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31
Jan

THE RADIO SUN Record Original Tribute Song To Ace Frehley

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Australian melodic rock band The Radio Sun have penned an original tribute to Ace Frehley titled 'SpaceMan'. Guitarist Stevie Janevski goes on to say 'all of us in The Radio Sun grew up on a healthy diet of KISS and in particular were all inspired by the original spaceman Ace Frehley. This song is a bit of fun and is not meant to defame anyone in particular but rather a stance acknowledging the original SpaceMan'.
 
People can hear the song here:
 

The Radio Sun will release their second full length album mid 2015, currently being mixed by Paul Laine (ex Danger Danger). *SpaceMan will not be on the upcoming album but rather something special the band put together before the full length album's release.

*SpaceMan will be released as a 4 song cd/ep and will also be available on ITunes, Spotify, Google Play etc. soon. Pre Order info very soon!

Art concept and design - created by Marc Welsh.

www.theradiosun.com
www.facebook.com/theradiosun
Twitter: @theradiosun

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Sat
31
Jan

NIGHT RANGER Book Solo Headline Show For London

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RARE UK CONCERT
LONDON ISLINGTON O2 ACADEMY
THURSDAY 12th MARCH 2015
 
24 HOUR BOX OFFICE: 0844 249 1000
BOOK ONLINE: Ticket Web, Eventim, Gigantic or See Tickets
 
Night Ranger (left to right): Keri Kelli, Kelly Keagy, Jack Blades, Brad Gillis and Eric Levy
Photo courtesy of Night Ranger
 
As a warm-up to their forthcoming appearance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival in the UK on Saturday 14th March, the critically acclaimed San Francisco hard rockin’ band Night Ranger will play a rare concert at the London Islington O2 Academy on Thursday 12th March.
 

 
Tickets for the Islington O2 Academy show are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 249 1000, or can be booked online from Ticket Web, Eventim, Gigantic or See Tickets.  For VIP Packages, visit Night Ranger’s Official Website.
 
Night Ranger features bassist and vocalist Jack Blades, plus Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Keri Kelli (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).
Night Ranger have sold over 17 million albums worldwide, performed over 2,500 live shows, and have played with the biggest names in rock including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, ZZ Top, Journey, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Cheap Trick, and many more.
 
Night Ranger will perform songs from their multi-platinum 1983 album Midnight Madness which includes their smash hits Sister Christian, When You Close Your Eyes and (You Can Still) Rock In America, plus songs from their 2014 studio album High Road featuring their hit single High Road.
 
High Road features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll,” says Night Ranger’s frontman Jack Blades.  Drummer and singer Kelly Keagy adds - “We’re proud of the new album and we’re really looking forward to playing the new songs as well as the 80s classics in London at the Islington Academy show on March 12th.  See you there.”
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Sat
31
Jan

BURNING RAIN To Replace CIRCUS MAXIMUS At FRF2

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Frontiers Music Srl regret to inform the Norwegian Prog Metallers CIRCUS MAXIMUS will be unable to perform at the forthcoming FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL II, which will be held at the Live Club in Trezzo (Milano), Italy on April 11th and 12th 2015.

Frontiers is anyway pleased to announce that California Hard Rockers BURNING RAIN will perform instead at the Festival and have their show on April 11th.
 
BURNING RAIN is the band formed by former DIO/WHITESNAKE guitarist Doug Aldrich, together with singer Keith St. John (MONTROSE). The band has released the self-titled debut in 1999, 'Pleasure To Burn' in 2000 and the latest "Epic Obsession' on Frontiers Music Srl. Their sound recalls the big Hard-Rock of the 80's, powered by big hooks, a blistering guitar-work (that has become a signature of Aldrich) and that typical 'Bluesy' groove.
 
The boys have learnt a trick or two from the various bands that they have been involved with, and their real home is the stage, as you can experience by yourself catching them live at the FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL II.
 
This will be the real first time for Burning Rain in Italy, so be there and enjoy your well deserved dose of Classic Hard Rock! More surprises to be announced soon!!!
 
Websites:
www.burningrain.net
www.facebook.com/BurningRain
My Lust Your Fate (latest videoclip): http://youtu.be/Q71lr6aHP5A
www.frontiersrockfestival.com
 

 

L to R: Keith St. John, Matt Starr, Sean McNabb, Doug Aldrich

 

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Sat
31
Jan

MelodicRock Records Signs Aussie Rockers TONK

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TONK "Ruby Voodoo" is set for release on MelodicRock Records February 28. Stay tuned for soundbytes and pre-order links.
Please welcome Aussie hard rockers TONK to the MelodicRock Records family. 

TONK have recorded a fantastic old-school hard rock record with famed producer Nick Didier (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen). It sounds authentic, because it is authentic!
 
Check out 2 preview tracks right now: www.melodicrock.com/audio/MRR%20-%20Mystery%20Signing.mp3

 
TONK hail from Canberra Australia. And like the Aussie legends before them, this hard-rock quintet just want to have a great time delivering their own brand of hard gritty tunes... 
Screaming vocals, ripping guitars and bombastic drums leave nothing left for the faint hearted.



You'll love the experience of course, whether it's your first time or you are a longstanding Tonkist, wherever you come across them, when Jinks, Steve, Ben, Matt and Mikey get in a room together, hard rockin' sparks fly!!!

The music of Tonk may be of the classic ilk, but its unapologetic affection for old-school rock makes it infectious.


Tonk's debut album, Sister Switchblade was released on November 2007 to worldwide critical acclaim,

scoring the band world-wide radio airplay, a distribution deal with Modern Music/SONY BMG, a US licensing deal (Undercover Tracks), 

TV syncs and countless articles in local and international online and print media.



In September 2012, Tonk were invited and accepted to be included on a French Aussie compilation CD 'Rock Des Antipodes' by French label Bad Reputation.

Coming in at track 5, alongside the likes of Baby Animals, Jet, The Vines, Airbourne, Masters Apprentices, Dallas Crane and others.

Tonk were also involved in an international furore when it was found that FOX networks 'How I Met Your Mother' 

TV series had recorded and used their song 'Golden Girl' without permission on two separate occasions prompting the band to pursue remuneration and correction of the aired broadcast sheets. 


www.abc.net.au/news/2012-03-15/how-fox-stole-our-song2c-aussie-band-tells/3892612
 
Tonk have toured and played alongside: Airbourne, Helmet (USA), The Screaming Jets, Jimmy Barnes, The Casanovas, Shihad, The Poor, Grinspoon, The Angels, Gyroscope, MM9, Karnivool, COG, Sunset Riot, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect, Mammal, Full Scale, Hell City Glamours, The Red Coats, INK, King of the North and Karnivool to name drop a few.
 
In October 2014 we headed up to Studios 301 in Byron Bay to record our 2nd album "Ruby Voodoo" with the honourable Nick Didia (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, etc).

Much like our rock forefathers before us, we tracked the album live using little digital trickery (no click track or auto-tune, etc) adding vocals and guitar noodlery afterwards.

The album is slated for release in late February 2015... And we can't wait for it to land! 
 
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Fri
30
Jan

ISSA 'Crossfire' (Official Videoclip - 2015)

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ISSA 'Crossfire' (Official Videoclip - 2015)
 
Preorder the album NOW on Amazon: http://geni.us/IssaCrossfireAMZ
ISSA 'Crossfire' release date in Europe is February 20th / in North America is February 24th
 
Norwegian melodic rock queen ISSA is back with her fourth studio album ''Crossfire''. The new release is a melodic rock fans wet dream with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think Roxette, meets Romeo's Daughter melted with 80's Heart albums with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.
 
The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood (VEGA) and Vega ivory-tinkler James Martin.
 

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Fri
30
Jan

New Bass Player For MAD MAX

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German melodic hard rockers MAD MAX have announced a new bass player. His name is Thomas "Hutch" Bauer (ex-Evidence One, Frontline)
The band now plans to record our "Best Of" album for SPV/Steamhammer. Release planned for April/May 2015, followed by some summer festivals (Sweden Rock etc...) and touring in autumn 2015.

www.madmaxofficial.com

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Fri
30
Jan

The 90s First Supergroup: Damn Yankees Reflect on 'InTheStudio'

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The 90s First Supergroup: Damn Yankees - Jack Blades, Tommy Shaw, Ted Nugent Remember

Dallas, TX - January 29, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands join Tommy Shaw, Jack Blades, Michael Cartellone, and Ted Nugent in recalling their excellent adventure in Damn Yankees twenty-five years ago.

The Nineties first supergroup actually lived up to the hype. The Damn Yankees self-titled debut sold a whopping two million copies off the backs of melodic rockers Coming of Age, Runaway, Come Again and the soaring # 3 hit single High Enough. But how did these guys come together in the first place?

Each frontman had a successful rock pedigree: Motor City MadmanTed Nugent, STYX singer/songwriter/ guitarist Tommy Shaw, and  Night Ranger singer/songwriter/bass player Jack Blades. InTheStudio host Redbeard gets the full story on how the group united and spent the next five years making records and touring constantly.  It was a unique musical partnership that worked both personally and professionally. 

Jack Blades : When Tommy & I first started singing, suddenly we realized that we were phrasing the same, harmonizing, coming up with the same vocal ideas. It was if we had sung together for ten years.

Tommy Shaw: The first day of recording Nugent announced that he was taking all of us to hunt bear. So the next morning we showed up barenaked.

Ted Nugent:Im from the Motor City. Were the Murder Capital of America not because were more violent. Its because were better shots.
                                                 
DAMN YANKEES/ InTheStudio interview is available now to stream at: http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/damn-yankees-25th-annivesary-tommy-shaw-jack-blades-ted-nugent-michael-cartellone/

Direct Link to Tommy Shaw website: http://www.tommyshaw.net
Direct Link to Jack Blades website: http://www.jackblades.net
Direct Link to Ted Nugent website: http://www.tednugent.com
Direct Link to Michael Cartellone: http://www.michaelcartellone.com


 
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Fri
30
Jan

EDENS' CURSE 'Live With The Curse' 2CD Set Out March 13

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EDEN'S CURSE will release their first ever live album titled 'Live With The Curse' on 13th March (EU) and 14th April (USA) via AFM Records.

Recorded live at The Classic Grand in Glasgow, Scotland on Friday 28th November, 'Live With The Curse' is packed with over 100 minutes of music on 2 CD's and contains many fan favourites and classics from all four Eden's Curse albums: ‘Eden's Curse' (2007), ‘The Second Coming' (2008), ‘Trinity' (2011) and 2013's ‘Symphony Of Sin'.

Fans from all over Europe, and as far away as Japan, travelled to Glasgow to witness and participate in this truly special event. The energy and vibe of the evening has been perfectly captured thanks to the stunningly powerful mix by the bands long-standing engineer, bassist of Pink Cream 69 and Unisonic - Dennis Ward.

The cover artwork was once again created by graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard (Edguy, Avantasia, Jorn) who has worked with Eden's Curse since the days of their 2007 debut album.

The CD booklet is packed with lots of stunning live pictures and was designed by the bands Web Designer Tadeu Grigolon of HGC Productions.

Eden's Curse will release a live promo video in the coming weeks and announce pre-order links for all territories as soon as they become available.

More info at : http://www.edenscurse.com/

 
CD One:

1. Symphony Of Sin
2. Break The Silence
3. Masquerade Ball
4. Black Widow
5. Trinity
6. Fly Away
7. Just Like Judas
8. Fallen From Grace
9. Jerusalem Sleeps
10. Guitar Solo
11. Time To Breathe

CD Two:

1. Rock Bottom
2. Devil In Disguise
3. Wings To Fly
4. No Holy Man
5. Unbreakable
6. Judgement Day
7. Band Introductions
8. Evil & Divine
9. Angels & Demons

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Fri
30
Jan

WELCOME ONCE AGAIN!

The new, new MelodicRock.com site is now online mile emoticon
After living with the re-launched site for a few months, it was clear that a few more changes were needed and that readers also missed the old way of doing some things.
So with all this in mind, the new site layout has been launched. 

A few things to note:
- ALL items posted to the site now appear on the frontpage in full, so you can keep up to date with everything that is happening at MR in one easy place. That includes (for the first time ever) Reviews and Showcase.
Follow the links to share articles and posts and to add comments.
 
- All MENU links to individual sections remain valid and updated as items get posted if you choose only to look through that section.
 
- ALL comments are now via Facebook. That may be expanded slightly, but on-site comments via log-in are now disabled because of constant pillaging by spambots.
 
- If you liked the recent way of looking at the site (all headlines in one spot), you can still do that via the HEADLINES Menu link:http://melodicrock.com/headlines
 
- The RELEASE DATES area has been totally made over with a much better layout and will be updated DAILY. http://melodicrock.com/event-table/year/
Blue indicates CD/Audio release. Red indicates Live Event or commencement of tour.
 
- Various other design tweaks have been undertaken to best highlight important information and things such as Scores on REVIEWS and Soundbytes on SHOWCASE pages.
 
Please continue to like, share and comment on posts via links provided. It helps the artists and the companies in making sure the news reaches as many people as possible!
Thanks for the ongoing support and great feedback.

 

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Thu
29
Jan

MR. BIG Details Of The 'The Vault' Released

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Japanese label Wowow Entertainment have released initial details of the amazing MR. BIG Box Set, now titled The Vault and due for release March 18.
 
The company has warned that the announcement cannot be re-printed or translated (who knows why), but that doesn't prevent interested folks taking a look for yourself! The press release is here: http://wowowent.co.jp/news/detail/134 
 
A Google translation of that page can be seen here: https://translate.google.com.au/translate?sl=ja&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en...
 
 
To summerize, the Box Set will contain a 100 page color book, a laminate pass, a neck strap and other replica items from the band's history. It also contains 20CDs and 2DVDs, featuring original demos, instrumentals, outtakes and unreleased tracks from across the band's history, including demos for the debut album, Lean Into It, Bump Ahead, Hey Man and What If!
 
Then there are several live CDs from shows not previously released and rehersal/soundcheck recordings.
 
It's realy an incredible set of material for Mr. Big fans.
 
 

 

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Thu
29
Jan

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Postpones Aussie Tour Dates


Yngwie J. Malmsteen
 
The King of Shred Announces new June dates

 
Due to scheduling issues Yngwie Malsteen Australian & New Zealand tour has been rescheduled to JUNE 2015. Hobart show cancelled.
 
Previously purchased tickets remain valid for new dates.
 
Yngwie J. Malmsteen
has been blowing minds across the globe with his incredible guitar skills and showmanship for over 35 years and in June 2015, Yngwie and his band will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in a decade to strike awe into the legions of guitar fans.
 
With the release of the brand new 2CD+DVD album Live In Tampa the excitment levels are reaching fever pitch. Tombowler apologies to the tousands of fans who will now be on tenderhooks until June but we are thrilled and genuinly appreciative that Yngwie has been able to lock the new dates in. Quite simply, ten years is far too long since Yngwie and band have rocked downunder and out anticipation for what are sure to be absolutely stunning shows is building like a feedback loop.  
 
The Swedish born, but now US based, guitar legend is venerated as one of the founders of the art of guitar shredding. His neo-classical style and the sheer speed of his playing made him the most notable musician in the genre, and he has influenced a new era of music and guitarists alike. 
 
But Yngwie is not known purely for the speed with which his fingers fly up and down the guitar neck. Yes, Malmsteen's playing is fast, but there's a crystal clarity to each of his notes that few can imitate. From his ground breaking early work with Steeler and Alcatraz, through his time alongside Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as a member of G3, to his more recent forays leading the Guitar Gods there are few that can compare to Yngwie J. Malmsteen
 
Over more than 25 astounding albums the Grammy nominated Malmsteen has unleashed countless fretboard blistering solos, with both Fender and Marshall honouring him with his own model guitar and amplifier.
 
Don't miss your chance to see the Master of the Stratocaster live in person, and for those extra dedicated fans there are still a handful of VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session, and for a few very lucky fans the extremely rare opportunity to meet Yngwie J. Malmsteen in person.
 
'Far from just being a high-speed and volume artist, his deep knowledge of music theory differentiates him from other shredders.' - High Octane Music News

Yngwie J. Malmsteen Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates:
Thursday June 4th
- Powerstation, Auckland, NZ
Saturday June 6th - The Astor, Perth
Wednesday June 10th - 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thursday June 11th - The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday June 12th- HQ, Adelaide
Saturday June 13th - The Factory, Sydney
 
Hobart ticket holders may transfer tickets to another show or obtain a refund. Contact the original purchase ticketing agency.

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Wed
28
Jan

The Return Of STARBREAKER

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STARBREAKER featuring TONY HARNELL and MAGNUS KARLSSON will return with a new studio album in 2016!
 
Frontiers Records posted this update earlier today: "Tony Harnell (ex-TNT) is teaming up with Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) again for a brand new STARBREAKER album! We will unleash the album in early 2016."
 
Tony Harnell added: "One of my favorite recording projects "Starbreaker" with Magnus Karlsson will release a new album sometime in 2016! Other news soon..."
 
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Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Review)

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Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
95
Label: 
Frontiers
Any project touting Deen Castronovo on lead vocals is going to get my attention and enthusiasm. To add Mr. Melody Jack Blades and the righteous Doug Aldrich turns a triple play into a home run.
Overseeing the project in man of the moment Alessandro Del Vecchio, adding his always brilliant keyboards, plus composing most of the songs and adding his deft touch to the production, which I think has to be his most accomplished effort yet.
‘It is a musician's record,' states Castronovo of the project. Indeed it is. There are a plethora of examples of exquisite musicianship from all throughout the record, none more so than Castronovo himself, who delivers a masters clinic on how exactly to play on a rock record with power, soul and finesse.
 
While I am somewhat hesitant to embrace superstar projects that aren’t born from a natural evolution of personalities and circumstances, this project totally makes sense and thanks to some amazing songs from Del Vecchio, delivers in spades.
Of course I’d prefer all three guys to be amongst the writing credits, but now this album is done and done so well, perhaps discussions about the next album will allow that to happen. And there sure will be a follow up to this. It’s just too good.
 
Back On My Trail is a dramatic album opener that rocks as intended. Upbeat and driven by a thumping beat and some hard edged, but melodic guitar riffs.
Deen bursts through the speakers with power and authority in his own natural tone, which is a combination of the sweet tone of Steve Perry and the power of Jeff Scott Soto.
He lets rip a few notes that simply stun. And his drumming is quickly simply insane. There are drum fills and progressive twists throughout the song.
A terrific guitar solo with numerous flourishes throughout shows what a master Doug Aldrich is, while Jack Blades’ bass truly thumps away.
The song itself is a powerhouse melodic hard rocker that sounds like Journey meets Night Ranger, but with the sonic edge that Doug brought to Whitesnake. Harmonies abound and the chorus is simple, but memorable and gets better with every listen.
 
Turn Back Time is co-written by Alessandro and Jack Blades and is an easy choice for the first single. The feel good anthemic and uptempo melodic rocker sees Deen and Jack share lead vocals, with Deen doing his finest Journey style melodies and everyone joining in to take the chorus over the top. Some more tasty guitar soloing and an infectious foot thumping beat makes the song a clear winner. Deen again is a monster on drums. How does he do it?
 
You're Not Alone sees Alessandro Del Vecchio’s piano opens the first ballad of the album. It’s only a matter of seconds before the power of this song is on display. Arnel Pineda and Deen share lead vocals in a very recent era Journey-esque track that features layers of keyboards and rich musical depth. It’s a big power ballad that reminds me heavily of the more dramatic songs off the LRS album (also written by Alessandro). It’s a big and powerful ballad where vocals are the emphasis and there’s plenty of them!
 
Locked Out Of Paradise is a monster melodic hard rock tune. It’s one of the heavier album tracks and is maybe the most powerful song I have heard Deen Castronovo appear on since Hardline. The drumming is stunning, while the vocals are pure Perry-goes-metal.
The chorus gets better and better and the song structure is such that it takes the classic melodic hard rock format, but modernizes it. Doug’s guitar playing is sublime from start to finish.
 
Way To The Sun features an acoustic guitar and a soulful vocal greeting the start of the next track. Another ballad? Not sure I’m ready for that, but that vocal! Then 1 minute in, the song bursts to life, with the full power of the band in action. The chorus is beautiful – harmony vocals, a powerful drum rip, an authoritative guitar riff. Neal Schon guests on the track with a typically soulful flurry of guitar chords that is pure Journey. The track continues building throughout, so by this time it’s in full epic mode, with vocals, guitars and harmonies. Beautiful track.
 
Dream On is a song written by Erik Martensson, with Johan and Kris Becker, Alessandro and Jack Blades. The combined collaboration works, as this is a brilliant pure melodic rock stadium anthem, with Deen sounding like a raspier Escape/Frontiers era Steve Perry.
The chorus is pure ear candy and the energy infectious. Erik Martensson’s writing influence here is undeniable. Melodic bliss.
 
Don’t Walk Away is another ballad and to be honest, at first I thought it was too early for another ballad, but once again, that fear is dismissed with the first note Deen sings. Wow, this guy has soul and passion that’s been kept hidden for too long.
The song starts as a soft piano ballad, with Deen and Alessandro featured together until the chorus sees a full band accompaniment. And what a chorus. A hit single in any other era.
A monster Alessandro song that is pure Journey. The end of the song is simply epic and some of the notes Deen hits are insane. This song features some big big vocals and a great guitar solo too.
 
Here Forever is another ballad, but like each slower track before it, it is different once again and stands on its own. It’s probably one ballad too many and it does make me question the sequencing of the album, but you can’t deny that the song is soulful, powerful and emotional. It’s more rock then ballad and Deen’s voice is outstanding once again. Definitely reminds me of Journey.
 
Strangers To This Life – it’s time to fire proceedings back up again. Deen goes full Perry for this moody rocker that might have sounded pretty comfortable on Journey’s Trial By Fire.
 
Better World is another upbeat melodic rocker that has a strong European feel and a good mix of Journey too. The verse and bridge-to-chorus is pure Journey, while the chorus is more Euro-melodic rock, with keyboards a plenty. Of course there is a tasty Aldrich solo and some rolling bass thumping from Jack. Alessandro takes a writing credit with Magnus Karlsson on this one.
 
How To Mend A Broken Heart is a ripping version of the brilliant Eclipse track. This has all the energy of the original and Deen sounds brilliant singing it. That rasp in his voice is a joy! For those that don’t know Eclipse, let this be an introduction to the fabulous Swedish band.
 
A sparse piano ballad to close the album. While another ballad might not be on the menu for some, In The Name Of The Father is a stunner almost worth the price of the album alone. Deen’s vocals send a shiver down the spine as just his voice and a piano deliver the first half of the song. There’s orchestral backing and then the full band chimes in. Truly a magnificent, epic ballad and the song itself (from Alessandro on his own) is brilliant. Steve Perry would be proud…
 

So there you have it folks. On paper, the lineup looks amazing and on record the guys deliver. More a product of Alessandro’s pen and production efforts, but the performances by the guys are what makes these songs come to life.
We’ve always known that Deen Castronovo is a freak drummer and an amazing vocalist, but this album propels him into the spotlight and he excels in both roles.
I’d love to see these guys hit the road, I can only imagine the setlist, but duties with their main bands will no doubt curtail any fan hopes.
 
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Wed
28
Jan

Lande & Holter DRACULA - Swing Of Death (Review)

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90%
section name: 
BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
Holter & Lande
Running Time: 
45:37
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
90
Label: 
Frontiers
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It’s a “concept” album, so it automatically gets the “artistic license” accreditation allowing the artist to express themselves a little “differently” than expected. And while that’s certainly the case for this little outing. Crafted by former Wig Wam guitarist Trond Holter along with Jorn Lande, as far as concept albums go (apart from a few quirks), it’s pretty straight forward melodic hard rock.
It’s always great to hear Jorn at full force working with a different writer, as he stretches those vocals beyond the formula his solo albums have become.
He sounds fantastic on this album, utilizing his menacing voice to the power needed on such a concept dealing with the life of 15th century resident Count Vlad the III
, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a).
Jorn takes the lead role, singing with his usual power and intimidating snarl, even if he does look constipated throughout the video for the song Walking On Water – which for the record is one of the best lead vocals I’ve heard from Jorn in years.
 
The opening track Hands of Your God is also a belter, an imposing moody track that smolders along with Jorn in full control.
Swing Of Death is one of the few left turns, the quirky, burlesque, almost pop sounding song that has a very 80s commercial chorus. The metal ballad Save Me has a similar feel, Jorn joined on vocals by the heroine of the story, Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen (representing Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker book).
 
The straight forward and catchy rocker River Of Tears has a strong Wig Wam vibe running through it.
The epic Queen of the Dead has some brilliant guitar work, especially as the song explodes into the final minutes.
Under the Gun closes out the album with a pretty commercial, yet heavy statement, plenty of guitars and vocals from both singers.
 

Good stuff for all fans of Jorn. The album has that certain Wig Wam flair also, while employing a darker and heavier delivery.
The subject matter could have resulted in a very self-indulgent piece of music, but this little outing is surprisingly commercial and accessible for all.
Well produced, great vocals from Jorn and some likable songs rounding out a solid release.
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Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Showcase)

Revolution Saints
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock

Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three titans together in a band and you have REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS is not going to be your average rock 'n roll band. The record brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Simply put, it is completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.

Truly, this will be a release that you cannot miss!

REVOLUTION SAINTS:
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Featuring:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda - co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon - guitar solo on Way To The Sun

 
TracklistingBack On My Trail; Turn Back Time; You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda); Locked Out Of Paradise; Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon); Dream On; Don't Walk Away; Here Forever; Strangers To This Life; Better World; How To Mend A Broken Heart; In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song). Bonus tracks (deluxe edition only): You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version); Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version); You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version).

DVD content: Making of the Album documentary; Turn Back Time (videoclip); Back On My Trail (videoclip); Here Forever (videoclip); Way to the Sun (lyric video)

 

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Wed
28
Jan

LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM - Level Eleven (Showcase)

Level Eleven
Produced By: 
Last Autumn's Dream
Running Time: 
54.31
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/ songwriters in Sweden today. Beside LAD he has since 2006 been the front man in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.
He has recorded four successful solo albums and his Japanese record company together with XTC Productions came up with the idea of putting him together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning for an album project.
 
Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow. Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join, which they did and the band LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM was born!
Their self titled debut album resembled the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage, but also added a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from Malecek’s guitar playing.
 
The band lost 3/5's of their members due to the comeback of Europe. So from their second album great musicians like bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman) tragically died and was replaced by Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion) and finally drummer Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat, Secret Service) joined the band.
 
Andy Malecek unfortunately decided to leave the band in 2014 because of personal reasons and is now replaced by Peter “Pac” Söderström, a genius guitar player that earlier used to add rhythm guitars to the band’s previous albums.
Album number 11 “Level Eleven” will be released in Japan in December 2014 and in Europe in February 2015 and proposes as usual the combination of classic rock references with modern sound.
 
All albums recorded at XTC Studios in Stockholm.
Executive producer Ulf Wahlberg. (Secret Service)
 
 
Mikael Erlandsson – vocals
Jamie Borger – drums
Nalley Pahlsson – bass
Peter Söderström - guitars
 
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Wed
28
Jan

RICHARD PAGE Delivers New Solo Album

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Richard Page "Goin' South"
 
Vocalist RICHARD PAGE has announced a new solo release, available immediately via digital or CD via his website:  www.richardpagemusic.com/music
 
Richard states: “I have a new album of songs I'm excited to share with you. After a couple of songwriting trips to Nashville, I found myself really liking what I came up with there. This is the outcome of those sessions. I hope you enjoy.“
 
Sample the sound of the album via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJkmLPLlcvQ
 
Produced by: Richard Page
Mixed by: Frank Rosato
Engineered: Frank Rosato, Richard Page, Chris Papastephanou & James Page
 
Musicians: Gregg Bissonette, Tim Pierce, Doug Livingston, Kim Bullard
 
Tracks: Southern Wind, Turn Out the Light, Diamonds, Two Roads and Four Headlights, Me and My Guitar, Everybody's Hometown, Another Day Gone By, Don't Know Why I Miss You, Heaven Is Right Now, This Side of the Soil
 
 
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Tue
27
Jan

'Devil In The Details' For Sweden's THE POODLES March 24

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The Poodles are back with "Devil in the Details", their sixth studio album and follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Tour de Force". The evolution of the band's sound is evident as a result of their continued collaboration with produced Mats Valentin. This is rock n' roll straight up, no chaser! In many ways this represents the second coming of The Poodles and you are cordially invited to experience the epic-ness and majesty of "Devil in the Details".
 
The debut album, “Metal Will Stand Tall”, was released in 2006 and the single “Night of Passion” went platinum. “Streets of Fire” from the album “Sweet Trade”, became the bands biggest selling single to date, achieving double platinum status. They visited twenty-nine European cities during the fall of 2009 and the spring of 2010. The album “Performocracy”(2011) went #1 on the Swedish album chart.
 
 
All in all, The Poodles have had over ten “top 10” releases so far which makes them on of Sweden’s most successful rock bands.
 
Today Jakob Samuel announced the band's new bass player. He stated: "We are very happy to have the opportunity to present our new God Of Thunder, new tribe member and bas-player, the great talent Johan FlodquistWe have been looking for quite some time and it feels really great to have him onboard, give him a warm welcome people!"
 
In April 2014, the band went on its first European your since 2010 and played for audiences that eagerly had awaited the return of the band. After a summer of playing Swedish and European festivals, The Poodles started working on the follow-up to "Tour de Force". The new album was named "Devil in the Details" to reflect the band's pursuit of perfection and uncompromising attention to details. In the process, bassist Pontus Egberg decided to leave The Poodles to join King Diamond, which left the band searching for a replacement. After a trial period the decision fell on local talent Johan Flodkvist, an accomplished and exciting bass player that is well suited to fill Pontus' shoes.
 
Now, "Devil in the Details" is due to be released on March 25 marking a new collaboration with the Swedish label Gain Music where bands like Europe, Mustasch, and Hardcore Superstar also reside. The first single off "Devil in the Details" is "The Greatest", an epic and moving number that captures the sentiments found on the rest of the album. “The Greatest” is released on January 19. Long Live Rock N' Roll!
 
 
 
Track Listing:
Before I Die
House Of Cards
The Greatest
Crack In The Wall
Baby
Everything
Stop
Need To Believe
Alive
Life Without You
Creator And Breaker
Borderline

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Tue
27
Jan

Double Stop Podcast - NAMM Report & JASON HOOK

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The DOUBLE STOP Podcast comes to you from NAMM in LA.

Day 1:

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-44-namm-2015-day-1

Day 1 of my NAMM report with interviews with:

- Carvin Guitars
- Vigier
- EarthQuaker Devices
- Tascam
- Yorkville Sound
- Kurzweil
- Artizan Bass Works

Plus: coverage of the Peavey 50th Annivisary celebration, and new music by Blasted To Static featuring Jeff Martin (Racer X, Badlands)

 
Day 2:
On todays NAMM 2015 report, David Ellefson, Rudy Sarzo, Jason Hook, Phil X, Nita Strauss and Director Fran Strine talk about the in-production documentary Hired Gun, and what it means to be a hired gun musician.

Plus, Phil X gives tribute to bassist Randy Coven.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/ep-45-hired-gun-documentary-namm-2015

 
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Tue
27
Jan

InTheStudio - RUSH Creates Permanent Waves With Eighth Album

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RUSH Creates Permanent Waves With Eighth Album
Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Neil Peart Examine US Radio Breakthrough

Dallas, TX - January 27, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind Historys Greatest Rock Bands journeys back to a pivotal moment in the history of the band Rush to examine the 1980 release of Permanent Waves.

Four years before the dawn of MTV and almost two decades before the internet revolutionized the music industry, Rush sold more than a million copies of 1978s Hemispheres  album and sold out 10,000 seat arenas primarily on word-of-mouth and relentless touring.

The hard rock trio faced obstacles at every turn and at every phase of their career, but the adversity only seemed to increase the collective resolve of Rush. 1980 would be a turning point and game changer. Rush, who had been mean spiritedly criticized by the rock press and ignored by the majority of radio in the western hemisphere would deliver Permanent Waves, the breakthrough that would unleash a streamlined, more modern-sounding Rush and deliver their first legitimate hits The Spirit of the Radio and Free Will. Geddy Lee shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard the deliberate move Rush made musically 35 years ago.

 
We were happy with the challenge to write twenty minute pieces... Wed done it a number of times, and we felt it was almost becoming a cross to bear for us in a way. It was almost limiting us...We sort of tried to get back to our original desires as songwriters. I think we wanted to become a little more concise.  - Geddy Lee

RUSH Permanent Waves @ 35/ InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/rush-permanent-waves-35th-anniversary-geddy-lee-alex-lifeson-neil-peart/

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations

Direct Link to RUSH website: http://www.rush.com

Direct Link to InTheStudio website: http://www.inthestudio.net

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