Black Tide rolled into Seattle today to kick off another summer full of metal madness on the inaugural Mayhem Festival. Fan’s attending the festival can expect to hear Light From Above favorite “Warriors of Time” as well as their spot-on cover of Iron Maiden’s classic, “Prowler.”
The studio version of “Prowler” and the live version of “Warriors of Time” are now available for purchase on iTunes.
You check out the streams of the songs below!
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new BOB CATLEY album “Immortal” on September 19th 2008.
Best known as the singer of British Rock legends MAGNUM, Bob CatleyGary Hughes, who also wrote and produced the two following records “Legends” and “Middle Earth”. started his solo career in 1998 with the release of the highly acclaimed album “The Tower” written and produced by TEN leader
Closing the chapter on the collaboration with Hughes, Bob Catley chose to pursue a heavier direction leaning more towards the sound of Rainbow and Dio with his latest releases “When Empires Burn” (with songs written by the other TEN member Paul Hodson) and “Spirit of Man” (with songs contributed by longtime Bob Catley band guitarist Vince O`Regan and another two British songwriters Dave Thompson and Paul Uttley).
For his brand new studio album Bob has again moved on and selected songs written on purpose by the Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Allen/Lande, Starbreaker). The album production and recording happened in Karlsruhe, Germany under the supervision of Pink Cream 69’s Dennis Ward (producer of Angra, House of Lords, Edenbridge, Sunstorm, Place Vendome etc) . Dennis cared for the bass and guitar parts, with drums handled by Dirk Bruineberg (Elegy) and keyboards provided by Karlsson himself. Magnus Karlsson plays lead guitars on “End of the World” and the other PC 69’s member Uwe Reitenauer also contributed with a few solos.
“Magnus and Dennis ward did a great job for me, I am really pleased with the way the new album has turned out and I hope everyone enjoys Immortal as much as I did”, says Bob.
“Immortal” is indeed the heaviest, most epic and still melodic Bob Catley release ever. Capturing the dramatic spirit of the music of Magnum and early Rainbow and melting it with the peculiar approach to songwriting coming from Karlsson, the music of “Immortal” is well portrayed in the cover art specifically designed for the album by long-time Magnum sleeve designer Rodney Matthews.
“Immortal” final tracklisting will include:
Bob Catley has recorded his ultimate album, just don’t miss the chance for this new masterpiece.
Dichotic, a band from Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin will be releasing their album The Deepest Rise July 12, 2008 and holding a CD Release Party at The Lucky Bull at 363 Main Avenue De Pere, Wisconsin.
Other Local Bands performing at this CD release party are Praise the Fear,
Victims of the American Dream and Shot for Obscenity. Doors open at 8 pm and best of all there is no cover charge.
DICHOTIC’s writing style is heavily influenced by a variety of aggressive metal flavors and true to the name DICHOTIC, which basically means a type of listening perception from multiple angles.
Musically, Dichotic sidesteps conventional metal sounds so prominent in today’s metal arena. However, they remain loyal to the aggressive side of the musical spectrum and incorporate a touch of classic metal flavors – like that of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Black Sabbath.
Innovative, powerful, crushing, and intelligent is the signature style that is
DICHOTIC. The guitar sounds leap forward from the skilled hands of Aaron and Ace with a killer since of urgency.
In 2008, I have been very anxious for four bands to release their new albums, Whitesnake, AC/DC, Judas Priest and Motley Crue.
Out of the four, I was mostly concerned with the new Judas Priest disc, Nostradamus, as it is a concept album. That style of album rarely turns out well for most hard rock and metal acts.
With this being a two disc set, I wanted to take some extra time before I put my thoughts down in a review. There is over 90 minutes of music over the two disc set. That is a ton of music to take in at once.
I have no problem with the subject matter of Nostradamus that was used for this disc. I thought if Judas Priest wrote the right songs, this album could be something special.
The first disc starts off strong enough, with the first couple of songs. Prophecy, and its intro, Dawn of Creation are pretty good tracks. I also next two songs, Awakening and Revelations. Revelations is full of those trademark guitar riffs that Judas Priest is known for.
Things start to get a little theatrical with the songs The Four Horseman, and War. It picks up the pace again somewhat with Pestilence and Plague. The song doom laden song, Death sounds more Black Sabbath like, than it does Judas Priest. This lengthy metal track has some killer guitar work, but you have to struggle through parts of the song to get to it.
Disc 1 continues to drag on, and I must admit, I had a really hard time getting through the latter half of this disc.
The first song on Disc 2 that I enjoyed was the mid-tempo track Alone. This song is a little long, but pretty good. The rest of material on this disc I felt was very average until I heard the title track, Nostradamus. This song could have easily been on Painkiller. Sadly, their are not enough songs like this, in this two disc set.
If you are looking for another British Steel, or Painkiller album, Nostradamus is not it. If you have an open mind, you may find some songs to enjoy. If you are looking for instant, memorable hits, you will not find those on Nostradamus. This isn’t Judas Priest’s best work by any means. This album has the potential to grow on you, if you give it the proper chance. Nostradamus isn’t a complete disappointment, but I hoped for more from Judas Priest.
You can listen to the song Nostradamus, and download it for free, from the Judas Priest myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Dawn Of Creation
5. The Four Horseman
7. Sands Of Time
8. Pestilence and Plague
12. Lost Love
4. Shadows In The Flame
7. New Beginnings
8. Calm Before The Storm
10. Future of Mankind
Judas Priest is:
Rob Halford – Vocals
K.K. Downing – Guitars
Glenn Tipton – Guitars
Ian Hill – Bass
Scott Travis – Drums
Have you seen the new trailer, for the up and coming Alice Cooper CD, Along Came A Spider?
Check it out below!
This latest podcast from SPV USA features the band Annihilator. Check it out below!
The first half of 2008 is already over. Yes, it is hard to believe that half of the year is already gone, and we have already had quite a few quality new releases in 2008.
What are some of your favorite hard rock or metal discs of 2008?
The Swedish metal band, Steel Attack has a brand new video, The Evil In Me. This is song is on the brand new Steel Attack CD, Carpe DiEnd.
Let us know what you think. If you say Sink it, HRH will pass on reviewing this disc. If you love it, say SWIM, and we will feature it on our up and coming Sink or Swim Winners Week.
Legendary Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH will release their new album, This Present Wasteland, in Europe on September 26th via SPV Records. The tracklisting is as follows: ‘Killing Space’, ‘War Never Won’, ‘Meet Your Maker’, ‘Crawling To Extinction’, ‘Mass Hysteria’, ‘Breath Again’, ‘Deeds Of A Dead Soul’, ‘The Prophet And The Madman’, ‘Beneath The Silence’, ‘Tales Of A Stalker’, ‘King Of Lies’, ‘In The Company Of Sorrow’, ‘The Perfect Crime’.
Metal Church have confirmed the following opening slots: August 2 in Mapplewood, MN with JUDAS PRIEST and August 16th in San Juan Puerto Rico at Roberto Clemente Coliseum with QUEENSRŸCHE.
Check out the new video by Headhunter, “Silverskull” and let us know what you think!
If you say SINK, we will pass on this CD, If you say SWIM, we review at Hard Rock Hideout.com.
METALLICA have have revealed the title of their new album – Death Magnetic.
Set for a September release on Warner Bros., Metallica’s still-untitled new album is their first since 2003’s St. Anger and their first with bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined in February of that year.
Death Magnetic is “a stunning, overdue return to the shock and rush of the band’s speed-metal monuments, 1984’s Ride The Lightning and 1986’s Master of Puppets,” according to Rolling Stone.
According to BW&BK sources, the album will be preceded by an eight-minute single which is being described as “a tour de force that features some of their fastest playing ever.” The record is being produced by Rick Rubin (SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPERS) and mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Louisville, Kentucky’s Dead Child, have released a new video, Sweet Chariot, in support of their album Attack.
Metallica and their music needs no introduction to fans of Heavy Metal. Most of us have been rocking out to Metallica’s music since 1983
The brand new tribute to Metallica, Bite the Ivory, by Vitamin Records offers you the opportunity to hear just how incredible some of Metallica’s compositions are, without the heavy guitars, and crashing drums.
All twelve songs are performed on the Piano by the Russian born Sasha Ivanov.
Ivanov is a skilled piano player, and he treats Metallica’s music with the greatest of care. After listening to the songs in Piano form, it made me realize just how emotional these songs are. The complexities of each tune are made even more obvious when played on the Piano, and Ivanov is an extremely skilled pianist.
If you work in an office place where playing heavy metal music is out of the question, Bite The Ivory, might be the perfect way for you to get your musical fix. The songs are handled in a classy manner, and deserve multiple listens.
If you have an open mind, and want to explore, a new variation on some classic Metal tunes, check this disc out.
To preview some of the songs on this disc, check out this link at Vitamin Records.
Rating:Out of 10
1. The Ecstasy of Gold
2. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
3. Fade to Black
4. Hero of the Day
6. Mama said
7. Nothing Else Matters
10. Turn the Page
11. Bleeding Me
12. The Unforgiven
All songs produced, arranged and performed by Sasha Ivanov
at Xact Sound Productions
Thrash Metallers, Overkill, have a new video in support of their album, Immortalis.
Check out the video, Skull and Bones below.
Fuse has announced that it will be broadcasting live Bonnaroo 2008 sets from
both Metallica and Mastodon. Metallica’s set can be seen this Saturday, June
14th at 10pm, while Mastodon’s set can be seen on Sunday, June 15th at 9pm only on Fuse. More information about Fuse’s Bonnaroo 2008 programming coverage can be found right here: http://www.fuse.tv/tours/bonnaroo/
In 1985, Leatherwolf unleashed their three axe attack with their self titled debut.
If you are a metal fan that loves to hear a lot of heavy guitar work, you are going to love Leatherwolf.
This record starts off with the heavy tune Spiter, that immediately shows the prowess of their three pronged metal music. Michael Olivieri is quite a good metal singer, and he proves to be quite a solid axeman as well. Carey Howe, Matt Hurich and Michael Olivieri’s musicianship is ultra tight, and their guitar work plays off of each other well.
Leatherwolf is a hard band to compare to other acts from the era, but Iron Maiden would likely be the closes act they resemble, although their style is somewhat different. This is hard driving metal that simply kicks ass from beginning to end.
This disc has been out of print for quite some time and recently reissued by the band in 2007. The re-released version has a bonus track, Alone In the Night, which was originally recorded for the movie, Return of the Living Dead Part II. It is a nice addition to this cool disc.
Leatherwolf is still going strong with their 2007 release New World Asylum, you should definitely check out this record, as well as their latest work. If you are a heavy metal fan, buy this, you wont be disappointed. This album rocks!
For more information on Leatherwolf, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Endangered Species
3. Tonight’s the Night
4. The Hook
5. Season Of the Witch
6. Off The Track
7. Kill And Kill Again
10. Alone In The Night* (Bonus Track)
Mike Olivieri – Vocals and Lead Guitar
Carey Howe – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Matt Hurich – Lead Guitar and backing vocals
Geoff Gayer – Bass Guitar and backing vocals
Check out the latest video by Sevendust! Prodigal Son is the first single off of Sevendust’s new album, Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow.
Blabbermouth is reporting that the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns has a new singer……
The rock ‘n’ roll band L.A. GUNS, featuring guitarist Tracii Guns, has some big news heading into its Summer Blackout Tour 2008.
The band will be hitting the road this month with a couple of new members on board. In addition to Tracii Guns on lead guitar, Jeremy Guns will be on bass along with Chad Stewart on drums, and the group has enlisted new rhythm guitar player Alec “Big Al” Bauer, who has been touring with L.A. GUNS since 2007.
Marty Casey, the “new blonde guy,” as the band has affectionately referred to him on its web site, is the new voice of L.A. GUNS. Casey gained recognition as a vocalist along with millions of fans during his run on the hit CBS show “Rock Star: INXS”. He was also instrumental in writing and creating new material on the upcoming L.A. GUNS album.
The boys of L.A. GUNS have another “big gun” in their pocket. The band is currently in Canada recording its new album with multi-Grammy-Award-winning producer Steve Thompson. Tracii describes the CD by saying, “This definitely will not be your father’s L.A. GUNS.” He adds that and the music is “slightly more advanced” and the lyrics are “more introspective without losing the fun nature of our rock ‘n’ roll.”
L.A. GUNS is currently signed to Alexus Records. Look for these guys on tour this summer with FASTER PUSSYCAT and BANG TANGO as they blaze a trail through a city near you.
Upcoming L.A. GUNS shows:
Jun. 27 – Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
Jun. 28 – Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada @ Runway Park
Jul. 03 – San Juan, Puerto Rico @ Hard Rock Live
Jul. 05 – Sarasota, FL @ Muscle Fairgrounds
Jul. 10 – Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Jul. 11 – Dallas, TX @ Firewater Outdoors
Jul. 12 – Boerne, TX @ South Texas Rock Fest.
Jul. 13 – Houston, TX @ Meridian
Jul. 14 – Texarkana, AR @ Shooters Sports Bar
Jul. 17 – Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Jul. 18 – Johnson City, TN @ Nashville Station
Jul. 19 – Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Jul. 23 – Schaumburg, IL @ Chicago City Limits
Jul. 24 – Green Bay, WI @ Club Toxic
Jul. 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Quite a few bands have mentioned Watch Tower as one of their influences. Watch Tower’s impact on progressive rock and metal can be heard on their debut record, Energetic Disassembly.
This CD is a fairly short listen, clocking in at under forty minutes, but it is definitely worth the time spent.
Not only did Energetic Disassembly launch the careers of Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Broken Teeth) and Billy White., it also influenced the sound of many future progressive metal acts, including Dream Theater.
This Texas quartet’s music is best described as technical thrash. Think early Metallica style thrash with a bunch of progressive style time changes. Those of you who are familiar with Jason McMaster’s work in Dangerous Toys, have never heard him sing like this. Most of his vocals are sung at a higher, ear splitting register. His vocal approach was a lot more common by the speed metal acts of the 80’s.
The musicianship is nothing short of stellar on this disc. Not only does Billy White’s guitar work shine on this disc, but Doug Keyser’s bass work really stands out. Watch Tower’s sound may be a little on the experimental side, but fans of early 80’s thrash, will most certainly like this. If there are any downfalls with this disc, it would be with the production. The production quality is a little on the thin side, but this doesn’t hurt your listening experience.
Those wanting to hear one of the early pioneers of thrash metal music need to seek out Energetic Disassembly. This disc was out of print for quite some time, and was recently reissued by Rockadrome. It can be purchased from CD Baby.com. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Violent Change
3. Tyrants in distress
4. Social Fears
5. Energetic Disassembly
6. Argonne Forest
7. Cimmerian Shadows
Jason McMaster / vocals
Billy White / guitar
Doug Keyser / bass
Rick Colaluca / drums
Another young San Francisco band has set out to return 80’s style thrash metal to the masses.
The band has a style that blends the early metal style of Metallica and Slayer. Yes, their work is nothing unique. It sounds like the band is heavily influenced by Metallica’s early work, and I am ok with that.
Even if the music is derivative of Hatchet’s idols, it most certainly rocks, and rocks hard. Awaiting Evil offers plenty of thrash metal punch for this 80’s thrash metal fan. Julz Ramos and Sterling Bailey are solid axe men who show an amazing amount of potential. Marcus Kirchen has a look that reminds me of Ripper Owens. His voice vascillates between a strong clean metal vocal, and a coarse growly style of singing. He isn’t a cookie monster style of singer, and for that, I am grateful. I have heard enough of those type of singers to last me a lifetime.
The nine songs on Awaiting Evil clock in just shy of 42 minutes. On this record you will hear plenty of high speed drumming, tons of guitar noodling and enough solid trash metal to give you whiplash.
Metal Blade has found an excellent new band to carry on the torch for thrash metal. To hear more songs, and find more information on the band, check out the Hatchet myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Darkening Skies
2. Frailty Of The Flesh
3. Sealed Fate
4. Frozen Hell
5. Attack Imminent
6. Morlocks Tomb
7. Storm The Gates
8. The Dead Will March
9. Awaiting Evil
Marcus (Tormentor) Kirchen- Vocals
Julz Ramos – Lead Guitars
Sterling (McFly) Bailey – Guitars
Slave – Drums
Dan (Destroyer) Voight – Bass
Leatherwolf has released a new video in support of their CD, New World Asylum. Check out the video for Dr. Wicked below!
Black List Union has a new single, video and album under the moniker, Breaking Bread With The Devil. The new album will be released July 22nd. For more information on the band, check out their myspace page.
Another copy of Airbourne’s 8 song EP, Ready To Rock showed up on Ebay. I was hopeful to grab this copy as the bidding started out slow. Much to my disappointment, it didnt’s stay that way.
The latest copy of Ready to Rock sold for $330.00. Plus 3.75 shipping. That is $42.09 per song.
Have you read about the latest Drowning Pool Saga? Kudos to Blabbermouth.net for this great find.
DROWNING POOL frontman Ryan McCombs has posted the following message on the band’s official MySpace blog:
“The powers that be have been after me for some time to write another blog. Hell, at one point it was even suggested that I try to start some controversy with some other acts. You know the old ‘no such thing as bad press’ BS. It was suggested that I take a shot at Kid Rock one time. WHAT??? Here’s a dude that marches the same path we do supporting our troops. Yeah, right, I’ll get right on that.
“Actually, I will, but not at Kid Rock. Hell, I respect the guy — why would I do that?! I need a reason to be a prick. Anyone out there that knows me knows that much. So let me get to it. Let me make everyone happy.
“I’m sitting here in Mt. Clemens, Michigan at a radio show for WRIF, a bad-ass station up here in these parts. On the bill tonight was four bands that led us to look forward to this show tonight. REV THEORY, who we’ve been on the road with for a few shows here the past couple of weeks. ALTER BRIDGE, who I have no idea about, and PAPA ROACH, who happens to be 10th Street (our management) family of ours. Family, my ass.
“I have never witnessed such a short-dick syndrome in my career. Mind you, back in the SOIL days, I opened up for OZZY [OSBOURNE], [ROB] ZOMBIE and MUDVAYNE and I have never been treated like such a piece of shit. Not that any one of those three bands would ever even think of treating another performing artist the way PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE treated REV THEORY and ourselves today.
“A room full of people/fans completely get dicked out of the show they paid for because PAPA ROACH decides they need enough room behind the drum kit to park a fucking tour bus between it and the back of the stage. Then ALTER BRIDGE doesn’t strike their kit. Something completely in the right of the headliner but an inflated-head move for a support band, of any level. So the paying audience gets to see DROWNING POOL and REV THEORY try to navigate within about one foot of space between the kit and the front wedge (monitor).
“You know, I don’t get this shit. People in this business are so quick to spew brotherhood and family bullshit. And then the short-dick syndrome kicks in. What’s the point of being such shits to other bands in this business? Are you scared you can’t bring it when the fucking time comes? Are you so worried that somebody might bring the shit some night and give the crowd what they paid for that you have to handcuff them before the show even starts? I hope the people that paid for four shows tonight get fucking checks in the mail to cover their ticket costs from PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE. You all deserve it. You deserve what you pay for. I’m sorry along with the rest of the guys and along with REV THEORY that you all got fucked out of the four performances that you paid for.
“Just saw ALTER BRIDGE. Looks like we should have switched spots. You could have done your-feet-nailed-to-the-floor routine in our foot of space easily…
“Sorry if I piss off any fans out there, that isn’t my point. You hear this brotherhood BS and then you see the tongue-waggers for what they are.
“To PAPA ROACH and ALTER BRIDGE… leave the handcuffs on the headboard where they belong, allow the fans the show they paid for.
“Now, not being a spring chicken, I do realize that maybe these bands got put in a position of looking bad to REV and us due to their crew. But I’ve always been a firm believer that a bands crew is a reflection of the people they work for. So choke on it.”
UPDATE: McCombs has posted the following “clarification” regarding a point he raised in the above blog:
“I’ve been thinking of the last blog I posted and I wanted to make sure I explained a point I was trying to make.
“When I mentioned the ‘Merry Mahem Tour’ I did back in the SOIL days with MUDVAYNE, ZOMBIE and OZZY, I was trying to make a point that may be lost on some that aren’t familiar with these bands or their shows. All three of these bands had good, if not huge, productions (stage shows). But every night they did what they could to make sure everyone could do their show to the best of their ability. My mentioning of this tour and those bands was just to show that having been out with bands with their production size, and all together on one stage, that even then the pro in them stood out.
“We’ve all been in those situations where our hands are tied due to stage size but tonight was not one of them. Tonight was just a matter of not giving a shit. Was it the first time a band or bands acted in such a way? Nope. Will it be the last? Sadly enough, probably not. It was what it was. A bad night that could easily have been avoided. Misfortunate for the fans, and again to them I’m sorry for the way things played out.”
DROWNING POOL has been on the road in support of its third album, “Full Circle”, which marks the recording debut of McCombs.
Disturbed brought their Indestructible tour to Cincinnati, Ohio’s Bogart’s, Wednesday night.
With three platinum and two number one albums under their belt, Disturbed proves to have quite a large fanbase in the Queen City, as this show was sold out.
Disturbed has brought along two supporting acts on this bill, Art of Dying and Five Finger Death Punch.
Canada’s Art of Dying took the stage at 7:30 P.M. Their set list included the songs, Get Through This, You Don’t Know Me, Completely, and a cool cover of Alice in Chains’, Them Bones. Singer Jonny Hetherington has a pretty good rock voice, and as a whole, the entire band was pretty solid. The large crowd at Bogart’s seemed to like the band pretty well, even though most people were hearing their music for the very first time. Disturbed’s Dan Donegan is a fan of AOD, and asked the band to join this tour. They aren’t as hard as Disturbed, or Five Finger Death Punch, but they did a pretty good job warming up the crowd. Those of you who didn’t get to pick up their CD at this show, can find it at SeeofSound.com.
Five Finger Death Punch took the stage next, and proceeded to turn up the intensity in this elbow to elbow crowd. Five Finger Death Punch has a sound that wavers in and out of thrash metal and hardcore. It is aggressive, high speed, chest thumping music with a killer groove. At first I wondered how Five Finger Death Punch got on this bill. After seeing them live, I realized that they were the perfect band to open up for Disturbed. I was extremely impressed with the musicianship in this band. Zoltan Bathory and Darrell Roberts are one of the better guitar tandems in heavy metal today. They really got the crown going with their short set. No only did singer Ivan Moody electrify the crowd with his performance, but he instigated the first mosh pit of the night. His abrasive vocals take some getting used to, but it seems to work with Five Finger Death Punches’s style of metal.
Some of the tunes played by FFDP were White Knuckles, Death Before Dishonor, The Bleeding, and a cool but heavy cover of the song, Bad Company.
After Five Finger Death Punch’s powerful set, the crowd was supercharged while waiting for Disturbed to take the stage.
Disturbed took the stage about 9:30 P.M. This is the first time that I have seen Disturbed live, so I was not sure what to expect. They immediately took advantage of the electrified crowd, and continued to push us even further. David Draiman proves to be a very charismatic frontman, and is better live than on Disturbed’s studio material. Dan Donegan surprised me with his guitar wizardry. He is one hell of a player. By the time Disturbed broke into their second song, the crowd was in complete mayhem. More crowd surfing, and a second mosh pit broke out, as Disturbed blasted through their groove laden metal.
The Disturbed set included their songs (not in order), Down With the Sickness, Stupify, Stricken, Land of Confusion, Voices, The Game, Deify, as well as their latest hit, a new song off of their new album, Indestructible, called Inside the Fire.
I have been to countless live shows, but I don’t recall any over the last few years where so many people were fired up and enjoying the music, as much as this concert. During Disturbed’s set it was virtually impossible to take any pictures, as there was a massive amount of crowd surfing, fist pumping, and whole bunch of jumping taking place. Disturbed was excellent live, and will be a band I will be seeing again in the future.
Be sure to pick up a copy of their new CD, Indestructible on June 3rd.
The following are the videos taken at the show. Enjoy!
Disturbed – Land of Confusion
Disturbed – Inside the Fire (New single on Indestructible)
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed last night (May 14) during an intimate Los Angeles benefit concert that the band will follow the September release of its new, as-yet-untitled album with a tour in October.
“That was the first show of the tour,” announced Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who, along with his bandmates, shredded through a nearly two-hour set with such hits as “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Fuel,” “Master of Puppets,” “…And Justice for All,” “Enter Sandman,” and “Seek and Destroy,” at Los Angeles’ 2,300-capacity Wiltern Theatre.
The group didn’t reveal any new material during its lengthy set. Nevertheless, “it feels good to play live again,” singer/guitarist James Hetfield told a packed audience. “We haven’t played here in a long time.”
Last’s night concert was pulled together on short notice to help raise funds for the nonprofit Silverlake Conservatory of Music. The organization was co-founded by Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, who joined Metallica onstage for “Fight Fire With Fire,” from the band’s 1984 album “Ride the Lightning.”
Money raised from the concert will go toward the Silverlake Conservatory of Music’s programs and operations, along with scholarships for low-income students who can’t afford instruments and music lessons.
Bill White, director of development at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, tells Billboard.com that the idea for the benefit concert came together during a board meeting when Flea offered to ask Metallica’s Ulrich if the band would be interested in doing a benefit show on the school’s behalf. As a result, “We’ll probably raise over $300,000 net on this,” White says. “It’s a gift from Metallica to the school.”
Tickets for the concert went on sale Sunday for $200 apiece, along with a limited amount of VIP tickets that ran $500. Along with its annual Hullabaloo fund-raiser, which last year featured Eddie Vedder and Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music has plans to do more one-off benefit concerts in the future, according to White.
Meanwhile, Metallica will remain on the West Coast this weekend to play Tucson, Ariz.’s KFMA Day (today), KROQ-Los Angeles’ Weenie Roast (May 17), followed by Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnaroo Music Festival (June 13). No other North American dates were announced at deadline, but the rock act also has a handful of concert and festival appearances in Europe slated for August.
Along with Metallica, last night’s benefit concert featured rock act Scars On Broadway, the new band from System Of A Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian and drummer John Dolmayan. As previously reported, Scars on Broadway’s as-yet-untitled debut album is slated for a late summer release.
Here is the set list of last night’s Metallica concert:
“The Ecstasy of Gold”
“For Whom the Bell Tolls”
“…And Justice For All”
“Sad But True”
“Master of Puppets”
“Last Caress/Green Hell” (Misfits cover)
“Fight Fire with Fire”
“Seek and Destroy”
Disturbed will be releasing their fourth album, Indestructible on June 3rd. The multi-platinum rockers are giving their hardcore fans a special bonus if they pre-order the album from iTunes. Each pre-order will include 4 exclusive live tracks recorded at Chicago’s Riviera Theater. Disturbed has also released a new, all-performance version of their intense new single, “Inside the Fire” which you can check out at their official YouTube channel.
I don’t know what is happening in the Bluegrass state, but I am starting to see a trend where more and more good hard rock and metal acts are coming from the state of Kentucky.
Dead Child doesn’t follow the trend of newer metal acts. They don’t employ cookie monster as a singer. They are not a death metal or hardcore band, they are straight up heavy metal.
If I were to compare Dead Child to existing metal acts, I would describe them as a blend of Metal Church, Suicidal Tendencies and maybe a dabble of Metallica. They aren’t a dead ringer for any band that is out there today. One thing is for certain, they flat out rock.
Dead Child dishes up several cuts that will instigate headbanging all over the planet. The galloping guitars Michael McMahan, and David Christian Pajo, and the crunching rhythm of Todd Cook and Tony Bailey will certainly appeal to the majority of metal heads out there.
My listening habits have been leaning towards the heavy metal side of the fence as of late, and I have been enjoying Attack a great deal. I think a bunch of you will too!
For more information on Dead Child, and to preview some of their songs, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sweet Chariot
2. Never Bet The Devil Your Head
3. Twitch of The Death Nerve
4. Screaming Skull
5. Rattlesnake Chalice
6. Eye To The Brain
7. Armies Up Ahead
8. The Coldest Hands
9. Angel of The Odd
10. Wasp Riot
11. Black Halo Rider
Dead Child is:
Tony Bailey – drums
Todd Cook – bass
Dahm – vocals
Michael McMahan – guitar
David Christian Pajo- guitar