Tokyo Blade’s new studio album Thousand Men Strong is due for release on March 18th 2011 and for those who’ve already heard samples it’s clear that unlike for previous releases, no corners have been cut in the recording process.
Determined to give their patient fans the best listening experience possible, the band enlisted the services of legendary Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides. His pedigree in Heavy Metal circles is unquestionable with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Gary Moore, Ian Gillan, Helloween, Killing Joke and Yngwie Malmsteen to name just a few, trusting in his skills and vast experience at the desk.
However even great producers need the essential raw materials before they can begin to weave their magic as CT explains.
“Working with a band like Blade is the real deal only this time I think they’ve got it right. Great songs, great performances and finally a great vocalist joining forces shows what a producer and a band that’s on the same page can do!”
“We’ve made a record we can all be proud of!”
The current Tokyo Blade line-up includes four of the five original members, Andy Boulton (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass), John Wiggins (guitar) and Steve Pierce (drums) and is completed by powerhouse vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow.
Official Website: www.tokyoblade.com
Nonpoint will soon be kicking off their 2011 Spring Tour!
Check below for tour dates!
4/6 Tallahassee, FL @ Floyd’s Music Store (with Straight Line Stitch, Surrender The Fall)
4/7 Charleston, SC @ Jimbo’s Rock Lounge (with Straight Line Stitch, Surrender The Fall)
4/8 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans (with Straight Line Stitch, Surrender The Fall)
4/9 Johnson City, TN @ Capones (with Straight Line Stitch, Surrender The Fall)
4/10 Winston-Salem @ Johnny and Junes, NC (with Straight Line Stitch, Surrender The Fall)
4/12 Richmond, VA @ The National (with All That Remains, Surrender The Fall)
4/13 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel (with All That Remains, Surrender The Fall)
4/17- Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco (with All That Remains, Surrender The Fall)
4/18- Jackson, MS @ Club Fire (with All That Remains, Hail The Villain, Surrender The Fall)
4/20- El Paso, TX @ Club 101 (with All That Remains, Hail The Villain, Surrender The Fall)
4/21- Lubbock, TX @ Cactus Courtyard (with All That Remains, Hail The Villain, Surrender The Fall)
4/23 Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Riverview Park (KUPD Fest)
4/25 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory (with All That Remains, Hail The Villain, Surrender The Fall)
4/26 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (with All That Remains, Hail The Villain, Surrender The Fall)
5/6 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Nonpoint front man Elias Soriano has created a new play list over at Songza with his top 15 favorite songs from Circa Survive & the Deftones. Check out the playlist at this link: http://songza.com/listen/the-elias-guide-to-Nonpoint-2!
Check out the video below explaining his song choices on the play list!
Skin are very pleased to announce that they will be performing at the High Voltage Festival on July 23rd, 2011. Skin will also be playing shows at the Nottingham Rock City on July 21st, and Pontypridd Municipal Hall, July 22nd 2011.
Explaining the reasons behind these appearances, Myke Gray mentions “we were all gutted at the way the tour in December 2010 finished. We were all so sick, Nev had lost his voice, we all had sore throats and fever and the weather made it nearly impossible to make the shows. Our roadcrew was amazing, and the fans that braved the elements kept us going. But we didn’t perform as well as we could and it has left us with a feeling of unfinished business. So when High Voltage asked to perform at their festival we jumped at the chance to make things right. It’s an amazing line up, with some of our heroes. The other reas! on for playing is that it is an opportunity to play to people that have never heard Skin before, and as an unsigned band it is very hard to get exposure in magazines or be played on the radio. We would like to say thank you to all the Skin fans that have stuck with us through thick and thin, without you we are nothing. We will do everything we can to deliver the performances you deserve. These will be the only shows this year and probably ever, but to echo Nev’s words ‘never say never’!”. So there you have it…the boys are back for the summer. Anyone else excited?! To buy swanky ticket packages for High Voltage, click here or buy tickets only through Ticketmaster or through Gigantic. Day tickets for 23rd are £56.50 plus booking fees, and the day is head lined by metal messiahs Judas Priest and Queensryche. Tickets for the Pontypridd Muni gig are on sale now, priced at £16 and tickets for the Nottingham Rock City gig on July 21 are now on sale, priced at £16.50.
Go get ‘em! More information from www.highvoltagefestival.com.
Hard Rock Hideout is giving away to one lucky fan, an Autographed copy of the new EP, from Utah rockers Get Scared!
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For their upcoming shows in 2011, Slipknot has asked Donnie Steele to fill in for Paul Gray on bass. Donnie, as some may recall, was the original guitar player in Slipknot and had actually reconnected with Paul in recent years. Said the band on their decision, “Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer.”
The unthinkable has happened. As reported here at Hard Rock Hideout last week, Motley Crue and Poison have announced a co-headlining tour with The New York Dolls. While I think this is going to be quite a concert, there are still several questions that remain unanswered. Most pressing of all is, “How in the world did this happen?” Both Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee said they would never tour with Poison. When Sixx was with Brides of Destruction, they had an opportunity to open for Kiss and declined, because Poison was part of that tour. Why the sudden change?
For Poison, the answer is easy. It is clearly about the money. The last couple of tours that Poison headlined had trouble selling out, in some cases there was trouble selling tickets at all. Plus, Poison is not touring behind any new material (not that the Crue are either, but at least they have a somewhat recent record to support) and they will most likely play the same tired setlist that a majority of fans have memorized.
As for Motley, I’m not sure why they agreed to do this tour. Their ticket sales have always done well and they are neither fans of nor friends with Poison. So what gives? Did management put them up to this? Did the concert promoters see dollar signs so big that they had to make this tour happen?
Unfortunately, I do not have the answers to any of these questions, but I do have a fun game we can play regarding this tour. It’s called Odds On (yeah, it’s a rip off of Pardon The Interruption’s “Odds Makers,” so sue me for lacking in originality). These are the chances that I think certain things will or will not happen during the Poison/Motley Crue summer tour.
Chances of this tour being completed
82%. Poison are dedicated professionals and Motley Crue always finish a tour regardless of how messed up they get. However, what could cause this tour to collapse is if the bands don’t get along. What will the chemistry be like? Will any pot shots be taken by the Crue at Poison? If Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee were forced into doing this tour, there is no telling what might happen as the summer progresses. Anger, resentment, and perhaps even jealousy may erupt from either or both of these hard core rockers. And past experience has shown us that professionalism is not one of Tommy Lee’s priorities. Good luck to the road crew!
Chances that the majority of these concerts sell out
61%. I saw the prices for this concert and they were about what I expected. The range is between $45 and $95 (before fees). While both of these bands sell well, the economy is still a little shaky and fans are carefully choosing which concerts they want to see. What help this tour is that it was announced early. I believe there is potential for this show to do well, especially in the northeast, but in other areas of the US, I’m not so sure.
Chances that Poison will go on stage last
3%. I know that this is billed as a co-headlining tour, but let’s be real. The last band to go on for the evening is the true headliner. The fact that Motley is doing this tour at all after Sixx and Lee said that would never happen means some egos had to be soothed. There is almost no chance that Motley would go on stage at any time but last. The 3% is up there, because maybe, just maybe, in Pittsburgh, Poison might be allowed to be the headliners (Poison is from PA). Other than that, it’s Motley coming out last every night.
Chances that Bret Michaels out performs Vince Neil
97%. Barring some miracle scenario where Vince goes to a performance coach prior to the launch of this tour, Brett Michaels is going to outperform Vince Neil at every stop. Brett is in better shape than Vince. Brett is a better vocalist than Vince. Brett is a better guitar player than Vince. Brett is a better entertainer than Vince. Plus, Brett sings all the words to his songs. Vince will give you every third word in between huffed panting because his overweight body can’t handle sprinting all over the stage for 90 minutes.
Chances that Poison and Motley Crue perform more than a one song encore
17%. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining tours. I’ve seen a lot of co-headlining glam tours too. Almost always, there is the one song encore. On the last two Motley tours that I’ve seen, the Crue has done a one song encore. Every time that I’ve seen Poison (I believe it’s been a total of 7 times), they have performed a one song encore. I don’t see any reason for this to change.
Chances of an all star jam encore featuring members of all three bands
9%. While it would be a fan’s dream come true to see all the members of The New York Dolls, Poison, and Motley Crue jamming together to one of their favorite rock songs (a cover of a Led Zeppelin tune, perhaps), it just isn’t going to happen. Again, we’re not even sure how well the bands are going to get along. The chemistry required to pull off an all star jam is severely lacking. I think this is more a case of three separate bands performing for the fans, collecting their pay, and going home at the end of the summer. There’s no sharing of a tour bus, no hotel parties featuring all members of the band, and no back stage group hug amongst the different bands. This is clearly an every band for themselves tour. Perhaps they will prove me wrong, but I doubt it.
Chances of this tour happening again
0%. This is a once in a lifetime deal. If you want to see these two bands together, then you’d better be in front of your computer on March 18th when tickets go on sale.
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the new album from Portland-based Rockers BLACK ‘N BLUE on May 13th in Europe and May 17th in North America.
“Hell Yeah!” is a proud comeback statement for a band that wrote the pages of hard rock history in the 80’s. Black ‘N Blue released four successful and critically-acclaimed albums through Geffen Records: their self-titled debut (1984), “Without Love” (1985), “Nasty Nasty” (1986), and “In Heat” (1987), with the latter two albums produced by the legendary Gene Simmons of KISS. Catalogue sales in the US were in excess of one million units and the band’s original guitar player Tommy Thayer went on to replace Ace Frehley in the current KISS lineup.
Black ‘N Blue reunited for the first time in 2003 under the initiative of singer Jaime St. James, when he began writing tracks for a new album along with original member, Jef “Woop” Warner. The process came to a halt when St. James joined Warrant as their new lead vocalist in February of 2004. In recent years, Jaime has been releasing records and touring the world with Warrant.
In late 2008, plans to get back into the studio and finish the “Hell Yeah!” album were underway, as well as festival appearances and other touring. “The band’s line-up is all original except Shawn Sonnenschein”, tells Jaime St. James “but he has been in the band now for about 8 years. Still the new guy….Jeez!”. Black ‘N Blue recently joined the ever-expanding roster of Frontiers Records.
“Hell Yeah!” goes back to the roots of the “classic” Black ‘N Blue sound, mixing tight and hard rocking songs with a sleazy attitude. “This new album is a real thrill for us and all of the BNB fans” says St. James. “Our last studio recording was in 1988 so it’s a big deal. This is a classic BNB-sounding CD and could be described as a cross between all our previous records. It is heavy for the most part, but I like to think it reminds me of our first album. That’s why we brought back the original logo. We just modernized it”.
Black ‘N Blue will make a special live appearance at the M3 Rock Festival at the Merryweather Post Pavilion in Columbus MD on May 14th. More shows and festivals to be announced.
The new album “Hell Yeah!” will include the following tracks: Monkey; Target; Hail Hail; Fool’s Bleed; C’mon; Jaime’s Got The Beer; Angry Drunk Son Of A Bitch; So Long; Trippin’; Falling Down; Candy; Hell Yeah!; World Goes Round.
BLACK ‘N BLUE
Jaime St. James – vocals
Jef “Woop” Warner – guitar
Patrick Young – bass
Pete Holmes – drums
Shawn Sonnenschein – guitars
Produced by Jef “Woop” Warner
Deadline Records’ recording artists VAINS OF JENNA with their debut single and music video for their smashing remake of the Cee Lo Green hit “Fuck You”. The single appears on the up and coming VAINS OF JENNA album REVERSE TRIPPED. The album was produced by Adam Hamilton and the Music Video was Directed and shot by Blake Bogdanovich.
Roadrunner Records has set a May 31 release date for the third BLACK STONE CHERRY album, “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea”.
Kentucky’s BLACK STONE CHERRY, comprised of vocalist Chris Robertson, guitarist Ben Wells, bassist Jon Lawhon and drummer John Fred Young, is a band adept at creating both timeless rock ‘n’ roll and new, innovative sounds. While the band’s last record, “Folklore And Superstition”, was a compelling tribute to brotherhood and history, the new album is the summation of a year in the life of the band — every emotion, triumph, loss, romance and everything in between — it’s all here on “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea”.
This is the first time BLACK STONE CHERRY has not recorded in the South, this time taking up residence in Los Angeles to work with famed producer Howard Benson (THEORY OF A DEADMAN, DAUGHTRY, THREE DAYS GRACE). The new surroundings allowed them to strengthen their relationships as both band members and friends, ultimately a detail that sets “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea” above previous recordings. The raw intensity that pervades the music on this album harkens back to the early days of BLACK STONE CHERRY, when they were a bunch of blue-collar guys just making music together for the hell of it. The band admits, “When we first began writing music, we hadn’t traveled very far out of our home state of Kentucky. Now, ten years later, we’ve traveled the world and experienced things we never imagined we would.”
First single, “White Trash Millionaire”, set to hit airwaves in April, pairs Robertson’s soulful delivery with the urgent and infectious rhythms of his fellow players. Sure, this is Southern rock at heart; but the concept is universal: just take what the world gives you and make that work. “This album is the culmination of all of the everyday ups and downs life throws at you,” says the band. “Sonically, you’ll hear some of the meanest sounding guitar riffs we’ve ever laid down, and at the same time, you’ll find ballads that will tug on your heartstrings. We wanted the album’s intensity to match that of our live show. We’re very proud of this album and excited for our fans to hear it!”
To celebrate the release of “Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea”, BLACK STONE CHERRY is participating in an ongoing partnership with Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon. The promotion brings 450,000 BLACK STONE CHERRY-branded bottles to shelves nationwide through June, including special mp3 offers and a chance to win a trip to meet the band at one of their shows.
BLACK STONE CHERRY is set to have quite the busy spring, with tours with HINDER and ALTER BRIDGE on the horizon.
Halestorm has announced the release of their first ever Cover Ep which they have affectionately called “ReAnimate“.
This project has been a long time coming and features a collection of 6 songs that mirror Halestorm’s influences as a band and as fans of great music!
Here’s the tracklist:
1. Slave To The Grind – SKID ROW
2. Bad Romance – LADY GAGA
3. Hunger Strike – TEMPLE OF THE DOG
4. Out Ta Get Me – GUNS ‘N’ ROSES
5. All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You – HEART
6. I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – THE BEATLES
You can get the autographed pack (a limited run of 100) which contains the EP/CD, a signed 8×10 of us, Poison Skull T-Shirt, ReAnimate 11″x17″ poster, an an instant download of Halestorm’s “Slave To The Grind” for only $29.99.
Halestorm is streaming Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind” here!
Tokyo Blade were forced to postpone rehearsals for their upcoming tour as guitarist Andy Boulton, a keen falconer (seen below with an American Harris hawk) has badly damaged his hand after an incident with a Golden Eagle.
Andy said “she flew to me as usual, but when she landed and gripped her talons went straight through the gauntlet and completely through my bloody left hand! “
“When an eagle grips it locks it’s talons and there is no way of releasing it until the bird decides to let go. Not wanting to hurt her I just had to wait” A quick trip to hospital and several stitches later Andy laughed and said “it was my own stupid fault’ I had the wrong gauntlet for an eagle but it won’t stop me flying my birds . . . . I love it.”
The current Tokyo Blade line-up includes four of the five original members, Andy Boulton (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass), John Wiggins (guitar) and Steve Pierce (drums) and is completed by powerhouse vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow.
Official Website: www.tokyoblade.com
Scott Middleton (CANCER BATS) recently sat down with Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of DEVILDRIVER to record a guitar lesson. Check out this brand new video by in which Scott Middleton accurately teaches you how to play the song “Lucifer’s Rocking Chair” from CANCER BAT’S newest release “Hail Destroyer”. You can check it out here: “http://www.allaxess.com/video-guitar-lessons-tabs/artists/scott-middleton/cancer-bats-lucifers-rocking-chair“. In this video, Scott breaks down the whole song to ease the process in which you can learn, and totally own at playing this song on guitar!
After you’ve got the taste for learning one awesome song, why not check out the rest of www.Allaxess.com for more amazing videos by your favorite musicians as well as in depth biography’s to read about their rise to being amazing guitarists. All Axess is the future of guitar playing. All Axess is owned and operated by Jeff Kendrick and Mike Spreitzer of DEVILDRIVER.
In addition to his credentials as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and Duff McKagan’s Loaded, Duff McKagan has a mission to educate others on the ins and outs of music business finance and building wealth. On Thursday, March 17, he will be a Featured Speaker at the 2011 South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW), presenting the music business seminar “Your Financial Advisor is Duff McKagan.” The next day – Friday, March 18 – his band Duff McKagan’s Loaded will make their live debut of songs from their forthcoming album The Taking as part of the official SXSW Monster Energy Drink Party at The Austin Music Hall.
Duff is a Grammy/American Music-Award-winning songwriter/recording artist who attended Seattle University’s acclaimed Albers School of Business and is a partner in the wealth management firm Meridian Rock. He will share his insights on all aspects of an artist’s business by employing a unique style of conducting a Q&A with himself. Speaking from his own hard-won experiences, his hope is to help educate others and help artists to avoid some of the many financial pitfalls that they face and get a better handle on music business and finances.
“Your Financial Advisor Is Duff McKagan” will take place in Room 12 of the Austin Convention Center at 2pm, and is open to all SXSW Music and Platinum badges, and SXSW showcasing artists with artist wristbands.
Duff McKagan’s Loaded The Taking will be released on April 19 on Armoury Records.
BAND TOURING NORTH AMERICA ALL YEAR
The unusual band name refers to an apparently particularly love-hungry lady named MOLLY HATCHET, who lived in the 17th century and had her lovers decapitated after enjoying their favours. In 1978, the band signed their first recording deal and sold almost a million copies of their self-titled debut release. MOLLY HATCHET went on tour with Aerosmith and Bob Seeger that same year, and their second album release Flirtin’ With Disaster (1979) followed twelve months later. Their third album Beatin’ The Odds (1981) was a commercial success, selling over two million copies and entering the Billboard charts at no. 25. The group’s unmistakable trade mark is the warrior who appears on their album sleeves and was designed by the American fantasy artist, Frank Frazetta.
Their fourth offering, Take No Prisoners (1981), made it directly into the Billboard charts. Two years later, MOLLY HATCHET presented their exceptional No Guts … No Glory (including the anthem ‘Fall Of The Peacemakers’). Their 1984 The Deed Is Done was the first release to meet with mixed reactions. While some attested the album with HATCHET’S typical blues rock and boogie feel, others criticized its all-too-polished sound. However, MOLLY HATCHET managed to reunite their fan base again with their live release Double Trouble Live (1985), recorded in Dallas and Jacksonville.
Their eighth album, Lightning Strikes Twice, saw the light of day four years later, followed by an almost seven year sabbatical, which came to an end with Devil’s Canyon in 1996. “After all those years, it was still a great feeling to pick up a guitar, connect it to an amp and start playing”, Ingram rejoiced at the successful comeback. “Devil’s Canyon put us back on the rock music map.” Two years and countless gigs later, MOLLY HATCHET presented their eleventh album Silent Reign of Heroes, followed by an 18-month world tour and the dynamic Kingdom Of XII. “Silent Reign of Heroes was not really a sinister album, but it did deal with the dark side of the band. Kingdom Of XII was pure fun. It’s an album for beer drinkers, for people who enjoy hoisting the rebel flag again,” Ingram compares the two studio recordings. A few weeks after the release, MOLLY HATCHET were back on stage in Germany to complete the recordings for their live release, Locked And Loaded in 2003. Their 2005 album, Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge, was released in memory of Bobby Ingram’s late wife Stephanie, and today, five years later, Justice presents MOLLY HATCHET as a band which fills the spirit of the Southern community with life. Now Greatest Hits II marks the 35th anniversary of this legendary rock band the south has risen again!
01. Son Of The South 04:44
02. Heart Of The USA 04:00
03. Fall Of The Peacemakers 06:55
04. Safe In My Skin 04:33
05. Rainbow Bridge 06:18
06. Mississipi Moon Dog 03:47
07. Devil`s Canyon 06:18
08. American Pride 04:02
09. Tatanka 05:01
10. Down From The Mountain 04:38
11. Edge Of Sundown 07:10
12. Dreams I´ll Never See 07:25
13. The Journey 07:20
01. Bounty Hunter (live) 03:31
02. Gator County (live) 07:08
03. Whiskey Man (live) 03:45
04. Beatin`The Odds (live) 03:35
05. The Creeper (live) 04:55
06. Flirtin`With Disaster (live) 06:22
07. Sacred Ground (07:07) – Previously unreleased
SPV – Molly Hatchet back-catalog:
1996 Devil`s Canyon
1998 Silent Reign Of Heroes
2000 Kingdom Of XII
2003 Locked And Loaded (double live CD)
2003 25th Anniversary – Best of Re-Recorded
2005 Warriors Of The Rainbow Bridge
2005 Live In Hamburg (DVD+CD)
2011 Greatest Hits II
Phil McCormack – vocals
Bobby Ingram – guitars
Dave Hlubek – guitars
Tim Lindsey – bass
John Galvin – keyboards
Shawn Beamer – drums
3/9 – DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA BIKE WEEK @ DOGHOUSE
3/10 – REDONDO BEACH, CALIFORNIA @ BRIXTON REDONDO
3/11 – AGOURA HILLS, CALIFORNIA @ THE CANYON
3/12 – SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA @ RAMONA MAIN STAGE
3/13 – SAN LUIS OBISTO, CALIFORNIA @ SLO BREWING COMPANY
3/15 – EXETER, CALIFORNIA @ ORANGE BLOSSOM JUNCTION
3/25 – GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA @ BLIND TIGER
3/26 – JIM THORPE, PENNSYLVANIA @ PENN’S PEAK
3/27 – CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA @ SPRING FEST 2011
4/30 – ORANGE PARK, FLORIDA @ SUNSHINE BIKE RUN AND SOMER CONCERT
5/27 – MONTEAGLE, TENNESSEE @ BIKER FEST 2011
5/28 – EDEN, NORTH CAROLINA @ 2 RIVERS SPRING BIKE RALLY
5/30 – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ SOLDIERS MEMORIAL PARK RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
6/4 – MEARS, MICHIGAN @ VAL DU LAKES
7/15 – DETROIT, MICHIGAN @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
7/16 – OGEMAW, MICHIGAN @ BIKE WEEK FESTIVAL
7/23 – BIRKENFELD, OREGON @ NORTHWEST’S PREMIERE BIKER RALLY
7/30 – ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI @ WOUNDED WARRIORS BIKE RALLY
9/16 – NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS @ OTT RALLY COUNTY EXPO FAIRGROUNDS
9/17 – PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA @ RIB AMERICA FESTIVAL
12/1 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/2 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/3 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/4 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
12/5 – ROCK LEGENDS CRUSIE 2011
Thank You, Tora Tora, Thank You!!! I have been waiting a long time for the follow-up effort to Tora Tora’s sophomore effort, Wild America from 1992. I had no idea it would take nearly two decades to have a copy of Tora Tora’s Revolution Day in my hands! Tora Tora has finally made their third CD, Revolution Day available for purchase through FNA Records.
You can call it the introduction of grunge to the music scene, or label restructuring, but what ever reason fits, Revolution Day never received a proper release after it was recorded back in 1994. It is a crying shame, as music this good should not have been under wraps for so long.
Revolution Day sees that excellent Tora Tora sound well in tact, but it also shows signs of growth in the band’s sound. The guitar work of Keith Douglas really shines on this CD. There are moments on this CD where his playing brings Jimmy Page to mind. The additions of horns into the music, really punches the songs up. Anthony Corder’s unique vocals have never sounded better.
From the opening Led Zeppelin like intro of the title track, “Revolution Day”, you almost know right out of the gate that you are about to hear something special, and it only gets better. “Revolution Day” should have been a blazing hot tune on the radio back in ’94, and a few smart DJ’s out there will likely play this now!
“Mississippi Voodoo Child” is so incredibly catchy, it will have you singing along after the first listen.
Some of my other favorites on Revolution Day include the tracks “Blues Come Home To You”, and “Little Texas”. There truly isn’t a bad song in the bunch, and this CD gets better with every listen.
If you have one of those shoddy bootleg copies of Revolution Day that has been circulating across the net for years, you really owe it to yourself to hear the songs of Revolution Day recorded in all of their glory. This is way the CD was meant to be heard!
If you were a fan of Surprise Attack, or Wild America, you are going to love this. I highly recommend picking this up. Kudos to FNA Records for releasing one of the best hard rock records of 2011!
You can purchase Tora Tora’s Revolution Day through FNA Records at this link!
01. Revolution Day
02. Mississippi Voodoo Child
03. Candle And The Stone
04. Blues Come Home To You
05. Time And The Tide
06. Shelter From The Rain
07. Living A World Away
08. Rescue Me
09. Little Texas
10. Memphis Soul
11. Me And You
12. Out Of The Storm
Tora Tora is:
Anthony Corder – Vocals
Keith Douglas – Guitar
Patrick Francis – Bass
John Patterson – Drums
FIRST SINGLE “LOVE WILL SET YOU FREE” HEATS UP AT RADIO;
TRACK/VIDEO AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE NOW
Whitesnake’s brand new album FOREVERMORE, due out via Frontiers Records on March 25th in Europe and March 29th in North America, is set for release in four different configurations. FOREVERMORE will be available as:
- a single CD
- a CD+DVD combo: the DVD features the “Love Will Set You Free” video, the making of “Love Will Set You Free” video, as well as a behind-the-scenes documentary on the recording of FOREVERMORE; the CD includes three bonus tracks: “Love Will Set You Free” (alt mix), “My Evil Ways” (alt mix with drum solo) and “Forevermore” (acoustic version)
- a 2LP gatefold sleeve
- a special edition box set which includes the CD, DVD, 2LP, as well as a cover litho, a poster and a logo sticker.
The digital album is available for pre-order now via Whitesnake.com and includes an instant track download of “Love Will Set You Free.” Pre-order of the album is also available at all digital stores now, with Amazon digital stores offering “My Evil Ways” (alt Mix with Drum Solo) as a bonus track; while the iTunes LP edition features the “Love Will Set You Free” (alt mix) and “Forevermore” (acoustic version) as bonus tracks.
FOREVERMORE will be will be specially released on a “Snake Pack” edition in the United Kingdom only. This very special release – arranged in conjunction with Future Publishing and Classic Rock magazine – will come with a collectors edition 132 pages deluxe magazine + A1 poster & metal pin badge and shall feature an exclusive cover art and 2 bonus live tracks “Slide It In” and “Cheap An’ Nasty” which will serve as an appetizer for the forthcoming “Live @ Donington 1990” to be released in the summer 2011.
The first single from FOREVERMORE, “Love Will Set You Free,” has been heating up at radio with serious spins at stations such as Planet Rock, Star FM, ARFM and Total Rock in the UK, Rock ‘n Roll Radio (Italy), Radio Die Neue 107,7 (Germany), Radio 88,6 Vienna (Austria), Radio DRS3 (Switzerland), RNE/Radio 3 (Spain) and more.
David Coverdale will be on the cover of April editions of several magazines in Europe and Japan and This Is Rock (Spain) has already hit the newsstands.
The corresponding video, which can be seen here on VEVO, has received upwards of 230,000 views in its first two weeks. Directed by Devin DeHaven/Fortress Entertainment (Papa Roach, Method Man, Extreme), the video was shot in Lake Tahoe, NV. “Love Will Set You Free” is now available for purchase at all digital service providers – click here to purchase the single on and click here to purchase the video on iTunes.
In other Whitesnake news, more US and European tour dates have been announced including headlining the M3 Festival at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD on Saturday, May 14th, an appearance at the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK on Friday, May 27th, and an appearance at the Kazlicesme Festival in Istanbul, Turkey on July 11, together with Bon Jovi and Judas Priest. Please see below for the itinerary with more tour dates to be announced shortly.
FOREVERMORE finds founder/singer/songwriter David Coverdale and company returning to their no-holds-barred, bluesiest, sexiest rock n’ roll roots. This will be Whitesnake’s 11th album and the first release via Frontiers Records. FOREVERMORE was recorded, produced and mixed by Los Bros Brutalos (Coverdale, Doug Aldrich and Michael McIntyre). Whitesnake is David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich (guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass) and Briian Tichy (drums).
Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation as one of the world’s leading rock n’ roll bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rockin’ and rollin’, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world.
Whitesnake on tour:
12 May 2011 Hartfort, CT, USA @ Webster Theatre
14 May 2011 Columbia, MD, USA @ M3 Festival – Merriweather
20 May 2011 Biloxi, MS, USA @ Hard Rock Biloxi
22 May 2011 Richardson, TX, USA @ Wildflower Arts and Music
27 May 2011 Pryor, OK, USA @ Rocklahoma
02 June 2011 Moscow, Russia @ Megasport Arena
04 June 2011 St. Petersburg, Russia @ Icearena
06 June 2011 Helsinki, Finland @ Icehall
08 June 2011 Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
10 June 2011 Solvesborg, Sweden @ Rock Festival
13 June 2011 Newcastle, UK @ City Hall
14 June 2011 Glasgow, UK @ O2 Academy
16 June 2011 Wolverhampton, UK @ Civic
17 June 2011 Manchester, UK @ Apollo
19 June 2011 Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
20 June 2011 London, UK @ Hammersmith Apollo
22 June 2011 Milano, Italy @ Gods of Metal
23 June 2011 Basel – St. Jakob, Switzerland @ Sonisphere Festival
25 June 2011 Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop
27 June 2011 Munich, Germany @ Zenith
28 June 2011 Prague, Czech Rep. @ Saska Arena
29 June 2011 Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
01 July 2011 Belgrade, Serbia @ Arena
03 July 2011 Bucharest, Romania @ Romexpo
05 July 2011 Athens, Greece @ Water Park Faliro
06 July 2011 Thessaloniki, Greece @ Kautatzogleio Stadium
08 July 2011 Sofia, Bulgaria @ Akademik Stadium
10 July 2011 Istanbul, Turkey @ Kazlicesme Festival Site
13 July 2011 Budapest, Hungaru # Millenaris Theater
15 July 2011 Singen, Germany @ Hohentwiel Festival
16 July 2011 Kerkrade, Netherlands @ Rodahal
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New York City’s Lez Zeppelin has been causing a sensation on stages all over the world including India, Europe and Japan since its 2004 inception. Now “…the most powerful all-female band in rock history…” (according to Chuck Klosterman) and “the ultimate turn-on” (according to Lenny Kaye) is planning another assault on stages nationwide.
Rev Theory will be heading back out on the road this April as part of the 3rd HardDrive Live “Spring Fling” tour, which kicks off April 13 in Broussard, LA. Alongside Rev Theory, the tour will feature Saliva, Emphatic, Madam Adam, and Seven Day Sonnet. For the complete list of dates visit: www.harddrivelivetour.com
The band also recently revealed a new webisode for the song “Enemy Within”, which is featured on the band’s new album Justice, which is available everywhere now. The clip can be seen here: http://vevo.ly/f0jD43
HardDrive tour dates:
Wed, Apr 13, 2011 Broussard, LA The Station
Thu, Apr 14, 2011 New Orleans, LA The Hangar
Fri, Apr 15, 2011 Jackson, MS Club Fire
Sat, Apr 16, 2011 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Mon, Apr 18, 2011 Augusta, GA The Vue
Tue, Apr 19, 2011 Pensacola Beach, FL Capt’n Fun
Wed, Apr 20, 2011 N. Charleston, SC Market Street Saloon
Thu, Apr 21, 2011 Huntsville, AL Sammy T’s
Fri, Apr 22, 2011 Johnson City, TN Chrome
Sat, Apr 23, 2011 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Mon, Apr 25, 2011 West Springfield, VA Jaxx Niteclub
Tue, Apr 26, 2011 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Wed, Apr 27, 2011 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
Thu, Apr 28, 2011 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Sun, May 1, 2011 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Tue, May 3, 2011 West Chester, PA The Note
Wed, May 4, 2011 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
Thu, May 5, 2011 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s
Fri, May 6, 2011 Detroit, MI Harpos
Sat, May 7, 2011 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
Sun, May 8, 2011 Traverse City, MI Ground Zero
Mon, May 9, 2011 Cleveland, OH Peabody’s
Wed, May 11, 2011 Joilet, IL Mojoes
Thu, May 12, 2011 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House of Rock
Fri, May 13, 2011 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
Sat, May 14, 2011 Springfield, MO (RADIO SHOW) Springfield Ramada Oasis Hotel
Sun, May 15, 2011 Indianola, IA (RADIO SHOW) National Balloon Classic Launch Field
*Rev Theory on all dates except May 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 14 and 15
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr had died according to police in Salt Lake City.
Police have confirmed that they checked a residence at 1:42 p.m. at 1986 South Richards Street in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, where they discovered Starr’s body.
He was 44 years old.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Hard Rock Hideout would like to offer our condolences to Mike Starr’s family & friends. Rest In Peace Mike! I am sure you and Layne will be rocking together again!
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE EXPANDED RE-MASTERED DEBUT REISSUE OUT MARCH 8TH DIGITAL, APRIL 19 ON CD & VINYL
SECOND LOS ANGELES DATE ADDED
CONAN APPEARANCE CONFIRMED FOR APRIL 14
FULL ALBUM STREAMING NOW AT www.qotsa.com, www.facebook.com/qotsa, www.rekordsrekords.com, www.dominorecordco.us/usa/news/26-02-11/stream-the-album-that-started-it-all/
The expanded, remastered reissue of Queens Of The Stone Age’s classic 1998 debut out digitally March 8 and on CD and vinyl April 19 on Rekords Rekords/Domino can now be streamed in its entirety at the band’s website and social media channels, as well via the site of the band’s own Rekords Rekords imprint and label partner Domino.
Queens Of The Stone Age will be available on CD (REK001CD), double vinyl LP (REK001LP) and via digital download (REK001D). Pre-orders for the vinyl or CD formats will receive an instantly available digital download of the full record.
Queens Of The Stone Age is commemorating the upcoming reissue with a limited series of intimate shows at which the band will play the record in its entirety, plus B-sides and other rarities and hits from the early Queens catalogue up to the present. The tour kicks off March 16 in Austin TX and will now conclude with a just-added second Los Angeles show on April 13, the day after which Queens will appear on CONAN. At press time, the tour was nearly completely sold out, with tickets remaining for only four dates (Omaha, Des Moines, St. Louis and Kansas City).
The genesis of Queens Of The Stone Age-the band and this first album-goes back to the 1995 dissolution of the criminally overlooked Kyuss, specifically founding guitarist Homme’s migration from the California Desert to the Pacific Northwest to work on a new project concurrent with spending time on the road as second guitarist in Screaming Trees. Homme discarded the sludgy low-end expanses of his former band for much tighter song structure (for the most part) and honest-to-goodness capital ‘H’ hooks and what was originally christened Gamma Ray was quickly changed to Queens Of The Stone Age shortly after its 1996 birth.
Homme returned to his old stomping grounds and reunited with latter day Kyuss drummer Alfredo Hernandez to record as a fake trio (bass player “Carlo Von Sexron” is a nom-de-boom for Homme) and QOTSA came into full bloom, releasing the original version of this first album in 1998. If this re-issue doesn’t document “hour zero,” it’s only a few minutes past. “Regular John” introduces Homme as a smooth and assured vocalist with great melodic instinct. Tracks like “Avon” and “Walkin On Sidewalks” lock into heavy riffs that are in entrancing in their repetition and subtle shifts. And it’s hard to believe that insistently catchy “How To Handle A Rope” didn’t make a greater impact on mainstream radio upon its initial release.
The Rekords Rekords/Domino re-issue has been fully remastered from the original tapes and expanded by three tracks: “The Bronze” and “These Aren’t the Droids Your Looking For” from the long out of print 1998 QOTSA/Beaver split EP and “Spiders and Vinegaroons” from the posthumous Kyuss/QOTSA split EP. The album will be the first released via a worldwide alliance between Queens’ Joshua Homme’s own Rekords Rekords and Domino to market, promote and distribute selected titles from their catalogue.
The complete itinerary for the Queens Of The Stone Age commemorative tour is as follows:
03/16/11 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
03/18/11 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
03/19/11 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage
03/20/11 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
03/21/11 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
03/23/11 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
03/24/11 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
03/25/11 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
03/26/11 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
03/27/11 – Montreal, Canada – Metropolis
03/29/11 – Toronto, Canada – Sound Academy
03/30/11 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
03/31/11 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
04/01/11 – Chicago, IL – The Riv
04/02/11 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
04/04/11 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
04/05/11 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
04/06/11 – Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
04/08/11 – Denver, CO – Ogden
04/11/11 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
04/12/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
04/13/11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
DOWNSPIRIT, the German/Swiss blues/metal-oriented band formed by SYMPHORCE/ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cedric “Cede” Dupont, announce a
new bassist and drummer to their ranks.
Longtime friends Dennis Wohlbold (bass) and Steffen Theurer (drummer) are taking over the rhythm duties from now on.
The band states: “We are so excited to have found such a blasting replacement and enrichment on the rhythm section! Everything sounds killer and we can’t wait for you to meet
Dennis and Steffen (Theurer) on one of our next shows. Seb and Sven decided to head on for a different future in their lifes, and we wish them all the best!”
In other news DOWNSPIRIT are confirming more and more touring dates in support of their sensational debut album “Point of Origin” which was released in 2010 in Europe and the US/Canada.
A list of shows can be found below:
02.04.11 – GER Osnabrück – Headbanger’s Ballroom
16.04.11 – CH Basel – Redrocks
30.04.11 – GER Esslingen – Komma
20.05.11 – CH Lengnau AG Halt Festival
11.06.11 – GER Schleswig – Valhalla Festival
24.06.11 – GER Speyer – Halle 101
25.06.11 – GER Weiher – Live Music Hall
01.07.11 – GER Biesenthal b. Berlin – Kiss my Rock Festival TBA
19.11.11 – GER Donaueschingen – Delta Animal House
17.12.11 – CH Winterthur – Albani
“Blending old blues roots with a modern, downtuned guitar-feel, DOWNSPIRIT’s songs are a mixture of typical bluesy ’80s hardrock and a contemporary metal sound” according to a press release.
DOWNSPIRIT is (please view picture attached):
Steffen Lauth – Vocals
Cédric “Cede” Dupont – Lead Guitars
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – Rhythm Guitars
Dennis Wohlbold – Bass
Steffen Theurer – Drums
You’ve seen him on TV, now see him live on stage in his theater debut as the lead role in Europa The Musical! Europa is a science fiction rock musical set on the ice moon of Jupiter, Europa. The action takes place at a dive bar called Rocky’s and surrounding settings. Europa harbors a secret. The only question is who will discover it first. Paulie will be playing the lead role of Stone: an ex-con with something to prove.
The show will run on April 16, 18, 19 and 20 at the Kraine Theater in NYC. There are a limited number of seats so be sure to get tickets fast. Click here to order your tickets now. You can also check out Europa on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EuropaTheMusical
Check out this brief interview clip with Doug Aldrich, who talks about the up and coming Whitesnake album, Forevermore.
In case you weren’t certain where Sick Of It All hailed from or what type of music the band performs, they are happy to clarify. On the fourth track of the band’s latest album, Based On A True Story, lead singer Lou Koller leads the chant of “New York… Hardcore…!” Hardcore rock is definitely what Sick Of It All is all about.
Based On A True Story is the band’s first album in over four years. The band has been making hardcore rock and roll to the delight of their fans since 1986. Formed by Koller and his brother, guitarist Pete Koller, Sick Of It All exploded onto the hardcore scene in the mid-eighties and quickly rose the ranks to become one of the best known hardcore bands in existence.
While the opening tracks on Based On A True Story are only slightly above average, it’s the third song on the disc, “Dominated”, that really brings the record to life. Starting with a ripping beat and complimented with snarling, seething vocals by Lou Koller, “Dominated” is pure energy packed into just over 2 minutes of music.
“A Month Of Sundays” continues the greatness that “Dominated” started, with another hard rocking, kick in the ass song that will find you needing to jump around and scream for no apparent reason. A shout out to the early days of performing matinee gigs at CBGBs on Sunday afternoons, “A Month Of Sundays” re-lives the beginnings of the hardcore scene in New York City. The song references name drops of the Bowery, New York City, and a shout out to their future worldwide dominance. The references are made with style, as Sick Of It All remembers where they came from and where they were headed.
Toward the end of the album, the songs only get better. The second to last track, “Nobody Rules”, is the second to best track on the record. The music, especially the drums, is once again loud, proud, and fantastically hard. The chant of “Nobody Rules” sticks in your head and doesn’t go anywhere for a long time. It’s easy to hit repeat on this track several times, but don’t hit it too often. If you do, you’re apt to miss the best song on the record.
It’s rare that a band saves their best work for last. However, that is exactly what Sick Of It All has done on Based On A True Story. “Dirty Money” could be one of the best hard rock songs I’ve ever heard. With a beat that can only be described as intense speed, “Dirty Money” is an anthem to the evils of monetary desire. Between the groove of the music and the message in the lyrics, “Dirty Money” makes you think. And as with most great song that makes you think, you realize how magnificent music can be. “Dirty Money” is the strongest track on Based On A True Story and it leaves the listener wanting more.
Filled with thrash sounds that will leave your insides vibrating as you try to stop yourself from moshing in your living room, Based On A True Story is a hard and heavy album. While it contains moments of brilliance with certain songs, Based On A True Story suffers from similarity disease. Too many songs sound identical and at times it can be hard to determine where one song ended and the next began. Overall, this is an enjoyable record for its hard beats and raw power. However, Based On A True Story falls short of being a masterpiece.
Notable Tracks: Dominated, Nobody Rules, Dirty Money
- Death Or Jail
- The Divide
- A Month Of Sundays
- Bent Outta Shape
- Lowest Common Denominator
- Good Cop
- Watch It Burn
- Waiting For The Day
- Long As She’s Standing
- Nobody Rules
- Dirty Money
Sick Of It All Is:
Lou Koller – Vocals
Pete Koller – Guitar
Craig Setari – Bass
Armand Maijdi – Drums
Are you ready for Oz? This Swedish heavy metal band has released a new video, “Dominator”. The band is hard at work in the studio on their up and coming CD, ‘Greatezt Blitz‘ which will contain both new songs and re-recordings of old OZ classics. For more information on Oz, check out the band’s website!
Their First US show by the original band in 15 years!
New Release What If… Out Now!
MR. BIG will once again unleash their brand of brutal fury to the masses in Hollywood, Saturday April 2nd at the House Of Blues with their very first US show in 15 years! ”Man, it’s been a long time,” states guitarist Paul Gilbert. I can’t wait to play in L.A… actually, I can’t wait to play our first show in AMERICA in about 15 years. It’s gonna be huge!”
What If… is MR. BIG’s first all original album since the reunion of the four original members, Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey back in early 2009. Sixteen years after the release of Hey Man , the new recording is set to bring back MR. BIG on the height of the current Hard Rock scene.
Guitarist Paul Gilbert said: “This is the first MR. BIG album I have been a part of, since fourteen years and it was done in a snap. It was fun and we had really a good time in making this one”. Continues Billy Sheehan “It’s so great to be back with Paul, Eric and Pat too. We wrote this record like we did in the old days for the first 2 records. Jamming together in the same room to write songs”. Pat Torpey adds ““Some of the recording process is different now from what we were used to in the old times. But I think this record really managed to capture the performances of the band, not of the individual musicians”.
Their hits included “To Be With You” (Billboard Hot 100 number one single in 15 countries for weeks, in 1991, propelling the band the band to huge international success and record sales in the multi-millions), “Wild World”, Green-Tinted sixties Mind”, “Just Take My Heart”, and a host of heavy metal songs that were played mostly during their live performances: “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy”, “Addicted to that Rush”, “Colorado Bulldog”, and “Take Cover”.
What If… is released in a special edition CD + DVD in digipak, regular CD, vinyl and digital download and in a limited edition luxury box including the CD, DVD, LP and exclusive memorabilia.
What If… tracklisting includes: Undertow; American Beauty; Stranger In My Life; Nobody Takes the Blame; Still Ain’t Enough for Me; Once Upon a Time; As Far As I Can See; All The Way Up; I Won’t Get In My Way; Around The World; I Get The Feeling; Unforgiven (exclusive bonus track for Europe / North America – not on vinyl edition).
The DVD will include the videoclips of “Undertow” and “All the Way Up” plus a documentary “Making of” the album including interviews and exclusive behind the scenes features of the four members.
For more information go to www.mrbigsite.com.
HAVOK – David Sanchez is a young, confident and yes, cocky vocalist/guitarist for HAVOK. These characteristics of David make me admire him all the more. Oh, to be young and fronting a rapidly rising Thrash Metal band like HAVOK, while bestowing a take charge attitude of failure is not an option, is all stuff of Metal fantasy for this elder Metalhead! I’m jealous. David Sanchez is the kind of interview that allows me to walk away and root for him and his band HAVOK as they take no prisoners while reaching for the sky.
After such an engaging interview with David, I found myself asking the question: what is there not to like about him? After listening to HAVOK’S 2009 debut album “Burn” along with their new Thrash offering “Time Is Up”, I ponder: what is there not to like about this band? At the time of this interview, HAVOK was getting ready to unleash their Thrash Metal attack on the “United Hate Across America Tour” in support of their upcoming sophomore album – “Time Is Up”, releasing on March 29th, 2011 on Candlelight Records. Here is what David Sanchez had to say:
HRH: “Time Is Up” is like opening a can of Thrash Metal whoop ass. How difficult is it to write ten songs that are all equally intense? Or is it not difficult for you?
DAVID: It’s a walk in the park! (laughs) Thanks for the kind words. It’s not easy to write all the songs like this. It does take a long time to hammer out all the details. Honestly, I feel there isn’t one song on “Time Is Up” where you can hit the skip button.
HRH: I won’t disagree there.
DAVID: Halsey Caust. She did our “Burn” album cover and we hired her again. This album cover is pretty awesome! We were super psyched about the way it looks! This is real artwork, it’s not photographs that are all slapped together in photoshop. Halsey put a brush to the canvas and made this album cover the old fashioned way.
HRH: She created this album cover the old school way.
DAVID: Yeah, she did!
HRH: “Scumbag In Disguise” rips and tears! Is this song about anyone you personally had to deal with or is it an all-encompassing tribute to scumbags?
DAVID: This song was inspired particularly by one person, yet it relates to a lot of people. It’s a song about people that talk shit on the internet about you, then, when you see them in person they’re nice to your face. They’re scumbags in disguise!
HRH: Are you guys pumped up for the “United Hate Across America Tour”? Your touring with some intense bands.
DAVID: Hell yeah! That”s gonna be awesome.
HRH: Describe the feeling that you and the band had, when Candlelight Records came knocking on your Thrash Metal door?
DAVID: It was incredibly exciting! We’re a band from Colorado, where bands don’t get signed from too often. This solidified the validation for the band. When a label like Candlelight wants to sign your band, you’re obviously doing something right! We always kept true to our sound and stood out from the crowd.
HRH: Colorado Thrash Metal. Is it the high altitude and air quality that makes Havok play such kick ass and refreshing Thrash?
DAVID: (laughs) No, I don’t think it’s that. We’re young and have something to prove, this drives me to do my very best. Eventually Megadeth, Slayer and the older bands have to all retire. These guys are all in their fifties now. Eventually, these bands that people look up to won’t exist anymore. I want Havok to be the next Slayer or Megadeth. I want to wipe the floor with everyone else and say we are the band!
HRH: I guess that’s the way you have to think.
DAVID: It’s a competitive business and I have to have this attitude to succeed and make Havok rise to the top.
HRH: There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be number one.
DAVID: I like to mention with Colorado not having many bands from here, usually the bands are from L.A., San Francisco, New York or Austin, all the music cities. Denver is not a music city and we’re trying to change that!
HRH: How did Havok arrive at their old school or traditional, if you will, Thrash Metal sound?
DAVID: We wanted to make Heavy Metal that’s really tight, riff heavy and fast. When we first started out, nobody else was doing Metal with cool riffs, double bass and fast drums. Now, it’s the cool thing to do. We get lumped in with other bands being labeled trendy, that it’s the thing to do. We were playing this type of Metal well before a lot of these other bands were. That Thrash revival label doesn’t make much sense to me. There are a handful of bands today where fifteen years from now, will still be around and we’re one of them.
DAVID: Yeah! I just don’t understand though, why people won’t listen to Thrash because they were born in 1988 instead of 1965.
HRH: Hey, I was born in 1966 and I love Thrash Metal!
DAVID: See that! That’s what I mean!
HRH: Besides Havok, what Thrash band is the greatest ever and why?
DAVID: Aw, man, the greatest ever and why? There will always be a place in my heart for Metallica. Their first four albums are untouchable! Those albums can’t be beat! James Hetfield and his rhythm guitar is extremely tight on those albums. That intro on “Master Of Puppets” is so locked in, it sounds like one guitar take and it’s really four. Metallica is a legendary Thrash Metal band. This is the band that got me into music in the first place.
HRH: You obviously have Thrash Metal influences. What music influence be it a band, musician or genre do you have that would probably shock your fans?
DAVID: There are some parts on “Time Is Up” that are directly inspired by Boston, Rush and Kansas. If you sit and listen intently to this record, you might pick out their influences. It’s amazing, the song structures and ideas that Classic Rock had back in the day! You just can’t beat what Classic Rock accomplished back in the seventies and early eighties. There would be a weird bridge or odd time signatures in songs back then and bands would play the exact same thing on every instrument!
HRH: What moment in your life triggered you to take music seriously?
DAVID: It’s when I started playing guitar and taking lessons. Two to three months of being okay at guitar, I said alright, I can actually do this! One and a half years later I started a band called Havok and writing songs. I punched the accelerator and took off from there!
HRH: Wow David, it all came together fast!
DAVID: Yeah! I have too many ideas, way too much going on in my head for anyone to tell me what to write! I’m glad everything is happening on our terms and nobody has us answering to them. We’re not making any crappy butt Rock songs! I wouldn’t be happy if anyone told me to make it more commercial. I think I would give them the middle finger and I would walk out. If you’re not making music that’s making you happy, you shouldn’t be making music.
HRH: Who will be the “Big Four” from your generation?
DAVID: I get asked that question all the time! I don’t think there will be a big four, that’s too small a number. A big handful, we’ll see. You just can’t narrow it down to four. I have a bunch of bands I listen to, the one’s that really stand out for me are Skeletonwitch, Municipal Waste, Warbringer, Evile and Revocation.
HRH: Those are some heavy duty Thrash bands, David.
DAVID: Those bands have a pretty strong backing now, I don’t see them stopping anytime soon. These are the bands I see still around in fifteen years or more. Now, that isn’t in no way my trying to undercut other bands I listen to though.
HRH: Is there anything you’d like to say to your fans?
DAVID: I’d like to tell everyone to go pick up our album “Time Is Up” on March 29th! Anybody who plays will love the heavy bass, the riffs and double bass drums! For every album you guys buy, I’ll be able to go to my local Taco Bell and buy half of a burrito! (laughs)
HRH: (laughs) That’s why touring is so key.
DAVID: Yeah, even with touring, we’re still not rich! (laughs)
Back in 2009 when the majority of Tokyo Blade’s classic lineup decided to reform and record a new album there was one big problem – who would pay for it?
Having been forced to complete their early albums’ studio sessions in 3 or 4 days with makeshift engineers, they were determined that this time around not a single corner would be cut and no expense spared on the recording process.
In an age where D.I.Y. albums are the norm, production duties were handed to none other than legendary Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides (Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy). The band setup camp at his Kent recording complex and didn’t leave until the definitive Tokyo Blade album, Thousand Men Strong was in the can
So how did they meet the expenses? Well the majority was put in by the band themselves of course but the balance was made up by appealing to the legion of fanatically loyal Tokyo Blade supporters who had been hounding the band for years to get back into the studio and rediscover their trademark sound. They pre-ordered and pre-paid for their copies of the unrecorded and untitled album via an ingenious scheme which guaranteed them an early copy of the album when completed, signed goodies, an official T-Shirt and their name on the ‘role of honour’. Here’s what some of those loyal fans think of their investment now:
“What can I possibly say? ‘Awesome’ doesn’t go far enough. As I expected the guitar playing is superb and the rhythm section still as tight as ever, but the songwriting is in a different league. This harks back to your greatest work ‘Night of the Blade’, but even better. The new singer is a great choice too. I just know I’m going to play the new CD until it wears out it’s just amazing.” – Ron, UK.
“Sounds f*****g awesome…you and John still play a mean guitar for sure! New guy is great, excellent voice and the boys at the back are even more powerful than before. I’m speechless.” – MC, Australia.
“It’s f*****g awesome man wow Tokyo Blade are my fave NWOBHM band for sure. Your guitar playing and John’s f*****g rocks dude. The vocals kick ass and the power and energy of the song just kills ya. Please, please come to Sweden soon.” – Ben, Sweden.
The 2011 Tokyo Blade line-up includes four of the five original members, Andy Boulton (guitar), Andy Wrighton (bass), John Wiggins (guitar) and Steve Pierce (drums) and is completed by powerhouse vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow.
Thousand Men Strong is released worldwide on March 18th 2011.
Louder than hell, aggressive, optimistic and happily violent Psycho Choke deliver a special blend of nerve striking vibes with eastern and western grooves under a soft touch of discrete poetry. With a little help from Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Marios Iliopoulos and Olof Mork (Nightrage) and Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Anubis Gate) “Unraveling Chaos” is the album that every metal core fan will talk about for months. Play it on high volume and let the waves destroy your eardrums.
From Guitarist Gus G: “Psycho Choke is a band from my town and I’ve known them for many years. They always recorded quality music and play intense live shows. I was happy to jam on their new album and I wish them nothing but the best!”