In 1992, Southgang released their sophomore effort, Group Therapy. This disc was released towards the end of late 80’s and early 90’s glam metal scene. The introduction of grunge killed any chance of Southgang maintaining any level of success.
It is a real shame too, as Group Therapy is a definite step up from the band’s debut CD, Tainted Angel. The songs on this record have a harder edge, and less of that pop metal sound found on the first album.
These Georgia boys went out in style, as Group Therapy is one great, hard rocking affair. Butch Walker added a bluesier style of guitar to the songs on this record, giving the band a better, more relevant hard rock sound.
The production value on Group Therapy is quite high. This disc was produced by Howard Bensen, who also produced Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, and Bang Tango’s Psycho Cafe, and years later Chris Daughtry’s multi-platinum debut.
There truly isn’t a bad song on this record. It rocks from
beginning to end! Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Water Under the Bridge, Tug of War, and Culture Clash City.
Sadly, this is the band’s last record, and a I am guessing that a reunion is highly unlikely.
Mitch McLee, Jayce Fincher and Butch Walker went on to form the Marvelous 3 after the break up of Southgang, but are no longer together.
Group Therapy has been out of print for years. Used copies turn up from time to time at Amazon.com and Ebay, and well worth picking up. If you don’t own any records by Southgang, this is the one worth searching for.
Rating:Out of 10
1. White Trash With Cash
2. Water Under the Bridge
3. Tug of War
4. Fire in Your Body
5. Final Resting Place
6. Legend of C.C. Road
7. Culture Clash City
10. My Best Friend’s Girl
11. Ode to Peggy’s
12. Blue Bird Has Landed [The Uncut Trail Mix]
Jesse Harte – Vocals
Mitch McLee – Drums
Jayce Fincher – Bass
Butch Walker – Guitars
According to a posting on the Tokuma Communications web site, veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new album, “Metal Mad”, through the label on February 20 in Japan. Release dates for other territories have not yet been announced.Metal Mad features the following tracklist: ‘Fire Of Spirit’ (instrumental), ‘Metal Mad’, ‘High Flyer’, ‘Spellbound #9’, ‘Crimson Paradox’, ‘Black And White’, ‘Whatsoever’, ‘Call Of The Reaper’, ‘Can’t Find My Way’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Transformation’.
Through technological advancement, ‘Forever’, a race of aquatic beings living on Planet Y, has found the secret of longevity. They have advanced to the point that they have become completely dependent on machines and are losing their emotions. A passing comet on a collision course with Planet Earth provides the opportunity to revitalize their race; ‘Forever’ harness the comet to carry their DNA to a new home on Earth. When the comet and Earth collide, the cataclysmic impact exterminates the dinosaurs (the Fifth Extinction), but from the ashes of destruction, humans arise. At first, the experiment with seeded DNA seems successful: through the humans ‘Forever’ vicariously relive the emotions they experienced before the age of machines. In order to help mankind overcome their physical ailments and mental limitations, ‘Forever’ speeds up human evolution. But the result is tragic: people develop a similar technological dependency with their emotions waning just like ‘Forever’ and moral development not keeping pace with their capacity to invent. ‘Forever’ must find a way to save mankind from its imminent self-destruction… or should they?
AYREON “01011001”the brand new studio album from mastermind Arjen Lucassen feat. selected top artists of today´s rock genres.
Guest appearances by:
Tom Englund, Steve Lee, Daniel Gildenlöw, Hansi Kürsch, Floor Jansen, Anneke van Giersbergen, Jonas Renkse, Jorn Lande, Magali Luyten, Bob Catley, Ty Tabor, Simone Simons, Phideaux Xavier, Arjen Lucassen, Liselotte Hegt, Wudstik, Marjan Welman, Ed Warby, Lori Linstruth, Derek Sherinian, Tomas Bodin, Michael Romeo, Joost van den Broek.
You can view the Album Preview below!
The German metal band Accept, didn’t really start taking a foothold in the U.S. until their fifth release Balls to the Wall. A quick look through the Accept catalog, and it is amazing how many strong releases you will find.
Restless and Wild is the 4th album by Accept, and a very good one. Udo Dirkschneider’s abrasive yet powerful vocals, and the heavy guitars of Wolf Hoffman make this a metal classic worth checking out.
From the bizarre folk music intro on this disc, you almost know this record is going to jump out and bite you, and boy does it ever. This is not some watered down pop metal disc, this is heavy metal in its purest form. The first two songs on this disc, Fast as A Shark, and Restless and Wild, are my favorites. There are several strong cuts worth checking out.
The band toured with Judas Priest before this album was recorded, and without question, you can hear the influence of the guitar styling in the music. If you like Judas Priest style metal, and prefer the heavier side of rock, Restless and Wild is an excellent disc worth re-discovering.
The following video is Accept performing the track, Restless and Wild in 1985. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Fast As A Shark
2. Restless And Wild
3. Ahead Of The Pack
4. Shake Your Heads
5. Neon Nights
6. Get Ready
7. Demons Night
8. Flash Rockin’ Man
9. Don’t Go Stealing My Soul Away
10. Princess Of The Dawn
Hermann Frank Jr. – Guitars
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums
Udo Dirkschneider – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass
US Arena Rock band SILENT RAGE completed the production of their brand new studio album, their first in 5 years, entitled “Four Letter Word”. Guitarist and singer Jesse Damon comments: “I love all the new songs a lot! The vibe on this new CD is a blending of hard driving rock with big memorable choruses, just the way we like to write. The new material continues as a natural progression from our “Don’t Touch Me There” CD. We’ve always strived to uphold what the band is known for with our multi-vocals, a style of blending melodic with hard rock, and signature song writing! All these new songs have a common thread of energy, enthusiasm, and balls! It’s been 5 years since our last release and so we made sure to make it enjoyable, and to have a blast in the studio recording it! We rocked hard on this CD, and this time we asked and included some of our good friends to play on several of the new songs.Some of my favorite’s on this new CD would be the song “Man or Machine” the story of Frankenstein, with the main guitar solo and guitar fills performed by Bruce Kulick. This track is one of the heaviest songs with strong performances by everyone! I also think the title track “Four Letter Word” with it’s storyline about not to fall into love’s trap turned out very cool, and is a continuation of Don’t Touch Me There material. Some other stand out songs include “Bona Fide” a primal lust rocker, with Bobby Blotzer on drums and Gilby Clarke performing the main guitar solo and fills, also the song “Sinister Man” another ballsy rocker showing a darker melodic side to us, with a lyric suggesting “Livin’ life my own way” with very special guest backing singers”.
Silent Rage lineup on the album includes Jesse Damon on vocals & guitar, EJ Curse on vocals & bass, Mark Hawkins on vocals & guitar, and newest member Rodney Pino on vocals & drums.
Track Listing includes: “You Could Be The One”, “Four Letter Word”, “Man Or Machine”, “Feel My Love”, “Close Your Eye’s”, “Sinister Man”, “Hard Habit To Break”, “Nobody Knows (the Ballad Of Andy and Glory)” “Bona Fide”, “I’m Not Lonely”, “Trouble”.
Produced by Gilby Clarke, including a line-up of some very special guests performances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Rockstar Supernova), Dilana (Rockstar Supernova), Brian James Fox (Silent Rage) and more!
Get ready for a raw, rock explosion for melodic hard rock fans, new and old! More details and release date to be released at a later stage.
Almost from the first note, I could hear many of the band’s influences in their music, which includes the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC.
Shot In The Dark is a good dose of 80’s hard rock, with the Ramones style punk.
The strongest cuts on this record are Ride the Main Line, One Way Ticket To Love, and the Poison like ballad Here I Am.
There is a new wave of bands that are bringing back real rock to the table. Main Line Riders is a band you will certainly hear a lot more about in 2008. Shot In The Dark is a very solid debut, and is one worth checking out. I look forward to catching this band live, when they hit the road to support this record this summer.
If you give a new band a spin, try out the Main Line Riders, I think you will like them. For more info on the band, check out the Main Line Riders myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Ride the Main Line
- One Way Ticket To Love
- Throwin’ Bones to the Wolves
- Here I Am
- Speed Queen
- Pack Up Your Blues
- I Walk Alone
- Put The Hammer Down
- We Are the Ready Ones
- Shot in the Dark
Main Line Riders are:
Mike Mayhem – Lead Vocals
Cliffy – Guitars
Blackway – Guitars
PJ – Bass
Josho – Drums
I won’t hide the fact that I am a fan of Robert Mason’s vocals. I have enjoyed his work in each band I have followed him in (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love, Silent Witness) including Big Cock. He hasn’t disappointed me yet.
This CD, without question is the best Big Cock release yet. I found Motherload to be a little heavier and a bit more upbeat than the first two Big Cock discs.
The first two records had a song that I didn’t care for here or there. This is not the case with Motherload. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. Motherload rocks pretty hard all the way through. The exception is the ballad, Don’t Ask Me To Be Faithful, which is a solid tune as well.
My favorite cuts on this record are Breaking My Balls, M.I.L.F., and Built For Speed. The band wrote my theme song, with the tune Live to Rock!
The band stays true to their roots, and as a result, have created another disc, that is sure to appeal to most fans of 80’s hard rock. You can check out some of the new tunes at Big Cock’s myspace page! You may find yourself reserving a copy shortly thereafter. Motherload will hit most online stores in February.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Get a Load of Me
3. Breaking My Balls
4. Bump and Grind
5. Road To Ruin
7. Don’t Ask Me To Be Faithful
8. Live To Rock
11. Built for Speed
Big Cock is:
Robert Mason – Vocals
Dave Henzerling – Guitars and Vocals
John “DrumPulverizer.com” Covington – Drums and Percussion
Colby – Bass, Vocals
Their self titled disc disappeared about as fast as it arrived. The band had a little bit of success, as a music video was released for the song Cowgirl. The band managed to sell 150,000 copies of the CD, but disappeared before long.
Unlike many of the hair metal CD’s of the early 90’s, this one actually has a little more substance. Great vocals, and a funky upbeat vibe drive these tunes. While Cowgirl is the obvious hit, there isn’t a bad song on this disc.
I once owned a copy of this on cassette tape, but never replaced it until last year. I was shocked to find a used copy of this disc in 2007. A quick internet search, and I found that you can still grab this disc for under 10 bucks (for a used copy) through Amazon.com, and occasionally on EBay. It is way out of print, but well worth the price of admission.
Rating:Out of 10
Sons of Angels are:
Solli – vocals
Torstein – bass, backing vocals
Lars K. – keyboards
Stafan William-Olsson – guitar
Geir Digernes – drums
The Sword has completed work on its wildly-anticipated sophomore album, entitled Gods of the Earth. The follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth is set for an April 1, 2008 release via diverse NYC label Kemado Records.
Recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, Gods of the Earth instantly conveys what words can only try to describe: The Sword is not to be taken lightly. From the moment the album’s lead track “The Sundering” explodes, it is immediately apparent that the Sword has upped the ante on a sound all its own. More ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger, Gods of the Earth’s huge, mountaintop-friendly hooks, thunderous drumming and oceanic bass lines cut through the air like a scythe, while the ominous vocals of frontman J.D. Cronise weave fantastical tales rife with myth and mythology. Waves of powerful riffs and low-end thunder dominate songs such as the immediate “Maiden, Mother & Crone”, “Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians”, “Under the Boughs” and the paralyzing “The Black River”.
The final track listing for Gods of the Earth is as follows:
1.) The Sundering
2.) How Heavy This Axe
4.) Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
5.) To Take the Black
6.) Maiden, Mother & Crone
7.) Under the Boughs
8.) The Black River
9.) The White Sea
It is rare when a newer band influenced in 80’s metal puts out a release that remotely compares to their predecessors. The new release Screams from the Wild, by the UK’s Tequila Rockin Bird, sounds like a lost release from the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
While this release isn’t original by any means, it is most certainly a good slab of heavy rock. On Screams From the Wild, I can hear bits of Iron Maiden, and Ozzy era Black Sabbath fused into Tequila Rockin’ Birds’ music. I love those bands, so I was immediately captured by the tunes here.
The songs blast off with the opener Welcome to Hell and rock hard right through the closing track Trust In Your Government.
The thunderous drums of Johnny Warriner helps drive the dual axe attack of Nick Watson, and Kez Symes. The powerful, whiskey stained vocals of Rich Woods are a pleasure to take in. A band this talented have to be headed for great things. I would imagine that they won’t be unknown for too much longer. Tequila Rocking Bird will certainly be one of the leaders in the New Wave of Classic Rock that is happening today.
The band has done something rare, by offering up their record for free via download. Something that sounds this good is not usually given away for free, so go download your copy today, before the band regains their senses, and put this record out for sale. Fans of some of the newer Classic Rock bands like Priestess ought to download this asap!
Special thanks to Bill at Rock of Ages for turning me onto this band!
For more information on Tequila Rocking Bird, check out their myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Welcome To Hell
- Party Song
- Devil’s in the Detail
- Don’t Make Me Angry Again
- Dirty Mama
- Screams From the Wild
- Step Inside My Mind
- Wild Livin’
- Trust In Your Government
Tequila Rocking Bird is:
Rich Woods – Vocals
Nick Watson – Guitar
Kez Symes – Guitar
Johnny Warriner – Drums
Greg Butler – Bass
Million Dollar Reload, the five piece band, from Belfast, Ireland has released one great slab of rock with their cd, Anthems of a Degeneration.
When I hear a CD this good, I wonder if I am living on the wrong side of the pond. Why releases like this aren’t circulating in the United States to mass appeal is a crime in my opinion.
Million Dollar Reload has a sound that I would compare as a cross between Buckcherry, Guns ‘N Roses, and maybe a little bit of AC/DC. The music may be unoriginal, but when songs are this good, I could care less. A CD of this quality deserves to be in the player of every hard rock fan, regardless of what country you live in. One thing is for certain, if the band can a major record label to bite on this release, this band will be huge!
The first six songs on Anthems of a Degeneration are high energy rockers. The band doesn’t give you a chance to breathe until you get to the song, The Last Icon. This is a slower track, but should be a monster hit for this band. It is a song about rock stars passed on including AC/DC’s Bon Scott.
The pace resumes with the awesome track Tattoos and Dirty Girls and rocks all the way through the final cut, Travel. I thought the title “Travel” was a strange name for a balladesque tune, but it is another hit worthy number for the band, and a very strong note on which to close this disc.
You can buy a copy of the CD off of the Million Dollar Reload myspace page. Don’t even hesitate to pick this one up. This is a great rock CD. It should not be missed!
Rating:Out of 10
- I:Introducing The Formula For A Frantic Life
- Get It Up
- Livin’In The City
- Goodnight New York
- Give It All
- International Anthem
- The Last Icon
- Tattoos and Dirty Girls
- Dead Like You (Freeloader)
- Fire Your Guns
- Cold Hard Day
- You Can’t Stop Me From Flying
II: Dreams and Heroes
III. Claws of Babylon
IV. Blues For the Soul
Million Dollar Reload is:
Phil Conalane – Vocals
Andy Mack – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Kie McMurray – Bass/Vocals
Davy Cassa – Drums/Vocals
B.A.M. – Guitar/Vocals
Chicago, IL based rockers THE DOGS DIVINE has signed with CHAVIS RECORDS for their debut release ‘Way Of Life‘. Paul Crosby (of SALIVA) was selected to produce the album and what has been delivered is 10 tracks of energetic, soul shaking, whiskey fueled thunderous rock n’ roll.
THE DOGS DIVINE features Tom Hart(v), Trent Anderson(d), Johnny Harley(g), Tommy Montgomery(g), and James Dean(b).THE DOGS DIVINE blend the old with the new and turn it up loud to deliver a non-stop macabre rollercoster ride as seen through the eyes of five rock and rollers who live it everyday.
The DOGS have already hit the road in support of ‘Way Of Life”Way Of Life’ will be available exclusively through digital download via iTunes and Rhapsody with additional digital outlets to follow and the physical drop of the CD in April. BCD Music Group will handle national distribution. Tour dates announced here. Lane Productions handles booking. while the album is being mixed and mastered. Initially,
Pick up the latest issue of Metal Edge. THE DOGS DIVINE are in this month’s issue with the track MY OLD FRIENDS featured on the very first Metal Edge Compilation CD.
One of the better metal discs of 2007, is Steve Grimmett’s Personal Crisis.
This is a release that has a sound that is deeply rooted in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. For me, this is a very good thing, as I enjoy most of the bands that came out of the NWOBHM era. I have always enjoyed Steve Grimmett’s voice in Grim Reaper, but I wasn’t sure what to expect with his solo disc.
I have always classified Steve Grimmett as a Rob Halford type of singer. His voice has matured, and has maybe deepened a little bit since the Grim Reaper days. The high pitched screams are gone, but I am completely ok with that. His voice is more relevant with today’s metal releases than ever before.
80’s metal fans looking for a disc with ultra sharp guitar playing, and killer vocals, need not look any further. Ian Nash’s playing on this record will win you over immediately. There is plenty of guitar noodling for you to feast your ears on.
Personal Crisis has a few surprises in store for you. Joanna Ruiz sings on the track Enemy, along with Grimmett. This is an extremely strong track, and Ruiz’s voice really adds a new element to this song.
Steve Grimmett covers his old band’s tune (Grim Reaper) with the tune, Wrath of the Ripper. This song will have you scurrying to pull out your copy of See You In Hell, to compare it to the original. I love this version of the tune.
Personal Crisis is a record that no metalhead should be without! Finding this disc in the United States may present quite the challenge for you. I recommend picking up a copy from Impulse Music at this location. You can preview some of the songs at the Steve Grimmett myspace page. Take the time to check them out! You will be glad you did!
2. Wait For Ever
10. Wrath Of The Ripper (Grim Reaper cover)
Steve Grimmett Band is:
Steve Grimmett – Vocals
Ian Nash – Guitar
Rich Walker – Bass
Pete Newdeck – Drums/ Background Vocals
Every time I think about the last Bon Jovi release, Lost Highway, I shudder to think how far Bon Jovi has fallen away from their rock roots. I decided to drag out my copy of 7800° Farenheit to rediscover the music, that Bon Jovi used to be about.
7800° Farenheit is the sophomore effort by Bon Jovi. One look at the picture on the back of the CD, and you see that they were heavily rooted in the 80’s glam metal at the time. The music is hard rock with a melodic edge due to the keyboards by David Bryan. The keyboards on this record are almost over bearing. Richie Sambora is a solid guitarist, and he isn’t given enough chances to shine on this record. The record isn’t a total loss though.
The song In and Out of Love, always brings back happy memories. This is one of Bon Jovi’s harder songs that they have recorded, and certainly one of my favorite tunes by the band.
There are certainly some forgettable tunes on this disc. I haven’t listened to Price of Love, King of the Hill and Hardest Part is the Night in a long time. All of these songs are somewhat forgettable.
This album does have its share of solid cuts though, and In And Out of Love, Only Lonely, Silent Night and Tokyo Road, are by far the best ones.
Although I like several of the songs on 7800° Farenheit, I can not deny that some of tunes here sound somewhat dated. They don’t stand up as well as some of stuff on the later Bon Jovi releases.
This record does offer listeners at interesting look at mid 80s’s glam. Although it may not stand up to the band’s classic release, Slippery When Wet, it does have some solid cuts worth checking out.
There were a couple of videos released in support of this record, you can check them out below.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In And Out Of Love
2. The Price Of Love
3. Only Lonely
4. King Of The Mountain
5. Silent Night
6. Tokyo Road
7. The Hardest Part Is The Night
8. Always Run To You
9. To The Fire
10. Secret Dreams
Bon Jovi is:
Jon Bon Jovi – Lead & Backing Vocals
Richie Sambora – Guitars & Backing Vocals
David Bryan – Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Alec John Such – Bass & Backing Vocals
Tico Torres- Drums, & Backing Vocals
The band was forced to change their name, using the spelling that it is today. The Kelly Hansen led, Hurricane, must have had rights to all things related to the name back in the 90’s.
I always thought the name change and spelling was kind of stupid. Funny enough, when I pop the CD in my player, the name comes up as Herricane Alice. Even Atlantic Records couldn’t get their name right. The name of the album, “Tear the House Down” also seemed to be a poor choice as well. Several bands in the 80’s and early 90’s had a song with the same name. It is a very cliched title.
Luckily, the music here is better than the name. Singer Bruce Nauman has a vocal style that falls somewhere between KISS’ Paul Stanley and Marq Torien from the Bulletboys. The music wasn’t breaking any new ground. It is fairly typical 80’s pop metal, but it is still very solid.
Tear the House Down is one of the many overlooked records of the 90’s pop metal era. Some of my favorite cuts, are Wild Young and Crazy, Dream Girl and Need a Lover.
There is good news for those of you seeking out a copy of the Hericane Alice CD from 1990. The folks at Wounded Bird Records are putting out a reissue of this CD in February. If you didn’t grab a copy of the original disc from Atlantic Records. You will soon be able to pick a copy of this disc without paying extortion rates on Ebay.
All of you new hair metal fans who never had the opportunity to get this disc, out to pick this up when it comes out.
You can preview some of the songs below at the Hericane Alice myspace page. This band has resurfaced at The Alice in 2007. We may not have seen the last of this group yet.
Rating: Out of 10
Hericane Alice is:
Bruce Naumann – vocals
Ian Mayo – bass guitar
Danny Gill – guitars
Jackie Ramos – drums
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all the details surrounding the highly anticipated come back studio album from WHITE LION entitled “Return of The Pride”.All the trademarks of the White Lion classic sound can be found again in the new album which offers a musical variety that covers the entire musical spectrum the band is well know for. “Return Of The Pride” kicks off with “Sangre de Cristo”, a thunderous epic that ventures into lyrical and musical territories best heard, than described. “Battle At Little Big Horn” is the album’s other soaring epic, a musical re-enactment of one of Native America’s most significant historical event’s: Custer’s Last Stand. Hook laden rockers such as “Dream”, “Live Your Life” and “Finally See The Light” maintain a positive musical and lyrical vibe throughout the album, whereas “Gonna Do It My Way” and “Let Me Be Me” are the modern day “Living On The Edge” songs of rebellion.
“Return of The Pride” will include the following songs:
Sangre de Cristo; Dream; Live Your Life; Set Me Free; I Will; Battle at Little Big Horn; Never Let You Go; Gonna Do It My Way; Finally See The Light; Let Me Be Me; Take Me Home (European Bonus Track).
Click on the highlighted songs to preview the new tracks!
The album was produced by singer Mike Tramp and bassist Claus Langeskov and recorded during 2007 in both Australia and Copenhagen, Denmark, in between touring commitments.
White Lion is set to appear live in the summer 2008 with the plan to storm the European audiences. Get ready for the “Return of the Pride” to be released on Frontiers Records on March 14 with a release in Japan scheduled on King Records.
If the three tracks on the Human Animal EP is any indication of the kind of tunes that Odin has in store for us in 2008, sign me up now.
Jeff Duncan’s guitar work on this record is very similar to his heavy licks on the Armored Saint records on which he appeared.
Randy “O” has a one of a kind, earth-shattering scream that is extremely cool.
As a whole, Odin has a heavy sound that falls somewhere between Dokken and DIO. It is a great metal sound that I can really get into. My only problem with this EP, like so many of them is, it is too short. The three songs on this disc, only left me wanting to hear more.
Once this CD starts to circulate, fans will be demanding more Odin, without a doubt.
You can get your own copy of this EP through Odin’s website.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Human Animal
3. Let The Show Begin
Randy “O” -Vocals
Shawn Duncan – Drums
Jeff Duncan – Guitar
Aaron Samson – Bass
THE BLACK CROWES RELEASE FIRST NEW ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS, ‘WARPAINT,’ ON MARCH 4
BAND TO PERFORM NEW ALBUM ‘WARPAINT’ IN ITS ENTIRETY ON SPECIAL “ONE NIGHT ONLY” SWING
HEADLINE SHOW SET FOR MARCH 15 AT SXSW IN AUSTIN
BAND TO HEAD OVERSEAS FOR TOUR LAUNCHING MARCH 24 INCLUDING DATES IN AUSTRALIA,
NEW ZEALAND, ENGLAND AND HOLLAND
For the first time in their 18-year career, THE BLACK CROWES will perform an album of theirs in its entirety. On a special run of “One Night Only” shows beginning March 2 and wrapping March 20, fans will experience WARPAINT–the
group’s first album of all new studio material in seven years, due out March 4 — in its entirety onstage, after which the band will perform songs from their catalog and selected surprises.
A listing of these seven one-time-only tour dates is below, with the on-sale info. In the midst of this trek, the band will headline Stubbs March 15 at SXSW in Austin.
THE BLACK CROWES launch their overseas tour March 24 when they headline the East Coast Blues & Roots Festival in Australia. They’ll continue their Down Under trek–their first since 1991–through April 5, and conclude with exclusive
performances in London, UK at Brixton Academy April 9 and The Amsterdam Music Hall April 11. A major market multiple night U.S. tour will begin in May, with cities and venues to be announced in the near future.
WARPAINT marks the recording debut of two new band members–second guitarist Luther Dickerson, formerly of North Mississippi Allstars, and keyboardist Adam MacDougall who join CHRIS and RICH and drummer Steve Gorman and bassist Sven Pipien. The album which is being independently released on the band’s own newly-formed Silver Arrow Records, distributed through Megaforce/Sony Red BMG builds compellingly on the band’s trademark adventurous brew of rock,blues, country, soul and gospel.
Produced and mixed by Paul Stacey at Allaire Studios, Woodstock, NY, the album features 11 songs, all of which were written by CHRIS and RICH ROBINSON, except “God’s Got It” by the Reverend Charlie Jackson. “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” is set as the album’s first single and video; the song will arrive at radio on Monday, January 7. You can view the new video at this location.
THE BLACK CROWES have sold over 20 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts. They have been called “The Most Rock n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In the World” and a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band”; their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations. Catch up with the band at www.blackcrowes.com
ONE NIGHT ONLY SHOWS PERFORMING ENTIRE NEW ALBUM
DATE VENUE CITY / ON SALE
Sun 3/2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom – 1/18 @ Noon EST
Tue 3/4 New York, NY The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza – 1/18 @ Noon EST
Wed 3/5 Boston, MA Somerville Theatre – 1/18 @ Noon EST
Fri 3/7 Chicago, IL Park West – 1/19 @ 10AM CST
Sun 3/9 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle – 1/18 @ 10AM EST
Sat 3/15 Austin, TX SXSW @ Stubb’s BBQ (not part of the “One Night
Wed 3/19 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore – 1/20 @ 10AM PST
Thu 3/20 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon – 1/18 @ Noon PST
Mon 3/24 Byron Bay, Australia East Coast Blues & Roots Festival
Wed 3/26 Perth, Australia Challenge Stadium
Fri 3/28 Adelaide, Australia The Barton Theatre
Sat 3/29 Melbourne, Australia Palais Theatre
Sun 3/30 Sydney, Australia Hordern Pavilion
Tue 4/1 Wollongong, Australia Win Entertainment Centre
Wed 4/2 Canberra, Australia Royal Theatre
Thu 4/3 New Castle, Australia Civic Theatre
Sat 4/5 Auckland, New Zealand Logan Campbell Centre
LONDON AND AMSTERDAM
Wed 4/9 London, England Brixton Academy
Fri 4/11 Amsterdam, Holland Amsterdam Music Hall
This CD blends the styles of several bands that I enjoy including Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bad Company and more.
If you know the band Fair Warning, you are already familiar with Tommy Heart’s vocals. I prefer his work in Soul Doctor. This is killer stuff.
It has been quite a while since I have heard a CD, where I have enjoyed ever song, and the new Soul Doctor disc delivers all the way through. With this disc, you get great singing, smoking guitar work, and songs that rock hard.
My digipak version of this disc included a bonus track called Let’s Zep, which is a nice medley of Led Zeppelin tunes stretched over 9 minutes. This was an extremely cool way to close out this disc.
My only complaint is that I didn’t get to hear this disc in 2007. If I had, it would have easily cracked my top 10 list.
Do not miss out on, one of the better discs of 2007. You can check out Soul Doctor at the band’s website Souldoctorrocks.com .
Rating: Out of 10
Soul Doctor is:
Tommy Heart – Vocals
Chris Lyne – Guitars
Jogy Rautenberg – Bass
Michael Wolpers – Drums
The latest bit of glam metal comes from Knyght, a young five piece band from Italy.
Destination Unknown is the band’s five track demo. Judging from the tracks here, Knyght is a band with potential, but could use a good producer to help them tighten up their sound.
Tommaso Forni’s vocals kind of reminds me of a young Vince Neil. The music on this disc is solid enough, but the mixing seems to be all over the place. Stop Me is a fairly catchy tune, but the keyboards are mixed way to high on this tune.
The title track, Destination Unknown is another tune that has a lot of potential. The guitar work on this tune, was mixed way too low, and is drowned out by the keyboards.
I have no problem with the keyboards on the songs here, but they are mixed too high above the guitar playing, and that should be the band’s focal point.
Knyght is a band that has a lot of potential. They need to continue to work on crafting their sound. With the help of a producer and some one with a little more mixing experience, they could have a lot to offer to the glam metal fans around the world.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Stop Me
3. The Believer
4. I’ll Live In Your Shadow
5. Destination Unknown
Tommaso Forni – Vocals
Oliviero Forni – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Dario Stagnitto – Bass and Backing Vocals
Fracesco “The Doctor” – Keyboards
Paolo Montinaro – Drums
This band has a modern, hard rock sound that is primed for radio play. Blind Army has a sound that reminds me of a cross of several different post grunge rock bands including Fuel, Candlebox, and Seven Mary Three.
My problem with this disc is that the tunes don’t really stand out. There are a couple of songs that I like quite a bit (That’s It, and Dictate). Both songs I can hear getting massive amounts of radio play. The problem is, if I were to hear this on the radio, I would likely get the tunes confused with another group from the 90’s era of rock. I am sure that the same can be said for many bands, from just about every decade of rock, so this should not surprise me. I just didn’t find any tracks that made Blind Army stand out very much. It isn’t a bad disc by any means, it just isn’t very original. The music is solid, and Pete Fooks vocals are pretty good.
If you are a fan of any of the band’s I mentioned above, you are going to enjoy this disc quite a bit. You can check out some of the tracks at CD Baby.com!
For more information on Blind Army, check out the band’s myspace page!
- Dead Ringer
- That’s It
- What I Need
- Not Like You
- A Better You
- The Tip
- Population Control
Blind Army is:
Pete Fooks – vocals
Warren Bauman- Bass
Robin Hill – Guitar
Leo Vandenbrun – Drums
Nashville, Tennessee’s Naked Beggars are ringing in the new year, by releasing their new CD, XXX. Naked Beggars is the band featuring, Cinderella’s Eric Brittingham and his wife Inga.
Judging from the tunes, that I previewed at the Naked Beggars’ myspace page, this looks to be a very solid release!
The track listing for XXX is the following:
01. Never Runaway
02. Can’t Breathe
04. Oh Daddy
05. Pretty Boy
06. Go Where You’re Wanted
07. 3 Shot Floor
09. Get Down
10. What Have I Done Now
11. Still Alive
12. The One
You can pick up a copy of this CD from the Naked Beggars’s website!
2007 has been a very strong year for rock, and it was quite difficult narrowing down the list down to a top 10. Even 15 picks didn’t seem like enough, but finally some discs rose above all others.
There are many discs that didn’t make the top 15, but there are several released in 2007 that are worth checking out.
The following discs get Honorable Mentions:
- Hanoi Rocks – Street Poetry
- Grand Lux – Carved In Stone
- Sin City – This Ain’t Heaven……..Welcome to Hell
- JORN – The Gathering, and Unlocking the Past
- The Erotics – 30 Seconds Over You
- Bo Bice – See the Light
- The Gypsy Pistoleros – Wild, Beautiful, Damned
- Hardcore Superstar – Dreamin’ In Casket
- Crash Anthem – Inside A Red Room
- Redline – Ignition
- The Order – Metal Casino
- Burn – Global Warning
- Iced Earth – Framing Armageddon
- The Donnas – Bitchin’
- Tattooed Millionaires – Armed & Hammered
- Mustasch – Latest Version of the Truth
- Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers
- Allen/Lande – The Revenge
- American Angel – Vanity
- Rush – Snakes & Arrows
- Koritni – Lady Luck
- Dirty Penny – Take it Sleezy
- Hell N Diesel – Passion For Power
- Pink Cream 69 – In10sity
- Gotthard – Domino Effect
The following are Hard Rock Hideout’s Top 15 list for 2007:
15. Tesla – Real to Reel
What’s this? A cover album in the Top 15? Yes, indeed. Usually, I am not fond of cover albums, Tesla’s Real to Reel has received a crazy amount of spins from me in 2007. When I am able to listen to music at work, this is an easy choice for me to pick. Even though it is a cover album, it is a very strong one. Tesla fans already own this, everyone else should too.
14. Saxon – The Inner Sanctum
31 years later, and UK metal band Saxon is still delivering the goods. I must admit that I didn’t expect a lot from this release when I first put it in my player. I can happily say that The Inner Sanctum is as solid as any rock disc you will hear all year.
13. The Answer – Rise (Special Edition)
Ok, this pick may be cheating a little, but it deserves to be mentioned here. The Answer re-released their debut album as a 2 CD set in 2007. (The original was released in 2006). The second CD was a nice bonus, and is still in my active rotation. This CD still hasn’t received a proper U.S. release yet, and is well worth the import price. An amazing band with a great classic rock sound. They are making new fans in every city they visit.
12. The Showdown – Temptation Come My Way
Tennessee’s The Showdown shed most of their hardcore sound from their debut record, to release a hard rock/metal disc that continues to get regular spins from me. Being picked to play on Ozzfest, the band seemed to have a big year in store for them in 2007, but this disc never took off. It is a shame, as it is a very solid release.
11. Crazy Lixx – Loud Minority
The new CD by Crazy Lixx, is one of the top glam metal discs of 2007. The band is out to bring back 80’s style rock, and they a fine job of it. Hair metal fans will love it.
10. Ugly – S/T
I discovered this band late in 2007, and was quite glad I did so. This is straight forward rock, and a CD that I enjoy regularly. Everyone needs a dose of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. Ugly delivers it well! Guitarist Kevin McCreery will surprise you with his playing on this disc.
9. Operator – Soulcrusher
Operator’s Soulcrusher was a nice surprise in 2007. Johnny Strong’s vocal style is quite similar to ex-Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell. First time I heard the title track Soulcrusher, I thought this was new Soundgarden music. Cool stuff!
8. W.A.S.P. – Dominator
Dominator still hasn’t received proper release in the United States yet. It is sad, because many rock fans are missing out on another solid effort by Blackie Lawless and company. This is worth importing if you are a W.A.S.P fan.
7. Thunderstone – Evolution 4.0
Before 2007, I haven’t heard of Thunderstone before. Evolution 4.0 is the first record that I picked up by this Finnish metal band. I have played Evolution 4.0 a ton in 2007. This is killer progressive, hard rock!
6. Endeverafter – Kiss or Kill
80’s style hard rockl never sounded so good in 2007. This young band flat out rocks. This disc took forever to come out, and it was definitely worth the wait. I expect big things to happen for this band in 2008.
5. Megadeth – United Abominations
Megadeth is a band that rarely disappoints me. I have been spinning United Abominations regularly for several months now, and although I don’t think this record lives up to all of the hype it received, it is a very solid release.
4. Airbourne – Running Wild
This CD has only been available as an import in the U.S. in 2007, but will finally get its proper release via Road Runner in 2008. This AC/DC inspired rock by these Aussie rockers is a must own release. Another band that is going to be one to watch in 2008.
I thought this record was much better than the debut release. I give this one regular spins, and will continue to do so for quite some time. Myles Kennedy gives a top notch vocal performance here! Blackbird has made me a new fan of Alter Bridge!
2. Sebastian Bach – Angel Down
A great return by Sebastian Bach. Fans of Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind needs to pick this disc up now! One of the best new metal discs of 2007.
1. Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1
The CD Unbreakable was a great return to form the the Scorpions. Humanity Hour 1, surpasses that record, and is one of the top releases by the Scorpions. This disc received the most play by me in 2007, and easily deserves the # 1 spot, as best hard rock record of 2007. Hopefully the Scorpions will do some touring in the United States in 2008 in support of this record.
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If you are out taking advantage of the holiday clearance sales today, you ought to stop by your local mall and pick up a copy of the new Shockwave CD Single by Black Tide.
The two songs on this CD are excellent pieces of 80’s style metal.
It is hard to believe that a band full of teenagers can produce songs this good. After spinning this one a couple of times, I am quite anxious for the band’s debut CD, that is due in February.
The CD single is only available in Hot Topic stores. The songs on this CD are worth the trip, if you happen to find yourself in a mall this week.
You can hear the song Shockwave, on Black Tide’s myspace page or watch the video for the song below!
- Warriors of Time
Black Tide is:
Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar- Gabriel
Lead/Rhythm Guitar- Alex
It is Christmas Eve day, and I prefer to think of some place warm, on this day before Christmas. I can’t think of a better warm place than Australia, and judging from the EP’s I have listened to by Sydney’s Hell City Glamours, they are about to heat up the music scene in a big way.
This band has had a big year in 2007, supporting acts like Alice Cooper, Rose Tattoo and Paul Stanley.
Unlike a few of the other acts coming out of Australia, Hell City Glamours is no AC/DC clone, but I can certainly hear a little bit of that band’s influence on the tunes here.
The Hey Man EP is a cross of hard rocking tunes with a punk rock vibe. It is a sound that works, and does not feel a carbon copy of other bands that I have listened to.
The song Hey Man is instantly catchy, and will have you singing along on the very first listen. It is the simplicity of the lyrics that works for this song.
Another Cigarette has all of the swagger of a Guns ‘N Roses tune while maintaining a punk edge. This is cool stuff!
No Love has a bluesy edge, and is the hardest tune on this disc. I enjoyed the guitars on this song, although it isn’t my favorite tune on Hey Man.
Pretty Far From Perfect is a great tune flavored with acoustic guitars. It is an upbeat rock song that has a Violent Femmes type of style about it. I Love it!
Based on what I can hear on this disc, Hell City Glamours are going to be the next band to break out of Australia, and make it big. Hey Man has some cool tunes, and I am looking forward to the band’s first full length disc, to be released in 2008.
Hell City Glamours are:
Oscar McBlack – Vocals & Guitar
Mo Mayhem – Guitar and Background Vocals
Jono – Bass and Background Vocals
Robbie Potts – Drums and Background Vocals
This disc starts off with the blistering hot tune, White Trash, Hot Love. This is the way you start off of a record!
On the Rocks surprised me. This song has all the dynamics of a Rolling Stones‘ tune. Funky guitars and excellent piano drive this cool rocker.
My Hearts A Breakin is a punk rock/hard rock fusion. It has the jangly guitars and high speed rhythm of punk, and the guitar solos of hard rock. It is an interesting tune, but not essential.
Broke Down is one of the harder tunes on Broken Glass. This tune feels like more garage punk. The background vocals actually take away from the sound on this tune. The guitar work is quite solid. This is a song that could have a lot of potential if it was reworked a little bit.
Broken Glass, Beatless Hearts isn’t quite as strong as the Hey Man EP, but I still like the tunes here. It is easy to see that the Hell City Glamours sound is growing with each new release. When the band breaks out of the punk rock mold, they really start to shine. It is the harder edge sound that will take them places.
Broken Glass, Beatless Hearts is a solid effort, and has whet my appetite to hear more tunes by these Aussie rockers.
You can check out the band’s video for White Trash, Hot Love below!
Rating:Out 0f 10
- White Trash, Hot Love
- On The Rocks
- My Hearts A Breakin
- Broke Down
Hell City Glamours are:
Oscar McBlack – Guitars – Vocals
Robbie Potts – Drums – Background Vocals
Mo Mayhem – Guitar – Background Vocals
Archi Fires – Bass – Background Vocals
CBS tabbed Beau Nasty as their act. This band seemed to be doomed for failure as quickly as they began.
They had a big name producer for their debut with Beau Hill (RATT, Winger).
Dirty, But Well Dressed has solid tunes, and a cool cover of the Lieber and Stoller track Love Potion # 9. The problem was, nothing really made Beau Nasty stand out amongst the crowd of new bands that the labels were signing. This has to be one of the reasons that led to the band’s quick demise.
Beau Nasty member, George Bernhardt is now playing with Rick Springfield, and Mike Terrana is bashing the skins for Masterplan.
The CD Dirty, But Well Dressed will appeal to hair metal fans, but very few others. I thought it was a fun disc, and is one that I return to from time to time, even if it is only to go back and check out a few of the more obsure bands in my collection. This disc has been out of print for a while, and is becoming more rare than hens teeth. If you want a copy of it, I would recommend grabbing one off of Ebay, as the prices have been getting out of control on this one.
You can hear more of the tunes at a fan made Beau Nasty, myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
Beau Nasty is:
Mark Anthony Fretz – vocals
Brian Young – guitar
George Bernhardt – guitar
Doug Baker – bass
Mike Terrana – drums
I can’t vouch for the band’s first CD, but if it is half as good as the new self title disc, then I may have to seek that one out as well.
Onesidezero has a sound that fuses modern rock, with a hint of 80’s metal. It is a sound that works, and I am impressed by the tunes I have listened to here.
I can’t place my finger on it, but if I had to compare Onesidezero’s sound to another band’s tunes, I might say Tool, however, Onesidezero’s songs are much more mainstream sounding than that.
I tend to prefer the harder numbers on this disc, and the songs My Confessions, Sleep, and Stay are all highly enjoyable tunes. I tend to lose interest on far too many of the tunes here. The guitar work gets my attention at times, but I was expecting something with a little more teeth. Quite a few of the tunes here, sound too repitious, and I begin to lose interest.
I have mixed feelings about this disc. This album is neither amazing or terrible. It may appeal to more of the alternative rock fans, than the hard rock folks. The harder numbers are pretty good, but the rest of the tunes just didn’t appeal to me. If you like what you seen in the video, “Sleep” below, stop by the band’s myspace page, and give some of their tunes a whirl, and see what you think.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Carry Your Gun
3. Whatever Happened To…
5. My Confessions
9. Who Will Stop the Rain?
10. Safely Forgotten
11. Cardboard Cutouts
12. Carry Us Away
Jasan Radford – Vocals, Guitar
Christian Hernandez – Bass
Rob Basile – Drums
Levon Sultanian – Guitars, Vocals