Perhaps one of the most influential rock bands in history, Led Zeppelin have paved the way for countless bands, influencing hordes of musicians who learned their songs forwards and backwards in an attempt to find and harness that magical spark that captured so many. And now, on June 3rd, the band’s first three albums will be rereleased as deluxe remastered editions, each feature bonus material that has never before been released.
This marks the beginning of a reissue period, each album remastered by guitarist Jimmy Page and each featuring time appropriate bonus material.
Page states, “The material on the companion discs presents a portal to the time of the recording of Led Zeppelin. It is a selection of work in progress with rough mixes, backing tracks, alternate versions, and new material recorded at the time.”
Head below for more information about the releases. READ MORE
Just like movie remakes, cover songs can be really tricky. Some are fantastic while some are truly god awful that should have never even considered “paying homage” to the original. But when they nail it, oh boy is it something special. Look at the remakes of John Carpenter’s The Thing or Dawn Of The Dead, films that took elements of the original and created something new and exciting. Films like these got me thinking, “What are some of my favorite cover songs? What are songs that payed homage to a classic while creating something original?” So I put together five cover songs that I feel met these requirements for your enjoyment. Head on below for my 5 Great Cover Songs! READ MORE
Sad news has emerged from the music world as famed producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away on Sunday at age 61. According to guitarist Stacey Blades, who was collaborating on a project with Johns, the producer had entered the hospital 10 days ago and that his health wasn’t doing so well over the past six months.
Johns was the engineer for many of Led Zeppelin‘s biggest albums, including Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, and Physical Graffiti. He produced Van Halen‘s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and two albums from guitar legend Joe Satriani. Johns also engineered the Rolling Stones albums Goats Head Soup, Sticky Fingers, and Out Of Our Heads.
Johns is survived by his wife and two children.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and the vast amount of musicians and industry folk who knew and worked with him. READ MORE
Adrenaline Mob, the supergroup formed by ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X singer Russ Allen, and Sonic Stomp‘s Mike Orlando, will be touring the US in support of their debut album Omerta (review). The tour will consist of two legs this spring although only the first leg has been revealed.
The band will also be releasing an EP of covers. Featuring eight tracks, the EP includes songs by Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, and more. Check out all the information below. READ MORE
I love a good mashup, especially when it takes older songs that have been played nearly to death and breathes some new life into them. Now, don’t get me wrong here, okay? I love Led Zeppelin‘s “A Whole Lotta Love” and The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” is widely considered to be the first heavy metal song ever written, so I give credit where credit is due. But I’ve heard each of these songs so many times that I just wanna put my fingers in ears and scream, “NANANANANANA!” whenever they come on.
However, a new mashup entitled “Whole Lotta Helter Skelter” by Soundhog gave the songs a new feel for me and I’m loving it! You can listen to the song below AND download it for free! Check it out. READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
In the early 1970′s, cult short film director Kenneth Anger teamed up with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to produce music for a 30-minute short inspired by the works of renowned occultist Aleister Crowley. Three years later, Anger fired Page for taking too long to produce the music and instead hired Bobby Beausoliel, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of Gary Hinman, an order given by Charles Manson. Beausoliel recorded the music in prison.
Now, 40 years later, we are finally going to hear the Jimmy Page score revisited, remixed, and remastered. Today the compositions are to be released via vinyl only. There will be a limited run of 418 numbered copies with the first 93 signed by Jimmy Page. You can snag one here
Below you can hear the title theme as well as see the entire 28-minute short film.
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen has taken the rock and roll world by storm with her band The Pretty Reckless. The band’s 2010 debut album Light Me Up was pretty much critically acclaimed and the band has been touring extensively, including an opening slot on Evanescence‘s recent tour.
Now, the band is back with a five-track EP entitled Hit Me Like A Man
). In anticipation of this release, BD Music caught up with singer Taylor Momsen to discuss the current state of things with the band as well as Taylor’s opinion on how women are seen in the rock and roll world. Check below for this exclusive interview!
Tangents has teamed with AOL Radio to host a full album stream of their album, ‘One Little Light Year’. Tangents is Derek Kerswill (Ex-Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of The Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill and Witham both say that some of their biggest influences with this album were Radiohead, Muse, Fiona Apple, Yes, Led Zeppelin, and many more. You can check out the album stream HERE.
Recently, Sully Erna of Godsmack fame posted a MySpace EPlaylist of songs that shaped his musical upbringing and his styles of today. Unfortunately for MySpace (and fortunate for us), they didn’t allow any descriptions to be posted along with those songs. Well, Sully sent them on over to Bloody-Disgusting for all of you readers to check out after the jump!
Sully Erna’s solo project, ‘Avalon’, is now available on iTunes
or in stores everywhere, so make sure to pick up a copy!
For more information on Sully’s solo project, check out his official MySpace
AOL Radio today features “The Pieces Fall,” the first single from Boston-based rock duo Tangents as part of their free weekly “DownloadTuesday” series. The song comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album, One Little Light Year, set for nationwide release on October 26.
Tangents is not what most will expect musically from drummer Derek Kerswill (Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of the Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill’s musical diversity and rhythmic approach provides a solid foundation for the album, propelling the tracks forward with great intensity. Add to it the lush and organic sound of vocalist/guitarist Dave Witham and Tangents soars in the vein of Jeff Buckley, As Tall As Lions, even Radiohead. Witham’s magnificent voice rises over a spiraling sonic backdrop with dazzling control and splendor. The album’s ambitious songwriting creates the catchiest music either musician has released to date.
Sweden’s genre-defying THERION have uploaded the artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Hammerfall, Edguy, Avantasia) for their new album, Sitra Ahra, onto their official website
. Mixed by Lennart Östlund (Led Zeppelin, ABBA) at the legendary Polar Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, Sitra Ahra will be released later this year. In regards to the new album, THERION mastermind Christofer Johnsson stated back in February, “Expect something spectacular, even by THERION’s standards!”
In May 2009, Johnsson announced that vocalist Thomas Vikström (ex-CANDLEMASS) had official permanent member status. Johnsson recently recruited Christian Vidal (ex-The Road Vultures, ex-Cuero) from Argentina as the band’s new guitarist, who his live debut with THERION on June 4, 2010 in Mexico City. Comprising THERION’s new rhythm section are Johan Koleberg (Animal, Zan Clan, Lion’s Share) on drums and Nalle “Grizzly” Påhlsson (Treat, Zan Clan, Vindictiv) on bass.
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!
Okay, so this doesn’t fit in with the standard genres that we here at Bloody-Disgusting usually cover. However, I love me some Steve Miller Band and when I karaoke, I will proudly go up and sing ‘Abracadabra’. So I have to say that I’m really excited when I read that Roadrunner Records and Steve Miller’s Space Cowboy Records joined up to release the first new Steve Miller Band album in 17 years!! ‘BINGO!’ is coming out June 15th and I’m definitely going to pick up a copy. Even cooler is that apparently, ‘BINGO!’ is one of TWO albums, the second of which is being released next year!
Read on past the jump for some quotes and more information!