Red Hot Chili Peppers are giving away a live EP through their website. I’m With You Europe 2011 features tracks from throughout their career, including “Dani California,” “Give It Away” and “Look Around.”
You’ll also be able to purchase live recordings of every show on the Chilis’ North American tour at LiveChiliPeppers.com.
Swedish riff-lord, Grand Magus, has announced the departure of drummer, Sebastian “Seb” Sippola, who has left the band for personal reasons. The band will replace Sippola with Ludwig “Ludde” Witt (Spiritual Beggars, Firebird, Shining) in the wake of the recording process of the band’s upcoming release, The Hunt.
Croatian doom-gothic metal band “Ashes You Leave” streaming a new song “Summers End”, taken from their forthcoming 6th album “The Cure for Happiness”. The waiting is finally over, The Funeral Band is back.
The band’s line-up is: Giada “Jada” Etro – vocals, Berislav “Bero” Poje – vocals & lead guitar, Matija Rempesic – guitar, Marta Batinic – violin, Luka Petrovic – bass guitar and Sasa Vukosav – drums.
The new record “The Cure for Happiness” will see the enchanting Ms. Giada “Jade” Etro behind the microphone. This mesmerizing and amazingly talented singer comes from Italy and this will be her first release as a lead singer. Rock N Growl and Ashes You Leave are currently shopping the recording “The Cure for Happiness”, securing a record deal very soon, to get out live and start the talking.
VIDEO WAS SHOT DURING SOLD-OUT SHOW AT LONDON’S BRIXTON ACADEMY – MASTODON’S BIGGEST U.K. SHOW TO DATE
BAND HIT THE ROAD THIS WEEK FOR CO-HEADLINING SPRING TOUR WITH OPETH
MASTODON have posted a live video of their new single “Dry Bone Valley.” The performance was shot live at London’s Brixton Academy – the band’s biggest UK headlining show to date in front of a sold-out manic crowd. View “Dry Bone Valley (Live)” here.
“Dry Bone Valley” is the second single from Mastodon’s critically acclaimed Top 10 album The Hunter, and has just entered the Top 20 at radio this week. As expected, The Hunter found its way onto several Year End/Best Of Critics’ Lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more.
This week, Mastodon hit the road for a co-headlining tour with Swedish metal band Opeth, plus special guests Ghost. The coast-to-coast trek kicks off Wednesday, April 4th. Watch a trailer for the tour here.
Tour dates and Set times as follows:
Be sure to arrive early to see Special Guests, Ghost.
04/04 Portland, ME State Theater – Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/05 Boston, MA Orpheum Theater - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/06 Montreal, QC Metropolis - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/07 Toronto, ON Sony Centre - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/09 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/10 Wallingford, CT The Dome - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/11 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
04/13 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 8:00 | Mastodon 9:40
04/14 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection- Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
04/15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/16 Knoxville, TN TN Theater - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/18 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
04/19 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/20 San Antonio, TX Back Stage Live - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/21 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street- Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/23 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
04/25 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues - Ghost 6:30 | Opeth 7:20 | Mastodon 8:50
04/26 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre - Ghost 8:15 | Mastodon 9:05 | Opeth 10:35
04/27 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
04/28 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
04/30 Seattle, WA The Paramount - Ghost 7:00 | Mastodon 7:50 | Opeth 9:20
05/01 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre - Ghost 7:00 | Mastodon 7:50 | Opeth 9:20
05/03 Edmonton, AB Events Center - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/04 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/05 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/06 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings - Ghost 8:00 | Mastodon 8:50 | Opeth 10:20
05/07 Minneapolis, MN Brick - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/09 Washington, DC The Fillmore - Ghost 7:30 | Mastodon 8:20 | Opeth 9:50
05/10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore - Ghost 7:30 | Opeth 8:20 | Mastodon 9:50
05/11 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues - Ghost 8:00 | Opeth 8:50 | Mastodon 10:20
05/12 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music - Ghost 7:00 | Opeth 7:50 | Mastodon 9:20
Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the simultaneous release on June 26 of Pink Floyd The Story Of Wish You Were Hereon DVD and Blu-ray. This is the authorized story of the album made with the full involvement and approval of the members of Pink Floyd. [Pre-book Order Date June 1, MSRP $TBA]
The Belgian / German Melodic Rock & AOR band Frozen Rain is very proud to announce their first ever music video.
The video clip for the song “Believe It Or Not” was shot on location in Oostende / Belgium and it features the six-piece band performing the track in a stylish and atmospheric setting surrounded by fast cars and a mysterious woman.
“Believe It Or Not” is the opener of the band’s brand new sophomore album “Ahead Of Time”, released in March 2012 through Avenue Of Allies.
The album is now available from your well-assorted local record store and worldwide from various mail order companies as well as the big online retailers. “Ahead Of Time” is also available as HQ digital download.
RECORDING SELF-PRODUCED ALBUM AT HIS OWN SERJICAL STRIKE STUDIOS IN LA
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, political activist and System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian is in his Serjical Strike Studios in LA putting the finishing touches on his third solo studio album, Harakiri, the follow-up to 2010’s Imperfect Harmonies, which will be released this summer on Serjical Strike/Reprise Records.
Much of the new record was written in 2011, which was an incredibly busy year for the diversely talented musician and what Serj describes as “the busiest, most productive year of my life so far.” In February, the rock musical Prometheus Bound,which he composed all of the music for, opened at the Oberon Theater at Harvard in Boston to rave reviews. 2011 also saw Serj release his second poetry book, Glaring Through Oblivion. He toured with System of a Down across three continents, performed with the Opera Orchestra in Yerevan, Armenia, where he also had political meetings with heads of state and hosted non-profit events. He then performed his first ever concert in Lebanon, the place of his birth, with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra. When he returned to the US, he finished writing four records: a jazz record, an electronic record he wrote with his friend Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence, a full classical symphony called Orca, and the new solo rock record that he is currently mastering.
“The year 2011 started with a fire. Some kids in Piha, NZ were setting off fireworks that landed on my neighbor’s property and lit the whole hill on fire. I knew it was going to be a hell of a year and it certainly was,” says Tankian. “Within 5 days of that, reports came out about birds and fish dying in massive numbers globally. The omen was not lost on me. Varied creatures on earth were committing massive hara-kiri (the Japanese term signifying ritualistic suicide.) Do they know something we don’t about the coming times or the sustainability of the environment? That is the day I started writing this record.”
The symbolism of entire species eradicating themselves on a large scale struck Serj emotionally, and is an underlying theme on the entire record. He took that idea and went to work writing, incorporating all of the experiences of his chaotic year to make a different kind of record. “The record is different than any I’ve made as a solo artist. It is much more driving and punk oriented with influences ranging from goth to electronic to 80’s vibes, dynamically heavy rock to epic melodic songs. Lyrically, it spans the gauntlet of themes from personal, political and philosophical to spiritual, humor and love.”
He also tried to approach writing a little differently this time around. “I used the Apple iPad as a songwriting instrument to sketch out three of the songs on the record. We must trick ourselves into writing in different ways to get unexpected results.”
The new album is slated for a summer release, and is all performed, written, produced, and engineered by Serj. The album will also feature performances by Serj’s touring band, The F.C.C. – Dan Monti on guitar, Mario Pagliarulo on bass, and Troy Zeigler on drums. Dan Monti is also co-mixing and co-engineering the album with Serj. The album will be mastered by Vlado Meller (Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Beastie Boys.)
Expect an album announcement and new music from Serj in the very near future.
The musicians in Overkill are angry….. METAL Thrashin’ Angry. At least that is what
I have gathered from listening to Overkill’s newest release, The Electric Age. What is stoking the band’s fire? I don’t know. What I do know is, the music on The Electric Age is easily some of the best that Overkill has ever recorded.
From the thundering bass of D.D. Verni on the opening cut, “Come and Get It”, to the final notes of “Good Night”,Overkill have recorded what I consider, one of the best thrash metal albums of the last decade.
Dave Linsk has delivered some of the best guitar work of his career. From the high-speed riffs of “Come and Get It” to the semi slower paced, Testament like tune “Black Daze”, The Electric Age is packed full killer riffs that classic thrash fans are going to love. On the album closer Good Night, Linsk sounds as if he is channeling Dave Mustaine. Awesome! The furious growls and vocals of Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth have never sounded better.
There is no need to give you a song by song breakdown. You are going to want to hear all of the songs on this CD! Some of my personal favorites are “Electric Rattlesnake”, “Wish You Were Dead” “Black Daze” and “Drop the Hammer Down”
In my opinion, Overkill has recorded an album that not surpasses their previous effort, Ironbound, but also surpasses the recent offerings from Metallica, and Megadeth.
In the illustrious words of Mr. Ellsworth, The Electric Age is “More than you can take, make no mistake”. Don’t miss out on one of the best metal albums of 2012 so far! To my ears, Overkill has recorded a true thrashterpeace with The Electric Age. I can’t stop listening to this!
Highly recommended! Buy The Electric Age here!
Rating: Out of 10
- Come And Get It
- Electric Rattlesnake
- Wish You Were Dead
- Black Daze
- Save Yourself
- Drop The Hammer
- 21st Century Man
- Old Wounds, New Scars
- All Over but the Shouting
- Good Night
Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth – Vocals
D.D. Verni – Bass, Backing vocals
Derek “The Skull” Tailer – Rhythm guitar, Backing vocals
Dave Linsk – Lead guitar, Backing vocals
Ron Lipnicki – Drums