W.E.T. (featuring the vocals of Jeff Scott Soto) has released their second video in support of their recently released album, Rise Up. Check out the clips “Love Heals” & “Learn To Live Again” below.
AFM Records proudly welcomes another legendary act: Danish cult rockers D-A-D have signed a worldwide (except Scandinavia) record deal.
As the first release of their new collaboration, D-A-D‘s 2011 studio album “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” is available from today on as an extensive “Deluxe Edition”, which comes as 2-CD in Digipak format and includes a 16-track live CD beside the regular album.
Check out the video clip for the song, “I Want What She’s Got” from “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” below.
Germany‘s THE NEW BLACK have released the video to their new single ‘Sharkpool’, and it shows the band going up against sharks, mermaids, seabed beer drinking and chess-playing crabs. All underwater. What an adventure! As the band comments:
„Yes, we actually look like that sometimes…“
Airbourne’s third album, Black Dog Barking will be released in May. The new album was produced by Brian Howes. Check out the cover art below!
For a brief taste of the new songs, you can check out the Airbourne “Black Dog Barking” Studio Report in the clip below.
Ryo Vie thinks we should cover Against Me! more at Hard Rock Hideout, and I would agree 100% (Check out today’s Vie’s Verses).
Check out Three videos clips from Against Me!, “Thrash Unreal”, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Stop” below!
Heaven & Earth have just released their official video for the single “No Money, No Love”. The video features performance footage of the band, along with an old Hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses. The video was directed by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has worked with Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Michael Jackson.
“No Money, No Love” is featured on the band’s forthcoming studio album ‘Dig’, which is available April 23rd on Quarto Valley Records. The album was produced by Dave Jenkins, who’s worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power – and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
The band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, had this to say about Dig, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.” “All the pieces are in place,” he explains with graceful candor. “We’re ready to make this our year.”
The track listing for ‘Dig’ is as follows:
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back in Anger
7. Waiting for the End of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live as One
Their bio says they write “trend free music” and what we get to hear are “Real grooves, real performances, real rock.” I’d say that description is
pretty dead on. If there’s one thing that irritates the hell out of me, it’s the over computerized, over produced, overly generic music that’s being pushed out to the world on a daily basis. You certainly won’t get any of that with S.U.N.’s (Something Unto Nothing) self titled debut album.
Sass Jordan (vocals), Brian Tichy (guitar), Michael “Denim” Devin (bass), and Tommy Stewart (drums) make up this quartet with quite an extensive resume: Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, songs on major motion pictures and television shows, and time spent in Whitesnake, Foreigner and Billy Idol…just to name a few. With talent like that, you almost can’t go wrong.
Upon listening, the first thing you’re going to notice (because you just can’t ignore it) is Sass’ powerful voice. It’s strong and beautiful in that Janis Joplin kind of way. It’s not dripping with femininity. It’s dirty and gruff and fits perfectly.
The next thing you’ll notice are the solid rock and roll grooves. It’s the kind of sound that makes you tap your foot and bounce your head to the beat because it’s real rock and roll and you can’t help but get into it. There’s dirty, thick guitar all throughout the album, but it pulls you in right from the start with “Burned” and “Crazy Head.” Then you get hit with some Sabbath-y heavy rock during “Nomad.” And if you’re looking for a little 80’s rock influence, you can find it on “I’m the One.”
Where I feel the album falls short is on the ballads like “Wide Ocean” or “If I was You.” Don’t get me wrong, they’re good songs, but they just don’t hold up as well and they’re not as strong as the other songs. S.U.N. are just more powerful when they are rocking faces off.
There’s no doubt that S.U.N. is real, soulful rock and roll. This debut album is a really good, solid foundation that they should be able to build great things on. It makes me excited to see what the future holds for them. They just need to remember not to succumb to making radio friendly music because it sells; they should continue to make solid rock and roll because that’s what makes them shine.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Crazy Head
4. Did Me No Good
5. Mobile Again
6. I’m The One
7. If I Was You
8. The Beginning Of The End (The Journey of The Phrygians from Madrid)
10. Wide Ocean
11. No Way Home
12. Something Unto Nothing
Sass Jordan – Vocals
Brian Tichy – Gutiars
Michael Devin – Bass
Tommy Stewart – Drums
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
The Darkness is about to hit the road in May for a few dates with Aussie rockers Airbourne!
You can catch them on the road at one of the dates below:
11 May 2013 – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
13 May 2013 – Lupo’s, Providence, RI
14 May 2013 – The Chameleon, Lancaster, PA
15 May 2013 – The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
18 May 2013 – Upstate Concert Hall, Albany, NY
Want a free download of “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” from The Darkness’ latest longplayer Hot Cakes? Get your free download at TheActualDarkness.com
The Darkness has recently released a prequel video “With A Woman” for their wildly popular song and video “Everybody Have A Good Time”. Check out both clips below!
Check out the brand new clip from Lynch Mob “River of Love” from the CD Unplugged…and from the soon to be released Episode 35 of Live From Sugar Hill Studios! Featuring George Lynch (Guitars), Oni Logan (Vox), Robbie Crane (Bass), Brian Tichy (Guitars) and Tyson Sheth on percussions.
I will admit that I have never listened to Atreyu more than once or twice. They were never a band that hit me right away, so I never spent much time with them. I wasn’t even aware that the band was on hiatus while members worked on side projects and pursued other interests. So when Hell Or Highwater’s Begin Again came across my desk for review, I did not realize that it was Atreyu drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller’s side project. That being said, I am glad that I took the time to review Begin Again.
Begin Again is a solid modern rock record. Packed with hard edged, heavy songs that are completed with melody and harmony, Begin Again is an album that most rock fans will want to hear. And once the album is heard you can’t get it out of your head. Begin Again has staying power and replay value. The album kicks off with the first single, Gimme Love. This is a hard rocking track that is meant to get attention and succeeds. Saller’s vocals are reminiscent of Hinder’s Austin Winkler and the twin guitar attack by Matt Pauling and Neal Tiemann is first rate.
The heavy hits continue with “Hail Mary” and “Terrorized In The Night.” The band plays hard on these heavy tracks and the musical talent of each band member shines through. The songs are high energy and touch on typical hard rock themes of anger, disappointment, rage and fear. The songs are performed with a modern rock flair, heavy drums, exceptional guitars, and solid vocals. The combined elements equal nothing but pure entertainment.
The band doesn’t stop there. Begin Again delivers in the slower/ballad department as well. And although “Tragedy” and “Rock Water’s Edge” aren’t true ballads in the old 80s power ballad sense, they are still slower, bluesy songs that deliver in power and passion. Saller’s lyrics are deep and meaningful and when combined with amazing guitar riffs, it is easy to see how either, or both, of these songs will be a huge radio hit. “When The Morning Comes” is the most radio friendly, mainstream song on the record and it is a song that people will be rocking along with all summer long. Led by a blistering guitar intro followed by an enjoyable chord progression and sing-along lyrics, “When The Morning Comes” is one of the best tracks on this record.
Begin Again is an exceptional album that will rock you on first listen. After that, you will find yourself hitting repeat several times. It is an album that can be played over and over again without getting stale. Saller’s voice is strong, steady, and enjoyable. Pauling and Tiemann are a fantastic guitar duo that play off each other well, each knowing exactly when to hold back so the other can move forward. Their timing is second to none and it is their combined ability that really makes Begin Again come to life and sing.
If you are searching for a new band or a new record that is going to excite you and make you want to hear more, pick up a copy of Begin Again. If you are looking for the next great modern rock sound filled with superb hooks and melodious riffs that tunnel into your eardrums and don’t leave until they are committed to your memory, Begin Again is the record for you. Pick it up.
Rating: Out of 10
- Gimme Love
- Hail Mary!
- Terrorized In The Night
- Find The Time To Breathe
- Rock Waters Edge
- Go Alone (Featuring M Shadows)
- When The Morning Comes
- Crash & Burn
- Come Alive
- We All Wanna Go Home
- Tragedy (Villain Remix) – Bonus Track
- The Boxer – Bonus Track
- Pretty Penny – Bonus Track
Hell Or Highwater Is:
Brandon Saller – Vocals
Matt Pauling – Guitar
Neal Tiemann – Guitar
Joey Bradford – Bass
Captain Carl – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Danger Angel are very excited to release the first video out of the new “Revolutia” album, titled “When I’m Gone”, also featuring Jeff Scott Soto (link below)
“Revolutia” is the sophomore release by Danger Angel, following their debut, same titled album of 2010. “Revolutia” was produced by Jeff Scott Soto and engineered by John Ellis. It is released via Perris Records.
This video comes out at the perfect moment as “Revolutia” is now available worldwide and Danger Angel are ready to embark on their European tour supporting Jeff Scott Soto. The tour, commencing April 5th, 2013 will cover the UK and most of continental Europe.
“Revolutia” is now available worldwide at all the major internet and physical retail stores, including iTunes, Amazon, CDUniverse, Tower Records, NEHRecords, CDInzane, Musicbuymail and CDBaby among many others. It is also available through the Danger Angel official web page, BandCamp and Perris Records
It has taken me a while to stumble upon the band Hellbastard, but man oh man am I glad I did. The band’s new EP “Sons of Bitches” might be short, but it doesn’t lack in heavy riffs or killer grooves. Hellbastard’s sound sounds like a marriage of Slayer, and Suicidal Tendencies. This is simply killer metal that fans of classic thrash are going to love. I may have over looked Hellbastard because of their name, but I won’t make that mistake again. I can’t wait to hear their full length album due out later in 2013, or their back catalog of music which is pretty deep as well.
Aside from the intro “Wolfsong” which is nothing more than an intro, and the EP closer “Throw The Petrol Bomb”, which is a wacky reggae number, this EP is pretty strong.
If you want a taste of some killer classic thrash, you gotta check out Hellbastard’s Sons of Bitches! Hellbastard will be a band to watch in 2013!
Rating:Out of 10
3. Sons of Bitches
4. System Whore
5. We Had Evidence
6. Throw The Petrol Bomb
Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty – Vocals & Guitars
Tom McCombe – Guitars
Paul O’Shea – Bass Guitars
Nathan Ellis – Drums
The new Rage of Angels CD, Dreamworld features vocals from Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem)
Robert Hart (Bad Company), Ralph Scheepers (Primal Fear), and Danny Vaughn (Tyketto).
Check out the lead track, “Over and Over” featuring Danny Vaughn on vocals! You can purchase Dreamworld from NEH Records.
Last week, Buckcherry released their sixth album, Confessions. Confessions was originally slated for a 2012 release, and I am glad the band didn’t rush this one out. Good things come to those who wait. You see, not only does Confessions contain some of Buckcherry’s strongest song writing to date, the band’s playing is also a step above their previous releases.
With Confessions, Buckcherry tackles the seven deadly sins. Gluttony, wrath, envy, sloth, greed, pride and lust are all represented on Buckcherry’s latest opus, and are also seven of the album’s song titles. The lyrics are based on singer Josh Todd’s childhood, and his transformation into adulthood. The lyrics are a step above the normal song writing from Buckcherry. Those looking for “Crazy Bitch” part two, won’t find it on Confessions. What you will find however are some well crafted songs that absolutely rock.
This is the first Buckcherry album that I could listen to all the way through since 15 was released. The only negative I could find with this album, is that it lacks the sing along choruses that have made so many of Buckcherry’s songs popular. It may be a different style of writing for Buckcherry, but I couldn’t find one bad song on Confessions.
With that being said, I still think this is Buckcherry’s strongest album since 15, and one that is going to get a ton of replay in 2013 and beyond. If you haven’t picked up Confessions yet, I highly recommend checking it out! The extended edition of this CD ( available at Best Buy) includes two great bonus songs, “Give ‘Em What They Want” and “When the Fire Starts” and a cool DVD as well. Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
3. Nothing Left But Tears
4. The Truth
7. Seven Ways To Die
13. Dreamin’ of You
14. Give ‘Em What They Want
15. When The Fire Starts
Josh Todd – Lead Vocals
Keith Nelson – Lead & rhythm guitar
Stevie D. – Rhythm & lead guitar
Jimmy Ashhurst – bass guitar
Xavier Muriel – drums, percussion
On January 11th, Swiss Power Rockers SHAKRA released their ninth studio album “Powerplay”. For their new video clip, filmed for the song “Save You From Yourself”, the band teamed up with Nina Burri, well-known for her “snake woman” appearances in several TV shows. Check out the clip below!
Taddy Porter’s new album Stay Golden will be released February 23rd. Check out the band’s brand new video “Fever” below!
Many of you have been lucky enough to catch the Sister Sin & Doro tour that is making its way throughout the U.S. right now.
For those of you that haven’t, or need a little push to get you to the show, check out the clips below from Sister Sin & Doro.
Catch Sister Sin and Doro on tour at one of the following dates below!
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
Classic Hard Rock masters VOODOO CIRCLE have just released their new video clip, filmed for the track “Cry For Love”, which is taken from the band’s upcoming album “More Than One Way Home”. “More Than One Way Home” will be unleashed on February 22nd, available as CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks & video clip), ltd. 2-Vinyl & ltd. special edition (incl. Digipak, a high-class compass & certificate of authenticity).
Soundgarden have released a new video for their track “By Crooked Steps”. “By Crooked Steps” is on the 2012 release King Animal from Soundgarden. This video was direct by The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Check it out!
On March 30th, 2013 alt, hair, grunge metal pioneers Saigon Kick will take the stage at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood California for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. This Los Angeles, California date marks the start of a one-of-a-kind series of intimate shows the band is scheduling around the world with more dates to be announced soon. This will also mark the first time in over 20 years that the original band members will have performed together.
Saigon Kick playing small venues will give their die-hard fans who have waited forever an amazing and intimate experience. For Saigon Kick, this will also re-capture the vibe of some of their very early shows. For those who were there, no explanation is needed. For those who weren’t, don’t miss this opportunity.
For complete ticket information including exclusive VIP packages, unique opportunities to interact with the band visit http://www.viperroom.com Tickets go on sale for the Viper Room show today and can be purchased here
Pretty Maids, Pretty Awesome! Pretty Maids have released a new video “Mother of All Lies” in support of their up and coming album, Motherland.
Check out the clip below!
The music video for “I Don’t Apologize (1000 Pictures)” can be seen below:
OTHERWISE was also selected to open this year’s MMA Awards Show with a performance of their hit single “Soldiers.” The show will air on the Fox Sports Network this Sunday, January 20th at 9:00 PM local time. “Soldiers” was the first song by an unsigned artist to ever occupy the #1 spot on the Sirius Octane Channel and has sold nearly 100,000 singles to date. The music video for “Soldiers” can be seen here.
With vigorous touring all throughout 2012, the band continues on with a heavy schedule into this year. Kicking off this week, OTHERWISE will hit the road with STONE SOUR and PAPA ROACH on a US tour. The band is already confirmed for a number of festivals this year, so fans are encouraged to be on the lookout for updates and announcements. A full list of dates can be seen below.
01/18/13 – Jackson, MI – Rak’s Sports Bar
01/19/13 – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House of Rock
Tour Dates with Stone Sour and Papa Roach:
01/20/13 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center
01/22/13 – Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theatre
01/23/13 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
01/25/13 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
01/26/13 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
01/27/13 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
01/29/13 – Minneapolis, MN – The Myth
01/30/13 – Kansas City, MO – The Midland by AMC (*No Papa Roach)
01/31/13 – Wichita, KS @ The Cotillion Ballroom (*No Stone Sour)
02/01/13 – Amarillo, TX – Aztec Music Hall
02/02/13 – Lubbock, TX – Lonestar Pavilion
02/04/13 – Midland, TX – Midland Horseshoe Arena
02/05/13 – College Station, TX – Hurricane Harry’s
02/07/13 – Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheatre
02/08/13 – Pharr, TX – Pharr Entertainment Center
02/09/13 – Laredo, TX – Laredo Energy Center
02/10/13 – Houston, TX – Scout Bar
02/12/13 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee theatre
02/13/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
02/15/13 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
02/16/13 – Salt Lake City, UT – Salt Air
02/17/13 – Denver, CO – Fillmore
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Buckcherry has released a provocative new video for “Gluttony”–the first single from their new Confessions album. The daring clip was directed by Billy Jayne and features the band performing the song in a church filled with people indulging in all types of vices, while the video’s protagonist struggles to overcome his own gluttony.
Check out the clip here:
The multi-platinum Los Angeles rock band will release Confessions February 19, 2013 via Century Media Records and the “Gluttony” single is available for purchase through iTunes now (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gluttony-single/id584509774).
Buckcherry vocalist Josh Todd explains the inspiration for the “Gluttony” video: “The concept of the video is excess, consuming everything excessively, and moderation is not even in the equation. I’m very familiar with that, and a lot of guys in the band are familiar with that.”
He continues: “Because the record is called Confessions, we filmed the video in a church, we got Jesus down there–which is killer–and we got a lot of our fans in it, which is amazing. They came out on their own time and really put in a lot of sweat equity, so thank you to them.”
Guitarist Keith Nelson elaborates, “We worked with Billy Jayne, who hasn’t done a lot of music videos. It was really refreshing to see his take on what we’re doing because he totally gets the music, he’s connecting with it, and he’s taking it to a different place than a guy who does videos for a living. We got a guy who actually makes movies and TV shows to put his spin on it and it’s been really positive.”
Buckcherry is currently on the road headlining North American shows and will join Kid Rock as special guests on the upcoming Rebel Soul Tour beginning February 2 in Kansas City, MO. The first leg of the tour runs through March 2 and band has also been added to the second leg of dates for trek which run from March 18 in Sioux Falls, SD through April 6 in Saginaw, MI.
While on tour, Buckcherry is previewing songs from Confessions, the band’s sixth studio album and first U.S. release for Century Media Records. Confessions merges punk grit, gutter attitude, honest storytelling, and razor sharp hooks. The lyrics are tied together by the underlying theme of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Buckcherry–Josh Todd (vocals), Keith Nelson (guitar), Stevie D. (guitar), Jimmy Ashhurst (bass), Xavier Muriel (drums)–are one of the premier rock bands of the new millennium, having sold more than three million records in America alone and touring virtually non-stop, playing with everyone from AC/DC to Avenged Sevenfold, touring sold-out arenas alongside Nickelback and KISS, and headlining festivals ranging from the punk rock Ink-N-Iron (also featuring the Misfits and Pennywise) to Sturgis. Radio staples “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry” have cemented the band as one of the most identifiable and sought-after bands on the radio and the live circuits.
The current Buckcherry tour itinerary is as follows:
Date City Venue
1/16 London, ON London Concert Theatre
1/19 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
1/20 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
1/22 Portland, ME The Asylum
With Kid Rock and Hellbound:
2/2 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
2/5 Springfield, MO JQH Arena
2/7 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Event Center
2/9 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
2/10 Wichita, KS INTRUST Bank Arena
2/13 Bossier City, LA CenturyLink Center
2/15 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
2/16 Greenville, SC Bi-Lo Center
2/18 Fort Myers, FL Germain Arena
2/20 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
2/21 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
2/23 Birmingham, AL BJCC Arena
2/24 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
2/26 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
2/27 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Auditorium
3/1 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
3/2 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
3/18 Sioux Falls, SD Sioux Falls Arena
3/20 Madison, WI Memorial Coliseum At Alliant Energy Center
3/22 Toledo, OH The Huntington Center
3/23 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
3/25 Youngstown, OH Covelli Center
3/26 Ft. Wayne, IN Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
3/28 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum
3/29 Omaha, NE CenturyLink Center
Frontiers Records is pleased to unleash today the debut single from DIAMOND DAWN “Take Me Higher” taken from the forthcoming debut album entitled “Overdrive” which will be released on February 22nd in Europe and February 26th in North America. The song can be ordered online through digital shops such as iTunes, Amazon, Emusic etc.
Check out the video clip for “Take Me Higher” below.
Happy New Year all, and welcome to the first 2013 edition of Vie’s Verses! This year, I would like to start a new segment for my column that will pop up on occasion — bands we don’t cover enough. At Hard Rock Hideout we strive to bring you the most diverse collection of hard rock bands that we can. From the latest rising stars to the old classics, Hard Rock Hideout attempts to discuss them all. However, every now and again, there is a band that just falls through the cracks.
Hence, the new segment, where I will do my best to pay homage to a band that just hasn’t been covered enough. Hopefully it will encourage you to seek out their music and give them a try. It’s the New Year, the perfect time to try and get yourself hooked on some new music, or a band that you may have missed. For this inaugural segment, I’d like to discuss a band that I have fallen in love with recently, Rise Against.
Best described as modern punk, Rise Against is a hard rock band from Chicago, Illinois that formed in 1999 and found some commercial success starting in 2004 with the release of their commercial debut album Siren Song Of The Counter Culture. Some rock lovers would be quick to dismiss Rise Against as mainstream pop and lump them in with the likes of Shinedown, or Nickelback, albeit not as enjoyable. That’s a shameful way to portray a band that is as deep and talented as Rise Against. This is a band that has their own, unique, signature style, and if anything, they remind me more of Foo Fighters.
The band’s most recent album is Endgame, and while it is a strong and solid record, it is their prior release, Appeal To Reason, that really turned me into a fan. Filled with gems like “The Dirt Whispered,” “Audience Of One,” and the band’s best song, “Savior,” Appeal To Reason is a solid record containing monster hits of hard rock beauty. If you are new to the band, Appeal To Reason should be the first album that you listen to. It serves as an excellent introduction to Rise Against as well as showing off their abilities both musically and lyrically.
Lead singer/songwriter Tim McIlrath is a poetic genius when it comes to crafting lyrics. Whether he is posting his heart on his sleeve (“Audience Of One”), telling an amazing and heart-wrenching story (“Hero Of War”), or trying his best to rationalize the end of a relationship (“This Is Letting Go”), McIlrath’s lyrics are always gems. Beautifully stated, carefully constructed, and well thought out, most of the lyrics McIlrath writes have deep, multiple layers of messages contained within. On the surface they appear to be a simple love story, break-up story, etc. But digging deeper can reveal a political mindset, a war torn backdrop, or a diatribe on the current state of our union. And while it was the music of Rise Against that drew me into the band, it is the lyrics that kept me a fan. I could spend weeks dissecting the multiple messages contained within most Rise Against songs.
Additional band members Joe Principe (bass guitar), Brandon Barnes (drums), and Zach Blair (lead guitar) fit exceptionally well with McIlrath. Their music brings out the best in his vocals and the musical creativity is a perfect fit for the voice that leads the songs. The chords, changes, and leads are as artfully crafted as the lyrics. All four band members are insanely talented and their dedication to the art of making music shows on each of the bands releases. From their indie debut (The Unravelling) to their most recent release (Endgame) every Rise Against album is a beauty, filled with hard hitting, rocking songs that have depth and plenty of replay value.
If you are interesting in checking out a “new-to-you” band this year, I highly recommend Rise Against. Start with Appeal To Reason and then pick any of their albums after that. I can almost guarantee that you will eventually want to own their entire catalog. And if not, you will at least enjoy what you have heard from them and will be falling in love with a new band that may just enter your favorites list.
And if you know Rise Against, drop a line in the comments section and tell us what you think. Want to see more Bands We Don’t Cover Enough? Drop that in the comments as well!
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As they gear up for the spring release of their much-anticipated new album, multi-platinum rock band ALICE IN CHAINS have announced a North American tour set to kick off April 25th at the Fillmore in Miami Beach (see itinerary below).
This past Thursday, the band teamed with VEVO to premiere the official companion clip for new track “Hollow.” Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, GreenDay), the hypnotically mind-trippy “Hollow” captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed. The video can be seen at http://vevo.ly/U7WPDg and the song, which hit the top 10 on the iTunes Rock Chart, is available at http://t.co/HE12JnVT.
The video follows the recent release of a “Hollow” lyric clip that was created by fans and comprised of images submitted through Instagram.
Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FooFighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE. That album entered Billboard‘s Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles (“Check My Brain” and “Your Decision”) and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
In a recent interview with Guitar World, Cantrell said, “In my opinion, that record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career. Hopefully, the new album will connect with people in the same way.”
|Tue-Apr-30||Birmingham||BUCC Concert Hall|
|Wed-May-01||Augusta, GA||William B. Bell Auditorium|
|Tue-May-07||Bethlehem, PA||Sands Events Center|
|Tue-May-14||Sioux Falls, SD||Lyons Fairgrounds|
|Sat-May-18||Philadelphia||Susquehanna Bank Ctr|
|Tue-May-21||Ft. Wayne, IN||Embassy Theatre|
|Wed-May-22||Evansville, IN||Aiken Theatre|
|Fri-May-24||Lincoln, NE||Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater|
Hard Rock Hideout favorites Million Dollar Reload have recently released a brand new video for their song “Broken”. This song comes from Million Dollar Reload’s sophomore effort, A Sinner’s Saint. You can also check out the band’s videos “Bullets In The Sky”, “Blow Me Away”, “Livin In The City” and “The Last Icon”.
We are not sure what to make of the band A Life Divided. The band describes themselves as metal/gothic/electro. We wouldn’t call this hard rock, and it definitely is not metal, and yet, we like this song.
Check out the song “The Last Dance” and let us know what you think.
A Life Divided’s new album will be released January 18th.