Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Roots of Heavy Metal: Part II

Another classic and widely known band for you: Deep Purple!
Deep Purple, alonside with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, is a pioneer band of  Heavy Metal.
The band was formed in Hertford, England in 1968.
Their music genre is a great mixture of Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Blues Rock with a bit of Psychedelic and Prog. Rock.

Deep Purple's current formation:
Ian Gillan - Lead vocals, harmonica, congas;
Roger Clover - Bass;
Steve Morse - Guitar;
Don Airey - Keyboards, Organ;
Ian Paice - Drums, percussion.

The band has experienced many different line-ups through the years, being Ian Paice the only original member still on Deep Purple.
In the Deep Purple's chronology there is a gap between 1976 and 1984. In 1976 the end came while they were on tour in Britain, more specifically in 15th March at the Liverpool Empire Theatre. Coverdale(vocals by the time ) quit and the final decision to disband Deep Purple had been made some time before the last show by Lord (organ player by the time) and Paice. The break-up was finally made public in July 1976. Many people say this break-up was due to Bolin's(guitar/vocals) drug addiction.
In all  Deep Purple's member, I can't help to refer one: Joe Satriani, one of my favourite guitar players. It was a really short period, though.

Just like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple have influenced a lot of metal bands.
Despite the age, they keep rockin' all over the world!

Here is a classic of classics:

And for headbangers, an heavier cover by Metalium.

Another one, heavier than Metalium's one, by Cannibal Corpse.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Metallica's big announcement

The Metallica's big announcement on the last February 7 was a summer festival: The Orion Music Festival.

Set for June 23rd and 24th in the seaside New Jersey town, the event will feature headlining sets from the band each evening, during which they will perform two of their most enduring albums in their entirety: their 1991 eponymous fifth release ("The Black Album") one night and 1984's Ride the Lightning the other.
It is the first time ever that Metallica dive into the festival production. Said drummer Lars Ulrich,"We've had the idea of doing our own lifestyle festival with lots of diverse music and fun and games for years. Finally this year, all the practical ducks lined up in a row, and we are beyond psyched to bring Orion to our fans, friends and the curious." "After the most incredible of weeks ever in December 2011 celebrating our 30th anniversary at the Fillmore in San Francisco," continued Ulrich, referencing the band's star-studded residency, "bringing the spirit of that week, the looseness of that week, the possibilities of that week, the fan interactive elements of that week, and the (fill in your own blank here) of that week to a festival setting is so exciting we can hardly contain ourselves." Here is the initial line-up:
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Modest Mouse
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • Cage The Elephant
  • Fucked Up
  • Best Coast
  • Hot Snakes
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Lucero
  • Roky Erickson
  • The Black Angels
  • The Sword
  • A Place to Bury Strangers
  • Liturgy
Opinion: It is a great lineup, with good bands. But I was expecting heavier bands. Artic Monkeys is a great band (I really enjoy some tracks) but it's not even hard rock. So wasn't I expecting to find a band like Artic Monkeys playing on a festival produced by Metallica!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Metallica: Big announcement coming on Feb. 7

Metallica has posted on a teaser clip for a big announcement coming up on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 11AM PT.
Metallica's fans are wondering what this annoucement is about. Could it be another album with Loud Reed? Well, we hope not!

The 34-second ‘Save the Date’ video clip shows a crowd cheering at a rock concert followed by the words “You’ve seen them at festivals across the world.” We then see the names of just about every big music festival around, followed by the cryptic phrase “But you’ve never seen them…”

It can be related with what Lars said on the last 30th anniversary gig in San Francisco in December: "Put a big f—in’ pair of red ‘X’s’ in the calendar for June 23 and 24 on the East Coast of America, because you know what where gonna do, baby, we’re gonna take this thing f—in’ into a big ass f—in’ place."

Teaser video:

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rock on the Range 2012

Rock on the Range returns to Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio on May 18-20 and this year’smonster lineup includes a little something for everyone, whether you’re a metalhead, a headbanger or just a melodic rock junkie.

Here is the lineup for the official dates announced - May 18th, 19th, &20th.

May 18th Pre-party

Friday Night 4play (4 bands)

FYE Stage:

•          Hairball
•          Foxy Shazam
•          Hell's Belles

May 19th & 20th (Saturday & Sunday)

•          Incubus
•          Rob Zombie
•          Shinedown
•          Marilyn Manson
•          Five Finger Death Punch
•          Slash
•          Megadeth
•          Chevelle
•          Cypress Hill
•          Mastodon
•          Theory of a Deadman
•          Volbeat, Down
•          The Darkness
•          Halestorm
•          Escape The Fate
•          P.O.D.
•          Lacuna Coil
•          Adelitas Way
•          Black Stone Cherry
•          Cavo
•          Attack Attack!
•          Trivium
•          Bobaflex
•          Falling In Reverse
•          Redlight King
•          Aranda
•          Emphatic
•          Otherwise
•          James Durbin
•          Black Tide
•          Kyng
•          12 Stones
•          SOiL
•          Rival Sons
•          Eve To Adam
•          Ghosts of August

Co-headliner RobZombie commented on the massive show, saying, “If you thought last time was ablast, then this time we are gonna blow your f—ing mind,”and let’s face it, RobZombie has not failed to blow our minds yet.
Brandon Boyd ofIncubus weighed in on the the lineup as well, “Incubus is stoked to be joinin’the killer lineup at Rock On The Range this year. We’ll see y’all in Columbus.”

The show alsohighlights some of today’s up and coming acts. The Jagermeister Music Stagewill feature 12 new bands for rock fans to sink their teeth into.
Tickets go on saleFriday, Feb. 10, starting at 10AM ET, head over to the official Rock on theRange website for all the details.

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