Charm City Devils to bring the ‘Battles’ with their third album due September 23, watch new video for first track ‘Shots’

Charm City Devils to bring the ‘Battles’ with their third album due September 23, watch new video for first track ‘Shots’

Sep 6, 2014

Baltimore's own Charm City Devils will release their third album ‘Battles’ on Sept. 23 via The End Records. The band worked once again with Grammy winning producer Skidd Mills (12 Stones, Saving Abel), who also produced the band's 2012 release ‘Sins.’

Vocalist John Allen says about the album title ‘Battles:’ “There are many battles you face in life. The battle to survive, to get out of your own way, to do the right thing, of good against evil.”

Allen correlates the stage as being his battlefield. “I love it when someone comes up to us after a show and says, ‘I thought you were going to suck, but you guys are awesome!’ It’s like, ‘Go ahead. Underestimate me. Discount me. Count me out!’”

He continues, “I love to prove people wrong and turn them around and win them over, and that’s what we do, night after night. Plus, meeting the fans, and introducing that human element, makes it all worth it!”

Check out the video for the first single ‘Shots’ below. “‘Shots’ is literally a shot over the bow saying THiS iS ROCK AND FUCKING ROLL!” vocalist John Allen adds. “Although it sounds like an anthem to get wasted to, it’s really a pissed-off letter to a close friend who is in denial about his addiction problems.”

“Outwardly, the song seems like a party anthem, but to me it’s more. Sure this song and video are about as Rock and F—ing Roll as you can get! But, to me it’s the band! There’s no outside songwriters, no overblown production, we are wearing our influences on our sleeves. The video is a documentary of the touring life of the band and lyrically it’s a plea to a close friend to please get help for his addictions before it’s too late. This is one of the songs that every night I know I have physically, mentally and emotionally left it all out on the table!”

Get the new single now at itunes.  To pre-order the album or bundle that features the CD, T-shirt and shot glass go to the Charm City Devils webstore and check out www.charmcityangels.com for all of their upcoming tour dates.

'Battles’ Track Listing:
1. Tear It Apart
2. Crucify
3. Shots
4. Everyday
5. Want
6. God’s Gonna Cut You Down
7. Lying To Yourself
8. Rich N Famous
9. Destiny
10. Karma
11. Let It Go

Charm City Devils Battles album cover

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Rock Picks of the Week: Pop Evil, Joe Satriani, Tom Keifer, Airbourne, Charm City Devils, Spiritual Beggars

Rock Picks of the Week: Pop Evil, Joe Satriani, Tom Keifer, Airbourne, Charm City Devils, Spiritual Beggars

May 18, 2013

"Trenches", the new single from Grand Rapids, Michigan rockers Pop Evil is up first in this edition of Rock Picks. The top 10 track comes from the band's album, "Onyx", which was just released on May 14th. The band is back with another album of kick ass rock ready for the masses, and looking to build on the base they already have after the success of the last album "War Of Angels" and the constant touring behind it.

According to the band, the message of "Trenches" applies to the world of art as well as the world of sports, the military, or anyone struggling with the economic downturn, like Pop Evil's home state of Michigan.

"It's about our battles," Pop Evil frontman Leigh Kakaty says. "Not focusing on the things we can't control, if we really want to be a band that stands the test of time we have to write the music that connects. We have to dig our way out of the trenches."

During a slump in the music industry, Pop Evil is living proof that you can still make a living following your dreams. "It's a matter of time before rock and roll is in the forefront again and we want to be part of that," Kakaty says.

Pop Evil have dealt with quite a bit of adversity in this cutthroat world of music and record labels, but have come through like champions and truly appreciate their place in the music business today. I appreciate what they do and wish them continued success as they embark on the next phase of their careers.

Pop Evil Trenches coverPop Evil Onyx cover

Joe Satriani is back with another album of guitar mastery called 'Unstoppable Momentum' and the first great track from it, 'A Door Into Summer.' One of the hardest working guitarists in music, after much of 2012 with Chickenfoot and touring with his G3 entity, Joe has recently released another stellar album full of great music.

Joe assembled a new studio band for the record, with Mike Keneally on keyboards, Chris Chaney on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, recording 16 tracks with engineer/producer Mike Frasier at Skywalker Sound. Joe will be on the road all summer playing tracks from the record and all of the best of his solo stuff with a touring band consisting of Mike Keneally on keys and guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums. Currently touring in Europe until mid June, the band will start a U.S. tour on August 29th in San Diego, California. Get all the dates here: www.satriani.com/road  .

Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum album cover
Cinderlla frontman Tom Keifer has released his solo effort 'The Way Life Goes', with 14 tracks showing a diversity musically, with organic, acoustic tracks to driving hard rock, blues, and country influences. Tom recently told HuffingtonPost.com, "The idea for a solo record started in the nineties when the band parted ways and we left Universal," he said. "There was just a changing of the guard in the industry at that time and I started thinking about a solo record. I wrote for it for many years and the songs just kept going on the pile and I never got around to actually making a record...We started cutting tracks for this record in 2003 and I went to the pile of songs that had been building up and picked some that I liked and I've just been working on it ever since. It was produced independently of a label, because the idea from the beginning was to just work and record until I was happy with it. I wrote with a lot of different people--my wife, Savannah, who's a great writer, co-wrote a lot of the songs on the record and also co-produced the record with me, and a good friend of ours, Chuck Turner who's a great engineer and producer. So from the beginning, the attitude was, 'Let's have fun and just make a great record and it'll be done when it's done.' Little did we know it'd be nine years later…it's done and we went through some crazy stuff and mixed and remixed and reworked things over and over and probably made a lot of mistakes along the way, but finally got it where we were all happy with it, so here it is."

The solid rocking track 'Solid Ground', has a modern Cinderella feel, continuing the evolution and showcasing the talents of an artist thriving and surviving in the world of music today. Tom is currently on the road with his solo band, making their way through the U.S., before wrapping up in Chicago on June 14th. Get all the dates and hear samples from the album on Tom's site here: www.tomkeifer.com

Australian rockers Airbourne are back and ready to 'Live It Up', from their new album 'Black Dog Barking', which will be released on May 21st. If you want party rock at its best, with adrenaline and attitude to spare, Airbourne will bring it.

The guys continue to make inroads in America, and that continues with the slot on the Rock Allegiance tour later this summer with Volbeat, HIM, and All That Remains. Before that, Airbourne will be making multiple major festival appearances across Europe and the UK before they return to Australia, including slots at Rock Im Park, Rock Am Ring, Sonisphere, Metalfest, Novarock and Download. The Rock Allegiance Tour kicks off Aug. 24th in Twin Lakes, WI. Get all the dates here: www.rockallegiance.com

Airbourne Black Dog Barking album cover

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils have released another track and video from their fantastic 'SINS' album.
'Devil Is a Woman' showcases vocalist John Allen's vocals, along with the stellar work of Vic Karrera and Nick Kay on guitar, Anthony Arambula on bass, and Jason Heiser on Drums.

After touring behind the album for much of 2012 and the early part of 2013, the band have a few live dates coming up this summer before beginning work on their next album. It is going to be interesting to hear the next album from these super talented guys who deserve all the success they have gotten and more!

Charm City Devils Sins album coverCharm City Devils 2012

 

'No Money, No Love' is the new track from the new Heaven & Earth studio album 'Dig', which is out now on Quarto Valley Records. Bassist Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot, House of Lords, Giuffria), who has played with many, many illustrious artists over his career, says about the new album: "If you love rock like it used to be, you’ll love this album!" I love it and I think you will too. I am truly excited about the band and their future.

With many comparing the sound to classic Deep Purple, Rainbow and Paul Rodgers, the album surely has a classic 70's rock feel. Band leader and originator Stuart Smith was mentored by legendary Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, has played in bands with iconic ELP keyboardist Keith Emerson, and, more recently was the guitarist with an American version of 1970s glam-rockers The Sweet. Smith played in the Sweet with Heaven & Earth vocalist Joe Retta, who replaced Joe Lynn Turner in the current incarnation of the band. The band then found industry veteran Chuck Wright on bass, and were joined by Richie Onori on drums (who Smith played with while in a band with Keith Emerson), and Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards. Ed Roth will join the band on keys for their upcoming tour, as Schierbaum was only available for the recording of the album.

The band are currently rehearsing, with hopes to line up an opening slot for a major act this summer. The band had a fantastically produced showcase on April 10th in Los Angeles at the Henry Fonda Theater, with the video recap for your viewing pleasure below.

The CD was produced by Dave Jenkins, who's worked with everyone from Metallica to Tower Of Power, and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), and David Paich (Toto).

Stuart Smith says this about 'Dig': "I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we've put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records' president, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life. All the pieces are in place. We're ready to make this our year."

I hope it is, as the music is just phenomenal!

'Dig' track listing:

1. Victorious
2. No Money, No Love
3. I Don’t Know What Love Is
4. Man & Machine
5. House of Blues
6. Back In Anger
7. Waiting For The End Of The World
8. Sexual Insanity
9. Rock & Roll Does
10. A Day Like Today
11. Good Times
12. Live As One

Heaven & Earth Dig album cover Heaven & Earth II

Sweden's Spritual Beggars wrap up this weeks Rock Picks with 'Turn The Tide'. The latest lineup of the band features Arch Enemy guitarist Michael Amott and bassist Sharlee D'Angelo, along with vocalist Apollo Papathanasio (ex-Firewind) have released their eighth studio album, 'Earth Blues', via InsideOut Music.

In regards to the album cover, Amott said: "I had the idea for this artwork from my time as a child, seeing posters of two young lovers watching a romantic sunset on the beach — just your typical tacky bedroom art in the '70s, really... Also, growing up in what is now referred to with some nostalgia as the Atomic Age — the threat of nuclear war was always looming over our heads it seemed. I wanted to combine these two images of my youth in one paradoxical image and Per Wiberg of Hippograffix (and Spirtual Beggars keyboardist) really managed to capture the melancholic feeling perfectly. Earth Blues, indeed."

Regarding the making of "Earth Blues", Amott said: "We started the recording process of 'Earth Blues' with an eight-day-long session at Fat Guitar Studios (Sweden) with knob-twiddler Roberth Ekholm, a truly great dude who really knows how to capture a band jamming live, sadly a rare quality in recording engineers nowadays! We continued with some overdubs at various studios in Sweden, and it's all come together super easy this time. Sonically, I think this might be our finest hour yet. It's a raw, heavy and honest record."

Spiritual Beggars have yet to announce any plans for U.S. dates behind the latest album, but will be playing Mexico City on May 25th, and have a slot on the Hellfest Festival on June 23rd in Clisson, France.

Spiritual Beggars 2013 are:

Michael Amott (Arch Enemy, Carcass) - Guitar
Ludwig Witt (Firebird) - Drums
Per Wiberg (Opeth) - Keyboards
Sharlee D'Angelo (Arch Enemy, Mercyful Fate) - Bass
Apollo Papathanasio (Firewind) - Vocals

Spiritual Beggars Earth Blues album cover Spiritual Beggars

Marshall of Rock Top 50 Tracks of 2012: 25 to 1

Marshall of Rock Top 50 Tracks of 2012: 25 to 1

Dec 31, 2012

Happy New Year! Here's to a kick ass 2013 to all of you! I continue with my countdown of my Top 50 tracks of 2012 with numbers 25 to 1. Thanks to all these great artists for all the music in 2012, and thanks to YOU for finding your way to Marshall of Rock in 2012. We all appreciate it!

25. Halestorm - Love Bites (So Do I) - Lzzy Hale and Halestorm have firmly established themselves as a major force in American rock. Lzzy is in my opinion, one of the most dynamic and relatable vocalists in rock! The band's latest album 'The Strange Case Of...' is full of kick ass potential radio tracks, and the band is really a tight unit, hitting their full stride. 2012 kicked ass for the band, and 2013 looks to be even bigger for them!

24. Gary Clark Jr. - Ain't Messin' Around - This Austin, Texas guitarist is primed to take his cult following mainstream and become known as the next guitar legend. Playing shows with the Rolling Stones this year, being featured on 'Austin City Limits', and being part of the upcoming 'Crossroads Guitar Festival' again in 2013 with Eric Clapton and every other guitar legend imaginable will only add to his legend. Funky, bluesy and rocking, Gary Clark Jr. will be a name that has the potential to go down in history!

23. Adelitas Way - Criticize - These Las Vegas rockers had hit track after hit track from thier 'Homeschool Valedictorian' album, but this one had to be my favorite. Adelitas Way are a band who have done it right, with quality musicianship and songwriting, and the emotion delivering a track that grabbed me from the first listen. This band will continue on an upward arc!

22. Chevelle - Hats Off To The Bull - The second track on my Top 50 for 2012, 'Hats Off To The Bull' pulls no punches as it smacks you hard all the way through and never lets up. Chevelle had one hell of a 2012, and are primed to elevate their success in the future. What a kick ass track!

21. Rival Sons - Until The Sun Comes - The first entry into my Top 50 from Rival Sons, the Los Angeles based band that not many people realize are from L.A. 'Until The Sun Comes' is the second single from their second album 'Head Down' and continues the passionate retro rock vibe the band is already known for. 'Head Down' has already been released in Europe, and will soon be out in the U.S. Rival Sons have layed a solid base in the U.K. and Europe, and I know they are poised to duplicate that success in 2013 in the U.S., blowing away audiences and hopefully getting some radio airplay with their brand of rock.

20. Shinedown - Unity - The second Shinedown track on the Top 50, the vocals from Brent Smith on 'Unity' convey hope with an uplifing spirit. A great track from a great band!

19. The Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling - Another band with their second track on my Top 50, this to me is the definitive Black Keys track of 2012. As much acclaim as Black Keys received in 2012, if they can continue on this level, they potentially could one day be one of the few current bands worthy of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame consideration.

18. Heart - Fanatic - Speaking of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, here is one of the latest inductees: Heart! Their latest album 'Fanatic' is quality from start to finish and leads off with this rocking title track. Ann & Nancy Wilson haven't lost anything vocally or musically over the years and this is proof. Looking forward to a 2013 of recognition for the great leaders of female rock! Heart rules!

17. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators - Standing In The Sun - The second single from the 'Apocalyptic Love' album from Slash and his band, it is probably my second favorite song from the album as well! Slash has always done it right and delivered musically in his post Guns N' Roses career, but with Myles Kennedy on vocals and the other superior musicians in his latest band, he really has outdone himself. It's good to know that this current band will be all getting together to do another album in the future!

16. Aerosmith - Lover Alot - The second Aero track from 'Music From Another Dimension', 'Lover Alot' harks back to the early days of Aerosmith. I really like the production on the track from Jack Douglas, it's raw and gritty and I dig it!

15. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Toward The Daylight - My favorite Bonamassa track from his fantastic album with the same title. Joe continues to gain more and more fans every day, and for those that haven't been exposed to the emotion and feeling that Joe brings in his guitar playing and vocals, once you hear it, you will be hooked. Kevin Shirley's production work with Joe is a perfect combination.

14. Black Stone Cherry - Like I Roll - BSC have their second track in the Top 50 with 'Like I Roll.' Black Stone Cherry are true American Rock and Roll! Can't wait to see what's next for the band - they will be writing and getting ideas together for their next project in 2013.

13. Europe - Not Supposed To Sing The Blues - This isn't the 'Final Countdown' Europe you may remember. When I mentioned to others how great the new Europe is, they always mention 'Countown', but after hearing this fantastic track, their image of the band has changed. This was another of the tracks in 2012 that when I first heard it, it blew me away. I had to listen to it over and over. Joey Tempest is one of the most appreciative and humblest frontmen in rock, and the band deserves all the success it has received. Europe was recently named the #3 all time band in their native Sweden. The band played some shows in Europe in 2012, but hopefully 2013 will bring Europe to America for a tour. I want to see this track played live!

12. Black Country Communion - Confessor -  BCC do it old-school, cranking out albums in succession in minimal time and delivering every time. Their was some discord between band members this year, as Glenn Hughes really wanted to tour behind BCC's latest album 'Afterglow,' even mentioning that if that didn't happen, this could be the last release from the band. I hope not. Guitarist Joe Bonamassa is committed to his solo career, which I understand, but time must be made to play live with what in my opinion is one of the best band's in the last 10 years. This is Rock!

11. Kill Devil Hill - Strange - The supergroup featuring drummer Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell), bassist Rex Brown (Pantera, Down), guitarist Mark Zavon and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg (former Pissing Razors), bring hard rock back in a big way. Named after the town of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a location renowned from pirating days, they sound like hard rock pirates, attacking their music in a way few new band's can. Kill Devil Hill's self-titled debut album was released this past May, and I really felt they didn't get the acclaim or recognition they deserved with it. It will happen with their second album, which hopefully we will hear in 2013.

10. The Rolling Stones - Doom and Gloom - One of the two new tracks from The Rolling Stones 'Grrr!' greatest hits release, 'Doom and Gloom' impacts immediately. It is completely relevant in both message and musically. I wish the Stones would put out an entire new album of material, as by all indications from this track it would be the right time for it. Great track from the musical legends!

9. Pop Evil - Bosses Daughter - The West Michigan rockers have had many ups and downs in their musical career, but they are definitely ending 2012 on a high note, rocking at a gig in Las Vegas where they are sure to play this track from the 'War Of Angels' album. Co-written with Mick Mars of Motley Crue, 'Bosses Daughter' is a high energy kick ass rocker with a video to go along with it. Not only is Mars featured prominently in the clip, so is Playboy Playmate Jessa Hinton and other amazing beauties. This is the kind of video we really don't see anymore. It reminded me of the old MTV Headbanger's Ball days, where eye candy was a prerequisite for every clip. Thanks for bringing it back Pop Evil!

8. Chickenfoot - Different Devil - A cut from the Chickenfoot III album that garned a majority of its airplay in 2012, 'Different Devil' has feeling and emotion lyrically and musically. If you think there's someone better: RUN AWAY...Into the arms of something new...YOU CAN STAY...If you think he'll treat you better than I do...Turn around babe...I'll be right here waiting for you. Chickenfoot will be on hiatis for 2013, with Chad Smith fully committed to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Joe Satriani to solo gigs, but Sammy Hagar will be playing shows with the Wabos, and has talked of another possible project with bandmate and buddy Michael Anthony.

7. Foxy Shazam - I Like It - I went to 'The Church of Rock and Roll' and it was all good! This was another one of those 'first listen' cuts that you initially knew would do really well. These white boys obviously love big black asses, sing about it, and invite everyone else along for the party.

6. Redlight King - Comeback - An inspiring track with a message of redemption. Originally on the 'Avengers' soundtrack, this track is uplifting and gives hope, at least it did to me. I "Felt" this track this year. If you have had a bad 2012, don't worry in 2013 you too will make a 'Comeback.' Thanks Redlight King

5. Rival Sons - Face Of Light - The second Rival Sons track in my Top 50. 'Face Of Light' is from the Rival Sons album "Pressure In Time'. With a multitude of emotion, Jay Buchanan (vocals), Scott Holiday (guitar), Michael Miley (drums) and Robin Everhart (bass), bring music that takes you to a different place. Listen to the track with eyes closed first, then watch the video second. I can't say how glad I am that Rival Sons are making music in 2012 and beyond.

4. Charm City Devils - Man Of Constant Sorrow - Baltimore, Maryland's own Charm City Devils get the #4 spot on my Top 50 with their remake of the American folk song originally recorded by Dick Burnett. The song's popularity was rekindled with the Soggy Bottom Boys version of it from the 'O' Brother Where Art Thou' motion picture. Charm City Devils decided to record a rocked up version of the song, made it the first single from their 'Sins' album, and let the ass kicking begin! I can't wait for the next album from these talented guys.

3. Van Halen - Stay Frosty - My favorite track from the 'A Different Kind Of Truth' album, 'Stay Frosty' sounds to me like it should have been blasting out of radios this summer. It's a fun jam with awesome guitar licks from Eddie and the party filled vocals from David Lee Roth. There are many great tracks on 'A Different Kind Of Truth', but this one lands at #3 for me.

2. Rival Sons - Keep On Swinging - The first single from the 'Head Down' album, and the third track from Rival Sons in my Top 50. Labeled a Los Angeles band, they actual originate from Long Beach, California. Rival Sons bring a dynamic retro rock vibe without sounding dated or nostalgic! This nearly made it to #1, but three cuts in my Top 50 shows how legitimate Rival Sons are to me. They should be to you too!

1. Slash - You're A Lie - My #1 track of the year goes to Rock and Roll and Hollywood Walk of Famer Slash. Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators are primed to take on the rest of this decade with fury and authority. When I first heard Myles Kennedy would be recording an entire album with Slash, I knew it would be great because of their previous collaborations. That continued with 'You're A Lie', one kick ass track from a legend of rock and his great band! Congrats Slash!!

Rock Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

Rock Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

Dec 4, 2012

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!

 

Charm City Devils/John Allen Interview – August 8, 2012

Charm City Devils/John Allen Interview – August 8, 2012

Aug 12, 2012

Baltimore, Maryland's Charm City Devils just released their rockin' new album 'Sins' featuring the Top 20 rock track 'Man of Constant Sorrow,' last Tuesday. The band has been opening shows for Theory of a Deadman of late, but made a headlining stop in San Luis Obispo, California, where I sat down with him to talk about the new album and much more. Check out the full interview below.

John talks about his transition from drumming in previous bands to fronting Charm City Devils, his connection and admiration for fellow Baltimore band KIX, the place Nikki Sixx has in the band's history, the decision to cover the great track 'Man Of Constant Sorrow,' recording with Skidd Mills in Nashville, the kick ass new album and next single, the best and worst part of touring, what inspired him to rock, upcoming touring plans and even some Baltimore sports talk. John is an engaging and articulate interview and I appreciate him taking the time. The band put on a great show that night, and you will be seeing and hearing much more from them in the future. Get the band's amazing new album 'Sins,' wherever you buy your rock or hit up their website: www.charmcitydevils.com

Thanks to Bill Meis at eOne Music

Upcoming Charm City Devils tour dates:
Aug. 13 - In the Venue - Salt Lake City, UT (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Aug. 14 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO (w/Theory of a Deadman)
Sep. 1 - Rock Allegiance 2012 - Hershey, PA (w/Stone Temple Pilots Three Days Grace, Seether, Buckcherry, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Redlight King, Black Stone Cherry, Foxy Shazam, Otherwise, Daughtry)
Sep. 15 - Hagerstown, MD
Sep. 22 - Pier Six Pavilion - Baltimore, MD (w/Seether, Kyng, Sick Puppies & Young Guns)
Oct. 13 - Island Bay Day Festival - Centreville, MD (w/L.A. Guns, Days of the New, Marky Ramones Blitzkrieg & Laughing Colors)
w/Thory of a Deadman & Adelita's Way:
Oct. 29 - House of Blues - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 31 - Piere's - Fort Wayne, IN
Nov. 3 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH
Nov. 4 - Sherman Theater - Stroudsburg, PA
Nov. 9 - The National - Richmond, VA
Nov. 14 - Water Street Music Hall - Rochester, NY

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