Crunch! - June 13, 2012
Rising West Makes Live Debut
Queensryche spin-off band Rising West played their two gigs over the weekend in Seattle, and by all reports (and YouTube videos) singer Todd La Torre (Crimson Glory) did a great job. The band, which features four fifths of the current Queensryche line-up, was formed so the Queensryche lads could have some fun playing the early metal stuff, which Geoff Tate doesn't seem so into performing any more. Tate's got a new solo album coming out soon and Queensryche still has dates booked at various points throughout the year. Drummer Scott Rockenfield said during a radio interview on the weekend, "There’s some great stuff coming down for us with Queensryche. Until we’re ready to explain what we’re doing, it’s kind of a day-to-day thing. Rising West is a way to go out, get to know Todd, do some music together with no strings attached and see what happens after the weekend. It’s a major work in progress.” Interesting.
New Fear Factory
It was slightly delayed in Oz so if you've been looking for it, don't freak out. But the new Fear Factory (pictured) album The Industrialist should be out by the time you read this, via Riot. This one features just Dino Cazares and Burton C Bell (with producer Rhys Fulber), with Dino performing all bass parts and programming the drums, and there seems to be two reactions among fans: either they instantly love it, or they love it after three or four listens.
Gig Alert: The Return Of Clagg!
Melbourne doom stalwarts Clagg return with a new lineup to destroy eardrums with their own brand of malevolent evil at the Tote on Friday June 15. Along for the hellride are Broozer ("Dark droning grooves matched with time signatures from Satan's ballbag") playing tunes from their upcoming album 12.4.12; three-piece Swidgen, and doom jazz maestros Agonhymn.
Rush: Clockwork Angels Out Now
Australia got a four-day jump on the rest of the world in getting the new Rush album, Clockwork Angels. Have you got it yet? It's incredible! It once again demonstrates why Neil Peart is one of the greatest drummers of all time, but Geddy Lee's bass is the real standout this time around - it's really up-front and punchy. Hopefully the first-week sales numbers will be strong enough to convince someone to bring them to Australia. For the first time ever.
The Gaslight Anthem Previews Handwritten
Want a taste of Handwritten, the new album by The Gaslight Anthem? Get thee to YouTube and check out the video for 45! Handwritten is out via Universal on July 27.
Kunvuk to help save the Tasmanian Devil
Australian metal trio Kunvuk will donate 50% of all profits from their second album Consume Rapture to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
“Devil Facial Tumour Disease threatens the existence of this incredible animal and we are putting our money where our mouth is to help save this most metal of all creatures," the band says. "We will be donating 50% of all profits from the Consume Rapture album. So when you purchase a copy of our album, either digitally or physically, you'll be putting a good chunk of that money towards not only supporting Australian music but one of our most beloved and iconic animals."
Consume Rapture will be released this month. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Death, Swans, Mastodon, Converge, Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch) in New Windsor, New York. Look for the track Hypochondriac on YouTube.
Def Leppard Tracks On iTunes
Up until now, the only Def Leppard material available on iTunes has been their recent live album Mirrorball. Their back catalog isn't on there, and singer Joe Elliott has previously mentioned the possibility of re-recording some old material so the band can get a better deal: the word is that their old label owns their old master recordings, but the band themselves own their publishing. Well, they've done it! The band has recorded new versions of Pour Some Sugar On Me and Rock Of Ages, and unlike most re-recordings I've heard by various bands, these versions are actually pretty good.
Ugly Kid Joe Release New EP
Ugly Kid Joe were one of the last hard rock bands to sneak through some chart hits in the short-lived period when rock bands stopped having huge hair but before grunge killed the genre (see also: Mr. Big, Extreme). They've got a new EP out called Stairway To Hell. Their first release since their 1997 disbandment, it contains six tracks including Love Ain't True, which features guest appearances by Angelo Moore and Dirty Walt of FISHBONE. A video has been released for the first track, Devil's Paradise. The current line-up of UKJ is Whitfield Crane (vocals), Klaus Eichstadt and Dave Fortman (guitars), Cordell Crockett (bass) and Shannon Larkin (drums) - the same members who played on the band's Menace To Sobriety and Motel California albums. Fortman has carved out a successful career as a producer, working with Slipknot, Evanescence and Godsmack, who count Shannon Larkin among their ranks. And Crane spent some time as vocalist for LIfe Of Agony.
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