Bobaflex break out of small town West Virginia to unleash a gritty autobiographical album that will course blood and adrenaline through the veins of all who listen to it, especially the kids who hail from dirt towns.
On October 30th Bobaflex will release their sophomore album, Tales From Dirt Town, on TVT records. Musically, Bobaflex decided to take things back to their roots on the new album. The band wanted to keep their metal edge and imbue it with more harmonies, melody, and singing, along the lines of Gun N’ Roses. Tales From Dirt Town is like a bittersweet love letter to working class culture and blue collar yet redneck upbringing. With determination and resolve, only good things can come to Bobaflex, who shine a spotlight on the people of dirt towns with Tales From Dirt Town.
Bobaflex is on tour in October and November. Here is the current schedule!
Oct 12 The AlRosa Villa – Columbus, Oh
Oct 13 The Monkey – Huntington, West Va
Oct 25 The Rock – Minneapolis, Mn
Oct 26 Barrymore Theater – Madison, Wi
Oct 27 Pearl Room – Mokena, Il
Oct 28 Elixir – Rockford, Il
Oct 30 The Northside Firehouse – Lima, Oh
Oct 31 Club Bijou – Toledo, Oh
Nov 1 Columbia Music Hall – Portsmouth, Oh
Nov 2 The Cellar – Struthers, Oh
Nov 3 Harpo’s – Detroit, Mi
Nov 4 Peabodys – Cleveland, Oh
Nov 6 Webster Theater – Hartford, Ct
Nov 7 Crocodile Rock – Allentown, Pa
Nov 8 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 10 Jaxx – Springfield, Va
Nov 15 The Social – Orlando, Fl
Nov 21 Hooligans – Jacksonville, NC
Nov 23 Ace’s – Johnstown, Pa
Nov 24 The Machine Shop – Flint, Mi
I recently reacquired a brand new copy of this disc for a mere $6.00 and was shocked to have found it. It is pretty hard to find in 2007.
The band was creating and performing great hard rock music, when it was pretty unpopular.
They have been fairly quiet since their last release, Ignite in 2001, but are rumored to be taking the stage in Rocklahoma 2008.
If you like great hard party rock, then you need to check out Hair of the Dog’s self titled debut from 1998. On this disc, I can hear the influence of Ted Nugent and Aerosmith in the bands’ music. Ryan Cook’s slide guitar is a nice addition to the hard rockin’ tunes.
Even though this disc doesn’t come close to capturing the energy of the band’s amazing live show, it is definitely worth spinning today.
Some of the stand out tracks are Cadillac Jack, Whiskey Tango, Alone and The Party Ain’t Over.
You can check out a few of the band’s tunes at their myspace page. If you can find a copy, I recommend picking this one up!
Rating:Out of 10
- Cadillac Jack
- Whiskey Tango
- Sweet Lady Vegas
- As I Am
- Southern Cock
- The Party Ain’t Over
- Satin Girl
- Killin’ Heart
Another Animal just released their self titled debut album, featuring the single “Broken Angle.” Listeners can preview four more songs from Another Animal at Clear Channel. Another Animal is comprised of Godsmack members Robbie Merrill (bass), Tony Rombola (guitar), Shannon Larkin (drums) and former Ugly Kid Joe Whitfield Crane. The band’s release mixes grunge, punk, and bluesy rock to make an eclectic sound all their own. With a 23 date tour supporting Alter Bridge in full swing, the band has their work cut out for them.
Preview tracks at Clear Channel
Stream “Broken Again”
The folks at Rhino Entertainment posted the live Led Zeppelin Kashmir video on Youtube yesterday. Click on the link below to watch the video.
This makes me wish I had tickets for the Reunion show next month!!
Another Animal and Alter Bridge came to Cincinnati Wednesday Night. A late work night kept me from getting to the show on time, and I missed Another Animal all together! I was looking forward to seeing the band featuring Whitfield Crane on vocals. I have listened to Another Animal and Alter Bridge quite a bit as of late, and was also interested in seeing what the AB boys had to offer.
I am very impressed with the new Alter Bridge CD, Blackbird, and I am happy to report that band is doing a ton of songs off of the new disc.
I can’t recall the entire list, but the set list included: Before Tomorrow Comes, Brand New Start, Buried Alive, Broken Wings, Coming Home, Blackbird, White Knuckles and the first time the band has every played Break Me Down live.
The band did an Encore with a Led Zeppelin cover of Traveling Riverside Blues and an the songs Rise Today and Open Your Eyes.
I wondered if Myles Kennedy could handle some of the higher pitched vocals live, and let me tell you, this guy is the real deal. He hit every note, and was quite impressive. He is great singer, that is second to very few. Mark Tremonti was kicking everyone’s ass on the lead guitar. I think this guy must have a guitar for every new song that Alter Bridge plays.
Alter Bridge played an incredibly tight set, and had the crowd of 300 people singing along all night. It was a very good live show, and one that I would definitely go see again.
Here is a video so you can see what you are missing!
The band has a ton of dates left on this tour! Don’t miss them if they hit your town!
Date Time Location City
Oct 12 2007 9:00P Mill Point Park Hampton, Virginia
Oct 13 2007 8:00P Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Oct 14 2007 7:00P The Roxy Boston, Massachusetts
Oct 16 2007 7:00P The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza New York City, New York
Oct 17 2007 7:00P Webster Theatre Hartford, Connecticut
Oct 19 2007 6:00P Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom Hampton Beach, New Hampshire
Oct 20 2007 10:30A Downtown Live Music & Arts Festival Hagerstown, Maryland
Oct 21 2007 7:00P Electric Factory Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Oct 24 2007 7:00P The Cotillion Wichita, Kansas
Oct 26 2007 2:00P Sunken Gardens Amphitheatre San Antonio, Texas
Oct 27 2007 3:00P Concrete Street Amphitheater Corpus Christi, Texas
Oct 28 2007 12:00P Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, Texas
Oct 30 2007 7:00P The Palladium Ballroom Dallas, Texas
Oct 31 2007 7:00P Midnight Rodeo Amarillo, Texas
Nov 2 2007 7:00P Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
Nov 3 2007 6:00P House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada
Nov 4 2007 7:00P Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura, California
Nov 6 2007 7:00P The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, California
Nov 7 2007 7:30P House Of Blues West Hollywood, California
Nov 9 2007 7:30P Showbox SoDo Seattle
Nov 10 2007 7:00P The Big Easy Concert Hall Spokane, Washington
Nov 11 2007 7:00P Big Easy Concert House Boise, Idaho
Nov 13 2007 7:00P Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado
Nov 15 2007 6:00P Myth St. Paul, Minnesota
Nov 16 2007 7:00P Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 17 2007 7:00P The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Nov 19 2007 7:00P Newport Music Hall Columbus, Ohio
Nov 20 2007 7:00P Wedgewood Entertainment Center Youngstown, Ohio
Nov 21 2007 7:00P Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac, Michigan
Nov 23 2007 8:00P The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Nov 24 2007 8:00P Piere’s Entertainment Center Fort Wayne, Indiana
Jan 18 2008 7:00P QMU Glasgow, Scotland
Jan 19 2008 7:00P Newcastle Academy Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northeast
Jan 20 2008 7:00P The Academy Manchester, Northeast
Jan 22 2008 7:00P The Academy Birmingham, Midlands
Jan 24 2008 7:00P South Hampton Guildhall South Hampton, South
Jan 25 2008 7:00P Bristol Academy Bristol, South
Jan 26 2008 7:00P The Astoria London, London and South East
Jan 29 2008 7:00P Hof Ter Lo Antwerp
Jan 30 2008 7:00P 013 Tilburg
Feb 1 2008 7:00P Rohstofflager Zurich
Feb 2 2008 7:00P Backstage Werk Munich
Feb 3 2008 7:00P Arena Vienna
Feb 5 2008 7:00P Batshkapp Frankfurt
Feb 6 2008 7:00P Live Music Hall Cologne
Feb 7 2008 7:00P Postbahnof Berlin
Feb 9 2008 7:00P Docks Hamburg
Feb 10 2008 7:00P Amager Bio Copenhagen
Feb 11 2008 7:00P Klubben Stockholm
Rocktober is in full swing!Be sure to check out the following new Hard Rock Releases that hit the stores so far in October!
Alter Bridge – Blackbird
Another Animal – S/T
Ugly – S/T
Hurt – Vol. II
The Cult – Born Into This
Kid Rock – Rock N Roll Jesus
Puddle of Mudd – Famous
Nightwish – Dark Passion Play
Megadeth – Warchest (4 CD’s/1 DVD)
Prong – Power of the Damager
Overkill – Immortalis
Motorhead – Better Motorhead Than Dead: Live At Hammersmith
You can stream the new Alter Bridge disc, Blackbird at the following link:
This CD mixes both styles in a genre of music that is a dying breed.
This is not a style of music that I enjoy, however I am sure that this band has a younger audience out there.
If you are curious, as far as how the band sounds, check out the video below for the song Suffa.
If you like this song, you may find more to like on Insomnia. The CD does have a couple of solid metal moments. Walk On By will appeal to some metalheads, as will the Buffalo Springfield remake of For What It’s Worth in the song Children.
Atlantis A.D. has a pretty cool guitar riff that I found myself liking somewhat.
If I enjoyed rap metal, I would have probably liked this disc a lot more than the rating below indicates. If you like this style of music, give hed (p.e.) a shot.
For more info on hed (p.e.) check out their myspace page here!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Walk On By
3. Game Over
6. Comeova2nite (feat. Young Roscoe)
8. Rto (Feat. Big B)
10. Tienanman Squared
12. Atlantis A.D.
13. Wind Me Up (Feat. Kottonmouth Kings & Tech N9ne)
14. Don’t Let Me Down
The new album is a melodic rock feast that showcases Lana’s legendary vocals with timeless songwriting, all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.
Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, “Red Planet Boulevard” combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area’s legendary style and mood that is pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the album’s production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the role he played on the 2007 “Lady Macbeth” tour. Long time collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls “a sort of ‘Led Zeppelin’ instrumentation where we have guitar, drums and a bass playing keyboardist.”
The “Red Planet Boulevard” musician line-up is indeed the most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does not falter in creating the massive Symphonic Rock sound for which Lana Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of “Red Planet Boulevard”. This is a band that is experienced and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at the top of her game.
Twelve all original songs compose “Red Planet Boulevard”. The heavy rockers “Into the Fire”, “Capture the Sun” and “Angels and Magicians” along with the power ballad “Jessica” harken back to Lana’s 1995 debut release, “Love is an Illusion”, while in contrast, the anthemic “Shine”, “The Frozen Sea” and “No Tears Left” have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today’s iPod generation. The uptempo “Stepford, USA” re-tells the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while “The Sheltering Sorrow” is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock. The album concludes with the finale and title track, “Red Planet Boulevard”, where themes from each of the album’s songs is reprised in a grand orchestral rock style.
Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka who has painted the covers for Lana’s many past masterworks. Photos for the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock voice, your light is green: make the turn onto “Red Planet Boulevard”!
You can sample three of the new songs below!
If you are a fan of the band Creed, then Alter Bridge probably needs no introduction. Alter Bridge consists of 3 former members of platinum recording artist Creed, and ex-Mayfield Four singer, Myles Kennedy.
With the new CD Blackbird, not only has the band crafted their finest work since the breakup of Creed, but they have also created what could be one of the best new hard rock records of 2007. Yes, It really is that good!
Blackbird starts off with a crushing rocker, Ties That Bind. This song sets the stage immediately for what I knew was going to be an incredible listening experience.
Come To Life has a cool groove, a heavy bass line, sing along lyrics, and killer guitar work. GREAT!!
The pace slows down a bit with Brand New Start. Myles Kennedy excellent voice shines almost as much as his guitar work on this track. More Great Stuff!
I have listened to Buried Alive a few times now and this song hasn’t impressed me as much as some of the others. It is slowly growing on me.
Coming Home has a very heavy bass line. This is another headbanging track that has a Tool like feel about it. Cool!
Before Tomorrow Comes will be a monster radio hit! This song is exactly the type of tune that Creed had some hits off. Soaring vocals and sing along lyrics. I love this song!
Rise Today is the first single and video from Blackbird. If you like this song, you are going to love this disc. This was the first song that I heard, and I knew that I had to hear more after listening to this one. Check out the video below:
Blackbird is the longest song on this disc, clocking in at nearly 8 minutes in length. This is like 2 or 3 songs wrapped up in one. At times, it has a stoner rock like feel, but then the music slows down, and Myles Kennedy’s voice takes off. The guitars really howl on this track. This is an extremely cool song that does not feel too long. In fact, you will find yourself replaying this one to pick up on things that you didn’t catch the first time around. Amazing!
The bass riff that starts off on One By One sounds like something that Tony Iommi would write. The song itself has a slightly darker feel to it, but once again the voice of Myles Kennedy powers this song to new heights. This song has some hit potential.
Watch Over You slows the tempo back down again. At this point Myles Kennedy has me saying Scott who? This guy has a killer voice!
Break Me Down is a song that I think could have had much more potential with a little different arrangement on the music. It is still a solid tune though.
White Knuckles is one of the heavier songs on Blackbird. Be prepared to headbang to this one!
Wayward One is a mid tempo, moody sounding song. It is a solid track, but not the strongest one on Blackbird. I probably would have mixed this song higher in the playing order, but that is just my personal taste.
Don’t even hesitate in picking this disc up! Blackbird is nothing short of a brilliant listening experience. You don’t even have to take my word for it! Alter Bridge have launched a special listening party for their fans a chance to check out the album in its entirety. Click this link to listen to Blackbird in its entirety. Warning…..you will be heading to store to purchase this one, if you take the time out to preview it!
1. Ties That Bind
2. Come To Life
3. Brand New Start
4. Buried Alive
5. Coming Home
6. Before Tomorrow Comes
7. Rise Today
10. Watch Over You
11. Break Me Down
12. White Knuckles
13. Wayward One
Alter Bridge is:
Myles Kennedy – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Mark Tremonti – Guitar and Backing Vocals
Brian Marshall – Bass
Scott Phillips – Drums
Nightwish will embark on their North American Tour with special guest Paradise Lost.
In Additon, Nightwish will be streaming live on October 19th on YeboTV.
Click on the banner below to Register!
10/15/2007 Jaxx Springfield, VA
10/16/2007 The Trocadero Philadelphia, PA
10/18/2007 Nokia Theatre New York, NY
10/20/2007 The Palladium Worcester, MA
10/21/2007 Metropolis Montreal, QUE Canada
10/23/2007 Docks Nightclub Toronto, ONT Canada
10/24/2007 Peabody’s Downunder Cleveland, OH
10/26/2007 Harpo’s Detroit, MI
10/27/2007 House of Blues Chicago, IL
10/28/2007 First Avenue Loop Station, MN
10/31/2007 Showbox Seattle, WA
11/1/2007 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
11/2/2007 Slim’s San Francisco, CA
11/4/2007 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
11/6/2007 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
11/7/2007 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
11/8/2007 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, NM
11/10/2007 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
11/11/2007 Palladium Ballroom Dallas, TX
11/12/2007 19th Hole Woodland, TX
11/14/2007 Culture Room Ft.Lauderdale, FL
11/15/2007 Firestone Orlando, FL
11/17/2007 The Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Tigertailz fans have been excited about this new 10 song CD, Thrill Pistol with disc two being Wazbonez ’92. I have to admit being a fan of cover art, this one didn’t get me very excited. The chick with the stick on Clint tattoo just doesn’t do it for me. But I’m a girl so what do I know about apparently hot chicks with fake tattoos. Anyway that is irrelevant because it’s the music that is the main thing.
On first listen I wasn’t that keen on this disc, but on the third spin I am actually liking it quite a bit. For me it’s a grow-on-you type album and not one I instantly liked. These seem to be Tigertaliz’s heavier songs to date. Kim Hooker’s vocals sound quite different in places which I’m not saying is a bad thing, just different. The first 6 songs are the strongest on here, although title track “Thrill Pistol” is quite a change in style after the first 3 songs, its almost honky tonk piano sounding, complete with female vocals (courtesy of the wonderful sounding Suzy Chunk), but it’s catchy and likeable even if its not what you expect after hearing the rest of this disc.
The two ballad type songs “Milez Away” and “Only You” are just plain weak and awful.But that might be because I’m just not a fan of ballads in general, unless its Great White! “Natural Born Animal” is my pick for the best track on here. It has the potential to become the new “Love Bomb Baby”.
I won’t comment on Wazbones ’92 too much, suffice to say it is a great album and probably superior to Thrill Pistol, so it’s a bonus and nice addition to get Wazbones thrown in with Thrill Pistol. Thrill Pistol is not brilliant but it is good heavy glam. Tigertaliz fans should be pretty happy with this release.
Rating: Out of 10
Kim Hooker – vocals
Jay Pepper – guitar
Pepsi Tate – bass
Matt Blakout – drums
Produced by Tigertailz.
Disc One: Thrill Pistol:
01. Brain the Sucker
02. Long Live The New Flash
04. Thrill Pistol
05. Milez Away
06. Natural Born Animal
07. Only You
08. Tongwynlais Fly
09. Hanging By The Heelz
10. Serpent Queen
Disc One: U.S. Wazbonez ’92:
03. Make Me Bleed
04. Dirty Needlez
05. I Believe
06. Love Junkie
07. One Beat Of Your Heart
08. Show Me
09. Love Can Kill
10. The Final Solution
Reviewed by Tania.
Last night, my wife and I made the trek 2 hours north to the tiny little town of Wapakoneta, Ohio to catch American Dog and Rhino Bucket live. Rhythm and Brews, the Club where the band played is an old World War II roadhouse that seats/stands less than 200 people. The club was easily at capacity last night, and the only way to see a show here is to arrive early to secure a seat. Surprisingly, this tiny club has hosted many national touring acts, and comedians over the years. It was pretty difficult to shoot pictures and take video in the club, without having a bobbing head, or a dancing girl in the way, but I managed to get a few.
American Dog took the stage around 9 P.M. This was my first experience seeing this band live. I have heard a few of American Dog’s tunes before, but I was not aware that American Dog was a three piece band. I was extremely impressed with how tight the band was, and AD guitarist Steve Theado was pretty amazing. This band plays great heavy party rock that is perfect for listening on a Saturday night, with your choice of cold beverage. I definitely would like to catch American Dog live again. Once was not enough for me.
Check out the video below!
Rhino Bucket hit the stage at about 11 P.M. or so. This was the first time for me to catch George Dolivo and company live. My only regret is not catching Rhino Bucket sooner. Rhino Bucket features George Dolivo on vocals and lead guitar, Brian Forsythe (Kix) on guitar, Reeve Downes on bass, and Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) on drums. I have always thought that Rhino Bucket was one of the better bands out there that had an AC/DC like sound. Saturday night, they proved me right. The band played plenty of their great cuts including, Beat To Death Like A Dog, One Night Stand, She Rides, Ride the Rhino, Ride With Yourself and I Was Told.
George Dolivo was in fine vocal form all night. It amazes me that after all these years, he is still able to scream out these vocals the way he does night after night. I have seen Brian Forsythe a few times in Kix. His guitar playing is an excellent addition to Rhino Bucket. George mentioned that Ronnie James Dio was gracious enough for Rhino Bucket to borrow Simon Wright to play drums. Simon was excellent on the skins last night, and I was glad to catch him with the band.
It was a great night of Rock and Roll in this small Ohio town. Rhino Bucket is on tour in the U.S. through early November. Don’t miss them if they come to your town! Enjoy the videos below!
With Halloween right around the corner, a wave of new horror movies are here to scare the crap out of you and feed your bloodlust. The Saw film series has been terrorizing horror fans for years and this time metal fans can enjoy some of Jigsaw’s favorite tracks. On October 23rd Artist Addiction records will unleash the soundtrack to Saw IV. The soundtrack will feature tracks from Sixx:A.M., Drowning Pool, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, Avenged Sevenfold, Soulidium and other metal up-and-comers. All songs on the soundtrack were chosen because they represented songs that Saw’s demented mastermind, Jigsaw and his evil assistant Amanda would listen to. Saw IV bleeds into theatres October 26th.
Soulidium has released a video for their song Trapped. This is a Saw IV exclusive.
Here is the track Listing for the Saw IV Soundtrack:
* Nitzer Ebb “Payroll (JohnO Mix)”
* Ministry “Life Is Good”
* The Cast Outs “OSATA”
* Skinny Puppy “Spasmolytic [Deftones Remix (Habitual Mix)]”
* Charlie Clouser “Just Begun”
* Sixx: A.M. “Tomorrow”
* Drowning Pool “Shame”
* Avenged Sevenfold “Eternal Rest”
* From Autumn to Ashes “On the Offensive”
* Solidium “Trapped”
* Oxygen “Do You Want to Play a Game”
* Saosin “Collapse”
* The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus “Misery Loves Its Company”
* Every Time I Die “We’rewolf”
* Dope Stars Inc. “Beatcrusher ”
* Emilie Autumn “Dead Is the New Alive”
* The Human Abstract “Crossing the Rubicon”
* The Red Chord “Dead Prevailed”
* Fueled by Fire “Thrash Is Back”
* Collinz Room “Just Another Day”
* The Absence “Dead and Gone”
* Submersed “Better Think Again”
Check out the movie teaser below:
Victory Pill, featuring ex-Pitchshifter and Prodigy guitarist JIM DAVIES and ex-Prodigy drummer KIERON PEPPER, have uploaded the video for the track “Worst Case Scenario” from their forthcoming Corporate Punishment debut below:
“The video was shot by DOSE PRODUCTIONS who did a few Pitchshifter videos. I have worked with them before and they were our first choice,” says Davies. “The video was shot in France in a bunker complex. The concept was just meant to be quite dark and grainy like the song and the guy in the video is basically slowly flipping out after taking a pill of some kind, it’s very claustrophobic. I wanted something quite moody to suit the song, although the end isn’t as uplifting as the end of the song as he blows his head off. Oops!”
“‘Worst Case Scenario’ was one of the first tunes I wrote for this band, it’s the most live sounding too,” continues Davies about the album’s lead single. “We used almost all live drums for this and it’s very bass heavy, not an amazing amount of guitar; in fact it’s quite sparse. Lyrically its very tongue in cheek; it’s about going through life and becoming very cynical about everything where you used to always expect the best outcome. This song is about always expecting the worst, which is almost a way of protecting ourselves from being constantly let down. I think anyone in a band knows what I mean. You have to put your faith in people that very often let you down completely and the music business is a very unfair place. I had quite a dark period musically several years ago when all I did was plan for the worst outcome so I wasn’t surprised when it came. But, I have to say the song isn’t meant to be all doom and gloom; the third verse is meant to be uplifting and to have you stop dwelling on the past and get on with it, it’s all good from now on. I’m not a miserable git, I promise!”
Victory Pill is the brainchild of JIM DAVIES of The Prodigy. His guitars shaped the group’s breakthrough album, Fat Of The Land, which included “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 on Ozzfest. Davies contributed to the groundbreaking album, http://www.pitchshifter.com, as well as co-wrote the subsequent Deviant and PSI records. Davies last gig for Pitchshifter was immortalized in the Bootlegged, Distorted live album.
With that pedigree, it is no surprise then that the result is a mammoth debut album of inventive and infectious sounds, like the explosive songs, “Downfall” and “Another Clone,” as well as the critically acclaimed first single “Worst Case Scenario.”
Victory Pill will release their self-titled debut in North America on October 23rd, 2007 on Corporate Punishment Records. Fans can preview material from their forthcoming debut at
The band is currently offering a 1 of 2 free limited edition t-shirt designs to anyone who pre-orders the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location:
When I Was A Planet is a somewhat entertaining fusion of Punk and Metal.
This sound of Invitro kind of reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies at times. There is a lot of humor in the lyrics which will certainly crack a few smiles with even the toughest hard rock fan.
The heavy sound of this record may not appeal to everyone. Fans of the genre will probably like this, but those looking for a more mainstream hard rock effort, are probably not going to enjoy this record. This album does however have a noteworthy moment.
When I was a Planet is pretty good. The video below is pretty funny! This is the least heavy song on the record, and I like this one quite a bit.
As a whole, I found the album, When I Was A Planet a little too heavy for my taste. If you like your music on the heavier side, check out Invitro. You can find more info on Invitro at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. New Disease
3. When I Was a Planet
9. Comb Over Party
11. Lucid May
13. Lemmy’s Bumps
14. Shark Attack
Swedish rock band, The Babylon Bombs have released their 2nd video, “Hometown Hero“, off of their album, Doin’ You Nasty. (Available now through Impulse Music.) Check it out!
“Gasoline” CD on Perris will be distributed in UK by Plastic Head Music, Italy by Andromeda, USA by Select-O-Hits, Greece by Soundforge Music Group, Spain by Goimusic, Sweden by Border, The Netherlands by Bertus, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium by ZYX Music.
The CD was first released by the band on a limited pressing digipak format and sold out at CDBaby.com & Perrisrecords.com the first week. Perris then signed the band and added two bonus tracks.The bonus tracks were co-written by Paul Lidel (Dirty Looks guitarist 1986-1994) and Henrik Ostergaard. Bonus tracks feature Paul Lidel on guitar and Jason McMaster (Broken Teeth, Dangerous Toys) on bass guitar along with Broken Teeth band mate Bruce Rivers on drums.
The remaining 10 album tracks were performed by Henrik Ostergaard and other musicians such as Ron Sutton, Steve McConnell & Doug Welser on drums, Trevor Huster on bass, Mike Ohm & Trevor Huster on guitar.The new CD finds the band returning to their AC/DC style, sleazy rock roots. Bonus tracks MP3 samples can be previewed at http://www.perrisrecords.com
The track listing is as follows:
01. Doesn’t Count The Juice
02. Second Chance (Didn’t Take It)
03. See You In The Morning
04. Through Your Eyes
05. If The World Stopped Spinning
06. Over Me
07. Stick Around
08. Wake The Sky
09. I Am That I Am
10. Everything Is Gonna Be Alright
11. New White Naked *Bonus Track
12. Trick Of The Moon*Bonus Track
Rob Zombie has been selected as the Artist of the Month on Gametap.com. Today Gametap.com posted a new video interview where Zombie talks about his inspiration to create Zombie Live, his musical history in games, and the inception of the new Halloween remake. New videos will be posted throughout the month featuring Zombie. Rob Zombie will release his first ever Live CD, Zombie Live, on October 23rd.
Check out the “Quick hit” video here: http://www.gametap.com/home/aotm/index.jsp
Zombie Live was recorded in 2006 during the Educated HorsesThe Sinister Urge, and “American Witch” from Educated Horses. On the album Rob is backed up by his supercharged band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and drummer Tommy Clufetos. tour. The album features all of Rob Zombie’s hits from his breakthrough Grammy-nominated White Zombie track “Thunder Kiss ’65,” to “Dragula” from his triple platinum The Sinister Urge, and “American Witch” from Educated Horses. On the album Rob is backed up by his supercharged band featuring guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and drummer Tommy Clufetos.
Alter Bridge have launched the world premiere of their new video for “Rise Today” on Yahoo! Music. The video was shot in Alter Bridge’s hometown of Orlando, FL back in September. Director Dale “Rage” Resteghini captures the explosive nature of Alter Bridge’s live show, filming the video in the band’s rehearsal space while they practiced for their headlining tour. Resteghini’s gritty video and use of lighting effects and vibrant colors conveys the power and emotion of “Rise Today.” Alter Bridge will release their new album Blackbird next Tuesday, October 9th.
Check out the video for “Rise Today” here: http://music.yahoo.com/premieres/?pvc=0
Canadian rock band Evans Blue does not have a name that would necessarily bring Hard Rock or Heavy Metal to mind. The band has crafted a very good modern hard rock release that sounds like a cross between Tool and Atreyu.
Singer Kevin Matisyn has a strong and very good, clean singing voice. His voice drives the tunes on “The Pursuit” which range from heavy rockers like Red Dress, Shine Your Cadillac and The Pursuit to more mainstream sounding tracks like Q, Kiss the Flag, Pin-Up, and Fear. It is a nice variety of songs that make for a very good listen.
The bands’ sound has matured quite a bit since the debut record, The Melody and the Energetic Nature of Volume. I will be anxious to see how the bands’ sound continues to evolve on the next release.
Until then “The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal Of Life Ends” is another release that these Canadian rockers can be proud of.
For more info on Evans Blue, check out their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. In a Red Dress And Alone
2. Shine Your Cadillac
3. Q (The Best One Of Our Lives)
4. Kiss the Flag
5. My Damsel: A Confession To an Adversary
7. Caught a Lite Sneeze
9. Dear Lucid, Our Time Is Right Now
11. The Pursuit
The rumor at several websites suggest Journey has pegged The Zoo singer, Arnel Pineda as their new singer.
Check the video below where The Zoo performs Open Arms.
Drowning Pool announced the world premiere of their new video for “Enemy” today on their Myspace page. The video features animated versions of the band rocking out to the song. To check out the exclusive premiere of the video go to Metalhammer.co.uk. “Enemy” is the second track off Drowning Pool’s new album Full Circle. Check out the video for “Enemy” here: http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/metal_hammer_tv/?section=2706
Recently Drowning Pool traveled to Washington DC, to deliver a petition to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Reform Bill. The petition was meant to encourage congress to fast track the bill to a vote, so that the troops returning home from battle can get the care they desperately need. While in Washington the band met with Presidential candidate Barack Obama to educate him on the bill and to get his support. Check out the video of Drowning Pool in Washington, DC with Obama here: http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dpvideo/pc.htm
The band had a bunch of leftover songs in the Godsmack writing sessions and thus Another Animal was born.
Another Animal also features the perilous pipes of former Ugly Kid Joe singer, Whitfield Crane.
It has been quite a while since I have heard Whitfield Crane sing, and I must admit that after hearing this CD, it made me want to seek out the W.C. discology. Whitfield’s voice is in top form here.
Broken Again is the first single off of this record, and if you have checked it out at the previous article at the Hard Rock Hideout, then you already know it is killer stuff. Chances are if you like the song Broken, Again you are going to love this CD.
Some of my other favorite cuts off this record are Left Behind, Black Coffee Blues and Fade Away. Fade Away is the least heavy song on this record, but Whit Crane’s voice really shines on this tune. This is going to be a massive hit for the band with a little bit of luck.
If you are a Godsmack fan, you are going to enjoy this disc. Fans of Whitfield Crane out to check this disc out as well!
For more information on Another Animal, check out their website here.
Rating: Out of 10
- Find A Way
- Distant Signs
- Broken Again
- Before The Fall
- Left Behind
- The Beast Within
- The Thin Line
- Black Coffee Blues
- Fade Away
The Cult returns in 2007 with a different band lineup. That really shouldn’t surprise anyone. The Cult has more former members than Bang Camaro has singers.
The Cult in 2007 is Ian Astbury vocals, Billy Duffy on lead guitar, John Tempesta on drums, Mike Dimkitch on rhythm guitar, and Chris Wyse on bass guitar.
Personally, I am glad to get some new hard rock tunes by the Cult in 2007. It has been far too long since 2001’s Beyond Good and Evil. There are quite a few stand out tracks on Born Into This including the title track Born Into This, Dirty Little Rockstar, I Assassin, Illuminated and Savages.
Ian Astbury’s vocals are as strong as ever, and Billy Duffy’s playing on this record is excellent.
Check out the Cult at their myspace page here!
Rating: Out of 10
- Born Into This
- Dirty Little Rockstar
- Holy Mountain
- I Assassin
- Tiger In The Sun
- Sound of Destrution
- Gun Culture
Nick Oliveri is no stranger to Ozzfest. He first took the stage in Ozzfest as the bassist for Queens of the Stone Age.
On Dead Planet, Nick handles the lead vocals and bass playing. Nick Oliveri’s razor sharp voice is one that takes a couple of listens to get used to, but I find his sound refreshingly different from so many of the singers that I have listened to as of late.
Mondo Generator has a punk/metal sound that I describe as Motorhead meets Velvet Revolver. The music on Dead Planet is extremely tight. The dual guitars of Ian Taylor and Spud are far better than I could have imagined.
Dead Planet gives you a wide selection of tunes. 17 songs averaging about 3 minutes in length. The cool thing about the short song length on Dead Planet is, if you find a song not to your liking, chances are 3 minutes later you will.
Stand out tracks are All The Way Down, Lie Detector, So High, Take Me Away, and Paper Thin.
I had no expectations when I first listened to this CD, and surprisingly liked this one a lot. If you are a fan of Nick’s former work in Queens of the Stone Age, get Dead Planet, you will love it. If you like the video above, for Lie Detector above, check out Mondo Generator, I think you will like them! You can hear more tracks at the band’s myspace page here.
1. Basket Case
2. I Never Sleep
3. All the Way Down
4. She Only Owns You
5. Lie Detector
6. Mental Hell
7. All Systems Go
8. Like a Bomb
9. So High
11. Take Me Away
12. Life of Sin
13. Paper Thin
14. Sam Hall
15. There She Goes Again
16. Bloody Hammer
17. Sleep the Lie Away
The Rock of Love finale was earlier this evening. Poison front man Bret Michaels made the decision between Heather and Jes.
Who did he Pick?
The winner is Jes. At the last minute, Bret sent Heather packing. Jes seemed to be the popular choice based on people’s comments at the Hard Rock Hideout. I am sure there are quite a few people happy in TV land tonight!
Next week, VH1 will Air the Rock of Love Reunion show!