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SKID ROW’s Rachel Bolan Talks to The Blaze 1330 AM

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Check out this interview I did for Arizona Metal with the legendary Rachel Bolan of Skid Row!

He talks about the band’s latest EP series, “United World Rebellion,” playing bass on Stone Sour‘s “House Of Gold And Bones” albums (we reviewed Part 2 here), and several other topics.

You can hear the entire interview here. Enjoy!

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April’s Most Anticipated Albums – Device, Rob Zombie, Volbeat and More

Despite March being hailed by record stores as “Metal Month,” there are plenty of highly-anticipated albums that will be released in April.

The Blog of Shredding brings you the guide to what albums you should buy and where you can hear them (or at least some of the tracks) before they hit stores.

All release dates are U.S. release dates.

Device – “Device”

Release Date: April 9

Device's self-titled debut album (2013). Photo from Noisecreep.

Device’s self-titled debut album (2013). Photo from Noisecreep.

Device is the side project of Disturbed frontman David Draiman. The entire self-titled effort is now available for streaming on Noisecreep.

The lineup also includes Evanescence drummer Will Hunt, Dope guitarist Vitus and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold and Lzzy Hale from Halestorm make guest appearances.

Stone Sour – “House of Gold and Bones Part 2”

Release Date: April 9

Stone Sour's "House of Gold And Bones Part 2" (2013). Photo from Stone Sour's official website.

Stone Sour’s “House of Gold And Bones Part 2” (2013). Photo from Stone Sour’s official website.

“House of Gold and Bones Part 2” is the sequel to Stone Sour’s 2012 chart-topper, “House of Gold and Bones Part 1”. HOGAB is singer Corey Taylor’s project that includes the double album and a comic book series. HOGAB Part 2 also features Skid Row’s Rachel Bolan taking up bass duties.

TBOS previously reviewed this album. It is available for streaming on Stone Sour’s official website.

Volbeat – “Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies”

Release Date: April 9

"Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies" (2013). Photo from Volbeat's official website.

“Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies” (2013). Photo from Volbeat’s official website.

Volbeat’s first album to feature former Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano drops Tuesday. Legendary singer King Diamond (Mercyful Fate) is featured on the track “Room 24”.  “Room 24” is available for free on King Diamond’s website, as a gift to the fans.

Ghost B.C. – “Infestissumam”

Release Date: April 9 April 16

Ghost B.C.'s sophomore release. Photo from Ghost B.C.'s official website.

Ghost B.C.’s sophomore release. Photo from Ghost B.C.’s official website.

The release of Ghost B.C.’s sophomore album was delayed by a week due to controversy surrounding the artwork of “Infestissumam”. (The questionable artwork was not even on the album cover, but on the physical CD and would not have been visible to customers unless they purchased the album.)

Several of the songs from “Infestissumam” have already leaked online. The video for “Year Zero” can be seen below.

Skid Row – “United World Rebellion – Chapter One” (EP)

Release Date: April 16

"United World Rebellion" (2013), Skid Row's first record in 7 years. Photo from BLABBERMOUTH.NET

“United World Rebellion” (2013), Skid Row’s first record in seven years. Photo from BLABBERMOUTH.NET

“United World Rebellion – Chapter One” is the first in a series of EPs that Skid Row plans to release in the near future. It is their third record to feature singer Johnny Solinger, who replaced Sebastian Bach in 1999.

The official lyric video for “Kings of Demolition” can be seen below.

Geoff Tate’s Queensryche – “Frequency Unknown”

Release Date: April 23

Geoff Tate's first album with his incarnation of Queensryche. Photo from BLABBERMOUTH.NET

Geoff Tate’s first album with his incarnation of Queensryche. Photo from BLABBERMOUTH.NET

After a nasty split-up between singer Geoff Tate and his band Queensryche in late 2012, two versions of the band emerged: Geoff Tate’s Queensryche and simply, Queensryche.

The lineup of Tate’s version includes bassist Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake, Quiet Riot) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio). Guest musicians on “Frequency Unknown” include K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Lita Ford.

The single “Cold” is available for streaming below.

Rob Zombie – “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”

Release Date: April 23

Rob Zombie, this year's Mayhem Fest headliner, will release his new album later this month. Photo from Rob Zombie's official website.

Rob Zombie, this year’s Mayhem Fest headliner, will release his new album later this month. Photo from Rob Zombie’s official website.

2013 is turning out to be the year of the Zombie.

Rob Zombie is headlining this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. His film, “The Lords of Salem,” hits theaters April 19.

On top of that, his new album “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor” has been highly acclaimed by various critics.

You can listen to the single, “Dead City Radio” here. The official music video will be released on VEVO on Monday.

More of April’s Most Anticipated Albums:

Flotsam and Jetsam – “Ugly Noise”

Release Date: April 16

Deep Purple – “NOW What?!”

Release Date: April 26

HIM – “Tears on Tape”

Release Date: April 26

Cathedral – “The Last Spire”

Release Date: April 29

For a more comprehensive list of upcoming metal releases, visit Metal Storm.


Album Review: Stone Sour – ‘House of Gold and Bones Part 2’ (2013)

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Release Date: April 9, 2013

Label: Roadrunner Records

Earlier today, Stone Sour streamed the sequel to their chart-topping album “House of Gold and Bones Part 1” (2012). Though “House of Gold and Bones Part 2” won’t officially be released in the States until next week, I am reviewing it now.

It’s been a long time since I’ve listened to an album that has genuinely kept me entertained the whole way through. When I heard HOGAB Pt. 2, I didn’t find myself looking back at the track list every so often, wondering, “Just how many songs are there left?” It is a fantastic album and fitting sequel to Part 1 with its schizophrenic time and style changes, sometimes during single songs.

HOGAB is singer Corey Taylor’s brainchild–two concept albums and a 4-part comic book miniseries about temptation and vice. The music itself is a representation of the conflicts the protagonist, Human, endures. It brings the lyrics to life, and the theme continues through Part 2.

Part 2 starts off with a melancholy piano ballad, “Red City”. It is quite the departure from “Last of the Real,” the final track of Part 1. But during the second track, “Black John,” thrashing drums kick in, signalling the alternative metal tour de force that is the rest of the album. “Sadist” is a slower, groove metal-esque number with chromatic riffs akin to Ozzy’s “Diary of a Madman”.”Peckinpah” is another grooving number, but the next song, “Stalemate,” is one of the highlights of HOGAB 2.

“Stalemate” starts off as an acoustic ballad with piano flourishes, and one assumes that it will be similar to the first track. But suddenly the electric guitars and drums kick in and you wonder what the hell just hit you. You just got your ass kicked and now your neck is broken from headbanging so much. Then there’s a key change to throw you another curveball.

In addition to hard rocking tracks like “’82,” “Do Me A Favor” and “House of Gold and Bones,” HOGAB 2 has its share of powerful ballads. While still heavy, “The Uncanny Valley” and “The Configuration” would do well in mainstream or crossover charts. “The Configuration” reminds me why 80s metal power ballads so great (Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan, who contributed to this album, should know). It would be wise for Stone Sour to release it as a single.

This album showcases why Stone Sour is so great. The lyrics are very relatable, telling tales of adversity, self-doubt and self-empowerment. They actively troll their listeners with their musical epicness and make you go, “what the hell just happened?” You’re not sure what hit you, but it is well worth the bruise you’re left with.

Track Listing:

  1. Red City
  2. Black John
  3. Sadist
  4. Peckinpah
  5. Stalemate
  6. Gravesend
  7. ’82
  8. The Uncanny Valley
  9. Blue Smoke
  10. Do Me A Favor
  11. The Configuration
  12. House of Gold and Bones

Lineup:

Corey Taylor – vocals

James Root – guitar

Josh Rand – guitar

Roy Moyarga – drums

Rachel Bolan – bass

CORRECTION (4/6/13): Human is the protagonist of the story, not Allen.