I must admit that Mower is far better than I ever could have expected. Pinpointing the band’s style is a little more difficult than I expected. There are elements of hardcore, a little bit thrash, mixed with a little bit of stoner rock for good measure. Within the songs, I can hear elements of early Metallica fused with Anthrax, Rob Zombie and a small dash of Black Sabbath. The energy in the songs captivates my ears with every spin.
While I release this type of rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mower’s latest CD, Not For You is one worth checking out. My favorite cuts so far are American Psycho, Look Away, U-Turn, Road Rage, and the thrashing cover of California Dreamin’.
Mower is the second metal band that I have heard lately using a dual vocal approach (the first being Atreyu.) The mixture of Brian Sheerin and Dominic Moscatello is a little different than Atreyu’s approach. One singer is all metal, the other is hardcore. It makes for an intersting mix.
Not For You is a short listen. It has 15 songs clocking in at roughly 39 minutes. Most of the songs here are less than 3 minutes in length. To me, it is the shorter length on the songs that makes this disc more listenable. If you like you music on the heavier side, Mower may be an act for you to get a quick Metal fix.
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Psycho
2. Road Rage
3. 10′ X 10′
4. The End
5. Look Away
6. Broken Hands
8. General Admission
11. Not For You
12. L.A. Riot
15. California Dreamin’
Platinum rock band Drowning Pool is a band on a mission. Immediately following the successful launch of their “This Is For the Soldiers Tour”, the Texas rockers have stepped it up with Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), actively campaigning for better mental health care for U.S. Troops on Capitol Hill. Drowning Pool and IAVA presented Representative Patrick Murphy with a petition containing 25,000 signatures in support of the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2007. Murphy, who is the first Iraq veteran to serve in Congress, is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan legislation, which requires mandatory mental health care screening for returning troops. He served in Baghdad in 2003-2004 as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Drowning Pool and IAVA first joined forces to launch the “This Is For The Soldiers” campaign and accompanying website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org, which continues to ask supporters to sign an online petition urging Congress to pass the Lane Evans bill. The group has been instrumental in involving their young fans in the political process and they challenge their fellow recording artists to show their support for our troops.
“It’s exciting to be on Capitol Hill with a rock band to raise awareness about this urgent issue. Tens of thousands of people from across the country have stepped up to help us support the troops,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “More than 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and almost a third of them will face a serious mental health issue, ranging from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to depression. It’s critical that we get these troops the help they need now and the Lane Evans Bill is a major step in that direction. We are honored to work with Representative Murphy and Drowning Pool to get this important legislation passed.”
To view footage from the press conference click here: http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dpvideo/pc.htm
Drowning Pool is a longtime supporter of the troops. The band’s current single “Soldiers” pays homage to our Armed Forces and their current “This Is For The Soldiers Tour” donates one dollar of every ticket sold to IAVA and the USO, while encouraging young fans to support the cause. The band has been a favorite of U.S. troops, performing USO tours in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea.
Drowning Pool’s lead vocalist Ryan McCombs says, “It’s an honor and a privilege to work on something as important as this legislation.”
The Lane Evans Bill would help troops and veterans get mental health care in the following ways:
-Require in-person mental health screening for returning combat veterans
-Extend the window for Veterans Affairs mental health treatment
-Establish a registry to track Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to monitor their health and benefit use
-Improve the transferability of military records from Department of Defense to Veterans Affairs
IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is the nation’s first and largest organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, representing more than 60,000 members and civilian supporters in all 50 states. For more information visit www.iava.org.
L-R: Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool); Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool); Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill; Rob Timmons, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Todd Bowers, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool); Mike Luce (Drowning Pool).
From L-R Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-PA; Rob Timmons, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool); Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool); CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool); Mike Luce (Drowning Pool).
A hard rock show that neither my wife or I could miss came to Mason, Ohio on Saturday night. I have been a fan of Black Stone Cherry since I first picked up their disc in 2006. I am proud to say these hard rockers are from my homestate of Kentucky. After seeing them live last year, I knew I wouldn’t miss this show. Jackyl is a favorite of my wife’s, so this show was definitely a win-win situation for both of us. The fact that this was a free show didn’t hurt matters either. The stage for this show was erected outside the Aces and Eights Harley Davidson dealership. Live bands played all day to take part in their 7th anniversary celebration. The turnout for this show was pretty amazing. I estimate about 3,000 – 4,000 people were there (It could have been more. The area by the stage was completely packed.)
Black Stone Cherry took the stage around 7:15 or so. The band played several of the tracks from their CD including, Backwoods Gold, Lonely Train, and Hell and High Water. They also threw in a cover of Rick Deringer’s Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo, and a blues song that I was not familiar with.
Drummer John Fred Young is fun to watch playing the drums. His playing and appearance reminds me of a young Tommy Aldridge. The show ended with Ben Wills, Chris Robertson and bassist John Lawhon playing with their guitars behind their necks. Cool Stuff! The band came out and did a meet and greet after the show. I came home with an autographed copy of the CD, and the picture below.
As a whole, Black Stone Cherry’s part of the show was great, and I was glad that I got to see them again. This show was their second to last U.S. date. They are about to embark on their tour of the U.K. and Europe in October. Once they finish up their tour they are coming back home to work on album #2!! For you fans in the United Kingdom that are just catching onto Black Stone Cherry (their debut CD was released in Europe recently) be sure to catch these guys live, you won’t be disappointed!
Here is a video I took of the band performing Hell or High Water!
I have seen Jackyl several times before and they have always been entertaining. Saturday night was no exception. The band was one big part that music just happned to be part of.
Jesse James was loud, rude and somewhat funny last night, and the fans love him for that. He was obviously there to party and have a good time. There was plenty of times that band passed around a bottle of Crown Royal, and it was empty by the time the show was done.
Jackyl performed many of the band’s hits including: Down on Me, Dirty Little Mind, When Will It Rain, I Stand Alone, Secret Of The Bottle and closed out with We’re AnAmerican Band, She Loves My Cock, and the Lumberjack.
During the show, Jesse had a bunch of scantilly clad women join him on the stage to further his birthday part. One of which had a snake around her neck. The crowd full of rowdy bikers seem to enjoy it.
Jackyl was fun to watch, and I almost forgot how good their brand of Southern Rock can be.
Great free hard rock shows like this do not come around very often, and I was glad that my family and I came to this show. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait until 2008 to catch another free one! What a way to close out Live Week at the Hard Rock Hideout!
Here is Jackyl peforming I Stand Alone. Enjoy!
If you are a KISS fan of any kind, this CD needs no introduction, you probably own this on multiple formats. For those of you that don’t, keep reading!
KISS Alive may be the most successful live hard rock disc of all time. This Album has sold over 4 million copies since its initial release. Rolling Stone Magazine has this disc listed as one of their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
While I don’t agree with all of Rolling Stone’s choices, this is one that is a worthy selection.
Is KISS the greatest band of all time? Probably not. Is this the best live CD of all time? It is pretty damn close if it isn’t. The sound quality of this disc, is amazing, especially since it was recorded in ’75. I can listen to this 80 minute set repeatedly without getting bored.
This is truly a once in a lifetime live set, and I think the live energy of the KISS live performance is captured very well here.
If you are a hard rock fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this excellent 2 disc set!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Watchin’ You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock And Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
Chicago’s indie-rock sensation STATE AND MADISON have announced the release of their brand new EP CONSIDER THIS A CONFESSION, available now through CDBaby.com, with the digital release to follow on October 30 at all download outlets including iTunes, Rhapsody, Napster, and more. The release follows the group’s 2006 effort Simplicity Is The Name Of The Game and showcases the organic musical growth and development of the four-piece through their non-stop writing, recording, and touring over the last year. Since their 2005 inception, STATE AND MADISON has consistently forged ahead throughout the Chicago music scene and beyond while delivering infectious and artful indie-rock for the masses. Stay current with the latest from the band at www.myspace.com/stateandmadison.
For 25 years now, Rockline Radio has brought the world’s favorite artists to the spotlight. In recent weeks, Bob Coburn spoke with Nikki Sixx about “The Heroin Diaries.”
Rockline also hosted a special session with Evans Blue recently and had the band perform acoustically on the show. Both shows are archived at http://www.rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php.
Frontiers Records is excited to present the release of WINGER “Live” DVD and 2CD set on November 9th 2007 !
Culled from their 2007 US reunion tour, WINGER offers their first live album and dvd ever ! Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits, progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album “IV” with a passion and energy their fans have come to admire!
For nearly 20 years the members of Winger have been delivering their music to sold out audiences all over the world. Their multi platinum status and respected musicianship has earned Winger a loyal following everywhere.
From Kip’s start in Alice Cooper to Rod’s tenure with the Dixie Dregs and Reb’s tenure with Dokken and Whitesnake, Winger continues to push the boundaries of their music and deliver it to old and new fans!
CD1: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog. CD2: Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can’t Get Enough; Seventeen; Who’s The One; Miles Away; Madalaine; Blue Suede Shoes (Acoustic Version) – bonus studio track.
Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog; Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can’t Get Enough; Seventeen; Who’s The One; Miles Away; Hungry(*); Madalaine.
(*) not included on the cd version
The performance was captured on DVD with 10 cameras and is presented in 16:9 widescreen. Audio option is Dolby Digital 2.0 for an approximate total length of 105 minutes. DVD will be exclusively available in NTSC region free format. Bonus features include a soundcheck performance and a photo gallery. The 2 CD soundtrack is only available separately.
Check out this live video of Cinderella performing Gypsy Road, live in Detroit, MI.
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
Check out The Answer performing their song, Never Too Late!
Acclaimed Southern California-based hard fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring acclaimed guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, UFO) and Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B’Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have annouced an exclusive Sunday, September 30 Chicago club date at The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., located in the city’s Wicker Park area. Tickets are 7 dollars in advance and 10 dollars at the door.
COSMOSQUAD will kick off their 2007 fall tour with a performance at the world-famous Baked Potato, followed by a string of performance clinics in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. The details are as follows:Sep. 21 – Baked Potato – Studio City, CA
Sep. 26 – Guzzardo Music – Rockford IL
Sep. 27 – Henri’s Music – Green Bay WI
Sep. 28 – White House of Music – West Bend WI
Sep. 29 – Cascio / Interstate Music – New Berlin WI
Sep. 30 – The Note – Chicago, IL
Oct. 18 – Musician’s Institute – Hollywood, CA
COSMOSQUAD has just released its fourth album, “Acid Test”. It marks the group’s first studio effort since 2001′s highly regarded “Squadrophenia” which firmly established the trio as one of the premier progressive instrumental acts on the scene. Co-produced by Kollman and Gaalaas at the drummer’s Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA, “Acid Test” is the first COSMOSQUAD effort without co-founding member, Barry Sparks, whose bass duties have been filled by a trio of capable, well credentialed players in Paul Shihadeh (SCOTT KINSEY), Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, EDWIN DARE), and the group’s new full-time addition, Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE).
Check out the band’s new E-Card here!
This CD was recorded live during Jorn’s first concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner on September 16th, 2006.
For those of you that have never checked out Jorn Lande before, Live in America is as good of a place, as any to begin. This double CD set features the incredible vocals of Jorn Lande, and the amazing guitar work of Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad (The tandem from the superb 2006 release The Duke) , and also Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
During this set, Jorn covers songs from his releases: The Duke, Unlocking the Past, Out To Every Nation, as well as songs that he did with Beyond Twighlight, and Masterplan plus covers of songs by Deep Purple, Dio, and Whitesnake.
The only downfall with this disc, is its length. The live tunes with solos only last 75 minutes, and with the vast amount of music Jorn has put out over the years, this set could have been well over 2 hours long. There are a couple of nice bonuses however.
There are three studio tracks, the 2007 version of Out to Every Nation, the Black Sabbath cover Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and Sacrificial Feelings (which was only available previously as a bonus track.) This is nice bonus to a great disc.
The sound quality on Live on America is superb, and the music is excellent. One listen to this set and you will quickly realize the amazing musicians Jorn Lande has in his band. The excellent musicianship plus the amazing vocals of Jorn Lande makes this a live collection that should appeal to most 80′s hard rock fans. (Jorn Lande fans probably already own this). If you are a fan of live hard rock music, DO NOT MISS Live in America!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Godless And Wicked
4. Perfect Strangers
5. Gonna Find The Sun
6. Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying In The Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
7. Out To Every Nation (2007 Version Studio Track)
8. Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (Studio Track)
9. Sacrificial Feelings (Bonus Studio Track)
One thing is for sure, if you go to see Sammy Hagar live, you are in for a good time. A Sammy Hagar show is more like a party with 20,000 fans. This DVD captures the party like atmosphere, with excellent sound and video coverage.
The set list is as follows: Mas Tequila, Mexico, There’s Only One Way to Rock, (Bob Dylan) Rainy Day Women, The Girl Gets Around, Rock Candy, I’ll Fall in, Love Again, I’ll Take You There, Sam I Am, Little White Lie, I Can’t Drive 55, Heavy Metal, Good Enough, Summer Nights, Right Now, Finish What You Started, Best of Both Worlds, (The Beastie Boys) Fight for Your Right, and Cabo Wabo.
During the second half of the show, Michael Anthony ala The Other Half, joins Sammy On Stage to do some Van Halen Tunes. Wabo guitarist, Vic Johnson shows plenty of prowess on the six string, as does Sammy Hagar during this show.
The only thing I didn’t care is some of the background vocals by the Wabos, but that was only a minor annoyance. As a whole this is a very good show, and one worth seeing on DVD.
The concert lasts one hour and fifty minutes. This DVD is also packed with Interviews and Music Videos too!
This is a very rent worthy and disc, and for Sammy Hagar Redheads, this is a must own DVD!
Rating: Out of 10
Check out RATT performing You’re In Trouble from 1984.
It is a sad day at the Hard Rock Hideout today. The following was posted at the Tigertailz website today:
We are all absolutely devastated to bring you the news that our beloved friend and Tigertailz Bass player PEPSI TATE lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. Pepsi passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning, Tuesday 18th September 2007, in Holme Towers cancer hospice in Penarth Cardiff. Pepsi’s wife Shan and close family were with him.
Words cannot describe how we all feel right now. We’re in bits and will miss him so much.
You mean the world to us Boy. And gave me some of the best memories and experiences of my life. I feel so privileged to have shared those times with you and I just can’t imagine the world without you.
I love you, we all love you.
Goodnight Boy – we’ll see you again soon fella. xxx
Here is a sneak peek of the new early summer 2008 Blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Samuel L. Jackson.
This movie looks like it shaping up to be pretty cool.
Check out the trailer below….
Nice touch with the Black Sabbath tune!
Drowning Pool is finally bringing their cause to Washington, DC, alongside the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). Congressman Jim Moran will host a press conference on Wednesday 9/19 at 10:30am in support of the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform Bill on behalf of active duty troops and returning veterans. Drowning Pool and the IAVA teamed up earlier this year to support the bill and began working together on bringing attention to the current situation that US troops are facing upon returning from battle. This will be the first time that all three parties have come together publicly to speak out on the issue.
Drowning Pool are currently headlining the “This Is For The Soldiers” tour. For every ticket sold on the tour the band is donating a portion of the profits to the IAVA and the USO. Earlier in the year Drowning Pool helped launch thisisforthesoldiers.org with the IAVA and set up a petition that has received over 25,000 signatures in support of the proposed legislation.
Here is a live video of HIM performing this song “Dead Lovers Lane” from the new CD, Venus Doom!
September 18th, HIM unveils their highly-anticipated release, Venus Doom. With the momentum of Venus Doom reaching terminal velocity, the title track has been made available for the world to hear. HIM kick-off their world tour this evening in London, England, and start their U.S. segment of the tour October 18th, in Sayreville, NJ in celebration of tomorrow’s release.
More dates have been added to their U.S. Tour!
Sept. 17th Borderline London
Sept. 21st Columbia Club Berlin
Oct. 18th Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
Oct. 19th 9:30 Club D.C., Washington
Oct. 20th Sonar Boston, MA
Oct. 21st Palladium Worcester, MA
Oct. 23rd Royal Oak Theatre Detroit, MI
Oct. 24th The Docks Nightclub Toronto
Oct. 25th Congress Theatre Chicago, IL
Oct. 26th The Pagent St. Louis, MO
Oct. 27th Myth St. Paul, MN
Oct. 30th Sokol Auditorium Omaha, NE
Oct. 31st Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO
Nov. 2nd Ogden Theater Denver, CO
Nov. 3rd Avalon Salt Lake City, UT
Nov. 6th MacEwen Hall Calgary
Nov. 7th Edmonton Event Center Edmonton
Nov. 9th Croatian Cultural Centre Vancouver
Nov. 10th Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
Nov. 11th McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
Nov. 13th the Warfield San Francisco, CA
Nov. 14th Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 17th The Joint Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 20th The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
Nov. 21st The Warehouse Live Houston, TX
Nov. 23rd Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov. 24th Hard Rock Live Orlando, FL
Nov. 25th Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Nov. 28th House of Blues Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 29th Norva Norfolk, VA
Nov. 30th Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
Dec. 1st Nokia Theatre New York, NY
Dec. 7th Guild Hall Portsmouth
Dec. 8th Civic Hall Wolverhampton
Dec. 9th Apollo Manchester
Dec. 10th Barrowlands Glasgow
Dec. 12th Astoria London
Are the high priced tickets for the 2007 Van Halen tour worth it? The world will know soon enough.
Here is a short video from the VH rehearsal. Check it out!
New Tour EP and Collector’s Editions of Fear of a Blank Planet Released
Following the release earlier this year of its Fear of a Blank Planet album and a sold-out tour of the United States, Porcupine Tree will be returning to North America with a fall go-round , new EP, and new format releases of Blank Planet on vinyl and DVD-Audio.
Building on its reputation as a dynamic and engaging live act, Porcupine Tree will be playing the largest North American venues of its career, including a stop at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 13 and New Orleans ‘ Voodoo Fest on October 26.
To coincide with the tour, the band has released a four-song EP, Nil Recurring, which was written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions. The title track features King Crimson’s Robert Fripp on guitar. The fan club-only release is sold out online, but will be available at the tour dates. Fear of a Blank Planet has also been released in DVD-A 5.1 surround sound, with the four Nil Recurring tracks also mixed in 5.1. On October 3, the album will be released by ToneFloat on 180 gram double vinyl.
PORCUPINE TREE FALL 2007 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Wed 03 Oct – ORLANDO, FL, HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat 06 Oct – MEXICO CITY, METROPOLITAN THEATER
Tue 09 Oct – NASHVILLE, CITY HALL
Wed 10 Oct – ASHEVILLE, ORANGE PEEL
Thu 11 Oct – RALEIGH, NC, LINCOLN THEATER
Fri 12 Oct – WASHINGTON, DC, STATE THEATER
Sat 13 Oct – NEW YORK, NY, BEACON THEATER
Mon 15 Oct – QUEBEC, SALLE ALBERT – ROUSSEAU
Tue 16 Oct – TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX
Thu 18 Oct – ALBANY, THE EGG
Fri 19 Oct – HARTFORD, CT, WEBSTER THEATER
Sat 20 Oct – ATLANTIC CITY, THE SHELL AT TRUMP MARINA
Mon 22 Oct – CLEVELAND, OH, HOB
Tue 23 Oct – CINCINNATI, OH, BOGART’S
Wed 24 Oct – KANSAS CITY, MO BEAUMONT CLUB
Fri 26 Oct – NEW ORLEANS, LA, VOODOO FEST
Sat 27 Oct – HOUSTON, TX, MERIDIAN
Sun 28 Oct – DALLAS, TX, HOUSE OF BLUES
Mon 29 Oct – ATLANTA, GA, ROXY
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.
THE CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus – for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.
Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.
“I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this one. It’s really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot, which I rarely do with my work”.
Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard, Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.
“It’s really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”, states Karlsson, “It’s very easy to write for Mark because he has this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.
Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.
THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal album.
Headbangers are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
Check out this Motley Crue video from the 1983 US Festival, where the band performs Livewire! (It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait!)
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
Nikki Sixx finally realized that life is beautiful. In the final installment of the Heroin Diaries Podcast, Nikki explains that he is living the happy ending that is described in his new book that hits shelves on September 18th. Working with the Sixx:A.M. team of James Michael and DJ Ashba, Nikki feels that they could keep the creative process going. On September 18th, with the release of “The Heroin Diaries” book, Nikki’s story of addiction will come to and end, but his story of recovery is something he will deal with for the rest of his life.
Check out the final installment of The Heroin Diaries Podcast here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast6.mov
If you missed any of the previous episodes get caught up here:
Episode 1: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast1.mov
Episode 2: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast2.mov
Episode 3: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast3.mov
Episode 4: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast4.mov
Episode 5: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast5.mov
German industrial metal icons, Rammstein, are set to release their Volkerball DVD on September 18th. The DVD features explosive performances from around the world, and features a full concert from Nimes, France. Rammstein fans can choose between three formats for the release ranging from a standard 2-disc package to a limited edition 190-page book that contains photos from the tour and 4 discs that have a bonus documentary disk and two live audio discs. For US fans of the band, this will be their first chance to see the amazing pyrotechnics and dramatic stage show that has been absent from America for a long time.
Get a taste of what Volkerball has to offer in this video clip for their song “Sonne” filmed at the Brixton Academy in London.
In the original film, Jamie Lee Curtis (as Laurie Strode) was the centerpiece and star of the movie.
In Rob Zombie’s new movie, Michael Myers is the star. Rob Zombie does an excellent job portraying the psychopathic origins of young Michael Myers, leading into a character that is far more realistic, and more brutal that the character in the original movie.
Rob Zombie does a good job lacing the film with some excellent hard rock music, which is available on the the Halloween movie soundtrack. (Nice touch with young Michael’s concert t-shirt.)
There are scenes that will put you on the edge of your seat, and some that will make you squirm, and possibly gross you out.
This is a violent film, and is not one for young teenagers!
The question everyone asks, is it as good as the original? In some ways yes, and in some ways no. This is a totally different film, and it stands up by its own merits. There are parts of the original story that are the same, but a lot of this movie is quite different.
The new Michael Myers gets in to your psyche, and may creep you out a lot more than the original.
In conclusion, Rob Zombie’s view is an interesting one. Your enjoyment will probably be much greater if you are fan of this genre of movies.
Out 0f 5
OPERATOR has announced a US tour starting late October opening for Avenged Sevenfold. In celebration of the tour, Operator has launched a game that will give players with the top 3 scores the chance to win lunch with Operator and tickets to the nearest tour date. The game lets you be lead singer Johnny Strong as you blast villains that you may recognize from the Soulcrusher Video. Make sure to wipe the blood off the screen so you can see the opponents! Operator will be touring in support of their recent release Soulcrusher on Atlantic Records.
OPERATOR GAME (win lunch with Operator and Tickets!)
OPERATOR performing with AVENGED SEVENFOLD
October 29, The Wiltern Los Angeles, California
October 31, House Of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
November 2, Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 4, Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
November 5, Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
November 6, Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
November 8, Congress Theatre Chicago, Illinois
November 9, State Theater Detroit, Michigan
November 10, Lifestyles Pavilion Columbus, Ohio
November 12, Lupo’s Providence, Rhode Island
November 14, Hammerstein New York, New York
November 15, Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 16, Sarasota Florida (not with Avenged Sevenfold)
November 17, House Of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
November 20, Amos’ Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
November 21, Toad’s Place Richmond, Virginia
November 23, House Of Blues Orlando, Florida
November 24, Jannus Landing Tampa, Florida
November 25, Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
There will be no rest for Against Me! this fall as they prepare for their latest US tour. The band returns from London to kick off the next leg of the tour in Asbury Park, NJ on November 3rd for their first show. Tickets are on sale for select dates with additional dates being added Saturday, September 15th.
Against Me! have been out playing shows in support of their album New Wave. The first single off the album, “Thrash Unreal,” has been making a steady climb up the rock radio charts and currently sits in the #16 spot Modern Rock/Alternative charts. Check out the video for “Thrash Unreal” here:
Nov 3 Asbury Park Convention Hall – Asbury Park, NJ
Nov 4 Waterloo Park – Austin, TX
Nov 5 Canal Club – Richmond, VA
Nov 6 Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Nov 8 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Nov 9 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
Nov 10 Metropolitan Park – Jacksonville, FL
Nov 12 Norva Theater – Norfolk, VA
Nov 13 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
Nov 15 Lupo’s – Providence, RI
Nov 16 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Nov 17 Terminal 5 – New York, NY
Nov 19 House of Blues – Cleveland, OH
Nov 20 Clutch Cargos – Pontiac, MI
Nov 21 House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Nov 22 Metro – Chicago, IL
Nov 23 First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80′s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80′s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced