Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of WHITE LION “Bang Your Head Festival 2005” DVD on December 5th 2008.
White Lion left its musical mark in the late 80’s with a series of highly acclaimed albums including “Mane Attraction”, “Big Game” and the million seller “Pride” which spawned such hits as “Wait” and “When The Children Cry”. The band was also recognized for its signature album tracks that transcended socio-political themes such as “Lady Of The Valley”, “Cry For Freedom”, “Lights N Thunder” and “Warsong”.
White Lion originally disbanded in 1991 and it wasn’t until 2005 when singer Mike Tramp decided to handpick a handful of musicians (including Jamie Law on guitar, Troy Patrick Farrell on drums, Henning Wanner on keyboards and Claus Langeskov on bass) to carry again the flag of White Lion in a long European tour that culminated in a successful apparition at the “Bang Your Head Festival”. In Tramp’s own words “this concert was the definitive turning point and event that finally convinced me that it was worth going on with the next chapter of White Lion and that rock fans had not forgotten and still appreciated the music of White Lion”.
And indeed this DVD reflects the magic of an unforgettable night with amazing renditions of all the band’s hits and signature songs. A testament of what was and a statement for the future who brought the successful studio return album “Return of the Pride” released in March 2008.
DVD contents include:
Bang Your Head Festival 2005 concert: Lights And Thunder; Hungry; Lonely Nights; Broken Heart; Fight to Survive; Little Fighter; Living on the Edge; Tell Me; Wait; Radar Love.
Full length interview (Mike Tramp)
Slide show (Lady of the Valley)
Lights and Thunder across the USA (Live performance of song from the USA tour)
Easter Eggs: Hungry; It’s Over (Live in the USA)
I expected these guys to be a simple pub rock band in the vein of AC/DC. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Johnny Diesel and the Injectors has a sound that probably has more in common with John Mellancamp than with AC/DC. Johnny Diesel has a pretty good voice. His vocals have a slight bit of rasp to them. This really helps drive the harder rocking tunes on this disc.
There aren’t too many rock bands employing a saxophone player in today’s music. I love the saxaphone, and I think it adds a lot of character to the music on this disc. It often takes the emphasis off of the lead guitar, and even though Johnny Diesel is a solid guitar player, Bernie Bremond might be a better sax player.
There are several good songs on this disc including “Lookin For Love”, “Cry In Shame”, “Soul Revival”, “Don’t Need Love”. I really don’t think there is a bad song on this disc.
Something that surprised me about Johnny Diesel was the fact that there were several music videos released for this album (Check them out below). I don’t recall seeing any of these on MTV back when the station played videos. It is a real shame too. This album could have been huge in the United States, if was given a little bit of support.
You can practically steal this disc off of Amazon.com. If you are looking for something different to enhance your playlist, you ought to give Johnny Diesel & The Injectors a look. This disc was a nice surprise for me. I have enjoyed this disc quite a bit, and I think a bunch of you will to.
1. Lookin’ for Love
2. Parisienne Hotel
3. Cry in Shame
4. Comin’ Home
5. Since I Fell for You
6. Don’t Need Love
8. Soul Revival
9. Fire Without a Flame
10. Get Ya Love
11. Never Last
12. Thang II
Johnny Diesel and the Injectors Are:
Johnny Diesel – Guitars and Vocals
Bernie Bremond – Saxophone and Background Vocals
Yak Sherrit – Drums
Johnny “Tatt” Delzel – Bass
Lordi has a their new CD “Deadache” coming out next Tuesday (10/28), so what better way to celebrate the release than with a horror video contest. What you need to do: 1.) Log onto www.redmusic.com/lordihorror where you will enter your cell number to receive a code to download the new Lordi single “Bite It Like A Bulldog” for free. 2.) Go to the official YouTube group(http://www.youtube.com/user/lordihorrorcontest) where you will upload your very own horror video, using the free track of “Bite It Like A Bulldog” you downloaded as the background music.
The user with the best video (as judged by The End Records) will receive a Lordi prize pack that will include the following: Autographed Lordi CD catalog (Get Heavy, Arockalypse, & Deadache), signed guitar, and a signed poster.
Contest ends on November 18th, 2008.
“UNHOLY ALLIANCE TOUR, CHAPTER III” LAUNCHES ITS FIRST 2008 ASSAULT WITH METAL HAMMER SPONSORED UK DATES
BILL FEATURES SLAYER, TRIVIUM, MASTODON
The UK leg of the mighty “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” kicks off in Manchester, England on October 27. This third instalment of what has been hailed as “the heaviest, darkest tour of the year,” the “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter III” will feature Slayer, the undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal, and two true princes of the genre, Trivium and Mastodon. An opening act will be announced shortly. While Slayer will close all of the shows, they will be co-billed with Trivium on the UK dates.
27 Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England
28 Wolverhampton Civic Birmingham, England
30 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
31 Hammersmith Apollo, London, England
2nd CIA, Cardiff
3rd Academy, Glasgow
The Unholy Alliance tour first launched in Fall, 2004 with a European edition that featured Slipknot, Slayer, Mastodon and Hatebreed. The venture was so successful, the first North American trek, dubbed “The Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II: Preaching to The Perverted,” kicked off in Summer, 2006 with Slayer, Lamb of God, Children of Bodom, Mastodon, and Thine Eyes Bleed stomping and screaming its way to 30 U.S. and Canadian cities. The European run of “Unholy Alliance Tour, Chapter II” took place in Fall, 2006, featuring Slayer, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Lamb of God, and Thing Eyes Bleed.
A journalist once wrote of Slayer, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to Slayer.” Indeed, in the beginning, when there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow, SLAYER assaulted the world with its new hybrid of metal and punk. Heavier, faster and darker than the rest, Slayer set the new standard which all others continue to follow. Slayer is the band that all other heavy acts are measured against, defining not only a genre but an attitude. For more than two-and-a-half decades, Slayer’s onslaught of sheer brutality has proven them to be the supreme thrash-metal band on the planet. Entire countries have banned their music, NARAS has graced them with two Grammy Awards. Slayer is currently writing material for a new album, release date to be determined.
Orlando, FL heavy metallers TRIVIUM are delighted to be co-headlining with SLAYER on the UK leg of this year’s colossal UNHOLY ALLIANCE tour. Having performed over 600 shows in the last 36 months alone, Trivium are no strangers to the stage and life on the road. Last year, the worldwide million-selling band toured extensively with Machine Head, co-headlining the impressive Black Crusade tour, as well as finding time to play shows with the legendary Iron Maiden amongst others. Since then, they have been hard at work on their next studio album for Roadrunner Records, due for release on September 29, 2008.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Mastodon have been critically acclaimed by almost every publication in the US and Europe. Their Grammy nominated album, Blood Mountain, the group’s third release, isn’t just unconventional, it’s surreal, progressive and unrepentantly heavy. Mastodon combined their favorite musical styles, including thrash, doom, prog and psychedelic metal to concoct something utterly original, undeniably devastating and irrefutably entrancing. They are currently in the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien recording their follow up to “Blood Mountain.”
Mastodon will also be returning to the UK in December to take part in The Nightmare Before Christmas at All Tomorrows Parties which is curated by Faith No More / Fantomas frontman Mike Patton and legendary rockers The Melvins. 6th and 7th December – Somerset, All Tomorrows Parties.
UK Tickets available from: http://www.seeticketcom, http://www.ticketline.com, http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk, http://www.stargreen.co.uk, http://www.gigantic.com, and http://www.lastminute.com as well as all venue box offices.
Nikki Sixx has posted the following on his blog:
HEY GUYS, WANTED TO GIVE YOU A HEAD UP ABOUT THIS NEXT EPISODE OF LA INK * OCT 23*.
KATHERINE TATTOOED A KILLER PORTRAIT OF MICK MARS ON MY LEG AND WE GOT TO SURPRISE HIM WITH IT AT THE LOS ANGELES CRUE FEST SHOW.IT WAS A PRETTY EMOTIONAL ROLLARCOASTER RIDE TO SHARE THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WITH KATHERINE, FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE IDEA TO THE END WHEN WE FINALLY SHOW MICK.
I HAD A FUCKING BLAST,HOPE ALL YOU CRUEHEADS TUNE IN AND WATCH OCT 23…
Canadian metallers Snake Eyes Seven disappeared from the scene as quickly as they appeared. Snake Eyes Seven released their debut on Chavis Records in 2007 and began playing U.S. shows only to return back to Canada abruptly due to tension within the band. Founder and chief songwriter Cole Stevens put the band on hiatus while sorting out the issues and decompressing from the turmoil created.
“It took a long time to get things up and running and in a blink of an eye it was over. Once we returned from the U.S. things deteriorated quickly. Members left and I wasn’t sure myself if I wanted to continue what I had started. It definitely took its toll on me mentally, physically and financially. As time went on I realized that I wasn’t going to let the negative influences in the old band keep me from moving ahead with my music. My batteries were recharged and it was time to start all over again. I made a call to Chavis and asked Bill if he was still in my corner. Knowing that he is, made me more determined to prove that this is for real. Then I set out to find the best musicians I could which took time, but I got them.”
The new SES line up is: Ken Stone (vx), Moscow (b), Johnny Bland (d), and Cole Steven (g).
Snake Eyes Seven hit the studio earlier this year with 13 brand new songs and Cam McLeod (White Wolf) producing. “This project is light years ahead of the debut. People are not going to believe it is the same band. Everyone in the camp is excited about the new material. All I can say is WOW! You just won’t believe it.” adds Bill Chavis
The band is currently finishing up recording and then it will be mixed before heading to L.A. for mastering. Stay tuned…
From Billboard.com, AC/DC’s “Black Ice” is flying off the shelves at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club, the exclusive U.S. retailers for the album that arrived yesterday (Oct. 21). Sources estimate the set sold 193,000 copies in its first day of sale, and could move upward of 800,000 in its first week.
This week, Wal-Mart set up “pop-up” stores in New York and Los Angeles to sell the album and offer fans the chance to play the AC/DC-branded version of the video game “Rock Band.”
At regular Wal-Mart outlets, AC/DC has its own store-within-the-store, featuring the band’s back catalog and merchandise.
“Black Ice” (Columbia) is AC/DC’s first new studio album in eight years. The group begins an extensive world tour Oct. 28 in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
LIONSGATE RELEASES PUNISHER: WAR ZONE SOUNDTRACK WITH NEW SINGLE “WAR ZONE” FROM ROB ZOMBIE
Lionsgate is pleased to announce the upcoming soundtrack release to PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, from Marvel Comics’ latest film adaptation of fictional vigilante and deadly antihero Frank Castle. The lethal motion picture soundtrack features a powerful collection of A-list rockers including the first new music in 3 years from Rob Zombie in addition to heart-pounding songs from rock icons such as Seether, Slayer, Slipknot and Rise Against. The fifteen-track album attacks stores on 11/25/08. The film opens nationwide on December 5th, 2008.
The original track “War Zone”, written for and inspired by the film, contains the kind of raw, throttling energy that has made Rob Zombie a platinum selling artist. The song will also serve as the first single from the soundtrack. About his contribution, Rob Zombie said: “I love writing music for films, rather than just throwing them an unwanted B side or remix. This track was written exclusively for Punisher War Zone. A punishing track for a punishing movie.”
The record also features Slayer’s 2008 Grammy winning “Final Six” and current chart-topping singles from Slipknot “Psychosocial” and SeetherFallen”. The beatdown doesn’t stop there, with a broad mix of new and unreleased music that spans every niche of the rock genre, including unreleased songs by premiere punk group Rise Against and emo scenesters Senses Fail. Dan Trapp of Senses Fail had this to say: “We are super excited to be a part of the Punisher legacy… when we heard we were going to be involved, we all threw up in our hands out of excitement.”
Adding to the epic soundscape of PUNISHER: WAR ZONE is one lucky winner from the Lionsgate/Clear Channel “Unsigned Artist Contest” that was hosted last month. The contest attracted over 5,000 bands and millions of listeners. The winner will be announced on 10/24/08 at www.punisherwarzonemusic.com. Lionsgate Music President, Jay Faires adds, “teaming up with Clear Channel has been a phenomenal experience. The response to the Punisher contest has been incredible, and we are absolutely thrilled about introducing one of these talented unsigned bands to the world”
Providing extra ammunition to round out the album are emerging artists Kerli, and highly praised electronica duo Justice. This all adds up to make the PUNISHER: WAR ZONE soundtrack one of the most anticipated of the season.
The PUNISHER: WAR ZONE track listing is as follows:
* indicates new/unreleased track
Rob Zombie “War Zone”*
Slayer “Final Six”
Rise Against “Historia Calamitatum”*
Contest Winner- TBD
Senses Fail “The Past Is Proof”*
Machines of Loving Grace “Butterfly Wings”
Hatebreed “Refuse / Resist”*
Ramallah “Days of Revenge”
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus have just uploaded their new single, “You Better Pray” on their Imeem and MySpace profiles this morning. With its Guns-N-Roses-flavored riffing and hard-rock rhythms, the track will surprise fans of the Florida band. The song will be included on the band’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled album which will hit stores in early 2009.
One of the most highly anticipated albums in rock history, the long-awaited Chinese Democracy (Black Frog/Geffen Records) will be available globally on November 23 on CD and vinyl (accompanied by a free digital download of the tracks), and as a separate digital album.
Produced by Axl Rose and Caram Costanzo, Chinese Democracy includes 14 tracks. The title track and first single from the album, “Chinese Democracy”, was released to radio at 5:00AM eastern time today. Two of the recordings have been recently released–“Shackler’s Revenge” debuted September 14 in the “Rock Band 2” videogame and “If The World” debuted October 11 in the film Body Of Lies.
“The release of Chinese Democracy marks a historic moment in rock ‘n’ roll,” said Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, Guns N’ Roses’ co-managers, “and we’re launching with a monumental campaign that matches the groundbreaking sound of the album itself. Guns N’ Roses fans have every reason to celebrate, for this is only the beginning.”
HARDROCKHIDEOUT.COM has 2 tickets to give away for the Queen + Paul Rodgers show that will be taking place in Movie Theaters Nationwide on November 6th.
Please see below for more info, and to enter the drawing for tickets!
NCM Fathom and Disney’s Hollywood Records are pleased to present “Queen + Paul Rodgers: Let the Cosmos Rock” – a concert event featuring the band’s classic hits and songs from their new album, “Let the Cosmos Rock.” This amazing show was captured live from the Ukraine on September 12th in Kharkov’s Freedom Square before 350,000 fans. This historic show will only be shown in select U.S. movie theaters one night only – Thursday, November 6th at 7:30pm local time.
With eighteen #1 singles worldwide, Queen is considered to be one of the biggest rock groups on the planet. The band has sold over 150 million albums worldwide with over 40 million sold in the United States alone. Queen’s eighteen #1 albums and ten #1 DVDs are proof of their longevity and popularity.
Paul Rodgers has had his own wildly successful career. As the lead singer for the mega groups Free and Bad Company, he has sold over 90 million records. His solo work has also been Grammy nominated. This is his second tour with Queen and their first studio album together.
These rock legends have joined forces to “Let the Cosmos Rock” once again. This concert features some of the most recognized rock songs in the world including: “We Will Rock You,” “Tie Your Mother Down,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “All Right Now,” “I Want It All,” and “Bad Company”. These hits, along with songs off their first combined studio album, “Rock the Cosmos”, are certain to entertain new and returning fans alike.
“Let the Cosmos Rock” will be shown one night only at over 400 different participating theaters nationwide. Tickets went on sale on October 10th for the November 6, 2008 show.
Submit your name and email address if you would like to win the tickets!!
In the late 60’s Led Zeppelin gave us “Whole Lotta Love”. Then the 70’s hit and The Clash rang saying “London Calling”, and we answered. In the 80’s Guns ‘N’ Roses took us all to “Paradise City”. The 90’s came and so did Nirvana, saying it “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. Now it’s 2008 and along come Cirkus telling us Let the Madness Begin…and it has, look around folks!
Cirkus, slaps you in the face with Roux’d (vocals), Snetan (guitar), Maston (bass) and Ric (drums), the sound, the edge, and the image of hey-day rockers such as Mötley Crüe and Aerosmith. Their riffs are fast and hard with lyrics that unapologetically attack big city lights, fast women, and the media. Receiving rave reviews and critical acclaim from Europe to Southern California, Cirkus’s live performances win over even the biggest skeptics.
After releasing 3 successful EP’s for three years straight, Cirkus has just finished their full on frontal assault debut album titled “Let the Madness Begin” together with musical genius Chris Tsangarides, a Grammy nominated producer and mixing engineer for bands such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Bruce Dickinson and Yngwie Malmsteen. Let the Madness Begin is set for a US release on November 11th through Nightmare Records/Koch Distribution. It’s called a shock to the system and senses so what better way to describe a Cirkus attack than Let the Madness Begin. The songs, the sound and the quality of the album speak for itself.
TRACKLIST “Let The Madness Begin” :
Let the Madness Begin
Hard Headed Woman
Fuck’em N’ Flee
Get it On
JORN have announced the following European tour dates in support of the recently released “Lonely Are The Brave” album.
JORN plus Special Guest Pure Inc.
12.11. GBR-Dudley – JB´s
13.11. IRE-Dublin – Button Factory
15.11. NED-Uden – De Pul
17.11. GER-Bochum – Matrix
18.11. GER-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
19.11. SWI-Pratteln – Z7
20.11. ITA-Milan – Legend 54
22.11. ES-Durango (near Bilbao) – Plateruena
23.11. ES-Madrid – Ritmo & Compas
26.11. HUN-Budapest – Diesel Klub
27.11. CZE-Prague – Exit Chmelnice
28.11. CZE-Zlin – Hard Rock Cafe
30.11. GER-Hamburg – Markthalle
HANOI ROCKS WILL BREAK UP BY THE END OF THE YEAR 2008
Hanoi Rocks have decided to break up by the end of the year 2008.
Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy feel that they’ve taken the band as far as it can go and now wish to go their separate ways. All commitments until the end of the year, including the UK tour starting in London on Halloween, will naturally be honoured.
In addition, the band has decided to say farewell to their fans by doing a final tour of Japan in the spring 2009 and immediately thereafter wrapping things up with a few nights at the legendary Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland where their career originally got started in the 80’s.
November 26th will see the timely release of the first ever career-spanning Hanoi Rocks retrospective: a 2-CD set titled “This One’s Rock’n’Roll – The Best Of Hanoi Rocks 1980-2008″.
The band wishes to thank all their fans, co-workers and business partners for their continued love and support throughout the years.
I enjoyed “Sinner” quite a bit, so I was anxious to hear what the Aussie King of the Badasses had in store for us, with his new disc “Judgement Day”.
Dave brought in his writing mate Mark Tinson to craft nine new tunes to get you rocking.
If you are familiar with the sound of Australian pub rock, then you will know what to expect with this CD. You get a bunch of hard rocking tunes with loud guitars that will get your blood pumping.
55 year old Dave Evans can still get in done in 2008. His vocals combined with the bluesy guitar licks of Ngariki makes this a fun disc to listen to. Guitarist Ngariki is a very good player, and his bluesy fretwork greatly augments the songs on “Judgement Day”.
Just listen to his playing on my favorite cuts “We Don’t Dance To Your Song”, “Little Headbanger” and “You Talkin’ To Me?”. He really kicks ass. I would love to see him handle these tunes in a live setting.
Bob Dylan, The Animals, Geordie, and countless other bands have covered “House of the Rising Sun”. Dave Evans doesn’t really add any new twists to the song, but I like his version.
I don’t think the songs on “Judgement Day” are quite as strong as Dave Evans last disc “Sinner”, but I still thought the CD was pretty good nonetheless. It is another solid effort from Dave Evans and company.
The two song clips below will give you a brief taste of “Judgement Day”. Check them out, and if you like what you hear, You can purchase your copy of “Judgement Day” at Chaos.com, CDWow or through iTunes!
For more information on Dave Evans, check out his myspace page.
Ain’t Gonna Do You To Me Anymore
1. We Don’t Dance To Your Song
2. Little Headbanger
3. Another Boy On The Street
4. You Talkin’ To Me?
5. Ain’t Gonna Do You To Me Anymore
6. Band Molls
7. Shoot On Sight
8. Helluva Night
9. Judgement Day
10. House Of The Rising Sun
Dave Evans Band is:
Dave Evans – Lead Vocals
Ngariki – Lead Guitar and Background Vocals
Steve (Mac) McLennan – Drums and Background Vocals
Craig Foster – Bass and Background Vocals
Mark Tinson – Rhythm Guitar and Background Vocals
Trevor Dare – Capo Guitar (Judgement Day and House of the Rising Sun)
MINISTRY, TESTAMENT, FILTER, SKINNY PUPPY, THE ALMIGHTY, AND THE REVOLTING COCKS ARE AMONG THE BANDS ON THE UNRELENTING, BALLS-TO-THE-WALL SOUNDTRACK
SAW V, THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE HORROR MOVIE FRANCHISE, HITS THEATERS OCTOBER 24
“Hello…I want to play a game,” those are the immortal words Saw’s sadistic purveyor of self-imposed twisted justice Jigsaw utters to his victims as they come to. And if you hear those words you’re soon to find yourself in a world of hurt. Back for the fifth installment of the Saw horror series this Halloween (in theaters October 24 to be exact), moviegoers will once again cringe in their seats as blood, guts and body parts are up for grabs.
And because every sick & twisted horror honcho needs an explosive soundtrack, Artists’ Addiction Soundtracks has compiled a list of incendiary artists such as Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Testament, and Revolting Cocks among the 14 tracks for the volatile digital-only release.
What started out as a “little” indie horror movie back in 2004 has turned into a juggernaut go-for-the-throat franchise so gruesome you want to turn away, yet so compelling you just can’t. And fittingly enough, the movie soundtracks have always been amicable counterparts assaulting the senses in a fashion that would make Jigsaw proud.
Adding to the sonic assault to Saw V is Charlie Clouser (ex-Nine Inch Nails), no stranger to the Saw soundtracks, with his cuts “Trap Attacks” and “What It Takes,” as well as Filter’s remix version of “What’s Next.” Other killer songs include: Testament’s “True Believer,” Ministry’s “Death and Destruction (Remix),” Prong’s “The Banishment,” Die Krupps’ “The Dawning of Doom,” Skinny Puppy’s “ugLi” and The Revolting Cocks’ “Wizard of Sextown.”
Artists’ Addiction Soundtracks’ Jonathan Platt says of the Saw V Soundtrack: “We feel that we have put together a collection of songs that really mirrors the chaos onscreen. All of our acts are big fans of the Saw series and were excited to be a part of the soundtrack and I think that energy really comes across.”
This Halloween belongs to Saw V!!
SAW V SOUNDTRACK:
01. Trap Attacks Charlie Clouser
02. True Believer Testament
03. Death And Destruction (Remix) Ministry
04. What’s Next (Remix) Filter
05. Thanks Again, Again The Almighty
06. The Banishment Prong
07. The Dawning Of Doom Die Krupps
08. Power Player Clutch
09. ugLi Skinny Puppy
10. Strangers William Control
11. Unlaced Emilie Autumn
12. Blood And Music Fixmer/McCarthy
13. Wizard Of Sextown The Revolting Cocks
14. What It Takes Charlie Clouser
2008 gave us two of the most highly anticipated albums in hard rock. One was Metallica’s “Death Magnetic”, the other is “Black Ice” by the Australian Kings of hard rock, AC/DC. Metallica pleased most of their fans with their new disc. Can AC/DC do the same?
In case you haven’t heard, Walmart has the exclusive release of this disc in the United States, and it hits stores as of 12:01 A.M. today (October 20th).
AC/DC must be out to make a statement that they want to rock. Check out some of the song titles on “Black Ice”. On this album you have “Rock ‘N Roll Train”, “She Likes Rock N Roll”, “Rock N Roll Dream”, and “Rocking All the Way”. That is a lot of rock related titles on one album.
If you haven’t heard “Rock ‘N Roll Train” on the radio by now, your radio dial must be stuck on an easy listening station. I like this tune, but I am thankful to say that this is far from the best tune on “Black Ice”. I do like this song a lot, and it is a pretty good tune to get things started on “Black Ice”.
The best part of the song “Skies on Fire”, is Angus Young’s fantastic fret work. This isn’t one of AC/DC’s best tunes, and it isn’t very memorable, but it is an OK listen.
“Big Jack” is a foot stomping, fist throwing stadium anthem that is sure to please. I hope this is one of the songs that AC/DC adds to their set list in their 2008 tour!
AC/DC will surely have another hit on their hands with “Anything Goes”. This song has a really cool, uplifting guitar riff that will help power this song on to the radio.
“War Machine” is the kind of song that gets me pumped up, right before I go into battle (online). I have heard this song quite a bit prior to the album’s release, and like this hard rockin’ adrenaline pumper.
A song that has been growing on me is “Smash N Grab”. When I first heard this tune, I felt like I had heard it before, but couldn’t put my finger on which AC/DC song it reminded me of. I still haven’t figured that one out yet. There are some subtle nuances to this song that give it a slightly different sound.
Man oh mercy, the guitar work on “Spoilin’ For A Fight” is AWESOME! Another excellent tune that could be another AC/DC classic.
“Wheels” is a short little bluesy rocker that could easily be the new official theme song of NASCAR.
The pace slows down a little bit with the song “Decibel”. This is a mid tempo foot stomper with some really cool bluesy guitar licks by Angus Young. At first, I thought Brian Johnson’s pronunciation of the word decibel was incorrect, but there are two different sounds for the word depending on the area of the world you live in. It still bugs me somewhat, but this is an OK song.
“Stormy May Day” has a really cool slide guitar riff, but this was another tune that I thought was just on the OK side.
“She Like Rock N Roll” is another really good anthem that could become another AC/DC classic.
I can’t get the song “Money Made” out of my head. If you listen to this song one time, you will find your self chanting “Work, Work, Money Made”. This tune is extremely catchy, and is another sure fire hit.
“Rock N Roll Dream” is one of those typical AC/DC songs where the main lyric is repeated over and over again. This song is one of the more average tunes on Black Ice.
“Rocking All The Way” is another fun bluesy rocker. Angus Young has this innate ability to take an average song, and turn it into something special with his awesome guitar licks. This is one of those kind of songs.
The album closes out with the title track “Black Ice”. This is another good tune with an ultra cool guitar riff. This is a very strong way to close out this album.
I think AC/DC fans are going to be very pleased with this album. Is AC/DC breaking any new ground with this disc? No, absolutely not. Have the guys lost one iota of talent or skill over the years? No, not one bit. Brian Johnson’s voice is as strong as ever, and the Young brothers are still playing some of the best guitar licks I have ever heard.
“Black Ice” is easily the best new AC/DC album since 1990’s “The Razors Edge” Start your week off right, and get to Walmart and pick this CD up! For those about to pick up “Black Ice”, I salute you!
You can now buy Black Ice through the Hard Rock Hideout music store at this link!
1. Rock ‘N Roll Train
2. Skies On Fire
3. Big Jack
4. Anything Goes
5. War Machine
6. Smash N Grab
7. Spoilin’ For A Fight
10.Stormy May Day
11.She Likes Rock N Roll
13.Rock N Roll Dream
14.Rocking All The Way
Brian Johnson – Vocals
Angus Young – Lead Guitar
Malcolm Young – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Cliff Williams – Bass, Backing Vocals
Phil Rudd – Drums
British metal legends SAXON will release their new download single, “Live To Rock”, followed by the arrival at the stores of their current studio album, “Into The Labyrinth”, as well as major tours to support both releases.
“Live To Rock” is available as an Internet download starting today (October 17), and SAXON will present the track live for the first time during the tour which will take Biff Byford and company alongside MOTÖRHEAD and DANKO JONES through England and Germany in November/December 2008. SAXON‘s new studio album, “Into The Labyrinth”, will be out on January 12, 2009 (Germany: January 9; USA: January 13). February 2009 will see the band embark on another major world tour, only one month after the album release.
“Into The Labyrinth” was recorded at the Twilight Hall in Krefeld, Germany, under the direction of Charlie Bauerfeind. SAXON laid down 13 new songs at BLIND GUARDIAN‘s studio, starting with monumental opener “Battalions Of Steel” through “Demon Sweeney Todd” and “Valley Of The Kings”, which both cover historic events, to the final slide guitar blues track “Coming Home” (fans are already familiar with the electric version of this track from SAXON‘s “Killing Ground” album).
“The new material was written in England and at my house in France,” Byford explains. “Stylistically, I would describe the album as an even balance between ‘Lionheart’ and ‘The Inner Sanctum’, a mix of powerful, in-your-face rock songs and pure heavy metal tracks. We’re very happy with the production and proud of ‘Into The Labyrinth’.”
Aestheticom‘s Bill Schacht, who has previously directed music videos for DIO, KING DIAMOND, AMON AMARTH, FATAL SMILE, LIBERTY X/REV RUN, ZAKK WYLDE and SISTER SIN, among others, recently completed filming footage for the “Live To Rock” clip.
“Into The Labyrinth” track listing:
Limited-Edition Digipack (only available in Europe):
01. Battalions Of Steel
02. Live To Rock
03. Demon Sweeney Todd
04. The Letter
05. Valley Of The Kings
06. Slow Lane Blues
07. Crime Of Passion
08. Premonition in D Minor
10. Protect Yourselves
12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
13. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
* Parzival movie with Biff acting as King Arthur
* Tour Documentary
* “Live To Rock” video clip
* Audio Interview with Biff Byford
Running time: approximately 70 minutes
Jewel Case Version:
01. Battalions Of Steel
02. Live To Rock
03. Demon Sweeney Todd
04. The Letter
05. Valley Of The Kings
06. Slow Lane Blues
07. Crime Of Passion
08. Premonition in D Minor
10. Protect Yourselves
12. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
13. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
01. Battalions Of Steel
02. Live To Rock
03. Demon Sweeney Todd
01. The Letter
02. Valley Of The Kings
03. Slow Lane Blues
04. Crime Of Passion
01. Premonition in D Minor
03. Protect Yourselves
02. Come Rock Of Ages (The Circle Is Complete)
03. Coming Home (Bottleneck Version)
Finnish goth metal band Katra, has released a new video, “Beast Within”. This is the title track off of their new album, that is available for purchase through Napalm Records.
Explosive Debut CD Sure To Arouse Passions Of Hard Rock Fans
Oakland, California–October 17, 2008–Melodic hard rock band Syrym today unleashed its monster debut. The self-titled album will initially be available on CD at CDBaby.com, as well as for digital download on iTunes, AmazonMP3.com, Rhapsody, and Napster. Syrym features the incredible guitar work of Babylon A.D.
axe-slinger Ron Freschi, the thunderous rhythm section of bassist Rich Talley and Babylon A.D. drummer Jamey Pacheco, and the gritty, soul-infused vocals of Jeffrey Winslow, and the music is tailor-made for rock radio, live venues, and blowing out stereo speakers everywhere.
The late Eighties and early Nineties provided a showcase for the catchy hard rock and hair metal of bands such as Motley Crue, Ratt, Lynch Mob, and Babylon A.D. In 2008, Syrym has picked up that torch and run with it, delivering big hooks and even bigger riffs–all with the groove and swagger of those aforementioned bands.
The 12-song debut album kicks off with “Foul Mouth Blues,” a slithering, angst-ridden, defiant declaration of the end of an abusive relationship. A demo version of the song, featured on Garageband.com, received honors in the Hard Rock category for Best Male Vocals, Best Guitars, Best Drums, Best Bass, Best Production, Best Lyrics, Best Beat, and Most Rocking Track.
“Warpath” tackles the topic of cancer from a unique perspective, describing the immune system’s rampage through the disease.
“Ugly On The Inside” turns the inner-beauty cliche on its head with lyrics that state, “They only see my disguise, they can’t see that I am ugly on the inside.”
“Brokedown” relates the tale of someone pushing a friend to get their life together before they end up six feet under.
“What I’m Trying To Say” is a father’s emotional attempt to tell his young son that the family’s divorce was not caused by anything his son had done.
Recorded at Hatrix Media Studios in Tracy, California, the album was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Freschi.
For more information, or to listen to samples of all the songs on Syrym’s
self-titled debut album, visit www.syrym.com.
The complete track listing is as follows:
1. Foul Mouth Blues
3. Torn In Two
4. Ugly On The Inside
6. The Sky Is Falling
7. 30 & Dirty
8. While America Sleeps
9. Alive In The Real World
10. Bring It On (Go Down Fighting)
11. What I’m Trying To Say
12. What I’m Trying To Say (Reprise)
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Prague, Czech Republic
Mindead – Abandon all hope
MINDEAD aren’t just plain metal. They manage to write interesting songs by using heavy, moshable metal riffs refined with sometimes aggressive, sometimes melodic elements. In short: this band will appeal to both neck and soul. Modern Metal Germany – www.mindead.de
Brunorock – Live on fire
If you’re a melodic rock fan you will be delighted by one of the best live CD’s to hit the market. The production is top quality and the sound is amazing. The opening track “It’s All Been Done 4 Me” is complete arena rock pouring into the front row as the crowd goes crazy and it doesn’t stop there “Now Dies The Truth” will have the fans on their feet screaming and singing along. Melodic Rock Italy – www.brunorock.com
Mafuba – Nothing comes to an end
Best Nu Rock Metal from Germany! The second CD was recorded with Zacky Tsoukas (Fair Warning) on drums. The DVD that will follow soon, will also content film material from these recording sessions. Nu Rock Metal Germany – www.mafuba.de
Magni Animi Viri – Heroes Temporis
A warm and harmonious sound from a symphonic orchestra combined with Rock and Metal. Simple melodies at times sung by a strong and proud classical voice, like the other one from a tenor, others by a sweet but raw feminine voice. Metal meets Classic Italy – www.mavsite.com
Upcoming releases in January 2009:
Crises – Coral Dreams
CRISES was found in 1995 by Ondrej Hurbanic and Thomas Abts. After many member changes and stilistic and musical advancements the bands today style is a “take no prisoners” and intelligent crossover from Rock, Alternative, Progressive, Metal and NuMetal elements. Modern Progressive Metal Germany – www.crises.de
Rusted Chains – t.b.a.
With the new album the band climbs up in the Death-Trash Metal Championsleague! Piss in the face of all prophets. Death Trash Metal Germany – www.chainnation.de