The Offspring has announced a June 17 street date for its new Columbia effort “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” and the offering of a free download of first single “Hammerhead.”
“Hammerhead” became available today (May 5) on the band’s official Web site, offspring.com. Users need to provide an email address to receive a link to a high-quality MP3 of the track, which comes free of digital rights management.
“Rise and Fall,” a 12-track set originally due in March, was produced by Bob Rock, best known for his work with Motley Crue and Metallica. Lead singer Dexter Holland told Billboard in January that he also received guidance from Rick Rubin throughout the recording process, describing the legendary producer as an “invaluable resource.”
Holland, who said Rock didn’t alter the band’s Southern California punk sound too much, called its eighth studio effort the “best thing we’ve ever done — we spent over a year and a half on it, and it shows.”
Besides a CD and digital release, a gatefold vinyl edition of “Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace” will come bundled with a free digital download of the album.
Here is the track list to ”Rise And Fall, Rage And Grace”:
2. Trust In You
3. You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid
5. A Lot Like Me
6. Takes Me Nowhere
7. Kristy, Are You Doing Okay?
9. Stuff Is Messed Up
10. Fix You
11. Let’s Hear It For Rock Bottom
12. Rise And Fall
Here are the Offspring’s initial summer tour dates:
May 16: San Diego (91X X-Fest)
May 17: Irvine, Calif. (KROQ Weenie Roast)
May 18: Santa Barbara, Calif. (KJEE Summer Round Up)
May 30: Madrid, Spain (Electric Festival)
June 6: Lisbon, Portugal (Rock in Rio Festival)
June 7: Nürburg, Germany (Rock am Ring Festival)
June 8: Nuremberg, Germany (Rock im Park Festival)
June 13: Interlaken, Switzerland (Greenfield Festival)
June 14: Donington Park, England (Download Festival)
July 4: Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic (Rock For People Festival)
July 5: Sopron, Hungary (Volt Festival)
July 6: Belfort, France (Eurockéennes Festival)
July 8: Athens, Greece (Rockwave Festival)
July 26: Denver (93.3 Big Gig)
Aug. 9: Baltimore (Virgin Mobile Festival)
This disc is an interesting mix of 70’s style glam in the vein of the New York Dolls, late 80s’s sleaze and punk rock.
The songs are short, 12 tunes clocking in under 40 minutes, and have a raw sound to them.
Joan Jett lends the band a hand on the tune Tearstained Letters. Their is also an interesting cover of the Credence Clearwater Revival classic Travelin’ Band. To me, these tracks are the definite stand outs on this record.
The Heart Attacks fall into the trap where one song after another starts to sound the same. The songs have a lot of energy, but they lack a lot of variety. It isn’t terrible but will certainly be detrimental to their success.
Are The Heart Attacks the next big thing? Probably not. Hellbound and Heartless does have a unique mix of styles that doesn’t sound like a lot of other releases coming out today.
This record is one that will probably appeal more to the punk crowd, than to today’s glam fans. If you like what you hear in the videos below, check out The Heart Attacks, at their myspace page.
Rating:Out of 10
1. You Oughtta Know By Now
2. Summer Of Hate
4. Travelin’ Band
7. Heart Attack
8. Fast Times Attached
9. Hellbound And Heartless
10. Tearstained Letters
11. Runnin’ With A Gang
12. City Sickness
The Heart Attacks are:
Chase Noles – Singer
Tuk – Lead Guitar
Dave – Guitar
Paul – Bass
Brad – Drums
When I Was A Planet is a somewhat entertaining fusion of Punk and Metal.
This sound of Invitro kind of reminds me of Suicidal Tendencies at times. There is a lot of humor in the lyrics which will certainly crack a few smiles with even the toughest hard rock fan.
The heavy sound of this record may not appeal to everyone. Fans of the genre will probably like this, but those looking for a more mainstream hard rock effort, are probably not going to enjoy this record. This album does however have a noteworthy moment.
When I was a Planet is pretty good. The video below is pretty funny! This is the least heavy song on the record, and I like this one quite a bit.
As a whole, I found the album, When I Was A Planet a little too heavy for my taste. If you like your music on the heavier side, check out Invitro. You can find more info on Invitro at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. New Disease
3. When I Was a Planet
9. Comb Over Party
11. Lucid May
13. Lemmy’s Bumps
14. Shark Attack