DREAMSHADE RELEASE NEW ALBUM VIBRANT ON ARTERY RECORDINGS
WATCH NEW VIDEO FOR "WHERE MY HEART BELONGS"
Swiss rockers Dreamshade have released their new album Vibrant today, December 9, via Artery Recordings. To herald the album's much-anticipated arrival, the band has released the video for the thunderous track "Where My Heart Belongs," which shows Dreamshade's many facets.
This new video follows the band's short-form documentary about the album, with premiered via New Noise and can be viewed below. The clip takes listeners into the heart of the record.
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CELEB CAR CRASH Releases "Enemy’s Desire" Music Video
Alternative Rock band Celeb Car Crash have released the official music video for their track "Enemy's Desire" from their critically acclaimed new album People Are The Best Show. The “Enemy’s Desire” video is based on the most classical archetypes, but is still impactful: a starter, a couple, a “witness”, and a linear path dealing with life, encounters, obstacles, and supernatural events which hinder the main characters, hope, and the end. The video was made in Italy with the typical xenophilic taste the band has developed since their musical beginning.
The opening scene was shot with the aid of a drone, while all the rest in unique sequence shots. A single take, filmed at dawn on November 2nd “All Souls’ Day”, was completed in slow motion and a few digital effects were added in post-production. Classe’s Lido, the seaside, and its pine grove are the setting to this video. Directed by Filippo Cinotti and Nicola Briganti, the worldwide premiere was given to Tattoo.com, on December 5th for 24 hours.
People Are The Best Show can be described as a powerful mix of Rock, Grunge and Alternative. Inside the twelve songs that make up the album, you can hear influences from such bands as Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, Soundgarden, Metallica, and Alice in Chains. The album was recorded and mixed with the approach used by the greatest Rock bands during the ‘90s, focusing on feeling and groove rather than artificial perfection characterizing the modern productions. The album includes “Because I’m Sad”, produced and recorded at The Red Bull Studios in London in 2015, after the band won The Italian Red Bull Contest with more than 1700 band entered. Along with the recording of the single, Celeb Car Crash had the chance to play a mini tour in support of Lacuna Coil; using as a stage the almighty Red Bull Tour Bus.
The album artwork was created by Carlo Alberto, in collaboration with the great Chinese artist Maleonn, who gave the band one of his most representative images. Maleonn is one of the most influential visual artists working in China today, with his work being seen in solo exhibitions in over thirty countries throughout the world, including France, Britain, Italy and Germany, attracting the attention of international media including The Guardian, Daily Mail, and The BBC.
1) Let Me In
2) Because I'm Sad
3) The Whereabouts
5) Hello, 'Morning
6) Murder Party
8) Enemy's Desire
9) Stereo (The Body of Christ)
10) Hangin' On A Rope
11) Nothing New Under The Sun
12) Nearly In Bloom
About Celeb Car Crash:
Celeb Car Crash is a rock band.
At the end of 2012 elective affinities and natural selection led Nicola (Klogr, Lena's Baedream),Carlo Alberto (Lena's Baedream), Michelangelo (Violet Gibson, Waiting for Titor, Convergence), and Simone (Octave, Opposite Sides) to join efforts and shape Celeb Car Crash's music project. With six months of hard work, the band recorded and mixed their first record AMBUSH, released by Antstreet Records in April 2013. The album was mixed by Riccardo Pasini at Studio 73 (Extrema, Blindead, Ephel Duath, At The Soundawn, etc.) and mastered at Elephant Mastering Studios by
Riccardo Parenti. Together with AMBUSH! Celeb Car Crash also released their first videoclip featuring the first single “Dead Poets Society”. The Video directed by Carlo Roberti (Solobuio Visual Factory) andgarnered the band extensive
exposure on Italian TV Channels (Rock TV) and Web Tv around the world.
From April 2013 to December 2013 the band supported the album with a long tour across Italy, Switzerland, France and Uk opening for such acts as Gotthard and Coheed and Cambria.
In December 2013, the band released a new single and video for their cover of Bran Van 3000's late '90s hit “Drinking In L.A.” through Bagana Records. The Video, directed by the band itself, became video of the day on Italian Rolling Stone, garnering an enthusiastic response from BV3000 founders and members:
James Di Salvo (DJ and former member) : “I Love It, what a great version... Tre mille grazie for such an inspired Rockin take on the story... Best To you Celeb Car Crash! Cheers! “
Steve Hawley : “Funny. ;) Good Stuff. Bran Van 3000 Stamp of approval!”
Thanks to the great feedback received on the new single, during 2014, Celeb Car Crash started a new tour with almost 30 gigs around Italy and France, increasing their fan base by offering a solid Rock show.
In December 2014 the band won the eminent RED BULL TOURBUS contest, beating the competition of 1700 bands from all over the country. The prize resulted in supporting Lacuna Coil on the almighty Red Bull Tourbus and the recording of a single in the famous Red Bull London Studios. The new single, titled “Because I’m Sad”, has been artisitcally produced by Oliviero “Olly” Riva and Mario Riso and is part of a new EP titled ¡Mucha Lucha! that was released worldwide by Sliptrick Records on June 9th. ¡Mucha Lucha! is defined by a ‘90’s rock flavour mixed with a modern alternative sound, and along with “Because I’m Sad” it contains two more unreleased tracks recorded at Puzzle Recording Studios and Valeoro Studios.
Celeb Car Crash released a videoclip featuring “Because I’m Sad” directed by Matteo Di Gioia (The Jack Studio Productions, Destrage). The new single was broadcast by radio stations both in Europe and North America (Heavy Rotation on Virgin Radio Italy, Virgin Radio Canada and Virgin Radio France). The supporting tour for ¡Mucha Lucha! started in June with Lacuna Coil, and ended in january with more than 20 gigs done all along the Italian territory.
At the end of May 2016 Celeb Car Crash released a brand new single “Let Me In”, a preview of their second record titled People Are The Best Show set to be released in September 2016 through 1981 Records. The second chapter of the CCC music history will be featuring eleven songs characterized by a powerful mix of Grunge, Rock and Alternative.
“Let Me In” was shot in collaboration with VMultimedia and premiered on Revolver Magazine with support from the biggest Italian Rock oriented Radio Station Virgin Radio. The band will attend some Italian festivals this summer in order to support the single and album release.
From the ELP Facebook page:
"Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart for ever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks, Stewart Young"
CARL PALMER STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF GREG LAKE
"It is with great sadness that I must now say goodbye to my friend and fellow band-mate, Greg Lake.
Greg’s soaring voice and skill as a musician will be remembered by all who knew his music and recordings he made with ELP and King Crimson. I have fond memories of those great years we had in the 1970s and many memorable shows we performed together.
Having lost Keith this year as well, has made this particularly hard for all of us. As Greg sang at the end of Pictures At An Exhibition, “death is life.” His music can now live forever in the hearts of all who loved him.
December 8, 2016"
Greg Lake who came to fame as the singer on King Crimson‘s first two albums, formed ELP in 1970 with drummer Carl Palmer and keyboardist Keith Emerson of the Nice. The group went on to become one of the most popular progressive rock bands of the ’70s on the strength of their jazz and classical music-influenced compositions.
CODE ORANGE ANNOUNCES WITER TOUR
Code Orange will spend this winter on tour. The trek will see the Pittsburgh, PA quartet returning to the road this January. Dates kick off January 13 at Pittsburgh's Rex Theater, where the band will celebrate the release of their forthcoming LP FOREVER with support from Incendiary, Wisdom In Chains, Eternal Sleep, Enemy Mind, and Drawing Last Breath. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Code Orange will then traverse the U.S. on a headline run, which will see the band joined by Youth Code on all dates along with support from Lifeless (1/17-1/25), Disgrace (1/27-1/28), Gatecreeper (1/29-2/1), and Nicole Dollanganger (2/3-2/10).
Recorded with producers Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA and Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios in Salem, MA, FOREVER is a jarring and experimental body of work, thoroughly pushing the envelope. It will be released by Roadrunner Records.
Code Orange are Jami Morgan (Drums/Vocals), Eric Balderose (Guitar/Vocals), Reba Meyers (Guitar/Vocals) and Joe Goldman (Bass).
CODE ORANGE TOUR DATES:
With Wisdom In Chains, Eternal Sleep, Enemy Mind & Drawing Last Breath:
1/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
With Youth Code & Lifeless:
1/17 Detroit, MI – El Club
1/18 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
1/20 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
1/21 Salt lake City, UT – Kilby Court
1/24 Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
1/25 Portland, OR – Analog Café & Theater
With Youth Code & Disgrace:
1/27 San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
1/28 Los Angeles, CA – Union
With Youth Code & Gatecreeper:
1/29 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
1/30 Austin, TX – Barracuda
2/01 Houston, TX – Eastdown Warehouse
With Youth Code & Nicole Dollanganger:
2/03 Orlando, FL – Backbooth
2/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade – Purgatory
2/05 Raleigh, NC – Kings
2/06 Richmond, VA – The Broadberry
2/07 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
2/08 New York, NY – Marlin Room at Webster Hall
2/10 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Watch the video for "Forever" below:
BROKENRAIL - Resurrecting Rock & Roll
So, the Grammy Nominations just came out and everyone is talking about how rock is dead because an artist received a nomination in a category that she/he doesn't belong in. I mean look at the list for Best Rock Album - I don't classify Blink 182 or Panic! At the Disco or Weezer for that matter. Those bands are more Alternative, IMHO. Then in the Alternative category, you have freakin' David Bowie & Iggy Pop. What??
I guess when you get to the Big Show in the Sky, people can just lump your dead ass into any genre they want, because you're not here to complain about it, right? Since when - I mean come ON!! When has David Bowie been an Alternative artist? Now some of his music could be considered Alternative, perhaps - I guess? More to the point, can an artist switch genres? Can Beyonce crossover to Rock? And can this one performance be so great that it overshadows all of the other bands in that genre to be nominated for like the biggest award ever? (Ok, so I know no one says they really cares about the Grammy's - but come on, they really do or there wouldn't be an uproar about it.)
Now bear with me here for a second...because I'll circle back to BrokenRail and Blake, don't worry. This confusion in the industry of music has been steamrolling for years. Some think that an artist's genre is like a good pair of jeans that must fit perfectly all over. Can't an artist change from genre or is it like a tattoo - permanently affixed til death? It's all about who (record label) has the most "unique" band, the most diverse band, which boils down to the band that has the most selling records. And to do that, there has to be support from the people that are buying records and paying attention or buying into to these bands. And who might that be, y'all? It's not Satan, I assure you. I'll tell ya who...that is us folks. Yes, you heard me. We are to blame. The almighty consumer is responsible for the slow, painful demise of Rock & Roll...
However, with that power to destroy, we have the power to resurrect (mmuuaah ha ha ha). Yes, we can bring the rock back to Rock & Roll. We can keep the scale balanced by bringing new bands into the mix that are straight up ROCK. We do that by seeking out bands that put that original beat we got in the 5th grade from listening to a rock band, back on our playlists. By building up the foundation that is shakey from pillars dropping out and the new additions to the foundation being weak and unstable.
So when I heard Walk Again by the Alabama band, BrokenRail I immediately thought, "this band could save Rock"! Honestly, I did - even though I heard them back in November. Because what BrokenRail IS overshadows what they are not. What they are is a riff-centered, punch in the throat, running full speed, out of the gate hard hitting percussive, power chorus generating, rock & roll makin' music machine. And bands that know what they are, as Blake tells us below, will jam out the best of what they are all of the time. Bands that try and figure that out along the way, end up throwing the balance off. Fans jump ship, the band gets frustrated, labels drop bands because they start waffling on a sound or want to go in another direction. Any and all of these circumstances can go down - we've seen it, right?
When I spoke with Blake about the 3 song EP, I got that solid vibe from him. I got the vibe that his feet are placed on the hallowed ground of Rock because that is where he wants to be and where his band wants to be, straight up rock babies...
CB: Tell me about “Walk Again” the first single off the EP that came out Nov. 25th.
BC: It's really the overall theme of our album. What's coming out on the 25th is our new 3 song EP. The actual album was recorded out in Burbank, California. The whole album is our struggle with life; our life experiences up to this point. And "Walk Again" is the first track the title track, the uplifting track. It's more like telling ourselves that we can do this. It's made in general, for everyone - regardless of what they're going through in their lives, you just have to try harder.
CB: That is one thing that really grabbed me when I heard the song. I thought that the lyrics had an awesome message and it's not like life is unicorns and butterflies or anything like that; it's more of a life is life. This is how we pick yourself up. I gotta tell you Blake, I listened to the stream from the press release and the minute I heard it I totally dug it; thought it was great.
BC: The song itself has really been great for us. It's been out for a minute and it's been all over the country and on the radio. It's a great song for us. We get that a lot though. You don't realize when you're writing something 'how big it can potentially become. Those people that have heard it have told me, they swear to me that it's bade a big impact on them; like changed their perspective. It's very meaningful. It makes you sit back and think, "Wow people actually really do listen to us!"
CB: It's straight up rock, Blake. I love it, but I think it also has to do with where people are in their lives. The melody of the song the music is something that transcends verbal communication or body language - it hits on so many different levels of the human psyche. Don't you think that music is like a time machine or a wave that you can ride back to that particular time and place?
BC: Oh ya, I think that is the nostalgia that music brings. Like going back in time to The Spin Doctors, ya know? (laughs) Growing up, I didn't have the same struggles that many people have. I grew up with my own struggles, I was an only child and I had a lot of anger because I was alone a lot. I didn't have a ton of friends so my escape was always music. It was the hard rock of the late 90's, so I get that.
CB: Back in 2011, you worked with Brett (Hestla), how was that?
BC: Oh ya, that's been a while ago. He's an incredible person. He's the funniest guy. Most people don't know what he's been through - he was the singer for Virgo's Merlot back in the day and he was on tour with Creed during their hay day being one of the biggest bands in the world, he became their touring bassist for 3 years. He got to do some incredible things. We loved working with him in Orlando. He's actually from Alabama. he's from Coleman, Alabama. Our original guitarist is from Coleman. We got hooked up with him right after those really bad tornados came through. Like over 200 people died that day. Coleman was hit pretty hard. He created a musical event that year and we supported. He brought some other big bands in the area together and it was this massive rock show benefit for the victims. It got bought out by a country singer the next year (2012) and it's called Rock the South, which is one of the biggest festivals in Alabama. So, anyway, ya he's a phenomenal guy and he did that just because he wanted to help.
CB: When you decided you wanted to be a musician, when you had that "ah ha" moment as a kid - who or what drove you to pursue music?
BC: It's funny, like I said, I had a weird upbringing. My parents were much older than other parents of kids my age. I grew up listening to music from the 60's. I completely missed the music from the 70's and 80's - I didn't hear that until I was in college. So my first introduction to rock was the 90's. My great aunt bought me a Smashing Pumpkins album and I absolutely loved it. It was my first introduction - and then what really changed my life was when Limp Bizkit and KoRn made their push. I loved Limp Bizkit's first album "Three Dollar Bill" and the intensity that came with it. Man, then Godsmack, Linkin Park - that's when I really saw the energy of those bands. I've always been a high energy kind of guy. It gave me a feeling I couldn't get anywhere else and man, I started chasing it. We actually capture that (in Broken Rail) on stage that I used to get listening to that music. And now, with us working with the same producers as those bands - it's a humbling experience. We're following in exactly their footsteps. The guy that did "Walk Again" him and his father are the ones that did Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed - it's incredible. The third song in the EP is being mixed and mastered by the guy that did Butcher Babies, he mixed the Venom album of Bullet for My Valentine - Logan Vader.
CB: That is so awesome! He's great - that is so kick ass for you guys! Doesn't the rock world become a very small place when you start walking around in it?
BC: Oh ya! I have met people that I thought I'd never meet and now it's like having played all over with bands, it's like you realize people are just people. These rock stars that I thought I'd never meet, are just like we all are.
CB: Totally. I've met some amazing people on my journey. I recently started interviewing and writing for the music industry and my first phone interview was with Shannon Larkin of Godsmack.
BC: Oh wow...ya...that's cool. I bet you were nervous!
CB: Oh ya - I was so incredibly nervous! But you know, he was cool and we went over the time slot - like we talked for 59:12. And you know, he totally encouraged me to keep going - I mean I'm interviewing him for his new project The Apocalypse Blues Revue and he ends up encouraging me to keep going and do what the universe guides me to do. Totally rad, right?
Anyway, back to you and BrokenRail - haha...let's talk about touring. What's the longest you've been out? And how do you like playing in different cities and the tour grind?
BC: Like 2 months is the longest we've been out so far. We're planning a longer tour, but it's fun and great. We play and then do the in betweener radio, acoustic gigs and stuff. There's always something going on or something we need to do. We are (bands) are salesmen, like it or not, we sell records so we have to do everything we need to do to meet more fans and sell more records. We do our best to hang out and we definitely put on a show. We don't carry roadies and we carry as much gear as any band in the industry except the huge production shows. It's a very complex set up. So most people think that we just go out on tour to relax and party, but it's not like that.
CB: Ya, the perception is funny thing, huh? You know, social media makes it so easy to find new music. Bands now have to compete with the immediacy that social media provides music fans. Like there's new music dropped in our laps every minute. How do you combat that or how do you engage your fan base as well gain new fans?
BC: It's actually a complicated process these days. I think it was a lot easier back when you didn't have all of these outlets. Now you have to engage fans on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram - all of them. and it's hard to come up with content to keep fans engaged - especially out on the road. We do the pre-posting and then we also do posts on the fly. We do so much as an indie band, all aspects of what we need to do for our career. We do everything - graphics, website, social media, recording, gear, booking - when it comes down to it, we play for free.
CB: As a DIY band, what is the most challenging aspect of not being signed to a label?
BC: We'd be completely fine staying independent, because we've learned so much, and we do all of it now. Have been for 8 years. We've learned how to manage the band, booking, negotiating our merch deals and licensing. You get to a point to where a label is needed to offload some of those smaller duties. We'd love to be able to have help with some of the things that labels have an abundance of.
CB: Honestly, I think you're in a great place. Y'all have the experience and talent and the maturity, ya know? And having all of that knowledge will help you later in life - when you don't play anymore, right? Passing that knowledge along to the next band - that kind of thing. Good luck with your EP and keep me informed of tour dates coming up!
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10 out of 10
Review by: Slim Jim Keller
Ok, now that they hype and bullshit has died down, let’s talk about Metallica’s new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.
I’m always hopeful when Metallica finally gets around to releasing a new album. Having followed them since 1983, I have a lot of time, effort, money, and blood sweat and tears invested in this band. And when you only get an album every 8 years… well, the anticipation and expectation builds up to ridiculously high levels.
Listen, I loved Load and Reload, I think there’s some great songs on St. Anger, and some seriously heavy as fuck riffs buried in the bloated songs and shitball production. Lulu is and always will be Lulu, that is a Lou Reed album. Take the vocals out and you can jam the fuck out to some good riffs and song writing there too. Try it, it might just surprise you.
So now that you know where I am coming from let’s talk Hardwired…
We all heard the lead off song, Hardwired long before the album came out… and the hype machine began to crank up. ‘The best of Metallica since ‘Puppets’ ‘ ‘A return to the classic Metallica sound.’ Blah Blah Blah. Bullshit and bovine farts.
You can’t go back to Puppets. The band can’t go back to Puppets. And really, who wants them to? Who really truly wants Master of Puppets VOL 2? Not me. I simply want a great album full of ferocious riffs, great song writing and a production value I can listen to over and over again.
And that my friends, is where we start here. Death Magnetic housed many great songs blown out by the shitty mastering. The album suffered for it, the audience suffered for it and as much as it was a massive improvement from St. Anger’s production, it still sucked. If I want my album to be loud, I’ll turn the fucking volume up. I don’t need the album mastering to be so jacked up the song clips within itself before I ever touch the volume.
The band then released Moth Into Flame and the world shook. Holy sweet Jesus titties the main riff running through this song flows faster than a motorhead’s bloody crank filled nose. This was no rehash of Puppets, Lightning or Justice, this was the biggest metal band in the world once again planting their flag in the sand with all 8 middle fingers waving at everyone who ever doubted that they could actually write ‘heavy’ again. A giant ‘Fuck You’ to everyone who said they were washed up, they weren’t metal, they were has-beens. And they weren’t even close to being finished.
The last single to drop before the album came out was Atlas, Rise! Which was a true to modern form Metallica song. No disrespect to the song, it is solid, it has riffs, it kicks mucho ass, but I think Moth Into Flame made a much better impact and message.
Finally we got the album, and much was written about the ‘return’ of Metallica. Obviously nobody has been paying attention to the band the last 8 years. The movie, the tours, the special shows, etc. The band never left, hell, they have only released 4 albums in the last 19 years. Let’s get serious here. This isn’t a band that releases an album, tours for a year, records for a year, wash, rinse, repeat. The older they get, the longer it takes to get music from them, and it is painfully slow I agree. But when they drop such solid gems as Death Magnetic and Hardwired…To Self-Destruct, it almost makes up for the 8 years sans new Metallica music.
I’ve been asked repeatedly what my favorite cut off the album is and why. And I’m here to tell you I have no idea. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to the album. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve listened to certain songs over and over again. It would be easier for me to just tell you what sticks out to me as I listen to it.
The aforementioned Hardwired kicks off the album, and gives way to Atlas, Rise!. We’ve all heard those, but then we’re given the mid-tempo Now That We’re Dead with its open throttled bass line and precision (YES I SAID PRECISION) drum line and fills as the intro to the song spreads out over a minute and a half.
From there we’re blasted into oblivion by Moth Into Flame.
Dream No More may… MAY… be my favorite track on this album. That is until I hear Halo On Fire. Remember when I said we can’t go back to Puppets? Well, I meant it, but we CAN go back to Load/Reload apparently, because this track, Dream No More, would fit right into either album quite well and not feel out of place at all. A combination of the swinging main riff and the vocals and effects on the vocal harken back to the Load/Reload era. But it is none the less a kick ass song. And as I said… It may be my favorite song on the album… Until the next song plays.
Which brings us to Halo On Fire. The opening sounds like something off the last 10 Megadeth albums, and then it falls into a ‘Day That Never Comes’ feel as the vocals begin. But the chorus, the cry, the music, the build, the feel, James’ voice, all coalesce into something that can only be described as Halo On Fire. And this may be my favorite song on the album. Until the next song begins.
I will say, after several listens I think the one drawback I have has become James’ voice. There are a few different tones here, and a couple of songs with different effects on his vocals to switch it up a bit. But overall the older he gets, the weaker the voice gets (Duh, I know it’s that way with everyone), but it also narrows more and more so that despite the different tempos, arrangements, etc on the various songs, they all kind of sound alike because of his vocals.
The other stand outs (possible favorite songs) are Here Comes Revenge, Am I Savage? And the band’s tribute to Lemmy on Murder One.
The closing track on the album, Spit Out The Bone is a high-speed metal masterwork. Drum solos, bass solos, guitar solos, it has it all, and it isn’t even an instrumental. But it shows the band in all their 50 year old glory getting their ya ya’s off as only Metallica can. And it might be my favorite song on the album, until I go back to the beginning and spin it all over again…
This, ladies and gentlemen, will probably rest high on top of my Best of 2016 list which will be out in a couple weeks. I still have to spend a couple hours with the Childish Gambino’s new album and see what the fuss is there.
I think Cherri said it best, if you were a fan, if you are a fan, or if you’ve never sat down and really listened to Metallica, then this is the modern masterpiece you all deserve.
35 Years and a Night in Chicago
Frontiers Music s.r.l
4 out of 10
Review by: Slim Jim Keller
LORDS OF ACID Announce Fan-Initiated and Driven Campaign To Fund Upcoming Album - PRETTY IN KINK
Electronic Dance Music pioneers Lords of Acid have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their upcoming, to-be independently released album, Pretty In Kink. Originally conceived by die-hard fan Rocco Corsari, the driving force behind the Lords of Acid Backstage Group, the fundraising campaign places 'ownership' of the release with fans rather than a label.
"We've always had an amazing relationship with our fans. Thanks to our fans, we've been able to do so many outrageous things we never expected to do. They made all of this possible. Our Kickstarter campaign allows us to take this one step further. Our fans will help us to create, fund and promote the new Lords of Acid album. I cannoit wait to make Lords of Acid history with our fans!" - Praga Khan
Fans have always been at the forefront of LOA's success, and the current fundraising campaign and album reflect the band's appreciation for the more than two decades of support. Not only was the crowdfunding initiated by a fan, but the name of the album, as well as the rewards, were selected by their broad, international fan-base.
The initial goal of $32,000, which has already been realized, will cover everything involving the album release, however they have several stretch goals which will be tied to additional bonuses. Fans can make donations to receive rewards (below) and do additional 'add-ons' to personalize their reward packages. The campaign runs through January 7, 2017, and cards will not be charged until the project reaches the funding deadline.
For each tier of money donated, rewards will be given to the fans:
Pledge $8 or More-Digital Download of the new album
Pledge $24 or More-CD version and Digital Download
Pledge $27 or More-Heaven is coming DVD Reissue
Pledge $31 or More-Limited Edition T-shirt
Pledge $38 or More-Your name in Pretty in Kink Artwork, Deluxe 2 CD version and Digital Download
Pledge $43 or More-Vinyl Version Kickstarter Exclusive
Pledge $49 or More-Limited Edition Hoodie
Pledge $64 or More-Pretty in Kink Triple Star Package
Pledge $70 or More-Signed key from Praga’s Nordlead
Pledge $86 or More-Handwritten LOA Lyrics from Praga Khan, Lords Vintage T-shirt Package
Pledge $96 or More-25 Years of Lust-Photo Book
Pledge $97 or More-Number 69 7″ Limited Edition
Pledge $102 or More-Hoodie and Pretty in Kink Triple Star Package, Vinyl
Pledge $146 or More-Pretty in Kink Four Star Package
Pledge $227 or More-Pretty in Kink Five Star Package
Pledge $729 or More-Lords of Acid Acrylic Painting
Pledge $1,080 or More-Executive Producer Credits
Pledge $1,944 or More-Exclusive Record Award Lust and Voodoo-U
Pledge $4,860 or More-Your Name in a LOA song title
It was our friend Rocco Corsari, the driving for behind the Lords of Acid Backstage Group, who came up with the idea of doing a Kickstarter campaing for a new Lords of Acid album.
And we want to do it with you guys, we want you to help us fund and promote the new Lords of Acid album. You made all of this possible anyway.
We can do it without any labels getting involved so we'll be free to do what we really want to do. So in a way, YOU WILL BE OUR LABEL! We kind of set the rules and you get that supersexy Lords album that you help to make. TOGETHER, WE MAKE A GREAT TEAM!
We can make this really fun and interactive. We can do video blogs from out of the studio, polls on our FB page, giving you guys updates how the recordings are going and we can even play you some work tapes. - Lords of Acid
From his first single, "I Sit On Acid", released in 1988, to the present, Belgium's Praga Khan remains one of the most innovative acid house musicians in circulation. Thanks to extensive experimentation with drugs, Crowley-ian sex magic, and esoteric paths of self-deprivation and mutilation known only to himself, this orgiastic orchestrator created the LORDS OF ACID to further encapsulate the seductive messages and raw sex of his ever-evolving musical vision. From the raw carnality of their 1991 release "Lust", to the electro-thrash of 2012's "Deep Chills" Lords of Acid has re-defined the pure pleasures of drugs, hedonism, and deviant sex for nearly twenty-two years. Now, despite numerous lineup changes, world tours, over 2.5 million album sales, and every possible point of crisis and conflict a band can face, Lords of Acid is returning to the unsuspecting again, this time with a new crew of deviants, dilettantes, and sonically transmitted diseases.
Though the suggestion of Rocco Corsari, the driving force behind the Lords of Acid Backstage Group, Lords of Acid launched a highly successful first stage of an ongoing Kickstarter campaign to fund their sixth studio album, Pretty In Kink, which is currently being recorded. The main focus on the newest installment was to make the album with the fans, not only by funding it, but through promotion and creative suggestion. Independent from label limitations, the unique approach allows full creative freedom, and establishes an alliance between the fans and the music. To achieve this truly groundbreaking partnership, the band will be doing video blogs from the studio, conducting polls on their social media, and giving updates on the recording and production through out the process. As the album is currently underway, fans can also expect tour dates in support of the release in Fall 2017. Click the KICK STARTER icon below to contribute today!
Week of December 4, 2016
Holy poisonous holly balls, y'all! Can't believe it is almost Christmas! Wowie kazowie, where did this year go? I don't understand. Seemed like this year just started a couple of months ago and BAM, now it's Christmas and 2017 is about to be here!! I will say, I do love the colder weather, especially since it's like hell hot in the summers here!
But I'm not gonna pain y'all anymore with small talk about the freaking weather. Let's get right to it.
WTF is happening...Right now? IN MUSIC?
Look, I am not biting the hand that feeds me. I am NOT complaining or saying that any band sucks, is terrible, should never make another record - nothing like that. It's just, well...are we running out of ways to put notes and chords together to create a new rock song? Like is it that hard for a band to come up with material that doesn't sound exactly like their last 18 records? I looked at the list in the "Rock" genre and this is what I saw: Rolling Stones, Foreigner, REM (re-release), Bob Dylan, Metallica, Neil Young, The Who (Super Deluxe Edition - what? what? why?), Soundgarden (re-release), David Bowie - RIP, Sting, Pink Floyd...blah blah blah!!
Has all creativity been zapped and sucked dry from the Mother of All Genres? Or is it that by the time you get to a new artist or a sophomore release of a newer band from this decade, you assume your cheese has finally been flicked off the cracker by the Wizard behind the curtain and you're stuck in some kind of giant Groundhog Day movie scene. Maybe it's because these artists need more cash, or they need to revisit some of their past and be that rock star again...and truly, I don't mean this to sound bad or negative, because I was totally wrong about Metallica's new release, right? Maybe they're bored AF. Maybe they just can't hang it up for good? Maybe it's just that they don't want to.
Perhaps that is why there's an influx in the Metalcore and Heavy Metal genres; specifically with fe-metal bands popping up all over the world. Either women just got tired of going to shows with their boyfriends and thinking while staring; "OMGawd. I could do SO much better. And I would totally rock those 9 inch, rubber soled, boots with 27 metal and leather straps that go up to your thighs." And so we did - and there are some SICK fe-metal bands and singers right now! You know what, more power to them all! Release your 11th edition of the album you did back in 1978! Do it!! I'm going to get off my soapbox. In the overall scheme of things, it really doesn't matter, does it? So, then all that babble was for nothing and I just burned up about 1.75 minutes of your time...onto my Fav 5 for this week:
Single: "I Don't Care Anymore" (Acoustic)
Label: Eleven Seven Music
Sweet BBQ meat...y'all!! Ya, I know I just included them a few weeks ago - but I saw this song and the Power of Paul compelled me to take a listen. Awwwww - Hellyeah - this cover of Phil Collins ultimate F You tune is masterfully arranged in a subtle, but monstrous manner. See, here's where I dig taking a classic rock song and making it new, relevant and insanely catchy. I mean, the original air of the song haunts Hellyeah's version but the depth that Chad takes the song to, is like watching a color TV for the first time. Little pockets that didn't pop out in the original, (like the guitars (lead and rhythm) from Tom and Christian; all knida bound up in nylon ropes in the background), put the tune in a whole new category of badassness. Vinnie and Kyle sound like they have a whole slew of thing to bang or plunk on and their ability to rise and fall back with the intensity of the song is rad AF!! I could listen to this on a dreary, rainy day over and over...Here's the aud-vid of "I Don't Care Anymore":
Artist: Grave Digger
Album: Healed By Metal
Single: Call For War
Label: Napalm Records
Single Release: 1-13-2017
I know, it's totally not like me to have a German Heavy Metal band from 1980 on WPC, huh? Better bust out your sauerkraut, brats, beer steins and schnitzel because Grave Digger is back and according to the title of their newest album, they're "Healed By Metal" bitches!! What I love about true Heavy Metal is you know what you're gonna get and you can bank on songs like "Call For War" to have quick guitar licks, drums that keep up with the fast 'beedle-beedle-beedle-beedles' up and down the neck of the guitar(s). You've got a band that again has the longevity of brats and bread on a 103 degree day - that continues to keep their soldiers enlisted and on fire. Look, nothing has changed with Grave Digger's style since the first album was released in 1980s. That's what's killer about this band. Not to mention the operatic howls of singer Boltendahl are still reminiscent of a German commander yelling at the top of his lungs, continuing to carry on the German Heavy Metal flag down the battlefield!
Artists: Animals As Leaders
Album: The Madness of Many
Song: The Brain Dance
Label: Sumerian Records
Here's one of the most interesting songs I have picked in a while. "The Brain Dance" by prog-rockers, Animals As Leaders is one of those trippy little numbers that I would use for relaxation after a night out where metal was force fed into my ear holes in painful decibels and just needed some kind of harmonious racket to sooth me to sleep. Guys, I'm not even going to try and dissect an Animals As Leaders song because, let's just be honest here, I'm sure they composed this one and other songs on "The Madness of Many" using mathematical calculations along with the output of the gravitational patterns of Mars. No, I'm joking - but seriously. This song is uber fascinating. I feel like I should be on hallucinogens whilst listening or that Hunter S. Thompson wrote some of the chords/progressions because they are so tactfully scattered about. Totally dig this song as well as the rest of the record! I'm gonna fist pump the air, like the prog-rockers do - kinda gently but with SO much exertion and dramatics!
Artist: Lamb of God
EP: The Duke
Single: 512 (Live from Bonnaroo)
Release: Nov. 18, 2016
Label: Epic (US)/Nuclear Blast (Rest of World)
The Duke is a 5 song EP available on vinyl as a tribute to a fan that singer Randy Blythe befriended who had terminal leukemia. Randy said, "A little while ago I became friends with a fan named Wayne Ford – he was terminal – leukemia. I talked with him often, even video chatted him into the studio. He was very calm about his impending death, and we discussed it very openly. I learned a lot from him. This song is for him.” Now, Randy has been through some sh*t, now hasn't he? And to have encountered all of these challenges, struggles, pain and suffering almost to a breaking point; he and the band were moved by Wayne, a fan, that while walking through the valley of his shadow of death, he was able to teach something to Randy. In order for a lesson to be shared, Lamb of God included 3 live songs recorded around the world. I chose the "512" song because I love Lamb of God's knack for sounding live exactly how they're recorded and more importantly, I didn't want to distract from the moving story of how the EP came to fruition. Please follow THIS LINK and read The Story of the Duke on Lamb of God's website. "512" begins with the eerie marriage of a chunk tone and a trumpeting tone guitars that kinda taunt us with some foreboding pain or angst. A feeling of frustration is behind the double bass drum and as that solo gets into a groove, it suddenly speeds up and you have no idea where you are in the time/space continuum - you just know that you are on a journey of pain, blood, and becoming someone else. I freaking love Randy's lyrics, just love how brutal they can be and within that same thought Lamb of God comes back around to help you see the smallest parts of beauty.
Artist: Metal Mike the Rapper
Single: "Get off of My Facebook - B_tch!" (featuring Mr. Jonez)
Of course, I know what you're thinking. That nag voice in your cranium, the old lady sounding voice - and I don't care if you're a male or female - you know the voice you hear, "Owwwh, I see how this one is; she thinks because she's from Dallas she can just pick whoeva she wants! Awh huah...". Ok,and...So what? I have 2 bands/artists from Dallas this week, sue me! But, this is where my roots - ("...bloody rOOts..." - how's that Sepultura reference? Yeauhss!!) - are intertwined into the ground that I walk on here. I love Deep Ellum. I've met the greatest people down here and the not so greatest. And that's where I met Metal Mike. You can't really miss him. He is funny, loud, loves music, runs lights, has toured with big ass bands (ehum - 7D, can runs lights, has worked in or with most of the clubs down here in the Deep, and loves to wear adult onsie pajamas around town...last week he was a frog and a unicorn I think. So when he told me about the song "Get Off of My Facebook B*tch" and how this comedy-sarcastic-parody-rap-esque song is gaining some ground, I had to check it out! I thought it was freaking totally funny and the lyrics are freaking totally true. Listen to the words and tell me that's not what everyone does whilst on the F to tha B. Mike is super funny and he has several other rap songs on YouTube. Follow the link to the "Get Off of My Facebook, B*tch!" and then look for his channel. Look, it's nerd-metal, or some intricately composed song. It's just funny, honest, and catchy as a Poke from a stranger!
Til Next Week!
Devilskin has established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010, this four piece rock band are bonded by blood: Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nics’ Aunt and Pauls’ sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Pauls evil twin.
The band exploded onto the NZ rock scene with the infectious "Little Pills" and "Never See The Light" singles. Their much anticipated debut album, "We Rise", released on July 11, 2014 and went straight to the top of the charts, remaining as the #1 Album and #1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks, achieving Gold sales after only 2 weeks.
"Be Like the River" dropped on lucky day 11-11 of this year on iTunes, Google Play Music and other music retailers. We had the opportunity to review the CD for you and here's what I thought about this new to the US female fronted metalcore band - song by song:
🍒🍒🍒🍒 52/65 Cherries🍒🍒🍒🍒
1. "In Black" - I love the chorus of this heavy hitter and the song is sturdy as a stone, cast into a pond from the first note. The layers of vocals and screams give this song "umph". 🍒🍒🍒
2. "Mountains" - How many ways can I use the word "powerful" or some derivitave of "strength" for this band - I'm starting to sound like a catch phrase. The guitars in this track are uber impressive. The varying tempos create a canvas where the listener can paint their own scenario or spill their emotions onto and magically their figurative mountain, doesn't seem so hard to climb and conquer. 🍒🍒🍒
3. "Pray" - Groovy little funk lines kinda tease us as the intense vocals shout through the melody and cries out "No one really cares". The subtle screaming lyrics in the distance gave me an image that while I might be thinking that no one really cares - that I am the only one feeling this, there are others - in the distance that are screaming and feeling the same way. I am in LOVE with the bridge and the immediate chord and tempo change; totally weakened my knees. 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
4. "Voices" - Look, I don't care who you are...but just listen to how the band builds this song by the elements they bring into it, and tell me at the end that you wouldn't sign up to be in her army. I mean, I don't even know WTH she is really talking about in this song - and I don't care because I am joining her army, no matter what!! She is that convincing and I want to be in whatever movement she is talking about. Just the way she tells the story, mixed with all my favorite music pieces; it sends me over the top, y'all! Beginning smack dab in the middle of the song and they don't stop until the last note; "I will rise again - watch my army descend..." Oh you bet your sweet ass I'm joining your army, Jennie. Dang straight!! 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
5. "Believe In Me" - Punk-like choppy guitar rifs with sticks beating on the edge of a drum in the first couple of measures kinda teased me into thinking this was going to be one of those outta place songs...yeah - nope. Not so much. This song comes outta nowhere and made my stomach flip at the chord change at the chorus. It goes from plunking strings, right into a swelling chord combo to open up a massive chorus that belongs echoing in a freaking open air arena, ya' know what I'm saying? The guitar & bass are blended together perfectly with the percussive parts of the drums and with the vocals, it all creates a plea that will peel a layer straight off your heart. This is my favorite track on the record, hands down. 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
6. "F.Y.I" - Attitude oozes off this mix of yelling and lower on the scale, brings these heavy riffs to life. She calls us almost out of a sleep to bounce back. And when we do, her anthem's message lands at the base of my neck making my head bang in agreement with - well, "fuck these corporate pigs" and run around waving that anarchy flag we all wished we had hanging in our rooms back in the 80's! 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
7. "Bury Me" - OMG! After the first initial listen, I wanted to pay attention to the lyrics of this track for personal reasons we have no time to discuss here in this forum...lalala. Anywho, so as I listened to what she says; "this cascade is so small, and so heavy in my breast, feeling the nails claw on the inside, now pull me over, it's you who can't be saved" (now this is what I heard - I don't have them exact words) what? Roll that back...are you joking? Simply a marvelous use of imagery. If you could translate what the music was saying, I swear it would say exactly this. That demi-bridge, followed by a short guitar solo gave me goosebumps, chicken skin, fairy bumps, chills, and I'll be a monkey's uncle almost yanked tears outta my cold, black heart. "Bury Me" takes these combinations and transitions, building them in ups and downs that by the end of the song will have split your spine! 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
8. "House 13" - With a title that has my favorite number in it, how could I not like it? I love the guitar - y'all it is thick and oh so metal. The cadence slows to inforce the lyric's points, dragging it something out of you that either wants to come out or has been stuck like chuck for who knows how long. Better excorcise that bullshit and what better way than "House 13"? 🍒🍒🍒🍒
9. "Grave" - Listen to the bass line on this track! HEAVY AF!! It is metal gravy all over this yummy piece of meat! 🍒🍒🍒
10. "Animal" - So the intro to this track was interesting to me the first run through. I love the way Devilskin uses the tempo of the song to pound its point like a nail being driven into flesh. Ya, it's like that. 🍒🍒🍒
11. "Limbs" - Y'all might not wanna listen to this song at night, seriously. There are some innate primordial elements in this tune. Whether it be the melodic strings or the odd arrangement, I found this song creepy as hell. I love the chunking of bass and guitars behind the vocal. Odd - in my notes, I wrote: "f'ing scary" - but I didn't abbreviate with an apostrophe...literally wrote the whole word "f__king scary". Ha ha! But it tells a story in the middle where the music enters where music becomes the basis of acting out in music your aggression. It's also strange that I wrote - "murderous scene" as well. Wait...What? 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
12. "Closer" - This reminds me of an eerie ballad that foreshadows something...Love the guitar tone that matches and paired it perfectly. I kept waiting for something to happe within the song that echoes the idea that there is fine balance between love & lust. 🍒🍒🍒🍒🍒
13. "We Rise" - I imagined a massive audience swaying to straight rock, people. Power-metal percussion & stellar riffs. I did think the breaks were a little too short, but I get their purpose in the tempo. 🍒🍒🍒🍒
Look, Fe-metal is here. The ladies have arrived and it is growing like pill swapping at a PTA meeting. And let's be honest here, the way I see it, the dudes of metal can take us with how they play music. The song is a journey, right? The journey becomes beautiful when a woman takes the reigns and makes the listener feel the purpose of their message. Pain, joy, pleasure, love, lust, loss - you name it, a woman can drive that emotion home in different ways.
Devilskin is authentic, genuine, real and organic. Jennie has no reason for vocal effects - she doesn't need to hide or cover notes or distribute them to the end of the measure or stretch it into a guitar or keyboard part. She keeps her range true to the force that she uses to push what she needs to come out to the surface.
Oddly enough, it's not surprising that the different parts played by the other members completely matches her voice and lyrical style. It's kinda like the music and her voice are twinkies or related (ehum). You can hear it in the music and the synchronicity this group has can only come from engrained coding in their family's DNA.
Go ahead and go get this record on iTunes or Google and I will bet you a bucket of clams that you will dig the hell out of it. And if you want to try before you buy, I have just the present for you!! Here's their newly released video for "Pray":
Til next time,
MuchLove & MadRespect -