Happy Halloween From Hard Rock Hideout!!! Hard Rock Hideout has a killer Halloween giveaway for fans of Ghost Adventures!
HRH is giving away a Ghost Adventures DVD Catalog, A signed copy of NecroFusion (see details below), A Signed Copy of
Zak’s Book, Dark World, and a SB7 Spirit Box!!!
Ghost Adventures’ Zak Bagans has collaborate with Lords of Acid’s Praga Khan for the haunting new album, NecroFusion, which is available now on iTunes.
Each of the eleven tracks on NecroFusion includes a unique store and voice from a departed spirit who has not crossed over, as well as an actual audio message from the spirit. “Room 20,” features the powerful results of an investigation into the suicide of Suddenly Susan’s David
For more about Zak and NecroFusion, visit his official site at zakbagans.com and make sure to enter now for your chance to win!
Black Country Communion’s third release, Afterglow, and the new George Lynch, Mick Brown and Jeff Pilson band, T&N lead off today’s releases.
Check below for the full list!
Black Country Communion – Afterglow
Kamelot – Silverthorn
T&N – Slave To the Empire
Angra – Best Reached Horizons
Wildestarr – A Tell Tale Heart
Whyzdom – Blind
Flyleaf – New Horizons
Warrior Soul – Stiff Middle Finger (Import)
Nov 02 – Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
Nov 03 – Rockford, IL – Bar Three
Nov 07 – Lee’s Summit, MO – Jerry’s Bait Shop
Nov 08 – Colorado Springs, CO – The Union Station
Nov 09 – Idaho Falls, ID – The Celt Bar
Nov 10 – Spokane, WA – The Hop
The silver eagle has finally landed for audiences worldwide!
After enjoying a limited “Fan Club Only” UK release, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, Saxon’s wonderfully unfiltered and intimate account of their ascent to the upper echalons of heavy metal, will finally enjoy an international release this December. The double-disc set features the soon-to-be-celebrated story of Saxon, while the second disc is packed with bonus features including a full-length performance (on St. George’s Day) from April 23rd, 2008. Rivetingly honest, and including the frank memories of every musician who has played in the band, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie pieces together the earliest incarnations of Saxon, from frontman Biff Byford’s teenage years in the coalmines of Yorkshire and Son Of A Bitch (the first incarnation of Saxon) all the way through to top 10 hits and world tours. “Our music was more sort of machinery banging together, wheels turning, machines making noise,” says Biff of those early, industrial days, “It’s what Heavy Metal is all about. Heavy Metal is all about hard, big sounds bashing your skull in. I used to work in factories where big machinery made lot of noise and I used to sing along to the noises they made.”
It is a documentary which looks for all the world as though it’s a superbly crafted script, as much a tale of pure, honest, working class triumph as just another Rock n’ Roll story. Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie shows every facet of Saxon on their journey without once diluting the true characters who make up the band. “We basically played every dump and shithole that there is in England over a period, probably just short of eight years,” laughs Biff. “You know classic cliché of transit van, up and down and we used to play more or less every night. One gig might be a good paying gig and the other one might be no money or ten quid but it was an obsession, you had to play every day.” These wonderfully naïve young men sought nothing more than a great gig, a good time and maybe a nice girl, before suddenly finding themselves on tour in the US, exposed to the sorts of things which (quite frankly) Barnsley simply didn’t offer in 1980. And from that point, Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie, takes the viewer on a journey on a Rock n’ Roller of a journey encompassing it all from triumphs to tears to tea-bags and beyond.
Nothing is forsaken and nothing skipped. Despite the fact that to this day there remain problems between the Byford/Quinn and Oliver/Dawson parties, everyone tells the full unedited Saxon story with heartfelt honesty and integrity.
“We do have a great legacy,” says Byford, “whether you joined the band in 1994 or (as) an original member. There’s a legacy there and I’ve tried hard to not let people demean it and to spoil it and you have to look after that thing that is Saxon.”
Heavy Metal Thunder – The Movie will entertain, engage and charm fans and non-fans alike. That’s a truth as honest as the film itself…
• DVD Digipack (2 Discs)
BUCKCHERRY are proud to announce that their next studio album, Confessions, will be their first domestic release with new label Century Media Records. The album is planned for an early 2013 release on Century Media in the United States and via Eleven Seven Music worldwide, with new tracks to be unveiled in the coming weeks.
“The time has come to finally announce the release of our sixth LP, Confessions,” says Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd. “This is our coolest album yet and I think a lot of people will relate, if you love BC you are going to get a chance to be part of a great story – join the revolution and let’s rock!”
Buckcherry are one of the premier rock bands of the new millennium, having sold more than three million records in America alone and touring virtually non-stop, playing with everyone from AC/DC to Slipknot, touring sold-out arenas alongside Nickelback and KISS, and headlining festivals ranging from the punk rock Ink-N-Iron (also featuring the Misfits and Pennywise) to Sturgis. Radio staples “Lit Up,” “Crazy Bitch” and “Sorry” have cemented the band as one of the most identified and sought-after bands on radio and live circuits, and Confessions is primed to take the band to even greater heights.
“This is, by far, our most ambitious record,” says guitarist Keith Nelson, who co-founded Buckcherry with Todd in 1995 after the duo met in a Los Angeles tattoo shop. “We are very proud of the work we’ve done and we are looking forward to presenting it to our fans.”
Confessions is an album based on the seven deadly sins, and is part of a larger vision that includes a film written by Josh Todd, who based the album’s lyrics on his childhood and transformation into adulthood.
Buckcherry remain on the road throughout 2012, appearing in Japan later this month and returning to the United Kingdom Nov. 20 – Dec. 10.
For more information on BUCKCHERRY visit:
It’s amazing that Rush has been around for almost 40 years and are still making significant music. Their last studio album, Snakes And Arrows, was a great disc filled with solid, enjoyable rock songs. Earlier this year, the band released their 19th studio album, Clockwork Angels. This album is a testament to the fact that Rush still has what it takes to make a great record worthy of fan consumption.
Clockwork Angels reminds me a lot of the very underrated Presto, which is one of my favorite Rush albums. While most fans think Presto is a decent record, it never quite got the attention it deserved. Clockwork Angels falls into a similar category. It is an amazing record that may not get the attention it is due.
These days, Rush fans are mostly about the nostalgia of the band. On their last tour, Rush played Moving Pictures in its entirety, and a plethora of their hits that had the crowd ecstatic. When it came time to play the new songs from their forthcoming album (which would be Clockwork Angels) a lot of fans tuned out, even though the songs were fantastic. “Caravan” and “BU2B” were played live for every concert performance and gave us a taste of what was to come. And that taste left me wanting the full meal. Now that Rush has delivered Clockwork Angels, they have not disappointed.
“Caravan” and “BU2B” start the record off and their studio incarnation is even better than their live counterparts. Building in intensity as the songs progress, both “Caravan” and “BU2B” are great openers for Clockwork Angels. Both of these songs are short, enjoyable bursts of hard rock music that could be released as radio singles with no qualms.
The rest of Clockwork Angels is not short and sweet like the opening tracks, and that is great news for Rush fans everywhere. Rush works the rest of the album in their typical style, with much progression, chord changes, multiple arrangements, and mini operatic songs. Acoustic guitars and strings are plentiful, as well as deep, thought provoking, lyrics that can only be written by Neil Peart.
“Halo Effect” is a magnificent ballad. Opening with a nice acoustic riff from Alex Lifeson, the song builds in intensity when the strings arrive for the chorus. The string section blends together with the acoustic guitars to make a harmonious delight. “Halo Effect” is a fantastic song, even though it is one of the quieter moments on Clockwork Angels.
“The Wreckers” is the song that most reminds of Presto era Rush. With strings, acoustic guitars, a simple drum beat and intense lyrics, “The Wreckers” takes me back to the late 80s when I was dissecting Presto for every fantastic nuance that it contained. The lyrics for “The Wreckers” do not reflect the most positive light, but tell a real message. “Sometimes you have to be weary of a miracle that is too good to be true.” Geddy Lee’s voice is at its finest for “The Wreckers.” While he can’t hit the high notes like it was 1974, Lee still delivers the vocals with pure passion that will have fans truly believing in “The Wreckers” as a huge hit song.
“Wish Them Well” is the strongest song on Clockwork Angels. Opening with a great pounding simple drum beat that bleeds into a typical, complex Peart percussion, “Wish Them Well” captures the ear from the first note of the song. “Wish Them Well” is Rush at their finest. Three guys making music and having fun. There are no strings, no acoustics, and no additives. “Wish Them Well” is Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart showing what they can still do when the three of them get together to make a great song. This is classic Rush with a modern contemporary twist, and it is beautiful.
With Clockwork Angels, Rush have delivered one of their best albums to date. Even after 38 years of making music, this band still has something to say and it is worth listening to. If you haven’t yet picked up a copy of Clockwork Angels don’t delay any longer. This could be the best record you will hear all year.
Notable Tracks: The Wreckers, Wish Them Well
Rating: Out of 10
03. Clockwork Angels
04. The Anarchist
06. Halo Effect
07. Seven Cities of Gold
08. The Wreckers
09. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden
Geddy Lee – Bass, Vocals
Alex Lifeson – Guitar
Neil Peart – Drums
Virtuoso guitarist and visionary composer Steve Vai will be taking his ”STORY OF LIGHT” tour through Europe 2012 in support of his new release, The Story of Light, released on August 14, 2012 (Favored Nations Entertainment). Vai has just finished up a two-month run of 50 shows in North America to stunning reviews.
32 years ago this October, a 20 year old Steve Vai embarked on his first tour with the Legendary Frank Zappa. Since then Vai has honed his craft to peak performance on his latest tour. His show is unlike any other guitar player in his field. He is a performer, composer, (comedian of sorts) and a deeply connected musician who’s every note resonates through his body mind and soul.
Show review quotes:
“What I witnessed was something I almost (still) don’t quite understand. If I’m at pains to put that across here it’s because I was part of a revelation. Vai is Zen. Guitar master.”
Blog on the tracks
“Vai transcends the average ability to play. There was not a moment that the crowd was not watching every single move he made. I hope to see him many more times over the years.”
My Global Mind
“While many musicians fit easily into a single category, Steve Vai’s unique musical vision remains unclassifiable. After more than 30 years, Vai continues to use unbridled guitar virtuosity and soulful artistry to explore the spectrum of human emotion.”
“Vai is an innovator and showman. He shredded the guitar inflamed with passion and charisma. This easily ranks as the most enjoyable concert moment I have ever experienced. If you ever have the chance to see this legend live don’t hesitate!”
Orange County Reverb
“Vai’s an entertainer, and he made sure to include something fun for everyone, not just the guitar geeks. That sense of humor is one of the main things that separates Vai from the other flash players. Another is that he can play rings around virtually all of them.”
Ticketron average rating ***** stars http://reviews.ticketmaster.com/7171/736378/steve-vai-reviews/reviews.htm
“To be able to witness Steve Vai’s skill, passion and artistry is an event in life that will never be forgotten.”
“Steve Vai does what no one else can do and does it brilliantly. He combines technique beyond belief with passion to produce musical and emotional landscapes that take you to a soaring world, beyond the concert hall and beyond ordinary experience.”
“If you ever get a chance to see this legend up close and personal, rest assured you will be entertained by his witty banter, quirky humor and most of all, virtuosic playing.”
In addition to regular concert ticket sales, Vai fans can purchase a unique and special premium package – the EVO Experience – which includes a meet and greet pass, a Q&A session with Steve Vai, access to sound check, a 2012 Story of Light Tour Program, an exclusive EVO Experience laminate and a number of other Vai merchandise items. EVO Experience premium tickets can be purchased through Vai’s website, www.Vai.com. A limited number of EVO Experience tickets are available for each show.
The Story of Light is available for online pre-sale orders, including a special pre-sale selection of bundled packages, on
Visit Vai.com for ticket purchases
Oct 26 Riga, Latvia – Palladium
Oct 27 Vilnius, Lithuania – Uko Banko Treatro Arena
Oct 28 Warsaw, Poland – Stodola Arena
Oct 30 Belgrade, Serbia – Kombank Arena
Oct 31 Sofia, Bulgaria – National Palace of Culture
Nov 1 Bucharest, Romania – Sala Palatului
Nov 3 Istanbul, Turkey- Kucukciftlik Park
Nov 5 Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club Theater
Nov 6 Athens, Greece – Fuzz Club
Nov 9 Zagreb, Croatia – Culture Factory
Nov 10 Padova, Italy – Gran Teatro Geox
Nov 11 Rome, Italy – Atlantico
Nov 12 Milan, Italy – Alcatraz
Nov 13 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Cvetlicarna
Nov 14 Vienna, Austria – Museumquartier
Nov 16 Tilburg, Netherlands – O13
Nov 17 Luxembourg – den Atelier
Nov 18 Zurich, Switzerland – Komplex
Nov 19 Paris, France – Olympia
Nov 20 Brussels, Belgium – Royal Circus
Nov 21 Stuttgart, Germany – Filharmonie Filderstadt
Nov 22 Berlin, Germany – Huxleys
Nov 24 Malmo, Sweden – KB
Nov 25 Stockholm, Sweden – Berns
Nov 26 Gothenburg, Sweden – Tradgar’n
Nov 27 Oslo, Norway – Rockefeller Music Hall
Nov 28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Amager Bio
Nov 29 Cologne, Germany – Essigfabrik
Dec 1 Portsmouth, UK – Guildhall
Dec 2 London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo
Dec 3 Wolverhampton, UK – Civic Hall
Dec 4 Dublin, Ireland – Vicar St.
Dec 5 Newcastle, UK – City Hall
Dec 6 Ipswich, UK – Regent
Dec 7 Manchester, UK – Apollo
Dec 10 Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain – Sala Capitol
Dec 11 Porto, Portugal – Hard Club
Dec 12 Lisbon, Portugal – Aula Magna
Dec 14 Barcelona, Spain – Razzmatazz
Dec 15 Bilbao, Spain – Santana 27
Dec 16 Madrid, Spain – La Riviera
Dec 17 Murcia, Spain – Auditorium
Bona fide heavy metal front woman and activist OTEP Shamaya has rallied up the tribe and is ready to deliver the first LIVE album of her career, entitled Sounds Like Armageddon, out November 6th. If you haven’t had a chance to see her in action now is your time to hear her roar.
Sounds Like Armageddon hits hard with eleven gut wrenching tracks from four albums. OTEP tears through classics like “Battle Ready”, “Blood Pigs”, “Rise Rebel Resist” and “Fists Fall” and will have you banging your head in no time! The album also includes the fan favorite cover of Nirvana’s “Breed” that has become a staple at the end of OTEP’s live set. With her ravaging vocals and powerful messages OTEP is a multi-dimensional; poet, illustrator, author and activist. Since 2000, she has continued hold her ground, fight for her beliefs and empower thousands of people worldwide.
She is currently in the studio working on her sixth full-length studio album, out in January 2013. Watch the music video for “Fists Fall” and experience the force known as OTEP. Check on tons of new OTEP merch designs and pre-orderSounds Like Armageddon through the Victory Records’ webstore.
Sounds Like Armageddon Track listing:
Rise Rebel Resist
Motor City Madman Ted Nugent was in the hot seat this week when he sat down with CNN for a “Red Chair Interview” where he revealed why he never wanted to be a rock star and more. How did he avoid doing drugs all these years? “The same way I avoided the temptation to stab myself in the eye with an ice pick,” Nugent says. “I’m just more in to working hard, playing hard, making great music and going hunting.”
Swedish blues rock superstars, GRAVEYARD, recently shot a new music video for the second single off the album, “Endless Night”. The video was directed by Artur Wolgers & Dea Saracevic and features vocalist and guitarist Joakim Nilsson cruising in a killer Pontiac GTO. Check it out below!
You can also check out Graveyard’s new song “Goliath” below!
Spider Rock Promotion is glad to announce a new entry in the roster: HoneyBombs!
The band plays hair metal vaguely influenced by and glam rock sleaze metal.
Band members come from Blind Horizon and I Suffer Incorporated.
At the moment the guys are busy with the composition of the songs that will be part of their first full length album, which will be released through Spider Rock Promotion in 2013, tentatively entitled “Physique du Rock’n’Roll”. In the meantime they are preparing the forthcoming live shows at the end of 2012 and early 2013.
Canadian progressive metal pioneers VOIVOD have premiered the artwork for their 13th studio album, Target Earth, on the band’s official Facebook page.
The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band’s’ previous albums.
Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, Target Earth was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard’s Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (PELICAN, NACHTMYSTIUM). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).
The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991’s Angel Rat. It’s also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain), who cut his teeth playing guitar to the late Denis D’Amour’s riffs and thus has matched his style to a tee. VOIVOD, as a full group, hadn’t sat down to write a record together since 2003’s self-titled album. The end result harkens back to the group’s late 80s output and after 30 years together as a band, one of their best yet.
The official track-listing for Target Earth can be seen below.
- Target Earth
- Kluskap O’Kom
- Empathy for the Enemy
- Mechanical Mind
- Corps Étranger
To hear the album’s first single, “Mechanical Mind,” please click here.
VOIVOD live 2012
10/26–La Riviera–Madrid, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/27–Razzmatazz 2–Barcelona, Spain **with ARCH ENEMY**
10/30–MILK Club–Moscow, Russia
11/17–Fox Theater–Oakland, CA **with NEUROSIS, YOB**
Bloodbound is about to release their new album “In The Name Of Metal” on November 9th, 2012. Check out the video for the title track below!
What a few months it has been for In This Moment…their album BLOOD debuted at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, their live set captivated thousands on this year’s Rockstar Uproar Festival, and now the first track from their new album, also entitled “Blood,” has cracked the Top 10 at Active Rock radio. “Blood” is currently the #9 single on the chart with over 1000 spins a week and power rotations at KPBI/Denver, KQXR/Boise and WJJO/Madison. “Blood” is also the #1 selling single of all time for longtime label Century Media Records; it has nearly 100,000 units since its release and shows no signs of slowing down. Click here to check out the stunning video for “Blood.” American fans can catch In This Moment on tour through mid-December with their first set of dates as headliners, and the next set alongside Halestorm for the Jagermeister tour kicking off on November 8th (the entire tour nearly soldout already). Please see below for the itinerary.
BLOOD, the album, recently bowed at #15 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, selling upwards of 20,000 units in its first week. This marked the band’s highest album chart debut ever, with nearly double the first week sales of their previous release, 2010’s A STAR CROSSED WASTELAND. Produced by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch), BLOOD is In This Moment‘s fourth album for longtime label Century Media Records and has been receiving rave reviews from the press, with Outburn declaring, “…an album that should thrill longtime fans and newcomers alike.”
In This Moment was formed in 2005 and have released four full length albums to date, selling over a quarter of a million records in the US alone. They’ve cracked the Top 10 Active Rock charts and have appeared on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, as well as Warped and Ozzfest tours. Frontwoman Maria Brink was named Revolver’s Hottest Chick in Metal. In This Moment is: Maria Brink (vocals), Chris Howorth (lead guitar), Randy Weitzel (rhythm guitar), Travis Johnson (bass) and Tom Hane (drums).
In This Moment tour dates:
26 Orlando, FL Tinker Field*
27 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre*
28 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
30 Shreveport, LA The Riverside Warehouse
31 Broussard, LA The Station
2 Abilene, TX The Lucky Mule
3 Tyler, TX Clicks
4 Little Rock, AR Revolution Music Room
6 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
8 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen**
9 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s**
12 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre**
13 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues**
14 Chico, CA Senator Theatre**
16 San Francisco, CA Slim’s**
17 Sacarmento, CA Ace Of Spades**
18 Reno, NV Knitting Factory**
20 Las Vegas, NV Vinyl
23 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater**
24 Seattle, WA El Corazon**
25 Portland, OR Knitting Factory Concert House**
27-29 Florida/Bahamas ShipRocked Cruise
30 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium**
1 Sauget, IL Pop’s**
3 Sioux Falls, SD The Vault**
4 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue**
5 Madison, WI Majestoc Theatre**
7 South Bend, IN Club Fever**
8 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre**
10 Richmond, VA The National**
11 Knoxville, TN The Valarium**
12 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel**
14 Charleston, SC The Music Farm**
15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live**
*with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
I have been listening to Dokken for over 30 years now, and I have to admit that I have some extremely strong opinions about the band. I chose not to review Broken Bones when it first came out, as I didn’t want to deter or sway those fans that would purchase Broken Bones. I didn’t like the band’s last album Lightning Strikes Again very much, and I didn’t expect Broken Bones to be much better. The video for “Empire” was released, and I have to admit that I had a glimpse of hope for the new album. Jon Levin’s guitar is shredding, “Wild” Mick Brown is sounding great on the skins, and Don Dokken surprisingly pushes his voice in this song. With that being said, I decided to spin Broken Bones, and give the band another chance.
Broken Bones starts off strong enough. The first three songs, “Empire”, “Broken Bones” and “Best of Me” have that classic Dokken feel. It certainly isn’t Back For The Attack era stuff, but it is solid enough to keep me interested.
At this point the album shifts into a bunch of mid tempo songs that honestly work a lot better with Don Dokken’s voice. Don’s voice hasn’t aged well, but the songs were smartly crafted to take advantage of his diminished range. Some of the songs have a more modern approach, but Jon Levin keeps it very Dokken like with his Lynch style noodling.
One song that I typically won’t expect to like at all, “Victim of the Crime” has grown on me the most. The song has a little middle eastern flair, mixed with a little Sabbath like heaviness. Levin throws in a little Dokken style flash to keep the song honest. I think this might be the most creative song on Broken Bones.
The album closes out in good fashion with a flashy rocker “Tonight” that is more in the classic Dokken style. I thought this song helped to bring the whole album together. It is a very smartly mixed album in my opinion. Heavy rockers up front, mid tempo stuff in the middle, and a classic Dokken style rocker to close it out.
Overall, I didn’t expect to like Broken Bones at all, and after giving it a few spins, I have really enjoyed this album. I think it is Dokken’s strongest album since 1999’s Erase The Slate. If you go in expecting Under Lock and Key, or Back For The Attack you may be disappointed. If you listen with an open mind, you might be greatly surprised.
Give Broken Bones a chance! I they can win over this Dokken critic, they can certainly win you over too!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Broken Bones
03. Best of Me
06. Victim Of The Crime
07. Burning Tears
09. For The Last Time
10. Fade Away
Don Dokken – vocals
Mick Brown – drums
Jon Levin – guitar
Sean McNabb – bass
POP EVIL has debuted a brand new music video today for their single, “Purple.” A montage of tour footage put together by director Andrew Johnson during the band’s massive touring done over the past year shows the band has a lot in store for their fans in 2013.
POP EVIL have been touring since early 2011 in support of their latest record, “War Of Angels.” They recently finished a highly successful run on the TRESSPASS AMERICA TOUR supporting FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH & KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
The band is currently on the road in Canada supporting label-mates BLACK LABEL SOCIETY.
Back with some hard hitting, gritty, modern rock tunes, Three Days Grace delivers Transit Of Venus, the follow up to 2009’s solid Life Starts Now. Returning to give fans more of the same, Three Days Grace’s latest album is another enjoyable collection of modern rock tunes filled with anger, angst, pain, and passion. And while that is the same formula the band has followed since their debut album in 2003, it is not necessarily a bad thing. If some is good, more is better, and if a certain sound and style works, why try to reinvent yourselves? Three Days Grace just delivers more solid rock and roll.
Darker, grittier, and perhaps even more angry than ever before, on Transit Of Venus, Three Days Grace returns to themes of hatred, problems, and the depressing side of life. While hope is offered in songs like “Time That Remains,” the majority of the songs deal with the negative side of life. Themes of oppression, anti-authority, and taking control of your own life run rampant throughout Transit Of Venus.
“Operate” is a hard hitting, rocking song that will find fists in the air and throats raw from screaming. Lead singer Adam Grontier crafted a sing-along anthem with “Operate” that is bound to find a lot of fans screaming to the beat. The chorus is a powerful, bombastic blast of rage fueled anger that explodes out of the song. Hearing this song live in concert would be a real treat.
“Give In To Me,” is another powerful blend of smooth harmony and heavy, anger fueled, rock. This song jumps out at the listener with powerful riffs and commanding vocals. The thrash/grunge infusion helps take “Give In To Me” to a higher level of joyfulness. Add in some expert playing by lead guitarist Barry Stock and the combination adds up to a winning song.
The aforementioned “Time That Remains,” portrays a picture of hope with a look toward the future. Grontier’s lyrics are full of beauty and sage advice, telling that the past should not be relived, and the pain of the past should not be dwelled on. Moving forward with life is all that anyone can do. With a beautiful melody and terrific harmony, Grontier sings like an angel on “Time That Remains.” This is an uplifting song that shows how future achievements in life can be grand, despite what has happened in the past. One should use the time that remains to create great memories, and forget about the pains of the past.
Three Days Grace has once again delivered a solid, enjoyable, album in Transit Of Venus. Fans of the band are going to love this record a lot, but there is plenty for new fans to grab onto as well. With the proper balance between rockers and ballads, nice melodies, deep lyrics, and plenty of energy, Transit Of Venus is a solid record worthy of quite a few plays through the I-Pod.
Rating: Out of 10
01. Sign Of The Times
02. Chalk Outline
03. The High Road
06. Misery Loves My Company
07. Give In To Me
09. Give Me A Reason
10. Time That Remains
12. Broken Glass
13. Unbreakable Heart
Three Days Grace Is:
Adam Gontier – Lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Barry Stock – Lead Guitar
Neil Sanderson – Drums
Brad Walst – Bass
Check out this cool new track from San Diego rockers Heavy Glow. Their new song “I Almost Prayed” has a cool 70’s Zeppelin-esque type of vibe.
Check out the brand new video, “Gunrunning” from Ten. “Gunrunning” is on the new Ten album, “Heresy & Creed” out on Frontiers Records.
Liberty N’ Justice is giving away some cool tunes, that you should definitely download now. It is the band’s 2007 CD, “Independence Day, and features some hard rock luminaries like John Corabi, Jack Russell, Kelly Keagy, Mark Slaughter, Jani Lane and more!
You can download it here: http://noisetrade.com/libertynjustice2
01. Doubting Thomas (John Corabi)
02. Monkey Dance (Jack Russell)
03. Soldier (Kelly Keagy & Mark Slaughter)
04. My Sacrifice (Shawn Pelata)
05. Phoenix (Pete Loran)
06. Independence Day (Kelly Keeling)
07. Meet My Monster (Tony Mills)
08. Praying For A Miracle (Ted Poley)
09. Fade (Jamie Rowe)
10. Bullet, Train, Breakdown (Jaime St. James)
11. Addiction (Jani Lane)
12. Wake The Dead (Ez Gomer & Tony Carey)
13. Snake Eat Snake (David Raymond Reeves)
14. A Little Bit Of Love (Mark Hovland & Shannon Hovland)
Joe Bonamassa, the world’s premiere guitarist, will perform four exclusive London concerts during March 2013. Each concert will be specially filmed for DVD and will feature never-before performed live tracks. The four London concerts will chronicle Joe’s atmospheric rise from the intimate club atmosphere of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. The live in-concert DVDs will be released during fall 2013.
Hailed as The Guitar Event of the Year, Bonamassa will pay homage to the historic London venues he’s played by going back to his ten studio albums to perform songs for the very first time. The four London 2013 concerts will individually showcase a unique band configuration that will highlight diverse elements of Joe’s style. Each performance will be distinctive with different set lists. Collectively, there will be upwards of eighty new and old songs performed over the four nights that even the most die-hard Bonamassa fan will experience for the first time.
The London run will start at the intimate 200-capacity London Borderline on Tuesday March 26. Bonamassa will then play the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire and HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday March 27 and Thursday March 28 respectively, before finishing the week at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday March 30.
The Royal Albert Hall and Shepherds Bush concerts are currently sold out. Tickets are still available for the Hammersmith Apollo, as well as VIP tickets for the exclusive Borderline concert that also includes the best seats in the house for the remaining three concerts including the Royal Albert Hall, Shepherds Bush and the Hammersmith Apollo. For further information about the VIP tickets, visit www.thegigcartel.com/joevip/.
“London is like my second home,” says Bonamassa. “I want to give the fans attending the London concerts a real treat – a thank you for their unwavering support. Over the years I’ve received requests for tracks we’ve never performed live. Now, it feels right that we delve into the back catalogue and dedicate London fans with unique versions of tracks they’ve never experienced live.”
Iconic rock guitarist Neal Schon has a lot to celebrate! Schon’s highly-acclaimed new solo album THE CALLING hits streets worldwide today via Frontiers Records. The video for the title track just premiered on CBS’ The Insider and can be viewed here. Neal once again teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live In Manila) to co-produce the video. Filmed entirely in San Francisco and Marin County, “The Calling” video also features Schon’s fiancée, Michaele Salahi (the couple just became engaged when Schon popped the question on stage during a Journey concert). The video can be purchased at iTunes, while the full album can be purchased at iTunes here and Amazon here.
THE CALLING has been receiving rave reviews from the international media, with the US’ Guitar Player declaring, “It’s a thrilling, edgy, ballsy, inspiring, and beautiful work that sounds as purposely constructed as a symphony piece. Less-blessed composers and guitarists can now take a moment to cry…” and the UK’s Classic Rock proclaiming, “…a musical masterclass.” THE CALLING is produced by, and features, Neal Schon on all guitars and bass, and reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate, Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album. In addition, Grammy® Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra,) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks – “Fifty Six (56)” and “Tumbleweeds” and Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who has previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout thealbum. Recorded at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey’s busy touring schedule, Neal completed the album from start to finish in just four days.
Neal Schon has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold and platinum albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schon continues to lead the band today in its latest incarnation. In demand as one of the leading guitarists of his generation, Schon uses custom PRS Neal Schon LTD Private Stock guitarsmade especially for Neal by Paul Reed Smith.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Australian band DE LA CRUZ for the release of their forthcoming debut album which will be entitled “Street Level”.
Described by Geoff Barton of Classic Rock Magazine: “like a Pomptastic, Hyper-active Leppard!”, DE LA CRUZ debuted with a self financed 6 songs EP which caused a stir in the Hard Rock scene Worldwide.
Founded in 2011 after Gold Coast guitarist Casey Jones met with Auckland-born singer Roxxi Catalano, the guys immediately had the vision to start an 80s style rock band. Casey knew the best musicians to complete their lineup, Lacey Lane on drums, Grant Daniell on bass and the second guitarist Rory Joy.
DE LA CRUZ came to the attention of Frontiers Records in the winter of 2012 and they finally decided to join forces. Frontiers will release the band’s first full length album entitled “Street Level” in early 2013. In the meanwhile all fans of classic Leppard, Skid Row, Kiss and Motley Crue should immediately check out the new album teaser following this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHvG3-UkCAA&feature=plcp
Get ready for one of the most exciting new sensations for the new year !
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If you have never had the opportunity to see Kix live in concert, then you are missing out on one of the greatest live acts in the history of hard rock music. Kix is a dynamic, amazing, intensely entertaining live band that is worth seeing multiple times. Fortunately for those fans who have never witnessed Kix in all of their phenomenal live glory, the band recently released a new live album, Live In Baltimore.
Live In Baltimore is Kix’s first live album in 20 years and it captures the sound of the band as they are now. Recorded at Rams Head in Baltimore, Maryland, Kix captured the experience of a live night with the band. And while the disc doesn’t tell the complete story of a KIx concert, it manages to capture the essence of what a Kix show is all about.
It is during the crowd interaction on “Cold Blood,” that the feeling of a Kix concert really comes together. Lead singer Steve Whiteman hams it up as he does best and getting the crowd involved in the song and the show. Part comedian, part front man, total legend, Steve Whiteman is at his best when he has a microphone in his hand and an audience to interact with. He would be enjoyable at a poetry reading.
There are only 12 songs featured on Live In Baltimore, but it’s enough to really whet the appetite and help fans who have seen the band in concert remember how great a live band Kix really is. With powerful renditions of classic Kix tunes including “Lie Like A Rug,” “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “Cold Blood,” and “Girl Money,” the extraordinary fun and live energy is manifested on each track. By the end of “Cold Blood,” if you aren’t dying to run out and see Kix live, then you may not be a fan of rock music. Kix gives it their all singing a fantastic version of one of their signature songs and involves the crowd in a great sing-along as only Steve Whiteman can do.
The fun continues throughout the record and comes to a climax during “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah,” one of Kix’s most notorious songs and possible their best live interaction song. Whiteman leads the crowd through key parts of the song and tells his story of women hunting in his best “nice boy loses out again” voice. Whiteman plays the part of a ticked off guy who just missed out on another opportunity for a great night of fun and he plays it perfectly. Even after 30 years in the business, Whiteman is still believable as the guy who failed. It is probably why so many fans relate to and love him.
Live In Baltimore is not a substitution for the real thing, but if you are looking for something to hold you over until the next time Kix comes to your town, this will do nicely. If you have never seen the band live before, then this will provide a nice sampling of what it is like. If you are a long time fan of the band, you will simply love this record. Live In Baltimore is highly recommended to be added to the collection.
Rating: Out of 10
01. No Ring Around Rosie
02. Atomic Bombs
03. Lie Like A Rug
04. Don’t Close Your Eyes
05. Girl Money
06. Cold Blood
07. Cold Shower
08. She Dropped Me The Bomb
09. Blow My Fuse
10. Kix Are For Kids
11. Midnite Dynamite
12. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Steve Whiteman – Vocals
Brian Forsythe – Guitars
Jimmy Chalfant – Drums
Ronnie Younkins – Guitars
Mark Schenker – Bass
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
Check out Falling Blind’s new video, “The Intent” below. Like the song? You get it as a Free Download from The Falling Blind website here!
A new one-dollar app and eBook tell the story of the making of Bad Company’s 1979 album Desolation Angels.
From loud rocker to delicate acoustic song, the quality within Desolation Angels was across the board.
Author Martin Popoff explains:
“Well, yes, snuck this one in as part of my new Ye Olde Metal “chapter” series although it ain’t too heavy. But Bad Company was considered somewhat of a hard rock band back in all of the ’70s, and this is the one I connected with the most, Desolation Angels Swan Songing around with In Through The Out Door, both records struck by a certain ennui.
“Turns out it’s a bit of a band favourite as well, and here’s the record’s story, as told by Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs and Simon Kirke.
“This one’s particularly packed with pictures, photography courtesy of Rich Galbraith, and memorabilia.”
Ye Olde Metal: Bad Company’s Desolation Angels is available as a 27-page eBook in high-resolution PDF format from www.zunior.com and as an app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch in the iTunes App store:
Y&T’s Black Tiger, Motörhead’s Overkill and Whitesnake’s Ready An’ Willing are also available as apps and eBooks in the Ye Olde Metal single-album series.
Check out Stone Sour’s new video “Gone Sovereign”! This is opening track from House of Gold & Bones Part 1, which will be released October 22nd!
Tooth and Nail (featuring Doug Pinnick of Kings X)
It’s Not Love (featuring Robert Mason of Warrant)
Rhythm of the Soul
When Eagles Die
Into The Fire
Alone Again (featuring Sebastian Bach)
Kiss of Death (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens)