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I'm gonna hop in the DeLorean and take you back to an era well more than a decade ago at this point - an era where pop-punk reigned, with labels like Drive-Thru and Fearless cranking a steady output of Warped Tour-ready acts, and bands like NEW FOUND GLORY, BLINK-182, GOOD CHARLOTTE, SUM 41 and SIMPLE PLAN were topping the charts. Riding that wave were a ton of bands that never quite made the same impact, but on local and regional levels were carrying the torch high for melodic rock with anthemic, sing-along choruses. Here in Northern Illinois, I'd once crossed paths with a band called THE BRUCE CHI AFFAIR (I did a video for them), who later evolved into FINAL ROUND (who I also did a video for). FINAL ROUND was great at what they did, but like many bands, they hit a few snags with members both moving or even passing on (their late drummer D-Max even played with yours truly on an EP back in '04). Over the years, FINAL ROUND never really went away, but now they're officially back on the map with the release of IT ENDS WITH US BOTH RIGHT HERE, which hit iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp this week. Stream the full album below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

Wednesday, August 27 2014 00:03

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SLAYER. The photo above arrived in my inbox this evening in a message devoid of any text aside from the subject line of "Slayer" and a link to a Facebook post containing the hashtag #SlayerAlbum15. The photo of Kerry King in the studio was taken by Andrew Stuart, confirming that the latest incarnation of the band - Tom Araya vocals/bass, guitarist Kerry King, drummer Paul Bostaph, and guitarist Gary Holt - is working on their first album for Nuclear Blast Records.

anothercenturyWord on this has been circling for a bit, but now the cat is out of the bag - CENTURY MEDIA has formed a new record label, ANOTHER CENTURY RECORDS. The new label is set to focus on hard rock, and has signed three new acts - my friends, THE BLOODLINE (based right here in Chicago), New Zealand's LIKE A STORM and Los Angeles' REV THEORY. These bands join Century Media's FOZZY, ADRENALINE MOB, and OTHERWISE to round-out the initial roster. Century Media founder Robert Kampf shared a few words about the label this morning...

THE ROCK FATHERAs I decided to resurrect my old "Random Rock" Column this week, I started looking at the news in my inbox and having flashbacks to a pre-email era. MELVINS... ALICE IN CHAINS... HARVEY DANGER... REVEREND HORTON HEAT? Was it 1997 again? I say that in jest, of course, since I love all of those bands.

Below, you'll find rapid-fire updates on those artists and more, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

I can never say enough good things about BRIAN SETZER. More people need to explore his massive body of work, and I do my best to make sure the youngsters around these parts are exposed to it. That said, I'm really excited for the August 12 release of ROCKABILLY RIOT! ALL ORIGINAL (Surfdog Records). This week, Setzer has released the first single, "Let's Shake" - and it's all the rockabilly goodness you'd expect. Give it a loud listen below, and check out a few words from the man himself...

UPDATED: The Internet Gods didn't want you to see this. Both live clips have been pulled from YouTube.

"Roots Bloody Roots!" That anthemic call has been raging since the song was released as the first single from SEPULTURA's ROOTS album in 1996. But then, frontman Max Cavalera split from the band and formed SOULFLY, who have been performing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set since 1997... and SEPULTURA gained a new frontman with the addition of Derrick Green (also in '97) and have continued playing "Roots Bloody Roots" as part of their live set as well. Both bands have gone through numerous line-up changes since that year (the same year I started dating my now-wife), and while it's probably happened before, I never thought of this phenomenon until now - SEPULTURA and SOULFLY performing on the bill at the same festival. It happened at Hellfest this past weekend, with SEPULTURA throwing down their "Roots" on Friday, and SOULFLY serving theirs on Saturday. So the question begs, who plays it better? Let's take a look and listen, then sound off in the comments section below!

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