Tobias Sammet is back on track with AVANTASIA! After five years of Silence, the EDGUY mastermind decided to reanimate his very own project AVANTASIA and record a follow up to the highly appraised Metal Opera, that Tobi released in 2001 (Part 1) and 2002 (Part 2). For many people, this Metal Opera was the inofficial but worthy successor to Helloweens “Keeper Of The Seven Keys” Pt. 1 and Pt. 2.
His new project, the album “The Scarecrow” is maybe the most ambitious that Tobi ever touched. Just read the list of participants and your knees will tremble: Eric Singer from KISS on drums and vocals, Guest Vocals by Amanda Somverville, Jorn Lande, Alice Cooper, Michael Kiske, Bob Catley and Guest Guitar parts by Rudolf Schenker. A legendary combination!
As an appetizer, two EPs are on their way, before the album will crush the metal world in early 2008. “Lost In Space” is the title track of both EPs, but otherwise the content is completely different and exclusive. Except for one song and title track, none of them will appear on the “The Scarecrow”! Value for money – for sure!
“Lost In Space” is without doubt among the catchiest tunes, that you will get to hear in 2007! A good time rock´n´roll song with a chorus as huge as two continets. Impressive – after the first spin, you will never ever get this song out of your head. And thats good!
With this new era of AVANTASIA, Tobi offers everything from Hard Rock, Stadium Rock, Rock´n´Roll, New Rock to Melodic metal and even Speed Metal – stuff to dream too, stuff to bang your head too.
AVANTASIA will prevail! No doubt about it.
The Donnas may not consider themselves part of the glam scene today. One look at the picture below, and a single listen to Bitchin‘ and you will quickly discover that the four girls from L.A. have created a sound and a look that will appeal to most Glam fans!
Usually, I bypass rock bands fronted by female lead singers. It isn’t because of chauvinistic reasons. It is because time and time again, I have been disappointed by releases with bands fronted with women. Their have been many exceptions to the rule, but as of late, I haven’t found any bands that got their hooks into me as much as The Donnas have.
On this record, you will find a bunch of catchy upbeat tunes that have a distinct Joan Jett feel, with a dash of Lita Ford 80′s pop metal thrown in for good measure. Bitchin’ isn’t a heavy sounding record by any means, but has a hard enough edge that will make it palatable to a lot of hard rock fans. You won’t find much filler material on Bitchin’. Most songs are sing-a-long anthems that grab you on the first listen.
As a bonus for a limited time, when you buy the CD, their is a bonus code inside for a downloadable song called Randi. This isn’t a throw away song either. It is actually pretty good. It is a nice little extra for those that decide to pick this disc up.
The Bottom line is, Bitchin’ is a great disc, and one that is going to see a lot of play from me in the weeks to follow. The Donnas rock, and are well worth checking out! You can preview four tracks at the Donnas’ myspace page. Go check them out!
2. Don’t Wait Up For Me
4. What Do I Have To Do
5. Save Me
6. Like An Animal
7. Here For The Party
8. Better Off Dancing
9. Love You Til It Hurts
10. Smoke You Out
11. Girl Talk
12. Give Me What I Want
13. Tonights Alright
14. When The Show Is Over
Sweden’s Bonafide has released a new video for their song, “Loud Band”. Bonafide’s new CD is available through ITunes and through Record Heaven.
Theatre of Shadows the explosive new release from SHADOWSIDE hits the street on Nov 20, 2007. Preorders are being taken beginning Nov 13, 2007 and will be shipped before the street date. The first 25 orders will receive a FREE 11×17 poster signed by the band. You can order the new record through Chavis Records.
SHADOWSIDE will be stateside for a U.S. tour beginning Dec 2007! Their ‘DEVASTATING THE THEATRE TOUR 2007/2008′ , begins with the following U.S. dates:
Dec 13 – House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV – UNPLUGGED/ACOUSTIC SHOW
Dec 14 – So Kal, Las Vegas, NV – 8PM ALL AGES SHOW
Dec 14 – The Emergency Room, Las Vegas, NV – 11PM 2ND SHOW
Dec 20 – The Monkey Bar, Huntington, WV
Dec 21 – Shakers, Cambridge, OH
Dec 22 – The Lighthouse, Imperial, PA
Dec 28 – Club Bourbon Street, Tampa, FL
More U.S. and International dates will to follow.
Here is the video for Shadowside’s song, Highlight!
Passion For Power is the debut release for this Swedish five piece band.
Hell N’ Diesel has a sound that I would describe as one part Skid Row, another part Guns ‘N Roses, and maybe a dash of Motley Crue and Shotgun Messiah. Even though their sound may represent some of the bigger bands of the late 80′s, I can tell you that Passion For Power is a record that delivers big!
Passion for Power is the kind of album that you want to turn on, and crank the volume up on!
Sweet Sister is a song full of attitude, sleaze and a huge guitar sound. This is the way you open up an album. Awesome!
Any song that has you breaking out the air guitar is usually a good omen. You Shook Me made me break out the Air Les Paul. This is another fun, and upbeat song.
J. Sledge has a guitar sound that mimics Slash heavily on the tune Crosses. This is another catchy, foot tapping good song. Sexual Suicide is sleazy good fun, and another great party rock tune. Fallin’ is a power ballad of massive proportions. Every glam related radio station will be playing this song before long.
Miss Cocaine is a heavy Skid Row type of rocker that is one of the many highlights on this disc. I liked this song the first time I heard it. Wow!…..Attitude flat out kicks ass! This song has a sleazy cock rock feel to it. This is one of my favorites on this record.
S.O.Y.L. or Speed of Your Love, if you prefer, is a song that borrow some elements from Motley Crue, but I don’t care. This song rocks! Love Me Hard has a killer groove and a good beat. This song has a definite 80′s hard rock feel to it, but it is quite infectious.
Ride Away is a sleazy rocker that immediately bring Guns ‘N Roses, Appetite For Destruction to mind. Headbanging is not optional with this track. Sweat It is a ballsy tune that flat out rocks. What a way to close out this disc!
I am a fan of 80′s glam rock, so without question, I love Passion For Power. There are a ton of good hard rock / glam records in 2007. Passion For Power is one of the better ones.
You can land a copy of this disc at Impulse Music.com.
The video below is for the track Miss Cocaine. Enjoy!
Out of 10
- Sweet Sister
- You Shook Me
- Crosses [KIXXX]
- Sexual Suicide
- Miss Cocaine
- Love Me Hard
- Ride Away
- Sweat It
Hell N’ Diesel is:
- EK Evil – Vocals
- J. Sledge – Lead Guitar
- Maxx Whyte – Rhythm Guitar
- Blanco – Drums, Keyboards and Back up Vocals
- S. Red – Bass
A little Metal for your Monday! Check out Saxon’s new video, I’ve Got To Rock, featuring Lemmy from Motorhead. This song is taken from Saxon’s new disc, The Inner Sanctum. You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
Quite a few fans are upset over the sound of Kittie’s new song, Funeral For Yesterday.
Kittie is a metal band that usually enlists the screaming of singer Morgan Lander. On this album, she uses her pure singing voice, as well as some metalcore like screams.
Which one do you prefer?
Watch the video and let us know what you think!
In seems that Finland has a never ending supply of new metal acts.
Sturm und Drang’s heavy rock might be labelled as old school, but the band ain’t old, that’s for sure!
Name Sturm und Drang can be tracked down to the 18th century’s romantic epoch. Sturm und Drang (storm and zeal) was a literature movement started by young German writers, including Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who protested cultural environment and society in general. It was the first youth movement ever, so when Henkka’s dad came up with the idea, the guys thought that the name most definitely suited them.
Sturm und Drang was formed in a west coast city in Finland called Vaasa in autumn 2004 when the guys were 12 and 13 years old. André and Henkka were on their way home from a Judas Priest gig. The gig hit them so hard that they decided what their live would be in the future. School mates Calle and Jeppe joined the band straight ahead and first rehearsals were held in Calle’s basement. First songs were covers from Judas Priest and Dio and the first gig was only few weeks after that! However, the band soon realised that they needed more guitars so André’s old friend Alex was invited to join them.
In autumn 2005 the band recorded demo from Rising Son at Tits and Ass studio in Halmstad, Sweden. The demo was sent to HMC- Helsinki Music Company where they couldn’t believe their ears. That was when HMC’s legendary A & R manager Asko Kallonen said the legendary line “Is this a dark joke?” After a gig with Swedish The Hellacopters in Vaasa Asko was convinced that it really wasn’t a joke and the band had a recording deal in their hands.
After that Sturm und Drang started spending even more hours (SuD trains 4 to 6 times a week!) in their rehearsal place writing more songs. Once in a while they got out and played some gigs, for instance as a support act to the legendary Glenn Hughes (Black Sabbath, Deep Purple). The results of the hard work have been praised – Sturm und Drang was named as the biggest sensations of 2007 even before their first single Rising Son was released in Finland in February. Soon after that the single and the video was released in Sweden and they hit the play lists in many national radio stations and television channels in both countries.
Check out their new video, “Rising Son”
Finnish Rockers Kotipelto have released a video for their song, “Sleep Well”. Kotipelto is the solo band for Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto.
This song is from their new disc, Serenity. It is available through Impulse Music.com.
Serenity features Timo Kotipelto on vocals, Lauri Porra on bass, Tuomas Wainölä on guitars Janne Wirman on keyboards and Mirka Rantanen on drums.
Louisville, Kentucky’s Velcro Pygmies have been playing and touring clubs in the south for a few years now.
American Muscle is the band’s second CD, and a pretty good one at that. I can hear some definite Def Leppard and Van Halen influences in the band’s tunes.
Fans of 80′s style hard rock are going to love American Muscle. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. American Muscle is filled with songs that have infectious sing along choruses, and heavy guitar riffs. This is an 80′s style glam metal CD disc that simply delivers!
This CD hasn’t left my playlist since I picked up! This CD reminds of an era where music was supposed to be fun. The Velcro Pygmies may not be original, but they most certainly do 80′s style hard rock right! I think most hard rock fans are going to love this disc.
The band also has a brand new website, VelcroPygmies.com. Go check them out, you will be glad you did!
The video below is for the song Don’t Call It Love! Enjoy!!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sweet Miranda
2. Rich Bitch (All Over You)
3. Building Up To Feel So Good
4. Don’t Call It Love
5. Ready To Go
6. The Punchline of Pretty
7. Beauty In A Box
8. The Best It Ever Gets
9. Get Away
10. Sweet Home Alabama
Velcro Pygmies are:
Cameron Flener – Vocals
Chris Eddins – Drums
Delicious – Guitar
Jason Reed – Bass
Bobaflex have released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Tales from Dirt Town. You can check out the premiere of Bobaflex’s music video for their new single “Home” and preview the new album Tales from Dirt Town in its entirety on Ultimate-Guitar.com.
“Home” Video Premiere
Tales from Dirt Town Album Preview
Be sure to catch Bobaflex, currently on tour, with supporting artists: Dope, The Autumn Offering, Crossbreed and Fear Nuthin Band.
10/30 Northside Firehouse – Lima, OH
10/31 Club Bijou – Toledo, OH *
11/1 Columbia Music Hall – Portsmouth, OH *
11/2 The Cellar – Struthers, OH
11/3 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI*
11/4 Peabodys – Cleveland, OH ***
11/5 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY *
11/6 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT *
11/7 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA *
11/8 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC **
11/10 Jaxx – Springfield, VA *
11/13 Amo’s Southend – Charlotte, NC **
11/14 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC **
11/15 The Social – Orlando, FL ****
11/17 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL **
11/20 The Masquerade (dwnstrs) – Atlanta, GA **
11/21 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC **
11/23 Ace’s – Johnstown, PA **
11/24 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI **
* W/ Dope
** W/ Dope and Autumn Offering
***W/ Dope, Autumn Offering and Fear Nuthin Band
****W/Dope, Autumn Offering and Crossbreed
Avenged Sevenfold is a band that I have not checked out until very recently. I read that a band that guys in Black Stone Cherry enjoyed were Avenged Sevenfold. That recommendation was good enough for me. I have got a ton of play out of BSC’s debut disc, so I thought I would give Avenged Sevenfold a shot. Lucky for me they just came out with a brand new disc to check out.
I had no idea what this band sounded like until I watched the video for Almost Easy. The video was enough to sell me on the band, and off I was to seek out the latest by Avenged Sevendfold. Lucky for me, the local rock shop got a few copies in early. (This disc should be available in most U.S. retailers on Tuesday, October 30th.)
Avenged Sevenfold was once lumped into the Metalcore category, but don’t really fit into that mold anymore. Singer M.Shadows had to change his vocals approach due to throat and vocal chord damage, of which he had to have surgery to repair.
I was very surprised to find a Metal band that actually plays guitar solos that you can hear, and a vocalist with a very clean voice. How these guys managed to stay off my radar for so long is a great mystery to me, especially considering how popular this band is with today’s generation.
After listening to this record, I think this band may appeal to some older metalheads than today’s youth.
This disc is not perfect by any means. One listen to the track A Little Piece of Heaven and you may find yourself scratching your head in confusion. This sounds a twisted Pink Floyd circus that was given a metal makeover. This is a very strange track to me.
The guitar sound on Dear God has a country twinge to it, and quite frankly is a song that I will skip every time. ( I hope this isn’t the band trying to pull a Bon Jovi. ) The song could actually have some crossover hit potential on the radio, but isn’t to my liking.
Aside from those songs, I could not find many faults with this record. Synyster Gates guitar playing on this record is extremely cool. The Rev has plenty of double bass drumming to get you rocking, and Johnny Christ offers some chugging bass riffs to get your blood pumping.
Critical Acclaim is a very cool head banging tune. Almost Easy should be a massive hit for the band. If you aren’t hooked by the time you hear the killer guitar riffs on Scream your headphones may be broken.
As a whole, this is a pretty cool metal album, and one that I will be spinning quite a bit in the up and coming weeks. If you haven’t ever checked out Avenged Sevenfold before, give the new album a chance. I think you will like it.
Rating: Out of 10
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – lead vocals, piano, guitar
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
The Rev – drums, piano, backing vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass guitar, backing vocals
Did you watch the show Rockstar Supernova on CBS? Remember singer Phil Ritchie?
He came on the show to gain some exposure for his band, Lennex, and met his demise for the same reason. For whatever reason, I didn’t care for him on the show very much.
I am glad that I happened to stumble upon his band again. Ritchie’s band Lennex, a five piece band from Maryland has a sound worth checking out.
The video below is for the Lennex song, A Lesser None.
Lennex has two CD’s under their belt, Part Math, Part Euphoria and For The Sake Of Simplicity . They have recently released a new song, Thank You & Goodbye on their myspace page, and are hard at work on album #3. Check them out!
Everyone that caught their live show has been clamoring for Endeverafter’s new disc. I am happy to say that the new CD, Kiss or Kill was definitely worth the wait.
Kiss or Kill is a hard rock disc that plays off of style of Endeverafter’s influences which include Aerosmith, Guns ‘N Roses, and Motley Crue.
Michael Grant’s rifftastic guitar playing is certainly the highlight here, but Endeverafter is an extremely tight unit, and the songs on Kiss or Kill are very satisfying.
I have listened to Kiss or Kill at least 4 times, and each time, I seem to like this disc a little more than the last. This CD is already in my current top 10, and I would not be surprised to find it in the Hard Rock Hideout Top 10 List of 2007. There isn’t a bad song on this record, and not a single track felt like filler material to me. My favorite cuts are I Wanna Be Your Man, Baby,Baby,Baby, Poison, and Tip of My Tongue.
Watch the videos below, then run, don’t walk, to pick up your new copy of Kiss or Kill. It is in stores everywhere today! You won’t be disappointed. This CD Rocks!
I Wanna Be Your Man
Baby, Baby, Baby
Rating:Out of 10
1. I Wanna Be Your Man
2. Baby 3x
3. Gotta Get Out
5. Next Best Thing (Guest Vocal Butch Walker)
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Road To Destruction
8. All Night
10. From The Ashes Of Sin
11. Long Way Home
Michael Grant – Vocals / Lead Guitar
Tommi Andrews – Bass
Kristan Mallory – Guitar
Eric Humbert – Drums
It was the idea of CREMATORY drummer Markus Jllich to form a true metal band after he noticed singer Alexx Stahl playing with his band in a small club. He was very impressed by his vocal skills and he was looking for the best musicians in the German Rhein-Main-area to form a band around Alexx that eventually became SEDUCTION. After the big success of bands like HAMMERFALL or SONATA ARCTICA his aim was to create a similar sounding band gaining equal success.
The line-up was Alexx Stahl (Vocals), Thilo Feucht (Guitars), Mad (Keyboards), Ingmar Holzhauer (Bass) and Neudi (Drums). Under the direction of Markus Jllich the first demo-CD was recorded at Kohlekeller Studio. Several companies showed interest in SEDUCTION and they played a lot gigs with bands like TIERRA SANTA, BONFIRE, AGATHODAIMON, EAZY RIDER and SCAPEGOAT. A second CD was recorded and again they got brilliant reviews in the whole metal press (Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Break Out, Heavy Oder Was). They even called SEDUCTION the next big thing! or best unsigned band from Germany!, they split up a few weeks after the release. SEDUCTION was more like a project and parts of the band werent happy with the style and the so called True Metal image.
Singer Alexx and drummer Neudi (who also plays in the CENTURY follow-up KOKOON) joined the DEEP PURPLE Tribute band CHILD IN TIME in late 2003 and so they met each other again. This leads to a meeting where SEDUCTION decided to start again, but this time as a real band, playing their own style of metal. While Alexx is into bands like SAXON and TWISTED SISTER, guitarist Thilo is strongly influenced by early METALLICA and CHILDREN OF BODOM and his ultra-fast guitar solos are his trademark. Bassist Ingmar is a fan of IRON MAIDEN and Steve Harris, drummer Neudi is well-known in the scene as the drummer of cultbands like SUDDEN DARKNESS and ECONOMIST; also he is having his own radioshow and he was the guy with one of the first metal television show in Germany (Heavy Metal Battle, 1985 to 1992). The fourpiece changed name in VIRON and started writing songs.
In November 2004 VIRON entered the Kohlekeller Studio (CREMATORY, KILLER, AGATHODAIMON) to record their demo EP called NWOGHM. Unlike SEDUCTION, they used real drums (no triggers or computer sounds) and no keyboards (except of a piano part). What you hear on the CD is handmade music played by human beings. The CD contains 4 songs written by VIRON and a cover of Run For Tomorrow, originally recorded by US-Metal legends EXXPLORER!
The EP was sent to several metal-related record companies and to some magazines. After just a few weeks VIRON had various offers for a deal and they decided to sign with SONIC AGE (Greece). Currently the band is in the studio to record their full debut CD, the same way they recorded the EP handmade music ONLY! Also the line-up was completed with ex-ECONOMIST, SUDDEN DARKNESS guitar player Roger Dequis. Now VIRON are a classic metal-fivepiece. NWOGHM got tons of great reviews in mags like Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Break Out, Heavy and Metal Heart, but also in fanzines and webzines. In 2006 VIRON played Swordbrothers Festival and Headbangers Open Air, but also many single shows with bands like Ruffians, Solemnity or Sabaton. In March 2007 they appeared on a Manilla Road tribute CD called “The Riddle Masters” performing “Dreams of Eschaton”. In April 2007 VIRON signed a new deal with the German label METAL HEAVEN (Riot, Ruffians etc.). They will enter the studio by August 07…
Alexx Stahl – Vocals
Thilo Feucht – Guitars
Roger Dequis – Guitars
Ingmar “Inge” Holzhauer – Bass
Neudi – Drums
Here is the video Blow The Fuse from Viron
Victory Pill’s debut, self-titled album was released on Tuesday October 23rd!.
Victory Pill guitarist and frontman Jim Davies (ex-Pitchshifter, Prodigy) has posted a blog on the group’s MySpace page discussing Victory Pill, his new project with Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“After I did the Flint project I had decided it was time to do something for myself for once. Looking back I have done a lot of other people’s bands. Even though I played a big part in ‘shifter, it wasn’t my band. I’d been writing alot of instrumentals, which is how I normally write music. I had around 20 tunes. I’d been doing this on the quiet on my own and wasn’t sure what to do with them until I played them to Kieron Pepper. He went mad at me saying ‘You have to do something with this!’ So we formed a band,” says Davies of the group’s formation. “We tried for ages to find a vocalist that fit the music but none worked. I wanted a very English sounding vocal, I love bands like The Jam, The Sex Pistols and Depeche Mode,. All the singers we tried sounded like Slipknot, so I tried it myself and it really gelled. It was a big move for me to go from being just a guitarist to front-man/lyricist. I’d never written lyrics before now and I had to rehearse it a lot to be able to do all the guitar madness I do live and sing, but I’m really comfortable with it now.”
Jim Davies guitar work helped shaped the band Prodigy’s breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, which included modern rock hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe”. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001.
Davies was also a contributing member of electro-metal outfit Pitchshifter who toured alongside Incubus and Ozzfest. Davies contributed to the groundbreaking http://www.pitchshifter.com album, as well as co-wrote the subsequent Deviant and PSI records. Davies’ last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized in the Bootlegged, Distorted live album.
“I think this album is a natural progression for me from what I did with Pitchshifter. There is obviously a taste of ‘shifter in there which is unavoidable as I co-wrote a lot the last few albums. But then tunes like ‘King and Country’ wouldn’t have worked in Pitchshifter because it’s not even a rock song and that’s what I find really refreshing about doing Victory Pill. I can take it anywhere I want and not be restrained by someone saying ‘That’s not what Pitchshifter should be sounding like,’” says Davies. “I think fans of electronic music will dig it, certain tunes like ‘Red Pill’, ‘Scaremonger’ and ‘Thin Line’ are very electronic. I think industrial heads will like tunes like ‘Downfall’ and ‘Another Clone’ and there also more melodic more live band sounding tunes on there like ‘Worst Case Scenario’”.
Victory Pill has made an Mp3 of the track “King and Country” available through the Corporate Punishment Podcast, which can be downloaded at the following location http://corporatepunishment.libsyn.com/
For a limited time, the band is still offering a free t-shirt to anyone who orders the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location http://www.corporatepunishment.com/shop/?manufacturers_id=26
Shinedown did a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s A Simple Man. The first time I saw this video, I was eating dinner in the Hard Rock Cafe, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I thought this was worth sharing.
Click this link to watch the video!