New York City Crashdiet fans! You won’t want to miss Crashdiet’s Arockalypse tour stop at New York City’s Gramercy Theater on April 13th. Special guests for the show are Crucified Barbara, Wildstreet, Nasty Habit, Snakeskyn Whiskey and PUI. Hard Rock Hideout has a pair of tickets to give away to one lucky fan!
For more information on this concert, please visit this link for Live Nation.
You can check out Crashdiet’s latest video “Cocaine Cowboys” below!
Part glam, part thrash, part progressive, The Savage Playground, Crashdiet’s latest record, is all grand. Highlighting masterpiece guitar solos, sleazy vocals, and good time party lyrics, The Savage Playground is a record that emphasizes fun. And who doesn’t like to have fun?
Opening with a spoken soliloquy reminiscent of Motley Crue’s “…In The Beginning,” The Savage Playground takes hold immediately with glam vocals, sleaze guitars, and a whole lot of hard rocking for the record. After pelting the listener with glam rock for the opener “Change The World,” Crashdiet shifts gear to trash with “Cocaine Cowboys.” This is a turn it up loud and play it real proud party song with a thumping bass beat that goes on for miles.
The guitar work from Martin sweet on this album is exceptional. His solos absolutely shred and add a sophisticated level of depth to the record. Sweet has a great appreciation for scales and solos and applies them at just the right time. His genius stands out on The Savage Playground. The combination of Sweet’s guitar and Simon Cruz’ vocals blend well and bring The Savage Playground to life.
Crashdiet spent a lot of time mixing up their sound for this release. Venturing between glam, sleaze, thrash, progressive, and even a ballad, Crashdiet was not afraid to experiment with different sounds and styles which helped the record stay fresh. It can be disappointing when every song on an album starts to sound the same as the last, but The Savage Playground has none of that. Each track is a new piece that stands out on its own and helps to further cement the versatility of Crashdiet.
If you are looking for a record that rocks hard and is worthy of a few spins this spring while cruising down the highway, or playing air guitar in your basement, give The Savage Playground a try. It’s an album that will get several listens over the course of time. Highly entertaining, heavily rocking, and quite delightful, The Savage Playground is a solid effort from Crashdiet.
Rating: Out of 10
- Change The World
- Cocaine Cowboys
- Lickin’ Dog
- Sin City
- Tonight’s The Night
- Damaged Kid
Simon Cruz – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Martin Sweet – Lead Guitar
Peter London – Bass Guitar
Eric Young – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
CRUCIFIED BARBARA ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
North American run with CrashDiet and Snakeskyn Whiskey to kick off this month
Sweden’s all-female hard rock/metal group, Crucified Barbara, has announced an initial batch of North American tour-dates set to commence later this month. CrashDiet and Snakeskyn Whiskey will accompany the Swedish quartet, who will be touring in support of its third full-length record, The Midnight Chase, which released last summer on Nuclear Blast. Additional dates will be announced soon, so keep an eye on the official Crucified Barbara Facebook page: http://bit.ly/cbtourdates for the latest info.
Formed in Stockholm in 1998 by bassist Ida Evileye and guitarist Klara Force, Crucified Barbara plays a fiery brand of rock ‘n’ roll tinged with metal and lashings of punk, pop, thrash, and more.
The new music video for “Rock Me Like The Devil,” taken from The Midnight Chase, can be streamed on YouTube at: http://youtu.be/tjL5apEyiig.
Additional Crucified Barbara media, including the “Into The Fire” music video and “Everything We Need” lyric video, as well as The Midnight Chase purchase links and more, can be accessed online at: http://bit.ly/cbthemidnightchase.
Stay tuned for more information on Crucified Barbara.
Crucified Barbara w/ CrashDiet and Snakeskyn Whiskey…
3/13 – Austin, TX @ Club Metropolis
3/14 – Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
3/15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hooligan’s Nightclub
3/16 – Albuquerque, NM @ Hooligan’s Nightclub
3/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
3/22 – Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
3/23 – San Diego, CA @ Shakedown Bar
3/25 – San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
3/26 – Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl – Hard Rock Hotel
3/28 – Jerome, ID @ Diamondz Bar & Grill
3/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Liquid Joe’s
3/30 – Arvada, CO @ Jammin Joe’s
4/02 – Kansas City, MO @ Czar
4/03 – Minneapolis, MN @ GB Leightons Picke Park
4/04 – Chicago, IL @ Double Door
4/05 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room @ The Crofoot
4/06 – Toronto, ON – CANADA @ The Mod Club Theatre
4/07 – Ottawa, ON – CANADA @ Mavericks
4/09 – Montreal, QC – CANADA @ Café Campus
4/11 – West Chester, PA @ The Note
4/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Pub
4/13 – New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theatre
4/15 – Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/16 – White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
4/17 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
4/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Crucified Barbara online…
Crucified Barbara is…
Mia Coldheart – Vocals, guitar
Ida Evileye – Bass
Klara Force – Guitar, backing vocals
Nicki Wicked – Drums, backing vocals
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of CRASHDIET’s anticipated new studio album “The Savage Playground” on January 25th in Europe (excl. Scandinavia) and January 22nd in North America.
A leading force in the Swedish “sleaze rock” scene of the 2000s — a revival of the glam metal of the 1980s, but with a more pronounced punk element — CRASHDÏET for the first time manage to release their brand of down and dirty Rock and Roll simultaneously all over the world.
In April of 2010 the band’s third album “Generation Wild” pretty much summed up the extraordinary but yet tragic history of a band, determined to never give up their dream. CRASHDÏET has become known as a band with a huge following of diehard fans, and the massive interest for them never seems to fade.
There has been extensive touring during the course of “Generation Wild” and the absolute highlight saw the band conquer Hollywood and New York City with sold out shows at Whisky A Go Go and Webster Hall. The band also supported their heroes Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. “Supporting Motley Crue in Helsinki and headlining Whisky A Go Go have been the highlights of the Generation Wild tour”, says guitarist Martin Sweet.
With the new studio album “The Savage Playground”, recorded during summer/autumn 2012 in native Sweden, the band has their minds set to break through on a world-wide basis with a tour that will see the band going back to the US as well as going to Japan for the first time. “We will put a lot of effort into the US for our new tour. We will start in Scandinavia in February, Then we head to the US & Canada. Coming back end of April to do UK and then Europe and Japan will follow with Festivals in the summer and then South-America to kick off in the autumn” continues Sweet.
The new album sees CRASHDÏET going in a heavier and more live direction musicwise. “THE SAVAGE PLAYGROUND is our playground, its the beginning and the end, its the place where we eat and breed”, tells Martin Sweet. “We thought the time was right for us to do a edgier and not so polished sounding album, kinda like what we sound like live. It’s more organic and rough sounding. And of course we’re always evolving as musicians and like to try new ways of expressing ourselves, and that can most definitely be heard this album”.
Anticipated by the release of the cracking first single “Cocaine Cowboys” on December 12th, “The Savage Playground” will include the following tracks: Change The World; Cocaine Cowboys; Anarchy; California; Lickin’ Dog; Circus; Sin City; Got A Reason; Drinkin’ Without You; Snakes In Paradise; Damaged Kid; Excited; Garden Of Babylon.
Martin Sweet – guitar
Peter London – bass
Eric Young – drums
Simon Cruz – vocals
“Hollywood Tease” is the new bonus track on the up and coming Generation Wild LP from Crashdiet. You can pre-order the new Generation Wild LP from the Crashdiet website. The first 300 copies sold will be signed by the band! Get yours here!
Check out the ‘Hollywood Tease” video clip below!
Crashdiet made their own bootleg recording of their performance in Milano, Italy. They made nine songs available as a free download on their website, at this link. You have to be a member (free) of their website to download the tunes. Check it out!!
Looking for hard rock that’s also a lot of fun? Well, Sweden’s Crashdiet’s “Generation Wild” is just what you’ve been seeking. A throwback to the old days of heavy metal, “Generation Wild” is a solid, L.A. Strip, 80s influenced, rock and roll disc.
Lead singer Simon Cruz has captured the high screech, high pitched, power vocals that make any sleaze/glam band stand out. Hitting the high notes with relative ease, Simon Cruz sets the tone for “Generation Wild.” The blistering guitar attack by guitarist Martin Sweet rounds out the songs nicely. While Sweet slices and dices, he also shreds it up and his work creates riff bliss that guitar hero fanatics are bound to love.
“Generation Wild” opens with the hard rocking song “Armageddon.” As an opening track “Armageddon” sets the pace for what is to come later on the disc. .With Cruz singing in the higher range, L.A. sleaze is written all over this tune. Think Dio meets early Dokken and you’ll start to get the picture.
“So Alive” comes up next and is a step down from the album’s first cut. “So Alive” is lacking in the guitar riffs that show up on other songs, which weakens this track. Where gut busting solos should be, a weaker, almost synthesizer-like guitar is being played. It’s a shame to hear that on a song that had so much potential.
The title track follows “So Alive” and more than makes up for the oversight of the previous song. “Generation Wild” the song is a heavy rocking return to fun. Complete with a song-along chorus that is bound to have everyone on their feet and chanting, “Generation Wild” is a kick ass song. Sweet’s solo is well played and the shreds he adds in throughout the song add plenty of body and life.
Unfortunately, “Generation Wild” never makes the transition from good/borderline great to exceptional. The reason for this is the mediocre middle tracks that lack the punch and force of songs like “Armageddon” and “Native Nature.” If the whole disc rocked that hard, it would be must have material. The middle songs just aren’t able to support the rest of the disc, and by the time this situation is rectified, the listener has already lost interest.
While some songs are clichéd, (“Rebel,” “So Alive”), and others are just a tad weak, “Generation Wild” is an overall good effort by Crashdiet. However, I would have liked to have heard grittier tunes to match the opening track of “Armageddon” or the later tracks of “Native Nature” and “Chemical.” That being said “Generation Wild” is sure to please fans of the 80’s metal scene. Chock full of glam and sleaze, Crashdiet’s disc has its moments of greatness that are able to overtake the weaker points and supply some glam rock and roll.
Rating: Out of 10
- 442 (intro)
- So Alive
- Generation Wild
- Save Her
- Down With The Dust
- Native Nature
- Bound To Fail
- Beautiful Pain
“Generation Wild” out on APRIL 23rd in Europe (excluding Scandinavia)
CRASHDÏET was born in a new millennium where the rock n roll scene had almost died out. No looks, no tricks, no flash and balls and definitely a lack of big songs. Inspired by bands like SKID ROW, GUNS ´N ROSES, KISS and W.A.S.P, CRASHDÏET brought back the big shows, the rough-edge sleaze anthems and the rawness of an unpredictable and dangerous band.
Discovered by Universal Music in 2004 after making a lot of noise down in the gutter of the Swedish underground, CRASHDÏET became the first Sleaze Rock act to be signed directly to a major record company in over 10 years.
The debut album “Rest in Sleaze” entered the Swedish national album chart at position No. 12. The singles and videos like “Riot In Everyone”, “It’s A Miracle”, and gold selling “Breakin The Chainz” were played frequently on radio and television. CRASHDÏET embarked on a Swedish tour in the fall of 2005 to support the new album and they were on the verge of the big breakthrough when tragedy struck: on January 20th of 2006 singer Dave Lepard was found dead in his apartment after committing suicide. The surviving members were devastated and decided to break up the band shortly after. But on demand of the fans the three ex members decided to start up the band and put out ads for a singer.
In December 2006 the band confirmed the rumours about the newly found singer Olliver. The band started to work on their second album “The Unattractive Revolution” that was released in October 2007. Tours followed throughout Europe the rest of the year and up until the summer of 2008. After that the band parted ways with Olliver. In June of 2009 CRASHDÏET revealed Stockholm-based Simon Cruz as the new frontman of the band. This is said to me the most solid line up ever!
The third album “Generation Wild” has been produced by the hit maker producing team RamPac and mixed by Tobias Lindell (Mustasch, Sister Sin) and marks the start of the cooperation with Frontiers Records, who will handle the release in Europe, excluding Scandinavia.
“We are very happy about the new deal with Frontiers. They are definitely the best label for the glam/sleaze genre in the world”, says bassist Peter London.
“Generation Wild” includes the following tracks:
Martin Sweet – Guitar
Simon Cruz – Vocal
Peter London – Bass
Eric Young – Drums
Euro Tour dates:
15/04 Jailbreak, Rome [ITA]
16/04 Sottotetto, Roxx Zone Glam Party, Bologna [ITA]
17/04 Rock’n’roll Arena – Glammattak, Novara [ITA]
18/04 Palazzetto dello Sport di Albiana (TN) – Trento [ITA]
23/04 Xigas Glam Fest, Thessaloniki [GR]
24/04 Xigas Glam Fest, Athens [GR]
Crashdiet has posted the following bulletin via myspace:
We have decided, in a mutual decision to go separate ways with Olli.
We need a singer who can commit 100%, which unfortunately Olli couldn´t live up to. He as many knows about, has another band in finland and we couldn’t settle for sharing our time. We want to go further than any band has done before and we cant afford to spend time just waiting. We need to function as a full unit, all the time!
It was, as mentioned above, a mutual decision and this aint the result of any kind of argument. We definately will go on as friends, and we wish Olli all the best!
Just to make things clear. CRASHDÏET has no intention of giving up. The three of us are more hungry than ever and you ain´t seen the end of CRASHDÏET yet!
//Eric, Martin and Peter
Check out the latest video by Crash Diet, Falling Rain. This song is on the band’s new CD, The Unattractive Revolution, which is available for purchase here.
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
If you want to hear a band that knows how to do 80’s Style Hard Rock right, you need to give Crash Diet’s, Rest In Sleaze a listen. Crashdiet has a sound that is similar to Shotgun Messiah in their prime, and maybe a little bit of Zan Clan. This disc is full of fist-pumping, kick ass rock and roll.
Crashdiet has 4 hit singles in Sweden from this disc, Riot In Everyone, Knokk ‘Em Down, Breakin the Chainz, and It’s a Miracle. This another example of excellent music being released over seas that never gets any attention in the United States!
Sadly, In January 2006, vocalist Dave Lepard committed suicide after being in a deep depression, so will never know how far this band could have gone with this lineup. Judging from this debut effort, they could have been huge globably.
The tunes here speak for themselves. It is great stuff that no hard rock or sleaze metal fan should be without!
You can still pick this up reasonably from CD Inzane. Buy It! You wont be disappointed.
Knokk ‘Em Down
Riot in Everyone
Queen Obscene (69 Shots) – LIVE
Breakin the Chainz
Needle in Your Eye – LIVE
It’s A Miracle
Back on Trakk
Rating:Out of 10
- Knokk ‘Em Down
- Riot In Everyone
- Queen Obscene (69 Shots)
- Breakin’ The Chainz
- Needle in Your Eye
- Out of Line
- It’s A Miracle
- Straight Out of Hell
- Back On Trakk