Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hank3 - Attention Deficit Domination, Cattle Callin and Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown (Album Reviews)

Hank3 performing live (photo by Cindy Knoener)
Hank3 - Attention Deficit Domination, Cattle Callin and Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown
Release date: September 6, 2011 (Hank3 Records/Megaforce Records)

What prompts an artist to release four albums' worth of material on the same day? Workaholism? Devotion? Ambition? Greed? Batshit lunacy?

Whatever the motivation, Shelton Hank Williams -- aka Hank Williams III, aka Hank3 -- apparently has a lot to get off his chest after a tumultuous 15-year stint with Curb Records. In a press release preceding this multi-album, multi-genre release, Hank3 explains his motivation thusly:

"I wanted to flood the market and do everything different. I wanted to come out of the gate strong. I'm opening up the mind a little bit and bringing some different styles together."

While it's certainly understandable that Hank3 is eager to make the most of his newfound artistic freedom, he's asking an awful lot of both his fans and music critics by dumping nearly four and a half hours of music on us at once. It's a lot to absorb, but as a member of both of the aforementioned groups, I'm happy to take on the challenge.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Forbidden cancels European tour

Bay Area thrash veterans Forbidden have cancelled all but one of their European tour dates following the departure of drummer Matt Hernandez. The band will still play the Alcatraz Festival in Belgium on Aug. 27 with the legendary Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Testament, Fear Factory) filling in.

Forbidden's label, Nuclear Blast, issued a press release with the following statement from founding guitarist Craig Locicero: