Former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley are working on new album and a new book. I just got this news from the swedish Kiss Army webpage.
”I’ve started working on a new album, I’m writing a new book… there are a lot of good things on the horizon. At this point, I think [the next book is] just going to be an extension of ‘No Regrets’. There’s so much I left out because of the deadline, but after talking with so many different people I’ve got so many stories that have eluded me over the years. And there just wasn’t enough room to put them into ‘No Regrets’, and I was past the deadline as it was. But I think I’m going to come out with something in the effect of like a ‘No Regrets II’. But I also have the idea to put out a guitar book with all my guitar effects, tricks, recording techniques… I’ve learned a lot of tricks from working with a lot of great producers over the years, and I think I should write a book about it.”
Read full interview here: I Heart Guitar
I thinkt that Ace Frehley’s latest soloalbum Anomaly was pretty okey, i liked it alot when it first arrived back in 2009, today i think it have a few good song, nothing more and i don’t pick it up to listen to that much either. And his book No Regrets i havent picked up yet , but will do so right after i finish reading the Keith Richards book, from what i heard No Regrets are a really good book. A new album is very welcome along with a new tour, saw him two times on his solo tour here in sweden, one in 2008 and one in 2009 and i think both shows was really good and i would love to see him again.
Peter Dolving, singer of swedish thrashmetal band The Haunted leaves the band. This is the second time he decides to leave this band, last time he was replaced by Marco Aro for two albums. This just in from Peter Dolvings‘s official Facebook
“I am officially quitting The Haunted. After years of working with the band, I am out. I have had it. I will NOT answer questions to why. It’s no one elses business. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to seeing you people at other shows with other projects.”
Artist: Mercyful Fate
Title: Return Of The Vampire
Return Of The Vampire (the rare and unreleased) is a compilation of old Mercyful Fate recordings, some previous unreleased and some demos of already released songs. The compilation was released back in 1992 on Cd and Vinyl, the vinyl is limited to only 1000 copies and is a nice collectible amongs Mercyful Fate fans today.
The first five track are from the bands 1981 demo, “Death kiss” is an unreleased demosong for the album Don´t Break The Oath, a track that was included as a bonus when the album was remastered and rereleased back in 1997, the last three songs are also unreleased demos but i don’t know from what timeperiod. The song “M.D.A” wich stands for Mission Destroy Aliens are by far the worst piece of crap lyrics this band have ever written, and i can honestly understand why this song never got included on any album and well, “M.D.A” isnt actually a Mercyful Fate song either, it was recorded with Michael Denner’s band Danger Zone wich King Diamond did some vocals right before they changed into Mercyful Fate, as far as the other songs they are really good and hold the same standard as all the early Mercyful Fate stuff, some of the songs also did end up on their albums. “Curse of the pharaos” and “A coprse without a soul” did make it to the bands debut EP Nuns Have No Fun and “Return of the vampire” ended up several years later (1996) on the album In The Shadows, the version on that album features Lars Ulrich of Metallica on drums.
I just LOVE compilations like this from bands that i like for a few reasons, one obvious is that you get previous unreleased tracks, just there and then you got me sold! If it’s a band that i like i just got the have all the songs the band have recorded, even if it’s a horrible sounded rehearsal track recorded in the basement, GOTTA HAVE IT! Another reason i like these kind of compilations is that on the demotracks you can hear the bands first steps into becoming what they became, the first small babysteps into what made whatever band it might be into the band that i love so much. A great journey to follow and listen to the advancements that they make. For the same reason i like early liverecordings (live bootlegs) of different bands.
Side A: Burning the cross, Curse of the pharaos, Return of the vampire, On a night of full moon
Side B: A corpse without soul, Death kiss, Leave my soul alone, M.D.A, You asked for it
In this “Video of the week” i pay tribute to Danish metalband Mercyful Fate with the song “Witches Dance” from their fourth studioalbum Time.
Last week we got a 30 sec teaser clip, but now the complete song is released. The first single off Slash upcoming soloalbum Apocalyptic Love are the track “You´re A Lie” and you can listen to it on the YouTube player at the bottom of this page.
Apocalyptic Love will be released on May 22 through Slash own recordlabel Dik Hayd International
Johan Edlund, Vocalist/Guitarist of Tiamat left this message on the band’s official Facebook page a few days ago “Working on new songs. So far so good. No promises are no promises broken. Old enough to be patient. Rome wasn’t built.. Etc..” I know it’s not much to go on but just the fact that the band are now writing on new material gives me goosebumps, it’s always a joy to hear new music from Tiamat, and the bands latest album Amanethes was released back in 2008 so i think it’s about time for a new album.
I will see the band next weekend at House Of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden and im really excited since they don’t play here in Sweden too much and i have only seen them one time before and that was a few years ago now.
Until we meet again, listen to “Equinox of the gods” from the album Amanethes
Artist: Imperial State Electric
Title: Pop War
This album have been rotating nonstop on my turntable ever since i got it, i think it’s really brilliant! As the title indicates Nicke Andersson here takes his Imperial State Electric to a more melodic pop vibe, if the debut album was a popish rock album i would say that this album is a bit more rockish pop album if you know what i mean. The vinyl opens up really strong with one of the best track on the album “Uh Huh” wich is a really good tune with hooks and melodies that sticks with you, just plain listening pleasure as always when Nicke is releasing music. And the albums just keeps going from that point on, sure it have a few songs wich isnt that top-notch but overall its a great album, and at this point i must say i like this one better than the debut. My favourite tracks are “Uh Huh”, “Sheltered In The Sand”, The Narrow Line” and “Enough To Break Your Heart”.
The biggest different on this album compare to earlier Imperial State Electric releases is that this time they have recorded the album as a band, and not Nicke doing all the stuff by himself. He simply brought in his touringband to join in with the recodingsessions.
When the art for the cover was first released i wasnt that pleased with it, it looked kinda silly, well it still kind of does, but holding the vinyl infront of you it sure looks very stylish, clean so to speak, delivered in a really nice gatefold sleeve wich have the lyrics and a collage of the band on the inside of the foldout. This version i picked up is the red vinyl limited to 600 copies, the album is also released in clear and black vinyl. And as i couldn’t find any song from the album on YouTube i have added the track “Rock Science” for you to listen to, the track is from the boardgame with the same name. Enjoy!
Side A: Uh huh, The narrow line, Can’t seem to shake it off my mind, Back on main, Waltz for vincent
Side B: Sheltered in the sand, Empty hands, Monarchy madness, Deride and conquer, Enough to break your heart