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AMARANTHE – New Album Hits #1 On iTunes Metal Charts In US

Metal sextet AMARANTHE – featuring vocalist Elize Ryd, who is also known for her work as a backing vocalist for KAMELOT – released their new album The Nexus in North America on March 26th. The album has hit #1 on the iTunes metal charts in the US.

The Nexus was recorded, mixed and mastered once again by Jacob Hansen in Ribe, Denmark. The tracklisting is as follows:

‘The Nexus’
‘Theory Of Everything’
‘Burn With Me’
‘Mechanical Illusion’
‘Future On Hold’

‘The Nexus’ single is available on iTunes and the video (directed by Patric Ullaeus ) can be seen below:

Geoff Tate’s QUEENSRŸCHE – Frequency Unknown Audio Samples Streaming

The Geoff Tate-fronted QUEENSRŸCHE are set to release their new album, Frequency Unknown, on April 23rd via Cleopatra Records. 90-second samples of all tracks on the new album are streaming at iTunes.

Frequency Unknown will feature the following tracklisting:

‘When Lightning Strikes’
‘Running Backwards’
‘Life Without You’
‘In The Hands Of God’
‘The Weight Of The World’

Bonus Tracks: (2013 Versions)
‘Silent Lucidity’
‘Jet City Woman’
‘I Don t Believe In Love’

Frequency Unknown features Tate along with bassist Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE), guitarist Kelly Gray (Queensrÿche 1998 – 2001), keyboardist Randy Gane, guitarist Robert Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, HURRICANE), drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO) and guest appearances by K.K. Downing (ex-JUDAS PRIEST), Brad Gillis (NIGHT RANGER), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Ty Tabor (KING’S X), Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS) and Paul Bostaph (SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, Forbidden)

The Geoff-Tate-fronted Queensrÿche will embark on The Operation: Mindcrime 25th Anniversary tour in April. The performance will cover all fifteen songs from the album including such fan favorites as ‘Revolution Calling’, ‘Operation: Mindcrime’, ‘I Don’t Believe in Love’, and the closing track, ‘Eyes of a Stranger’. It will also feature other selections from the Queensrÿche catalog including songs from Operation: Mindcrime II.

25th Anniversary Operation: Mindcrime Tour 2013:

6 – Peppermill Casino in West Wendover, Nevada
11 – Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado
12 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico
13 – Chrome in Las Vegas, Nevada
14 – Marquee Theater in Tempe, Arizona
16 – Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona
18 – The Canyon Club in Agoura, California
19 – 4th & B in San Diego, California
20 – Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California
21 – Fillmore in San Francisco, California

More dates to be announced.

Music review: The Unclean CD: The Eagle

Music review: The Unclean

CD: The Eagle

Label: Self-Released

Available: Now via online digital distributors


For anyone who has seen the Blues Brothers you will recall the scene where the band had to play in a bar behind chicken wire to be protected from thrown bottles and other dangerous projectiles.  Well with The Unclean that’s the type of band you have here.  Not a blues band but a band that you could easily see playing in a rough and tumble, no holds barred, dive bar.  The Unclean is also a rough and tumble, no holds barred, dirty rock band that can hold their own in such places.

‘The Eagle’ sports 9 tracks of dirty vocals and rough edged rock and roll that goes back to the time when bands had to tour for years in shit pits to finally get noticed and get a record deal.  The opening track, ‘On We Go’ is a fast paced rocker that cuts right to the point and really lets you enjoy that classic rock and roll feel the album displays through out.  ‘Live for Today’ vocal wise has a style of David Lee Roth when he sings in a slow and smooth way.

‘The Eagle’ contains songs that are very blue collar and for the working man that anyone wanting to drive around and enjoy some dirty rock and roll can and won’t be disappointed.  If I had to voice a negative point to the album it would be the later half of the album sports a lot slower tunes.  The songs themselves aren’t bad, I just wished we had a few more faster paced songs like the opening track.

Overall ,The Unlean’s sophomore album ‘The Eagle’ is nice punch in the gut to let you know rock and roll and metal music should stay dirty and mean.

It’s refreshing to see more and more bands going for that raw and rough sound again in an age where we see a lot of music being very overproduced and squeaky clean.  The world can be a dirty and rough place and The Unclean is here to show you that, but if you are on their side, they will help you get through the shit with their own brand of dirty rock and roll.

Rating: 3.25/5

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