Black Label Society frontman/guitar god Zakk Wylde is proud to announce the upcoming release of THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME (Entertainment One Music) on May 17th. The offering features unplugged versions of material from Black Label Society’s latest album, ORDER OF THE BLACK, as well as additional material recorded during the ORDER OF THE BLACK sessions. THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME was conceived, created and compiled by Zakk Wylde himself and the title is, of course, a nod to one of Wylde’s favorite bands, Led Zeppelin. Click here for cover art and please see below for full track listing.
In other Black Label Society news, the next single from ORDER OF THE BLACK, “Darkest Days” has impacted radio on March 21st. The track showcases Wylde’s softer side with soulful lyrics, a hauntingly beautiful melody and captivating piano played by the guitar icon himself. An alternate version of the song featuring country superstar John Rich will appear on THE SONG REMAINS NOT THE SAME.
“The Song Remains Not The Same” track listing:
1. Overlord (Unplugged version)
2. Parade Of The Dead (Unplugged version)
3. Riders Of The Damned (Unplugged version)
4. Darkest Days (Unplugged version)
5. Juniors Eyes
7. Bridge Over Troubled Water
8. Can’t Find My Way Home
9. Darkest Days (featuring John Rich)
10. The First Noel
Check out this new rehearsal video clip of Crystal Viper performing “Night of the Sin”. The song is taken from the last CRYSTAL VIPER studio album “Legends” – and this is a rare chance to hear it in its “live version”, as the song was recorded without overdubs, and the recording was not mixed and mastered.
Spring has finally arrived. Gone are the cold, snowy days of winter and entering are the warmer, sunny days of spring. And with the arrival of spring, summer and the summer hard rock festivals are right around the corner. Rock festivals are the best way to enjoy some of your favorite bands all at once without breaking the bank. The only challenge is deciding which festival to attend. For this edition of Vie’s Verses, I’ve outlined some of the most promising festivals of 2011 both in the USA and Europe (for you world travelers).
For those fans that are a little more daring, or just wish to see another country while they enjoy their metal, Europe has some great rock festivals to attend. Below are the two most popular festivals. They are also the two with the hottest lineups in rock.
Download Festival – June 10th – June 12th
Taking place in Donington Park, UK, Download Festival is a world renowned metal fest. Every year, Download is able to secure some of the biggest names in rock and this year is no exception. With acts like Def Leppard, Alter Bridge, System Of A Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, Black Stone Cherry, The Gaslight Anthem, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper, and Twisted Sister gracing the stage, Download simply rocks. Ticket packages are available that include camping for 5 nights and access to all three days of the concert starting at 190 pounds, which is roughly 380 American dollars. If you plan on visiting the UK this summer, early June would be the perfect time to attend.
Wacken – August 4th – August 6th
If you haven’t already obtained your tickets for this festival, then all I can say is good luck. Wacken is officially sold out, but tickets can be found through various ticket broker sites across the internet. Taking place in Schleswig Holstein, Germany for the past 20 years, Wacken is one of the most well known international metal festivals in existence. This year’s bands on the bill include: Airborne, Bullet, Crashdiet, Helloween, Iced Earth, Judas Priest, Motorhead, Sepultura, and Suicidal Tendencies. If you like British or Swedish heavy metal, this is the one place where you can see a lot of those bands. Since this festival is officially sold out (for the sixth year in a row) ticket prices can range anywhere from just over face value to ridiculously insane.
If travelling abroad is not your thing, there are plenty of great festivals to attend right here in the good old United States of America. Below are some of the most well known and popular spring/summer rock fests for 2011.
M3 Festival – May 13th – May 14th
The M3 Festival is a hair metal lover’s delight. Taking place in Columbia, Maryland, M3 is in its third year and just keeps getting better and better. The lineup this year includes Kix, LA Guns, Warrant, Hurtsmile, Faster Pussycat, Mr. Big, Slaughter, Sebastian Bach, Tesla, and Whitesnake. Tickets can be purchased for an affordable $45 for lawn seats. Seats in the amphitheater go for $95, and for those wanting to get the whole VIP experience, VIP tickets are available for $195. With so many great bands on the bill, this is the festival to attend if you love hair metal.
Rock On The Range – May 21st – May 22nd
Celebrating their fifth year of rocking the masses at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Rock On The Range is a modern rock lover’s dream festival. No classic or hair metal bands are featured here. Rock On The Range only brings the new rock. Acts that are performing this year include: Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Pop Evil, Hinder, Black Label Society, Alter Bridge, Staind, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, and A Perfect Circle. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster and cost between $100 – $130 before fees. Single day tickets can be had for $60 – $70 before fees. If modern rock is your thing, then Rock On The Range is your festival.
Rocklahoma – May 27th – May 29th
Rocklahoma is celebrating their fifth year of entertaining hard rock fans in Pryor, Oklahoma. What started out as one of the best hair metal festivals in existence has recently morphed into a hair metal/modern rock fest. While last year’s bill was not so solid, this year’s offering more than makes up for it. With featured acts Motley Crue, Poison, Whitesnake, Staind, Black Label Society, Papa Roach, Hinder, Skillet, and Pop Evil all performing, this looks to be one fine weekend for music lovers. Granted, there are a lot of bands on the bill that I never heard of, but there are a lot of bands on the bill that are exceptional. Camping is available on site and ticket prices for this festival range from $139 for general admission to $350 for VIP. For a three-day event, those are decent prices.
Rock Fest – July 14th – July 17th
Rock fest has been around for 18 years. Taking place in Cadott, Wisconsin, this festival mixes hard rock acts both old and new. This is a great festival for fans of multiple metal genres. This year’s acts include Avenged Sevenfold, Hinder, Kid Rock, Cinderella, Slaughter, Three Days Grace, Rob Zombie, Saliva, Seether, Tesla, Heart, and Def Leppard. Tickets are a little pricey compared with other summer festivals, but with the bands on this bill, the entertainment value is high. General admission tickets go for $155, while reserved seating is $250, and the all access VIP experience is $500.
Rock USA – July 14th – July 16th
Solid rock. No Limits. That is the slogan for Rock USA, the rock music festival being held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There are definitely some solid rock bands on the bill for this fest. Featured acts include: Journey, Cheap Trick, Puddle Of Mudd, Buckcherry, Warrant, Dokken, Korn, and festival headliners, Kiss. If you purchase your tickets prior to May 6th, a three-day pass can be had for $79. After May 6th, the price increases to $129. The early bird gets the discount. Rock USA offers a multitude of VIP packages that range between $89 – $329, if purchased by May 6th. Prices for the VIP packages spike after that date. With a mix of classic and modern bands, Rock USA looks to be a great summer metal festival.
And there you have it—full information for some of the greatest rock festivals of 2011. Which ones are you planning to attend?
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Check out the clip “Dance” from the Finland’s R.O.C.K. This is from the band’s new album, Mirror Ball & Red Lights.
SYMFONIA the new melodic metal project featuring the all-star lineup guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra), drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) and keyboardist Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Artica) — are gearing up to release their debut full-length. Titled In Paradisum, the ten-track offering was recorded mainly in Finland, mixed and mastered in Italy and produced by Timo Tolkki. The record has been released in North America via Armoury Records.
In Paradisum Track Listing:
01. Fields Of Avalon
02. Come By The Hills
06. Pilgrim Road
07. In Paradisum
08. Rhapsody In Black
09. I Walk In Neon
10. Don’t Let me Go
You can listen to In Paradisium in its entirety at AOL music.
LATEST ALBUM “WITH BARE HANDS” OUT NOW ON NIGHTMARE RECORDS
On the heels of their latest release “With Bare Hands” Brazilian rockers MINDFLOW have lined up North American tour dates with classic rock legends UFO. The first leg of the tour kicks off on May 6th in Poughkeepsie, NY and runs through May 22nd in Akron, OH. A West Coast leg has been scheduled for September with more dates to be confirmed shortly. A list of confirmed dates can be found below:
5/6: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/7: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar
5/10: New Hope, PA @ Havana
5/11: Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street
5/13: New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/14: Foxboro (Boston), MA @ The Showcase Live
5/17: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys House of Rock
5/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
5/20: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
5/21: Chicago/St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
5/22: Akron, OH @ The Tangier
9/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
9/16: Sacramento/Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
9/17: Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
9/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @The Key Club
If you’re expecting cool samba rhythms and sexy Latin sounds just because this band is from Brazil forget it. MINDFLOW is a blistering hardcore band whose music comes at you like a force. For the past six years, the band has systematically set their career on its path through endless touring throughout their home territories in South America, releasing two self-produced powerful albums, developing and utilizing the grass roots street team mentality to promote themselves and their music and now, finally, capturing the attention of the international music industry. Appearances at music festivals in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia have started to build the band the same sort of loyal following from music fans all over the world, as they already enjoy in South America.
Heavy metal, hard rock, modern rock…try to put MINDFLOW’s music into a category and you either don’t know where to stop or you can’t find the words. It’s all there – the compelling energy of the rhythm section – drums and bass pounding relentless power. And yet, add Rodrigo’s guitar style which is as much substance as style – melodic yet ear-crushing, and Danilo’s surprisingly sweet vocals where one expects the usual metal screams and screeches and suddenly boundaries disappear and the band becomes more than just another gut-wrenching heavy band. The lyrics and the melodies are as important to the band’s overall style as the volume and the rhythm. They write songs about the world, about life – emotional lyrics that reach a listener’s mind as well as their ears. Genres blend and yet there is no mistaking what this band is all about. Maybe the secret is not to try to figure it out too much but to just to let your whole nervous system get lost in it. And it will.
Based in Brazil, the band knew that breaking through in other parts of the world and becoming a true international success was going to take time and work. Although offers for record deals and management came their way, the band didn’t fall prey to the temptations and fantasies, but chose instead to handle their career themselves until the right deals were given them. The first two albums, 2003’s “Just The Two of Us…Me and Them” and 2006’s “Mind Over Body”, were self-produced and self-promoted, yet, the two albums together sold a very impressive 45,000 without major industry support and backing. The endless work of the band’s fans and street teams has made them one of the biggest selling rock bands in Brazil, popular throughout South America, and is starting to create interest everywhere else in the world that counts.
Their new album produced Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Slipknot, Disturbed, etc.), entitled “With Bare Hands” combines the best of both these newer albums and showcases the band’s progression into a top-notch musical entity. It serves as a testament to the band’s ability to keep themselves relevant while refusing to compromise their musical style and taste. On songs like “Break me Out” which opens the album, the vocals lead the song, but the subtle instrumentation and mix showcase the band’s ability to use substance and style to put a song over while so many other bands have to depend on sheer volume to accomplish the same thing. On “Breakthrough” and the title track, “With Bare Hands” the band’s pop, almost commercial abilities create hook-laden and riff-laden potential radio singles. And yet the band’s hard rocking rhythm section never ceases to be the thread that holds all the songs on the album together no matter how different they each may seem on the surface. “Thrust Into This Game” pays homage to the band’s hardcore influences taking old school metal instrumental and vocal stylings into the modern day. This track showcases the individual band members’ mastery of their respective instruments as the rhythm section pushes it to the brink of exploding while the guitar leads are flashy without being overdone. If there were one word to describe the band’s approach to its songwriting and playing it would have to be “tasteful.” They don’t depend on showy instrumentation because their natural abilities are enough just as they are.
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Warrant’s brand new album ROCKAHOLIC has now been confirmed for the release on May 13th in Europe and May 17th in North America on Frontiers Records. At the helm of ROCKAHOLIC is mega-producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) and the album is mixed by Pat Regan (Kiss, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent). The album finds the band returning to its trademark sound. See below for the full track listing, as well as the band’s upcoming tour dates (more to be announced). You can also click below for audio samples of three new Warrant tracks from the forthcoming ROCKAHOLIC.
Warrant original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen and Steven Sweet welcomed long-time band friend and fellow touring mate, singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love) into the fold. With 8 million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hit singles and five #1 MTV videos, Warrant was one of the most popular and successful rock bands to hail out of the Los Angeles rock scene in the late 80s/early 90s. Formed in the mid-80s by original members Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon, Warrant’s biggest hits included “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven”.
Warrant ROCKAHOLIC track listing:
- Sex Ain’t Love
- Innocence Gone
- Dusty’s Revenge
- What Love Can Do
- Life’s A Song
- Show Must Go On
- Cocaine Freight Train
- Found Forever
- Candy Man
- Tears In The City
- The Last Straw
Warrant on tour:
Sun 05/08/11 The Powerstation Aukland New Zealand
Fri 05/13/11 M3 Festival Columbia MD
Sat 05/21/11 Coushatta Casino & Resort Kinder LA
Thu 05/26/11 Hartman Arena Wichita KS
Mon 05/30/11 Speaking Rock Entertainment Center El Paso TX – Support Poison
Fri 06/03/11 Snowdon Grove Amp Southaven MS – Support Poison
Sat 06/04/11 Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham AL – Support Poison
Sat 06/11/11 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Lancaster CA
Fri 06/17/11 Double JJ Resort Rothbury MI
Sat 06/18/11 Prairie Fest Long Prairie MN
Sat 06/25/11 Rochesterfest Rochester MN
Fri 07/08/11 Redwood County Fair Redwood Falls MN
Sat 07/09/11 Whiskey River Perham MN
Thu 07/14/11 The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Uncasville CT
Fri 07/15/11 Rock USA Oshkosh WI
Sat 07/16/11 Bear Tooth Motorcycle Rally Roberts MT
Sat 08/06/11 Hideaway Park Winter Park CO
Wed 08/17/11 UP State Fair Escanaba MI
Fri 08/19/11 Northwoods Rock Rally Glen Flora WI
Fri 08/26/11 Western Speedway Victoria BC
Sat 08/27/11 The Richshaw Theatre Vancouver BC
Fri 09/02/11 Coliseum Alejandro Morera Soto San Jose Costa Rica
Sat 09/03/11 Figali Convention Center Panama City Panama
Thu 09/08/11 Coliseo de los Deportes Bogota Colombia
Fri 09/09/11 Coliseo de los Deportes Quito Ecuador
Sat 09/10/11 Estadio de las Malviras Argentinas Buenos Aires Argentina
Sat 09/24/11 Silver Legacy Casino Reno NV
Sat 10/01/11 Delta Downs Racetrack Vinton LA
Sat 10/22/11 Firefest Festival Nottingham UK
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Australia is the home to many popular bands including AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and Airbourne. The next Aussie band that may be knocking on stardom’s door is Dead Star Renegade from Melbourne.
The thing I like about Dead Star Renegade, is they have a more modern sound, but flash some classic rock influences throughout their music. They don’t sound like any of the bands that have blazed the path before them. Their debut effort Blackwing shows a ton of potential.
Blackwing starts off a really cool anthem “Born To Lose”, and maintains that upbeat energy until the song “Time Standing”. “Time Standing” is a mid tempo number that deserves radio play everywhere. This vocal harmonies from Jimmy VanZeno on “Time Standing” reminds me of the 80’s pop act, The Cutting Crew (without the keyboards, and much heavier guitars). I bet Dead Star Renegade could rip out a killer cover “Died In Your Arms Tonight” but I digress.
One of my favorites on Blackwing is the rocker and the band’s first single “Tommy Gun”. From Jimmy VanZeno’s excellent vocals, to the fantastic fretwork of Matt Owen, this song has to be a real crowd pleaser.
“The Serpent” is a heavy modern rocker that about mid way through shows some influence of Aerosmith on the music. I thought this was a pretty cool touch!
Two of my favorites on Blackwing is the high energy number “Outta My Head”, and the album closer “Tidal”. “Outta My Head” has some cool tempo changes, and lyrics that stick with you. “Tidal” shows some flashes of bluesy rock, and is a cool song to close out Blackwing with.
Judging from the cool tunes on Blackwing, not even the chilly waters of the Tasman Sea may be able to keep Dead Star Renegade on Australian soil for very much longer. Check it out!!
You can listen to songs from Blackwing at Dead Star Renegade’s website.
If you like what you hear, you can purchase Blackwing in MP3 Format here!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Born To Lose
3. Tommy Gun
4. Time Standing
6. 20 To Life
7. The Serpent
8. One More Time
9. Outta My Head
Dead Star Renegade is:
Jimmy VanZeno – Vocals
Matt ‘Shorty’ Owen – Guitar
Tim Dobie – Bass
Vik Kundra – Guitar
Jay Pizzey – Drums
It is with regret that Judas Priest Announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour.
The band respects his decision and naturally wishes him well.
Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour, and not let the fans down around the world.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 Year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner. He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire!
The Epiaph Tour will include songs from every studio album and also tracks they have never performed on stage plus all the old favorites.
With a new album due to be released next year, the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy Metal at Its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It’s a show not to be missed!!
German metal powerhouse AFM Records has an array of brand new titles slated for North American release in the weeks ahead, and we aim to fill you in on what’s in store…
Scheduled to hit the streets on May 3, 2011 are new albums from SHAKRA, SUIDAKRA and VOODOO CIRCLE:
Back On Track
The rise of SHAKRA continues! It seems like nothing can stop the successful Switzerland-based hard rock force, as their previous album Everest fought its way all the way to #4 on the Swiss album charts in 2009. Since Everest, the band have recruited new vocalist John Prakesh, and showcase their newly refined lineup on their latest piece of work, Back On Track. Recorded and produced at the renowned Power Ride Studios with the band’s own guitarist Thom Blunier, the new album is quite varied from previous releases, as SHAKRA´s catchy rock moves in some slightly new directions. Prakesh´s voice allows the unit to combine the classic SHAKRA sound with the most passionate, soulful and energetic vocals the band ever offered. [http://www.shakra.ch]
Book of Dowth
German Celtic metal warriors SUIDAKRA have trampled audiences at major festival appearances and tours all over Europe, Asia, Russia and North America since their inception in 1994. Having toured with everyone from Children of Bodom, Tristania, Soilwork and more, and are currently embarked on a European tour with labelmates Onslaught, continuing to reap worldwide mass appeal and expanding their diehard fanbase as they have with each release to date. Now in 2011, SUIDAKRA proudly deliver their mammoth tenth full-length Book of Dowth to the masses! Recorded in Gernhart Studio (Destruction, Elvenking) and produced by Martin Buchwalter, Book of Dowth provides fans with some of the most epic tunes and tales to date over its glorious ten tracks. [http://www.suidakra.com/]
Broken Heart Syndrome
The second album from supergroup VOODOO CIRCLE has arrived. Comprised of several musicians who hail from the classic hard rock elite including David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Mat Sinner (Sinner, Primal Fear) and Alex Beyrodt (Silent Force), the new album, Broken Heart Syndrome, pays full homage to bands like Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen, all major lifelong inspirations to every member of the outfit. Mixed by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Krokus, Allen/Lande) and produced by Alex Beyrodt, the twelve, bold anthems on Broken Heart Syndrome undoubtedly solidify why the musicians that form VOODOO CIRCLE are heralded as being at the top of their game, and makes this album a must-hear for all fans of the “classic” eras of metal and hard rock. [http://www.voodoocircle.de]
And scheduled for release on May 31, 2011 in North America, is the new release from German metal gods U.D.O.:
Longevity, integrity and constancy; these are the hallmarks of German metal kings U.D.O. Formed by two former members of Accept — Udo Dirkschneider (vocals) and Stefan Kaufmann (guitar) — U.D.O. have been flying their triumphant flag since their 1987 formation, but their 2009-released Dominator was a true triumph for the band, as the endless praise from fans and metal critics alike will attest. Since Dominator’s release, fans have been venomously awaiting the follow-up, and the wait is now over, as their thirteenth studio album, entitled Rev-Raptor, is confirmed for stateside release on May 31! On the thirteen-track album, U.D.O. provide the logical successor to Dominator; its concise rhythms and machine-like grooves are a perfect complement to the traditional and as usual outstanding songwriting of the band, and Dirkschneider’s incisive voice as always triumphantly at the forefront of the action.[http://www.udo-online.de]
Also watch for info on other new AFM releases coming in June and beyond, including new albums from BLOODBOUND, DEBAUCHERY, REV 16:8, LAKE OF TEARS and much more.
Hard Rock Hideout has 3 copies of the new heavy metal tribute CD to the late, great Frank Sinatra, Sin-Atra! This CD featuring Dee Snider, Glenn Hughes, Jani Lane, Robin Zander, Joey Belladonna, Devin Townsend, Billy Sheehan, Ritchie Kotzen and more!
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Check out the new video, “You Be The Hero” from Memphis rockers Joan Red. “You Be the Hero” is from Joan Red’s 2009 album, Side Effects of You.
3. Boot Hill
4. Truth Teller
5. No Man’s Land
6. The Art Of Demolition
7. Stoned To Death
8. Guilt And Redemption
9. Purple Haze
11. Into The Same River
When I first heard that Frontiers Records signed Benedictum, I was pretty surprised. I have listened to their first two CD’s Uncreation and Seasons of Tragedy and knew that this was a really heavy band.
Kudos to Frontiers Records for stepping out of their Melodic Rock comfort zone for releasing one of better metal CD’s of 2011.
The über sexy Veronica Freeman is one of the most amazing female vocalists I have ever heard. She can scream, growl, and sing in a way that is so impressive, it blows my mind that Benedictum isn’t much higher in the food chain of heavy metal. Guitarist Pete Wells may be Freeman’s metal equal. His playing on Dominion is nothing short of amazing. He is one of the unsung heroes of heavy metal, and Dominion should change that.
On Benedictum’s third effort, Dominion, the band doesn’t hold back any punches, and delivers one super tight metal album, filled with songs deserved to be played at maxium volume. Benedictum has obviously caught the eye of many hard rock veterans, as Dominion features guest apperances from Jeff Pilson, Craig Goldy and Rudy Sarzo!
The title track “Dominion” is a heavy face melter, that just blows my mind when I hear it. Freeman’s voice is at such a low register, I had to make sure it was still her that was signing.
“At the Gates” pummels you with its heavy bass drumming of Mike Pannone, and absolutely kills you with the awesome lyrical delivery from Veronica Freeman. You can’t listen to “At the Gates” without banging your head!
“Grind It” is one of the shorter numbers on Dominion, and yet, when I hear Freeman growl in her lower register, it send shivers down my spine, and puts a big METAL smile on my face. Awesome!
You can practically hear the influence of Ronnie James Dio in Freeman’s delivery of “Prodigal Son”. This is another heavy and cool tune!
The fantastic fretwork of Pete Wells matched with the keyboards of Tony Diaz on the brief instrumental “Beautiful Pain” reminded me a lot of Whitesnake, and left me salivating for more songs in this fashion. This song serves a cool intro the rockin’ tune “Dark Heart”.
“Bang” is a fist pumping, metal anthem that will get a ton of replay from this metalhead! This is the biggest metal anthem of 2011!
Benedictum slows it down for the acoustic number “Sanctuary”. This song while not a heavy tune, would sound great on radio. It is a shame that there aren’t many DJ’s out there with the balls to play it.
Benedictum has included some impressive covers on their first two CD’s, and Dominion is no exception. The cover of “Overture/Temple Of The Syrinx” from Rush’s 2112 shocked me as to just how good it it. This song closes out Dominion in fine metal fashion.
If Benedictum keep releasing albums as impressive as Dominion, they are going to conquer the world of heavy metal. If you are a metal fan, get this CD, and play it loud!! It gets better with every listen! Highly Recommended!
Rating: Out of 10
2. At the Gates
4. Grind It
5. Prodigal Son
6. The Shadowlands
7. Beautiful Pain
8. Dark Heart
10. Loud Silence
13. Overture/The Temples of Syrinx
Veronica Freeman – Vocals
Pete Wells – Guitars
Mike Pannone – Drums
Chris Shrum – Bass
Tony Diaz – Keyboards
Aussie rockers Strange Karma released their debut effort Volume 1 on February 15th, 2011. The side story about Volume 1 is this CD was recorded in 2007. The band had a few failed contracts which delayed the release of this CD. Volume 1 finally got its proper release via FNA Records earlier this year. Kudos to FNA Records, as Brothers Paul and Martin Stage have joined forces to record one hell of a cool record.
The opening rocker “America” reminds me of a heavy Jane’s Addiction tune. This is a powerful tune to start the album off with. This song is going to get a ton or plays from this listener.
Martin Strange has such a terrific voice. He makes songs like “Down and Out” such a joy to listen to. This song gets better with every listen.
“Time” is a piano based number that is just an incredible listen. It has been quite a while since I have heard a song composition as strong as this one. This song is absolutely terrific, and is one of my favorites on Volume 1.
There are parts of the song “Fame” where Martin Strange’s voice reminds me of Kingdom Come’s Lenny Wolf. This song has a lot of tempo changes which makes it one interesting listen.
“Storm” has a very Zeppelin-esque feel to it. When Martin Strange busts out those coarse screams, you can almost hear Robert Plant coming out of your speakers.
The second half of Volume 1 has some more cool surprises including the acoustic guitar flavored “Uneasy”, the hard rockin’ “Mind Games”, and the epic album closer “Indian Sun”.
I have enjoyed Volume 1 from Strange Karma immensely. Volume 1 was a pleasant surprise for my ears. With music this good, Strange Karma’s Volume 1 could easily crack my best of 2011 list. I can’t wait to see what is next from this cool band! Don’t miss this!!
You can purchase your own copy of Strange Karma’s Volume 1 at the FNA Records webstore.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Down And Out
6. Harder Than A Stone
8. Young And Free
9. Mind Games
10. Indian Sun
Strange Karma is:
Martin Strange – Lead Vocals, Piano, Guitar;
Paul Strange – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals;
Jason McDonald – DW Drums;
Doe Prijono – Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals;
Check out the clip “So Unkind” from UK rockers, Voodoo Vegas!
Voodoo Circle’s HOT new album, Broken Heart Syndrome is now streaming online! You can listen to the entire album here! Broken Heart Syndrome will be released on May 3rd via AFM Records.
7Hard & Sanchez (Sweden) are very glad to anounce the release of their 3rd album “Run the Streets“at the 27 of May 2011 inEurope. Later this year comes the album with one bonus track in Japan and Brazil.
“With the signing to 7hard label (Germany), this will be a killer one for die diehards of Firehouse, Dokken and Mötley Crue. This time we will get released in Japan and Brazil later this year. So get out let`s go crazy and Run The Streets! Yours, Marc, Matt, Kieven and Jose.”
SANCHEZ – One of Sweden’s finest melodic hard rock bands are back with a new melodic rock & rock n roll package. “Run The Streets” is about to take your speakers by storm, so Write down May 27 in your calendar! For all the die-hard fans of classic AOR/Glam/Hard Rock music. SANCHEZ are ready to rock the crowd and to seriously kick some butts. So check out SANCHEZ you won’t regret it.
Jose Sanchez – Vocals (ex Empire Saint), Kieven Klevmyr – Guitars, Marc White – Bass, Mr. Drumhead – Drums
1. Stand up (For your rights)
2. We got your love
3. Run the streets
5. Rock & roll stars
6. Bullet in your heart
8. Empty words
9. Dont wanna get around
10. The gambler
Has been around in the music business Since late 80s. These guys have each one of them a history of playing live. Some of them have played as an opening act for band such as Dee snider, Paul di Anno, White Lion, The Poodles, Easy Action. Just to name a few and with major Swedish metal acts, even been on tour in South America.
JOSE SANCHEZ who have been singing since the early 80s. He has been around in a lot of bands such as: Fierce Conviction, Lies and Empire Saint. But hes heart has always been in the glam/hardrock and AOR music. This is for sure the kick ass live band you must see! Haven’t been slapped in your face today? Then you definitely need your dose of SANCHEZ right now! For all the die-hard fans of classic AOR/Glam/Hard Rock music. SANCHEZ are ready to rock the crowd and to seriously kick some butts. They have already proved it with countless shows, that they are an energetic and devoted live act.
2011 Sanchez – Run The Streets (7Hard)
2009 Sanchez – Nightride (Blue Topaz Records)
2007 Sanchez – S/T (Artist Service)
Check out “Two Hot Girls” from UK rockers Jettblack! “Two Hot Girls” is on the awesome 2010 release, Get Your Hands Dirty.
In 1992, on Motörhead’s 10th album, March or Die, Lemmy Kilmister took Motörhead in a different direction, and attempted the mainstream approach with the band. Many long time Motörhead fans were disappointed with this direction and unhappy with this album. The heavy punk edged feel of Motörhead is definitely missing on some of the songs on March or Die, but this album is not the stinker that many folks make it out to be. It is just different.
On this disc, you have a few of guest stars. Ozzy and Slash join Lemmy on the song “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”. Slash also adds some guitars on the song “You Better Run”. Tommy Aldridge from Whitesnake handles most of the drums on this disc.
“Hellraiser” first showed up on the Ozzy Osbourne disc No More Tears in 1991. Lemmy had a partial writing credit on this song and rightfully used this song here. I like the more raw feel of the Motörhead version of the song.
Lemmy does a solid job covering the Ted Nugent classic, “Cat Scratch Fever”. The Motörhead version doesn’t surpass the original, but it isn’t bad either.
The songs “Stand”, “Bad Religion”, “Jack the Ripper”, “Too Good To Be True” and “Name in Vain” all rock hard, and are amongst my favorites on the CD!
Overall, March or Die is a solid album, and worth another look, if you haven’t listened to it in a long time. If you haven’t picked this one up, you should definitely do so. You can pick this CD up for next to nothing at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Cat Scratch Fever
3. Bad Religion
4. Jack the Ripper
5. I Ain’t No Nice Guy
7. Asylum Choir
8. Too Good to Be True
9. You Better Run
10. Name in Vain
11. March Ör Die
Lemmy Kilmister – bass, lead vocals, cello arrangements
Phil Campbell (billed as Zööm) – guitar
Würzel – guitar
Tommy Aldridge – drums
Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor – drums on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”
Mikkey Dee – drums on “Hellraiser”
Peter Solley – keyboards, cello arrangements
Slash – guitar solo on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy” and additional guitar on “You Better Run”
Ozzy Osbourne – additional vocals on “I Ain’t No Nice Guy”
Evergrey’s new song “Wrong” from their new album “Glorious Collision” is easily one of the coolest new songs I have heard in 2011. Glorious Collision is available in stores now!
Check out the video clip below!
TICKETS ON SALE APRIL 22ND AND 23RD
For Soundgarden fans, this is a moment they’ve been waiting for: since the band’s final show in Hawaii in 1997, fans have hoped that Matt Cameron, Chris Cornell, Ben Shepherd, and Kim Thayil would once again take their exalted rock show on the road. This summer, Soundgarden will do just that.
The band has recently confirmed that they are in the studio in Seattle, and are writing and recording what will be the first newSoundgarden album in over 15 years. In the meantime, they will take a break to play a city near you. Today, four shows from their Summer tour are announced, with more to come in the coming weeks. Stay tuned to www.soundgardenworld.com for updates. Come experience the noise!
The pre-sale for the Soundgarden fan club begins on April 18. The tickets for Denver will go on sale to the public on April 22nd, and Toronto, Philadelphia and Los Angeles will go on sale to the public on April 23rd.
7/2/11 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/13/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
7/18/11 Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/22/11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
The band recently released a retrospective entitled Telephantasm (A&M/UMe) and their first-ever live album, called Live on I-5(A&M/UMe). They can be purchased at www.soundgardenworld.com or at any digital or physical retailer.
RELEASED ON APRIL 14, 2011 TO HONOR PETER STEELE
Last year the musical world was dealt a serious blow when gothic metal titan Peter Steele tragically passed away at the age of 48. While Peter may be gone, his music and his legacy live on, and they continue to inspire musicians around the world.
To honor Peter’s memory on the anniversary of his passing, and lead a new generation of metalheads to his music, heavy metal news site Metalunderground.com has teamed up with a dozen underground bands from across the globe to release an exclusive tribute album. The tribute, entitled “All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele,” was done in collaboration with Dan Mitchell of Beneath The Woods Studio and features twelve stellar cover songs from many stages of Peter’s career in both Type O Negative and Carnivore.
Dan Mitchell of Autumns Eyes/Beneath The Wood Studios commented: “My original idea was to find bands that were only interested in paying tribute to Peter, and not getting caught up in the politics of it all. No talks of money, labels, suits, or anyone trying to suck the life out of it. Just a straight up tribute.”
Commenting on Peter’s passing a year ago, Tennessee’s Dark Hound added “Never bowing to be what anybody else wanted him to be, Peter forged his own way and his own style and sound, something every musician should hope to accomplish. That spirit and his music will continue to inspire us and countless bands to come. R.I.P. Peter Steele, thank you for what you’ve left us.”
The track listing, which includes interpretations running the gamut from depressive rock to power metal to death metal and many stops in-between, are as follows:
1. Auvernia – “I Don’t Wanna Be Me”
2. Fairytale Abuse – “Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)”
3. Stabbingback – “Halloween in Heaven”
4. Emancer – “My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend”
5. Dead Shape Figure – “Dead Again”
6. Enthrope – “Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)”
7. Dark Hound – “Life is Killing Me”
8. A Band of Orcs – “Green Man”
9. In.Verno – “Everything Dies”
10. Blind Greed – “Christian Woman”
11. Revilement – “Sex and Violence”
12. Autumns Eyes – “Love You To Death”
Commenting on the tribute album, Metalunderground.com owner Doug Gibson stated, “From the first song I heard, I was blown away, and I continued to be impressed with each new song that came in. The end result has far exceeded my expectations in every aspect. The fact that this tribute was accomplished by a dozen underground bands makes it that much better to me – and fitting for a Metalunderground.com release.”
“All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele” is available now in digital format with a PDF booklet for just $3 (three U.S. dollars), which is solely to cover the cost of mechanical licensing and transaction fees. Any remaining money left over will be given to charity. You can order your copy now at Metalunderground.com:
Two teasers for the tribute album have been released so far.
Teaser 1 – All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele
Teaser 2 – All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele (Song Sampler)
Head to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnQ33QVKpHs to check out the first of several webisodes that IN FLAMES filmed during the recording of ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ for an intimate and in depth insight into their work and life in the studio. ‘Sounds Of A Playground Fading’ will be out on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 and was recorded in the band’s own IF Studios together with producer Roberto Laghi, Daniel Bergstrand and Örjan Örnkloo.
“Deliver Us”, the 1st single off “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”, will be out on Tuesday, May 10, 2011.
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.
For more info, news and updated tourdates please check:
Dynazty has released a preview video of their upcoming CD, Knock You Down. Knock You Down will be released on April 20th! Check out the video below!
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.