A dose of rousing metal from Italy comes courtesy of Revoltons, a quintet whose Iced Earth by way of Hammerfall style melds virtuoso abilities with strong compositions on UNDERWATER BELLS. This 15-track release comfortably straddles the line between power metal’s presence and progressive metal’s prowess with the grace of bands such as Fates Warning shining on cuts like “Cybertale” and “London Fall.” Packing an anthemic punch (“Berserker”) while taking it down to a symphonic level with relative ease (“Scanning Horizons”), this well-versed outfit fits in nicely amongst your melodic metal albums. www.revoltons.com –Mike SOS
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It is common knowledge that the annual Grammy Awards Show and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) are absolute trash, especially when it comes to legitimate rock music. Let’s take a quick look at this year’s nominations that contain a semblance of meaning, namely the rock categories, followed by likely winners, as well as those that really deserve to win.
Best Metal Performance: Metallica has the unalienable right to this award, but Slipknot makes me a bit nervous in this category. If the NARAS does not give it to Metallica then they should have the dignity to award “Best Metal” to Judas Priest. DragonForce would be a gross upset while Ministry has us all wondering how they got this nomination. Finally, the lack of Motörhead’s Motörizer in this category has us thinking, “Are You F*cking Kidding Me?”
- Heroes Of Our Time
Track from: Nostradamus
- My Apocalypse
Track from: Death Magnetic
- Under My Thumb
Track from: Cover Up
Best Hard Rock Performance: I would love to see Judas Priest take this one, but the NARAS will most likely throw it to Disturbed’s “Inside the Fire.” “Saints of Los Angeles” would be my second choice to Priest. I also loved the Rob Zombie Live album, but they picked arguably the worst track. By the way, where the hell is Alice Cooper?
- Inside The Fire
Track from: Indestructible
Track from: Nostradamus
- Wax Simulacra
The Mars Volta
- Saints Of Los Angeles
Track from: Saints Of Los Angeles
[Motley Records/Eleven Seven Music]
- Lords Of Salem
Track from: Zombie Live
Best Rock Album: Coldplay will win, Death Magnetic should win, and AC/DC’s Black Ice better take this category next year since it was released after the deadline of Sept. 30, 2008. Black Ice may even be up against Chinese Democracy in the 2010 Grammy’s.
- Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
- Rock N Roll Jesus
- Only By The Night
Kings Of Leon
- Death Magnetic
- Consolers Of The Lonely
[Third Man/Warner Bros.]
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: AC/DC will definitely take this category with “Rock n Roll Train” if their is any honor on award’s night. Why Coldplay and Radiohead are in a category with rock and roll legends are beyond me. The Kings of Leon…c’mon…seriously? AC/DC’s chance of winning: -10%
- Rock N Roll Train
- Violet Hill
Track from: Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
- Long Road Out Of Eden
Track from: Long Road Out Of Eden
[Eagles Recording Company II]
- Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon
- House Of Cards
Track from: In Rainbows
Best Rock Instrumental: The David Gilmour tune is a great track, but I am pulling for “Suicide & Redemption,” even though it may be the least impressive instrumental that Metallica has ever released.
Track from: Live In Gdansk
- Suicide & Redemption
Track from: Death Magnetic
- 34 Ghosts I-IV
Nine Inch Nails
Track from: Ghosts I-IV
[The Null Corporation]
- Hope (Live For The Art Of Peace)
Track from: Songs For Tibet: The Art Of Peace
[Art of Peace Foundation]
- Peaches En Regalia
Zappa Plays Zappa
[Strobosonic/Razor & Tie Entertainment]
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Award will most likely go to Springsteen like it always does. In my opinion, Sir Paul McCartney shouldn’t get an award for covering his own tune. Eddie Vedder is the coolest rock star in this category, but his solo material is only cool in very small increments.
Track from: Where The Light Is — Live In Los Angeles
- I Saw Her Standing There
Track from: Amoeba’s Secret
[Hear Music/MPL Communications Ltd.]
- Girls In Their Summer Clothes
Track from: Magic
- No Hidden Path
Track from: Chrome Dreams II
Unfortunately, the NARAS has given us little reason to watch the actual Grammy event on Feb. 8, 2009 because most of the categories above (the rock specific ones) are hardly televised. This was an amazing year for hard rock/heavy metal but it seems to be poorly reflected by some of the nominations. While I enjoy Metallica winning awards that they truly deserve [“St. Anger” did not deserve the award in 2004], I would still like to see legends such as Alice Cooper and Motörhead get some respect from the academy.
Bruce Springsteen released a second single online from the upcoming record Working on a Dream. Below is an overview of the new song titled “My Lucky Day.”
Good news, Boss fans—this track is a classic E Street rocker compared to the recently released “Working on a Dream.” “My Lucky Day” opens with hard hitting drums, a heavy acoustic guitar, a roaring bass, and a smooth lead guitar riff. Like “Working on a Dream,” the bass line is the driving force behind the tune and is reminiscent of the late John Entwistle’s [The Who] work. In addition to the solid bass performance, Springsteen’s lyrics are more thoughtful than repetitive, while the lead guitar lands itself back on the spectrum of “interesting.” Kudos to the band for leaving the listeners and fans no reason to cringe as the radio spins this tune. 8/10
The current E Street Band lineup: Bruce Springsteen – lead vocals, lead guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, glockenspiel; Patti Scialfa – backing vocals; Nils Lofgren – lead guitar, backing vocals; Steven Van Zandt – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, mandolin; Garry Tallent – bass; Clarence Clemons – saxophone, backing vocals, Soozie Tyrell – violin, backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar; Charles Giordano – organ; Roy Bittan – piano; Max Weinberg – drums
Tonight Def Leppard performs with Taylor Swift on CMT’s “Crossroads.” The episode airs at 9 p.m. and features the artists playing each other’s tunes. Check out Taylor Swift singing lead on Def Leppard’s “Photograph” below:
Great music knows no boundaries as Great Britain’s premiere arena rock band and a country superstar take the stage together in Nashville. You won’t want to miss it as Def Leppard and Taylor Swift collaborate on each others’ hits in front of an invitation-only audience. Tune in as the rockers join Swift on chart toppers such as “Our Song” and “Love Story.” Also featured are Def Leppard classics including “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Photograph.” The new installment of this popular performance series, CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard and Taylor Swift, premieres Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. [cmt.com]
Las Vegas rockers, The Killers, released the minimalist titled “Human” as the first single from their upcoming album Day and Age.
On the first listen, a state of bewilderment leads the journey as the lack of rock and roll energy makes this tune unlike previous singles such as “When You Were Young” and “Mr. Brightside.” The track begins with soft keyboards, clean palm muted guitars, and calming vocals. When Brandon Flowers offers the confusing line, “are we human or are we dancer?” the song transforms into a dance-aholic’s fix of electronica sounding percussive repetition. The Killers seem to be nurturing the direction heard on Sawdust when they offered a post-punk Joy Division cover, “Shadowplay.” Even though, “Human” is not a rocker it contains all the right ingredients for their genre of post-punk revival; confusing lyrics, catchy guitar hooks, and excessive synthesizers. 7/10
Projection: Loyal fans of the alternative genre will dig the new album, rock and roll addicts will not.
The Killers are Brandon Flowers [vocals/keyboards], Dave Keuning [guitars], Mark Stoermer [bass], and Ronnie Vannucci Jr.