Posts Tagged “Hooks”

Quality fan-filmed video footage of STEEL PANTHER‘s March 12 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below.

STEEL PANTHER is the ’80s metal/hard rock tribute band formerly known as METAL SKOOL. Onstage, the band both pays tribute to and lampoons the heyday of ’80s glam metal. The group’s between-song comedy includes jests at conflict between bandmembers, discussions of drugs, sex, and improvised humor with the crowd.

Regarding naysayers that say STEEL PANTHER is a joke-metal band, the group’s drummer Stix Zadinia told the South Bend Tribune: “Listen to our record and tell us that our songs aren’t better than most of the bands out there. How funny is that? At the end of the day, it comes down to the songs. I think our songs — without sounding egotistical — I think our songs are great. When you hear the hooks in our songs, you hear the playing and you hear the vocals, you throw that up against any band in any era, and I think it stands up.”

STEEL PANTHER will release its third full-length album, “All You Can Eat”, in the United States on April 1 on Open E Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS). The 12-song CD, which was produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, ADRENALINE MOB), is available for pre-order at

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Quality fan-filmed video footage of HELLOWEEN‘s September 23 concert at Stage 48 in New York City can be seen below.

HELLOWEEN is currently taking part in a 10-date North American tour. The band is travelling across the U.S. and Canada, bringing its power hooks and catchy melodies to fans who have yearned to see them since their 2008 tour with GAMMA RAY.

HELLOWEEN‘s new album, “Straight Out Of Hell”, sold around 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 97 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD entered the Media Control chart in Germany at position No. 4 — the highest chart position in the band’s history. It also landed at No. 4 in Finland and No. 2 on the international album chart in Japan.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was released in Europe on January 18 and in North America on January 22. The cover artwork for the CD was once again created by Martin Häusler, who previously worked with the band on the “7 Sinners” and “Gambling With The Devil” CDs.

“Straight Out Of Hell” was produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also worked on “7 Sinners”, and sees the five musicians maintaining a rawer edge throughout, working quickly in the studio (MiSueno Studio in Tenerife) and delivering 13 brand new compositions that, in the words of founding member, guitarist Michael Weikath, will “kick even the laziest listener’s ass!”


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Steel Panther: Sexy beasts

They’re baaaaa-aaaaaack. Steel Panther have announced the title of their next studio album, and you’ll all be shocked that it’s a bit naughty-sounding.

All You Can Eat (we told you) is the follow-up to 2011′s Balls Out and will likely land in early 2014. The album was recorded in Sherman Oaks, California with producer Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Meat Loaf).

“We feel like Steel Panther is like a buffet,” says frontman Michael Starr. “You know what I mean?! There’s a little bit of everything for everybody. And you can have as much of us as you want.”

“Listen to our record and tell us that our songs aren’t better than most of the bands out there,” adds drummer Stix Zadinia. “How funny is that? At the end of the day, it comes down to the songs. I think our songs — without sounding egotistical — I think our songs are great. When you hear the hooks in our songs, you hear the playing and you hear the vocals, you throw that up against any band in any era, and I think it stands up.”

The first video from the new album, Party Like It’s The End Of The World, will be unveiled later this year.

Head here to read more from the lads.

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Issues: Ignore them at your peril

R’n’b metal. Whoever you are and whatever your tastes, if you have any interest at all in alternative music, that right there is a phrase that is guaranteed to spark a reaction. Luckily, not only do Issues nail their mix of crushing riffs, nu metal flourishes and big, poppy hooks with aplomb, but they’re fast winning over legions of fans through offering something new, fresh and startlingly different in an age where people want more than just heavy verses and  catchy choruses.

They’re going to be massive and it’s going to be brilliant, and this week, the Atlanta sextet kicked off their first ever UK tour alongside Crown The Empire. They still have nine dates left to go, and we reckon you’ll struggle to have a more fun, ridiculous and banger-filled night out any time soon, so check the dates below to see if they’re hitting up a venue near you and grab your ticket. Go on.

Issues UK Tour

Thurs 12 Sep- Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Fri 13 Sep- 02 Islington Academy, London
Sat 14 Sep- Asylum, Birmingham
Mon 16 Sep- Waterfront, Norwich
Tues 17 Sep- 02 Academy 2, Newcastle
Wed 18 Sep- Cathouse, Glasgow
Thurs 19 Sep- NQ Live, Manchester
Fri 20 Sep- Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Sat 21 Sep- Cockpit, Leeds

Get your tickets here

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Jeffrey Easton of Metal Exiles recently conducted an interview with vocalist Dez Fafara of Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Metal Exiles: Everything I read on you refers to DEVILDRIVER as groove-oriented metal but I think your sound is more ferocious than that but with melody. How does DEVILDRIVER balance the ferocity with the melody that turns up in the music?

Dez: I think we are definitely the square peg in the round hole as you cannot fit us into these genres that are happening now. Long ago, our fans started referring us to the California Groove Machine, and I accepted that title because nobody else is referred to as that. We always have a form of melody with, as you said, ferociousness and it is important to try to balance the two. This record [“Winter Kills”] has a lot of tight arrangements as we really got down and concentrated on the songwriting as we wanted the hooks and choruses to stand out. The way we balance it is that we make sure the arrangements are tight and every song had a special momentum.

Metal Exiles: With the title “Winter Kills”, the theme is very dark. What made you want to take this mental route?

Dez: We wrote and recorded during the winter time and technically we are releasing in the winter time, since it is almost fall and you will be listening to it during the winter months. A lot of the lyrics involve reconditioning yourself to a higher level and taking your life to the next stage, so that title really stood out to me. We needed a title track as well and that just stood out to me.

Metal Exiles: What points to a rebirth for you?

Dez: You have to take the lyrics for what they are and I am always that guy who will crack open the door and show you a little bit of light, so sometimes you have to point out the negative to do that. If you take the lyrics and really look into them, you will see those places. The record as a cohesive whole really points to that. The band has a new label with Napalm and a new bass player, Chris Towning, so it really is a rebirth for us. This is our sixth record and we really found out who we are and what we do best with our sound. We have five different records with different sounds, but to me, “Winter Kills” really captures who we are.

Metal Exiles: I know you like being home with your family so you recorded your vocals at home. What was that like as opposed to going to a studio?

Dez: You find yourself thinking that if you displace yourself, putting yourself in the odd place out, making yourself uncomfortable will give you a feel that metal needs, but for me, that’s not the case. I was getting to a point that I was saying, “OK, I got four more songs and I can go home.” I did not want to do that, I did not think the listeners deserved that nor the art. I was just done with being gone for months on end just to record a record. So I put a vocal booth downstairs and I think it added a lot to the feel of the record. The clock wasn’t ticking; we got a lot of the tracks on the first take and if I wasn’t feeling it that day we could just call it quits. It made me feel more comfortable while recording because I was in a state I created. It was very moody, no direct lighting on me and I think that lent to the attitude of the record.

Read the entire interview at Metal Exiles.

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The boys are back

What is arguably the biggest metal release of the year finally lands this week as Avenged Sevenfold‘s much-hyped and much-debated new album, Hail To The King, is unleashed onto the general public. A definitive statement of intent? A bold new era? A bit of a misfire? Whatever your opinion, chances are you definitely have one, so come and let us know what you’re feeling over on Facebook.

Also out this week is the new full-length from DevilDriver – the band’s first since Dez Fafara decided to resurrect Coal Chamber last year. As it happens, it’s an awesome return to form after the opinion-splitting impact of Beast, full of the kind of ferocious hooks and massive grooves that we want to hear from a DevilDriver album. Well played, chaps!

DevilDriver: Back

Well? Why aren’t you banging your fucking head off?!

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U.K. glam metal legends TIGERTAILZ will release their new EP, “Knives”, the second week of October via Scarlet Records. The CD was recorded at Red Rock Studios in South Wales.

Comments guitarist Jay Pepper: “We’re all absolutely delighted [with how the EP turned out]… And you know what, this new material really does sound fuckin’ awesome! We’re all blown away by how good this record has turned out. It’s proper old-school ‘TAILZ — big riffs, big hooks and even bigger choruses! So if you liked [1987’s] ‘Young And Crazy’ and [1990’s] ‘Bezerk’, you’ll totally love this new record. Many thanks to everyone who’s helped pull it together. It totally ROCKS!”

“Knives” track listing:

01. Shoe Collector
02. One Life
03. Don’t Bite The Hand That Feeds You
04. Spit It Out
05. Punched In The Gutz

A video for the song “Shoe Collector” will be released in September.

“Knives” is the first new music from TIGERTAILZ in almost six years, a new dawn that sees the band step it up on every level.

Drummer Matt Blakout recently rejoined the ‘TAILZ lineup after a three-year absence and teamed up with Jules Millis (vocals), Rob Wylde (bass) and Jay Pepper (guitar).

Commented Pepper: “I’m absolutely delighted to see Matt back in TIGERTAILZ. Not only is he a great solid drummer and true professional, but a lovely guy too… Matt also brings stability to the ‘TAILZ lineup which, after three years of grief, is more than welcome. It’s really great to have him back and be working together again.”

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“I do actually like songs with choruses,” Radiohead frontman adds.

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DevilDriver: Back in August

We love Dez Fafara, so naturally we’re stoked that there’s a new DevilDriver album on the way – namely  Winter Kills, out August 26 via Napalm!

We asked the man himself how he’s feeling about the record, and he’s pretty damn excited, which is always reassuring.

“I don’t want to compare it to anything but it’s more like [DevilDriver’s second and third albums] The Fury Of Our Maker’s Hand and The Last Kind Words combined,” muses Dez. “There are tons of hooks and big, fat, riffy grooves. It’s a spectacular record! I’ve never come out and said, ‘This is our best record’ before, but this really is our best record!”

Yup, we’re excited. And, if you fancy hearing a preview of what’s in store, you can stream new DevilDriver single Ruthless below:


DevilDriver also play Bloodstock in August – get your tickets now from

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Asking Alexandria: The UK’s bright young hopes?

Asking Alexandria, who bagged the Breakthrough gong in this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, wax lyrical on new album From Death To Destiny in our badass new issue, out right now!

“It’s taken long enough!” laughs guitarist Ben Bruce. “It wasn’t because we were being lazy, but because we wanted it to be perfect. From Death To Destiny is our third album and we wanted to make sure we’d bring out the best possible record we could.”

“This is our biggest sounding record and alongside the classic Asking Alexandria stuff – the breakdown sections, heavy sections, fast sections – we’ve thrown a lot of new influences in there. It’s a very diverse album and I think people who pigeonholed us are going to realise they were wrong when they hear it.”

The long-awaited follow-up to Reckless & Relentless will land on August 6 via Sumerian. Our prediction: all the hooks. All of them.

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