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Rock Picks of the Week: Alice In Chains, Jared James Nichols, Megadeth, Queensryche, Rob Zombie, Eve To Adam

by on Aug.10, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Alice In Chains have released the third track from the band’s fifth studio album, ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.’ ‘Voices’ is on the mellow side of the first two singles from the album, ‘Hollow’ and ‘Stone,’ but it sounds like it is going to join those tracks as going to the top of the active rock charts.

Alice In Chains just kicked off the Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival Tour 2013 along with Jane’s Addiction, Danko Jones, Coheed and Cambria, Walking Papers, Circa Survive, Middle Class Rut and more. Get all the tour dates here

Alice In Chains album cover

Meet the next great blues guitarist, Jared James Nichols!  The 22-year-old East Troy, Wisconsin native raised near Waukesha (the hometown of Les Paul) has released his first studio effort, an epic EP called ‘Old Glory & The Wild Revival.’ It is the follow up to his 2012 EP ‘Live At The Viper Room.’

Jared was influenced by the classic playing of Son House, Freddy King & Stevie Ray Vaughn. His new EP was produced and engineered by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray) and recorded at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles.

When Jared was 20, he moved to Hollywood and while attending Musicians Institiute he met Swedish musicians Dennis Holm (drums) & Eric Sandin (bass) and formed a fantastic power trio. All five tracks: Blackfoot, Let You Go, Can You Feel It?, Sometimes and Take My Hand, display Nichols’ amazing talents, which will continue to grow and be recognized as time goes along. Purchase ‘Old Glory & The Wild Revival’ now at itunes

Jared James Nichols Tour Dates:
Aug. 11 – Walnut Creek, CA – Red House Studios
Aug. 15 – Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
Aug. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – AXS TV LIVE
Aug. 21 – West Hollywood, CA – The Roxy Theatre
Aug. 21 – West Hollywood, CA – On the Rox
Aug. 25 – Port Washington, WI – TBA
Aug. 29 – Milwaukee, WI – Harley Davidson Anniversary – Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Toby Keith, Elgin Bishop, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult, Dropkick Murphys, Doobie Brothers, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Bret Michaels, Chevy Metal and more)
Aug. 30 – Milwaukee, WI – Harley Davidson Anniversary – Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Aerosmith, Buckcherry,Sick Puppiesd, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Shooter Jennings, Dirty Heads, Foxy Shazam, The Gaslight Anthem, Sublime With Rome, Blackberry Smoke, The Whigs and more)
Sep. 1 – Milwaukee, WI – Harley Davidson Anniversary – Henry Maier Festival Park (w/Kid Rock, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Soul Asylum, Halestorm, Yellowcard, Blackberry Smoke and more)

Megadeth have released a video for their title track from their latest album ‘Super Collider.’ Looks like Dave has gotten in touch with his sensitive side, with the video also having a story line of a girl and a boy who are torn apart by her father (played by Dave) , only to reunite at their 10 year class reunion to rocket fireworks and a happy ending.

Dave Mustaine recently said about the track: “The song kind of came from that Symphony Of Destruction corner of my mind. You can’t always play aggressive, thrashy stuff. Sometimes those aren’t even songs; they’re like musical rams. But because I’m not a pop guy, I’m also not really comfortable playing sing-along songs.

“To me, Super Collider made sense like a normal song — a verse-chorus-verse-chorus kind of thing. It’s written the way a real songwriter would write the song, instead of just taking all these musical twists and turns.”

Megadeth are wrapping up their Gigantour tomorrow night in Toronto, and will follow that up with some dates opening for Iron Maiden, and slots on the ‘Battle of San Bernadino’ (CA) bill with Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Testament, Overkill and Sabaton on September 13, and the Monster Energy Aftershock 2013 Festival on September 14 in Sacramento, CA. That bill features Korn, Shinedown, Papa Roach, Skillet, Buckcherry, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Device, P.O.D., Pop Evil, Otherwise, Soil and Heaven’s Basement. The band will then continue the tour during October in South America, before returning for a one-off gig in Phoenix, AZ. on October 30 at the Arizona State Fair.

Megadeth Supercollider album cover

Iron Maiden Battle of San Bernadino posterAftershock 2013

The Todd La Torre fronted Queensryche is up next with their track ‘Fallout,’ from the group’s self-titled new album, which sold around 13,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release to landing at No. 23 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record came out on June 25 via Century Media Records. The new video was filmed in Gelsenkirchen, Germany this past May during the annual Rock Hard Festival and features concert and behind-the-scenes footage.

Queensryche have a couple of U.S. tour dates left in August before heading to Europe for a tour during October. Get all the info on the band’s official Facebook page.

Queensryche album coverQueensryche new album ad

Rob Zombie’s second single from his latest album ‘Venomous Rat Generation Vendor,’ features one of his first forays into cover tune territory, his version of ‘We’re An American Band’ also includes a tip of the hat to Slayer in the lines “Up all night with Kerry King/I got to tell ya poker’s his thing.”

Guitarist John 5 added: “In the original there’s a lyric that goes, ‘Up all night with Freddie King.’ In the Rob Zombie version it says ‘Kerry King.’ We kind of snuck that in.”

It’s a rocking version that is played well on the latest Zombie tour, and has becaome a staple in their live set. Rob and the band will be playing the Heavy MTL 2013 Festival in Montreal this weekend, followed by Rock In Rio on September 19, and Buenes Aires on September 22. Then look for Rob Zombie’s ‘Great American Nightmare.’ This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013 at the Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, CA, just outside Los Angeles. A DVD filmed this past August 3 & 4 in Texas is in the works as well.

Rob Zombie Super Venemous Regenerator Vendor album cover

New York City’s Eve to Adam are back and will release their new album ‘Locked & Loaded’ on Sept. 17. The album’s lead single ‘Straitjacket Supermodel,’ features some “mature themes,” with a super sick in the head supermodel doing her best to decimate and eliminate everybody she comes in explicit contact with.

Eve to Adam singer Taki Sassaris has described ‘Straightjacket Supermodel’ this way: ”You can go from zero to villain in three seconds, and it seems like everybody has their own little chaotic psychotic world going on with their Twitter and Facebook and everybody is pretty much the center of their own universe now, so it’s getting a little crazy, so that’s the ‘Straitjacket’ part, and ‘Supermodel’ is just being looked upon as being beautiful and perfect and that quest for an obsession for physical perfection and to be looked upon in that limelight as the ultimate badass.”

Eve To Adam continue to built a base with each subsequent album, and ‘Locked & Loaded’ will be no exception to that. The band just finished a tour with Texas Hippie Coalition, but has a few more upcoming dates coming up:
Aug. 11 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
Aug. 12 – Tempe, AZ – Club Red
Aug. 14 – Grand Junction, C) – Mesa Theater & Club
Aug. 16 – Abilene, TX – The Lucky Mule
Aug. 31 – Madison, WI – Taste of Madison (w/Bobaflex)
Sep. 13 – Razor 94.7 Edgefest – Green Bay, WI (w/ Nonpoint, Red Line Chemistry, Devour The Day, Surrender The Fall)
Sep. 23 – Minot, ND – The Original Bar and Nightclub (w/10 Years)
Sep. 25- Merriam, KS- Aftershock (w/10 Years_

Eve To Adam Locked & Loaded album coverEve To Adam

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