Guitarist Toby Knapp is back with an onslaught of haunting, dark, virtuostic instrumental tracks on his new release STATIC WARFARE. The cd which marks the 18th for Shredguy Records, releases on JULY 2ND.
9 tracks were created from this former guitarist of the legendary classic metal band Onward…and are now ready to be unleashed on the public.
Heavy metal and guitar fanatics alike will enjoy this release.
Special presale at the Shredguy Records online store http://www.shredguyrecords.bigcartel/ begins June 18th.
by Deb Rao
- Senior Columnist –
June 2, 2013 at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, NV.
After being on the road with Slash for the past nine months, Las Vegas welcomed home Todd Kerns for his very special CD release Borrowing Trouble party at Vamp’d on June 2. The night was filled with many special guest stars including The Conspirators members Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris.
Todd Kerns hit the stage with acoustic guitar in hand at 9 p.m. for a special acoustic set starting out with “It’s Not You It’s Me.” Following with the first single off of Borrowing Trouble and the song “Nothing Personal.” This song has a great rock vibe. There were many poignant moments during the acoustic set including the beautiful ballad “Indian Summer.” Todd commented that you don’t need blaring guitars to have a rock show and he was so right. His rock roots shined even on the ballads. The acoustic set also included new songs “The Maker”, and “It’s Always Been You.” During the set Todd entertained the audience with his special storytelling of each song.
The acoustic set had many highlights including Todd bringing out his ukulele on the song “So Scandalous.” Part two of the set included his Slash band members Brent Fitz and Frank Sidoris on a Jellyfish song and Slash song. Keeping the rock vibe going, Todd’s band The Sin City Sinners joined him onstage for a few songs including “Arianna” and “Going To Vegas.” It was a perfect night of ballads, and rock songs that showcased Todd’s softer side. Be sure to check out The Sin City Sinners at Vamp’d this June, as the band unleashes the Summer of Sin concert series with special guests every Thursday in June.
It’s Not You It’s Me
Devil In Me
This Changes Everything
It’s Always Been You
Not For Me
Going To Vegas
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“Traveller” is taken from JORN forthcoming album “Traveller” to be released on Frontiers Records on June 11th in North America and June 14th in Europe.
“Traveller”, the new video from Norwegian hard rock singer Jorn Lande, can be seen below. The song is the title track of Lande’s new album, which will be released on June 11 in North America and June 14 in Europe via Frontiers Records. Read more
JON OLIVA’S PAIN and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will release his first-ever solo album, “Raise The Curtain”, on June 21 in Europe and July 2 in North America via AFM Records. The 11-song CD, which contains ideas collected over the course of the last four or five years, was tracked this past winter at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida with producer Tom Morris, with Jon handling laying down nearly all the instrument tracks and vocals himself as well as playing drums on three songs.
“Raise The Curtain” will be released simply under the banner OLIVA and you can expect a mixture of Jon’s early influences and the material he wrote and recorded throughout his whole career. Read more
Heaven & Earth (guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI, and keyboardist ED ROTH) have just released their highly anticipated new album ’DIG’ on Quarto Valley Records. Read more
Debut Release By UK Prog Band Lifesigns Featuring Guest Appearances By Steve Hackett, Thijs Van Leer (Focus) and Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson) Now Available On Esoteric Antenna Records
London, UK – Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the latest release on new front-line label, Esoteric Antenna, dedicated to new releases by both new acts and established artists. Lifesign’s eponymous release has the hallmarks of being one of the finest progressive rock albums of 2013! Making the album even more impressive is the guest appearances from such respected figures in progressive music as Steve Hackett, Thijs Van Leer (focus), Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), and Robin Boult (John Young Band). Read more
Deadline Music (a subsidiary of Cleopatra Records) will release CRUCIFIED by M:Pire of Evil, the thrash metal project by former Venom members Mantas (guitar), Tony “Demolition Man” Dolan (vocals, bass), and ex-Throwdown drummer JXN.
CRUCIFIED bulldozes through eleven tracks (including nine Venom favorites from the PRIME EVIL era), opening with the driving “Temples of Ice” and not taking its foot off the gas through the closing beast, “Taking It All” (which includes the perfect anti- chant). The riffs are dense and mighty, rhythms propulsive, and the vocals relentlessly intense. The record takes on dystopian themes of destruction, evil, and corruption and in the case of pointed tracks like “Blackened Are The Priests,” all three. Read more
No April Fools here— SKID ROW is back! The New Jersey hard rock legends have returned with their first new music in seven years. Their new EP, entitled United World Rebellion – Chapter One is SKID ROW coming out swinging. The reincarnated band, featuring Snake Sabo (guitars), Rachel Bolan (bass), Scotti Hill (guitars), Johnny Solinger (vocals) and Rob Hammersmith (drums), will release the new EP on April 16, 2013 via MRI. United World Rebellion – Chapter One is the first in a series of EPs that the band plans to release in the near future.
United World Rebellion – Chapter One reignites the youthful energy and blistering sound that SKID ROW is recognized for around the world. “That sound and energy is what resonates with people and knocks them on their ass,” says drummer Rob Hammersmith. “We had a lot of great ideas to work with, so we’re all really excited about this new music.”
SKID ROW’s rebellious tunes hit the big time in the late 1980’s. However, after several top ten singles, gold and multi-platinum sales, No. 1 Billboard charting tracks and more, the band split in 1996. In 2000, to the delight of fans everywhere, SKID ROW reformed and returned to the stage to open for Kiss. They then released two new musical offerings in the form of 2003’s ThickSkin and 2006’s Revolutions Per Minute with new singer Johnny Solinger out front. Seven years later, the band is back again with new music, ready to take over in the new age of heavy metal. Read more
LIVAN-PETER MURPHY ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: 1st 100 HARDROCK HAVEN readers who register get in free of charge
You’re cordially invited to attend the album launch of the new
Livan Album Beggars & Believers
Featuring a very special friend
To be our guest on stage to perform an extended encore with us.
His music not only influenced our sound, but shaped our musical soul as well as our lives as a whole
Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the El Rey Theater Doors @ 7pm | All Ages
Guitar Virtuoso Todd Grubbs To Release Two New Albums – ‘Best Of The Guests’ and ‘Toddities volume 2′
One of the most talented and innovative guitarists to emerge from Florida, Todd Grubbs has released two new albums digitally in March 2013 – ‘Best Of The Guests’ and ‘Toddities volume 2′. Todd Grubbs, who studied at Berklee College of Music, has been voted ‘Most Outstanding Guitarist’ at the Tampa Bay Music Awards, as well as winning the ‘Most Outstanding Video’ two consecutive years in a row. His guitar prowess has been touted by critics and fans worldwide, and can be witnessed on all his solo albums. Todd has surrounded himself with an array of legendary music artists and musicians which is the inspiration behind the album ‘Best of The Guests’. Read more
Eve To Adam are coming back hot onto the scene with a brand new track titled, “Staitjacket Supermodel,” streaming now via SoundCloud. The song will be featured on the band’s upcoming sophomore release due out later this year. Eve to Adam spoke about the new single saying, “Straitjacket Supermodel was inspired by the TV show Dexter. We wrote a song that we envisioned would play in Dexter’s head as he prepares to kill. The song is still ETA, but with a more modern edge. It’s EVE TO ADAM 2.0.” Read more
BLACK SABBATH’S ‘13’ SET FOR JUNE 11 RELEASE CD, DELUXE 2 CD SET, VINYL AND SUPER DELUXE BOX SET OF ‘13’ AVAILABLE NOW VIA PRE-ORDER AT WWW.BLACKSABBATH.COM
SECOND CLIP ON MAKING OF THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED ‘13’ RELEASED TODAY
As the countdown for the June 11 arrival of BLACK SABBATH’s 13 gets closer, the second Jack Osbourne-directed clip of the rock legends at work on the album can now be seen at the band’s website: www.blacksabbath.com. Read more
Lynch Mob “River of Love” from the CD Unplugged…and from the soon to be released Episode 35 of Live From Sugar Hill Studios! Featuring George Lynch (Guitars), Oni Logan (Vox), Robbie Crane (Bass), Brian Tichy (Guitars) and Tyson Sheth on percussions. Read more
WHITESNAKE GUITARIST DOUG ALDRICH’S ORIGINAL BAND BURNING RAIN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM: “EPIC OBSESSION”
“EPIC OBSESSION” DUE OUT MAY 21ST IN NORTH AMERICA VIA FRONTIERS RECORDS
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of bluesy hard rockers Burning Rain’s third studio album, EPIC OBSESSION, on May 21st in North America. Burning Rain was founded by current Whitesnake axeman Doug Aldrich together with singer Keith St. John (ex-Montrose). The line-up for the new album is rounded out by Sean McNabb on bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Dokken, House of Lords) and Mat Starr on drums (Ace Frehley). EPIC OBSESSION comes after a long hiatus from the release of the band’s second album, PLEASURE TO BURN, in 2000. Read more
New Album Features King Diamond, Paul Lamb, Sarah Blackwood and New Band Member
Denmark — Volbeat has recorded an album that seamlessly brings together all of the band’s influences and reshapes them into something gleaming and new. Planned for release on April 9 Worldwide, Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies is a record that’s rich with stories and characters woven throughout its lyrics. Some are real – like the noble lady outlaw Pearl Hart, who held up a stagecoach to buy medicine for her dying mother, or Lola Montez, the erotic dancer with her infamous ‘Spider Dance,’ or Black Bart, the gentleman highwayman who wrote poems for the people he robbed. Others are entirely fictional. “The Nameless One” is a cautionary tale of dabbling in the dark arts, featuring the mysterious and sinister character of the title. Elsewhere, “Room 24,” featuring King Diamond, was inspired by a terrifying experience in a hotel room somewhere in the heart of America. Read more
Since Dystopia was released in October of 2011, ICED EARTH has been on the attack in a big way, playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years…combined!
ICED EARTH main man Jon Schaffer: “I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of ICED EARTH to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn’t been done before. I’ve never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success.” Read more
GAMMA RAY: German Power Metallers To Release Skeletons & Majesties Live CD In North America Next Month
Legendary German power metallers GAMMA RAY will unleash Skeletons & Majesties Live as a two-CD set next month via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Set for North American release on December 4, 2012, Skeletons & Majesties Live is a near two-hour magnum opus spanning the band’s history and includes classics as well as tracks which were under-represented to date. A DVD version will be released stateside in January. Skeletons & Majesties Live was recorded and filmed during the band’s 2011 European tour at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and is the first properly HD-filmed live video production of the band’s epic 20+ year career.
“The [2011 released ] EP, Skeletons & Majesties, is practically a continuation of our Skeletons In The Closet concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn’t receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics,” notes founding vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen. Read more
On 5th November 2012 switerzland`s top hard rockers Silver Dirt will release their 3rd album called „Payback Time“. With their new album recorded and produced by the legendary Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Ratt, Warrant etc.), Silver Dirt is back with a collection of hard rock songs and unbeatable melodies.