Sammy And Gary Belting "When It's Love" Together
Despite the success they had, Sammy Hagar always got flack for replacing David Lee Roth in Van Halen. So to say that singer Gary Cherone had it tough as well is an understatement, especially since the one album he did with Van Halen wasn’t exactly a big chart topper. But now Cherone, probably better known as the singer of Extreme, is swallowing up his pride and opening for his Van Halen predecessor.
It’s been confirmed that Cherone’s new band Hurtsmile will be opening for Sammy Hagar and the Waboritas this Saturday, June 4 at the AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. Granted, this probably isn’t as exciting as the Red Rocker and Roth’s Pound For Pound, Song For Song, Heavyweight Championship of the World Tour in 2002…ok it’s nowhere near as interesting as that. But isn’t it fitting that Cherone and Hagar are doing shows together while Roth is back in Van Halen?
Cherone actually joined Hagar for a rendition of “When It’s Love” during the Mansfield, MA stop on his tour with Roth (talk about the ultimate Van Halen event without Eddie Van Halen). Maybe this time they’ll break into a song from Van Halen III? Anyone want to hear “Fire In The Hole” one more time? …Anyone?
We’ve been discussing Chimaira a lot lately. However, when a band replaces half of their lineup within a relatively short time frame, you have to expect a lot of talk. In the case of Chimaira, though, we’re just happy to be talking about how active they’ve been as of late. We’ve seen photos and live video of Chimaira.2, and now we get to hear new material. Video of the band performing a new song called “Trigger Finger” (it’s unclear as to where, but is safe to assume that it was during their show Geneva, Ohio on May 29) can be seen up top.
In addition to discovering the video, The PRP found out that Chimaira’s new album, their first with eOne Music and still set to be released in August, is entitled The Age Of Hell. They also discovered that the album’s first single will be “Year Of The Snake,” with a video already shot. We’ll keep you posted when more has been confirmed.
Among the many highlights of this year’s Maryland Death Fest was the first live appearance of Exhorder since the untimely passing of their bassist, Frankie Sparcello, in March. With Jorge Caicedo (The Void, Built To Destroy) on bass, the band had a show that began with the one-two combo of “Death in Vain” and “Homicide,” the first two tracks off their debut album, Slaughter in the Vatican.
Editor’s Note: Metal Insider originally reported that this was the band’s first show since Sparcello’s death. We apologize for the error.
Details regarding this year’s installment for This Is Hardcore Fest, taking place on August 11-14 at the First Unitarian Church and the Starlight Ballroom in Philadelphia, PA, have been revealed. Bands confirmed for the festival include H20, Terror, Madball and many others.
Ever wanted to see Dimmu Borgir perform with an orchestra and choir? Well apparently a lot of fans in Norway did. The symphonic black metallers performed a special “one time only” show this past Saturday (May 28) at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway with the KORK (the Norwegian Radio Orchestra) and the Schola Cantorum choir, both of whom appeared on the band’s latest album Abrahadabra.
This special performance was filmed and recorded for a possible live album/DVD release. However, fan filmed footage of Dimmu Borgir performing with the orchestra and choir has already hit the web. You can check out the band performing “Gateways” with KORK and the Schola Cantorum choir up top, while more videos can be seen over at Blabbermouth. You can also check out pictures of the band rehearsing with KORK and the Schola Cantorum choir on their Facebook fan page. Watch the clips and judge for yourselves whether Dimmu Borgir was merely masturbating or not.
Thus far in 2011, we’ve had our fair share of release weeks dominated by new artists (April 26th and May 10th immediately come to mind). So it only seems fair that we get a week chiefly containing veteran bands maintaining their status in the metal world. And that’s exactly what we get today, with classic groups in death metal, doom metal, folk, and prog all debuting new material for our collective listening enjoyment. Just further proof that age is meaningless and heart is everything when it comes to metal!
Our lead release is actually a live album from one of the greatest experimental rock groups of all time. Before there was Devin Townsend, Karnivool, Porcupine Tree, or Dream Theater, there was Buzz Osborne. And the mastermind behind Melvins is still one of the most intriguing musical minds that the world has ever seen, even after close to thirty years. Be sure to check it out, along with all of the other new releases this week!
Melvins, Sugar Daddy (Ipecac)
This live set was recorded at The Busta-Guts Club in California, which may be one of the oddest names for a venue that I’ve ever heard. Fans will be extremely happy to see that this album has a lot of the classics and fan favorites from Melvins, like “Boris”, “Dog Island”, “The Kicking Machine”, and “Dies Iraea”. Surprisingly, though, there are no songs from 2010′s The Bride Screamed Murder, which one might expect to hear from the band on a tour promoting that album. Nonetheless, though, this live album is well worth the purchase for any Melvins fan.
My Dying Bride, Evinta (Peaceville)
Another album covering old classics, Evinta coincides with the 21st anniversary of My Dying Bride’s formation. This collection celebrates the band’s greatest hits by giving them a new sound via re-imagined symphonic compositions. The collaboration of lead singer Aaron Stainthorpe and keyboard wizard Jonny Maudling (better known for his work with black metal group Bal-Sagoth) has yielded a glorious new feel to some of My Dying Bride’s biggest songs. Nine tracks spread across two CD’s equals more symphonic doom goodness than anyone can deny.
Autopsy, Macabre Eternal (Peaceville)
Before I discuss this album, I would just like to say that the joy of Autopsy’s reunion in 2010 was tempered by the unfortunate, albeit necessary, break-up of death metal veterans Abscess. They will be missed greatly, and 2010′s Dawn of Inhumanity was an incredible closing statement for the band. Now, getting back to Autopsy, Macabre Eternal is a perfect re-entry for the group. The brutality of this album is as well-crafted as anything from Mental Funeral or Acts of the Unspeakable. If you are a fan of traditional death metal, this album is required purchasing. Read more »
Due to a “sudden and devastating loss to the THA family,” The Human Abstract have pulled out of the remaining dates of their headlining “Pull Me From The Gallows” tour. Tonight’s show is happening without THA, but the future of the tour remains up in the air. Our thoughts are with the band.
Converge gave updates on pretty much everything they have in store for the rest of 2011, including a split 7” EP with Drop Dead. And now we have our first taste of what to hear from the split EP, as the band performed a new song from it called “Runaway” live in Baltimore, MD. Video of them performing the new song, as well as “Bitter And Then Some,” can be seen up top. Converge’s split EP with Drop Dead comes out on June 21 via Deathwish Inc.
Two weeks ago, rumors started to spread around the web saying that Apple’s answer to Google and Amazon’s cloud music services could be launched as soon as June 6 at their Worldwide Developer’s Conference. Well it has now been confirm that Apple will be unveiling the ‘iCloud’ at the conference.
In a press release confirming Steve Jobs to be the kickoff keynote at the conference, it was revealed that one of the many things Jobs will be debuting is the iCloud, Apple’s new cloud music service. This new service will reportedly scan customers’ digital music libraries in iTunes and quickly mirror their collections on its servers, while songs that aren’t available in iTunes will have to be uploaded separately. Giving Apple’s music locker another big advantage is that they’ve reportedly struck deals with EMI, Sony, and WMG. It is unclear, though, whether a deal has been made yet with Universal Music, indie labels or music publishers. However, seeing that Amazon and Google have no deals in place with the labels, having three out of the four major labels certainly gives Apple the upper hand.
While Apple’s entry certainly brings major competition to Amazon and Google, it’s not necessarily the death of their music lockers. While Bram has played around with Google’s Music Beta (read his review here), I finally got the chance to play around with the Amazon Cloud. From the little I played with it, the Amazon Cloud is pretty good and relatively simple to use. While it allows you to upload 20gbs worth of music, I only uploaded three albums worth of music and thus couldn’t tell you how long it would take to upload mass music. And like the Music Beta, it’s pretty neat to be able to listen to purchased music on any PC or my Android smartphone. So both Amazon and Google’s cloud music lockers, though with a few hiccups, prove to be solid products and could possibly still do well for themselves even against Apple. However, Apple has a huge advantage since they still remain as the #1 music retailer in the world.
So now the countdown to June 6 has begun. We’ll keep you posted when more is officially revealed about Apple’s new iCloud.
Bury Your Dead, Evergreen Terrace, For The Fallen Dreams, In The Midst Of Lions, Thick As Blood, Hundredth, Betrayal, and Murder Death Kill have been confirmed for the Over The Limit II Tour.