The show that Five Million people watched the finale of is a Scam?
PR-Inside has posted the following article regarding Rock of Love with Bret Michaels:
POISON star BRETT MICHAELS’ hit new reality dating show, ROCK OF LOVE, has been exposed as a sham – the girl he picked to date was already in a committed relationship.
The rocker picked Jes Ricklett as his mate in the show’s high-rated finale last month (Sep07), but the pink-and-white haired stylist had no plans of having a real romance with Michaels – she dashed off to be with her boyfriend as soon as taping finished.
And, to make matters worse for Michaels, Ricklett’s real man, Chicago-based designer Joe Quade, has started poking fun at the Poison star on his MySpace.com page.
Ricklett tells the National Enquirer she had no intention of becoming the girlfriend of a faded rock star when she auditioned for the hit show.
She says, “Someone found me and wanted me to audition for the show, so I did.
“To be honest, I wasn’t going on there looking for love. I was kind of like, `Let’s see if I could promote myself.’ That’s pretty much why I did it.” But it’s not all bad news for Michaels – the summer show was such a hit on VH1 in America, TV bosses have ordered a second season, during which the Poison star will again be on the look out for love.
I love it when new Metal Acts surprise me in 2007, especially when they have a sound that is rooted in 80′s hard rock and metal. The Order actually isn’t new, this is actually their 2nd full length release.
The Order are a four piece band out of Switzerland. They have a sound that blends a little bit of Dokken, with a dash of KISS, and yet rock hard enough to create something different and new.
Take one listen to Gianni Pontillo’s vocals in the video below, for the song Satisfaction, and see if you can hear a little bit of Paul Stanley in his sound.
Nonetheless, Metal Casino rocks from beginning to end. There are plenty of great cuts on this record including “Mama”, “I love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Satisfaction”, and the excellent ballad “My Last Goodbye”. Fans of 80′s Hard Rock Bands like Dokken, XYZ, KISS and Krokus are going to love this disc.
The Order joins what seems to be a growing list of great Swiss Hard Rock bands releasing quality new tunes in the last couple of years. This disc is definitely a contender for one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Records of 2007!.
Check out The Order at their myspace page here, then go buy the record! This disc is now available through most retailers through Locomotive Records!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Welcome To The Metal Casino
2. Mama, I Love Rock N Roll
4. Bridges Burning
5. My Last Goodbye
6. In The Heat Of The Lonely Night
7. Let The Good Times Roll
8. Down With The Rain
10. Broken Days
11. Little Wings
The Order is:
Gianni Pontillo – Lead and Backing Vocals
Bruno Spring – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Andrej Abplanalp – Bass and Backing Vocals
Mauro Casciero – Drums and Percussion
Five Finger Death Punch frontman discusses his side-project, Ghost Machine
Ghost Machine’s debut album, Hypersensitive, streamed online
Five Finger Death Punch frontman, Ivan Moody, recently spoke with Blistering.com, where he discussed his side-project Ghost Machine in-depth. Ghost Machine is the side-project of Moody, along with ex-Clay People guitarist, John Stevens, and former Motograter drummer, Chris “Crispy” Binns.
“The Ghost Machine album was actually written when I was going through spiritual depression, as that was written right after Motograter and just prior to Five Finger Death Punch,” says Moody. “That album was more of an experiment for me and there are certain artistic sides of me, like I love Depeche Mode, Love and Rockets and The Cure. I really wanted to dabble in that side of things where I didn’t have to scream as much and I could be a little more artsy. I love Ghost Machine and we’re looking at putting out another album next year that will be a double disc with all kinds of remixes and a DVD. I love that project and it’s probably one of the closest things to my soul.”
Ghost Machine recently released the band’s debut album Hypersensitive on Corporate Punishment Records. The album was engineered and co-produced by Pete Murray (Ultraspank, Lo-Pro) and draws from a wide range of influences that range from like NINE INCH NAILS, THE CURE, PINK FLOYD, ALICE IN CHAINS, TOOL and MINISTRY. Ghost Machine has managed to paint its own portrait of an electronic emotionally rich landscape while still capturing the edge and raw energy that is heavy rock. The group’s debut album can be streamed in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5033/
“I love that album,” continues Moody about Ghost Machine. “The song ‘God Forbid’ is about the Motograter fans that were turning on me and “Vegas Moon” was about Steve Richards’ passing, because he was living in Vegas at the time and we were staying with him. ‘Burning Bridges’ was written about Motograter and how it was so hard for people to see the other side of the coin. There was a lot of stuff on that album that people will never see. These are experiences that I had to live through and I’m lucky enough to be able to put them on tape and share them with people. That to me is the biggest gift in the world.”
The full interview with Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody can be read at the following location http://www.blistering.com/fastpage/fpengine.php/link/1/templateid/13255/tempidx/5/menuid/3
Hypersensitive is available in stores everywhere!
Rob Zombie has posted new audio and video clips from his first ever live album, Rob Zombie Live. Now available for our intense pleasure are live versions of “Dragula,” “Black Sunshine” and “Living Dead Girl.” Over the course of the Educated Horses Tour, Rob Zombie, in collaboration with producer Scott Humphrey, combined the most tantalizing of audio and visual elements. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal music and extreme stage presence do not disappoint in a nostalgic music video of “Thunder Kiss ’65″ presented on YouTube. The much anticipated Rob Zombie Live is sure to be a hit with incredible guitar riffs, live footage and pictures from the ever-classic Rob Zombie.
Rob Zombie Live available in stores on October 23rd.
Click on the tracks below to preview the live tracks!
“Thunder kiss ’65″
3 Mile Scream’s video for the track “Our Blackened Sun” will make its premiere on Much Music’s LOUD program Thurs Oct 18th, 2007 at 12:30am EST. The video was directed by Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin) and can be viewed online today at the Hard Rock Hideout!
“We are all very excited to have our video for ‘Our Blackened Sun’ premiere on Much Music,” says 3 Mile Scream frontman Matt McGachy. “We all grew up watching LOUD, so it’s an honor to have our video be included on the show with all the other great metal that they play.”
“Our Blackened Sun” is taken from the group’s recently released Corporate Punishment debut album, A Prelude To Our Demise, which can be heard in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/3793/playallhi.php
The album has prompted a plethora of critical acclaim from critics and fans, including Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott who claimed the band was, “Heavy and melodic, great chops” and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe who described the band as “Artfully orchestrated brutality.”
I like Salty Dog and Michael Hannon’s current band American Dog a lot, so I was looking forward to listening to this CD and it didn’t disappoint. If you liked the Dog’s Red, White Black & Blue disc, you will definitely enjoy Hard. The songs are along the same sound as Shitkicker off the aforementioned disc. This is whiskey soaked, sleazy, hard rock typical of American Dog’s usual style, but this is their best effort yet.
As the name would suggest, “Sometimes you Eat the Pussy” is a great dirty little number with the dirty lyrics to match. “Beaten Broken etc” is a mix of southern-rock/blues/redneck rock and it all works perfectly. “Rock n Roll Dog” has such cheesy yet clever lyrics you can’t help but smirk. In fact all the songs on here are pretty good, nice, loud and pounding beer drinkin’ stuff.
Michael Hannon’s vocals are raw, raunchy and distinctive. The band is tight for a three piece, yet not too polished, with lots of catchy riffs and burning bass lines. It all sounds good. If you like stuff like Nashville Pussy, Circus of Power and even George Thorogood, American Dog is the band for you.
So give the Dog a bone, grab some beer and go Hard with some American Dog. This CD kicks ass!
Rating: Out of 10
02. No Pity
03. Sometimes You Eat The Pussy
04. Another Day In Paradise
06. Long Time Comin’
07. Beaten, Broken, Etc.
08. Rock-N-Roll Dog
09. Spell On Me
10. Little Short
12. Magnificent Bastard
Michael Hannon – vocals and electric bass
Steve Theado – guitars and vocals
Keith Pickens – drums
Andrew “The Bastard” Batchelor – keyboards (8 & 12)
Produced by Joe Viers, Michael Hannon and Steve Theado.
Reviewed by Tania
2 – Belly Up – Aspen, CO
23 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
25 – Harrah’s – Kansas City, MO
26 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
27 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
29 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
31 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
1 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
2 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
5 – Turning Stone – Verona, NY
6 – The Roxy – Boston, MA
7 – Starland – Sayreville, NJ
8 – Nokia – New York, NY
9 – Tropicana – Atlantic City, NJ
10 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
12 – Tampa Theater – Tampa, FL
13 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
15 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
16 – Palladium – Dallas, TX
19 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
24 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
28 – Newmark – Portland, OR
29 – Big Easy – Spokane, WA
1 – Paramount – Seattle, WA
Zero1Zero have managed to seamlessly marry technology and blazing hard rock aggression to forge a truly unique musical matrimony on their debut album “[degreesofseparation]“. Angry yet melodic, the group’s music paints a portrait of the future that is entangled in pain, art and passion. Recorded and mixed at Groundzero studio and OLS Productions (Cincinnati, Ohio) with Engineer Rob Nadler, the album has the sonic wallop of a band not just pushing the envelope but tearing it wide open.
“Most of the material is very dark thematically,” says guitarist and producer Zoe. “Themes dealing with questions- questions people don’t like to ask- questions about the world, your government, religion- questions about the truest motivations of others and ourselves.”
Zero1Zero bassist Aaron adds in describing the music “It is lyrically thought provoking, melodic, ferocious, sonically unique and penetrating. The music is cutting edge, electronically influenced with an emphasis on precision.”
The band’s explosive sound has drawn comparisons to an eclectic mixture of hard rock heavyweights like Nine Inch Nails, Korn and Stabbing Westward among others.
The band has currently posted tracks from their debut album at the following location www.myspace.com/zero1zero
Here is the music video for their song, “Leech”.
Blackbird has landed! Fans of Alter Bridge can tune in to Rockline on Monday, October 15th, at 8:30p to hear the band talk about their new album, Blackbird.
Fans can click on this link to find their local stations airing the show.
Are you ready for the United Enemies? This is the new sleaze/glam band featuring Andy Pierce from Nasty Idols.
Here is the new video, I Don’t Want To Change.
NEVER ENOUGH, featuring Eighteen Visions’ guitarist Keith Barney (ex-Throwdown) and drummer Trevor Friedrich, and ex-Lylah frontman Norman Matthew, have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming debut album which lands in stores on November 20th, 2007 through Corporate Punishment Records.
Never Enough’s self-titled debut Track Listing is as follows:
1. The Craving
2. The Devil I Am
3. To The Bottom
4. No One Cares
5. On Sunday
6. Poison Heart
9. Where The Rain Never Stops
A perpetually touring underground favorite, guitarist Keith Barney and drummer Trevor Friedrich of Eighteen Visions released 6 full length LP’s and a string of EP’s and 7 inches, racking up sales well in excess of a quarter million records, before announcing their break-up in early 2007, less than a year after releasing their Epic/Sony debut 18Visions, which debuted in the Billboard top 200, selling over 12,000 copies the first week. 18V also spawned the Top 20 Rock single “Victim”, which led to successful worldwide tours with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, HIM, Deftones and Hinder.
Texas based LYLAH, the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Norman Matthew, became an underground phenomenon of their own, touring with the likes of Evanescence, Static-X, Sevendust and as a part of the Vans Warped Tour.
Two songs from the band’s debut album are currently streaming on the group’s MySpace page at the following location at www.myspace.com/Never3nough
The band is currently offering fans a FREE Never Enough t-shirt with the pre-order of their new album through the Corporate Punishment Website.
The audio disc includes 21 tracks (in chronological order) of old demos plus two NEW recordings ‘Feel The Shake’ 2007 and their rocked up version of ‘Folsom Prison Blues’.
Lipstick, lace, leather, cheap booze, cheaper dames, low slung guitars, and hair…lots and lots of hair.
This was the Sunset Strip music scene in the ’80s.
The new DVD/CD will be released on November 20th!
Watch the trailer below!!
* Car Sex
* Rockin’ and Reelin’
* Quick Draw
* Shout It Out
* Cut Me Down
* Bad Disease
* In the Alley
* Little Teaser
* Don’t Mess With My Hair
* (If You Don’t Want To F*ck Me, Baby) F*CK OFF!!
* Little Teaser
* In the Alley
* Don’t Mess With My Hair
* Car Sex
* On the Lips
* Fire In My Heart
* Bad Disease
* Quick Draw
* Losin’ Streak
* Cut Me Down
* Feel the Shake 1987
* White Rock Devil
* High Gear
* Bullfrog Pond
* Groove Tube
* Crank It Up
* Folsom Prison Blues
* Feel the Shake 2007
* Bonus Track: In the Alley
- Interviews and Footage from the re-recording of ‘Feel the Shake’
- Slide Show Photo Movie
Bobaflex break out of small town West Virginia to unleash a gritty autobiographical album that will course blood and adrenaline through the veins of all who listen to it, especially the kids who hail from dirt towns.
On October 30th Bobaflex will release their sophomore album, Tales From Dirt Town, on TVT records. Musically, Bobaflex decided to take things back to their roots on the new album. The band wanted to keep their metal edge and imbue it with more harmonies, melody, and singing, along the lines of Gun N’ Roses. Tales From Dirt Town is like a bittersweet love letter to working class culture and blue collar yet redneck upbringing. With determination and resolve, only good things can come to Bobaflex, who shine a spotlight on the people of dirt towns with Tales From Dirt Town.
Bobaflex is on tour in October and November. Here is the current schedule!
Oct 12 The AlRosa Villa – Columbus, Oh
Oct 13 The Monkey – Huntington, West Va
Oct 25 The Rock – Minneapolis, Mn
Oct 26 Barrymore Theater – Madison, Wi
Oct 27 Pearl Room – Mokena, Il
Oct 28 Elixir – Rockford, Il
Oct 30 The Northside Firehouse – Lima, Oh
Oct 31 Club Bijou – Toledo, Oh
Nov 1 Columbia Music Hall – Portsmouth, Oh
Nov 2 The Cellar – Struthers, Oh
Nov 3 Harpo’s – Detroit, Mi
Nov 4 Peabodys – Cleveland, Oh
Nov 6 Webster Theater – Hartford, Ct
Nov 7 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, Pa
Nov 8 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 10 Jaxx – Springfield, Va
Nov 15 The Social – Orlando, Fl
Nov 21 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 23 Ace’s – Johnstown, Pa
Nov 24 The Machine Shop – Flint, Mi
I recently reacquired a brand new copy of this disc for a mere $6.00 and was shocked to have found it. It is pretty hard to find in 2007.
The band was creating and performing great hard rock music, when it was pretty unpopular.
They have been fairly quiet since their last release, Ignite in 2001, but are rumored to be taking the stage in Rocklahoma 2008.
If you like great hard party rock, then you need to check out Hair of the Dog’s self titled debut from 1998. On this disc, I can hear the influence of Ted Nugent and Aerosmith in the bands’ music. Ryan Cook’s slide guitar is a nice addition to the hard rockin’ tunes.
Even though this disc doesn’t come close to capturing the energy of the band’s amazing live show, it is definitely worth spinning today.
Some of the stand out tracks are Cadillac Jack, Whiskey Tango, Alone and The Party Ain’t Over.
You can check out a few of the band’s tunes at their myspace page. If you can find a copy, I recommend picking this one up!
Rating:Out of 10
- Cadillac Jack
- Whiskey Tango
- Sweet Lady Vegas
- As I Am
- Southern Cock
- The Party Ain’t Over
- Satin Girl
- Killin’ Heart
Another Animal just released their self titled debut album, featuring the single “Broken Angle.” Listeners can preview four more songs from Another Animal at Clear Channel. Another Animal is comprised of Godsmack members Robbie Merrill (bass), Tony Rombola (guitar), Shannon Larkin (drums) and former Ugly Kid Joe Whitfield Crane. The band’s release mixes grunge, punk, and bluesy rock to make an eclectic sound all their own. With a 23 date tour supporting Alter Bridge in full swing, the band has their work cut out for them.
Preview tracks at Clear Channel
Stream “Broken Again”
The folks at Rhino Entertainment posted the live Led Zeppelin Kashmir video on Youtube yesterday. Click on the link below to watch the video.
This makes me wish I had tickets for the Reunion show next month!!
Another Animal and Alter Bridge came to Cincinnati Wednesday Night. A late work night kept me from getting to the show on time, and I missed Another Animal all together! I was looking forward to seeing the band featuring Whitfield Crane on vocals. I have listened to Another Animal and Alter Bridge quite a bit as of late, and was also interested in seeing what the AB boys had to offer.
I am very impressed with the new Alter Bridge CD, Blackbird, and I am happy to report that band is doing a ton of songs off of the new disc.
I can’t recall the entire list, but the set list included: Before Tomorrow Comes, Brand New Start, Buried Alive, Broken Wings, Coming Home, Blackbird, White Knuckles and the first time the band has every played Break Me Down live.
The band did an Encore with a Led Zeppelin cover of Traveling Riverside Blues and an the songs Rise Today and Open Your Eyes.
I wondered if Myles Kennedy could handle some of the higher pitched vocals live, and let me tell you, this guy is the real deal. He hit every note, and was quite impressive. He is great singer, that is second to very few. Mark Tremonti was kicking everyone’s ass on the lead guitar. I think this guy must have a guitar for every new song that Alter Bridge plays.
Alter Bridge played an incredibly tight set, and had the crowd of 300 people singing along all night. It was a very good live show, and one that I would definitely go see again.
Here is a video so you can see what you are missing!
The band has a ton of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
Date Time Location City
Oct 12 2007 9:00P Mill Point Park Hampton, Virginia
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Oct 14 2007 7:00P The Roxy Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 16 2007 7:00P The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza New York City, New York
Oct 17 2007 7:00P Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Oct 19 2007 6:00P Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Oct 20 2007 10:30A Downtown Live Music & Arts Festival Hagerstown, Maryland
Oct 21 2007 7:00P Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 24 2007 7:00P The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Oct 26 2007 2:00P Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre San Antonio, Texas
Oct 27 2007 3:00P Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, Texas
Oct 28 2007 12:00P Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, Texas
Oct 30 2007 7:00P The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
Oct 31 2007 7:00P Midnight Rodeo Amarillo, Texas
Nov 2 2007 7:00P Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Nov 3 2007 6:00P House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 4 2007 7:00P Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura, California
Nov 6 2007 7:00P The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, California
Nov 7 2007 7:30P House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Nov 9 2007 7:30P Showbox SoDo Seattle
Nov 10 2007 7:00P The Big Easy Concert Hall Spokane, Washington
Nov 11 2007 7:00P Big Easy Concert House Boise, Idaho
Nov 13 2007 7:00P Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Nov 15 2007 6:00P Myth St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov 16 2007 7:00P Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 17 2007 7:00P The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 19 2007 7:00P Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Nov 20 2007 7:00P Wedgewood Entertainment Center Youngstown, Ohio
Nov 21 2007 7:00P Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac, Michigan
Nov 23 2007 8:00P The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Nov 24 2007 8:00P Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jan 18 2008 7:00P QMU Glasgow, Scotland
Jan 19 2008 7:00P Newcastle Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northeast
Jan 20 2008 7:00P The Academy Manchester, Northeast
Jan 22 2008 7:00P The Academy Birmingham, Midlands
Jan 24 2008 7:00P South Hampton Guildhall South Hampton, South
Jan 25 2008 7:00P Bristol Academy Bristol, South
Jan 26 2008 7:00P The Astoria London, London and South East
Jan 29 2008 7:00P Hof Ter Lo Antwerp
Jan 30 2008 7:00P 013 Tilburg
Feb 1 2008 7:00P Rohstofflager Zurich
Feb 2 2008 7:00P Backstage Werk Munich
Feb 3 2008 7:00P Arena Vienna
Feb 5 2008 7:00P Batshkapp Frankfurt
Feb 6 2008 7:00P Live Music Hall Cologne
Feb 7 2008 7:00P Postbahnof Berlin
Feb 9 2008 7:00P Docks Hamburg
Feb 10 2008 7:00P Amager Bio Copenhagen
Feb 11 2008 7:00P Klubben Stockholm
Rocktober is in full swing!Be sure to check out the following new Hard Rock Releases that hit the stores so far in October!
Alter Bridge – Blackbird
Another Animal – S/T
Ugly – S/T
Hurt – Vol. II
The Cult – Born Into This
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Puddle of Mudd – Famous
Nightwish - Dark Passion Play
Megadeth – Warchest (4 CD’s/1 DVD)
Prong – Power of the Damager
Overkill – Immortalis
Motorhead – Better Motorhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith
You can stream the new Alter Bridge disc, Blackbird at the following link:
Legendary ex KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, was asked by Silent Rage to perform on a new song called “Man Or Machine” for the bands upcoming fourth studio release on Frontiers Records. Check it out as Bruce Kulick ignites the fury with his guitar solo performances on this track.
This song was originally written by Jesse Damon for the KISS “Revenge” era and was re-worked and recorded by the band for their new Silent Rage CD titled, “Four Letter Word.” Due out early 2008! More news to come.
The new album is a melodic rock feast that showcases Lana’s legendary vocals with timeless songwriting, all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.
Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, “Red Planet Boulevard” combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area’s legendary style and mood that is pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the album’s production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the role he played on the 2007 “Lady Macbeth” tour. Long time collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls “a sort of ‘Led Zeppelin’ instrumentation where we have guitar, drums and a bass playing keyboardist.”
The “Red Planet Boulevard” musician line-up is indeed the most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does not falter in creating the massive Symphonic Rock sound for which Lana Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of “Red Planet Boulevard”. This is a band that is experienced and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at the top of her game.
Twelve all original songs compose “Red Planet Boulevard”. The heavy rockers “Into the Fire”, “Capture the Sun” and “Angels and Magicians” along with the power ballad “Jessica” harken back to Lana’s 1995 debut release, “Love is an Illusion”, while in contrast, the anthemic “Shine”, “The Frozen Sea” and “No Tears Left” have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today’s iPod generation. The uptempo “Stepford, USA” re-tells the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while “The Sheltering Sorrow” is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock. The album concludes with the finale and title track, “Red Planet Boulevard”, where themes from each of the album’s songs is reprised in a grand orchestral rock style.
Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka who has painted the covers for Lana’s many past masterworks. Photos for the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock voice, your light is green: make the turn onto “Red Planet Boulevard”!
You can sample three of the new songs below!
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums