When I first heard the name Stardog Champion, I immediately thought of the Mother Love Bone song from the 90’s (what a great song!) I can assure you that Stardog Champion has nothing to do with Mother Love Bone, but they are a cool new band worth checking out.
Stardog Champion is the new band with singer Nick Coyle (from Lifer), and guitarist Aaron Fink, bassist Mark James (both originally from Breaking Benjamin). Their new EP Exhale offers up five rockin’ tracks that will likely get a lot of radio play. The first single “When We Fall” was my first introduction to the band, and I took to that song immediately. “When We Fall” is a little heavier that the rest of the songs on Exhale, but if the five songs on this EP are any indication as to the direction of Stardog Champion, this band will have a long and prosperous career.
Stardog Champion’s music leans more towards the alt rock side of the fence, but there are some definite harder rocking moments. If you like bands like Papa Roach, & Shinedown, I think you will enjoy Stardog Champion too. Check them out!
Rating: Out of 10
2. Nothing To Lose
3. When We Fall
4. House of Cards
5. The Switch
Stardog Champion is:
Nick Coyle – Vocals
Aaron Fink – Guitar
Mark James – Bass
Josh Karis – Drums
Another copy of Airbourne’s 8 song EP, Ready To Rock showed up on Ebay. I was hopeful to grab this copy as the bidding started out slow. Much to my disappointment, it didnt’s stay that way.
The latest copy of Ready to Rock sold for $330.00. Plus 3.75 shipping. That is $42.09 per song.
The United Kingdom has never been short on hard rock talent. The new wave of hard rock bands coming out of Europe, and in the case of Wired Desire, from Scotland, gives me high hopes for the future of rock. One band that is making a lot of noise as of late is the five piece group, Wired Desire. This amazing quintet has the hard edge of AC/DC, the swagger of Guns ‘N Roses, and a great sound that should help pave their path to success.
The band has youth on their side (the average age of WIred Desire’s five members are 21) and are showing a ton of promise with their new EP, Barely Illegal.
This EP has four killer cuts of high energy rock and roll. Music this good can only translate well live. My only complaint after hearing this record, is that I want to hear more. Four songs is not enough, when the tunes are this good.
Daly has a great rock voice. He has that rough edge style that I love to hear. The guitar tandem of Jam and Eddy are already making names for themselves in their young career.
The record labels (what is left of them) ought to be lining up to sign these guys, and get it done quickly.
You can preview all of the band’s tunes at their website, as well as purchase a copy of Barely Illegal. Once you hear these tunes, you will certainly want to own a copy. Don’t miss this!
- No One Sleeps
- The Hard Stuff
- Damn Hard
Wired Desire is:
Daly – Vocals
Jam – Lead Guitar
Eddy – Rhythm Guitar
Darry – Bass
Jeeves – Drums
I have been seeking out a copy of Airbourne’s EP, Ready to Rock for a while now.
Recently, a copy of this highly coveted EP turned up on EBay. This has become a bidding war, that is way to rich for me to take part in.
As of March 31st, bidders have the price of the 8 song EP up to $295.85. That is roughly $37.00 per song. Quite an expense that this hard rock fan can’t even think about!
Anyone have an extra $300.00 they don’t need?!
The auction can be found here!
If the three tracks on the Human Animal EP is any indication of the kind of tunes that Odin has in store for us in 2008, sign me up now.
Jeff Duncan’s guitar work on this record is very similar to his heavy licks on the Armored Saint records on which he appeared.
Randy “O” has a one of a kind, earth-shattering scream that is extremely cool.
As a whole, Odin has a heavy sound that falls somewhere between Dokken and DIO. It is a great metal sound that I can really get into. My only problem with this EP, like so many of them is, it is too short. The three songs on this disc, only left me wanting to hear more.
Once this CD starts to circulate, fans will be demanding more Odin, without a doubt.
You can get your own copy of this EP through Odin’s website.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Human Animal
3. Let The Show Begin
Randy “O” -Vocals
Shawn Duncan – Drums
Jeff Duncan – Guitar
Aaron Samson – Bass
There is a new wave of classic rock bands that are making some big noise in the music scene. Bands like The Answer, and Wolfmother have experienced new levels of success. More and more new bands are strutting their stuff with a sound that has more in common with 70’s hard rock, than the latest sounds of today.
Whitefire from the U.K. is the latest band with that great classic rock sound. Judging from the sound of three song E.P., Whitefire is a band that will be going places in the near future.
On the three songs on this EP, I can hear the influence of bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy. It is that riff heavy sound that takes me back to hard rock’s roots. It excites me to hear a new era of bands influenced by this awesome era of rock.
Whitefire shows that they can deliver the goods with this EP. Jon Sibley is a solid vocalist, and the dual guitar sound of Chris Mills and Stephen Mee is one that I can really get into. My only problem after listening to the three songs here, is I am left wanting more. I can’t wait to hear a full length album by these U.K. Rockers.
- Wishing Well
- Yesterday’s Sorrow
Jon Sibley – Vocals
Chris Mills – Guitar
Stephen Mee – Guitar
Robert Cocks – Bass
John Maughan – Drums
The three songs here are all very solid hard driving rockers. I enjoyed each song on this disc.
Pedal to the Metal opens up this disc with a catchy rocker, that got its hooks into me immediately. This is 80’s style metal that I found instantly accessible.
The song title, Super-Sassy Glossy Lips seems kind of silly, which is why this song took me by surprise. Once again, this is another tune that has a very 80’s pop metal feel to it. This is very cool stuff.
Cocaine Girl has a sleazier edge to it, and the lyrics on this one are catchy, and a little funny.
Badmouth seems to have a ton of potential! I love the kind of rock this band dishes out, and this EP has only whet my appetite for a full length disc. The band is going to embark on a European and U.S. tour in 2008. I hope to catch them live, if they hit my city.
You can check out three of Badmouth’s tunes at their myspace page at this location
Go add them, and tell them Hard Rock Hideout sent you!
You can also get to see the band behind the scenes in the following video!
Rating: Out of 10
- Pedal to the Metal
- Super-Sassy Glossy Lips
- Cocaine Girl
Tom Pearson – Lead Vocals
Rick Hard – Drums
Randy Joy – Lead Guitar
Chris LeMon – Bass
Mike Hill – Rhythm Guitar
Veteran California rockers TESLA have scheduled the following 2008 dates:
Feb. 01 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
Feb. 02 – Portland, OR – Roseland
Feb. 05 – Spokane, WA – The Big Easy
Feb. 06 – Boise, ID – The Big Easy
Feb. 08 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore
Feb. 09 – Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Theatre
Feb. 10 – Redding, CA – Redding Convention Center
Feb. 13 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Feb. 14 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theatre
Feb. 16 – Sauget, IL – Pop’s
Feb. 17 – Wichita, KS – Cotillion Ballroom
Feb. 19 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Feb. 20 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
TESLA has just released a new seven-track iTunes digital-download exclusive EP called “A Peace of Time”. According to the group, the EP is a “seven-song taste of music that was recorded live in the studio and features recordings of TESLA’s own songs in a different fashion as well as a few covers that we love. Set to be released for the holiday season, there is a recording of the Christmas classic ‘Silent Night’ and alternate recordings of TESLA classics.”
“A Peace of Time” track listing:
01. I Love You (CLIMAX BLUES BAND)
02. Everything I Own (BREAD)
03. Signs (FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND)
04. The Way It Is
05. What You Give
06. I’d Love To Change The World (TEN YEARS AFTER)
07. Silent Night (acoustic solo)