Swedish Sleaze rockers Sister released their debut CD, Hated via Metal Blade Records in 2011. Metal Blade Records haven’t signed any glam/sleaze bands in the recent past, so their signing of Sister came as somewhat of a surprise to me.
With Sister, Metal Blade Records has scored a killer sleaze band whose sound is like a good mix of Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar. Hated is back full of high octane, up tempo rock and roll that is going to please a lot of sleaze rock fans out there. Sister’s lyrics have plenty of angst and fire that will help a lot of folks relate to their music.
I have been listening to Sister for a few years now courtesy of their EP, Deadboys Making Noise. I love their EP, but I was glad to see that only one song “Body Blow” was carried over from that EP. I didn’t think this was the best song from the EP, so I am surprised they used this song, but it fits right in with the other hard-charging numbers on this CD.
Hated comes blasting out of the gate with several heavy rockers. The album doesn’t slow down until the piano based ballad “Would You Love A Creature” (gasp!). Hated has all the energy of a punk rock album, but it is the heavy guitars that sets it apart.
In my opinion, the best songs on Hated are “Bullshit & Backstabbing”(see video below), “Spit on Me”, “Werewolves on Blackstreet” and “Body Blow” (of course).
Overall, I have been enjoying Hated. I thought the CD could have used a little more variety, but it is still a solid debut. This is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the sleaze rock genre of hard rock!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Radioactive Misery
02. Body Blow
03. Bullshit & Backstabbing
05. Motherfuckers (Like You)
06. Werewolves on Blackstreet
07. Spit on Me
08. The Unlucky Minority
09. Would You Love a Creature
10. Too Bad For You
11. Drag me to the Grave
Jamie – vocals
Lestat – guitar, backing vocals
Rikki – bass, backing vocals
Cary – drums, backing vocals
Metal Blade is proud to announce the signing of one of the leading forces in Swedish Heavy Metal, RAM!
Comments RAM: “We are very pleased and proud to sign with a metal label that has done so much for Heavy Metal and has such an amazing legacy. We are also very pleased to become labelmates with our good friends and fellow Swedish old school headbangers Portrait and In Solitude. Now with the Blade of metal behind our backs the conquest of demolition continues! HEAVY METAL TYRANNY!”
RAM was created back in ’99 and released their first E.P“Sudden Impact” in 2003. After playing numerous festivals and a support tour for Sebastian Bach they released their first longplayer “Forced Entry” in late 2005 which brought the entire old school Heavy Metal community to its knees.RAM hit the road with Dark Tranquillity, did some Scandinavian shows with Gamma Ray and played gigs and festivals all over Europe.
In 2008 the band returned to the studio with producer Johan Reivén to record the album “Lightbringer” which was released in 2009 via AFM Records. This time they really took the time to explore the true heavy metal sound. The recording of the album took 10 months of nothing but strife for pure Heavy Metal perfection. RAM also headed out on a headline European tour to promote the album.
In 2011 RAM went back into the studio to record their third album “Death”. This time they worked with producers Per Stålberg and Olle Björk to create their best album to date by far. Live shows as support for Swedish extreme black metal band Watain followed as well as destroying some festivals.
Metal Blade and the World tremble in fear before the early 2012 release of the Metal behemoth that is“Death”.
RAM are back! Necks will be broken!
Oscar Carlquist – Vocals
Morgan Pettersson – Drums
Harry Granroth – Guitar
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Tobias Peterson – Bass
More details on RAM and their new album “Death” will be posted in the weeks and months to come!
Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of GYPSYHAWK, a band who hails from Pasadena, CA and is part of the Modern Wave of Classic Heavy Metal. Combining the sound of Thin Lizzy, Hawkwind and Deep Purple with contemporaries like The Hellacopters, somehow just a few average dudes with a penchant for riffs have set out to return music to the people that really appreciate it. GYPSYHAWK is a band’s band, a fan’s band, and a flat-out rock and roll band when music needs it most.
The band comments: “Metal Blade Records has been making the hits since before most of us were born. They inherently had a latent inspiration on all of us, cranking out some of the most inspirational sounds to come out after the ‘70s. To be part of this family doesn’t leave much to be desired. In the mean time we’ll be doing our best to live up to the Metal Blade legacy and couldn’t be more eager for everything we’ve been working for during the last two and half years.”
“GYPSYHAWK captures the epic 70′s hard rock riffs of such great 70′s bands as Thin Lizzy and Judas Priest with their own updated twist. We are excited to be working with such a gifted band and look forward to their first album on Metal Blade. “ comments Michael Faley of Metal Blade Records.
Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris (former bassist of Ohio blackened thrashersSkeletonwitch), GYPSYHAWK’s foursome is rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Erik Kluiber, and drummer Ian Brown.
Andrew Packer- Guitars
Eric Harris- Bass and Voice
Ian “P.P. Rider” Brown – Drums
Erik “Ron Houser” Kluiber- Guitars
About the band:
In a time when music is shoveled down listeners’ throats, GYPSYHAWK backs up the walk with rock, and maybe a little swagger but that’s all for good showmanship as much as the sake of the song. The Pasadena, Calif. foursome has been honing its sound, sharpening its riffs and showing the promise it holds in the palm of their hands since the band’s mid-2009 inception through perseverance, practice, and an ever-increasing number of shows both at home in Southern California and across the U.S.
Fronted in true Phil Lynott style by singer/bassist Eric Harris, having already put in his time with Ohio blackened thrashers Skeletonwitch before moving to California, GYPSYHAWK’s foursome was initially rounded out with guitarists Andrew Packer and Scotty Conant, and drummer Joe Fabio. The band’s promising self-recorded January 2010 demo caught Bay Area-based Creator-Destructor’s attention, which in turn led to the July 2010 release of Patience and Perseverance a full, twelve-track debut mixing melodies, musicianship, monstrous riffs, and the all important guitar solo.
Recorded in April 2010 in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Light This City),GYPSYHAWK enlisted artist Dan Lerner to create a fitting visual representation of the band’s manifest, which Harris and company think Lerner more than accomplished, mixing eerie vibes with hippy mentality, suiting for the band’s brand of harmonies and hard rock. With Patience and Perseverance and subsequent early praise for such a new band, GYPSYHAWK hopes to keep spreading the love for melody and riffs – and the solos –and everything that made the ‘70s era of super rock so fun.
Since the release of Patience and Perseverance, and several tours in support of the record,GYPSYHAWK has finally capitalized on the hard work the band has burdened their shoulders with in its brief, but bubbly and budding, existence. Now supplementing founders Packer and Harris are guitaristErick Kluiber and drummer Ian Brown, injecting some fresh blood into the four-piece, long-haired outfit.
Up next: another nation-wide tour in support of Patience – all booked themselves in true D.I.Y. fashion, whereupon GYPSYHAWK is unveiling a handful of new songs which will surface on a second full-length, so fans will get a preview before the tunes are laid down in the studio. Turn down the lights and turn up the tunes indeed!
Check out the band’s video “Gypsyhawk” below!
Sister is proud to announce that we have signed with legendary METAL BLADE RECORDS
Metal Blade Records has unleashed some of the most influential and significant metal acts like Slayer, Metallica, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Six Feet Under, Cradle Of Filth and King Diamond while developing acts like As I Lay Dying, Amon Amarth, Whitechapel and Behemoth just to name a few.
Metal Blade is the label we have been waiting for and it feels great to get shit going. We also wanna send out a big thanks to our fans around the world who supports the band!
We’re currently working on our debut album in the studio but more about that later.
Last year’s focus has been on getting our shit together and make big things happen. This year is gonna be the year of the pissed off SISTER and we plan to do what we do best, Rip shit up!!
See you on tour 2011! And til then, CHEERS TO YOU ALL FUCKERS!