Siberian like temperatures of 3 degrees Fahrenheit welcome KROKUS as they arrive in Berlin, Germany for a video shoot of “Hoodoo Woman”, one of the eleven tracks of their much anticipated new cd “Hoodoo”.
The 20-men strong film crew prepares feverishly for the video shoot in an unheated club and prepare for the “Hoodoo Rock Inferno”. A huge skull serves as backdrop, blazing torches all around, one would think that the club should be nice and cozy for the rockers performance. Wrong! Outside temperatures have dropped by now to almost minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit and even the lit torches and spot lights cannot heat up the unheated club significantly. At time of actual shooting temperatures have leveled in at around 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the freezing point for water!
KROKUS declare in unison that it is not just “cold”, it’s “bloody darn cold”! They huddle together in an adjacent room, shaking and shivering, waiting to start the video shoot. Guitarist Fernando fears to catch another severe cold. In the beginning of the year he had to deal with pneumonia. Bassist Chris sits in a corner of the room, pale and shivering. Not just due to the Berlin winter; dinner did not agree with his stomach and he’s suffering from severe gastrointestinal problems due to some rotten meat he ate earlier. Smiling from ear to ear, vocalist Marc rubs his tummy and declares: “I was smart enough to eat fish for dinner. Quickly digested. Makes me look even skinnier in the video”.
Everyone at the video shoot agrees: KROKUS are back! As a band and as a team as well. The mood amongst the musicians is warm-hearted and sincere, despite of the minus degree temperatures. Once the spot lights hit the club’s stage, one cannot see how sick Chris really is. “The show must go on” is his credo. One tough Swiss rocker. Adds guitarist Mark Kohler: “We are so excited. We can hardly wait until the new cd is released and we can play on stage again”.
“Action”, shouts director Oliver Sommer. A haze of smog fills the room. KROKUS rock in front of the cameras to the playback of “Hoodoo Woman”. Over and over again. One take after the other. Different angles. Jokes drummer Freddy: “This is like in the military. It’s stone-cold, in front of the line someone jells orders and the troops follow in sync”.
It’s after midnight – outside temperatures minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest night in Berlin this year – the video shoot is completed. All involved, band and film crew alike, are tired, exhausted but with a big grin on their faces. Jokes Chris Von Rohr: “Another recipe for happiness – put everyone for a couple of hours in a fridge or large freezer!”.
[For additional pictures go to KROKUSONLINE.COM]
Nights with Alice Cooper sent out the following today:
Tune in to see your host with the most present in the Best Rock Album category–alongside Katy Perry! Yes, Beauty and the Beast. (Alice being the Beauty, of course!) Bands in the category are AC/DC, Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Green Day, Dave Matthews Band and U2!
Coop’s a Clapton fan, but doesn’t AC/DC gotta win this one?
Tune in to the Grammys this Sunday, January 31st at 8 p. m. on CBS, and your favorite radio mutant, Alice Cooper (and Katy Perry!) will tell you who wins… and look great doing it!
Veteran rocker Billy Idol has become the latest big name rumoured to be in the running to replace Steven Tyler as frontman of Aerosmith.
The band revealed they will be hosting auditions to find a new member while Tyler takes a hiatus, with guitarist Joe Perry insisting the star won’t be ready to tour with them until he recovers from a recent stint in rehab and a series of operations.
Lenny Kravitz was the first singer linked to the role, but admitted he would never take over from Tyler, while reports have also suggested former Queen star Paul Rodgers.
Now Idol is rumoured to be in contention, with Classic Rock magazine reporting he was due to meet with the musicians but pulled out after falling sick.
A source tells the publication, “Joe said he wanted to talk to Billy about joining Aerosmith, because the band were having problems with Steven. As far as I know Idol did not show up due to having a cold.”
Perry recently admitted they have already talked to a number of singers about replacing Tyler, but refused to divulge any names. He said, “(There’s) a few people we’ve talked to, and we’ll see how it goes… As far as auditions go, we’ll probably just sit around and have a couple of drinks and see if we get along – because we’re already gonna know that they can sing.”
LAS VEGAS UPSTARTS TAKING DAWN RELEASE TIME TO BURN VIA ROADRUNNER
PREPARE TO ENTERTAIN HOME CROWD WITH ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE
Las Vegas-based rockers Taking Dawn, who just released their Roadrunner debut, Time to Burn, on Tuesday, January 26, are gearing up for an acoustic performance and autograph signing session at Zia Records, also known as Las Vegas, best independent music store. The band will perform two songs, in addition to signing autographs for fans and customers. The in-store appearance will take place on Saturday, February 13 and will begin promptly at 2 PM at Zia on Eastern, 4225 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas, NV, 89119.
Taking Dawn are currently on tour with labelmates Theory of a Deadman. Expect to hear a lot more from this up and coming band, who’ve been described as having “ballsy rock riffs that are ’80s-influenced while still showcasing a lot of modern touches” by Cosmos Gaming and as “not afraid to rock hard and take names” by Colossal Pop. The Las Vegas Review Journal has deemed Time to Burn “a total rager.” Metalholic said the album had “guitars with winding melodies and high impact drumming.”
The band recently unveiled a video for the rockin’ “Time to Burn” here.
HELLOWEEN CELEBRATE 25 YEARS WITH THE RELEASE OF
UNARMED – BEST OF 25TH ANNIVERSARY
Helloween, one of the most eminent melodic metal bands worldwide and – along with the Scorpions and Accept – Germany’s ultimate metal export, got their start exactly 25 years ago. A total of eleven headlining world tours took the band all over the globe, and their sensational show at the Monsters Of Rock in Castle Donington in front of more than 100,000 metalheads. Spectacular tours alongside Iron Maiden, Dio and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as their MTV Headbangers Ball US tour with Anthrax and Exodus remain unforgotten. Helloween have sold more than five million record! s and garnered 14 gold and 6 platinum awards globally, receiving two gold records in Germany. Now Andi Deris (vocals), Michael Weikath (guitar), Sascha Gerstner (guitar), Markus Großkopf (bass) and Daniel Löble (drums) have set out to prove that their great anthems ooze that special Helloween flair even with totally new arrangements.
UNARMED – Best Of 25th Anniversary is Helloween’s ‘thank-you’ to millions of fans old and new and will prove their exceptional position on the international metal scene. Instead of putting together a regular greatest hits compilation featuring their most successful tracks to celebrate this anniversary, the five band members completely rearranged the greatest melodies they had written in the course of their career to date. The album features Supercharge’s exceptional saxophonist Albie Donnelly, Hellsongs’s vocalist Harriet Ohlsson, pianist Matthias Ulmer, plus the 70-piece Prague Symphonic Orchestra and the choirs of! the Gregorian singers!
As a special surprise, Helloween have come up with ‘The Keeper´s Trilogy’ a stunning 17-minute medley of the songs ‘Halloween’, ‘Keeper Of The Seven Keys’ and ‘The King For A 1000 Years’, recorded in cooperation with the Prague Symphonic Orchestra and likely to send shivers of delight down the spine of every Helloween fan.
UNARMED – Best Of 25th Anniversary sees Helloween commemorate their 25th anniversary in their very own way. “We aren’t one of those bands who like to celebrate themselves,” says Weikath. “We wanted to say thank you in a special way to all our fans who have followed us through the past 25 years – to us, this album stands for an official celebration. We had a lot of fun recording our most important tracks in an entirely new ‘outfit’ and with new arrangements. Now we can’t wait to find out how our fans will react.”
01. Dr. Stein
02. Future World
03. If I Could Fly
04. Where The Rain Grows
05. The Keeper’s Trilogy
06. Eagle Fly Free
07. Perfect Gentleman
08. Forever & One
09. I Want Out
10. Fallen To Pieces
11. A Tale That Wasn’t Right
Frontiers Records to release AURAS anticipated debut album “New Generation” on March 19th in Europe and April 6th in the USA.
January 2010 – Hailing from Brazil, Auras is one of the most exciting new acts to hit the AOR-rock scene in the past few years and with the release of their debut album New Generation they are ready to prove the world that acts such as Journey, The Storm, Toto and Survivor have found a credible heir from South America!
Auras was formed in the beginning of 2007 by singer Gui Oliver and guitarist Ferpa Lacerda. Tired of playing in cover bands and feeling they were musically mature enough, both musicians decided to write some new music.
The first song coming out of this collaboration Hungry Hearts was sent out to several producers and musicians around the world, gathering some very warm response. Gui and Ferpa therefore kept on writing more material until their songs landed on Frontiers Records desk who some immediately some concrete interest, making Auras the first band from South America to sign with the label.
New Generation is the result of years of hard work and faith in our music, explains Gui Oliver. It sounds corny, but it’s really a dream that came true especially for a Brazilian band where this kind of music is not very popular. We really have to thank Frontiers for their trust and support.
Being a real band, not just a studio project, Auras had their live debut supporting their idols Jeff Scott Soto and Jimi Jamison in Curitiba, Auras hometown. Hearing the band play, Jamison mentioned that Auras songs took him back to the eighties and reminded him of the great bands of that period.
Artists like Toto, Journey and Survivor, tells Gui, are known worldwide and in Brazil it’s not different: their classic hits are still on the radio. Their music touched me in different ways. It was not only the beautiful and amazing melodies, but their songs also had great lyrics. Ferpa also grew up in a very musical family and this kind of music was always part of his life. Definitely melodic rock and AOR in Brazil is not for the masses but we have a faithful and loyal audience. We received lots of emails of people saying how proud they were of us about the album.
During the recording process the great jazz drummer Edu Sallum, who had already played with Rafael Moreira (Pink, Christina Aguilera, Rockstar INXS, Paul Stanley), joined the band, and the local studio musicians Matheus Brandon and Hemerson Vieira helped to complete New Generation. The album was finally mixed and mastered to sonic perfection by Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Sunstorm, Place Vendome, Khymera etc.).
Love, dreams, faith and hope are what Auras music is all about.
New Generation includes the following tracks:
Beauty Of Dreams (previewed on Rock The Bones vol. 7 compilation); Forgive and Forget; Never Give Up; In My Arms; Reach Out; New Generation; Forever In Your Eyes; Hungry Hearts; That’s the Way Love Goes; Keep On Loving You; Out of Love; Love To Survive. Includes Beauty of Dreams videoclip.
Click on this link to enjoy the Beauty of Dreams videoclip on youtube!
Gui Oliver – lead vocals
Ferpa Lacerda – guitars and background vocals
Edu Sallum – drums and percussion
Matheus Brandon – guitars and background vocals
Hemerson Vieira – bass
Check out the brand new video from The Last Vegas, “Whatever Gets You Off”!Vodpod videos no longer available.
RoadRunner UK just posted a retraction for the free Airbourne download today. It will be posted online in one week, on February 5th.
Get a free download of the new Airbourne song, “Get Busy Livin” from the up and coming CD, No Guts No Glory via the Roadrunner.uk website.
Offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and frontman for Free Reign, the band that is “heavier than metal”
Marc Colombo, offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys and vocalist for hard rock band Free Reign, will be the special guest on Hard Rock Nights January 29-February 4. Free Reign, featuring three NFL players, just released their debut EP “Tragedy.” In addition to Colombo, the band also boasts Cory Proctor (drums) and Leonard Davis (bass) from the Cowboys, as well as Davis’ longtime friend Justin Chapman (lead guitar). Free Reign is signed to Riot Entertainment, the record label home of Fozzy, fronted by WWE Wrestling superstar Chris Jericho.
Colombo will chat with JT about the formation of Free Reign, recording the 5-song EP, and how the title track “Tragedy” was written. And, of course, JT couldn’t resist asking Marc who he favors in the upcoming Super Bowl between the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints.
Hard Rock Nights is a weekly syndicated radio program internationally broadcast on a number of rock and metal stations. For a full list of stations and airtimes, point your browser to http://hardrocknights.wordpress.com/affiliates.
I have been waiting forever for another good Kingdom Come album. Since 1989 to be exact. The last Kingdom Come album I enjoyed was In Your Face with the classic lineup of Wolf, James Kottak, Rick Steier, Danny Stag, and Johnny Frank. It seems like ever since that album, Lenny Wolf has turned Kingdom Come into his own personal solo project, desperately trying to distance the pseudo band’s sound from the Led Zeppelin like tunes of the band’s past.
When I saw the new Kingdom Come video “So Unreal” in December, I thought Lenny might be returning to the band to its roots. If this were truly the case, I would be completely overjoyed. Unfortunately, Magnified is more of the same from Lenny Wolf & friends.
The opening song, “Living Dynamite” left me scratching my head. This is a hard rock/alternative hybrid with odd effects thrown in. I wanted to like this song, but it just does not grow on me after repeat plays.
Luckily, “No Murderer I Kiss” is much better. This song has a cool riff that almost takes Kingdom Come into Black Sabbath territory. Not a bad song, but not what I expected either.
“24 Hours” is more of a modern rock effort, that is pretty hard to describe. This mid tempo number isn’t hard rock, and it isn’t pop. I could almost hear this song being played on a lite rock station. It isn’t a bad song, but it is a little on the boring side to me.
“So Unreal” is the closest thing to Kingdom Come’s original sound. I liked this song the first time I heard it. Unfortunately, this is the only song in this style on Magnified.
“Hey Mama” is another rocker that I could salvage off Magnified. This heavy tune has some definite replay value, and could find its way to radio in some markets.
Call me shallow if you will, but I thought the songs on this CD just didn’t rock very much, and were a little too overproduced. It is certainly an interesting listen, but overall, I just won’t get a lot of replay out of Magnified.
You can preview the songs from Magnified at this link. Tread at your own risk.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Living Dynamite
02. No Murderer I Kiss
03. 24 Hours
04. So Unreal
05. When I Was
06. Over You
07. Sweet Killing
08. Unwritten Language
09. Hey Mama
10. The Machine Inside
11. Feeding The Flame
Kingdom Come is:
Lenny Wolf – Vocals
Hendrik Thiesbrummel – Drums & Percussion
Eric Foerster – Lead Guitar
Frank Binke – Bass
If you didn’t tune in to Hard Rock Hideout Radio last night, you missed a killer show, and a really cool interview with Tunnel’s Dave Henzerling.
This is the play list from last night’s show:
Divide the Day – Let It Roll
Jetboy – Feel the Shake
Run Devil Run – Dance All Night
Zeroking – Black Friday
Jupiter Crash – Dark Surprise
Adelitas Way – Just A Little Bit
Dio – Stand Up & Shout (By Request)
W.A.S.P. – Babylon’s Burning
Black Tide – Let Me
Pearl – Rock Child
Snowblynd – She (Kiss Cover)
Judge Jackson – Radio
Tunnel – Blood on the Train (Random Pick of the Week)
Sinner Saints – Whiskey Train
Mama Kin – In The City
The Poor – Poison
Alice Cooper – What Do You Want From Me?
The Art of Dying – I Will Be There
Jaded Sun – Higher
The Cult – Libertine (by request)
Dave Henzerling Interview
Tunnel – Into The Sun
Black Robot – Money
Ace Frehley – Outer Space
KISS – War Machine
Winger – Deal With The Devil
Tunnel – In Your Groove (Random Pick of the Week)
L.A. Guns – City of Angels
Million Dollar Reload – Dead Like You (Freeloader)
Thieves & Liars – Let’s Rock
The Driving Conditions – Rock N’ Roll
Crash Kelly – Falling In & Out
Danko Jones – Hot Damn Woman
New Device – In the Fading Light
AC/DC – War Machine
’77 – Big Smoker Pig
Airbourne – Red Dress Woman
Sideburn – Ghost of 1980 (To Bon Scott)
Guttercats – Decoy Woman
Tarsha – How could I Forget
Tunnel – American Metal (Random Pick of the Week)
Chris Laney – Last Man Standing
You can tune in to Hard Rock Hideout Radio each week from 10 P.M. – 1 A.M. EST online at www.kacvfm.org, and in Amarillo, TX on KACV FM 90.
“Feel Like I Do”, the new videofrom the Texas heavy rock act DROWNING POOL, can be viewed below. The song is the first single from the group’s new, self-titled album, which is due in April via Eleven Seven Music.
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Pittsburgh’s masters of traditional metal ICARUS WITCH are on the road right now alongside original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno! Not only are ICARUS WITCH direct support for the full tour, the band are also acting as Di’Anno’s backing band, taking on double-duty every night of the tour, which hits NYC tonight.
ICARUS WITCH have completed their third full-length album entitled Draw Down The Moon which is to be released February 9th through Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The nine-track release sees the band in a more mature, yet increasingly aggressive song writing mode, stripped of the extraneous bells and whistles of synths and samples and just straight-up rocking out! The band was recently described as having a “Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship” by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.
ICARUS WITCH w/ Paul Di’anno
1/27/2010 B.B. King Blues Club – New York, NY
1/28/2010 The Reverb – Toronto, ON
1/29/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
1/30/2010 Gil’s Bar And Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
1/31/2010 Jaxx Nigthclub – Springfield, VA
2/01/2010 Bogies – Albany, NY
2/04/2010 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC
2/05/2010 Crazy Marlin’s – Panama City Beach, FL
2/06/2010 The Pit (Brewster’s) – Jacksonville, FL
2/07/2010 Senor Frogs – San Juan, PR
2/08/2010 Limelight – Nashville, TN
2/09/2010 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
2/10/2010 Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX
2/11/2010 Smokin Aces – Mission, TX
2/12/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club – Corpus Christi, TX
2/13/2010 Backstage Lounge – San Antonio, TX
2/14/2010 The Loft at The Palladium – Dallas, TX
2/17/2010 Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
2/18/2010 New Oasis – Sparks, NV
2/19/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
2/20/2010 Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA
2/21/2010 Voodoo Lounge – San Jose, CA
2/25/2010 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26/2010 Radmaker’s Rock n Roll Tavern – Tolono, IL
2/27/2010 Emerald Theater – Mt. Clemens, MI
2/28/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest – Chillicothe, Ohio
Frontiers Records announces the release of CRAZY LIXX second album “New Religion” on March 19th in Europe and April 6th in the USA.
January 2010 – Crazy Lixx, one of the most exciting bands to come out of the Sleaze-Rock movement renaissance in Sweden, together with Crashdïet, Hardcore Superstar, Babylon Bombs and Vains of Jenna, are back with the release of the brand new album entitled New Religion.
Crazy Lixx was formed in 2002 in Malmö, Sweden. The core line-up up until the first album consisted of vocalist Danny Rexon (also known as Dirtchild Danny or D.C. Danny), guitarist Vic Zino, drummer Joél Cirera and bass player Loke Rivano. The current line-up features guitarist Andy Dawson in Vic Zino’s place after the latter joined Hardcore Superstar.
Crazy Lixx debuted with Loud Minority in November 2007, an album that notwithstanding an underground release, received a great acclaim from the media and fans, reaching position #2 in the national Swedish Hard Rock chart.
The band spent all of 2008 and parts of 2009 touring like hell all over Europe and writing material for the new album, working hard to define their own music style which, even though was often compared to the likes of Def Leppard, KISS, Warrant and Skid Row, it has now matured and evolved in a personal and ultra-melodic interpretation of the Sleaze-Arena Hard Rock style.
The final result is New Religion, the new album which includes a dozen Hard Rock gems (out of over the double amount of songs written) recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, along with producer Chris Laney (Europe, Crashdïet, Candlemass).
We set out with one goal, and that was to beat the living s**t out of “Loud Minority” with these new songs, and if you ask me, we’ve beaten it black and blue. I can’t wait to get these new songs played live, states singer Danny Rexon.
And thanks to killer anthems like My Medicine and such cuts as The Witching Hour, Children of the Cross, Rock and a Hard Place and 21 ’til I Die (just to name a few), the guys can consider their mission accomplished and look at 2010 as a key year to break their talent on to the international markets!
New Religion includes the following tracks:
Rock and a Hard Place; My Medicine; 21 ‘Til I Die; Blame it on Love; Road to Babylon; Children of the Cross; The Witching Hour; Lock up Your Daughter; She’s Mine; What of Our Love; Desert Bloom; Voodoo Woman.
CRAZY LIXX are:
Danny Rexon, vocals
Andy Dawson, guitars
Joél Cirera, drums
Loke Rivano, bass
I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto since his early days as a singer with Yngwie Malmsteen. I have never had the luxury of seeing Soto perform live. His fan base in the United States is so small, I fear the new JSS CD, One Night in Madrid is as close as it will get for me.
If you are familiar with Soto’s solo work on his CD’s Lost in the Translation, Beautiful Mess, or music from his
previous band Talisman, you will feel right at home with this CD. Soto’s vocals are amazing as always, and the music is super tight. Soto’s band sounds like they are having a good time while playing, and that shows in the music. This is obviously not soundboard quality with this being live, but it is far better than any bootleg you will hear.
Some of my favorites in this set are the songs, “Soul Divine”, “Drowning” “Frozen/Crazy (Seal)”. I really got a kick out of hearing Soto do the song “Stand Up” from the Rockstar movie soundtrack. (Remember Steel Dragon?) If there was anything that I found disappointing with this live CD, it is that there are a ton of songs from Jeff’s career that he could have played, that is not in this two CD set. How about a tune from the Malmsteen, Eyes or the Soul Sirkus days? I would love to hear “Calling All Girls” or “Cheyenne” performed live. There is so much great music from Soto’s career, there is no way he could pack it all in a ninety minute set. The material that is here is very good though.
One Night in Madrid reiterates what I already knew.: Jeff Scott Soto is one of the best singers in rock today! It is a shame that more folks in the U.S. haven’t figured this out yet. Casual fans of Jeff Scott Soto may want to invest in Soto’s solo CD’s before checking out this live disc. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I am familiar with most of the songs in this two CD set. If you are a die hard fan of Jeff Scott Soto, don’t miss out on this.
Rating: Out of 10
02. 21st Century Man
03. Colour My XTC
04. Soul Divine
05. Our Song
07. Edu Drum Solo
08. Funky Jam
09. Jorge Guitar Solo
11. Eyes of Love
13. Band Introductions
14. Broken Man
03. Piano Medley
04. Gin & Tonic Sky
05. Jorge Workshop
06. I`ll Be Waiting
07. Stand Up
08. Funky Medley
Jeff Scott Soto – Lead Vocals
Jorge Salan – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Fernando Mainer – Bass/Vocals
Edu Comnato – Drums/Vocals
BJ – Rhythm & Acoustic GUitars/Keyboards/Vocals
Say it’s so Activision! Reb Beach may have let the cat out of the bag prematurely Monday night on the Eddie Trunk show when he mentioned that he would be laying down tracks for the new Guitar Hero Alice Cooper game. No information is online about this game yet. I hope this one sees the light of day!!
Puddle Of Mudd gave an intimate performance of their hit single “Spaceship” last night at a private event in NYC. Video footage from the concert is now available to view online across Clear Channel Rock, Active Rock, and Alternative station websites! For a full list of station sites click here, or watch the performance directly right now at this link or in the Stripped widget below!
Pick up Puddle Of Mudd’s latest album, Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love and Hate, and stop by their official MySpace to view a full list of current tour dates with Shinedown and Skillet.
The mighty Megadeth will join forces with Testament and Exodus for a month-long jaunt that will find these thrash titans crisscrossing the nation on the ‘Rust in Peace’ twentieth anniversary tour. These will be incredibly special shows that will delight Megadeth fans, as the band will be playing their landmark, genre-defining album, 1990’s Rust in Peace, in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth set list favorites.
Megadeth’s latest, ENDGAME, was released in September 2009 and received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career. The band performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and was nominated for yet another Grammy – the eighth nomination of their storied career- for “Head Crusher.” Megadeth also enjoyed heaps of praise in the press, from outlets as varied as New York to Revolver to VH1’s “That Metal Show” to PopMatters. With ENDGAME, Megadeth have once again ascended to the top of the metal world.
The tour will kick off on March 1 in Spokane, WA and will run through the end of the month. The dates are as follows, with tickets going on sale this Friday, January 29.
3/1 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
3/2 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
3/3 – Medford, OR – Medford Armory
3/6 – Calgary, AB – Big Four (Testament with Special Guests)
3/7 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre (Testament with Special Guests)
3/8 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Exhibition Hall
3/11 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
3/12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Palace Theater
3/13 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
3/15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
3/16 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
3/18 – Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
3/19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
3/21 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
3/22 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
3/23 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
3/25 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
3/26 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheate
3/27 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavilion
3/28 – El Paso, TX – Club 101
3/30 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
3/31 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium (Testament with Special Guests)
Stay tuned for more information next week on the rescheduling of the American Carnage tour dates.
AC/DC is putting the metal in the upcoming “Iron Man 2” film.
The band announced Tuesday they will release the official soundtrack, “AC/DC: Iron Man 2” on April 19. The first video from the album, “Shoot To Thrill,” was released on Tuesday.
The CD won’t contain new music, but 15 classic songs, including “Let There Be Rock,” “Thunderstruck,” and the recent “War Machine.”
The film opens in the United States on May 7.
If you haven’t seen the Iron Man 2 trailer yet, you can watch it below!
Fresh off the heels of their successful showcase at the Viper Room in Los Angeles, CA on January 14th, 2010. Halo Stereo will be showcasing at SXSW and Red Gorilla Music Festival in Austin, TX in March, 2010. In addition to these shows, Halo Stereo has been invited to perform for the U.S.O. Tour (dates TBA) and to attend the European Music Days Festival in Paris, France this summer.
Halo Stereo is also currently holding a Digital Listening Party which runs until March 1. Fans can claim 4 free Halo Stereo songs from their new album “The Invisible War” and be entered into a drawing for a VIP night with the band. One winner and a guest get to meet Halo Stereo at a show on their bus, have dinner with the group, visit with them backstage, and introduce them before their show with Vanilla Ice. Winning contestants will also win free Halo Stereo merchandise.
Step1: Become a fan of Halo Stereo on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/halostereo
Step2: Click on the ->> (arrow) tab on their page and click on events; choosing Halo Stereo Digital Listening Party: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=259416259395&index=1
Step 3: Join this Event by clicking Attending in the right hand column
(In return fans receive a free download of the song “Doorman”)
Step 4: Suggest to 50 of your friends that they become Facebook Fans of Halo Stereo. Simply go to the Halo Stereo fan page, and under the picture click “Suggest to Friends” and then pick 50 people you think would like Halo Stereo!
(In return fans receive a free download of “Heart Is A Vacuum”)
Step 5: Share Halo Stereo on your facebook page. Go to the Halo Stereo Fan Page and on the bottom left is a box that says share, it will put Halo Stereo on your profile for everyone to see!
(In return fans receive a free download of “Blindfold”)
Step 6: Text 102.9 The Buzz request line at 49375 and request “Doorman”.
(In return fans receive a free download of “Proud”)
Step 7: Once all steps are complete, go back to Halo Stereo’s Facebook page and post “Halo Stereo, SHITCHEA!” along with your email address. The band will send your free downloads and complete your entry into the contest.
Winners will be announced on March 2, the contest ends on March 1st, 2010.
Halo Stereo was formed in 2002 and have been steadily making their mark on the music scene, obtaining radio play, song placements on network television, and FUSE TV’s “Unsigned Artist of the Month” honors for April 2009. FUSE TV featured the video for the track “Blindfold” from the band’s sophomore album “The Invisible War”. Other tracks from “The Invisible War” receiving television placement include the song “Proud”, which was featured on A&E’s “The Cleaner”, and the song “Doorman”, featured on the CBS show “Three Rivers”.
Halo Stereo blends American rock with UK-influenced melodies tapping into a vein of pop rock music that is topped off with psychedelic lyrics and well honed musicianship. The show proved to be a success and Halo Stereo members Andrew Fry (vocals, keys, guitar), Jody Hicks (bass, vocals), Brian Meeks (drums) and Nathan McDonald (guitar) have previously showcased at the Dewey Beach Music Festival as well as at the Red Gorilla Music Festival (RGMF) in 2009, and will be showcasing again at RGMF in 2010. Halo Stereo has also been selected for a 2010 USO Tour as well as the European Music Days festival being held in Paris, France.
Current tour dates for Halo Stereo include:
Jan 29 20108:00P
The Exit In 102.9 The Buzz New Music Showcase Nashville, Tennessee
Feb 6 2010 8:00P
Crossroads Huntsville, Alabama
Feb 18 2010 8:00P
Brew Co. Bowling Green, Kentucky
Feb 19 2010 8:00P
Foxys BBQ Madisonville, Kentucky
Feb 20 2010 8:00P
Vitellos Murray, Kentucky
Feb 27 2010 8:00P
Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, Tennessee
Mar 13 2010 8:00P
Coda Monroe, Louisiana
Mar 17 2010 8:00P
Fitzgeralds Houston, Texas
Mar 18 2010 8:00P
tba Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 8:00P
tba Austin, Texas
Mar 25 2010 8:00P
Tidballs Bowling Green, Kentucky
Mar 30 2010 8:00P
Limelight for DJ Cliffy’s Birthday Bash w/ Vanilla Ice Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 15 2010 8:00P
Big Apple Murray, Kentucky
Apr 16 2010 8:00P
Megan and Potters Birthday Bash @ The Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, Tennessee
Apr 17 2010 8:00P
Private Event Decatur, Alabama
Aug 27 2010 8:00P
Bike Week @ Winners Circle Indianapolis, Indiana
Aug 28 2010 8:00P
Winners Circle Indianapolis, Indiana
Halo Stereo links:
Halo Stereo music can be purchased on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-invisible-war/id279587128) or by visiting www.halostereo.com
Live from The Coronet in London comes another epic performance from Wolfmother! In the just released footage Wolfmother, led by head Wolfie Andrew Stockdale, rip through “California Queen,” a track from their newly released album Cosmic Egg. The video debuted on the band’s official site www.Wolfmother.com, which will also be the home of additional footage from this gig.
Wolfmother is currently on tour in Europe, and will head straight into the massive Australian tour in support of rock icons AC/DC! Cosmic Egg featuring “New Moon Rising,” “California Queen” and “White Feather” is in stores now!
JON OLIVA’S PAIN will release their fourth studio album “Festival” on February, 19, 2010. A bombastic title for a bombastic record, indeed.
After the more experimental last JOP album “Global Warning” from 2008, the songs of the new album are going “back to the basics” again. Less slow tracks, more Metal!
Like the master announced it some time ago, “Festival” could be described as a mix of “Hall Of The Mountain King” (Savatage) and the second JON OLIVA’S PAIN album “Maniacal Renderings”. Epic compositions encounter with rough, heavy rockers, all melt together by Jon´s unique style of composing. This album marks the next step in the continuing legacy of the “Mountain King”. It´s once again a unique and unmatched piece of work by one of the scene´s last originals.
FEAR FACTORY fans should mark the 5th of February in their schedule. At this date, the new FEAR FACTORY album “Mechanize” will be released via AFM Records. The FEAR FACTORY line up will be Burton C. Bell (voc), Dino Cazares (g), Byron Stroud (b) and Gene Hoglan (dr).
The new album “Mechanize” will be available in different formats:
Besides the standard CD and the limited Digipak, “Mechanize” will be available as a double vinyl album and a very special FEAR FACTORY tool box. This toolbox (see picture below) includes the digipack CD, a carpenter pencil, screwdriver, hammer, calliper, folding rule, measuring tape, patch (12 x 5cm) and a DIN A2 poster.
Dave Henzerling, guitarist for the bands Tunnel, King Kobra and Big Cock will be the special guest on the January 27th edition of Hard Rock Hideout Radio.
Tunnel, the new band featuring Dave Henzerling and Scott Hammons from Icon, recently released a new self titled CD, which has been receiving rave reviews across cyberspace.
Dave Henzerling talks about his new band Tunnel, as well as other projects he is working on.
In addition, the January 27th show will feature music from bands that have joined the latest social media craze, Twitter.
Hard Rock Hideout Radio is a weekly radio program at the 100,000 watt KACV FM 90 in Amarillo, TX. The show is broadcast live every Wednesday night from 9 P.M. – 12 A.M. CST and can be listened to online at www.kacvfm.org
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival featuring KORN and Rob Zombie will kick off Saturday, July 10 in San Bernardino, CA and will roll through 24 cities in the U.S. and Canada between early July and late August.
This summer’s lineup turns up the heat with a main stage lineup that sees KORN and Rob Zombie joined by Lamb Of God and Five Finger Death Punch. The Jagermeister stage will feature Hatebreed, Chimaira, Shawdows Fall, Winds Of Plague and the Jagermeister Battle of The Bands Winner. The Extreme Metal stage will spotlight Atreyu, Norma Jean, In This Moment and 3 Inches Of Blood.
A special pre-sale ticket offer will go on-sale on April 1st. The package will include a specially-priced and designed limited edition ticket, a jump the line pass and more. Look for details in February.
Visit http://www.mayhemfest.com for more details.
Maylene & the Sons of Disaster are a six piece southern rock band from Birmingham, AL made up of Ex-Underoath Vocalist Dallas Taylor, Roman Havaland – Bass, Chad Huff – Guitar, Kelly Scott Nunn – Guitar, Jake Duncan – Guitar, and Matt Clark – Drums, but make no mistake about they are not your dad’s Southern Rock, with their three guitar assault, and leaning toward the heavier side of the musical spectrum definitely blurring the lines between hardcore/metal and swampy, 1970s boogie Southern rock. One thing you can take to the bank though is you will experience a musical ass whipping like no other after one listen to the band’s newest release “III” and come back begging for more. It’s funny how fast things change, especially in music, if you would’ve asked me who Maylene & the Sons of Disaster were on Dec 12th, 2009 my honest answer would’ve been I have no freaking clue. If you had asked me the very same question on Dec 13th, 2009 my answer would’ve been one of the most kick ass bands I’ve heard in a long time and that answer was just based on hearing their single “Step Up (I’m On It)”, before I even got my hands on their album “III”. Now to make sure I wasn’t just blinded by the awesomeness that is “Step Up (I’m On It)”, I sent Rob Rockitt and Christine Sixx the band’s myspace link and the first words out of both of their mouths was “Holy Sh*T!!” so I knew my answer of one of the most kick ass bands I’ve heard in a long time was justified.
“III” starts off with “Waiting On My Deathbed” it starts off with a slow build intro of banjo, mandolin, and piano before the band kicks in and Taylor’s vocals are unleashed, heavy but filled with melody to still sing along is the best way to describe this song, a great album opener. “Settling Scores By Burning Bridges” is up next and it is even heavier than “Deathbed” but still filled with melody and both songs have great solos in them. Just from the opening notes of “Just A Shock” you can tell this is going to be a flat out rocker and the band doesn’t disappoint in the least bit, not as heavy as the first two tracks and more commercial radio friendly I can see “Just A Shock” getting a lot of air play if released as a single and the same could be said for “Last Train Coming” it is just as radio friendly and has some great background vocals. Next up is “Step Up (I’m On It)” and to put it simply; without question in my opinion this is the most bad ass song on the planet today. I was floored the first time I heard it and it continues to kick my ass on a daily basis. “Listen Up” does a 180 from the previous songs on “III”, but it still kicks ass just the same. Easily the most commercial song on the album and should have no problem becoming a major hit on radio “Listen Up” is the kind of song you can put on repeat and listen to it over and over without getting tired of. “The Old Iron Hills” and “No Good Son” are two more great straight up rockers much in the vein of “Last Train Coming” and “Just A Shock”, while “Harvest Moon Hanging” and “Oh Lonely Grave” lean back to the heavier side of Maylene’s spectrum.
If Maylene and the Sons of Disaster do not become a known name after releasing an album like “III” the music business is more screwed up than I thought it was, because this album is damn near perfect.
Rating: Out of 10
- Waiting On My Deathbed
- Settling Scores by Burning Bridge
- Just a Shock
- Last Train Coming
- Step Up (I’m On It)
- Listen Close
- The Old Iron Hills
- No Good Son
- Harvest Moon Hanging
- Oh Lonely Grave
- The End Is Here…The End Is Beautiful
Maylene & The Sons of Disaster are:
Dallas Taylor – lead vocals
Roman Haviland – bass, backing vocals
Chad Huff – guitar
Kelly Scott Nunn – guitar
Jake Duncan – guitar, backing vocals
Matt Clark – drums
Check out the brand new video, “Promise Land” from Giant. Giant’s new album, Promise Land will be released on March 9th in the U.S.
If you missed Ozzy on the Today show this morning, you can watch the interview online at this link: http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/35057359#35057359