Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of JOURNEY’s forthcoming studio album Eclipse in Europe on May 27th 2011.
Eclipse is Journey’s fifteenth studio album and shows the band at the peak of their creative juices, truly regenerated after the blistering success of their last studio album Revelation.
Journey will follow the release of Eclipse, Journey will launch the “Eclipse Tour” which will kick off with a 7 dates arena tour in the UK/Eire, together with Styx and Foreigner and will then hit Germany, Switzerland, Benelux, Scandinavia, France and – for the first time ever – Italy.
“I’m in love with this record, which I haven’t said about one of our albums for a long time,” says founding member and lead guitarist, Neal Schon. “It’s a rock record and it sounds amazing.” Commenting on the upcoming tour, Schon continued, “We’ve got a lot of hits to play and there’s plenty of time to do some new stuff too, so we’re gonna mix it up. We haven’t toured with Foreigner for over 10 years, so we’re really looking forward to this run.”
In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, keyboardist Jonathan Cain recently described “Eclipse” as “a concept record with some spiritual themes to it…pretty tough, hard-hitting stuff.” Jonathan continued, “We just felt like it was time to send a message to the world about how we feel about life in general.”
The new album release will be preceded by the digital release of the single “City of Hope” on April 4th.
Journey toured the world for two years in support of their 2008 release, Revelation. More than a million fans attended the shows, and welcomed new lead singer Arnel Pineda. Completing the Journey lineup is Schon (guitars, backing vocals), Cain (keyboards, backing vocals), Ross Valory (bass, backing vocals) and Deen Castronovo (drums, percussion, backing vocals). « Revelation » marked the band’s biggest first week’s sales in more than a decade, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 in June 2008 and with chart entries in the UK, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. “Revelation” earned the band their 11th Platinum album certification to date, leading The New York Times to declare that “the band…feels alive.”
Since its formation in 1973, Journey has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums in the US. The band’s Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified album holders. The group also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005.
“Eclipse” will include the following tracks :
City of Hope, Edge of the Moment, Chain of Love, Tantra, Anything is Possible, Resonate, She’s a Mystery, Human Feel, Ritual, To Whom It May Concern, Someone, Venus.
The “Eclipse” tour video trailer can be enjoyed following the link below:
Journey’s Eclipse has been scheduled for release in the United States on May 24, 2011 exclusively at Wal-Mart.
Dynazty will be releasing their sophomore effort, Knock You Down via Stormvox Records. The album will be released in Scandinavia (Playground Music) & Japan (Avalon/Marquee) on april 20th, and in the rest of Europe, North America & South America in the summer 2011.
1. Sleeping With The Enemy
2. New Sensation
3. The Devil’s Playground
4. Hunger For Love
5. Get It On
6. Knock You Down
7. Mr. Money
8. Wild Nights
9. Brand New Day
10. Throne Of China
11. The Great Delusion
12. This Is My Life
13. A Girl Like You
You can score Dynazty’s new song “This is My Life” on iTunes at this link!
If you were a fan of hard rock in the late 80s, then you are most likely familiar with Kingdom Come. When their self titled debut was released in 1988, Kingdom Come was all over the radio. Unfortunately for the band, too many people thought that Led Zeppelin had reunited. It was a joke that still haunts the band to this day. It also takes away from the quality of their first two albums (Kingdom Come and In Your Face) which are two of the greatest hard rock albums released in the late 80s.
There is a huge problem with Kingdom Come’s latest release, Rendered Waters, and it has nothing to do with the way the disc sounds. The music is quite incredible and long time fans will enjoy this album. However, the problem that stems from Rendered Waters is the band’s decision to re-record tracks from previous albums and then add in some new songs. If the band wanted to release a greatest hits album, then they should have done it the proper way, by releasing the original versions of these classic songs.
To me, this decision is just plain lazy. A greatest hits album by Kingdom Come would be a welcome treat. A new album by Kingdom Come would be a welcome treat (especially after hearing the new tracks on Rendered Waters). However, the decision to re-record songs and release them now shows a lackadaisical attitude toward the fans.
As for the songs themselves, they are terrific. While I still prefer the original versions of songs like “Pushing Hard” and “Seventeen” the re-worked versions have a nice ring to them. Lenny Wolf is no longer the screamer from the 80s; his voice has mellowed with time. This provides new insight to the songs and adds some harmony that was not present on the original versions. That’s not to say the new versions are better (or worse for that matter) they are just different takes on classic songs.
On “Pushing Hard” it’s all too evident that Wolf can no longer hit the high notes like he did during his heyday. That doesn’t mean the revamped version of this track sounds awful, because that is not true. However, if fans already own the earlier version, this reworked track does not add anything in the way of musical depth. The band would have been better served to just leave well enough alone.
The new tracks on the album are solid and only leaving you wanting more.”Blue Tree”s is classic rock done in the modern style that sounds amazing. From the opening drum beats to the intense guitar work of Eric Foerster, this is a great song that shows the direction Kingdom Come’s music is heading in. That direction is a welcome one. Wolf’s voice is strong on this track and makes it obvious that the man is still an exceptional singer.
“Is It Fair” starts with a cool riff from Foerster that bleeds into the entire track. Foerster and Wolf show they are a great guitar tandem on this cut. The solo is intense and overall, “Is It Fair” is an enjoyable song. While the basic back beat of the tune is simple in structure, the overall combination of the band’s ability to play great music with Wolf’s vocals sounding as sweet as ever, make this a solid new song.
“Don’t Remember” proves to be the shortest of all the songs on Rendered Waters, but that doesn’t make it the weakest. A slow, melodic, powerful ballad, “Don’t Remember” is another great new song added to Rendered Waters. Foerster’s solo is an amazing treat and really ties the entire song together while showing off his incredible guitar playing ability. “Don’t Remember” is a song that fans are bound to fall in love with.
Rendered Waters is like a visit with an old friend. The memories that you share are the same in theme, but the stories get a little longer and little more embellished, as is the case when any old friends get together. Hopefully for their next album, Kingdom Come will move forward and provide us with a full album of new material. That would be a true gift from an old friend.
- Can’t Deny
- The Wind
- Blue Trees
- Should I
- I’ve Been Trying
- Pushing Hard
- Is It Fair
- Living Out Of Touch
- Don’t Remember
- Break Down The Wall
Kingdom Come Is:
Lenny Wolf – Vocals/Guitar
Frank Binke – Bass
Eric Foerster – Guitar
Nader Rahy – Drums
Brian Ruedy was born July 24, 1961 in Orange County CA.
He has worked in a succession of bands thro’ the years, including most recently Bret Michaels & Brian Head Welch of KORN…Brian recently reconnected with guitarist Doug Aldrich which led to him becoming involved with Whitesnake.
“I am honored and privileged to be part of the Whitesnake Family. Its an incredible opportunity. I am excited to bring new sounds and flavors toWhitesnake. I look forward to expanding on the already great Whitesnake material.” Brian Ruedy
Brian is already immersing himself in the catalogue of Snake songs in preparation for the bands upcoming rehearsals for the “Whitesnake Forevermore World Tour 2011”
- Jon Lord of Deep Purple. “There is nothing like an overdriven Hammond B3 and his lead style is incredible. I’ve never heard anyone play like he did.”
- Rick Wakeman of Yes: “I love his ability to play multiple keyboards at once. He had amazing sounds and put on quite a show.”
- Keith Emerson of ELP: “He’s the only guy I know that played the Hammond B3 backwards and stabbed it with knives. He was also one of the guys that introduced the mini moog synthesizer.”
Whitesnake have been advised to keep all sharp cutlery away from Brian when he’s performing.
Last night, my wife and I had a date night, and went to see the movie The Lincoln Lawyer with Matthew McConaughey. The movie was good, but the opening of the film got me thinking about Whitesnake. The beginning of the movie opened up with the song, “Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City”. This is an old song written by Michael Price and Dan Walsh, and first recorded by the Bobby Blue Band. It was the Bobby Blue Band version that was in the movie.
The first time I ever heard this song was the far superior Whitesnake version that was on the classic and hard to find Whitesnake EP, Snakebite.
Have you heard both versions of the song? Which one do you prefer?
Many fans all over the world have been anticipating this for years, now it comes true – Michael Kiske and Kai Hansen teamed up again, Kai joined UNISONIC!
Michael Kiske: “After so many years of abstinence I had a lot of fun doing my first live shows with Unisonic in summer 2010, so I agreed to do the short world tour with Avantasia. It was a great experience to be on stage with all those great artist, but with Kai it was something different: We instantly felt the magic again and had a lot of fun together on and off stage. We both realized that we want to be together in band again. He was interested in the open musical concept of Unisonic and finally asked me if he can join the band. I talked to my bandmates and they all felt great about it. His talent as a guitarist and songwriter is an enrichment for the bandand we are looking forward to his contribution for the music of Unisonic.”
Kai Hansen will stay a member of his band Gamma Ray and play all scheduled shows. Currently he is writing songs with the Unisonic guys for the long anticipated debut album, which is planned to be released at the end of 2011.
Michael Kiske (vocals)
Mandy Meyer (guitars)
Kai Hansen (guitars)
Dennis Ward (bass)
Kosta Zafiriou (drums)
In honor of this weeks induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame, we are pleased to annouce the Alice Cooper “Old School” Box Set: 1964-1974 available for PRE-ORDER. This LIMITED EDITION Alice Cooper Group box set comes in a commemorative 12 inch square “school desk” box and includes:
- 3 CDs from the years 1964-1974 & 1 Spoken Word CD
- DVD (single disc in Amaray case) Over 2 hours including 3 never before seen features
- 64 page, full-color yearbook style book with hard front & back cover
- Gatefold folder containing:
- Bootleg Vinyl: 1971 “Killer” live show in St. Louis
- 7in Vinyl: Songs ‘Wonder Whose Lovin’ Her Now” & “Lay Down & Die, Goodbye” from The Nazz
- IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD of the “Elected” 1972 Music Video (AliceCooper.com Exclusive)- Available as a M4V or MOV download as soon as you complete the pre-order transaction
In addition to the box set there are a few other limited edition exclusive items. We have 2 commemorative “Elected” Tee-Shirts available. Click here to see the Alice Cooper Tee or, click here to see the Alice Cooper Band Tee.
Also, be sure to tune into the FUSE on Sunday March 20th at 9:00pm EST to watch the broadcast of the induction ceremony.
Swedish power metallers BLOODBOUND will release their new album “Unholy Cross” today, March 18th. It’s the first with new vocalist Patrik Johansson, and even more: “Unholy Cross” marks the band’s highly-anticipated return to the sound of the celebrated sound of their debut album “Nosferatu”, which was released in 2006. Combined with the most powerful and best production so far, this album will amaze every fan.
The song “Drop The Bomb” is available HERE for free download (right-click on the link and choose “Save Target As”)
When a band lists their influences as Accept, Twisted Sister, Motley Crue,Motorhead, Thin Lizzy, Loudness, Dokken, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, that is more than enough to pique my curiosity. Hello Suckers is the sophomore effort from this band of Italian rockers, and I have to say, that Nasty Tendency has avoided the sophomore slump. Hello Suckers rocks hard all the way through!
I absolutely love the music on this CD, however, there are some spots where Mark Bonavita’s vocals are somewhat hard to understand. This is by no means the fault of the singer. I have found with many Italian rock singers that their accent plays a heavy effect on their vocals. Bonavita’s vocals are no exception. While his accent is strong, his vocals are still decent.
Some of the strongest songs on the CD are ‘Stay Heavy”, “Switchblade Serenade”, “Burn Baby Burn”, and “Metal Strikes Again”. If you are you looking for a dose of new heavy rock to listen to, you could do a lot worse than Hello Suckers.
01. Stay Heavy
03. Rocket Woman
04. Love Is Over
05. Gimme the Nite
06. Switchblade Serenade
07. Burn Baby Burn
08. Metal Strikes Again
09. Play Out Loud
10. One More Round
11. Dead On Arrival
Nasty Tendency is:
Mark “Ash” Bonavita – Vocals
Johnny “Vodka” Curly – Guitars
Mise – Drums
Lehmann – Bass
Luke “Nasty Kid” – Guitar
“We’ve been working and perfecting these tunes since right after we played Rocklahoma 2009 and it feels great for people to finally get to hear this record.” vocalist Andy Haught states. “While I dont think these encompass the entire scope of the 13 songs on KOSD, I do feel these two songs are a great introduction to our energy and vibe, and I cant wait for people to hear the rest of the record when we finalize our release details.”
The single is available from iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, eMusic and other legal download sites.
Lenny Wolf is a veteran and legend of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. He also is a realist in 2011, one who understands where he has been and what he and his band Kingdom Come have accomplished since their platinum selling, 1988 debut/self titled album. Lenny is not naive about the current state of the record and touring industry either, his remarks are honest and no nonsense when it comes to the current status and future of Kingdom Come.
With “Rendered Waters”, (the thirteenth album overall from Kingdom Come), set for an April 1st, 2011 release in the U.S. on Steamhammer, Lenny’s thoughts are candidly delivered on this new collective of songs that are both “rendered” classics and new. Lenny accepts where he is now, with no regrets of his past. With plenty of good humor mixed into our discussion, Lenny’s outlook is positive, regardless of what changes have taken place within the world of Hard and Heavy Music in the past twenty-plus years.
Lenny Wolf reflects on those colorful and loud 80’s, when in 1988 Kingdom Come shared the stage at the Monsters of Rock with the likes of Metallica, Van Halen, Scorpions and Dokken. He reflects on the manager who made it all happen for his band, making Kingdom Come a household name during those late 80’s. Here is what Lenny Wolf had to say:
HRH: What was your mindset and goals going in to record “Rendered Waters”?
LENNY: There was no particular masterplan. It was just roll the tape, press the button or the mouse. I know what I want and don’t want to do. I knew I didn’t want to just re-record the songs. After twenty two years, I’m entitled to do this and make the songs have the feel of 2011. Things happen, my voice has changed over the years. I did not want to change the structure of the songs, I wanted you to know it’s “that song”. I wanted the guitarist to have a different vibe on these songs too, you know?
HRH: Are you pleased by the early positive response for your new album?
LENNY: I haven’t heard that much yet, I’m talking about the album in interviews right now. With any positive response, I’m thrilled by it!
HRH: What is the meaning behind the album title “Rendered Waters”?
LENNY: It’s a magic, little, God given secret. I can’t tell you man! I was sitting on the toilet and lightning hit my head! Just kidding! (laughs)
LENNY: You have to “render” a particular part of a video, it’s a technical process that needs to be done in order to make it work. Taking these old songs and rendering them is what happened. Taking “water” and combining it with “rendered” makes sense. It’s open to interpretations. It’s like Pink Floyd? What’s that? Not pointing too directly at something makes sense, otherwise it’s boring.
HRH: Is it fair of me to consider “Living Out Of Touch” as a song that is timeless?
LENNY: It’s great for me to hear that! That’s a radical compliment, thank you so much! We took the drums and changed it on a couple of verses. We skipped “Get It On” and told the label we’re not trying to cash in on these songs.
HRH: I think these songs sound much more mature now, than they did then.
LENNY: Really? That’s good to hear that, I want to know what you and other people think of the album.
HRH: Are there any music videos for “Rendered Waters” in the works?
LENNY: We spent millions back then on videos! MTV is only playing top ten and yo’ man crap. If we made a music video, it would never be played on MTV. Let’s just skip this process! Financially it doesn’t make sense, we’re not a top forty band right now. We’re not Metallica either. I have no regrets, who am I to complain? I’ll continue to make my music. Back in the day, making a video was the thing to do and times have changed. It makes more sense to save money for touring.
HRH: How will you decide which songs you’ll play live from “Rendered Waters”?
HRH: How important is it to evolve as a band when it comes to songwriting and sound?
LENNY: It’s always where can I start now? I never try to please the record labels. I always try to sound like myself. For the last two to three years now, I wanted these songs on “Rendered Waters” to see the light of day. Now, I’m trying to do what got me excited all along. The big guitar songs don’t excite me all that much anymore. I always say, you can’t polish a song like “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones! Now, it’s about slowing down some songs and changing some elements as you hear on the new album. I tried the best I can.
HRH: What was the funniest or craziest moment you can recall, from touring back in the 80’s?
LENNY: There’s too many stories with too many circumstances, I don’t want to point out just one. There were times when I thought, oh my God, what did I do? It’s too general to point out specifics, you know? It is what it is. Just to be able to experience touring the States back then was fun! Two months of rocking the States was a career highlight for us. I always think to myself, thank you God for letting us experience it!
HRH: As a guitarist yourself, do you ever ponder making a solo acoustic album?
LENNY: Honestly, I have not given it much thought. Back around ’97 or something, there was talk about releasing an album with versions of uncut songs.
HRH: Are there any tour plans or festivals in the works for 2011?
LENNY: We certainly do want to play live! I would love to play in the U.S.A., all in good time and it has to make sense. It’s not like the good old days though. It’s no secret we’re not a top ten band right now, just waiting for promoters to give us the green light and help us out financially. Our production and tour manager lives in Tennessee and is working with Ted Nugent and Accept, so we want to come to the States.
HRH: That’s cool that your manager has a connection to the U.S. like this.
LENNY: I’m emotionally attached to the U.S.A., my bother Michael Wolf lives in Seattle and works for Microsoft. Touring costs money. When we last toured Russia, it was a financial disaster. Just for planes and food it was fifty thousand dollars! It costs five thousand dollars for a working permit in the States. Even if I had my green card now, I’d still have to apply for a working permit.
HRH: There are a lot of costs that have to be considered, costs that people never realize are involved.
LENNY: I don’t want to bullshit anyone anymore. We could tour and only fifty people would show up! Music is my mission, my calling and I have to do it. I have no expectations and I try not to get disappointed. It is what it is. Seventies and eighties bands are playing small clubs nowadays. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.
HRH: Who has been there the most for you, over your long and successful career?
LENNY: I’ve had quite a few believers supporting me over the years. Marty Wolff, our former manager, I miss the most. He has a wonderful family, with his wife and two kids.
HRH: Are you related to Marty Wolff?
LENNY: No, he spells his last name with two f’s. Besides, he’s Jewish and I’m German! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) That answers my question!
LENNY: I was and always have been a perfectionist and my english was very bad back in the 80’s, Marty was my diplomatic buffer zone. I never thought I’d be playing in Russia back in 1987 and we did thanks to Marty. He has since moved to Hawaii and is out of music. Now Marty is into photography.
HRH: What band was the most fun to tour with over your career?
LENNY: Honestly, I never had a bad experience. I could never say that this or that band was not an extraordinary pleasure. We would meet the bands at the venue and sound checks and then leave. The Monsters of Rock was a big ball for us! The decision by (manager) Marty Wolff, back in ’88, was to play Monsters of Rock in stadiums, in front of bigger crowds. We were asked to open for AC/DC in ’88, I did not want to open for them. It’s like opening for The Rolling Stones, people don’t want to see anything else but the headline band. I wanted to spare myself the embarrassment. The fans would want to hear “Get It On” and then that’s it!
HRH: Monsters of Rock had some legendary bands playing!
LENNY: Metallica and the Scorpions were great to hang out with at the hotel. Van Halen were very reserved and low key on a personal level. Don Dokken I am good friends with to this day. Bon Jovi, Black Sabbath and Tony Iommi were very nice. After Monsters of Rock, I said, never again would I perform on stage at two in the afternoon! Screaming my ass off right after breakfast is not fun. It is what it is.
Eagle Rock Entertainment, through earMusic, is proud to announce the release of Big Dogz, the new studio album from legendary Scottish rockers Nazareth. The CD hits stores May 10, 2011 [MSRP $13.98].
Produced by guitar player Jimmy Murrison and sound wizard Yann Rouiller, the album’s production avoids the trappings of traditional polish in an effort to capture the challenging edge of classic rock’n’roll. Obviously, this is one band that has stuck to its guns not giving an inch for trends and fashion. Like Motorhead, AC/DC or The Ramones, their personal vision supercedes any inclination whatsoever to follow the pack. The result of this hard-headed singularity? Sixty million albums sold in a glorious 41-year career.
Nazareth has invested their time in finding the original sound and spirit of the ’70s, when rock bands expressed values and ideas only through their instruments, an amp and a mic. To this end, they’ve completed an album with nearly no overdubs or multiple takes, no vocal lines or solos adjusted through a computer. The new Nazareth album is what the band really is: four men who live rock music, recording together in the same room at the same time, showing what they really are, and what they really want. One of the purest diamonds of Rock music, Big Dogz, will surely join their previous albums No Mean City and Hair Of The Dog in the most representative episodes of a glorious history.
Founder member Pete Agnew says “They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but having recorded the new Nazareth album Big Dogz, I don’t agree. We’ve got some tasty bones here! Our friends at earMusic offered us the opportunity to mark some new territory and the ‘Nazhounds’ are delighted to be back among their pack. We’re straining at the leash to tour this puppy. We reckon it’s bitchin’! So get ready, because in 2011 the Big Dogz gonna howl!!”
Dan McCafferty (vocals)
Pete Agnew (bass)
Lee Agnew (drums)
Jimmy Murrison (guitars)
1.) Big Dog’s Gonna Howl
3.) When Jesus Comes To Save The World Again
5.) No Mean Monster
6.) Time And Tide
8.) The Toast
9.) Watch Your Back
In anticipation of the release of their upcoming new full-length, Time Is Up, Denver thrashers HAVOK have unveiled part II of their in-studio video footage. Brought to you by Metal Injection, the video takes you behind the scenes of the recording process with commentary from the members. Check it out HERE.
The follow-up to HAVOK’s fiery Burn debut, Time Is Up has been reaping praise from critics nationwide. Featuring ten tracks of meticulously crafted thrash metal anthems that transcend far beyond any run-of-the-mill rethash projects, the record will be released in North America on March 29 via Candlelight Records. For pre-order details visit Candlelight USA.
HAVOK, who recently wrapped up a tour supporting Florida death metallers Malevolent Creation, will be making an appearance at SXSW this weekend with additional dates to follow.
HAVOK Tour Dates:
3/18/2011 Headhunters – Austin, TX
3/20/2011 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX
3/26/2011 Mo’s – Englewood, CO [Record Release Show]
4/02/2011 Aggie Theater – Fort Collins, CO
PUSHKING has released The World As We Love It, the Russian band’s star-studded new album. The World As We Love It also includes guest appearances from Paul Stanley (Kiss), Steve Vai, Udo Dirkschneider (Accept), Steve Lukather (Toto), Alice Cooper, Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top) among many others.
Hard Rock Hideout has three copies of The World As We Love It to giveaway!
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“Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal”, hits shelves Friday, April 1st, & we want YOU to be at the Private VIP Media Event at Hard Rock Café in NYC’s Times Square! ENTER NOW!
(1) Rockin’ winner gets:
- (2) Passes to the Private Media Event at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on Friday, April 1st (we’ll get you in, but you gotta get there!)*
- Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails to be Served
- Meet & Greet with Eddie Trunk
- Signed Copy of “Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” Book
This is your chance to mingle with Rock’s finest, at the city’s sickest venue! This giveaway ends on Sunday, March 20th, so enter now to win your way into the kickass event of the year!
SACRED OATH has released a brand new single “Revolution” as a Digital 45 in response to the revolutions in progress around the globe.
“Revolution” has been released worldwide exclusively through iTunes today as the first commercially available single from the “World On Fire” album. The ‘Digital 45’ format allows for a B-side track and so we’ve also included a previously unreleased bonus track “Burn Away (Loki’s Song).”
“The world really is on fire,” says the band’s primary songwriter and lead singer Rob Thorne. “Conceptually, we chose to do this album on ‘Dune’ because there are so many parallels with the struggles on our planet here and now, and revolution in this country seems inevitable. It was kind of freaky to see the revolutions here in Wisconsin and also in the Middle East break out just a couple months after the album was released.”
“World On Fire” was released November 9th to critical praise and was chosen as one of iTunes Top Metal Albums of 2010.
Purchase the new 45 from iTunes by clicking here.
It’s hard to believe that a mega-rock star such as David Coverdale would have trouble finding love. He’s rich, charismatic, still decent looking, and a well known entertainer. One would think that the girls are lining up to date him and that he would be able to take his pick for a love mate.
However, on Whitesnake’s latest album, Forevermore, themes of needing love, wanting love, and stealing love are rampant throughout. “Steal Your Heart Away”, “All Out Of Luck”, “Love Will Set You Free”, and “Easier Said Than Done” are the first four tracks on Forevermore. All four songs revolve around a similar theme — love. What was going through the mind of Mr. Coverdale while writing the lyrics to these songs?
That’s not to say that Forevermore is a sappy, heartsick, school boy, love fest. It is far from that. While there are the required ballads done in Whitesnake style (ala Is This Love), the majority of the record is rooted in hard rock. And with guitarist Reb Beach lighting it up much like he did on Winger’s last album (2009’s Karma) Forevermore is a treat for both Whitesnake fans and fans of hard rock.
Songs such as “I Need You (Shine A Light)” are notable, powerful, and pleasing to the ear upon first listen. “I Need You (Shine A Light)” is a fast moving, up tempo, hard rocking song that could be the best thing Whitesnake has produced in years. Coverdale’s voice sounds like the 80s all over again and the twin guitar attack from Beach and Doug Aldrich is pure joy for the music lover. The opening riff just screams “Summertime!” and if you close your eyes, you can feel the hot sun on your face and the highway miles rolling behind you. If this song doesn’t become a huge hit, there is something wrong with the music industry. It would be in the best interest of Whitesnake’s management to make sure that “I Need You (Shine A Light)” is released as a single.
Then there is the lighter side of this album. The soft acoustic “One Of These Days” is the perfect contrast to “I Need You (Shine A Light)” and is superbly placed to follow that massive rock single. These are complete book ends in the form of musical opposites. “One Of These Days” finds Coverdale’s voice sounding sweeter than ever. With a perfect blend of acoustic guitar and a dash of electric mixed in, “One Of These Days” weaves wonderfully through the listeners ears.
It’s obvious that Whitesnake took the recording of Forevermore seriously. Their vast catalog of music has served a number of hits over the years, and the band knew that they were up against their past. Rather than shy away from that challenge and try to recreate music they’ve already done, or churn out something that is total garbage, the band worked hard to put together a spectacular collection of songs that make a fantastic record.
Make no mistake, Forevermore, is an early front runner for record of the year. I don’t say that lightly, as I take my favorite albums very seriously. However, Forevermore has earned this early nomination. The hard work and dedication to the craft clearly shows in the finished product. If you’re a fan of Whitesnake, you need to own this album. If you’re a fan of hair metal, you need to own this album. If you’re a fan of rock music, well, you know…
Notable Tracks: I Need You (Shine A Light), One Of These Days, Fare Thee Well
- Steal Your Heart Away
- All Out Of Luck
- Love Will Set You Free
- Easier Said Than Done
- Tell Me How
- I Need You (Shine A Light)
- One Of These Days
- Love And Treat Me Right
- Dogs In The Street
- Fare Thee Well
- Whipping Boy Blues
David Coverdale – Vocals
Reb Beach – Guitar
Doug Aldrich – Guitar
Michael Devin – Bass
Briian Tichy – Drums
Rev Theory have recently released another studio webisode from their Justice recording sessions. In the clip the band takes you behind the scenes of the making of the song “Loaded Gun,” which is featured on the band’s new album Justice (available everywhere now).Vocalist Rich Luzzi dishes on the meaning behind the song, “Loaded Gun is a pretty cool song because most times songs talk about wanting to go to the party. Loaded Gun is talking about getting away from the party.”
The band will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13th in Broussard, LA. For the complete list of dates visit www.harddrivelivetour.com.
Saxon is very happy to announce their brand new studio album “Call To Arms” which will be released by Militia Guard Music, UDR & EMI on May 23rd!
The track listing of Call To Arms is listed below:
01 Hammer of the Gods
02 Back in 79
03 Surviving Against the Odds
04 Mists of Avalon
05 Call To Arms
06 Chasing the Bullet
08 When Doomsday Comes (Hybrid Theory)
09 No Rest for the Wicked
10 Ballad of the Working Man
11 Call To Arms – orchestral version
4/8 The Rock House Fayetteville, NC
4/9 DIVEbar Raleigh, NC
4/16 Sweetwater Bar & Grill Duluth, GA
6/11 SOHO Bar & Grill Columbus, GA
Loudness is kicking off their 30th Anniversary Tour in the United States this May! Check below for Tour Dates!
May 06 – The Boardwalk – Orangevale, CA
May 07 – Dante’s – Portland, OR
May 08 – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
May 10 – Avalon – Santa Clara, CA
May 11 – Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
May 12 – Club Red – Tempe, AZ
May 13 – Galaxy Concert Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
May 14 – 4th & B – San Diego, CA
May 15 – Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV
May 17 – Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
May 20 – Token Lounge – Westland, Michigan , US
May 21 – Reggie’s Rock Club – Chicago, IL
May 22 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
May 23 – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
May 26 – Samurai’s – Oklahoma, OK
May 27 – Trees – Dallas, Texas, USA, TX
May 28 – BackStage Live – San Antonio, TX
May 29 – Warehouse Live-Ballroom – Houston, TX
Jun. 01 – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – New York,
Jun. 03 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Jun. 05 – Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY
Check out the video clip for the song “King of Pain” below!
A video interview with David Coverdale is now online at www.whitesnake.com . He talks about the making of the new album “FOREVERMORE”, working with Doug Aldrich and Reb Beach as well as the newest members of Whitesnake, Briian Tichy and Michael Devin.. and hints of more surprises.
“FOREVERMORE” has received rocking acclaim as one of the best rock albums of 2011. Some say it could be THE best Whitesnake album ever!!!
Check out the interview below!
I recently received the new 6 song EP from Memnoir. When this CD came in the mail, I must admit I have never heard of the band, and had no knowledge of their sound what so ever. The front sticker said recommended if you like Stabbing Westward, Breaking Benjamin, NIN, Evanescence etc. That was good enough for me to check them out.
All of the songs music and lyrics were written by Memnoir (Just Memnoir) with the exception of “The One” ( which was penned by Kristy Bailey.
Memnoir used a ton of musicians to flesh out this project including the guitars of Jesse James, Ola Englund, Butch Price, Arto Toropainen and Keigo Yoshida, the bass of Evan Harris, the drums of Ross Morgan and Christian Nativo, and the piano of Toussaint Hunt. That seems like a heck of a lot of musicians to put together six songs. Usually when so many musicians partake in a musical project, it sounds a little disjointed. In the case of Canto Vol. I, it simply does not. The music is surprisingly solid, and much like the sticker on the front cover suggests, if you are a fan of any of the bands I mentioned above, you will probably like Canto Vol. I.
The music on this CD is dark, moody, sometimes heavy, but always interesting. If you are looking for some new tunes to explore, you could do a lot worse than Memnoir’s Canto Vol. I.
You can score a couple of the songs for free, by visiting the Memnoir website, and joining the mail list. Check them out!
1. The One
2. Demons and Friends
4. Soundtrack For A Nightmare
6. Empy Strings