SILENT RAGE Shattered Hearts (1987) + Don’t Touch Me There (1989) YES! Retrospect has landed two classic Hair Metal / AOR releases from L.A. rockers SILENT RAGE. Produced by Paul Sabu, Gene Simmons. Silent Rage garnered quite a bit of success with the MTV hit ‘Rebel With A Cause’. We are extremely honored to welcome S.R. to the Retrospect family and these two releases will include previously unreleased bonus tracks. More info on the release date when it is available.
I am closing in on two, separate offers to relaunch my SIMMONS RECORDS label. When I’ve decided which offer I’ll accept, you’ll read it here first.
For those of you in bands who have demos (demonstration tapes), please don’t send em. I’ve received literally thousands upon thousands of demos over the years. There simply isn’t enough time in the world to wade through it all.
The history of SIMMONS RECORDS dates back to Bob Buziak former head of RCA RECORDS. I signed HOUSE OF LORDS ( a name I trademarked and let Greg Giuffria use for his band), SILENT RAGE, a California rock band and GYPSY ROSE a Canadian rock band RCA wanted to release through my label.
Music was going through a revolution and Grunge and Seattle snuffed out most of the rock bands of the day. I went on record then and stand by what I said: Though the bands coming out of Seattle were certainly valid, the tone and self destructive nature of it was not. Seattle would be the death of most rock bands. And, it was. What followed was the saddest period in Rock I can remember.
Gone were rock shows. Gone were groupies. Gone was the Culture of Rock. The bands that ignored Seattle and simply went on doing what they did best: Rock!!!….survived. And got bigger. Seattle bands? Almost all are gone.
Back in the early 90’s, I was also managing LIZA MINNELLI’s recording career and got her a deal at Epic Records. Her record was produced by the Pet Shop Boys.
For the most part, I lost interest in fighting an uphill battle with my label. Then by early 2000, I met and liked the nice folks at Sanctuary and over there, I re-launched the SIMMONS RECORDS label for two releases: my solo album, ASSHOLE and a Canadian one-man-band named BAG. Eventually, Sanctuary went under and that forced us to shut our doors yet again.
This time, we have two majors who want to do this the right way.
And, we will. As soon as more news comes, you’ll see it here first.
Fresh off their European and South American tours in support of the band’s latest album, “Return Of The Pride”, reactivated hard rockers WHITE LION have scheduled the following dates:
Oct. 21 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Oct. 23 – Denver, CO – PT’s Club Inferno
Oct. 24 – Wichita, KS – KDGS PRESENTS: America’s Pub
Oct. 25 – Salina, KA – The Blue Goat
Oct. 26 – Springfield, IL – Club Chrome (w/ The Dogs Divine)
Oct. 28 – Mt. Clemens, MI – Emerald Theater
Oct. 29 – Greenville, WI – Club 15Oct. 30 – Lakewood, Oh – HI FI Concert Club
Oct. 31 – Baltimore, MD – The Black Hole
Nov. 01 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
Nov. 02 – Danvers, MA – Tequila’s
Nov. 04 – Bridgeville, PA – RPM’s Rock Club
Nov. 05 – Narragansett, RI – Wheelhouse
Nov. 06 – Farmingdale, NY – Crazy Donkey (w/ JOE LYNN TURNER)
Nov. 07 – Southbridge, MA – Millstreet Brews Concert Club
Nov. 08 – W. Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Nov. 09 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five (FREE SHOW)
Nov. 11 – Tulsa, OK – Marquee
Nov. 12 – Houston, TX – Meridian
Nov. 14 – El Paso, TX – Uncle Paulies
Nov. 15 – N. Las Vegas, NV – Canyon Club
Nov. 27 – Cermanate (Como), Italy – The Blackhorse
Nov. 28 – Bologna, Italy – Sottotetto
Nov. 29 – Rome, Italy – Jailbreak
Dec. 10 – Singapore – TBA
Dec. 13 – Shillong (Meghalaya), India – JN Stadium
Dec. 16 – Nagaland, India – Dimapur Stadium
Dec. 19 – India – TBA
May 08, 2009 – Halifax, NS – Cabin Fever Rockfest Festival
WHITE LION expect to add a handful of dates to finish out the year in which the band has played in front of 100,000 throughout the year thus far.
WHITE LION has also joined the D’Addario Family which includes Evans Drum Heads, D’Addario Strings, Planet Waves and more. D’Addario and STEVE LOBMEIER will support the band with their needs through their affiliate TOUR SUPPLY in Los Angeles.
Guitarist JAMIE LAW is now endorsing CHARVEL GUITARS. Jamie states “after doing a few shows with RATT, WARREN DEMARTINI was kind enough to let me try a few of his guitars and I just fell in love with them. CHARVEL is building a model from the Demartini Line with a few tweeks. Joining a family of inspirational guitarist like EDDIE VAN HALEN, WARREN, GEORGE LYNCH, STEVE STEVENS, I can’t say I’m in bad company! I look forward to a long relationship with CHARVEL.”
Bassist EJ Curse from SILENT RAGE will be filling in bass duties on shows for the remainder of 2008.
WHITE LION recently completed work on a 60-minute live DVD from its 2005 Bang Your Head!!! festival appearance, featuring interview footage along with other bonus material in anticipation of a late 2008/early 2009 release. Some of the footage from that concert can be view from WHITE LION ‘s official youtube channel at http://www.youtube.com/returnofthepride
1. YOU COULD BE THE ONE – Melodic hard rock track with an up tempo beat through out entire song. Big chorus harmonies and screaming solo reminiscent of Y&T and Night Ranger, the lyrics talk about not giving up and believing in oneself.
2. FOUR LETTER WORD – Melodic hard rocking track with an alluring verse and a very addictive chorus. The song blends a feel of Def Leppard, AC/DC & Bon Jovi. This song sends the message of not wanting to get burned again in another love relationship!
3. MAN OR MACHINE – Heavy hard rocking track with a darker melodic style. Powerful guitars and feel of KISS & Power Man 5000. The songs lyrics talk about the struggles between humanity vs technology!
4. FEEL MY LOVE – Another melodic rock song with it’s catchy arrangement and melody line ala Foreigner, Whitesnake it features a melodic 3-part harmony chorus that delivers big time. This song is about finally meeting the woman of your dreams and sharing all your pleasures!
5. CLOSE YOUR EYE’S – Melodic power rock ballad with acoustic guitar verse, and an explosive chorus, along with emotional Bon Jovi – esque lead vocal and a blazing guitar solo, makes this standout song a key fit for a soundtrack placement. This song is about two strangers who find each other on a cold and lonely night!
6. SINISTER MAN – Melodic hard rock track with a heavier feel of raw guitars and gritty vocals, sounds somewhere between the Scorpions, Metallica, & Alice Cooper, with an eerie verse and a strong powerful chorus delivery. This song tells the story about a man who lives his life the way he chooses, good and bad!
7. HARD HABIT TO BREAK – Melodic rock track that blast you from the beginning with a sax laden melodic riff reminiscent of Foreigner’s “Urgent,” sets up moody sung verses with big harmony choruses. This tracks lyric has a tantalizing allure effect. that
8. NOBODY KNOWS (BALLAD OF ANDY & GLORY) – Melodic hard rocker with a straight ahead powerful feel ala Dokken & Judas Priest has this track rocking up a storm. The lyrics tell a true story about a menacing killer that takes the life of two friends, and ends in a tragedy!
9. BONA FIDE – Melodic hard rocker in the vein of the Scorpions, this track has a powerful punch and is perfect for live performance. Here’s a song with a lyrical message of man’s oldest primal crave, lust!
11. I’M NOT LONELY – A powerful melodic rock track with a slower tempo verse and choruses, the songs climactic finish kicks into double time tempo with an arena style blazing ending. The songs lyric’s cover the message of a relationship gone wrong and how one moves on!
12. TROUBLE – A fast tempo hard rock track complete with duelling lead vocals, big chant chorus back-ups, and guitars for days. The drums are like a finely tuned machine with the strength of a hurricane. This songs lyric is about the ultimate rebel, and how he lives his life!
I started compiling the following list of New releases for 2008. This may not be a complete list, but so much great new music has arrived in 2008, so far, I though it would be a good idea to keep a running tab of what has come out, and what is on the way. The releases through August have been confirmed. Releases with a question mark have not been confirmed yet. This list will be updated as more news arrives.
Updated July 9, 2008
Drive By Truckers – Brigher Than Creation’s Dark
Airbourne – Running Wild (U.S. Release)
Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Gamma Ray – Land of the Free, Part 2
Ayreon – 01011001
American Speedway – Ship of Fools
Lillian Axe – Love and War (Reissue)
Lillian Axe – S/T (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Screwed Blued & Tattooed (Reissue)
Sleeze Beez – Powertool (Reissue)
Stonerider – Three Legs of Trouble
Thieves & Liars – When Dreams Become Reality
Tiles – Fly Paper
Saint Daemon – In Shadows Lost From the Brave
Pagan’s Mind – God’s Equation
DVD – Iron Maiden – Live After Death
DVD – Scorpions – Live at Wacken Open Air 2006
DVD – Overkill – Live at Wacken Open Air 2007
DVD – Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous
Three – End is Begun
Pillar – For the Love of the Game
Avantasia – The Scarecrow
UFO – Phenomenon (Reissue)
UFO – No Heavy Pettin (Reissue)
UFO – Force It (Reissue)
Type O Negative – Dead Again (Red Version)
Hurricane – Over the Edge (Reissue)
Hurricane – Take What You Want (Reissue)
Hurricane – Slave To the Thrill (Reissue)
Hericane Alice – Tear the House Down (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Shake Your Soul (Reissue)
Baton Rouge – Lights Out on The Playground (Reissue)
Wrathchild America – Climbing the Walls (Reissue)
Tangier – Four Winds (Reissue)
Tangier – Stranded (Reissue)
Danko Jones – Never Too Loud
King’s Call – No Alibi
Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
Inflikted – Cavalera Conspiracy
Saving Abel – S/T
Steve Stevens – Memory Crash
Firewind – The Premonition
DVD – Zebra
King Kobra – Ready to Strike (Reissue)
King Kobra – Thrill of a Lifetime (Reissue)
Icon – Right Between the Eyes (Reissue)
Black Tide – Light From Above
House of Lords – Come To My Kingdom
Warrior – Fighting For The Earth (Reissue)
Shannon – Angel in Disguise
Whitecross – 1987
Black Crowes – Warpaint
Diamond Head – Borrowed Time (Reissue)
Diamond Head – Canterbury (Reissue)
Fatal Smile – World Domination
Saints of the Underground – Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner
Theory of a Deadman – Scars & Souvenirs
Whitesnake – Good To Be Bad
Dominici – 03 A Trilogy Part 3
Asia – Phoenix
Testament – The Formation of Damnation
The Sword – Gods of The Earth
Dream Theater – Greatest Hit (And 21 other pretty cool songs)
P.O.D. – When Angels and Serpents Dance
Sevendust – Chapter VII: Hope and Sorrow
In Flames – Sense of Purpose
Kamelot – Ghost Opera: The Second Coming
Ministry – Cover Up
DVD – Axel Rudi Pell – Live Over Europe
Keel – Lay Down the Law (Reissue)
White Lion – Return of the Pride
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Crimson Glory – S/T (Reissue)
Crimson Glory – Transcendence (Reissue)
Tantric – The End Begins
Nine Inch Nails – Ghosts I – IV
Iron Maiden – Somewhere Back In Time: The Best Of 1980-1989
MSG – In the Midst of Beauty
3 Doors Down – S/T
Bombay Black – Psycho Magnet
Def Leppard – Songs From The Sparkle Lounge
Kip Winger – From the Moon To the Sun
Eden – Oblivion
King’s X – XV
M.ILL.ION – Thrill Of The Chase
Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again
10 Years – Division
Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning
Flotsam and Jetsam – Cuatro (Reissue)
Gun Barrel – Outlaw invasion
Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
Circle II Circle – Delusions of Grandeur
Southern Gentleman – Valley of Fire
10 Years – Division
Glenn Hughes – First Underground Nuclear Kitchen
Souls of We – Let The Truth Be Known (Featuring George Lynch and London LeGrand)
Disturbed – Indestructible
Bret Michaels – Rock My World
Man Raze – Surreal
Motley Crue – Saints of Los Angeles
Judas Priest – Nostradamus (2 CD Set)
JORN – Lonely Are the Brave
Flotsam & Jetsam – When The Storm Comes Down (Reissue)
Clusterhead – Times of No Trust
Shinedown – The Sound of Madness
Harem Scarem – Hope
Valient Thorr – Immortalizer
The Dogs Divine – Way of Life
Stephen Pearcy – Under My Skin
Tesla – Comin Atcha Live – DVD
Hydrogyn – Deadly Passions
Gypsy Rose – S/T (Featuring David Reece)
Harem Scarem – Hope
Ritchie Kotzen – Live in San Paolo
Silent Rage – Four Letter World
Night Ranger – Hole in the Sun
Jet Black Stare - In This Life
Jesse James Dupree and Dixie Inc – Rev It Up and Go Go
Alice Cooper – Along Came a Spider
Black Sabbath – The Rules of Hell CD Boxset
Black Stone Cherry – Folklore & Superstition
Slipknot – All Hope is Gone
Trapt – Only Through The Pain (Aug 5th)
The Showdown – Back Breaker
Dragonforce – Ultra Beatdown
Extreme – Saudades De Rock (Aug 15th)
Papa Roach – Metamorphisis
Evergrey – Torn
Bullet – Bite the Bullet
Buckcherry – Black Butterfly
Metallica – Death Magnetic
Iced Earth – The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)
Starbreaker – Love’s Dying Wish
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of SILENT RAGE’s highly anticipated fourth studio album “Four Letter Word” on July 4th 2008.
Silent Rage is known for their multi-captivating vocals, the unmistakeable blend of Melodic and Hard Rock and signature songwriting reminiscing of the glorydays of 80’s Arena Hard Rock. “I think our sound can be described as Classic Arena Style Hard Rock” says singer and guitarist Jesse Damon “that’s what we’re considered in Europe!” “
“Four Letter Word” is another fine example in the tradition of the band’s classic production. “We had a great time staying within the natural progression of our 1989 release “Don’t Touch Me There” & mixing in the sounds of modern hard rock” continues Damon, “all of the tracks, whether lighthearted or serious in nature, have deep meaning to the band members. There’s no hidden agenda, just melodic-hard-rock with contemporary production, written from the heart & soul of four veteran rockers”.
Silent Rage’s new album was produced by former Guns’N Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke who is also credited on the album for his contribution on guitar, keyboards and percussion. “Gilby is a long time friend of the band”, tells Jesse “We were first acquainted with him back in the 1980’s when he was playing with his band, “Candy”. Both bands were performing on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Then, Silent Rage’s first tour manager (Bill Greer) went on to work with Gilby in Guns’N Roses and we got to see his rise to fame. Our association with him became very close when our bassist, EJ Curse began riding motorcycles with him on a regular basis. EJ went on to play bass for a few of Gilby’s concerts. SR heard the CD of “The Bronx” that Clarke produced & loved it. It was great to work with someone that we had such a long kinship with”.
Another very special guest is RATT’s Bobby Blotzer on drums and former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, who plays a guest solo on “Man or Machine”. “We met Bruce while working with Gene Simmons on the “Don’t Touch Me There” CD” explains Damon, “Bruce co-wrote one of the songs for that disc. Kulick has always been in our circle of friends & a supporter of Silent Rage. We always admired his guitar virtuosity plus, he’s a great guy. Knowing he lived nearby our recording studio, we had to ask him to do a jam on the CD. We thought it fitting to have him perform on “Man or Machine” since originally, that song was an idea that Gene Simmons & I started a few years back”.
Silent Rage is very proud of the new CD “Four Letter Word” and look forward to present it live in Europe during the summer. A string of concerts has been already set in Europe and more are going to be announced shortly.
“Four Letter Word” tracklisting includes:You Could Be The One; Four Letter Word; Man Or Machine; Feel My Love; Close Your Eyes; Sinister Man; Hard Habit To Break; Nobody Knows (Ballad of Andy & Glory); Bona Fide; I’m Not Lonely; Trouble.
Get ready for a raw, rock explosion for melodic hard rock fans, new and old, on July 4th!
US Arena Rock band SILENT RAGE completed the production of their brand new studio album, their first in 5 years, entitled “Four Letter Word”. Guitarist and singer Jesse Damon comments: “I love all the new songs a lot! The vibe on this new CD is a blending of hard driving rock with big memorable choruses, just the way we like to write. The new material continues as a natural progression from our “Don’t Touch Me There” CD. We’ve always strived to uphold what the band is known for with our multi-vocals, a style of blending melodic with hard rock, and signature song writing! All these new songs have a common thread of energy, enthusiasm, and balls! It’s been 5 years since our last release and so we made sure to make it enjoyable, and to have a blast in the studio recording it! We rocked hard on this CD, and this time we asked and included some of our good friends to play on several of the new songs.Some of my favorite’s on this new CD would be the song “Man or Machine” the story of Frankenstein, with the main guitar solo and guitar fills performed by Bruce Kulick. This track is one of the heaviest songs with strong performances by everyone! I also think the title track “Four Letter Word” with it’s storyline about not to fall into love’s trap turned out very cool, and is a continuation of Don’t Touch Me There material. Some other stand out songs include “Bona Fide” a primal lust rocker, with Bobby Blotzer on drums and Gilby Clarke performing the main guitar solo and fills, also the song “Sinister Man” another ballsy rocker showing a darker melodic side to us, with a lyric suggesting “Livin’ life my own way” with very special guest backing singers”.
Silent Rage lineup on the album includes Jesse Damon on vocals & guitar, EJ Curse on vocals & bass, Mark Hawkins on vocals & guitar, and newest member Rodney Pino on vocals & drums.
Track Listing includes: “You Could Be The One”, “Four Letter Word”, “Man Or Machine”, “Feel My Love”, “Close Your Eye’s”, “Sinister Man”, “Hard Habit To Break”, “Nobody Knows (the Ballad Of Andy and Glory)” “Bona Fide”, “I’m Not Lonely”, “Trouble”.
Produced by Gilby Clarke, including a line-up of some very special guests performances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses, Rockstar Supernova), Dilana (Rockstar Supernova), Brian James Fox (Silent Rage) and more!
Get ready for a raw, rock explosion for melodic hard rock fans, new and old! More details and release date to be released at a later stage.