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
Corporate Punishment is proud to announce the addition of one of the UK’s most unique and talented new bands to our roster in the form of VICTORY PILL, featuring ex-Pitchshifter/ Prodigy guitarist Jim Davies, and ex-Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
Victory Pill is the brainchild of JIM DAVIES, long considered one of the UK’s most revered and respected guitarists, whose much documented first break came in the form of The Prodigy, where he shaped his style playing on several tracks on their breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, including Prodigy staples “Firestarter” and “Breathe”, as well as supplying guitars on the bands next 2 records. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001
“I started playing guitar, solely rock/metal. My turning point was when ‘dance’ bands like The Prodigy started using guitars. I loved all the squelchy synth sounds and textures which I started to replicate on the guitar. I also started to get more into effects and sounds which I think is when I developed a bit of a unique style for myself.”
A fan and regular stage-diver at Pitchshifter gigs, Jim approached JS Clayden after a show in 1997. “We got talking and he suggested I add some guitars to some of their tunes. He gave me a demo of http://www.pitchshifter.com. I added some guitars for a track called “Please Sir” after which the band invited me to Nottingham to record it. I ended up playing on 6 tracks and was asked to join the band”, where he went on to co-write the albums Deviant and PSI .
Jim’s last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized as the Bootlegged, Distorted live album. “My last gig with them was a massive high and I will always remember it as such.”
A unique brand of Modern Rock with a dark, electronic side, VICTORY PILL came to fruition after Jim’s departure from PSI, when he teamed up with former Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“I had a big writing session over a few months which resulted in nearly 20 tunes. I played the tracks to Kieron and realized that I needed to get a band together. I tried vocals for the first time and it seemed to work well”. With Kieron on board as a Bass player and second vocalist, VICTORY PILL was formed.
With that pedigree, it is no surprise then that the result is a mammoth debut album of inventive and infectious sounds, like the explosive “Downfall” and “Another Clone” as well as the critically acclaimed first single “Worst Case Scenario”.
VICTORY PILL will release their self-titled debut in the US and CANADA on 10/23 via CORPORATE PUNISHMENT/ KOCH, and in the UK on 10/1 via OTHERSIDE/ UNIVERSAL.
You can check out several tracks from the upcoming album on the band’s MYSPACE at www.myspace.com/victorypill
MySpace has launched a special Artist on Artist interview today with Nikki Sixx of Sixx: A.M. and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. Nikki and Chester discuss how they met, coping with addiction, Nikki’s Royal Underground clothing line, Chester’s clothing line, and what’s up next for both of them. You can see the video of the special artist on artist interview at www.myspace.com/sixxam
On a side note, Nikki Sixx was on Chelsea Live on E! tonight. He barely got a chance to talk before Chelsea went on to the next segment on her show. I was disappointed that Nikki hardly got a decent amount of time to speak. It was a waste of his time.
The latest volume of the Atreyu Behind The Scenes video series moves up the west coast to San Simeon, CA. The band turns the peaceful beach of the northern California vacation area into an oceanic soundscape for recording the heavier parts of the vocal melodies on their latest record Lead Sails Paper Anchor. The forthcoming album from Atreyu will hit stores August 28th and you can watch the latest video clip below.
Getting my hands on a copy of Airbourne’s debut, Running Wild has been one of 2007′s biggest ordering challenges. After a month of waiting and a few follow up calls to check on my order, the disc finally arrived in the mail. The $25,000 question is, was this disc worth the wait.
Damn straight it was! Running Wild could end up being one of my top hard rock CD’s of the year.
Airbourne’s style of music is easily compared to AC/DC type of party rock. These Aussie rockers do it right by coming out with a full disc of hard rocking tunes that totally kick ass! Songs that are full of great drumming, guitar solos, sing along choruses and massive energy. What more could you want?
Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll is the type of anthem that will get you off of your Barcalounger, make you throw your fist in the air, and scream “Hell Yeah”! This is a high energy rocker that will make you a new Airbourne fan on the first listen.
Runnin’ Wild is a catchy sing along anthem, that will give you whiplash from all of the headbanging you WILL be doing.
Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast is the first song that I ever heard by Airbourne. It only took one listen for me to start trying to find out more about this group. This is another sing along anthem that rocks hard.
If the first three videos above haven’t made you a fan yet, you have probably clicked on the Hard Rock Hideout address by accident.
Those of you that are still reading are probably asking, “how are the rest of the songs?” Without breaking the songs down any further, every single song on this record rocks. Their are no wimpy power ballads. There are no songs that you will want to skip. This is great party music all the way until the last song Let’s Ride.
WARNING!!After you listen to this disc, the first time, you may find yourself hitting repeat.
I have heard a lot of bands recreate the AC/DC sound over the years, and I think Airbourne does it better than most of them. Running Wild is a compact disc that will surpass the expectations of most hard rock fans. 80′s rock fans and AC/DC fans will love this.
You can pick this up at Impulse Music, CD Inzane, and a through the HRH storefront at Amazon.com. Go Get It!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll
2. Runnin’ Wild
3. Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast
4. Diamond in the Rough
5. Fat City
7. What’s Eatin’ You
8. Girls in Black
9. Cheap Wine & Cheaper Women
11. Let’s Ride
Joel O’Keeffe – Vocals, Lead Guitar
Ryan O’Keeffe – Drums
David Roads – Rhythm Guitar
Justin Street – Bass Guitar
In episode 3 of the Heroin Diaries Podcast, Nikki explains that the honesty and drug-induced warring factions that raged inside him helped to inspire all of the tracks on the album. The Heroin Diaries soundtrack will be released August 21st with the book to following on September 18th .
Check out the Podcast here.
If you can’t wait for August 21st to hear Nikki and his new band Sixx:A.M., you can check then out now.
VH1.com is running a special listening party of The Heroin Diaries soundtrack. Go to VH1 to hear the album now.
Also check out Sixx:A.M. on Headbangers Ball this Saturday, 8/18 on MTV2 at 10p ET.
Check out the new single, “The Weekend” by a new Hollywood, CA rock band, Only The Young.
Listen to “The Weekend” here.
In August 2007, with Josh Hogan on vocals and bass, Johnny Royal and Alexander Drizos on guitars, and Cole Dalton on drums, Only the Young set to create something aggressive, arousing, catchy, and contemporary with their new music and agreed to share the excitement and altitude they had found with everyone. Producer Lee Miles (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Puddle Of Mudd) of The Loving Loss began working with the band in the studio and helped shape the singles from the Hollywood Summer Sessions demos that are being released every few weeks with “The Weekend” starting the rotation. Writing has commenced for Only the Young’s full-length record with no release date as of yet and the band plans on touring throughout the West Coast and Midwest over the next year.
Check out Only the Young on myspace here.
Check out the new Buckcherry video for the new single Broken Glass here!
Bang Camaro has a great 80′s style hard rock sound, but the major difference is the band has a choir of twenty lead singers.
With 20 singers at the helm, every track becomes a sing along anthem. It is a unique idea, that I do not recall being done before.
Not only does the band employ an army of singers, but they also have 3 axe slingers at their disposal: Alex Necochea, Bryn Bennett, Maclaine Diemer on Guitars and Keyboards, Dave Riley on Bass, and Andrew Dole on Drums.
The guitar sound on this album is very tight and full of guitar solos. I am not sure if I appreciate the novel idea of a male choir approach, but I do like the music on this record very well. Some of the songs here could have gone from good to great with a very good single male vocalist instead of twenty. This band probably would not have stood out if they didn’t try something new, so kudos to them for trying something different.
A couple of my favorite tunes are Push Push Lady Lightning and Out on the Streets.
Rating:Out of 10
- Push Push Lady Lightning
- Swallow the Razor
- Pleasure (Pleasure)
- Gates of Love
- The Ballad
- Out On The Streets
- You Know I Like My Band
- Nightlife Commando
- Rock of Mages
- Rock Rebellion
- Bang Camaro
OPERATOR have posted the e-Card for their debut album Soulcrusher , which will hit stores on August 21st through Atlantic Records. The album can currently be purchased now on digital retailers such as iTunes and Burnlounge.com. The single “Soulcrusher” is currently tearing up active rock radio charts and will be featured in Madden ’08 which hits stores tomorrow. The band will finish out the summer playing various radio festivals with fall tour announcements coming soon.
E-CARD - http://www.operatormusic.com/ecard
OPERATOR TOUR DATES
Aug 21 House Of Blues Dallas Dallas, Texas
Aug 22 Verizon Wireless Theater Houston, Texas
Aug 24 Michigan State Fair Detroit, Michigan
Aug 26 Pop’s Sauget, Illinois
Aug 27 The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Aug 28 Remmington’s Downtown Springfield, Missouri
Aug 30 Central Wisconsin State Fair Marshfield, Wisconsin
Aug 31 On the Waterfront Rockford, Illinois
Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen, David Lee Roth, and Eddie’s son Wolfgang will be touring this fall.
The band has been together since last October and has been rehearsing heavily over the last four month.
David Lee Roth says they have rehearsed more this year, than he has in the last twenty years.
Alex Van Halen says the band sounds better than it ever has.
Eddie Van Halen is happy that the band is together, and says the reunion is the shit.
David Lee Roth – This isn’t a reunion. This is like a new band. This is not rockers with walkers.
David Lee Roth – Michael Anthony is part of this band’s history and alumni of Van Halen as am I. Wolfgang is in the band because the kid is fucking amazing.
David Lee Roth - The ambition behind Van Halen is this isn’t a temporary reunion. We plan to tour and record new albums.
Eddie Van Halen – We are a band, and we will continue.
The tour starts in Charlotte, NC on Sept 27th.
9/27 – Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Bobcats Arena)
9/29 – Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
10/1 – Philadelphia, PA (The Wachovia Centre)
10/7 – Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
10/10 – Cleveland, OH (Quicken Loans Arena)
10/14 – Indianapolis, IN (Conseco Fieldhouse)
10/16 – Rosemont, IL (Allstate Arena)
10/18 – Chicago, IL (United Center)
10/22 – Auburn Hills, MI (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN (Target Center)
10/26 – Kansas City, MO (Sprint Center)
10/28 – St. Louis, MO (Scottrade Center)
10/30 – Boston, MA (TD Banknorth Garden)
11/3 – East Rutherford, NJ (Continental Airlines Arena)
11/13 – New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
11/20 – Los Angeles, CA (Staples Center)
11/23 – Glendale, AZ (Jobing.com Arena)
11/25 – San Diego, CA (Cox Arena)
11/27 – Sacramento, CA (ARCO Arena)
11/29 – San Jose, CA (HP Pavilion at San Jose)
12/1 – Portland, OR (Rose Garden Arena)
12/3 – Seattle, WA (KeyArena at Seattle Center)
12/5 – Vancouver, BC (General Motors Place)
12/9 – Edmonton, AB (Rexall Palace)
12/11 – Calgary, AB (Pengrowth Saddledome)
I have been a fan of this band for a while, and I have enjoyed songs off of their previous releases Sinner, and Desensitized. I believe that Full Circle has surpassed both of those releases, both lyrically and sonically.
Usually, I don’t care for bands with singers who have a throaty singing style, but at times, Ryan McCombs reminds me of former Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley when he sings in his pure voice. His vocal style and sound is a definite improvement for Drowning Pool.
The title track, Full Circle starts this disc off right, with a hard driving tune that should please most head bangers out there. I bet you will find yourself singing “Rise Above You” with your devil horns in the air after a couple of listens.
Enemy is another heavy tune that absolutely crushes. It keeps the pace going nicely.
Shame has very catchy lyrics and reminds me quite a bit of Alice in Chains in style. Great Stuff!
Reborn is a mid tempo rocker that has some very cool guitar work by C.J. Pierce.
The tempo slows down for the song, Reason I’m Alive. This track was written by Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx. It is a cool song that should be a hit for Drowning Pool.
Soldiers is probably my favorite song off of Full Circle so far, and is the first single released by Drowning Pool. This song reminds me of the band’s former hit Bodies, which is very cool.
Paralyzed is another cool, mid tempo number that will likely find its way to radio before long.
Upside Down flat out rocks. This is another song that will get you headbanging quickly.
37 Stitches is another powerful song with major hit potential. You can preview this track below by clicking on the song title.
C.J. Pierce has more killer guitar work on the song No More. Great Stuff!
Yes, you guessed it! Rebel Yell is a remake of the 80′s Billy Idol classic. I really like Drowning Pool’s version on this song. It is a little bit heavier than the original song while staying fairly true to that version.
If you have ever been on the fence with Drowning Pool, you need to give the band a chance. This is by far their finest release. Not only will this appeal to Drowning Pool fans, but fans of Alice in Chains, and fans of 90′s metal. Don’t miss out on this excellent disc.
You can check out more Drowning Pool tunes at the bands’ myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Full Circle
5. Reason I’m Alive
8. Upside Down
9. 37 Stitches
10. No More
11. Love X2
13. Rebell Yell
Looks like the third time will be the charm for David Lee Roth and Van Halen. After two false starts, the ’80s rock powerhouse is re-treaming for a road trip. A Los Angeles press conference is planned for this week, where Roth, along with Alex van Halen and Eddie van Halen, are expected to announce a 50-city arena tour of the U.S., beginning in October, with Eddie’s son, Wolfgang, on bass.
The group first threatened to reform when Roth appeared onstage with the group at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards, though lingering personality conflicts killed the reunion before it began. Rumors of the reformation surfaced again in January of this year, though the proposed summer tour plans were squelched after Eddie Van Halen entered rehab in March. That same month, the group — along with original bassist Marc Anthony and Roth replacement Sammy Hagar — was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Courtesy of Spinner.com
The Problem of Pain: Part 1 is the first of a two album set. The second disc will be released in 2008.
It is a rock opera that is inspired by the albums Rush “2112″ and Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime”.
The Problem of Pain retells the story of Job, from the Old Testament and deals with the question of why God allows evil and human suffering on earth.
The Problem of Pain is Torman Maxt’s third effort, and a very ambitious one at that for this three piece band. I must admit that I have not heard any of the band’s prior releases, but I am impressed with the ones I have heard on this disc.
Singer Tony Massaro has a voice that is similar to Rush’s Geddy Lee, giving the tunes on The Problem of Pain a very Rush like feel. Not only does Tony Massaro handle the vocals, but he proves to be a very talented guitar player as well. Many of the songs on this disc have a Classic Rock sound about them. I can hear elements of Rush, Led Zeppelin, and a maybe a little bit of Thin Lizzy in the music.
This is a very solid progressive rock CD, and one that requires multiple listens to fully appreciate. I enjoyed this disc, and will be spinning this quite a few more times in the coming months!
Rating: Out of 10
Chapter One: Prologue
Chapter Two: Job’s First Test
the angel’s first song
satan’s first song
Chapter Three: Job’s First Response
job’s initial shock
Chatpter Four: Job’s Second Test
the angel’s second song
satan’s second song
Chapter Five: Jobs’ Second Response
job’s second response
a great silence
Before the Scorpions were Rocking You Like A Hurricane, they released this gem of a disc, back in 1982. Interestingly enough, Klaus Meine was undergoing surgery on his vocal chords at the time this album was written, and the original tracks were recorded with Don Dokken on vocals. Klaus Meine was able to recooperate in time to record the vocals for this disc, and the Dokken tapes never surfaced.
This Scorpions’ release has been one of my favorites for years. This disc hit # 10 on the Billboard chart, and spawned some of the Scorps’ biggest anthems, Blackout, Can’t Live Without You, No One Like You, and You Give Me All I Need. Blackout is also the Scorpions first platinum disc in the United States (over 1 million units sold).
Even the weaker tracks on this disc are solid. There are a few other great rockers worth mentioning, including the killer track, Dynamite, the excellent upbeat tune Arizona, and the moody rocker China White.
I can’t imagine a fan of 80′s hard rock picking this disc up and being disappointed. This is definitely one of the best Scorpions discs out there, and you can get this one for less than $10.00 today. Blackout is a disc still worth picking up in 2007. Don’t miss out on this classic disc!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Can’t Live Without You
3. No One Like You
4. You Give Me All I Need
8. China White
9. When The Smoke Is Going Down
The fine folks at McFarlane Toys have released images of their latest figures in their music series.
Yes it is true, you could have Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora in the comfort of your own home for the small sum of $14.99 each.
The figures will be available through Toys ‘R Us later this month!
NEW YORK (August 7, 2007) – Texas hard rock band Drowning Pool and non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are launching a national concert tour ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are campaigning and asking Americans to support legislation currently before Congress that addresses the urgent need to provide better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org which hosts a petition urging Congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video.
Drowning Pool is taking their message on the road in the form of a tour in conjunction with the IAVA. Supporting the troops is nothing new for Drowning Pool who toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and will donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning service members. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It has been an amazing experience working with IAVA. After returning from playing for the troops in Baghdad we wanted to find a way to support the men and women serving our country. While working with Paul and everyone at IAVA we have been able to do that and so much more, said Ryan from Drowning Pool.
The band and IAVA are encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director.
Drowning Pool will release their third album, Full Circle on Eleven Seven Music/ADA on August 7th. It’s the third album for the band, and the first release with new lead vocalist Ryan McCombs.
The first single “Soldiers” is a nod to the very same soldiers who would listen to their 2001 song “Bodies” while flying missions over Iraq. It’s a heartfelt tribute that urges the public to support the troops, even if they don’t agree with the war.
‘This Is For The Soldiers’ Tour Dates:
9/3 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavillion at Concrete Street
9/5 Harker Heights, TX @ Harker Heights Convention Center
9/7 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
9/8 San Antonio, TX @ Hemisphere Park
9/9 Tyler, TX @ Click’s Billiards
9/11 Pharr, TX @ Graham Central Station
9/13 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Bar & Grill
9/14 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/15 Abilene, TX @ Midnite Rodeo
9/18 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/20 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/21 Manchester, NH @ Marks Place
9/22 Altamont, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
9/23 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
9/24 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
9/27 Dayton, OH @ Polish Picnic Grounds
9/28 Youngstown, OH @ The Wedge
9/29 Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn / WLRS Band Camp
9/30 Chattanooga, TN @ Midtown
10/2 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
10/3 Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
10/5 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre / 93xfest
10/7 Huntsville, AL @ Sammy T’s
10/9 Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s
10/11 Evansville, IN @ Woody’s
10/13 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
10/14 Farmington, NM @ Gator’s Bar and Grill
10/18 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/26 Couer D’Alene, ID @ The Great Event Center
11/2 Wichita, KS @ Flashbacks
11/8 New York, NY @ Highline
Asphalt Ballet’s name comes from a motorcycle crashing at high speed and sliding across the pavement. Their music is no accident, even though the band eventually crashed and burned.
The self title debut from 1991 is a damn good one, by this San Diego five piece unit.
This CD blends the west coast sleaze sound with southern rock. It may sound like a strange combination, but it works.
Asphalt Ballet was a regular on the MTV headbanger’s ball back in the early 90′s. Three videos were released in support of this disc:
After this release, the band was pushed to alter their sound to grunge, so they could stay current in the music scene. Needless to say, that decision would spell their demise.
I would have loved to have heard another disc, in the vein of this one, with the original band’s lineup in tact. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
This CD has several good songs including Hell’s Kitchen, Blood on the Highway, Goodbye Yesterday , and the three songs featured in the videos above.
Singer, Gary Jeffries has been in several bands since Asphalt Ballet, and is currently in a Dayton, Ohio band called Gary Jeffries and the Gator Stew Band. Guitarist Julius Ulrich, and drummer Michael Kiner are in a Hollywood Metal band called 13-A.
This disc has been out of print for a while, and regularly goes for over $20.00 on Ebay right now. This disc will appeal to most sleaze and southern rock fans. I like this one a lot. If you can find it, buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Hell’s Kitchen
2. Soul Survive
3. Tuesday’s Rain
4. Unlucky Mr. Lucky
5. End of My Rope
6. Heaven Winds Blow
7. Blood on the Highway
8. Goodbye Yesterday
9. Wasted Time
10. Taking a Walk
11. Hangmans Swing
12. Blue Movie
13. Do It All Over Again
Catch Against Me! On Tour
August 9th Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
August 10th Houston, TX – Meridian
August 11th New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
August 13th Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
August 14th Nashville, TN – Rocketown
August 15th Charlotte – NC – Amos’ Southend
August 16th Charleston, SC – Music Farm
August 17th St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
August 18th Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
August 19th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
August 20th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds – benefit for Harvest of Hope
August 24th Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
August 26th Reading, UK – Reading Festival
September 4th Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 5th Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 6th Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
September 7th Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
September 8th Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
September 9th Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
September 11th Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
September 12th Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
September 13th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
September 14th Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
September 16th Tuscon, AZ – KFMA Radio Fest
September 18th Reno, NV – Stoney’s
September 19th Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
September 20th Eugene, OR – W.O.W Hall
September 21st Bend, OR – Domino Room
September 22nd Seattle, WA – End Fest
September 23rd Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 25th Chico, CA – Senator Theater
September 26th Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
September 27th Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
November 3rd Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
Records is pleased to announce all details of the release on “Sinister Mind” the new album from the Melodic Hard Rock
Masters JADED HEART !
The new album is the second
that was recorded after singer Michael Bormann’s
departure from the line-up. Swedish ex SCUDIERO shouter Johan Fahlberg proved to be a more than perfect
replacement and his live performances have conquered many new fans during the
recent JADED HEART European tours. The new album is also going to present a new
face, the guitarist Peter Ostros,
who has contributed strongly to the songwriting of
this kick-ass new release.
The sound on the album is
definitely heavier and more in your face, still keeping intact the elements that has created the recognizable and well-known
JADED HEART sound. Production was handled by some of the most requested guys in
the German Hard Rock
scene: Michael Voss
(Mad Max, Voices Of Rock), Chris Lausmann (ex-Bonfire, Voices Of Rock) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and you can definitely hear a
sound that has the “million dollar bucks” trademark!
JADED HEART are already working on new tour dates to visitas many European countries as possible in the next few months.
“Sinister Mind” final tracklisting includes (click on song titles for mp3 samples):
Release date in Europe is set for October 19th. Don’t miss it !
When Nikki Sixx and his new band Sixx:A.M. sat down to write the sound track for The Heroin Diaries, the band used the book as a road map for the songs. In the second episode of The Heroin Diaries podcast, Nikki, James, and DJ explain that everything from the Persian Heroin Nikki was shooting to the amazing art in the book guided the song writing process.
The soundtrack hits stores on August 21st with the book following on September 18th. Check out the new episode of The Heroin Diaries Podcast here: http://newmedia.10thst.com/heroindiaries/podcast/hd_podcast2.mov
On Tuesday, August 7th, Drowning Pool hosted a press conference to a full-house at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA to announce the release of Full Circle and their fall tour with The Exies. Drowning Pool was joined by over 25 members of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and war veterans who validated the importance of their efforts. The band spoke of their concern for supporting the U.S. troops upon their return from the middle-east. The press conference was a very moving and emotional experience urging the validation of the American people to support the troops upon their return. Check out the highlights of the press conference here (http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dp/pc/index.html).
Check out the new video for the song Soliders below:
This band features former Keel guitar player Marc Ferrari, ex-Wasted guitarist Erik Gamans, bassist Chris McLernon, drummer Anthony White, and singer Rory Cathey.
Break Out is a very solid 80′s style hard rock disc that is often forgotten about. Marc Ferrari’s guitar work on this CD is superb. This disc doesn’t have a band song on it, and even features a writing credit on Four on the Floor by current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer.
Let’s Make Love Tonight
This disc has it all! A great power ballad in Waiting in Vain, and a bunch of excellent hard rockers: Four on the Floor, Take This Heart of Mine, Let’s Make Love Tonight and Fistful of Money. This disc also has a pretty cover of the Foghat song, I Just Want to Make Love To You.
This long out of print CD often sells for 20 or more dollars on EBay, but can often be found for lesser amounts. It is a disc well worth seeking out if you are a fan of 80′s hard rock and glam metal. Buy Break Out if you can! You will love it!
You can hear more songs at the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Four on the Floor
2. Cryin’ Shame
4. Waiting in Vain
5. Take This Heart of Mine
6. Killing Floor
7. Riviera/Long Way Down
8. Let’s Make Love Tonight
9. Fistful of Money
10. Jump the Gun
11. I Just Want to Make Love To You
The major question people are asking is, has the band gone into a sophomore slump, or does “Libertad” surpass the debut release “Contraband”.
I have listened to “Contraband” quite a bit, and believe “Libertad” surpasses the first disc, and has more potential for hits than its predecessor. “Libertad” however is a grower. I didn’t get into it completely on the first listen. Some of the songs definitely get better with repeated listening.
The first single seems like an odd choice to me. There are more infectious songs that “She Builds Quick” machines on this disc.
She Builds Quick Machines
I actually think the opening cut, “Let it Roll” is a better song. It is a heavier track with superb guitar work and a great bass groove. “She Mine” is another song that is really growing on me.
My early favorite off of this disc is “Get Out the Door“. This is song is quite infectious, and has an awesome beat. “Pill, Demons & Etc.” is also very catchy. Slash’s playing on this track is excellent. I am betting that “American Man” is going to get a lot of radio airplay before the end of 2007. I like this song a lot.
“The Last Fight” almost has a Tom Petty style about it. This song is about as close to “Fall to Pieces” as you are going to get on “Libertad“. This song has radio hit written all over it.
I will admit that there are a couple of songs that I didn’t care for. The Album closer “Gravedancer” sounds closer to the Rolling Stones, and this country flavored rock doesn’t work for me. The song “Spay” was a little too noisy for my tastes.
The cover of the Jeff Lynne penned ELO track, “Can’t Get it Out of My Head” seems out of place too.
The music on this disc is probably more like STP than Guns ‘N Roses. “Libertad” should bring Velvet Revolver continued success well into 2008. It is another solid offering by these hard rock veterans!
1. Let It Roll
2. She Mine
3. Get Out The Door
4. She Builds Quick Machines
5. The Last Fight
6. Pills, Demons & Etc.
7. American Man
8. Mary Mary Listen
9. Just Sixteen
10. Can’t Get It Out Of My Head
11. For A Brother
Velvet Revolver is:
Scott Weiland – Vocals
Slash – Guitars
Dave Kushner – Rhythm Guitar
Matt Sorum – Drums
Duff McKagan – Bass
If Under the Influence was released five years earlier, Wildside would have been a household name. Armed with a sound that was a mixture between RATT and Cinderella, they had the sound, and the look to make it big. Sadly, this disc was released right at the time that the music scene was going through the change to Grunge, and the disc did not gain the success is deserved.
The CD was produced by Andy Johns (Cinderella, Van Halen, L.A. Guns), and even had a little writing help by Paul Stanley on the track Clock Strikes.
I picked this disc up after hearing a few cuts on he syndicated hard rock station Z-Rock. This disc has remained in my play list ever since.
In 2007, Under the Influence is becoming increasingly harder to find, and averages between 20 – 30 dollars on Ebay. It is a disc worth seeking out, if you missed it the first time around.
The band put out a second release in 1995, that was a change in sound (more grunge, than glam) that completely bombed, and the band broke up. In 2004, another disc, The Wasted Years surfaced that contained some demos and live cuts, as well as Wildside’s version of the G ‘N R song Crash Diet.
The released Under the Influence is the best release by the band, and is the release most people are still looking for.
My favorite cuts off of this disc are, Hang on Lucy, Just Another Night, Hair of the Dog, and Clock Strikes.
You can hear some of the tunes off of the Under the Influence at a fan made Wildside page on myspace. Buy this disc if you can find it. You won’t be disappointed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hang On Lucy
2. So Far Away
3. Monkey See Monkey Do
4. Just Another Night
5. Looks Like Love
6. Lad In Sin
7. Drunkin’ Man’s Blues
8. How Many Lies
9. Hair Of The Dog
11. Kiss This Love Goodbye
12. Clock Strikes
Drew Hannah – Lead vocals
Brent Wood – Lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Benny Rhynedance – Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Marc Simon – Bass, backing vocals
Jimmy D. – Drums
This band features the talent of Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath) on drums, Jimmy Bain (DIO) on bass, Chaz West (Bonham) on vocals and Brian Young (David Lee Roth) on guitars. This disc also features 4 tracks produced by former Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson.
Frozen Summer may be short (only 8 songs, 33 minutes), but it does not lack punch. This may be some of the heaviest music you have ever heard Carlos Cavazo perform on to date. This music is riff and bass heavy. The Black Sabbath influence is very easy to pick up on. Chaz West sings his ass off. I don’t remember him sounding this good with Bonham.
XM41, the Boneyard broke out Frozen Summer a few months ago. I heard this track once, and started looking for this disc. This is a heavy track and very killer stuff!
The band recently released a video for Give and Take Away. I like this track more and more with every listen. The Sabbath style heaviness shows itself well on this track.
Rain on My Parade is a low tempo number where Chaz West’s voice really shines. You have to crank this one up to fully appreciate it.
One Good Reason is one of those excellent metal tracks that ignites your soul and makes you want to throw your fists in the air, with your mano cornuta’s extended for the world to see.
Wasted Life has a little bit of blues fused into the music with Chaz West playing the harmonica. No, this doesn’t sound like a Dave Matthews song. This is some classic metal fused with a little bit of blues. The end result is another whiplash-creating, head-banging tune.
The rhythm section of Appice and Bain really shine on the song, Long Way Back From Hell. This is a mid tempo number that really sounds great.
Man oh mercy, the music on Left for Dead is so good, it is crazy. There are great vocals by Chaz West, and the whole band sounds amazing.
Bring the Hammer Down is the only song on Frozen Summer that I couldn’t really get into.
With Frozen Summer you get quality over quantity. I am a big Black Sabbath fan, and I loved hearing the Sabbath influence in these tunes. I can only hope that these guys get together and do a longer disc at some time in the future. 3 Legged Dogg’s debut totally rocks, and has only left me wanting more. For more info on 3 Legged Dogg, check out the band’s myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Frozen Summer
2. Give and Take Away
3. Rain on My Parade
4. One Good Reason
5. Wasted Life
6. Long Way Back from Hell
7. Left for Dead
8. Bring the Hammer Down
3 Legged Dogg is:
Chaz West – Vocals
Vinny Appice – Drums
Jimmy Bain – Bass
Carlos Cavazo – Guitars
The mighty Megadeth returns in 2007 with their eleventh studio album, United Abominations!
There has been plenty of hype about this disc over the last several months, so the major question is does it live up to the hype?
This first track assaults your ears and senses immediately and sets the stage for what is going to be an amazing listen. Sleepwalker takes Megadeth back to their thrash roots. This heavy track could have easily been on the Rust In Peace album. This is one of my early favorites! I love it!
Washington is Next gets better each time I hear it. This track is a heavy high speed number that the wimpy rock radio stations wont come close to touching. I have listened to this track several times, and I seem to like it more each time.
Man oh man, the guitars howl on Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms. I love this song for the guitar work alone, but the song structure is very cool. This song is heavy, but has radio potential.
After my first listen, I did not care for United Abominations. Multiple listens later, the song has now grown on me, and I can see some radio potential with this song. It is good, but far from the best track on this disc.
I heard a rough demo of Gears of War a few months ago, and have been looking forward to this one. The polished track is nice and heavy, and features more stellar guitar work by Dave Mustaine and Glen Drover.
My least favorite track off of U.A. so far is Blessed are the Dead. It is the least memorable track after a couple of listens.
Play for Blood has an awesome groove and will have most ‘deth fans head banging for sure. GREAT Stuff!!
The track that is already getting plenty of radio airplay is the reworked version of À Tout La Monde that was originally on the 1994 disc, Youthanasia. This new version features the vocals of Dave Mustaine and Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil. I like this version as well as the original, and the video for the song is kind of cool.
I am not crazy about Amerikhastan. I know Dave Mustaine is passionate about politics, but hearing him chant about it in a song, is not what I am looking for in a Megadeth song. Sorry Dave, but this song doesn’t work for me.
Your Dead is heavy, guitar-shredding, monster of a track. The best thing about this one is the guitar work.
Burnt Ice is an insane guitar noodling festival of Metal. I get tired just trying to play the air guitar along with this one. Crazy!
So the bottom line, does United Abominations live up to the hype, Yes and No. I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a Megadeth album. United Abominations is heavier that some of the bands’ more recent offerings, and less mainstream, that what a lot of the newer fans may be used to. For me, I enjoyed this disc, as it is heavier than the last few, and guitar work is superb. Is this the best Megadeth CD I have ever listened to? No it isnt. You don’t hear too many new metal discs sounding this good today. Long time Megadeth fans should certainly pick this up. Metal fans will love United Abominations.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Washington Is Next!
3. Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms
4. United Abominations
5. Gears Of War
6. Blessed Are The Dead
7. Play For Blood
8. À Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)
10. You’re Dead
11. Burnt Ice
Dave Mustaine – Vocals and Guitars
Glen Drover – Guitars
James Lomenzo – Bass
Shawn Drover – Drums
One of the best stories in Major League Baseball right now, is the story of Reds center fielder Josh Hamilton. This 6-4 player with tribal and flaming tattoos up his arms looks more like an 80′s Hard Rock Musician than your typical baseball player.
Hamilton was the number one draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays back in 1999, and was seemingly set for super stardom.
Sadly, after a nasty car accident that injured his back and took him out of the game he loved, he got mixed up with drugs, and due to a fierce addiction was suspended from Major League Baseball in 2002. After a few years of relapses and rehab, he has beaten his addiction, and was reinstated to baseball in 2006. By this time the Tampa Bay Devil Rays gave up on him, and let him go through the Rule 5 draft. The Chicago Cubs picked him, and decided he wasn’t worth the risk and traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for $100,000.
Fast forward to May 2007, 26 Year old Josh Hamilton was named top NL rookie for the month of April. He finds himself amongst the statistical leaders with the Reds, with 8 Home Runs, 17 RBI’s and .306 Batting Average.
During the game my family attended this afternoon, Hamilton hit 2 home runs, and made a catch in the outfield that will surely make the ESPN highlight reels this week.
Most clubs gave up on this kid, but he never let go of his Dreams. I don’t usually talk sports at the Hard Rock Hideout, but I thought this was a story worth mentioning. It brought the Van Halen song Dreams to mind. So in respect to Josh Hamilton, here is a copy of the video for Dreams.
Out of all of the bands playin in the Rocklahoma Music Festival in 2007, W.A.S.P. is one of the few bands that has new music to play for the fans. (Warrant, Quiet Riot, and Bang Tango are the others.)
Dominator starts off with two great heavy tracks Mercy and Long, Long Way to Go. Blackie seems to sing in a little lower register on Mercy, and I like it a lot. This is a great new song.
The rhythm section takes over on Long, Long Way to Go. This fast and heavy drum beats of Mike Dupke really drives this track. Doug Blair cuts loose and provides some great solos, and Blackie sounds great as always!
Take Me Up is a varying tempo number that Blackie Lawless shines on. Great!!
The chugging guitars of Burning Man is very cool. Doug Blair’s outstanding guitar work makes this track shine. This is another excellent track on Dominator.
Heaven’s Hung in Black is a lengthy (over 7 minutes) powerful track that needs to be listened to multiple times to truly discover how great it is. It starts as a slow brooding number but breaks into something much heavier. Blackie’s voice is amazing and Doug Blair’s guitar noodling is superb.
Heaven’s Blessed cranks up the tempo once more, and is another great heavy tune on Dominator.
Teacher feels like a potential Rock Radio hit. I can see this one getting added to the playlists at some of the hard rock stations and XM radio’s Boneyard.
The revisit of Heaven’s Hung in Black (Reprise) was not really needed on this disc, and seems like a wasted track. If you need a shorter version of the song above, this one is the way to go, but you will miss out on Blair’s guitar work on the longer version.
Deal with the Devil is a heavy, upbeat rocker and a great album closer.
Dominator is another solid effort by W.A.S.P. and another great disc worth picking up in 2007. Currently, it seems the distribution of this disc has not brought into most U.S. retailers (unless you import it.)
Rocklahoma fans have some great new W.A.S.P. tunes to look forward to on the last night of the festival!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Long, Long Way to Go
3. Take Me Up
4. Burning Man
5. Heaven’s Hung in Black
6. Heaven’s Blessed
8. Heaven’s Hung in Black (Reprise)
9. Deal with the Devil
Blackie Lawless – vocals, rhythm guitar
Doug Blair – lead guitar
Mike Duda – bass
Mike Dupke – drums