MEGADETH: New Song ‘Sleepwalker’ Posted Online – Feb. 28, 2007
A brand new MEGADETH track, entitled “Sleepwalker”, is available for listening at the band’s official MySpace page. [UPDATE: The song has just been removed from the site, however a quick trip to the Hard Rock Hideout Forum will put a smile on your face :)]
“Sleepwalker” comes off MEGADETH’s new album, “United Abominations”, due on May 15 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was mixed at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, England by Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, NEVERMORE). Check out the cover artwork at this location. A professionally shot video clip of MEGADETH performing a new song, entitled “Washington is Next”, on October 14, 2006 at the Loud Park ’06 festival in Tokyo, Japan has been posted online at YouTube.com. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Gears of War”, “United Abominations”, “Burnt Ice”, “Never Walk Alone” and “Amerikhastan”. A rough-mix version of “Gears of War”, is available for download at this location. A video clip of MEGADETH performing “Gears of War” live on October 31, 2006 at Six Flags in Springfield, Massachusetts during the “Gears of War – Match Made In Hell” event has been posted online at YouTube.com.
David Lee Roth re-releasing material
On April 3, 2007, Friday Music will re-release three much-sought-after classic recordings from the legendary DAVID LEE ROTH Warner Brothers catalog: “A Little Ain’t Enough” (FRM 1054), “Your Filthy Little Mouth” (FRM 1055) and the highly collectable “Sonrisa Salvaje” (FRM 1053) (“Eat ‘Em and Smile” sung in Spanish). All three albums have been re-mastered by Joe Reagoso, and each compact disc comes complete with the original graphics and artwork keeping the integrity and spirit of the original releases.
“Sonrisa Salvaje” is receiving its first ever release on compact disc, making this highly anticipated Roth album finally available to his fans. Originally released in 1986 for a very short time on vinyl, this much coveted collector’s item has fetched high dollars at auctions over the years. David Lee Roth gives a great performance along with his band at the time, Steve Vai (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Gregg Bissonette (drums). This collector’s dream features ten rocking Spanish versions of classics like “Loco Del Calor!” (“Goin’ Crazy”), “Yankee Rose” and “En Busca De Pleito” (“Big Trouble”).
Often regarded as one of his most defining hard rock moments, Roth’s platinum-plus “A Little Ain’t Enough” features twelve incredible tracks produced by Bob Rock (METALLICA, MÖTLEY CRÜE). This 1991 smash continues the tradition with Roth staples like “Hammerhead Shark”, “A Lil’ Ain’t Enough”, “40 Below” and “Shoot It”. Featured players include Jason Becker (lead guitar), Steve Hunter (guitars), Brett Tuggle (keyboards and vocals), Gregg Bissonette (drums) and Matt Bissonette (bass and vocals).
1994’s “Your Filthy Little Mouth” is one of Roth’s more prolific projects, and highly regarded as one of his best albums to his huge fan base. Produced by Nile Rodgers (DAVID BOWIE, DURAN DURAN) this album churns non-stop with fourteen classic Roth performances. Radio staples “She’s My Machine” and “Everybody’s Got The Monkey” and the bluesy “Sunburn” are only a few of the shining moments on this classic release. Includes the core band of Terry Kilgore (guitar), John Regan (bass), Tony Beard (drums) and Richard Hilton (keyboards).
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Back in 1989 when Udo Dirkschneider was pursuing a solo career, the band Accept carried on without him, recording a new disc with the mostly unknown David Reece ( who would later form Bangalore Choir).
Most Accept fans will cuss and swear that this isn’t real Accept music. Personally, I think David Reece is a hell of a singer, and I got a lot of enjoyment out of this disc. His vocal style is about 70% Rob Halford and 30% Paul Stanley. Eat the Heat is more of a melodic effort than the Dirkschneider efforts, and sounds quite similar to the other hard rock and hair metal bands in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
This disc should have been much bigger than it was. Take a listen to Love Sensation and you will totally understand what I mean.
This disc rarely gets any mention today, and zero airplay from any of places that I listen to hard rock and metal. There are several stand out tracks on this disc including: X-T-C, Prisoner, Love Sensation, Hellhammer, and Break the Ice.
I think this disc will appeal to most fans of 80’s Hard Rock, Judas Priest fans, and Accept fans with an open mind. This disc is available in wide circulation still, including Amazon.com, and ITunes. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
- Love Sensation
- Chain Reaction
- Generation Clash
- Turn the Wheel
- Stand 4 What U R
- Break the Ice
David Reece – Vocals
Wolf Hoffmann – Guitars
Jim Stacey – Guitars
Peter Baltes – Bass Guitar
Stefan Kaufmann – Drums
The premise for this story is this, In order to prevent a key witness in a trial of Mobster, a bunch of deadly snakes are put on the plane with the informant, and sent into a frenzy with some phermones.
Snakes on a Plane plays with most people’s base fear of snakes. The funny part about Snakes on a plane, is most if not all of the snakes are computer animated ala Anaconda. They look real enough, but you haven’t seen such color and hyperactive snakes as these.
Samuel Jackson does a fine job as the movie’s “hero”, but honestly, the script wasn’t much to write about. I about busted a gut when Samuel Jackson proclamied at the movie’s climax, ” I am sick of the mother f**cking snakes, on this mother f**cking plane.” If you have ever watched Pulp Fiction, you will pick up on the humor.
As a whole, Snakes on a Plane probably will not scare you. It may gross you out a little bit. If you like these type of movies, it is certainly worth a rental, but I couldn’t recommend buying this one.
Rating: Out of 5
On the way home last night, I was listening to Eddie Trunk on XM41 the Boneyard. Eddie played the first track, As I Am, off of Dream Theater’s 2003 release, Train of Thought. I have always considered myself a Dream Theater fan, even though I do not own all of their discs. After hearing As I Am, I turned the car around and headed back to the local record shop, where I remembered seeing a copy of this in the used bin. As I Am has to be one of the coolest metal tracks I have heard in a long time. This ventures away from the progressive rock side of DT and into a new almost Black Sabbath sounding metal track.
Train of Thought has a low song count…only 7. Those seven songs clock in at well over an hour.
The Dying Soul is the first of 5 tracks clocking in at over 1o minutes in length. This track starts off with a two minute jam before you hear any lyrics at all. This song is a fusion of heavy and progressive metal. Plenty of heavy guitars and double bass drums on this track.
Endless Sacrifice starts as this low tempo melodic number with piano and awesome sounding guitars, and blasts off in short intervals into a heavy track full of distorted guitars and swirling keyboards, before returning back to the slow pace it started with. You really have to hear this track to appreciate it. The music on this track is incredible!
Honor Thy Father is a heavy prog rocker that is about a conflict between a father and son. It is a hate filled number lyrically, and the music seems to fit that perfectly.
Vacant is a short piano based number that seems out of place when combined with the other tracks on Train of Thought.
Stream of Consciousness is a beast of an Instrumental track, clocking in at over 11 minutes.
In the Name of God is the longest track on T.O.T, clocking in at over 14 minutes in length. This is a heavy based track with lyrics that are about violence and war in the name of religion. This is a well written track that you really need to listen to and absorb.
Train of Thought is full of stellar musicianship. If you are the type of hard rock fan that will only listen to KISS style, sing along anthems, you probably aren’t going to like this disc. If you like good progressive, heavy metal, this disc should be a no brainer for you. As I Am may be the only track that you will load into your mp3 player and listen to over and over, but, like many Dream Theater discs, this music has to be experienced soley for the amazing musicianship.
Enjoy the mini concert for Train of Thought below:
As I Am
The Dying Soul Part 1
The Dying Soul Part 2
Honor Thy Father
In the Name of God part 1
In the Name of God part 2
Rating: Out of 10
- As I Am
- The Dying Soul
- Endless Sacrifice
- Honor Thy Father
- Stream of Conciousness
- In the Name of God
Get ready for March Metal Madness. What is it? Well, join the four Knights of the Rock Table: Hard Rock Hideout, Heavy Metal Time Machine, Heavy Metal Addiction, and Pulses, Verses and other Flotsam for four huge 20th anniversary reviews. That’s right, each Monday in March each of these four bloggers will be reviewing the same 1987 release on their respective blogs. Only the album choices have been discussed so our opinions on these albums may be very different. So check in each week in March to see our take on some releases that are cornerstones of most good Hard Rock and Metal collections.
Here are the dates and albums we will be reviewing.
First week-Whitesnake-s/t on Monday, March 5th
Second week-Dio-Dream Evil on Monday, March 12th
Third week-Testament-The Legacy on Monday, March 19th
Fourth week-Kiss-Crazy nights on Monday, March 26
Join us for the Mirth, Merriment and Metal Madness every Monday in March!
(Try saying that 10 times fast!)
Mask of Sanity is the 18th release by the German Metal Band Sinner. I must admit, that before 2007, I have not ever heard of this band before. A few of the online metal shows that I listen to have been giving this disc some spins, so I decided to give this one a look. With a CD cover that Ghost Rider fans (like myself) had to love, my expectations were raised for this disc somewhat.
Lead vocalist Mat Sinner sounds like a cross between Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot). His voice is one that takes some getting used to. He wont go down in history as one of metal’s best singers by any means, but he wont go down as the worst either.
The band backing up Mat Sinner, Tom Naumann on guitar, Frank Rössler on keyboards, Klaus Sperling on drums, and Christof Leim on guitar sound great.
Its obvious that the band has been playing together for a long time, as the music is tight as hell. There are elements of 80’s hard rock, a dash of power metal and sometimes progressive metal mixed in the songs on this disc. The band is so good, I wonder if Mat Sinner is holding them back. A better vocalist could possibly take this band to new heights.
Nonetheless, Mask of Sanity, is a good metal release, and worth checking out.
There are quite a few cuts off Mask of Sanity that I like including, Badlands, Black, Diary of Evil, The Sign, and Baby Please Don’t Go. Check out the videos below
For more information on Sinner, check out Mat Sinner’s myspace page.
Diary of Evil
Rating: Out of 10
- Cant Stand the Heat
- Diary of Evil
- Last Man Standing
- No Return
- The Other Side
- The Sign
- Thunder Roar
- Under the Gun
- Baby Please Don’t Go (Bonus Track)
New link added 2/25/07!
This week’s show features killer new music by Skid Row, Koritni, Silent Force, plus TT Quick, Warrior Soul, Krokus and more. Check it out!!
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Don’t miss out on the cool new tunes this week!!
Another killer heavy metal disc that no rock fans should be without, is the 5th release by Armored Saint, Symbol of Salvation. Armored Saint features Jon Bush (Anthrax), Jeff Duncan (Odin, DC4) and Phil Sandoval on guitars, Joey Vera on bass, and Gonzo Sandoval on drums. Symbol of Salvation is the most successful disc to date by Armored Saint.
This disc has quite a few killer cuts on it including, Reign of Fire, Last Train Home, The Truth Always Hurts, and Symbol of Salvation.
This disc was getting heavy air play on the nationally broadcast Hard Rock station ZRock back in 1991. I don’t hear too many tracks getting played off this disc today, and its a real shame, as this is a classic metal disc. Symbol of Salvation has very little filler, and all of the tracks are head banger ready. If you haven’t picked this up, you ought to give this a look. For more information on Armored Saint, check out the band’s myspace page or their website Armored Saint.com
Rating: Out of 10
Reign of Fire
Last Train Home
- Reign of Fire
- Dropping Like Flies
- Last Train Home
- Tribal Dance
- The Truth Always Hurts
- Half Drawn Bridge
- Another Day
- Symbol of Salvation
- Hanging Judge
- Burning Question
- Tainted Past
Jack Blades is a guest /Jorn Lande tune on Hairball John this week.
The Hairball John Radio Show features Jack Blades from Night Ranger. Hairball John will also be spinning a cut off of the new Jorn Lande disc, Unlocking the Past, and a new track from Private Line’s new disc Evel Knievel Factor Check it out!! This show can be heard on several different Internet Radio stations everyday. You can check out the daily schedule at Hairball John Broadcast Schedule. Just remember, THE PAST IS BACK TO KICK YOUR ASS!!
ACE FREHLEY: ‘Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated’
Contrary to published reports, former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is alive and well and working on his highly anticipated solo album.
It has been erroneously reported on various web sites and wire services that the legendary guitarist had committed suicide.
“I don’t know how this ridiculous rumor got started,” smiles Ace, as he eats his daily allotment of wheat germ, preparing to jump back on his treadmill.
In a January 2006 interview with Guitar World magazine, Frehley had the following to say regarding his current projects: “I’ve been working on a solo album and a few film projects. I’d love to do an instructional video, but I want it to be comedic. [Laughs] I don’t want it to be just another boring how-to-play video. I may not be the world’s greatest guitarist, but at least I’m never boring.”
Eddie Trunk Interviews Former White Lion Guitarist Vito Bratta
In what was being billed as his first interview in over 15 years, Bratta discussed what he has been doing since the band’s breakup and spoke about the possibility of reforming WHITE LION with singer Mike Tramp.
When asked about the possibility of a WHITE LION reunion, Bratta said, “As far as working with Mike Tramp again and doing the WHITE LION thing, I’ve never said ‘No’ to anything. I’ve said ‘No’ for certain reasons. Things have happened in my life where I’ve had to say ‘No’ to people. ‘Listen, I just can’t do this right now.’ And there were reasons behind it. . . My father had a five-year illness, and it was just a nightmare. And there was no one who was gonna take care of him except for me and my mom, and that’s what we did to the very end. Unfortunately, you can’t just walk away. Now, in the WHITE LION days, it’s not just you that’s young — you’re in your 20s — but your parents are young, too. There’s really no medical stuff going on. I remember the tour bus pulling up… ‘Oh, there’s a two-year tour? Fine. Make it a three-year tour.’ None of this stuff [with the parents getting ill] happened. But as you get older, there’s responsibilities and things…. And there’s… you know, financial [responsibilities], too. When you’re young… I remember when WHITE LION went out — me, Mike, Greg and James — we never spoke about… I don’t think anybody ever said, ‘How much are we making tonight?’ No one said a word about money, because we were so used to not having any that nobody cared. But then it gets to a point in your life where you’ve got bills to pay, and it’s not just you that’s gonna suffer — there’s other people that are gonna suffer. ‘Oh, I’m gonna go out and do this WHITE LION reunion tour, and I’m not really gonna make much, but I’m gonna have a blast.’ Well, there’s bills to be paid, and you can’t tell the electric guy, ‘Well, I’m just out having a blast’ — you’ve gotta pay the bills. That, and like I said, the family illness… There just always seemed to be something. I never said ‘No,’ but the problem is… now I’m gonna use one of these stupid analogies I always do… When you’ve got a girlfriend and you break up, and she’s basically cheating on you in front of you, saying, ‘Well, if you don’t get back together with me, this is what I’m gonna keep doing. And the more she cheats, the more you’re not gonna get back with her. And the problem is that I have to keep watching Mike do these TRAMP’S WHITE LION [tours, featuring an all-new band playing WHITE LION songs] and all that stuff. I’ve always wished the guy luck, but the more he does these things, the more it makes me not wanna be part of anything. I don’t know how much I can do to stop it, I just wish I could… I wish that didn’t exist, I wish that part of it didn’t exist. I understand what he’s doing and all that stuff, I don’t like it… I wish he wouldn’t do it, but I understand why he’s doing it. I wish him luck, but I’m not gonna sit here and tell anybody I’m not gonna do the WHITE LION thing ever again. I did kind of lie to you a little bit, Eddie, when you had asked me one time if the rumors of a hand injury were true. I said, ‘No, they’re false.’ I mean, they actually were true. I did injure… I snapped something in my wrist about 1997, I think it was, that just prevented me from playing all day. It wasn’t a hand injury that… In other words, I didn’t know if I was making up my own excuses. This is gonna be ‘Dr. Phil’ now on Eddie’s show. But I did have a hand injury, and the thing is that I was the type that played 14 hours a day. I mean, it was ridiculous what I was doing. I used to get home at four o’clock in the morning from club shows and play another two hours. I just was always playing. Guitar players will understand — to get to a certain level, you have to maintain it. It’s like an athlete. And basically I was like a marathon runner who couldn’t run more than 10 feet. So how was I gonna keep it up? So these are things I’m hoping to get over.”
Former Britny Fox Singer releases solo disc
Dizzy Dean Davidson, the former lead singer for ’80s hard rock band BRITNY FOX, has released, a n new CD, Drive My Karma. This is more of a melodic rock effort than it is a hard rock or metal disc. You can listen to some of the new tracks at Dean’s myspace page here.
Fozzy is the band fronted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward. I am not much of a wrestling fan, so I can honestly say that I have never seen Jericho wrestle, but I do know this, he is a good singer and he should be focusing on music, and not wasting his time in wrestling.
All That Remains shows that Fozzy has come along way from their tumultuous beginning as a glorified cover band.
All That Remains blasts off with two awesome hard rock tracks, Nameless and Enemy. Wanderlust is another killer track featuring the heavy guitars of Zakk Wylde. The Title track, All That Remains, maintains the heavy pace of this disc. This track is more subdued, but is a great sounding song.
The Test starts with an ultra heavy guitar riff, and ventures back and forth from a thrash to hard rock sound. This track is growing on me.
Its A Lie is a rap metal fusion featuring rapper Bonecrusher on vocals with Chris Jericho. I have never been a big fan of rap metal, so this track is bascially a throw away to me, but it may appeal to others.
Daze of the Week goes back to the normal Fozzy hard rock formula and kicks ass while doing so. Way I Am is a pretty good headbanger, and Lazarus, which sounds quite similar to Nameless, is one of the better tracks on All That Remains.
Born of Anger ends this disc with a non Fozzy like, Thrash /Death Metal type growler featuring former Megadeth guitarist, Marty Friedman. I did not care for this track at all, and it was a total throw away to me.
As a whole, All That Remains is a great Hard Rock disc that should not be missed. You can check out more Fozzy tracks at Fozzy’s MySpace Page. I have attached the video for Enemy below. Check it Out!
Rating: Out of 10
- All That Remains
- The Test
- It’s A Lie
- Daze of the Week
- The Way I Am
- Born of Anger
New LA Times article sheds very little light on the current Van Halen Debacle
For Van Halen, the stars seemed aligned for a triumphant 2007. Next month, the group will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the plan was to follow that with a summer reunion tour that would feature David Lee Roth back at the mike for the first time since the Reagan years.
But, once again, the backstage soap opera of Van Halen is the story of the day.
The Van Halen tour has been “shut down,” according to a top official at Live Nation, the huge concert promoter that finally surrendered in the face of the chaos surrounding guitar hero Eddie Van Halen. Roth, meanwhile, says he is unsure whether the mercurial guitarist will even travel to New York for the Hall of Fame induction on March 12.
“We have fragile politics in Van Halen; please accept that as a partial answer,” Roth said. “But I don’t know if the Van Halens are going to go….I hope they do, but right now, I just don’t know. Hope springs eternal.”
Eddie Van Halen declined interviews through his publicist and girlfriend, Janie Liszewski. Conversations with the business team behind the tour paint a picture of a rock star who is somewhere between Axl Rose and Michael Jackson on the music industry scale of eccentric recluses. The result is that the Van Halen venture imploded before takeoff, even as the Police, the Eagles and Genesis have efficiently geared up for lucrative reunion tours.
“I cannot tell you how frustrating and completely nuts this has been,” one key business figure in the reunion effort said while asking not to be identified on the outside chance that the reunion might be salvaged. “Right now, I have to say, I don’t see that happening.”
It’s a disheartening situation for the fans who pine for a Roth-led lineup of the iconic metal band. Among those devoted is Wolfgang Van Halen, the 15-year-old son of Eddie and, according to Roth, a key force behind the reunion.
Wolfgang, a precocious musician, was “the maestro” at the reconstituted band’s lone rehearsal, picking the set list and using his iPod to remind his father of the nuances of his solos on the old albums. Wolfgang was tapped by his father to play bass on the tour too, replacing founding member Michael Anthony, a jolting choice considering the child’s age and Anthony’s status as one of rock’s best backup singers and most relentlessly cheerful presences.
Eddie Van Halen remains, by all accounts, a gifted guitarist and rock auteur, but the decision to jettison Anthony in favor of a teenager may have been the first sign that the new enterprise was guided by creaky logic. Now all eyes will be on the Hall of Fame banquet to see who shows up, who performs and how Roth interacts with old rival Sammy Hagar, the man who replaced him as lead singer in 1985 and who will be inducted as an equal.
On Valentine’s Day, when the tour still looked viable, Roth was all smiles as he sat down for an interview in a bungalow at Chateau Marmont. The 52-year-old was wearing a snappy black suit and the short haircut that has recently replaced his old pro-wrestler cut. He still flashes a karate smile, but the singer seems calmer and more focused than in years past. The reason, he said, is that he’s fresh from working as an emergency medical technician in New York. It’s a longtime dream of his to be a paramedic, and the unglamorous gurney and rubber-glove duty humbled him, he said.
“I was working in neighborhoods that were almost exclusively black and Spanish-speaking, so only maybe twice out of 200 clients was I recognized…. I was joking about this in the truck on New Year’s Eve, which was my last shift — I was working in Brooklyn, down in Coney Island — I said that I’ve been in more project apartments than Jay-Z and Diddy combined.”
Roth was the rock frontman on top of the world when he went solo, but — as Mick Jagger and Robert Plant also learned — fans treasured him more when he was side-by-side with an equal on guitar. Roth seemed like a vainglorious sex panther in Van Halen, but on his own he often came off as a relentless jive salesman whose only product was his own past. Roth is still “on” all the time — he calls it his “incandescent personality” — but lately he comes off as the voice of reason, a pretty stunning change.
That, and the financial prospects, made him jump at the chance to work with Eddie Van Halen again. Of the old days, he says: “There was a lot of sparks and a lot of tension, like your favorite movies, especially those underground ones…. There was a lot of anxiety too, but it was about ambition, not ego.”
Roth was optimistic that the band would follow up the tour with new music; he also pointed to the cache of 1996 recordings that he did with Van Halen during an earlier reunion flirtation. Now it appears the entire output of this new reunion was a single rehearsal in January and a photo shoot with Roth and Eddie, Wolfgang and Alex Van Halen. Alex is Eddie’s older brother and the band’s drummer.
“Hearing it again, that’s an elixir…. What we sell is that we make all the guys feel young and invincible and all the girls feel young and desirable,” Roth said. “I watched it happen to everybody that was listening in the studio.”
Van Halen was a monster of rock and, for a time, arguably the biggest band in the world. According to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, Van Halen albums have shipped more than 56.5 million copies, which is more than the career totals of U2, Celine Dion, Shania Twain or Prince.
Roth said that he and Anthony will be in New York for the Hall of Fame, as will Hagar, the affable “red rocker.”
Last month, Hagar publicly chided Eddie Van Halen for taking his son on tour. He also added that “the guy is a genius, but he’s just out there and it’s hard for people around him.”
In 2004 and 2005, Van Halen toured with Hagar and, according to Pollstar, grossed $55 million playing arenas. But Hagar said that Eddie Van Halen was drinking heavily and, on some nights, it showed. In Chicago, Eddie stumbled throughout the set and, at one point, quit playing and sacked out, telling the crowd: “I done run outta gas.”
There were tender scenes too. With the tour winding down in Los Angeles, for instance, Wolfgang came on stage at the Staples Center to play. The body language of father and son made it clear that they reveled in the shared spotlight. Roth said that that affection led to the hopes for the Van Halen reunion.
“I’m going to put some words in Ed’s mouth,” Roth said. “Whatever explanation he may give about having his son in the band, I’m going to superimpose: He wants to play with his kid while he’s still at the top of his game and able to … and that’s also the same reason I’m in the band in its current configuration. No questions asked. He said, ‘Hey, c’mon up the hill and make some music.’ I said, ‘Great. I’d love to play with you while you’re still on the top of your game.’ ”
Roth smiled, but a moment later, when he was asked about what he feared most about the reunion, he didn’t hesitate with his answer: “The two worst words in the English lexicon are ‘band meeting.’ ”
New Tesla Cover Album Real to Reel Due in May
The new Tesla Cover album called Real to Reel is due to be released on May 22nd, 2007.
Here is the track listing for the new disc:
Ball of Confusion
Beer Drinkers and Hellraisers
Bell Bottom Blues
Day of the Eagle
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Do You Feel (Like I Do)?
Honky Tonk Woman
I Want To Take You Highter
Is It My Body?
I’ve Got A Feeling
Make It Last
Saturday Night Special
Season’s of Wither
Street Fighting Man
New Black Sabbath Track will be available on March 13th, 2007.
According to Black-Sabbath.com, the new BLACK SABBATH track “The Devil Cried” will be released in digital form to the public via all digital retailers on Tuesday, March 13. The song was written and produced by guitarist Tony Iommi and singer Ronnie James Dio and was recorded with bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Vinny Appice in November 2006 in the U.K. The cut was engineered and mixed by Mike Exeter, who worked on Iommi’s “Fused” and “The 1996 DEP Sessions”.
“The Devil Cried” is the first single off the group’s forthcoming “best-of” collection, “Black Sabbath: The Dio Years”. The first comprehensive introduction to the band’s legacy features a dozen classic studio recordings, plus one live track — “Children Of The Sea” from 1982’s “Live Evil”. The collection also contains the three brand-new tracks — the aforementioned “The Devil Cried”, plus “Shadow Of The Wind”, and “Ear In The Wall”. The disc will be available April 3 at all physical retail outlets and at http://www.rhino.com for a suggested list price of $18.98. The album will also be available at all digital retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $11.99. Check out the cover artwork at this location.
Arranged chronologically, the compilation spotlights singer Ronnie James Dio’s time with BLACK SABBATH and draws heavily from the lineup’s 1980 debut and 1981 follow-up, “Heaven and Hell” and “Mob Rules” respectively. Recognized as back-to-back metal classics, the albums feature such signature songs as the title tracks, “Neon Knights”, “Die Young”, “Turn Up The Night” and “Voodoo”. “The Dio Years” also features “After All (The Dead)”, “TV Crimes” and “I” from the singer’s brief reunion with SABBATH for the “Dehumanizer” album and tour.
“Black Sabbath: The Dio Years” track listing:
01. Neon Knights
02. Lady Evil
03. Heaven And Hell
04. Die Young
05. Lonely Is The Word
06. The Mob Rules
07. Turn Up The Night
09. Falling Off The Edge Of The World
10. After All (The Dead)
11. TV Crimes
13. Children Of The Sea – Live
14. The Devil Cried*
15. Shadow Of The Wind*
16. Ear In The Wall*
* Newly recorded tracks
Former Steeler axe slinger, Axel Rudi Pell returns with his eleventh disc in 2006, and sixth featuring Hardline singer, Johnny Gioeli. Current Masterplan drummer, Mike Terrana and Pell’s former Steeler band mate, bass player Volker Krawczak, rounds up the rhythm section.
I was re-exposed to Axel Rudi Pell, after hearing Fly to the Moon, on XM41 – The Boneyard. That track is great, so I had to pick this up. How does the rest of the disc sound? It is very good.
Valley of Sin is a great rock track that is similar in style to Lynch era Dokken. Rock the Nation is another good track that keeps the energy of the disc going.
The lenghty title track Mystica, is well sung by Gioeli. Axel Rudi Pell really shines on the guitar here.
Would you belive it? A power ballad in 2006. Yes, that’s right, No Chance to Live is an excellent ballad that would have easily been at home in the 80’s.
Mystica starts rocking again with another great track, Living a Lie, before moving into the epic, The Curse of the Damned that clocks in at nearly 10 minutes in length. This mid tempo song has a Coldplay sounding keyboard pacing the song and eventually blasts off into a high tempo, guitar noodling, Deep Purplish keyboarding monster of a song. It really needs to be heard to be appreciated.
Haunted Castle Serenade is a very cool instrumental piece. Losing the Game closes out Mystica with another good mid tempo rocker.
Don’t miss out on one of the better discs from 2006! You can hear some of the tracks at the band’s myspace page here! This disc is essential for Hardline, and Axel Rudi Pell fans. I think most Hard Rock Fans are going to like this a lot.
There are some great songs on Mystica that should not be missed. Axel Rudi Pell provides some excellent hard rocking 80’s style guitar, and Johnny Gioeli sounds great all throughout Mystica. Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
- The Mysterious Return (Intro)
- Fly To the Moon
- Valley of Sin
- Rock the Nation
- No Chance To Live
- Living A Lie
- The Curse of the Damned
- Haunted Castle Serenade
- Losing the Game
The Playlist for the Week Ending 2/24/07 has grown with leaps and bounds.
I have added a few discs from KISS, DIO, AC/DC, Black Sabbath as well as Axel Rudi Pell’s Mystica. I found some used Lita Ford and Enuff Z’nuff discs at the local record store, and added those as well. I have almost completed my Riot discography. Only one or two more left to go there.
I recently picked up the new (2006) disc by Rhino Bucket (great stuff), as well as Sinner, Mask of Sanity and an Ebay Pickup, the out of Print debut by Lord Tracy.
I have picked up so much stuff, I don’t know when I will possibly get to listen to it all, but I know I will enjoy doing so. The reviews will be flowing soon!
Here are the Top 10 Artists from the Hard Rock Hideout Last FM account for the week ending 2/18/2007.
The Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne has taken over the top spot. I was listening to Frank Hannon’s disc quite a bit after the concert last week. Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Riot are hanging tough. AC/DC moves into the top 10 for the first time.
Race Against Time is a metal masterpiece that very few hard rock fans should be without. Sadly, it has been out of print and is becoming harder to find, and has been capturing bigger bucks on EBay as of late.
Banshee’s music is heavy metal in the vein of Iron Maiden. Tommy Lee Flood’s vocals are kick ass, and the heavy guitars of Terry Dunn are second to none.
Why this band disappeared off the face of the earth remains a mystery, but music this good still deserves to be heard today.
There are quite a few stand outs on Race Against Time, including the anthemic, Shoot Through the Night, the killer All Alone, the excellent title track, Race Against Time, and the hard driving Call of the Wild, just to name a few.
If you can find this disc, I highly recommend picking it up! It will not disappoint you.
Rating:Out of 10
Here is a taste of what you will hear on Race Against Time:
Shoot Down the Night
Race Against Time
- Shoot Down The Night
- All Alone
- Race Against Time
- Circular Flight Of The One Winged Sparrow
- Call Of The Wild
- Precious Metal
- Get It On The Run
- Missing You
- Drive Like Hell
- Desert Moon
Now every time you brush, you too can Rock and Roll All Night, and Party Every Day with a Gene Simmons like Smile using the brand new Kiss Tooth Tunes, Toothbrush.
Sadly, a scary amount of us will go out and buy on of these musical toothbrushes. Too Funny!
They ought to put a warning on the label. Tooth Tunes Brush is not intended for toungue brushing. May cause Demon like side effects.
If you guys want to hear one of the best Hard Rock radio stations on the planet, turn on Stickman Radio at http://www.stickman-radio.com
This station is full of killer hard rock tunes that will make your ears and your computer speakers happy.
I am an XM Radio subscriber, primarily for the Boneyard, and let me tell you, Stickman Radio BLOWS IT AWAY!
This stations also hosts the Hairball John Radio Show, with Hairball John & Acid Chimp, The Tour Bus with Ralph Sutton & Stacey X and The Classic Metal Show with Neeley & Chris Akin.
Hard Rock and Metal fans need to go check this station out today!
There has been so much talk about the Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell tour as of late, I decided to go pick up a new copy of the classic Black Sabbath disc by the same name, Heaven and Hell. When looking at the cover art, I thought that the concept looked vaguely familiar, then I remembered the cover art on the new Black Label Society Disc – Shot to Hell. 3 Angels Playing Poker, 3 Nuns Playing Pool. Coincidence? Maybe or maybe not. Zakk Wylde’s playing is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath. I think his cover art may show a little of that influence as well.
What do you think?
There has been a pretty good buzz about the new disc by Rhino Bucket, so I had no choice but to check it out. It has been 12 long years since we have had a new Rhino Bucket disc, and judging from the killer tunes on this disc, I hope we will get a new disc with fresh tunes before another decade passes.
As you probably know, Rhino Bucket is often compared to Bon Scott era AC/DC, and the sound here has not changed. In 2007, AC/DC fans have three choices: they can a) play their old CD’s until they etch grooves into them, b) stick their head in a paper bag and scream loudly, or c) go buy the new Rhino Bucket disc. (I recommend c 🙂 )
This disc will not disappoint any hard rock fans out there. …And Then It Got Ugly features the kickass vocals of Georg Dolivo, and the excellent rocking guitar of former Kix axe slinger, Brian Forsythe. I have quite a few favorites on this disc including Welcome to Hell, Don’t Bring Her Down, She Rides, Smile and Blood Sweat and Beers.
This is a fine collection of 80’s style hard rock, that will appeal to all AC/DC, Kix and most Hard Rock Fans in general! Don’t miss this one!
Warning! The videos below, may make your credit card jump out of your wallet and order this disc from ITunes immediately.
Rating: Out of 10
Don’t Bring Her Down
- Welcome to Hell
- Dead and Well
- Don’t Bring Her Down
- Monkey Boy Highway
- Hammer and Nail
- She Rides
- Blood Sweat and Beers
- I Was Told
Rhino Bucket is:
Georg Dolivo – Vocals
Brian Forsythe – Guitars
Reeves Downes – Bass
Jackie Inx – Drums
Bone Nation? Hair Yard? XM Radio and Sirius to merge
NY Post: XM, Sirius Merger Deal Near
By Ed Oswald, BetaNews
February 19, 2007, 12:30 PM
Rumors of a marriage between satellite radio companies XM and Sirius again are at the forefront thanks to an article in the New York Post that claims the two sides are close to announcing a merger.
Both sides were meeting in Washington, DC to finalize an agreement, with an announcement coming as soon as Monday, the Post claims. Neither company could be immediately reached for comment.
Antitrust concerns way heavy on the negotiations, thus lawyers on both sides were working to address them in the final agreement. The companies were expected to take an equity stake in any combined entity.
The Post says that Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin would retain his position in the combined company, as would XM Chairman Gary Parsons. It appears that XM CEO Hugh Panero may not have a high-ranking position, as it was unknown if he would have a role.
As much as $7 billion could be saved annually with a combined company that would have approximately 12 million subscribers. The combination would also merge Sirius’ premier content such as Howard Stern and Martha Stewart with XM’s, which includes Major League Baseball and Oprah Winfrey.
Judas Priest’s Nostradamus is going to be an 18 track, 90 minute monster!
Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2007 at 15:41:24 EST
In an EXCLUSIVE chat with BW&BK this afternoon (February 17th), JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing took some time to discuss the band’s upcoming concept album about the life and predictions of 16th-century French prophet Nostradamus.
“Myself and Glenn (Tipton – guitar) have been in the studio for the last month and a half non-stop, laying and formatting the tracks,” Downing reveals before heading off to the pub! “Basically we’re doing a lot of the groundwork. Roy (Z – guitarist/producer; also HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON) hasn’t been involved in the new record as yet. He has really been quite busy with Rob (Halford – vocals) in his band as well. We’ll have to see what happens on that front. Rob’s already put vocals down on some of these tracks, but they’ve only been kind of roughed out. So, he’s been refining the lyrics for the album. But the thing with this one is that the music is running an a hour and 39 minutes at the moment. So it’s literally almost twice as long as what we’ve done previously. This concept is going to be that way, pretty intense, in-depth and length – and hopefully a masterpiece.”
Will it stay that length?
Well, were were hoping we’d get it onto one CD, but knowing that a CD holds only 80 minutes, it’s looking that we’ll have two CDs I guess.”
Is the material taking shape to the point that you can’t edit it down?
“I think there is one idea that we can afford to leave off, but the rest is still going to run about an hour and a half.”
Describe the material?
“It’s tough and we are ready for anything. The only thing I know is that it sounds like music,” he laughs! “Hopefully songs that sound like music – that’s all I can say.”
How many songs are there in the can?
“I think there are 18, but there are a lot of links between songs. There are lots of instrumental parts, so it’s a full-on musical really.”
What about orchestration?
“Yes, there’s going to be orchestration. It’s all myself and Glenn putting it together. We dabbled with Midi Guitars back in the ’80s, with the Turbo (1986) album. Now things have moved on a lot and now we’ve got some pretty high tech gear. The tracking is very good, so we can put the orchestrations together ourselves. Also, we’ve always dabbled with keyboards as well. Godin, the guitar company from Quebec, I’ve been using those for about a year and that’s working out really well. They are the best people in the world if you want Midi converters on an instrument. So we can actually play their guitars and go through a Roland or Axiom interface. It can sound like anything you know. We’re getting all these really heavy, orchestral sounds and stuff.”
Are any outside orchestrations being considered or will it strictly be all Priest?
“We’re taking about that. We don’t really know. What we do know is what we’re putting together sounds really, really good you know. Obviously we want to go out and play and perform this concept in it’s entirety. Hopefully this will be the first ever metal opera in a sense. We’re talking staging now as well. We’re look forward to putting on a great show with this music. Who knows what’s going to happen yet. We’ll release the record and maybe go out on tour. Maybe play a couple of songs off the new record. It would be nice to tour with this record, once we establish with the people whether they like it or not.”
Have you encountered any problems with this massive undertaking considering you announced the project last April?
“No, actually. We’re pretty confident … quietly confident. The only question is the level of acceptance, because everybody, probably just want another Priest record you know! All of those ingredients will be in the record anyway.”
Is this coming together at the pace you expected?
“We’re belting along now. All the songs are down and formatted … were just getting ready to get Rob over now and looking forward to hearing his lyrics on this new record and us putting it all together.”
What’s your timeline? Will Nostradamus be out by the summer time?
“Yes, definitely. We may be back on the road in the summer, maybe late summer. There’s always somewhere in the world Priest can tour, so we’ll be looking to get out there and play some shows.”
Are you getting cabin fever?
“You do don’t you? When you finish a world tour like we did – we did almost 18 months of touring. I think we did the Ozzfest and the European festivals before we even released our last record (Angel Of Retribution). And then we did a world tour with that. It’s amazing, time goes by and you look forward to getting out there and cranking it up you know.”
RATT reunion talks heating up!
Could today’s reported RATT reunion be without bassist Juan Croucier? Initial info suggests that original bassist Juan Croucier will sit out yet another RATT reunion, thus making this trip much like the 1999 reunion with Stephen Pearcy on vocals that also saw the band co-headline with POISON (with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS) on a summer tour. The 2007 Ratt reunion will also feature guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer. An official announcement from the RATT camp is expected soon.
The RagingMetal Radio show for Feb 16 -22 can be found at the link below.
I will embed the videos here in the future. They are having some issues this week with this working appropriately.
Guitarz from Marz is the 2005 independent release by Tesla Lead Guitarist, Frank Hannon. This is a disc for Hard Rock Guitar lovers everywhere. I picked this disc up at the Winger / Frank Hannon show the other night after hearing Frank perform 3 songs off of this disc live, Chain Reaction, Eye of the Mind, and Electric Warriors. All three songs are damn good, but this isn’t all that is on Guitarz from Marz. Some of my other favorites are RE-Evolution, Stop The War, the Hendrix flavored Angel, and the Stevie Ray Vaughn like Touch of Magic.
Frank Hannon handles the lead vocals and the lead guitar on this disc. He is not as good of a vocalist as he is a guitar player, but he does do an admirable job. I have heard many vocalists far worse than him. The music is so good on Guitarz from Marz, that most hard rock fans are going to love this. This disc is a must own for all Hard Rock , Instrumental Guitar and Tesla fans. Don’t let this disc pass you by.
The only place I am aware that you get this disc is from Frank Hannon.com You can also hear the track Electric Warrior, at Frank’s Myspace page. I have included some videos for Guitarz from Marz below. Check it out!
Guitarz from Marz
Eye of the Mind
Touch of Magic
Rating: Out of 10
- Diamondz in the Sky
- Guitarz from Marz
- Chain Reaction
- Stop the War
- Eye of the Mind
- Touch of Magic
- De’ la Luna Acoustica
- Electric Warriors
- Funk It Up!
- Mobias Flip
I love it when a bunch of my interests all come together in one movie. Ghost Rider is full of Comic and Horror goodness, with a dash of Heavy Metal for good measure. Way back in 1982, I bought my first comic book. It was a Ghost Rider comic with a face value of 60 cents. It was the Ghost Rider vs. the Carnival of Crime. I remember that book well.
Needless to say, it was a start to long time hobby, and an ongoing need to see comic based movies. My wife has been hearing about this film for a year, so she knew she wasn’t getting out of this one, so off we went to catch the Ghost Rider on its debut night.
Some may say that I am not critical enough regarding comic movies, and some may say I am too harsh (just ask me about the Hulk Movie…lol).
Anyway, my take on Ghost Rider? It was a pretty kick ass flick! This movie followed the formula of the first Spiderman movie. Show the origin, and move into the action, with a little bit of drama thrown in for good measure. I thought Nicolas Cage did a pretty good job as Johnny Blaze. Sam Elliott’s part was enjoyable as well. Eva Mendes must have been throw into this role to be the movie’s T&A, but its all good.
The special effects for Ghost Rider were excellent, and I don’t think this movie leaves anything for the comic fans out there to be upset about. This character and movie was handled very well, and is one of the better comic based movies I have seen. I smell the fire and brimstone of a second Ghost Rider movie, if this one sells enough tickets. Based on what I saw tonight, it would be a shame if you didn’t catch this on the big screen.
Rating: Out of 5
New Rockstar Supernova video
Check out the new video for Rockstar Supernova’s single Headspin below:
Jorn Lande’s thoughts about Masterplan with Mike DiMeo
Jorn Lande Interview from Metal Express Radio:
You just had two releases out on Frontiers at the same time. How did you end up compiling the songs for those albums?
My debut album Starfire was more like a demo release to me. It had some cover tunes and some Jorn originals. It had some really good songs, but the whole production of that album wasn’t the best. Also there was a big gap between the style of the covers and my own songs on that album. Nothing is wrong with that. It’s just that some of those songs didn’t come out the way they should have sounded. I felt that, for example, “Abyss of Evil” and “Gate of Tears” had the quality of a classic Hard Rock/Metal song. I personally think that they are really cool songs, but didn’t sound too good. And this album is out of print now and the discussion was to reissue the first two albums Starfire and Worldchanger and continue from there, but I wanted to improve some of the songs. I needed a second chance. There are so many people that enjoy my newer albums, but didn’t know what I did in the past. Now they’ll be able to see my earlier songs too. I wanted to give some of the songs a facelift to improve them and make some of them sound big and massive. You can’t compare of how these songs sounded back then and how they sound now. It sounds a whole lot better. I love these songs. It’s the same with “Something Real” that is the opening track of The Gathering. It sounded more progressive … again, I don’t like the word “progressive,” but everybody’s talking about that today. Artistic, experimental, those are better words to describe it. It was the same with “One Day We’ll Put Out The Sun,” and both these songs were on Out To Every Nation. I had the same feeling about two songs after we recorded. They were cool and experimental and still good, but something about these songs could have been simplified to make them more to the point and make them more solid Hard Rock songs. That’s the vision I had when I listened back to the recordings. Just make it a more straightforward song and don’t overdo it with all these little details. And that’s what I did with that song and I think that it’s really better and more interesting this way. I also think the verses on “Something Real” are much better because before there were a lot of details in the playing all over the place. It’s different on the new version because it’s more simple. I like to use the words “less is more.” And, of course, I always get the urge to improve some of the songs that didn’t come out the way I wanted.
Did you re-record every song on The Gathering?
Some songs were re-recorded while other songs were just remixed. Except for putting Mr.Lofstad (Jørn Viggo Lofstad) onto the songs that he was not involved with before. Now, they are together with my other guitarist Tore, but before they played on different records and they didn’t even know each other. (Laughs) Now I got both of them like a Dream Team. They are such great guitarists and together they create this massive, incredible sound. Loftsad is a more clean player, a perfectionist in a way, very structured as a player, and Tore is more a Rock ’n’ Roller, to the bones guitarist. (Laughs) More rough and brutal in his expression, but with a great attitude. Together they are just great and I wanted them to be together on some of these older songs. And, it was just a natural thing to do, because some of the songs were re-recorded and some of them were remixed. They were just opened up and they were ready to put these guitars on top of everything in the end. We also recorded “Gonna Find the Sun.” That is a song that I originally wrote together with Micky Moody of Whitesnake and we released that song at the end of nineties.
With The Snakes?
Yeah, yeah! When I had the idea for that song I was originally thinking about having a more powerful Heavy Metal-sounding edgy guitar rather than the more old-fashioned half-dry Rock sound (laughs) … which is great when Micky plays that. That’s his style and his trademark and I love it. It’s just that I had this idea of making that sound heavier, and I’ve been thinking about that for a while. I think that song is much stronger than it was before. Before it sounded more like a filler on that The Snakes album. Now it’s a strong standout song.
Speaking of The Snakes … how is your relationship with Bernie these days?
Oh, I haven’t spoken to him for many years now. I have nothing against Bernie today. We had our differences, but it’s not just me. It was more people in that band. We had disagreements about the progress of the band at the time when we worked together. It’s no big deal. Bernie, Micky, and Don (Don Airey), they all did this before. If you go back ten years in time, I was younger still had some things to do. If I was to continue in that band and really build my future there then I would expect some investment to be made, like getting the right stage performance, accepting to play as a support band for a bigger, established band in the USA. I mean we got that offer a couple of times with massive American bands. We should have gone out and done some touring in order to establish us as a new band or something that is delivering the old Whitesnake-ish quality again. The band was really great-sounding, but when Whitesnake already existed and for us to come out there and play to break the barrier and not just be a Whitesnake cover band, some changes had to be made and investment had to be made, and the whole band had to be willing to put some hard work into it … and this wasn’t really possible at the time. And that’s the difference with the older generations. The “been there done that” attitude. Me and the drummer were hungry in that band. We really wanted to move forward and make things happen. That’s why we continued with our own stuff and left the band.
Have you seen Whitesnake play live last year?
Yeah, I saw them at Sweden Rock, but it wasn’t last year. I played myself at Sweden Rock with Masterplan that year. It was right after they decided to come back. It was one of their first festivals. It’s always great to see a band that is part of Rock ’n’ Roll history and something that inspired me when I grew up. David Coverdale was obviously a strong influence on me. But he’s not the only one … Ronnie James Dio is a name to mention. Paul Rodgers from Free was also very important to me. I listen to many singers, but I think those Classic Hard Tock singers are the best. I was asked how I take being compared to these great singers, and I just consider it to be a big compliment. They are the best and you don’t have many of these qualities on earth (laughs). I was lucky to be influenced by the best when I grew up and thanks to my father, I guess, who brought all these great albums to the house in the seventies. Of course, I listen to many other bands and you can hear their influence on my albums. I listen to Kansas a lot and you can hear their influence even in my songwriting. If you listen to some Masterplan songs, such as “Falling Sparrow,” you can hear that. I’ve tried a lot of directions with my voice, but I always stayed true in a way to hard Rock and Metal.
You mentioned about the two guitarists on The Gathering and there are also a lot of drummers taking part, but there’s no Hellhammer amongst them …
Hellhammer was very busy with his other bands and projects. Sometimes it is necessary to make some changes. We’re good friends. We don’t see each other too often, but he’s a good guy and a great drummer. You could also notice that the drummer from Out To Every Nation, Stian, only did a couple of songs on The Duke as my live drummer Willy “Wild” Bendiksen is more suitable for the Classic Hard Rock songs and the direction I’ve taken with The Duke. Personally, I feel that I have a strong line-up with these two guitarists and Willy on drums. I just feel that with The Duke I set the standard for how I should sound and how my concept should be. I think The Duke is one of the best albums I ever did. Might not be an experimental or a revolutionary album, but shows how strong the line-up is, how simple and straight-to-the-point the songwriting is. I think we had a solid hard-rocking album that really has everything and is easy to understand. I was always experimenting with musical landscapes to find my own way of doing this. I think I don’t have to do it anymore as I found my way of expressing as a singer and I think my Classic Hard Rock roots are my best performances. That’s when I’m sounding really good and that’s when I have good control. I can sing with power and still have intensity and feeling and heart and I can really be good live as well. Touring a lot over the last couple of years I performed a lot of songs where I had to change the singing style many times and people thought I was doing it great. They said I’m a versatile singer. Still, I don’t feel like doing that anymore. I prefer the regular Hard Rock type singing.
You seem to enjoy doing cover songs a lot …
Yeah, I have a lot of favorite songs that I would still like to do. I like to write my own stuff as well. Some of these cover songs are important to me because they influenced me as I grew up. Some of these songs I played many times live and I always felt that it would be great to release some of them. I think I could make it from Volume 1 to Volume 10 if I wanted to record all my favorites (laughs), which I actually have been thinking about! I’ve been thinking about how to do it without spending all my energy and all my time doing it, because I want to spend my time on writing my own stuff. I’m creative all the time, I have a lot of ideas that I have to write down and work on. Working on cover songs is good too, but doing it too much destroys the ability for being creative and I don’t want that to happen.
Is there any Norwegian band that you would cover?
If I would cover a Norwegian artist? That’s very difficult. There aren’t many Norwegian artists that I would like to cover. There was one band that my father used to play in. The band was based around a keyboardist that was from Hungary named Eddy Zoltán and the band’s name was EZ Group. They released a nice double album in the early seventies. It was really good quality with Norwegian lyrics and the songwriting was incredible. Some of these songs were on the charts in Norway at the time. My father who was the singer there left the music industry really early. He was about 27-28 when he decided to work more on a hobby basis. But, that album they did together had some really good songs to cover. Maybe it’s personal because it meant a lot to me as I’ve heard it as a kid. But, even today I hear how strong the melodies and the lyrics are on that album. It’s almost impossible to find that record today. You could say it’s kind of like in the family (laughs). Of course, there are many great Norwegian artists, but most of the ones I like are dead. They are lyricists and composers.
Edvard Grieg for one …
Yeah, yeah. Guys like him. There are so many great artists from the old days that wrote great songs with such powerful and touching lyrics and poems.
What is your favorite song from Unlocking the Past?
Not sure I can pick a favorite song. We played both “Perfect Strangers” and “Cold Sweat” live several times. “Cold Sweat” is a very simple Rock song that is fun to play live. Every time we play that on stage we feel very good and the band is kicking ass and really rocking. With that song you deliver something that is the essence of Rock ’n’ Roll. It might not be as interesting on the record as it is live. It’s just the magic that happens to the band and the crowd during that song live.
Does this cover album cover all the cover songs you did?
(laughs) There’s always some songs that never get released. For this album, I’ve taken some of the songs that have never been released before and some of the other songs, and remixed the way we did with The Gathering. I don’t think there are more secret songs. The thing with the unreleased songs is that for some reason I wasn’t satisfied with them or didn’t approve them before, that’s why they were never released. Many of the songs were considered as leftovers or potential bonus tracks for certain territories. But, then as years go by you listen to these songs again and say, “Oh that song is great, we never finished that, did we?” And, you suddenly start to discover that these songs are part of your history and they actually don’t sound that bad. The acceptance level changes as years go by as well, and you change as a person. Also, I think the perfectionist in me is different now. I listen more objectively and neutral these days. The most important thing is to give everything when you do it. These songs are basically songs from the treasure chest. It’s also something the record label suggested. They didn’t like the idea of a double CD box. The original idea was to do The Gathering as a double CD, including some of these cover songs. I think in the end it was a good thing to separate these covers from the Jorn originals and put them out as separate releases.
Mentioning the label, both albums are on Frontiers Records. Are you back with them or still with AFM?
Well, Frontiers released some of my earlier work and they also released Millenium and the Allen/Lande album The Battle. By the way, we just finished another album, me and Russell Allen. That is being mixed as we speak and hopefully the album will be out in the spring. The title for that record is Revenge. But, back to the labels … Frontiers always worked with me throughout the years and released some of my stuff and some of the bands I worked with. So, you can say that our relationship goes back many years now. So, the release of these albums doesn’t automatically mean a change of labels. I will probably work again with Frontiers in the future and they might release new Jorn material in the future, I don’t know.
So how about this new Jorn material? Is there anything in the works?
There’s nothing apart from the fact that I’m writing some songs. That’s the only thing I can tell about it now. I have most of the material written. Not completely finished, but it’s there. So, the new Jorn album should be done in the next year. As for the musical direction, it’ll be like The Duke or maybe even slightly darker. Some of the songs are almost 100% done and I’m very happy with them. So, I’ll definitely have a new album recorded in 2007.
For your European Tour this spring, what will the set list look like?o:p>
I think the main core will be Jorn songs. You’ll hear a couple of songs from The Duke and also from Worldchanger and Out To Every Nations, definitely. We will also throw in one Beyond Twilight song and also one Masterplan song. We already did “Soulburn” a couple of times live, which has slightly different arrangements compared to the original. It sounds cool. More massive with two guitar players and rougher since we haven’t used that much keyboards. People want to hear things. We talked about The Snakes before, and you always meet people out there who also remember that band. Maybe they came out and saw us live when we toured here or they have the album releases and they would like to hear some stuff, so maybe we’ll throw in a couple of covers as well. We might also do a Whitesnake medley.
What song would you play off the Millenium album? What is your favorite song you did with that band?
That would definitely be “Hourglass.” That’s my favorite song on that album. That’s the strongest and most powerful there. The other songs are great, but they are more average still. They have a strong AOR-ish touch, which is good, nothing wrong with that, but I just feel there are a lot more songs with that kind of songwriting rather than epic songs like “Hourglass.”
Will you also play at least one ARK song?
Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Not sure if we’ll do it, but we’ve already been doing “Noose” from Burn the Sun.
Do you think that album contains one of your best vocal performances?
Yeah, you’re probably right. At least experimental and diverse.
It’s a crazy album.
Yeah, thank you. I agree with you. It’s kind of like over the top or beyond (laughs). We pushed it far when we did that record in all aspects. Both personally when we wrote everything, how deep into we went into the music, and what we spent both time-wise and money-wise to complete that album.
Do you think you should get back together with Tore (Tore Østby) and finish the unreleased third album?
(laughs) Yeah, you never know what’s gonna happen. I don’t think I’ll return with ARK in a band setting. But, sometimes just to do a record to kind of complete something that was never fulfilled. It could be possible to do that. I’m open to do that, but I’m not sure I would go on tour with the band again. But, just to write and do the record together, that could be possible. That would be a cool thing. But, you’d have to talk to the other guys as well. It was always a democratic thing and everyone has to like it.
Did you consider going back to Masterplan now that Uli (Uli Kusch, drummer) left?
No, not really. We already had disagreements musically of how to approach the future and how to write the third album. We were good friends, it’s just that we couldn’t make a compromise on how to do this together. And I was focused on writing the song material in a different way than before. For the first two albums, we had the music composed first and sometimes Uli and Roland would write a lot of stuff and give me the music on tapes. Then I would hear all these musical compositions and I would start creating melodies and lyrics that would fit the music. But, I wanted to change that because I felt that this wasn’t really natural for me as a singer. Some great songs came out of it and great productions, but some of the songs were really natural for me. Of course, there were some songs where it blended really well and it became magical, but all in all it was important to me to get the music built up more around my vocals. Also, to sit down together with Roland and write good songs based on guitars and vocal melodies. To build everything from the opposite way and try to make more straightforward songs. I didn’t like the fact that we were to continue making intricate, symphonic, big arrangements all the time. I wanted just to have real Rock ’n’ Roll in the band. I’m open for everything, I’m not hard to work with, it’s just that I prefer the more “to the point” songs. I also noticed when we are on stage that we never had the chance to really play as a band. We couldn’t really play much around, because we had all these keyboard things going on, we had these samplers on that added to the music and all these things don’t appeal to me that much anymore. I want to just to go out on stage and have bass, drums, and guitars and have a really rocking show and play good songs with heart and feeling. I want to feel confident on stage and in control. I just felt lately that it became a struggle for me more than a good vibe. But, as I said, I’m not hard to deal with, I just wanted a compromise there. Of course, Masterplan will always be Masterplan and Uli would always play complex drums and Roland would always play his style.
Do you think they’ll succeed with the new singer and drummer?
I think they have a good band now. Mike DiMeo is a really good singer and Mike Terrana is a great drummer. We all go through different line-ups in our bands, it’s just about how interesting you can make it for the market. I’ve heard a couple of tracks from the forthcoming album and they were good songs. It’s difficult to say. I wish them all the best and I hope everyone gets what they deserve and enjoys success. I really hope that they’ll succeed with the new line-up and I’m sure they will, because they already have a good tour with Saxon coming up. It’s a long tour. During this one tour, they will probably play more than I would play in two years. (Laughs)
DORO schedules dates in the United States
Legendary German metal queen DORO has updated her tour itinerary for her upcoming North American and European tour in June-August. Her schedule is now shaping up as follows:
Jun. 04 – Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
Jun. 05 – New York, NY – BB King’s
Jun. 06 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Jun. 08 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
Jun. 09 – Bedford, NH – Mark’s Rock Club
Jun. 10 – West Springfield, VA – Jaxx
Jun. 12 – Montreal, QUE – Fou Founes Elecriques
Jun. 13 – Toronto, ONT – Funhouse
Jun. 14 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Jun. 15 – Chicago, IL – Pearl Room
Jun. 16 – St.Paul, MN – Station 4
Jun. 17 – Topeka, KS – Static Bar
Jun. 18 – Denver, CO – Larmier Lounge
Jun. 20 – Los Angeles, CA – Whiskey A Go Go
Jun. 21 – Phoenix, AZ – The Clubhouse
Jun. 22 – Alburquerque, NM – TBA
Jun. 23 – San Antonio, TX – Sanctuary
Jun. 24 – Houston, TX – Meridian Red Room
New L.A. Guns Single
The L.A. GUNS version featuring Tracii Guns on guitar, Jeremy Guns on bass, Chad Stewart on drums and Paul Black on vocals has posted its brand new single, “I Do”, at its MySpace page. Also available is a live version of “I Do”, taken from the “The Riff Hits The Fan” CD. Both songs are available for download for 99 cents each at this location.
Paul Black co-wrote L.A. GUNS’ fan favorites and Nickey Alexander played all drum tracks on the band’s classic self-titled debut album for Polygram Records. The group released a CD, titled “The Black List”, last year, which is a collection of previously unreleased recordings of L.A. GUNS standards from 1986 and 1987, and is currently recording new material for release later in 2007.
Winger’s Tour for their new disc IV took a drive through the icy Cincinnati area and provided one hell of a show for those that braved the icy roads. 3 bands for under $20.00. Who would have thought that to be possible in this day and age.
First up was a Cincinnati based band by the name of Another Tragedy. They are a young and upcoming band that turned in a solid but short set of tunes in support of their new disc the Healing, which was recently reviewed in Classic Rock Magazine.
Next up was none other than Tesla’s Guitar Virtuoso Frank Hannon. Frank brought the crowd alive with an energetic set that featured most of Tesla’s big hits, as well as 3 incredible tracks from Frank’s solo CD, Guitarz from Marz. I was fortunate enough to meet Frank after his set, and now have an autographed copy of the CD in my possesion. 🙂 Frank is one cool cat to meet, and honestly, his set was worth the price of admission by itself. His band backing him up was great and he sounded fantastic. I was amazed when he brought out the 12 and 6 string double neck guitar, and played some incredible solos on this beauty of guitar. Frank later mentioned that the guitar was given to him by the late great Steve Clark from Def Leppard, and he has played it for 20 years. Interesting, and very cool. Great set!
Next up was Kip Winger and the Boys. I have not ever had the pleasure of seeing Winger live previously. Newcomer Cenk Eroglu was not present during this show. Reb Beach and John Roth handled the dualing guitars while Rod Morgenstein pounded the drums, and Kip handled the bass, keyboards and vocals. Winger sounded great, and turned a long set, about 90 minutes in length, and played tunes from all 4 of their discs. The band seemed to have a very positive vibe about them, and seemingly were having a good time playing together. Reb Beach turned in some amazing guitar solos. This guy is an animal on the guitar. Morgenstein also did a excellent drum solo. Last but not least, Kip Winger was nothing short of amazing, jumping back and forth between the bass, and keyboards. His voice sounds just as good as it did, when I first heard him back on their 1988 debut disc.
As a whole, this was a killer show, and was worth every penny. Don’t miss these guys if they come your way. They have the following dates coming up:
|Thu||02/15/07||Cleveland, OH||House Of Blues|
|Fri||02/16/07||Columbus, OH||Alrosa Villa|
|Sat||02/17/07||Detroit, MI||Harpo’s Concert Theatre|
|Sun||02/18/07||Chicago, IL||House Of Blues|
|Thu||02/22/07||Loveland, CO||The Yukon|
|Fri||02/23/07||Gillette, WY||Jake’s Tavern|
|Sat||02/24/07||Lakewood, CO||Eck’s Saloon|
|Sun||02/25/07||Grand Junction, CO||Mesa Theater & Club|
|Mon||02/26/07||Salt Lake City, UT||Club Vegas|
|Thu||03/01/07||Santa Clara, CA||Avalon Night Club|
|Fri||03/02/07||Santa Barbara, CA||Velvet Jones|
|Sat||03/03/07||Santa Ana, CA||Galaxy Theatre|
|Tue||03/06/07||Scottsdale, AZ||Martini Ranch|
|Thu||03/08/07||Dallas, TX||Palladium Ballroom|
|Fri||03/09/07||Houston, TX||Scout Bar|