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SKID ROW With Ugly Kid Joe @ The Limelight

November 3rd, 2013

Skid Row with Ugly Kid Joe

@ The Limelight, Belfast

Tuesday October 29th 2013

Review by Melanie Brehaut

Photography by Paul Verner

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Skid Row

Can bands that reached the heady heights of rock and metal fame in the Eighties and Nineties still be relevant today? More importantly, can they still kick ass? That’s the question hanging in the air at the Limelight prior to Ugly Kid Joe and Skid Row’s co-headlining gig tonight. Read the rest of this entry »

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Ugly Kid Joe Is Back With “Stairway to Hell”: Album Out Today

April 16th, 2013

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.

The first video from Stairway to Hell, “I’m Alright,” has been racking up the YouTube hits since its release earlier this year. Stairway to Hell is streaming all week on AOL Music’s Listening Party as well as MSN Music’s Listening Booth.

Stairway to Hell: AOL Listening Party | MSN Listening Booth

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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.

Ugly Kid Joe is:

Whitfield Crane (vocals)

Cordell Crockett (bass)

Klaus Eichstadt (guitars)

Dave Forman (guitars)

Shannon Larkin (drums)

Stairway to Hell track listing:

 

Devil’s Paradise

You Make Me Sick

No One Survives

I’m Alright

Love Ain’t True

Another Beer

Cat In the Cradle (acoustic)

Would You Like To Be There (acoustic)

No One Survives (acoustic)

EPK (video)*

It’s Alright (video)*

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ALICE COOPER’S ‘HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF FEAR’ @ London Wembley Arena

December 6th, 2012

ALICE COOPER’S

‘HALLOWEEN NIGHT OF FEAR’

@ London Wembley Arena

Sunday 28th October 2012

Review & Photography by

Michelle Murphy (Support Acts)

Sabrina Dersel (Alice Cooper)



Arriving at Wembley Park station with the American Football event at the stadium just next door is not something I would like to happen again: walking against the flow of thousand and thousand of sport fans leaving the 90,000 seats capacity of the stadium is quite an experience!

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UGLY KID JOE, Fozzy and Butcher Babies @ Camden Underworld

July 27th, 2012

Ugly Kid Joe, Fozzy and Butcher Babies

@ Camden underworld

6th June 2012

Review by Ashlinn Nash

Photography by Oran Tarjan



For the first show in fifteen years, Ugly kid Joe accompanied by the debut of Butcher Babies to the UK scene and a well gigged in the UK veteran squad Fozzy all make up the line-up for tonight.

Set to be a rich display of style, rock and roll etiquette and a sold out underworld ready to rock!
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SWEDENROCK 2012

June 27th, 2012

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SWEDENROCK 2012

ARTICLE AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN, MARKO SYRJALA and PATRICK CLEMENT

“We Are The Saints Of Los Angeles” – screamed Vince Neil into the mic when Motley Crue headlined the last day of the Swedenrock fest. Well, once again the Finnish Metal-Rules.com team made their annual roadtrip to Swedenrock. Metal Rules has covered Swedenrock since 2001, therefore it is quite logical to cover the festival again. The 2012 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide. It has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather once again showed positive and negative sides. It either rained, or was windy, or quite warm. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Rock on!

THURSDAY

EXCITER

The legendary Canadian metallers Exciter is considered as a pioneer of thrash/speed metal because their albums were some of the very first in that genre. Years have passed by since those early days as the current line-up consists of the only one surviving original member in the ranks – John Ricci. However, the band still enjoys a true cult following. That could be testified when a couple of thousand people had crawled to witness the Canadian heavy metal maniacs in action. The four piece delivered a good deal of both old material and newer material in their set. Songs such as “Long Live Loud”,”Heavy Metal Maniac”,”Pounding Metal” and of course a few newer songs for example “Aggressor”,”Evil Omen” belonged to the one hour setlist. The current vocalist Kenny “The Mouth” Winter is capable of reaching the upper registers with his singing; John Ricci hasn’t given up his style an inch, just relying on spikes and leather, the bassist looked like a monster on stage. Frankly, Exciter sounded like true pounding Canadian metal.

Aggressor

I Am the Beast

The Dark Command

Victims of Sacrifice

Heavy Metal Maniac

Evil Omen

Rising of the Dead

Stand Up And Fight

Pounding Metal

Slaughtered in Vain

Rain of Terror

Long Live the Loud

Violence & Force

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LITTLE ANGELS

The re-united British hard rockers Little Angels were one of the first performers on Thursday and because of a traffic jam, when we finally reached the venue, the band had already played almost half of their set. The band has now managed to put together the classic line up: Bruce John Dickinson on guitar, Jimmy Dickinson on keys, Mark Plunkett on bass, drummer Mark Richardson on drums an vocalist Toby Jebson who’s also fronting the current incarnation of Fastway. The Little Angels set consisted of material from their entire career and included their best known songs like: “Don’t Prey for Me” and “Young Gods” which was a final encore for the show. All in all, this was an entertaining performance and the guys clearly enjoyed being back on stage together. Hopefully these few booked shows will lead the band into a full-time reunion in the future?

She’s a Little Angel

Kickin’ Up Dust

Boneyard

Radical Your Lover

The Way That I Live

Don’t Pray for Me

Too Much Too Young

Young Gods

 

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EXODUS

Gary Holt was once again recruited to handle the guitarist duties to Slayer so some definitely wondered if Exodus would be forced to cancel the European tour again. The most unexpected thing came about when the former guitarist Rick Hunolt stepped in to stand up for Gary Holt on the European dates. At least Hunolt blew the whole stage up with his restless and wild performance, leaving the other guys to gasp for air. Whereas Lee Altus and Jack Gibson mostly remained in one spot on at the stage, focusing on playing and head banging. The frontman Rob Dukes kept encouraging the flegnmatic Swedish audience to arrange some kind of havoc. He did succeed in the near impossible task when a small circle pit started out in the audience. The setlist was pure Exodus as consisted of classic songs and newer material for example “Black List”, “And There Were None”, “The Ballad of Leonard And Charles”, “Toxic Waltz” and a number of other classics. Exodus was in the fire – Does Exodus need Gary Holt on the stage anymore..hmm ?

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NIGHT RANGER

Night Ranger debut time at Swedenrock! It finally happened after almost 15 years of trying by the Swedenrock organization. And the band did not disappoint. Playing all their biggest hits and anthems, a couple of new ones from their latest effort SOMEWHERE IN CALIFORNIA and a few ‘covers’ by bands the respective band members has been in; Jack Blades in Damn Yankees – ‘Coming of Age’ and ‘High Enough’ and Brad Gillis in Ozzy Osbourne’s band – ‘Crazy Train’ ! More highlights being ‘(You Can Still) Rock In America’ with the one and only Dee Snider guesting and the Kelly Keagy sung ’Sister Christian’, perhaps the biggest hit of Night Ranger.

Lay It On Me

Sing Me Away

Seven Wishes

Coming of Age

Rumours

Crazy Train

Growing Up in California

The Secret of My Success

Eddie’s Comin’ Out Tonight

High Enough

Touch of Madness

When You Close Your Eyes

(You Can Still) Rock In America

Sister Christian

Don’t Tell Me You Love Me

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ST. VITUS

The current doom metal boom has brought several old names back on the map. For example, the mighty Saint Vitus rose from the world beyond and released a new album earlier this year. Therefore the four piece has been booked by several European metal festivals. As for the Swedenrock festival, playing under the bright sun during the day light isn’t the most perfect timing and environment for a band like Saint Vitus. Of course, doom metal rolled and ruled, but this sort of dismal doom metal needs a darkened club with the smokey atmosphere, not massive open-air festival. However, the legendary St. Vitus sounded doomy, but otherwise a bit boring.

Blessed Night

I Bleed Black

Clear Windowpane

Let Them Fall

The Bleeding Ground

Look Behind You

The Waste of Time

Mystic Lady

Dying Inside

Born Too Late

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 STEEL PANTHER

U.S. glam metalers / 80’s parody band Steel Panther made their second appearance at Swedenrock. It looks like there’s no end in sight for this bands ever growing popularity. The band now performed on the Rockstage and it seems that even this stage is not big enough for the Panthers. The place was entirely packed when the band opened the show with “Supersonic Sex Machine” and “Tomorrow Night”. Nowadays classics “Fat Girl”, “Asian Hooker” and “Death to All But Metal” made people shout noisily a long and there was a true party feeling on the air during the whole set. Steel Panther were now as good as ever but at times it did feel that this was something what’s been seen and heard many times before. The same songs, mostly the same jokes and “stage elements” were present. Perhaps it would be a good idea for me to have a little break before the next Panther show because otherwise the band will start to taste like a wood for sure?

Supersonic Sex Machine

Tomorrow Night

Fat Girl (Thar She Blows)

Asian Hooker

Just Like Tiger Woods

Gold-Digging Whore

Turn Out the Lights

Community Property

Eyes of a Panther

Girl From Oklahoma

Party All Day (Fuck All Night)

It Won’t Suck Itself

Eatin’ Ain’t Cheatin’

17 Girls in a Row

Death to All but Metal

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SEPULTURA

Sepultura keeps on going with the current line-up even though fans are outspoken and eager to see the return of the classic line-up. However, Sepultura fronted by Derrick Green did a killer gig by playing a wide range of songs from several Sepultura albums at Swedenrock. The Brazilian thrash four piece appeared to be in a good mood on stage. The current drummer Eloy Casagrande is an extremely skilled drummer with sharp and tight playing. Paolo Jr has grayed a lot and his appearance is not unlike some sixty year old man. Kisser still has fire and passion left in his playing. Derrick Green is a real monstrous relentless frontman encouraging the audience go beserk. Although the band works well on stage, it does feels that it is kind of cover band.

Dark Wood of Error

Refuse/Resist

Kairos

Relentless

Dead Embryonic Cells

Convicted in Life

Dialog

Attitude

What I Do!

Choke

Mask

Septic Schizo / Escape to the Void

Sepulnation

Subtraction

Territory

Inner Self

Polícia(Titãs cover)

Arise

Ratamahatta

Roots Bloody Roots

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SEBASTIAN BACH

Sebastian returns to Swedenrock! This gig was supposed to happen a few years back but Bach then missed his flight and couldn’t get to the festival site on time for the gig. A few years later and he still has the same band and a new record out, KICKING & SCREAMING. The set consists of many Skid Row tunes mixed with solo stuff, almost 50/50. Sebastian did prove that he still is an A-class frontman. However, sadly, there’s a feeling that’s something missing during many of the Skid Row songs… For the encores Dee Snider is once again guesting, and it’s a perfect fit!

Slave to the Grind

Kicking & Screaming

Dirty Power

Here I Am

Big Guns

(Love Is) A Bitchslap

Stuck Inside

Piece of Me

18 and Life

American Metalhead

As Long as I Got the Music

Monkey Business

My Own Worst Enemy

I’m Alive

I Remember You

Tunnelvision

We’re Not Gonna Take It

Youth Gone Wild

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DIMMU BORGIR

Has the success of Dimmu Borgir decreased during the past few years in Sweden? Or, why did the band play on the third stage? A few years back the Norwegian symphonic black metallers shred the second stage. Well, it is hard to say, but at least Dimmu Borgir pulled a horror godly sounding show in the darkening Swedish landscape. The band sounded majestic, pompous, and looked like a one kind of freaky monstrous group under the massive lightshow after the sunset. The set was basically traditional Dimmu Borgir including songs such as “Mourning Palace”, “A Succubus in Rapture”, “The Serpentine Offering”, and “Progenies of the Great Apocalypse”. The audience seemed to enjoy the show from their heart.

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SOUNDGARDEN

Soundgarden comeback gig and debut at Swedenrock. There were many of those this year, and thankfully so.  For starters one has to appreciate the lights, look, and atmosphere of the Soundgarden stage – perfectly suiting their sometimes moody and depressive, occasionally still and sometimes raw music…Soundgarden taking their time with the reunion and with baby steps slowly building seems to pay off – the band now being in good form, especially frontman Chris Cornell. Almost all their biggest songs were heard, including their new one ‘Live to Rise’. A new album will be released this coming fall. Soundgarden had a good reception although the band style (the dreaded grunge) isn’t what everybody expected from a Swedenrock headliner.

Searching With My Good Eye Closed

Spoonman

Let Me Drown

Outshined

Flower

Drawing Flies

Hunted Down

Blow Up the Outside World

Fell on Black Days

Ugly Truth

Loud Love

Live to Rise

My Wave

Burden in My Hand

Rusty Cage

Gun

Black Hole Sun

Room a Thousand Years Wide

Jesus Christ Pose

Beyond the Wheel

Slaves & Bulldozers

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DARK FUNERAL

Besides Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral presented more of the black metal assault at Swedenrock. In wake of the eerie sounding intro, the blackened metal warriors strut like penguins in the line onto the stage. Although the band looked grim with the panda make-up, but soundwise Dark Funeral sounded extremely horrible. For some reason the sounds were entirely muddy, hearing the vocals or guitars turned out to be quite painful. However, the pyros and the stage set up looked grim. Song by song the sounds improved a bit to have the decent quality. As for the current singer Nachtgarm, his manners were meant to look evil, but it mostly brought the humoristic aspects. In a way, the former singer, Emperor Magus Galicula, was the real roots of all evil at the stage.

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UGLY KID JOE – Vocalist Whitfield Crane

June 22nd, 2012

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WHITFIELD CRANE

OF

UGLY KID JOE

INTERVIEW AND PICS BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS BY PATRICK CLEMENT

Ugly Kid Joe are an American metal / hard rock band hailing from California. The band was formed in 1989 and to date, Ugly Kid Joe has released three full-length albums, two compilation albums and two EPs. Ugly Kid Joe enjoyed massive success with their early singles “Everything about You” and “Cats In the Cradle” which both ran almost constantly on MTV. The first two albums AS UGLY AS THEY WANNA BE EP (1991) and AMERICA’S LEAST WANTED (1992) were both certified double platinum in USA. MENACE TO SOBRIETY (1995) presented the bands heavier and more serious side and it included another hit single “Milkman’s Son”.  The third and yet the last full length album MOTEL CALIFORNIA was released in 1996. The album did fail to reach its predecessors success and the band decided to split up just one year later. In 2010 the band announced a reunion where the lineup will be the same as the last one before their breakup: vocalist Whitfield Crane, guitarists Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman, bassist Cordell Crockett and drummer Shannon Larkin. The new six track EP titled STAIRWAY TO HELL was released in early June. Two weeks ago the band headed to play Swedenrock Festival and there we then had the pleasure to discuss with Mr. Crane himself and hear the facts behind the re-union, future plans as well as Crane’s personal stuff from a “super fan” perspective… Read On!

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SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: UGLY KID JOE Singer WHITFIELD CRANE To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO In Costa Rica

July 8th, 2010
SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: UGLY KID JOE Singer WHITFIELD CRANE To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO In Costa Rica

SIGHT OF EMPTINESS: UGLY KID JOE Singer WHITFIELD CRANE To Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO In Costa Rica

Singer Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, ANOTHER ANIMAL, LIFE OF AGONY) will join the Costa Rican metal band SIGHT OF EMPTINESS for a very special night of covers. On July 10 at 8 p.m. at Jazz Cafe in Escazu, Costa Rica, the crowd will be treated to renditions of songs in tribute to Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, DIO, BLACK SABBATH,RAINBOW), Peter Steele (TYPE O NEGATIVE) and Paul Gray(SLIPKNOT), with Crane taking the mic for the Dio portion of the show. “I have been in Costa Rica for the past few months, when I went to the Megadeth show I saw Sight Of Emptiness open the show. Those guys just killed on stage and one thing lead to another. I am excited to rock the mic, Costa Rican style”, said Whitfield Crane about the show.

When asked about the current status of UGLY KID JOE, Crane said, “It’s ON — UGLY KID JOE is back. We are talking about doing shows next year, in addition to studio time. I’m stoked”

SIGHT OF EMPTINESS supported MEGADETH on May 9 at Autodromo La Guacima in San Jose, Costa Rica in front of 14000 people. SIGHT OF EMPTINESS also won the Award of “Best Metal Album” for their second Independent record: “Absolution of Humanity” 2010, at the ACAM AWARDS in Costa Rica = ASCAP in the USA. In addition, they were previously handpicked by both DARK TRANQUILLITY and AMON AMARTH to open their shows in the country. They also shared stages with such bands as LACUNA COIL, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, TESTAMENT, FIREWIND and SABBAT (featuring Andy Sneap, producer of the latest MEGADETH album, “Endgame”).

SIGHT OF EMPTINESS’s second album, “Absolution of Humanity”, was mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SOILWORK, BLOODBATH, KATATONIA, SYMPHONY X) at Fascination Street Studios. The cover artwork was created by Costa Rican artist Pablo Vargas.

EPK / TEASER New Album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsS1LTSJJrc

Labels interested in releasing the new album or signing the band can contact SIGHT OF EMPTINESS at eduardochz@gmail.com

Eduardo Chacón / Sight of Emptiness

www.sightofemptiness.com

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