Drowning Pool first struck paydirt in 2001 when their “Bodies” single had its way with rock radio stations throughout the globe. Now featuring former The Suicide Hook singer Jasen Moreno, Drowning Pool – to quote the mighty Dokken – is back for the attack!” – via AOL Noisecreep
Check out the premiere of the new single, “Saturday Night” at Noisecreep TODAY!
Soundgarden’s new CD King Animal will be released next Tuesday, November 13th. You can check out the brand new video for the first track on the CD, “Been Away Too Long” below!
BIG WRECK ANNOUNCE FEB 19 RELEASE FOR LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM ALBATROSS
BAND SIGNS WITH ZOE/ROUNDER RECORDS FOR FIRST NEW ALBUM IN 10 YEARS
ALBUM FEATURES THE NO. 1 ROCK RADIO HIT, “ALBATROSS”
Critically acclaimed rock band BIG WRECK have signed with Zoe/Rounder Records for the U.S. release of their long-awaited new album, ALBATROSS. The album is set for a February 19th release.
Co-produced by Big Wreck vocalist/guitarist Ian Thornley and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats) and executive-produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Alice In Chains), ALBATROSS was released in Canada earlier this year and debuted at No. 5 on SoundScan’s Top 200 Album Chart. The album’s early success was fueled by its blistering lead single/title track “Albatross,” which held the No. 1 spot on the Canadian rock radio charts for six weeks.
The album and single were also big winners at the recent CASBY Awards in Canada, earning “Favorite New Album” and “Favorite New Single” honors. CASBY winners are determined by fan voting via the website for popular Canadian rock station, 102.1 The Edge.
When we last saw Big Wreck, the band was touring in support of 2001’s sophomore album, The Pleasure and the Greed. Outside pressures and a major label machine whose parts were no longer in sync led to a band break-up one year later. It was a disappointing end for the group, who had formed in Boston after Thornley and guitarist Brian Doherty met as students at the Berklee College of Music. After several years of gigging around the area, the band signed a record deal and released debut album In Loving Memory Of… in 1997.
So what led to the reunion? The simple answer is the rekindled friendship between Thornley and Doherty, who hadn’t spoken in years. “I just missed him,” says Ian. “I called him just to hang out but of course knew the chemistry would be there.” Brian echoes the sentiment: “We got together and started doing the same things as when we first met, on both a personal and musical level. It seemed to make complete sense.”
Returning to that place where like-minded musicians communicate is to return to the wellspring of inspiration and creativity. With Big Wreck, that translates into an outpouring of rock music direct from the subconscious heart, and lives in the interplay of controlled horsepower and unbridled virtuosity. Big Wreck remains faithful to the Big Rock playbook but isn’t necessarily interested in the “so big it will eat your children” flavors of today. “I went for all the good stuff that’s missing on rock records these days,” says Ian in describing the recording process. “I wanted to avoid falling into the formulaic cookie-cutter trap. That’s not going to interest me so how can it interest the listener? I have to go with my gut, which means longer songs, intros and bridges which explore strange territories, more room for breathing and a different dynamic range or sonic palette altogether.” While contemplating the studio sessions, Ian was listening to Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and Thin Lizzy, finding a love of the textures in clean guitars against dry drums to create a sonic backdrop that’s rare today.
One listen to ALBATROSS and it’s clear that Big Wreck is picking up where it left off. There’s no mistaking the voice, the virtuosity of playing or the pen with which it was written. Ask Ian Thornley if Big Wreck of 2012 (rounded out by guitarist Paulo Neta, drummer Brad Park and bassist Dave McMillan) is the Big Wreck that called it a day back in 2002 and he sees this as a natural extension. “It’s still the same thing,” he says. “I’m still looking to get off and get that feeling. I’m still searching for the perfect thing. I hope I never find it.”
Big Wreck will be touring Canada with Theory of a Deadman from Nov 16 through December 18, to be followed by a U.S. tour in early 2013.
Fans can also download a free copy of “Albatross” via the band’s website, www.bigwreckmusic.com
Check out Big Wreck’s video for “Albatross” below!
For more information on Big Wreck, check out the links below:
On November 9th, the new live documents of German’s Metal icon#1, Udo Dirkschneider, and his band will be released. “Live In Sofia” also marks the end of an era somehow, as the stable U.D.O. lineup that performed together for many years will be shown for a last time. As it became public that guitarist Stefan Kaufmann will be no longer available for the band due to health reasons, “Live In Sofia” will be the last U.D.O. DVD with Stefan.
Check out the preview video for “Heart of Gold” below.
Massacre Records is proud to release the sophomore album from German/Italian melodic metal outfit LOVE.MIGHT.KILL in North America this November.
Featuring drummer Michael Ehré (Firewind, Uli Jon Roth, Metalium) and the brilliant singer Jan Manenti, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL appeared virtually out of nowhere in 2011 with their Brace For Impact debut, an album which perfectly combined the enthusiasm of a first appearance with the experience of a long songwriting career, instantly winning over a solid fanbase within the European hard rock/power metal scene.
One year later, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL are about to release their second opus, 2 Big 2 Fail, to North American audiences, following its very recent release in Europe. Boasting nearly an hour of incredibly hard-hitting, melodic power metal with a dozen anthems, 2 Big 2 Fail was produced by Michael Ehré, as with their first album. Being around for years as the drummer in bands like Gamma Ray, Firewind, Metalium or with artists like Uli Jon Roth, Matt “Gonzo” Roehr, Vinnie Moore and Kee Marcello, Ehré has made a strong impact in the national and international scene. The songs were then mixed and mastered by Markus Teske (Spock´s Beard, Saga, Vanden Plas) at his own Bazement-Studio.
Check out Love.Might.Kill’s video “XTC” below!
2 Big 2 Fail Track Listing:
1. Save My Soul
3. Burn The Night
4. The One
5. Restless Heart
7. The Great Escape
8. Too Big To Fail
9. We Fall
10. Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
12. The Perfect Mistake
Jan Manenti – vocals
Christian Stöver – guitars
Stefan Ellerhorst – guitars
Jogi Sweers – bass
Sascha Onnen – keyboards
Michael Ehré – drums
For more information on Love.Might.Kill check out the sites below!
I have to admit that the first couple of times that I listened to Jackyl’s latest effort Best in Show, I wasn’t that impressed. I thought a band that I have often compared to Jackyl, SNEW, out did Jackyl on their latest effort.
I do love the song “Screwdriver”, but I thought the rest of the CD was hit & miss. Last Friday night (at The Inner Circle), I saw the band perform several of the songs live, and my opinion changed 100%. You see, a few of the songs on Best in Show translate better live than they do in the studio. After seeing the band perform the songs live, I have grown to appreciate Best in Show much more than I did originally.
The album starts off with a real face melting rocker with “Best In Show”. This is one of the many songs that translate better live, although I like the version on the CD a lot.
“Screwdriver” and “Better Than Chicken” are a couple of tongue-in-cheek tracks that borrows from the Steel Panther playbook. Jesse James Dupree and company truly deliver these songs live. These may not be the type of songs you want to play around your young children, but I doubt you play Jackyl around your kids anyway.
Jackyl has crafted an almost perfect stripper pole anthem with their song “Encore”. This song came as completely unexpected when I heard it the first time but this one is a real party starter in Jackyl’s live set. I am sure this song will find its way into Gentemen’s clubs nationwide soon.
“Horns Up” is a fun little rocker that has a little Nazareth influence on it. I absolutely love the groove on the song “Golden Spookytooth”. This is quickly becoming one of my Jackyl favorites.
“Walk My Mile” is the longest track on Best in Show, and shows Jackyl taking a more serious approach to their music. This is a heavy tune, and a good one at that.
“Open Invitation” would have had a lot more impact, if it would have been released before Bin Laden’s death. While the man will be hated forever, this song was obviously written before he was killed.
The only band that has successfully pulled off the rap/rock thing was Aerosmith in my opinion. Needless to say, I still question why Jackyl covered “It’s Tricky” on this album. I am not a fan of the rap/rock hybrid, and I thought this cover was silly at best. For me that song ended the album on a down note. Nonetheless, Jackyl has delivered another solid album.
Best in Show is exactly what you would expect from a Jackyl CD. It is raw, raunchy and anything but subtle. Most importantly, it is a hell of a lot
of fun to listen to. The more I have listened to Best in Show, the more I have enjoyed it. It isn’t a perfect CD, but I think it is easily the band’s best effort since their 1992 self titled debut. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Best in Show
3. Screw Driver
4. Horns Up
5. Golden Spookytooth
6. Cover of the Rolling Stone
7. Walk My Mile
8. Favorite Sin
9. Better Than Chicken
10. Don’t Lay Down On Me
12. What I Do
13. Open Invitation
14. It’s Tricky
Jesse James Dupree- Vocals & Chainsaw
Roman Glick- Bass
Chris Worley- Drums
Jeff Worley- Guitars
Nov 02 – Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
Nov 03 – Rockford, IL – Bar Three
Nov 07 – Lee’s Summit, MO – Jerry’s Bait Shop
Nov 08 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Union Station
Nov 09 – Idaho Falls, ID – The Celt Bar
Nov 10 – Spokane, WA – The Hop
It’s amazing that Rush has been around for almost 40 years and are still making significant music. Their last studio album, Snakes And Arrows, was a great disc filled with solid, enjoyable rock songs. Earlier this year, the band released their 19th studio album, Clockwork Angels. This album is a testament to the fact that Rush still has what it takes to make a great record worthy of fan consumption.
Clockwork Angels reminds me a lot of the very underrated Presto, which is one of my favorite Rush albums. While most fans think Presto is a decent record, it never quite got the attention it deserved. Clockwork Angels falls into a similar category. It is an amazing record that may not get the attention it is due.
These days, Rush fans are mostly about the nostalgia of the band. On their last tour, Rush played Moving Pictures in its entirety, and a plethora of their hits that had the crowd ecstatic. When it came time to play the new songs from their forthcoming album (which would be Clockwork Angels) a lot of fans tuned out, even though the songs were fantastic. “Caravan” and “BU2B” were played live for every concert performance and gave us a taste of what was to come. And that taste left me wanting the full meal. Now that Rush has delivered Clockwork Angels, they have not disappointed.
“Caravan” and “BU2B” start the record off and their studio incarnation is even better than their live counterparts. Building in intensity as the songs progress, both “Caravan” and “BU2B” are great openers for Clockwork Angels. Both of these songs are short, enjoyable bursts of hard rock music that could be released as radio singles with no qualms.
The rest of Clockwork Angels is not short and sweet like the opening tracks, and that is great news for Rush fans everywhere. Rush works the rest of the album in their typical style, with much progression, chord changes, multiple arrangements, and mini operatic songs. Acoustic guitars and strings are plentiful, as well as deep, thought provoking, lyrics that can only be written by Neil Peart.
“Halo Effect” is a magnificent ballad. Opening with a nice acoustic riff from Alex Lifeson, the song builds in intensity when the strings arrive for the chorus. The string section blends together with the acoustic guitars to make a harmonious delight. “Halo Effect” is a fantastic song, even though it is one of the quieter moments on Clockwork Angels.
“The Wreckers” is the song that most reminds of Presto era Rush. With strings, acoustic guitars, a simple drum beat and intense lyrics, “The Wreckers” takes me back to the late 80s when I was dissecting Presto for every fantastic nuance that it contained. The lyrics for “The Wreckers” do not reflect the most positive light, but tell a real message. “Sometimes you have to be weary of a miracle that is too good to be true.” Geddy Lee’s voice is at its finest for “The Wreckers.” While he can’t hit the high notes like it was 1974, Lee still delivers the vocals with pure passion that will have fans truly believing in “The Wreckers” as a huge hit song.
“Wish Them Well” is the strongest song on Clockwork Angels. Opening with a great pounding simple drum beat that bleeds into a typical, complex Peart percussion, “Wish Them Well” captures the ear from the first note of the song. “Wish Them Well” is Rush at their finest. Three guys making music and having fun. There are no strings, no acoustics, and no additives. “Wish Them Well” is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart showing what they can still do when the three of them get together to make a great song. This is classic Rush with a modern contemporary twist, and it is beautiful.
With Clockwork Angels, Rush have delivered one of their best albums to date. Even after 38 years of making music, this band still has something to say and it is worth listening to. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Clockwork Angels don’t delay any longer. This could be the best record you will hear all year.
Notable Tracks: The Wreckers, Wish Them Well
Rating: Out of 10
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Geddy Lee – Bass, Vocals
Alex Lifeson – Guitar
Neil Peart – Drums
Swedish blues rock superstars, GRAVEYARD, recently shot a new music video for the second single off the album, “Endless Night”. The video was directed by Artur Wolgers & Dea Saracevic and features vocalist and guitarist Joakim Nilsson cruising in a killer Pontiac GTO. Check it out below!
You can also check out Graveyard’s new song “Goliath” below!
Bloodbound is about to release their new album “In The Name Of Metal” on November 9th, 2012. Check out the video for the title track below!
I have been listening to Dokken for over 30 years now, and I have to admit that I have some extremely strong opinions about the band. I chose not to review Broken Bones when it first came out, as I didn’t want to deter or sway those fans that would purchase Broken Bones. I didn’t like the band’s last album Lightning Strikes Again very much, and I didn’t expect Broken Bones to be much better. The video for “Empire” was released, and I have to admit that I had a glimpse of hope for the new album. Jon Levin’s guitar is shredding, “Wild” Mick Brown is sounding great on the skins, and Don Dokken surprisingly pushes his voice in this song. With that being said, I decided to spin Broken Bones, and give the band another chance.
Broken Bones starts off strong enough. The first three songs, “Empire”, “Broken Bones” and “Best of Me” have that classic Dokken feel. It certainly isn’t Back For The Attack era stuff, but it is solid enough to keep me interested.
At this point the album shifts into a bunch of mid tempo songs that honestly work a lot better with Don Dokken’s voice. Don’s voice hasn’t aged well, but the songs were smartly crafted to take advantage of his diminished range. Some of the songs have a more modern approach, but Jon Levin keeps it very Dokken like with his Lynch style noodling.
One song that I typically won’t expect to like at all, “Victim of the Crime” has grown on me the most. The song has a little middle eastern flair, mixed with a little Sabbath like heaviness. Levin throws in a little Dokken style flash to keep the song honest. I think this might be the most creative song on Broken Bones.
The album closes out in good fashion with a flashy rocker “Tonight” that is more in the classic Dokken style. I thought this song helped to bring the whole album together. It is a very smartly mixed album in my opinion. Heavy rockers up front, mid tempo stuff in the middle, and a classic Dokken style rocker to close it out.
Overall, I didn’t expect to like Broken Bones at all, and after giving it a few spins, I have really enjoyed this album. I think it is Dokken’s strongest album since 1999′s Erase The Slate. If you go in expecting Under Lock and Key, or Back For The Attack you may be disappointed. If you listen with an open mind, you might be greatly surprised.
Give Broken Bones a chance! I they can win over this Dokken critic, they can certainly win you over too!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Broken Bones
03. Best of Me
06. Victim Of The Crime
07. Burning Tears
09. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
Don Dokken – vocals
Mick Brown – drums
Jon Levin – guitar
Sean McNabb – bass
POP EVIL has debuted a brand new music video today for their single, “Purple.” A montage of tour footage put together by director Andrew Johnson during the band’s massive touring done over the past year shows the band has a lot in store for their fans in 2013.
POP EVIL have been touring since early 2011 in support of their latest record, “War Of Angels.” They recently finished a highly successful run on the TRESSPASS AMERICA TOUR supporting FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
The band is currently on the road in Canada supporting label-mates BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.
Back with some hard hitting, gritty, modern rock tunes, Three Days Grace delivers Transit Of Venus, the follow up to 2009’s solid Life Starts Now. Returning to give fans more of the same, Three Days Grace’s latest album is another enjoyable collection of modern rock tunes filled with anger, angst, pain, and passion. And while that is the same formula the band has followed since their debut album in 2003, it is not necessarily a bad thing. If some is good, more is better, and if a certain sound and style works, why try to reinvent yourselves? Three Days Grace just delivers more solid rock and roll.
Darker, grittier, and perhaps even more angry than ever before, on Transit Of Venus, Three Days Grace returns to themes of hatred, problems, and the depressing side of life. While hope is offered in songs like “Time That Remains,” the majority of the songs deal with the negative side of life. Themes of oppression, anti-authority, and taking control of your own life run rampant throughout Transit Of Venus.
“Operate” is a hard hitting, rocking song that will find fists in the air and throats raw from screaming. Lead singer Adam Grontier crafted a sing-along anthem with “Operate” that is bound to find a lot of fans screaming to the beat. The chorus is a powerful, bombastic blast of rage fueled anger that explodes out of the song. Hearing this song live in concert would be a real treat.
“Give In To Me,” is another powerful blend of smooth harmony and heavy, anger fueled, rock. This song jumps out at the listener with powerful riffs and commanding vocals. The thrash/grunge infusion helps take “Give In To Me” to a higher level of joyfulness. Add in some expert playing by lead guitarist Barry Stock and the combination adds up to a winning song.
The aforementioned “Time That Remains,” portrays a picture of hope with a look toward the future. Grontier’s lyrics are full of beauty and sage advice, telling that the past should not be relived, and the pain of the past should not be dwelled on. Moving forward with life is all that anyone can do. With a beautiful melody and terrific harmony, Grontier sings like an angel on “Time That Remains.” This is an uplifting song that shows how future achievements in life can be grand, despite what has happened in the past. One should use the time that remains to create great memories, and forget about the pains of the past.
Three Days Grace has once again delivered a solid, enjoyable, album in Transit Of Venus. Fans of the band are going to love this record a lot, but there is plenty for new fans to grab onto as well. With the proper balance between rockers and ballads, nice melodies, deep lyrics, and plenty of energy, Transit Of Venus is a solid record worthy of quite a few plays through the I-Pod.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Sign Of The Times
02. Chalk Outline
03. The High Road
06. Misery Loves My Company
07. Give In To Me
09. Give Me A Reason
10. Time That Remains
12. Broken Glass
13. Unbreakable Heart
Three Days Grace Is:
Adam Gontier – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Barry Stock – Lead Guitar
Neil Sanderson – Drums
Brad Walst – Bass
Check out the brand new video, “Gunrunning” from Ten. “Gunrunning” is on the new Ten album, “Heresy & Creed” out on Frontiers Records.
Check out Falling Blind’s new video, “The Intent” below. Like the song? You get it as a Free Download from The Falling Blind website here!
Check out Stone Sour’s new video “Gone Sovereign”! This is opening track from House of Gold & Bones Part 1, which will be released October 22nd!
Five Finger Death Punch’s video for “The Pride” premieres on Vevo TODAY, and can be viewed here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/five-finger-death-punch/the-pride/US5Z51200276. The clip is the first wherein the band has presented live footage from the road within the short-form music video medium. Footage was selected from the band’s successful Metal Hammer Presents Trespass America Tour over this past summer, and the band’s critically acclaimed set at Rock On The Range. The single release of “The Pride” follows the #1 chart-topping single “Coming Down” which remains all over the airwaves of Active Rock radio.
Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody shares, “One of the best parts of being in this band is that we have the chance to design and build bigger and bigger live shows. Our concerts became spectacular gatherings of our extended family and we wanted to share this amazing experience with everyone. So we wrote & designed this video in dedication of our loyal, dedicated, militant fan base known as Knuckleheads who deserve the best experience we can give them. You’ve all stood by us & diligently helped us introduce the world to Five Finger Death Punch and this is our way of saying THANK YOU ! We couldn’t have done any of this without all of you. WELCOME TO THE PRIDE !”
American Capitalist (Prospect Park) was recently certified gold by the RIAA for shipping over 500,000 copies in the U.S. This milestone marks the third consecutive release from the band to achieve gold certification, with The Way of The Fist (2007) and War Is The Answer (2009) achieving this feat prior. American Capitalist debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts on October 11, 2011. In a challenging retail environment, Five Finger Death Punch is one of the few amongst any genre to consistently see significant success both digitally and physically. The band’s album sales are complemented with steady single sales that cumulatively have surpassed 3.6 million songs sold.
On achieving this significant milestone with three consecutive gold certified albums, guitarist Zoltan Bathory offered, “I think it’s a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band but for the entire genre of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come.”
Five Finger Death Punch’s single “Coming Down” was the band’s first number one on the Active Rock charts, and the tenth consecutive Top 10 hit at the format. Going back to “The Bleeding” in the spring of 2008, Five Finger Death Punch has consistently been one of the most heavily played bands at rock radio, as “Never Enough,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Hard To See,” “Walk Away,” “Bad Company,” “Far From Home,” “Under And Over It,” “Remember Everything,” and most recently “Coming Down,” each has become an anthem in its own right.
Over the last couple of years, I have heard a lot about Danko Jones and it was all positive. From their live shows to their recorded music, everyone was speaking highly of the band. Even with all of the rave reviews and terrific word of mouth, I never took the time to check them out. So, when their latest disc, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue, was released, I figured that now was as good a time as any and I decided to give the band a listen. Am I ever glad that I finally took the time to pay attention to Danko Jones.
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is the band’s sixth studio album, and having not heard the other five, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a blues/rock record full of sexual vibes, hard rocking music, and a 10 on the fun factor! Anyone who is a fan of songs about hot women, rock music, and having a great time on a daily basis, is going to love Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue. While the subject matter is light and playful, the music is fast and furious, creating an overall vibe that is nothing short of terrific.
Songs like “Legs,” “You Wear Me Down,” and “Type Of Girl,” are exactly what they seem, but not in a clichéd sort of way. Danko Jones found a way to take standard themes of hard rock music and breathe a whole new life into them, crafting fun songs that everyone will want to sing along to. “Legs” in particular is a great sing along with a shouting chorus of “Legs! Legs! Legs! Long legs!” And while that may seem simple in print, it’s nothing but pure fun with the volume cranked up.
Ripe with rhythmic riffs, several chord changes, and a lot of musical prowess, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is a solid album. The passion that Danko Jones has for his music is evident in the songs provided on this disc. Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is one of those highly entertaining albums that you fall in love with right away. By the second time through the record you will find yourself singing along, hitting the repeat button (particularly for “Legs” and “Just A Beautiful Day”), and just wanting to hear the album over and over again.
Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is a great reminder that music doesn’t always have to be deep and meaningful—sometimes music can just be fun. Danko Jones reminds us all of what we loved in early sleaze metal: women, music, and women. It’s a refreshing change of pace from the dark melodrama that dominates the rock scene today. If you are yearning to discover fun music that will find your lips moving and your backside shaking, as you dance around your living room in your underpants, Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue is the record for you. Danko Jones, I only wish that I had paid attention to you sooner than this!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Get Up
04. Just A Beautiful Day
05. I Don’t Care
06. You Wear Me Down
07. Type Of Girl
08. Always Away
10. Don’t Do This
11. The Masochist
12. I Believed In God
13. I Believed In God (Reprise)
Danko Jones Is:
Danko Jones – Vocals, Guitars
John Calabrese – Bass Guitar
Atom Willard – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Swedish heavy metal band SISTER SIN has released a brand new music video for their hit single “End Of The Line” from their highly anticipated forthcoming album Now and Forever, out next Monday October 22nd. Watch the music video here. Pre-order Now and forever digitally on iTunes or psychically at Amazon.
Filmed at an old nuclear reactor testing facility in Stockholm, Sweden, SISTER SIN blazes through a raw, gritty and powerful performance that has heads banging and bodies moving worldwide to “End Of The Line.” Front women Liv Jagrell shows off her fierceness and delivers an incredible vocal performance throughout the song. Lead guitarist Jimmy Hitula electrifies audiences with highly intense and robust riffs alongside the fast hands of heavy -hitting drummer Dave Sundberg and the lively, energetic bassist Strandh.
SISTER SIN will continue their crusade alongside DORO beginning February 2nd, 2013 throughout North America. See a full listing of tour dates here and and below.
SISTER SIN TOUR DATES
2/01 – Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
2/02 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
2/03 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/04 – New York, NY @ BB Kings
2/05 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage
2/07 – Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
2/08 – Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
2/09 – Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
2/10 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
2/12 – Detroit, MI @ Blondie’s
2/13 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
2/14 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/15 – Waterloo, IA @ Spicoli’s Grill and the Reverb
2/17 – Englewood, CO @ Moe’s
2/19 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
2/22 – West Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
2/23 – Tempe, AZ @ Rocky Point Cantina
You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest band in the world! Kiss! Kiss is back with their 20th studio album, Monster, the follow up to 2009’s fabulous Sonic Boom. Can Kiss repeat their spectacular performance from their last album, or will Monster fall flat on its face? That is a question that many die hard Kiss fans were wondering. Do these aging rockers still have what it takes to produce a record that fans are going to want to listen to over and over again?
If the album were judged solely on the strength of the first single (and first track), “Hell Or Hallelujah,” then the answer is no. “Hell Or Hallelujah” is not a strong song. It’s not a terrible piece of music, it is just plain, which is not something that one would expect from Kiss. Fortunately for fans all over the world, Monster contains more than just the lead track.
Monster is armed with typical Kiss themes of girls, music, girls, parties, girls, rock and roll, and girls. And even though they are aging rockers, they still make singing about girls and rock music a whole lot of fun. Kiss has delivered a phenomenal package of rock music that both long time fans and newcomers alike are going to love. After nearly 40 years in the business, Kiss still has what it takes to make a significant rock record that music lovers will want to hear.
“Wall Of Sound” is a terrific, hard rocker featuring lead vocals by Gene Simmons. Thankfully, this is not a self-centered Gene Simmons song about sleeping with thousands of women, or being the greatest human being alive. On “Wall Of Sound,” Gene reached a little deeper to not flaunt himself, but to sing about rock and roll and the wall of sound that makes fans excited. “Wall Of Sound,” can also be used as a metaphor for life, showing how the harder you try at something, the better you are going to be. It all comes down to the amount of effort a person is willing to put in. With slick solos by Tommy Thayer, and beautiful musical arrangements and chord changes, “Wall Of Sound” is one of the better songs to be found on Monster.
Tommy Thayer takes over lead vocals for the tantalizing “Outta This World.” This is a superb song with terrific solos, excellent changes, and a great beat. Hearing Tommy sing lead vocals is a real treat as well and left me wanting to hear Thayer sing lead on more songs. Thayer has a solid voice, is adept at crafting a song, and creates al highly enjoyable experience for the listener. I would much rather see Tommy Thayer perform “Outta This World” live, instead of “Shock Me.” Let’s hope that Kiss let’s Tommy’s original songs speak for themselves on the next tour.
“Long Way Down” is a nice melodic rocker composed and sung by Paul Stanley. The harmony vocals from Tommy Thayer add a nice touch and provide a pleasing balance with Paul’s voice. “Long Way Down,” is another of those great Kiss rock and roll songs, telling stories about the crowd, the music business, and continuing to make a significant contribution in rock and roll after many years. It’s always enjoyable when Paul writes from the heart, and “Long Way Down” feels like a song that Stanley really put all of his emotions into as a thank you to the fans.
“Take Me Down,” is one of the best tracks that Monster has to offer. Not surprisingly, this is a song about loving women and the sexual escapades that can only happen to a member of a rock band. What makes “Take Me Down” so grand is the depth provided in the music. While the lyrics are playful and light, the musical composition is deep and meaningful. It’s quite obvious that the addition of Tommy Thayer to the band has had a profound effect on Kiss. The extra layers of depth and creativity that Thayer provides has not gone unnoticed. He has been able to elevate Kiss to continue to make significant music.
“All For The Love Of Rock & Roll” finds Eric Singer on lead vocals, doing a fine job. While his voice is reminiscent of Peter Criss, Singer provides enough of his own personality to help “All For The Love Of Rock & Roll” stand out as his own song. Singing about performing the music for love, not for fame or girls, is a tired theme that has been revisited countless times by endless bands, but hearing Eric Singer give his take on the theme is still a treat for the ears. This is another song that I hope Kiss will consider performing in concert.
Once again, Kiss has delivered another high quality record. Monster is better than Sonic Boom, better than Psycho Circus, and rivals their albums of the 70s for greatest Kiss albums ever. Once again, Kiss has recorded music for the masses that already has fans wondering when they will release more. Because when something is this good, you just can’t get enough!
Rating: Out of 10
- Hell Or Hallelujah
- Wall Of Sound
- Back To The Stone
- Shout Mercy
- Eat Your Heart Out
- Long Way Down
- The Devil Is Me
- Outta This World
- Take Me Down
- All For The Love Of Rock & Roll
- Last Chance
Gene Simmons – Vocals, Bass Guitar
Paul Stanley – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tommy Thayer – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Eric Singer – Drums, Vocals
The new PARADOX album “Tales Of The Weird” will be released on December 14th.
It was produced by Charly Steinhauer, mixed & mastered by V. Santura at Woodshed-Studio, Landshut, Germany.
“Tales Of The Weird” also includes guest appearances by Bob Katsionis (Firewind) & Gus Drax (Sunburst), the cover artwork was created by Claudio Bergamin.
“Tales Of The Weird” track listing:
01. Tales Of The Weird 9:19
02. Day Of Judgement 4:15
03. Brutalized 5:27
04. Fragile Alliance 6:24 (w. Gus Drax)
05. Escalation 4:15
06. Brainwashed 7:33
07. Slashdead 4:53
08. Zeitgeist 1:53
09. The Downward Spiral 3:42
10. A Light In The Black 7:18 (bonus track) (w. Bob Katsionis)
Kissin’ Dynamite is currently out on tour with Dragonforce and Huntress. See tour dates below. Check out the band’s brand new video “Six Feet Under”.
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE Tourdates w/ Dragonforce & Huntress
10.10.2012 BE Vosselaar – Biebob
12.10.2012 DE Hannover – Capitol
13.10.2012 DE Köln – Live Music Hall
14.10.2012 DK Copenhagen – Amanger Bio
15.10.2012 NO Oslo – Rockefeller
16.10.2012 SE Stockholm – Tyrol
19.10.2012 FI Helsinki – Nostui
22.10.2012 SE Gothenberg – Brewhouse
23.10.2012 DK Arhus – Train
24.10.2012 DE Hamburg – Markthalle
27.10.2012 DE Wuppertal – Die Börse (Börsencrah Festival * KD only)
30.10.2012 DE München – Backstage Halle
31.10.2012 DE Berlin – Postbahnhof
01.11.2012 DE Dresden – Reithalle
02.11.2012 DE Erfurt – HsD
03.11.2012 DE Bochum – Zeche
05.11.2012 DE Frankfurt – Batschkapp
06.11.2012 AT Wien – Arena
07.11.2012 CH Zürich – Komplex
09.11.2012 IT Florence – Viper
10.11.2012 IT Treviso – New Age
11.11.2012 IT Milano – Alcatraz (small room)
12.11.2012 CH Solothurn – Kofmehl
15.11.2012 ES Barcelona – Salamandra 1
16.11.2012 PT Lissabon – Cine Teatro Corroios
17.11.2012 ES Madrid – Arena
18.11.2012 ES Bilbao – Rock Star Live
21.11.2012 FR Brodeaux – Rockschool Barbey
22.11.2012 FR Paris – La Cigale
23.11.2012 FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie
24.11.2012 FR Lille – Le Splendid
25.11.2012 NL Amsterdam – Melkweg Max
01.12.2012 CZ Prag – Exit Chmelnice (KD only / Headliner Show)
14.12.2012 DE Esslingen – Komma (KD only / Headliner Show)
15.12.2012 DE Mörlenbach – Live Music Hall (KD only / Headliner Show)
22.12.2012 NL Kerkrade – The Rock Temple (KD only / Headliner Show)
We don’t hear too many metal bands from Poland, but I have to say that Helletricity’s new clip “Silver Bullets” has me quite anxious to hear the rest of their up and coming debut album Salem Blood which is due out October 29th in Europe and December 11th, in the United States.
You may have seen the new SNEW CD, What’s It To Ya advertised on That Metal Show. You may have even said, “Who in the hell is SNEW?” Let me tell you, if you haven’t checked SNEW yet, you are missing out on one of the best new bands to come out of Hollywood in quite some time. What does SNEW sound like? Blend the ass-kicking rock of Jackyl, AC/DC and maybe a dabble of Accept, and you will know what to expect. What’s it To Ya is SNEW’s third CD, and easily their best. To my ears, this CD features the band’s best music, and song writing to date. This CD is packed with a bunch of catchy hard rocking tunes, that classic rock fans are going to love.
So what’s new about SNEW this time? The band now features former Black Sheep front man, Willie Basse on bass. Willie’s big bass sound only helps to bolster SNEW’s take no prisoner’s style of rock. I don’t know if his addition has added new energy to the band, but Curtis Don Vito is singing like a man possessed on his record. Every single song rocks, and while this isn’t the longest of CD’s, it is 40 minutes of some of the best hell raising tunes I have listened to in 2012. I can’t get enough of this!
If you like bluesy, raw, kick-ass rock & roll, What’s It To Ya is a CD you are going to want to add to your collection and soon! You can become a member of the SNEW World order by picking up What’s It To Ya at Amazon.com, iTunes or direct from the band at Snewstore.com. Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Release The Beast
02. I Got A Rocket
03. Pull My Stinger
05. Tearing Up Your City
06. Clever Girl
08. Bad Words
09. What’s It To Ya
10. All Over You
Curtis Don Vito – vocals and harmonica
Andy Lux – guitar
Mark Ohrenberger – drums
Willie Basse – bass
Metallers Youngblood have released their debut full-length album: NO RETREAT October 9th in North America and throughout Europe on Eönian Records and distributed by Sony RED & Nightmare Records. Produced by Jeff Diehl (who has worked with such legends and luminaries as Gene Simmons, Sweet FA, Ma Kelly, Kramus, Healing Sixes, Eddie Kramer and many more.) NO RETREAT was recorded in the band’s hometown of Indianapolis and has been referred to as a hot, fiery fist of Rock n’ Roll and the band compared to as a blend of Warrant, Slaughter and Firehouse. Please see below for full track-listing.
Hailing from Indianapolis, Youngblood cut their teeth relentlessly playing 4 to 6 nights a week, 10 to 12 months a year. The band came onto the music scene when Sony/Epic Music first heard the band’s demo of NO RETREAT’S first single “Don’t Play with My Head.” The band worked tirelessly for nine months to generate forty-five tracks that were mixed and mastered by Diehl Productions. Sixteen tracks are being released on the band’s first album NO RETREAT. MelodicRock.com declares “Youngblood’s attitude and music have ‘star-power’ written all over it”, while Senda Producciones says NO RETREAT is “Insanely awesome …this music is f**king orgasmic!” Europe’s top Hard Rock & Metal publication, Fireworks Magazine sums up NO RETREAT in just one word “BRILLIANT!”
YOUNGBLOOD is Bobby Sisk (Lead Vocals), Jeff Diehl (Guitars & Vocals), Eric Saylors (Guitars & Vocals), Danny Williams (Keyboards & Vocals), Kyle Koker (Bass & Vocals), and Kevin Kale (Drums).
“NO RETREAT” Track-Listing:
1. Pump It Up
2. Love Is All Around
3. Sock It To Me
4. Get Down To It
5. Shot of You
6. Heat of the Passion
7. Save Your Lies
8. Feel Thang
9. Find A Way
10. Taste Of Your Lovin’
11. Back In My Life
12. Coming Home
13. My One and Only
14. Don’t Play With My Head
15. You’ve Gotta Go
16. I Love You
Hot off their heralded run on this summer’s Uproar tour, FOZZY have released the music video for their hit single “Sandpaper.” The video premiered exclusively on WWE.com this week, and the track has been named the theme song for the WWE‘s upcoming Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event, which will be held October 28, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
The lead single from FOZZY’s new release SIN AND BONES, “Sandpaper” is currently impacting and reacting at Active Rock radio and features guest vocals by M. Shadows. Directed by Sean McEwen, the video is inspired by horror classic Evil Dead, with M. Shadows playing the role of FOZZY’s evil puppet master. The music video for “Sandpaper” can be seen here:
Released on August 14, 2012, SIN AND BONES landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, marked the band’s first Billboard Top 200 debut at #143, and celebrated FOZZY’s best-selling first week ever for an album of original material. The band returns to the road in late October, tour dates are listed below.
For the month of October, FOZZY and Century Media Records have partnered with the Keep A Breast Foundation to raise awareness and prevention of breast cancer. For every copy of SIN AND BONES sold in October through iTunes – where the album is sale-priced for $7.99 – 50 cents will be donated to Keep A Breast. To participate, click here.
The accolades for FOZZY and SIN AND BONES have been mouting… Ultimate-Guitar.com declares FOZZY as “one of the best metal bands out there right now,” Revolver Magazine calls SIN AND BONES “Fozzy’s best album yet,” and Metal Hammer (UK) says, “SIN AND BONES is impressive, diverse and mature… this is a masterclass that should take Fozzy on to bigger things.”
Headlining Tour Dates:
10/26 – Amityville, NY @ Ollie’s Point (Geoff Tate Headlining)
10/27 – Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10/28 – Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
10/29 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ The Mod Club
10/30 – Albany, NY @ Bogies
11/1 – Springfield, CA @ Empire
11/2 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
11/3 – Fayetteville, NC @ The Rock Shop
11/4 – Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy’s
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Every once in a while, we get a band recommended to us that may or may not fit the hard rock mold exactly, but the music is interesting enough for us to mention on the site. We don’t know how we would classify Royal Republic, so we ask you music fans out there to check out their new video “Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut” and let us know what you think about this track and video.
Should “Everybody Wants To Be An Astronaut” SINK or SWIM? Decide with your vote below!
Hard rock fans worldwide brace yourselves because Heaven’s Basement, the rising UK quartet, is set to release their debut full-length album, FILTHY EMPIRE, via Red Bull Records in early 2013. FILTHY EMPIRE is produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides) and is the follow-up to the band’s independently-released, acclaimed EP, UNBREAKABLE. The band just premiered the video for the first single, “Fire, Fire” via broadcast on Scuzz TV and online at RockSound.tv. The clip, directed by Michael Maxxis (Ours, Sum 41, and Our Lady Peace) can be seen below.
Heaven’s Basement have been making a name for themselves overseas via their relentless touring and fiery live show plus music that features huge guitar riffs, killer melodies and an arena-rock sound. The band is currently on tour as support for Halestorm in The UK and Europe and will then hit the road to support Seether later this year, also in The UK and Europe. Please see below for all tour dates.
Originally formed in the East Midlands in England in 2007 (although the band’s current line-up came together more recently in 2009), Heaven’s Basement have already toured with the likes of Buckcherry, Papa Roach, Theory Of A Deadman, Shinedown, and more and played this year’s Download Festival in the UK to a packed tent of more than 5,000 fans. Kerrang declared, “Heaven’s Basement play as if their lives depend on it. They should already be a big name – bristling riffs and jagged, riotous hooks are their poison and exceptional is not too strong a word.” Heaven’s Basement is Aaron Buchanan (vocals), Sid Glover (guitar), Rob Ellershaw (bass), and Chris Rivers (drums).
Heaven’s Basement tour dates:
3 Cologne, Germany Luxor*
4 Antwerp, Belgium TRIX Centrum voor Muziek*
5 Paris, France Nouveau Casino*
7 Milan, Italy Magazzini Generale*
9 Vienna, Austria Szene*
10 Munich, Germany Backstage*
11 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp*
12 Tiburg, Netherlands O13*
13 Dortmund, Germany FZW*
14 Berlin, Germany Lido*
15 Hamburg, Germany Hamburg*
17 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen*
18 Oslo, Norway John Dee*
19 Copenhagen, Denmark BETA*
21 Zurich, Switzerland Dynamo*
24 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia with The Darkness
26 Plymouth, UK Plymouth Pavilion with Duff McKagan’s Loaded/Ugly Kid Joe
3 Dublin, Ireland The Academy Dublin with Duff McKagan’s Loaded/Ugly Kid Joe
9 Helsinki, Finland The Circus**
11 Gothenburg, Sweden Brewhouse**
15 London, UK Electric Ballroom**
16 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy 2**
17 Edinburgh, UK The Liquid Room**
18 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Institute**
20 Tiburg, Netherlands O13**
21 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur**
23 Bilbao, Spain Kafe Antzokia**
29 Trezzo sull’Adda Live Club**
30 Solothurn, Switzerland Kulturfabrik Kofmehl**
1 Munich, Germany Backstage**
2 Frankfurt, Germany Batschkapp**
4 Hamburg, Germany Markhalle**
5 Cologne, Germany Stollwerk**
6 Berlin, Germany C-Club**
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This week has some cool new releases from Papa Roach (great album cover!), Heart, Three Days Grace and many more.
New Releases for 10/2/2012
Heart – Fanatic
Three Days Grace – Transit of Venus
Papa Roach – The Connection
Magnum – On The 13th Day
Eluveitie – Early Years
Helstar – 30 years of Hel
Haarp – Husks
Another Lost Year – Better Days
Tygers of Pan Tang – Ambush
Punchline – Superfly
Charion – One Wing
Angra – Best Reached Horizons
Check out Papa Roach’s video “Still Swingin” and Three Days Grace lyric video “Chalk Outline” below!