Tracks Of The Week results: Of Earth bash David Bowie!
It’s the biggest shock result in the history of our Tracks Of The Week poll! Your votes propelled Of Earth – the new project from UFO and Sebastian Bach bass player Rob De Luca – to No.1, consigning David Bowie to the runner-up position.
Of Earth’s Prototype garnered more than twice the amount of votes that Bowie received for The Stars (Are Out Tonight). Surprising but true! But as we keep on saying in these results run-downs, you’ve got to be in it to win it.
Saxon are in third position, followed by The Darkness at No.4.
Check out the full results below – and don’t forget to log on to the Classic Rock website tomorrow (Saturday, March 23) when we’ll be launching a brand new TOTW poll!
1. Of Earth – Prototype
The track is taken from On Earth’s second album The Monarch. The band consists of De Luca (vocals, bass), Paul Casanova (guitars, vocals), Rik De Luca (drums) and Matt Baram (keys).
2. David Bowie – The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Directed by Floria Sigismondi and starring the Thin White Duke alongside actress Tilda Swinton, the video clip – which appears to be a surrealistic critique of celebrity culture, incorporating an unprovoked attack with a Morphy Richards electric carving knife – accompanies the track The Stars (Are Out Tonight), taken from Bowie’s new album The Next Day.
3. Saxon – Sacrifice
Sacrifice is the title track of Saxon’s 20th album. The clip above follows the launch of an eight-minute making-of clip in which band discuss the inspiration for the song while the director and crew explain the process of putting the video together. Sacrifice is out now. Saxon tour the UK and Ireland in April.
4. The Darkness – With A Woman
With A Woman is taken from The Darkness’ Hot Cakes album. The clip above is a prequel to the band’s previous video Everybody Have A Good Time, which was a cautionary tale of global economics, corporate greed and the love between one man and his maths-genius bearfriend. So it stands to reason that With A Woman is a high-school love story homage to the MTV videos of the 80s, which also unfolds the secret origins of the band’s ursine love-interest.
5. FM – Tough Love
With their new album Rockville out now, UK melodic rock veterans FM have released a promo clip for their new song Tough Love. FM are also pleased to announce that due to the amount of interest generated in Rockville II, this album will now get a standalone release via Riff City Records on March 25. Originally only available as part of a two-CD Rockville package via the FM PledgeMusic campaign, Rockville II includes a new version of the song High which was originally recorded by Steve Overland and Pete Jupp for the So! album Brass Monkey. “We love this song and we wanted to give it the FM treatment,” says bassist Merv Goldsworthy.
6. Free Fall – World Domination
This is the first video from Free Fall, featuring Mattias Barjed of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Ludwig Dahlberg of International Noise Conspiracy fame. The band’s debut album Power & Volume is on sale now. In a review we called it “a brash and exhilarating love letter to the glory days of Purple, Zeppelin, Humble Pie and UFO.” Free Fall is completed by vocalist Kim Fransson and bassist Jan Martens.
7. Lynch Mob – River Of Love
Lynch Mob have released a video to accompany the acoustic-based version of their track River Of Love. View it above. It’s taken from Unplugged (Live From Sugar Hill Studios) which is released on March 26 via Rat Pak Records. George Lynch, Oni Logan, Robbie Crane, Brian Tichy and Tyseon Sheth recorded the sessions in the Houston, Texas establishment during the filming of their Slow Drag video last year. Crane later left the band.
8. The Pineapple Thief – Build A World
The Pineapple Thief’s new track Build A World is taken from Bruce Soord and co’s EP of the same name – their first outing since acclaimed 2012 album All The Wars. It’s launched on March 25 vie Kscope. The Pineapple Thief will tour the UK in May.
9. Amplifier – Matmos
Twenty-four months after the release of their critically acclaimed third album The Octopus, Amplifier are back with a brand new full-length called Echo Street – their first with a new four-piece line-up – and also their first for the Kscope label. Echo Street opens with four epic tracks – Matmos (check it out above), The Wheel, Extra Vehicular and Where The River Goes – and then veers into more subtle and reflective territory. Guitarist Sel Balamir Balamir says: “We had no idea what it was going to be when we started. The whole thing from starting to write it to actually having a finished master was 60 days. You need to put that in context with the fact that The Octopus took four years…” Echo Street out now.
10. Spiritual Beggars – Turn The Tide
Turn The Tide comes from Spiritual Beggars’ upcoming eighth album, Earth Blues. They’ll release the follow-up to 2010′s acclaimed Return To Zero on April 15 (April 16 in North America) via InsideOut. The Swedish outfit launch a European tour with special guests Zodiac on the day the record comes out, and will appear at a number of festivals throughout the summer. Spiritual Beggars are Michael Amott (guitars – Arch Enemy, Carcass); Ludwig Witt (drums – Grand Magus, ex Firebird); Per Wiberg (keyboards – ex Opeth); Sharlee D’Angelo (bass – Arch Enemy, Witchery); Apollo Papathanasio (vocals – ex Firewind).
11. Skam – Massacre
No-nonsense Leicester newbies Skam have returned with Massacre, the second single from their Classic Rock-approved debut album It’s Come To This. The three-piece smash together influences ranging from AC/DC, Therapy? and Black Sabbath to Rage Against The Machine. Since the release of It’s Come To This in summer 2012 – along with first single No Lies – the band have been on the road both home and abroad including dates with The Answer, The Union and headline club shows.
12. Triggerfinger – Let It Ride
Let It Ride is taken from Triggerfinger’s third album All This Dancin’ Around. The “loudest band in Antwerp” launch the new long-player on April 15. It follows support slots with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Within Temptation and Thin Lizzy, plus a European hit single with their cover of Lykke Li’s I Follow Rivers, performed acoustically during a live radio session.
13. Hotel Diablo – Psycho, California
Hotel Diablo – featuring members of Bang Tango and W.A.S.P. – have released released a video for their single Psycho, California. The track comes from the band’s debut album The Return To Psycho, California. Produced by Gilby Clarke and Matt Starr, you can buy it here: www.thehoteldiablo.com. Hotel Diablo formed in early 2011 and comprise Ladyjack vocalist Rick Stitch, Quiet Riot/Bang Tango guitarist Alex Grossi and W.A.S.P.’s thunderous rhythm section of Mike Duda (bass) and Mike Dupke (drums).
14. The Computers – Love Triangle, Hate Squares
Love Triangles, Hate Squares is the title song from The Computers’ second album, released as a single on April 22, with the full-length record following on April 29. The say it’s for “anyone who feels their life is stuck on repeat.” It’s also stuck firmly at the bottom of out latest TOTW chart!