Theatre of Shadows has been out since 2006, but Chavis Records took a chance a putting this out in the U.S. Market, and I am thankful they did.
Usually, I am not too fond, of metal acts fronted by a female singer. There are a few exceptions to that rule, and Shadowside is one of them. Dani Nolden has an extremely cool, raw voice that is well suited to Shadowside’s style of metal. In fact, her voice is quite unlike anything I have heard before.
At times Theatre of Shadows trades off between Heavy and Power Metal. Some songs have keyboards for an extra melodic layer to the music. The keyboards don’t over power the music, and they are not present through the whole album. There are plenty of double bass drumming throughout this record that will be a catalyst for a massive amount of head banging.
As a whole, I thought Theatre of Shadows was a pretty solid metal album, and a pretty nice introduction to U.S. fans who have not heard them before. Metal fans will certainly want to check the band out when they take the stage at Rocklahoma on Sunday Afternoon, July 13th, 2008.
The Chavis Records version of Theatre of Shadows has a cool cover of the DIO tune, Rainbow in the Dark, as a bonus track. You preview songs off of Theater of Shadows at Shadowside’s myspace page here. Go check them out, they might surprise you!
1. Enter The Shadowside
2. Vampire Hunter
4. We Want A Miracle
6. Queen Of The Sky
7. Believe In Yourself
9. Kingdom Of Life
10. Red Storm
11. Shadow Dance Theatre of Shadows Act I
12. Here To Stay Theatre of Shadows Act II
13. Rainbow In The Dark
Dani Nolden – Vocals
Raphael Mattos – Guitar
Fenando Peto – Bass
Fabio Buituidas – Drums
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details about the sensational new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, brainchild of ex STRATOVARIUS main man Timo Tolkki.
“Everything that was to be said with that band, with those members, had already been said and to continue would have simply been repeating the same formula over and over again”, says Tolkki about this much talked split. Furthermore, tensions between the members brought Tolkki’s decision to form a brand new band REVOLUTION RENAISSANCE, which is the logical progression of the Stratovarius legacy.
The first record from the new band, aptly entitled “New Era“, includes the vocal talents of Michael Kiske (ex HELLOWEEN), Tobias Sammet (EDGUY, AVANTASIA) and Pasi Rantanen (THUNDERSTONE) plus Mirka Rantanen on drums (THUNDERSTONE), Pasi Heikkilä on bass (45 DEGREE WOMAN) and Joonas Puolakka on keyboards.
Tolkki originally composed all the songs included in this album for Stratovarius, but after the group broke up, he thought he needed to get these songs out and did not spend time looking for a permanent band line-up. He is currently still auditioning singers and musicians and, as soon as a stable line-up is set in stone, Revolution Renaissance will start its life as a live unit.
“New Era” pays tribute musically to the trademark Stratovarius albums “Visions” and “Episode”, with its Melodic Power Metal style that Tolkki was instrumental in creating, along with such bands as Helloween and Gamma Ray. His trademark guitar playing that earned him a position in “The 80 best guitar players of the World” category in the American “Guitar World” magazine readers poll, shines throughout the album.
Tracklisting of “New Era” includes:
Heroes (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); I Did It My Way (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); We Are Magic (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Angel (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Eden Is Burning (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Glorious And Divine (lead vocals: Tobias Sammet); Born Upon The Cross (lead vocals: Pasi Rantanen); Keep The Flame Alive (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Last Night On Earth (lead vocals: Michael Kiske); Revolution Renaissance (lead vocals: Michael Kiske).
Witness the rebirth of Timo Tolkki and his music the way the fans want to hear him on June 6th !
A new MÖTLEY CRÜE song, entitled “Saints of Los Angeles”, is being streamed exclusively at Spinner.com. The song is expected to be the first single off the band’s ninth album, “The Dirt”, which is tentatively due on July 8. The single will arrive at radio stations in early May.
Several registered members of MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s official message board previously commented on a 28-second leak of “Saints of Los Angeles”, with one fan describing the track as “definitely that elusive cross between ‘Shout at the Devil’ and ‘Dr. Feelgood’ we always heard about.” Another board user writes, “[it] reminds be a bit of the ‘Sick Love Song’ [a track that was included on MÖTLEY CRÜE's two-CD 'greatest hits' collection, 'Red, White & Crüe' in 2005] style of material, but has a ‘Wildside’ vibe. I’m glad to see the CRÜE go back to a classic/heavy sound while not sounding like ‘New Tattoo’ . This is the style they should stay in.”
“The Dirt” is based on the band’s 2001 memoir of the same name and will be its first all-new studio effort since 2000’s “New Tattoo”. 1997’s “Generation Swine” was the last to feature the group’s original lineup, which reunited for a successful world tour in 2005.
Although it was reported last fall that drummer Tommy Lee had again quit the CRÜE over legal issues, he and the group have reconciled.
Bassist Nikki Sixx wrote in a recent online update, “10 songs done for the new CRÜE album so far, I’m very proud of the songs. I think we’re onto some of the better songs we’ve had in years…Time will tell, of course. A couple of song titles on the CRÜE album are called ‘A Scar On Hollywood Boulevard’ and ‘The Saints Of Los Angeles’… The chemistry in the studio as we’re writing is unbelievable.”
The CRÜE recently denied a post at Robin Leach‘s Las Vegas gossip blog which suggested that the band had signed a three-album, three-tour deal with Live Nation for $100 million. Although the source of the rumor was reportedly singer Vince Neil, bassist Nikki Sixx said in a statement, “MÖTLEY CRÜE has not signed any deals to tour or record whatsoever. Any information to the contrary is 100 percent incorrect.”
The management company that represents MÖTLEY CRÜE told BLABBERMOUTH.NET that rumors about the band headlining a festival-type tour called “Cruefest” are “blatantly false and completely unfounded,” although the company, 10th Street Entertainment, did admit that the band’s press conference scheduled for April 15 in Los Angeles will involve at least “a few” of more than two dozen acts. Rumors began circulating about a so-called “Cruefest” after the CRÜE revealed that it will make a “colossal announcement” on April 15, with other 10th Street bands like BUCKCHERRY, DROWNING POOL and PAPA ROACH reportedly on board.
A “video teaser” for the press conference and contest — which appears to contain images of MÖTLEY CRÜE, BUCKCHERRY, PAPA ROACH and SIXX: A.M. — can be viewed at this location (Quicktime required).
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.
Four hard rocking bands took the stage Tuesday night at Lexington, Kentucky’s, Club A1A.
Uncle Aleister’s Rock ‘N Roll Revival was the first act to take the stage. I didn’t know much about this band, but I expected this to be a cover band. Much to my surprise, and to my liking, the band played all original material. The ages were obviously quite varied in this 4 piece band, but did a pretty good job warming up the small crowd that arrived at the club early.
Atlanta, Georgia’s Stonerider was up next. I recently reviewed this band’s CD, Three Legs of Trouble (Review can be found in the TOP 10, on the HRH Sidebar), and was pretty familiar with their music. I have been spinning this disc a lot as of late, and have really been enjoying their music. I haven’t heard any feedback about the band, so I was not sure what to expect by their live show.
Their set included the tunes, Rush Hour, Baby, Back From the Dead, Bad Lovin Never Felt So Good, Juice Man, and Wild Child. They were pretty good live, although their set was a little too short in my opinion. I would like to catch these guys playing live again.
Bad Loving Never Felt So Good
Endeverafter took the stage around 10 P.M. I was anxious to see this band. I was already quite familiar with the playing of Endeverafter’s Michael Grant. I have heard nothing but good things about these guys from the people who were lucky enough to catch them on the 2006 Poison and Cinderella Tour.
The band played quite a few songs off of their new CD, Kiss or Kill, including, Tip of My Tongue, All Night, Road to Destruction, Next Best Thing, Baby Baby Baby, and I Wanna Be Your Man.
I had high expectations for Endeverafter, and they exceeded them. They were very good live. With a bunch of good songs at their disposal, Endeverafter could really take off, if radio will give them a chance and play a couple of their songs.
I honestly thought Endeverafter was going to be hard act to follow, as good as they played. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Tip of My Tongue
I Wanna Be Your Man and Baby, Baby, Baby
Airbourne took the stage around 11 P.M. or so. They were introduced by WKQQ’s Dead Air Dennis and Monkey Boy. Monkey Boy had a small jab at Airbourne comparing them to AC/DC. I guess this was his attempt to be funny. Nonetheless, say what you will about this Airbourne’s obvious influences, they rock as hard as the bands that inspired them.
I have seen hundreds of live shows, and I don’t recall very many shows, where a band put on a more energetic show than the one Airbourne did Tuesday night. 48 hours later, and I am still blown away by the live show that I saw.
Joel O’Keeffe is an amazing front man. He knows how to get the crowd fired up, and does a good job keeping them there. Bassist Justin Street is going to need a neck brace from his constant head banging, hair spinning bass licks. David Roads does a pretty good job keeping up with Joel O’Keeffe note for note. They way these guys run around stage during a set, they must be exhausted from all of the energy they put out. Airbourne’s set included the songs, Stand Up For Rock N’ Roll, Diamond In The Rough, What’s Eatin You, Cheap Wine, Blackjack, Girls in Black, Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast, Runnin’ Wild and Hellfire.
On a negative note, this was a low dough show. For a mere $10.00, you got to see four great bands, and at maximum their was only 100 people in attendance. Lexington, KY is a big college town (UK), so I would expect that a great rock show would like this would attract more people. This club should have been packed. Sadly, it was not.
Airbourne has just recently announced a ton of new dates across the United States. Check below for the latest Tour Dates! DO NOT MISS AIRBOURNE if they come to your town.
Stand Up For Rock N Roll
Diamond in the Rough
Girls in Black
Airbourne Tour Dates
Fri 04/11/08 Madison, WI The Annex
Sat 04/12/08 Maplewood, MN The Rock
Mon 04/14/08 Winnipeg, MB West End Cultural Centre
Wed 04/16/08 Calgary, AB The Warehouse
Thu 04/17/08 Edmonton, AB The Starlite Room
Sat 04/19/08 Vancouver, BC The Plaza Club
Sun 04/20/08 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Mon 04/21/08 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
appearing with Seether / Chevelle
Fri 04/25/08 San Antonio, TX Sunset Station Lonestar Pavilion
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Mon 04/28/08 Hattiesburg, MS The Bottling Company
Wed 04/30/08 Nashville, TN On The Rocks
Thu 05/01/08 Cincinnati, OH Bogart’s
Fri 05/02/08 Fort Wayne, IN Piere’s Entertainment Center
Sat 05/03/08 Lynchburg, VA Cattle Annie’s
appearing with Finger Eleven
Fri 05/09/08 Norfolk, VA NorVa
Mon 05/12/08 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
appearing with Theory Of A Deadman
Tue 05/13/08 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Cafe
Wed 05/14/08 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
appearing at “Rock On The Range”
appearing at “Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival”
Wed 07/09/08 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre
Fri 07/11/08 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sat 07/12/08 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sun 07/13/08 Devore, CA Hyundai Pavilion At Glen Helen
Tue 07/15/08 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
Wed 07/16/08 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Fri 07/18/08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
Sat 07/19/08 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Sun 07/20/08 Englewood, CO Coors Amphitheatre
Tue 07/22/08 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
Wed 07/23/08 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amph. St. Louis
Fri 07/25/08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Centre
Sat 07/26/08 Selma, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sun 07/27/08 Houston, TX The Showgrounds @ Sam Houston Race Park
Tue 07/29/08 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre @ State Fairgrds.
Wed 07/30/08 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
Fri 08/01/08 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
Sat 08/02/08 Burgettstown, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
Sun 08/03/08 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Tue 08/05/08 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center For The Perf. Arts
Wed 08/06/08 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion At Montage Mountain
Fri 08/08/08 Toronto, ON Downsview Park
Sat 08/09/08 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sun 08/10/08 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tue 08/12/08 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
Wed 08/13/08 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Fri 08/15/08 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Sat 08/16/08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
Sun 08/17/08 Bristow, VA Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge
Tue 08/19/08 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
JUDAS PRIEST’s long-awaited concept album, Nostradamus, will be released in Europe on June 13th as a regular CD and Deluxe Edition CD via Sony/BMG. Guitarist K.K. Downing told BW&BK recently that the album – based on the life and predictions of 16th-century French prophet Nostradamus – will contain “18 songs clocking in at over an hour and a half.”
In a separate interview with BW&BK, frontman Rob Halford added: “We’re treating this like it’s the holy grail of heavy metal. We’re so protective about it – which you have to be – because I think that one of the intriguing things about creating anything – whether it be writing a book or making a move – the less you say about something, the more people want to know about it. And we don’t need to hype it up, it’s internal. The metal fans around the world have great expectations for this record. They know we’re not going to drop the ball. They know we’re going to give everybody something that’s fantastic and top quality. And that’s what it should be after 35 years.”
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
The band that features Phil Collen, Simon Laffy, and Sex Pistol drummer Paul Cook issued the following update on their myspace page today:
We’re sure that you’ve heard the rumors over recent weeks and we are now finally able to confirm that our debut album, ’Surreal’, is set to be released in the US on June 3rd on VH1 Classics. We are excited to bring our music to our fans in the US and can’t wait to blast it for everyone live. Also, we recently filmed a ’secret’ gig in Los Angeles that is to be broadcast on VH1 at the time of the album release. Photos from the gig can be found in the media section on our website at http://www.manraze.com.
We thank all of you for your support while we were recording the album and now look forward to bringing it to you – after all, that’s what counts, isn’t it!! Stay tuned here for more album and tour news coming soon! Bring on the amps– it’s time to rock!
See ya soon,
Simon, Phil & Paul
Check out the video below for the Manraze song, Turn it Up!
You can download this song for free off of the Manraze website, at this location!
Formula One Records is proud and happy to announce that ‘Global Warning’, Burn’s universally acclaimed comeback release, is now on sale around the world. As of this month the album is available in much of Europe, including the territories of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and Benelux. It is also now available in the USA from the excellent outlet NEH Records and is on general release in Japan, where first day sales topped over 2000 units. Other countries will be added to the list throughout the year.
The UK melodic rockers have been added to the Rock Of Ages Festival in Birmingham, England on September 6th and will also be appearing at the Firefest V event at Rock City in Nottingham, England on October 26th.
The band will also be featuring in a special edition of Chris Nelson’s Hairspray Heaven Show on www. rock247online. co. uk on Saturday May 10. Chris chose the track ‘Pray For Rain’, from ‘Global Warning’, as his favourite song of 2007.
Burn emerged from the shadow of the tragic death of original drummer, Karl Bee, and the departure of guitarist Rab Devenney in 2007 with a new line-up and ‘Global Warning’, a storming album which has received tremendous reviews from around the world.
The band, Jeff Ogden, Barney Stackhouse, Marc Stackhouse, Benjy Reid, Julian Nicholas and Phil Hammond will begin work on their fourth album later this year, with release planned for 2009.
For Danielia Cotton, What You See Isn’t Necessarily What You Get The Singer’s “Testify” Leaves No Reasonable Doubt: She’s a Rock Star The adage has endured for decades: “Never judge a book by its cover.” In the case of Danielia Cotton, it couldn’t be truer. Her sophomore album ‘Rare Child’ (May 20th, Adrenaline Records/ADA) is the only evidence a listener needs. Danielia may be lovely and petite, but it’s undeniable that her music’s effortless range from gritty “down home” blues to soaring rock stature shouldn’t be ignored. She plays grab-you-by-the-soul music with emotional intensity. When fans and supporters entered a recent sold-out show at New York’s Cutting Room, they were immersed in a spine-tingling performance from a woman whose voice surpasses extraordinary. Audience members were left in awe, whether she was singing hymns with her family or rocking out on guitar with her band. Now she’s making moves on a promo tour throughout the country to support a surge of well-earned radio airplay — “Testify” is currently one of the top songs being added to AAA radio stations nationwide, according to FMQB. Danielia breathes fire into ten rock and soul gems on her album ‘Rare Child,’ which follows her critically acclaimed 2005 ‘Small White Town’ release. All Music Guide called her “a fiery blues-rock artist,” while the Philadelphia Daily News compared her singing to the “emotional power of Janis Joplin… Danielia’s music has the swagger of Let It Bleed-era Rolling Stones.” Listen to Danielia’s “Testify” Here! Get “Testify” on iTunes Here!
Disturbed will release their new album, Indestructible on June 3rd, but fans can pre-order the album today to get their hands on a limited edition package with tons of bonus content. For only $34.98 fans will get the full album plus an exclusive b-side of “Run”, DVD of the making of ‘Indestructible,’ VIP ‘Rock Star Lounge’ laminate for the 2008 Mayhem Tour, access to an upcoming exclusive website full of rare content and much more!
Pre-order your copy here today before supplies run out. This is your chance to get a very limited edition package of Disturbed’s highly anticipated new album Indestructible! The offer is only available at http://www.disturbed1.com/preorder.html.
You can listen to the track Inside the Fire, here!
The United Kingdom has never been short on hard rock talent. The new wave of hard rock bands coming out of Europe, and in the case of Wired Desire, from Scotland, gives me high hopes for the future of rock. One band that is making a lot of noise as of late is the five piece group, Wired Desire. This amazing quintet has the hard edge of AC/DC, the swagger of Guns ‘N Roses, and a great sound that should help pave their path to success.
The band has youth on their side (the average age of WIred Desire’s five members are 21) and are showing a ton of promise with their new EP, Barely Illegal.
This EP has four killer cuts of high energy rock and roll. Music this good can only translate well live. My only complaint after hearing this record, is that I want to hear more. Four songs is not enough, when the tunes are this good.
Daly has a great rock voice. He has that rough edge style that I love to hear. The guitar tandem of Jam and Eddy are already making names for themselves in their young career.
The record labels (what is left of them) ought to be lining up to sign these guys, and get it done quickly.
You can preview all of the band’s tunes at their website, as well as purchase a copy of Barely Illegal. Once you hear these tunes, you will certainly want to own a copy. Don’t miss this!
- No One Sleeps
- The Hard Stuff
- Damn Hard
Wired Desire is:
Daly – Vocals
Jam – Lead Guitar
Eddy – Rhythm Guitar
Darry – Bass
Jeeves – Drums
10 Years has been selected as Clear Channel Radio’s Featured Rock/Alternative Artist for April! Fans can get an early preview of five tracks off their new album Division, which hits stores on May 13th. Division is the follow-up to 2005’s break out record, The Autumn Effect and its number one single “Wasteland.” Check out their current hit “Beautiful,” as well as “Actions and Motives,” “Dying Youth,” “Just Can’t Win,” and “Picture Perfect (In Your Eyes)” here.
10 Years Tour on the Projekt Revolution Tour
07.16.08 Boston, MA Tweeter Center
07.18.08 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
07.19.08 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center
07.20.08 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
07.22.08 New York, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
07.23.08 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
07.25.08 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
07.26.08 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
07.27.08 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
07.30.08 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
08.01.08 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
08.02.08 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
08.03.08 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
08.07.08 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
08.09.08 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
08.10.08 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08.12.08 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08.15.08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
08.16.08 Chicago, IL Alpine Valley Music Theatre
08.17.08 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
08.19.08 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
08.21.08 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
08.23.08 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
08.24.08 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tony Harnell (TNT, Westworld, Morning Wood), Magnus Karlsson (ALLEN / LANDE and PRIMAL FEAR) and John Macaluso (Malmsteen, TNT, Ark) have wrapped up recording for the much-anticipated new Starbreaker CD entitled “Love’s Dying Wish“.
Written and produced by Harnell and Karlsson, the tracks have now been handed over to respected producer Tommy Hansen (TNT, Jorn) for mixing. Some of the titles include “Unknown Superstar”, “End Of Alone”, “Love’s Dying Wish”, “Evaporate” and “Beautiful Disaster”.
New bassist Jonni Lightfoot (a touring and recording veteran with extensive credits to his name) has added a tasteful aggressive touch to this magnificent piece of work and compliments Macaluso’s flashy drumming perfectly. This is a very special album that leaps forward from where the Starbreaker debut left off. With a fresh diversity that spans from pounding metal, to deep moody passages wrapped in a dark and beautifully melodic package. The stunning talents of Harnell and Karlsson are on display here in spades with electrifying performances and stellar song writing. These two have truly developed a unique and timeless sound together. Release expected this fall.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of the recently reunited Canadian Melodic Rock Godz HONEYMOON SUITE, for the release of their forthcoming, yet untitled, studio album.
In June 2007, the band officially announced the return of the line-up featuring all five original band members: Johnnie Dee on vocals, Derry Grehan on guitar, Ray Coburn on keyboards, Dave Betts on drums and Gary Lalonde on bass.
The new album has been recorded during the cold Canadian winter and is currently in the mixing stages. Some of the new track titles are “The House“, “Separate Lives“, “That’s All You Got“, “Sunday Morning” and “Tired of Waitin’ On You“.
“There are 8 straight ahead rockers and the other 4 are interesting mid-tempo type songs” says Derry Grehan, adding “this album goes back much more to the original HMS melodic hard-rock sound that the band had in the eighties. The songs have big melodic choruses and are thick with lots of guitar and keyboards. Johnnie is singing better than ever and I think fans will love this one. I am very excited“. And so is the label, that is planning to release the new album within the end of the summer 2008.
This metalfest featured eight bands on which Belladonna was the headliner. I arrived late, and caught the band’s Session 9’s set.
Session 9’s brand of Nu-Metal energized the small crowd, before Joey and Company took the stage.
Before the show, I ran into the man with a million faces, Seven Witches guitarist Jack Frost. I had no idea that Jack was playing in Joey Belladonna’s solo band, so I was quite happy knowing that a guitarist of his caliber was playing live with him. I also had the opportunity to meet Joey Belladonna, as did many others.
Belladonna took the stage a couple of minutes before midnight, and played a healthy dose of 80’s Anthrax tunes, and Belladonna solo material. The set list included the following tunes:
Madhouse, Antisocial, (Efilnikufesin) N.F.L., Time, Two-Faced, Caught In A Mosh, I Am the Law, Medusa, and Indians
The band was ultra tight all night, and Joey Belladonna’s voice was damn near perfect. Jack Frost was fun to watch, and seemed to enjoy what he was doing. If you have ever seen him play before, you will already know, that you will see hundreds of different expressions on his face while he is playing. He is truly entertaining to watch.
RC Ciejek, was one of the most energetic bass players that I have seen in quite some time. Drummer Paul Marciano was kicking ass behind his massive drum kit! Belladonna made his best efforts to keep the audience fired up, and he succeeded. A mosh pit broke out for one of the songs, (This has to be the first time this has happened at the Blue Note in ages.) of course the Blue Note Bouncers put an end to that quickly.
It was a very small turn out for this excellent show. I don’t know where the metal heads were in Cincinnati Sunday night, but they weren’t at the Blue Note. They missed a great show, and a chance to meet a metal legend!
There are plenty of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them when they come to your town!
April 09 – Kings Tavern Denver, CO
April 11 – Roadhouse Apple Valley, CA
April 12 – Tremors Riverside, CA
April 13 – The Museum Club Flagstaff, AZ
April 14 – Club Congress Tucson, AZ
April 16 – Fat Cat Modesto, CA
April 18 – Studio Seven Seattle, WA
April 23 – Big City Night Club Farmington, NM
April 25 – Acadia Bar Houston, TX
April 26 – Rosedale San Antonio, TX
April 29 – The Otherside Event Center Tulsa, OK
April 30 – The Muse Nashville, TN (New)
May 01 – Jaxx Springfield, VA
May 02 – Soundgarden, Myrtle Beach, NC
May 03 – Championship Sports Bar And Grill Trenton, NJ
May 05 – Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
May 08 – Vnuks Milwaukee, WI
May 09 – Reggie’s Rock Club Chicago, IL
May 10 – Jigsaw Saloon Parma, OH
May 11 – Cardo’s Chillicothe, OH
May 13 – Europa Night Club Brooklyn, NY
May 16 – Mark’s Showplace Manchester, NH
May 17 – The Haunt Yonkers, NY
May 18 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, Ontario, Canada
May 19 – The Big Bop Concert Hall Toronto, CA
May 20 – TBA Ottawa, Canada
May 21 – Foufounes Electriques Montreal, CA
May 22 – Time To Laugh Kingston, On
May 25 – TBA Halifax, Nova Scotia
May 26 – TBA Moncton, NB
June 05 – Hard Rock Live Mexico City, Mexico
The tour schedule is as follows:
April 12, 2008 Wild at Heart :: Berlin
April 13, 2008 Ballroom :: Hamburg
April 16, 2008 Blueshell :: Cologne
April 17, 2008 ZwÃ¶lfzehn :: Stuttgart
April 18, 2008 LVC :: Leiden
April 19, 2008 Babylon :: Woerden
If you are fortunate enough to live within the vicinity of one of these shows, don’t miss out on some great new rock and roll!
Rev Theory have just released full-length audio streams of “Hell Yeah,” the first single from the forthcoming album Light it Up as well as the Wrestlemania 24 theme and title track “Light it Up.”
“Hell Yeah” audio stream:
“Light It Up” audio stream:
Frontiers Records is proud to present the highly anticipated new studio album from JORN. After close to 30 album releases with various projects, working with some of the best musicians around, he is now ready to unleash upon the world yet another masterpiece under the JORN banner. “Lonely Are the Brave” is the title of the new masterpiece album and it is scheduled to be released on the 6th of June.
Once again, get ready for another unique and classic hard rock masterpiece from this productive and gifted Norwegian Viking. Jorn is one of our greatest Rock Giants: his strong and diverse voice and solid songwriting skills have become powerful trademarks in the Hard Rock world.
He is remembered for his role as front man in German metal act Masterplan, which has achieved great success around the world. Two albums and two maxi singles were released during this period; “Masterplan” and “Aeronautics”. Powerful solo albums such as “The Duke”, “The Gathering” and “Live in America” are just a few of this man’s releases during his almost 30-year old career.
This year Jorn is featured on spectacular projects like Tobias Sammet’s Avantasia, along with stars like Alice Cooper and Eric Singer (KISS), Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions), Bob Catley (Magnum) and will be touring the world with this project as well as with his own band JORN. He also participated on Arjen Lucassen’s recent concept album Ayreon.
“Lonely Are The Brave“, Jorn’s 5th solo album of original material, was recorded under the steady direction of Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Pretty Maids, TNT) at Jailhouse Studios in Denmark. The JORN band consists of: drums: Willy Bendiksen, guitar: Tore Moren, guitar: Jørn Viggo Lofstad, bass: Sid Ringsby. With this line up you are guaranteed to get your adrenaline going with the riveting sound that has solid roots in classic hard rock/heavy metal music, such as Dio, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Whitesnake.
“Lonely Are The Brave” tracklisting includes:
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In 2006, Leatherwolf released a new CD, World Asylum, that featured a new singer for the band, Wade Black. The CD didn’t take off as they expected it to, and Wade Black left the band, in November of 2006.
Fast forward to 2007, and original singer Michael Oliveri rejoined Leatherwolf. The band re-recorded World Asylum, with Oliveri on vocals and re-released the record via Nil8 Records.
I have the original version of the CD, and for whatever reason, I could not get used to Wade Black (Crimson Glory) on vocals. His style was somewhat different from Oliveri’s, and I didn’t get into that disc very much.
I have been a fan of Leatherwolf for years. Their three axe attack was always something to draw me in. The lineup of the band has changed, but the great metal music has not. In fact, New World Asylum is nothing short of killer!!!
Oliveri’s vocals on this record are damn near perfect, and the guitar work is excellent. Whatever tweaks the band made to this new version of World Asylum seems to work, as I like this version much better.
The Best cuts are I Am The Law, Live or Die, Behind The Gun, and Dr. Wicked. I don’t think their is a bad cut on this disc.
If you are a fan of heavy metal music, in the vein of bands like Judas Priest and Accept, you ought to check out New World Asylum. You will be glad you did. You can hear more tunes from New World Asylum, at the Leatherwolf myspace page here. American heavy metal doesn’t get much better than this! The CD is available for purchase through CD Baby.com.
Michael Oliveri – Vocals
Geoff Gayer – Guitars
Cary Howe – Guitars
Pete Perez – Bass
Dean Roberts – Drums
Did you catch the NASCAR Nationwide Series broadcast yesterday? Did you hear some great hard rock music and wonder who it was? The NASCAR Nationwide (Formerly the Busch Series) broadcast featured the tune Running Wild by Airbourne, and Shockwave by Black Tide.
Both CD’s are highly recommended and are a mainstay in the Hard Rock Hideout playlist. You can find reviews on their new CD’s by clicking on the CD covers on the right side bar!
When I first heard songs off of POWND’s Circle of Power, I immediately wanted to know more about them. I was shocked to find out that the band is from Richmond, Kentucky, and most of the tracks were either recorded in Kentucky or Cincinnati, Ohio.
Once I found out that this was a local band of sorts, I immediately ordered Circle of Power. I am quite glad that I did. At certain times throughout this record, singer Michael Duncan sounds like a dead ringer for Queensryche’s Geoff Tate. Pownd’s music is somewhere in the vein of Lethal (remember them?) meets Crimson Glory.
The highlights on Circle of Power are the heavy tune Monster, the awesome melodic metal of The Stand, and the killer closing track, Swatting Flies.
Not every song on Circle of Power is an instant classic, but it is a very solid metal offering. If Pownd tightens up their song structures, they will have the potential to become a major player in the heavy metal world.
After hearing some of the songs on Circle of Power, I wondered to myself why these guys were playing on the main stage at Rocklahoma, instead of the side stage. They really are THAT good. If people take the time out to check out their live performance, they will be amazed at what they hear.
Nightmare Records seems to have a good ear for new talent. I will soon be checking out other acts on their roster, as a result of hearing this record.
Be sure to check out POWND at their myspace page. You will be glad you did!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Still I Bleed
4. The Stand
6. Never Means Forever
8. Slowly Drowning
10. Place in the Sun
11. Swatting Flies
Michael Duncan – Vocals
Ronnie Duncan – Guitars
Rick Sargent – Guitars
Steve Watts – Bass
Clint McMaine – Drums
Back in my high school days, I was exposed to the powerful voice that belongs to Doro Pesch. My first experience was with the band Warlock and their release True as Steel. I discovered this band through the magic of MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and was an instant fan. I wore out the cassette of True as Steel years ago, and the high import prices kept me away, as True as Steel has been out of print in the United States for years. Recently, a used copy turned up in the local Rock Shop, and I could not pass it up.
If you haven’t ever heard Warlock before, their brand of metal music is on the harder side of Dokken, and the Scorpions. This is heavy guitar oriented music, that is loaded with
guitar solos and most importanly, excellent musicianship. Make no mistake about it, few female metal singers can hold a candle to Doro Pesch. Her vocals is what makes this disc
stand out. Her potent metal screams on True as Steel made me a fan of hers for life.
This album has plenty of good metal to crank up. Some of the stand out tunes on this record are Mr. Gold, Fight For Rock, Vorwarts, All Right and the title track, True as Steel.
Warlock is a very under rated band, and it is a shame that this group is not around today. Doro Pesch still tours as a solo act, and performs several tunes from Warlock library. You can find more information on Doro at Doro Pesch.com.
True as Steel is one of the better Metal albums of 1986. It is definitely worth picking up if you can find a copy of it.
Rating:Out of 10
- Fight For Rock
- Speed of Sound
- Midnite in China
- Vorwarts, All Right
- True As Steel
- Lady In A Rock ‘n’ Roll Hell
- Love Song
- Igloo on the Moon (Reckless)
Doro Pesch – Vocals
Peter Szigeti – Guitar
Niko Arvanitis – Guitar
Frank Rittel – Bass
Michael Eurich – Drums
Jesse Blaze Snider, the son of Twister Sister frontman Dee Snider, has a brand new video in support of his band’s EP, Juggernaut.
Check it out here!
3 Doors Down are returning with another shot of arena-ready rock in the form of their self-titled album. The band’s new single, “It’s Not My Time” has had huge success at radio with fans clogging request lines from coast to coast. The much anticipated fourth studio album was produced by Johnny K. (Disturbed, Finger Eleven) and is packed with the kinds of guitar anthems that have made the Mississippi band one of the most consistent acts in rock today. The album spans the entire spectrum of the 3 Doors Down sound. Barnstormers like “Runaway” were definitely created for the energy of a live setting while the lush, “Pages” tugs at your heartstrings with its infectious vocal melodies and lyrics.
2008 Tour Dates
4/02 Poplar Bluff, MO Black River Coliseum
4/03 Fayetteville, AR The Tyson Center
4/04 Texarkana, AR 4 States Fair Entertainment Center
4/06 San Antonio, TX Hmisfair Plaza Park
4/09 Magna, UT The Great Salt Air
4/10 Boise, ID Morrison Center for the Perfroming Arts
4/11 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Resort Casino
4/13 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
4/15 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
4/17 Anaheim, CA The Grove of Anaheim
4/18 Tempe, AZDevil Stadium
4/19 Bakersfield, CA Rabobank Convention Center
4/22 Tulsa, OK The Brady Theater
4/23 Lubbock, TX Lonestar Amphitheater
4/25 Belton, TX Belton County Expo Center
4/26 Spring, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
4/27 Frisco, TX Edgetfest – Pizza Hut Park
5/02 Birmingham, AL Schaeffer Eye Ctr. Crawfish Boil
5/03 Jackson, MS Coliseum Festival Fairgrounds
5/10 Orlando, Florida Tinker Field
5/11 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
5/16 Nashville, TN Nashville Riverfront Park
5/18 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium Rock On The Range
5/23 Toledo, OH Toledo Zoo Amphitheater
5/24 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/05 Kaneohe Bay-Oahu, HI Bayfest Hawaii
The Poison Live Raw & Uncut Tour, with Sebastian Bach and Dokken is coming to a city near you!
Check below for tour dates!
Jul. 05 – Independant Stampede – Island Grove Park, Colorado
Jul. 09 – Starlight Theatre – Kansas City, Missouri
Jul. 11 – Moondance Jam – Walker, Minnesota
Jul. 13 – Jerome Schottstein Center – Columbus, Ohio
Jul. 18 – Rock Fest – Caddot, Wisconsin
Jul. 21 – Lakewood Amphitheatre – Atlanta, Georgia
Jul. 22 – Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, Florida
Jul. 23 – Cruzan Amphitheatre – West Palm Beach, Florida
Jul. 26 – Verizon Amphitheatre – Pelham, Alabama
Jul. 29 – Mohegan Sun Casino – Uncasville, Connecticut
Jul. 31 – Nissan Pavilion at Stone Ridge Bristow – Washington DC
Aug. 03 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Tinley Park, Illinois
Aug. 07 – Bank Of America Pavilion – Boston, Massachusetts
Aug. 08 – Star Pavilion at Hershey Park – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Aug. 09 – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre – Sterling Heights, Michigan
Aug. 10 – Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake – Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Aug. 12 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, New Jersey
Aug. 14 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Aug. 15 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Noblesville, Indiana
Aug. 16 – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug. 17 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Maryland Heights, Missouri
Aug. 20 – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, Utah
Aug. 22 – The Pearl at The Palms – Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug. 23 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, California
Aug. 24 – Dodge Theatre – Phoenix, Arizona
Aug. 28 – Pala Casino Arena – Pala, California
Sep. 09 – Coors Amphitheatre at The Fiddler’s Green – Englewood, Colorado
If you are a fan of 80’s style thrash metal, a release that you may have missed the first time around is Believer’s Sanity Obscure.
Singer Kurt Bachman sings like a growling mad Dave Mustaine, after a pack of cigarettes, and fifth of whiskey to wash them down. His vocals take some getting used to, but this will not be a problem for the many thrash metal fans out there.
I have listened to plenty of thrash metal in my time, and still do on occasion, but I never heard of Believer until only recently. What blows my mind is how technically proficient each member of this band is.
Dave Baddorf ‘s guitar riffs are off the hook on this record. Joey Daub’s pounding drum beats keeps the band in time, but assures that their will be headbanging-a-plenty.
If you are a fan of late 80’s thrash, such as early Megadeth, Metallica, Exodus and Slayer, Believer will definitely make a Believer out of you. This CD has been out of print, and was recently re-issued by Metal Mind. Without question, this CD will sell out! Don’t miss getting you copy of a CD, that deserves to be well known in thrash metal history.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sanity Obscure
2. Wisdom’s Call
4. Idols of Ignorance
5. Stop the Madness
6. Dies Irae (Day of Wrath)
7. Dust to Dust
8. Like a Song
After weeks of online speculation suggesting the band was on the brink of collapse, the founding members of Velvet Revolver — guitarists Slash and Dave Kushner, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum — officially sent lead singer Scott Weiland packing Tuesday. The rumors of a Velvet Revolver split began soon after Weiland’s onstage announcement two weeks ago — during a gig in Glasgow, Scotland — that the crowd in attendance that evening were witnessing something very special: the last-ever Velvet Revolver tour.Velvet Revolver announced their decision to fire Weiland in a press release issued just as the rockers were playing the last notes of their final performance with the Stone Temple Pilots frontman in Amsterdam. Slash sited Weiland’s lack of commitment, “increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems” as reasons for the dismissal. There is still no word on whether the band plans to continue with a new singer.Surprisingly, an entire night passed without Weiland responding — but really, it wasn’t a question of if he would issue his own retort, but when. In an e-mail sent exclusively to MTV News Wednesday morning, Weiland fired back at his erstwhile bandmates, and pulled no punches in his attack of the Revolver.”After reading the comment by Duff, Matt, Dave and the illustrious ‘Guitar Hero,’ Saul Hudson, a.k.a. Slash, I find it humorous that the so-called four ‘founding members’ of Velvet Revolver, better known to themselves as ‘the Project’ before I officially named the band, would decide to move on without me after I had already claimed the group dead in the water on March 20 in Glasgow,” Weiland explained. “In response to Slash’s comment regarding my commitment [to the band], I have to say it is a blatant and tired excuse to cover up the truth. The truth of the matter is that the band had not gotten along on multiple levels for some time. On a musical level, there were moments of joy, inspiration, fun … at times. But let’s not forget the multiple trips to rehab every member of the band had taken (with the exception of one member — no need to mention his name).
“Personally speaking, I choose to look forward to the future and performing with a group of friends I have known my entire life, people who have always had my back,” Weiland continued. “This also speaks to my commitment to my music and my fellow bandmates in [Stone Temple Pilots] and to the fans who I feel would much rather watch a group of musicians who enjoy being together as opposed to a handful of discontents who at one time used to call themselves a gang.”
In conclusion, Weiland warned fans not to be “fooled by veiled trickery,” and even wished Velvet Revolver his best. “Good hunting, lads — I think Sebastian Bach would be a fantastic choice.”
Now, Weiland will turn his energies to the re-formed Stone Temple Pilots, who are expected to reveal details of a full-scale summer tour during a news conference next week. As for Velvet Revolver’s future, Slash has said in a number of recent interviews that there would be a third LP from the band, and that Weiland’s characterization of the band’s European tour as its last was simply untrue.
Courtesy of MTV news.
Classic-rock fans have a triple-play to look forward to this summer when Journey, Cheap Trick and Heart join forces for a massive tour.
The 50-date run is scheduled to kick off July 9 in Denver and is booked primarily at amphitheaters throughout the US. The itinerary, included below, stretches into early October.
The outing will mark the debut of new Journey singer Arnel Pineda, whom the group crowned in December as the replacement for the band’s short-lived previous vocalist, Jeff Scott Soto, who split with the group last May after fronting the act for less than a year. Soto stepped into the role in 2006 when then-lead singer Steve Augieri was sidelined with vocal problems; Augieri had held the slot since the late ’90s after taking over for the group’s best-known singer, Steve Perry, with whom the band scored a flock of late-’70s and early ’80s hits including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Fathfully,” “Wheel in the Sky,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Open Arms.”
The upcoming tour supports Journey’s forthcoming June 3 release, “Revelation,” a three-disc CD and DVD package that will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America, according to a press release. Disc one comprises 11 re-recorded classics, disc two features 11 new songs, and disc three is a concert DVD.
Heart–sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson–released its most recent album, “Jupiter’s Darling,” in 2004. The set marked the pair’s first new studio collection in more than a decade.
Last September, Ann Wilson offered up her first solo album, “Hope & Glory.” She’s backing the set with a series of live shows that are scattered through mid-June; details are available at her MySpace page.
Cheap Trick dropped its latest album, “Rockford,” in 2006.
9 – Englewood, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
11 – West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
12 – Stateline, NV – Harvey’s Lake Resort
15 – Chula Vista, CA – Coors Amphitheatre
16 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Amphitheatre
18 – Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Arena
19 – Tucson, AZ – Casino Anselmo
22 – Council Bluffs, IA – Mid America Center
23 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
25 – Selma, TX – Verizon Amphitheatre
26 – The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
27 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Amphitheatre
30 – Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre
31 – West Palm Beach, FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre
2 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Amphitheatre
3, 4 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Amphitheatre
6 – Orange Beach, FL – The Amphitheatre @ The Wharf
7 – Nashville, TN – Sommett Center
9 – Birmingham, AL – Verizon Amphitheatre
10 – Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Amphitheatre
14 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach
16 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Amphitheatre
17 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Casino
19 – Mansfield, MA – Tweeter Center
21 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
23 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
24 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga PAC
26 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
27 – Bristow, VA – Nissan Pavilion
30 – Bethel, NY – Center for the Arts
31 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Pavilion
4 – Watertown, NY – Watertown Baseball Diamond
6 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Amphitheatre
9 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
10 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Amphitheatre
12 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13 – Maryland Heights, MO – Verizon Amphitheatre
15 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
16 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center/Casino
19 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
21 – Ridgefield, WA – Clark County Amphitheatre
24 – Concord, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
26 – Marysville, CA – Sleep Train Pavilion at Sacramento
27 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
30 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
3 – Phoenix, AZ – Cricket Pavilion
4 – Albuquerque, NM – Journal Pavilion
VELVET REVOLVER founding members Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner announced today (Tuesday, April 1) that they are parting ways with singer Scott Weiland. “This band is all about its fans and its music and Scott Weiland isn’t 100% committed to either,” said Slash in a press release. “Among other things, his increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems have forced us to move on.”
Slash hinted in a recent interview that the band might carry on without Weiland, who announced onstage in Glasgow two weeks ago that fans were watching the “last tour” by the group. Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum proceeded to get into a public war of words online, fueling speculation that the band was splitting apart. But Slash told Classic Rock magazine, “Obviously I’m very aware of everything that’s going on. The only thing I can add to that is, in contrast to what Scott says, there will be a VELVET REVOLVER after this tour.” When asked if Weiland would continue as the singer, Slash added with a chuckle, “I have no comment on that.”
Weiland is reuniting with his previous outfit, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, which broke up in 2002. The group has scheduled a press conference in Los Angeles for April 7 where it will announce a full tour of 50 or more dates for the summer and fall in addition to the handful of festival shows already confirmed.
Weiland spent a month in rehab recently, following an arrest for driving under the influence last November and his failure to show up for a VELVET REVOLVER gig at the Sundance Festival in January.
Despite the latest turmoil, bassist Duff McKagan told the U.K.’s Journal Live recently, “VELVET REVOLVER is something that’s going to be around for a long while yet.”
Courtesy of Blabbermouth.net