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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%
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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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Tue
27
Jan

One On One With Mitch Lafon - DEE SNIDER

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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-86-dee-snider

TWISTED SISTER frontman DEE SNIDER joins Mitch on this episode of ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON. In the extensive interview, DEE discusses the new music he's prepping for release this year (2015), reveals the titles of new songs,why Twisted Sister haven't put out an album of all new music in decades, his wife Suzette Snider, the HEAVY MONTREAL festival, We're Not Going To Take It and much more. This is classic DEE SNIDER.

This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra.

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13

For more about DEE SNIDER visit: http://www.deesnider.com and

Follow DEE on TWITTER: @deesnider and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/facedeesnider

Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon

One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch

And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon

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Tue
27
Jan

Swedish Rockers REACH Announce Debut Album

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Reach https://www.facebook.com/reachofficialsweden?fref=ts was put together in 2012 by drummer Marcus Johansson and guitarist Ludvig Turner. Despite their young age they are already experienced festival performers, having played festivals as HRH (UK), Frontiers (IT), Vasby Rock (SE), Skogsrojet (SE), and in March they will join Gus G on his Swedish tour as well as Eclipse on their UK tour. 
 
Among the first thing Reach did to reveal this new rock band was to arrange a hard rock cover of Avicii's super hit 'Wake me up' in August 2013. A huge success and about one year later the video has over 1.000.000 views AND still counting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g94yK3JFVd8. Ludvig has also put the melodic rock on the map in Swedish television in 2014 by being among the final four in the Swedish Idol contest.
 
The band released the first single in December titled 'You Called My Name' and can now reveal the album title 'Reach Out To Rock'. The album will be released by Sun Hill Production/Cargo March 2nd and is being mixed by sound maestro Pontus Norgren from Hammerfall and Poodles!
 

Reach Out To Rock includes the following tracks:

You called my name
Fortune and fame
Tell me
We are
Someone like you
The beast
Make me believe
Reach out
Looking for love
Coming home
 
Gig dates announced so far are:

21 February, Norrtolje, Havspiren
5 March, Malmo, KB
6 March, Jonkoping, Denim & Leather
7 March, Goteborg, Sticky Fingers
8 March, Stockholm, Debaser Strand
 
10 March, London, Underworld
11 March, Grimsby, Yardbirds
15 March, Swansea, Scene Club
17 March, Wigan, Old Courts
18 March, York, Fibbers 
 
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Mon
26
Jan

LEVEL 10 - Cry No More (Video)

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LEVEL 10
'Cry No More'
Lyric Video
(Official / 2015 / R. Allen - M. Sinner / Symphony X - Primal Fear)

 
 

 
AVAILABLE NOW!
Order Level 10 "Chapter One" via Amazon: http://geni.us/Level10Amazon  // iTunes: http://geni.us/Level10iTunes

 

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Fri
23
Jan

RUSH Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour

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RUSH Announce R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour
RUSH TO VISIT 34 CITIES THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA IN 2015
 
Celebrating 40 years, Rush and Live Nation confirmed that the R40 LIVE Tour will visit 34 cities throughout North America this summer beginning May 8 in Tulsa, OK and finishing August 1 in Los Angeles, CA. These not to be missed concerts will highlight four decades of the band’s music. Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting January 30th in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
Over the course of their amazing career, Rush has lived a lifetime together, providing an influential soundtrack to many of their fans’ lives. Some have been with them since the start, while others have discovered them along the way and delved into their incredible body of work.
To quote Dave Grohl from their momentous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,
“Rush built their following the right way. No hype, no bullshit, they did it from the ground up. Their legacy is incredible and their influence undeniable.”
After 40 years together and 20 gold and platinum studio albums – Rush is ready to celebrate with the most loyal fans in the world by embarking on their 21st tour, one which will most likely be their last major tour of this magnitude. Celebrate four decades of music with three incredible musicians – all in 1 night.
 
Rush’s vast catalogue includes such classics as 1974’s self-titled debut, 1976’s 2112, 1981’s Moving Pictures, 1996’s Test For Echo, and 2002’s Vapor Trails. Rush released their 20th studio album, Clockwork Angels in 2012 via Anthem/Roadrunner Records. The critically acclaimed collection marked their first studio recording since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows, and debuted at #1 in Canada and #2 on the Billboard 200 matching the highest chart debut of the band’s career. Known for their energetic live shows, the most recent Rush release was the R40 collector’s boxset including live footage spanning all four decades of the trio’s career, including over two hours of unreleased material and a rare performance of the seven-part version of “2112” packaged in an impressive 52-page hardcover book.
 
Their longevity has served a pop culture renaissance, with the band’s rare television appearance —their first in over 30 years—on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, tributes on South Park and a memorable cameo in the film I Love You, Man. A live review from their most recent Clockwork Angels tour boasted “the power-trio interplay could put guys half their age in the burn ward,” while The Globe And Mail declared Rush as “one of the few bands anywhere that just keeps getting better.” A career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature summed up the renowned rock trio’s continuing artistic vitality by observing, “It’s true that Rush doesn’t mean today what it did in ’76 or even ’96. It may mean more.”
 
Rush have been recognized with eight Juno Awards, seven Grammy nominations, including one for the acclaimed documentary Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage that also won the Audience Award at the Tribeca Film Festival. The band members were inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994, made Officers of the Order of Canada in 1996 and inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. They have received a star on both Canada’s Walk of Fame (1999) and Hollywood Walk of Fame (2010). In 2012, Rush were bestowed with the highest artistic honour in Canada when receiving the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. To the elation of their fans, Rush were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.
 
Tickets for the RUSH: R40 LIVE TOUR will go on sale starting January 30 in select markets at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. Citi® card members will have access to pre-sale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass® Program beginning January 27 in select markets. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Exclusive Rush ticket packages are available, please visit vipnation.com for package details.

 

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Fri
23
Jan

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize (Showcase)

Artist: 
Armageddonize
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock

Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse are back with their anticipated after the critically acclaimed album “Bleed & Scream” from 2012. The band gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction.

Besides this, producer and main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson strongly improved their skills by writing and producing a vast amount of bands and projects, from the successful W.E.T. albums (together with singer Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Sall from Work of Art) to Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison, Dalton, Adrenaline Rush just to name a few. This has gainedMårtenssona reputation as one of the top producers/song-writers in this genre today.
In the second half of 2014, Eclipse teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled “Armageedonize,” an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!

With “Armageddonize,” Eclipse show that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a very solid and strong reality. They are young, ambitious and full of energy. Eclipse music is not a revival, and it’s not nostalgic. Still… it’s by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world! Don’t miss their show on the road in the spring and summer of 2015 !

ECLIPSE
Erik Mårtensson: lead vocals, guitar
Magnus Henriksson: lead guitars
Robban Bäck: drums
Magnus Ulfstedt: bass

TOUR DATES
January 10 -Ice-Rock Festival, Wasen Switzerland
March 4 - Debaser Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
March 5  - KB - Malmö, Sweden
March 7  - Sticky Fingers - Goteborg, Sweden  
March 10  - Underworld - London, United Kingdom
March 11  - Yardbirds - Grimsby, United Kingdom
March 12 – Bannermans - Edinburgh, United Kingdom                   
March 15 - HRH AOR - Northam, United Kingdom          
March 20  - We Rock - Madrid, Spain                                     
March 21  - TBA - Pamplona, Spain                                         
March 22 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain                                          
April 11 - Frontiers Rock Festival - Milano, Italy                                
July 17  - Väsby Rock Festival - Upplands Vasby, Sweden

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Fri
23
Jan

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize (Review)

information persons: 
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
100
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
 
Perfection! I could listen to Erik Martensson sing and Magnus Henriksson play guitar all week long. Eclipse delivered one of the great melodic rock albums with Are You Ready To Rock, building on the sound their first two albums established.
Then in 2012 they turned it up a notch for Bleed & Scream, the sound heavier, the sonic impact of the production even more powerful. I rated it their best album ever and gave them a perfect 100.
If I could go to 101 I’d do so, as this album is even better. In every way.
 
There is just so much joy in listening to this album. This is everything I love about melodic hard rock. Monster production; designed to be played at stupid volumes; intricate; brilliant songs that evoke emotion and adrenaline; musical performances that blow your mind and vocals that are just perfectly crafted for this type of music.
I really have to single Erik out here for his out-of-this-world vocal performance. He’s always been a great singer, but this album has to launch him into the annals of the legends. Yeah, I know I’m hyperventilating, but they really are that good.
 
And the songs – so damn likable and so amazingly catchy.
 
Armageddonize is the perfect mix of the melodic side of Are You Ready To Rock with the power and intensity of Bleed And Scream and is undoubtedly the band’s best album to date.
 
I Don't Wanna Say I'm Sorry - After a brief build up, we are away with one of the catchiest hard rockers that Eclipse has delivered yet. It has all the energy and sonic impact of Bleed & Scream, but the chorus is a monster AOR anthem. The riffs run fast, the power unmistakable. Erik Martensson sounds amazing and Magnus slays on guitar. The rhythm section is just as powerful as the sonically brilliant last album.
The opening track runs straight into the even heavier Stand On Your Feet. The verse features some mighty vocals before a high impact chorus blasts through. The riffing is furious and the drumming impeccable. And it's as catchy as hell once again.
The Storm starts with an acoustic guitar before the song literally explodes with part of the chorus hook. The power is immense and Erik’s vocals are simply unbelievable. A tense verse builds to a huge chorus that just powers along. Simply glorious! Impossible to get out of your head afterwards.
Blood Enemies starts with a long slow bluesy guitar solo, the tension builds to an explosive burst of energy where the track goes full throttle, one of the heaviest Eclipse tracks yet. Once again Magnus shreds while Erik almost blows his voice with a scream. That aspect of the song is one of the album highlights, but then the awesome chorus takes it over the top. Once again, pure hard rock perfection.
Wide Open is simply one of the best songs Eclipse has ever written. Ever. It’s fricken glorious. I can’t get enough of it. A furious beat, a melodic verse, rampaging guitars and big vocals…and then that chorus. Wow. Wow. Wow.
 
Live Like I'm Dying is the album’s big ballad and what a monsterous slice of melodic moodiness this is. The slow burner builds from a restrained start, to a huge epic finish with big everything – guitars, vocals and beat. An epic power hard rock ballad. Great guitar solo! Perfection again!
The intro to Breakdown reminds me a little of Blue Murder’s brilliant Jelly Roll and the track has a certain bluesy groove. At first you think ‘oh, the chorus isn’t really there’, but then it appears and all is well with the world. Another powerful vocal and a left turn for the album in general, it provides a good change of pace.
The album returns to the script with the straight forward, double time rocker Love Bites. This is another Eclipse classic with a very melodic verse driven by a frantic beat and then a simple, but utterly infectious chorus. Killer song.
Caught Up In That Rush is another high energy, guitar heavy rocker with similar characteristics to the rest of the album – pounding rhythm, melodic, yet powerful vocals and a killer harmony filled chorus. These guys are just fecking brilliant.
One Life – My Life is somewhat less sonically bombastic, but equally as engaging. A moody verse and an angst filled heavier chorus. It’s melody and power all the way.
All Died Young closes the album, not with a ballad, but with one of the heaviest and fastest tracks of the album. Take no prisoners as the double kick drum goes into overdrive. A simple, but effective chorus and riffs galore!
 

At 42 minutes and 11 songs, this is the perfect length for an album packed with quality songs.
It begs to be played again once completed, leaving the listener wishing for more, but secretly happy that every track is a classic and at no point is there any let up in energy or quality.
Eclipse is one of several bands out of Sweden that just “get it”.
The American artists and others around the world need to sit up and pay attention to what is being done there, because albums like this are creating a legacy of music for fans that is close to unbeatable.
 
Stand up and take a bow guys. This is a classic album that demands to be purchased. It has been in high rotation (in fact, almost constant rotation) for me since early December and shows no sign of being swapped out any time soon.
 
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Fri
23
Jan

Rock Candy Records Brings New Masters To EDDIE MONEY Classics

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The following two new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on February 9.  

EDDIE MONEY 'WHERE'S THE PARTY' CANDY253
 
WHEN THIS ALBUM was released, in 1982, Eddie Money was a hugely successful and famous artist with a string of hit singles and platinum albums to his name. Eddie's raspy tones and his penchant for earthy blue collar rock had served him well, yet his lust for living life to the full had, before the release of his last album, taken a turn for the worse when ill-health nearly ruined his good fortune.
Luckily, Eddie continued to recover from this health set back and commenced the recording his fifth album 'Where's The Party?' an album largely produced, as was his previous platinum smash 'No Control', by veteran studio wizard, Tom Dowd (Derek & The Dominoes, Cream etc) in Los Angeles, surrounded by a number of top sessions players, including members of Mr Mister, The Steve Miller Band and Rod Stewart's band. In keeping with previous recordings Eddie co-wrote a selection of radio friendly, tough-guy rock tracks that gave full reign to his mellifluous voice.
Whilst it's true to say that none of the tracks on this album achieved hit single status, the body of work is beyond reproach, serving up a choice selection, songs such as 'The Big Crash', 'Club Michelle' and 'Backtrack', that fit firmly into the Money trademark sound of solid riffs and big shout-it-loud hooks. Indeed, as one of the best male vocalists of the era, Eddie stands out like a sparkling diamond.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, 12 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. MAYBE TOMORROW 2. BAD GIRLS 3. CLUB MICHELLE 4. BACK ON THE ROAD 5. DON'T LET GO 6. THE BIG CRASH 7. WHERE'S THE PARTY? 8. LEAVE IT TO ME 9. BACKTRACK

 
 
EDDIE MONEY 'CAN'T HOLD BACK' CANDY252
 
YOU CAN SAY what you want about American rock in the 80s, but it was mostly all about feeding FM radio with huge hit singles. That was something Eddie Money had plenty of experience of, having scored a not inconsiderable amount of bonafide hits and airplay since he started recording during the previous decade. For Eddie, every move was calculated for maximum commercial impact, which more often than not meant wrapping his raspy voice around the best songs possible.
'Can't Hold Back' was Eddie Money's sixth album and the first to be produced by Richie Zito, a man with an impressive resume, including crafting records by Cheap Trick, Heart, Bad English and the Cult. Issued in 1986, the album moved Eddie's career firmly back in the spotlight, giving rise to no less than three hit singles, including 'I Wanna Go Back' and 'Endless Nights'. However it was the killer track 'Take Me Home Tonight' that put the icing on this particular cake, with Eddie duetting with iconic vocalist Ronnie Spector. The result of the collaboration and accompanying video was spectacular, helping to send the track to #4 on the US singles chart.
Joined by the cream of the session world including bassist Randy Jackson (Journey), drummer Mike Baird (Michael Bolton) and keyboard maestro Steve George (Mr Mister) his voice is triumphant and the material is first class. Every reason to believe, in fact, that this album is the pinnacle of Eddie's career.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's Edition, fully remastered sound, 12 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,000 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT 2. ONE LOVE 3. I WANNA GO BACK 4. ENDLESS NIGHTS 5. ONE CHANCE 6. WE SHOULD BE SLEEPING 7. BRING ON THE RAIN 8. I CAN'T HOLD BACK 9. STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND 10. CALM BEFORE THE STORM
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Thu
22
Jan

MICHAEL SCHENKER Announces Spring North American Tour

 
LEGENDARY GUITARIST MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR!

 
Few rock guitarists have as impressive a resume as Michael Schenker does - as he has supplied his six-string talents to such world-renowned acts as the Scorpions, UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group over the years. And it is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of his killer new disc, 'Spirit on a Mission,' released March 24, 2015.
 
Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions "Rock You Like A Hurricane" rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
 
The tour kicks off on March 25th at the Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA (the day after the release of 'Spirit on a Mission'), and wraps up on May 2nd at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (with special guest Don Dokken on the bill). In between, the tour will go coast to coast, including a performance at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC on April 15th. 
 
“Promotion is definitely the next step,” says Schenker of hitting the road in support of 'Spirit on a Mission.' "Wherever we are needed around the world, we will be there to promote 'Spirit On A Mission.' I want to make Temple of Rock its own entity. Right now it is still using the Michael Schenker platform but eventually I want it to stand on its own feet as Temple of Rock." To get a taste of the new line-up, view the video for the tune "Vigilante Man" here: youtube.com/watch?v=21EaEwU4szU
 
Undoubtedly, this set of North American dates are the first step towards establishing Michael Schenker's Temple of Rock as a global force.

Temple Of Rock - Spirit On A Mission - World Tourour  
Featuring:

Michael Schenker (guitar)
Doogie White (vocals)
Herman Rarebell (drums)
Francis Buchholz (bass)
Wayne Findlay (7 string guitar/keyboards)

MAR 25 2015 @ Rockbar Theater in San Jose, CA
MAR 27 2015 @ Tonic in Portland, OR           
MAR 28 2015 @ Studio Seven in Seattle, WA           
APR 01 2015 @ Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
APR 02 2015 @ Yoshi's in Oakland, CA           
APR 03 2015 @ Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, CA           
APR 04 2015 @ M-15 Concert Hall in Corona, CA
APR 07 2015 @ Vamp'd in Las Vegas, NV           
APR 08 2015 @ Livewire Concert Hall in Scottsdale, AZ           
APR 10 2015 @ Trees in Dallas, TX           
APR 11 2015 @ 210 Kapones Live in San Antonio, TX           
APR 12 2015 @ 18th Street in San Leon, TX           
APR 15 2015 @ Gramercy Theatre in New York, NY           
APR 16 2015 @ Eclipse in Binghamton, NY
APR 17 2015 @ Newton Theatre in Newton, NJ
APR 18 2015 @ The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ           
APR 20 2015 @ Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA           
APR 22 2015 @ Rockpile West in Toronto, Ontario Canada
APR 23 2015 @ Concord Music Hall in Chicago, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)
APR 24 2015 @ Harpos Concert Hall in Detroit, MI           
APR 25 2015 @ Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL  (Enuff Z Nuff guests on this performance)        
APR 26 2015 @ Freaksters in Pontiac, IL           
APR 28 2015 @ Buffalo Rose in Golden, CO           
APR 30 2015 @ Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, CA           
MAY 01 2015 @ Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, CA           
MAY 02 2015 @ Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, CA (Special Guest Don Dokken)

Gundriver opening act for entire tour.
 
 

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Thu
22
Jan

H.E.A.T - Live In London (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
95%
Produced By: 
Heat
Running Time: 
67
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
95
Label: 
Gain
Artist: 
 
Pausing to soak up the success of their two studio albums with vocalist Erik Gronwall, Sweden’s mega-talented H.E.A.T release a live show from their current tour, captured in London May 2014.
The English have adopted H.E.A.T as their own, interest building via several appearances at Firefest over the years.
So you have a hugely enthusiastic crowd, a band at the absolute peak of their live power, on tour in support of their utterly essential album Tearing Down The Walls, delivering a setlist of non-stop singalong anthems.
 
Add to that potent mix, one of the most energetic and dynamic frontmen in rock n roll today. Erik Gronwall is revelation. He’s a freak of nature, hitting every note required while commanding the stage and the audience with consummate ease.
This band is shit hot. There’s no doubt. On record, they are brilliant – on stage they are unstoppable. I’ve seen it first hand – there’s no overdubbing or trickery here – this is 67 minutes of melodic rock perfection, delivered with infectious energy and captured beautifully on this live recording.
 
The set list is mainly garnered from their two albums with Erik, throwing in just two older cuts here (and a third – Beg Beg Beg for Japan).
But that’s fine with me – I love all 4 albums, but it is the two with Erik that truly blow my mind and sum up everything I love about modern era melodic rock.
 

The setlist featured reignites the songs once again for those of us that have played them 1000 times already, on what is undoubtedly one of the best live albums of recent years.
Absolutely essential.
 
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