DANTE FOX RELEASE DOUBLE A SINGLE 'A LOVE AFFAIR' ON MARCH 20:
Highly Acclaimed UK Female fronted melodic rockers Dante Fox will release a brand new double A side single featuring the explosive How will you know? (where to find me) and the classy power ballad A Love Affair on March 20 to coincide with the bands appearance at the highly acclaimed festival Hard Rock Hell AOR 2 also on March 20th (featuring UFO, Graham Bonnet, Robin beck, House Of Lords etc) The Two brand new songs have been recorded at M2 Studio's (Magnum) and the bands own private studio by Mark V Stuart and Sheena Sear. The tracks were mixed by Sheena Sear at M2 Studio's in March 2014 Both songs can be purchased from iTunes (worldwide) and Amazon .You can pre-order from Amazon now.
This release follows the highly acclaimed 'Lost Man's Ground' album which has kept Dante Fox busy enjoying sold out shows at Firefest where Classic Rock commented: "Dante Fox sounded like a well-oiled machine and as a musical entity they had few peers tonight, Sue's spellbinding vocals displays grace, control and passion" - Classic Rock AOR 7.
A very successful tour as special guests to Romeo's Daughter in October 2013 and an utterly magical night at the O2 Academy Islington with US AOR giants Night Ranger the band also played shows with Electric Boys and White Widow have rekindled their bond with the fans. Lead vocalist Sue Willetts was voted in the top Twenty Female vocalists of all time in Classic Rock AOR.
The current line-up features Sue Willetts - Lead Vocals, Tim Manford - guitars, Andy Perfect - Drums, Pete Lakin - Keyboards, Alan Mills - Bass.
The band are currently busy writing more new material for the brand new studio album expected late 2014.
For further information please visit the Dante Fox Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/pages/Dante-Fox-Fan-Page/329436135492?ref=hl and website www.dantefox.com.
WIG WAM BREAKS UP:
Sad news, with melodic rockers Wig Wam calling it a day. the news was reported in the Norwegian press today. The translation of the article from Dagbladet.no:
"Glamrock band Wig Wam, Åge Sten Nilsen at the forefront, have chosen to go home after 13 years. Wig Wam had plans for a re-release in 2014, but has now decided to drop all cooperation and pursue individual careers. "Wall Street" thus became the band's last album, and last year's concert at Dokka was the band's final performance. There will be no an ending tour or concert, the band said in a statement.
Åge Sten Nilsen will continue as a solo artist, while Trond Holter and Bernt Jansen plays in the band Jorn. The band got their breakthrough in 2005 when they won the Norwegian Melodi Grand Prix final in front Jorunn Erdal with the song "In My Dreams". In the finals they landed on shared ninth place with Denmark.
After Eurovision participation was the album It's Hard to Be a Rock'n Roller 18 weeks on the album chart, while the single "In My Dreams" went right to the top."
CONQUEST OF STEEL SPLIT: Conquest of Steel are sorry to announce the departure of James 'Claymore' Clarke from the band. As his soul transcends to Valhalla, the rest of the band have seen fit to test their sword arms against other foes and thus Conquest of Steel will rest, until like King Arthur before them their steel is needed and they rise once more to battle the enemies of metal. To all those brothers and sisters of metal who have supported the Steel over the years... we salute you!
With four gigs booked before the dark earth swallows our corpse you'd better rush to the Conquest of Steel shop for cheap merch (Sale On Now! see conquestofsteel.miiduu.com) and see our gig listings for details on where to see the 'Steel one last time.
NEW UFO TOUR DATES FOR EUROPE:
Influential hard rock band UFO announce new tour dates for Europe. In tow they have the latest album Seven Deadly which is out on SPV/Steamhammer as a limited edition Digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), a Double Gatefold LP with printed inner sleeves and coloured vinyl, standard edition and download. A new studio album is expected for early 2015.
UFO Tour dates 2014:
19.03. GB-Leamington Spa - The Assembly
20.03. GB-Warrington - Parr Hall
21.03. GB-Sheffield - O2 Academy
22.03. GB-Pwllheli - Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival
24.03. GB-Southampton - The Brook
27.03. SE-Malmö - KB
28.03. SE-Borlänge - Liljan
29.03. SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
30.03. SE-Jönköping - Denim & Leather at APT
01.04. DK-Kolding - Godset
02.04. D-Buchholz - Empore
04.04. D-Kiel - Räucherei
05.04. D-Dresden - Tante Ju
06.04. D-Erfurt - Gewerkschaftshaus
07.04. D-Berlin - K17
23.05. D-Siegburg - Kubana
24.05. NL-Apeldoorn - Gigant
25.05. D-Dortmund - Musiktheater Piano
26.05. D-Bremen - Meisenfrei
28.05. SE/FI - Stockholm/Helsinki - Silja Rock Cruise
29.05. FI-Helsinki - Nosturi
30.05. RUS-St. Petersburg - Jagger
31.05. RUS-Moscow - Izvestya Hall
02.06. BY-Minsk - BelGosMuz Theatre
03.06. UA-Kiev - Club Yunost
04.06. UA-Kharkov - National Theatre of Opera & Ballet
08.06. D-Mannheim - Alte Seilerei
NEW REVIEWS ADDED: Reviews have been updated with the verdict in for albums by: Magnum, W.E.T., House Of Lords, Within Temptation, Heart, Axel Rudi Pell, Daryl Braithwaite, Johnny Lima, Fate, Linda & The Punch, Berggren Kerslake Band and EZ Livin. Check them out now.
MRX UPDATED: MRX has been updated with the second part of the complete Billboard Rock Chart from 1981. MRX Info.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
MAXX EXPLOSION DEBUT NEW VIDEO: Maxx Explosion (Kivel Records) released their debut album "Forever" at MRF3 in Chicago this past Oct. Where their brief set won over listeners and fans with their brand of guitar driven rock. Currently on tour as House Of Lords (Frontiers) opening act, the band will be hitting a bunch of stops in Europe between March and April in support. A package show that should not be missed.
Right before the band left for Europe, they filmed their third video, for the track "Can't Help Falling In Love". See the band live at MRF4 this October.
SAMMY HAGAR LAUNCHES PERSONAL JESUS VIDEO: Sammy Hagar has released a video for 'Personal Jesus', a track featured on his Sammy Hagar & Friends album. 'Personal Jesus' features Sammy and his friends Neal Schon (Journey), Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot, Ex-Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Chickenfoot, Red Hot Chili Peppers) tear through a powerful rendition of this tune that stands apart from the Depeche Mode original and Johnny Cash cover. Check out the video following this link www.redrocker.com/video/personal-jesus
Sammy has also confirmed two shows for this summer:
June 14 - ROT Biker Rally at Travis County Expo Centre - Austin, TX
July 17 - Chippewa Valley Rock Fest - Cadott, WI
Hagar scored the 11th Billboard Top 25 album of his career last October when Sammy Hagar & Friends, debuted at #23 on the US Billboard 200. The album marks the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's highest charting solo album in 18 years, since 1997's Marching To Mars. Sammy Hagar & Friends also scored the #7 Rock Album and #5 Independent Album release for Frontiers Records.
INTRODUCING VHF: VHF is a new band featuring legendary bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder), guitarist Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock Of Ages) and drummer Todd Vinny Vinciguerra. The band's predominantly instrumental EP, Very High Frequency, is being mixed and mastered by Tommy Kessler (Blondie).
A band description reads: "Taken from the blueprint set by Miles Davis' ground breaking record Kind Of Blue, VHF starts with drummer Todd Vinny Vinciguerra setting the initial tone of the song, The song arrangement is made on drums, then passed along to legendary bassist Tony Franklin for chord progression and underlying groove. Once a groove is established, the rhythm tracks are set in place for guitar virtuoso Joel Hoekstra's independent interpretation. The music is created from the bottom up, that is the drums are the creative force behind the band. The final piece contains parts by each musician uniquely composed, completely independent of each other, and done with complete artistic freedom by each musician. The sound of the band varies from piece to piece, but it is a combination of ethereal trippy sounds and driving rhythms, enticing the listener to create a picture or movie to play out in their mind."
Watch for it this spring and check out a teaser video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaGBziSzB3g&feature=youtu.be.
EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE DEEP PURPLE LIVE IN CALIFORNIA 74:
New York, NY (March 12, 2014)In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the historic California Jam Festival, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Deep Purple Live in California 74 for the first time on CD and Digital Audio on April 1. [MSRP $13.98]
By the mid-seventies, Deep Purple was one of the biggest selling rock acts in America, and Live In California 74 demonstrates exactly why. Taking place at the end of their 28-date tour promoting Burn, the CD showcases the band performing before 200,000 people as the headliner of the Cal Jam Festival. Closing their trek with a triumphant climax, the potent line-up of Ritchie Blackmore (guitar), David Coverdale (vocals), Glenn Hughes (bass), Jon Lord (keyboards), and Ian Paice (drums) pummel through an explosive set of songs from Burn, as well as classics like “Space Truckin'” and “Smoke On The Water.”
40 years later, this set still resonates as a concert for the ages. Previously released on DVD in 2006, the Live In California 74 album is an absolutely must-have for any Deep Purple fan's collection.
Track Listing: 1.) Burn 2.) Might Just Take Your Life 3.) Lay Down, Stay Down 4.) Mistreated 5.) Smoke On The Water 6.) You Fool No One 7.) Space Truckin'.
30 CLASSIC SHAKRA SONGS AND MORE...:
Swiss hard rockers Shakra have disclosed their latest plans of releasing a "Best Of" album, which will be titled “33 - The Best Of” and it set to arrive on May 9th. The double album includes 30 Shakra classics and 3 brand new songs.
THEOCRACY LOSE DRUMMER:
Georgia-based melodic metal band Theocracy regrets to announce the departure of longtime drummer Shawn Benson to pursue other interests. Continued work conflicts and scheduling issues simply made it impossible to move forward, so both parties amicably agreed that it was time for a change to be made. There are no hard feelings on either side, and the band wishes Shawn nothing but the best in the future. "To be honest, I'm pretty devastated about this, as I expected to be playing with Shawn for as long as we kept going,"¯ says vocalist Matt Smith. "But he is moving into a different phase of his life and could no longer give the commitment it takes to be in a band, so ultimately this is the only solution for all parties involved. I'd like to personally thank Shawn for helping to bring three albums from my imagination to reality, and his contributions can never be overstated. He will always be a part of the Theocracy family."
In the interest of moving forward, Theocracy is beginning to look for candidates to fill the position. Interested parties can contact the band at email@example.com.
Theocracy recently returned from their third full tour of Europe and are currently working on new material. Their most recent album, As the World Bleeds, received rave reviews and landed on the Billboard Heatseeker Chart in the U.S. upon release. As the World Bleeds is the band's third album, and their second release for Ulterium Records. For more information on Theocracy: www.theocracymusic.com / www.facebook.com/theocracyband.
BLUE COW KENT PREVIEW UPCOMING ALBUM:
Phantom Cathedral is the upcoming concept album from the Swedish melodic rock band Blue Cow Kent, to be released in 2014. The album tells the story about soldier Bynes Hunteera and the battle against his faithless alter ego Lucas Black, a dark childhood that keeps haunting him in the shape of circus director Uncle Ben. The clown eraser is coming. The first single Alias Lincoln Bravo was released in 2013, a song that can be described as an AOR-ish version of Saga. Now the band release their new song Thunder Is Coming from Phantom Cathedral, as a free download at: bluecowkent.bandcamp.com. "Thunder is coming is more of an epic hard rock song - we salute 70´s hard rock songs like Stargazer by Rainbow and Sails of Charon by Scorpions", says lead singer Kaj Roth. "The new album is not only AOR, you´ll get your share of heavy rock and even some progressive stuff."
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM IN MAY ON FRONTIERS: Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki's Avalon sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16 in Europe and May 20 in North America.
Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the "Metal Opera" was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki's home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.
As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary Stratovarius “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,” tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”
The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes Nightwish singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle), plus Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) - who appears again after contributing to the first album - and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You'll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.
Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.
“Angels of the Apocalypse” final tracklisting: 1. Song For Eden 2. Jerusalem Is Falling 3. Design The Century 4. Rise Of The 4th Reich 5. Stargate Atlantis 6. You'll Bleed Forever 7. The Paradise Lost 8. Neon Sirens 9. High Above Of Me 10. Angels Of The Apocalypse 11. Garden Of Eden.
The first single “Design The Century” (featuring Nightwish singer Floor Jansen) will be released digitally worldwide on April 7. You can enjoy a 20 second snippet from the album at this link: youtu.be/jIyw90HPjT4.
Weblinks: www.avalonopera.com / www.frontiers.it.
Musicians: Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass and keyboards; Tuomo Lassila: drums; Antti Ikonen: keyboards; Nicholas Jeudy: orchestration; Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Fabio Lione, David DeFeis, Zachary Stevens, Elize Ryd, Caterina Nix: vocals. Produced by Timo Tolkki.
PAUL STANLEY TALKS TO BILLBOARD:
A very good read over at Billboard.com - a Q&A with Kiss frontman Paul Stanley:
In April, Stanley embarks on a book tour for his memoir "Face the Music: A Life Exposed"… The rocker talks why he finally put his life on paper, the inaccuracies of Gene Simmons' own book, and what actually went down with the Rock Hall of Fame.
Few bands know how to celebrate better than Kiss; it coined the concept "rock and roll all night and party every day," after all. And this is a time of celebration for the group, with this year marking the 40th anniversary of its first two albums, the launch of the Arena Football League's L.A. Kiss and its upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (though not without drama; read on) on April 10 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Best of all for frontman Paul Stanley is the April 8 publication of his autobiography "Face the Music: A Life Exposed," a revealing memoir in which he writes frankly about the travails of his youth and the triumphs and tribulations of both Kiss and his personal life.
Stanley lights out on a six-city book tour that begins April 7 at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in New York with subsequent stops at the Barnes & Noble in Staten Island (April 8); Bookends in Ridgewood, N.J. (April 9); Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles (April 16); Warwick's in La Jolla, Calif. (April 17); and the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on April 25. With all that going on, it's not surprising our conversation with the Starman was wide-ranging and characteristically forthright.
Full Article: www.billboard.com/articles/news/5930394/paul-stanley-kiss-interview-rock-hall-fame-autobiography-tour-album
Meanwhile - get set for a North American summer tour package featuring Kiss, Def Leppard and Night Ranger!
The story of their pivotal album, Infinity, released in 1978. Journey had won a loyal muso following with their post-Mahavishnu fusioneering, but world domination would not hover within their grasp until they found the perfect lead singer to turn their improvisations into anthems. Enter one Steve Perry…
Plus! On the road with Journey in Europe in 1979. Including Diamonds a 15-track CD featuring a glittering collection of melodic rock gems. Included in our 24-carat stash: Foreigner, Vandenberg's Moonkings, Stan Bush, Heart, Vanity Riots, Ajenda, Nashville Pussy, Drought…
Also featured in this issue:
• Heart - Ann Wilson on home movies, inventing a brand new way of rocking – and making Robert Plant cry.
• TNT - After surviving bereavement and thyroid cancer, frontman Tony Harnell is ready to re-ignite his career with the Norwegian rockers.
• A To Z Of Scandinavian AOR - Let us take you on a guided tour of Scandinavia's rock history and glam/sleaze/AOR future…
• Starship - Mickey Thomas returns with a fine new album and plans to bring his new-look combo to the UK.
• Foreigner - It's 1977, and with disco at its height, and the punk and new wave hordes baying at the gates, it's not a great time for rock. But it's the perfect time for Foreigner to swoop in.
• Kingdom Come - This is the story of their stairway to rock'n'roll heaven…
• Giuffria - After Angel went their separate ways, keyboard wizard Gregg Giuffria was free to indulge his grand melodic visions. But then the label began to interfere…
• Missing Persons - Returning with a new album, Dale Bozzio tells all about Frank Zappa, stardom and her painful split from husband/bandmate Terry.
• Boston - Tom Scholz looks back on the hits that made him a legend, as well as looking towards the future.
Plus! Interviewed: H.E.A.T., House Of Lords, The Treatment, Jessica Wolff, L.R.S., Vanity Blvd, Skyscraper, Space Elevator, United Nations, Linda & The Punch, Trillion, Frédéric Slama, Michael Des Barres, Chris Laney.
WAMI LAUNCH WILD WOMAN SINGLE: WAMI, a new exciting project will see the light of day in May. The album entitled "Kill the King" will give a new meaning to hard'n'heavy music and today you can check the first single promoting this release. “Wild Woman (You Oughta Know)” is available on Metal Mind Productions' official YouTube channel: http://youtu.be/VDgJocsYuh4. You can also preview and purchase this track on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/pl/album/wild-woman-you-oughta-know/id827782750.
The names associated with the project are true legends on the hard rock scene: on the vocals - Doogie White (Rainbow, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen), on the drums - Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, DIO), on the bass - Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), who join forces with the 16-year-old Polish guitarist Iggy Gwadera, who made his debut 2 years ago as the guitarist of Anti Tank Nun.
The idea to record an album together was born after Thin Lizzy's concert in Poland. The bassist Marco Mendoza, delighted with the young guitarist Iggy, who supported Thin Lizzy with his band Anti Tank Nun, suggested that they record some music together. This first idea, which was maturing for the next dozen-odd months, eventually evolved into the project involving legendary musicians, who are currently recording a brand new album together with Iggy. The drummer Vinny Appice, renowned for playing in some of the best heavy metal bands of worldwide fame, as also the bassist Marco Mendoza have already finished recording bass and drum tracks in Los Angeles. In late November 2013, Doogie White confronted his vocal talent with Iggy's guitar technique during their recording sessions in Poland. Hard rock fans can well expect the results of these sessions to be truly outstanding!
Official pages: www.facebook.com/WAMIband / twitter.com/WAMIBand.
MELODIC BRIEFS: Don Felder--former guitarist of the Eagles, New York Times best-selling author and four-time Grammy® Award winner will re-release his critically acclaimed solo album on March 25 on his Top Ten Inc. label via INGrooves Music Group. Originally released October 9, 2012, Road To Forever: Extended Edition will include four additional songs: "Can't Stop Now," "Southern Bound," "She Runs Free" and "Sensuality." The album's latest single, "You Don't Have Me," will be serviced to radio in April.
JEFF KOLLMAN AUDIO AND LIVE UPDATE:
March 11, 2014 - Continuing his recent digital output, acclaimed L.A.-based guitarist Jeff Kollman (Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, Asia Feat. John Payne, Glenn Hughes) has announced the release of two new singles, "In The Hills of Granada" and "Another Rainy Saturday", which will be available March 17 via iTunes and other outlets. Video of warm-up runs for both songs are posted on the Jeff Kollman YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/guitarscreams.
States Kollman: "So, after living in Southern California for more than 15 years already, I'm finally getting around to naming a song after the neighborhood I've been living in all this time. Go figure! "In the Hills of Granada" is an acoustic blues track inspired by the old school finger-style blues players. You could say it's a bit dark and ominous sounding, amplified by the baritone tuning I'm using on this one. "Another Rainy Saturday" is a solo acoustic piece with a pretty, melancholy sort of vibe. Funny enough, it only rained like two major downpours in six months in L.A. but it was enough to inspire a song."
On the live front, Kollman has a packed schedule of local, national and international shows coming up, gigging with his progressive trio, Cosmosquad, Chad Smith (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame) led all-stars, the Bombastic Meatbats, blues rockers Bleeding Harp, jazz contemporaries Tizer, and fellow Asia Feat. John Payne member Erik Norlander's The Galactic Collective, before heading out on a tour of Japan with vocalist Eikichi Yazawa in November and December.
The full JK live itinerary reads as follows:
Mar. 15 - Ireland's 32 - Van Nuys, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
Mar. 23 - Baked Potato - Studio City, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
Mar. 29 - Capetown Jazz Fest - Capetown, South Africa w/ Tizer
Apr. 11 - Winchester Music Hall - Lakewood, OH w/ Erik Norlander
Apr. 13 - NJProghouse - Roxy & Duke's Roadhouse - Dunellen, NJ w/ Erik Norlander
Apr. 19 - Baked Potato - Studio City, CA w/ Cosmosquad
Apr. 25 - Baked Potato - Studio City, CA w/ Bombastic Meatbats
Apr. 26 - Alva's - San Pedro, CA w/ Cosmosquad
May 09 - Cherokee Arts Center - Canton, GA w/ Erik Norlander
May 25 - Jacksonville Jazz Fest - Jacksonville, FL w/ Tizer
May 29 - Jazz Under The Stars, Aliante Casino - Las Vegas, NV w/ Tizer
May 29 - Ireland's 32 - Van Nuys, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
May 30 - Spaghettini - Seal Beach, CA w/ Tizer
Jun. 26 - Levitt Pavilion - Pasadena, CA w/ Tizer
Jun. 27 - Ireland's 32 - Van Nuys, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
July 12 - Lake Mission Viejo Park - Mission Viejo, CA w/ Bleeding Harp
Sep. 26 - Brea Jazz Fest - Brea, CA w/ Tizer
Kollman recently unveiled his second signature guitar pedal, The Bombastortion, developed in conjunction with noted tone guru Tim Jauernig, designer of the Gristle King and the Luxury Drive, among others. A demonstration video is posted on Kollman's YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=B48gdZfmHW0; the pedal can be ordered directly via www.jeffkollman.com/merch.htm.
FAITHSEDGE DEBUT NEW VIDEO: Faithsedge returns this year with a new album with a 2 minute preview of the track / video for "Comes Crashing Down" featuring singer Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, Tony "AJ" Morra (Van Zant) on drums and keyboardist Eric Ragno (Trixter/Fergie Fredrickson). The album also was produced by Fabrizio Grossi who also played bass (Steve Vai / Steve Lukather) and mastered buy Pete Doell (Universal mastering) and also features other melodic rock keys man Alessandro Del Vechhio (Hardline). Further details on release date worldwide will be announced soon!
The track Comes Crashing Down is a blend of hard rock and progressive and running a total of 6 minutes long. Heres a preview! www.youtube.com/watch?v=LscFWI1sdGs&feature=youtu.be
BAD COMPANY CELEBRATE DESOLATION ANGELS:
Dallas, TX - March 11, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Bad Company's 1979 comeback album Desolation Angels.
With their self-titled debut album five years earlier, Bad Company had become one of the essential bands of the '70s, a super-group made up of ex-Mott the Hoople guitarist Mick Ralphs, King Crimson bass player Boz Burrell, and Free alumni singer/songwriter Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke. But by 1977 the endless tours had taken their toll, and the band's disappointing Burnin' Sky album proved to be a career wake-up call. After a two year hiatus Bad Company re-emerged in 1979 with the album Desolation Angels and their strongest batch of songs since their debut, including the popular “Rock'n'Roll Fantasy”, “Oh Atlanta” and “Gone, Gone, Gone”. Paul Rodgers shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard what impact their time off had on the success of Desolation Angels. ”We took our time and made a good album. Even the cover reflects care and attention to detail and it all counts.... All of the guys in Bad Company were professional musicians who loved what they did. We wanted, at all times, to make a great album and I think (Desolation Angels) is the result of being rested and it reflects in the freshness of the feel.”
Bad Company /InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/bad-company-desolation-angels-35th-anniversary-paul-rodgersmick-ralphssimon-kirke
ANDRZEJ CITOWICZ EXPERIENCE - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC PROJECT:
The Andrzej Citowicz Experience - International Music Project (Egypt, Germany and Poland) just released on YouTube lyrics video to their single "The One". The single promotes their upcoming EP "Jack Of Hearts". On April 1st "The One" will be available on several platforms (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon). Link to video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhXu-qKVsw8.
The Andrzej Citowicz Experience are: Andrzej Citowicz-guitars; Oliver Monsieur-vocals; Dirk Arnicke- keys / drums; Patryk Szymanski-bass; Producer: Ancient Dreamland / Dirk Arnicke more info: www.facebook.com/andrzejcitowicz / www.citowicz.net.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH HIRAX, FREEDOM CALL, LOVER UNDER COVER AND MONTE PITTMAN: Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Katon W DePena of Hirax, Chris Bay of Freedom Call, Monte Pittman (ex Prong) and Mikael Carlsson of Lover Under Cover and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-hirax-freedom-call-monte-pittman-lover-under-cover-interviews/
In the first hour, Chris Bay of Power Metal masters Freedom Call talks about the writing and recording of band's new album "Beyond", and the return of founder member Ilker Ersin. Chris also chooses 2 songs from "Beyond". Also in part 1, Mikael Carlsson of Melodic Hard Rockers Lover Under Cover discusses the band's new album "Into The Night", and selects tracks from the record.
Part 2 kicks into high gear with legendary Thrashers Hirax, with frontman Katon W DePena giving the lowdown on their vicious new album "Immortal Legacy". Katon talks about the guest guitarists on the album (including Rocky George, ex Suicidal Tendencies, and Jim Durkin of Dark Angel). The show rounds off with a chat the man who taught Madonna to play the Pantera riff she's been seen playing in a popular Youtube clip, Monte Pittman, formerly of Prong, and also Madonna's guitarist for many years. Monte's new album "The Power of Three" sees him working with legendary Metallica producer Flemming Rasmussen. Plus classic tracks and killer new cuts from Gary Moore, Alice Cooper, Gus G and Heart.
You can also listen on Sunday 9th March 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 12th March 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
UPCOMING FROM AOR HEAVEN IN APRIL: AOR Heaven's upcoming April 25 releases have been announced. They are Sunstrike and Alien. Read on -
Alien, one of Sweden's finest Melodic Rock band have released genre classics such as “Alien” (1988/89) and “Shiftin' Gear” (1990) including chart and platinum hits like “Only One Woman”, “Tears Don't Put Out The Fire” and “Brave New Love”. The original line-up was split up in 1989 and when reunited in 2010 a handful of festivals were booked to coincide with the return including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Getaway Rock and Firefest a.o. The release of the brand new single “Ready To Fly” (Manora Rec) went down great with the fans and especially the response from the crowd at the Firefest. 2011 made the band really consider making this new album.
In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI CD re-issue (ltd 1000 copies) of the debut album “Alien” (s/t Scandinavian) reached no.1 in the Import Album Chart in Japan and was quickly sold out. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut EMI Music Sweden re-mastered and released the back catalogue digitally including some previously unreleased demos as bonus. To top it off the "Alien - 25th Anniversary" 2CD deluxe limited edition was put out and soon sold out as well. The re-release of the "Shiftin' Gear” CD (AOR Heaven) including four bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989. Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.
Alien decided to add a song, “I'm a fighter”, written back in the 80's by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.
WebLinks: alientheband.com / facebook.com/alientheband.
Line-up: Jim Jidhed – vocals, Tony Borg – guitars, Jimmy Wandroph – keyboards, Ken Sandin – bass, Toby Tarrach - drums.
Track list: In Love We Trust; Unbroken; Love Will Lead Me Home; I Believe; Summer Of Love; What Goes Up; I'm A Fighter; Wildheart; Liar, Liar; Look At Us Know; Burning Heart; In Truth.
SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses! The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda! When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Björn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.
Two demo songs were posted on the band's facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band. The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim's Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-André Beckston (Monowasp).
Track list: 1. Power of the Dreams, 2. Rock Your World, 3. Fireball, 4. Right Track, 5. Roll The Dice, 6. Rock It Out, 7. Never Let You Go, 8. Higher, 9. Scream And Shout, 10. Into The Light, 11. Edge Of Life, 12. Heat Of The Night.
Line-up: Christian Hedgren – Lead and background vocals, Joachim Nordlund – Guitars and background vocals, Johan Lindstedt – Drums and background vocals.
TESLA SIMPLIFY THINGS FOR NEXT OPUS:
Not sure where this was originally printed, but here I'm lifting from Blabbermouth:
California rockers Tesla last month entered the studio to record eight or nine new songs, to be included on the band's forthcoming album. Says TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon: "I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas way more than 'Forevermore', and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. The band is working and producing it as we did 'Into The Now'... with help from the legendary Tom Zutaut, who helped us make our best albums.
"The title of the new album is gonna be 'Simplicity' and I truly believe you guys are gonna love it! The opening track is called 'MP3' and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values... and has a heavy-ass riff! Then we segue into a rock and roll song called 'Ricochet' that talks about Uncle Ted...Can't wait to play this stuff live!"
KEEP CALM ASK ALICE:
New York, NY (March 10, 2014)--Banger Films, in association with Eagle Rock Entertainment, presents Alice Cooper in Super Duper Alice Cooper, the brand new official Alice Cooper documentary distributed by SpectiCast. Super Duper Alice Cooper will premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will hit theaters nationwide beginning May 30, 2014. The film is the first ever 'doc opera' – a dizzying blend of documentary archive footage, animation and rock opera that will cement forever the legend of Alice Cooper.
In order to make Super Duper Alice Cooper as interactive for his devoted fans as he possibly can, Alice Cooper is putting together a special pre-recorded “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” Q&A that will run following each theatrical screening. In order for Alice to give some wild answers, he'll require some burning questions from fans, so he's inviting YOU to ask him anything now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com (click the “Keep Calm & Go Ask Alice” graphic). Once the submission period is closed, Alice will personally handpick select questions and answer them via video, serving as the aforementioned Q&A. So, do you want your question to be answered in the pre-recorded Alice Cooper Q&A running after each and every screening in the U.S.? Of course you do! Submit your questions now via www.SuperDuperAliceCooper.com.
Monday, March 10, 2014
SECOND VIDEO FROM PRETTY MAIDS LAUNCHED:
After celebrating their 30th Anniversary as a band and the release of their latest monumental album "Motherland", the Danish melodic hard rockers Pretty Maids are serving the fans with an album which includes eight re-recorded classic songs from the 1995 - 2006 era, plus four brand new songs specially written for this record and a special bonus DVD including archive footage from the 80's, brand new interviews and plenty of cool material for the fans!
"There were two main reasons for us to do this Album," explains singer Ronnie Atkins. "First of all we wanted to keep the ball in spin and release some kind of an 'in between' album before the next 'real' studio album. Then we were curious to hear how some of the older songs would sound like with the band line up we have today and in the hands of our current producer Jacob Hansen. The original idea was actually to do a mix of both re-recorded, re-mixed, covers and new songs, but in the end decided to cut it down to what it is. We deliberately chose not to re-record some of the eighties and early nineties material, since it's some kind of 'sacred' both to ourselves as well as the fans."
The release of "Louder Than Ever" will be followed up by a three to four weeks tour in Europe in May 2014. On top the band will appear on the bill of several festivals during the summer plus there will be the traditional Christmas Ride.
Turn Up The Volume – Danish Dynamite Is… Louder Than Ever!
"Louder Than Ever" includes the following tracks: CD: Deranged (New Song); Playing God; Psycho Time Bomb Planet Earth; My Soul To Take (New Song); He Who Never Lived; Virtual Brutality; Tortured Spirit; With These Eyes; Nuclear Boomerang (New Song); Snakes In Eden; Wake Up To The Real World; A Heart Without A Home (New Song). DVD: A Retrospective of the "Motherland" 2013 World Tour. Includes Archive footage from early stages of the band's career, interviews, backstage, Studio Footage and the usual freakiness.
Enjoy a "Louder Than Ever" presentation following this YouTube link: youtu.be/404ydIeqUHY.
Pretty Maids:Ronnie Atkins: Vocals; Ken Hammer: Guitar; Rene Shades: Bass; Allan Tchicaja: Drums; Morten Sandager: Keyboards. Produced by Jacob Hansen.
UNRULY CHILD RETURN: Unruly Child sprung back to life over the weekend with a new website and new social media presence on Facebook. Along with the launch of these new pages is news of a new independent release. The 7 track release is titled Down The Rabbit Hole and is in fact "Side One" of the new 2014 album, with "Side Two" due later in the year.
Currently the band plan to make the songs available on CD via CDBaby and Digitally via iTunes in 3-6 weeks time.
The band states: "We've been diligently working at getting our new album together over the last 14 months. It started with writing sessions in January of 2013 and has been picking up steam throughout the later part of that year. Of course the three of us have our other commitments and schedules, so we can only get creative as time allows - and we tend to be perfectionists at times. Now we're finally nearing completion of the first half (seven songs) from our newest opus. We've decided to release it one "side" at a time, so we could get it out there sooner, rather than later."
Fans can check out some audio clips through the UC Soundcloud link on the home page of their newly designed website at: www.unrulychild.net.
"Down The Rabbit Hole" features seven new songs: This Is Who I Am, Down The Rabbit Hole, She Can't See Me, Breaking Hearts, Kindred, For All We Know, Say I Love You.
TYKETTO PREPARE DOCUMENTARY LAUNCH:
After the successful 2012 worldwide release of Dig In Deep (Frontiers Records) and live appearances at Download Festival, Firefest, Hard Rock Hell, Sweden Rock and Hard In Rio, Tyketto's 25th anniversary DVD, "Documentally Yours" goes on sale Thursday, March 6th, 2014 at 9:00pm EST.
The three hour DVD will take you into the band's homes and into the recording studio while they track their classic AOR release, Don't Come Easy. See live footage from stages around the world and most importantly, from the infamously notorious New York music scene of the mid and late 80's.
Doucmentally Yours Promotional video:
The package is selling for $25.00 U.S. Dollars, which includes shipping and handling to anywhere in the world via Paypal. Log onto www.Paypal.com and send your order to Scott107Pro@aol.com.
The launch of the DVD is just the beginning for Tyketto in 2014. In addition to co-headlining this year's "Hard Rock Hell" festival (Wales), playing on the sold out "Monsters of Rock" cruise (Florida/Bahamas) and headlining the "Heat Festival" (Germany), Tyketto will be performing on England's 2014 "Download Festival" stage along with Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, Black Label Society And Tesla.
"Like" The Tyketto Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Tyketto-The-Official/272013509510636 and visit our website at www.Tyketto.de / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyketto.
BALTIMOORE ARE BACK FOR MORE: "Musically, I think it's where this band should be – loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section" — Björn Lodin
BLP Music is pleased to announce the 12th album from Swedish hard rock outfit Baltimoore entitled Back For More is out now and available on all leading digital music platforms. Home to 10 new tracks and led as always by enigmatic vocalist Björn Lodin, "Back For More" sees the band deliver a fresh take on the Baltimoore sound for 2014 with some new and old faces in the current line-up.
On his fellow musicians Lodin comments, "My main man for this release is guitar player Mats Attaque. He was actually in a band with me right before I started Baltimoore (Ready Steady). Several of the songs from the first album we also played in that band. Teaming up with him again has been truly inspiring… He's a great guitar player and singer - a great musician! We grew up in the same area and share a lot of the same rhythm interpretation, coming from the folk music around these parts of Sweden. Drummer Klas Anderhell, long time session player and The Guy you call when you need to get the job done. Having him joining us is a treat. Weine Johansson (bass) and Örjan Fernkvist (organ) are returning and nothing pleases me more. I'm proud of this band!" Song writing for the album originally began back in 2011 with some ideas being considered for what would have been Lodin's third release with Hungarian rock outfit Hard.
"It originally started out as a new Hard album, but as the songs developed I knew this had to be for Baltimoore. It's been a slow process since starting in October 2011. I had the songs written before I got the final line-up together and as players came along, putting their skills and input to them, it all fell into place. I just ignite and feed off others... We've been recording on and off since early 2012 but the album gained momentum in late 2013 and here we are…finished". On the album's style Bjorn continues, "Musically, I think it's where this band should be – loud guitars along with Hammond organ and a vibrant rhythm section. Lyrically, I don't know… I bitch, bark and moan about whatever comes to mind, like always. However, there's an on-going story in our songs… I seem to end up in same 'place' over and over… That's something I want to take further and explore with visual stuff eventually".