Ashley Purdy of BLACK VEIL BRIDES- COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey Partner Announced as Alternative Press Magazine’s Bassist of the Year!‏

 

Ashley Purdy of BLACK VEIL BRIDES– COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey Partner Announced as Alternative Press Magazine’s Bassist of the Year!

PHOTO CREDIT: Nigel Crane

PHOTO CREDIT: Nigel Crane

 

 

Proud Sponsors of the ROCKSTAR ENERGY UPROAR FESTIVAL, CARNIVAL OF MADNESS, and ROB ZOMBIE’s GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE

 

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is proud to share that BLACK VEIL BRIDES’ Ashley Purdy, an already heralded COLDCOCK Partner, has been donned “Bassist of the Year” by none other than Alternative Press Magazine. Check out the link to the announcement here. Congratulations to Ashley on this stellar announcement!

 

Ashley comments, “First, I’ve got to thank Alternative Press Magazine for the recognition and nomination in this category. Big Love goes out to all of the fans (BVB Army, Outlaws and PurdyGirls) for their dedicated support. They truly made it possible by voting me in for the win. It’s a sheer testament that Rock n’ Roll is alive and well. And lastly, a thanks to my family at Dean Guitars for making my signature Basses that I abuse every night of tour.”

 

Dean Guitars: http://www.deanguitars.com/ashley-purdy-bassist-of-the-year.php

 

 

COLDCOCK is currently available for purchase in California, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, DC, Nebraska, Tennessee, Georgia, Indiana, and South Carolina, with more states joining the ranks throughout the year. In January 2014, COLDCOCK will be available in Nevada, Texas, Arizona, and more.

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is making waves in the music industry, as written by Ray Waddell in Billboard Magazine. “The traditional artist/brand liquor partnership just got “coldcocked” by Rick Zeiler”. The article details how COLDCOCK allows artists to directly share in profits of the brand they are helping to build. The issue hit newsstands on November 2nd.

 

 

COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is founded by heavy metal industry leaders such as John Reese (co-creator of the ROCKSAR ENERGY MAYHEM & UPROAR FESTIVALS) and Michael Arfin (AGI, has worked with Rammstein and many industry legends), strategic partners like Schecter Guitar Research, Century Media Records, Peavey Electronicsand spirits industry leaders like Rick Zeiler and Sarah Zeiler. On top of that, COLDCOCKboasts investors like Kerry King (SLAYER), David Draiman (DISTURBED), Ashley Purdy (BLACK VEIL BRIDES), Miles Doughty (SLIGHTLY STOOPID), Raul Bianchi (THE EXPENDABLES) and more.

 

More bands recently added to the COLDCOCK line-up include Drowning PoolSevendust,Asking Alexandria and All That Remains.

 

 

Zeiler Spirits supports hard working artists by giving them the opportunity to earn ownership in the brand. Want to learn more and/or get YOUR BAND in on the action? Bands can submit their information to www.coldcockwhiskey.com under “sponsorship” or emailinfo@zeilerspirits.com with inquiries.

 

For more information on founders, sponsors, bands involved, availability and more, please visit www.coldcockwhiskey.com or e-mail info@zeilerspirits.com.

 

 

About COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey and Zeiler Spirits:

Established in 2012 and based in San Diego, California, Zeiler Spirits LLC is the producer of COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey.  The spirits importer was founded by liquor and entertainment industry veterans, musicians and action sports athletes who have collectively created some of the world’s most exciting lifestyle events and cross promotions.  COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is three-year aged American bourbon blended with a variety of herbs, including green tea, hibiscus, ginger, eucalyptus, cinnamon and gingko.  Currently available in CA, GA, IN, SC, NY, TN, NE.   COLDCOCK American Herbal Whiskey is 70 proof (35% alcohol by volume) and suggested retail price is $19.99 for a 750ml bottle, with a 50ml size to be released in December, 2013. For more information, please visit www.coldcockwhiskey.com

Avantasia “The Mystery of Time” out now on Nuclear Blast‏

ImageProxy (1)

AVANTASIA “THE MYSTERY OF TIME” OUT NOW IN NORTH AMERICA

New masterpiece from Tobias Sammet available on Nuclear Blast

ImageProxy (2)

GERMANY – The Mystery of Time, the latest release from German composer and vocalist Tobias Sammet’s, Avantasia, is out now in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. Featuring a 60-piece-symphonic-orchestra, the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg (Rammstein, Celine Dion, Bryan Adams) and guest appearances by Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Deep Purple), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Bob Catley (Magnum), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep) and more, The Mystery of Time can be purchased online through the Nuclear Blast web-store: http://smarturl.it/AvaMysTi and Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/avmytiamz, or digitally via iTunes: http://bit.ly/avamotit.

 

While Sammet has sold more than 3 million discs worldwide, The Mystery of Time easily set Avantasia sales records when it released in Germany earlier this month; it sold more than twice as many copies as any previous Avantasia album in the first week of its release, while rocketing straight to #2 on the official German Mediacontrol album charts. The record also cracked the Top 10 in Finland, Sweden and England.

ImageProxy (3)

1.) Spectres

2.) The Watchmakers’ Dream

3.) Black Orchid

4.) Where Clock Hands Freeze

5.) Sleepwalking

6.) Savior in the Clockwork

7.) Invoke the Machine

8.) What’s Left of Me

9.) Dweller in a Dream

10.) The Great Mystery

 

Check out the music video for “Sleepwalking” on YouTube at:http://smarturl.it/SleepwalkingVideo, as well as a lyric video for “Invoke the Machine” at:http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs.

 

Stay tuned for more information on Avantasia and The Mystery of Time.

Avantasia online…

 

www.facebook.com/avantasia

www.nuclearblast.de/avantasia

www.tobiassammet.com

 

 

Additional Avantasia multimedia…

 

The Mystery of Time Album Trailer: http://youtu.be/JTq8Q94eLDk

The Mystery of Time Studio Reports: http://youtu.be/k8tFi-8zyUk

“Invoke the Machine” Lyric Video: http://youtu.be/WfQEclxbQrs

 

Tobias Sammet talks about his guests:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OdsSoPjqYTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WdhVXZ20irc

 

SHOULD KEYBOARDS BE IN ROCK MUSIC?

Image

This has been a  long fought debate among rock fans. I think that keyboards are an integral part of rock music. Keyboards have been around from the birth of rock, to its current evolution. Like everything else keyboards can be (in my opinion) misused in rock music. Again everything in this post is just my opinion and is open for (and welcomed) discussion. Let’s get crackin’:

Some early rock songs had a prominent piano sound in them that was integral to the sound. Let’s look at a video from Jerry Lee Lewis for 1957:

Jerry Lee Lewis made this song come alive with the piano. The song was rockin’ for it’s time and it would not be the same without the piano.

The Doors brought forth some great keyboard laden music on the late 60’s. Ray Manzarek took keyboards and made them cooler. The distinct sound of Ray’s playing gave the Doors  their signature sound.

Foreigner in its early incarnation brought some great songs. Who doesn’t recognize the intro by Al Greenwood to “Cold As Ice”? This song was rocking us back in ’77. Although I was personally unhappy with the direction Foreigner took later on, these early songs remain dear to me.

Up until the release of Van Halen’s “1984” keyboards were not a part of the band. “Jump” took me by surprise, it was even a cool keyboard riff. What was happening to my hard rocking band???? But, it was Van Halen so most of us forgave them….maybe.

In the 90’s Guns N’ Roses gave us “November Rain”. Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed provided the keyboard/piano work for this epic song. People liked the song but I felt it was the beginning of the end  for that hard charging five pieve (originally) band. Good song though.

“Du Hast” is one of those songs where the keyboard has no place in my opinion.  Christian “Flake” Lorenz is adept as playing but the “keyboard riff” just confuses me in this song.

Those are but a few of “keyboard” heavy songs that come to mind. Here are some keyboard players worth noting and you should definitely check out their work:

Billy Preston

Mike Garson (David Bowie, Smashing Pumpkins)

Jon Lord (Deep Purple)

Keith Emerson (ELP)

Stevie Wonder

Warren Zevon

Joe Jackson

Fats Domino

Paul Carrack

Rufus Wainwright

Donald Fagan (Steely Dan)

Roy Bittan (Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band)

Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

Gary Wright

Jackson Browne

Richard Manuel (The Band)

Bill Payne (Little Feat)

Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band)

Chuck Leavell (Session player, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Black Crowes)

I am going to leave you with one of my favorite keyboard heavy songs:

“Bohemian Rhapsody”, Freddie Mercury’s piano playing on this is a beautiful thing. The song is timeless and is an art form to be cherished forever.

Thanks Freddie you will always live in our hearts and our ears.

the Hellion

(I will be revisiting this topic)