I stumbled upon the band V8 Wankers through Pandora Radio. I have heard the band name, and quite frankly, didn’t look into the band because of the name. After hearing a couple of tunes online, I found that this band reminds me of Dirty Looks somewhat.
They released their album Iron Crossroads earlier this year. The video below is the title track from the album. What do you think about “Iron Crossroads”? Should this video SINK or SWIM? Check it out below!
In 2011, I was fortunate enough to shoot many live shows for Hard Rock Hideout. Nothing is more exhilarating than being in the pit and shooting a band during their live performance. I had a blast shooting all of the bands, and hope to do many more in 2012. The collection of photos below are some of my favorites from 2011. Enjoy!
Every year putting together a top 10 list becomes harder and harder. There were so many outstanding releases in 2011, there were far too many to do a top 10 list. Below are my top 20 Hard Rock & Metal Releases of 2011. Agree or disagree? Let us know what you think!
20. The Poodles – Performocracy
Can anyone take a band seriously with the name, The Poodles? Maybe, not, but the band’s latest album Performocracy
is cram packed with excellent hard & melodic rock tunes that you should take notice of.
19. Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
Five Finger Death Punch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this heavy metal band has been putting out some of the best
new music from a newer metal band. Their third effort American Capitalist does not disappoint in the least.
18. Anvil – Juggernaut of Justice
Anvil’s Juggernaut of Justice came as somewhat of a surprise to me. I never expect to enjoy an Anvil CD so much, and JOJ is easily
one of Anvil’s best releases yet.
17. Chickenfoot – III
Sammy Hagar & company turned in another outstanding CD with their sophomore effort III. This CD is much better than the band’s debut.
16. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle – Broken Heart Syndrome
Sinner/Primal Fear/Voodoo Circle guitarist Alex Beyrodt has released a killer CD with classic influences that include
Whitesnake & Rainbow. Every hard rock fan needs to give Broken Heart Syndrome a listen.
15. King Kobra – S/T
For King Kobra to come in at position 15 tells you just how good the music is in front of it. King Kobra’s reunion
effort, with Paul Shortino on vocals, is easily one of the best in King Kobra’s catalog.
14. Emphatic – Damage
I am not a huge modern rock fan, but every year there are some outstanding releases that deserve attention. Emphatic
simply outdid their Peers (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil) with their debut effort Damage.
13. Tora Tora – Revolution Day
It seems like every year a long-lost CD that was buried due to record company politics, finally gets a proper release.
Tora Tora’s third CD Revolution Day was released by FNA Records, and carries on the excellent bluesy hard rock
that Tora Tora is known for.
12. Coldspell – Out From the Cold
Coldspell has already released two outstanding CD’s with Infinite Stargaze & Out From The Cold. I can’t wait to hear
the next set of tunes from Coldspell. Out From The Cold should not be missed.
11. Havok – Time is Up
Havok is one of the new bands leading the Retro-Thrash Metal movement. Time is Up is their second effort and easily their
best. If you are a thrash metal fan, you need to seek out Time is Up now!
10. Michael Monroe – Sensory Overdrive
I have been a Michael Monroe fan forever but I never expected one of his solo CD’s to be THIS good. Sensory Overdrive is easily
the best Michael Monroe CD since 1989’s Not Fakin It.
09. Warrant – Rockaholic
Warrant’s Rockaholic is easily my favorite Warrant CD since the band’s 1992 effort, Dog Eat Dog. The late Jani Lane will always
be missed, but Robert Mason is an outstanding singer, and he may be the best vocalist Warrant has ever had. Rockaholic will
make people take notice of Warrant again.
08. Sixx A.M. – This is Gonna Hurt
With the recent news from the Motley Crue camp as of late, it sounds like a farewell tour may be coming from the band soon. If this
is truly the case, Nikki Sixx can carry on his band Sixx A.M. This is Gonna Hurt took a while to grow on me, but it has become a favorite of mine
over the last few months.
07. Black Country Communion – 2
Out of all of the supergroups, Black Country Communion outdid them all with their second effort 2. 60-year-old Glenn Hughes could (and probably
should) give a clinic to young rockers, on how to rock. He is still getting it done.
06. Anthrax – Worship Music
You would think that Joey Belladonna returning to Antrax would be create a major amount of excitement, and it has. Belladonna’s vocals are
not the high point of Worship Music. This is easily Anthrax’s best CD from a musical standpoint, and the best thrash metal CD of 2011.
05. Whitesnake – Forevermore
If Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach keep helping David Coverdale put out CD’s like Good To Be Band and Forevermore, folks may forget about the
band’s monster hits from the 80’s. Forevermore is another outstanding effort from the Whitesnake camp.
04. Mr. Big – What If…
Mr. Big’s reunion CD What If is the band’s best CD since 1993’s Bump Ahead. You SHOULD NOT miss What If…!
03. Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Alice Cooper’s reunion with producer Bob Ezrin was a very good one. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is an outstanding sequel that should not be missed.
02. Vain – Enough Rope
I can not say enough good things about Vain’s latest CD, Enough Rope.If you liked Vain’s debut, No Regrets, you need to seek out the band’s latest
effort Enough Rope. It is quality all the way through, and easily to my ears one of 2011’s best.
01. Electric Boys – And Them Boys Done Swang
I never would have thought The Electric Boys could have outdone their debut, but with And Them Boys Done Swang, they have done just that.
Sure, some of the lyrics are somewhat cheesy, but the band has every bit of the Funk that was found in their debut.
The Japanese edition has some excellent bonus tracks which pushes this one over the top.
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Megadeth – Th1rt3en
Badmouth – Heavy Metal Parking Lot
Motorhead – The World is Yours
Riot – Immortal Soul
House of Lords – Big Money
The Answer – Revival
Pop Evil – War of Angels
Beggars & Thieves – We Are The Broken Hearted
George Lynch – Kill All Control
Michael Schenker – Temple of Rock
Want more Top 10 lists? You can find them at the following websites:
All Metal Resource — http://allmetalresource.com/
Bring Back Glam — http://bringbackglam.squarespace.com/
The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr. – http://www.rayvanhornjr2.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
Hard Rock Nights — http://hardrocknights.com
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://heavymetaladdiction.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.com/
Metal Odyssey — http://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011 – I have listened to many Hard Rock albums released during 2011. There seems to be quite a few Hard Rock albums that are of standout quality, this past year for me. With that said, my “Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011” simply cannot represent the totality of Hard Rockin’ thrills I’ve experienced with my ears these past 12 months.
What my Top Ten list does represent are the Hard Rock albums I turned to most often to play… and play LOUD! I lean towards the “complete” album of songs, an album that goes further than just 4 or 5 great tracks. I gravitate towards the Hard Rock albums that psyched-me-out and made me feel very damn good inside. These are the Hard Rock albums that made a difference to me. A personal list it is and hopefully there are a few here you may agree with. Thank you for visiting Hard Rock Hideout in 2011 and supporting Rock ‘N Roll! Happy Holidays, Rock Steady and Happy New Year to all!
IRON CLAW – A DIFFERENT GAME
REV THEORY – JUSTICE
KING KOBRA – S/T
FAITHSEDGE – S/T
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – 2
WARRANT – ROCKAHOLIC
9 CHAMBERS – S/T
(Samson Records / eOne Music)
JOURNEY – ECLIPSE
SEBASTIAN BACH – KICKING & SCREAMING
SEETHER – HOLDING ONTO STRINGS BETTER LEFT TO FRAY
MR. BIG – WHAT IF…
Top Ten Rock Albums Of 2011 – This Top Ten Rock Album list comprises various genres, the likes of: Blues, Alternative, Rockabilly, Acoustic, New Wave, some shades of Hard Rock and of course, Rock itself. Isn’t Rock a grand blanket term for such incredible music diversity? I love Rock. Without Rock, there wouldn’t have been Heavy Metal.
If you are counting, there are actually thirteen Rock albums in this Top Ten list. Admittedly, compiling a “Top Ten” of anything is grueling for me, therefore the two “ties” below are as honest as I could ever possibly be, without pulling what hair I have left off of my head. Furthermore, I couldn’t resist adding Jeff Beck – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party/Honoring Les Paul as an “Honorable Mention”. It’s a good times, roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll listen, one that I’ve enjoyed time and again.
I chose the following Rock albums due to how memorable, fun and interesting they came across to my senses. The quality of Rock contained in these following albums, I simply revere. There are some elite musicians and bands on this list for certain. They all have proven to me just how diverse Rock ‘N Roll really is, with their respective albums. These are the Rock albums that I gravitated to and became inspired by most often during 2011. I highly recommend you check ’em out, if you haven’t already.
Thank you for supporting Rock ‘N Roll and Hard Rock Hideout!
STONE’S TOP TEN ROCK ALBUMS OF 2011
JEFF BECK – Rock ‘n’ Roll Party Honoring Les Paul
AFTERLIFE PARADE – REBIRTH
DARYL HALL – LAUGHING DOWN CRYING
TESLA – Twisted Wires & The Acoustic Sessions…
(Tesla Electric Company Recordings, Inc.)
CHRIS CORNELL – SONGBOOK
GREGG ALLMAN – LOW COUNTRY BLUES
SOCIAL DISTORTION – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes
FOO FIGHTERS – WASTING LIGHT
LOS LONELY BOYS – ROCKPANGO
(Playing In Traffic Records / LonelyTone Records)
THE CARS – MOVE LIKE THIS
(Hear Music / Concord Music Group)
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – I’M WITH YOU
JOE BONAMASSA – DUST BOWL
THE TREWS – HOPE & RUIN
(Bumstead Productions Ltd.)
Hope & Ruin took me by surprise in 2011. THE TREWS captured a Rockin’ vibe that made my mood soar anytime I listened to this album. Melodic songs that glisten lyrically and musically, Hope & Ruin can easily become someone’s Rockin’ companion. THE TREWS are that Rock band you need to know about. This band defies the illogical American Rock mainstream press, proving that exquisite and blue-collar Rock music does exist in places other than Billboard or Rolling Stone magazine.
When I listen to Hope & Ruin, I’m not hearing a Rock band that is out to prove themselves. I’m instead hearing a Rock band that created a complete album of songs, which is straight from their Rock ‘N Roll hearts.
* To read my review on Hope & Ruin, (posted on August 5th, 2011), click on the large header link below:
Thank you to all the Rock bands & musicians above! Happy Holidays & Happy New Year To All!
LONG LIVE ROCK.
Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2011 – Oh the Metal albums I listened to during 2011! Metal be thy name, there were a Metal many. Metal many again. Regardless of how many Metal albums that did rip my eardrums apart and psyched me out during the process, I couldn’t possibly listen to every Metal album released this past year. It’s not humanly possible. I’ve compiled below, a list of ten Metal albums that for all Metal intents and purposes… kicked my Metal lovin’ ass during 2011.
Yes, you will see a couple of albums tied in this top ten list and it was an unavoidable and welcomed outcome. Choosing my top ten Metal albums for any given year is not easy! However, choosing my number one Metal album for 2011 was easy and Hemoptysis is without a doubt in my Metal mind, one of the best Metal bands to come forth in the past ten and possibly twenty years. You can call Hemoptysis Thrash, Death Thrash, Extreme and Metal. I call this band exceptional and their Misanthropic Slaughter album is number F’n ONE!
Hopefully you may agree with a few of these albums I’ve chosen for my top ten. A personal list of Metal taste it is. Each Metal album here for me bestows quality musicianship and songs, from beginning to end. The common thread each band below shares with one another, that can never be denied: They are all Defenders Of The Metal Faith and I salute each and every one!
Stone’s Top Ten Metal Albums Of 2011:
HUNTED – WELCOME THE DEAD
ANA KEFR – THE BURIAL TREE (II)
SARAH JEZEBEL DEVA – The Corruption Of Mercy
MORBID ANGEL – Illud Divinum Insanus
(Season of Mist)
SPEED\KILL/HATE – OUT FOR BLOOD
EASTERN FRONT – BLOOD ON SNOW
* (Was released in North America on January 25th, 2011)
ANTHRAX – WORSHIP MUSIC
MASTODON – THE HUNTER
ARCH / MATHEOS – SYMPATHETIC RESONANCE
(Metal Blade Records)
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
THE PARALLAX: HYPERSLEEP DIALOGUES
(Metal Blade Records)
AMON AMARTH – SURTUR RISING
(Metal Blade Records)
HEMOPTYSIS – Misanthropic Slaughter
(Rock It Up Records)
* To read the complete album review I wrote for Misanthropic Slaughter posted on January 22nd, 2011, click on the large header link below!
Congratulations and THANK YOU to all the METAL bands above!
LONG LIVE METAL.
RED FANG have confirmed a string of European headlining dates to conincide with their tour of Europe with Mastodon. A complete list of tour dates is listed below.
RED FANG will be taking the stage again in their hometown of Portland, OR this New Year’s Eve at Star Theater. For more information and to purchase tickets please go HERE.
The band recently finished work on a new video for the song “Hank Is Dead” with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy. Look for the video to premiere very soon. Stills from the video shoot can be seen HERE. The band held an air guitar competition to coincide with the video shoot. Check out the hilarious winning video HERE.
RED FANG are streaming Murder The Mountains in its entirety at this location. The band recorded Murder The Mountains with THE DECEMBERISTS’ Chris Funk and the album was mixed by three-time Grammy Award winner Vance Powell (WHITE STRIPES, THE RACONTEURS). Murder The Mountains is now available on CD, 12″ vinyl, and deluxe digital. The album is available via Relapse HERE and on iTunes HERE
RED FANG is available for interviews upon request. To speak with the band, please contact the relevant publicity contact listed below. Updated RED FANG news and tour information will be made available at the Relapse Records website, the RED FANG Facebook and RED FANG Official Site.
RED FANG EUROPEAN TOUR WITH MASTODON
12/31/11 Portland, OR The Star Theater
1/14 SWE, Stockholm The Annex
1/15 NOR, Oslo Sentrum Stage
1/16 DEN, Copenhagen VEGA
1/17 DEN, Aarhus Voxhall
1/18 GER, Bremen Tower*
1/19 BEL, Brussels Encienne Belgique
1/20 FRA, Paris Le Bataclan
1/21 SPA, San Sebastian Mogambo*
1/22 POR, Lisbon Coliseum
1/23 SPA, Madrid Joy Slava
1/24 SPA, Barcelona Razzmatazz
1/25 FRA Toulouse Les Saints des Seines*
1/26 ITA, Milan venue tba
1/27 GER, Stuttgart Juha West*
1/28 SWI, Zurich Xtra
1/29 GER, Frankfurt Batschkapp
1/30 GER, Munich Backstage Halle
1/31 GER, Berlin C-Club
2/1 GER, Osnabruck Bastard Club*
2/2 GER, Cologne Essigfabrik
2/3 HOL, Tilburg 013
2/5 ENG, Bristol Academy
2/6 ENG, Manchester Academy
2/7 SCO, Glasgow Barrowland
2/9 Norwich, UEA
2/10 ENG, Birmingham Institute
2/11 ENG, London Brixton Academy
*Denotes headlining dates*
This week at Hard Rock Hideout, we have our Best of 2011 picks by HRH Staff Writers Ryo Vie, Stone and Rob Rockitt. Check out Ryo Vie’s Top 10 Best Hard Rock Albums of 2011 below!
Another year has passed us by, which means we’ve gone through another year of some great music releases. While I still think that 2010 was a stronger year overall, 2011 did have its share of fantastic releases and magnificent surprises. From an unexpected release by Vain to a mind blowing album from Megadeth, 2011 delivered some real gems. Here now are my picks for the ten best of 2011.
10. Hurtsmile – Hurtsmile
Early in the year, Gary Cherone and his brother Mark released the debut album from their newly formed band, Hurtsmile. The result was spectacular. Taking the funked up, jazz infused hard rock sound of Extreme, and blending it with snippets of modern era music made for an incredible experience. Hurtsmile is unto a class themselves. The disc combined elements of Extreme, Gary’s days in Van Halen, and his more recent solo albums, and combined all the ingredients into an identity that was unique and fun. Hard rocking and filled with gems, Hurtsmile is an album that Gary Cherone fans are bound to love.
9. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
I’m almost positive that it was the last song, “Walk,” that hooked me on the new Foo Fighters record. I’ve never been a huge fan of the band. I’ve enjoyed their music over the years, and the heavier singles, but I would never call myself a “fan.” However, when the movie THOR came out this past spring, it featured the song “Walk” from Wasting Light. As a huge fan of the movie Thor this song resonated with me the first time I heard it. It was the perfect song for the ending sequence. Sometimes songs can leave lasting images in the brain when associated with something that produced great feelings. That song compelled me to check out their latest record. I must admit that I am very glad I did. Wasting Light is chock full of enjoyable gems, hard rockers, and even a ballad or two. The Foo Fighters may be a band that I have to pay more attention to in 2012.
8. Vain – Enough Rope
Once, they were close to being the next darlings of hair metal. Unfortunately, bad timing cost them their chance at superstardom. Now, many years later, Vain has returned with a disc full of spectacular new songs that shows why they could have conquered the metal world more than 20 years ago. Enough Rope is a magnificent album that fans of hard rocking hair metal are going to love. Being able to hear such great guitar licks and the amazing vocals of Davy Vain after all the time that has passed is a real treat. It’s sad that Vain was a victim of bad timing. If you love 80s metal, or any metal, you should definitely pick up a copy of Vain’s Enough Rope. It is one of the greatest records released this year.
7. Bullet – Highway Pirates
Swedish metal act, Bullet, released their sophomore effort, Highway Pirates, this year to the delight of many hard rock fans. Highway Pirates is hard rocking, head banging, guitar shredding, heavy metal mayhem at its finest. The one thing I’ve always liked most about Bullet is lead singer’s Dag Hofer’s voice. He has power and range and can really unleash a metal scream as he does often on Highway Pirates. Packed with exceptional guitar solos and all the metal madness you can handle, Highway Pirates was a phenomenal album and certainly one of 2011’s best.
6. Mr. Big – What If…
One of the best hard rock treats of 2011 was a fully reunited Mr. Big releasing an album of brand new material. The last time the four original members of Mr. Big recorded a new record was in 1996. It was quite a wait for fans to hear new music from this astonishing quartet. Thankfully, 2011 finally saw the wait come to an end, and Mr. Big delivered a rock solid record in What If… From the funk/slap/sensational bass antics of Billy Sheehan to the incredible vocals of Eric Martin, this disc really had it all. Why the album would have sold on nostalgia alone, it was the band’s commitment to deliver something worthy of the Mr. Big moniker that pushed it over the top. You’d be hard pressed to find another record that is so much fun to listen to.
5. Sebastian Bach – Kicking And Screaming
With a brilliant young axe wizard in the mix, Sebastian Bach released a solo album worthy of your hard earned dollars. Before hearing this record, I had no expectations of what it would be. I thought that it might be a decent record, but I didn’t have high hopes. The past couple of years Bach has not shown much, so I figured his new album would be watered down rock. Boy was I wrong! Wrong in a HUGE way! Kicking and Screaming is one of the most superb albums of 2011. Not only does young guitar wizard, Nick Sterling, light up the songs with his astounding fret work, but Bach’s voice has never sounded stronger. Kicking and Screaming is a collection of greatness that blew me away. This is truly Sebastian Bach at his best.
4. Whitesnake – Forevermore
Even after rocking the world for over 30 years, David Coverdale can still put together music with meaning that fans will care about. This year’s Forevermore was a treat for the ears that was highly unexpected. Sure, I figured that Whitesnake was going to release a solid album in Forevermore, I just didn’t realize how amazing it was going to be. From the moment I played the record for the first time this past March, I knew this was going to be included on my top 10 albums of the year. The beauty of Forevermore is how the songs hit the listener immediately and with such definition. It’s like the band never went away.
3. Megadeth – Th1rte3n
Megadeth unleashed an absolutely astounding album earlier this year in the form of Th1rte3n. A whirlwind of fun, heavy metal, thunderous tunes, Dave Mustaine and company have put together a truly grand record that shines as bright as albums from the bands early days. Th1rte3n is one of Megadeth’s strongest albums to date and serves as a reminder to all metal fans what great hard rock sounds like. The glory of the album is the return of the guitar solo. While other bands are forgetting what guitar solos are and how they make a song grow into something much stronger, Megadeth is taking solos to the next level. The blazing speed and intensity of the guitars is featured mightily on this record and it’s all for the better. Simply stated, Th1rte3n is metal done right.
2. Anthrax – Worship Music
Prior to the release of Worship Music, Anthrax claimed that this was the best album the band had ever recorded. While that was a bold statement, after listening to the album just once, I realized that they may be right. After multiple listens, I am sure of it. Worship Music is not only an incredible Anthrax record it is an incredible rock record. It’s been 20 years since the band recorded with Joey Belladonna and after hearing Worship Music all I could think was “what the hell took them so long?” It’s not that Anthrax released bad albums with their other singers, it’s just that they never released an album this great. From the intense, heart pounding, hard rocking “The Devil You Know” to the Maiden-esque “In The End,” Anthrax has served up a serious record. There are very few metal records that could even come close to being this grand. Not just for 2011, but for all time. If Anthrax continues to create music in this capacity, they will spend the next 20 years of their career celebrating with a lot of gold and platinum.
1. Pop Evil – War of Angels
Between magnificent power ballads, hard rocking openers, and good old fashioned fun rock and roll, Pop Evil’s War of Angels is a record that should be added to any hard rock fans collection. I have waxed poetic about this band for a while now, and their latest release only proves that I should continue to sing the band’s high praises. Yes, perhaps I have a man-crush on lead singer Leigh Kakaty, but that’s all right. Beyond my envy, the man is a talented singer and a hell of a front man. Packed with memorable ballads such as “Purple” and “”Open Your Eyes,” in addition to hard core rockers like “Last Man Standing,” War of Angels contains nothing but songs you will be singing for years to come. Give them a few more years, and Pop Evil will be the darlings of hard rock radio. They are a cut above most of the new breed of rockers that are out there. Nickleback, Theory, even Hinder, can’t hold a candle to what Pop Evil is doing. War of Angels is the best rock record I’ve heard this year… the others don’t even come close.
And there they are…my choices for the best in rock, 2011.
Nelson – Lightning Strikes Twice
Sinner – One Bullet Left
Van-Halen.com has a new video clip up on the site announcing a new 2012 tour. Tickets go on sale January 10th, 2012. Tour Dates are to be announced.
Axel Rudi Pell’s song “Hallelujah” has a Christmas like vibe to it. This is from Axel Rudi Pell’s latest album,The Ballads IV.
Hard Rock Hideout wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Holiday Season!
Here are some of our favorite Christmas videos! Enjoy!
Charlie Brown Metal Christmas
Twisted Sister – O Come All Ye Faithful
Twisted Sister – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Skid Row – Jingle Bells
We Wish You A Metal X-Mas
Bai Bang released their sixth studio album Livin’ My Dream in 2011. Check out their latest video clip “Rock It” below!
Death on Two Wheels sent out the following update this afternoon:
The past two years we’ve managed to slip into the studio, do some tracking, and offer you original renditions of Christmas classics. Unfortunately (and fortunately), we weren’t able to do so this year as we’re fully focused on completing our new album that will be released in 2012. However, we have put together a (FREE!) three song EP for you featuring a live acoustic rendition of “A Song For Em…” as well as our past two Christmas recordings. The EP is yours to keep, our gift to you, download it, stream it, share it with your friends and family, ‘tis the season!
This version of “A Song For Em…” was recorded just outside of Chicago in the quaint dwellings of Downers Grove, IL. It was tracked live to two-inch tape by our good pal Young Hines. He is a talented fellow who we encourage you to follow. He also has a new record coming out next year, you can read all about it here.
We wish all of ya’ll a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We’ll be posting our year end lists soon and there’s a slew of good times coming up next year that we can’t wait to share. Thank you for your continued support.
– the Death
Trae, Paul, J, Greg, Daniel
Get The Christmas EP here!
Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on their Facebook page. Surf to www.facebook.com/nuclearblasteurope and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!
Track Listing of the Free Sampler:
01 Destruction – The Price
02 Hell – Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03 Demonaz – All Blackened Sky
04 Scar Symmetry – lluminoid Dream Sequence
05 Chrome Division – Bulldogs Unleashed
06 Hammerfall – One More Time
07 Pain – Dirty Woman
08 Rhapsody Of Fire – Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09 Symphony x – Dehumanized
10 Communic – Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11 Vader – Come And See My Sacrifice
12 Seven – Get It
13 Fleshgod Apocalypse – The Violation (edit)
14 Tasters – Please Destroy This World
15 Cipher sytem – Communicate The Storms
16 Anthrax – Fight’em Till You Can’t
17 Biohazard – Vengeance Is Mine
18 Textures – Singularity
19 We Came As Romans – Mis/understanding
20 Threat Signal – Fallen Disciples
21 Texas In July – 1000 Lies
22 Graveworm – See No Future
23 Like Moths To Flames – You Won’t Be Missed
24 Gotthard – Remember It’s Me
25 Battle Beast – Enter The Metal World
Epica’s upcoming 5th full-length album which will be released on the 9th of March 2012 (EU) by Nuclear Blast
“The work is done! Recordings, mixes and mastering are finished. Although you have to wait some more to know how it sounds, we can already show you how it looks! So here it is: the official coverart (by Stephan Heilemann) and tracklisting of Epica’s new album Requiem for the Indifferent.“
The track listing reads as follows:
1 – Karma
2 – Monopoly on Truth
3 – Storm the Sorrow
4 – Delirium
5 – Internal Warfare
6 – Requiem for the Indifferent
7 – Anima
8 – Guilty Demeanor
9 – Deep Water Horizon
10 – Stay the Course
11 – Deter the Tyrant
12 – Avalanche
13 – Serenade of Self-Destruction
EPICA also explained the meaning of the album title:
“This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don’t want to, or simply won’t see it. A REQUIEM FOR THE INDIFFERENT but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!”
Right in time for Christmas, Finnish aspiring heavy metal newcomers BATTLE BEAST give a special present to all of you: They’ve just uploaded a collage of video footage, filmed during the recording sessions for their upcoming debut album “Steel” (out on the 27th of January 2012) to YouTube. Check out the clip below!
The inaugural Monsters of Rock Cruise (monstersofrockcruise.com) sets sail on February 25, 2012, and now you can wear your MOR pride on your chest with merch from the long-awaited Monsters of Rock Cruise Store (rightrock.com/store)! Make your holiday MOR merch purchases between now and Dec. 31 and receive a 10% discount on all orders over $20 using the voucher code MOR10 at checkout.
By the way, we think you’re going to love our monster merchandise, which includes T-shirts, hoodies, hats and more in men’s and women’s sizes, plus tons of official cruise gear for on the ship!
Speaking of the ship, embarkation aboard the MSC Poesia on Feb. 25 has been declared a Blackout at Sea, and we encourage all passengers to board the ship in black shirts/T-shirts – if possible, the official Monsters of Rock Cruise tee! (We are planning the biggest group photo of all time with the Blackout at Sea!)
And speaking of gifts, if you have a rocker on your list who you really want to ROCK this year with a killer Christmas gift, make him or her part of music history with a reservation for the Monsters of Rock Cruise!
The tradition of the Monsters of Rock (themonstersofrock.com) festival is reborn, this time in the Bahamas aboard a luxury cruise ship with some of the greatest artists of the MOR era, including:
Black ‘n Blue
It all begins in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, sailing from February 25-28, 2012 aboard the MSC Poesia, destination Nassau, Bahamas, and Key West, Florida. The fun begins the moment you come aboard, meeting new friends poolside during the kickoff Sailaway Concert. In addition to live music, the three-day cruise features a myriad of over-the-top special events, including the Monsters Rock & Roll Prom 1989, “So You Think You Can Shred” guitar competition, Shotgun Wedding Vow Renewal, artist meet-and-greets and much, much more! Rock out at the face-melting music venues and events featuring our incredible artists on the Main Stage, plus the Monster’s Coffee Shop, Back-Alley Stage and Pool Deck Showcase for partying under the stars! You won’t want to miss Eddie Trunk from VH1’s “That Metal Show” as he moderates Rock ‘N Roll War Stories – up-close and personal Q&As with our artists. Luc Carl, host of Sirius/XM’s Hair Nation channel, will be on board as an MOR Cruise emcee and DJ, plus he may just demo some of his skills as a distance runner and certified trainer! Finally, our other celebrity guest, Big John of “Rock of Love,” will be on board to keep the party going … like you’ll need any more encouragement!! Cabin packages are still available, but remaining cabins are disappearing quickly so don’t delay! Join us for the greatest floating ’80s heritage rock festival to ever sail the seven seas! Visit monstersofrockcruise.com for full details and registration.
Interact with MOR fans and cruise-goers at facebook.com/pages/Monsters-of-Rock-Cruise/144400955629944.
Rock out even more at themonstersofrock.com.
Following these dates, the band will head back into the studio to put the finishing touches on their full-length debut which will be hitting stores in Spring of 2012. A full list of dates can be seen below.
Tour Dates with BURN HALO and HELL OR HIGHWATER
1/12 – Tempe, AZ @ 910 Live
1/13 – Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
1/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp’d Vegas
1/17 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
1/18 – Kearney, NE @ The Garage
1/20 – Sioux City, IA @ The Chesterfield
1/21 – Omaha, NE @ Louis Bar + Grill
1/22 – Fargo, ND @ The Nestor Tavern
1/24 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
1/28 – El Pase, TX @ Tricky Falls
Get the new song “Revenge” from GIRL ON FIRE by visiting the band’s FACEBOOK page!
And now for something uniquely different……
Remember Mickey Finn from Jetboy? He has a new band Cold Blue Rebels that he has been singing with since he left Jetboy. This band also has Joe Normal and Danny Dangerous from The Zeroes (remember them?) They call their music horror psycho-rockabilly. I just call it cool!
Their debut album Blood, Guts N’ Rock & Roll came out last January. Check out their clip for “Zombie Love” below!
Joe Bonamassa is giving his fans a free download of the holiday tune, “Merry Christmas – Baby”! Go Here to download it now!!
There will be an 11 song single CD release of the album, as well as a 14 song Digipak version along with a bonus DVD which includes videos and EPK.
Get ready for Damage Control, it will rock your World!
01. April 2012 CZ – Prag – Metrix
03. April 2012 AUT – Wien – Szene
04. April 2012 HU – Budapest – Club 202
07. April 2012 BUL – Sofia – tba
08. April 2012 ROM – Bukarest – tba
10. April 2012 D – Berlin – C-Club
11. April 2012 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
12. April 2012 NED – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
13. April 2012 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
14. April 2012 D – Bochum – Matrix
15. April 2012 BEL – Genk – Rondpunt 26
17. April 2012 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19. April 2012 ES-Gijon – Sala Albeniz
20. April 2012 ES-Pamplona – Sala Totem
21. April 2012 ES-Huesca – Sala Jai Alai
22. April 2012 ES-Madrid – Sala Ritmo y Compas
Sweden has been a major hot bed for hard rock and metal bands for several years now. While we have heard a lot of bands with a sleaze and glam sound, there is much more to the metal scene than just that style of rock. Here are four clips from some Swedish hard rock & metal acts who released great new music in 2011.
Fullforce released a video clip “Open Your Eyes” in support of their new album One that was released via SPV earlier this year. Check out the clip below!
Gothenberg’s Sweden’s Evergrey released one impressive album, with Glorious Collision. It is dark, moody, and some spectacular listening. Check out their clip “Wrong” below.
Nuclear Blast’s PAIN released their new album, “You Only Live Twice” in July. Check out their awesome clip “Dirty Woman” below.
Coldspell released their sophomore effort Out From The Cold in 2011. I have loved these guys since hearing demos of the debut album, Infinite Stargaze. Out From the Cold should not be missed! Check out their clip “Time” below!
Joe Lynn Turner’s popular AOR side project with German/American producer Dennis Ward, SUNSTORM, will release the third album entitled “Emotional Fire” on February 24th 2012 in Europe (February 28th in North America) on Frontiers Records.
Born after Turner met with Frontiers Records’ President Serafino Perugino, the SUNSTORM project was a way to dig up some old gems, written by the former Rainbow, Deep Purple and Yngwie Malmsteen singer during the mid 80’s. The task was to create an ultimate Joe Lynn Turner Melodic Rock “dream collection.” This brought on the release of the first SUNSTORM album in 2006 –which met with much critic and fan approval – and the follow up “House of Dreams” three years later.
While the first two albums’ basic inspiration came from the Melodic Rock catalogue of songs that Turner penned for himself or other artists of the genre, for this third album, Frontiers and JLT decided to look at Turner’s numerous vocal sessions he did in the 80’s as a background vocalist for other artists. This brought on a resurrection of some of Michael Bolton’s Melodic Rock gems such as “Gina,” (originally included on “The Hunger” album, where Turner contributed with background vocals), “You Wouldn’t Know Love” and “Emotional Fire,” which Bolton penned for the “Heart of Stone” album by Cher (in which Turner also appeared as background vocalist). “I sang background on the original ‘Gina,’” says Joe, “Michael and I did all of the parts but I tried to rock it up a bit more than the original… not so pop! Good song though! It’s funny…I heard ‘Emotional Fire’ from Desmond Child during a writing session and then he asked me to sing background vocals on it! Crazy! It’s like one big circle!”
With production and mixing once again under the expert hands of Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Angra etc.) and a tracklisting rounded out by some amazing songs written by the likes of Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System, Issa), Tom and James Martin (Vega, Sunstorm, Khymera) and Daniel Palmqvist (Xorigin, The Murder of My Sweet), the third Sunstorm album, “Emotional Fire,” is destined to reignite the Melodic Rock passion in every fan. “I think this record has a good mix of songs,” concludes Joe, “Just what ‘Sunstorm’ is supposed to be! Dennis Ward is a great producer and the players are amazing. I have to say I am pleased with the work we did and hope that everyone else will be pleased as well…enjoy!”
SUNSTORM’s “Emotional Fire” will include the following songs: Never Give Up, Emotional Fire, Lay Down Your Arms, You Wouldn’t Know Love, Wish You Were Here, Torn In Half, Gina, The Higher You Rise, Emily, Follow Your Heart, All I Am.
The first single, “Never Give Up” can be exclusively streamed on the Frontiers Records webradio www.frontiers.it/webradio
I haven’t featured Within Temptation very much at Hard Rock Hideout. They have an impressive catalog of music, and their new album, The Unforgiving is already sporting three video clips in support of it.
Within Temptation have recently released a powerful new video “Fire and Ice” in support of their latest album, The Unforgiving. The might not be the heaviest of songs, but Sharon den Adel delivers an impressive vocal, and this video has some awesome imagery (in my opinion).
You can also check out the clips “Shot in the Dark” and the “Mother Maiden/Faster” video clips below!
Swiss rockers Sideburn are back with their follow-up effort to 2008’s Cherry Red. Jail picks up where Cherry Red left off dishing out 12 more tunes of AC/DC inspired rock.
It seems like more bands have been tapping into the Bon Scott era of AC/DC, and Sideburn does it quite well. Roland Pierrehumbert has that Aussie snarl down to a science. There are even times when I think his voice has a similar to sound to RATT front man Stephen Pearcy. I am a sucker for that bluesy, three chord rock sound, and Sideburn uses that style to crank out a bunch of fun tunes on Jail.
Jail starts off with a fun party rocker “Live to Rock”. This cranker is tailor-made for rock radio. “Devil and Angel” is a short little number clocking in under three minutes. It may be short, but it flat-out rocks. The AC/DC meets ZZ Top inspired number “Long Beard and Boogie” is also one of my favorites. “Good Boy” with its anthemic lyrics, “Shout it Forever” sounds like a lost Judas Priest tune, and is another album highlight. Some of my other favorites include the songs “Rock’n’Roller” and “Lazy Daisy”. Both of these songs are upbeat rockers, and are a blast to listen to.
I initially found Jail to be more of a grower type of album. I wasn’t super impressed with it at first, but it is album that I have been giving a lot of plays too as of late.
It seems that hard times have fallen on Sideburn, as Fred Gudit, Boris, and Michel Demierre have all left the band. I hope this doesn’t spell the end for Sideburn, as the band has crafted some good tunes on Jail and Cherry Red, and I am definitely looking forward to the band continuing, and recording some new tunes.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Live to Rock
02. Devil and Angel
03. One Night Stand
05. Lazy Daisy
07. Chase the Rainbow
08. The Red Knight
09. Long Beard and Boogie
10. Good Boy
11. Kiss of Death
12. Creedence Vibe
Roland Pierrehumbert – Lead Vocals
Fred Gudit – Rythm Guitar
Boris – Lead Guitar
Michel Demierre – Bass
Lionel Blanc – Drums
The new episode of That Metal Show is now online!
Sully Erna discusses breaking through with Godsmack, his history as a drummer, and his recent solo project: Avalon. Then Jesse James Dupree joins up to talk chainsaws, his recent injuries, marathon touring and all things Jackyl.
Watch it below!
2012 is heating up with a new CD on the way from Dutch Hard Rock legends VENGEANCE. The band will release their new studio album “Crystal Eye” on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe and in March 2012 in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer.
The album will be available as a limited edition digi-pak incl. 2 bonus tracks, standard jewel version and download.
TRACK LISTING Digipak
1. Me And You 04:02
2. Bad To The Bone 04:51
3. Barbeque 03:31
4. Shock Me Now 03:28
5. Five Knuckle Shuffle 04:10
6. Desperate Women 04:03
7. Whole Lotta Metal 04:11
8. Promise Me 03:43
9. Crystal Eye 06:13
10. Missing 04:51
11. Jans End Piece 01:16
12. Paint This Town 03:25 (bonus track)
13. Barbeque – radio edit 03:35 (bonus track)
TRACKLISTING Jewel Case
1. Me And You 04:02
2. Bad To The Bone 04:51
3. Barbeque 03:31
4. Shock Me Now 03:28
5. Five Knuckle Shuffle 04:10
6. Desperate Women 04:03
7. Whole Lotta Metal 04:11
8. Promise Me 03:43
9. Crystal Eye 06:13
10. Missing 04:51
11. Jans End Piece 01:16
Singer Robin McAuley will reunite with legendary guitarist MICHAEL SCHENKER (SCORPIONS, UFO) for their first full tour together in almost 20 years.
The full band lineup for the trek will be as follows:
– Michael Schenker (Scorpions, UFO) – guitar
– Robin McAuley (SURVIVOR) – lead vocals
– Elliot Rubinson (Dean Guitars) – bass
– Wayne Findlay – keyboards, guitar
– Pete Holmes (BLACK ‘N BLUE) – drums
The dates are as follows:
15 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine
16 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Last Day Saloon
17 – Portland, OR – Dantes (w/ Anvil)
18 – Tacoma, WA – Backstage Live
19 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
20 – Victoria, BC – 9 One 9 Nightclub
21 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
23 – Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
24 – Corona, CA – Marquee 15
25 – West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues
26 – San Diego, CA – 4 Th And B Concert Theatre
1 – Libertyville, IL – Austins
3 – Detroit, MI – Harpos
4 – Etobicoke, ON – The Rock Pile
5 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
7 – Springfield, VA – Jaxx
8 – Foxborough, MA – Showcase Live
9 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony
10 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
11 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
16 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
17 – Dallas, TX – Trees
21 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
22 – Las Vegas, NV – Vamp’d
23 – Agoura Hills, CA – The Canyon Club
24 – San Juan Capistrano, CA – The Coach House
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of MR BIG’s new acoustic Live Album « Live from the Living Room » on February 24th 2012 in Europe and February 28th in North America.
At the end of January 2011, during a week long promotion trip to promote for their latest reunion album “What If” and tour, MR BIG were invited to the WOWOW TV Studios in Tokyo to perform a special show in an intimate setting.
When the talk of a broadcast first came up, the band wanted to present something different than they’ve ever done before. Thus the idea of an acoustic show came about and a string quintet was brought in to enhance the project even more, with arrangements provided by Takashi Miyazaki. Although Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan hooked up electric on a few songs, the show was still very much acoustic in nature throughout. Pat Torpey played various acoustic percussion instruments during the gig.
In Eric Martin’s words “The idea for the show came out of a quick conversation the 4 of us had after a day of interviews promoting the new “What if” CD. We did an acoustic show at the Hard Rock café in Singapore in 1996 that (till this day) is one of my favorite live recordings. It had a stripped down, up close and personal feel to it. If we were going to do something like that again it would have to be extra special. We were talking about the old days when musicians used to live together in a band house and practice day & night. Our favorite rock band posters and tapestry’s adorning the walls, family hand me down furniture, amps that doubled as lamp stands, friends hanging out and the usual cluttered mess on the floor, lyric sheets, guitar cases and chords, music stands, beer cans, Pizza boxes, wine bottles etc. “Live from the living room” was born out of that. We wanted to recreate a harmonious atmosphere and treat our fans to an informal jam session of songs from the past and present while throwing in a few surprises from our wish lists (Strings, Japanese taiko drums).
# Mr. Big Fun fact – it was recorded live in front of a small but intimate audience at Tokyo studios where great movies like Seven Samurai, Godzilla and hundreds of other legendary Japanese films were made.”
The result from that magic night in Tokyo is now here: 10 Mr Big classics in a completely new and fresh dress and a portrait from the very first ever acoustic show from the band.
MR BIG’s latest album “What If” saw the band come back in the original line-up featuring singer Eric Martin, guitarist Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums. The album charted in several European countries in the week of release and went gold in Japan.
“Live from the Living Room”will be exclusively released in a glossy digipak and will include the following songs: Undertow; Still Ain’t Enough For Me; As Far As I Can See; Voodoo Kiss; Take Cover; Around The World; Stranger In My Life; All The Way Up; To Be With You; Nobody Left To Blame.
It is now possible to listen the first single “Undertow” on the Frontiers Records Webradio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio
Atlanta, GA rock and roll band ASPHALT VALENTINE is pleased to announce that they are resigning with JAMSYNC MUSIC for the release of the follow up to the band’s debut STRIP ROCK ROLL. ASPHALT VALENTINE is currently in writing mode with 15 brand new songs written and another 5 in various phases.
“The plan is to have 20 or so new tracks, narrow it down and then head in to preproduction at the end of January, early February 2012.” says vocalist Joe Flynt.
“We are stoked about the new songs and direction the band is headed in for the upcoming record and we are equally excited about the goals and business plan that JSM has put into place. The band is looking forward to seeing where 2012 takes JSM and AV”. – Scozz, Drummer
More information on studio and producer selection is forthcoming. Until then, ASPHALT VALENTINE will be on site for NAMM in Anaheim, CA January 19-22, 2012 at the Anaheim Convention Center.