On the strength of their video for Sorry, which has been airing in VH1’s Top 20 video countdown for a few weeks now, Buckcherry’s last CD, 15 is still selling well.
15 has been on the chart for 100 weeks! This week, it hit #40 on the top Album chart, and was certified Platinum in January.
The video for Sorry has been in the top 10 for a few weeks now.
Sweden’s Engel has released a new video, Casket Closing in support of their new CD, Absolute Design, which is available now!
Check out the new video, Highway Survivor by the Finnish band, Armour!!
The Sword’s brand new music video – for the song ‘Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians’ – sees its world online premiere today via Stereogum. Click Here to view the video.
‘Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians’ is taken from The Sword’s impending new album, Gods of the Earth, which will drop on April 1, via Kemado Records. The follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut Age of Winters, Gods of the Earth was recorded at Folkvang Studios in Austin, TX, and is said to be “more ambitious, more accomplished and simply bigger.”
The Austin, TX-based quartet has announced both U.S. and United Kingdom headlining tours in support of the much anticipated new album. The Sword will launch a UK headlining trek on March 25 in Nottingham. The tour will hit London’s Underworld venue on April 3. Support on The Sword tour will be provided by Oakland, CA quartet Saviours and San Francisco’s Black Cobra.
On April 14, The Sword will kick off a west coast U.S. headlining run. The 13 city jaunt will feature support from Slough Feg and Brooklyn progressive thrash trio Children. Additional The Sword U.S. headlining dates are expected to be announced in the immediate future.
The Sword has also been announced as one of the featured artists of the 2008 Bonnaroo Music Festival, set to take place June 12-15 in Manchester, TN. Known for showcasing “some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles,” Bonnaroo 2008 will see The Sword perform alongside such acts as Metallica, Sigur Ros, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, The Raconteurs, M.I.A. and Willie Nelson. A full listing of upcoming The Sword live dates follows this message.
The final track listing for Gods of the Earth is as follows:
- 1.) The Sundering
2.) The Frost Giant’s Daughter
3.) How Heavy This Axe
5.) Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians
6.) To Take the Black
7.) Maiden, Mother & Crone
8.) Under the Boughs
9.) The Black River
10.) The White Sea
The Sword features guitarist / vocalist J.D. Cronise, guitarist Kyle Shutt, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Trivett Wingo.
Check out Prong’s new video, The Banishment, from their new CD, Power of the Damager.
Daniel MacMaster, who released two albums with Bonham, died suddenly last night. As Bonham’s vocalist, Daniel reached the Top 40 with the band’s 1989 album Disregard Of Timekeeping, thanks in part to the single “Wait For You”. In 2006 Daniel released a solo album called Rock Bonham…And The Long Road Back on Suncity Records. Daniel’s bandmate in Monkey-MacMaster, Jimmy D, posted the following today:
With a heavy heart I am sad to say that last night my dear friend Daniel passed away.
Daniel and I started working together in early 2005. We found a writing chemistry and friendship like no other…in the world we loved called music. Now at this moment, it’s hard to believe he is gone. We spoke weekly, holidays, birthday’s…always, and I will miss the short time we had together. The writing, the jokes, and the stories. In my eyes he was an extremely talented musician. He taught me so much that I was lacking as a songwriter, and now there will be a void. Knowing now that our plans for releasing music performing together this year will never come to pass, saddens me beyond belief. He and I had our heart set on getting MONKEY-MACMASTER and his solo effort “out to the masses”, as he put it.
My heart and prayers go out for his family through this difficult time.
I will miss you brotha. Forever your dear friend,
Kivel Records artist, TNA released a studio video, for their song, Do You Remember.
This is off the band’s 2004 CD, Branded.
What do you guys and girls think of Dragonforce? XM Radio 41, The Boneyard had this band’s tunes worked into their regular playlist.
Check out the video below for Through the Fire and and Flames.
Check out the video Miss Murder by AFI!
After listening to the video below, I would have never guessed Skillet to be a CCM group.
Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
Check out the London band, Big Linda, and their video, I Don’t Even Like You. You can find the band on myspace here!
Check out the new video Faith, by Voodoo Six! For more information on the band, check out their website!
Are you ready to be bitten by the Danko Jones bug? Check out the video for incredibly infectious tune, First Date!
Check out Meldrum’s video, Purge. This is from the album, Blowin’ Up The Machine, which is in stores now!
Check out the new video by Raliegh, North Carolina’s Widow.
Check out the Nick Black Band’s new video, Sorry!
Check out the new video, XOXOXO, by Canada’s Secret and Whisper!
Check out the latest video by Australian Rockers, Rose Tattoo, “Man About Town”!
Check out Fumble’s new video, Burning Down.
A Nervous Wreck opened for The Bulletboys last Thursday night. I have seen this band a few times, in the past. Either my Samuel Adams was distorting my perception, or they were much better than the last time I seen them play live. They had a tight set that included covers of Motley Crue, L.A. Guns, Poison songs and a few of their own original tunes.
The Bulletboys returned to Cincinnati, Ohio’s The Blue Note for the first time in many years. It has been 12 years since I have seen the band perform. Marq Torien is the only original member of the band. I knew this going into the show, so I didn’t expect a whole lot, but I have been a fan of this group for a while, so I came to check out the concert anyway.
The band arrived a little late, as they just drove in from Yonkers, NY, but they were still able to put on a solid show. Marq may be the last original member of the Bulletboys, but he proves to be the most important one. Torien’s voice hasn’t changed one bit since the band’s debut CD from 1989. The band backing him up was very good, and Torien also proved to have some pretty good skills on the six string as well.
The band played a short but tight set that included, Talk To Your Daughter, THC Groove, Rock Candy, For the Love of Money, Hard as a Rock, Hell on My Heels, Kissin’ Kitty, Hang on St. Christopher and the mandatory Smooth Up In Ya.
Torien mentioned during the show, that they will be on the road later this year with…….The Foo Fighters.
I enjoyed this show, and will certainly catch them again this summer when they go back on tour. I got the chance to talk to Marq and the rest of the band, after the show. They seem pretty excited about their new CD coming out this year, and their up and coming tour this summer.
There are a few dates remaining on this short club tour. Don’t miss them when they head your way!
I hope you enjoy the videos below!
Check out The Binges video, Motorcycle Song below!
Loudness has released a new video, for their up and coming CD, Metal Mad.
Check it out!!
The most famous of the Other Guy’s would have to be, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson.
After the death of Bon Scott, Brian Johnson joined AC/DC in 1980. Back in Black is still AC/DC’s most successful album today!
Former Black N’ Blue front man, Jamie St. James replaced Jani Lane as singer of Warrant in 2006. The band released one album, with St. James, Born Again. This appears to be the last recording with Jamie, as all of the current news points to a Warrant reunion (to be announced on March 4th) with Jani Lane.
I still remember the day when I heard Pull Me Under on the radio for the first time. I was out of town for business in Detroit. The DJ didn’t say who it was, but I was immediately blown away. I had to know who this was, and quickly.
Images and Words was the release that opened up the world of progressive metal for this listener. At the time of this album’s release, glam metal was on the decline. Progressive metal offered listeners something new, and Images and Words, quickly put Dream Theater on top of the progressive metal scene.
Images and Words is Dream Theater’s second release, and the first for singer James Labrie. The first CD, When Dream and Day Unite, didn’t take off, and the band’s singer Charlie Dominici was fired. The band didn’t start gaining success until James Labrie joined the group.
I did not start paying attention to this genre of metal until I heard this album. Images and Words offers a somewhat unique style that was certainly ground breaking to me, and many others. The musicianship on this record is nothing short of stellar. John Petrucci showcases his awesome guitar skills, and Mike Portnoy proves to be one of the best drummers out there. James Labrie’s great voice ties it all together for one nice package.
There are a few songs that blend well with mainstream metal including Pull Me Under, Another Day, and Take the Time. It isn’t until later in the album where you find gems like Metropolis Part 1, a nine minute monster of a song that seems to fly by. Dream Theater can craft heavy tunes, and turn on a dime, and create music that is AOR quality. They back up their tunes with incredible live performances. For this listener, Images and Words is still an extraordinary listening experience. This release is essential for all progressive rock and metal fans.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Pull Me Under
2. Another Day
3. Take The Time
5. Metropolis – Part 1 “The Miracle And The Sleeper”
6. Under A Glass Moon
7. Wait For Sleep
8. Learning To Live
Dream Theater is:
James LaBrie – vocals
John Myung – bass
John Petrucci – guitars, vocals
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, vocals
Kevin Moore – keyboards
In 1993, Asphalt Ballet was pushed by their record label into adapting a more grunge style and look, in order to stay current. Gary Jeffries left the band. He wasn’t interested in the new modern sound or look. New singer Tommy Dean was brought on board, and the band’s second album, Pigs was recorded. The album tanked, but I thought it was kind of cool.
The video below, Angry Youth, is a track off of the Pigs album.
In 1993, John Bush from Armored Saint became the other guy in Anthrax. John replaced Joey Belladonna as the singer of Anthrax. The band went on to record four CD’s with John Bush: The Sound of White Noise, Stomp 442, Volume 8: The Threat is Real, and We’ve Come For You All.
The video below is the song Only, from The Sound of White Noise.
The band has announced a new singer in 2008, newcomer Dan Nelson.
The band Swedish band, Midnight Scraper has a video out for their tune, Prove Me Wrong.
Check it out below!
One of my favorite CD’s of all time is Tesla’s Mechanical Resonance. I remember the fateful day I picked the cassette (Remember those?) of Mechanical Resonance up, the day this was released. I got it from the now defunct Record and Tape Outlet (RTO) store. Once listen later, I was calling all of my friends, telling them that they needed to pick this one up pronto.
This disc was released when the whole glam metal scene was about to peak. Tesla often gets lumped together with many of the other bands in the hair metal era. I don’t think Geffen Records knew what to do with Tesla at the time, and were wrongly catagorized as a hair metal band.
Tesla was a never a band about hair spray, and glam clothes and makeup. They were, and still are about great hard rock music. Mechanical Resonance is the band’s first offering into the rock world, and it is a damn good one. Twenty two years later and Mechanical Resonance always finds itself at the top of my play list.
Going over the track list, I can’t find one song, that I do not enjoy. Jeff Keith’s vocals always put a smile on my face. Frank Hannon and Tommy Skeoch are easily one of the best guitar tandems to come out of the 1980’s.
I have been fortunate enough to see this band perform these songs live several times, and I haven’t ever been disappointed. Mechanical Resonance is simply an incredible piece of rock, that no fan should be without.
Rating:Out of 10
1. Ez Come Ez Go
2. Comin’ Atcha Live
3. Gettin’ Better
4. 2 Late 4 Love
5. Rock Me To The Top
6. We’re No Good Together
7. Modern Day Cowboy
9. Little Suzi
10. Love Me
11. Cover Queen
12. Before My Eyes
Jeff Keith – Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars
Troy Lucketta – Drums
Tommy Skeoch – Guitars
Brian Wheat – Bass