Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Flames - Here Until Forever

The Swedes metalheads IN FLAMES have released a new absolutely stunning video "Here Until Forever" taken from the latest album "Battles".

Anders Friden coments the tune:

"Here Until Forever" was written for my son. He's eight years old. I have this piece here, "Come Clarity", which I wrote for my daughter when she was two. And he's seen that, and he asked all the time, 'Daddy, where's my song?' And I don't think I'd been ready to write something that would make him justice. But now… yeah, I was ready. So that one is, obviously, the most personal one, because it's very directed towards one person, for me. But I think the lyric is open for interpretation; it could be for anyone — someone that you love, or someone that you missed, or someone that you have a special bond with."

Asked if his son has heard "Here Until Forever" and what he thought of it, Anders said: "He heard it. I think he cried the first time [he listened to it], 'cause he was so proud: 'This is about me.' And it's an important track, because we… You know, we are away [from each other] many months a year, and we have a little thing, me and him, for how we connect… If he feels sad and he wants to contact me, then we have a certain thing that I taught him to… so he feels safe."

He continued:
"I think he's super proud of that song. And then he can tell his friends, 'This is my song.' Stuff like that."

Today's tune "Here Until Forever" from In Flames newest album "Battles". This stunning animated clip, directed by award-winning Mexican filmmaker Luis Téllez (Jacinta, La Noria and Fusilaron a la Virgen), is a masterclass in stop motion animation

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dan Reed Network - Save the World

DAN REED NETWORK’s latest record “"Fight Another Day”" marks the anticipated return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the Melodic Rock World in the second part of the 80’s!

Formed originally in Portland, Oregon, the band began packing out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and soul. After releasing their EP ‘Breathless’ and having a top ten single on local radio, ‘Steal Me’, DRN signed to Polygram/Mercury Records. In the winter of 1987, the group released their self-titled debut album which was produced by Bruce Fairbairn (BON JOVI, AEROSMITH) and engineered/mixed by Mike Fraser in Vancouver, Canada. The first single, “Ritual” peaked at number 38 on the US Billboard Charts and became a staple of what became known as the ‘Funk Rock’ genre. The debut album received a wealth of positive reviews, not the least of which was a four-star write-up from the notoriously hard-to-please Rolling Stone Magazine.

DAN REED NETWORK’ went over to Europe to support the album and had legendary performances at the Marquee Club in London and the The Melody Club in Stockholm, which are still talked about to this day. While attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum induction ceremony in January 1989 in New York, Dan Reed met up with producer Nile Rodgers (Duran Duran, Madonna, David Bowie) which led to the creation of the second album “Slam”. Produced by Rodgers, it better represented the DAN REED NETWORK’ live sound and accelerated the band’s growing status in Europe. DAN REED NETWORK’ opened the European leg of BON JOVIs ‘New Jersey Tour’ in 1989 and THE ROLLING STONES’ European ‘Urban Jungle Tour’ in 1990. The DAN REED NETWORK’s third album ‘The Heat’, produced by Bruce Fairbairn in 1991, was their biggest success in the UK, mostly due to the single ‘Lover’ which was accompanied by a live video from Wembley Stadium filmed when they opened for THE ROLLING STONES’. Despite some success and disillusioned with the record business and all it’s trappings, the band eventually disbanded, much to the dismay of their supporters around the globe.

Fast forward to the 21st century and DAN REED NETWORK’ played their 25th anniversary reunion show on New Years Eve 2012 in their home town of Portland, Oregon, with all the original band members: Dan Reed, Dan Pred, Brion James, Melvin Brannon II and Blake Sakamoto. The members found it was incredibly fun being back together and consequently DAN REED NETWORK’ decided it was a good time to bring the band and the music back to Europe and performed three sold out shows in Stockholm at Debaser, outside of London at the Enchanted Festival and at the Diamond Rock Club in Northern Ireland in 2013.

Dan Reed says: “It's been 25 years since our last studio album "The Heat" was released, and to be honest, I never envisioned making another DAN REED NETWORK’ album despite countless people throughout the world encouraging us to do so. But with a mixture of fate and a collective of trusted friends and supporters in the business coming to the table, I am excited to say we are poised to release a brand new record entitled "Fight Another Day" in 2016 on Frontiers, home of many artists that we in fact admired back when we were first hitting the scene and before. Finally the stars aligned perfectly to have it all come together and make this album, and to have Derek Shulman, who originally singed DAN REED NETWORK’ to Polygram in 1987, once again being in our lives as our co-manager and A&R man, brings us full circle. As for the sound and approach of the album the band and I thought it would be a great experiment and interesting challenge to revisit what endeared the band to so many back in the day and deliver a rock record with funk and soul elements, strong melodies, but this time around incorporate even edgier lyrics while not losing sight that this release needed to be uplifting, infectious, and most of all, powerful when performed live. The title "Fight Another Day" represents the fact that after 25 years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!“ The band looks forward to the world's response to this new labor of love, and this testament to the bonds of friendship and musical chemistry!

Today's tune "Save the World" is taken from the latest album "Fight Another Day"

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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Obsessed - Sacred

New Week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"

The mythos of THE OBSESSED returns with the fantastic milestone "Sacred". It's their first studio album in over 20 years. Led by legendary frontman Scott "Wino" Weinrich (SAINT VITUS, SPIRIT CARAVAN to name a few).

THE OBSESSED originally formed in 1976 and released three seminal stoner / doom albums in the early 90's, including "The Church Within" which has been hailed as one of the important records in the genre's history. Now, after reforming in 2016, the band has returned with renewed energy and purpose, sounding heavier and more relevant than ever before. The lineup consist of Wino’s longtime friend and former road crew member Brian Costantino (Drums) and Reid Raley (Bass & Vocals) and of course Scott "Wino” Weinrich (Guitar & Vocals).

"Sacred" kicks on with a remake of "Sodden Jackal", that was released on their 1999s album "Incarnate", here the tune have gotten a more deeper sound, much heavier and doomier, more powerful than ever, Wino's vocal is clearer and have a more punch. The tune got a new life indeed, a very good remake. "Punk Crusher" has a more classic hard rock approach, with a thundering chorus. The title song and today's tune "Sacred" has a more typical Wino layout, melodic and heavy. The record have a good mix between the styles of "Classic Rock", all from the light punkish "Haywire" and "Be The Night", the rocker "Razor Wire" to a more punchy radio rock friendly "Perseverance Of Futility" or the instrumental jam-oriented "Cold Blood". The THIN LIZZY cover "It's Only Money" is real heavy rocker were Wino sounds like an old Phil Lynott, cool version. The catchy, melancholic charm of "Stranger Things" is one if the hightlights with it's bluesy doom/rock groove. There are two bonus tracks on the deluxe version of the LP, the awesome nine minutes doomy "On So Long" with a amazing guitar work and the catchy classic rocker "Crossroader".

Deluxe Vinyl Version

Sum: "Sacred" is an extensive musical journey that is very fun to listen to.

Today's tune "Sacred" is the title track from the "Record Of The Week", enjoy!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun

Sunday, time for a classic.

"Black Hole Sun" is a song by US rock band SOUNDGARDEN. Written by frontman Chris Cornell (R.I.P.), the song was released in 1994 as the third single from the band's fourth studio album Superunknown (1994). It is arguably the band's most recognizable and most popular song, and remains a well known song from the 1990s. The song topped the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one. Despite peaking at number two on the Modern Rock Tracks, "Black Hole Sun" still finished as the number-one track of 1994 for that chart. It failed to hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart due to the rules of a physical/commercial release of the single at the time, but it still peaked at number 24 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and number nine on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. The song was included on SOUNDGARDENs 1997 greatest hits album A-Sides and appeared again on the 2010 compilation album Telephantasm.

Cornell said that he wrote the song in about 15 minutes. He used a Gretsch guitar to write the song, and commented, "I wrote the song thinking the band wouldn't like it—then it became the biggest hit of the summer." Cornell came up with the song while using a Leslie speaker. Guitarist Kim Thayil said that the Leslie speaker was perfect for the song as "it's very Beatlesque and has a distinctive sound. It ended up changing the song completely." Thayil said that the song "wasn't safe as milk, but it wasn't glass in someone's eye either. It was the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. Now it's the 'Dream On' of our set." The song was performed in drop D tuning. Drummer Matt Cameron called the song "a huge departure". Credit is due to Michael Beinhorn and Brendan O'Brien, producer and recording engineer, respectively.

Regarding "Black Hole Sun", Cornell stated, "It's just sort of a surreal dreamscape, a weird, play-with-the-title kind of song." He also said that "lyrically it's probably the closest to me just playing with words for words' sake, of anything I've written. I guess it worked for a lot of people who heard it, but I have no idea how you'd begin to take that one literally." In another interview he elaborated further, stating, "It's funny because hits are usually sort of congruent, sort of an identifiable lyric idea, and that song pretty much had none. The chorus lyric is kind of beautiful and easy to remember. Other than that, I sure didn't have an understanding of it after I wrote it. I was just sucked in by the music and I was painting a picture with the lyrics. There was no real idea to get across." Commenting upon how the song was misinterpreted as being positive, Cornell said, "No one seems to get this, but 'Black Hole Sun' is sad. But because the melody is really pretty, everyone thinks it's almost chipper, which is ridiculous." When asked about the line, "Times are gone for honest men", Cornell said:

It's really difficult for a person to create their own life and their own freedom. It's going to become more and more difficult, and it's going to create more and more disillusioned people who become dishonest and angry and are willing to fuck the next guy to get what they want. There's so much stepping on the backs of other people in our profession. We've been so lucky that we've never had to do that. Part of it was because of our own tenacity, and part of it was because we were lucky.

Chris Cornell stated in a 2014 interview with Entertainment Weekly that the title came from something he heard on the news - he thought the anchor said "black hole sun," but he really was saying something else. Cornell started thinking about the phrase and decided to write a song around it, as he felt it was a thought-provoking title. He wrote the lyrics first, then composed the music based on the images he came up with.

Today's tune have the surreal and apocalyptic music video for "Black Hole Sun" was directed by Howard Greenhalgh, produced by Megan Hollister for Why Not Films (London, England), shot by Ivan Bartos, and features post-production work by 525 Post Production (Hollywood, California) and Soho 601 Effects (London). The video follows a suburban neighborhood and its vain inhabitants with comically exaggerated grins, which are eventually swallowed up when the Sun suddenly turns into a black hole, while the band performs the song somewhere in an open field. In the video, Cornell can be seen wearing a fork necklace given to him by Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon. In an online chat, the band stated that the video "was entirely the director's idea", and added, "Our take on it was that at that point in making videos, we just wanted to pretend to play and not look that excited about it." Thayil said that the video was one of the few SOUNDGARDEN videos the band was satisfied with.

The video was released in June 1994. After several weeks of airplay on MTV, a second version of the video was substituted containing more elaborate visual effects than the original, including the addition of a computer-generated black hole. The music video for "Black Hole Sun" became a hit on MTV and received the award for Best Metal/Hard Rock Video at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. In 1995, it received the Clio Award for Alternative Music Video. The video is available on the CD-ROM Alive in the Superunknown.

In 1999, British alternative rock band SKUNK ANANSIE did a homage of the video for their single "Lately". The video was also directed by Greenhalgh.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Ferrymen - Still Standing Up

THE FERRYMEN is a brand new project featuring guitarist Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, MAGNUS KARLSSONS FREE FALL) and vocalist Ronnie Romero (LORDS OF BLACK, RAINBOW), together with drummer Mike Terrana (RAGE, AXEL RUDI PELL, MASTERPLAN, TARJA and more).

The songs were written by Karlsson in Sweden during the summer of 2016. Once Romero was sent the music via their main bands' shared label home Frontiers, he immediately wanted to be part of the project. Terrana was the last piece of the puzzle and he recorded his drums in Italy, where he currently resides. The resulting album is a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal! Musically, you can expect maximum melodic metal fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the great ALLEN/LANDE records (for which Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three widely praised releases) with the Ronnie James DIO-esque vocal approach of Romero. (Let's not forget that Romero was hand-picked by DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOWs legendary guitarist Richie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for RAINBOWs recent reunion shows, so the DIO comparison is more than accurate!)

With stunning artwork courtesy of Stan W. Decker and an outstanding mix courtesy of Simone Mularoni (of Italian prog metal masters DGM).

Today's tune "Still Standing Up" is the first single from the upcoming self titled album, set to be release on July 2:nd.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Goodbye Angels

"Goodbye Angels" is the fourth single from "The Getaway", an album by the American rock band RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. The song was released to radio on April 4, 2017.

On April 14, 2017, Chad Smith announced on Twitter that the band would be shooting the video that night at their show in Atlanta and for fans to "wear something colorful". The video for "Goodbye Angels" was released on May 9, 2017 and is directed by Thoranna Sigurdardottir aka TOTA and stars Klara Kristin.

The video switches between a storyline following a girl's night and live footage of the band. Initially, the girl is partying with friends in a parking lot, and soon she has to outrun a security guard and she steals a bike to pedal to a show. When she arrives, she steal someone's beer, and encounters Anthony Kiedis, Chad Smith, and Flea backstage. She briefly makes out with another woman in a toilet to get a pill from her pocket, then watches the rest of the show. By the end, she finds herself crying alone as crew members clear the empty arena.

"Goodbye Angels" made its live debut on July 10, 2016 at the band's T in the Park headlining set in Scotland. The song has regularly been performed on the band's The Getaway World Tour and mostly has been performed to open the encore and followed by "Give It Away" which closes their shows.

Enjoy today's brand new music video for “Goodbye Angels”!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Cornell - The Promise

Oh no, I'm totally stunned, the talent vocalist Chris Cornell, dies aged 52.

On May 17, 2017, Cornell died in Detroit after performing at a show with SOUNDGARDEN, according to his representative, Brian Bumbery. Footage of the concert surfaced on YouTube the next day. Detroit Police said they were investigating Cornell's death as a possible suicide. Later the same day, a medical examiner ruled Cornell's death as a suicide by hanging.

Representative for singer, who helped take the grunge sound of the 1990s into the mainstream, said his death was sudden and unexpected. Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band SOUNDGARDEN and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group AUDIOSLAVE. He was also known for his numerous solo works and soundtrack contributions since 1991, and as founder and frontman for TEMPLE OF THE DOG, the one-off tribute band dedicated to his late friend Andrew Wood.

Cornell was known for his role as one of the architects of the 1990s grunge movement, for his extensive catalog as a songwriter and for his near four octave vocal range as well as his powerful vocal belting technique. He released four solo studio albums, Euphoria Morning (1999), Carry On (2007), Scream (2009), Higher Truth (2015) and the live album Songbook (2011). Cornell received a Golden Globe Award nomination for his song "The Keeper" which appeared in the film Machine Gun Preacher and co-wrote and performed the theme song to the James Bond film Casino Royale (2006), "You Know My Name". He was voted "Rock's Greatest Singer" by readers of Guitar World, ranked 4th in the list of "Heavy Metal's All-Time Top 100 Vocalists" by Hit Parader, 9th in the list of "Best Lead Singers of All Time" by Rolling Stone, and 12th in MTV's "22 Greatest Voices in Music".

In a statement to the Associated Press, his representative, Brian Bumbery, said Cornell died on Wednesday night in Detroit.

Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause, and asked for privacy.

Cornell had been touring with SOUNDGARDEN, and was tweeting upbeat messages about a sold-out concert the band played in Detroit just hours before his death.

Here is a live Video from the singer's last gig with SOUNDGARDEN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit last night, 17th May.

Today's tune "The Promise" is a song by American singer-songwriter Chris Cornell. The song was written as the ending credits song for the film of the same name. The song was released as a single on March 10, 2017, and is notable as being the last solo release from Cornell prior to his death on May 17, 2017. “The Promise” is available now. All proceeds will be donated to The International Rescue Committee. On April 19, 2017, he performed the song live with SOUNDGARDEN drummer Matt Cameron and a string quartet on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Chris, you will be missed, Rest In Peace!

Schedule SOUNDGARDEN dates that now sadly will be cancelled 😓

MAY 20 MARYLAND HEIGHTS USA. KPNT Pointfest @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
MAY 22 DENVER USA. Fillmore Auditorium SOLD OUT
MAY 25 HOUSTON USA. Revention Music Center
MAY 26 DALLAS USA. Bomb Factory
MAY 27 PRYOR USA. Rocklahoma

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Moon Duo - Creepin'

Meaning all things magick and supernatural, the root of the word occult is that which is hidden, concealed, beyond the limits of our minds. If this is occult, then the Occult Architecture of MOON DUOs fourth album - a psychedelic opus in two separate volumes released in 2017 - is an intricately woven hymn to the invisible structures found in the cycle of seasons and the journey of day into night, dark into light. 

Offering a cosmic glimpse into the hidden patterning embedded in everything, Occult Architecture reflects the harmonious duality of these light and dark energies through the Chinese theory of Yin and Yang.

In Chinese, Yin means “the shady side of the hill” and is associated with the feminine, darkness, night, earth. Following this logic, Vol. 1 embraces and embodies MOON DUOs darker qualities — released February 3, 2017 in the heart of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.

Yang means “the bright side of the hill” and is associated with the male, sun, light and the spirit of heaven and as such Vol. 2 explores the light and airy elements of MOON DUOs complex psyche, and will be released in the spring as the darkness of winter is replaced by the appearance of new life. An album that I will come back to later on.

Written and recorded in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, the two-part epic reflects the hidden energies of rainclouds and sunshine and the deep creep of Northwest forests along with their effect on the psyche, inspired by the occult and esoteric literature of Mary Anne Atwood, Aleister Crowley, Colin Wilson, and Manly P. Hall.

According to guitarist Ripley Johnson (WOODEN SHJIPS), “the concept of the dark/light, two-part album came as we were recording and mixing the songs, beginning in the dead of winter and continuing into the rebirth and blossoming of the spring. There’s something really powerful about the changing of the seasons in the Northwest, the physical and psychic impact it has on you, especially after we spent so many years in the seasonal void of California. I became interested in gnostic and hermetic literature around that time, especially the relationship between music and occult qualities and that fed into the whole vibe.”

Adds keyboardist Sanae Yamada, “the two parts are also intended to represent inverted components of a singular entity, like two faces on the same head which stare always in opposite directions but are inextricably driven by the same brain.”

Sonically the new records represent a dimensional shift in perspective for the band. Just as the season of autumn represents letting go in the form of trees shedding leaves, so Occult Architecture is a shedding of genre tropes, and an inviting in of new textures and soundscapes reflective of the album’s shimmering Yin/Yang qualities. Intricately structured, it is threads, fragments and traces rather than the direct influences that are heard. Yet listen carefully and clattering of bongos reminiscent of Popol Vuh, the fuzzy synth grind of Throbbing Gristle, the no-fi guitar of Chrome and the echoing infinity of Achim Reichel might all be discerned.

The rhythm and drum duties on the recordings fell to regular tour drummer John Jeffrey, who weaves into the pattern spooky percussion and funk-inspired electro-acoustic beats.

The albums were mixed separately with longtime collaborator Jonas Verwijnen, in different locations further expanding the album’s duality further; Vol. 1 in Berlin and Vol. 2 in Portland.

The result is a journey from darkness into light and from the shady side of the hill and back to the sunny side, reverberating with all that is eternal and infinite in the endless and mysterious architecture in which both sides harmoniously exist.

Today's tune "Creepin'" is taken from "Occult Architecture Vol 1"

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Helker - Empty Room

The Argentina’s first and foremost Heavy/Power Metal band HELKER, have release their new album “Firesoul” on May 5th 2017.

Formed 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina by guitar player Mariano Ríos and bassist Christian Abarca, the current HELKER line-up features guitar player Leo Aristu, drummer Hernán Coronel and one of the today’s finest metal singers - Diego Valdez. HELKER is widely considered as the leading South American heavy metal band to emerge from Argentina. Since their start HELKER released three highly respected albums in their native language, “Legado Secreto” in 2001, “Resistir” in 2008 and “A.D.N.” in 2010; these albums helped a lot to build up a loyal fan-base not only by Argentina’s metal fans.

Since their beginning, HELKER was one of the most active live bands in South America and toured with PRIMAL FEAR,  HAMMERFALL, STRATOVARIUS, GAMMA RAY, SHAMAN, SINNER, MASTERPLAN and many more across Argentina and its neighboring countries.

When HELKER played with PRIMAL FEAR in Buenos Aires, PRIMAL FEAR mastermind Mat Sinner was so amazed by the band, that he produced their first album in English language „Somewhere In The Circle“, which was released 2013 via AFM Records.

"Firesoul“ was also released in a Spanish version “Alma De Fuego” (which will be available digital only).

The album was mixed and mastered by Achim Köhler (AMON AMARTH, SODOM, PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM) at Indiscreet Audio. Produced by Mat Sinner.

Line Up:

Diego Valdez - Vocals
Mariano Ríos - Guitar
Leo Aristu - Guitar
Christian Abarca - Bass
Hernán Coronel - Drums

Today's tune "Empty Room" is taken from the brand new album "Firesoul", released May 05th, 2017.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Mastodon - Emperor of Sand

Monday, New Week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week".

"Emperor Of Sand" is the seventh studio album from the American progressive metal dudes MASTODON.

The album was recorded at the Quarry in Kennesaw, Georgia and mixed at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles. The band worked with record producer Brendan O'Brien, whom they collaborated with on their 2009 album "Crack the Skye". The songs were recorded as originally arranged, then they revisited each track to edit and refine the sound. Drummer Brann Dailor completed his drum tracks and began drafting lyrics while guitars and bass were being recorded by other band members.

Scott Kelly of NEUROSIS and Kevin Sharp of BRUTAL TRUTH both appear as guest vocalists on "Scorpion Breath" and "Andromeda" (today's tune) respectively. Kelly has appeared as a guest vocalist on every MASTODON studio album since "Leviathan" (2004).

The masterpiece "Crack The Skye" (2009) was the drummer Brann Dailor's way of dealing with the unimaginable feelings of losing his sister, Skye Dailor, who committed suicide at age 14. "Emperor Of Sand" inspired by experiences members of the band had when family and friends were recently diagnosed with cancer.

The concept and story in "Emperor Of Sand" follows a desert wanderer who has been handed a death sentence. Themes of death and survival are woven into the song's lyrics.

"Emperor Of Sand" is an 11 pieces of musical death sentence, a piece of art. From the first note in "Sultan’s Curse", the classic MASTODON vocal way and the riffage you can feel that you are in heaven, even if the "death" is the topic here. To continue with the lead single "Show Yourself" that shows a more straight-forward MASTODON that forces the sand like a whirlwind in the faraway desert. "Precious Stones" is a modern beauty, melodic, progressive, difficult but sounds so easy, almost radio friendly, wow! "Steambreather" is a doomish, heavy and slow. "Roots Remain" and "Jaguar God" is two epic pieces, very emotional and stunning beautifully. "Andromeda" is a pretty straightforward tune, with an amazing heaviness. "Word To The Wise" have a gorgeous chorus, is just jaw-dropping.

"Emperor Of Sand" is a masterpiece from the guys, where every note that Troy, Bill and Brent hits feels pertinent and Brann incredible drumming is just freaking stunning, what a sound they manage to create and the balance is just perfect, what an album.

Sum: "Emperor Of Sand" is a massive package that contains their most ambitious compositions yet.

Vinyl version have a "Color your own cover"

Today's tune "Andromeda", taken from the bands latest release "Emperor of Sand".

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quiet Riot - Metal Health (Bang Your Head)

Sunday, time for a classic!

"Metal Health", sometimes listed as "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)", "Bang Your Head" or, as it was listed on the Billboard Hot 100, "Bang Your Head (Metal Health)", is a song by the American heavy metal band QUIET RIOT on their breakthrough album, "Metal Health". The song is one of their best known hits and received heavy MTV music video and radio play.

The song title is a play on "Mental Health," and is a celebration of the rebellious nature of Heavy Metal and fans who bang their heads to the music. The target audience was teenage boys; this is evidenced by the video, which shows one of the species undergoing a Metal assault in his bedroom, and by the references to teachers in the lyrics.

Helped by a video that got lots of airplay on MTV, this song helped bring Heavy Metal music with a Pop sheen into the mainstream, paving the way for photogenic Hair Bands of the '80s like MÖTLEY CRUE and TWISTED SISTER. The video was based on the album cover, which showed a guy in a straightjacket and Hannibal Lecter mask. In the clip, he makes a daring escape from the asylum. In 1998, QUIET RIOT lead singer sang on an acoustic version with The Neanderthal Spongecake that appeared on their album The Side Effects Of Napalm. Cevin Soling of The Neanderthal Spongecake explains how this came together:

"Eric Clapton had done his cover of "Layla", of his own song. I thought it was just atrocious, doing this mellow version and that acoustic thing. I thought it was an abomination, and so as sort of a joke I played this acoustic version of QUIET RIOTs "Metal Health" And so, I was working out in the studio while we were working on our album, and it just started coming out really, really well - an acoustic version of the ultimate headbanging song. But it came out brilliantly, and I started adding strings and a choir, and it got pretty insane. But the problem was the original concept of the vocals was supposed to be this hard core kind of slacker vocals over this acoustic sound. But the music was just too good to sort of do that to. So I managed to get in touch with Kevin Dubrow, the lead singer of QUIET RIOT, and asked him if he was interested in singing on it. His initial response was no, because I guess MARILYN MANSON was responsible for getting the band back together again, and then they were actually going to be cutting a new version of that song to sort of exploit it. But he agreed to listen to it anyway. And then after I sent it out to him, he called me immediately and said, 'I have to sing on this. Please let me sing on this.' Because it was such a radical departure, and so unexpected. So he was working as a DJ out in Vegas at the time, and so I flew out to Vegas and recorded with him, and Lindsey Buckingham's son actually was the engineer there. The whole experience was just a lot of fun, working with him. And he was great. I wasn't so much into the heavy metal music, but he was telling me how he had this terrible reputation, but I didn't know anything about his reputation or anything about him being difficult. Because he could not have been easier to work with, could not have been more professional. The whole thing was a pleasure. And I thought, hey, this could be kind of fun to do this kind of concept for a whole album. But not necessarily having people do their own materials, pairing people up with the least likely song that you could imagine them doing. (Cevin went on to executive produce the album When Pigs Fly: Songs You Never Thought You'd Hear. Check out his full interview.)

Depending on your definition of "Heavy Metal," Metal Health was the first album in the genré to hit #1 on the Pop charts. >> The song can be heard in the movie Footloose, playing in car of the character Ren. It was also used as the entrance theme for Randy The Ram in the 2008 movie The Wrestler.

The songwriter/producer Spencer Proffer produced the album, including this track. Proffer owned a recording studio and was key to giving QUIET RIOT their start, but much of his later work was far less Metal: he was the music consultant on the show Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, and produced the TV series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child.

QUIET RIOT is an American heavy metal band. The band was founded in 1973, by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1. They then changed the name to Little Women, before settling on QUIET RIOT in May 1975. The band's name was inspired by a conversation with Rick Parfitt of the British band STATUS QUO, who expressed desire to name a band "Quite Right," and his thick English accent made it sound like he was saying "QUIET RIOT" The band is ranked at No. 100 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

The original line-up featured Rhoads and Garni with lead vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Drew Forsyth. Their most commercially successful lineup consisted of DuBrow alongside guitarist Carlos Cavazo, bassist Rudy Sarzo and drummer Frankie Banali, and in 1983 released their breakthrough album Metal Health, which is known for being the first heavy metal album to top the Billboard album chart. Despite several lineup changes and brief breakups, QUIET RIOT continued to record and tour until DuBrow's death from a cocaine overdose in 2007. Banali revived the band in 2010, and the current lineup consists of himself on drums, lead vocalist James Durbin, bassist Chuck Wright and guitarist Alex Grossi, with no founding members remaining.

The band have continued to record as well as tour following DuBrow's death, and in 2014, they released their first album in eight years titled QUIET RIOT 10, with their next album Road Rage set to follow in summer 2017.

Today's tune "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)" is taken from the the third studio album "Metal Health", It was released on March 11, 1983. Enjoy!

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Jorn - Love Is The Remedy

Easily one of the greatest rock singers of the 21st century, Norway's very own giant Viking warrior JORN LANDEs vocals are resoundingly strong once again on his ninth original studio album "Life on Death Road". It's great to hear that JORN is attacking the microphone once again.

"Life on Death Road" was not an easy album to make as it took several months of hard work for the songwriting vision to come together. JORN needed to take the music to a new level to push the concept of the band further than it has ever gone before. The result is a record that is deep, strong, full of groove and powerful with anthemic songs aplenty! Songs like "Man Of The 80's", "Love Is The Remedy", "Life On Death Road", and "Hangman's Robe" capture the essence of JORN as a singer, songwriter and lyricist.

The album also marks the debut of a new lineup of very experienced and gifted musicians around the Norwegian singer. On bass is Mat Sinner (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER, KISKE/SOMERVILLE) who needs virtually no introduction to European heavy metal fanatics. On keyboards and production is Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE, REVOLUTION SAINTS), who already joined JORN for the recording of his last covers album, “Heavy Rock Radio” and was the glue that helped JORN to create the feel and the direction for the new album. Francesco Jovino (PRIMAL FEAR) is on drums and Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, VOODOO CIRCLE) handles guitar. Truly a recipe for a roaring success!

JORN had no desire to do "just another" JORN record. The aim was to do the best record possible and it took almost two years of writing, arranging, and producing before wrapping this all up. The performances are thunderous across the board and you can hear the urgency of these songs in JORNs singing!

JORNs catalogue is getting too long to include in brief overviews and his innovative and creative skills as a vocalist and music visionary have led to him selling millions of albums worldwide while being a frequent entrant on sales charts around the world including Billboard. Worth a mention here though are his years fronting German based MASTERPLAN, whom he recorded three albums with. Claimed to be the biggest selling Norwegian musical export since the pop band A-HA, JORN continues his rock crusade and there are no signs of him slowing down and “Life on Death Road” is a magnificent testament to his abilities!

Today's tune "Love Is The Remedy" is taken from the upcoming album "Life on Death Road", set to be released June 2:nd.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Wednesday 13 - Blood Sick

WEDNESDAY 13 has unveiled a brand new video for "Blood Sick", the next track to be taken from his forthcoming album, "Condolences", which arrives on 2nd June via new record label home, Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to 2015's "Monsters Of The Universe" was produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked with WEDNESDAY 13 and guitarist Roman Surman on the 2010 MURDERDOLLS album "Women & Children Last". The artwork was created by Travis Smith (OPETH, KATATONIA, NEVERMORE).

WEDNESDAY 13 who mixes punk rock and metal with kitschy horror imagery and who is formerly one half of the MURDERDOLLS braintrust continues on the same path, horror make-up, spiderweb, half naked women's in their latest video "Blood Sick", see it below.

WEDNESDAY tells us:
"I'm really excited for you all to see the video for "Blood Sick". It was all shot on green screen with director Matt Zane. The song is about a spider torturing a fly in its web before devouring it, and I wanted to try and capture that scenario with the band in a giant spider web. I had this vision in my head when we first wrote the song and it's so cool to see it finally come to life."

WEDNESDAY 13 will hit the road in the end of the month, see all the dates below.

Enjoy today's tune!

Upcoming Tourdates:

May 30 Hawthorne Theatre Portland, OR
Jun 04 Wave-Gotik-Treffen Leipzig, Germany
Jun 05 Luxor Koln, Germany
Jun 06 Dynamo Eindhoven, Netherlands
Jun 08 Voodoo Lounge Dublin Dublin, Ireland
Jun 09 The Limelight 2 Belfast, Ireland
Jun 10 Download Festival Derby, United Kingdom
Jun 16 Metro Music Hall Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 17 Sunshine Studios Live Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 18 Marquis Theater Denver, CO
Jun 20 Launchpad Albuquerque, NM
Jun 21 Juggernaut Music Gallup, NM
Jun 22 The Green Room Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 23 Count’s Vamp’d Las Vegas, NV
Jun 24 Fulton 55 Fresno, CA
Jun 25 Whisky A Go Go Hollywood, CA
Jun 27 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
Jun 28 Club Red Mesa, AZ
Jun 30 My Place Abilene, TX
Jul 01 Paper Tiger San Antonio, TX
Jul 02 Grizzly Hall Austin, TX
Jul 04 Southport Music Hall New Orleans, LA
Jul 05 Scout Bar Houston, TX
Jul 06 Trees Dallas, TX
Jul 07 The Vanguard Tulsa, OK
Jul 08 Thunder Alley Oklahoma City, OK
Jul 10 Big Shots Valparaiso, IN
Jul 11 Emerson Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Jul 12 Fubar Saint Louis, MO
Jul 13 The Wire Berwyn, IL
Jul 14 Lefty's Des Moines, IA
Jul 15 Amsterdam Bar and Hall Saint Paul, MN
Jul 16 BIGS Sports Bar Sioux Falls, SD
Jul 17 The "O" Bar Minot, ND
Jul 18 Pyramid Cabaret Winnipeg, Canada
Jul 20 The Starlite Room Edmonton, Canada
Jul 21 Dickens Calgary, Canada
Jul 22 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, Canada
Jul 23 Studio Seven Seattle, WA

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Skraeckoedlan - Pärlor

Since forming in 2009 SKRAECKOEDLAN has left deep footprints in the Swedish underground scene. The band offers a buffé of heavy fuzz rock, originating in the fat 70’s groove of BLACK SABBATH, the melodic 90’s choruses of WEEZER and MASTODONS modern progressive metal. SKRAECKOEDLAN combines this with lyrics that tell tales about cosmic worlds centered around sagas and mythological beings, all sung in their native tongue.

Today's tune "Pärlor" or in SKRAECKOEDLAN way "Paerlor" is a tune is written by Joakim Berg (KENT). The tune have gotten a real boost by these guys, it's heavy and fuzzy at the same time, well done! The digital version and video was release last November and the 7" vinyl 13/1 2017 via Razzia Records. The Video was made by Mats Ek. Enjoy the Thursday cover, witch i think rocks big time.

The artwork has been made by Johan Leion, who also designed the debut album "Äppelträdet".

Upcoming Tourdates:

May 12 The Wheatsheaf Banbury, United Kingdom *
May 13 The Pit Swansea, United Kingdom *
May 14 Retro Bar Manchester, United Kingdom *
May 15 Mulberry Tavern Sheffield, United Kingdom *
May 16 THE IRON ROAD Evesham, United Kingdom *
May 17 The Arches Coventry, United Kingdom *
May 18 The Underworld London, United Kingdom **/***
May 19 Sanctuary Basingstoke, United Kingdom ***
May 20 The Junction Plymouth, United Kingdom ***
May 21 Exchange Bristol, United Kingdom **/***
May 26 King's Table Stockholm, Sweden
May 27 Backstage Rockbar Skövde, Sweden
Jul 08 Midnight Light Festival Vilhelmina, Sweden
Jul 21 Noisenäsfestivalen Nusnäs, Sweden
Jul 29 Rock Im Wald, Michelau, Germany #
Aug 10 Krökbacken Festival Leksand, Sweden
Aug 26 Eksjö Stadsfest Eksjö, Sweden

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Heart - Beautiful Broken

"Beautiful Broken" is the sixteenth studio album by the American rock band HEART, released on July 8, 2016 through Concord Music Group. It is a mixture of new songs and re-interpretations of music from their earlier albums.

The title tune, a reworking of a bonus track from 2012’s "Fanatic". It's a duet between Ann Wilson and METALLICAs James Hetfield, gnarly mustard guitars, catchy melody, check it out below.

Today's tune is the title track "Beautiful Broken" (original version on Fanatic deluxe edition) (Ann Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Ben Mink, James Alan Hetfield)

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Styx - Gone Gone Gone

The American rock band STYX from Chicago has advanced "The Mission", its first new album in 14 years, with the single and today's tune "Gone Gone Gone," which is the opening track of the concept album.

"The Mission comes" out June 16, and STYX will be touring all summer to promote it, co-billed with REO SPEEDWAGON. The album was recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, co-produced and co-written with Will Evankovich, a longtime collaborator of Tommy Shaw's in the Shaw/Blades band and who also plays with THE GUESS WHO. "The Mission" was under wraps -- not only from fans, but for a time from Shaw's bandmates.

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"It's been kind of secretive from the very beginning," Shaw tells Billboard. "Will came up with this song called 'Locomotive,' and then I wrote some parts to it and some more lyric and we demoed it out and suddenly it started feeling like a story of some kind. It didn't take long for it to feel like this should be for Styx." But Shaw decided to keep quiet until he and Evankovich came up with more ideas, which eventually turned into a thematic song cycle about the first manned mission to Mars.

Today's tune "Gone Gone Gone", taken from the upcoming album "The Mission".

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Nightstalker ‎– Dead Rock Commandos

Monday, New week, time to introduce "Record Of The Week"

"Dead Rock Commandos" is an album by the Greece rockers NIGHTSTALKER, a band that comes from the land of Apollo and Hades. They have been around for almost two decades already. NIGHTSTALKER consist of Argy (Vocals), Andreas Lagios (Bass), Tolis Motsios (Guitar) and Dinos Roulos (Drums). The album was released 2012 by Small Stone Records.

Big attitude, hell of a groove and solid songwriting, stunning riffs with great melodies are the main things of "Dead Rock Commandos". It's pure rock, heavy riffing, light stoner approach but with lot of LSD. The tunes on the album keeps a very good quality from start to finish.

Opening track is the groovy "Go Get Some", a high class tune, heavy distorted riffs by Tolis Motsios screaming guitar and a very electrified and powerful vocal from Argy Galiatsatos. "Soma" have a RIVAL SONS vibe in the intro. The title track and today's tune "Dead Rock Commandos" is a great rocker where Andreas Lagios the Ex ROTTING CHRIST bass player swings his axe and plays really tight. "One Million Broken Promises" & "Back to Dirt" are two other tunes where he is more in focus together with the drummer Dinos Roulos where the later have a MONSTER MAGNET vibe with it's hazy riffs. Groovy rocker "Rockaine" to the more softer touch in "Keystone" to the LSD tripping "Children Of The Sun" and the angry and mean "The BoogieMan Plan" and the perfect final track "The Underdog", makes a great mix between the tunes.

Sum: Another album worth of raw rock ‘n roll simplicity.

Today's tune is the title track from the album "Dead Rock Commandos", enjoy!

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