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.
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
According to my local Best Buy Sale advertisement, The Scorpions new disc, Humanity Hour 1 is on sale this week for $7.99. A BRAND NEW copy for $7.99 with a bonus track.
If I didn’t own this one already, I would be running to pick this disc up at this price!
Go get it this week, while you can get it cheap!!
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout Review Here!
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)
Los Angeles-based hard rock band The Loving Loss have made available their entire debut EP, You Could Kill, as a free download on Myspace – www.myspace.com/thelovingloss. The Loving Loss is featured this week on Myspace Music. You can also check out live videos from the band’s recent performance at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. The EP features the face peeling “Grave Digger,” the murderous epic “You Could Kill” and the sonically searing anthem “All Is Lost.” You Could Kill is a snarling set spawned in the underbelly of Hollywood that injects infectious hooks into a seedy undercurrent of raw riffage.
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
Sammy Hagar was on pit road at Infineon Raceway on Sunday as a more-than-casual observer. Hagar slapped his Cabo Wabo Tequila logo on the No. 13 IndyPro Series car of Robbie Pecorari, which he co-owns with A.J. Foyt.
Pecorari crashed on the first lap of Sunday’s Valley of the Moon 100 and finished 18th in Saturday’s Carneros 100 in a disappointing weekend at his boss’ home track.
“For me, it’s not only about winning. It’s just coming out and being competitive,” Hagar said. “Winning is just a big fringe benefit. It’s like when you’re record goes to No. 1. That’s a big fringe benefit.”
Having Hagar involved in racing is a big fringe benefit for Pecorari – and for the series, which receives a big boost from Hagar’s star power. A camera crew was following Hagar all day for the taping of “Road to Cabo 2.”
Pecorari’s first win of the season in July at Nashville, Tenn., was a welcome wake-up call for Hagar, who happened to be in Italy at the time.
“That was so cool,” Hagar said, even though it was 4 a.m. when he got the news. “I went whoo! Woke the wife up. That was awesome.”
“I had a Cobra and Bob had just made a serious run at the world championship with the Cobra,” Hagar said. “He said ‘Here, let me show you how to really drive that car.’
“I swear to you that I still think I probably died that day,” Hagar said. “He would come into a turn (fast) and I thought, ‘This is it. There’s no way we’re going around that corner this fast.’ It was the most reckless driving I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s awesome. It’s genius in those front-engine cars. That was the wildest thing ever.”
Hagar always lives up to his reputation as the wild man of rock, even though he turns 60 in October. His lifelong passion for racing fits right into that.
When he had the opportunity to invest in a business venture, Hagar knew what he wanted to do. His managers with Cabo Wabo had other ideas, but Hagar won out.
“I’m hands on but I’m not day-to-day,” Hagar said of his involvement with Cabo Wabo.
“I’m a race fan. I only do things that I like to do. People talk about (race) horses. I don’t like horses. You’ll never see me at the race track. I’m into car racing. It just made sense.”
Hagar spent some time in the hospital due to illness in May, but he’s back in action, pumping out a new album – between races.
“Everyone is here for the same reason. It’s like a rock concert,” Hagar said, comparing his two passions. “Everyone’s there to see the band. Everyone is here to see a race. The sound of those engines. All the excitement and adrenaline. A good wreck is fine, as long as nobody gets hurt. It’s the same thing on stage. They don’t want to see the leader singer get too drunk and fall down It’s loud and it’s an event. Being a real musician and a real race driver takes a huge amount of skill.”
Hagar is itching to get behind the wheel of a race car. He was invited to Fontana on Feb. 22 for the AutoClub 500 Nextel Cup race at California Speedway. He wrote on his blog that if officials let him drive the pace car, the field might not be able to keep up with him.
And how about a street race in his hometown?
“What, between me and the police?” said Hagar, laughing all the way.
Courtesy of the Marin Independent Journal
Check out the new video for the single Get In, Get Out, by Cinder Road. This is off of their new album, Superhuman that was released in June! You can hear more of the band’s songs at their myspace page here.
On September 18th, Trapt will release their new album Trapt Live. The album features all of their best songs including their breakthrough hit “Headstrong” and their new single “Stay Alive.” Trapt are currently wrapping up the recording process for their new studio album with producer GGGarth Richardson, who co-produced the band’s debut album.
“Headstrong” Streaming link: http://www.flashenhanced.com/trapt/
Stay Alive Video
Best known as lead vocalist for the legendary Melodic Rock masters DANGER DANGER, Ted has also fronted in the past few years such bands as BONEMACHINE, with whom he has recorded 2 successful studio and 1 live album, MELODICA with Austrian guitarist Gerhard Pichler. He started his solo career with the release of “Collateral Damage” in 2006.
“My new cd Smile continues where Collateral Damage left off” explains Ted, “however it is much more evolved with amazing guitar work by JK Northrup. I am sure the guitar fans and players out there will be totally pleased. JK’s lead work is off the hook”.
Helping Ted on the album are the aforementioned JK Northrup (ex KING KOBRA and NORTHRUP / SHORTINO) on guitar and bass, Eric Ragno (Ramos, Takara) on keyboards and Dan Zoid on drums, with Vic Rivera appearing on guitars on “Smile” and “Will Ya”. Ted co-wrote most of the songs together with Tom and James Martin (Khymera, House of Lords).
“I know everyone says that their new cd is their best but this one really is!” states Ted “I wanted to be myself but sound as great as possible, work with the best musicians and start out the best songs. I co-wrote a lot with some of my own personal favourite writers around the world. I am a very happy guy these days. I am still having the fun of remaining in DANGER DANGER and at the same time I am having fun, thus the title “Smile”. It reflects perfectly my current mood as well as my live show attitude. I am a very happy guy when I am doing music!”
Tracklisting of “Smile” includes the following songs:
Waiting Line; Going Blind; Smile; What If She Knew; More Than Goodbye; Luv On Me; If You Can’t Change Your Heart (Then Let Me Blow Your Mind); Why Can’t We Pretend That It’s Over?; Life Keeps Me Spinning Round; Where It Ends; Will Ya; Reprise (If You Can’t Change Your Heart)
Don’t forget that TED POLEY will attend, as DANGER DANGER frontman, the UNITED FORCES OF ROCK Festival in Ludwigsburg (near Stuttgart), Germany on September 30th 2007 !
“Smile” will be in all fine record shops in Europe from October 19th. Don’t miss TED POLEY’s ultimate Melodic Rock masterpiece!
Written as part of the original treatment by Director
Meiert Avis, you must watch the video for the new song, “Passions’ Killing
Floor,”fully because things are not what they seem. Follow the link below to continue or begin your quest for the answer to HIM’s latest album Venus Doom.
After we finished up our shopping in Times Square, and stopped to eat lunch (in the Hard Rock Cafe of course), we headed on the Subway to Battery Park to catch a ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.
I don’t think you can truly appreciate this magnificent monument without seeing up and close and in person.
After a nice stop on the island for a few pictures, we headed back to Manhattan, for another subway ride back to Rockefeller Plaza.
We walked by Radio City Music Hall. Deep Purple was playing there that night…..Oh if I could have only stayed another day….
Our final stop was at St. Patrick’s Cathedral which is a short walk from Rockefeller Plaza. This is the most amazing church you will see anywhere. Both inside, and out, this building was breathtaking.
After a long tiring day, with lots of walking, we headed back to Grand Central Station in time to catch the second to last train back to Poughkeepsie.
It was a full day affair in the Big Apple, and there many sights that we didn’t get a chance to see, but we still caught our fair amount. New York City isn’t nearly as frightening as it seems. I would like to go back when I have more time.
I have attached a slideshow below with more pictures that I took along the way. Enjoy!
The clip is a small segment of a longer video for the “Bleed Well”.
Hidden within the video is another secret key code that will unlock a hidden video from the band. Check out the video below to crack the code on Heartagram.com.
After our time on top of the Empire State Building, we headed to tourist trap #2, Times Square. I can’t image any place on earth that has so much digital signage, neon signs, and advertisements. It is quite the spectacle. We were there in the early afternoon, so I could not see the night time glow, but it was still pretty impressive.
As you can see from the picture to the left, Ronnie James Dio has made his mark in New York City. The Devil Horn / Fork sign is outside the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.
We had our trade offs in Times Square, we promised my stepdaughter that we would go to Toys R Us in Times Square.
My request was that we had to hit the Virgin Record Store which was right next door.
The Toys R Us store in Times Square has to be the biggest Toy Store Anywhere. This store has multiple floors, and huge displays. Shoppers entering the store are greeted with a huge Ferris Wheel, and an almost amusement park like environment. It was quite an amazing store. I never expected to come face to face with a 20 foot animated T-Rex. Very cool indeed! Check out the video below!
The Virgin Record Store was equally as big as Toys R Us. It was 3 floors of music, movies and mayhem. I was quite surprised at how good the hard rock selection was there. They even had JORN on the shelf as an import. (Something I have never seen anywhere.) Someone like me could get lost in a big store like that, never to be seen again. ;)
Just walking around in Times Square was pretty amazing. It was a sight worth seeing, and a great place to shop and eat. Television just doesn’t do it justice.
Below are more pictures and video that I shot in Times Square. Enjoy!
Atreyu will premiere their new album Lead Sails Paper Anchor to the world on August 24th. The band has set-up a special listening party with Myspace where all their fans can preview the new album before it goes on sale August 28th. To listen to the new album just go to www.myspace.com/atreyurock.
To celebrate the release of Lead Sails Paper Anchor, Atreyu have scheduled two special in store events for their home town fans. On August 28th, the band will be in Irvine, CA at the Irvine Spectrum and will be signing copies of their new album starting at 5pm. Then on August 30th, the band head down to Horton Plaza in San Diego, CA for another signing at the Hot Topic store. Fans that purchase the record in advance of street date at the Irvine location will get a wristband that will guarantee them a meet-and-greet with Atreyu and the same applies to the San Diego fans that purchase the record on August 28th.
On Tuesday Morning, we took an early train from Poughkeepsie, NY to New York City. We were advised that this was the most cost effective way to get to and from New York City. Everything costs an arm and a leg in NYC, especially the parking. Trust me, you DO NOT want to have to drive in New York City. You may get run over by a crazed taxi driver.
Nonetheless, our train pulled into Grand Central Station (an amazing train station) around 8:30 A.M. After meeting a friend of ours from New Jersey, and getting a bite to eat, we headed to one of the two biggest tourist traps in New York City, The Empire State Building.
Walking to The Empire State Building, the one thing I noticed is that everyone seems to be on their way somewhere, and in a big hurry to get there. It is one fast paced life style in the Big Apple. After a short blocks, we made it to our destination.
The Empire State Building is now the tallest building in New York City at a whipping 1472 feet tall. This is near three times taller than the tallest building in Cincinnati, the city that I live closest too. The famed building has been in countless movies, and the view is to die for. Views like this don’t come cheap however.
Luckily, we got there early enough to beat the long lines, and our wait time was minimal at best. We paid our admission to the 86th floor observatory. The $93.00 admission to go the 102nd floor was far too much for the same view only 16 floors higher.
The video below was taken from digital camera. Enjoy the view!
Atreyu have posted the track “Doomsday” from their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, on Myspace. “Doomsday” brings back the screaming, shredding guitars, and melodic choruses that Atreyu is best known for by their hardcore fans. Lead Sails Paper Anchor hits stores on August 28th, but fans can pre-order the album now from Smartpunk.com or Interpunk.com.
Go to Atreyu’s Myspace page, www.myspace.com/atreyurock or listen to “Doomsday” here:
Let me know what you think about the new song!
It’s a bloodier and even more brutal prequel to the cult classic film from Dee Snider of Twisted Sister fame, only this time it’s in comic book form! STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS arrives on August 29th from Fangoria Comics. It’s a “Horror Vengeance” title that tells the terrifying tale of how Carleton Hendricks becomes the merciless Captain Howdy, and the sadistic path of revenge he takes against the seven individuals responsible.
Taking on the writing chores for this four-issue mini-series is Dee’s son, Jesse Blaze Snider. In addition to fronting the up-and-coming band BAPTiZED BY FiRE, Jesse will have work featured in the forthcoming Marvel Comics Presents series.
Joining Jesse on art will be Irish artist Stephen Mooney, best known for his contributions to the CSI comic books and various titles from IDW’s Angel series. Rounding out the art team is Jason Jensen, an industry vet who has colored everything from Chaos! to Archie.
STRANGELAND: SEVEN SINS is a four-issue monthly mini-series from Fangoria Comics. Each issue clocks in at 32 pages for $3.99. All issues sport covers by Mooney and Jensen.
Check out the new video by Adrenaline Factor – Ride! You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review for Adrenaline Factor’s CD here!
As the days of summer race forward, many have been awaiting an assortment of record and video releases from around the world. Today we join the race toward the August 27th release of Atreyu’s Lead Sails Paper Anchor, with the premier of their video and first single “Becoming the Bull”. The video was directed by Kevin Kerslake (Rise Against, Green Day, Nirvana) and shows a new side of a band that has refined their outlook on the music they make.
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.
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)