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Saturday, February 12, 2011

NEW Deicide "To Hell With God" ONLINE: Loud and Proud

Since 1987 Deicide has been scaring people thanks to their brutal, controversial and intensified music! After 24 years in the Heavy Music scene, Deicide still stands out for creating some brutal Metal that is not a planned act. With Deicide what you see is what you get, and they definitely don't censor themselves.

Lets not forget that their singer/bassist/mastermind Glen Benton is one of the most outspoken vocalists both on record and on stage. Many have said that if Satan really exists, then Glen is his father. In all seriousness, Glen is a living legend and has bled his soul out in the name of Heavy Metal! There is no question that Glen is Deicide!

Once again, Deicide has unleashed their fury upon us all and nobody is safe. Their 10th studio album is coming out on February 15th via Century Media Records and it crushes! Titled "To Hell With God", Deicide's latest effort is a full blown riot in hell. As you all know the band has always had a satanic element to them, and needless to say they have pushed the envelope once again. If you are not scared of some brutal satanic Deicide Metal (they don't like to call themselves Death Metal), and you are prepared to sin, listen to the new Deicide album right here and then go buy it!

Track listing:

1) To Hell With God
2) Save Your
3) Witness of Death
4) Conviction
5) Empowered by Blasphemy
6) Angels in Hell
7) Hang in Agony Until You're Dead
8) Servant of the Enemy
9) Into the Darkness You Go
10) How Can You Call Yourself a God

Related links:
Listen to the new Deicide album right here
Official Site of DEICIDE
Century Media Records

Friday, February 11, 2011

Horns Up Rocks: 1 Year Young

Today marks the first anniversary of Horns Up Rocks and we want to share with you the story of how it all came about. So sit back, grab a drink, and buckle up. This ride is going to get bumpy!

On February 11, 2010 our founder Jo Schüftan decided it was time to expand the minds of the Heavy Music fans by educating them about the different flavors that exist within the Heavy Music world. In order to explain the rise of Horns Up Rocks, here is a rundown on the different periods of time that were vital in the revolutionary vision behind our founder.

Growing up in Colombia, Jo was exposed to tropical music like Vallenato, Salsa, Merengue, Rock En Español and Cumbia. While all this music was fun to listen to at a party, it didn't have the drive that Heavy Music does!

Around 1987 Jo discovered Metallica, Guns N'Roses and Def Leppard. This is when he discovered that headbanging was a natural display of affection towards music that hits you hard! In the early 90's Jo discovered Grunge and Punk Rock Music through bands like Nirvana, Green Day, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, The Offspring and Stone Temple Pilots. A few years later things got pretty rough in Colombia, and kids were angrier than ever! This is when Jo started listening to Heavy Metal and Hardcore, especially New York Hardcore, which was a key factor in making Jo want to live in New York City.

In 1997 Jo moved from Colombia to Germany, a country where Heavy Metal has been very prevalent for decades. You know how you read or hear stories about the "crazy" European Metaleros, and how the shows in Europe are more intense than the ones here in the US? Well, all those stories you hear are true! In his first year in Europe Jo saw Pantera, Metallica, Sepultura, Soulfly, Fear Factory, Meshuggah, the deftones, Helmet, Green Day, Rancid, Biohazard, System Of A Down and a whole bunch of other bands. Needless to say, this opened Jo's eyes and mind to a new level of confidence and power.

In 2000 Jo moved to the United States in search of the land of opportunities, at first he felt handicapped since in upstate New York there was no chance to see the big shows he got used to seeing while in Europe. This all changed when he discovered College Radio, in which for 4 years he delivered the Heaviness to hundreds of inmates at Clinton County Jail through his hit radio show called “The Kings Of Chaos”! During this time Jo also ran the Loud Rock department, and thanks to his hard work, he was able to interview artists such as Oderus from Gwar, King Diamond and Chris Barnes! Another key factor was when Jo went to see Slayer in Canada! When it comes to extreme Heavy Music, no fans in North America smash as hard as the do in Montreal. The fans there are united and this is evident at the shows, in which they literally share their beer with you.

In 2004 it was time for Jo to take over New York City, and make the dream of living in the capital of Hardcore music a reality! Years passed, and after going to hundreds of shows, it was time for a change. While many think Jo is new to the scene, as you can see he has quiet a history within the Heavy Music world! Before we sign off, here is a statement by our founder Jo Schüftan:

"1 year ago I decided it was time for the Heavy Music fans to unite and celebrate our crazy lifestyles! While I didn't expect such an amazing response, I do believe that Horns Up Rocks arrived at the right time. Rest assured that we will keep rising together, because together we are stronger than all! I want to thank my family, my friends, all the bands, the record labels, the publicists, the venues, and all the fans worldwide! Much respect!"

Here are some of the artists that we have interviewed:

Here are some of the artists that Jo has interviewed:
- Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory & Dethklok)
- Bobby Hambel (Biohazard)
- Oderus Urungus (GWAR)
- Brian Fair (Shadow's Fall)
- Jose Mangin (Liquid Metal & Headbangers Ball
- Desi Sanchez (MTV2 & Latination)
- Tim Williams (Vision Of Disorder)
- Jay Sanchez (Thy Will Be Done)
- Alex Skolnick (Testament & the Alex Skolnick Trio)
- Kirk Windstein (Crowbar, Down & Kingdom of Sorrow)
- Ben Falgoust (Goatwhore & Soilent Green)
- Doc Coyle (God Forbid)
- Tommy Vext
- Jasmin St Claire
- Don Jamieson (That Metal Show)
- Jim Florentine (That Metal Show)
- Vinny Stigma (Agnostic Front)
- Freddy Cricien (Madball)
- John Joseph (Cro Mags)
- Paul Bearer (Sheer Terror)
- Jimmy Gestapo (Murphys Law)
- Richard Christy (Howard Stern Show & Charred Walls of the Damned)

Here are the top interviews that we did this past year:


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Heavy Birthday to Cliff Burton

When it comes to bass players that have created a new style of playing that has influenced millions of bass players in the past, the present, and the future. Metallica's Cliff Burton is the guy to point the finger at when it comes to bass playing in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. His unique style and precision have been instrumental in the evolution of Heavy Music.

Here are some facts about the great Cliff Burton:

- Cliff was born on February 10, 1969 in Alameda County, California.

- His musical career began at a young age when his father introduced him to classical music.

- The first instrument that Cliff learned was the piano. After many years of playing the piano, Cliff discovered Rock and eventually Heavy Metal.

- When he was only 13 years old his brother died in a tragic accident, this inspired Cliff to start playing the bass guitar. His parents quoted him saying: "I'm going to be the best bassist for my brother."

- In order to make his brother proud, Cliff would practice up to 6 hours a day, which didn't stop after he joined Metallica. Many say that Cliff's style was fundamental in the rise of Metallica to Heavy Metal stardom, here are some facts about Cliff Burton:

- Classical music and Jazz were instrumental in the development of Cliff as a musician, other influences of Cliff were Southern Rock, Country Music and Blues.

- The artists that influenced Cliff as a bass player were: Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell, Blue Öyster Cult, Misfits, John Deacon of Queen, Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy, and Geddy Lee of Rush.

- This is Cliff's discography, as you will see he was part of the best Metallica albums ever, which are also some of the best Heavy Metal records of all time:

Studio albums:

* Kill 'Em All (1983)
* Ride the Lightning (1984)
* Master of Puppets (1986)


* No Life 'Til Leather (1982) (credited but does not play)
* Megaforce (1983)
* Ride the Lightning (1983)
* Master of Puppets (1985)

They say that only the good die young; this is definitely the case when it comes to Cliff Burton, who died in September 27, 1986 on a fatal bus crash in Sweden while Metallica was on tour in support of their classic record "Master Of Puppets". Today would have been Cliff Burton's 49th birthday. Wherever Cliff is, we are sure he is jamming and keeping the spirit of Heavy Music alive. \m/

Related links:
Official Site of Metallica

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Crowbar: Sever the Wicked Hand Review

When we went to the Crowbar listening party at Idle Hands Bar in New York City, even though it was hard to focus on the music with all the debauchery that took place, we still had a really good feeling about the new Crowbar: "Sever the Wicked Hand". Once we actually sat down and consumed ourselves with Crowbar's ninth studio album, our emotions felt compelled to the sounds created by Crowbar and our ears were asking for more volume!

When it comes to fitting in crushing riffs in harmony with dirty vocals, grooving drums, and hard hitting bass, Kirk Windstein has the perfect formula. From the first note on the opening track "Isolation (Desperation)" you know its a Crowbar record, but the band still managed to not sound outdated. You know how many bands have a signature sound, and when you hear new material it sounds expired? Well, Crowbar managed to keep their signature sound intact and fresh. This ladies and gentleman is really hard to do.

One move that has proven to be lethal in Crowbar's evolution, is Kirk's work with Down and Kingdom Of Sorrow. While Kirk always brings in his unique sound, the fact that he is working with different musicians and within different styles, benefits what he creates with his big baby called Crowbar!

While we could give you a track by track summary, and tell you which tracks stand out in our opinion, we rather give you the chance to listen to the record with your own ears.

Check out the exclusive AOL Listening Party for Crowbar's "Sever the Wicked hand"!

Here is the track listing of Crowbar's "Sever the Wicked Hand":

1. Isolation (Desperation)
02. Sever The Wicked Hand
03. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
04. Let Me Mourn
05. The Cemetery Angels
06. As I Become One
07. A Farewell to Misery
08. Protectors Of The Shrine
09. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
12. Symbiosis

Make sure to catch the mighty Crowbar on stage:

3/17 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
3/18 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog/SXSW
3/19 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
3/20 - St Petersburg, FL - State Theater
3/21 - Orlando, FL Firestone Live
3/22 - Greensboro, NC - Greene Street
3/23 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
3/24 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
3/25 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza
3/26 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
3/27 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's
3/29 - Denver, CO - The Summit
3/31 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
4/01 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
4/03 - San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine
4/05 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues

Here is Crowbar's NEWEST video for the song "The Cemetery Angels", a song from "Sever the Wicked Hand."

As seen on Crowbar's Official Site, here is the interview we did with Kirk Windstein.

Related links:
Crowbar's Official Site
Crowbar on E1 Music

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Monday, February 7, 2011

NEW Madball video for "All Or Nothing"

The mighty Madball taped a video for their song called "All or Nothing" this past November at Southpaw in Brooklyn for their song "All or Nothing", which is taken from their latest album titled "Empire". In case you don't know, Madball are one of the top Hardcore bands of all time and this is why:

- Madball was formed in the late 1980s in New York City, as a side-project of Agnostic Front (where Roger Miret would let his brother Freddy "Madball" Cricien take the microphone during Agnostic Front shows).

- In 1995 Madball participated in the N.Y.H.C. Documentary. The documentary included extensive interviews with Freddy as well as a Madball performance on July 29, 1995 at the "Coney Island High". At that show Roger Miret (Freddy's brother), broke several vertebrae in his back.

- Their discography is untouchable:

Studio Albums and EPs:
- 1989: Ball of Destruction 7" EP (reissued with 14 extra tracks in 1996)
- 1992: Droppin' Many Suckers
- 1994: Set It Off
- 1996: Demonstrating My Style
- 1998: Look My Way
- 2000: Hold It Down
- 2004: N.Y.H.C. EP
- 2005: Legacy
- 2007: Infiltrate the System
- 2010: Empire

Need further proof? Watch the video for "All or Nothing" now!

Related links:
Madball on MySpace
Madball on Good Fight Music

IMPRINTED by Jo Schüftan (Founder of Horns Up Rocks)

Killcode: The Future of New York Hard Rock

When it comes to the present and the future of the New York underground Hard Rock music scene, there are a handful of bands that are helping to rebuild the scene by keeping the music fresh and fun. One band that has been making a strong impact within the scene is Killcode, a band that keeps getting better and better thanks to their hard work, dedication and passion. Killcode is the type of band that creates music that transmits better on stage then on record, as a result most people fully comprehend the bands message once they experience their live show.

In just 2 years, Killcode has quickly established themselves as one of the best Hard Rock bands within the tri-state area. You may not know this, but all of Killcode's band members have years of musical experience and were all in touring bands prior to Killcode. So how did Killcode come to life?

The whole Killcode movement started when singer Tom Morrisey and guitarist Chas Banellis started putting some ideas on tape, impressed by the vibe and energy of the songs, they decided to form a band. This is when they recruited bassist Erric Bonesmith and drummer Rob Noxious. After a few rehearsals, guitarist Pat Harrington came through the door and asked the guys if he could jam with them. Next thing you know Chas and Pat were creating guitar sounds that blended perfectly with the bands sonic perfection, and Killcode was ready to rock hard.

In early 2009, Killcode released their debut EP titled "To Die For", and immediately started making noise all over the city that never stops rocking. Within the last year Killcode performed at various venues in the tri-state area and have opened a lot of eyes. As a result, the band will be performing in the Middle East this April thanks to the Armed Forces Entertainment program.

At the moment the band is very busy in the studio fine tuning their full length record, which will be released later this year. Here at Horns Up Rocks we have experienced Killcode's live show many times, and we have no doubt that this guys are on the right path towards musical perfection. Here is a video interview special that will make you understand why we believe that Killcode is the present and the future of New York Hard Rock! \m/

Related links:
Killcode on MySpace
Killcode on Reverbnation
Killcode on Facebook
Killcode on Twitter

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Gary Moore: 4/4/1952 – 2/6/2011

Guitar legend Robert William Gary Moore was found dead this morning in a hotel room in Estepona, Spain at the age of 58. Gary Moore's spectacular career will always be remembered by the Blues and Rock N Roll community. During his 42 years of musical creation, he was part of Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Colosseum II, Phil Lynott, Greg Lake and BBM.

You may not know this, but there are a lot of Heavy Music guitarists that were influenced by Gary Moore's music. A few of this musicians that come to mind are: Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath and Heaven And Hell), Randy Rhodes (Ozzy Osbourne), and Alex Skolnick (Testament and the Alex Skolnick Trio). He also collaborated with British Heavy Music legend Ozzy Osbourne! Gary will be missed by everyone in the music community and our thoughts are prayers are with his family and fans.

Gary Moore's career began at the tender age of 16, when he left his home in Belfast, Ireland and moved to Dublin to join Skid Row (the Blues band). From that moment on he became an active member of the Blues and Rock N Roll community.

Here are some facts about Gary Moore's amazing career:

- Gary Moore picked up a battered acoustic guitar at the age of eight, and got his first "real" guitar at the age of 14.

- Even though he was a left handed guitar player like Jimi Hendrix, he learned how to play the "standard" way.

- His top musical influences were: Albert King, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. His musical mentor was Peter Green from Fletwood Mac. But the performance that change his musical vision was when he saw Jimi Hendrix and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in his home town of Belfast, from that moment on he adopted the Blues Rock style which dominated his career.

- During his successful career he experimented with Rock, Jazz, Blues, Country, Electric Blues, Hard Rock and Heavy Metal music.

Here is Gary Moore's amazing discography:

- Studio albums:

Grinding Stone (1973)
Back on the Streets (1979)
G-Force (1980)
Gary Moore (1982)
Corridors of Power (1982)
Victims of the Future (1984)
Dirty Fingers (1984)
Run for Cover (1985)
Wild Frontier (1987)
After the War (1989)
Still Got the Blues (1990)
After Hours (1992)
Blues for Greeny (1995)
Dark Days in Paradise (1997)
A Different Beat (1999)
Back to the Blues (2001)
Power of the Blues (2004)
Old New Ballads Blues (2006)
Close As You Get (2007)
Bad for You Baby (2008)

- Live albums:

Live at the Marquee (1983)
We Want Moore! (1984)
Rockin' Every Night - Live in Japan (1986)
We Want Moore Jagger - Live at the British National Music Day, 28th June, 1992 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Blues Alive (1993)
Live At Monsters Of Rock (2003)
Live At Montreux DVD [The Definitive Montreux Collection] (2007)

- Compilation albums:

Ballads & Blues 1982-1994 (1994)
Ballads & Blues 2 (1996)
Out in the Fields: the Very Best of (1998)
Blood of Emeralds: the Very Best of (1999)
The Best of the Blues (2002)
Have Some Moore – The Best of (2002)
Parisienne Walkways: The Blues Collection (2003)
Back on the Streets: The Rock Collection (2003)
The Essential Gary Moore (2003)
Blue Collection/Rock Collection (2004)
The Platinum Collection (2006)

- Selected singles (UK Singles Chart Top 40 hits):

"Parisienne Walkways" – 1979 – No. 8
"Out in the Fields" – 1985 – No. 5 *
"Empty Rooms" – 1985 re-issue – No. 23
"Over the Hills and Far Away" – 1986 – No. 20
"Wild Frontier" – 1987 – No. 35
"Friday on My Mind" – 1987 – No. 26 ~
"After the War" – 1989 – No. 37
"Still Got the Blues (For You)" – 1990 – No. 31
"Cold Day in Hell" – 1992 – No. 24
"Story of the Blues" – 1992 – No. 40
"Parisienne Walkways" – 1993 re-recording – No. 32

* Credited to Gary Moore and Phil Lynott. ~ Cover version of The Easybeats 1966, No. 6 UK hit.

Related links:
Gary Moore's Official Website

Rest In Peace Gary Moore, your music will live forever! We love you! \m/