I have to admit I have tended to avoid new generation bands for the past several years. I simply replayed and replayed again my old favorites. Once we started The Manamal station I found out that there are SOOOOO many great new bands and I immersed myself in them thoroughly. My years of blindness caused me to miss out on a band called Vains of Jenna. Only when I discovered The Cruel Intentions and fell in love with Lizzy Devine's voice did I become aware of his previous band. So, while this post is about The Cruel Intentions there is a lot of history from Vains of Jenna that carries over to the music that Lizzy's new band is making.
If you ever watched Jackass, L.A. Ink, or Viva La Bam you might have heard of Vains of Jenna. They were the first band ever signed to Bam Margera's record label- Filthy Note. From their formation in 2005 the Swedish band toured Europe and thanks to great performances and great interest by the powers that be they were invited to perform at Cruefest Los Angeles in 2006. After seeing their performance Bam created the record label and signed them. Lizzy, Nikki, JP and Jacki released their debut album "Lit Up/Let Down" that fall. Vains of Jenna released 3 full length albums the 3rd album released in 2011 featured a different singer, Jesse Forte. Lizzy had left the band. Vains of Jenna disbanded a few years after Jesse joined up. Vains of Jenna are most well known for the songs "Get it On", ' Hard to be Vain", and 'Enemy in Me".
Another dot to connect Vains of Jenna to the esteemed world of heavy metal was their manager, none other than Tuff frontman and CEO of Metal Sludge Stevie Rachelle!!
Back in Sweden after a break from the music biz Lizzy hooked up with Mats Wernerson, and Kristian Solhaug. They were joined at the time by drummer Eiliv Sagrusten, who has since has been replaced by Robin Nilsson. Initially The Cruel Intentions were keeping things lowkey. Playing shows and releasing songs individually the band was able to create quite a fan base and buzz in the industry before releasing their debut full-length album "No Sign of Relief" in September 2018. This album has been touted as the best sleaze metal album of 2018. Personally, I agree! I enjoyed the hell out of the videos released before the album- my favorite has to be White Pony, but I also jam the hell out of Accidentally Intoxicated. From the album I think my favorites are "Genie's Got a Problem", "Borderline Crazy," "Jawbreaker" and "Devilicious".
If you're looking for a band that puts you in the mood of your favorite sleaze rockers like Guns'n' Roses,
Faster Pussycat and L.A. Guns you need to check out The Cruel Intentions today!!!!
This female fronted, 4 member band hails from deep in the heart of the midwest. Their debut album, “Hot Bang” comes out swingin’ hard. You can hear the band’s influences throughout the album, such as, The Runaways & The Donnas. They have a raw sound that kicks you in the gut.
The first track on this album, “I Want Your Love (I Want Your Drug)” will immediately gives you a Halestorm crossed with The Runaways and The Ramones feel. The beginning of this track is just drum and singer, Carlii Foxx (singer) then around 12 seconds in, the other band members join in and they’re a’rockin’!!
Fast forward to their album title track, ‘Hot Bang’. This song starts off with a cowbell then breaks into a great guitar riff. This sets the tone for the rest of the song where Carlii goes loud n’ hard. You can’t help but to bang your head to this tune.
Another great song on this album is ‘She’s Got the Looks That Kill”. This song is the closing track and is home of one of the catchiest riffs out there! The last minute of this song, you will find amazing guitar harmonies.
My favorite song off of this album is “Talk About the World”. The intro guitar is badass! Not only that, the vocal hook is very strong and in your face. It keeps you wanting more and more!
Every song on this record flows nicely from one to the next. Once the last track ends, you keep wanting more. Lucky for you there is a repeat button!
Blending old school rock n’ roll with punk elements, The Rumours new album, “Hot Bang” pull out all the stops. Fast tempos, catchy riffs and an underlying message they here and they are going to take this world by storm! What are you waiting for?! Get out there and have a listen! You won’t be sorry!
When everything was recorded, Pelle started the mixing process. Since he has a very clear vision of how he wants the album to sound, he tries to use the final drum sounds already at the pre-production stage, just to get the right feel for the songs. That way the mixing also gets a head start with the sound already being “set”. This time we went for a bit more guitars and a slightly heavier edge, also there were intentionally no ballads on the album this time. For the guitar sound the inspiration came from TNT’s 'Intuition' album, while John Mutt Lange’s spirit of course hovers over the overall production. The big choruses and distinctive melodies were something we put a lot of work into. We always want songs with a simple rhythmic chant like “Rawk ‘n Roll Hysteria” (of course the Def Leppard pun was very intended) or “Face It”, but also more melodic choruses like “I Would Be The Wind” or “Love Shouldn’t Hurt”. Lyrically, the songs may seem shallow when reading the titles, but many of them deal with a break-up Pelle was going through, and finding new love on the other side.
"...the instant hooks and melodies of Cheap Trick, with the Americana of
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers..."
Release date Aug. 25, 2018!!!
See Billy Morris and the Sunset Strip at The High Vol Music Summer Bash!!!
Check out our interview with Billy at the bottom of this post!
Billy performed and recorded on one Warrant release, the 'Under the Influence' album on which he sang lead vocals on the cover of AC/DC's 'Down Payment Blues', as well as playing guitar on the whole album.
Billy is also now the lead guitarist in the glam rock band Tuff.
Billy later went on to form the BILLY MORRIS BAND now BILLY MORRIS and the SUNSET STRIP who which recently supported Tom Keifer and also Ratt on several dates. BILLY MORRIS and co-writing partner Mike Szuter (Paul Gilbert, The Szuters, Magna Fi) have completed the new material for Holdin’ All The Aces due
August 24, 2018.
There’s a new rock n roll thunder coming from the land down under, and it goes by the name CROSSON “ (Hair Band Heaven 2018)
Following the release of their critically acclaimed 2016 album Spreading The Rock ‘N Roll Disease, Australian based Futuristic Theatrical Rock Warriors, CROSSON, return in 2018 with their new album Invincible. The album has already entered the Top 20 of the Official German Rock and Metal Charts.
Once again mixed by legendary producer Duane Baron (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper), and mastered by U.S mastering legend Dave Donnelly (Aerosmith, KISS, Whitesnake) , Invincible delivers CROSSON’s own brand of uplifting catchy rock anthems with loud guitars, big harmonies and a blistering production.
If Spreading the Rock n Roll Disease sparked people’s attention, Invincible will have them jumping aboard the CROSSON rebel train.
“Invincible is ten tracks of fist in the air rock n roll anthems.” (Josh Smith - Hair Band Heaven)
The opening track Rock Warriors is an anthemic tribute to all the metal / rock bands and artists who laid the foundations for the genre and kept it alive and kicking for decades, whilst the first single Never Give Up is an inspirational and ‘catchy as Chlamydia’ track with a strong 80’s Bon Jovi vibe that would even make Desmond Child tap his feet.
The album’s only ballad Unconditional Love is a duet with renowned Finnish singer / actress Jessica Wolff, with the music video shot in Sydney and Croatia by award winning feature film and music video director Steve Ravic (Doro, Manowar, Rhapsody).
“Invincible is as catchy as it gets.. fantastic melodies, harmonies….. Crosson are firing on all cylinders. Rock will never die whilst there are bands like Crosson” (Adam Cox - Decibel Geek )
Nothing can prepare you for the visual onslaught CROSSON delivers in its live show. Numerous costume changes, blended with high- energy choreography, smoke, sirens, and catchy rock anthems makes the CROSSON live show a seen- to- be- believed entertaining experience.
“If you like the of idea of KISS and Motley Crue crossed with The Darkness and Steel Panther, you’re gonna love CROSSON” (Xavier Russell - Classic Rock Magazine AOR)
To sample Crosson visit
Our interview with frontman Jason Crosson
Brand new metal from new and old bands!