Mix Trapt! The members of Trapt have asked their fans to remix their upcoming video for “Stay Alive”. The song is featured on the band’s first live album entitled Trapt Live! which was released September 19th. To enter the contest, visit http://eyespot.com/promotion/trapt/ to mash and mix your personal videos and pictures. The Grand Prize winner will receive an iPhone loaded with the Trapt audio catalog. The five most interesting mixes will be featured on Trapt’s Myspace page.
The new album is a melodic rock feast that showcases Lana’s legendary vocals with timeless songwriting, all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.
Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, “Red Planet Boulevard” combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area’s legendary style and mood that is pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the album’s production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the role he played on the 2007 “Lady Macbeth” tour. Long time collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls “a sort of ‘Led Zeppelin’ instrumentation where we have guitar, drums and a bass playing keyboardist.”
The “Red Planet Boulevard” musician line-up is indeed the most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does not falter in creating the massive Symphonic Rock sound for which Lana Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of “Red Planet Boulevard”. This is a band that is experienced and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at the top of her game.
Twelve all original songs compose “Red Planet Boulevard”. The heavy rockers “Into the Fire”, “Capture the Sun” and “Angels and Magicians” along with the power ballad “Jessica” harken back to Lana’s 1995 debut release, “Love is an Illusion”, while in contrast, the anthemic “Shine”, “The Frozen Sea” and “No Tears Left” have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today’s iPod generation. The uptempo “Stepford, USA” re-tells the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while “The Sheltering Sorrow” is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock. The album concludes with the finale and title track, “Red Planet Boulevard”, where themes from each of the album’s songs is reprised in a grand orchestral rock style.
Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka who has painted the covers for Lana’s many past masterworks. Photos for the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock voice, your light is green: make the turn onto “Red Planet Boulevard”!
You can sample three of the new songs below!
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums
Drowning Pool have released their new animated video for “Enemy”. Due to the band’s busy schedule on the road they decided to create an animated video. The video features animated versions of Drowning Pool rocking out in a dark forest ready to explode. “Enemy” is the second single off the band’s album, Full Circle, which came out earlier this year.
Drowning Pool – This Is For The Soldiers Tour:
10/9 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s
10/13 Lubbuck, TX – Jakes
10/14 Farmington, NM – Gator’s Bar and Grill
10/18 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
10/19 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
10/20 Fresno, CA – The Exit
10/22 Modesto, CA – Fat Cat
10/23 Santa Rosa, CA – Last Day Saloon
10/24 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
10/25 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
10/27 Kansas City, MO – Community America Ballpark
10/28 Reno, NV – All City Live – KDOT
10/31 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
11/2 Wichita, KS – Flashbacks Dance Club
11/8 New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
11/16 Port Charlotte, FL – Charlotte County Fairgrounds
11/17 Jacksonville, FL – Metropolitan Park
11/18 Orlando, FL – Tinker Field
Montreal based 3 Mile Scream have streamed the group’s debut album, A Prelude To Our Demise, at the following location http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/3793/playallhi.php
3 Mile Scream‘s debut album was recorded in Montreal under the watchful eye of producer Jean-Francois Dagenais, guitarist for death metal giants Kataklysm. Since the album release, 3 Mile Scream has won over many high profile fans including Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, Unearth’s Trevor Phipps and Arch Enemy’s Michael Amott who described the band as, “Heavy and melodic, great chops.”
3 Mile Scream’s A Prelude To Our Demise, was released by independent powerhouse Corporate Punishment Records. The album is a stunning blend of European metal, melody and machine gun drumming that creates a merciless, brutal sound.
The group has recently announced more tour dates in support of their debut album, including an upcoming October 14th date in Belleville, Ontario where the band has been added as direct support for Thine Eyes Bleed.
“Thine Eyes Bleed are one of the best Canadian metal acts on the scene. We are extremely excited and honored to share the stage with a band of such unrelenting aggression,” says 3 Mile Scream frontman Matt McGa chy. “We are all very excited to hear the new Thine Eyes Bleed material since we were all blown away by their performance at last year’s Unholy Alliance Tour.”
3 MILE SCREAM UPCOMING TOUR DATES
Oct 13 – Cafe L’incoditionelle ,Montreal, Quebec
Oct 14 – Bohemian Nightclub, Belleville, ON w/ THINE EYES BLEED
Oct 26 – The Embassy, London, Ontario
Oct 27 – Shadow, Guelph, Ontario
Oct 28 – The Metal Bar, Toronto, Ontario
Nov 02 – The UnderDog, Peterborough, Ontario
Nov 03 – Bottoms Up, Brantford, Ontario
Nov 10 – The Katacombes, Montreal, Quebec
Nov 16- Diesel Room, Oshawa, Ontario w/ The After Chapter
Nov 17- The Vintage Sports Lounge Niagara Falls, Ontario w/The After Chapter
Nov 18 – TBA, St. Catherines, Ontario w/The After Chapter
Nov 23 – Cafe L’inconditionnelle, Montreal, Quebec
Nov 30 – Paramount Bar, Moncton, NB
Dec 07 – The Kathedral, Toronto, Ontario