Last week, we had the distinct honor and privilege of viewing a small part of the creative processes involved in the making of this cd.
Lars Lunova ( http://www.drpank.de/cms/index.php), the drummer for Sin City, sent us a cd video. This vid had an hour and a half of clips showing discussions, practices and recording sessions for “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell”!
These clips are apparently part of hundreds of hours of video shot, and are tentatively going to be used to produce a Rockumentary on the making of “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome To Hell”.
These clips were very intense in spots…..Sin City worked night and day to make this cd come together.
We got to hear snippets of virtually every song that is coming out this September 22nd, and heard how each song progressed from formation until final production. Some songs changed immensely, some were obviously almost perfect from the start.
Some clips were hilarious. At times a miniature ac/dc “Hells Bells” bell would appear in front of the camera, much to our delight…..or a small Spiderman cutout would swoop across the lens…LOL!
And virtually everyone who was filmed has a little bit of the devil in them! You know….the old high school prank where you put a victory sign up behind the person who is being filmed (without their knowledge of course)…..LOL!
There was a very intense man in a lot of the clips…VERY intense! Who did not look like a rocker at all, but was very much involved with everything from the creative process to actually being in the background vocals.
A quick email to Pank (Lars), after viewing this vid, came back telling us that this man was in fact Eddi. He is the former singer for the band; who still writes, sings and helps produce their music!
Now how many bands do you know who do that!?!?!?!?!!!
The only drawback to viewing this video was that, for the most part, all the band members are speaking in German.
This was especially frustrating to us when Pank and Dshurgen are sitting on a couch somewhere in Rock ‘N Roll land, obviously discussing the inner workings of a particular song (and there were four different songs discussed this way). But we could not understand a word that was spoken except the song titles!
We should have studied harder in high school German class! LOL!
Hopefully, if this Rockmentary is ever released to English speaking countries, they will put subtitles in place.
The website guru’s for Sin City are working on a band website to be done totally in English and are setting up a Paypal account. And hope to have this all in place before the cd’s release, so that anyone worldwide can learn about Sin City and purchase the latest release.
The members of Sin City genuinely love each other, they love what they do and they can not wait to share their new music with the world!
Also, Sin City has produced two other cd’s of original music, “And There Was Rock” & “Hellectric”. These cd’s should be required additions for every true Rockers library. Truly awesome tunes in both, from start to finish. But we must say that “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome to Hell” is their finest effort to date!
One last little tidbit, for you trivia lovers at Hard Rock Hideout…..better file this one away in the memory banks for future retrieval….
The title of their latest cd is actually a combination of two song titles by Rhino Bucket!
And that is intentional.
In the meantime we are waiting anxiously for the release of “This Ain’t Heaven…Welcome to Hell” and as far as we’re concerned September 22nd can’t come soon enough!
Bring it on Sin City…..we are ready to ROCK!
Article Courtesy of Bic & Que
JADED HEART are a german Melodic Hard Rock institution. Their name stands for quality music and great entertainment. “Sinister Mind” is the band’s 8th all original studio release and features all the trademarks the band is known for: riveting guitar riffing and superb hooklines this time with a slightly heavier approach.
All in all “Sinister Mind” is a monster of an album which is set to restore the faith in German muscular Hard Rock tradition!
The line-up includes the new guitar player Pete Ostros who contributed strongly on the songwriting with great ideas and cool attitude. On vocals once again the Swedish sensation Johan Fahlberg.
The band is set to tour heavily in Europe to support the new release ! Look out for the band playing in an area near yours !!!
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Ted Poley is trademark for feel good melodic rock music ! He left his indelible mark on the history of this music singing for such bands PROPHET, DANGER DANGER (with whom he made his come back recently), BONEMACHINE and MELODICA.
“Smile” is Ted’s second solo album which follows up on where his previous successful release “Collateral Damage” left off, however the songwrting hits the sopt all over and the fun attitude is complemented with an outstanding guitar job from JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) and a brilliant production.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex King Kobra and Northrup / Shortino) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on Smile and Will Ya. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom & James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
Judging from what I have heard on this disc, this may be release that sends the band into the stratosphere.
Atreyu is powered by two singers. Drummer/Singer Brandon Saller provides the melodic vocals, while Alex Varkatzas handles the aggressive screaming. This dual vocal approach gives the band a somewhat unique sound that meshes the metal and hardcore genres together.
Lead Sails Paper Anchor is a radio friendly collection of modern metal songs. This disc ought to generate at least four to five singles on mainstream rock radio.
I can only describe the song Doomsday as melodic metal meets thrash. This song mixes the excellent vocals of Saller’s, with the thrashing guitar licks of Dan Jacobs and Travis Miquel. This is a very cool way to start off this disc.
Becoming The Bull is a killer song that has already been released as a single and is having mild chart success.
Honor has a similar guitar riff to Becoming the Bull. It is a good song, but not quite as good as the track that precedes it.
The style of the song Falling Down reminds me of Green Day quite a bit, but the heavy guitar work sets it apart. This is an upbeat song that screams radio hit.
When Two Are One is an upbeat thrasher that will put most metalheads into a moshing frenzy.
No One Cares is a mid to high tempo number that Saller’s vocals shine on. This is another song that has hit potential.
I didn’t really care for Can’t Happen Here very much. Varkatzas reminds me of Rob Zombie at times, but I don’t think he is quite as good vocally. The music is good, but Varkatzas’s vocals ruined the tune for me.
Slow Burn on the other hand is an upbeat powerhouse of a tune, and ought to be the band’s second single.
Blow is probably my favorite track on the whole CD. This song has a very 80′s metal feel to it. The lyrics are catchy. This is a killer song. (You can preview this song below.)
Lead Sails(and a Paper Anchor) is a very good mid tempo number, that is probably the least heavy song on the record. This is going to be yet another hit for Atreyu.
My copy came with a cool cover of Faith No More’s hit, Epic. This song wasn’t listed on the digipak, so it is a nice surprise. It is a tad more hardcore with Varkatzas’ vocals, but it is still very true to the original song.
As a whole, Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor is another decent hard rock disc, and one that is worthy of your hard earned dollars.
You can pick up Lead Sails Paper Anchor in stores today! Go Get It!
Rating:Out of 10
3. Falling Down
4. Becoming the Bull
5. When Two Are One
6. Lose It
7. No One Cares
8. Can’t Happen Here
9. Slow Burn
11. Lead Sails (And a Paper Anchor)
12. Epic* (Bonus Track)
Available everywhere October 2nd on Metalblade Records.
Appointment with Death
The Death of Love
Tomorrow never comes
Under your Skin
Perfect World (I don’t wanna live)
(We are) the only ones
The Darker side
In a career spanning almost 25 years, Lizzy Borden was created in 1983 in Hollywood California. Spitting venom, stage blood and dripping grease paint while breathing life into bizarre characters bred precisely for the stage. Theme oriented creations such as, Love you to pieces (1985) Menace to society (1986) Visual Lies (1987) Master of Disguise (1989) Best Of (1994) and Deal with the Devil (2000) forever cemented icon status to the master showman from the dawn of heavy metal.
Now, Years in the making, Lizzy Borden pulls back the cloak to unveil his latest and most frightening creation, Appointment with Death (2007) a fatalistic journey to the final destination damned by the wings of death.
This is Lizzy Borden’s First new studio recording since Deal with the Devil (2000)
Appointment with Death was produced by L. Borden and J. Scott
It was recorded at the Zanzibar studios in N. Hollywood CA.
And was mixed by Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel) at Mana sound in Florida
(….. about the concept and the characters on AWD)
Like all past Lizzy Borden recordings, Appointment with Death is a conceptual piece; this concept is centered around the theme of, as the title implies, Death.
“Oddly enough, writing eleven songs about death was no easy task for me; lyrically being graphic or grotesque would have been too easy, and being overly morbid would bring nothing new to the concept. I wrote this just like I have all of the other LB recordings, as a play or a movie. There is a beginning, middle and an end with the lead character taking us on a journey. Death is all around us, lurking, waiting to pounce, striking fear and antagonizing the living in many different ways, I tried to explore some of those ways in the most poetic way that I know how” commented Lizzy.
The music on AWD was composed by Lizzy, Ira Black, Marten Andersson and Joey Scott
AWD is epic, Heavy, dark and melodic, everything a traditional Lizzy Borden recording should be and more. With new guitarist Ira Black along with Marten Andersson on Bass and co/founder Joey Scott on the drums, the Lizzy Borden sound has evolved into a multi-dimensional ever-lasting-gobstopper working just as well in an ipod as it has always done on stage.
(The Star studded cast of characters that performed on AWD)
“These musicians are more then just special guests, they all, each in their own original way helped to create this work of fiction and bring Appointment with Death to life.” Lizzy
(All who performed on AWD)
Lizzy (Lizzy Borden)
Joey Scott (Lizzy Borden)
Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden/George Lynch)
Ira Black (Lizzy Borden/Metal Church)
George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain)
Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael T. Ross (Angel/Hardline)
(….About the cover)
For the Cover, Lizzy Borden worked with special effects wizard and make-up artist Ralis Kahn. Ralis designed the set and the look of the band based on the theme for Appointment with Death. The cover depicts Lizzy as the angel of Death in the action of collecting 3 souls who have ended their lives in 3 very different ways by their own hands. View the cover at this location http://www.Lizzyborden.com Famed ‘Metal’ photographer Alex Solca took well over a 1,000 shots in a two-day marathon, involving extras as well as the band (Lizzy, Joey Scott, Marten Andersson and Ira Black). At the end of the two-day shoot the set was literally set a blaze! With flames shooting 30 feet into the air!
Lizzy explains “Because a lot of music is going straight to itunes, we thought we would pay special attention to both the cover and the back cover and fill the inside of the CD booklet with tons of fun shots from this specialized photo shoot. As we all know, very soon there will no longer be an actual CD to have a cool booklet for. Everything will go straight from the studio to your ipod, so we thought we would really go all out on this one”
(….About the tour and the new show)
The new show for the Appointment with Death Tour is based around the theme of the new release; with Lizzy playing the lead character (Death). Lizzy and Co. will bring to life the characters and imagery from the album to the stage with special effects master Ralis Kahn at the helm. Ralis is working with the band designing an extraordinary over the top stage show created especially for the AWD tour. Showcasing songs from the new release as well as all the Borden fan favorites, the upcoming tour promises to be the show you don’t want to miss.
Tour Dates to be announced soon.
Make your Appointment with death for October 2nd available everywhere on Metalblade records.
The title track ‘Appointment with Death’ is now available for streaming at these locations:
Courtesty of Lizzy Borden.com
Another hot release in 2007 is the new disc Infected by Swiss rockers, Shakra. This band reminds me of a cross between Gotthard, Pink Cream 69, and a dash of the Scorpions and Def Leppard for good measure. If you like any of those bands, then Infected may be a disc for you to check out.
This is very good 80′s style metal release. There are plenty of great vocals by Mark Fox, and lots of excellent guitar work throughout this disc by the guitar tandem of Thom Blunier and Thomas Muster. Most of the songs on this disc are upbeat semi heavy rockers, but this disc does have a slower moment or two.
The video below is for the excellent low tempo number, Love Will Find A Way.
Infected is one of those discs that you have to hear to appreciate. I have given this one quite a few spins, and seemingly enjoy more with every listen. It also mixes well with my playlist that is a good mix of 80′s through 00′s hard rock and metal.
I recommend checking out some of the band’s other songs off of Infected, on their myspace page here. You can pick up Shakra’s infected at CD Inzane, and Impulse Music. All other U.S. retailers sell this disc at import prices.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Make Your Day
4. Playing with Fire
5. Dance with Madness
6. Love Will Find a Way
9. Higher Love
11. Look at Me
12. The Other Side
13. Let’em Have It
14. Acheron’s Way
Check out the new video for the single Get In, Get Out, by Cinder Road. This is off of their new album, Superhuman that was released in June! You can hear more of the band’s songs at their myspace page here.
Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters DANGER DANGER, Ted has also fronted in the past few years such bands as BONEMACHINE, with whom he has recorded 2 successful studio and 1 live album, MELODICA with Austrian guitarist Gerhard Pichler. He started his solo career with the release of “Collateral Damage” in 2006.
“My new cd Smile continues where Collateral Damage left off” explains Ted, “however it is much more evolved with amazing guitar work by JK Northrup. I am sure the guitar fans and players out there will be totally pleased. JK’s lead work is off the hook”.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex KING KOBRA and NORTHRUP / SHORTINO) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on “Smile” and “Will Ya”. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom and James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
“I know everyone says that their new cd is their best but this one really is!” states Ted “I wanted to be myself but sound as great as possible, work with the best musicians and start out the best songs. I co-wrote a lot with some of my own personal favourite writers around the world. I am a very happy guy these days. I am still having the fun of remaining in DANGER DANGER and at the same time I am having fun, thus the title “Smile”. It reflects perfectly my current mood as well as my live show attitude. I am a very happy guy when I am doing music!”
Tracklisting of “Smile” includes the following songs:
Waiting Line; Going Blind; Smile; What If She Knew; More Than Goodbye; Luv On Me; If You Can’t Change Your Heart (Then Let Me Blow Your Mind); Why Can’t We Pretend That It’s Over?; Life Keeps Me Spinning Round; Where It Ends; Will Ya; Reprise (If You Can’t Change Your Heart)
Don’t forget that TED POLEY will attend, as DANGER DANGER frontman, the UNITED FORCES OF ROCK Festival in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart), Germany on September 30th 2007 !
“Smile” will be in all fine record shops in Europe from October 19th. Don’t miss TED POLEY’s ultimate Melodic Rock masterpiece!
I must admit that it has been a long time since I took the Funk-O-Metal Carpet Ride with the Electric Boys. I was flipping through my CD’s the other day, and decided to let this disc breathe again for the first time in ages. I used to be fairly fond of this band, but it has been a very long time since I have played this disc.
At one point in time, nearly 2 decades ago, All Lips N’ Hips was a staple on the MTV Headbanger’s Ball, as well as the Z-Rock Syndicated Radio Station.
You can check the video for All Lips N’ Hips below:
Conny Bloom does an excellent job on vocals and on the lead guitar. Bassist Andy Christell takes the songs to a whole new level. Some of the song lyrics are kind of cheesy, i.e. ” I wish I had a car to drive”, but the music is very good. Most of the songs have a funky bass groove, that is completely infectious. Both Bloom and Christell are now members of the Finnish band, Hanoi Rocks. This gives me high hopes for that bands’ new disc, Street Poetry, due out in September, will be a very good one.
Funk-O-Metal Carpet ride is a very positive, upbeat record. The tunes are fun to listen to. My current favorites are Psychedelic Eyes, All Lips N’ Hips, and Rags to Riches.
The only way you will find this disc now is as an expensive import, or a cheap used copy on Ebay or Amazon.com. It is a good disc, and worth seeking out.
For more info on the Electric Boys, check out the following website here.
Rating: Out of 10
Written as part of the original treatment by Director
Meiert Avis, you must watch the video for the new song, “Passions’ Killing
Floor,”fully because things are not what they seem. Follow the link below to continue or begin your quest for the answer to HIM’s latest album Venus Doom.
The clip is a small segment of a longer video for the “Bleed Well”.
Hidden within the video is another secret key code that will unlock a hidden video from the band. Check out the video below to crack the code on Heartagram.com.
Rhino Bucket officially announces DIO member, Simon Wright, will be playing drums on their upcoming U.S. tour. Rhino Bucket will be on tour from September – November in support of their 3 latest releases on Acetate Records.
Simon will join this U.S. tour to help support the re-release of the “PAIN” CD that he played on in 1994. The re-release has been titled “PAIN and Suffering” which has been remastered and includes 5 unreleased tracks. The other 2 CD’s are the latest studio release, “And Then It Got Ugly” and the compilation “No Song Left Behind” which includes 3 previously unreleased tracks plus One Night Stand, Beat To Deat Like A Dog, Hey There and other tracks from their out of print Warner Bros./Reprise Records releases.
Georg Dolivo- Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar
Brian “Damage” Forsythe- Lead Guitar
Reeve Downes- Bass
Simon Wright- Drums
Current tour dates with more to follow…
Cell Block- Mesa, AZ
09/08/07- Upper Deck Bar & Grill- Scottsdale, AZ
09/22/07- Los Angeles, CA
09/28/07- Tulsa, OK
09/29/07- Big Pappa’s- Heber Springs, AR
10/03/07- The Ugly Monkey- Indianapolis, IN
10/04/07- Paradox Rift- Huntington, WV
10/05/07- Shakers Night Club- Cambridge, OH
10/06/07- Route 33 Rhthym & Brews- Wapakoneta, OH
10/11/07- JAXX- West Springfield, VA
10/12/07- The Black Hole Rock Club- Baltimore, MD
10/13/07- Rex’s Bar- West Chester, PA
10/14/07- The Crazy Donkey- Farmingdale, NY
10/16/07- Zakk’s Coffeehouse- Murfreesboro, NC
10/18/07- The Brewery- Raleigh, NC
10/20/07- The Wizard’s Saloon- Hickory, NC
10/25/07- Rock House Live- Dallas, TX
10/26/07- Rock City Icehouse- Austin, TX
10/27/07- Acadia Bar- Houston, TX
11/02/07- Famous John’s- Las Vegas, NV
11/03/07- Famous John’s- Las Vegas, NV
More info can be found at: http://www.myspace.com/rhinobucketmusic
Atreyu will premiere their new album Lead Sails Paper Anchor to the world on August 24th. The band has set-up a special listening party with Myspace where all their fans can preview the new album before it goes on sale August 28th. To listen to the new album just go to www.myspace.com/atreyurock.
To celebrate the release of Lead Sails Paper Anchor, Atreyu have scheduled two special in store events for their home town fans. On August 28th, the band will be in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Spectrum and will be signing copies of their new album starting at 5pm. Then on August 30th, the band head down to Horton Plaza in San Diego, CA for another signing at the Hot Topic store. Fans that purchase the record in advance of street date at the Irvine location will get a wristband that will guarantee them a meet-and-greet with Atreyu and the same applies to the San Diego fans that purchase the record on August 28th.
I first heard about these guys, as they were on the road with Hard Rock Hideout favorite, Black Stone Cherry.
Once I heard the debut single and title track Soulcrusher, I was immediately hooked. Singer Johnny Strong has a powerful set of pipes, and has a style quite similar to former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell.
I am sure even mentioning the name Soundgarden will send a lot of 80′s hard rock fans scurrying away from this release, but you really ought to give Operator a chance. This isn’t a grunge band, nor is this music even remotely in the grunge style. This is an excellent L.A. 5 piece band that totally kicks ass. This is a release that sounds nothing like the newer bands that are on the radio today. This isn’t nu-metal, nor is this a Nickelback sound-a-like band. One listen to Soulcrusher, and I think you will be hooked.
The sound on this record is greatly augmented by a two axe attack of Paul Phillips (ex-Puddle of Mudd) and Rikki Lixx. Johnny Strong’s voice is an impressive instrument all by itself. The rest of band is rounded out by a solid rhythm section of Wade Carpenter on bass, and Dorman Pantfoeder (Love Arcade) on drums.
Soulcrusher has a good mix of heavy head banging tunes, and dynamic, soulful rockers.
I’ve listened to this a few times now, and each time my reaction is pretty much the same…..”Wow, this record is f***ing great!” I will go so far as saying that Operator is the best new band that I have heard in 2007. Soulcrusher ought to make Operator a household name!
Soulcrusher will find itself amongst my top releases in 2007. DO NOT miss out on this excellent, must own record!
If the first three songs haven’t made you a fan, head to your nearest drugstore and buy a replacement battery for your Miracle Ear. You can check out Operator at their website, and at their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
Amazingly, this band sounds nothing like Faster Pussycat, and judging from the last Faster Pussycat album, that is a really good thing.
The Underground Rebels have a fresh rock sound, that leans a little towards the alternative/punk side of the fence. Frohlich’s vocals are clean and easy to listen to. The songs on Insult to Injury are primarily upbeat and somewhat infectious.
There are several stand out tracks on this record, of which Do It Again is my current favorite. The weakest tracks are the covers of Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, and Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. Tainted Love is an upbeat song, but The Underground Rebels slowed the pace down just a little bit, which changed the impact of the song. I do not like this version better than the original. It does seem to fit the record better than the cover of War Pigs. The War Pigs cover isn’t bad, but it seems out of place when comparing it to the other songs on this record.
The first song All That You Are is a song that I have played several times now, and like a little more each time I listen to it. Great Tune!
I Want More is extremely catchy. This is a song that sticks in my head. Its simple chorus, and easy to remember lyrics, makes this a song I will replay several times.
I have played the songs You and While I’m Away quite a bit, and I have enjoyed those quite a bit as well.
Insult to Injury isn’t the hardest of rock releases that I have listened to this year, but it does rock, and is worth checking out. You can hear The Underground Rebels tunes at their myspace page here.
If you like the CD, you can pick it up from CD Baby.com.
Rating: Out of 10
- All That You Are
- I Want More
- Insult to Injury
- Pullin’ Me Around
- Do It Again
- Tainted Love
- Hating You
- Down Anymore
- Washed Away
- While I’m Away
- War Pigs
“Angel Down,” Bach’s first solo disc in eight years, will be released November 20 through Merovingian Music, Ltd. and Bach’s company Get Off My Bach Productions, according to the music Website Blabbermouth.net.
Rose will appear on two tracks, the lead single “(Love Is) A Bitchslap” and a cover of Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle,” Bach told the Website in an interview on Friday. “It just came out really, really on fire,” Bach said of the Aerosmith tune. “And then Axl comes in, and it’s me and him screaming those screams at the —- top of our range. If you’re into screams, this is a good album for you.”
Bach made a guest appearance at Guns N’ Roses’ comeback performances at Hammerstein Ballroom last year, joining Rose for “My Michelle.” Bach later joined the band on tour as the opening act and sang on the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album “Chinese Democracy.”
In the interview, Bach also dropped hints about his involvement in a possible television show. “I wouldn’t call it a reality show, but there are elements of that,” he said.
Courtesy of Newsday.com
Atreyu have posted the track “Doomsday” from their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, on Myspace. “Doomsday” brings back the screaming, shredding guitars, and melodic choruses that Atreyu is best known for by their hardcore fans. Lead Sails Paper Anchor hits stores on August 28th, but fans can pre-order the album now from Smartpunk.com or Interpunk.com.
Go to Atreyu’s Myspace page, www.myspace.com/atreyurock or listen to “Doomsday” here:
Let me know what you think about the new song!
It’s a bloodier and even more brutal prequel to the cult classic film from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame, only this time it’s in comic book form! STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS arrives on August 29th from Fangoria Comics. It’s a “Horror Vengeance” title that tells the terrifying tale of how Carleton Hendricks becomes the merciless Captain Howdy, and the sadistic path of revenge he takes against the seven individuals responsible.
Taking on the writing chores for this four-issue mini-series is Dee’s son, Jesse Blaze Snider. In addition to fronting the up-and-coming band BAPTiZED BY FiRE, Jesse will have work featured in the forthcoming Marvel Comics Presents series.
Joining Jesse on art will be Irish artist Stephen Mooney, best known for his contributions to the CSI comic books and various titles from IDW’s Angel series. Rounding out the art team is Jason Jensen, an industry vet who has colored everything from Chaos! to Archie.
STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS is a four-issue monthly mini-series from Fangoria Comics. Each issue clocks in at 32 pages for $3.99. All issues sport covers by Mooney and Jensen.
Check out the new video by Adrenaline Factor – Ride! You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review for Adrenaline Factor’s CD here!
Check out the new video Amaranth by Finnish rockers, Nightwish featuring the band’s new singer, Anette Olzon.
Nightwish has the following dates scheduled for their North American Tour this fall:
Oct 15 2007 8:00P jaxx Springfield, Virginia
Oct 16 2007 8:00P Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 18 2007 8:00P Nokia Theatre New York, New York
Oct 20 2007 8:00P The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
Oct 21 2007 8:00P Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
Oct 23 2007 8:00P The Docks Toronto, Ontario
Oct 24 2007 7:30P Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio
Oct 26 2007 7:00P Harpos Concert Theatre Detroit, Michigan
Oct 27 2007 8:00P House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Oct 28 2007 6:00P First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
Oct 31 2007 9:00P Showbox Seattle, Washington
Nov 1 2007 8:00P Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
Nov 2 2007 8:00P Slims San Francisco, California
Nov 4 2007 8:00P House Of Blues Los Angeles, California
Nov 6 2007 8:00P House Of Blues Anaheim, California
Nov 7 2007 8:00P Marquee Theater Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 8 2007 7:30P Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
Nov 10 2007 8:00P White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
Nov 11 2007 9:00P The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
Nov 12 2007 9:00P Meridian Houston, Texas
Nov 14 2007 7:30P Culture Room Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 15 2007 8:00P House Of Blues Orlando, Florida
Nov 17 2007 8:00P Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
Sixx A.M. is Nikki Sixx’s Soundtrack to his up and coming Book, The Heroin Diaries: The Year in A Life of A Shattered Rock Star. This is a collaborative effort with singer James Michael and DJ Ashba (Beautiful Creatures). Creating a Soundtrack to a book, could be a Hard Rock first. I don’t recall any other artists trying to do something like this. With that being said, listening to this CD would probably be appreciated much more if you read the book first. Strangely enough, the soundtrack was released first. (The book wont hit retailers until Sept 18th.)
For those of you thinking you are going to find a Motley Crue like CD, guess again! The sound on this record is about as far from the Crue’s glam metal as it gets. This is more of a modern hard rock approach to the music. Nikki Sixx’s big bass guitar sound is present, but this disc is completely different from anything you have heard from him before. James Michael is a very good singer. His vocals are clean, and easy to understand unlike many of today’s hard rock screamers.
I tend to like the harder numbers on this CD the best, and Life is Beautiful, Pray For Me, and Heart Failure are all solid tracks.
There are some slower numbers on this disc, that I could see having some crossover hit potential. The songs Tomorrow and Accidents Can Happen are both radio ready. Neither are heavy enough to banished from pop radio, nor are they too light to be vanquished from many rock radio stations out there.
This soundtrack is not without its problems though, and it is not a CD that I can listen to all the way through. There are some filler songs, and there are a few songs where Nikki Sixx gives his diatribe to some cool music, but as a whole, this isn’t a disc that I will grab for very much.
I may grow to appreciate this CD more once I read the book, but right now this disc like so many of the soundtracks that have preceded it suffers from only have a few solid tracks and too much filler. The CD is worth checking out for the solid cuts that are on it. It wont blow you away, but it is an interesting listen.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Van Nuys
3. Life Is Beautiful
4. Pray For Me
6. Accidents Can Happen
8. Dead Man’s Ballet
9. Heart Failure
10. Girl With Golden Eyes
11. Courtesy Call
13. Life After Death
The real L.A. Guns featuring Phil Lewis, Steve Riley, Scott Griffin and Stacey Blades played Indianapolis last night in the 8 Second Saloon. It wasn’t a packed house, but I would guess 500 people showed up for the show. This is a big club, and they could have easily packed in twice as many people that showed up.
Rok Hollywood, an Indianapolis glam band opened the show. Sadly, I got stuck in construction leaving Kentucky, and it took a lot longer to get to the Indy based club than anticipated. I misssed Rok Hollywood completely, but made it to the club in plenty of time to catch L.A. Guns.
I flipped a coin this week to decide which show I was going to go see. There were plenty of shows within a two hour drive this week, including Alice Cooper, Black Stone Cherry (One of my favorite bands), L.A. Guns, and Great White.
Judging from the show that I saw last night, I think I made the right decision! L.A. Guns was fantastic last night. Phil Lewis’s voice is in fine form. He sounds just as good today as he did back when he first started with the band back in ’87. For those neigh sayers, who think this band can’t survive without Tracii Guns, obviously haven’t seen Stacey Blades play live.
Stacey is a very solid player, and handles all of the L.A. Guns tunes easily, without missing a note. I enjoyed watching him play, he is obviously enjoying playing the songs live.
The L.A Guns set was approxiamately an hour and 15 minutes long. The following songs were played during the set (this is just a partial list): Sex Action, One More Reason, Rip and Tear, The Ballad Of Jayne, Over the Edge, Long Time Dead, Electric Gypsy and Kiss My Love Goodbye.
During the show Phil mentioned that they played live in Detroit the night before with Jani Lane, and Dokken. He said Jani is looking and sounding better than ever. He said Don Dokken said to tell everyone “Hi”, and they would be out to kick everyone asses real soon.
The show itself was absolutely killer. Phil Lewis and company kicked ass on Friday night, and I was damn glad that I caught this concert.
After the show, all of the guys from L.A. Guns came out for a meet & greet with the fans, and were absolutely cool. I enjoyed meeting all of them! I love how the band was completely accessible to the fans, and how they took the time out to talk to everyone. Twenty years ago, this never would have happened. This means a lot to me, and to a lot of the other rock fans out there for sure.
The following videos are from the Friday night show. Enjoy!
Phil said the band hasn’t played this song for a while, so I am glad I captured this one on video!
Phil Lewis dedicated this song to that other L.A. Guns band out there:
The band plays their biggest hit ever!
In summary, this was a great show, and worth the drive and the little cash spent at the door. Do not miss L.A. Guns if they come to your down. You won’t be disappointed!
On Through the Night is the mighty metal debut by Def Leppard. It blows my mind that so many newer Def Leppard fans are unaware of the band’s NWOBHM roots, and the excellent metal sound they used to possess. This record rocks hard, and does not sound overly dated in 2007.
On Through the Night is my favorite Def Leppard record. I will pick this one every time over Pyromania and Hysteria. On this record, the band was hungry, they had not achieved the massive success that they would years later. The songs have not been over played on the radio as have so many of the later discs. This is one of the reasons I still find this album so appealing.
Sadly, this record often goes overlooked today. Most fans start off of with Pyromania or Hysteria, and they are missing out on some great records by doing so.
The two axe attack of Pete Willis and Steve Clark, and the pre-accident drumming of Rick Allen gives this band an awesome heavy sound.
Rock Brigade and Hello America deliver the best one, two punch that any Def Leppard records could hope to deliver. Both are hard rocking tunes that truly deliver.
It Could Be You is a song that never achieve hit potential but it is a lost Def Leppard classic, that is still worth checking out.
To me, Wasted is still one of the biggest Def Leppard anthems of all time.
I find a lot of the other not so well songs such as When The Walls Came Tumbling Down, Rocks Off, and It Don’t Matter ultimately satisfying. The songs are more raw, and not overproduced as a lot of the stuff from the newer Def Lep releases.
On Through the Night is another classic metal disc that is available for less than $10.00 at most retailers today. It is much better than a lot of the newer stuff out there today, and is a disc that I still recommend picking up! If you don’t own this, you owe it to yourself to check out this lost Def Leppard classic!
1. Rock Brigade
2. Hello America
3. Sorrow Is A Woman
4. It Could Be You
6. When The Walls Came Tumbling Down
8. Rocks Off
9. It Don’t Matter
10. Answer To The Master
As the days of summer race forward, many have been awaiting an assortment of record and video releases from around the world. Today we join the race toward the August 27th release of Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor, with the premier of their video and first single “Becoming the Bull”. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake (Rise Against, Green Day, Nirvana) and shows a new side of a band that has refined their outlook on the music they make.
Halloween rocks as writer/director Rob Zombie unleashes his terrifying remake of the classic film Halloween. Halloween: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Hip-O/UMe), released August 21, 2007, precedes the premiere of the film on more than 2,000 screens on August 31.
Halloween is a trick-or-treat goodie bag of audio clips from the film and ‘70s arena rock that turns sinister when heard in the film. From Nazareth’s “Love Hurts” (Top 10, 1976) and Peter Frampton’s “Baby I Love Your Way” (Top 20, 1975) to Iggy Pop’s live version of “1969” (1969), Alice Cooper’s “Only Women Bleed” (Top 20, 1975), Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” (1981) and Blue Oyster Cult’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” (Top 20, 1976), Zombie mixes the expected with the surprising, just as he does with the film itself. Also included is composer Tyler Bates’ (Dawn Of The Dead, The Devil’s Rejects, Slither, 300) remake of John Carpenter’s iconic “Halloween” now titled “Halloween 2007.”
Rob Zombie, who previously wrote and directed The Devil’s Rejects (2000) and House Of 1000 Corpses (2004), offers an entirely new take on the highly successful series of Halloween films that began in 1978. Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed, child named Michael Myers.
Also heard in the film and on the soundtrack are “Let It Ride” (Top 30, 1974) from Bachman Turner Overdrive, “God Of Thunder” (1976) from KISS, The Misfits’ 1982 “Halloween II” (which was not connected with the film), a new version of “Mr. Sandman” recorded by Nan Vernon and produced by Tyler Bates, as well as the Bates’ composed “The Shape Stalks Laurie.”
Besides the soundtracks to House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects, Zombie’s horror film musical exploits includes 1999’s innovative Rob Zombie Presents…Frankenstein, for which he created a mixtape of dialogue and score from the three classic original Frankenstein films.
Rob Zombie has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and continues to be one of Geffen Record’s top selling artists.
Watch the Halloween trailer here.
One of the hottest bands on the L.A. circuit in the mid to late 80′s was Shark Island. Rumor has it that they were so good, some singer named Axl Rose used to tape singer Richard Black’s performances to he could copy his moves. Read more about that here.
Shark Island’s debut CD Law of the Order was originally released in 1989, and was the band’s only release until 2006′s Gathering of the Faithful.
Law Of The Order is a CD that is hard to categorize. This isn’t your typical hair metal. It isn’t flamboyant enough to be glam (but they sure tried to market the band that way). It isn’t gritty enough to be considered sleaze metal. This is more of a straight forward hard rock cd, and a very good one at that.
Law Of The Order is one of those CD’s that you truly need to hear to appreciate. There are several really good songs on this disc including Paris Calling, Somebody’s Falling, Get Some Strange, Passion to Ashes, and an excellent jamming cover of the Fleetwood Mac tune, The Chain. (I actually prefer the Shark Island version, to the original.)
My copy of this CD is the re-released version from 2004 that has a few bonus tracks that were only available on movie soundtracks at one time. Both Dangerous and Father Time, came from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure Soundtrack. My City came from the Point Break Soundtrack. All 3 songs are an excellent addition to a great CD.
Not only did my copy include the bonus songs, but it also has the Bastille Day, Alive The Whiskey CD included with it. This is the CD that the band wanted to release as the major label debut. The record company didn’t like that idea, and it didn’t get released until now. This captures the band performing live at the Whiskey in Hollywood, back on July 14th, 1989. The songs do sound a lot better than their studio versions. It is a very tight set, and definitely a collection of live tunes worth owning.
This CD is out of print and is starting pull down bigger dollars on EBay. I was able to secure a copy through Impulse Music recently. If you can still order it, I would get this one before it is gone. It is well worth your hard earned dollars.
You can check out Shark Island on their myspace page here.
Law Of The Order
1. Paris Calling
2. Shake for Me
3. Somebody’s Falling
4. Bad for Each Other
5. Passion to Ashes
7. Get Some Strange
8. Why Should I Believe
9. Ready or Not
10. The Chain
11. My City*
12. Dangerous *
13. Father Time*
Alive At the Whisky
1. Paris Calling
2. Ready or Not
3. Shake For Me
4. Get Some Strange
5. Passion To Ashes
6. Make A Move
Shark Island is:
Richard Black – Vocals
Spencer Sercome – Guitars
Chris Heilmann – Bass
Greg Ellis – Drums