Hell Or Highwater has been brewing for a little over a year and a half, as Brandon Saller’s (Atreyu) songwriting drew inspiration from classic rock, doo-wop, punk and pop. Once armed with a solid collection of tunes, he unleashed his newfound vigor in a slew of gigs prior to the New Year. When Atreyu announced their hiatus in January, Saller knew the timing was spot on to bring Hell Or Highwater to the forefront.
The 5-piece band will self-release “Begin Again” on August, 9th, 2011. To support the release, the band will take the stage touring on the UPROAR Festival kicking off in August.
“The Black Cloud Collective was just a name. We felt that it didn’t speak to, or represent the 5 of us. Hell or Highwater spoke to who we are as a band. Hell or Highwater is who we are,” says Saller.
The Hell Or Highwater lineup in addition to Brandon Saller is Matt Pauling (The Confession), guitarist Neal Tiemann (MWK, David Cook), bassist Joey Bradford (Thieves and Liars), and drummer Kyle Peek (MWK, David Cook).
“I was lucky enough to find, in my opinion, some of the greatest musicians I could have ever found,” Saller states. “The music has energized all of us to the point where we’re foaming at the mouth. This music makes me want to body slam someone and run a mile, while waving an American flag!”
In addition to the upcoming release of “Begin Again” and the UPROAR Festival Tour, Saller recorded a cover of “Night Life” with Billy Martin of Good Charlotte for the soundtrack of the upcoming Muppets Movie coming August 23rd to Starbucks’ worldwide.
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eOne Music has completed a new, exclusive deal with hard rock supergroup CHICKENFOOT for North America. The group – Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith – will release its sophomore album, titled “Chickenfoot III,” in late September 2011.
CHICKENFOOT’s 2009 Gold-certified, self-titled album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top and included the hit “Oh Yeah.”
Alan Grunblatt, President of eOne Music, says, “Chickenfoot is one of the top selling hard rock groups in the country. Everyone at eOne is thrilled to be working with them.”
CHICKENFOOT lead singer Sammy Hagar adds, “I am very happy to join forces with eOne. The Foot has landed!”
More details to be announced soon.
This month Brad Gillis from West Coast favourites Night Ranger talks about their new album Somewhere In California, their upcoming tour with Journey and Foreigner and how they’re having fun getting back to the 80s sound that made them a household name.
Simon Wright talks about the Dio Disciples tour currently finishing up in Europe and hopefully starting up stateside in September. He’s adamant people understand that the tour is a celebration of Dio’s music performed by his band, not some kind of money-spinning tribute act. Wright also talks about his tenure with AC/DC and we hear from one of his earliest bands A II Z.
Finally New York’s Richie Scarlet (Ace Frehley, Sebastian Bach) talks about the KISS Army, his work with members of the original Alice Cooper band, how he was at the original Woodstock festival and has been under the spell of Hendrix ever since.
David Coverdale talks about the recent Whitesnake Live at Donington 1990 DVD and CD release and there’s the usual news, new release and live dates roundup plus music from Night Ranger, Whitesnake, A II Z, Richie Scarlet and new boys Enforcer.
Legendary guitarist and Mountain founder ‘Leslie West’ will release the new solo album, ‘Unusual Suspects’, on Monday September 19th. The album follows the recent news that West underwent life-saving surgery on June 17th, when his leg was amputated above the knee. While an ordeal such as this would surely deter other artists, West insisted on honouring the ‘Unusual Suspects’ album release date in September.
Released by Provogue Records, ‘Unusual Suspects’ features West performing alongside an all-star hand-picked line-up of the world’s finest guitar players, including Slash, blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, Black Label Society front man and ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbon and Toto’s Steve Lukather. ‘Unusual Suspects’ is West’s first album since 2006’s ‘Blue Me’.
“These guys don’t just show up to play on everybody’s albums,” says West on his special guests and the album’s title. “They’re all stars in their own right, and fantastic players – everyone with their own sound and style, about as far from the usual suspects as it gets.”
The former members of Guns N’ Roses are a relentless bunch of musicians. While I love the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses, when I hear an album like Duff McKagan’s Loaded’s The Taking, I begin to think that the fans are winning by the break up of G N’ R. If Guns N’ Roses was still around, we may not get so many cool tunes from Duff McKagan’s Loaded.
The Taking starts off with a heavy rocker “Lords of Abaddon”. This song is so good, it demands multiple replays. McKagan play a heavy bass line throughout this song, and delivers a pretty cool vocal to boot. “Lords of Abaddon” is definitely the right way to start off an album!
“Executioner’s Song” is a powerful and heavy number that invokes the spirit of Black Sabbath. This is a tune needs to be played a maximum volume to be fully appreciated.
“Dead Skin” is one of the more radio friendly tracks, that U.S. Radio has simply ignored. It is a crying shame, as this is one of Loaded’s better tunes. (Check it out in the video below.)
I don’t know what it is about “We Win” that reminds me of early U2, but it does. I mean that in the utmost respect to Duff McKagan and company. It is a pretty extraordinary tune that I wouldn’t expect to hear from Duff McKagan’s Loaded.
“Easier Lying” is the first song that I have mixed feelings about. This mid-tempo number isn’t terrible, but it needed something to take it up a notch. I kind of feel the same way about the song “She An Anchor” too. “She’s An Anchor” is an angry sounding rocker that could have been improved upon a bit.
Loaded could actually have a mild hit on their hands with “Indian Summer”. It is one of the catchier songs on The Taken, and one of my favorites on the CD.
“King of the World” is one of the harder rocking moments on The Taking. It commands attention with its hard-driving beat, but might require a few plays before you truly appreciate it.
Everytime I listen to “Cocaine” I begin to wonder how this song would have sounded with Axl Rose on the vocals. This song could have easily been recorded as a Guns N’ Roses tune.
While I have enjoyed The Taking, it does not surpass the Duff McKagan’s Loaded’s previous release Sick. This CD is however a better release than the band’s debut Dark Days. The Taking could have used a couple of stronger tunes to get it through its weaker spots. It is still is a solid album, and one that all of Duff McKagan’s fans need to check out!!
For more information on Duff McKagan’s Loaded, please visit the band’s website at http://duff-loaded.com/.
Rating: Out of 10
1.) Lords of Abaddon
2.) Executioner’s Song
3.) Dead Skin
4.) We Win
5.) Easier Lying
6.) She’s An Anchor
7.) Indian Summer
8.) Wrecking Ball
9.) King Of The World
11.) Your Name
12.) Follow Me To Hell
Duff McKagan’s Loaded is:
Duff McKagan – vocals and guitar
Mike Squires – lead guitar
Jeff Rouse – bass
Isaac Carpenter – drums
The Electric Boys new CD, And Them Boys Done Swang, has been at the top of my play list for several weeks now. If you haven’t checked out their new CD, you ought to give it a look. It is better than their classic debut, Funk O Metal Carpet Ride in my opinion. Check out the band’s new clip for the song, “Angels in An Armoured Suit” below!