The most powerful three-piece rock band from Texas, ZZ Top have released a new live CD, Live in Germany 1980. The music for this live CD was recorded long before top 40 hits and videos that shot them to fame on MTV. This CD shows the band in fine form, and shows just how powerful their earlier songs are.
Some of my favorites in this live set are “Thank You”, “Cheap Sunglasses”, “Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers”, “La Grange” The Elvis cover “Jailhouse Rock” and “Tush”. There really isn’t a band song in this awesome live set.
For a band that has been rockin’ for over 40 years, I can’t believe that I haven’t seen ZZ Top live yet. Live in Germany 1980 proves to me that ZZ Top is not only a great live band, but was highly influential on many of the bands that I listen to today. I hope that I get a chance to see them play live before they call it a day.
If you are familiar with the DVD, Double Down Live, then you already have an idea of how cool this CD is. This concert was filmed for German television’s popular Rockpalast program and released on DVD as Double Down Live in 2009. The music is now available on CD for the very first time.
If you are a ZZ Top fan, you should not miss Live in Germany 1980. It does not disappoint!
Rating: Out of 10
- El Deguello
- I Thank You
- Waitin’ For the Bus
- Jesus Just Left Chicago
- Precious And Grace
- Manic Mechanic
- Lowdown In The Street
- Heard It On The X
- Fool For Your Stockings
- Cheap Sunglasses
- Arrested For Driving While Blind
- Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers
- La Grange / Sloppy Drunk / Bar-B-Q
- Dust My Broom
- Jailhouse Rock
ZZ Top is:
Billy Gibbons – Vocals & Guitar
Dusty Hill – Bass & Vocals
Frank Beard – Drums
Megadeth’s new 25th Anniversary Edition of Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying was released today! This new collection had a remastered edition of the 1986 classic CD, as well as a previous unreleased concert from 1987. This is an extremely cool re-release for all Megadeth fans. Check below for the track listings!
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MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]
Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich
|Disc 1 (original album, remastered)||Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert)|
|Wake Up Dead||IntroWake Up Dead|
|The Conjuring||The Conjuring|
|Peace Sells||Bad Omen|
|Good Mourning/Black Friday||Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good|
|Bad Omen||Looking Down The Cross|
|I Ain’t Superstitious||My Last Words|
|My Last Words||Peace Sells|
|These Boots Were Made For Walkin’|
|Last Rites / Loved To Deth|
This collection is also available in LP form. Check out Megadeth.com for more info!
EUROPE, Sweden’s biggest rock band, confirm their next studio album, slated for April 2012 release, will be produced by the world’s hottest rock record producer, Kevin Shirley.
No stranger to the crème de la crème of iconic rock records, Shirley’s produced albums for Iron Maiden, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, Black Stone Cherry and Journey.
“We still feel we have one hell of a rock record to make” says Europe’s singer Joey Tempest. “Kevin’s the man for the job. We love his work with Bonamassa, Black Country Communion, and Black Stone Cherry. He’s the real deal. We’re ready to do some serious damage.”
Last week Europe met up with Shirley in Stockholm to discuss the direction of the next album. Based on reactions from the fans and media, Europe’s 2009 album ‘Last Look at Eden’ proved to be the band’s most important record since ‘The Final Countdown’. “I’ve been a big fan of Europe’s work for many years,” says Shirley. “The band is influential and highly underrated. I can’t wait to make the upcoming album their most explosive to date.”
After summer 2011, Europe will finish the promotion of Last Look at Eden tour, and will start to focus their energy on the next album produced by Shirley. “We’ve toured for one and a half years” adds Tempest. “It’s time to write and record some new songs and get back on the road again in 2012.”
The new material suggests a more straight forward rock approach evident in ‘Doghouse’ – a new song Europe performed on their recent UK tour. The song is also featured on Europe’s upcoming ‘Europe: Live at Shepherd’s Bush’ DVD, released August 2011 on earMUSIC CDs and DVDs.
earMUSIC is also about to release a limited deluxe book with pictures be Denis O’Regan. “Live Look At Eden” features exclusive live audio and the stunning performance at last year iTunes Festival in London. Recording for Europe’s new album begins in Stockholm on October 3rd, for an April 2012 release.
Multi-platinum rock band BUSH has announced a September 13th release for highly anticipated new album THE SEA OF MEMORIES. Recorded with producer Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), THE SEA OF MEMORIES is the seminal band’s first studio release in 10 years and the first to be released via their own imprint, Zuma Rock Records, through an exclusive partnership with eOne Music.
On July 21st, the band (vocalist/guitarist Gavin Rossdale, guitarist Chris Traynor, drummer Robin Goodridge, and bassist Corey Britz) will perform lead single “The Sound of Winter” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Last week, Bush announced that they’ll be playing the Bowery Ballroom in New York City on July 28th and the show literally sold out in under a minute. On Saturday, August 20th, BUSH will also be among the headliners performing with the Sunset Strip Music Festival in LA.
THE SEA OF MEMORIES captures the electricity and trademark intensity of classic BUSH delivered in a setting that’s fresh and alive. Songs like “The Sound of Winter,” “Heart of the Matter” and “All Night Doctors” are propelled by heavy guitar and hypnotic beats, simple song structures and sublime textures.
About the album, Rossdale says, “When making music, you have a choice to repeat what you’ve done or move on. It would’ve been safe to just rework (1994’s debut album) ‘Sixteen Stone’ over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When you’re driving down the road, you’re focused on what’s in front of you; you don’t really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing.”
Over the course of their remarkable career, BUSH has sold more than 16 million albums in the U.S. and Canada alone. They’ve also compiled an amazing string of 14 consecutive Top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock charts, including ten that hit the Top 5. Four of these became No. 1 hits: “Comedown,” “Glycerine,” “Swallowed” and “The Chemicals Between Us.”
The band is currently finalizing plans for a fall tour.
It seems like everyone is jumping on the live music band wagon in 2011. Def Leppard is just one of many bands who have released a live CD/DVD set in 2011. Def Leppard’s new live collection, Mirrorball, is a Wal-mart exclusive release in the United States, and available via Frontiers Records in Europe.
The question is: Should you buy it? If you are a Def Leppard fan, you most certainly should. This live set was recorded during the band’s Songs From the Sparkle Lounge Tour.
In my opinion Songs From the Sparkle Lounge was not that strong of an album from Def Leppard, and luckily there are only two live songs in the band’s set on this release (three, if you count the bonus live track “Bad Actress”). The live sets on the two CD’s are good. Joe Elliott’s voice is definitely showing its age, but he can still sing. I prefer the second CD in this set with the older material on it. I thought the fan interaction on “Bringin’ on the Heartache” was really cool. The three bonus tracks, are almost worthy of picking up Mirrorball by themselves.
“Undefeated” is a good Def Leppard tune that I would have liked to have seen on the Songs From the Sparkle Lounge CD. It is better than “Nine Lives” &” C’mon C’mon” in my opinion. “Kings of the World” almost has a “Bohemian Rhapsody feel to it. “It’s All About Believin’ ” is a solid tune, although it is nothing overwhelming.
I thought the DVD was ok. I didn’t really care about the music videos, but the live songs, and behind the scenes footage was kind of cool. Overall, I thought the $11.88 our local Wal-Mart charges for Mirrorball was a fair price. The music is good, and the CD’s have already gotten a lot of play from me.
If I have any complaint about Mirrorball, it would be about the set list. I would rather hear Def Leppard play “Rock Brigade”, “Hello America”, or “Wasted” than waste five minutes on a cover of “Rock On”.
This is only a minor complaint. Overall, Mirrorball is definitely worth checking out if you are Def Leppard fan!
Rating: Out of 10
CD 1 Track Listing:
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
CD 2 Track Listing:
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
10. Action [Live]
11. Bad Actress [Live]
13. Kings of the World
14. It’s All About Believin’
DVD Track Listing:
1. Rock! Rock! (Till You Drop)
2. Armageddon It
3. Pour Some Sugar On Me
5. Nine Lives (Music Video)
6. C’Mon C’Mon (Music Video)
Check out the new video clip “Who’s Coming Back to Who” from The Dirty Pearls. Like what you hear? You can download this song at Amazon.com.
Thanks to MartyE for letting me know about this one!
The Blast From The Past Festival will be held on Friday, August 19th till August 21st in North Lawrence, OH.
Friday, August 19th: GOD Z, COLD TRUTH, JACKYL, and L.A. GUNS.
Saturday, August 20th: CRACK IN THE SKY, PAT TRAVERS BAND, MICHAEL STANLEY & THE RESONATORS, RICK RAY BAND, and THE ERIC CALES BAND.
Sunday, August 21st: STARZ, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, and ex-THREE DOG NIGHT vocalist Chuck Negron.
Retospect Records/ Sweet Sounds Music stage will be included to accommodate bands interested in playing the festival.
For more info visit this location.
Here it is, mothertruckers, the official track listing and cover art for Sebastian Bach’s new solo album, KICKING & SCREAMING! The first single from the album will be the title track, “Kicking & Screaming”; look for it to impact at radio in mid-August.
KICKING & SCREAMING will be released on September 27th via Frontiers Records in North America and September 23rd in Europe and is produced by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Atreyu, Filter). The album will be available in three separate configurations: jewel box CD, deluxe digipak with bonus track and bonus DVD and double LP gatefold vinyl. The recording features young virtuosic guitarist Nick Sterling and drum pro Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Iced Earth), as well a guest appearance by noted guitarist John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) on “TunnelVision”.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
Sebastian Bach KICKING & SCREAMING track listing:
1. Kicking & Screaming
2. My Own Worst Enemy
3. TunnelVision (featuring John 5)
4. Dance On Your Grave
5. Caught In A Dream
6. As Long As I Got The Music
7. I’m Alive
8. Dirty Power
9. Live The Life
10. Dream Forever
11. One Good Reason
12. Lost In The Light
1. Jumpin’ Off The Wagon – only available on the physical CD/DVD editions
2. Ain’t There Yet – iTunes exclusive
Los Angeles hard rock band ‘Love and a .38’ has released a brand new video to their single, “Rock N Lola”‘ from their debut, self titled EP (available at digital music stores everywhere).
Love and a .38 appears at The Sunset Strip Music Festival this August with Motley Crue, Public Enemy, Black Veil Brides, Bush and more, before entering the studio to complete a new album.
Check out the video for “Rock N Lola” below!
DEEP PURPLE’S ORIGINAL 1968 LINEUP COMES ALIVE AGAIN!
EAGLE TO RELEASE FIRST 3 DEEP PURPLE ALBUMS JULY 26 COMPLETE WITH
RARE BONUS TRACKS, STUDIO OUTTAKES, AND MORE!
It was the summer of 1968. Lead guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice, bassist Nick Simper and vocalist Rod Evans, known collectively as Deep Purple, released Shades Of Deep Purple. The introduction to America was the Top 5 hit “Hush.”
1.) And The Address
3.) One More Rainy Day
4.) Prelude: Happiness I’m So Glad
5.) Mandrake Root
7.) Love Help Me
8.) Hey Joe
9.) Shadows (album outtake)
10.) Love Help Me (instrumental version)
11.) Help! (alternative take)
12.) Hey Joe (BBC Top Gear session)
13.) Hush (live US TV)
1.) Listen, Learn, Read On
2.) Wring That Neck
3.) Kentucky Woman
4.) a.) Exposition / b.) We Can Work It Out
7.) River Deep, Mountain High
8.) Oh No No No (studio outtake)
9.) It’s All Over (BBC Top Gear session)
10.) Hey Bop A Re Bop (BBC Top Gear session)
11.) Wring That Neck (BBC Top Gear session)
12.) Playground (remixed instrumental studio outtake)
1.) Chasing Shadows
4.) Fault Line
5.) The Painter
6.) Why Didn’t Rosemary?
7.) Bird Had Flown
9.) The Bird Has Flown (alterntive b-side version)
10.) Emmaretta (single a-side)
11.) Emmaretta (BBC Top Gear session Jan. 16, 1969)
12.) Lalena (BBC radio session June 6, 1969)
13.) The Painter (BBC radio session June 6, 1969)
For a band that looks like the bastard children of Motley Crue and KISS, I had hopes for Black Veil Brides. While the band isn’t doing anything new with their looks, at least they are trying to do something different. There are far too many bands in today’s scene that have NO image at all. That is one of the things that made rock exciting in the 70’s and 80’s, and is severely lacking today.
I am glad that the Black Veil Brides have shed the whole hardcore/metalcore sound. I can stand bands that cookie monster as their singer, and quite frankly, I didn’t think Andy Biersack was all that great of screamer/screacher/cookie gargler or whatever title fits those core bands. His vocals on Set the World on Fire, are better than those he laid down on Black Veil Brides debut, We Stitch These Wounds. His vocals may be better, but they still aren’t great. His range appears to be far too limited to make a statement in the music found on this CD.
If it wasn’t for the high-speed beats from CC Coma, and solid guitar licks from Jeremy Ferguson and Jake Pitts. I may not have given this CD a second listen. I have to admit that I did like the song “Fallen Angels” somewhat, and it was this song that kept me interested enough to give Set the World on Fire a few more spins. If it was 1987 all over again, “Savior” would probably be a massive big hair ballad. It would have been a better tune, if Biersack didn’t start that screamo crap towards the end of the song.
With this CD The Black Veil Brides prove that image isn’t everything. While their look is interesting, their new CD DOES NOT set the world on fire. I am typically hardwired to like bands like this, but for my ears, Set the World on Fire just misses the mark. If you like the songs in the videos below, you may want to check CD out. I think they are the best songs on the disc. Aside from “Fallen Angels” and “The Legacy” there just wasn’t too much more to keep me excited.
For more information on Black Veil Brides, check out their website: http://www.bvbarmy.com/.
Rating: Out of 10
1. New Religion
2. Set The World On Fire
3. Fallen Angels
4. Love Isn’t Always Fair
5. God Bless You
6. Rebel Love Song
8. The Legacy
9. Die For You
11. Youth And Whiskey
Black Veil Brides are:
Andy “Six” Biersack – lead vocals, keyboards
Christian “CC” Coma – drums
Jeremy “Jinxx” Ferguson – rhythm guitar, violin, backing vocals
Jake Pitts – lead guitar
Ashley Purdy – bass, backing vocals
To celebrate this weekend’s Sonisphere festival, Kerrang! has teamed up with Roadrunner Records to bring you 11 FREE TRACKS from some of the biggest names appearing at the three-day bash.
Click here to get your hands on tracks by Slipknot, Megadeth, Airbourne, Kids in Glass Houses, Periphery, Opeth, Revoker and Cavalera Conspiracy – PLUS bonus tracks from DevilDriver, Underøath and Theory of a Deadman!
The band said of the upcoming performance: “England has always been a special place for this band from the very beginning. We can’t think of a better way to culminate our celebration of Paul’s life than to share it with the Maggots at Knebworth and the millions more watching around the world. This is not to be missed.”
Says festival producer Stuart Galbraith:
“This is the first time Sonisphere Festival has been transmitted live across the web and represents yet another major stride in its commitment to harnessing the power of the internet to engage with the rock audience at large across the planet. Given that this is going to be such an important event for Slipknot fans the world over, we felt it only right to allow them all to share in what is set to be a historic experience, wherever they are.”
To tune in visit Slipknot1.com.
NEW ALBUM THE GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST DUE OUT LATE SUMMER
JANE’S ADDICTION have now released a non-explicit version of their official video for “End To The Lies,” the first single off their upcoming album, The Great Escape Artist. The video was directed by Alex Bulkley (Robot Chicken) in Hollywood, CA at Studio 905 where the band shot live performances in front of a white back drop to be super imposed onto a women’s body. Fans can watch behind-the-scenes footage of the filming process and concept in creating the video.
For more information on Jane’s Addiction as well as updates from the band, make sure to check out their official website, www.JanesAddiction.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages. Look for The Great Escape Artist releasing late this summer!
Lp2: Side A: Adagio For Strato; Flying Dutchman Boogie; Is This Love; Cheap An’ Nasty – Side B: Crying In The Rain (Featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum Solo); Fool For Your Loving.
Lp3:Side A: For The Love Of God; The Audience Is Listening; Here I Go Again; Bad Boys – Side B: Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City; Still Of The Night.
On July 26, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Twisted Sister Double Live: North Stage ’82, NY Steel ’01, a double-disc DVD package consisting of two Twisted Sister concerts, 19 years apart. Over three hours of the most Twisted rock’n’roll and heavy metal ever! [Pre-book Order Date July 1, MSRP $24.98]
DISC ONE: North Stage Theater 1982
1) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
3) Tear It Loose
4) Bad Boys Of Rock ‘n’ Roll
5) Lady’s Boy
6) Leader Of The Pack
7) Under The Blade
8) Shoot ‘Em Down
9) Sin After Sin
10) I’ll Never Grow Up Now
11) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
12) You Know I Cry
13) It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
14) Rock N Roll Saviours
DISC TWO: New York Steel 2001
1) What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2) The Kids Are Back
3) Stay Hungry
4) Burn In Hell
5) You Can’t Stop Rock ‘n’ Roll
6) Under The Blade
7) Shoot ‘Em Down
8) Come Back
9) You Know I Cry
10) I Wanna Rock
11) We’re Not Gonna Take It
12) The Price
Italian thrash metal band have a released a new video “This is War”. This song is on the band’s new album, Apocalyptic due out July 15th!
Burn Halo is back with their sophomore effort, Up From the Ashes. On Burn Halo’s debut, the band had a helping hand from Synnester Gates, Daniel Adair and more. They helped James Hart create a cool CD with some excellent stand out tracks like “Dirty Little Girl” and “Save Me”.
The band backing up singer James Hart on Up From the Ashes is completely different from the band that recorded the debut. With that being said, Up From the Ashes is sort of a second debut for the Burn Halo.
I have liked James Hart’s voice since his days in Eighteen Visions, and his vocals are in fine form on this CD. I can hear the influence of Avenged Sevenfold on some of the songs, and I thought that was kind of cool. I kept looking for a track to stand out amongst the rest on Up From The Ashes, and that song is “Dakota”, a heavy rocker which was written by Burn Halo’s guitarist, Brandon Lynn.
“I Won’t Back Down” and “Dakota” are the heaviest tunes on the album. This is a direction I would like to see Burn Halo move towards. I say this because far too many of the song on Up From The Ashes fall in that mid tempo modern rock style that is unidentifiable. When Burn Halo breaks out of the modern rock comfort zone, they truly shine, and in my opinion, that is what people are going remember the most. With so many bands in the modern rock genre, bands have to start doing something to differentiate themselves from another. Burn Halo has the talent to do that, but they don’t do it anywhere enough on Up From The Ashes. Drummer Dillon Ray has added some serious kick to Burn Halo’s music. We he cuts loose on the album, the music really takes off on its own. Joey Roxx and Brandon Lynn have plenty of cool licks on the album, but there are cases where I wish there was more.
While I don’t think Up From the Ashes quite lives up to Burn Halo’s debut, it isn’t a sophomore slump either. The standout tracks are “Tear it Down”, “Dakota”, “I Won’t Break Down” and the rockin’ album closer “Shine”. Now that James Hart has a solid lineup in place for Burn Halo, the potential for success is extraordinary. Up From the Ashes should be a launch pad for future successse for Burn Halo.
You can check out songs from Up From The Ashes on the Burn Halo Facebook page. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Tear it Down
2. Up From the Ashes
4. Threw it all Away
6. Stuck in a Rut
7. Give Me a Sign
9. Rest My Soul
10. I Won’t Back Down
Burn Halo is:
James Hart – vocals
Joey Roxx – guitar
Brandon Lynn – guitar
Aaron Boehler – bass
Dillon Ray – drums
Hell Or Highwater has been brewing for a little over a year and a half, as Brandon Saller’s (Atreyu) songwriting drew inspiration from classic rock, doo-wop, punk and pop. Once armed with a solid collection of tunes, he unleashed his newfound vigor in a slew of gigs prior to the New Year. When Atreyu announced their hiatus in January, Saller knew the timing was spot on to bring Hell Or Highwater to the forefront.
The 5-piece band will self-release “Begin Again” on August, 9th, 2011. To support the release, the band will take the stage touring on the UPROAR Festival kicking off in August.
“The Black Cloud Collective was just a name. We felt that it didn’t speak to, or represent the 5 of us. Hell or Highwater spoke to who we are as a band. Hell or Highwater is who we are,” says Saller.
The Hell Or Highwater lineup in addition to Brandon Saller is Matt Pauling (The Confession), guitarist Neal Tiemann (MWK, David Cook), bassist Joey Bradford (Thieves and Liars), and drummer Kyle Peek (MWK, David Cook).
“I was lucky enough to find, in my opinion, some of the greatest musicians I could have ever found,” Saller states. “The music has energized all of us to the point where we’re foaming at the mouth. This music makes me want to body slam someone and run a mile, while waving an American flag!”
In addition to the upcoming release of “Begin Again” and the UPROAR Festival Tour, Saller recorded a cover of “Night Life” with Billy Martin of Good Charlotte for the soundtrack of the upcoming Muppets Movie coming August 23rd to Starbucks’ worldwide.
For more information, like Hell Or Highwater on Facebook.
eOne Music has completed a new, exclusive deal with hard rock supergroup CHICKENFOOT for North America. The group – Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith – will release its sophomore album, titled “Chickenfoot III,” in late September 2011.
CHICKENFOOT’s 2009 Gold-certified, self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top and included the hit “Oh Yeah.”
Alan Grunblatt, President of eOne Music, says, “Chickenfoot is one of the top selling hard rock groups in the country. Everyone at eOne is thrilled to be working with them.”
CHICKENFOOT lead singer Sammy Hagar adds, “I am very happy to join forces with eOne. The Foot has landed!”
More details to be announced soon.
This month Brad Gillis from West Coast favourites Night Ranger talks about their new album Somewhere In California, their upcoming tour with Journey and Foreigner and how they’re having fun getting back to the 80s sound that made them a household name.
Simon Wright talks about the Dio Disciples tour currently finishing up in Europe and hopefully starting up stateside in September. He’s adamant people understand that the tour is a celebration of Dio’s music performed by his band, not some kind of money-spinning tribute act. Wright also talks about his tenure with AC/DC and we hear from one of his earliest bands A II Z.
Finally New York’s Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach) talks about the KISS Army, his work with members of the original Alice Cooper band, how he was at the original Woodstock festival and has been under the spell of Hendrix ever since.
David Coverdale talks about the recent Whitesnake Live at Donington 1990 DVD and CD release and there’s the usual news, new release and live dates roundup plus music from Night Ranger, Whitesnake, A II Z, Richie Scarlet and new boys Enforcer.
Legendary guitarist and Mountain founder ‘Leslie West’ will release the new solo album, ‘Unusual Suspects’, on Monday September 19th. The album follows the recent news that West underwent life-saving surgery on June 17th, when his leg was amputated above the knee. While an ordeal such as this would surely deter other artists, West insisted on honouring the ‘Unusual Suspects’ album release date in September.
Released by Provogue Records, ‘Unusual Suspects’ features West performing alongside an all-star hand-picked line-up of the world’s finest guitar players, including Slash, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society front man and ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbon and Toto’s Steve Lukather. ‘Unusual Suspects’ is West’s first album since 2006’s ‘Blue Me’.
“These guys don’t just show up to play on everybody’s albums,” says West on his special guests and the album’s title. “They’re all stars in their own right, and fantastic players – everyone with their own sound and style, about as far from the usual suspects as it gets.”
The former members of Guns N’ Roses are a relentless bunch of musicians. While I love the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses, when I hear an album like Duff McKagan’s Loaded’s The Taking, I begin to think that the fans are winning by the break up of G N’ R. If Guns N’ Roses was still around, we may not get so many cool tunes from Duff McKagan’s Loaded.
The Taking starts off with a heavy rocker “Lords of Abaddon”. This song is so good, it demands multiple replays. McKagan play a heavy bass line throughout this song, and delivers a pretty cool vocal to boot. “Lords of Abaddon” is definitely the right way to start off an album!
“Executioner’s Song” is a powerful and heavy number that invokes the spirit of Black Sabbath. This is a tune needs to be played a maximum volume to be fully appreciated.
“Dead Skin” is one of the more radio friendly tracks, that U.S. Radio has simply ignored. It is a crying shame, as this is one of Loaded’s better tunes. (Check it out in the video below.)
I don’t know what it is about “We Win” that reminds me of early U2, but it does. I mean that in the utmost respect to Duff McKagan and company. It is a pretty extraordinary tune that I wouldn’t expect to hear from Duff McKagan’s Loaded.
“Easier Lying” is the first song that I have mixed feelings about. This mid-tempo number isn’t terrible, but it needed something to take it up a notch. I kind of feel the same way about the song “She An Anchor” too. “She’s An Anchor” is an angry sounding rocker that could have been improved upon a bit.
Loaded could actually have a mild hit on their hands with “Indian Summer”. It is one of the catchier songs on The Taken, and one of my favorites on the CD.
“King of the World” is one of the harder rocking moments on The Taking. It commands attention with its hard-driving beat, but might require a few plays before you truly appreciate it.
Everytime I listen to “Cocaine” I begin to wonder how this song would have sounded with Axl Rose on the vocals. This song could have easily been recorded as a Guns N’ Roses tune.
While I have enjoyed The Taking, it does not surpass the Duff McKagan’s Loaded’s previous release Sick. This CD is however a better release than the band’s debut Dark Days. The Taking could have used a couple of stronger tunes to get it through its weaker spots. It is still is a solid album, and one that all of Duff McKagan’s fans need to check out!!
For more information on Duff McKagan’s Loaded, please visit the band’s website at http://duff-loaded.com/.
Rating: Out of 10
1.) Lords of Abaddon
2.) Executioner’s Song
3.) Dead Skin
4.) We Win
5.) Easier Lying
6.) She’s An Anchor
7.) Indian Summer
8.) Wrecking Ball
9.) King Of The World
11.) Your Name
12.) Follow Me To Hell
Duff McKagan’s Loaded is:
Duff McKagan – vocals and guitar
Mike Squires – lead guitar
Jeff Rouse – bass
Isaac Carpenter – drums
The Electric Boys new CD, And Them Boys Done Swang, has been at the top of my play list for several weeks now. If you haven’t checked out their new CD, you ought to give it a look. It is better than their classic debut, Funk O Metal Carpet Ride in my opinion. Check out the band’s new clip for the song, “Angels in An Armoured Suit” below!
Status Quo, one of the most long-lasting UK rock bands of all time, have sold 118 million records worldwide since their first single, “Pictures Of Matchstick Men,” in 1968. Since then, they’ve enjoyed 63 more British hit singles, 22 of which have reached the Top 10. Eagle Rock Entertainment will release their latest CD Quid Pro Quo on July 12. The release is the band’s 30th album, and the first since Eagle Records released 2007’s In Search Of The Fourth Chord in the U.S. [MSRP $13.98]
Recorded in the spring of 2010, Quid Pro Quo ROCKS, plain and simple, with a primal unadorned directness and honest love for pure unadulterated rock’n’roll. Mike Paxman is again behind the board, producing with Bob Young and Francis Rossi. Led by original members Rossi and Rick Parfitt, the lineup also includes keyboard player Andrew Bown (35 years in the band), bassist John Edwards (25 years) and drummer Matt Latley (11 years).
Quid Pro Quo, in its hard-charging 15 tracks, is proof positive that their vitality, verve, action-packed aesthetic and musical prowess have yet to diminish. First and foremost, it’s obvious from one listen that a wild sense of pure freedom and abandon inform these tracks as their tightness, their stop-on-a-dime virility and their commitment come to the fore.
Refusing to rest on past laurels, Status Quo is still rocking stages across Europe. The long-running band is showing no signs of slowing down!
Quid Pro Quo Track Listing:
1) Two Way Traffic
3) Dust To Gold
4) Let’s Rock
5) Can’t See For Looking
6) Better Than That
7) Movin’ On
8) Leave A Little Light On
9) Any Way You Like It
10) Frozen Hero
11) Reality Cheque
12) The Winner
13) It’s All About You
14) My Old Ways
15) In The Army Now (2010)
Eagle Rock Entertainment is an international media production and distribution company operating across audiovisual entertainment programming. Eagle Rock Entertainment works directly alongside talent to produce the highest quality programming output covering film, general entertainment and musical performance. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices based in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hamburg, & Paris.
Alice Cooper has reunited with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Kiss, Pink Floyd) to record the sequel to their classic 1975 concept debut album Welcome To My Nightmare, which will be released in three formats for Halloween.
As well as the individual record and collectable ‘fan pack’ edition, which will contain fake blood, face paints, an Alice Cooper mask and a bespoke magazine, part two – Welcome 2 My Nightmare – will be released on an iPad in a groundbreaking venture between Future Publishing and Universal Music Group International.
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POP EVIL are streaming their new record “War Of Angels” in its entirety as an AOL Music Listening Party feature today.
Their new long awaited album “War Of Angels” is out TODAY. The record has debuted at #1 on the iTunes rock chart with no signs of slowing down. Click HERE to preview.
The band recently released behind the scenes footage from their “Monster You Made” video which was shot earlier this month.
WATCH IT HERE.
The video for their brand new track “Monster You Made” was shot in Chicago with critically acclaimed director Robby Starbuck. “We are very excited to release “Monster You Made” as the follow up single to ‘Last Man Standing.’ This song depicts what ‘War of Angels’ is all about! Nothing puts a bigger smile on our face then getting the chance to say July 5th marks ‘War of Angels’ release day!” says front man Leigh Kakaty.
LISTEN TO MONSTER YOU MADE HERE.
The band even went as far as to tear up their old record contract on stage during their performance at Rock On The Range festival last month before announcing their new home. Watch the video of front man Leigh Kakaty doing so HERE.
SPIN.com hailed it one of the “10 Best Moments of Rock on the Range.”
The band has enjoyed early success with their hit single “Last Man Standing” which peaked at #5 on the active rock charts. That single can be heard HERE. War Of Angles is the follow up to Lipstick on the Mirror which was released in 2008.
POP EVIL is Leigh Kakaty (lead vocals) Dylan Allison (drums) Davey Grahs (guitar) Tony Greve (guitar) and Matt DiRito (bass).
Mick Tucker – guitar
Cliff Evans – guitar
Chris Dale – bass
Mark Cross – drums
Omaha, Nebraska may be better known for its wild weather than its rock and roll bands, but Emphatic may change that soon.
I usually hear new music before I see a band live, but in the case of Emphatic, I saw their live show, and was so impressed that I purchased a pre-release copy of their debut CD, Damage after their show.
The song writing style of Emphatic kind of has a hair metal flair in my opinion. You can relate to the songs, and they are instantly catchy. I have listened to Damage several times, and I couldn’t find one bad tune on the CD.
The opening song “Do I” kind of has a Disturbed like vibe to it, but with a more upbeat approach. It is a great tune, and one that will have you singing along in no time.
“Get Paid” is absolutely infectious. This song may not find its way to radio due to the language, and that is a real shame. It is one of the best tunes on Damage.
Changes are you have seen the video or listened to the song “Bounce”. If not, you can check it out in the video below. With “Bounce” Emphatic has their first anthem. This song is a real crowd pleaser live, and it gaining momentum on the radio.
“Pride” has the potential to be a monster hit for Emphatic. This ought to be the second single from the CD in my opinion.
Damage is easily the best modern rock CD I have heard in 2011. Damage will be released on July 12th, 2011. Don’t miss out on this excellent CD!
For more information on Emphatic, please visit the band’s Reverbnation page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Do I
2. Get Paid
3. Put Down the Drink
5. Place To Fall
9. Original Sin
10.Don’t Forget About Me
Patrick Wilson – Vocals
Justin McCain – Lead Guitar
Alan Larson – Bass
Lance Dowdle – Guitar
Jeff Fenn – Programing/Keys