This week’s Video Showdown puts Metallica’s St. Anger Video, against Megadeth’s A Tout La Monde. Both videos are the last videos made by either band. St. Anger is from the album of the same name from 2003.
A Tout La Monde is the updated version that can be found on the Megadeth album United Abominations from 2007.
Their has always been some strife between the two bands, as Metallica fired Dave Mustaine years ago. As both bands has grown, I think Megadeth has become more consistent than the band he once got his start in.
Metallica – St. Anger
Megadeth – A Tout La Monde
Which video wins? You decide! Post Your Comments below!
Speed X is the side project of Nick Catanese (Black Label Society), Mike Stone (Queensryche) and Mike Froedge (Double Driver). The band is currently working on new tunes for a 2008 release. They have posted one track on their new myspace page. Stop by their site and check it out. The address is www.myspace.com/speedxband
Check out the new video, “Temptation Come My Way, by Tennessee’s The Showdown.
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The first giveaway of 2008 is here!!
Bullet for My Valentine is getting ready to release their sophomore album, Scream Aim Fire, on January 29th. The band traveled to Texas to team up with renowned producer Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Funeral for A Friend) to create an album packed with aggressive tempos, insane guitar riffs and incredible lyrics. Bullet for My Valentine is comprised of Matthew “Matt” Tuck (guitars, vocals), Michael “Padge” Paget (guitar, supporting vocals), Jason “Jay” James (bass, supporting vocals) and Michael “Moose” Thomas (drums). Be sure to catch Bullet for My Valentine on their headlining tour through the UK and US starting in late January.
To celebrate the release of Scream Aim Fire, Bullet for My Valentine and Hard rock Hideout are giving one lucky winner a chance to win an ESP electric guitar!
2007 is now gone, and as a whole, I thought it was a pretty good year for Hard Rock. There were plenty of strong releases in 2007, and 2008 looks to be stronger than ever.
The following bands are expected to release CD’s in 2008.
- Airbourne (U.S. release of Running Wild)
- Alice Cooper
- Asphalt Valentine
- Avantasia – Scarecrow (Metal Opera from Edguy’s Tobias Sammet)
- Benedictum – Seasons of Tragedy
- Big Cock – Motherload
- The Black Crowes – Warpaint
- Black Stone Cherry
- Black Tide – Light from Above (new band, 80’s style metal)(Feb 2008)
- Brainstorm – Downburst
- Brother Firetribe – Heart Full of Fire
- Bullet Boys
- Bullet For My Valentine
- Broken Teeth – Electric
- Danger Danger
- Dokken – Lightning Strikes Again (April 2008)
- Def Leppard – Sparkle Lounge
- Frehley, Ace
- Gamma Ray – Land of the Free II
- Gypsy Pistoleros – Para Siempre
- Gypsy Rose
- Hatchet (Thrash Metal)
- Headrush – Just Bring It On
- Heaven and Hell
- Iced Earth
- Jon Oliva’s Pain – Global Warning (April 2008)
- Judas Priest
- The Law – Distorted Anthems from the Suburbs (Thrash Metal from Sweden)
- Mob Rules
- Pure Inc. (Great new metal from Switzerland)
- Rhino Bucket
- Royal Hunt – Collision Course: Paradox II
- Saint Daemon
- Seven Tears
- Soto, Jeff Scott
- Tank Buster Jack – (New Rock from Germany)
- Testament – The Formation of Damnation (April 2008)
- Tiles – Fly Paper
- Valient Thorr
- White Lion – Return of the Pride
- Whitesnake – Bad to be Good
- X-Sinner – A World Covered In Blood
There are also a ton of music that is getting re-released in 2008, such as early releases by Lillian Axe, Baton Rouge, Sleaze Beez and more.
2008 is going to rock!!
It was such a great year for hard rock, I thought I would take a look at some of my favorite songs from the last year. There were many good tunes, but the ones listed below were my personal favorites!
- I Wanna Be Your Man – Endeverafter
- American Metalhead – Sebastian Bach
- Life is Beautiful – Sixx A.M.
- Stand Up For Rock ‘n’ Roll – Airbourne
- Ladies and Gentleman – Saliva
- Before Tomorrow Comes – Alter Bridge
- Sleepwalker – Megadeth
- Six Feet Under – The Showdown
- Satisfaction – The Order
- 321 – The Scorpions
- Friday Night (In The City) – UGLY
- Horny – Sin City
- Operator – Soulcrusher
- Black Eyed Bruiser – Rose Tattoo
- Escaping the Clouds – Grand Lux
- Roots of Anger – Thunderstone
- Lost and Gone – Masterplan
- Miss Cocaine – Hell N’ Diesel
- I Don’t Wanna Stop – Ozzy Osbourne
- Biggest Letdown – Crash Anthem
- Forgive Me – Burn
- King of the Mountain – Redline
- Rock Bottom – Tesla
- Dreamin’ In A Casket – Hardcore Superstar
- Mustasch – Double Nature
2007 has been a very strong year for rock, and it was quite difficult narrowing down the list down to a top 10. Even 15 picks didn’t seem like enough, but finally some discs rose above all others.
There are many discs that didn’t make the top 15, but there are several released in 2007 that are worth checking out.
The following discs get Honorable Mentions:
- Hanoi Rocks – Street Poetry
- Grand Lux – Carved In Stone
- Sin City – This Ain’t Heaven……..Welcome to Hell
- JORN – The Gathering, and Unlocking the Past
- The Erotics – 30 Seconds Over You
- Bo Bice – See the Light
- The Gypsy Pistoleros – Wild, Beautiful, Damned
- Hardcore Superstar – Dreamin’ In Casket
- Crash Anthem – Inside A Red Room
- Redline – Ignition
- The Order – Metal Casino
- Burn – Global Warning
- Iced Earth – Framing Armageddon
- The Donnas – Bitchin’
- Tattooed Millionaires – Armed & Hammered
- Mustasch – Latest Version of the Truth
- Rose Tattoo – Blood Brothers
- Allen/Lande – The Revenge
- American Angel – Vanity
- Rush – Snakes & Arrows
- Koritni – Lady Luck
- Dirty Penny – Take it Sleezy
- Hell N Diesel – Passion For Power
- Pink Cream 69 – In10sity
- Gotthard – Domino Effect
The following are Hard Rock Hideout’s Top 15 list for 2007:
15. Tesla – Real to Reel
What’s this? A cover album in the Top 15? Yes, indeed. Usually, I am not fond of cover albums, Tesla’s Real to Reel has received a crazy amount of spins from me in 2007. When I am able to listen to music at work, this is an easy choice for me to pick. Even though it is a cover album, it is a very strong one. Tesla fans already own this, everyone else should too.
14. Saxon – The Inner Sanctum
31 years later, and UK metal band Saxon is still delivering the goods. I must admit that I didn’t expect a lot from this release when I first put it in my player. I can happily say that The Inner Sanctum is as solid as any rock disc you will hear all year.
13. The Answer – Rise (Special Edition)
Ok, this pick may be cheating a little, but it deserves to be mentioned here. The Answer re-released their debut album as a 2 CD set in 2007. (The original was released in 2006). The second CD was a nice bonus, and is still in my active rotation. This CD still hasn’t received a proper U.S. release yet, and is well worth the import price. An amazing band with a great classic rock sound. They are making new fans in every city they visit.
12. The Showdown – Temptation Come My Way
Tennessee’s The Showdown shed most of their hardcore sound from their debut record, to release a hard rock/metal disc that continues to get regular spins from me. Being picked to play on Ozzfest, the band seemed to have a big year in store for them in 2007, but this disc never took off. It is a shame, as it is a very solid release.
11. Crazy Lixx – Loud Minority
The new CD by Crazy Lixx, is one of the top glam metal discs of 2007. The band is out to bring back 80’s style rock, and they a fine job of it. Hair metal fans will love it.
10. Ugly – S/T
I discovered this band late in 2007, and was quite glad I did so. This is straight forward rock, and a CD that I enjoy regularly. Everyone needs a dose of Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll. Ugly delivers it well! Guitarist Kevin McCreery will surprise you with his playing on this disc.
9. Operator – Soulcrusher
Operator’s Soulcrusher was a nice surprise in 2007. Johnny Strong’s vocal style is quite similar to ex-Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell. First time I heard the title track Soulcrusher, I thought this was new Soundgarden music. Cool stuff!
8. W.A.S.P. – Dominator
Dominator still hasn’t received proper release in the United States yet. It is sad, because many rock fans are missing out on another solid effort by Blackie Lawless and company. This is worth importing if you are a W.A.S.P fan.
7. Thunderstone – Evolution 4.0
Before 2007, I haven’t heard of Thunderstone before. Evolution 4.0 is the first record that I picked up by this Finnish metal band. I have played Evolution 4.0 a ton in 2007. This is killer progressive, hard rock!
6. Endeverafter – Kiss or Kill
80’s style hard rockl never sounded so good in 2007. This young band flat out rocks. This disc took forever to come out, and it was definitely worth the wait. I expect big things to happen for this band in 2008.
5. Megadeth – United Abominations
Megadeth is a band that rarely disappoints me. I have been spinning United Abominations regularly for several months now, and although I don’t think this record lives up to all of the hype it received, it is a very solid release.
4. Airbourne – Running Wild
This CD has only been available as an import in the U.S. in 2007, but will finally get its proper release via Road Runner in 2008. This AC/DC inspired rock by these Aussie rockers is a must own release. Another band that is going to be one to watch in 2008.
I thought this record was much better than the debut release. I give this one regular spins, and will continue to do so for quite some time. Myles Kennedy gives a top notch vocal performance here! Blackbird has made me a new fan of Alter Bridge!
2. Sebastian Bach – Angel Down
A great return by Sebastian Bach. Fans of Skid Row’s Slave to the Grind needs to pick this disc up now! One of the best new metal discs of 2007.
1. Scorpions – Humanity Hour 1
The CD Unbreakable was a great return to form the the Scorpions. Humanity Hour 1, surpasses that record, and is one of the top releases by the Scorpions. This disc received the most play by me in 2007, and easily deserves the # 1 spot, as best hard rock record of 2007. Hopefully the Scorpions will do some touring in the United States in 2008 in support of this record.
Let us know what you think of these choices, by posting your comments!
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HardRockHideout.com and Rock Nation Radio are proud to bring you the following interview with Georg Dolivo and Brian “Damage” Forsythe from Rhino Bucket.
Check out some new tunes off of Rhino Bucket’s release, And Then It Got Ugly, and find out what is going on with Rhino Bucket in 2007 and beyond!
Click on the player below to listen to the interview!
Lionsgate, the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and Twisted Pictures announced today that many of the top rock musicians were enlisted to record music for the REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA soundtrack. Principal photography for the film was completed last month in Toronto, Canada. The film was produced by Daniel Heffner, Carl Mazzocone, Mark Burg and Oren Koules.
The film was directed by Darren Bousman, a longtime member of the Twisted Pictures and Lionsgate families, having directed the past three installments of the wildly successful SAW franchise, including the recent smash hit SAW IV. Terrence Zdunich and Darren Smith, co-creators of the original New York and Los Angeles stage production upon which the film is based, wrote the film’s screenplay, music and lyrics.
Prior to the shoot, a two-month recording of the film’s soundtrack and score took place at Extasy Studios in Los Angeles. Japanese musician and composer Yoshiki Haysahi (better known simply as Yoshiki) from the legendary rock band X-Japan produced the music together with Joe Bishara. Executive Producer Jonathan McHugh, also served as the music supervisor.
“This is by far the most ambitious and unique project I’ve ever worked on,” raved McHugh. “The amalgamation of musical genres from pop to heavy metal and rap, to name just a few, really blends together to create one of the most diverse soundtracks in movie history and is destined to modernize the ‘rock opera’ in a big way.”
An all-star assemblage of songs will make up the soundtrack. Among the musicians featured are RICHARD PATRICK (FILTER), Steven Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Clown (Slipknot), RAY LUZIER (ARMY OF ANYONE), Brian Young (David Lee Roth’s band), Richard Fortus (Guns & Roses), Sonny Moore (First to Last), David J (Bauhaus/Love & Rockets), Daniel Ash (Love & Rockets), Blasko (Ozzy Osborne), Tommy Clefetus (Rob Zombie’s band), Melora Creager (Rasputina). Also lending her voice to the soundtrack is the edgy pop star Poe.
“We’ve been fans of many of these bands for a long time and it was a dream come true to assemble such an all-star roster of musicians,” exclaimed Burg and Koules. “They really hit all the right notes in bringing the bizarre fantasy world of the film to life.
“The production’s musically inclined cast (all of the actors performed their own songs) includes: Anthony Head, whom fans will remember from his turn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer including the highly regarded musical episode; Paul Sorvino, a classically trained opera singer in his first movie musical role; Alexa Vega, most recently made her Broadway debut as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray; Paris Hilton, whose debut album Paris was released in 2006 and reached number 6 on the Billboard album chart, along with Bill Moseley, who in addition to his well known horror roles in House of a 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects, is also a member of the band Cornbugs with Guns N’ Roses guitar player Buckethead. Rounding out the electrifying cast are internationally renowned recording artist Sarah Brightman in her first ever movie role and performance artist Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie, best known as the frontman for the experimental industrial band Skinny Puppy.
In the year 2056 — the not so distant future — an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants … for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family’s mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.
JOHNNY SOLINGER, lead singer for SKID ROW, and Texas chart topping label Smith Entertainment, have signed a deal to release a solo album of the singers’ own material that will draw more upon his Texas-born country influences like Hank Williams Sr. and Merle Haggard.
2008 sees SKID ROW lead singer Johnny Solinger pursuing something that’s been running through his veins his whole life…country music. On his latest solo material he proclaims…..
“Aside from SKID ROW, I’ve been recording some country tunes as well (hell, I AM from Texas) , and while it might seem odd to have such drastic tastes in music, it seems perfectly natural to me. I’m also excited about joining a team like Smith Entertainment, who’s roster includes Texas legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, and has also helped lead artists like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Pat Green, and Kevin Fowler to national acclaim.
When the Skids aren’t recording or touring I plan to be in a honkytonk somewhere dishin’ out my own brand of Texas country”
Teaming up with some of the greatest players Texas has to offer, guitarist David Grissom (Dixie Chicks, Storyville) bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughn Double Trouble) and many more…Johnny Solinger is sure to make a big noise in the country music scene in the years to come. Listen for the first single “Too Well To Go To Work” on Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana radio early in January 2008, and look for the self titled Johnny Solinger album in stores and on i-tunes by March.
“Too Well To Go To Work” has also been released as a single worldwide on i-tunes by Smith Entertainment and available now.
It’s still two weeks before the official U.S. radio add date, but Welsh metalers BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE are already HOT at U.S. radio with “Scream Aim Fire,” the title track from their upcoming album, out January 29. Check this out:
For next week’s charts, “Scream Aim Fire” is
#1 MOST ADDED at CMJ’s Loud Rock chart
#1 MOST ADDED at FMQB’s Metal Detector chart
#2 MOST ADDED at Radio & Records’ Active Rock chart
#4 MOST ADDED at Radio & Records’ Alternative chart
Music Week, the UK’s record industry major trade magazine, wrote about the track, “Lifted from their brilliant second album, this lead track bears the hallmarks of Metallica in their prime…”
And if that’s not enough, the band is the #2 major label metal band across all of MySpace.
“Scream Aim Fire” is the title track from Bullet For My Valentine’s sophomore release, due out January 29. The band saw their 2006 debut album, “The Poison,” dubbed “One of the finest debut albums in rock history” by a major UK daily, while it sailed past the million sales mark – selling 350,000 in the U.S. alone.
“Scream Aim Fire” was produced by Colin Richardson (Machinehead, Funeral For A Friend) who also produced “The Poison,” and was recorded at Sonic Ranch near El Paso, TX earlier this year. The eleven new songs are, according to frontman Matthew Tuck, “really melodic heavy metal…catchy, hooky choruses and full-on vocals, with the music being very in-your-face and heavy…it’s a lot more up-tempo [than ‘The Poison’], a lot more aggressive.”
The four-piece metal core band from Bridgend, South Wales, UK – Matthew “Matt” Tuck/vocals, Michael “Padge” Paget/Guitar, Michael “Moose” Thomas/drums, and Jason “Jay” James/Bass – are, according to the UK’s Kerrang!, well on their way to “phase two of world domination” with the new disc. For “The Poison,” Bullet For My Valentine graced the covers – at least once – of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, and Metal Hammer. In addition, they won Metal Hammer’s 2006 “Golden God Award” for Best British Band, and the 2006 Kerrang! Award for “Best UK Single” for their track “Tears Don’t Fall.” Here in America, the band was named “British Import of the Year” in Revolver, and “The Poison” generated the hit singles “Tears Don’t Fall” and “All These Things I Hate (Revolve Around Me),” with the video for “All These Things I Hate” going to the #1 spot on MTV2.
Bullet For My Valentine will headline a tour of the UK and Europe starting in late January, and will then head to the U.S. in late February. Details to be announces shortly.
Click Here to preview the new track, Click Aim Fire!
The following announcement was posted on Journey’s website on 12/5/07:
JOURNEY – Neal Schon (guitar), Jonathan Cain (keyboards), Ross Valory (bass), Deen Castronovo (drums) – is proud to introduce fans all over the world to their new lead singer, Arnel Pineda (“pin-eh-da”). He replaces Jeff Scott Soto, who parted ways with the band earlier this year after stepping in for Steve Augeri, who had to leave the band in 2006 for medical reasons.
Arnel hails from Quezon City in the Philippines and has been singing Journey songs – in addition to original material – with his band, The Zoo, for the past couple of years in clubs all over his homeland. Joining the legendary band is a dream come true for him.
“It’s so exciting to sing with one of the best bands in the world. It’ll be a lot of hard work on my part and I’m actually looking forward to the scrutiny I’ll get from the hardcore Journey fans. I know they’ll expect me to sound exactly like ‘the voice’ (Steve Perry), but that will never happen. I know there’s only one Steve Perry in this world.”
When it was time for Journey to look for a new lead singer, the internet came to their rescue. Guitarist Neal Schon wanted someone new to the music business, so he turned to YouTube. After finding Arnel singing ‘Faithfully‘, he knew he had found the perfect frontman.
“I was frustrated about not having a singer,” explains guitarist Neal Schon, “so I went on YouTube for a couple of days and just sat on it for hours. I was starting to think I was never going to find anybody. But then I found The Zoo and I watched a bunch of different video clips that they had posted. After watching the videos over and over again, I had to walk away from the computer and let what I heard sink in because it sounded too good to be true. I thought, ‘he can’t be that good.’ But he is that good, he’s the real deal and so tremendously talented. Arnel doesn’t sound synthetic and he’s not emulating anyone. I tried to get a hold of him through YouTube and I finally heard from him that night, but it took some convincing to get him to believe that it really was me and not an imposter.”
Arnel Pineda picks up the story: “My friend Noel picked up the message on YouTube and told me it was from Neal. I thought it was a hoax so I ignored it. Noel said, ‘what if it really was Neal and he wanted to offer you the chance of a lifetime?’ So I e-mailed Neal back and the rest is history.”
“Arnel brings a soulful and passionate voice to Journey,” continues keyboardist Jonathan Cain. “His personality is very well-suited to our music. He’s a sincere, authentic person with a great smile and a big heart. I think fans are really going to love him. With Arnel’s soaring tenor, Journey returns to our heritage sound.”
Schon agrees, “We feel reborn. I think there’s a lot of chemistry between the five of us. At first we were going to go into the studio and just write 4 songs, but now it’s escalated to a lot of great new and diverse material. The stuff sounds tremendous. Everyone’s so stoked about it. We feel very fortunate to have found Arnel.”
Journey is currently working on a new album with legendary producer Kevin Shirley, which they hope to release by spring/summer 2008. Details will be announced early next year.
Onesidezero has announced they have parted ways with guitarist Levon Sultanian. A statement from the group reads as follows:
“We have decided to part ways with Levon due to creative and personal differences,” says frontman Jasan Radford. “The past 11 years that Levon and I played together were some of the best times and some of the hardest, but as time goes on sometimes things change and you grow apart. He will be missed, but we will continue and I see Onesidezero having a strong and positive 2008. A special thanks to everyone for supporting Onesidezero.”
The band will continue to support their recently released, self-titled, sophomore album with short headlining tour of the West Coast to round out the year, including a spot on 104.7 The Edge’s “Not So Silent Night” show with Atreyu, Five Finger Death Punch and Fair To Midland. Onesidezero will kick off 2008 with a European tour alongside ADEMA and RE:IGNITION.
Onesidezero’s Ulrich Wild (Static-X, Stabbing Westward, Taproot) produced sophomore album was released through Corporate Punishment Records. The album is the long awaited follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2001 debut “Is This Room Getting Smaller”, which saw the group tour with the likes of Incubus, 311, Static-X, and Soul fly. The album’s first single, “My Confession”, has been picking up steam at radio with the track receiving steady rotation on XM Radio’s Squizz channel and Los Angeles based KROQ.
Onesidezero Tour Dates (more TBA)
Dec 09 Cell Block, Mesa, AZ
Dec 10 Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque, NM w/ ATREYU
Dec 11 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Dec 12 Las Vegas, NV The Cheyenne Saloon
Dec 14 Brick By Brick, San Diego CA
Dec 15 Chain Reaction, Anaheim CA
Dec 16 Hogue Barmichael’s, Newport Beach CA
Feb 27 Club Logo, Hamburg Germany w/ ADEMA
Mar 02 Rockfabrik,Ludwigsburge Germany w/ ADEMA
first ever live performances are free acoustic in-stores 12/6 in Orange, CA and 12/8 in El Paso, TX
Watch an amazing set and meet the band, get your CD signed!
Never Enough, featuring ex-members of Eighteen Visions and Lylah, release their self-titled, debut album in North America today. (12/4/2007)
In celebration of the release, Never Enough have scheduled in-store appearances at the Virgin Megastore in Orange, CA and FYE in El Paso, TX. Both in-stores will feature acoustic in-store performances by the band and will be FREE to the public.
“I’m so amped and anxious to perform a rare acoustic show in Orange County and El Paso, because they are our hometowns. Although these are acoustic performances, you can still expect a lot of passion and fire from the band which will only be a pre-cursor to what is coming in 2008 for the live shows,” says frontman Norman Matthews. “I’m honored to be sharing the stage with Keith and Trevor for the first time in front of excited fans. For me it’s a dream come true with the butterflies setting in, so thanks to all of you who have supported NEVER 3NOUGH early on in the game.”
NEVER ENOUGH IN-STORE APPEARANCES
Thursday, Dec 6th 7:00pm – Orange, CA VIRGIN MEGASTORE @ The Block
Saturday, Dec 8th 2:00pm – El Paso, TX FYE @ Cielo Vista Mall
Never Enough are still streaming their debut album in its entirety at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5107/playallhi.php
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artist AMERICAN ANGEL have landed the 1 position on Billboard’s Heatseeker (Northeast) chart with the bands latest release VANITY.
Billboard notified CHAVIS RECORDS and vocalist Rocco Fury last evening with the exciting news.
Vocalist Rocco Fury had this to say when notified; “Where is Candid Camera, are you joking with me, is this a hoax? WOW! I am ecstatic and very very happy about this. I knew this was a solid project when we recorded it and I believe whole heartedly in the songs and album. And when we’re all gone, VANITY will still stand on its own.”
VANITY was released in May of this year and remains a strong and consistent seller and continues to gain positive momentum and attention for the band. AMERICAN ANGEL are no strangers to hitting Billboard as they charted in 1990 with their debut release and again in 1993 with EP 92′.
AMERICAN ANGEL will continue to tour in support of VANITY with a few remaining dates in 2007 and then hitting the touring season again in 2008.
You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review of Vanity here!
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CROWN OF GLORY hail from their home country of Switzerland with their full-length album entitled “A Deep Breath Of Life”. The splendid Melodic Metal sound of the four-piece shows influences from various genres from AOR to Metal and should suit any fan of bands such as Royal Hunt, Edguy, Stratovarius and Europe. Their mini-album “Destiny” raised a lot of attention in the press and resulted in live shows with the likes of Doro, Axel Rudi Pell, Shakra, Candlemass, Bruce Kulick and more.
The debut “A Deep Breath Of Life” was mixed by Dennis Ward and also features Tom S. Englund, lead singer of Swedish Progressive Metal band EVERGREY, as guest singer on the track “The Raven’s Flight“. This release is scheduled for February 2008.
Line-Up: Hene Muther (vocals), Philipp Meier (keyboards), Markus Muther (guitar), Hungi Berglas (guitar), Jonas Lüscher (bass)
How many of you are gamers? How many of you own an Xbox 360 Live? How many of you like Dream Theater? If you own an Xbox 360 Live and like Dream Theater, the band has been featured as the Xbox Live Artist of the Month for December.
If you’re cool and own one of these kickass game systems, you can download all sorts of exclusive shit such as behind the scenes tour footage, and a handful of live concert video recorded during the band’s recent European tour, as well as the video for “Constant Motion”.
On top of that, all five members of Dream Theater are participating in the Game with Fame portion of the promotion this Wednesday, December 5th from 5 – 8 PM EST. They will be playing several video games through Xbox Live with fans, including “Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge.” Head here for more details.
DOKKEN recently spent time in the studio putting the finishing touches on its upcoming release, “Lightning Strikes Again”.
“Lightning Strikes Again” will be released in March/April 2008 via Rhino Records in the U.S. and Frontiers Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2004’s “Hell to Pay” will feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).
Metal Heaven has announced the signing of heralded US melodic metal masters, DRIVER, featuring powerhouse vocalist ROB ROCK and acclaimed guitarist/producer, ROY Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson). Based out of Los Angeles, CA, DRIVER was one of the top local acts at the height of melodic hard rock in the late 1980’s and issued a widely circulated 5-song cassette EP in 1990 that garnered the band a dedicated worldwide following. The band was ultimately denied by major labels with the emergence of the grunge rock scene that dominated the musical landscape during the early 90’s, yet DRIVER’s cult status as one of the most underrated HR acts of their time held steadfast over the years.
With Metal Heaven stepping in and inking the band to a deal, DRIVER will finally get a chance to release the album they intended to deliver back when. The new CD will feature re-recorded versions of songs that were written by ROY Z and ROB ROCK during the band’s 2-year bi-coastal existence spanning the years 1989 and ’90, including those on the original demo and some new songs as well. Original drummer Reynold “Butch” Carlson will perform and some other special guests including Mat Sinner on bass. Stay tuned for more details and keep your eyes open for a Spring 2008 release!
Recording sessions of the brand new HOUSE OF LORDS album “Come To My Kingdom” have been completed in Florida and mixing stages have started in the hands of Dennis Ward. The new album is a natural progression from “World Upside Down” and was entirely written by the band along with the “5th Lord” Jeff Kent. In the words of James Christian “We really had an amazing time with this new CD. I can’t remember when things flowed so easily in terms of writing and recording. I think when people hear the new record they will be able to tell immediately that this is a band with direction and vision”.
The songs were written from life experiences that cover a range of emotions. But one common thread flows throughout the record and that is finely crafted songs. “Jimi Bell, BJ Zampa and Chris McCarvil and Jeff Kent have been an absolute joy to work with” continues Christian, “They are my brothers and they share the same passion to write and perform Classic Rocks songs that will stand the test of time”. “Come To My Kingdom” is classic House Of Lords with all the trademarks that captured the band so many fans in the early days.
Rome, Italy’s ENEMYNSIDE has signed with Sleaszy Rider Records from Greece, and their second album “In the Middle of Nowhere” will be out soon. ENEMYNSIDE sounds like a mix of Metallica, The Haunted and Machine Head.
The video below, Your Enemy Inside is for the band’s debut release from 2005, called Let The Madness Begin.
What? Irony at the Hard Rock Hideout? All puns aside, a killer new metal band from Germany is about to make their debut on Sleazy Rider Records. If you are a fan of 80’s Metal bands like Accept or Iron Maiden, you need to check out the new tunes on Irony’s myspace page.
Irony’s new CD, “In the Beginning of… Echoes from the Past”, was recorded at the well-known Beathouse Studios (Silent Force, Crematory) and was mastered by Achim Köhler (Primal Fear, Sinner, Brainstorm, Crystal Ball etc.), and will be released in the near future. Irony’s vocalist Nicolaj Ruhnow is also the singer of DOMAIN.
Check them out!
Light of Doom was started in the Spring of 2005 when lead guitarist, Dillon Cahill (age 11) started taking lessons at Experience Studios in Escondido, just North of San Diego, California. Adam Bruck, music teacher and band coach at Experience Studios instructed Dillon for just a few months. Before long, Dillon was playing rock Dillonshows around town with a group comprised of other students from the Adam Bruck and Light of Doomstudio.
During one of these shows, Dillon met another 11-year-old guitar player named Erik Griffin. Erik had never sang lead before, but was asked to cover Iron Maiden’s “Run To The Hills.” The thought was that if Erik screwed it up, no one would “boo” because he was so young. But Erik didn’t sing bad – he was amazing. Many would go so far as to use the term, “Epic.”
About this time, Adam had the idea of organizing young players into dedicated bands, helping them write songs and having them perform shows around town. Some told him it was impossible because of their age. Adam disagreed.
Mitchell His plan was put into action when Adam met 10-year-old guitar player Mitchell Wofford. Mitch was taking guitar lessons and hanging around the studio. Between lessons, Adam started showing him a few basic drum beats. He picked them up instantly and hasn’t put the sticks down since.
Soon after, Dillon, Erik, Mitch and another Experience Studios student were practicing together and began playing small shows around San Diego. No one wanted to play the bass full-time, so the boys switched off playing bass, drums and guitar. Adam “filled in” on bass, but the band needed a permanent player in that position.
As luck would have it (at least for our guys), another band taking lessons at Experience Studios broke up and two of their players started jamming with Dillon, Erik & Mitch. An amazing, Van Halen obsessed, guitar player named Daniel Futcher and a funky, groovy bass player named Lucas Canziani soon became part of the band. Light of Doom was now an official group.
To date, Dillon, Erik, Mitch, Daniel & Lucas have played huge shows all around Southern California. Light of Doom has been seen at the House of Blues in Anaheim and San Diego, the infamous Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood, the cutting-edge SOMA in San Diego, and others.
Recently, Light of Doom beat over 2,000 bands in a competition to win a coveted spot on the new Fox TV hit, The Next Great American Band, from the producers of American Idol.
Week 1 – Light of Doom Performs – Flight of the Icarus
Week 2 – Light of Doom performs Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower and their own song Eye of the Storm
Week 3 – Light of Doom perform’s Elton John’s Saturday Night’s All Right and
their song with the same name, Light of Doom!
Week 4 – Light of Doom performs Billy Joel’s The Stranger
Week 5 – Light of Doom peforms Jailhouse Rock
Week 6 – Light of Doom performs The Rolling Stones – Jumping Jack Flash
You can check out Light of Doom every Friday Night on Fox’s The Next Great American Band.
Bullet for My Valentine has just released the audio stream and music video for their brand new title track Scream Aim Fire. After selling more than one million copies worldwide of their album The Poison, Bullet for My Valentine is back with their new album Scream Aim Fire, set for release on January 29,2008.
Scream Aim Fire (WM, Streaming, 64k, Audio)
Scream Aim Fire (WM, Streaming, 96k, Audio)
Scream Aim Fire (Real, Streaming, 64k, Video)
Scream Aim Fire (Real, Streaming, 95k, Video)
Bullet for My Valentine is comprised of Matthew “Matt” Tuck (guitars, vocals), Michael “Padge” Paget (guitar, supporting vocals), Jason “Jay” James (bass, supporting vocals) and Michael “Moose” Thomas (drums).Bullet for My Valentine traveled to El Paso, Texas to record their new album with renowned producer Colin Richardson (Machinehead, Funeral for A Friend), who also produced the band’s debut album, The Poison. Bullet for My Valentine’s sophomore album, Scream Aim Fire, is packed with aggressive tempos, insane guitar riffs and incredible lyrics. The band just shot the video for the album’s title track Scream Aim Fire and will be starting a US and UK headlining tour in late January.
Full track listing for Scream Aim Fire is as follows:
Scream Aim Fire
Eye of the Storm
Hearts Burst Into Fire
Waking the Demon
Deliver Us From Evil
Take It Out On Me
End of Days
Last to Know
Forever and Always
THE BLACK CROWES TO RELEASE
FIRST STUDIO ALBUM OF ALL NEW MATERIAL IN SEVEN YEARS
DUE OUT MARCH 4 ON THEIR OWN SILVER ARROW RECORDS LABEL,
DISTRIBUTED BY MEGAFORCE/SONY RED BMG
BAND TO PERFORM ‘WARPAINT’ IN ITS ENTIRETY ON LIMITED
“ONE NIGHT ONLY” SWING
From the beginning, THE BLACK CROWES have done things their own way. And it’s good to know that some things don’t change.
WARPAINT—the band’s first album of all-new studio material in seven years, due out March 4 worldwide—will be independently released on the band’s own newly formed Silver Arrow Records and distributed through Megaforce/Sony Red BMG. It’s their first studio release since the acclaimed LIONS album in 2001 (on V2).
Produced and mixed by Paul Stacey at Allaire Studios, Woodstock, NY, the album features 11 songs, all of which were written by CHRIS and RICH ROBINSON, except “God’s Got It” by the Reverend Charlie Jackson. The album builds compellingly on the band’s trademark adventurous brew of rock, blues, country, soul and gospel.
WARPAINT marks the recording debut of two new band members—guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall–who join CHRIS and RICH and drummer Steve Gorman and bassist Sven Pipien. Dickinson, of North Mississippi Allstars, officially steps in to replace producer/guitarist Paul Stacey, whose position with the band was always intended to be temporary. THE BLACK CROWES are deeply appreciative that Stacey committed his genuine talent and time to the band and their performances for most of 2007.
The album’s complete track listing is: “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution,” “Walk Believer Walk,” “O, Josephine,” “Evergreen,” “We Who See The Deep,” “Locust Street,” “Movin’ On Down The Line,” “Wounded Bird,” “God’s Got It,” “There’s Gold In Them Hills,” and “Whoa Mule.”
CHRIS says the album’s title signifies “the revolution that could take place in all our souls.”
Meanwhile, for the first time in their 18-year career, THE BLACK CROWES will perform an album of theirs in its entirety. On a special run of “One Night Only” shows beginning on March 4, fans will experience WARPAINT performed in its entirety, after which the band will play songs from their catalog and selected surprises. Dates TBA.
THE BLACK CROWES will begin their world tour March 24 by headlining the Byron Bay Festival in Australia. They’ll continue their down under trek—their first since 1991—through April 5 before playing special engagements in Tokyo, Amsterdam and London, and concluding with shows in Hamburg and Cologne, Germany (dates TBA).
THE BLACK CROWES have sold over 20 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts.They have been called“The Most Rock n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band In the World” and a “thoroughbred American rock ‘n’ freakin’ roll band”; their panoramic live shows feature alternating set lists and signature incendiary musical explorations. Catch up with the band at www.blackcrowes.com
Never Enough, featuring ex-members of Eighteen Visions and Lylah, have streamed their entire debut album at the following location: http://www.altsounds.com/altsounds/bands/5107/playallhi.php
Never Enough will release their debut, self-titled album (“1.0”) in North America on December 4th, 2007 via Corporate Punishment Records. The band is continuing to offer fans a FREE Never Enough t-shirt to those who pre-order the album through the Corporate Punishment website at the following location: http://www.corporatepunishment.com/shop/index.php?manufacturers_id=28
A perpetually touring underground favorite, Eighteen Visions released 6 full length LP’s and a string of EP’s and 7 inches, racking up sales well in excess of a quarter million records, before announcing their break-up in early 2007, less than a year after releasing their Epic/Sony debut 18Visions, which debuted in the Billboard top 200, selling over 12,000 copies the first week. 18V also spawned the Top 20 Rock single “Victim”, which led to successful worldwide tours with the likes of Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage, HIM, Deftones and Hinder.
Texas based Lylah, the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist Norman Matthew, have since become an underground phenomenon of their own, touring with the likes of Evanescence, Static-X, Sevendust and as a part of the Vans Warped Tour.
Until recently, I have not heard any Bobaflex tunes so I had no expectations when I first listened to this disc. Much to my surprise, I found a very strong record that mixes a little bit of southern rock, with heavy metal. I instantly compared Bobaflex to some of the other stand out bands of a similar vein that I have been listening too quite often, Black Stone Cherry and The Showdown.
There is a definite modern feel to this record, and this is definitely radio ready rock. My favorite cuts on this disc are the super heavy Sellout, the hard rocking tune Born Again, the excellent headbanging tune, Need A Drink and the balladesque Home.
Tales from Dirt Town is an extremely solid metal record, and one for today’s hard rock fans to check out. You can check out three of Bobaflex’s new tunes at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
2. Born Again
3. That Old Speed
5. Need A Drink
7. Be With You
8. I Still Believe
10. One Bad Day
Thomas Johnson – Drums
Mike Steele – Guitar
Shaun McCoy – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Martin McCoy – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jerod Mankin – Bass guitar