Archive for August 18, 2008

From Capitol/EMI Records:

Following the successful 2007 release of the coveted 4-CD+DVD Warchest box set, MEGADETH is back with a vengeance with Anthology: Set The World Afire. The career-spanning 2-CD and digital collection, to be released September 30th by Capitol/EMI, features Megadeth’s top hits and fan favorites, a previously unreleased demo and two rare concert recordings.

Anthology: Set The World Afire is loaded with 35 electrifying tracks, among them Megadeth’s top hits, including ‘Trust’, ‘A Tout Le Monde’, ‘Insomnia’ and ‘Train Of Consequences’. Also included are rare 1992 concert recordings of ‘Peace Sells’ and ‘Symphony of Destruction’, previously available only in limited release, the latter having never been released in the U.S.

‘High Speed Dirt’ is a demo version, previously unreleased.

Iconic frontman Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful metal band, Megadeth after his departure from METALLICA. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combined the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that built a rabid worldwide following.

In 1992, Megadeth burst into the mainstream with their fifth album, Countdown To Extinction, which debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and went on to sell more than two million copies in the U.S. alone. 1994′s Youthanasia followed with a #4 debut, while 1997′s Cryptic Writings yielded four Top 20 hits at rock radio, including ‘Trust’ and ‘Almost Honest’.

After a brief hiatus in 2002, Megadeth made a bold return when their tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Top 200.

In recent years, Mustaine has also overseen the broad remastering campaign for Megadeth’s Capitol Records catalog, which began with the band’s second album, Peace Sells … But Who’s Buying? Mustaine spent months remixing, remastering, restoring – and in some cases, reconstructing – the band’s Capitol catalog to bring it as close to his original vision as possible. Each reissue and last year’s career-spanning Warchest box set is packed with unreleased tracks, demos and alternate mixes, as well as new liner notes by the iconoclastic Mustaine.
For the majority of three decades, Megadeth has yanked heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally – and worked the raw soil into something desirable and dangerous. With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with seven Grammy nominations and five platinum and multi-platinum albums.

On September 30, Megadeth will continue to build on this powerful legacy with Anthology: Set The World Afire and will prove once again that they are an indispensable part of heavy metal history.

Megadeth – Anthology: Set The World Afire (2-CD, Digital Album) tracklisting:

Disc 1 – ‘Mechanix’, ‘Rattlehead’, ‘Peace Sells’, ‘Wake Up Dead’, ‘Devils Island’, ‘Anarchy In The U.K.’, ‘Set The World Afire’, ‘Into The Lungs Of Hell’, ‘In My Darkest Hour’, ‘Holy Wars’, ‘She-Wolf’, ‘Insomnia’, ‘Prince Of Darkness’, ‘Kill The King’, ‘Dread And The Fugitive Mind’,
‘Sleepwalker’, ‘Symphony Of Destruction’ (live, Cow Palace, 1992)**, ‘Peace Sells’ (live, Cow Palace, 1992).

Disc 2 – ‘Skin O’ My Teeth’, ‘Ashes In Your Mouth’, ‘Breakpoint’, ‘Angry Again’, ‘Train of Consequences’,
‘Reckoning Day’, ‘A Tout Le Monde’, ‘The Killing Road’, ‘New World Order’, ‘Trust The Punishment Due’, ‘Tornado of Souls’, ‘Hangar 18′, ‘Take No Prisoners’, ‘Go To Hell’, ‘Sweating Bullets’, ‘Crown of Worms’, ‘High Speed Dirt’ [Demo].

* Previously unreleased
** Previously unreleased in the U.S.

Krackerjack – Rock On! (2007, independent release)

  1. Love’em To Death
  2. This Heart
  3. Rock On!
  4. Blame It On The Little Big Man
  5. Lonely
  6. Back Together
  7. Waiting For Tomorrow
  8. Hungry Boy
  9. Lullaby
  10. Too Late

Band Lineup:
Rasmus Bruun – Bass
Jeppe Christensen – Drums
Claus Greve – Organ/Keyboards
René Mikkelsen – Guitars/Backing Vocals
Allan G. Pedersen – Vocals

Produced by: Ole Vedel & Krackerjack

Total Time = 51:02

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Krackerjack is a Rock band from Denmark and have a ’70s Classic Rock sound that is very melodic and full of chunky guitar riffs, solid drumming, and a Deep Purple styled organ play. On first listen to ROCK ON!, Krackerjack’s third record, I couldn’t help but double check the date on the back of the tray card. Was this really released in 2007 or more like 1977? The sound is a blend of ’70s legends (Deep Purple, Whitesnake, and UFO) and some of the early ’80s AOR/Rock greats (Great White, Survivor and Night Ranger), dominated by the guitar and organ. The overall music sound is bluesy Hard Rock (like UFO) with the thick David Coverdale style pipes of Allan G. Pedersen, the Jon Lord influenced keyboards of Claus Greve, and the blues-based guitarwork of René Mikkelsen. Right away the songs sound dated but there is an air of freshness to them because they are so straight forward Rock. The comparisons to UFO, Purple, & ‘Snake are easy to make but I also mentioned Great White, Survivor and Night Ranger. If you stripped away the prominence of the organ, and if Pedersen had a higher voice, this album could easily fall into the ’80s AOR category. There is plenty of melodies and harmonies in every song along with really catchy lyrics…..it’s fun music. That’s what good AOR is…..fun. With a little production tweak or tonal change in the sound, these songs could be easily msitaken for either band. Krackerjack also has that Hard Rock sound that Great White used for MTV stardom. All in all, it’s a really good blend of sound that bridges one decade to the next.

‘Love’em To Death’ has an AC/DC quality to it with it’s basic riff rock/boogie woogie guitar sound but it sounds like early Whitesnake as soon as Pedersen starts singing. It’s remarkable how much he sounds like Coverdale at his bluesy best. The chorus is catchy as hell and the exchanges between the organ and guitar really give the song a fantastic energy. ‘This Heart’ is a big time radio style ballad that is extremely melodic and takes me back a couple decades when music like this ruled the roost. Same with the title track, it just has that upbeat, melodic, Hard Rock sound that could easily be heard on Rock radio today. I would put this up against the Stainds, Nickelbacks, and Puddles of Mudds of the world any day of the week! I really like the way the guitar and organ play off each other and give the song some depth. One of the longest songs on the album is ‘Blame It On The Little Big Man’ and it’s probably my least favorite. It’s not necessarily a bad song but it just sounds like something all those Nickelbacks and Stainds would put out. You can call it a ballad, even mid-paced if you want, but it’s long and it sounds like too much of the same…..the only thing separating the song from today’s whiney Hard Rock is the key strokes of Claus Greve and a somking guitar solo courtesy of René Mikkelsen.

Krackerjack gets right back on track with the uptempo ‘Lonely’ that features the guitar & organ mirroring each other on the main riff. Good harmonies on the chorus, the organ solo is influenced by the great Jon Lord and maybe even Don Airey, it definitely sounds like a UFO or Deep Purple track. I like the guitar based ‘Back Together’ with it’s cool bass line, solid drumming, and harmonies and the ’70s styled ‘Waiting For Tomorrow’, a ballad rich in the Blues and dripping with emotion. ‘Hungry Boy’ picks things up again but is more of the same as the other rockers on the album, at this point the band is following a formula that works but is getting too familiar. ‘Lullaby’ is another hard rocker but it sounds a little more like ’80s Hard Rock than bluesy ’70s Rock. It’s more melodic, has more harmonies and good spacing between the guitar and keys. I like the ’70s feel to the record but the melodic sense Krackerjack has is a huge plus, it’s what separates them from being too retro. The closer on ROCK ON! is ‘Too Late’ and it’s another one of those long mid-paced/ballad type songs drenched in guitar and organ. It’s a good song, I like it best of all the slow songs, but I expected Krackerjack to end the album on a hot rockin’ note.

Bottom Line:
A really good record and a nice surprise. I admit that I didn’t expect much from one look at the album cover but that old saying of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” is so true. This is a true Rock record that has enough melody, harmony, good songwriting, and musical performances to compete with the more popular Rock bands on the charts. I’m very impressed with Allen Pedersen’s deep melodic vocals and the interplay between the guitar and keyboards. I have always been a big fan of bands that use a Hammond Organ so it’s safe to say that I am jumping on the Krackerjack bandwagon. This is a band to watch! Fans of Deep Purple, early Whitesnake, UFO, and Great White should take notice!

Favorite Songs: ‘Love’em To Death’, ‘Rock On!’, ‘Lonely’, ‘Back Together’

From Brian Vollmer of Helix:

The day after Halloween we will be releasing the first-ever Helix Christmas CD entitled HELIX-HEAVY MENTAL CHRISTMAS. The CD will be available in Walmart stores across Canada, and we have been told it will be front racked, along with the soon-to-be-released AC/DC & Metallica CDs. The CD will be distributed by Fontana/Universal.

We are very excited about this project, and with good reason. We’ve done some different versions of traditional Christmas songs, as well as taking a few contemporary numbers and jazzing them up, ie. “Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time” by Paul McCartney. We also found a gem in Bob Segar’s “Sock It To Me Santa” and even penned one of our own, a Motorhead-sounding ditty entitled, “It’s Christmastime Again”. The CD is being recorded at “A” Studios in London, Ontario. Gord Prior is producing with Aaron Murray engineering.

The release of Heavy Mental Christmas will coincide with a western Canadian tour in November. We also hope to play our hometown of London around the same time period. We will announce our tour dates as we get them.

Motley Crue has a new video in support of their latest album, SAINTS OF LOS ANGELES…..check out ‘Mutherfucker Of The Year’…..

‘Mutherfucker Of The Year’

This is the officially announced artwork for AC/DC’s new album, BLACK ICE, that will be released on October 20

Black Ice tracklisting: ‘Rock ‘N Roll Train’, ‘Skies On Fire’, ‘Big Jack’, ‘Anything Goes’, ‘War Machine’, ‘Smash ‘N Grab’, ‘Spoilin’ For A Fight’, ‘Wheels’, ‘Decibel’, ‘Stormy May Day’, ‘She Likes Rock ‘N Roll’, ‘Money Made’, ‘Rock N Roll Dream’, ‘Rocking All The Way’, ‘Black Ice’