Top tracks: Slash slays them
We asked you to vote – and vote you did, with hundreds of people casting votes for 10 tracks over the past week. The results are below and a new set of songs for you to vote on will be up later today.
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Until then, here’s this week’s run-down:
1. Slash – You’re A Lie From new album Apocalyptic Love. Slash says: “It’s the second song I brought to the band in 2011 during the last tour. We worked on it at soundcheck somewhere. It’s gone through some changes, mainly the chorus – but for the most part it’s remained true to its original arrangement.” Get Classic Rock‘s Slash Fan Pack here!
2. Jettblack – Raining Rain You obviously loved the band’s video with its storyboard: ‘In a barren and not-too-distant future, Simon Cowell has been assassinated, killed with a radioactive dart by Lord Zoltan who now rules the airwaves, slaughtering bands that don’t meet his impeccable musical tastes… Now it’s Jettblack’s turn to enter Death Frequency and play for their lives. Will Lord Zoltan spare them – or will these UK rockers be annihilated by his blood-thirsty firing squad?’
3. Mark Tremonti – You Waste Your Time The Creed/Alter Bridge man has a solo album, All I Was, set for release in early July. You enjoyed this Trivium-esque track so much, you voted it in at No.3.
4. Night Flight Orchestra – West Ruth Ave Vocalist Björn ‘Speed’ Strid from Soilwork and bassist Sharlee D’Angelo from Arch Enemy have formed a band called Night Flight Orchestra – and the musical results are completely unexpected. But you clearly enjoyed their collaboration, nevertheless. Check out West Ruth Ave right here. (You have to have a Facebook account and click ‘Like’ to listen.)
5. Fang Island – Asunder “One of our core ideas has always been that our songs would be all of your favourite parts of the song that other bands make you wait eight minutes to get to,” explains Fang Island guitarist/vocalist Jason Bartell. “We wanted to be the band that’s nothing but your favorite hooks back to back.” And you know what? You reckoned they achieved that aim with Asunder, a song that quickly builds momentum like a rolling snowball that eventually careens into a summertime BBQ! Get your free mp3 of Fang Island’s Asunder here.
6. Shonen Knife – Pop Tune Having explored a 70s-style metal/rock sound in their previous two albums Super Group and Free Time, new album Pop Tune marks a return to Shonen Knife’s signature mix of pin-sharp punk-pop, 60s girl group-inspired harmonies, upbeat melodies and general all-round oriental irreverence. This, natch, is the title track. The Osaka Ramones rule!
7. Kobra And The Lotus – Forever One KATL – the five-piece Canadian group fronted by the mildly aggressive Kobra Paige – will release their self-titled album for Simmons Records (via Spinefarm) on August 6. Forever One, the lead single from the album, will be available digitally on May 28. We proclaimed the song’s video to be a classic piece of heavy metal film-age – in the best possible hair-flailing, teeth-baring, standing-in-the-window-of-a-ruined-castle sense. And dozens of you agreed…
8. Baroness – Take My Bones Away Baroness have a new album called Yellow & Green coming out on July 17. By the surprisingly melodious sounds of this new song, Take My Bones Away, it could be their most commercial offering yet – and might just mark the band’s breakthrough from the swampy undergrowth into the firm-footed mainstream.
9. 3 Inches Of Blood – Look Out (Tribute To Dio) Looks like you weren’t too keen on Canadian crunchers 3 Inches Of Blood’s unintentionally hilarious Ronnie James Dio tribute song Look Out (taken from the album Long Live Heavy Metal).
10. Volenté – Hollow Volenté is a female singer in the vein of Bjork and Kate Bush. But her eclecticism clearly cut no ice with you hard-bitten CR types, and she languishes at the bottom of this week’s chart.