Alternative rock-band HURT recently signed to CARVED RECORDS. “We are very excited to add HURT to our roster of great artists,” states Tim Porter, label owner. “The depth of HURT’S music was what caught our attention. After one listen to their new material we knew they were a perfect addition to Carved. We look forward to a long and prosperous partnership.”
Front man J. Loren goes on to say, “We made the decision for Carved Records to be our new home because they truly are one of the few companies that continues to believe in rock oriented artists and their music. With their solid commitment to growing and working bands in an uncertain musical climate, we felt this was the right fit for HURT.”
HURT was formed in 2000 and first released the independent albums Hurt in 2000 and The Consumation in 2003. Some of the songs from those early albums found their way onto their first two major label releases, and subsequently The Consumation was re-mastered as The Re-Consumation in 2008. The band received critical success with their major label debut album, Vol. 1, released on March 21, 2006. Their singles “Rapture” and “Falls Apart” gained significant radio airplay on rock stations throughout United States. Their second album was the critically acclaimed Vol. II, released on September 25, 2007, and which garnered them their largest radio rock hit yet with the single “Ten Ton Brick.” HURT released their fifth studio album on April 7, 2009, titled Goodbye to the Machine. The group consists of lead singer J. Loren, guitarist Michael Roberts, bassist Rek Mohr, and drummer Victor Ribas.
The Carved Records family is a mix of tenured music and label professionals, artistic-minded entrepreneurs and musicians skilled in the aspects of sales, distribution, marketing, radio/TV formatting, PR and artist repertoire. This family of individuals share the passion needed to compete in a saturated and aggressive industry. Carved Records has a stylistic focus while seeking high quality artists.
Catch HURT on their upcoming acoustic tour kicking off in St. Louis, MO on October 29th.
October 29 – St Louis, MO The Duck Room
October 30 – Louisville, KY Uncle Slayton’s
November 1 – Chicago, IL Schubas
November 2 – Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
November 3 – Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
November 7 – Nashville, TN 12th & Porter
November 8 – Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar
November 9 – Knoxville, TN Relix
November 10 – Charlotte, NC Visulite
November 12 – Washington, DC Sixth and I
November 13 – West Chester, PA The Note
November 14 – New York, NY The Mercury Lounge
November 15 – Cambridge, MA T.T. the Bear’s Place
It’s finally official: Running Wild are back! To the delight of his countless fans, Captain Rock’n'Rolf has announced the release of the new album, Shadowmaker, seven years after Running Wild’s last studio album, Rogues En Vogue. “My comments in spring 2009 about the demise of Running Wild were absolutely serious at the time. I really needed time out and, to be honest, couldn’t imagine even in January 2011 that I would ever feel like recording a new album again,” says Rolf. “But when I had the inspiration for a best-of album, to which I wanted to contribute four new numbers, I rediscovered how much I enjoy composing. From then on it was only a small step to record a full new studio album.”
Rock’n'Rolf has written ten new tracks for Shadowmaker, among them are the midtempo opener ‘Piece Of The Action’, the uptempo number ‘Shadowmaker’ (“roughly the same pace as ‘Angel Of Mercy’”) and the monumental eight-minute track ‘Dracula’, based on Bram Stoker’s novel and the Christopher Lee movies. “To me, Shadowmaker is a very special album because there was no pressure, timewise or otherwise. I feel it’s clearly audible that this relaxed attitude helped me to write one of the strongest Running Wild recordings of all time.”
Rock N´Rolf recaps his thoughts about the new album, the past and the future in a video message for the fans:
Shadowmaker will be released worldwide on Steamhammer/SPV in April 2012, a cooperation which the Running Wild captain refers to as “a real stroke of luck and ideal partnership“. Rock’n'Rolf: “SPV/Steamhammer are a long-established label with an experienced team, so I know that Running Wild are in good hands. Besides, my band and the record company are based in the same german city (Hannover), which can’t be a disadvantage for a smooth cooperation.”
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer/SPV, is equally delighted: “That a style-defining act such as Running Wild signed with us comes close to an accolade. Band leader Rock’n'Rolf is one of the metal scene’s last originals, and we at SPV are unbelievably proud that his choice fell on us.”
Finnish Rockers Reckless Love have released a new video for the title track of their recently released album, Animal Attraction. Check the clip below!
Five Finger Death Punch shows no signs of slowing down in 2011. The band has cranked out another tasty slab of metal with their new release, American Capitalist. Typically, I am not a fan of bands with vocalists who scream more than sing. In the case of Fiver Finger Death Punch’s singer, Ivan Moody, he does quite a bit of both. For that reason, I have found Five Finger Death Punch’s music much more to my liking. I have seen them live a few times, and they always put on a great show.
Their latest CD American Capitalist does see the band breaking any new ground, but if you have a been a fan of the band’s screaming groove metal in the past, you are going to find plenty to like on the band’s latest CD. American Capitalist is packed full of songs with screaming vocals, excellent guitar solos and plenty of blast beats to get your blood pumping.
The first two songs “American Capitalist” and “Under and Over it” starts this CD off on a high note with two massive metal anthems that will likely be a fixture in future 5FDP live set lists.
What amazes me about Five Finger Death Punch, is Ivan Moody’s ability to transition from the heavy screams and growls, in pitch perfect clean vocals. The band can craft super heavy songs like the ones I mentioned above, and then have a song like “Coming Down” or “Remember Everything” which could easily be played on the radio. Zoltan Bathory’s blazing guitar solos are second to none on this album. Between Moody’s vocals, the outstanding guitar work of Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook, and the über tight rhythm section of Jeremy Spencer and 5FDP newcomer Chris Kael, I have been greatly enjoying American Capitalist.
Is the best Five Finger Death Punch CD yet? My response to that would definitely be yes. I thought the first two CD’s were good, but I have already listened to American Capitalist more than the first two CD’s combined. If you are a fan of metal, or Five Finger Death Punch, you should definitely seek out American Capitalist. I recommend it!
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Capitalist
2. Under and Over It
3. The Pride
4. Coming Down
6. Generation Dead
7. Back For More
8. Remember Everything
9. Wicked Ways
10. If I Fall
Five Finger Death Punch is:
Zoltan Bathory – guitars
Jason Hook – guitars
Ivan Moody – vocals
Jeremy Spencer – drums
Chris Kael – Bass