Oklahoma hard-rockers Hinder are releasing their album, Take it to the Limit, next Tuesday, November 4th. Hinder’s debut album, Extreme Behavior has sold over 3 million copies so anticipation is high for this one! The band has hit the road on the Jagermeister tour featuring Hinder, Trapt, and Rev Theory. Check out dates for a show near you.
Hinder will also be performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show next Thursday, November 6th. If you are in the L.A. area just click dates for free tickets!
Halloween is a time of ghouls, ghosts, and SCREAMING SKULLS!!! With All Hallow’s Eve right around the corner Quarterstick shredders Dead Child decided the timing was right to release a new single from their recent album Attack.
The appropriately titled “Screaming Skull” is available for free download by clicking the link below!
In addition to releasing a new track, Dead Child guitarist David Pajo
has put together what we believe to be one of the finest Halloween Metal
mixes ever for iMeem.com. Pajo explains, “Here are thirteen songs I’d
play at any Halloween party to wake up the devil for a few drinks. It’s
a fairly narrow (or wide) range of metal, depending on your politics.”
Not only are there some killer tunes to be found here, but DP also adds
some valuable insight into his own selection philosophy with a running
commentary intro for each track. This is definitely worth checking out,
and you can do so right here.
The playlist includes tracks from Asunder, Ghoul, Darkthrone, Krallice,
Bloodbath, Autopsy, Kataklysm, Carcass, Coroner, Dead Child, Cannibal
Corpse, Toxic Holocaust, and Skeletonwitch.
With the news of RATT getting started on preparing a new album next year I thought it would be a good time to check out Stephen Pearcy’s new solo album “Under My Skin” . I think it is safe to say that Pearcy has one of the most unique and identifiable voices in rock-n-roll and has made some great music over the years with both RATT and Arcade, but to be honest most of his solo projects have been a little lacking in my opinion. With that in mind I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed listening to “Under My Skin”. If you’re expecting a RATT sounding album you may be mildly disappointed and it really doesn’t sound like an Arcade album either but I would say it is about 60/40 with the sound leaning more towards the heaviness of Arcade.
The first three songs “You’re Alot Like Me”, “Big Nothin”, and “Watcha Doin” are all in your face rockers . All three have great sounding guitars and big sounding drums of the three “Watcha Doin” would probably fit best on a RATT album it also has a great solo that would make Warren DeMartini proud. Track #4 “Time Slips Away” seems to be Pearcy’s tribute to the life his former bandmate and friend Robbin “King” Crosby, while I wouldn’t call it a ballad it is a slower song but still maintains it heaviness with Pearcy letting everyone know how he misses his fallen bandmate as the song comes to a close.
The title track “Under My Skin” is next while it is a decent song there is nothing that is really remarkable or memorable about the song. “In Outta Love” is #6 and it is another in your face rocker with a great groove and bass line throughout. “Here We Go Again” seems to be the anthem of the album and like “In Outta Love” it has a great bass line and groove. The next three songs “Bottoms Up”, “Are You Ready”, and “Injector” are pretty much like “Under My Skin” all decent songs but nothing remarkable to any of them and I will leave it up to you guys to decide if he is singing about women or race cars.
To finish out the album is the obligatory cover of a RATT song and if I gave you one guess as to which song it is it would be a pretty safe bet 92% of you would say “Round & Round” and you would be right. This time Pearcy has a little help in the form of the Donnas. It is pretty much a loyal cover to the original version with Pearcy trading verses back-n-forth with lead Donna Brett Anderson which amounts to a pretty enjoyable listen.
While there are no songs that can match the original “Round & Round” or Arcade’s “Dancin’ With The Angels”, in the end “Under My Skin” is a pretty decent album with a handful of good songs.
1. You’re A Lot Like Me
2. Big Nothin’
3. Watcha Doin’
4. Time Slips Away
5. Under My Skin
6. In Outta Love
7. Here We Go Again
8. Bottoms Up
9. Are You Ready
11. Round & Round (featuring The Donnas)
Stephen Pearcy Band is:
Stephen Pearcy – lead vocals, rhythm & lead guitars
Erik Ferentinos – rhythm & lead guitars, bass guitar
Matt Thorne – bass guitar
Fred Coury – drums
Scott Coogan – drums
Dog Boy – drums
Twenty-seven years into this interactive experiment we call ROCKLINE we continue to learn something almost every day and redefine what we once thought to be true, but now realize may no longer be. We were interactive long before computers and were at the forefront of the satellite technology we now take for granted to deliver information, light up our GPS’s and i-Phones and zap television signals and technological wonders right to our fingertips. Our current stance on booking guests can be better understood by taking a quick peek into the past. Originally, ROCKLINE was broadcast one night a week as we made rockstars interactively available to their fans. Simple enough. This continued until 1997 when, because of the changing face of radio, we splintered into two nights a week featuring Active (newer) artists and Classic (established) guests. This worked extremely well until recently when we realized that guests whom we eagerly welcomed to the show in the 1980’s no longer fit neatly into our two categories. Bands that were once mainstays of the program were inadvertently being excluded. Something had to change and it had to be our mindset. Looking back at our guest list for this year tells the story succinctly. We opened the parameters and welcomed both Billy Joel and Iron Maiden, two artists about as different as one could imagine. REM joined us for the first time in years. We opened the door to guests who were regulars twenty-five years ago, but hadn’t joined us in over a decade. We felt we needed a selling point to justify our repositioning, so we began asking for more live performances…long ones…electric ones…good ones. This opened the door for Queensryche, RATT, Warrant, Great White, Dokken, Tesla and Kip Winger to join us to mention a few. The response has been far beyond expectations. Zero complaints and amazingly positive feedback. We also decided that occasionally, rather than not welcome a guest at all, that we would include a show or two without phone calls, but only when necessary. The result has been a year of wonderful diversity, far more live performances and the best line up in our history. ROCKLINE has evolved by remembering our past.
Our next show employs two of the aforementioned elements. Kip Winger, solo artist and leader of the band bearing his name, joins us for our next show. This wouldn’t have happened last year, because the night this show will be broadcast, Kip will be performing in England. Check out his itinerary at MySpace.com/KipWingerMusic We invited him to join us a few weeks ago in the middle of a beautiful Southern California afternoon to discuss his brilliant new album “From the Moon to the Sun” and to perform a live acoustic set to share with you. The result is a sometimes haunting and personal musical foray that is also at times explosive and jaw-dropping. Winger’s prowess, his breadth and scope is on full display as he takes on brand new songs and blends in stirring renditions of Winger songs such as an incendiary reading of “Blind Revolution Mad”. An album title has never been more apropos either as he serves up music from the moon to the sun…and back again. Kip also took on all of our questions without restriction or limitation. You won’t believe how Beavis and Butthead’s absolutely disrespectful trashing of him served as a powerful motivational tool and helped him reach a level previously unimagined and surprising recognition from a whole new audience. He’s moved from New York to LA to Santa Fe and now Nashville and his music reflects the diversity of his chosen hometowns.
Nothing was off limits, everything was on display and are we ever glad we reexamined our stance on who we invite to join us. Trust us; you do not want to miss this special evening with Kip Winger, candid in conversation and explosive in concert, only on the next ROCKLINE!