NITROGODS, the German rock and roll band featuring guitarist Henny Wolter (THUNDERHEAD, PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER), drummer Klaus Sperling (FREEDOM CALL, PRIMAL FEAR) and bassist/vocalist Claus “Oimel” Larcher, will release its self-titled debut album via SPV/Steamhammer on the following dates:
Germany: February 24
Rest Of Europe: February 27
USA, Canada: Early March
“Nitrogods” features guest appearances by NAZARETH singer Dan McCafferty and ex-MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Fast Eddie Clarke in the songs “Whiskey Wonderland“ and “Wasted In Berlin“.
The track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Black Car Driving Man
02. Demolition Inc.
03. At Least I’m Drunk
05. Whiskey Wonderland (feat. Dan McCafferty)
06. Licence To Play Loud
07. Lipsynch Stars
08. The Devil Dealt The Deck
09. Rifle Down
11. Wasted In Berlin (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke)
A video for the song “At Least I’m Drunk“ was recently completed and will make its online debut later this month. A teaser for the video can be seen HERE.
No more endless studio fakes, sound samples, artificial drum overdubs and computer-controlled corrections of suboptimal lead vocals. The time has come to return to the true values of rock music, namely honesty, solid craftsmanship and real lifeblood. To cut a long story short: the time has come for NITROGODS! The motto of this spectacular new rock trio: three men, three corners, and down-to-earth no-bullshit rock’n’roll!
The band may still be unfamiliar to the public at large, but the three members are renowned musicians with illustrious histories to look back on. Guitarist Henny Wolter founded THUNDERHEAD in 1988, played with PRIMAL FEAR and SINNER for number of years and was part of the Rock Meets Classic touring band. Drummer KlausSperling (FREEDOM CALL) was also with PRIMAL FEAR for a long time. And at the epicenter of the NITROGODS soundquake is a heavyweight who is impressive in every respect: Claus “Oimel” Larcher, a bear of a musician whose bass performance stands for sheer power and whose voice unmistakably reflects countless liters of beer and whiskey.
“I wanted to return to playing the music that I love,” says Henny Wolter, “and that only works if you play it with your best friends.”
Fast Eddie Clarke comments on his collaboration with the NITROGODS: “I first met Claus from the NITROGODS in 2005 when I did a benefit gig for the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. So I was happy to say yes when asked to do a solo on their new album on the track ‘Wasted In Berlin’. I have to say the tracks they sent me sounded great. The band has great spirit and they all play extremely well together. So if you like fast and furious rock, you should give this a listen. I can assure you you will not be dissapointed…”
Dan McCafferty on NITROGODS: “I have just had the pleasure to record a song with a new band called NITROGODS. Henny and I met and became good friends on the Rock Meets Classic tour 2010. Having heard other material for the album, I think it will be a fine one. Hope you enjoy my contribution on ‘Whiskey Wonderland’. I wish the GODS the best of luck. Welcome to the rock ‘n’ roll world!”
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LACUNA COIL has just launched the second of six short, conceptual teaser clips offering fans additional insight on the upcoming album Dark Adrenaline. The video teaser can be seen here.
Dark Adrenaline will be released in the US on January 24th. Produced by acclaimed Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Bullet For My Valentine), Dark Adrenaline promises to deliver the melodic, sensual, metallic rush for which the band has come to be known.
Dark Adrenaline will be released in a number of formats, including an iTunes digital LP and the Darkest Adrenaline box set which includes the digipak and vinyl editions of the album, a syringe pen and ink set, signed lithographs and much more, all packaged in a metal Lacuna Coil medical box.
The band’s first single, “Trip the Darkness” continues to ascend the Active Rock charts. Currently hovering on the cusp of the Top 30 with over 25 stations spinning the record, “Trip the Darkness” is poised to become the band’s highest charting single to date.
After extensive tours throughout their native Italy, UK as well as selected shows in Benelux and Greece, LACUNA COIL will support MEGADETH on their critically-acclaimed “Gigantour” in North America around the release of Dark Adrenaline , alongside Motorhead and Volbeat. A full list of dates can be seen below.
“Gigantour” with Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat
26 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
27 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
28 New York, NY Theater At Madison Square Garden
29 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
1 Glen Falls, NY Glen Falls Civic Center
2 Quebec City, QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
3 Montreal ,QC Bell Centre
5 Kingston, ON K-Rock Centre
7 Oshawa, ON General Motors Centre
8 Hamilton, ON Copps Coliseum
9 Auburn Hills, MI Palace At Auburn Hills
10 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
12 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
14 St. Paul, MN Myth
16 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland
17 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Centre
18 Calgary, AB Big 4 Building
20 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
21 Kent, WA Showare Center
23 San Jose, CA Events Center At San Jose
24 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheater At Universal City
25 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
26 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
28 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
The Scorpions have returned with Comeblack, their last studio album before the band retires. Comeblack is one half re-recorded originals, and one half cover tunes.
How does it stack up? Comeblack shows you just how good the Scorpions original songs are. The versions on Comeblack are not quite as aggressive as the originals. Klaus doesn’t push his voice as much as he did on the original tunes. I have found that the songs are slightly different. The tempo may be a little different on some of the songs. I have heard the original versions of these tunes hundreds of times, so some of the nuances stand out to me quite a bit. To the average fan, they may not notice much of a difference, if any. The cool thing is…all of the songs still work. I prefer the original versions of the songs, but the versions on Comeblack are still very good.
I have never been a big fan of cover song CD’s, but I have to admit the cover songs on this CD, are really good. My favorites of six covers are “Tainted Love”, “All Day and All of the Night” and “Ruby Tuesday”. All of the cover songs are very good. I am convinced that Klaus Meine could sing anything, and make it sound good. To my ears, “Tainted Love” and “All Day and All of the Night” are easily as good, if not better than the originals versions.
Is Comeblack worth picking up? If you are a fan of the Scorpions, you should definitely get this. It is the last studio album the band will ever do. The cover songs are pretty good, and are definitely worth adding to your collection.
My only wish is that someone could talk the Scorpions out of their retirement talk. Comeblack shows me that the band still has plenty of fuel in the tank.
Rating: Out of 10
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01. Rhythm of Love
02. No One Like You
03. The Zoo
04. Rock You Like A Hurricane
06. Wind of Change
07. Still Loving You
08. Tainted Love
09. Children of The Revolution
10. Across the Universe
11. Tin Soldier
12. All Day and All of the Night
13. Ruby Tuesday
Klaus Meine – Vocals
Rudolf Schenker – Guitars
Matthias Jabs – Guitars
Pawel Maciwoda – Bass
James Kottak – Drums