Chavis Records has announced the signing of the BULLETBOYS to the label for their new worldwide release. The band is currently in the studio finishing the final recordings before heading to the mixing and mastering phase. The project is being recorded at El Garaje Studios in Cape Coral, FL.
Singer Marq Torien comments – “I am extremely excited about signing with a label that really understands what I am about and that my talent still perseveres. This is extremely rare in the business these days.”
The Bulletboys will be heading out on the road this summer in support of their new release with major tour announcements to be released in the very near future. Checkout the new track ‘Road To Nowhere’ here.
HRH Note: Hmmm could this be the Foo Fighters tour that Marq Torien mentioned in Cincinnati?!
Theory of a Deadman got their first break, when Chad Kroeger from Nickelback signed the band to his label, 604 Records. Scars & Souvenirs is the bands’ third release, but the first one that I have picked up.
Two things made me pick up Scars & Souvenirs. The song So Happy has gotten a lot of airplay on our local radio station, 96 Rock. The band is also the headliner of a concert, that Airbourne is opening up for tomorrow night.
I don’t recall hearing T.O.A.D.’s tunes prior to this record, and I can hear a definite similarity between their music, and Nickelbacks’ tunes. If you don’t like the latter band, you probably won’t enjoy T.O.A.D.’s music either. For those of you that do, you are going to find quite a few songs to enjoy on Scars & Souvenirs. There are at least 4 or 5 songs that could be singles on this record, if not more. I prefer the harder numbers on this record, therefore the songs, So Happy, Crutch, Bad Girlfriend and Little Smirk are my current favorites. I also like the tunes, All or Nothing and Heaven, both of which are balladesque tunes that could be massive hits for T.O.A.D.
Theory of a Deadman has two platinum albums in Canada, and without a doubt, this will be their third. Will this be their first platinum album in the U.S.? With the right amount of support, it just might. Theory of a Deadman has put together a very solid modern rock album that should have mass appeal. Scars & Souvenirs was a nice surprise, and worth picking up for fans of bands like Hinder, Nickelback and Daughtry.
For more information on Theory of a Deadman, please visit their website. Road Runner Records are also giving away a free download of the band’s first sing So Happy. Just right click and save the file and enjoy!
Rating:Out of 10
1. So Happy
2. By The Way
3. Got It Made
4. Not Meant To Be
6. All Or Nothing
7. Heaven (Little By Little)
8. Bad Girlfriend
9. Hate My Life
10. Little Smirk
11. End Of The Summer
12. Wait For Me
Theory of a Deadman is:
Tyler Connolly – Vocals, Guitar
Dean Back – Bass
David Brenner – Guitar
More chart entries for the brand new ASIA album “Phoenix”! In the week of release “Phoenix” was certified # 58 in the German official sales charts and # 75 in the official Swiss album charts. Moreover “Phoenix” was certified No. 77 in the Top 200 in the first week of release in the USA. This is Asia ‘s highest debut in the soundscan era and the first Frontiers Records production to chart overseas.
Some of you may know the band Pink Cream 69, but many of you do not.
This German hard rock band was founded by Andi Deris, Dennis Ward, Alfred Koffler, and Kosta Zafiriou.
Andi Deris left Pink Cream 69 in 1994 to join Helloween, and David Readman took over the lead vocal spot.
The band has released 11 CD’s since 1989. Three with Deris, and 8 with David Readman. If you are a fan of 80’s style hard rock, there is a lot of great music to explore.
A lot of bands suffer when they change singers, but Pink Cream 69, has only gotten better and stronger, with David Readman.
Pink Cream 69 isn’t well known in the United States, but they should be. These guys still rock like it is 1989. If you are a fan of 80’s style hard rock or glam metal, you need to give Pink Cream 69 a look. They have eleven studio albums, most of which are available through Amazon.com. The videos below will give you a taste of their music. Check them out!!
You can download the new OPETH track ‘Lotus Eater’ for free from Roadrunner Records here.
The track comes off their upcoming new album, Watershed, which is due out on June 3rd in North America – a day earlier internationally via Roadrunner. The album will be released as a Regular Edition CD and Collector’s Edition two-disc CD/DVD and Limited Edition 180-gram Vinyl.
Watershed tracklisting: ‘Coil’, ‘Heir Apparent’, ‘The Lotus Eater’, ‘Burden’, ‘Porcelain Heart’, ‘Hessian Peel’, ‘Hex Omega’.
The Collector’s Edition two–disc CD/DVD set includes three bonus tracks – ‘Bridge Of Sighs’ from ROBIN TROWER’s 1974 album of the same title, ‘Den Ständiga Resan’ (sung in Swedish) by Marie Fredriksson as well as the classic ALICE IN CHAINS song, ‘Would?’ – 5.1 audio mix of the entire album, extensive video content, and expanded artwork.
Limited Edition 180-Gram Double LP Set includes bonus track, exclusive poster and expanded artwork and more.
Watch the new video, Porcelain Heart, below!
Rock star Scott Weiland has just been sentenced to 192 hours in county jail for his November DUI arrest. This is Weiland’s second DUI offense. He has until May 28 to serve the sentence.
Scott, who was not present in court today, entered a no contest plea through his attorney, Anthony Brooklier. The former Velvet Revolver singer was also ordered to complete an 18-month alcohol program and pay almost $2,000 in fines. He will be put on a four-year summary probation.
Weiland was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior conviction, and with an allegation that he refused a chemical test as required by law. We are told he was over the legal limit of .08%, but not by much.
According to the police report, he failed the field sobriety tests and refused to take a blood or urine test. He was booked for DUI and released on $40,000 bail.
Courtesy of TMZ.com
Greatest Hits CD/DVD Due Out September
Joan Jett, multi platinum-selling rock icon famous for massive hits like “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You” and “I Love Rock N Roll” and known for her incredible live shows, will be touring throughout the summer, leading up to the release of a Greatest Hits CD/DVD in early September. Jett and her band, The Blackhearts, will also be joining the True Colors Tour for four dates in June with Cyndi Lauper and The B-52s. Tour dates are below.
Here’s a taste of Joan Jett’s exciting live show as her and The Blackhearts perform “ACDC” from her recent album, ‘Sinner’:
Joan Jett also recently spoke with AOL Spinner on her life as a rock icon and the history of Blackheart Records, which she started as an independent label over 25 years ago. You can read the interview here:
May 2 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival
May 21 – Santa Fe, NM – Camel Rock Casino
June 7 – Fairfax, VA – Celebrate Fairfax
June 21 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion (True Colors Tour)
June 22 – Dallas, TX – Superpages.com Center (True Colors Tour)
June 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Dodge Theatre (True Colors Tour)
June 27 – Alpine, CA – Viejas Casino (True Colors Tour)
June 28 – El Paso, TX – El Paso Downtown Street Festival
June 29 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 2 – San Rafael, CA – Marin County Fair
July 3 – Miami, FL – Miccosukee Resort
July 9 – Calgary, Alberta – Fort Calgary
July 12 – Beloit, WI – Beloit Riverfest
July 19 – Fond Du Lac, WI – Fond Du Lac County Fair
July 24 – London, Ontario – Rock The Park
July 25 – Oswego, NY – Harborfest
July 26 – Buffalo, NY – Gateway Park
Aug 16 – Louisville, KY – Kentucky State Fair
Aug 22 – Niagara Falls, NY – Seneca Niagara Casino
Aug 23 – Syracuse, NY – New York State Fair
Aug 28 – Milwaukee, WI – Miller Park
Aug 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest Harley Davidson 105th Anniversary
Sept 6 – Grand Junction, CO – Festival Grounds
Sep 22 – Bakersfield, CA Kern – County Fair
“COMIN’ ATCHA LIVE! 2008″, The long Anticipated Live Concert DVD Filmed Live in Minnesota This Year. This DVD is the first Live concert DVD released by Tesla since the 5 Man Acoustic Jam, and will feature many bonus features including an exlusive look at the bands gear and behind the scenes live on the road.
SCHEDULED TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE, THE DVD WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ALL
EDGUY singer Tobias Sammet has issued the following update on his AVANTASIA solo project:
“I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you for your great support. ‘The Scarecrow’ is an album that means a lot to me and it was quite a commercial risk to just follow my heart instead of doing exactly what people expected. But if I take a look at the chart positions and sales — it went into the album charts in 16 countries, hitting the Top10 in four countries — it seems like you appreciate my honesty! Thank you!
Now preparing for the festival summer with AVANTASIA seems so surreal. AVANTASIA has never been on stage before and all of the sudden we are headlining the biggest festivals in the world, just been confirmed for the Sziget festival in Hungary on the 13th of August, playing amongst legendary bands such as R.E.M., DIE ÄRZTE, IRON MAIDEN and the SEX PISTOLS. Amazing!
“The AVANTASIA line up will be Jorn Lande (ex-MASTERPLAN), André Matos (ex-ANGRA), Amanda Somerville, Olli Hartmann, Bob Catley (MAGNUM — not all shows), Sascha Paeth, Miro, Robert Hunecke, Claudy Yang and Frank Lindenthal who is gonna replace Eric Singer who’ll be playing with KISS. Despite all rumors Michael Kiske will not be there, as he didn’t wanna do it and I respect that! We’ll put on a huge epic show anyway. Nobody has done something like that before and I swear, nobody will ever forget the event, neither you nor us!!!”
Moscow | DK Gorbunova
Tokyo | Shinagawa Prince Stellar
Mexico City | Circo Volador
Buenos Aires | Obras
Santiago | Caupolican
Sao Paulo | Credicard Hall
If you are a fan of Theory of a Deadman, you now have a chance to talk to the band live….well sort of. They will be signing on starting SUNDAY 4/27 FROM 1PM to 2PM (CST on 4/27, EST every following sunday).
The chance to converse with the men of Theory ends SUNDAY 5/19.
* Tyler Connolly – TylerCfromTheory
* Dean Back – DeanBfromTheory
* David Brenner – DavidBfromTheory
So, starting this sunday, get online and chat your ass off with Theory of a Deadman!
Def Leppard hasn’t been known for hard rock in over two decades. The band moved more towards a pop rock sound ages ago. Fans have been longing for the band to return to the sound that made them famous in the early 80’s. Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a Pyromania or Hysteria part two, but this album does have some of the heaviest tracks that the band has done in quite a while. The songwriting on this record took a more simplistic approach. Most cuts on Songs From the Sparkle Lounge have an anthemic quality about it. As a result, the lyrics are easy to remember, easy to sing along with, and the band could have their first hit record with new material since 1993’s Retroactive. Yes, the band has had Gold Albums since then, but none of their releases, aside from their Greatest hit compilations, have sold more than a million copies since 1993’s Retroactive.
Those of you fearing that Def Leppard is going to tread down the road that Bon Jovi went down, I can gladly say, they did not. This album has a couple of heavy cuts. Just listen to the first track Go, and you will understand how much of a difference the sound is over the past few records. This is the first album where I have heard Vivian Campbell cut loose on a Def Leppard album, and all I can say is, ITS ABOUT TIME! The band has not jettisoned their pop rock sound on this disc, so the fans of the NWOBHM Def Leppard albums, probably won’t enjoy this record as much. Those of you looking for a disc full of good pop songs, will probably be quite happy with this disc. Songs from the Sparkle Lounge probably has more in common with Adrenalize than any of Def Leppard’s prior work.
Yes, Tim McGraw sings the intro on Nine Lives. His involvement with the song adds absolutely nothing to the song or the record. It is easily a quick marketing grab for Def Leppard, who could draw a few fans from the music buying Country Music audience. Either way it is probably a smart move for the band, especially when most bands are struggling to sell records in 2008.
Like most Def Leppard albums, Songs From the Sparkle Lounge has a power ballad, called Love. This song has more syrup than IHOP. This song has a center part that gives it a Queen like feel to it.
So far my favorite cuts are Go, Cruise Control, Hallucinate and Bad Actress.
Songs From the Sparkle Lounge isn’t a terribly long affair. It clocks in just shy of 40 minutes. This isn’t Def Leppard’s best work, but it is far from their worst. Will this new album be enough to garner new success for Def Leppard? It just might. I had low expectations for this record, and as a result I enjoyed it. I think most of you will too.
You can listen to samples of this album at the Sparkle Lounge Micro site.
Def Leppard is:
Joe Elliott – Vocals
Phil Collen – Guitars
Vivian Campbell – Guitars
Rick Allen – Drums
Rick Savage – Bass
Looks like more and more bands are taking advantage of the two festival weekend in Texas and Oklahoma.
UK rock legends UFO are the lastest act confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest, which runs from July 11th-13th, 2008 at the Javelina Harley Davidson Festival Grounds in Boerne, TX.
The lineup is currently as follows: QUEENSRŸCHE, Y&T, UFO, SKID ROW, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, DOKKEN, FASTER PUSSYCAT, BIG COCK, L.A. GUNS, MAD MARGRITT, FIREHOUSE, GODZ, HELIX, OZZ KNOZZ, TESLA, JACKYL, BANG TANGO, HOUSE OF LORDS, ZERO HOUR, STEPHEN PEARCY (RATT), BULLET BOYS, JOKSTER
More bands will be announced soon. For more info click www.southtexasrockfest.com.
Watch the video….it will all be clear.
Something about this video, Silence For the Peacefully makes me want to see Hardcore Superstar live! They need to come to the U.S. to tour!!
Iron Maiden has a new greatest hits compilation CD on the way.
The band has released the following article at Iron Maiden.com:
In an unprecedented move to let you hear, understand and appreciate the quality of the recordings that make up the album “SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME” we are pleased to introduce SOMEWHERE BEST IN SOUND whereby you can download the entire album without charge as a high quality audio file (WMA) which is a typically powerful 320 kbps.
Once downloaded you will then be able to listen to the entire album at your leisure three times before the download expires. (Sadly the trial WMA (Windows Media Audio) isn’t compatible with Macs or iPods).
Once you’ve used your three trial plays you will be given a simple option to upgrade and purchase the album as a full traditional DRM-free download that you can copy or play as you like.
All full album downloads purchased before May 12th will not be delivered until May 12th. All downloads purchased after May 12th will be delivered immediately.
Go to Iron Maiden.com to download the album on May 7th!
Here is the track listing:
02.Aces High – Live
03.2 Minutes to Midnight
06.Children of the Damned
07.The Number of the Beast
08.Run to the Hills
09.Phantom of the Opera – Live
10.The Evil that Men Do
11.Wrathchild – Live
12.Can I Play with Madness
14.Hallowed Be Thy Name
15.Iron Maiden – Live
This is the first ever SPV USA podcast. You can get the latest dirt on Whitesnake, Type O Negative, Engel, UFO and more.
Check out the brand new video that Airbourne has released, featuring none other than Lemmy from Motorhead.
Jetboy is one the more unappreciated bands of the 80’s hard rock/glam metal era. The CD gives you 21 tracks of hard rocking goodness, that is more of a best of package than it is demos. A couple of the songs are of demo quality, especially On The Lips, but the rest sound like finished versions.
This CD, also includes Jetboy’s killer cover of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues!
The CD has the best cuts off of Jetboy’s five previously released CD’s Feel the Shake, Damned Nation, Day In the Glamour Life, Lost and Found, Make Some More Noise, One More For Rock and Roll.
This 2 disc package is priced to sell (under 15 dollars at most line retailers) and is worth the money for the CD alone. If you don’t own Jetboy’s out of print discs, Feel the Shake and Damned Nation already, this is the perfect way to reacquire some of the tunes from those records.
The DVD covers a live show the band did at the Whiskey A Go-Go in 1986. The video quality isn’t much to speak of, but it does do a good job of catching Jetboy in their prime. I enjoyed the live show on the DVD, as well as the tunes in this collection. I definitely recommend this to fans of 80’s glam metal.
Rating:Out of 10
Check out Jetboy performing the Johnny Cash song, Folsom Prison Blues, below! This was from their December concert in Columbus, Ohio. For those of you lucky enough to have a three day pass to Rocklahoma 2008, be sure to check out Jetboy, when they take the stage on Thursday! You will be glad you did.
DVD Track Listing:
Fire In My Heart
Rockin’ And Reelin’
Shout It Out
Cut Me Down
In The Alley
Don’t Mess With My Hair
(If You Don’t Wanna Fuck Me Baby) Fuck Off!
DVD Bonus Material: Slide show photo movie, Interviews & Footage from the re-recording of ‘Feel The Shake’
CD tracklist (rare demos + 2 new recordings):
In The Alley
Don’t Mess With My Hair
On The Lips
Fire In My Heart
Cut Me Down
Feel the Shake 1987
White Rock Devil
Crank It Up
Folsom Prison Blues
Feel the Shake 2007
In The Alley 1991 (bonus track)
Join Rev Theory as they take you behind-the-scenes and on the set during the making of their video for debut single “Hell Yeah.” Fast cars, crashed planes and a WWE Diva set the perfect stage for the fist pumping rock anthem.
Check out the behind-the-scenes video here
Light it Up featuring “Hell Yeah” will be in stores June 10th.
Def Leppard has released a new video, for the song Nine Lives. This video also features, Country Music star, Tim McGraw.
2008 marks the 25th Anniversary of the Alcatrazz debut album, No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll.
This disc features the vocal talents of former Rainbow and MSG singer, Graham Bonnet, and none other than Yngwie Malmsteen on Guitar.
Alcatrazz had a fair amount of success in Japan, and even with a solid amount of airplay on MTV, with their video for Island In the Sun, the band did not much success in the United States.
Malmsteen’s neo classical style of guitar playing is present on this record, but not as overbearing as it is on his solo releases. I am guessing that the music on No Parole From Rock ‘N’ Roll is influenced by Bonnet’s early work in Rainbow, as there are a few similar elements, especially with the 70’s style keyboards of former New Englander Jimmy Waldo.
Yngwie Malmsteen’s awesome guitar playing is takes this record to the next level. Without his guitar work, I doubt that I would have cared much about the songs on this record, but his amazing fret work is always something that I enjoy hearing, especially with his varied styles from song to song this disc.
Sadly, this disc has been out of print in the United States for a long time now. You can still find import copies, but the high prices on those will scare away most hard rock fans. No Parole For Rock ‘N’ Roll is definitely a must own disc for Malmsteen fans everywhere.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Island In The Sun
2. General Hospital
3. Jet To Jet
4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
5. Kree Nakoorie
7. Too Young To Die, Too Drunk To Live
8. Big Foot
9. Starcarr Lane
10. Suffer Me
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Yngwie Malmsteen – Guitars
Gary Shea – Bass
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Jan Uvena – Drums
Frontman, Wednesday said: ” I’ve seen this stuff before on television and I’ve been a sceptic about this forever. I want to see now if I will eat my own words. I’m really excited and looking forward to the attempt of having the begezzus scared out of me!”
12th May 2008 WOLVERHAMPTON, WULFRUN HALL
13th May 2008 NORWICH, WATERFRONT
14th May 2008 LEICESTER, THE CHARLOTTE
15th May 2008 CARDIFF, UNIVERSITY
16th May 2008 EXETER, PHOENIX
17th May 2008 LEEDS, COCKPIT
18th May 2008 SHEFFIELD, CORPORATION
19th May 2008 ABERDEEN, MOSHULU
20th May 2008 GLASGOW, GARAGE
21st May 2008 OXFORD , ACADEMY
1st June 2008 LONDON, LA 2
In 2007, the four hard rocking guys that make up the band, Stereoside, signed with Bieler Brothers records.
Singer Jeff Shields is the former Tallahassee Idol winner. He has rejected many major label offers to sing country music, and joined Stereoside in 2006.
What does Stereoside sound like? Their modern rock sound mimics that of a couple of the better selling acts of late, Hinder, Daughtry and maybe a dash of Alter Bridge.
The CD, So Long is full of radio ready rockers, many of which could easily be hits, especially if Clear Channel allows their stations to play this record.
When singer Jeff Shields voice isn’t over powered by the music, his vocals shine. At times his voice reminds me of another singer that I am fond of, Johnny Gioeli from Axel Rudi Pell.
So Long is armed with a bunch of good songs, including, Sinner, Tattoo, Wasted and My Life. Sinner could be a massive hit for Stereoside. The tune Tattoo is very catchy and requires multiple plays. Wasted has a crazy amount of radio potential. There really isn’t a bad song in the lot.
Hopefully, Stereoside isn’t a band that gets lost in the mix. Their sound may not be original enough to get them the recognition they deserve. Jeff Shields is a big talent, and this disc needs to be heard by all.
Jeff Sheilds – Vocals
Ben Foster – Guitar, and vocals
Chris York – Drums
David Oliver – Bass
Today at Heavy Metal Time Machine, Metal Mark and I put the bands Junkard and Noisy Mama to the test, in the Lesser of Two Evils.
Stop over at Metal Mark’s site to check it out!