American metal stalwarts Seven Witches are set to release their ninth studio album, the first for new label home FrostByte Media; REBIRTH is due out on July 16th in North America. REBIRTH is produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound. It’s a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost‘s signature ax work. In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Slippery When Wet, Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross. Look for the band to tour the United States this summer near the release of REBIRTH.
Jack Frost first broke into the scene at the age of 19 during an audition with the metal legends Helix. After moving back to his home state of New Jersey, Frost formed his first band, Frostbite, back in 1994 eventually releasing three well-regarded power metal albums and touring with everyone from Overkill to Fates Warning. Seeking a harder-edged sound, he formed Seven Witches in 1998. Over the band’s storied career, Seven Witches has featured a literal who’s who of metal giants in its ranks, including Bobby Lucas, Wade Black (Crimson Glory), Alan Tecchio (Hades, Non-Fiction, Watchtower), James Rivera (Helstar), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Kevin Bolembach (Non-Fiction) and Mike LePond (Symphony X). The band has also toured with the likes of Overkill, Annihilator, Symphony X, Judas Priest, Demon, Kamelot, WASP and Armored Saint. Outside of Seven Witches, Jack Frost has contributed his talents to Overkill’s DD Verni’s project, The Bronx Casket Company, released two solo albums, recorded alongside the members of Annihilator in SPEEED, toured and/or recorded with Metalium, Joey Belladonna, Lizzy Borden and Savatage, and contributed to a number of tribute albums for the likes of WASP, Accept, Dio and the Scorpions. He’s also made numerous guest appearances on CDs from Ted Poley, Bob Rock and Terry Ilous.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce an explosive new double live album from legendary rock
band, Whitesnake. MADE IN BRITAIN – THE WORLD RECORD, will be released as a 2-CD set in Europe on
July 5th and in North America on July 9th. During 2011, the mighty Whitesnake embarked on one of their
most successful world tours in recent times, performing 96 shows in more than 35 countries, starting in
North America in May until the second UK run in December. The request for another live album came from
Whitesnake’s incredibly loyal fans – never ones for being notoriously shy about insisting what they want from
their favourite musical reptiles. Before heading out on the “Forevermore World Tour 2011”, the decision was
made to record every performance on the tour.
After spending the early part of 2012 editing and mixing the WHITESNAKE: MADE IN JAPAN DVD, the
production team consisting of The Brutal Brothers (Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and Doug and
Mikey Mac), had the task of listening to over 90 shows and 130 hours of Whitesnake performances. Inspired
by the performances from the 9 sold-out UK shows and a further 87 performances from around the world, the
live albums MADE IN BRITAIN and the accompanying THE WORLD RECORD were born. The recent
FOREVERMORE songs shine as brightly as classic Whitesnake songs such as “Is This Love”, “Still Of The Night”
and “Here I Go Again”, all performed with feverish energy, encouraged by remarkably enthusiastic audiences
from Newcastle to Sao Paolo. Please see below for the full track listing.
Formed in 1977, and steered by the legendary David Coverdale, Whitesnake carry a rightful reputation
as one of the world’s leading rock bands. Coverdale’s blues roots, combined with a feral sense of rock and
roll, have consistently shaped the ‘Snake’s sound along with Coverdale’s love and appreciation of impeccable
musicianship. Whitesnake’s ascent to the very top of the rock n’ roll heap was confirmed with 1987’s self-
titled mega-platinum album, which saw two massive Top 10 hits, two #1 singles with “Here I Go Again” and “Is
This Love” and a virtual 24-hour domination of MTV around the world. David Coverdale was recently named
one of Revolver’s “100 Greatest Living Rock Stars” and the UK’s Kerrang voted Coverdale the “Last Great Rock
Musicians on MADE IN BRITAIN – THE WORLD RECORD include David Coverdale (vocals), Doug Aldrich
(guitars), Reb Beach (guitars), Michael Devin (bass), Briian Tichy (drums) and special guest Brian Ruedy
MADE IN BRITAIN – THE WORLD RECORD track listing:
Cd1 – MADE IN BRITAIN
Best Years; Give Me All Your Love; Love Ain’t No Stranger; Is This Love; Steal Your Heart Away; Forevermore;
Love Will Set You Free; My Evil Ways; Fare Thee Well; Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City; Fool For Your
Loving; Here I Go Again; Still Of The Night.
Cd2 – THE WORLD RECORD
Bad Boys; Slide It In; Lay Down Your Love; Pistols At Dawn; Snake Dance; Can You Hear The Wind Blow; Fare
Thee Well; One Of These Days; The Badger; Deeper The Love; Soldier Of Fortune; Burn/Stormbringer
TESLA guitarist Dave Rude delivers the goods with his latest hard rock offering “The Key”! This 10 song, riff laden extravaganza, captures the true spirit and essence of American Rock & Roll music! Produced by Marc Kapetan, “The Key” showcases both Dave’s solid guitar playing skills, and unique songwriting ability. Along with bassist Marco Guzman, drummer Josh Schmidt and Dave’s signature guitar style, this release offers up a straight-forward mix of hard rockin’ cuts that will satisfy any and all fans of the genre! Official release date is June 4, 2013. Pre-orders are available here: www.ratpakrecords.com/daverude
Yours to Hold
On My Own Again (featuring Troy Luckketta)
Own The Night
One Night, One Day
It is very hard to believe that yet another M3 Festival has come and gone. And while this year’s M3 was held earlier than any previous, it was still another solid year of hair metal performances. Great artists came from all around the globe to rejoice with fans and rock the 2013 version of M3. Once again I was in attendance for the festival, soaking in all the glorious entertainment over the two-day span. So, as you would expect, this edition of Vie’s Verses is a nice recap of the 2013 M3 Festival, including the highs, lows, and hope for the future.
By far the best band at this year’s M3 was Twisted Sister. Dee Snider’s ability to command a crowd never ceases to amaze me, and even after 30 years, he still seems to do it almost better than anyone. Leaping out onstage to “You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll,” Twisted Sister performed all of their top hits and made the most of the 50 or so minutes they had to perform. From “We’re Not Going To Take It,” to “I Wanna Rock,” to “The Price,” Twisted Sister played everything that everyone would want to hear and packed quite a punch doing it. And while the band was not in their signature costumes and makeup, it didn’t matter. Twisted Sister does not need imagery gimmicks to get fans excited. All they needed to do was perform. It was the first time that I had seen the band in many years and it was a real treat.
I’m not sure what these guys have been up to lately, but they need to go on tour. Jizzy Pearl’s voice was in exceptional form and the rest of the band sounded fantastic. Considering that Love/Hate had to take the stage at 11:50 AM, I was quite impressed by how great they sounded. Not many could sing that vocal range before noon. Their set was heavy on songs from their first album, but Love/Hate managed to perform a couple from their second disc, and one from their third. It was a nice diverse set and even though they only had 30 minutes, Love/Hate made the most of their time. If they were to go out on a club tour this summer, they would get my money with ease.
I will be honest. Before Saturday, the only thing I knew about Steel Panther was Rob Rockitt’s review of their latest album. I had never listened to the band, I had never researched the band, I basically never cared about the band. On Saturday evening, all of that changed. I wouldn’t go as far as calling myself a die-hard fan of Steel Panther now, but I can say that I would definitely pay to see this band perform live again. Their set was filled with the raunch rock they are known for, along with humorous anecdotes, and glam metal mockery for all to enjoy. Add on the fact that they can play their instruments and sing with the best of the glam bands, and you have a successful, amazing performance. I was simply blown away.
Loudness returned to M3 for their second performance, but their first on the main stage. In 40 minutes they proved why they deserved to be on the main stage. With a brilliant set that captured all the loud, raw energy one would expect from the band, Loudness blew the roof off of the Pavilion and probably converted a lot of M3 festival goers into Loudness fans. They converted me last year with their Festival stage performance, so seeing them on the main stage this year only made me like them more. It was a memorable set from a memorable band that I would like to see more often.
I had not seen this band perform in 20 years, so when I had the opportunity this year, I didn’t miss it. And by not missing it, I mean I actually left Twisted Sister’s set early to make sure that I had a good spot for Jackyl. That is how badly I wanted to see them. They did not disappoint. From the opening of “My Moonshine Kicks Your Cocaine’s Ass” to the closing of “The Lumberjack” Jackyl was fantastic. If not for Twisted Sister, they may have been the best band at the festival. Jackyl gave a solid performance, played as if they were headlining a stadium, while keeping the intimacy of a club, and basically were unrivaled. From their song selection, to their tight playing, to front man Jesse James Dupree entertaining the crowd with great stories and even better vocals, Jackyl really did it all.
Blackie Lawless Decides To Play The Crimson Idol
I am not bashing Blackie Lawless with what I am about to say. I love WASP and I love the Blackie Lawless band that calls itself WASP. I love seeing WASP in concert and every time they schedule a performance near my house, I go see them. With all of that having been said, I think that Blackie forgot that the M3 fans on Friday night did not pay to see a WASP concert. What I mean by that is I think Blackie’s ego told him all of the fans had come to see WASP and only WASP. That just wasn’t true. WASP was an excellent addition to the bill, but not the reason fans came. So, if Blackie decided to play a 30-minute Crimson Idol set as part of a WASP concert, good for him. But deciding to that at M3 was a huge mistake. HUGE. When WASP took the stage to close out Friday night, fans were loud, proud, and in full force. The pavilion was full and the lawn was pretty crowded. As WASP played the hits, fans rejoiced. Then Blackie decided to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of The Crimson Idol by playing a 30 minute set of Idol songs and left out the hits from that album, (specifically Murders In The Rue Morgue). What the hell was this guy thinking!!?? So as the condensed Crimson Idol was played sans hits, the crowd started to file out. By the time WASP finished their Crimson set, about one quarter of the audience was left. Like I already stated, I love WASP. I loved seeing the Crimson Idol set, but I am in the minority. Most fans at M3 were casual WASP fans at best. Blackie would have been best served giving them all the hits, a couple of rarities, and called it a day. He may have converted a lot more people that way. In the end, I just don’t think that WASP was meant for M3.
All right, I will stop you right now. I get it. “I’ll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)” is a hard song to sing. And as one female fan pointed out to her male friend while he was bashing Steelheart, “I’d like to see you sing that.” The problem with that argument is that I don’t get paid to sing that. Overall, I thought that Steelheart gave a decent performance. They focused heavily on their third album, Wait, which I didn’t even know about until Saturday. Fortunately for the band, a lot of fans did know about it and were singing along. My disappointment came in the band’s performance of “I’ll Never Let You Go.” While lead singer Miljenko Matijevic sounded great throughout, he had some trouble with the high notes on the band’s biggest single. Combine that with the fact that the band rearranged the song and performed a shortened version of their huge hit and had the crowd sing most of the choruses—well— it just ended with disappointment. Overall, Steelheart was good, but they did not do their signature song any justice.
In case they forget, back in 1990, King’s X released a pretty darned good album called Faith, Hope, Love. That album contained two stellar songs, “It’s Love” and “We Are Finding Who We Are.” Oddly enough, King’s X decided to play neither of those during their 40 minute Festival Stage set. Instead they opted for a lot of songs that almost no one knew. Look, I get it, King’s X has a deep catalog and they want to try and perform lesser known songs in the hopes to broaden their appeal. Do that on your own tour. At M3, play the hits and then sprinkle in other songs. Fans will remember that and most likely seek out your other albums in a nostalgic blast.
This was just absolutely abysmal. From going on late to performing a horrendous cover of Sublime’s “What I Got,” the Bret Michaels band was a disaster. Sure, it was cool to see them open with one of Poison’s biggest hits “Talk Dirty To Me,” and the Poison songs sounded decent, but it wasn’t enough. Bret Michaels should not have closed out the festival (that should have been Twisted Sister). And while he may be excited about his forthcoming “solo” record, Jamming With My Friends, I don’t think anyone else is. As a huge Poison fan, I hate to say this, but I think Bret’s solo CD is going to tank. Maybe that will be the kick in the ass he needs to get Poison back in the studio to record an album of new material. Enough with this covers shit already. Please!
This one still baffles me days later. Why on Earth was there only one merchandise stand at M3? They have multiple booths, but only one of them (near the front entrance) was open and selling merchandise. What was that all about? And no dew rags or beanies? No hoodies? Just T-shirts? How lame. I don’t know who runs the merch stand, but please take note, people like more than just T-shirts. Maybe next year we can get some beanies, hoodies, and other goodies?
Other Random Observations
Bad Seed Rising
Starting off the first night of the festival was a band of 12 – 14 year olds called Bad Seed Rising. That’s right, 12 – 14 year olds. When I got to my seat and saw them come out on stage, I was wondering if they had won some local contest. These kids couldn’t possibly bring it, could they? Boy have I never been more mistaken in my life. Not only did Bad Seed Rising rock the opening of the M3 Festival in dramatic and amazing fashion, they looked like seasoned professionals why they did it. I could not believe the amount of poise and stage presence this band had. People were responding to the commands made by their lead singer to get out of their seats. When a 14 year old girl can make you do that, well, she’s got a stage presence well beyond her years. I think the future bodes well for Bad Seed Rising.
Complaining About Concession Prices
All right, I get it. Concession prices are high and no one likes paying $9 for a beer or $13 for a margarita. I do understand that. However, yelling at the teenage girl taking your order and telling her that this is the last one you will buy at those prices isn’t going to do anything. Neither is chastising her and asking her how she thinks she can get away with charging those ridiculous prices. Look, you drunk dummy, the girl taking your money didn’t set the price, has no control over the prices, and doesn’t really care if you come back or not. And here’s a novel idea—if you don’t want to pay high prices for the alcohol, don’t drink it.
Everyone Loves Steel Panther
Packed. That’s what the Merriweather Post Pavilion was when it came time for Steel Panther to take the stage. All the seats and most of the lawn were filled. As I previously mentioned, I didn’t know anything about the band. However, I was in the minority, as fans packed in early to see Steel Panther and then sang along with every word. Once I saw their performance, I understood why they were given the main stage at 6:00. They were worth it. Their live show is as mesmerizing as it is hysterical. Steel Panther was able to pull together the comedic timing with an exceptional, talented musical performance. On top of all that, the fans knew all the words to all the songs and made sure that they sang along, including the girls. Especially the girls. It made for an amazing surreal experience, but it also turned me into a fan. Now I just have to go out and buy the Steel Panther records.
The girls formerly known as Vixen (3 out of 4 original members, but the missing member holds the name rights) were exceptional this year. It was also the first time that I got to see them live, so I was quite happy. They looked great, they sounded better, and it made me yearn to see them go out on tour. The one mistake I thought they made was opting to close with a different song after playing “Edge of a Broken Heart.” Most of the audience left to get to the second stage once “Edge” was done. Bad move on the part of the Vixen girls, but maybe there was a reason for it. I always thought that closing with your best was the way to go, but what do I know? I’m a writer.
Hope For Next Year
With another year past I am already looking forward to M3 2014. I am also hoping that we can get some of the following bands next year: Dangerous Toys, Vain, Mike Tramp, Pretty Boy Floyd, the return of Jetboy, Cinderella (or Tom Keifer solo), Bullet Boys, Britny Fox (or Dean Davidson), and Night Ranger just to name a few. Night Ranger would make for a great headliner as would Motley Crue, Kiss, Tesla, and Bon Jovi. Who knows, maybe we will get real lucky and get most, if not all, of these bands and more for M3 2014.
Some roots never die, no matter how they are cut. Stardog Champion is proof of this. Aaron Fink and Mark James reunite with vocalist Nick Coyle reigniting the creative flame that sparked the band Lifer and set the path for Breaking Benjamin success, add drummer Josh Karis to the mix and you get Stardog Champion. Produced by Grammy-nominated Neal Avron (Switchfoot, Everclear, Linkin Park) Exhale the group’s first EP featuring the single “When We Fall” is a collection of sharp, mature rock tracks unlike a lot of modern day manufactured rock tunes. Exhale is a product of passion and lifelong influences today’s listening audience should be getting ready to absorb. What will come from these roots? Stardog Champion, breathe in Exhale!
The band released their much anticipated debut EP titled Exhale on April 23rd as well as a brand new music video for their single “When We Fall.” Check out the video below.
Debut EP “exhale” available NOW!!
Download the debut single ‘When We Fall” FREE at:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of KING KOBRA’s new studio album “II” on July 5th in Europe and July 9th in North America.
King Kobra’s long-awaited reunion album “King Kobra” (s/t) released on Frontiers Records in 2011, left no doubt that this was a band to be reckoned with. Even though nearly 25 years had passed since the original line-up recorded the landmark “Ready To Strike” and “Thrill Of A Lifetime” albums, the energy and immediacy of the bands lightning attack had not diminished one iota and fans responded in kind.
“We chose to name this album “II” because it is both the second album of our reformation with Frontiers Records as well as the second generation of the band with Paul Shortino as lead vocalist,” says guitarist David Michael-Philips. “Paul’s unique style gives the band a new feel apart from what we were in the 80s with original singer Mark/Marcie Free. I think the “re-boot” naming gives Paul the credit he deserves while paying homage to our original singer and sound”.
The thick, soulful vocals of Paul Shortino, dual guitarists Mick Sweda and David Michael-Philips, and the thundering bass and drums of Johnny Rod and Carmine Appice delivered an album that, while easily carrying on the tradition of the first two releases, brought a contemporary twist to a signature melodic, hard rock style. “The “70’s” flavour of this new album was a conscious move to incorporate our influences into the music,” says David Michael-Philips, while Carmine Appice adds “King Kobra was a band in the ‘80s with great players…and had roots in the ‘70s also.. We tried to make a cool combination of both, which I think we achieved with this new album”.
Produced by David Henzerling with Carmine Appice and Paul Shortino, “II” digs into King Kobra hard rock roots to create an album that has all the swagger and swing of the classic 70’s albums (think Montrose, Bad Company, Deep Purple and even Carmine’s own legendary Cactus) with a crystal clear sound that combines the best of both analogue and digital recording techniques. From the tight and punchy “Have A Good Time” to the 8-minute epic “Deep River”, “II” shows a more mature band confident of its songwriting ability performing with the technical prowess garnered over years of experience.
“II” tracklisting includes: Hell On Wheels; Knock ‘Em Dead; Have A Good Time; The Ballad Of Johnny
Rod; Take Me Back; When The Hammer Comes Down; Running Wild; The Crunch; Got It Comin’; Deep River;
Don’t Keep Me Waiting; We Go Round.
Enjoy a Youtube presentation of the new album following this link : http://youtu.be/pBx-B16Pgzk
Paul Shortino – vocals
David Michael-Philips – Guitar
Mick Sweda – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
Carmine Appice – drums
Oni Logan, powerhouse vocalist and founding member of Lynch Mob, joins the all-star lineup of RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT, the story of classic rock, through Saturday, May 25. The sensational singer-songwriter will guest star in the hardest rocking show in Vegas before embarking on the next leg of the international Dio Disciples tour in June.
The story of classic rock comes to life with RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT. Boasting the ultimate set list, the show takes audiences on a magical musical journey from 1948 to 1989, traversing the genre’s history chronologically through the ‘40s, ‘50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple, and more, truly boasting “The Greatest Set List Ever.”
The show’s all-star lineup includes Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Tracii Guns [Guitar] (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).
Ticket prices for RAIDING THE ROCK VAULT range from $49 to $100 (plus fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, signed concert program, signed album, meet and greet and VIP pass). Special discount tickets for $39 are available for locals. For an up-to-date schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the LVH box office or log onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361 .
About LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, a world-class destination, offers a unique blend of amenities and excitement with all your favorite table games, hottest slots on the market, incredible restaurants, endless entertainment, more than 200,000 square feet of meeting space and the world’s largest race and sports SuperBook®. LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino provides a range of culinary adventures including exhibition-style Japanese cuisine at the world-famous Benihana, fine steaks at TJ’s Steakhouse, Pan-Asian dining at 888 Noodle Bar, authentic Japanese sushi at Teru Sushi, a traditional buffet that features tastes from around the world, and more. LVH boasts a strong entertainment schedule led by world-class headliners in the LVH Theater, as well as a variety of on-going production shows in the Shimmer Cabaret. Its proximity to the Las Vegas Convention Center and its designation as a Monorail station (connecting it to the Las Vegas Strip) makes it the ideal hotel for conventions and visitors alike. For more information or to book accommodations, call toll free at (800) 732-7117 or log on to www.thelvh.com or connect with us on our social pages www.thelvh.com/Hotel/stayconnected.
Sister Sin is re-releasing their first studio album, Dance Of The Wicked on June 25th!
Sister Sin is bringing it all back to where the dirty guitar riffs, blazing solos, fist-pumping rhythm section and brilliantly anthemic vocals all started, on the remixed and re-mastered version of, Dance Of The Wicked. Experience the very beginning of their tight musicianship and raw attitude as petite front women Liv Jagrell captivates audiences worldwide with her piercing vocals and incredible, larger than life presence on and off the stage.
Now and Forever, the latest studio album from Sister Sin has been called “the best metal album of the year” for 2012. Now and Forever debuted at #44 on the National Album Chart and #6 on the Hard Rock Chart in Sweden . Watch the new music videos for “Hearts of Cold”, “Fight Song”, and “End of the Line” to witness their trademark high-energy, gut-punching delivery first hand. Download Now and Forever here.
Catch Sister Sin on the road at one of the dates below!
5/4- Jevnaker, No @ Untouchables
5/8- Hamburg, DE @ Hard Rock Café
5/9- Tilburg, NL @ Extase
5/10- Uster, SE @ Star Club
5/11- Lichenfels, DE @ Paunchy Cats
5/17- Kristianstad, SE @ Biljardkompaniet
5/18- Vordingborg, DK @ Star-Rockfest PT
5/24- Sundsvall, SE @ Club Destroyer
5/25- Vastervik, SE @ Heaven and Hell Festival
5/31- Trollhattan, SE @ Backstage Rock Bar
6/01- Halmstad, SE @ Kajskjulet
6/05- Norje, SE @ Sweden Rock Festival
6/15- Wervicq, BE @ Ooshove
6/20- Nummijarvi, FI @ Nummirock
6/26- Borlange, SE @ Peace & Love Festival
7/26- Rehmyre, SE @ Skogsrojet Festival
8/03- Vasby, SE @ Vasby Rock Festival
8/15- Dinkelsbuhl, DE @ Summer Breeze Fest
9/07- Eslov, SE @ Helldorado Rock Fest
9/21- Stockholm, SE @ fryshust/ Klubben
UK Tour Dates Coming Soon!
When I first caught wind of Tom Keifer working on a solo album , I was excited that new tunes would be coming from the Cinderella front man. That was four years ago! Mr. Keifer has been working on They Way Life Goes for a long time. I can gladly say that good things come to those who wait. The Way Life Goes is one of Tom’s most brilliant pieces of work, and possibly his best song writing since Cinderella’s Long Cold Winter. It really is that good.
The Way Life Goes is NOT a hard rock record by any means. It is an honest to goodness rock record, with elements of blues, a little bit of country, and some hard rock moments as well. I was fortunate enough to experience some of the songs on this record live on Tom’s tour a couple of months ago, and I really enjoyed what I heard. I knew then that this album may be something special, but I wasn’t expecting it to be THIS good. This CD has been on constant repeat since I picked it up a week ago.
There are so many good songs on The Way Life Goes, it is hard for me to pinpoint a favorite, but “Thick and Thin” and “Ask Me Yesterday” are songs that really get me thinking. I love the harder rocking moments of the songs “Solid Ground”, “Mood Elevator” and “Welcome To My Mind”. “The Flower Song” is a terrific song to put the convertible top down on a sunny afternoon and enjoy the day. “You Showed Me” has a bit of a Beatle-esque quality to it. This is another tremendous song that deserves a ton of airplay. “Ain’t That A Bitch” is a cool bluesy rocker that has a 70′s type of feel to it.
The fact is, there is NOT one bad song on this CD. The songs on The Way Life Goes are arranged in a way that keeps the album flowing and interesting.
Fantastic song writing, and outstanding playing fill The Way Life Goes and Tom Keifer’s voice has never sounded better! If you buy one CD in 2013, this is the one to get!
I can’t recommend this enough! This is easily one of the best releases of the year! Don’t miss this!!
Rating: Out of 10
l. Solid Ground
2. A Different Light
3. It’s Not Enough
4. Cold Day In Hell
5. Thick And Thin
6. Ask Me Yesterday
7. Fools Paradise
8. The Flower Song
9. Mood Elevator
10. Welcome To My Mind
11. You Showed Me
12. Ain’t That A Bitch
13. The Way Life Goes
Tom Keifer – Vocals, Background Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar, Keyboards
Greg Morrow – Drums & Percussion
Michael Rhodes – Bass
Tony Harnell – Piano, B3, Wurlitzer, Clavinet
Background Vocals – Etta Britt, Crystal Taliaferro, Savannah Keifer,Vicki Carraco, Kent Agee, Chuck Turner
Additional Guitars – Ron Wallace, Pat Buchanan, Jeff Labar
Saxophone -Bobby Keys, Jim Horne
Midi Programming & Strings – Mitch Goldfarb, Blair Daly
After 6 appreciated US Tours and the last one in April 2013, with +100 gigs in Scandinavia and the US, airtime in Swedish Radio and various endorsements deals OUTSHINE now release their new album “Prelude To Descent” with new singer Micke Holm. The album will be out June 7th through Outshine´s own label Dead Tree Music and Soundpollution Distribution in Sweden, Europe and USA.
The addition of a new singer, that has a darker and heavier approach to the OUTSHINE songs and vibe, has taken the band to the next level and the essence of the band and album is really finally coming out. A video for the song “I Was Nothing” can be viewed below.
The new album was recorded by Svein Jensen at Grand Recordings (M.A.N, Transport League, Hide The Knives, Sister Sin, Troublemakers, Outshine), produced by Jimmy Norberg and Svein Jensen and mastered by Göran Finnberg (Meshuggah, The Haunted, Opeth, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames).
“OUTSHINE, with a melancholic and dark approach to their music, is heading in a heavier direction, more straight up and with bulldozer-heavy sound. The band has influences from the gothic metal to melodic rock always with a twist. OUTSHINE´s sound has been recognized as unique and with a “live” feeling. Beautiful and honest, dark and evil, tough and hard…OUTSHINE “Prelude To Descent”.
To support the album release the band will go on their 6th US tour and also hit the road for a number of concerts in Sweden.
March 8th – Anchor, Stockholm, Sweden
March 9th – Anchor, Stockholm, Sweden
March 21st – Holy Mountain, Austin, Tx w/ Carbellion
March 22nd – The Rail Club, Ft Worth, Tx w/ Carbellion
March 23rd – The Deadhorse, San Angelo, Tx w/ Carbellion
March 24th – The Trail Bar, Monroe, La w/ Carbellion
March 25th – The Nick, Birmingham, Al w/ Carbellion
March 26th – Melody Inn, Indianapolis, In w/ Carbellion
March 27th – Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, Ia w/ Carbellion
March 28th – Mcauliffe’s Pub, Racine, Wi w/ Carbellion
March 29th – Jd´s. Green Bay, Wi w/ Carbellion
March 30th – Speakeasy, Sheboygan, Wi w/ Carbellion
March 31st – Champs, Sheboygan, Wi w/ Carbellion
April 6th – Backstage Rock Bar, Trollhättan, Sweden
May 3rd – Strike Rock Bar, Falköping
May 4th – La Bohemia, Lidköping, Sweden
May 4th – Italia, Lidkoping
May 11th – Sticky Fingers, Göteborg, Sweden
May 31st – Anchor, Stockholm, Sweden
June 1st – Anchor, Stockholm, Sweden
June 28th O´Learys, Skövde, Sweden
DEVOUR THE DAY (@devourtheday)–featuring former Egypt Central members Joey “Chicago” Walser (bass, backing vocals, songwriter) and Blake Allison (lead vocals, guitars, drums, producer, co-songwriter)–released their highly anticipated debut album, TIME & PRESSURE, today on Fat Lady Music. It’s now streaming in its entirety on Revolver magazine’s website, which can be found here: http://bit.ly/12bXBSj. Lyric videos for “Good Man” as well as “Handshakes To Fistfights” can be found on the band’s YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/devourtheday.
The first single, “Good Man,” has already sold close to 10,000 singles online, and has been heating up the Active Rock radio airwaves since its release last month, and as a result, it’s currently bulleted at #29 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart and is bulleted at #32 on Billboard‘s Active Rock Tracks chart. It’s getting spins SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel (where it was the #2 most played song last week and is currently #13 and climbing on the weekly “Big Uns” countdown), WIYY (Baltimore), WJJO (Madison), WIIL (Chicago), WBUZ (Nashville), KILO (Colorado Springs), WBYR (Fort Wayne), WQBK (Albany), WWBN (Flint) and others. Program Directors at stations around the country have been chiming in about their excitement about the new music:
“’Good Man’ is a stand out song from the first listen. Egypt Central was a big band for 98Rock, and the early signs are this could be bigger! I wanna be a ‘Good Man!’”
– Steve Huber – WIYY/98Rock (Baltimore MD)
“’Good Man’ is already Top 5 phones! This song sticks out and sounds awesome on the air.”
– Tony LaBrie – WWBN/Banana 101.5 (Flint, MI)
“Awesome song! Already getting good research. It’s nice to get a solid record like this to play, and I feel it’s going to be a big hit in Colorado Springs.”- Jack Mehoff, KILO (Colorado Springs, CO)
Iconvsicon.com described the album as a “…powerful wall of sound,” while Metalholic.com noted, “TIME & PRESSURE does justice to their reputation for crafting great rocks songs with an empowering message” and Ampkicker raved, “This is a brutally good record.” And Emurg.com agrees: “TIME & PRESSURE is an album filled with in-your-face lyrics, guitar driven tracks, and an energy that keeps the listener on their toes throughout the entire duration of the album.”
In touring news, DEVOUR THE DAY will perform their first-ever concert in Flint, MI on Saturday, May 11 at the Machine Shop, followed by shows with Buckcherry and Hinder, as well as a trek with Sevendust and Otherwise. Joining Allison and Walser on the road will be Bury Your Dead/Walls of Jericho drummer Dustin Schoenhofer and former Egypt Central guitarist Jeff James.
German Heavy Metal masters U.D.O. present a first song/video from their upcoming new album “Steelhammer”, which will be released on May 24th (USA: May 21st). Check out the new video clip “Metal Machine” below!
Pop Evil fans are set to rejoice on May 14th as the band’s latest album, Onyx, will hit the stores and the internet. During a recent tour stop, Hard Rock Hideout had the opportunity to sit down with drummer Chachi Riot and discuss the new album, Pop Evil’s grueling tour schedule, where the nickname Chachi came from, paying a lot to see Lady Gaga, and what the best shot to drink is. Read on to learn all this and more…
Hard Rock Hideout: The new album, Onyx, is due for release on May 14th and I think everyone is holding their breath to make sure there are no last minute changes to the scheduled release date. Can you confirm that fans will be happy and there are no delays come May 14 th?
Chachi Riot: No delays. Finally everything is lining up. Promotion, release dates, artwork. We already had the final copies sent to us. Everything is clicking on all eight cylinders. We’re ready to go.
HRH: So it’s not going to be like when War Of Angels was ready to come out?
CR: No. No. And that was right at the time when I first joined the band. There was a lot of turmoil and chaos. I had known the guys for like five years prior, but it was a really difficult time for the band, for the label, and we’re really glad that we are not dealing with that this time. E-one has been really great, really supportive and there are pretty high hopes and expectations for this album.
HRH: Lead single “Trenches” is already charting, it’s 11 on the charts, moving up. Are we going to expect to hear more songs like “Trenches” on this album, or songs that are more like “Purple?” What
type of music are we looking at?
CR: We were kind of nervous going into the writing process, just because we have a group of five guys that as a group of five had never written together. We didn’t know what to expect as far as recording, writing, tracking…however we wanted to go over it.
We finished the album instrumentally in almost two weeks. Everything clicked and we kind of, unintentionally…I don’t want to use the word concept album because that’s wrong. But, you know, the whole album has a certain vibe to it. Remorse is probably too strong. “Trenches” is a great lead-off single to describe the album. We’ve been fighting, we’re digging, we’re ready to get out of this…I don’t want to give away too much.
I think anybody would be crazy to say it’s not our greatest album hands down. It’s probably a little bit heavier than the last albums collectively. Songwriting didn’t suffer. We didn’t go in there and just try to write heavy stuff and throw away the songwriting, because we’re known for songwriting. I think the band in this album…one little tease…there’s no acoustic guitar on the whole album.
HRH: Wow. Really?
CR: Yeah, and our two biggest hits, Monster and 100, we just decided that we’re not leaning on that. There are still some mid-tempos, but we were aware of what we wanted to achieve as a band and the message we wanted to portray. We wanted to be respected as musicians and show that we can play.
HRH: Onyx is the first album that you were in the studio for. Were you worried about your contributions and not being able to give as much as you would have liked?
CR: Not really. My goal coming in was to do whatever it took to make the band better. I was prepared for any and all responsibilities. Whether that be lyric writing, song writing, just drumming, even if I was just there to cheer on the band… mentally I was there to be a team player.
Leigh (lead singer Leigh Kakaty) likes to use a lot of athletic metaphors for the band and everyone can’t be Lebron James. To be successful you have to have other players. So I was prepared to be whatever the band needed me to be. I’m one of the youngest guys in the band. I’m pretty energetic, and I try to be a positive influence on the band. When you’re in the studio, the vibe is very important, and so keeping the moral up, the work ethic, it’s all important.
HRH: Now would you say that the rest of the band feels the same way as far as team effort? Everyone shares that same vision? There are no egos?
CR: You’re in a band with five guys, there’s going to be some egos. But the band is a collective writing entity. Not one sole person does the writing. Just because Leigh’s the singer doesn’t mean that he doesn’t listen to our lyrics. Just because Matt (DiRito) is the bass player doesn’t mean that I don’t listen to him as a drummer. Everyone is a musician and everyone is respected. So, the best songs win. We are all here to make the band the best it can be.
HRH: Given the huge success of War Of Angels, were you tempted to go into the studio and just try to make a record that followed the same exact format?
CR: I don’t think so. I don’t think any of us were satisfied with War Of Angels. I think we’re very proud and humbled and appreciative and…thankful is an understatement for the success of that album.
HRH: Wow. Four huge chart topping singles. We rated it best album of that year. A lot of rock websites and magazines did.
CR: We got a lot love. But when we got in the studio and reflected back it was still very much a learning curve for everyone. Everyone went in and no one wanted to match War Of Angels. It was
unquestionable that we needed to destroy that album and blow it out of the water. We’re very competitive with ourselves and mediocrity and good is not going to be good enough.
HRH: Are you nervous about the release of this album?
CR: Nervous excitement. We have very high goals for ourselves internally. Things we want to see done. Fans we want to reach. And I hate to make it a numbers game, but of course you want to see good numbers. You want to prove people wrong and you want to prove yourselves wrong. Sometimes you get down when you think that maybe album sales are dead, and it’s kind of a scary thought. I think we can prove that to be wrong. I mean rock is not dead. There’s great bands out there…new bands like Volbeat and they’re still selling a lot of records. In terms of album sales success, Justin Timberlake’s new album went platinum in its debut week of release. So people still do buy CDs. People are buying albums. If you make good music, they will buy it. And I’m excited to see the response.
HRH: As usual, the Pop Evil touring schedule is grueling and vigorous. Currently you’re out on the road with Three Days Grace and then there is a run of dates with Sevendust, followed by the Shiprocked summer camp in June (14 – 16). Are there any additional tour plans after that?
CR: We have dates coming up after that. The Three Days Grace tour is going great, and the Sevendust tour, we can’t wait for that. I can’t say enough about those guys as friends and congratulations on their new single and album. I think a lot of people were just writing them off to just come back and play their old stuff. We have some dates coming up after that. Some festivals. We do have some dates with some other bands…
CR: We do have some headlining, but I don’t think we’re doing a full headline run in the summertime. But definitely teaming up with some bands that are worthwhile. We’re still new and we’re still young and we did some shows where there was just us on the bill and I don’t think there is any of that for the foreseeable future.
HRH: Did you know how intense Pop Evil’s touring schedule was prior to joining the band?
CR: Yeah. I mean it’s one thing to know and then another thing to experience it. The band I was in prior, which is how I met Pop Evil, we were completely independent, and we did about 170 shows the one year, and then our singer decided he was no longer interested in playing that many shows. So that set us back a bit. And we played about 70 shows the next year. And then Pop Evil called and we did about 265, 275 shows. And that’s what I’m here for. I signed up for a band to play music and live is my favorite part.
Everyone has different favorites, I love traveling. If I wasn’t doing this I would still be traveling, now I get to do what and I love and play drums. I’m very thankful for what I get to do.
HRH: How is the band getting along with Three Days Grace on this tour?
CR: It’s still been pretty new. We’ve spoke a few times. I stayed the other night and watched their performance. Everybody did a great job. (New lead singer) Matt (Walst) did a great job, their drummer (Neil Sanderson) did a great job. Obviously I’m a drummer, so I watched that. Everyone’s been extremely nice, their crew included, and that’s not something you can always expect.
HRH: Do you think when you get on a bill like this that you help push the ticket sales up?
CR: Obviously I would like to think that. One of the biggest compliments I’ve ever had from a band that I look up to was last year on the Theory of a Deadman tour. And Tyler (Connolly) came on our bus and was like “I want to let you guys know that this tour would not have been as good without you. We know what we draw and we know what we’ve drawn since you’ve been on the bill, so we want to thank you
for your contribution.” And to have a band tell you that is one thing, but to have the lead singer come on your bus and tell you that is a pretty awesome feeling. And we hope that we can do whatever it is to make everyone successful. I mean if nobody is coming to the show then nobody wins. We want to entertain their fans and if for some crazy reason nobody has seen or heard Three Days Grace and is a Pop Evil fan hopefully we are introducing them to new bands as well.
Now, a lot of bands argue over what songs to include in sets and how often to play them. Who makes the set lists for Pop Evil shows?
CR: We all get to contribute to what songs are going to be played every night, but a lot of it depends on the what the fans want to hear and what’s working. I mean, there are songs that I don’t want to play that the fans want to hear and really get into, so we have to play those, and then there’s songs that I really want to play, that fans may not be that into, so we don’t play it. For example, we’ve played four shows in a row and we’ve changed the set list every single night.
HRH: Are there audible calls in the middle of the set?
CR: It’s definitely not the regular, but it’s happened. You know, things happen, or set times will cut things. Sometimes Leigh will just pop up and be like “we’re gonna play ‘Stepping Stone’ acoustic tonight” because it’s an intimate show and he wants to just throw down on guitar. And that’s cool, I think there should be some sort of mystery to it all. I mean, the White Stripes do that, they don’t make a set list. I think there’s something really cool about that.
HRH: Where have you not yet performed that you would love to play?
CR: Probably Portland, Oregon. San Francisco is up there. The northwest is an area that I really love and we haven’t gotten to play there a whole lot. Spokane has been great to us. It’s a beautiful city, I love it. Those are cities, as far as venues, I’m from Grand Rapids (Michigan), so I want to play Van Andel arena really bad. And that’s a pretty high goal to set.
HRH: What about the Big House?
CR: Oh man. Playing at the Big House? I mean that’s 120,000 people. I don’t even know if they ever had a show there. I’d be happy to just go and watch a game there for now.
HRH: So you’re favorite Pop Evil song is…?
CR: To play, or to listen to? Because I think they’re different.
HRH: Let’s go with to play first.
CR: I think my favorite song to play live is “Hero.” But it can depend on the night. I’m pretty notorious for playing songs different every night. I think that an album exists for a reason and if you want to hear the song played the “right” way you can go buy the album.
HRH: And you’re favorite song to listen to?
CR: I can tell you it’s one of the ones from the new album.
HRH: But you can’t say which one?
CR: I can tell you that it’s not “Trenches.”
HRH: Okay, when the album is released, I’ll come back and due a follow up. See if I can guess which one it is. Now the band recently traveled to Sweden to film a music video trilogy. What can you tell us about that?
CR: They are very different, but they are all connected. It’s a really cool cinematic experience where they are all tied together. Other than that we are leaving it pretty mysterious.
HRH: No chance you will reveal the songs that are in that trilogy?
CR: “Trenches” is one. I will tell you that. And the other two, I can say, weren’t done specifically because of thoughts of them being a single. We just picked three songs that tied together really well and sent a message and were what we wanted to portray. They may be singles, they may not be, it’s not something
that we have really considered yet. And “Trenches” should be out around the album release date.
HRH: The new press photos have the band all dressed up in black, which obviously ties in with the new album title. Who came up with this concept?
CR: It was kind of a collective thing. I try to be pretty in touch with fashion and our manager and Leigh get involved. And branding is very important and sometimes gets overlooked in any business, not just bands, and we were branding the band with the message that this is a mature album, it’s dark, we are taking it seriously and we need to reflect that. And it begins with photos. So many bands, you just look at a picture of them and you immediately know if you do or do not want to listen to them. And that’s unfortunate. Before I was in this band, I looked at their last press photo and I told management, I don’t really like this picture, looks like you guys are in Motley Crue. It looks like you’re stuck in the eighties. So if you don’t like Motley Crue, even though our music sounds nothing like that, you won’t even get the chance. It’s a shame, but people judge books by their cover.
HRH: In 2004, Pop Evil released an independent album, War Of The Roses. Will any of that material ever be covered live, re-released, or in any way revisited by the band?
CR: It was basically a collection of demos that the band put together. When you play around the bars, you need to have a collection of demos, so the guys put it together to submit to the bars and then it leaked, and released, and now it exists. And I don’t think that it will be revisited again. I would hate to be proven wrong somewhere down the line, but not in the near future, no.
HRH: What’s the story behind your nickname, Chachi Riot?
CR: Chachi… a guy gave it to me in Freshman year of high school. I come from a very small village, and so… I worked for the dad of this girl I was dating. I started out doing some odd jobs, physical labor. And people would ask him, “Hey who’s the new guy you got in the back?” And he would be like, “Oh that’s Chachi, we hired him, he works for lunch every day, we got him over here illegally…” and it was like this big joke telling everyone that I was this illegal immigrant. And he was close to my wrestling coach. So my coach picked it up. And once a team picks it up you arepretty much done. I’ve had the nickname between ten and fifteen years now. I tried to lose it when I lefthigh school, but I had my four best friends go to the same college as me. So even if I introduced myself as Josh, it’s inevitable that someone is going to say Chachi. And a lot of people think it’s a made up stage name. The Riot thing was an add-on because on stage I’m always out of control, but Chachi is pre-music and has been around for a long time. I wish I could have gotten rid of it, but I can’t.
HRH: You joined the band after Dylan Allison had to undergo neck surgery. As far as we know there are no plans for him to come back. We hope that his health is okay, but we don’t know.
CR: I don’t know if he’ll ever be one hundred percent. I’ve known Dylan probably the second longest out of anyone in the band. He was experiencing mild paralysis which is better now, but as far as what his physical limitations are, I don’t think he was ever released for one hundred percent, and I don’t think he’ll ever be returning.
HRH: And did he introduce you to the band?
CR: I was hooked up with the band just from my old band playing with them (Pop Evil). I was the drummer in my old band, I was our booking agent, our manager, I was everything business related…a networker. And so…I networked myself to the next hottest band in Grand Rapids, which was Pop Evil. And we did some local shows and some regional shows with them.
I got to know the guys pretty well, we were hanging out together when they were off tour and they were home and I was home and when they needed a drummer I got kind of pushed in by the personal connection. And it wasn’t the first choice by the label or the management. I don’t know if they will tell you that now that I’m in (laughs), but everyone was like oh this is some local kid we don’t know about this. And I was pretty green as far as national touring and the whole scheme of being with a signed artist, and a couple of the guys in the band stood up for me and gave me a chance.
HRH: I heard that you were the one to bring Nick Fueling into the band.
CR: Yeah, Nick has been a best friend of mine for ten years, we’re very close.
HRH: And what made you think of him as Tony’s (Greve) replacement?
CR: It didn’t even start as that. It started as we had some internal issues and there was potentially somebody in the band was going to be stepping out for what we thought would be temporary…could be longer…and we were looking at what we thought would be needing a guitar player as a fill in for internal reasons. And so I called Nick, and I was like we might need a guitar player, so you need to learn some Pop Evil songs. And he’s a big fan of the band so he went and learned the songs. And then it turned out that we didn’t need Nick.
And then Tony started hinting around that he was going to leave the band, and I was like, Nick, you need to learn those guitar parts again. Obviously, just being his friend… I mean, he’s a phenomenal guitar player. It wasn’t about being his friend. I mean, if he’s not good enough, then the band’s not good enough. And so, I was like, I want to give you a shot, at least…and Tony left and gave us about 36 hours notice before the Theory of a Deadman tour. We left Monday night, the show was Tuesday, and he e-mailed us on Sunday. And he told us that he was leaving the band. And everyone was flipping out. No one knows the songs. We can’t afford to hire anybody…what are we going to do? And I was like, I have a guy.
I got Nick a foot in the door and I did what I could for him. And I’ll be honest…it wasn’t a right away thing that the guys wanted to keep him. Nick’s not me on stage. Which is not a good or bad thing, it’s just different. And so, Nick’s playing, immediately everyone loved, without question. But people were like, well Nick doesn’t dress like a rock star, or he doesn’t look like a rock star… and I was like, look, Nick was working at Best Buy, he has to look presentable…give him a chance to grow into the position. So I kept fighting for him and then slowly people were joining his team. And nobody wasn’t on his team, but you want what’s best for the band. And then we had guys from Theory of a Deadman step in during the tour and say “Hey, you’re new guitar player is really great. Congratulations.” And when you have guys like that going to bat for you, it’s kind of a no brainer. And then I started working with him on his wardrobe, I got him this slick little haircut (laughs).
HRH: A lot of fans feel that they don’t have closure, because they didn’t get a pure answer as to why Tony left.
CR: I don’t know that we as a band do. I mean, I’m not here to say anything good or bad about anybody, or to slander anyone’s name, but Tony is a very unique individual and character and Tony felt like there were some things that he needed to do in his life and he went to do those.
HRH: And if he were to come back a year from now and say hey, I’d like to play a few shows with you guys, do you think the band would be open to that?
CR: I don’t think they would. I mean, I don’t think there are any negative feelings, but some of us felt a little let down the way things were handled. I mean it’s a tough situation. It’s not fun, ever, when you lose someone from the band. And I think that this is a really special group of five guys that we have now and I’m really excited.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Tony has since dedicated his life to serving the Lord. For a full update on what he has been up to since leaving Pop Evil, you can see check out his Facebook pages Guitar Slinger Tony Greve, or Anthony Greve.
HRH: What did you listen to growing up?
CR: I mean, I listen to everything. I know everyone says they listen to everything, but my IPhone is right here so just for fun… my mom raised me on everything from Top 40 to country. I got into metal… I’m in the K’s right now and I got Kansas, Kanye West, Karnival, Katy Perry, KC & JoJo, Keith Urban, Kelly Pickler, Kid Rock, Kings of Leon, the band King… I have anything and everything. Some of the last artists I went and saw…Nora Jones, I’m a huge Nora Jones fan, I saw Michael Buble, I paid pretty good money to see Lady Gaga…
HRH: I’ve heard she’s good in concert.
CR: It’s a great show. I really try hard to be an appreciator of all music. I don’t really put any boxes or genres around anything, there’s really not a genre that I don’t like. I played saxophone for eight years, I love jazz, swing, big band…
HRH: Any chance that a sax solo will show up on a future song?
CR: I don’t think so…not for Pop Evil (laughs).
HRH: So, Who inspired you to become a drummer?
CR: A lot of people have this really cool story like they saw some video or something, and I don’t know that I did. I started playing drums because I got into a band with my best friends, and I was singing. And we wanted to make a cover band in college to make extra money and get drunk on the weekends…I’m being honest.
And I figured I can sing well enough to cover some songs. Let’s just play some songs. We were looking for a drummer and this kid tried out and I thought he was okay, and he was like, “well I’ve always wanted to try singing.”
And I was like, yeah, everyone always wants to be the singer, whatever…we let him try singing and the kid was a great singer. So it was never even discussed that we need to find a drummer they were like let’s switch, Chachi can play drums. And I was like, I don’t know how to play drums. And they said, well you can learn. And I just learned.
I think looking back now, I was influenced by one of the first drummers I ever watched in a music video…Blas Elias of Slaughter. One of my favorites! “Up All Night” video, the “Fly To The Angels” video…I’m a huge Dave Grohl fan…I just kind of draw influence from everybody. Even if they’re not drummers, I think everybody has something to offer that you can learn.
HRH: If you had 24 hours to spend with any drummer, living or dead, to seek advice from, who would you choose?
CR: Only because he’s dead, I mean, if I could bring him back to life, I’d have to say Bonham. Dave Grohl would probably be my next choice.
HRH: Neil Peart’s not up there, huh?
CR: I think Neil Peart’s a phenomenal drummer, but not my flavor. There’s a definite appreciation I have for him…
HRH: He doesn’t give interviews anyway, so the hell with him.
CR: (Laughs). Yeah, and he plays Pearl drums, so what do you want?
HRH: So that leads to another good question. What drums do you play and what cymbals?
CD: Ludwig always man. I mean Ludwig’s offices are about thirty miles from my hometown, I mean it’s Midwest, it’s Bonham, it’s blue collar, and they’re phenomenal drums. They’re everything I could ever imagine in a drum company. I am so honored to play Ludwig drums, I can’t say enough about them.
Cymbals is a cool story. I played Zildjian my whole life and then I was approached by Meinl about three years ago. Chris Brewer’s a great guy and I’ll never forget him calling me and saying so what do you like? How about Meinl cymbals, and I was like absolutely not. I’ve seen your name all over and I’m sure you make quality stuff, but I’ve never played your cymbal in my life. And he’s like would you be interested in trying them? And I was like, sure.
And I have never been happier with a personal relationship with a rep I’ve ever had. And they are phenomenal cymbals, I play the MB20 series if anybody’s curious…they are brilliant, and Meinl is really groundbreaking. They try a lot of new stuff. They have your classic cymbals, your vintage, your brilliant, your thin, your heavy… music changes, genres change, sounds change, and I think Meinl is on the front end of staying with that…they are a great, great company with great people.
It’s one thing to have a company discount you gear, or send you gear, but Chris goes above and beyond and I have a lot of respect and love for that guy. He comes to the shows, he hangs out after the shows, he spoils me rotten…and Menl and Ludwig are just both great companies.
HRH: All right, let’s have some fun now. You would most like to have: A Grammy, a multi-platinum album, or a sold out world tour headlining arenas?
CR: (long pause)… That’ s tough. Definitely not the Grammy. I think that’s the least favorite. The sold out world tour is pretty tempting because I like live shows so much, but a platinum album is kind of a timeless thing. But I’ll go with the live tour.
HRH: Best shot is Jagermeister, Jack Daniels, Crown Royal, or Other?
CR: I’m not a huge shot guy, but Crown’s pretty high up there, that’s a nice shot. I can drink that. I’m not a Jager dude, if I really wanted to get wild, which doesn’t happen very often, but the girlfriend and I definitely indulge in Fireball occasionally.
HRH: That’s the cinnamon whiskey, right? That’s good stuff.
CR: Yes. And she’s from the south so whiskey is her flavor. She can be a bad influence on me (laughs). Everyone thinks they are all southern belles down there and I know the truth. And Crown’s pretty great. I mean the maple Crown is phenomenal.
HRH: I haven’t tried that yet.
CR: It’s worth a shot. Bud-dum-dump!
HRH: So, you mentioned your girlfriend…how do you balance life on the road, with a girl that you obviously love…how do you balance that with this?
CR: She is phenomenal. I can’t say enough about her or her strength. I guess the only way to really explain it is that if you want something bad enough you will do whatever it takes to make it work.
HRH: And she’s obviously understanding and very supportive?
CR: Yeah. I mean, it’s not easy always, it’s definitely not. I’m in the public eye constantly. I’m gone all the time. There are individuals out there that don’t make it easy. Whether it be overly excited fans…but they’re supporters. And I hate to be the guy that’s like hey… I mean a girl got mad because I wouldn’t sign her bra. There’s just this line. I’ll gladly sign your poster, your T-shirt, I’ll take a photo with you…and they were like, “Well, this isn’t rock and roll.” And I’m just like, look I’m not here to sleep with chicks, I’m here to drum and play music.
HRH: Your guilty music pleasure is…?
CR: Oh man, my guiltiest music pleasure? I can probably sing every lyric off an NSync album to you. I’m also a huge Bruno Mars fan…I have been since the first record. I think he’s a phenomenal musician and I don’ think he’s as respected as he should be. I think people like him, but I don’t think they appreciate how talented he is.
HRH: You are a fan of all Detroit sports teams as well, or do you have other allegiances?
CR: The only one that I think would waver is… I was forever a Braves fan in baseball. Ted Turner owned TNT and as a kid they were always on TV and they were on fire. They had Smoltz and Glavin and Chipper Jones, who was my favorite player until he retired, and now they have the Upton Brothers who are on fire, shout out to the Braves, but other than baseball I am die hard Red Wings, Lions, and Michigan Wolverines. I’m not really a basketball fan. I’ll watch it, but I wouldn’t call myself a Pistons fan, I’d be ahuge poser to say that.
HRH: Your Facebook friends are real friends, fans, music journalists, of a mix of everything?
CR: All of the above, definitely. I had Facebook for two years before I joined the band so I already had a collection of colleagues, associates, and close friends and family. And I made Nick aware of this since I joined the band so much earlier than him. I was like, listen, if you’re gonna have a Facebook page, you need to decide right now if it’s going to be public or private. Don’t do half of it. You have to commit. And I committed to making mine completely public. And it’s stressful at times. I really try hard to answer every message, and I get backed up. And I do my best to get on comments. My only regret is that I don’t get to see what my family is up to as much because my feed has become so overrun. It’s almost like a Twitter to me. I love Twitter. But you can control that. I’m glad that fans can indulge in that and kind of experience my day to day.
HRH: So if a fan sends a friend request…?
CR: I will add them right away. I do daily video updates on my Facebook for fans to watch. It goes from anything from what I’m doing that day, or a shout out to the fan of the day or maybe just a backstage look at the venue or the green room. There’s definitely days when you don’t want to do that, I’m not going to lie, but that’s part of the gig. If you’re going to do that, then you definitely have to do it.
HRH: Chachi, thank you so much. I really appreciate your time and thanks for agreeing to the
CR: Absolutely. Thank you for having me.
Voodoo Six’s new album “‘Songs To Invade Countries To” will get a worldwide release on May 27 via Spinefarm/Universal. Check out Voodoo Six’s video for the song “Sink or Swim” below!
Preparation for the new Dean Davidson music video “American Prayer” is moving forward and will be filmed on location in Los Angeles. The first single “American Prayer” is being slated for June 2013 to hit iTunes, prior to the full length album that will be released in the fall 2013. Recorded & Mixed by Davey Rieley
White Wizzard’s new album, The Devil’s Cut will be released June 3rd, 2013! You can check out White Wizzard’s new song “Kings Of the Highway” from their soon to be released album below!
The 14th Annual X-103 ‘May Day’ concert featuring SOUNDGARDEN will appear live on Saturday, May 11 at Klipsch Music Center in Indianapolis along with BUSH, AWOL NATION, BUCKCHERRY, NEW POLITICS and THE VIRGINMARYS as part of the Coors Light Concert Series. Hard Rock Hideout has a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky winner!
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Frontiers Records can proudly announce to be the label behind the yet unnamed new band project featuring Stryper’s Michael Sweet, former Dokken and Lynch Mob axeman George Lynch, former White Lion bass player James Lomenzo and ex-Whitesnake and Foreigner drummer Brian Tichy.
The debut album will be recorded in early 2014 with Sweet overseeing production duties, for a release pencilled right after the summer of 2014.
This is the first of a number of new exciting band projects put together personally by Serafino Perugino, President and Head of A&R of Frontiers Records, which will see the light of day during 2014. Stay tuned as more exciting news will be unfolding soon !
Wow, I never expected to hear the news that another metal great has left the earth tonight, but I guess it is so. Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman has passed away from liver failure today. Sadly, the only time I have seen Slayer play was in the 2012 Mayhem Festival. Jeff wasn’t with the band last year, so I never got to see him play. I really grew to appreciate Slayer’s music over the last year after seeing them live, and am greatly disappointed by this news. Our condolences go out to the Hanneman family and friends. Rest in Peace Jeff! You will be missed.
American Industrial group BLACK LODGE have just unveiled a music video for their song “Never Clean”, which can be seen below. The video was shot on location in Big Bear, CA, and was directed by Tanya Dahl of The Realm Creative. Artist Wayne Robinson (Marvel Comics: Wolverine, Captain America) illustrated the graphic novel for The Diary of Tomahawk.
“Never Clean” is featured on the band’s forthcoming debut album The Diary of Tomahawk, which is due out later this year. The album is a 13 song concept album, which tells the story of a young girl named Tomahawk, who after enduring a horrifying experience within her family, begins practicing Dark Magick, and discovers a world of shadows interlaced within her own reality. BLACK LODGE is offering the release of “Never Clean” as a free download, available on their official site, along with the first chapter of the accompanying graphic novel.
The Diary of Tomahawk was recorded at The Realm Creative with co-producer Jeordie White/Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and producer Lee Miles (Rise Against & Puddle of Mudd). Brian Virtue (30 Seconds to Mars & Chevelle) mixed the album with Paul Logus (Stone Sour) mastering.
BLACK LODGE lead guitarist Johnny Royal remarks, “Jeordie’s musicianship is extraordinary. He has become a mentor and a great friend to the band. Lee Miles brings a powerful dynamic to our recording sessions and when combined with Jeordie’s ethereal approach to songwriting, an explosive dark soundscape is materialized throughout The Diary of Tomahawk.”
BLACK LODGE is Gavin Reign (lead vocals), Johnny Royal (lead guitar/synthesist), Ventura XIII (bass), Law Veritas (rhythm guitar) and Justin Greene (drummer).
“Necropolis“, a brand new track from Canadian hard rockers FAMOUS UNDERGROUND – the new project of Nick Walsh, formerly frontman of SLIK TOXIK, together with his long-time bassist/musical partner Laurie-Anne Green at his side, can be streamed below.
The song is taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on June 7 in Europe and July 2 in USA & Canada via Dust On The Tracks Records.
3. Dead Weight
4. Love Stands Still
5. Forever And A Day
7. Wheel Of Misfortune
8. Mommy Is A Junkie
9. On Broken Wings
10. Bullet Train
11. Hell To Pay
12. Dead Weight (raw and unplugged)
13. On Broken Wings (alternative)
The CD comes in a digi including an eight-page-booklet.
Frontman Nicholas Walsh recently checked in with the following update: “Just letting you all know that we’ve been prepping for our official debut release. We have done a photo shoot with renowned photographer Darko and have been finishing up the artwork as well as the mixes on our bonus tracks. Though we have been in the studio tracking some ‘new, new’ songs, those will only see the light of day for our upcoming live performances, and will not be a part of our debut release. They will be reserved for F.U. #2. Thanks goes out to all of our Canadian fans for all of your support since the beginning. It’s time to share your homeboys and girl with the rest of the world.”
The Famous Underground line-up is:
Nicholas Walsh – vocals/guitars
Laurie-Anne Green – bass/vocals
Rick Corvese – guitars
Darren Boyd – guitars
Desche Sparboom – drums
According to a press release, Famous Underground’s sound and music is edgy, melodic and hooky bringing a paradigm shift to the arena of rock. It’s been said, that they have created something fresh and exciting in an otherwise stagnated genre. With the conclusion that no-one has definitive comparisons, Carl Begai writer with elite hard rock/metal magazine BW&BK describes the new recording as “it’s a darker if-METALLICA-were-GUNS N’ ROSES direction with this brand new album.”
Famous Underground’s self-titled studio release produced by Nick Walsh, and mixed by Darius Szczepaniak (THE BLACK CROWES, SACRIFICE) at Rouge Valley Studio in Toronto. The new recording takes Walsh’s writing to a more defined state where the lyrics delve more into the complexities of the real world.
These musicians have independently garnered critical acclaim supporting such acts as MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD, KID ROCK, BLACK SABBATH, BILLY TALENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, APRIL WINE and many other international acts.
More information about Famous Underground can be found here:
Dutch Metal legends MARTYR have released a brand new video for the track D.I. taken from their latest album Circle Of 8. The video has been produced by Dream Project Studio’s and Limelight – Productions Netherlands. Check it out below!
Five Finger Death Punch has announced the band will release their fourth studio record as a double album in two installments with Vol. 1 hitting stores on July 23 and Vol. 2 scheduled for later this fall. Prospect Park will release the albums in North America, Eleven Seven in all other territories. Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory reveals, “We came off the road after a couple of great years of touring and were really amped up to write the 4th record. Everybody was in the right headspace and the band tighter than ever so it was a perfect storm. We jumped in head first and found ourselves 12-13 songs deep fairly quick but were still coming up with better and better material so we looked at each other and said…. ok why stop there ?… let’s keep going. Once we passed the 24th song we knew we’re going to have to do a double album. We had this massive amount of music that’s very dear to us, possibly the best material this band has ever created. At that point there was no way to decide which songs to leave off the album. So we made the decision to release them all.”
The band will be kicking off the new album cycle by introducing the first single, “Lift Me Up” with a live performance featuring a very special surprise guest at Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards ceremony in Los Angeles this Thursday where the band will appear live alongside Metallica, Stone Sour and Halestorm amongst others. The show will be streaming live on AXS TV and Xbox LIVE: http://bit.ly/13pBfkq. The studio version of the song will premiere in the U.S. on radio on May 13 and will be available for purchase online May 14.
In June, Five Finger Death Punch will return to Europe for a tour of major festivals including Sweden Rock (6/06), Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park (6/08 and 6/09) and the U.K.’s Download Festival at Donington Park (6/16) (see full schedule below) concluding the run with a performance at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Ceremony in London.
Upon the band’s return to the U.S., the band will co-headline the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival alongside Rob Zombie kicking off in San Bernadino, CA at the San Manuel Amphitheatre on June 29. The travelling festival will stage appearances in 26 markets, and the full itinerary can be viewed here: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour/
Five Finger Death Punch has released three consecutive RIAA gold certified albums for sales exceeding 500,000 copies. The success of The Way of The Fist (2007), War Is The Answer (2009) and American Capitalist (2011), which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts in October, 2011, exhibit the band as one of the few in the rock genre to consistently see significant sales both digitally and physically. The band’s ten consecutive Top 10 radio hits – including 2012′s #1 hit “Coming Down - have spawned cumulative single sales of over 4.2 million. Going back to “The Bleeding” in the spring of 2008, Five Finger Death Punch has consistently been one of the most heavily played bands at rock radio.
Multi-platinum rockers Saliva areset to release their first album for new label home Rum Bum Records; IN IT TO WIN IT is due out on this summer in North America. The first single from the forthcoming album, the aggressively anthemic title track “In It To Win It” is now available on iTunes and can be purchased here.
IN IT TO WIN IT, Saliva‘s eight full-length release, was produced by Bobby Huff (known for his songwriting work with Meat Loaf, Halestorm, Drowning Pool, Saliva, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down and more) and executive produced by Rum Bum Records Owner Luis Bacardi and new Saliva lead singer Bobby Amaru. Click here to check out the brand new EPK about the making of the album.
Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva self-released their self-titled debut album in August, 1997 after competing in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy Showcase competition, where they advanced to the final round in New York City. The album sold 10,000 copies independently, prompting record labels to take notice. Saliva signed with Island Records and went on to release six more albums with the label including the double-platinum certified EVERY SIX SECONDS, the offering which also contained their Grammy-nominated single, “Your Disease.” Saliva has enjoyed widespread success at Rock radio with such hit singles as “Always,” which nabbed the #1 spot on the Modern Rock Chart and climbed to #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In late 2012, Saliva signed to Rum Bum Records to begin a new phase of their already impressive career with new lead singer Bobby Amaru on board. To date, Saliva has sold XX million albums worldwide and has toured with the likes of KISS, Aerosmith, Godsmack, Sum 41, Nickelback and many more. Saliva is Bobby Amaru (vocals), Dave Novotny (bass), Paul Crosby (drums) and Wayne Swinny (guitar).
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