If there’s no education like adversity, then Hurt is the smartest band around. On the quartet’s second Capitol album, Vol. II, the sweat and sacrifice is palpable in the dozen potent tracks, which further the dramatic alt-metal meld forged on 2006’s Vol. 1. Singer J. Loren goes so far to say that Hurt’s music has the power to save lives: “I know that’s not unfounded, because people have written to the band and told me that.” And it’s saved his life—“I’m compelled to do it. I have no other functionality in this life,” he states unequivocally. His goals for the band are equally forthright: “I want to invoke feeling. Period. If listeners feel good, if it compels them to tears… If all you can think about is a song for five minutes at a time, I’m happy to be that distraction. I’ve wasted my whole life to be that.”Vol. II’s ‘first single, “Ten Ton Brick,” can actually be considered the third single—if you look at Vol. 1 and Vol. II as a body of work. “I would have released both albums together, but for a young band, that’s too ambitious. These Volumes are not concept albums—my life is not a fucking concept,” declares Loren, his direct personality as intense onstage as off. “Both records are like a collection of short stories. They often intertwine and cross-reference each other between the albums. Some of the songs were written 10 years ago, some this year, but our songs are often situational, and about irony and age-old truths, so I return to themes that are important to me.” For instance, Vol. II’s “Aftermath” is a companion piece to “Ten Ton Brick,” both songs on Vol. II, the pair akin to a “movement” in classical music. Vol. II’s ‘Summer’s Lost” is related to “House Carpenter” on Vol. 1…which the listener can discern by playing “House Carpenter” backward.
Togetherness was key to Vol. II. Although the sessions were exhaustive, the lineup, together for four years, got along better than they ever had. “Through adversity we’ve done this and I’m really proud of it. When you can’t afford to eat and you work 18 hours a day for six months, I’d call that adversity.” At the production helm (as he was for Vol. 1). was Eric Greedy (Ringo Starr, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Barbra Streisand), who, in tandem with Hurt, realized Vol. II in several studios around Los Angeles. While it wasn’t always smooth sailing, that’s what gives Vol. II—and the band members—a discernible audio edge.
Vol II. will be in stores Sept. 25th
Listen to “Ten Ton Brick” here!
9/22 Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
9/24 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
9/25 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
9/26 Libertyville, IL @ Austin’s
9/27 Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
9/30 Maryland Heights, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10/2 Louisville, KY @ Headliners
10/3 Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
10/4 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
Destroy All Records is pleased to announce the recent contract signing of Dave Evans aka King Of All Badasses, who is an original founding member and front man of AC/DC. Dave’s continued career included Australia’s Rabbit, Dave Evans & Hot Cockerel, and Dave Evans & Thunder Down Under. DA Records will release Dave Evans’ current CD, “Sinner” (which he will perform with his new band Dave Evans & The Badasses) through proper distribution channels.
The Release Date of Sinner through distribution will be September 25th 2007.
The quote released by Dave Evans; “It’s good to be a part of a label that understands the
artists needs and wants as the principals of the company are musicians themselves. Destroy All Records seems to be appropriate for the King Of All BadAsses!!
The quote released by a Spokesperson for Destroy All Records; “We have been looking forward to adding a dynamic act and individual to our roster of artists.”
Out of the chaos, tumult, and uncertainty, Blackbird, Alter Bridge’s sophomore album, was born. In the time between One Day Remains and Blackbird, Alter Bridge have found a new label, tapped the songwriting skills of Myles Kennedy, and funded their own record. Putting all the chaos behind them, Alter Bridge are set to follow up their gold record with a new album that uses the full musical arsenal of the band, on October 9th.
Alter Bridge recruited producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Chevelle, Three Days Grace). The recording process began in Nashville in February 2007. With no label to back the band they put up their own money to make the album they wanted and needed to make. The first single off Blackbird, “Rise Today” asks the personal question: Could this world be a better place? With a true collaboration between the former members of Creed and Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge is ready to take their fans on an emotional journey that shows what combined efforts of the whole band can do.
Check out new tracks from Blackbird, including the first single “Rise Today,” and “Ties That Bind“.
HIM have just announced new U.S. and Canadian tour dates on http://www.heartagram.com/tour along with a special internet pre-sale that begins today and ends on Wednesday, September 5th at 10:00pm. Get pre-sale tickets, the new album Venus Doom, and a free month in the heartagram.com fan club for one special price and kick off the tour with HIM on Thursday, October 18th in Sayerville, NJ.
To be a part of this special offer, just go to Ticketmaster.com and enter the HIM INTERNET PRESALE code “vitruvian” to activate the pre-sale bundle. For those that do not wish to be a part of the special internet pre-sale, tickets will be available after 10:00pm on Wednesday through Ticketmaster. A public on-sale is available September 8th.
Stay tuned for more features to the new http://www.heartagram.com this Thursday, including a way to go deeper into the site and get access to exclusive merch, future pre-sales, exclusive contests worldwide, your own blog, and more!
The new cd is taking shape in the Arena studios in Lancashire, UK and according to Hughes, “the songs on this album are among the strongest I have ever written in my lifetime“.
“Veritas” feels like the natural successor to “Precious Ones”, Gary Hughes’ last solo output dated 1998. This time around Gary used a different array of players to enhance the diversity of the album. “I have gone for a variety of music styles with regard to musicians this time around”, explains Gary, ”drummer Dave Ingledew and bass player Rick Stewart are currently members of British Dark Metal band Devil To Pay, Jason Robinson is the drummer with Alternative Metal band Absent Minds, whilst Simon Brayshaw is the bass player with British Blues outfit Nightshift. From the Ten ranks, Chris Francis contributes with leadwork once again and John Halliwell has taken acoustic guitar duties as usual”. Gary is playing keyboards and caring for all the orchestrations.
“Given the long awaited nature this album and the anticipation already beginning I have been working really hard to make this album the best I possibly can” concludes Gary “we could be sitting on a truly outstanding piece of product, and maybe a yardstick for my future releases”.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Finnish Melodic Metal band LEVERAGE for a multi album deal !Finnish Heavy Rock has of course long traditions, but this type of old school melodic heavy rock with a shade of progressive flavour hasn’t been heard from Finnish bands before.
Leverage debut album “Tides” created a real underground wave among the fans during 2006. Winner of the “Best Metal / Prog” album of the year award on Melodicrock.com (and getting great reviews all around the net), the band’s music offers a variety and exciting Melodic Metal formula with powerful vocals (courtesy of singer Pekka Heino, also known for his stint with Brother Firetribe) and killer guitars.
“Tides” charted in Leverage home country, Finland, reaching the general Top 30 in the first 2 weeks of release.
“This is not a boy band, a studio band, a wannabe-band, project band or whatever fake band. Leverage is a true and honest heavy rock band, for the love of heavy rock!”: states guitarist and main songwriter Pekka Heino and you can bet these guys are definitely one of the musical upcoming brightest stars around.
Pekka Heino :: vocals
Tuomas Heikkinen :: guitar
Torsti Spoof :: guitar
Marko Niskala :: keyboards
Pekka Lampinen :: bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi :: drums
Check out the band listening to “Superstition”, a sample from “Tides” and judge it on your own !
Leverage spent the entire months July and August in the studio to wrap up the follow up to “Tides”. The new album will be released on Frontiers in early 2008, with a re-release in selected European countries on the band’s monster debut album “Tides” in mid price line with bonus tracks ! Stay tuned for more updates!
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of Tides here!
Danny Vaughn and Fabrizio Grossi have started demoing new songs for the second FROM THE INSIDE album. This time the guys have decided to adopt more of a songwriting union approach that has brought plenty of killer new tracks such as “1st Century”, “Listen To Your Heart”, “Push Me Off”, “Telemetry”, “Making Waves”, “Moment To Moment” and “Light Years”. More songs have been supplied by Joey Carbone (Vertigo, Joseph Williams) and twins Tom and James Martin (Ted Poley, Khymera, House of Lords).
The recording lineup this time will include Jimi Bell (House of Lords) on guitars, Eric Ragno (Takara, Ramos) on keyboards and Pete Lobo on drums with final mix to be handled by Dennis Ward.
Fans of the debut album can expect a top rate production and improved songwriting. Frontiers hopes to release the album before the summer 2008.
Bassist Mat Sinner sent us his track by track comments for the songs included on the forthcoming PRIMAL FEAR album “New Religion” due out on September 19th on Frontiers Records. Enjoy the insight !Sign of Fear
We wanted to create a very unusual introduction for the album: like a metal band with a kind of orchestra tuning or like Dire Straits did with Money For Nothing. We wanted to create a moment when people are listening very concentrated on what comes next! Of course, we wanted to start the album with a fast paced heavy track. All the people who thought that Primal Fear is getting more & more a pop band should get a kick in their butt with the first song! In my first demo version, my own vocals were based an octave lower, but Ralf is the master of screams and he delivered in an unbelievable way! For a part of the lead guitar on this song, we recruited my good friend Magnus Karlsson, Ralf gave me a lead vocal part in the Middle 8 part and we shot a video clip for this song!
Face The Emptiness
One thing counts for sure on the new album – we worked hard as never before on Ralf’s lead vocals and overall on this album, in my view it’s by far his best performance in his entire career! Face The Emptiness shows exactly this statement, in a sovereign manner. What a great chorus line. Here we used the first little orchestration, conducted by me and maestro Matz Ulmer on a basic idea by guitarist Stefan Leibing. The rhythm of the song is very complicated and it was a tough time for Randy and me recording the rhythm section, but it worked out great, always with the fine ears of co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind.
Everytime It Rains
Seventh album and again we planned to go another big step ahead with our musical claim. What we’ve didn’t realize in the past was indeed a duet with a female singer. We talked with some girls in Europe about joining us on a track for the new album and Ralf finally decided, that he wanted to record with Simone Simons. Next was to find the right track for this exciting new idea. We had a great time during the recordings of this song. Ralf built up a special cabin for Simone with drinks, roses and a candle – very nice and finally a great idea to record this track! We’re working on the idea to shoot another video clip for the song shortly! My sincere compliments to Simone & Ralf for this great performance!
The burning tribal eagle marks the reincarnation for the band. The band is born again, with new record company partners in the entire world and we have Henny Wolter back in the band. Henny was always one my favourite guitarist in his Thunderhead days. Then he played on Sinner’s Bottom Line album and he blew me away. I knew, that Ralf & Stefan are big fans of Henny’s playing and his character. We discussed a lot, who will be the right guy for Primal Fear’s future and all guys in the band wanted Henny back! Then we split up after 6 albums with our basic record company partners and we’re looking for a new path for our future. This all together can describe the title of the album and the resurrection of our trademark – the eagle and this song lives by the typical Primal Fear guitar riff which switches to a untypical harmony change in the big chorus and a very nice breakdown part!
Fighting The Darkness
1. Fighting The Darkness
This is a very important song for Primal Fear and I worked very hard with both my brothers from Sweden, Ronny & Tobias on the song. Maybe this is the 15th song we wrote together but the vibe of our songwriting is still magic! You can hear a very detailed orchestration, between power chords and silence. I still get goose bumps when I listen carefully to the song on my headphones. Again an outstanding lead vocal performance by Ralf and a very tasteful lead guitar solo by Stefan, but all of the guys worked very hard on this track. For me personally it’s the best sounding track Primal Fear has ever produced and released. A huge credit goes to mixer Ronald Prent. He worked with a lot of major acts in his career and now we know why all this special bands like Rammstein, Def Leppard, Manowar etc. worked with him. His feeling to understand the music is unbelievable!
2. The Darkness
A lot of bands in the seventies used this kind of combination of huge and long songs. I’m always searching for some new influences to make the next Primal Fear record exciting and interesting, with content, which wasn’t used so many time before. I’ve learnt from Yes, Deep Purple, ELP, Kansas etc. that they built up ten minute songs with different parts. We follow the main melody of the A-Part and then moving into an halftime part, later into a fast part as built up throughout the composition, again with nice choirs, keyboards and orchestration! What I really like here are the outstanding drum breaks by Randy – always creative and played with such an enormous power! I really see a new album as a huge musical project for myself and the band now, which is not only to write and record 4 minute metal song. I think music overall is so special with never ending targets and temptations!
Of course the Grande Finale of the track with a late “comeback” of the huge chorus line and the end of our opus. Well I’m looking forward to realize the song in our forthcoming concerts. This will be a huge mission to bring this song on stage, but I can imagine, that it will give a Primal Fear concert something special to include and perform this monster song in our set!
Blood On Your Hands
Well, after so much sophisticated music, we need to rock – that’s exactly what we want to do on Blood On Your Hands and of course Primal Fear style. The song is based on a fast paced killer riff from the guitars and the dedicated and controversial lyrics. Stefan is a fan of this kind of guitar riffs, he delivered in the past on some other PF songs like “Fear”, “Evil Spell” or “Fight The Fire” and it is great to play these songs on stage. Great breakdown part right before the lead guitar plays some oriental harmonies!
The Curse of Sharon
Here we can listen to a lot of harmony guitars and a great Ralf idea to singalong the melody line on top the guitars! I can already hear the fans singing with us at the concerts – be prepared! Even this song has a lot of different parts it feels very fluid to play and to listen to. Nice breakdown part with very creative drumming and very cool vocal fills. I really love the vibe and the chorus of the song. It’s very special for me and it’s really great how the band played especially this song!
Too Much Time
………. is starting a two song package with the a back to the roots feeling of the harmonies in Primal Fear’s music and we want to bring the kind of “Nuclear Fire” vibe back into our new album. The first song “Too Much Time” starts with vocals J and turning into a furious pace! Henny is playing a great duelling solo with Stefan and we’re going through a lot of emotion and different parts here! Cool track!
A big factor in Primal Fear’s and my songwriting, was always a kind of groove and combination between riff and steady bass guitar, like we did on “Running In The Dust”, “When The Night Comes”, “Eye Of An Eagle” etc. or what was a trademark of, for example, Accept. The new song “Psycho” is a nice example to follow this path of Primal Fear special groove and history in very cool quality. I’m really excited about the great bass guitar sound and it’s not easy to push it, before the guitars are getting too low, but great executed by Ronald! It was the first song Henny played on, since he rejoined the band!
World On Fire
Well it is really nice, that we have such great songs like WOF at the end of an album. This song could also be easily an album opener in my view. Nice double bass drum playing by Randy and a typical Primal Fear chorus, great harmony vocals and tasteful orchestral parts. I love the bombastic breakdown part and again a very furious played lead guitar. One nice little spot too, is the rhythm & lead guitar work at the end of the song – killer! Yes, I love the track!
The Man (That I Don’t Know)
Based on an idea by Stefan, “The Man…” is a very special song on the album. I have always the James Bond kind of score song vibe in my head, when I listen to this total bombastic album closing track. Nice lyrics about when you look into a mirror and you really don’t know if it’s you. Scary J – Ralf interprets this song in an insane quality. I especially love his vocal performance on this track. It’s a kind of untamed cannonade and I really laughed, when he killed a microphone in the recording studio, because his vocals where so extreme loud in the chorus. Finally the album closes with a nice bluesy outro guitar for an overall wonderful dramatic track.
Check out the new video, “Cold Case” by France’s Aesthesia.
You have to stop by the band’s myspace page and give their tunes a listen. Great Stuff!
Every Labor Day Weekend, Cincinnati Rock station WEBN, has their big Labor day celebration, that ends with one of the biggest Fireworks displays in the United States.
In 2007, there were three music stages. One in Newport, KY, and two in Cincinnati. Most of the stages had local acts, except for the P&G Pavillion where I sought out two national hard rock acts, Ugly and Operator.
Ugly is a newer Detroit hard rock band that is made up by former members of the band Tantric and Outspoken. Ugly took the stage around 6 P.M. I have not seen this band before, and only heard a song or two prior to their performance.
I am happy to say that Ugly put on a great show. Their hard-driving, high energy rock revved up the crowd waiting to see the Headliner, Operator.
The lead singer, Geo Teubl came out after the show and was signing autographs and meeting the fans. He has the right attitude that will take him, and his band to the next level of success. The band Operator could take some personality and attitude lessons from Ugly.
Kevin McCreery’s guitar solo
Operator is the band that I have been looking forward to seeing for a few weeks now. I can only describe Operator, as the Soulcrushing idiots. The sound company seemingly could not get their sound right, and the band was unhappy from the start. The band led off with the profanity filled, Live Your Way. Singer Johnny Strong immediately showed attitude as he grumbled about being denied his First Amendment rights. He sang the song without the curse words.
Considering the number of young kids present at this outdoor free show, that was probably a good thing. Their is a time and place for profanity in rock music. It doesn’t bother me at all. Profanity is a pretty normal thing in hard rock and metal music. That doesn’t change the fact that I certainly wouldn’t want my stepdaughter or any other children to listen to a song filled with profanity.
After three songs, the band pulled an Axl Rose and stormed off the stage, and did not return. The crowd followed up with plenty of “Operator Sucks” comments being yelled at the top of their lungs, and rightfully so. The drummer came back out and played a short solo, and tried to win back some fans by throwing out a handful of drumsticks, but the damage was already done.
Cincinnati got their first impression of Operator, and it wasn’t a good one.
A later conversation with the event’s sound guy provided the following info: “Operator showed up and were completely unapproachable all day”,”They seemed to have an attitude when they showed up.” There may be more to this story that meets the eye.
It is a true shame. I am sure every band has a bad day, but Operator will need to redeem themselves in a major way before I would even consider paying to see them.
The Soulcrusher album is a damned good one, but the band isn’t going to win any new fans by pulling stupid stunts like the one at this show.
The day wasn’t a total loss. Ugly was a nice surprise on this Sunday evening, and will be a band that will gain further support by the Hard Rock Hideout.
If you have tickets for another Operator show, prepare yourself for disappointment. If Ugly hits your town, don’t miss them. They will put on a great show for you!
Crashdiet has released their first single, “In the Raw“, off of their upcoming CD, The Unattractive Revolution.
Go to this link to check out the new tune!
If you have ever watched any of the T.V. show, Gene Simmons, Family Jewels you have surely seen Gene Simmons wear the black hat with the Logo, I Am Indy. This is the marketing campaign that Gene helped create for the Indy Racing League.
Sunday’s are usually reserved for Motorsports at the Hard Rock Hideout. A few short weeks ago, My wife and I were are the Indy Race at the Kentucky Speedway. I can safely say that Gene’s marketing campaign is well in place. Banners, flags, hats, and t-shirts all emblazoned with Gene’s catch phrase, “I Am Indy”.
Gene Simmons was at the track, and I had an infield pass, but I did not catch even a glimpse of the infamous rock star. I did however take some pretty good pictures of IRL stars, Danica Patrick, Helio Castroneves, 3 Time IRL Champion, Sam Hornisch Jr. and 2007 Indy 500 winner, Dario Franchitti.
You can view those pictures here.
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I also took the video below. Enjoy!
Tony Kanaan won the race on this day. The race ended with a hellacious crash right in front of us. I didn’t take this video, but this is worth seeing. Dario Franchitti goes airborne at the end of the race. Check it out!
I think it is safe to say that this is one of the biggest debut discs by any hard rock band, and is certainly one of the most influential records of all time.
As far as debut’s go, Van Halen has only been outsold by Guns N’ Roses‘, Appetite for Destruction. A Diamond Level in sales (10 Million Copies sold) is certainly nothing to sneeze at.
Eddie Van Halen’s guitar playing on this record, changed the face of rock music. Countless guitarists tried to replicate his style of playing over the years, and he continues to influence young guitarists today.
The dynamic front man, David Lee Roth was nothing like anyone else at the scene at the time, and he too has had plenty of imitators over the years.
This record is one that you can listen to from beginning to end. It rocks all the way through. Several of the cuts have been over played on rock radio. Four Singles were released from this record, Running With the Devil, (The Kinks‘ cover) You Really got Me, Ain’t Talkin’ Bout Love, and Jamie’s Cryin.
One of my all time favorite Van Halen tunes, is the John Brim cover, Ice Cream Man.
In 2003, Rolling Stone picked this record as one of the greatest rock records of all time. I may not accede with all of their picks, but this is one that I would certainly agree with.
If you don’t own this record, Do NOT pass go, do not collect $200.00. Get you tail to your local record store and pick this up.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Runnin’ With The Devil
3. You Really Got Me
4. Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love
5. I’m The One
6. Jamie’s Cryin’
7. Atomic Punk
8. Feel Your Love Tonight
9. Little Dreamer
10. Ice Cream Man
11. On Fire
On 9/4, HIM will be announcing new shows in the US and Canada, and on that day, fans can get tickets before anyone else, plus order a copy of the regular edition of Venus Doom and get a free one-month membership to the new HIM club, which opens on Thursday the 6th!
For fans who have already pre-ordered the album, tickets can be purchased on Thursday the 6th!
Also available for pre-order is the special edition of Venus Doom with a different album cover and two bonus songs, plus a very limited edition that comes with a journal with 60 pages of photos, and a bonus disc with three songs in parchment envelopes and 3 polaroid-style photos. You can order it now by clicking
Certainly one of the most electrifying performers of any decade, Sebastian Bach is set to release “Angel Down” on November 20, his first solo album in eight years. The 14-song “Angel Down” was produced by Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, ROB HALFORD, JUDAS PRIEST), and recorded in July and August 2006 at Sound City Studios in Hollywood, CA. The CD will be released via a joint venture between Merovingian Music, Ltd. (MRV) and Bach’s Get Off My Bach Productions, and distributed worldwide through Caroline/EMI Music Group.
Joining Bach in the studio for “Angel Down” were guitarists “Metal” Mike Chlasciak and Johnny Chromatic, and Bobby Jarzombek on drums, all long-time members of Bach’s touring band, as well as Rob DeLuca on bass, who will join Bach and company on the road next summer.
Nine of the 14 songs on “Angel Down” were written or co-written by Bach including the first radio track, “(Love Is) A Bitchslap” (co-written with Roy Z). While more than two weeks away from its official “add” date (September 4), “Bitchslap” is already being played at powerhouse rock radio stations like KUPD in Phoenix and Boston’s WAAF. Bach and Roy Z also co-wrote “You Don’t Understand”, “By Your Side”, and “Our Love Is A Lie”, while Bach teamed with Desmond Child for “Falling Into You”. In addition, the band covered the Steven Tyler/Joe Perry classic “Back In The Saddle”. Other tracks include “Stabbin’ Daggers”, “Take You Down with Me”, “Negative Light”, “Live & Die”, “American Metalhead”, “Stuck Inside” and “You Bring Me Down”.
The cover art for “Angel Down” is an original painting by Bach’s late father, the celebrated Canadian artist David Bierk who died in 2002. The painting, entitled “David’s Watching”, was the last piece of art Bierk created before his passing, so was an emotional choice for Bach. Bierk also created the cover artwork for SKID ROW’s 1991 album “Slave To The Grind”, which Rolling Stone voted one of the top 5 album covers of the year. His paintings have been exhibited in art galleries all over North America.
“Angel Down” also represents a reunion of sorts — 20 years ago, Jack Ponti (then a successful songwriter and record producer, now MRV’s CEO) worked with Jason Flom (then A&R rep at Atlantic Records, now Chairman and CEO of Capitol Music Group) who signed the Sebastian Bach-fronted SKID ROW to Atlantic Records. With MRV dedicated to supporting and developing artist-owned, management-owned and independent labels, and Flom calling the shots from EMI, a dynamic triumvirate has realigned.
Update: Listen to “Love is a Bitchslap” here.
Judging from this first song, this may be an essential CD to pick up in 2007.
“Halloween” stabs its way back into theaters on Friday, following the release of the soundtrack last week. In addition to directing, Rob Zombie also had a major influence on the music used in the new movie. Zombie tapped composer Tyler Bates (300, Grindhouse, The Devils Rejects) to re-create one of the creepiest theme songs in movie history.
The Halloween theme is the lead track on the soundtrack that is filled with rock hits from the 70’s and foreboding dialogue from the new movie.
Check out the new theme for Halloween here!
This CD was released in the UK last year, and in the U.S. in January.
Check out the video for the track, “Falling to Pieces”. The tour dates are listed below.
“The Mother Head’s Family Reunion” is the title of Richie Kotzen’s debut solo album for Geffen Records in 1994, his first post-Poison solo album. Regarded by many fans and critics as his real masterpiece album this new album features powerhouse drummer Franklin Vanderbilt, bassist and Arlan Schierbaum who has already played keyboards on Richie’s previous albums.
“Return” boasts an incredible collection of songs which encompass every aspect that Richie is well known for: amazing guitar playing, passionate vocals and songs that melt together influences from Rock, Soul, Funk and Blues with timeless melodies.
Critics are already raving about this album speaking of the best solo release ever from the former MR. BIG guitar player !
This European edition includes 1 exclusive bonus track !
- Sound samples in mp3 (Click on the song title to listen to a 90 sec. mp3 sample):
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Motley Crue founding member Nikki Sixx whose brutally honest upcoming book The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star (due September 18th from MTV Pocket Books/Simon & Schuster) chronicles his battles with drug addiction and his road to recovery, will be a featured speaker at the 18th Annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month luncheon on Capitol Hill, September 6th. He is the first rock star to speak at this event — a particularly ironic distinction since he was once one of the wildest men in rock.
NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals invited Sixx to share his story at this national forum alongside Terry Cline, Ph.D, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and H. Westley Clark, MD, JD, MPH, Director, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.
The Heroin Diaries, and accompanying CD, The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, (released August 21st via Eleven Seven Music) offers insight into Sixx’s self- destruction with substance abuse, and his subsequent freedom from addiction. The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, written and produced by Sixx: A.M. (Sixx, James Michael and DJ Ashba), was inspired by haunting diary entries that became The Heroin Diaries. Although the album was not intended for radio, the lead single, “Life Is Beautiful” is already in the top 20 on the rock radio charts.
Twenty-five percent of the book’s profits go to “Running Wild In The Night” — Sixx’s fundraising initiative for Covenant House California, which helps keep runaway, abused and abandoned youth off the streets.
About Nikki Sixx
Nikki Sixx was born Frank Feranna in San Jose, California in 1958 and was reared by his grandparents in Seattle. He founded Motley Crue in 1981 and in a few short years, had international success, with worldwide sales exceeding more than 40 million albums. Motley Crue had one of the top-grossing tours of 2005, with all four members reuniting to play before one million people throughout the U.S.
NAADAC is the largest organization representing addiction counselors and educators. “We Help People Recover Their Lives!” For more information visit www.naadac.org
SOURCE Nikki Sixx
Another Australian band is about to hit the scene big time. Check out the new video, Another Thing Comin’ by Maeder.
This is the first single, off of the new Self Titled CD, on the way from Locomotive Records!
Guitarist Nic and singer Sebastian Maeder, raised in permanent transit between Melbourne and Switzerland, will have their self-titled hard-rock debut CD released by Locomotive Records on September 25.
Soaking up influences like grunge, glam and metal, The Brothers Maeder, with bassist Kit Riley, and drummer Travis Dragoni have taken their family roadshow far beyond the promising Business In Me debut EP. Although that particular slice of Cheap Trickery climbed within the Top 30 “National Chart” in their home country and #1 on the “Independent Chart,” it was just the beginning. Due to their penchant for catchy hooks, the pair became successful ad jingle writers and even penned “Another Thing Comin’” which was used as the theme song for the Australian Football Grand Final.
They’ve since signed with former Krokus drummer/producer Patrick Aeby and the result is Maeder, as catchy and as irresistible as an underage cheerleader.
Another Thing Comin’
No Grass Is Greener Than Your Own
Business In Me
Night And Day
You’re A Freak
You Make Me Die
It’s All Good
Piece Of Me
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