A much anticipated follow up album to the successful eponymous debut of a rock band packed with successful veterans – guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar – has garnered a bevy of buzz and rumors that the band is setting straight today with the official announcement of the album title, full track listing, release date and more: “Chickenfoot III” (not IV as previously implied), produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica), is set for worldwide release on September 27th from eOne Music in North America and around the world by earMUSIC/Edel in a special 3D designed package. The album’s lead single “Big Foot,” is set for release on August 2nd.
“I am very proud of the new album,” says lead singer Hagar. “We’re calling the album “Chickenfoot III” because it’s so good, the songs are so tight, it’s like we jumped right past having to make a second record.” He adds, “We’ve established a real trust, Joe and I, we truly bring out the best in one another, and that spreads to the whole band.”
“Chickenfoot III” features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen. Colossal, stadium-shaking riffs abound on earth-movers such as “Alright, Alright,” “Last Temptation,” “Bigfoot,” and “Lighten Up.” Tradition meets innovation on the Nashville pop-tinged “Different Devil,” the Delta-blues flavored “Something Going Wrong” and the aching rock ballad “Come Closer.” “Come Closer” marks a dramatic twist in that singer Hagar wrote the words first and guitarist Joe Satriani composed the music to suit the lyrics. Elsewhere, Chickenfoot tackles issues such as mortality in “Up Next” and the world’s economy in “Three and a Half Letters” on hard-as-nails cuts that rock the body while filling one’s senses. A teaser video with some music from the forthcoming single “Big Foot” can be viewed on the band’s webpage and YouTube.
Joe Bosso of MusicRadar says, “In an era when the relevance of the album as an art form is under close scrutiny, Chickenfoot comes roaring back with the perfect answer: a superlative, hook-filled rock ‘n’ roll disc that simply must be experienced from start to finish. Tough yet full of intricate textures, played by musicians at the top of their game, this is the kind of record that bands both young and old dream of making.”
“Chickenfoot III” Full Track Listing:
1. Last Temptation
2. Alright, Alright
3. Different Devil
4. Up Next
5. Lighten Up
6. Come Closer
7. Three and a Half Letters
8. Big Foot
9. Dubai Blues
10. Something Going Wrong
“Chickenfoot III” follows up the band’s 2009 self-titled debut “Chickenfoot” , which was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, topped the charts at #3 on Billboard’s Top Independent albums of 2009 and #88 in the Top 200 Albums of 2009, was supported by performances on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel Live, an initial sold out 9-city club test tour and rolled into a full 30-city cross-country US Tour. The band was named “Best New Band” at Classic Rock Magazine’s annual awards ceremony in London and was critically acclaimed by the likes of USA Today: “Hagar and Satriani have embedded plenty of hooks and compact solos in these tunes, and the refreshingly agile rhythm motors them along;” and Billboard: “Chickenfoot’s self-titled debut favors straight-ahead rockers like the single “Oh Yeah” or the blues-fed “Sexy Little Thing,” and Soap on a Rope” sounds like Led Zeppelin outtake sent back from the year 2019.”
WRONG PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ON AMAZON DISK ON DEMAND
SoulMotor have just released a new EPK where they talk about the themes of their new record, Wrong Place at the Right Time. “‘Wrong place at the Right Time’ and ‘Down in Mexico’ were deliberate attempts at continuing to tell stories with songs,” recalls SoulMotor vocalist Darin Wood. You can watch the clip in its entirety here: http://youtu.be/pD2SmG8B_WM
Featuring Brain Wheat of Tesla fame, and creative mastermind Darin Wood, SoulMotor has also recently released a video for the song “Down in Mexico” which is included on Wrong Place at the Right Time. The controversial NC-17 version of the clip can be seen now at www.soulmotor.com.
Vocalist Darin Wood created the SoulMotor CD package, accompanying series of artwork and cast of characters related to the SoulMotor project. Some of the characters have already been introduced to SoulMotor’s followers on the band’s Facebook page, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks.
While many are familiar with Wheat and his multi-platinum Tesla roots, SoulMotor is a departure, with one journalist describing SoulMotor as “pounding riff-rock” along with a “Crushing rhythm section.”
Wrong Place at the Right Time is being released on Wheat’s custom label, Good Seed Music.
For a full history of the band check out the full-length version of the EPK here: http://youtu.be/jMSNnUlNDzo
Call it thrash. Call it hard. Call it heavy. Whatever you call it, Havok’s Time Is Up can best be described as a powerful heavy metal trip of fun. Upon hearing the opening drumbeats of “Prepare For Attack,” it’s obvious that something special, heavy, and hard is going to be displayed for the next 30 plus minutes. Blending bits of Anthrax, Megadeth, Metallica, and hard core punk, Havok is a delightful kick to the midsection of heavy metal mayhem. Their sophomore album, Time Is Up proves that beyond a shadow of a doubt.
The guitar work of Reece Scruggs is some of the most brilliant finger picking that I’ve heard on a metal record. The clarity of the notes at the speed he performs is mesmerizing. Undoubtedly the most stand out member (musically) of the group, Scruggs really takes guitar playing to the upper echelon of fantastic. I could sit and listen to him play all day long.
“No Amnesty” starts off with a strange sound effect before the drums and guitars kick in like the cops busting up a wild party. The pacing is unbelievable and it’s a true wonder how drummer Pete Webber’s arms don’t fall off while pounding the skins for this song. If you’ve been searching for something to bang your head hard to while thrusting your horns in the air and jumping around like a madman without a mosh pit, “No Amnesty” is the song for you.
“Scumbag In Disguise” is a great ode to those who hide their criticisms behind modern technology like Twitter and Facebook. While it could also be an ode to critics who have nothing positive to say, the message in “Scumbag In Disguise” is clear—if you’re a troll, no one cares what you have to say. With sharp, biting lyrics surrounded by an outstanding Reece Scruggs guitar solo, this is one of the best tracks on Time Is Up.
The dark, ominous intro of “The Cleric” sets the stage for the greatness that follows. If Iron Maiden were to release a thrash song, it would sound like “The Cleric.” This is the darkest (and perhaps the strongest) song on Time Is Up. The deeper meaning of the lyrics is clear once you are able to get past the fantastic music. It’s obvious that Sanchez is writing about certain world leaders and corporate CEOs. The message that their greed will do them in at the end is plain. Sung with a bit of anger, “The Cleric” is a superb song that plays to all the strengths of this band.
If you like your metal hard, heavy, and fast, then Havok’s Time Is Up is the record for you. Filled with raw power, thundering drums, and blistering guitar work, Time Is Up is one of the coolest records to come out this year. It’s fist pumping, metal screaming rock at its finest and it’s now available for your ears to enjoy exclusively.
Rating: Out of 10
- Prepare For Attack
- Fatal Intervention
- No Amnesty
- Covering Fire
- Killing Tendencies
- Scumbag In Disguise
- The Cleric
- Out Of My Way
- Time Is Up
David Sanchez – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Reece Scruggs – Lead Guitar
Jesse De Los Santos – Bass Guitar
Pete Webber – Drums
HOLLYWOOD RECORDS TO RELEASE GREATEST HITS COLLECTION FOR MULTI-PLATINUM ARTIST BREAKING BENJAMIN
DELUXE SET TO CONTAIN ‘RARITIES’ DISC
1ST SINGLE “BLOW ME AWAY” FEATURES SYD DURAN OF VALORA
SHALLOW BAY: THE BEST OF BREAKING BENJAMIN SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST RELEASE
Hollywood Records has announced a Greatest Hits collection titled Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin from their multi-platinum rock band BREAKING BENJAMIN to be released on August 16, 2011. The two-disc release will feature the band’s chart-topping hits including “Breath,” “So Cold,” “Sooner Or Later,” “The Diary of Jane” and “I Will Not Bow,” as well as an entire disc of rare recordings including never-before-released songs, live performances, rare acoustic recordings and remixes.
A remixed version of “Blow Me Away,” the lead track from the two-disc set, features the soaring vocals of Syd Duran of the band Valora and is already heating up the rock radio charts. The song is available for fans on iTunes now.
The songs on Shallow Bay are culled from the band’s catalog: 2002’s Saturate, 2004’s We Are Not Alone, 2006’s Phobia, and 2009’s Dear Agony. The second two—We Are Not Alone and Phobia—yielded spectacular results with each being certified Platinum. We Are Not Alone spawned a pair of No. 1 radio hits (“So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later”) and sold 2.3 million units (albums and digital tracks). Phobia debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, hit No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart and was one of the top 50 selling rock albums of 2006. It featured one No. 1 and two Top Five rock radio hits (“Breath,” “Diary of Jane” and “Until The End”) and sold 2.8 million units (albums and digital tracks). 2009’s Dear Agony debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart on one of the busiest release days of the year and #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart. Dear Agony also spun off a #1 song at Active Rock with “I Will Not Bow” where it stayed #1 for five weeks straight.
Over the past decade Breaking Benjamin has amassed a sizeable and loyal diehard fan base both through their music as well as their electrifying live performances. For those fans, old and new alike, Shallow Bay will be a must-have collection. For more information on Breaking Benjamin, make sure to check out their official site, www.shallowbay.com, as well as their Facebook and Twitter pages.
SHALLOW BAY TRACK LISTING
So Cold We Are Not Alone
Sooner Or Later We Are Not Alone
Rain We Are Not Alone
The Diary Of Jane Phobia
Until The End Phobia
I Will Not Bow Dear Agony
Lights Out Dear Agony
Give Me A Sign Dear Agony
Blow Me Away (w/ Syd Duran of Valora)
Ordinary Man (previously unreleased)
Water (remix version of indy EP track)
Who Wants To Live Forever (2011 remix of Queen tribute song)
I Will Not Bow (acoustic mix)
Better Days (previously unreleased)
Polyamorous (acoustic mix)
Lie To Me (previously unreleased)
Lady Bug (2011 remix)
Enjoy The Silence (2011 remix)
Until The End (live acoustic)
Breath (live acoustic)
The long drought is officially over. For all of those ANTHRAX fans who have been waiting for the band to finally release new music, ‘Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t’, the first track available from the upcoming album Worship Music, has just gone on sale at Amazon below. Worship Music is the first new studio album from Anthrax in eight years, and the first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990’s Persistence Of Time. What a way for the band to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
The “classic Anthrax-sounding” ‘Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t’ is a song about killing zombies, and is the one new track that Anthrax – Belladonna, guitarists Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano, drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello – has played live since they Belladonna rejoined the line-up a year ago. Anthrax offered the track as a free download last month, and fan comments in chat rooms have been overwhelmingly ecstatic.
In addition, Anthrax is revealing the CD cover artwork for Worship Music (photo above). Renowned comic book artist Alex Ross, who has worked with Marvel Comics and DC Comics and is known for his Marvels, Kingdom Come and Astro City illustrations, created the original painting for the cover. Ross also did the original artwork for Anthrax’s We’ve Come For You All and Music of Mass Destruction albums.
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