Bloodbound is about to release their new album “In The Name Of Metal” on November 9th, 2012. Check out the video for the title track below!
What a few months it has been for In This Moment…their album BLOOD debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, their live set captivated thousands on this year’s Rockstar Uproar Festival, and now the first track from their new album, also entitled “Blood,” has cracked the Top 10 at Active Rock radio. “Blood” is currently the #9 single on the chart with over 1000 spins a week and power rotations at KPBI/Denver, KQXR/Boise and WJJO/Madison. “Blood” is also the #1 selling single of all time for longtime label Century Media Records; it has nearly 100,000 units since its release and shows no signs of slowing down. Click here to check out the stunning video for “Blood.” American fans can catch In This Moment on tour through mid-December with their first set of dates as headliners, and the next set alongside Halestorm for the Jagermeister tour kicking off on November 8th (the entire tour nearly soldout already). Please see below for the itinerary.
BLOOD, the album, recently bowed at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, selling upwards of 20,000 units in its first week. This marked the band’s highest album chart debut ever, with nearly double the first week sales of their previous release, 2010’s A STAR CROSSED WASTELAND. Produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch), BLOOD is In This Moment‘s fourth album for longtime label Century Media Records and has been receiving rave reviews from the press, with Outburn declaring, “…an album that should thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
In This Moment was formed in 2005 and have released four full length albums to date, selling over a quarter of a million records in the US alone. They’ve cracked the Top 10 Active Rock charts and have appeared on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, as well as Warped and Ozzfest tours. Frontwoman Maria Brink was named Revolver’s Hottest Chick in Metal. In This Moment is: Maria Brink (vocals), Chris Howorth (lead guitar), Randy Weitzel (rhythm guitar), Travis Johnson (bass) and Tom Hane (drums).
In This Moment tour dates:
26 Orlando, FL Tinker Field*
27 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre*
28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
30 Shreveport, LA The Riverside Warehouse
31 Broussard, LA The Station
2 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
3 Tyler, TX Clicks
4 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
6 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
8 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen**
9 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s**
12 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre**
13 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues**
14 Chico, CA Senator Theatre**
16 San Francisco, CA Slim’s**
17 Sacarmento, CA Ace Of Spades**
18 Reno, NV Knitting Factory**
20 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
23 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater**
24 Seattle, WA El Corazon**
25 Portland, OR Knitting Factory Concert House**
27-29 Florida/Bahamas ShipRocked Cruise
30 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium**
1 Sauget, IL Pop’s**
3 Sioux Falls, SD The Vault**
4 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**
5 Madison, WI Majestoc Theatre**
7 South Bend, IN Club Fever**
8 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre**
10 Richmond, VA The National**
11 Knoxville, TN The Valarium**
12 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel**
14 Charleston, SC The Music Farm**
15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live**
*with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
I have been listening to Dokken for over 30 years now, and I have to admit that I have some extremely strong opinions about the band. I chose not to review Broken Bones when it first came out, as I didn’t want to deter or sway those fans that would purchase Broken Bones. I didn’t like the band’s last album Lightning Strikes Again very much, and I didn’t expect Broken Bones to be much better. The video for “Empire” was released, and I have to admit that I had a glimpse of hope for the new album. Jon Levin’s guitar is shredding, “Wild” Mick Brown is sounding great on the skins, and Don Dokken surprisingly pushes his voice in this song. With that being said, I decided to spin Broken Bones, and give the band another chance.
Broken Bones starts off strong enough. The first three songs, “Empire”, “Broken Bones” and “Best of Me” have that classic Dokken feel. It certainly isn’t Back For The Attack era stuff, but it is solid enough to keep me interested.
At this point the album shifts into a bunch of mid tempo songs that honestly work a lot better with Don Dokken’s voice. Don’s voice hasn’t aged well, but the songs were smartly crafted to take advantage of his diminished range. Some of the songs have a more modern approach, but Jon Levin keeps it very Dokken like with his Lynch style noodling.
One song that I typically won’t expect to like at all, “Victim of the Crime” has grown on me the most. The song has a little middle eastern flair, mixed with a little Sabbath like heaviness. Levin throws in a little Dokken style flash to keep the song honest. I think this might be the most creative song on Broken Bones.
The album closes out in good fashion with a flashy rocker “Tonight” that is more in the classic Dokken style. I thought this song helped to bring the whole album together. It is a very smartly mixed album in my opinion. Heavy rockers up front, mid tempo stuff in the middle, and a classic Dokken style rocker to close it out.
Overall, I didn’t expect to like Broken Bones at all, and after giving it a few spins, I have really enjoyed this album. I think it is Dokken’s strongest album since 1999’s Erase The Slate. If you go in expecting Under Lock and Key, or Back For The Attack you may be disappointed. If you listen with an open mind, you might be greatly surprised.
Give Broken Bones a chance! I they can win over this Dokken critic, they can certainly win you over too!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Broken Bones
03. Best of Me
06. Victim Of The Crime
07. Burning Tears
09. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
Don Dokken – vocals
Mick Brown – drums
Jon Levin – guitar
Sean McNabb – bass