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Flyleaf announces new singer

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

So Flyleaf replaced singer Lacey Sturm with Kristen May (Vedera) whom I have never heard of. Not as if that’s a shocker. But I did check them out because one thing I did dig about Flyleaf was how heavy Lacey could get. Kristen seems to have pipes but everything I found on the youtubes was pretty poppy. Maybe its just what I found! Anyway below is the press release…………………………

“New York, NY – A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf announce the departure of long time singer Lacey Sturm today. The band’s final album with Lacey, New Horizons, will be out on October 30th on A&M/Octone Records.

Flyleaf are pleased to announce that Kristen May of formerly of the band Vedera will be stepping in as the band’s lead singer for future tour dates in support of New Horizons.

“When listening to New Horizons, I would hope that fans would be able to lose themselves in the story of each of these songs and form their own connections to them—as we have in the band,” remarked bass player Pat Seals. “There is a great deal of our souls laid bare on this record, and I feel like it really comes through on the tracks.”

Seals also commented on Lacey’s departure, “As Flyleaf begins this new cycle to introduce our third record New Horizons, we feel our fans should know that Lacey has stepped down as lead vocalist of the band. Her statement below expresses her reasons for leaving. In order to continue on with New Horizons, Sameer, Jared, James, and myself have selected Kristen May, formerly of Vedera, to assume lead vocal duties for future tour dates. We are excited for this new chapter in the history of Flyleaf, and hope that our fans will accompany us as we continue on this journey to bring hope and inspiration through our music. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years and we are looking forward to playing for you again soon.”

Lacey commented on her departure, “I have been beyond blessed to be in Flyleaf for the past ten years, touring with 4 amazing men and the Flyleaf crew, whom I love like my flesh and blood family. They have all given so much. It took everyone on our team to make the beauty in Flyleaf possible. I am honored to have met so many wonderful people who love Flyleaf music all over the world. Your incredible stories continue to inspire me. I am very thankful to have recently become a mom to one of the greatest blessings of my life, my son Jack.

You may have also heard that we recently lost our brilliant sound engineer, Rich Caldwell, in a devastating car accident. Now, more than ever, I understand the phrase Memento Mori. I understand that, for me, living life to the fullest in this season means to step down as the lead singer for Flyleaf. I wish the best to Jared, Pat, Sameer and James and I know that as I continue to pursue the highest heights of what I am created for, it will free them all to pursue that for themselves too.

The guys will continue to tour and write music together. I’m so very grateful that they are able to do what they desire and that there is a beautiful and talented, warm hearted girl like Kristen May to sing for them. Because of this, you will all get a chance to see a new Flyleaf show and support the new album.

As I take this first step on a new journey, I pray that each one of you would pursue your highest calling with reckless abandon as well, understanding that sometimes the fullness of life comes in doing things that are only understood by you, God, and the special people God has put in your life that truly love you for you… not for what you do, but for who you are. I love you guys so much and in many ways, I will stay in touch. May God bless you all with healthy hearts, full of courage to weather the journey to your own New Horizons.”

Flyleaf has also just released the second single from the album titled “Call You Out.” The song is the follow up to the title track from the new album.

Their debut self-titled album has now sold 1.4 million units and is certified Platinum. “All Around Me” reached the Top 10 on Top 40 Radio. Flyleaf has also charted six singles at modern and rock radio.

Flyleaf’s last album, Memento Mori, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. “Again” from the album went all the way #2 at Modern Rock Radio (Breaking through the #1 and #3 spots held by Muse).

New Horizons is available for pre-order beginning today on iTunes, Amazon and Official Band Store Pre-Order is going on now. CD booklets include a fold out poster with artwork inspired by Pat Seals‘ woodcarving. iTunes pre-order includes exclusive bonus track “Mama” and an instant download of “Call You Out.””

Guns N Roses Play Welcome to the Jungle Acoustic

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Happy Tuesday, I hope you have your bright shining faces on today!!! Gearzombiee has a special treat for you. Here is a youtube video of Guns N Roses doing Welcome to the Jungle live. I could hardly wait!! And the youtube ratings are pouring in so be sure to look at those!! Surely its the coolest thing ever right?? Well see for yourself!!! I hope you enjoy this, this highlight of my blogging career. Next up i’m gonna sit and wait for Rebecca Black to release the Friday Remix!!! Cuz SHES A BETTER SINGER THAN….. Happy Tuesday Folks and remember, Stay Safe Out There!!!

Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK II Demo

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK II Demo.

Initially I could have cared less what the thing actually sounded like because it is seriously the coolest looking head on the planet!! But I never really gave it a fair shake because I picked up a 6505+ about the same time and was using that live. I found that for heavier playing this head did much better with a drive pedal in the front. In this case a TS-9 as well as an ISP Decimator. Without it, the head breaks up well at higher gain but the sound tends to squish rather than tighten up. For some that may be the sound you’re looking for, I however prefer the high and tight sound. Higher gain but super fast response no lag or squish which adding the Ibanez TS-9 does.

If blues or mid gain sounds are your thing, this would be a killer head. Very warm and appealing sound and a tone of character. This really is a great head for whatever application if you take the time to figure it out.

Devin Townsend Project Kingdom Live

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This isn’t new I just freaking love Devin, I’m going to rename all my kids Devin, it will be like George Foreman. Only instead of stupid electric grills that dry your food out all my kids will have Axe Fx’s.

Gojira, The Devin Townsend Project & The Atlas Moth Book On Tour Next Year!!

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

I love The Devin Townsend Project. If you don’t go to this show it’s possible you have no soul and wish for death to small children while stabbing puppies in the eye!!! So get yer tickets cuz you dont wanna be that guy!! Dates for that run include:

01/14 Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
01/15 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
01/16 Saskatoon, SK – Odeon Events Centre
01/17 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
01/19 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
01/20 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
01/21 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
01/23 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01/24 Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
01/25 Los Angeles, CA – Henry Fonda Theatre
01/28 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
01/29 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
01/31 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
02/01 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/03 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/04 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theater
02/05 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/07 Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
02/08 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/09 Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls
02/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
02/13 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC – Le National
02/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
02/16 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts

Trent Reznor, David Bryne Talking Major Labels

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Times is tough these days. Posting has become slow as my time is being chewed up by everyone on the planet other than myself. But enough about me. All of the musicians I have ever played with have at one point or another thought they were going to be a “Rockstar”. Most of my friends grew up out of that. I have a couple of buddies that have been or are working musicians and know that in general there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Even if you are fortunate enough to get into an arena odds are you’re going to be playing for a very small amount of money. The overhead is just too high.

Think about it for a minute. If you’re a working band you have to sell your disc, merch, and play shows to make money. Unfortunately all of those activities take money. Costs to record unless you do it yourself but even if you do have that, its going to have to be pressed. So you have that expense, up front merch expense, transport to gigs, maybe you play enough you need to buy a vehicle. But if your band starts to blow up all those expenses get worse. For example now most venues take a cut of the merch profits. Any enough rambling.

Here is a clip from Trent Reznor and David Bryne from Talking Heads that was just shot buy a dude in the audience. This segment is about why Trent went back to major labels and how its working for him. Pretty cool bit. If I find more of this I will surely post!

Stone Sour ‘Gone Sovereign’ Video

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Video was dropped today for Stone Sour’s “Gone Sovereign” it appears to be exclusively on Noisecreep.com Apparently they don’t share cuz I cant embed to their site. But if you want to check it out the link is HERE

Or if exclusivity is not your bag of tricks, it took about an hour for people to start ripping it for youtube!!! And if you wanted my 2 cents, don’t ask me cuz I love em and this tune is no exception!

Between The Buried And Me – Astral Body – Drum Cover

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Kévin Paradis says he learned this song in 4 hours. I think I may hate him. Here is a video of him covering this tune by BTBAM which is extra special bad ass-ness…..

Linkin Park’s Castle Of Glass Video From Medal Of Honor Warfighter

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

In a really cool song and a totally depressing video Linkin Park has released Castle Of Glass. This will be featured in the new Medal of Honor Warfighter due out Oct 23rd.

20 Anniversary Edition Box Set of Rage Against The Machine’s Self Titled Album

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Rage was a game changer for a lot of not only musicians but everyone listening to heavier music in the mid 90’s. While most of the radio was being assulted by grunge, some good but a whole lotta bad, Rage was musically about huge groove. Below is and artice from Loudwire.com talking about Sony Legacy releasing this box set with some pretty cool stuff!

Sony Legacy

Rage Against the Machine and Sony Legacy are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the band’s eponymous debut in a big, big way with the incredibly deluxe release ‘Rage Against the Machine –XX,’ which will be available in several configurations on Nov. 27.

The politically charged 1992 album, which meshed rap and rock in a fresh, uncompromising way that has not been adequately copied since, fused Zack de la Rocha’s fire-in-his-belly lyrical proclamations with Tom Morello’s unique, sounds-like-a-turntable guitar tone. The incendiary, call-to-arms original was released in November of 1992 and the time to celebrate its power and legacy is now.

‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ is newly remastered and will be offered in three formulations:

-The 20th Anniversary Edition Deluxe Box Set houses two CDs, two DVDs, one 12″ 180gm vinyl LP, one 40-page booklet and a two-sided poster.

-The 20th Anniversary Special Edition collects two CDs and a bonus DVD featuring six tracks in an oversized softpack.

-The 20th Anniversary Edition single compact disc includes three bonus tracks.

Additionally, a 12″ 180gm vinyl edition–a picture disc and a facsimile reproduction–of the original LP has been remastered and will be available, sans bonus tracks.

Compact Disc One of the newly remastered ‘Rage Against the Machine – XX’ will include the original album in its entirety, as well as three collectible b-sides from the era.

Compact Disc Two presents the original Rage Against the Machine demo tape, which was recorded in 1991 and sold for $5 at the merch table at the band’s earliest gigs. So it’s quite an artifact and a piece of RATM history, a “must own” for collectors, since it helped the band secure its record deal with Epic. This marks the first time the entire demo tapes have seen a full official release.

DVD #1 included in the Deluxe Box Set features Rage Against the Machine’s free concert in Finsbury Park on June 2010, which was a “thank you” to U.K. fans for making ‘Killing in the Name’ the U.K.’s No. 1 single during Christmas Week 2009. Also included are music videos plus live concert performance clips.

DVD #2 features Rage’s debut album, focusing on live performance from 1991-1994 and includes the full set of RATM’s first public performance as well as various live, rare clips.

New liner notes were penned specifically for this release by friend, fan and hip-hop icon Chuck D. of Public Enemy.

If you’ve got a RATM diehard in your life, your holiday shopping just got a whole lot easier.

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – ‘The Original Demos’

– first official commercial release (except where noted)
01. Bombtrack
02. Take The Power Back
03. Bullet in the Head
04. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
05. Clear the Lane (previously released)
06. Township Rebellion
07. Know Your Enemy
08. Mindset’s A Threat
09. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

DVD #1

‘The Battle of Britain’ – previously unreleased
FINSBURY PARK, LONDON ENGLAND (JUNE 6, 2010)
1. Testify
2. Bombtrack
3. People Of The Sun
4. Know Your Enemy
5. Bulls On Parade
6. Township Rebellion
7. Bullet In The Head
8. White Riot
9. Guerrilla Radio
10. Sleep Now In The Fire
11. Freedom
12. Killing In The Name

MUSIC VIDEOS

“Killing in the Name” (1992)
“Bullet in the Head” (1993)
“Bombtrack” (1993)
“Freedom” (1993)
“Bulls on Parade” (1996)
“People of the Sun” (1996)
“No Shelter” (1998)
“Guerrilla Radio” (1999)
“Sleep Now in the Fire” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Testify” (2000) – first official commercial release
“Renegades of Funk” (2000) – first official commercial release
“How I Could Just Kill a Man” (2000) – previously unreleased

LIVE MATERIAL FROM 1997 VIDEO COMPILATION – first time on DVD

“The Ghost Of Tom Joad”
“Vietnow” – Irvine, CA – 1997
“People Of The Sun”
“Bulls On Parade”
“Bullet In The Head”
“Zapata’s Blood” – Rock Am Ring Festival, Germany – 1996
“Know Your Enemy”
“Bombtrack”
“Tire Me” – Reading Festival 1996
“Killing In The Name” – Pink Pop Festival – 1994

DVD #2 – all previously unreleased

“First Public Performance”
CAL STATE NORTH RIDGE, CA (OCTOBER 23, 1991)
1. Killing In The Name
2. Take The Power Back
3. Autologic
4. Bullet In The Head
5. Hit The Deck
6. Township Rebellion
7. Darkness Of Greed
8. Clear The Lane
9. Clampdown
10. Know Your Enemy
11. Freedom

PINK POP 1994 – “Freedom”
VIC THEATRE 1993 – “Take the Power Back”
JC DOBBS 1993 – “Fistful of Steel”
SOUNDSTAGE PERFORMANCE 1992 – “Bombtrack”
Halfway House 1992 – “Wake Up”
Castaic 1992 – “Settle for Nothing”
San Luis Obispo 1992 – “Clear the Lane”
CWNN 1992 – “Untitled”
Zed’s Records 1992 – “Darkness of Greed”
NOMADS 1992 – “Wake Up”

II. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

Oversized softpack

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)

CD 2 – “The Original Demos” – first official commercial release (except where noted)

01. Bombtrack
02. Take The Power Back
03. Bullet in the Head
04. Darkness of Greed (previously released)
05. Clear the Lane (previously released)
06. Township Rebellion
07. Know Your Enemy
08. Mindset’s A Threat
09. Killing In The Name
10. Auto Logic
11. The Narrows
12. Freedom

Bonus DVD:

Music Videos:
Killing In The Name
Bombtrack
Freedom
Take The Power Back (Vic Theatre) – previously unreleased
Bombtrack (Soundstage performance) – previously unreleased
Wake Up (Nomads) – previously unreleased

III. Rage Against The Machine – XX (20th Anniversary Edition)

Jewel Case

CD 1 – Rage Against The Machine – Remastered

01. Bombtrack
02. Killing In The Name
03. Take The Power Back
04. Settle For Nothing
05. Bullet In The Head
06. Know Your Enemy
07. Wake Up
08. Fistful Of Steel
09. Township Rebellion
10. Freedom

Bonus Tracks (b-sides)

11. Bombtrack (live, taken from Bombtrack single)
12 Bullet in the Head (live, taken from Bullet in the Head single)
13. Take The Power Back (live, taken from Freedom single)