Emperors and Elephants sound is influenced by 90’s hard rock scene. The band wears their influences on their sleeves, on their new album Devil In The Lake. On the first listen, I immediately noticed the Alice in Chains influence but found their music to be completely refreshing. If you are expecting another album full of down tuned guitars, think again. There are a lot of infectious riffs to be found on this album. Emperors and Elephants recently added Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper from Texas Hippie Coalition to their ranks, and his playing mixed with Jeph Stiph’s gives E+E, a pretty fantastic guitar tandem. If the opening track “Bring It Down” doesn’t make you a quick believer, “Who Are You” will certainly drive the point home.
Devil In The Lake has a bunch of radio ready tracks. Some songs are pretty heavy, some tone it down to allow Jesse Andrews’ voice to shine. When Andrews’ voice is the focal point in the music, you will find that he has a pretty awesome voice, and he can hold his own with some of the best modern rock singers out there today.
My Favorite songs on Devil In the Lake include “Bring It Down”, “Who Are You”, “Hit of Red”, “You and I” and the band’s hard rockin’ cover of the Chris Isaac classic “Wicked Game”.
Emperors and Elephants is easily one of the best new modern hard rock bands I have listened to in 2014. If you are a fan of bands like Alice in Chains, Shinedown and Pop Evil, do yourself a favor, and check out Devil In The Lake. I think you are going to like Emperors and Elephants a lot. I sure do!
01. Bring It Down
02. Who Are You
03. Your Will
04. Man of God
06. Hit of Red
07. Deep Sleep
09. Wicked Game
10. Ghost In The Mirror
11. You And I
12. M.oG. – Dupermang Re-Mix
Emperors and Elephants are:
Jesse Andrews – Vocals
Jason Meudt – drums
Jeph Stiph – Guitars
Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper – Guitars
Ron “Stoppable” Vanders – Bass
Louisville-based eclectic rock act Tantric are announcing ‘The 37 Channels Tour’ that will kick off on February 24th in Tulsa, Oklahoma at Downtown Lounge and will conclude in Cherry Hill, Illinois on March 27, 2014. The tour will be followed by dates with fellow label mates Soil and Social 66.
The tour is in continued support of Tantric’s fifth studio album entitled ’37 Channels’ released via Pavement Entertainment. The album sees tantric returning to form from their previous album “Mind Control” while incorporating new elements and special guests ranging from Shooter Jennings and members of Hinder, 3 Doors Down, Saving Abel and Uncle Kracker. Also featured on the record is Leif Garrett who recorded guest vocals on the track “My Turn” in which Hugo commented, “It’s an absolute honor to have such a iconic artist such as Leif Garrett on my record. I know that his voice is cooler now than ever in my opinion. Not much more to say. I’m just honored to have him on it.” Critics have hailed the new album as “The best album since the early days” and citing it as some of the best musical work to date.
You can hear the single “You Got What You Wanted” here. https://soundcloud.com/pavement-2/tantric-you-got-what-you
The schedule for Tantric’s upcoming U.S Tour is as follows:
|Mon February 24||Tulsa||OK||Downtown Lounge|
|Tuesday February 25||Oklahoma City||OK||The Chameleon Room|
|Wednesday February 26||Lubbock||TX||Jake’s|
|Thursday February 27||Dallas||TX||Tree’s|
|Friday February 28||San Antonio||TX||Backstage Live|
|Saturday March 1||Houston||TX||Scout Bar|
|Monday March 3||Austin||TX||Dirty Dog Bar|
|Wednesday March 5||Lexington||KY||Buster’s|
|Thursday March 6||Morgantown||WV||Schmitt’s Saloon|
|Friday March 7||Parkersburg||WV||Six Pence Pub|
|Saturday March 8||TBA|
|Sunday March 9||Stanhope||NJ||Stanhope House|
|Tuesday March 11||New York||NY||Webster Hall|
|Wednesday March 12||Amityville||NY||Revolution|
|Thursday March 13||Hagerstown||MD||Hard Times|
|Friday March 14||Baltimore||MD||Fish Head Cantina|
|Saturday March 15||Cranston||RI||1150 Oak Bar & Grill|
|Sunday March 16||Bristol||CT||Bleachers|
|Tuesday March 18||Hampton Beach||NH||Wally’s|
|Wednesday March 19||South Burlington||VT||The Venue Nightclub|
|Thursday March 20||Albany||NY||Bogies|
|Friday March 21||Endicott||NY||Downtown Quarterback|
|Saturday March 22||Pennellville||NY||Monirae’s|
|Sunday March 23||Fort Wayne||IN||4Gs|
|Tuesday March 25||Sauget||IL||Pop’s|
|Wednesday March 26||Bloomington||IL||Castle Theatre|
|Thursday March 27||Cherry Hill||IL||Take 20|
|Friday March 28||Flint||MI||Machine Shop|
|Saturday March 29||Steger||IL||Another Hole in the Wall|
|Sunday March 30||Lousiville||KY||Diamond Pub and Billiards|
|Tuesday April 1||TBA|
|Wednesday April 2||Charleston||SC||The Music Farm|
|Thursday April 3||Augusta||GA||Sky City|
|Friday April 4||Johnson City||TN||Capone’s|
|Saturday April 5||Greensboro||NC||Blind Tiger|
|Sunday April 6||Springfield||VA||Empire|
|Tuesday April 8||Jacksonville||FL||Brewster’s Megaplex|
|Wednesday April 9||Destin||FL||Club LA|
|Thursday April 10||Tallahassee||FL||Atmosphere|
|Saturday April 12||Orlando||FL||WJRR’s Earthday Birthday|
Chicago- based rock act Emperors and Elephants are announcing “The Devil in the Lake Tour” that will kick off on February 20th in Pontiac, Illinois at Freakster’s Roadhouse. The band will also be playing METAL FEST on July 5th in Lake Alcova, Wyoming.
The tour is in continued support of their record “Devil in the Lake” that was released earlier this year via Pavement Entertainment.
Chicago’s own Emperors and Elephants is a hard driving, modern, heavy rock band in the vein of Alice in Chains, Shinedown, and Seether. Formed in 2010, they have been gathering great momentum in Chicago and its surrounding area. With the recent addition of former Texas Hippie coalition guitarist Randy “The Arsonist” Cooper, the band is looking forward to taking the show on the road this year.
The schedule for Emperors and Elephants upcoming U.S Tour is as follows:
|Thursday February 20||Pontiac||IL||Freakster’s Roadhouse|
|Friday February 28||Lansing||MI||Uli’s House of Rock|
|Saturday March 1||Chicago||IL||The Chicago Loop|
|Wednesday March 5||Tulsa||OK||Downtown Lounge|
|Thursday March 6||Oklahoma City||OK||The Chameleon Room|
|Friday March 7||San Antonio||TX||Fitzgerald’s Bar|
|Saturday March 8||Houston||TX||BFE Rock Club|
|Sunday March 9||San Leon||TX||18th St Pier|
|Thursday March 13||Libertyville||IL||Austin’s Fuel Room|
|Friday March 21||Crest Hill||IL||Bada Brew|
|Friday April 18||Lombard||IL||Brauerhouse|
|Saturday April 19||St. Paul||MN||Amsterdam Bar and Hall|
|Sunday April 20||Mankato||MN||Buster’s|
|Friday April 25||Pittsburg||PA||Hard Rock Café|
|Saturday April 26||Milford||OH||Bocca Billiards|
|Saturday June 28||Cincinnati||OH||w/Days of the New|
|Saturday July 5||Lake Alcova||WY||METAL FEST|
Louisiana Music Hall of Fame members, Lillian Axe, will be releasing their thirteenth album, the acoustic live, One Night in the Temple, produced by Steve Blaze, on April 15, 2014 via CME Records / Sony Music (RED) in the USA and Canadaand via Melodic Rock Records / Cargo Distribution for the world.
Performed acoustically in an intimate setting housed in a Masonic Temple in the Bayou, with their most diehard fans, One Night in the Temple, features all their hits including, True Believer, Show A Little Love, Crucified, Misery Loves Company, Ghost of Winter, The Great Divide, Bow Your Head, Waters Rising and the crowd favorite Nobody Knows.
Lillian Axe founder Steve Blaze reflects; “ when I first had the idea of putting this show together, it was originally going to be a private 20 person show with acoustic guitars, vocals and no production, however, it took on a life of its own.”
One Night in the Temple; will be released as 3 disc set (2CDs/1DVD and 2CDs/1Blu-Ray), housed in an elaborate digipack. Filmed in high definition, the Blu-Ray and DVD will contain the acoustic performance, fan question and answer session, videos for the songs Caged In and Death Comes Tomorrow, live concert footage from their July 4, 2013 performance at the Paragon Casino and behind the scenes footage.
FULL TRACK LISTING: Disc 1: Waters Rising, Death Comes Tomorrow, Ghost of Winter, See You Someday, The Great Divide, Nocturnal Symphony, Sad Day On Planet Earth, Bow Your Head, Show A Little Love and Misery Loves Company.
Crucified, The World Stopped Turning, Dyin’ to Live (Shades of Blue), Until The End Of The World, The Day I Met You, The Promised Land, Nobody Knows, My Apologies, True Believer and Nobody Knows (Crowd Version).
Lillian Axe is Brian Jones (lead vocals), Steve Blaze (guitar and vocals), Sam Poitevent (guitar and vocals), Eric Morris (bass guitar) and Ken Koudelka (drums).
Lillian Axe will be touring to support this release this summer.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINING TOUR
“SHEPHERD OF FIRE TOUR” KICKS OFF APRIL 12TH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
Chart-topping hard-rock act Avenged Sevenfold will hit the road in North America for the “Shepherd of Fire Tour,” based on the band’s single of the same name, which hit No. 1 on both the Mainstream Rock and Active Rock charts. “Shepherd of Fire,” from A7X’s current album Hail To The King, is the second single to reach No. 1, in addition to the title track.
The “Shepherd of Fire Tour,” which kicks off on April 12th in British Columbia, will hit arenas in the United States and Canada. The band will also headline the U.S.’s biggest rock festivals, Carolina Rebellion, Rise Above Fest, and Rock on The Range.
Avenged Sevenfold will be joined by Hellyeah on the Shepherd of Fire Tour as support.
Hail To The King topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart upon its release in August, making it A7X’s second consecutive No. 1 debut. The album also went to No. 1 in Brazil, Canada, Finland, Ireland, and the U.K. The Huntington Beach, Calif., band has become known for its spectacular live shows, routinely selling out arenas worldwide and headlining some of the most prestigious music festivals. They are scheduled to perform five shows at the Soundwave Festival in Australia starting February 22nd, and will spend the summer headlining Europe’s biggest rock festivals, including Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring in Germany, the PinkPop Festival in Holland, and the U.K.’s biggest rock festival, Download at Donington Park. After that they will headline the Mountain Stage for two nights at Summersonic in Japan.
Avenged Sevenfold’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
04/12 Dawson Creek, BC EnCana Events Centre
04/13 Prince George, BC CN Centre
04/16 Moose Jaw, SK Mosaic Place
04/17 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
04/19 Winnipeg, MB MTS Center
04/21 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
04/23 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center
04/25 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
04/26 Jacksonville, FL Welcome to Rockville
04/28 Lafayette, LA Cajundome
04/30 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live
05/02 Virginia Beach, VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
05/03 Charlotte, NC Carolina Rebellion
05/06 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
05/08 Hershey, PA Giant Center
05/10 Bangor, ME Rise Above Fest
05/12 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
05/13 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
05/15 Syracuse, NY Oncenter Complex
05/17 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range
Is there any hard rock band that has written more songs about love than Whitesnake? Check the song titles from their vast catalog, and I think you will see that Whitesnake has a lot to pass around. For this Valentine’s Day, check out the Whitesnake clips below, and give your significant other a whole lotta love.
Love Will Set You Free
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Give Me All Your Love
Guilty of Love
Is This Love
Fresh off the release of their newest single and video “Faceless,” New York City’s Martyrd has announced that they will be doing several shows with Metal Church – a band that is often considered to be one of the trailblazers of the thrash metal movement, and responsible for penning such headbanging classics as “Watch the Children Pray.”
“I love Metal Church!” exclaims Martyrd guitarist, Michael Andreas. “Their heavy melodic sound has definitely had a huge influence on me as a musician, and I’m really honored to be able to go out and share the stage with them on this tour.” And as singer Aaron Pollard adds, “F*** yeah! I can’t wait to get on the road again in 2014, what better way to do that than with Metal Church!”
Comprised of singer Pollard, guitarists Michael Andreas and Mike Kitsos, bassist Brian Nichols, and drummer Randall Lee, Martyrd has quickly made a name for themselves on the US east coast. And their last album, 2012’s sophomore effort, ‘The Mortal Coil,’ saw the group on tour with six-string legend Yngwie Malmsteen, while gaining praise from the metal press, including Guitar World Magazine, which proclaimed Martyrd was “A melee of blistering riffs and soaring vocal melodies sure to please fans of both Kreator and Symphony X.”
‘The Mortal Coil’ also reached #14 nationally on the CMJ Loud Rock Charts, while the group also completed their successful “Fall of the Faithful” fall-winter tour; and enjoyed a strong performance of the album’s single, “Pain of Reason.” Additionally, Martyrd has shared the stage with countless renowned heavy metal acts, including Children of Bodom, Black Dahlia Murder, Sonata Arctica, God Forbid, Testament, Death Angel, Ensiferum, and many more.
“‘Faceless’ is my new favorite,” explains Andreas about one of the band’s standout new tracks. “We had so much fun writing, recording, and listening to it. We’ve been writing a ton of new material since we released ‘The Mortal Coil,’ but ‘Faceless’ just sort of came together on its own, very quick. Its no-nonsense – it comes in pounding right off the bat, and then makes a statement with that heavy verse riff. There’s definitely a lot of heaviness, in fact, I think Aaron in particular has never sounded so heavy. But there’s also harmony and melody – that chorus is just asking you to sing along. This song is what Martyrd’s all about; it’s heavy and pounding and aggressive, but also melodic and kind of catchy. It’s just really fun to play and listen to. We can’t wait to take it out on the road and really see our friends and fans get into it!”
Fans can view the music video for Faceless below
To purchase the song, visit iTunes at this link.
And from March 2nd through the 9th, Martyrd will be spreading the word throughout the east coast of the U.S. Don’t dare miss this hard-hitting evening
of metal madness!
CONFIRMED METAL CHURCH/MARTYRD TOUR DATES:
1. 03/02 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2. 03/04 – St Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
3. 03/05 – JB McGinnes – New Castle, DE
4. 03/06 – Revolution – Amityville, NY
5. 03/07 – Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
6. 03/08 – Empire – Springfield, VA
7. 03/09 – Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
Martyrd.com – http://martyrd.com
Mastodon have announced that they will hit the road for a headlining spring tour with support from Gojira and Kvelertak. Tickets are on sale now. Today Mastodon have confirmed four addition dates to the tour
04/28 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
05/04 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
05/05 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
05/10 Toronto, ONT. CAN The Sound Academy
Excited about the upcoming tour, guitarist Bill Kelliher says: “Mastodon touring with Kvelertak and Gojira !!! Man, this is one tour dream come true! first of all Kvelertak and Gojira are 2 of my favorite bands at the moment, both putting out slamming records last year.
We toured with them on off shows from the Soundwaves festivals in Australia and I remember thinking what a great package/lineup this would be to bring to the states, and now it’s happening.
GAME ON!!!” BK
Mastodon have been in the studio in Nashville with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Deftones) working on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed album The Hunter, which entered the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in the Top 10 and found its way onto several Year End/Best Of critics’ lists, including those compiled by Rolling Stone, Spin, Revolver, Decibel and many more. More details about the new album will be announced soon. Until then, stay tuned to www.mastodonrocks.com. Details on the release of Mastodon’s anticipated 6th studio effort will be revealed soon.
Mastodon’s complete upcoming spring U.S. tour dates are as follows:
04/28 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
04/29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
05/01 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
05/02 Los Angeles, CA Nokia Theater
05/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
05/04 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
05/05 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
05/07 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
05/08 Chicago, IL The Riviera Theater
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
05/10 Toronto, ONT. CAN The Sound Academy
05/12 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom
05/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
05/15 New York, NY Terminal 5
05/16 Boston, MA The Palladium
05/17 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
05/18 Columbus, OH Rock On The Range Festival
Mastodon Live At Brixton has recently been released and is available now. This live concert experience is available as an audio-only version and a live digital video version directed by Ryan Mackfall (Crashburn Media) (both featuring the full 97-minute performance) and is available from all digital retailers, including iTunes and Amazon. The full set-list is as follows:
Dry Bone Valley
I Am Ahab
Colony of Birchmen
Ghost of Karelia
All The Heavy Lifting
Curl of the Burl
Circle of Cysquatch
Crack The Skye
Where Strides The Behemoth
March of the Fireants
Blood and Thunder
Troy Sanders — Bass Guitar / Vocals
Brent Hinds — Guitars / Vocals
Bill Kelliher — Guitars
Brann Dailor — Drums / Vocals
For information, merch and so much more visit: www.mastodonrocks.com
The first attention grabber from Pretty Wild is the fact that rock a scream this grand hasn’t been heard since Steelheart was in their prime. That sucked me in right away and set a very high expectation level for what was to come. And the good news is that those expectations were exceeded by the fourth song on Pretty Wild. If you’ve been yearning for some exceptional sleaze rock, welcome to Pretty Wild!
Pretty Wild hails from Sweden and upon formation they had one mission in mind: play the best 80s metal possible. They have certainly reached that feat. Their overall style and sound is an exact replica of the greatest 80s metal bands, but Pretty Wild has a unique signature of their own, which means they are more than a just a carbon copy of great 80s metal, they are also a unique force in the world of 80s hard rock music and Swedish metal in general.
The hard rocking tunes are plentiful on Pretty Wild. The album kicks off with the hard rocking “Are You Ready,” which starts with a pounding bass drum and the chants of “Are you ready, are you ready for me?” Once the guitar started to slowly build up just under the surface, I knew it was only a matter of seconds before the song exploded. And at the center of the explosion was the first rock scream from vocalist Ivan Ivve Hoglund. The fun factor just ramped up from there.
“Staring At The Sun” is a great highway song that should be played at maximum volume with the windows down, the sun on the horizon, and your foot pressing the gas pedal hard. It is a song that is very reminiscent of some of the great sounds from my youth, and “Staring At The Sun” made me feel like I was 17 again. Hoglund’s vocals were tight and glorious, while the guitar work from Axl Ludwig was flat out fun.
Ballads are present and accounted for on Pretty Wild and done in the appropriate power ballad fashion. “All I Want” and “High Enough” are the two stand out ballads, with “High Enough” just edging out “All I Want” as the better ballad overall. Both songs are exceptional, showing off the talents of all band members, and make me yearn for a video that would rule the Dial MTV charts. However, the guitar solo on “High Enough” is so amazing that it gives this song the edge for best ballad on the record.
If you’re yearning for the sound of the 80s with a modern flair, or if you’re just looking for some flat out fun hard rock to add to your collection, check out Pretty Wild. These guys are the real deal and I can guarantee that their debut album is going to get a lot off spins from me.
Notable Tracks: Are You Ready, High Enough, Hold On
01. Are You Ready
02. Get It On
03. Troubled Water
04. All I Want
06. Staring At The Sun
07. High Enough
08. Ready To Go
11. Blow The Night Away
12. Come Out Tonight
13. Hold On
14. Pretty Wild
Pretty Wild Is:
Ivan Ivve Hoglund – Vocals
Axl Ludwig – Guitar
Kim Chevelle – Bass
Johnny Benson – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
If you counted Saliva out when you heard that they had parted ways with singer Josey Scott, you have been proven dead wrong – all you have to do is give a listen to the group’s upcoming single, “Rise Up” (impacting radio and available for purchase via all digital stores on February 18th), and album of the same name (April 29th, via Rum Bum). And with new singer Bobby Amaru firmly in place, it appears as though there is a bright future for the new-look Saliva line-up, which also includes guitarist Wayne Swinny, bassist Dave Novotny, and drummer Paul Crosby.
“We’re lucky to have found him,” says Swinny about his new band mate. “We discovered him through one of our old crew guys. He really energized the rest of us. He’s a great songwriter, and a top-shelf producer in his own right.”
With acclaimed producer Bobby Huff (Papa Roach, 3 Doors Down, Tim Finn) on board, all the pieces seem to be in place. And Saliva has delivered with their new single, “Rise Up.” “‘Rise Up’ …it’s a statement on where we’re at,” adds Swinny. “The title just has that fire to it.”
And if you are a longtime Saliva fan, you are sure to be extremely pleased with the full-length ‘Rise Up’ – a bold record full of big hooks, swagger and plenty
of guitars. And, outside of the ballad “Lost,” it’s first and foremost a rock record. These are songs that kick hard, from the immediacy of the aforementioned “Rise Up,” to the slow build of “Choke,” and the rollickin’ “Redneck Freakshow,” a song the band seems particularly proud of.
Saliva has already debuted a number of new songs live, with Amaru seamlessly working his way into the line-up. “The audiences have been great,” says the singer. “I think we have a whole new energy on stage.” Expect to see the band on tour the rest of the year and well into next. “It’s definitely a throwback, fun, party rock show,” adds Swinny. “And Bobby’s putting his own spin on the older material.”
Another piece to the puzzle has been uniting with a new independent label, Rum Bum Records, founded by Luis Bacardi, based in Miami, FL. Led by a team of
industry veterans dedicated to finding original talent of all genres, the label offers worldwide distribution, and provides artists with the resources necessary to develop and expand their careers. By utilizing a variety of platforms including imaging, video production, marketing, social media, and publicity, Rum Bum Records is able to create versatile portfolios for talent, opening the doors to as many opportunities as possible. Additionally, the label has a full state of the art HD Film studio to successfully build an artist’s image and brand identity into one that is fully recognized and sought after by the public.
There’s certainly a lot of revitalized energy on display throughout ‘Rise Up.’ And despite his late arrival, Amaru thinks he knows why Saliva in 2014 sounds as vital as they were in 2001. “We’ve just gone back to the basics. You know, /being a rock band.”/
Wayne Swinny – guitars
Dave Novotny – bass
Paul Crosby – drums, percussion
Bobby Amaru – vocals
‘Rise Up’ Tracklisting [subject to change]
2-“She Can Sure Hide Crazy”
3-“No One But Me”
10-“In It To Win It”
12- “I Don’t Want It”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
I am almost ashamed to admit that I have never been on a rock cruise. Heck, I’ve only been on one cruise in my life, and that was for my honeymoon. It’s not that I don’t love cruises, because I absolutely do, and yet, I’ve never given much thought to attending a rock cruise. I think I need to live and dream a little more.
Rock cruises seem to be a great way to combine a vacation with the ultimate concert experience. You can ship to an exotic locale, warm yourself on a beautiful beach, and then rock out with your favorite band or bands all night. For a music lover that enjoys travel, this seems to be the perfect getaway. Cruises in general are just an exceptional way to spend a vacation. There’s drinking, games, drinking, excellent food, drinking, partying, and drinking. And since no one’s driving, drink up, man!
And on a rock cruise, not only would you get to witness some great bands live in concert, but after their performance, you get to hang out with them on the ship. Think about it, where the heck are they going to go? This is once in a lifetime access to rock stars where you can ask them any questions you want, buy them a drink, or just stargaze like a teenage fan-boy. Why haven’t I done this yet?
Some cruises are devoted to one individual band (Kiss Cruise, anyone?), while most present a vast array of artists. The Monsters Of Rock Cruise features Cinderella, Tesla, Kix, Ratt, Winger, Mike Tramp, and many, many more. The Rock Legends cruise has Alice Cooper, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, Blue Oyster Cult and more. This year’s Shiprocked also had its share of incredible bands. Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, and In This Moment all performed alongside a plethora of other heavy rocking bands.
Each cruise travels to a warm, tropical island, which this time of year has me envious and yearning for summer to get here. And while I always check out the metal festivals and travel to the ones I can (especially M3), I’ve never considered taking a rock cruise. I think it’s time that I branched out a little and gave one a shot. Maybe instead of hitting the festivals next year I’ll look into booking myself on a rock cruise. With some of the lineups that I’ve seen for these cruises, it seems that it would be money well spent. However, it might be the only concert/vacation I get to do all year. The cruises mentioned above start out around the $1100 mark and go up from there, which might be why I haven’t looked into doing one yet. If only I could win that lotto drawing.
What about you? Have you ever gone on a rock cruise? What did you think of the overall experience?
Would you do it again? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know!
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Steel Panther’s new album, All You Can Eat will be released April 1st. You can pre-order the new album here!
Check out Steel Panther’s latest clips
“Party Like The End of The World”, (NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!!)
The Burden of Being Wonderful
and the Steel Panther classic “Death To All But Metal”
*‘To Hellion And Back’*
*The Anthology- 2CD Anthology 1983-2014*
*Release date – Tuesday, April, 1st 2014*
Los Angeles-based female-fronted metallers HELLION have inked a contract with London-based HNE/CHERRY RED RECORDS. The first of three HELLION albums set for release this year is a 2-disc anthology entitled TO HELLION AND BACK, which will be released on April 1, 2014, and the first 1,000 copies will be autographed by the band’s singer, ANN BOLEYN.
TO HELLION AND BACK chronicles the band’s beginnings from 1982, to the present, and features new music from Hellion. In 1983, when the term “female metal singer” did not exist, HELLION’s demo recordings (released as a self-titled Mini-LP) climbed to Number 6 in England’s rock charts. In America, HELLION however was regarded by the corporate music world as “too heavy” for a band with a female singer. Despite never releasing an album on a major record label, Hellion was the first female-fronted metal band to be featured on MTV and VH-1 and was also the first U.S. metal band to perform in the former-Soviet Union on a MONSTERS OF ROCK festival.
TO HELLION AND BACK features a collection of fan-favourites, hard-to-find recordings, and previously unreleased tracks. Among the collection are also two songs that were produced by RONNIE JAMES DIO at the legendary SOUND CITY recording studio.
The musicians enlisted by powerhouse vocalist Ann Boleyn for the new HELLION include drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, QUEENSRŸCHE, DIO, DIO DISCIPLES), keyboardist Scott Warren (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL), Swedish import bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES), and up-and-coming lead guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle.
HELLION’s new tracks were produced by legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE’s “Hunky Dory”, “The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars”, “Aladdin Sane” and “Pinups”. A top producer at Abbey Road Studios, Scott is also acknowledged as one of the five principal engineers for THE BEATLES. He has engineered countless classic works, including GEORGE HARRISON’s “All Things Must Pass”, ELTON JOHN’s “Madman Across The Water”, “Honky Chateau” and “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player.” Other credits include gold and platinum albums by SUPERTRAMP, DAVID BOWIE, MISSING PERSONS, KANSAS, and more. Scott recently said of the comparison between working with David Bowie and Ann Boleyn: “Working with Bowie or working with Ann of HELLION, you’ve got sheer talent.” Acknowledging Boleyn as the driving force propelling the band, Scott notes: “Over the years, the musicians have changed. The one musician that has always been the same is Ann. So once again, it’s new musicians. The one constant thing about HELLION is Ann, and her incredible voice.”
Says Wright of working with Boleyn and HELLION: “She’s tried to stay true to that heaviness and a certain darkness. She’s sticking to the same formula, just different musicians though.”
HELLION will tour in Europe, and the UK in 2014 and are expected to appear on a number of major festivals. The cover artwork was designed by Italian artist Gaetano Di Falco and inspired by the photography of P.G. Brunelli.
2. Driving Hard
3. Don’t Take No For An Answer
4. Break The Spell
5. Up From The Depths
6. Run For Your Life
7. Get Ready
8. Witching Hour
9. Screams In The Night
10. Upside Down Guitar Solo/
11. The Hand
12. Bad Attitude
13. Tower Of Air
3. The Evil One
5. The Black Book
6. Living In Hell
8. Demon Attack
9. Resurrection/Will Not Go Quietly
10. Shit (Is Gonna Hit The Fan)
11. Dead and Gone
12. Dream Deceiver
13. Hell Has No Fury
*The TO HELLION AND BACK CD will be available through The Omega Order for
pre order, by visiting here: *
ROCK AGAINST MS: ONLINE ROCK AUCTION ANNOUNCED
JOHN 5, JERRY CANTRELL, SCOTT IAN, MIKE INEZ, PEARL ADAY & RITA HANEY – SIGNED SCHECTER BASS
ZAKK WYLDE, JEFF LOOMIS, SYN & JOHNNY (AVENGED SEVENFOLD), GARY HOLT (EXODUS/SLAYER), JINXX (BLACK VEIL BRIDES), KEITH MERROW & ALL OF BLS – SIGNED SCHECTER GUITAR
We are honored to have so many amazing supporters for ROCK AGAINST MS. The latest being 2 donations – One from a private donor of this amazing Schecter Bass signed by JOHN 5, JERRY CANTRELL, SCOTT IAN, MIKE INEZ, PEARL ADAY and RITA HANEY.
The second is a guitar directly donated by Schecter Guitars from their 2014 NAMM show party featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – This guitar is signed by ZAKK WYLDE, JEFF LOOMIS, SYN & JOHNNY (AVENGED SEVENFOLD), GARY HOLT (EXODUS/SLAYER), JINXX (BLACK VEIL BRIDES), KEITH MERROW AND OF COURSE ALL OF BLACK LABEL SOCIETY – ZAKK drew a picture too!
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About Multiple Sclerosis
- Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
- MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
- Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
- Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.
ALTER BRIDGE HIT THE TOP 5 AT ROCK RADIO WITH LATEST SINGLE “ADDICTED TO PAIN”
Debut Single from Latest Album Fortress Hits #5 On Mediabase Active Rock Chart and BDS Rock Chart
Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti to Appear on That Metal Show This Month in Support of Latest Album and Upcoming World Tour
Alter Bridge are proving to American radio what the rest of the world has already known, they are a musical force to be reckoned with. The band’s debut single “Addicted To Pain” has reached the Top 5 on both the Mediabase Active Rock Chart and the BDS Rock Chart. The single is currently heating up radio waves across the country with stations like WMMR (Phladelphia), WRIF (Detroit), KUPD (Phoenix) and Sirius Octane supporting the single. WJJO in Madison had this to say, “This song has the USA figuring out what the rest of the world already knew: Alter Bridge is amazing.”
“Addicted To Pain” is the first single from the band’s latest album Fortress. Fortress debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, #5 on the Top Current Rock Albums and Top Current Alternative Albums and outsold the band’s previous release, ABIII. Fortress also hit #1 on the iTunes Rock Album chart and #8 on the iTunes Top Album chart the week it was released. The latest release from the rock juggernaut band comprised of Myles Kennedy on vocals/guitar, Mark Tremonti on guitar/vocals, Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillips on drums, has been getting rave reviews around the world. The Guardian newspaper called Fortress: “As epic as prime Led Zep and as thunderous as peak-form Sabbath…” and Loudwire declares “the substance and technicality that they have immersed into their music have elevated them to a whole new level.” The album was produced by long-time Alter Bridge producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette, known for his work with Falling In Reverse, Story Of The Year and Incubus.
Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti are confirmed to appear on the current season of That Metal Show. This appearance marks the first time Alter Bridge will be on the show even though both guys have appeared on the show before. Myles Kennedy appeared on the show with Slash and Mark Tremonti was on the show in support of his solo project. The band will appear in support of Fortress and to promote their upcoming world tour. The show will air on Saturday, February 15th at 11PM ET/PT on VH1 Classic.
Alter Bridge will be hitting the road this month in support of Fortress. The band will be playing shows in Japan and Australia before coming back for their first US run in support of the latest album. The US tour kicks of April 14th in Dallas, TX and runs through May 18th where it wraps up at Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH. The tour will be making stops in Atlanta, Chicago and New York. The band will also be heading over to Europe this summer where they will be closing this year’s Download Festival on Sunday night as direct support to Aerosmith.
Alter Bridge burst onto the music scene in 2004 with the release of their gold-selling debut, One Day Remains. In 2007, the band released Blackbird, the album that elevated the band’s profile worldwide. The epic solo in the title track “Blackbird” was voted “Greatest Guitar Solo Of All Time” by Guitarist Magazine. ABIII was released in 2010 and the single “Isolation” gave the band their first #1 single. Alter Bridge has appeared on The Tonight Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and their music has been used by the WWE, Major League Baseball and NASCAR. When Alter Bridge is on hiatus, singer Myles Kennedy can be found fronting Slash’s band, Slash, featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Guitarist Mark Tremonti recently released his fist solo project All I Was that found Wolfgang Van Halen playing bass with Mark on the road. Scott Phillips formed Projected with John Connolly and Vinnie Hornsby of Sevendust and released their debut in 2012.
Singapore Rock Festival
Mata Elang International Stadium
House of Blues
House of Blues
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
New York, NY
Best Buy Theater
Welcome to Rockville
House of Blues
House of Blues
Kansas City, MO
The Arvest Bank Theatre
Rock City Campgrounds
Rock on the Range
Rock in Idro
Sweden Rocks Festival
Posthof, Linz, AUSTRIAL
Rock the Ring Festival
RAT PAK RECORDS SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM FROM THE NEW SUPERGROUP “KXM” FEATURING: GEORGE LYNCH, RAY LUZIER (KORN) AND dUg PINNICK (King’s X)
A new musical force to be reckoned with is about to turn the rock world upside down with the release of their self-titled debut, KXM. KXM is comprised of dUg Pinnick of King’s X on vocals/bass, George Lynch of Lynch Mob/Dokken on guitars and Korn’s drum maestro, Ray Luzier, rounds out the powerhouse trio. The band takes its name from the combination of the member’s other projects: K from Korn, X from King’s X and M from Lynch Mob.
The self-titled debut of KXM is something truly unique and special. The songs are powerful, precise, and transcend beyond the boundaries of the imagination. In today’s overpopulated music arena, true gems become harder and harder to find, but KXM’s unified vision rises above the normal and creates its own space. From the opening drum riff of “Stars” to the final chord on “Human Friction,” KXM is an album that is sure to resonate with fans from the band’s original projects, while garnering new ones as well. Songs like “Gun Fight,” “Faith Is A Room” and the first single “Rescue Me” are sure to be instant favorites among fans. The band shows their softer side on the ballad “Never Stop” along with their dark side on the tale of domestic violence, “Sleep.”
KXM formed in early 2013 when dUg, George and Ray spoke about trying to jam together. At the time it wasn’t clear what would come from those jams. The only thing that was clear was that these 3 musicians, at the top of their game, wanted to play together. The self-titled debut, KXM, was born from those jam sessions and is now an important piece in each band member’s musical legacy. In a world that constantly searches for new and unique music, KXM delivers all the power and punch that one would expect from these high level players! Official release date is set for March 11, 2014
Israeli heavy metallers SWITCHBLADE signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s ROCK’N’GROWL MANAGEMENT. SWITCHBLADE aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the 80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music.
Lior “Steinmetal” Stein – Vocals
Fede “FedeRock” Taich – Lead, Rhythm Guitars
Venedict Pavlovic – Rhythm, Lead Guitars
Boris Siper – Bass
Moshe “Moshpit” Sabah – Drums
ICED EARTH performing for the first time in Israel. SWITCHBLADE, along with their local peers, Prowlers, will support the American Heavy/Power Metal giants.
Since 2005 the Israeli Switchblade has been trying to find the right Metal image that will be sufficient for its members. Six years later, along with shifting Metal subgenres, several unofficial releases, a few gigs with various of groups within the Israeli Metal scene, plenty of lineup changes, and a few bruises, Switchblade found its right purpose and direction. With a talented solid lineup that shared the same devotion to the classic years of Metal, the Switchblade group began playing their material with strong accordance to their true worship, 80s Heavy Metal. 2011 saw the release of the first official digital single, “Endless War/Euphoria“, announcing a newfound landmark for the band. Less than a year later, Switchblade issued its second digital single, “Metalista“, which was highly perceived by the local and foreign Metal scenes. After finalizing its performance in the finals of the local 2012’s “Wacken Metal Battle“, Switchblade began working on its debut album “Heavy Weapons“.
Switchblade’s emergence wasn’t with the purpose of reinventing the vintage steel, it came to relive it and keep the old fires burning. Among a few blinks towards progression, Switchblade aims to attain the same sparkles and enthusiasm that made the 80s Metal scene so great in a sense that it will sink in deep in today’s perception of Metal music. “Heavy Weapons” consisting of nine tracks, a few from the band’s past along with fresh material, might become one of the pillars of the old burning flame of Heavy Metal.
From Salt Lake City, ROYAL BLISS will be releasing their 8th album on Air Castle Records on February 18th, 2014 called CHASING THE SUN. The first single CRY SISTER is already climbing the charts. It follows up their 2012 release WAITING OUT THE STORM that featured the single CRAZY (http://youtu.be/1WMRPNmTVR0).
The band is beginning the touring cycle to support the upcoming album. ROYAL BLISS features Neal Middleton, Taylor Richards, Jake Smith and Dwayne Crawford.
The video for CRY SISTER was released on 12-20, check it out below.
Catch Royal Bliss on Tour on one of the following dates:
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
02-14-14 in SLC, UT at THE ROYAL
02-15-14 in JEROME, ID at DIAMONDZ EVENT CENTER
02-17-14 in CEDAR RAPIDS, IA at TAILGATERS
02-18-14 in BURLINGTON, IA at THE WASHINGTON
02-20-14 in QUINCY, IL at THE STATE ROOM
02-21-14 in RACINE, WI at OUTHOUSE
02-22-14 in PONTIAC, IL at FREAKSTER’S ROADHOUSE
03-01-14 in LACROSSE, WI at THE CAVALIER THEATER (w/BOBAFLEX)
03-02-14 in MANKATO, MN at BUSTERS (w/BOBAFLEX)
The long-awaited new studio album from Sweden’s hottest rock and roll band, H.E.A.T, will be officially released by earMusic in the UK on April 14th. Entitled “Tear Down The Walls”, the album features the new single “A Shot At Redemption” – taken from the same titled 4-track EP, released digitally on February 14th.
Recorded at Bohus Studios with Grammy-award winning producer Tobias Lindell, the first sneak peak of the album is the lead single “A Shot At Redemption”. Watch the teaser video HERE…
The new song confirms all that H.E.A.T showed before and more: a catchy hookline, a driven beat, the obligatory guitar solo and the raw, beyond comparison vocals of singer Erik Grönwall.
The “A Shot At Redemption” EP also includes the previously unreleased tracks “Under Your Skin”, a goosebumps worthy acoustic version of H.E.A.T’s “In And Out Of Trouble” and a sensual cover of one of the greatest ballads, “She”s Like The Wind”.
“Tearing Down The Walls” is the follow-up to the successful “Address The Nation” which was praised by media worldwide as one of the best album’s in 2012 and cemented the band’s reputation as the new leading band in hard edged melodic rock. H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song “1000 Miles” in 2009 and the band’s 2nd Album, “Freedom Rock” was nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by the UK’s Classic Rock magazine.
While bands like Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake are enjoying a resurgence with teenagers who are re-discovering the melodic approach to hard rock, H.E.A.T is carrying the torch forward for a new generation of rock fans. They’re young, ambitious and full of energy.
Multi-platinum rock band 311 are premiering their brand-new single, “Five Of Everything,” which can be heard at http://youtu.be/k2wz5fkaDLU.
“Five Of Everything” is the lead single from new 311 album STEREOLITHIC, set for release on March 11th (“new 311 on 3/11!”). The album arrives via 311 Records and is being distributed by INgrooves, making it 311’s first truly independent release since their early days as an unsigned band living in Omaha, Nebraska.
311 recently teamed with PledgeMusic for a pre-order album promotion that enhances fan interaction. Those that pre-order the album (available in CD, vinyl and autographed bundles) will receive exclusive updates from the band and will be automatically entered into a bonus prize drawing to win more than 100 prizes, including an autographed signature series PRS SE guitar from Tim Mahoney, handwritten lyrics from vocalists Nick Hexum and SA Martinez, signed drumsticks used during the recording of the album from Chad Sexton, a Skype call from bassist P-Nut, backstage passes to meet the band, and much more.
STEREOLITHIC is also now available for pre-order at iTunes, with “Five of Everything” as an instant download (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stereolithic/id813957557?ls=1).
311 recorded STEREOLITHIC with longtime collaborator/producer Scott Ralston, best known for his work on some of the band’s most popular releases, including 1993’s gold-selling Music, 1995’s triple-platinum selling 311, 1997’s platinum-selling Transistor and 1999’s gold-selling Soundsystem. STEREOLITHIC was mixed by Ralston and 311 drummer Chad Sexton.
The new album is the follow-up to 2011’s Universal Pulse, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 7, making it the band’s 8th straight top 10 debut.
The quintet will celebrate STEREOLITHIC’s release—and their 24th year together as a band—with their bi-annual “311 Day.” The 2014 concert, which takes place on March 11th at the New Orleans Arena, will be a coming home of sorts, as the first “311 Day” was held in New Orleans back in 2000 (the last two events took place in Vegas). Tickets have already been sold to fans from all 50 U.S. States and 15 countries who will travel to New Orleans for the special event. Ticket information is available at http://www.311.com/311Day2014.
Over the course of their amazing career, the now-Southern California-based 311 has sold close to 9 million albums in the U.S. alone. They’ve had 9 top 10 radio hits, including three No. 1’s. Their list of hits includes “Down,” “All Mixed Up,” “Amber,” “Love Song,” “Come Original,” “Beautiful Disaster,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Hey You” and “Sunset In July.” For 11 consecutive years, the band has headlined amphitheaters across the U.S. with their summer “Unity Tour.” They also host an annual Caribbean Cruise – a four-night trip from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas attended by thousands of fans from around the world.
“Not Gonna Die” is the latest video from Atlantic/Word rock band, Skillet. The video, directed by Joey Papa and produced by Benjamin Kasica shows the Grammy-nominated group performing against a white background while a woman fights for her life in various scenes throughout the video. John Cooper, the lead singer of Skillet sings, “This is how it feels when you take your life back, this is how it feels when you fight back.”
“Not Gonna Die” follows previous singles “Rise,” “Sick of It,” and “American Noise” off the album “Rise,” that debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock Chart, Hard Rock Chart, and iTunes Rock Album Chart in June.
Since the album’s explosive debut, Skillet has toured non-stop on The Carnival of Madness Tour, an international tour with Nickelback, and has most recently been traveling on The Roadshow Tour that continues through February 16th.
Skillet was also nominated for “Rock Album of the Year” in Loudwire’s 3rd Annual Music Awards!
To vote, visit: http://loudwire.com/3rd-annual-loudwire-music-awards-vote-now/
Over the course of the past few years, GRAMMY nominated and platinum selling rock band Skillet has sold more than two million units in the U.S. alone, racked up more than 150 million YouTube views and amassed a diehard following (dubbed Panheads) whose members number over four million on Facebook alone. Their 2013 release RISE debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, which led to a No. 1 radio hit for “American Noise” and “Sick Of It.” RISE also gave Skillet their late night television debut on CONAN. RISE follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S and debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums Chart, garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash and gold-certified “Awake & Alive,” the gold-certified “Hero,” “It’s Not Me It’s You” and the platinum-certified “Monster.” “Monster” lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio (the first in a string of multiple Top 5 active rock hits), while its companion video has generated over 47 million YouTube views. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA Platinum Certification in 2012, and was one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and The Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012. Skillet is made up of John Cooper, Korey Cooper, Jen Ledger and Seth Morrison.
Skillet 2014 Tour Dates:
2/6 — Springfield, Mo. — JQH Arena
2/7 — Mobile, Ala. — Mitchell Center
2/8 — Bossier City, La. — CenturyLink Arena
2/9 — Lubbock, Texas — United Spirit Arena
2/14 — Fresno, Calif. — Save Mart Center
2/15 — Las Vegas, Nev. — Thomas & Mack Center
2/16 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Maverick Center
2/27 — Toledo, Ohio — Huntington Center
2/28 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Bankers Life Fieldhouse
3/1 — Jackson, Miss. — Mississippi Coliseum
3/2 — Cape Girardeau, Mo. — Show Me Center
3/6 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — Van Andel Arena
3/7 — Columbus, Ohio –Veterans Memorial Auditorium
3/8 — Chicago, Ill. — The Chicago Theatre
3/9 — Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center
3/13 — Wichita Falls, Texas — Kay Yeager Coliseum
3/14 — Tyler, Texas — Tyler Oil Palace
3/15 — Tulsa, Okla. — BOK Center
3/16 — Kansas City, Mo. — Sprint Center
3/20 — Johnstown, Pa. — Cambria County War Memorial
3/21 — Hampton, Va. — Hampton Coliseum
3/22 — Reading, Pa. — The Santander Arena
3/23 — Cleveland, Ohio — Cleveland State University Wolstein Center
3/27 — Greenville, S.C. — Bon Secours Wellness Arena
3/28 — Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Bay Center
3/29 — Baton Rouge, La. — Baton Rouge River Center Arena
4/5 — Orlando, Fla. — Universal Studios
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When Eddie Trunk brought Jake E. Lee on That Metal Show in 2013, I couldn’t have been more excited. Mr. Lee has been noticeably absent from the hard rock world for a few years, and I greatly missed him. When Jake mentioned his new band Red Dragon Cartel, I was ecstatic that Jake was returning to make new music. I have longed to hear him play in a band since the last Badlands CD Dusk from ’98.
Well Red Dragon Cartel is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier. The new music is great, and has me super excited to see the band live later in 2014.
The opening track “Deceiver” is an awesome stadium anthem that easily states that JAKE E. LEE IS BACK! The riffs on this song sound like they could have easily been off of the Ozzy Osbourne Ultimate Sin album. I can’t get enough of this song.
The song “Shout It Out” has more of a modern flair to it, but it a good song, and one of my favorites on the album.
“Feeder” features Cheap Trick’s Robin Zander on vocals, and as always Zander does a terrific job. This guy could sing names out of the phone book and make it sound good. Jake E. Lee’s riffs are pretty awesome too. Something about the intro on this song reminds me of the opening music on the animated series Batman Beyond, but it is very cool.
“Fall From The Sky (Seagull)” is a slower tune that has a cool alternative vibe too it. I really dig this track. It sounds great loud too!
If there is one weak track on the Red Dragon Cartel album, It is “Wasted”. While I like Paul Di’Anno, I don’t think his voice has aged well, and this song to me would have been better with Darren Smith on vocals. I like the music, but the vocals kill it for me.
“Slave” is another cool rocker with some killer riffs from Jake E. Lee. This hard driving tune really gets your blood pumping.
I am sure some folks were shocked when they heard “Big Mouth” with Maria Brink on vocals. This is unlike anything Jake E. Lee has ever done. It is a modern hard rocker, which isn’t too far off from what In This Moment plays. I like In This Moment and Maria Brink so I have really been enjoying this tune. I am hoping In This Moment will play this live at some point.
The song “War Machine” is doom-laden Black Sabbath like metal opus that gets better every time I listen to it. What a cool tune!
I was surprised to find that Jake E. Lee locked in Sass Jordan to sing a song on the album. I love Sass Jordan, especially on her recent release S.U.N. – Something Unto Nothing. She is a powerful bluesy singer. She does a killer job on “Redeem Me”.
“Exquisite Tenderness” is the first song that Jake E. Lee ever wrote. This is a piano based instrumental that shows that Mr. Lee has a great musical talent beyond his guitar (but please don’t give up that six string Jake!).
If you buy the special Best Buy Edition of the Red Dragon Cartel CD, you will get a bonus track “American Dream”. Is it worth it? I think so. This is a cool rocker that should not be missed.
Overall, I have been enjoying Red Dragon Cartel. It has easily been my favorite hard rock CD of 2014 so far. Some of my peers have not been so kind to Red Dragon Cartel singer Darren Smith, but I will go on record that I like his voice a lot. He reminds of a cross between John Corabi and Rod Jackson. I like both of those singers and I like Darren too. I can’t wait to hear him sing these songs live.
Red Dragon Cartel’s debut is a solid album all the way through, and most importantly it brings Jake E. Lee back to the limelight, and live stages all across the world. Welcome back Jake! I am glad you and Red Dragon Cartel are here!
02. Shout It Out
03. Feeder (Robin Zander)
04. Fall From The Sky (Seagull)
05. Wasted (Paul Di’Anno)
07. Big Mouth (Maria Brink)
08. War Machine
09. Redeem Me
10. Exquisite Tenderness
11. American Dream (Bonus Track)
Red Dragon Cartel is:
Jake E. Lee – Guitars
Ronnie Mancuso – Bass
D.J Smith – Vocals
Jonas Fairley – Drums
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY TO HEADLINE THE
REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS TOUR
“Catacombs of the Black Vatican” Available 4/8/14
New Single “My Dying Time” Available Now!
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY has been announced as this year’s headliner for the 2014 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS TOUR, presented by EPIPHONE. The tour will kick off the second week of April and finish up in early June. Supporting acts are set to be announced soon.
The band, led by guitar icon Zakk Wylde recently announced the release of “Catacombs of the Black Vatican,” their highly anticipated new LP due out April 8th, 2014. In addition to the album art and track listing, BLS released their first all new single titled, “My Dying Time,” heard here.
Zakk Wylde recently appeared on VH1 Classic’s That Metal show and stopped by The Artie Lange show while in NYC to talk all things “Catacombs of the Black Vatican.”
The Revolver Golden Gods Tour follows up last year’s Road to the Golden Gods Tour, which was headlined by STONE SOUR, and like that trek, it ties into the Revolver Golden Gods, America’s only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show. The details of the 2014 edition of that show will be announced shortly.
MONSTER ENERGY’S CAROLINA REBELLION
CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY MAY 3 & 4
FEATURING HEADLINING PERFORMANCES BY
AVENGED SEVENFOLD, KID ROCK,
ALONG WITH ROB ZOMBIE, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
311, MOTORHEAD, STAIND, SEETHER, VOLBEAT AND MANY MORE
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 3 & 4 with a massive 2 day lineup including Avenged Sevenfold (who performed at the SOLD OUT inaugural Carolina Rebellion) and Kid Rock. Also features performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.
Featuring on-site camping, VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest rock bands, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion–celebrating its second consecutive year at Rock City Campgrounds–has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock in four short years.
The daily band lineup for the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is:
Saturday, May 3
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters
Sunday, May 4
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome
“The Zombie crew is super-stoked to be heading down to the Carolina Rebellion this year,” says Rob Zombie. “We are ready to throw-down a badass Zombie party for all the Rebels. See ya there.”
“This festival has become one of the biggest in the country,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. “We have a ton of fans in the Carolinas and the crowds there are nothing short of legendary.”
“We’re excited to play Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion for the first time,” says 311’s Nick Hexum. “Looks like a cool festival. We’ll be rockin’ tunes from our new album plus 311 classics. See you there!”
All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET, including Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages, as well as Weekend 4-Packs and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will include access to the Friday night campground party. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, Camping, Hotel and VIP packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com. A special pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 28 at 10am ET. To gain access, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletters via our website.
“We learned a great deal last year and have made some important improvements to the site, to better protect us from the elements,” said Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “Not to mention this bill is stacked with incredible talent, bringing our Rebels the biggest and best rock festival to ever hit the Carolinas.”
During Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, bands will perform on one of the three festival stages: the ‘Carolina Stage’, the ‘Rebellion Stage’ and the Jägermeister Stage.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is proud to be sponsored by Monster Energy, Jägermeister, Ernie Ball, Jack Daniels, Bud Light, F.Y.E. and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is produced by Danny Wimmer Presents and AEG Live, the same team that produces the World’s Loudest Month Festival Series, www.WorldsLoudestMonth.com.
Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion marks the third event during the 2014 World’s Loudest Month. Created in partnership by AEG Live and Danny Wimmer Presents, the World’s Loudest Month features the biggest names in rock music performing in six distinct concert atmospheres across the country on five consecutive weekends.
Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway is located at 7301 Bruton Smith Blvd. in Concord, NC, just outside Charlotte, and less than two hours from Raleigh/Durham, Columbia and Greensboro. Visit www.CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com for directions and additional venue information.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carolinarebellion Twitter: @cRebellion
Former Ozzy Osbourne and Badlands guitarist, Jake E. Lee is pleased to announce June 2014 UK tour dates for his new band Red Dragon Cartel. The UK tour follows Red Dragon Cartel’s critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album, released by Frontiers Records on January 27th.
The UK tour includes London’s O2 Academy Islington (June 6), Nottingham Rescue Rooms (June 7), Wolverhampton Slade Rooms (June 8), Glasgow Classic Grand (June 10) and Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (June 11). Special guests on all UK dates include Syron Vanes and Jupiter Falls.
As previously announced, Red Dragon Cartel will also play Download Festival on Sunday June 15th.
A special 24 hour ticket pre-sale for the Red Dragon Cartel UK tour dates will kick off on Planet Rock from 9am on Thursday January 30th. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday January 31st via www.seetickets.com or directly from the venues.
The band’s new single “Deceived” will be released in the UK on Monday February 10th.