Articles in the September 2014 Issue
With the resurgence of 80’s glam rock music, fans new and old are getting treated to sounds from an era where long hair, [curly or straight; your choice] bare adolescent skin peaking through billowy poets shirts, tight leather pants/chaps and thigh-high boots ruled the club scene. Mascara ran down the cherub faces of those glistening under the hot lights parading
Who would have guessed that after Roxx Gang released their well received debut album Things You’ve Never Done Before back in 1989 that the main brain behind the group Kevin Steele would have evolved and taken a new line-up in to the sound of The Mojo Gurus. He is a sensitive soul who has been in the business for several
Sure, it’s a tired cliché. You’ve heard the phrase a million times. “Living the dream.” Seriously? Well yeah, in this case, seriously. Picture this: You’re in a young, unknown band. One day you’re slogging away doing gigs in local clubs, and the next day you’re playing arenas, opening for Motley Crue and Alice Cooper on the Crue’s farewell tour. Pretty
On an overcast and drizzly day in Athens, Georgia, John Strickland of Lullwater says hello with a certain punch in his voice. “I’m just taking a quick break and enjoying the rain,” he laughs. The Athens, Georgia homegrown band formed in 2007 when John Strickland (lead vocals / rhythm guitar), Brett Strickland (lead guitar), Roy “Ray” Beatty (bass) and Joe
Poking fun at the process of genres and sub-genres within the hard rock and heavy metal community, Alestorm adopted a unique stance on the subject by announcing their place in the scheme of things. Welcome to ‘bacon-powered pirate-core’! With songs running the constant theme of pirates and the world in which such critters inhabit, there is thankfully plenty of treasure
A little over fifteen years ago, in the heart of Mid-Missouri, the inception of Shaman’s Harvest began with current members Nathan Hunt, Matt Fisher and Josh Hamler. Starting with the extremely rare 1999 release of Last Call For Goose Creek, followed by Synergy in 2002, and March Of The Bastards in 2006, Shaman’s Harvest has accumulated a very strong local,
While the former "Space Ace" of KISS makes soft headlines with his thoughts about the current KISS line-up and how amazed he is with his past contributions, it’s easy to forget about his solo career. Anomaly back in 2009 was well received and contained some strong material, so expectation could understandably be high for this sixth studio album. His voice is
Despite their journey reaching bumpy ground from time to time with line-up changes and the musical climate surrounding them being in constant flux, Mr. Big have soldiered on regardless and are ready to unveil their 8th studio album. In 2011 they released What If... which was greeted with critical acclaim and presented the band with some new-found respect as tracks
Santa Barbara’s Winchester Rebels came out of the gate with a blazingly popular independent release in 2011 when they dropped their debut album titled Three Sheets To The Wind. They captured the ears of the hard rock faithful with songs that bordered on classic MTV-era arena ready tunes and the deep gut rhythms and styling’s of mid 90’s rock heroes like Alice in Chains,
This new E.P. presents some interesting thoughts. Firstly there are two versions of this E.P. with one containing an extra track which is a cover version of the Aerosmith classic Mama Kin, and the other version containing six tracks which all incorporate the F-bomb. Is this adolescence gone mad or is it purely attitude-driven hard rock music? Is this some
After the success of their last album called The Oracle in 2010, expectations are high for the follow-up. Lead vocalist Sully Ema stated earlier this year how the band had recorded 15 tracks, and from the batch they committed in the studio you get 11 tracks on 1000hp. Ema is yet again backed up by the same line-up that recorded
Straight off a stint at the Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis, South Dakota, southern rockers Big Engine have just released their fourth studio album, Shot Like a Rocket via Pavement Entertainment. Bandmates Tony Mikus and Hans Oellerich have put together 14 tracks of good-time party rock with a Southern twinge. When you read a track listing with titles such as
Formed in 2009 by vocalist and main songwriter Kobra Paige, this Canadian heavy metal act has already shaken foundations with their previous two studio albums. Can they raise the bar with the new studio album and continue their ascendancy in the rock and metal community? Judging by the inclusion of producer Johnny K known for his work with Enuff Z’Nuff, Disturbed
Since they unleashed Hot Damn! in 2004 and embraced their Southern influences and glam stomp, The Mojo Gurus threw off the shackles of their former self when they were known as Roxx Gang. Some fans were appalled by such a change in musical direction after being absorbed by the immediate late 80's glam and sleaze vibe captured on the former
This quintet hails from the southern parts of Germany and is celebrating the release of their fourth studio album. Sometimes that information is all you need to know as the music doesn’t conjure orgasms or even the slightest emotional response. But for these guys, this album opens with a marching rock beast which infests the brain with its infectious chorus and
“Power pop” conjures up negative connotations amongst some music fans, perhaps because of the very nature of the word “pop” as opposed to “rock.” However, if you focus more on the power aspect and less on pop then things begin to look considerably more interesting. Combine that thought with the fact that the Beatles could arguably be considered the original
If you’re a fan of melodic metal then you may have already witnessed a buzz surrounding the band Project Arcadia. If not, then their official music video for Formidable Foe has recently passed 10,000 views. In 2009, the band released their debut album From the Desert of Desire to a low-key fanfare despite it containing moments of potential. Perhaps it wasn’t just
You most likely know what a rider is when it comes to touring bands. If not, it is basically a list of items ( the majority being food and drinks) that the band requests as part of their contract with the concert venue. Many times it is also made clear that if those requests are not met, the band will
“There lies in all of us a child that used to play air guitar or sang in the mirror with a hairbrush that had a dream of becoming a star.” For his first foray into the world of writing; long-time artist, manager, and record label owner Michael Repel offers up The Music Industry Self Help Guide: Taking Your First Steps Towards
For the most part, we all fall guilty to the “modern” way of storing our music- digitally; on our phones, iPods, computers, all of which makes it easier to let some of your old favorite albums fall through the cracks. In Greg Prato’s newest book, Overlooked/Underappreciated: 354 Recordings That Demand Your Attention, the author gently guides us back to some
On August 7, 2014, 311 brought their reggae/rap-infused rock to Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, IA , partially in support of their 11th album Stereolithic, released on March 11, 2014 (3/11 not coincidentally). The newest album contains 15 tracks, and combined with their older material they had more than enough songs to fill the night, especially crucial to the
Sevendust and Gemini Syndrome stopped in the music venue Woolys in Des Moines, IA on August 6, 2014 as part of their summer tour. Rounding out the bill on this leg of the tour was Kansas City-based band Sidewise and Boston-based band Crash Midnight. Local Des Moines area band Green Death opened the show. On a Wednesday night, Woolys was
Legendary architects of thrash metal EXODUS have revealed the track listing for their upcoming tenth studio album, Blood In Blood Out, due out in North America on October 14th. “When I was working on the record, I was sitting around watching TV series like ‘Gangland’ and all these locked-up prison reality shows,” shares guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “And I
Alternative rockers Tantric will release a compilation of new, unreleased, and acoustic material under the title of Blue Room Archives on September 30 through Pavement Entertainment. This new release will follow up 2013's highly successful 5th studio album "37 Channels", and includes acoustic versions of the classic Tantric hits "Breakdown" and "Mourning", as well as, the brand new single "Cynical". A streaming version of
Listen to the highly anticipated new album from Pittsburgh, PA's CODE ORANGE now on Consequence of Sound. Titled I Am King, this full-length album will be available on September 2nd and is available for pre-order now via Deathwish E-Store and iTunes. No Boxes. No Boundaries. No Fear. I Am King. I AM KING 1. I Am King 2.
Rock icon BILLY IDOL will release KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND, his first new album in almost a decade, on October 21. The album will be released on IDOL's own BFI Records, via Kobalt Label Services. The track list for the new album is listed below. KINGS & QUEENS OF THE UNDERGROUND was primarily produced by Trevor Horn, with
For the first time in five years, Chicago industrial metal outfit DOPE is releasing a brand new music video for their newest track "Selfish" exclusively through LOUDWIRE.COM today. Fans were chomping at the bit when the band teased new music last year and again last week here and here, so DOPE fanatics will be pleased to consume a full featured
Three Shows this Weekend (August 29, 30 & 31) will go on with Jeff Beck and His Band Jeff Beck and ZZ Top Regrettably announce the suspension of the remaining scheduled double-bill tour dates due to an injury sustained by ZZ Top bassist, Dusty Hill. Beginning with the show in Clarkston, MI and continuing through to the last show in Thackerville,
2014 has proved itself a landmark year for BLACK STAR RIDERS. The men in black took their acclaimed live show on the road in Europe and the U.K. and then stormed stages in the United States and Japan for the first time; the reactions have been nothing short of amazing! 2014 is also the year BLACK STAR RIDERS returns to
AT THE GATES, the pioneering band of the "Gothenburg style" melodic death metal sound, has announced more details about their highly anticipated At War With Reality comeback album, which will be released on October 27th in Europe and October 28th in North America via Century Media Records. Today, AT THE GATES is revealing the cover artwork for At War With
FINLAND's NUMBER ONE rock act, Von Hertzen Brothers, will release their sixth studio album early next year via Spinefarm Records. Following the outstanding critical acclaim afforded their last full-length release, Nine Lives (2013), the brothers - Mikko, Kie and Jonne Von Hertzen - are now back in the studio doing pre-production, this time with Grammy-nominated Canadian producer Garth 'GGGarth' Richardson (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Rage Against the Machine) plus regular drummer Mikko Kaakkuriniemi and
Texas has been known for many things through the years and Texas Hippie Coalition is just the next commodity from the great Lone Star State. The band of outlaws return with their unique blend of “Red Dirt Metal” with their latest release Ride On. The album is set to drop on October 7th via Carved Records/Caroline Distribution. From the guttural
Cody, Wyoming road warriors Righteous Vendetta have just announced that they will join Nonpoint’s headlining ‘Breaking Skin’ tour. The lineup also includes Eyes Set To Kill and Letters From The Fire. Before the start of the ‘Breaking Skin’ tour, Righteous Vendetta will play a string of headlining shows including select dates with LA outfit 9Electric. “We’ve had a blast tearing up the road
Salt Lake City's Christian Metalcore band SLEEPING GIANT have released their latest album, FINISHED PEOPLE, in stores everywhere. The band have been on the 'Finished People Tour' presented by HM Magazine for the past few weeks and only have a handful of shows left. See remaining dates below. For a taste of the album, check these out: SLEEPING GIANT -
Bled Fest alums Get Stoked, who are fresh off the successful Get Backslashed tour with Backslashes And Bad Ideas, sees their forthcoming Washington Street EP exclusively premiered on Under The Gun. The EP, which can be heard HERE, features five tracks of hardcore influenced pop-punk that will be released tomorrow on Imminence Records. Vocalist Cameron Wheeler describes the EP as,
Formed in the Bavarian foothills when the second wave of black metal had grotesquely clawed out of the grave and into the unforgiving light, DARK FORTRESS benefited from the rotten fruits of right place and right time. For the past two decades, DARK FORTRESS have gone from strength to strength. Across six full-lengths, the Landshut-based sextet stretched the boundaries of
At a Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival show this week, Pop Evil took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the group’s performance on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage. Pop Evil’s lead singer Leigh Kakaty took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge while the rest of the band followed up backstage as soon as they walked off stage. Watch the video here:
Tuesday August 19, 2014 -- Last night, when Anthrax headlined the Rock Al Parquet 2014 Festival in Bogota, Colombia, the band's drummer Charlie Benate took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - in front of more than 140,000 screaming fans. (Click on the image below.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5bBg0sacMc&feature=youtu.be Mike Portnoy had challenged Charlie, and he accepted, in large part because Mike Wright, the
Pierce the Veil, who rocketed to success with their 2012 release Collide With The Sky, have been sequestered at Dan Korneff's Sonic Deris Recording Studio in New York writing and recording a brand new album due for a January 2015 release on Fearless Records. As yet untitled, the highly-anticipated release is being produced by Korneff (A Day To Remember, Paramore) who worked
AEROSMITH will resume their in-progress “Let Rock Rule” tour Saturday, August 16 at the Gorge in George, WA. Earlier this week. (Wednesday, August 13), AEROSMITH cancelled their concert at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, CA so that JOEY KRAMER could undergo a minor medical procedure. The AEROSMITH drummer, who has no history of a heart condition, said, “I'm feeling better
Le Reverie's Exclusive Concert & After Party for Cast & Crew of Gothic Horror Film "Lake Eerie" at House Of Blues
Acclaimed award-winning L.A. Goth-Metal rock band Le Reverie presents an exclusive concert and after-party for the cast and crew of upcoming motion picture "Lake Eerie" at the famed House of Blues Sunset Strip, 8430 Sunset Blvd., Thursday, August 28. Red Carpet 7 p.m.; Le Reverie performs at 8 p.m. $10. Purchase tickets at http://www.lereverie.bandcamp.com/merch/tickets-to-le-reverie-at-the-house-of-blues-lake-eerie-show (limited and will sell out fast).
Seoul, South Korea (August 11, 2014) – Celebrated American rock icon Richie Sambora, best known throughout his remarkable 30-year career for his raw vocals, indelible songwriting and world-class guitar playing, braved the heavy rain and lightning to take the Citybreak Festival stage in Seoul, South Korea, tonight. “I traveled thousands of miles across the globe to perform for these fans and
Los Angeles, CA – Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez has officially launched his record label Evil Ink Records and his first signing is New Jersey’s young experimental progressive rock septet Thank You Scientist. The newly formed label, distributed by INgrooves, will be releasing a fully remixed and remastered version of the band’s 2012 debut full-length record, Maps of Non-Existent
Hard rock’s original supergroup, Mr. Big, are back with a vengeance with their new album …The Stories We Could Tell. The band’s eighth studio album is slated for release on September 23rd via Frontiers Music SRL. The original lineup comprised of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitar, Billy Sheehan on bass and Pat Torpey on drums, returns with
Continuing with the momentum of celebrating their 25-year anniversary, Sweden’s extreme metal deviants MESHUGGAH proudly announce the upcoming fall re-issue of 2004’s one song EP, I, via Nuclear Blast. Album artwork & concept are courtesy of MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake, who comments on the EP’s mutant resurrection: “This 21 minute madness that is the song ‘I’ is something we’ve always
LACUNA COIL continues their world tour in support of their latest Century Media release, BROKEN CROWN HALO. This will be the second run of dates on this album cycle in the U.S. and Canada for the Italian Rockers! Devil You Know is set to support the entire tour and Starset are also appearing Sept. 23 - Oct. 12 except Oct.
STARKILL will release VIRUS OF THE MIND on October 14 on Century Media Records. The first song, "Breaking The Madness" is streaming now on the Century Media YouTube channel. The Chicago based metallers will embark on a full U.S./Canadian tour joining up with Arch Enemy, Kreator and Huntress as well as headlining shows in between. See dates below. Check
Multi-Platinum Rock Band 311 Announce Summer Headlining Nationwide Tour Supporting New Album Spans June 26 - Aug 16
Multi-platinum rock band 311 is hitting the road this summer for a 7 week headlining tour of North America that starts June 26th in Albuquerque, NM. 311 is touring in support of new release STEREOLITHIC, which in March debuted at #6, marking the the band's 9th consecutive album to debut in the top 10 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart.
Swedish trio FREAK KITCHEN are back with Cooking with Pagans, their eighth and most frantic album to date. The album is set for release on September 16th via Laser's Edge. The album is available for pre-order on Amazon. The first single from Cooking With Pagans is being premiered exclusively by Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog". The song "Mathematics of Defeat" is available
Los Angeles, CA – Anticipation continues to build for LA’s Platinum-selling rock band Buckcherry’s forthcoming EP, F#CK, which will be released on August 19th via the band’s own label F-Bomb Records. Today, they’ve premiered the first new song and radio single, “Say F#ck It,” at Billboard.com. The track is a cover of Icona Pop’s hit song “I Love It,” but
THE HAUNTED streams single, "Time (Will Not Heal)", via Metal Sucks.net; new album, 'Exit Wounds', now available for pre-order digitally
Swedish death-thrashers THE HAUNTED are ready to unleash their 8th full-length, Exit Wounds, on August 25th in Europe and September 2nd in North America via Century Media Records! For fans that missed the premiere of the album's latest single, "Time (Will Not Heal)", on Full Metal Jackie's radio show this past weekend, the band has launched an online stream of
Swedish overlords of SID metal, MACHINAE SUPREMACY, are back! MACHINAE SUPREMACY's video game-inspired sounds and melodies, masterful guitar work and unique vocals have set them apart from mainstream generic rock and metal since their beginning in 2000. MaSu has performed the music from Final Fantasy with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm (“PLAY! A Video Game Symphony”), appeared in an
To celebrate Coliseum’s 10th anniversary, Deathwish Inc. is proud to present the Coliseum Deluxe Reissue: A twenty song collection featuring their classic self titled debut album (out of print since 2006) paired with eight essential bonus tracks from their primordial years. Originally recorded by Jason Loewenstein of Sebadoh and now fully remixed by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, the release
Pennsylvania metal band Texas In July will join After The Burial on a fall headlining tour, which kicks off on September 13th in Moorhead, MN. The band will be touring as direct support behind their highly anticipated full-length record, Bloodwork, which is due out on September 16th via Equal Vision Records. Tickets for the tour are on sale now at
The early '80s metal scene in Los Angeles has become legendary, as it spawned such worldwide headliners as Mötley Crüe, Ratt, Dokken, W.A.S.P., and originally, Metallica (before the latter relocated to San Francisco). And the new documentary, 'Inside Metal: Pioneers of L.A. Hard Rock & Metal,' chronicles the entire scene. Directed by Bob Nalbandian and produced by Metalrock Films, 'Inside Metal' features
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Ruben Velasco has been along time friend of artist Rick Springfield as well as having performed as Springfield’s guitar technician for years. Sadly in 2014, Velasco has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. Now in the fight for his life, Springfield and a host of talented artists came together on August 20th at the Hollywood House of Blues, hosting a
It happens here in Hollywood and like no other venue in town, the all-star birthday jams bring out plenty of surprises. The Viper is officially 21 and we were happy to share the evening with all the talent … including Steve Vai … what? Jeff Scott Soto …say what? And Sebastian Bach having a meltdown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XhZwBTVbcQ
Platinum selling pop rockers American Hi-Fi are back and will release 'Blood & Lemonade’, their first album in 5 years, on September 9 via Rude Records. Today the band revealed a brand new video for the LP's second single, ’Golden State’, which is premiering worldwide, exclusively on VEVO. The clip was shot in LA by director Ryan Valdez. Singer Stacy
Making a second appearance in the same week as part of the Viper Room 21st Anniversary Week Celebration, Future Villains warmed the stage for Steel Panther on August 14th, 2014. With their mass appeal creating quite a stir, the band bears resemblance to the ideological description of a Sunset Strip Hard Rock Band with black leather and tattoos and a
The first thing one notices about the hard rock band hIPNOSTIC is the jarring visual image. Two rock star-looking guys out front with a drummer appearing every bit a nerdy high school science teacher on the drum riser in back. Blake Hastings, lead vocals and guitar dressed all in black; long-haired Rob Swanson on bass and vocals and the bespectacled,
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Celebrated Grammy® Award-winning musician, SLASH, hailed as one of the 10 best electric guitar players of all time by Time magazine, is joining forces with Universal Studios Hollywood to compose an original score for the theme park’s hypnotizing new 3D maze, “Clowns 3D Music by SLASH” at “Halloween Horror Nights,” beginning Friday, September 19, 2014. While partnering with top recording
Were you in a band in high school or college in the 90’s or early 2000’s? Ever dream of getting the group back together? Bunim-Murray Productions, producers of Project Runway and The Real World – in association with Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp are looking for bands to reunite and perform under the guidance of well-known musicians for a docu-series.
Los Angeles: Join Diamond-Dave Castagno and Marq Torien of the BulletBoys Wednesday, 8-20-14 at 4:00 pm PT on RadioScreamer. Marq will talk about the current Bang Your Head Tour and the band's upcoming album Elefante. In addition, RadioScreamer will be playing the band's brand new single, Symphony. So be sure and join in the fun for a screamin' good time. And if you can't listen live, each show is available on-demand in
It was a secret show; announced on the Social Network and promoted as the band name Jam Prancer, but those in the know were quick to share that the band was none other than the historically and politically incorrect kings of sexual perversion – Steel Panther. Known for their well rehearsed debauchery and having less than just six months ago
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Los Angleles – Marq Torien, one of the world’s most popular performers is pleased to announce the release of the BulletBoys new single “SYMPHONY”. Front man Mark Torien announced the release of their new single titled Symphony from the upcoming album release Elefante, due out in 2014. In the modern world of social media and online press, the band released the
Yes it’s been confirmed by Tate and his management that this is the end. Yes, the name has been confirmed as changing to Operation Mindcrime and yes, what fans are witnessing on tour now is the end of a legacy in rock and metal music fronted by one of the genre’s most unique and easily recognizable voices. What comes next,
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Event promoter Nick Culves has been showcasing some of today’s top rock talents on stage at the Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood for thirteen years with astounding benefits for cancer research. Founded in 2001 by Culves, with the aid of Motley Crue fans around the world, the annual Hollywood Cruefest event held by Culves raises money and donates 100
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Touring in support of their seventh studio release, Tesla performed to a sold out crowd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA on August 2, 2014. The new album, titled Simplicity, features 14 original songs with two bonus tracks on the Japanese released version of the CD. Gaining immediate traction upon release, the straight forward hard rockers landed on
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The world famous Whisky A Go-Go played host to a night of local favorites with a headlining show by L.A. Guns, a band that got it’s start on the very same stage 30 years ago. While the names have changed, as far as the performing line-up goes, the sound remains the same; and fans in attendance showed zero lack of
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