It gives us great pleasure to present yet another intriguing visual installment from DANKO JONES, this time it is the official video for their latest single ‘Legs’. With acclaimed and often controversial Canadian director Bruce LaBruce at the helm they’ve produced a visually captivating video by mirroring the works of Pierre Molinier and applying an artistic yet eccentric use of sexuality.
LaBruce, who is best known for his sexually charged and culturally challenging productions have been looking forward to working with the band for a long time, says LaBruce, “I’ve known Danko and John for many years, and I went to many DANKO JONES shows when they were first starting out in Toronto and in New York./…/ After reconnecting with Danko last year at his book launch, we decided it was finally time for me to do a video for them.” The video itself is in line with the direct vision LaBruce had to create a spectacular and unexpected video for the song. “Danko suggested their song Legs, and for some reason I immediately thought of some of my sexy and leggy acquaintances in the M-F transsexual community. I really love the work of the famous photographer Pierre Molinier, whose gender bending photographs have influenced a variety of artists, so I decided to pay tribute to his work in the video.” Alongside LaBruce was art director Kenny Baird who, together with LaBruce, has worked notably with Floria Sigismondi on some of her most successful music videos, to help recreate the style and mood of Molinier.
Link to video: http://youtu.be/rvOtTkm0QHQ
This out of the box thinking has resulted in a striking and unique video to join the long list of video installments the band has made over the years including the Below The Belt trilogy and their documentary Bring On The Mountain (both directed by The Diamond Brothers). Danko says, “Why this collaboration with Bruce LaBruce didn’t happen sooner is beyond me. From writing the liner notes to our second release, to using our song in his 1999 movie, “Skin Flick/ Skin Gang”, Bruce’s connection to our band is irrefutable.”
This past year the band has been touring extensively. Not only have they sold out shows all over Europe and Canada, they have finished their two biggest US tours to date; supporting Volbeat across the country as well spending 5 weeks on the road with the 2013 Uproar Festival. They’ve also reached their highest ever radio ratings in the US with the single ‘Just A Beautiful Day’ peaking at no. 26 on the Active Rock charts.
This new collaboration with LaBruce is paving a new road of artistic creations for the band: “For us, Bruce directing ‘Legs’ has been a long time coming and of course, good things come to those who wait. This music video is a trip. We love it. We know you’ll love it too.”
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It seems like every couple of years or so, there is a new modern rock act to catch my attention. In the case of Age of Days (formerly known as Age of Daze), they aren’t new at all. The band has been around since 2005, and their latest release Radioactivity is their second album. Their first album, Hollywood Ending, was released in 2008. Judging from the songs on Radioactivity, I need to seek out Age of Days’ first album asap.
Radioactivity is packed with a bunch of radio ready singles that could spawn a bunch of hits for these Canadian rockers. Age of Days sound may not be original, but in their music, I hear a great blend of bands like Theory of a Deadman, Nickelback, My Darkest Days and Hinder. In fact, Sal Costa (ex-My Darkest Days) co-wrote and played guitars on the song “Now or Never” along with Hinder’s Cody Hansen on drums. Their music might be derivative of these other modern hard rock acts, but with an album as good as Radioactivity, I could care less. Age of Days have crafted a bunch of catchy tunes, that with a little bit of luck, could help make them a very successful rock act in the U.S. and beyond.
Radioactivity has a good mixture of modern pop rock/hard rock, and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch. Of course, my favorites on Radioactivity are the hard rockin’ numbers “Bombs Away”, “Justify”, “I Did It For Love”, “Ready to Go” and “All I Know”.
Radioactivity is an album that I can listen to, from beginning to end without the need to skip songs. I have enjoyed this album greatly, and I think you will too.
You can pick up Radioactivity at Amazon.com & at iTunes. Check it out!
Age of Days is:
Tim Morrison – vocals, guitar
Matt McLaughlin – bass, backing vocals
Brent Alvey – lead guitar
Mike Langford – drums
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have recently finished a successful first European headlining tour in support of “Darkness In A Different Light”, their first new studio album effort in almost a decade and InsideOutMusic debut, and are about the commence a full North American run.
Consequently, FATES WARNING are now launching a video clip based on live-footage for the new album’s track “I Am”. The clip was shot during their European tour and produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear.
Here is an overview of all upcoming North American dates:
FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:
FR 15.11.2013 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s *
SA 16.11.2013 Detroit, MI – Harpos *
SU 17.11.2013 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards *
MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *
WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club *
TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *
FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater *
SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall *
SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz *
TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution *
WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb *
FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire *
SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero *
SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *
TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar **
WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live **
TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees **
SA 07.12.2013 Tempe, AZ – Club Red **
SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick **
TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky **
WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge **
FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater **
SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven **
* + Halcyon Way
** + Artizan
FATES WARNING’s “Darkness In A Different Light” has not only received great response from media and band supporters alike, but also managed to enter the official sales charts in Germany on #41, in The Netherlands on #90 and in the USA on #162 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well #50 on the Current Rock Chart, #14 on the Current Hard Music Chart, #142 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart.
A sampler containing pre-listening clips of all the tracks of the album can be checked out here:
The album’s first single, “Firefly”, can be checked out here:
“Darkness In A Different Light” was produced by FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering duties were handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
Next to the standard CD jewel case and the Digital Download format, “Darkness In A Different Light” will also be available in Europe as 2CD Mediabook edition and as Gatefold 2LP version (180gr. vinyl in black as well as strictly limited red or white vinyl versions) with four bonus tracks.
All different formats of the album can be purchased in Europe from the InsideOutMusic online shop here:
PREMIERES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR
‘STAINED GLASS HEART’
FROM NEW ALBUM
‘HORNS AND HALOS’
OUT NOW ON SPINEFARM RECORDS
HEADLINING U.K. TOUR KICKS OFF NOVEMBER 27 IN NEWCASTLE
MICHAEL MONROE, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and iconic rock ‘n’ roll legend, has premiered the new video for “Stained Glass Heart” on GUITARWORLD.com “Stained Glass Heart” marks the third single from his new studio album HORNS AND HALOS, out now on Spinefarm Records.
“I’m feeling quite excited about our new ‘Stained Glass Heart’ video,” explains MICHAEL MONROE. “It was shot in Helsinki at an amusement park on a perfectly grey and rainy day which made it look more like an ‘abusement park.’ The video turned out very cool and classy.”
Check out the video below!
BUCKCHERRY Premiere “Wrath” Music Video
Band On Tour Overseas Through December 12;
Hometown Show January 17, 2014 at The Whisky A GoGo
Think you’re strong enough to play this game? BUCKCHERRY fulfill the need to be broken in “Wrath,” the third music video from their current studio release ‘Confessions’.
“They say it’s the quiet ones you gotta look out for, you know why? Because they keep all their wrath inside…” says BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd of the song. “This is a fight song – fuck the system or the system fucks you!” The official “Wrath” music video can be viewed below:
The video was directed by Billy Jayne, who also directed “Gluttony” (watch here), the first single released from ‘Confessions.’ “Wrath” is the third video to be released from the album, and the follow-up to “Nothing Left But Tears” (watch here).
Buckcherry are currently touring overseas in Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia through December 12. They celebrate the new year with a hometown show January 17, 2014 at The Whisky A GoGo in West Hollywood, CA.
The wait is over! Stryper’s eighth studio album No More Hell To Pay is finally here. Good things come to those who wait, and No More Hell To Pay pays the listener massive dividends. This album delivers Stryper’s strongest and heaviest material since their 1988 classic album, In God We Trust. Big Vocals, bigger riffs and great songs, No More Hell To Pay has it all!
The album starts off with the heavy song “Revelation”. This song is classic Stryper all the way, and a fantastic lead off song for No More Hell To Pay.
The guitar tone for “No More Hell to Pay” takes me back to the Stryper classic “To Hell With The Devil”. This is a killer cut, and if you wondered if Michael Sweet lost any range in his voice, the answer is a most definite “no”! (Check it out in the video below).
Michael Sweet pushes his voice to new limits on the heavy rocker,”Saved By Love”. You have to hear this song to believe it. This is one amazing tune, and my new favorite from Stryper. I hope to hear them do this song live.
Stryper tears the roof off with their smokin’ cover of the Doobie Brothers hit, “Jesus is Just Alright”. This is easily one of the best cover songs I have heard in a long time. Stryper gave this song a great, heavy face lift, and it really works well.
“The One” does a good job changing the tempo on the album, and delivers a song that could get airplay, if DJ’s out there had a soul.
“The Legacy” is another face melting rocker that demands several replays just to register what you just heard. This is easily one of the heaviest Stryper songs to date.
“Marching Into Battle” sounds like it came out of the early 80′s and that is a great thing. This is one of those deep cuts that may not be hit material, but fans will appreciate this nonetheless. Michael Sweet again pushes his screams to the max on this tune.
I immediately hit replay after hearing “Te Amo” the first time. This is another tremendous rocker that is a feast for the ears. This song ought to be another big sing along tune for Stryper’s live set.
“Renewed” closes out No More Hell to Pay with another amazing rocker, and a song that is easily as good as the first.
Major kudos to Michael Sweet, Oz Fox, Robert Sweet and Tim Gaines. The yellow and black attack have released one of the best albums of their career. Michael Sweet’s voice has never been stronger, and the guitar work on this album is fantastic.
Clearly, No More Hell to Pay is an album that Stryper made for the fans, and it delivers all the way through. If you have ever listened or have been a fan of Stryper in the past, you are going to LOVE this album. If you do one thing this Tuesday, you should download the album from iTunes, or if you are old school like me, run (don’t walk) to your nearest music store and pick this CD up asap. You won’t be disappointed. No More Hell To Pay is one of the best albums of 2013. Get it now!! Highly recommended!!
02. No More Hell To Pay
03. Saved By Love
04. Jesus is Just Alright
05. The One
06. The Legacy
07. Marching Into Battle
08. Te Amo
09. Sticks & Stones
10. Water Into Wine
Michael Sweet – Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar
Robert Sweet – Drums and Visual Timekeeping
Timothy Gaines – Bass / Vocals
Oz Fox – Lead Guitar / Vocals
Respect. When I think of the musicians that make up the band The Winery Dogs, I have nothing but respect. Billy Sheehan, Mike Portnoy, and Richie Kotzen are amongst some of the best hard rock musicians to ever grace the stage. When I first heard about the Winery Dogs, I couldn’t wait to hear what the band had to offer. Sometimes when a so called supergroup comes out, the music isn’t quite what you expect it to be. That simply isn’t the case with the Winery Dogs. Every member of the the band shines on this release, and Richie Kotzen is the real X-factor, as his singing is far better than expected. Kotzen pushes his voice to the limit. His vocals are fantastic, and some of the best he has ever done.
The music on this CD oscillates between the decades, and gives the listener a nice voyage from the 70′s & 80′s classic rock, to some bluesier numbers, and some more modern offerings. If you have ever listened to some of Richie Kotzen’s solo releases, The Winery Dogs will seem pretty familiar to you. The music isn’t a far stretch from Kotzen’s solo material, and that is a great thing.
The major difference with The Winery Dogs, is you get the best rhythm section in hard rock, and you get the wicked solos from Mr. Sheehan, Mike Portnoy and Richie Kotzen.
The Winery Dogs give you great songs, and sophisticated jams that should satisfy even the pickiest hard rock fan. This is one of those albums that you can listen to from beginning to end, without the need to skip any songs. It really is that good.
This CD has been one of my favorites of 2013. If you haven’t picked it up, you should definitely give it a listen. I highly recommend it!!
3. We Are One
4. I’m No Angel
5. The Other Side
6. You Saved Me
7. Not Hopeless
8. One More Time
10. Six Feet Deeper
12. The Dying
The Winery Dogs are:
Richie Kotzen – Lead Vocals / Lead Guitar
Billy Sheehan – Bass / Vocals
Mike Portnoy – Drums / Vocals
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “ANY WEATHER”
New Album Unvarnished Available Now
Rock n’ roll icon JOAN JETT & her Blackhearts have unveiled the anticipated official music video for the single “Any Weather,” which comes via her newly released album Unvarnished. Joan is fresh off the heels of her surprise performance at iHeartRadio Festival and her intimate record release show at Santos Party House in NYC. The new video – directed by Kevin Kerslake – was shot in Los Angeles, CA, and showcases a never-before-used camera technique to give the production a raw and classic aura.
“Embedding the theme of the video in the form of my approach, cinematically-speaking – my camera crew and I ripped apart two state of the art cameras, exposing their guts and effectively turning them into 21st Century versions of crude, antiquated devices,” explains director Kevin Kerslake on the unique filming techniques used during the video shoot. “They were the digital filmic equivalent of two tin cans and a piece of string.”
Joan has said that Unvarnished is the most introspective album she’s ever done. While still keeping to her signature sound, Jett observes her own life as well as life around her. From applauding the determination of Hurricane Sandy’s victims to lighthearted commentary on today’s trend of over-sharing, the new album touches a variety of subjects. Jett expanded her creative process to work with musicians Dave Grohl and Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, as well as Blackhearts guitarist Dougie Needles and drummer Thommy Price. In addition, Joan has continued her work with longtime writing partner/producer, Kenny Laguna. “It’s a real band album. Everybody was involved,” explains Joan. For more information on Jaon Jett and Unvarnished, visit www.joanjett.com.
When Ronnie Montrose passed away on March 3, 2012, friends and musicians immediately wondered what they could do to pay homage to one of rock’s all-time legendary – and influential – guitarists. The result was some of music’s most renowned artists uniting for a concert only a month and a half later (April 27) and performing Ronnie classics throughout the evening – which will now make its official DVD release on December 10, 2013, ‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music.’
Recorded in San Francisco at the historic Regency Ballroom and mixed in 5.1 surround sound, the DVD features performance by Ronnie’s past band members in Montrose (Sammy Hagar, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church with Joe Satriani), Gamma (Davey Pattison, Denny Carmassi and Glenn Letsch with Marc Bonilla), performing both groups’ hits.
Additionally, Ronnie’s colleagues and people he mentored and produced over the 40 years of his career are featured as well, including Neal Schon (Journey), Ricky Phillips (Styx), Steve Smith (ex-Journey), Ed Roth, Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Jeff Watson (ex-Night Ranger), Tesla, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer (Kiss), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), and more.
The DVD will also include interviews, bonus features, a photo gallery, and an additional set of Ronnie’s hits by an all-star band featuring Chuck Terpo, Mario Cipollina, Tal Morris, Dave Meniketti and the members of Y&T. This was recorded and filmed at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios.
A trailer can be viewed below.
The iconic and legendary Ronnie Montrose has been called the Father Of American Hard Rock – an innovator and an incendiary guitar genius. In his short time with Van Morrison Ronnie created the iconic guitar riff for the classic song “Wild Nights”. In the Edgar Winter group he left even a bigger Mark with his catchy heavy-handed riffs on songs like “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein”. But it would be his self-titled release, MONTROSE that would become the cornerstone of American hard rock. This debut in 1973 crafted such classics as “Rock the Nation”, “Bad Motor Scooter,” and “Space Station #5.” It laid the ground work and became the template for bands like Van Halen and countless subsequent musicians. His musical Journey lead him to the creation of GAMMA where he crafted songs like “Voyager”, “Thunder And Lighting” and “Ready For Action”. Ronnie was always searching and reinventing himself musically. Venturing through a brief instrumental period he brought us both “Open Fire” and his masterpiece version of “Town Without Pity”.
And now, fans will be able to experience the music of Ronnie once again, with the new DVD, ‘Concert for Ronnie Montrose – A Celebration of His Life In Music.’
2. Open Fire
3. Town Without Pity
4. I Don’t Want It
5. Little Suzi
6. One Thing On My Mind
7. Free Ride
9. Thunder And Lightning
10. Razor King
11. No Tears
12. Ready For Action
13. Fight To The Finish
16. One And A Half
17. Good Rockin’ Tonight
18. Rock The Nation
19. Make It Last
20. Bad Motor Scooter
21. Rock Candy
22. Space Station No. 5
1. Good Rockin’ Tonight
2. Rock Candy
3. Oh No You Don’t
4. Paper Money
5. Wild Night
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Rising teen rocker Diamante released her sexy new video “Savage” via Diamond Certified Records / XLP. Fans can now download her single on iTunes here.
“Savage is about the invincible moment before the heartbreak. It represents my experience in this moment in time.” – Diamante
Emerging from the east coast to the entertainment capitol of the world, teen sensation Diamante has exploded onto the Hollywood music scene. Bringing her rocker girl style to a world dominated by men, Diamante is infused with determination to beat the guys at their own game.
Diamante scored two more wins at the 2013 Indie Music Channel Awards with her single “GOODBYE.” At only 17, this rocker with her self written songs took home Best Rock Record for two years in a row. Winner of the 2012 Indie Music Channel Awards Best Young Rock Artist, Best Rock Recording, Best Music Video with “Impossible” and Teen Artist of the Year! She comes fresh off winning the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands and landing a spot on the Vans Warped Tour 2012!
Eye Empire has built a following through unwavering perseverance. They are true road warriors, sacrificing the comforts of home with an unwavering belief in the dream. Over the past several years, the band has staged more than 800 performances building a community that has rallied around the mantra “Love, Respect, Support.” On October 29, the next chapter begins with the release of EVOLVE.
EYE EMPIRE ANNOUNCE RELEASE OF EVOLVE ON OCTOBER 29
AND OFFER “THE WAR ISN’T OVER YET” AS GRATIS DOWNLOAD
Band Continues On-Going National Tour Staging 800 Dates In Three Years
In gratitude to fans across The World, the band has placed the song “The War Isn’t Over Yet” on-line as a gratis download. The band welcomes sharing, and re-posting of the track across the universe, but does request accompanying usage of the album cover. The composition can be downloaded here: http://www.hightail.com/download/OGhmYkJpVnMwMEZFQmNUQw
Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo / Stereomud / Dark New Day), B.C. Kochmit (Switched), Donald Carpenter (Submersed) and Ryan Bennett (Texas Hippie Coalition) all have seen success in the past through other ensembles. With the formation of Eye Empire however, they have proven a commitment to seeing through what they started. Lowery remembers, “BC and I started playing together when he was in Switched, and I knew that he would be the guitar player that I would one day create something special and lasting with. He has a great sense of melody with rhythm and solos and a great understanding of arrangement and what’s best for the song. He knows the difference between shredding and holding one note, and making that one note sing. He truly has his own style as an artist.” He continues, “with DC, when I met him on Halloween four years ago, from the first note he sang, I knew he was something special. He treats his voice like an instrument, always focused, pushing himself to finding new voices with each song. Lyrically, he believes in what he is singing. Never preaching, but expressing what he’s been through or seen in his life on the road. And lastly with the youngest member of the quartet Ryan Bennett, Lowery reflects, “Simply one of the baddest drummers to come to the rock ‘n roll scene in years. Grabbing some of his favorite drummers and making his own style with Eye Empire. He’s the guy that is always smiling staying positive until he gets behind the drums then he explodes.”
Musically, they have established a connection that has witnessed an organic swell. Audiences have grown, and the band is now a bona fide headliner. It has everything to do with chemistry. They push one another to stay fresh. Thus, the chosen title of EVOLVE for the upcoming album which follows the band’s independently released debut IMPACT. As Carpenter shares, “I am deeply connected to this story. You truly have to live by your heart and trust that life will lead you in the direction you are needed. I believed and it led me to Eye Empire. I will never take that for granted.”
The pre-order for physical goes live Monday, October 21st at www.eyeempire.storenvy.com/ while the album will be available via all digital retailers worldwide on October 29. Eye Empire continue to tour steadily, with the following confirmed appearances scheduled (Direct Support is Mindset Evolution on most dates):
10/18 FARGO, ND LEGACY BALLROOM
10/19 MANDAN, ND O.N.E.
10/21 LINCOLN, NE BOURBON THEATER
10/22 DES MOINES, IA THE WAREHOUSE
10/23 MERRIAM, KS AFTERSHOCK
10/25 HOUSTON, TX SCOUT BAR
10/26 CORPUS CHRISTI, TX THEOS
10/27 DALLAS, TX THE BOILER ROOM
10/30 NEW ORLEANS, LA HANGAR 13
10/31 ATLANTA, GA TABERNACLE
11/01 MEMPHIS, TN NEWBYS
11/02 CLARKSVILLE, TN THE WAREHOUSE
11/03 JOHNSON CITY, TN CAPONES
11/06 LOUISVILLE, KY DIAMOND PUB
11/08 MARION, OH TINKS
11/09 CAMP HILL, PA GULLITYS
11/10 PHILADELPHIA, PA VOLTAGE LOUNGE
11/12 FREDERICKSBURG, VA HARD TIMES CAFE
11/14 HICKORY, NC THE WIZARD SALOON
11/16 COLUMBUS, GA CHAOS ON THE ROCKS
11/21 ST. PETERSBURG, FL STATE THEATRE
11/23 JACKSONVILLE, FL BREWSTERS MEGAPLEX
Complete Track listing of EVOLVE:
The War Isn’t Over Yet
Rise (Wake Up)
Beyond The Stars
The Man I Am
Don’t Look Back
MONSTER MAGNET have released their critically acclaimed new album Last Patrol today via Napalm Records. Last Patrol is available as a Limited Edition Digipak which contains two bonus tracks, standard CD, 2LP and digital format. The album is available to order on Amazon and iTunes.
MONSTER MAGNET will be appearing as the musical guest on this Friday’s edition of “The Artie Lange Show”. For more info on “The Artie Lange Show” head HERE. The show reaches 23 million homes on DIRECTV’s Audience Network and an additional 20 million subscribers on SiriusXM Satellite radio and also airs on stations in 7 of the top 10 terrestrial radio markets.
Noisey (Vice Magazine’s New Music Channel) is hosting an exclusive full album stream of Last Patrol HERE.
MONSTER MAGNET‘s video for the song “Mindless Ones” was directed by Tom Scharpling and can be seen below!
MONSTER MAGNET North American Tour With Royal Thunder and Zodiac:
11/14: Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
11/15: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews
11/16: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
11/17: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
11/19: Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
11/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/22: Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/23: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
11/24: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
11/26: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/27: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
11/29: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
11/30: Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
12/2: Austin, TX @ Red 7
12/3: Houston, TX @ Fitzgeralds
12/4: Dallas, TX @ Trees
12/6: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
12/7: Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
12/8: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
12/10: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
12/12: Boston, MA @ Sinclair
12/13: West Chester, PA @ The Note
12/14: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
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This past Tuesday, Pearl Jam released their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt. Prior to the release of the record, there was a lot of buzz and hype. The two singles that were released over the last three months, “Mind Your Manners” and “Sirens” had me excited that this new record could be their best album since the self-titled avocado release. Not only could it be their best album since then, Lightning Bolt could be their best album since Yield.
If you haven’t checked out Pearl Jam in a while, Lightning Bolt is a great place to get back on board with the band. They are currently on a fall tour of the U.S., and for anyone who has never seen them live, I say this: Pearl Jam is one band that you must see in concert before you die. Most of the shows for this fall tour still have tickets available for purchase, albeit not many and not the best seats. Key venues like Brooklyn and Seattle have been sold out since the minute tickets went on sale, so fans in that area (yep – that’s me) are out of luck unless they take a road trip. And if you’ve never seen the band live before, a road trip is worth the cost, time and effort. Pearl Jam is one of the greatest live acts I’ve ever witnessed.
It’s amazing to see that after 22 years, this band is still making solid, meaningful music. The latest single, “Sirens,” is the new “Black.” It is also the greatest Pearl Jam song ever recorded. Between the emotion with which lead vocalist Eddie Vedder sings, the brilliance of Mike McCready’s guitar solos and the haunting piano chords from Boom Gasper, “Sirens” hits every nerve in the soul of the listener. The lyrics are outstanding, highlighting Vedder’s skill in crafting a masterpiece with meaning. The song is also a perfect example of how well the band has aged over the years.
“Mind Your Manners” is reminiscent of “Spin The Black Circle” (from Vitalogy), but stronger and more enjoyable. “Lightning Bolt” is a phenomenal song that captures the Pearl Jam of today and includes another stupendous solo from McCready. Other notable tracks on the new album include “Let The Records Play” and the beautiful ballad, “Yellow Moon.”
Early era Pearl Jam is well represented on this album, although with a modern twist. Influences from Ten, Vs,, and Vitalogy can all be heard with clarity. Yet they are no longer singing about the youth movement and overtaking the world, Pearl Jam have now looked inward and are starting to feel the effects of aging and mortality. A lot of that emotion shows on Lightning Bolt, and is put to good use by the band. Themes of aging, doubt, uncertainty, and the end of life are all captured and exploited in a manner that only a magnificent veteran rock act like Pearl Jam could manage.
It’s been four years since Pearl Jam released their last studio album (Backspacer), but the long wait was well worth it. Lightning Bolt displays only the best of this storied band. Producer Brendan O’Brien worked closely with the group to ensure that only the highest quality was memorialized for this record. The hard work and long hours paid off, as Lightning Bolt is destined to be a number one album and help Pearl Jam reclaim the title of “most talked about rock band.” Although these days, it won’t be for their boycott of ticketing agencies, or their feuds with other famous musicians—this time it will be all about the performance.
In a couple of months when I am pouring over all of the new releases that I’ve heard this year, trying in earnest to pick my ten favorites of 2013, I can guarantee that Lightning Bolt will be battling for the top spot. If you get one new record this fall, Lightning Bolt should be it. And if you go to see one concert this autumn, Pearl Jam should be your concert of choice. And if you have an extra ticket and need a huge fan to keep you company, feel free to get in touch with me. I’d be happy to attend.
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NerVer featuring Casey Daniel from Seven Mary Three is gearing up to release Bullfighter, their debut Pavement Music release on October 29, 2013. Their single “No Cage” is currently being serviced to radio.
NerVer began as a solo studio project in 2004 by Casey Daniel (Seven Mary Three). After writing several records worth of material and honing in on the sound of the band, Casey found lead guitarist CodyMac in 2009, and they began recording the debut NerVer record, “twelve twenty one twenty twelve”. They released their first single, No Cage, in late 2009 gaining regular airplay on KDJE The Edge in Little Rock (even beating chart toppers Skillet and Adelitas Way in their band to band combat), WDIZ, and several other stations. In the fall of 2010, NerVer released their full record “twelve twenty one twenty twelve” to a great critical and fan response.
The band grew quickly in 2011, adding Marshall Hearne on drums and eventually adding Shane Scaramellino on bass. In late 2011, NerVer took their brand of hard rock to the stage booking shows at great venues throughout the Southeast such as House of Blues, The Social, and Wall Street Plaza. The band is now booked by the national booking agency Popular Music, and has shared the stage as direct support for several nationals (Candlebox, 7m3, Nonpoint, Adema, etc.) and played major festivals such as WJRR’s Earthday Birthday 20, Florida Music Festival, Orange Ave Jam, and 96 Rock’s Christmas Part in Cincinnati.
Check out NerVer’s video “No Cage” below.
Tour dates will be announced soon.
“Bullfighter” Track Listing:
01. Cheap Thrill
02. Dumber Than a Bullet
04. Thunder and Whiskey
06. No Cage
07. Make You Believe
10. What I Came For
11. Broken My Trust
12. Make or Break
A couple of months ago, when my good friend Ryo Vie was in town, we did what most rabid music fans do. We went binge shopping at the local Cincinnati music stores. While rummaging through one of my favorite local haunts, Shake It Records, I stumbled upon the band Brand New Machine. Shake it Records had a listening station where I could hear the CD, The Devil Made Me Do It. After listening to the first three songs, I knew I wasn’t leaving the store without buying this CD.
I was dumbfounded that I didn’t know about this band already. I thought maybe I overlooked a press release, or got them mixed up with another band. Lets face it, there is Brand New, New Medicine, Machinehead, Brand New Sin, and several other bands with similar sounding names. Brand New Machine sets themselves apart by offering fans a classic sound with a modern twist. On The Devil Made Me Do It, I can hear a mix of KISS, Guns N’ Roses and maybe a little bit of Foo Fighters. This is one of those releases that you can listen to from beginning to end without the need to skip tracks. Their sound really works, and there isn’t a bad song on the CD.
Once I opened the CD booklet, I quickly discovered that Brand New Machine’s guitarist is none other than Michael Thomas. The same Michael Thomas who I have seen play with Faster Pussycat and Beautiful Creatures in the past. Not only does the band have a kickass guitar player, but they have one of the best new hard rock singers I have heard in a while. Front man, Brantly Thompson delivers the goods with his whiskey stained vocals on The Devil Made Me Do It.
One way or another, I was destined to find this CD, I am glad that I did. I love this disc, and I am pretty sure you will too!
1. Here I Am
2. Girls Like You
3. Devil Made Me Do It
4. Dust in The Sky
5. Here and Gone Today
6. Living For Another Day
7. Always on the Run
8. Blackout Overdose
9. Lettin’ It Roll
10. What Do I Gotta Do
11. Let Me Go
Brand New Machine is:
Brantly Thompson – Vocals
Seven Antonopoulos – Drums/Vocals
Wiley Oliver – Bass/Vocals
Michael Thomas – Guitars/Vocals
Red Bull Records’ Heaven’s Basement have released an acoustic video of their Top 20 single, “Fire, Fire” which is now available for free download. The video debuted on 10/8 on hard rock site Bloody Disgusting along with the download. The video is now available on Heaven’s Basement’s YouTube Channel.
The video release comes while the UK-based rockers are in the middle of their North American tour with The Pretty Reckless. The two bands are playing cities across the US and Canada until November 11th, when Heaven’s Basement will then head to Europe and the UK with Black Veil Brides. Tour dates are available below.
Heaven’s Basement’s “Fire, Fire,” is the combustible first single from their debut album FILTHY EMPIRE. The track blazed its way up the Active Rock chart and is now firmly entrenched in the Top 20, coming in at #12 this week. The video for the single, directed by Michael Maxxis (Ours, Sum 41, and Our Lady Peace), can be seen here and see their incendiary live performance of the track here.
Heaven’s Basement’s debut album, FILTHY EMPIRE is in stores now via label home Red Bull Records.
“A Band To Watch.” - Revolver
“Say hello to the new Guns N’ Roses of the 21st century.” – Bloody Disgusting
“On the strength of their kick-ass live show, Heaven’s Basement has seen their popularity and profile propel upward like a shot from a flare gun…” – Outburn
“Infectious and deliciously addictive, shows the rest of the world how rock n’ roll should be done.” - Big Cheese Review
Heaven’s Basement is Aaron Buchanan (vocals), Sid Glover (guitar), Rob Ellershaw (bass), and Chris Rivers (drums).
Heaven’s Basement Tour Dates
with The Pretty Reckless
10/11 – Los Angeles, CA@ House Of Blues
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/15 – Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/16 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
10/18 – Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
10/19 – Calgary, AB @ The Den
10/20 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
10/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
10/23 – Minneapolis, MN @Varsity Theatre
10/25 – Orlando, FL @ WJJR’s Halloweenie Roast
10/26 – Tampa, FL @ 98 Rock’s Halloweenie Roast
with The Pretty Reckless
10/27 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
10/29 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
10/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
10/31 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
11/1 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
11/3 – Washington, DC @ The Fillmore
11/4 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
11/5 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
11/8 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Corona
11/9 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
11/10 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
11/11 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
with Black Veil Brides
11/23 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
11/24 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
11/26 – Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
11/27 – Tampere, Finland @ Klubi
11/29 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Klubben
11/30 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
12/1 – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruenspan
12/2 – Poznan, Poland @ Eskulap
12/3 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club
12/4 – Vienna, Austria @ Arena
12/6 – Munich, Germany @ Theatrefabrik
12/7 – Cesena, Italy @ Vidia Club
12/8 – Rome, Italy @ Init Club
12/9 – Milan, Italy @ Factory
12/10 – Zurich, Switzerland @ The Komplex
12/12 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
12/13 – Paris, France @ La Cabert Sauvage
QUEENSRYCHE premiere new video for “Redemption” and kick off European tour on October 12
After the release of their self-titled album in June, legendary Seattle rockers Queensryche will be back on tour in Europe presenting the latest addition to the band’s multi-platinum musical catalog and their new front man Todd La Torre live to their European fans. “Queensryche” was mixed and mastered by famed Queensryche producer James “Jimbo” Barton who is known for working on the band’s classics “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Empire”. The album marks the debut of the lineup comprised of Todd La Torre (Vocals), Michael Wilton (Guitars), Parker Lundgren (Guitars), Eddie Jackson (Bass) and Scott Rockenfield (Drums).
As a special teaser for the upcoming European tour the band just finished a video for the album track “Redemption” with scenes from the studio recordings and first US shows with Todd.
Check it out below!
As previously announced, the band also recently filmed a ‘mini movie’ to the tracks, “Spore” “MidnightLullaby”, “A World Without” and “X2.” The four tracks will provide the score to a 10-plus minute story, dubbed “Queensryche: Ad Lucem”. The film was created by Veva Entertainment Co. with director Daniel Andres Gomez Bagby and producer Marco De Molina and was filmed last month on location at Central City Stages in Los Angeles. It will be released later this year.
The upcoming European tour dates are as follows:
12.10.2013 O2 Academy – London, United Kingdom
13.10.2013 Wulfrum Hall – Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
15.10.2013 The Garage – Glasgow, United Kingdom
16.10.2013 HMV Ritz – Manchester, United Kingdom
17.10.2013 Rock City – Nottingham, United Kingdom
18.10.2013 Button Factory – Dublin, Ireland
20.10.2013 Turbohalle – Bucharest, Romania
21.10.2013 Retro Music Hall – Prague, Czech Republic
22.10.2013 Orpheum – Graz, Austria
23.10.2013 Club 202 – Budapest, Hungary
25.10.2013 Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany
26.10.2013 Burgerhaus – Quadrath-Itchendorf Bergheim, Germany
27.10.2013 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
29.10.2013 Moonwalker – Aarburg, Switzerland
30.10.2013 Stadthalle – Langen, Germany
31.10.2013 Brielpoort – Deinze, Belgium
01.11.2013 Effennaar – Eindhoven, Netherlands
The upcoming American tour dates:
|11/15/2013||Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom||Hampton Beach||NH|
|4/17/2014||Bergen Performing Arts Center||Englewood||NJ|
|4/19/2014||Mohegan Sun Casino||Uncasville||CT|
Tickets for all shows are available here: http://www.queensrycheofficial.com/tour
The Spider Rockets are currently out on the road with Saliva. Check out their latest video “Going Down” below.
EPYSODE is a project, led by Samuel Arkan. This gathering of musicians and vocalists from bands like Symphony X, Evergrey, Pain Of Salvation, Triosphere and many more results in a powerful, dark, melodic piece of first-class Progressive Power Metal.
In the song “the Arch” which is available as a lyric video now, EVERGREY frontman Tom S. Englund takes over the vocal part.
Check out “The Arch” below!
We As Human spent the summer on the road with the Carnival of Madness tour alongside Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet and In This Moment. We As Human is back on tour this October – in support of Filter, RED, and Otherwise. Check below for dates!
WE AS HUMAN ON TOUR
10/3 – West Hollywood, CA – House of Blues
10/4 – Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues
10/6 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
10/8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
10/9 – Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
10/11 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room / Old National Centre
10/12 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Piere’s
10/13 – Baltimore, MD – Fishhead Cantina
10/15 – Ardmore, PA – The Ardmore Music Hall
10/16 – New York, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
10/17 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
10/18 – Vienna, WV – Fishbone Gill and Grill
10/19 – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
10/20 – Racine, WI – Rt. 20
10/22 – Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
10/24 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
10/25 – Broussard, LA – The Station Bar & Grill
10/27 – Fort Smith, AR – Longhorn Saloon
10/29 – Rockford, IL – District Bar & Grill
10/30 – Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
We As Human spent the summer touring alongside Shinedown, Skillet, Papa Roach and In This Moment on the Carnival Of Madness Tour in support of their recently released self-titled debut record, produced by Howard Benson (Skillet, My Chemical Romance). The album was released on June 25th and was described by The Front Row Report as “the epitome of what rock music is missing these days,” while Artist Direct said the album is “as powerful as it is passionate.”
The music video for “Strike Back” features an appearance by John Cooper of Skillet, who discovered We As Human and played a pivotal role in signing the band to Atlantic Records/Hear It Loud.
Check it out below!
A week after releasing their first official video for “Going Down”, Spider Rockets will hit the road with Saliva in the midwest and the south. “We haven’t been on the road since our runs with Trapt earlier this spring,” admits lead singer, Helena Cos; “…but we haven’t visited the south in at least a couple of years! So that, along with Saliva being cool enough to share the stage with us is pretty awesome.”
Spider Rockets has a new stage show consisting of various backdrops, a smoldering rocket ship, probing searchlight, whips, megaphone and a mannequin head. “The rocket ship will be a work in progress, hopefully we won’t need to abort any missions!” jokes John Nap, the band’s guitarist. “But the real challenge as an opening band has been coming up with staging that won’t interfere with the headliner’s space; one that is modular enough to adjust from venue to venue, but that also packs light… And I believe we’ve found it.” John refers to a series self-standing vertical, retractable banners or scrims (neither, really) that can be extended, shortened, and rearranged depending on the size and configuration of the venue’s stage. Bassist, Greg Manning, adds: “We just hope we don’t end up with a ‘Stone Henge’ situation!”
The group also plans to bring along their four legged roadie/security guard, Lemmy, a 18 pound Dachshund with a bad attitude and a fierce appetite; “that little shit always sniffs out where I hide my meatball sub in the van,” bitches drummer, Dan Prestup.
Confirmed tour dates include:
October 2 Harley Davidson Biketown (Austintown, OH) w/ SALIVA
October 3 Jonny’s Roadhouse (Aurora, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 4 Beale Street Live (Indianapolis, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 5 Diesel Concert Lounge (Chesterfield, MI) w/ SALIVA
October 6 Centerstage Bar & Grill (Kokomo, IN) w/ SALIVA
October 8 Blackstock (Knoxville, TN) w/ SALIVA
October 9 Limelight (Nashville, TN) w/ SALIVA
October 10 Club Inferno (Scottsboro, AL) w/ SALIVA
October 11 Longbranch (Raleigh, NC) w/ SALIVA
October 18 The Saint (Asbury Park, NJ)
The tour is in support of the band’s current release, “Bitten,” produced in the band’s home state of New Jersey as well as Florida.
“Going Down,” the new video from the album can be seen below.
Spider Rockets is a female-fronted, hard rock four-piece from Hazlet, New Jersey. The group consists of Helena Cos on vocals, John Nap on guitar, Greg Manning on bass, and Dan Prestup on drums. Their brand of melody driven riff rock has been influenced by the likes of Godsmack, Buckcherry, Shinedown and Rob Zombie. The group has toured with or supported groups like Trapt, Papa Roach, Pop Evil, Framing Hanley, Saigon Kick, etc. Their current release, Bitten, has been named Top 10 Hard Rock Albums of 2012 by Metal Odyssey and has successfully won over popular rock acts in a number of “cage matches” at active rock radio.
After playing the last show of the “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” cycle at Germany’s Summer Breeze festival, IN FLAMES have just released a video for the title track of their highly successful album “Sounds Of A Playground Fading”. The video, that is made of live material, was produced by Patric Ullaeus for Revolver.se.
Enjoy “Sounds Of A Playground Fading” and relive some of the amazing times you had on IN FLAMES shows since the album was released in June 2011:
However, there is one very last and unique chance to see IN FLAMES live this year: The amusement park Gröna Lund (Stockholm, Sweden) announced today that IN FLAMES is confirmed for a VERY special show next week, September 27th, 2013. Gröna Lund had in fact closed their park for the season, but when they got word that In Flames was available, they decided to re-open the park, just for this show! Check out Gröna Lunds website here: http://www.gronalund.com.
Atlanta Metallers HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album, titled Conquer. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video will receive its exclusive premiere on Saturday September 27th at 7:45 PM at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA, but you don’t have to go ProgPower to see the clip. You can check it out below!
Be sure to catch Halcyon Way on the road with Fozzy and Saxon on one of the dates listed above!
MINDCAGE RELEASES EPIC VIDEO FOR “THE HUMAN RACE;”
OUR OWN DEVICES DROPS TUESDAY 9/17
The official video for “The Human Race” from Florida-based progressive metallers Mindcage is available for viewing below!
The full album, OUR OWN DEVICES, drops Tuesday, September 17.
A dark and powerful short movie, the video introduces the character of Arabella Vash, a young woman who exists in a utilitarian clockwork society. She is becoming empowered by visions and dreams, and about to start her journey to find the band of rebels, The One Constant (portrayed by the band), that she will lead. “The Human Race” is her awakening, and call to power.
In search of an appropriate post apocalyptic steam punk setting for their video, Mindcage chose to film in the historical district of their hometown of Pensacola FL. With the vision, creativity and costuming skills of Airship Isabella [http://airshipisabella.com/], an authentic and innovative steam-punk troupe from New Orleans, Mindcage was able to convey their vision of The One Constant and the dystopian world in which they live.
Jason Thomsen directed and edited “The Human Race.” He recently served as assistant director on “Girl from Iceland” (a Kinematic Entertainment Production). The track features vocals by Hydrogyn’s Julie Westlake.
OUR OWN DEVICES is mixed by rock legend Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Dokken, and Overkill). The core members of Mindcage – Dietrick Hardwick (writer, guitarist), Brian Howell (bass) and Craig Nudo (drums) – have been connected personally and through music for almost thirty years. Jeff Hignite, a recent but important addition, brought not only lyrical contribution but also his powerhouse vocals.
1. Cadence March
2. For All Mankind (The Dark Design)
3. Our Own Devices
4. The Human Race
5. At Full Steam
7. The One Constant
8. Arabella’s Arc
9. The Serenity Sequence (Renaissance Pt. I)
10. The Grand Restoration (Renaissance Pt. II)
Dangerdog Music Reviews: 5/5 stars
Our Own Devices is quite impressive: between the idea, lyrics, vocal arrangements, brisk guitar, and accomplished arrangements, it easily stands in the fine tradition of conceptual progressive metal albums like Queensryche’s Operation Mindcrime. Very recommended.
OUR OWN DEVICES will be available on the band’s website www.mindcagemusic.com,
iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-human-race-single/id692323537, amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F7CDATY and at your favorite record store.
HALCYON WAY are preparing to hit the road in North America with Saxon and Fozzy. The tour kicks off this Thursday September 12th in Patchouge, NY and runs through October 19th in Vancouver, BC. A complete list of dates can be found below.
HALCYON WAY are currently in the final stages of mixing for their new album. The band recently completed work on a video for the song “Web Of Lies”. The video received its exclusive premiere last weekend at the ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, GA. The video can be seen below!
Guitarist Jon Bodan commented on the video and the upcoming tour:
“We are very excited to unleash our first music video on the world! It’s been a long time coming but we like to do things right, and we think it’s worth the wait. Check it out, and share it with your friends! Also be sure to see us on tour with Saxon and Fozzy this month!”
The band’s forthcoming album was produced by Jon Bodan & Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer) with additional vocal production by Seth Von Paulus (Linda Perry, Alicia Keys, Crash Kings, Smashing Pumpkins). Art will again be handled by the legendary Travis Smith at Seempieces.”
Known for their explosive live shows, instantly catchy melodies, precise vocal harmonies, incendiary guitar work, intricate yet pounding drums, and live props and showmanship hearkening back to the glory days of arena rock, they dominate the live scene.
Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, HALCYON WAY will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.
Visit the HALCYON WAY webshop at: http://www.halcyonway.com/webshop
HALCYON WAY With Saxon and Fozzy:
9/12: Patchouge, NY @ The Emporium
9/13: New York, NY @ BB Kings
9/14: Montreal, QUE @ Corona Theater
9/15: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix
9/17: Reading, PA @ Reverb
9/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
9/19: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys
9/20: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
9/21: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
9/22: Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Basement
9/24: Waterloo, IA @ Reverb Rock Garden
9/26: Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
9/27: San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
9/28: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
9/29: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Club
10/1: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
10/2: Las Vegas, NV @ Count’s Vamp’d
10/3: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Main Stage
10/4: Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
10/5: Corona, CA @ M15
10/6: San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/8: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/9: Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
10/10: Vancouver, BC @ The Venue
2011 – INDOCTRINATION – Nightmare Records
2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records
http://www.halcyonway.com (Official Website)
When it comes to death/doom metal I am not a fan of the vocals at all. Usually the music is stellar, but the growling, gravel eating vocals destroy the song for me. When it comes to Five Finger Death Punch, I never gave them many listens. I had heard one or two songs on the radio and thought they were okay, but the growling vocals immediately had me stereotype the band and not explore them more. When it comes to The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume One, I am a huge fan. Five Finger Death Punch has won me over and I will definitely be seeking out their back catalog.
Having not listened to much Five Finger Death Punch, I did not know what to expect when I slipped in my ear buds and fired up The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell. What I received was amazing music that blew my senses away. It was a symphony of spectacular sounds drifting through my eardrums and creating a grin on my face. Nothing brings me more joy than discovering a new (to me) band that I want to listen to over and over again.
“Lift Me Up” gets the disc started and it was this song that captured me instantly. There is so much happening on this one little song that it causes an explosion in the brain. With a cataclysm of sound, “Lift Me Up” is a terrific album opener, especially if it is one of the first times you are listening to Five Finger Death Punch. The song drew me in immediately and by the time it was completed, I was hooked and had to hear more.
“Dot Your Eyes” is another excellent song that just demands you jump around, scream and shout. Ivan Moody’s voice is strong and the rhythmic beats and blistering guitar solos will find fists flying in the air on first listen. The power that “Dot Your Eyes” delivers is unrivaled. The song demands attention and action. This would be the perfect song to work out to, rally behind, or start your day with. It’s an instant shot of energy and emotion and one of the best songs that The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell has to offer.
My favorite song on the album is “Anywhere But Here.” The song is just magnificent. It revisits a familiar theme of what would you do if there was no tomorrow, but Five Finger Death Punch put their own spin on it. Most songs dealing with the theme of today being your last day on Earth discuss how the final moments should be enjoyed and treasured. Five Finger’s version is a little darker. “Anywhere But Here” approaches the world ending by proclaiming that no tears would be shed and that being anywhere but here but would be for the best. The narrator of the song is clearly not happy with where he is in life and it is time to get out and move on to something better. Throw in a magnificent Jason Hook guitar solo and some fantastic drum beats from Jeremy Spencer and it is easy to see why “Anywhere But Here” is one of the best tracks on this record.
Sad as it is to say, “Mama Said Knock You Out,” is a poor cover of the classic LL Cool J jam. The idea of a hard rock cover of this stupendous hip hop song gave me high hopes, but Five Finger just didn’t deliver as crisply as I had hoped. It is but one of two weaknesses on the album. The follow up song, “Diary Of A Deadman,” is not great either. In short, it’s a blatant rip off of Sixx AM’s Heroin Diaries. Thankfully, these are the last two songs on the record, so there are only two bad songs to endure. The other 9 tracks are flat out stellar.
It’s also worth noting that Five Finger Death Punch included 2 different versions of 3 songs. The first version was their own recording and the other version included guest vocals by Jamey Jasta (“Dot Your Eyes”), Max Cavalera (“I.M. Sin”), and Maria Brink (“Anywhere But Here”). It was interesting to hear the two different takes on each of these songs, and it has added some replay value to the record.
Overall, The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Volume One is a superb record that has me waiting in earnest for volume 2. If you are yearning for a modern rock sound with a real hardcore edge, I highly recommend this record. It has made me a Five Finger Death Punch fan.
Rating: Out of 10
- Lift Me Up (featuring Rob Halford)
- Watch You Bleed
- Wrong Side Of Heaven
- Burn MF
- I.M. Sin
- Anywhere But Here
- Dot Your Eyes
- M.I.N.E. (End This Way)
- Mama Said Knock You Out
- Diary Of A Deadman
- I.M. Sin (featuring Max Cavalera)
- Anywhere But Here (featuring Maria Brink)
- Dot Your Eyes (featuring Jamey Jasta)
Five Finger Death Punch Is:
Ivan Moody – Lead Vocals
Zoltan Bathory – Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Spencer – Drums
Jason Hook – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Chris Kael – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
REVEAL VIDEO FOR “NEVER NEVER”
FIRST SINGLE OFF THE BANDS NEW ALBUM
‘THE PARADIGM SHIFT’
IN STORES OCTOBER 8
ON PROSPECT PARK
While the countown continues for the release of their new album THE PARADIGM SHIFT, KORN has released the video for their Top 10 Active Rock track “Never Never.” For it, the band teamed with director Giovanni Bucci who sets KORN performing against a surrealistic clock. It plays into the theme of love gone bad through the unexpected perspective of time as front man Jonathan Davis sings “I’m never going to love again.”
Look for the rock luminaries–Jonathan Davis [Vocals], James “Munky” Shaffer [Guitar], Brian “Head” Welch [Guitar], Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu [Bass] and Ray Luzier [Drums]–to tour this fall in support of THE PARADIGM SHIFT. Dates include the return of the FAMILY VALUES FESTIVAL as a one-time spectacular Saturday, October 5 at the 1st Bank Center in Denver, Colorado with Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Machine Gun Kelly and Beware of Darkness. The FAMILY VALUES concert lands in the middle of KORN’s special cross-country whirlwind tour of record release “launch dates”–with support from Asking Alexandria and Love And Death–starting in Philadelphia, PA on September 26 and heads west where the band will finish up in Las Vegas on October 12. Tickets are on sale now for all shows.
THE PARADIGM SHIFT marks the emotional return of co-founding guitarist Brian “Head” Welch for his first album with KORN since 2003‘s Take a Look in the Mirror, and it serves as the follow-up to the band’s 2011 critically acclaimed trend-setting dubstep metal hybrid, The Path of Totality, which debuted Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was named Revolver Magazine‘s “Album of the Year.” THE PARADIGM SHIFT is also KORN’s first time working with super producer Don Gilmore [Linkin Park’s The Hybrid Theory, etc.] who recorded the album with the band at Buck Owens’ studio in their original hometown Bakersfield and at Los Angeles‘ famed NRG Recording Studios.
KORN’s tour dates are as follows:
|Thu||9/26||Philadelphia, PA||Electric Factory|
|Fri||9/27||New York, NY||Roseland Ballroom|
|Sat||9/28||Worcester, MA||The Palladium|
|Mon||9/30||Toronto, ON||Sound Academy|
|Tue||10/1||Detroit, MI||The Fillmore|
|Thu||10/3||Minneapolis, MN||The Myth|
|Sat||10/5||Denver, CO||1st Bank Center – Family Values|
|Thu||10/10||Los Angeles, CA||The Wiltern|
|Sat||10/12||Las Vegas, NV||Pearl|
Pre-order THE PARADIGM SHIFT now at:
iTunes Deluxe Explicit – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_iTunesDLX
iTunes Standard Explicit – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_iTunesExpl
Amazon.com Deluxe – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_AmzCDDlx
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Amazon.com LP – http://smarturl.it/KornTPS_AmzLP