Touring in support of their Billboard Heatseekers charting new album, Tinnitus Sanctus – which was released in North America on January 27th – Germany’s beloved EDGUY are headed back to the U.S. and Canada this September to play 18 shows armed with their trademarked unbreakable spirit, unbeatable tongue-in-cheek attitude, and truckloads of talent to back everything up.
Direct support will come from Minnesota’s Epicurean. Wisconsin’s Luna Mortis will be openers.
Check out the Edguy video, “All The Clowns” below.
09/05/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
09/06/09 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
09/09/09 The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) – New York, NY
09/11/09 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
09/12/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/13/09 The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/15/09 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
09/16/09 Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB – CANADA
09/17/09 The Riddell Center (at Univ. of Regina) – Regina, SK – CANADA
09/19/09 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB – CANADA
09/20/09 Warehouse – Calgary, AB – CANADA
09/21/09 Plaza Club – Vancouver, BC – CANADA
09/23/09 Sugar Nightclub – Victoria, BC – CANADA
09/24/09 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
09/25/09 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
09/27/09 Slims – San Francisco, CA
09/28/09 Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
09/29/09 The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
(Dates Subject To Change/Update)
Today is Vinnie Paul’s birthday and as a gift to the Metal God, we should all check out the latest signee to Vinnie’s label (Big Vin Records), Seventh SEVENTH VOID.
SEVENTH VOID, the new band formed by TYPE O NEGATIVE guitarist Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly, will release its debut album on April 21 via Big Vin Records, the label formed by HELLYEAH/ex-PANTERA drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott. “It’s an amazing record,” Vinnie recently said. “I mixed the whole thing for the guys. It goes somewhere between SOUNDGARDEN meets BLACK SABBATH meets a little AUDIOSLAVE, with some TYPE O thrown in there. It’s really nice, dark, sludgy… Kenny’s vocals are great.”
Rounded out by bassist Hank Hell (INHUMAN) and guitarist Matt Brown (ex-SUPERMASSIV), SEVENTH VOIDTYPE O’s tradition of slow, heavy riffs and existential lyrics, but with a slightly sludgier, “stonier” flavor. continues
The band’s first single “Heaven is Gone” can be heard on their Myspace page. Check it out: http://myspace.com/seventhvoid
Carrie Underwood may have won “American Idol,” and America’s hearts, with her country twang, but the singer tapped into her rock side to record the show’s new farewell theme. In keeping with the recent “home” theme of the tunes played as contestants are eliminated from “Idol,” Underwood recently tracked a countrified cover of Mötley Crüe’s bittersweet ballad “Home Sweet Home,” which will make its debut on Wednesday night (March 11) when this season’s first finalist is sent home.
The song will be available as a digital single exclusively on iTunes through March 16, after which it will be released on other online music retail sites. According to Underwood’s official site, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of the United States.
“I’ve always loved this song,” Underwood said in a statement. “And besides being very fitting for ‘Idol,’ to me, the title is also very fitting with animal rescue and finding animals their own homes.”
Season-four winner Underwood joins a few other “Idol” alumni in providing the season’s farewell theme, including Daughtry, whose “Home” played as season-six singers took their final bow. Ruben Studdard’s cover of Kenny Loggins’ “Celebrate Me Home” did the honors last year, and Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day” turned into a huge digital hit in 2006, when it was picked as the season walk-off tune.
Video game publisher Activision, home of the Guitar Hero franchise, is gearing up to make Van Halen the subject of the next artist-specific edition in the series, according to gaming blog Joystiq. The site reported that Guitar Hero: Van Halen could arrive sometime later this year, with songs like “Jump,” “Panama,” and “Hot For Teacher” already slated for inclusion, as well as tracks by other artists such as Tenacious D’s “Master Exploder,” Weezer’s “Dope Nose” and Judas Priest’s “Painkiller.”
The biggest questions center around which band personnel will appear in the game. There’s no word on whether original bassist Michael Anthony will be excluded from the game play in favor of current bass player Wolfgang Van Halen, and it’s also unknown whether the game avatar of singer David Lee Roth will be joined by Sammy Hagar or even Gary Cherone.
Guitarist Eddie Van Halen recently said in an interview that work on a new Van Halen album could begin later this year. The band is also rumored to be considering a summer stadium tour with Guns N’ Roses.
Guitar Hero: Van Halen would be the third artist-specific game in the franchise, following last year’s Aerosmith-centered edition and the upcoming Metallica game, due out later this month.
Guitar Hero’s biggest competitor, Rock Band, has a Beatles edition in the works for release on September 9th.
Source: The Rock Radio
In 2008, when I first heard Coldspell’s demo CD, I was extremely excited. Easily the best demo disc that had ever crossed my desk, I knew big things were in store for this band. A short period later, they were signed by Escape Music. This band might be from the ultra chilly town of Kiruna, Sweden, but there is nothing cold about Coldspell.
The songs I heard last year were great, and a few of the songs on Coldspell’s debut “Infinite Stargaze” are from that demo, and rightfully so, as the songs kick ass.
Coldspell has to be one of the tightest melodic rock acts that I have heard in quite some time. Singer Niclas Swedentorp has a very powerful clean singing voice that is a true pleasure to hear. As strong as his voice is, the band backing him up is pretty awesome as well.
Former R.A.W. axe man Michael Larsson is an outstanding guitarist. His playing helps give Coldspell’s music a 70’s classic rock feel, with some modern sounding guitar tones. When Larsson cuts loose, I can not help my urge to crank the tunes up. I enjoyed his playing so much, on “Infinite Stargaze” that I immediately secured a copy of his former band’s CD (R.A.W – First).
The keyboards of Matti Eklund augments, but does not overpower Coldspell’s music. His playing gives Coldspell’s music a Deep Purple/Whitesnake like feel. Quite a few songs on “Infinite Stargaze” are incredibly catchy, and get in your head quickly. When I try to decide on a favorite I struggle, because there are several good songs on this disc.
The bottom line: “Infinite Stargaze” has some of the best melodic hard rock that I have heard in a long time. There is no doubt in my mind that this disc will be in my top ten of 2009. With an album this good, Coldspell will, without question be heading to warmer climates in the near future! Check them out on myspace at this link.
Fans of bands like Whitesnake, Gotthard, Tyketto or Blue Murder should not hesitate to buy this CD. You can grab a copy of “Infinite Stargaze” from NEH Records at this link.
- Keep On Believing
- Solid Ground
- Raving Mad
- Eye Of The Storm
- Straight Things Out
- Night Falls
- Fade Away
- Shot Down
- All I Want
- Infinite Stargaze
Niclas Swedentorp – Lead Vocals
Michael Larsson – Guitars and Backing Vocals
Tommi Partanen – Bass
Tobbe Brostrom – Drums
Matti Eklund – Keyboards and vocals
Head over to HeadBangersBall.com this Thursday, March 12th, to watch the world premiere of the new music video for Dope’s single “6 6 Sick” off of their highly anticipated album No Regrets. The band has released a video teaser for fans to get a snippet of what to expect from the Dale “Rage” Resteghini (Mudvayne, Shadows Fall) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) directed video. “6 6 Sick” will get its television debut on Saturday night’s episode of the Headbanger’s Ball. Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, No Regrets is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The album, their fifth album, is the Chicago band’s first for E1 Music (formerly known as KOCH Records). The album features a guest spot by Zakk Wylde on the first single, “Addiction.” Look for No Regrets in stores and all digital outlets starting Tuesday, March 10th.