This band is lead by frontman, Ely Dye , Adriel Garcia (guitar), London (drums), Milo (guitar) and Brady (bass).
City Sleeps has a song on the new CD Soundtrack to Resident Evil: Extinction, and a solid debut CD, Not An Angel that will help usher them into the limelight.
Judging from their first single and video Prototype, this band’s music is primed for radio play, and could easily have some pop and rock crossover hits and some definite mainstream success.
Ely Dye has a vocal range that hits the high notes with ease. At times, I think he could easily match Sting note for note. His soaring vocals grab you on the very first listen.
Prototype, Just Another Day, Not An Angel and Sleep With Me are my early favorites off of this record. The intro and exit tracks Hotel and Check Out are throw away instrumentals, but luckily, there is enough meat in between these songs to make this a record worth checking out. Not An Angel is an upbeat record, and is a lighter than a lot of the artists that I review at the Hard Rock Hideout. I thought this was a new release worth mentioning.
If Alternative Rock is your thing, check out City Sleeps on myspace. If you like what you hear, check out the pre-order offer below!
Something to note for you rockers in or around Atlanta, Georgia!
Starting Tuesday, September 25, get a free concert ticket to see City Sleeps in Atlanta when you pre-order their new album, Not An Angel (out 10/9) from Criminal Records. The concert is at the Masquerade on Friday, October 12, and it is an all-ages show. The first 50 people to pre-order the new CD will get TWO tickets to the show. That’s a new CD plus two concert tickets for a mere $9.99! (A single ticket to the show would cost you $10, plus Ticketmaster fees, of course.) Even if you’re not one of the first 50 people to pre-order Not An Angel, it’s still a good deal for a CD and one ticket.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Just Another Day
4. Not an Angel
5. Walker’s Ridge
6. Ordinary High
7. I Can’t Make You Love Me
10. Be a Man
11. Sleep With Me
12. Check Out
Check out the new video, “Share Your Pain” by the Swedish glam metal band, Vanity Blvd.
For more information on Vanity Blvd. check out their myspace page here!
SEVEN WITCHES RETURN WITH SEVENTH ALBUM OVERALL, ‘DEADLY SINS’ VIA SCREAMING FERRET WRECKORDS NOVEMBER 20TH 2007
EXCLUSIVE PRE RELEASE DIGITAL CONTEST AT GROOVE JUNCTION ONE
With a release date of November 20th, the completed album and artwork will also be released as a digital download – at
midnight Oct 31st (Halloween) to be exact – exclusively at
www.groovejunctionone.com.And here’s more reason to buy early – a contest has been set up – which runs from midnight 10/31 to midnight 11/20.
Everyone that purchases the entire new album digitally within the two weeks prior to street date is automatically entered into the contest, there will be two winners drawn, with the lucky winners being contacted via e-mail on 11/21.
The prize will include seven titles from the Seven Witches/Jack frost catalog, including:
SW- Xiled To Infinity And One
SW- Year Of The Witch
SW- Passage To The Other Side
SW- Years Of The Witch (DVD)
SW- Deadly Sins (CD copy)
JF- Out In The Cold
JF- Raise Your Fist To Metal
In addition to Frost’s impressive six string skills, the album features two other metal giants in their respective fields – ex-Hades/Watchtower vocalist Alan Tecchio (who also appeared on Seven Witches’ ‘Amped’ release), as well as Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Anthrax bassist Joey Vera.
‘Deadly Sins’ turned out to be one of the trickiest Seven Witches releases to complete – a solid year in the making – due to the fact that it is a concept record (based on the “7 Sins of Mahatma Gandhi”).
Additionally, other musicians lent a hand, including bassists Clint Arent (of Pain Museum), Kevin Bolembach (ex Non Fiction), and a drummer who goes by the nom de plum of ‘Troll.’
Frost (who also co-produced the album, along with Joey Vera who also mixed the release) is proud of this lofty metallic accomplishment – “This is a major up step or us. A masterpiece that we all put our hearts and souls into.
This record never gives you time to sleep, as its on 11 from the start to the end, truly the best work of my career.”
Get ready to soon hear the sonic proof yourself.
Check out the jukebox that contains streaming audio to entire release.
Web Link: http://promo.letstalkmetal.com/seven_witches/jukeboxUsername: sevenwitches
Seven Witches “Deadly Sins” tracklisting:
1. Deadly Sins
8. Man of the Millennium
10. The Answer
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I must admit that Mower is far better than I ever could have expected. Pinpointing the band’s style is a little more difficult than I expected. There are elements of hardcore, a little bit thrash, mixed with a little bit of stoner rock for good measure. Within the songs, I can hear elements of early Metallica fused with Anthrax, Rob Zombie and a small dash of Black Sabbath. The energy in the songs captivates my ears with every spin.
While I release this type of rock may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Mower’s latest CD, Not For You is one worth checking out. My favorite cuts so far are American Psycho, Look Away, U-Turn, Road Rage, and the thrashing cover of California Dreamin’.
Mower is the second metal band that I have heard lately using a dual vocal approach (the first being Atreyu.) The mixture of Brian Sheerin and Dominic Moscatello is a little different than Atreyu’s approach. One singer is all metal, the other is hardcore. It makes for an intersting mix.
Not For You is a short listen. It has 15 songs clocking in at roughly 39 minutes. Most of the songs here are less than 3 minutes in length. To me, it is the shorter length on the songs that makes this disc more listenable. If you like you music on the heavier side, Mower may be an act for you to get a quick Metal fix.
Rating: Out of 10
1. American Psycho
2. Road Rage
3. 10′ X 10′
4. The End
5. Look Away
6. Broken Hands
8. General Admission
11. Not For You
12. L.A. Riot
15. California Dreamin’
Platinum rock band Drowning Pool is a band on a mission. Immediately following the successful launch of their “This Is For the Soldiers Tour”, the Texas rockers have stepped it up with Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), actively campaigning for better mental health care for U.S. Troops on Capitol Hill. Drowning Pool and IAVA presented Representative Patrick Murphy with a petition containing 25,000 signatures in support of the Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2007. Murphy, who is the first Iraq veteran to serve in Congress, is a co-sponsor of the bipartisan legislation, which requires mandatory mental health care screening for returning troops. He served in Baghdad in 2003-2004 as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.
Drowning Pool and IAVA first joined forces to launch the “This Is For The Soldiers” campaign and accompanying website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org, which continues to ask supporters to sign an online petition urging Congress to pass the Lane Evans bill. The group has been instrumental in involving their young fans in the political process and they challenge their fellow recording artists to show their support for our troops.
“It’s exciting to be on Capitol Hill with a rock band to raise awareness about this urgent issue. Tens of thousands of people from across the country have stepped up to help us support the troops,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director. “More than 1.5 million Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and almost a third of them will face a serious mental health issue, ranging from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to depression. It’s critical that we get these troops the help they need now and the Lane Evans Bill is a major step in that direction. We are honored to work with Representative Murphy and Drowning Pool to get this important legislation passed.”
To view footage from the press conference click here: http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dpvideo/pc.htm
Drowning Pool is a longtime supporter of the troops. The band’s current single “Soldiers” pays homage to our Armed Forces and their current “This Is For The Soldiers Tour” donates one dollar of every ticket sold to IAVA and the USO, while encouraging young fans to support the cause. The band has been a favorite of U.S. troops, performing USO tours in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea.
Drowning Pool’s lead vocalist Ryan McCombs says, “It’s an honor and a privilege to work on something as important as this legislation.”
The Lane Evans Bill would help troops and veterans get mental health care in the following ways:
-Require in-person mental health screening for returning combat veterans
-Extend the window for Veterans Affairs mental health treatment
-Establish a registry to track Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to monitor their health and benefit use
-Improve the transferability of military records from Department of Defense to Veterans Affairs
IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is the nation’s first and largest organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, representing more than 60,000 members and civilian supporters in all 50 states. For more information visit www.iava.org.
L-R: Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool); Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool); Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill; Rob Timmons, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Todd Bowers, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool); Mike Luce (Drowning Pool).
From L-R Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-PA; Rob Timmons, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Ryan McCombs (Drowning Pool); Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA); Stevie Benton (Drowning Pool); CJ Pierce (Drowning Pool); Mike Luce (Drowning Pool).
A hard rock show that neither my wife or I could miss came to Mason, Ohio on Saturday night. I have been a fan of Black Stone Cherry since I first picked up their disc in 2006. I am proud to say these hard rockers are from my homestate of Kentucky. After seeing them live last year, I knew I wouldn’t miss this show. Jackyl is a favorite of my wife’s, so this show was definitely a win-win situation for both of us. The fact that this was a free show didn’t hurt matters either. The stage for this show was erected outside the Aces and Eights Harley Davidson dealership. Live bands played all day to take part in their 7th anniversary celebration. The turnout for this show was pretty amazing. I estimate about 3,000 – 4,000 people were there (It could have been more. The area by the stage was completely packed.)
Black Stone Cherry took the stage around 7:15 or so. The band played several of the tracks from their CD including, Backwoods Gold, Lonely Train, and Hell and High Water. They also threw in a cover of Rick Deringer’s Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo, and a blues song that I was not familiar with.
Drummer John Fred Young is fun to watch playing the drums. His playing and appearance reminds me of a young Tommy Aldridge. The show ended with Ben Wills, Chris Robertson and bassist John Lawhon playing with their guitars behind their necks. Cool Stuff! The band came out and did a meet and greet after the show. I came home with an autographed copy of the CD, and the picture below.
As a whole, Black Stone Cherry’s part of the show was great, and I was glad that I got to see them again. This show was their second to last U.S. date. They are about to embark on their tour of the U.K. and Europe in October. Once they finish up their tour they are coming back home to work on album #2!! For you fans in the United Kingdom that are just catching onto Black Stone Cherry (their debut CD was released in Europe recently) be sure to catch these guys live, you won’t be disappointed!
Here is a video I took of the band performing Hell or High Water!
I have seen Jackyl several times before and they have always been entertaining. Saturday night was no exception. The band was one big part that music just happned to be part of.
Jesse James was loud, rude and somewhat funny last night, and the fans love him for that. He was obviously there to party and have a good time. There was plenty of times that band passed around a bottle of Crown Royal, and it was empty by the time the show was done.
Jackyl performed many of the band’s hits including: Down on Me, Dirty Little Mind, When Will It Rain, I Stand Alone, Secret Of The Bottle and closed out with We’re AnAmerican Band, She Loves My Cock, and the Lumberjack.
During the show, Jesse had a bunch of scantilly clad women join him on the stage to further his birthday part. One of which had a snake around her neck. The crowd full of rowdy bikers seem to enjoy it.
Jackyl was fun to watch, and I almost forgot how good their brand of Southern Rock can be.
Great free hard rock shows like this do not come around very often, and I was glad that my family and I came to this show. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait until 2008 to catch another free one! What a way to close out Live Week at the Hard Rock Hideout!
Here is Jackyl peforming I Stand Alone. Enjoy!
If you are a KISS fan of any kind, this CD needs no introduction, you probably own this on multiple formats. For those of you that don’t, keep reading!
KISS Alive may be the most successful live hard rock disc of all time. This Album has sold over 4 million copies since its initial release. Rolling Stone Magazine has this disc listed as one of their Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
While I don’t agree with all of Rolling Stone’s choices, this is one that is a worthy selection.
Is KISS the greatest band of all time? Probably not. Is this the best live CD of all time? It is pretty damn close if it isn’t. The sound quality of this disc, is amazing, especially since it was recorded in ’75. I can listen to this 80 minute set repeatedly without getting bored.
This is truly a once in a lifetime live set, and I think the live energy of the KISS live performance is captured very well here.
If you are a hard rock fan, you owe it to yourself to pick up this excellent 2 disc set!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Watchin’ You
2. 100,000 Years
3. Black Diamond
4. Rock Bottom
5. Cold Gin
6. Rock And Roll All Nite
7. Let Me Go, Rock ‘N’ Roll
For 25 years now, Rockline Radio has brought the world’s favorite artists to the spotlight. In recent weeks, Bob Coburn spoke with Nikki Sixx about “The Heroin Diaries.”
Rockline also hosted a special session with Evans Blue recently and had the band perform acoustically on the show. Both shows are archived at http://www.rocklineradio.com/replay/replay.php.
Frontiers Records is excited to present the release of WINGER “Live” DVD and 2CD set on November 9th 2007 !
Culled from their 2007 US reunion tour, WINGER offers their first live album and dvd ever ! Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits, progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album “IV” with a passion and energy their fans have come to admire!
For nearly 20 years the members of Winger have been delivering their music to sold out audiences all over the world. Their multi platinum status and respected musicianship has earned Winger a loyal following everywhere.
From Kip’s start in Alice Cooper to Rod’s tenure with the Dixie Dregs and Reb’s tenure with Dokken and Whitesnake, Winger continues to push the boundaries of their music and deliver it to old and new fans!
CD1: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog. CD2: Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can’t Get Enough; Seventeen; Who’s The One; Miles Away; Madalaine; Blue Suede Shoes (Acoustic Version) – bonus studio track.
Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog; Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can’t Get Enough; Seventeen; Who’s The One; Miles Away; Hungry(*); Madalaine.
(*) not included on the cd version
The performance was captured on DVD with 10 cameras and is presented in 16:9 widescreen. Audio option is Dolby Digital 2.0 for an approximate total length of 105 minutes. DVD will be exclusively available in NTSC region free format. Bonus features include a soundcheck performance and a photo gallery. The 2 CD soundtrack is only available separately.
Check out this live video of Cinderella performing Gypsy Road, live in Detroit, MI.
This CD is becoming one of the more rare live recordings that I have come across.
I have been a fan of Black ‘N Blue for a long time, but quite frankly, I don’t think this recording captures the best live show the band has ever done. It does have a few of the bands hits, but it is a short set (less than an hour).
This isn’t a live CD that I will grab for regularly. I prefer the studio cuts over the live version here. This disc turns up on Ebay from time to time, and you can find used copies at amazon. This is a disc that the diehard Black ‘N Blue fans will search for only.
Rating:Out of 10
- Chains Around Heaven
- The Strong Will Rock
- Hold On To 18
- Wicked Bitch
- School of Hard Knocks
- I’m the King
- One For The Money
Black ‘N Blue is:
Jamie St. James – Vocals
Tommy Thayer – Guitar
Jeff Warner- Guitar
Patrick Young – Bass
Pete Holmes – Drums
Atreyu constantly want to grow musically with each new record.
Many of their fans have noticed a change in the vocals from Alex Varkatzas on Lead Sails.
In the new behind-the-scenes video, Alex explains the new direction he took and where he wants to see Atreyu go in the future.
Watch the video from Atreyu – “Alex” Here!
Check out The Answer performing their song, Never Too Late!
Acclaimed Southern California-based hard fusioneers COSMOSQUAD, featuring acclaimed guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, UFO) and Canadian drummer Shane Gaalaas (B’Z, DIESEL MACHINE), have annouced an exclusive Sunday, September 30 Chicago club date at The Note, 1565 N. Milwaukee Ave., located in the city’s Wicker Park area. Tickets are 7 dollars in advance and 10 dollars at the door.
COSMOSQUAD will kick off their 2007 fall tour with a performance at the world-famous Baked Potato, followed by a string of performance clinics in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. The details are as follows:Sep. 21 – Baked Potato – Studio City, CA
Sep. 26 – Guzzardo Music – Rockford IL
Sep. 27 – Henri’s Music – Green Bay WI
Sep. 28 – White House of Music – West Bend WI
Sep. 29 – Cascio / Interstate Music – New Berlin WI
Sep. 30 – The Note – Chicago, IL
Oct. 18 – Musician’s Institute – Hollywood, CA
COSMOSQUAD has just released its fourth album, “Acid Test”. It marks the group’s first studio effort since 2001′s highly regarded “Squadrophenia” which firmly established the trio as one of the premier progressive instrumental acts on the scene. Co-produced by Kollman and Gaalaas at the drummer’s Crumb West Studios in Simi Valley, CA, “Acid Test” is the first COSMOSQUAD effort without co-founding member, Barry Sparks, whose bass duties have been filled by a trio of capable, well credentialed players in Paul Shihadeh (SCOTT KINSEY), Kevin Chown (UNCLE CRACKER, EDWIN DARE), and the group’s new full-time addition, Christopher Maloney (DWEEZIL ZAPPA, HARDLINE).
Check out the band’s new E-Card here!
This CD was recorded live during Jorn’s first concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner on September 16th, 2006.
For those of you that have never checked out Jorn Lande before, Live in America is as good of a place, as any to begin. This double CD set features the incredible vocals of Jorn Lande, and the amazing guitar work of Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad (The tandem from the superb 2006 release The Duke) , and also Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
During this set, Jorn covers songs from his releases: The Duke, Unlocking the Past, Out To Every Nation, as well as songs that he did with Beyond Twighlight, and Masterplan plus covers of songs by Deep Purple, Dio, and Whitesnake.
The only downfall with this disc, is its length. The live tunes with solos only last 75 minutes, and with the vast amount of music Jorn has put out over the years, this set could have been well over 2 hours long. There are a couple of nice bonuses however.
There are three studio tracks, the 2007 version of Out to Every Nation, the Black Sabbath cover Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and Sacrificial Feelings (which was only available previously as a bonus track.) This is nice bonus to a great disc.
The sound quality on Live on America is superb, and the music is excellent. One listen to this set and you will quickly realize the amazing musicians Jorn Lande has in his band. The excellent musicianship plus the amazing vocals of Jorn Lande makes this a live collection that should appeal to most 80′s hard rock fans. (Jorn Lande fans probably already own this). If you are a fan of live hard rock music, DO NOT MISS Live in America!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Godless And Wicked
4. Perfect Strangers
5. Gonna Find The Sun
6. Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying In The Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love
7. Out To Every Nation (2007 Version Studio Track)
8. Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (Studio Track)
9. Sacrificial Feelings (Bonus Studio Track)
One thing is for sure, if you go to see Sammy Hagar live, you are in for a good time. A Sammy Hagar show is more like a party with 20,000 fans. This DVD captures the party like atmosphere, with excellent sound and video coverage.
The set list is as follows: Mas Tequila, Mexico, There’s Only One Way to Rock, (Bob Dylan) Rainy Day Women, The Girl Gets Around, Rock Candy, I’ll Fall in, Love Again, I’ll Take You There, Sam I Am, Little White Lie, I Can’t Drive 55, Heavy Metal, Good Enough, Summer Nights, Right Now, Finish What You Started, Best of Both Worlds, (The Beastie Boys) Fight for Your Right, and Cabo Wabo.
During the second half of the show, Michael Anthony ala The Other Half, joins Sammy On Stage to do some Van Halen Tunes. Wabo guitarist, Vic Johnson shows plenty of prowess on the six string, as does Sammy Hagar during this show.
The only thing I didn’t care is some of the background vocals by the Wabos, but that was only a minor annoyance. As a whole this is a very good show, and one worth seeing on DVD.
The concert lasts one hour and fifty minutes. This DVD is also packed with Interviews and Music Videos too!
This is a very rent worthy and disc, and for Sammy Hagar Redheads, this is a must own DVD!
Rating: Out of 10
Check out RATT performing You’re In Trouble from 1984.
In case you haven’t heard, Bret Michaels’ Rock of Love on VH1, is down to the final two girls, Jes, and Heather.Everyone’s not so favorite crazy bitch, Lacey was given her walking papers this week by Poison front man, Bret Michaels. (You would have thought the Bengals won the Superbowl at our house.)
The Season Finale is this Sunday 9/23/07 at 9 P.M. on VH1. Bret, Heather and Jes, take off to Cabo San Lucas for the last show. Who will Bret pick? Will he walk away from both girls?
On a side note, the casting has begun for Rock of Love 2. The rockstar has not been announced yet, but the search for groupies has begun.
On Saturday, September 8, 2007 at Duff’s Brooklyn (28 North 3rd St.) in Brooklyn, New York, casting directors from VH1/51 Minds Entertainment (Christopher Catalano and Douglas Howington) will hold a casting call for girls 21+, single and who are looking to win the love of the rock star of their dreams. Auditions will be held in Manhattan the following week and girls that the casting directors approve will be given an individual audition slot and have an on-camera audition.
According to one of the casting directors, “ALL girls are required to be at least 21 years of age as of November 1, 2007 and MUST be single. Single means they are not engaged, separated from spouse, ‘getting’ divorced or married. Single means, divorced is final, and not in a serious relationship.
“We of course want ALL ethnicities and ALL types!
“So here is the information I have so far for the show: I am casting for VH1/51 Minds Entertainment, the producers of ‘The Surreal Life’, ‘Flavor of Love’, ‘I Love New York’ and ‘Rock of Love’.
“I will be in New York and surrounding areas, (Long Island, New Jersey) from September 4 – 12, 2007, looking for SINGLE WOMEN, 21+, with big personalities for this VH1 ROCK N’ ROLL RELATIONSHIP SHOW, where 20 girls will compete for the chance to date the rock star of their dreams. (the rock star has not been announced yet, but I would think someone that makes the girls wild and girls would do anything just to meet this guy, a Tommy Lee type of rocker).
“There currently is a show on VH1 called ‘Rock of Love’ with the lead being ’80s pop metal band POISON frontman, Bret Michaels. Bret sets off on a determined search for a mate. Michaels needs a woman who can handle his rockstar lifestyle — someone who won’t get jealous of his main mistress: music. Bret will design challenges to test each girls’ ability to handle every aspect of his life. The women that rock his world will be given VIP passes and will be allowed to stay in his house. The others will be sent home until in the end when one lucky lady will be a true Rock Star Girlfriend.
“So we’re looking for girls of ALL types. In my opinion ideally they would be 24 years old and older. I want hardcore rocker chicks, tattooed, big hair, drinks beer, rockin body and looks like a rockstar wouldn’t mind bringing her on his arm to any star studded event. Most of the girls would be Caucasian, but that is not all I want. At the end of the day I want girls that are HOT and have a ton of personality.”
It is a sad day at the Hard Rock Hideout today. The following was posted at the Tigertailz website today:
We are all absolutely devastated to bring you the news that our beloved friend and Tigertailz Bass player PEPSI TATE lost his battle with pancreatic cancer today. Pepsi passed away peacefully at 10:30 this morning, Tuesday 18th September 2007, in Holme Towers cancer hospice in Penarth Cardiff. Pepsi’s wife Shan and close family were with him.
Words cannot describe how we all feel right now. We’re in bits and will miss him so much.
You mean the world to us Boy. And gave me some of the best memories and experiences of my life. I feel so privileged to have shared those times with you and I just can’t imagine the world without you.
I love you, we all love you.
Goodnight Boy – we’ll see you again soon fella. xxx
Here is a sneak peek of the new early summer 2008 Blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, and Samuel L. Jackson.
This movie looks like it shaping up to be pretty cool.
Check out the trailer below….
Nice touch with the Black Sabbath tune!
The new Trapt Live CD hits stores today, and is a good one! On this disc, you get two new cuts, Stay Alive, and Everything To Lose, A music video for Stay Alive, and 9 live cuts from alive performance that they did in Indianapolis, IN.
If you are a Trapt fan, you should not miss this record. The sound quality is superb. The new tunes will whet your appetite for the new studio disc that will be released in 2008.
I can not resist Enhanced CDs with music videos, and this one included with this disc is quite cool. Check it out below!
Rating: Out of 10
- Stay Alive
- Everything To Lose
- Made of Glass
- Stand Up
- Skin Deep
(Former) Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee has bought a new home in Calabasas for about $6 million (€4.33 million), a newspaper reported.Lee’s six-bedroom home is 9,000 square feet (836 square meters). The house features a three-story atrium, a piano-shaped pool, three spas, a gym and a 10-car underground garage, The Los Angeles Times said.
Lee is the ex-husband of Heather Locklear and Pamela Anderson. He recently made headlines for getting into a fight with Kid Rock at the MTV Video Music Awards during a performance by Alicia Keys.
From the Associated Press.
Comment: Those high priced DJ gigs, where Tommy doesn’t acknowledge his Motley Crue fans, must be lining his pockets well.!
New Tour EP and Collector’s Editions of Fear of a Blank Planet Released
Following the release earlier this year of its Fear of a Blank Planet album and a sold-out tour of the United States, Porcupine Tree will be returning to North America with a fall go-round , new EP, and new format releases of Blank Planet on vinyl and DVD-Audio.
Building on its reputation as a dynamic and engaging live act, Porcupine Tree will be playing the largest North American venues of its career, including a stop at the Beacon Theater in New York City on October 13 and New Orleans ‘ Voodoo Fest on October 26.
To coincide with the tour, the band has released a four-song EP, Nil Recurring, which was written during the Fear of a Blank Planet sessions. The title track features King Crimson’s Robert Fripp on guitar. The fan club-only release is sold out online, but will be available at the tour dates. Fear of a Blank Planet has also been released in DVD-A 5.1 surround sound, with the four Nil Recurring tracks also mixed in 5.1. On October 3, the album will be released by ToneFloat on 180 gram double vinyl.
PORCUPINE TREE FALL 2007 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Wed 03 Oct – ORLANDO, FL, HOUSE OF BLUES
Sat 06 Oct – MEXICO CITY, METROPOLITAN THEATER
Tue 09 Oct – NASHVILLE, CITY HALL
Wed 10 Oct – ASHEVILLE, ORANGE PEEL
Thu 11 Oct – RALEIGH, NC, LINCOLN THEATER
Fri 12 Oct – WASHINGTON, DC, STATE THEATER
Sat 13 Oct – NEW YORK, NY, BEACON THEATER
Mon 15 Oct – QUEBEC, SALLE ALBERT – ROUSSEAU
Tue 16 Oct – TORONTO, ON, PHOENIX
Thu 18 Oct – ALBANY, THE EGG
Fri 19 Oct – HARTFORD, CT, WEBSTER THEATER
Sat 20 Oct – ATLANTIC CITY, THE SHELL AT TRUMP MARINA
Mon 22 Oct – CLEVELAND, OH, HOB
Tue 23 Oct – CINCINNATI, OH, BOGART’S
Wed 24 Oct – KANSAS CITY, MO BEAUMONT CLUB
Fri 26 Oct – NEW ORLEANS, LA, VOODOO FEST
Sat 27 Oct – HOUSTON, TX, MERIDIAN
Sun 28 Oct – DALLAS, TX, HOUSE OF BLUES
Mon 29 Oct – ATLANTA, GA, ROXY
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.
THE CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus – for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.
Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.
“I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this one. It’s really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot, which I rarely do with my work”.
Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard, Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.
“It’s really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”, states Karlsson, “It’s very easy to write for Mark because he has this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.
Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.
THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal album.
Headbangers are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !
The live show was recorded on March 30th, 2007. Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio has never sounded better.
I saw the Cincinnati show of the first leg of the Heaven and Hell tour, and the set was quite similar to the one on this two disc set. I consider that concert one of the best that I have seen, and this CD is an excellent representation of the great show that I saw that night.
The main focus of this set are the three CD’s that Black Sabbath released with Ronnie James Dio: Heaven and Hell, The Mob Rules and Dehumanizer. There are also two new songs, The Devil Cried and Shadow of the Wind, that were released earlier in the year from Black Sabbath: The Dio years.
If you weren’t fortunate enough to catch Heaven and Hell live, this CD is one that you will not want to miss. 65 or not, Ronnie James Dio is still singing as good as he ever has in 2007. The combined force of Tommi Iommi on guitar, Geezer Butler on bass and Vinnie Appice on drums is not one to be missed.
The sound quality on this disc is superb, and the music is fantastic. If you are a Black Sabbath fan, you need to buy this must own 2 CD set!
1. Computer God
2. Falling Off the Edge Of the World
3. Shadow Of the Wind
4. Die Young
5. Heaven And Hell
6. Lonely Is the Word
7. Neon Knights
For those of you that have forked out the big bucks for a 2007 Van Halen show, here is a taste of what you may see.
This video is from the 1983 US Festival, before David Lee Roth left the band.
Check out this Motley Crue video from the 1983 US Festival, where the band performs Livewire! (It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait!)
To kick off live week, here is a video I took in Cherokee, NC of Tesla performing Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Saturday Night Special. ( I was apparently trying to shoot over some taller heads, but the sound quality is great. Check it out!)
There were two different versions of this record released. One version in the UK and Canada, and another in the United States.
The U.S. version added John Sykes as a third guitar player over Mel Galley and Micky Moody. The ultra slick U.S. version focused less on the keyboards of Jon Lord, and is more centered around John Sykes playing.
To me, the U.S. album is the perfect set up for the band’s monstrous 1987 album.
This album is full of stadium ready anthems. Slide It In, Slow An’ Easy, and Love Ain’t No Stranger are all excellent songs that band continues to perform live today. Other favorites of mine from this album are, Hungry For Love, Spit It Out, and Standing In the Shadow.
This album made me a lifetime John Sykes, and David Coverdale fan, and more importantly, a Whitesnake fan.
Slide It In is an album that is often over looked by its ultra popular successor in 1987, but is a record that should not be missed!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Slide It In
2. Slow An’ Easy
3. Love Ain’t No Stranger
4. All Or Nothing
6. Guilty of Love
7. Hungry for Love
8. Give Me More Time
9. Spit It Out
10. Standing In The Shadow
German industrial metal icons, Rammstein, are set to release their Volkerball DVD on September 18th. The DVD features explosive performances from around the world, and features a full concert from Nimes, France. Rammstein fans can choose between three formats for the release ranging from a standard 2-disc package to a limited edition 190-page book that contains photos from the tour and 4 discs that have a bonus documentary disk and two live audio discs. For US fans of the band, this will be their first chance to see the amazing pyrotechnics and dramatic stage show that has been absent from America for a long time.
Get a taste of what Volkerball has to offer in this video clip for their song “Sonne” filmed at the Brixton Academy in London.