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!
Coheed & Cambria caused quite the commotion at the University of Kansas this week. Following a number of dorm windows being shot out a set of cryptic symbols were found spray painted throughout the campus with the date “10/23/07” underneath it. Rumors began to spread on the University’s campus that another shooting was coming on Tuesday (10/23/07). The campus police were swamped with phone calls and questions about the impending violence. Fortunately, the graffiti symbols popping up all over campus were to promote Coheed & Cambria’s release of their latest album No World For Tomorrow. The police eventually ruled out anything else as pure coincidence.
Here is Coheed & Cambria’s new video for their song, “The Running Free“.
On this new release, Bo saw the light and got out of his American Idol contract, and put out a rock record in the style he wanted.
On this record, you will not find tunes written by Bon Jovi. Tom Keifer didn’t produce any of the tunes. No help from AI trusted pop song writers are present on this disc. This is pure Bo Bice. He wrote the songs himself, and enlisted a little help from producer Frank Liddell to craft ten tunes of pure rock goodness.
See The Light is not a hard rock record by any means, but is a good rock record the falls somewhere in between the Rolling Stones and The Eagles. Chances are if you like Classic Rock from the 70’s, you are going to find a lot to enjoy on See The Light.
The tunes are well written, the guitar work by Bice and Philip Shouse is very good. Bice also enlists the help of keyboardist Thomas Lee, who plays some guitar and keyboards. Thomas is no strange to Bice fans, as he has accompanied Bo on his 2006 tour.
I already have several favorite cuts on this disc including Witness, Got Money and Whiskey, Women & Time. My wife and I, saw Bo Bice and his band Sugar Money perform Got Money in February of 2006, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH. I have been clamoring to get my hands on a copy of that tune for over a year now. I am overjoyed to find it here.
Whiskey, Women & Time, and Sinner in a Sin are both tunes that were only available on the Dual Disc DVD side of Bo’s debut effort, The Real Thing. Both songs are concert staples, that I have heard Bice perform several times. The versions of these songs are far better and have a different arrangement than the versions on that record, so they don’t feel like rehashed songs at all. These are well written, and time tested tunes. Bo Bice fans that have seen him live, already love these songs. Chances are, new fans will too!
As a whole, the songs on See the Light surpass those on the debut disc in just about every way possible. If you haven’t ever given Bo Bice a chance because he was on American Idol, now is the best time to jump on board and see what Bo Bice is all about. You can find this disc at Wal-mart stores everywhere.
The video below, is for the first single “Witness”! Enjoy the video and go get your own copy today!
Rating: Out of 10
The Musicians on See the Light are:
Bo Bice – Vocals, guitar, mandolin
Philip Shouse – Guitar
Thomas Lee – Keyboards and guitar
Glenn Worff – Bass Guitar
Steve Gorman – Drums
Ike Bartley – Saxophone
Miles McPherson – Lap Steel, Mandolin
Dan Dugmore – Dobro, Harmonica, 12 String Guitar
I love it when new Metal Acts surprise me in 2007, especially when they have a sound that is rooted in 80’s hard rock and metal. The Order actually isn’t new, this is actually their 2nd full length release.
The Order are a four piece band out of Switzerland. They have a sound that blends a little bit of Dokken, with a dash of KISS, and yet rock hard enough to create something different and new.
Take one listen to Gianni Pontillo’s vocals in the video below, for the song Satisfaction, and see if you can hear a little bit of Paul Stanley in his sound.
Nonetheless, Metal Casino rocks from beginning to end. There are plenty of great cuts on this record including “Mama”, “I love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Satisfaction”, and the excellent ballad “My Last Goodbye”. Fans of 80’s Hard Rock Bands like Dokken, XYZ, KISS and Krokus are going to love this disc.
The Order joins what seems to be a growing list of great Swiss Hard Rock bands releasing quality new tunes in the last couple of years. This disc is definitely a contender for one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Records of 2007!.
Check out The Order at their myspace page here, then go buy the record! This disc is now available through most retailers through Locomotive Records!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Welcome To The Metal Casino
2. Mama, I Love Rock N Roll
4. Bridges Burning
5. My Last Goodbye
6. In The Heat Of The Lonely Night
7. Let The Good Times Roll
8. Down With The Rain
10. Broken Days
11. Little Wings
The Order is:
Gianni Pontillo – Lead and Backing Vocals
Bruno Spring – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Andrej Abplanalp – Bass and Backing Vocals
Mauro Casciero – Drums and Percussion
Rob Zombie has posted new audio and video clips from his first ever live album, Rob Zombie Live. Now available for our intense pleasure are live versions of “Dragula,” “Black Sunshine” and “Living Dead Girl.” Over the course of the Educated Horses Tour, Rob Zombie, in collaboration with producer Scott Humphrey, combined the most tantalizing of audio and visual elements. Rob Zombie’s heavy metal music and extreme stage presence do not disappoint in a nostalgic music video of “Thunder Kiss ’65” presented on YouTube. The much anticipated Rob Zombie Live is sure to be a hit with incredible guitar riffs, live footage and pictures from the ever-classic Rob Zombie.
Rob Zombie Live available in stores on October 23rd.
Click on the tracks below to preview the live tracks!
“Thunder kiss ’65”
3 Mile Scream’s video for the track “Our Blackened Sun” will make its premiere on Much Music’s LOUD program Thurs Oct 18th, 2007 at 12:30am EST. The video was directed by Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin) and can be viewed online today at the Hard Rock Hideout!
“We are all very excited to have our video for ‘Our Blackened Sun’ premiere on Much Music,” says 3 Mile Scream frontman Matt McGachy. “We all grew up watching LOUD, so it’s an honor to have our video be included on the show with all the other great metal that they play.”
“Our Blackened Sun” is taken from the group’s recently released Corporate Punishment debut album, A Prelude To Our Demise, which can be heard in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/3793/playallhi.php
The album has prompted a plethora of critical acclaim from critics and fans, including Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott who claimed the band was, “Heavy and melodic, great chops” and Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe who described the band as “Artfully orchestrated brutality.”
Are you ready for the United Enemies? This is the new sleaze/glam band featuring Andy Pierce from Nasty Idols.
Here is the new video, I Don’t Want To Change.
When I Was A Planet is a somewhat entertaining fusion of Punk and Metal.
This sound of Invitro kind of reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies at times. There is a lot of humor in the lyrics which will certainly crack a few smiles with even the toughest hard rock fan.
The heavy sound of this record may not appeal to everyone. Fans of the genre will probably like this, but those looking for a more mainstream hard rock effort, are probably not going to enjoy this record. This album does however have a noteworthy moment.
When I was a Planet is pretty good. The video below is pretty funny! This is the least heavy song on the record, and I like this one quite a bit.
As a whole, I found the album, When I Was A Planet a little too heavy for my taste. If you like your music on the heavier side, check out Invitro. You can find more info on Invitro at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. New Disease
3. When I Was a Planet
9. Comb Over Party
11. Lucid May
13. Lemmy’s Bumps
14. Shark Attack
Swedish rock band, The Babylon Bombs have released their 2nd video, “Hometown Hero“, off of their album, Doin’ You Nasty. (Available now through Impulse Music.) Check it out!
This CD gets a lot of play on XMRadio’s The Boneyard, but sadly, is becoming rarer than hen’s teeth. Used copies sell for over $20.00 at Amazon.com and on Ebay.
Is it worth seeking out? Absolutely! The songs Bang Go the Bells, Hammer Swings Down, and the Kid Goes Wild (featuring the late, great Sam Kinision) are worth the price of admission just by themselves.
With three big videos on MTV at the time, it puzzles me why this band didn’t hit the same level of success as some of their late 80’s counterparts.
To me their debut release is their best effort, and is one that will appeal to most 80’s hard rock fans. If you can find it, grab it, you wont be disappointed.
For more information on Babylon A.D., check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Bang Go the Bells
2. Hammer Swings Down
3. Caught Up in the Crossfire
5. The Kid Goes Wild
6. Shot O’ Love
8. Back in Babylon
9. Sweet Temptation
10. Sally Danced