PRAYING MANTIS have released a videoclip for the song “Turn The Tide” off of their forthcoming album “Sanctuary” due for release on June 5th in Europe on Frontiers Records.
The videoclip will also be included as a special bonus on the cd version of the album.
From Eonian Records comes Charlemagne’s self titled, this four piece first formed in 1987 when Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals and Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars met Lee Bryan – Bass and Ken Kowalski – Drums after moving to Hollywood for Scott to attend Musicians Institute’s GIT.Even though the band became a regular on the Sunset Strip club scene they were never able to get the major label record deal like so many of the other bands at the time. Thanks to Eonian the world is finally getting to hear Charlemagne in all their glory, and any fan of 80’s Sunset Strip hard rock will find plenty to like about Charlemagne’s music as it is filled with soaring vocals, screaming solos, and gang vocals galore.
“Secret Romeo” is the first track on the album and this song could have easily stood along side any song released by Poison, Danger Danger, or any of the other big bands at the time. Great chorus and solo with some excellent vocals both lead and background you can easily find yourself tapping your foot and singing along. “I Don’t Wanna Lie” takes a little heavier approach without losing any of the melody before the chorus breaks out. Oliver pulls off another very good solo. “She’s Only Young” stays on the heavy path while tackling a very serious subject in child abuse. “So Far Away” is a catchy mid tempo rocker as Barrett wraps his soaring vocals around these lyrics nicely. “Is It Ever Easy” and “I’ve Got You” are both ballads although “Is It Ever Easy” has a nice funk touch added to it. On “Chances Calling” Scott Oliver has a nice intro before the song kicks in and pulls off another stylish solo, he definitely made me a fan of his playing with this record. “Last Chance” is a very nice instrumental piece where the whole band gets a chance to shine but especially Kowalski’s drumming.
Charlemagne would not have started any new musical trends, but had they been given a chance they definitely could have had a nice run on the charts. Sadly though like so many other talented bands on Sunset Strip at the time they were lost in the shuffle before grunge completely killed the hard rock scene in the early 90’s. Any fans of guitar players will find plenty of reasons to pick this album up if only because of Scott Oliver’s excellent playing throughout. You can check out Charlemagne at myspace.com/officialcharlemagnepage.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Secret Romeo
2. I Don’t Wanna Lie
3. She’s Only Young
4. So Far Away
5. Is It Ever Easy
6. I’ve Got You
7. Chance is Calling
8. Last Chance
9. Wait And See
10. I’m Not That Easy
11. I Wish I Knew
Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals
Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Lee Bryan – Bass Guitar
Ken Kowalski – Drums
Rock Gone Wild, America’s newest and most diverse rock festival, will feature over 50 rock legends on two stages during the festival’s four-day run. One of those bands, L.A. metal gods Armored Saint, will be making its return to Iowa after playing the legendary Iowa Jam in 1986. We talked to Saint vocalist John Bush about that show and the band’s plans for this year’s RGW.
What do you remember about the Iowa Jam? “I remember the bands-Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Dokken, Metallica and us. It was at a racetrack in Des Moines (the show was held on May 26, 1986 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds), I believe. It was held the same night as a Van Halen concert downtown. It was the biggest show that we played in America. We’ve played many big shows in Europe (festivals), but that was the biggest for Armored Saint in the States. We were touring with Metallica at the time.
Was it a good show? One of my favorite bands, Aerosmith was a little shaky; I don’t think that they had reached that rehab period yet. Nugent was great, everyone did a good show. We went on at 11 a.m. or so, your typical opening slot at a festival. We played the night before in Chicago and spent the whole night on a bus to get to the show.
Any other Iowa memories? We did a great show with Dio in Cedar Rapids years after that. A few club shows, nothing like the Jam or Rock Gone Wild.
Why do you think that this sort of festival (Rock Gone Wild, others) plays out so well in the Midwest? People in the Midwest aren’t as trendy as those on the Coasts. They value entertainers and don’t get caught up in the scene as much. The fans in the Midwest are dedicated to a certain type of music-rock, country-and are loyal to it. I think it’s great.
What is Armored Saint up to these days? We’re working on a new record—we’re now about nine songs into it (note: RGW heard four of these songs while in L.A. in November, and they rock!). It should be out later this year or early next year. Metal Blade is still our label in the states; we’re working out some of the legal stuff for an international release.
Will any of these new songs feature in your set at RGW? Yes, one for sure; the rest of the set will be the typical Saint stuff.
What should the RGW fans expect from the show? We don’t play that much anymore, so when we do, we give it our all; it’s an event. It will be an in-your-face, high energy, metal fest. I expect the crowd to participate as well.
It’s rumored you are going to make a vacation out of your Midwest visit? Yeah, that’s true. My wife, Tori and I, and the family (John and Tori have two young children, daughter Jezebelle and son Guiseppe) are going to rent an RV and drive back thru Yellowstone after the show-make a vacation out of it.
If you had to pick five songs that best represent Armored Saint, what would they be? “March of the Saint,” “Can You Deliver,” “Nervous Man,” “Aftermath,” “Reign of Fire” maybe “Chemical Euphoria.” (Writer emphatically agrees but misses “Isolation.”)
Is it true you were offered the gig in Metallica after Cliff Burton died? I actually was invited to join the band around the Kill ‘Em All period. It was a hard decision, but Armored Saint was already up and running, and these guys (in Saint) were my childhood friends. Who knows what would have happened if I had? I don’t think about it much. Joey (Vera, Saint bassist) was one of the bassists that were asked to audition after Cliff passed, but never did.
Visit www.rockgonewild.com for updates and festival news.
Marilyn Manson’s new album, “The High End of Low’ is now streaming in its entirety at the Marilyn Manson myspace page. Check it out at this link!
From the ashes of the bands Electrocution and Folder comes a new kick ass band from Italy, Idols are Dead. On their new CD “Mean”, I hear elements of thrash, traditional metal and nu-metal.
The vocals of Mana reminds me of Chuck Billy of Testament. No, he isn’t an exact match, but his style is similar and it works with the style of metal that Idols are Dead dishes out. “Mean” is an album that will quickly get you head banging with its upbeat rhythms and heavy guitar riffs.
Some of my favorites on this disc are the opening cut, “This is Not The End” and “Dance With the Devil” and the G N R Cover, “It’s So Easy”. Guns N’ Roses is not a band that I hear getting covered very much. Idols are Dead tackles the Appetite for Destruction classic “It’s So Easy” and do a pretty good job on it.
“Mean” is not without its problems though. They rhythm on the nine songs on “Mean” is practically the same for the most part. It makes the songs sound a lot alike. The band should have mixed things up a little bit more. With that being said, “Mean’ is still a solid debut, and Idols are Dead have a cool sound that is definitely going to take them places in the future.
Check out Idols Are Dead on myspace at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. This Is Not the End
2. Let’s Do It!
3. Dance with the Devil
4. Pain for Sale
6. It’s So Easy
7. Name of My Rage
8. Proud to Be Sick
Idols are Dead are:
Mana – Vocals
Alley-X – Rhythm Guitar, Backing Vocals
Igo – Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals
Max Canali – Bass, Backing Vocals
Luka Canali – Drums
Check out the brand new video “Deep Unknown” from Stratovarius. The new CD from Statovarius, “Polaris” will be in stores tomorrow.
The Classic Metal Show has posted a new interview with former Warrant singer Jani Lane. Check it out below!
Slipknot’s Wait and Bleed is from the band’s self titled album from 1999. I haven’t seen this video before until only recently. It is creepy & cool all at the same time. Check it out!
Former Soundgarden front man, Chris Cornell has released another new video in support of his new solo disc, “Scream”. I don’t know if I can call this hard rock, but it isn’t a bad song. Check it out!
This CD Release Party includes some mega talent featuring SPEED X, ASPHALT VALENTINE, LEDFOOT MESSIAH (new record being produced by Rachel Bolan of Skid Row) and BRANDED WITH FEAR (whose single In My Head is making waves at radio and gaining momentum). Visit www.ticketalternative.com for tickets.
The show will be broadcast live via dirtysouthtv.com. And don’t miss ASPHALT VALENTINE with SKID ROW on May 29th!
Check out the newest clip from Shinedown, “Sound of Madness”.
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Rolling out of Jacksonville, Fl comes a four piece known as Big Engine with their brand of straight up in your face kick ass southern party rock n roll. Made up of founder Tony Mikus (lead vocals & guitar), Hans Oellerich (guitar & vocals), Benny Puckett (drums), and Ryan Wilcox (bass), once known as the Motion, the band has been known as Big Engine since 1990 with Mikus being the primary member and the others have joined at different times over the years. The band has released upwards of ten albums plus a live dvd, played thousands of shows all across the U.S. on their way to becoming one of the most well known and popular bands in the Southeast.
With one listen to Big Engine’s latest release “That Girl” you will be hooked by such songs as “That Girl’s A Freak”, “Kings Of The Rock-N-Roll Crowd”, and “What I’ve Waited For”. The first two songs are straight up rock songs that will have you singing along and you are pounding drinks down at the bar while “What I’ve Waited For” has a more modern rock feel but still great nonetheless, with some great bass by Ryan Wilcox. Once you throw in other songs such as “Give It To Me”, “Shake My Soul”, “Wasted”, and “No Money” you are in for one hell of a rocking time.
You can find Big Engine online at www.myspace.com/bigenginerocks or www.bigengine.com You can join them on Reverb Nation at www.reverbnation.com/bigengine and you can buy a digital copy of “That Girl” at www.digstation.com/artistalbums.aspx among other places.
You can also check out a couple of the clips off of Big Engine’s DVD below!
Before their set in Allentown, PA, Duff McKagan’s Loaded stopped in the WZZO studio for an interview and to play a couple of live tunes off of their new CD, “Sick”.
You can listen to the interview in its entirety below, and also watch the live clips from their in studio performance!
Thanks to Tori at WZZO for the cool info! Enjoy!!
The month of May has been a pretty awesome month for Movies with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek and now Terminator Salvation all hitting the big screen this month. In this fourth installment of the Terminator series, you wont find actors or actresses from the past films, but there is just enough stuff to tie this together nicely with the previous movies.
In Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale takes on the role John Connor, and does a pretty good job at the role. He was nearly upstaged by his co-star, Sam Worthington who plays ……… ah that would be telling. The rest of the cast if fleshed out by Bryce Dallas Howard and Helena Bonham Carter.
Terminator Salvation is set in the future, 2018 to be exact, after Judgement Day. The movie has a good story, and does a good job of keeping the history of the franchise in tact. In this apocalyptic future, the film feels more like Mad Max than Terminator at first, but that changes quickly once the story kicks into gear. There a few cool surpises and massive explosions and sound effects that fill the theater nicely. There is even Alice in Chains & Guns N’ Roses after Judgement day….who knew?!
Terminator Salvation is action packed, and is heavy on the special effects. It is a very cool film to see on the big screen. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. If you have liked the previous films, you will love this one too!
Rating: Out of 5
Controversial rocker Marilyn Manson has recently released his video for “Arma-Goddamn-Motherf*ckin-Geddon,” the first single from his forthcoming album The High End of Low. The video, which was shot with 30-40 cameras yet only contains footage from two of them, is no less shocking than what fans have come to expect from the shock-rocker with fire, narcissism, bikini clad protestors, and a load of F-bombs. With such explicit title and lyrics it is no surprise that Manson has released two versions of the video, clean and dirty, for the viewing audience.
Since we don’t believe in censorship at HRH, you can watch the dirty version of the video below!
If you were a fan of the band Electric Angels, and didn’t get a chance to pick up their debut CD, I have good news for you.
The fine folks at Wounded Bird Records are reissuing the band’s self titled CD from 1990. Electric Angels features Ryan Roxie on guitars, Shane on vocals, and former members of the band Candy, Jonathan Daniel, and John Schubert.
This CD will available for sale from Amazon.com on June 9th!
American rock music has seen better days. Indistinguishable, mediocre bands are bountiful in our country, and more and more of them keep becoming mainstream. Most people eat this crap up and truly believe that these bands kick ass, when in fact…they don’t. There are a handful of bands out there that are talented and actually worth listening to. Meanwhile, there are hundreds of amazing rock bands in the United States who go completely unnoticed here or don’t get any of the recognition they deserve. Yet, the Europeans LOVE them.
What is it that the Europeans know that we don’t know? Do they posses some sort of super sonic hearing that enables them to distinguish kick ass rock from crap? Granted, I have no doubts that most radio friendly American bands are popular overseas, but a lot of unknowns are successful over there as well. Take a look at American Dog. Huge in their hometown of Columbus, OH, but probably couldn’t tour the U.S. with any great success. However, they can tour Europe and kick ass. Same goes for my fiance’s band, Snowblynd. Although their success in the U.S. is minimal, the Germans freaking love them and they’ve sold a ton of CD’s over there. And lets not forget all of the amazing metal that comes from Europe and Scandinavia; those bands would never be as successful in the U.S. Luckily with the internet and word of mouth, we Americans get introduced to these European bands and don’t have to suffer through the mediocre bullshit that the American radio pumps out.
As I was making my daily rounds on various music blogs, I came across a very interesting article at Classic Rock Magazine: “Will Velvet Revolver’s New Singer Be An American Idol?” There are two reasons I enjoy this website: 1) It has great information and 2) People use words like “bollocks” and that’s awesome. The general consensus from readers was that Adam Lambert is terrible and he’d be a horrible choice for Velvet Revolver. This got me thinking because about 99% of Americans who watch American Idol think Adam Lambert is the new rock and roll savior and has one of the greatest rock voices of today. There’s no question that I am an Adam Lambert fan, but why doesn’t his appeal translate overseas? The Brits aren’t fond of him at all.
Which brings me back to my question: What is it that Europeans know about music that average Americans don’t know or realize? Why is it that Europeans seem to have a deeper appreciation for really good rock & roll and metal? And for a little extra credit…do you think Adam Lambert is a good fit for Velvet Revolver? Although I think Adam has an incredible voice, I’m not so sure he’s the one for Slash, Duff and company. It would interesting to hear though.
LIVE RECORDING OF DAVID COOK’S ‘IDOL’ PERFORMANCE WILL BE SOLD ON iTUNES TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHARITY
All Proceeds From Sale of Live Version of ‘Permanent’ Will Be Donated To D.C.-Based Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure
Exactly one year after winning the seventh season of “American Idol,” David Cook returns to the most popular television series in America on Wednesday night to perform “Permanent,” — a song he wrote with Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida. The studio version of “Permanent” appears on his platinum-selling debut album for 19 Recordings/RCA Records, “David Cook.” The live recording will be available for purchase on iTunes immediately after the live broadcast. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer.
Earlier this month, Cook raised money and awareness for ABC2 by running in the organization’s 5K “Race for Hope” in the District of Columbia. Now, the live recording of “Permanent” will be available as a charity single on iTunes for one month, raising more money to benefit ABC2. The organization uses an entrepreneurial venture philanthropy approach to bring more treatments to patients sooner by stimulating new research and accelerating the development of new therapies for brain cancer. ABC2 looks forward to the day when all patients who are diagnosed with brain cancer can be told they have a manageable disease.
ABC2 provides researchers with the pivotal support they need to make critical breakthroughs. The organization funds novel translational research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure. ABC2’s partners range from medical research centers to early-stage biotechnology companies to large multi-national pharmaceutical companies. Since brain cancer affects a relatively small portion of the population, ABC2 recognizes the importance of investing in the early stages of the most novel sectors of the discovery and development pipeline, in order to “buy down the risk” for its partners and speed progress of innovative new treatments to the clinic.
If you missed Burn Halo on Rockline on Monday night, you can listen to the Rockline Replay at this link. It is a cool interview with singer James Hart, and a live concert with the band.
Check it out!!
‘I can say with absolute honesty, regardless of all the ups & downs, that it was a splendid ride back then…a frenzied, express train of a ride…I wouldn’t change a thing.’
-David Coverdale, 2009
With Whitesnake’s newest album soaring into the U.K. Top 10, the launch of a summer U.S. tour, and having already sold more than 100 million albums in an illustrious career, one of rock’s most successful bands is celebrated with the reissue of two classic ’80s albums. Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition and Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, both released June 30, 2009 by Geffen/UMe, are presented in CD+DVD sets with numerous rare or previously unreleased audio and video bonuses. The deluxe packaging features new cover art and a 24-page booklet including rare photos and new liner notes – each with the participation of the band’s charismatic founder and leader David Coverdale.
In other Whitesnake news, the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages” which features one of the band’s classic songs, “Here I Go Again,” was nominated for 5 TONY awards including the “Best Musical” category.
Coverdale had been the lead singer of hard rock pioneer Deep Purple before launching Whitesnake in 1978. After several U.K. albums acclaimed for their R&B-based hard rock, Whitesnake debuted in the U.S. with 1984’s Slide It In. Featuring “Slow An’ Easy” and “Love Ain’t No Stranger,” the album went Top 40 and double platinum. Boasting friction and finesse, power and polish, suggestiveness and soul, Whitesnake soon became the leading exponent of the hard rock romantic and one of the defining acts of the era.
But the U.S. version of the album had a different mix – more commercial, more U.S. radio-friendly – with a different guitarist and bassist than the original U.K. album. In fact, many Europeans bought the U.S. version in order to experience the new, slicker Whitesnake.
The Slide It In – 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition adds the U.K. mix for eight of the album’s tracks plus an acoustic live in Japan “Love Ain’t No Stranger” and single b-side “Need Your Love So Bad.” The bonus DVD presents seven performances, six making their DVD premieres – three versions of “Love Ain’t No Stranger” (music video, acoustic in Japan, and from the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD), two of “Guilty Of Love” (music video and from the band’s 1983 headlining performance at The Monsters Of Rock festival at Castle Donington), the “Slow An’ Easy” video and a 1984 “Top Of The Pops” performance of “Give Me More Time.”
Three years later, the band’s self-titled album charted Top 5 for more than six months, went eight times platinum, and made Whitesnake a global superstar. The follow-up, 1989’s Slip Of The Tongue, the only Whitesnake album with guitar wizard Steve Vai, went Top 10 and platinum and spun off the Top 40 hits “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.”
The Slip Of The Tongue – 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition offers the newly digitally remastered original album and six bonus tracks – the rare b-side “Sweet Lady Luck,” alternative mixes of “Now You’re Gone” and “Fool For Your Loving,” a live “Judgement Day” and previously unreleased 1990 Monsters Of Rock versions of the title track and “Kitten’s Got Claws.” The videos of the latter two performances make their DVD debuts as do five others on the bonus DVD: the promo videos for “Now You’re Gone,” “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love,” and live “The Deeper The Love” and “Sailing Ships.” “Judgement Day” was previously on the Live…In The Still Of The Night DVD.
Coverdale dissolved Whitesnake shortly after 1990’s Donington festival, but would later reform the band. In 2008, Good To Be Bad, its 10th studio album and first since Slip Of The Tongue was issued. On June 14, 2009, Whitesnake will make its fourth Castle Donington appearance – and first since 1990 – this time for the Download Festival. The ‘Snake continues to Rock and Roll, more successfully than ever.
Rock Gone Wild Wednesday’s start today! Videos from bands playing at the Rock Gone Wild Festival, every Wednesday until August.
Check out Texas Hippie Coalition’s “Pissed Off and Mad About it ” below.
Billy Sheehan is back with a brand new solo CD. This time around Billy brought an all star cast with him. Holy Cow features Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big), Dug Pinnick (King’s X), and Ray Luzier (David Lee Roth, KORN).
I have always had a lot of respect for Billy Sheehan. He blew me away when I saw him when he was a member of the David Lee Roth band in 80’s. Since then I have always considered Billy to be one of the top bass players in hard rock. I must admit that I had low expectations with Holy Cow. I haven’t had a whole lot of luck with the solo CD’s I have picked up in the past. They are typically hit or miss, and they usually get shelved fairly quickly. I don’t think that is going to happen with Holy Cow.
Sheehan has crafted some pretty cool tunes on this disc. I wouldn’t consider Billy Sheehan a great singer but he does do good job on the tunes here. His music is far better than his vocals, and his bass work as well as guitar playing is superb on this disc.
“In A Week or Two”, “A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time” (with Billy Gibbons on guitar), and “A Bloodless Casuality’ are amongst Holy Cow’s best moments.
The instrumental tracks are better than I expected them to be. “Dynamic Exhilarator” features Sheehan’s long time Mr. Big band mate, Paul Gilbert on guitar. “Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi” is fun, only to hear Sheehan go off on his bass.
There are a few songs that I prefer to skip through as they just didn’t do it for me. I think a couple of instrumental tracks is fine, but five is a bit overkill in my opinion.
The Bottom line: this isn’t a perfect CD by any means, but it does have some good songs and definite replayability. It is definitely a CD that will appeal to Billy Sheehan’s long time fans.
For more information on Billy Sheehan, and “Holy Cow”, check out the Billy Sheehan myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In A Week or Two
2. A Lit’l Bit’l Do It To ‘Ya Ev’ry Time
3. Dynamic Exhilarator
4. A Bloodless Casuality
5. Make It To Another Day
6. Just Another Humanoid
7. Turning Point
8. Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi
9. Another Broken Promise
10. Two People Can Keep A Secret
11. Cell Towers Listen
12. She Goes from Cruel To Missionary
13. Sweat on an E String
14. Swimming Underwater
In conjunction with Prong’s, Power of The Damn MiXXXer (13th Planet Records, May 12 release), the band has unveiled its new website (prongmusic.com).
As a special thank you to fans for their continued support the band has made available an exclusive download of 3rd Option (Hold On Tight) remixed by Recs of The Flesh (http://www.myspace.com/recordingsoftheflesh). To redeem the song simply signup to the band’s mailing list.
As previously reported, Prong will headline a European run named the “Worst of The Worst” tour (dates below); just confirmed as support will be the UK band Die So Fluid (diesofluid.net).
Worst of The Worst tour dates:
May 29 Gelsenkirchen Rock Hard Festival
30 Hamburg Logo
31 Antwerp Trix
June 1 Munich Garage Deluxe
2 Zurich Mascotte
3 Paris La Scene Bastille
4 Karlsruhe Substage
5 Hamelin Sumpfblume
6 Uden De Pul
7 Amsterdam Melkweg
8 London Underworld
9 Dudley JB’s
10 Manchester Music Box
11 Glasgow Cathouse
12 Nottingham Rock City/The Basement
14 Belfast The Spring and Airbrake
15 Dublin Andrews Lane Theatre
18 Deventer Burgerweeshuis
19 Ingolstadt Paradox
20 Zlin Masters Of Rock Café
21 Belgrade SKC
23 Vienna Szene Wien
24 Budapest Dürer Kert
26 Saragossa Metalway Festival
Win a signed Yamaha bass from Billy Sheehan courtesy of Yamaha Guitars and F.Y.E. – click and sign up!!!
TANTRIC’S ‘MIND CONTROL’
SET FOR RELEASE JULY 21
VIA SILENT MAJORITY GROUP
TANTRIC–Hugo Ferreira (lead vocals, keyboards), Joe Pessia (guitars), Erik Leonhardt (bass and vocals), Marcus Ratzenboeck (violin), Richie Monica (drums)–will be releasing their fourth album, MIND CONTROL, July 21 on the Silent Majority Group label (through Warner Music Group’s Independent Label Group). It was produced by Brett Hestla (Creed, Framing Hanley, Dark New Day) and is the follow-up to 2008’s THE END BEGINS, which produced the Top Five Rock hit, “Down and Out.”
TANTRIC was formed from the ashes of Platinum acoustic rock band Days of the New. After scores of U.S. tours, multiple Rock hits including ”Breakdown,” “Mourning,” “Astounded,” “Hey Now,” and “Down and Out,” TANTRIC has grown into a mainstay at the Rock radio formats. While the band’s recurrent tracks continue to enjoy plenty of radio play, their fourth album, MIND CONTROL, is being greeted by early listeners as their “heaviest and hookiest” work to date. The title track—the album’s first single–will surely become, yet again, another rock radio staple. A video will hit the TV and Internet airwaves in the next few weeks.
MIND CONTROL is sure to follow in the footsteps of THE END BEGINS, which Billboard described as: “…remarkable…a well-realized blend of post-grunge rock, crafty melodies and pop finesse, sans overt commercial pandering.”
In touring news, look for the band to launch a full-scale summer tour in July. Details are forthcoming.
WINNERS TO PERFORM ON STAGE BEFORE AEROSMITH AND THEIR SPECIAL GUESTS
So you wanna be a rock superstar?
Well, rock superstardom is now within your grasp courtesy of AEROSMITH and Guitar Hero®: Aerosmith®. In groundbreaking fashion, America’s Greatest Rock ‘N Roll Band and the mega-popular video game franchise are giving fans the chance to be the OPENING ACT for the massive Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Presents Aerosmith tour with special guests ZZ Top. The tour–for which tickets are available now at www.livenation.com— kicks off June 10 in St. Louis, with ZZ Top joining the tour on June 21. The catch? Fans simply have to prove their mettle on Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
In each city the tour hits, two victorious fret-burners will perform before ZZ Top (or the support acts for the dates where ZZ Top aren’t performing), playing Guitar Hero: Aerosmith on stage in front of massive audiences. One grand prize winner will be chosen from AEROSMITH’s YouTube channel online and others will be chosen from participating radio stations. However, AEROSMITH are offering the victors way more than just rock immortality for a night.
Winners also receive two tickets to the show, a Guitar Hero: Aerosmith prize package and a personal pre-show congratulatory meet-and-greet with none other than AEROSMITH’s STEVEN TYLER (vocals) and JOE PERRY (guitar). That’s for the winners, not their guests, since the backstage area can only accommodate winners and fellow rock stars.
Further solidifying the winner’s status as a living room rock god, each opening set will be filmed and featured on Aeroforceone.com and the AEROSMITH YouTube channel. Now that’s something to post on your friends’ Facebook walls.
The contest will be showcased on social media sites including MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, iLike and official websites such as Aerosmith.com and Aeroforceone.com; and Guitar Hero web sites including GuitarHero.com and Guitar Hero’s Facebook group.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to shred the stage before AEROSMITH and ZZ Top light up their strings, here’s how to enter:
1) Create a video either ripping some serious air guitar using the Guitar Hero controller OR shredding a wicked session of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.
2) Upload video to YouTube. IMPORTANT: EACH VIDEO ENTRY MUST BE CLEARLY TAGGED AS FOLLOWS: “AerosmithOpeningAct” (one word, no spaces) and another tag with the city you want to win (i.e. “Mansfield”). So your two tags would be: “AerosmithOpeningAct” and “Mansfield.” (Use the city name listed under the “Location” column on the Aero Force One tour page (http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm?pk=viewall&cd=MA2).
3) Subscribe to Aerosmith’s Official YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/theofficialaerosmith. We’ll update the contest videos on a weekly basis, so make sure to see your entry posted after a week. If it’s not there, double check that you tagged it correctly. If you entered everything correctly, email email@example.com with a link to your YouTube video contest entry, the city you hope to win, your first and last name and your email address.
4) AF1 will pick a winner in each city. Hint: To get your video noticed make sure your vid is crazy, cool, rockin’, funny, creative, insane or all of the above—within the letter of the law, of course.
5) Winners will be informed on a rolling basis two weeks before each show. Even if you’re not a grand prize winner, there are some fantastic runner-up prizes. There will be other winners based on videos with the most ratings, comments or creativity. Guitar Hero game packs and pairs of tickets to the shows, will be available Runners Up prizes.
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Becoming a rock star has never been this easy. There’s no touring required, no sleeping on floors, no bad catering, no bus boredom and no awkward interviews, just you and a packed amphitheatre filled to the brim with screaming fans. All you have to do is shred to some of Aerosmith’s greatest hits in Guitar Hero: Aerosmith in order to gain the golden backstage pass.
If you don’t win the Opening Act contest, there’s still a way to get on the same stage as Aerosmith. Aero Force One (AF1), the band’s official fan club, offers exclusive VIP packages for every show on the band’s massive summer tour. With the “Ultra Sweet Spot,” take a guided backstage tour to meet the cast and crew in charge of Aerosmith’s legendary live productions. Stand on stage in the same spot where Steven, Joe, Tom, Brad and Joey will play to thousands of screaming fans and rock the rafters mere hours later. Hang out at a pre-show party where Joey Kramer will make a special appearance and share up-close and personal “Joey Kramer” and of course Aerosmith stories. From your seats in the first 10 rows you’ll get close enough to see legendary guitarists at work – watch Brad Whitford and Joe Perry’s fingers fly on every note in Aerosmith’s blistering set list. AF1 offers a range of VIP packages, each tailored to the ultimate Aerosmith fan experience. (With “Wheels Up,” you can meet Steven and Joe!). If you just want to get to the show, AF1 offers tickets-only with “Premium Tickets” – and throws in some killer merchandise just for being a fan club member. Visit AeroForceOne.com for details.
Now you’ve got two ways to visit rock superstardom for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Good luck!
AEROSMITH–STEVEN TYLER (vocals), JOE PERRY (guitar), BRAD WHITFORD (guitar), TOM HAMILTON (bass) and JOEY KRAMER (drums)–made history last year when Activision released Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, marking the first music-based game built around the legendary music of Aerosmith. The groundbreaking partnership united “America’s greatest hard rock act” (as described by Mojo editor Phil Alexander in a May ’07 cover story) with the massively successful videogame franchise; sales exploded and broke records, with AEROSMITH reaching another generation of fans.
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For one week only, Eonian Records is allowing you to check out songs from Shake City & Uzi! Get them while you can!!
You can pre-order the new CD’s from UZI & Shake City at Amazon.com!
On June, 19, 2009, the swedish band RAM will release their new album “Lightbringer” which will be the first RAM release on AFM Records.
Sweden has found their true metal defenders in RAM. The band was founded in 1999 by guitarist Harry Granroth and has steadily build up their reputation as one of the best bands that the European metal underground has to offer.
Now, after one own-pressing and their official debut album “Forced Entry” (from 2005), RAM are more than ready to make the next step. Countless sweaty live gigs have forged the unit of RAM together. They are no overnight sensation, no victims of trends or fashion: RAM just do what they love: to raise the spirit of true heavy metal and let the music do the talking.
RAM´s musical influences are obvious: Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Mercyful Fate left their marks in the RAM sound. But at the same time there is always a strong original feel throughout all of the material. For every lover of honest, handmade and intense heavy metal the new album “Lightbringer” will indeed light up a dark age of fading old heroes and soulless trend music. Get RAMMED!
Check out RAM on myspace, at this link.
With their debut album they recently reached #36 in the official charts of their home country Sweden. Now it´s time to bring this fantastic new band to all of you! We´re talking about MANIMAL. Sweden´s new force delivers great melodic metal, with up-to-date sound and slightly progressive influences – not to forget: a lot of individuality. MANIMAL´s “The Darkest Room” will be released on June, 19, 2009. Stay tuned for further news. A first teaser can be found here: