Temple Balls are an energetic hard rock band from Finland. “Pyromide”, their Frontiers debut and third album overall, is a tour de force of melodic hard rock that sees the band pushing themselves onto the world stage. Produced by none other than Jona Tee (H.E.A.T.), “Pyromide” is a tour-de-force of hooks, powerful rhythms, and anthemic rock ‘n roll like it was meant to be played.
For the past couple of years, Temple Balls has kept busy both in the studio and on the stage. Opening for such bands as Sonata Arctica, Queen, Deep Purple, and Uriah Heep, the band has proven to be more than capable to handle stages of any size, whether it be a big festival or your local club’s stage. Live, this band will set your friggin’ pants on fire and turn you into a believer.
The band’s first official single, ’Hell And Feelin’ Fine’ was released in September 2016 and got loads of airtime on Finnish Radio Rock. The band’s debut album was recorded at Karma Sound Studios (Thailand) in May 2016, and saw the daylight on February 24, 2017. The album was produced by Tobias Lindell, who is known for his collaborations with Europe, Mustasch, and H.E.A.T. Fall of 2017 started with a sold out tour across Finland with Battle Beast. The band also played in Japan for the first time and did a five day tour of Ukraine in late 2017. After their swing through Japan, the readers of the biggest Japanese rock magazine Burrn! voted Temple Balls as ‘the second brightest hope’ and additionally were chosen as ‘The Newcomer of the Year’ on Masa Ito’s Rock TV.
The second album, “Untamed” dropped on March 8, 2019 and immediately got fantastic reviews from music media such as Soundi and Burrn! magazines. The band also toured Europe as support for Sonata Arctica, cementing their reputation as a stellar live act.
Temple Balls third album, “Pyromide” is now ready to be unleashed. Produced by none other than Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), it is a stunning punch in the face for all lovers of anthemic and melodic hard rock.
All Good Things join forces with Hollywood Undead to release ‘For The Glory’!
Next-generation rock group All Good Things just dropped a monstrous new version of their anthemic hit “For The Glory,” now featuring Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene of Hollywood Undead.
The track, an unapologetic victory song for the underdog, with lyrics like “We celebrate with the city tonight/ Hear the hometown cheer/ It’s the ultimate high,” has already resonated with millions of listeners around the world with its original version reaching over 100M streams across digital platforms to date. This new, amplified rendition comes ahead of the band’s first full-length studio album since signing with Better Noise Music, due later this year.
“For The Glory (featuring Hollywood Undead)” is now available to stream or download now
To accompany the release of the new version of the single, the band also premiered a music video today, directed by Wombat Fire. Featuring footage from the upcoming horror-thriller feature film The Retaliators (in which the song appears, coming later this year from Better Noise Films), the new video very much embodies the band’s origins. The LA-based group began by creating monster rock songs that could be used across media like games, TV and films. They created and expanded this cinematic rock sonic profile in reaction to their growing fan base, who could hear their music featured in countless TV shows, games, films and ads worldwide – including the popular game Mortal Kombat, the NFL Super Bowl 52 broadcast, episodes of “Shark Tank,” “Criminal Minds,” “Vampire Diaries” and ads for Sony PlayStation.
Of this new version the band said, “‘For the Glory’ is a swagger anthem about celebrating a hard earned victory against all odds, with all the people around you that helped get you there. We’re so touched by how many people have connected with this song since we first released it. We love collaborating and are so grateful to our friends Johnny 3 Tears and Charlie Scene from Hollywood Undead for hopping on this and taking it to the next level.”
Johnny 3 Tears of Hollywood Undead added, “It was an honor for us to work with one of the best rock bands making music today. ‘For The Glory’ is already an amazing song, happy we could add our own style to it”
Since signing to Better Noise Music in 2020, All Good Things have seen their music more than double in monthly streams across digital platforms, averaging over 2.8M streams per month for each of their songs. Their first single release with BNM, the high-energy track “Kingdom,” was met with praise from fans and critics alike. Riding the momentum of their ever-growing fanbase worldwide, the band is hard at work on their next studio album due later this year.
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BILLY F GIBBONS (ZZ Top) Releases ‘West Coast Junkie’, The First Track From Forthcoming HARDWARE Album
Hardware, the third solo album from ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbons, has wrapped recording and post-production and is set for release June 4th by Concord Records. The album was recorded at Escape Studio in California’s high desert, near Palm Springs, and was produced by Gibbons along with Matt Sorum and Mike Fiorentino with engineer Chad Shlosser providing additional production. The album’s release is preceded by the release of the single ‘West Coast Junkie’ which is out now. The video for the track was filmed near Joshua Tree, a stone’s throw from the studio and can be viewed through this link:
Sorum, veteran of Guns ‘N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and the Cult also serves as Hardware’s drummer and was joined in the album’s core band by guitarist Austin Hanks. The same Gibbons-Sorum-Hanks aggregation recorded The Big Bad Blues, Gibbon’s earlier solo effort for Concord and winner of the Blues Foundation’s Blues Music Award.
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While a truly broad spectrum of approaches is notable on the album’s hard driving tracks there is, to be sure, no mistaking the remarkable tone and growling vocals that are hallmarks of Billy Gibbons’ artistry. Elements of traditional hard rock, neo-metal, country rock, new wave, blues and even surf music make Hardware difficult to categorize and it would be a fool’s game to do so. In fact, “Desert High,” the album’s last track, is a spoken word piece accompanied by a sinewy guitar that evokes the legend Gram Parsons whose death 48 years ago took place very close to where Hardware was recorded.
Billy sums up the album’s ecumenical construct, “We holed up in the desert for a few weeks in the heat of the summer and that in itself was pretty intense. To let off steam we just ‘let it rock’ and that’s what Hardware is really all about. For the most part, it’s a raging rocker but always mindful of the desert’s implicit mystery.”
Hardware track listing – all songs written by Billy F Gibbons-Matt Sorum-Mike Fiorentino-Chad Shlosser, except “Hey Baby Que Paso,” written by Augie Meyers and Bill Sheffield
My Lucky Card
She’s On Fire
Shuffle, Step & Slide
West Coast Junkie
Stackin’ Bones (featuring Larkin Poe)
I Was A Highway
Hey Baby, Que Paso
New Zealand Rockers Capital Theatre Release Debut Single ‘Force To Fight’, produced by Mike Clink
NZ Rock Band CAPITAL THEATRE have spent the past six months recording their debut album with Guns N’ Roses producer Mike Clink, and will release the new single, “Force To Fight” to radio on Monday March 29.
The concept album follows a hero’s journey from track 1 to 10 with Force To Fight being the crescendo of the battle. Given the global events that have unfolded in 2020, it was agreed that the stage has been set for an explosive rock track like Force To Fight to enter the zeitgeist.
The music video shot in New Zealand by acclaimed director Gregor Nicholas is set in a boxing ring where characters from extreme factions of the left and right scrap it out. Nicholas says “This is an in-your-face satire, an allegorical depiction of the fraying of American society where each opponent in the ring represents a different archetype. The boxing ring is a metaphor for a nation polarized and convulsed by division, its factions encouraged by their leader to meet violence with violence.”
Targetting the US election, the red and blue corner match ups provide a commentary on some of the social, political, and racial divides that we see not only in America 2020, but worldwide.
“The song itself was written in 2019 as a prediction of things to come, but yes, the video definitely is an examination of the way the world is in 2020. Are we on the verge of absolute chaos, who knows? But there are so many clear examples of how extreme it is becoming in a global society fixated on social media, with social media giants and irresponsible politicians fueling the fire,” Says Capital Theatre’s Adam Stevenson.
Force To Fight audio can be found on all streaming platforms now.
CAPITAL THEATRE & THE HERO’S JOURNEY
A HEROS JOURNEY was recorded in Los Angeles, Hollywood’s NRG studios early in 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic forced a quick relocation back to NZ.
After New Zealand’s six week lock-down, the band were granted access to Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios in Auckland, where via a system of FaceTime and a live audio stream within ProTools, they were able to reconnect with Clink in LA and continue recording and mixing the remainder of the album.
Album Producer Mike Clink says “What attracted me to the project is that each song takes you on a journey delivered with conviction through the music and the lyrics. From pre-production through recording, we fine-tuned each song to capture those messages. While this album was technically challenging to record with distance and time changes, it did not diminish the quality. Paul, Adam and Roy, are a band of brothers and I enjoyed being on this journey with them.”