MEAN STREAK Reveal 'Blind Faith' Album Cover, Tracklist

Swedish traditional heavy metal band Mean Streak have revealed the cover artwork and tracklist of their recently announced 4th studio album "Blind Faith", produced by Peter Andersson and Max Norman, mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Armored Saint, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty). The record is set to be released in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records on June 2rd, in Japan via Marquee/Avalon incl. one exclusive bonus track on May 31st and in USA via HighVolMusic on June 16th.
The tracklist of "Blind Faith" is follows:
1. Blood Red Sky
2. Animal In Me
3. Retaliation Call
4. Settle The Score
5. Tear Down The Walls
6. Tears Of The Blind
7. Love Is A Killer
8. Come Undone
9. Fire At Will
10. Caught In The Crossfire
11. Gunnerside
12. Smile Of A Clown (Japan Bonus Only)
Apart from the CD version, "Blind Faith" will be available on vinyl in Europe via ROAR Rock Of Angles Records on June 2.
Mean Streak is:
Peter Andersson – Bass and background Vocals
Andy LaGuerin - Lead Vocals and Guitars
Thomas Johansson - Guitars
Jonas Källsbäck - Drums and Background vocals

Mean Streak is a Swedish metal band who manages the legacy of traditional heavy metal. The band was formed in 2008 by Peter Andersson. The general idea was (and still is) to write classic metal straight from the heart.

RAW SILK Deliver 'The Borders Of Light' April 27

Greek rockers Raw Silk release their new album 'The Borders Of Light' April 27 on Fame Of Poets Records.
Raw Silk burst onto the Greek and European A.O.R. scene in the 90s with the legendary debut album 'Silk Under the Skin'. The 2004 re-release of the album on CD brought the band back to the forefront and led to high profile reunion concerts supporting Pink Cream 69, Jeff Scott Sotto and Winger. After a second long hiatus and led by composer-drummer and Raw Silk founder Kostas Kyriakidis the band has regrouped in the UK with a brand new lineup and will release the elusive and long-awaited follow-up to their revered debut 'Silk Under the Skin'.
The new album, entitled 'The Borders of Light', is a modern take on the classic metal sound of the late 80s featuring 10 brand new tracks with a total running time of over 60 minutes. Seamlessly bridging past and present, 'The Borders of Light' delivers strong melodies combined with signature keyboard lines and heavy riffs. Superbly recorded and produced at Vault Studios in the rock heartlands of the Black Country.
Listen to the band's first single and lyric video "Nobody Fills the Loneliness":
1 One Lifetime, 2 Nobody Fills the Loneliness, 3 Chimera, 4 Night Time Angels, 5 The Road You've Taken, 6 Losing My Mind, 7 Distressed and Powerless, 8 Out of reach, 9 The Borders of Light, 10 Solitude of Pain
Chris Dando – Vocals, Keyboards
Daryl Gardner – Rhythm Guitar
KosKostas Kyriakidis – Drums, Keyboards
James Marshall Stanley - Lead Guitar
Paul Thompson – Bass Guitar
James Barratt - Acoustic guitars
Stephanie Fowler – Vocals

JD Miller Declares 'World War X' April 28

The new JD Miller record ’World War X’ sounds like the musical child bred by Eclipse and Evergrey. If you like melodic, guitar driven rock fronted by edgy vocals and soaring harmonies all wrapped up in modern production - JD Miller is your thing!

World War X’ was recorded at Studio Haga and Studio Berghem in Sweden by JD Miller themselves. The album was mixed by former member Christian Svedin as he understands the sound of JD Miller, and it was mastered by one of Swedens true audio greats in Thomas ’Plec’ Johansson at ‘The Panic Room’.

"We are super exited to be a part of the Mighty Music family and we feel like they are a perfect fit for us. 'World War X' is a great melodic hard-rock album that we are really proud of and that we have slaved over for the last 2 years. It's the first record featuring our new line-up with Chris, Alex and Elias who joined during the recording process. We hope that the listeners will love the feel and sound of the album as we gear up to get out on the road to meet them." - JD Miller

"World War X" is the follow up to the 2014 critically acclaimed "Grand Intentions" that got a 9 out of 10 in Rock Hard by Stefan Glas and mentioned JD Miller when he summed up the best from his music year in 2014: ”In Sweden, JD Miller made crunchy hard rock with ’Grand Intentions’ which has an awesome groove”.

Out April 28.


VIANA Album Teaser Online; Pre-Order Starts Today


A video teaser for Viana's self titled debut album, scheduled for release on March 24th via Street Symphonies Records, has been posted online at this address: The CD is available for pre-order at

"Bad Signs" lyric video:


Track List:
1. Straight Between Our Hearts
2. Bad Signs
3. Feel Your Love Tonight
4. Night Of Fire
5. Follow The Dawn
6. A New Love
7. Living A Lie
8. Just To Sing
9. Open Road
10. That Place Is You

Stefano Viana, guitars

Special Guests:
Alessandro Del Vecchio, vocals
Francesco Marras, guitars
Anna Portalupi, bass
Alessandro Mori, drums
Gabriele Gozzi, backing vocals
Pasquale India, keyboards



Swiss Rockers SIDEBURN Back With Album 'Eight' May 5

Swiss hard rock band Sideburn will release their new album #EIGHT on Fastball Music / SOULFOOD on May 5th. Prior to the album release the first single "Turn Away" will come out on March 17th. Check out the official video clip of the song here:

SIDEBURN - "#Eight" [release album: 2017-05-05]
With "#EIGHT" the Swiss rock band SIDEBURN release their literal eighth album following musical contributions to several Hollywood productions in the past like "Wolverine" (Six Feet Under), the show "24" and the trailer to the movie "Hit & Run" with Bradley Cooper.

In recent years, they supported bands like Kiss, Def Leppard, Dio, Motörhead, Ted Nugent, Airborne, Gotthard, Doro and Uriah Heep on stage. The band proved to be firmly established as a live band at the three-hour event "ADIDAS Rockstar" in 2012 for which they even produced the song "Rockstar" on special request by ADIDAS.

The international success so far can be attributed to the crisp hard rock sound, somewhere between ZZ Top, AC/DC and pure rock'n'roll, and the right feeling for catchy choruses flourishing again on the new album with simple ease and resulting in over 30,000 sold albums by now.

With their new album, SIDEBURN also celebrate their 20th anniversary and are able to look back on an impressive band history which is nowhere near its end. The new album is accompanied by the first single "Turn Away" which will be pre-released together with a video clip, as well as several shows being scheduled in spring and sommer.




QUIET RIOT To Re-Record “Road Rage” With New Vocalist James Durbin

Following the departure of singer Seann Nicols from Quiet Riot​, both Frontiers Music Srl and band leader Frankie Banali have made the joint decision to delay the release of the new Quiet Riot album, “Road Rage” until later this summer.  
Both the band and label feel that in order to truly represent Quiet Riot’s lineup, new lead singer James Durbin​ should be the vocalist on “Road Rage.” In order to execute that plan and promote the album accordingly, and with the full support of the label, the band will go back into the studio and record the album with Durbin on vocals to ensure that they deliver the album that Quiet Riot fans have been patiently waiting for and truly deserve. 
Regarding the critically important decision to re-record with new Quiet Riot vocalist James Durbin, Banali said, “After careful consideration, with the support of Frontiers and understanding the appeals from Quiet Riot fans to have our vocalist James Durbin represented on the new Quiet Riot release, we have made the decision to move forward and have James replace all the vocals on “Road Rage” with new lyrics and melodies for a summer 2017 release. Stay tuned!”
While the new Quiet Riot album will be slightly delayed as a result of the re-recording process, the Quiet Riot faithful can rest assured that the resulting album will be well worth the brief wait.  
Famously known as the first heavy metal band to top the pop charts, the Los Angeles quartet became a global sensation thanks to their monstrous smash hit 1983 album, “Metal Health.” The band now continues their historic journey in 2017 with founding member of the 1983 Metal Health era of QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, veteran bassist Chuck Wright (who has been in and out of QUIET RIOT since 1982) and guitarist Alex Grossi (who has been handling his duties since 2004).
Frankie Banali's history with QUIET RIOT spans over 34 years and he has the distinction of being the only member of QUIET RIOT to have recorded on every single QUIET RIOT release from 1983’s METAL HEALTH through 2017’s “Road Rage”. After nearly ten years since the loss of his friend and co-founding member and bandmate Kevin DuBrow, and with careful consideration, soul searching and with the blessings and support of Kevin DuBrow's family, Frankie has moved forward with the band.
Frankie Banali - drums
Alex Grossi - guitars
Chuck Wright - bass guitar
James Durbin - vocals
March 18, 2017 -w- The Cotillion, Wichita, KS
March 24, 2017 -w- The Music Vault, Hardeeville, SC 
March 25, 2017 -w- John F. Savage Arena, Toledo, OH
March 30, 2017 -w- The Machine Shop, Sault Ste. Marie, ON 
April 7, 2017 -w- Bowery Live, West Palm Beach, FL
April 23, 2017 -w- The Rainbow Bar & Grill, West Hollywood, CA
April 28, 2017 -w-AVI Main Ballroom, Laughlin, NV
June 2, 2017 -w- City of Lincolnton, Lincolton, NC
June 11, 2017 -w- Motorcity Harley Davidson Festival, Farmington Hills, MI 
June 23, 2017 -w- Phase 2, Lynchburg, VA
June 24, 2017 -w- 15th Annual Funstatic Festival, Big Spring, TX
July 1, 2017 -w- Sundown Salute, Junction City, KS
July 15, 2017 -w- The Horny Toad, Lake Ozark, MO
August 11, 2017 -w- The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX
August 12, 2017 -w- Maude Cobb Event Center, Longview, TX
August 18, 2017 -w- Chase Co. Fairgrounds, Imperial, NE
August 26, 2017 -w- Cruisers Stateline, Port Falls, ID
October 28, 2017 -w- Rock The Park Festival @ Dean Porter Park, Brownsville, TX
October 29, 2017 -w- The Avanti's Dome, Pekin, IL
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LOVERBOY 'Stop The Rain' Fan Video Winner

When LOVERBOY fan David Napolillo first heard the band's new single, "Stop the Rain," and decided to enter the contest to make the best official video for the song, he interpreted the title in a very unique way. 
"I knew the most obvious theme would be lots of rain, but I didn't want to do what other entries might do," he explained. "So, instead of using the literal image of rain, I had aliens 'raining down' on Earth in search of this awesome band they recently discovered."  
That unusual approach was enough to make his video the winning entry in the contest on LOVERBOY's website, with the auteur receiving a black Fender Squire guitar autographed by the entire band. His clip is now the official music video for the single, which can be downloaded for free on the LOVERBOY site (, and is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others. The new official fan-made video for "Stop the Rain" can be seen HERE.
The band's guitarist, Paul Dean, who helped spearhead the contest, was impressed with all the results, but was most pleased with Napolillo's winner. "My bucket list always contained my wish that we, as a species, would contact extraterrestrials in my lifetime," he said. "Well, wish granted. Congratulations to David Napolillo of Spring, TX, for abducting LOVERBOY into the 'Alien Hall of Fame' "
"Stop the Rain" represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following the country-flavored "Hurtin'" and "Some Like It Hot" - described by Paul Dean as "the first and only shuffle LOVERBOY has ever done" -- last year. Doug Johnson wrote "Stop the Rain," explaining it was inspired by living in Vancouver, where there is plenty of precipitation, but no known sighting of extraterrestrials.
Said Johnson: "I loved David's interpretation.  It just goes to show how a song can work on any number of different levels."
LOVERBOY continues to work, not just for the weekend but every day of the week, offering a free download of their brand new single, "Stop the Rain," as well as the opportunity for their fans to produce their own video for the track, with the winning entry earning a black Fender Squire guitar (seen below) autographed by the entire band.  The single is now online (February 9) at the Loverboy website (, where it can be downloaded for free, then will be available tomorrow, February 10, for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Tunecore and Deezer, among others.
The video entries can be submitted by e-mail to and shared on Facebook tagging Loverboy. The deadline is February 24, after which the contest will be closed.  The band will announce the winner, which will then become the official YouTube video for the song.
"Stop the Rain" represents the latest previously unreleased Loverboy song following last year's, "Some Like It Hot." 
Doug Johnson, who wrote the new song, says it was inspired by living in Vancouver. "The wet weather was the original inspiration, but on a deeper level it's about perseverance and hope," says the band's longtime keyboardist. "I hope it inspires some excellent contest entries."
"It's the kind of hopeful song I could never write before, about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel... Mike really sings the sh*t out of it."
Added Reno about the single: "Coming from a city like Vancouver, 'stop the rain' means... 'stop the rain.'"
The band is hoping the guitar giveaway motivates the fans to put their best filmmaking foot forward.
"We're excited to see who makes the best video for the song," says Paul Dean. "We've seen a few of our songs get the fan 'treatment' over the years, but this is the first time we've had a contest. Just download the song from our website and happy editing!"
Loverboy's almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to local guitar legend Paul Dean, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000.
LOVERBOY has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "The Kid is Hot Tonite," "When It's Over," and "Queen of the Broken Hearts.


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LINNEA WIKSTRÖM Forms QFT, Signs With Despotz Records

Swedish vocalist Linnéa Vikström, best known as one of the vocalists in Therion, has signed a worldwide deal with Despotz Records.

Leanna says, "I’m really excited to be working together with Despotz and with their help I’ll be sure to present some fantastic music to the world! Just the fact that Despotz is willing to release an album recorded completely live shows how willing they are to break new grounds and think outside of the box. Be ready to venture out deep into the universe as we launch this spacecraft of music!"

Linnea will work with her solo project under the secret name of QFT. The debut album will be released November of 2017, with the first, as yet untitled, single hitting the streets in May.

"Imagine if Black Sabbath and Pagan's Mind gave birth to a starchild, thus QFT is born," says Despotz' Omer Akay. "This is the mastermind of Linnéa Vikström. The space journey has just begun."


RICHIE KOTZEN To Release 21st Solo Album 'Salting Earth'

RICHIE KOTZEN tossed convention on its ear by actually taking one step back in order to move two steps forward. “It’s something I really needed to do in order to reset myself,” he explains.
Kotzen’s “charge to recharge” was officially put into play following the mega-success of the 2015–16 tour behind his band The Winery Dogs’ sophomore effort, the oh-so-appropriately named HOT STREAK. And the man’s reset manifesto wound up hitting all the right buttons too. The proof is on display deep within the grooves of SALTING EARTH, which veers from the balls-out, heads-up declaration of the opening track and first single, “End of Earth,” to the burning-sky harmonic thrust of “Thunder” to the Prince-like funk-jazz swing of “This Is Life” to the acoustified take-me-as-I-am self-reflection of the album’s final song, “Grammy.”
The majority of SALTING EARTH is the result of KOTZEN’s one-man production machine, with the exception of Julia Lage adding background vocals to “Make It Easy,” a tasty, sing-along groove stew. “It’s really not deliberate when the record is finished and suddenly I’m the only performer on it,” Kotzen admits. “It actually comes out of my process of writing and documenting my ideas. It started back in the late-’80s when I had a makeshift studio in my parents’ barn. I grew up fairly isolated, and I soon realized in order to get this music out of my head and onto a format where I could listen to it, I’d have to figure out how to do it alone.”
KOTZEN’s previous solo release, 2015’s diverse, far-reaching CANNIBALS, was a well-received hit among his core fan base, and SALTING EARTH cuts like the aforementioned “End of Earth,” “Thunder,” and “Divine Power” all showcase the scorching guitar solos and soaring vocals that one would expect from a KOTZEN solo album. That said, there’s also quite a vulnerable side on display here that’s perhaps best demonstrated in the stripped-down approach to the album’s closing salvo, “Grammy.”
Here’s the complete track listing of SALTING EARTH:
1. End of Earth
2. Thunder
3. Divine Power
4. I’ve Got You
5. My Rock
6. This Is Life
7. Make It Easy
8. Meds
9. Cannon Ball
10. Grammy


Two posts today from Dave Meniketti:
It’s with great sadness that I write this today. Y&T's original rhythm guitarist, Joey Alves, passed away at 7:10 this morning at the age of 63. He suffered from ulcerative colitis and other complications that led to his passing. Joey was one of the finest rock rhythm guitarists, and I’ll always remember playing next to him chunking out those monster chords with his classic red double cutaway ‘59 Les Paul Jr. As Ronnie Montrose once said about Joey, “There are rhythm players, then there's Joey. A class of his own.....”.
He was a fun guy who always played with attitude and conviction, and was responsible for writing some memorable riffs for Y&T over the years. His friendship and presence will be missed. This is a great loss for all the Y&T family and faithful. He now joins Phil and Leonard in rock and roll heaven.

I saw this clip of Joey 2 days ago when I was reviewing part of the documentary. Seeing Joey on the screen while knowing he was not long for this earth was a shock to me at first, but hearing what he said in this clip really touched me. What he said is so right and I wanted to share this with deep respect for my friend. Thank you Mark and Geoff for putting this together for me.


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