Sign in with Facebook

BLABBERMOUTH.NET is the CNN of heavy metal and hard rock news, reviews and music featuring the latest news, reviews, tour dates, release dates and rss heavy metal and hard rock feeds
  • IAN GILLAN And THE JAVELINS: 'Do You Love Me' Lyric Video
    Ian Gillan has reunited with his pre-DEEP PURPLE band THE JAVELINS to record the group's debut album. "Ian Gillan And The Javelins" will be released August 31 as a CD digipak, a vinyl LP and a digital download. The 16-track collection features covers of American blues, rock 'n' roll, soul and country tunes, including renditions of rock classics like THE CONTOURS' "Do You Love Me", Roy Orbison's "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" , Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee" and "Rock And Roll Music", Jerry Lee Lewis's "High School Confidential", Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy!", Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightnin'" and Ray Charles's "What I'd Say". The official lyric video for THE JAVELINS' cover of "Do You Love Me" can be seen below. Every DEEP PURPLE true lover knows how much their magic and powerful style is the result of many different influences brought in by the single members, all merging into the powerful sound loved by millions of rock fans. Ian Gillan's love for American soul and R&B as well as skiffle and early rock and roll has been well documented in many articles and interviews. Founded in the early 60s, THE JAVELINS were influenced by pop, soul, country, jazz and blues artists from America. They soaked up the music of their heroes, added their own stamp and went from town to town to perform their favourite songs in front of a small but ever growing audience — becoming local heroes themselves. This was the time when Ian Gillan discovered himself, broke the chains and "found his voice." THE JAVELINS paved the way for the Ian Gillan who, only a few years later, wrote music history with DEEP PURPLE, becoming one of the most iconic frontmen of all time and, together with very few others, shaped rock music the way we know it today. "These contemporary recordings (2018) by THE JAVELINS are drawn from our set lists, circa 1963, when I was 18 years old. Now, a few years later, I have the privilege and joy of working with my old mates from the original group; Gordon Fairminer (lead guitar); Tony Tacon (rhythm guitar); Tony Whitfield (bass guitar); Keith Roach (drums), as we make a long-overdue LP." Ian Gillan has defined this new studio album as "a collection of catchy rhythms and feel-good melodies". This understating definition shows Gillan's ability to still look at those songs and his whole career with the same eyes of the 18-year-old boy who sang them many years ago. But there is a lot more to this recordings… By paying tribute to music legends such as Chuck Berry, THE DRIFTERS, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly and Bo Diddley, IAN GILLAN & THE JAVELINS have not only managed to do that. Avoiding the use of any modern technology, the band has managed to find the spontaneity and true sense of freedom of pop and rock and roll music of 50 years ago, probably without completely realizing it themselves. One world superstar and four friends who have taken very different directions in life (none decided to "turn pro" as they would say it) but still able to capture the essence of what being a performing band is about. This album is what happened during four days of recordings in a studio in Hamburg, Germany, where instruments, microphones, lyrics sheets and memories were the only tools allowed. This album is not an act of nostalgia, or a celebration of the purity of the old days versus modernity. This is simply what the Javelins were in 1963… and this is what they are now, if they happen to meet in the studio, embracing their guitars and look at each other with a big smile on their face. This is where it all started. "Ian Gillan & The Javelins" has been recorded at the Chameleon Studios during a five-day recording session in Hamburg, March 2018, Germany. It features Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE) as special guest on piano. It will be released on August 31 on earMUSIC as CD digipak, 1LP gatefold (180g, black) and digital. Gillan told Kaaos TV about THE JAVELINS: "The guys in the band, most of them tickled along at the occasional gig and they practiced, but most of them haven't really played in any progressive way for 50 years or more — 55, 56 years now. "I prepared all the material with Steve Morris, my old partner from Liverpool — not Steve Morse; Steve Morris. And we sent the tapes, 16 songs, to each of the guys, and said, 'Okay, practice like crazy for six weeks.' And so we all met in the studio in Hamburg and we recorded 10 songs on the first day. And the whole 16 were recorded in two days, and then the solos and extra bits and pieces, a few mistakes, were repaired on a Wednesday, and then we did a video, and that was it. It was unbelievable." He continued: "I was listening to the rough mixes, before we put on the vocal backings, the girls, and the brass section, because a lot of those old songs, like THE COASTERS and Ray Charles, had brass sections on them, so we're doing it authentically, augmenting the band. But, you know, because they hadn't played professionally for 50 years, they didn't evolve at all — they kept playing in the style which was in 1962, and consequently, when I'm listening to it, I think, 'My God! This is so authentic. It sounds just exactly as it did in those days.' It's not musicians from today trying to do a retro version of those songs, which I've heard plenty of, and they're always high production — there's no breathing space; no nothing. It sounds, to me, just as I remember it. "Of course, we're all in our 70s, and we're like a bunch of school boys in the studio," he added. "We had a reunion a couple of years ago — at Christmas, we all went on a boat up the river Thames and had a fantastic night. And it was great — the old banter was still there, the jokes and the sense of humor. And it was wonderful — just truly wonderful. A great experience for these guys who have not been in a studio like that before. We did try another project a few years ago and made another set. So I think there were some nerves and some apprehension prior to the session, but by God, they went through it great. After every day's work, we sat down, we had a meal and drank some beers together and just talked about things. It was great. It was certainly a fantastic experience."
  • BLACK SABBATH: 'Going Through Changes' Photo Book Due In September
    Due on September 28 via Wymer, "Black Sabbath: Going Through Changes" is a photographic journey of BLACK SABBATH during the halcyon days of the seventies. Throughout a long and sometimes turbulent career, BLACK SABBATH's classic lineup of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward virtually created the blueprint for heavy rock. With eight albums plus hundreds of concerts across the globe, this was the defining decade for SABBATH that saw them rightly earn their place as one of the most iconic bands off all time. With photos spanning the decade, this beautifully presented coffee-table style book is a celebration of BLACK SABBATH in all its glory. Containing many previously unpublished shots of the band in the USA and Europe, "Going Through Changes" comes in its own block foiled presentation box with a set of full-color prints, perfect for framing. This unique item is limited to 500 copies worldwide. Order by September 3 and have your name printed in the book on a dedicated fan page. * 128-page A4 hardback * Custom-end papers. * Printed on 170gsm silk paper. * Photos digitally restored and cleaned * Wibalin presentation case * Set of 5 prints on 400gsm card: (1. Tony Iommi, 2. Ozzy Osbourne, 3. Geezer Butler, 4. Bill Ward, 5. Full group) The original lineup of SABBATH came together in 1969 with Iommi, Osbourne, Butler and Ward. That lineup recorded and toured through 1978, and periodically reformed through the '90s and 2000s for live work. They regrouped again in late 2011 for a new album and tour, although Ward dropped out after a few months over financial issues. SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on the band's latest album, "13", which came out in June 2013.
  • JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL: 'Patina' Album Due In November; Track Listing, Artwork
    RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, will release its sophomore album, "Patina", on November 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The track listing for the disc is as follows: 01. Speedbag 02. Havana 03. Crooked Man 04. The Luxury Of Breathing 05. Bitter 06. Chasing Ghosts 07. A Painted Heart 08. Punchclown (bonus track) 09. My Beautiful Mess 10. Ink & Water The follow-up to RED DRAGON CARTEL's eponymous 2014 debut, "Patina" will mark the group's first release with drummer Phil Varone (SAIGON KICK, SKID ROW) and bassist Anthony Esposito. The band's current lineup is rounded out by singer Darren James Smith. RED DRAGON CARTEL's new album was recorded at Esposito's Obscenic Arts studio in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania and was reportedly mixed by legendary producer Max Norman, who has previously worked with OZZY OSBOURNE, MEGADETH, SAVATAGE and LOUDNESS, among others. Jake told That Just Happened last August that RED DRAGON CARTEL's upcoming album would contain "a wide variety of sounds and songs," including some surprises. "I've said this in interviews before and I really look like an asshole. [Laughs] But my end goal isn't to please people," he said. "And I suppose that is what an entertainer is supposed to do — give people what they want. That's not why I do it, that's not why I've ever done it. I do it for me. And it sounds selfish, but I think that's… You have to be true to yourself. "I make music that I wanna hear," he continued. "I just hope other people like it also. If they don't… [sighs] Oh, well. [Laughs] If they don't, they don't; they don't have to buy it. But I do think that they should give it a listen. 'Cause it's interesting. We're trying to stir things up a little bit. We're not playing it safe and just doing exactly what people expect." Back in September 2015, RED DRAGON CARTEL was rejoined by Darren James Smith after a period of several months during which the band played shows with a number of other vocalists, including former JONES STREET frontman Shawn Crosby, Canadian singer Paul D'Eath (CITIZENS UNITE, MUSHROOM TRAIL), Chas West (Jason Bonham, LYNCH MOB, 3 LEGGED DOGG) and Michael Beck. Issued in January 2014, RED DRAGON CARTEL's debut CD sold around 5,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 69 on The Billboard 200 chart.
  • Classic Rock Greats THE GUESS WHO Return With 'The Future Is What It Used To Be'
    THE GUESS WHO is responsible for countless rock classics, which still retain a major presence on rock radio — "American Woman", "No Time", "These Eyes", etc. The band is set to return on September 14 with its latest album, "The Future Is What It Used To Be", released via Cleopatra Records (available in CD, vinyl, and digital formats). The band is Garry Peterson (drums, vocals), D# (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Will E. (guitar, harp, vocals), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, flute, sax, vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (bass, vocals). The album's first single, "Playin' On The Radio", can be heard on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services. Also featured on the album are several special guests, including Tommy Shaw (STYX) on vocals, Brent Fitz (SLASH, GENE SIMMONS) on percussion, Jim Kale (THE GUESS WHO founding member) and Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE) on bass. "The song is a celebration of the radio and what it meant to us all," explains D#. "Whenever a new great song hit the airwaves, the DJ would say a few words then off to the races! You'd tune in just to hear it over and over again. The character in the song could be any one of us as we move ahead in life. Great music has the innate power to transport you back to so many great memories in an instant. Music is healing. I see it and feel it every single night in our audience." A music video for the track has been filmed — directed by Nigel Dick and shot in Las Vegas — and the song can be pre-ordered on iTunes. The video can be viewed below. "I love what I do, and I love trains and I love rock n' roll," explains Nigel about the video. "So, I was honored to be asked to shoot THE GUESS WHO. And when they told me they were available for a day in Vegas and by chance I stumbled on this wonderful railyard full of old engines just up the road from the strip, I was in heaven — and up to my axles in dust! It was a perfect day." And the band is pleased with the results. "My very first music video…who knew?!" says Garry. "Having the privilege of working with the legendary Nigel Dick, took me back to growing up in an era where music videos told a creative visual story that I always looked forward to seeing by my favorite artists," adds Will. "This track was no exception, adding a colorful, action packed sequence to a great story." Garry Peterson: "I never dreamed that I would get a chance to record an album, after 40 years, in the same way, and with the same recording gear that we used in the '60s and '70s. This was truly a blessing for me and a humbling, cathartic experience for my musical soul. Thank you to all my bandmates, and everyone who helped make it a reality. I hope our fans enjoy it as much as I do." D#: "This all started when I wrote 'Playing On The Radio'. Lyrically and musically, these songs are the soundtrack to my journey with THE GUESS WHO over the last 10 years. This record was a joy and an honor to create. As version 3.0 of this iconic band, we had our work cut out for us. The challenge in this type of situation is always to be true to the heartroots of the original blueprint, as well as being able to journey onwards into an inspired future, incorporating the new energies that we bring to the experience, as you do in any family, generation after generation. I hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did." Will E: "I am honored to be a part of this chapter of THE GUESS WHO. We specifically wrote and arranged the music to reflect what people have always loved about the band; great songs with big vocal driven choruses. We accomplished our own sound while maintaining the classic nature that makes THE GUESS WHO an iconic band." Rudy Sarzo: "THE GUESS WHO is part of the soundtrack of my life. It's truly an honor to have performed on the new record. And I'm already looking forward to the next one." Leonard Shaw: "It has been quite the trip since I joined the GUESS WHO 25 years ago, but I am stoked about our new recording of original songs! These songs are fun to play live, and people are digging them!" "The Future Is What It Used To Be" track listing: 01. When We Were Young 02. Runnin' Blind 03. Talks All The Time 04. Baby Come Around 05. Haunted 06. In America 07. Playin' On The Radio 08. Give It A Try 09. Good Girl 10. Long Day
  • MONTE PITTMAN To Release Two New Albums, 'Better Or Worse' And 'Between The Space'
    There are great guitarists, great vocalists and great songwriters, but Monte Pittman is one of the elite few who can truly lay claim to all three titles — and on August 31, he once again raises the stakes with two new solo albums: "Better Or Worse" and "Between The Space". Monte comments: "The album 'Between The Space' is a heavy album that gets straight to the point as soon as it starts. The theme is about connection, alignment, and what divides those things. "As always when I write, my goal is coming up with the material that fits in my live show. I did everything on these albums. I wrote it all, I played every instrument, I recorded it, and I mixed it. The only thing I didn't do was the artwork (by Aaron Lea) and mastering (by Alan Douches). It was a challenge having so many tasks. It was a luxury being able to take the time and get everything just how I wanted it. It was a learning experience, and it was a lot of fun making it. "The album 'Better Or Worse' is an acoustic album but it feels like a heavy album. The theme is about being attached to something or being unattached. It could be an idea or a thought process. The softest part of the album has the heaviest lyrics. It builds instrumentally as the album progresses. I wanted the tone of each track to be a little different from each other. "'Better Or Worse' and 'Between The Space' both mirror each other and they are polar opposites. The idea is to have something there for the people who like my heavy music, something for the people who like my acoustic music, and something for the people who like the variety of both." The new singles "Depth Perception" (from "Better Or Worse") and "Evidence" (from "Between The Space") can be streamed below. "'Evidence' is the opening track off 'Between The Space'," Monte adds. "This is a great introduction to the album. It has a little bit of everything I've done up until now and taken it a few steps further. 'Depth Perception' is also the opening track off 'Better Or Worse'. I wanted this album, and especially this song in particular, to be acoustic but feel like a heavy album." "Between The Space" track listing: 01. Evidence 02. Ominous / Hope 03. Changing Of The Guard 04. Between the Space 05. Once Upon A Time 06. Equal Temperament 07. Reverse Magnetism 08. Beguiling "Better Or Worse" track listing 01. Depth Perception 02. Have Faith 03. Turning Retrograde 04. Better or Worse 05. The Right Words 06. Whose Side Are You On? 07. Torchbearer 08. Witch Trials In support of "Between The Space" and "Better Or Worse", Monte will join Sebastian Bach on the road this fall across the USA.