Friday, May 31, 2013

Happy Birthday JOHN BONHAM R.I.P. (video)

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music. Rolling Stone readers named him the "best drummer of all time" in 2011.

After the break-up of The Yardbirds, guitarist Jimmy Page was forming a new band when he recruited Robert Plant, who in turn suggested Bonham. Page's choices for drummer included Procol Harum's B.J. Wilson, and session drummers Clem Cattini and Aynsley Dunbar. Ginger Baker was also rumoured to be on Page's list. However, upon seeing Bonham drum for Tim Rose at a club in Hampstead, north London, in July 1968, Page and manager Peter Grant were instantly convinced that he was the perfect fit for the new project, first known as the New Yardbirds and later as Led Zeppelin.

During Led Zeppelin's first tour of the United States in December 1968, Bonham became friends with Vanilla Fudge's drummer Carmine Appice. Appice introduced him to Ludwig Drums, which he then used for the rest of his career. Bonham used the longest and heaviest sticks available, which he referred to as "trees." His hard hitting style was displayed to great effect on many Led Zeppelin songs, including "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin III), "When the Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin IV / Zoso.svg), "Kashmir" (Physical Graffiti), "The Ocean" (Houses of the Holy), and "Achilles Last Stand" (Presence). In fact, Page once admitted to letting Bonham use a double bass drum in an early demo of "Communication Breakdown" but claimed he scratched the track because of Bonham's "over-use" of it. The double bass style of drumming---already influential by way of Cream drummer Ginger Baker---didn't regain popularity for another twenty years. The studio recording of "Misty Mountain Hop" perfectly captures his keen sense of dynamics, and this is similarly exhibited by his precise drumming on "No Quarter". On several cuts from later albums, Bonham rather adeptly handled funk and Latin-influenced drumming. Songs like "Royal Orleans" and "Fool in the Rain" are good examples, respectively displaying great skill with a New Orleans shuffle and a samba rhythm.

His famous drum solo, first entitled "Pat's Delight," later renamed "Moby Dick", would often last for 30 minutes and regularly featured his use of bare hands to achieve different sound effects. Bonham's action sequence for the film, The Song Remains the Same, featured him in a drag race at Santa Pod Raceway to the sound of his signature drum solo, "Moby Dick". In Led Zeppelin concert tours after 1969, Bonham would expand his basic kit to include congas, orchestral timpani, and a symphonic gong. Bonham is also credited (by the Dallas Times Herald) with the first in-concert use of electronic timpani drum synthesizers (most likely made by Syndrum) during a performance of the song "Kashmir" in Dallas, Texas in 1977. 

source: wikipedia


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Birthday TOM MORELLO (video)

Thomas Baptiste Morello (born May 30, 1964) is an American guitarist best known for his tenure with the bands Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, his acoustic solo act The Nightwatchman, and his newest group, Street Sweeper Social Club. Morello is also the co-founder (along with Serj Tankian) of the non-profit political activist organization Axis of Justice, which airs a monthly program on Pacifica Radio station KPFK (90.7 FM) in Los Angeles.

Born in Harlem, New York and raised in Libertyville, Illinois, Morello became interested in music and politics while in high school. He attended Harvard University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Studies. After his previous band Lock Up disbanded, Morello met Zack de la Rocha and the two founded Rage Against the Machine together. The group went on to become one of the most popular and influential rock acts of the 1990s. He is best known for his unique and creative guitar playing style, which incorporates feedback noise, unconventional picking and tapping as well as heavy use of guitar effects. Morello is also noted for his leftist political views and activism; his creation of his side project The Nightwatchman offered an outlet for his views while playing apolitical music with Audioslave. He was ranked number 40 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".

source: wikipedia


Happy Birthday PATRICK DALHEIMER (video)

Patrick "Pat" Dalheimer (born May 30, 1971 in York, Pennsylvania) is the bassist for the bands Live and The Gracious Few. Live have sold over 20 million records, including the 8x platinum album Throwing Copper.

Pat is a founding member of the band Live and has appeared on all their albums to date. He met his future Live band mates at middle school in York, Pennsylvania. When vocalist Ed Kowalczyk left the band in 2009, Dahlheimer formed the band The Gracious Few along with Chad Taylor and Chad Gracey of Live and Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy from the band Candlebox. They released their debut album The Gracious Few in 2010. In 2011, Live announced their intention to record new material and Chris Shinn was brought in as the new lead singer in 2012.

source: wikipedia


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Happy Birthday THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD (video)

Thomas Youngblood (born May 29, 1974) is the guitarist, founding member and one of the main creative forces behind the progressive/symphonic power metal band Kamelot from Tampa, Florida. He is the the only consistent member of the band. He began playing guitar at the age of 15 and in 1991 founded Kamelot with Richard Warner. After Warner's departure, Youngblood shared songwriting duties mostly with vocalist Roy Khan.

Thomas' wife, Mari Youngblood, is a soprano vocalist who has made some guest appearances on more recent Kamelot albums. Together they have a daughter named Annelise, whose voice appears on the tracks "Soul Society" from The Black Halo, "Silverthorn" and on the nursery rhymes of "Sacrimony (Angel of Afterlife)", both from Silverthorn.

source: wikipedia


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy Birthday GAVIN HARRISON (video)

Gavin Harrison (born May 28, 1963) is an English drummer and percussionist. He is best known for playing with the British progressive rock bands Porcupine Tree and King Crimson. His influences come from his father's jazz collection and from drummers such as Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro.

In 1983-84 he toured as a member of Renaissance.

In 2002 he joined Porcupine Tree.

In 2007 Gavin began a long term collaboration with singer/extended range bass player 05Ric which led to the release of three CDs, Drop (2007), Circles (2009) and The Man Who Sold Himself (2012).

In 2008, Gavin joined King Crimson as part of a dual-drummer lineup with Pat Mastelotto. Gavin played a number of shows in the United States in August with the band.

On August 23, 2011 he was a featured performer on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' as part of their second "Drum Solo Week", along with such players as Tony Royster, Jr., Stewart Copeland, Neil Peart, and Dennis Chambers.

He won the Modern Drummer magazine readers' poll for "best progressive drummer of the year" consecutively from 2007–2010. He won "Best Prog Drummer" in DRUM USA magazine 2011. He is the featured cover story on Modern Drummer January 2009. Rolling Stone Magazine polls rate him as the third best drummer in the past 25 years. Best Prog Drummer 2011 & 2012 in Prog Magazine

Harrison has authored two instructional drum books entitled Rhythmic Illusions and Rhythmic Perspectives. He also wrote and produced his own instructional DVDs, Rhythmic Visions and Rhythmic Horizons, at his home studio. 2010 saw the release of Rhythmic Designs, a book of transcriptions by Terry Branam, and a 3 hour DVD of Gavin's explanations and demonstrations. It won 'Best In Show' at the summer NAMM show in the USA.

source: wikipedia


ALICE IN CHAINS Album Premiere Special (audio)

The new ALICE IN CHAINS album is in stores today (May 28th)! To get the official word about The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, the band enlisted Duff McKagan to host an exclusive conversation. This program features Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez with McKagan discussing one of the most anticipated rock albums of 2013.

For more, visit:

Source: MX2 Media


Friday, May 24, 2013

ALICE IN CHAINS Album Premiere Radio Special (links)

Get a preview of the new Alice In Chains album before it's release!
will broadcast the 
ALICE IN CHAINS Album Premiere Special:
Tonight (5/24) at 6pm 
Tomorrow (5/25) at 9am 
Monday (12/27) at 12noon 
(all times EDT

 Hot on the heels of the chart topping first single, “Hollow,” and the second single,
Stone,” Alice in Chains are set to release their new studio album, The Devil Put
Dinosaurs Here
, on May 28.

To get the official word about The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, the band enlisted Duff McKagan to host an exclusive conversation. This program features Jerry Cantrell, William DuVall, Sean Kinney and Mike Inez with McKagan discussing one of the most
anticipated rock albums of 2013.

To listen live, head to


Thursday, May 23, 2013

METALLICA Through The Never IMAX 3D trailer (video)

METALLICA are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming IMAX 3D feature, Through The Never. And today we got the first trailer! The film, which stars Dane DeHaan as a Metallica roadie sent on a difficult mission during the band's performance, is set to debut this fall in IMAX theaters across the country.

In the film, DeHaan stars as Trip, who is sent on a harrowing mission in which he encounters protestors, riots and a masked horseman while trying to complete his task. Meanwhile, Metallica's concert set soundtracks the entire thing. The movie will first play IMAX theaters only on Sept. 27 before expanding to additional screens on Oct. 4.

source: Metallica


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

TESSERACT streams entire new album (audio)

TESSERACT will release their brand new album, Altered State, on May 27th & 28th. Divided into four movements: Of Matter, Of Mind, Of Reality and Of Energy, 'Altered State' represents the transformations that TESSERACT has gone through over the past few years.  The Law of Conservation of Energy states that: In a closed system energy is conserved, nothing is lost. It merely changes from one state to another.

Give it a listen before you buy:

TESSERACT bassist Amos Williams said, "The new album has shaped up to be something of an evolution for TESSERACT. Obviously, there's the new voice, which is exciting for us to work with. Ashe brings such an intense level of emotion to the table, it feels as if we have added another dimension to the music. We've also traveled so much and met so many incredible and inspiring musicians since the first album. This has had a huge impact upon our songwriting.

Also, we now enjoy playing with dynamics and instrumentation. This came from releasing an acoustic EP last year. We're no longer afraid to mix things up or stray from the expected path, which we feel we did with our first album. That was in the box, whilst this album is way out there for us. Don't be afraid, though — whilst it has evolved, our music is still somehow TESSERACT. It's like there is something just beneath the surface of everything we do, that shapes all we produce into a distinctly TESSERACT-ish form."

 New vocalist Ashe O'Hara said, "I have always been an admirer of their work so it's pretty awesome to be passed such a challenging flame. I am very aware of the anticipation and I am certainly feeling the weight of it, but I am equally excited for what shall be an amazing and shit-hot experience!"

TESSERACT - Altered State.
Pre-Order the record now: (CM DISTRO) | (iTunes)

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Monday, May 20, 2013

HEAVEN'S BASEMENT - "Fire Fire" (video)

Up and coming rockers HEAVEN'S BASEMENT released a new video for "Fire Fire" over the weekend, filmed on tour in the UK and US.  We are posting both, which do you prefer?
From their debut album Filthy Empire. DOWNLOAD this track for FREE at

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Don't tell me your name
I know it ain't gonna change
Anyway that I think

It's not as if you're to blame
If we're one and the same
We're on the edge, on the brink

Come take control
Won't be the soul
Just do as you're told
Come burn a hole
In what they know
Get up and go

Throw matches to see, what you can ignite
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
Throw matches to see, what stays out of sight
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
'Cause when the clouds come down on this town estate
We'll make our way to a great escape
Throw matches to see, what you can ignite

No time to spare
No truth or dare
Give them something to hide
Go with the time
Step on the mines
Our time to shine

Come steal the wind
Come throw the earth
Come bring the storm
Come seize the day
Come make the change
Give them something to mourn

Throw matches to see, what you can ignite
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
Throw matches to see, what stays out of sight
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
'Cause when the clouds come down on this town estate
We'll make our way to a great escape
Throw matches to see, what you can ignite

We're all bought down in desperation
By this dirty town and aggravation
It's time to leave and find another new home
We've had our day our day is done so
In this weird landscape let's do it over
There's no time to waste to find another new home

Throw matches to see, what you can ignite
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
Throw matches to see, what stays out of sight
Fire Fire, Fire Fire
'Cause when the clouds fall down on this town estate
We'll make our way to a great escape
Throw matches to see, what you can ignite




In February, the other three members of STONE TEMPLE PILOTS made a fairly big deal about firing their vocalist of 20 years, Scott Weiland. (Who was also fired from Velvet Revolver in 2008.) Since February, Weiland has stated, “I started the band. There’s certain clauses in place that keep that from happening.” 

Things changed this weekend.

Stone Temple Pilots unveiled their current lineup and their latest song at LA radio station KROQ’s annual weenie roast over the weekend, taking the crowd by surprise. Bennington later said: “I’ve loved STP since I was 13 years old. When the opportunity came up to so something creative with them I jumped at the chance. The guys in Linkin Park have been incredibly supportive of me undertaking this project while I’ve continued to work on new music with LP.”

Guitarist Dean DeLeo added: “We know Linkin Park will always be his priority, but we thought it would be cool to try something together. We managed to find the time to record a song and we’re all really happy with the result.”


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Happy Birthday PETE TOWNSHEND (video)

 Peter Dennis Blandford "Pete" Townshend (born 19 May 1945) is an English rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and author, known principally as the guitarist and songwriter for the rock group The Who, as well as for his own solo career. His career with The Who spans more than 40 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

Townshend is the primary songwriter for The Who, having written well over 100 songs for the band's 11 studio albums, including concept albums and the rock operas Tommy and Quadrophenia, plus popular rock and roll radio staples such as Who's Next, and dozens more that appeared as non-album singles, bonus tracks on reissues, and tracks on rarities compilations such as Odds & Sods. He has also written over 100 songs that have appeared on his solo albums, as well as radio jingles and television theme songs. Although known primarily as a guitarist, he also plays other instruments such as keyboards, banjo, accordion, harmonica, ukulele, mandolin, violin, synthesiser, bass guitar and drums, on his own solo albums, several Who albums, and as a guest contributor to a wide array of other artists' recordings. He is self-taught on all of the instruments he plays and has never had any formal training.

Townshend has also been a contributor and author of newspaper and magazine articles, book reviews, essays, books, and scripts, as well as collaborating as a lyricist (and composer) for many other musical acts. Townshend was ranked No. 3 in Dave Marsh's list of Best Guitarists in The New Book of Rock Lists, No. 10 in's list of the top 50 guitarists, and No. 10 again in Rolling Stone magazine's updated 2011 list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Townshend was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Who in 1990.

source: wikipedia


Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Birthday TRENT REZNOR (video)

Michael Trent Reznor Jr. (born May 17, 1965) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and record producer. As both a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Reznor has led the industrial rock project Nine Inch Nails since 1988; he left Interscope Records in 2007 and is now an independent recording artist. As of 2010, he and his wife Mariqueen Maandig are members of the post-industrial group How to Destroy Angels with Reznor's fellow composer Atticus Ross and graphic designer Rob Sheridan. Reznor and Ross scored the David Fincher films The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, winning the Academy Award for Best Original Score for the former and the Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media for the latter.

Reznor was previously associated with the bands Option 30, The Innocent, and Exotic Birds in the mid-80s. He gained employment at Right Track Studios in Cleveland and began creating his own music during the studio's closing hours under the name of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor's first release as Nine Inch Nails, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success and Reznor has since released seven major studio albums. Outside of Nine Inch Nails, he has contributed to the albums of artists such as Marilyn Manson and Saul Williams. In 1997, Reznor appeared in Time magazine's list of the year's most influential people and Spin magazine described him as "the most vital artist in music".

source: wikipedia


Thursday, May 16, 2013

SOUND OF CONTACT - "Not Coming Down" (video)

With their debut album release imminent, SOUND OF CONTACT has released their first video for the song, "Not Coming Down"

from the band's site:
With 3 of his own albums under his belt Simon Collins, son of legendary musician Phil Collins, decided to try something he had always wanted to do. Having grown up on tour with Genesis, Simon had a rare and unique perspective that inspired him to eventually pursue his own music career. After a decade of writing, producing and promoting his solo career, Simon kept in touch with a handful of musicians with whom he had a strong connection and a rare chemistry. With a shared vision and strong musical bond they embraced what was clearly an organic evolution and decided to bring their creative forces together.

That band is now here and called “Sound of Contact”. At its core the band consists of Simon and co-producer/co-writer and keyboardist Dave Kerzner (Sonic Reality, Kevin Gilbert) with the additon of such great co-writers and guitarists/bassists as Matt Dorsey and Kelly Nordstrom as well as Hannah Stobart (Rocket Moth, Wishing Tree) as a special guest in the studio. The live touring line up for Sound of Contact includes Simon Collins on vocals and drums, Dave Kerzner on keyboards, Matt Dorsey on bass, John Wesley (Porcupine Tree, Fish) on guitar and Ronen Gordon on drums.

Sound of Contact’s debut album “Dimensionaut” is a concept album about a dimensional time and space traveler called “Dimo” who is on a mission to expand the boundaries of the human experience. The album features a wide range of styles and dynamics from dark and mysterious progressive rock to nostalgic classic rock to high energy alternative to sci-fi film score-infused “space rock”.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH - "Lift Me Up (feat Rob Halford of Judas Priest)" (video)

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH has announced their upcoming fourth album will be a double album, instead of saving tracks for a later release.  With an avalanche of music coming, FFDP has picked the first track to feature. Check out the official lyric video for "Lift Me Up" (featuring Rob Halford of Judas Priest)

Animation by: Olivier Ferland

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LEPROUS - "The Cloak" (video)

Norwegian prog metallers LEPROUS will release their new album, Coal, on May 28th in North America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music. In anticipation of this release, the band has just premiered the album's first video, "The Cloak". 

  LEPROUS comments:
"While we're anxiously waiting to release 'Coal' to the public, another taste of it is coming your way. A while back we announced a video was in the making, and now everything is ready for your eyes and ears. 'The Cloak' is our second music video, and we're extremely excited to finally release it! Enjoy!"

The video was shot by David Solbjørg of Twichty Films (

Another track from the album:

from their 2011 album, Bilateral

Chosen as the backing band for former EMPEROR frontman and countryman Ihsahn (a progressive black metal musician and legend in his own right), LEPROUS has, despite their young age, tried it all-- which is clearly reflected in their music. For every part PAIN OF SALVATION and KING CRIMSON one may hear, there is an equal amount of SHINING (NO) and DEVIN TOWNSEND in the mix, with hints of KATATONIA and OPETH in amidst sparks of PORCUPINE TREE and PINK FLOYD.

To pre-order Coal, please visit CM Distro for the album in a variety of formats.

LEPROUS - Tour 2013: 
Presented by Rock Hard Magazine & Intromental
Support band on first part of the tour (September): TBA
Support band on the second part of the tour (October-November): BLINDEAD (Poland)
9.06.2013 Trondheim (Norway) - Rockheim
9.07.2013 Bergen (Norway) - Garage
9.13.2013 Oslo (Norway) - John Dee
9.14.2013 Sandnes (Norway) - Tribute
9.15.2013 Drammen (Norway) - Buddy
9.16.2013 Skien (Norway) - Parkbiografen
9.17.2013 Göteborg (Sweden) - Musikens Hus
9.18.2013 Stockholm (Sweden) - Debaser
9.20.2013 Helsinki (Finland) - Nosturi Club
9.21.2013 St. Petersburg (Russia) - A2/Sputnik
9.22.2013 Tallinn (Estonia) - Tapper Club
9.25.2013 Warsaw (Poland) - Progresja
9.26.2013 Krakow (Poland) - Kwadrat
9.28.2013 Copenhagen (Denmark) - Beta2300
10.17.2013 Prague (Czech Republic) - Nova Chmelnice
10.18.2013 Vienna (Austria) - Replugged
10.19.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Randal Club
10.20.2013 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
10.21.2013 Bucharest (Romania) - Silver Church
10.22.2013 Sofia (Bulgaria) - RBF Club
10.23.2013 Belgrade (Serbia) - Dom Omladine
10.24.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
10.25.2013 Milano (Italy) - The Theatre Club
10.26.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) - Galery
10.27.2013 Genova (Italy) - Muddy Waters
10.29.2013 Barcelona (Spain) - Razzmatazz
10.30.2013 Murcia (Spain) - 12&Medio
10.31.2013 Madrid (Spain) - Caracol
11.01.2013 Porto (Portugal) - Hard Club
11.02.2013 Lissabon (Portugal) - Side B
11.04.2013 Toulouse (France) - Les Saint Des Seins
11.05.2013 Lyon (France) - Ninkasi Kao
11.06.2013 Frankfurt (Germany) - Das Bett 
11.07.2013 Nijmegen (The Netherlands) - Doornroosje
11.08.2013 Paris (France) - Le Divan Du Monde
11.09.2013 London (UK) - Underworld
11.10.2013 Oostende (Belgium) - Jeugdhuis Ohk
11.11.2013 Essen (Germany) - Turock 
11.12.2013 Hamburg (Germany) - MarX     

LEPROUS - Festivals 2013:
6.08.2013 Sölvesborg (Sweden) - Sweden Rock Festival (
6.21.2013 Clisson (France) - Hellfest (
6.28.2013 Helsinki (Finland) - Tuska Open Air (
7.6.2013 Bangalore (India) - Bangalore Open Air (
7.21.2013 Tolmin (Slovenia) - Metal Dayz Festival (
8.01-03.2013 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air (
8.092013 Josefov (Czech Republic) - Brutal Assault Festival (
8.16-17.2013 Saint Palais Sur Mer (France) - Crescendo Festival (

LEPROUS line-up:
Einar Solberg - synth/vocals
Tor Oddmund Suhrke - guitar
Øystein Landsverk - guitar
Tobias Ørnes Andersen - drums

LEPROUS online:  

source: InsideOut Music


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Happy Birthday STEVE HOGARTH (video)

Steve Hogarth (born Ronald Stephen Hoggarth on 14 May 1959 in Kendal, Westmorland) also known as "h", is the lead vocalist and occasional keyboardist/guitarist with the British rock band Marillion. Hogarth was formerly a keyboard player and co-lead vocalist with The Europeans and vocalist with How We Live.

In London, Hogarth joined a band called Motion Pictures, having responded to an advertisement in the music press. They were subsequently renamed The Europeans. Initially joining just as a keyboard player, Hogarth also ended up sharing the vocal duties with Ferg Harper. Signed to A&M Records, The Europeans released two studio albums and one live album. On the first studio album, Hogarth sang just one track. By the second studio album, he sang five of the eight tracks.

In 1985, Hogarth and guitarist Colin Woore left the band to form How We Live, the duo were signed to Columbia Records. In 1987, following record company changes, How We Live's debut album Dry Land was poorly promoted, resulting in a flop. Hogarth imagined he would have to leave the music industry - for a time seriously considering becoming a milkman or postman (as he later related) - but a meeting with his publishers (and a certain amount of matchmaking by long time friend, Darryl Way, sometime of Curved Air) persuaded him to send a tape to Marillion, who were recruiting for a new lead vocalist following the departure of Fish in late 1988.

heard the tape and were interested enough to ask for a meeting with the singer. Later accounts of this first meeting record that Hogarth turned up at band member Pete Trewavas' house with his demo tapes contained in a red plastic fire bucket - the audition taking place in Trewavas' garage, due to the presence in the house of cats. The band were immediately impressed by his vocal prowess. Hogarth himself, however, took a little longer to make up his mind, holding as he did at the time a potentially lucrative offer to tour the U.S. on keyboards with The The. As he later recalled, he had a choice 'between joining the most hip band in the world at that time, or the least...'. In the end he accepted the Marillion gig, won over by the fact that the band wanted an equal partner; who would input their own ideas.

Hogarth's first album with the band, released in September 1989, was Seasons End, their fifth studio album. Since then, Marillion have recorded another twelve albums with Hogarth on vocals, the most recent being entitled Sounds That Can't Be Made released in September 2012.

Hogarth has also released one solo studio album under the name 'h' called Ice Cream Genius. This album had contributions from ex-Japan/ Porcupine Tree synthesiser/keyboard maestro Richard Barbieri, former XTC guitarist Dave Gregory, Blondie drummer Clem Burke, bassist Chucho Merchan and percussionist Luis Jardim.

In 2012 Hogarth joined forces with Richard Barbieri again, releasing an album as a duo called Not the weapon but the hand.

source: wikipedia


GEMINI SYNDROME - "Basement" (video)

Our friends GEMINI SYNDROME have finally unleashed a lyric video for "Basement", a song that shot into the top 10 on Rockfile Radio FIRE two weeks ago and continues to grow in popularity. The band is currently on the road with Device and will release their debut album this Summer on Warner Bros Records. For more about Gemini Syndrome, check out Scott Hamilton's interview with Aaron & Rich HERE.


Happy Birthday MIKE INEZ (video)

Mike Inez (born May 14, 1966) is an American rock musician best known for his role as the bassist of Alice in Chains. Inez has also worked with other popular musical acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society and Heart.

Mike Inez began his career in music by playing guitar and saxophone. Since the late 1980s, his career has consisted of the role of bass guitarist in popular hard rock bands.
Ozzy Osbourne (1989–1993) In 1989, more than 50 musicians auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne's group, and Inez, then a member of the local L.A. band Skin On Skin, won the spot of bassist. Within a month, Inez was playing live at a gig with Osbourne at Wembley Stadium.

Inez was an official member of Ozzy Osbourne's band during their recording of the No More Tears album. However, Bob Daisley was brought in to record the bass and none of Inez's playing is on the final album. In the liner notes Inez was credited as "bass and music inspiration," as he had written the riff to the title track in a jam session. Inez also appeared on the 1993 Osbourne live album, Live & Loud.

By late 1993 Inez had moved on to his next project. Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr had left the group after the release of their album, Dirt, and Inez replaced him.

Inez toured throughout 1993 with Alice in Chains on the strength of the Dirt album. The group also participated in the 1993 Lollapalooza Tour. Alice in Chains' album, Jar of Flies, was released in 1994 with Inez on bass. Jar of Flies debuted at #1 on album sales charts, the first EP ever to do so.

Inez recorded with the band for their eponymous 1995 release Alice in Chains, which also debuted at #1. In 1996, Alice in Chains recorded their MTV Unplugged special, the first live performance the group had played together in three years. After their last live performance, Alice in Chains went on hiatus. Then in 1999 Alice in Chains returned to the studio to release the songs Get Born Again and Died. In 2000 the band went on hiatus once again, when rumors of vocalist Layne Staley's drug abuse arose. Alice in Chains disbanded on April 20, 2002 after the news of the death of Staley.

In 2005, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, and Sean Kinney reunited to perform a benefit concert in Seattle for victims of the tsunami disaster that struck South Asia in 2004.

By 2006 Inez, along with the surviving members of Alice in Chains, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, set for a world tour with various guest singers to fill in for the late Layne Staley. The main singer for the band's tour was William DuVall. The band was also featured on Decades of Rock: Heart and Friends where they performed "Would?" with Phil Anselmo and "Rooster" with William DuVall.

 Alice in Chains recently finished recording their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which is due for release on May 28, 2013.

source: wikipedia