Janus aren’t the kind of rock band that’s satisfied with writing songs about getting wasted and partying hard every night. Just look at the concept behind their last album, ‘Red Right Return.’ The set took inspiration from the 1920s Russian Constructionist art, while the title refers to the famed nautical term that captains use when returning to home port safely.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Ozzy Osbourne’s pivotal metal releases, ‘Blizzard of Ozz,’ and, ‘Diary of a Madman,’ camp Osbourne recently unleashed re-mastered issues of both albums, including a box set toting previously unreleased live tapings, a coffee table book and other metal-happy goodies.
Fans had to practice major patience leading up to the release of Anthrax’s latest album, ‘Worship Music,’ as the album was the band’s first since 2003’s ‘We’ve Come for You All.’ Thankfully, it was worth the wait, and ‘Worship Music’ seamlessly unites the velocity and ferocity of metal with the lightning-fast speed of thrash.
Chris Broderick was always immersed in guitar, but his talent for shredding it up live really came to the forefront in 2008, when the axeman stepped into the role of leads for thrash behemoths Megadeth.
We all know Nikki Sixx is a killer bass player with creativity and crazy-good vision. After all, this is the guy who went from playing bass in Motley Crue to forming his own band, Sixx: A.M., and once again topping the rock charts. But, it might surprise fans that Sixx is dead-serious about his spirituality and family life.
Former Guns N’ Roses bass slinger Duff McKagan is once again on the road with his good buddies, as his band Loaded is opening for a pair of dates on GN’R’s uber-raved about tour. When first presented with the offer to play, though, McKagan admits that he wasn’t sure he wanted to join up with his Axl Rose and the current line-up of his old band.
Chevelle’s latest single, ‘Face to the Floor,’ has the Chicago guys spitting out hard rock in true Chevelle fashion: guitars reeling onward, choruses swelling and Pete Loefflers’ emotional, yearning vocals emoting over a sea of sturdy rhythms.
Call it a rock ‘n’ roll fairytale. DJ Ashba’s first concert was a Motley Crue show when he was just 16 years old, and now, the expert six-stringer is a bona fide member of fellow ‘80s rock icons Guns N’ Roses, who are set to get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. That’s a killer career trajectory, no doubt!
Adelitas Way’s lead single, ‘Sick,’ off their current full-length, ‘Home School Valedictorian,’ shot to No. 1 on the active rock chart last summer, carrying an in-your-face, sing-along chorus and catchy hard rock character.
Black Tide’s sophomore album, ‘Post Mortem,’ is the album Zakk Sandler says the band always wanted to make. Moreover, unlike some bands that are chained to a label’s idea of what’s marketable, Sandler says Black Tide had complete freedom over the creative process on the album, and that’s why it turned out so close to their vision.
Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale fronts one of the most ambitious touring bands out there, Halestorm. While her “day job” keeps her plenty busy, she can’t help but daydream about forming a female-heavy supergroup of sorts with her friends in the industry: Australian guitarist Orianthi, Sick Puppies bass player Emma Anzai and Jen Ledger and Korey Cooper from Skillet. In fact, she thinks the group could be a modern-day version of the Runaways. How sweet is that idea?
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