NEW YORK (August 7, 2007) – Texas hard rock band Drowning Pool and non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) are launching a national concert tour ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ to support expanded health care for veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. They are campaigning and asking Americans to support legislation currently before Congress that addresses the urgent need to provide better mental health care for veterans. The campaign includes a website www.thisisforthesoldiers.org which hosts a petition urging Congress to support the Lane Evans Mental Health Care Reform bill along with a powerful music video.
Drowning Pool is taking their message on the road in the form of a tour in conjunction with the IAVA. Supporting the troops is nothing new for Drowning Pool who toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Drowning Pool named their upcoming concert tour after the campaign and will donate fifty cents from each ticket sale to IAVA and fifty cents to the USO. IAVA, founded by Iraq veteran Paul Rieckhoff, has been advocating since 2004 on behalf of returning service members. It is the first and largest group representing veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“It has been an amazing experience working with IAVA. After returning from playing for the troops in Baghdad we wanted to find a way to support the men and women serving our country. While working with Paul and everyone at IAVA we have been able to do that and so much more, said Ryan from Drowning Pool.
The band and IAVA are encouraging supporters to send a petition to Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asking him to take action on the Lane Evans Bill, H.R. 1354, currently pending in the House. This bipartisan legislation would require mandatory counseling for combat veterans and ensure a better transition for troops leaving the military. A letter written by the band has already been sent to members of the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and was recently read before the President’s Commission on Care for America’s Returning Wounded Warriors.
“Whether you’re for the war or against it, everyone has an obligation to support the men and women serving our country,” said Paul Rieckhoff, IAVA Executive Director.
Drowning Pool will release their third album, Full Circle on Eleven Seven Music/ADA on August 7th. It’s the third album for the band, and the first release with new lead vocalist Ryan McCombs.
The first single “Soldiers” is a nod to the very same soldiers who would listen to their 2001 song “Bodies” while flying missions over Iraq. It’s a heartfelt tribute that urges the public to support the troops, even if they don’t agree with the war.
‘This Is For The Soldiers’ Tour Dates:
9/3 Corpus Christi, TX @ The Pavillion at Concrete Street
9/5 Harker Heights, TX @ Harker Heights Convention Center
9/7 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
9/8 San Antonio, TX @ Hemisphere Park
9/9 Tyler, TX @ Click’s Billiards
9/11 Pharr, TX @ Graham Central Station
9/13 Odessa, TX @ Dos Amigos Bar & Grill
9/14 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
9/15 Abilene, TX @ Midnite Rodeo
9/18 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
9/20 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
9/21 Manchester, NH @ Marks Place
9/22 Altamont, NY @ Altamont Fairgrounds
9/23 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
9/24 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub
9/27 Dayton, OH @ Polish Picnic Grounds
9/28 Youngstown, OH @ The Wedge
9/29 Louisville, KY @ The Great Lawn / WLRS Band Camp
9/30 Chattanooga, TN @ Midtown
10/2 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligan’s
10/3 Baltimore, MD @ Recher Theatre
10/5 Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
10/6 Memphis, TN @ Mud Island Amphitheatre / 93xfest
10/7 Huntsville, AL @ Sammy T’s
10/9 Little Rock, AK @ Juanita’s
10/11 Evansville, IN @ Woody’s
10/13 Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s
10/14 Farmington, NM @ Gator’s Bar and Grill
10/18 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/19 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/24 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
10/26 Couer D’Alene, ID @ The Great Event Center
11/2 Wichita, KS @ Flashbacks
11/8 New York, NY @ Highline
Asphalt Ballet’s name comes from a motorcycle crashing at high speed and sliding across the pavement. Their music is no accident, even though the band eventually crashed and burned.
The self title debut from 1991 is a damn good one, by this San Diego five piece unit.
This CD blends the west coast sleaze sound with southern rock. It may sound like a strange combination, but it works.
Asphalt Ballet was a regular on the MTV headbanger’s ball back in the early 90’s. Three videos were released in support of this disc:
Unlucky Mr. Lucky
After this release, the band was pushed to alter their sound to grunge, so they could stay current in the music scene. Needless to say, that decision would spell their demise.
I would have loved to have heard another disc, in the vein of this one, with the original band’s lineup in tact. I guess it just wasn’t meant to be.
This CD has several good songs including Hell’s Kitchen, Blood on the Highway, Goodbye Yesterday , and the three songs featured in the videos above.
Singer, Gary Jeffries has been in several bands since Asphalt Ballet, and is currently in a Dayton, Ohio band called Gary Jeffries and the Gator Stew Band. Guitarist Julius Ulrich, and drummer Michael Kiner are in a Hollywood Metal band called 13-A.
This disc has been out of print for a while, and regularly goes for over $20.00 on Ebay right now. This disc will appeal to most sleaze and southern rock fans. I like this one a lot. If you can find it, buy it, you won’t be disappointed.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Hell’s Kitchen
2. Soul Survive
3. Tuesday’s Rain
4. Unlucky Mr. Lucky
5. End of My Rope
6. Heaven Winds Blow
7. Blood on the Highway
8. Goodbye Yesterday
9. Wasted Time
10. Taking a Walk
11. Hangmans Swing
12. Blue Movie
13. Do It All Over Again
Catch Against Me! On Tour
August 9th Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
August 10th Houston, TX – Meridian
August 11th New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
August 13th Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
August 14th Nashville, TN – Rocketown
August 15th Charlotte – NC – Amos’ Southend
August 16th Charleston, SC – Music Farm
August 17th St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing
August 18th Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
August 19th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
August 20th Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds – benefit for Harvest of Hope
August 24th Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
August 26th Reading, UK – Reading Festival
September 4th Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
September 5th Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
September 6th Northampton, MA – Pearl Street
September 7th Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
September 8th Toledo, OH – Headliner’s
September 9th Bloomington, IN – Rhino’s
September 11th Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater
September 12th Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
September 13th Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
September 14th Las Vegas, NV – Jillian’s
September 16th Tuscon, AZ – KFMA Radio Fest
September 18th Reno, NV – Stoney’s
September 19th Petaluma, CA – Phoenix Theater
September 20th Eugene, OR – W.O.W Hall
September 21st Bend, OR – Domino Room
September 22nd Seattle, WA – End Fest
September 23rd Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
September 25th Chico, CA – Senator Theater
September 26th Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
September 27th Anaheim, CA – The Grove of Anaheim
November 3rd Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Park Convention Hall
Records is pleased to announce all details of the release on “Sinister Mind” the new album from the Melodic Hard Rock
Masters JADED HEART !
The new album is the second
that was recorded after singer Michael Bormann’s
departure from the line-up. Swedish ex SCUDIERO shouter Johan Fahlberg proved to be a more than perfect
replacement and his live performances have conquered many new fans during the
recent JADED HEART European tours. The new album is also going to present a new
face, the guitarist Peter Ostros,
who has contributed strongly to the songwriting of
this kick-ass new release.
The sound on the album is
definitely heavier and more in your face, still keeping intact the elements that has created the recognizable and well-known
JADED HEART sound. Production was handled by some of the most requested guys in
the German Hard Rock
scene: Michael Voss
(Mad Max, Voices Of Rock), Chris Lausmann (ex-Bonfire, Voices Of Rock) and Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69) and you can definitely hear a
sound that has the “million dollar bucks” trademark!
JADED HEART are already working on new tour dates to visitas many European countries as possible in the next few months.
“Sinister Mind” final tracklisting includes (click on song titles for mp3 samples):
Release date in Europe is set for October 19th. Don’t miss it !
On Tuesday, August 7th, Drowning Pool hosted a press conference to a full-house at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, CA to announce the release of Full Circle and their fall tour with The Exies. Drowning Pool was joined by over 25 members of the Iraq Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and war veterans who validated the importance of their efforts. The band spoke of their concern for supporting the U.S. troops upon their return from the middle-east. The press conference was a very moving and emotional experience urging the validation of the American people to support the troops upon their return. Check out the highlights of the press conference here (http://www.ivpnewmedia.com/10thst/dp/pc/index.html).
Check out the new video for the song Soliders below:
Atreyu have filmed a video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldmann (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. This next installment of the video series opens Atreyu’s book of guitar-methodology and open highway of creative writing between guitarists Dan Jacobs and Travis Miguel on Lead Sails Paper Anchor.
I have mixed feeling regarding Whipped. There are a few songs that are halfway decent, and others that I can hardly listen to. Your enjoyment of this disc, will likely depend on how big of a fan you are of this band.
The only thing that kept Nonstop to Nowhere from being a major hit is the song length (6:57). The video for this song, is much shorter, than the actual song length.
Body Thief and Jack the Bastard are full of sleaze and rock hard. Both of these songs are among my favorites on this disc.
If it wasn’t for Taime Downe’s vocals on Big Dictionary, I would actually think I was listening to a Dave Matthews song. The music style is very unlike anything I recall Faster Pussycat doing in the past. I have mixed feelings on this song. It almost seems out of place here.
I wish I could tell you that I didn’t like Maid in Wonderland, but the fact is, I do. The guitar riff is catchy, and the song is solid.
Friends kind of sounds like Faster Pussycat trying to pull off a Cinderella type ballad. I will pass on this one. Cinderella does these piano based numbers much better. Taime Downe is certainly no Tom Keifer.
Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique has grown on me somewhat, but the rest of the songs here, Cat Bash (silly), Loose Booty (This sounds like a song the Beastie Boys rejected), Mr.Lovedog (noisy), and Out with a Bang (more noise) fail to excite me.
I don’t know if it Taime Downe’s voice that annoys me so much, or the lack of strong songs on this disc, but I doubt that I will listen to Whipped very much in the future. It has a few decent moments, but this disc is far from being stellar.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Nonstop to Nowhere
2. Body Thief
3. Jack the Bastard
4. Big Dictionary
5. Madam Ruby’s Love Boutique
6. Only Way Out
7. Maid in Wonderland
9. Cat Bash
10. Loose Booty
11. Mr. Lovedog
12. Out With a Bang
For some reason, I feel compelled to keep buying the latest releases by Yngwie Malmsteen. Luckily, I scored this disc for a whopping $3.00, so I figured it was worth the risk, in case I didn’t enjoy it.
Attack features the former voice of Rainbow, Doogie White, former Dream Theater keyboardist Derek Sherinian, and longtime drummer Patrick Johansson.
As much as I try to get into Attack!!, I have trouble doing so. There is no question, that Yngwie Malmsteen is an extremely talented guitar player, but as a song writer, I think he may be a little lacking. Attack!! features plenty of neo-classical guitar noodling, and light speed double bass drumming, but the songs lack heart, or anything that make you want to listen to them a second time. Most of these songs are just a high speed jam sessions with lyrics thrown in for good measure.
If you heard one Malmsteen song on Attack!!, you have heard them all. If you have to listen to this disc, check out the track Stronghold. This song has some Dio era Black Sabbath like elements to it, and is this CD’s sole redeeming track.
This isn’t a disc that I will not be recommending to anyone, except the die hard fans of Yngwie. Now, I know why I was able to pick this up for $3.00.
1. Razor Eater
2. Rise Up
3. Valley of Kings
4. Ship of Fools
6. Baroque & Roll (Instrumental)
7. Stronghold 4:17
8. Mad Dog 3:24
9. In the Name of God
10. Freedom Isn’t Free
11. Majestic Blue (Instrumental)
13. Iron Clad
14. Air (Instrumental)
15. Battlefield (Previously Unreleased)
16. Dreaming (Live)
Today’s post comes from Tania from the Hard Rock Hideout Forum! Have you checked out the HRH forum lately?
Mike Ireland – vocals
Greg Laikin – bass
Dave Troutman – drums
Brian Bresett – guitars
Pinto – guitars
1. Watch You Bleed
4. Line It Up
5. Salt of the Earth
8. All The Freaks
9. Live Fast
10. Teenage Parasite
11. No Fun City
Producer: Jeff Dawson
Hailing from Canada, Crystal Pistols self titled full length debut starts off promising. The first three tracks are nice little rockers. Singer Mike Ireland has a great sleazy, grimy sounding voice and the first two songs in particular, Watch You Bleed and Rockstar, show off his dirty gritty snarl perfectly.
I’m not really sure what Crystal Pistol are trying to do with the Crystal Pistol band shot rest of the tracks on this CD. Some of it has a punk element to it, some have a rock element, some goth sounding. I guess its “punk rock”, but to me it sounds as if they are trying to put too many different types of musical sounds into each song.
The songs are fast and short, in fact this CD only clocks in at just over 35 minutes. After the third song, the rest of the songs are decent. I’m not saying they are bad, some are catchy but there is nothing really standout after Locomotive. Salt of the Earth is a nice change of pace but it all gets fairly boring and predicable fairly quickly. All in all a mixed bag. Good enough but not great. Check them out at their myspace to get a taste of some Crystal Pistol.
Today’s post is by Allyson B. Crawford, from Bring Back Glam. Check out Allyson’s amazing glam coverage at Bring Back Glam today!
You know the ones.
Those obsessive fans who will go to any lengths to “appropriately follow” their favorite band.
I consider Aerosmith my favorite band, but now I’ve really got a handle on my addiction. I rarely write about them over at Bring Back Glam! and I don’t spend hordes of money on the Bad Boys of Boston like years past.
I’m 27 and I’m learning to set boundaries. Right now, I’ve got a creative obsession with music writing. I want to transition from a current news-based journalism career to one in which I get paid to listen to music all day. In a lot of ways, I can thank Aerosmith for my music drive.
I didn’t know much about Aerosmith until I was probably 13. Then, Get a Grip was released on April 20, 1993 and suddenly, I was a die-hard rock fan. Back in the early 90s, MTV still played videos, and Aerosmith had the name and the cash to crank out awesome clips. From Get a Grip alone there was “Cryin,’” “Crazy,” “Amazing” and of course, “Livin’ on the Edge.” As Aerosmith’s first album in their third decade of rock started to hit big, MTV started playing more of the band’s older clips. Soon, I found myself scraping together money to buy every Aerosmith release. After I owned just about everything on CD (sometimes I had to settle for cassette when I just didn’t have enough cash), I switched to collecting vinyl. Then T-shirts and other memorabilia. Then magazines with any member of Aerosmith on the cover. It didn’t matter: if my band was out there, endorsing something or on a special television appearance, I had to have it or watch it. No exceptions.
When I was older, I finally got a chance to see Aerosmith live in concert. In fact, I’ve seen Aerosmith in concert more times than any other band, and when they roll through town again, I’ll buy more tickets.
In my senior year of high school, my English teacher assigned the class a project. We had to tell the future of another classmate. One of my friends – who knew my Aerosmith obsession quite well – wrote that I would return to my high school reunion as the president of a record label. While I don’t even work for a label, she was close in guessing that I wanted to turn my passion for music into a money-making venture.
I’m not terrified of success; in fact, I think I’m getting a little closer to my goal every day. Still, I’m terrified at the prospect of meeting – let alone interview – any member of Aerosmith. Would sitting just inches from the one and only Joe Perry turn me into the shell of the woman I’ve become? Would Steven Tyler intimidate so much that I wouldn’t even be able to ask coherent questions?
I like to think that someday I’ll get there: backstage at an Aerosmith show, press pass proudly dangling from my neck. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull off a quality interview and review…and still tell Boston’s most famous rockers how much they’ve changed my life.
Photo credit: Yahoo! Kids
Today’s post is by Metal Mark from Heavy Metal Time Machine. Be sure to stop by and check out Metal Mark’s site.
Lita Ford-Out for blood/Dancin’ on the edge
The kind people at BGO (Beat goes on) records recently re-mastered Lita Ford’s first two releases and stuck them on one disc. I used to have both titles on cassette back in the 1980’s, but have not heard either since the early 90’s. Ultimately it seems that her debut is not quite as good as I remembered it while the sophomore effort is perhaps even better than I recalled it being. Out for blood sounds a little like Ford’s previous band the Runaways at times. So it was even slightly dated for 1983 and it’s more rock with hard rock undertones. It’s decent, but a little clunk y at times as the band seems to be reaching to establish a style and the slightly fuzzy production also makes it sound a little amateurish. Still it’s lively and energetic for the most part.
Dancin’ on the edge (originally released in 1984) is the real prize here though. It’s obvious that someone with some say wanted Lita to go in a more hard rock direction and she does with some proficiency. The production values are much stronger than the debut with a more professional sound. Also Lita’s vocals are way more focused and powerful here. I think she also manages to somewhat establish her own guitar style as well. Unfortunately she didn’t really follow up on this guitar style on her later albums. As far as the level of heaviness I would say the overall sound might be comparable to what Ratt or KISS were doing at the same time. The one thing that maybe really makes this album is that the band manages to keep the songs interesting by having new riffs interjected down the stretch. This is done on several songs and it keeps the music from being too repetitious which is a trap that too many hard rock artists fell into. This version is re-mastered and overall sounds fine. There are no bonus tracks, but there is a thick booklet with some history about what Lita Ford did between the end of the Runaways and when she finally did these these two albums. It runs about $21-23 so that’s not bad for two complete albums.
Here’s a track listing with Out for blood being tracks 1-10 and Dancin’ on the edge is 11-19.
1. Out for Blood
2. Stay with Me Baby
3. Just a Feeling
4. Ready, Willing and Able
5. Die for Me Only (Black Widow)
6. Rock ‘N Roll Made Me What I Am Today
7. If You Can’t Live with It
8. On the Run
9. Any Way That You Want Me
10. I Can’t Stand It
11. Gotta Let Go
12. Dancin’ on the Edge
13. Dressed to Kill
14. Hit ‘N Run
15. Lady Killer
16. Still Waitin’
17. Fire in My Heart
18. Don’t Let Me Down Tonight
19. Run with the $
I found the following video on Youtube that is a tribute to 80’s metal.
This video really shows you how fun the 80’s era of hard rock was, and still is!
This CD is definitely more hard rock than metal, but it is definitely a classic! I can’t even imagine what people thought about this back in ’75, but to hear Stephen Tyler’s voice with the funky blues rock of Toys in the Attic had to be something special. It still is today!
I had the pleasure of seeing the band play Uncle Salty live last year, and gained a whole new appreciation for the song. Between Joe Perry’s bluesy guitar licks, and Stephen Tyler’s killer vocals, it just does not get better than this.
The songs Walk This Way, and Sweet Emotion need no introduction. These are some of the biggest hits that Aerosmith has ever written, and still get plenty of airplay in 2007. I found a video that I recall getting some airplay during MTV’s Headbanger’s ball for Sweet Emotion, check it out below!
I enjoy Joe Perry’s guitar playing on Adam’s Apple quite a bit, even though it isn’t my favorite song on the record.
I can’t help but love Aerosmith’s witty, Big Ten Inch Record. I love the boogie woogie bluesy piano of this tune. What a fun song!
No More No More is one of those songs that needs to grow on you a little bit. Once it does, it is an ultimately satisfying tune.
Round and Round almost has a Black Sabbath like feel to it. It has elements of stoner rock, that seems kind of odd when comparing it to the rest of the songs on Toys in the Attic.
You See Me Crying closes this disc out with a piano based number, that has an orchestral arrangement, that I could have lived without. This song sounds a little dated to me, but this was the style that quite a few bands were trying out back in the 70’s.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Toys In The Attic
2. Uncle Salty
3. Adam’s Apple
4. Walk This Way
5. Big Ten Inch Record
6. Sweet Emotion
7. No More No More
8. Round And Round
9. You See Me Crying
Earlier this week, I found more on Lacey online.
No, it isn’t another porn star this time. Lacey Conner, one of the 10 finalists on Rock of Love, is a singer of the Industrial band Nocturne. Check out their myspace page here.
Lacy also has a video on You Tube that was released in 2006, for her song, This Thing Called Love. Another video is online with her perfoming the song (don’t laugh) “Whore”, with her band Nocturne.
Check the videos out below!
There were a couple of videos on MTV for the songs Shot Gun Sally and Her Monkey, but this release got lost in a sea other big hair rock that was released at the time. Kicked & Klawed is a very solid release that is often over looked.
Lead Singer, Joel Ellis reminds me a lot of a young Vince Neil. Takashi “Jam” O’Hashi proves to be a very solid guitarist. Not surprisingly, the music isn’t too much of a stretch past Motley Crue’s music, but it is a very good listen. My favorite tracks include Shot Gun Sally, Nine Lives, Her Monkey, and Evil Angel.
Shot Gun Sally
Singer Joel Ellis, still maintains catsinboots.com, but is not recording any new music today. Drummer Randy Meers last turned up in band called Trampled Underfoot.
Guitarist Takashi “Jam” O’Hashi has been releasing solo CD’s in Japan.
Kicked and Klawed has been out of print for several years now, and has been pulling down twenty to thirty dollars on Ebay each time it shows. It is a solid sleaze metal disc that is still worth seeking out.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Shot Gun Sally
2. Nine Lives (Save Me)
3. Her Monkey
4. Whip It Out
5. Long, Long Way From Home
6. Coast To Coast
7. Every Sunrise
8. Evil Angel
9. Bad Boys Are Back
10. Judas Kiss
11. Heaven On A Heartbeat
Cats in Boots are:
Joel Ellis – lead vocals and harmonica
Takashi “Jam” O’Hashi – guitar and background vocals
Yasuhiro “Butch” Hatae – bass and background vocals
Randy Meers – drums and background vocals
HIM has launched the video for their new single, “Kiss of Dawn.” HIM will release their brand new album, Venus Doom, on September 18th via Sire Records. You can preview the video in its entirety on the below:
You can buy the ‘Kiss Of Dawn’ single now at all digital stores including iTunes. Also pre-order your copy of Venus Doom now at, http://heartagram.com/venusdoom/.
This disc was produced, recorded and mixed by Michael Wagener (Ozzy, Dokken, Metallica, Motley Crue) which explains the near perfect sound on this disc.
Alice Cooper has a very good band backing him up on this release: Kane Roberts on guitar, Kip Winger on bass, Ken Mary on drums, and Paul Horowitz on keyboards.
This is definitely 80’s style metal, but it is lacking a lot (but not all) of the cheese found on his late 80’s releases, Trash and Hey Stoopid.
Kane Roberts guitar work on this disc is very good. There is plenty of solos to sink your teeth into. Kip Winger surprises me how good he is on bass here. I can hear some of the bass sounds that are commonplace on the future Winger discs here.
Most of lyrics are fairly simple on this record, but that is ok, as the songs are definitely rocking!
The opening track Freedom just explodes on this disc. This is very cool stuff!
Lock Me Up keeps the energy going with an upbeat rocker, with a sing along chorus. This is a fun song.
Give the Radio Back is a song that is kind of silly, yet terribly infectious. I bet you will find yourself singing “give the radio back to the maniac” in no time.
One of the songs that has got a lot of repeated plays from me is Step on You. Kane Roberts has some very tasty guitar licks on this song.
Not That Kind of Love has this killer bass groove that will get you headbanging in no time. Great Stuff!
Another song that seems to jump out at me every time is Prince of Darkness. This is another song that is very catchy.
Time to Kill is another solid track with excellent guitar work by Kane Roberts.
I can deal with a goofy tune now and then, but Chop, Chop, Chop might be a little bit too silly, even for me.
Gail is a horror like, keyboard driven tune, that doesn’t really add anything to Raise Your Fist and Yell, except to cement Alice Cooper’s love of the horror element into the music.
Roses on White Lace isn’t the best album closer, but it is listenable. The chorus is kind of catchy, and the music is good.
As a whole, I have enjoyed Raise Your Fist and Yell. It is a good CD, and one that is still worth picking up in 2007.
This disc is still in print, and can be purchased at Amazon.com for less than $10.00. At that price, this disc is a steal. If you don’t own this one, check it out. I think you will like it. I am surprised that I didn’t buy this one up sooner. This is must own for 80’s hard rock and hair metal fans.
Special thanks to Metal Mark who suggested this disc to me.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Lock Me Up
3. Give the Radio Back
4. Step on You
5. Not That Kind of Love
6. Prince of Darkness
7. Time to Kill
8. Chop, Chop, Chop
10. Roses on White Lace
Frontiers Records is truly excited to introduce the world the talents of LAND OF TALES. The band is formed around Kristian and Palle, two musicians who have been playing together for fifteen years in a Finnish band called NAISKALA. During the past few years the guys have felt more and more the need to write and compose in English language and towards and more Adult-Oriented Rock musical style.
Kristian started writing songs in November 2006, meanwhile Petri Lahtinen and Mika Mäkiranta wrote the lyrics for the tales. The result was a demo that was submitted to the attention of Frontiers Records in the past weeks. The brilliant songwriting, catchy melodies and big choruses immediately hit the attention of Frontiers Records A&R team, who decided to offer the band a recording deal.
In the meanwhile, long time musicians and friends Sami Rajala (on bass) and Sami Ojala (on drums) joined the band and right now the guys are busy in the studio completing the songwriting for their debut album which is foreseen to be released in early 2008.
The Land of Tales sound can be described as an equal union of keyboards and guitar, well crafted and with truly original and strong melodic elements! Check out some of the band’s demo tracks that gained them the recording deal at www.myspace.com/landoftales
Their material did already receive some glowing press responses with Strutter Webzine saying: “LAND OF TALES is definitely a sensational new Finnish AOR band as good as last year’s BROTHER FIRETRIBE or URBAN TALE”. AORdreamzones wrote “I will only write a few words about these new Finnish stars on the melodic rock sky. I found them through the fantastic MySpace site and I even liked them so much so I had to add them and one of their songs as the song of the week”
”We are so excited to work with the label, which is absolutely the best for this kind of music!” say Kristian and Palle. So let’s share their enthusiasm and get ready for a brand new talent to be unleashed on the Melodic Rock World !!
Swedish Melodic Rock quartet ECLIPSE is back to the studio writing and recording the songs that will make up their third studio album. After the great acclaim gathered by their debut album on Frontiers entitled “Second To None”, the guys took some time off to write songs that could really be something “BIG” and that could really launch the band to the levels they deserve.
The resulting was a few demo tracks which were delivered to Frontiers a couple of months back. We are pleased to say the guys totally nailed it! When exposed to samples of the new material Andrew J. McNeice of Melodicrock.com had to say “I love it when that music impresses beyond expectation and I get to talk about that. Today I refer to Swedish AOR outfit Eclipse, who have already gained a loyal following with 2 passionate, powerful melodic rock records. The guys are hard at work on album number three for Frontiers Records which signals what isn’t really a slight change in direction, but rather an updating of their sound. It suits them. The rough mixes I have heard of three songs features a more modern and contemporary sound, but still very classy and very melodic outlook. Of the tracks I have heard – Unbreakable has a punchier guitar riff and a darker contemporary style, but a glorious harmony filled chorus. Two Souls has a faster tempo and a commercial rock feel and reminds me of an updated Talisman style. To Mend A Broken Heart is a great, catchy modern rocker with an uplifting commercial chorus. It may be a new sound, but the best aspects of their sound remains and I’m really keen to hear more from these Swedish lads”.
As a special present, enjoy a small sample of Unbreakable (demo version!) and get ready for the full attack in early 2008. These guys are getting ready to kill !!!
The STARBREAKER guitar player has been quite busy in the past few months. After completing the songwriting and production for the second ALLEN / LANDE instalment “The Revenge”, Magnus has completed a brand new record with ex YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and RING OF FIRE singer MARK BOALS on all lead vocals. This new album, entitled THE CODEX is going to be a slightly heavier affair compared to the most recent efforts from Magnus and will showcase Boals’ return on the scene after a 3 years hiatus. Release for this incredible record is tentatively scheduled for December 07. Stay tuned for more details.
Not content with this, Karlsson is already in very advanced stages for the songwriting of the sixth BOB CATLEY solo album. For this record Magnus dug deep in his Celtic and Epic Hard Rock influences and gave the material anyway an heavier edge, similar in places to Catley’s “When Empires Burn” with obvious hints to MAGNUM sound. Production for the album will be handled by none other than Dennis Ward.
Finally singer ex TNT singer Tony Harnell has planned a songwriting trip to Sweden in august to write together with Magnus the new STARBREAKER album. More details on this will be unleashed when available !
PLACES OF POWER
Bruce Turgon (ex FOREIGNER) and Philip Bardowell (ex UNRULY CHILD) are very close to finish laying the rough tracks for their upcoming debut album. Some of the songs that will be included on the record are Hard To Love You, Places of Power, I Live For You, One Day, The Passage, Light Of My World, Secrets, Desires of Our Hearts, Always and Make Me Believe.
The songwriting is truly impressive and can only be described as “Foreigner with balls”, with epic elements at times resounding of classic House of Lords sound. The recording are planned to be finished after the summer with mix to be handled by Dennis Ward (Allen / Lande, PC 69 etc). Places of Power is going to be one of the major priorities in Melodic Rock for new year so stay tuned for updates !
HOUSE OF LORDS
James Christian and his cohorts in Florida are deep in the songwriting mood for the new album that has a working title of “Come To My Kingdom”. The stuff written so far encompasses everything that HOUSE OF LORDS is known for: soaring melodies, epic numbers and riveting guitars. You can expect the right follow up to “World Upside Down” one of the most successful releases on Frontiers in 2006!
The third chapter of the KHYMERA project is about to be completed. The line-up this time is identical to the second album with Daniele Liverani on keyboards, Tommy Ermolli on guitars, Dario Ciccioni on drums and Dennis Ward of PC69 handling all lead vocals. The bulk of the songwriting was supplied this time by Jim and Tom Martin, who offered seven tracks on the previous album and wrote the classic “Ghost Of Time” on the HOUSE OF LORDS masterpiece album “World Upside Down”. You can expect this time a tighter production and a stronger amalgam for a winning team that will please every Melodic Rock freak ! Release to happen in early 2008.
Former STRANGEWAYS singer Terry Brock is currently busy in the recording and production for his new solo album in Los Angeles under the direction of none other than Mike Slamer (STEELHOUSE LANE, SEVENTH KEY, SLAMER). Terry is back in a true Melodic Rock mood and his songwriting is expected to go back directly to his STRANGEWAYS days with some hints at KANSAS’ “Drastic Measures”. The mix will start after the summer and delivery of the album is expected to happen at the end of 2007.
Brothers Robbie and Brian LaBlanc have pretty much completed the songwriting of the second BLANC FACES album for Frontiers Records. Some of the song titles include Goodbye Summer, I Come Alive, Don’t Take It Away, Like a Believer, Fly, Light In My World, Deep In The Heart, I Swear To You, Everything, It’s All About Love, Falling From The Moon.
Whoever loved the band’s self titled debut is expected to be absolutely delighted with what is to come. You can expect great songs in Survivor meets Journey style.
Atreyu have filmed a 5-part video series documenting the recording process of their new album, Lead Sails Paper Anchor, due out August 28th. Atreyu teamed with producer John Feldman (The Used, Good Charlotte) on the follow-up to A Death-Grip On Yesterday. The second installment of the video focuses around drummer/co-vocalist Brandon Sallers and his methods for recording his drum tracks on the new record.
Check out the video below:
Nikki Sixx’s new band, Sixx: A.M., have released the second track, “Pray for Me,” from The Heroin Diaries album at www.myspace.com/theheroindiaries in support of the upcoming release of the soundtrack on August 21st with the book to follow for release on September 21st.
Also Nikki just released the first clip in a new video podcast series for The Heroin Diaries. Check out Nikki speaking on what it was like to transform his diary entries into music:
Brandi C. from VH1’s “Rock of Love” has been busy since the show wrapped — shooting a porn flick! Brandi, or as she’s named on babygotboobs.com, “Brittany,” went straight from filming Brett Michaels’ show — to shooting a threesome. That’s a busy girl!
According to her MySpace page, the busty blonde recently walked the red carpet for the first time. She was as relaxed in front of the cameras with her clothes on … as she is with them off!
Bret Michaels was pissed when he heard he missed out on a threesome with one of his reality show contestants — but Brandi tells TMZ she doesn’t do them all the time. Riiiiiight.
TMZ spotted the babygotboobs.com star, aka “Brittany,” with “Rock of Love” co-star Heather on Robertson Blvd., shopping for some paparazzi attention. Without being asked, Brandi admitted she was the video vixen, saying, “It was just a one time deal … I just wanted to try it out, see what it’s all about … it was an exciting, fun time, but it’s done.”
Nothin’ but a good time here!
Courtesy of TMZ.com
I must admit that Hell to Pay gives me a small glimmer of hope for Dokken’s up and coming 2007 release, Lightning Strikes Again.
The sound on Hell to Pay is far more subdued that the band’s previous efforts with Lynch and Pilson. There are a few rockers on this disc, but you have to sift through the sludge to find them.
Don’t Bring Me Down is a high tempo rocker with plenty of excellent guitar work by Jon Levin. Don Dokken is in fine vocal form here.
Escape is a low to mid-tempo number that has grown on me after repeated listens. It is an above average track
Better Off Before retains the sound of classic Dokken. There is plenty of guitar noodling and crunching bass in this song. Good Stuff!
Still I’m Sad is a cool song with haunting guitars. It is a mid-tempo number that rocks hard.
Hell to Play still has plenty of misses, and mixing seems a little strange to me. Most people by a Dokken record because they want to hear something that rocks. Hell to Pay starts off with a semi mellow song, The Last Goodbye. It has a few rocking moments, but seems like a odd choice to open the disc with. There are several other songs in this vein, Haunted, Care For You, I Surrender, Letter To Home, Can You See. None of these songs are particularly bad, but they don’t rock as hard as they should.
Does this release compare to the George Lynch and Jeff Pilson releases? No, not even close. This isn’t the kind of release that will get your adrenaline pumping. John Levin’s playing is very good, but Hell to Pay suffers from too many low to mid tempo songs, and not enough songs that rock hard.
I think with the right material, the 4 piece unit of Don Dokken, Mick Brown, Barry Sparks and Jon Levin could probably rock pretty hard. Hopefully, their sophomore effort with this lineup is heavier that this one.
Hell to Pay, is an above average release that will appeal to some. Some Dokken fans may want to use this as a frisbee.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Last Goodbye
2. Don’t Bring Me Down
5. Prozac Nation
6. Care For You
7. Better Off Before
8. Still I’m Sad
9. I Surrender
10. Letter To Home
11. Can You See
12. Care For You (Unplugged)
Another cool band from the land down under, is the band Electric Mary. A cool band that reminds me of Buckcherry somewhat. Judging from the clips I listened to on the band’s myspace page, they won’t be unsigned for long.
Check out the video below:
Former Scorpions Drummer has released a new video for his solo CD, I’m Back.
Check it Out!
The Scorpions have released an Electronic Press Kit for their new CD Humanity Hour 1. You can watch the video at this link.
If you haven’t picked this disc up, you are missing out one of the better releases of 2007.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review here.
The new video clip for the song Humanity is posted below:
This Michael Wagener produced disc features Ron Keel on vocals, Marc Ferrari and Brian Jay on guitar, Kenny Chaisson on bass, and Dwain Miller on drums.
This is a another disc that I have owned on multiple formats. I wore my cassette tape of this out years ago, and was quick to pick it up on CD once that happened.
This disc has a bunch of excellent hard rock tunes and a solid power ballad, Calm Before the Storm. My favorite songs are Somebody’s Waiting, Cherry Lane, King of the Rock and I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl.
If I had to compare Keel to other bands from the same time period, I would say that they are closest to Dokken. Ron Keel belts the vocals out with his melodic screams, and Marc Ferrari has many impressive guitar solos throughout this release.
It should be a crime, that a CD this good is out of print. The only way you are going to find this one now is through EBay, Gemm, or some expensive used copies through Amazon.com.
You can preview a couple of the songs below. Don’t miss out on this disc, if you don’t own it.
Rating: Out of 10
1. United Nations
2. Somebody’s Waiting
3. Cherry Lane
4. Calm Before the Storm
5. King of the Rock
6. It’s a Jungle Out There
7.I Said the Wrong Thing to the Right Girl
8. Don’t Say You Love Me
9. If Love Is a Crime (I Wanna Be Convicted)
10. 4th of July
Quiet riot Drummer Frankie Banali To Release Tribute to Led Zeppelin
September 18, Frankie Banali and his musical friends pay tribute to the legendary Led Zeppelin on 24/7/365. This release finds Banali along with bassist Tony Franklin working with a rotating cast of vocalists and guitarists.
According to Frankie Banali, “the album is dedicated with love and respect to the memory of John Henry Bonham – May 31, 1948 / September 25, 1980, and it has truly been a labor of love.”
Sample MP3 audio tracks and partial CD art can be found at the following location: http://www.frankie-banali.com/LZ-Tribute.html
* THE WANTON SONG
* FOUR STICKS
* OUT ON THE TILES
* RAMBLE ON
* THE OCEAN
* THE IMMIGRANT SONG
* ROYAL ORLEANS
* GALLOWS POLE
* CUSTARD PIE
* WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
* (THEY WERE) THE EYE OF GOD
The Rhythm Section:
Frankie Banali/Drums and Percussion
Tony Franklin/Bass (The Firm/Blue Murder)
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Sabbath)
Bobby Kimball (Toto)
Don Dokken (Dokken)
Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen/Journey)
Alex Ligertwood (Santana)
Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot)
Robin McCauley (Michael Schenker/MSG)
Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen)
Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot)
Chas West (Bonham/Lynch mob)
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
Gilby Clarke (Guns N Roses)
Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
Reb Beach (Winger)
Bill Leverty (Firehouse)
Steve Fister (Lita Ford)
Neil Citron (Hero)
Michael Lardie/Keyboards (Night Ranger/Great White)
Neil Citron/Additional Keyboards
Courtesy of KNAC