KILL DEVIL HILL have partnered with RevolverMag.com for the online premiere of “Crown Of Thorns,” the debut track from their upcoming new album ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ (October 29, Century Media Records). The song made its radio debut Friday, being played by Jose Mangin on SiriusXM Liquid Metal, then later that night on Q104.3 in New York City on Eddie Trunk’s syndicated Friday Night Rocks radio show.
Listen to the track here:
Featuring PANTERA bassist REX BROWN, former DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN AND HELL drummer VINNY APPICE, ex-PISSING RAZORS singer DEWEY BRAGG and acclaimed session/touring guitarist MARK ZAVON, KILL DEVIL HILL will make their Century Media Records debut with the North American release of ‘REVOLUTION RISE’ on October 29.
Says REX BROWN of the album: “This new KILL DEVIL HILL record is definitely one of my favorite moments of my career – it’s got balls, great melodies, awesome guitar riffing and a low end that’ll set your ass on fire! The album far exceeds our wildest expectations and we can’t wait to take this music out on the road and share it with all of our friends and fans. Buckle your seat belts, we’re all in for one hell of a ride!”
KILL DEVIL HILL will celebrate their sophomore release with an October 29 CD release party and performance at The Roxy on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA. The band will tour this fall to promote the release, with more details to follow in the coming weeks.
‘REVOLUTION RISE’ was produced by KILL DEVIL HILL and Jeff Pilson, and mixed by Jay Ruston [STONE SOUR, ANTHRAX]. The album features artwork by Sam Shearon, who has also worked with ROB ZOMBIE, IRON MAIDEN and FEAR FACTORY, to name just a few.
1. No Way Out
2. Crown Of Thorns
3. Leave It All Behind
5. Wake Up The Dead
6. Long Way From Home
7. Where Angels Dare To Roam
8. Stained Glass Sadness
9. Endless Static
10. Stealing Days
11. Life Goes On
KILL DEVIL HILL online:
A week after releasing their first official video for “Going Down”, Spider Rockets will hit the road with Saliva in the midwest and the south. “We haven’t been on the road since our runs with Trapt earlier this spring,” admits lead singer, Helena Cos; “…but we haven’t visited the south in at least a couple of years! So that, along with Saliva being cool enough to share the stage with us is pretty awesome.”
Spider Rockets has a new stage show consisting of various backdrops, a smoldering rocket ship, probing searchlight, whips, megaphone and a mannequin head. “The rocket ship will be a work in progress, hopefully we won’t need to abort any missions!” jokes John Nap, the band’s guitarist. “But the real challenge as an opening band has been coming up with staging that won’t interfere with the headliner’s space; one that is modular enough to adjust from venue to venue, but that also packs light… And I believe we’ve found it.” John refers to a series self-standing vertical, retractable banners or scrims (neither, really) that can be extended, shortened, and rearranged depending on the size and configuration of the venue’s stage. Bassist, Greg Manning, adds: “We just hope we don’t end up with a ‘Stone Henge’ situation!”
The group also plans to bring along their four legged roadie/security guard, Lemmy, a 18 pound Dachshund with a bad attitude and a fierce appetite; “that little shit always sniffs out where I hide my meatball sub in the van,” bitches drummer, Dan Prestup.
Confirmed tour dates include:
October 2 Harley Davidson Biketown (Austintown, OH) w/ SALIVA
October 3 Jonny’s Roadhouse (Aurora, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 4 Beale Street Live (Indianapolis, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 5 Diesel Concert Lounge (Chesterfield, MI) w/ SALIVA
October 6 Centerstage Bar & Grill (Kokomo, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 8 Blackstock (Knoxville, TN) w/ SALIVA
October 9 Limelight (Nashville, TN) w/ SALIVA
October 10 Club Inferno (Scottsboro, AL) w/ SALIVA
October 11 Longbranch (Raleigh, NC) w/ SALIVA
October 18 The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)
The tour is in support of the band’s current release, “Bitten,” produced in the band’s home state of New Jersey as well as Florida.
“Going Down,” the new video from the album can be seen below.
Spider Rockets is a female-fronted, hard rock four-piece from Hazlet, New Jersey. The group consists of Helena Cos on vocals, John Nap on guitar, Greg Manning on bass, and Dan Prestup on drums. Their brand of melody driven riff rock has been influenced by the likes of Godsmack, Buckcherry, Shinedown and Rob Zombie. The group has toured with or supported groups like Trapt, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Framing Hanley, Saigon Kick, etc. Their current release, Bitten, has been named Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 2012 by Metal Odyssey and has successfully won over popular rock acts in a number of “cage matches” at active rock radio.
Age of Days lit the fuse this year, blasting back onto the scene, exhibiting a renewed spirit and vigor with their new album, radioactivity. On October 1st, Age of Days will release radioactivity worldwide and fans that have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new album can get it online from iTunes or their favorite online music store.
They won’t be disappointed. The album’s first single, ‘Bombs Away’, was an immediate hit, reaching #16 on the Active Rock Chart in their home country of Canada and earning a feature on the CFL’s Ultimate Replay. It’s an incendiary example of the kind of powerful, hook-laden, guitar crunching, powerhouse music that has made Age of Days a favorite of the modern rock crowd and an in-demand live act.
Other notable tracks include ‘Now Or Never’ which was co-written with Sal Coz Costa formerly from My Darkest Days, and features Costa on guitar and synths and Cody Hanson of Hinder on drums. ‘Broken’ was a featured track for the NHL Network’s Plays of the Week, and the current single, ‘I Did It For Love’, was co-written with award winning producer Brian Howes (Nickelback, Hinder, Puddle of Mudd, Daughtry).
Full album available for streaming HERE!
American and Canadian fans alike fell in love with the band’s smash debut album, Hollywood Ending, in 2008, and the single “Afflicted” was a Top 20 Hit in Canada, a Top 50 US Single, and a #1 smash on Sirius/XM’s Octane Channel. Their radio success earned Age of Days a tour across North America with the likes of The Offspring, Papa Roach, Hinder, and My Darkest Days. After the release of radioactivity, Age of Days toured across Canada, playing huge summer festivals with Buckcherry and some incredible shows with Grammy award-winning band, Halestorm. This October they will head out on a North American tour with Pop Evil and Papa Roach.
October 4 Boulevard Casino Coquitlam, BC, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 5 Showbox at the Market Seattle, WA, USA w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 7 Cowboys Dance Hall Calgary, AB, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 8 Union Hall Edmonton, AB, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 9 Pure Regina, SK, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evi
October 11 Kooler Lloydminster, AB, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 12 The Oak Winnipeg, MB, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 13 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN, USA w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 15 The Machine Shop Flint, MI, USA **SOLD OUT**
October 16 Rodeo Music Hall Austintown, OH, USA w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 17 House of Blues Atlantic City, NJ, USA w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 18 Brews Brothers West Luzerne, PA, USA w/ Pop Evil
October 19 Higher Ground South Burlington, VT, USA w/ Pop Evil
October 20 Imperial Quebec, QC, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 22 Metropolis Montreal, QC, CAN w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
October 23 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ, USA w/ Papa Roach & Pop Evil
They nail the modern hard rock formula, from the beefy production to the grittily soulful vocals to the punchy power chords to the catchy choruses to the crunchy guitars…it’s the modern rock equivalent of a juicy cheeseburger cooked just right. ~ HardRock Haven
With influences ranging from White Zombie to Motorhead, Beasto Blanco’s “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD” is a full-length anthemic hard rock offering that keeps you amped on “10″ from start to finish! The progeny of long time Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric, “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD” yields a powerful combination of heavy riffs, driving bass, and melodic choruses that are bound to stick in your head after just one listen! Beasto Blanco is quickly becoming a favorite of the music and movie industry’s most respected talents! Here is what just a few of them have to say about “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD”:
Johnny Depp: “What an honor to hear something as beastly and killer as this!!! It’s truly, truly great and wonderfully kind of life affirming! Makes one feel ownership of their being!”
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden): “Chuck has got himself a ‘KIN’ blazing band here. “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD” from Beasto Blanco is a solid piece and rockin’ like there is no tomorrow! Well done me old china!”
Alice Cooper: “Beasto Blanco to me is an East L.A ‘Day Of The Dead’ kind of hard rock band. They seem dangerous – don’t stand too close, this is a band that I see exploding in the next few years. The “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD” video shows my grown daughter Calico crawling around like some sort of animal, which is of course, just how I remember her as a child!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer): “Chuck Garric is modern day monster, one of the most talented and heaviest rock musicians I’ve ever worked with!”
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead): LIVE FAST DIE LOUD is a real ass-kicker and I wouldn’t expect anything less when Chuck is at the forefront, keep slammin!
John Corabi: “I totally love “LIVE FAST DIE LOUD”! This is the real deal, it’s 100% raw energy from start to finish!”
“LIVE FAST DIE LOUD” features Chuck Garric, Calico Cooper, Glen Sobel, Jonathan Mover, Tiffany Lowe, Chris Latham and more! Official release date is scheduled for October 29 2013.
Ill Nostro Spirito
Beg To Differ
Live Fast Die Loud
No More Man
After playing the last show of the “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” cycle at Germany’s Summer Breeze festival, IN FLAMES have just released a video for the title track of their highly successful album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”. The video, that is made of live material, was produced by Patric Ullaeus for Revolver.se.
Enjoy “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” and relive some of the amazing times you had on IN FLAMES shows since the album was released in June 2011:
However, there is one very last and unique chance to see IN FLAMES live this year: The amusement park Gröna Lund (Stockholm, Sweden) announced today that IN FLAMES is confirmed for a VERY special show next week, September 27th, 2013. Gröna Lund had in fact closed their park for the season, but when they got word that In Flames was available, they decided to re-open the park, just for this show! Check out Gröna Lunds website here: http://www.gronalund.com.
The Bitch is Back…Live is a brand new live album from the queen of Hard Rock and Metal LITA FORD. Hot on the heels of her TRUE comeback album “Living Like a Runaway”, LITA took to the stage at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California in early October of 2012 to showcase the new material as well as LITA FORD classics. Originally set for release October 22nd in North America, the album will now be available November 5th.
This killer show was recorded for the live album The Bitch is Back…Live. Where does the title come from? LITA opens the show with her rendition of the classic Elton John track “The Bitch is Back”, which was previously released as a bonus track on “Living Like a Runaway”. It may be a strong proclamation, but it is true…the bitch is back and bringing it live. Now fans have a chance to be a part of this memorable evening and performance.
The album will be released as a digipak with a special booklet including fan photos and download. Release dates are USA/Canada on November 5th, Germany on October 25th and Europe on October 28th through SPV/Steamhammer.
1. The Bitch Is Back
4. Living Like a Runaway
5. Devil in My Head
6. Back to the Cave
7. Can’t Catch Me
8. Out For Blood
9. Dancing On The Edge
11. Close My Eyes Forever
12. Kiss Me Deadly
CURRENT LINE UP:
Lita Ford – vocals, guitar
Mitch Perry – guitar
Bobby Rock – drums
Marty O´Brien – bass
Drums on “The Bitch Is Back…Live” by Scot Coogan
LITA FORD LIVE:
Available Digitally December 3rd in North America via Steamhammer/SPV
The three musicians from Münster Germany Hendrik Wippermann (vocals, guitar), Gereon Homann (drums) and new addition Peter Bergmüller (bass) are releasing the new album Stripped To The Bone December 3rd in North America digitally only.
1. At The End Of The Day
3. Wake Me Up
5. Apocalyptic Blues
6. Bad Memories
7. Made Of Stone
8. Won’t Let You Down
9. Hot Blood
10. Small Dose Of Death
The album will be released as a digipak version with fold-out poster, as LP in white vinyl and download.
A snippet of the first single “Loner” (release: October 4th) can be heard here:
Eat The Gun got together in 2002, have released the studio albums Cross Your Fingers (2006), Super Pursuit Mode Aggressive Thrash Distortion (2009) and RUNNER (2011) and made the top ten of the German DJ Metal/Rock Charts for eight weeks in 2009 and the Top 20 of the American college radio charts in 2011. The band has played more than 650 concerts to date, inspiring fans at the Taubertal Festival, the Big Day Out and the Wacken Open Air and appearing alongside acts such as Die Toten Hosen, HIM, Danko Jones, Duff McKagan, Donots, Mustasch, Backyard Babies and Hardcore Superstar.
EAT THE GUN live 2013
special guest: GLOOMBALL
04.10. D-Kiel – Roter Salon
05.10. D-Münster – Sputnikhalle
11.10. D-Oldenburg – Cadillac
12.10. D-Viersen – Nachtschicht
25.10. D-Frankfurt – Nachtleben
26.10. D-Cologne – Underground
08.11. D-Dusseldorf – Pitcher
22.11. D-Hamburg- Rock Cafe St. Pauli
Heaven’s Basement have been tapped as the main support for the The Pretty Reckless’ extensive Fall tour. To celebrate, they are selecting one lucky fan and a guest per date to go to the show AND receive a Heaven’s Basement t-shirt and a bottle of Fire, Fire Sauce!
Atlanta Metallers HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album, titled Conquer. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video will receive its exclusive premiere on Saturday September 27th at 7:45 PM at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA, but you don’t have to go ProgPower to see the clip. You can check it out below!
Be sure to catch Halcyon Way on the road with Fozzy and Saxon on one of the dates listed above!
NYC’s guitar-driven, anthemic Rock band EVE TO ADAM ups-the-ante with their new, game-changing release LOCKED & LOADED (3-For-5/MRI/Sony Red) available September 17 and new single “IMMORTAL” hitting radio on September 24. “IMMORTAL” was co-written and produced by Dave Bassett (Halestorm, Shinedown) and is currently featured on Tunes “New & Noteworthy.“ The epic anthem, which is highly cinematic in tone, is a tribute to heroic legacies.
Comments Eve To Adam frontman Taki Sassaris: “Immortal is dedicated to those whose accomplishments and influence will last way beyond their living years. It’s about those people that everybody else wants to emulate and strives to be like.”
The track first premiered on Artist Direct, who says“The song is a grungey, dark, moody track. We love it. You will, too.”
Loudwire is premiering the album stream of Locked & Loaded which will run through September 17 at www.loudwire.com.
Screamer Magazine says: “If you are a fan of melodic, indie style hard rock (sorry, no growler vocals or slick, corporate rock here) you need to get this album (Locked & Loaded). As in, right now…”
Eve To Adam, who has long been known as one of the hardest working, dedicated and resilient bands in Modern Rock, is upping their game. As an arena and stadium level act positioned for global recognition, Eve To Adam has performed with Motley Crue, Daughtry, Chevelle, POD, Hinder and Halestorm among others.
For Locked & Loaded, the band has enlisted top notch writer/producers including Dave Bassett, who was involved in Halestorm’s GRAMMY-win for “Best Hard Rock Performance” as co-writer of “Love Bites (So Do I)”; Eric Bass (Shinedown) and Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Falling In Reverse, Alter Bridge). The results of this power-trio/synthesis is a strong, cohesive and well-received work that stretches limitations and stands the test of time. The songwriting and production represents the bands strongest and most versatile effort to date, pushing into new territory with influences ranging from heavy metal to electronica, industrial rock and pop.
Comments Dave Bassett: “Eve To Adam are on a mission to reclaim real, Rock `n Roll. The grit, the power, the danger…it’s all there with these guys and it was an amazing experience collaborating with them to bring the energy of their live show into the studio. To put it simply, they are poised to explode”
Adds Eric Bass: “From beat one, Eve To Adam’s `Locked & Loaded’ commands attention. If raw talent, good songs, and dogged determination is what is needed to save Rock `N Roll, then these guys are leading from the front! I’m proud to have worked on this record.”
Eve To Adam will appear on Artie Lang Show on September 20; Nikki Sixx’s nationally syndicated Sixx Sense Radio program October 15/17, Modern Drummer Vlog and Track-By-Track (September 17 – launch week) and Music Choice are on board.
Eve To Adam, who count legendary, GRAMMY-winning songwriter Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Katy Perry, KISS, Bon Jovi) is an early mentor, are: Taki Sassaris (frontman/vocalist); Gaurav Bali (lead guitar); Alex Sassaris (drums); Luis Espaillat (bassist/backing vocalist) and Adam Latiff (formerly with Puddle of Mudd) is the newest member, as touring rhythm guitarist/backing vocalist.
The band just wrapped the Highway Robbery Tour with Texas Hippie Coalition in support of its Active Rock charting single “Straitjacket Supermodel.” Prior to that, Eve To Adam toured on the Jagermeister Presents bill with Halestorm and In This Moment, preceded by both legs of Creed’s national tour. The band continues to generate multiple media impressions, in addition to a sizable spike in their social media fanbase, with over 118, 258 likes on Facebook to date.
Locked & Loaded Track Listing
Locked & Loaded
What Would You Kill?
With The Truth
Shut Out The World
Locked & Loaded (new album available September 17)
“Immortal” (new single hits radio September 24)
Upcoming tour dates:
9/23 Minot, ND O’riginal Bar & Nightclub
9/25 Merriam, KS Aftershock
9/26 Rockford, IL District
9/28 Omaha, NE Shamrock’s Pub & Grill
For more information, please visit:
MINDCAGE RELEASES EPIC VIDEO FOR “THE HUMAN RACE;”
OUR OWN DEVICES DROPS TUESDAY 9/17
The official video for “The Human Race” from Florida-based progressive metallers Mindcage is available for viewing below!
The full album, OUR OWN DEVICES, drops Tuesday, September 17.
A dark and powerful short movie, the video introduces the character of Arabella Vash, a young woman who exists in a utilitarian clockwork society. She is becoming empowered by visions and dreams, and about to start her journey to find the band of rebels, The One Constant (portrayed by the band), that she will lead. “The Human Race” is her awakening, and call to power.
In search of an appropriate post apocalyptic steam punk setting for their video, Mindcage chose to film in the historical district of their hometown of Pensacola FL. With the vision, creativity and costuming skills of Airship Isabella [http://airshipisabella.com/], an authentic and innovative steam-punk troupe from New Orleans, Mindcage was able to convey their vision of The One Constant and the dystopian world in which they live.
Jason Thomsen directed and edited “The Human Race.” He recently served as assistant director on “Girl from Iceland” (a Kinematic Entertainment Production). The track features vocals by Hydrogyn’s Julie Westlake.
OUR OWN DEVICES is mixed by rock legend Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Dokken, and Overkill). The core members of Mindcage – Dietrick Hardwick (writer, guitarist), Brian Howell (bass) and Craig Nudo (drums) – have been connected personally and through music for almost thirty years. Jeff Hignite, a recent but important addition, brought not only lyrical contribution but also his powerhouse vocals.
1. Cadence March
2. For All Mankind (The Dark Design)
3. Our Own Devices
4. The Human Race
5. At Full Steam
7. The One Constant
8. Arabella’s Arc
9. The Serenity Sequence (Renaissance Pt. I)
10. The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Pt. II)
Dangerdog Music Reviews: 5/5 stars
Our Own Devices is quite impressive: between the idea, lyrics, vocal arrangements, brisk guitar, and accomplished arrangements, it easily stands in the fine tradition of conceptual progressive metal albums like Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime. Very recommended.
OUR OWN DEVICES will be available on the band’s website www.mindcagemusic.com,
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-human-race-single/id692323537, amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F7CDATY and at your favorite record store.
DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK
THE LONG-AWAITED CONCERT FILM FROM TOP NAME IN PROGRESSIVE METAL
CAPTURED OVER TWO NIGHTS FROM BUENOS AIRES
SpectiCast and Eagle Rock Entertainment are once again collaborating to distribute the long-awaited DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK concert film to theatres worldwide beginning Thursday, September 19, 2013. This anticipated cinematic event was captured over two nights during the final leg of the band’s 15-month “A Dramatic Turn Of Events” world tour, which hit 35 countries. DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK was filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina – home to one of Dream Theater’s most ardent fan-bases.
DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK runs for 160 minutes and features many of Dream Theater’s classic tracks, including, “Metropolis Pt. 1,” “The Silent Man,” “Pull Me Under,” “The Root Of All Evil,” “The Test That Stumped Them All,” “The Spirit Carries On,” and the recent track “On The Backs Of Angels.” Dream Theater formed in 1985 under the name Majesty and has remained a top name in progressive metal ever since.
“DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK is a fantastic addition to our ROCK IN CINEMA series,” said Mark Rupp, Co-Founder and President of SpectiCast. “We are delighted to continue our relationship with Eagle Rock Entertainment, bringing theatrical releases of concerts by some of the world’s best musical groups to theatres around the globe.”
Furthermore, DREAM THEATER – the first self-titled collection in the GRAMMY®-nominated band’s nearly three decade career – arrives at last on September 24. The album is now available for pre-order in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set. Fans who pre-order the album via the iTunes Store will receive an instant free MP3 download of the Dream Theater’s new single, “The Enemy Inside.” Preorders are also available at Dream Theater’s Webstore as well as at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.DREAM THEATER: LIVE AT LUNA PARK will premiere on the SpectiCast network beginning September 19 2013. For theatre and ticketing information, visit www.liveatlunapark.com and www.specticast.com.
earMUSIC is excited to announce the UK release of Europe’s “Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show” (2CD, DVD and Blu-ray) on Monday 21st October 2013.
To celebrate the news, the band has premiered a stunning video clip of “The Final Countdown – Live”. Watcgh below to see the video performance of this classic song in its entirety.
On 7th June 2013, Europe took the stage in their home country Sweden for a special occasion: celebrating 30 years of rock music. The Swedish rock band celebrated this event together with 30,000 fans at the prestigious Sweden Rock Festival. Europe performed 28 songs, selecting their personal favorite moments spanning from their earlier years up to their most recent songs taken from albums including Last Look At Eden and Bag Of Bones; plus songs performed for the very first time.
Described as a greatest hits extravaganza, Europe’s headline festival performance also displayed it’s more soulful moments, especially when the band sat down to perform an emotional acoustic set. This segment of the concert gave the massive festival atmosphere an intimate club feeling before Europe returned to perform the hard rock anthems their fans have grown to love and cherish.
To pay tribute to some of their biggest rock heroes, Europe invited two very special guests to perform with them – Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy) for an electrifying version of Jailbreak and Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO and Scorpions) for their tribute to UFO’s classic Lights Out.
The set list is full of treasures and surprises. Europe were determined to celebrate and enjoy their long record of hit singles including Carrie, Rock The Night, Superstitious, Open Your Heart, Last Look At Eden, Prisoners in Paradise, New Love In Town and, of course, the ever-present and always electrifying iconic rock anthem The Final Countdown.
Clocking in over 2 hours, 40 minutes of footage, and filmed with state-of-the-art hi def cameras, the concert features behind-the-scenes material, plus an exclusive interview with the band, making “Live At Sweden Rock – 30th Anniversary Show” the definitive Europe live experience!
1. Intro / Riches To Rags
3. Not Supposed To Sing The Blues
4. Scream Of Anger
6. No Stone Unturned
7. New Love In Town
8. In The Future To Come
9. Paradize Bay
10. Girl From Lebanon
11. Prisoners In Paradise
12. Always The Pretenders
13. Drink And A Smile
14. Open Your Heart
15. Love Is Not The Enemy
16. Sign Of The Times
17. Start From The Dark
18. Wings Of Tomorrow
20. Jailbreak (featuring Scott Gorham)
21. Seven Doors Hotel
22. Drum Solo
23. The Beast
24. Let The Good Times Rock
25. Lights Out (featuring Michael Schenker)
26. Rock The Night
27. Last Look At Eden
28. The Final Countdown
DVD/Blu-ray – Bonus Features
1. Behind The Scenes Material
‘Reject The Silence’, the new video from modern metal band PAINSIDE, can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Alex Medeiros and the song comes off the band’s new EP “Build Your Fiction”.
Painside recently released a new EP called ‘Build Your Fiction’, featuring ‘Break The Hive’, ‘Reject The Silence’ and ‘A Caustic Romance’. The new effort was mixed at AudioHammer Studios by Mark Lewis (Trivium, All That Remains, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel). It also features a remastered version of 2010′s ‘Unbreakable’ (Ronys Torres UFC 109 theme), featuring Jean Dolabella (ex-Sepultura) on drums, as a bonus track. The songs are available for streaming on www.soundcloud.com/painside .
Gone are the dark lyrics from the first album; it’s time to talk about life under a new light. This represents a new beginning: a new line-up, new logo, new symbol and marks the start of a new fiction built by the band. Painside’s first album, ‘Dark World Burden’, was released worldwide in 2010 by the swedish label, Inner Wound Recordings, featuring guest vocals by Chris Bolthendal (Grave Digger), Renato Tribuzy and Gus Monsanto (Symbolica, Adagio, Revolution Renaissance).
Build Your Fiction will be released October 7th
ALICE COOPER drummer Glen Sobel (whose other credits include ORIANTHI, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES, SIXX: A.M. and PAUL GILBERT) was a guest performer at Monday night’s STEEL PANTHER show at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA.
Sobel performed the VAN HALEN classic “Hot For Teacher” as well as a short drum solo. Also joining in was Joe Lester, bassist of famed Van Halen tribute band THE ATOMIC PUNKS, which Steel Panther band mates Ralph Saenz (Michael Starr) and Russ Parrish (Satchel) were long time members of. Video can be seen at this location http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfhgqetGX40
Alice Cooper has announced most of the dates for the Fall leg of his “Raise The Dead” tour. The trek begins in early October with stops in Russia and Estonia as well as U.S. and Canadian shows.
Cooper has been working on a forthcoming covers record with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, JANE’S ADDICTION) at the helm. The new collection of songs will be released sometime early in 2014.
HALCYON WAY are preparing to hit the road in North America with Saxon and Fozzy. The tour kicks off this Thursday September 12th in Patchouge, NY and runs through October 19th in Vancouver, BC. A complete list of dates can be found below.
HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video received its exclusive premiere last weekend at the ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA. The video can be seen below!
Guitarist Jon Bodan commented on the video and the upcoming tour:
“We are very excited to unleash our first music video on the world! It’s been a long time coming but we like to do things right, and we think it’s worth the wait. Check it out, and share it with your friends! Also be sure to see us on tour with Saxon and Fozzy this month!”
The band’s forthcoming album was produced by Jon Bodan & Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer) with additional vocal production by Seth Von Paulus (Linda Perry, Alicia Keys, Crash Kings, Smashing Pumpkins). Art will again be handled by the legendary Travis Smith at Seempieces.”
Known for their explosive live shows, instantly catchy melodies, precise vocal harmonies, incendiary guitar work, intricate yet pounding drums, and live props and showmanship hearkening back to the glory days of arena rock, they dominate the live scene.
Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, HALCYON WAY will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.
Visit the HALCYON WAY webshop at: http://www.halcyonway.com/webshop
HALCYON WAY With Saxon and Fozzy:
9/12: Patchouge, NY @ The Emporium
9/13: New York, NY @ BB Kings
9/14: Montreal, QUE @ Corona Theater
9/15: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/17: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/19: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys
9/20: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
9/22: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Basement
9/24: Waterloo, IA @ Reverb Rock Garden
9/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/27: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
9/28: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/29: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Club
10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
10/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
10/3: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/4: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/5: Corona, CA @ M15
10/6: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/8: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/9: Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
10/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
2011 – INDOCTRINATION – Nightmare Records
2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records
http://www.halcyonway.com (Official Website)
In just four weeks, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare–the ultimate Halloween music and horror event–will open its doors at FEARPlex in Pomona, just outside Los Angeles.
Great American Nightmare will be one of the most exciting and horrifying attractions from Rob Zombie yet! This bone chilling experience will run from October 10th – November 2nd and will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock/metal, alt rock, EDM and Latin Music.
Check out an exclusive video for a glimpse of the most exciting and horrifying attractions from Rob Zombie yet.
For more information on the all star music line up, visit GreatAmericanNightmare.com. To stay up to date with all the breaking news about the scariest Halloween destination, connect with us on Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare on Facebook.
When it comes to death/doom metal I am not a fan of the vocals at all. Usually the music is stellar, but the growling, gravel eating vocals destroy the song for me. When it comes to Five Finger Death Punch, I never gave them many listens. I had heard one or two songs on the radio and thought they were okay, but the growling vocals immediately had me stereotype the band and not explore them more. When it comes to The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume One, I am a huge fan. Five Finger Death Punch has won me over and I will definitely be seeking out their back catalog.
Having not listened to much Five Finger Death Punch, I did not know what to expect when I slipped in my ear buds and fired up The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. What I received was amazing music that blew my senses away. It was a symphony of spectacular sounds drifting through my eardrums and creating a grin on my face. Nothing brings me more joy than discovering a new (to me) band that I want to listen to over and over again.
“Lift Me Up” gets the disc started and it was this song that captured me instantly. There is so much happening on this one little song that it causes an explosion in the brain. With a cataclysm of sound, “Lift Me Up” is a terrific album opener, especially if it is one of the first times you are listening to Five Finger Death Punch. The song drew me in immediately and by the time it was completed, I was hooked and had to hear more.
“Dot Your Eyes” is another excellent song that just demands you jump around, scream and shout. Ivan Moody’s voice is strong and the rhythmic beats and blistering guitar solos will find fists flying in the air on first listen. The power that “Dot Your Eyes” delivers is unrivaled. The song demands attention and action. This would be the perfect song to work out to, rally behind, or start your day with. It’s an instant shot of energy and emotion and one of the best songs that The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell has to offer.
My favorite song on the album is “Anywhere But Here.” The song is just magnificent. It revisits a familiar theme of what would you do if there was no tomorrow, but Five Finger Death Punch put their own spin on it. Most songs dealing with the theme of today being your last day on Earth discuss how the final moments should be enjoyed and treasured. Five Finger’s version is a little darker. “Anywhere But Here” approaches the world ending by proclaiming that no tears would be shed and that being anywhere but here but would be for the best. The narrator of the song is clearly not happy with where he is in life and it is time to get out and move on to something better. Throw in a magnificent Jason Hook guitar solo and some fantastic drum beats from Jeremy Spencer and it is easy to see why “Anywhere But Here” is one of the best tracks on this record.
Sad as it is to say, “Mama Said Knock You Out,” is a poor cover of the classic LL Cool J jam. The idea of a hard rock cover of this stupendous hip hop song gave me high hopes, but Five Finger just didn’t deliver as crisply as I had hoped. It is but one of two weaknesses on the album. The follow up song, “Diary Of A Deadman,” is not great either. In short, it’s a blatant rip off of Sixx AM’s Heroin Diaries. Thankfully, these are the last two songs on the record, so there are only two bad songs to endure. The other 9 tracks are flat out stellar.
It’s also worth noting that Five Finger Death Punch included 2 different versions of 3 songs. The first version was their own recording and the other version included guest vocals by Jamey Jasta (“Dot Your Eyes”), Max Cavalera (“I.M. Sin”), and Maria Brink (“Anywhere But Here”). It was interesting to hear the two different takes on each of these songs, and it has added some replay value to the record.
Overall, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume One is a superb record that has me waiting in earnest for volume 2. If you are yearning for a modern rock sound with a real hardcore edge, I highly recommend this record. It has made me a Five Finger Death Punch fan.
Rating: Out of 10
- Lift Me Up (featuring Rob Halford)
- Watch You Bleed
- Wrong Side Of Heaven
- Burn MF
- I.M. Sin
- Anywhere But Here
- Dot Your Eyes
- M.I.N.E. (End This Way)
- Mama Said Knock You Out
- Diary Of A Deadman
- I.M. Sin (featuring Max Cavalera)
- Anywhere But Here (featuring Maria Brink)
- Dot Your Eyes (featuring Jamey Jasta)
Five Finger Death Punch Is:
Ivan Moody – Lead Vocals
Zoltan Bathory – Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Spencer – Drums
Jason Hook – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Kael – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
REVEAL VIDEO FOR “NEVER NEVER”
FIRST SINGLE OFF THE BANDS NEW ALBUM
‘THE PARADIGM SHIFT’
IN STORES OCTOBER 8
ON PROSPECT PARK
While the countown continues for the release of their new album THE PARADIGM SHIFT, KORN has released the video for their Top 10 Active Rock track “Never Never.” For it, the band teamed with director Giovanni Bucci who sets KORN performing against a surrealistic clock. It plays into the theme of love gone bad through the unexpected perspective of time as front man Jonathan Davis sings “I’m never going to love again.”
Look for the rock luminaries–Jonathan Davis [Vocals], James “Munky” Shaffer [Guitar], Brian “Head” Welch [Guitar], Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu [Bass] and Ray Luzier [Drums]–to tour this fall in support of THE PARADIGM SHIFT. Dates include the return of the FAMILY VALUES FESTIVAL as a one-time spectacular Saturday, October 5 at the 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado with Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Machine Gun Kelly and Beware of Darkness. The FAMILY VALUES concert lands in the middle of KORN’s special cross-country whirlwind tour of record release “launch dates”–with support from Asking Alexandria and Love And Death–starting in Philadelphia, PA on September 26 and heads west where the band will finish up in Las Vegas on October 12. Tickets are on sale now for all shows.
THE PARADIGM SHIFT marks the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for his first album with KORN since 2003‘s Take a Look in the Mirror, and it serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid, The Path of Totality, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was named Revolver Magazine‘s “Album of the Year.” THE PARADIGM SHIFT is also KORN’s first time working with super producer Don Gilmore [Linkin Park’s The Hybrid Theory, etc.] who recorded the album with the band at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles‘ famed NRG Recording Studios.
KORN’s tour dates are as follows:
|Thu||9/26||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|Fri||9/27||New York, NY||Roseland Ballroom|
|Sat||9/28||Worcester, MA||The Palladium|
|Mon||9/30||Toronto, ON||Sound Academy|
|Tue||10/1||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore|
|Thu||10/3||Minneapolis, MN||The Myth|
|Sat||10/5||Denver, CO||1st Bank Center – Family Values|
|Thu||10/10||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|Sat||10/12||Las Vegas, NV||Pearl|
Pre-order THE PARADIGM SHIFT now at:
iTunes Deluxe Explicit – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_iTunesDLX
iTunes Standard Explicit – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_iTunesExpl
Amazon.com Deluxe – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_AmzCDDlx
Amazon.com Standard Explicit – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_AmzCDExpl
Amazon.com LP – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_AmzLP
A week after announcing seventeen U.S. dates for the fall, Slayer comes back today announcing the addition of seven Canadian concerts as well as a date in Seattle. These added shows are part of Slayer’s first North American tour in two years.
Slayer – Tom Araya/bass vocals, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt, who continues to fill in for the late founding member Jeff Hanneman – will have Gojira and 4ARM support on all dates.
Tickets for these newly-added dates go on sale beginning this Friday, September 13. Log onto www.slayer.net for complete on-sale dates and ticketing information.
Slayer’s Fall 2013 North American tour is as follows:
22 Sullivan Sports Arena, Anchorage, AK
25 The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
28 Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA
30 Events Center @ San Jose State, San Jose, CA
1WAMU Center, Seattle, WA
3Stampede Corrall, Calgary, AB
4Shaw Center, Edmonton, AB
5Praireland Park Center, Saskatoon, SK
7MTS Center, Winnipeg, MB
8 Myth, Minneapolis, MN
10 FunFunFun Fest, Austin, TX
12 Bayou Music Center, Houston, TX
13 South Side Ballroom, Dallas, TX
15 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL
16 The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
17 LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
19 The Fillmore, Washington, D.C.
20 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
21Ricoh Colibsum, Toronto, ON
23CEPSUM/University of Montreal, Montreal, QC
24Pavilion de la Jeunesse, Quebec, QC
26 Oakdale Theatre, Wallingford, CT
27 Theatre @ MSG, New York, NY
29 Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
30 Tsongas Arena, Boston, MA
KingShifter recently inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment and their new album, “26 Tons” was released on Sept. 3rd. KingShifter’s music is chock full of heavy groove oriented riffage, sometimes fast and furious, but always thick with melody.To summarize, KingShifter is all about the riff and the booze…it’s all rock n’ roll! Hailing from Wichita Kansas, and comprised of “Sprout” on vocals, “Kink” on guitar, Derek Ludewick on Bass, and David Steinbach on drums, KingShifter has continually “pounded” the circuit while building an impressive fan base in the last 36 months hitting several cities repeatedly throughout Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missourri, and Arkansas and plan to continue their work on the road, branching out to new areas.
Check out the KingShifter song “Peace of Mind” and visit KingShifter at one of the sites below.
Silence when you speak to me!
Like the juggernaut you prayed would keep on crushing you, like the friend that still royally pisses off your parents and like a loyal standard of crunchy, greasy, punky, bluesy, gutsy screw-you rock’n’roll, MOTÖRHEAD stride out through their 38th year brandishing more swagger and attitude then your ears could begin to comprehend.
On October 22, 2013, MOTÖRHEAD will deliver their 21st studio album, an enormous and prophetic Aftershock. Recorded at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, it is a true leveler, a crushing confirmation of everything MOTÖRHEAD stands for, marching from the dust storm to deliver 14 belting statements which see MOTÖRHEAD in perhaps their best writing form for years. There’s swagger, there’s punch, there’s speed and there’s dirty filthy grooves, Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee showing clearly that MOTÖRHEAD is not simply a band, it’s a genre!
That genre, more than ever, resonates with hearty independence and swashbuckle. Whether it’s “Heartbreaker” throwing hooks and riffs into your head, the double-kick concussiveness of “Paralyzed” with Campbell’s fuelled attack, or the thunderous ride-off-the-Rickenbacker Motörcharge of “Going To Mexico”, Aftershock takes gleeful twists and turns which re-announce the Motörlegend. There’s the smoky biker bar blues in the shape of “Dust And Glass”, Lemmy’s late-night vocals evoking last-call and melancholy, the pogo-powered punk-spiked stab of “Queen Of The Damned” and the deliciously steamy, humid mournful “Lost Woman Blues” which midway through decides to kick over the stool and stomp out the saloon door.
Aftershock track listing:
Coup de Grace
Lost Woman Blues
End Of Time
Do You Believe
Dust And Glass
Going To Mexico
Silence When You Speak To Me
Queen Of The Damned
Keep Your Powder Dry
Aftershock is available in four different formats, wherever music is sold! The album can be purchased in CD (limited edition digipack), CD (jewel case), Vinyl (gatefold – 180-Gram Single LP), and digital formats. A North American pre-order will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Steal it if you must, buy it if you can!” says Lemmy, who’s pride in the album is so immense that guests to his home and dressing room in the last couple of months have been treated to extremely loud airings of the rough mixes, while Phil Campbell adds, “I really think the variation on the album shows that we’ve dug deep and produced some of our best work for a long time.”
“It is,” says Mikkey Dee, “a really, really strong MOTÖRHEAD album, one that really does define everything this band stands for.”
He’s not wrong. Because MOTÖRHEAD are MOTÖRHEAD are MOTÖRHEAD…and their Aftershock will be felt worldwide…
Learn more about MOTÖRHEAD at these websites:
Official Lemmy Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialLemmy
Official MOTÖRHEAD Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Twitter: @MyMotorhead
Official MOTÖRHEAD Website: www.imotorhead.com
Visit The Winery Dogs website, sign up for the band’s mailing list, and get a free download of their new song “We Are One”.
Please visit the Winery Dogs website HERE! Check out “We Are One” below!
New Album New Horizon Available October 1st in North America on Napalm Records
Irish Rockers THE ANSWER are less than a month away from releasing their album New Horizon. The album is due October 1st via Napalm Records. Today the band has released a YouTube Sampler containing audio samples from all of New Horizon.
Check it out here!
New Horizon can be pre-ordered on Amazon.
Recently the band completed work on a video for the first single from New Horizon “Spectacular”. The video was released in both a NSFW version and of course a family-friendly clean version. Check out the video HERE.
Keeping the beacon of Irish rock music well and truly alight, THE ANSWER have consistently delivered commercial, and critically acclaimed albums. The band have toured the world extensively, proving themselves to be an incendiary live act – spending almost two years as main support to AC/DC and playing to over 2 million people, performing festivals across the globe and also supporting the likes of The Rolling Stones, Whitesnake and Wolfmother as well as countless headline tours.
Since their third studio album in late 2011, the band instigated a major shakeup in their circumstances and with new management, live booking agents and with new record label on board, late 2012 saw them enter the studio with ex Little Angels vocalist Toby Jepson at the production helm. The new record, “New Horizon” will be their fourth studio album and with mixes from rock icon Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), it will be released on October 1st in North America through label Napalm Records GmbH in multiple formats.
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
SET TO RELEASE THE 2nd OF TWO NEW ALBUMS
‘THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL, VOLUME 2’
TO DEBUT NOVEMBER 19
ALBUM PRE-ORDER STARTING TOMORROW, SEPTEMBER 10
NEW SINGLE “BATTLEBORN” FROM VOLUME 2 HITTING RADIO TODAY
“Hearing the ferocity of FFDP’s fourth release, it’s no wonder the band was able to crank out two albums during its latest writing jag.”
–BILLBOARD, August 17, 2013
Coming on the heels of the massive global #1 success of THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL Volume 1 earlier this summer, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will release the second installment of their masterwork November 19 via Prospect Park in North America/ Eleven Seven (in all other territories). Beginning tomorrow (9/10), fans can pre-order Volume 2 here: http://bit.ly/Pre-Order5FDP4v2
After the success of #1 U.S. Active Rock radio chart hit “Lift Me Up” (featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest) from Volume 1, the band today debuts the single “Battleborn” from Volume 2 at radio. Fans who pre-order the album from itunes starting tomorrow will receive “Battleborn” as an instant gratification track. The official video for “Battleborn” will premiere early next week.
Frontman Ivan Moody explains the meaning behind “Battleborn”: “After getting off the road from two years of touring I was physically and emotionally drained. It felt like I’d seen almost every inch of the globe and shook every hand there was to shake. I completely lost track of time, the flights, the travel, the shows all seemed to blur together. My family and friends became a distant memory. Even though I was doing what I’d dreamed of doing, it took all the energy that I had…it was exhausting. That made me realize, everything worth fighting for you will actually HAVE TO fight for. Every wish, every dream, every idea comes to existence only through blood, sweat and sacrifice…we are all battle born.”
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH will kick off their expansive U.S. and Canada Fall run, “The Wrong Side Of Heaven Tour” with a performance at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on September 15. Following the fall tour, FFDP will join Avenged Sevenfold as special guest on their arena tour all across Europe from November 8 through to December 5 before closing out the year with several headlining shows in Russia.
THE WRONG SIDE OF HEAVEN AND THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF HELL Vol. 1– released July 30thvia Prospect Park in North America / Eleven Seven (in all other territories)– debuted as the #1 rock album across the globe: #2 in the U.S. on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart (selling 113,000 albums in its first week), #3 in Canada, #4 on Germany’s mainstream charts, #12 in Australia and #21 in the UK. Volume 1 has sold over 210,000 albums to date and is fast approaching the level of success of the band’s three previous consecutive Gold certified albums: The Way of The Fist (2007), War Is The Answer (2009) and American Capitalist (2011). Cumulative single sales for FFDP have now exceeded over 4.5 million.
For a complete list of tour dates: www.fivefingerdeathpunch.com/tour/
VOL. 1 BUY LINKS:
Black Label Society released a music video for their cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” , for your viewing pleasure. The cover is off the bands’ live album, Unblackened, available September 24th.
Wow! I just finished listening and then listening and listening again to the new Avenged Sevenfold album Hail To the King. I wasn’t sure what to expect with the band’s new album. I was sure it would be good, but this album isn’t good, it is outfreakinstanding.
Hail to the King is the first album without Avenged Sevenfold’s drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. “The Rev” was always such a driving force in A7X’s music, I was wondering how the band would handle his tragic loss, and how it would affect their music. A7X’s music has definitely changed, but it has changed for the better in my opinion.
What A7X has done is change their tempo, and completely move away from their metalcore roots. The band has crafted a bunch of songs that could easily be staples on rock radio everywhere. The change of tempo doesn’t mean that Synnester Gates and Zacky Vengeance don’t play their asses off. There is some fine guitar work on this album, and I hear little bits of Megadeth, Metallica and even Guns N’ Roses influence in the music on Hail To the King. Kudos to drummer Arin Ilejay, who does a find job behind the kit on this record.
The first four songs “Shepherd of Fire”, “Hail To The King”, “Doing Time” and “This Means War” really set the stage for this album, by delivering several excellent, hard rockin’ numbers that will have you hooked after the first listen. While these are my favorites, the great songs don’t end there.
I like the creepiness of “Requiem”. I look for Damien Omen to show up every time I listen to this one. “Heretic” is one catchy rocker that I would love to see A7X perform live. I love the lyrics on this song. “Acid Rain” is one of those deep cuts on “Hail To the King” that will keep me spinning this disc for a long time. I love the haunting piano melodies on this song.
This may be the most mainstream A7X album yet. It is rare when an album exceeds my expectations, but I believe this is Avenged Sevenfold’s best album yet. I thought some fans would be unhappy with A7X’s current direction, but judging from he fact that the album is # 1 in the U.S., Canada and the UK, most A7X fans must think it is pretty cool too!
If you buy one version of the album, get the Deluxe version of the album, which will give you two cool A7X coasters, and a password for a free download of the bonus track “St. James” which is a pretty cool song too!
I won’t be surprised to find “Hail To the King” on top of many best of 2013 lists. It really is that good! Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Shepherd of Fire
02. Hail To the King
03. Doing Time
04. This Means War
06. Crimson Day
08. Coming Home
10. Acid Rain
Bonus Track (as a download from the A7X website)
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – Vocals
Synyster Gates – Lead Guitar
Zacky Vengeance – Rhythm Guitar
Johnny Christ – Bass
Arin Ilejay – Drums
Due to the recent rumor-inducing statements made by estranged EX-DARK ANGEL singer Don Doty, the band is forced to offer a premature release of information.
DARK ANGEL will reform for a limited number of appearances in 2014 in the US and select festivals in Europe. These dates are still pending and have not yet been booked at this time.
The confirmed line-up for these rare and unique, select 2014 shows features Gene Hoglan (drums), Jim Durkin (guitar), Ron Rinehart (vocals) and Michael Gonzalez (bass).
The lack of responsibility that Don Doty is displaying by posting false information and unfounded rumors is creating confusion for DARK ANGEL fans. There is no “Team Don Doty” or “Team Ron Rinehart”. There is ONLY DARK ANGEL. We will not be a part of anything that damages this band and its reputation.
All future official statements will come from DARK ANGEL’s Management.