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
Redlight King’s new album, Irons In the Fire is due out September 10th. The new album features the songs “Redemption” from the Iron Man 3 soundtrack, and the band’s latest single “Born To Rise”. Check out the band’s new video for “Born To Rise” below!
Back to the 80’s! That’s not only the mission behind SINNER’s upcoming album “Touch Of Sin 2” (released on August 30th), so their new video clip “Don’t Believe A Word” takes you back to the times of DeLorean, Indiana Jones, Rambo, video recorders and Miami Vice.
For “Touch Of Sin 2″ the band took 11 of their classic tracks from the 80′s (from their long out of print cult albums “Dangerous Charm”, “Touch Of Sin” and “Comin’ Out Fighting”) and did an extensive re-recording. In addition, 3 brand new songs were produced to end up on the record.
Legendary rock band Stryper reveals audio samples for three tracks from their forthcoming studio album, NO MORE HELL TO PAY. Check out snippets of “Revelation,” “Saved By Love” and “Marching Into Battle” below.
NO MORE HELL TO PAY is set for a November 5th release in North America and will be available in two formats – standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist/songwriter Michael Sweet, the set features some of Stryper’s strongest and heaviest material ever.
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (lead vocals/guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), Robert Sweet (drums) and Oz Fox (guitar), Stryper has been going strong since 1984, and is responsible for such ’80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as “Calling on You,” “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990′s, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and GRAMMY nominee. Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.
Don’t judge a book by a cover. That is the first thing I think of when I listen to North Carolina Alt rockers, Another Lost Year. You see, the winged skull on the cover of Another Lost year’s album Better Days would have me believe that ALY is a metal band. I would not consider ALY’s music metal, but alternative hard rock more in vain of Candlebox, Live and Three Doors Down. They might be a little heavier than those bands, but when I listen to Better Days, these are the bands that come to mind.
Another Lost Year’s music has grown on me quite a bit over the last few weeks. There are several songs that could easily be radio singles on this album and two ( “War On The Inside” and “Writing On The Wall”) already have been.
Clinton Cunanan has a pretty solid voice, and his voice help propel my favorite tracks on Better Days including “War On The Inside”, “Broken” and “Runaway”. I don’t like it when they tread into screamo territory, but there is very little of that on this album.
Better Days also features a great duet with singer Lish Rimer on the song “Angels”. This song ought to be a big hit for Another Lost year. Check it out below!
Overall, Better Days is a solid album, and will likely get a lot of mileage on the radio for ALY. If you check out one new band in 2013, you could do a lot worse than Another Lost Year. Check them out on facebook at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Better Days
02. War On The Inside
03. All That We Are
05. What I Deserve
08. Last Goodbye
09. Writing On The Wall
10. Come And Gone
11. Forgot About Us
Another Lost Year is:
Dave Whitaker – Guitars
Clinton Cunanan – Vocals & Guitar
Adam Hall – Guitars & Vocals
Lee Norris – Drums
Jason Lovelace – Bass
Last week, Sammy Hagar launched a series of premieres for “Knockdown Dragout” — the anthemic lead track from his highly-anticipated upcoming rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar and Friends” — with a high-octane performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Following his debut TV performance of the track, fans can now watch the video for the new single below.
“Knockdown Dragout” which features a duet with Kid Rock, and a guitar guest appearance from Joe Satriani, is taken from the “Sammy Hagar & Friends” album which is officially released by Frontiers Records in North America on 24th September, Europe on 27th September, and the UK on 30th September.
In addition to the 10-track Standard Edition album, fans can purchase a Deluxe Edition of “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” packaged in a high-gloss Digipak. The Deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5,” featuring the reunion of the original first Montrose album lineup with very special guest, Joe Satriani. In addition the Deluxe Edition includes a 1-hour DVD that includes a “Making of” album documentary, the music video for “Knockdown Dragout,” plus exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Fans who pre-order from www.sammyandfriends.com will receive a second exclusive digital bonus track of “Bad Motor Scooter,” also recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert on 4/27/2012.
Hagar celebrates the release of the album and 40 years in music with his Four Decades of Rock Tour, presented by Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. The tour kicked off July 26 in Tucson, AZ and will touch down in 13 more cities through September.
For more information on Sammy Hagar, “Sammy Hagar and Friends,” the Four Decades of Rock Tour and Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum, access the following web links:
Multi-platinum hard rockers Saliva’s brand new album IN IT TO WIN IT has now been confirmed for a September 3rd North American release date via new label home Rum Bum Records. IN IT TO WIN IT, Saliva’s eight full-length release, was produced by Bobby Huff (known for his songwriting work with Meat Loaf, Halestorm, Drowning Pool, Saliva, Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down and more).
Saliva is an American rock band formed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1996. Saliva self-released their self-titled debut album in August, 1997 after competing in the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy Showcase competition, where they advanced to the final round in New York City. The album sold 10,000 copies independently, prompting record labels to take notice. Saliva signed with Island Records and went on to release six more albums with the label including the double-platinum certified EVERY SIX SECONDS, the offering which also contained their Grammy-nominated single, “Your Disease.” Saliva has enjoyed widespread success at Rock radio with such hit singles as “Always,” which nabbed the #1 spot on the Modern Rock Chart and climbed to #51 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In late 2012, Saliva signed to Rum Bum Records to begin a new phase of their already impressive career with new lead singer Bobby Amaru on board. To date, Saliva has sold millions of albums worldwide and has toured with the likes of KISS, Aerosmith, Godsmack, Sum 41, Nickelback and many more. Saliva is Bobby Amaru (vocals), Dave Novotny (bass), Paul Crosby (drums) and Wayne Swinny (guitar).
For more information, please visit http://www.saliva.com.
Check out Saliva’s new song “In It To Win It” in their new lyric video below.
The clip contains archive band materials – original video from recording sessions and live sets in the 80s as well as part of the session when this track was recorded in 2012.
Doogie White comments: “The song tells the story and the video shows the story. We’re the best of friends still having a great time doing what we love.”
Scottish vocalist Doogie White came to the attention of the worldwide audience when Ritchie Blackmore asked him to be the lead singer in his reformed Rainbow. They recorded one album together – “Stranger in Us All.” Doogie would go on to sing with Swedish neo-classical guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen for over a six and a half year period, record two albums and tour the world. He also recorded four albums and toured with Cornerstone and is currently the lead singer of the legendary N.W.O.B.H.M. band – Tank.
La Paz were formed in Lanarkshire, Scotland in the summer of 1984 by Chic McSherry (guitars), Doogie White (vocals) and Alex Carmichael (bass). At the first rehearsal together they hit it off immediately on a personal level – they also liked the same music and they had the same influences and heroes (Purple, Rainbow, Journey, Gary Moore) so they started to recruit other members to try to form a band and go do some gigs. Andy Mason (keyboards) joined the trio and he fitted in from the start, even though he was still at school when he joined. Drummers were always a problem and, over the life of the band, La Paz went through almost as many as Spinal Tap. Unquestionably the loudest and the most accomplished was/is their current drummer, Paul McManus. La Paz played live regularly, sometimes playing up to a hundred gigs in a year. They played the world-famous Marquee Club in London as well as at some festivals in Milton Keynes and they were featured regularly in Kerrang! (Derek Oliver becoming a big fan of the band) and attracted interest from a number of UK and US record companies, finally agreeing terms with one of them for a three album deal. But it was not to be – for reasons which were never explained by the record label the deal fell through at the very last minute. Sadly the band didn’t survive for very long after that. They did their last gig on 15th October 1988 and then Doogie moved to London to join Midnite Blue, Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, Cornerstone, Yngwie Malmsteen and now the mighty Tank. And then legendary DJ Tom Russell of 96.3 Rock Radio called Doogie and asked him if he would do some acoustic numbers at The Garage in Glasgow for Rock Radio’s Birthday Bash in January 2008. Doogie agreed and asked Chic to play guitar. It was a big ask after 20 years: almost 1000 people, Doogie singing alone and Chic with one flamenco guitar! “We had such a blast though and it woke up so many great memories in both of us that we decided to give it a go with the full band for my 50th birthday” said Chic. And so the full band started to rehearse and it was clear that they could still play a bit. The band just gelled: just like old times and the gigs were a terrific success. And so the idea of re-recording some of the favorites from the set that had never had a proper production job was conceived. The final result could be heard on the album “Granite” released in early 2012. It was an album with its roots in the past but its energy in the present. And now the band return with their sophomore album entitled “The Dark and The Light”.Doogie White & La Paz – line-up:
Doogie White – Vocals
Chic McSherry – Guitar
Alex Carmichael – Bass
Andy Mason – Keyboards
Paul McManus – Drums
Omaha, Nebraska based hard rockers, Emphatic have announced a September 17th release date for their sophomore album “Another Life” with Epochal Artists Records/Capitol Music Group. The album will be the first to feature new frontman Toryn Green, who was previously the singer of multi-platinum rock band FUEL and the touring vocalist for Finnish cello rock band Apocalyptica.
“This band has seen its share of difficult situations and for me I was the guy that had to decide to give up or fix what was broken. Music is in my blood so giving up isn’t an option,” said guitarist Justin McCain. “After making that decision to continue we found Toryn and he was everything I’ve ever wanted in a frontman. The record is a reflection of the trials and tribulations we went through as a band over the past couple of years.”
Produced by Emphatic guitarist Justin McCain and co-produced by Ryan Greene at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, “Another Life” showcases Emphatic’s newfound sense of maturity and creative firepower as they belt out a powerful dose of groundbreaking hard rock. Rejuvenated creatively, the band is now firing on all cylinders with a line-up that matches the intensity of their songs. “Another Life” is filled with gigantic hooks, powerful melodies and is an inspiring triumph over adversity.
Emphatic are best known for their major label debut album “Damage”, which produced the hit single “Bounce”, and shot the album onto the Billboard Heatseekers charts at #9. The album was produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Halestorm), and featured A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese playing drums on the record. From there, the band went on to take part in the Carnival Of Madness Tour alongside hard rock heavyweights Theory of a Deadman, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, and Adelitas Way.
You can check out Emphatic’s new song “Remember Me” in their new lyric video below.
Bobaflex will release its highly anticipated 6th album Charlatan’s Web September 10th via BFX Records. Charlatan’s Web is the follow up to 2011’s Hell In My Heart that featured the singles “Bury Me With My Guns On”, “Chemical Valley” and “The Sound Of Silence”. It will be available digitally and in stores. The band is offering 4 pre-sale packages at their merch store … http://bobaflex.ras.bustores.com/.
The first single off the new record “Bad Man” is quickly climbing the charts. The video can be seen below.
The band consisting of brothers, Shaun (vocals, guitars) and Marty McCoy (vocals, guitars), Jerod Mankin (vocals, bass), Tommy Johnson (drums) and newly added David Tipple (guitars) will be bringing their tour from coast-to-coast in support of the new album.
Their catalog is rounded out by Primitive Epic (2003) on Eclipse Records; Apologize For Nothing (2005) and Tales From Dirt Town (2007) on TvT Records and Chemical Valley (2010) which they self-released. The band is not dreading on the past anymore as they embattled a troubled label, legal battles and just looking ahead to the future.
Bobaflex is known as one of the hardest working bands in the country. Renowned for their high energy, live shows and relentless touring the band was formed in 1998 by brothers Shaun and Marty McCoy. The brothers are known for their ancestral ties to the most infamous family feud in American history between the Hatfield and McCoy. The interest of the feud has spurred of late a mini-series, many documentaries and an upcoming modern day version series debuting this Fall.
Bobaflex will be touring extensively in 2013 to support the effort.
“Charlatan’s Web” track listing:
01. Charlatan’s Web
02. Never Comin’ Back
03. Wading Through The Dark
04. Bad Man
05. I’m Glad You’re Dead
06. Pretty Little Things
07. Losin’ My Mind
08. School For Young Ladies
09. Strangle You
For more information, check out the band’s website:
Southern Rock from New York City? That is what you get with the band Killcode. Check out their kickass tune & video clip “Still Here” below!
Heaven & Earth (guitarist Stuart Smith, singer Joe Retta, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum) have just released a video for their second single and power ballad, “I Don’t Know What Love Is” from their critically acclaimed album Dig (Quarto Valley Records), which is available on iTunes now. The video — directed by Glen Wexler (Van Halen, Black Sabbath,ig Michael Jackson) and produced by Jeremy Alter and Meiert Avis of Pusher Media (U2, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Evanescence)–was exclusively premiered on www.guitarplayer.com and www.melodicrock.com this past Friday (July 26th).
The video — featuring special guest appearances by actors Angelina Vitale, Derek DuChesne and Tiffany Phillips — continues the story of two lovers trying to connect throughout time. “I Don’t Know What Love Is” is the follow-up to the success of Heaven & Earth‘s first video for “No Money, No Love,” which has received more than 500,000 plays to date and can be viewed below.
Says guitarist Stuart Smith, “I’m very proud of both the song and this new video by Glen Wexler. We released ‘No Money, No Love’ as the first single and video as we wanted to establish ourselves as a rock band that does the occasional ballad, not a ballad band that does the occasional rock song. For me “I Don’t Know What Love Is” was always the main hit from Dig.”
What do you get when combine the talents of Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy & Richie Kotzen? One badass band called The Winery Dogs.
Check out their clips “Elevate” and “I’m No Angel below.
I have been digging this new Seattle band Walking Papers, which now features Duff McKagan on bass. Walking Papers is on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival this summer. Check out their clip “The Whole World’s Watching” below. Walking Papers debut album will be released August 6th via Loud & Proud Records.
Dallas based hard rock outfit Brand New Machine‘s new album, “The Devil Made Me Do It”, hit stores this week via Epochal Artist Records/Capitol Music Group. To celebrate the album’s release the group are currently streaming the song “Dust The Sky” online at http://altsds.co/0uz5. The group have also announced the addition of drummer Seven Antonopoulos, formerly of Opiate for the Masses, to the Brand New Machine ranks.
“We would like to welcome drummer Seven Antonopoulos to Brand New Machine. Seven is an incredible drummer and his style fits in perfectly with what we do,” said bassist Wiley Oliver. “It’s hard to compare us to other rock acts today because a lot of rock albums all sound the same. So many bands come and go chasing trends, but we’ve never jumped on any bandwagons. This music is a lifestyle and we wear it like a badge.”
Brand New Machine‘s new album, “The Devil Made Me Do It”, was recorded at Validus Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA under the watchful eye of producer/mixer Ryan Greene (Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick). The album takes the band’s hard-living lifestyle and mixes it with arena ready rock anthems to create a soundtrack for debauchery. Brand New Machine’s explosive live show has earned them countless opening slots for national acts including recent overseas dates with Guns N’ Roses. Brand New Machine‘s video for the song “Girls Like You” can be seen below.
Ending ten months of speculation after an arduous audition process, the band are proud to announce Serbian vocalist Nikola Mijic as their new front man.
Hailing from Senta, in the North of Serbia, Nikola is a vastly experienced singer despite his tender years. For the past ten years he has been fronting Serbian outfit Alogia and more recently Hungarian Prog Rockers Dreyelands, who released their debut album on Lion Music in 2010. In 2008 he also featured heavily on the Prog Rock project album Expedition Delta.
A happy Nikola said “I’m really honored to be part of the Metal journey of Eden’s Curse with their new upcoming album that is coming out on 4th October and I’m looking forward to rock with you guys”!
Drummer Pete Newdeck commented “For me, when I heard a lot of the auditions, Nik’s was the one that stood out. It stood out mainly because of it’s originality. His voice was strong, it was soulful and he had something different to offer. That’s really why I championed him because I think he could offer something different, change the face of the band and possibly help this band move forward”.
Bassist Paul Logue added “When Nik sent his audition of Evil & Divine that’s when we really began to sit up and take notice and say that this guy was something special. He is the complete package”.
Guitarist Thorsten Koehne enthused “He’s just an amazing talent, one of the most amazing singers I’ve seen in recent times. He’s just so versatile in what he can do and he just fits the band perfect because with Eden’s Curse we’re very diverse, as far as the music, so there’s not just one particular style that we are doing. So we were really looking for a singer that could keep up with that and have a range in his vocals. Nikola is just perfect because he can do so many things, from blues to metal stuff and everything in between”.
Also joining the Eden’s Curse ranks is Welsh keyboard wizard and Powerquest main man Steve Williams who replaces Alessandro Del Vecchio.
Bassist Paul Logue commented “Sadly we we part company with our brother Alessandro on a truly positive note as his career as a mixing engineer and a producer has really taken off, meaning less and less time could be devoted to the Eden’s Curse cause. We will miss him dearly as a friend and a musician and we wish him nothing but the utmost success. We firmly believe he has the talent to go right to the very top! He will always be considered a part of the Eden’s Curse family and is cursed for life”.
Williams, a former member of Dragonforce, commented “It was a real thrill to be asked by Paul and the boys to get involved in Eden’s Curse. I’ve been a fan for a long time, I’ve known the guys a while and it’s great to be here getting myself right cursed I can tell you”!
Bassist Paul Logue further commented “I’ve known Steve for a while and when Ale left he recommended we look at Steve. It was very easy choice for us, as we were already good friends and with Powerquest calling it a day it was a perfect time in both our careers to join forces. Steve is a smashing player and one of life’s true gentlemen. He is an utter joy to have on board and I am genuinely excited to see what we can produce together in the years to come as I am a big fan of his songwriting”.
The band can also confirm that their long awaited fourth album “Symphony Of Sin” will be released by AFM Records on 4th October.
This will be preceded by a digital single “Evil & Divine”, for which the band shot a video for on location at the famous St. Andrews in the Square location in Glasgow, under the direction of Ryan Priddy and his team at Independent Element. More news to follow on that at http://www.edenscurse.com
The Slam have released a new video in support of their album, Hit it. Check out the clip “Tears In The Rain” below.
Some roots never die, no matter how they are cut. Stardog Champion is proof of this. Aaron Fink and Mark James reunite with vocalist Nick Coyle reigniting the creative flame that sparked the band Lifer and set the path for Breaking Benjamin success, add drummer Josh Karis to the mix and you get Stardog Champion. Produced by Grammy-nominated Neal Avron (Switchfoot, Everclear, Linkin Park) Exhale the group’s first EP featuring the single “When We Fall” is a collection of sharp, mature rock tracks unlike a lot of modern day manufactured rock tunes. Exhale is a product of passion and lifelong influences today’s listening audience should be getting ready to absorb. What will come from these roots? Stardog Champion, breathe in Exhale!
Check out Stardog Champion on tour near you!
|Fri Aug 9||Long Branch||NJ||Brighton Bar|
|Sat Aug 10||Kenilworth||NJ||10th St Live|
|Fri Aug 16||Syracuse||NY||Three Fat Guys|
|Sat Aug 17||Mattydale||NY||Macs Bad Art Bar|
|Thu Aug 29||Westchester||PA||The Note|
|Fri Aug 30||Altoona||PA||Aldos|
|Sat Aug 31||NYC||NY||Tobacco Road|
|Sun Sep 1||Philly||PA||Legendary Dobbs|
|Tue Sep 3||Clifton||NJ||Dingbatz|
|Wed Sep 4||White Marsh||MD||House of Rock|
|Thu Sep 5||Columbus||OH||Victorys Live|
|Fri Sep 6||Dayton||OH||McGuffys|
|Sat Sep 7||Newport||KY||Thompson House|
|Sun Sep 8||Indianapolis||IN||Emerson Theater|
|Tue Sep 10||Nash/Louisville|
|Wed Sep 11||St Louis||MO||Fubar|
|Thu Sep 12||TBA||IL|
|Fri Sep 13||Cape Girardeau||MO||Pitters|
|Sat Sep 14||Merriam||KS||Aftershock|
|Sun Sep 15||Des Moines||IA||Krazee Kafe|
|Tue Sep 17||Cedar Rapids||IA|
|Wed Sep 18||Crest Hill||IL||Bada Brew|
|Thu Sep 19||Barrington||IL||Penny Road|
|Fri Sep 20||Janesville||WI||Back Bar|
|Sat Sep 21||Creve Couer||IL||Trendz|
|Sun Sep 22||South Bend||IN||Cheers|
|Tue Sep 24||G Rapids/Muskegon|
|Wed Sep 25||Chesterfield||MI||Diesel Concert Lounge|
|Thu Sep 26||Lansing||MI||Ulis Haus of Rock|
|Fri Sep 27||Parma||OH||Rock City Tap House|
|Sat Sep 28||Marion||OH||Tinks|
|Sun Sep 29||Pittsburgh||PA||Hard Rock Cafe|
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EVE TO ADAM TO RELEASE LOCKED & LOADED ON SEPT. 17TH
REVEAL ARTWORK FOR NEW ALBUM
ON TOUR WITH TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION
NYC rockers, Eve To Adam recently announced the release of their latest album, Locked & Loaded, on September 17th via 3for5 / Megaforce / Sony Red. The album was produced by multiple notable producers including Dave Bassett (Shinedown, Halestorm), Eric Bass (Shinedown), and Elvis Baskette (Puddle of Mudd, Alter Bridge, Chevelle) and features ETA’s sexy new single, “Straitjacket Supermodel.” Check out the clip below!
EVE TO ADAM W/ TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION TOUR DATES
7/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
7/14 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
7/16 – Orlando, FL @ The Social
7/17 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
7/18 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
7/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/20 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
7/21 – Wilmington, NC @ The Soapbox
7/22 – Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
7/24 – Pottsville, PA @ Goodfellas
7/25 – Harford, CT @ Webster Underground
7/26 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
7/27 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
7/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Alter Bar
7/30 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s Downunder
7/31 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
8/01 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
8/02 – Spring Lake Park, MN @ POV’s
8/03 – St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
8/04 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada
8/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Bar Deluxe
8/08 – Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
8/09 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
8/10 – Modesto, CA @ Fat Cat Music House
8/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
8/12 – Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
8/14 – Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
8/16 – Abilene, TX @ The Lucky Mule
Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band Skillet have now released the official music video for “American Noise.” You can also go behind the scenes with the band on the set of their new video here and watch the “American Noise” lyric video here.
The highly anticipated album, RISE, is now available on iTunes and follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S.
The band is preparing to hit the road on the Carnival of Madness tour presented by Monster Energy. The nationwide tour includes rock superstars such as Shinedown, Papa Roach, In This Moment, and more.
Carnival of Madness Tour Dates w/ Skillet
8/11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/13 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/17 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/18 – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
8/20 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/25 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
8/27 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 – Big Flats, NY – Tags
8/30 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/31 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
9/01 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
9/06 – Orlando, FL – Night of Joy
9/07 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
9/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
9/10 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/12 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Country Interstate Fair
9/14 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park
9/15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Washington State Fair
Texas Hippie Coalition kicks off their 29 city Highway Robbery Tour in Birmingham, AL at Zydeco on July 13, 2013. They will be joined on tour by New York based rockers Eve To Adam. Having conquered Brazil during a tour of the country this spring, frontman Big Dad Ritch, bassist John Exall, guitarist Cord Pool and drummer Gunner Molton are set to spread their brand of Red Dirt Metal to US stages. The summer tour will take THC from coast to coast in support of their latest release Peacemaker, on Carved Records. Since Peacemaker’s release last summer, the record has spent more than 24 weeks on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and more than 15 weeks on the Billboard Hard Music Chart.
THC’s 3rd single Hands Up hit Active Rock stations July 10th.
Check out the Hands Up lyric video here:
Date Venue City/State
07/13/2013 Zydeco Birmingham, AL
07/14/2013 Exit / In Nashville, TN
07/16/2013 The Social Orlando, FL
07/17/2013 Vinyl Music Hall Pensacola, FL
07/18/2013 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville, FL
07/19/2013 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
07/20/2013 Ground Zero Spartanburg, SC
07/21/2013 The Soapbox Wilmington, NC
07/22/2013 Empire West Springfield, VA
07/24/2013 Goodfellas Pottsville, PA
07/25/2013 Webster Underground Hartford, CT
07/26/2013 The Note West Chester, PA
07/27/2013 Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
07/28/2013 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
07/30/2013 Peabody’s Downunder Cleveland, OH
07/31/2013 The Machine Shop Flint, MI
08/01/2013 Mojoes Joliet, IL
08/02/2013 POV’s Spring Lake Park, MN
08/03/2013 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
08/04/2013 Granada Lawrence, KS
08/06/2013 Bar Deluxe Salt Lake City, UT
08/08/2013 Studio Seven Seattle, WA
08/09/2013 Hawthorne Theater Portland, OR
08/10/2013 Fat Cat Music House Modesto, CA
08/11/2013 The Roxy Los Angeles, CA
08/12/2013 Club Red Tempe, AZ
08/14/2013 Mesa Theater & Club Grand Junction, CO
08/16/2013 The Lucky Mule Abilene, TX
08/17/2013 Trees (Ride For Dime) Dallas, TX (no Eve To Adam on this date)
“Have a Good Time” is the first video/single taken from the KING KOBRA 2013 album entitled “II” available NOW on Frontiers Records. Check out the new clip below!
KING KOBRA is:
Paul Shortino – vocals
David Michael-Philips – Guitar
Mick Sweda – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
Carmine Appice – drums
Queensryche (with Todd La Torre) has released a brand new clip “Fallout”. “Fallout” is on Queensryche’s new self titled album, available now!
SOIL’s new album Whole will be released August 20th. Check out the first single “Shine On” below!
GOTTHARD – Radio-Bagpipe Version “YIPPIE AYE YAY”
The perfect song for the start of the summer.
With their album Firebirth, released in 2012, the Swiss rockers stormed the charts, toured the entire world and received a platinum award!
Right on time for the start of the summer, we present you «Yippie Aye Yay», the fourth single from this successful album, in a special radio-bagpipe version.
This feel-good song is the perfect choice for the upcoming months which are promising to be really hot.
At the start of “Yippie Aye Yay” you can hear the bagpipes of the Wild Boar Clan.
You can watch the video which Gotthard directed themselves here:
The song rocks from the very first sound and rolls without stopping throughout this enchanting track. „come what may,…. shake the day,… are you coming?
What are we waiting for?
At the moment they are fervently writing songs for the new album, planned to be released in early 2014. But Gotthard just can’t live without any stage appearances in 2013 and in order not to let the fans wait too long, the band will rock – besides a few shows in Germany – the Swiss Rock’n’Road exclusively on August 10th 2013 in Bellinzona!
“Yippie Aye Yay”!
Austin, Texas revival rockers Scorpion Child have released their self titled debut album in June. Check out their lyric video “Polygon of Eyes” below.
Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), has uploaded its new song, “Gettysburg,” to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle. Check out the song, taken from the band’s debut full-length The Killer Angels out now on Despotz Records, online here:
“The Battle of Gettysburg. 150 years have passed since it took place, but still today it’s one of the greatest battles in history,” commented the band. “This is a song that reflects the memories and thoughts of one single soldier. His name is unknown, maybe he never existed. But if he did, maybe this is what went through his mind. We give you the song, ‘Gettysburg.’”
After streaming the new song, fans can purchase The Killer Angels on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-killer-angels/id651486589 or via Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Killer-Angels/dp/B00DJMMN0Q/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372887657&sr=301-2 just in time for the weekend’s Holiday festivities.
1. King of the Sun
2. First to Fight
3. Saint Patrick’s Day
4. Rome is Falling
5. Sons of Avalon
6. I Will Rule the Universe
7. Lucifer’s Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March across the Belt **vinyl bonus track
11. Children of the Grave **CD bonus track
Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player, Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren’s, The Abyss, in Pärlby, Sweden.
Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak.
Stay tuned for more information on Civil War and The Killer Angels.
Civil War is…
Nils Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Rikard Sunden – Guitars
Oskar Montelius – Guitars
Daniel Myhr – Keyboard
Daniel Mullback – Drums
Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson – Bass
Civil War online
Airbourne have released a new lyric video for their song “No One Fits”. Check it out below! Airbourne’s latest CD Black Dog Barking is available now!
Chicago rockers The Last Vegas are back with another eye-catching music video for the song “She’s My Confusion” off the band’s fourth full-length album, Bad Decisions, released last fall through FrostByte Media. The video is produced and directed by the Chicago-based video production company Motion Source Video Solutions, the same team responsible for the “Evil Eyes” music video. Click to watch “She’s My Confusion” below.
The video is based on a well-known Chicago area ghost story named Resurrection Mary that’s been around since the ’30s. The young woman, Mary, had spent the evening dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom (now the Willowbrook) with a boyfriend. Following an argument that evening Mary stormed out into the cold winter’s night, leaving the ballroom behind and walked along Archer Avenue. Not long after, she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene leaving her to die. The story survives through the many men who claim picking up a young female hitchhiker along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom (which is the locale for the video) and Resurrection Cemetery. When reaching the cemetery, the young woman is let out only to disappear into the cemetery.
“The Willowbrook Ballroom is a Chicago musical institution; one bad-ass, old-school place which drips of mystery, intrigue and aura. What better place to film an unconventional rock video for ‘She’s My Confusion?’ We stepped back in time and addressed whether those noises we hear in the night are real, or just a dream?” – Adam Arling
TLV are a straight-up rock n’ roll meets garage/punk rock band that turn any event into a raucous. Hailing from Chicago and formed in 2005, TLV burst onto the national scene in 2009 when Motley’s Crue’s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, Whatever Gets You Off. More touring followed, including a stint opening Motley Crue’s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour. The Onion referred to their sound as “Swaggering, stomping, balls-out guitar rock”, while The Chicago Sun-Times declared them to be “Red hot garage-rockers.” The Last Vegas is: Chad Cherry (vocals), Adam Arling (guitars), Danny Smash (bass), Nate Arling (drums) and Johnny Wator (guitars).
TLV are in studio this month laying down tracks for their fifth full-length album, title yet to be determined, working with the great Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura) and immediately following up with a North American tour and then a European tour supporting Buckcherry and Hardcore Superstar, but they’re not doing any of that alone. Partnering with fans through PledgeMusic, TLV are offering up a variety of great exclusive opportunities like a studio hang, an acoustic performance/backyard BBQ and more!
For more details on specific dates and chances to win, visit TheLastVegas.com! Remaining tour dates listed below.
North American Tour:
- Jul 4 in Queretaro, Mexico at the Black Dog
- Jul 5 in Puebla, Mexico at Pulque For Two
- Jul 6 in Mexico City, Mexico at Jose Cuervo Salon w/ Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil
- Jul 18 in Chesaning, Michigan at Chesaning Showboat Music Festival w/ Theory of a Deadman
- Jul 19 in Pecatonica, Illinois at Breast Fest w/ Pop Evil, NonPoint, Wayland, SOIL
- Jul 20 in Kenosha, Wisconsin at Brat Stop w/ Sevendust
- Aug 17 in Chicago, Illinois at Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest
- Aug 24 in Hillsdale, Michigan @ Checker Records Street Dance
- Aug 30 in Burnsville, Minnesota @ High Five
- Aug 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ BMO Harris Pavilion w/ Halestorm
- Nov 8 in Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 9 in Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 10 in Vienna, Austria @ Szene Wien w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 12 in Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 13 in Zürich, Switzerland @ Plaza w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 15 in Roncade TV, Italy @ New Age Club
- Nov 16 in Bologna, Italy @ Estragon w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 17 in Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 19 in Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colo-Saal w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 20 in Vauréal, France @ Le Forum w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 22 in London, United Kingdom @ Koko w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 23 in Coventry, United Kingdom @ Kasbah w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 25 in Manchester, United Kingdom @ The Ritz w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom @ ABC w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 27 in Belfast, United Kingdom @ The Limelight 2 w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 29 in Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory w/ Buckcherry
- Nov 30 in Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 2 in Bristol, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Bristol w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 3 in Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Solus w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 4 in Exeter, United Kingdom @ Lemon Grove w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 6 in Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 7 in Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg w/ Buckcherry
- Dec 8 in Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle w/ Buckcherry
When I first heard the name Stardog Champion, I immediately thought of the Mother Love Bone song from the 90′s (what a great song!) I can assure you that Stardog Champion has nothing to do with Mother Love Bone, but they are a cool new band worth checking out.
Stardog Champion is the new band with singer Nick Coyle (from Lifer), and guitarist Aaron Fink, bassist Mark James (both originally from Breaking Benjamin). Their new EP Exhale offers up five rockin’ tracks that will likely get a lot of radio play. The first single “When We Fall” was my first introduction to the band, and I took to that song immediately. “When We Fall” is a little heavier that the rest of the songs on Exhale, but if the five songs on this EP are any indication as to the direction of Stardog Champion, this band will have a long and prosperous career.
Stardog Champion’s music leans more towards the alt rock side of the fence, but there are some definite harder rocking moments. If you like bands like Papa Roach, & Shinedown, I think you will enjoy Stardog Champion too. Check them out!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Nothing To Lose
3. When We Fall
4. House of Cards
5. The Switch
Stardog Champion is:
Nick Coyle – Vocals
Aaron Fink – Guitar
Mark James – Bass
Josh Karis – Drums