I’ve always liked Hardcore Superstar but in saying that, I’ve never thought they were anything to rave about, not bad but not especially fantastic either. Their releases up until the 2005 self titled album were likeable but fairly average at best. ‘Dreamin’ In a Casket’ is quite different to the Hardcore Superstar I’d become familiar with. This is much heavier sounding, in your face rock and I like it.
The first thing I noticed were the massive drums on this disc. In fact overall the musicianship is far superior and improved than any of their other undertakings; aggressive drums, big riffs, great solos, strong choruses and Jocke Berg’s vocals are at his high-pitched best. ‘Dreamin in a Casket’ kicks their earlier albums’ asses all the way to Sweden and back.
‘Silence For the Peacefully’ is reminiscent of Hardcore’s great anthem ‘We don’t Celebrate Sundays’. ‘Wake Up Dead In The Garbagecan’ is a killer track and I’d like to hear more of the gang vocals that are present on ‘Wake Up Dead’ on more songs where they are lacking slightly. Title track ‘Dreamin In a Casket’ is another great tune.
Of course nothing is perfect and some of these songs sound similar to one another, but they still pretty much all rock. They could also use a little help in the lyrics department but now I’m just being picky.
Superb and sleazy energetic rock. All in all a great effort from these guys.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Need No Company
2. Medicate Me
3. Dreamin’ In A Casket
4. Silence For The Peacefully
5. Sophisticated Ladies
6. Wake Up Dead In The Garbagecan
7. Spreadin’ The News
8. This Is For The Mentally Damaged
9. Sensitive To The Light
10. Lesson In Violence
11. Sorry For The Shape I’m In
12. No Resistance
Hardcore Superstar is:
Jocke Berg – vocals
Thomas Silver – guitar
Martin Sandvik – bass
Magnus “Adde” Andreasson – drums
Reviewed by Tania.
first ever live performances are free acoustic in-stores 12/6 in Orange, CA and 12/8 in El Paso, TX
Watch an amazing set and meet the band, get your CD signed!
Never Enough, featuring ex-members of Eighteen Visions and Lylah, release their self-titled, debut album in North America today. (12/4/2007)
In celebration of the release, Never Enough have scheduled in-store appearances at the Virgin Megastore in Orange, CA and FYE in El Paso, TX. Both in-stores will feature acoustic in-store performances by the band and will be FREE to the public.
“I’m so amped and anxious to perform a rare acoustic show in Orange County and El Paso, because they are our hometowns. Although these are acoustic performances, you can still expect a lot of passion and fire from the band which will only be a pre-cursor to what is coming in 2008 for the live shows,” says frontman Norman Matthews. “I’m honored to be sharing the stage with Keith and Trevor for the first time in front of excited fans. For me it’s a dream come true with the butterflies setting in, so thanks to all of you who have supported NEVER 3NOUGH early on in the game.”
NEVER ENOUGH IN-STORE APPEARANCES
Thursday, Dec 6th 7:00pm – Orange, CA VIRGIN MEGASTORE @ The Block
Saturday, Dec 8th 2:00pm – El Paso, TX FYE @ Cielo Vista Mall
Never Enough are still streaming their debut album in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5107/playallhi.php
Venusian rockers and occasional Earth dwellers, Valient Thorr, will begin working on a new album at the start of 2008. The band will spend January in Southern California writing and demoing new material before heading to Seattle to record with Jack Endino (Nirvana, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, High On Fire) at Studio Litho and Soundhouse Recording in February. This new album and follow up to their 2006 release, Legend of the World, will be released Summer 2008.
Valient Himself, lead singer of the group, said this about working with Endino, “Man, we’re psyched to begin working with Jack on the new album. Not only because of his discography, but after meeting him out on the Volcom Tour, I realized he was just as big of a record obsessive as I was.” Valient Thorr and Endino met and toured together earlier this year on the Volcom Tour where Endino was playing guitar in the group, Kandi Coded. Valient Himself goes on to say, “Check out his [Endino’s] meticulously detailed website, we could geek out on it for hours about hard to find badass tunes. The dude knows his sh*t back to front. This record is going to be over the top.”
Valient Thorr will be road testing some new songs – “Mask Of Sanity”, “Infinite Lives”, and “1000 Winters In a Row” – this month, when they join up for a two-week tour with The Sword and Black Cobra (see all dates below).
12/5 Washington, D.C. @ The Black Cat w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/6 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/7 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/8 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/9 Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street Nightclub w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/11 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/12 Cleveland Heights, OH @ Grog Shop w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/13 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Rock Club w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/14 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave Bar w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/15 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/16 Iowa City, IA @ The Picador w/The Sword, Black Cobra
12/17 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar w/The Sword, Black Cobra
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artist AMERICAN ANGEL have landed the 1 position on Billboard’s Heatseeker (Northeast) chart with the bands latest release VANITY.
Billboard notified CHAVIS RECORDS and vocalist Rocco Fury last evening with the exciting news.
Vocalist Rocco Fury had this to say when notified; “Where is Candid Camera, are you joking with me, is this a hoax? WOW! I am ecstatic and very very happy about this. I knew this was a solid project when we recorded it and I believe whole heartedly in the songs and album. And when we’re all gone, VANITY will still stand on its own.”
VANITY was released in May of this year and remains a strong and consistent seller and continues to gain positive momentum and attention for the band. AMERICAN ANGEL are no strangers to hitting Billboard as they charted in 1990 with their debut release and again in 1993 with EP 92′.
AMERICAN ANGEL will continue to tour in support of VANITY with a few remaining dates in 2007 and then hitting the touring season again in 2008.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of Vanity here!
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Godsmack released their widely anticipated Greatest Hits album, Good Times Bad Times….Ten Years of Godsmack, today. The 16-track collection is loaded with career defining milestones and seminal Godsmack classics.
Fronted by charismatic and uncompromising singer/songwriter Sully Erna, 2008 will mark the tenth anniversary of Godsmack’s self-titled debut album; in honor of that occasion, /Good Times Bad Times….Ten Years of Godsmack /encapsulates some of their most captivating and enduring hits.
From the foundation of Godsmack emerges the formidable Another Animal.
While Godsmack relishes in their undeniable achievement, Godsmack members Tony Rombola (guitar), Shannon Larkin (drums) and Robbie Merrill (bass) teamed up with Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) and Lee RichardsAnother Animal (Dropbox) to form side-project: .
Another Animal’s name is the perfect description of what the band has become. By incorporating elements of hard rock, metal, punk and grunge, Another Animal is an eclectic tribute to the sounds the band grew up with. Another Animal’s self-titled debut album is sure to stimulate every nerve with their prodigious talent and unparalleled sound.
Another Animal is currently on tour in support of Alter Bridge and their new album is in stores now!
You can read the review of the new Another Animal CD, at this link: Hard Rock Hideout – Another Animal Review
Hellcity 13 has released a video for their track, In Love With Love.
Check it out here:
Their new CD, is available for purchase here.