SMILE EMPTY SOUL have debuted their brand new single called “Afterlife“ this morning exclusively on Noisecreep. “We’re really excited about ‘Afterlife’ being our first single because it represents our new album very well. It’s dark and heavy, but still has a level of catchiness and memorability.” says front man Seasn Danielsen. Click HERE or the image above to hear the track.
The band will release their brand new record “3’s” on May 22, 2012. This new effort will be a followup effort to “More Anxiety” which was released in 2010. Danielsen continues, “‘3’s’ is the best record we’ve made. It’s more musical and mature, yet still has the ‘Smile’ sound that our fans are looking for.” “3’s” was recorded in the band’s native Southern California at a handful of studios in the Valley and North Hollywood. Producer Eddie Wohl, who worked with the band on “Consciousness”, also manned the board on the new album at his Babyland Studios. The level of comfort with Wohl helped make “3’s” the consistent, tightly constructed album that it is. “He gets us and our sound,” Danielsen said.
Formed in 1998, SMILE EMPTY SOUL has certainly seen the inside of the music business. With a top 10 hit single like “Bottom of a Bottle,” countless tours and a certified gold record under their belt the band shows no signs of stopping now.
I just learned that former Child’s Play singer Brian Jack has passed away. I am dumbfounded and shocked by this terrible news. I have been a fan of Child’s Play for years, and still love their album Rat Race to this very day. I had the pleasure of talking to former Child’s Play drummer John Allen Sunday night, and was just talking about Child’s Play with him.
John posted the following message today:
“I am completely shocked and saddened by the death of Brian Jack. He was one of the most gifted, charismatic artists I have ever had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. He along with the rest of the guys were the brothers I never had. I will miss him incredibly.”
For those of you who are not familiar with Brian, I have provided a bio on Brian below, courtesy of Gabi Records:
Brian Jack, a Baltimore, Maryland native, has been playing music since he was in high school. From 1984 until 1991, he played in the band Child’s Play, a back to the basics, rock’n roll band. Child’s Play went through several changes before their most known line up, which featured Brian as the lead singer and very dynamic front man, also playing lead and rhythm guitar on many of the songs.
Child’s Play had a very strong following in the Mid-Atlantic area. In 1990, they were signed by Chrysalis Records and soon released their debut album, Rat Race. Child’s Play toured nationwide in support of their release. They had one video, which was also the title track, the song called Rat Race. Their music was played on radio stations nationwide. Although Child’s Play was a great band, it was time to move on. Brian was ready to broaden his horizons and try something new. He had started to grow out of the band that gave him his start in music. He had been wanting to change his musical direction for a while, and had been working on his own material on the side. It was now time to let everyone hear the other side of Brian Jack. In 1991, Brian left Child’s Play to start his solo career in music.
This other side of Brian wanted to play music and sing songs with more mood and feeling to them. Brian has the kind of voice that sounds good whether singing a hard driving rock song or a timeless love song. He has a very strong voice, yet at the same time it has an airiness to it that gives him a very sexy sound. His new musical style features upbeat rock songs, as well as beautiful ballads.
In 1992, Brian independently released his first solo effort, a CD titled Promise of Love, which shows the softer side of Brian. With all the loads of requests, soon the major local radio station, 98Rock, was playing Brian’s CD like crazy. Before long, other radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic area got wind of it and were soon playing the CD also. For a unsigned musician, the CD got very heavy radio airplay and sold extremely well. In all, the CD sold over 10,000 copies!!! And that’s without a major record label backing him. Just by word of mouth, Brian became one of the hottest things in the Mid-Atlantic area!!!
Rest In Peace Brian, you will be missed by many!
KILL DEVIL HILL the new project featuring acclaimed drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Dio) and bassist Rex Brown, (Pantera, Down) guitar slinger Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg will be released on May 22nd in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The album will be available in a standard CD edition, iTunes digital download, and Double Gatefold LP.
Today on their official Facebook Page, KILL DEVIL HILL have unveiled another song sample from their self-titled debut. Head over to http://www.facebook.com/killdevilhillmusic and check out a sample of the track “Revenge”.
Guitarist Mark Zavon explains the origins of “Revenge”:
“Revenge was originally called “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, which was the name of Blackbeard’s flagship that he took in battle from the French Navy and subsequently sailed against them to great effect.
After reading that story years ago, I always thought that the name of the ship seemed like a great metaphor for revenge, and started working on the idea. As we started refining the final arrangement it made more sense to change it to Revenge.
Revolver Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the first track from KILL DEVIL HILL’s self-titled debut album. The track entitled “Time and Time Again” can be streamed exclusively at http://t.co/4LHY9sIs.
KILL DEVIL HILL will be touring with Adrenaline Mob this May. All of the current tour dates are listed below:
KILL DEVIL HILL on Tour:
5/10: Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
5/11: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/13: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/15: Dallas, TX @ Trees
5/16: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
5/19: Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
5/21: Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
5/22: Charlotte, NC @ Amos South End
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Kittie, Blackguard, Bonded By Blood, and Candy Machine Guns will be performing at the Rave in Milwaukee, WI at 9 P.M. EST tonight. You can stream their concert for free! Please visit this link for more info!
Five years of waiting for CIRCUS MAXIMUS new masterpiece album “Nine” to be released in worldwide June on Frontiers
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated third album from Norwegian Progsters CIRCUS MAXIMUS entitled “Nine” on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.
Five years after the successful release of the concept album “Isolate”, this time Circus Maximus are back with a strong and mature cd. “A lot happened in our personal lives during the past few years “, explains drummer Truls Haugen. “Three of us had kids, plus we also had a several bumps in the road with the production. So it has not exactly been a joyride, but it feels great to finally be done, and after all this time we are ready to unleash our new monster !”
Circus Maximus spent anyway their time also working hard to further refining their sound. With “Nine” they are poised to take their place alongside the upper echelon of Progressive Metal bands. The band’s musical formula is not easy to accomplish – take jaw dropping musicianship, add a singer like Michael Eriksen with a voice from heaven and toss it together with hooks, anthemic melodies and enough groove and heavy riffing that really gets into your head.
For this new record the band presents the best of both worlds – offering their most melodic and at the same time heaviest moments of their repertoire, with class and maturity which is really from another world. “The majority of the material on the new record was written by Mats Haugen and he has taken the music to a kind of simpler and more accessible approach, yet kept the progressive elements and the “nerve” that is Circus Maximus” says Truls Haugen. “We’re actually more melodic and heavier on this new record than we’ve ever been”.
The re-defining sound, the songwriting and the clever production, highlights the band as one of the leading, original Progressive-Metal band around. “Nine” is an absolute contender for Top Album of the year, transcending the boundaries and subgenres of Hard Rock music!
“Nine” will include the following tracks: Forging; Architect Of Fortune; Namaste; Game Of Life; Reach Within; I Am; Used; The One; Burn After Reading; Last Goodbye.
“Reach Within” will be released as a single worldwide on April 27th and can be exclusively listened in streaming on the Frontiers Records webradio http://www.frontiers.it/webradio – A videoclip for the song is in the works.
Circus Maximus will appear live in some selected shows in the summer before launching a full scale tour in support of the new album. “We will definitely represent this album live to the whole World” concludes Truls Haugen, “We will do more live shows and more touring than ever and we really cant wait to get back on the road!”
Michael Eriksen – Vocals
Lasse Finbråten – Keyboards
Mats Haugen – Guitars
Truls Haugen – Drums
Glen Cato Møllen – Bass
Germany’s young sleaze rock crew KISSIN’ DYNAMITE are preparing to unleash their newest full-length Money, Sex & Power onto hard-partying North American crowds on April 24th. Listen to the first two tracks from the album, including the title track “Money, Sex & Power” and the following “I Will Be King” — and much more at the band’s official website HERE.
Considered to be the great hope of the German hard rock scene, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE have dominated stages across Europe since the release of their debut album Steel Of Swabia in 2008, when the singer was just 16 years old! After winning over crowd after crowd with their energetic live show and infectious anthems, the band’s sophomore album Addicted To Metal was released by Germany’s massive AFM Records in 2010, which even featured the legendary Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.) on the title track.
Their success and experiences over the past few years have shaped the band and increased their
professionalism in every department, which is apparent on their third full-length, Money, Sex & Power. Here KISSIN’ DYNAMITE release ten blazing numbers which still follow the classic metal path of previous releases, yet more than before they display their very own brand of sleazy heavy rock, inspired greatly from timeless masters of the art including Mötley Crue, Whitesnake, AC/DC and Guns ‘N Roses. Money, Sex & Power showcases the band taking their authentic, raw, melodic and powerful songs to new levels, and sees them more determined to dominate the rock scene than ever before.
Money, Sex & Power Track Listing:
1. Money, Sex & Power
2. I Will Be King
3. Operation Supernova
4. Sex Is War
5. Club 27
6. Dinosaurs Are Still Alive
7. She´s A Killer
8. Sleaze Deluxe
10. Six Feet Under
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE lineup:
Hannes Braun – vocals
Jim Müller – guitar
Ande Braun – guitar
Steffen Haile – bass
Andreas Schnitzer – drums
Power metal band EMPIRES OF EDEN has announced the release of the third album “Channelling The Infinite” from global recording project EMPIRES OF EDEN. Japanese release date of June 1 through Rubicon Music, rest of the world June 6 via Music Buy Mail.
1. Cry Out (feat. Rob Rock)
2. Hammer down (feat. UDO)
3. This Time (feat. Steve Grimmett)
4. Channelling the Infinite (feat. Sean Peck)
5. Lions For Lambs (feat. Alessandro Del Vecchio)
6. Cyborg (feat. Carlos Zema)
7. World on Fire (feat. Louie Gorgievksi)
8. Your eyes (feat. Mike Dimeo)
9. Born a king (feat. Danny Cecati)
10. As flames scorch the ground (feat. Vo Simpson)
11. White wings (feat. Ronny Munroe)
12. Hammer down All star version * (feat. UDO, Rob Rock, Sean Peck,Carlos Zema, Vo Simpson, Ronny Munroe)
13. Born a King * (feat. Sean Peck) * Bonus Track
Conceived and orchestrated by Australian shredding maestro Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon), the album features some of the most influential voices below in metal.
• Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.)
• Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver)
• Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart)
• Mike Dimeo (Masterplan / Riot)
• Sean Peck (Cage)
• Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan)
• Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church)
• Alessandro Del Vecchio (Edge of Forever)
• Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus)
• Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire)
• Vo Simpson.(Darker Half)
Loaded with 13 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, “Channelling The Infinite” features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style. From there, the vocalists have complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, providing a unique insight into what truly inspires these artists. Also available as a limited-edition Digipak that includes bonus tracks for each territory. Album cover artwork is done by L.A. based “Alex Ruiz” once again.
Channelling The Infinite – Trailer:
Modern progressive rockers give away free live track exclusively through their Facebook page.
UK modern progressive rockers Touchstone have announced an exclusive promotion on their Facebook page where they are currently giving away a special live version of ‘Joker In The Pack’, recorded at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in 2010.
The track, which has always been crowd favorite in the band’s live set, is now available to download for free for a limited time only in celebration of the worldwide re-release of their entire back catalogue by SPV/Steamhammer this Spring.
‘Joker In The Pack – Live at High Voltage’ is just one of the bonus live tracks recorded at the festival which feature on the digi-pack re-issues of Wintercoast and the band’s debut album Discordant Dreams, along with exclusive new artwork by guitarist Adam Hodgson.
Head to the Touchstone free download app here to download your copy:
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