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The Rockstar Ramblings: Swedish Invasion

Anyone looking for rock and roll highlighted by sleazy guitars, big choruses, and tattoos are well aware (and have been for some time) of the scene in Sweden. Veteran, new, and reformed bands continue to put out new music as well as some entertaining videos. This week we look at three of these videos.

Swedish rockers SISTER SIN have released a music video for "End Of The Line", the first single from the band's upcoming album 'Now And Forever.' Filmed at an old nuclear reactor testing facility in Stockholm, Sweden, SISTER SIN is clearly in a mood for kicking ass.

I realize this is at a nuclear reactor site, but the video begins with an Asylum feel, or at least some sort of mental institution. Liv Jagrell is not happy, also not hungry. She is ripped, sweaty, and working out inside a small cement cell. Outside (of the alleged mental institution) there are explosions. Not Macy’s type fireworks: bombs going off, signaling Armageddon. Inside, Liv does pull-ups. The video continues with more explosions and then push-ups. Liv is preparing for war. After her “Prison Work Out” she approaches her stash of guns. Hey, what type of mental facility is this? So maybe this is just her own personal bunker, a place where she can get away from that crazy outside world and get in a good workout. Also, a great place to stash her guns…

Sweden's KILLER BEE are back with a refreshed line-up and a new album called 'Hell & Back.' The band has released their first official music video from the album, for the single "Step Into My World.” This is not to be confused with the comic relief track “My World” from Guns N’ Roses ‘Use Your Illusion II’, no, this is serious.

The video displays depressing clips of poverty, rioting, and begging. A quick break from the documentary shows the band. I enjoy the abundance of jean jackets and the use of a globe as “the world on fire”, also good use of the fist pump. The video (depressing documentary) continues with more world hunger, missile crisis, etc… very somber video, I think I’m going to go listen to “My World” and cheer myself up…

TOXICROSE, a brand new band out of Sweden featuring GEMINI FIVE and LIPSTIXX 'N' BULLETZ members, have released a music video for the track "A Song For The Weak.” The song is taken from the band's upcoming debut EP, soon to be released by City Of Lights/Rock It Up Records.

The video begins very formal – an introduction to the band. My personal opinion is that the broken glass is unnecessary, but then again, that’s just me. This is pretty much what is coming out of Sweden these days: lots of guitars, lots of hair, lots of leather, and lots of chains. There is definitely s glam inspiration, but more in a Hanoi Rocks way, versus late eighties Sunset Strip. The songs are bluesy enough to hide the pop grooves and choruses. It’s glam with an edge…

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Appetite For Democracy

While Guns N’ Roses is set for their 12 show - Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Hard Rock Casino isn’t missing a beat on “cashing” in on this event, producing 2,500 $25 commemorative chips to be distributed this Friday. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Unplugged Glam

This week a mixed bag of unplugged, budget indie videos, old school glam, and an interesting wardrobe decision.

Former Motley Crue and The Scream vocalist John Corabi has released a video for the song "If I Had A Dime." The song will be featured on Corabi's upcoming "Unplugged" CD, scheduled for release in November in the UK and sometime around February 2013 in the USA.

We begin with a concert promo poster showing Corabi opening for Cinderella. The camera then pans through road crew, fans, and others that have many tattoos, bandanas, or are holding acoustic guitars (in some cases – all of the above). Most of the video is just a recorded live performance mixed with “tour bus” video. My favorite is the shot on the highway which shows two exits, one for Detroit and one for Flint, Michigan. Tough choice, do you want to get shot in the face or stabbed in your back?

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Six Feet Under

This week our video journey begins in Germany (Kissin’ Dynamite), then heads to Sweden to check out Dirty Passion, and finishes up in the UK where Heaven’s Basement have released a new single/video. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: From Slash Till Dawn

Slash is back into the animated video world, this time for his song “Bad Rain”, the latest single from his album ‘Apocalyptic Love.’ More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Rockin with Dokken

Dokken has released a brand new music video for the single "Empire", taken from the band's 11th studio album 'Broken Bones.’ For serious Dokken fans, there is a DVD, which features a comprehensive "Making of the Album" documentary. This begs the question, are there non-serious Dokken fans? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: American Dream

Little Caesar has released a video for the title track from latest album "American Dream." Released on May 15th, "American Dream" is Little Caesar's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2009's reunion effort "Redemption."

The band -- consisting of Ron Young (vocals), Loren Molinare (guitar), Joey Brasler (guitar), Fidel Paniagua (bass) and Tom Morris (drums) -- recorded "American Dream" at Unison studios with producer Bruce Witkin. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Leather and Boots

A common theme among sleaze rockers in 2012 has been leather, girls, and prison. Which is really the same theme every year and this week features more videos in this category. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Lust, Glitter, and God

This week a start on the darker side with the Lust Boys followed by a Brazilian Christian band and then back to the sleaze with Glitter Magic. That’s right we are starting with drinking, finding God, and then back to drinking. It’s the circle of life, or the life of a spiritual alcoholic. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Hessler Reality TV

Chicago heavy metal band Hessler have released their new single and music video for "Last Alive". The band plans on taking the next two months to record their second album, the follow-up to 2011's 'Bad Blood', which will include "Last Alive." Hessler are Igz Kincaid (guitars), Frankie Sripada (guitars), Lariyah Daniels (vocals), Marcus Lee Cox (drums) and Erik Michael (bass). More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Casting for Bret Michaels

A couple of weeks ago Bret Michaels (Poison) announced that he is working on a movie about his life. The biopic will take the audience from his roots in Pittsburgh to Hollywood, California. Is this a movie that needs to be made? After two weeks to digest I still have no comment. It does bring up the question of who will play the lead role. Here are a couple suggestions. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Video Diary

This week a look at video’s by Reverence, Nasty Habit, Johnny Roadkill, Europe, Diehard Dolls, and a special bonus from Steel Panther. Let’s get started! More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: A Jackyl Screwdriver

This week Bret Michaels (Poison) announced he is working on a movie about his life. For those of you that missed this announcement (God Bless You) you didn’t notice that Michaels has a production company with partner Charlie Sheen. What!?! The movie is the story of his life starting in Pittsburgh and then…you know what, I can’t do this. This is not a good idea. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Raise Your Fist

Another week and another group of young Aussie rockers; “Raise Your Fist” is the first official music video from the upcoming 2012 album from the band Mystery. While they finish work on their new album Mystery has announced that for each of their original songs they will produce a video that will be correlated into a movie. “Raise Your Fist”, today’s video, is presumably part of this bigger picture. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Sisters Doll

During my weekly surf for new bands, videos, and porn I sometimes come across something that forces me to look deeper and say, “Is this for real?” This was my reaction when stumbling upon Sisters Doll. I still don’t have a definitive answer other than this band lies somewhere in between Cinderella, Alice Cooper, The Backstreet Boys, and Steel Panther. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Evil Eyes

This week a classic new vs. old video showdown; on one side we have Aerosmith, the other side, The Last Vegas. Aerosmith is famous for a career that spans four decades and now Steven Tyler’s (yawn) work on American Idol as a judge. The Last Vegas are a new sleaze rock band that put a unique spin on their videos (and songs) by incorporating horror and humor when possible. SPOILER ALERT: No losers here today! More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Sex Slaves Cool Ride

This week we have new videos from two bands that take the best from the past and inject youth into their sound. First up are Black Tora and then its New York City underground favorites, Sex Slaves. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Badass or Not?

This week a look at up and comers The Treatment and Wildside Riot with new videos that beg the question: Is this badass? More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Guns, Rebels, and Clowns

This week a look at three new videos, first, Beggars & Thieves teaches us gun safety, and then Hart celebrates the eighties with an ultimate tribute. Finally, it’s the Killer Klowns sending us on our way with a beat-your-head its Friday tune. More...

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The Rockstar Ramblings: Bret Michaels Is Back

Okay, so he never really left, that was just a dream. Poison front man Bret Michaels (Poison) has released a brand new video for his new single “Get Your Rock On”, featuring Phil Collen (Def Leppard) and Sal Coz (My Darkest Days). The video was filmed during Michaels' 2011/2012 solo tour. "Get Your Rock On" is the title track from Bret's upcoming solo album of the same name. The single is available on iTunes along with a cover of Poison’s “Nothing But A Good Time”, featuring former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and Chickenfoot bassist Michael Anthony. So, is it just me or is Bret Michaels trying to become the “Kevin Bacon Six Degrees” of eighties rockers? More...

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