Keeping that rock and roll spirit alive, hard rock legends Quiet Riot will bring the sounds of the MTV generation to the Showboat Festival in Chesaning, MI on July 17th, 2013.
Quiet Riot, the LA born hard rock band, has continued a legacy in the genre of rock and roll since establishing their musical art form in the early 1980’s. With consistent airplay, MTV video plays and international touring that was showcased in every major magazine worldwide for decades, the band’s footprint is forever embedded into the history of rock and roll. On July 17th, the band will bring the hits to the stage of the Chesaning Showboat Festival alongside former Poison front man, Brett Michaels.
Quiet Riot’s 6-time platinum release Metal Health instantly became the inspiration to millions of rock and roll musicians around the globe looking to score a bite of the fame Quiet Riot achieved. As MTV bought a new form of entertainment to television viewers with 3 to 5 minute video shorts that exploited the teen angst of a generation with rock and roll dreams and visions of stardom, it seemed that the dream was attainable to anyone who could knock out three chords and some decent lyrical content. The truth, at the time, was hushed by the visions of splendor. The truth being, you had to have the skills to back up the look. It isn’t as easy as it looks to create a song that stands the test of time. Quiet Riot has done that over and over, as their long string of success is evident in the current tours set list.
While the line-up of the band has changed since the passing of former front man Kevin DuBrow, the mastery of the musicianship remains intact. Drummer Frankie Banali and bassist Chuck Wright were both instrumental in bringing the band into the light of fame. Despite what viewers saw while watching the song play on MTV, Chuck Wright and Frankie Banali were the driving rhythm section that recorded their number one hit and defined the sound of the generation. In the studio, they together assembled and recorded rock’s biggest and most influential song with the words, “Bang Your Head – Metal Health will drive you mad!” – it’s impossible to read it without hearing it play in the back of your mind. The reason being, it’s an art form, performed by those who have been educated in mastering the art.
While often behind the scenes, bassist Chuck Wright, who will be performing on stage at the festival, has laid down some of hard rock’s most familiar chart topping hits over the past two decades. Recording, performing and touring in support of acts including Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Doro Pesch of Warlock, House of Lords, Mr Big, Jeff Scott Soto and the legendary madman Ted Nugent to name a few. Chuck Wright’s latest efforts outside of Quiet Riot’s tour include the 2013 release of Heaven and Earth’s “DIG,” the passionately awaited album rock fans have clamored for featuring Stuart Smith, Richie Onori, Arian Schierbaum and the debut original release to feature Joe Retta bringing his heartfelt and wide vocal range to the plate for a swing and a clear cut home run. The album can be heard and purchased by visiting: www.heavenandearthband.com.
After the show in Chesaning, fans are urged to stick around, as the band is known for taking the time after each performance to meet their fans and take pictures, sign autographs and share laughs with long time supporters of their music.
To keep up with the latest news, upcoming performance dates and social media links, visit www.officialquietriot.com. Complete biographies, booking and contact information can be found on the bands official website.
Visual rock artist Vitne has released the first single from his upcoming full-length album “Neon”.
The album’s first single “Destroyer”, featuring Julian Angel on lead guitar, is now available for purchase on iTunes and Spotify and can be heard in the official music video below.
“Neon” is currently set for a late 2013 release.
More information about Vitne can be found at http://www.VITNE.net
Rock band Heaven & Earth premiered their live performance of “Victorious” with ArtistDirect this week. The hard hitting performance was shot at the band’s unforgettable record release concert celebrating their new album DIG (available on iTunes and Amazon) at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA.
“Victorious” builds anticipation with Stuart Smith’s ripping guitar solo only to be quickly accompanied by bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onori, and the dominating keyboards of Ed Roth. The pinnacle is reached when front man Joe Retta effortlessly nails the vocals leaving classic rock purists and fans in awe.
Check out the clip for “Victorious” below.
Synth heavy, hard hitting, and filled with lyrics that give the listener pause, creating thought, Pretty Maids latest album, Motherland is a solid, enjoyable effort from this Danish rock band. While their last effort, 2010’s Pandemonium was a harder edgier affair, Motherland is a strong musical journey and a great next chapter for this band’s long history book.
On first listen, it may appear that Pretty Maids are leaning more toward the album oriented rock melody in their song crafting. Yet, after a few more spins, it is easier to tell that this disc is still based on a solid foundation of shredding guitars, strong and steady stomp drumbeats, and massive guitar solos. Overall Motherland is a little mellower than its predecessor, but it still delivers the hard rock hits.
Motherland is one of those atypical albums where the disc must be played through a few times for the whole effect to take hold. On first listen, I thought that Motherland was a decent record with the stronger songs placed at the end of the album. Then I played it through a few more times only to learn that the songs at the beginning of the record were pretty decent as well.
Loaded with great hooks and shredding solos, Pretty Maids have delivered a fine piece with Motherland. Lead singer Ronnie Atkins’ voice is in top form throughout the record, never wavering or weakening. Ken Hammer continues to deliver on guitar with some exceptional work and fantastic solos. And while the keyboards from Morten Sandager receive plenty of spotlights, they never overtake the music entirely, allowing for a perfect blend of synthesizer, guitar, drums, bass, and vocals. It creates a synthesis of symphonic sound parading through the eardrums with delight.
Motherland reminds me of great synth-rock albums from the 80s, balanced with mid-tempo melodies, hard rockers, and a ballad or two thrown in for good measure. Think Styx, Trixter, Europe, or Winger for a good point of reference. And while Motherland may not be as strong a release as their last record, it is still a decent album worthy of investing your listening time into. Pretty Maids may be heading in a mellower direction, but that doesn’t make them any less grand. And given enough time (and plays) Motherland may overtake any of the bands releases in the last ten years as the record to listen to.
Rating: Out of 10
Mother Of All Lies
To Fool A Nation
Sad To See You Suffer
Why So Serious
I See Ghosts
Bullet For You
Who What Where When Why
Pretty Maids Are:
Ronnie Atkins – Vocals
Ken Hammer – Guitars
Rene Shades – Bass
Allan Tschicaja – Drums
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
SAMMY HAGAR ANNOUNCES NEW ROCK COLLABORATIONS
“SAMMY HAGAR AND FRIENDS”
FEATURING HAGAR & LEGENDARY FRIENDS INCLUDING KID ROCK, RONNIE DUNN,
NANCY WILSON, NEAL SCHON, CHAD SMITH, MICHAEL ANTHONY, JOE SATRIANI, BILL
CHURCH, DENNY CARMASSI AND MORE ON A COLLECTION OF 10 ORIGINAL & COVER
IN STORES IN SEPTEMBER ON FRONTIERS RECORDS
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS & ALBUM DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY
On the eve of his fourth decade in rock & roll, Grammy Award®-winning, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sammy Hagar has teamed with a seminal array of his legendary rock and country artist friends and bandmates, past and present, for his first-ever rock collaborations album, “Sammy Hagar and Friends.” The release will see Hagar joining forces with award-winning artists including Kid Rock, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Ronnie Dunn (Brooks & Dunn), Michael Anthony (ex-Van Halen, Chickenfoot), Neal Schon (Journey), Chad Smith & Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot), Bill Church & Denny Carmassi (Montrose), The Wabos and more on an epic collection of 10 new songs and unexpected covers. Produced by Hagar and Grammy winning engineer/producer, John Cuniberti, “Sammy Hagar and Friends” will be released by Frontiers Records on September 24th and in Europe (29th in the UK).
From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock, “Bad On Fords and Chevrolets,” with Ronnie Dunn, “All We Need Is An Island,” with Nancy Wilson, “Going Down” with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, and “Father Sun,” a duet with his son Aaron Hagar – to reimagined covers of classics like Bob Seger’s, “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man,” and Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus,” – Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop. “Sammy Hagar and Friends” is Hagar’s first solo album since 2008. Full details, including a complete artist list, cover art, tracklisting and presale information will be announced shortly.
The release of “Sammy Hagar and Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour which kicks off July 26th in Tucson and wraps September 7th in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar’s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for Van Halen, Montrose and Chickenfoot. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, The Wabos will also see influential bandmates from his career including Michael Anthony, Denny Carmassi, Bill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his line up of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peak of tracks from the new album. For a full list of tour dates, visit http://www.redrocker.com.
The long and continuing saga of the two Queensryche’s came to a bit of head on Tuesday morning with the release of the second Queensryche album in 2013. Queensryche’s new self titled album, with Todd La Torre on vocals is now available for the world to hear. In April, Geoff Tate released his own Queensryche album, Frequency Unknown. This may be the first time in music history, where two different bands released new music only weeks apart, using the same band moniker.
I have been an avid supporter of Queensryche since the 80’s. I have seen them live more times that I care to recollect. I have held Geoff Tate in the same regard as I have Bruce Dickinson, and Rob Halford. I have a lot of respect for the music on the first few albums of Queensryche’s career.
With that being said, after Queensryche’s 1994 album Promised Land, I thought the band started to go downhill. Their albums were not as consistent or as enjoyable as their earlier works. It took nearly two decades after the release of Promised Land for the band to implode, and the reasons are many. (Check out the HRH podcast on this topic).
So moving forward, we have two different Queensryche’s with new releases this year. I decided to purchase both albums at the same time, and listen to them both together. I wanted to decide on my own which of the two Queensryche’s was worth listening to.
It almost seemed that after Geoff Tate’s former band mates announced they were going release a new album with Todd La Torre at the helm, that Tate quickly rushed out his own Queensryche album. Geoff certainly pulled out all of the stops, with a new album that includes guitar work from KK Downing, Brad Gillis, Chris Poland, Dave Meniketti and many others. I truly believe that Tate’s new CD Frequency Unknown was meant as a big FU to his former band mates, and the fist on the cover would seemingly indicate. Even with all the talent on Frequency Unknown, nothing can save me from thinking that this album is a festering fondue of feces. This is a solo Geoff Tate album at best. The fact that he is trying to pass this off as a Queensryche album is a total disappointment. This album is practically a painful listen from beginning to end, and while it is Tate on vocals, his vocals are the only thing semi-familiar to Queensryche’s sound. Tate’s voice has definitely lost some range since the 90’s, and it is clearly evident on Frequency Unknown. His vocals aren’t bad, but just aren’t up to par with his early works. This is clearly evident on the re-recorded classic Queensryche songs on this album. They do not compare to the originals, and why anyone would choose these over the original bodies of work is beyond me. Some of these sound like they were recorded in a garage. Blech! On the good note, some of the solos on this CD are actually pretty good. Listen to the solos from Brad Gillis and Chris Poland, and I think you might enjoy those, even if the songs are subpar. Overall, Frequency Unknown is a below average release and is not one I will give a lot of replays.
In the other corner, is the new self titled CD from Queensryche with Todd La Torre. This album has been getting a little more hype that Tateryche’s CD, so I was hoping that it would be awesome. It isn’t, but it isn’t a bad start for a band starting over with a new singer. The first thing I noticed on this album is just how uncannily Todd La Torre sounds like Geoff Tate in his prime. His voice is so similar I did a double take on some songs on this album. One of the things that the other members of Queensryche wanted to do was head into a heavier direction with their music. This is something that the band was seemingly moving away from with Geoff Tate on the microphone. This album honestly feels more like a true Queensryche album to me. The guitar sound is there, and the vocals are way above average.
On a bad note, this album is severely lacking in great songs. It isn’t that the songs are bad, but they are missing something, and I can’t put my finger on it. At times they can be a little on the boring side. There are far too many mid-tempo numbers which is disappointing. I truly thought the band would blast off with La Torre on vocals. It is almost like the band is in the fast lane with the car stuck in third gear. They are grinding the gears trying to get the car up to speed. Whey they do get it gear, they shine, but they just don’t do it enough on this album. Geoff Tate may have written the majority of Queensryche’s songs over the years, and it seems that this version of Queensryche could still use some of his song writing talent. (Although, after listening to Frequency Unknown, I may have to retract that statement.)
The songs “Where Dreams Go To Die”, “Redemption”, “Don’t Look Back” and “Fallout” definitely merit several replays. On a good note, La Torre’s vocals do sound amazing, and judging from Michael Wilton’s guitar work, it sounds like he has been give a new lease on life with Tate being out of “this” Queensryche. This album could be the beginning of many great years of Queensryche with La Torre on vocals. I can’t wait to see what comes after this. La Torre can definitely get it done on the classic Queensryche tracks, as shown by the three live bonus tracks included on this CD “Queen of the Reich”, “En Force” and “Prophecy”.
So in conclusion, after listening to the two Queensryche albums I am extremely let down by Geoff Tate’s Queensryche. This is a very sub par album from one of the biggest Metal vocalists of the late 80’s and early 90’s. I feel like Queensryche with Todd La Torre could be better, but it is heading in the right direction. Queensryche may be a band where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The parts with Todd La Torre on vocals is the clear winner in this round. Two Queensryche’s is clearly two too many.
Geoff Tate, I understand your passion in keeping the Queensryche name, but if you continue to release albums as bad as Frequency Unknown, you won’t have to worry about what you are going to call your band. When you sing “Is There Anybody Listening”, you may hear crickets next time. It is time to move on, and build your solo career.
Queensryche – Frequency Unknown – Rating Out of 10
Queensryche – S/T – Rating: Out of 10
In 2013, Vega has released their sophomore effort What The Hell. Check out the first single “White Knuckle Ride”, and the title track “What The Hell” in the clips below!
In 2013, Pink Cream 69 has released their eleventh album, Ceremonial. Check out their latest video clip “Special” below!
U.D.O.’s new album Steelhammer is the most successful in the band’s history, and delivers a full dose of first-class Heavy Metal. Metal icon Udo Dirkschneider and his band also have another side: the Song “Heavy Rain” is quite unusual for U.D.O. because of its silent tunes and reflective mood. Check it out in the
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist TOM KEIFER was the musical guest on CBS’ “Late Show With David Letterman” last night (Tuesday, June 18). Click here to watch the powerful performance of his first single “Solid Ground”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyay258to7M
Tom Keifer is currently out on his first ever solo tour supporting the effort.
Torpedohead is offering a free download of their song “Love Is A Dog”. Get your free download here!
“We enjoyed the ride and a ride it was! And here it is, twenty-five years later, and thanks to FnA Records we get to prolong and relive that memory just a little bit longer”, says band leader Jimmy K. Simmons. “We hope that you enjoy these tracks as much as we enjoyed creating them, and we thank everyone of you that was there that helped us live out our dreams and those of you who are now carrying on the legacy by keeping our music alive in your hearts
This October will see the release of LITA FORD’s new live album via Steamhammer/SPV. LITA is asking for fans to submit live shots of the band that they took for inclusion in the album’s booklet and poster.
For your photo to be included, please send the photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your full name, exactly how you would like it to be written in the credits on the album. All submissions are due by Friday June 28th.
“I did this live album’s for the fans, so I would like to include the fans prospective of my shows in the album’s artwork,” says Ford.
LITA‘s video for the song “Mother” was directed by former Runaway Victory Tischler-Blue. It is available for viewing at http://goo.gl/jiZ3U.
LITA FORD teamed up with producer Gary Hoey and lyricist Michael Dan Ehmig to work on Living Like a Runaway. Together the team invested a lot of time and effort into this kick ass project: “We worked on the lyrics intensively to really give the songs a lot of meaning and that special emotional depth. I think that these are some of the best lyrics ever, period. FORD is referring to numbers such as ‘Devil In My Head,’ ‘Hate,’ and ‘The Asylum’ which see her bare her soul in a way which she has never done before.
LITA FORD Live:
6/24: New York, NY @ Iridium Jazz Club (Lita Salutes Les Paul – 2 Shows)
6/29: Norfolk, NE @ Music Fest 2013 w/Bret Michaels and Vince Neil
7/13: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot w/Ratt
7/24: Gothenburg, Sweden @ Sticky Fingers
7/25: Malmo, Sweden @ KB
7/26: Rejmyre, Sweden @ Skogsrojet Festival
7/27: Jevanaker, Norway @ The Untouchables
8/7: Sturgis, SD @ Sturgis Bike Rally
8/15: Mankato, MN @ Stond Amphitheater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/16: Moline, IL @ I Wireless Center w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/17: Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater w/Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/18: Kalamazoo, MI @ Wings Stadium w/ Dokken, Sebastian Bach and Ratt
8/23: Viroqua, WI @ Vernon County Fairgrounds “Jamming for the Vets”
9/14: Hinckley, MN @ Grand Casino Hinckley w/Dokken, Skid Row and Ratt
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Summer has officially arrived. School’s out, work is a little slower, and the days are much longer, giving us all time to enjoy the outdoors even more. And to me, nothing is more enjoyable in the outdoors then sitting on the deck with a cold beer, watching the sun set, and listening to some hard rock music to end the day. It’s also fun to roll down the windows of the car on the way to work and blast out the hard rock during the morning commute. And of course at barbeques and picnics, I like to have a little rock and roll playing out of the portable radio.
So, with all those opportunities to play some exceptional music, what are some of the best albums to rock out to this summer? Well, let me preface this edition of Vie’s Verses by stating that I have not yet purchased the new Black Sabbath album (as of this writing), but I hear it may be one of the best records of the summer. I have every intention of purchasing it soon, and when I do, I will be sure to tweet whether it is an album worth rocking out to this summer (you can follow me on twitter – @ryovie).
Without being able to rate 13, here are my picks for albums that will rock your summer, 2013 style. Some of them are brand new, some have been out for a little while, but all are relatively newer records, guaranteed to rock. Perhaps you missed one of them along the way. Now is a perfect opportunity to give them a listen.
Airbourne – Black Dog Barking
If you haven’t been following this Australian band, you need to. It would be a great summer gift to yourself. Airbourne is one of the hardest rocking bands to come out in a long while and their third disc, Black Dog Barking, is nothing short of spectacular. Jam packed with hard rocking, AC/DC style jams, Black Dog Barking is certain to show your ears a hell of a good time. Between the gems “No One Fits Me (Better Than You)” and “Back In The Game,” you have a solid, old school, foot stomping rock fest. Black Dog Barking is a great album to push out at maximum volume this summer.
Buckcherry – Confessions
The latest album from Buckcherry, Confessions, is another beauty by this exceptional band. I have been a huge fan of Buckcherry since their debut album was released almost 15 years ago. They rocked hard then and they rock hard now. Confessions is packed full of great songs that will make any summer road trip much more enjoyable. From the opening number “Gluttony,” straight through to “Dreamin’ Of You,” Confessions is a well thought out, well produced, well performed rock album. If you have the chance to add Buckcherry to your summer concert list, I would highly recommend doing it. If they aren’t playing a venue near you, then just keep on spinning Confessions. Your summer will thank you.
Kiss – Monster
Even though it came out this past autumn, Kiss’ Monster is certainly a summertime hit. One of the best Kiss albums to be released in a long time, and one of the best records of 2012, Monster is an enjoyable ride of fun rock and roll. Gene, Paul, Tommy, and Eric all take vocals on this disc and everyone provided nothing but the highest quality of music for Monster. This record packs a punch and is certainly a force to be reckoned with, which is why it still gets significant play months after its initial release. While you’re grilling up your favorite protein this summer and downing a delicious craft beer, pop in Kiss’ Monster and watch how quickly the grill becomes a headbanger’s paradise.
Pop Evil – Onyx
Heavy, dark, and certainly summer worthy, Pop Evil’s Onyx is a record that I waited a long time to hear and when it was finally released, it did not disappoint. Modern sound with a hard rock edge, Onyx is a spectacular record that demands attention this summer. Tracks like “Sick Sense,” “Beautiful,” and “Fly Away,” will be all over the radio as the summer rolls on. From FM to satellite, they will be practically unavoidable. On top of that, Pop Evil is constantly touring, so more than likely you will have a chance to see the band on the road this summer (which I highly recommend that you do). Pop Evil is everywhere and their commanding presence is only getting stronger.
Suicidal Tendencies – 13
Back after a long hiatus, Suicidal Tendencies returned with one of the greatest records I heard this year—13. Infectious grooves, excellent lyrics, and a whole lot of hard rocking, fun filled jazz infused music makes 13 such an amazing album. This record not only will get a ton of play this summer, but it will probably get a plethora of spins this fall as well. I can’t say enough good things about the latest from Suicidal Tendencies, but I can say this – if there is one album that you rock out to this summer, 13 should be it. The original hard rock funk masters are back and they mean business.
Whether you’re on vacation, on the grill, or on your daily commute, be sure to rock some excellent music this summer. Don’t think you’ll be rocking to the list above? Drop us a line and tell us what we should be rocking out to. Or feel free to send me a tweet (@ryovie).
California Triple-Axe-Attack metal masters, LEATHERWOLF, have launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign today in support of their current ”Unchained” touring activities, which includes a fall tour of the U.S. with VICIOUS RUMORS and SEVEN WITCHES.
Jun. 20 – The Dead Horse Cantina & Music Hall – McKees Rocks, PA
Jun. 21 – House Of Rock – White Marsh, MD
Dream Theater’s Jame LaBrie is back with a powerful new studio album effort entitled “Impermanent Resonance”, to be released on July 29th, 2013 in Europe
and August 6th, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.The new album’s dynamic opening track, “Agony”, is now available to be checked out via the website of UK’s Metal Hammer magazine here:
Crank this song and Raaaaaaaawk!”
Matt Guillory, LaBrie’s songwriting partner for over a dozen years now and keyboardist / background vocalist on “Impermanent Resonance” added as follows:
“Stylistically, I think ‘Agony’ is an interesting blend of melodic death metal and pop – from the riffing and blast beats interspersed in the intro, to where it really opens up melodically in the chorus. I like the pop-influenced interplay of the lead vocal and the keyboards that occur in the verse and chorus. This was a real fun collaboration with Peter Wichers. It’s got a little bit of everything.”
Next to James LaBrie and Matt Guillory, the line-up on this diverse and extremely entertaining new album also features Marco Sfogli from Italy on guitar, Ray Riendeau (Halford, Machines of Loving Grace) on bass and Dream Theater audition’s finalist Peter Wildoer (Darkane, Majestic, Arch Enemy, etc.) from Sweden on drums, making it the same line-up for the group as on the previous, much acclaimed album, “Static Impulse”, from 2010. Furthermore, former Soilwork guitarist Peter Wichers was also added to the fold for songwriting and guitar recording contributions.
“Impermanent Resonance” was once again mixed and mastered at Sweden’s Fascination Street recording studios (Kreator, Opeth, Paradise Lost, etc.) with Jens Bogren and this time also Tony Lindgren, while artwork duties were handled by Gustavo Sazes / abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Kamelot, etc.).
The album’s tracklisting will be the following:
James LaBrie – “Impermanent Resonance”
3. Slight Of Hand
4. Back On The Ground
5. I Got You
6. Holding On
7. Lost In The Fire
8. Letting Go
9. Destined To Burn
10. Say You’re Still Mine
12. I Will Not Break
More details about “Impermanent Resonance” will be available soon…
“Impermanent Resonance” Line-Up:
James LaBrie – Lead Vocals
Matt Guillory – Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marco Sfogli – Guitars
Ray Riendeau – Bass
Peter Wildoer – Drums, Screams
Selected James LaBrie Solo Discography:
Keep It To Yourself (MullMuzzler) – 1999
MullMuzzler 2 (MullMuzzler) – 2001
Elements Of Persuasion – 2005
Static Impulse – 2010
Impermanent Resonance – 2013
Exclusive World Premiere Television Broadcast LIVE from Switzerland
Thursday June 20
KISS and AXS TV are giving the Kiss Army a special opportunity to see the legendary rockers with a live broadcast from the Zurich, Switzerland stop on their current European MONSTER WORLD TOUR. The live concert event will air Thursday June 20th at 3pmET/NoonPT with a special encore presentation that night at 11pmET/8pmPT.
WHAT: ROCK AND ROLL ALL NIGHT with the KISS MONSTER WORLD TOUR, LIVE from Zurich, Switzerland. AXS TV will exclusively world premiere the amazing brand new KISS staging, lighting, pyrotechnics and the explosive show of the decade, never before seen on television.
WHERE: AXS TV
AT&T U-Verse Channel 1106
DIRECTV Channel 340
DISH Channel 367
Verizon FiOS Channel 569
For Charter, Comcast XFinity, Suddenlink and other cable providers please check local listings or axs.tv/subscribe
WHEN: Thursday, June 20, 2013
LIVE Television Event at 3pmET / NoonPT
ENCORE PRESENATION at 11pmET/8pmPT
Legendary. It is the only word that fits the band Black Sabbath! It is mind-blowing to me that Black Sabbath has been recording metal music off & on for over 40 years now. Their music has stood against the test of time. There have been many imitators, but no band has been able to reproduce the amazing music that Black Sabbath has put out over the years. With that being said, Black Sabbath’s latest album 13, is not what I would call legendary, but it is a great bookend to what could easily be the final chapter in the careers of this amazing metal band.
Before the release of 13, I had not listened to a single song from the album, so I had no idea what to expect. After the first play, the only song that grabbed my attention initially was “God Is Dead”. On the first play, I thought, this could easily be a staple for Sabbath’s live set. It is a very classic sounding Sabbath song and easily one of my favorites on the album. I struggled at first to find another song that really made an impact on me, but I kept listening, and then a funny thing happened, I couldn’t QUIT listening.
13 really started sinking in after the second listen, and I started to enjoy it more. “End of the Beginning” does a great job re-capturing the vibe of the awe-inspiring 1970 debut Black Sabbath. Tony Iommi is absolutely riffdiculous. On 13, he has once again put together a stellar performance, creating a bunch of new riffs from his endless bag of tricks. It is his guitar work that will make you want to give this album endless spins. Geezer Butler deserves a strong mention here as well. His powerful bass is the driving force behind this music. It is awesome to listen to someone who can truly play, and not just remain hidden in the background playing rhythm. His deep and sometimes jangly bass riffs are amazing. Geezer does not always get the credit he deserves. It is my opinion that his playing on 13 is stellar.
As much as I love Ozzy Osbourne, I didn’t think his vocals were as strong or as aggressive as past releases. I get the fact that Ozzy is 64 years old, but I was hoping that producer Rick Rubin would push him a little further than he did. With that being said, Ozzy’s vocals aren’t bad, just not as good as they have been in the past.
As much as I am disappointed that Bill Ward was not involved in the making of this album, I have to give credit to Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine. He provided the thunder for this album, and I truly believe he did an outstanding job.
There are three of songs that have really grown on me since I started listening to 13, and those are “Loner”, “Zeitgeist” and “Live Forever”. “Loner” is maybe the most upbeat track on the album, while “Zeitgeist” is the slowest. “Zeitgeist” may just be one of the most different sounding Sabbath tracks of all time. That is the song’s pure brilliance. Iommi nearly treads into Eric Clapton territory with his playing on this one, and Brad Wilk plays the bongos throughout this song. “Zeitgeist” is clever and cool. Metal purists may turn their nose at this one, but I appreciate the creativity, and outstanding musicianship. I love the chorus on “Live Forever”. “Well I don’t want to live forever, but I don’t want to die….”. This lyric has really stuck in my head.
If you buy one version of this album, I highly recommend the bonus version (available at Best Buy) with four bonus tracks.
The bonus track “Methademic” is nearly worth the price of admission all by itself. This is a killer up tempo number that should have been on the main disc. I don’t know why this one got picked over. It is better than some of the songs on the main disc. This is a song that you won’t want to miss. (Check it out below!) “Pariah” is also an outstanding tune that should not be missed.
Overall, 13 is a solid, but not spectacular album. The more I listen to it, the more I have grown to like and appreciate it. It may not be perfect, but it does have good song writing, and outstanding musicianship. Black Sabbath fans should rush to get this, and all other metal fans should give this one a chance.
Rating: Out of 10
01. End of The Beginning
02. God is Dead?
05. Age of Reason
06. Live Forever
07. Damaged Soul
08. Dear Father
* Bonus Tracks
02. Peace of Mind
04. Naivete In Black
Black Sabbath is:
Tony Iommi – lead guitar
Geezer Butler – bass guitar
Ozzy Osbourne – lead vocals
Brad Wilk – drums
Sweden’s Grand Design has released a new single and video “Baby It’s You” featuring Susi Päivärinta (Lili & Susie) on guest vocals. Check it out!!
REUBEN ARCHER TO RELEASE DEBUT SOLO ALBUM
Featuring special guests from Y&T, THUNDER, WHITESNAKE, MAGNUM, UFO, STATUS QUO, SAXON, MSG and more.
August 19, Toxic Arrow Records
REUBEN ARCHER, vocalist with hard rockers STAMPEDE and former vocalist of LAUTREC, WILD HORSES and LIONHEART, is set to release his debut solo album ‘Personal Sin’ this summer, featuring guest appearances from members of Y&T, THUNDER, WHITESNAKE, MAGNUM, UFO, STATUS QUO, SAXON, MSG and more.
‘Personal Sin’ features 13 tracks produced by Reuben and Rob Wolverson and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Steve Harris). Set for an August 19 release, it will signal the debut release on the newly launched Toxic Arrow Records, a joint venture between Reuben Archer and Archer Williams Management distributed via Cargo Records.
The album features guest appearances from Dave Meniketti (Y&T), John ‘Rhino’ Edwards (Status Quo), Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Snakecharmer), Harry James (Magnum, Thunder, Snakecharmer), Luke Morley (The Union, Thunder), Paul Quinn (Saxon), Paul Raymond (UFO, PRP), Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band), Rocky Newton (Lionheart, MSG), Kevin Riddles (Angel Witch, Tytan) and more.
The album will be preceded by the release of double A-side digital single ‘Play My Rock ‘N’ Roll’ / ‘Lately’ ft. Harry James and Kevin Riddles on July 22.
Reuben, who reformed melodic hard rockers and NWOBHM stalwarts Stampede in 2009 and is currently fronting the live line up of the Paul Raymond Project, took the decision to team up with young hot-shot Stampede guitarist and multi-talented music virtuoso Rob Wolverson to make a solo record last year after celebrating a landmark birthday.
“I had some ideas and material knocking around which I’d wanted to explore for ages, which involved bigger production and more instrumentation than I’ve usually had with my other bands. I wanted a big melodic sound, and around the time of my 70th celebrations last year I thought that there was no time like the present to make it happen, especially since developing a great songwriting partnership with Rob”, explains Reuben.
“The idea was always to invite fellow musicians to participate on the thirteen tracks, and I have been honoured to have so many eminent musician friends that I’ve made over the years who have lent their valuable talent and time to achieve the end result. Together with a core of great musician friends from around the Midlands, the project began to grow.”
On the subject of the title ‘Personal Sin’, Reuben comments: “Once you’re involved with rock ‘n’ roll it never leaves you; even in my case with a lengthy sabbatical I am still as passionate about it as I was back in ‘74 when I started. Rock ‘n’ roll gave me excitement pleasure and heartache too. Good times, bad times and at times personal grief. I know for a fact it’s never going to leave me; it is an integral part of my life.”
Reuben Archer’s Personal Sin Track listing:
2. Play My Rock ‘n’ Roll (ft. Rocky Newton)
3. Personal Sin (ft. Dave Meniketti, Harry James & John ‘Rhino’ Edwards)
4. Lately (ft. Harry James & Kevin Riddles)
5. Time On My Hands (ft. Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook)
6. Desperation Train (ft. Luke Morley, Derek Holt & Steve Holbrook)
7. TV Junkie
8. Ace Café (ft. Paul Quinn, Harry James, John ‘Rhino Edwards’, Steve Holbrook)
9. Spanish Nights (ft. Steve Holbrook)
10. Reuben’s Blues (ft. Paul Quinn, Neil Murray, Paul Raymond)
11. Shakin’ All Over
12. Like A Clown
13. Sooner Or Later
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In continued support of their sin-ridden new release Confessions, multi-platinum rockers BUCKCHERRY have confirmed additional summer tour dates that will span from coast to coast, and even into Canada. Debuting at #20 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Confessions is described by Drum! Magazine as “…Buckcherry’s most ambitious album yet!” and continues to sweep crowds into hard rock oblivion.
Comprised of Josh Todd on vocals, guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D, bassist Jimmy Ashhurst and drummer Xavier Muriel, BUCKCHERRY start their summer tour June 20 in Colorado Springs, CO, with special guests and label mates GIRL ON FIRE. The summer routing will include headlining shows, as well as festival appearances including the 2013 Moondance Jam, where they will share the stage with MOTLEY CRUE and CHEAP TRICK. The complete list of tour dates are below.
BUCKCHERRY Tour Dates
6/20/2013 Colorado Springs, CO — Black Sheep*
6/22/2013 Las Vegas, NV — Redrocks*
6/25/2013 Boise, ID — Knitting Factory *
6/26/2013 Portland, OR — Wonder Ballroom*
6/28/2013 Vancouver, BC — Commodore Ballroom*
6/29/2013 Seattle, WA — El Corazon*
7/03/2013 Mankato, MN Vetter Stone Amphitheatre *
7/06/2013 Edmonton, AB –Union Hall*
7/07/2013 Calgary AB — Cowboys Stampede*
7/10/2013 Omaha, NE — Bourbon Theatre*
7/12/2013 Kansas City, MO — KC Live!
7/13/2013 Prairie du Chien, WI — Rock On The River Fest
7/16/2013 Rhinelander, WI — Elbo Room Lounge
7/17/2013 Oshkosh, WI — Rock USA
7/18/2013 Walker, MN — Moondance Jam **
7/20/2013 Winnipeg, MB — Maplegrove Rugby Park ***
7/26/2013 Baltimore, MD — Power Plant Live
7/27/2013 Louisville, KY — Fourth Street Live!
8/08/2013 Lake Charles, LA — L’Auberge Casino Resort
8/17/2013 Lake Odessa, MI — I-96 Speedway
* GIRL ON FIRE support
** with Motley Crue & Cheap Trick
*** MTS Super-Spike 2013
Megadeth has returned with their fourteenth album Super Collider. On their latest effort, the band has taken the tempo down, and have crafted another solid hard rock/metal album. Megadeth’s thrash metal fans will probably throw their arms up in the air in disbelief after listening to this album. After three heavy, aggressive albums in a row (United Abominations, Endgame and Thirteen), Super Collider may seem like a bit of departure for Megadeth. Super Collider leans more towards the hard rock side of the fence than metal on this album. Megadeth may truly have “A House Divided” after this record.
This isn’t Megadeth’s first foray in hard rock by any means. Is it a really a far stretch from the metal they usually create?! Sure the tempo may be a little slower, but the music may not be quite as heavy, but is still very enjoyable. One of my favorite Megadeth albums, Countdown to Extinction was more of a hard rock effort, and to this day, I still think it is one of the band’s best albums.
Super Collider isn’t without its thrashy moments however. “Kingmaker” is one the heavier songs on the album, and it is pretty damn cool! “Built For War” also teeters on the edge of thrash. I can see this song being a staple in Megadeth’s live sets for sure! “Off the Edge” is a catchy rocker that fits my mindset every time I leave the office. “Don’t Turn Your Back” is another tune that will definitely get your blood pumping!
“Cold Sweat” is one of my favorite Thin Lizzy songs, so I was excited to hear Megadeth’s version of this song. It certainly does not disappoint (although JORN’s version is still my favorite). I still have to tip my hat to Dave Mustaine & company for putting a cool heavy spin on such a killer, classic tune.
Overall, Super Collider is a bit of a grower. While this isn’t Megadeth’s best album, it is far from their worst, and it does continue to get better with multiple plays. There is some filler on this album, but the good tunes far outweigh the bad ones. Give Super Collider a chance, and I think you will like it as much as I do!
Rating: Out of 10
02. Super Collider
04. Build For war
05. Off the Edge
06. Dance In The Rain
07. Beginning of Sorrow
08. The Blackest Crow
09. Forget To Remember
10. Don’t Turn Your Back
11. Cold Sweat
12. All I Want (Bonus Track)
13. A House Divided (Bonus Track)
14. Countdown To Extinction (Live)
Dave Mustaine – Lead Vocals, Lead, rhythm, slide & acoustic guitars
Chris Broderick – Lead, rhythm, acoustic guitars & background vocals
David Ellefson – Bass Guitar & background vocals
Shawn Drover – Drums, percussion & background vocals
That is right folks! Saxon is going to bring their Sacrifice and Sin tour to the U.S.A. starting in September with opening acts Halcyon Way, and Fozzy! Check below for tour dates!
When Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle started up, I thought of this band as mostly a side project. Well the last few years
has seen this band blossom into a full-fledged band, that is continuing to release some killer hard rock to feast our
ears upon. In 2013, Voodoo Circle released their third effort More than One Way Home. On the band’s newest opus, they
have truly tapped into their inner Whitesnake, and to my ears, that is a great thing! David Readman (Pink Cream 69) has turned in some of his most powerful vocals to date. He is hitting new highs vocally, and quite honestly he could go toe to toe with Mr. David Coverdale himself.
Readman’s vocals come as no surprise to this listener, as I have been a fan of his music with Pink Cream 69 for many years now. As great as Readman’s performance is, Alex Beyrodt’s is even better. Beyrodt has been a fixture in the metal scene with the bands Silent Force, Sinner, and Primal Fear, but with his band Voodoo Circle he shows even more growth as a player (if that is even possible). He delivers some of the best guitar riffs I have heard in quite some time.
With Whitesnake on somewhat of a hiatus, it is great that a band like Voodoo Circle can fill that void with some outstanding hard rock that will put a smile on the faces of Whitesnake & Deep Purple fans everywhere. More Than One Way Home may not be very original, but when a band sounds THIS good, I could care less.
I love Voodoo Circle’s previous album Broken Heart Syndrome, and quite frankly, I think this album is even stronger than the last one. This album has plenty of great songs, and there are no duds in the bunch. Some of my favorites are “Graveyard City”, “Tears In the Rain”, “Cry of Love”, “Alissa” and “The Saint and The Sinner”. This is a very enjoyable album, and will be getting a ton of repeat plays from me now and in years to come!
If you are a fan of Pink Cream 69, Whitesnake or great classic hard rock, you owe it to yourself to check out Voodoo Circle! I think you will love it!
You can pick up a copy of More than One Way Home at this link!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Graveyard City
02. Tears In The Rain
03. Heart of Babylon
04. Cry of Love
06. The Ghost In Your Heart
07. Bane of My Existence
08. More Than One Way Home
09. The Killer In You
10. The Saint And The Sinner
11. Victim of Love
12. Open Your Eyes
Voodoo Circle is:
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
David Readman – Vocals
Mat Sinner – Bass
Markus Kullmann – Drums
Jimmy Kresic – Keyboards
Brazilian metal band BROKEN & BURNT released a video for “Tell Me No Lies”, track from “Let The Burning Begin”, the band’s debut album released in 2012.
Check out the clip below!
The combustible first single from UK hard rockers Heaven’s Basement, “Fire, Fire,” has begun its ascent up the Active Rock radio charts, blazing to #29 this week, up from the #33 slot last week. The track is now in rotation at such tastemaker rock stations as WRIF/Detroit, WJJO/Madison, WIYY/Baltimore, KUPD/Phoenix and WKRL/Syracuse. The video for the single, directed by Michael Maxxis (Ours, Sum 41, and Our Lady Peace), can be seen here and a brand new video featuring live footage can be viewed here.
The hard-working British quartet are currently finishing up an impressive first of tour of the United States including appearances at major rock festivals UFest, Carolina Rebellion, RockFest, Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, plus a string of club shows supporting Buckcherry and several headline club shows. The band also headlined the “Aftermath,” the official after party of The Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards Show Presented By Epiphone© at the Viper Room in Los Angeles and was a featured presenter at the Awards Show itself the day before.
Heaven’s Basement will return to the UK next week to play this year’s Download Festival, along with other festivals throughout Europe. Zane Lowe will host Heaven’s Basement alongside Enter Shakari as part of Rock Week with a live performance on BBC Radio 1, where “Fire, Fire” is currently on the “In New Music We Trust” playlist. The band will attend the Kerrang Awards, where they are nominated for the Best British Newcomer award; they will also perform live at the pre-party for the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in London later this month.
Heaven’s Basement will next head out on a headlining tour of the UK in July, including an already sold-out show at London’s XYZ club,, followed by more festivals across Europe and the UK, including the Reading & Leeds Festivals. Additional U.S. dates will follow in the Fall, including KISW’s Pain In The Grass in Seattle on 9/6 and KRXQ’s Aftershock Festival in Sacramento on 9/14. They will round out the year as main support to Black Veil Brides’ European Tour in November and December.
Heaven’s Basement‘s debut album, FILTHY EMPIRE (Red Bull Records), is in stores now. Both it and the band have been receiving stellar reviews from the press and fans alike. Outburn declared, “On the strength of their kick-ass live show, Heaven’s Basement has seen their popularity and profile propel upward like a shot from a flare gun…” while The Aquarian avowed, “With this full-length debut, the band has made an explosive entrance onto the modern rock scene…” The band was also profiled in both Revolver and Guitar World, with Revolver dubbing them a “Band To Watch.” FILTHY EMPIRE was produced by John Feldmann (The Used, Papa Roach, Black Veil Brides).
Heaven’s Basement have been making a name for themselves via their relentless touring and fiery live show plus music that features huge guitar riffs, killer melodies and an arena-rock sound. Originally formed in the East Midlands in England, Heaven’s Basement have also toured with the likes of Black Veil Brides, Papa Roach, Shinedown, Halestorm, Seether and more. Kerrang declared, “Heaven’s Basement play as if their lives depend on it. They should already be a big name – bristling riffs and jagged, riotous hooks are their poison and exceptional is not too strong a word.” Heaven’s Basement is Aaron Buchanan (vocals), Sid Glover (guitar), Rob Ellershaw (bass), and Chris Rivers (drums).
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You will have to wait a few more weeks (July 2nd) from the new album from Savatage front man Jon Oliva! AFM records has released a lyric video for “Father Time”. Just one of the new songs you will find on Oliva’s up and coming album, Raise the Curtain.
Check it out!
As a reviewer at Hard Rock Hideout I am blessed. Any time that I get the itch to hear some new hard rock, I just dig around in the vaults and come out with some music to review. Sometimes that means I get the latest from a rising hot artist, and sometimes I get the new released from a well established hard rock band. Whatever the case may be, when I want to hear new hard rock music, the first place I think of is the review archives.
However, sometimes those are not always accessible. I may be on the road. I may be too tired to comb through the review choices. I may just want to have someone play something for me. That’s when I turn to the radio. Luckily for me, living on the border of Pennsylvania and Northern New Jersey, I have several great options to hear hard rock music. On top of that, I also have satellite radio which fills my needs from time to time. Here now is my homage to some of the great rock radio stations that I listen to when the desire for great hard rock strikes.
Ozzy’s Boneyard (Satellite Radio)
Ozzy’s Boneyard is great for classic hard rock cuts. Bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Dio, and other classic metal acts are always featured. Add in Jim Norton and Jim Florentine with their own weekly programs and you have a station that is just a lot of fun for any hard rock fan. I also love listening to Luc Carl (who pulls double duty at another station that I listen to a lot).
Hair Nation (Satellite Radio)
When I’m in the mood for big hair, power ballads, and reliving the greatness of the 80s, I turn to Hair Nation. Luc Carl and Keith Roth are the dominant DJs on this station and they are both fantastic, spinning only the best of the hair metal years. From Motley Crue to Poison to Cinderlla, Hair Nation covers it all. They even bring back classics that I completely forgot about (London Quireboys, anyone?). All in all, if you want your hair metal fix, Hair Nation is the station for you.
WDHA FM (Northern New Jersey)
Every once in a great while I will turn on the regular radio just to make sure it still exists. When that happens, one of my default stations is WDHA FM. When I was a teenager, I used to listen to Eddie Trunk’s Saturday night rock show on this station. This was back when Trunk was just starting to make a name for himself as a respected DJ. Currently, the station format is a blend of classic and new rock. Sometimes I’ll get Kiss, sometimes I’ll get Buckcherry. Most times I’ll get good music. WDHA is the only New Jersey station that I still listen to.
The Bone (Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania)
Not only does the bone give me some of the best new hard rock that is out there, it also broadcasts every Yankees game for me to enjoy. And since I don’t have satellite radio in my house, this is the best option for me to listen to the Yankees while doing household chores. The Bone is an exceptional FM radio station out of Pennsylvania that always plays some great new rock. Everything from Pop Evil to Theory of a Deadman to Shinedown is played on the bone. They do throw in the occasional classics, but mostly this station sticks with modern rock, which is all right by me.
Octane (Satellite Radio)
Octane is very similar to the bone, only it’s on satellite radio and not FM. All the best modern rock acts are present and accounted for and they also play several new acts as well. Any time that I want to hear new music from a new band, I know that I need to switch the dial to Octane. From Rise Against to New Medicine to Halestorm, I heard them all first on Octane. I expect that I will continue to learn about a lot of new bands this way for many years to come.
That’s how I get my hard rock when I need it. What about you? What stations are in your area? Or did you make the full time switch to satellite radio? Drop a comment and let us know how you get your fix.
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