Much like many of you, my first exposure to Dragonforce was through the Playstation 2 version of Guitar Hero, and their song “Through The Fire And Flames“. (I gave up trying to play that song in the game a long time ago.)
I recently met the band at the Mayhem festival in Indianapolis and decided to give their new disc, Ultra Beatdown a try.
If you haven’t ever heard Dragonforce before, the one thing you have to understand is just how fast these guys play. I am not sure if Speed Metal would be the appropriate title for these guys, but name a band, any band, and I doubt they play as fast as Dragonforce.
There are only 8 songs on Ultra Beatdown, but each song averages over 7 minutes in length.
After spinning Ultra Beatdown a couple of times, I felt like I was listening to a heavy metal, science fiction movie soundtrack. The music is pretty amazing stuff, but the writing is definitely suspect. I don’t know if it has anything to do with overall rhythm of each song, but it is hard for me to develop a passion for this music. ZP Theart has a very good melodic voice, but his vocals are robbed by the insane pace of the music.
There are moments where Dragonforce slows it down, and shows moments of brilliance. There just aren’t enough of those moments to keep me very interested.
Dragonforce fans will probably eat this stuff up, but I found Ultra Beatdown lacking. I hear a lot of flash in their playing, but I don’t hear enough substance to back it up. There is no doubt that these guys are extremely talented, but they need to slow the pace of their music below light speed if they want some career longevity in Dragonforce.
Check out Dragonforce on myspace at this link.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Heroes of Our Time
2. The Fire Still Burns
3. Reasons to Live
4. Heartbreak Armageddon
5. The Last Journey Home
6. A Flame For Freedom
7. Inside The Winter Storm
8. The Warrior Inside
ZP Theart – Lead vocals
Herman Li – Lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Sam Totman – Lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Vadim Pruzhanov – Keyboards, backing vocals
Dave Mackintosh – Drums, percussion, backing vocals
Frédéric Leclercq – Bass guitar, backing vocals
I don’t make it a secret that Buckcherry is one of my favorite bands out there so of course I jumped at the chance for the opportunity to interview guitarist Keith Nelson. I thought it was a great interview, there were a lot of questions I didn’t get to ask because there wasn’t enough time but that is ok I will save them for the next time. Here is what he had to say, Enjoy!
HRH: Buckcherry recently wrapped up the inaugural Cruefest, how did you think the tour went
Keith Nelson: I thought it was phenomenal, a lot of fun
HRH: What were some of the other bands on the bill that you watched when you had a chance?
Keith Nelson: Papa Roach they are a great live band and of course the Crue they were just over the top.
HRH: Do you think Buckcherry will go out with Cruefest next year?
Keith Nelson: Definitely if we get the chance.
HRH: Buckcherry did over 300 shows in support of 15 are you looking at the same kind of tour for “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: We were thinking of maybe 600 or 700. Just kidding, Yeah you know we are a live band and that is what we do so going out on the road and living out on the pirate strip as they call it and making rock-n-roll 6 nights a week is kinda what we do.
HRH: 15 was recorded in 15 days how long did it take to record “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: 21 days on this record
HRH: When it comes to writing is everyone involved or is it you and Josh?
Keith Nelson: Everyone is involved, every song ultimately ends up in the room with all 5 guys weighing in regardless of where it starts. A lot of times Josh and I will come up something, get it pretty much completed, take it in and start rehearsing it. I want to hear what the other guys in my band think of it and see if they have any ideas.
HRH: Is there a story behind the title “Black Butterfly”?
Keith Nelson: Not really, well I guess the only story is there was a song called “Black Butterfly” that we all loved but ultimately didn’t make the record. Not because it was inferior to anything else but in the big picture of the record that piece just didn’t seem to fit, we loved it and certainly it will see the light of day at some point. But when we were coming up with concepts for the cover the image of the Black Butterfly was kind of stuck in my head so I proposed that as the title of the record and everyone seemed to like it.
HRH: So far there are 3 songs available for the fans to hear with, Too Drunk, Rescue Me, and Don’t Go Away, what are some of the other songs you like off the album?
Keith Nelson: Well there is a song called “Cream” that ends the record that is a pretty special song. It was written and rewritten and left for dead and then rewritten again and that is one of my favorite songs on the record. There is a song called “Imminent Bailout” which I think is probably one of the best rock songs I’ve ever written as far as sheer rock-n-roll intensity. There are so many songs, there is a song called “Rose” that I think is a great stretch for us as far as sonically in our approach to songwriting. Man there is a lot of great songs on the record.
HRH: Was the band surprised by the reaction of “Too Drunk” when it was leaked?
Keith Nelson: You know it is crazy how that all went down cause we actually finished mixing the record on a Sunday and 3 or 4 days later we left to start Cruefest, while that was all kind of going on while we were out of the road. Obviously it is in our best interest to present our record in a very structured, you know thought out way and with all the songs being passed around to different people for mastering, remixing, and what not unfortunately that song leaked. In this day and age we just kind of make the best of what we got so once the song was out there we just kind of had to follow it but it wasn’t our first choice for what the single was going to be.
HRH: You always have extra songs on the singles and imports, has there ever been any talk of putting out a B-sides album?
Keith Nelson: Yeah, I mean there hasn’t actually been any talk but it’s funny because early on the B-sides were very much, well you could tell why those songs weren’t on the record and now the left over tracks are as good as anything on the record but you can only put so many songs on a record. You never know I’m sure at some point after we have more of a discography behind us there will be some more special stuff.
HRH: After “Time Bomb” Buckcherry went on hiatus and you and Josh end up recording some songs with the guys from Velvet Revolver. The story goes there were 10 or so songs recorded is there a chance they will ever be made available to the public?
Keith Nelson: Well what happened with those songs is they were actually live recordings that we would make in a rehearsal room, they were multi-tracked. We didn’t make a record but we did do a very detailed recording of them in a live situation. They do exist, I do have them but they will never see the light of day.
HRH: In the past you played with Huck Johns and now he is playing with JB, Devon, and Yogi in a project called Black Robot. Is that something you helped put together?
Keith Nelson: I have no knowledge of that and know nothing about it.
HRH: Legend has it that you and Josh started Buckcherry because you both love AC/DC. Have you had a chance to hear their new single yet?
Keith Nelson: No but I am so excited about the new AC/DC record you have no idea.
HRH: With Cruefest finished and “Black Butterfly” tour starting up who are some of the bands you are looking at opening for you?
Keith Nelson: Well we start this next leg of the tour in a few days with Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown, and Saving Abel, which are all great bands that is going to be a fun, fun tour. Airbourne is awesome, I would love to have Airbourne and we are actually going to do some dates with those guys in Japan.
HRH: If you could put together a Cherryfest and you could have any 5 bands past or present on the bill who would it be?
Keith Nelson: Well we would have AC/DC close the show for us and we would go on right before them. Right before us or maybe flip flopping every night we would have Stone Temple Pilots and Rage Against the Machine and I would probably get Muddy Waters to start things off.
And with that we wrapped the interview up, like I said earlier I think it was a great interview, very relaxed and laid back Keith was extremely easy to talk too. I definitely look forward to talking to him again if and when I get the chance.
Buckcherry will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Monday night September 8 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Buckcherry at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go toww.RocklineRadio.com
Buckcherry will also perform a plugged-in live set!
Bravewords has reported that QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS’ forthcoming album, The Cosmos Rocks, will be released on CD in North America via Hollywood Records/Universal on October 14th. The album will be out via EMI throughout the rest of the world on September 15 as a regular CD and Limited Edition CD/DVD and double-LP.
The Cosmos Rocks tracklisting is as follows: ‘Cosmos Rockin”, ‘Time To Shine’, ‘Still Burnin”, ‘Small’, ‘Warboys’, ‘We Believe’, ‘Call Me’, ‘Voodoo’, ‘Some Things That Glitter’, ‘C-Lebrity’, ‘Through The Night’, ‘Say It’s Not True’, ‘Surf’s Up . . . School’s Out!’, ‘Small Reprise’.
The Cosmos Rocks – the first new studio album involving Queen since 1995 – was produced and performed by Brian May, Paul Rodgers and Roger Taylor. Co-produced and engineered by Joshua J Macrae, Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson. All tracks were written by Queen + Paul Rodgers.
Have you heard the new song C-Lebrity? Check it out below, and let us know what you think about it!
With the release of Nightmare Revisited, 20 recordings and covers of the music, mayhem, and merriment from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas; Walt Disney Records has just released an interactive widget for the upcoming release, allowing listeners to hear clips of the entire soundtrack. Adding a new tantalizing twist to Nightmare favorites, Nightmare Revisited boasts an eclectic array of unreleased music from today’s artists, including Korn, Marilyn Manson, and Flyleaf.
Go here to get ringtones, download buddy icons, and hear clips of each song.
Click here to go to the Nightmare Revisited widget.
Multi-Platinum Artist 3 Doors Down adds Lancaster rock band Negative Space to their lineup on their September 13th performance at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. They will start the night of rock off at 6:30pm followed by other chart toppers Finger Eleven, Hinder and 3 Doors Down.
Negative Space has been touring to promote their recently released album “Storylines.” With increasing exposure from playing with other major acts Alter Bridge (Former members of CREED) and Breaking Benjamin, this small town band from PA are ready for the big time. They are profiled in Revolver Magazine and the first single “Honestly” has received regional radio spins as well as rotation on Music Choice and AOL Radio.
Negative Space has reached the pinnacle in their songwriting with songs that deliver guitar-driven rock with the lyrics of maturity that reach fans young and old. Their intense blend of mainstream rock and indie-pop hooks are delivered with raw punk energy. Their style unites the mature driven rock songs of the likes of Foo Fighters with the energy and stage show of Green Day.
Blabbermouth.net is reporting that WARRIOR SOUL, the band fronted by legendary singer Kory Clarke, is the latest act to announce (jokingly or not) that it has selected “Chinese Democracy” — the name of the perennially delayed new GUNS N’ ROSES LP — as the title of its new album. The CD will be available exclusively at shows on WARRIOR SOUL’s forthcoming U.S. tour, which begins on October 16 at the Double Door in Chicago, Illinois.
WARRIOR SOUL’s “Chinese Democracy” will receive its retail release in January. UK fans will also have an opportunity to buy the album at shows during WARRIOR SOUL’s UK tour in December.
This is the first WARRIOR SOUL studio album to include the new lineup featuring;
Kory Clarke – Vocals
Rille Lundell – Guitar
Johnny H – Guitar
Janne Jarvis – Bass
Rob “Stevo” Stephenson – Drums
Recorded and written over a five-week period in Stockholm, Sweden and in the UK, WARRIOR SOUL’s “Chinese Democracy” was produced by Clarke, Lundell and Jarvis.
Stated Clarke: “I’m really proud of this album. It’s been great to make another WARRIOR SOUL record and this line up is the best I’ve ever had.” He continued, “People have been waiting for a long time to hear this record and I’m thrilled to finally release ‘Chinese Democracy‘.”
Co-producer and bassist Janne Jarvis had this to say: “This is an exciting, vital collection of songs. It’s unadulterated and uncompromising. It is essential WARRIOR SOUL.”
Songtitles set to appear on WARRIOR SOUL’s “Chinese Democracy” include “Motor City”, “Bad News (Rock ‘n’ Roll Boyfriend)”, “Fuck The Pigs” and “No Respect”.
WARRIOR SOUL’s current lineup has successfully toured Europe over the last two years and reports from both fans and media suggest that this is the band’s strongest formation yet.
Video footage of WARRIOR SOUL performing the song “Let’s Get Wasted” at Ace of Clubs in New York City on May 31, 2008 can be viewed below. The show marked WARRIOR SOUL’s first American concert in twelve years.
WARRIOR SOUL released a live album on April 14, 2008 through Livewire/Cargo Records. Entitled “Live In England”, the CD was recorded in London during the band’s October 2007 tour.
“Live In England” features many of the classic songs from the “Last Decade Dead Century”, “Drugs, God And The New Republic”, “Salutations From The Ghetto Nation”, “Space Age Playboys” and “Chill Pill” albums as well as a brand new song entitled “Bad News (Rock ‘n’ Roll Boyfriend)”.
For more information, visit www.myspace.com/warriorsoulinfo.
The new Squealer album “The Circle Shuts” will be released on September, 12, 2008. The first press reactions are more than promising, and the band impressed with a great live performance on their album release party last weekend. Those, who like to check out the new material live, are invited to join the “Metalfest 2008” which will take place in Friedewald (Germany) on October, 25, 2008.
Here is the tracklist of “The Circle Shuts”:
The Sources Of Ignition
Mask Of The Betrayer
Martyrs Of The Half Moon
I Came For You
The Circle Shuts
Limited Edition Bonus Tracks:
The Loss Of Independence
Bereft Of Senses
I Will Fight
Bonus Tracks taken from the first Squealer album “Human Traces” (recorded and mixed in May, 1989, by Kalle Trapp; remastered in July, 2008, by Mika Jussila and Minerva Pappi)
Sixx A.M. has released their third video in support of their CD, “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack”.
Check out the video “Tomorrow” below!
Billboard.com is reporting that Nickelback’s next studio album will arrive Nov. 18 via Roadrunner, just in time for the holiday retail season. First single “If Today Was Your Last Day” will hit U.S. radio outlets Sept. 30.
The Canadian rock outfit is recording the as-yet-untitled project in Vancouver with producer Mutt Lange, who hasn’t worked on a new album since ex-wife’s Shania Twain’s “Up” in 2003.
The album is the follow-up to 2005’s “All the Right Reasons,” which has sold an astonishing 6.9 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In July, Nickelback signed a multi-rights deal with Live Nation, including its recordings once its Roadrunner deal is completed. The band is expected to play Live Nation amphitheaters beginning next year.
Cruefest ’08 is now over and has been deemed a success.
If you could pick your own Cruefest bill for 2009, what 4 bands would you
choose to open for Motley Crue?
My Four choices are:
Also, if they want to turn this into a true festival environment, how about adding a second stage for 3 or 4 bands to play on?
Who would you pick for Cruefest 2009?
Airbourne posted the following bulletin this evening:
After 200+ shows this year, Joel’s suffering from strained vocal chords and is being forced under doctor’s orders to cancel the current USA dates with Motorhead. All that is needed is a couple of weeks rest & then the band will be back on the Road in Japan this Oct and then taking on a UK / Europe tour for the third time in ten months. The band is gutted that they can not play these shows with Motorhead & hope to see you all at a show soon.
Rock on & see you soon….
Grammy Award winners and hard rock legends Motörhead have been enlisted to provide their new song “Rock Out” as the official theme music for WWE’s September pay-per-view event, Unforgiven®. “Rock Out” is the lead track off Motörhead’s eagerly-awaited new album, Motörizer.
Beginning Monday, August 18th, “Rock Out” has been heard on all WWE television programming leading up to Unforgiven, which airs live on pay-per-view on Sunday, September 7 from the Quicken Loan Arena in Cleveland, OH. The song is also available for download via iTunes and streaming on WWE.com.
Millions of WWE fans are already quite familiar with Motörhead, as they perform “The Game”, the entrance theme for WWE Champion Triple H®. Motörhead and Triple H have been a successful tag team in the past; Motörhead performed additional theme songs “King of Kings” and “Line in the Sand” for Triple H and his former stable, Evolution.
Motörizer, Motörhead’s 24th studio album, was released in the U.S. on August 26. Motörhead will also embark on a national tour beginning this week. An iconic hard rockband that continues to forge ahead and not look back, Motörhead has influenced generations of bands and are revered by the likes of Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica, who have all paid tribute to the Motörhead legend. Much like the WWE, Motörhead is supported by legions of devoted fans and has made a lasting impression on pop culture.
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Additional information on Motörhead can can be found at http://www.iMotorhead.com and http://www.myspace.com/Motorhead.
Fans are encouraged to call to speak with David by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to
Accordint to the Associated Press, Members of the 1980s rock band whose pyrotechnics sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people have agreed to pay $1 million to survivors and victims’ relatives, according to court papers filed Tuesday.
The settlement offer from Great White is the latest stemming from the February 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. Roughly $175 million has now been offered by dozens of defendants to settle lawsuits over the blaze, which also injured more than 200 people and was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
The band does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the settlement, which requires the approval of the more than 300 people suing, among other conditions.
The blaze began when the band’s tour manager, Daniel Biechele, shot off streams of pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. Sparks from the pyrotechnics ignited inexpensive packaging foam the club owners had used as soundproofing around the stage. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire.
Though the band members were never charged, Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was paroled in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence.
Biechele is covered under the settlement, as are lead singer Jack Russell and other members of the band at the time of the fire. The settlement also covers the record label, manager and management company of the band at the time of the fire.
Great White’s insurer is covering the settlement. The insurer has previously said that $1 million was the maximum amount of the band’s insurance policy.
The band has said it had permission for the pyrotechnics, something club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian have denied.
Attorneys for the band did not return calls seeking comment.
No settlement money has been distributed so far.
A Duke University law professor has been appointed to work out a formula to determine how much money each person should receive.
The victims and survivors sued several dozen defendants after the fire, including foam companies, the rock radio station that ran advertisements for the concert, the club owners and the local fire marshal who failed to cite the club for the foam on the walls and ceilings.
The state of Rhode Island and the town of West Warwick each agreed last month to settle for $10 million.
The case has been settled in piecemeal fashion over the past 12 months, effectively erasing the possibility of a trial that some victims’ relatives had hoped could give them answers about the circumstances of the fire.
“I just feel that we’re never going to get the answers we need that would put some of this to rest for us,” said Chris Fontaine, whose son, Mark, was killed in the fire and whose daughter, Melanie, was badly injured.
She said she thought the band “was getting off easy” and would have faced a much more costly verdict if the case had gone to trial.
Great White, from Southern California, rose to popularity in the 1980s, boasting a blues-inflected hard rock sound and scoring a Grammy nomination for its best-known song, a cover of the tune “Once Bitten, Twice Shy.”
Besides Biechele, the only people charged as a result of the fire were the club owners, who pleaded no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in 2006. Michael Derderian will be out on parole next year. Jeffrey Derderian was spared jail time and given community service and probation. The brothers have been sued but have received bankruptcy protection.
Last September, Nikki Sixx’s harrowing memoir of addiction, “The Heroin” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Book Review nonfiction best-seller list. The book’s companion album, “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack” (Eleven Seven Music), is also a success, having landed the No. 2 Hot Mainstream Rock hit “Life Is Beautiful” and top 30 song “Pray for Me.”A year later, reception for “Diaries” is still warm. The Motley Crue bassist recently received a Prism Award from the Entertainment Industries Council that commended his accurate portrayal of addiction on the album. New single “Tomorrow,” which is being worked to radio, was recently selected by NAADAC, the Assn. for Addiction Professionals, as one of the themes for National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.
Sixx remains hot on the topic of recovery and is considering other methods to help spread awareness about National Recovery Month and the Mental Health Parity Act, which provides parity between health insurance coverage of mental health benefits and benefits for medical and surgical services.
“Here we are a year later and [I’m thinking], ‘What can I talk about, what can I say that will make people that are in recovery want to stand up and support Recovery Month?'” he says. “A friend of mine said, ‘You know, the fact that you did a really honest book and it changed people’s lives, that’s something to talk about.’ It’s a year later and the book is still selling, and it’s still changing people’s lives.”
Discussing the wisdom he’s gleaned from his own recovery efforts, Sixx he’s noticed preaching to addicts that they need to stop usually doesn’t help. The “Diaries” song “Accidents Can Happen” relates to how relapse is part of recovery.
“What I used to be told [was], ‘What the f*ck’s wrong with you? Why can’t you do like everybody else? Why can’t you stop? Why can’t you act right?'” he recalls, saying “Accidents Can Happen” attempts to convey that “We all fall off the wagon. It’s only one day, it’s not the rest of your life. Pick yourself up and go again. And I think if someone had told me that at times in my life, it would have been a lot better than being ripped apart.
The purpose of “Diaries” was to deliver a message to the masses. When it comes to his personal life, Sixx tries to show by example that sobriety is cool.
“I don’t make it like a bummer,” he notes, using the term “sobo cops” for people that get uptight if they see someone drinking and the like. “I’m in a rock band, you know. There’s drinking, and when I’m onstage I see waves of people smoking pot. Can you imagine if I was like sobo cop and was like, ‘I’m not going to perform if people smoke pot at my concerts?'” he says with a laugh. “It’s like, ‘Hey, man, do what you want to do, but if you have a problem, here’s an answer, and here’s some awareness.'”
Article Courtesy of Billboard.com
Frontiers Records announces the mainland Europe (excluding the UK) release of “Bang!” – THUNDER’s 9th studio album – on November 7th 2008.
Thunder are entering their 20th anniversary year with a brand new album recorded in 2008 at Walton Castle, near Bristol, in England. In a never ending quest for new recording experiences, the band decided not to return to Spain, where they recorded “Robert Johnson’s Tombstone”, instead opting for a seriously old castle in the west of England.
Singer Danny Bowes says: “We’ve known Marge the owner for years, and always felt her castle would make a great studio, but it was only last year that we decided to see if we were right. She loved the idea, so we dipped a toe in the water by shipping our recording kit down there for a few days, just to try it out with some guitar overdubs and percussion. It was perfect, with 2 foot thick stone walls, and loads of different rooms to choose from, everything sounded brilliant. It was a no brainer, we had do the whole album there, so we invaded the place, recorded 20 + songs, and stayed for 3 months. Marge loved it, and she got on the record too!”
Guitarist Luke Morley says “We’ve always made our best albums in a rural, English setting, so Walton Castle was the perfect location for us. We had cables and wires running everywhere but it was definitely worth it, as it’s the best sounding album we’ve ever made. I knew we had a great batch of songs so it was a question of giving ourselves the best possible circumstances to bring them all to fruition, and we definitely function better when we’re having fun. We moved in, set up our studio, frightened the local wildlife and befriended the local landlords (who were inconsolable when we moved out), as were the better looking sheep in the neighbouring field, well that’s what Harry said anyway…”
The band is also finalizing some tour dates in Europe for the beginning of 2009 to be announced in the near future. “Bang!” is once again a great collection of songs, assembled and delivered in the way only Thunder know how. Several are surely destined to become future Thunder classics.
On The Radio; Stormwater; Carol Ann; Retribution; Candy Man; Have Mercy; Watching Over You; Miracle Man; Turn Left At California; Love Sucks; One Bullet; Honey
A new 30 second audio clip of the new songs will go up on http://www.thunderonline.com every week between this week and the release date.
A couple of weeks ago, Rolling Stone put out the following article:
We don’t know who the next singer of Velvet Revolver will be, but he or she may want to avoid putting the Contraband song “Dirty Little Thing” on future set lists. The band has reportedly settled a plagiarism case with U.K. rocker Tony Newton, bassist of the band Voodoo Six, that alleged VR stole the riff and melody of “Dirty Little Thing” from Newton’s own “Cyber Babe,” which he wrote for his previous band Dirty Deeds.
“A couple of years back, a mate of mine in L.A. called me to say he’d heard what he thought was my song on the radio, and that he had been a bit shocked when he realized it was Velvet Revolver,” says Newton. “When I checked it out myself, I genuinely couldn’t believe it, because it wasn’t as if it was close… it was basically the same riff. Anyway, I called my publishers to check whether they knew anything — which, of course, they didn’t — and then basically left it with them. I never really expected to hear any more about it and was as surprised as anyone when I heard that Universal had settled with Velvet Revolver.”
And what a settlement it was: Newton will receive 20 percent of all royalties from Contraband and the single dating back to 2004, plus all future royalties on the song from commercial uses, live performances, digital sales, etc. He’s essentially being paid like he’s a member of the band, even though he never picked up an instrument for them.
Here is Velvet Revolver’s Dirty Little Thing released in 2004.
Here is a Dirty Deed’s Cyber Babe on their 1999 CD, Real World.
Hear the similarities?! This makes me wonder how many bands out there could file the same lawsuit.
Want to hear a preview of all of the clips off of Metallica’s new album, Death Magnetic?
The youtube movie below, has previews of all ten songs from Death Magnetic. September 12th can’t get here soon enough!
Rockarma has released a brand new video, “Bad June”, in support of their album, Bring It. You can read the Hard Rock Hideout review by clicking here.
Check out the video below.
Buckcherry was one of the bands at Cruefest that I was looking forward to almost as much as Motley Crue. I have heard by quite a few folks that Buckcherry puts on a great show, but I never caught them live until Cruefest.
Buckcherry’s set list included the songs, “Lit up”, “Next To you”, “Everything”, “Broken glass”, “Sorry”, “Too Drunk” and an over 13 minute version of “Crazy Bitch” to close the show out. “Crazy Bitch” was one of the songs that I was looking forward to. I thought this extended version was a little bit too over the top, and way too long. Buckcherry could have added two more songs to their set by the time they got done with this one. I would have loved to have heard a couple more of their older tunes.
Aside from the “Crazy Bitch” performance, I thought Buckcherry was very good. Josh Todd is a very good front man, and the band is very tight. I never put much thought into Buckcherry’s guitarists, but both Keith Nelson and Stevie D. were very good. Their performance wasn’t quite as athletic as Papa Roach’s, but they were fun to watch nonetheless. They are definitely one of the better bands on the Cruefest bill.
I am hoping to catch Buckcherry again in September at X-Fest in Dayton, Ohio with Avenged Sevenfold. Hopefully, they will do a normal version of Crazy Bitch the next time around.
You can watch the edited Crazy Bitch video here. (I cut out the 3 minute monologue at the beginning of the song).
Zebrahead released a video “Mental Health” in support of their new album, Phoenix.
Check it out here!
The Angels’ Face to Face was released in 1978, and in 1980 in the United States under the moniker Angel City (the U.S. already had a band named Angel). This band was influential on several hard rock acts including one of the more recent acts Airbourne. Knowing this, I had to seek out a copy of the Face to Face to see what The Angels had to offer.
The Angels have a sound that is riff-heavy, pub rock similar to but not the same as AC/DC. This band isn’t quite as heavy, and singer Doc Neeson’s voice isn’t as abrasive as Bon Scott’s or Brian Johnson’s voice.
The overall production value on Face to Face definitely sounds a little dated. Their is no question that this music came from the 70’s. While the music isn’t unlistenable, it is just doesn’t meet the quality of today’s recordings.
I don’t know if I would call Face to Face essential, but there are some good songs to found here. “Take a Long Line”, “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”, “Can’t Shake It” (which was later covered by Great White on their 1991 CD, Hooked), and “No Exit” are the best songs in my opinion. All of these tunes sound as if they would translate well live. They are songs that will get you on your feet, and get you rocking. A couple of these songs should have got some radio play in the U.S., but for whatever reason never seemed to crack the U.S. airwaves. It is a shame, as The Angels are solid act, even though they are largely unknown on U.S. soil.
Those of you looking to track down a copy of Face to Face are in luck. You can find new copies of this CD at Amazon.com for under 10 bucks. Check them out!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Take a Long Line
3. After the Rain
4. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
5. Shadow Boxer
6. Comin’ Down
7. Out of the Blue
8. Can’t Shake It
9. Waiting for the World
10. No Exit
The Angels are:
Chris Bailey – bass
Graham “Buzz” Bidstrup – drums, vocals
John Brewster – rhythm guitar, vocals
Rick Brewster – lead guitar, vocals
Doc Neeson – lead vocals
Drowning Pool has released a new video “37 Stitches“, in support of their 2007 CD, Full Circle.
Check it out below.
Iced Earth has posted previews of several new cuts off of their up and coming disc, The Crucible of Man, Something Wicked Part II. Go the Iced Earth myspace page and check out the new cuts, “Crucify the King”, “Divide Devour”, “Come What May”, “In Sacred Flames”, “Behold the Wicked Child”, and “A Gift or Curse”. The new songs sound awesome! Check them out!
The Crucible of Man has the following scheduled release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: September 5
United Kingdom and Europe: September 8
USA and Canada: September 9
Bang Camaro has posted a new song called “Night Lies” on their myspace page. This new song is available for download through CD Freedom and I-Tunes. Check it Out!
Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL will release its 30th-anniversary album, “Legacy”, on October 24 in Germany, October 27 in Europe and November 4 in the USA via Wacken Records/SPV. The CD will feature a plethora of special guests, including Tony Iommi (BLACK SABBATH), Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO), Lemmy and Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD, “Fast” Eddie Clarke (FASTWAY, ex-MOTÖRHEAD) and a couple of members of TWISTED SISTER. Even the group’s original guitarist Kelly Johnson, who died last year, can be heard on the opener “Everything ‘s The Same” with a special ghost appearance!
“Legacy” (see artwork below) track listing:
01. Everything’s The Same (feat. Kelly Johnson on percussion – her ashes)
02. From The Other Side
03. I Spy (Girlschool Mix)
04. Spend Spend Spend (feat. J.J. French guitar solo)
05. Whole New World (feat. Neil Murray – bass, Phil Campbell – lead guitar)
06. Just Another Day (feat. Phil Campbell – guitar solo)
07. Legend (feat. Neil Murray – bass)
08. Still Waters
09. Metropolis (MOTÖRHEAD cover) (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke – guitar solo)
10. Don’t Mess Around (feat. Eddie Ojeda – guitar solo)
12. Don’t Talk To Me (feat. Lemmy on bass, vocals and triangle)
13. I Spy (Dio/Iommi Mix) (feat. Ronnie James Dio on vocals, Tony Iommi on lead guitar)
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