The talented songwriter Mr. Jimmy Bergman (THE END OF GRACE) and the beautiful voice of Ms. Tillie Grundel (former KARMIC LINK) put together THROUGH THE CRACKS, a project of rock music full of feeling. The first single, “Breathless”, was released digitally last Friday, on iTunes and Spotify.
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Rock legends Skid Row will tour the UK again, after the successful visit last year, co-headlining with Ugly Kid Joe (read our report on the sold-out gig in London HERE). This time they’re single-headlining, but bring along The Last Vegas and Sister. Dates and locations as follows:
Fri 17 Oct – Bristol, Bierkeller
Sat 18 Oct – Cambridge, The Junction
Sun 19 Oct – Hull, The Well
Mon 20 Oct – Edinburgh, Liquid Room
Wed 22 Oct – Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thu 23 Oct – Stourbridge, River Rooms
Fri 24 Oct – Wakefield, Warehouse 23
Sat 25 Oct – Buckley, Tivoli
Sun 26 Oct – Nuneaton, Queens Hall
Tue 28 Oct – London, Underworld
Nashville rockers The Cadillac Three will be playing an intimate one-off headlining show at The Lexington, London, on the 7th July – right after their appearance at Sonisphere. Quoting vocalist/guitarist Jaren Johnston: “We can’t wait to get back across the pond! The first two trips were some of the best times of our lives. We look forward to playing Planet Rockstock, as well as Sonisphere and our upcoming headline tour. Hide your women and your cold beer… The Cadillac Three are coming back to the UK!”
They have recently recorded a cover of Mötley Crüe’s “Live Wire” which will be featured in the upcoming “Nashville Outlawes”, a tribute album to the legendary rock band involving TC3’s US Big Machine label, plus The Crüe camp itself.
Also, Spinefarm Records has re-issued their debut album “Tennessee Mojo” with two bonus tracks, and a new single featuring both “White Lightning” and “Back It Up” will be released to coincide with the aforementioned Sonisphere show.
Japanese rock duo Vamps (featuring HYDE from L’Arc-en-Ciel and K.A.Z. from Oblivion Dust) will make their third appearance in the UK this Summer, at Download Festival (Donnington Park between 13th and 15th of June – Vamps playing on the 14th). They’ve recently played a headline show at Koko (March 28th) and last October they hit British ground for the first time at a sold-out Islington Academy.
» We just finished the show at Koko, London, and already we plan to come back and play for you guys at Download Festival in June! We will do our best to come back to the UK as many times as we can this year! Come to the festival and check out our performance, if you get a chance! «, says HYDE.
“Sex Blood Rock’N’Roll” is already their third album, the first to be released in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Follow them on Facebook (link here) for more information on what they’re up to.
“Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” is the title of Blowsight‘s upcoming single, to be released this Thursday, 25th February. This is more than just a new song, the single release has another purpose than just bring you good music – all profits generated by its sales will be donated to the homeless.
Last Christmas, singer/guitarist Nick Red bought a cup of coffee to a homeless person named Björn and “Winter Show Mercy (Thank You)” was inspired by the conversation between the two of them. Quoting Nick: » Something that most of us will never experience is the humiliation of not even being recognized, being completely ignored by people that pass you by as if you didn’t even exist. Björn lost his wife three years ago and after that, it all just went downhill for him. While he admittedly needs shelter, food, or someone’s spare change; what he wants more than anything is for people just to acknowledge him even if they can’t spare a dime. The man is still a human being! «
You can purchase the single on Amazon (http://smarturl.it/tq6qaf) or iTunes (http://smarturl.it/9ehbqd), the latter including a digital booklet with art drawn by Nick himself and the lyrics for the song.
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BLOWSIGHT
On February 11th last year, Mastodon played a sold-out show at London’s legendary O2 Brixton Academy. Part of the world tour supporting their critically acclaimed album “The Hunter”, also the show had a tremendous response from the audience, from the first minute until the last.
Now, on December 10th, Warner Bros. Records will make this unforgettable concert available in digital format under the name “Mastodon Live At Brixton”. You can either choose the audio version only, or go for the video one, directed by Ryan Mackfall from Crashburn Media. Both cover the 97 minutes of the show, where the following set-list was performed:
1. Dry Bone Valley
2. Black Tongue
3. Crystal Skull
4. I Am Ahab
5. Capillarian Crest
6. Colony of Birchmen
10. Sleeping Giant
11. Ghost of Karelia
12. All The Heavy Lifting
14. Curl of the Burl
15. Bedazzled Fingernails
16. Circle of Cysquatch
17. Aqua Dementia
18. Crack The Skye
19. Where Strides The Behemoth
20. Iron Tusk
21. March of the Fireants
22. Blood and Thunder
23. Creature Lives
In celebration of the deluxe edition of their 2012 album “Maybe Today, Maybe Tomorrow”, We Are The Ocean will co-headline four shows in the UK, along with US rockers The Maine:
Nov 12 – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
Nov 13 – O2 Academy 2, Liverpool, UK
Nov 14 – The Cockpit, Leeds, UK
Nov 15 – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, UK
They will also be part of the Warped Tour, which will happen in the following places (London included):
Nov 09 – Berlin Arena, Berlin, Germany
Nov 10 – Klokgebouw, Eindhoven, Netherlands
Nov 17 – Alexandra Palace, London, UK
Nov 23 – Bern Festhalle, Bern, Switzerland
Nov 24 – Vienna Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria
The aforementioned deluxe edition will be out on October 21st (pre-order it here). Meanwhile, the band has posted online a new acoustic video taken from their “Live at Middle Farm Studios”. After “Young Heart”, “Runaway” and “The Road”, it is now time for “Now & Then”:
“The Best Of”
To be released on 28th October 2013
Via Eleven Seven Records
In the 15 years they’ve been active (they were formed in 1995 but split between 2002 and 2005), Buckcherry released six studio albums and sold over three million records just in their home country USA, where they were also certified gold and platinum several times and nominated for a “best hard rock performance“ Grammy (sadly, they they lost it to Wolfmother). A best-of compilation was mandatory.
The problem was probably which songs to choose. “Crazy Bitch”, “Lit Up” and “Sorry” are included in the aforementioned gold and platinum certifications, so one could say these made the choice by themselves. And the others… well, when a band (or label) thinks a certain song is single-material it’s because the song has potential to make it big among the fans = it’s one of the best songs in the current album. So Buckcherry didn’t complicate and trusted their original choices. Or almost. The first single out of “Black Butterfly”, “Too Drunk”, wasn’t very fortunate. Sure, it hit huge levels of popularity, but among a more mainstream crowd. Mid-tempo beat, shallow groove… no wonder they replaced it with a cover of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star” on the re-release of the album. Then the second single was “Don’t Go Away”, which is an okay ballad, but still… “Rose” is easy-going anc catchier than those two, so personally I think it would have been a better choice. And meanwhile Buckcherry must have thought the same, as it’s “Rose” that made it to this best-of – the only track here that was never released as a single.
Some bands like to include a brand new track and/or remixes, so that even the hardcore fans who own all their discography will feel compelled to get the compilation, for the featured novelty. Not Buckcherry. These are (some of) the tracks that put them where they are now, so this is what people must get as their best-of: the dirty rock of “Lit Up”, “Crazy Bitch”, “Next To You” and “Gluttony”, the more sleazy vibe in “Rescue Me”, “Ridin’”, “All Night Long” and “Nothing Left But Tears”, and the melodic thrill of “Sorry”, “Everything”, “Rose” and “For The Movies”. Rock’n’roll at its best – no pun intended.
5 / 5
by Renata “Pieni” Lino
Having released “Confessions” early this year, LA rockers Buckcherry will now gather 12 of their top tracks in a compilation simply called “The Best Of Buckcherry”. The release date is set for October 28th and you can pre-order it here.
01 Lit Up
02 For The Movies
05 Next 2 You
07 Crazy Bitch
08 Rescue Me
10 All Night Long
12 Nothing Left But Tears
In support of both albums, the band will embark on an European tour, co-headlined with Swedish Hardcore Superstar, that will finish with 8 UK & Ire shows:
5/11, Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
6/11, Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
8/11, Essigfabrik, Koln, Germany
9/11, Columbia Club, Berlin, Germany
10/11, Szene Wien, Vienna, Austria
12/11, Backstage Halle, Munchen, Germany
13/11, Plaza, Zurich, Switzerland
15/11, New Age Club, Roncade, Italy
16/11, Estragon, Bologna, Italy
17/11, Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
19/11, Colo-Saal, Aschaffenberg, Germany
20/11, Le Forum, Vaureal, France
22/11, Koko, London, England
23/11, Kabash, Coventry, England
25/11, The Ritz, Manchester, England
26/11, ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
27/11, Limelight 2, Belfast, N. Ireland
29/11, Button Factory, Dublin, Ireland
29/11, Rock City, Nottingham, England
2/12, Academy, Bristol, England
British metallers Absolva have just been confirmed for this year’s Bloodstock Open Air, making it their second Bloodstock appearance two years running. The band originally appeared on the Jagermeister Acoustic Stage at last year’s Bloodstock, shortly after their formation and a successful string of Irish and Scottish tour dates as special guests to Iced Earth.
This year, Absolva will be playing the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Friday 9th August before they dash to Belgium on Saturday 10th August for Summerrock. The band have also revealed the artwork for their upcoming Beyond Live CD and DVD release.
Absolva were born in May 2012, in the wake of Fury UK bassist Luke Appleton joining Iced Earth, and from inception the new band earned a reputation as an inspiring live act. Following the 2012 Bloodstock and Iced Earth shows, the band released debut album Flames Of Justice in November to critical acclaim and set about a rigorous touring schedule with a 16 date European Tour towards the end of the year, followed by a further 33 date European Tour early in 2013. The later tour included 8 shows as special guests on the Michael Schenker Temple of Rock and Lovedrive Reunion Tour. Absolva‘s impact on the British and European scene has therefore been immediate.
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Sister will make their first ever UK appearances supporting Wednesday 13 in March. The Swedish sleaze and punk influenced metal outfit are looking forward to tearing it up: “Finally its time for Sister to hit the UK. Since the cancelled tour with GWAR one year ago it’s constantly been in our minds to get our asses over there. So… We are really proud to announce that we will do a tour with no other than Wednesday 13! Will be an honour to share the stage with him and the band! So get ready and we’ll make sure our presence will be heard all over your fine country. So to all motherfuckers (like you) in the UK: See ya in March!”
Check out the video for “Spit On Me” at this location.
Wednesday 13 + SISTER
6th BRIGHTON – Concorde 2
7th BRISTOL – The Fleece
8th MANCHESTER – Club Academy
9th NOTTINGHAM – Rock City
10th GLASGOW – Cathouse
11th NEWCASTLE – Northumbria University
12th WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms
13th LONDON – O2 Academy Islington
Sister, who hail from Stockholm/Jönkoping Sweden, formed in early 2006 working hard to build up a name as a strong act both live and in the studio. The band consists of 4 members- Jamie on vocals, Tim on guitars and backing vocals, Rikki on bass and backing vocals, and Cari on drums and backing vocals- who combine the sounds of Punk, Glam, Rock, and Metal with an end result sounding something like the bastard child of GG Allin and Guns N’ Roses. The band’s Metal Blade debut, HATED, was released in June 2011 and was met with strong praise from press and fans alike.
Hated is out now on Metal Blade
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Leading rock and metal label Nuclear Blast have stated their excitement at the recent signing of Swedish rockers Free Fall.
The band commented “We believe that the deal Free Fall made today with Nuclear Blast will be a significant step towards our quest to liberate people through Freedom Rock; World domination through Power and Volume!”
Free Fall features well known Swedish musicians; guitarist Mattias Bärjed (Soundtrack Of Our Lives) and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (International Noise Conspiracy) who set out to create their own style in rock music: Freedom rock!
The band’s debut album, Power & Volume is scheduled for an early 2013 release. A first impression of what their freedom rock is all about will be due on November 30, 2012 when the band releases the 7″ single of the album’s title track. Power & Volume. The single will be made available on black (retail version) and white vinyl (via Nuclear Blast Mailorder only) as well as digitally via iTunes. All versions will also feature the rare non-album track Stand Up For Your Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Free Fall are:
Jan Martens – Bass
Mattias Bärjed – Guitar
Kim Fransson – Lead Vocals
Ludwig Dahlberg – Drums
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Debut album by German hard rockers salutes those about to rock.
PITCH BLACK RECORDS announces the addition of German hard rock outfit HARD RIOT into its roster with the band’s debut album, “Living on a Fast Lane”, due for release on April 10th, 2012.
HARD RIOT were formed in 2006 in the city of Heilbronn, Germany and the band consists of four young friends who share the same passion – hard rockin’ music.
Their powerful stage presence and performance has landed them with numerous live shows over the past few years and many devoted fans. In 2009 HARD RIOT released a self-financed 5-track EP (“The Hidden Truth”) and in 2011 they entered Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany, relying on the excellent skills of producer Vagelis Maranis who oversaw the entire recording and production of their debut album.
HARD RIOT is Michael Gildner on vocals, Andreas Rockrohr on guitars, Mario Kleindienst on bass and Carmine Jaucci on drums. Their influences include AC/DC, Metallica and the Scorpions among others but their influences don’t stop here. These and many more are clearly evident throughout their music. The band’s main style is hard rock but one can also find a good dose of heavy/speed metal in their music. One thing is certain when listening to HARD RIOT perform, they are enjoying every moment of their music and that’s something that is undisputedly conveyed to the listener!
“Living on a Fast Lane” will be available worldwide on April 10th, 2012, through Pitch Black Records and its distribution partners as well as through all major mp3 stores.
Subscribers to the Pitch Black Records mailing list were already treated to an exclusive preview of a track taken off the album and that track is now available as a free download at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.
1. Get Ready
2. Hellfire Rock
3. Don’t Need You
4. No Surrender
5. Tears in the Rain
6. Turn on the Lights
7. Nothing but You
8. Take me Down
9. Hard Way Down
10. Black Widow
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Outlaw
More information at http://www.pitchblackrecords.com.
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