New York hard rockers BLACK WATER RISING will be playing at this year’s WHEELIEFEST 12. The event takes place on Saturday August 21st in Rowland, PA at Fantasy Island and runs from 12:00 noon to 11:30 PM.
WHEELIEFEST is the annual grassroots gathering of diehard original real rock-n-roll fans. It is an event arranged by fans for the fans at an awesome rural venue known as Fantasy Island. Located outside the tiny village of Rowland in the Pocono Mountains of Northeast PA, the outdoor event is held at a beautiful privately owned lake with white sand beach, an island with cross bridge, large open-air pavilion and clean modern facilities. Admission to the venue includes excellent ALL-U-Can-Eat catered BBQ dinner, unlimited free refreshments for the entire event, overnight camping, swimming and of course quality up & coming rock acts from all over the US and Canada. For tickets and info visit http://www.realrockpro.com & http://www.myspace.com/wheeliefest
BLACK WATER RISING’S self-titled debut release is available now on Giddy Up! Records. Giddy Up! Records is a brand new label with distribution through Sony/RED. The album artwork was designed by “Mister Sam” aka Sam Shearon, the renowned artist from England who hasdone work for Rob Zombie, Godhead and ESP guitars. In support of the release, BWR have lined up a string of Summer shows with more to be added shortly.
CATCH BLACK WATER RISING LIVE:
August 21st – Rowland, PA @ WHEELIEFEST 2010
September 11th – New Bedford, MA @ New Wave Café
September 25th – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
October 22nd – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
For More Information on BLACK WATER RISING , check them out here:
There are so many hot new releases in August, I fear some of the better new bands will get lost in the shuffle. One of the more interesting bands that I have heard in a while is Stuttgart, Germany’s Downspirit.
Downspirit is a new band that was formed in 2009 by SYMPHORCE/Ex-FREEDOM CALL guitarist Cédric “Cede” Dupont. Dupont wanted to fulfill his dream to form a band dedicated to the combination of blues and metal music. With Point of Origin, Downspirit has somehow managed to blend 80’s hard rock, modern metal and blues to create a sound that is familiar, and yet refreshingly different from so many of the bands on the scene today.
Singer Steffan Lauth’s voice oscillates between a cool melodic and metal sound that helps to keep the songs interesting on this disc. I didn’t really know what to expect with the opening tracks “Point of Origin Part I, and II”. My first thought was, oh great, another band with down tuned guitars. Luckily, this CD gets more interesting quickly. “Love Song” opens up with some killer blues harp, and delivers a good mix of melodic rock & metal. This song gets better every time I listen to it.
“Good Times” is a kick ass stadium anthem that is going to get a ton of play by me. This is easily my favorite on Point of Origin.
After listening to “Arisen” I would guess that Cédric “Cede” Dupont is influenced by George Lynch. There are some moments that remind me of Lynch Mob in this song.
“The End” is this extremely cool deep-toned number that ought to be a hit for Downspirit. This song has a ton of radio potential.
Downspirit has turned in a surprisingly good debut. Overall, I am very pleased with Point of Origin. This is a CD that I will be playing a ton this summer. If you want to check out a new band that rocks, don’t overlook Downspirit’s Point of Origin. I think you will enjoy it.
The first 1000 copies will be in digipak format and contain one bonus track “Rockstar Blues”! It is available for purchase here! For more information on Downspirit, please visit the band’s myspace page! You can watch the album trailer for Point of Origin below!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Point of Origin Pt. I
2. Point of Origin Pt. II
3. Love Song
4. Life’s a Bitch
6. Good Times
7. Hollow Words
8. Highway Run
10. Make my Day
11. The End
12. Rockstar Blues (Bonus Track)
Steffen Lauth – vocals
Cédric “Cede” Dupont – lead guitar
Axel “Aki” Reissmann – rhythm guitar
Sven Rakowitz – bass
Sebastian Dunkel – drums
Check out the new video”Wildlife” from Chicago rockers, Bad City below. Bad City’s new CD, Welcome to the Wasteland will be released on August 24th, 2010.
Rites of Ash are the rising kings of electronic art with their blend of pop/ hard rock influences.
The debut “Like Venom” will be released this Fall through all media outlets.
“Like Venom” offers the listener a perfect balance of melodies and infectious hooks from the beginning and never lets go.
Rites of Ash have always been known for accepting nothing less than perfection when it comes to their work. Combining countless influences into a unified and original sound has helped define the band as innovators in an industry desperately lacking originality. No genre or sound is off-limits for the band; this is evident in their extensive list of influences that include Linkin Park, Billy Joel, Disturbed, T-Pain, and Lady Gaga.
Their music and live show have garnered them numerous accolades from the mainstream music industry; it has been described as “unique but mainstream, hard-hitting yet romantically suave…truly cutting-edge song writing.” (S. Diablo, MTV)
Being an unsigned band hasn’t hindered them from making their own professional music video (Burn), getting it aired on Fuse TV, releasing three studio albums, and having their music featured on over ten MTV shows including: “The Real World,” “Pimp My Ride,” and “Next.”
Rites of Ash’s live show is equally impressive, boasting choreographed lighting effects, custom-built stage pieces, and synchronized videos displayed on flat-panel monitors mounted on mannequins and video-towers.
“Like Venom” track listing includes:
Only Human, Redemption, Toxic (Her Lips Are Like Venom), Burn, Dead Side of Hollywood, Three Leaf Clover, The Sleeper, Disaffected, Breathless, Weight of My World, and Hand Grenade Heart
Check out Rites of Ash website for upcoming shows and news.
RITES OF ASH:
- 80 Two- Lead Vocals & Keyboards
- Lazzo– Guitar/ Keyboards/ Programming
- Lumer- Drums/ Percussion
- Berry- Bass Guitar