Pop Evil Scores First #1 Active Rock Single

Courtesy:  Entertainment One

Courtesy: Entertainment One

Pop Evil has scored its first ever #1 Active Rock single.  The single, ‘Trenches’ comes from the band’s third full length studio release, Onyx, which was released earlier this year.  In celebration, Pop Evil is offering to its fans, the chance to download the single from iTunes for only $0.69.  It’s fitting that ‘Trenches’ hit the number one spot, as front man Leigh Kakatay explains.  “‘Trenches’ was written about the constant grind to survive in the music business,” he said.  “Earning our first #1 means more than you could imagine!  Thanks to our supporters and believers at rock radio, management, and record label.  Most of all we thank the die hard Pop Evil fans for making this happen.  The video for ‘Trenches’ is available online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWdtN7pCZug.

This new landmark is just the latest success for the band.  The band has released four Top 10 Active Rock singles, and three Top 5 singles on its sophomore record, War of Angels

Onyx was released earlier this year.  It sold over ten thousand copies in its first week of release.  It makes Onyx the band’s most successful album to date.  It debuted at #39 on the Billboard Top 200 and #9 on the Independent Chart.      

The band is currently touring in support of Onyx and its new hit single.  It will be in Aberdeen, South Dakota today.  A full listing of the band’s tour dates is available online at http://www.facebook.com/popevil, http://www.PopEvil.com, http://twitter.com/popevilmusic, http://www.myspace.com/PopEvil, http://www.youtube.com/popevilmusic, and http://popevildrew.blogspot.com

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Gypsyhawk’s Sophomore LP Another Hit For Metal Blade

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Guitars, bass, drums, and vocals.  That’s really all rock and roll needs.  And that’s what Pasadena, California’s own Gypsyhawk has brought to the game once again with its new album, “Revelry and Resilience.”  This album is a straight forward hard rocking work that will have every warm blooded rocker out there banging his or her heard, and putting his or her horns high with pride.  “Revelry and Resilience” is an example of everything that is and ever has been right with rock music.

The whole rock party kicks off with fittingly with the song, ‘Overdrive.’   To quote the line, this song is all killer, no filler.  From the killer guitar solos from Andrew Packer and Erik Kluiber, to front man Eric Harris’ Lemmy Kilmister-like vocals, to drummer Ian Brown’s driving beat, this song is a perfect start to the record in every way.  The band barely lets up from here, kicking right into ‘The Fields’ with equal adrenaline.  ‘Hedgeking’ follows in similar fashion, keeping the adrenaline and the blood flowing in its listeners’ veins from start to finish. 

There’s little letting up from there on throughout the remainder of this record.  Gypsyhawk’s sound has obviously evolved from its first album, “Patience and Perseverance.”  The band had a solid old school rock and roll sound on that record.  But the band’s sound seems even more honed this time out.  The band is right up there with the likes of Fireball Ministry, Airbourne, and others of that ilk on this album.  What makes Gypsyhawk better than those bands though, is its ability to cross the rock and roll spectrum, rather than stick to one style.  Airbourne is more closely linked to AC/DC and Fireball Ministry is compared more to classic Ozzy.  In the case of Gypsyhawk, this band has guitar work that pays homage to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Judas Priest, and even Iron Maiden just to name a few.  And as already noted front man Eric Harris’ vocals are weirdly similar to that of Lemmy Kilmister.  All of that being noted, Gypsyhawk’s new album, “Revelry and Resilience” will be a favorite among the fans of true old school guitar driven rock and roll, this reviewer included.  In fact, there is little doubt that by the end of the year, it will find itself on this reviewer’s list of the year’s best hard rock and metal albums.

“Revelry and Resilience” will be available in stores and online next Tuesday, August 28th.  It can be ordered direct through Metal Blade’s website at http://www.indiemerch.com/metalbladerecords/band/gypsyhawk.  The band will be performing a handful of live dates this Fall and Winter to support the album.  Fans can check out those dates and all the latest from the band online at http://www.facebook.com/Gypsyhawkusa, http://gyspsyhawk.bandcamp.com, and http://gypsyhawkusa.blogspot.com.  

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