Aussie rockers Fastrack have released a video for the title track of their EP, Steal the Show! This one has been out nearly a year, but I just discovered it. Better late than never, I always say! Check out the video below!
It is Friday the 13th! Check out this classic Alice Cooper video, “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” from the movie Friday the 13th, Part 6.
Want a killer free download from Beggars & Thieves? Visit the band’s Facebook page, join their mailing list, and get a free download of their song “Stone Alone”. This song is NOT on the new album, We Are The Brokenhearted. It is a great song that you will not want to miss.
In 2011, Metallica made their mark on the music world, but not in a good way. It is almost guaranteed that every bad album, for many years to come, will be referred to as a LULU. I don’t know if it is their attempt at redemption, but Metallica will soon be releasing their four song Beyond Magnetic EP in CD Format on January 31st. Yes, these are left over songs from the 2008 Death Magnetic Sessions, but unlike the recently LULU album, they are worth a listen! You can get Beyond Magnetic here!
If you prefer to download your music, the EP is available via iTunes at this link.
You can check out the song “Hate Train” and “Hell and Back” below!
Ok….I knew Unisonic would be awesome when I talked toKosta Zarifiou about it well over a year ago. If this video is any indication what the new Unisonic album is going to sound like, it is going to be INCREDIBLE!! Their debut album will be released In March.
Unisonic is the long awaited reunion of Kai Hansen (ex Helloween / Gamma Ray) and Michael Kiske (ex Helloween), with Mandy Meyer (ex Asia, Krokus and Gotthard), Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and Kosta Zafiriou (Pink Cream 69).Vodpod videos no longer available.
The single can be purchased here.
“I’ve had my eyes on OTHERWISE since Adrian sang ‘The Promise’ on the last In This Moment record, and I’ve watched the band develop from a very good band into an amazing band,” says Century Media President Don Robertson. “In that time they’ve not only become a part of the Century Media family, they’ve also become a huge part of our plans for the future. As proud as we are of the success they’ve already achieved, ‘Soldiers’ is just the beginning for OTHERWISE, and Century Media couldn’t be more excited to have them call our label home.”
No stranger to the stage, OTHERWISE has honed their captivating live show playing with acts including Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch, Hollywood Undead, Puddle of Mudd, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie and the Deftones. In addition, vocalist Adrian Patrick performed alongside Maria Brink on In This Moment’s hit duet “The Promise” and spent the summer of 2010 on Mayhem tour performing the song with the band live.
Upcoming OTHERWISE live shows:
Jan 14 – Henderson, NV @ Green Valley Ranch with Steel Panther
Jan 20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Aliente with Aaron Lewis
Jan 28 – Henderson, NV @ Green Valley Ranch with Aaron Lewis
Feb 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Roxy Theater with Gemini Syndrome & Butcher Babies
M3 is officially scheduled for May 11th and 12th this year. As of now, the only bands that are quasi-confirmed are Quiet Riot and Warrant. Every year, M3 manages to bring some major hair metal bands to the show. Here are the bands that I’d like to see grace the stage this May.
Jetboy needs to come back and be on the main stage once again. New singer D.K. Revelle has been magnificent and Jetboy was one of the best bands of the festival in 2011. Having them return for the fourth year would be a real treat.
Kix should be back and it would be great if they headlined the Friday night slot once again. Their live performance is always one of the best in rock and roll and playing a hometown headlining gig in Maryland for the second straight year would be worth the money.
Pretty Boy Floyd has to return and they should get a spot on the main stage this year. They were possibly the best band at last year’s M3. While Tesla comes close, Pretty Boy Floyd was fantastic, and anyone who did not get over to the second stage to see them missed out on an amazing experience.
Tesla, Sebastian Bach, and L.A. Guns should also return. They all gave exceptional performances last year and the fans loved them. Bringing them back would be rewarding the fans in a big way.
There are a lot of bands that have not yet performed at M3, but should.
Mike Tramp/White Lion
I don’t know if Vito Bratta and Mike Tramp have officially made up, but Mike Tramp has been able to use the White Lion name in recent years. While a reunion of all original members would be preferred, Mike Tramp’s version of White Lion would be acceptable. With massive hits such as “Wait,” “Tell Me,” and their splendid cover of “Radar Love,” White Lion would be an excellent addition to M3.
After being dead silent since 1990, Vain has recently made a comeback. They put out an album of unreleased material in 2010 titled All Those Strangers and toured the UK in 2011. Last year they released Enough Rope, one of the best rock albums of 2011. While no tour plans have been announced yet, M3 would be a great way for the band to kick off a summer tour to the delight of many fans.
Jackyl is a band that I never get tired of listening to. The energy that frontman Jesse James Dupree brings is legendary and up there with the likes of Bruce Dickinson. The man knows how to work the crowd, how to have a good time on stage, and how to host a rock and roll party. With plenty of hard rocking hits that would wow the masses, Jackyl is a band that should get serious consideration for an M3 performance. They are currently scheduled to tour California this January, and a slot at M3 in May would be a great starting point for a summer tour.
Since it is virtually impossible that a Dokken reunion with George Lynch and Don Dokken will occur, seeing the Lynch Mob would be the next best thing. I’ve always been a fan of lead singer Oni Logan, and Lynch Mob’s last album (2009’s Smoke and Mirrors) was spectacular and one of the best albums I’ve heard in years. George Lynch is one of the finest guitarists in rock and it’s a shame that he hasn’t performed at this festival already. There are rumors that the band is in the studio working on a follow up to Smoke And Mirrors. If the timing works out, Lynch Mob could release the record right around the time M3 arrives. A performance at this festival would be a great way to inform fans about a new record.
Every year, M3 gets an incredible band to headline the Saturday night performance and close out the show in style. This year’s headliner should be WASP. Their concert performances are legendary, and even though it is Blackie Lawless and a bunch of studio musicians, a WASP concert is still an amazing thing to see live. Blackie gives his all, the band plays all the hits, and the fans always leave feeling more than satisfied. Having WASP headline M3 in 2012 could be one of the best experiences the festival ever had.
What bands would you like to see at this year’s M3?
Legendary female metal icon LITA FORD has signed a worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer. Her new album entitled “Living Like A Runaway” is tentatively set for a May 2012 release. Best known for her work with The Runaways and her solo career, featuring hit singles “Kiss Me Deadly” and the Billboard charting duet “Close My Eyes Forever” with Ozzy Osbourne, LITA is ready to make a return to the throne as the queen of metal:
“SPV gets who I am, my work, and what it takes to bring this project to life. I’m very excited to have them on my team,” says LITA.
LITA spoke about her work with Gary Hoey on the album and the meaning of the album’s title:
“Gary Hoey and I wanted to approach this record by getting back to basics. We want to strip away all the electronics and plug-ins and keep it to vocals, guitar, bass, and drums. Going back to basics is going back to what punk, metal and The Runways was for me.
“Living Like A Runaway” means freedom and empowerment. To do what I want and to pursue my dreams while answering to no one.”
SPV A&R Representative/Product Manager Olly Hahn commented on the signing of LITA FORD:
“When I bought “Dancin`On The Edge” back in 1984 I never thought that I would ever sign Lita Ford to a label. But a dream of mine came true and it`s a huge honor for us at SPV/Steamhammer to have one of the leading women in Rock n`Roll on our label.”
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Flying Colors, the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/rock band, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), will release their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.
Released by Music Theories Recordings, the debut album includes the talents of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). “The album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us,” says Portnoy. “The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved.”
The formation of Flying Colors began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who, in becoming a band, have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.
Mike Portnoy was the co-founding member and drummer for one of the world’s biggest prog metal bands “Dream Theater”. Neal Morse is the co-founding member of the prog rock band Spock’s Beard and is currently the prog rock supergroup “Transatlantic”. David LaRue plays bass for the Dixie Dregs and has also worked with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Steve Morse has been playing lead guitar for Deep Purple for the last 16 years. Founder and leader of “Alpha Rev”, Casey McPherson, has enjoyed major success in the US with multiple hits including the song “New Morning”.
“It was quite an experience,” recalls Dave LaRue. “The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!” The album is filled with trial and triumph. It’s been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording.”
Check out the “Making of the Album”. Click here to watch the EPK.
Candlelight Red are a rock quartet from Williamsport, PA that released their debut album The Wreckage on Imagen Records in September of last year. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory (whose credits include Halestorm and the Roots, among others) which has resulted in the album’s debut single, “Closer,” flirting with the top 40 active rock radio chart. Candlelight Red has also received airplay on Octane, Music Choice, and Hard Drive.
Guitarist Jeremy Edge describes the bands sound: “I would call our music heavy, melodic, and emotion-driven rock.” “There are a lot of big hooks, but we’re always aggressive.”
The band spent most of 2011 on the road with the likes of KISS, 10 Years, Saving Abel, Sevendust, Egypt Central, and Rev Theory. The band also shot a video for current single, “Closer” last year which can be seen here:
VIRGIN STEELE is finally unveiling a new video and a new official YouTube channel. The name of the new VSYouTube page/site is:
“THE ONLY OFFICIAL VIRGIN STEELE VIDEO CHANNEL”, For short…VIRGIN STEELE TV
Here below are all the links for the Official Videos thus far:
The debut/world premier of: “PERFECT MANSIONS (Mountains Of The Sun)”:
“BY THE HAMMER OF ZEUS (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
“GOD OF VIOLENCE KILL”
David DeFeis comments about the new video:
“As you may or may not know the new AGE OF CONSENT re-issue has just come out on STEAMHAMMER SPV, and we have put together the first video from it. The track we completed is PERFECT MANSIONS (Mountains Of The Sun). It is not a huge massive budget production. It is more of a simple home movie type experience. It was shot just a few weeks ago, by our longtime friend and engineer Ed Warrin, with one camera in several locations. I then spent several days learning how to edit. We have come up with something that I believe represents the attitude and the feeling of what the Group is all about. It has a strong live energy about it, possibly because it was shot just a few days after we returned from our latest European performances. It is a kind of guide or overture to the VIRGIN STEELE Experience, as it has all the various Barbaric-Romantic elements that you’ve come to know & expect from us over the years. There is a really nice ambiance about the clip. It captures a very specific mood and moment in time, and shows a nice part of our Island where we live…I hope you will enjoy it“
SPV/Steamhammer re-released last year the monumental VIRGIN STEELE albums “Noble Savage” and “Age Of Consent” as Digipak and LP versions ).
More re-releases and some other surprises are planned for 2012. Stay tuned!
VIRGIN STEELE live 2012
14.01. US-Amityville,NY – Ollie`s Point
23.-27.01. US-Miami/Mexico – 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
18.05. US-Joliet,IL – Ragnarokk Metal Festival
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Produced by HURT, engineered by HURT’s Michael Roberts and mixed by John Kurzweg (Puddle Of Mud, GodSmack), “How We End Up Alone” embodies the introspective lyrics written by J. Loren, Hurt’s singer and founder. Loren, who is known for running a sonic scale that includes a soaring chorus to ‘pin-drop’ whispers resulting in nothing short of anthemic. “How We End Up Alone.” which is already garnering rave reviews from the faithful like “Simply Amazing” and “The wait has been worth it,” will prove to be the culmination of years of road work and the mastering of one’s talents through artistic will and perseverance.
Check out HURT’s anthemic new single here.
HURT’s story begins in 2000, when the group originally formed in Virginia, before ultimately relocating to the west coast. Along the way, the group released four albums and have toured alongside some of rock’s biggest names, including Staind, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Seether and Breaking Benjamin. To date, HURT has sold over a quarter million albums and has generated over 150,000 plays at Active Rock, Rock and Alternative radio over several singles. As previously mentioned, HURT’s new album, The Crux (Carved Records), will be out March 27. This is their sixth studio release and it marks a return to the sound that their fans know and love.
The new episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show is Now Online. This episode features Paul Rodgers from Bad Company, & Josh Todd & Keith Nelson from Buckcherry! The guest guitarist is John 5 from Rob Zombie.
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Swedish Sleaze rockers Sister released their debut CD, Hated via Metal Blade Records in 2011. Metal Blade Records haven’t signed any glam/sleaze bands in the recent past, so their signing of Sister came as somewhat of a surprise to me.
With Sister, Metal Blade Records has scored a killer sleaze band whose sound is like a good mix of Crashdiet and Hardcore Superstar. Hated is back full of high octane, up tempo rock and roll that is going to please a lot of sleaze rock fans out there. Sister’s lyrics have plenty of angst and fire that will help a lot of folks relate to their music.
I have been listening to Sister for a few years now courtesy of their EP, Deadboys Making Noise. I love their EP, but I was glad to see that only one song “Body Blow” was carried over from that EP. I didn’t think this was the best song from the EP, so I am surprised they used this song, but it fits right in with the other hard-charging numbers on this CD.
Hated comes blasting out of the gate with several heavy rockers. The album doesn’t slow down until the piano based ballad “Would You Love A Creature” (gasp!). Hated has all the energy of a punk rock album, but it is the heavy guitars that sets it apart.
In my opinion, the best songs on Hated are “Bullshit & Backstabbing”(see video below), “Spit on Me”, “Werewolves on Blackstreet” and “Body Blow” (of course).
Overall, I have been enjoying Hated. I thought the CD could have used a little more variety, but it is still a solid debut. This is definitely worth checking out if you are a fan of the sleaze rock genre of hard rock!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Radioactive Misery
02. Body Blow
03. Bullshit & Backstabbing
05. Motherfuckers (Like You)
06. Werewolves on Blackstreet
07. Spit on Me
08. The Unlucky Minority
09. Would You Love a Creature
10. Too Bad For You
11. Drag me to the Grave
Jamie – vocals
Lestat – guitar, backing vocals
Rikki – bass, backing vocals
Cary – drums, backing vocals
The wait is over! The first new Van Halen song with David Lee Roth in 16 years, “Tattoo” is now available for purchase at iTunes at this link! You can check out Van Halen’s new video for “Tattoo” below!!Vodpod videos no longer available.
Charm City Devils has posted their new (& killer) cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow” online. This song is from the band’s up and coming album, Sin! Click on the songs tab below, and give it a play! It rocks!!!Vodpod videos no longer available.
Million-selling rock band Evans Blue has revealed that their forthcoming fourth studio album Graveyard of Empires will be unleashed on April 17th via Sounds + Sights Entertainment. Boasting infectious anthems fueled by indelible rock bravado, the band delivers an irrefutable musical powerhouse.
Evans Blue broke onto the scene in 2006 with their #1 debut on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume, which spawned the Top 5 single “Cold (But I’m Still Here).” The band’s first three studio albums have collectively sold over one million units worldwide.
The band is comprised of Dan Chandler (vocals), Parker Lauzon, (guitar), V (guitar) and Joe Pitter (bass), who are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on Graveyard of Empires with longtime producer Trevor Kustiak and mixer Dan Korneff (Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin). Jason Pierce (Paramore’s touring drummer) hit the skins on nine tracks and band friend Mike McClure drummed on the album’s first single “This Time It’s Different” and on “Halo” – which was released in December as a holiday gift to fans.
“This album has something to say. It’s very personal for us, human and honest,” says Chandler. “You can hear our growth as a band and as brothers. We’re excited to share it with our fans!” Lauzon adds, “We poured our heart and soul into this album. We’ve bled on every track.”
Vibrant, vicious, raw, “This Time It’s Different” debuted in the Top 25 on the iTunes Rock chart and will be impacting at radio this month. Check it out here:
and “Halo” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49kvX0zrP7A&feature=youtu.be
After a four-year break since her last album, Lana Lane is back with her most powerful release to date, “El Dorado Hotel.” The veteran symphonic rock diva delivers a 10-song tour-de-force of finely crafted original tracks in an audiophile production by husband/keyboardist, Erik Norlander. When asked about the long break between “El Dorado Hotel” and her previous release, “Red Planet Boulevard” (2007), Lane replies, “As an artist, you hope that you have something new to say with each record. This became harder and harder to do – especially when during some years, there were two or more new Lana Lane records released. I only want to release top-quality, sincerely crafted albums, and I certainly don’t want to release an album just to release ‘something.’ After nearly 15 years of working non-stop, it was time for a little sabbatical. I needed a break from the pressure and time to gather some perspective on my craft.”
“El Dorado Hotel” hosts Lane’s usual broad spectrum of musical styles and genres with a cohesiveness that fans of the artist will recognize instantly. The opener, “A Dream Full of Fire,” is a new Lana Lane classic that blurs the line between prog metal and jazz stylings in a melange that only she can deliver. “Maybe We’ll Meet Again” is a European-styled melodic AOR radio anthem blending classic rock with modern sensibilities. The song, “El Dorado,” is a Lana Lane epic with a soaring chorus reminiscent of her classic, “Queen of Ocean.” The robust “Darkness Falls” introduces an Irish folk style combined with a gothic metal element with its haunting choral vocals and arena-crafted chorus. Then “Hotels” is an acoustic track that evokes jazz standards like “Autumn Leaves.” The tracks, “Believe,” “Life of the Party,”
“Gone Are The Days” and “Moon God” add further threads to the “El Dorado Hotel” tapestry. The album closes with the 11-1/2 minute opus, “In Exile” that producer Erik Norlander describes as a “vintage progressive rock epic.” Norlander comments, “We’ve never done anything quite like this on a Lana Lane record before. ‘In Exile’ begins with haunting Mellotron strings that immediately sets the tone for this very cinematic piece of music with great dynamics and drama along with some odd meter bits that help to tell the story. The musicians are all working overtime on this one!”
The musicians of “El Dorado Hotel” are a top-notch group of artists including both new and familiar faces. Lane says about the musicians, “Both Freddy DeMarco and Mark Matthews did some fantastic work on Erik’s solo project, “The Galactic Collective”. I then had the opportunity to play with them both during some live appearances in 2011 when I sang with the band. After having played with the guys and getting to know them, I knew that I wanted them to be a part of this project as well. Then for John Payne, Jay Schellen, Guthrie Govan and Bruce Bouillet (ex-Racer X), as you know, Erik has playing with John Payne for about 5 years now. When the original 1982 lineup of ASIA reformed a few years back, John Payne formed his own separate band to continue all the work that he had done with ASIA during his 14-year run and many albums with them. So John and Erik tour as “ASIA Featuring John Payne,” and they’ve probably played over a hundred shows together. Jay is the drummer in the band, and both Guthrie and Bruce have been the guitarists. Bruce is working with them currently. I of course go to a lot of their shows and have become friends with all of them. It is a great group of people, and they are all very talented musicians. Since we see them so much and Erik plays with them constantly, it was only natural to work with them on this album. And then finally for Mark McCrite, Neil Citron and Don Schiff, all three of them have been on so many Lana Lane albums going all the back to my very first album in 1995. It’s great to continue working with them through all these years.”
Songs for El Dorado Hotel were written by Lana Lane, Erik Norlander and longtime collaborator, Mark McCrite, who comments, “My favorite songs on the album are ‘El Dorado’ (with the fantastic Spanish guitar) and ‘A Dream Full of Fire’ – that’s a really killer ‘classic’ Lana Lane track.” You can hear those two songs from the album in their entirety at the Think Tank Media web site: http://www.thetank.com/lledh.htm
Lana Lane – El Dorado Hotel – Musicians:
Lana Lane – vocals
Erik Norlander – keyboards, additional guitars, bass and programming
John Payne – harmony and choral vocals, mandolin
Mark McCrite – guitars, bass, choral vocals, programming
Bruce Bouillet – guitars
Neil Citron – guitars
Freddy DeMarco – guitars
Guthrie Govan – guitar
Don Schiff – NS/Stick
Mark Matthews – bass
Jay Schellen – drums
Lana Lane – El Dorado Hotel Release Dates:
January 25, 2012 on the Think Tank Media and the Avalon (Japan) labels
Both label versions contain the identical track listing – there are no bonus tracks on any edition
Audio samples are available at this link.
RIOTGOD’s sophomore album “Invisible Empire” will be released in a little over three weeks via Metalville Records. The album is available for pre-order HERE. Gun Shy Assassin is hosting an exclusive stream of the track “Crossfade” HERE.
Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is streaming the track “Firebrand” HERE
The Obelisk is streaming the track “Fool” HERE
RIOTGOD began in spirit through the conversations of Monster Magnet’s Bob Pantella and Jim Baglino while out on tour as early as 2006.
While touring with Monster Magnet provided them with some great times and afforded them the opportunity to perform around the world, each communicated a desire to express their own musical ideas.
During their time off the road, the pair began exploring the possibilities of creating their own band . Bob began to lay down some ideas to get the ball rolling come 2007.
Bob while recording ideas that would become many of the songs on RIOTGOD‘s first CD, also sought out musicians that would fill out the guitar and vocal slots for the then nameless band. Contacted first was Garrett Sweeny for guitar.
For the vocals, many possible names had been discussed, including some notable voices familiar via other established bands yet in the end the local NJ connection would lead to Mark Sunshine.
The band began to look for shows locally booking in NYC, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The venues would range from nationally familiar clubs such as Asbury Park’s Stone Pony to a gig in a Brooklyn loft.
Touring for the band would be another story. Each member still fulfilled their other musical obligations, most notably Jim and Bob being called out to tour with Monster Magnet, However challenging it may always be owing to scheduling — touring is a given.
RIOTGOD did its first mini-tour in 2009, hitting the road with fellow NJ rockers The Friends of Bill Wilson. RIOTGOD would visit the US mid-west and Canada, playing venues such as Chicago’s Double Door, Detroit’s Blondies, Toronto’s Bovine Sex Club as well as some lesser known colorful establishments along the way.
RIOTGOD is now back – with their second album. More straight, more rock, more stoner – more RIOTGOD.
Invisible Empire Track Listing:
4. Slow Death
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
11. Hollow Mirror
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Legendary rockers STYX–Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman— will be invading the TV airwaves throughout the month of January, perfectly timed with the upcoming DVD release, Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live, coming January 31.
With the news that Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma, his bandmates would like everyone to send positive vibes to the guitarist at this time. Iommi is currently working with his doctors to establish the best treatment plan–the “IRON MAN” of Rock & Roll remains upbeat and determined to make a full and successful recovery.
This comes as Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar), Geezer Butler (bass) and Bill Ward (drums)–are writing and recording their first album in 33 years in Los Angeles (still set for release this fall) with producer Rick Rubin. They will now go to the UK to continue to work with Tony. Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Singer Johnny Gioeli, drummer Mike Terrana , keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg , bass player Volker Krawczak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell entered the studio in late November 2011 with Engineer and Co-Producer Charlie Bauerfeind, to record the next studio album, titled “Circle Of The Oath“.
Recordings are finished now and the final touches regarding mixing and mastering will be made this week.
1) THE GUILLOTINE SUITE (INTRO)
2) GHOST IN THE BLACK
3) RUN WITH THE WIND
4) BEFORE I DIE
5) CIRCLE OF THE OATH
6) FORTUNES OF WAR
7) BRIDGES TO NOWHERE
8) LIVED OUR LIVES BEFORE
9) HOLD ON TO YOUR DREAMS
10) WORLD OF CONFUSION (THE MASQUERADE BALL PT. II)
Configurations: limited edition digipak incl. bonus live track + poster, double gatefold LP with colored vinyl, standard version and download.
=> Watch Out for the box set incl. 2LP, digi, poster, postcard, sticker and much more – limited to 1.000 copies worldwide!
“Circle Of The Oath” will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on March 23rd in Germany, March 26th in Europe and on March 27th in the USA/Canada, followed by the first european leg of the tour:
“Circle Of The Oath”-Tour 2012
AXEL RUDI PELL
special guests: MAD MAX
20.04. D-Hannover – Capitol
21.04. NL-Weert – De Bosuil
22.04. GB-London – Underworld
24.04. D-Langen – Neue Stadthalle Langen
25.04. D-Saarbrücken – Garage
27.04. D-Nürnberg – Hirsch
28.04. D-Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
29.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
01.05. D-Erfurt – HsD
02.05. D-Berlin – Columbia Club
04.05. D-Bochum – Zeche (sold out)
05.05. D-Bochum – Zeche (sold out)
06.05. D-Bochum – Zeche (new date)
The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s, the band that brought the world Eric Clapton in 1963, Jeff Beck in 1965 and Jimmy Page in 1966 (who played in the band with Beck for four months), the band that continues to inspire artists worldwide, will tour the Northeast starting February 1 in Buffalo, New York.
The lineup includes critically-acclaimed original drummer/composer Jim McCarty, guitarist Ben King, who has garnered a reputation as one of hottest, most tasteful young guitar players around, bassist David Smale (a much-respected and admired UK-based musician) and vocalist Andy Mitchell, whose sound is straight out of the mid-’50s Chicago school of blues. Chris Dreja, guitarist and co-founder, is recuperating at home after a recent illness and regrets that he won’t be able to be a part of this short tour. He thanks all his fans for their good wishes and looks forward to seeing them again when he re-joins the band later in the year for a more extensive tour.
Known as much for their strict allegiance to the blues as for their international chart-topping hit “For Your Love,” The Yardbirds have never lost their drive and jet-propelled beat, due mainly to Mr. McCarty. Their “Train Kept A’ Rollin'” inspired Aerosmith to tackle the same song. Their early forays into heavy rock inspired Page to form his own band, originally named The New Yardbirds, but ultimately named Led Zeppelin.
The Yardbirds, electrifying, eclectic and way ahead of their time, melded heavy rock, wild jams, and an improvisatory feel, and continue to influence generations of bands. Go to a Yardbirds show and you’ll find crowds filled with 20-somethings to baby boomers all thrilling to this band’s legendary power. Watching The Yardbirds in action is experiencing rock’n’roll history.
The Yardbirds will co-bill with Vanilla Fudge at the following venues: *
2/1/12 – Buffalo, NY – The Tralf *
2/2/12 – Nichols, NY – Tioga Downs Racetrack
2/3/12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
2/4/12 – Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre *
2/6/12 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
2/8/12 – Tarrytown, NY – Tarrytown Music Hall *
2/9/12 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre *
- Co-Headline with Vanilla Fudge
The history of Witch dates all the way back to 1982. Peter Wabitt and Punky Peru formed the band when their former member Don Costa was snatched up by Ozzy Osbourne. Witch opened for many bands on the Sunset Strip including W.A.S.P., Loudness, Obviously, the band never had the same level of success as the Motley Crue and Ratt, but that doesn’t mean the band didn’t have some cool tunes to check out.
Most of the band’s discography was only available on Vinyl and Cassette. FNA Records has unearthed some cool metal tunes that most people never got a chance to hear.Most of the songs on The Hex is On…And Then Some is from Witch’s original EP from 1984, The Hex Is On.
What does Witch sound like? The band has the raw sound of early Motley Crue, with little bits of Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister thrown in for good measure. The second half of the CD features tunes with some massive guest stars like Slash, Steve Stevens, Rowan Robertson and Chris Holmes. The sound quality is a mixed bag on this CD due to the age of the recordings. It does not take away from the fact that FNA Records has unearthed some extremely cool tunes with The Hex is On… And Then Some. Just give the songs “Damnation”, “Can’t Take Our Rock” and “Black Magic” a listen and you will know what I mean.
The song “Black Magic” with Steve Stevens over the top guitar playing is almost worth the price of admission of the CD all by itself. The song “Crazy” with Chris Holmes on guitar would sound great on the radio today! This is another really cool tune.
If you are a fan of 80’s metal, you gotta look into Witch, and this lost classic, The Hex is On… And Then Some. I think you will enjoy it. I know I have been!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Nervous Wreck
5. Wet and Wild
6. Cinderella (In Black Leather)
7. Can’t Take Our Rock
8. Victory Without Pain
10. Take Me Away (version 1)
11. Mad for Life (with Rowan Robertson on guitars)
12. Games that People Play (with Rowan Robertson on guitars)
13. Playing in the Rain (with Slash on Lead Guitar, Keith Emerson on Piano, Rowan Robertson on Guitars, Phil Chen on Bass)
14. Black Magic (with Steve Stevens on Lead Guitar, Rowan Robertson on Guitars, Phil Chen on Bass)
15. Pay the Due (Rowan Robertson-Guitars, Phil Chen-Bass, Howard Leese-Keyboards)
16. Take Me Away (version 2) (Rowan Robertson-Guitars, Phil Chen-Bass, Howard Leese-Keyboards)
17. Nothing Last Forever (Rowan Robertson-Guitars, Phil Chen-Bass, Henn Stone-Guitars)
18. Crazy (with Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. on Lead Guitar, Rowan Robertson-Guitars, Phil Chen-Bass)
19. Conviction (Rowan Robertson-Guitars, Phil Chen-Bass, Henn Stone-Guitars)
Peter Wabitt – Vocals
Punky Peru – Drums
Ronny Too – Guitars
Jim Warmon – Bass
Got the Monday blah’s? Check out the classic clip from Peter Pan Speedrock, “Crank Up The Everything”. This video just might make your Monday better!
Today is the 21st anniversary of the passing of Def Leppard guitarist Steve “Steamin” Clark. I can’t listen to those classic Def Leppard albums On Through the Night, High ‘n’ Dry, Pyromania, or Hysteria without thinking about the contributions that Steve made to the music that I love so much.
The song clips below are songs that Steve Clark had writing credits, and performed on. Enjoy! Rest in Peace Steve Clark!! We miss you!!
Who are Enemies SWE? I stumbled upon this Swedish band by complete accident, but found that this band has some pretty kick ass tunes at their disposal. With a sound that heavily borrows from Guns N’ Roses and AC/DC, they may not be very original, but the two songs below rock!!
Check out their video clip “Enemy”, and song clip “Glam Star Cabaret” below!
How many of you have heard of Underground Moon? (insert crickets chirping here). Underground Moon is a little known side project of Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner). Pilson was using the name Dominick Moon for this project. He met producer/guitarist Tommy Henriksen (Alice Cooper) and the two proceeded to record and release an interesting modern rock CD that has a sound that is more in common with bands like Nine Inch Nails, Stabbing Westward and Gravity Kills.
Underground Moon’s self titled (and only) CD was put out in 2001 by Rebelution Entertainment and reissued in 2008 by Metal Mind Productions. So how is it? It takes some time getting used to hearing Pilson sing using distortion and other vocal effects. The song writing is solid, and songs are definitely above average. If you go into this CD expecting something Dokken- like, you will be GREATLY disappointed. It is nothing like that at all.
The music reminds me mostly of Stabbing Westward, and maybe Rob Zombie (to a much lesser degree). It seems like the music would have been right at home on the radio in the late 90’s or early 00’s. It blows my mind that Pilson, whose career was deeply rooted in 80’s hard rock & metal, can do something so cool and yet extremely different from his normal style.
Some of CD highlights include the songs “Backslide”, “Imaginary Jesus”, “Open Circles” and the cover of Midnight Oil’s “Beds are Burning”.
If you want to check out something cool, yet different, you could do far worse than Underground Moon. It may not be something I will listen to all of the time, but I am glad I checked it out. If you are interested in Underground Moon, you can pick the CD up at a reasonable price, at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
3. Suicidal Maze
4. In Cinema
5. Beds Are Burning
7. Shed the Skin
8. Acid Superman
10. Imaginary Jesus
11. Open Circles
Underground Moon is:
Dominick Moon (aka Jeff Pilson) – Drums, Bass, Vocals
Tommy Henriksen – Guitars
Produced by Tommy Henriksen
Amazon UK put up a 30 second clip of Van Halen’s soon to be released song “Tattoo”. Check it out!