The Answer’s new single, “Nowhere Freeway”, is out now and available on iTunes and all other good download stores. It includes the b-side “Battlecry” and an exclusive acoustic version of “Nowhere Freeway”.
The track features Lynne Jackaman of Saint Jude. Check out the clip below!
QUEEN, WITH ADAM LAMBERT, EXCLUSIVE HEADLINE SET CONFIRMED FOR SONISPHERE 2012
KISS EUROPEAN EXCLUSIVE AND FAITH NO MORE UK EXCLUSIVE ALSO CONFIRMED TO HEADLINE, TIM MINCHIN LEADS COMEDY ELEMENT WITH HEADLINE SLOT ON SATURN STAGE
PLUS MANY MORE BANDS ANNOUNCED
Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February from www.sonispherefestivals.com / 0844 871 8803
“Earlier on there were rumours of us splitting up, but I mean – f*** ‘em – how can you split up when you have an audience like this.” Freddie Mercury. Knebworth Park, August 9, 1986
With a quarter of a century having since passed, rock legends Queen are to return to play a second concert at the venue that provided them with the setting for one of their biggest and most historic concerts.
Queen’ Brian May and Roger Taylor today confirmed the band will headline the second day of this year’s Sonisphere Festival appearing at the festival home ground Knebworth Park, Stevenage, on Saturday July 7.
Knebworth was the setting for Queen’s final concert with Freddie Mercury in August 1986.
May and Taylor also confirmed that for this special one-off concert they will be joined by US singer-songwriter Adam Lambert.
Since first encountering each other during American Idol Season 8 in May 2009 where Lambert joined the band to perform We Are the Champions the two have repeatedly hinted at a future collaboration, most recently with Taylor telling Billboard Magazine “He (Adam) has grown into a really great performer with an astonishing voice with a range that’s great. We would like to work with him again. There’s nothing signed just yet but …it could be very exciting.”
After their brief meeting on American Idol, the potent chemistry between Queen and Lambert finally broke the surface when at the invitation of Queen’s Brian May and Roger Taylor Lambert joined them for the closing showcase at the recent MTV Europe Awards where Queen were present to collect their Global Icon award.
Their eight minute MTVE set ignited an immediate reaction across the internet with social network sites buzzing with excitement and campaigning for a more formal union between Queen and Lambert. The Sonisphere 2012 Knebworth stage will at last provide an eager public the opportunity to see May, Taylor and Lambert delve deeper into exploring their very evident artistic appreciation of one another.
Says Brian May: “Judging by my incoming mail, this decision will make a lot of people very happy. It’s a worthy challenge for us, and I’m sure Adam would meet with Freddie’s approval! And what better place to revisit, and walk those emotional paths than Knebworth? It will be a rush.”
Lambert adds: “I’m completely in awe of the Queen phenomenon. The thought of sharing the stage for a full set is so beautifully surreal. I’m honoured to be able to pay my respects to Freddie’s memory. He’s a personal hero of mine and I am deeply grateful for the chance to sing such powerful music for fans of this legendary band. I know the evening will be a huge milestone for me, and with the support of Brian, Roger and the rest of the band I know magic will be on display.”
Queen’s previous performance at Knebworth Park, close on twenty-six years ago, August 9, 1986, was set up to be the glorious last stop for the band’s monstrously successful Magic Tour which had spread out across Europe over eight weeks of that summer. Over a million people had already paid to see them.
Now riding one of the highest crests in their career, Queen drew a record crowd of 120,000, their biggest ever UK audience. Coming on the back of two stunning shows at Wembley Stadium – to this day regarded as among their finest performances – anticipation was high.
Queen delivered the goods, winding up the crowd by arriving above their heads in a custom decorated helicopter, and then going on to perform a Queen textbook set to a deliriously enthusiastic audience, winding up with an emotional ‘God Save the Queen’ and Freddie wishing his audience ‘sweet dreams’.
What no-one in that Knebworth Park audience, and as far as we know, not even the band could anticipate that day, was that a new chapter in Queen’s history was being written: after more than 700 concerts together, what was taking place was the very last live concert of Freddie Mercury with Queen.
With the exception of an appearance in 1988 with Spanish operatic soprano Montserrat Caballe to launch Barcelona’s successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Games performing their duet ‘Barcelona’, Mercury would never again be seen performing to a public audience.
On what will undoubtedly rate as one of this summer’s most highly anticipated and emotionally charged concerts Queen’s Roger Taylor says: “I remember Knebworth as being the most incredible gig, with the most amazing audience and the sound on stage was utterly perfect. It was a fitting last stand before a live audience for Freddie. It will be a real challenge to complete the circle by returning with Adam.”
Shooting rockets. Blood spitting. Face Paint. Shiny Boots and utterly jaw dropping triumphant live shows: SONISPHERE is proud to announce KISS as Friday’s headliner. With a reputation for being perhaps the most flamboyant and entertaining band on the planet, the American Kings will bring their stage extravaganza to SONISPHERE as their only European performance of 2012.
For the final, Sunday night, SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH is proud to announce the legendary FAITH NO MORE as the headline act on the APOLLO stage. Mike Bordin, Roddy Bottum, Bill Gould, Jon Hudson and Mike Patton are poised to set KNEBWORTH on fire when they close the last night at SONISPHERE with their only UK appearance in 2012. Of their set Gould comments: “It was over 2 years ago when we decided to reform and play those amazing UK shows. The good news is, we’ve had a couple of years to improve our skills; moving our song to error ratio down 3.5 full percentage points. Watch out UK, we’re going to do it right this time!!”
Joining the three superb headliners are some of the biggest names from the world of rock and metal including:
WITHIN TEMPTATION – only UK show of 2012, EVANESCENCE – only UK show of 2012, THE DARKNESS, INCUBUS – only UK show of 2012, MARILYN MANSON – only UK show of 2012, ANDREW WK – only UK festival show of 2012, REFUSED – only UK show of 2012, MASTODON – only UK festival show of 2012, THE BLACKOUT and more.
As well as the exciting names from the world of rock, SONISPHERE once again shows it’s forward thinking nature, and invites musician/comedian TIM MINCHIN to headline the Saturday night on SATURN. Since his first appearance at SONISPHERE back in 2010 the TIM’s success has gone from strength to strength, resulting in his first UK arena tour, his first West End Musical (Matilda The Musical) and numerous high profile TV appearances. After the astounding success of Bill Bailey’s SATURN slot last year, TIM – with full backing band in tow – is bound to deliver a much talked about and highly memorable show at SONISPHERE.
Tickets on sale to the public from 9:00am Thursday 23rd February from http://www.sonispherefestivals.com / 0844 871 8803 priced at £145 for a weekend ticket (£180 with 4-day camping, £170 with 3-day camping), with a very limited number of day tickets available for £75.
SONISPHERE KNEBWORTH takes place July 6th – 8th at KNEBWORTH HOUSE.
LINE UP SO FAR:
Headline sets from: KISS (European Exclusive) – QUEEN (UK Exclusive) – FAITH NO MORE (UK Exclusive)- TIM MINCHIN
ANDREW WK *
FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM
FLOGGING MOLLY *
I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN
LACUNA COIL *
WITHIN TEMPTATION **
*denotes exclusive festival appearance
** denotes only UK show of 2012
Royal Hunt is back with their eleventh long player Show Me How To Live. Show Me How to Live features the return of D.C. Cooper (Silent Force) on vocals. DC Cooper’s parting from Royal Hunt was not an amicable move back in the late 90’s, so I am glad the gentleman in Royal Hunt could mend the fences. D.C. Cooper has an outstanding voice, and after giving Show Me How To Live a few spins, I can clearly say, it sounds like he never left.
Don’t misunderstand my excitement with D.C. Cooper returning to Royal Hunt. I thought Mark Boals and John West both did a great job singing for this band. I liked Royal Hunt’s last album X a lot. I don’t know what it is, but there seems to be magic when André Andersen and D.C. Cooper record together.
Show Me How To Live is a tight record packed with melodic, and progressive edged tunes that are a pure pleasure to listen to.
The album starts off with a powerful rocker “One More Day” which is also the main chorus of the song. With Jonas Larsen’s excellent guitar work, and the catchy lyrics, I have found this song to be extremely infectious.
“Another Man Down” (See video below) is a duet with Michelle Raitzin. Raitzin’s vocals are a very good match for D.C. Cooper.
Every time I play “Hard Rain’s Coming” I want to hit repeat. Not only is this one of the best songs on Show Me How To Live, it may also be one of Royal Hunt’s best.
The album’s title track “Show Me How To Live” is a ten minute melodic monster. The musicianship is so incredible you forget that you are listening a song this long.
With only seven songs, I wish Show Me How To Live had a few more tunes, but with 42 minutes of music that is THIS good, I am still quite satisfied.
Royal Hunt fans, do yourself a favor and pick this CD up. You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
01. One More Day
02. Another Man Down
03. An Empty Shell
04. Hard Rain’s Coming
05. Half Past Loneliness
06. Show Me How To Live
07. Angel’s Gone
Royal Hunt is:
André Andersen – keyboards
D.C. Cooper – vocals
Allan Sørensen – drums
Andreas Passmark – bass
Jonas Larsen – guitars
German rockers DEVIL’s TRAIN have released a new video for their cover of the Guess Who classic, “America Woman”. This song is the band’s new self titled album, which was released on February 17th in Europe, and will be released on March 13th in the United States.
DEVIL’S TRAIN features MYSTIC PROPHECY mainman/producer R.D. Liapakis, STRATOVARIUS drummer Jörg Michael (STRATOVARIUS), guitarist Laki Ragazas, as well as bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex EVERGREY, ex STRATOVARIUS).
DEVIL’S TRAIN’s self-titled debut album was recorded at Prophecy and Music Factory studios and the production was handled by R.D Liapakis and Christian Schmid (Mystic Prophecy – Suicidal Angels – Eldritch – Crystal Tears).
Chris Cornell showed his respect for the late Whitney Houston at the Obama 2012 Rally in San Francisco yesterday with a live performance of her mega hit, “I Will Always Love You.” The stirring-acoustic rendition has made its way to YouTube where fans of Cornell as well as fans mourning Houston’s passing can watch.
Denver thrashers HAVOK continue their metal assault today confirming May 22 as the North American release date of their new EP titled The Point Of No Return. Recorded by the band with final touches coming via James Murphy (Death, Testament), the EP will contain two brand new songs plus a few HAVOK reworked cover tunes. The Point Of No Return precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May.
“We’ve been writing some new music in between tours and we’re excited to unveil it,” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez. “These are the first new songs since Time Is Up came out last year. We recorded a cover of Sepultura’s classic ‘Arise’ for your listening enjoyment and the EP features our Slayer medley that was only available on the digital version of Time Is Up. The EP is a good precursor to where the next album will be taking us. I can’t wait to play this new stuff live… See you all on the road!”
Currently on tour with English Dogs, HAVOK’s stage show continues to gather critical fan and media applause. On announcement of the tour, Los Angeles’ Big Wheel Magazine noted, “opening the show will be Colorado’s fiercest… HAVOK are definitely a band to keep a watch for as their break-neck speed metal is taking the states by storm.” The band has confirmed a string of headline dates beginning March 2 which includes a performance in Puerto Rico. HAVOK then will align with Sepultura, Death Angel, and Krisiun for a tour beginning in Santa Ana, California on April 10 and wraps in New York on April 30.
HAVOK released their full-length debut, Burn, mid 2009. The record instantly found a nice pocket of fans while initiating the early curiosity of media around the globe. Commenting after signing with Candlelight Records, Sanchez said, “this is the break we’ve been working towards. It is the beginning of great things to come. We know that the work is really just beginning and that the pressure is on. But pressure, as you know, makes diamonds.”
It was with the release of Time Is Up early 2011 that things really started to fall into place for the young four-piece. “HAVOK have hit their stride,” said Decibel Magazine. “HAVOK is everything that is great about thrash,” notes Terrorizer. “Everyone should be worshipping at these Denver native’s altar as they have the flashy skill, ridiculous song-writing chops, and prodigious lead guitar work that’ll have even the most jaded ears saying, ‘okay just this last one,’” adds Rock Sound. Two videos, “Covering Fire” and “D.O.A.” have added to the ongoing success of Time Is Up, which has seen double the sales compared to Burn, all while the band has maintained an insane touring schedule. Sanchez says, “we’ve been touring a lot in support of Time Is Up and this year is no exception. We’re hitting the road harder than ever in 2012. There is a lot to look forward to, including some things outside of North America. I can’t wait!”
To view both videos, visit the band’s YouTube channel HERE.
Upcoming HAVOK tour dates include:
w/ English Dogs, The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust
2/17/2012 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/19/2012 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/21/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
2/22/2012 Branx – Portland, OR
2/23/2012 The Pound – San Francisco, CA
2/24/2012 Key Club – Hollywood, CA
2/25/2012 Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
2/26/2012 Epicentre – San Diego, CA
HAVOK Headlining Shows
3/02/2012 Another Hole In The Wall – Steger, IL
3/09/2012 Outta Bounds Saloon – Loveland, CO
3/13/2012 Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
3/14/2012 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
3/15/2012 Click’s Billiards – Tyler, TX
3/16/2012 Betsey’s – Austin, TX
3/17/2012 Bonds 007 – San Antonio, TX
3/31/2012 La Respuesta – Santurce, PR
w/ Sepultura, Death Angel, Krisiun
4/10/2012 Yost Theater – Santa Ana, CA
4/11/2012 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA
4/12/2012 Branx – Portland, OR
4/13/2012 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/14/2012 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
4/15/2012 Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
4/16/2012 Manny’s – Billings, MT
4/17/2012 The Exchange – Regina, SK
4/18/2012 Pryamid Cabaret – Winnipeg, MB
4/20/2012 Majestic Theater – Madison, WI
4/21/2012 Mojo’s – Joliet, IL
4/22/2012 Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/23/2012 Opera House – Toronto, ON
4/24/2012 Imperial Theater – Quebec City, QC
4/25/2012 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
4/26/2012 Bogie’s – Albany, NY
4/27/2012 Sonar – Baltimore, MD
4/29/2012 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
4/30/2012 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Frontiers Records is proud to announce the return of good-time rock n’ rollers, Trixter; the band’s first new album in 20 years, NEW AUDIO MACHINE, has been confirmed for a release date on April 20th in Europe and April 24th in North America.
Featuring the band’s original line-up, NEW AUDIO MACHINE is produced and engineered by Chuck Alzakian (Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Tesla) and includes songwriting contributions by Skid Row’s Snake Sabo and Rachel Bolan and former Styx member Glen Burtnik. Trixter frontman Pete Loran commented, “After all these years playing and recording with this band, I would say I am most proud of this record!” Lead guitarist Steve Brown added, “NEW AUDIO MACHINE is everything Trixter was and everything we are now. I can’t wait for the world to hear it!”
Northern New Jersey’s Trixter’s self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three monster hit singles/videos with “Give It To Me Good”, “One in a Million” and “Surrender”, as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. Voted “Best New Band” by Hit Parader Magazine and “Best Concert” by Metal Edge Magazine, Trixter has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan. They have performed in arenas and amphitheaters with crowds of up to 35,000 and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. Trixter has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as Kiss, Boston, The Scorpions, Poison, Vince Neil, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Great White, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1’s “Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time” countdown.
Trixter is Pete Loran (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Steve Brown (lead guitar/harmonica/backing vocals), P.J. Farley (bass/backing vocals) and Gus Scott (drums/percussion/backing vocals).
Trixter NEW AUDIO MACHINE track listing:
- Drag Me Down
- Get On It
- Dirty Love
- Live For The Day
- Physical Attraction
- Tattoos & Misery
- The Coolest Thing
- Save Your Soul
- Walk With A Stranger
- Heart Of Steel (bonus acoustic track)
Most Hard Rock enthusiasts would agree that it is the presence of a guitar solo that truly defines whether a song should be considered Hard Rock. Should that definition be used as a litmus test to what is or isn’t Hard Rock, then UFO has passed with flying colors. The most enjoyable part of their new disc, Seven Deadly, is the fact that every song gets a guitar solo — rock, the way it ought to be!
It never ceases to amaze me how musicians like UFO that have been around for such a long time can still put out poignant, high quality music for the masses. UFO’s debut album came out in 1970 and they’ve been rocking the world ever since. Seven Deadly is the band’s 22nd record, and while there have been numerous upon numerous lineup changes, original members Phil Mogg and Andy Parker are part of the latest disc.
Combining southern rock, blues, a twinge of 80s metal, and hard riffs, UFO has created an outstanding record that both longtime fans and “Johnny-come-lately” are going to be ecstatic about. The creative outpouring on Seven Deadly is attributable to the band’s veteran dedication to their craft. After 22 albums, one might think the band would decide to rest on their laurels, or release some sub-par material that had been sitting around for years, not making it on other albums. That is definitely not the case with Seven Deadly. UFO proves they still have what it takes and that nothing less than the best will do for the band and their fans.
“Fight Night” kicks the record off in style and immediately brings forth the hard rocking, bluesy sound of UFO. Guitarist Vinne Moore immediately establishes himself as an amazing lead guitarist and the centerpiece of the magnificent music that is bursting from the speakers.
Phil Mogg’s voice has held up well over the years. That is most evident on the track “Angel Station.” This is the slower, prerequisite ballad of the disc, but it is performed with passion and power. Mogg can still hit the high notes and sing with such clarity that it’s hard to believe his age. “Angel Station” is a brilliant song that moves the listener. Mogg does an incredible service to the vocals on this song and the finished piece is proof of his ability with the microphone.
Not enough great things can be said about lead guitarist Vinnie Moore. His best solo comes on the track “The Last Stone Rider.” Combining blues, metal, and finger picking at its best, Vinnie Moore shows some great, flashy techniques with the axe in his hand. His guitar playing prowess is evident all over Seven Deadly and one of the best treats of the album. If you are not a fan of Vinnie Moore, you will be after listening to Seven Deadly” His guitar work takes the album from great to outstanding.
Album closer, “Waving Goodbye,” is a perfect way to end such an esteemed album. A bluesy, ballad that contains another magnificent Moore solo and passionately sung lyrics, this is one of the best songs contained on Seven Deadly and it is worthy of multiple listens. If ever there was a song to add to the joys of summer playlist, “Waving Goodbye” is it.
If you’re seeking new rock from a classic artist that sounds as grand as ever, Seven Deadly by UFO is an album for you. The brilliance of the music and the magnificence of Vinnie Moore make it a record worthy of adding to the collection. UFO has struck gold once again.
Key Tracks: Year of the Gun, Waving Goodbye
Rating: Out of 10
- Fight Night
- Mojo Town
- Angel Station
- Year Of The Gun
- The Last Stone Rider
- Steal Yourself
- Burn Your House Down
- The Fear
- Waving Goodbye
Phil Mogg – Vocals
Vinnie Moore – Lead Guitar
Paul Raymond – Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Andy Parker – Drums
Deadline Music has released AXEOLOGY 1979-2001 on February 14, 2012. The 2-CD collection memorializes more than 20 years of the classic hard rock band, Axe.
Formed in Florida in 1979, the original Axe lineup included keyboardist Edgar Riley, guitarists Bobby Barth and Michael Osborne, bassist Mike Turpin, and drummer Teddy Mueller. The band’s self-titled debut on MCA Records quickly earned attention in the rock community, but it wasn’t until the third album OFFERING (on Atco) in 1982 that Axe hit the big time with the anthemic “Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets.” New bassist Wayne Haner was added to the band for the album and subsequent tours with Motley Crue, The Scorpions, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden. Sadly, while supporting a fourth album on tour with KISS, Michael Osborne was killed in a car crash which seriously injured Bobby Barth, and the band soon dissolved. Reformed Axe over the years recorded and toured, and included musicians such as Zappa vocalist Bob Harris, Edgar Riley Jr. on keyboards, Teddy Mueller on drums and bassist Blake Eberhard.
AXELOGY contains 36 songs that chronicle the progression of the band from local rockers from the southeast to a progressive power band that toured the world, from the biggest hit to select cuts from the first two studio albums. The liner notes were written by Barth, and the packaging includes original LP sleeve artwork, rare photos and more.
AXEOLOGY will be available on iTunes, amazon.com, and at your favorite record store. The 2-disk digipak is $19.98.
AXEOLOGY Track Listing:
1. Life’s Just An Illusion
2. Hang On
5. Back On The Streets
7. Living On The Edge
8. Fantasy Of Love
9. First Time, Last Time
10. Carry On
11. Running The Gauntlet
12. For A Little While
13. Rock ‘n’ Roll Party In The Streets*
14. Steal Another Fantasy*
16. Burn The City Down*
17. Now Or Never*
18. Holdin’ On*
19. Silent Soldiers*
20. BONUS TRACK: Bad Sometimes
1. Heat In The Streets*
2. Young Hearts*
3. All Through The Night*
4. Eagle Flies Alone*
5. Let The Music Come Back*
7. Magic (In Our Eyes)
8. Heroes and Legends
9. Burn Me Once Burn Me Twice
10. Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire
11. Any Place On This Highway (Is Home)
12. The Crown
13. Good Times
14. Torturous Game
15. Foolish Deception
16. BONUS TRACK: No Heroes
Maryland rockers CLUTCH are teaming up with HELLYEAH for a North American Co-Headlining Tour this Spring. Both bands will play full headlining sets. The tour kicks off April 13th in Providence, RI and runs through May 11th in Joliet, IL. Throughout the tour there will also be dates that feature Clutch only and Hellyeah only as well as radio festivals and shows. A list of complete dates can be found below.
Hard rock supergroup HELLYEAH is touring in support of their new album Band of Brothers which is scheduled for a June 5th release in North America. The album, the band’s first effort for their new label home, Eleven Seven Music, was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul’s home studio, VP’s Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (Godsmack, Evanessence), who also served as engineer.
Having produced track after track of heavy-hitting, in-your-face, feel good rock and roll on their previous two albums (2010’s STAMPEDE and 2007’s self-titled debut), Band of Brothers sees HELLYEAH taking a slightly different musical direction. Drawing on their former bands’ collective metal roots for inspiration, the influences and style of Mudvayne, Pantera, Damageplan and Nothingface are immediately recognizable. More information regarding Hellyeah’s highly anticipated new album can be found HERE.
CLUTCH is hitting the road in support of their double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant which is being released February 28th via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant’s “Atlas of the Invisible World”. Each illustrated poster is sized (8.5″ x 11″) and depicts one of the various characters featured within the Blast Tyrant storyline. Prior to February 28th, the double vinyl edition of Blast Tyrant is exclusively available via www.Clutchmerch.com. CLUTCH will also be releasing a picture disc single of the new track “Pigtown Blues” on April 24th. This is the first new studio material from CLUTCH since 2009’s Strange Cousins From the West.
CLUTCH will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.
In other CLUTCH news, the band’s music will be featured in the soon to be released film “The Baytown Disco” starring Andre Braugher, Billy Bob Thornton, and Eva Longoria. A six minute preview of the film can, featuring CLUTCH music can be viewed HERE. And for all you hockey fans, CLUTCH‘s “Electric Worry” is still the goal music for the Vancouver Canucks. Check it out HERE.
CLUTCH AND HELLYEAH CO-HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
4/10: Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (clutch only)
4/11: Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club (clutch only)
4/12: Albany, NY @ Northern Lights Ground (clutch only)
4/13: Providence, RI @ Lupos
4/14: Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
4/15: Long Island, NY @ Paramount Theater
4/17: Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
4/18: Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
4/20: Traverse City, MI @ Ground Zero
4/21: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Pierre’s
4/22: Toledo, OH @ Headliner’s
4/23: Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock (clutch only)
4/24: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
4/25: Des Moines, IA @ Val Air Ballroom
4/28: Lincoln, NE @ Box Awesome’s Bourbon Lounge
4/29: Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theater
5/1: Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theater
5/2: Wichita, KS @ Cotillion
5/3: Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom (clutch only)
5/4: Sauget, IL @ Pops
5/5: Chattanooga, TN @ Track 29
5/6: Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theater (clutch only)
5/6: Atlanta, GA @ WLKS Project Cinco Party (hellyeah only)
5/8: Libertyville, IL @ Austins
5/10: Rock Island, IL @ Rock Island Brewery (clutch only)
5/11: Joilet, IL @ Mojoes
5/12: Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall (clutch only)
5/13: Flint, MI @ Machine Shop (clutch only)
5/19: Hartford, CT @ WCCC Big Gig (hellyeah only)
5/27: Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma (hellyeah only)
* More dates to be announced soon. For updates more info, please visit:
BRINGS TOP ROCK BANDS TO OKLAHOMA MAY 25-27
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENT FEATURES
ROB ZOMBIE, CHICKENFOOT, CREED, MEGADETH,
SLASH, QUEENSRYCHE, CHEVELLE,
THEORY OF A DEADMAN, JACKYL AND MORE
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Rocklahoma has announced the 2012 lineup for the three-day camp & rock festival that features the top current active rock artists and classic bands. America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party–May 25-27 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK–is proud to be presented by Budweiser.
The initial Rocklahoma lineup includes: Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot featuringJoe Satriani, Kenny Aronoff (sitting in for Chad Smith), Michael Anthony & Sammy Hagar, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Theory of a Deadman, Jackyl, Puddle Of Mudd, Hellyeah, P.O.D., Volbeat, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Red, The Darkness, Art of Dying, Trivium, Aranda, Redlight King, James Durbin, Janus, New Medicine, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade Scarlett, Krank and more. Bands will perform on the Main Stage, Second Stage and the Retrospect Records Stage.
“Rocklahoma has quickly become the rock n’ roll party of Memorial Day Weekend, and 2012 is going to take the party to a whole new level,” commented Joe Litvag, co-executive producer of the festival for AEG Live. “We’ve got a great balance of talent this year with some amazing classic artists covering the last three decades along with plenty of today’s rock. But the most unique part of this festival is definitely the campground experience…Three days and nights of craziness and chaos that only Rocklahoma can deliver!”
General Admission and VIP packages for Rocklahoma go on sale Friday, February 24 at 10am CST at all Ticketmaster outlets and www.rocklahoma.com. To get access to the Rocklahoma internet pre-sale, which will be held from Wednesday, February 22 at 10am CST through Thursday, February 23 at 10pm CST, go to www.rocklahoma.com and sign up to receive the Rocklahoma newsletter. Fans can save by buying early, as ticket prices will increase in the coming weeks.
Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing email@example.com. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 20 and will remain open though Tuesday, May 29.
The Axis Entertainment Campground Stage returns in 2012 to enhance the Rocklahoma camping experience. Anyone holding festival and camping tickets will be able to check out some of the finest new rock bands performing on this stage, located next to the General Store in the main campgrounds.
Rocklahoma’s VIP packages have expanded due to popular demand. Some of this year’s weekend VIP packages include:
Groupie Package (One Person)
- VIP Reserved Ticket
- Access to VIP Catering Tent
- Private Backstage Lounge Tent Access *
- Weekend Pit Access
- Package Inclusive of all taxes and fees
* This year, the Groupies will have their own Backstage Lounge, which is conveniently located between the Main and Second Stages.
Roadie Package (One Person)
- VIP Reserved Ticket
- Access to VIP Catering Tent
- Private Backstage Lounge Tent Access **
- Private Restroom Access
- Weekend Pit Access
- One Event Poster, T-Shirt and Festival Mug
- One Commemorative Laminate
- VIP Deck Access
- Package Inclusive of all taxes and fees
**Exclusive for Roadies and Rockstars is the Backstage Lounge, which is conveniently located between VIP Catering and the Main Stage.
Rockstar Package (Two Person)
- Roadie Package for Two
- Three Night stay at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa (room & tax only)
- Shuttle Service
- Best Seats in the House
- Package Inclusive of all taxes and fees
**Exclusive for Roadies and Rockstars is the Backstage Lounge, which is conveniently located between VIP Catering and the Main Stage.
For a detailed list of 2012 Rocklahoma VIP ticket options, packages and amenities, please visit www.rocklahoma.com.
Rocklahomais located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahoma was revamped in 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists. In 2011, a record-breaking crowd of over 35,000 fans turned out for the festival, which raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross as part of their tornado relief efforts in nearby Joplin, MO. The festival celebrates its 6th year in 2012.
ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Rock!
U.S. HEADLINING TOUR BEGINNING MAY 3
ON-SALE STARTS FRIDAY, FEB 17
FAN PRE-SALE UP NOW VIA
SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–has revealed the cover artwork and album title for his second studio album APOCALYPTIC LOVE. Due out May 22, the new album features Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators and will be released on SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International and distributed through EMI. SLASH is currently in a Los Angeles studio putting the final touches on APOCALYPTIC LOVE. This week he announced his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3 in Baltimore. A fan pre-sale is happening now on www.slashonline.com, with the regular on-sale starting tomorrow, Friday, February 17. See the full itinerary below, with more dates to be added.
APOCALYPTIC LOVE, will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
On APOCALYPTIC LOVE, SLASH–along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly at:
SLASH’s 2012 headlining U.S. tour dates are as follows:
|Thu||5/3||Baltimore MD||Rams Head Live|
|Sat||5/5||Rockingham NC||Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway|
|Mon||5/7||Orlando FL||Hard Rock Live|
|Thu||5/10||Biloxi MS||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live|
|Sun||5/13||Boone, IA||Lazerfest, Central Iowa Expo|
|Mon||5/14||Minneapolis MN||The Brick|
|Wed||5/16||Madison WI||Orpheum Theater|
|Thu||5/17||Grand Rapids MI||Orbit Room|
|Sat||5/19||Columbus OH||Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium|
|Sun||5/20||Camden NJ||MMRBQ, Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Sat||5/26||Albuquerque NM||Route 66 Casino-on sale 2/27|
New Album Carved Into Stone In Stores April 24th on Long Branch Records
In addition to their already announced headlining dates and show with Testament, PRONG have confirmed new tour dates for April with Crowbar and Witchburn. This tour will kick off on April 5th in Dallas, TX and runs through April 21st in Detroit, MI. These dates are in support of their new album Carved Into Stone, which is due out April 24th in North America on Long Branch Records.
PRONG frontman Tommy Victor spoke about touring with Crowbar:
“Just like we came from the ugliness of the Lower East Side, Crowbar emerged from the swamps of New Orleans. It’s a night of muggers and malaria coming to a club near you!”
PRONG has completed work on their Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts. PRONG (whose lineup includes bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez) has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics.
“Carved Into Stone” is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band’s earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York’s Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today’s post-metal and rock scenes.
PRONG recently unveiled the tracklisting and the album art for Carved Into Stone. The artwork was created by Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword)
Carved Into Stone Tracklisting
1) Eternal Heat
2) Keep on Living in Pain
4) Revenge … Best Served Cold
5) State of Rebellion
6) Put Myself to Sleep
7) List of Grievances
8) Carved Into Stone
10) Path of Least Resistance
See PRONG Live:
2/16: Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
2/17: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
2/18: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory *
3/21: San Diego (Hillcrest) @ Ruby Room
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
3/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/25: Fresno, CA @ Starline
3/26: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
With Crowbar and Witchburn:
4/5: Dallas, TX @ Trees
4/6: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
4/8: El Paso, TX @ House of Rock
4/11: Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/13: Gallup, NM @ Slopshot Billiards
4/14: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
4/16: St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/17: St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/19: Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
4/20: Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
4/21: Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
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U.K. metal legend Iron Maiden has announced the “Maiden England Tour” with extensive dates in North America this summer. Up to July 21, 2012, the special guest act will be Alice Cooper and after July 21, 2012, the band will be Coheed & Cambria.
In most venues, tickets will go on sale on March 2 and 3 but watch this site or check local venue information for fuller details. Fan Club members should check out ironmaiden.com for exclusive first day ticket pre-sales and contest to be ‘First To The Barrier’.
Comments vocalist Bruce Dickinson, “We have great fun playing the History of Maiden Tours because it gives us an opportunity between new albums to go out and play songs from our earlier catalogue. It’s always fantastic seeing the crowd reaction from a new generation of fans who have never experienced some of these tracks performed live before, and of course we know our longstanding fans will enjoy seeing the original Seventh Son Tour re-visited – with many other surprises! Our intention is to play about two thirds of the original tracklist of Maiden England (shown below*), including some songs we have not played live in a very,very long time, plus other favourites we just know the fans are going to want to hear! We always try to give our fans a great show musically, but we have always tried to make it as entertaining and memorable an experience as we can visually. And we all feel this show is going to do that splendidly! We can’t wait to get started in Charlotte.”
Iron Maiden are delighted to announce that the extraordinary and legendary ALICE COOPER will be their very special guest on all shows up to July 21st. After that date, special guest will be COHEED AND CAMBRIA, the inspiring, cutting edge band from New York.
Iron Maiden continue to be actively dedicated to ensuring their fans always have full access to the best possible tickets in the fairest possible way.
Manager Rod Smallwood comments: “We are trying to ensure that our fans get the tickets they want in the prime positions without paying over the odds to ticket scalpers. Maiden get infuriated with the way fans sometimes have to pay more than the ticket price to get good positions at our shows. So we will, wherever possible (Festivals excluded), with the assistance of the Promoters, arrange a paperless ticketing system at least for the front sections to try to eliminate as much of the ticket scalping and exchanges as we can. We put this into practice on our North American Tour in 2010; it worked well and we received many positive comments back from our fans, so we intend to increase this where feasible. With paperless ticketing, only those who actually pay initially for the tickets will get into the show so scalping is generally avoided (please see the comments from Ticketmaster below). We are also doing everything we can to avoid any drain of prime tickets going to the Secondary Ticketing sites which we feel make unfair profits from music fans.
As we consider all our fans to be VIPs, no tickets will be held specifically for VIP use. At some venues, the Promoter may provide the option for fans to pay extra for “VIP Parking”, early access, access to “VIP Bar” etc. But these will be purely optional for ticket holders only and will not be tied to ticket locations – the ability to get the best tickets should be the same for everybody outside of the usual presales.
Finally, we are of course once again arranging exclusive ticket pre-sales for our fan club members so they can be quick off the mark for great tickets and will also continue to run the contest in appropriate venues for fan club members so they can be ‘First To The Barrier’ prior to the show. We hope that these measures will help our fans as much as possible and ask that they keep checking for details on our website.”
Ticketmaster comments: “Where possible the North American Iron Maiden shows will operate a paperless ticket policy. Select tickets will be sold via Ticketmaster’s Paperless Ticket delivery, which means fans will not receive a physical concert ticket for their entry into the event. Buying paperless helps ensure fans have secure and convenient access to event tickets at the intended original sale price. On the day of show, concert goers just need to bring the credit card they used for the ticket purchase and a government-issued photo ID to the concert. All members of the ticket purchaser’s party must be present at the same time to enter the venue. The venue’s ticket usher will swipe their credit card upon entry and present each person in their party with seat locator slips for quick access into the show. To purchase paperless tickets or for more information, fans should visit http://www.ticketmaster.com/paperless or call the Ticketmaster charge-by-phone number at 1-800-745-3000.”
* Maiden England 1988 long form video VHS tracklisting: ‘Moonchild’, ‘The Evil That Men Do’, ‘The Prisoner’, ‘Still Life’, ‘Die With Your Boots On’, ‘Infinite Dreams’, ‘Killers’, ‘Can I Play With Madness’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Wasted Years’, ‘The Clairvoyant’, ‘Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son’, ‘The Number Of The Beast’, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’, ‘Iron Maiden’.
Maiden England 2012 tour dates:
21 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
23 – Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre
26 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center
27 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
29 – Philadelphia, PI – Susquehanna Bank Center
30 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
2 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
5 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank
8 – Quebec, QC – Colisee Pepsi Arena
11 – Montreal, QC – Bell Center
13 – Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
14 – Sarnia, ON – Bayfest
16 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
18 – Detroit, MI – DTE Music Theatre
19 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Centre
24 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Center
26 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
27 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
29 – Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
30 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
1 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
3 – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
6 – Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion
9 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
12 – Albuquerque. NM – Hard Rock Pavilion
13 – Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
15 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
17 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
18 – Houston, TX – The Woodlands
Please note there will be a few dates added within this period.
Less than a year after self-releasing their first album, “Metal Renaissance”, A SOUND OF THUNDER will release their second full length album, Out of the Darkness, on March 27, 2012. The 10 track album is being released through Nightmare Records.
A SOUND OF THUNDER is giving their fans a special treat starting today via their ReverbNation Page. Head over to http://www.reverbnation.com/asoundofthunder and get a free download of the non-album version of the song “Out of the Darkness”. This exclusive version features all vocals by Nina Osegueda. The album version features a duet with Raven vocalist and bassist John Gallagher.
Guitarist Josh Schwartz spoke about “Out of the Darkness”:
“This is one of my favorite solos, and surprised me at how much it reminded me of Helloween after I added the harmonies. Vocally, John Gallagher really nailed his parts in the studio. Watching him work was amazing…it seemed effortless for him. We’re really proud of the way the album version turned out with the John/Nina duet, but Nina really put in a killer performance on the whole song so we’re proud to put out this version too.”
Drummer Chris Haren chimed in:
“The title cut “Out of the Darkness” is a fast-paced, relentless song that burns from beginning to end and really gets the crowd pumped up. It is the most Maiden/Priest-like song in our repertoire, and really draws on our more ’80s, traditional metal influences. Lyrically, it describes an individual standing strong in the face of dishonesty, temptation and deception.”
Noisecreep is hosting a stream of the song “The Day I Die” HERE.
Relatively new faces in the metal world, A SOUND OF THUNDER is fronted by powerful lead vocalist Nina Osegueda. Lead guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren founded A SOUND OF THUNDER in 2008. Nina joined in 2009, and was followed by bass and keyboard player, Jesse Keen, in 2010. In less than two years, A SOUND OF THUNDER recorded and released an EP, a charity single benefiting the West Memphis Three, and a full length self-produced album. They have performed throughout the US, and opened for such high profile bands as Accept, Sabaton, Firewind, Primal Fear and Doro.
The songs for Out of the Darkness were written and arranged by Josh Schwartz and the rest of A Sound of Thunder, with lyrics written by Nina Osegueda and Chris Haren. Legendary Raven front-man John Gallagher also appears, performing a duet with Nina on the title track Out of the Darkness.
A SOUND OF THUNDER will embark on a tour to support Out of the Darkness in the spring. Confirmed tour dates are below, with more to be confirmed soon:
March 31 – West Springfield, VA – Empire (formerly Jaxx) (Release Party)
April 14 – Frederick, MD – Krug’s Place
May 14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
May 15 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4 (with Sabaton)
May 18 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s (Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse)
May 19 – Nashville, TN – TBD
May 21 – West Springfield, VA – Empire (formerly Jaxx) (with Sabaton)
A SOUND OF THUNDER lineup
Nina Osegueda – Vocals, Lyrics
Josh Schwartz – Guitars, Keys
Chris Haren – Drums, Lyrics
Jesse Keen – Bass, Keys
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Wig Wam is due to release the new single ”Wall Street” February 24th ,2012 on Frontiers Records. “Wall Street” is taken from the forthcoming album with the same title, which will be released this spring.
“Wall Street” is the story of a musician who trade his guitar for a company brand to make his fortune in the stock market. It’s got the recipe of a great Wig Wam ”Smash Hit” and is everything you expect from these guys!!!!!!!
WIG WAM was founded late 2000 after finding back to their personal musical roots as a jam band. Covering songs that inspired them to pick up instruments in the first place gave birth to Wig Wam, and February 24th 2001 they kickstarted their now 9 year old Wig Wamtical journey. After 2 years on the road the bands followers was increasing rapidly in their home country Norway. But they were yet to be accepted by the music business. Taking notice of the feedback received from their live audience the band recorded their first album “667…The Neighbour of The Beast” on their own expenses, WIG WAM shocked their countrymen by joining the Norwegian Eurovision Song contest final to promote themselves on account of no promo budget. WIG WAM suddenly became a household name in Norway after turning the contest into a rock concert rather than a song-contest. But it wasn’t until 2005 WIG WAM would enjoy their major breakthrough. Being invited back to the Eurovision Song contest WIG WAM pulled it off big time.
IN MY DREAMS was released 2 days after their victory and went straight to #1 on the national charts, where it stayed for over 21 weeks and sold platinum. Their new edition of “667..” now titled “HARD TO BE A ROCK’N ROLLER” Stayed on the charts for 19 weeks and also became platinum. WIG WAM was suddenly making headlines by introducing Hard Rock to the international Eurovision Song contest Final were they made #9 a victory for a the whole Hard Rock genre.
“HARD TO BE A ROCK’N ROLLER” and the smash hit “IN MY DREAMS” put WIG WAM on the map, and led the band to a victorious tour that counted 187 concerts in just a year. The tour took WIG WAM through Norway, Sweden, Germany, Iceland and England.
Midway through the tour WIG WAM also recorded a one-off show with an symphonic orchestra for their debut Dvd “Rock’n Roll Revolution” which was released in November 2005. The DVD soon became a Gold Dvd and topped the Norwegian Dvd charts.
In 2006 WIG WAM went straight from the road to the studio and recorded their follow up, WIG WAMANIA. WIG WAMANIA was released February 17th and and the band immediately found themselves back on the road on their WIG WAMANIA TOUR which also took the band to Japan for the first time. WIG WAMS tourdates in the land of the rising sun was recorded, and ended up being released in 2007 on both the double cd “Live In Tokyo” and the Dvd“Made In Japan”. Later that year WIG WAM returned to Japan as one of the major acts on the Loud Park Festival bill. Which was later broadcasted on MTV Japan.
WIG WAM took a break through 2008 which gave the band members a chance to pursue other individual activities. Flash worked with his former band Artch. Teeny recorded his forthcoming Dracula concept album “Swing of Death” as well as returning to his former band Dream Police. Glam toured with his Queen show The Show Must Go On and released his second album GLAMunition.
In 2009 the band got together again to start working on their third studio album NON STOP ROCK’N ROLL. WIG WAM spent most of the summer in Teenys studio The Rock Ranch to record the 11 tracks that makes the first WIG WAM album to be released simultaneously in whole Europe and Japan. The Album was a huge success for the band sold to Gold Award in Norway, and also took them all around the world, including tours in USA, Japan and rest of Europe.
“WALL STREET” is the title of WIG WAM’s new single, and also the name of the forthcoming album. Fans will not be disappointed as WIG WAM still present them with classic & catchy choruses. It’s melodic Hard Rock – Blowing your speakers with full blown Rock’n roll anthems!
Rarely, do I ever purchase digital music. I prefer to have to my music on CD….call me old school, but that is the way I like to purchase my music. When I heard Halestorm’s new song “Love Bites,” I immediately purchased their new digital EP, Hello, It’s Mz Hyde. This song will also find its way on to the new Halestorm CD, The Strange Case Of…., which is coming out in April. When music is this good…… who can wait until April?!
We are going to celebrate Valentine’s day in a hard rock fashion, with two videos from a band we love!
Check out The Treatment’s brand new clip “The Doctor” and “Drink, Fuck, Fight” below!
As previously announced, DARK NEW DAY–Clint Lowery (guitarist from Sevendust), Will Hunt (drummer from Evanescence), Troy McLawhorn (guitarist from Evanescence), Brett Hestla (lead singer/guitarist from Virgos Merlot) and Corey Lowery (bassist from Stereomud and Eye Empire)—will release their highly anticipated sophomore album, NEW TRADITION, February 28 on Goomba Music (distributed by eOne Music).
After taking a trip back in time with the Draconian Times MMXI DVD/live album (the London legacy show of their classic album from 1995) and Gregor Mackintosh’s return to his crusty, doom-death metal roots with VALLENFYRE (along with his mates from MY DYING BRIDE, DOOM, and AT THE GATES), it’s now time for PARADISE LOST’s 13th studio album, Tragic Idol! As a special Valentine’s gift, you can download the band’s new song, “Crucify”, on February 14th here:
The album was recorded at The Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England. Vocals were recorded at the Fascination Street Studios in Orebro, Sweden by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT), who also produced, mixed, and mastered the album. Tragic Idol is scheduled for a worldwide release through Century Media Records on April 23rd, 2012 in Europe and April 24th, 2012 in North America.
In regards to this new album, Gregor Mackintosh (guitar) mentioned in the new Terrorizer interview: “We’ve probably been influenced more by classic metal and classic doom metal on this record than anything else.”
Nick Holmes (vocals) about “Crucify”: “My father always used to say that typical life stresses were crucifying him, I always thought it was such a dramatic way of stating that. He was just uncomfortable with a situation that would soon be remedied. I also refer to an actual person as a literal crucifixion at the end, The words ‘…for eternity you’re my sentence’ is my favorite line on the whole album.”
The Tragic Idol touring cycle starts with a show at the Finnish Metal Expo this weekend, followed by their first Australian tour in 17 years, a UK/European tour starting April, and European festivals throughout the summer. See the dates below to see when PARADISE LOST is coming to a city near you.
PARADISE LOST Live 2012:
17.02.2012 Finnish Metal Expo, Helsinki, Finland
25.02.2012 Soundwave Festival, Brisbane, Australia
26.02.2012 Soundwave Festival, Sydney, Australia
29.02.2012 Sidewaves, The Factory, Sydney, Australia* NEW
01.03.2012 Sidewaves, The Espy, Melbourne, Australia* NEW
02.03.2012 Soundwave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
03.03.2012 Soundwave Festival, Adelaide, Australia
05.03.2012 Soundwave Festival, Perth, Australia
(*Sidewaves shows with CATHEDRAL and TURISAS)
16.03.2012 Hammerfest IV, Prestatyn, UK
Tragic Idol headline tour (*support by INSOMNIUM)
16.04.2012 Cardiff, Great Hall 2, UK*
17.04.2012 Southampton, The Brook, UK*
18.04.2012 Folkestone, Quarterhouse, UK*
19.04.2012 Colchester, Arts Centre, UK*
20.04.2012 Stoke, Sugarmill, UK*
22.04.2012 York, The Duchess, UK*
23.04.2012 Glasgow, King Tuts, UK*
24.04.2012 Sheffield, Corporation, UK*
25.04.2012 Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms, UK*
26.04.2012 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms, UK*
27.04.2012 Manchester, Club Academy, UK*
29.04.2012 London, Scala, UK*
30.04.2012 Norwich, Waterfront, UK*
22.06.2012 Graspop Metal Meeting, Dessel, Belgium
01.07.2012 Rockwave, Athens, Greece
02.08.2012 Wacken Open Air, Wacken, Germany
04.08.2012 Metal Camp, Tolmin, Slovenia
10.08.2012 Brutal Assault, Josefov, Czech Republic
12.08.2012 Bloodstock Open Air, Catton Hall, UK
18.08.2012 Summerbreeze Festival, Dinkelsbühl, Germany – NEW!
Legendary technical metal act, BELIEVER, are currently in the process of writing their fifth album. It’s their third for Metal Blade Records and the follow up to 2011’s Transhuman, which was heavily spun on SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal and received stellar reviews in print and online. BELIEVER also performed at last year’s New England Metal and Hardcore fest. Since then, the band has been writing new material.
Founding member Kurt Bachman elaborates; “As we begin the writing process, I feel that this will be the most sensual of all Believer releases. Once again we are striving to create something unique, while not throwing away any riff just because it might not fit the typical Believer mold. This is part of the process we love and hate. We love being creative, yet we place intense pressure on ourselves to write something we’ll enjoy hearing and playing at least 2060 times. Of course, we are sticking to our two main goals: 1) Have fun and 2) Don’t die in the process.”
While Bachman’s goals don’t seem all that lofty, the band is well known for their challenging and thought-provoking material, as seen on their previous two Metal Blade efforts, Gabriel and Transhuman. Updates regarding art and music will be made available within the coming months. Make sure to follow the band on facebook and twitter for the most immediate updates.
“Epic and memorable…a well rounded work of metal that is forward thinking on multiple levels, not to mention catchy as heck.” 9/10, Outburn Magazine
“I was so taken by it that I’ve since listened to it several times through… in a row! It’s worked its way onto my “favorite of 2011 so far” list, and I could definitely see it staying there all year. This album is worthy of the attention of just about any metal fan. It’s all over the map stylistically, but it’s got a unifying musical quality that ties it all together… its Believer-ness, if you will.” MetalSucks.net
“Adding color to some of the most bewildering – yet crushing – riffs you could ask for, are engaging elements of industrial, psychedelic and soundtrack music, courtesy of a host of programmed synths and sympathetic keyboards that confirm Believer as well and truly ahead of the pack.” About.com
“Believer has always exhibited a knack for composing oddly compelling tunes.” MetalReview.com
BELIEVER has gained worldwide recognition for their boundary-breaking, artistic form of extreme metal. Joined by bands Cynic and Pestilence, Roadrunner Records pushed a prog-metal/thrash campaign with the three bands called, “The Breed Beyond” and solidified BELIEVER among the ranks of unique, creative musical acts. The centerpiece of their 3rd release, Dimensions, was a metal opera that brought them great praise from fans and musicians worldwide and threw open the doors to collaborations between metal and orchestral musicians and sealed the band’s legacy.
Kurt Bachman – Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Jeff King – Keyboards, Guitar
Kevin Leaman – Guitar
Joey Daub – Drums
KITTIE PARTS WAYS WITH IVY VUJIC, WELCOMES BACK BASSIST TRISH DOAN
KITTIE is pleased to announce the return of bassist Trish Doan to the band following the departure of Ivy Vujic. Doan was previously with the band from 2005-2007, appearing on the band’s 2007 release “Funeral for Yesterday.”
Ivy adds her own words, “After four amazing years of jamming with my crazy metal sisters, I am officially resigning. After a lot of touring and two albums, I feel it is time for me to move on. There are still other things for me to do in my life. Although I will always appreciate Kittie and the amazing fans we have, it does not fit my plans right now.” A full statement can be read HERE.
Trish will join the band live after their upcoming SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL appearance in Australia and upcoming hometown shows later this month are completed. Doan comments,
“I am very happy to be reunited with the Kittie family. The girls and I have remained close friends over the last 7 years and I am excited to have this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to seeing everyone when we go back on the road this spring. I wish Ivy all the best!”
The band is excited to do one more batch of live dates with Ivy as it gives fans a prime opportunity to come out and say their goodbyes. “Ivy has been friend and partner in crime for over 4 years, we love and respect her wishes to depart from the band and move onto another phase in her life.” says front woman Morgan Lander.
KITTIE will hit the road this spring in continued support of their latest release. Morgan concludes, “Trish has been a member of our extended family since she joined the band in 2005 and we are welcoming her back into the band with open arms. We are ecstatic that she will be returning to bass duties and are looking forward to the tour this spring! We love both girls and are glad that we all remain friends, first and foremost.”
KITTIE released “I’ve Failed You” earlier this year to much critical accolades. “I’ve Failed You is completely written and unequivocally hard as nails,” says Outburn Magazine. Thenewreview.net more directly states, “I’ve Failed You is their best album to date.”
The band also released two much talked about music videos. An in your face perfomance version of “Empires (Part 2)”, seen HERE. And a Zombie filled horror homage video for the song “We Are The Lamb”, seen HERE.
Critically acclaimed American blues rock guitarist, Walter Trout, today announced the release of his new studio album Blues For The Modern Daze. The album is released by Provogue Records (a division of Mascot Label Group), in the UK on Monday 23rd April, followed by US release on 24th April.
To support the upcoming album, Trout will embark on a UK tour in March. Ticket Hotline: 0844, 478 0898, www.thegigcartel.com. Dates include Leeds City Varieties (March 8), Sheffield O2 Academy (March 9), Clitheroe The Grand (March 10), Salford The Lowry (March 11), Bristol The Tunnel (March 15) and Tavistock The Wharf (March 16).
Blues for the Modern Daze, showcases the contemporary guitar legend’s return to his hardcore blues roots. The album is Trout’s sixth recording for Provogue, and his first fully-fledged blues album in 23 years as a bandleader. Trout’s practical schooling in blues started when he arrived in Los Angeles in 1973 and secured gigs behind Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Finis Tasby, Pee Wee Crayton, Lowell Fulsom, Percy Mayfield and Joe Tex. By 1981 he joined the remaining original members of Canned Heat.
The turning point for Trout was his tenure with British blues giant John Mayall. Trout became part of the Bluesbreakers’ lineage of great guitarists along with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. By 1989, Trout formed his own band, released his debut album Life In the Jungle, and rapidly became a star in Europe. His first US release, 1998’s critically heralded Walter Trout, made him a permanent fixture in the American blues rock scene.
“My main inspiration for this album,” says Trout, “was the country bluesman Blind Willie Johnson, an early blues innovator who recorded such timeless gospel informed blues numbers as Soul of a Man and Nobody’s Fault But Mine. His music is beautiful, primal, direct and deeply spiritual. “The album explores a side of my music that’s rooted in my first musical love, and it reveals something about me, too. It sums up the thoughts and attitudes of somebody who is getting a little older and is feeling like he’s a part of another era, with different values and a different perspective on life that’s prevalent today.”
Check out the EPK below!
ANNOUNCES U.S. HEADLINING TOUR BEGINNING MAY 3
FAN PRE-SALE BEGINS WEDNESDAY, FEB 15,
ON-SALE STARTS FRIDAY, FEB 17 THREE FESTIVAL APPEARANCES SLATED FOR MAY
TO PERFORM AT MUHAMMAD ALI’S 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 AT MGM GRAND IN LAS VEGAS
“POWER OF LOVE GALA”
AIRING ON ABC-TV SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25
SECOND STUDIO SOLO ALBUM FEATURING
MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS
OUT MAY 22
As he puts the finishing touches on his as-yet-untitled second solo album due out May 22, SLASH–the iconic, Grammy-winning rock guitarist and songwriter–has announced that his headlining U.S. tour will begin May 3 in Baltimore. A fan pre-sale begins this Wednesday, February 15, with the regular on-sale starting Friday, February 17. Tickets will be available at: http://www.slashonline.com/. The itinerary (see below) encompasses three festival appearances: Saturday, May 5 at Carolina Rebellion, Saturday, May 19 at Rock On The Range and Friday, May 25 at Rocklahoma.
Meanwhile, this Saturday, February 18, SLASH will join Stevie Wonder, Sean Combs, Chris Cornell, Lenny Kravitz, LL Cool J, Common, Snoop Dogg, former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, actors Anthony Hopkins, James Gandolfini and more at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for a 70th birthday celebration to honor boxing legend Muhammad Ali. “Muhammad Ali is & always has been a role model & a hero to me,” says SLASH. “It’s a huge privilege to be able to perform in his honor. He is one of the great icons of American culture and history.” The 16th annual “Power of Love Gala” celebrates the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali and his contribution to the world and raises awareness for Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s, the disease “The Champ” has been battling since 1984. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health’s work toward enhanced treatments and research of neurocognitive disorders and the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Ky. The show will also feature appearances from boxing legends such as Sugar Ray Leonard, Ken Norton, Tommy “Hitman” Hearns, and more. Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event are on sale now. ABC will also televise the show nationally on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. PST. For tickets and more information, visit: keepmemoryalive.org.
SLASH is currently in a Los Angeles studio working on his new album with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators. It will be released SLASH’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through EMI and will follow his 2010 debut album Slash and his November 2011 first-ever live solo album, the two-CD/DVD set Made In Stoke 24/7/11. Notably, the Slash album debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #3 (#1 on the Rock chart, #1 on the Independent chart, and #1 on the Hard Music chart). Digitally, the album also became the #1 overall digital album and hit #1 on iTunes in 13 countries. Internationally, the disc achieved Top 5 chart positions in over a dozen major territories, hitting #1 in both Japan and New Zealand.
For the new album, SLASH–along with and his bandmates Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns (bass)–have teamed with producer Eric Valentine, who also produced the Slash disc. All the songs were written together by SLASH and Kennedy, and cameras have been rolling throughout the entire making of the album. Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes footage airing weekly at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIYbyb8xXTQ.
SLASH’s 2012 headlining U.S. tour dates are as follows:
|Thu||5/3||Baltimore MD||Rams Head Live|
|Sat||5/5||Charlotte NC||Carolina Rebellion, Rockingham Speedway|
|Mon||5/7||Orlando FL||Hard Rock Live|
|Thu||5/10||Biloxi MS||Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live|
|Sat||5/12||Kansas City MO||Liberty Memorial Park|
|Sun||5/13||Indianola IA||National Balloon Classic Field|
|Mon||5/14||Minneapolis MN||The Brick|
|Wed||5/16||Madison WI||Orpheum Theater|
|Thu||5/17||Grand Rapids MI||Orbit Room|
|Sat||5/19||Columbus OH||Rock On The Range, Columbus Crew Stadium|
|Sun||5/20||Camden NJ||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|Sat||5/26||Albuquerque NM||Route 66 Casino|
Slash is widely considered one of the greatest rock guitar players of all time. He has received countless accolades and awards including his forthcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set for April 2012. In 2007, Slash was inducted into Hollywood’s RockWalk (located in front of Guitar Center in Hollywood) alongside his idols Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. An original member of iconic rock band Guns N’ Roses, the Grammy-winning Slash helped the band create signature sounds like the guitar riff of #1 hit “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “Welcome To The Jungle.” The band dominated the 1980’s and 90’s music scene selling more than 100 million albums worldwide and ushered in a decade of hard-charging rock music. After leaving the band, Slash went on to critical acclaim in his personal project Slash’s Snakepit, and global success with the supergroup Velvet Revolver. He has been widely sought after by the biggest musicians of all time, performing with everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Ray Charles. Slash recently landed on the top of the charts with his first true solo album, Slash. In addition, Slash was honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who named him as an official selection for 2011 to receive a star on Hollywood’s iconic Walk of Fame. In February 2011, he performed at the Super Bowl XLV half time show, seen by more than 106 million people, becoming the most-watched program in U.S. television history (Nielsen Co.).
Albany, New York’s Monsters of Low Strung, Dirty Rock n Roll – THE EROTICS, have once again teamed up with the UK’s BIG ZEE MUSIC and TRASHPIT RECORDS to unleash upon the world, perhaps their most brutal and down right obnoxious collection of horror punk, sleaze tinged musical masterpieces yet!
‘BOULEVARD OF CHOKING SCREAMS’ features last year’s Hallowe’en Hit Single ‘Your Bloody Frankenstein’ which spent weeks lurking around the top spot of many Digital Download Charts plus it also spawns many more Mike Trash penned aural trash-torn workouts.
Following in the footsteps or their previous label releases, the new EP will be available in a Deluxe Collectors Edition Gift Box with stunning artwork and includes a Vinyl style CD, Fold Out Poster, Badge and Sticker. All items are exclusive to this set and unavailable anywhere else.
‘BOULEVARD OF CHOKING SCREAMS’ will be released on Monday 5th March 2012 but pre-orders are being taken now at….
THE EROTICS will return for yet another tour of the UK this Spring – Dates to be announced soon.
Chris Laney has posted a new teaser clip for his up and coming Laney’s Legion CD. Check it out!
I stumbled upon this clip ‘Eat Your Heart Out” from the rock band New Liberty last night. This is a pretty cool tune….check it out!
I am not sure how I missed the release of this cool video clip from Santa Cruz when it came out a few months ago. “Anthem for the Young ‘n Restless” is on the band’s EP of the same name. Please visit Santa Cruz on Facebook, and check out their clip below!