Gama Bomb is not just another tribute band to the glory days of Thrash Metal. Bats (Prosthetic Records) does display that while they are students of the era, they are also invested in establishing themselves as a band that walks in the present, while preferring to keep things at a more manic pace.Continue reading →
Avenged Sevenfold are potentially one of the most divisive metal acts out of the US since Metallica. All you need to do is look at their previous two albums, 2013’s Hail To The King & 2016’s The Stage to see the extreme polar oppositions these albums created. The former for how the band wore their Metallica influence on their sleeve, creating their own version of The Black Album, and then the following 2016 release throwing all of their previous influences and sounds up in the air, bringing in outside sources from the likes of Pink Floyd, and creating a wholly new progressive rock/metal experience.
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has released a new version of their classic hit “Everybody Wants Some!” Billed as Roth Lives! David Lee Roth Studio Live. Earlier this year, David shared a brand new song, a Van Halen tribute song, “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway, featuring John 5 on guitar. Roth has retired from performing but has suggested he will record and release new music from time to time. Continue reading →
Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth has released a new version of their classic hit “Panama!” Billed as Roth Lives! David Lee Roth Studio Live, the track information was released by Van Halen News Desk, and the song was only posted to YouTube and shared on the DLR socials. The track does sound like a more recent performance by Dave, with some double tracking at times. Last month David shared a brand new song, a Van Halen tribute song, “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway, featuring John 5 on guitar. Roth has retired from performing but has suggested he will record and release new music from time to time. Continue reading →
DavidLee Roth has shared a brand new single and video for the song “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Back Then Anyway!” The track is a loving tribute to Roth’s early days in Van Halen. The track features beautiful guitar work from John 5 and was produced by John 5 and MikeSavage. Check out the clip now and stream the song on all DSPs!
As one cycle ends, another begins. The flamboyant, dancing Cardinal Copia has been anointed Papa Emeritus IV and the plague-ridden doom of the 14th century is gone. Taking place hundreds of years after Prequelle, Tobias Forge and his band of Nameless Ghouls, otherwise known as psychedelic doom rock popsters Ghost, leave the rats behind as latest chapter Impera (Spinefarm/Loma Vista) tells of new empires built from the ashes of the old.
There’s a fine line between “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” and “there’s always room for improvement”, and more often than not the re-recording of old albums usually falls snugly into the former category. No matter how much more accomplished the revised version might sound from a technical standpoint, the overall results rarely change. Lightning in a bottle cannot be captured twice.
Rock music legend and guitar innovator Eddie Van Halen of Van Halen died one year ago today, October 6th, 2020 from complications with his long battle with cancer and related illnesses. In the years since his death we have seen countless tributes to his greatness, especially by Eddie’s son Wolf Van Halen, and his new band Mammoth WVH. Both Wolf and Eddie’s widow – Janie Van Halen, bands and other luminaries are also paying tribute today. We highly reccoment picking up ERUPTION: Conversations with Eddie Van Halen (10/5/21; Hachette Books; 9780306826658; $28) is a major biography by two music journalists who knew him best, authors Brad Tolinski and Chris Gil available for order now.
Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees virtual ceremony last night, November 7th, 2020. The program aired on HBO and to stream on HBO Max November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and will replace the live 35th annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony that was originally scheduled for May 2 of this year. Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California at the age of 65. The tribute was announced within days of his passing. The band was founded in 1974 and Van Halen was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his band in 2007. The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 2020 inductee class included Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, and Ahmet Ertegun Award honorees Jon Landau and Irving Azoff. Continue reading →