According to Rolling Stone magazine, OZZY OSBOURNE’s new record will be called Black Rain and will be released by Epic Records in June.
As reported earlier today, a number of audio clips from the album have been posted online at his official website (the images/photos on the coincide with a new sample). Says Ozzy about the record: “My new album kicks fuckin’ ass man!”
The first single, ‘I Don’t Want To Stop’, will premiere next Friday, April 13. You can hear a clip here.
RUSH Walmart Exclusive for Snakes and Arrows
“While while the CD release of Snakes & Arrows is still set for May 1st, the much anticipated DVD Album Limited Edition has been delayed yet again. The new L.E. release date is now June 5th. No details have been given at to why, but there have been rumors of production delays with the DVD Album. in addition to the CD and Limited Edition offered elsewhere, Walmart is offering a CD version ‘with Exclusive Video Download’. According to their website, ‘this package will include a video clip from the upcoming VH-1 Special on Rush.’ This upcoming VH-1 Special is obviously news in itself, but it has been confirmed that the ‘exclusive video’ is a video of Geddy (Lee) and Alex’s (Lifeson) appearance on XM’s ‘Artist Confidential’ from 2004. The video is obtained via a special code which is included either in the Walmart packaging or embedded in the CD itself, which allows the purchaser to download the video. Note, this video will NOT include the acoustic performances of ‘Heart Full Of Soul’ and ‘Resist’, which were a part of the original audio broadcast which aired on XM Radio in October 2004.”Rush fans needing a quick fix can buy the first single, Far Cry, from ITunes today for 99 cents.
Lordi is postponing North American Concert Dates
Finnish metal monsters LORDI have postponed their previously announced North American tour dates to coincide with the band’s appearance at this summer’s Ozzfest. However, the group is still expected to go through with its two-night stint at the Bamboozle music festival in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 5 and 6.
The affected dates are as follows:
Apr. 20 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr. 21 – Hollywood, CA @ Avalon
Apr. 22 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
Apr. 24 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Apr. 27 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
Apr. 28 – Detroit, MI @ Harpo’s
May 01 – Montreal, QUE @ Le Spectrum
May 02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 – Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
Since winning Eurovision (the song contest that previously was a springboard for mainstream artists such as ABBA and CELINE DION) by its highest score ever, LORDI‘s popularity has grown to gargantuan heights, with the band conquering numerous European charts and a six-week sold out tour of Europe. The band’s latest album, “The Arockalypse” has been certified triple platinum in Finland and is now also among the Top 60 best-selling Finnish albums ever. In addition to gracing the cover of dozens of Finnish publications, news features on LORDI‘s groundbreaking Eurovision win appeared outside of Finland in media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Spin.
White Tiger is the band that Mark started up after he left KISS. His band mates are one time Black Sabbath singer, David Donato, Mark’s brother Michael Norton on bass, and Brian James Fox on drums.
White Tiger has a heavier sound that falls somewhere between KISS and Black Sabbath.
Rock Warriors is a very cool track that was not mixed very well. Donato’s vocals get washed out by the guitars and bass on this track. The remixed version of Rock Warriors on this disc, takes care of this problem, and is a much better sounding version.
Love/Hate is an upbeat song with a great guitar sound. Bad Time Coming is a mide tempo song that has a heavy bass groove by Norton, and great vocals by David Donato. This is a good song, and could have been a potential hit for this band.
The production on Runaway sounds a little muddy to me, but the song is good, and its style kind of reminds me of Savatage. Mark St.John has some excellent soloing on this track.
Still Standing Strong is a very good heavy track. The mixing on this track was heavy on the guitars and bass, Donato’s vocals get a little washed out, but its still a good song.
Live to Rock is a catchy track with simple lyrics. Mark St. John has more excellent solos on this song. Very cool!
I love Mark St.John’s guitar sound on Northern Wind. It reminds me a great deal of John Sykes guitar work on the Whitesnake album. This is another cool song.
On Stand & Deliver, David Donato’s vocals stand tall, and Mark St.John plays great thoughout.
White Hot Desire is a good ass kicking track that reminds me some of RIOT.
You can still find White Tiger’s CD on the net in a few places. This CD does have its production issues, but itt is a solid listen, and worth picking up to discover the work of fallen rock warrior and guitar hero, Mark St. John.
Rest in Peace, Mark!
Rating: Out of 10
- Rock Warriors
- Love / Hate
- Bad Time Coming
- Still Standing Strong
- Live To Rock
- Northern Wind
- Stand And Deliver
- White Hot Desire
- Rock Warriors (Remix)*