Formed in Borlänge in 2002, accomplished the all but accomplishable: delighting Power Metal fans and traditionalists alike. Simultaneously, the sound’s unmistakable kinship to Dio-fronted Rainbow and Dio/Martin-fronted Black Sabbath earned ASTRAL DOORS momentum with old-school metalheads who frowned at the perceived blandness and lack of substance in the Power Metal genre.
The debut “Of the Son and the Father” arrived in 2003 to immense critical fanfare, although the crucified priests on the cover succumbed to censorship in Japan where the album was also rechristened (!) “Cloudbreaker”. In the following years, ASTRAL DOORS shrewdly made it impossible for the audience to forget them by bombarding said audience with new releases, one more breathtaking than the other: “Evil Is Forever” (2005), “Raiders of the Ark EP” (2005) and “Astralism” (2006). The band also performed at the perennial Wacken and Sweden Rock Festivals, and did tours with Grave Digger and Blind Guardian – the latter with particular suc-cess.
Sadly, the delightfully Power Metal-laden “New Revelation” (2007) did not lead to ASTRAL DOORS expected big break. The album met with rave reviews, but the band somewhat prematurely ventured their own headline tour, preaching to a still comparatively small choir. Album sales were satisfactory but hardly overwhelming. “Requiem of Time” in January 2010 – introducing new bassist Ulf Lagerström – saw the band gracefully back on track.
ASTRAL DOORS upcoming album, “Jerusalem”, shows the band at its very, very best. With world famous producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board, their classic rock/heavy metal is brought to new dimensions. “Jerusalem” is by far the best album so far from ASTRAL DOORS and the concept of the lyrics is darker, more political and more provocative than ever before in the history of the band.
The amazing cover artwork has once again been done by Mattias Eriksson who also did “Of the Son and the Father” and “Testament of Rock”.
1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger’s Eye
3. Child of Rock’n’roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob’s Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
Patrik Johansson vocals
Joachim Nordlund guitars
Joakim Roberg organ
Ulf Lagerström bass
Johan Lindstedt drums
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BLACK TIDE RELEASE SPANISH LANGUAGE EP, AL CIELO
2ND “#DAREBLACKTIDE” VIDEO CHALLENGE
NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
Fresh off the 2011 UPROAR TOUR, Miami-based hard rock group Black Tide has released Al Cielo, a Spanish language EP featuring three songs from their latest DGC/Interscope Records release, Post Mortem. Re-recorded versions of “Let It Out,” “That Fire,” and “Into The Sky” make up the EP as “Déjalo Salir,” “That Fire (Español),” and title track “Al Cielo.” Fans can preview and download the tracks on Black Tide’s Facebook page, or on iTunes now.
Also brand new from Black Tide is the second installment of their Twitter-fueled web-series #DareBlackTide. The band is collecting dares from fans on Twitter, filming themselves going through with them, then posting the videos here: http://www.blacktidemusic.com/dare/completed.aspx. Fans are encouraged to tweet dares using #dareblacktide for a chance to see the band attempt their challenge from the road.
The band is back in Miami this week promoting Al Cielo having just wrapped up nearly two months on the 2011 UPROAR TOUR, concluding with a rousing performance at the two day 48 Hours Festival in Las Vegas. The massive active rock tour featured genre heavyweights Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet For My Valentine, Seether, Escape the Fate and more. Black Tide kicks off a run through the Midwest and South with Halestorm and others starting November 18th. Full dates are below, including just announced stops in Indiana, Illinois, and Louisiana.
BLACK TIDE TOUR DATES
11/18/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN – 93X Ultimate Girl show – w/ Puddle of Mudd
11/23/11 – Kenosha, WI – Brat Stop*
11/25/11 – Saginaw, MI – Dow Event Center*
11/26/11 – Dayton, OH – McGuffy’s House of Rock*
12/02/11 – Showbox SODO – Seattle, WA – KISW Holiday Hangover Ball – w/ Puddle of Mudd
12/07/11 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge*
12/08/11 – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre – w/ Puddle of Mudd*
12/10/11 – South Bend, IN – Club Fever w/ Puddle of Mudd*
12/11/11 – Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s Rock House *
12/13/11 – Shreveport, LA – Riverside Warehouse*
12/14/11 – Jackson, MS – Club Fire*
12/15/11 – New Orleans, LA – The Hangar*
12/16/11 – Biloxi, MS – Mississippi Coast Coliseum – WCPR Christmas show w/ Chevelle, Staind*
12/17/11 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall*
12/31/11 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL – w/ Sevendust
* = w/ Halestorm, Adelitas Way…
After listening to Steel Panther’s latest opus, Balls Out, I feel like I need to take a long hot shower. Steel Panther’s latest edition of raunch and roll holds back no punches, and delivers 13 more tongue in cheek songs filled with sex and drug filled lyrics that will either make you laugh, or hurl, or both.
I don’t know what it is with Balls Out, but I didn’t find the songs as funny as Steel Panther’s debut Feel the Steel. In most of the songs, the jokes were only somewhat funny the first time around, but not so much after repeat listens. If you are a media darling, chances are you are included in Steel Panther’s lyrics. Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, George Clooney, and Tiger Woods all make Steel Panther’s hit list this time around.
Some songs seem derivative of other works…..the intro “In the Future” for Balls Out gives a strong nod towards the intro “In the Beginning” of Motley Crue’s Shout at the Devil album. “17 Girls In a Row” borrows a riff from Sammy Hagar’s “I Don’t Need Love”. It is a catchy tune, just not very original.
“If You Really Really Love Me” is really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really the dumbest song I have heard in 2011. ( You will have to listen to the song, to understand this statement).
“Gold Digging Whore” is another super catchy rocker, which lyrics done in fine cheerleader fashion.
Steel Panther has crafted the biggest power ballad of 2011 with their real tear ( or something else) jerker, “Weenie Ride”.
If you are easily offended, you are definitely need to skip Balls Out. The music is great, and Michael Starr aka Ralph Saenz delivers some killer vocals that sound like they came right out of 1989. Satchel aka Russ Parrish has surprised me with his awesome riffs on Balls Out. The song lyrics on Balls Out are graphically explicit, crude, and particularly offensive to women.
You definitely won’t want to play this in the work place, or around children. Purchase at your own risk….you have been warned!
Rating: Out of 10
01 .In The Future
02. Supersonic Sex Machine
03. Just Like Tiger Woods
04. 17 Girls In A Row
05. If You Really Really Love Me
06. It Won’t Suck Itself
07. Tomorrow Night
08. Why Can’t You Trust Me
09. That’s What Girls Are For
10. Gold Digging Whore
11. I Like Drugs
13. Let Me Come In
14. Weenie Ride
Steel Panther is:
Michael Starr (Ralph Saenz) – lead vocals, acoustic guitars
Satchel (Russ Parrish) – rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars, backing vocals
Lexxi Foxxx (Travis Haley) – bass, backing vocals
Stix Zadinia (Darren Leader) – drums, percussion, backing vocals
MARTYR is a pure Heavy Metal force from the Netherlands. During the five years that MARTYR was alive and kicking (1982-1987), the band released two albums that are considered cult in the Metal scene of today! ‘For The Universe’ (1985) and ‘Darkness At Time’s Edge’ (1986) are classic Metal, a delight for those who love strong melodies, speedy riffs and a high level of technicality.
In those years, MARTYR appeared on compilation albums from Roadrunner and Metal Blade, was voted Holland’s best new metal band in Aardschok magazine, has toured with several international acts and appeared on Sky Channel’s Monsters Of Rock.
MARTYR disbanded in 1987, but reunited in 2001 to play the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival. Four years later, the band revived almost the complete 1982 line up to play the Headbangers Open Air and Keep It True festival. The flame has been burning again and the band continued to play live ever since. December 2008 MARTYR supported US Shock Rockers Lizzy Borden on their European tour. But also in 2009 and 2010 MARTYR hit the European stages supporting great acts like Flotsam and Jetsam, Vicious Rumors, Jaguar, Evergrey a.o.
In 2009 the first new MARTYR record in almost 25 years has been released. That’s when the new EP ‘Fear’ was coupled with a re-release of the classic ‘For The Universe’ album as a double digipack entitled ‘Fear The Universe’ on Rusty Cage Records (RCR0017).
In 2010 and 2011 MARTYR re-entered the studio between the live shows, by working on the successor for ‘Fear’. A complete new album called ‘Circle Of 8’, which will be released by Metal Blade Records in November 2011 worldwide, will be a significant impulse in MARTYR‘s revival. And by signing with Metal Blade again, the clan is back home!
‘Circle Of 8’ contains 11 new tracks and one oldie and fans favourite, ‘Speed Of Samurai’, which has been re recorded.
Check out Martyr’s new video “Circle of 8” below.
Track listing Circle Of 8:
3. Art Of Deception
4. Circle Of 8
5. All Warriors Bleed
6. The Uninvited
7. Insensible Scream
8. Scene Of Hell
10. Justified Killing
12. Speed Of Samurai
‘Circle Of 8’ is out now Worldwide!
Rick Bouwman – Guitars
Wilfried Broekman – Drums
Rop van Haren – Vocals
Marcel Heesakkers- Guitars
Toine van der Linden- Bass
Sebastian Bach and his solo band will support GUNS N’ ROSES on the following shows:
Nov. 19 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre
Nov. 20 – Wilkes-Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza
Nov. 23 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
Bach’s new album, “Kicking & Screaming”, sold 6,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 73 on The Billboard 200 chart. The singer’s previous CD, “Angel Down”, opened with 6,400 units back in November 2007 to debut at No. 190.
Bach stated about his new solo material, “This CD follows along the lines of ‘Skid Row’, ‘Slave To The Grind’, ‘Subhuman Race’ and ‘Angel Down’. If you like rockin’ guitar riffs, high-energy songs and performances, deadly drums of doom, and ear-shattering screams, we got your rock right here!” He also described the songs as “heavy, interesting, classic sounding, modern sounding, completely rock ‘n’ roll — just how we like it!”