Frontiers Music Srl is excited release WITHEM’s brand new album now, which is entitled “The Unforgiving Road”. The album is available for purchase via Amazon and iTunes.
In addition to release of their album WITHEM has released a new video for the song “Exit”. Watch the clip HERE.
WITHEM is an upcoming Progressive Metal band hailing from Norway who are inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus, concentrating heavily on melodic, memorable hooks, but still with plenty of stunning and virtuoso instrumental sections. The band debuted with “The Point of You” in 2013, gathering excellent reviews from several music websites, blogs and magazines from all over the world. The release was followed by European touring with Pagan’s Mind, Circus Maximus and Seventh Wonder, and performances at both ProgPower USA and ProgPower Oslo, always with an extremely positive reception.
The new album, “The Unforgiving Road” sees the band perfecting their style. WITHEM’s gripping, melody-driven songs avoid the clichés and pitfalls of overly dramatic instrumental sections and sheer senseless complexity and instead center on creative interplay between the musicians, while the unique vocal range of Ole Aleksander Wagenius gives the band a distinctive touch. Just like the debut album, “The Unforgiving Road” was produced and mixed by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen at his own Lionheart Studio, boasting powerful and bombastic production values with plenty of moments for the listener to notice the most subtle intricate parts of the songs.
Track Listing of “The Unforgiving Road” includes:
3. In The Hands Of A God
4. The Pain I Collected
6. C’est La Vie
7. The Eye In The Sky
9. In My Will
10. Unaffected Love
Ole Aleksander Wagenius – Vocals
Frank Nordeng Røe – Drums
Øyvind Voldmo Larsen – Guitar
Miguel Pereira – Bass
Frontiers Music Srl has released the new album from DAN REED NETWORK entitled “Fight Another Day.” The album marks the return of one of the most infectious and gifted bands to come out in the Melodic Rock World in the second part of the 80’s.
“Fight Another Day” is available for purchase via iTunes and Amazon.
The new album was recorded primarily in the hometown of members of DRN, Portland, Oregon, while most of the writing process took place in Dan Reed’s private studio in Prague in the Czech Republic, where Reed currently resides with his family. Demos were sent back and forth between Derek Shulman (A&R for Frontiers), Brion James, Melvin Brannon Jr. and Rob Daiker, making notes and refining the songs over great distances via the Internet. This process was not unlike with DRN composed songs back in the late 80’s and early 90’s as Dan Reed used to demo out songs on his Akai 12 track machine and bring the songs into rehearsals where the band members would then arrange and flesh out the band’s classic ‘funk rock’ sound.
After the tracking was completed, band’s keyboardist Rob Daiker went to work editing and mixing each track alongside Shulman and Reed, sending mixes back and forth, making notes and shaping and moulding the album to best represent what DRN sounds like currently, while paying respect to what brought the band to the world’s attention back in the late 80’s.
“I thought it would be a great experiment and interesting challenge to revisit what endeared the band to so many back in the day and deliver a rock record with funk and soul elements, strong melodies, but this time around incorporate even edgier lyrics while not losing sight that this release needed to be uplifting, infectious, and most of all, powerful when performed live,” says Dan Reed. “The title ‘Fight Another Day’ represents the fact that after 25 years we were able to gravitate back to the passion we discovered playing together all those years ago, and battle once more!”
The band looks forward to the world’s response to this new labor of love, and this testament to the bonds of friendship and musical chemistry! Worlwide touring over the next twelve months will support the album release.
“Fight Another Day” track listing includes: Divided; The Brave; Infected; Champion; Ignition; Give It Love; B There With U; Save The World; Eye Of The Storm; Reunite; Heaven; Sharp Turn; Stand Tall.
DAN REED NETWORK is:
* Dan Reed – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitars, Piano, Synth Programming, Moog Bass
* Brion James – Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Synth Guitars, Synth Programming, Drum Programming
* Dan Pred – Drums, Percussion, Videographer
* Melvin Brannon II – Vocals, Bass, Acoustic Bass, Electric Contra Bass, Synth Bass
* Rob Daiker – Vocals, Keyboards, Synth Programming, Drum Programming
June 4 – Oslo, Norway – ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ – DAN REED NETWORK CD Release Show
June 6 – Stockholm, Sweden – ‘Gronalund’
June 7 – Goteborg, Sweden – ‘Liseberg’
June 10 – SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL – Friday, Main Stage
June 13 – Hamburg, Germany – The Rock Café – St. Pauli
June 15 – London, England – ‘100 Club’ – UK CD Release Show
Legendary music acts are revving up for LaconiaFest – the east coast’s only premier motorcycle music festival! Just a few weeks after the announcement of music legend Steven Tyler’s upcoming headlining performance on June 15 (tickets for this date are on sale now), rock music icon Sebastian Bach has joined the party – headlining Sunday, June 12!
Celebrated rocker Sebastian Bach is recognized globally as a vocalist, television star, actor and beyond! Bach hit the spotlight in the late 1980’s as the iconic frontman for mainstream heavy metal act Skid Row. Since his departure from Skid Row in the mid 90’s, Sebastian Bach still remains one of the most relevant rock figures in pop culture today, with network television appearances on MTV, VH1 and CMT, guest appearances on Gilmore Girls, Trailer Park Boys, Californication and other popular television shows, and several acting stints on and off Broadway. 2014 marked the release of Bach’s most recent album, Give ‘Em Hell, which impressively – proving his prowess decades after his initial debut – landed on the U.S. Top Hard Rock and Top 200 Billboard charts. Bach’s upcoming Harper Collins memoir 18 And Life on Skid Row is set to release later this year.
“We’re so pleased to have Sebastian Bach joining us for the inaugural LaconiaFest,” states Tyler Glover, managing member and co-producer of LaconiaFest. “We’re dedicated to bringing our attendees the greatest musical experience, so we’re really looking forward to his amazing performance!”
LaconiaFest will be held in conjunction with the world-famous 93rd annual Laconia Motorcycle Week in Laconia, New Hampshire and will appropriately include all day food and drink, motocross stunt shows, motorcycle model/product stagings and more.This high-octane, nine-day festival (June 11-19, 2016) will take place in the heart of Downtown Weirs Beach at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre. LaconiaFest is sponsored by Ticket Galaxy, Stoli Vodka and Monster Energy.
Sebastian Bach joins fellow LaconiaFest headliners Steven Tyler, BRET Michaels, Ted Nugent, Buckcherry, Sevendust and Fuel with additional performances from rock music’s top talent of today and yesterday including Warrant, Lita Ford, Trixter, LA Guns, P.O.D., Attika7, Dope, Saving Abel, Biters, Adelitas Way, Bullethead, and Milow the Girl. In total, the festival will feature over 100 internationally and regionally recognized artists. LaconiaFest will feature two stages and festival attendees will rock out to live music for 12 hours a day – noon to midnight.
Stay updated on the emerging line-up of artists and their performance dates and times via www.LaconiaFest.com.
LaconiaFest is about to cement itself as a world-class, week-long music experience destination! The grounds at the Weirs Beach Drive-In Theatre will be transformed into a festival atmosphere, set to feature several entertaining daily attractions included in the cost of a festival ticket. First and foremost, LaconiaFest will include FMX (freestyle motocross) stunt shows featuring performances from outstanding athletes Keith Sayers, James Carter and Todd Potter. Attendees will enjoy a festival village, delicious foods, bars, biker builders, vendors and a paint ball game zone, with attractions being added daily.
LaconiaFest Ticket Information:
Tickets for select LaconiaFest concert dates are on sale now, giving you access to over 50 performing artists – with more to come during the remaining five dates! LaconiaFest VIP Pit and VIP Tower
Faith No More’s landmark debut, We Care A Lot, which was initially released in 1985 and has been out of print for 20 years, sees an Aug. 19 reissue via Bill Gould’s Koolarrow Records.
“This was an album that started as a demo, before any label had any interest in us,” explained Faith No More bass player Bill Gould. “There were a couple of reasons we decided to release this now: first of all, it’s been 20 years since it has been commercially available. Secondly, when cleaning out my basement, I discovered the original master reels, and we all thought that resurrecting this from the original tapes would be a great way to reintroduce We Care A Lot into the world. Lastly, this has been a band effort; we are releasing this in the same way as we recorded it, deciding everything amongst ourselves and getting our hands deep into the nuts and bolts… just like we used to.”
The original 10-song album, remastered by Maor Appelbaum via the original reels Gould eluded to, is enhanced with nine bonus tracks including demo versions (taken from the original 8-track tapes) of “Greed,” “Mark Bowen,” “Arabian Disco” and “Intro,” live versions of “The Jungle” and “New Beginnings” and new mixes, via Matt Wallace, of “We Care A Lot,” “Pills for Breakfast” and “As The Worm Turns.” Liner notes from keyboard player Roddy Bottum and behind-the-scenes photos will be included with the physical release. We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) is available now for pre-order on CD (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotCD), digital (http://geni.us/WeCareALotDigital) and vinyl (http://hyperurl.co/WeCareALotLP).
We Care A Lot arrived in November 1985 via Maximum RocknRoll editor Ruth Schwartz’s Mordam Records. The seminal album, boasting the timeless title track, which can still be heard daily on radio stations worldwide, confounded music fans and critics alike. As Pitchfork said in a 2015 article dubbed “The Misunderstanding of Faith No More,” the unpredictable and hard-to-define band “had radically altered the parameters of popular music years before the fabled alternative revolution.” Rolling Stone called it a “raw punk album” while Select Magazine dubbed it “a lustful marriage of mutoid metal and dance floor verve.”
“When strangers ask what Faith No More is I’ve always said, ‘well, it’s kind of an art band…’ I say that mostly to distance us from the hard rock world that we’re often times lumped into. I mean, hard rock, sure, that was part of it, but our roots most definitely and pointedly stem from a specific freakout art time and place in San Francisco, a time that no longer exists. In 1982, the hippies mingled with the punks, the artists hung out with the musicians, the dance people and the punks were one and the Satanists and the sexual pioneers… all part of the same scene,” Bottum explains, colorfully setting the scene for the original inspiration for the band and We Care A Lot. “That weird SF window provided a platform from which we were free to express and cultivate a really uniquely odd sound experience. In Los Angeles, no one really cared much, but SF was always super supportive, encouraging us, directly and not, to get our collective freak on.”
“We felt like it was time to take the next step,” adds drummer Mike Bordin. “We raised as much money as we were able and booked time at Prairie Sun Studios just north of San Francisco. I can’t remember how long it took us to record the album, but not a lot, maybe a few days. The songs were sharp from having played most of them at various shows. Very stripped down, basic as could be. The place was on a farm in chicken country (Petaluma). Hard work, but a ton of fun too.”
We Care A Lot (Deluxe Band Edition) track list:
1. We Care A Lot
2. The Jungle
3. Mark Bowen
5. Why Do You Bother
7. Pills for Breakfast
8. As The Worm Turns
9. Arabian Disco
10. New Beginnings
11. We Care A Lot – 2016 Mix
12. Pills for Breakfast – 2016 Mix
13. As The Worm Turns – 2016 Mix
14. Greed – Original Demo
15. Mark Bowen – Original Demo
16. Arabian Disco – Original Demo
17. Intro – Original Demo
18. The Jungle – I-Beam, SF, 1986
19. New Beginnings – I-Beam, SF, 1986
Stonehenge Festival is a death metal and in general extreme metal festival arranged every year. Instead Stonehenge Indoor has obviously been planned and carried out around the on-going tour of Morgoth, Gorguts and Incantation. All in all 16 bands had been booked to share two different sizes of stages. Most of these obscure Dutch tongue-in-cheek grinding outfits played in a small room where the air condition had been switched off or then never existed. Metal-Rules.Com made a visit to Stonehenge Indoor festival to witness a few bands in action.
Approximately 300 people had crawled to the small venue in the heart of the town called Drachten. When an opening band kicked the set off, there were a handful of people already having to see the Swiss rather unknown band at the stage. As far these other bands playing in the small venue, well all of them were pure grinding stuff with the blast beat with the certain style of tongue-in-cheek. Obviously the dutch Cote D’aver took into another level of the sense of humour by having some weird corpselook-alike clothes.
Three of four from Gorguts had the band of their own called Dysrhythmia, which was all instrumental. This three piece outfit turned out to be extreme fascinating and interesting as well. The music was heavily influenced by the fusion jazz with the technical and skilled elements of progressive death metal. The stuff sounded absolutely amazing. The most eccentric thing about Dysrhyhthmia as they have not released any official output, instead uploaded some tunes to somewhere in the net.
Only 30 minutes for Incantation and that truly sucked !!! Incantation is a such icon in the death metal genre, but lousy 30 minutes – Cmon now ! However Incantation unleashed the pure brutal and sadistic death metal assault. John McEntee is a true death metal legend amongst the die hard death metal fans. Frankly the man hasn’t lost any tune in his brutal vocals. Incantation sounds as always it has sounded extremely deadly and brutal for sure. Obviously the 30 minute playing slot boosted the band to the fiery performance.
Psycroptic from Australia has proved to be extreme skilled and technical death metal squad. The band did a killer set and the singer tried to encourage the borndead audience to make some moving and start a pit. Hopeless task for sure. In general the crowd was truly pathetic, just standing and watching bands with drinks in their hands. Psycroptic was a bit technical in some terms leaving the people to gasp for the air.
The German Morgoth went thru the line-up turmoil during the recording process of the comeback album UNGOD, where Grewe stepped aside and the Disbelief growler Karsten stepped. However Morgoth had a 45 minute slot for the lesson of the German old school death metal. Obviously Karsten was suffering from the sore throat problems as his voice didn’t sound that deadly. The five piece offered a nice set of balance of new and old material and Isolate concluded the whole set.
The Canadian Gorguts headlined the whole long evening or day by doing app. 60 minute. That’s pretty good as a matter of fact. Gorguts is extreme technical as far as the music is concerned. Even though Gorguts operates in the technical side, but the roots of the obscure brutal haven’t been forgotten.
EVAN K. has released a lyric video for “Edge Of The Sky,” featuring vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, Angra, Vision Divine), and keyboards by Bob Katsionis (Firewind, Serious Black, Outloud). The video can be viewed here:
Today we finished up the mastering for our newest CD, a compilation disc spanning the band’s career, with one new track. Here’s the CD song list:
You’re A Woman Now
Heavy Metal Love
Deep Cuts The Knife
Wild In The Streets
Good To The Last Drop
Shock City Psycho Rock
Make ‘Em Dance
Even Jesus (Wasn’t Loved In His Home Town)
Brent Doerner designed the CD cover. Pretty cool eh?
Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity will be releasing the critically acclaimed debut album by Rage Against the Machine on limited edition Hybrid SACD. Rage Against the Machine’s first album is a mix of punk, metal, hardcore and politically resonate rap. Every song is full of energy with smart lyrics and plenty of slam-dancing potential. In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial and critical success. The album went to #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. Rolling Stone magazine named it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2001, Q magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.
This album is relentless, from the opening track “Bombtrack” all the way to the last blast of “Freedom,” every tune is a highly explosive ball of energy, none of which is clearly superior to any of the others. The lyrics, while full of blunt and pure anger, are very passionate and well-written in the sense that they actually stand for something.
This album like no other changed the landscape of ’90s music. The “guilty parties”: Zack de la Rocha’s vitriolic and angst-ridden words fueled by the heaviest rhythm section on the planet featuring drummer Brad Wilk and the exciting and dynamic bass of Timmy C and of course, RATM’s signature sound, Tom Morello’s belligerent, aggressive guitar riffs and turntable-esque noise that make this the best debut album of all-time.
The “Know Your Enemy” track features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on “additional vocals” and also features Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. The liner notes claim, “No samples, keyboards or synthesizers used in the making of this recording.” This is, and always will be, considered Rage Against the Machine’s most important work.
“Distinctly groundbreaking and original…a landmark in musical history.”
2. KILLING IN THE NAME
3. TAKE THE POWER BACK
4. SETTLE FOR NOTHING
5. BULLET IN THE HEAD
6. KNOW YOUR ENEMY
7. WAKE UP
8. FISTFUL OF STEEL
9. TOWNSHIP REBELLION
Produced by: Garth Richardson, Rage Against the Machine
Mastered by Steve Hoffman and Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering
The 7th annual GWAR B-Q will be held on August 20th in beautiful Richmond, VA at historic Hadad’s Lake. GWAR will of course be performing a set full of murder and mayhem, and now we finally have the information that you have been waiting for! On sale dates and ticket prices!!!
Various ticketing packages will be available and are detailed below. Remember what they say, “The Early Bohab gets the cheaper tickets” so all of you Earth Scum should buy quickly because there is a high demand for Early Bohab tickets and prices increase as the supply of remaining tickets goes down. For complete ticketing information on the B4BQ and GWAR B-Q visit http://gwarbq.com/tickets
Here’s the lowdown:
Standard (General Admission) Early Bird tickets start at $50 Limited supply at this price! Includes all day event entry.
Deluxe tickets start at $100 Limited supply at this price!
Includes all day event entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, special viewing area access near the stages… and Express Wristband.
Premium tickets start at $249/$299 (Limited Quantity 125)-Includesall day entry, official GWAR B-Q t-shirt, B4BQ show entry, VIP area access, Express Wristband, Meet & Greet signings with festival artists… and a possible chance to appear on stage with GWAR!
And let’s not forgot the B4BQ that is set for August 19th in Richmond, VA at The National which features the entire Summer Slaughter Tour package including: Cannibal Corpse, Nile, After The Burial, Suffocation, Carnifex, Revocation, Krisiun, Slaughter to Prevail and Ingested.
Stay tuned for more additions to the sinsational GWAR B-Q weekend line up to be announced!
Bohabs interested in serving their Lords and Masters as volunteers at the GWAR B-Q can follow this link to our Volunteer Application HERE. Tell us everything there is to know about you and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch with you soon if you fit the profile for human slave…err, Volunteer.
Check out THIS COMMERCIAL, to get a chubby (or a nubby) and get ready for the 7th Annual GWAR B-Q!
KAI HANSEN, earMUSIC, and WACKEN Foundation are happy to announce the release of XXX, the first “solo project” album by Kai Hansen, one of the most influential guitarists and singers to emerge from Germany during the first part of the ’80s. First with ground-breaking band HELLOWEEN (of which Hansen is one of the founding members) and later with GAMMA RAY, one of the bands that contributed to defining the genre power metal, bringing it to a generation of devoted fans worldwide since its first album.
XXX is, in pure Hansen tongue-in-cheek style, a reference to over 30 years of involvement in the world of heavy rock, as explained with the album’s sub-title: Three Decades In Metal.
The album will be released in August 2016 on earMUSIC with further news to be shared soon.
XXX is a magical journey. It is the story of how powerful dreams can be.
Dreams and passions big enough to bring a teenager from Hamburg who is in love with rock music, glam rock and the first heavy metal sounds from the practicing space in his bedroom and rehearsal rooms to the biggest stages in the world practicing, and ending up influencing and sharing the stage with the very same bands he admired in the first place.
Not strictly autobiographical, XXX is without doubt the story of Kai Hansen but it could very well represent the story of anybody who is not afraid to believe in dreams, with passion and dedication. It is the story of the ups and downs that everybody faces at some point during the journey of life: the lost and found-again friends, the glory, the tragedies and the joys.
After the achievements enjoyed by Hansen lately with Unisonic and especially Gamma Ray’s recent work Empire of the Undead, Kai Hansen has started working on the album with no precise commercial masterplan — just playing music with the same spirit as in the very beginning.
This certainly was the reason for Hansen to communicate to his label the intention of donating the first advance payment he will receive for XXX —which in the meantime was shaping into a proper album— to the Wacken Foundation.
The Foundation helps and supports young hard rock and heavy metal bands for over seven years now: Musicians full of hopes and dreams, exactly as Hansen had in the beginning of the 30 years story told on this album… in the hope that one day, somebody could tell another 30 years long magic story, also thanks to this album.
Together with Hansen, a stellar band of musicians gravitating around the Chameleon Studio in Hamburg has formed spontaneously.
There’s Alex Dietz (guitar player of Heaven Shall Burn) on bass, Eike Freese (who already worked as engineer and co-producer with Hansen on the last Gamma Ray album) on guitar, and phenomenal drummer Daniel Wilding (Carcass). The four will be joined by various guests, ranging from friends to followers to heroes — some having played a significant part in Kai’s career, some who have expressed the wish to join the project with the same spirit that is leading Kai, Alex, Eike, and Daniel to create loud music with joy, freedom and determination.
Kai and friends will do an exclusive one-time performance at this year’s Wacken Open Air Festival, introducing the songs from the album to the audience for the first and only time.
Watch the video of Kai Hansen and Eike Freese discussing XXX below:
Talking about XXX (while in the studio, recording guitars), Hansen has declared, “30 years in metal, that’s a damn long time. Over the course of all these years, I never recorded a solo album. It is quite nice and a hell lot of fun to create something without any boundaries and to get a fresh view on music. I am celebrating 30 years of being able to do what I like best…
“On XXX, I am reflecting on my roots, where I come from, how it all started for me. I believe you need a certain drive, passion and of course a bit of luck and coincidence to make it in the music world – and of course some financial support. This is where the Wacken Foundation came to my mind. They are helping people, musicians just like me, who want to make it. And I remember having had help myself, from my family, the families from the other band members – and by doing a paper round. So hopefully, with my donation, young musicians are given the same chance that I was given a long time ago, too. And who knows, maybe we all will be playing together at Wacken in 20 years…”
Wacken Foundation’s Thomas Jensen adds, “This is really generous donation to the Wacken Foundation. Heavy metal is a way of life – and with this this amazing gesture Kai showed what it stands for: selflessness, thoughtfulness and most of all the passion and love for music. The goal of the foundation is to keep this kind of spirit going. With Kai is doing we are one step closer to this goal.”
ABOUT WACKEN FOUNDATION:
The Wacken Foundation was founded in 2009 and is a non-profit foundation which dedicates itself to the support of hard rock and heavy metal music. Basically every artist and every band from the heavy metal scene can be supported by the Wacken Foundation. More information about which requirements have to be fulfilled can be found here. If the name Wacken Foundation is a bit misleading, the promoters of the Wacken Open Air do not receive a single cent of the donations. The entire assets of the foundation are solely used to support artists from the metal scene.
Hot on the heels of The Dead Daisies’ announcement of full details of their superlative new studio album, ‘Make Some Noise’, releasing on Spitfire Records / SPV on August 5th, the band have now slotted several more milestone events into their already packed high profile touring schedule.
On September 15th, The Dead Daisies will play their first ever headline show in America when they bring their full stunning live set to legendary Los Angeles venue Whisky a Go Go.
Support act will be Steve Rodgers, (son of Free vocalist, Paul Rodgers). Tickets are priced at $20 and are available via www.whiskyagogo.com/home
Having wowed the crowds as special guests at last year’s Planet Rockstock Festival, The Dead Daisies have now been confirmed to headline this essential event on Friday December 2nd 2016 at Trecco Bay in Wales. The band state that “Last year was just a warmup. This year, we’re gonna blow Planet Rockstock apart!!”
Planet Rock Radio organizer Jon Norman raves “We have had some amazing bands perform at Planet Rockstock over the years, and the Dead Daisies are right up there with the best of them. They rocked the house last year, so we’re excited to have them back again, but this time to headline the main stage.” Check out more details at www.planetrock.com/rockstock
Expect more major announcements in the coming months as The Dead Daisies’ rapidly rising star goes stratospheric in the run-up to the release of ‘Make Some Noise’, the group’s soon-to-be-acclaimed legendary classic third album.
The 17th solo album by acclaimed guitar maestro PAUL GILBERT (Mr. Big), I CAN DESTROY, is out now via The Orchard on iTunes, Amazon, and major retail outlets. A video for the album’s first single, “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,” can be seen on PAUL’s official YouTube page.
A full album stream premiered yesterday on AllMusic.com, while various interview video clips with PAUL GILBERT have premiered throughout the past week on GuitarWorld.com, GuitarPlayer.com, GuitarAficionado.com, UltimateClassicRock.com, ModernDrummer.com, and MusicRadar.com.
“My guitar playing was born from playing in my teenage heavy rock bands,” GILBERT explains. “After playing for 40 years, I’ve been able to evolve the way that I see the fretboard, and how I hear the guitar in my head. This opens up my soloing, and also my writing. I couldn’t have written this music when I was a kid. I couldn’t have written these lyrics either. I needed time to live…to experience joy, and anger, and love, and frustration at people who don’t use their turn signals.”
It’s no accident that I CAN DESTROY cuts a wide swath of styles and textures, from the full-frontal assault of “Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal” to the jazz-blues lament of “One Woman Too Many” (which also features GILBERT’s patented four-pick Makita drill-bit riffery) to the radio-friendly balladeering of “Love We Had” to the smoking-hot gut/heart punch of “I Am Not the One (Who Wants To Be With You),” the latter track’s title a playful reference to the ubiquitous #1 hit GILBERT enjoyed as part of his gig as lead guitarist for the still-going-strong Mr. Big.
GILBERT knew that I CAN DESTROY producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Rush, Joe Bonamassa), whom he previously collaborated with on Mr. Big’s 2011 release WHAT IF, would push him to do his best from the get-go. “One thing I knew about working with Kevin as a solo artist is that there weren’t going to be that many overdubs on the record — not that many takes, and not many fixes,” he reports. “As a musician, that puts the fear into you. It’s a good fear, and it made me want to prepare in a pretty healthy way.”
With Shirley onboard to get behind the board, GILBERT next had to cull together some top-drawer musicians to bring into the studio. “On drums, we’ve got Thomas Lang, who’s somewhat of a drumming legend, and on bass is Kevin Chown,” details Gilbert. “He was the only guy I’d never worked with before, and he was great. He played all the right stuff. He’s played with everybody from Chuck Berry and Little Richard to Sebastian Bach.”
I CAN DESTROY is already racking up rave reviews. Guitar World proclaimed, “Gilbert’s dazzling guitar work is at the center of a group of songs that vary stylistically from the Iron Maiden/Judas Priest vibe of the title track, to the Thin Lizzy/Boston-like ‘Knocking on a Locked Door’ and ‘One Woman Too Many,’ to the Steely Dan-flavored strains of ‘I Will Be Remembered.’” While in a separate story, GuitarWorld.com declared, “…Gilbert cuts a wide swath of styles and textures. There’s the full-frontal assault of ‘Everybody Use Your Goddamn Turn Signal,’ the jazz-blues lament of ‘One Woman Too Many’ (which also features Gilbert’s patented Makita drill-bit riffery) and the gut/heart punch of ‘I Am Not the One (Who Wants to Be with You).’”
In further news, PAUL GILBERT is gearing up for this summer’s Great Guitar Escape 3.0, which is being held July 25-29 at the Cambria Pines Lodge in Cambria, CA. Packages are available at the event’s official site, www.GREATGUITARESCAPE.com.
For the camp’s third year, the legendary shredder went all out and invited a few iconic friends to join him as guest instructors. These include Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro and Dave Ellefson as well as former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Art of Anarchy), Andy Timmons (Danger Danger), and master jazz guitarist Mimi Fox. This all-star lineup will be hosting workshops, reflecting their signature sounds and styles and offering an immersive experience for 75 campers. Moreover, they’ll be jamming, performing, and hanging with you 24/7. About the Great Guitar Escape 3.0, GILBERT comments, “I really feel like we got the best lineup possible for version 3.0. Each instructor brings something extremely unique to the table. You’re going to learn, feel inspired, and most of all have a great time. This is four days of complete and total guitar immersion. We can’t wait. Get ready!”