Black Tide have just completed a tour of North America and Europe opening for Avenged Sevenfold and will continue life on the road as they approach the release of their debut album, Light From Above. The band can be seen with All That Remains and Chimaira in February and March and on the Mayhem Tour with Slipknot and Disturbed this summer.
The heavily anticipated release from the hard rocking band will hit stores March 18th, 2008.
As Black Tide gear up for more touring and their new album, you can gear up too. The band and Hard Rock Hideout are giving you the chance to win a Dean MLX guitar, a Schecter Stiletto Studio-4 bass, a Pearl Joey Jordison model steel snare and a Coffin Case bass case.
The full length album, Light From Above, hits stores March 2008.
Congratulations to the Winners of Super Bowl XLII , The New York Giants!
PHOENIX, Arizona (AFP) — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers rocked Super Bowl 42 Sunday, joining an elite list of pop legends to lend themselves in recent years to the National Football League’s title extravaganza.The venerable US band, who launched their career with the their self-titled debut album in 1976, opened the 12-minute set with “American Girl,” as a neon-ringed arrow wheeled from one end of the field to join with a brightly lit heart-shaped stage and form their logo.
Fans responded enthusiastically to the chance for some audience participation with flashlights in the darkened stadium as the band launched into “I Won’t Back Down”, “Free Falling” and “Running Down a Dream.”
Looking ahead to the gig, in which he follows in the recent footsteps of U2, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones and Prince, Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Petty had said he wasn’t thinking about the vastness of the audience.
The game was being broadcast in 223 countries and territories and 30 languages.
“A lot is just trying to remember the next chord,” said Petty, who added he would just try to entertain the crowd at the 70,500-seat University of Phoenix Stadium in suburban Glendale, the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.
In the build-up to the big game, New England coach Bill Belichick had said he’d have Tom Petty on his playlist before the game.
“It has never kept anyone from winning,” Petty said.
Pre-game festivities were highlighted by rhythm and blues star Alicia Keys, while Jordin Sparks, the 2007 winner of the “American Idol” talent-show TV series, sang the national anthem in her hometown.
Sparks’ father, Phillipi Sparks, was a Giants cornerback in eight of his nine NFL seasons, but never played in a Super Bowl.
“He’s glad one of us made it,” she said.
In 1997, Judas Priest guitarist, Glenn Tipton released his first solo CD.
While strolling through the used music bin the other day, I managed to find the remastered copy of the disc, that was released by Atlantic in 2006.
The reissue of this disc contains two additional bonus tracks Himalaya and New Breed.
On this album, Tipton handles all of the vocals and guitar work. Glenn gets some help by a star studded cast of musicians on this record including Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Brooks Wackerman (Bad4Good, Bad Religion, KORN), Shannon Larkin (Godsmack), Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Cozy Powell (R.I.P.), Don Airey (Deep Purple), John Entwistle (The Who) and Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal).
Tipton’s vocals wont set the world on fire, but the guitar work on this record is superb. His vocals are certainly influenced by Rob Halford, but Tipton doesn’t have the same range. All of the tracks were written by Tipton, with the exception of the Rolling Stones cover, Paint It Black. The music on this record doesn’t stray very far from Judas Priest’s style of heavy metal.
If you can get past Tipton’s vocals, you might find Baptizm of Fire to your liking. Baptizm of Fire started growing on me after repeated listens. My favorite cuts on this disc are Hard Core, Extinct, and The Healer.
Judas Priest fans need to check out Baptizm of Fire. If you haven’t heard this one before, it might help tide you over until the new J.P. release, Nostradamus gets here!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Hard Core (Remastered LP Version)
2. Paint It Black (Remastered LP Version)
3. Enter The Storm (Remastered LP Version)
4. Fuel Me Up (Remastered LP Version)
5. Extinct (Remastered LP Version)
6. Baptizm Of Fire (Remastered LP Version)
7. The Healer (Remastered LP Version)
8. Cruise Control (Remastered LP Version)
9. Kill Or Be Killed (Remastered LP Version)
10. Voodoo Brother (Remastered LP Version)
11. Left For Dead (Remastered LP Version)
12. Himalaya (Remastered Promo Single)
13. New Breed (Previously Unreleased)
Baptizm of Fire has the following musicians:
Glen Tipton – Guitars and Vocals
Whitfield Crane – Additional Vocals (Voodoo Brother)
Robert Trujillo – Bass (Hard Core, Paint It Black, Voodoo Brother)
C.J. de Villar – Bass (Enter the Storm, Fuel Me Up, Cruise Control,
Kill or Be Killed, Left For Dead)
Billy Sheehan – Bass (Extinct, Baptizm of Fire)
John Entwistle – Bass (The Healer)
Brooks Wackerman – Drums (Hard Core, Paint It Black, Voodoo Brother)
Shannon Larkin – Drums (Enter the Storm, Fuel Me Up, Cruise Control,
Kill or Be Killed, Left for Dead)
Cozy Powell – Drums (Extinct, Baptiszm of Fire, The Healer)
Don Airey – Organ (Baptizm of Fire)
Quite possibly the most bizarre video of 2008, has to go to the progressive metal band, What’s He Building In There?
Music Video for Group’s Debut Single Features Canada’s Largest Indoor Playground, 90’s Fly Dancers, and Time Travel
Canadian progressive-metal newcomers, What’s He Building In There (WHBIT?), have announced more dates in support of their self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year on Year of The Sun Records. The band will hit the road in late January with Metal Blade Recording Artist Epicurean for a string of tour dates.
“We’re getting tingly feelings in our bathing-suit areas just thinking about playing with Epicurean,” howls philanthropist and WHBIT drummer, Liam Epps. “Seeing them perform those songs on stage night after night will be as euphoric and inspiring as realizing that it was just a wet one, and that you, in fact, did not poop your pants.”
In keeping with the haunting Tom Waits composition that spawned their name, What’s He Building In There are a deranged group of genre-bending musical madness. Drawing influences from the contrasting worlds of Mike Patton, Tool, Between the Buried and Me, Frank Zappa and many other innovators, the band has synthesized their many facets into one gripping and demented masterpiece. What’s He Building In There hail from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
The band has also revealed a new video for their single “Avian Taxi”, taken from their Year of the Sun debut. The video was shot after hours at KidZone Family Fun Center, Canada’s largest indoor playground, with members of What’s He Building In There donning a wide range of costumes (including a lobster, turtle, tree gecko, chicken, and a psychotic carnival host) as part of the video’s psychedelic dream-like concept. The video can be viewed below:
Minneapolis-based symphonic metal band EPICUREAN will release their debut album, “A Consequence of Design”, on May 4th, 2008 through Metal Blade Records. Formed in early 2004, EPICUREAN quickly gained the attention in the Minneapolis metal scene and developed a reputation for being a powerful and unpredictable live act. The buzz about the band caught the ear of Metal Blade Records who quickly signed the band and put them out on the road with Finnish metallers TO/DIE/FOR.
The first cluster of interviews between Matt Pinfield and ASHES dIVIDE leader Billy Howerdel are now available on theASHES dIVIDE YouTube channel . Howerdel goes into detail about his musical upbringing, recording with A Perfect Circle, the formation of his touring band, working with drummer extraordinaire Josh Freese and the inspiration behind the song “Enemies.” The guitarist/vocalist is best known as a co-founder of A Perfect Circle along with Maynard Keenan of Tool. ASHES dIVIDE will continue to add clips from the Pinfield interview in the coming weeks. Their debut album, Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright, will now be released on April 8th through Island Records.
How Billy got into music:
Recording with A Perfect Circle:
Working with Josh Freese:
Talking about the song “Enemies”:
Getting the touring line-up together:
L.A. GUNS – featuring Tracii Guns on guitar, Jeremy Guns on bass, Chad Stewart on drums and Paul Black on vocals – are the latest act confirmed for Rocklahoma 2008, the annual festival of ’80’s rock groups which takes place at the Catch The Fever Festival Grounds, four miles north of Pryor, Oklahoma from July 11th – 13th.
Other acts scheduled to appear are Switzerland’s KROKUS and all-female hard rockers VIXEN.
Currently there are a limited amount of VIP Tickets available for the three days for only $325 which includes free beer and food. Over fifty percent of the VIP seats have been renewed, making the remaining seats in great demand. The public is encouraged to get their VIP seats early as they are becoming more limited.
The facilities include over 6,300 assigned and numbered seats, as well as general admission on the lawn for over 40,000 people. The grounds also feature over 4,000 campsites, on site parking, bathroom facilities, a convenience store, and overnight security. Rocklahoma also has a Picture Alley that allows anyone in attendance to approach the stage during any performance and take photographs of their favorite artist at close range.
The public can also order tickets online at here or charge by phone at 1-866-310-2288.
Former SPREAD EAGLE frontman Ray West has launched his new band HOSTEL INC. Rounded out with members from two of New Jersey’s more popular bands — guitarist Ladd, bassist Chigger (both formerly of SMOKE STAR) and drummer Jeff Hardee (formerly of SYNDROME 8) — the group has a clear intention of making a massive impact in 2008.
With an East and West Coast tour already under its belts in 2007, HOSTEL INC. has already started out strong in 2008 with dates supporting GREAT WHITE and JOE LYNN TURNER. The next live date for HOSTEL INC. is February 22nd at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ.
HOSTEL INC. has three unmastered songs posted on its official MySpace profile.
SPREAD EAGLE burst upon the scene playing a brand of rock that came straight from the New York City gutter. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass) and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to the City and met up with vocalist Ray West, a new attitude was instantly born. While rehearsing/writing in an East Village basement for their first gig, rumors began leaking out to the record industry. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal, then sent straight into the studio. Additional tunes for the debut album had to be written while recording was taking place. The self-titled debut — which was recently reissued through Lovember Records — featured wailing vocals and razor sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as “Switchblade Serenade”, “Scratch like a Cat”, and “Broken City”. The honesty of SPREAD EAGLE‘s debut release quickly gained the band worldwide critical acclaim and propelled them to the forefront of the genre. Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, “Open to the Public”, the band disbanded and went about their own personal projects. Rob De Luca went on to play with Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS, George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB), OF EARTH, and OUIJIPIG. Ray West has been locked up in a studio in south Florida by way of NYC creating and producing powerful new music. Paul DiBartolo went on to score music in the motion picture industry.
It is almost mind boggling for me to think that 2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of Motley Crue’s Shout At the Devil.
If I were to choose my top 10 favorite albums of all time, Shout at the Devil would almost certainly make the list.
I think I have owned Shout at the Devil in every form it has been in, including LP (Yes, I tried to find the backwards message), cassette, and CD. Few CD’s bring back the fond memories that this disc does, and this album has always found itself in my playlist consistently over the years.
On Shout at the Devil, Motley Crue was still hungry, and this comes across in the sound of the record. They had not yet achieved the massive success that they were headed for. The band was certainly were making a name for themselves every where they went, and their reputation as L.A. bad boys certainly solidified after the release of Shout At the Devil.
The band’s sound matured over the punk/metal style of Too Fast For Love. Shout at the Devil is a raw metal record. In my opinion, the band hadn’t fallen prey to the pop metal sound that would show up on their later records.
Everything from the Intro to the final cut Danger rocks on this record. Shout at the Devil is everything that a metal record should be loud, sleazy and totally cool. No metal fan should be without it.
Rating:Out of 10
1. In the Beginning
2. Shout at the Devil
3. Looks That Kill
5. God Bless the Children of the Beast
6. Helter Skelter
7. Red Hot
8. Too Young to Fall in Love
9. Knock ‘Em Dead, Kid
10. Ten Seconds to Love
Motley Crue is:
Vince Neil – Vocals
Nikki Sixx – Bass
Mick Mars – Guitar
Tommy Lee – Drums
In 1992, Southgang released their sophomore effort, Group Therapy. This disc was released towards the end of late 80’s and early 90’s glam metal scene. The introduction of grunge killed any chance of Southgang maintaining any level of success.
It is a real shame too, as Group Therapy is a definite step up from the band’s debut CD, Tainted Angel. The songs on this record have a harder edge, and less of that pop metal sound found on the first album.
These Georgia boys went out in style, as Group Therapy is one great, hard rocking affair. Butch Walker added a bluesier style of guitar to the songs on this record, giving the band a better, more relevant hard rock sound.
The production value on Group Therapy is quite high. This disc was produced by Howard Bensen, who also produced Pretty Boy Floyd’s Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz, and Bang Tango’s Psycho Cafe, and years later Chris Daughtry’s multi-platinum debut.
There truly isn’t a bad song on this record. It rocks from
beginning to end! Some of my favorite cuts on this disc are Water Under the Bridge, Tug of War, and Culture Clash City.
Sadly, this is the band’s last record, and a I am guessing that a reunion is highly unlikely.
Mitch McLee, Jayce Fincher and Butch Walker went on to form the Marvelous 3 after the break up of Southgang, but are no longer together.
Group Therapy has been out of print for years. Used copies turn up from time to time at Amazon.com and Ebay, and well worth picking up. If you don’t own any records by Southgang, this is the one worth searching for.
Rating:Out of 10
1. White Trash With Cash
2. Water Under the Bridge
3. Tug of War
4. Fire in Your Body
5. Final Resting Place
6. Legend of C.C. Road
7. Culture Clash City
10. My Best Friend’s Girl
11. Ode to Peggy’s
12. Blue Bird Has Landed [The Uncut Trail Mix]
Jesse Harte – Vocals
Mitch McLee – Drums
Jayce Fincher – Bass
Butch Walker – Guitars
According to a posting on the Tokuma Communications web site, veteran Japanese metallers LOUDNESS will release their new album, “Metal Mad”, through the label on February 20 in Japan. Release dates for other territories have not yet been announced.Metal Mad features the following tracklist: ‘Fire Of Spirit’ (instrumental), ‘Metal Mad’, ‘High Flyer’, ‘Spellbound #9’, ‘Crimson Paradox’, ‘Black And White’, ‘Whatsoever’, ‘Call Of The Reaper’, ‘Can’t Find My Way’, ‘Gravity’, ‘Transformation’.
U.S. Airbourne fans are you ready! Airbourne has announced their first U.S. Tour dates of 2008!!
US Tour dates:
FEB 21 @ URBAN – Salt Lake City, UT
FEB 23 @ THE BOARDWALK – Sacramento, CA
FEB 26 @ ROXY – Los Angeles, CA
FEB 27 @ BEAUTY BAR – Las Vegas, NV
FEB 29 @ BLUEBIRD – Denver, CO
MAR 1 @ BLACK SHEEP – Colorado Springs, CO
MAR 4 @ RECORD BAR – Kansas City, MO
MAR 5 @ OUTLAND BALLROOM – Springfield, MO
MAR 6 @ POP’S NIGHTCLUB – Sauget (St. Louis), MO
MAR 9 @ WHITE RABBIT – San Antonio, TX
MAR 10 @ HOUSE OF ROCK – Corpus Christi, TX
MAR 11 @ LOLA’S – Ft. Worth, TX
MAR 12 @ SCOUT BAR – Houston, TX
MAR 14 @ MIDNITE RODEO 3 – Abiline, TX
MAR 18 @ STATE THEATRE – St. Petersburg, FL
MAR 19 @ SOCIAL – Orlando, FL
MAR 20 @ STUDIO A – Miami, FL
MAR 21 @ FUEL – Jacksonville, FL
MAR 23 @ POOR HOUSE MUSIC HALL – Raleigh, NC
MAR 25 @ THE HANDLEBAR – Greenville, SC
MAR 26 @ RECHER THEATRE – Baltimore, MD