New Album CRYSTAL EYE
All-Star Line Up – feat. singer Leon Goewie with Chris Slade (ex- AC/DC) Keri Kelli (ex- Alice Cooper) & Chris Glen (ex- MSG)
Release Date: February, 27th 2012
Dutch rock legend Vengeance is back with a musical bang: almost three years after their most recent studio album “Soul Collector”, their latest recording “Crystal Eye” is ready for release and is set to delight all fans of the band’s straightforward, timeless hard rock. Vocalist Leon Goewie promises eleven haunting new songs which forge an arch between the group’s glorious past – documented by the return of the legendary band logo from the cult recordings “We Have Ways To Make You Rock” and “Take It Or Leave It” - and their future-oriented present.
“Crystal Eye” will be out on 27 February 2012 (Germany: 24 February, USA/Canada: early March) on Steamhammer/SPV. Goewie comments the worldwide collaboration with the german Hanover based label enthusiastically: “We are proud that we have signed with SPV/Steamhammer. We finally found our home and together we have many ways to make the fans rock!”
Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer/SPV, is equally delighted: “I was always a fan of the band and now they are part of the SPV family, which is fantastic. The new album rocks big time and will bring a huge smile on the face of every fan!”
The album’s sensational all-star cast is just as spectacular as the new material: alongside original vocalist Leon Goewie, “Crystal Eye” features drummer Chris Slade (ex- AC/DC), guitarist Keri Kelli (ex- Alice Cooper), bassist Chris Glen (ex- Michael Schenker Group), and guest guitarist Timo Somers (son of Vengeance guitarist Jan Somers, who sadly passed away in January 2011). “More than ever before, this is a band which consists of friends,” comments Goewie, whose excellent reputation as an exceptional vocalist made this impressive line-up possible: Goewie, Slade, Glen and Kelli also form the nucleus of AC/DC cover band Chris Slade`s Steel Circle who rock the popular clubs whenever their time allows it.
“Crystal Eye” was produced by Michael Voss, who composed most of the songs in collaboration with Goewie. The title track was penned by former Vengeance guitarist Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon, Star One), and Tony Martin (ex- Black Sabbath) contributed ‘Whole Lotta Metal’ tailor-made for Goewie and Vengeance. The album closes with the instrumental ‘Jan`s End Piece’ which features the last guitar solos recorded by Jan Somers before his unexpected death.
“I’ve listened to the new tracks a couple of times now and consider this the most professional album I’ve ever done,” says Goewie proudly, adding: “The fun and humour which are typical of Vengeance are all there on “Crystal Eye”, but in addition, the material is perceptibly more serious, which I feel really suits Vengeance mark 2012.”
Goewie & Co. will schedule a tour featuring their illustrious album line-up for March/April 2012.
What is in a name? If the band Zombie Shaker Box would have come across my desk, with any other name, I may not have checked them out. You see, zombie’s are Hollywood’s current “It” monster. As a horror aficionado, I can’t get enough of the Zombie movies. “The Walking Dead” has become a weekly staple of my T.V. watching. What does this have to do with Zombie Shaker Box? Absolutely nothing. If the band would have been called Ghostly Shaker Box, or Vampire Shaker Box, I may not have given them a proper listen. That would have been a big mistake on my part, as Zombie Shaker Box is pretty damn good.
The band’s debut CD, Encrypted reminds me of a mix of Alice in Chains and a little bit of Ozzy Osbourne here and there. The music is dark, riffy and extremely crank worthy.
Kirk Hulshoff’s layered vocals seemed tailor-made for today’s FM rock radio. Instead of following the way too common path of just playing with down tuned guitars, Jami Lin offers some pretty cool riffs. The rhythm section of Cory Kay and Tomonori Sugiyama deliver a cool groove to the songs on Encrypted.
To my ears, the best songs on Encrypted are “Blow N Smoke” (See Video Below), “Answer To No One” and “Gates of Hell”. These are the most rocking cuts on Encrypted. If there is anything I would change for album # 2, it would be the inclusion of a few more rockers. The mid-tempo numbers aren’t bad, they are actually pretty good, but Encrypted could have used a few more of them. As a whole, I have been enjoying all of the songs on Encrypted, and the whole CD sounds great when played at maximum volume.
If you remember one herd of zombies on this Halloween evening, and beyond, check out Zombie Shaker Box. I think you will like them!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Welcome To My Rave
02. Blow N Smoke
03. Tiger Lilly
04. Answer To No One
06. In Loving Memory
07. Gates of Hell
09. Industry Witch
Zombie Shaker Box is:
Kirk Hulshoff – Vocals
Cory Kay – Bass
Tomonori Sugiyama – Drums
Jami Lin – Guitars
SPV/Steamhammer is proud to announce that we have closed a worldwide deal with the German NITROGODS
Release dates for the self-titled debut album:
Europe February 27th 2012
Germany February 24th 2012
USA / Canada – early March 2012
Teaser EPK for the forthcoming album:
No more endless studio fakes, sound samples, artificial drum overdubs and computer-controlled corrections of suboptimal lead vocals. The time has come to return to the true values of rock music, namely honesty, solid craftsmanship and real lifeblood. To cut a long story short: the time has come for NITROGODS! The motto of this spectacular new rock trio: three men, three corners, and down-to-earth no-bullshit rock’n’roll!
The band may still be unfamiliar to the public at large, but the three members are renowned musicians with illustrious histories to look back on. Guitarist Henny Wolter founded Thunderhead in 1988, played with Primal Fear, respectively Sinner for number of years and was part of the Rock Meets Classic tour band. Drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call) was also with Primal Fear for a long time. And at the epicentre of the Nitrogods soundquake is a heavyweight who is impressive in every respect: Oimel Larcher, a bear of a musician whose bass performance stands for sheer power and whose voice unmistakably reflects countless litres of beer and whiskey. “I wanted to return to playing the music that I love,” says Henny Wolter, “and that only works if you play it with your best friends.”
The band`s new album also thrilled some big names in Rock’n’Roll. Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty and ex Motörhead guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke, who will release the new album of his own band Fastway in November this year via Steamhammer / SPV. Both were guest musicians on two songs “Whiskey Wonderland” and “Wasted in Berlin”.
Fast Eddie Clarke comments the co-operation with the NITROGODS:
“I first met Claus from the Nitrogods in 2005 when I did a benefit gig for the victims of the Tsunami in Indonesia. So I was happy to say yes when asked to do a solo on their new album on the track “Wasted in Berlin”. I have to say the tracks they sent me sounded great. The band has great spirit and they all play extremely well together. So if you like fast and furious Rock you should give this a listen. I can assure you you will not be dissapointed…”
Dan McCafferty on NITROGODS:
“I have just had the pleasure to record a song with a new band called NITROGODS. Henny and I met and became good friends on the Rock Meets Classic tour 2010. Having heard other material for the album I think it will be a fine one. Hope you enjoy my contribution on Whiskey Wonderland. I wish the Gods the best of luck. Welcome to the Rock´n Roll World!”
NITROGODS Line up:
Henny Wolter (guitar, vocals)
Klaus Sperling (drums)
Claus “Oimel” Larcher (vocals, bass)
Hard Rock Hideout has an autographed copy of Alice Cooper’s excellent new CD, Welcome 2 My Nightmare, and unsigned copy to giveaway, to two lucky winners.
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Can’t wait for the drawing? You can purchase the digital download of Welcome 2 My Nightmare at iTunes at this link!
Halloween always has me breaking out my copy of Fastway’s 1987 album, Trick or Treat. I know the movie is cheesy as hell, but I still love it. The soundtrack still holds up pretty well in 2011. Check out the video clip below.
No video seems more appropriate for Halloween than the 10 minute Alice Cooper movie “Along Came A Spider”. Check it out below!
I haven’t shown Hell’s new video “On Earth As It Is in Hell” as I have had mixed feelings about the use of the over the top sacrilegious imagery. A crown of thorns? Upside down crosses? Is this just plain old shock tactics the way Motley Crue did things back in the eighties? Its overall imagery seems quite appropriate for Halloween. What are your thoughts on this video clip?
No Tricks, just a treat! Get a free download of Cherry Suede’s song “In Pieces” at this link. If Vivian Campbell gives his approval, it has to be good right?! Check it out!