Sad news: The music world mourns the loss of Ray Manzarek (74), founding Member and keyboarder of The Doors, White Zombie drummer Phil Buerstatte (44) and Uriah Heep bassist Trevor Bolder (63). R.I.P.!
German Hardrockers BERSERKER will donate 18.000€ to the Berlin cancer charity for children on May 25. November 2011 BERSERKER front man Schröder was diagnosed with cancer, now he is cancer-free. In 2012 the band collected money for this charity at their concerts and will also continue to do so in the future. Slayer´s Jeff Hanneman is dead: he passed away at about 11AM on May 2nd near his Southern California home because of liver failure due to an infection after a spider bite. R.I.P. Jeff!
The Siberian Jay music video "I´m Holding" featuring Mikko Sirén from Apocalyptica on drums - we reported about the videoshoot in our "1h with" Special - can be watched here: http://youtu.be/C-hSNurZVcs
Actually poppy Punk Rock with some Hardrock influences is neither my cup of tea, nor my field of work in the Stalker team. But, nevertheless, I take on this new solo album of Matt Skiba for reviewing because, simply put, I like it from the first seconds on. Especially the warm voice of Matt Skiba, who is better known as the vocalist of Alkaline Trio, makes it unique.
This is, however, the weak point of many other releases in this genre. But Mr. Skiba knows about his great voice, so he even dares to record an acoustic ballade called `Angel of Deaf`. Along with the opener `Voices` it is the highlight of this solo album. So, those who don`t hesitate to try something new, should check out this one. I was positively surprised.