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!
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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.
Black Tide have just released a new behind the scenes clip from their recent photo shoot where they talk about their evolution as a band and the forthcoming sophomore album. Guitarist Austin Diaz sheds some light on the new album, “The style has changed, its gotten a lot heavier and a little bit softer at the same time. We tried a lot of new things on this one.” Drummer Steven Spence gives his opinion on the evolution, “I think our music has matured, it sounds like a band that’s been on the road for three years. It’s definitely come across on these recordings.”
Black Tide just wrapped up a tour with Bullet For My Valentine and Escape The Fate. For more info on Black Tide visit www.blacktidemusic.com.
HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS in cooperation with SPIRTUAL BEAST RECORDS Japan are pleased to announce the first ever Japanese dates by Swedish metal powerhouse ENFORCER. ENFORCER will be performing two Japanese dates in support of their critically acclaimed sophomore album, Diamonds supported by fellow Swedes Mean Streak and Japanese metal masters Solitude. Summoning the classic metal sounds of IRON MAIDEN and MERCYFUL FATE, ENFORCER delivers melody, hooks and vocal range not heard since the golden days of heavy metal. Listed below are the tour dates.
January 28th 2011 Osaka, Japan @ Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
January 30th 2011 Tokyo, Japan @ Daikanyama UNIT
For more info on these dates including ticket sales visit:
Additionally, ENFORCER have recovered from a recent bus crash in Sweden and have resumed their European tour with AIRBOURNE. Here are the remaining dates:
November 18th Dresden, Germany @ Alter Schlactof
November 20th Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer
November 22nd Munich, Germany@ Zenith
November 23rd Basel, Switzerland @ St Jakobshalle Arena
November 24th Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz
November 26th Strasbourg, France @ La Laiterie
November 27th Lille, France @ Aeronef
November 29th Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
November 30th Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ Mainhall Box
December 2nd London, UK @ Brixton Academy
December 4th Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland
December 5th Belfast, UK @ Ulster Hall
December 7th Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
December 9th Manchester, UK @ Academy
December 10th Birmingham, UK @ Academy
Listen to ENFORCER at
Occasionally a musician has to take a step back into the past to develop artistically. Tom Englund, guitarist and vocalist of Swedish rock group EVERGREY, took this risk and reorganised his artistic environment. “The most recent EVERGREY line-up had reached a point where we no longer had fun as a group,” he confesses, adding: “So we went our separate ways to save our friendship. There were no angry words, and we’re still friends privately.”
Naturally, the decision to break up wasn’t easy for these long-standing friends, especially for Englund and his remaining keyboardist, Rikard Zander, for whom a continuation of EVERGREY was never called into question. Yet they both had to face a new challenge: “In the beginning, we weren’t sure whether we’d be able to write a new album without the wealth of experience that the previous line-up brought in. But after Rikard and I had composed a full three numbers during the first week, we felt that was a real coup.”
Listeners will feel this positive energy throughout “Glorious Collision”, the band’s eighth studio album, which is due for release on February 22nd in North America, February 25th in Germany, and the rest of Europe on February 28th via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be released in a dynamic goody bag featuring the most diverse material ever released on an EVERGREY album. “This may sound like a contradiction in view of our personnel situation, but Rikard and I have allowed more influences on “Glorious Collision” than ever before. Some elements on “Glorious Collision” are classic rock, based on a metal format; sometimes the tracks are quiet and haunting, sometimes wild, demanding and gripping.”
This diversity is also expressed in the instrumentation of this extremely dynamic studio production which presents the new band members Marcus Jidell (guitar), Hannes Van Dahl (drums) and Johan Niemann (bass). “It’s great to hear what a breath of fresh air Marcus, Johan and Hannes have brought into the band,” Englund enthuses. “Although the entire material, except for two songs to which Marcus contributed on the compositional side, had already been decided when we started recording, they all left their own, very personal mark on this album.” The great experience of Jidell and Niemann, who have worked with acts such as Royal Hunt and Therion, among others, and have now contributed lots of positive energy together with the 20-year-old drummer, Van Dahl, can be felt throughout the album.
Leave It Behind Us * You * Wrong * Frozen * Restoring The Loss * To Fit The Mold * Out Of Reach * The Phantom Letters * The Disease … * It Comes From Within * Free * I´m Drowning Alone * … And The Distance * … And The Distance (“Carina” – Bonustrack for limited digipak with female vocals)
EVERGREY live 2010:
25.11. SE/FI – Stockholm/Turku – Silja Galaxy Cruise
16.12. D-Bochum – Matrix
17.12. NL-Rotterdam – Baroeg
18.12. NL-Kerkrade – The Rock Temple
19.12. D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
20.12. CH-Pratteln – Galerie
This New Year students around the world will have the chance to study guitar online with Steve Vai, one of music’s most influential guitarists.
Berkleemusic, the online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, is unveiling an exclusive new online course with guitar legend, Grammy award-winning artist, and Berklee alum, Steve Vai. Steve Vai Guitar Techniques provides an unprecedented opportunity for musicians from across the globe to take an “under the hood” look at the work of one of music’s most influential guitarists, learn the secrets behind Steve’s unique playing style, and incorporate Steve’s techniques into their own playing. The Steve Vai Guitar Techniques online course builds upon the guitar curriculum Berklee has been providing to students for decades.
“What’s fascinating to me is that the barriers to learning music directly from recognized experts – whether it’s myself or the rest of Berklee’s renowned guitar faculty – no longer exist with online music education,” said Vai. “I’m intimately involved in creating this course, from the crafting of the lesson content, to providing hours of never-before-seen video, and even a dedicated live chat between myself and the online students. This truly is an evolution in the way to teach and learn guitar.”
Since Berkleemusic’s inception, more than 30,000 students from over 130 countries have studied online. Steve Vai Guitar Techniques is another powerful addition to Berkleemusic’s extensive guitar curriculum, which in 2007 received the Distance Learning College Course Award for Guitar Chords 101 from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association. Berkleemusic currently offers over a dozen online guitar courses authored and led by Berklee’s esteemed faculty covering all areas of study, both genre-based and technique based.
“We are excited and privileged to have Steve Vai join our portfolio of renowned course authors,” said Debbie Cavalier, Berklee’s Dean of Continuing Education. “This new course and partnership with Vai is a natural evolution of our ongoing dedication to providing innovative courses and incredible opportunities to students around the world.”
Steve Vai Guitar Techniques presents students with the chance to gain a deep understanding of Vai’s death-defying playing styles, repertoire, techniques and musical concepts. This 12-week online course will not only teach students to craft and perform lead lines like those in “Tender Surrender,” “For the Love of God” and “The Attitude Song,” but also will teach students Vai’s distinctive and seemingly impossible techniques such as two-hand tapping, sweep picking, sliding, pull-offs and other ear-bending licks. Each lesson will include play exercises, listening examples, hours of exclusive video, song transcriptions, a performance assignment and more. The course is taught by Vai and members of Berklee College of Music’s guitar department, who provide all students with detailed and personalized feedback on their work on a week-to-week basis.
The course is now open for enrollment for the school’s winter term which begins on January 10, 2011. For more information regarding the course, registration information and to even sample a guitar course, visit Berkleemusic.com. Additional course offerings include Guitar Chords 101, Guitar Scales 101, Blues Guitar, Class Rock Guitar and Rock Guitar Soloing and many more.
Berkleemusic.com is the award-winning online continuing education division of Berklee College of Music, the world leader in music education. Bringing access to Berklee’s acclaimed curriculum to all students anywhere in the world, Berkleemusic is taking a leadership role in educating the next generation of producers, performers, and entrepreneurs on the evolving music industry landscape. Berklee’s renowned faculty provide a strong portfolio of over 130 online courses and multi-course certificate programs in Music Production, Guitar, Theory, Harmony & Ear Training, Music Business, Songwriting, and more. Visit http://www.berkleemusic.com for in-depth information on how to advance your music career, sample a lesson, or connect with our dedicated student advising team.
I obviously wouldn’t be writing a column for Hard Rock Hideout if I didn’t love hard rock/heavy metal music. It’s a style of music that I have enjoyed since I was a boy. I remember getting turned onto Kiss while in the 3rd grade. I bought a vinyl copy of Destroyer at a yard sale and wore it out on my Hardy Boys record player. Def Leppard, Van Halen, and AC/DC were all beloved before reaching the 5th grade. The older I got, the more my love for hard rock and heavy metal intensified. By high school, I was a real metal head. My basic musical tastes had developed into what they still are today. Heavy metal spoke to me like nothing else had. It was my new passion.
Over time, my tastes evolved and I grew an appreciation for jazz, classical music, country, and rap, but I always returned to metal music. There was something about it that spoke to me. The music was a form of expression that I could relate to. It was loud, angry, and a way to unleash frustrations through song. In my late teens/early twenties, metal was the greatest expression of me that there was. When emotional, I could turn up the volume on Metallica or Judas Priest and get lost in the wall of sound. If there was a bad day, Iron Maiden could get me through. If a scream was needed, I was just put on some Zeppelin and let it rip.
The power of metal music has always been intense and I think that’s what draws most fans to that particular type of music. There is unlimited potential in that power. Fans feel the music the way they don’t feel many things in life. From the vibrations of the bass, to the bang of the drum, to the rhythm of the guitar, to the lead singer’s voice, the power of the music is evident in every note. Hard Rock and Heavy Metal make you feel a power that no other music can bring to the table.
However, heavy metal is more than the wall of sound that baptizes your ears. It’s also about the powerful feeling that burns deep inside the listener. Metal music can make you feel invincible. It can make you feel like you were ready to take on the world. It can also help you through most rough patches in life. Did your girlfriend leave you? Slap on some Motorhead and yell along with Lemmy. Does your job make you want to stick needles in your eyes? Crank up AC/DC’s Back in Black and watch your anger melt away. Your favorite team blew yet another game? Some Ted Nugent will clear that sorrow right up.
The best thing about metal is how it brings people together. Diehard fans may feel like outcasts in certain social situations (try talking to your father-in-law about the relevance of Black Sabbath in the music world). When we meet other metal fans though, there is an immediate bond, an instant connection. And while that may be true of other genres of music as well, I’ve found it to be most evident amongst metal fans. There’s a passion there that can’t be replicated. That passion is the true heart and soul of metal music fans. That passion is drawn from the power of heavy metal. May the spirit of metal live on forever!
Check out the brand new video from RATT, “Eat Me Up Alive”! I am glad RATT finally created a video for this song. This is easily my favorite tune off of RATT’s album Infestation.