ac:dc10:17:2014-640 Steve Mascord of Hot Metal posted a review of AC/DC’s latest album, Rock Or Bust. Read the review in its entirety below:

When it comes to expectations regarding this, the Australian hard rock behemoths’ 16th studio album, pessimism has out-weighed optimism.

Founder Malcolm Young has retired due to ill health, drummer Phil Rudd appears to be out of the band again following a brush with the law and producer Brendan O’Brien has had to deny speculation Rock Or Bust was spat out in just two weeks.

Lead-off singles Play Ball and Rock Or Bust have divided aficionados: are they tired and clichéd, or refreshingly uncomplicated examples of what rock used to be? Those who are optimistic about next week’s release believe the line-up changes may give AC/DC a new perspective, a different slant on their timeless blues rock that changed the face of popular music.

This review is based on the album launch on November 23rd in the New South Wales, Australia, town of The Rock, population 850. The new video for Rock Or Bust was played on a big screen to a crowd of around 1000 in fly-infested 40 degree heat, and then the 11-track album was aired in full at high volume.

Aside from the two aforementioned songs which are already known to fans, Sweet Candy and Hard Times garnered the best response from a group of curious locals and hardcore AC/DC fanatics. But the uncomfortable truth is that the loss of key personnel has not seen them fall back from 2008′s Black Ice, nor has it given them a new lease of life.

AC/DC has just released another patchy album, with some thunderous moments and some that will have you hitting the skip button. There is no epiphany, no capitulation, neither victory nor defeat. The following track-by-track assessment is provided via notes I made at the launch.

Rock Or Bust: While not a classic, it’s one that has the reviewer humming the chorus. It’s one big riff, really – slightly reminiscent of Come And Get It from Stiff Upper Lip. A success, then.

Play Ball: The charm of this song was not immediately apparent when we first heard it, as part of a baseball commercial. Angus’ lick at the end of the chorus is simple and stellar, elevating it above the dross with which some have grouped it.

Rock The Blues Away is a boogie singalong romp, similar to Rocking All The Way on Black Ice. It lacks a distinctive riff but is saved by a catchy chorus, although Malcolm’s backing vocals are missed;

Miss Adventure is just terrible – possibly the worst song Ackadacka have ever recorded. It fits into that category from their canon that I call military/metallic – the songs which stray furthest from their bluesy roots. What’s fast but goes nowhere? Miss Adventure. A dog’s breakfast.

Dogs Of War: A rumbling anthem with an incisive riff, this one isn’t so bad. There’s a chanted chorus and crunching guitars in one of the more engaging tracks on offer here.

Got Some Rock’n’Roll Thunder: Just a song – not good, not bad. It chugs along at an agreeable pace but reaches no great heights and it’s unlikely to be hummed in the showers of the world any time soon.

Hard Times: We’re certainly not broadening the English language with our titles here, are we? But Hard Times has real value, with a groove-based intro and the sort of slightly funky refrain that makes you want to bang your entire torso rather than just your head. A good track.

Baptism By Fire breaks away from the AC/DC template somewhat with a different song structure. It’s not a big envelope they have, but they’re pushing it here. The results, however, are mixed.

Rock The House: This one has a Zeppelin-esque call-and-response dynamic with Angus Young wailing between, rather than underneath, Brian Johnson’s vocals. But the song itself is about as memorable as its title is innovative.

Sweet Candy: Hear that intro? That’s the band that released Highway To Hell in 1979. For some of Johnson’s tenure, unfortunately, it’s sounded more like a dirt track to hell – boggy, slippery, even flooded. Sweet Candy finds us a stretch of bitumen.

Emission Control The worst attempt by old rockers to do a hip pun since Alice Cooper released Woman Of Mass Distraction. But Alice’s song was better than Emission Control. Instantly forgettable.

Hot Metal Rating: 6.5/10

Rock Or Bust is due out on December 2nd, but is available for pre-order by clicking on the highlighted links below:





joesatriani640 Guitarist Joe Satriani joined Eddie for his podcast on November 19th. Satch answered questions from Eddie as well as ones submitted by fans. In addition to filling Eddie in on what he has planned for 2015, Satch discusses his innovative Chrome Dome hard drive (which features Satriani’s
entire catalog/a> in the form of a miniature chrome replica of his head), the engineers behind remastering his tracks, EDM music, Chickenfoot, Deep Purple, overcoming discouragement in his youth, and more. A small highlight from the discussion appears below as transcribed by

When asked if he thinks Chickenfoot will ever release another album, he responded: “I’m not sure. I’m always that guy that’s bugging them. I think I drive them crazy, because I’m always writing songs, I’m sending them demos and saying, ‘C’mon, let’s do it. Let’s do it. Let’s do it.'”

First of all, Sam, Mike and Chad, they’ve got other things to do. And Chad, of course, is right in the middle of an album project with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and so that’s a difficult thing; that’s his main band. And Sam and Mike are now part of Sammy’s band [The Circle, also featuring drummer Jason Bonham], and they have a schedule. And then Sammy, along with all of his businesses, both for profit and for charity, is also extremely busy. So I come back from being around the world and touring and doing this stuff, and I’m, like, ‘C’mon, let’s go. Let’s go.’ And they’re, like, ‘Well, hold on a minute.’ And then I’m off again. So I guess I’m partly to blame because of my busy schedule.

[Chickenfoot] is the only band I’ve ever been in, really, since I left New York that made records. I became a solo artist sort of by accident, and then I’ve been doing that since ’86. And all of a sudden I get a chance [to launch a band] from the ground up…

It’s different from playing with Deep Purple or Mick Jagger; this is a band of equals writing original material. And so I really want it to fly, you know what I mean?! I really wanna put in as much time as I can get into the band. But it’s a little different for the other guys, because they have history and they have current commitments — especially Chad; he’s in a world-famous band already. [Laughs] So, I think that’s where it’s always a bit funny. We’re trying to get our priorities straight, and we probably never will. But I do think there’s a couple of more records in there somehow.

It becomes a little bit stranger as the music industry changes; it’s rolling away from focusing on albums and I think that puts Chickenfoot in an even more awkward position because I think a rock band needs to put out a record and tour; I think that’s what you’ve gotta do. And the putting out a full album and touring is something that, I think, that the four members of Chickenfoot are having a hard time fitting into their future schedule. Recording songs, that’d be a piece of cake and we’d love to do it, but I think it’s how we proceed after we record songs. Because we’re not a singles band, really, we’re not a video band, we’re not a band that shows up at a TV show with a huge production with clowns and animals and dancers and explosions and stuff; we’re a rock and roll band.”

To download Eddie’s entire podcast with Joe Satriani, please click here.


Metallica2010pic2400pix Metallica wrapped up their week long residency on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson on November 21st by performing Sad But True. Watch it below.

To watch the band’s other performances, click on the highlighted names:

Hit The Lights
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Enter Sandman

The performances help mark the 10th-anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will be available on November 24th as a digital release and on Blu-ray.


georgewlynch.dougpinnik640 KXM, the band featuring guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob, Souls of We) singer dUg Pinnick (Kings X) and drummer Ray Luzier (Korn), have released a video for the song, Faith Is A Room, from their self titled album due out March 11th. Watch the video below.

The band also released a video for the song Rescue Me, which can be a href=”” target=”_blank”>viewed here.

To learn more about KXM, and where you can purchase the CD, please click here.

The track listing for KXM is:

1. Stars
2. Rescue Me
3. Gun Fight
4. Never Stop
5. Faith Is A Room
6. I’ll Be Ok
7. Sleep
8. Love
9. Burn
10. Do It Now
11. Human Friction
12. Tranquilize (Bonus Track)
13. Rescue Me (Radio Edit) (Bonus Track)



Metallica Metallica performed Enter Sandman off their eponymous Black album last night (November 20th) on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Watch it below.

To watch the band’s other performances, click on the highlighted names:

Hit The Lights
For Whom The Bell Tolls

The performances help mark the 10th-anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will be available on November 24th as a digital release and on Blu-ray.


Angus Young and Brian Johnson of AC/DC Dave Lifton of Ultimate Classic Rock reports:

Add AC/DC to the list of people who disagree with Gene Simmons‘ headline-making proclamation earlier this year that “rock is dead”.

In an exclusive interview with Ultimate Classic Rock (see video below), Angus Young and Brian Johnson declare the genre to be “alive and kicking.”

Young and Johnson were asked about Simmons’ statement. “With all respect to the lad,” Brian Johnson said. “I think he’s terribly wrong for a start. I really do. I don’t think anybody should have the nerve to stand there and just say that a certain genre of music has just ff—- disappeared overnight…Well, I’m here to tell you, Gene, you’re wrong. And I’m saying it’s alive and kicking. My name’s Brian. How do you do?”
Angus Young added his thoughts on the matter — “It’s been a long, long, long funeral” — before going on to give young bands the benefit of his four decades of experience. “If they think they’ve really got something,” he said. “They ought to stick with it…When people find their direction and…they finally kind of define what they are as a band, then they should hang on to that.

AC/DC’s new album, Rock or Bust will be released on December 2nd.


[Ed’s note: Thanks to David S. for passing this along]



Metallica2010pic2400pix Metallica performed For Whom The Bell Tolls off their second album, Ride The Lighting, last night (November 19th) on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Watch it below.

To watch the band’s other performances, click on the highlighted names.

Hit The Lights

The performances help mark the 10th-anniversary reissue of the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster, which will be available on November 24th as a digital release and on Blu-ray.


ufoband2014_400 On February 20th in Germany, February 23rd in Europe and March 3rd in America, UFO will release their latest studio recording, their 22nd to date.

The album will be called A Conspiracy Of Stars, and the band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) have recorded almost a dozen fantastic new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides, renowned for his work with acts such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore. A Conspiracy Of Stars will be available as a Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl double LP and for download.

More or less simultaneously with the release, UFO are scheduled to go on tour in February and March 2015, playing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland, and more, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland in April and May.

The band is already looking forward to the reactions to their latest release, “A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We’re confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money’s worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!”



pauldianno Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with former Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’Anno. Excerpts from interview appear below.

Songfacts: Do you still enjoy singing the Maiden classics?

Paul Di’Anno: Yeah, I do. There are days where you don’t really want to do it. You feel like, “Oh God, what am I doing?” You know, we’ve done it for so long on and off and I’ve been lazy – I don’t make records, which I should do! I just think, Oh God, I’m going to be stuck doing this for the rest of my life. There are days when I say, “I don’t want to do this,” but as soon as I get on the stage, everything’s fine. We play a lot heavier, as well.

Songfacts: As far as songwriting, how would you say that you write your best songs?

Paul Di’Anno: In jail. [Laughing] No, me and Joey – my guitar player from Architects – we seem to have hit it off really well. Joey’s the newest member with us – he’s only been with us a couple of years when the rest of the guys have played with me for about six, seven years. He’s absolutely phenomenal. We couldn’t believe it. We knew he was good, but we didn’t realize just how great a guitar player he is. Both my guitar players in the band are absolutely awesome. It’s really changed the whole feel of the band. And yeah, we’re coming up with some really good stuff at the moment, so we’re really happy.

Songfacts: How would you describe the songwriting in Iron Maiden?

Paul Di’Anno: Well, it’s Steve Harris, isn’t it? [Laughs] Steve’s band, Steve’s rules, Steve does what he wants, and if you’re lucky, you get to write the odd song.

Songfacts: But as far as the songs that you had a hand in writing, such as Remember Tomorrow and also Running Free, was it the lyrics that you contributed?

Paul Di’Anno: Yeah, I did some of that. Running Free is basically my song. I asked Steve to play this certain bass line, he did, and I actually ended up getting a songwriting credit – I thought, “Oh… great!” But Steve would have an idea and I would make up some lyrics on the spot, or make up some sort of melody line, and then we’d just carry on with it after.

Songfacts: As far as the song Running Free, did you pretty much write all the music, as well?

Paul Di’Anno: Yeah. I had the idea for it all. I stole the idea off of Gary Glitter, with a drumbeat and stuff like that. I wanted that kind of vibe and feel for it. It’s quite simple. I think it was Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two – it was the same drum beat, we just sped it up a little bit.

Songfacts And then the song Remember Tomorrow, if you want to talk a little bit about that.

Paul Di’Anno: That was about my grandfather. I lost him in 1980, when I was on tour. He was a diabetic. They cut off his toe and his heel, then he lost his leg from the knee down, and he just sort of gave up. But the lyrics don’t relate to it, to be honest with you – just the words “remember tomorrow.” Because that is what he always used to say – that was his little catch phrase. “You never know what is going to happen, remember tomorrow, it might be a better day.” So I just kept it in, and that was it.

Songfacts: Were the lyrics to Running Free based on any of your real-life experiences?

Paul Di’Anno: Yeah. [Laughing] I’ve always been a rebel. I don’t know why, I just don’t like conforming to the norm if I can help it. I don’t respect authority, which is a bit unfortunate, as it’s a bad thing for me sometimes!

Songfacts: What about the song Killers, that you also co wrote?

Paul: Steve had the song and I had the idea for the lyrics. But Steve wanted to play it live at the Rainbow when we’d done that DVD, and I thought, Oh crap. I had a rough idea, but I made up the words as we went along – live on stage, in front of all those bloody people. And they’re different to how they are on the album, as well. It was about a psychotic killer, what he’s thinking about while he’s doing it.

Songfacts: Looking back at those two Iron Maiden albums, what song is your favorite and why?

Paul Di’Anno: I don’t know really – they’re all bloody good. It’s just the production is really bad on the first album. I prefer all the songs on the first album.

Songfacts: What was the hardest or most challenging Maiden song to sing?

Paul Di’Anno: The one we don’t do anymore – Women in Uniform. [Laughs] We played it a couple of times with Iron Maiden, and I played it a couple of times recently over the years – it’s such a bloody pain in the ass, it really is. And it’s not even one of our songs – it’s Skyhooks, the Australian band. I just didn’t get on with it. I don’t get on with that song at all.

Songfacts: One of my favorite Maiden songs has always been Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Paul Di’Anno: Steve came up with that – it’s from the book, The Murders in the Rue Morgue [a short story by Edgar Allan Poe]. Steve is into all that stuff – the historical stuff – and it came out really good. I still love playing that song live, and I’ll be doing it tonight again.

Songfacts” What about the song Wrathchild?

Paul Di’Anno: That’s one of Steve’s inventions. I don’t really know what it’s all about, to be quite honest with you.

Songfacts: Was there ever a lyric that Steve presented that you didn’t really care for?

Paul Di’Anno: Yeah, there’s a couple. Invasion was one of them – one of the very first tracks we ever did. The hook line: “The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming.” Oh blimey, that sounded really rubbish. But it still went down great live, so I can’t complain – what do I know?

Songfacts: Let’s talk about your new project, Architects of Chaoz.

Paul Di’Anno: This is my German touring band. We’ve been friends for so many years and we just decided that we’ve had enough of this, let’s become a band. We still play some of the Maiden songs, but we started writing and it’s all going very, very well. We had an EP we put out to try and get a record deal, and somehow, Metal Hammer got a hold of it and Rock Hard Magazine have both made us the EP of the month in August. And the vibe on us is going absolutely crazy, so we’re loving it. We go into the studio in February to start recording the full album. Still got a couple of songs to finish off the album when I get off tour. And then it’s a May release. We’ve already got the title, it’s Architects of Chaoz, A League of Shadows. So we’re just going to see what happens with this now.

Read more at Songfacts.

In addition to his new band, Di’Anno also released a DVD called The Beast Arises and a book called The Beast.


Metallica As their week long residency on Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson rolls on, Metallica performed Fuel on the November 18th episode of the show. Watch it below.

Watch Metallica’s performance of Hit The Lights and their interview here.