Did you miss Zakk Wylde’s surprise appearance on American Idol? Zakk came and out and played guitar with James Durbin on the Sammy Hagar classic “Heavy Metal”! Check it out below!
NEW LIVE ALBUM MIRRORBALL SET FOR RELEASE JUNE 7TH!
Release Marks the First Official LP from Def Leppard That Will Be Available Digitally
48 City US Summer Tour with Heart Set to Kick Off On June 15th
New Website DefLeppard.com Launching in May!
Def Leppard has confirmed June 7th as the North American release date for their first ever live album “MIRRORBALL” (Bludgeon Riffola/Mailboat Records), which will be available exclusively at Walmart & Sam’s Club locations in the United States and Canada. The album will include a 50 minute DVD that contains live performances and intimate backstage footage of the band captured on the road. A special limited vinyl edition will also be made available. “MIRRORBALL” will also be available online, marking the first time the band’s music will officially be made available for digital purchase. Def Leppard will also be releasing their new community based website in May, which is being developed to be the ultimate Def Leppard fan experience and go-to destination for all things on the band.
Said Joe Elliott, “To be able to say at last, we have a live album out & it be a three disc package which includes a DVD makes me very happy… it’s the soundtrack of OUR lives…!“
“MIRRORBALL” was recorded across the world over the course of many of the band’s sold-out dates and features all of the classic songs that have made Def Leppard one of the most respected and beloved power rock bands in the world. The album captures the group’s legendary concert experience at its thunderous best, bringing together live versions of classic Leppard hits such as “POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME,” “ROCK OF AGES,” “FOOLIN’,” “HYSTERIA,” “PHOTOGRAPH” and an incredible rendition of “BRINGING ON THE HEARTBREAK.” With their creative juices at full flow, the band has also added three new studio tracks: “UNDEFEATED,” “IT’S ALL ABOUT BELIEVIN'” and “KINGS OF THE WORLD,” that are undeniably Def Leppard. “MIRRORBALL” follows the band’s 2008 studio release, “SONGS FROM THE SPARKLE LOUNGE“, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, marking the group’s highest chart position since 1992’s “ADRENALIZE“.
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
4. C’Mon C’Mon
5. Make Love Like A Man
6. Too Late For Love
8. Nine Lives
9. Love Bites
10. Rock On
1. Two Steps Behind
2. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak
3. Switch 625
5. Armageddon It
7. Pour Some Sugar On Me
8. Rock Of Ages
9. Let’s Get Rocked
11. Bad Actress
13. Kings Of The World
14. It’s All About Believin’
Last month, Def Leppard announced their triumphant return to US stages with a 48 city summer tour kicking off on June 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Tickets for the Live Nation produced tour and on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Joining Def Leppard for this highly anticipated tour are Seattle rock legends Heart.
In addition to the album, Chronicle Books will be releasing “DEF LEPPARD: THE DEFINITIVE VISUAL HISTORY“, featuring photos of the band by legendary rock photographer Ross Halfin. His fully authorized visual history of the band follows them from their beginnings to their massive “PYROMANIA” and “HYSTERIA” albums to the sustained power of their records and tours today. The book will be available this June 15.
Shiprocked has added Queensryche & Living Color to its ultimate rock and roll cruise vacation!
Shiprocked will feature live performances by Buckcherry, Queensryche, Hinder, Hellyeah, Sevendust, Living Colour, In This Moment and many more!
The wait is finally over, please check out the front cover for IN FLAMES upcoming album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” that will be out in North America on Tuesday, June 21, 2011!
The outstanding artwork was done by Dave Correia (http://www.playwithknives.com).
The track listing of “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” reads as follows:
1. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Deliver Us
3. All For Me
4. The Puzzle
5. Fear Is The Weakness
6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
7. The Attic
8. Darker Times
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester’s Door
12. A New Dawn
“Deliver Us”, the 1st single off “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, will be out on the following dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY / AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, May 6, 2011.
UK: Sunday, May 8, 2011.
BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, May 9, 2011.
NORTH AMERICA / SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
IN FLAMES were founded 1990 in Gothenburg and soon became one of the most successful Swedish Metal bands since the release of their break-through album “The Jester Race” in 1996. Like many of the predecessors, their last album “A Sense Of Purpose” (2008) charted all over the world including the band¹s highest ever entry on the American Billboard top 200 with an amazing #28. Other notable chart entries: Sweden #1, European Billboard top 100 #7, Canada Billboard top 200 # 7, Germany #6, UK (top 200) #54, Finland #3, Japan #14, and Norway# 17. “A Sense Of Purpose” was at the time of release the 7th most sold album in the whole of Europe.
In September 2010 IN FLAMES once again entered their own IF Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo to start the recording of the new album, “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”.
Around the time of its release IN FLAMES will play some of the most important European summer festivals (Sonisphere, Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park, Nova Rock, Hellfest, and more), followed by the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Tour throughout North America in July and a European tour in Fall/Winter 2011.
EXPANDED RE-MASTERED DEBUT REISSUE OUT MAY 17TH ON CD AND VINYL
Queens of the Stone Age will be making an appearance on CONAN this Thursday, April 14th at 11/10c on TBS. The band are currently wrapping up a sold-out tour where it played it’s debut s/t album in its entirety. The reissue of Queens of the Stone Age will be available on CD (REK001CD), double vinyl LP (REK001LP) and via digital download (REK001D) on May 17th. Pre-orders for the vinyl or CD formats will receive an instantly available digital download of the full record.
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.
DEBUT ALBUM “ONE” OUT IN JUNE 2011
FULLFORCE was formed in 2009 and now consists of members Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Vocals), Stefan Elmgren (ex Hammerfall, Guitars), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Drums), CJ Grimmark (ex Narnia, Guitars) and Tommy Larsson (ex Heed, Bass). The Swedish five-piece started to write songs in order to complete their debut album and they describe their music to be a genuine blend of traditional, catchy heavy metal to more updated melodic metal with some ethnic touches which will make them a standout to within the genre. The band truly believes in their music and in late 2010 they completed the recording of 12 songs to be included on “One”.
“After being in contact with a few interested labels during these last months, we are happy to announce the decision of becoming a part of the SPV family! SPV is a label with a great Metal tradition and it’s an honor for FULLFORCE to join forces with them for the release of our debut album “One”. In SPV we see a good vision and a great future for FULLFORCE…this is the best thing that could have happened to us!”
(Mike Andersson, FULLFORCE vocalist)
“There are always reservations regarding bands with ex-members of well known bands but with FULLFORCE it´s different. I think that a lot of people will be very surprised when they hear the songs. It´s great to have the band on our roster and I´m sure that there is a bright future for the band.“
(Olly Hahn, A&R SPV Steamhammer)
FULLFORCE – “One” Tracklisting:
1 Mythomaniac (4:02)
2 None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3 Heart And Soul (3:31)
4 Oblivion (4:53)
5 Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6 Rain (4:33)
7 Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8 Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9 Father spirit (4:51)
10 Bleed (5:07)
11 Into The Cradle (5:01)
iTunes Bonus Track:
Best Of Times (3:49)
The album “One” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on June 20th in Germany, June 23rd in Europe and on June 28th in USA/Canada.
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Mean Streak ‘s latest disc, Declaration Of War, is just what the title proclaims. Filled with war themed songs, boot-stomping anthems, and powerful music that explodes in your eardrums like a well tossed hand grenade, Declaration Of War is a praiseworthy, intense, hard rock album. Declaration Of War is this Swedish metal band’s second release, and although I am not familiar with their first album, I may just have to seek it out after hearing this disc.
If Jim Gillette from Nitro joined Manowar to form a band, Mean Streak is exactly what the band would sound like. Talented guitarist, David Andersson gives Nitro’s Michael Angelo Batio a run for his money as one of the best guitarists in thrash/speed/doom metal. At one time it was claimed that Batio was the fastest guitarist in all the metal world. After hearing Declaration Of War, I can guarantee that Andersson could outplay him.
David Andersson has a talent not found in many guitarists. He plays fast. He plays heavy. He plays clean. That last comment is the most important. Most guitarists that play fast or heavy tend to distort their sound or blend it in with special effects, whammy bars, etc. Not Andersson. When he shreds the guitar on songs like “As You Sow You Shall Reap” and “In For The Kill,” you can hear every note as clearly as the ringing of a bell. Andersson is an amazing talent and truly helps Mean Streak stand out from the rest of the pack.
However, great guitar work isn’t the only wonderful thing about Mean Streak. They also come equipped with one of the greatest lead vocalists since the dawn of Bruce Dickinson. Lead singer Andy La Guerin is a talent that needs to be heard. A more prominent howler than Dickinson in his prime, La Guerin can give a rock scream/metal yodel like none that has ever been heard. His voice is intense and mighty, and compliments Andersson’s guitar work beautifully. Together, the two are a supreme talent.
Mean Streak is a complete band. They have a phenomenal vocalist in La Guerin and one of the greatest guitar players on the metal scene in Andersson. For most bands, that would be enough, but Mean Streak pushes it to the next level by composing complex, progressive songs in the vein of newer Iron Maiden. Each song on Declaration Of War builds up over time and develops into something more than what it starts as. The intricate details in each track will demand multiple listens for many months to come. Layered guitar work by both Andersson and Patrick Gardberg accompanied by Peter Andersson’s galloping bass lines cement the music firmly in greatness. If you’re a fan of progressive, thrash metal, you are going to love Declaration Of War.
Another notable band to hail from Sweden, Mean Streak is definitely worth checking out. Declaration Of War is an amazing album and one that should catapult Mean Streak into the next stratosphere of metal greatness. If you want to treat yourself to some great music that is simply irresistible, pick up a copy of Declaration Of War.
Notable Tracks: “In For The Kill,” “No Man’s Land,” “Sons Of Metal”
Check out Mean Streak on MySpace!
Rating: Out of 10
- Declaration Of War
- In For The Kill
- Crimson Sky
- The End Of The Rainbow
- As You Sow You Shall Reap
- No Mans Land
- Brothers Til The End
- Sons Of Metal
- Sign In The Sky
- History Of Lies
- The Oblation
Andy La Guerin – Vocals
Peter Andersson – Bass
Jonas Kallsback – Drums
David Andersson – Lead Guitar
Patrick Gardberg – Guitar