When Vicious Rumors returned from a long, strenuous and immensely successful world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians – least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe – couldn’t really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future. “2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word,” he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. “We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise – what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction.” Now the doubtlessly successful result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors are set to unleash Electric Punishment sounding more multi-faceted and creative than they have done in a long time.
Vicious Rumors has released a new video today “I Am The Gun” in support of Electric Punishment. Check it out below!
There definitely is no discernible loss of friction on Electric Punishment, which is again ruled by what Thorpe refers to as an “impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band”. At the same time, the ten new songs are clearly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor Razorback Killers. “While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth,” Thorpe explains. At the same time, the uncompromising toughness that their fans have come to expect of Vicious Rumors is present on Electric Punishment as well: the two openers ‘I Am The Gun’ and ‘Black X List’ are typical as can be of Vicious Rumors. Thorpe refers to those numbers as “classic power metal tracks which would have fitted on every one of our albums. But there’s also an unusually atmospheric song called ‘Eternally’, an anthem to our audience entitled ‘Together We Unite’ and a deeply black ballad named ‘Escape (From Hell)’. I’m sure that our fans will be just as surprised of the whole album as they will be of the final Kiss cover ‘Strange Ways’.”
Surprised and most likely thrilled, because once again the band has brought all its skills to bear and come up with a real highlight. Thorpe, vocalist Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported by guitarist Thean Rasmussen, who returned to the Vicious Rumors fold after Razorback Killers. In addition, Thorpe & Co. invited a number of former allies to the studio as guest musicians: Brad Gillis features on ‘D-Block’, ‘Together We Unite’ and ‘Eternally’, Marc McGhee on ‘Escape (From Hell)’, and last but not least tour guitarist Bob Capka helped out at the studio with a number of rhythm guitars and a haunting solo on ‘D-Block’. Thorpe: “I had a few problems with my fingers, that’s why I was glad that Bob was there to help. Otherwise it probably wouldn’t have been possible to stick to our tight production schedule.”
So it’s done: Electric Punishment is Vicious Rumors’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.” Vicious Rumors have been scheduled to headline countless clubs and play important festivals (the Headbangers Open Air in Germany and the Alcatraz festival in Belgium having been confirmed already) before going on to Japan and the USA. Thorpe: “We’re facing big challenges again – but that sort of thing has always helped Vicious Rumors to grow!”
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)
01 I Am The Gun
02 Black X List
03 Electric Punishment
02 Escape (From Hell)
03 Dime Store Prophet
01 Together We Unite
03 Thirst For A Kill
01 Strange Ways
02 Murderball (live) (bonus track)
03 Abandoned (live) (bonus track)
“Electric Punishment” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.
VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013
21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest
28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage
02.10. US-Brooklyn,NY – Saint Vitus
04.10. US-Frederick,MD – Bentz Street
05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero
Charm City Devils have released a new video “Devil Is a Woman” in support of their album Sins. Check out the the clip below! Get Your copy of Sins here!
Tom Kiefer’s new solo album The Way Life Goes will be released April 30th (and available now on iTunes.). Check out his new video “Solid Ground”!
Remember the classic John Carpenter move They Live featuring Roddy Piper? The Biters released a killer new(NOT SAFE FOR WORK) music video “Hallucination Generation” that is a cool take on that often forgotten sci fi flick.
Check it out!
Swiss rockers Shakra have released a powerful new album in 2013 called Powerplay. Fans of melodic rock, & especially Gotthard, are going to love the new album. You can check out the video clips “Save You From Yourself” & “Wonderful Life” below!
Like what you hear? You can pick up Powerplay at Amazon.com now!
Denver thrashers HAVOK have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, The Point Of No Return, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date produced third full-length album. Check out the video below!
Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”
HAVOK will hit the road next week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”
Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is HAVOK one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”
HAVOK expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.
w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:
4/01/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
4/02/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
4/03/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/04/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
4/05/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
4/06/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
4/07/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/08/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
4/09/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn
4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies
HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Michael Joseph Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.
Part glam, part thrash, part progressive, The Savage Playground, Crashdiet’s latest record, is all grand. Highlighting masterpiece guitar solos, sleazy vocals, and good time party lyrics, The Savage Playground is a record that emphasizes fun. And who doesn’t like to have fun?
Opening with a spoken soliloquy reminiscent of Motley Crue’s “…In The Beginning,” The Savage Playground takes hold immediately with glam vocals, sleaze guitars, and a whole lot of hard rocking for the record. After pelting the listener with glam rock for the opener “Change The World,” Crashdiet shifts gear to trash with “Cocaine Cowboys.” This is a turn it up loud and play it real proud party song with a thumping bass beat that goes on for miles.
The guitar work from Martin sweet on this album is exceptional. His solos absolutely shred and add a sophisticated level of depth to the record. Sweet has a great appreciation for scales and solos and applies them at just the right time. His genius stands out on The Savage Playground. The combination of Sweet’s guitar and Simon Cruz’ vocals blend well and bring The Savage Playground to life.
Crashdiet spent a lot of time mixing up their sound for this release. Venturing between glam, sleaze, thrash, progressive, and even a ballad, Crashdiet was not afraid to experiment with different sounds and styles which helped the record stay fresh. It can be disappointing when every song on an album starts to sound the same as the last, but The Savage Playground has none of that. Each track is a new piece that stands out on its own and helps to further cement the versatility of Crashdiet.
If you are looking for a record that rocks hard and is worthy of a few spins this spring while cruising down the highway, or playing air guitar in your basement, give The Savage Playground a try. It’s an album that will get several listens over the course of time. Highly entertaining, heavily rocking, and quite delightful, The Savage Playground is a solid effort from Crashdiet.
Rating: Out of 10
- Change The World
- Cocaine Cowboys
- Lickin’ Dog
- Sin City
- Tonight’s The Night
- Damaged Kid
Simon Cruz – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Martin Sweet – Lead Guitar
Peter London – Bass Guitar
Eric Young – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
W.E.T. (featuring the vocals of Jeff Scott Soto) has released their second video in support of their recently released album, Rise Up. Check out the clips “Love Heals” & “Learn To Live Again” below.
AFM Records proudly welcomes another legendary act: Danish cult rockers D-A-D have signed a worldwide (except Scandinavia) record deal.
As the first release of their new collaboration, D-A-D‘s 2011 studio album “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” is available from today on as an extensive “Deluxe Edition”, which comes as 2-CD in Digipak format and includes a 16-track live CD beside the regular album.
Check out the video clip for the song, “I Want What She’s Got” from “Dic.Nii.Lan.Daft.Erd.Ark” below.
Germany‘s THE NEW BLACK have released the video to their new single ‘Sharkpool’, and it shows the band going up against sharks, mermaids, seabed beer drinking and chess-playing crabs. All underwater. What an adventure! As the band comments:
„Yes, we actually look like that sometimes…“
Airbourne’s third album, Black Dog Barking will be released in May. The new album was produced by Brian Howes. Check out the cover art below!
For a brief taste of the new songs, you can check out the Airbourne “Black Dog Barking” Studio Report in the clip below.
Ryo Vie thinks we should cover Against Me! more at Hard Rock Hideout, and I would agree 100% (Check out today’s Vie’s Verses).
Check out Three videos clips from Against Me!, “Thrash Unreal”, “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” and “Stop” below!
Heaven & Earth have just released their official video for the single “No Money, No Love”. The video features performance footage of the band, along with an old Hotel packed with a motley crew of midgets, magicians, and scantily clad temptresses. The video was directed by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has worked with Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Michael Jackson.
“No Money, No Love” is featured on the band’s forthcoming studio album ‘Dig’, which is available April 23rd on Quarto Valley Records. The album was produced by Dave Jenkins, who’s worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power – and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
The band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, had this to say about Dig, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.” “All the pieces are in place,” he explains with graceful candor. “We’re ready to make this our year.”
The track listing for ‘Dig’ is as follows:
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back in Anger
7. Waiting for the End of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live as One
Their bio says they write “trend free music” and what we get to hear are “Real grooves, real performances, real rock.” I’d say that description is
pretty dead on. If there’s one thing that irritates the hell out of me, it’s the over computerized, over produced, overly generic music that’s being pushed out to the world on a daily basis. You certainly won’t get any of that with S.U.N.’s (Something Unto Nothing) self titled debut album.
Sass Jordan (vocals), Brian Tichy (guitar), Michael “Denim” Devin (bass), and Tommy Stewart (drums) make up this quartet with quite an extensive resume: Billboard’s Best Female Rock Vocalist award, songs on major motion pictures and television shows, and time spent in Whitesnake, Foreigner and Billy Idol…just to name a few. With talent like that, you almost can’t go wrong.
Upon listening, the first thing you’re going to notice (because you just can’t ignore it) is Sass’ powerful voice. It’s strong and beautiful in that Janis Joplin kind of way. It’s not dripping with femininity. It’s dirty and gruff and fits perfectly.
The next thing you’ll notice are the solid rock and roll grooves. It’s the kind of sound that makes you tap your foot and bounce your head to the beat because it’s real rock and roll and you can’t help but get into it. There’s dirty, thick guitar all throughout the album, but it pulls you in right from the start with “Burned” and “Crazy Head.” Then you get hit with some Sabbath-y heavy rock during “Nomad.” And if you’re looking for a little 80′s rock influence, you can find it on “I’m the One.”
Where I feel the album falls short is on the ballads like “Wide Ocean” or “If I was You.” Don’t get me wrong, they’re good songs, but they just don’t hold up as well and they’re not as strong as the other songs. S.U.N. are just more powerful when they are rocking faces off.
There’s no doubt that S.U.N. is real, soulful rock and roll. This debut album is a really good, solid foundation that they should be able to build great things on. It makes me excited to see what the future holds for them. They just need to remember not to succumb to making radio friendly music because it sells; they should continue to make solid rock and roll because that’s what makes them shine.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Crazy Head
4. Did Me No Good
5. Mobile Again
6. I’m The One
7. If I Was You
8. The Beginning Of The End (The Journey of The Phrygians from Madrid)
10. Wide Ocean
11. No Way Home
12. Something Unto Nothing
Sass Jordan – Vocals
Brian Tichy – Gutiars
Michael Devin – Bass
Tommy Stewart – Drums
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
The Darkness is about to hit the road in May for a few dates with Aussie rockers Airbourne!
You can catch them on the road at one of the dates below:
11 May 2013 – Amos’ Southend, Charlotte, NC
13 May 2013 – Lupo’s, Providence, RI
14 May 2013 – The Chameleon, Lancaster, PA
15 May 2013 – The Trocadero Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
18 May 2013 – Upstate Concert Hall, Albany, NY
Want a free download of “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” from The Darkness’ latest longplayer Hot Cakes? Get your free download at TheActualDarkness.com
The Darkness has recently released a prequel video “With A Woman” for their wildly popular song and video “Everybody Have A Good Time”. Check out both clips below!
Check out the brand new clip from Lynch Mob “River of Love” from the CD Unplugged…and from the soon to be released Episode 35 of Live From Sugar Hill Studios! Featuring George Lynch (Guitars), Oni Logan (Vox), Robbie Crane (Bass), Brian Tichy (Guitars) and Tyson Sheth on percussions.
I will admit that I have never listened to Atreyu more than once or twice. They were never a band that hit me right away, so I never spent much time with them. I wasn’t even aware that the band was on hiatus while members worked on side projects and pursued other interests. So when Hell Or Highwater’s Begin Again came across my desk for review, I did not realize that it was Atreyu drummer/vocalist Brandon Saller’s side project. That being said, I am glad that I took the time to review Begin Again.
Begin Again is a solid modern rock record. Packed with hard edged, heavy songs that are completed with melody and harmony, Begin Again is an album that most rock fans will want to hear. And once the album is heard you can’t get it out of your head. Begin Again has staying power and replay value. The album kicks off with the first single, Gimme Love. This is a hard rocking track that is meant to get attention and succeeds. Saller’s vocals are reminiscent of Hinder’s Austin Winkler and the twin guitar attack by Matt Pauling and Neal Tiemann is first rate.
The heavy hits continue with “Hail Mary” and “Terrorized In The Night.” The band plays hard on these heavy tracks and the musical talent of each band member shines through. The songs are high energy and touch on typical hard rock themes of anger, disappointment, rage and fear. The songs are performed with a modern rock flair, heavy drums, exceptional guitars, and solid vocals. The combined elements equal nothing but pure entertainment.
The band doesn’t stop there. Begin Again delivers in the slower/ballad department as well. And although “Tragedy” and “Rock Water’s Edge” aren’t true ballads in the old 80s power ballad sense, they are still slower, bluesy songs that deliver in power and passion. Saller’s lyrics are deep and meaningful and when combined with amazing guitar riffs, it is easy to see how either, or both, of these songs will be a huge radio hit. “When The Morning Comes” is the most radio friendly, mainstream song on the record and it is a song that people will be rocking along with all summer long. Led by a blistering guitar intro followed by an enjoyable chord progression and sing-along lyrics, “When The Morning Comes” is one of the best tracks on this record.
Begin Again is an exceptional album that will rock you on first listen. After that, you will find yourself hitting repeat several times. It is an album that can be played over and over again without getting stale. Saller’s voice is strong, steady, and enjoyable. Pauling and Tiemann are a fantastic guitar duo that play off each other well, each knowing exactly when to hold back so the other can move forward. Their timing is second to none and it is their combined ability that really makes Begin Again come to life and sing.
If you are searching for a new band or a new record that is going to excite you and make you want to hear more, pick up a copy of Begin Again. If you are looking for the next great modern rock sound filled with superb hooks and melodious riffs that tunnel into your eardrums and don’t leave until they are committed to your memory, Begin Again is the record for you. Pick it up.
Rating: Out of 10
- Gimme Love
- Hail Mary!
- Terrorized In The Night
- Find The Time To Breathe
- Rock Waters Edge
- Go Alone (Featuring M Shadows)
- When The Morning Comes
- Crash & Burn
- Come Alive
- We All Wanna Go Home
- Tragedy (Villain Remix) – Bonus Track
- The Boxer – Bonus Track
- Pretty Penny – Bonus Track
Hell Or Highwater Is:
Brandon Saller – Vocals
Matt Pauling – Guitar
Neal Tiemann – Guitar
Joey Bradford – Bass
Captain Carl – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Danger Angel are very excited to release the first video out of the new “Revolutia” album, titled “When I’m Gone”, also featuring Jeff Scott Soto (link below)
“Revolutia” is the sophomore release by Danger Angel, following their debut, same titled album of 2010. “Revolutia” was produced by Jeff Scott Soto and engineered by John Ellis. It is released via Perris Records.
This video comes out at the perfect moment as “Revolutia” is now available worldwide and Danger Angel are ready to embark on their European tour supporting Jeff Scott Soto. The tour, commencing April 5th, 2013 will cover the UK and most of continental Europe.
“Revolutia” is now available worldwide at all the major internet and physical retail stores, including iTunes, Amazon, CDUniverse, Tower Records, NEHRecords, CDInzane, Musicbuymail and CDBaby among many others. It is also available through the Danger Angel official web page, BandCamp and Perris Records
It has taken me a while to stumble upon the band Hellbastard, but man oh man am I glad I did. The band’s new EP “Sons of Bitches” might be short, but it doesn’t lack in heavy riffs or killer grooves. Hellbastard’s sound sounds like a marriage of Slayer, and Suicidal Tendencies. This is simply killer metal that fans of classic thrash are going to love. I may have over looked Hellbastard because of their name, but I won’t make that mistake again. I can’t wait to hear their full length album due out later in 2013, or their back catalog of music which is pretty deep as well.
Aside from the intro “Wolfsong” which is nothing more than an intro, and the EP closer “Throw The Petrol Bomb”, which is a wacky reggae number, this EP is pretty strong.
If you want a taste of some killer classic thrash, you gotta check out Hellbastard’s Sons of Bitches! Hellbastard will be a band to watch in 2013!
Rating:Out of 10
3. Sons of Bitches
4. System Whore
5. We Had Evidence
6. Throw The Petrol Bomb
Malcolm “Scruff” Lewty – Vocals & Guitars
Tom McCombe – Guitars
Paul O’Shea – Bass Guitars
Nathan Ellis – Drums
The new Rage of Angels CD, Dreamworld features vocals from Matti Alfonzetti (Jagged Edge), Harry Hess (Harem Scarem)
Robert Hart (Bad Company), Ralph Scheepers (Primal Fear), and Danny Vaughn (Tyketto).
Check out the lead track, “Over and Over” featuring Danny Vaughn on vocals! You can purchase Dreamworld from NEH Records.
Last week, Buckcherry released their sixth album, Confessions. Confessions was originally slated for a 2012 release, and I am glad the band didn’t rush this one out. Good things come to those who wait. You see, not only does Confessions contain some of Buckcherry’s strongest song writing to date, the band’s playing is also a step above their previous releases.
With Confessions, Buckcherry tackles the seven deadly sins. Gluttony, wrath, envy, sloth, greed, pride and lust are all represented on Buckcherry’s latest opus, and are also seven of the album’s song titles. The lyrics are based on singer Josh Todd’s childhood, and his transformation into adulthood. The lyrics are a step above the normal song writing from Buckcherry. Those looking for “Crazy Bitch” part two, won’t find it on Confessions. What you will find however are some well crafted songs that absolutely rock.
This is the first Buckcherry album that I could listen to all the way through since 15 was released. The only negative I could find with this album, is that it lacks the sing along choruses that have made so many of Buckcherry’s songs popular. It may be a different style of writing for Buckcherry, but I couldn’t find one bad song on Confessions.
With that being said, I still think this is Buckcherry’s strongest album since 15, and one that is going to get a ton of replay in 2013 and beyond. If you haven’t picked up Confessions yet, I highly recommend checking it out! The extended edition of this CD ( available at Best Buy) includes two great bonus songs, “Give ‘Em What They Want” and “When the Fire Starts” and a cool DVD as well. Don’t miss this!
Rating: Out of 10
3. Nothing Left But Tears
4. The Truth
7. Seven Ways To Die
13. Dreamin’ of You
14. Give ‘Em What They Want
15. When The Fire Starts
Josh Todd – Lead Vocals
Keith Nelson – Lead & rhythm guitar
Stevie D. – Rhythm & lead guitar
Jimmy Ashhurst – bass guitar
Xavier Muriel – drums, percussion
Rock legends BLACK SABBATH are seen at work on their new album, 13, which will be released this June (exact date TBA). The original BLACK SABBATH–OZZY OSBOURNE (vocals), TONY IOMMI (guitar) and GEEZER BUTLER (bass)–recorded the album primarily in Los Angeles and were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.
On January 11th, Swiss Power Rockers SHAKRA released their ninth studio album “Powerplay”. For their new video clip, filmed for the song “Save You From Yourself”, the band teamed up with Nina Burri, well-known for her “snake woman” appearances in several TV shows. Check out the clip below!
Taking up where iconic bands like Deep Purple and Bad Company left off, Heaven & Earth is on a mission to resurrect the sanctity of classic rock in its purest, most accessible form on their third studio album titled Dig. Due out on Quarto Valley Records, Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins, who’s worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power – and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).
The band have recently released a special behind the scenes look into the making of Dig and what brought these five musicians together to make such a “classic” sounding record. The clip premiered on AOL Noisecreep earlier this week and can be seen here.
The band’s founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, had this to say about Dig, “I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we’ve put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records’ President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life.”
Smith, who spent the 70′s bending strings with numerous groups before he distinguished himself by making the acquaintance of Deep Purple’s Ritchie Blackmore, who mentored the up-and-coming musician. At the urging of Blackmore, Smith made his way to Los Angeles and began planting the seeds of what was to become Heaven & Earth. Now with the release of Dig on the near horizon, the guitarist says Heaven & Earth is a true band, an energized collective of like-minded musicians who are excited at bringing its unique, celestial brand of rock to audiences all over the world. “All the pieces are in place,” he explains with graceful candor. “We’re ready to make this our year.”
The album cover for Dig was created by acclaimed photographer Glen Wexler, who has shot over 300 album covers, including records by Van Halen, Black Sabbath, and Michael Jackson.
The track listing for Dig is as follows:
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back in Anger
7. Waiting for the End of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live as One
To stay current on all things Heaven and Earth follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
You can check out the Heaven & Earth EPK below!
Taddy Porter’s new album Stay Golden will be released February 23rd. Check out the band’s brand new video “Fever” below!
Many of you have been lucky enough to catch the Sister Sin & Doro tour that is making its way throughout the U.S. right now.
For those of you that haven’t, or need a little push to get you to the show, check out the clips below from Sister Sin & Doro.
Catch Sister Sin and Doro on tour at one of the following dates below!
2/07/2013 Mod Club – Toronto, ON
2/08/2013 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
2/09/2013 Ace Of Clubs – Columbus, OH
2/10/2013 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
2/12/2013 Token Lounge – Detroit, MI
2/13/2013 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
2/14/2013 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/15/2013 Spicoli’s Grill And The Reverb – Waterloo, IA
2/17/2013 Moe’s – Englewood, CO
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
Classic Hard Rock masters VOODOO CIRCLE have just released their new video clip, filmed for the track “Cry For Love”, which is taken from the band’s upcoming album “More Than One Way Home”. “More Than One Way Home” will be unleashed on February 22nd, available as CD, ltd. Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks & video clip), ltd. 2-Vinyl & ltd. special edition (incl. Digipak, a high-class compass & certificate of authenticity).
Soundgarden have released a new video for their track “By Crooked Steps”. “By Crooked Steps” is on the 2012 release King Animal from Soundgarden. This video was direct by The Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. Check it out!
On March 30th, 2013 alt, hair, grunge metal pioneers Saigon Kick will take the stage at the legendary Viper Room in Hollywood California for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. This Los Angeles, California date marks the start of a one-of-a-kind series of intimate shows the band is scheduling around the world with more dates to be announced soon. This will also mark the first time in over 20 years that the original band members will have performed together.
Saigon Kick playing small venues will give their die-hard fans who have waited forever an amazing and intimate experience. For Saigon Kick, this will also re-capture the vibe of some of their very early shows. For those who were there, no explanation is needed. For those who weren’t, don’t miss this opportunity.
For complete ticket information including exclusive VIP packages, unique opportunities to interact with the band visit http://www.viperroom.com Tickets go on sale for the Viper Room show today and can be purchased here