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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Like We Really Needed Another Reason to Love Queensrÿche

Geoff Tate and the boys offer up their version of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash", just in time for Valentine's...I mean Halloween.

The Seattle band is finishing up their Queensrÿche Cabaret tour and will roll out with a Hits tour next season. On November 9th, the band will release a 20th anniversary Deluxe Edition of their classic album Empire. The 1990 release, which features "Silent Lucidty" and "Jet City Woman" is one of the band's finest efforts.

Basically, this is a re-issue of the 2003 remaster of the album, with the b-sides "Scarborough Fair," "Last Time in Paris" and "Dirty Lil Secret." But the real bonus is the second disc, a live recording from the band's 1990 "Building Empires" tour, recorded in London.

Here's the track list:

Walk in the Shadows
Best I Can
The Thin Line
Jet City Woman
Roads to Madness
Silent Lucidity
Hand on Heart
Take Hold of the Flame

In addition to having a rare live recording of Empire track "Hand on Heart", this was recorded before "Silent Lucidity" became the biggest hit of their career and as a result, got bumped to the encore position.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Lemmy Entertain You

I don't know about you, but I miss Joe Petagno.
The band that once said: 'If we moved in next door to you, your lawn would die' is back!

Motörhead have announced that their new platter, The World Is Yours will be released on December 13. The title is taken from an old Pan Am Airlines slogan, but don't tell Lemmy that I know that.

The British power trio are proud to announce that The World is Yours is their first release on their newly formed Motörhead Records. The band is planning to tour in 2011 to support the new record.

Here's a track list. All the song titles sound like they should be on Motörhead albums. Rumors of a hidden bonus track, 'Fluffy Bunny Massacre Blues' start here.

01. Born To Lose
02. I Know How To Die
03. Get Back In Line
04. Devils In My Head
05. Rock 'N' Roll Music
06. Waiting For The Snake
07. Brotherhood Of Man
08. Outlaw
09. I Know What You Need
10. Bye Bye Bitch Bye Bye

This is the band's twentieth studio album, a follow-up to the 2008 release Motörizer.

And they said it wouldn't last.

In related news, this month marks the limited release of Lemmy: The Movie, a documentary about the band's famous mustachioed bass-banging frontman. The documentary is by the team of Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver. No lawns or garden products died in the making of this film. At least none that we know of.

Note: I linked to Ace of Spades for three reasons:

  1. Amazon doesn't have the new Mötorhead album in their system yet. 
  2. It's probably going to be better than The World is Yours.
  3. It's awesome. It's friggin' ACE OF SPADESOK. That's two reasons.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Drummer Wanted for NY-Based Prog Band

"Stumpy" Pepys
Dream Theater singer James LaBrie has announced that the metal band is currently auditioning drummers, and that they've narrowed the search down to seven sticksmen. Here's the Hair Whip list of possible candidates to take over the two stools behind Mike Portnoy's ginormous triple-wide kit.

Great look. Great drummer. Died in a 'bizarre gardening accident." Here, playing "Gimme Some Money."

Dale Doback
Currently finishing his third annual apperance at the Catalina Wine Mixer, Dale is good at accompanying operatic vocals in Prestige Worldwide. This makes him an ideal fit for Dream Theater. And he can do backup vocals too!

Chuck, the Octopus Drummer
Has the dexterity and the required limbs to play Portnoy's megakit. He's not selfish--he'll work for shellfish.

"Tick-Tock" Simpson
Up-and-coming young hopeful from the Springfield juzz community.
And he's played with (and against) the White Stripes.

R. U. Drum-booey
Currently touring South America with some Canadian prog band. Should be available after the tour.

This Anonymous Dude
Like Mike Portnoy, he's really good at throwing sticks. Catching them might be a problem.

And our strongest candidate:

If Portnoy could split time between Avenged Sevenfold and Dream Theater, this powerful percussionist could divide his time between DT and the Electric Mayhem. And he can sing backup growl vocals on "This Dying Soul."

Now if we could just get Floyd to take over for John Myung....

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cause for Headbangin'

"So how's it going, Grimey?"
Metallica have a new live E.P. coming out.

Called 'Live at Grimey's', the record preserves a fan club gig in the basement of Grimey's, a record store in Nashville, TN.

Here's the track list, according to Classic Rock Magazine:

1. No Remorse
2. Fuel
3. Harvester of Sorrow
4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
5. For Whom The Bell Tolls
6. Master Of Puppets
7. Sad But True
8. Motorbreath
9. Seek And Destroy

Yes, Virginia, it's almost all old stuff! And it comes out
on November 26.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cause For Happy

The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Up yours, Dick Clark.

New music from one of my favorite bands, Sweden's mighty sextet The Soundtrack Of Our Lives.

They're kind of a cult band, whose meteoric rise in this country was blocked by a lawsuit by disc jockey/vampire mummy Dick Clark, who apparently copyrighted the phrase "The Soundtrack of Our Lives" in order to sell greasy burgers in his American Bandstand restaurants. Anyway, they rock, and they're a great live band too!

Here's the new song, "Karmageddon" from the band's upcoming Golden Greats Vol. 1..

Apparently this is a new greatest hits disc (a real one) being issued to celebrate the band's 15th anniversary. It drops in Europe on Nov. 24 so it will probably come out here in the States next spring.

Anyway, here it is: