to their knees now. Too many cruel things have been done to artists over the years by them, still, no one wants to see the industry decimated. Technology has given power to the artists to make their own records and sell their own music. There has always been a monopoly with the larger labels. With all the downloading of free music, I hope it’s run it’s course for the masses. Illegal downloading would put us all out of business. Just because you can download music, doesn’t make it right.
HRH: I couldn’t agree with you more on that, Marcie.
Marcie: At the end of the 80’s, the country was split up into four main sections, with four main guys, that handed down and dictated what to play on radio and MTV too. They were known as the four cartels, the four cartels of radio programs and they pulled the plug on all Metal acts in the early 90’s.
HRH: Whoa, Marcie, that’s nasty. What a shame, that these four cartels could control the media with so much power.
HRH: I miss going into a record store, that feeling you had back in the 80’s.
Marcie: I miss the record stores too! Especially back in the 70’s. I would take an album home and put it right on the turntable. I would polish and cherish the album!
HRH: I know that feeling, Marcie.
HRH: When you sing, your emotions are so non-pretentious. Does it disgust you when you hear another vocalist force emotion on a song?
Marcie: Disgust might be a strong word. It’s instinct, people can tell when it’s forced or not. It’s got to be real and if it’s offensive, just don’t listen to that vocalist ever again. I grew up on Motown, that’s where I learned my singing chops. Smokey Robinson, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, all of them. I grew up in Flint, Michigan, where there was a lot of blue collar work and music.
HRH: So you were living right next door to Motown, surrounded by it.
Marcie: My junior high school was eighty percent black. Seventh through ninth grade, Motown was big part of that culture I was living in.
HRH: “Worlds Collide” is an album of songs and no filler. Each song carries it’s unique accessibility for me. How many songs were tossed out during the entire creation of this great album?
Marcie: None were tossed out. Actually, we had two more songs that were not finished for the record and we are planning to have them on the next Unruly Child record. We were on a roll, we were saying, we got to stop! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) There’s nothing wrong with that, Marcie!
Marcie: The acoustic version of “Talk To Me” will be on the Japanese version of “Worlds Collide”.
HRH: How come Japan always gets the cool bonus tracks?
Marcie: It’s not up to us, it’s not our decision, you’ll have to talk to Frontiers Records executives about that one.
HRH: Unruly Child displays a dark side with “Life Death”. Can this song be summed up in these two words: reality check?
Marcie: Well, it’s interesting too. With life, death, it kind of goes to death in the verses and with the chorus, it’s almost like there’s life, there’s the light! Bruce and Guy wrote this song. When I first heard the riffs, I knew it was a heavy song.
HRH: Which band or artist has been ignored the most, by The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
Marcie: I really don’t know who’s exactly in or who’s not these days, so I don’t want to be non-factual or slight anybody.
HRH: How about KISS?
Marcie: KISS is not in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame?
Marcie: I would say KISS then! Gene (Simmons) and Paul (Stanley) are the coolest and most giving guys I’ve ever toured with. They were so great with King Kobra. Gene and Paul gave King Kobra perks that were not normally given to an opening band. They let us use their lighting and gave us free reign on the stage. We toured with KISS in 1986, I remember it being on the Northeast leg of the tour.
HRH: Not counting your own music, what album could you not live without? Regardless of Rock genre too.
Marcie: I’d probably say, any Motown 60’s stuff. Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. All the Soul and Rhythm and Blues!
Marcie: Led Zeppelin would be awesome! That would be a real fun thing. We all owe them a lot. I was a huge fan of Led Zeppelin through my teens and early twenties, they played a big part in my life, Bruce and Guy’s as well.
HRH: Do you stay in touch with Carmine Appice?
Marcie: Carmine and I haven’t stayed in touch over the years. I wish him well with whatever he’s doing.
HRH Note: Carmine Appice was the founder and drummer for King Kobra.
HRH: What moment, on a personal level, do you reflect on from touring with King Kobra?
Marcie: I was watching on You Tube, just last night, things about me. There’s this one video, of a fan standing in line one day for a King Kobra in-store signing at Kamelot Music. A lot of fans were out there that day. This video was filmed by the fan’s perspective, of getting in line and getting up to us as we were signing autographs. As I watched this video of me, I was wondering of what it felt like? What was I thinking? Back then, I was not in tune with the present at the time. I remember of always having to be “on”. There was no partying, I always had to keep my voice. It was cool seeing that video.
HRH: Which do you prefer, playing arena’s or club’s?
Marcie: Years ago, it was different to play clubs. Clubs always got too smoky for me. It’s hard on a singer with smoke in the air. It may be different today though. There’s so much fun about arenas! You have a larger stage to move around on and you can have a bigger stage show.
HRH: What band that you have toured with, was your favorite?
Marcie: It has to be KISS when I was with King Kobra. Gene and Paul gave us so many privileges, it was because of their relationship with Carmine (Appice) and our manager, Alan Miller, was associated with their manager. They gave us full monitors and a light show that helped us out tremendously.
HRH: Where is the greatest place King Kobra had ever played?
Marcie: Hands down, it was back in January of 1986, at the Mexican/American Friendship Festival in Acapulco, Mexico. This was a one time festival, it never happened again. We went out onstage before Quiet Riot. We flew into Mexico City to perform at this festival just eight or ten months after this area suffered a major earthquake. Our hotel was falling apart! There were tent cities everywhere. We did take in some sights and saw the Mayan Pyramids. When we flew into Acapulco, we met the mayor of Acapulco. We just signed for everything once we got there! The gig was on a Saturday and it was a great gig. This festival was on a balmy and beautiful night, on the beach, facing in at thirty five thousand people!
HRH: That sounded like a great time Marcie.
Marcie: We had the fans going crazy! At the end of our set, we saw the fans wanted more, so we came out for an encore and made them more crazy! Riot police were pointing automatic weapons at the fans! We had Mexican security take us through a back exit, away from the fans that were going crazy for us. We never made it to our bus. It felt like we were the Beatles!
HRH: King Kobra were the Beatles of Mexico! (laughs)
Marcie: (laughs) We got inside an old ambulance that drove us through the jungle! The driver was taking all of these remote back roads through this jungle back to our hotel to avoid the fans! There was no air conditioning in the back of this old ambulance either, it was really hot and humid, so we were kicking the backside of the ambulance and shouting at the driver! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) Wow, Marcie, you guys were lucky to get out of there alive!
Marcie: I was living in North Hollywood during the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. I’ve been through many of them between 1979 and 1995 and the one in ’94 was the worse. I was living in an apartment that was on stilts, with parking underneath. This earthquake knocked everything down in my second floor apartment and everything went pitch black. I went outside and buildings all around me fell down, mine never fell. People were frightened to go back into their homes that were still left standing.
HRH: What would the title of your autobiography be?
Marcie: I am the king kobra!
HRH: What does that mean?
Marcie: It’s all about me, not about the other guys. And, it wasn’t really all about me. In Mexico City, where King Kobra played, there was this fan who took me aside and said to me… you are the king kobra!
HRH: Would you like to rant about the BP Gulf Coast oil spill?
Marcie: It’s a tragedy. I really had a problem with a lot of the politicians blaming the company for this. BP had to do something that they were forced to do, by being told by the government to go out that far to drill in the first place. The Obama administration took so long to get their shit together. This administration had well enough time to get anything done and corrected with what happened in the Gulf.
HRH: Is “Worlds Collide” a launching pad or exclamation point for Unruly Child?
Marcie: A launching pad! It’s a rebirth for us, certainly I as well. We came out with a bang with this new album. “Worlds Collide” is a huge statement for me, it’s a coming out album for me as well. This is the first album where I’m being Marcie, after being Mark for so long.
HRH: What do you feel is your greatest musical accomplishment of your career?
Marcie: It is yet to be done and to be determined. I do expect some really great things to come from this new record!
HRH: What is your proudest moment?
Marcie: A really exciting time for me was the first time I saw my dad really proud of me. I almost felt guilty for I was so used to him not being proud of me. It was Christmas of this particular year and we went to a local mall in Saginaw, Michigan. I had long, bleached white hair with streaks in it and my dad was saying to everyone, “hey, that’s my son”! I was on a major label, with a big time band and my dad was proud of me.
Mr. Big has release a brand new video, “Undertow” in support of their new album, What If coming in 2011. “Next Time Around” is from Mr. Big’s live CD, Back to Budokon. Check out both clips below!
Mr. Big – Undertow
Mr. Big – Next Time Around
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS, have just released their much anticipated short film for the next single, “Hurricane,” off their major label release, This Is War. The video, directed by Bartholomew Cubbins, has been previewed over the past week through six separate trailers. Whether it was The Gimps, who are the evil characters seen battling the band, a mysterious man that appears to be keeping a deep secret, or just the spotlight of each band member playing the music that they love, the clips kept fans on the edge of their seats speculating on the mystery behind the full length version of the film. Make sure to check out the video to jump in on all the action behind this short film!
Thirty Seconds To Mars has released a deluxe edition of This Is War which features “Hurricane 2.0” feat. Kanye West, plus the new edition of the album also has four different covers and an entire new look and design. Fans can order the deluxe edition on iTunes now and make sure to check out Facebook as well as the guys Official Site for all news updates!
FIREWIND recently made waves across the US once again with their stellar new disc ‘Days of Defiance’ and the ensuing headline tour that rocked the states alongside Powerglove and The Absence. Now, as GUS G treks across North America playing with the icon OZZY OSBOURNE, he will take a break from his busy schedule and host tonight’s edition of Headbangers Ball on MTV2.
Tune in to hear the story of how GUS G got his start in metal all the way to playing arenas alongside metal’s most infamous madman. You’ll also see videos from FIREWIND as well as GUS G’s biggest influences such as Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ozzy and more! To view a clip of what you will see tonight, visit MTV’s official website ( http://www.mtv.com/videos/misc/600404/gus-g-talks-about-linking-up-with-ozzy-osbourne.jhtml).
Headbangers Ball airs tonight (technically, Tuesday morning) at 3AM Eastern on MTV2. Check your local listings for channel information! ( http://www.mtv.com/ontv/schedule/?ch=2)
ROCK ON – New Kick Ass Rock Radio Show hosted by Casey and Riley of HOLES AND HEARTS
On Thursday, December 2, 2010, young twisted brothers Casey and Riley Macek from the Las Vegas rock band HOLES AND HEARTS will Kick Off their Debut radio show called ROCK ON on Las Vegas’ #1 Internet radio station, VRadio from 7:00-8:00PM PST.
The weekly rock radio show hosted by Casey and Riley will feature heavy rock from past and present artists both signed and unsigned, special guests, exclusive interviews from artists and rock insiders including fashion designers, club owners, strippers, kush doctors, cougars, roadies, groupies and more…
The Macek boys are rumored to be not so distant cousins of two other young TV stars who are no strangers to the rock scene, Beavis and Butthead, which is evident in the Debut show full of flatulence, quick wit, stinging sarcasm and their passion for Kick Ass Rock n’ Roll.
”There’s a New Kids in Town… and All Hell is about to Break Loose!!!” says Owner and Program Director of VRadio, Amani Nia,
Get your fix of these politically incorrect crazy little bastards as they crank up OZZY, LINKIN PARK, AC/DC, THREE DAYS GRACE, ALICE IN CHAINS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, PAPA ROACH, STEEL PANTHER and the list goes on and on… ROCK ON.
Listen Online @ www.indievtv.com every Thursday from 7:00-8:00PM PST and for more info and requests email firstname.lastname@example.org or visitwww.facebook.com/HOLESANDHEARTS and Click On the ROCK ON tab.
U.K. cult thrashers ONSLAUGHT have just unveiled the cover artwork of their new album “Sounds Of Violence” (to be released on January 28th). They will release a double single “The Sound of Violence” / “Bomber” on December 17th. The song “Bomber” (Motörhead cover) is already available for streaming on ONSLAUGHT’s MySpace.
Onslaught guitarist Nige Rockett comments:
“We’re really stoked to finally be getting some new material out in the public domain, its been such a long time since the ‘Killing Peace’ album and this will be a great little sampler for the upcoming album release in early 2011..
‘The Sound of Violence’ track is a cool representation of things to come, its got a real old school Onslaught feel but its very contemporary at the same time… a real angry no nonsense thrasher…..
Regarding the ‘Bomber’ cover: Motorhead have always been a huge influence on Onslaught and our relationship goes back a long long way.. So when we decided to have some fun and do a cover song in the studio, this track immediately sprang to mind, especially as its relative to the theme of the new album… We’ve given it a pretty aggressive Onslaught slant and thrashed it up little, but still very much retaining the original identity of the song..
To make things a little more interesting, we thought we would like to add some very special guests into the mix….
We asked Phil (Campbell) if he would like to come and thrash out with us and play some guitar on the track… the answer was an undoubted ‘Yes’…
Things we’re sounding pretty cool in rehearsal but just missing that tiny piece of magic / the icing on the cake… Then Phil came in and played that awesome riff in his style and everything just fell right into place…
We also had the idea that our friend ‘Tom Angelripper (Sodom) would sound perfect sharing the vocal duties with our own Mr Keeler, we knew Tom Was in the studio recording the new Sodom record so the timing was perfect….we sent over the tracks and Tom did the rest, he laid down some great fucking vocals as you will hear and its really added something special to the final result…
As you can tell really I’m buzzing about all this… its an exciting time to be in Onslaught right now……….”
Attention EDGUY maniacs and power metal lovers. Today EDGUY’s “Gold Edition Vol. II” is released. The 3 CD boxset features the classic records “The Savage Poetry” and “Mandrake” as well as one extra CD stuffed with tons of bonus material. This special edition comes as a valuable digibook. A must-have for every EDGUY fan.
The Savage Poetry
02. Misguiding Your Life
03. Key to My Fate
04. Sands of Time
05. Sacred Hell
06. Eyes of the Tyrant
07. Frozen Candle
08. Roses to No One
09. Power and Majesty
10. Key To My Fate (Original Recording 1995 Bonus)
11. Hallowed (Original Recording 1995 Bonus)
01. Tears of a Mandrake
02. Golden Dawn
04. All the Clowns
05. Nailed to the Wheel
06. The Pharaoh
07. Wash Away the Poison
08. Fallen Angels
09. Painting on
11. The Devil and the Savant
12. Tears of a Mandrake (Live Bonus Track)
13. Painting on the Wall (Live Bonus Track)
01. Painting On The Wall (Edit Version)
02. Golden Dawn (Album Version)
03. Wings Of A Dream (Version 2001)
04. Painting On The Wall
05. Tears Of A Mandrake (Single Edit)
06. For A Trace Of Life
07. But Here I Am
08. La Marche des Gendarmes
09. Walk On Fighting (Live)
10. Wake Up The King (Live)
All The Clowns (Videoclip)
The Headless Game (Videoclip)
Check out the video, “All The Clowns” below!
The German heavy rockers THE NEW BLACK just proudly unveiled the coverartwork for the forthcoming masterpiece “II: Better In Black”. The follow-up for the 2009 debut “The New Black” will be released on January 28th via AFM Records.
To give their fans a little appetizer the band released the digital single “The King I Was” featuring a new song and two rare records of the tracks “Simplify” and “The Man Who Saw The Universe” (both taken from “The New Black”).
Check out the video below to see THE NEW BLACK performing “The King I Was” live.
Irish rockers Jaded Sun have released a new video “Whiskey Drinker” in support of their recently released EP of the same name.
Like what you hear? You can grab a copy of Whiskey Drinker in the Jaded Sun store at this link.
Saxon is in the studio right now and busy working on the new album. The band has scheduled the first half of their 2011 World Tour. They will be playing the 70.000 tons of Heavy Metal cruise in January, Australia in February/March and back to the UK in April where they will be supported by Wolfsbane and Fury UK.
More dates will be announced soon!
Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year is only hours away. What are you going to buy for that Metalhead on your shopping list this year? Don’t have any ideas? Check out MyMetalClub.com for some coolest Heavy Metal items anywhere.
What is Metal Club?
Metal Club is a collection of music stores that support metal music and culture. We know that it is almost impossible to put all types of metal music under one Viking helmet but that is what we here at Metal Club headquarters are charged with doing. On this site you will find some of the latest news of the world on all types of metal music, courtesy of Decibel Magazine, along with a Store Locator so that you can shop locally to find and support your local metal music scene.
Just as importantly, you will find special releases made just for the metal community by these Metal Club stores. These special releases will be everything from live EPs, to special small run editions on vinyl, CD and box-sets made especially for metal fans, as well as free metal CD samplers and other cool promotional items.
Metal Club does not sell these special edition releases for the stores, nor will we provide the special promotional discs made for Metal Club stores directly to you, but you will be able to find your local Metal Club store using our handy-dandy store locator and support them individually either on-line or at their physical location (depending on the store). This means you will have to check with your local stores on all Metal Club products and promotions. We are simply here to help connect your local music store with you, the metal music fan.
Now that you know about Metal Club, check your local stores for some of the best Metal Swag on the planet!!
Want to put your name in for some kick ass metal gear? Hard Rock Hideout and The Metal Club has a cool prize package for 3 lucky winners.
1) Metal Blade Prize Pack
System Divide “The Conscious Sedation”
Hail of Bullets “On Divine Winds”
Return To Earth “Automata”
2) Saw 3D Prize Pack
Saw 3D Soundtrack CD
Saw 3D T-Shirt
3) S.O.D. “Speak English Or Die” 12″ Vinyl
Submit your name and email address as well as the prize pack you are interested in. Hard Rock Hideout will be picking three winners soon!
Gamespot.com is reporting the following:
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock set a record in 2009, when it became the first multiplatform console title to generate more than $1 billion in revenue. However, it appears as if $20 million of that nine-figure sum may be diverted out of Activision’s coffers, as the game is now the target of a high-profile lawsuit.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose has sued Activision for its use of the virtual likeness of Saul Hudson (better known as the top-hat-donning axe legend Slash) in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
In the court documents (available online from Radar Online), Rose alleges that Activision convinced him to lend “Welcome to the Jungle” to Guitar Hero III on the grounds that the game would not feature Slash’s likeness or the guitarist’s follow-up group, Velvet Revolver.
Slash was featured heavily in Guitar Hero III. He graced the game’s cover and was a playable character in the game. Further, songs from Velvet Revolver (“She Builds Quick Machines,” “Slither,” and “Messages”) were made available to gamers as downloadable content following the game’s release.
“[Activision] began spinning a web of lies and deception to conceal its true intentions to not only feature Slash and [Velvet Revolver] prominently in GH III but also promote the game by emphasizing and reinforcing an association between Slash and Guns N’ Roses and the band’s song ‘Welcome to the Jungle,'” the statement reads.
In addition, Rose claims that “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” which was used to market Guitar Hero III, was only authorized for the title’s predecessor, Guitar Hero II, and he is seeking reparations for that alleged transgression.
Rose isn’t the first noted musician to sue Activision for rights violations in the Guitar Hero series. Last year, Kurt Cobain’s bereaved wife Courtney Love sued the publisher over the Nirvana singer’s virtual likeness in Band Hero.
Today sees the release of the most extensive live collection of FAIR WARNING to date. This 3 CD and 2 DVD set features three full length shows, from 3 of FAIR WARNING’s classic Japanese concerts. AOL MUSIC is currently hosting a full album listening party for the first disc of the 3 CD anthology. Get your first listen at http://fpro.us/B
It was only four years ago that FAIR WARNING – led by charismatic front man Tommy Heart – re-entered the stage after a break of nearly five years to introduce the reunion album “Brother’s Keeper”. A sold-out tour through Japan as well as various festival appearances throughout Europe followed.
In summer 2009 they released the much-acclaimed studio album “Aura”.
After a great concert at Tokyo, Japan’s Loud Park festivals in 2009 and a sold-out tour of Japan in 2010, the band decided to release a live CD and a live DVD to document what they do best… play intense live shows and put on some of the best rock performances in the world.
Check out the exclusive video trailer at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsMVzmk9Sb0
FAIR WARNING is:
Tommy Heart – vocals
Helge Engelke – guitars
Ule W. Ritgen – bass
C.C. Behrens – drums
3CD digipak track listing:
CD1: Tokyo January 2010
* Out On The Run
* Here Comes The Heartache
* Save Me
* Angels Of Heaven
* Don’t Give Up
* Generation Jedi
* Dont Keep Me Waiting
* The Last Goodbye (Keyboard Feature)
* Falling Reprise
* Long Gone
* Hey Girl
CD2: Tokyo January 2010
* Walking On Smiles
* I’ll Be There
* Longing For Love
* I Fight
* Still I Believe
* Burning Heart
* Get A Little Closer
* When Love Fails
* Fighting For Your Love
CD 3: Loud Park 2009
* Angels Of Heaven
* Save Me
* Generation Jedi
* Out On The Run
* Here Comes The Heartache
* Long Gone
* Longing For Love
* I Fight
* Don’t Give Up
* Burning Heart
* Get A Little Closer
* When Love Fails
2DVD digipak track listing:
DVD1: Tokyo January 2010 (same as see CD1 and CD2)
Approx. 120 min
DVD 2: Loud Park 2009 (same as see CD3)
+ private footage Approx. 135 min
VISIT FAIR WARNING ON THE WEB
Amazon is kicking off their week of Black Friday sales by offering a Free $3 MP3 Credit at Amazon MP3. Simply click on the link above, click on the Enter Your Code button and type in the code GET3MP3S to receive a free $3 credit towards Amazon MP3s.
Download 3 songs of your choice for FREE!!
HINDER has just announced an over-the-top deluxe CD package that has to be seen to be believed. The Oklahoma hard rockers will be releasing their new album, All American Nightmare, on 12/7 and they’re offering an “Ultimate Fan Experience” for $2995 which includes, among other things, a private acoustic performance, 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodation at The Palms Hotel and Casino, and 2 tickets to the Adult Entertainment Expo 2011. For fans that can’t be in Vegas for the partying, Hinder are also offering 3 other VIP fan experiences priced at $999, $749, and $499. All of the details for the smaller packages and “Ultimate Fan Experience” can be found at this link.
Hinder “Ultimate Fan Experience” Deluxe Package:
* 2 Passes to a Private Intimate Acoustic Performance by Hinder on Friday, January 7, 2011 at The Villa At Palms Place (performance will be limited to 100 people)
* 3 Days / 2 Nights Hotel Accommodation in Las Vegas at The Palms Hotel and Casino (airfare and ground transportation not included)
* Meet ‘n Greet and Photo Op with Hinder Band Members
* 2 Tickets to the Adult Entertainment Expo 2011
* 2 Exclusive Hinder Gift Bags including Autographed Deluxe CD, Autographed 2-Sided Poster, Hinder Flask, Vinyl and Hinder VIP Commemorative Las Vegas Laminate
* A Chance to Win 2 Tickets to the 2011 AVN Awards Show on Saturday, January 8th
* On-site Host(s)
All American Nightmare is available for pre-order now and will hit stores on 12/7
When summing up the rest of the Cincinnati Bengals 2010 season, “Blackout” seems pretty appropriate. Most storied NFL franchises have a long history of winning. In Cincinnati, the Bengals might put together one winning season per decade. The fans are tired of the poor play on the football field and spoke loudly this week with their pocketbook. Many did not attend the Bengals – Bills game this afternoon. It was the first time in over seven years that a Bengals game did not sell out. The end result was a TV “Blackout”. The game could not be viewed within a 75 mile radius of Cincinnati.
I was thankful that I didn’t watch the Bengals get beat 1-7 (now 2 -8) Bills. I have a feeling that “Blackout” is something that Bengals fans are going to hear a lot for the three remaining home games in 2010 and beyond. Perhaps it is time for the Bengals to change their customary “Welcome the Jungle” theme song from Guns N’ Roses, to the Scorpions “Blackout”. It would certainly be more appropriate.
The clip below is the Scorpions performing “Blackout” live in Japan in 1984. A cool song like this would sound great in an NFL stadium wouldn’t it?!
The new Cult Digital Capsule # 2 is available for purchase now. The Enhanced CD is shipping the first week of December. Order them now in The Cult Capsule Store!
Disturbed’s new video for the next single “The Animal” is now premiering on MTV2.com, but you can check it out at Hard Rock Hideout right now!
Dave Mustaine dropped by the Megadeth Cyber Army chat room on Tuesday, Nov 16th for a special live chat with his fan club members. The following is an excerpt from the chat.
DM: “So, right now I have Ken Eisennagel, you may remember him from the last two records doing engineering for all of the pre-production phases of Megadeth records? Well, he is here [Megadeth’s studio - Vic's Garage] going over all of the new Megadeth stuff that I am working on… believe it or not we have five songs almost finished for the new Megs record already!” To read more, and for exclusive chats with Dave Mustaine and the band, join the Megadeth Cyber Army!
Enlist today! http://cyberarmy.megadeth.com/ms1.php
Album Debuts at #17 on the Billboard Top 200
“Isolation” hits #9 on Rock Radio Charts
US Tour To Kick Off on December 10th
It has been three years since Alter Bridge’s last release in the US, but it is clear their fans have been waiting for their return. The band’s latest release, ABIII, self-released on Alter Bridge recordings via EMI label services, has landed at #17 on this week’s Billboard Top 200.
Myles Kennedy, singer for Alter Bridge, had this to day about their chart debut, “We are really grateful for all of the support we have received since ABIII was released. The response has been overwhelming to say the least. For us, the most rewarding part is having the opportunity to play these songs live to our friends on the road. We look forward to seeing all of you very soon.”
“We are absolutely thrilled with the Alter Bridge chart debut and as the radio story continues to explode, we are looking forward to continued success with a great partner,” said Mike Harris, GM of EMI Label Services. Their first single, “Isolation,” is currently at #9 on the Active and Mainstream Rock Charts only 3 weeks after its impact date. The single is already Top 10 on major radio stations including: KQRC (Kansas City), KXXR (Minneapolis) and KHTB (Salt Lake City) to name a few and Modern Rock Q101 Chicago and KPNT St Louis. “ Isolation” is already #1 on Myles hometown station KHTQ (Spokane).
This December, Alter Bridge will embark on their first US tour in two year. Kicking off in Grand Rapids, MI on December 10th, the 12 city trek will run through the holiday season and make stops in major markets including New York, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore before wrapping up in Houston on January 8th. This is just the warm-up run before the band’s full US tour this spring.
Alter Bridge is Myles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. In addition to the band, each member is also involved in various music projects -Mark, Brian and Scott spend their down time being the musical section of rock juggernauts, Creed, while Myles keeps himself busy as the frontman for Slash.
ALTER BRIDGE TOUR DATES
DATE CITY, STATE VENUE
Dec 10th Grand Rapids, MI The Orbit Room
Dec 11th Chicago, IL House of Blues
Dec 13th St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Dec 14th Pontiac, MI Clutch Cargo’s
Dec 16th Baltimore, MD Ram’s Head Live!
Dec 17th Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
Dec 19th New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Dec 20th New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
Dec 30th Spokane, WA Knitting Factory Concert House
Jan 1st Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
Jan 5th Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
Jan 7th Dallas, TX Trees
Jan 8th Houston, TX Warehouse Live
In two weeks, Sweden’s most successful heavy metal band HAMMERFALL will enter the studio with producer James Michael to record the follow up to 2009’s No Sacrifice, No Victory, which debuted at #38 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart for top new artists.
HAMMERFALL guitarist / founding member Oscar Dronjak shares a little insight on the songwriting, which is almost complete:
“The new material contains a lot of fresh ways to look at [our] musical ideas. We’re trying to preserve the essence of what HAMMERFALL is while at the same time updating the execution and approach. Definitely heavier and less straight-forward than the previous albums, yet remaining true to what we believe heavy metal is all about.”
This follow-up album marks a significant change for the Swedish quintet, as the band has worked exclusively with producer Charlie Bauerfeind since 2002. HAMMERFALL’s search for a new producer ended with James Michael (Mötley Crüe, Scorpions, SIXX:AM, Meat Loaf).
Oscar explains: “Working with James Michael is going to be very, very exciting. The two Mötley Crüe albums [he] has been involved in (as a songwriter on New Tattoo and as songwriter/producer on Saints Of Los Angeles) are great, and easily stack up against the classic albums of the ’80s. That, and the fact that HammerFall have used the same producer (Charlie Bauerfeind) since 2002 has me very psyched about this collaboration, it will automatically bring a freshness to the proceedings! A lot of what HF was got refined when we started working with Charlie, and I’m sure we’ll get a similar kind of reaction here. Sort of like a kick in the ass, to get going in the right direction.”
Vocalist Joacim Cans adds another important aspect: “I see James Michael as one of my favorite singers of today and his work with SIXX:AM is simply fantastic. Not only is the album one of the best ever made production-wise, but James also delivers a vocal performance that most singers today are not capable of. James will be the perfect co-producer for us and I really think he will be able to get me up a notch in the vocal department”
The yet untitled record will be released in Europe on May 20th.
Jörg and his family (and us guys in the band) found this out only last week, after the operation. Naturally we are all going between a lot of emotions, sadness, worry, shock, confusion, even anger.