It’s amazing that Rush has been around for almost 40 years and are still making significant music. Their last studio album, Snakes And Arrows, was a great disc filled with solid, enjoyable rock songs. Earlier this year, the band released their 19th studio album, Clockwork Angels. This album is a testament to the fact that Rush still has what it takes to make a great record worthy of fan consumption.
Clockwork Angels reminds me a lot of the very underrated Presto, which is one of my favorite Rush albums. While most fans think Presto is a decent record, it never quite got the attention it deserved. Clockwork Angels falls into a similar category. It is an amazing record that may not get the attention it is due.
These days, Rush fans are mostly about the nostalgia of the band. On their last tour, Rush played Moving Pictures in its entirety, and a plethora of their hits that had the crowd ecstatic. When it came time to play the new songs from their forthcoming album (which would be Clockwork Angels) a lot of fans tuned out, even though the songs were fantastic. “Caravan” and “BU2B” were played live for every concert performance and gave us a taste of what was to come. And that taste left me wanting the full meal. Now that Rush has delivered Clockwork Angels, they have not disappointed.
“Caravan” and “BU2B” start the record off and their studio incarnation is even better than their live counterparts. Building in intensity as the songs progress, both “Caravan” and “BU2B” are great openers for Clockwork Angels. Both of these songs are short, enjoyable bursts of hard rock music that could be released as radio singles with no qualms.
The rest of Clockwork Angels is not short and sweet like the opening tracks, and that is great news for Rush fans everywhere. Rush works the rest of the album in their typical style, with much progression, chord changes, multiple arrangements, and mini operatic songs. Acoustic guitars and strings are plentiful, as well as deep, thought provoking, lyrics that can only be written by Neil Peart.
“Halo Effect” is a magnificent ballad. Opening with a nice acoustic riff from Alex Lifeson, the song builds in intensity when the strings arrive for the chorus. The string section blends together with the acoustic guitars to make a harmonious delight. “Halo Effect” is a fantastic song, even though it is one of the quieter moments on Clockwork Angels.
“The Wreckers” is the song that most reminds of Presto era Rush. With strings, acoustic guitars, a simple drum beat and intense lyrics, “The Wreckers” takes me back to the late 80s when I was dissecting Presto for every fantastic nuance that it contained. The lyrics for “The Wreckers” do not reflect the most positive light, but tell a real message. “Sometimes you have to be weary of a miracle that is too good to be true.” Geddy Lee’s voice is at its finest for “The Wreckers.” While he can’t hit the high notes like it was 1974, Lee still delivers the vocals with pure passion that will have fans truly believing in “The Wreckers” as a huge hit song.
“Wish Them Well” is the strongest song on Clockwork Angels. Opening with a great pounding simple drum beat that bleeds into a typical, complex Peart percussion, “Wish Them Well” captures the ear from the first note of the song. “Wish Them Well” is Rush at their finest. Three guys making music and having fun. There are no strings, no acoustics, and no additives. “Wish Them Well” is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart showing what they can still do when the three of them get together to make a great song. This is classic Rush with a modern contemporary twist, and it is beautiful.
With Clockwork Angels, Rush have delivered one of their best albums to date. Even after 38 years of making music, this band still has something to say and it is worth listening to. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Clockwork Angels don’t delay any longer. This could be the best record you will hear all year.
Notable Tracks: The Wreckers, Wish Them Well
Rating: Out of 10
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Geddy Lee – Bass, Vocals
Alex Lifeson – Guitar
Neil Peart – Drums
Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will be taking his ”STORY OF LIGHT” tour through Europe 2012 in support of his new release, The Story of Light, released on August 14, 2012 (Favored Nations Entertainment). Vai has just finished up a two-month run of 50 shows in North America to stunning reviews.
32 years ago this October, a 20 year old Steve Vai embarked on his first tour with the Legendary Frank Zappa. Since then Vai has honed his craft to peak performance on his latest tour. His show is unlike any other guitar player in his field. He is a performer, composer, (comedian of sorts) and a deeply connected musician who’s every note resonates through his body mind and soul.
Show review quotes:
“What I witnessed was something I almost (still) don’t quite understand. If I’m at pains to put that across here it’s because I was part of a revelation. Vai is Zen. Guitar master.”
Blog on the tracks
“Vai transcends the average ability to play. There was not a moment that the crowd was not watching every single move he made. I hope to see him many more times over the years.”
My Global Mind
“While many musicians fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai’s unique musical vision remains unclassifiable. After more than 30 years, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion.”
“Vai is an innovator and showman. He shredded the guitar inflamed with passion and charisma. This easily ranks as the most enjoyable concert moment I have ever experienced. If you ever have the chance to see this legend live don’t hesitate!”
Orange County Reverb
“Vai’s an entertainer, and he made sure to include something fun for everyone, not just the guitar geeks. That sense of humor is one of the main things that separates Vai from the other flash players. Another is that he can play rings around virtually all of them.”
Ticketron average rating ***** stars http://reviews.ticketmaster.com/7171/736378/steve-vai-reviews/reviews.htm
“To be able to witness Steve Vai’s skill, passion and artistry is an event in life that will never be forgotten.”
“Steve Vai does what no one else can do and does it brilliantly. He combines technique beyond belief with passion to produce musical and emotional landscapes that take you to a soaring world, beyond the concert hall and beyond ordinary experience.”
“If you ever get a chance to see this legend up close and personal, rest assured you will be entertained by his witty banter, quirky humor and most of all, virtuosic playing.”
In addition to regular concert ticket sales, Vai fans can purchase a unique and special premium package – the EVO Experience – which includes a meet and greet pass, a Q&A session with Steve Vai, access to sound check, a 2012 Story of Light Tour Program, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and a number of other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets can be purchased through Vai’s website, www.Vai.com. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show.
The Story of Light is available for online pre-sale orders, including a special pre-sale selection of bundled packages, on
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Oct 26 Riga, Latvia – Palladium
Oct 27 Vilnius, Lithuania – Uko Banko Treatro Arena
Oct 28 Warsaw, Poland – Stodola Arena
Oct 30 Belgrade, Serbia – Kombank Arena
Oct 31 Sofia, Bulgaria – National Palace of Culture
Nov 1 Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului
Nov 3 Istanbul, Turkey- Kucukciftlik Park
Nov 5 Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theater
Nov 6 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
Nov 9 Zagreb, Croatia – Culture Factory
Nov 10 Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro Geox
Nov 11 Rome, Italy – Atlantico
Nov 12 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov 13 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna
Nov 14 Vienna, Austria – Museumquartier
Nov 16 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
Nov 17 Luxembourg – den Atelier
Nov 18 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Nov 19 Paris, France – Olympia
Nov 20 Brussels, Belgium – Royal Circus
Nov 21 Stuttgart, Germany – Filharmonie Filderstadt
Nov 22 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
Nov 24 Malmo, Sweden – KB
Nov 25 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
Nov 26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgar’n
Nov 27 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
Nov 28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Nov 29 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Dec 1 Portsmouth, UK – Guildhall
Dec 2 London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo
Dec 3 Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
Dec 4 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar St.
Dec 5 Newcastle, UK – City Hall
Dec 6 Ipswich, UK – Regent
Dec 7 Manchester, UK – Apollo
Dec 10 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain – Sala Capitol
Dec 11 Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
Dec 12 Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
Dec 14 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
Dec 15 Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Dec 16 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
Dec 17 Murcia, Spain – Auditorium
Bona fide heavy metal front woman and activist OTEP Shamaya has rallied up the tribe and is ready to deliver the first LIVE album of her career, entitled Sounds Like Armageddon, out November 6th. If you haven’t had a chance to see her in action now is your time to hear her roar.
Sounds Like Armageddon hits hard with eleven gut wrenching tracks from four albums. OTEP tears through classics like “Battle Ready”, “Blood Pigs”, “Rise Rebel Resist” and “Fists Fall” and will have you banging your head in no time! The album also includes the fan favorite cover of Nirvana’s “Breed” that has become a staple at the end of OTEP’s live set. With her ravaging vocals and powerful messages OTEP is a multi-dimensional; poet, illustrator, author and activist. Since 2000, she has continued hold her ground, fight for her beliefs and empower thousands of people worldwide.
She is currently in the studio working on her sixth full-length studio album, out in January 2013. Watch the music video for “Fists Fall” and experience the force known as OTEP. Check on tons of new OTEP merch designs and pre-orderSounds Like Armageddon through the Victory Records’ webstore.
Sounds Like Armageddon Track listing:
Rise Rebel Resist
Motor City Madman Ted Nugent was in the hot seat this week when he sat down with CNN for a “Red Chair Interview” where he revealed why he never wanted to be a rock star and more. How did he avoid doing drugs all these years? “The same way I avoided the temptation to stab myself in the eye with an ice pick,” Nugent says. “I’m just more in to working hard, playing hard, making great music and going hunting.”
Swedish blues rock superstars, GRAVEYARD, recently shot a new music video for the second single off the album, “Endless Night”. The video was directed by Artur Wolgers & Dea Saracevic and features vocalist and guitarist Joakim Nilsson cruising in a killer Pontiac GTO. Check it out below!
You can also check out Graveyard’s new song “Goliath” below!
Spider Rock Promotion is glad to announce a new entry in the roster: HoneyBombs!
The band plays hair metal vaguely influenced by and glam rock sleaze metal.
Band members come from Blind Horizon and I Suffer Incorporated.
At the moment the guys are busy with the composition of the songs that will be part of their first full length album, which will be released through Spider Rock Promotion in 2013, tentatively entitled “Physique du Rock’n’Roll”. In the meantime they are preparing the forthcoming live shows at the end of 2012 and early 2013.
Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have premiered the artwork for their 13th studio album, Target Earth, on the band’s official Facebook page.
The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s’ previous albums.
Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).
The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991′s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003′s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.
The official track-listing for Target Earth can be seen below.
- Target Earth
- Kluskap O’Kom
- Empathy for the Enemy
- Mechanical Mind
- Corps Étranger
To hear the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” please click here.
VOIVOD live 2012
10/26–La Riviera–Madrid, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/27–Razzmatazz 2–Barcelona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/30–MILK Club–Moscow, Russia
11/17–Fox Theater–Oakland, CA **with NEUROSIS, YOB**