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Eagle Rock Entertainment is proud to announce the May 13 release of Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo 1993 on DVD, SD Blu-ray and double CD formats, from the incomparable Dio.

This is the first ever video release of this classic 1993 concert and includes anthems such as “Holy Diver,” “Rainbow In The Dark,” “Strange Highways,” “Stand Up And Shout,” “Man On The Silver Mountain,” “Heaven And Hell,” “We Rock,” and more. Filmed at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on December 12, 1993, this concert film captures the then newly-reformed Dio on the last night of their European tour in support of the Strange Highways album. This powerful performance is presented in DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo.

In addition to this amazing concert, the AV formats offer a bonus Behind-The-Scenes feature entitled “Hangin’ With The Band”.

One of the most influential and celebrated vocalists / frontmen of hard rock and heavy metal, the late Ronnie James Dio’s commanding vocals and mammoth stage presence has resonated with generations of fans. His sophisticated, classical vocalization mixed with imaginative, fantastical song themes was genre-defining, establishing him as one of music’s most beloved icons. Live In London: Hammersmith Apollo masterfully captures him and his namesake band, Dio.

TRACK LISTING:
Dio live in london1) Stand Up And Shout
2) Strange Highways
3) Don’t Talk To Strangers
4) Evilution
5) Pain
6) The Mob Rules
7) Children Of The Sea
8) Holy Diver
9) Heaven And Hell
10) Man On The Silver Mountain
11) Drum Solo
12) Heaven And Hell (reprise)
13) Jesus, Mary & The Holy Ghost
14) Hollywood Black
15) The Last In Line
16) Rainbow In The Dark
17) We Rock
18) Here’s To You








MACHINE HEAD are proud to announce their first round of tour dates in 2014 for North America. The 11 date “Killers & Kings Tour” will serve as an album primer for more dates in the U.S., but more importantly will hit numerous cities that MACHINE HEAD hasn’t headlined in for over a decade, or in several cases, never headlined, or even played, at all.

Machine Head killers n kingsSays vocalist / guitarist Robb Flynn, “When we played the Mayhem festival last year, we decided to do some warm up dates beforehand to shake off the rust. We decided to book them into extremely small, intimate venues where we could put on a really intense show without our usual bells and whistles. These venues were in (what is known in the touring industry as) ‘B and C markets’, (basically, not NY, LA, Chicago, Detroit, etc…). We played in Spokane, Portland, and Fresno, and the shows were so fucking amazing, so fucking hot and sweaty, so fucking life affirming, and just so much god damn FUN, as soon as we were done, we vowed that we had to do it again and go on tour in America hitting all the places that we rarely ever get to.

“Part of the reason we don’t hit these places, is that sometimes their local economy just can’t afford to pay as well as a major city. As a band, MACHINE HEAD have always made the effort to re-invest in our band rather than pocket the money. We’ve done a lot of tours where we lost buttloads of cash, all in the name of giving our fans the best show of their lives. That is what is most important to us.

“And with that said, we’re probably gonna lose some moolah doing this club run. But you know what? The way we look at it, this is also re-investing in our band, by investing in the most important thing we have, YOU! It’s giving the die-hard MACHINE HEAD fans, the Head Cases in the nooks and crannies of America, the places that are often starving for live music, something special and unforgettable.

“And local bands you are welcome to jump on in every city. Because this will be the first time that we’ve ever played a lot of these cities, we’re not even sure if we HAVE fans there, but we believe we can break even!

“So Head Cases, all that I ask of you, is that if you live in or near any of these cities, and are excited about MACHINE HEAD coming to your town on the ‘Killers & Kings Tour… TELL PEOPLE! Call people, text people, email people, Share, Tweet, pester, harass, guilt, and shame motherfuckers into going and having a great god damned time at a MACHINE HEAD show!! The better these shows do, the better the chances of us coming back. It’s a risk for us, but you guys are worth the risk!

“We’re all in this together! HELP US start a tradition of being able to hit the nooks and crannies of America EVERY MACHINE HEAD tour! Make history my friends!

“See you on tour! Now plunder!!!

“KILLERS & KINGS” TOUR
MACHINE HEAD

05/11/14 Boone, IA @ Central Iowa Expo **(LazerFest)
05/17/14 Pomona, CA @ Fox Theater **(Scion Music Fest)
07/08/14 Fresno, CA @ Strummers
07/10/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
07/11/14 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
07/13/14 Billings, MT @ The Carlin
07/15/14 Fargo, ND @ The Venue
07/17/14 Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s
07/19/14 Oshkosh, WI @ Ford Festival Park **(Rock USA Fest)
07/21/14 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
07/23/14 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
07/24/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
07/25/14 Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom








Ready to blaze back into North America with appearances at this year’s Rocklahoma & River City Rock festivals after their all-out assault through Europe, kick-ass hard rockers SCORPION CHILD from Austin, Texas will launch a headlining tour this spring with Pennsylvania’s space rockers CROBOT supporting. The trek will start off on May 26th in Dallas, Texas, includes two shows in Canada, and ends in Nashville, Tennessee on June 8th.

Checking in from Berlin, Germany, SCORPION CHILD vocalist Aryn Jonathan Black shares the following about their return home:

We are enraptured to set out on our blitzkrieg U.S. tour of the Right Coast, Midwest, and Canada next month along with CROBOT. Do not miss this hard package!

Tour dates are:
scorpionchild tour admat05/24/14 Rocklahoma Festival – Pryor, OK
05/25/14 River City Rock Fest – San Antonio, TX
05/26/14 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX
05/27/14 The Station – Lafayette, LA
05/28/14 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
05/29/14 The Hive – Charleston, SC
05/30/14 Metro – Baltimore, MD
05/31/14 North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
06/01/14 Studio at Webster – New York, NY
06/02/14 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
06/03/14 Il Motore – Montreal, QC – CANADA
06/04/14 Coda – Toronto, ON – CANADA
06/05/14 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
06/06/14 Buster’s – Lexington, KY
06/07/14 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
06/08/14 The End – Nashville, TN







Last night at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards held at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, SLAYER surprised the capacity crowd with an unannounced performance, kicking off the show with a three-song set that included the global premiere of “Implode,” the band’s first new studio recording in five years.

slayer-holtRecorded earlier this month at Henson Studios in Los Angeles and produced by Terry Date with co-producer Greg Fidelman, “Implode” is now available as a free download as a “thank you” to the band’s fans for their continued support. As SLAYER guitarist Kerry King put it, “You’ve done for us, now we want to do for you.” Registered members of SLAYER’s fan club were the first to receive an e-mail to hear the song before it was made public. “Implode” can now be downloaded by all fans at www.SLAYER.net.

U.S. Tour Dates for MAY:
05/09/14 The Great Salt Air – Magna, UT
05/10/14 Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
05/11/14 Shrine Auditorium – Billings, MT
05/13/14 Uptown Theater – Kansas City, MO
05/15/14 The Pageant – St. Louis, MO
05/16/14 Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
05/17/14 Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH




Raleigh, NC thrash metallers Blatant Disarray have released their first video from the new album, “The Harbinger“. The video was directed by Blake Faucette.

Blatant Disarray - HarbingerWhen asked about the theme of the video guitarist and singer Mike Schaefer commented “Its kind of our take on the state of the music scene recently. It is also an attempt to make fun of ourselves. Sometimes metal videos are just too serious and dark and shit, we wanted to do the opposite of that.”

Dirt Records is set to release the new album on May 13th, 2014. Pre orders are open now via www.dirtrecords.net and iTunes.

The new album was recorded at Mike Schaefer’s own studio, Schaefer Sound Productions, in Raleigh, NC from March 2013 to January 2014. Over that 11 month time period, Schaefer personally produced, engineered, and mixed the record. When asked about the decision to take such a large role in the production process Schaefer said: “I’m not sure if I recommend it to be honest. There were a number of times throughout the process when I thought it was just a bad, bad idea and I should really be paying someone else to do this. In music, nothing is ever perfect. You have to be willing to let it go at some point and be happy with what you’ve captured. That can be tough when you wear so many hats. Now that it’s done, I am very happy we chose to do it this way. It has definitely been a great experience.

The Harbinger” shows a definite progression in the band’s sound. This is due in part to the addition of two new members to the band during the writing process for the album: drummer Trey McLamb, and bassist Patrick Strickland. These two musicians brought a new energy and style to the band that is palpable in the new recording. A number of special guest performances push this new sound even further, including guest vocals by Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity on “Arise” and “Born in a Body Bag”.

After taking a two-year break from the music scene to cope with the loss of original drummer and friend, Tim Worrell, Blatant Disarray has picked up where they left off, determined to make 2014 the best year in their 12 year career. Guitarist Ryan Johnson added, “It was a tough couple of years, and I honestly didn’t know if the band would continue. But the passion for music dies hard, therefore we die hard and keep fighting the good fight. We hope you join us for the ride.

Track Listing:
1. Arise
2. If Only
3. Sweet Relief
4. The Harbinger
5. There Will Be Pain
6. Knives
7. Quench
8. Eviscerate
9. Rust
10. Born in a Body Bag




CORROSION OF CONFORMITY
The Pour House Music Hall
2014-04-11
Raleigh, NC
Photos by: JAY BEADNELL







SPIRIT CARAVAN
The Pour House Music Hall
2014-04-11
Raleigh, NC
Photos by JAY BEADNELL







From Forbes.com:

once upon a time in shaolinSomewhere on the outskirts of Marrakech, Morocco, inside a vault housed beneath the shadow of the Atlas Mountains, there sits an engraved silver-and-nickel box with the potential to spawn a shift in the way music is consumed and monetized.

The lustrous container was handcrafted over the course of three months by British-Moroccan artist Yahya, whose works have been commissioned by royal families and business leaders around the world. Soon, it will contain a different sort of art piece: the Wu-Tang Clan’s double-album The Wu – Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, recorded in secret over the past few years.

Like the work of a master Impressionist, it will truly be one-of-a-kind—in lieu of a traditional major label or independent launch, the iconic hip-hop collective will make and sell just one copy of the album. And similar to a Monet or a Degas, the price tag will be a multimillion-dollar figure.

We’re about to sell an album like nobody else sold it before,” says Robert “RZA” Diggs, the first Wu-Tang member to speak on record about Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, in an exclusive interview with FORBES.We’re about to put out a piece of art like nobody else has done in the history of [modern] music. We’re making a single-sale collector’s item. This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king.

Wu-Tang’s aim is to use the album as a springboard for the reconsideration of music as art, hoping the approach will help restore it to a place alongside great visual works–and create a shift in the music business, not to mention earn some cash, in the process. The one-of-a-kind launch will be a separate endeavor from the group’s 20th anniversary album, A Better Tomorrow, which is set for a standard commercial release this summer.

To learn how you can listen (and possibly purchase for $1,000,000 or more) to the new album, click here.



From Billboard Magazine:

The frontman for gore-loving heavy metal band Gwar has died. Police have confirmed earlier reports that Dave Brockie, known to fans as Oderus Urungus, was found dead at his Richmond, Va. home on Sunday evening. The singer was 50.

Dave BrockieA Richmond police spokesperson told CBS 6 and the Richmond Times-Dispatch that a report of a deceased individual was made at approximately 6:53 p.m. ET. “When officers arrived, they found David M. Brockie, 50, deceased inside the home,” the statement reads. Foul play is not suspected at this time and officials are waiting for the Medical Examiner’s office to determine cause of death.

Jack Flanagan, the band’s manager, issued an official statement Monday morning confirming Brockie‘s death. A fellow member of Gwar found the singer’s body and next of kin has been notified, Flanagan said. “My main focus right now is to look after my band mates and his family,” he said. “More information regarding his death shall be released as the details are confirmed.”

Brockie formed Gwar in 1984 and was the last original member of the horror-inspired group. Band-members adopt outlandish, other-worldly characters like Beefcake the Mighty and Balsac the Jaws of Death, and their live concerts have become notorious for carrying out satirical scenes of blood-and-gore, often involving political or pop culture figures. The self-proclaimed “Scumdogs of the Universe” have released twelve studio albums, and were nominated twice at the Grammy Awards.

Kiss and Def Leppard have made their long-rumored tour together official. The two bands will share the stage at 40 venues across North America this summer, beginning June 23 in West Valley City, Utah.

All nine members of the two groups seemed to be in a fantastic mood during the Los Angeles-based press conference today, trading jokes about weight, ages, hair and inter-band relationships. Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot even offered a theory about the minor earthquake that rocked the city earlier in the day: “I think it was Gene, he dropped his wallet.

Kiss & Def Leppard Summer 2014 Tour Dates:
kiss6/23 — West Valley, UT — USANA Amphitheater
6/25 — Denver, CO — Pepsi Center
6/27 — Ridgefield, WA — Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/29 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
7/2 — Concord, CA — Concord Pavilion
7/3 — Wheatland, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/5 — Irvine, CA — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/6 — Chula Vista, CA — Sleep Train Amphitheatre
7/8 — Los Angeles, CA — The Forum
7/9 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 — Austin, TX — Austin360 Amphitheatre
7/13 — Dallas, TX — Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/15 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
7/16 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena
7/18 — Atlanta, GA — Aaron’s Amphitheatre
7/19 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion
7/20 — Raleigh, NC — Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/22 — West Palm Beach, FL — Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/23 — Tampa, FL — MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/25 — Bristow, VA — Jiffy Lube Live
7/26 — Holmdel, NJ — PNC Bank Arts Center
8/1 — Mansfield, MA — Xfinity Center
8/2 — Atlantic City, NJ — Boardwalk Hall
8/3 — Camden, NJ — Susquehanna Bank Center
8/5 — Saratoga, NY — Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/6 — Wantagh, NY — Nikon at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
8/8 — Virginia Beach, VA — Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
8/9 — Scranton, PA — Pavilion at Montage Mountain
8/10 — Hartford, CT — Xfinity Theatre
8/12 — Toronto, ONT — Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
8/13 — Darien, NY — Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/15 — East Troy, WI — Alpine Valley Music Theatre
48043_08.tif8/16 — Tinley Park, IL — First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/17 — Minneapolis, MN — Target Center
8/20 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena
8/22 — Noblesville, IN — Klipsch Music Center
8/23 — Clarkston, MI — DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/24 — Burgettstown, PA — First Niagara Pavilion
8/26 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
8/28 — Maryland Heights, MO — Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/29 — Tulsa, OK — BOK Center
8/31 — Woodlands, TX — Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion



Soundgarden & Nine Inch Nails will be touring together this summer. Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public Friday, March 21.

Nine-Inch-Nails-Soundgarden-Tour7/19* – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood
7/21* – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/24 – Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/26* – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
7/27 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
7/29* – Mansfield, MA @ Xfinity Center
7/30* – Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
8/1* – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre
​8/2* – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
8/4* – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
​8/5* – Virginia Beach, VA @ Farm Bureau Live at Lakewood
8/7* – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
8/8* – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/10* – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/11* – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union
8/14* – Austin, TX @ Austin360 Amphitheatre
8/16* – Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/17* – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/19* – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
8/21* – Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/22* – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/24* – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
8/25* – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl

* – Death Grips Supporting



Blatant Disarray, the Raleigh based thrash metal band, is set to release their second full length album, “The Harbinger”, on May 13th, 2014. This will be the band’s first release on their new record label, “Dirt Records”. The band’s previous record, “Everyone Dies Alone”, was released on Tribunal Records in 2010.

The new album was recorded at Mike Schaefer’s own studio, Schaefer Sound Productions, in Raleigh, NC from March 2013 to January 2014. Over that 11 month time period, Schaefer personally produced, engineered, and mixed the record. When asked about the decision to take such a large role in the production process Schaefer said: “I’m not sure if I recommend it to be honest. There were a number of times throughout the process when I thought it was just a bad, bad idea and I should really be paying someone else to do this. In music, nothing is ever perfect. You have to be willing to let it go at some point and be happy with what you’ve captured. That can be tough when you wear so many hats. Now that it’s done, I am very happy we chose to do it this way. It has definitely been a great experience.

The Harbinger” shows a definite progression in the band’s sound. This is due in part to the addition of two new members to the band during the writing process for the album: drummer Trey McLamb, and bassist Patrick Strickland. These two musicians brought a new energy and style to the band that is palpable in the new recording. A number of special guest performances push this new sound even further, including guest vocals by Reed Mullin of Corrosion of Conformity on “Arise” and “Born in a Body Bag”.

After taking a two-year break from the music scene to cope with the loss of original drummer and friend, Tim Worrell, Blatant Disarray has picked up where they left off, determined to make 2014 the best year in their 12 year career. Guitarist Ryan Johnson added, “It was a tough couple of years, and I honestly didn’t know if the band would continue. But the passion for music dies hard, therefore we die hard and keep fighting the good fight. We hope you join us for the ride.

THE HARBINGER Track Listing:
Blatant Disarray - Harbinger1. Arise
2. If Only
3. Sweet Relief
4. The Harbinger
5. There Will Be Pain
6. Knives
7. Quench
8. Eviscerate
9. Rust
10.Born in a Body Bag

The Harbinger” will be available for pre-sale on Dirt Records website (www.dirtrecords.net) on April 2nd. Look for the first single “There Will Be Pain” in April.








After more than three decades together, iconic rock ‘n roll band MÖTLEY CRÜE announced today their Final Tour and the band’s ultimate retirement. The announcement was solidified when the band signed a formal Cessation Of Touring Agreement, effective at the end of 2015, in front of global media in Los Angeles today. Celebrating the announcement of this Final Tour, the band will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live TONIGHT and will appear on CBS This Morning TOMORROW MORNING.

motley crue the final tourWith over 80 million albums sold, MÖTLEY CRÜE has sold out countless tours across the globe and spawned more than 2,500 MÖTLEY CRÜE branded items sold in over 30 countries. MÖTLEY CRÜE has proven they know how to make a lasting impression and this tour will be no different; Fans can expect to hear the catalogue of their chart- topping hits and look forward to mind-blowing, unparalleled live production. “When it comes to putting together a new show we always push the envelope and that’s part of Motley Crue’s legacy,” explains Nikki Sixx (bass). “As far as letting on to what we’re doing, that would be like finding out what you’re getting for Christmas before you open the presents. We think in an age of too much information, we’d like to keep some surprises close to our chest until we launch the Final Tour.”

The Final Tour presented by Dodge and produced by Live Nation will kick off in North America on July 2nd in Grand Rapids, MI and reach 72 markets before hitting international territories in 2015. To Live Nation MÖTLEY CRÜE tours are not only box office successes but artistically their shows have set the bar for production and entertainment value. “There’s no arguing that Motley Crue have been and always will be the definitive bad boys of rock and roll,” says Rick Franks, Live Nation’s Regional President of North America Concerts. “But behind all those notorious stories is a legendary rock band that has revolutionized heavy metal and created some of the biggest hits in music history. They are a hugely successful global brand and a touring powerhouse. Everyone at Live Nation has a tremendous amount of respect for these hard working and extremely talented gentlemen. The music industry will never have another Motley Crue.”

The Dodge brothers were a notorious duo, so it seemed only natural to partner with the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. “Whenever I talk to people about Motley Crue, the common thread is how cool and relevant the band remains even after 33 years,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “This irreverent ‘staying power’ resonates deeply with the Dodge brand as we turn the corner on our 100 year anniversary. What better way to celebrate the band’s final tour and the 25th anniversary of Kickstart My Heart than to do it together?

Fans can look forward to Very Special Guest ALICE COOPER joining MÖTLEY CRÜE for an incredible package – Alice invented the genre and MÖTLEY CRÜE put steroids in it! “Real hard rock bands are hard to find these days,” said Alice, continuing,”Motley has always gone on stage with one attitude and that’s to blow the audience away. That’s exactly how we do it. Putting Motley Crue and Alice Cooper together is going to be just what this summer really NEEDS. We’re going to go out there and tear it up, and I can’t wait to see Motley on stage. Motley Crue and Alice Cooper – A match made in… Armageddon?

As documented in the Cessation Of Touring Agreement the band signed at the press conference today, the band will not tour after this Final Tour. Band Attorney, Doug Mark of Mark Music & Media Law, explains “Other bands have split up over rancor or the inability of people to get along, but this is a mutual among all four original members and peaceful decision to move on to other endeavors and to confirm it with a binding agreement.Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, and Mick Mars will go their separate ways after the lengthy 2-year touring cycle. Tommy Lee (drums) explains “Everything must come to an end!! We always had a vision of going out with a big fucking bang and not playing county fairs and clubs with 1 or 2 original band members! Our job here is done!!!” Of the band’s tumultuous history, Mick Mars (guitar) adds “(It has been) more drama than ‘General Hospital’ it keeps ‘em watchin’ and they keep comin’ back.” Vocalist, Vince Neil says of the Finality of the tour – “I’ll miss playing with the guys but I won’t quit playing rock and roll!! I feel there are a lot of great opportunities and exciting projects after Motley.”

The Final Tour will coincide with the film made from MÖTLEY CRÜE’s NY Times Best-Selling book The Dirt. Jeff Tremaine (Bad Grandpa) has signed on to direct the opus that is set to debut in theaters globally in 2015, coinciding with The Final Tour. The Dirt is not only one of the best selling rock books of all time but also one of the greatest rock books of all time because of its brutal honesty, its unique voice, its multiple perspectives on the same events and its first-person inclusion of all members of the same band. Most rock memoirs are salacious mud-slinging accounts of a single person and MÖTLEY CRÜE was adamant to include the perspectives of all four of its members. Tremaine’s intention is to make, not just a great movie about a band, but a great movie about four misfits who, despite themselves and everyone else, band together to overcome the odds and change the history of Rock & Roll. “The Dirt’ is a movie I’ve wanted to make ever since I read the book in 2002,” says Tremaine. “I relate to the story on so many levels; my whole professional career has been about boys behaving badly, so I have a real connection to the material. It’s awesome to be working with the band at such an exciting time in Motley Crue’s history.” The film will be produced by the members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, Rick Yorn, Julie Yorn, Erik Olsen and 10th Street Entertainment.

MÖTLEY CRÜE Fan Club members will get the exclusive first crack at tickets and VIP Packages, via a unique code, beginning on Wednesday, January 29th starting at 10am local time. VIP ticket packages will be made available to the general public on Thursday, January 30th at 10am local time. The general public ticket on-sale for most shows is Friday, January 31st. All tickets and packages can be obtained via Ticketmaster.com, LiveNation.com, or via MotleyVIP.com.

07/02/14 GRAND RAPIDS, MI, UNITED STATES VAN ANDEL ARENA
07/04/14 MILWAUKEE, WI, UNITED STATES SUMMERFEST
07/05/14 NOBLESVILLE, IN, UNITED STATES KLIPSCH MUSIC CENTER
07/06/14 CINCINNATI, OH, UNITED STATES RIVERBEND MUSIC CENTER
07/08/14 COLUMBUS, OH, UNITED STATES SCHOTTENSTEIN CENTER
07/09/14 MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATRE
07/11/14 DES MOINES, IA, UNITED STATES WELLS FARGO ARENA
07/12/14 WICHITA, KS, UNITED STATES INTRUST BANK ARENA
07/13/14 TULSA, OK, UNITED STATES BOK CENTER
07/15/14 CEDAR PARK, TX, UNITED STATES CEDAR PARK CENTER
07/16/14 DALLAS, TX, UNITED STATES GEXA ENERGY PAVILION
07/18/14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM, UNITED STATES ISLETA AMPHITHEATER
07/19/14 PHOENIX, AZ, UNITED STATES AK-CHIN PAVILION
07/21/14 LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES HOLLYWOOD BOWL
07/22/14 IRVINE, CA, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPITHEATRE
07/23/14 MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, UNITED STATES SHORELINE AMPITHEATRE
07/25/14 RENO, NV, UNITED STATES RENO EVENTS CENTER
07/26/14 RIDGEFIELD, WA, UNITED STATES SLEEP COUNTY AMPITHEATER
07/27/14 AUBURN, WA, UNITED STATES WHITE RIVER AMPITHEATER
07/29/14 WHEATLAND, CA, UNITED STATES SLEEP TRAIN AMPITHEATER
07/30/14 CHULA VISTA, CA, UNITED STATES SLEEP TRAIN AMPITHEATER
08/01/14 SALT LAKE CITY, UT, UNITED STATES USANA AMPITHEATRE
08/02/14 DENVER, CO, UNITED STATES PEPSI CENTER
08/03/14 KANSAS CITY, MO, UNITED STATES SPRINT CENTER
08/05/14 STURGIS, SD, UNITED STATES STURGIS BUFFALO CHIP
08/06/14 SIOUX CITY, IA, UNITED STATES TYSON EVENTS CENTER
08/08/14 TINLEY PARK, IL, UNITED STATES FIRST MIDWEST BANK AMPITHEATRE
08/09/14 CLARKSTON, MI, UNITED STATES DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE
08/10/14 TORONTO, ON, CANADA MOLSON CANADIAN AMPITHEATRE
08/12/14 CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH, UNITED STATES BLOSSOM MUSIC CENTER
08/13/14 BURGETTSTOWN, PA, UNITED STATES FIRST NIAGARA PAVILION
08/15/14 PELHAM, AL, UNITED STATES OAK MOUNTAIN AMPITHEATRE
08/16/14 ALPHARETTA, GA, UNITED STATES VERIZON WIRELESS AMPITHEATRE @ENCORE PARK
08/17/14 TAMPA, FL, UNITED STATES MIDFLORIDA CREDIT UNION AMPITHEATRE
08/19/14 CHARLOTTE, NC, UNITED STATES PNC MUSIC PAVILLION
08/20/14 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, UNITED STATES FARM BUREAU LIVE AT VIRGINIA BEACH
08/22/14 BRISTOW, VA, UNITED STATES JIFFY LUBE LIVE
08/23/14 CAMDEN, NJ, UNITED STATES SUSQUEHANNA BANK CENTER
08/24/14 MANSFIELD, MA, UNITED STATES XFINITY CENTER
08/26/14 SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, UNITED STATES SARATOGA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
08/27/14 ALLENTOWN, PA, UNITED STATES GREAT ALLENTOWN FAIR
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LACUNA COIL are proud to unveil the album cover and track listing to ‘BROKEN CROWN HALO‘, their new studio album due April 1, 2014 in North America (March 31 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand) on Century Media Records. The album is the band’s seventh studio effort, and the highly-anticipated follow-up to ‘Dark Adrenaline‘, which was released in January 2012 and saw the band tour with acts including Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat, Sevendust and Paradise Lost after debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.

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BROKEN CROWN HALO‘ Track Listing:
Nothing Stands In Our Way
Zombies
Hostage To The Light
Victims
Die & Rise
I Forgive (But I Won’t Forget Your Name)
Cybersleep
Infection
I Burn In You
In The End I Feel Alive
On Cold Day

The band had this to say about the album artwork: “We are fighting for a kingdom and a crown that is not what it seems to be, one that in reality represents the moment of confusion we’re living in, and the very fragile situation we’re facing every day.

LACUNA COIL return to the road to introduce North America to ‘BROKEN CROWN HALO‘ as part of the REVOLVER HOTTEST CHICKS IN HARD ROCK TOUR, which launches February 20 and features LACUNA COIL sharing a stage with SICK PUPPIES, Century Media Records labelmates EYES SET TO KILL, and CILVER. The tour launches in Wilmington, NC, and runs through March 20 in Anaheim, CA. See complete itinerary below, and visit www.hottestchickstour.com for additional details and VIP packages.

hottest chicks in rock tourFEBRUARY:
20: Wilmington, NC – Ziggy’s By The Sea
21: Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
22: Lexington, KY – Buster’s
23: Springfield, VA – Empire
24: New York, NY – Irving Plaza
26: Worcester, MA – Palladium
27: Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
28: Columbus, OH – Alrosa Villa
MARCH
01: Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
02: South Bend, IN – Club Fever
05: Broussard, LA – The Station Live
06: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07: Austin, TX – Infest
08: Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey
10: Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
12: Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
14: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
15: Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
19: Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
20: Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues



Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville triumphantly returns to Jacksonville, Florida’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River April 26 and 27, bigger and better than ever.

Following 2013’s third annual event which drew over 25,000 people and garnered widespread media acclaim, the two-day destination music festival anchors the World’s Loudest Weekend and will feature a massive all-star rock lineup featuring co-headliners Avenged Sevenfold, The Cult, Rob Zombie, Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Staind. The initial daily band lineup for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville is as follows, with more to be announced:

rockville 2014Saturday, April 26
Avenged Sevenfold
The Cult
Motörhead
Volbeat
Alter Bridge
Chevelle
Hellyeah
Chiodos
Memphis May Fire
We Came As Romans
Middle Class Rut
Adelitas Way
Rev Theory
Fozzy
Butcher Babies
Devour The Day
We As Human
Evergreen Terrace
Monster Truck
Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner

Sunday, April 27
Korn, Rob Zombie
Five Finger Death Punch, Staind
Seether
Theory of a Deadman
Black Label Society
Black Stone Cherry
Trivium
Motionless In White
Sick Puppies
Skindred
The Pretty Reckless
Lacuna Coil
KYNG
Nothing More
Twelve Foot Ninja

Korn’s Jonathan Davis says, “Can’t wait for Rockville! We love coming to JAX – the fans there always bring it!

5FDP is incredibly excited to be part of the kickoff of the World’s Loudest Month,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Jeremy Spencer. “We are blessed to have so many fans in Florida that made it possible for the band to step up as a festival headliner standing beside giants like Korn and Rob Zombie! Thank you, Florida. See you all soon!

A special discounted ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville will be held from January 28-30. During the pre-sale, a limited number of discounted 2-day weekend General Admission and VIP tickets will be available for purchase. Weekend General Admission ticket pre-sale prices are as follows (plus fees):

Tuesday, January 28: $69.50
Wednesday, January 29: $79.50
Thursday, January 30: $89.50

To obtain a password to access the ticket pre-sale for Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, visit www.WelcomeToRockvilleFestival.com, www.FolioWeekly.com, www.RevolverMag.com, www.RevolverMag.com
or listen to your local rock radio station. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will also be available at select Metro PCS locations with no service fees.



Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion, the mid-Atlantic’s biggest rock festival, proudly returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC May 3 & 4 with a massive 2 day lineup including Avenged Sevenfold (who performed at the SOLD OUT inaugural Carolina Rebellion) and Kid Rock. Also features performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch and many more.

Featuring on-site camping, VIP packages and a lineup featuring today’s biggest rock bands, Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion–celebrating its second consecutive year at Rock City Campgrounds–has quickly grown to be the Carolinas’ Biggest Weekend of Rock in four short years.

The daily band lineup for the fourth annual Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion is:

Carolina Rebellion 2014Saturday, May 3
Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, Fozzy, Adelitas Way, Thousand Foot Krutch, KYNG, Nothing More, Devour The Day and Truckfighters

Sunday, May 4
Kid Rock, Five Finger Death Punch, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, Redlight King, Twelve Foot Ninja and Gemini Syndrome


The Zombie crew is super-stoked to be heading down to the Carolina Rebellion this year,” says Rob Zombie. “We are ready to throw-down a badass Zombie party for all the Rebels. See ya there.”

This festival has become one of the biggest in the country,” says Five Finger Death Punch’s Zoltan Bathory. “We have a ton of fans in the Carolinas and the crowds there are nothing short of legendary.”

We’re excited to play Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion for the first time,” says 311’s Nick Hexum. “Looks like a cool festival. We’ll be rockin’ tunes from our new album plus 311 classics. See you there!

All tickets will go on sale Friday, January 31 at 10:00 AM ET, including Camping, Hotel and VIP Packages, as well as Weekend 4-Packs and upgrades. All Camping and Hotel Packages will include access to the Friday night campground party. As in the past, ticket discounts will also be available for active military. For full details about military ticket discounts, Camping, Hotel and VIP packages, visit www.CarolinaRebellion.com. A special pre-sale will start on Tuesday, January 28 at 10am ET. To gain access, like our Facebook page or sign up to receive our e-newsletters via our website.

We learned a great deal last year and have made some important improvements to the site, to better protect us from the elements,” said Joe Litvag, Co-Executive Producer of the festival. “Not to mention this bill is stacked with incredible talent, bringing our Rebels the biggest and best rock festival to ever hit the Carolinas.”



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Lincoln Theatre


Raleigh, NC


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Hello Ladies and Gents, it is that time again for everyone’s ‘Best Of..’ list and I’m not going to be left out. It’s been a great year for all kinds of music. You just had to go and look for some of it. Some of the selections on my list are predictable but I think there are a few on here that may surprise many of you too. So let’s kick off Slim Jim’s Top 13.5 (I’ll explain that later) Best Albums of 2013.



13 – King 810Midwest Monsters EP
king810Wish Korn would go back to being Korn and still putting out music as powerful and brutally painful as their debut self titled album? Don’t we all?
King 810 isn’t Korn, they might be the poor man’s Korn, or they may just be brutal and murderous without having the mommy and daddy issues of Jonathan Davis (or maybe more issues than Davis??). They aren’t quite as strong musically as Korn either. Every song sounds similar to the one before it. The only thing that seems to change is the breakdown of each song and the vocals/lyrics.
I swear this is a Best Of.. list, and King 810 are part of it despite how it sounds so far…
Instead of screaming and crying about mommy/daddy/molestation/etc ala Korn they are more about murder/death/mayhem it seems. I’ve seen them labeled ThugCore (that’s a new one to me), and the lyrics support the label. They paint a bleak portrait of life in the bowels of a hellish American City (the band hails from Flint, Mi) and the attitudes, antics, and dealings done to simply survive (or not survive as the theme of some of the songs go. 
With titles like Murder Murder Murder, The Death Posture, KIA, and Dragging Knives (see the common theme?) this isn’t feel good metal at all. But the cathartic nature of it, after 25 minutes of crawling through the dregs of humanity portrayed in this EP you can’t help but feel reborn, renewed, and whatever bullshit you carried with you before you put the disc on all fades away against the abrasive, concussive, sludge of inner city hell portrayed by KING 810.
Song of Note: K.I.A.




12 – QueensrycheQueensryche
queensryche - queensrycheQueensryche for many years was pretty much my second to third favorite band (1. Metallica 2. Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac). But over the years I had a hard time supporting them as each new album came out. Their EP, The Warning, Rage For Order, Operation: Mindcrime, Empire, and Promised Land were all exceptional albums but from there on it was all down hill. American Soldier was decent, and Operation: Mindcrime II was a valiant effort but it wasn’t enough to really be a good album. I won’t even go into the covers album.
And then the shit show started. The very public, very dirty, very scandalous breakup began. And so now you have two versions of the once mighty Queensryche touring and recording. Just to fuck with the public some more. Regardless what side of the fence you fall on this one, you must admit that of the two Queensryche albums that were released this year, only one sounds like the real Queensryche. If left simply to public opinion and album sales (which is a direct reflection of public opinion if you ask me) there is no mistaking that the Geoff Tate-less Queensryche, the Queensryche with new singer Todd La Torre is by far the reigning version of Queensryche.
The self titled album featuring the new singer is the bands best effort in recent years. The sound falls somewhere between Empire and Promised Land. They say it harkens back to the original Ryche sound of the first 4 albums, and while it is close, there is a little missing from it to be truly from The Warning ‘era’.
Todd’s voice is remarkably Geoff Tateish. Think Judas Priest with Ripper Owens, and had the band been able to go on after firing Geoff and just be ‘the’ Queensryche then there is a real chance that they’d be on their way back up the charts, and back into the arenas again. His voice is that strong and that ‘Tateish’ that if you just put the album on, and didn’t know the line up change, you’d never know that Tate wasn’t singing.
The album is solid, and because it is a step in the right direction and is completely listenable on it’s own even if it isn’t missing it’s ballsiness somewhere along the way, it limps its way into my top 10 list of 2013.
Again, this is more Empire than Rage for Order or The Warning, and while there isn’t anything wrong with that, I don’t think it is enough of a departure from the last few Ryche albums to really be a great album. I’ll take Empire era Queensryche over Hear in the Now Frontier era, but if I had my druthers, you can give me Rage era Ryche any and every day thank you very much.
This being the first album without Geoff wrangling the writing or pawning the writing off on third parties (depends on whose story you believe), it shows enough promise to give us long time Ryche fans hope that the forthcoming music from the band will continue down the path they’ve begun to go.
Song of Note: Open Road




11 – Deep PurpleNow What?!
deep purple - now whatWithout going on a tirade against the R&R Hall of Fame here… It is a travesty that Deep Purple has once again been overlooked by them. While I’m glad that they didn’t get in based solely on the fact that this year marked the death of the greatest keyboard player ever, Jon Lord, It pains me to see pop artists get into the Hall before one of the most influential bands ever (and arguably the first band to create the ‘heavy metal’ genre just a couple of years before Sabbath).
That aside, Deep Purple has had a rough couple of years in the quality of the recordings they’ve been putting out. They’ve admitted as much themselves in recent interviews.
And while they can never return to the strength and might that they were with Jon Lord, the current line up with Don Airey at keyboards has finally captured the sound and vibe that is at the core of any great DP recording. 
Now What?! bears a striking resemblance to Perfect Strangers which in my opinion is the last good album they’ve put out as well as possibly their greatest album ever.
It sees the band in grand form and Ian Gillan while somewhat restrained here vocally still delivers a great performance.
If you’re looking for a good strong Deep Purple album that harkens back to their better songwriting days and performances, this is the one for you.
Song of Note: Vincent Price




10 – TriviumVengeance Falls
trivium - vengeance fallsI had to put Trivium on this list. I’ve tried liking their previous albums. I enjoy them to a certain extent but they just seemed to be missing something. Then I saw them live, and I understood what Trivium was all about. It’s been said a million times, and I’ll say it here because still holds true… There are live bands and there are studio bands. Some bands shine on a stage and their albums are just so so, others make killer albums but they just don’t come across right on stage. Trivium for me is the former. Until the release of Vengeance Falls. I don’t know if their writing has improved, if changing producers and having David Draiman helped, I don’t know if it just sonically sounds better than the other albums, or it is just lighting in a bottle, but the band has finally released an album that represents their sound onstage properly.
The band took a lot of heat for having Disturbed’s David Draiman produce the album from the ‘all knowing’ sheeple out there. But having a new set of ears listen and help pull out the best possible performance out of the band seems to have worked. This is the first album from Trivium I can listen to front to back. And because of that, because it is such a strong album, because it is the hardest and heaviest album to come out this year, because the band is such a great live band, they deserve to be in my top 10 list this year.
Song of Note: At the End of this War




9 – Five Finger Death PunchThe Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell Vol 1
FFDP - the wrong side of heavenWhen this album came out I wanted to dislike it just like I did their first three albums.
Look, their sound is ok, the songwriting is ok, and while the band seems to have a lot of fun on stage performing, the lead singer Ivan Moody seems to posture just a little bit too much for my taste. Their breakout song (a cover of Bad Company’s ‘Bad Company’) was a cover that ranks up there with Shinedown’s Simple Man as the top covers that never should have happened.
The fact that the general public ate up both of those shitty versions of great songs irritated the fuck out of me and so I take it out on the bands and refuse to like/listen to them.
So FFDP comes out with the first of two albums dropping this year and damned if the first one isn’t chock full of killer guest vocalists. We’re talking Rob Halford, Maria Brink, Max Calavera, and Jamey Jasta here. That’s enough to make me give the disc a good solid listen. At least one good listen.
I’ll be damned if the album isn’t really fucking good. Again, a total surprise here and even more so that this band ended up on my top 10 list!
The title track is a stellar song that, had they released it 5 years ago it would have been a weak muddling milquetoast abortion of a song. But they have clearly matured in their songwriting and it shows here.
The disc kicks off with the infectious Lift Me Up featuring Rob Halford and it is this song that kept me intrigued enough to keep listening.
Moving through the various tracks they all have their high points and keep the album moving along nicely. Until you get to what may end up being my third grossest mistaken cover song ever. FFDP and Tech N9ne cover LL Cool J’s Mama Said Knock You Out. At face value it could be a really strong cover. The original song was done by LL Cool J with a full band supporting him on it. So it isn’t too far of a stretch to see a metal band cover it. But the execution is less favorable than chowing down on a three month old abortion. It should have never been done.
the first half of Diary of a Deadman continues to push the suck factor here. Think Metallica’s To Live is to Die but in reverse. Had the instrumental been ALL of the song it would have been a solid song. But if you skip both of those songs the rest of the album is a great solid metal album.
Look, no one is more surprised than I am that this album is in my top 10 list. I almost feel the need to apologize for it. But the majority of the disc is so strong and so surprising to me that I feel it is worthy to be here.
The second album (Volume 2) is really more of the same. It isn’t bad, it isn’t better, it is missing the guest vocalists, and it carries it’s own shitty cover version of House of the Rising Sun.
Maybe FFDP should stick to having guest vocalists and not doing ANY covers (because they all come out shitty). To be fair House of the Rising Sun is a lot less shitty than Mama Said Knock You Out. So they’ve got THAT going for them.
Song of Note: Wrong Side of Heaven




8 – NewstedHeavy Metal Music
Newsted - heavy metal musicAfter leaving Metallica Jason Newsted has been in a lot of projects to keep himself busy as he properly recovered from the neck/back injury that forced him out of the worlds biggest metal band (well, that and the all the inner turmoil bullshit going on at the time. See: Some Kind Of Monster). From performing with Ozzy, Voivod, Echobrain, etc, etc. to finally starting his own band Newsted it’s been a long journey.
Jason plays bass and sings/growls vocals and does an admirable job singing. It’s a bit one dimensional but it does work. And even after listening to the whole album it doesn’t grate on me. I usually prefer a little more depth in the vocals but this works and works well.
I think because the music behind it is so Motorheadishly groovetastic that the vocals lends itself to the grittiness of the sound.
And that is the biggest compliment you can pay this album. For that is what it is to the T. It is Motorheadishly groovetastic. Think Lemmy and Co. thrashing it out instead of Punking or Rockabillying it out. And that is where Neswsted sits. Motorhead with thick as fuck Thrash riffs and chops.
The biggest surprise here isn’t Jason singing… it has to be Staind’s Mike Mushock’s performance on the disc.
This isn’t Staind’s emo metal whiney baby bullshit, this is Mike unleashing heavy metal mayhem riffs all over the album. Kudos to Mike for finally showing the world his metal chops. They are a true treat and joy to behold.
Song of Note: King of the Underdogs




7 – VolbeatOutlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
volbeat - outlaw gentlemen and shady ladiesLuckily I was turned on to Volbeat a few years ago by a good friend. And have been a fan ever since. I mean what’s not to like here? You like Hard Rock? You like Rockabilly? You like Danzig? You like Elvis? Well, let me introduce Volbeat to you.
They are all the above and a little bits of all the above. The bastard son of Elvis and Glenn Danzig singing 50’s era Rockabilly with a 2000 twist mixed with great hooks and enough swagger and hair gel to put the sleaziest greaser to shame; add in exceptional songwriting and you have Volbeat.
The most notable difference between Outlaw and the albums before it is the addition of Robb Caggiano. I think that is what sets this album apart and above its predecessors. With Robb in role of producer the album is more straightforward Hard Rock(abilly) than a mish mash of Metal(abilly) and so the sound is more coherent and fluid.
If I had a complaint it is that there is a certain sameness to each and every song they do. If the songs weren’t so good it would be a little off putting and dull. I think it lies in the vocals of Michael Poulsen. While they are unique and undeniably good, they don’t have much range, so each song sounds like the last. The exception being Room 24 which features King Diamond and has the older thrashy Volbeat sound to it. Past that, the album kind of comes off as a 45 minute song with different passages throughout it. Not sure how you change that, as it is really the main part of their signature sound.
The Hangman’s Body Count has a great riff running throughout it chugging along like a juggernaut and the soloing is top notch.
Lonesome Rider has the rockin’ist Rockabilly/Country/Metal vibe of them all. It doesn’t hurt that Sarah Blackwood is singing in the worlds thickest twang on it and what a trippy song it is. You have to hear it to understand all the elements at play in this song.
Song of Note: Doc Holiday




6 – Monster MagnetLast Patrol
monster magnet - last patrolMonster Magnet is a band that should be much bigger than it is. But because they don’t write radio friendly hard rock or are perceived to be something they aren’t they don’t get the respect they deserve.
They’re mostly known for their one hit Space Lord and their great video for it. But take a listen to the rest of that album or any track on this album and you’ll find that they have so much more substance than that one song.
Ask me what Last Patrol sounds like and I’d be hard pressed to tell you. It’s epic. That’s the one word that comes to mind. Fucking EPIC. It is truly a journey of an album. It takes you for a ride and you end up in places you’d never think you’d go from a band like Monster Magnet.
Let’s just give them their own genre and call it Space Rock shall we? Because that’s what this is. It’s the closest I can come to ‘naming’ the sound. There’s acoustic shit in there, spacey jams, middle eastern tinges mixed in, and it isn’t until you get to Hallelujah almost halfway through the disc that you get to what you’d call a straightforward rocker. 
And that is what is so great about this album. That is all part of this journey. The music is heavy as hell. And not in the traditional sense of heavy metal, think Muse but a lot more restrained and laid back.
This is a groove heavy album. Maybe that’s what I missed. The album grooves deeply. It doesn’t go so deep as to be sludge, but heavy on the groove factor here. Every song whether slow, low, or jukin’ and jivin’ all have their own fat groove to them. EPIC GROOVE SPACE ROCK.
There you go.
Now, go get it. You’ll thank me later.
Song of Note: Paradise




5 – Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsPush The Sky Away
nick cave - push the sky awayHas Nick Cave ever released a bad album?
Fuck no.
Has he released albums that fail to live up to the Nick Cave standard? Yes, but then a Nick Cave album is a lot like fucking. Even if it’s bad fucking it is still fucking.
Nick Cave has gone back and forth over the last few years releasing albums with and without the Bad Seeds and has even done some ‘side projects’ (how you do a side project from yourself I have no idea), and it is my opinion that the best Nick Cave is the Nick Cave that is backed by The Bad Seeds.
The opening cut We No Who U R sets the mood for the disc with a ethereal and bleak sound. This isn’t the aggressive Nick Cave set to a cacophonous wall of noise. Think more Leonard Cohen and less The Birthday Party.
Wide Lovely Eyes continues the stark ethereal sound while Water’s Edge still keeps the minimalist theme going musically but steps the tempo up. You feel the song building, restrained, strained, pulsing, waiting to tear loose, only to be tamped down suppressed and leaving you edgy and wanting more.
It’s only when Jubilee Street starts that you get a full band sound, or traditional band sound. The electric, eclectic, ethereal sound gone but the morose lyrical vibe maintains its hold. The irony being the title of the song comparative to the overall feel of the song.
This is Nick Cave’s best work in a long time. I’ve followed the man for a long time, and this may rank right up there as his 3rd best album behind Let Love In and The Murder Ballads. That’s enough to ensure his place in my top ten of 2013.
Song of Note: Water’s Edge




4 – GhostInfestissumam
Ghost - album coverHail Satan!
Hail Satanic Metal!
Hail Satanic Circus Music!
Hail Satanic Psychobilly!
Hail GHOST!
The second album by the enigmatic Ghost may not be as straight forward in the metal vein as their first album Opus Eponymous but it is still a great album that has so many subtle layers to it. And I think that’s why so many people seem to like the first album more.
But what Ghost brings to the Satanic Metal genre is something that one would never have though possible… FUN!
Yes Satan can be fun. Who knew?!?!?!??!
Give Infestissumam one listen and you’ll agree. Worshipping Satan and glorifying the great evil one can be fun.
The track Per Aspera ad Inferi sounds like some kind of psychedelic 70’s hard rock groove song until you catch the lyrics… ‘Oh Satan Devour us all Hear our desperate call’.
I’ve always wanted to start a band that plays music in the vein of Barry Manilow but has lyrics so dark and fucked up that people upon first listen give you the puzzled dog head cocked to the side expression.. ‘HUH?
This isn’t quite Barry Manilow music but is is close in idealism.
This isn’t Black Metal. This isn’t Satanic Metal. This isn’t King Diamond or Slayer by a long shot. But it is good solid hard rock/heavy metal that is a trip to listen to.
So put your sullen and brooding Black/Death/Satan Metal away, put on your clown pants and rock the fuck out to Good Friendly Fun Satanism!
Song of Note: Year Zero




3 – Micheal MonroeHorns and Halos
michael monroe - horns and halosHanoi Rocks was poised to be the biggest band in the world. The year was 1984, they had just released their best album to date, Two Steps From the Move, they had taken Bowie’s and the New York Dolls’ and MC5’s drag/androgynous look and glommed the fuck right out of it and had invented what became Glam Rock. Motley Crue, Ratt, hell ALL of the Sunset Strip bands of the 80’s stole or adopted the look from the originators. And Guns & Roses would have never been the Guns & Roses we knew if it weren’t for Hanoi Rocks. G&R even rereleased all of Hanoi Rocks albums on their own label as a tribute to them to show the world what they may have missed.
That all changed when Vince Neil got behind the wheel of his Pantera one night highly intoxicated and took Hanoi Rocks’ drummer Razzle on a liquor run. He ended up running head first into a Volkswagen Bug seriously injuring the occupants of that car and killing Razzle instantly. The death of Razzle effectively put an end to Hanoi Rocks.
And the world was a much worse place for it.
Michael Monroe went on to a successful solo career but never reached the heights that Hanoi SHOULD have.
Hanoi Rocks reformed a few years ago and put out a couple of really good albums but things ran its course and Michael once again has gone out on his own.
His latest disc is Horns and Halos and it is the strongest album he or Hanoi has released in 20 years.
This guy is 51, his voice is stronger on this album than in the last 20-25 years easy. The songs are well written and more tight and cohesive than in previous recent efforts. The playing is mush stronger and well written also.
This may be the best Michael Monroe album he has ever put out.
The albums starts off with the bombastic TNT Diet that sets a solid rollicking pace for an album that doesn’t let up once. There are 13 cuts on this album and everyone of them shines in its own way.
Ballad of the Lower East Side is probably the truest Hanoi Rocks style song on the album. The swagger and sleaze running off this song harkens back to the early 80’s not to mention the lyrics are singing of the glories of the Lower East Side of NYC in the 80’s with its pushers, pimps, and whores.
Horns and Halos is a straight out cock rock song that may be the jewel of the disc. 
The more I listen to the album the more I hear Social D or TSOL vibe running through it more than Monroe’s normal glam rock sheen.
And this may be why the album works so well. It may be the most mature album he’s ever written. Throwing nods in it to his roots, as well as his influences, but the new ‘sound’ lies less in the glam rock we’ve come to love and expect and more in just great Rock & Roll songwriting.
Nobody writes a better hook than Michael Monroe, and every song on this album has a great hook that instantly sinks into you and pulls you right to the end of the song and deposits you squarely on the other side wishing the song wasn’t over. That is until the next song sets in, drops it’s hook in your face leaving a big mushroom stamp on your head and dragging through it’s glory and deposits you once again on the far end wishing your could hit replay and dig the song over an over again.
That to me is the sign of a great song. As soon as it ends you want to go back and listen to it again. When every song on an album does that to you… you have a great album!
And this friends and foes, is a great fucking album.
Song of Note: Ballad of the Lower East Side




2 – Scorpion ChildScorpion Child
scorpion childHoly Fuck. I hate kicking myself for missing something. We get tons of Press Releases that cross our desk every day for a million bands you’ve never heard of and probably never will, let alone the ones you wish you never did. Scorpion Child PRs were coming at me fast and furious this past spring/early summer and I read a couple and just moved on. And THAT is what I thought of Scorpion Child. Read and dumped the PR without a second thought. I have to thank Sirius/XM for actually opening my ears and eyes to the wonder that is Scorpion Child and showing me what I was missing.
Think Robert Plant meets Rainbow who goes in a back alley and has a 17way with David Coverdale, Deep Purple, and Fastway is standing there circle jerking all over the place. THAT is what Scorpion Child is. Yet they are so much more.
I always tread lightly when I say a band has a sound from the 70s/80s/particular band name here because I don’t want you to think they’re some kind of rip off or retro sounding band for a goof (think Steel Panther). The above mentioned bands are nothing more than influences on what Scorpion Child bring. They take those influences and churn out something old and familiar feeling but with a new twist and spark of life that should propel them into the stratosphere.
There are a million ‘new’ bands out there vying for your attention, but this one right here stands head and shoulders above them all.
Their sound may not be as diverse as Led Zeppelin‘s were from album to album, but there is enough diversity here from song to song while still holding the primary Scorpion Child sound to entertain and enthrall one and all alike.
Song of Note: Polygon of Eyes




1 – ClutchEarth Rocker
Clutch - earth rockerA few years ago Clutch released what many consider to be their best album ever, Blast Tyrant.
Well the Maryland band have not only matched the excellence that is Blast Tyrant, but they may have even surpassed it with their latest opus.
Earth Rocker does just what the title suggests… It rocks.
Out of all the great music that has been released this year, this is the album that has received the most listens in my iPod.
This is just a ridiculously good album. Sonically, musically, lyrically, and vocally. The sonic part makes sense because Machine produced the album, the same genius producer behind Blast Tyrant.
Clutch has experimented the last couple of albums and have had mostly missed in my opinion since Blast Tyrant, but Earth Rocker takes off right out of the gate and only slows down for the Gone Cold haunting ‘ballad’ only to rev right back up and shake the foundations with ‘The Face’ and the band doesn’t look back.
There isn’t a bad song on this disc. There isn’t a bad moment on this disc. There isn’t a bad note on this disc. The only complaint would be that they could have added 5 more songs or so as it seems to end way too quickly for me.
The tracking of Earth Rocker is to be lauded also. Starting with the title track, and accelerating with Crucial Velocity, right into Mr. Freedom, and without blinking you’re thrown into D.C. Sound Attack. Each song building on the tempo of the previous, each song propelling your forward until it explodes with Unto The Breach. 
The aforementioned Gone Cold cools us off long enough to catch our breath and begin the crazy ascent again with The Face, Book Saddle & Go, all they way through to the finale The Wolfman Kindly Requests… .
This is the only album I’ve given a 10 out of 10 on in a very long time. I don’t think last year’s number one album In This Moment’s Blood received 10 out of 10 from me (yeah I’m too lazy to look it up, it MAY have…) But that means out of all the albums released since THAT album dropped (we’re talking hundreds of albums people [ok thousands, but for all intents and purposes hundreds that would/could be worthy of being in my top 10]) only Earth Rocker has again received a perfect score. Hence the top spot this year.
Song of Note: Unto The Breach (but it is really hard with this album to pick just one song from)




So that’s my top 10… er… 13.
Almost. I decided to go to 13 this year because there were so many good albums I couldn’t stop at 10. I have one more I’d like to add, as an Honorable Mention. It was originally in my ‘long list’ of top 10 albums of the year. But once I finished compiling all the great albums released this year, it just wasn’t as strong as the rest of them. But after writing up my Best Of… list I couldn’t just let it go to waste. The material is that strong in my opinion. So here is the 13.5 Best Album of 2013.



Natalie MainesMother
natalie maines - motherSo I purchased Mother by Natalie Maines because, well, as a person and artist I respect who she is and what she has done (former Dixie Chicks), and I heard her perform the Pink Floyd cover on Howard Stern one day and loved it. She does a great job on the song keeping most of the original arrangement together in her version retaining the feel of debilitating maternal oppression while changing it up just enough with a glorious Hammond B organ to put her own mark on it.
I was excited to hear the rest of the album after about 5 spins of Mother alone. And came away pleasantly surprised. Between Mother, and her take on Jeff Buckley’s Lover You Should Have Come Over (back to back those two songs will push any mortal person so far into a melancholy stupor that you need to make sure there are no sharp objects near with which to slit ones wrist with) along with her original songs Free Life, Vein in Vain, and Take it on Faith one comes away from the album with the impression that Ms Maines is the perfect woman to compliment Morrissey. The two of them could crush the world with their combined melancholy and infinite sadness.
There are a couple of decent rockers on the album that harken to Bonnie Raitt just a little less bluesy.
Overall this is a great album. Skip past the opening track, and enjoy the hell out of an album that should have come packaged with it’s own razor blade to open your veins as the disc ends.
Song of Note: Mother (Duh)




Ok, as a chid raised on Thrash Metal in San Francisco I’d be ashamed if I didn’t address two great Thrash bands that released albums this year. Metal Church reformed this year and released Generation Nothing and Death Angel released The Dream Calls for Blood. I’d love to have included them in my list this year, but sadly, they just weren’t up to snuff for me. I really wanted Metal Church to come back strong and hard, and unforutnately Generation Nothing did just that for me… nothing.
Death Angel‘s release was a little better but the weakest album they’ve released in since they reunited a few years ago. Both albums are ‘by the numbers’ Thrash and that just isn’t good enough with all the great music out there today.
So kudos to Metal Church for reuniting and let’s hope they put out better stuff soon. And the same goes to Death Angel. I want to root for you guys, I want you to be huge, I want to be blown away by your stuff again. So please… let’s just do that in 2014 shall we?