Static-X has just posted the first single off their forthcoming album, Cult of Static on their official MySpace page. “Stingwray” was inspired by Wayne Static’s wife, former adult film star Tera Wray Static, and the Corvette Stingray she drives.
Keeping the integral tones, Static-X encompasses shredding guitars with solos that have brought the band to a level of playing to be reckoned with. The cybernetic stomp of “Hypure” and “You Am I” bludgeon, bruise and break with precise grooves. Elsewhere, the staccato riffs on “Terminal” crush through an unmistakable guitar tone. Guitarist Koichi Fukuda blazes through incendiary solos, while Tony Campos bolts down demonic bass lines and Nick Oshiro pounds out deadly rhythms. Front-man Wayne Static riffs pure violence and screams out his soul. “Over the years my voice has been destroyed from excessive touring… and I love it,” exclaims Static. “The vocals on the new record are raw and brutal.”
A song you may already be familiar with is “Lunatic” as it was included on the Punisher: War Zone movie soundtrack. Although “Lunatic” is relentless and raw, brandishing a ripping groove and an impenetrable barrier of guitars the album cut was re-recorded to feature a solo by legendary Megadeth front-man Dave Mustaine. “I’ve been a huge Megadeth fan for years,” explains Static. “We’ve toured with them twice. Mustaine and I really hit it off on the road. His lead style is one of the most distinctive styles out there. There’s something amazing about it. When you hear him solo, you know it’s him.”
Since their breakthrough debut, Wisconsin Death Trip, Static-X has sold over three million records, and they’ve completed numerous successful world tours including three Ozzfests, The Family Values Tour and Gigantour. Cult of Static is the bastard child of a 10 year journey of metal annihilation, unleashing the beast to all in their path. “I can hardly believe it’s been a decade since the release of our first cd, “Wisconsin Death Trip,” and we’re still going strong thanks to all of our loyal fans,” explains Static. “The title Cult of Static is meant to be a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us through the years. I’m looking forward to seeing you all on the upcoming world tour.”
Cult of Static hits stores on March 17th on Warner Bros Records
Following his spectacular enlistment by exceptional Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, and his awesome vocal performance on the most recent Malmsteen album, Perpetual Flame (2008), American metal vocalist TIM ‘RIPPER’ OWENS (BEYOND FEAR, ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ex-ICED EARTH) is set to surprise the public with the release of his first solo album, Play My Game, in May.
The offering consists of around a dozen brand-new tracks that Owens composed himself or together with renowned friends, such as Bob Kulick, Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Mike Callahan (ex-EARSHOT) and John Comprix (Beyond Fear, RINGWORM).
The list of guest musicians featured on Owens solo debut is even more spectacular: along with Bob Kulick and Chris Caffery and the others, he was supported by the guitarists Doug Aldrich (WHITESNAKE), Michael Wilton (QUEENSRŸCHE), Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE), Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL), bassists Marco Mendoza (ex-Whitesnake), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, ex-DAVID LEE ROTH), Dave Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), Rudy Sarzo (DIO, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, ex-QUIET RIOT), James Lomenzo (Megadeth), Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER), Dennis Hayes (Beyond Fear) and drummers Simon Wright (ex-AC/DC, Dio), Vinny Appice (HEAVEN AND HELL), Ray Luzier (KORN), Bobby Jarzombek (RIOT, ex-HALFORD), and Brett Chassen. Fans and experts alike will love this sensational all-star line-up and may rest assured that the haunting songs will effortlessly live up to this illustrious cast of musicians: Tim Ripper Owens has never sounded more impressive, melodic and multi-faceted!
“I’ve gotten better as a songwriter,” Owens explains. “And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach.”
Release Dates for Play My Game on Steamhammer / SPV:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th
Further details to follow.
Courtesy of Bravewords.com
Uriah Heep will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Wednesday night February 18, 2009 at 8:30pm Pacific Time / 11:30pm Eastern Time.
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Mick Box and Bernie Show from the band at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).
For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com This show will be streamed for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the afternoon after broadcast.
Legendary hard rock vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will embark on a European tour starting on April 1 in support of the release on his brand new album “Beautiful Mess” released this week in Europe on Frontiers Records.
Mar. 14 – 5th Annual Rock & Pop Masters at Weston Regional Park – Weston, Florida
Apr. 01 – Headbangers Ballroom – Hamburg, Hamburg
Apr. 03 – De Boerderij – Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Apr. 04 – Werkstadt – Witten, Germany
Apr. 05 – Biebob – Vosselaar, Belgium
Apr. 07 – Rock Garage – Munich, Germany
Apr. 09 – Diesel Club – Budapest, Romania
Apr. 11 – Blue Box – Sofia, Bulgaria
Apr. 14 – Urban – Perugia, Italy
Apr. 15 – Sottotetto Sound Club – Bologna, Italy
Apr. 16 – IL Peocio – Trofarello/Torino, Italy
Apr. 18 – Heineken Sala Arena – Madrid, Spain
Apr. 19 – [to be announced] – Barcelona, Spain
Jeff Scott Soto’s touring line-up includes:
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Jorge Salan – Lead Guitar
Fernando Mainer (TAKO) – Bass
Edu Cominato (TEMPESTT) – Drums
BJ (TEMPESTT) – Guitar
Jorge Salan is the young-blood hotshot from Madrid, Spain whom Jeff met through his many tours through Spain. Jeff even contributed vocals on one track for Jorge’s 2007 solo album, “Chronicles Of An Evolution”, which is where Jeff first discovered this fresh new talent. Brought along on bass from Jorge’s solo band is Fernando Mainer, who has played with a popular Spanish band TAKO along with many others from his native land.
New drummer, Edu Cominato, hails from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Edu has toured as Jeff’s drummer throughout Brazil as well as with his own band, TEMPESTT, where they shared stages throughout Europe on a Jeff Scott Soto-introduced/guest tour for TEMPESTT back in 2008. A fifth member — a man simply named BJ, also from the band TEMPESTT — will serve as second guitarist/keyboardist for the new band.
In other news, JSS will shoot a new, full headline show for DVD in Madrid on April 18, with Jorge’s solo band as support for the show. Jorge, too, will be shooting a live DVD in which Jeff will guest on the number “No Salvation”, which he sang on “Chronicles…”. This will be Jeff’s first full live show to be released on DVD as the only other live DVD from the Gods show in 2002 was a limited setlist. The new show will consist primarily of Jeff Scott Soto solo material with the blend of expected numbers from Soto’s past.
Jeff says, “I am having a blast creating the new setlist as now I have four solo albums under my belt and familiar material for days to have fun with live. But I won’t forget the numbers that make everyone stand up and shout!”
Do you like gang vocals? With the band Bang Camaro that is all you are going to get? Instead of having one lead singer, they often employ from 10 to 20 singers for every live show. Either this band is crazy for using this concept, or they are extremely creative.
These darlings of Guitar Hero have returned with another album filled with rocking guitar tunes to get your blood pumping.
I admit that I liked Bang Camaro’s first album. I thought the gang vocal ideal was a novel concept, if not a unique one. I can’t think of another hard rock act that has tried anything like this.
On album # 2, I thought gang vocals were a hindrance, instead of a help to the band. There is no doubt in my mind that this band has some decent musicians, but at this stage in the game, I think it is time for them to find one talented singer instead of the 10 – 20 they use today. Are there good songs on Bang Camaro II? Yes, there are a couple of them that are pretty good. The album is full of 80’s style hair metal that will be sure to please some old school rock fans. The music is surprisingly solid, but the vocals are a problem for me. I just couldn’t get into the music as much because the vocals proved to be more of a distraction. Some of the song writing is pretty weak as well. “I Know You Like My Band” is a perfect example of a song that never should have seen the light of day. Did a high school kid write this song?
I am sure there are some folks that will love this album, but I believe this Camaro is headed for the wrecking ball.
You can check out Bang Camaro on myspace at this link.
1. Blood Red Rock
2. Night Lies
4. She’s Gone (Critical)
5. Miss Illusion
6. I Know You Like My Band
8. Can’t Stop The Night
9. The Hit
10. Life Is Hard On The Road
Bang Camaro is:
Alex Necochea – Guitar
Bryn Bennett – Guitar
Dave ‘Doz’ Riley – Bass
Peter McCarthy – Drums
Rodrigo Van Stoli – Vocals
Morgan Brown – Vocals
Nick Given – Vocals
Richie Hoss – Vocals
Glen Fant – Vocals
Steve Trombley – Vocals
Zach Given – Vocals
Jake Given – Vocals
Jay Clifford – Vocals
J. David Nugent – Vocals
James Fant – Vocals
Justin Buckley – Vocals
Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead will be on the 2nd stage for the majority of the tour, but will not be on the first few shows. Suicide Silence will join the tour on March 29th, while Bury Your Dead joins on March 31st. Both bands appear through the end of the tour. Born of Osiris and After the Burial will take their place from March 20th through March 28th.
Spineshank and Crooked X will perform on all dates.
The second stage will be officially sponsored by multi-city battle of the bands organization, Headbang For the Highway.
****Due to space restrictions outside of the venues, there will be no 2nd stage performances at either the Denver or Chicago shows****
Music As A Weapon Dates:
03/20/09 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
03/21/09 Waterloo, IA Mccelroy Arena
03/23/09 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
03/25/09 Denver, CO The Fillmore
03/28/09 Phoenix, AZ (Glendale) Jobbing.Com
03/29/09 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Auditorium
03/31/09 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
04/01/09 Wichita, KS Hartman Arena
04/03/09 Bossier City, LA Centurytel Center
04/04/09 Little Rock, AR Riverfest Amphitheater
04/05/09 New Orleans, LA Uno Lakefront Arena
04/07/09 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
04/08/09 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett
04/10/09 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
04/11/09 Orlando, FL Amway Arena
04/13/09 Charlotte, NC Bojangles Coliseum
04/14/09 Baltimore, MD 1st Mariner Arena
04/15/09 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
04/17/09 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
04/18/09 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
04/20/09 Erie, PA Erie Civic Center