SIMPLICITY is the band’s seventh studio full length LP and fifteenth release overall. The new effort is the followup to FOREVER MORE, which was released in October 2008 and featured the single “I Wanna Live.”
Scandinavia’s leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, Crucified Barbara, has launched a music video for the new track, “To Kill a Man,” on YouTube.Check it out below!
“To Kill a Man” is the first single from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, In the Red, to be released on August 20 via Despotz Records.
“One fifth of all the world’s women have been raped or assaulted in their lifetime,” commented the band. “The dark statistics became the basis for the song ‘To Kill a Man’ and our most important message of the video. The production company 11Frames has captured our vision perfectly, and we are proud that we take the opportunity lifting heavy topics such as violence and sexism with a really heavy hard rock video.”
“To Kill a Man” can be purchased on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/to-kill-a-man-single/id860702559 and streamed on Spotify at: http://open.spotify.com/track/2ajQRO5ArXqfBSFCKFufvG.
Crucified Barbara is currently putting the finishing touches on its Despotz debut, which was recorded at Studio Music A Matic, Gothenburg with producer, Chips Kiesby, and engineer, Henryk Lip, and follows 2012’s acclaimed, The Midnight Chase.
“The signing of Crucified Barbara fits perfectly in line with our strategy and goal to be a choice for Sweden’s biggest rock bands, where they can work closely with a local Stockholm-based music company on a global basis with an international PR and distribution network,” said Ömer Akay, Despotz Records co-founder and partner. “We are incredibly proud that these wonderfully gifted musicians chose to sign with Despotz.”
Crucified Barbara formed in 1998 in Stockholm, Sweden with punk as a first inspiration, which can still be found as a presence today. However, throughout the years the quartet has evolved towards a harder, heavier and more contrast-filled rock sound, mixing elements of thrash, sleaze and hard rock.
Over the course of its 15-plus year existence, Crucified Barbara has toured alongside and supported such acclaimed acts as In Flames, Sepultura, Motorhead, Backyard Babies, Doro and more, while touring extensively across Europe. The band has also visited Russia, Australia and both South and North America.
Stay tuned for more information on Crucified Barbara and In the Red, out this summer on Despotz.
Crucified Barbara is…
Mia Coldheart – Vocals, guitar
Ida Evileye – Bass
Klara Force – Guitar, backing vocals
Nicki Wicked – Drums, backing vocals
Crucified Barbara online…
Despotz Records online…
UK rockers Screaming Eagles have released a new video “All The Way” in support of their debut album, From The Flames. Check out the clips “All The Way” and “Rock N Roll Soul” below.
All The Way
Rock N Roll Soul
For more information on Screaming Eagles, check out the band’s facebook page!
You can get get a copy of From the Flames at the Amazon UK website here.
THE MIGHTY SWINE features Cincinnati legend, Mike Skimmerhorn (CHASTAIN/CJSS) on Vocals / Bass, Stacey Donahue and Jeff Tong on Guitar, and Rory Faciane on Drums.
THE MIGHTY SWINE released their full length debut release in 2009 featuring the single Layin Down the Law which made HARD ROCK NIGHTS Best of 2009 Playlist along with favorable reviews including Blabbermouth.net Metal Observer.com & City Beat & can be found on +40,000 jukeboxes Nationwide (Touchtunes/AMI)
THE MIGHTY SWINE have opened for Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Dokken, Skid Row, LA Guns, Adler’s Appetite, more
- THE MIGHTY SWINE released their single LUST / Pagan Holiday May 29, 2012 with its first professional video shot by Dave Morgan
- The video for LUST racked up over 24,000 views on Youtube and was the Artist Pro Spotlight Artist for June 2012
- It debuted at #1 on Roxwel.com where it stayed for 13wks on BOTH the Rock AND Metal Charts and continues to chart in the Top 10
- THE MIGHTY SWINE was nominated for a C.E.A. (Cincinnati Entertainment Award) for Best Hard Rock act in 2012 and is recognized worldwide by industry and fans alike
Night Ranger fans can check out the band’s brand new video “High Road” below.
The rocking, feel-good new track/video is the first single from the forthcoming album of the same name. HIGH ROAD is due out on June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes one bonus track and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here. “High Road” is also available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-oder the album now via iTunes here.
Night Ranger‘s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger‘s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
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Tesla is the headliner Saturday night at the M3 Rock Festival, and it is almost a given that you will get to hear one of their new songs at the show. While I am anxious to hear the new material from Sacramento’s finest, nothing beats some classic Tesla rock & roll. Check out the clips “Modern Day Cowboy”, “Edison’s Medicine”, “What You Give”, “Fallin’ Apart” and “I Wanna Live”.
Tesla – Modern Day Cowboy
Tesla – Edison’s Medicine
Tesla – What You Give
Tesla – Fallin’ Apart
Tesla – I Wanna Live
Tickets are STILL available for the M3 Rock Festival. Get your tickets here!!
Night Ranger’s second appearance at the M3 Rock Festival will take place this Saturday Night. Night Ranger often doesn’t get the credit they deserve for their live shows. Far too many fans only know this band for their biggest hit “Sister Christian”. While this is a great song, and a staple in the Night Ranger set, this song pales in comparison to the hard rockin’ numbers that Night Ranger plays live. Night Ranger is a tremendous live band, and one that should not be missed!
Check out the Night Ranger clips “Touch of Madness” (Unofficiatl video),
Night Ranger – Touch of Madness
Night Ranger – Growin’ Up In California
Night Ranger – Sing Me Away
Tickets are STILL available for the M3 rock festival. Please visit this link for tickets!
2014 is a very exciting year for KIX! Not only is the band returning as the Friday night headliner this coming Friday night (4/25) at the M3 Rock Festival, they are also releasing their first new album since 1995’s Show Business!
KIX always steals the show at M3, and will without question be one of the weekend highlights. If you have never seen KIX perform live, you have to come to the M3 Rock festival to perform.
Check out the clips below, live from M3 in 2009!
KIX – Blow My Fuse (Live)
KIX – Cold Blood (Live)
Tickets for M3 are STILL available. You can purchase tickets at this link!
Winger’s new CD, Better Days Comin’ gets released in the United States today (April 22nd!) This Friday night, at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD, you will have an excellent opportunity to hear Winger perform some of their new songs live.
Winger – Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
Winger – Rat Race
Winger – Tin Soldier
Yes, there are two versions of Queensryche performing live today. Geoff Tate has his version of the band, and Todd La Torre fronts another one. Some Queensryche fans are die hard Tate fans, and I understand that. Those of you that haven’t given Todd La Torre a chance need to check out the clips below. This version of the band will be at the M3 Rock Festival next Saturday night, and are a force to be reckoned with. I am looking forward to hearing Mr. La Torre sing, and hearing Queensryche dust off some of their harder tunes like “Queen of the Reich” that they haven’t played in far too long.
Queensryche – Queen of the Reich (Live)
Queensryche – Fallout
Queensryche – Redemption
Jake E. Lee’s triumphant return to the hard rock world has been a blessing to many hard rock fans’ ears. Jake E. Lee’s new band Red Dragon Cartel, has been playing a bunch of club shows across the U.S. and recently performed on the Monsters of Rock cruise. Next Saturday night, Red Dragon Cartel will be taking the stage at the M3 Rock Festival.
This hard rock fan couldn’t be more excited to hear Jake E. Lee perform, and his appearance at M3 may be my most anticipated moment of this awesome two day festival in Columbia, MD.
Check out the clips “Deceived” and “Shout It Out” below.
Tickets for the M3 Rock Festival are STILL available. Get your tickets at this link!
The Sixth Annual M3 Rock Festival starts next Friday, and the 2014 lineup is stronger than ever. Each year, the fine folks at the Merriweather Post Pavillion bring in some of the finest classic rock acts in the U.S This year’s festival includes some first time acts at M3 including Autograph, Heaven’s Edge, Jake E. Lee’s Red Dragon Cartel, Femme Fatale, and John Corabi. (Corabi has been at M3 before with RATT, but never as a solo artist).
Friday Night’s headliner is Kix, and Saturday Night’s is Tesla. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Queensryche with Todd La Torre, or Jack Russell’s Great White, look no further. If you haven’t seen Extreme, Night Ranger or Stryper live, don’t miss this excellent opportunity to see them perform.
Overall, it is seventeen bands for a reasonable price, and tickets are STILL available. Don’t miss your chance to check out one of the coolest music festivals of the year.
Check out clips from Heaven’s Edge, Femme Fatale and Autograph below.
Heaven’s Edge – Skin to Skin
Femme Fatale – Falling In And Out of Love
Autograph – Turn up the Radio
Neal Schön fans can check out the new video for “What You Want” below. The smoking new track/video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and includes vocals by bassist Marco Mendoza and Schön, as well as drummer Deen Castronovo. SO U features Schön along with Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.
Of the new album, Ultimate Classic Rock raved, “”SO U stands tall as one of the finest albums that Neal Schön has released to date. The combination of Schön with Deen Castronovo and Marco Mendoza is a potent triple threat which delivers on every level. With nine tracks spread over 51 minutes, SO U never overstays its welcome and the typically diverse blend of material will strongly resonate with fans of Schön’s previous work, most notably Santana and Journey. I’ll be standing by and waiting for a sequel.” SO U will be available on May 19th in North America via Frontiers Records. The album can be pre-ordered now via iTunes, Amazon and via the Journey online store; those who purchase SO U now via iTunes will receive “Exotica” as an instant gratification track.
Best known as the founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schön has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career 45 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schön moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into his native state’s Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. Along with Journey band members Steve Perry and Jonathan Cain, Schön is responsible for co-writing “Don’t Stop Believin’,” the 20th century’s most downloaded song. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schön continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
In addition to 6 solo albums and 14 studio albums with Journey, Neal Schön has also performed with Joe Cocker, Sammy Hagar, Paul Rodgers, Larry Graham, Betty Davis, Michael Bolton, fusion legend Jan Hammer, Hardline and supergroup Bad English, as well as a variety of side projects. His latest instrumental solo album, THE CALLING, released in 2012 via Frontiers Records, won rave reviews from fans and the media alike, with Vintage Guitar declaring “THE CALLING is a fine piece of work demonstrating that Schön still has it going on – and then some…The songs are strong and his guitar tones are absolutely luxurious.” In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schönalso worked with Gibson to manufacture his own limited edition “Neal Schön Signature Model Custom Les Paul” guitar, but now uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitars, made especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to come out of the 80’s is returning with their first new album in 5 years. Winger is releasing Better Days Comin’ on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America via Frontiers Records. The notorious band comprised of members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums, are back with their latest album. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard (http://smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzCD) and deluxe configuration (http://smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzDLX). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as videos for the first single “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” An iTunes pre-order will be available soon. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on Better Days Comin’.
“On Better Days Comin’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”
From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band’s diversity while always centering on great songs. The debut single from Better Days Comin’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker “Rat Race” that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25 year career.
The track listing for Better Days Comin’ is:
1) Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
2) Queen Babylon
3) Rat Race
4) Better Days Comin’
5) Tin Soldier
6) Ever Wonder
7) So Long China
8) Storm In Me
9) Be Who You Are, Now
10) Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11) Out Of This World
Winger formed in the late 1980’s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.
Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums
John Roth – guitars
Check out the latest clips “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine”, “Rat Race” and the classic clip “Down Incognito” below.
Sebastian Bach fans can check out the brand new video for “Temptation” below!
The sinful, hard-hitting video, directed by Patrick Fogarty (Black Veil Brides, Picture Me Broken, The Burning Of Rome), is the first from Bach‘s forthcoming studio album, GIVE ‘EM HELL, and features quintessential rock bassist Duff McKagan on bass. GIVE ‘EM HELL is due out in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records. Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant gratification tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.” The album may also be pre-ordered at Amazon here.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), GIVE ‘EM HELL features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.
Sebastian Bach has sold in excess of 20 million records worldwide as lead singer with his former band, Skid Row and as a solo artist. Far from just being a multi-platinum recording artist, the singer/songwriter/actor/entertainer has expanded his career over the past decade to include episodic television with a 5-season recurring role on the CW’s hit series “Gilmore Girls”, starring roles on Broadway (“Jekyll & Hyde”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”) and national touring companies (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and has appeared regularly on MTV and VH1.
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Admittedly, I was nervous when I heard that the new Against Me! record was a concept album about a transgender prostitute with themes of gender dysphoria. Being a fan of the band, I felt that this was their first album I would not relate to. I don’t know anything about the transgender community and I couldn’t see how I would understand someone going through these types of changes in life. Add to that a new producer, a new bass player, and a new drummer, and I felt that it was a recipe for disaster. Yet, after hearing “Fuckmylife666” and “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues” on the internet, I knew that this was an album I had to own. Buying Transgender Dysphoria Blues was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues opens with the fantastic “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues,” a hard rocking song that immediately opens the eyes of people, like myself, who know little or nothing of what it is like to go through a change of life at that magnitude. The opening drum beats immediately suck the listener in, the blitzing guitar chords hook them, and once Laura Jane Grace starts singing, it is clear that this could be the best Against Me! song ever recorded. Grace sings about the pain of coming out transgender, the desire to just be accepted for who you are, and the pain of being judged everywhere you turn. I immediately realized that my ignorant thoughts of not being able to relate to this album were wrong. While I don’t know the pain of coming out transgender, I do know the pain of not being accepted for who you are and the pain of desire related to wanting to belong. Needless to say, “Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues” received several plays before I even made it to track number two.
The record takes off from there delivering fine music from start to finish. New drummer Atom Willard makes his presence known immediately, and Laura Jane Grace’s voice is in fine form throughout the album. And even though the band changed the entire rhythm section (drummer Jay Weinberg and bassist Andrew Seward left between albums), both new drummer Atom Willard and new bass guitarist Inge Johansson are able to keep exceptional time and create tight pockets for Grace and guitarist James Bowman to perform over. While these four bandmates have only been together a short time, the results sound as if they have performed with one another for their entire career.
Transgender Dysphoria Blues contains a lot of fast, powerful, hard rocking, punk songs that deliver just the right amount of emotion at exactly the right time. Songs like “Unconditional Love” and “Black Me Out” are bound to go down as Against Me! classics and will be fan favorites in no time. On this album, the band never strays from what they do best, which is making short, blitzkrieg, hard rock songs.
If you like your hard rock mixed with punk and thrash, in addition to an us against the world mentality, you will love Transgender Dysphoria Blues. While not the best Against Me! album ever recorded, it comes very close. If you’ve never listened to Against Me! before, this is a great album to discover the band.
- Talking Transgender Dysphoria Blues
- True Trans Soul Rebel
- Unconditional Love
- Drinking With The Jocks
- Osama Bin Laden As The Crucified Christ
- Dead Friend
- Two Coffins
- Paralytic States
- Black Me Out
Against Me! Is:
Laura Jane Grace – Vocals, Guitar
James Bowman – Guitar
Atom Willard – Drums
Inge Johansson – Bass
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Emperors and Elephants sound is influenced by 90’s hard rock scene. The band wears their influences on their sleeves, on their new album Devil In The Lake. On the first listen, I immediately noticed the Alice in Chains influence but found their music to be completely refreshing. If you are expecting another album full of down tuned guitars, think again. There are a lot of infectious riffs to be found on this album. Emperors and Elephants recently added Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper from Texas Hippie Coalition to their ranks, and his playing mixed with Jeph Stiph’s gives E+E, a pretty fantastic guitar tandem. If the opening track “Bring It Down” doesn’t make you a quick believer, “Who Are You” will certainly drive the point home.
Devil In The Lake has a bunch of radio ready tracks. Some songs are pretty heavy, some tone it down to allow Jesse Andrews’ voice to shine. When Andrews’ voice is the focal point in the music, you will find that he has a pretty awesome voice, and he can hold his own with some of the best modern rock singers out there today.
My Favorite songs on Devil In the Lake include “Bring It Down”, “Who Are You”, “Hit of Red”, “You and I” and the band’s hard rockin’ cover of the Chris Isaac classic “Wicked Game”.
Emperors and Elephants is easily one of the best new modern hard rock bands I have listened to in 2014. If you are a fan of bands like Alice in Chains, Shinedown and Pop Evil, do yourself a favor, and check out Devil In The Lake. I think you are going to like Emperors and Elephants a lot. I sure do!
01. Bring It Down
02. Who Are You
03. Your Will
04. Man of God
06. Hit of Red
07. Deep Sleep
09. Wicked Game
10. Ghost In The Mirror
11. You And I
12. M.oG. – Dupermang Re-Mix
Emperors and Elephants are:
Jesse Andrews – Vocals
Jason Meudt – drums
Jeph Stiph – Guitars
Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper – Guitars
Ron “Stoppable” Vanders – Bass
Is there any hard rock band that has written more songs about love than Whitesnake? Check the song titles from their vast catalog, and I think you will see that Whitesnake has a lot to pass around. For this Valentine’s Day, check out the Whitesnake clips below, and give your significant other a whole lotta love.
Love Will Set You Free
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Give Me All Your Love
Guilty of Love
Is This Love
Steel Panther’s new album, All You Can Eat will be released April 1st. You can pre-order the new album here!
Check out Steel Panther’s latest clips
“Party Like The End of The World”, (NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!!)
The Burden of Being Wonderful
and the Steel Panther classic “Death To All But Metal”
“Not Gonna Die” is the latest video from Atlantic/Word rock band, Skillet. The video, directed by Joey Papa and produced by Benjamin Kasica shows the Grammy-nominated group performing against a white background while a woman fights for her life in various scenes throughout the video. John Cooper, the lead singer of Skillet sings, “This is how it feels when you take your life back, this is how it feels when you fight back.”
“Not Gonna Die” follows previous singles “Rise,” “Sick of It,” and “American Noise” off the album “Rise,” that debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart, Hard Rock Chart, and iTunes Rock Album Chart in June.
Since the album’s explosive debut, Skillet has toured non-stop on The Carnival of Madness Tour, an international tour with Nickelback, and has most recently been traveling on The Roadshow Tour that continues through February 16th.
Skillet was also nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” in Loudwire’s 3rd Annual Music Awards!
To vote, visit: http://loudwire.com/3rd-annual-loudwire-music-awards-vote-now/
Over the course of the past few years, GRAMMY nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone, racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number over four million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, which led to a No. 1 radio hit for “American Noise” and “Sick Of It.” RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on CONAN. RISE follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits), while its companion video has generated over 47 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012, and was one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Skillet is made up of John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison.
Skillet 2014 Tour Dates:
2/6 — Springfield, Mo. — JQH Arena
2/7 — Mobile, Ala. — Mitchell Center
2/8 — Bossier City, La. — CenturyLink Arena
2/9 — Lubbock, Texas — United Spirit Arena
2/14 — Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center
2/15 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Thomas & Mack Center
2/16 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Maverick Center
2/27 — Toledo, Ohio — Huntington Center
2/28 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/1 — Jackson, Miss. — Mississippi Coliseum
3/2 — Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Show Me Center
3/6 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
3/7 — Columbus, Ohio –Veterans Memorial Auditorium
3/8 — Chicago, Ill. — The Chicago Theatre
3/9 — Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center
3/13 — Wichita Falls, Texas — Kay Yeager Coliseum
3/14 — Tyler, Texas — Tyler Oil Palace
3/15 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
3/16 — Kansas City, Mo. — Sprint Center
3/20 — Johnstown, Pa. — Cambria County War Memorial
3/21 — Hampton, Va. — Hampton Coliseum
3/22 — Reading, Pa. — The Santander Arena
3/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
3/27 — Greenville, S.C. — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28 — Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Bay Center
3/29 — Baton Rouge, La. — Baton Rouge River Center Arena
4/5 — Orlando, Fla. — Universal Studios
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When Eddie Trunk brought Jake E. Lee on That Metal Show in 2013, I couldn’t have been more excited. Mr. Lee has been noticeably absent from the hard rock world for a few years, and I greatly missed him. When Jake mentioned his new band Red Dragon Cartel, I was ecstatic that Jake was returning to make new music. I have longed to hear him play in a band since the last Badlands CD Dusk from ’98.
Well Red Dragon Cartel is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier. The new music is great, and has me super excited to see the band live later in 2014.
The opening track “Deceiver” is an awesome stadium anthem that easily states that JAKE E. LEE IS BACK! The riffs on this song sound like they could have easily been off of the Ozzy Osbourne Ultimate Sin album. I can’t get enough of this song.
The song “Shout It Out” has more of a modern flair to it, but it a good song, and one of my favorites on the album.
“Feeder” features Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander on vocals, and as always Zander does a terrific job. This guy could sing names out of the phone book and make it sound good. Jake E. Lee’s riffs are pretty awesome too. Something about the intro on this song reminds me of the opening music on the animated series Batman Beyond, but it is very cool.
“Fall From The Sky (Seagull)” is a slower tune that has a cool alternative vibe too it. I really dig this track. It sounds great loud too!
If there is one weak track on the Red Dragon Cartel album, It is “Wasted”. While I like Paul Di’Anno, I don’t think his voice has aged well, and this song to me would have been better with Darren Smith on vocals. I like the music, but the vocals kill it for me.
“Slave” is another cool rocker with some killer riffs from Jake E. Lee. This hard driving tune really gets your blood pumping.
I am sure some folks were shocked when they heard “Big Mouth” with Maria Brink on vocals. This is unlike anything Jake E. Lee has ever done. It is a modern hard rocker, which isn’t too far off from what In This Moment plays. I like In This Moment and Maria Brink so I have really been enjoying this tune. I am hoping In This Moment will play this live at some point.
The song “War Machine” is doom-laden Black Sabbath like metal opus that gets better every time I listen to it. What a cool tune!
I was surprised to find that Jake E. Lee locked in Sass Jordan to sing a song on the album. I love Sass Jordan, especially on her recent release S.U.N. – Something Unto Nothing. She is a powerful bluesy singer. She does a killer job on “Redeem Me”.
“Exquisite Tenderness” is the first song that Jake E. Lee ever wrote. This is a piano based instrumental that shows that Mr. Lee has a great musical talent beyond his guitar (but please don’t give up that six string Jake!).
If you buy the special Best Buy Edition of the Red Dragon Cartel CD, you will get a bonus track “American Dream”. Is it worth it? I think so. This is a cool rocker that should not be missed.
Overall, I have been enjoying Red Dragon Cartel. It has easily been my favorite hard rock CD of 2014 so far. Some of my peers have not been so kind to Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren Smith, but I will go on record that I like his voice a lot. He reminds of a cross between John Corabi and Rod Jackson. I like both of those singers and I like Darren too. I can’t wait to hear him sing these songs live.
Red Dragon Cartel’s debut is a solid album all the way through, and most importantly it brings Jake E. Lee back to the limelight, and live stages all across the world. Welcome back Jake! I am glad you and Red Dragon Cartel are here!
02. Shout It Out
03. Feeder (Robin Zander)
04. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
05. Wasted (Paul Di’Anno)
07. Big Mouth (Maria Brink)
08. War Machine
09. Redeem Me
10. Exquisite Tenderness
11. American Dream (Bonus Track)
Red Dragon Cartel is:
Jake E. Lee – Guitars
Ronnie Mancuso – Bass
D.J Smith – Vocals
Jonas Fairley – Drums
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee is pleased to announce June 2014 UK tour dates for his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel’s critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th.
The UK tour includes London’s O2 Academy Islington (June 6), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (June 7), Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (June 8), Glasgow Classic Grand (June 10) and Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (June 11). Special guests on all UK dates include Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls.
As previously announced, Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15th.
A special 24 hour ticket pre-sale for the Red Dragon Cartel UK tour dates will kick off on Planet Rock from 9am on Thursday January 30th. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday January 31st via www.seetickets.com or directly from the venues.
The band’s new single “Deceived” will be released in the UK on Monday February 10th.
Emperors and Elephants released their debut album titled “Devil in the Lake” today via Pavement Entertainment.
Chicago’s own Emperors and Elephants is a hard driving, modern, heavy rock band in the vein of Alice in Chains, Shinedown, and Seether. Formed in 2010, they have been gathering great momentum in Chicago and its surrounding area. Their song”Your Will” has been featured on Chicago area active rock stations 105.5 The KAT and 95.1 WIIL Rock. The track gained so much attention from WIIL rock listeners that they were invited to play an on air acoustic performance.
EMPERORS AND ELEPHANTS released their lyric video for the single – WHO YOU ARE from the debut album “Devil in the Lake”.