Good bye David Bowie

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I woke up to some tragic news this morning, David Bowie had passed away. Yet another iconic rock star has left us for the great beyond. I remember Bowie very very well. I grew up listening to his music and enjoying his myriad of personalities. I had always respected David for daring to be who he wanted and not afraid to express himself artistically. Throughout the years I have listened, and not always liked, to his music but continued to respect him and his work. And now, I am forced to say goodbye to the Thin White Duke. I will forever play his music and try to tell others about the legend of Ziggy Stardust.

     Good bye Alladin Sane…

     the Hellion

September Mourning Releases Cover Of “Stand By Me” Paying Tribute To The Late Great Ben E. King

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September Mourning Releases Cover Of “Stand By Me” Paying Tribute To The Late Great Ben E. King

The Dark Alternative, Hard Rock Transmedia Project September Mourning have released their cover of of the classic hit “Stand By Me“, paying tribute to the late great Ben E. King who recently passed away. The band is currently on a U.S. tour with stops at AC Boardwalk Con and Rock On The Range. The band will be making their UK debut later this year at Download Festival.

With dramatic dark lyrics that show glimpses of hope and redemption, I couldn’t resist a reinterpretation of this standard. It begged for a dynamic dramaticism that we couldn’t resist bringing to life.September (September Mourning)

Check out September Mourning’s “Stand By Me” cover below:

September Mourning Tour Dates:

May 05 – Vintage Villains – Danville, Illinois
May 06 – Heating & Cooling Pub – Chicago, Illinois
May 07 – Frankie’s – Toledo, Ohio
May 08 – Diesel Concert Lounge – Detroit, Michigan
May 10 – Slake – New York, New York
May 15 – AC Boardwalk Con – Atlantic City, New Jersey
May 17 – Rock on the Range – Columbus, Ohio
May 21 – Hijynx – Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
June 14 – Download Festival – United Kingdom

Follow September Mourning:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Instagram

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About September Mourning:

September Mourning has just recorded her debut album. It tells a story in 12 songs, an epic tale of “heartbreak, loss, pain, joy, love, redemption, but most of all, courage…” Produced by Howard Benson (Chris Cornell, My Chemical Romance) and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, September Mourning revives the concept of rock star meets superhero. If Marilyn Manson and Lady Gaga had a kid, it would be September Mourning, who also cites influences as varied as David Bowie, Freddie Mercury, KISS, Evanescence and My Chemical Romance.

“For me, the project is a story, a theatrical art piece,” September explains. “Music is the backbone, but for this to work, it has to include the imagery and the narrative all symbiotically linked into the whole. Music taps into your innermost being. There’s something very intimate and personal about it.”

The character of September Mourning is a human-reaper hybrid, who feels the need to give some human souls a second chance, and thus toys with Fate. To expound on this narrative, September is working with iconic comic book artist Marc Silvestri, who started out on the original X-Men comics and went on to form Top Cow Productions (Witchblade, The Darkness). Together, they are putting together the story of September Mourning in graphic form, to accompany, and enhance the musical message.

September Mourning carries positive passions into its music, which is often operatic, but also completely rock ‘n’ roll in all its majestic glory. The album is full of themes that run the gamut, from “Skin and Bones,” which takes on people who would judge you on appearances, and “Chariot,” about those who allow themselves to be consumed by somebody else, to “Paper Dolls,” lambasting a guy “who rips people’s hearts out without regret” and “Before The Fall,” a song that accentuates our common humanity. “When we bleed/We bleed the same,” sings September. September describes “Children of Fate” as a “call to arms for her fans, our families,” which she turned into a 6/8 waltz, “but heavy, eerie and strange, to give it this weird feeling.

Having toured with Marilyn Manson, September Mourning has already built up an impressive fan base, which she calls her “Children of Fate,” constantly encouraging them to have “the courage to embrace their passion… to allow yourself to follow your heart and not be a slave to your fears. To know that the only boundaries that exist in our lives are the ones we allow.”

     it’s loud , it’s dirty, it’s ROCK N’ ROLL!!!

     -the Hellion

TOMBS Premiere Video For Cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” on Stereogum

TOMBS Premiere Video For Cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes” on Stereogum

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TOMBS released their new album Savage Gold on June 10th to massive critical acclaim with Guitar World, Alt Press, Pitchfork, Terrorizer and many more calling it one of the best albums of 2014 so far.  Savage Gold is available to order via Relapse HERE and iTunes HERE.  The album is available in the following formats: Standard Black Vinyl 2xLP, CD and digital download.

Today TOMBS presents a video for their haunting cover version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”.  The video was directed by Jaclyn Sheer & Samantha Astolfi.  The song was originally recorded by David Bowie with Brian Eno in 1977.  TOMBS covered the song in 2012 with the German vocals provided by Ralph Schmidt (Hëllström, Planks).  Check out the exclusive premiere of the video courtesy of Steregoum HERE.  The video can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

“We recorded an mixed the song on our own with the help of Tim Schmoyer in Boston.  We chose this version of the song because it was featured in the soundtrack of Christiane F, a 1981 German film by Ulrich Edel. It’s a dark drama about a young girl’s descent into drug abuse and prostitution.  I’ve been listening to the soundtrack during the band’s many trips to Germany and have always wanted to cover the song, says vocalist Mike Hill of the video.

Mike Hill has launched a specialty coffee company, Savage Gold Coffee, inspired by his love for high quality, organic coffee.  The first roast, Savage Gold Prime, is an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee bean grown between 6,000 and 6,500 feet above sea level. It is an aromatic and dynamic coffee roasted to perfection with a large flavor profile. It is sourced from a co-op of Ethiopian farmers and is 100% Fair Trade, certified organic and wet (mechanically) processed.  More info on the coffee is available via the official Savage Gold website HERE.   Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” spoke with Mike Hill earlier this week about the new coffee company, read the interview HERE.

In support of Savage GoldTOMBS will hit the road this fall for a three-week tour with Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar.  The shows kick off on October 16th in Louisville, KY and run through November 9th in Dallas, TX.   A complete list of dates can be found below.  The band will also take part in next year’s Maryland Deathfest on May 24th of 2014.

TOMBS Tour Dates: 

 

***All dates w/ Pallbearer and Vattnet Viskar***

 

Oct 16                 Louisville, KY       The New Vintage w/ Vattnet Viskar

Oct 17                 Nashville, TN        Exit/In

Oct 18                 Lexington, KY       Cosmic Charlie’s

Oct 19                 Champaign, IL      High Dive

Oct 20                 Madison, WI         The Frequency

Oct 21                 Detroit, MI           The Magic Stick Lounge

Oct 22                 Chicago, IL          The Township w/ Vattnet Viskar

Oct 23                 Cleveland, OH       Grog Shop

Oct 24                 Toronto, ON         Lee’s Palace

Oct 25                 Montreal, QC        Il Motore

Oct 26                 Boston, MA          Great Scott

Oct 27                 Brooklyn, NY        Saint Vitus

Oct 28                 Brooklyn, NY        Saint Vitus

Oct 29                 Philadelphia, PA    Black Box at Underground Arts

Oct 30                 Baltimore, MD      Metro Gallery

Oct 31                 Chapel Hill, NC     Local 506

Nov 01                 Atlanta, GA           The Earl

Nov 02                 Tampa, FL           The Orpheum

Nov 04                 New Orleans, LA  Siberia

Nov 05                 Houston, TX         Fitzgerald’s Downstairs

Nov 08                 Austin, TX           Fun Fun Fun Festival Nites

Nov 09                 Dallas, TX            Three Links

 

May 24                Baltimore, MD      Maryland Deathfest XIII (2015) @ Edison Lot

 

About TOMBS: 

 

Formed in 2007 by singer / guitarist Mike Hill (Anodyne, Versoma) in Brooklyn, NY, TOMBS blends a wide array of influences including Black Metal and dark industrial music. The band went through a number of line-up changes with Hill the only remaining original member. Former members included Domenic Seita (Storm of Light) and Carson Daniel James. The band’s prior Relapse output included a self-titled EP and a split 12-inch with like-minded, Germanic darkness weavers Planks. Both records were release on Hill’s now-defunct label Black Box Recordings. The band’s first two Relapse releases, 2009’s Winter Hours and 2011’s Path of Totality both received massive reception from the press with the latter being featured prominently on many critic’s year end metal lists including Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR and MetalSucks. The crowning achievement was securing the 2011 album of the year for Decibel Magazine. In addition to their critically acclaimed releases, TOMBS has become known for their captivating live performances and have toured extensively throughout North America and Europe with bands ranging from Isis, Pelican, Wolves in the Throne Room, The Secret and Kylesa.

MY 2012 TOP 10 – (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)

GYPSYHAWK – REVELRY & RESILIENCE

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1. Overloaded
2. The Fields
3. Hedgeking
4. Frostwyrm
5. Galaxy Rise
6. 1345
7. Night Songs from the Desert
8. The Red Wedding
9. Silver Queen
10. State Lines
11. Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo

GYPSYHAW BAND

I had the great fortune of getting to know guitarist Erik while he was on tour helping my good friends in Scattered Hamlet. I was excited for this release and was not disappointed when it dropped. You need to check this one out!

 http://www.metalblade.com/gypsyhawk/
http://gypsyhawkusa.blogspot.com

https://www.facebook.com/Gypsyhawkusa?fref=ts

HOTEL DIABLO – THE RETURN TO PSYCHO CALIFORNIA

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1. Psycho, California (Explicit)
2. What You Do To Me (alt)
3. What You Do To Me
4. Trigger
5. All These Years
6. Wicked Lines
7. Bury You
8. Bury You (alt)
9. Taken
10. Wonderwall
11. Set It Off (Explicit)

HOTEL DIABLO BAND

     Alex Grossi gave me a great interview and Hotel Diablo delivered a fantastic release! Awesome CD guys thanks!

http://thehoteldiablo.com

https://www.facebook.com/hoteldiablo

ALL HAIL THE YETI – ALL HAIL THE YETI

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1. Deep Creek
2. When The Sky Falls
3. Suicide Woods
4. The Weak and Wounded (Prelude to Flames)
5. After The Great Fire
6. Bloodguilt
7. The Art Of Mourning
8. I Am Wendigod
9. Axe Murder Hollow
10. Ruby Ridge (Every Knee Shall Bow)
11. Judas Cradle

ALL HAIL THE YETI BAND

A great bunch of guys and a kick ass band. I have gotten to know guitarist Craw, and interviewed  him and singer Connor. Can’t wait to hear more from these guys!

http://www.allhailtheyeti.com
http://www.twitter.com/allhailtheyeti
http://www.myspace.com/allhailtheyeti
http://www.reverbnation.com/allhailtheyeti
http://www.youtube.com/allhailtheyeti
http://www.twitter.com/allhailtheyeti
http://www.twitter.com/hailconnorcade
http://www.alhailtheyeti.tumblr.com

https://www.facebook.com/officialallhailtheyeti

FRANK HANNON BAND – SIX STRING SOLDIERS

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1. I’m Alive (feat. Pat Travers)
2. Set Me Free
3. Six String Soldiers
4. Lipstick, Smoke and Gasoline (feat. Dave Meniketti)
5. Invincible
6. Cross Your Mind
7. Touch The Ground (feat. Dickey Betts)
8. I’m Just Sayin’
9. Love, Life and Beauty
10. To The Light (feat. Rick Derringer)
11. Redemption
12. 12.21

FRANK HANNON BAND

I happen to be good friends with guitarist Mike Araiza and vocalist Jeff Sandoval so this release has special meaning to me. I am so happy that their dream is coming true for them, and I wish them continued success.

http://frankhannon.com/
http://www.myspace.com/frankhannon
https://tinmanmerchandising.com/FrankHannon
http://twitter.com/frankhannonband
http://www.reverbnation.com/frankhannonband

https://www.facebook.com/FrankHannonBand

ADLER – BACK FROM THE DEAD

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1. Back From The Dead
2. Own Worst Enemy
3. Another Version Of The Truth
4. The One That You Hated
5. Good To Be Bad (feat. John 5)
6. Just Don’t Ask (feat. Slash)
7. Blown Away
8. Waterfall
9. Habit
10. Your Diamonds
11. Dead Wrong

ADLER BAND

I am glad to see Mr. Adler back in good form. Solid band, solid songs, solid CD!

https://www.facebook.com/adlermusic?fref=ts

http://www.adlerrocks.com
https://twitter.com/adlerrocks
http://www.youtube.com/adlerofficial

L. A. GUNS – HOLLYWOOD FOREVER

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1. Hollywood Forever
2. You Better Not Love Me
3. Eel Pie
4. Sweet Mystery
5. Burn
6. Vine Street Shimmy
7. Dirty Black Night
8. Underneath The Sun
9. Queenie
10. Crazy Tango
11. Venus Bomb
12. I Won’t Play
13. Requiem (Hollywood Forever)
14. Araña Negra

LA GUNS BAND

L. A. Guns has been one of my favorite bands for many many years. Even though there has been lineup changes and controversy this lineup carries on the sleaze.

https://www.facebook.com/officialLAGuns

http://www.laguns.net
http://www.twitter.com/LA_Guns
http://www.myspace.com/lagunsofficial

SUNSET RIOT – UPRISING

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1. Red Ferrari
2. Something’s Gotta Give
3. Red Leather
4. Save Me From LA
5. Stir Crazy
6. Mama Said

SUNSET RIOT BAND

My good friends from Australia, Sunset Riot. I am lucky to have become a member of the Sunset Riot family. These guys know feel good Rock N’ Roll and continue to delight fans around the world! So Check them out!

https://www.facebook.com/sunsetriot?fref=ts

http://www.sunsetriot.com
http://www.youtube.com/sunsetriot
http://www.reverbnation.com/sunsetriot

THE BLACK SAINTS – HELLBENT & HEARTLESS

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1. Top Notch Lady
2. Capone (Explicit)
3. 1-2-3
4. Amends
5. Façade

THE BLACK SAINTS BAND

Great new band with a great sound!

https://www.facebook.com/theblacksaints?fref=ts

http://www.theblacksaints.com

BLOODY HAMMERS – BLOODY HAMMERS

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1. Witch Of Endor
2. Fear No Evil
3. The Last Legion Of Sorrow
4. Say Goodbye To The Sun
5. The Witching Hour
6. Black Magic
7. Trisect
8. Beyond The Door
9. Souls On Fire
10. Don’t Breathe A Word

BLOODY HAMMERS BAND

Mysterious band with a dark gloomy sound. This CD grabs hold and never lets go.

https://www.facebook.com/BloodyHammers?fref=ts

http://www.bloodyhammers.com

DOWN – DOWN IV PART I- THE PURPLE EP

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1. Levitation
2. Witchtripper
3. Open Coffins (Explicit)
4. The Curse
5. This Work Is Timeless
6. Misfortune Teller

DOWN BAND

It’s Down is any other explanation needed?

https://www.facebook.com/down?fref=ts

http://www.downontour.com
http://www.downboard.com
http://www.officialdownstore.com
http://www.myspace.com/downnola
http://www.down-nola.com

*SPECIAL BONUS*

SCATTERED HAMLET – IT ONLY HURTS (SINGLE)

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1. It Only Hurts

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Scattered Hamlet of all the bands listed are more than family to me. I have been friends with them for a while now. I actually head up their fan-base “The Hellriders”. They released a single this year and have a full release Skeleton Dixie coming in 2013. DO NOT OVERLOOK THIS BAND!

https://www.facebook.com/ScatteredHamlet?fref=ts

http://www.scatteredhamlet.com

A great 2012 for music!

the Hellion

THE BEATLES – THEY CHANGED THE MUSIC WORLD FOREVER

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My first memory of the Beatles was of the song “Yellow Submarine”. Myself and several cousins used to run around singing this song at the top of our lungs, subsequently annoying various moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmas, and most anyone else within earshot.

I have continued to love the music of the Beatles throughout the years. It was only as an adult that I learned to appreciate them as artists. I have read many books and articles over the years regarding them and their music. These are my feelings on how they changed the world of music forever.

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The Beatles were always trying to push the envelope of music. They understood how imagery was critical to the success of a band. They had to constantly evolve their image to stay ahead of the imitators than soon came to follow.  I feel that this imitation, and the subsequent changes, set the groundwork for the over the top imagery of bands that we have seen throughout the years and even today: David Bowie, T-Rex, Slade, The Sweet, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Slipknot, Gwar, etc, etc. I feel we owe the Beatles thanks for the image of these and countless other bands. I, for one, appreciate a great show to go along with my music.

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As for the music, I feel the same thing occurred but with some interesting twists. When the success of the Beatles was fully realized, the recording industry (even those who had previously turned down the Beatles) clamored to find their own “version” of the Beatles. Catchy, poppy songs were everywhere trying to catch that “Beatles sound”. I feel that this forced the Beatles to evolve their music to stand apart from the masses. This led to studio wizardry that is used today. Tape looping, back masking, multi-tracking, it goes on and on. Also the attempt to out do each other by John and Paul led to to some iconic songs. George in his attempt to be taken serious as a musician wrote some of the greatest music to ever be recorded. Ringo, well he was the drummer……

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Sadly, it became to much to hold it all together and rather than forcing the issue and giving sub-par music and performances, they walked away from it all. Love them or not, the Beatles, in my opinion changed the face of music and will continue to do so forever. Do yourself a favor and take a listen to the Beatles  music and see if you can hear some of your favorite bands in their music.

Here’s a nod to those I annoyed with this song:

Thank you John, Paul, George, and Ringo, thank you from my heart and ears.

the Hellion