The debut full-length from Augsburg, Germany’s sleaze rockers HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS, Excess All Areas, is out now in North America via Rock Road Records and Soulfood Distribution. To help promote its release, Canadian rock/metal portal Puregrainaudio has posted an exclusive feature with the band as well as hosted stream of the Excess All Areas in its entirety RIGHT HERE.
In other news, HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS recently underwent a lineup revamping, as half of the band were replaced. The band has released the following statement regarding the new members and more: “As you might have heard during the last few days, Hollywood Burnouts had to replace their bass player and drummer due to personal reasons. Both of them wanted to focus on their private lives and weren´t able to spend the amount of time, a band like Hollywood Burnouts requires, anymore! However, Chrizzy and Mike did not even think about quitting the band – so there have been a few auditions during the last few weeks. Well… here they are again! We are proud to announce the new lineup: Chrizzy (rhythm/lead guitars, vocals), Toby (drums, vocals), Chris (bass, vocals), Mike (vocals, lead/rhythm guitars).”
The new HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS lineup will play their first official show on August 16th in Cologne, Germany supporting Ted Poley (Danger Danger). Following that, the band will enter the studio on August 27th to record their sophomore album. Stay tuned for further updates.
Boasting melodies and choruses inspired by the massively popular glam and hard rock heroes of the ’80s and early ’90s, with straightforward riffs and influences rooted in blues and classic heavy metal channeling through their infectious tunes, HOLLYWOOD BURNOUTS released a successful demo in 2009, followed by a self-titled EP in 2010 since their 2008 formation. The band have attracted a massive fanbase throughout Germany and well beyond at this point, having performed on national and international shows supporting Cinderella, Bonfire, Hardcore Superstar, Crashdiet, Dokken and many others.
British Hard Rock legends UFO have confirmed that they will be returning to North America this Fall for a West Coast tour. The band will be touring in support of their latest album Seven Deadly which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV. The tour kicks off November 15th in Chicago, IL and is currently scheduled to wrap up December 1st in Corona, CA.
Seven Deadly is an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. So it’s no wonder that sound engineer Tommy Newton, in whose Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, the new tracks were recorded, commented: “I’ve never heard a better Phil Mogg!”
The UFO frontman’s thoroughly impressive vocal performance goes hand in hand with the awesome compositions on Seven Deadly. The classic rock of “Burn Your House Down” features all the important UFO strengths, “Mojotown” sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least “Year Of The Gun” features a pointed reference to UFO‘s early days.
UFO on Tour:
11/15: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
11/16: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/17: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/18: St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theater
11/20: Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
11/21: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
11/23: Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
11/24: Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club
11/25: San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
11/28: San Juan Capistrano, CA @ The Coach House
11/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
11/30: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
12/1: Corona, CA @ Marquee 15
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Get ready for FACESHIFT, the Stockholm based metal outfit you’re about to wonder why you haven’t heard yet! A couple of new tracks off the upcoming, second album have been brilliantly mixed by musical mastermind Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE), that showcase the band’s crushing blend of massive riffs, earthquake drums and powerful, melodic vocals.
The personnel roster is a fascinating one: the rhythm guitarist and bass player are both death metal musicians originally (ETERNAL OATH and GODPHOBIA), the drummer plays in one of Sweden’s top prog metal bands (SEVENTH WONDER), the vocalist brings a melodic/power element to the table while the lead guitarist adds a really bluesy touch to the mix.
“Combining all those influences,” explains drummer Stefan Norgren, “could have proven a huge challenge, but in fact, once we started writing these new songs, everything fell right into place from the get go. The result is a handful of damn heavy, riff driven tracks, with BIG choruses and tons of cool vocal harmonies. I’d say FACESHIFT will be well received by fans of such diverse bands as PANTERA, MUSTASCH, ALICE IN CHAINS, SYMPHONY X and DIO alike.”
The band is currently recording the full album and is eager to find the perfect record label to release it. Don’t hesitate to get in touch!
For more info: www.facebook.com/faceshiftswe
You can check out their song “New Beginning” below. Like what you hear? You can download Faceshift’s songs “New Beginning” and “Awaken” at this link.
I know that I often make statements like this, but it’s hard to believe that Def Leppard’s magnificent album, Hysteria, is officially 25 years old. Maybe I have trouble believing things like this because it is a constant reminder of how old I am getting. Poison’s been around for 26 years? Kiss announced their reunion tour 16 years ago? It’s been how many years since Iron Maiden reunited with Bruce Dickinson (12, for the record)? Sadly, I remember all of those things happening. I also remember being extremely excited when they did.
Def Leppard’s Hysteria brought a similar feeling of excitement. In 1983 I was a hair too young to really jump on the Def Leppard band wagon and shout out my love for the band. However, when Hysteria was released in 1987, I was a freshman in High School and I was all in. At that point in my life, I had started consuming hard rock and heavy metal in abundance. Of course, the biggest flavor of the time was hair metal, and I listened to any band that even came close to representing the genre. Many people would argue that Def Leppard isn’t really a hair metal band, but they often get lumped into the category. And in 1987, we didn’t even call them hair bands we just called them rock and roll.
Given all that was happening with the band during this time period, it’s amazing that Hysteria was ever recorded, let alone released. Between the pressure to create a follow up record that was better than Pyromania, having a producer walk away (only to return a year later), and Rick Allen losing an arm, many people thought that Def Leppard was finished as a band. But they persevered and released an amazing record. And no one could imagine the amount of units Hysteria would sell, nor the popularity that the record would have.
Hysteria is packed with hits. From “Women” to “Animal” to “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” every song on this record is fantastic. Yes, 25 years later, “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” is insanely overplayed and has morphed into a song where you roll your eyes and say “Ugh! Again?”, but in 1987, this song was nothing short of monumental. The entire Hysteria album was. I can remember the first time I played the cassette tape. After hearing “Animal” and “Women” and listening to all my friends rave about the record, I knew that I had to have it. So, I saved up my allowance (I was a few months shy of working regularly) and bought myself a copy. After one listen, I was hooked. I could not stop playing Hysteria. I must have listened to that album nonstop for close to a month.
“Armageddon it,” “Rocket,” “Love And Affection,” and my personal favorite “Hysteria,” were all musical bliss to my eardrums. Every note on the album was production perfect. Joe Elliot’s voice sounded like an angel, and the guitar work of Steve Clark and Phil Collen was incredible. On top of all that, Rick Allen’s drum work defied logic. Here was a drummer that lost an arm and with the help of his band, found a way to come back and play the drums for Def Leppard’s best album ever. He was an inspiration to us all. Def Leppard did not cut corners with the drumming either, as some of the songs on Hysteria have complex drum beats, all played by Rick Allen.
When I review the vast musical collection that I have built over the years (2200 albums and counting), I can easily rank Hysteria in the top 25 albums of my collection. It is a perfect album, recorded during a tumultuous time for the band, and Def Leppard came out on top. Hysteria topped the charts worldwide and would go on to sell 12 million copies in the US, one of the highest selling rock albums ever for the States. If ever there was an album deserving of an anniversary edition, Hysteria is it. And while I haven’t heard of any plans for that to happen, a box set including the remastered album, all the B-sides, and live recordings from this tour, would be a welcome gift to me. What about you? What are your thoughts on Hysteria turning 25 years old? Is it one of your favorite albums too, or do you find it to be an overrated, overproduced, overhyped disc?
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