I’m back with some rock picks of the week after a few week hiatis. I may have to double up this week to catch up a bit, since a few of these tracks have been out for a little while and are already at or near the top of the rock charts. They all kick ass regardless. First up is Redlight King with their track ‘Bullet In My Hand.’

After the success of their cover of Neil Young’s ‘Old Man,’ Redlight King bringing it and rocking harder on their latest single. ‘Bullet In My Hand’ was recently featured in promotional ads for the CBS show “Person of Interest,” and vocalist and band leader Kaz grew up in Hamilton, Ont., Canada, which was once a booming steel center on the shores of Lake Ontario. He grew up in middle class home where his parents “struggled to pay the bills.” Like his dad, Kaz loved cars and drag racing (Redlight King is named for the light “tree” that signals the start of a race). As he grew, music also began to take hold. He loved Queen, Springsteen, Dylan and Lennon no less than A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, Treach and Nas. He started writing early on, recording his first track at age 16. But in his teens, music took a back seat to judo. He was good enough for a shot at Canada’s Olympic training center to prepare for the 2000 Games. But he didn’t make the team.

Kaz returned to music, landing a deal and ultimately releasing an album in Canada. That led to a Juno Award nomination for Best New Artist, but he later continued his musical path in Los Angeles. It has worked out so far, as redlight King’s Hollywood Records debut album is full of quality rock. There could be a couple more tracks released off the album after this one.

Chevelle is up next with their #1 Rock Track, ‘Face To The Floor.’ The track immediately grabs you and doesn’t let go. It kicks serious ass, has a great hook, and doesn’t let up. Chevelle have been around since 1995, forming in Grayslake, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Chevelle has sold over three million albums in the United States, and the band’s sixth album, ‘Hats Off to the Bull’ was just released on December 6.

Copenhagen, Denmark’s Volbeat is up next. After great success with ‘Fallen’, they are following up with another great track, ‘A Warrior’s Call.’ Volbeat is vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen, bassist Anders Kjølholm and drummer Jon Larsen.
The song is from the band’s latest album ‘Beyond Hell/Above Heaven’, and is the story of the “viking warrior” , danish professional boxer Mikkel Kessler.

“Feel the fire, he’s entering the ring..
The viking warrior, Mikkel Kessler
Will now brand his name in the back of your head “

Shortly after announcing their participation in the 2012 Gigantour with Megadeth, Motorhead and Lacuna Coil, Volbeat announced that they parted ways with guitarist Thomas Bredhal.

The band announced the break up on their website comparing being in a band to being in a marriage with lots of ups and downs along the way. In the band’s own words, “At times you can work it out and sometimes you need to go separate ways.”

There doesn’t seem to be any hard feelings involved, with the band thanking Bredhal for his time spent with them: “We want to thank him for the work he has put in for Volbeat and we wish him all the best in the future,” continues the statement.

So what does the future look like for Volbeat? The band will move forward with their touring schedule as a trio, and get ready to kick some ass in the new year.

Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in Rock Picks of the Week with their latest ‘Get Thru This,’ from the album ‘Vices and Virtues.’ It’s a quality follow-up to their great track ‘Die Trying.’ You can count me in as a ‘Die-Hard.’ The band just wrapped up a U.S. tour, but look for more dates early in 2012.
Art of Dying are:
Jonny Hetherington – vocals
Greg Bradley – guitar
Tavis Stanley – guitar/vocals
Cale Gontier – bass/vocals
Jeff Brown – drums

Here’s a great acoustic version of ‘Get Thru This’, shot in an alley during the filming of the main video for the song:

The Rolling Stones recently released the deluxe version of the ‘Some Girls’ album. It features 12 bonus tracks many of which were recorded instrumentally with vocals added recently by Mick Jagger. All of the tracks are included in the remastered Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Some Girls,’ which was released November 21st.

Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards wrote most of the bonus tracks, which were performed by Jagger, Richards, bassist Bill Wyman (who has since left the band) and drummer Charlie Watts. Also making appearances were Stones collaborators Ian Stewart and Chuck Leavell on pianos and Sugar Blue on harmonica, with none other than former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty contributing handclaps.

‘No Spare Parts’ was first recorded by Chris Kimsey in early 1978, features a “country guitar twang, subtle groove and soulful storytelling,” describing it as “a powerful and poignant acoustic tune.” It has the feel of another track on the album “Far Away Eyes,” which could be why it was left off the original. “No Spare Parts” was recorded in Paris and recently discovered by producer Don Was for inclusion on the reisuue. It tells the story of a trip from Los Angeles to San Antonio and features Mick Jagger on electric piano, Keith Richards on acoustic piano, Ron Wood on pedal steel guitar, Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass.

“Some Girls,” a landmark 1978 release also featured “Miss You” and “Beast of Burden.” The album went a long way toward reestablishing the Stones’ then-flagging youthful appeal. It reached No. 1 on the U.S. charts and No. 2 in the United Kingdom.