I consider myself a fairly big Savatage fan, so when Jon Oliva puts out new music, I am usually one of his loyal consumers.
With Oliva’s new CD, he included more guitar riffs from his late brother Criss, that him and his wife found in an old shoebox. Criss Oliva is credited with 6 songs on this record. Even after his passing, Criss Oliva’s legacy carries on with Global Warning.
Global Warning is a little more experimental than the last JOP release, Maniacal Renderings. As a result, this is the kind of music that requires multiple listens to full absorb.
Those looking for heavy rockers will be happy to hear cuts like Adding the Cost, Before I Hang, Master, and The Ride.
This album’s strengths are also its weaknesses. Some of the cuts are like a psychedelic blend of Pink Floyd, Queen, and Savatage. Die hard fans are going to dig it, but those looking for songs with more structure, and tighter compositions might be disappointed. This isn’t what I would consider Jon Oliva’s best work, but it certainly deserves a listen or two.
You can preview some songs on the Jon Oliva myspace page. Check ‘em out!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Global Warning
2. Look at the World
3. Adding the Cost
4. Before I Hang
7. The Ride
8. O to G
9. Walk Upon the Water
11. Open Up Your Eyes
12. You Never Know
14. No More Saturday Nights
Jon Oliva’s Pain is:
Jon Oliva – Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitars Organ
Matt Laporte – Guitars, Vocals
Christopher Kinder – Drums, Percussions, vocals
Kevin Rothney – Bass, Fretless Bass, and vocals
John Zahner – Keyboards, Organ
Fans of the band have been clamoring for new material for ages. With The Formation of Damnation, everyone will get their wish.
Testament returns with a powerful new album that should make them the new kings of Bay Area Thrash Metal. I must admit that I had low expectations for this record, which is why it BLEW ME AWAY! Testament still has every bit of the fire that made them a thrash metal favorite.
Chuck Billy has survived his batter with cancer, and with The Formation of Damnation, he sounds like he is out to conquer the world. Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson absolutely shred on this disc. I haven’t heard guitar playing this good on a metal record in a very long time.
Testament has one beast of a rhythm section with Greg Christian on bass, and Paul Bostaph on Drums. Bostaph’s rapid fire drumming is awesome. His drum sound is excellent on this record.
With some of Testament’s past releases, some songs are hit or miss, but with The Formation of Damnation, I can’t find any songs that I dislike. In fact, Testament made me remember why I love thrash metal in the first place. The songs are heavy, blood pumping, heavy metal beasts, that attack your senses with an audible fury that shakes you to your core.
Headbangers can rejoice. Testament has released one aggressive, Pit Bull of a record. 80’s style Bay Area Thrash is back! Thrash Metal fans and metalheads in general need to buy this record now! I highly recommend it.
You can preview new tracks on the Testament E-Card at this location. Metalheads around the world need to buy this record now! This is the best heavy metal record of 2008!
Rating: Out of 10
1. For The Glory Of
2. More Than Meets the Eye
3. The Evil Has Landed
4. Formation of Damnation
5. Dangers of the Faithless
6. The Persecuted Won’t Forget
8. Killing Season
11. Leave Me Forever
Chuck Billy – Vocals
Eric Peterson – Guitars
Alex Skolnick – Guitars
Greg Christian – Bass
Paul Bostaph – Drums
Whitesnake has released a new video in support of their new CD, Good To Be Bad. Good To Be Bad debuted at #76 on the U.S. Billboard Chart.
Iron Maiden has a new greatest hits compilation CD on the way.
The band has released the following article at Iron Maiden.com:
In an unprecedented move to let you hear, understand and appreciate the quality of the recordings that make up the album “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME” we are pleased to introduce SOMEWHERE BEST IN SOUND whereby you can download the entire album without charge as a high quality audio file (WMA) which is a typically powerful 320 kbps.
Once downloaded you will then be able to listen to the entire album at your leisure three times before the download expires. (Sadly the trial WMA (Windows Media Audio) isn’t compatible with Macs or iPods).
Once you’ve used your three trial plays you will be given a simple option to upgrade and purchase the album as a full traditional DRM-free download that you can copy or play as you like.
All full album downloads purchased before May 12th will not be delivered until May 12th. All downloads purchased after May 12th will be delivered immediately.
Go to Iron Maiden.com to download the album on May 7th!
Here is the track listing:
02.Aces High – Live
03.2 Minutes to Midnight
06.Children of the Damned
07.The Number of the Beast
08.Run to the Hills
09.Phantom of the Opera – Live
10.The Evil that Men Do
11.Wrathchild – Live
12.Can I Play with Madness
14.Hallowed Be Thy Name
15.Iron Maiden – Live
Disturbed have just released a new video game widget to celebrate the upcoming release of their album, Indestructible. Much like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, the game tests your hand and coordination while you rock out to new tracks, “Inside the Fire” and “Perfect Insanity” from the Chicago hard rockers!
Click on the Album Cover below, to play the game!!!
Indestructible will be in stores on June 3rd through Reprise Records.
MetalManiaOnline, put up a clip of the new Judas Priest single, Nostradamus. Check it out below!
Judas Priest will be releasing their sprawling double disc concept album, Nostradamus via Columbia Records on Monday, June 16th in the UK/Europe, and a day later in the US on Epic Records.
Long in the works, Nostradamus takes epic storytelling to a whole new level, as it recounts the life of this mysterious, world-known 16th Century French prophet. Some of the events that Nostradamus experts have interpreted as his predictions include the great fire of London in 1666, the rise of Adolf Hitler, and most recently, 9-11, among countless other renowned events.
“As in any concept piece, the lifeline needs to be of a solid source, taking the music over many levels of interest and perception,” points out singer Rob Halford. “Nostradamus” contains new frontiers explored and defined. The sense of adventure and the journey we undertook bringing the man”s life alive with metal was a real labour of love.”
As with all new Priest releases, the group – singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis – will embark on a mammoth worldwide tour in support of “Nostradamus.” Priest will be performing at the 2008 Download Festival – on a bill also featuring Kiss – which will serve as a “homecoming” of sorts for the group, as they performed at the first-ever “Monsters of Rock Festival” at Donington Park in 1980.
Since 1974, Judas Priest has been one of heavy metal”s most successful bands, issuing such all-time classic albums as 1980″s British Steel, 1982″s Screaming for Vengeance, and 1990″s Painkiller, and such arena-rocking anthems as ‘Breaking The Law’, ‘Living After Midnight,” and ‘You”ve Got Another Thing Comin”. However, Priest”s influence goes far beyond their music – they were the first metal band to embrace the “leather biker look,” a fashion that has since become synonymous with the musical genre. Additionally, Halford”s powerful four-and-a-half octave vocal range and the twin guitar harmonies of Downing and Tipton have been “studied” by countless metal bands in Priest”s wake.
“The Nostradamus album – above all others – is perhaps the one I’m most proud of,” says Tipton. “Whilst in essence and character still very much Judas Priest, it has afforded the opportunity to explore areas of classical and operatic dimensions that the band normally wouldn’t. As a guitarist and writer it has inspired me to greater heights and opened new doors to intrigue and passion. From start to finish, it will take you through a magical experience filled with light, shade, drama, melody and emotion that reflects this unique man and his life.”
“For me, Nostradamus has been a musical journey without comparison,” adds Downing. “The intrigue and mystery that surrounds this revered man has expanded my perception of heavy metal to the highest plateau and enabled me to reach the outer limits of my imagination and transport unique feelings and emotions to the instrument that allows me to express myself.”
In addition to the regular jewel case double CD version of the album, collectors will undoubtedly be interested in hunting down a copy of a Deluxe Double CD housed in a 48 page hardbound book package. But that”‘s not all – a Super Deluxe Box-set version will also be available with triple vinyl, the double CD, an expanded booklet and a poster.
Most bands of this high stature would be happy to play it safe. But not Judas Priest, who continue to take chances and break new ground. No other rock band could have pulled off such a grand statement, and Judas Priest have raised the bar once more with “Nostradamus.”
As to why they chose to make a concept album about Nostradamus, Tipton explains: “We didn’t – he chose us. We feel it was meant to be!”
To get a taste of what awaits for you within Nostradamus, go to Livenation.com/judaspriest on Monday, April 21st to download exclusive free MP3 of the album”s title track, as well as view the world premiere of the album cover art.
“Nostradamus” Track Listing:
01. Dawn of Creation
05. The Four Horsemen
07. Sands of Time
08. Pestilence And Plague
12. Lost Love
17. Shadows In the Flame
20. New Beginnings
21. Calm Before the Storm
23. Future Of Mankind
I am not really sure what to make of this new video by Assailant from Sweden.
This is mostly progressive metal with clean vocals, but the band also employs a death metal screacher.
Check out the video below!
The following report is courtesy of Greg Prato from Billboard.com:
Over two years in the making, Judas Priest will finally unveil its 16th studio album, Nostradamus, June 17 via Epic in North America and a day earlier internationally.
A double-disc set that tells the story of the 16th century prophet, Michel de Nostredame (whose name is often ‘Latinized’ as Nostradamus), the release is Priest’s first-ever concept album, and was recorded throughout 2006 and 2007 at Old Smithy Studio in the UK.
“Making Nostradamus was a new experience for us in Judas Priest, insomuch as this was going to be a conceptual writing and recording event,” Priest singer Rob Halford tells Billboard.com. “His life is well-documented, so for us it was all about taking the significant episodes he went through, and then with the right emotion, create music and lyrics that would convey them.”
On the album, Halford, guitarists K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis spread their stylistic wings, experimenting with symphonic orchestration and choirs.
Three configurations of Nostradamus will be issued. The most common will be a regular jewel-cased double CD, but there will also be a “CD deluxe hardbound version,” which features a 48-page booklet, while a “super deluxe version” will include three vinyl records (in addition to the CD deluxe packaging, plus a poster).
While there have been some European dates announced in support of Nostradamus (the chief one being a performance as part of this year’s Download Festival in England, which also features KISS and MOTÖRHEAD, among others), there will soon be an announcement about Priest’s plans for a U.S. tour.
In the meantime, Halford dropped a hint as to what’s in store for the group’s later headline dates. “As we recorded and listened to the music, and much like a lot of Priest songs, you cannot help but see images in your mind. We constantly thought about special effects and visual elements that will connect musically that we want to use onstage when we will perform all of ‘Nostradamus’ live,” he says. “Again, like every song we compose, the transition from studio to concert is one we think about and make sure we can deliver the goods.”
Here is the track list for Nostradamus:
Dawn Of Creation – “Prophecy”
Awakening – “Revelations”
The Four Horsemen – “War”
Sands Of Time – “Pestilence And Plague”
Peace – “Conquest”
Solitude – “Exiled”
Shadows In The Flame – “Visions”
Hope – “New Beginnings”
Calm Before The Storm – “Nostradamus”
“Future Of Mankind”
This disc had three songs filled with heavy metal fury, that has me wanting to hear more by this talented three piece band. The tunes on Salvation sound like long lost tracks from the NWOBHM era of rock.
What impresses me most on this disc is how tight the music is. Chris Appleton is a pretty good guitar player and vocally, he reminds me a lot of Armored Saint’s John Bush.
The production on this disc is very good. I love how I can hear the cymbals crash as if drummer Martin McNee was bashing the skins in my living room.
My only complaint is that I need to hear more! Three songs by Fury UK is not enough! If the three songs on this disc are any indication to the future of this band, then Fury UK will be huge before long.
Check ‘em out for yourself at the band’s myspace page!
3. Lost in Forever
Fury UK is:
Chris Appleton- Vocals, lead guitar
Adam Cropper-Bass, backing vocals
Motley Crue is going to make their “Colossal” announcement tonight at 7 P.M.
They will kick off Cruefest, in support of their new album, The Dirt with the bands Buckcherry, Trapt, Sixx A.M. and Papa Roach. One date in Tampa, Florida, has already been confirmed by Live Nation.
It has been a while since Motley Crue, has released any new tunes. 2005 to be exact, when the band released 2 new songs, and a cover tune, on their Red, White & Crue compiliation.
Here is the video for Sick Love Song!
and here is a preview of the new Motley Crue song, Saints of Los Angeles.
What do you think of the new Crue tunes?
DON’T FORGET TO WATCH MOTLEY CRUE ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, TONIGHT AT 12:05 A.M. EST!!!
The three piece Metal band from Germany, RAGE, has released a brand new CD, Carved In Stone. Check out the new video, Open My Grave, below!
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
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
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
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
Are you ready for a new King Diamond Tune? Check out the new video, for the song Give Me Your Soul. This is on the new King Diamond album, Give Me Your Soul…Please that was released in June 2007.
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
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!
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
Check out Red’s Video, Breathe Into Me!
Check out Prong’s new video, The Banishment, from their new CD, Power of the Damager.
If you have read music reviews at Hard Rock Hideout, you know we give praise where it is due. Black Tide deserves a bunch for this release.
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to hear a release of this quality from a bunch of teenagers. The young men in Black Tide have released one hell of a new metal disc. This is a disc that will easily compete for top record of the year.
Light From Above has a distinct 80’s style metal to it, but this disc has a heavier edge which will give it mass appeal. Some of the writing on this record reminds me of mid 80’s Def Leppard, but the guitar work is much heavier than that.
Chances are you have already heard the track Shockwave that was released on the band’s 2 song EP. While this is a solid cut, it is far from the best song on this record. This record seems to get better as it progresses.
Black Tide’s cover of Metallica’s Hit the Lights is a nice surprise, and this version ought to put a smile on a lot of faces, including that of James Hetfield.
Black Tide’s new disc hits stores tomorrow. If you want to hear a record with plenty of cool guitar solos, head banging drums, and great vocals, go get your copy of Light From Above, and don’t forget to put your chiropractor on speed dial!
Rating:Out of 10
- Warriors of Time
- Give Me A Chance
- Let Me
- Show Me The Way
- Live Fast Die Young
- Hit the Lights
- Black Abyss
- Light From Above
Black Tide is:
Gabriel Garcia (lead vocals, lead/rhythm guitar)
Alex Nunez(lead/rhythm guitar)
Check out Meldrum’s video, Purge. This is from the album, Blowin’ Up The Machine, which is in stores now!
Is Rocklahoma 2008 a big music nostalgia fest? Absolutely! Would I want to attend? Yes, without question.
Many of the bands in this 4 day music extravaganza haven’t released any new tunes in years. Would I still want to see them perform? No question about it.
House of Lords
Bret Michaels (headliner)
Looking at the list of acts above, this lineup may not excite a lot of people, but I would still like to see it. I love Tracii Guns, but I make no bones about it, that I prefer the Phil Lewis version of this band. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see their set.
Chip Z’Nuff mentioned in the Rocklahoma that a new Enuff Z’nuff album is on the way with Jake E. Lee on guitar. I am not sure if Jake E. Lee will be with them at Rocklahoma, but if so, this is a show not to be missed.
I haven’t ever seen Vain live, but I have heard a lot of good things about them. I would be happy to check them out.
House of Lords is still putting out new music, and has a new CD that will hit stores in a couple of weeks. Their last album, World Upside Down was quite good. James Christian is a very good singer, and the band features the talent of axe slinger Jimi Bell. Count me in!
I had the pleasure of seeing Jetboy live in Columbus (See this article for the concert review with videos). The band was excellent alive. I wouldn’t miss this their set for anything.
Tracii Guns mentioned in the Rocklahoma press conference that he hated opening for these guys, as they used to blow him off the stage. Jetboy was originally signed to MCA, and as with most acts on that label, never got the proper support they deserved. They are going to open up a lot of eyes at Rocklahoma.
Bret Michaels mentioned at the press conference that this will be a big show with pyro etc when he closes out on Thursday night. It sounds as if he wants to make this every bit of fun as a Poison show. He also mentioned that a special area will be set up where you can meet him in person, get an autograph, and a picture, and talk music with him. With Rock of Love being the #1 show on cable televison, there will be a lot of people waiting in line to meet Bret, without question. I don’t know much of his solo music, so I can’t say if his solo set is something I would want to check out. I will likely check out his solo disc that is supposed to hit in June.
Strangely enough, most of the bands on the Friday schedule, I have not seen live. For them to all be on the same bill together is quite cool. I wouldn’t want to miss one band on the Friday night line up.
XYZ was quite similar to Dokken. Terry Ilous said that this will be the first time the band has played together is several years. It should be an interesting set, and it will good to hear some of their tunes again.
Armored Saint is easily the heaviest band on the main stage for the entire 4 day event, and is a no miss act, in my opinion. Their CD, Symbol of Salvation, is still one of my favorites.
Kingdom Come always took a lot of crap for being a Led Zeppelin clone when they first came out. Nonetheless I like their first two CD’s, but I haven’t cared for their more recent material. I am not sure what the lineup will be for this show. I am guessing it will be Lenny Wolf and a bunch of hired hands. I will have to see what I can find out on this one. I have low expectations for this part of the show.
There are plenty of Night Ranger songs that I have enjoyed over the years. They put out a new CD in 2007, which I still haven’t checked out yet. Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Kelly Keagy are a very talented group. I wouldn’t dare miss this set.
Triumph and Extreme are co-headlining Friday night. This is one of the few appearances that Triumph is making
in 2008. Rik Emmett always puts on a good show. I wouldn’t miss this for anything.
Extreme is back together again with Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt, and Pat Badger. They are working on new
material for a 2008 release. I would be happy to see Nuno play live, in any capacity. I am glad to see him return to the band that made him famous.
There is also one band that has not been announced for Friday. I am not sure who this will be, but the lineup is already a solid one.
The Saturday Lineup has a lot of question marks for me, but could turn out to be a solid day of rock.
Pretty Boy Floyd
Every Mothers Nightmare
Black N Blue
Warrant featuring Jani Lane
My understanding is that Pretty Boy Floyd has completely reunited. This isn’t the watered down version of the band that Steve Summers has been on the road with. If so, then this would be kind of cool to see.
Every Mother’s Nightmare is a complete wild card. The singer, Rick Ruhl, and drummer Jim Phipps are the only remaining members. I like their bluesy Memphis rock, and would like to check them out.
Tora Tora on the other hand is a complete band reunion. I love their two CD’s Surprise Attack, and Wild America.
I have seen them live but it has easily been 18 years ago. They were great then, so I would imagine a solid show by this group. Hopefully their unreleased CD will see the light of day after this.
I never had the opportunity to see Black N’ Blue live, but I have all of their CD’s and would certainly want to check them out. Jamie St. James was pretty good on the last Warrant CD. I don’t know what the lineup will be for this show, but I doubt that Tommy Thayer will be part of it. Gene Simmons owns him now.
I have to admit that I have never been a Trixter fan. I always looked at this band as the New Kids on the Block
with guitars. I thought their music was a little thin back in the day, and seeing them live won’t change my opinion.
I have always liked Kix, and I have seen them live a few times. I have also seen Steve Whiteman’s other band,
Funny Money (which sounds exactly like Kix). It would be cool to hear some Kix tunes live again.
I saw Jani Lane solo in 2007, and he sounded great. I am happy that Warrant is back together again in a full reunion. I have seen them live a few times, and they always put on a good show.
Cinderella is also a band that has always put on an excellent show, each and every time I have seen them. Tom Keifer’s voice is the only thing that is a question mark about this show. The band has been off for a couple of years so I am hopeful that Tom’s voice is back to full strength.
The Sunday lineup is interesting, especially with two times slots still opened. One of these slots is heavily rumored to be Motley Crue. I am not sure of the other one, but wouldn’t be shocked to see Danger Danger get the other slot.
I doubt a lot of people are going to know Axe. I know the band, but I wouldn’t go out of my to see them play live. I like their tune Rock and Roll Party In the Streets, but that is about it.
Beautiful Creatures have released a couple of CD’s in this decade which is more than a lot of the bands in this music festival can say. Seeing them on the roster has me getting out my CD’s by them again. I would certainly want to check them out.
Zebra is a darkhorse in this lineup. I haven’t seen them live, but I am quite familiar with their music. This could be a good show.
Lynch Mob now features Oni Logan on vocals, Marco Mendoza on bass, Tommy Aldridge on drums, and of course George Lynch on guitar. I saw half of this band perform with Whitesnake, and would love to see this lineup in action. Tommy Aldridge is an animal on the drums, and George Lynch needs no introductions. I am interested in hearing his new Scorpion Tales album, but this is a Scorpions cover album. This is quite odd, considering that he hasn’t ever been in the band.
Tesla is the must see band on the Sunday bill. I have seen Tesla twice in the last year, and they were excellent both times. They will easily be the best band on the Sunday lineup (amongst those that have been announced so far.)
The side stages at Rocklahoma has a bunch of darkhorses, and bands that may surprise you.
The lineups look like this:
The Retrospect Records stage includes the following bands: Jester, Sidekixx, air-A-Dice, Front Runner, Tommy Had a Vision, Valor, Gypsy Blue, Whitefoxx, Blue Tiger, Wild August, Messang, Paul Shortino, Mariah, Warryor, Bad Candy,
Lorraine, Nasty Nasty, Real Steel, Cuttlass, Vyper, Mass, Bad Candy, Oney, Strikeforce, Herazz, Reckless, Heartless, Ron Keel, Warryor and Alibi.
I am not familar with most of the bands on the Retrospect stage, aside from: Mariah, Mass, Paul Shortino, Ron Keel, Nasty Nasty and Strikeforce. I would certainly like to
check out some of these acts, although none of these were bands were ever considered A-Listers.
The other stage has Texas Hippie Coalition, Karnevil featuring Dario Lorina, Dirty Penny, Crooked X, Gypsy Pistoleros, Sweet FA, Banshee, Gods of Kansas, Lipstick Magazine, Pownd, Shadowside, Mindflow, Warmachine, Asphalt Valentine, and Krucible featuring Lance King.
The interesting thing about Stage 3 is most of these are all up and coming bands.18 year old Dario Lorina is an amazing guitar player. Look him up on you tube and watch this kid play. He is very good. Karnevil is his new band. I don’t know much about them, but with Lorina on the six string, they will be interesting.
Dirty Penny is one of the better new glam bands out there. They aren’t very original, but their new CD is pretty good.
The Gypsy Pistoleros close out Friday Night on stage three, and they are the must see band in Rocklahoma. The Flamenco twist on their upbeat glam tunes is certainly one that I would like to see.
Sweet FA is the late 80’s/early 90’s hard rock band that reunited in 2007. Their new CD, The Lost Tapes is quite good. I have seen this band live, and I know they are pretty good.
Banshee is another must see band on stage three. They are one of the heavier acts on this stage. If you haven’t heard any of their music, I recommend checking them out. They will surprise you for sure.
Gods of Kansas is a newer band that is starting to make some waves. They are currently playing a bunch of live shows all over the U.S.
Pownd is a newer heavy metal band that is located 2.5 hours down the road from me in Richmond, Kentucky.
Their newest CD is highly rated across the web. I will be reviewing this one soon.
Shadowside and Asphalt Valentine are two of Chavis Records newer bands. Shadowside has one cd out, and one
on the way. Asphalt Valentine is a hard rocking band from Atlanta, GA. Their debut will be released within
the next couple of months. (I will also be checking them out locally in two weeks).
I don’t know the other acts on this stage (Crooked X, Lipstick Magazine, Mindflow, Warmachine, and Krucible) but I will be exploring these bands in the months to come.
As a whole….Rocklahoma offers plenty of Nostalgia, but also a slew of NEW bands trying to make it in the music world. The addition of two more stages in 2008 greatly improves this event over the 2007 show.
I can only hope that I will be able to make the trek there for this show. I can’t imagine missing this event!
A Nervous Wreck opened for The Bulletboys last Thursday night. I have seen this band a few times, in the past. Either my Samuel Adams was distorting my perception, or they were much better than the last time I seen them play live. They had a tight set that included covers of Motley Crue, L.A. Guns, Poison songs and a few of their own original tunes.
The Bulletboys returned to Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Blue Note for the first time in many years. It has been 12 years since I have seen the band perform. Marq Torien is the only original member of the band. I knew this going into the show, so I didn’t expect a whole lot, but I have been a fan of this group for a while, so I came to check out the concert anyway.
The band arrived a little late, as they just drove in from Yonkers, NY, but they were still able to put on a solid show. Marq may be the last original member of the Bulletboys, but he proves to be the most important one. Torien’s voice hasn’t changed one bit since the band’s debut CD from 1989. The band backing him up was very good, and Torien also proved to have some pretty good skills on the six string as well.
The band played a short but tight set that included, Talk To Your Daughter, THC Groove, Rock Candy, For the Love of Money, Hard as a Rock, Hell on My Heels, Kissin’ Kitty, Hang on St. Christopher and the mandatory Smooth Up In Ya.
Torien mentioned during the show, that they will be on the road later this year with…….The Foo Fighters.
I enjoyed this show, and will certainly catch them again this summer when they go back on tour. I got the chance to talk to Marq and the rest of the band, after the show. They seem pretty excited about their new CD coming out this year, and their up and coming tour this summer.
There are a few dates remaining on this short club tour. Don’t miss them when they head your way!
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
It is hard for me to think of Bruce Dickinson as that other guy, as big as Iron Maiden has become, but The Number of the Beast is the first album to feature ex-Samson front man, Bruce Dickinson as the lead singer of Iron Maiden.
The first couple of albums with Paul Di’Anno were good, but Bruce’s powerful voice elevated Iron Maiden’s sound into the stratosphere. The galloping style of guitar playing by Dave Murray and Adrian Smith was unlike anything other bands were doing at the time.
Not every song on the The Number of the Beast is an instant classic, but the three songs on this album that every hard rock fan should have in their play list are The Number of the Beast, Run To the Hills, and Hallowed Be Thy Name.
For this listener, this album is one that requires a few plays before you can gain a full appreciation for it. The musicianship on this record is amazing, but some of the songs take some time to grow on you. This isn’t my favorite Iron Maiden album, but it is a superb release, and most certainly a must own record for all metal fans.
For Iron Maiden, The Number of the Beast is a ground breaking disc, and one of the better albums to come out of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This is an absolute classic!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Children of the Damned
4. 22 Acacia Avenue
5. Number of the Beast
6. Run to the Hills
8. Total Eclipse
9. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iron Maiden is:
Bruce Dickinson – Lead vocals
Dave Murray – Guitar
Adrian Smith – Guitar
Steve Harris – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Clive Burr – drums, percussion
Black Tide have just completed a tour of North America and Europe opening for Avenged Sevenfold and will continue life on the road as they approach the release of their debut album, Light From Above. The band can be seen with All That Remains and Chimaira in February and March and on the Mayhem Tour with Slipknot and Disturbed this summer.
The heavily anticipated release from the hard rocking band will hit stores March 18th, 2008.
As Black Tide gear up for more touring and their new album, you can gear up too. The band and Hard Rock Hideout are giving you the chance to win a Dean MLX guitar, a Schecter Stiletto Studio-4 bass, a Pearl Joey Jordison model steel snare and a Coffin Case bass case.
The full length album, Light From Above, hits stores March 2008.