The music industry (as we once knew it) seems to be in a constant state of flux. There are more bands than ever, more web sites and yet most fans or listeners prefer to be spoon fed from traditional outlets such as radio stations, I-Tunes or You Tube. There’s nothing wrong with that, but there is so much great music out there that is just begging to be discovered. Basically, in 2013 you are only limited to the amount of time or effort that you invest in searching for new music.
We realize folks are busy (and quite lazy these days) when it comes to hunting down fresh/creative talent. Luckily, the internet is infinitely flexible and several crafty beavers out there are inventing new models and offering some very cool services for the bands and the fans.
Replacing the indie record label scene from back in the day, are newer crowd-sourcing sites like Kickstarter.com and PledgeMusic.com. These sites offer a chance for the fans to get involved in the making of the your favorite bands next album or music projects. This model has proven to be highly effective for established acts and a few notable artists from all over the world.
I was first introduced to the Pledge site when FLOTSAM and JETSAM used their site to help fund their latest release. Luckily, their goal was achieved at 157%! Looking forward to their new music.
Check out a fact sheet below from Pledge Music below and see if there are any bands you would like to get involved with to further their career and or lend a hand.
PledgeMusic for Artists
PledgeMusic is a music company offering you a new way to take control of your career. We’re not interested in being a rights owner – Pledge does not want ANY rights to your music, live income, merch etc. We just help you fund whatever type or format of record you want to release next.
PledgeMusic is a music company offering you a new way to take control of your career. We’re not interested in being a rights owner – Pledge does not want ANY rights to your music. We just help you fund, market, and release whatever music you want to make.
We help and encourage you to participate with your fans in an exciting and unique way. Pledge allows artists to easily create an irresistible customised menu of exclusive content and experiences that integrate your email database, Facebook fans, Twitter followers and various other social networking sites. You decide how much money you’d like to raise and your fans pledge money for whichever item or experience they want. In a direct-to-fan campaign, fans are only charged once the full target amount has been raised. We also offer preorder campaigns, perfect for marketing and releasing your album without targeted fundraising. And there’s even the option to build a charitable donation into your campaign. We charge a flat 15% fee and we have no hidden fees or transaction costs whatsoever.
PledgeMusic for Fans
PledgeMusic is a way for you to help your favorite artists make and release their records. It helps artists and bands design a tailored fundraising campaign to raise money for their next release. As a pledger, you will gain access to exclusive content and experiences, available only through PledgeMusic. The options can be anything from DJing at your house party, to attending a rehearsal, or even a movie and dinner with the band!
For traditional direct-to-fan campaigns, there is no risk to you as your money will only be taken once the artist’s target amount has been raised, and PledgeMusic will keep you informed of the project’s status every step of the way.
In a pre-order campaign, you’ll be charged immediately upon pledging, and will receive the record on release date, much as with other e-commerce pre orders.
So please get involved and have a good time helping your favorite bands create more great music!
What are you waiting for?
Back in my hard rockin’ high school days, I enjoyed the sounds of 80′s chart-toppers DOKKEN and the [criminally underrated] melodic sounds of KING’s X. When I found out that Doug Pinnick (singer/bassist from Kings X) was collaborating with all three original members of DOKKEN—minus Don Dokken, I was pretty stoked to say the least. The fact that these musicians are still around making great music in 2012 is a testament to their individual skills as players and popularity among die-hard rock/metal fans.
The group is simply called “T&N” now, which any long-time DOKKEN fan will know [un]officially stands for “Tooth and Nail.” For what it’s worth, Tooth and Nail is my favorite DOKKEN album as well. They found out another label has that name trademarked and so they had to shorten the name. Not sure if that was a good move or not as that might prove difficult to market or help brand this project. Insiders and true fans will likely figure out the connection (which is the main draw IMO); lets hope the newbies get a taste of this interesting release.
Describing this band gets a little tricky as it features former and current DOKKEN members George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown. Mick being the only “current” member. Not sure why the boys couldn’t work it out with Don Dokken, but he is continuing on with the official DOKKEN band and has a new album with different members that just came out last month. To be fair I haven’t heard that release yet!
The new T&N album came together from original collaborations between Pilson and Lynch for a Lynch Mob record, but morphed into this new project. Rat Pak Records will be releasing their new album entitled Slave To The Empire on October 31st.
T & N’s Slave To The Empire offers seven new original songs and five re-recorded classic DOKKEN songs that feature kick-ass vocal performances by:
Tim “Ripper” Owens (Judas Priest, Iced Earth, Dio Disciples)
Doug Pinnick (Kings X)
Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)
Robert Mason (Warrant, Lynch Mob, Big Cock)
Also the multi-talented drumming of Brian Tichy
*Tichy is the one who suggested they take the original stuff and put it together with re-recordings of Dokken classics with guest vocalists.
This 12 song release is described as “progressive, heavy, dark and bluesy.”
Slave to the Empire
Tooth and Nail (featuring Doug Pinnick of Kings X)
It’s Not Love (featuring Robert Mason of Warrant)
Rhythm of the Soul
When Eagles Die
Into The Fire
Alone Again (featuring Sebastian Bach)
Kiss of Death (featuring Tim “Ripper” Owens)
I ran across this online and thought it was rather interesting. I am not sure how accurate it is, but I am posting for your enjoyment or amusement.
There are a few drummers on there who really surprised me and a few that repulsed me!
Without further ado, here are the 30 Richest Drummers in the World!
Ringo Starr: $300 Million
Phil Collins: $250 Million
Dave Grohl: $225 Million
Don Henley: $200 Million
Lars Ulrich: $175 Million
Charlie Watts: $160 Million
Larry Mullen Jr.: $150 Million
Roger Taylor: $105 Million
Joey Kramer: $100 Million
Chad Smith: $90 Million
Travis Barker: $85 Million
Stewart Copeland: $80 Million
Alex Van Halen: $75 Million
Nick Mason: $75 Million
Tommy Lee: $70 Million
Bill Ward: $65 Million
Jon Fishman: $60 Million
Carter Beauford: $55 Million
Rick Allen: $50 Million
Tre Cool: $45 Million
Danny Carey: $40 Million
Tico Torres: $40 Million
Max Weinberg: $35 Million
Mickey Hart: $30 Million
Bill Kreutzmann: $25 Million
Neil Peart: $22 Million
Taylor Hawkins: $20 Million
Questlove: $16 Million
Steven Adler: $15 Million
Mick Fleetwood: $8.5 Million
*Source: Drum Mag.
Kinger recently caught up with NONPOINT drummer Robb Rivera, who gave us a detailed band update and some history behind this great band.
KINGER:Although you guys were originally from Florida; when did you move to Chicago please?Are you a permanent resident now? Welcome!
ROBB: I have been in Chicago since May of 2010, Elias is in the Michigan area so we are all pretty close to each other.
I am playing a Gretsch to record in the studio. The “K” cymbal was there at the studio so I used it! I was playing Sonor drums but i am currently playing a Pearl Reference Kit. Love that thing!
“Change is the essence of life. You have to be willing to surrender what you are for what you know you can become.”
Well, after our change in our lineup last year Elias found that quote and posted it online.
Well it was only intended to be a teaser for our die-hard fans and whoever else just wanted to check out a free track. It is not the first single but quite a few stations have picked it up and have played it. Sirius Octane has played the hell out of it. The response has been incredible, our old school fans that may have lost a bit of interest from the last few albums are really happy. A lot of people who have heard have said that it’s going back to our old school roots which was the goal for this album.
The new guys are Dave Lizzio on Guitar, Adam Woloszyn on the bass and Rasheed Thomas on guitar and vocals. The all come from the Chicago area. Really great guys who are hungry to be in a band and possibly some of the most laid back people we have ever met.
Working with Johnny was amazing. His ideas were really what shaped up this album. He wanted a vibe on the album that we have never really been able to accomplish. We decided on him for many reasons. His track record was one, also being in Chicago it was really convenient for all of us. All in all it was the production and vibe we have ever had in our career.
Mixing and mastering is done and we are looking at a September release.
Well I think our brand name was what attracted the deal with them, with six records under our belt it was really cool to have such a killer company interested in us. They have been nothing short of amazing to us.
I believe they are yes.
You know all bands like to experiment so I do not fault them for trying to do so, that is what is part of being in band. As for us, we have always wanted to mix up Heavy grooves but with melodic vocals. We always felt it sounded heavier with the melodic vocals but that is my opinion you know.
Honestly it’s very physical but most of it is mental. You have to be wired a certain way to do this. We have always compared our career to bands like Sevendust who tour relentlessly. That has been our same work ethic. Just go out there and do it and whether it is ten people or a thousand people…we go out there and do our thing.
That is tough to respond to [these days] because of the many changes that have happened since we started. With the internet, downloading and concert attendances has declined so it is almost impossible for a young band to get out there and survive. All I will say is that if you truly believe in what you are doing then absolutely go for it. I think the most important thing is to find the right members to do it with, without that you will [for sure] not survive.
Love for our craft, music is just in our DNA. We have been absolutely blessed to have such an amazing fan base of people who come see us and buy our albums for us to continue to do this. Without them there is no us.
I think connecting with fans is the most important thing for any band and that is another way you will continue in this industry. Fans love that personal connection. I mean you have sites like Twitter that you can just get an account and start following your favorite artist/band and sometimes they will even respond and one hundred and forty characters can go a long way to make a fan really happy. Back in the day it was impossible to talk to your favorite bands and now it just seems extremely easy. Of course there are those who are extremely negative and love to give opinions (about stuff they have no clue about which makes for entertaining reading).
Nothing beats live because of the connections you have with your fans but in the studio is the time to be creative and make that record that you can take out to the world to play live. Both have their pros and cons but it is needed to continue your career.
Well usually set up sideways and I see the crowd looking to my left. I got the idea many years ago when I saw Stryper in Puerto Rico and Robert Sweet set up that way. He looked like he was part of the show and that is what I wanted as well.
I am excited because it has been a long time since we have toured. We are going out with our good friends Call Me No One and Eye Empire. We are stoked for sure. On the other hand I am a little sad because I just became a first time father and leaving my little girl and wife will be really hard.
Honestly the same ones we had once we got into that garage in Fort Lauderdale in 1997 and that is to continue to make music and play shows!
Go to www.nonpoint.com for all tour dates, release dates etc…
No thank you man for taking time out to talk to me!
What are your Top 5 favorite Metal albums?
- Metallica Master Of Puppets
- Iron Maiden Piece Of Mind
- Mercyful Fate Melissa
- Black Sabbath Master Of Reality
- The Cro Mags Age Of Quarrel (Yes I know it’s not metal but a killer album)
What do you think “makes” a good song?
How long have you been playing drums and who are your influences?
Been playing since I was 16 and influences are a lot but the most important are Rush, Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Only Living Witness, Journey, Anthrax, Slayer, Biohazard, The Cro Mags, Slayer, VoiVod, Machine Head, Testament, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Armored Saint, Boston, Venom, Sick Of It All, Alice In Chains, Sepultura, Kings, X etc. Jesus man, I could go on forever!
Who are your Top 5 favorite drummers?
- Neil Peart
- Bill Ward
- Alex Van Halen
- Eric Stevenson (Only Living Witness)
- Shannon Larkin
What’s wrong with the Metal Scene [if anything] today and why?
Don’ think there is really anything wrong with it to be honest
What’s right with the Metal Scene these days and why?
Well metal is still alive and well and that is what is right about it. No matter what kind of metal you play – Heavy, Thrash, Power, Hardcore or Rock; music is still alive!
Core Queensrÿche members were recently interviewed by hometown Seattle radio station KISW 99.9 FM on “The Men’s Room” show. I was really anxious to listen to this (I am sure you all were too) to see if they would actually talk about any of the rumors and or elaborate on the future of Queensrÿche and what’s up with their new side project called RISING WEST.
Unfortunately The Men’s Room show was a typical “shock rock” broadcast and their attempt at comedy was so far off the mark it wasn’t even funny (pun intended)! The two DJ’s tagged teamed and never let the band speak and most of their questions were a waste of time. I decided to re-edit and give you some sound bites below so you did not have to sit through the full recording or podcast of the event. Hat’s off to the station for having the guys on though, I appreciate that. If you think you can stomach it; DOWNLOAD the full Podcast.
Michael Wilton stated [about the formation of RISING WEST and the status of QUEENSRŸCHE], “We have some time off this year, so we put a project and this kind of turned into this monumental, epic band. And we’re doing that as kind of a side thing away from QUEENSRŸCHE.” He added, “We still very much are QUEENSRŸCHE, and QUEENSRŸCHE will be continuing on. We want to just have some fun, play some old ‘RŸCHE, bring back some memories and just kick it.”
*click to listen: What’s New?
*Rumors and future of Queensrÿche
Todd LaTorre stated: “Well a lot of people, you know we’ve got tours and some shows coming up in Europe/ coming up in August and we’re [Crimson Glory] writing a new album.
I met Michael at NAMM. We met there, and had dinner and talked and it just kind of morphed from there and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
The fans are in for a real treat – we’d love for them to come out. Their gonna’ hear songs that some of these the band has never played before love and it if they have it’s been 20 + years. We’re all having a great time, we crack up, it’s a great time.
It feels you know – even Michael today said, man, you’re taking me way back!”
*The road ahead.
*The fan response thus far?
On Bands First Shows
The band performed rare and classic hits from the first five QUEENSRŸCHE albums — from the 1983 EP through 1990′s “Empire” — as well as a cover version of the IRON MAIDEN staple “Wrathchild.”
*How do you decide what to play?
*Legalities and band advice
*On Rocklahoma incident and Brazil rumors
RISING WEST‘s set list:
01. Queen Of The Reich
03. Walk In The Shadows
04. En Force
05. Child Of Fire
06. The Whisper
08. The Needle Lies
09. Take Hold Of The Flame
11. My Empty Room
12. Eyes Of A Stranger
13. Wrathchild (IRON MAIDEN cover)
14. Roads To Madness
Visit: RISING WEST on Facebook
Rising West features Michael Wilton, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield and Parker Lundgren of Queensrÿche, with powerhouse vocalist Todd La Torre of Crimson Glory. The band plan on hitting the studio sometime early summer 2012 to begin recording their first release.
It Might Get Loud is the title of a 2008 documentary by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim.
I am sure most of you have seen this by now, if not; it’s a rather unique gathering of three iconic guitarists [Jimmy Page/Led Zeppelin, Jack White/The White Stripes & Edge/U2] who come together to play, compare notes and talk about music and their mutual love of the electric guitar.
Directed by Davis Guggenheim and conceived by producer Thomas Tull, the film, through the words and music of three generations of musicians, celebrates the love affair these men and countless others have with the electric guitar, perhaps the most innovative and challenging instrument ever created!
Filmed through the eyes of three virtuosos from three different generations, audiences get up close and personal, discovering how a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and a painter from London and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy, each used the electric guitar to develop their unique sound and rise to the pantheon of superstar. Rare discussions are provoked as we travel with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White to influential locations of their pasts.
Set on an empty sound stage, the musicians come together, crank up the amps and play. They also share their influences, swap stories, and teach each other songs.
The highlight of this interesting musical exchange, is when Jimmy shows the boys’ the riff to “Kashmir” – which is my favorite Led Zeppelin song. Notice the look of wonder and awe on their faces when he introduces this odd-tuning and classic riff. Too bad, they try to emulate what he is doing and end up ruining it for me as they won’t stop playing the main part of the riff when he goes to the next parts. Either they were not familiar with the song changes (ugh!) or they were starstruck and just sat there like a “deer in headlights.”
Either way, it was great to get to see and hear Jimmy dissect this amazing riff from their catalog and he clearly demonstrates that he still has “it.”
Check out the original just to get a reference to how majestic this song is.
Kashmir is from their sixth release entitled Physical Graffiti, which was a double LP (remember those?!). It was released on February 24, 1975 and was the band’s first release on its own Swan Song Records label.
The original album jacket for the LP included die-cut windows on the building shown on the cover. As the inner sleeves for the discs were inserted in different orientations, various objects and people would appear in the windows, including photos of the band members in drag. The two buildings photographed for the album cover are located at 96 and 98 St. Mark’s Place in New York City.
The album was a massive commercial and critical success, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Pop Albums chart, and has proven to be one of the most popular releases by the group, selling 16 million copies in the United States alone.
- Physical Graffiti was the first album to go gold on advance orders alone.
- Shortly after the release of Physical Graffiti, all previous Led Zeppelin albums simultaneously re-entered the top-200 album chart.
- In 1998 Q magazine readers voted Physical Graffiti the 28th greatest album of all time; in 2000 Q placed it at number 32 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever; and in 2001 the same magazine named it as one of the 50 Heaviest Albums Of All Time.
- In 2003 the TV network VH1 named it the 71st greatest album ever.
- Rolling Stone ranked it #70 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
If you believe in Karma then you have to believe that Violence is something innate in every human or inhuman being. Karma in the old and now Indian religions is the concept of “action” understood which creates the entire cycle of cause and effect. Violence from the other hand is inside in each one of us, some people can control and others cannot, but in every occasion it is a part of human nature. Living in the modern world, all of us can see violence in our eyes, in the streets and everywhere. The combination of Karma Violens describes the action of Violence, because every action in these brutal days creates a violent respond.
Dormancy is not only music but gives the opportunity to the listener to read/sing the lyrics and understand the way the band express its thoughts for the modern man, the world around him and how pathetic he has become because of the bombastic media which feeds people’s minds with shit. Every person has the right to think for himself. This album gives a reason to react against everything that pisses you off. Take these words for granted.
“This album gives a reason to react against everything that pisses you off”
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So what does the lead singer in a Thrash band like to do on his day off? Play golf!!…who knew? I wonder who would win in a real golf match between Chuck and Alice Cooper?
Gotta’ love Chuck though, who’s quite the accomplished air-guitarist. Normally he plays air guitar on stage with his half mic stand while playing live with TESTAMENT. And who can blame him? When you’ve got choice riffs flying all over, song-after-song from guitarist Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson!
Hopefully you were able to catch them on tour this year or the last few months of 2011. They played quite a few dates all over the U.S. co-billing with thrashers Anthrax and Death Angel. For old school thrash-mavens, you couldn’t ask for a better concert bill. This tour pretty much destroyed every venue they played at.
I know it’s hard to believe that these three bands are still alive and kickin’ in 2012 after almost three decades. Kudos to all three for giving us much enjoyment and such killer music through the years. As a matter of fact, TESTAMENT is about to drop their new album this year as well, which is entitled The Dark Roots of Earth.
Concert goers were in for a unique treat for some of the shows in the Midwest, as Joey Vera (Armored Saint) temporarily replaced Anthrax bassist Frank Bello. Unfortunately, Frank and [his uncle] Charlie Benante both had to leave to spend time with family due to Charlie’s mother [Bello's grandmother] becoming ill and passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bello and Benante and their family during this difficult time.
As they say in show business, the show must go on, and so for the fact the band was able to carry on [albeit with fill-ins] is why I considered this a treat. Drummer Gene Hoglan (who was filling in for TESTAMENT) sat in for the Anthrax set as well! Being a major Hoglan fan, this was a kick-ass line up and once in a lifetime event. Well, technically that is not 100% accurate as all true Testament fans will know that Hoglan appeared on the Demonic record in 1997 with the Bay Area thrashers.
*So is Gene a replacement for Paul Bostaph now and or do you think he will come back permanently?
“Well, Paul has recovered but he is not coming back to the group. He has decided to start a new band, I guess. So, we had Gene do the record, and the touring for the record. Well we’d love it if he decided to [come back] but we haven’t really got that far yet. We just have to get through this tour and see where we’re at. Gene kills it.” Chuck states.
Andy Sneap is producing it; did you go to England to record?
“We did it at our place in Oakland and at Trident Studios and Andy came out and did all the recordings with us—as much as he could—and then we finished off some vocals and guitars at Trident studios. I think over the years Andy really knows the sound of this band, and kinda knows what we want. We’ve mixed stuff with Andy, so I think he knows without has having to be there physically with him what we are looking for. And I just haven’t heard anybody in metal come out with any better mixes! Honestly!”
Tell us about some of the songs on the album?
“Well, there’s a song called “Native Blood”, which is basically a song about my Native heritage. It’s almost like a protest song, that the Native Americans have a voice that needs to be heard—that’s the chorus of the song. There’s another called “True American Hate”, which was kinds inspired by when we sent all our troops overseas there, and we were just seeing in the news when all that was going on a lot of young kids, under 10 years old, out there with their families burning American flags. And that was a pretty shocking thing to see, to see that generation, a kid that young being taught to hate that much. It makes you think what’s going to happen, 10 to 15 years from now when the majority of these kids have just been raised to hate? It struck me as a little odd. There’s a song called “Cold Embrace”, which we kinda hoped we’d be able to pitch the song into one of the Twilight series movies; it’s a song about a girl becoming a vampire and never being able to see the sun again. “The Dark Roots of Earth” is kind of a play on the band we have together, just like a metaphor, like Testament is a tree and all of us in this group are really embedded in the planet, in the earth, the environment and our surroundings. It was kind of a play on that. “Rise Up for War” is more of a war song, like you’re preparing yourself for war, going into battle. There is a lot of cool stuff there.”
Congratulations go out to Chuck Billy – He is the first Native American entertainer to be permanently displayed at the Hard Rock Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico! Chuck made an appearance last Jan. . There was a special unveiling ceremony and autograph session that followed.
*Excerpt Deciblog by permission
Enjoy this live in studio performance until the new album drops!
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith & former SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman have joined forces for a brand new studio project called PRIMAL ROCK REBELLION.
Oftentimes, musicians—especially established ones—like to stay within their musical comfort zone and prefer to walk the tried and true path rather than breaking out in search of new pastures. Primal Rock Rebellion doesn’t fit that bill!
The is a project of UK musicians with different stories to tell, a project that is attempting to be both reassuring and unexpected at the same time. On the one side, there’s Adrian, a key member of Iron Maiden (a band he first joined back in 1980) and since that time, Maiden has gone on to become one of the biggest hard rock bands the world has ever seen, playing to vast crowds all over the world, while opening new doors in parts of the globe many people will never even have heard of! Their last studio album, The Final Frontier, hit the number one slot in over 28 countries.
With Maiden’s reputation having been forged through their ability to blend well-crafted vocal & guitar melodies with the sheer brute force of prime heavy metal, it will surely come as no surprise that the début Primal Rock Rebellion album, Awoken Broken, delivers fully on both fronts, but with an extra nod to the underground, the alternative and the downright edgy—an aspect of the music that is enhanced from start to finish by the presence of ex-SikTh front man Mikee Goodman. Generally speaking, this is a more mature and experienced Mikee, showcasing a strong, melodic voice plus an impressive vocal range, using the more “adventurous” end of his repertoire as a way of providing contrast and effect.
In essence, Primal Rock Rebellion is the meeting of different minds, different mentalities and different musical backgrounds, but the result is very much a cohesive, self-produced whole… albeit one that reflects the individual talents of the musicians involved: Adrian provides the guitars, the bass and the advanced song-writing skills—the sense of drama, of light and shade, of music designed to stir the senses, all of them.
Right from the start, it’s been very much a labor of love.
“It was great working at my own pace and in my studio with no time constraints. I think during the making of this album I went around the world twice with Maiden, working on the project in between. In the process, it allowed for a bit more of an experimental approach.”
Meanwhile, Mikee goes head to head with this renowned player as a full writing & production partner, adding new (sometimes surprising, often experimental) layers to the tracks, and ensuring that the music glistens with an inherent contemporary sheen.
“Adrian inspired me in many ways. I learnt the importance and the power of choruses in songs. Adrian also gave me a lot more belief in myself melodically. I think we pulled each other out of our comfort zones, creating something fresh and exciting along the way. We co-produced the album together, and the whole recording process was very relaxed—no deadlines, just honing the songs naturally as we recorded them, a new experience for both of us.”
IN ADDITION to the Primal Rock Rebellion pair, there are backing vocals on three of the tracks (delivered by Tarin Kerry, discovered by Mikee while he was acting as producer for a band she was in), viola on the bulk of the songs (provided by Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes), plus original SikTh member Dan ‘Loord’ Foord on drums.
The album was produced by Adrian and Mikee, and mixed by Simon Hanhart, whose previous credits include everyone from Tin Machine to Saxon. The album features 12 tracks and it will be available on digi-pak CD, digital download and double coloured vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
1. No Friendly Neighbour 4.53
2. No Place Like Home 3.06
3. I See Lights 4.59
4. Bright As A Fire 6.21
5. Savage World 3.38
6. Tortured Tone 5.08
7. White Sheet Robes 5.16
8. As Tears Come Falling From The Sky 0.47
9. Awoken Broken 4.58
10. Search For Bliss 4.13
11. Snake Ladders 4.43
12. Mirror and the Moon 5.04
Their début album, Awoken Broken, will be released on 27th February 2012 through Spinefarm Records.
You can hear and download the album track I See Lights below.
I was never a super huge JOURNEY fan (they had their moments), but I was a big-time arcade freak as a child! I do not however, remember an arcade game in 1983 that featured the band.
The hottest band in the country is about to take over the planet…as stated in the Bally/Midway promo arcade flyer from way back in 1983.
I am showing my age now.
Evidently since their Escape and Frontiers albums were so successful, Bally/Midway jumped on this opportunity to brand an arcade game that was based on the band.
Although they have cartoon bodies, the faces of the members are shown as black-and-white photographs, taken of the band while on tour.
The game’s theme is pretty primitive (by today’s standards). The game starts out with the player choosing one of five planets to travel to. Each planet features a mini-game starring one of the Journey band members, with the goal of collecting his musical instrument (with Steve Perry, it’s a microphone).
Once the instruments are collected Journey performs a concert!
During the concert sequence, an edited, looped version of “Separate Ways” is played through an on board cassette player inside the machine. That’s right I said “cassette”….haha!
While the concert sequence is being performed, the player takes control of Journey‘s roadie, a large man (sic) whose object is to keep the fans from rushing the stage by placing himself in front of one of three entrances to the stage. Once the fans do rush the stage they run off with the band’s instruments (little bastards)…then the game simply starts at the beginning again.
Given the nature of the game’s build out, it’s probably safe to say that very few of the original arcade cabinets are still in good working order, which could also explain why the game is pretty darn scarce these days.
I guess the game was pulled from arcade’s and was not so popular as the Journey game was voted number nine of the Top 10 Worst Licensed Game Ideas (ever) in the “Connect” section of the June 2007 issue of Game Informer magazine.
Perhaps this was just another companies attempt at cashing in on the band since the band had previously appeared in a video game for the Atari 2600, titled Journey Escape two years earlier in 1981.
*info + game facts from Wiki