The Dreaming is a dark wave band from Los Angeles featuring Christopher Hall and Johnny Haro, the lead singer and drummer from Stabbing Westward and guitarist Eric Griffin (Murderdolls, Genitortures, Wednesday 13) Martin Kelly from Living Dead Lights on Bass guitar. The band’s new album, Puppet will be released on November 1st, 2011.
Check out the Dreaming’s new video clip, “Every Trace” below!
Why is it that it took until 2011 for me to find out about Crash Street Kids? I recently received Crash Street Kids latest long player Sweet Creatures, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fun rocking tunes on this CD. Judging from the cool songs on this CD, I have a lot of catching up to do with this band.
Crash Street Kids have a sound that I would describe as a blend of glam, power pop, and punk rock. Whatever genre you stick them with doesn’t matter, they excel at all of them. In their music, I hear the influence of KISS, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper and The Beatles. Their sound may not be 100% original, but it is quite enjoyable to my ears.
Sweet Creatures is packed with catchy tunes like “Bang Bang! (Your Beautiful)”, “Sad Julia” and “Bad!, Yeah, Bad!” that I can’t get enough of. “3rd Avenue Vampires” sounds like it should have been recorded in the seventies, but it is so good that it deserves a massive amount of replays. “Mary, Queen of Rock” with its trumpets and saxophones (courtesy of Jerry Donato and Greg Varlotta) is like a breath of fresh air. “I Become Death” is a like a dark yet entertaining Cheap Trick tune. I can’t get the lyric “I become death, the destroyer of worlds” out of my head.
Overall, Sweet Creatures is a highly enjoyable listening experience. There isn’t a bad tune in the bunch!
If you want to hear something refreshingly different from the stuff that plagues most FM rock stations, give Crash Street Kids new CD Sweet Creatures a chance. I recommend it!
For more information on Crash Street Kids, please visit the band’s Facebook page. You can check out, their songs “Sad Julia”, and “Bang Bang (Your Beautiful)” below!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Sweet Creatures
03. Bang Bang! (Your Beautiful)
04. Sad Julia
05. Bad! Yeah, Bad!
06. 3rd Avenue Vampires
07. Mary, Queen of the Rock
08. I Become Death
10. I was a Teenage Hooker
11. Harlot of the Flies
Crash Street Kids:
Ryan McKay – Lead Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Ricky Serrano – Lead and Rhythm GUitars, Backing Vocals
Deuce Gregory – Bass, Vocals
A.D. Adams – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals
US Heavy Metal weights Rough Angel have announced to release their recordings from 1993. Recorded at Paramount Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA and engineered by Csaba Zvekan himself. These recordings originally intended for promoters and industry are now available for the public.
The “lava” like music is lush and heavy with aggressive vocals hovering over the music. In the “grunge” era it is a true classic and can be compared with bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin.
Csaba Zvekan who remastered these recordings had to say: “It’s unbelievable how these recordings are almost two decades old and still have the power to convince the listener. The music and lyrics are still current especially these days. I got goose bumps remastering this piece of music. It definitely is a gift for all the friends and fans that are out there.”
The players on the EP are Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord, Killing Machine, Sardonyx, Emergency) – Vocals, Jimmy Z. – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Marc Mougavero – Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Ross Manzo – Bass Guitars, Dave Kappos – Drums
The song tracks that have been put together are as followed:
1. Standing by Mirrors
3. Let it Burn
4. Hear the Angels Rock
Rough Angel EP “Hear The Angels Rock” – official teaser:
Rock’n Growl Management signed Csaba Zvekan in March 2011 to it’s roster. So it comes to no surprise that these “lost and found” recordings will be published in close collaboration. Rough Angel’s EP “Hear the Angels Rock” will be available under Rock’n Growl Records. The digital release date is set to November 30st 2011.
On the latest release label boss Axel Wiesenauer of Rock’n Growl Records said: “I’m really excited about expanding into label work. And so it always starts with a first release. Well, here it is Rough Angel “Hear the Angels Rock”! Enjoy these great tracks”.
More info can be found at:
BEGGARS & THIEVES keep their comeback promise with
their new album “We Are the Brokenhearted”
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated new BEGGARS & THIEVES album entitled « We Are the Brokenhearted » on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.
Beggars & Thieves debuted on Atlantic Records in 1990 with their self-titled album, a record that was critically acclaimed with the first single appearing in the top 40 Billboard Magazine Album Rock Charts and being added to rotation on over 100 Parallel One AOR radio stations.
The change of musical climate, and the advent of grunge, halted the band’s rise to the stardom when their new label Epic Records decided not to release Beggars & Thieves second studio album “Look What You Create”, written and produced in collaboration with Jim Vallance (Aerosmith, Bryan Adams, The Scorpions, Heart, etc.).
In the late 90’s Beggars & Thieves finally independently released “Look What You Create” followed by “The Grey Album” in 1999, before going into hibernation until 2004 when the founding members – singer Louie Merlino and guitarist Ronnie Mancuso – started to play again in the Sin City All-Star’s with guitarist, Brent Muscat (Faster Pussycat) and drummer, Lez Warner (The Cult), opening shows for Tesla, Vince Neil, Ratt, Slaughter, and Skid Row. “That and the amazing internet support from the European Melodic Rock community pretty much set the stage for reforming Beggars” recalls Ronnie.
Indeed one of the highlights during the last five years was Beggars & Thieves participation at Firefest 2010 in Nottingham, UK. “I don’t think we realized that our music meant so much to so many people. The first time we played Firefest and everybody was singing the lyrics, it just blew Louie and me away” continues Mancuso. “Right from the start we had offers to do another album, but it wasn’t until I partnered up with producer/engineer Kevin Churko while he was producing Ozzy, that I knew by combining our studios and his engineering and mixing skills, we could make an album that competed on the level of anything being released at the time”.
The resulting new album « We Are The Brokenhearted » promises to firmly position the band on the map for all Hard Rock fans worldwide. In Merlino’s words: « We wanted to make a Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon” or a U2 “Joshua Tree” and that is a huge commitment. I’m not saying we achieved it. But that was the level of passion and effort that was put into making “We Are The Brokenhearted” ». I think the new songs show our potential to be a truly classic band and we both feel strongly that this is the best work we have ever done. We just hope people get the chance and take the time to really listen and absorb this as an album: This is an album designed to be listened to as a whole entity, not in shuffle mode on an iPod ». « We Are The Brokenhearted » proves that great music is timeless. It’s as fresh as it is familiar. Merlino continues: “This isn’t just some guys trying to have a little fun reliving the past. We got a good ten years left, we aren’t messing around, we are deadly serious. We want to compete with the big boys” and with the quality of this album they just might get their chance!
We Are the Brokenhearted includes the following tracks:
The first single “We Come Undone” can be exclusively listened in full streaming on the Frontiers Records web radio. Tune in at www.frontiers.it/webradio