Hello Head Bangers,
I have a bunch of new music reviews that I will be posting this week. New hard rock from the land of watches and chocolate, a brand new glam cd that kicks major ass, and new tunes from Ozzy Osbourne’s new disc Black Rain, and the Scorpions Humanity Hour 1, plus another edition of Rare Rock Rewind, and Rocklahoma Reviews.
Stay Tuned, and get ready to break out your credit card to buy some new music, as the tunes I am reviewing this week are unbelievable. Somebody pinch me, and tell me its 2007!
Friday Night, I attended the 80’s Metalfest 4 at Whiskey Dick’s in Cincinnati, Ohio. The night was not without its mishaps, but I won’t go into too many details. I was able to meet Allyson and Heather from Bring Back Glam, as well as Allyson’s husband Eric. (How’s that Emo, Eric? 🙂 )
Thanks to Allyson’s photography, I got the shot above. Be sure to check out Allyson’s post on the even at Bring Back Glam!
If you get the chance to check out the cover bands Poser or GNR, please go. Both bands are very kick ass, and worth seeing.
The band you will see live is not the same group that recorded this CD, but is the Tracii Guns version of L.A. Guns with Paul Black on vocals (Paul Black was the singer in L.A. Guns prior to Phil Lewis), Chad Stewart on Drums, and Jeremy Guns on bass. Which one you prefer to see live probably depends on which singer or guitarist you prefer, but at Rocklahoma, you aren’t going to get that choice. Drummer Steve Riley owns 50% of the L.A. Guns name, and Tracii Guns the other 50%. As a result of this, you get two bands with the same name.
This live CD however features the Phil Lewis lead L.A. Guns, and shows off the talents of band still recording under the this name (actually Tracii Guns, L.A. Guns is now recording under this name too, what a ball of confusion), and the vocalist that most L.A. Guns fans are familiar with.
This L.A. Guns line up features singer Phil Lewis, guitarist Stacey Blades (Roxx Gang), drummer Steve Riley and bassist Scott Griffin.
So how does this version of L.A. Guns sound? Pretty damn good. Phil Lewis sounds great on vocals, and Stacey Blades does a damn good job on guitar. Just listen to the solo on the track on Nothing Better to Do, and you will be sold on the new L.A. Guns axeman! This group sounds as good as the initial band that recorded the self titled debut, back in 1988, and this disc shows that they can still kick ass live in 2006! Their biggest hits are well represented on Loud and Dangerous, plus you get a couple of videos to boot. If you like your hard rock live, this disc is almost as good as being there.
Sadly, You won’t experience this version of the band at Rocklahoma. I can only hope that the Tracii Guns version of the band can reproduce the kind of energy heard on this disc live. You can hear Tracii’s L.A. Guns at their myspace page here , for the Phil Lewis lead L.A. Guns, visit the following link.
The videos below will give you a taste of Phil Lewis and Stacey Blades live. Great Stuff!
Rating: Out of 10
1. No Mercy
2. Sex Action
3. Never Enough
4. Over the Edge
5. Rock N’ Roll Outlaw
6. Nothing Better to Do
7. Hellraisers Ball
8. One More Reason
9. Electric Gypsy
10. Ballad of Jayne
11. Rip and Tear
12. Don’t Look at Me That Way
13. Hollywood’s Burning [DVD]
14. It Don’t Mean Nothing [DVD]
Swedish/Finnish “glam rockers” CRASHDIET have issued the following update:
“After a rehearsal interlude in Stockholm, the Swedish sleaze rock band CRASHDIET is back to the studio in Sundsvall to record their second album. The title hasn’t been revealed yet. New a href=”http://www.crashdiet.org/blog/” target=”_blank”>blog entries are available now, with fresh videologs from the last photo session and a new 10-minute-long sneak peek from the recording process of the song ‘Die’.
“After revealing excerpts from the song ‘In the Raw’, the band’s giving the opportunity to their fans to get an exclusive preview of the new song ‘Die’. A new chatroom’s also available on the official message board so the fans will be able to talk to the members of the band when they’re online.”
Upcoming CRASHDIET tour dates:
May 31 – Tantogården – Stockholm, SWE
Jun. 01 – Tantogården – Stockholm, SWE
Jun. 06 – Sweden Rock Festival – Sölvesborg, SWE
Jun. 28 – Peace And Love Festival – Borlänge, SWE
Jul. 13 – Helsingborgs Rock & Metal Festival – Helsingborg, SWE
Aug. 25 – Skogsröjet – Rejmyre, SWE
CRASHDIET‘s debut live appearance with their new singer, H. Olliver Twisted (of the Finnish hard rock act RECKLESS LOVE) took place on January 21 at the Rest in Sleaze festival at Debaser in Stockholm, Sweden.
H. Olliver Twisted joined CRASHDIET as the replacement for David Hellman (a.k.a. Dave Lepard), who committed suicide in January 2006.
Hellman was found dead on January 20, 2006 at his apartment in the Swedish city of Uppsala, north of Stockholm. It was reported in several places that he hanged himself, although this was never officially confirmed.
CRASHDIET is a Stockholm, Sweden-based Eighties hard rock-style band whose debut album, “Rest in Sleaze”, entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 12.
CRASHDIET is reportedly the first “sleaze rock” band in over 10 years to be signed directly to a major company — Universal Music. The group, whose members are said to be in their early 20s, were scheduled to make their U.S. debut in March 2006 at the South by Southwest music conference/festival in Austin, Texas.
For more information on Dave‘s passing, click here.
Ozzy’s performance last night is now on You Tube!
A video clip of OZZY OSBOURNE performing his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, on the May 18 episode of The CW‘s “Friday Night SmackDown” at the sold-out 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore has been posted at YouTube. The track, the first single from Ozzy‘s upcoming “Black Rain” album, will also serve as the official theme of WWE‘s May 20 “Judgment Day” pay-per-view, two days before “Black Rain”‘s worldwide release date.
As previously reported, the video for “I Don’t Wanna Stop” has been posted online at Headbangersblog.com (Note: You must live in the U.S. in order to view the video). The clip will also be shown on this weekend’s edition of MTV2‘s “Headbanger’s Ball”.
Regarding the song, Ozzy recently told WWE.com: “I’m 59 this year. People keep saying to me, ‘You’ll be quitting soon, retiring.’ I don’t wanna stop! You’ll know when I want to stop because I won’t be doing it anymore. I’ve tried not doing it, but it’s not like I’ve got a job. I’d miss the fans. I’d miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy.”
Due on May 22, the Japanese edition of “Black Rain” will include two exclusive bonus tracks, entitled “I Can’t Save You” and “Nightmare”. Apple‘s iTunes Store is offering a special “pre-order” version of “Black Rain”, featuring the bonus track “Love to Hate”. The CD is available for streaming in its entirety at Sympatico.MSN.ca.
Ok, not really, but those of you staying in tonight, be sure to watch WWE Smackdown on the CW network at 8 P.M. EST.
Ozzy Osbourne will kick off his 2007 world tour when he performs two songs on tonight’s episode of The CW’s “Friday Night SmackDown” at the sold-out 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Osbourne’s new song “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, the first single from his upcoming “Black Rain” album, will also serve as the official theme of WWE’s May 20 “Judgment Day” pay-per-view, two days before “Black Rain”‘s worldwide release date.
You can check out the new video for Ozzy’s song Black Rain here!
GRAND LUX: ‘Carved In Stone’ U.S. Release Announced
Ulterium Records (Sweden) and Nightmare Records (U.S.) have inked a deal for the U.S. release of the “Carved in Stone” album by the Norwegian heavy metal band GRAND LUX. The CD, which was released in Europe by Ulterium Records on January 26, will be distributed in the U.S. by Nightmare Records beginning on June 6.
GRAND LUX drummer Arild Ropstad comments on the U.S. release: “We’re really happy about this deal coming together, especially since we’ve gotten such great response from overseas since ‘Carved in Stone’ was released. There are plenty of ’70s and ’80s rockers over there, and we are pleased to bring them an album that we know they’ll like!”
“Carved in Stone” will be distributed in Canada through Fontana North, and in the U.S. through Navarre, Century Media and The End.
Those of you unwilling to wait can get this from CDInzane today! I picked up my copy of this disc a few weeks ago. You can read the review here!
SUPAGROUP To Release New Album, Fire For Hire, On September 25th
SUPAGROUP are set to release their new album, Fire For Hire, on September 25th.
Anchorage, Alaska natives and brothers Chris and Benji Lee are back with some of the best pop power chords and rock n’ roll anthems yet with the support of rhythm section heavies Leif Swift and Michael Brueggen.
Produced by Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, AEROSMITH, BLACK CROWES, H.I.M.), Fire For Hire is the band’s debut for the new joint venture between Foodchain Records and Merovingian Music, Ltd./CO5 Music with distribution by Caroline/EMI.
The album contains 12 blistering tracks of Supagroup’s trademark blend of bluesy, ballsy rock, including ‘Jailbait’, ‘Born In Exile’, ‘Promised Land’, and the first single, ‘What’s Your Problem Now?’, set to hit radio in July.
“This album has two kinds of music,” declares Chris Lee, “rock and roll.”
‘Jailbait’ and ‘Let’s Go (Get Wasted)’ (from the Rules album), are also featured in the upcoming movie National Lampoon’s College, out in September through Lion’s Gate Entertainment. The band performs both songs in a live concert segment in the movie that takes place in their adopted hometown of New Orleans.
Look for Supagroup to hit the road soon and check out http://www.supagroup.com or http://www.myspace.com/supagroup for additional news and updates.
POISON’s C.C. Deville To Make Appearance At 80’s Metalfest 4 In Cincinnati Tonight
POISON guitarist C.C. Deville will make an appearance at 80’s Metalfest 4 at Whiskey Dick’s in Cincinnati, OH, today (Friday, May 18th).
Bands performing include: GNR (GUNS N’ ROSES tribute band)POSER, COCK FIGHT and DRUGSTORE VALENTINE. A poster advertising the event is pictured.
Guess where I will be tonight?! 🙂
Nothing like a great 80’s style hard rock show to kick off the weekend right!!!
4 Hard Rock Bands and CC Deville to boot! Hell Yeah!
Its going to be a great night of hard rock music. If you live near Cincinnati, be there!!
Dave Mustaine once called this one of his top 10 Metal CD’s of all time. With that in mind, I knew I had to seek this one out. Finally, after many unsuccessful purchases and auctions, I landed a copy.
Does this disc live up to Mustaine’s opinion of it? I am not so sure about that, but Metalized is a damn good Metal disc. Sword is a Canadian metal band that consists of Rick Hughes on vocals, Mike Plant on guitars, Mike Larock on bass, and Dan Hughes on drums.
Sword opened for Metallica on the 1986 Master of Puppets tour in support of this disc, but I would not consider a thrash album, but pure heavy metal. This band reminds me of Savatage, and a little bit of Armored Saint.
Rick Hughes throaty screams are very similar in style to Jon Oliva. Mike Plant absolutely shreds on guitar, and the rhythm section of Mike Larock and Dan Hughes are second to none. Metalized is full of excellent vocals, great guitar work, heavy bass and thunderous drums that will appeal to 80’s hard rock fans.
My favorite tracks are F.T.W. (Follow the Wheel), Stoned Again, Out of Control, The End of the Night and Runaway.
Metalheads are sure to love this disc. Do not hesitate to pick this one up, if you ever see a copy. It is hard to find, but worth the pursuit!
Aquarius Records released a Best of Sword in 2006, and that is far easier to pick up than Metalized.
Either disc would be a great addition to your hard rock collection!. For more info on Sword, check out the band’s myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Children of Heaven
3. Stoned Again
4. Dare to Spit
5. Outta Control
6. End of the Night
8. Where to Hide
9. Stuck in Rock
10. Evil Spell
Rick Hughes – Vocals
Dan Hughes – Drums
Mike Larock – Bass
Mike Plant – Guitar
Check below for their current tour dates!
6/1-Savannah’s, Albany, NY(w/Slick Fitty & Blase Debris)
(These shows w/Strip Club Devils and Demons Alley)
6/27- Positively 4th.Street,Albany NY
6/28- Abbey Lounge(Somerville)Boston, MA
6/29-Ralph’s Diner,Worcester, MA
6/30-Trash Bar, Brooklyn, NY
7/1-Village Pub, Lindenhurst(Long Island), NY
7/6-Valentines’, Albany, NY
7/12-the Bug Jar,Rochester, NY
7/13-31st. Street Pub, Pittsburg, PA
7/14-Club Diablo, Buffalo, NY
7/15-Ugly Monkey, Indianaplolis, IN
7/17-CBR Bar,Columbus, OH(w/A Nervous Wreck)
7/18-Coconutz, Cincinatti, OH(w/A Nervous Wreck)
7/21-Rays Bar,Marfo, TX
7/25-The Joint, Beverly Hills, CA
7/28-the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, Hollywood, CA(Cruefest)
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The mighty Megadeth returns in 2007 with their eleventh studio album, United Abominations!
There has been plenty of hype about this disc over the last several months, so the major question is does it live up to the hype?
This first track assaults your ears and senses immediately and sets the stage for what is going to be an amazing listen. Sleepwalker takes Megadeth back to their thrash roots. This heavy track could have easily been on the Rust In Peace album. This is one of my early favorites! I love it!
Washington is Next gets better each time I hear it. This track is a heavy high speed number that the wimpy rock radio stations wont come close to touching. I have listened to this track several times, and I seem to like it more each time.
Man oh man, the guitars howl on Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms. I love this song for the guitar work alone, but the song structure is very cool. This song is heavy, but has radio potential.
After my first listen, I did not care for United Abominations. Multiple listens later, the song has now grown on me, and I can see some radio potential with this song. It is good, but far from the best track on this disc.
I heard a rough demo of Gears of War a few months ago, and have been looking forward to this one. The polished track is nice and heavy, and features more stellar guitar work by Dave Mustaine and Glen Drover.
My least favorite track off of U.A. so far is Blessed are the Dead. It is the least memorable track after a couple of listens.
Play for Blood has an awesome groove and will have most ‘deth fans head banging for sure. GREAT Stuff!!
The track that is already getting plenty of radio airplay is the reworked version of À Tout La Monde that was originally on the 1994 disc, Youthanasia. This new version features the vocals of Dave Mustaine and Cristina Scabbia from Lacuna Coil. I like this version as well as the original, and the video for the song is kind of cool.
I am not crazy about Amerikhastan. I know Dave Mustaine is passionate about politics, but hearing him chant about it in a song, is not what I am looking for in a Megadeth song. Sorry Dave, but this song doesn’t work for me.
Your Dead is heavy, guitar-shredding, monster of a track. The best thing about this one is the guitar work.
Burnt Ice is an insane guitar noodling festival of Metal. I get tired just trying to play the air guitar along with this one. Crazy!
So the bottom line, does United Abominations live up to the hype, Yes and No. I guess it depends on what you are looking for in a Megadeth album. United Abominations is heavier that some of the bands’ more recent offerings, and less mainstream, that what a lot of the newer fans may be used to. For me, I enjoyed this disc, as it is heavier than the last few, and guitar work is superb. Is this the best Megadeth CD I have ever listened to? No it isnt. You don’t hear too many new metal discs sounding this good today. Long time Megadeth fans should certainly pick this up. Metal fans will love United Abominations.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Washington Is Next!
3. Never Walk Alone…A Call To Arms
4. United Abominations
5. Gears Of War
6. Blessed Are The Dead
7. Play For Blood
8. À Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)
10. You’re Dead
11. Burnt Ice
Dave Mustaine – Vocals and Guitars
Glen Drover – Guitars
James Lomenzo – Bass
Shawn Drover – Drums
Here is an excerpt from the press release:
Marco is one of the most respected and well known musicians in the Los Angeles music scene. According to Ted Nugent, “Marco is the world’s greatest bass player and he’s got the soul.” He also played with the likes of Thin Lizzy (with whom he’s been recently touring UK and going to appear live during the summer), WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, OZZY OSBOURNE and THE CRANBERRIES.
Though most often recognized for his jaw-dropping 6-string fretless bass chops, Marco is a master of the 4, 5 and 6-string fretted bass, too. But that’s not enough. In Live For Tomorrow, his debut solo album, Marco shows his hidden vocal talent, which just needs to be heard to be believed! Mixing different vocals styles from the bluesy David Coverdale and Paul Rodgers ranges to the Eric Martin-esque overtones, Mendoza shines as a singer that is able to deliver a passionate and strong performance in every song.
Live For Tomorrow was mostly written and produced by Marco during the second half of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, together with former Poison and Mr. Big guitarist Richie Kotzen, who also produced the album. Musically the record offers a sincere and down to earth sound, reminiscing of classic Hard Rock (with hints to AC/DC, MR BIG, DAMN YANKEES etc.) with blues and melodic Rock roots.
Some very special guests appear to tribute the talent of this amazing guy. Among them: Ted Nugent, Doug Aldrich (of Whitesnake) and Steve Lukather of TOTO all offer guitar solos appearances, Tommy Aldridge of Whitesnake and Brian Tichy (PRIDE AND GLORY, OZZY OSBOURNE, FOREIGNER, and BILLY IDOL) play drums while Richie Kotzen of course handles the bulk of guitars and duets on vocals with Marco on ‘I Want You’.
Live For Tomorrow will include the following cuts: ‘Not For Me’, ‘Live For Tomorrow’, ‘Lettin’ Go’, ‘Look Out For The Boys’, ‘I Want You’, ‘Your Touch’, ‘Let The Sun Shine’, ‘You Got Me’, ‘In My Face’, ‘Broken’, ‘Still In Me’, ‘Dance With Me.’
Live For Tomorrow will see a North American release on Locomotive and Japanese release on King.
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s new album, “Black Rain”, is available for streaming in its entirety at Sympatico.MSN.ca.
Due on May 22, the Japanese edition of “Black Rain” will include two exclusive bonus tracks, entitled “I Can’t Save You” and “Nightmare”. Apple‘s iTunes Store is offering a special “pre-order” version of “Black Rain”, featuring the bonus track “Love to Hate”.
OZZY OSBOURNE‘s video for his new single, “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, will receive its online premiere this Friday, May 18 at Headbangersblog.com.
Regarding the song, Ozzy recently told WWE.com: “I’m 59 this year. People keep saying to me, ‘You’ll be quitting soon, retiring.’ I don’t wanna stop! You’ll know when I want to stop because I won’t be doing it anymore. I’ve tried not doing it, but it’s not like I’ve got a job. I’d miss the fans. I’d miss the buzz, seeing the crowd going crazy.”
As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne will kick off his 2007 world tour when he performs two songs on the May 18 episode of The CW‘s “Friday Night SmackDown” at the sold-out 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore. Osbourne‘s new song “I Don’t Wanna Stop”, the first single from his upcoming “Black Rain” album, will also serve as the official theme of WWE‘s May 20 “Judgment Day” pay-per-view, two days before “Black Rain”‘s worldwide release date.
As previously reported, Ozzy Osbourne will appear on the nationally syndicated radio show “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn Monday, May 28. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 30. Both airings begin at 8:30 p.m. PDT / 11:30 p.m. EDT. However, please note that this is a special one-time-only pre-taping! To speak with Ozzy Osbourne, you must call 1 800 344 ROCK (7625) on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EDT.
For a station near you and information regarding how to listen on the Internet, go to www.RocklineRadio.com.
Cryptic Writings is the 7th studio disc by Megadeth. Cryptic Writings features the same band roster as Countdown to Extinction, but even with four top 20 radio hits, Trust, Almost Honest, Use the Man, and A Secret Place, the most success this album could muster was a gold album (over 500K units sold). I am sure the lack of sales had to leave Dave Mustaine scratching his head, as Cryptic Writings is nearly solid all the way through.
From the initial tribal drum beats of Nick Menza, I knew almost immediately that I was going to like this disc. The first three tracks, Trust, Almost Honest and Use the Man are solid mid temp rockers with heavy elements, and start off Cryptic Writings well. I don’t think disc falters until you hit the jangly track Mastermind. I didn’t care for that one much.
The Disintegrators is one of the heavier tracks on this disc, and this is classic Megadeth. This is something for the fans wanting a little more thrash in their music.
I’ll Get Even is more mainstream and hopelessly catchy. You will find yourself singing along with this track. Sin can’t seem decide if it wants to go mainstream rock or thrash. I couldn’t get into this track until the last minute of it or so, in which it picks up a heavy drum and bass rhythm.
A Secret Place is another radio friendly track that is a pretty good listen. This is one of least heavy Megadeth tracks I think I have ever heard, but it works.
Have Cool, Will Travel was just an average track to me. I go back and forth between liking this one, and not liking it.
If there were more tracks like She-Wolf on Cryptic Writings, I am sure that this disc would have sold a lot more copies. This is the first true high tempo offering with that classic guitar chugging, Megadeth speed metal. Vortex keeps that pace going well. There is plenty of guitar noodling on this track, but it is a little too late to push this disc over the edge.
FFF (Fight For Freedom) ends this disc with a heavy almost punk sounding track. It is an OK track but nothing essential.
Cryptic Writings may not live up to Countdown to Extinction or Youthanasia, but its another solid effort by Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, David Ellefson and Nick Menza. This CD is not as heavy as many in the Megadeth discology, and probably alienated a few fans along the way. It still has enough great mainstream songs to make it worthy of a pickup!
Rating:Out of 10
2. Almost Honest
3. Use The Man
5. The Disintegrators
6. I’ll Get Even
8. A Secret Place
9. Have Cool, Will Travel
There is a lot to talk about, but nothing more important than this:
This is a night I have been hoping for, for many years now; the night before a “fierce new Megadeth release.”
I want to tell you all how much I love you and how many times I have felt like I was going to explode in anticipation just watching you hear United Abominations for the first time.
It’s no secret how much we care about each other here at Megadeth.com and Myspace/Megadeth and I wish I could be there with you, hanging out, to share the moment and chat with you, and hear your excitement when you are done experiencing U.A. for the first time.
But I have a secret for you… it is going to get better every time you listen to it.
I want you to know we thought of every one of you, each time we sang, and we thought of each one of you, each time we played. We were so excited about you hearing this, because WE like it. And that is a kewl thing.
Your love for Megs has fired me up to make a record that I love, beyond just about anything I have ever done.
I would like to say a li’l prayer that each one of you would know how much I love you and appreciate your support…. even the assholes.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Megadeth’s latest DVD Release That One Night, – Live in Buenos Aires was from a concert filmed live at Obras Stadium, Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 9, 2005! Megadeth’s lineup at the time were Dave Mustaine on lead guitar and vocals, Glen Drover on Lead Guitar, Shawn Drover on Drums and James MacDonough (from Iced Earth) on bass.
Personally, I thought the track listing was good, but I would have liked a couple more tracks from Countdown to Extinction, but that really isn’t a show stopper.
The crowd energy in this show is amazing to see. I don’t know how many people were in the audience but had to be well in the tens of thousands. The crowd sings along to Dave Mustaine’s guitar parts at times, and it is pretty amazing to behold. I have been to a lot of rock shows, and I have never seen that.
Mustaine’s voice is in perfect form, and the band sounds great. My only gripe is that I kind of got the feeling that the band was somewhat tired during this show. I wasn’t seeing the same kind of energy that I saw when I saw them open for Heaven and Hell recently. Sometimes this is hard to capture on film, but I wouldn’t call this a WOW performance.
Regardless of the band’s energy, the video is crisp and clean, and the sound is damn near studio quality. Personally, I don’t think this is Megadeth’s best performance, but it does whet my appetite to see them live again. I would certainly recommend this DVD to all Megadeth fans out there, but probably isn’t essential for all hard rock fans.
Here is a small taste of what you will see on the DVD That One Night – Live in Buenos Aires:
Rating: Out of 10
- Blackmail the Universe
- Set the World Afire
- Wake the Dead
- In My Darkest Hour
- She Wolf
- Reckoning Day
- A Tout Le Monde
- Hangar 18 & Return of Hangar 18
- I’ll Be There
- Tornado of Souls
- Something That I’m Not
- Kick the Chair
- Coming Home
- Symphony of Destruction
- Peace Sells
- Holy Wars
- Alternate track of Symphony of Destruction
DIO guitarist Craig Goldy has joined West Virginia melodic hard rockers HYDROGYN.
Comments Goldy: “While Ronnie is touring and recording with HEAVEN AND HELL, I am proud to announce my journey with HYDROGYN. I am looking forward to writing, recording and touring with them during the all too often well-known ‘hiatus’ of the band DIO.
Craig continues: “It’s quickly become much more than a ‘one-off’ situation with HYDROGYN. During the negotiation process involved in our mutual desire to work together, we forged a strong bond that I believe will continue well into the future in all aspects of an endevour such as this one has become.
“Upon Ronnie’s return I will be anxiously awaiting the writing, recording and touring that will follow and highly anticipating an awesome CD release alongside my family Ronnie, Rudy, Simon and Scott. Until then I will be operating at my fullest potential with HYDROGYN, with whom I’ve also been honored to form a long-term friendship with and build an alliance with DA Records and my program Destiny Bridge. It is my sincere hope and desire to continue in this capacity long into the future.”
HYDROGYN founding guitarist Jeff Westlake states: “Guitarist Jeff Boggs’s departure is due to family commitments and we totally appreciate and understand it. Craig coming into the band is awesome and I look forward to what is ahead both professionally and personally with Craig. I have had time to get to know him and we click very well. This next CD should be off the hook.”
The band is currently in writing sessions on both the East and West Coast for HYDROGYN’s upcoming third studio album, the follow-up to “Bombshell”.
HYDROGYN will support the release of their new studio CD with major touring worldwide.
Quite possibly my favorite Megadeth CDs of all time is the 1992 release Countdown to Extinction. This disc has three top 40 radio hits off it including Symphony of Destruction, Sweating Bullets and Foreclosure of a Dream.
Megadeth followed Metallica’s formula of shorter less complicated songs and hit major mainstream success with this disc. To date, Countdown to Extinction is is Megadeth’s only multi-platinum disc to date (over 2 million sold).
From the opening riffs of Skin O’ My Teeth you just knew this disc would be classic.
Symphony of Destruction is my all time favorite Megadeth song. I never get sick of hearing this one.
I still get a charge out of Architecture Of Aggression. Mustaine and Friedman’s awesome solos and the pounding rhythm of Dave Ellefson’s bass and Nick Menza’s drumming makes this song a headbanger’s delight.
Foreclosure of a dream is an absolute classic Megadeth song. No collection should be without this track.
I always found the track, Sweating Bullets kind of silly, but I have to admit it is catchy. The solos in the middle of the track is what makes it so great. The video is pretty cool too.
It has been a while since I listened to This Was My Life, and I had to listen to it a second time, as it is another great song on Coundown to Extinction. The chugging bass of Dave Ellefson is so cool on this track. Great!!
Usually by this time you start find a little bit of filler material, but not here. The title track Countdown to Extinction is a very mainstream hard rock song, and a damn good one at that. I found a home made video featuring Godzilla for this one. Cool Stuff!
There are more great guitar solos between Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman on High Speed Dirt. I like this track a lot.
Psychotron is infectious as hell. Listen to this song once, and I bet you will find yourself singing along. SciFi fans will love the video below!
Captive Honour is another excellent hard driving tune, that often gets over looked on Countdown to Extinction. There is plenty of guitar noodling and cool drum beats on this one.
Ashes In Your Mouth closes out Countdown to Extinction with a good heavy track with more chugging guitars, guitar solos and Mustaine’s signature snarls. Its a perfect way to close out this excellent set of tunes.
Out of the entire Megadeth discology, you will have a hard time finding a stronger set of tunes than the ones on Countdown to Extinction. This disc is one of my all time favorite metal discs. It should be essential to every hard rock music fan!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Skin O’ My Teeth
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Architecture Of Aggression
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This Was My Life
7. Countdown To Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth
Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mom’s out there! I will be visiting my mother today, and will be posting very little today.
Until then, enjoy the video below for Danzig’s Mother!
Coming up this week at the Hard Rock Hideout!
4 Reviews from the Megadeth Catalog inluding the brand new United Abominations and another edition of Rare Rock Rewind and Rocklahoma Reviews!
Bite Down Hard is the third studio disc by Britny Fox, and is the debut by new vocalist Tommy Paris. Very few bands improve with a change of singers, but in the case of Britny Fox, Tommy Paris is a much better singer than original vocalist “Dizzy” Dean Davidson.
I am not knocking the Davidson era of Britny Fox at all though, I enjoyed the discs he sang on, but Paris has more range, and adds more to the songs than “Dizzy” Dean did.
The current band you will see play live, is Tommy Paris on vocals, Greg D’Angelo (ex-White Lion) on drums, Billy Childs on bass, and Tommy Krash on guitar. Johnny Dee and Michael Kelly Smith were unable to tour, so Greg and Tommy are filling in right now.
Chances are, you are going to hear quite a few tunes from Bite Down Hard, and that is a good thing, as this is one kick ass hard rock disc. Bite Down Hard also features guest appearances by Zakk Wylde and Rikki Rockett, but I doubt you will notice any difference on the tunes they are on.
The stand out tracks are Six Guns Loaded, Louder, Close to Your Love, Shot From My Gun and Look My Way. This is a solid hard rock disc, and easily as good as the Britny Fox debut. This disc was reissued by Wounded Bird Records in 2006, so you should have no trouble finding this one. I envy you folks that will get to see Britny Fox perform these tunes live at Rocklahoma. Until they hit my hometown, I will have to settle for the video below.
1. Six Guns Loaded
4. Closer to Your Love
5. Over and Out
6. Shot from My Gun
7. Black and White
8. Look My Way
9. Lonely Too Long
10. Midnight Moses
Britny Fox has even more tour dates posted on their my space page today! Check it out!
|Memory Lane||Standish, Maine|
|The Shack||Rumford, Maine|
|ADC Performance Hall||Southbridge, Massachusetts|
|Webster Theatre||Hartford, Connecticut|
|Crazy Donkey||Long Island, New York|
|Crocodile Rock||Allentown, Pennsylvania|
|Champs||Utica, New York|
|Club Vegas||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Brick by Brick||San Diego, California|
|Galaxy Theatre||Santa Ana, California|
|Troubador||West Hollywood, California|
|EL Corazon||Seattle, Washington|
|Grail Events Center||Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho|
|Sunset Grill Outdoor Festival||Casper, Wyoming|
|Papa T’s||Midlothian, Illinois|
|The Rock||Maplewood, Minnesota|
|Chrome Lounge||Omaha, Nebraska|
|Rocklahoma Rock Fest||Pryor, Oklahoma|
|RPM’s Rock Club||Bridgeville, Pennsylvania|
|Shakers Nite Club||Cambridge, Ohio|
This week I have joined the Hairball John Radio Show Site as a regular contributor. You can find my mindless metal musings over there under the moniker, Rob Rockitt.
Stop by and check out the Hairball John Radio Show site, and be sure to catch the weekly show at one of the many great online broadcasters (like Stickman Radio).
The Past is Back to Kick Your Ass, and I am bring a size 12 boot! 🙂
No Sweat features Paul Quinn on vocals, Dave Gooding on guitar, Jim Phillips on guitar, Jon Angel on bass, Paul J. Smith on Keyboards, and Ray Fean on drums.
This disc actually features the drumming of former Kingdom Come member James Kottak(before Ray Fean was in the band), and also enlisted a couple of guest stars in Saga’s Michael Sadler and James Crichton.
No Sweat has a sound that reminds me quite a bit of Tyketto, and much like that band, No Sweat didn’t earn the fame they deserved. This is another one of those great hard rock CD’s from the early 90’s, that by all means should have made this band a household name. They did have a semi hit with their video for Heart and Soul on MTV for a while, and was getting plenty of play back on the nationally syndicated Z-Rock Hard Rock Radio Station.
Heart and Soul
There really isn’t a bad song on this disc, and all of the tunes have a very polished sound. The guitars are clean, the bass isn’t over powering, and the keyboards are mixed well. Paul Quinn’s delivery of his vocals remind me quite a bit of Danny Vaughn’s style, but he has a sound all his own.
My favorite tracks are Heart and Soul, Shake, On the Edge, Tear Down the Walls, and Generation.
You can still grab a used copy of this CD for next to nothing off of Amazon.com. It is a damn fine disc, and still worth picking up.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Heart And Soul
4. On The Edge
5. Waters Flow
6. Tear Down The Walls
8. Lean On Me
A few years after his departure from Guns ‘N Roses, Izzy Stradlin released his second solo CD, 117°. After listening to his excellent 2006 CD, Like A Dog, I knew that I had to pick up some of Izzy’s back catalog of music. Luckily, the local rock shop, had a copy of 117° in their cut out bin, so I could not resist picking it up.
117° features Izzy Stradlin on lead guitar and vocals, former G’NR band mate Duff McKagan on bass, Rick Richards (Georgia Satellites) on guitar, and Taz Bentley (Reverend Horton Heat) on drums.
Those of you looking for a Guns ‘N Roses like CD, are not going to find it with 117°. You can hear a bunch of straight forward rock tunes by one of G ‘N R’s main song writers.
117° has a lot of blues infested rock complete with great guitar work, some slide guitar, and a little bit of rockabilly in places. This CD is more similar in style to the Rolling Stones, than G ‘N R. Izzy Stradlin doesn’t compare to Mick Jagger by any means, but he does an admirable job on vocals.
My favorite tracks off of this disc are Ain’t It A Bitch, The Chuck Berry cover Memphis, the excellent 117°, and the heaviest track Grunt.
This disc may not be heavy enough for the average hard rock fan, but there is enough good music on 117° which merits giving this one a listen. Check out the tracks below, and let me know what you think!
Ain’t It A Bitch
Rating: Out of 10
1. Ain’t It A Bitch
2. Gotta Say
4. Old Hat
7. Good Enough
9. Here Before You
10. Up Jumped The Devil
12. Freight Train
14. Surf Roach
Kathy Parker of Oklahoma’s Pryor Daily Times reports: Mayes County is bracing for the big hair invasion.
Rob Rogers, director of productions for Catch the Fever Music Festivals, cannot say enough about Rocklahoma, an ’80s rock festival coming July 13-15.
Rocklahoma will feature hard rock bands popular in the ’80s such as GREAT WHITE, QUIET RIOT, POISON, RATT and WHITE LION.
Although Country Fever will happen first, June 7-10, at the facility between Adair and Pryor, Rogers talked almost exclusively about Rocklahoma when he visited Adair.
“These people do have money and they will put it into the community,” Rogers said. “The first week of sales outsold Country Fever and the VIP sold out first.”
VIP seats are up front and include non-alcoholic drinks, beer, parking, lunch and dinner. To make sure enough VIP seats will be available, Rogers said, a $1 million renovation is being completed at Catch the Fever’s facility.
Rocklahoma is happening in Oklahoma, but it was announced at a press conference in Los Angeles. Since then, Rogers said tickets have been sold to people in 15 countries, four Canadian provinces and all 50 states.
“We expect 50,000 to 60,000 people each day,” Rogers said. “Every hotel room is booked in a 50- to 70-mile radius. People are thinking about renting their houses.
“This isn’t a four-state area thing. This is worldwide. The numbers just keep going daily.”
Rogers said the festival will be broadcast on world-wide pay for view television and the VH1 music channel.
Y&T DVD in the works
Legendary California rockers Y&T have pushed back the projected release date for their first-ever DVD to late June for Europe, July for the U.S., and August for the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. The two-disc set will include a two-hour concert filmed on October 8, 2006 in Zoetermeer, The Netherlands (at Cultuurpodium Boerderij) on one DVD and a second bonus DVD containing backstage footage, soundcheck, outtakes, Bang Your Head!!! festival 2006 footage, and more. Also included will be a live audio CD of the Zoetermeer concert.
To commemorate Y&T‘s newly remastered, re-released “In Rock We Trust” CD, Karen Alvarez of Tribute Video Productions recently created a cool video for Y&T‘s 1984 song “Rock & Roll’s Gonna Save The World”. Watch it at YouTube.
Y&T celebrated the reissues of “Earthshaker” (1981) and “In Rock We Trust” (1984) by performing both albums in their entirety on March 17 at the Independent in San Francisco.
Re-released in February, “Earthshaker” “was carefully digitally re-mastered in November 2006 at a high sampling rate taken directly from the 1/2″ analog master tape. This new CD captures the sounds of the original mixes like no other version available.” Also reissued in January, “In Rock We Trust” was “carefully digitally re-mastered in November 2006 at a high sampling rate taken directly from the digital master tape,” according to a posting on the band’s site. “This new CD sounds clear and open like no other version previously available. Along with the original songs, there is an additional bonus track of the rarely heard studio recording of ‘Go for the Throat’.”
Anyone want a Def Leppard Baseball Jersey?
DEF LEPPARD’s Satellite Of Love site reports:
“Just in time for Def Leppard’s 2007 tour and America’s national pastime, several Def Leppard Baseball t-shirts can be purchased from teeshirtsrock.com. Check website for availabilty.
– Def Leppard Ladie’s Raglan Long Sleeve T-Shirt – $19.99
– Def Leppard Button Down Baseball Jersey – $39.99
I attended the Machinehead, Megadeth and Heaven and Hell show on Tuesday night at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I got to the venue at about 7:30, and Machinehead was already off the stage, so I was a little bummed about that, but that was the ONLY disappointment on this night.
Mustaine and company came out and set the stage on fire. Former Eidolon, and King Diamond guitarist. Glen Drover was trading the lead and rhythm guitar rolls with Dave Mustaine. Both Dave and Glen were awesome. Mustaine didn’t waste a whole lot of time talking since they only had a short set, and they fired off as many of their hit songs as they could in a 45 minute set. I didn’t keep track of the whole set list, but they did play, Peace Sells, Symphony of Destruction, Holy Wars, and Washington is Next off the upcoming album United Abominations. Drummer Shawn Drover pounded his drums with unrelenting mercy, and Mustaine played the hell out of his multiple flying V’s in this show. As a whole Megadeth was a fantastic opener, but even they did not prepare me for the ear ringing that I am experiencing today.
Black Sabbath, or if you prefer, Heaven and Hell, hit the stage around 9 p.m. , and quite frankly, blew me away!
Ronnie James Dio was in fine vocal form and truly sang his ass off. I have seen Dio in his solo band a few times over the years, but I noticed something last night that I have never truly seen before. Dio was extremely charismatic, and seemed to be enjoying what he was doing more so than I have ever noticed before. It blows my mind that Dio, who is estimated to be 65 years old, can still sing at this incredible level, and perform and move around on stage like a lot of the 20 something singers today. Dio was amazing Tuesday night, and his performance alone was worth the price of admission. Dio had the whole arena singing along to Heaven and Hell and was completely jazzed by the crowd’s participation all night.
I guess I should mention that this was my first Black Sabbath show, so I have never had the pleasure of seeing Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler or Vinnie Appice live.
I can only say that I regret not catching them before now, but will catch them anytime they come near my home.
I have to give credit where credit is due, and Tony Iommi was so good, words can not due this man’s playing justice. His guitar licks were simply outstanding all night, and I really got a kick out of watching him play. Geezer Butler’s bass rumbled the hell out of the concrete floor beneath my feet. Vinnie Appice, had one of the coolest drum kit’s, I think I have ever seen. His drum solo, and playing in general was fantastic.
Heaven and Hell played for 2 hours and played most of the big tracks from the CD’s Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer, and a couple of new tracks off of the Black Sabbath: The Dio Years CD.
The stage set for Black Sabbath was sort of a medieval looking castle back drop, but the lighting and other surprises were very cool.
In closing, The Heaven and Hell tour has amazing sights and sounds to behold. This was one of the top metal concerts I have ever seen (and I have been to many). If you go to one concert this year, you really need to check this one out. You will not be disappointed!
JOURNEY will premiere a new song this weekend, when the band plays a show commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first British settlement in the US.
The track is called ‘Winds Of Freedom’, and a rough demo version was just laid down last week.
Lead singer Jeff Scott Soto wrote on the Journey message board, “It sounds killer if I might say so, a testament of what’s to come. It starts off kinda like ‘When You Love A Woman’, but it’s not a traditional Journey ballad, especially lyrically.”
The song will have its world premiere on Saturday (May 12th), when Journey performs at the America’s Cup Of Polo match between the US and English teams at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. The event is being held to mark the 400th anniversary of British settlement in America, on May 14th, 1607, in Jamestown in what is now Virginia.
Journey will open the event with a version of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’, then return after the polo match to play a full set, which will include ‘Winds Of Freedom’. Proceeds will go to the non-profit Journey For The Cure, which supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the MS Society for research into multiple sclerosis.
This will be Journey’s last show for the foreseeable future. Plans are underway to record a new album, with a release possible early next year.
KISSOnline.com is reporting that the Rock The Nation Live! DVD, released in December 2005, has been officially certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Guitarist Tommy Thayer gave KISSOnline a sneak peak of the award plaque that each of the band members were presented two weeks ago. His plaque reads: “Presented to Tommy Thayer, To commemorate RIAA certified multi-platinum sales of more than 200,000 copies of the Image Entertainment DVD, KISS Rock The Nation Live!”
OZZY OSBOURNE upcoming appearances
OZZY OSBOURNE has reportedly been tapped to perform on next week’s “SmackDown” World Wrestling Entertainment program. The show airs Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. EST on the CW network.
According to 1iota.com, Ozzy will be the musical guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on two consecutive days — Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22.
As previously reported, OZZY OSBOURNE will be the featured guest on the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday, May 28. It will be rebroadcast on Wednesday, May 30. Both airings begin at 8:30 p.m. PDT / 11:30 p.m. EDT. This is a special one-time-only pre-taping. To speak with Ozzy, call 1 800 344 ROCK (7625) on Friday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. PDT / 9:00 p.m. EDT.
For a station near you and information regarding how to listen on the Internet visit this location.
Ozzy Osbourne’s new album, Black Rain, will be released on May 22nd. The Japanese edition of OZZY OSBOURNE’s new album, Black Rain, will include two exclusive bonus tracks, entitled ‘I Can’t Save You’ and ‘Nightmare’.
As previously reported, the iTunes Store pre-order edition of Black Rain features the following tracklisting: ‘Not Going Away’, ‘I Don’t Wanna Stop’, ‘Black Rain’, ‘Lay Your World On Me’, ‘The Almighty Dollar’, ’11 Silver’, ‘Civilize The Universe’, ‘Here For You’, ‘Countdown’s Begun’, ‘Trap Door’, ‘Nightmare’, ‘Love To Hate’ (included on iTunes pre-order edition).
CLAY MILLICAN TO RUN RATT TRIBUTE DRAGSTER
Stephen Pearcy and the rock band RATT enjoyed their 1980s drag racing exposure so much that they are back for more – literally. Two decades later, their name will be emblazoned on the Clay Millican-driven, Evan Knoll dragster for the balance of the 2007 NHRA POWERade tour promoting their upcoming June tour with another popular Eighties icon band Poison.
The RATT – Back for More dragster will make its debut in two weeks at Bristol Dragway’s O’Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals, May 18 – 20.
Knoll, an admitted heavy metal and rock and roll aficionado, has been chomping at the bit to get the tour underway.
“I can remember rocking in the Eighties to RATT,” Knoll said. “When I cranked up my stereo, everyone in the neighborhood knew I was listening to RATT. Come to think of it … nothing has changed. I still like it loud. The neighbors still complain about the noise.
“Top Fuel and RATT makes the perfect combination.”
Plans include various appearances at NHRA POWERade events for Pearcy including Bristol. RATT’s last foray into drag racing was during the 1986 season on the side of Dale Pulde’s legendary Buick Somerset Regal Funny Car.
“NHRA Drag racing is like RATT–n-ROLL … colorful, fast, dangerous and exciting,” Pearcy said “To be partnered with such an ‘A’ level program with Evan Knoll, Latrell Preston, Clay Millican and Dan Pikarsky just blows our mind. The band is more than ready to ‘Lay It Down’ with Clay that ‘River-RATT’ from Memphis. We’re all extremely excited to support SKULL GEAR, KNOLL Gas Motorsports and TORCO. The boys and I can’t wait for that first RATT Race at Thunder Valley!”
Millican, like Knoll, considers himself a rock and roll junkie.
“This is going to be fun,” Millican said. “This is an honor to represent a band that I grew up listening to in high school. This is going to be fun. Can this job get any better? You get to drive 300 miles per hour and hang out with really cool people.”
RATT just like many of the veteran drag racers are returning for another North American tour to promote a forthcoming “Best of” CD and DVD through Rhino records. A full itinerary is still being finalized, but Poison and RATT will join forces for a summer trek that is scheduled to begin June 13 at the Bi Lo Center in Greenville, S.C., and wind around the country through September 1st.
The tour, which brings the two bands onstage together for the first time since 1999, will visit major U.S. cities such as Boston, Detroit, New York, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.
A picture of the design of the dragster is below!
Those of you unable to attend the Rocklahoma music festival, now have another chance to catch some of the great acts from this festival at another setting.
VINCE NEIL, WARRANT, WINGER, WHITE LION, SEVEN MARY THREE, FASTER PUSSYCAT, COLD FILTERED and GEAR DOWN have been confirmed for Waterstock 2007, set to take place June 30 at Water Works Park in Des Moines, IA. Tickets are currently on sale through Iowa Tix for only $27.50. This price is for a limited time only, so buy early and save. Also available are 500 Part Pit Passes. Party Pit Pass tickets are $40 and get you side stage access. For more info, go to the following link.
Drummer Wild Mick Brown – “I Am In DOKKEN And Have No Intention Of Leaving That”
DOKKEN crazy man, Wild Mick Brown, has been spending his last few summer vacations on the road with TED NUGENT. This summer, however, both Dokken and Ted will be touring at the same time. That fact has led to many internet rumours about Mick’s status within Dokken. BW&BK sat down with Mick last week to set the record straight.
Mitch Lafon: What is your status with Dokken and Ted Nugent?
Wild Mick Brown: “I am in Dokken and have no intention of leaving that. We’re rushing to get my drum tracks done on a new record (that should be out in September). The problem is that we still have some writing to do before I leave for Ted Nugent in May. The reason I did the Ted Nugent thing is because Dokken had slowed up a bit and playing with Ted is just something else… a real shot in the arm. He’s the Original King of The Wild ‘70s – he’s everything and Superman. This will be my third summer tour with Ted and Dokken is really trying to get busy with touring as well. I wish I could balance them both out and I’m sure it gets frustrating for Don (Dokken) because I’m not going to make some shows. They’ve hired Vic Foxx and they say he’s really good and he fits in well, but I want to be there, you know. And they want me there because I’m the motivator of the band – I’m the engine.”
ML: How does Don react to you being with Ted?
WMB: “It’s a bitter sweet thing. He’s glad I had Ted to be financially secure…and sometimes it’s good to step out. I’ve been in Dokken for 25 years and I’ve never played with anybody else, so this was a good way to gauge where I was as a musician, a person and how you present yourself to a boss rather than being one, so this is really a kick for me. So, Don is really happy for me, but he doesn’t like thinking half of Don’s band is in Ted’s band. Ted’s tour ends in September then Dokken and KINGDOM COME have a package in Europe and once the record is out – Don will get knocking on some doors and get a tour going and remain busy.”
ML: What can you tell me about Dokken’s new album, Lightning Strikes?
WMB: “The band is playing better than it ever has – it’s just kicking butt. Now, Don had been writing some very modern songs and submitted the tapes to the record company and they said ‘we don’t want this. We don’t want your new stuff. We want you to be Dokken. Cheerios are Cheerios – you put raisins in them and it becomes Cheerios Raisin Bran and we want you to be Cheerios’. They want an ‘80s record and I’m looking at my wall right now and the only Gold and Platinum records on there are from the ‘80s. I never put one up after ’89 at all. So, the new songs sound like – pick any number from the ‘80s and that’s what we do. We’re going to give them what they want. There’s a lot of melody and lots of strumming – total Dokken. These songs could have been on any one of our ‘80s records. The songs could be on Back For The Attack, Under Lock & Key, Tooth And Nail. They sound like they came right off those records. It’s amazing how spooky that is.”
ML: I think that’s what the fans want.
WMB: “Well, they do. A lot of people don’t know we have any records after 1989. They think Back For The Attack is our last record. Some of our best work is later. We did a great record with Reb Beach and John Norum did a record with us, but people just don’t know because MTV dictated all that and everybody knew. So when we play, we play the songs that people know and we throw in some new stuff we like to play and you see the big question marks over their face – ‘what record is that from?’ We tried to move ahead and we made some great records after our heyday, but as soon as we were off MTV and our audience grew up and had kids of their own – it was over. We tried to write modern stuff, but it was a very funny time because we didn’t have a big record label or anybody pushing us. It was very awkward and now we just gave in to it. If they (fans) want us for something, then we’ll give them what they want. If people are happy hearing that and it’ll get us some work – I’m all for it.”
ML: You re-recorded your Greatest Hits with Jon and Barry. When will that album be out?
WMB: “Right, we basically did our set list that we’ve been playing for years ‘Breaking The Chains’, ‘It’s Not Love’, ‘Alone Again’, ‘Into The Fire’. We did it in studio, but it came off with a real live feel and it has a new more modern sound unlike those old DEF LEPPARD snare drums sounds. Barry said ‘it sounds aggressive’, but I guess we ran out of money and it just stopped. We were deep into it, but just couldn’t finish it. Don said he’ll hang onto it until we get the money to finish it.”
ML: So, it’s not coming out?
WMB: “I’m hoping so, but right now we’re focused on the new album.”
ML: There’s also the new Live From Conception 1981 album…
WMB: “It sounds great. We were such an aggressive band, but you could tell the song-writing wasn’t all there yet. I remember those shows. We were so excited to be a band and we were giving it everything we had. The energy level was up there and we were just stomping it out. We really did our best and I really got a kick out of that album.”
ML: Any last words?
WMB: “The Dokken band – it’s so wonderful to play with the people that are in it now because the tension is gone. I’ve never played in Dokken without it. It was always so intense. I mean – we had fun, but you had to walk on eggshells. Now, it’s a lot of fun. Also Ted is going to make a new record and I just want to be a part of that.”
SYMPHONY X – Sample All Tracks From New Album, Paradise Lost, Now
Samples for all ten tracks featured on the new SYMPHONY X album, can now be downloaded at this location.
The band are scheduled to release their new album, Paradise Lost, on June 26th via Inside Out Music.
Paradise Lost was produced by the band and the mix was completed by Jens Bogren (OPETH). The final tracklisting for the album (artwork pictured): ‘Oculus Ex Inferni’, ‘Set The World On Fire (The Lie Of Lies)’, ‘Domination’, ‘The Serpent’s Kiss’, ‘Paradise Lost’, ‘Eve Of Seduction’, ‘The Walls Of Babylon’, ‘Seven’, ‘The Sacrifice’, ‘Revelation (Divus Pennae Ex Tragoedia)’.
Another great find from Finland, is the progressive metal band Leverage. If you are a fan of bands like Dream Theater, I think you are going to like this disc a lot. I would compare this band to a heavy Journey, or a lighter Dream Theater.
Leverage features the excellent vocals of Pekka Heino (Brother Firetribe), Tuomas Heikkinen on guitar, Torsti Spoof on guitar, Pekka Lampinen on bass, Marko Niskala on keys, and Valtteri Revonkorpi on drums.
Every site that I looked into that had any mention of Leverage, was giving their disc, Tides rave reviews, so I had no choice but to check it out myself. I made the rare purchase off of ITunes for this one, as it was available for less than 10 dollars. Tides is a disc full of excellent melodic and progressive metal. The guitars are heavy and chugging, and the keyboards blend well with Pekka Heino’s great voice.
At times Pekka Heino’s voice reminds me of Danny Vaughn from Tyketto. Very Cool!
The live clips below don’t have the greatest of sound, but will give you a very good idea of what you will hear on Tides.
There really isn’t a bad song on this disc, and the sound quality and production on Tides is superb. My favorite tracks are Fifteen Years, Dreamworld, Follow Down that River, and Gone. If you enjoy the hard edged music of Dream Theater, you ought to give Leverage’s Tides a listen. It is a solid effort all the way through, and worth picking up. You can hear more of Leverage’s music, at their myspace here.
Rating:Out of 10
- Fifteen Years
- Follow Down That River
- Marching to War
- Twilight Symphony
Tour dates for this summer’s match made in Heaven…or Hell…are announced today. MARILYN MANSON and SLAYER‘s 25-city co-headline North American tour will kick off on July 25 in West Palm Beach, FL, pillaging its way cross-country to wrap up in San Antonio, TX on September 1. Confirmed dates are below.
For this two-pronged-threat double bill, SLAYER and MANSON will each play full sets with BLEEDING THROUGH and one other support band, yet to be determined, opening all shows.
MARILYN MANSON just wrapped up work on his upcoming June release to be titled “Eat Me, Drink Me”, which Rolling Stone magazine anticipates as “epic.” Voted “Best Band in the World” by Kerrang! magazine, the army of noise behind MANSON‘s bitterness is at once raw and massive when witnessing him live — “rousing the crowd with focused ardor,” states the New York Times.
Celebrating its 26th year together, the always-uncompromising SLAYER was recently named “Best Live Band” in SPIN‘s 2006 Readers’ Poll, and picked up their first Grammy Award in February for “Best Metal Performance.” Their latest album, “Christ Illusion” — which debuted at #5 on Billboard’s albums chart — takes on the U.S. Government about the War in Iraq, prompting one newspaper to speculate, “If Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he undoubtedly would be listening to SLAYER.”
Confirmed tour dates for the SLAYER/MARILYN MANSON co-headline summer tour are as follows:
Jul. 25 – Sound Advice Amphitheatre, West Palm Beach, FL
Jul. 27 – Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL
Jul. 28 – Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
Jul. 30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
Jul. 31 – Tower City Amphitheatre, Cleveland, OH
Aug. 02 – Tweeter Center, Philadelphia, PA
Aug. 04 – DCU Center, Worcester, MA
Aug. 05 – PNC, Holmdel, NJ
Aug. 07 – Centre de Foire, Quebec, QC CANADA
Aug. 08 – Bell Centre, Montreal, QC CANADA
Aug. 10 – Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON CANADA
Aug. 11 – DTE Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Aug. 13 – Allstate, Chicago, IL
Aug. 14 – Xcel, Minneapolis, MN
Aug. 16 – TBA
Aug. 18 – Coors Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
Aug. 21 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre, Sacramento, CA
Aug. 23 – Sleep Train Pavilion, Concord, CA
Aug. 24 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Irvine, Los Angeles, CA
Aug. 25 – San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA
Aug. 27 – Cricket Pavilion, Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 28 – Journal Pavilion, Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 30 – Nokia Theatre, Dallas, TX
Aug. 31 – Reliant Arena
Sep. 01 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, San Antonio, TX
“At my age, I don’t know how many more of these tours I have left in me,” Osbourne tells Guitar World magazine. “This could be the last one.”
Osbourne founded the annual summer metal festival in 1996, and it has since grown to become one of the largest and most popular tours.
Although the singer stated in 2006 that he would no longer make regular appearances at Ozzfest, he announced in February 2007 that he would headline this year’s tour. “I owe my audience something,” he says. “I owe them everything.”
But he admits the pressures of the festival are taking a toll on him. “It’s a hell of a lot of responsibility for me. If I get sick or if my voice gets blown out or whatever the fuck happens, and I can’t make a show, the audience gets pretty fucking mad.”
According to a posting on the AC/DC fan site AC/DC Highway to Hell, it is rumored that AC/DC has completed editing video footage for a brand new double DVD set to be released September, which will contain one Bon Scott DVD and one Brian Johnson DVD of AC/DC live in concert. The band has also supposedly completed a new album which is scheduled for release January 2008, with a world tour to follow.
Back in December 2006, Albert Music boss Fifa Riccobono shot down reports that AC/DC had a new record titled “Strap It On” coming in 2007.
“I ran that past Mal (Young) some time ago and he said it was the first he’d heard of it, so I guess the answer no,” she told Undercover News. “Also, there definitely is no release date scheduled as the album hasn’t been recorded yet.”
AC/DC leaders Malcolm and Angus Young have been writing material for a few years. In early 2005, singer Brian Johnson told Launch there was a lot of stuff to work with. “I think, and I might be speaking out of turn, but I think they’re doing a double, with the amount of songs — I’ve been over a couple of times with the boys and added ideas on 46 tunes we had, and they’ve been working since then!” he said.
Lead Singer Scotty P. may not have the voice for everyone. His voice is so cigarette and alcohol stained that he could nearly be a Death Metal growler, yet somehow his voice works here.
The Music on Livin’ In the Red is loud and furious. Don’t look for any power ballads by these guys. This is hard as nails, in your face rock and roll.
My biggest problem with Livin’ In the Red, is there are no real stand out tracks. If you hear one song, you pretty much get the same feel and heaviness from the rest of them. I can see that this band has loads of potential, but Livin’ In the Red is not the career defining album for these guys.
If you are a fan of Sleaze, you ought to give them a look on their myspace page to see what you think of them. Livin’ In the Red might be your cup of tea, but it did not do it for me. I found that it was needing two or three great tracks to push it along, and I never could find them.
Rating: Out of 10
1. We Want It All
2. Fueled By A 5th
3. Love Me Like A Suicide
4. Livin’ In The Red
5. Rock ‘n’ Roll Homicide
6. That’s How We Roll
7. Speed Kills
8. Devils Ride
9. Back To Piss You Off
One of the best stories in Major League Baseball right now, is the story of Reds center fielder Josh Hamilton. This 6-4 player with tribal and flaming tattoos up his arms looks more like an 80’s Hard Rock Musician than your typical baseball player.
Hamilton was the number one draft pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays back in 1999, and was seemingly set for super stardom.
Sadly, after a nasty car accident that injured his back and took him out of the game he loved, he got mixed up with drugs, and due to a fierce addiction was suspended from Major League Baseball in 2002. After a few years of relapses and rehab, he has beaten his addiction, and was reinstated to baseball in 2006. By this time the Tampa Bay Devil Rays gave up on him, and let him go through the Rule 5 draft. The Chicago Cubs picked him, and decided he wasn’t worth the risk and traded him to the Cincinnati Reds for $100,000.
Fast forward to May 2007, 26 Year old Josh Hamilton was named top NL rookie for the month of April. He finds himself amongst the statistical leaders with the Reds, with 8 Home Runs, 17 RBI’s and .306 Batting Average.
During the game my family attended this afternoon, Hamilton hit 2 home runs, and made a catch in the outfield that will surely make the ESPN highlight reels this week.
Most clubs gave up on this kid, but he never let go of his Dreams. I don’t usually talk sports at the Hard Rock Hideout, but I thought this was a story worth mentioning. It brought the Van Halen song Dreams to mind. So in respect to Josh Hamilton, here is a copy of the video for Dreams.