Sweden-based melodic death metal experts SOILWORK will release their forthcoming 10th studio album, The Ride Majestic, worldwide on August 28, 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records. The Ride Majestic will be available in various formats (CD, Vinyl, TS/CD Bundle) – pre-order your copy here: http://nblast.de/SOILWORKMajesticNB
Soilwork – The Ride Majestic
As of this new album cycle, SOILWORK is joined by new bassist Markus Wibom, formerly of Helsingborg hardcore groupHearts Alive. Wibom replaces longtime band member Ola Flink, who has amicably left the group to focus on other endeavors. Wibom has been a personal friend of the band for many years and has previously toured with SOILWORK as a guitar tech and lighting designer. Wibom made his live debut with SOILWORK in Stockholm on April 30th.
SOILWORKvocalist Bjorn “Speed” Strid states, “We all sooner or later come to a crossroad in our lives, when our focus of being fueled by the past, is just as strong as our visions of the future and we have to make that incredibly hard decision. Where do I go now? Flink will forever be a symbol for SOILWORK and of all we were and still are about. That being said, we all could sense that he eventually would come to the above mentioned crossroad. He understandably and respectfully chose to step down.
Today, SLAYER unveil the album artwork for their 11th studio album, Repentless, due out September 11, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The artwork was created by Brazilian artist Marcelo Vasco in collaboration with the band’s Tom Araya and Kerry King.
“We had a number of submitted ideas for the cover artwork,“ said Araya. “And we felt Marcelo’s was the best. We made some suggestions and the result is an awesome album cover.“
The band also announces that the album’s title and first official track will be available digitally virtually everywhere (Amazon, iTunes, Google) around the globe this Friday, June 19.
“’Repentless’ is my Jeff tribute,“ said SLAYER’s Kerry King. “I call it the ‘HannemAnthem.’ It’s my perspective of Jeff’s perspective, it’s what I think…if Jeff wrote a song for himself “Repentless“ would be it.“
Arrogance, violence, world in disarray
Dealing with insanity every fuckin’ day
I hate the life, hate the fame, hate the fuckin’ scene
Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity
Ain’t got the time, I don’t want anything from you
Feeding on my tolerance is all you fuckin’ do
No looking back, no regrets, no apologies
What you get is what you see
Live fast, on high
Repentless, let it ride
My songs relive the atrocities
Can’t take society any fuckin’ more
Intensity, anarchy, hatred amplified
Playing this shit is all that keeps me alive
I leave it all on the road living on the stage
This is my life where I kill it everyday
So take you shot, bottom’s up, this is no lie
I’ll be beating this guitar ’til the day I die
Live fast, on high
Repentless, let it ride
I hate the life, hate the fame, hate fuckin’ scene
Pissing match of egos, fuck their vanity
Ain’t got the time, I don’t want anything from you
Feeding on my tolerance is all you fuckin’ do
No looking back, no regrets, no apologies
What you get is what you see
We’re all killing ourselves a little more everyday
Having been an interesting name in the Australian metal scene for over ten years, “avant-garde” death metal act Portal picked 2015 as the year where they’d play a few US and UK shows. After hitting Temples Festival in Bristol the other day, they next came to London to play at recently refurbished – though still quite small – venue, Nambucca. As they were to be joined by Grave Miasma, the rest of Impetuous Ritual and Qrixkuor, Sunday night was set to be a grand night for the London scene.
Heavy/doom metallers Exorcism have posted a brand new lyric video for the song ‘Virtual Freedom‘, taken from the EP ‘World In Sin‘ released on June 1./15., 2015 via Dream Records. The limited edition physical EP of 666 copies is exclusively available through the band’s website: www.exorcism13.com and digital on all platforms. The video made by ‘Dominus’ can be viewed below.
The EP was produced, mixed and mastered by Zvekan with the help of Dominus at Total Master Sound in Spain. The EP artwork was made by ‘Gragoth‘.
Exorcism‘ next full lenght studio album is coming this dooms day year 2015. This will be right before the comet strikes the earth, it all happens just before CERN opens the abyss and unleashes the beast for the apocalypse. Don’t listen to fools and false prophets … instead listen to EXORCISM.
Those into Dio/Tony Martin period Black Sabbath will delight in “Black Day in Paradise” and the dramatic 6:51 “Black Star”. Reverence to the masters, Csaba has rich pipes and this is ideal for those who love more thematic arrangements and solid metal chops that focus on the riffs and hooks while throwing in neo-classical textures during the lead breaks. (Dead Rhetoric)
What World in Sin boils down to can be summed up as a mixture of Ronnie James Dio worship with traces of Savatage and Jon Oliva’s Pain thrown in for gritty or epic sensations… (Matt Coe)
Following up last year’s highly enjoyable album I Am God, Exorcism unleash new EP World In Sin, an encounter in similar vein to its predecessor and sure to excite fans of artists like Black Sabbath and Dio as well as those with the appetite for a more modern take on their heavy metal… (Ringmaster)
Exorcism delivers a very Doomy performance on this EP, much in line with the realms of Black Sabbath and Candlemass. Zvekan‘ vocals and his approach is a bit angrier than the aforementioned two Doom Metal heavyweights. Doom Metal fans should enjoy. (Metal Express Radio)
After the recent announcement that Metal Allegiance will be releasing an album of original material, a date has been set for the debut album of the musical collective. The self-titled album is scheduled to be available worldwide on September 18th via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album features a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable perfromers. Brought together by principal partner Mark Menghi, Metal Allegiance contains appearances by Philip H. Anselmo, Charlie Benante, Chuck Billy, D. Randall Blythe, Rex Brown, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Phil Demmel, David Ellefson, Alissa White-Gluz, Matthew K. Heafy, Gary Holt, jamey Jasta, Chris Jericho, Andreas Kisser, Misha Mansoor, Mark Osegueda, Tim “Ripper” Owens, dUg Pinnick, Mike Portnoy, Troy Sanders, Cristina Scabbia, Alex Skolnick, Steve “Zetro” Souza and Ben Weinman.
“It’s always my pleasure to jam with such esteemed musicians and brothers, and my contribution to this project is further proof of that fact. Hail to all Heavy Metalers the world over!” states Philip H. Aneslmo.
Mike Portnoy adds, “I could not be any more excited or proud of the Metal Allegiance album… it’s everything I’ve always dreamed of and hoped for & 100x more!”
From the blistering opening of album starter “Gift Of Pain” to the final notes of closer “Pledge Of Allegiance,” it is clear this collective have created something special. The diversity of the individual tracks is apparent through each musical collaboration. The standard edition CD of Metal Allegiance will feature the 9 original songs. A digipak edition will be available that features an all-star tribute to Ronnie James Dio with a cover of his classic song “We Rock” as well as a 45 minute behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of the album. A double vinyl version will also be available that will feature all 10 songs as well.
D. Randall Blythe adds, “When Lamb Of God asked Alex Skolnick to rip a guest solo on ‘Ashes of the Wake’, it was a big deal to us to have one of the legends of our scene play on our record. Much to my amazement, years later he returned the request, and it’s an even bigger deal to me to be asked on a peer level to contribute to a project with so many stellar players. I was honored to be chosen – ‘Gift Of Pain’ rips! Play it LOUD!”
The tracklisting for Metal Allegiance is:
1. Gift Of Pain
(Vocals: D. Randall Blythe Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Gary Holt)
2. Let Darkness Fall
(Vocals: Troy Sanders Lead, Rhythm & Acoustic Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums & Percussion: Mike Portnoy Additional Bass: Mark Menghi & Rex Brown Additional Screams: D. Randall Blythe)
3. Can’t Kill The Devil
(Vocals: Chuck Billy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Phil Demmel & Andreas Kisser)
4. Dying Song
(Vocals: Philip H. Anselmo Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: Mark Menghi
Drums: Mike Portnoy)
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda & Cristina Scabbia Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick
Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy)
6. Destination: Nowhere
(Vocals: Matthew K. Heafy Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Matthew K. Heafy)
7. Wait Until Tomorrow
(Vocals: dUg Pinnick & Jamey Jasta Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums, Percussion & Additional Vocals: Mike Portnoy)
(Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Misha Mansoor, Ben Weinman, Charlie Benante, Phil Demmel, Matthew K. Heafy
& Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal)
9. Pledge Of Allegiance
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Charlie Benante, Gary Holt & Andreas Kisser)
10. We Rock (Deluxe Edition Only)
(Vocals: Mark Osegueda, Chris Jericho, Tim “Ripper” Owens, Alissa White-Gluz, Chuck Billy &
Steve “Zetro” Souza Lead & Rhythm Guitars: Alex Skolnick Bass: David Ellefson
Drums: Mike Portnoy Additional Lead Guitar: Andreas Kisser, Phil Demmel & Gary Holt)
Stemming from an initial idea in 2011, Metal Allegiance was born as a way to unite a collection of hard rock and heavy metal’s most notable musicians in a setting born under one ideal, a love of music and performing. In 2015, that ideal still holds true and has become the foundation for everything Metal Allegiance; furthered with the release of the upcoming debut album. While the lineup may change, the passion, the energy and the emotion all remain the same. Metal Allegiance is more than just a record or a concert, it’s an experience and a lifestyle.
Previous participants in Metal Allegiance live events have included: Philip Anselmo/Rex Brown (Pantera), Joey Belladonna/Frank Bello/Charlie Benante/Scott Ian (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt/Kerry King/Dave Lombardo (Slayer), Chuck Billy/Alex Skolnick (Testament), Troy Sanders (Mastodon), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs) and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) to name a few. These unforgettable events have also spawned surprise appearances by the likes of Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Phil Campbell/Mikkey Dee (Motöhead), Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs).
Australian melodic metallers LORD unveil their new EP “What Tomorrow Brings” featuring a title track which clocks in at over 25 minutes in length.
Stated LORD mainman L.T.: “This is something we’re really proud of, and something really different for LORD, although you can most definitely hear elements from all of the styles we like to dabble in all throughout the song. The difference is more so the presentation of those styles; in this case it’s a twenty five minute plus long concept piece that retraces the life of a man who has lost everything that had meaning to him, and now has a terrible choice to make that could mean the difference between life or death. What led him to this point and what does he ultimately choose? It was really cool to be able to do something so expansive with actors and orchestration that went through a great number or styles to tell the story. It’s most definitely a niche release that we couldn’t ordinarily do on a regular album, but we hope people find it as special as we do.”
Chris Bailey has returned to Infernal Majesty and for the last 3 years they have been quietly working on their 4th full length album. Recording almost complete, their long awaited next offering is due for release later this year attached to a new video called House Of War. A preview can be scene at the Infernal Majesty official Facebook page and on YouTube.
INFERNAL MAJESTY is a Canadian Heavy Metal band, formed in Toronto in 1986. They are best known for their debut album None Shall Defy, released in 1987. Spanning 3 decades they have shared stages with Cannibal Corpse, Dark Funeral, Nile and many more.
Regina, Saskatchewan – Canadian progressive/melodic death metal outfit, INTO ETERNITY, has announced a worldwide record deal with Kolony Records. The band will release its sixth studio album, ‘Sirens’, this fall.
INTO ETERNITY commented: “At long last, we have some good news for you all! Our new album, ‘Sirens’, is completely finished and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We’re pleased to announce INTO ETERNITY has inked a new record contract with Kolony Records! Thanks to Mr. Lorenzo Marchello for signing our band. Thank you to Joann, Amanda and the staff at Extreme Management Group for hammering out this new record deal for us. Thank you to our booking agent Rock the Nation U.S.A. for your support. With these new compositions, fans can expect to go on an epic journey of music and vocal melodies intertwined with aggression. Some of our very best moments and melodies are going to be represented on this new record. We are excited for our friends and fans to hear it!”
“Here at Kolony Records, we’re extremely excited about the signing of INTO ETERNITY. I’ve been a fan of the band for many years now,” added label owner, Lorenzo Marchello. “Kolony Records is a young label, but we have already launched several top-quality newcomer bands like Be’lakor, Persefone and Secrets of the Sky. INTO ETERNITY is the biggest band we have on our roster, and we’re sure we can give them that day-to-day kind of collaboration they are looking for. We can’t wait to start working on the band’s new album release!”
One of the most critically acclaimed bands in metal and undoubtedly one of its hardest-working, INTO ETERNITY borrows from all aspects of heavy music to form the perfect blend of technicality, memorable songwriting, traditional heavy metal and the sheer savagery of metal’s extreme genres.
Founded in Regina, Saskatchewan by guitarist Tim Roth in the late ’90s, INTO ETERNITY seamlessly melds the seemingly disparate worlds of extreme metal, hooky hard rock and challenging progressive music. Metal fans around the globe have hailed the technical prowess displayed on such albums as ‘Dead or Dreaming’, ‘Buried in Oblivion’ and ‘The Scattering of Ashes’, as well as the virtuosity displayed during tours with the likes of Megadeth, Dream Theater, Lamb of God, Opeth, Symphony X and Iced Earth. INTO ETERNITY continues to be in demand at high profile festivals around the world, and will be actively touring worldwide in support of its upcoming 2015 release.
The masters of Cinematic Metal, Luca Turilli’s RHAPSODY, will release their new outstanding record Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus on June 19th (EU), June 22nd (UK) and June 29th (US) via Nuclear Blast.
In support of their new record, the band reveals two new studio trailers, named “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher”.
Watch the clips for “Please Cry More” and “Higher And Higher” on the Nuclear Blast Youtube channel:https://goo.gl/LNSoEJ
Below is the track listing for Prometheus – Symphonia Ignis Divinus:
Nova Genesis (Ad Splendorem Angeli Triumphantis)
Il Cigno Nero
Rosenkreuz (The Rose And The Cross)
Il Tempo Degli Dei
One Ring To Rule Them All
King Solomon And The 72 Names Of God
Of Michael The Archangel And Lucifer’s Fall Part II: Codex Nemesis
Codex Nemesis Alpha Omega
Symphonia Ignis Divinus (The Quantum Gate Revealed)
III. The Astral Convergence
The Divine Fire Of The Archangel
Of Psyche And Archetypes (System Overloaded)
North American Bonus Track:
Thundersteel (cinematic cover version of RIOT featuring Ralf Scheepers of Primal Fear)
AMORPHIS to release “Under The Red Cloud” this September 2015
The Finnish masters of melancholic metal, AMORPHIS, are pleased to announce the release of their new upcoming album Under The Red Cloud. The worldwide release is scheduled for September, 04th via Nuclear Blast.
“The album is titled Under The Red Cloud and the artwork was done by Valnoir Mortasonge,“ guitarist Esa Holopainen states. “Valnoiris well known from his works for LAIBACH, PARADISE LOST, WATAIN, BEHEMOTH and many more. It was a great pleasure to work with him as he captured the lyrical topics really well. Colors and details describe the music perfectly.“
Esa continues: “Under The Red Cloud is produced by Jens Bogren who did amazing job with the album. There’s a lot’s of elements in the songs but every note and element is in perfect harmony so that the result is fucking heavy and melodic. All I can say is that Under The Red Cloud will be in my personal Top 3 AMORPHIS albums that we’ve ever done.“
According to the official facebook of Trey Azagthoth Morbid Angel has parted aways with David Vincent and recruited Steve Tucker
From Trey Azagthoth himself………..,
“Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that Steve Tucker and I are working together again for Morbid Angel and the next record will certainly be an amazingly sick World Beater!”
MORBID ANGEL: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR February 8, 2001
In related news, Tim Yeung has officially left MORBID ANGEL, five years after he joined the band as the replacement for the group’s longtime drummer, Pedro “Pete” Sandoval.
Said Tim in a statement: “I’ve been waiting to break the news for a while about this. Now seems like the proper time to do so.
“As some of you know, there have been some lineup changes with MORBID ANGEL. Unfortunately, due to financial differences, I will not be continuing with them.
“It has been a great five years being involved with MORBID ANGEL. I’ve met a ton of great people all over the world, played some amazing shows, and have a ton of great memories as well as stories.
“I wish Trey [Azagthoth, guitar] and MORBID ANGEL all the best. As for myself, I’m always up for the next opportunity life throws my way.”
Rockers Lynch Mob are back this summer with their most-anticipated release to date. Rebel, the band’s 8th studio release, is slated for worldwide release on August 21st via Frontiers Music SRL. The first song released from Rebel is the scorching “Automatic Fix.” The song features an exciting opening riff and vocal melody and Lynch burns on one of his best guitar solos. A video for the song can be seen here: https://youtu.be/deJdCFQ76BA. Fans who pre-order the album via iTunes at http://radi.al/LynchMobRebeliTunes will receive an instant download of “Automatic Fix.”
Talking about “Automatic Fix,” singer Oni Logan states , “This is an interesting song in that it was the last song that was recorded vocally. I initially thought that it might be best used as instrumental. I simply love this song because of its energy and attitude.”
From the blistering album opener “Automatic Fix” to the album closer “War,” it is clear Lynch Mob is back to show fans why they are one of rock’s most-loved bands. The Lynch Mob line-up on Rebel is comprised of namesake George Lynch on guitars, Oni Logan on vocals, Jeff Pilson on bass and Brian Tichy on drums. Songs like “Testify,” “Sanctuary,” and “Dirty Money” showcase Oni Logan’s trademark vocal ability while putting his diverse lyrical content on full display. The album was produced by Geroge Lynch collaborator Chris “the Wizard” Collier. An EPK talking about the new album was recently released and can be seen at: https://youtu.be/D1CaKhPItbQ.
“With Rebel, we allowed ourselves to move outside our normally imposed self restraints and tread some forbidden sonic territories,” recalls George Lynch. “What surprises me is no matter how far we attempt to stray away from the classic ‘Lynch Mob formula,’ we can never really escape the chemistry between myself and Oni. There’s just a thing that happens there that’s unique to us and undeniable.”
The tracklisting for Rebel is:
1) Automatic Fix
2) Between The Truth And A Lie
5) Pine Tree Avenue
6) Jelly Roll
7) Dirty Money
8) The Hollow Queen
9) The Ledge
10) Kingdon Of Slaves
Lynch Mob formed in 1989 after George Lynch parted ways with his former band Dokken. This year marks the 25th Anniversay of Lynch Mob’s debut release Wicked Sensation, which is the band’s most popular work to date achieving gold-selling status. The band has released seven other albums throughout their career. Lynch Mob will be touring throught the summer in support of Rebel with more information to be announced at a later date.
Recorded at FireMachine studios and produced by guitarist Steve Moore, Seven Sins combines all the elements expected from Stormzone and the classic heavy metal genre, powerful guitars, soaring vocals and crunching bass & drums wrapped with classic melodies.
Set in the 18th century, the album tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dealer, his travelling troupe of various gifted misfits and the Seven Sins Emporium into which he invites men to test their resolve and strength. A story with layers upon layers, it is unarguably the most ambitious Stormzone record to date, unified with a theme, Seven Sins is the very first Stormzone concept album. A difficult feat for most, but a challenge vocalist, lyricist and founding member John ‘Harv’ Harbinson embraced. “It’s hard to describe Seven Sins in one paragraph… the story-line is so complex. It’s a very dark subject. It’s touch and go at times with regards to how far you can go with it, but at the end of it all there’s hope.”
As well as the 12 album tracks there is more. The physical CD booklet includes a code within its pages and fans will have the opportunity to enter it into the official Stormzone website, www.stormzone.tv, and if they get the order correct they can download a further four brand new songs not available on the album!
2. Another Rainy Night
3. Your Time Has Come
4. The One That Got Away
5. I Know Your Pain
6. Seven Sins
7. You’re Not The Same
8. Raise The Knife
9. Abandoned Souls
10. Special Brew
11. Master Of Sorrow
12. Born Of The Damned
Having formed in 2004 Stormzone have gone from strength to strength. On the cusp of releasing their fifth and most ambitious record to date, the band can look back at a series of highlights including appearances on stages across the world and festivals including Sonisphere and Bloodstock Open Air, touring with legendary acts such as Saxon, Stryper, Tesla, etc. and seeing their name spread across the pages of iconic magazines such as Metal Hammer, “Tuneful ingots of molten intensity. Old school HM strikes gold!” Classic Rock, “Stormzone live up to their name and then some. Lighting To The Nation!” and Powerplay Magazine, “Nothing short of Magnificent. If you call yourself a HM fan do yourself a favour…”
This year sees the band carry on as before with Seven Sins being released just before the band embark on a series of Spanish festival appearances, including Skulls of Metal in Jaen and Leyendas Del Rock in Alicante. Further dates including more shows with Saxon are also to be announced shortly.
As AEROSMITH gears up for their 2015 summer tour, a date has been announced for the release of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014. Due out September 4, the 20-song collection captures the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Famers delivering a scorching career-spanning show at the famed Donington Park in Leicestershire, UK in June 2014. Filmed in high definition, the critically acclaimed concert film–which premiered in February with a highly successful nationwide theatrical run–will be available on multiple formats: Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for North America and DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD, DVD+3LP and digital formats for ROW/Europe. Details about a special pre-sale–with bonus items–of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 will be available in the coming weeks.
Headlining the massive Download Festival as part of the band’s “Let Rock Rule” tour, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford unleashed supercharged versions of “Love In An Elevator,” “Janie’s Got A Gun,” “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing,” “Dude Looks Like A Lady,” “Walk This Way,” “Dream On,” “Sweet Emotion,” “Toys In The Attic,” “Mama Kin,” and many more.
In the Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 liner notes, David Wild–Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone–describes the performance as having “the same kind of power and overwhelming passion that has always remained at the very heart of the live Aerosmith experience…So whether you were fortunate enough to be there among the crowds at Donington Park that gloriously atmospheric night in 2014–or more likely, if you are just lucky enough to catch up after the fact today–there is only one appropriate shared reaction to what you are seeing and hearing here: genuine rock & roll shock and awe.”
“It’s always an absolute hoot that leaves me howling at the moon, performing at Donington we couldn’t have had a better time on stage that night,” says Steven Tyler. “I could feel the vibes of all the greats pulsing through the stage like AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and so many more.”
“We have played Donington many times but this performance was one of our best,” recalls Joe Perry. “Thanks to our fans who were there who helped us make it a night to remember. We are proud to have it be part of this theatrical series and it will give our fans who weren’t there around the world a chance to relive an ass kicking night of rock and roll.”
“We’re really proud and grateful to have been chosen to headline the Download festival at Donington for 2014,” Tom Hamilton adds. “It was an awesome experience and I think this film captures it. Special thanks to the insane fans who stuck with us through mud and rain.”
“I’m grateful to have been able to play this show at Donington,” says Joey Kramer. “I thought the band played great, the audience was great. That night was a very special time.”
“Playing in Donington has always been a highlight of the tour for us,” adds Brad Whitford. “The fervor of the crowd there is a sight to behold and this night was no different.”
Fans can now bring home the live experience of Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014. Breaking down the long-lasting appeal of the band and the contributions of each of its members, Wild writes in the liner notes:
●”Has any frontman ever stayed as deeply connected to the true spirit of rock & roll than Steven Tyler? The man’s muse does just not seem to contain an off-switch, and somehow he continues to have more energy onstage now than ever before…take a good look at Tyler on fire here…Tyler’s voice remains a tremendous force of nature…”
●”[Perry’s] delivered some of the most thrilling and iconic guitar solos in all of rock history…the man is not simply one of our all-time greatest guitarists…Perry has also more than earned his place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame along with Steven Tyler, further validation of their shared place as one of rock’s most respected songwriting teams ever.”
●”Among many other virtues, Aerosmith is arguably the most soulful band in rock history, and a lot of the credit for that goes to powerhouse yet funky drummer Joey Kramer…Kramer’s strong sense of feel provided Aerosmith with a solid foundation that keeps the band pumping…Kramer is the man credited with giving the band its eternally cool name.”
●”Rock solid bassist Tom Hamilton is much more than simply half of one of hard rock’s best and most versatile rhythm sections…Hamilton is not just a fine musician–he has also co-written a few of the most beloved Aerosmith classics…namely ‘Sweet Emotion’ and ‘Janie’s Got A Gun,’ as well as a number of other fan favorites.”
●”…[Brad Whitford is]…perhaps the group’s most effective secret musical weapon…known as Aerosmith’s band’s rhythm guitarist…Whitford has shown himself to be the absolute perfect guitar slinger to partner with Joe Perry–a more trained axe ace who has done so much to allow Aerosmith to consistently sound like a massive guitar army, and even better yet, one that always wins.”
The Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014 track listing is as follows:
1) Train Kept A-Rollin’
2) Eat The Rich
3) Love In An Elevator
6) Livin’ On The Edge
7) Last Child
8) Freedom Fighter
9) Same Old Song And Dance
10) Janie’s Got A Gun
11) Toys In The Attic
12) I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
13) No More No More
14) Come Together
15) Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
16) Walk This Way
17) Home Tonight
18) Dream On
19) Sweet Emotion
20) Mama Kin