Led by vocalist Jamie Myers (ex-Hammers of Misfortune), Sabbath Assembly anno 2017 features guitarist Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), who has been with the band since 2011; original drummer Dave Nuss; bassist Johnny Deblase, who also played on the band's self-titled album; and the new addition of second guitarist Ron Varod (Kayo Dot, Psalm Zero, Zvi). We have been thrilled by the group's endeavors since the early albums, yet not they continue to evolve and excite as a far more progressive and at times heavier beast than when they first arrived, steeped in interpreting the hymnody of the Process Church of the Final Judgment. One of the most consistently good and unique bands in modern rock and metal, Sabbath Assembly are no mere faux-cult or yet another pretend wizard band. The new album Rites Of Passage draws from much deeper wells and is one of their most dynamic releases. The songs on Rites of Passage include stories of losing one's religion (rather than initiation), dissolution of a relationship (rather than marriage), and managing the dementia and physical decline of a loved one (as more profound than a funeral rite).
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But as I looked in to it, I realized that there were lots of songs that were overlooked, or just simply did not have the time to make it to single status in an album cycle.
Of course, a person really can’t talk about Boston deep cuts without talking about Tom Scholz and Brad Delp.
Delp’s vocal styling is unforgettable. The belting in “More Than A Feeling” are instantly memorable and known by folks of all generations. When the album Boston came out in 1976 I almost wonder if the world of rock ‘n’ roll knew what they were getting themselves into when this kid with a master’s degree from MIT and another toiling in the local music scene got together to record what became known as the 17x platinum, number 3 on the Billboard 200 self-titled, debut album.
This duo reminds me of another favorite musical pair of mine – Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman, though arguably Scholz and Delp had a much better go with the record labels than Meat and Steinman did.
Also worth nothing before we get underway here is that Boston by Boston turns 40 in August! The band will embark on a 40th Anniversary tour from April to August, make sure not to miss it!
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Maybe it is naive to put the burden of “saving rock n roll” entirely on proto metal/glam/garage punks Spiders from Gothenburg, Sweden, but the vibes and power the band bring are so good and so strong that you want to imagine a better world where their new song “Why Don’t You?” speeds to the top of the charts. So, so good.
The band have been around for a number of years at this point (and have shared the stages with the likes of Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats, Graveyard and some new band called Metallica), but I had somehow never heard them until recently. Thank God. Not that I wouldn’t have enjoyed their earlier stuff, far from it…but awareness of the group came along and restored my faith/made me feel good right at a time when I needed a pure rock n roll jolt of lightning. Here is hoping they do the same for you.
It’s a breath of fresh air to have a band cut through the plasticity of pop culture so flawlessly. Shit, “Why Don’t You?” is pretty much a perfect rock song even if they had never done anything else.
John Hoyles checked in for a fun conversation BELOW.Add to My Radar
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a collection of 12 newly recorded classics from Ace’s formative years featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins ACE on Free’s hit “Fire and Water.” This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same studio recording since KISS’ 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
Ace spoke with Rolling Stone about the new record, his guest players and recording with Paul after all these years. Rolling Stone writes: Regarding his reunion with Stanley, Frehley shrugs off any residual tension between the two of them. “We’ve always been friends,” he says. “The press seems to amplify negativity. I guess it makes good copy.”
Today Rolling Stone debuts “White Room,” the classic hit originally performed by Cream. Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy’s classic “Emerald,” Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs staple “Wild Thing,” Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar alongside Ace as he sings his classic KISS composition “Parasite” for the very first time, as well as Jimi Hendrix’s “Spanish Castle Magic,” and Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready also plays guitar with Ace as he finally sings his KISS “Alive!” mainstay “Cold Gin.” “White Room” is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will receive the Cream cover song instantly.
The album will feature Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
In addition to the album Lita will head out on the road, first by herself this month and later with Halestorm in April.
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THE CULT releases their incredible 10th studio album, Hidden City, tomorrow, February 5th! The album completes a trilogy that began with 2007’s Born Into This – and is anchored by the lead single “Hinterland,” which is available NOW on Billboard.com.
The groundbreaking Hidden City is produced by Bob Rock (who made it sound AMAZING! One of his best credits to date!!!) and contains Ian Astbury’s trademark baritone and captivating lyrics paired with Billy Duffy’s smoldering, textured guitar tones and creates yet another fearless and poignant musical environment for THE CULT’s legion of devoted fans.
In support of their latest work, THE CULT is set to hit the road for a series of live experiences unlike any other. Please check out dates below.
The thunderous new single from Kingston, NY-based riff conjurers GET OUT. is now available for public consumption exclusively at Nefarious Realm.
“Moon Harvest” is the name of the new stoner-laced rock tune and it churns out enough buzzing, burly riffs to level entire cities within its short four-minute duration.
“Our song “Moon Harvest” was inspired by when Apocalypse from X-Men had a lunar base,” says vocalist Morgan Y. Evans. “I was thinking about how cool that was and the current world problems of no one with differing opinions able to have rational debate. How being neighborly is a thing of the past, it seems. How it would be nice to just relocate to the moon and smoke weed. But what if even then people came and tried to harvest everyone’s souls in some giant, evil fun sucking religious machine. You know, everyday life stuff.”
Guitarist Ryan Rios adds,” tracking “Moon Harvest” in the studio on my Sunn rig of fifteen years was enjoyable . And now live I have a new soldano rig paired with a Strymon pedal which has helped add more dynamics to the intro and overall song.” The art for the single is by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design, who also did the Let Me In album cover. It is featured on a limited T-shirt run available at upcoming shows, printed up by Jeff Wilson from Abigail Williams and hot off the screen.
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The catchy yet pummeling tune appears on the group’s new fiery full-length debut, Let Me In, which is available now on Bandcamp and will be available on Spotify and iTunes on January 15.Add to My Radar
RED FANG, who recently celebrated their tenth anniversary with a trio of Northwestern U.S. performances, return to the studio in February, recording the follow-up to Whales & Leeches with famed producer Ross Robinson (Amen, Korn, At The Drive-In).
“I’ve never been more excited about making a record in my life,” said drummer John Sherman. “The writing process for this album has been super fun and full of energy and good vibes. And the opportunity to work with Ross Robinson is so crazy – I’ve got goose bumps just talking about it!!”
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Upstate, NY hard rock and metal band GET OUT. have released their debut 9 song album Let Me In digitally HERE. The album features a mix of metal, punk, grunge and melodic hard rock inspired by the likes of STP, Danzig, KSE, LOA and GNR (to name a few).
Cover art by Chris Smith of Grey Aria Design (Enabler, Black Yo)))ga, Gozu, Vulture) and was tracked and mixed by drummer Greg Allen (That Metal Show) at 721 Media Center in Kingston, NY. Let Me In will also be available on Itunes and Spotify as of Jan. 15th.
Two songs were previously available in a rougher mix form on Metal Riot’s recent Creature Honeymoon comp alongside bands such as Geezer, INN:IS , Septa and Fad Nauseam.Add to My Radar
Earlier this year there were rumors that the original Guns N’ Roses line-up might be getting back together.
Turns out as of the most recent news, the reunion only includes Axl and Slash (Update: Duff as well, more TBA), playing Coachella in California from April 15-17 and April 22-24 with the ‘possibility’ of a stadium tour.
The tour could run as many as 25 dates in North America this summer.
There’s word that GNR has material in production. It took fifteen years between The Spaghetti Incident and Chinese Democracy, and there’s no indication of whether or not Slash or anyone else from the original line-up will be on that next album.
If you can afford to go to Coachella or can afford $200 bucks for a stadium-show, you’ll get to see Slash and Axl back together again.Add to My Radar