September 1st, 2017 will see the eagerly awaited release of the third studio album, titled “Join Hate“, from the French rock band Rescue Rangers. The album was produced by none other than Page Hamilton (Helmet) and will be issued via F200 Records. The band is sharing the new song “Khalil” today, a song that firmly unveils the band’s tight, melodically appealing style. Join Hate is sure to be an out-and-out treat for fans of heavy rock and electrifying song writing. Ballsy, voluminous and best of all stacked with promise, for anyone just discovering the band it’s an ear opener, and for those already in the know, a real statement on just how far they have progressed since day one.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
1. Join Hate
3. Moped Synch
6. Treading Water
8. Vibe Hotel
9. Keep Smiling
10. Broken Faces
12. Join Hate (Reprise)
Wiesbaden, Germany-based 4-piece, The New Roses, are about to return with their brand new album, One More For The Road, set to be released on August 25th via Napalm Records. The 11 song (14 with the special edition with bonus tracks) album is a bluesy ode to melodic rock, one rife with Eighties overtones and southern rock styling. You can check out that style and sound via the band’s brand new Official Video for the song “Every Wild Heart” below.
The band comments: “One More For The Road is 100% New Roses, straight in your face rock’n’roll, no compromises, based on the experiences of the countless shows we played over the last year, dedicated to our great live audience. We can’t wait to play it live on our upcoming tour, because these songs were written for a hot stage, a loud crowd and a kick ass rock’n’roll band!”
Available on CD, LP Gatefold or as Digital Download, you can pre-order ‘One More For The Road‘ right HERE!
In support of their new album, The New Roses will be of course heavily touring this year again! The “One More For The Road” tour, presented by Rock Hard, Rocks, EMP, Metal.de, Tätowier Magazine and Stormbringer, as well as Radio B.O.B. and Star FM, will kick off on September 29th in Aschaffenburg, Germany. You can find all of the band’s upcoming tour dates at this location.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
One More For The Roadtracklist:
1. Quarter To Twelve
2. My Own Worst Enemy
3. Forever Never Comes
4. Dancing On A Razor Blade
5. Consider Me Gone
6. Life Ain’t Easy (For A Boy With Long Hair)
7. Every Wild Heart
8. Fight You Leaving Me
9. The Same Moon
10. Piece By Peace Of Mind
11. One More For The Road
12. Do I Look Scared To You [Bonus Track]
13. The Storm [Bonus Track] 14. Nitro Nights [Bonus Track]
THE COLD STARES Head Bent – DD//CD//Ltd. Ed. LP Small Stone Records – Release Date: June 16th, 2016 Reviewed By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
I always dig it when a band I’ve been hip to for awhile, usually when hardly anyone else was aware of them on a large scale, begins to break out of thay pseudo “obscurity”. Nashville, Tennessee’sThe Cold Stares are possibly the next band in my wide spectrum of somewhat secret enjoyments that are poised to experience that revealing spotlight. See, I saw the band back three or four years ago when they were out supporting Rival Sons (I think it was) on a date here in Kentucky. I was immediately sold on the duo of guitarist/vox Chris Tapp and drummer/vox Brian Mullins aka The Cold Stares for a variety of reasons, usual ones like the fact that the guys make flat-out incredible music. It’s almost incomprehensible to believe or even accept that it is just two guys playing this astounding music, getting this amazing sound, wielding this inhuman power.
Now, after a couple of well-received EP releases and the ice-breaking 2014 effort A Cold Wet Night And A Howling Wind, the duo are back with their new full-length, ‘Head Bent‘. The eleven song opus was produced and mixed by the band with Greg Pearce and mastered by Chris Goosman (Acid King, La Chinga, Solace, Lo Pan, Freedom Hawk, etc.). It just dropped this past week on June 16th viaSmall Stone Recordsand I assure you now, with all foregone knowledge and sincerity, this record is going to blow your mind, my friends.
Continuing in the Small Stone tradition of hosting some of the best, heaviest, hard rock hitting the ground rocking and a’ rolling, there comes this. Yes, this is exactly what Rock & Roll in the year of our Lord 2017 sounds like, music rife with testicular fortitude and an undiluted, devil-may-care attitude. Taking heaping piles of blues and Americana-flavored folk rock into their own sound, The Cold Stares emerge victorious masters of electrified emotion here. Songs like ‘John‘, ‘Ball And Twine‘ and ‘Break My Fall‘ are full of soul, each exudes ample amounts of raw emotion and talent. But even they are mere drops in the bucket when you tear into the meat and marrow of this outing.
From the darker doom moments of ‘Neighbor Blues‘ to the blistering ‘Stuck In A Rut‘ or the Led Zeppelin-meets-Aerosmith feel of ‘Kings‘, there’s limitless miles of territory traversed. Just when you think you’ve heard the best the album could possibly offer, the next song queued up obliterates that assumption. Title track ‘Head Bent‘ or the astounding stand-outs ‘Price To Pay‘ and ‘One Way Outta Here‘ will simply blow you away. They simmer, they rock… they groove, they roll…all while you find yourself never wanting the album to end.
Multifaceted avant garde heavy rock unitDead Cross, which features Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, Grip INC., ex-Slayer) and Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Peeping Tom) in their ranks, have dropped a new Official Video. The clip is for the track ‘Seizure And Desist‘ which hails from the band’s upcoming self-titled debut due from Ipecac Recordings on August 4th. Joining Lombardo and Patton in Dead Cross are Justin Pearson (The Locust, Head Wound City, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival Of Dead Deer).
The S/T debut was produced by the famed Ross Robinson (Korn, Sepultura, Red Fang, Deftones) and features a glow-in-the-dark cover (CD/LP) created by Eric Livingston, with vinyl available in a limited edition gold and a clear/red/black swirl. Livingston’s art is also depicted and included throughout this new visualizer. Digital pre-orders include instant downloads of “Grave Slave” and “Seizure And Desist“.
Regarding the “Seizure And Desist” clip, JustinPearson said: “The artist who created our album art, Eric Livingston, came up with this video. As far as I’m concerned, It sums up the current social and political climate of today. For a lot of humanity, this world is a mean motherfucking place. The video captures the severity of the times we live in, as well as a means to communicate beyond basic language using iconic imagery, campy techniques, historical relevance, as well as a glimpse into the future.”
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Dead Cross track list 1. “Seizure and Desist”
3. “Obedience School”
4. “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”
5. “Divine Filth”
6. “Grave Slave”
7. “The Future Has Been Cancelled”
8. “Gag Reflex”
9. “Church Of The Motherfuckers”
Incredibly unique Grecian rockers Raw In Sect have premiered a brand new Official Video for their track ‘Therion‘. The song comes off the band’s upcoming third album ‘Kitro‘, set to be out this September. The video can be viewed below while the band shares the following about the song itself: “The video is meant to reflect the transformation into Therion, which is to “find inner power in a primitive way getting in touch with your instincts.“
Continuing to share about their blending of traditional Greek music with rock and roll, Raw In Sect‘s members add: “[We seek to] redefine what aggressive/rock music is through a totally different approach than the one that has been known in the music scene.”
“Really though, it’s about doing something new and artistic instead of repeating the same old patterns of established bands in hopes of securing a career in a declining music industry. Changing the language of the lyrics in Greek, recording live, and not setting on the sound of previous records that was somewhat accepted, are among the risks we took willingly in order to express something new and reach wider audiences.“
Raw In Sect is: Kostas Diamandis – Lead Vocals, Guitar Dimitris Alexiou – Drums, Backing Vocals George Ioakeimidis – Guitar, Backing Vocals Ilias Platanitis – Bass, Backing Vocals
Serbian gothic doom/atmospheric death metallers The Father Of Serpentsare set to release their new full-length album Age Of Damnation in a few days. Inspired by the likes of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Moonspell and more, the sextet have a very textured, organically appealing heaviness. You can hear, and visualize it, for yourself via their new music video for “Viral”.
“’Viral’ was the last song we did before recording the album in the studio, just a few days before,” The Father Of Serpents comment. “It was almost done in 15 minutes and it went pretty natural and straightforward. We didn’t have the time to overthought or analyze the song, so the energy of the moment when we were jamming the song is there. It is both groovy, catchy and dark.”
The New Jersey melodic metal collectiveLethal Affection have issued their brand new Official Video for the song ‘Frozen In Time‘. The single appears on the band’s upcoming full-length album “Choose A Side” due out this fall. “Choose A Side” was recorded at Conclave Studios in Manhattan, produced by Corey Pierce of God Forbid, and mixed by Christopher “Zeuss” Harris.
The band was founded five years ago in New Brunswick, N.J. by guitarists Joe Percario and Nick Kashmanian who were then joined by lead vocalist Noah Simon. Soon, the missing piece was added when drummer Cameron Rozell came on board and this high-energy metal outfit was set into motion. Structured with shredding guitar, heavy grooves, and operatic vocals, Lethal Affection have created a powerfully appealing body of work. This new video clip, as well as its Lyric Video predecessor, ‘Taste Of Anarchy‘ (streaming below) do well in establishing the band’s fierce technicality.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Make sure to check out Lethal Affection live. More shows will be announced soon!
8/26: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (Ride For Dime)
Southern Louisiana’s even more southerner hard rockersVermilion Whiskey have just offered their latest batch of their finest distilled rock ‘n roll for our consumption. The band’s new Official Lyric Video for their track ‘Come Find Me‘ is fermented and aged with righteous riffery and intoxicating rhythms. With vocals drenched in soulful tones and intensely inflected emotion, the song is a fine representation of that inebriating elixer that is Vermilion Whiskey.
If you are so late to the party that you still have not picked up the band’s blues ‘n boozy collection of tunes on ‘Spirit Of Tradition‘ (out now!) then shame on you. It’s blue collar rock through and through as the fine example above, ‘Come Find Me‘, goes down so smoothly when consumed responsibly.
Melvins drummer Dale Croverhas shared the below stream of “Little Brother” from his upcoming new solo album, “The Fickle Finger Of Fate“. Joyful Noise Recordings will have that album available on August 4th. Pre-orders are up at this location.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Chicken Ala King
The Members Bounce
None, No More
The Short Con
Slide On Up
Giant Hunka Cake
Fickle Finger of Fate
There Goes The Neighborhood
Our Supreme Leader
I Found The Way Out
The Maryland-based funk soul rockers in Lionizehave revealed the details for their upcoming studio effort, ‘Nuclear Soul‘. It will be released through The End Recordson September 8th but today we have the premiere of the first Single, ‘Blindness To Danger‘, in an official video. The band oversaw production of the effort alongside frequent collaborator, Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and J. Robbins (Clutch, Against Me!). It is also believed that some of the Clutch members may also be guest contributors to the album as well.
Nuclear Soul tracklist:
01 – “Darkest Timeline”
02 – “Face Of Mars”
03 – “Fire in Athena”
04 – “Power Grid”
05 – “Ain’t It A Shame”
06 – “Election Year”
07 – “March Of The Clones”
08 – “Let You Down”
09 – “The Mad Scientist Of Sunshine”
10 – “Nuclear Soul”
11 – “Blindness To Danger”
The video below finds the band’s vocalist/guitarist Nate Bergman facing off against pro-wrestler The Almighty Sheik and was directed by Miguel “M.I.G.” Martinez using an iPhone 7 with special lenses. Lionize bassist Hank Upton commented on the song saying:
“So much of our career as a band has been following our instincts and running headlong into the unknown with no regard for how insane a tour/show/song idea might be. I feel like that passion & willingness to take a risk has gotten us very far. Naturally, though, you’re walking a tightrope. Same goes for your personal life with romance or substances, etc. Passion and heart will take you everywhere but where’s the line? I was trying to investigate that feeling.”
Lionize will embark on a string of tour dates in the U.S. abroad beginning in July. You can find their currently scheduled dates below also.
– Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker
Lionize tour dates:
07/13 Salisbury, MA – Blue Ocean Hall (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/14 Portland, ME – Aura (feat. Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
07/15 Jay Peak, VT – Jeezum Crow Festival
07/22 Washington, DC – DC9
07/28 Milton Keynes, UK – Craufurd Arms
07/29 Maidstone, UK – Ramblin’ Man Fair
07/30 Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
07/31 Manchester, UK – Rebellion
08/01 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC 2
08/02 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/03 Leeds, UK – Key Club
08/04 Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
08/05 London, UK – Our Black Heart
08/07 Belfast, IRE – Voodoo
08/09 Dublin, IRE – Fibber Magees
08/11 Burton-on-Trent, UK – Bloodstock Open Air
09/07 Baltimore, MD – Sound Stage (feat. Zakk Wylde)
09/08 Sayreville, NJ – Starland (feat. Zakk Wylde)