PLATINUM-SELLING HARD ROCK BAND’S FIRST ALBUM IN OVER 15 YEARS STREAMING ON AOL MUSIC & MSN MUSIC ALL WEEK
Check out the video for “I’m Alright”
It’s been a long time since rock legends Ugly Kid Joe have released an album, but the wait has ended.The California band’s critically acclaimed EP, Stairway to Hell, is being released today through MRI, and it contains songs that span the full repertoire of influences that made Ugly Kid Joe the soundtrack for young snowboarders, surfers, and keggers worldwide.
Ugly Kid Joe‘s stratospheric rise came about soon after their formation in 1990. After signing to Mercury Records, the band released the EP As Ugly As They Wanna Be. On the strength of the hit single “Everything About You,” it went on to sell over a million copies in the U.S., becoming the highest selling debut EP of all time and the first EP in history to be certified Platinum. In 1992, UKJ released America’s Least Wanted which became a double-platinum phenomenon, and saw the band tour worldwide supporting legends such as Ozzy Osbourne and Van Halen. Two more albums were to come out, 1995′s Menace To Sobriety and 1996′s Motel California, before UKJ decided to take a hiatus.
Of Stairway to Hell, Allmusic.com says“That decade-plus the Ugly Kid Joe members spent playing professionally is immediately evident here,” while Pittsburgh Music Magazine reports “The fact that they still sound so strong and intense even after 15 years is remarkable. Expectations be damned: Ugly Kid Joe are back.”
Whether it’s the hypnotic riffery of “Devil’s Paradise”, the melodic power-fueled darkness of “No One Survives” or the irrepressibly chuggin’ chorus of “I’m Alright,” Stairway to Hell makes it clear that Ugly Kid Joe has everything they started with, and have added fatter chops and a superior grip on songwriting to their arsenal.
Just a few gaps remain to be filled in the lineup for the 2013 edition of Belgium’s premier metal festival! Earlier this month HYPOCRISY, GRAVE DIGGER and KORPIKLAANI were confirmed. Today we are proud to add ROCKSTAR, AGNOSTIC FRONT, ESCAPE THE FATE, KING HISS, VANDERBUYST, ROTTING CHRIST and PRETTY MAIDS for this summer. The final four slots will be filled in the near future!
Jeff Loomis and his band, currently on tour with SOILWORK, had their van broken into last night while in St. Louis. Loomis elaborates:
“Last night after our show in St. Louis, our tour van was broken into as we were grabbing a bite to eat before our drive to Dallas. We were parked in a well lit area in front of the restaurant. In the ten to fifteen minutes that it took for us to order our food and eat, all of our personal items such as laptops, cameras, musical equipment, cell phones, passports and money were stolen. We came outside to find the lock on the driver side door popped out of the van, and promptly called the police. A report has been filed and the van was fingerprinted, but the leads don’t seem promising. The police stated that this is apparently a common occurrence for the area. We are all in disbelief, but are very fortunate for everyone to be ok.
After discussing the situation as a group, we would like to try to continue on with this tour. But to be able to do this, we will need your help. We have all taken a huge hit financially, and we cannot continue on without some sort of support. We have set up a paypal account for any amount of donations to assist us for the duration of the tour.
Loomis will release a special tour edition of Plains of Oblivion on April 16, 2013 via Century Media Records. In support of his upcoming dates with SOILWORK, the Plains of Oblivion – Tour Edition features three bonus tracks, in addition to the original Plains of Oblivion disc that was released last year.
JEFF LOOMIS tour dates with SOILWORK, BLACKGUARD, WRETCHED
HEAVEN & EARTH–guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ED ROTH–raised the roof last week at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA. Packed with industry heavyweights, celebrities, fans and friends, the event (Wednesday, April 10) served as the world premiere album release party for their new album Dig, due out April 23 via Quarto Valley Records, on which they fuse elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus. At the Fonda, they performed the album live for the first time, underlining their high caliber of musicianship and uniformly strong songs. Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins–who’s turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power–and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto).
HEAVEN & EARTH’s music comes together explosively on the album’s first single “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” and its controversial video which has already logged over 200,000 views in just a month: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d
The event kicked off at The Fonda Theatre with a red carpet event that saw the likes of David Paich (Toto), Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad), Tony Kaye (Yes, Circa), David Victor (Boston), Marc Ferrari (Keel), Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale), Mickey Dee (Motörhead), Sean McNab (Dokken, Great White, Quiet Riot), Robbie Wyckoff (singer with the Roger Waters band), Mitch Perry (Lita Ford Band), Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion) , Fred Coury (Cinderella), EJ Curse (Silent Rage), Athena Lee (drummer and younger sister of Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee), Tyler Mane (actor/former professional wrestler), Crossong Jordon (actor), Bobby Jean Brown (MTV music video vixen/star of FUSE TV’s “Ex Wives of Rock”) and Ron Jeremy (adult film star), among others. It was a twisted carnival-like atmosphere mirroring the bands “NO MONEY, NO LOVE” video complete with a leprechaun, a stilted giant, a talking moon MC, international champion of magic, David Minkin mesmerizing the audience and then “The Most Dangerous Woman In Hollywood,” Tonya Kay, put on her Machine Shop Burlesque show. To close out the celebration, Heaven & Earth took the stage for their much anticipated performance.
Here’s what the press is saying about HEAVEN & EARTH’s performance at the party:
“…a high-energy set with Joe Retta’s powerful vocals reaching every crevice of the Fonda Theatre…Highlights included the current single ‘No Money, No Love,’ with guitarist Stuart Smith and keyboardist Ed Roth driving the song. ‘Man and Machine’ gave the band one of their better live moments of the night as Smith wailed on the track. And ‘Waiting for the End of the World’ provided the audience with some heartfelt soulful rock, complete with backing singers.”
–Chad Childers, LOUDWIRE.COM, April 11, 2013
“…Heaven & Earth came on and took immediate ownership of the room. The set opened with the epic “Victorious,” and the lead single and soundtrack to the popular video, “No Money, No Love,” as well as other tunes from Dig…Together, singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onari and keyboardist Ed Roth re-introduced the feeling of a big and splashy rock ‘n roll show, lunging over with tight musicianship, catchy songs, a strong presentation…”
–Shawn Perry, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 14, 2013
“These rockers put on a tight set and seeing them live, you can tell they are true musicians who know their instruments and craft well and not just another rock n’ roll band…By the end of the night, no one truly wanted to sit down after being fed an electric performance by Heaven and Earth.”
–Robyn Vagnozzi, SCREAMERMAGAZINE.COM, April 15, 2013
BLACK SABBATH have announced four summer shows in North America in support of the release of their new album, 13, due out June 11. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced tour will go on sale Saturday, April 20 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com. The dates include stops in Holmdel, NJ (NY-area), Los Angeles, Seattle and Toronto, ON. Tickets for these shows go on sale Saturday, April 20. Beginning today, fans can visit http://bit.ly/Sabbath_RSVP to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available Thursday, April 18. VIP Packages are also available at VIPNation.com.
In addition, in advance of the release of 13, the album’s first single “God Is Dead?” will debut across Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s more than 40 Active Rock and Mainstream Rock radio stations nationwide on Thursday, April 18 at 3:00 PM (ET)/12 Noon (PT). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), 13 features the original BLACK SABBATH: OZZY OSBOURNE, TONY IOMMI and GEEZER BUTLER.
DATE CITY VENUE
Sun, 8-4 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Wed, 8-14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Sat, 8-24 Seattle, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
Tue, 9-3 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Sports Arena
ICED EARTH’s first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, Live In Ancient Kourion, will hit stores tomorrow, April 16, in North America! For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus.
In celebration of tomorrow’s release, ICED EARTH has uploaded the live video for the song “Anthem,” which offers fans yet another preview of this stunning live release: http://youtu.be/PO21sYoST2c
For more previews of Live In Ancient Kourion, click the links below:
To celebrate record store day and the release of the limited edition TESTAMENT 7″ picture disc featuring a cover of the SCORPIONS’ “Animal Magnetism” and a cover of IRON MAIDEN‘s “Powerslave”, Chuck Billy, Eric Peterson and Greg Christian of TESTAMENT will be appearing at Rasputin Music in Berkeley, CA at 4pm on April 20th! Come on down and get your limited edition 7″ as well as their latest full-length release autographed by the guys. Fans can bring up to 3 items in addition to be signed by Chuck, Eric and Greg as well! Share the Facebook event (https://www.facebook.com/events/488387221228205/) and check out the details below.
April 20th, RECORD STORE DAY @ 4pm
2401 Telegraph Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
Melodic death metal pioneers DARK TRANQUILLITY will release their much-anticipated 10th studio album, Construct, on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records. To get your first preview of Construct, click the link below to hear the album track, “For Broken Words”:
Italian tech/prog metallers Gardenjia sign a deal with Memorial Records for the release of their debut album entitled “EPO” which will be available from may 23 on all digital stores. Good songs and an excellent instrumental technique, Gardenjia present their debut album:
“We are extremely honored and happy for our deal with Memorial Records, a young and dynamic label putting quality and originality in the first place. We recorded, mixed and mastered “EPO”, our first album, completely by ourselves and finally our creation will be a worthy support. “EPO” is our manifesto. The inclusion of the melody, in a context of sound violence, apocalyptic scenarios, traveling within our dark side, and then the ascent… (Ascension)”.
Progressive sound revolutionists THE OCEAN today present “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” from their anticipated forthcoming new masterwork, Pelagial.
Easily their most profoundly sophisticated work to date, Pelagial is a true sonic journey written, recorded, mixed and to-be-performed-live as one single 53-minute piece of music. The concept of the album is made evident in its title, Pelagial. Listeners are quite literally submersed as they journey with the band, beginning at the surface of the ocean and plunging through all five pelagic depth zones: epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathyalpelagic, abyssopelagic, and hadopelagic. Said Spin Magazine: “The sixth album from German post-metal doombringers THE OCEAN is huge… In the course of the record, tender piano interludes get stomped on by Mastodon-shaped footprints, lush strings work next to bulldozing double-kick work, and, at the end, the submarine crashes at Melvins tempos.”
BATTLECROSS has completed work on their sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during their tour as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Recording has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the tracks and art. During tracking, one of metal’s most acclaimed drummers, Shannon Lucas, stepped in as the session drummer for the album.
Lucas comments: “Being a fan of Battlecross, it is an honor to be a part of their new record. I can’t wait for the world to hear this album.”
Producer Eyal Levi adds, “I am so beyond excited for the chance to produce Shannon Lucas on the new Battlecross record. He’s one of the true BEASTS of metal drumming. The man’s skills are literally untouchable. Combine that with a badass rising star of a band and I think we’ve got the makings of a crushing record!”
Melodic death metal heroes AMON AMARTH are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled Deceiver of the Gods, the epic offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage). The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel, and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, “Hel.”Deceiver of the Gods will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th,in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th.
Comments vocalist Johan Hegg: “We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we’ve ever done. By far! I’m confident that all our fans will enjoy this punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!”
Opening title track and first single, “Deceiver of the Gods” is currently streaming at the band’s official Metal Blade page: http://www.metalblade.com/amonamarth where you’ll also find special pre-order info.
Debut Album, “The Circle And The Blue Door”, Out April 30
Purson, the female-fronted UK band that Kerrang has described as having “the best bits of ’60s and ’70s rock – think Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cream… brought to 2013 in a sweet-smelling musical haze,” premiere the song “Well Spoiled Machine” today via Pitchfork HERE.
The London-based band’s debut album, The Circle and The Blue Door, is set for an April 30 release via Metal Blade/Rise Above Records. Decibel Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief Albert Mudrian dubbed the album the “best debut of 2013″ and overseas outlets like the BBC (“a modern demonic sound”), Terrorizer (“their brand of gothic psychedelia is set to take 2013 by storm”) and Subterranea/Metal Hammer (“Purson are the UK’s new ambassadors for the otherworldly”) are all championing the young English band.
“Spiderwood Farm,” a song singer Rosalie Cunningham penned after flipping through a copy of Sounds from 1972, is streaming via Decibel HERE. A video for “Leaning On A Bear” debuted last month and is viewable HERE. Directed by Chris Martin, Rosalie said of the setting: “We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Café Cairo that look as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh.” The clip gives a perfect visual to the band’s trippy psychedelia, or as they call it “vaudeville carny psych.”
Pre-orders of The Circle and The Blue Door are available via Metal Blade at this link: www.metalblade.com/purson. Purson will make their debut U.S. performances this fall with tour dates forthcoming.
It is no secret that Montreal is a hotbed of metal innovation, encompassing a wide spectrum of brutality, technical innovation and avant-garde ideas that many scenes do well to envy. Still, genre conventions being what they are, many musicians are left with that nagging question in the back of their minds… “what if we just went all out, no boundaries?” Enter: Teramobil.
Comprised of Dominic ‘Forest’ Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation, etc) on 6-string bass, Mathieu Bérubé (Unhuman) on guitar and Alexandre Dupras (Unhuman, The Plasmarifle) on drums, Teramobil is an uncompromising amalgam of technical metal, progressive rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic trips and… pretty much anything else you can think of!
Jokingly dubbing their instrumental style “InYourFaceExtremeDoomCountryMathTechniCore”, Teramobil have, since beginning writing in the fall of 2010, come up with a full serving of challenging music that above all remains clear, concise and listenable despite its extreme level of complexity. The band’s first offering, in the form of the 6-song EP Multispectral Supercontinuum, saw the light of day in March 2013. It will be followed by a full-length album in the near future.
Teramobil have managed to generate an immediate buzz about their live show by earning opening slots for such acts as Beneath The Massacre and Behold The Arctopus, all the while showing they can go toe-to-toe with these established acts without breaking a sweat.
Fans of the aforementioned Behold The Arctopus, as well as Animals As Leaders, Blotted Science, Converge and more: you have been notified, a new wave of exploration is here, and it’s called Teramobil.