Black Country Communion’s third release, Afterglow, and the new George Lynch, Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson band, T&N lead off today’s releases.
Check below for the full list!
Black Country Communion – Afterglow
Kamelot – Silverthorn
T&N – Slave To the Empire
Angra – Best Reached Horizons
Wildestarr – A Tell Tale Heart
Whyzdom – Blind
Flyleaf – New Horizons
Warrior Soul – Stiff Middle Finger (Import)
Black Country Communion the Anglo-American rock group comprising vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Billy Idol) and blues-rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, release their third album, ‘Afterglow’, via Mascot Records on Monday October 29th.
Like its two predecessors, ‘Afterglow’ was produced by Kevin Shirley, whose catalogue of hit records for Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith and the Black Crowes has made him the hottest producer that rock music has to offer. Shirley – who had the idea of putting Hughes and Bonamassa together in a band after seeing them jam onstage back in 2009 – is the group’s unofficial ‘fifth member’.
The additions of Jason Bonham, esteemed son of Led Zeppelin’s John, who took his father’s place when the legendary group made musical history by reuniting at London’s O2 Arena in December 2007, and the in-demand Derek Sherinian, makes BCC a force to be reckoned with.
Both BCC’s previous offerings (2010’s eponymous debut album and 2011’s “2”) have gone straight in at #1 on the official UK Rock Album Chart. Embraced by the UK’s music press, Black Country Communion were voted “Best New Band” by the listeners of Planet Rock Radio and won “Best Breakthrough” at the prestigious Classic Rock Magazine Roll Of Honour Awards in 2011.
1. Big Train
2. This is Your Time
3. Midnight Sun
5. Cry Freedom
8. The Circle
9. Common Man
10. The Giver
11. The Crawl
Black Country Communion has released a new video of studio footage for their recording of the new album. Check out the clip below.
If you visit this link, you can get a free download of the BCC song “Song of Yesterday”
You can download the live version of the Black Country Communion song “Song of Yesterday” at the band’s website. “Song of Yesterday is on the up and coming, Live Over Europe CD that will be released February 28th, 2012. Get the free download here!
Every year putting together a top 10 list becomes harder and harder. There were so many outstanding releases in 2011, there were far too many to do a top 10 list. Below are my top 20 Hard Rock & Metal Releases of 2011. Agree or disagree? Let us know what you think!
20. The Poodles – Performocracy
Can anyone take a band seriously with the name, The Poodles? Maybe, not, but the band’s latest album Performocracy
is cram packed with excellent hard & melodic rock tunes that you should take notice of.
19. Five Finger Death Punch – American Capitalist
Five Finger Death Punch may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this heavy metal band has been putting out some of the best
new music from a newer metal band. Their third effort American Capitalist does not disappoint in the least.
18. Anvil – Juggernaut of Justice
Anvil’s Juggernaut of Justice came as somewhat of a surprise to me. I never expect to enjoy an Anvil CD so much, and JOJ is easily
one of Anvil’s best releases yet.
17. Chickenfoot – III
Sammy Hagar & company turned in another outstanding CD with their sophomore effort III. This CD is much better than the band’s debut.
16. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle – Broken Heart Syndrome
Sinner/Primal Fear/Voodoo Circle guitarist Alex Beyrodt has released a killer CD with classic influences that include
Whitesnake & Rainbow. Every hard rock fan needs to give Broken Heart Syndrome a listen.
15. King Kobra – S/T
For King Kobra to come in at position 15 tells you just how good the music is in front of it. King Kobra’s reunion
effort, with Paul Shortino on vocals, is easily one of the best in King Kobra’s catalog.
14. Emphatic – Damage
I am not a huge modern rock fan, but every year there are some outstanding releases that deserve attention. Emphatic
simply outdid their Peers (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil) with their debut effort Damage.
13. Tora Tora – Revolution Day
It seems like every year a long-lost CD that was buried due to record company politics, finally gets a proper release.
Tora Tora’s third CD Revolution Day was released by FNA Records, and carries on the excellent bluesy hard rock
that Tora Tora is known for.
12. Coldspell – Out From the Cold
Coldspell has already released two outstanding CD’s with Infinite Stargaze & Out From The Cold. I can’t wait to hear
the next set of tunes from Coldspell. Out From The Cold should not be missed.
11. Havok – Time is Up
Havok is one of the new bands leading the Retro-Thrash Metal movement. Time is Up is their second effort and easily their
best. If you are a thrash metal fan, you need to seek out Time is Up now!
10. Michael Monroe – Sensory Overdrive
I have been a Michael Monroe fan forever but I never expected one of his solo CD’s to be THIS good. Sensory Overdrive is easily
the best Michael Monroe CD since 1989’s Not Fakin It.
09. Warrant – Rockaholic
Warrant’s Rockaholic is easily my favorite Warrant CD since the band’s 1992 effort, Dog Eat Dog. The late Jani Lane will always
be missed, but Robert Mason is an outstanding singer, and he may be the best vocalist Warrant has ever had. Rockaholic will
make people take notice of Warrant again.
08. Sixx A.M. – This is Gonna Hurt
With the recent news from the Motley Crue camp as of late, it sounds like a farewell tour may be coming from the band soon. If this
is truly the case, Nikki Sixx can carry on his band Sixx A.M. This is Gonna Hurt took a while to grow on me, but it has become a favorite of mine
over the last few months.
07. Black Country Communion – 2
Out of all of the supergroups, Black Country Communion outdid them all with their second effort 2. 60-year-old Glenn Hughes could (and probably
should) give a clinic to young rockers, on how to rock. He is still getting it done.
06. Anthrax – Worship Music
You would think that Joey Belladonna returning to Antrax would be create a major amount of excitement, and it has. Belladonna’s vocals are
not the high point of Worship Music. This is easily Anthrax’s best CD from a musical standpoint, and the best thrash metal CD of 2011.
05. Whitesnake – Forevermore
If Doug Aldrich & Reb Beach keep helping David Coverdale put out CD’s like Good To Be Band and Forevermore, folks may forget about the
band’s monster hits from the 80’s. Forevermore is another outstanding effort from the Whitesnake camp.
04. Mr. Big – What If…
Mr. Big’s reunion CD What If is the band’s best CD since 1993’s Bump Ahead. You SHOULD NOT miss What If…!
03. Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Alice Cooper’s reunion with producer Bob Ezrin was a very good one. Welcome 2 My Nightmare is an outstanding sequel that should not be missed.
02. Vain – Enough Rope
I can not say enough good things about Vain’s latest CD, Enough Rope.If you liked Vain’s debut, No Regrets, you need to seek out the band’s latest
effort Enough Rope. It is quality all the way through, and easily to my ears one of 2011’s best.
01. Electric Boys – And Them Boys Done Swang
I never would have thought The Electric Boys could have outdone their debut, but with And Them Boys Done Swang, they have done just that.
Sure, some of the lyrics are somewhat cheesy, but the band has every bit of the Funk that was found in their debut.
The Japanese edition has some excellent bonus tracks which pushes this one over the top.
Rival Sons – Pressure & Time
Black Stone Cherry – Between the Devil & The Deep Blue Sea
Megadeth – Th1rt3en
Badmouth – Heavy Metal Parking Lot
Motorhead – The World is Yours
Riot – Immortal Soul
House of Lords – Big Money
The Answer – Revival
Pop Evil – War of Angels
Beggars & Thieves – We Are The Broken Hearted
George Lynch – Kill All Control
Michael Schenker – Temple of Rock
Want more Top 10 lists? You can find them at the following websites:
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The Crash Pad of Ray Van Horn, Jr. – http://www.rayvanhornjr2.blogspot.com/
Hair Metal Mansion — http://hairbangersradio.ning.com/
Hard Rock Nights — http://hardrocknights.com
Heavy Metal Addiction — http://heavymetaladdiction.com/
Heavy Metal Time Machine — http://metalmark.blogspot.com/
Imagine Echoes — http://www.imagineechoes.com/
Layla’s Classic Rock — http://laylasclassicrock.blogspot.com/
Metal Excess — http://metalexcess.com/
Metal Odyssey — http://metalodyssey.wordpress.com/
The Ripple Effect — http://www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/
Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011 – I have listened to many Hard Rock albums released during 2011. There seems to be quite a few Hard Rock albums that are of standout quality, this past year for me. With that said, my “Top Ten Hard Rock Albums Of 2011” simply cannot represent the totality of Hard Rockin’ thrills I’ve experienced with my ears these past 12 months.
What my Top Ten list does represent are the Hard Rock albums I turned to most often to play… and play LOUD! I lean towards the “complete” album of songs, an album that goes further than just 4 or 5 great tracks. I gravitate towards the Hard Rock albums that psyched-me-out and made me feel very damn good inside. These are the Hard Rock albums that made a difference to me. A personal list it is and hopefully there are a few here you may agree with. Thank you for visiting Hard Rock Hideout in 2011 and supporting Rock ‘N Roll! Happy Holidays, Rock Steady and Happy New Year to all!
IRON CLAW – A DIFFERENT GAME
REV THEORY – JUSTICE
KING KOBRA – S/T
FAITHSEDGE – S/T
BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION – 2
WARRANT – ROCKAHOLIC
9 CHAMBERS – S/T
(Samson Records / eOne Music)
JOURNEY – ECLIPSE
SEBASTIAN BACH – KICKING & SCREAMING
SEETHER – HOLDING ONTO STRINGS BETTER LEFT TO FRAY
MR. BIG – WHAT IF…
Black Country Communion led by Cannock singer Glenn Hughes landed a top prize at last night’s Classic Rock Roll of Honour awards.
The four-piece band, who released their second album earlier this year, won breakthrough act of the year.
The band also includes Dudley-born drummer Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John, guitarist Joe Bonamassa and keyboard player Derek Sherinian.
Hughes tweeted “sweet” after the band’s award was announced at the ceremony at the Roundhouse in London. Black Country Communion played their debut gig at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last December in front of 3,000 fans.
Other winners were Manic Street Preachers, celebrating their 25th anniversary, and picked up the classic songwriters award, while guitarist Jeff Beck collected a living legend award for his lifetime achievements.
The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour also recognized the achievements of a string of luminaries including Steve Winwood, former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters, Deep Purple and Jethro Tull.
Black Country Communion, the rock and roll band featuring bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), have confirmed the Monday October 24th UK and European release of their first ever live DVD & Blu-ray; “Live Over Europe”.
Released by Mascot records, the double live DVD was filmed with 14 HD cameras and 5.1 Surround Sound during the band’s debut world tour in the summer of 2011. Recorded across three nights in the German cities of Hamburg, Munich and Berlin, the 18-song set includes tracks taken from both of BCC’s albums – 2010’s eponymous debut, and 2011’s follow-up album release “2”.
Read the full “Live over Europe” DVD press release here – http://www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/blackcountrycommunion/liveovereurope.htm
From Thursday September 8th, fans will be able to download a live version of “Song of Yesterday” (taken from Live in Europe) absolutely free by visiting here. Bonus features include an exclusive 28-page collector’s booklet, and an additional DVD containing a 20-minute “behind the scenes” featurette and photo collection.
Black Country Communion’s second album “2” hit the No. 1 spot in the Official UK Rock Album Chart this week, overtaking the Foo Fighters album “Wasting Light”.
Click here to see the official chart – http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/rockalbums
The news follows the rave reviews of BCC’s follow up album, produced by Kevin Shirley and featuring Joe Bonamassa, Jason Bonham, Glenn Hughes and Derek Sherinian.
The band embarks on a July tour that takes in their only UK dates this year: Llandudno Cymru Arena (July 23), London, High Voltage Festival (July 24), Leeds o2 Academy (July 26), Newcastle o2 Academy (July 27), Glasgow 02 Academy (July 29) and Manchester Academy (July 30).
Black Country Communion invaded the over 100-year-old Murat Theater in downtown Indianapolis Wednesday night. It was an extra special treat to see the band perform right after their CD release. I have been listening to their CD’s a lot over the last few days, so it was extremely entertaining to see the songs performed live for my very first time.
I knew BCC was going to be good, but they absolutely blew me away. Each and every member of Black Country Communion is a master of their instrument, which makes this one exciting band to watch. The former Deep Purple bass player and vocalist, Glenn Hughes was on fire Wednesday night. His vocals were perfect, if not mind-blowing. I can’t believe he can still sting at this level after all of these years. Not only is he a great singer, but he is extremely animated while playing his beat up Nash Guitars bass . I really got a kick out of watching him perform.
It has been over a decade since I have seen Derek Sherinian play live, but he never disappoints. He is a master of the Hammond B3 Organ, and Korg keyboard. His playing Wednesday night gave me goose bumps. He is a truly amazing musician.
It was really good to see Jason Bonham play drums again. I haven’t seen him since he played drums in his band Bonham. I thought for sure that Jason Bonham would have an extended drum solo at some point during the show, but surprisingly he did not. He did however get to strut his stuff on several of Black Country Communion’s tunes. In my ears, Jason is a chip off of the old block. John Bonham would be so proud of his son if he were still alive. He is a great drummer.
This was the first time I have seen Joe Bonamassa play. For those of you that are not familiar with Joe, he is huge in the Blues rock world. He has been cranking out quality albums nonstop since 2000. Black Country Communion is his first foray in a hard rock band.
I was extremely impressed with Joe Bonamassa’s playing. He may just be one of the top 10 guitar players I have seen live. He was really THAT good! His solos were super tight, and very fun to watch. At times his guitar tones reminded me a lot of David Gilmour’s from Pink Floyd. I realize there is a fine line between blues & hard rock, but Bonamassa was far better than I expected him to be. I was also surprised to see him use a Theremin during the show. The use of the Theremin is nothing new in rock, but Joe is only the second guitar player I have seen to use it live, and use it well. (The first was Frank Hannon from Tesla.) I also have to mention that Bonamassa is pretty good singer. His vocal style reminds me a lot of former Bad Company front man Paul Rodgers.
I thought Black Country Communion was going to rattle the plaster off of the walls with their heavy tunes which included (in no certain order), “Black Country”, “One Last Soul”, “Crossfire”, “Save Me”, “The Battle for Hadrian’s Wall”, “Beggerman”, “Faithless”, “Song of Yesterday”, “Smokestack Woman”, “The Outsider” “Cold” , The Joe Bonamassa classic” The Ballad of John Henry”and the Encore of “Man in the Middle” and Deep Purple’s “Burn”.
There was some type of contest going on during this show where fans were allowed to bring in their video cameras, and tape the show. I am expecting a lot of this concert to turn up on youtube before long. While we didn’t videos at this show, we did take plenty of pictures. Check them out below!
Be sure to check out Black Country Communion if they come to your town, and pick up their new album “2” which is in stores now!
When Black Country Communion released their debut album last fall, they sent many rock critics into a frenzy, and much praise was received for their first effort. I was not as enamored with BCC’s debut as my peers, but I thought to myself, “Man, if these guys stick together, they could release something really special”. I just didn’t expect it to happen THIS fast.
Black Country Communion’s new CD “2”, is far better than the debut. Everything has improved on “2”. The song writing, the music, and the vocals are absolutely fantastic. Black Country Communion quickly prove they are here to rock. The album begins with the face-melting anthem, “The Outsider”. The hard-driving riffs of Joe Bonamassa paired with the amazing rhythm section of Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham is absolutely superb. Glenn Hughes vocals are at the same high level as his days with Deep Purple. To think he sing like this at age “59” is simply amazing. Hard rock music just doesn’t get BETTER than this.
“Man in the Middle” is another riff heavy rocker that does a good job at keeping the pace of the album going. It is a catchy rocker that grows on you with multiple listens. (Check out “Man in the Middle” in the video below.)
To my ears, the best song on 2 might just be “The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall”. This acoustic number not only shows off the fret work of Bonamassa, but features his vocals as well. The first time I heard this song, it brought Led Zeppelin to mind. I don’t know if Bonamassa is influenced by Jimmy Page or not, but there is definitely a Zeppelinesque feel to this amazing song.
Was Paul Rodgers a stand in on “Ordinary Son” ? This song has a Bad Company like feel to it, although it somewhat heavier than most of Bad Company’s music. Bonamassa and Hughes both share the vocal duties on this impressive tune. I can only imagine that song is an intoxicating experience live.
“Smokestack Woman” is a rockin’ number that should have been released as the first single. This is better tune overall than “Man in the Middle”, and has tons of radio potential.
I am a sucker for good bluesy rock, and Joe Bonamassa’s playing on “Little Secret” is pure blues brilliance. Bonamassa truly shines on this song.
Overall, I am extremely pleased with “2”, and feel it is a much better album than the debut. Black Country Communion shows to the world what the title “supergroup” is supposed to mean. The band has put together an amazing effort with their sophomore release, and is one of the best rock records of 2011. I highly recommend picking up “2”. You won’t be disappointed!
“2” was released in UK via Mascot Records today, and will be released on Tuesday in the US by J&R Adventures. Don’t miss this!!
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
4. Save Me
5. Smokestack Woman
7. An Ordinary Son
8. I Can See Your Spirit
9. Little Secret
Black Country Communion is:
Glenn Hughes – Vocals & Bass
Jason Bonham – Drums
Joe Bonamassa – Guitar & Vocals
Derek Sherinian – Keyboards
Black Country Communion have launched the official promo video for “Man In The Middle”. The song is taken from their forthcoming album “2”, released in the UK on Monday June 13th.
The video for “Man In The Middle” has just been posted on YouTube. View it here:
Black Country Communion is the Anglo/American rock band featuring Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards). The forthcoming album is currently #2 on both the Amazon UK and Play.com album pre-order charts.
BCC’s eponymous debut album, originally released September 2010, reached #13 in the official UK Album Chart, #1 on the UK Rock Album Chart, and #2 on the UK Independent Album Chart.
Black Country Communion will tour the UK in July 2011. Dates include Llandudno Cymru Arena (July 23), High Voltage Festival, London (July 24), Leeds o2 Academy (July 26), Newcastle o2 Academy (July 27), Glasgow o2 Academy (July 29), Manchester Academy (July 30). Ticket hotline: 0871 230 1101, www.seetickets.com and www.bccommunion.com.
Want to hear Black Country Communion’s new song, “Outsider”? Please visit this link where you can get a free MP3 download of the band’s new song!!
UK RELEASE: MONDAY 13th JUNE 2011
US RELEASE: TUESDAY 14th JUNE 2011
Black Country Communion, the Anglo-American classic rock group featuring the talents of blues rock guitarist/vocalist Joe Bonamassa, bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater), has announced the title of their much-anticipated second album. The album will be called “2” and will be released in the UK on June 13th via Mascot Records, followed by a US release on June 14th on the J&R Adventures label.
On June 9, the band will kick off a US Summer Tour in San Diego, CA. In July, BCC will embark on a European tour that will take in concerts at Llandudno Cymru Arena (Saturday 23rd July), London’s High Voltage Festival (Sunday 24th July), Leeds O2 Academy (Tuesday 26th July), Newcastle O2 Academy (Wednesday 27th July), Glasgow 02 Academy (Friday 29th July), and the Manchester Academy (Saturday 30th July).
The Summer 2011 live shows are long overdue and very highly anticipated, as the only live shows the band have performed previously was when they played two sold out concerts in Wolverhampton and London during late December 2010.
When the band performed in the heart of the Black Country at Wolverhmapton’s Civic Hall in front of a 3,000 strong crowd on Dec. 29, 2010, the Birmingham Mail newspaper described the band’s performance as “rip-roaring” and “breathtaking, while the Express & Star newspaper said, “From the moment Hughes’ thunderous bass riff introduced ‘Black Country’ it was like a torch had been lit underneath the famous old venue, the ghosts of rock Christmases past roaring into the present!”
Black Country Communion released its self-titled debut album in September 2010 to rave reviews. Mojo magazine gave the album four stars and Classic Rock magazine said it’s “Possibly, the best hard rock album of 2010.” Music Radar described it as “a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners.”
During its first week of release in the UK, the album hit the #1 spot in the Official Top 40 Rock Album Chart, and also hit #13 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart and #2 in the UK’s Official Top 40 Indie Album Chart. The album was voted #3 in Classic Rock magazine’s “Critics Album of the Year” poll, while Planet Rock radio listeners crowned BCC as the Best New Band of 2010.