New Album Virus From Randy Piper’s Animal Really Gets Under Your Skin
When Locomotive Records spreads the Virus from Randy Piper’s Animal on October 21, it will be a clear case of musical infection, with symptoms including repetitive spins, severe neck trauma (from the massive amounts of headbanging), and blown eardrums, from blasting this one to eleven!
According to guitarist Randy Piper (ex-W.A.S.P), Virus, produced by guitarist Chris Laney, will “smoke your ass.” Recorded at Platform Studio and the legendary Polar Music Studios (where such acts as Led Zeppelin, ABBA and Genesis made some of their greatest albums), it is both more aggressive and more melodic than the debut. Lyrically, its real-life issues will keep the listener enthralled with thought-provoking conundrums of daily life. Several songs, in fact, deal with being unable to change a lifestyle that you know will kill you in the end, be it dangerous habits (“Can’t Stop” and “Unnatural High”) or working yourself to death (“Cardiac Arrest”). There’s also a cover of “Zombie” by The Cranberries.
This Animal was born in Scandinavia in 2007 as a Violent New Breed. It proved to be a rousing debut. By the time of its set at the prestigious Sweden Rocks Festival, Piper, Laney, vocalist Rich Lewis, bassist Nalle “Grizzly” Pahlsson and drummer Johan Koleberg had proved to over 100,000 that they’re the real deal.
1. Cardiac Arrest
2. Can’t Stop
3. Don’t Wanna Die
4. Crying Eagle
5. Unnatural High
6. Judgment Day
7. Who’s Next
9. Shoot To Kill
Locomotive Records will unleash Jam Pain Society’s Black Light Messiah in the U.S. on August 12. This North Carolina band, known for their theatrical stage presentation, counterpoints aggression and melody with soulful vocals.
Self-Produced by Guitarist/Composer Chris Hill (who cites KISS, Zeppelin, Van Halen, and Parliament/Funkadelic as major influences), these 12 tracks bristle with melodic invention, heavy guitar riffs and huge hooks.
The woman behind the mic for this Society is Leah Kirby. Raised on a steady diet of AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest and Motown, Leah cites Aretha Franklin and Ronnie James Dio as vocal influences. She is definitely not your typical rock frontwoman!
Nick Campbell’s the man behind the big drum kit, technically gifted, intricate, and raised in the Neil Peart (Rush) and Danny Carey (Tool) school of bombast.
The bottom is filled out in its own spectacular Jam Pain way with two bassists! Matt Frederick (from a band, Drill 187, that Hill produced) and Greg Putnam (he of the six-string bass) puts the prog into the proceedings. Dream Theater enthusiasts both, they combine for one voice…and in so doing, make this Jam totally unique!
1. So Here It Is
3. You Made Me
5. Monster Mind
6. Second Smile
7. The Ride
8. Erase You
9. Choose Your Machine
10. Wrapped Around
Check out the Australian band Maeder and their video, Business In Me. This song is from the band’s 2007, Self Titled CD on Locomotive Records.