Florida metal quartet Black Tide takes a break from the road this Wednesday to the delight of eager fans, as they chat live on Stickam.com 3/18 at 1pm PST.
No time to chat? Not to worry, Black Tide won’t fade out all summer long as they finish off an aggressive Spring campaign and head straight to Warped Tour where they’ll continue to rage all Summer.
Black Tide’s debut album Light From Above, featuring “Shockwave” and “Shout,” is in stores now. Check out their stickam www.stickam.com/blacktide and myspace www.myspace.com/blacktide to chat and for more info on tour dates.
Hollywood, CA-based Progressive Metal trio RUSTY EYE is putting the finishing touches on its eagerly awaited new album ‘Possessor’. Recorded at Temple Studios in Chatsworth, CA, the album will feature 13 brand new songs, mixed by seasoned engineer Jeremy Blair (GUNS N’ ROSES, FEAR FACTORY) and produced by Miss Randall, Rusty Eye’s imaginative drummer and vocalist.
The album features the work of acclaimed Italian horror film composer Claudio Simonetti (GOBLIN, DAEMONIA), best known for composing music of famous Dario Argento films and George Romero’s “Dawn of The Dead”; former GRIP INC. guitarist and Samael/Lacuna Coil producer Waldemar Sorychta; and Alex Mitchell, vocalist from famed NY sleaze-rockers CIRCUS OF POWER. The cover art will feature the gruesome art of Joe Petagno, best known for his work with metal legends MOTÖRHEAD.
‘Possessor’ is set for independent release in spring 2009 via Epoché Records. The album showcases the band’s unique blend of differing metal styles and sounds — influenced by horror films — combined with observant compositions underpinned with messages about the continuing “corrosion of perception” as implied by the band’s name.
Rusty Eye was formed by Mr. Rust Mexico City in 1995. Miss Randall joined in 2003, and in 2004 the band relocated to their current Hollywood home. Baron Murtland (guitars) joined in 2006 completing the current line up until this day.
Rust N’ Roll (2000), Cryogenic EP (2005), Stendhal Syndrome (2006), Live at the Joint MMVI (2006)
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CULT OF STATIC on REPRISE RECORDS
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The Industrial Metal Machine called Static-X returns with their heaviest, most flammable work to date. CULT OF STATIC, on Reprise Records, marries the band’s aggressive driving force with disarming experimentation.
The fiery raw quality of CULT OF STATIC is blatant as the first single “Stingwray” hits airwaves February 14th. “Stingwray” was inspired by Wayne Static’s wife Tera Wray Static and the Corvette Stingray she drives. The song’s powerful beats and heavy guitar riffs make this song a commanding force on the record.
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 CamposNick 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.” bolts down demonic bass lines and
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.”
07. You Am I
11. Grind 2 Halt
On this CD, the band gets a little help by Crash Diet’s Martin Sweet. Sweet plays guitar on the tracks “Scream 4 Me”, “Stay With Me”, and the title track “Sex Drugs Anarchy”. The Crash Diet influence plays heavily on the songs on this disc, so much so in fact, that I believe that “Sex Drugs Anarchy” tops the last Crash Diet disc, “The Unattractive Revolution”, and could possibly rival their excellent debut, “Rest In Sleaze”.
In my opinion, the best songs on this disc, are “I Am Hollow”, “Scream 4 Me”, the title track “Sex, Drugs, Anarchy”, “Lay Your Money Down” and “Blood on the Bricks”.
The song “Something’s Gonna Give” kind of bugs me. There is a part of this song that is almost exactly the same as Cinderella’s “Somebody Save Me“. The lyrics may be different, but there are parts of the song where the music, and timing is practically the same. Every time I listen to this song, I want to sing:
“Put your money in a big house
Get yourself a pretty wife
She’ll collect your life insurance
When she connects you with a knife”.
Try it, the lyrics fit with the music almost perfectly. The rest of the song is different, but the similar parts are uncanny. There are guitar parts on this tune that would do Warren DeMartini proud, so I guess it is a toss up on this one.
The song “Stay With Me” is a pretty cool song, but the fade at the end of the song is completely annoying in my opinion. Even with these minor issues, “Sex Drugs Anarchy” is a pretty enjoyable hard rock disc. These Swedish sleaze merchants have a hot record on their hands. The band is making plenty of waves in Europe, it would be great to see them get some support in the U.S. as well.
If you are a fan of hard rock/sleaze and hair metal, you have to check these guys out.
You can find Gemini Five on the web at this link. You can buy “Sex Drugs Anarchy” at this link.
Gemini Five has made a couple of these songs available for a free download through their website. You can right click on the highlighted songs below to download these tunes.
1. Thunder & Lightning
2. I Am Hollow
3. Scream 4 Me
4. Here’s Looking at You Kid
5. All Pistols
6. Sex Drugs Anarchy
7. Lay Your Money Down
8. Here 2Day Gone 2Mrw
9. Something’s Gonna Give
10. Blood on the Bricks
11. We Do Not Come in Peace
12. Stay With Me
Gemini Five is:
Dany “Dee Dee” Douglas – Lead Guitars & Backing Vocals
Tin Star – Guitars and Lead Vocals
Hot Rod – Bass & Backing Vocals
Slim Pete – Drums