SOR_NAD_CoverSaints Of Rebellion – New American Dream - High Volume Music

 Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

 Rating – 8 Out Of 10

It’s always great to see the 80′s influenced hard=rockers making a go at the ring 20-years after their relevance has come and gone.  That said, this is not a smoke screen to promote the music I love most in this world, it’s simply an FYI for those who still give a shit, which, to my current knowledge, would include every writer on-staff here at Away-Team and quite a few more fans who continue to pay prime prices to go see KISS, Foreigner, Styx and even Whitesnake and a few other hair variety bands who still seem to make a living touring and pimping their wares.

So, with bands like TNT, Tiger Tailz, Danger-Danger and Bulletboys making a run for the stages that will allow them these days, Saints Of Rebellion finds a nice, cozy place in my iTunes library currently based on the strength of Love/Hate inspired tracks like “Gasoline”, “Get You Some”, and “30 And A 5th”.  Sliding easily between G’N’R melodic brilliance mixed with modern day HINDER-meets-Black Stone Cherry (two of my FAVORITE bands out these days), the aforementioned “Get You Some” is probably my favorite track of the bunch, but I’m here to tell you, there’s no better album to spin while you’re throwing back a few Buds in the backyard during the neighborhood Barbecue!  SOR are pretty cool looking dudes that don’t look like old fucks trying to keep the flag flying, on the contrary, they are pretty young looking dudes with a cool look to them which ups the level a few notches for me to being with.

Stand-out tracks are definitely “Get You Some”, ” Wine, Women And Song”, “30 And A 5th” and “Rise”.  The whole album stands head and shoulders above their counterparts like CrashDiet and even Blackberry Smoke.  An incredibly solid first effort from a band I think we’ll be hearing a lot about over the coming months. Highly Recommended!

 

BlueStahli Blue Stahli – The Devil (Chapter 2) – FIXT Records

Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 10 Out Of 10

I’m very lucky to have made some great contacts in the music industry over the past gazillion years and it’s always cool to know that when a P/R pal sends you a press release on a band he/she is working and you respond with; “Dude, it’s a busy week and I’ve got shitloads of stuff to review. Is this really fucking worth my time?”…and they send you such a simple, but jarring response; “It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked!” Trust me, you kinda sit up in your chair a bit! Such is the case with Blue Stahli. With nary a question in my mind, I let the proverbial needle drop on The Devil (Chapter 2), which is basically an EP of two songs being put through demented remixes that are surprisingly not rehash cash grabs. What I got as track one, “The Beginning”, a two-minute introduction to the auditory alchemy to follow, painted an industrial vibe dripping with the scent of early Celldweller and, at times, dare I say Dope. Already I could feel a little excitement start to build as the album’s first single, “Ready, Aim…Fire” got the pace moving exactly where I was expecting it to go, and most importantly, where I WANTED it to go! This guy is amazing!!! I’m not even really sure what the reason for releasing only two songs and like 8 different remixes, but for some crazy reason, it totally works. “Enemy” sounds like Trent Reznor during one pass and then like Prince on the next. Truly an incredible journey of insane yet blissful monotony that I suggest everyone reading this at least experience once. Never, and I think I’m actually saying this from the heart, never have two songs not only kept my attention for so long, but damn near also changed my perception on the old cliche, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Truth be told, I’d never had questioned my P/R buddy’s email pimping this project if the name hadn’t have conjured up a cheesy, coffee-house acoustic act. Boy, was I surprised! Color me red with embarrassment and my blood pressure nailing stroke level as I bounced my head for two hours straight listening to this maniacal slab of edgy synth-laden, industrial rock genius! Highly, highly recommended!

Fozzy-Do You Wanna Start A War CoverFOZZY

 

Do You Wanna Start A War

 

Century Media Records

 

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

 

Reviewed by: Jay Rybak

 

Before we start a war, I must start with a confession.  FOZZY, the band fronted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho and consisting of members of Stuck Mojo, is one of the rare bands that provokes a humble admission from this critic- I was late to the party!  Let me explain; I was first introduced to the music of FOZZY back in 2010 (a mere 11 years after they got their start) when my friend Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall gave me a copy of the band’s 2010 album, Chasing The Grail.  You see, it wasn’t that I hadn’t heard of them, it was rather more admittedly that because in 1999, when FOZZY first made their debut, the times were different.  New music was much less accessible without plunking down $15 and not being sure what you were going to get, especially for a college kid without a pot to piss in who knew exactly what he was getting when he plunked down $15 for a case of beer.  Call it misguided priorities, or simply call it being cheap.  Whatever you wanna call it I missed the train back then, and thankfully 11 years later I had a friend reach out his hand and pull me on.  Fast forward 4 years later and the ride continues with FOZZY‘s latest album, Do You Wanna Start A War, and the riders on this rock n’ roll locomotive won’t wanna get off.

The opening seconds of the album, and the air raid sirens of the title track almost serve as a warning; get ready because we’re about to launch an all out assault on your eardrums!  The next track, “Bad Tattoo” showcases the guitar prowess of Rich Ward and Billy Grey backed by the killer double bass of Frank Fontsere, and is highlighted by a Zeppelin-esque bridge that would make Jimmy Page blush.  Follow that up with the Ozzy-meets-Filter sound of the current single “Lights Go Out”, and we’re well on our way to one of FOZZY‘s best albums to date.

Now that they’ve gotten your attention, the boys throw us a curveball with the Sick Puppies sounding ballad “Died With You”, which shows Jericho‘s vocal range is much more than people give him credit for.  Traveling even further outside the norm, comes the pleasant surprise that is “Tonight”.  This upbeat rocker features a vintage 80′s sound with poppy overtones, so it should come as no surprise that they enlisted the vocals of Steel Panther’s Michael Starr to help out on this one.

Don’t let your guard down just yet, just around the corner is one of the highlights of the album in the form of the thrash rock face-melter “Brides Of Fire”.  I’d love to know how many drum skins met their untimely death on this recording!  Follow that up with yet another favorite in “One Crazed Anarchist”, Jericho‘s vocals backed by Ward‘s growling chorus put us right in that basement as the lunatic plots his evil plan.  Yet another that is sure to set the circle pits into rotation.

Take 5 parts FOZZY and mix in one part Christie Cook, and what you get is “Unstoppable”.  A catchy rocker that beckons comparisons to Halestorm, not simply because it features a female vocalist, but because it features a female vocalist with pipes on par with those of Lzzy Hale backed by a monster band with a catchy hook that leaves you begging for more.  Bring on the doom and gloom of “Scarecrow”, perhaps the only dud on the album.  Not that it’s a BAD song by any means, it’s just not a GREAT song in comparison to the rest of the album, not to mention it’s odd placement betwixt two high energy rockers.  Fear not my friends, “No Good Way” picks up the energy with a Shinedown-meets-Godsmack reflection on life and death that is sure to be a staple at rock radio for years to come.

Nothing can prepare you for what happens next…“S.O.S.”… a cover song… originally done by… ABBA!  I know you’re probably thinking “Fucking ABBA!?”, among other choice words, but there are two reasons to choose your words wisely: First, the song is an absolutely brilliant rendition that is in itself a perfect reason to own this album, and it  is guaranteed to be a favorite by anyone with a pulse.  Second, Chris Jericho can kick your ass!  Finally to end the album, FOZZY get back to their roots with “Witchery”; a song that begs comparisons to early All That Remains and when it’s finished makes you put down that pinky finger, take your hand out of the air, and while keeping that index finger extended, press repeat!

All in all, Do You Wanna Start A War is a must own, and comes highly recommended!!!  I waited WAY too long to get on the FOZZY train, don’t be like me!  Head out to your local record store now (yes, they do still exist), or if you can’t wait click here and purchase the album!  All Aboard!

 

Framing HanleyFraming Hanley – “The Sum Of Who We Are” – Imagene Records

Reviewed By – Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall

Rating – 9 Out Of 10

So here’s the deal on Framing Hanley, on first listen, they’re clearly a very solid, Modern Rock band whom one could easily put them on a stage opening for some of the biggest Arena Rock artists on the charts.  However, it’s very unsafe to stop there and dismiss this as a band that culls the melodic tricks of their counterparts The Exies and a more beefed up Bowling For Soup.  Oh no, BIG MISTAKE!  So, knowing this, I hit “repeat” and listen to The Sum Of Who We Are again.  This is when album opener “Criminal” sounds completely different than it did my first pass.  Being the radio single, I expected to like it because I know it was crafted for that reason, to make me want to hear more.  What I didn’t expect was, I would fucking LOVE it!  Oh yeah, this is as good as they come, folks, a song with all the balls and bombast necessary to get asses out of the seats, a chorus with a hook so big it could land a shark, and lyrics that mean something.  Surprise!  It’s 2014 and here’s a band that actually brought their A-Game!!!  Vocalist, Nixon, is a little bit of a name in the industry and for more reason than he actually has a set of pipes, no…this kid is looked up to.  Where the aforementioned Bowling For Soup and old-schoolers Fountains Of Wayne failed me with their quirky, sorta gay style; Framing Hanley has a cool, sharp looking and “Skater Punk GQ” frontman who not only gets the job done, but delivers a line with such a solid punch he, at times, seems to summon the ghost of Saving Abel‘s Jarrod Weeks.  You feel like getting a little deep with your listening experience?  Dial up “Streetlights And Silhouettes” and let that one take you through the paces of Nixon’s solid-yet-comfortably-lazy vocal acrobatics!  The whole experience of listening to The Sum Of Who We Are is just that…an EXPERIENCE!  When’s the last time you had that from listening to an entire album?  Maybe Tool‘s Latterallus?  Yeah, what; ten fucking years ago?  Please!  This is an entire album full of great tunes that all cohesively weave into one story; your own personal story!  Look, this is one of those bands that I’m sure you know very little about, you’re gonna have to trust us on a leap of faith here; buy this album!  Not Metal in any way, but just a damn good Rock record!  Plain and simple.  Isn’t that what Rock-N-Roll is all about?

Renowned American rock group CLUTCH have released SUMMER SOUND ATTACK–a 10-song compilation of their most popular songs for streaming and download on iTunes this week via their label Weathermaker Music. SUMMER SOUND ATTACK includes “Electric Worry,” “The Regulator,” “50,000 Unstoppable Watts,” “Earth Rocker” and many more key tracks from the seminal group.

The Maryland-based CLUTCHNEIL FALLON (vocals, rhythm guitar), TIM SULT (lead guitar), DAN MAINES (bass,) JEAN-PAUL GASTER (drums and percussion)–announced they’ll headline their first-ever South American performance on August 3 as part of Converse Rubber Tracks Live in Brasil. Supporting acts for the São Paulo, Brasil show will include The Sword alongside local acts DLC and Magueriebes. “Clutch has never been to São Paulo and come to think of it, Clutch has never even been to South America,” states CLUTCH frontman NEIL FALLON.We’re stoked to finally have the opportunity to play. Big ups to Rubber Tracks for inviting us. And knowing that we will be there with our good pals, The Sword, makes it that much better. It’s gonna be a good night of rock and roll!” Starting today (July 23rd), the only way to get into the free CLUTCH Converse Rubber Tracks Live Brasil show is to sign up now HERE.

CLUTCH: SUMMER SOUND ATTACK TRACKLISTING:
clutch summer sound attack“Electric Worry”

“The Regulator”

“10001110101”

“The Mob Goes Wild”

“Earth Rocker”

“Gone Cold’

“50,000 Unstoppable Watts”

“D.C. Sound Attack!”

“Crucial Velocity”

“Spacegrass”

CLUTCH are on the road supporting their critically acclaimed full length album, EARTH ROCKER–just released as a triple deluxe version via Weathermaker Music. EARTH ROCKER was tagged by Rolling Stone on their “Top 20 Metal Albums” list and hailed by the magazine for its fusion of “seething admixtures of jam-band chops, careening blues-punk riffs” (December 2013). Produced, engineered and mixed by Machine (King Crimson, Lamb Of God), EARTH ROCKER continues to garner the group some of the best reviews of their career so far.

US TOUR
FRI
7/25
Pittsburgh, PA
Stage AE

SAT
7/26
Columbus, OH
The Great Summer Smokeout

SUN
7/27
Winston-Salem, NC
Ziggy’s

FRI
9/5
Providence, RI
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

SAT
9/6
Clifton Park, NY
Upstate Concert Hall

SUN
9/7
Toronto, ON
Riot Fest

TUE
9/9
Knoxville, TN
The Bijou Theatre

WED
9/10
Lexington, KY
Buster’s Billiards & Backroom

THU
9/11
Toledo, OH
Headliners

FRI-SUN
9/12-9/14
Chicago, IL
Riot Fest

SAT
9/13
Grand Rapids, MI
The Orbit Room

MON
9/15
Minneapolis, MN
First Avenue

TUE
9/16
Sioux Falls, SD
The District

THU
9/18
Kansas City, MO
Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

FRI
9/19
Omaha, NE
Sokol Auditorium

SAT
9/20
Denver, CO
Riot Fest

MON
9/22
Springfield, MO
Gillioz Theatre

TUE
9/23
Indianapolis, IN
The Vogue

THU
9/25
Huntington, NY
The Paramount

FRI
9/26
Norfolk, VA
The NorVa

The Shindig Music Festival with Jane’s Addiction, Rise Against, Gogol Bordello, Halestorm
SAT
9/27
Baltimore, MD
The Shindig Music Festival



The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman announced Thursday that she’ll release “24 Karat Gold — Songs From the Vault” on Oct. 7.

stevie nicksThe follow-up to 2011′s “In Your Dreams,” Nicks‘ record consists primarily of songs written between 1969 and 1987, according to a statement; there’s also one from 1994 and another from 1995. Nicks co-produced the album in Nashville and Los Angeles with Dave Stewart (who also oversaw “In Your Dreams“) and her longtime guitarist, Waddy Wachtel.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Nicks said she was inspired to reimagine these older tracks after stumbling across a slew of the original bootlegs on YouTube. “[W]e found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever,” she said, adding: “I call them my 24 karat gold songs.

Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a story,Nicks said with characteristic flair in the statement. “They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories — the 24 karat gold rings in the blue box.”

Along with the music, “24 Karat Gold” will include “never-before-seen Polaroid photos taken by Nicks throughout her career“; a deluxe edition is to feature two bonus tracks and even more photographs “from Nicks‘ personal photo collection.”



AARON LEWIS: THE STAIND MIND SPEAKS!!!
Away-Team On Location With STAIND’s Aaron Lewis

(Reprinted From Our April 11th 2007 Interview On Location In Fort Myers, Florida)

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Busting up on a tour bus with an interview opportunity from a person that you have a huge amount of respect for but have never met is never an easy task. Noting that STAIND’s Aaron Lewis was due for a Birthday only a couple of days after our April 11th meeting made for an easy excuse to use a Birthday Gift as an ice-breaker. So, Away-Team’s Craig “Bam-Bam” Stegall gingerly offered up a copy of The Bob Dylan Tour Diaries DVD, wrapped to perfection…thank-you very much…to the star before admitting, “We saw your acoustic tour a month ago and we figured, after that night, that you were the Bob Dylan of our generation, so we thought you’d enjoy watching this on the bus!”

Not only did he crack a very undeniable smile, but he stood up for a big bro hug and made room for me right at his table on the bus. The Away-Team shoots…and scores!!!

AWAY-TEAM: Aaron, I’ve got to ask you; Seeing you perform your acoustic solo show and then seeing you perform with STAIND, it’s obvious to me that you definitely love your ability to perform “by-the-seat-of-your-pants” without a net…

AARON LEWIS: (smiles) Yes, sir!!! Especially for the solo thing…but, for the band thing, it’s very structured and planned…I don’t even talk! We know what song is going to be played next and we do it. For the acoustic show…there is NO set list…

AWAY-TEAM: …however, if you don’t mind me mentioning, one of your fan favorites with STAIND is the acoustic version of “Outside” from the 1999 Family Values Tour CD that was recorded from that tour. That was a song that you actually did with LIMP BIZKIT’s Fred Durst singing with you. I remember hearing somewhere that the song was not fully…finished, if you will, at the time that you did it that night on tour, and you actually wrote it and performed it all… “off-the-fly”, and for the first time completely during that recording. Is that true?

AARON LEWIS: It is true! I had a chorus and a chord progression and I made up the verses as I went along…

AWAY-TEAM: Everything? That’s what ended up sticking?

Vegas News Tattoo Aaron

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AARON LEWIS: That’s what stuck!!!

AWAY-TEAM: Is it also true that you guys used to be, in your early days…like 1996 and ’97…you guys were a pretty heavy band?

AARON LEWIS: A LOT HEAVIER!!! .

AWAY-TEAM: I remember even hearing that some of your earlier influences were PANTERA and SEPULTURA…How did the sound evolve into what we now know as STAIND?

AARON LEWIS: For many years we were trying to accomplish fitting into a Boston-based music scene which was like TREE and THE DROPKICK MURPHY’S and all these heavier bands…BIG BLOCK 454…heavy, heavy growl bands, and we were trying to emulate those bands so we could play shows with everybody and fit in there, so our music was getting heavier. It was a battle that I was basically losing to get the band to play stuff that I could sing melody over…and then Fred [Durst] came in and said, ‘Your singer can sing…let him sing!’. You know, before we actually recorded and put out a record we were covering RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PANTERA, PEARL JAM, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS…and basically everything that was hot and current and on the radio at that time!

AWAY-TEAM: Which is basically some of the stuff you cover in your acoustic set as well, amazingly!

AARON LEWIS: (laughs) Sure, Sure!!!

AWAY-TEAM: Now, I’ve never been present when this happened…but I am familiar with people telling me that you, as STAIND, have covered “This Love” by PANTERA as a tribute to Dimebag…is there ever any chance that those of us who haven’t seen it will be able to purchase a legit, studio version of this track?

AARON LEWIS: Ummm, I’m certain it’s gotta be on YouTube somewhere, but you know…probably not. It was one of those things that I actually had his Confederate Guitar out on tour with us…I played it for a song or two…and I mean…literally, it was HIS guitar! Rita…you know, his lifetime girlfriend and common-law wife…she let me take the Confederate Flag Guitar out on tour with us. I had to play it! It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck every night when I played it! And, during that time-frame we’d bust out into “This Love”, and Barry from THREE DAYS GRACE has come out and played it with us when we were on tour with them…I mean…I loved that guy, man! He was THE BEST! He was just…I think he loved doing this more than anyone else that you’ll ever see out here!

AWAY-TEAM: Would you ever do it in the solo, acoustic thing???

Zimbio Aaron Lewis Acoustic

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AARON LEWIS: Well, when people come to see STAIND…they come to see what we have written. With the solo thing…it’s just so carefree and I don’t really care if I mess up, and I don’t care if in the middle of a song that I haven’t even tried to play in 20-years, I just, off the top of my head decide that, you know…for some strange reason I pick that song off the top of my head to try and play when I don’t even know if I can still play it…it doesn’t matter! Somebody will yell it out from the crowd, and I don’t expect to be able to pull it off perfectly, and I hope people aren’t expecting for me to pull it off perfectly…then again, I go on YouTube, and whatnot, and a lot of people don’t get it. They don’t understand that I’m doing it tongue and cheek. They just don’t get it! I certainly wouldn’t seriously try to bust out “Dead Or Alive” by BON JOVI, but I play a verse and a half of it…just for the laugh factor of it all, the fun of it…and then to go from that to “I Saw Red”, by….ummmm…..

AWAY-TEAM: WARRANT!

AARON LEWIS: Yeah, WARRANT…or even

AWAY-TEAM: (Jokingly interupting…) “Puff The Magic Dragon”

AARON LEWIS: Yeah, “Puff The Magic Dragon”, you know? Or even trying to play “Still Loving You” by the SCORPIONS. I’m not trying to do it seriously! You think I’m seriously trying to redo “What’s Going On” by FOUR NON-BLONDES? (laughs) C’mon!!! It’s all in fun! It’s more for the comedy as it is for anything else. I mean, I’ll do “Every Rose Has Its Thorne” by POISON and when everybody starts singing along with me, I’ll stop and bust on them for singing along!!! (laughter) They may call me gay for playing it…but I don’t know who’s gayer…me or them!!! (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: That’s hilarious! Listen, the new album, The Illusion Of Progress, there are two singles that have videos; “Believe” and “All I Want”. These two are supposedly…a continuation of each other as far as the video side of it goes. Is this to insinuate that the album, itself, is somewhat of a concept album?

AARON LEWIS: You know…I never really thought about this…but I guess, with the title of the album, life is really an Illusion Of Progress, kind of. We really didn’t write the album with the intent of it being a concept, but I can see how it could be seen as one…but it wasn’t anything intentional at all. In some way, shape or form, The Illusion Of Progress pertains to really, every song on the record. You can apply it to any song on the record…you can apply it anything that’s going on in the world today…again, nothing we did on purpose and it’s nothing too deep or intentionally political…but you can apply it to the Presidency of The United States…

AWAY-TEAM: Okay, now you notice I didn’t bust up in here with any political questions because I didn’t want to set you off, man! (laughter)

High Times Aaron LewisAARON LEWIS: Smart move! (laughs) It’s so much better that you did that because I’m just going to dig myself a hole…get myself in trouble with the left-side. You know, I’m so upset with what’s going on in the world right now. I mean, mid-terms are coming up here soon, and we need to, as the free society which is the United States…which has been the envy of the entire world since its inception, that the government has succeeded in screwing up…that we need to go back and pay attention to those three, ingenious words that were written down on a document…called The Constitution. And the Constitution is there, to protect, us…WE THE PEOPLE…from what is going on right now, in our government. They’re taking way too much control of what’s going on! They’re not supposed to…by design, they’re not supposed to take control of this country. They’re not supposed to tax us, what they’re already taxing us! If you don’t think our taxes are going up, and everything that [Obama] campaigned on is going to become lies…if it’s not already, then you’re blinded by everything that’s blurring it all. Our grandkids are going to be paying for our stimulus package. And that wasn’t political…that was Patriotism!!! (laughter) You know…Goddamnit…I swore I wouldn’t go here, but do you know something? Let me tell you something! Can you believe that it costs me $2,000 a week to pay the 16 employees that I have on staff at my hair salon? I’m serious. (Editor’s Note: At this point, I am looking totally confused because I have no idea what Aaron is talking about…the guy is bald! I am so confused as to what he means by “hair salon”!!!) Just to cut them a paycheck!!! This is before I even pay a dime of Social Security, Wages, or any of that other shit! I pay $2,000 a week in payroll taxes…just to cut them a paycheck! Not to mention the corporate tax that gets put on me, everything else. I gotta pay unemployment, I gotta pay everything else, and I still I have to pay them over $2,000 a week, just to cut my employees a paycheck! That’s small business!!! I only have 16 employees!!!


AWAY-TEAM:
Okay, so you’re saying you own a Hair Salon, right? What’s the name of your salon?

AARON LEWIS: It’s Salon-Karma!!!

AWAY-TEAM: Okay!!! (laughs) Moving onward…(laughter around)…As the predominately huge figure that you’ve become; I mean, Hit Parader Magazine voted you one of the TOP 100 HEAVY METAL SINGERS OF ALL-TIME…how long is it going to be before we can see Aaron Lewis…the actor???

AARON LEWIS: Uuuuuuum…I don’t know….I-I-I-I….in the beginnings of it…I had a part in Fred Durst’s last movie which, I keep blanking out on it, but Ice-Cube is in it and his daughter is the first female to ever play football…It was a Disney Movie…(Editor’s Note: Although all of us knew what Aaron was talking about, none of us could come up with the name of the flick… “The Longshots”, at the time!)…I mean, Fred directed that movie! And until my schedule became too much to deal with, I was supposed to be in that movie. I mean, inevitably it’s going to happen, as long as it’s a part that I can just be myself in. I mean, I’m not a character actor or anything! (laughs)

AWAY-TEAM: I’m with you, man. Hey, thanks so much for the interview, bro. Have a great show tonight, and we both with you a very Happy…Early Birthday, my friend!

AARON LEWIS: Hey, thanks so much. I hope you enjoy the show!!!

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And with that, we left the bus, only to be joined once again by Aaron and the entire band for one of the most incredibly rocking shows we’ve ever seen the band perform. For anyone that thinks STAIND is just a sobbing band of depressed guys singing songs about sorrow and despair…let this be a warning…they kick at least four monster rockers out before ever slowing the pace in their set, so don’t be fooled by what radio has put in front of you. This band is the real deal and totally heavy-handed in their set-list!!!

Special thanks go out to the STAIND tour manager Matt, label representative Kelly McWilliam, and to everyone that joined us this night to stay until the very end of their set and experience one of the best live shows going!!!

john 5John 5 told One on One with Mitch Lafon that he and DLR have put finishing touches on a new album.

We just made another record. And it’s 11 of the greatest songs you’ll ever hear, and it’s just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it.

“And it’s unbelievable. There’s a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill. And you know, just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it’ll see the light of day. But he’s, of course, busy with Van Halen and all that stuff. But it’s an incredible record.”

David lee roth



“I always go over to his house and we write music and things like that. It’s a lot of fun. They’re all original songs. I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night.

“It’s really incredible. He loves it too, so maybe it’ll see the light of day sometime.

Here’s hoping he’s right!




nick menza promoThe Supermoon is the result of Earth’s Moon making it’s closest pass to our planet, but did this last Supermoon bring something else with it?  Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza took his kids out into the backyard of his Studio City, CA home to see the phenomenon and, as the cell phone video below shows, he may have gotten more than he bargained for.  You be the judge…

As you can see, the appearance of the triangular shaped light arrangement lasted about as long as Menza’s 2004 reunion with Megadeth.

PrintAustralian powercore-metal pioneers, A BREACH OF SILENCE have revealed the cover art and track listing for their upcoming sophomore album The Darkest Road, out October 7 on Eclipse Records (Mushroomhead, Our Last Enemy, Bobaflex). The cover art was designed by Gabriel Serbanescu, who also designed art for the band’s 2013 debut album, Dead or Alive.

Additionally, a mix of four song snippets from the album has been posted online at this location.

The track listing for The Darkest Road is as follows:
1. T.P.N.E
2. The Darkest Road
3. Vultures
4. Silhouette
5. Hang ‘em High
6. In Reality We Trust
7. Lost at Sea
8. This is the End
9. Immortal
10. Hannibal
11. A Place I Know
12. Dead and Destroyed
13. Krazy B!tch
14. Time Still Remains

For this, their sophomore album, A BREACH OF SILENCE brought back legendary Swedish producers Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd (Bring Me the Horizon, Arch Enemy, In Flames) flying them “down under” to record at Acolyte Studios in Brisbane, Australia. The masters were later mixed at the infamous Studio Fredman in Sweden. A BREACH OF SILENCE are known for their unique mix of modern metalcore and power-metal vocal breakdowns which many of their fans refer to as ‘Powercore’. Clocking in at over 56 minutes, The Darkest Road delivers fourteen tracks of technical, impressive songwriting that will forever be remembered as the band’s defining moment in music history.

A BREACH OF SILENCE was thrown into the spotlight when they won Australia’s prestigious Q Music Award(2012) in the Best Heavy Song category. Shortly thereafter, the band inked a worldwide, multi-album deal with Eclipse Records, released thier debut album Dead or Alive (October, 2013) and have toured with bands such as Born of Osiris, Adept, The Amity Affliction, and Upon a Burning Body. In March of 2014, the band released their controversial Night Rider ‘first-person shooter’ music video which was inspired by their obsession with FPS video games and 1960’s classic westerns such as Hang ‘em High and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

THE DARKEST ROAD is scheduled to be released on October 7, 2014.

For more information on A BREACH OF SILENCE, please visit these websites:
www.EclipseRecords.com/A-Breach-Of-Silence
www.Facebook.com/abreachofsilenceband
www.Twitter.com/breachofsilence

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HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 23, 2014) – Seattle’s latest rising rock band, THE GUESSING GAME will kick-off tour dates in their hometown of Seattle for some intimate exclusive dates before heading down to the Guitars Under The Stars festival in Lebanon, OR. From there they will embark on a slew of Southern California dates including Hollywood’s Sunset Strip House Of Blues. More dates to be added in the next few weeks.

The band’s album Holy Crow, released on April 15th, on Guessing Game Music, and has been catching like wild fire. The Guessing Game has a knack for blending the energy of more traditional pure rock with great pop hooks, spiked with hair-raising guitar solos.

Formed in the summer of 2013, THE GUESSING GAME is the brain child of Jeff Rouse, long time bassist of Duff McKagan’s LOADED. “In the summer of 2013, I found myself with some much needed time on my hands. I knew it was time to find the right people to finally bring these songs I had been writing to life. Having spent the last 14 or so years writing, recording and touring in Loaded, it was time for me to get the “other” songs I had been working on out of my head, onto tape, and see what happens.”

Seeking out long time Seattle rock luminaries Kathy Moore (Brad, Satchel), Gary Westlake (Peter Frampton, Flight To Mars), Keith Ash (Star Anna), and Shawn Zellar(Redneck Girlfriend), Rouse knew this was something special – “They all breathed life and beauty into the songs and it was magnificent.”

Holy Crow drips of heartache, regret and finally redemption. Like that first drink Friday evening to that last sermon Sunday morning.

 SHOW DATES – More to be added~

 Sat, July 26th: Slim’s Last Chance, Seattle, WA, 9pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Kim Virant, Stereo Embers

Thurs, Aug 7thAdmiral Neighborhood Concert Series in Hiawatha Park, West Seattle, WA, 6:30pm-8pm

Sun, Aug 10thGuitars Under The Stars, Lebanon, OR, 2:30pm-3:30pm

w/ Lita Ford, Pat Travers Band, Gary Hoey

Fri, Aug 22ndNectar Lounge, Fremont (Seattle), 8pm 

w/ Strong Suit, Palooka and Jamie Nova Band

Fri, Aug 29thFoundation Room in the House of Blues, Sunset Strip, Los Angeles, 8pm (on at 10pm)

w/ Mark Knight & The Unsung Heroes and Karma Dealers

 

For more information go to www.facebook.com/TheGuessingGameBand or www.theguessinggameband.com.

 

rock_for_rubenLOS ANGELES (July 22, 2014)Grammy award winning rocker Rick Springfield is hosting a charity concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” to benefit his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco.    Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining the stage for some serious shredding. More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected!

 “I have been with Ruben since 1998. He has been my guitar tech for many years and a very close, dear friend,” explains John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie. “It was heartbreaking to hear this news and it is so important to raise this money to help Ruben in his battle against cancer as well as raising awareness.”

The concert’s goal is to raise money to help pay for medical expenses associated with Ruben’s battle against cancer. Ruben Velasco, our friend and guitar tech extraordinaire is fighting for his life,” says Springfield. “He has been diagnosed with fourth stage cancer and has a lot of medical expenses coming up in his fight. Any and all donations would be loved and welcomed.”

This special benefit concert for Ruben will be held on August 20, 2014 at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  The event will also include some exclusive VIP opportunities including a private pre-concert dinner with Rick and only 18 guests. For further details on the “Rock for Ruben” benefit concert, please visit: http://rickspringfield.com/rock-for-ruben.

Ruben’s favorite animal charity organization, Fur & Feather Animal Sanctuary, is also accepting individual donations on his behalf and will channel 100% of your donation directly to Ruben.  Donations can be made at:  www.youcaring.com/rubenscancerfund.

 

Photo Credit: Diamond- Getty Images

Photo Credit: Diamond- Getty Images

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July 23, 2014-Subpeonas for evidence are issued daily in the American court system.  Most are for evidence in the form of testimony, some are for evidence in the form of text messages or emails, but the real anomoly is when an iconic rock star is asked to produce evidence in the form of a glass dildo!

Thanks to attorneys for Insane Clown Posse, Kid Rock will be asked to do just that.  As part of an ongoing sexual harrassment suit against ICP, Rock (whose legal name is Rob Ritchie) is being asked to produce the glass phallus that was given to him a couple of years ago by “Dirty Dan” Diamond, a former employee of ICP and Psychopathic Records.  Ritchie now has 14 days to respond and produce the item.

Diamond testified last Friday in Las Vegas that he attempted to give the alleged victim Andrea Pellegrini (another former employee of Psychopathic Records) the glass guy-part as a gift.  When she refused to accept it, Diamond did what any rational person would do and offered it up to Kid Rock.

According to Pellegrini‘s 17-page complaint she was consistently subject to sexual advances and bullying by her colleagues, in addition to being asked to perform legal work she dubbed unethical during her 3-year career at Psychopathic Records. She says she was given the toy by Diamond after he learned that she was single.  Diamond admitted under oath that he made sexually explicit remarks to Pellegrini.  Furthermore Pellegrini describes her experience at the 2012 Gathering of the Juggalos as “a living hell”.

Also named as defendants in the suit are ICP members Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, whose stage monikers are Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, Psychopathic Records, and the group’s manager William Dale.

You may remember ICP being involved in a lawsuit against the federal government surrounding the findings of a 2011 FBI report that the group’s fans (known as Juggalos) be labeled with the gang-designation.  The group unsuccessfully contended that the gang-designation was causing ICP to lose fans, and violated the freedom of expression rights of the Juggalos.

Moral of the Story:  If a representative of two rapping clowns gives you a glass dildo, he is either giving you several STD’s, or a ticket to courtroom embarassment.  Choose wisely.

nonpoint-the returnNonpoint are set to release their next album entitled ‘The Return’ on September 30th.  Fans can hear the first single, “Breaking Skin”, at Nonpoint.com, or check it out below.  On releasing the band’s first album in two years frontman Elias Soriano explains, “Last record we stepped in a direction we’ve wanted to for years and our fans revered us for it. This record we have gotten up to speed and dropped the pedal to the floor. I think our fans will embrace this record in a way no other Nonpoint record has been viewed or loved. We left no room for question of what we are trying to accomplish with our music or who we are. We haven’t gone back to old school. We didn’t reflect on our past. We didn’t discuss what works. We are not ‘Statement’ Nonpoint or even ‘Bullet’ Nonpoint… The Return is Nonpoint right the fuck now.”

Fans can preorder the album at Nonpoint.com, or if that doesn’t satisfy your hunger, you can preorder CD and Merch bundles featuring ‘The Return’ CD, work shirt, zip-up hoodie, trucker hat, and sunglasses at MerchNow.  Nonpoint hits the road beginning August 9th in Birch Run, MI.  Tour dates are listed below.

August 9 – Birch Run, MI – Birch Run Expo Center
September 5 – Ashwaubenon, WI – Green Bay Distllery- Razor Edgefest
September 13 – Janesville, WI – Southern Wisconsin Airport
September 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
September 16 – Waterloo, IA – The Reverb
September 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
September 19 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Parkview Field
September 20 – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s Music Room
September 21 – Erie, PA – BT Theater
September 24 – Pontiac, IL – Freaksters Roadhouse
September 25 – Chesterfield, MI – Diesel Concert Lounge
September 26 – Libertyville, IL – Austins
September 27 – Ringle, WI – Q&Z Expo Center
September 30 – Lacrosse, WI – The Cavalier Theater
October 1 – Mishawaka, IN – Smith’s Downtown
October 2 – Macomb, IL – The Forum Live
October 4 – Louisville, KY – Louder Than Life

 

otherwise-2014 band promoPeace comes through struggle. It’s a reward that’s earned rather than simply given. It’s the product of tireless work and an unbreakable spirit against all odds and opposition. OTHERWISE are no strangers to that struggle, rising up to become rock ‘n’ roll contenders in the face of a tumultuous musical climate and a series of personal hardships. The Las Vegas hard alternative rock quintet-Adrian Patrick [vocals], Ryan Patrick [guitar/vocals], Corky Gainsford [drums/vocals], Vassilios Metropoulos [bass], & Andrew Pugh [guitar/vocals]-catalog the next chapter of this journey on their second full-length album, PEACE AT ALL COSTS via Century Media Records.

 Lead single “Darker Side Of The Moon” quickly debuts on the U.S. active rock charts.  The guys have just confirmed a headline tour with Like A Storm & Islander.  Check out the dates below…

08/01     Las Vegas, NV @Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

08/21     Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory

08/22     Spokane, WA @Knitting Factory

08/23     Central Point, OR @ Lithia Motors Amphitheater

 09/11     Tempe, AZ @ Pub Rock Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/13     Los Angeles, CA @ Whisky with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/14     Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival

09/16     Colorado Springs, CO @ Sunshine Studios Live with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/18     Ringle, WI @ Q&Z Expo Center with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/19     Racine, WI @ Rt. 20 with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/20     Green Bay, WI @ The Watering Hole with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/21     Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/22     South Bend, IN @ Cheers with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/24     Ft. Wayne, IN @ Piere’s with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/25     Morgantown, WV @ Schmitt’s Saloon with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/26     York Sprngs, PA @ Fall Jam 2014 

09/27     Parkersburg, WV @ West Virginia Polo Club with Like A Storm & Islander 

09/29     New York, NY @ Webster Underground with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/01     Cleveland, OH @ Agora Ballrooom with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/03     Flint, MI @ Perani Arena with Like A Storm & Islander 

10/04     Louisville, KY @ Louder Than Life Festival

10/17     Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Ballroom (with Buckcherry)

For more info visit weareotherwise.com

 

liason records logoJuly 21, 2014 – On August 19, Liaison Records will release the 25th Anniversary Edition of Better Than Ezra‘s first studio album, SURPRISE. Originally released on cassette only in 1989 by Swell Records, SURPRISE has been commercially unavailable and highly sought after by “Ezralites” for over two decades. You can check out the lyric video for the first single, “Circle Of Friends” below, and it is also available for download on iTunes & Amazon.

Newly re-mastered, SURPRISE is the only Better Than Ezra album to feature all four original members–Kevin Griffin (vocals, guitar), Joel Rundell (guitar), Tom Drummond (bass) & Cary Bonnecaze (drums).

Better Than Ezra formed in 1988 by Kevin Griffin and Cary Bonnecaze while attending LSU in Baton Rouge. With the addition of Joel Rundell and Tom Drummond, they moved into a house together and began focusing on writing their own songs which they would perform live and ultimately release on their debut studio album.

Cary recounts, “We recorded SURPRISE in a garage studio (literally) during the evenings and after classes, in the course of 5 days.  Once we had the cassettes made, we approached a local record store off the LSU campus to sell the album and within days it became their biggest selling album. We played bars and frat shows throughout the Southeast and sold SURPRISE wherever we could. Things seemed to be going well. Little did we know that within that year our world would change forever.”

“On August 8, 1990, after playing a show at Murphy’s Bar in Baton Rouge, Joel unexpectedly passed away. There is nothing like losing someone who you genuinely love and care for. It wasn’t ‘like’ losing a brother, we did lose a brother. This 25th Anniversary release is dedicated to Joel.

Continuing as a trio, Better Than Ezra released their second album, DELUXE, in 1993 on Swell Records. In 1995, Elektra Records re-released DELUXE and the single, “Good,” which helped push the album to Platinum status by the end of 1995.

As SURPRISE celebrates its 25th anniversary, Better Than Ezra has gone on to scan nearly two million albums in the United States.

rob zombies throatFrom ROB ZOMBIE’s Facebook page:
I am very sorry to everyone who was at RockFest. Believe it or not this is the first time in 29 years I have not been able to finish a show. I have played through many many nights with a fucked voice. I knew it backstage but came out and tried anyway, but failed. I understand people are pissed, but what can you do? It is easy to say “man up and just do it” but when no sound is coming out there is nothing you can do. If you have ever lost your voice before, then you know it doesn’t magically return just because you want it to. If there was a way to do the show I would have done it, as I have many, many times before. Fuck, I done shows where I walked to the side of the stage between songs to vomit I was so sick. Whatever. I’m not looking for sympathy and I don’t expect anyone care but these are the facts.

As far as everyone yelling “I’ve been a fan for 20 years and now I fucking hate you! you pussy rockstar!” What can I say fucking shitty stuff happens sometimes. I tried explaining it into the mic before I left the stage but I could barely croak out a word. Do you think their was any upside to that show for me? Nope, it’s all a big fucking mess that I wish never happened. We are trying to figure out a time and place to make it up to everybody.

I don’t take the fans for granted and I don’t take this situation lightly. My goal is to never let the fans down, but on that night I did. Unfortunately I had no choice.

rob zombie rock festFrom Rock Fest’s Facebook page:
Hey Rock Fest’ers, we understand your frustration completely. We were frustrated right along with you. We again apologize for it taking a while for the show to be officially called by RZ. We were working backstage on every and all options including medical treatment for Rob to see if he could continue with the show. We were fighting for You. Let’s all wish Rob Zombie a speedy recovery. Clearly there is something seriously wrong with Rob’s throat, as this is out of character for him. Thx to Corey Taylor and Stone Sour, P.O.D, Redlight King and Thousand Foot Krutch for killing it on the final day of RF14.






messagetovenusMIAMI, FL – Florida’s 21st Century rock outfit, Message To Venus, has teamed up with Revolver to launch a brand new song, “Hollow,” from the band’s upcoming debut album, Victims & Villains. Stream “Hollow” today exclusively at RevolverMag.com by clicking here.

“‘Hollow’ is a track about living the life you want,” vocalist/guitarist, Jandre Nadal, told Revolver. “Making your own choices as a person. Not following a shadow of what someone wants for you. This song has a powerful chorus. A lot of people can relate to this subject.”

Message To Venus recently launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the release and promotion of Victims & Villains. The campaign, available online here, seeks to raise $10,000 during the months of July and August and offers several unique Victims & Villains perks, including advance music, a personalized Message To Venus comic book and more. Money raised during the campaign will be put toward a music video, touring expenses, marketing and more.

Commented the band:

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? The same applies to an album that goes unheard. And we want to be heard!That’s why we’ve decided to make our new album available to you, our closest fans, in advance of the official release date. With your support, we can raise the money needed to properly release and promote our new album, ‘Victims & Villains.’ For your contribution, you’ll receive exclusive perks in return, from an autographed copy of the new album, a limited edition poster to even having your own personalized comic book!”

Victims & Villains was recorded in the band’s native San Juan, Puerto Rico with producer, Leo Alvarez.

Victims & Villains teaser video can be seen below.

The upcoming album follows the 2011 EP, ‘The Envelope,’ which, along with lead single, “Universal You,” drew praise from established artists such as Godsmack and Halestorm while receiving weekly spins at SiriusXM Octane, MusicChoice and more. The track was also featured in the motion picture, The Witness (El Testigo). Stream the “Universal You” music video on YouTube, or scroll down to check it out.

Following the release of ‘The Envelope,’ Message To Venus made the decision to relocate from San Juan to Miami, Fla. “Puerto Rico is beautiful…it’s our home,” explained guitarist, John Feliciano. “We play there as often as we can, but in order to expand globally we want to be planted on soil where touring opportunities are more frequent.”

After being nominated for a Latin Rock Award in the ‘Slam Alternativo/Rock’ category in 2012, as well as participation in the International Day of Non-Violence, Message To Venus successfully employed the help of fans through a crowdfunding campaign and toured the U.S. in 2013.

The quartet is now seeking its dedicated fans’ help again to bring Victims & Villains to the masses. Stay tuned to the campaign page and Facebook for the latest info and updates.

Twenty-Three years after their last record, and nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, DFW TX Speed/Thrash Metal pioneers, RIGOR MORTIS, announce the long awaited release of their fourth and final studio album – Slaves to the Grave (Due October 7th via Rigor Mortis Records). This marks the bands first studio album in 23 years, and the first with the classic original line up (Mike Scaccia - guitar, Casey Orr – Bass, Bruce Corbitt – Vocals, and Harden Harrison on drums), since their 1988 eponymous debut album. Recorded less than a year before Mike‘s passing, STTG was to going to herald the bands long overdue comeback. In February 2012, RIGOR MORTIS entered Ministry’s 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, and recorded the 10 tracks that would become Slaves to the Grave.

rigor mortisWhen no labels were willing to release the record (after all there would be no touring to support it, or follow up record), they decided to release it themselves. With no money, they started a fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo. They called in favors from their friends to get the record mixed and mastered just right and get the cover art just the way they envisioned it. They decided to add a behind the scenes “making of” DVD to the initial pressing, and to release it on vinyl. They are all very proud of this record and the history that surrounds it. They have endeavored every step of the way to do justice to the RIGOR MORTIS legacy, and bring honor to Mike Scacciaʼs last recorded testament. We think he’d be proud.

The subject matter hasn’t strayed much. Twisted tales of horror and woe, monsters and madmen, warfare and plague abound! The tracks are fast and heavy as one would expect, but there is also a maturity and growth that only comes with age and experience. Musically, STTG draws from a legacy of brutal influence. The Speed and Thrash Metal that RIGOR MORTIS cut their teeth on is evident throughout the record in the intensity and velocity of tracks like “Flesh For Flies“, but also, one could argue, are influences such as Italian horror soundtracks by Goblin, as heard on the outro solo of “Poltergeist“. While STTG was very much a group effort, and all four came together like a fist to crush all doubt, It has to be said, of course, that the highlight of this record, and indeed RIGOR MORTIS as a whole musically, is Mike Scacciaʼs incredible guitar playing. His freakish speed picking and beautiful sense of melody is mesmerizing. His solos are stupefying. Mikes style was much closer to Paganini, than to say, Mustaine or Dimebag. He was unique.

Without question, this record contains some of Mike‘s finest work. In his zone and with no restraints, he delivered some absolutely stellar performances. His solo at the end of “Blood Bath“, for instance, is absolutely breathtaking, exposing more heart and soul than precious few of his contemporaries possess. RIGOR MORTIS dedicates this record to Mike Scaccia 1965-2012.

Slaves to the Grave Track Listing:
1. Poltergeist 6:05
2. Rain of Ruin 4:21
3. Flesh for Flies 3:39
4. The Infected 3:51
5. Blood Bath 6:36
6. Ancient Horro 3:27
7. Fragrance of Corpse 3:13
8. Curse of the Draugr 3:34
9. Sacramentum Gladiatorum
10. Lududs Magnus 13:56