The Rolling Stones kick off Rock Picks of the Week with their new tracks from the ‘Grrr!’ Greatest Hits 1962-2012 collection. ‘Doom and Gloom’ and ‘One More Shot’ are both impressive new music returns from the icons of rock.

The band have released an impressive video clip for ‘Doom and Gloom’, which not only is musically relevant and a great representation of the Stones in 2012, it has a message behind the music for this day and age. The video even features zombies and some nudity…nice!It also features actress Noomi Rapace, who has starred in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,’ ‘Prometheus’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.’


‘One More Shot’ is the other new track from the ‘Grrr!’ Greatest Hits collection, and although it doesn’t carry the same aggression as ‘Doom and Gloom’, it is still some great new Stones music.

The Stones has played the first two of five ’50 and Counting’ shows at the O2 Arena in London, being joined by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Florence Welch and Mary J. Blige. The mini-tour continues with U.S. shows on Dec. 8th at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center and Dec. 13th and 15th at Newark’s Prudential Center. The Dec. 8th concert will feature guests Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige. The final concert will air live at 9pm ET as a pay-per-view special.

Soundgarden’s first single, ‘Been Away Too Long,’ from their new album ‘King Animal,’ the long-awaited follow-up to 1996’s ‘Down on the Upside,’ is a quality, solid lead track from the band we have all wanted new material from for so long. Soundgarden have released new material since reuniting in 2010, with retrospective disc ‘Telephantasm’ and last year’s live release Live on I-5, as well as contributing the single ‘Live To Rise’ from the soundtrack for the 2012 blockbuster ‘The Avengers,’ but this is a true full-lengthed return from the Seattle rockers.

The intense video for ‘Been Away Too Long’ was directed by the bands’ art director Josh Graham and filmed in New York City at the iconic Abandon Palace. It’s matches the track intensity, with a quality, compelling video in it’s own right. The band have announced Winter 2013 North American tour dates including two-night engagements in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, as well as shows in Chicago, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Boston and Detroit. For the first time since the band reunited with their surprise show at the Showbox, they will also be playing 2 shows in their hometown of Seattle.

The always interesting and rocking Corey Taylor is back with the latest Stone Sour offering ‘Absolute Zero’ and ‘Gone Sovereign’ While ‘Absolute Zero’ has gone to #1 on the active rock charts in the U.S., the track is meant to be heard together with ‘Gone Sovereign,’ which has also charted on its own. Check out the video for the tracks together below.

The tracks come from the new album “House Of Gold And Bones – Part 1”, the first half of Stone Sour’s two-disc concept album. The second half is expected to be released in May.

Skid Row’s Rachel Bolan plays bass on the album, and Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio how that came together. “I’m well-documented being a huge Skid Row fan. I can’t remember who brought the name up, but I immediately was like, ‘Dude, absolutely.’ We knew somebody who had his number, so I called him and within 24 hours he was basically getting ready to do it. And he’s just one of the coolest dudes on the planet and he schooled it. People are going to be very impressed by the bass playing.” Bolan was unable to join Stone Sour on tour because of his previous commitments to Skid Row.

Stone Sour are touring Europe, and have dates booked into next June, but not U.S. dates have been scheduled as of yet. Let’s hope we get some in the gaps of the Euro dates. Congrats on the #1 track Stone Sour!

Baltimore rockers Charm City Devils are back in rock picks with ‘Unstoppable,’ from their latest albums ‘Sins.’ The anthemic track is the follow up to the band’s successful ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’, and has already been used in pay-per-view WWE’s ‘No Way Out’ and other sporting events and broadcasts. The road warriors continue with shows through December to wrap up one kick ass year, and will be ready to keep thier momentum going into 2013 with another single and more touring. Always wishing the best to Charm City Devils!

Oklahoma rockers Hinder are back with a new album just released on December 4th. ‘Welcome To The Freakshow’ is their fourth full-length and features the lead track ‘Save Me.’ The group, Austin Winkler (Vocals), Joe “Blower” Garvey (Guitar), Mark King (Guitar), Mike Rodden (Bass), and Hanson (Drums) have brought an agressive survivor track, telling us that they “don’t need you to save me.”

“It’s really personal,” reveals Hanson. “People will often judge you when they don’t know anything about you, and they’ll have some kind of bullshit salvation prepared for you. We don’t need somebody else to tell us what to do and how to change. We’ve lived more lives than the majority of the world. If we need to be saved, we can do it ourselves. We’ve figured that out by now.”

For Winkler, the song hits especially close to home. “I had just gotten out of rehab for drugs and alcohol and I revisited the song,” he confesses. “To me, it felt like I didn’t need anything negative like drugs. Those aren’t going to save me. I can save myself though.”

The band is rehearsing right now, getting ready for what is sure to be a 2013 on the road for the most part. The band kicks off their tour schedule with December shows in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, making their way for east coast shows before year’s end. Rock on Hinder!!

The Treatment are in rock picks this week with a song that has been out for awhile, buy has not gotten the exposure it deserves in the U.S. ‘Nothing To Lose But Our Minds’ is another great track from the young rockers, ranging in age from 19-22. I was a big fan of their track ‘The Doctor’ and this track reinforces my belief in the band. They remind me of a young Def Leppard, with a UFO and Thin Lizzy killer rock vibe to them. They were hand-picked by Nikki Sixx to open for Motley Crue and KISS on ‘The Tour’, which garnered them U.S. exposure and new fans. Drummer Dhani Mansworth, guitarists Ben Brookland and Tagore ‘Tag’ Grey, bass player Rick Newman (aka Swoggle) and vocalist Matt Jones are solid rock to the core, with an understanding and delivery of the great rockers that have come before them. I expect a continued influx of The Treatment in the U.S. and hope they come back for some extensive touring here in 2013. The next single from the band is ‘Shake The Mountain’ and I can say with certainty, it will be a rock pick before too long.

The Treatment are currently on a U.K. tour with Thin Lizzy, are will wrap up their touring year with a special headlining Christmas party show on Dec. 15th at Camden Underworld. Check out their latest cd ‘This Might Hurt’ for some quality rock! Cheers!