New Halestorm: Chester Bennington, Halestorm, Zakk Wylde and Infectious Grooves

“MORNING AFTER”            CHESTER BENNINGTON

First time I shared this song with a friend, it resulted in the police pulling her car over for speeding, honestly explaining it was the music’s fault, and she wasn’t ticketed 🙂 During the writing of Linkin Park’s CD, Minutes To Midnight, Chester had written some songs he wanted to record but didn’t feel they were right for Linkin Park.   So he created a side project called Dead By Sunrise, joining forces with artists like Julian K and Orgy.   The highlight of their first CD was this track featured on the soundtrack of  Underworld Evolution.   

“HERE’S TO YOU”   HALESTORM

Lizzy Hale’s band is back with a new 4 song EP.   They debuted this song at the strike of midnight 2012.  Raise a toast to the new year!    Forget the times you messed up and celebrate life ahead!   “Love Bites But So Do I” is the hard rocker radio will jump on from this EP.

“FAREWELL BALLAD”          ZAK WYLDE

Who was the greatest guitarist to play with Ozzy?  Randy Rhoads?  Tommy Iommi?  Zak Wylde?  An amazing trio of lead guitarists that added fuel to the fire of Ozzy Osbourne’s musical legacy.   Zak Wylde played with Ozzy from 1988 and appeared on eight of his solo CD’s including No More Tears.   Zak’s “bulls-eye” Les Paul guitar, his long blonde hair, and his powerful stage presence was unmistakeable.    His guitar style wasn’t as flashy as Randy but Zak’s style was very distinctive, choppy, metal all the way but influenced by country music.   Here’s a short but incredible solo from his side project Black Label Society.

“STOP FUNKIN’ WITH MY HEAD”    INFECTIOUS GROOVES

A student of mine introduced me to this all-star California bass-heavy funk metal band with a sound reminscient of early Red Hot Chili Peppers.   Led by Mike Muir of Suicidal Tendencies, the bassist on this track is Rob Trujillo.    Rob also played with Suicidal Tendencies, the first Ozzy solo CD’s, Infectious Grooves, and replaced Jason Newsted in Metallica.  As their band name states, this song has a contagious bassline and a hook that will stick in your brain all day.

  

3 comments

  1. Oh I forgot that one lol. I just checked it out, very cool! I have that song on one of my cd’s 😉 I love it!

  2. Omgoodness Mike your story about “Morning After” is hysterical 😀 lmao!!! I guess you really do know my taste in music. The new Halestorm “Here’s to you” is fantastic. I absolutely LOVE it 🙂 Finally, Zak’s guitar solo gave me goose bumps galore ;). Another fabulous daily music blog.. Yay!!!!

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