April 17th isn’t a huge release day in the hard rock world, but it does have a few notable releases worth checking out.
Australian rock band Cold Chisel is releasing their first album in fourteen years, with their new release, No Plans. This CD is only available as an import, but will be worth checking out! Check out the clip “Everybody” below!
New Releases for 4/17:
DragonForce – The Power Within
Thousand Foot Krutch – The End is Where We Being
Hard Riot – Living On A Fast Lane
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
Primal Rock Rebellion – Awoken Broken
Hydrogyn – Private Sessions
Cold Chisel – No Plans
Like any vice, The Veer Union is enjoyed more and more over time. At first listen, Divide The Blackened Sky is a decent record that has some potential. After a few listens, it is recognized more as a great album that needs to be heard. After several listens, it is classified as one of the strongest modern rock releases this year that everyone needs to hear.
Divide The Blackened Sky is the sophomore effort for modern rock darlings, The Veer Union. Following up their successful debut, Against The Grain, The Veer Union have released another album filled with modern rock delights. Hard rocking power riffs, strong vocals, and excellent drum beats all combine to make Divide The Blackened Sky an excellent release.
“Borderline” starts the album and shows off The Veer Union’s strengths—powerful rock, with a heavy beat. This is modern rock with an edge. The influences of bands like Breaking Benjamin and Three Days Grace can be heard throughout the disc, but “Borderline” is where these influences stand out the most. If you are a Breaking Benjamin fan, you will love the lead track from Divide The Blackened Sky.
On their sophomore release, The Veer Union decided to go all power. No ballads made an appearance on this record, however, they aren’t missed. Usually modern rock records need balance between the hard rock hits, and the loving ballads. Divide The Blackened Sky mixes melody and power so well, that the lack of ballads isn’t a deterrent to the record.
“Inside Our Scars” is the strongest song on the disc and the most enjoyable track as well. Lead singer Crispin Earl has a chance to show off the true power of his vocals and sings like a siren. While the intro of the song might have listeners thinking that it is a ballad, the song kicks in so heavy halfway through, that the hard rock prevails. Drummer Neil Beaton shows off his talents as well, playing some of the best drums of the record on “Inside Our Scars.”
Divide The Blackened Sky is a strong release, especially considering the expectations following such a solid debut. The Veer Union didn’t shy away from the challenge and put out a heavy, dark, hard rocking record, worthy of being called the follow up to their first release. If you’ve been looking for a new band to add to your rotation, I highly recommend The Veer Union. Divide The Blackened Sky is an addictive record. The more you spin it, the more you want to hear it.
Rating: Out of 10
02. Bitter End
03. I Will Remain
04. Buried In The Ground
05. Inside Our Scars
06. Live Another Day
07. Divide The Blackened Sky
08. Silent Gun
09. Last Days Of Life
The Veer Union Is:
Crispin Earl – Vocals
James Fiddler – Lead Guitar
Eric Schraeder – Rhythm Guitar
Marc Roots – Bass
Neil Beaton – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
For more than 10 years, the event known as “Crüefest” has promoted bands that follow in the spirit of the rock band Motley Crüe. The charity events are held throughout the year at various locations around the world to spotlight these bands and to raise money for the Skylar Neil Foundation.
In 1995, Motley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil lost his daughter Skylar to cancer. Since that time, he has tried to do everything he can do to help raise awareness and much needed funding for children’s illnesses. Vince is so humbled by the response the Crüefest events have received.
To date, Crüefest charity events across the world have helped Vince raise nearly two million dollars to fund research to combat cancer, AIDS, and leukemia. Vince knows that Skylar would be proud of the work that we’ve done, and couldn’t think of a better way to honor her memory.
English Nick of 97.1 The River will host the third annual Cruefest Atlanta charity event, set to take place June 1, 2012 at the 10 High Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Scheduled performers include THE UNSATISFIED, HELLYEN, CITIZEN ICON, DURTY ROCKSTAR (featuring former GYPSY PISTOLERO bassist Aaron “ANGEL” Lee), a one night only reunion of THE LIVING ABORTIONS and MOTLEY CRUE tribute band DR. FEELGOOD OF ATLANTA.
Attendees are asked to come celebrate the miracle of life with us and help raise funds to continue the fight against childhood diseases. The highlight of Crüefest Atlanta is the opportunity for Motley Crüe fans to come together and have a great time while raising money for a worthy cause.
All proceeds will be donated directly to the Skylar Neil Foundation. Our last 2 events raised over $7,000 for charity through ticket sales and drawings for merchandise donated by our generous sponsors. This year we hope to raise even more!
The bands make this an event to remember by donating their talent, and businesses can help make the event a success with financial contributions and donating merchandise to be used in our drawings. If you would like to donate an item to our gift bags, auction or raffle, please send an email to CRUEFESTATLANTA@HOTMAIL.COM or or send us a message at https://www.facebook.com/cruefestatlanta!
* The band members of Motley Crüe have no affiliation with this event and are not liable for any transactions that take place at this event or for any actions that occur after the event. This charity event is not part of Motley Crüe’s summer tour known as “Crüe Fest”.
Have you check out Jack Blades’ new CD Rock ‘N Roll Ride yet? Jack has released a new EPK for the CD. Check it out! You can pick up Rock ‘N Roll Ride at this link!
Canadian rockers Snakeskyn Whiskey have released a new video “In The Night” in support of their new album, Payments Made in Madness. Check out the clip below! For more information on Snakeskyn Whiskey, please visit the band’s website!