Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC will be re-released on May 1, 2009 featuring a new chapter, an interview with Angus Young from November 4, 2008, new photographs and an audio CD of an interview done with all five band members (including Bon Scott) from their first American tour on December 4, 1977.
Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC, originally released in October 2006, has now been printed in seven languages.
AC/DC: Let There Be Rock – The Story Of AC/DC
Let There Be Rock is the story of AC/DC written by rock journalist Susan Masino, who met the band during their first American tour in 1977. Over the years, she remained in contact with them, watching AC/DC climb to international stardom. Since 1977, Susan has interviewed the band many times and their friendship has lasted nearly three decades. Now she tells the true story of AC/DC’s illustrious career and how they became one of the true great rock ‘n’ roll bands in history.
The book traces the band’s history, from their beginnings in Sydney, Australia in the early 1970s to trail-blazing the U.S. mainstream to the devastating death of lead singer Bon Scott in 1980. The band pulled together and rebounded to the top of the charts with new front man, Brian Johnson and the watershed album, Back in Black. Through it all, AC/DC continues their quest to build a legion of new fans in the 21st century.
INTERVIEWED FOR THIS BOOK. . . Dave Evans, original singer for AC/DC; Tommy Redd, guitarist with the band Nantucket; Keith Emerson, renowned keyboardist/synthesist for the band, Emerson, Lake, and Palmer; Kirk Dyer, tour Manager for Cheap Trick for 25 years; Perry Cooper, The late Atlantic Records executive and friend of the band; Raymond Windlow, former Australian roadie and friend of the band; Julius Grafton, former Australian lighting technician, now owner of CX magazine and Juliusmedia College in Melbourne; Kelly Shaefer, lead singer for Big Machine; Don Williams, fan in England who appears in an AC/DC video “Pyro”; Pete Cappadocia, pyro technician for AC/DC since 1982; Rick Brewster, guitarist for the Australian band, The Angels; Mike Andy, tour Manager for AC/DC for four world tours from 1985-1995.
Let There Be Rock – The Story of AC/DC will be available from Omnibus Press, at your local bookstore, or online.
Get A Chance To WIN Signed BILLY SHEEHAN BASS From YAMAHA
Big Bad Billy Sheehan, bassist extraordinaire will perform songs from his latest release HOLY COW [Mascot Records USA] at GIT in Hollywood, CA. This special performance will be held in the Musicians Institute Amphitheatre and is open to the public. First 500 fans will be guaranteed seating up close to see Sheehan play, ask questions and meet Sheehan one-on-one. Doors open @ 5:30 pm, show starts 6:00 pm, admission is free so get there early!
***Special addition for this show – Be one of the first 200 to buy Sheehan’s new CD – HOLY COW – at the show and have your name added to the drawing list for a autographed bass from Yamaha – Sheehan will sign right there on the spot!
Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan has released his much anticipated third solo album entitled “Holy Cow!” on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan’s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist.
Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To Ya Ev’ry Time”, Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr. Big) on “Dynamic Exhilarator”, Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song “Turning Point” as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine.
SPECIAL UK WARM UP SHOWS ANNOUNCED!!!
New Single – “Oblivion”
Release Date: June 8th
Formats: Download, ITunes Exclusive
Plus Ltd Edition CD / T-Shirt Bundle ( available only through http://www.cracktheskye.co.uk )
Mastodon’s masterful fusion of colossal riffage and deft prog has seen them tipped to inherit Metallica’s throne – **** Mojo
“Unquestionably the band’s most spectacular release” 10/10 Rock Sound
“Mastodon’s strength once again lies in making such gargantuan epics flow seamlessly, constantly executing musical left turns that take the songs in invigorating new directions” KKKK – Kerrang!
“Rejoice: the only metal band that muso snobs profess to like are back! ” 8/10 NME
“Yet again, the hype surrounding this band is entirely justified. Prepare to be blown away” 9/10 Metal Hammer
“Metal’s most important band right now” * * * * 1/2 The Sun
“Fascinating” * * * * The Observer “Saving Metal” The Guardian
Prog metal behemoths Mastodon, release their massive new single Oblivion on June 8th. Taken from their critically acclaimed new album, “CRACK THE SKYE”, Oblivion takes you on a magical journey through time and space and leaves you wanting more…
Since forming in 2000, Mastodon have essentially lived on the road. After non-stop touring, the band, Brann Dailor, Bill Kelliher, Troy Sanders and Brent Hinds decided to record a demo, which would ultimately be released in a shortened EP form on Relapse Records as Lifeblood.
The success of the EP spurned more touring, and even greater success. Their first full-length album Remission, followed in 2002. True to form another round of touring ensued and then Leviathan an album critics were quick to embrace. But it’s with the band’s legion of fans that they have really delivered. Mastodon’s “blue collar” touring ethic has earned them constant accolades from fans that have grown accustomed to their accessibility, approachability and dedication as a working mans band. Rare is the artist who achieves that critical balance coupled with the level of fan support Mastodon has attained. Blood Mountain was released in September of 2006 to critical acclaim and was also nominated for a Grammy award.
As previously announced, MASTODON will tour Europe with Metallica this summer. Before they head out on their European trek, the band will be playing 4 very special shows in the UK. The dates are as follows
5th Sheffield Corporation
6th Manchester Academy 2
7th Glasgow ABC
9th London, Islington Academy
Tickets go on sale at 9am Friday May 1st and are available from kililive.com /0871 230 5595 and usual outlets
In addition, they have been invited to perform as part of the Sonisphere Touring Rock Festival this summer in Europe and the UK with Metallica, Linkin Park, Lamb of God and more. Go to http://www.sonispherefestivals.com/ for details, dates, etc.
Machines Of Grace featuring TSO, Savatage and Metal Church members ready debut release.
Meet Machines of Grace. They are the latest among the gifted hard rock/heavy metal bands born from Boston’s thriving music scene. As with their Beantown bred forefathers, (Aerosmith, Extreme, Godsmack, Dropkick Murphys) Zak Stevens (lead vocals), Jeff Plate (drums), Matt Leff (guitar) and Chris Rapoza (bass) have concocted their own proprietary formula for whiplash on a disc.
Top shelf status comes from the experience of successfully headlining major tours and support from a monumental fan base. Drummer Jeff (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Savatage, Metal Church) Plate and lead singer Zak (Circle II Circle, Savatage) Stevens have the resume to help catapult Machines of Grace into the monsters of rock realm. The divine mix of such magnanimous talent can convert even the most stubborn music critic. Why? The method to their madness is embedded in the music… “It’s just a pure, solid melodic rock sound,” offers Stevens. “It has infectious grooves and its own brand of outright power. To me, it’s got great songwriting with a hard rock edge and strong commercial appeal.”
The rise of the ‘Machine’ had to start somewhere…
Leff and Stevens have a lengthy history, spanning back to their days as protégés at GIT/VIT respectively. Their first band, Wickedwitch, also introduced the talents of drummer Jeff Plate, who clinched the line-up and formed the backbone of today’s brainchild: Machines of Grace.
During a considerable hiatus after the demise of the Wickedwitch project, Zak Stevens had gone on to front Savatage (and more recently, Circle II Circle), and later recruited Jeff Plate, who performs regularly with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and Metal Church. Meanwhile, Matt Leff had formed Trigger Effect, and with bassist Chris Rapoza, had toured as an opening act for Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Rob Halford.
Time had clearly hit the afterburners. Call it chemistry, fate or pure
coincidence. A Wickedwitch fan suggested that the founding members revise, rethink, record and release the original material, and voila – Machines of Grace was conceived.
This band accords a shot of rock and roll that infuses several music genres with an innovative twist of smoldering vocals and bludgeoning guitar riffs. Blend that with an explosive rhythm section and you’ve got an exceptionally powerful elixir. “I’d say we’re a mix of melodic metal, hard rock, modern rock and acoustic rock,” explains guitarist Matt Leff. “The current rock climate is calling for modern production, strong vocal melodies and memorable songs from guys that can really play. I think we fit that description.” Bassist Chris Rapoza agrees: “The CD has an amazing vibe that just flows really well and makes you want to listen to it all the way through. To me, song writing and recording with that same quality always makes for the best type of album.”
Jeff Plate tops off the sentiment: “The music is metal, but not thrash. Rock, but not pop. We could be compared to a number of different bands, and each song will give you a different impression, but in the end the sound is distinctly Machines of Grace.”
That sound is likewise attributed to the talents of veteran mixologist Paul David Hager. Credited with engineering, mixing and producing studio work by acts such as The Goo Goo Dolls, Avril Lavigne, Pink and Tracy Bonham, Hager brings to the table a record destined for the spotlight, and plenty of industry accolades.
Live, this band brings new meaning to the term full throttle. The killer studio version of the music not withstanding, Machines of Grace takes a live performance experience to a whole new level. Fans will really enjoy the dueling guitar and vocal arrangements, while the second-to-none rhythm section welds them together perfectly. Zak promises, “You’ll hear the emphasis on the album, the way the mix very closely depicts how this band actually sounds when we plug in.” How many bands these days can do that?
Look for the debut, self-tilted Machines of Grace CD this summer.
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Led Zeppelin reunion tour…I get it. Creed reunion tour…not so much. Does anyone even want to see this band reunite? Perhaps I’m in the minority here, but I think Creed blows ass.
When news broke in 2004 that this band was parting ways, I couldn’t have been more excited. Sure they sold millions of albums and went platinum a few times over, but I couldn’t get past how overrated they were. There was nothing that they brought to the table that really blew me away. They were decent musicians, but Scott Stapp killed it for them.
Not only was Scott Stapp’s voice incredibly annoying to me, but he was a douchebag to boot. Rumors were flying about what a jerk he was and his substance abuse problems certainly didn’t help him at all. I have no idea what caused the demise of this band, but I have a feeling that Scott Stapp was at the core of the break up.
Then enter Alter Bridge. I have to admit, I had my doubts about them only because they were former members of Creed. Then I heard them for the first time at Rock on the Range and was pretty impressed. It was nice to see that the ex-Creed members actually could rock with a kick ass front man, Myles Kennedy. At times I wondered if the rest of the world’s Creed haters would be as open to Alter Bridge as I was and actually give them a chance. Apparently they were because Alter Bridge has done pretty well for themselves.
Which brings me to this question: Why reunite with Creed when they’ve had so much success with Alter Bridge? Maybe Alter Bridge hasn’t achieved platinum status, but I truly believe they’re a much better band than Creed ever was or ever could be. Then there’s Scott Stapp. Why would you want to reunite with this douche? If he was hard to work with before, he’s going to be just as hard to deal with now.
Is it money? Perhaps, although I don’t tend to think so. I’ve heard from a reliable source that those boys in Creed are LOADED beyond their wildest dreams. I suppose money is the ultimate deal closer and in the economic times we’re enduring now, no one is going to say no to a few extra bucks.
Is it demand? I highly doubt it. When’s the last time you heard someone say, “Man…I REALLY wish Creed would get back together. They were so bad ass.” Actually, I’ve never even heard anyone use the words Creed and bad ass in the same sentence before.
Is it just for the love of music? I guess Scott Stapp did tell Rolling Stone that they all apologized to each other for being jerks and sat around and jammed together and that he “missed [his] boys and wanted to create music with them again.” I suppose I could see that to an extent, but their music sucked to being with. Plus, I’m sure Scott Stapp will regress back to his old ways and just turn into a jerk again. Look at Van Halen. Every time they reunite with David Lee Roth, something goes wrong. But the difference here is that it’s Van Halen. They are legendary and people want to see David Lee Roth with them. Creed will never be legendary and no one cares about Scott Stapp.
I’m interested to see how well this Creed reunion tour will do. I’ll be keeping an eye on it, that’s for sure. Perhaps they will prove me wrong and sell out some arenas. Then Scott Stapp can tell me what an idiot I am…and I’ll still call him a douche.
FuryUK has made the title track of their new album, “VR” available for download. Go to this link to download the new song “VR”.
XBOX LIVE have partnered with Kerrang Magazine to create a stage full of exclusive live and never before seen content for Xtival 09 – an online music, game and film festival available only through XBOX LIVE
The stage will feature exclusive material from bands such as Placebo, The Answer, Fightstar and In Case Of Fire. Users who log onto XBOX LIVE over Xtival weekend will be able to a view an exclusive never before seen live Answer performance of ‘Tonight’ filmed in Milan as part of the AC/DC tour.
This weeks Kerrang magazine also contains a VIP pass with a code to access a special XBOX Kerrang! Premium theme, enabling you to personlize your XBOX 360 experience with specially designed rocking backgrounds!
Xtival 09 will take place from May 1st to May 4th. If you have an XBOX 360 and a broadband connection all you need to do is log onto XBOX Live and enter Xtival 09 to access the footage.
For more info check out the website.
Chuck Billy posted the following on Testament’s blog today:
What’s Up Mother Fuckas…
Testament is about to embark on a KILLER North American tour and I am stoked!!! Formation of Damnation took us all over the world playing 126 gigs so far since the release of The Formation Of Damnation in April 2008. We even played rare shows in Eindhoven and London where we got to perform our first 2 Albums; it was incredible being on stage with our original line up performing songs from the early days of our career. It made us realize that we have a whole new generation of fans out there who love to thrash. Now we are coming home and there is nothing better than Headlining stages Coast to Coast. We are thrilled to be able to brutalize the nation and to be bringing some Class A Metal Acts: Unearth and Lazarus A.D. along for the ride.
Dudes, we have something SICK planned for you, we know times are tough and it is hard to get out there and spend the money on a ticket so we are making this tour YOURS. It is your choice what we play, check out the BRAND NEW contest live on our MySpace and VOTE on 3 set lists to determine our musical fate for the evening. We promise which ever set wins, we will get out on stage every night and kick your motha-fucking ass… Also, for the first time EVER we have VIP packages for sale. Not only does the VIP package include a ticket to the show but… hey, Go ahead have a drink ON US! …and with us, you will hang with us and check out our sound check, PLUS receive an autographed poster, collectible laminate, Testament Music Skins, a Very Special Limited Edition Merch Item and you will be entered into a raffle to win one of our NOT EVEN OUT YET Darkstar Testament Skateboard as well as Eric Peterson’s signature Dean guitar “Old Skull” V, and more! So don’t waste time take a look at our dates, see when we are coming to your city, buy a ticket to the show & GET INTO THE PIT!
~ Heavy Metal Forever! Chuck Billy
Pennsylvania Rock Outfit Continues to Tour Non-Stop, Joining Veer Union and Burn Halo on the Road in June; “HALESTORM” Now Available in Stores and Online
Atlantic Records has announced the release this week of the self-titled debut album from Halestorm. The set, which includes the first single, “I Get Off,” is now available in stores and through online retailers.
Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf), “HALESTORM” is an explosive collection of infectious hard rock anthems, a fiery flurry of sexy hooks and rough and tumble grooves. Steering this runaway train is dynamic singer/guitarist Lzzy Hale, who brings a hypnotic intensity to such tracks as the sensual “I Get Off,” which is bulleting up the top 30 on the Active Rock radio chart.
Halestorm has begun garnering attention in the media, both in the U.S. and internationally. Mix magazine called Halestorm’s debut “rock ‘n’ roll at its finest.” UK music rag Kerrang! raved about Halestorm’s frenetic live performance, declaring: “…Halestorm’s delivery and songs are nothing short of note-perfect and instantly memorable, and if they don’t become incredibly massive immediately, there’s something very wrong with the world.” Revolver spotlights Lzzy Hale in the June issue’s “Hottest Chicks of Metal” feature, which is on newsstands now.
Halestorm has recruited new fans in droves on their non-stop nationwide tour. The band’s fierce live show wins over crowds city by city, every night. Over the last two months, the band has gathered nearly 10,000 in sales through pre-orders on their website and at their live shows. Currently, Halestorm is finishing up dates with Trapt, after which they’ll reunite with labelmates Shinedown for select shows. In June, the band will meet up with Veer Union and Burn Halo for a trek kicking off June 2 in Milwaukee.
Formed in 1998 by Lzzy and her brother, drummer Arejay Hale, Halestorm has made its bones as a major league hard rock outfit via countless North American gigs alongside such like-minded artists as Shinedown, Seether, Flyleaf, and Trapt. 2006 saw the release of Halestorm’s debut Atlantic EP, “ONE AND DONE,” which expertly captured the intensity and energy of the band’s live show.
On Tour 2009
4/28-5/2 with Trapt, Red and Inept except *
5/5-5/24 as noted
June 2-13 with Veer Union and Burn Halo; Since October supporting
With Trapt, Red and Inept:
28 Traverse City, MI The Terminal
29 Chesterfield, MI New York New York
1 Pittsburgh, PA Diesel* (with Red only)
2 Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
Other bands on bill as noted:
5 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle (with Shinedown)
6 Hilton Head, SC Shoreline Ballroom (with Shinedown)
8 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom (with Shinedown and Aranda)
10 Sauget, IL Pop’s
12 Johnson City, TN Freedom Hall (with Saving Abel and 10 Years)
13 Chattanooga, TN UTC Arena (with Saving Abel and 10 Years)
15 East Peoria, IL East Peoria Convention Center (with Rev Theory)
16 Columbus, OH Columbus Crew Stadium (with Static-X and Hurt)
17 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center (The MMR*B*Q 2009)
19 Winston Salem, NC Millennium Center (with Shinedown and 10 Years)
20 Harrisburg, PA The Forum (with Shinedown)
22 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater (with Shinedown)
23 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Mayday 2009)
24 Rockford, IL Bell Bowl at Rockford Airport
26 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium (with Shinedown and Rev Theory)
27 Wichita, KS Cotillion Ballroom (with Shinedown and Saving Abel)
29 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater (Discorus Festival 2009)
31 Indianola, IA National Balloon Classic Field
With Veer Union and Burn Halo; Since October supporting:
2 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
3 Minneapolis, MN The Rock
4 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
5 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre’s
6 Peoria, IL The Brass Rail
9 Louisville, KY Uncle Pleasants
10 Dayton, OH House of Rock
11 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
12 Detroit, MI I-Rock
13 Youngstown, OH Federal Plaza
Frontiers Records announces the return of the Italian Prog Metal hopes MIND KEY with the release of the band’s second studio album entitled “Pulse for a Graveheart” on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow on King Records.
Mind Key debuted in 2004 with Journey Of A Rough Diamond, an album that showed the excellent potential of the Neapolitan combo. With a colourful sound, akin to Prog Metal giants such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Evergrey and Pain of Salvation Mind Key’s music also leaned towards a more mature and song oriented approach inspired by 80/90’s Hard Rock. Right before the release of the album the original singer Mark Basile left the group and in preparation of the tour dates, the guys met for the first time Aurelio Fierro Jr. a singer with a vast experience especially in theatres. He was able to give some splendid performances especially in the gigs that the band landed as support of Dream Theater for the Italian “Train Of Thought Tour 2004”. Mike Portnoy said: “These guys sound really excellent!”
Mind Key played then more live dates in support of Vision Divine and Pendragon and also appeared at the Progpower Europe Festival with shows in Poland, Switzerland, Holland, Germany and France. During the Polish dates, a Live DVD was recorded “Habemus Poland”, with Giorgio Adamo as frontman. However he soon left to make space for the return of Aurelio Fierro. Founding member and keyboardist Dario De Cicco explains: “We decided to go for Aurelio at the end of the songwriting sessions. Note after note, chord after chord we realized that the songs begged for Aurelio’s voice and it seemed almost a necessary decision to make. I think we did the right choice as only with his astonishing performances we were able to reach what we really wanted from the new material”.
The band began the recording of the second album “Pulse for a Graveheart”, simplifying their songwriting and giving the chance to Fierro to showcase his immense vocal potential which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Jorn Lande. The album was later mixed and mastered by none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus, Place Vendome etc.) to ensure the best sounding quality. According to guitarist Emanuele Colella “We knew from the beginning that Dennis was the right choice! Since the first communication together a perfect synergy was built. He could understand our need and desire to combine a modern melodic metal sound with our progressive roots and an heavier edge. He could totally deliver what we and the music needed, he’s just great”.
“Pulse for a Graveheart” also features some amazing guest musicians appearing such as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), who plays a keyboard solo on “Citizen of Greed”, Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger) on “Now Until Forever” and Tom Englund from Evergrey, dueting with Elio Fierro on “Graveheart”. Mind Key’s line-up now includes: Aurelio Fierro on vocals, Emanuele Colella on guitars, Dario De Cicco on keyboards and Andrea Stipa on drums.
“Pulse for a Graveheart” introduces to the fans a completely re-designed band, with a mature attitude and astonishing songwriting. “I hope the new record will give Mind Key the chance to get rid of the label of «prog metal band in the style of….» and bring us to a different status. We aim to be a Metal band – still staying true to our diverse influences ranging from progressive to hard and melodic rock – but with a personal and trademark sound” concludes Andrea Stipa. Get ready for one the Prog Metal revelations of 2009!
Final tracklisting includes: Sunset Highway; The Seventh Seal; Citizen of Greed; Crusted Memories; Dead Fame Hunter; Ventotene (The Island); Graveheart; Eye Of A Stranger; Now Until Forever; A New Generation.
With the world being flooded with Swedish sleaze and glam bands it should be no surprise that the legendary Nasty Idols are back with “Boys Town” their first release of new material since 1996’s “Heroes For Sale”. If you asked the new sleaze and glam bands coming out of Sweden about influences, it would be a safe bet to say the majority of them would list Nasty Idols somewhere on the list. Now Sweden’s Motley Crue, Andy Pierce (vocals), Dick Qwarfort (bass), Peter Espinoza (guitars), and newcomer Rikki Dahl (drums) are back to show all the upstarts how Swedish Sleaze is really done. With sirens wailing “Rock Out” gets us started, it is a good heavy song with some good gang vocals at the chorus. “Boys Town” follows the same formula as “Rock Out” a heavy song with a slow dirty groove to it. For me “Method To My Madness” is where “Boys Town” really kicks in and starts to take off, great song with a nice groove and solo from Espinoza, kind of has a Backyard Babies feel to it. “Scar For Life” is up next and if I didn’t know better it would be easy to think “Scar For Life” was a Shotgun Messiah B-Side from the “Second Coming” era with Pierce’s vocals sounding a lot like Tim Tim on this track.
“Nite Like This” is probably one of the best power ballads I have heard in quite a long time, great vocals, both lead and backup, and a really nice touch adding the acoustic guitar and organ to the song. Espinoza pulls off another good solo with a little bit of flash. The guys come back with guns blazing for “Crashlanding” and “48 Hours” both songs have a great sleazy groove which once again remind me of Backyard Babies. “7 Year Itch” along with “Nite Like This” and “Method To My Madness” is one of the best songs on the album, with a great groove, and some very cool guitar parts once again. “Evil One” is by far the heaviest song on the album with some Zakk Wylde style guitar parts but for the most part I wouldn’t have missed this song had it not be included on “Boys Town” “It’s Not Love” and “Need The Nite” are both decent songs. I have never understood why bands close albums out with a ballad instead of going out with guns blazing in a full throttle rocker, but closing with a mid tempo ballad is exactly what the Idols do with “It Ain’t Easy” which is a great song but just not the way I would finish an album.
All in all “Boys Town” is a good introduction or re-introduction to Nasty Idols and I am already looking forward to the band’s follow-up seeing if they can build off of what was started with this album.
1. Rock Out
2. Boys Town
3. Method To My Madness
4. Scar For Life
5. Nite Like This
6. Crash Landing
7. 48 Hours
8. 7 Year Itch
9. Evil One
10. It’s Not Love
11. Need The Nite
12. It Ain’t Easy
Nasty Idols are:
Andy Pierce – vocals
Dick Qwarfort – bass
Peter Espinoza – guitar
Rikki Dahl – drums
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When given the opportunity to do some music reviews for Hard Rock Hideout, I jumped at the chance. This was my chance to expand my horizons and discover some new kick ass music. I’ve been really bad about listening to new stuff lately. I either listen to the same old stuff or go straight for the classic rock. I’ve been really out of the loop on new metal, and I’m a bit ashamed of myself for it. So I’m jumping in head first with Primal Fear’s 16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead).
I’ll let you all know up front that I’d never heard of this band and didn’t know one freaking thing about them, so I listened to the album with a completely open mind, no preconceived notions, ideas or thoughts. I did do a little research on the band (after listening to the album first) just to familiarize myself with them. The German metal band formed in 1997, has many albums and has had many line up changes over the years. Lead singer, Ralf Scheepers, was even considered for Rob Halford’s replacement in Judas Priest, which comes as no surprise.
The first thing to punch me in the face was Sheepers’ voice. It’s SO reminicsent of Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford. I didn’t realize how much I missed that kind of singing until I listened to this album. It may be the most poignant part of the music for me. His voice is so strong and so solid. Not many people can sing this well, and although many try…most fall short. Sheepers’ is definitely powerful and a force to be reckoned with.
The other stand out point about this band is that it’s so guitar driven. There are furious, noodley guitar solos that grab you. That is definitely something that is missing from today’s rock that drives me insane. Very few people appreciate a good guitar solo and have almost let the art die off. Thank god metal keeps it alive!
High points for me include “Six Times Dead (16.6)” and “Killbound”. They’re both heavy and brutal.
There were only two negatives on this album. The first is “Soar”. The weird electronic intro and Marilyn Manson like sounds were odd and misplaced. And then there’s “Hands of Time”, which is a ballad. A ballad? I don’t get that at all. I suppose “every bad boy still has his soft side,” but this song totally threw me off and confused me. It just doesn’t fit at all.
If you like classic, straight forward metal, then you’re going to like this album. I have no idea if this is what’s normally expected of this band, but I kind of have a feeling that it is. There’s no denying the Iron Maiden and Judas Priest influence throughout with a little Pantera thrown in for good measure. I’m not saying that in a bad way but in an appreciative way because it’s really been so long since I’ve heard anything like this. It was really refreshing.
01. Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead
02. Riding The Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under The Radar
06. 5.0 / Torn
09. No Smoke Without Fire
10. Night After Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands Of Time
Primal Fear is:
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
Henny Wolter – Guitars & Vocals
Magnus Karlson – Guitars
Randy Black – Drums
Reviewed by Christine Sixx
On the new trailer for Madden NFL 10, there is a new Airbourne song, “Heads A Gonna Roll” . Could this be a taste of things to come on the new Airbourne album?
The World of Rock and Roll has one Metal God – Rob Halford. The Multi-Gold and Platinum Producer, Songwriter, Vocalist has graced the world’s largest stages fordecades leading his revolutionary soloacts: Halford, Fight and the legendary Judas Priest.
Deveoloping new standards for the Rock and Metal genres with blazing vocals, dynamic themes, adorned head-to-toe in glass, leather and steel – The Metal God is universally recognized as an artist whom continually inspires and drives today’s global Hard Rock industry.
With and eye on defining consumer-fashions for today’s Rock and Roll lifestyles, Metal God Entertainment and Rob Halford are pleased to debut a new garment entity: Metal God Apparel.
With Pre-sale beginning today and shipments commencing June 15, 2009 Metal God Apparel will debut dozens of new, edgy-designs this year for youth, teens, men and women, Metal God Apparel re-produced on custom-dyed, cotton tees integrating the newest fasion technology resulting in an extremely attractive, lightweight, soft-to-touch, active-wear for today’s global music audiences.
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Black Sabbath, or Heaven and Hell if you prefer is back with their first CD with Ronnie James Dio since 1992’s Dehumanizer. Seventeen years is a hell of a long wait for new material from any band, but the gentlemen of Heaven & Hell made it worth the wait. They have delivered another disc of quality heavy rock.
I can only use one word to describe Ronnie James Dio….incredible! How is it possible for RJD to sound this good at this stage in his career? His vocals continue to astound me on “The Devil You Know”. He continues to sing better than just about anyone out there in hard rock today. With no surprise, Tony Iommi dishes out some awesome guitar work on this disc. His guitar solos on this album are brilliant to say the least. Listen to his incredible riffs on “Bible Black” or “The Turn of the Screw” and I guarantee you will come back for more.
Geezer Butler is still laying down the deepest doom laden bass licks I have ever heard, and Vinnie Appice just kills it on the drums.
Does The Devil You Know live up to Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules or even Dehumanizer? Probably not. This album is not without its problems. A couple of the songs on this disc could be better. While some of the tunes don’t work for me, even the worst songs on “The Devil You Know” are only a minor distraction. The music speaks for itself and does so loudly. Two of the better cuts, “Bible Black” and “Eating the Cannibals” could go down as some of the best Heaven & Hell tunes ever.
The Bottom Line: I have listened to this CD a couple of times now, and it seems to get better with each play. The elder statesmen of heavy metal can still get it done in 2009. Black Sabbath and Dio fans will likely enjoy this disc as much as I have. Buy this!!
1. Atom And Evil
3. Bible Black
4. Double The Pain
5. Rock And Roll Angel
6. The Turn Of The Screw
7. Eating The Cannibals
8. Follow The Tears
10. Breaking Into Heaven
Heaven & Hell is:
Ronnie James Dio – Vocals
Tonny Iommi – Guitars
Geezer Butler – Bass
Vinnie Appice – Drums
Joetown is the special guest on this week’s edition of Hard Rock Nights, heard only on WMWX in Cincinnati and classxradio.com globally! Joe will talk about his latest release, Pills And Ammo, a high-energy rocker that will have heavy metal freaks bangin’ their heads all over the world. We’ll play a few tracks from the disc, along with some classics from your favorite hard rock acts Van Halen, Black Sabbath, Living Colour, Judas Priest, and Deep Purple. Along with all that we’ve got some deep cuts from Hericane Alice, Edan, Keel, and Vince Neil, and we’re even gonna throw in an M.O.D. song as well (that’s right…Methods of Destruction, baby). And some new stuff from Fraze Gang, Billy Sheehan, Motörhead, and Sacred Oath. It’s all on Hard Rock Nights tonight, 9 pm EDT, on classxradio.com!
How would you like a free CD from San Francisco’s Sacred Oath? How would you like that CD to be signed? We’ve got five copies we’re giving away over at the Hard Rock Nights blog. Click on over and sign up to win right now!
If you were a fan of the 1987 album by Whitesnake, you should be familiar with the awesome guitar work of John Sykes. Blue Murder is the band started up by Sykes after his departure from Whitesnake. Needless to say, the songs from Blue Murder have a definite Whitesnake like vibe about them, but they stand out on their own merit.
It didn’t hurt his cause that he got two amazing musicians to join him in Blue Murder. The Firm’s fretless bass wonder Tony Franklin and former Ozzy Osbourne drummer Carmine Appice flesh out would could be one of the best hard rock three piece acts of the eighties.
Blue Murder has it all. Great vocals, fantastic guitar work and killer songs. This CD has been one of my favorites over the last 20 years. I still play this one regularly today. I became a fan of John Sykes because of the infamous 1987 Whitesnake album, but it was the Blue Murder disc that solidified him as one of my favorite guitarists of all time.
The Bottom line: Every hard rock and metal fan on the planet ought to own this excellent CD. You can grab your own copy of this disc, at this link.
2. Sex Child
3. Valley Of The Kings
4. Jelly Roll
5. Blue Murder
6. Out Of Love
9. Black-Hearted Woman
Blue Murder is:
John Sykes – Vocals & Lead Guitar
Tony Franklin – Bass
Carmine Appice – Drums
Las Vegas, Molten-Metal teen rockers, “Control the Chaos” are blazing up the live performance trail with late spring and summer show dates across the west coast…
Always hard-working, never stopping, totally on fire, Molten-Metal Vegas teen rockers, Control the Chaos are blazing up with late spring and summer show dates!!
“We are extremely busy with live performances, getting ready for the official launch of our FULL first album and being back in the studio again, working on even more music. On top of that, we’ve got video production work to address as well and several out of state trips coming up. It’s absolutely crazy,” states Ed Fassio, CTC band manager.
Since September of 2008, Control the Chaos has been making significant headway on the local Vegas and west coast music scene. With a travel schedule that includes LA, Salt Lake, Portland and Seattle, the band’s popularity continues to grow nation-wide, and with the addition of a lead vocalist in March of this year, the band’s musical progression is just as equal.
“There is an intensity that’s building. It’s pretty awesome and we’re having a ton of fun,” says Brandon Rojas, CTC’s vocalist.
“It’s an every day, every minute thing with this band. We literally, eat, breathe, shit and rock. That’s what we do,” added Hector Gomez, drummer for the band.
Control the Chaos upcoming schedule includes many ALL AGES and FREE performances, including shows at Vegas’ Premier All Ages venue – “The Farm” and Hollywood’s world-famous “Whisky a Go-Go”. Late April, the band performs in front of guitar legend, Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne. The show is a competition of bands paying tribute to Sabbath and Ozzy tunes and will be held on the legendary “Fremont Street” in Las Vegas on April 30th at the El Premier Rock Club.
For the latest information on CTC’s appearances, whereabouts and news – please visit us at www.myspace.com/controlthechaos7744
Sad Day On Planet Earth features the following tracklist: ‘Megaslowfade’, ‘Ignite’, ‘Divine’, ‘Down Below The Ocean’, ‘Jesus Wept’, ‘Within Your Reach’, ‘Sad Day On Planet Earth’, ‘Fire Blood The Earth & Sea’, ‘The Grand Scale Of Finality’, ‘Cold Day In Hell’, ‘Blood Raining Down On Her Wings’, ‘Hibernate’, ‘Kill Me Again’, ‘Nocturnal Symphony’.
Lillian Axe’s updated tour schedule is as follows:
18 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
20 – Ft. Worth, TX – Rock Star Sports Bar
21 – El Paso, TX – Uncle Paulie’s
1 – Roseburg, OR – Joe’s Bar & Grill
11 – Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
23 – Algona, IA – Rock Gone Wild
21 – Castle Hill, Dudley, UK – JR’s – Indoor Festival
In 1989 Tim Karr released his excellent debut album “Rubbin’ Me The Right Way” and for all intents and purposes disappeared until 2005 when he hooked up with Gilby Clarke and reappeared with Triggerdaddy’s “Stereosonic Meltdown”. One could call Triggerdaddy a supergroup, at the very least a Sunset Strip Supergroup as it is rounded out with Gilby Clarke pulling double duty as producer and guitarist, Eric Singer on drums, and including the talents of such performers as Johnny Griparic (Slash’s Snakepit), Muddy Stardust (L.A. Guns, Starfuckers, Gilby Clarke Band), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol), Teddy Zig Zag (Guns n’ Roses), Ryan Roxie (Glamnation, Slash’s Snakepit, Alice Cooper), Chad Stewart (Faster Pussycat), and Jon E. Love (Love/Hate).
The music on “Stereosonic Meltdown” is heavily influenced by such 70’s artists as T Rex, David Bowie, and Alice Cooper. As a matter of fact the first time I heard “Gimme Sum Skin”, “Enemy”, “Shape of Things 2 Come”, and “Can’t Get High” I had to go back and look to see if Alice himself didn’t help out on the vocals. On “Jesus Cowboy” and “Price of Love” both have a strong Bowie influence and “Jesus Cowboy” is definitely one of the standout tracks on this album. Another standout is “Peach” which would be hard for one to guess is a cover of Prince, there is another cover of Marc Bolan’s 20th Century Boy but this song has been covered so many times it is hard for me to get excited about another cover version of it.
I know it has been 4 years since this album was released, but I am hoping there will be a followup because I am definitely looking forward to hearing more music from Tim Karr and/or Triggerdaddy. All in all “Stereosonic Meltdown” is a damn good album for something I found by complete accident while browsing through CDBaby.com.
1. Space & Time
2. Gimme Sum Skin
4. Jesus Cowboy
5. Can’t Get High
6. Train 2 Nowhere
7. Shape of Things 2 Come
9. 20th Century Boy
10. Price of Love