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It’s been a good few years for die hard stoner fans, from C.O.C. kicking butt
to Geezer, The Midnight Ghost Train, Tarpit Boogie, Monolord and others
keeping the scene burgeoning like a fat bowl of lettuce. One of the most
solid efforts you’re likely to hear, Greenleaf‘s Rise Above The Meadow is a
hard rock infused crunching mass of bluesy riffs, pounding drums and a
distinctively Swedish sense of melody to vocals that fall between the schools
of Danzig, Wino and Ozzy.

“A Million Fireflys” is a must hear newly forged anthem that anyone into QOTSA, Dozer, Born Again -era Sabbath etc. will be keen to savor or start spreading as the new gospel. The band’s Napalm tenure is sure to stay great.
I’ve been recommending them to everyone lately, ranging from Trevor of Pelican to probably your grandma. It’s such a good single I stopped listening to Future Brown’s “Wanna Party (remix)” for a minute or two to remember rock is really good when it actually exists.

I’m writing this on the anniversary of Van Halen’s 5150 album. Whether you are a Hagar fan or not, those were the days rock and metal ruled the charts. Greenleaf are proof that you can knock back a shot celebrating that rock n’ roll will never die.

More below.

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Anyone who has heard their sweaty roadhouse brawl worthy version of  “Long Tall Sally” or a wiry and glitchy adaptation of “Cocaine” knows The Compulsions have always had an uncanny knack for updating classic and hard rock without losing the gritty golden street cred that many other bands in the genre sacrifice for a poppier sheen. There is a bluesy heart beating in Rob Carlyle, a guy it is easy to believe stays up late each night in conversation with the devils down at the crossroads while still being open to flirtations with industrial and glam elements after attending mass at the First Church of Fender.

Now Carlyle and Compulsion bandmate Frank Ferrer (of Guns N Roses fame) have teamed up with Bumblefoot to release three space age informed covers of timeless big rock hits and the results are superb. Some bands record covers and it is totally pointless, but Carlyle and Co. have taken three stand alone singles and given songs you know very well a new shot of adrenaline. “Shock Me” by Kiss is big, ballsy and organic yet semi-robotic. A startling Cure cover of “Fascination Street” becomes a seedy gutter rock fit for Taxi Driver jam dripping with edgy danger not seen in NYC much since the corporations took over. But first up for the public’s ears is a special take on “Revolution” by The Beatles like you’ve never heard it before. The big guitar version will air on Nights With Alice Cooper before becoming exclusively available at iTunes on April 19 (pre-order starts March 21). Fans can then expect The Compulsions to release “Shock Me” by Kiss in August and “Fascination Street” by The Cure in December.

While Sammi Yaffa and Richard Fortus are no longer attached to the project, ex-Raging Slab bassist Alec Morton and Mr. Bumblefoot have helped hold things together admirably as Carlyle works on a follow up to 2015 sophomore album Dirty Fun.

According to Rob, “It takes balls to reinterpret songs that so many people love but The Compulsions never shy away from a challenge. We had a blast putting our own dirty little spin on the originals and we hope everyone has just as much fun listening to the results.”

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Suns of Thyme sign to Napalm Records!

Posted by longhairedpoet on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 4:05 PM (PST)

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Berlin psychedelic rockers Suns of Thyme have signed to Napalm Records.

They will release their newest album Cascades on May 27.

Check out what the band had to say about the signing here.

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Candlebox releases new track: “I’ve Got a Gun”

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 5:12 PM (PST)

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Seattle rockers Candlebox have released a new track, “I’ve Got a Gun”, off of their upcoming album Disappearing in Airports.

Disappearing in Airports will be released on April 22 via Pavement Entertainment.

Check out “I’ve Got a Gun” and Candlebox tour dates here.

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Boston: Deep Cuts

Posted by longhairedpoet on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 11:26 AM (PST)

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At first I was a little worried that all of Boston’s good songs were singles. For most of their albums they have like three to five singles.

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!

Check out the deep cuts here.

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John Hoyles and Spiders actually could “save rock n roll”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:36 AM (PST)

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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.

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Ace Frehley announces Origins Vol.1 (includes collab with Paul Stanley)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:34 AM (PST)

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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.

Lita Ford announces new album ‘Time Capsule’

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 2:44 PM (PST)

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Los Angeles heavy metal guitarist Lita Ford has announced that her newest album Time Capsule will come out on April 15 via SPV/Steamhammer.

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.

Check out tour dates here.

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The CULT on verge of releasing “Hidden City”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 3:30 PM (PST)

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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.

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Spylacopa have a new music video out for the song “Duskeyhead” from new release DEMON JOHN (out today) premiering to coincide with the album launch over at Revolver. Check it out HERE.

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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.

STREAM “MOON HARVEST” RIGHT HERE

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.

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Red Fang recording with Ross Robinson

Posted by Metal Riot on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 9:15 AM (PST)

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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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New Spylacopa album coming Feb. 3rd?!

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 3:56 PM (PST)

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Yes, it’s true. This from Rising Pulse HQ HERE.

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The Cult release “Hinterland” single

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 7:19 AM (PST)

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“Hinterland’ is a place both real and imagined, a hidden city symbolic of a new Rome.”- IA. 

Classic shadowy hard rock gypsies The Cult have returned with a new song “Hinterland”.

Watch the clip, from their pending Bob Rock produced Hidden City, BELOW.

GET OUT. release “Let Me In” debut full length digitally

Posted by Metal Riot on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 5:09 PM (PST)

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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.

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