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Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

by on Dec.10, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Buckcherry, Rival Sons, Slash, Geoff Tate, Danko Jones, Frank Hannon, Diemonds

Kicking off Rock Picks of the week are the great American Rockers Buckcherry with their new track 'Gluttony' from their upcoming album 'Confessions,' which is due February 19th from Century Media Records. You say I drink too much, you say I smoke too much, you say I f**k too much, A Glutton Enemy has started! It's another great track from the always underated Buckcherry, who continue with another track sure to please all of us fans, and hopefully bring new fans into the fold. Each and every album from Buckcherry is full of quality hard rock and I'm sure the new album will be no exception.

Buckcherry just wrapped a string of concert dates in the U.K. and will headline North American shows in late December and January before joining Kid Rock on his upcoming 'Rebel Soul' Tour, kicking off February 2nd in Kansas City, MO. In addition, Buckcherry will also be co-headlining with Queensryche, the Fremont Street Experience's Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve 2013 celebration in Las Vegas on December 31st. The band's will be joined by Quiet Riot, Pop Evil and Otherwise in festivities that will last from 6pm to 3am. Here's to a kick ass 2013 for Buckcherry!!!

One of my favorite bands, Rival Sons have released the second single from their 'Head Down' album, which is available now on itunes and will be available in the U.S. on January 22nd. 'Until The Sun Comes', is the track that many figured would be a single from the album on initial listen. The video was directed by Simon Gesrel, protégé of Academy Award-winning director Michel Gondry (White Stripes, Bjork).

'Head Down' on Earache Records--which has gotten fantastic reviews including a four-out-of-five star review from The Guardian/U.K., a “Breakthrough Artist” award at this year’s Classic Rock Awards show in London and the current cover Classic Rock Magazine. Head Down reached #1 on the Rock chart in the U.K. Rival Sons look to 2013 to showcase the record here in the U.S. with North American tour dates.

The video is a freaky desert action clip, with crazy motorcycle sand dune racing, with the hills of the desert as a motif for the double entendres of the woman in the song. Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan says, "I really dig this video; it's a completely new direction for us. Filming videos can be very awkward for me, but this time I got to ride a dirt bike out in the desert where I'm most comfortable; it just felt so natural for the song. We're all pretty good on a bike so we just took turns doing tricks and trying to outdo each other. We ended up with some sweet footage. Nice."

Director Simon Gesrel adds, “The video took about six weeks to make: two weeks of prep and four weeks of animation, including three weeks of post-production. This clip has references from Time Rider to apocalyptic science-fiction, i.e. Mad Max, especially Italian B-movies etc. like Nuovi Barbari--sometimes just the posters for these films are great inspiration! Plus more well-known series such as Knight Rider and Street Hawk etc.

"The character and the bike were made from different toys customized and aged (about four inches). The base of the décor is made of polystyrene covered in real sand. The film set resembles a sand dune. We worked with three different sets, so there were effectively three different bikes and the characters. The set with the girl was shot in live action whereas the other scenes were in stop-motion, image by image. We worked with a naked model covered in glycerine, then covered in sand so the sand stuck. It was hard work despite the presence of a naked lady made of sand.

"I like playing with clichés ('I know you've heard it all before...'); it allows us to be direct with formats for a short clip - at the same time I look to remain accessible. The idea is a meeting of inspiration - a spur of the moment thing, that finishes with a sexual rapport, but I wanted it to remain a clip for everyone; people see what their age permits and it remains fun for everyone."

Rival Sons evoke a retro classic rock vibe, and have been compared to Led Zeppelin, even having been praised by Jimmy Page. Formed in 2008, the Long Beach, CA. quartet of Scott Holiday (guitar), Robin Everhart (bass), Mike Miley (drums), and Jay Buchanan (vocals) wrote, recorded, and mixed 'Head Down' in just 20 days, conjuring the same energy that made their last album a fan and critical favorite. Explains Buchanan: “In the code of the Samurai, any decision must be made between 3 and 5 breaths…Writing by that code forces us to act, go with our instincts and really, truly listen to each other. Creatively, you’re bringing your most immediate instincts.”

New Music Express have the exclusive premiere of the video. Watch it here: www.nme.com

The video clip for the Slash track 'Bad Rain' from 'Apocalypse Now' was released awhile ago, and I don't know if it will even be worked at radio, as Slash has mentioned he is already writing for his next album with Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Kennedy won't be able to cut vocals for it however until after completing the next Alter Bridge record and findiong time to fit it into his schedule, but a video with an animated Slash and Kennedy, strippers and a strip club monster takeover with tattoo conversion for a certain patron has to make Rock Picks of the week.

Geoff Tate, the Queensryche frontman with one of the most recognized voices in hard rock and heavy metal has released a lyric video for the song "Dark Money" from his second solo album, 'Kings & Thieves', which was released on November 6th from InsideOut Music.

The song conveys a message of how 'Dark Money' has seemingly infiltrated all aspects of our political system, the destruction it has caused, and how we need to open our eyes to it all.

After the messy split with Queensryche this past June and the legalities surrounding the use of the band name, and the resulting decision that both Tate and his ex-bandmates can use it, Tate is currently rehearsing with his own version of Queensryche with drummer Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), bassist Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Blue Oyster Cult). Also part of the project is returning Queensryche guitarist Kelly Gray, who played with the band from 1998 until 2001 and also produced several of their albums, and keyboardist Randy Gane, who has toured and recorded with Queensryche and Geoff's solo band.

'Kings & Thieves' track listing:
1. She Slipped Away
2. Take A Bullet
3. In The Dirt
4. Say U Luv It
5. The Way I Roll
6. Tomorrow
7. Evil
8. Dark Money
9. These Glory Days
10. Change
11. Waiting

Canadian rockers Danko Jones are up next with their latest track, 'Just A Beautiful Day', which comes from the band's new album, 'Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue.' It's the sixth full-length record from the band, was produced in full by their longtime partner Matt DeMatteo and mixed by Mike Fraser, known for his work with AC/DC, Aerosmith and so many others.

It's the first album recorded with drummer Atom Willard, who is the sixth in Danko Jones' history. Willard was behind the kit for Rocket From The Crypt, he's also played with The Offspring, Social Distortion and Angels & Airwaves. He is the first drummer in the band to stand on equal creative footing with Danko and his longtime bassist John "JC" Calabrese.

It's another great offering from a band that has yet to get the recognition they deserve in the U.S.

Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon has released a new video, for the Six String Soldiers album track, 'Set Me Free', featuring a live performance recorded in Albuquerque, NM on September 22, 2012. Frank Hannon, Mike Araiza and Jeff Sandoval have created what is quickly being regarded as one of the most impressive unabashed tributes to the importance of the guitar in rock n' roll music in generations. Six-String Soldiers is a full-length disc of 12 solidly written songs backed by the musicianship of legendary guitarists Dickey Betts, 3-time Grammy Award winner Rick Derringer, Pat Travers and Y&T founder Dave Meniketti.

It all started in Albuquerque, New Mexico when Frank Hannon judged a “Guitar Contest” put on by 94 ROCK and discovered the talents of guitarist Mike Araiza. The winner’s prize was jamming onstage with Tesla and little did Mike know that 5 years later he would be collaborating on what would become one of musics most guitar-driven albums in a generation. Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval came to Frank Hannon with some small seeds of song ideas to record in his RedHawk Records studio and the three of them teamed up to write 12 songs of great Rock-N-Roll music! They set out to recruit some of histories top legendary guitarists to join them and create the sound of the Six-String Soldiers.

Frank Hannon - Guitar & Vocals
Jeffery Sandoval - Vocals
Mike Araiza - Guitar
Cortney DeAugustine - Drums
Aaron Leigh - Bass

Six-String Soldiers tracklisting:

I’m Alive (f/Pat Travers)
Set Me Free
Six String Soldiers
Lipstick, Smoke And Gasoline (f/Dave Meniketti)
Invincible
Cross Your Mind
Touch The Ground (f/Dickey Betts)
I’m Just Sayin'
Love, Life And Beauty
To The Light (f/Rick Derringer)
Redemption
12.2
Six-String Soldiers is available now digitally via iTunes, or on CD via FrankHannon.com.

Toronto based rockers Diemonds are up next with their latest 'Get the Fuck Outta Here' from the new album 'The Bad Pack'. Fronted by the beautiful and sexy vocalist Priya Panda, the band combines quality musicianship with a agressive party vibe. Check out their video for the track with one pissed off janitor who escaped an insane asylum after being victim of a prank gone wrong that disfigured him. He vows revenge and gets it, for the most part. It's comedic and shocking, the way Diemonds want it to be!

Diemonds has played shows with the likes of Slash, Steel Panther, L.A. Guns, Sebastian Bach, Megadeth, Faster Pussycat and so many more. They continue to get their brand of rock out to the masses by constant touring and outreach to fans.

Diemonds are:
Priya Panda - Sweet Squealin' & High Heelin'
C.C. Diemond - Guitar Rippin' & Whiskey Sippin'
Daniel Dekay - Flyin' Vees & Smokin' Trees
Tommy Cee - Rockin' Bass & Givin' Chase
Aiden Tranquada - Drummin' Thunder & Evil Plunder

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Rival Sons ready release of new album ‘Head Down,’ post EPK, track samples (video)

by on Sep.13, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rival Sons ready release of new album ‘Head Down,’ post EPK, track samples (video)

More pure awesomeness from Rival Sons, as their new album 'Head Down' will be released in Europe on September 17th via Earache Records and be made available in the U.S. via iTunes on September 18th. The band has just posted a new 13 minute EPK behind the making of the album that was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon). The band has etched out their space in Europe as a headliner with a passionate fanbase, and now it's time for them to explode in their home country. Check out the EPK and track samples from 'Head Down' below and pre-order the album now at itunes.apple.com

 

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Rock Picks of the Week: Rival Sons, Aerosmith, Slash, Halestorm, Lynch Mob, Jackyl

by on Sep.12, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Rival Sons, Aerosmith, Slash, Halestorm, Lynch Mob, Jackyl

Once again, I seem to have an issue with keeping up on my Rock Picks of the Week. I need to be diligent and make sure I post my picks week in and week out. That being said, expect another Rock Pick Ketchup soon, as I have created quite the backlog of picks, some of which are already falling down the rock charts, as they have been out for awhile. So heeeeeree we go: First up is Los Angeles band Rival Sons, who return with a new album released this Tuesday in the European market called 'Head Down' on Earache Records. Rival Sons have quickly gone to the top of my list of new favorite bands, with their retro, classic rock inspired sound. They have it all in their music; agression, subtlety, and amazing musicianship. The band has continued to target Europe, consistently touring there and building an amazing fanbase. Now they need to break huge in their homeland!  The band have released an amazing new music video for the track ‘Keep On Swinging,’ which you can see below. A North American release for 'Head Down' will happen in November.

The band once again worked with director Greg Ephraim, who has also shot Rival Sons music videos for ‘Pressure and Time’ and ‘All Over the Road’.

Vocalist Jay Buchanan commented on the video: "Shooting the video for Keep On Swinging was a pleasure. Snake handling while wailing to a congregation in an old church is pretty high up there on the list of odd ways to pass the time; excuse me while I go to hell."

Rival Sons drummer Michael Miley added: "We recently returned from an exciting expedition; it was an adventure. The Spirit was moving in that room. We were playing in a church somewhere in the South (can't reveal exact location) and had to convince this congregation we could be a musical catalyst for the casting out of demons; we succeeded. We had to tame snakes with our music. There was a swarm of ravens. A girl that was baptized was on fire! Crazy stuff! And it was all caught on tape... I'm sure it will be all over the interwebs soon. Be on the lookout."

Pure awesomeness from Rival Sons!!

'Lover Alot' is the latest track released from Aerosmith's forthcoming new album 'Music From Another Dimension!' slated to be released on November 6th.  While I was excited and relatively pleased with the first track released from the album 'Legendary Child,' this track is THE Aerosmith track I have been waiting for. It harks back to early Aerosmith songs in structure and delivery. It bodes well for the rest of the album, except for the AC ballad they have also recently released. I guess they have to try and get another 'Angel' or 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' out there. 'Lover Alot' is THE SHIT! and I love it alot!

Aerosmith recently posted part one of the making of their new album, which you can watch below and the band will be touring again in 2013, but only have one date slated, as part of the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Festival on Sept. 22nd in Las Vegas, NV.

Slash have released the second track from 'Apocalyptic Love.' 'Standing In The Sun' is another great track from an album that doesn't have a weak link. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators have not only brought forth an album of great material, they have made their space as one of the great rock bands out there today. Let's hope we get many more albums from this lineup of fantastic musicians.

Slash and the band are currently on a headlining U.S. tour with Foxy Shazam as the opener, and will follow that with a European tour with Mark Tremonti's new band opening some of the shows. That should be interesting as Tremonti and vocalist Myles Kennedy are in Alter Bridge together. Add a couple of AB songs to the set I suppose.

Halestorm are back with another track in Rock Picks of the Week, 'I Miss the Misery,' the third single from their latest album 'The Strange Case Of...' ' It's another powerful track from the band fronted by one of the most dynamic and talented females in rock, Lzzy Hale, who was recently named the hottest chick in hard rock by Revolver Magazine.


Halestorm recently wrapped up the Carnival of Madness U.S. tour with Evanescence, Chevelle, New Medicine and Cavo. At the El Paso, Texas tour stop on August 18th, another top female in rock, vocalist Amy Lee of Evanescence joined Lzzy Hale onstage for a duet on the Halestorm track 'Break In.'

Hale posted, “El Paso tonight was the first night I’ve ever had a duet with a woman. Amy Lee rocked it with me on ‘Break In’! Love her!”

Lee responded, “I loved singing with you. Your voice shreds and that is my SONG right now! Thanks for letting me ‘Break In’ on your set tonight .”

Hale tweeted back, “The pleasure was all mine! It was so beautiful! You rule, babe! I’m so grateful for your friendship. You brought new life to ‘Break In.’”

Here's Lzzy Hale in a clip from Beacon Audio as she reflects back on her "Beacon Moments": each "decision, experience or choice that shapes the outcome of the rest of your life".

Halestorm kick off a European tour September 21st in the U.K., and will make stops in Moscow and Toyko on Oct. 23rd and Oct. 27th. The band then returns for headlining dates in the U.S. starting Nov. 8th in Mobile, AL that will carry through to a New Year's Eve show in Baltimore, MD.

'Slow Drag,' is the rocking new track from the great George Lynch and Lynch Mob. It is a straight ahead rocker featuring long time Lynch Mob vocalist Oni Logan. Top notch musicianship and production bring this track alive from the first note. The band shot this latest video for the track on June 29th in Houston, Texas with film producer W. Ross Wells of Zen Film. While in Houston, the band was also filmed for an upcoming episode of "Live From Sugar Hill", a rare all-acoustic performance shot at Sugar Hill Studios by Grammy producer Dan Workman and Zen Film. "Live From Sugar Hill" is sponsored by Vitamin Water/Coca Cola, and will air soon.

'Slow Drag' comes off the band's four-song EP, "Sound Mountain Sessions", which was released on August 7th via Rat Pak Records.

'Sound Mountain Sessions' track listing:
1. Slow Drag
2. World Of Chance
3. City Of Freedom
4. Sucka

Lynch Mob has also tapped Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) as its new touring drummer for the upcoming summer shows in support of the band's new release.

Lynch Mob is:
Oni Logan - vocals
George Lynch - guitar
Robbie Crane - bass
Brian Tichy - drums


Jesse James Dupree and Jackyl have released their latest studio album 'Best In Show', which is the follow-up to 2010's 'When Moonshine And Dynamite Collide,' and celebrates the band's 20th anniversary in the music business. The band hit the scene in 1990, and immediately began firing off rock radio hits like "Down On Me," "When Will It Rain," "I Stand Alone," and most notably, "The Lumberjack" during which Dupree performs a chain-saw solo. The introduction of Jackyl's fifth instrument on album and in concert quickly became one of the band's many trademarks as the group blazed a path to infamy. The band has earned two Guinness Book of World Records citations and the designation "The Hardest working Band in Rock 'N' Roll" for performing 100 shows in 50 days as well as 21 shows in 24 hours. The new album features 12 tracks including covers of Run DMC and Dr. Hook and will be released through Mighty Loud Entertainment. An exclusive Best Buy deluxe edition of 'Best In Show' includes a bonus DVD and two extra tracks. Check out the album's debut single, 'Screwdriver':

Jackyl upcoming tour dates:
Sep. 13 & 14 - Ocean City, MD - OC Bike Fest
Sep. 15 - Howland, ME - Seboeis Stream Campground

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Rival Sons new album ‘Head Down’ out September 17, check out track sampler

by on Jul.12, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Rival Sons new album ‘Head Down’ out September 17, check out track sampler

The new album from Rival Sons, 'Head Down' will be released on September 17th on the good vibe Earache Records. The CD was produced once again by Grammy-nominated Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shotter Jennings) and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon). The album was recorded in what is now the music capital of the U.S., Nashville, Tennessee, with the artwork created by Jason Holley.

'Head Down' track listing:
1. Keep On Swinging
2. Wild Animal
3. You Want To
4. Until the Sun Comes
5. Run From Revelation
6. Jordan
7. All The Way
8. The Heist
9. Three Fingers
10. Nava
11. Manifest Destiny Pt. 1
12. Manifest Destiny Pt. 2
13. True

Rival Sons frontman Jay Buchanan had this to say about the album title: "We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record. 'Head down' comes from the term 'Keep your head down and keep on swinging.' I thought it was fitting and it works perfectly with the album cover."

Guitarist Scott Holiday on how the band chose the artwork for the album: "I began searching for the right artist for our cover on the interwebs, just mulling around, and very quickly came across Jason Holley. I saw a couple of covers that he had done for Josh Ritter and Ray LaMontagne, which I loved. I was immediately taken aback by his aesthetic and style and felt he had a few pieces already done that I would be into using. I sent some of his images over to Jay and he had the same immediate feeling I did… Which is pretty rare. He could have been from anywhere in the world, but he just so happened to live about 30 minutes away from me, so I gave him a ring and we started talking. We sent him the record and discussed ideas that we felt reflected the music and process. He then created an original piece, painted in oil. The end result is pretty symbolic and interesting — something that, in my opinion, reflects the record beautifully."

Holiday previously stated about the musical direction of Rival Sons' new album, "Songs were once again written and recorded on the spot, allowing the listener to really peer in and catch a snapshot of the moment, and our immediate instincts. Most songs were captured in a few takes, not to mention plenty of first-takers. Pretty off the cuff and unadulterated. We have never had a wish to be predictable or sedentary with our music, and this record explores and supports that ethos pretty well. In other words, this record is not 'Pressure & Time', but delves into a bunch of other musical ideas and sounds. Much more of a 'long-form' record as a whole. Fist-pumpers, ass-shakers, foot-stompers, air guitaring/bassing/drummers, tear-jerkers, heart-string-pullers, and a few straight-up freakouts."

Scott Holiday and Robin Everhart talked with Barbara Caserta of Linea Rocks at Gods of Metal in Italy recently, check out the engaging interview, with talk of the new album, Led Zeppelin comparisons and more:

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Rival Sons unveil new album title and artwork

by on Jun.01, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

One of my favorite bands of late, Rival Sons have unveiled the title and cover of their new album. It will be called 'Head Down' and was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Shooter Jennings) and Grammy-wining engineer Vance Powell (Jack White, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon).

The artwork was created by Jason Holley (Josh Ritter, Ray LaMontagne). Frontman Jay Buchanan talked about the new album: "We took a lyric from one of the songs that exemplified the process of making the record. Head Down comes from the term ‘Keep your head down and keep on swinging’. I thought it was fitting and it works perfectly with the album cover.

Guitarist Scott Holiday says of the album artwork: “I began searching for the right artist for our cover on the interwebs, just mulling around, and very quickly came across Jason Holley. I saw a couple of covers that he had done for Josh Ritter and Ray LaMontagne which I loved. I was immediately taken aback by his aesthetic and style and felt he had a few pieces already done that I would be into using. "I sent some of his images over to Jay and he had the same immediate feeling I did… Which is pretty rare. He could have been from anywhere in the world, but he just so happened to live about 30 minutes away from me, so I gave him a ring and we started talking.

"We sent him the record and discussed ideas that we felt reflected the music and process. He then created an original piece, painted in oil. The end result is pretty symbolic and interesting – something that, in my opinion, reflects the record beautifully." 'Head Down' is due to be released in late August on Earache Records.

Rival Sons are hitting all the major European rock festivals, as well as two dates opening for Guns N' Roses this month. We need a major tour of the U.S. from Rival Sons, let's hope we get it before the end of 2012. Keep kicking ass guys!

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