HALCYON WAY, Atlanta’s premier metal band is bringing their powerful mixture of heavy, punishing riffs and infectious melodies to North America with their new release “IndoctriNation”. “IndoctriNation” is the sequel to 2010’s “Building The Towers” and continues the sound and theme of that album. It features 5 brand new original tracks; a cover of “Stand Up” by Steel Dragon, a radio edit of “The Age Of Betrayal”, and an industrial remix of “The System”.
Aurally combining the heaviness of bands like Testament, the technical prowess of Dream Theater, the power metallic attitude of Evergrey and soaring vocal melodies, HALCYON WAY will leave you awestricken by their punishing riffs and unforgettable hooks.
Order your copy now at www.halcyonway.com/webshop
HALCYON WAY are hugely involved with the Rock Band Network and Rock Band video game series. The band is now part of the largest contest ever run by Rock Band Network. All details and a comment from guitarist Jon Bodan about the contest:
“HALCYON WAY are proud to be part of this great contest and ready to see how the fans do as they try to outshred us! BRING IT,” said Bodan.
Did you guys say you wanted a contest? Boy have we got one for you!
First the bad news :
To win this contest you’ll have to prove your mettle in a TAG “Endless set list” featuring THIRTY of our songs in one play list!
Thirty songs you say? THIRTY?!? Yep 30. BUT the spoils that go to the victor will be well worth going through the set list.
First up :
You’ll get a signed copy of Rishloo’s “Feathergun” album, a signed Rishloo poster, a limited edition very RARE signed Halcyon Way poster, a copy of Halcyon Way’s “Building the Towers” and “Indoctrination” CDs, CYNIC “Traced in Air”. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN “Option Paralysis”, AND SEPTICFLESH “Communion” CDs!
WHAT? Still not enough?
Good god people….ok then how about a set of drum sticks for your rock band drum set, some drum tape, a gaggle of T-shirts from Fender, Martin, Vic Firth, and other brands, AND a cooler with an ipod dock!
Surely that’s enough….No?!?! You want more?!?
Ok last thing. I mean it.
The winner of this contest will also receive one FENDER PRO GUITAR AND A MIDI ADAPTER FOR THE XBOX 360.
Yeah you read that right. That Pro guitar that everyone wants and no one can find because it’s no longer in production? All you have to do is win this contest and it’s yours.
Along with all that other stuff.
Oh and since you twisted our arm we’ll throw in 3200 ms points to get your new pro guitar Rock Band collection started.
We told you we’d be announcing the contest to end all contests and we meant it.
Oh what’s that? How do you win?
Well that’s the easy part. You don’t have to be first place, or tenth place, all you have to do is log in a score on the leader boards for this battle on ANY instrument or combination of instruments during the next seven days.
A winner will be picked at random from all the leader board scores.
So for you guys that don’t think you’re good enough to win a contest because there are better players out there, then this is THE contest for you.
WHAT?!?! STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH!?!?!
OK how about some very rare Harmonix swag then? A bunch of RB stickers (instrument icons and John Dee artwork), pins, wristbands, a RBN tote bag AND a signed copy of RB3 for the 360.
Go. Play. Win.
Click the link above to join the contest. You’ll be taken to a page that lets you purchase any tracks you might not have to join the contest.
“INDOCTRINATION” TRACK LIST: 1. On Black Wings
2. Our Finest Hour
4. Revolution Is Now
5. The Wages Of War
6. Stand Up (Sammy Hagar Cover)
7. The Age Of Betrayal (radio Edit)
8. The System (karbonBlack RMX-Remixed-Bodan)
2011 – INDOCTRINATION – Nightmare Records
2010 – BUILDING THE TOWERS – Nightmare Records
2008 – A MANIFESTO FOR DOMINATION – Nightmare Records
Steve Braun – vocals
Jon Bodan – guitars
Zane – guitars
Kris Maltenieks – bass
Ernie Topran – drums
http://www.halcyonway.com (Official Website)
Check out the new limited edition KISS AG RiffMaster™ wireless guitar controllers created by Art Guitar! Controllers are genuine wood and are compatible with both Guitar Hero® & Rock Band® video games on PS2 and PS3. Rock away in KISS style!
Harmonix and MTV Games to Offer Exclusive Five-Song Preview of The Beatles: Rock Band to Participating Bars
Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, today announced the launch of “Rock Band Bar Nights,” a ground-breaking initiative providing tools for U.S. bar owners to host their own Rock Band Nights. The program gives bars a cutting-edge in-bar entertainment option to help increase foot traffic and provide Rock Band fans with the opportunity to take the stage for a true rock star experience.
Rock Band – featuring a full band performance with guitar, bass, drums and mic – is revolutionizing the standard karaoke night in bars. The Rock Band Bar Nights program expands the Rock Band social experience for current fans and gives new fans the opportunity to try the game in an authentic performance setting with a live crowd cheering them on.
To help venues host and promote their own Rock Band Bar Nights, the program offers support to registered bars with everything from exclusive Rock Band product offerings to multiplatform marketing support. Through an exclusive e-commerce store, the program will also provide bars with a full music solution to easily rock their bar with the extensive Rock Band catalogue featuring more than 800 tracks and growing every week!
To kick off the program, Harmonix and MTV Games are providing bars that sign up before September 8th with an exclusive five-song preview disc from The Beatles: Rock Band, allowing their customers to experience the highly anticipated game before it hits stores on September 9th.
In addition to offering in-bar support for this new entertainment option, the Rock Band Bar Nights program extends online and gives members direct access to the Rock Band community with hundreds of thousands of fans, as well as the chance to stay connected on Rock Band’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. In the coming months, Rock Band fans will be able to find official Rock Band Bar Nights in their area through an online application searchable by zip code and a mobile version available for download as a free iPhone application.
Interested bar owners or fans can check out www.RockBand.com/BarNights for registration and more information.
Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks, (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIA.B) , along with distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) , today announced plans to release Rock Band(R) Metal Track Pack(TM), a thrashtastic standalone disc that will be available October 13, 2009 at retail stores nationwide for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and Wii(TM) system from Nintendo. The suggested retail price for Rock Band Metal Track Pack is $29.99.
Summoning power from the metal gods on high, the Rock Band team has assembled 20 on-disc tracks exploding with bone-crushing, ear-lashing, face-melting metal including anvil-heavy cuts from Godsmack, Children of Bodom, Evile, Judas Priest, Bullet For My Valentine and more! Six of the on disc tracks are brand new to the Rock Band platform and will be exclusive to the Rock Band Metal Track Pack disc for a limited time before joining the Rock Band(R) Music Store as downloadable content.
Rock Band Metal Track Pack, like all Rock Band software, is compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers, as well as most Guitar Hero(R) and other third party music video game peripherals and microphones.
In addition, fans who buy the Rock Band Metal Track Pack for Xbox 360 or PLAYSTATION 3 system can play directly from the disc or download the songs onto their consoles’ hard drives through a free offer with Xbox LIVE(R) online entertainment network or the PlayStation(R)Network. Once downloaded, the songs will automatically appear in the player’s custom Rock Band library and can be integrated into setlists and played in all game modes. With more than 800 tracks available in the Rock Band music catalogue and regular releases of downloadable content every week, Rock Band Metal Track Pack is yet another way music-lovers can continue to expand and customize their music libraries.
Complete Track List: -------------------- Artist Song Title ------ ---------- 1. All That Remains Two Weeks -- ---------------- --------- 2. At the Gates Blinded By Fear -- ------------ --------------- 3. Black Tide ShockWave -- ---------- --------- 4. Blue Oyster Cult Transmaniacon MC* -- ---------------- ---------------- 5. Bullet For My Valentine Waking the Demon -- ----------------------- ---------------- 6. Children of Bodom Are You Dead Yet -- ----------------- ---------------- 7. Evile Thrasher -- ----- -------- 8. Godsmack I Stand Alone -- -------- ------------- 9. The Haunted D.O.A. -- ----------- ------ 10. Hawkwind Master Of The Universe* --- -------- ---------------------- 11. I Mother Earth Levitate* --- -------------- -------- 12. In This Moment Forever --- -------------- ------- 13. Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance --- ------------ ----------------------- 14. Lacuna Coil Closer --- ----------- ------ 15. Lamb of God Laid to Rest --- ----------- ------------ 16. Motorhead Killed by Death* --- --------- --------------- 17. Nazareth Hair of the Dog* --- -------- --------------- 18. Queens of the Stone Age 3's & 7's --- ----------------------- --------- 19. Rage Against The Machine Bulls On Parade* --- ------------------------ --------------- 20. Yngwie Malmsteen Red Devil --- ---------------- ---------
* Denotes exclusive track
The Rock Band franchise is the ultimate platform for music fans and gamers to interact with music like never before. The game challenges players to put together a band and tour for fame and fortune – all while learning to master lead/bass guitar, drums and vocals. Featuring the most master recordings of any music game ever by the world’s biggest rock artists, the Rock Band music catalogue includes tracks that span every genre of rock, ranging from alternative and classic rock, to heavy metal and punk.
Rock Band Metal Track Pack is rated “T” for Teen with a descriptor of Mild Lyrics by the ESRB. Rock Band and Rock Band 2 are currently available for Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3 system, PlayStation 2 system and Wii.
Before Mötley Crüe started their set, the winners of the Rock Band competition performed/played Bang Camaro’s Push Push (Lady Lightning). They screens of the game being played showed up on the giant screens on the left and right hand side of the stage. It had to be cool for these kids to be on stage in front of thousands of people.
Mötley Crüe’s stage opened up with an angelic looking image glowing though the black curtain that kept the stage hidden, this image was followed up with a Devil complete with pitchfork. I don’t think anyone knew what to expect before the curtain dropped.
Mötley Crüe has been known to put on a huge stage production and Cruefest ’08 is no exception. The stage has the huge steel letters Los Angeles in Reverse. The light show and sound were fantastic.
Mötley Crüe’s set list included the songs “Shout at the Devil”, “Kickstart My Heart”, “Dr. Feelgood”, “Live Wire”, “Don’t Go Away Mad” “Sick Love Song”, “Same Ol’ Situation”, “Primal Scream”, “Looks that Kill”, “Girls Girls Girls” and new songs “Saints of Los Angeles” and “Mother Fucker of the year” and an encore of “Home Sweet Home”.
I don’t know how Mick Mars manages to perform to the level he does on stage. His battles with ankylosing spondylitis has him in a lot of pain. Regardless if he is overwhelmed with pain, he plays to the best of his ability. He was great in Cincinnati. He played a bunch of solos including one that he borrowed from Jimi Hendrix. Awesome!
I thought Mötley Crüe as a whole sounded great, and if they didn’t I would gladly say so. My wife didn’t think Vince Neil was singing all the words, but I though he sounded pretty good for the most part. There was a part of “Mother Fucker of the Year“, where he looked like he forgot a lyric. You can see it in the video below. He recovered pretty quickly though.
“Saints of Los Angeles” was pretty cool. The song closed out with the gang vocals of James Michael, Jacob Shaddix, Chris Brown and Josh Todd.
It seems that the Mötley Crüe Tittycam (or Tit E. Cam if you prefer) has taken the place of Tommy Lee’s drum solo which there was none. One of the things you could always count on at a live Motley Crue show was an over the top drum solo by Tommy Lee. I was disappointed that he didn’t do something special this year. This was about my only disappointment with this show.
Motley Crue’s set was great, as was Cruefest’ 08. I can’t wait to see what the Crüe has in store for us on Cruefest ’09! I will definitely be there!
I have included some of my favorite pictures from the Mötley Crüe set, and a couple of video clips as well. Enjoy!
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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.