Since leaving Black Star Riders, Damon Johnson (ex-Alice Cooper, Brother Cane) has focused on his solo career, with his new album Battle Lessons (Double Dragon Records, Straight 8 Entertainment) with The Get Ready his second solo album in three years. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Mastodon) and joined by drummer Jarred Pope (Tom Keifer) and bassist Robbie Harrington (Steve Vai), Battle Lessons is a hook-filled slab of melodic Hard Rock.
Deftones, even at their best, have been a band of dichotomies. That is what makes them a special band in the history of heavy music: opposing forces pulling and pushing them apart and back again. They may have been coming apart at the seams in the run-up to making Diamond Eyes (Reprise), and you couldn’t blame them. If you follow the band closely, you know the history. The band was nearly done tracking their highly anticipated album Eros in the fall of 2008, when founding bassist Chi Cheng was in a car wreck, on his way home from a funeral. Chi was left in a vegetative state, and the band was in shock. As Chi fought for his life (he passed in 2013, RIP), the band was left wondering what to do. They wanted to make music, but the experience with their best friend caused them to shelve Eros, never to be heard (almost never). When they came back together, the results were unexpected and wild. Continue reading
I’m not sure what things look like over at Korn HQ, but I like to imagine that in a year with well-received releases from contemporaries like Tool and Slipknot, someone stood up and called for the bagpipes to come out of mothballs. Am I saying that Korn’s The Nothing (Roadrunner Records) is up to par with Fear Inoculum? Nah, man. Is it up to par with Slipknot’s We Are Not Your Kind? Well, that depends on you, true believers. Continue reading
Rush has released a new live performance video of them performing their hit ‘Distant Early Warning’ from their upcoming concert film, Cinema Strangiato: An Annual Exercise In Fan Indulgence, which will get a one-night-only cinematic screening on August 21. Watch it now!Continue reading
Rockers Halestorm are currently on tour in the USA with In This Moment and New Years Day. The band just released a virtual reality clip (VR) of live performances of ‘Black Vultures’ And ‘Vicious’. The clip was created this summer at a show at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut, was shot with a multi-rig VR camera system with director Craig Ziogas and producers Mike Mushok (Staind, Saint Asonia) and Charlie Callahan. Both tracks come from taken from Halestorm’s recent album, Vicious, which was released on July 27 via Atlantic Records. The disc was recorded last year at Nashville, Tennessee’s Rock Falcon studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz.
Based on an Instagram post from drummer Ray Luzier, Korn appears back in the studio working on new music. Luzier posted an Instagram photo from his session at producer Nick Raskulinecz’s Rock Falcon Studio inside the Nashville complex owned by the music and entertainment company Black River Entertainment. “Great day of tracking at Rock Falcon Studios,” he wrote in the caption. In addition to the post by Ray, Korn guitarist James “Munkey” Schaeffer seemed to confirm the sentiment that new sessions were underway for a new Korn release. Continue reading
Rock legends Alice In Chains are closing in on the release of their long-awaited new album, Rainier Fog on August 24th on their new label BMG (Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Bring Me The Horizon, Blondie). The band has shared a new single, ‘Never Fade’, which you can jam out to now.Continue reading
Goatsnake is streaming “Grandpa Jones,” off of their forthcoming album Black Age Blues, out June 2, 2015 via Southern Lord below. The album was recorded and mixed at Rock Falcon in Franklin, Tennessee by Nick Raskulinecz (Queens Of The Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon, Rush) and mastered by Brian “Big Bass” Gardner (N.W.A., Stevie Wonder, Parliament). Guests on the record include David Pajo (Slint, Aerial M, Papa M) and soul vocal trio Dem Preacher’s Daughters, comprised of Wendy Moten, Gale Mayes and Andrea Merrit.
The band has confirmed upcoming live dates.
May 24: Maryland Deathfest – Baltimore, MD
May 30: Temples Festival – Bristol, UK
Jun 01: De Kreun – Kortrijk, BE
Jun 02: Melkweg – Amsterdam, NL
Jun 03: SO36 – Berlin, DE
Jun 04: Freakvalley Festival – Siegen, DE
Jun 07: AN Club – Athens, GR
Jun 20: Crucialfest – Salt Lake City, UT
Black Star Riders have confirmed five US tour dates in late April. The band features guitarist Scott Gorham (Thin Lizzy, 21 Guns), vocalist Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty), guitarist Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, Brother Cane), drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Y&T, Megadeth), and bassist Robbie Crane (Ratt, Lynch Mob). They are supporting their new album The Killer Instinct, which was produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters, Alice In Chains, Mastodon)
Apr 24: Potawatomi Casino – Milwaukee, WI (with Europe)
Apr 25: Rascals Live – Moline, IL
Apr 26: Granada—Lawrence, KS
Apr 28: House of Blues – Chicago, IL (with Europe)
Apr 30: Irving Plaza – New York, NY (with Europe)