Released November 24th on Warner Bros. Records / Machine Shop Recordings
“Simply awesome… Every single aspect is nothing less than razor sharp, holding the entire crowd until the re-emergence of Jay-Z for a romp through tracks from the duo’s Collision Course album nearly two hours later. A genuine show-stopping performance” – Kerrang! review of the Milton Keynes show.
Multi-platinum two-time Grammy-winning rock band LINKIN PARK has announced a November 24th release date for ROAD TO REVOLUTION (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros. Records), an action-packed CD/DVD set featuring seventeen of the group’s biggest hits recorded live in concert.
The double-disc set captures the band’s June 29th 2008 show at the Milton Keynes National Bowl during the sold-out European leg of this past summer’s Projekt Revolution tour. Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution has become one of the summer concert season’s annual heavyweights and the Milton Keynes gig — played to a packed crowd of almost 50,000 people — was the biggest in the tour’s six-year history.
“Over the course of the past few years, we’ve played more than two hundred Projekt Rev shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, and while each of those gigs has been special, the Milton Keynes show has been one of the most memorable,” says Linkin Park co-lead vocalist Chester Bennington. “It was one of those nights where the band and audience come together as one, and we wanted to share that experience with the fans that couldn’t be there.”
ROAD TO REVOLUTION features hidden bonus tracks and includes exclusive, never-before-seen live photos. The CD/DVD set highlights a mix of new hits, including latest single “Leave Out All The Rest,” classic tracks such as “Breaking The Habit” and “Crawling” and two special performances—““Jigga What/Faint” and “Numb/Encore”—featuring Grammy winning rapper Jay-Z. In 2005, “Numb/Encore” was awarded a Grammy for “Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.”
Check out the live clip for “Leave Out the Rest” here.
The full track listing for ROAD TO REVOLUTION is as follows:
“One Step Closer”
“From The Inside”
”No More Sorrow”
”Lying From You”
”Hands Held High”
”Leave Out All the Rest”
”The Little Things Give You Away”
”Breaking the Habit”
”Shadow of the Day”
”In the End”
”Pushing Me Away”
”What I’ve Done”
“Numb/Encore” (featuring Jay-Z)
“Jigga What/Faint” (featuring Jay-Z)
Linkin Park spent the summer touring with Projekt Revolution in support of their latest album MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT and the seventh best-selling album of the year. In addition to “Leave Out All The Rest,” MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT spawned four other top ten hits (“Bleed It Out,” “What I’ve Done,” “Shadow of the Day,” “Given Up”) and earned Linkin Park the title of 2007’s best-selling rock band, with worldwide sales of more than 6 million.
Former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell has just unveiled the official video for “Ground Zero.” The clip includes scenes from the ABC crime-drama Life On Mars. The series also prominently featured the song in their October premiere episode. The song comes off Cornell’s upcoming Timbaland produced effort, Scream. The album will be hitting stores in early 2009.
Cornell has also been blogging on his official site as of late. So far, the entries have dealt with everything from a dream he had about Layne Staley to his touring preparation and set list choices. Check out all of the blog posts at www.chriscornell.com/blog/ to get a rare glimpse into the mind of the rock icon.
HRH Comment: This is a completely different sound for Cornell. I was expecting something more in the hard rock vein. I am not sure this even falls in the rock category. I am still not quite sure what to think about this.
Check it out below, and see what you think!
Sleaze Rock has seen one of hell of a resurgence over the past few years. While the majority of the bands have came out of Sweden, Johnny Burning is here to show the world that Italians can do it just as good if not better than the Swedes and judging from their album “Get Up, Get Loose, Get Off!” this five piece band from Imola, Italy are definitely on the right track.
There are about three song titles that kind of leave me scratching my head wondering what they are talking about. The first such song is the lead off track “Wrong Shape” but the guys can be forgiven because the song absolutely rocks with a great groove, catchy lyrics, a great sing a long chorus, and a smoking solo. Lead singer Manuel (no last name needed) sounds like a cross between the legendary Jesse Hart (Southgang) and Mimmo (Krystal), the guy can really sing and probably the biggest thing for me, I can understand what he is singing which unfortunately has kept me from being able to get into a couple of other Italian bands in the past. I’m not sure who is supposed to get credit for the solo since the band has two guitarists D.B. & Niko (once again no last names needed), but neither are distinguished as the lead or rhythm.
“Devil Inside” pretty much follows the same suit as “Wrong Shape” and it is just as rocking too. These guys definitely know how to write catchy songs with great hooks that will keep a part of your body tapping be it your head, feet, or hands you won’t be able to help yourself.
The third track is another one of those scratching my head title and it definitely gets my vote for the most interesting song title of year “Sassy Lassie Goose” is another great song that follows the same recipe as the albums first two tracks and pretty the rest of the album follows as well.
I have no idea what “Idiota” means but Johnny Burning changes things up just enough with this track to keep things interesting with it’s an a capella opening and throwing some harmonica in there as well.
“Shine” is the ballad/mid tempo song on the album and unfortunately it was written about 20 years to late because back in the 80′s this song would have been a monster hit. It could have easily stood toe to toe with any song released by Bon Jovi, Poison, Great White, or any other band we could sit here and name and it could just as easily stand toe to toe with any of the power ballads that have been released over the past couple of years, maybe a disc jockey somewhere will give this song the chance it deserves and give it some air play.
For “Rock in the U.S.A.” the guys drop the sleaze and give a more melodic approach but the results are just as great as any other song on this album.
I can’t forget the rhythm section of Cesko on bass and Rob on drums because they definitely keep everybody in line on this album.
If you like your rock sleazy with a touch of blues, big choruses, and smokin’ solos Johnny Burning maybe exactly what you are looking for.
02. Wrong Shape
03. Devil Inside
05. Sassy Lassie Goose
06. Lost & Found
07. Burning Miracle
08. Time To Rock
10. Rock In The U.S.A.
11. Turn Down Just To Leave It
Johnny Burning is:
Manuel – vocals
D.B. – guitars
Niko – guitars
Cesko – bass
Rob – drums
Kristy Majors posted the following on his myspace blog:
I’M NOT GONNA GO INTO ANY DETAILS EXCEPT POSTING AN EMAIL FROM STEVE SUMMERS RECENTLY , BUT THE ORIGINAL PRETTY BOY FLOYD HAS PARTED WAYS.
BELOW IS A DIRECT QUOTE TAKEN FROM AN EMAIL STEVE SUMMERS WROTE ME:
” i have had way stronger lineups in the past and honest thing kris the crowds arent bigger or louder with u and kane just being honest i could use 3 fat bald guys and if i was singing to a crowd it would be just the same”.
Guns N’ Roses premiered a new commercial teaser for Chinese Democracy during Saturday Night Live over the weekend. The 30 spot features the recently released title track and information about the album pre-sale. The teaser will run again tonight during Monday Night Football which airs on ESPN at 8:15 P.M. EST.
Chinese Democracy will be out November 23rd through Black Frog/Geffen Records.
Oklahoma City’s bad boy rockers Hinder are back with their first release of new material in three years. Was the three years worth the wait? I’ll answer that with a resounding YES! As much as I loved their debut “Extreme Behavior” “Take It To The Limit” leaves it in the dust. For all the “single” fans I have to warn you there is not a “Lips of an Angel” on this album and I think the album is better off without it. “Take To The Limit” is a stronger album from start to finish than the band’s debut.
Hinder’s mantra from the get go has always been “Sex, Drugs, & Rock-n-Roll” the more the better and they deliver by the bucket loads on this album. Right from the start with “Use Me” Hinder take us on a wild ride filled with debauchery and fun. I don’t usually like to compare videos to songs but I have to admit the video for “Use Me” is one of the hottest videos I have seen in a long time and the song is just as strong without the video. Guitarists Joe Garvey and Mark King are the perfect tag team trading licks back n forth while Austin Winkler lets all of us know how much he is going love being used.
“Loaded & Alone” is one of two songs that really caught my attention because it seems so autobiographical as they sing about someone giving up everything for fame and once they get the fame wanting what they gave up back. Once again Garvey and King’s playing make this song even better and not to be left out of the picture bassist Mike Rodden lays down some great lines and drummer Cody Hanson gives his best performance on the album.
“Last Kiss Goodbye” is a mid tempo rocker about a cheating significant other and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a huge hit if released as a single. “Up All Night” is exactly what the title suggest an all out anthem party song, filled with great gang vocals and a very cool opening from Garvey & King and another solid performance from Hanson.
“Without You” is the second release off “Take It To The Limit” and this album’s monster ballad. To be honest it blows “Lips of an Angel” out of the water. It is guaranteed to have people lighting their bics and cell phones when this is played live.
People try to lump Hinder into the “Post Grunge” genre even while the guys have stated over and over that Motley Crue is one of their biggest influences. The title track has had a lot of people talking because the guys are joined by the one and only Mick Mars who plays the solo. The song itself is another great party song that completely lives up to the hype, great groove, killer gang vocals, and Mick Mars like the legend he is completely nails the solo.
“The Best Is Yet To Come” is another mid tempo rocker that has the band looking back to the past but also looking forward to the future. I can see this song not only being a hit but also the class song for a lot of senior high classes graduating this year.
“Heaven Sent”, “Thing For You”, and “Lost In The Sun” are all great mid tempo rockers and all of them have single potential.
“Far From Home” closes the album and it is the second song that really caught my attention because it is so autobiographical about leaving life behind to follow a dream.
Like them or not Hinder is one of the bands leading the revival for straight up rock-n-roll and “Take It To The Limit” is going to go a long way in helping the cause.
1. Use Me
2. Loaded and Alone
3. Last Kiss Goodbye
4. Up All Night
5. Without You
6. Take It to the Limit
7. The Best is Yet to Come
8. Heaven Sent
9. Thing for You
10. Lost in the Sun
11. Far from Home
Austin Winkler – Vocals
Joe “Blower” Garvey – Guitar
Mark King – Guitar
Mike Rodden – Bass
Cody Hanson – Drums
As it prepares to remember its breakthrough with the upcoming “Live at Budokan: 30th Anniversary” boxed set, Cheap Trick is also readying the release of its next studio album, which guitarist Rick Nielsen says is in the can and ready to go — although no label, title or release date are set yet.
“It sounds cool,” Nielsen tells Billboard.com about the set, which the group worked on with producer Julien Raymond and which he calls a “continuation” of Cheap Trick’s 2006 album “Rockford.” “There are a lot of strong songs. I think (frontman) Robin (Zander) sounds great on it. I mean, the thing starts with Robin singing a cappella, which we’ve never really done for a whole song.
Cheap Trick recorded the album at various points during the past 10 months, working “all over the place. We did a song here, a song there — some in Florida, some in Chicago, some in L.A., some in London — and then mixed them all at the same time.”
Nielsen says the group also hopes to release a CD and DVD from its 30th anniversary visit to Budokan this past April, as well as of performances the group did of the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in New York and Hollywood. Also on the docket is a release of the 1998 re-recording of 1977′s “In Color” with Steve Albini; Nielsen promises “it’s gonna happen” but won’t say when.
The primary archival focus, however, is on the “Live at Budokan” box, which features the entire concert first released in 1998 for the 20th anniversary along with a DVD and CD of the April 30, 1978, show that was broadcast on Japanese television that year and has been in the vaults ever since.
Nielsen says the best part about these later “Budokan” releases has been the chance to show the world the entirety of the show, which he feels offers a better representation of Cheap Trick than the 10-song 1978 album that became an import sensation and the band’s commercial breakthrough in the U.S.
“It shows a bit more of a heavy side to Cheap Trick … songs that were definitely more heavy than what the (original) record was,” Nielsen explains. “I was always surprised that with the success we had (in 1978-79), the ex-record company and the ex-manager didn’t say, ‘Gee, let’s exploit this and put it out!’ We waited 20 years to put the complete thing out. That’s how smart we were, eh?”
We are letting you download 5 trax from the new album ‘SEX DRUGS ANARCHY’ for FREE!!!
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2008 two disc (CD + DVD) release Explicit Version. The legend that is Twisted Sister return with their new live CD/DVD recorded at London’s Astoria Theatre on a very hot summer night in 2004. The critics hailed Twisted Sister’s performance as one of their greatest ever. If you’re an S.M.F. and have wondered what Twisted Sister thought about any of their live shows throughout their 35 year history, you should know this: while certain band members remember certain shows, and relate tales of particular performances as being their favorite, rarely does the band universally agree that any particular show is about as good as it gets. Each band member considered this show to be amongst the most special of their career. This concert was filmed and kept in a vault for the past four years. When the band had the opportunity to look at the footage, it brought back the heat, passion, intensity and audience participation that was a level far above all expectations. We look forward in sharing this magical performance with all of you!
TWISTED SISTER “LIVE AT THE ASTORIA” Track Listing:
1. What You Don’t Know (Sure Can Hurt You)
2. The Kids Are Back
3. Under The Blade
5. Like A Knife In The Back
6. Burn In Hell
7. Ride To Live
8. Shoot ‘Em Down
9. You Can’t Stop Rock N’ Roll
10. The Fire Still Burns
11. We’re Not Gonna Take It
12. The Price
13. I Am, I’m Me
14. I Wanna Rock
15. Come Out & Play
Who needs Robert Plant? Apparently not the other surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who are ready to pull the trigger on a tour with a new singer if Plant refuses to join in. Sources tell Billboard the front man first in line for the gig is Myles Kennedy, who has most recently led the rock outfit Alter Bridge.
Kennedy has rehearsed with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham on several occasions, according to sources in the know. In a recent BBC interview, Jones confirmed the band was planning to tour but didn’t refer to Kennedy by name.
Although he was on board for a one-off reunion in December 2007 in London, Plant has steadfastly declined to hit the road with Zeppelin. In late September, he issued a statement saying he has “no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years,” and also wished Page, Jones and Bonham “nothing but success with any future projects.”
If things move forward, the biggest question would be what to call the group. Would Zeppelin fans stand for it if the original name was used despite Plant’s absence?
There may be one unintended side effect should Kennedy bolt Alter Bridge, which has released an album each for Wind-Up and Universal. That band features the non-singing members of Creed, who split with front man Scott Stapp in 2004. But sources indicate there would be big bucks in a Creed reunion tour and that the band may indeed rise again.
Fans were thrilled to hear the song premiered on the official PUNISHER : WAR ZONE website (www.punisherwarzonemovie.com) in its entirety on Friday 10/24/08 as thousands rushed to hear the track and post it on their personal websites. Now they will be able to download the full track when it is launched on the iTunes Store on Halloween.
Multi-platinum Island Records’ five-man band Saliva has completed its aptly-titled fifth album, Cinco Diablo, set to arrive in the physical and digital marketplace on December 16th – the ultimate alt-metal post-grunge must-have CD this twisted holiday season! The new album’s first single pick, “Family Reunion,” was #1 Most Added at Active Rock and Modern Rock radio and is already on over 75 stations at both formats.
In advance support of Cinco Diablo, Memphis favorites Saliva continue their never-ending headlining tour schedule with Jet Black Stare, Drowning Pool, and Tantric through Nov. 11th (Veteran’s Day) in Texas. Saliva will play a halftime NBA homecoming gig at FedEx Forum in Memphis on Halloween, when the Grizzlies host the Magic.
Cinco Diablo is the long-awaited followed to Blood Stained Love Story, Saliva’s fourth album, released nearly two years ago in January 2007. It gave the band the highest Soundscan debut of their career – #19-bullet on combined first week sales of 30,000 copies. The album also spun off one of Saliva’s highest-charting singles, “Ladies and Gentlemen,” which rose to #1 at Active Rock and #2 at Mainstream Rock. “Ladies and Gentlemen” was heard in a Sony Playstation commercial last year, and was also used in Wrestlemania and Ultimate Fighting show Wired. The song matched the success of their biggest single to date, “Always,” which hit #1 at Active and Modern Rock back in 2002 (from the Back Into Your System album).
Check out the “Family Reunion” single on the band’s MySpace page: www.myspace.com/saliva
Both GWAR and Marilyn Manson have covered some popular tunes over the years. In the spirit of Halloween, the Video Showdown this week puts GWAR’s cover of Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out” against Marilyn Manson’s cover of the Soft Cell classic, “Tainted Love”.
Gwar – School’s Out
Marilyn Manson’s Tainted Love
Which video wins Video Showdown #10? You decide.
Post your comments and place your votes!
Guns N’ Roses have just released a new widget which has a countdown to the November 23rd release date of their long-delayed Chinese Democracy album. The widget also features an audio stream of the title-track new single.
Best Buy will exclusively carry the album in the U.S. and Canada.
Black Tide has just launched their Warriors of Time Animation series. The six part series is explained best by the band themselves, “Our Hero, known as The Bastard, is a living embodiment of metal music. We pit him against a robotic legion whose influence spans all of time and space. The song speaks to the urge in everyone to rage and rock out against all outside expectations. It is a call to arms against a mundane existence, and the Bastard is always there to answer in force, slaughtering the robot conformist authority for the sake of youth, rebellion, and the undying spirit of true metal.” For the first in the epic series, click here.
Musical-instrument and sound-equipment maker Peavey Electronics and Guitar World magazine have paired with hard rockers BLACK STONE CHERRY to present an exclusive web concert this Halloween!
To view the concert, please go to this location on October 31 and all Halloween weekend! Viewers can also register to win a new Peavey Vypyr 15 modeling guitar amplifier signed by the band. No purchase necessary.
BLACK STONE CHERRY’s second Roadrunner album, “Folklore and Superstition”, sold 13,600 in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 28 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Black Bird Studios, which is owned and operated by country music star Martina McBride. It was produced and mixed by veteran Bob Marlette (OZZY OSBOURNE, SALIVA).
Source – Blabbermouth.net
Swedish axeman Magnus Karlsson has recently posted this letter on his website:
“I thought it was time for a little update. We have two more shows with Primal Fear next weekend before we start the recording of our new album. “Monsters of Mora” in Sweden and at Sounddock 14 in Switzerland. The tour with Primal fear has been a blast! I can’t imagine a better and more fun band to be in. I really enjoyed meeting all great bands and also that I got the chance to meet some of you guys to have a chat and a drink or two. We are almost done with the song writing for the Primal fear album and I will go to Germany to record my stuff in December. The songs came out fantastic and I’m very excited to be a part of this album. Expect a release in May 2009. Check out www.primalfear.de for more updates about the recording.
I will also start writing on Allen/Lande III and hopefully I will have it done in time for a release next year.
Thanks everyone for your kind messages and emails. I read them all and try to answer as often as I can but sometimes there’s not time enough. I’m really sorry for that but if I would spend more time on myspace than I already do there wouldn’t be any more time for guitar shredding.
Well, I hope you all are enjoying life …and if you don’t , just put on Bob Catley’s Immortal and everything will feel better!”
Following the successful appearance at the Firefest in Notthingham, England last Sunday, DANGER DANGER are now heading back to the studio to finish the recording sessions of the highly anticipated new studio album expected for release in early 2009. Singer Ted Poley is hard at work putting his vocals on the tracks recorded and said “The new D2 cd is coming out really great. I think the fans will like it a lot”.
Twenty one years ago, the band Fastway released a full length CD, that was the soundtrack to the horror movie, “Trick or Treat”. I thought the movie was a campy good time, and the soundtrack was pretty good too.
Oddly enough, this is my favorite Fastway album, and is one that I still listen to today.
Fastway had some cool songs over the years, and some people may think this band is a one hit wonder with their song, “Say What You Will”. In my opinion, this was the album that I thought the band peaked on.
This wasn’t Fastway’s most successful album. Trick or Treat peaked at 156 on the Billboard charts.
There are still a bunch of good rocking tunes on this disc.
“Trick or Treat” starts off with four solid songs right out of the gate. (Check out the videos below for the first two tracks.) “Tear Down The Walls” is the one questionable song on the disc. It is more Halloween like sounds than an actual song.
“Get Tough” is another good rocker that mixes well with my playlist today.
“Heft” is a sludgy almost Sabbath like tune. “Trick or Treat” closes out with a mid tempo rocker “If You Could See”. Fast Eddie Clark has some very cool guitar parts on this song.
As a whole, “Trick or Treat” is one of the better horror movie soundtracks out there. You can pick this one up for less than ten bucks at this link. This is a nice Halloween treat for you metalheads out there!
Trick or Treat
1. Trick or Treat
2. After Midnight
3. Don’t Stop the Fight
4. Stand Up
5. Tear Down the Walls
6. Get Tough
7. Hold on the Night
9. If You Could See
Dave King – lead vocals
Fast Eddie Clarke – Rhythm/Lead Guitar and Producer
Shane Carroll – Second Guitar
Paul Reid – Bass Guitar
Alan Connor – drums
Oklahoma hard-rockers Hinder are releasing their album, Take it to the Limit, next Tuesday, November 4th. Hinder’s debut album, Extreme Behavior has sold over 3 million copies so anticipation is high for this one! The band has hit the road on the Jagermeister tour featuring Hinder, Trapt, and Rev Theory. Check out dates for a show near you.
Hinder will also be performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show next Thursday, November 6th. If you are in the L.A. area just click dates for free tickets!
With the news of RATT getting started on preparing a new album next year I thought it would be a good time to check out Stephen Pearcy’s new solo album “Under My Skin” . I think it is safe to say that Pearcy has one of the most unique and identifiable voices in rock-n-roll and has made some great music over the years with both RATT and Arcade, but to be honest most of his solo projects have been a little lacking in my opinion. With that in mind I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed listening to “Under My Skin”. If you’re expecting a RATT sounding album you may be mildly disappointed and it really doesn’t sound like an Arcade album either but I would say it is about 60/40 with the sound leaning more towards the heaviness of Arcade.
The first three songs “You’re Alot Like Me”, “Big Nothin”, and ”Watcha Doin” are all in your face rockers . All three have great sounding guitars and big sounding drums of the three “Watcha Doin” would probably fit best on a RATT album it also has a great solo that would make Warren DeMartini proud. Track #4 “Time Slips Away” seems to be Pearcy’s tribute to the life his former bandmate and friend Robbin “King” Crosby, while I wouldn’t call it a ballad it is a slower song but still maintains it heaviness with Pearcy letting everyone know how he misses his fallen bandmate as the song comes to a close.
The title track “Under My Skin” is next while it is a decent song there is nothing that is really remarkable or memorable about the song. “In Outta Love” is #6 and it is another in your face rocker with a great groove and bass line throughout. “Here We Go Again” seems to be the anthem of the album and like “In Outta Love” it has a great bass line and groove. The next three songs “Bottoms Up”, “Are You Ready”, and “Injector” are pretty much like “Under My Skin” all decent songs but nothing remarkable to any of them and I will leave it up to you guys to decide if he is singing about women or race cars.
To finish out the album is the obligatory cover of a RATT song and if I gave you one guess as to which song it is it would be a pretty safe bet 92% of you would say “Round & Round” and you would be right. This time Pearcy has a little help in the form of the Donnas. It is pretty much a loyal cover to the original version with Pearcy trading verses back-n-forth with lead Donna Brett Anderson which amounts to a pretty enjoyable listen.
While there are no songs that can match the original “Round & Round” or Arcade’s “Dancin’ With The Angels”, in the end “Under My Skin” is a pretty decent album with a handful of good songs.
1. You’re A Lot Like Me
2. Big Nothin’
3. Watcha Doin’
4. Time Slips Away
5. Under My Skin
6. In Outta Love
7. Here We Go Again
8. Bottoms Up
9. Are You Ready
11. Round & Round (featuring The Donnas)
Stephen Pearcy Band is:
Stephen Pearcy – lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars
Erik Ferentinos – rhythm & lead guitars, bass guitar
Matt Thorne – bass guitar
Fred Coury – drums
Scott Coogan – drums
Dog Boy – drums
7th Son –featuring guitarist/vocalist Christopher Babbitt, guitarist Mikey Cross, bassist Andrew Cushing and drummer Alan Doucette–are a rag tag crew of young turks who formed the band two years ago in their native Sin City. The band recorded three fist-pumping, guitar-driven anthems with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Incubus, Escape the Fate, Story of the Year) earlier this year. Those songs caught the attention of Roadrunner Senior VP of A&R Monte Conner, who quickly signed the band.
Of their signing to Roadrunner, Babbitt said, “Our battle cry since we started playing dives in dirty Vegas to being nobodies signed to the biggest hard rock label in the world has been ‘Be shred or be dead,’ so we have a lot to live up to and Roadrunner was the only label we knew who would have the balls and the vision to stand behind that credo.” Cross has a more tongue in cheek outlook on their new label home, saying, “We can’t wait to meet some of our esteemed new label-mates and sleep with their girlfriends.
” Lock up your daughters, girlfriends and wives, because 7th Son have arrived!
7th Son are currently recording their Roadrunner debut in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Baskette manning the boards. They will commence recording in mid-November. The band is managed by Dark Angel Management, LLC (Trivium, Seemless, Dirge).
For a taste of 7th Son, check out their MySpace page, which is viewable at: www. myspace. com/7thsonband.
AC/DC’s Black Ice Debuts At Number One In Twenty Nine Countries
AC/DC’s pattern of success shows no sign of stopping as their new studio album, “Black Ice” has debuted at the Number One spot in twenty nine countries. The album has claimed the coveted spot in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Sweden, Italy, Belgium and many more. They are expected to sell ten million copies this year alone.
Wal-Mart and Columbia Records have announce a milestone record breaking event for AC/DC’s “Black Ice”, reaching No. 1 this week in U.S. music sales. Selling more than 780,000 units in the U.S. since its release October 20, “Black Ice” also represents the first No. 1 album for the band on the album charts in the U.S. Exclusively sold through Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and online at walmart.com, samsclub.com and acdc.com, the new CD release represents the fastest-selling album for Wal-Mart this year.
Not only is the album seeing high interest, but so are all items AC/DC. Since the release of the CD and launch of the AC/DC Rock Again Store area within Wal-Mart stores, other departments are feeling the impact. Music sales at Wal-Mart witnessed the first positive comp sales in months and young men’s apparel saw sales get even hotter. The value Wal-Mart has emphasized with the launch of this new section in each AC/DC Rock Again Store — combining music, apparel, DVDs and even video games — means customers can buy both album and a new AC/DC shirt for under $20.
This coming weekend starting November 2, Wal-Mart launches another exclusive AC/DC value — the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack video game. Developed by Harmonix and published by MTV Games, the game will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii (Wii arrives November 16) for $39.88 and $29.88 for the PlayStation 2. The game is available at all Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations and at the AC/DC Rock Band “pop up” stores located at the MTV Store in Times Square in New York and at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The AC/DC Rock Band pop-up stores will be open through January 4, 2009.
Fans can also go to walmart.com/acdc to preview tracks from the new CD, check out new videos of the band, get information on the pop up stores shop for apparel and more.
“We knew already AC/DC has a strong fan base, and certainly this last week proves their new music is as strong as ever,” said Gary Severson, senior vice president, Walmart Entertainment. “We also knew they were the perfect band for us to create a new concept around music and other categories in our stores. Even in a fast changing and sometimes challenging environment for music, there are bands and ideas that can make a difference, if you give customers your best and at the right value.”
Listen to the new song, “War Zone” by Rob Zombie at the link below. “War Zone” is one of the new songs featured on the Punisher War Zone soundtrack, due in stores November 25th!