Tagged: Hard Rock

Champions in blending classic heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, Canadian shredders STRIKER will unleashing their sixth studio album Play To Win this Friday, October 26 via their independent label Record Breaking Records.

Play To Win features 10 fist pounding shredtacular anthems produced by the band plus mixed and mastered by Hendrik Udd (Firewind, Powerwolf, Hammerfall, Delain).
The album follows their 2017 self-titled full length that the band supported with tours across Europe and North America with Sonata Arctica, Dark Tranquility, and Warbringer along with festival appearances at 70,000 Tons of Metal, Bang Your Head Festival (Germany) and more to add to their almost 1000 shows performed in their decade plus career.
That fifth studio album also garnered them a nomination from Canada’s JUNO awards, the country’s highest music prize, along with wins at the Edmonton Music Awards and Western Canadian Awards.
In support of the release of Play To Win, STRIKER launched a crowd funding campaign via their official website on August 9 – www.striker-metal.com
Striker is an Edmonton-based recording and performing heavy metal band that has grown immensely through their years in the industry. A classic mix of heavy metal, hard rock, and 80’s hair metal, their music features powerful, clean vocals, catchy choruses, vocal harmonies, and impressive guitar leads.
Audiences are often floored by the energy of their live show, and their recorded material has been met with fantastic response by both fans and industry across the world. Striker has toured across dozens of countries as headliners as well as support for major metal acts. Gearing up for the release of their latest album the sky’s the limit for these Canadians!!

Active rock powerhouse Owl Company recently announced the upcoming release of their sophomore full-length album entitled Iris out November 9, 2018via Eclipse Records. The album was mixed by Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Faith No More, Three Doors Down) and mastered by Paul Logus (Stone Sour, Pop Evil, Clutch).

It has been a mere four weeks since the release of their first single and music video for the track “Shattered Dreams”, and it has already surpassed 19,000 views on YouTube, and 20,000 organic plays on Spotify. Today, Owl Companyhave released a brand-new lyric video for the soaring active rock anthem, “Rise”. Watch it now via the Eclipse Records YouTube channel, or stream it via SpotifyApple Music, or Deezer today!

Vocalist Enrico Minelli states, “Rise is about faith and how those associated beliefs can intervene in a person’s life. It tells a story of someone who has realized that they are the god of their actions”. 

Iris contains thirteen memorable, melodic, active rock anthems which flex their muscles, and instantly make you want to hear more. Highlights on the album include the instant hit “Shattered Dreams” which tackles the concept of faith and how it can take away one’s free will, the self-empowering track “Rise” which also explores the concept of faith but from the perspective that individuals are responsible for their own actions, and the soaring energetic track “Antagonist” which is a personal reflection on the ending of a lifelong relationship.

Pre-order the full album on iTunesAmazon, or Google Play, and stream the singles via SpotifyApple Music, Deezer, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and elsewhere here.

For more information on Owl Company, please visit them on FacebookTwitter, or Eclipse Records.

 

 

Sydney based rock outfit Lese Majesty are set to release new single ‘Age of Outrage’ this Friday September 21! The duo, Jodie Gibson (vocalist) and Joel Henderson (guitarist and songwriter), have joined forces with producer Luke Palmer (Dead Letter Circus guitarist) for the song – and have also featured drummer Luke Williams of Dead Letter Circus on the track. Add to that, mixing credits to Forrester Savell (KarnivoolCogShihad), and you have something of a special broth brewing. It comes as a first taste of what is to come – on an EP that will be announced very soon.

Inspired by the outrage trend gripping the thumbs of the current digital age, the point of view is from the perspective of someone who’s made a mistake and can’t live it down. “It’s personal experience” said Joel. “I wrote this stupid joke as a teenager and I always thank my lucky Zuckerberg’s that social media wasn’t around, or I would have been destroyed…. now whenever I see someone repeating the same pattern, even if what they write is absurd, a part of me can empathise with them.”

Bassist Joel Henderson describes the recording process, “Luke had this crazy riff idea that scared the pants off us… we jammed on it in pre-production one weekend, and by the end of the day we had all the music finished but no lyrics or melody. For two months we wrote about four or five different choruses and more than fifteen different verses until we finally had something that was close to the mark.

I was reluctant about this song at first, it was so frantic that I didn’t know if we could pull it off live” reveals Joel, “but the riff was bouncing around inside my head for weeks, and I had so many lyric ideas that we just couldn’t put it aside.

“It was Forresters’ cat that gave us the inspiration behind the opening line.” Singer Jodie Gibson laughs, “We were recording vocals at his home studio, we walked outside for a break, the cat would slink on over, almost close enough for a pat, and just as we reached out – it would pull its head back… classic cat tease, almost saying: “Is this what you wanted?” So that became the opening line of the song.

The single comes along with a videoclip, filmed and edited by Joel Black from Tommirock, a music and film production company from Newcastle.

The shoot location was on an island north of Sydney. Jodie Gibson, vocalist for the band, said that “I was sick of chasing council permits, so instead we hired this small tin boat, loaded it with equipment and secretly transported all the gear across the water to get to this secluded spot… we then packed the kit with cushions and towels so there weren’t any noise complaints, and for the underwater scenes we filled the kit with rocks so it wouldn’t float.”
“The scene where I fall into the water was done at 6.30am on a winters morning.” Singer Jodie Gibson recalls, “It was pretty brutal, then we got a bit idealistic and put the whole band and all the equipment in the water, in hindsight we probably should have waited for summer for these kinds of ideas.”

Lese Majesty’s new single Age of Outrage is out this Friday September 21 in all good online stores and streaming outlets.

 

It has been five years since Fozzy fronted by Chris Jericho toured our shores, but now with the band heading back to our great land Chris Jericho joined Dave G on air this week to let us know what we can expect from the tour and what life has been like since the last album saw the band’s popularity rise even more. Remember if you haven’t grabbed tickets to this amazing tour – do so right here – http://silverbacktouring.com.au/fozztralia

Sit back and enjoy our Chris Jericho interview.

 

 

Rock super group Motor Sister – featuring Jim Wilson (Mother Superior), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Pearl Aday (solo), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), and John Tempesta (The Cult) – 
will have a new album due out 2019 via Metal Blade Records. 

Since the release of their debut, Ride, in 2015, the group has been more than busy with their other commitments outside of the band: Scott Ian has been touring non-stop with Anthrax; John Tempesta has been on tour with The Cult; Joey Vera has been performing Symbol Of Salvation in its entirety with Armored Saint; Pearl Aday released a solo album,Heartbreak and Canyon Revelry, and just completed a run of dates opening for Cody Jinks; Jim Wilson released his latest album with drummer Phil Jones in June.

Motor Sister was originally assembled to jam for Scott Ian’s 50th birthday party. Thanks to Scott’s wife Pearl Aday, all it took was a quick phone call, and the stage was literally set for Scott’s dream gig. “I wanted to cherry-pick a set list of my favorite Mother Superior songs and get these guys together and have the concert at my house,” Scott says of the event that eventually led to an album (Ride – comprised of Mother Superior covers) and the formation of Motor Sister
For their second release, 
Motor Sister will be writing all new, original songs.

“The simple goal for the second Motor Sister album is to make the most kick ass, high energy rock & roll record ever,” Jim Wilson comments.

To preview and purchase Ride, please visit: 
www.metalblade.com/motorsister 

Stay tuned for more news coming soon!
Motor Sister line-up:
Jim Wilson – vocals, guitar
Scott Ian – guitar
Joey Vera – bass
John Tempesta – drums
Pearl Aday – vocals

 

With nine days to go before the arrival of new Alice In Chains album Rainier Fog (BMG), anticipation is ramping up with the release of new single Never Fade . Never Fade is the third Rainier Fog song release following So Far Under and  The One You Know.

Recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz (his 3rd consecutive album with the band) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool), Rainier Fog will be available digitally, as well as on CD and limited-edition double 180-gram clear LP with white and black splatter (the latter is available only from the band’s online store HERE).
RAINIER FOG follows 2013’s Grammy nominated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 chart at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums charts and the iTunes Rock Album Chart. Its first two singles, “Stone” and “Hollow,” both shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and “Voices” hit No. 3. All three tracks stayed on the chart for over 20 weeks.

Guns N’ Roses bassist and New York Times Best-Selling Author Duff McKagan recently wrote an Alice In Chains bio to accompany the album release (scroll down to read in its entirety).

Rainier Fog is another step further into the brilliance and musicality of what we have now come to expect from AIC,” wrote McKagan. “Sean Kinney’s super-unique drum style tells one epic story, Inez’s brooding bass lines tell yet another, Duvall’s guitar prowess and lead vocals guide and narrate and nurture the triumph and torture of the subject matter, and Cantrell’s jaw-dropping songwriting, vocals, and now-legendary riff-master approach all combine for another simply brilliant effort.”

“This is a band to cherish and be thankful to have as our own,” says McKagan. “Our living and breathing gauge of what is right with rock and fucking roll.”

 

ALICE IN CHAINS BIOGRAPHY BY DUFF McKAGAN

Alice In Chains have always done it their way. From the beginnings of their career until now, AIC has defied any sort of categorization or mold.  No particular trend over their now-30-year career, has influenced them to do the more popular zig or zag of that moment.

A quick look at their stats proves they’ve been doing it right: over 30 million records sold, two No. 1 albums, six Top 10’s on the Billboard 200, five No. 1 singles, sixteen Top 10 hits, 9 Grammy Award nominations…I could go on.

They stay true to themselves—the deep introspect, the sheer and terrifying swan dives into dark areas of the human experience and the elation of overcoming.

And of course, overcome they have.

But there’s no reason at this point in the Alice In Chains story to dwell on the past. The loss of Layne Staley was brutal and heart-wrenching and he is missed by all for damn sure, and the subsequent loss of original bassist Mike Starr was just as soul-crushing for all who knew him, but to watch Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez gather themselves along with the brilliant William Duvall, was to me, like watching “Rocky” in 1976 as a 12-year-old. The underdog who put in all the hard work and experienced all the hard knocks and hidden trap doors life could throw at you, yet rose to fight back with elegance and power.

Only they knew what they had at first, but with the release of 2009’s “comeback” record, Black Gives Way To Blue, debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 and spawning two No. 1 singles and two Grammy nominations, the band remained at the very top of their game. The whole rock n’ roll world seemed to rejoice at once. This was our “Rocky” story.

Proving that album’s success was no fluke, the release that followed, 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (the title a tongue-in-cheek jab at creationists), debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, also featured two No. 1 hits and earned a Grammy nod. Along the way, they continued to play to packed-house crowds around the world.

On a personal note, I’m convinced the band doesn’t give a damn about Grammys or any sort of award-driven accolade. They make music for and about their ardent fans. Attending an AIC show is akin to going to church and coming out cleansed and feeling generally better about the chaos that is this life. Their pure artistry and songwriting takes us all to another place.

The newest record, Rainier Fog (the title a soaring tribute to Seattle itself) is another step further into the brilliance and musicality of what we have now come to expect from AIC. Sean Kinney’s super unique drum style tells one epic story, Inez’s brooding bass lines tell yet another, Duvall’s guitar prowess and lead vocals guide and narrate and nurture the triumph and torture of the subject matter, and Cantrell’s jaw-dropping songwriting, vocals, and now-legendary riff-master approach all combine for another simply brilliant effort.

“The One You Know” will rip your fucking head off, as will “So Far Under” and title track “Rainier Fog, and the searingly apropos “Red Giant” is deadly truth to power.  “All I Am” and “Fly” give time for deeper inner-reflection and that classic AIC sound-scaping that we all love. From top to bottom, Rainier Fog is, like all great Alice In Chains albums, “all killer and no filler.”

This is a band to cherish and be thankful to have as our own. Our living and breathing gauge of what is right with rock and fucking roll.
Duff McKagan