Quite a few fans are upset over the sound of Kittie’s new song, Funeral For Yesterday.
Kittie is a metal band that usually enlists the screaming of singer Morgan Lander. On this album, she uses her pure singing voice, as well as some metalcore like screams.
Which one do you prefer?
Watch the video and let us know what you think!
Crashdïet’s debut effort Rest in Sleaze from 2005, is a disc that I consider one of the best releases in this new era of glam.
The band hit a few bumps in the road after the debut disc. Original singer Dave Lepard took his own life in 2006. The band was without their singer who helped them craft one amazing CD.
They eventually found a replacement with singer Olliver Twisted from the Finnish band Reckless Love, and forged ahead to create new music.
On “Unattractive Revolution” the band got a helping hand from Mötley Crüe guitarist Mick Mars on a couple of tracks, which immediately raised the bar for this record somewhat. So the $25,000 question is, has Crashdïet hit the sophomore slump, or have they surpassed their debut disc.
I wasn’t immediately impressed with “In the Raw”, as much as I was with some of the bands previous tunes. Successive listens to this song found me in foot tapping euphoria. Watch the video yourself, and see what you think!
“Like a Sin” grabbed me immediately. This is the type of song that you want to get into your car and drive…..FAST!
“Falling Rain” is the first song from this album that I thought Crashdïet could have a hit with. This song has definite radio potential.
“I Don’t Care” is the first cut featuring Mick Mars. This is a high speed rocker that kicks ass. This song proves to me that Mr. Mars still rocks. The song itself is catchy, cool, and to this listener pure bliss!
“Die Another Day” is another extremely catchy tune that you will find yourself singing along with.
“Alone” is the second track with Mick Mars. This is a mid tempo track that sounds like it could have been left over from the Corabi era of Mötley Crüe. It is an OK song, but not what I would call essential.
The music on the song “Thrill Me” is pretty good, but this song is missing something. The lyrics just don’t do it for me.
“Overnight” is a move in the right direction. I would have like a little more repetition in the chorus on this song, to make it a little more memorable, but that is just me.
“XTC Overdrive” is one of my favorites on this record. This reminds me of the tunes on Rest In Sleaze quite a bit. “Bound to Be Enslaved” does a pretty good job capturing that Rest in Sleaze style as well.
“The Buried Song” has an almost punk flavor to it. The first song that came to mind when I heard this was Anarchy in the U.K., with a heavier riffs towards the center of the song. Once again, this is another song that is missing something. I can’t quite place my finger on it.
The Bottom line: “The Unattractive Revolution” does not meet or surpass “Rest In Sleaze”. There is no doubt in my mind that Crashdïet can play their asses off. The music is not the problem here. This album could use some stronger song writing. There are a few stand out cuts worth checking out. The album starts pretty strong, but starts to taper off in the middle, and does finish off in a solid fashion. The Unattractive Revolution is a solid record and will appeal to quite a few glam and Crashdïet fans out there.
For more information on Crashdïet, check out their myspace page here.
Rating: Out of 10
1. In the Raw
2. Like a Sin
3. Falling Rain
4. I Don’t Care (featuring Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe)
5. Die Another Day
6. Alone (featuring Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe)
7. Thrill Me
9. XTC Overdrive
10. Bound to be Enslaved
11. The Buried Song
Olliver Twisted – Vocals
Martin Sweet – Guitar
Peter London – Bass
Eric Young – Drums
LA’s Trigger Point has begun pre production on their new album tentatively titled “GIVING UP THE GHOST” with Producer (and Far/Revolution Smile) guitarist Shaun Lopez (Deftones, Will Haven, Demon Hunter) at the helm. Says vocalist Taylor Wallace, “We are all very excited about making this record. It pretty much captures everything we have been through in the last three years. The music is epic to say the least. We have been working on it just about everyday for the last year, and are finally ready to get in the studio and bring it to life.”
The band is set to begin recording on November 3rd at LA’s Bomb Shelter Studios.
Friday night the band will be headlining their last show of the year before going into the studio.
Friday, November 2, 2007
The Key Club
West Hollywood, CA
w/ Daughters of Mara and 5 Star Youth
For more information on Trigger Point, check out this link!
Finnish Rockers Kotipelto have released a video for their song, “Sleep Well”. Kotipelto is the solo band for Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto.
This song is from their new disc, Serenity. It is available through Impulse Music.com.
Serenity features Timo Kotipelto on vocals, Lauri Porra on bass, Tuomas Wainölä on guitars Janne Wirman on keyboards and Mirka Rantanen on drums.
Louisville, Kentucky’s Velcro Pygmies have been playing and touring clubs in the south for a few years now.
American Muscle is the band’s second CD, and a pretty good one at that. I can hear some definite Def Leppard and Van Halen influences in the band’s tunes.
Fans of 80’s style hard rock are going to love American Muscle. There isn’t a bad song on the disc. American Muscle is filled with songs that have infectious sing along choruses, and heavy guitar riffs. This is an 80’s style glam metal CD disc that simply delivers!
This CD hasn’t left my playlist since I picked up! This CD reminds of an era where music was supposed to be fun. The Velcro Pygmies may not be original, but they most certainly do 80’s style hard rock right! I think most hard rock fans are going to love this disc.
The band also has a brand new website, VelcroPygmies.com. Go check them out, you will be glad you did!
The video below is for the song Don’t Call It Love! Enjoy!!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Sweet Miranda
2. Rich Bitch (All Over You)
3. Building Up To Feel So Good
4. Don’t Call It Love
5. Ready To Go
6. The Punchline of Pretty
7. Beauty In A Box
8. The Best It Ever Gets
9. Get Away
10. Sweet Home Alabama
Velcro Pygmies are:
Cameron Flener – Vocals
Chris Eddins – Drums
Delicious – Guitar
Jason Reed – Bass
You can win one of the following:
- An Apple iPhone
- A Personalized Autographed Poser
- A copy of the new Angel Down CD
Click the following link to enter: Sebastian Bach Giveaway!
Angel Down will hit most retail outlets on November 20th, 2007.
Check out some early reviews of Angel Down:
“I can tell you that without a doubt, the wait will be worthwhile. ‘Angel Down’ is the metal album of the year, if not the 21st Century so far” – Undercover.au
“Sporting a great Axl Rose cameo and enough guitar chops to choke a horse, Bach delivers one of the best retro-metal albums in recent time…. On Angel Down, Sebastian Bach proves that he is the definition of an ‘American Metalhead’.” – Cash Box Magazine
You can listen to the new single, Love is a Bitchslap by clicking here!
Metal Blade Records has just inked a deal with Bay Area thrashers Hatchet! Hatchet is an onslaught of 5 thrash metal fanatics from the San Francisco Bay Area; a starting point for infamous thrash bands like METALLICA, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, and VIO-LENCE just to name a few. Formed by Julz on guitar and Slave behind the drum kit in January 2005, Hatchet was started as the two were fed up with the stale metal scene in their home town. Their desire to create music filled with substance and driving aggression would be enough to help revive a genre that had slowly began to fade away over the years in their hometown.Hatchet will be playing various one off dates until they release their new album in spring/summer 2008 and will then be on a heavy touring schedule. Head over to the band’s MySpace page to check out some tracks to get a taste of what’s to come!
“It is an honor to be working with Metal Blade, and to be a part of the legacy of amazing artists they have worked with over the years! Together we will help bring Thrash Metal back to the top where it belongs!” – Hatchet
“In a time where thrash is making an awesome comeback, we are stoked to be working with bands that are a part of the rebirth. These guys are young, ruthless and talented and we can’t wait till they rock you like its 1984!” – Metal Blade.
Check out the video below of Hatchet performing Live!
I have been looking forward to the new Lizzy Borden disc for a while. As soon as I seen some of the guest musicians giving Lizzy a hand on this disc (George Lynch, Dave Meniketti, Ira Black), I knew without a doubt I would pick this up. There hasn’t been a ton of hype about this release, so my only hope going in, is that Appointment With Death with this record is that it would surprass the last Lizzy Borden effort, Deal With The Devil.
In 2007, Lizzy Borden returns with a new band, and a brand new look that will scare your grandparents.
Appointment With Death is a concept album, but that shouldn’t scare you away. This release is pure heavy metal.
Lizzy’s voice hasn’t changed one bit. He can still hit those high pitched notes with ease. He is in fine vocal form on this record. Ira Black’s guitar work is a definite upgrade for this Lizzy Borden fan’s ears. His chugging guitar riffs combined with Marten Anderssen’s heavy bass work, and Joey Scott’s excellent skin bashing seem to compliment each other quite well.
There are two or three cuts that I couldn’t get into very much but I do have some early favorites. The title track, Appointment With Death, is a hard driving tune that I want to keep playing over and over. Live Forever is a metal beast that is forcing its way into my head whether I like it or not. I am a sucker for guitar solos, and Bloody Tears is a metal anthem that has a lot of excellent guitar work. Tomorrow Never Comes has an Iron Maiden type of guitar sound to it, and has catchy lyrics that get into your head quickly. Under Your Skin is quite possibly the most modern sounding metal track on this record. This is a good song that could have some hit potential. Somethin’s Crawlin is the perfect Halloween Anthem. This song kind of reminds me of something that Alice Cooper would do, and that is quite cool. (We Are) The Only Ones has great sing along quality and neck-snapping, head-banging quality.
Is Appointment With Death Lizzy Borden’s best work? If it isn’t, it is very close! This is the kind of disc that will take multiple listens to fully absorb and appreciate. The songs are well written, and the music is a step above any heavy metal discs that have been released recently. It is a very solid metal offering, and is one that should appeal to Lizzy fans every where. Go Get It!
2. Appointment With Death
3. Live Forever
4. Bloody Tears
5. The Death of Love
6. Tomorrow Never Comes
7. Under Your Skin
8. Perfect World (I Don’t Wanna Live)
9. Somthin’s Crawlin
10. (We Are) The Only Ones
11. Darker Side
Lizzy Borden is:
Lizzy Borden – vocals
Joey Scott – Drums
Ira Black – Guitars
Marten Anderssen – Bass
Special Guests Include:
George Lynch (Dokken/Lynch mob)
Dave Meniketti (Y & T)
Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain)
Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal/ex-Morbid Angel)
Michael T. Ross (Angel/Hardline)
Hard Rock Hideout has the goodies for you this Halloween, and this one is the best giveaways yet at HardRockHideout.com.
To celebrate the release of Blackbird, Alter Bridge has teamed up with Hard Rock Hideout to give one lucky winner a mini Vintage Chopper!
If you haven’t picked up the new Alter Bridge disc Blackbird yet, go get a copy today. You can read the review here!
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Rob Zombie, the ultimate horror advocate, will be unleashing terror onto YouTube.com. At midnight tonight, Rob Zombie will be the first celebrity guest editor of YouTube. In honor of Halloween, Zombie will choose the most horrifying videos on the internet to be posted on the YouTube home page. In the spirit of all things ghastly, Rob Zombie will also premiere a self-filmed video. To take the edge off the terror factor, Zombie will also include various parody trailers from his Halloween movie.
To commemorate the release of Rob Zombie’s first-ever live album, Zombie Live, he’s giving away the chance of a lifetime! Zombie has featured an amateur video/filmmaker contest on his YouTube page. The winner will receive VIP tickets for LIFE, have their winning video posted on Rob’s YouTube page and will get to meet Rob Zombie in person! Check it out here:
Zombie Live is in stores now!
Members of OZZY’S Official Fan Club, Ozzfan.com, will have exclusive access to a presale for FIVE shows on the Ozzy Tour beginning this Wednesday at 9am local venue time.
Thur 1/3 Portland, ME Cumberland Country Civic Center
Sat 1/5 Washington DC Verizon Center
Tue 1/8 Worcester, MA DCU Center
Thur 1/10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
Thur 1/24 Cleveland, OH Wolstein Center
If you’re not already an Ozzfan, JOIN NOW for access to these presales and more!
OZZY IN-STORE IN MINNESOTA!
Buy the Ozzy Osbourne “Black Rain” CD and get a wristband that will secure your place in line to meet him. *While supplies last. Each person in line will have an opportunity to take a picture with Ozzy.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
Location: Best Buy-Coon Rapids
12633 Riverdale Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN
Start Time: 6 p.m.
Bobaflex have released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Tales from Dirt Town. You can check out the premiere of Bobaflex’s music video for their new single “Home” and preview the new album Tales from Dirt Town in its entirety on Ultimate-Guitar.com.
“Home” Video Premiere
Tales from Dirt Town Album Preview
Be sure to catch Bobaflex, currently on tour, with supporting artists: Dope, The Autumn Offering, Crossbreed and Fear Nuthin Band.
10/30 Northside Firehouse – Lima, OH
10/31 Club Bijou – Toledo, OH *
11/1 Columbia Music Hall – Portsmouth, OH *
11/2 The Cellar – Struthers, OH
11/3 Harpo’s – Detroit, MI*
11/4 Peabodys – Cleveland, OH ***
11/5 Northern Lights – Clifton Park, NY *
11/6 Webster Theater – Hartford, CT *
11/7 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, PA *
11/8 Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC **
11/10 Jaxx – Springfield, VA *
11/13 Amo’s Southend – Charlotte, NC **
11/14 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC **
11/15 The Social – Orlando, FL ****
11/17 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL **
11/20 The Masquerade (dwnstrs) – Atlanta, GA **
11/21 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC **
11/23 Ace’s – Johnstown, PA **
11/24 The Machine Shop – Flint, MI **
* W/ Dope
** W/ Dope and Autumn Offering
***W/ Dope, Autumn Offering and Fear Nuthin Band
****W/Dope, Autumn Offering and Crossbreed
Avenged Sevenfold is a band that I have not checked out until very recently. I read that a band that guys in Black Stone Cherry enjoyed were Avenged Sevenfold. That recommendation was good enough for me. I have got a ton of play out of BSC’s debut disc, so I thought I would give Avenged Sevenfold a shot. Lucky for me they just came out with a brand new disc to check out.
I had no idea what this band sounded like until I watched the video for Almost Easy. The video was enough to sell me on the band, and off I was to seek out the latest by Avenged Sevendfold. Lucky for me, the local rock shop got a few copies in early. (This disc should be available in most U.S. retailers on Tuesday, October 30th.)
Avenged Sevenfold was once lumped into the Metalcore category, but don’t really fit into that mold anymore. Singer M.Shadows had to change his vocals approach due to throat and vocal chord damage, of which he had to have surgery to repair.
I was very surprised to find a Metal band that actually plays guitar solos that you can hear, and a vocalist with a very clean voice. How these guys managed to stay off my radar for so long is a great mystery to me, especially considering how popular this band is with today’s generation.
After listening to this record, I think this band may appeal to some older metalheads than today’s youth.
This disc is not perfect by any means. One listen to the track A Little Piece of Heaven and you may find yourself scratching your head in confusion. This sounds a twisted Pink Floyd circus that was given a metal makeover. This is a very strange track to me.
The guitar sound on Dear God has a country twinge to it, and quite frankly is a song that I will skip every time. ( I hope this isn’t the band trying to pull a Bon Jovi. ) The song could actually have some crossover hit potential on the radio, but isn’t to my liking.
Aside from those songs, I could not find many faults with this record. Synyster Gates guitar playing on this record is extremely cool. The Rev has plenty of double bass drumming to get you rocking, and Johnny Christ offers some chugging bass riffs to get your blood pumping.
Critical Acclaim is a very cool head banging tune. Almost Easy should be a massive hit for the band. If you aren’t hooked by the time you hear the killer guitar riffs on Scream your headphones may be broken.
As a whole, this is a pretty cool metal album, and one that I will be spinning quite a bit in the up and coming weeks. If you haven’t ever checked out Avenged Sevenfold before, give the new album a chance. I think you will like it.
Rating: Out of 10
Avenged Sevenfold is:
M. Shadows – lead vocals, piano, guitar
Zacky Vengeance – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
The Rev – drums, piano, backing vocals
Synyster Gates – lead guitar, piano, backing vocals
Johnny Christ – bass guitar, backing vocals
Did you watch the show Rockstar Supernova on CBS? Remember singer Phil Ritchie?
He came on the show to gain some exposure for his band, Lennex, and met his demise for the same reason. For whatever reason, I didn’t care for him on the show very much.
I am glad that I happened to stumble upon his band again. Ritchie’s band Lennex, a five piece band from Maryland has a sound worth checking out.
The video below is for the Lennex song, A Lesser None.
Lennex has two CD’s under their belt, Part Math, Part Euphoria and For The Sake Of Simplicity . They have recently released a new song, Thank You & Goodbye on their myspace page, and are hard at work on album #3. Check them out!
Everyone that caught their live show has been clamoring for Endeverafter’s new disc. I am happy to say that the new CD, Kiss or Kill was definitely worth the wait.
Kiss or Kill is a hard rock disc that plays off of style of Endeverafter’s influences which include Aerosmith, Guns ‘N Roses, and Motley Crue.
Michael Grant’s rifftastic guitar playing is certainly the highlight here, but Endeverafter is an extremely tight unit, and the songs on Kiss or Kill are very satisfying.
I have listened to Kiss or Kill at least 4 times, and each time, I seem to like this disc a little more than the last. This CD is already in my current top 10, and I would not be surprised to find it in the Hard Rock Hideout Top 10 List of 2007. There isn’t a bad song on this record, and not a single track felt like filler material to me. My favorite cuts are I Wanna Be Your Man, Baby,Baby,Baby, Poison, and Tip of My Tongue.
Watch the videos below, then run, don’t walk, to pick up your new copy of Kiss or Kill. It is in stores everywhere today! You won’t be disappointed. This CD Rocks!
I Wanna Be Your Man
Baby, Baby, Baby
Rating:Out of 10
1. I Wanna Be Your Man
2. Baby 3x
3. Gotta Get Out
5. Next Best Thing (Guest Vocal Butch Walker)
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Road To Destruction
8. All Night
10. From The Ashes Of Sin
11. Long Way Home
Michael Grant – Vocals / Lead Guitar
Tommi Andrews – Bass
Kristan Mallory – Guitar
Eric Humbert – Drums
According to antiMUSIC, Ricky Parent was born in Passaic, New Jersey. His spent his childhood in New Jersey and New York before he headed to Los Angeles to follow his rock n’ roll dream. Ricky was just five years old when realized his love for the drums. One day he was in the yard playing football when he heard a marching band playing down the street. Mesmerized by the sound he found himself following it to discover what was creating that beat. Once he found out, he was hooked and like many young aspiring drummers he first turned to the ready made drum set in any household; pots and pans. Seeing the young drummer in the making he was giving his first drum set, a Mickey Mouse toy set which fueled his dream for a short while before he destroyed it. He then graduated to a Del Ray set that was covered in black contact paper but had cymbals and a snare. From there he pursued his passion with a vengeance, learning his craft from a combination of lessons, drum clinics, but primarily learning from records and songs on the radio.
“My main influence is probably John Bonham,” Ricky wrote on his Myspace page. “But I’ve gone through a bunch of phases from jazz Buddy Rich, Tony Williams, etc. progressive rock Terry Bozzio, Simon Phillips to Ringo to Ansley Dunbar, etc pretty much listened with an open mind soaking up what I admired and working it into my own.”
Like many of his generation when the time came to follow his muse in rock n’ roll he headed to Los Angeles. He was quickly established as world-class drummer and got his first high profile gig with WAR & PEACE, a band fronted by Jeff Pilson after he left DOKKEN that also featured Tommy Henricksen (P.O.L.) and Russ Parrish (HALFORD, FIGHT). The band was short-lived and disbanded after grunge revolution made it hard for them to get noticed. When Vince Neil left MÖTLEY CRÜE, Ricky was called on to lay down some drum tracks for Vince’s solo project. Ironically, Neil would soon hire away ENUFF Z’NUFF drummer Vikki Foxx.
At the time Ricky was playing in a jam band with Paul Gilbert and when word went out that ENUFF Z’NUFF were looking for a new drummer, Gilbert and Mike Varney the head of WAR & PEACE’s label Shrapnel Records, recommended Ricky to the band. He soon after relocated to the band’s home base of Chicago becoming an official member in 1992 where he was a mainstay of the group on stage and in the studio until 2004 when he took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with cancer.
Over the years Ricky was involved in other bands and projects including a brief stint with Alice Cooper as well as playing with Sass Jordan and Tod Howarth (FREHLEY’S COMET).
It’s a sad night at the Hard Rock Hideout. My Condolences to the Parent Family.
All That Remains fans have caught the band live on the Ozzfest tour, have seen their videos on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball, and now have something to look forward to this Tuesday with the band’s new LIVE DVD.
This DVD should keep the momentum of their debut release, “The Fall of Ideals” going strong.
This DVD captures not one, but two live shows from Philadelphia and Baltimore, during the band’s tour in 2007.
As a bonus, you also get all six of All The Remains music videos.: The Air That I Breathe, Not Alone, This Calling, Tattered On My Sleeve, This Darkened Heart and The Deepest Gray plus photos, interviews and some additional bonus material.
This is a very cool collection for All That Remains fans and should not be missed. This DVD hits the stores on Tuesday, October 30th.
Metal and hardcore fans out to grab these up quick!!
Here is the All That Remains Video, “Not Alone”.
Rating:Out of 10
This movie is based on the Graphic Novel by Steve Niles & Ben Templesmith.
When the tiny town of Barrow, Alaska has their 30 Days of Night, some unwanted visitors come to town, A pack of blood thirsty and ravenous vampires. It is up to Eben (Josh Hartnett) and Stella Olsen (Melissa George) the husband and wife sheriff team to save the town.
I have seen many vampire films in my time, and I didn’t expect to see anything new with 30 Days of Night. Not only did 30 Days of Night show me some new things, it exceeded my expectations .
This movie has plenty for horror fans to love. Some Scenes will make you jump. Some will have you on the edge of your seat. Some scenes are extremely gory. Nonetheless, 30 Days of Night is the best horror film on the market during the Halloween season.
I enjoyed this movie and think it is well worth your time and your money! Go Check it Out!
Rating:Out of 5
30 Days of Night Trailer
It was the idea of CREMATORY drummer Markus Jllich to form a true metal band after he noticed singer Alexx Stahl playing with his band in a small club. He was very impressed by his vocal skills and he was looking for the best musicians in the German Rhein-Main-area to form a band around Alexx that eventually became SEDUCTION. After the big success of bands like HAMMERFALL or SONATA ARCTICA his aim was to create a similar sounding band gaining equal success.
The line-up was Alexx Stahl (Vocals), Thilo Feucht (Guitars), Mad (Keyboards), Ingmar Holzhauer (Bass) and Neudi (Drums). Under the direction of Markus Jllich the first demo-CD was recorded at Kohlekeller Studio. Several companies showed interest in SEDUCTION and they played a lot gigs with bands like TIERRA SANTA, BONFIRE, AGATHODAIMON, EAZY RIDER and SCAPEGOAT. A second CD was recorded and again they got brilliant reviews in the whole metal press (Metal Hammer, Rock Hard, Break Out, Heavy Oder Was). They even called SEDUCTION the next big thing! or best unsigned band from Germany!, they split up a few weeks after the release. SEDUCTION was more like a project and parts of the band werent happy with the style and the so called True Metal image.
Singer Alexx and drummer Neudi (who also plays in the CENTURY follow-up KOKOON) joined the DEEP PURPLE Tribute band CHILD IN TIME in late 2003 and so they met each other again. This leads to a meeting where SEDUCTION decided to start again, but this time as a real band, playing their own style of metal. While Alexx is into bands like SAXON and TWISTED SISTER, guitarist Thilo is strongly influenced by early METALLICA and CHILDREN OF BODOM and his ultra-fast guitar solos are his trademark. Bassist Ingmar is a fan of IRON MAIDEN and Steve Harris, drummer Neudi is well-known in the scene as the drummer of cultbands like SUDDEN DARKNESS and ECONOMIST; also he is having his own radioshow and he was the guy with one of the first metal television show in Germany (Heavy Metal Battle, 1985 to 1992). The fourpiece changed name in VIRON and started writing songs.
In November 2004 VIRON entered the Kohlekeller Studio (CREMATORY, KILLER, AGATHODAIMON) to record their demo EP called NWOGHM. Unlike SEDUCTION, they used real drums (no triggers or computer sounds) and no keyboards (except of a piano part). What you hear on the CD is handmade music played by human beings. The CD contains 4 songs written by VIRON and a cover of Run For Tomorrow, originally recorded by US-Metal legends EXXPLORER!
The EP was sent to several metal-related record companies and to some magazines. After just a few weeks VIRON had various offers for a deal and they decided to sign with SONIC AGE (Greece). Currently the band is in the studio to record their full debut CD, the same way they recorded the EP handmade music ONLY! Also the line-up was completed with ex-ECONOMIST, SUDDEN DARKNESS guitar player Roger Dequis. Now VIRON are a classic metal-fivepiece. NWOGHM got tons of great reviews in mags like Rock Hard, Metal Hammer, Break Out, Heavy and Metal Heart, but also in fanzines and webzines. In 2006 VIRON played Swordbrothers Festival and Headbangers Open Air, but also many single shows with bands like Ruffians, Solemnity or Sabaton. In March 2007 they appeared on a Manilla Road tribute CD called “The Riddle Masters” performing “Dreams of Eschaton”. In April 2007 VIRON signed a new deal with the German label METAL HEAVEN (Riot, Ruffians etc.). They will enter the studio by August 07…
Alexx Stahl – Vocals
Thilo Feucht – Guitars
Roger Dequis – Guitars
Ingmar “Inge” Holzhauer – Bass
Neudi – Drums
Here is the video Blow The Fuse from Viron
October 26th, 2007 will also see return of one of the UK’s finest voices: Mr. Steve Grimmett. Simply entitled THE STEVE GRIMMETT BAND, their first offering “Personal Crisis” is the follow-up to the singers previous bands GRIM REAPER, ONSLAUGHT & LIONSHEART. This new outfit features LIONSHEART band mate Ian Nash on guitars, Pete Newdeck (PAUL Di’ANNO, THE SHOCK) on drums and Ritchie Walker on bass. The record was produced by Pete Newdeck with Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69) and also includes a couple of guest musicians incl. Eric Ragno (k, Jeff Scott Soto), Bob Daisley (b, Ozzy, Rainbow), Carsten Schulz (Evidence One) and Tony Mills (Shy, TNT).
Tracklist: 1. Karma, 2. Wait For Ever, 3. Feedom, 4. Lonely, 5.Afterglow, 6. Enemy, 7.Promises, 8.Invincible, 9. Strength, 10. Wrath Of The Ripper, 11. Fallen
Soundfiles in advance:
Check the band out at the following links:
Victory Pill’s debut, self-titled album was released on Tuesday October 23rd!.
Victory Pill guitarist and frontman Jim Davies (ex-Pitchshifter, Prodigy) has posted a blog on the group’s MySpace page discussing Victory Pill, his new project with Prodigy drummer Kieron Pepper.
“After I did the Flint project I had decided it was time to do something for myself for once. Looking back I have done a lot of other people’s bands. Even though I played a big part in ‘shifter, it wasn’t my band. I’d been writing alot of instrumentals, which is how I normally write music. I had around 20 tunes. I’d been doing this on the quiet on my own and wasn’t sure what to do with them until I played them to Kieron Pepper. He went mad at me saying ‘You have to do something with this!’ So we formed a band,” says Davies of the group’s formation. “We tried for ages to find a vocalist that fit the music but none worked. I wanted a very English sounding vocal, I love bands like The Jam, The Sex Pistols and Depeche Mode,. All the singers we tried sounded like Slipknot, so I tried it myself and it really gelled. It was a big move for me to go from being just a guitarist to front-man/lyricist. I’d never written lyrics before now and I had to rehearse it a lot to be able to do all the guitar madness I do live and sing, but I’m really comfortable with it now.”
Jim Davies guitar work helped shaped the band Prodigy’s breakthrough Fat Of The Land album, which included modern rock hits “Firestarter” and “Breathe”. Jim toured worldwide with the band including a headline slot at Reading 2001.
Davies was also a contributing member of electro-metal outfit Pitchshifter who toured alongside Incubus and Ozzfest. Davies contributed to the groundbreaking http://www.pitchshifter.com album, as well as co-wrote the subsequent Deviant and PSI records. Davies’ last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized in the Bootlegged, Distorted live album.
“I think this album is a natural progression for me from what I did with Pitchshifter. There is obviously a taste of ‘shifter in there which is unavoidable as I co-wrote a lot the last few albums. But then tunes like ‘King and Country’ wouldn’t have worked in Pitchshifter because it’s not even a rock song and that’s what I find really refreshing about doing Victory Pill. I can take it anywhere I want and not be restrained by someone saying ‘That’s not what Pitchshifter should be sounding like,'” says Davies. “I think fans of electronic music will dig it, certain tunes like ‘Red Pill’, ‘Scaremonger’ and ‘Thin Line’ are very electronic. I think industrial heads will like tunes like ‘Downfall’ and ‘Another Clone’ and there also more melodic more live band sounding tunes on there like ‘Worst Case Scenario'”.
Victory Pill has made an Mp3 of the track “King and Country” available through the Corporate Punishment Podcast, which can be downloaded at the following location http://corporatepunishment.libsyn.com/
For a limited time, the band is still offering a free t-shirt to anyone who orders the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location http://www.corporatepunishment.com/shop/?manufacturers_id=26
ROAD TO RUIN ready with self-titled debut album on October 26th!
This hot, new Swedish four piece is the brainchild of guitarist Lars Chriss (LION’S SHARE) and bassist/ keyboard player Sampo Axelsson (LION’S SHARE, GLENN HUGHES). “Road To Ruin” is a musical celebration of the band’s influences coming from the classic rock era and carrying trademarks from artists such as Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin plus – especially when it comes to the guitar sound – Black Sabbath. The band is completed by Thomas Broman on drums (HUGHES/ TURNER, JOHN NORUM, ELECTRIC BOYS) and one of Sweden’s highest profiled singers: Matti Alfonzetti (SKINTRADE, JAGGED EDGE), on vocals.
Tracklist: 1. The Only One, 02. Pale Rider, 03. Face Of An Angel, 04. Pleasure And Pain, 05. For Your Soul, 06. Walk The Line, 07.Thorn In My Side, 08. Crawling, 09. Until I See The Sun
Here come some sound clips in advance:
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This CD was produced by Slaughter’s Dana Strum. Not surprisingly, the band sounds like Slaughter, and at times a little like Guns ‘N Roses.
Steven Shareaux is a good singer, and has a sound that is somewhat unique. The band is quite solid as well.
No Rules is a CD that was a little better than some of the other offerings by many of the hard rock bands in the early 90’s. This CD, like many, was released to late in the game, and crashed and burned when Nirvana hit the music scene. The band hung around and released an EP in 1992 but then broke up and has not been heard from since.
Some of the stand out cuts on this disc are You’re So Strange, Trash City, Velvet Crush and the cover of the Paul Simon classic Mrs. Robinson.
Fans of 80’s hard rock are going to love No Rules! You can get low cost used copies of this CD at Amazon.com. Go grab one before they are all gone! You can hear more songs at Kik Tracee’s myspace page here.
Enjoy the video for You’re So Strange!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Don’t Need Rules
2. Mrs. Robinson
3. You’re So Strange
4. Trash City
5. Hard Time
6. Big Western Sky
7. Generation Express
8. Soul Shaker
9. Tangerine Man
11. Velvet Crush
12. Rattlesnake Eyes
13. Romeo Blues
14. Fade Dunaway
Kik Tracee is:
Stephen Shareaux – Lead Vocals
Rob Grad – Bass Guitar and Background vocals
Michael Marquis – Lead and Acoustic Guitar and Background vocals
Gregory Hex – Rhythm and Slide Guitars and Background Vocals
Johnny Douglas- Drums, Percussion and Background Vocals
Shinedown did a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s A Simple Man. The first time I saw this video, I was eating dinner in the Hard Rock Cafe, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I thought this was worth sharing.
Click this link to watch the video!
In addition to talking about how the band’s personal drama helped create their latest CD – “Blood Stained Love Story”, he also talked about living the rock star life to the fullest, how Nikki Sixx helped him with his personal demons, and he answers the burning question – Boxers or Commando!
It is a really cool, and funny interview, that you hard rockers need to take the time out to listen to.
Thanks to Tori, for the heads up on the awesome Interview!
Here is the video for Saliva’s tune, Click, Click Boom!
The Heroin Diaries is written in a Daily Journal type of form, with lots of excerpts by a large cast of individuals who were involved in Nikki’s life in 1987.
Everyone helps Nikki fill in the blanks, and no one holds back any punches. Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Doc McGhee, Vanity, Slash are just a few of the individuals who help Sixx to recall his life in 1987.
The Heroin Diaries is a very easy read, but can be a book that is hard to put down, once you get started.
1987 was an interesting year for Motley Crue. They embarked on their Girls, Girls, Girls world tour. The management of the band kept the Crue on a grueling tour schedule that helped keep Nikki Sixx on a path of self destruction.
After finishing The Heroin Diaries, It amazes me that Motley Crue is still a band, and Nikki Sixx is still alive and well. This book should be the non-owners manual of the Rich and Famous. Every rocker on the planet ought to read this. It is the perfect example of what NOT to do when you gain success in the music business.
I enjoyed the book. It gave me a a lot of insight on Nikki Sixx’s twisted life. Motley Crue fans need to check it out.
Rating: Out of 5