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Music Review: Thinning the Herd CD: Freedom from the Known

Music Review: Thinning the Herd

CD: Freedom from the Known

Label: Saint Marks Records

Available: May 9th, 2013

by: TJ Fowler

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It’s a bit hard for me to classify Thinning the Herd.  They have a Black Sabbath old school fuzzy sound while the vocals sound a bit on the punk side but also of something else I can put my finger on.  As a result I find we have an interesting and nice mix of different musical elements that result in an enjoyable listening experience. Continue reading Music Review: Thinning the Herd CD: Freedom from the Known

Music Review: Jess and the Ancient Ones EP: Astral Sabbat

Music Review: Jess and the Ancient Ones

EP: Astral Sabbat

Label: Svart Records

Available: Now



                I’m a bit late to party here as this EP has been out for about month and that I haven’t got to listen to Jess and the Ancient Ones’ debut album either.  I figured though, since the band is from the city of Kuopio I am currently residing in I would give the EP a listen and see what I thought. Continue reading Music Review: Jess and the Ancient Ones EP: Astral Sabbat

MÖTLEY CRÜE Announces Most Extensive Canadian Tour In Band History

MÖTLEY CRÜE unveiled today the details of its 2013 Canadian tour, which marks the most expansive run of the country in the band’s history. The trek will commence this spring with a total of 18 show dates, kicking off on April 20 in the West Coast, and running through to May 14 when the band completes the tour in the nation’s capital; this will be the only time the band will perform in Canada through 2013. MÖTLEY CRÜE will be joined by special guests BIG WRECK; the full tour has been listed below.

Apr. 20 – Penticton, BC – South Okanagon Events Centre
Apr. 22 – Victoria, BC – Save On Foods Memorial Centre
Apr. 23 – Abbotsford, BC – Entertainment & Sports Centre
Apr. 25 – Prince George, BC – CN Centre
Apr. 26 – Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
Apr. 28 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
Apr. 29 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddeldome
Apr. 30 – Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
May 02 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
May 03 – Moose Jaw, SK – Mosaic Place
May 04 – Estevan, SK – Spectra Place
May 06 – Brandon, MB – Keystone Centre
May 07 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
May 09 – Subdury, ON – Sudbury Area
May 10 – Hamilton, ON – Copps Coliseum
May 11 – Oshawa, ON – General Motors Centre
May 13 – Montréal, QC – Centre Bell
May 14 – Ottawa, ON – Scotiabank Place

MÖTLEY CRÜE last year released a brand new song called “Sex” to coincide with the launch of the band’s North American co-headlining tour with KISS.

Written when the group was together during their residency in Las Vegas in February 2012, “Sex” was the first studio track from the CRÜE since their June 2008 release of “Saints Of Los Angeles”.

“We’ve been writing,” bassist Nikki Sixx told Loudwire. “We started the record with the song ‘Sex’ and I have a ton of riffs. I know Mick [Mars, guitar] has told me he has a ton of riffs and it’s just a matter of now collecting riffs. For a while, it was only writing segments of music and getting together and collaborating but now I’m starting to finish music more like I used to more — like I used to in the old days — and finish it top to bottom. So I look forward to getting in the room with my band and going, ‘Here’s ten of my ideas, what have you got?’ and then we kind of let that process happen.”

Asked about MÖTLEY CRÜE‘s long-term future, Sixx said: “We haven’t been shy that MÖTLEY CRÜE has been talking about somewhere in the near future doing a farewell tour. We talked about it on ‘Piers Morgan’ and different interviews. It’s not that we hate each other or we don’t work together well. I think it’s just at some point we want to leave it with some sort of a legacy that’s leaving it in a good way. I just see some bands that keep fucking beating a dead horse and I’m like, ‘Get off the horse, dude, it’s dead.’ And MÖTLEY CRÜE is really at one of our highest points we’ve been and I would like to see us even climb higher by seeing us finish our movie, an album and then maybe announcing a farewell tour and going out at the top. It would be a really nice look.”


STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, “Honestly”, to be made available later in the year. There is also a 12-song solo record to go hand in hand with the release of the book.

According to Sweet, his “friend and brother,” MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was “kind enough” to write the following blurb/quote for the book:

“Sometimes you see someone or something and you think you got it all figured out, just to find you were pretty far off base. That’s a sucky feeling. I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover, and as much as I used to think that I am nothing like Michael Sweet, I have come to realize that we both have had a lot of hardships in common; the same trials and tribulations, the same band problems, and some of the same relationship issues. Fortunately for us, we both believe in the same Jesus, and serve the same amazing, loving creator, so it’s no wonder that we would both be standing on the same victorious side of life, once all the smoke clears at the end of the fight. I hope you will enjoy his memoirs and come to a new understanding and a new appreciation of Michael Sweet.”

Sweet previously stated about his upcoming book: “Writing and finishing my autobiography has gone WAY beyond my expectations, good and bad. It’s been much more difficult than I could ever imagine yet it’s been somewhat therapeutic being able to talk about my life and the past 30+ years of all things STRYPER. I get into everything and share things that may surprise you. I talk about the disfunction in this band, the pain and heartache of being so close to each other that we sometimes hurt each other the most, the ups and downs from our highest point (1987-1988) to our lowest point (1991-1992) and why we were driven to bankruptcy and how we climbed our way back from complete loss and despair. I share my personal pain from considering to give up music altogether to the day I broke the news to the guys that I would be leaving the band and why. From that day forward, I had everything a man could ask for and then, in what seemed like an instant, it was all taken away.

“I’m almost 50 yet I feel like I’ve lived the life of a man who is almost 90. I look back on everything and all I can say is thank you God for allowing me to serve you and for giving me my gift, my life!

‘Honestly’ will be available soon and I can say from the bottom of my heart, it is brutally honest and my hopes and prayers are that it touches you in some way.”

Michael‘s new solo album will be issued via Big3 Records. Guest musicians set to appear on the CD include CHICKENFOOT drummer Kenny Aronoff, FOZZY singer Chris Jericho, WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich; Tony Harnell of TNT, and Michael‘s brother Robert Sweet and STRYPER‘s Timothy Gaines.

Regarding Harnell‘s appearance on the CD, Sweet previously stated, “I think Tony is truly one of the most underrated singers of all time. He’s always been one of my favorites and is an incredibly nice, humble guy to boot. I’ve always wanted to work with Tony and I knew this would be the perfect song and opportunity to do so. ‘Taking On The World Tonight’ is very heavy with a combination of old-school riffs and solos yet it’s got a very modern, relevant sound as well. It’s the best of both worlds!”