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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