Earlier this week, Serj Tankian revealed the cover art for his new album, Harakiri, which comes out July 10th and released “Figure It Out,” the first single. “Figure It Out” is now available digitally at services including iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
Harakiri is now available for pre-order in Serj’s webstore. Fans can advance order the album or pick up a limited edition Harakiri album bundle which includes a 18” x 24” lithograph poster, download of two bonus tracks (to be delivered on 7/10) and a CD. Both pre-orders come with an instant download of the new single, “Figure It Out.” $2 from the sale of each pre-order will be donated to a non-profit organization to fight global hunger.
Check out the Lyric Video for “Figure It Out” below!
Harakiri iTunes Pre-Order
Last week, it was announced that Serj and the rest of his bandmates in System of a Down will be performing a handful of dates in August. Dates below.
Confirmed System Of A Down Tour Dates:
08/02 Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center
08/04 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
08/05 Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
08/07 Washington, DC – Verizon Center Arena
08/09 Boston, MA – Comcast Center
08/11 Montreal, QC – Heavy Metal Festival Parterre @ Parc Jean Drapeau
08/12 Toronto, ON – Heavy Metal Festival Downsview Park
08/14 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheater
08/15 Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
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Baltimore, MD bred musician Mike Ruocco has announced details about his new, aptly-titled solo album – THE RISE. THE RIDE. THE RISK., (scheduled to be released independently via iTunes on June 12, 2012).
“THE RISE. THE RIDE. THE RISK. is everything my music represents. The rise – this is beginning of my new career. The ride – a look back, reflecting on where I’ve been. The risk – this is all me.” says Ruocco.
Mixed by Jeff Juliano (Lifehouse, John Mayer, Dave Matthews), the albums lead single “Too Late” is currently available for purchase via iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/too-late-single/id505621850?ign-mpt=uo%3D4.
“Too Late” offers an optimistic message, touching on the tumultuous nature of human relationships and how it’s “not too late to make things right.” Says the singer: “Positivity is a central theme on the album. As I got a little older, my nerves have calmed a bit, and I got tired of hearing all the anger in rock music,” adds the singer. “When I grew up, rock music encompassed a lot of different moods. I wanted to reflect that in my own music.”
To date, Ruocco has collaborated with artists and producers such as Aerosmith Producer/Co-writer Marti Frederiksen, Stacy Jones, Mitch Allan, Holly Knight, Jack Blades, Duff McKagan, Candlebox, Scott Stevens, Vivian Campbell, Mark Holman, The Gracious Few and has achieved Top 25 positioning with the active rock song “Get In Get Out” and a Top 40 active rock track with “Should’ve Known Better” (both songs from Cinder Road’s album Superhuman).
Ruocco has toured with the likes of Daughtry, Candlebox, Sick Puppies, Hurt, Puddle Of Mudd, Orianthi, RED, Alice Cooper, as well as direct support for the KISS Alive 35 tour in Europe where he spent 2 months in over 30 different countries playing with the Rock icons.
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Baltimore rockers, Charm City Devils have released their sophomore effort, Sins. As much as I loved the band’s debut album, Let’s Rock N Roll, Sins simply blows that album out of the water.
“Man of Constant Sorrow” is the best cover song I have listened to in a long, long time. Charm City Devils have taken this 100 year old folk song, and turned into something completely their own. I think they did an outstanding job with this cover. While “Man of Constant Sorrow” may be the only song that many of you have heard from Sins, the album is much deeper than that.
John Allen and company have crafted a bunch of catchy tunes, many of which ought to be hits for Charm City Devils.
“Walk Away” is massively infectious tune that all rock fans need to hear. I am hopeful that this will be released as a single. This is a great song!
“Still Alive” is the type of song that you will find yourself singing to after the first play.
The opening tunes “Spite” and “Unstoppable” have more of a modern hard rock feel style. “Spite” has a great message, and is another cool tune. This song rocks hard!
If you want some high octane rockers, Sins has those too. Give the songs “Love N War” and “Unstoppable” a listen. You won’t be disappointed. “Love N War” is the heaviest song on the album, and the driving rhythm is completely infectious. I thought “Unstoppable” had a Godsmack like vibe to it, and is extremely cool too!
Overall, Sins is a great album! It is rare when you get an album where you don’t want to skip a song or two. There isn’t a bad tune on Sins. You won’t want to skip any of them! The CD hasn’t left my play list since I purchased it. Don’t miss out on one of the best hard rock albums of 2012! I love Sins, and I think you will too!
You can purchase your copy of Sins from CDBaby at this link!
For more information on Charm City Devils, please visit the band’s links below:
Rating: Out of 10
03. Man of Constant Sorrow
04. Still Alive
05. Walk Away
06. Devil Is A Woman
07. Start It Up
08. Love N War
11. All You’ll Ever Need
Charm City Devils Are:
Black Sabbath will play the Birmingham O2 Academy on May 19.
The low-key date is the band’s third confirmed appearance after they replaced their planned world tour with an ‘Ozzy Osbourne & Friends’ billing, following guitarist Tony Iommi’s diagnosis of cancer. He’s completed chemotherapy and continues to recuperate
Sabbath, without original drummer Bill Ward, will appear at this year’s Download Festival at Donington, UK, in June and also at Lollapalooza, Chicago, US, in August.
The Birmingham warm-up is their first hometown appearance in 13 years. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Sabbath are currently working on their first original-lineup studio album in 33 years with producer Rick Rubin.
Greek Metallers Firewind have just release a new video, “Wall of Sound” in support of their new album, Few Against Many which will be released on May 21st (Europe), May 22nd (N. America) and May 23rd (Japan). U.S Fans can pre-order the album here.
FIREWIND’s Gus G. has checked in to comment on the clip as follows: “We wanted to do a different video this time, instead of the usual indoor studio shootings. So we figured we’d show the band in its comfort zone – on stage. The clip was shot on our most recent shows in Greece this past January and you can witness the mayhem that goes down when we play in our home country! Enjoy!”
FATES WARNING! A classic name not only on the Metal Blade roster but within the Metal scene in general. In the course of our ongoing re-release series the band’s classic Inside Out is another must have item. FATES WARNING have always been one of the most influential bands within the metal scene. Being one of the founders of the Progressive Metal movement they have influenced the likes of QUEENSRYCHE or DREAM THEATER among many others.
This re-release offers value for money as it comes as a double CD plus bonus-DVD. It contains the classic original album as well as live tracks from a German show FATES WARNING played in Dusseldorf in 1995 and unreleased demo takes for the audio part. The bonus-DVD contains a whole bunch of live clips, mainly from the years 1994 and 1995. Full track listing below.
CD1 – INSIDE OUT (re-mastered original album)
Outside Looking In
Island in the Stream
Down to the Wire
Face the Fear
CD2 – LIVE in DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY February 11th 1995
Outside Looking In
Down to the Wire
The Eleventh Hour
Point Of View
Face The Fear
Outside Looking In (demo)
Pale Fire (demo)
Shelter Me (demo)
Island In the Stream (demo)
Face The Fear (demo)
Monument (rough mix)
DVD – INSIDE OUT LIVE
Outside Looking In 1994/95
Pale Fire 1993/94
The Strand 1994
Shelter Me 1993
Island In The Stream 2010
Down To The Wire 1994/95
Face The Fear 1994/95
Afterglow Slide Show
Live In Still Water 1994
Through Different Eyes 1995
Guardian (Mike Portnoy drums) 1994
Shades of Heavenly Death 1995
MTV Europe Interview 1995
Eye to Eye 1994/95
Face The Face Of Fear 1994
Don’t Follow Me 1994
Shortest Fates Warning Show Ever. 1994
Guardian (Arch/ Alder duet) 1994
Inside Out will be released June 1st/4th via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
In Bret’s latest attempt to follow in the footsteps of Gene Simmons, Mr. Michaels has released a full line of rockin’ pet accessories at Petsmart.
Hey, Bret, how about a new POISON album? My Dog would love that too!!
Performance times have been announced for the sixth annual ROCK ON THE RANGE– America’s premier destination rock festival–held May 18-20 at Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH.
The daily schedule is as follows (performance times subject to change):
Friday, May 18
Friday Night 4Play
F.Y.E. Second Stage
7:00 PM Hells Bells
7:45 PM Black Tide
8:30 PM Foxy Shazam
9:30 PM Hairball
Saturday, May 19
Monster Main Stage
Noon Adelitas Way
1:10 PM Halestorm
2:20 PM Theory of a Deadman
3:40 PM Chevelle
5:00 PM Slash
6:40 PM Five Finger Death Punch
8:10 PM Shinedown
9:45 PM Incubus
F.Y.E. Second Stage
11:30 AM Emphatic
12:35 PM New Medicine
1:45 PM Falling in Reverse
3:05 PM Cavo
4:25 PM P.O.D.
5:55 PM Cypress Hill
11:30 AM Fox Rocks Winner
12:35 PM Otherwise
1:45 PM Rival Sons
3:05 PM Kyng
4:25 PM In This Moment
5:55 PM Bobaflex
Sunday, May 20
Monster Main Stage
12:05 PM Black Stone Cherry
1:15 PM Escape the Fate
2:30 PM The Darkness
3:50 PM Volbeat
5:10 PM Mastodon
6:45 PM Megadeth
8:15 PM Marilyn Manson
9:45 PM Rob Zombie
F.Y.E. Second Stage
11:30 AM Aranda
12:40 PM Redlight King
1:55 PM Trivium
3:15 PM Attack Attack!
4:35 PM Down
6:00 PM Anthrax
11:30 AM Ghosts of August
12:40 PM Eve to Adam
1:55 PM SOiL
3:15 PM James Durbin
4:35 PM 12 Stones
6:00 PM Lacuna Coil
A limited number of ROCK ON THE RANGE weekend and single-day tickets are still available. In addition, this year ROTR is offering the first-ever “4-Pack Special” (which includes a lower service charge with every 4 tickets) for $199, plus service fees. These tickets are on sale at the festival’s website, Ticketmaster and the Crew Stadium Box Office. All weekend tickets include free entry to the second annual Friday Night 4Play pre-show party.
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, ROCK ON THE RANGE is a multi-stage music and lifestyle event featuring a potent line-up of bands on three stages. The nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country has annually drawn weekend crowds in excess of 70,000 since its inception in 2007.
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK UPROAR FESTIVAL
RETURNS THIS AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
STAIND, PAPA ROACH, AND ADELITAS WAY
FEATURED ON THE MAIN STAGE
WITH P.O.D., DEUCE, FOZZY, REDLIGHT KING, MINDSET EVOLUTION, IN THIS MOMENT, THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH, AND CANDLELIGHT RED
PERFORMING ON THE TWO FESTIVAL STAGES
The third annual Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival returns this August and September for more than 30 shows throughout North America. The main stage features multiplatinum rock bands Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind and Papa Roach, along with breaking band Adelitas Way. In addition, the Ernie Ball Stage and Jägermeister Stage in the festival area will include performances from multiplatinum headliners P.O.D., as well as up-and-coming artists Deuce, Fozzy, Redlight King, Mindset Evolution (winner of the 2011 Best Buy Music Gear Battle Of The Bands Powered By Ernie Ball), In This Moment, Thousand Foot Krutch, Candlelight Red and a local battle of the bands winner.
Visit http://bit.ly/UPROARTV2012 to see a video with some of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival bands talking about the tour. Look for tour dates, venues and ticket on-sale information to be announced in the coming weeks.
“This is our first year on the UPROAR Festival, and we are honored to be sharing the stage with all the bands…Trust me this is one tour you do not want to miss,” says Brent Smith of Shinedown.
Godsmack’s Shannon Larkin proclaims, “Nothing makes us feel more at home than playing the best festival in the U.S. with the baddest-ass line-up of the year! You better hold on to your hats America, ’cause this fall we’re coming at you hard ‘n loud with the power hour Smackdown!”
The touring music and lifestyle festival continues to grow. Despite encountering hurricanes, floods and other inclement weather in 2011, the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival packed houses, with over 324,800 in total attendance. UPROAR expands in 2012 by adding a third stage and more bands to the lineup.
Live Nation is the national tour promoter for the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival.
“We’re really excited about this year’s awesome lineup,” say tour producers John Oakes and John Reese. “It’s incredible to have so many of the biggest bands in rock together with some newer bands that are blowing up. By adding a second stage to the festival area and including even more great talent, we’re stepping things up a notch for the UPROAR fans.”
To kick off the 2012 tour, the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will be giving away a trip for two to any show on the 2012 trek. The grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two from a U.S. city to the UPROAR show of their choice, hotel accommodations, airport transfers, $500 spending cash, and VIP treatment at the show. Go to http://bit.ly/uproarflyaway to enter for a chance to win.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival will entertain fans for a full afternoon and evening, with performances from the hottest rock bands, along with a concourse midway featuring band autograph signings, vendors and other activities. The festival is produced by John Reese, John Oakes and CAA in conjunction with Live Nation. Look for tour dates, cities and venues to be announced in the coming weeks and go to www.RockstarUproar.com and www.LiveNation.com for the most up-to-date information on the tour.
The Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival is made possible through the support of sponsors including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ernie Ball, Jägermeister, Airforce Reserve, Air National Guard, Army, Imagen Records, Lunarpages, Matador Beef Jerky, Schecter Guitars, South Surf, Slurpee, Truth, and Zippo Lighters.
Y&T’s Black Tiger album remembered in new iPad/iPhone app
Finally on the map with their scorching first album for A&M (Earthshaker was their third overall), California’s Y&T were ready to strike with their classic fourth record, 1982’s Black Tiger.
Thirty years on, a new app for iPad and iPhone tells the story of how Black Tiger was made – in singer and lead guitarist Dave Meniketti’s own words. The app is available now in the iTunes store:
The app includes extensive audio of Meniketti describing how Black Tiger was recorded (at Ridge Farm studio in England) – including his comments on the album’s tracks and on touring with AC/DC in 1982.
The app has lots of images from 1982 – including photos of the Black Tiger recording sessions from Meniketti’s personal collection.
The app’s author is Canadian rock and metal writer Martin Popoff, who draws on three recorded interviews he did with Meniketti. Popoff also penned a new review of Black Tiger for the app, and an essay in which he argues that Y&T were a kick-ass NWOBHM band who, through no fault of their own, happened to be from San Francisco.