It is not the success of the early days which Lenny Wolf associates KINGDOM COME with, nor earlier hits from his long-standing career. What he really cares about is the present. Is this a contradiction in view of his new album Rendered Waters (out on April 5 in North America, March 25 in Germany and March 28 in Europe), which features eight old and three newly recorded songs? Certainly not, all eleven tracks were cut at Lenny’s Two Square Noise Factory studio in Hamburg, Germany. In particular, the new recordings of old material show KINGDOM COME’S vision of living in the here and now. “I purposely chose tracks from the very early days to show how we play, hear and feel the songs nowadays,” says Wolf. “Listening habits have changed dramatically, especially among the younger audience, which made it exciting for me to breathe new life into numbers which have not been heard for a while.”
For example “Should I”, this time is played more slowly lending it a heavier appeal. The drums are more open and the guitars, according to Lenny, feature a more tube-oriented sound and warmer, more driving tone: “Just to give it an overall 2011 vibe. Of course, you can only change songs to a certain extent if you don’t want to lose the character and central theme of the original version.” The same goes for “I’ve Been Trying”, “Pushing Hard” and “Living Out Of Touch”. None of them have been reinvented, but all three certainly have a noticeable new approach to them. On the other hand, Lenny changed the verse of “I’ve Been Trying” completely, giving it a different arrangement, just like he transported the song “Seventeen” into the year 2011. “Seventeen” has always been kind of a key song for KINGDOM COME, yet it has never received much attention since it has a very non-commercial approach and is either loved or hated, but with the new version it will hopefully get the recognition it deserves.”
Lenny Wolf – vocals
Eric Förster – guitars
Nada Rahy – drums
Frank Binke – bass
01. Can´t Deny (new recorded version)
02. The Wind (new recorded version)
03. Blue Trees (brand new song)
04. Should I (new recorded version)
05. I´ve Been Trying (new recorded version)
06. Pushing Hard (new recorded version)
07. Seventeen (new recorded version)
08. Is It Fair Enough (brand new song)
09. Living Out Of Touch (new recorded version)
10. Don`t Remember (brand new song)
11. Break Down The Wall (new recorded version)
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February the 21th 2011 will see Praying Mantis release. a special limited edition EP “Metalmorphosis” to celebrate 30 years since the release of their critically acclaimed Album “Time Tells No Lies” and include 5 songs some of which are from the original album re-recorded by the current Mantis line up.
The songs the band have chosen are:
1. Children of The Earth 2010
2. Praying Mantis 2010
3. Lovers to the Grave 2010
4. Panic in the Streets 2010
5. Captured City 2010
All these tracks have been completely re-recorded.
2009 saw the band release “Sanctuary” and the reviews and feedback have been fantastic. As a follow up and a celebration of 30 years of having the opportunity to perform, write and record the band have recorded “Metalmorphosis“.
Modern Superstar continue their media campaign in preparation for their debut release retitled ‘Under My Skin’. ‘Under My Skin’ is produced by Ty Sims (Bombay Black) with the cover art being designed by world famous tattoo artist and television personality Tattoo Tony Rodriguez. ‘Under My Skin’ is tentatively scheduled for a May 2011 release.
Modern Superstar was chosen by Tattoo Tony to be the featured music act for his new reality t.v. show ‘Tattoo Tony’s Under My Skin’. The theme song was also penned by Modern Superstar. Final taping of ‘Tattoo Tony’s Under My Skin’ is set for Feb 9th in Asbury Park, NJ.
Modern Superstar recently filmed an episode of ‘All Jack’d Up’ for the CMT channel that will air in February.
The band is also working on two videos to coincide with the ‘Under My Skin’ release.
Tour plans, cover art and track listing will be revealed shortly.
Back in the 80’s music videos used to be fun, and at some point it seems like the big music companies started to lose their creativity. I am sure this is due to their video budgets being greatly reduced. It is good to see some independent bands bringing some humor and fun back into videos, and that is exactly what Sin City Sinners did with their “Goin to Vegas” video. Check it out below!