“What Does This Button Do?”
Out on October 31
Dey Street Books
If you know anything at all about rock music you know the name Bruce Dickinson. Lead singer for legendary metal outfit Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson has entertained fans for more than three decades. He’s performed live all over the globe, sold millions of records, had a solo career, became an accomplished pilot, and had a successful radio show. On October 31st his autobiography “What Does This Button Do?” will be released through Dey Street Books. From his childhood through boarding school, from Samson to Iron Maiden, from fencing to flying, and through his fight with cancer, Bruce Dickinson opens up about it all, giving great detail about things some of us know, some of us never knew, and some of us thought we knew.
“What Does This Button Do?” is a good read. 366 pages (including several pages of personal photos) that are very well written, descriptive, and holds your attention.
Bruce has been known to be a private guy and unlikely to give up details on anything regarding his personal life during interviews so to have this book fans are able to get more in tune with the man they’ve seen on stage over the years. He talks about his parents, his grandparents who helped raise him, the Uncle that impacted his life. He talks about growing up post war and how minimalistic he lived as a kid. Bruce takes us into the British school system and boarding school. Lots of personal stories that are surely heard for the first time.
Or course, a large portion of the book details the singer’s musical journey. Early dreams of being a drummer gave way to life as a singer. We learn about Bruce’s ride with Samson and just how he took his place as a part of Iron Maiden. We go into the studio for the recording of “The Number of the Beast”. Bruce details touring the US for the first time, being on a bill that included Rainbow and .38 Special. We learn about his first time going to a hot tub party, his first major injury (from too much head-banging), tour buses, tour Lincolns, and Bruce discusses early arguments with bassist Steve Harris surrounding stage presence.
Reading how parts of “Piece of Mind” came together, including probably my favorite Maiden tune “Flight of Icarus”, was insightful as was details of the recording process which took place in the Bahamas next to a house owned by Robert Palmer. Bruce recounts a lot of time spent on the road including fencing at a California Renaissance fair, meeting Johnny Cash (the “Man in Black” asked for an autograph from Bruce for his daughter), and visiting Auschwitz. As you read details of the first Rock in Rio concert or headlining the Reading Festival, you get a true sense of the experience. Having seen Iron Maiden live numerous times it was great reading about stage Eddie and how his concept came about as well as his “Powerslave” and “Somewhere In Time” incarnations.
“What Does This Button Do?” is not filled with depravity and debauchery like Motley Crue’s “The Dirt”, but there are plenty of stories of drinking, pissing off of scaffolds, and more drinking as well as the “bust” in Germany. Bruce does go through the departure of Clive Burr after the “Number of the Beast” tour and Adrian Smith during the writing of “No Prayer for the Dying” as well as his own departure from the band.
Bruce also lends a chunk of the book to his fascination with flight and his ups and downs as a pilot. He also opens up about his battle with cancer and we really learn what he went through during his treatments.
“What Does This Button Do?” gives unprecedented insight into the life of one of rock’s giants, the legendary Bruce Dickinson .
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Release date: January 13, 2017
Label: Thermal Entertainment
Cullman Alabama rockers Shallow Side are set to release their latest EP titled “One” January 13 through Thermal Entertainment. If you patrol Youtube you already know these guys. With over 1.2 million views just in the first two videos released from “One”, the singles “Rebel” and “Renegade”, it’s no wonder why Shallow Side was recently voted “Best New Artist” on Loudwire.com
“One” is a six song nod to soulful rock and roll. Shallow Side get their sound through passionate vocals (Eric Boatright), powerfully booming drums (Heath Fields), and riveting riffs (Cody Hampton and Seth Trimble). For “One” Hampton also lays down the bass lines and Trimble adds keys that are sometimes upbeat, sometimes bordering on trancelike.
The EP opens with the anthemic sounding “We Roll”. A fairly straightforward tune that relies on its simplicity to stand out. Boatright’s vocals are at the forefront with a simple drum beat underneath and guitars that let the song breathe. Add in the line “just like the Tide we roll” and fans of rock, the state of Alabama, and the Crimson Tide will all blast this tune!
Track two is the single “Rebel” which is a heavier rock track that continues the formula of letting the vocals lead the way and allow the band to play each instrument with the skill of a brain surgeon, knowing when to bring the power and balls and when to play it smooth and tight.
Next up is a cover of the Styx classic “Renegade”. Most any band worth their weight in guitar strings can play a decent cover, copying it note for note, tab for tab, and being satisfied with playing a great tune. However, few bands have the ability to take a legend of a song like “Renegade” and making it fit their sound while not bastardizing it. Shallow Side’s version has all the lyrics us classic rock fans know sung at times with just a bit more seriousness enhanced with a sinister synth. Guitars? Yup, the guitars kick ass and are handled completely different for the most part and when you hear the chorus riff there’s a miniscule pause in the chord progression that electrifies the song. There’s too much in this song to fully detail in words but check out the video here and you’ll see what a great job Shallow Side does with “Renegade”
“Fight or Flight” is the band’s call to get off your ass and not give up. The strong guitars make this probably the heaviest song on the album but again heavy is not what Shallow Side calls their bread and butter. Rock is and this f’n song rocks!!!
Track five “Can You Hear Me” is another high energy tune that has lyrics that speak and provide a positive message and the EP wraps up with “Start a Fire”, a song that doesn’t let you forget that these guys know how to write a freakin song.
If you’re in the Cullen, Alabama area January 13 you can catch Shallow Side at their cd release show at the Cullman Civic Center. Otherwise tour dates are posted below.
Shallow Side are:
Eric Boatright (Vocals)
Cody Hampton (Bass/Guitar)
Seth Trimble (Guitar/Keyboard)
Heath Fields (Drums)
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
01-13-17 in Cullman, AL at Cullman Civic Center (CD Release Show & Kick Off)
02-01-17 in Knoxville, TN at The Open Chord
02-02-17 in Johnson City, TN at The Hideaway
02-03-17 in Spartanburg, SC at Ground Zero
02-04-17 in Jasper, AL at Jars 64
02-08-17 in St Louis, MO at The Firebird
02-10-17 in Junction City, KS at The Devils Tail
02-11-17 in Omaha, NE at Shamrocks Pub
02-12-17 in O'Neil, NE at The Chesterfield West
02-13-17 in Sioux Falls, SD at Bigs Bar
02-15-17 in Colorado Springs, CO at Sunshine Studios
02-17-17 in Las Vegas, NV at Radio Contraband Convention (performing awards night - private)
02-19-17 in Scottsdale, AZ at Rock Bar
04-29-17 in Las Vegas, NV at M Resort Spa Casino (Rock Into Spring)
05-27-17 in Madison, WI at Alliant Energy Center (Bratfest)
I’d say I know as much about Corey Taylor as the average American does. I know he’s an iconic rock star who fronts the Grammy Award winning metal band Slipknot as well as the hard rock band Stone Sour. I also know he’s a prolific author having written New York Times’ best sellers “Seven Deadly Sins”, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven”, and “You’re Making Me Hate You”. And with the release of his latest book “America 51” (out on August 8th through Da Capo Press) Taylor provides his take on America and how American core values are seemingly deteriorating.
For “America 51”, Taylor takes us through sequences of his life, from the childhood he grew up in (poor and sometimes homeless), to touring the world across continents and exotic islands. With humorous stories, historical fact, and thought-provoking opinion he impresses upon the reader the ideology behind the stunning election of Trump. The book is not a burdeonsome bitchfest from a guy who isn’t happy with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election though. On the contrary, Taylor gives clear examples on how America is changing, politically, socially, morally, and responsibly.
Racism, welfare, health care, jobs, religion, economy, Reagan, Obama, Hillary, Trump, Muslim ban, and many other issues important to America, or that should be important to America and Americans, are discussed. As I said in the beginning, I know nothing more about Corey Taylor than anyone else. But in reading “America 51” I find myself agreeing with most of what I read. Some theories are controversial, some I don’t wholly agree with, but are we not living in the era of Trump? Taylor puts the spotlight on things that as citizens who love this country need to look at and find out how to fix, or change, or make better.
By no means am I a political person, but I do love this country and understand the importance of politics in America. With “America 51” Corey Taylor has given me much to think about. Two weeks ago when I saw him perform in Camden, NJ with Stone Sour I could only appreciate him for the phenomenal songs he’s given us. Now, after reading “America 51”, I appreciate him for being an individual with the balls to put on the table issues that truly need to be corrected so America can continue to be “The Greatest Country in the World”.
Corey Taylor's Events for "America 51":
August 8 - Bookends (Ridgewood, NJ)
book signing 6pm EDT
August 9 - Barnes and Noble Union Square (New York, NY)
book signing 5-6:30pm EDT
August 10 - Book Revue (Huntington, NY)
Talk/book signing 7pm EDT
August 12 - Book Soup (West Hollywood, CA)
book signing 12pm PDT
Corey Taylor website
Pre-order America 51website
"America 51" - A Probe Into the Realities That Are Hiding Inside "The Greatest Country in the World"
release date - August 8, 2017
Da Capo Press
Fans all over the world know Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell, and Mikkey Dee. They are Motorhead, and they play rock ‘n roll. Although we’ll no longer have the chance to witness their talent and energy live in person, UDR Music thankfully captured one of the band’s last performances on audio and video. Out now on CD, DVD, and vinyl is “Clean Your Clock”, an exceptional concert recorded at the Zenith in Munich, Germany during two dates November 20 and 21, 2015.
With twenty-two albums, sales of over thirty million albums sold worldwide, thousands of shows, adored by millions of fans, Motorhead epitomize rock and roll. For these shows in Munich a standing room only packed house helped welcome Motorhead to the stage as a large skeletal frame of a plane which doubled as the overhead lighting rig hovered above the crowd for the opening song “Bomber”.
Lemmy dedicated “Doctor Rock” to Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor who passed away a week before these concerts were filmed. Mikkey Dee lays down a massive drum solo during the song as well. Phil Campbell (who in my opinion is one of the most underrated guitarists out there) lights it up with a solo that leads into “The Chase is Better Than The Catch”. And throughout the performance, Lemmy’s bass is strong and violent standing out on each song.
Highlights are “Orgasmatron” which is performed with an eerie green light covering the stage and features parts of Phil’s guitar lighting up. The band cuts it down to an acoustic set up for “Whorehouse Blues”; Phil on acoustic lead, Mikkey on acoustic rhythm while also playing a bass drum and a high hat, and Lemmy standing stoic center stage singing and also playing the harmonica. An epic treat! For me “Lost Woman Blues” is phenomenal, as is the legendary “Ace of Spades”.
These shows were performed just over a month before Lemmy’s death from prostate cancer. As one can imagine the rock icon looks frail, his face thin and gaunt and his hands shaky at times when holding the mic, but Lemmy’s playing is unmatched and the power in his voice is solid. Motorhead live never failed to deliver, giving fans a legendary experience each and every time, and on “Clean Your Clock” Mikkey, Phil, and the immortal Lemmy Kilmister show us what a premiere rock concert is.
Clean Your Clock Tracklisting:
When The Sky Comes Looking For You
Over The Top
(Guitar Solo) The Chase Is Better Than The Catch
Lost Woman Blues
Just ‘Cos You Got The Power
Ace Of Spades
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“18 and Life on Skid Row”
out on paperback November 14, 2017
Dey Street Books
In a recent Twitter post, as he was travelling back from a successful Australian tour, Sebastian Bach posted a pic of himself (part of him anyway) with Bruce Springsteen’s new book “Born To Run” keeping him company on the flight back to LAX. In case you dear reader find yourself looking for a good read yourself, perhaps as you travel to see family this holiday season, Sebastian’s own book “18 and Life on Skid Row” will be available on paperback November 14th through Dey Street Books. Released in hardcover at the end of last year, you now have another chance to pick up this gateway into the life of one of rock’s biggest stars!!
“18 and Life on Skid Row” is 424 pages detailing the life of Skid Row’s lead singer, from childhood to arena rock star. The book takes you to Canada where Bach’s musical dream formed and you’ll understand just how important music was in getting this young kid through life. You’ll hear about the early band’s he played in and the strong bonds formed with musicians he was surrounded by. Band members became brothers, fight for the band and fight for your brothers.
Bach details the heartbreaking call he had to make to take a chance on becoming a musician in the States. And then of course there’s his time in Skid Row, a band from the New Jersey area that grew to demolish stages and cities all across the globe. Bach takes you into the garage during practices, into the studio during recording, on the tour bus while on the road, and on stage during sold out show after sold out show.
The music, the fans, the cops, the drugs, the women, the sex, the parties, the celebrities, the money…you hear about all of it. And for those of you who, like me, grew up in the New Jersey area, hearing the stories about Sayreville, Red Bank, Manalapan and more is surreal when in the context of having to do with one of the biggest bands from the MTV era.
Sebastian Bach tells it all in “18 and Life on Skid Row”, a true insight into the rock n roll life, on and off the stage.
Seether “Poison The Parish”
release date - May 12, 2017
Album number seven for rock radio juggernauts SEETHER blasts onto the music scene May 12th. “Poison The Parish” is an explosive assault on the reckless age we live in of false idolization and an overabundance of opinions.
The album opener “Stoke The Fire” is a heavy fixated rocker that screams out with a ferocious chorus and lyrics that admonish social media mavens. In describing the album, singer/guitarist Shaun Morgan says “What it really boils down to is that I am disgusted and horrified by what I see society becoming, the complete idolatry of vapid social media and reality TV ‘stars,’”. “Stoke The Fire” begins epitomizes that sentiment.
“Poison the Parish” is NOT an album that has one or two heavy tracks to suck you in only to disappoint later. This entire album crushes! Morgan produced the album and his imprint is everywhere, from monster chord progressions to intense lyrics. Track two “Betray and Degrade” has both. It kicks in large with a heavy riff offset by simplistic vocals leading to another punishing chorus.
Of course the main single off the album is “Let You Down” and the song definitely represents the album. Heaviness from the band that appears after setting up the songs by letting the vocals breathe. “Feels Like Dying” accomplishes this by having Morgan’s vocals play over drummer John Humphrey’s cymbals and Dale Stewart’s simple yet stern bass line.
Seether songs tend to follow a pattern of allowing the listener to become involved with each song’s message then providing a way to get out the intensity through the chorus. Exhibit “A” from “Poison The Parish” is the song “Misunderstood”. The soft beginning is there to let Morgan’s dissertation on shallowness settle in until the chorus hits providing an aggressive outlet. Exhibit “B” is “Take A Minute” which is powered by Stewart laying down one mean ass bass line underneath the vocals and the full band kicking in with shear power and volatility.
Possibly the band’s heaviest album from start to finish “Poison The Parish” is current, aggressive, and 100% SEETHER
Seether is currently on tour and continue to cross American throughout the whole Summer.
Shaun Morgan – vox/guitar
Dale Stewart – bass/vox
John Humphrey – drums
“Clean Your Clock”
Recorded November 20 and 21, 2015 in Munich, Germany
Out October 20
It’s been over 20 years since UK doom rockers Iron Monkey release a full-length album. In Nottingham, England band split in 1999 and original singer J.P. Morrow passed away in 2002. Now it’s 2017 and Iron Monkey is back and has released a brutal beast titled “9-13”.
Today’s line up for Iron Monkey is Jim Rushby (vocals and guitar) and on bass Steve Watson (both original band members) along with Scott Briggs on Drums. What these three have created is furious aggression that plays heavy and hard. Hold on to your asses while we go through a few of the songs here.
“9-13” starts off with the track “Crown of Electrodes”, a grimy sludge tune that rips with guitar chords so dark and distorted you’ll need an exorcism after listening to it. Rushby’s vocals are psychotic and although I don’t know what he’s saying I really don’t give a shit because what is spewing from his mouth gives more gore to what’s battering my brain. Solid way to kick off this album.
You’ll find no pussy fucking ballads on this album. Take the title track “9-13”. This song is brutally obscene in its dread. The riff is nasty and with Watson’s bass following along it’s a whole other level of darkness. Check out the video for the song here:
Our favorite song on Iron Monkey’s album “9-13” is “The Rope”, a song with only four words, a shit load of screams, and a diabolical doom guitar riff. The song probably took 3 minutes to write but it’s everything doom metal should be; simple, heavy, slow and sinister.
You can hear the song “Omegamangler” here. Crippling in its distortion, immense in its sludge, mind-bending in its devastation.
“9-13” from Iron Monkey is simply a dark, devastating record.
Crown of Electrodes
Toadcrucifier – R.I.P.PER
Doomsday Impulse Multiplier
Moreland St. Hammervortex