Folks generally don't mention Canadian political folkie Bruce Cockburn, New Jersey's punk-cabaret World/Inferno Friendship Society, and Colorado Springs' own metal hellions Jag Panzer in the same breath.
But I just did because, starting today, new albums by all of the above — as well as Avril Lavigne, Neil Diamond, the cast of Glee, and a bunch of other, um, eclectic talents — are streaming in their entirety as part of an online "listening party" promotion being co-sponsored by Splnner and AOL Music.
Fans of the Springs' venerable hard-rock heroes will want to pay particular attention to Jag Panzer's The Scourge of the Light, which will be officially released tomorrow by SPV Records, a German label that's put out albums by Motorhead, Type O Negative, Saxon, Helloween and, of course, John Lee Hooker.
No video from the new album as yet, but you can scroll down for your consolation video. It's for "The Silent," a 2001 song which Jag Panzer vocalist Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin described to Metal Rules! as follows:
"Every time I'm in Europe I try to go to these clubs. They're almost like raves here in the US. Everybody dresses in black and has a goth look to them and their strong influence out there is vampirism and some people go as far as drinking blood on a daily basis and never going out into the sun. Just living in darkness all the time and reading books about vampirism and everything and just really striving and having a deep desire to be a vampire and to live as the vampires do. Thinking that maybe one day you know a real vampire will arise or maybe they'll actually turn into a vampire themselves. You know if I file down my teeth and everything maybe through my bloodline eventually my child would just be born with these razor sharp teeth or something like that. But I figured I would write a song about a person that desired to be a vampire so much that until he finally met a real vampire and was turned into a vampire himself he finally realizes now that he's cursed forever and even though he thought he was damned in the life before because he couldn't live eternally and he couldn't feed on people which he desired to now he MUST feed on people to live and now there's no way he could die even if he wanted to. He has to live with this curse eternally so now he's damned and he comes to the realization that now being a vampire sucks, you know."