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!
Check out the deep cuts here.Add to My Radar
German rockers Primal Fear have released the official music video for their single “When Death Comes Knocking.” The track comes from their upcoming tenth studio album, Delivering the Black, which is due out January 28 via Frontiers Records. The digital single for the song was released today as well.
The band will kick off their “Eagles and Lions Tour 2014” in Germany on January 24, with support from the Swedish band Bullet. Primal Fear will return to North America at the end of April for a headlining run.
To check out the music video for “When Death Comes Knocking,” click here.Add to My Radar
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers said, “We worked hard to create our best album ever. I already felt the vibe during the pre-production that we were working on something very special this time. And now the result is just an amazing metal album I’m extremely proud of!”
Bassist and producer Mat Sinner added, “The songs, the production, the sound — this album is a very special one for me and my career. In my view, everybody in the band just did a killer job and Jacob [Hansen, who’s worked with Volbeat and Pretty Maids] was fantastic choice to mix the album!”
The band will drop the single (and accompanying video) “When Death Comes Knocking” next month on December 2.
You can check out a sample of that first single and the album’s track list here.Add to My Radar
Christian metal hard rock veterans Stryper are back in force with a lyric video for “Revelation”. The song comes from their forthcoming 2013 release No More Hell To Pay. It is hot on the heels of The Second Coming, a disc of re-recorded classics that actually improves on a lot of the originals! Stryper are actually getting better with age and Michael Sweet’s voice sound great on this. The mix suits the band just right and has hooks but a bit more punch, a good modern feel but true to Stryper’s sound.
No More Hell To Pay will be released on November 5 in North America via Frontiers Records. The effort will be made available in two formats — standard CD and deluxe digipak featuring exclusive video content. Produced by frontman/guitarist Michael Sweet himself, the set features some of Stryper’s “strongest and heaviest material ever.”
Click HERE to see the video, feel good and turn it up!Add to My Radar
“We usually do best when we take some time off to concentrate on writing. With that in mind, I would suspect we will all be writing during any bits of time off we have in the upcoming year, including right now. When we have enough material to know we’re close, then we’ll sort it all out–but for now, I have no idea when the next CD will be done. I’m hopeful that it will be by early 2014, which will be the band’s 40th year anniversary. Time will tell.”
Y&T’s latest album, Facemelter, came out in 2010 on Frontiers Records and was their first one since 1997’s Endangered Species.Add to My Radar
San Francisco rock legends Y&T have announced a series of U.S. shows that will take place around the East Coast and West Coast of that country from January to March. During the tour, they will be playing next year’s Monsters of Rock Cruise. All the dates can be found here.Add to My Radar
German metallers Pink Cream 69 have been in the studio mixing their eleventh studio album, which will be called Ceremonial and is due for release in early 2013, with a full-scale tour to follow. According to a press release,“Musically, the fans can expect a classic Pink Cream album from the David Readman era (beginning with ‘Electrified’).”
Songs set to appear on Ceremonial are “Big Machine”, “Passage of Time”, “I Came to Rock” and “Special”. The release of the record will be accompanied by the arrival of the band’s first video clip since “Shame”, taken from their 1998 album Electrified.
Pink Cream 69’s last studio album, In10sity, was released in 2007 on Frontiers Records.Add to My Radar
“We just released a live album. I’m not gonna say we really planned it, but every time we come off this two-month tour here in the fall, the band is really tight and solid and we play this final show at Mystic Theater and we do it every year and it’s always a great show and we’re well rehearsed by then, so we went, “Why don’t we shoot a video or let’s just document it and do something?” and since we were doing that, Tom Size brought all his recording equipment to link up with the DVD, but the problem with this place is that it’s got a terrible lighting truss and it just doesn’t look good enough for a DVD, so after we saw the footage we went, “Naahhh, it’s no good.” But we started listening back to the tracks and we go, “Fuck, it’s pretty hot!” So we thought, “Let’s just release this thing.” And we didn’t think much of it. It was just gonna be a underground thing, but Frontiers said, “We want that record!” so it counts as another part of our contract, so we gave it to them. It made a pretty big splash, so that’s good. It’s the perfect record if you’re a Y&T fan, because it’s our whole show and it covers all the bases. There’s a lot of good stuff on there. But we’re definitely full of ideas and ready to go and keep playing. “Facemelter”, it was a surprise how good that turned out considering we had no ideas going into the studio. I mean, I had a few and Phil had a few, but it wasn’t like… we were under contract and Jill said to us, “You have to have this record done in three months!” and so we just started and then boom after a couple of weeks, the ideas started to flow and we had more than enough.”Add to My Radar
The band is releasing a new album titled “Unbreakable” which is set to be released on January 24th in North America via Frontiers Records. The album combines the skills of the strongest Primal Fear line-up ever, with a well-balanced “back to the roots” vibe.
“Unbreakable” was produced by bassist Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler at the House of Music studios and some more studios in Germany and Sweden. Click here to see a track listing of the album and a bigger picture of the cover art.Add to My Radar
It’s been a quarter century since Tawny Kitean heaved and slithered herself all over the hoods of cars in the video for “Here I Go Again” by then boyfriend, David Coverdale’s band, Whitesnake. While much has changed in the world since ’87, much remains the same if you happen to be David Coverdale (including his Rod Stewart-Tina Turner hairdo).
The heyday of hair metal has seen its share of strange incarnations as the declining music industry hit the reset button and interests turned towards the Gagas and Beibers of the world. 1980’s heavy metalers are more likely to turn up on reality television than on today’s charts, even despite the fact that some are still releasing great records.
Enter Whitesnake, the iconic sex-is-music-and-music-is-metal revelers of 1980s spandex glory days with their latest manifestation on Forevermore (Frontiers Records). Whether here to keep the fire burning, or letting off one last brilliant spark before the end, they are indeed back. (Read the rest of the review here.)
Michael Sweet of Stryper has been around the block, touring and performing in his influential Christian glam metal band since the early 80’s. Whether you agree with his band’s message or not, you can’t deny that Stryper have some sweet gosh darn harmonies and righteous riffs peppered through their catalogue. Every band has influences, and Stryper are looking back at peers and precursors who inspired them on the band’s new record THE COVERING. Who knows, maybe someday Demon Hunter will cover Stryper.
When it came time to pick out a listing of tunes to cover, all the band had to do was look back upon their club days. “Growing up, before Stryper was even Stryper, we were a cover band,” says Sweet. “We played Gazzarri’s on the Strip for years – we would do originals but also do covers, as well. We always did Priest covers and Maiden covers, all those bands we grew up on and who influenced us. I’m never going to sound like Bruce Dickinson or Ronnie James Dio, nor would I ever try to. And having me sing the song puts our own spin on it. We just all did our own thing and with our own touches and feel – Robert, Tim, Oz, and myself – it has that Stryper feel to it as well.”
Most of the covers work well (especially “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Over The Mountain” which are well suited to the signature soaring Stryper vocals you love or hate). Even if you might be surprised to hear Sweet singing “Breaking The Law”, THE COVERING is worth checking out. I can man up and admit I love this style of metal while simultaneously wearing a Jucifer shirt. Anyway, Sweet talked about the album, the songs, the past and future of Stryper and his rad stint in legendary classic rock band Boston.
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Nashville, Tennessee’s Glam Metal veterans Winger open up shop to the world on ReverbNation. Their page has basic bios, news, and links to various social networks to deepen your Winger experience. Make your way to the store and you can find a plethora of shirts (including a multitude of mini tees for the ladies), hats, and you can go green with re-usable bags (for groceries or picnics). Get your Winger shopping fix under control here. After a spectacular comeback, Winger is still riding high on the release of “Karma”, their fifth studio album on Frontiers Records.Add to My Radar