Tracks Of The Week results: Deep Purple slug it out with Black Star Riders
It was a close-run contest between Deep Purple and Black Star Riders – in fact, there were only 42 votes separating first and second positions. So who tops our latest Tracks Of The Week poll?
And the winner is… Deep Purple! Their brand new song All The Time In The World – taken from upcoming album NOW What?! – was your No.1 choice, with Black Star Riders’ Bound For Glory in the runner-up position.
There was a creditable showing from Little Caesar, at No.3 with Dirty Water, followed by Rob Zombie in fourth and a tie for fifth between Clutch and Anthrax.
Check out the full results below – and don’t forget to log on to the Classic Rock website this coming Friday (April 12) when we’ll be launching a brand spanking new TOTW poll!
1. Deep Purple – All The Time In The World
All The Time In The World is the first full track to appear from the Purps’ upcoming 19th studio album, Now What?! – their first since 2005‘s Rapture Of The Deep. All The Time In The World was recently released as a double-A single with Hell To Pay, including a limited edition of 1,000 vinyl copies. Now What?! follows on April 29 in the UK with other dates in other locations during the same week.
2. Black Star Riders – Bound For Glory
This is the first track from their highly-antipated debut record All Hell Breaks Loose, due out on May 27 via Nuclear Blast. Ricky Warwick, frontman of the Thin Lizzy offshoot act, recently said of the song: “It’s a song for the lost but never lonely, walking tall in the face of everyday adversity – everyone has a story to tell, revolution begins in the mirror!”
3. Little Caesar – Dirty Water
You enjoyed our recent website premiere of the video for Little Caesar’s track Dirty Water. The soulful, hard rockin’ outfit touch on country roots plus acoustic and electric blues as they illustrate the rigours of jamming with John Barleycorn. Dirty Water is taken from their fifth album American Dream, which was released last year via Unison Music Group. Find out more at www.LittleCaesar.net.
4. Rob Zombie – Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
This track is taken from upcoming album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, due out on April 22. Zombie recently explained: “I wanted it to be just different. We really went out of our way with the sounds – every song has a very different guitar sound, drum sound, just everything. The actual sound becomes very important. After all these years you want to still try to feel that you can break through new, creative areas in your own mind, and that’s really what we’re just trying to do.”
5. = Clutch – Crucial Velocity
This track is taken from Clutch’s latest album Earth Rocker. Drummer Jean-Paul Gaster says: “We really tried to reign in the jam aspect of the band. We like to improvise a lot, but this album, we wanted stuff mapped out.” Frontman Neil Fallon adds: “I’m excited about how balls-to-the-wall it is. It’s more cinematic, and that was the approach. There are some tips of the hat to rock and roll history in the lyrics that I enjoy singing because they reference the album in a bigger picture. Rocket 88 is considered the first rock and roll song that used distortion. That lyrical reference on Crucial Velocity kind of fuels Earth Rocker as a whole with that back story. It’s American myth – even though it really happened.”
5. = Anthrax – Smokin’
Anthrax’s version of the Boston track Smokin’ is taken from their covers EP Anthems, which also includes tracks originally recorded by Rush, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, Cheap Trick and Journey. Smokin’ includes a keyboard solo by Fred Mandel after drummer Charlie Benante admitted none of the band could play the instrument well enough. He recently told Music Radar: “You’ll always hear Boston blasting out of our dressing rooms or our bus. It’s one of those timeless records that doesn’t have a bad track on it. It’s almost like a greatest-hits album. When I hear it, I think back to being young, it’s the summertime, and people are driving by in their cars crankin’ Boston.”
7. Volbeat – Cape Of Our Hero
This track is taken from Volbeat’s fifth studio album, Outlaw Gentleman & Shady Ladies – their first with new member Rob Caggiano, who was originally hired to produce the work but wound up joining the band just weeks after he’d quit Anthrax. Frontman Michael Poulsen says: “It’s a new vibe for Volbeat. You’ve got everything — the rockabilly stuff, the melodies, the ultra-heavy stuff, the Western motifs and the big rock songs. It’s everything that Volbeat are all about, but taken even further.” Much of the record was inspired by spaghetti Western movies. “Sometimes it’s just about the right feeling,” says Poulsen. “The scenery, the lines, the dusty look. I have my own soundtrack when I see those kind of pictures.”
8. = Avantasia – Sleepwalking
This track is taken from Avantasia’s new album The Mystery Of Time. Mainman Tobias Sammet explains: “For the first time in the history of Avantasia, we’re working with a real symphonic orchestra: The German Film Orchestra Babelsberg! They have worked with Rammstein, Bryan Adams, Shania Twain, and also with Edguy on the Hellfire Club album. It’s an enchanting fairy-tale we are working on, so we really have no choice but to finally have a real orchestra – after all it’s an epic rock, or probably metal, opera.” The Mystery Of Time also features Michael Kiske, Bob Catley, Ronnie Atkins, Eric Martin Bruce Kulick, Russell Gilbrook and others. Avantasia will appear at this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire on August 8-13.
8. = Deap Vally – Lies
Deap Vally are two girls from Los Angeles – Lindsey Troy (guitar, vocals) and Julie Edwards (drums, vocals) – who explain their modus operandi thusly: “We are Valley Girls. We sing the blues. We play rock’n’roll. We sweat. We move. We groove. We are Deap Vally.” Troy and Edwards are currently putting the finishing touches to their debut album, Sistrionix, with Lars Stalfors (the Mars Volta). The record will be released by Communion/Island Records this summer, more news of which soon. Deap Vally will play London’s Scala on May 22 with support from the Family Rain. The girls will also appear at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
10. Spiritual Beggars – Wise As A Serpent
This track is taken from Spiritual Beggars’ upcoming eighth album Earth Blues, due for release on April 15 via InsideOut. Guitarist Michael Amott says: “We chose this particular song as the first video off Earth Blues because it’s an explosive track – and also the shortest song on the album! I filmed and directed the video myself and Anders Björler of At The Gates did a great job on the edit. We’re more than pleased with the end result; it’s done in true DIY spirit – raw and authentic.” Classic Rock recently premiered Turn The Tide, the first track to be released from the album.
11. Sister Sin – Fight Song
Fight Song comes from the Swedish band’s newest full-length Now And Forever and features fearsome frontgal Liv Jagrell in typically pugilistic mood. We’re particularly digging the Germanic metal vibe of the song – not to mention the black-and-white clips of fight scenes from old movies interspersed throughout the video. Seconds out…
12. Wolf People – All Returns
All Returns comes from Wolf People’s upcoming album Fain, due on sale April 29. Shot in their rehearsal space in Caledonian Road, London, the video features the lupine psych-rockers in performance mode. Says director Phil Poole: “Our main objective for the video was to display the band in its purest form, capturing abstract pieces of performance played out in their stark rehearsal space. Seeing the music played out in this bare, natural state allowed the song to dominate and remain the focus throughout.”
13. The New Black – Sharkpool
The puppet-show promo clip above supports the German hard rock act’s third album, III: Cut Loose. Describing their sound and vibe, the New Black say: “Just imagine Black Label Society inviting the Nickelback guy over for some Thin Lizzy covers, all dressed in Pantera shirts.” Of the new video they say: “Yes, we look like that. Just add water.”
14. And So I Watch You From Afar – Big Things Do Remarkable
This track sounds like Slayer-playing-the-sounds-of-Soweto or Bathory-meets-the-Bhundu-Boys. Jubilant, heavy and as infectious as the handles on a primary school toilet door, it’s a perfect one-two punch that has put this Northern Ireland band on our radar as our favourite post-post rock band of the moment. From ASIWYFA’s new album All Hail Bright Futures.
15. Wolvespirit – Holy Smoke
This track is taken from Wolvespirit’s album Dreamcatcher, due out on May 20 – a work described as “good old-fashioned down-to-the-bone grinding rock.” The band aim to transport their audience back to the psychedelic 60s and heavy 70s, led by the powerful blues voice of vocalist Debbie. The five-piece live together in a house in a small German village alongside a group of other artists and designers. The collective aim to retain a sense of spontaneity about their work.
16. Dorians – Lonely Planet
Tony Iommi has professed himself “really pleased” with the track he’s co-written for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Black Sabbath icon provided music for the track Lonely Planet, performed by Armenian outfit Dorians as that nation’s entry for the annual camp competition. The bitterly-contested semi-finals take place in Sweden next month, where Dorians singer Gor Sujyan will perform the song. Iommi says: “I’m really pleased how it’s turned out – fingers crossed for May 16!” Hmm… you didn’t share Tone’s enthusiasm for the song, voting it second-from-bottom of our latest TOTW chart.
17. Alkaline Trio – I Wanna Be A Warhol
They may be a Trio, but they only mustered TWO paltry TOTW votes! Not even the presence of Resident Evil actress Milla Jovovich in the video helped their cause. The cult Chicago power-punkers have just released new album My Shame Is True, if you’re interested. (But by the look of it, you’re probably not…)
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