The Slam have released a new video in support of their album, Hit it. Check out the clip “Tears In The Rain” below.
Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band Skillet have now released the official music video for “American Noise.” You can also go behind the scenes with the band on the set of their new video here and watch the “American Noise” lyric video here.
The highly anticipated album, RISE, is now available on iTunes and follows the band’s 2009 blockbuster, Awake, which was recently certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the U.S.
The band is preparing to hit the road on the Carnival of Madness tour presented by Monster Energy. The nationwide tour includes rock superstars such as Shinedown, Papa Roach, In This Moment, and more.
Carnival of Madness Tour Dates w/ Skillet
8/11 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/13 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
8/14 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
8/16 – Canandaigua, NY – Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center
8/17 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
8/18 – Bloomington, IL – US Cellular Coliseum
8/20 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
8/21 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/23 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/25 – Cedar Rapids, IA – U.S. Cellular Center
8/27 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/28 – Big Flats, NY – Tags
8/30 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/31 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
9/01 – Raleigh, NC – The Red Hat Amphitheater
9/06 – Orlando, FL – Night of Joy
9/07 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis
9/08 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
9/10 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/12 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Country Interstate Fair
9/14 – Sacramento, CA – Discovery Park
9/15 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
9/18 – Seattle, WA – Washington State Fair
“Have a Good Time” is the first video/single taken from the KING KOBRA 2013 album entitled “II” available NOW on Frontiers Records. Check out the new clip below!
KING KOBRA is:
Paul Shortino – vocals
David Michael-Philips – Guitar
Mick Sweda – Guitar
Johnny Rod – Bass Guitar
Carmine Appice – drums
Queensryche (with Todd La Torre) has released a brand new clip “Fallout”. “Fallout” is on Queensryche’s new self titled album, available now!
SOIL’s new album Whole will be released August 20th. Check out the first single “Shine On” below!
GOTTHARD – Radio-Bagpipe Version “YIPPIE AYE YAY”
The perfect song for the start of the summer.
With their album Firebirth, released in 2012, the Swiss rockers stormed the charts, toured the entire world and received a platinum award!
Right on time for the start of the summer, we present you «Yippie Aye Yay», the fourth single from this successful album, in a special radio-bagpipe version.
This feel-good song is the perfect choice for the upcoming months which are promising to be really hot.
At the start of “Yippie Aye Yay” you can hear the bagpipes of the Wild Boar Clan.
You can watch the video which Gotthard directed themselves here:
The song rocks from the very first sound and rolls without stopping throughout this enchanting track. „come what may,…. shake the day,… are you coming?
What are we waiting for?
At the moment they are fervently writing songs for the new album, planned to be released in early 2014. But Gotthard just can’t live without any stage appearances in 2013 and in order not to let the fans wait too long, the band will rock – besides a few shows in Germany – the Swiss Rock’n’Road exclusively on August 10th 2013 in Bellinzona!
“Yippie Aye Yay”!
Austin, Texas revival rockers Scorpion Child have released their self titled debut album in June. Check out their lyric video “Polygon of Eyes” below.
Airbourne have released a new lyric video for their song “No One Fits”. Check it out below! Airbourne’s latest CD Black Dog Barking is available now!
Danger Angel are very excited to release the second video out of their critically acclaimed album “Revolutia”!
“Not An Angel” was filmed during the band’s European tour this past April and contains footage from several of the band’s stops along the way.
“Revolutia” is the sophomore release by Danger Angel following their debut album released in 2010. “Revolutia” was produced by Jeff Scott Soto and mixed/mastered by John Ellis. It was released early 2013 and has received rave reviews from the press worldwide!
Visual rock artist Vitne has released the first single from his upcoming full-length album “Neon”.
The album’s first single “Destroyer”, featuring Julian Angel on lead guitar, is now available for purchase on iTunes and Spotify and can be heard in the official music video below.
“Neon” is currently set for a late 2013 release.
More information about Vitne can be found at http://www.VITNE.net
Rock band Heaven & Earth premiered their live performance of “Victorious” with ArtistDirect this week. The hard hitting performance was shot at the band’s unforgettable record release concert celebrating their new album DIG (available on iTunes and Amazon) at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
“Victorious” builds anticipation with Stuart Smith’s ripping guitar solo only to be quickly accompanied by bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and the dominating keyboards of Ed Roth. The pinnacle is reached when front man Joe Retta effortlessly nails the vocals leaving classic rock purists and fans in awe.
Check out the clip for “Victorious” below.
Synth heavy, hard hitting, and filled with lyrics that give the listener pause, creating thought, Pretty Maids latest album, Motherland is a solid, enjoyable effort from this Danish rock band. While their last effort, 2010’s Pandemonium was a harder edgier affair, Motherland is a strong musical journey and a great next chapter for this band’s long history book.
On first listen, it may appear that Pretty Maids are leaning more toward the album oriented rock melody in their song crafting. Yet, after a few more spins, it is easier to tell that this disc is still based on a solid foundation of shredding guitars, strong and steady stomp drumbeats, and massive guitar solos. Overall Motherland is a little mellower than its predecessor, but it still delivers the hard rock hits.
Motherland is one of those atypical albums where the disc must be played through a few times for the whole effect to take hold. On first listen, I thought that Motherland was a decent record with the stronger songs placed at the end of the album. Then I played it through a few more times only to learn that the songs at the beginning of the record were pretty decent as well.
Loaded with great hooks and shredding solos, Pretty Maids have delivered a fine piece with Motherland. Lead singer Ronnie Atkins’ voice is in top form throughout the record, never wavering or weakening. Ken Hammer continues to deliver on guitar with some exceptional work and fantastic solos. And while the keyboards from Morten Sandager receive plenty of spotlights, they never overtake the music entirely, allowing for a perfect blend of synthesizer, guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. It creates a synthesis of symphonic sound parading through the eardrums with delight.
Motherland reminds me of great synth-rock albums from the 80s, balanced with mid-tempo melodies, hard rockers, and a ballad or two thrown in for good measure. Think Styx, Trixter, Europe, or Winger for a good point of reference. And while Motherland may not be as strong a release as their last record, it is still a decent album worthy of investing your listening time into. Pretty Maids may be heading in a mellower direction, but that doesn’t make them any less grand. And given enough time (and plays) Motherland may overtake any of the bands releases in the last ten years as the record to listen to.
Rating: Out of 10
Mother Of All Lies
To Fool A Nation
Sad To See You Suffer
Why So Serious
I See Ghosts
Bullet For You
Who What Where When Why
Pretty Maids Are:
Ronnie Atkins – Vocals
Ken Hammer – Guitars
Rene Shades – Bass
Allan Tschicaja – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
In 2013, Vega has released their sophomore effort What The Hell. Check out the first single “White Knuckle Ride”, and the title track “What The Hell” in the clips below!
In 2013, Pink Cream 69 has released their eleventh album, Ceremonial. Check out their latest video clip “Special” below!
Brazilian metal band BROKEN & BURNT released a video for “Tell Me No Lies”, track from “Let The Burning Begin”, the band’s debut album released in 2012.
Check out the clip below!
Adjectives that can be used to describe Onyx: heavy, different, solid, fantastic, amazing. After a few spins it is easy to state that Onyx is the best Pop Evil album to date. And while that may seem like a bold statement, it is a true statement. Fans expecting to hear “Monster You Made,” or “100 In A 55,” will not find that here. That doesn’t mean those fans will be disappointed, because Pop Evil has still delivered greatness. Acoustic guitars may be absent, and ballads may be few and far between (technically only one ballad appears on Onyx), but phenomenal music is definitely present and accounted for. Here now is Hard Rock Hideout’s track by track breakdown of the latest LP from Pop Evil.
Goodbye My Friend
Opening track, “Goodbye My Friend,” is a solid, hard rocking, modern blast. The addition of Nick Fueling (lead guitar) and Chaci Riot (drums) are felt immediately. And while the absence of Tony Greve and Dylan Allison is noticeable, the new players are taking Pop Evil in a whole different direction. “Goodbye My Friend” sets the tone for what the rest of Onyx is going to sound like: a fast, hard hitting masterpiece. The solos in this song are outstanding and vocalist Leigh Kakaty reaches down and pushes out a growling, gravelly voice that has not been heard previously.
Deal With The Devil
“Deal With The Devil” is a fast song with a hard and heavy beat. This song hit hard right out of the gate and quickly became an instant favorite. I didn’t think that there was a song that I would enjoy more than “Trenches” on this record, but I was wrong. There are multiple songs that are better than “Trenches” and “Deal With The Devil” is one of them. Crunching guitars from Nick Fueling and Dave Grahs dominate this song and turn it into a gem. Add to that Kakaty’s voice in peak form, and there’s high chance for “Deal With The Devil” to become a huge hit.
“Trenches” was the first single released for Onyx and for a while I really thought it was the best song on the record. That is no longer the case (as you will see). Yet, “Trenches” is one of the best Pop Evil songs to date. Crunching, heavy guitars open the track and are immediately followed by the pounding drums of Riot. The powerful vocals that Kakaty nails throughout along with the urgency that the song is sung in makes this one of the most powerful anthems to come out of the Pop Evil camp.
Torn To Pieces
This is easily the weakest song on the album. That’s not to say it’s a horrendous song, it’s just not as strong as the other tracks. The subject matter is very touching (Leigh Kakaty wrote it as a tribute after his father passed away), and the song is heartfelt, but “Torn To Pieces” lacks the power that all other Pop Evil ballads have contained. And considering this is the only true ballad on Onyx, it was quite surprising. Heading into the disc, I thought “Torn To Pieces” was going to be a song that I constantly played. However, it looks like it will be just the opposite. I seem to hit skip a lot to get to the next track.
“Divide” is another strong, hard hitting, modern rock gem that only Pop Evil can deliver. This is also another song that defines the new direction Pop Evil is heading in. There would never be a song like “Divide” on the band’s previous two albums because they hadn’t emerged to that state in their career yet. With “Divide” the band has embraced the modern rock sound that they seemed to be keeping at bay on previous records. Here, they embrace the sound and turned in a strong, enjoyable song.
“Beautiful” is a mid-tempo piece that is quite enjoyable. The subject matter is exceptional, as the message in the music is we are all beautiful to someone in our own way. Regardless of sexual orientation, the color of our skin, personal interests, or anything else, we are all beautiful today and everyday for the rest of our lives. “Beautiful” is a very uplifting song and one that I believe has the potential to be absolutely astonishing in concert. Personally, I can’t wait to hear this song performed live.
Silence & Scars
Another ballad is delivered in the form of “Silence & Scars.” The song emerges with a strange, yet cool, attention grabbing guitar riff. It sets the stage for the rest of the song. Once again, Kakaty’s voice is strong and smooth and while it’s not a true ballad, “Silence & Scars” is up there with “Monster You Made” for one of the best ballads in the Pop Evil catalog. I expect that this will be a chart topping hit in the very near future.
This is the heaviest song that Pop Evil has ever done. It sounds like a mash up of Marilyn Manson, Rage Against The Machine, and some darker modern rock bands. After the first couple of listens, I didn’t think that I was going to like this song at all. Then, after a few more spins, it started to grow on me. Now, “Sick Sense” is one of my favorite tracks on the record. It clearly shows the evolution of Pop Evil and the deep influence that Fueling and Riot had on the band for the recording of this record. Three years ago, I wouldn’t even consider “Sick Sense” a Pop Evil song. Now, part of me is hoping this is the direction the band heads in over the next couple of albums.
“Fly Away” is a return to the Pop Evil sound that fans have come to know over the years. Hard rocking, clean, and a whole lot of fun, “Fly Away” is one of the strongest Pop Evil songs recorded. This is destined to be a sing along classic in almost no time. “Fly Away” is another song that I am anxious to see the band perform in concert. There is so much raw power and potential for this song to be a climactic moment during their concert. And while the song structure is very simple, the delivery is impeccable, and it is what pushes “Fly Away” over the top.
Behind Closed Doors
This is another song that took a few listens to grow on me. At first, I wasn’t quite sure that I liked this song, but after a few plays, I realized how grand of a song “Behind Closed Doors” is. Starting off slow and then building into a hurried frenzy, “Behind Closed Doors” is a song that has a lot to offer. The song is rich, layered, and deep, which may be why it took so long to grow on me. There is a lot happening within “Behind Closed Doors” and it takes several listens to truly appreciate all of the great music that is being played back at the listener.
Welcome To Reality
Another quick, simple, and highly enjoyable song, “Welcome To Reality” is standard Pop Evil flair. Filled with high energy and strong vocals from Kakaty, “Welcome To Reality” is a song that delivers. If “Trenches” has a sibling, it would be “welcome To Reality.” This is a strong song that serves as a great reminder that music can sometimes just be straight out fun.
“Flawed” is an odd song that I haven’t quite decided how I feel about. I love the opening guitar riff from Nick Fueling and I love how the drums come crashing in behind the riff. Yet, there is something about the song that keeps it from standing out as all of the other tracks have. I am unable to identify exactly what is holding this song back, but the simple fact remains that “Flawed” isn’t as grand as 10 of the other Onyx tracks. Maybe it’s due to the fact that it is the last song on the record? I have no idea. What I do know is that it will take several more listens to determine if “Flawed” is one of the better Pop Evil catalog songs.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Goodbye My Friend
02. Deal With The Devil
04. Torn To Pieces
07. Silence & Scars
08. Sick Sense
09. Fly Away
10. Behind Closed Doors
11. Welcome To Reality
Pop Evil Is:
Leigh Kakaty – Vocals
Matt DiRito – Bass
Dave Grahs – Rhythm Guitar
Nick Fueling – Lead Guitar
Chachi Riot – Drums
This has been a long week already, and with only one day to the weekend, I thought a little help from Rob Zombie might get us through the workday. Check out the videos clips “Dragula”, “Never Gonna Stop”, and Rob Zombie’s latest video “Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown”
Mississippi rockers, Shaken have recently released a new self titled EP on iTunes & Amazon.com. Check out the video for the track “So Wrong” below!
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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Lita Ford has released a new video for her song ‘Mother”. The song comes from FORD’s latest solo effort Living Like a Runaway that was released last summer on Steamhammer/SPV. The video was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue.
LITA commented on the video and the song “Mother”:
“Mother is my song to my beautiful sons. I know they will see the truth one day. They will always have a place in my heart, which bleeds for them through this song.”
LITA will be on the road in the coming weeks, a complete list of dates can be found below.
LITA FORD teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
LITA FORD Live:
5/23: Melbourne, Australia @ Prince of Wales Bandroom
5/25: Sydney, Australia @ Factory Theater
6/8: Vernal, UT @ Thunder Rocks @ Western Park
6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt
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Some roots never die, no matter how they are cut. Stardog Champion is proof of this. Aaron Fink and Mark James reunite with vocalist Nick Coyle reigniting the creative flame that sparked the band Lifer and set the path for Breaking Benjamin success, add drummer Josh Karis to the mix and you get Stardog Champion. Produced by Grammy-nominated Neal Avron (Switchfoot, Everclear, Linkin Park) Exhale the group’s first EP featuring the single “When We Fall” is a collection of sharp, mature rock tracks unlike a lot of modern day manufactured rock tunes. Exhale is a product of passion and lifelong influences today’s listening audience should be getting ready to absorb. What will come from these roots? Stardog Champion, breathe in Exhale!
The band released their much anticipated debut EP titled Exhale on April 23rd as well as a brand new music video for their single “When We Fall.” Check out the video below.
Debut EP “exhale” available NOW!!
Download the debut single ‘When We Fall” FREE at:
Voodoo Six’s new album “‘Songs To Invade Countries To” will get a worldwide release on May 27 via Spinefarm/Universal. Check out Voodoo Six’s video for the song “Sink or Swim” below!
American Industrial group BLACK LODGE have just unveiled a music video for their song “Never Clean”, which can be seen below. The video was shot on location in Big Bear, CA, and was directed by Tanya Dahl of The Realm Creative. Artist Wayne Robinson (Marvel Comics: Wolverine, Captain America) illustrated the graphic novel for The Diary of Tomahawk.
“Never Clean” is featured on the band’s forthcoming debut album The Diary of Tomahawk, which is due out later this year. The album is a 13 song concept album, which tells the story of a young girl named Tomahawk, who after enduring a horrifying experience within her family, begins practicing Dark Magick, and discovers a world of shadows interlaced within her own reality. BLACK LODGE is offering the release of “Never Clean” as a free download, available on their official site, along with the first chapter of the accompanying graphic novel.
The Diary of Tomahawk was recorded at The Realm Creative with co-producer Jeordie White/Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and producer Lee Miles (Rise Against & Puddle of Mudd). Brian Virtue (30 Seconds to Mars & Chevelle) mixed the album with Paul Logus (Stone Sour) mastering.
BLACK LODGE lead guitarist Johnny Royal remarks, “Jeordie’s musicianship is extraordinary. He has become a mentor and a great friend to the band. Lee Miles brings a powerful dynamic to our recording sessions and when combined with Jeordie’s ethereal approach to songwriting, an explosive dark soundscape is materialized throughout The Diary of Tomahawk.”
BLACK LODGE is Gavin Reign (lead vocals), Johnny Royal (lead guitar/synthesist), Ventura XIII (bass), Law Veritas (rhythm guitar) and Justin Greene (drummer).
Dutch Metal legends MARTYR have released a brand new video for the track D.I. taken from their latest album Circle Of 8. The video has been produced by Dream Project Studio’s and Limelight – Productions Netherlands. Check it out below!
“The Poet and the Thief”, the new video from rockers THE FUZZ DRIVERS, can be seen below. The video is the second single from the band’s self-titled debut album, released worldwide on January 31st and available for FREE download at www.thefuzzdrivers.com
Currently riding a wave of rave reviews for their debut album, THE FUZZ DRIVERS recently decided to take a big step and make their album available for free in order to spread the music all over the world and the decision proved to be a good one.
“We are having a huge amount of people downloading our album daily and offering us a lot of good feedback and support and ultimately that is all that matters in this day and age for an upcoming band. We are a LIVE band, so that is exactly what we want to do: Have the opportunity to play live as much as we can, everywhere!”
THE FUZZ DRIVERS debut album is filled with a Hard Rock/Classic Rock vibe but still retains a modern touch mixed with a highly melodic component, packing a loud and energetic punch!
The video was directed and edited by renowned artist João Vasco.
The CD was recorded, produced and mixed by the band at THE FUZZ DRIVERS Studio during the past summer and was mastered at Estudio|SantaRosa in Sintra, Portugal.
The album cover was handmade by the talented artist Alex Konahin.
The official lyric video for the first single “Discordia Song” can also be seen here: http://youtu.be/4aondP1J58U?hd=1
To download THE FUZZ DRIVERS debut album for free
and learn more about the band visit their official website:
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DANKO JONES is incredibly pleased to announce that the band will be performing as part of this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival! Together with Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed And Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, Middle Class Rut, New Politics and The Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, they will travel North America to rock stadiums and amphitheaters alike from August 13th and on. Tickets for most Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival shows go on sale Thursday, April 25th at Noon local time and are affordably priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees). Go to www.RockstarUPROAR.com and www.LiveNation.com for full details and to purchase tickets.
Starting on the east coast and ending on the west, Danko will miss the first three shows due to festival commitments in Europe and will join up in Saratoga, NY for a run of 20 shows. Following their hugely successful run supporting Volbeat, this will be the biggest tour of North America ever for the band and comes on the back of heavy radio rotation for ‘Just A Beautiful Day’. The lead single off their album Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue peaked at a career high #26 on the Active Rock chart in the US and a new single will be serviced to radio shortly.
DANKO JONES on the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival:
Aug 13th – Saratoga, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 14th – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
Aug 16th – Bristow, VA (D.C.) – Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 17th – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 18th – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 20th – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Aug 22nd – Tinley Park, IL (Chicago) – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug 23rd – Noblesville, IN (Indianapolis) – Klipsch Music Center
Aug 24th – Clarkston, MI (Detroit) – DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug 27th – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheater
Aug 28th – Dallax, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Aug 31st – Albuquerque, TX – Isleta Amphitheatre
Sep 1st – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sep 2nd – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sep 5th – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Sep 8th – Ridgefield, WA (Portland, OR) – Sleep Country Amphitheater
Sep 11th – San Francisco, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Sep 13th – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
Sep 14th – Chula Vista, CA (San Diego) – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep 15th – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
For a full list of shows and more information on the festival:
DANKO JONES has posted the new music video for the track ‘I Believed in God’, starring Zelda Williams (daughter of Robin Williams) and Jason Trost (featured in the ‘Full of Regret’ and ‘I Think Bad Thoughts’ videos and writer / director / star of movies like The FP and Vs) in a love story… of sorts. Check out the video below! The video is directed by the Diamond Bros, who are also responsible for the band’s four previous videos as well as “Bring On The Mountain” – the much heralded documentary that was released last year.
The video was shot in Los Angeles and enlisted a production crew worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster with previous credits including Looper, Men In Black, Predator 2 and many more. Directors of photography were Kenny Stoff and Jessica Young who also did Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary. For a behind the scenes look on the shoot, check out the clip below:
If you didn’t know already, DANKO JONES hosts his own weekly star-studded podcast. A new episode of the official DANKO JONES podcast is out now and this time he is joined by Ian D’Sa (Billy Talent) and Cone McCaslin (Sum 41). Check it out below: http://www.dankojones.com/podcast-episode-44-ian-dsa-cone-mccaslin/
Stay tuned for more news coming from DANKO JONES soon and keep up with his podcasts at www.dankojones.com
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In 2010, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and uber-energetic front-man and all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend MICHAEL MONROE unveiled his new side project in grand style via an exclusive press conference. Flash forward six months to a full UK tour with Motörhead, and another few months to the release of Another Night in the Sun, a globally-anticipated live album that teased fans clamoring for a final, polished taste of the new project. Finally, roughly a year after MICHAEL MONROE’s original public reveal, the band released their first critically-acclaimed full-length release, Sensory Overdrive, produced by Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon). The album went on to win Classic Rock Magazine’s ‘Album Of The Year’ award and landed at #1 on the charts in MM’s Finnish homeland.
In 2012, after touring throughout the UK in support of Sensory Overdrive, Monroe announced that he would go back into seclusion to prepare for the band’s next offering. Monroe’s touring and recording outfit, comprised of bassist Sami Yaffa (ex-Hanoi Rocks/New York Dolls), guitarist Steve Conte (ex-New York Dolls/Company Of Wolves), guitarist Dregen (Backyard Babies, formerly of Hellacopters fame) and drummer Karl ‘Rockfist’ Rosqvist (ex-Chelsea Smiles/Danzig), worked tirelessly in the studio, providing creative support for a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Gun n’ Roses members) citing Michael’s ground-breaking career as a source of inspiration.
Now after several months, the wait is over. MICHAEL MONROE can finally reveal that the band’s upcoming studio album, Horns and Halos, will hit stores everywhere on August 27, 2013 via Spinefarm Records. The band offers a taste of the new album in the form of a new single and video for the track ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’, which can be watched now below.
The track includes a nod to Michael’s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s break up of glam punk pioneers, Hanoi Rocks. The clip – directed by celebrated videographer/photographer Ville Juurikkala, who has photographed Michael for the past 10 years as well as working with Linkin Park, Good Charlotte and HIM, amongst others – features archive footage and photos of Michael in prime Big Apple mode, interlaced with current live and backstage scenes.
“The song ‘Ballad Of The Lower East Side’ is about New York and especially The Lower East Side – what it was way back in the days when I lived there, how times have changed and how it is nowadays.,” states MICHAEL MONROE. “New York has always been an important city to me since I lived there for 10 years. Two members of our band still live there. It’s the City of all Cities.”
When Vicious Rumors returned from a long, strenuous and immensely successful world tour in autumn 2011, the musicians – least of all band mastermind and main songwriter Geoff Thorpe – couldn’t really see themselves mustering the energy to release a new studio album in the foreseeable future. “2011 was a monster year for Vicious Rumors in the most positive sense of the word,” he says, looking back at that time with surprise and some satisfaction. “We were on the road non-stop for more or less eight months, played countless club shows and performed at some of the most important festivals worldwide. The last show of the tour took place as part of the 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise – what a finale! Then everything was over very suddenly and we started to work on our new album without so much as a break. Perhaps you can imagine how difficult that was and how much concentration we needed to do that kind of work without any loss of friction.” Now the doubtlessly successful result of that big challenge is scheduled for release: Vicious Rumors are set to unleash Electric Punishment sounding more multi-faceted and creative than they have done in a long time.
Vicious Rumors has released a new video today “I Am The Gun” in support of Electric Punishment. Check it out below!
There definitely is no discernible loss of friction on Electric Punishment, which is again ruled by what Thorpe refers to as an “impressive double bass thunder, double guitar attacks and haunting vocals the way you only get them with this band”. At the same time, the ten new songs are clearly more multi-layered and diverse than the material on its 2011 predecessor Razorback Killers. “While Razorback Killers was heavy all the way through from start to finish, the new material is more in the vein of Word Of Mouth,” Thorpe explains. At the same time, the uncompromising toughness that their fans have come to expect of Vicious Rumors is present on Electric Punishment as well: the two openers ‘I Am The Gun’ and ‘Black X List’ are typical as can be of Vicious Rumors. Thorpe refers to those numbers as “classic power metal tracks which would have fitted on every one of our albums. But there’s also an unusually atmospheric song called ‘Eternally’, an anthem to our audience entitled ‘Together We Unite’ and a deeply black ballad named ‘Escape (From Hell)’. I’m sure that our fans will be just as surprised of the whole album as they will be of the final Kiss cover ‘Strange Ways’.”
Surprised and most likely thrilled, because once again the band has brought all its skills to bear and come up with a real highlight. Thorpe, vocalist Brian Allen, bassist Stephen Goodwin and drummer Larry Howe were supported by guitarist Thean Rasmussen, who returned to the Vicious Rumors fold after Razorback Killers. In addition, Thorpe & Co. invited a number of former allies to the studio as guest musicians: Brad Gillis features on ‘D-Block’, ‘Together We Unite’ and ‘Eternally’, Marc McGhee on ‘Escape (From Hell)’, and last but not least tour guitarist Bob Capka helped out at the studio with a number of rhythm guitars and a haunting solo on ‘D-Block’. Thorpe: “I had a few problems with my fingers, that’s why I was glad that Bob was there to help. Otherwise it probably wouldn’t have been possible to stick to our tight production schedule.”
So it’s done: Electric Punishment is Vicious Rumors’ eleventh studio album and proves just how much of a force to be reckoned with this band continues to be. “We have permanently grown, there have been no two identical albums in our career because each album has a new, fresh approach,” comments Thorpe, not without pride. “Still we’ve never strayed from our course – perhaps precisely for this reason. We’ve remained faithful to our ideals and have always been honest with our fans. I think our loyal followers value that Vicious Rumors have never jumped on any kind of bandwagon. Everything we do comes from the heart, and Electric Punishment documents that no other band on this planet sounds like Vicious Rumors. To us, that’s an incentive, a challenge and a quality feature all in one. And it’s something our fans can rely on when we set off on our next monster tour in spring 2013.” Vicious Rumors have been scheduled to headline countless clubs and play important festivals (the Headbangers Open Air in Germany and the Alcatraz festival in Belgium having been confirmed already) before going on to Japan and the USA. Thorpe: “We’re facing big challenges again – but that sort of thing has always helped Vicious Rumors to grow!”
1. I Am The Gun
2. Black X List
3. Electric Punishment
4. D – Block
5. Escape ( From Hell)
6. Dime Store Prophet
7. Together We Unite
9. Thirst For A Kill
10. Strange Ways (KISS cover version)
01 I Am The Gun
02 Black X List
03 Electric Punishment
02 Escape (From Hell)
03 Dime Store Prophet
01 Together We Unite
03 Thirst For A Kill
01 Strange Ways
02 Murderball (live) (bonus track)
03 Abandoned (live) (bonus track)
“Electric Punishment” will be released through SPV / Steamhammer on April 26th in Germany, April 29th in Europe and May 7th in the US/Canada. It will be available as a jewel case version, double gatefold colored vinyl and download.
VICIOUS RUMORS live 2013
21.09. US-Indianapolis,IN – Metal Fest
28.09. US-Rochester, NY – The Montage
02.10. US-Brooklyn,NY – Saint Vitus
04.10. US-Frederick,MD – Bentz Street
05.10. US-Spartanburg,SC – Ground Zero
ICED EARTH’s first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, Live In Ancient Kourion, will hit stores tomorrow, April 16, in North America! For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus.
In celebration of tomorrow’s release, ICED EARTH has uploaded the live video for the song “Anthem,” which offers fans yet another preview of this stunning live release:
For more previews of Live In Ancient Kourion, click the links below:
“Stormrider” live video
“I Died For You” live audio
“Dystopia” live video
“Damien” live audio
Live In Ancient Kourion official DVD trailer
Live In Ancient Kourion is now available for pre-order in various formats here.
See below for some reviews of the critically acclaimed Live In Ancient Kourion:
“…an impressive live experience of a reinvigorated band.” – METAL HAMMER (DE), 6/7
“…the sound is crystal clear and the video quality has nothing left to be desired.” — ROCK HARD (DE), 8/10
“…one of the most fascinating bands at this moment.” — ROCK TRIBUNE (B), “DVD of the Month”
“…essential stuff for the lovers of ‘good old Heavy Metal.’” — GITARIST (NL)
ICED EARTH live:
6.8.2013 – Burning Sea Festival – Croatia
6.20.2013 – Metalfest – Germany
6.21.2013 – Dokk’em Open Air Festival – Netherlands
6.22.2013 – Rock am Härtsfeldsee – Germany
7.12.2013 – Rock Harz Open Air – Germany
7.13.2013 – Bang Your Head Festival – Germany
8.8.2013 – Getaway Rock Festival – Sweden
ICED EARTH online:
Swiss rockers Shakra have released a powerful new album in 2013 called Powerplay. Fans of melodic rock, & especially Gotthard, are going to love the new album. You can check out the video clips “Save You From Yourself” & “Wonderful Life” below!
Like what you hear? You can pick up Powerplay at Amazon.com now!
Denver thrashers HAVOK have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave” from their 2012 EP, The Point Of No Return, via the band’s official Facebook page. The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on their anticipated Terry Date produced third full-length album. Check out the video below!
Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America’s first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.”
HAVOK will hit the road next week, teaming with Goatwhore and The Casualties. The dates will feature new bassist Michael Joseph Leon. Sanchez notes, “as many people have already heard, we recently parted ways with bassist Jesse De Los Santos. It was a mutual split and we wish Jesse all the best. I’d like to thank Jesse for the four years of killing it in studio and on stage. With that being said, we’d like to introduce our new four-string monster, Mike Leon. Mike is a fantastic bassist and a veteran of the road from his years of touring with The Absence. We are very happy to have him on board.”
Leon comments, “I’m completely honored to be a part of such a well-oiled machine and to have the opportunity to play with these dudes is a dream come true! Not only is HAVOK one of my favorite new heavy metal bands out in the scene, but the guys in the band are a few of the best dudes I know! You can definitely look forward to us kickin’ lots of ass together this year, and for many years to come.”
HAVOK expect to complete all work on their new record in the coming weeks. Album information and special pre-order details will be announced shortly.
w/ The Casualties, Goatwhore:
4/01/2013 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM
4/02/2013 Rocky Point – Tempe, AZ
4/03/2013 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
4/04/2013 The Vex – Los Angeles, CA
4/05/2013 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV w/ Goatwhore only
4/06/2013 The Oakland Metro – Oakland, CA
4/07/2013 The Alley – Reno, NV
4/08/2013 The Branx – Portland, OR
4/09/2013 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
4/11/2013 The Venue – Boise, ID w/ Suffocation, Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings of Saturn
4/13/2013 In the Venue – Salt Lake City, UT w/ Suicidal Tendencies
HAVOK is guitarist/vocalist Dave Sanchez, bassist Michael Joseph Leon, guitarist Reece Scruggs, and drummer Pete Webb.