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10
Jul

LANCE KING Readies 'ReProgram' Album

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Lance King announces new album in works and releases two video promos! T
 
These initial video trailers illuminate the album theme narrated with a killer voice over by "The Movie Trailer guy" with a cyberpunk / sci-fi cinimatic feel this album has.

Now calling his style 'Celestial Metal', Lance challenges the very fabric of who we are as humans with 'ReProgram'!

Lance is known as the former voice of PYRAMAZE - BALANCE OF POWER - AVIAN and GEMINI (and others) and returns with bombast on 'ReProgram'  once again calling on the talents of musician friends and the amazing talents of co-producer Jacob Hansen!

Watch Video Trailer 1    /   Watch Video Trailer 2  

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**Lance has set up a PledgeMusic page to crowdfund his first full length Music Video ever! Pre-Order Exclusive Limited Bundles and get access to all updates on PledgeMusic HERE! 

***You can get a FREE song downloads HERE! 

Musicians Featured on "ReProgram"
Kim Olesen - (Anubis Gate) 
Markus Sigfridsson - (Darkwater/Harmony)
Matt Hodsdon - (Chaos Frame) 
Rich Hinks - (Annihilator / Aeon Zen)
Morten Gade Sarensen  (Pyramaze/Anubis Gate) 
Fred Columbo (Spheric Universe Experience) 
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
Jakob Riis  (L Wood Joy)

 
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Tue
10
Jul

Rock Candy Records Latest - Y&T

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3 news titles from Rock Candy - all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
Y&T ‘EARTHSHAKER’ CANDY360
 
WHEN Y&T reappeared in 1981 and released Earthshaker most hard rock fans were shocked that the band were still a functioning unit. Having made a name for themselves in the late seventies with two fine, but obscure, albums released on the decidedly unhip London label, very little was then heard of them. But when Earthshaker appeared on the rather more happening A&M label, brandishing a streamlined name change from the cumbersome Yesterday And Today to the far more manageable Y&T, fans could not have been happier.
 
Released in 1981, Earthshaker stunned the hard rock world with its aggressive songs and production. It was a double whammy that breathed new life into the band’s profile, helping to re-establish them as real contenders after years spent hiding in the shadows on a label that offered little in the way of promotion or career advancement. In Europe, where the band had already enjoyed a cult following through imports of their previous two records, the news was embraced with open arms and word soon spread that the band were not only back but sounding bigger and better than ever.
 
Recorded in their native San Francisco, the album harnessed a new raw energy, allowing songs such as ‘Hungry For Rock’, ‘Dirty Girl’, ‘Squeeze’ and ‘Hurricane’ to explode like molotov cocktails, whilst the epic and lengthy album closer ‘Rescue Me’ showed that the band could write anthems equal to the best of the genre. It also showed just how masterful they had developed as musicians, especially Dave Meniketti’s extraordinary vocals. Honestly, we can’t recommend this album highly enough.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW WITH DAVE MENIKETI, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. HUNGRY FOR ROCK 2. DIRTY GIRL 3. SHAKE IT LOOSE 4. SQUEEZE 5. RESCUE ME 6. YOUNG AND TOUGH 7. HURRICANE 8. LET ME GO 9. KNOCK YOU OUT 10. I BELIEVE IN YOU
 
Y&T ‘BLACK TIGER’ CANDY361
 
Y&T’S PREVIOUS  album Earthshaker had revitalised this highly respected San Francisco based quartet’s fortunes, appearing almost by stealth after years of what appeared to be complete inactivity. Signed to a new label and attracting fresh interest from various corners, Y&T quickly capitalised on their fortunes by moving their base of operation to the UK for the follow-up album Black Tiger. Almost unbeknownst to the band, the UK and Europe had earlier on embraced them as one of their own. It was an appreciation born out of a revived interest in hard rock, fuelled by the emergence of the NWOBHM.
 
Recorded in the Surrey countryside and produced by acclaimed British producer Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Coney Hatch, Malice) Black Tiger was a triumphant statement of intent, complimenting and, in many respects, eclipsing the achievement of the previous year’s Earthshaker album. Having established a solid template the album saw them looking for more melodic possibilities but not compromising their muscular style. It was a successful manoeuvre and one not lost on their burgeoning European fan base. In fact, during the recording sessions, the band embarked on a sold out UK and European tour that included two nights at London’s Marquee club and a high ranking support slot at that year’s Reading Festival.
 
Black Tiger, Issued in 1982, is now regarded as one of, if not the definitive Y&T album, showcasing a number of tracks that are regarded as classics, such as ‘Open Fire’, ‘My Way Or The Highway’, ‘Hell Or High Water’, and the title track itself. It also contains the epic ‘Forever’, another gold standard ballad in the classic Y&T canon.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, ONE BONUS TRACK. 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, PRODUCED BY MAX NORMAN (OZZY OSBOUNE, ARMORED SAINT), 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW WITH DAVE MENIKETI, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. FROM THE MOON 2. OPEN FIRE 3. DON’T WANNA LOSE 4. HELL OR HIGH WATER 5. FOREVER 6. BLACK TIGER 7. BARROOM BOOGIE 8. MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY 9. WINDS OF CHANGE. **BONUS TRACK**: 10. SOMEBODY FOR ME
 
Y&T ‘MEAN STREAK’ CANDY362
 
WHEN Y&T, THE hard rockin’ San Francisco quartet, signed to A&M records in 1980, it signalled a golden era for the band, revealing a fan base in the UK, and Europe in general, that they were utterly unaware of. Their debut major label album, Earthshaker, was more successful in Europe than in their own country, building an audience that was hearing much in common with the NWOBHM and welcoming their hard edged sound as if they were homecoming
heroes. The bond was further cemented when the band elected to record their Black Tiger album in the UK, and also attracted an impressive reaction when they toured, which included a special guest performance at the coveted Reading Festival.
 
It came as no surprise, then, to find that their next album continued the British connection, with the band securing respected studio wizard Chris Tsangarides (Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne) to produce Mean Streak, another molten slice of face melting hard rock in the finest Y&T tradition. Recorded in their native San Francisco, the record continued to enhance the band’s reputation as one of the most potent outfits of the era, delivering great songs and incredible performances. They refused to sweeten their sound or kowtow to ill informed suggestions, stated or implied, to become more accessible.
 
Produced with pin-point accuracy, the album (issued in 1983) resonates with explosive authority, harnessing razor sharp guitar riffs and impressive songs. Tracks such as ‘Midnight In Tokyo’, ‘Hang ‘Em High’, ‘Down And Dirty’ and the title track itself are all Y&T classics, allowing vocalist Dave Meniketti to ride the tiger with all his might.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, ONE BONUS TRACK. 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, PRODUCED BY CHRIS TSANGARIDES (THIN LIZZY, JUDAS PRIEST), 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW WITH DAVE MENIKETI, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. MEAN STREAK 2. STRAIGHT THRU THE HEART 3. LONELY SIDE OF TOWN 4. MIDNIGHT IN TOKYO 5.    BREAKING AWAY 6. HANG ‘EM HIGH 7. TAKE YOU TO THE LIMIT 8. SENTIMENTAL FOOL 9. DOWN AND DIRTY. **BONUS TRACK**:10.  I’M NOT SORRY

 

 
Sat
07
Jul

The Metal Voice: JEFF PILSON (Dokken/Foreigner)

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Jimmy Kay from Canada's The Metal Voice (https://www.facebook.com/themetalvoice) recently interviewed current  Foreigner  bassist Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio) who called  in from his hotel room on a headlining tour with Foreigner in North America. 
Watch here - https://youtu.be/D2hZkD3VU0s

When asked about his legendary  answering machine messages
"Actually there was a bootleg a long time ago of my answering machine messages. There was a period, especially in the 90's when I would just make these epic answering machine messages and I sort of got known for it, so then I felt obligated to continue. One time I did Pilsonian Rhapsody, I actually did, Bohemian Rhapsody done to an answering machine message. I went crazy with all the voices and music. I did the Batman theme, but of course I said PIL-SON instead of Bat-man and again played all the instruments. If you can ever hear the bootleg there are some pretty hysterical stuff."

When asked which of the three bands Dio Foreigner and Dokken  he is most proud of
"It would be Dio because there was a connection about Dio. It was the most heaviest  powerful band I had been in and I took what I learn in Dio and brought in back to Dokken later on. I would say Dio but I am really proud of Foreigner. Foreigner is on a headlining tour  now and we worked our asses off to get back here of course we have Mick Jones great songs but we had to work our way back".

When asked if Foreigner will be writing a new studio album
"I don't see us do a whole record of new material like we did in 2009 that was a tough situation for us because we are on the road so much  that it was really tough for us to come up with a whole record of new material, it was a lot of work and a lot of stress. I don't really see that happening again. What I do see  happening is what we had done on the last couple of years is that we will put out a new song here and there maybe include it in some package. I see us going recording of new songs but not full albums."

When asked if Foreigner is still Foreigner without Mick Jones can the band exist without Mick 
"It's a fair question but I will ask anybody who asks that have you seen the band live.  When Mick is not there, it's still very much Foreigner. It's sanctioned by Mick. I understand how people feel about original members but with Foreigner it's really about the songs. Lou Gramm was one of the greatest rock voices ever and it's not taking away from Lou it's actually flattering Lou that his performances were so universal that we can carry on and do those songs even when he is not there, so we can also do those songs when Mick is not there. The only way it could exist without him being there is if he passed away because he will always be connected to Foreigner. Even if Mick Passed away the legacy of the music is so strong to me yes Foreigner could exit but I don't anticipate it existing without Mick in some way or form."

When asked if there are any unreleased Dio Songs?
"As far as me having it no, as far as being unreleased material yes there is. There is actually a fair amount of unheard material. There is talks and they are in the works of someday the music seeing the light of day. In order for it to be releasable there would have to be things done to it .  Yes there is Ronnie on songs that people have not heard does exists.

However I do remember playing Ronnie a riff  and us starting to work on a song and I believe the riff is going to surface on the upcoming Dio Disciples record."

When asked if there will be a new studio album and a US tour by the classic Dokken lineup
"The reunited Dokken gets offers all the time and we talk about most of them, we are all on speaking terms and we get along fine. It's down to opportunity. I think all of us have somewhere in us where we would like to do perhaps one final studio record together. So I see that as a distinct possibility somewhere down the line but as a whole US tour the problem is kind of obvious it's our scheduling. Maybe someday some limited shows, its not impossible and I think a recording is possible but it's kind of first things first. The last time we talked about a recording Don was starting to work on  his Dokken album, fair enough, there is no hurry. Maybe some day but nothing in the books right now." 

When asked who much truth there was to the bickering and hatred of Don Dokken and George Lynch
"It was a drastically over hyped version that something that is essentially true. The two of them get along pretty good now but there was a time in the early days they didn't get along great. What really blew it all up is when we were doing publicity for the Tooth and Nail record we had a publicist who  wanted to come up with a publicity angle that would really help sell the band. So what they centered in after talking with everybody was wow Don and George don't like each other and that just exploded and it became the media hook that got stuck with the band and then it became a self fulfilling prophecy and then it became our worst enemy. Did George like the fact that the band was called Dokken, of course he didn't like that he just wanted to have a regular band name. "

When asked when he joined the band was he an equal partner in Dokken
"It was equal right from the beginning and that was the brain child of our managers  Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch and they new about the personalities of the band and the name so right from the start it was an equal split except for Breaking the Chains album cause I wasn't on it but they gave me a little piece of it. Don and George also encouraged me to write and to be a participant right from the beginning. "

When asked how the whole band fell apart after Back for the Attack Album
"It was our personalities exaggerated by drugs."

When asked about him producing the new Last in Line album and a timeline on it's completion
"Right now they are talking about January 2019 as a release date, the record is not completely done recorded."

When asked about his memories of the late Vinnie Paul from Pantera
"I didn't know him well, actually Pantera opened for Dokken on our very first tour, Pantera they were really sweet to us, they were just starting out. My memory of Vinnie was  that he always brought fun with him, he was a  very nice man. There were some strip club trips in the 90's , he was always up for a good time. I hope he rests in peace."

When asked about his new band/ project and new album project with George Lynch, Robert Mason (Warrant) and Mick Brown
That record is actually done although it;s going to come out until April 2019 it is phenomenal, it's a very inspired piece of work. We have a new band name but we are not announcing it yet. George is playing his ass off on it. The music is very natural to what we are there is a bit of Dokken in there, there is a bit of Lynch Mob in there, it's kind of that direction although it gets a little deeper, we got pretty musical and deep on this record. We are trying our best to do a couple of live shows at some point. The whole record is recorded and done it's being mixed right now to be released April 2019."

 
Fri
06
Jul

Back For Another TASTE With 'Moral Decay' Out Aug 31

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German label AOR Heaven has extended their collaboration with Swedish Melodic Rock group TASTE who will release their second album “Moral Decay” on August 31.

TASTE was born on the day before New Year’s Eve 2009, when the two brothers, Christoffer and Felix Borg decided to make music together. The vision was to make classic 80s AOR, greatly inspired by FM, Giant and Strangeways.
 
Signing a deal with AOR Heaven, the self-titled album was released January 2013. The album received a lot of good reviews for their classic keyboard driven sound. After doing a few live performances the brothers joined ART NATION. During this time, Christoffer started study to become a music producer and they decided to leave TASTE aside until there was enough time to do it properly.
 
After a four year hiatus the brothers finally found the time to work together again. With a brand new single, ”We Are Back ”, released on their own, they signed a new deal with AOR Heaven, and in August 2018 they’ll release their highly anticipated second album, ” Moral Decay ”.

“Moral Decay” is recorded and mixed at Top Floor Studios, Gothenburg, by Christoffer Borg (Anthrax, Amaranthe, Danko Jones). The album is mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica).
 
TASTE:
Christoffer Borg - Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Bass and Synth
Felix Borg - Drums, Bass, Clean & Acoustic Guitars and Synth
 
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Discography:
Taste - Taste (2014)
Taste - Moral Decay (2018)
 
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Fri
06
Jul

Escape Music Bring Back THE SIGN Remastered & Remixed

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Friday, August 24, 2018
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the re-release of The Sign both titles “Signs Of Life” and "The Second Coming" as a Double CD Deluxe digipack. "Sign Of Life" with two bonus tracks with the original mixes by Mark Mangold and Randy Jackson, and fully mastered by Jacob Hansen, and "The Second Coming" with one bonus track, fully re-mastered by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors", Limited Edition of 1000 copies only!
Release Date: 24th August 2018
Catalogue Number: ESM323
The Sign is:
TERRY BROCK: Lead vocals of STRANGEWAYS
RANDY JACKSON: Guitars of ZEBRA 
BILLY GREER: Bass of KANSAS, SEVENTH KEY and STREETS
MARK MANGOLD: Keyboards of DRIVE, SHE SAID, TOUCH and AMERICAN TEARS
BOBBY RONDINELLI: Drums of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT
JOHN BIVONA: Bass of TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
SIGNS OF LIFE (The first CD)
THE SIGN is made up of five very talented and seasoned stars of American hard rock music. With keyboard player and singer MARK MANGOLD, who earned cult fame in melodic rock circles penning hit songs for Michael Bolton and Cher, as well as being in AMERICAN TEARS (Columbia and Escape), TOUCH (Atlantic), DRIVE, SHE SAID (CBS Associated) and most recently FLESH AND BLOOD (along with MEGADETH AND TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist AL PITRELLI and TYKETTO singer DANNY VAUGHN). Joining Mangold are guitarist and singer RANDY JACKSON of ZEBRA (Atlantic) and LED ZEP SYMPHONY, and singer TERRY BROCK of STRANGEWAYS and LE ROUX, in addition to singing background on over 35 records for artists like MICHAEL BOLTON, KANSAS, VALENTINE and others, and of course his solo records. The rhythm section of THE SIGN consists of the amazing BILLY GREER, the bassist of KANSAS and SEVENTH KEY, and famed drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI (drummer of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT).
The band produced a phenomenal, critically acclaimed album with diverse styles, a mixture of the sounds of all their styles, with scathing musicianship, huge walls of vocals, and strong symphonic overtones. All these elements combine to create a signature sound, from stellar "I'M ALIVE" and "ARYON", to classic ballads "FOREVER AGAIN" and "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU", to the heavy riffy "STRANDED" and more melodic rockers like "NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE", "THE WAIT" and "DESPERATE HEART" and the anthemic "LOVE IS ALIVE" and "SIGNS OF LIFE". All the songs have a common lyrical theme, essentially a flowing rock opera that follows the contemporary story of ARYON, a young girl who was raped by a priest, who she kills, and then escapes across country to find herself. This first record, originally mixed by Randy Jackson and Mark Mangold, has been remastered by Jacob Hansen and now sounds the way it was originally intended.
THE SECOND COMING (The second CD)
The second record by THE SIGN marks the introduction of a second guitarist in the band, the stellar JOHN BIVONA (also TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). The CD continues the story of Aryon...and delves into her tale; the abuse, the murder, the escape and the epiphany...meeting such colorful characters as the MOTORCYCLE MESSIAH, the OOZE...having a revelation on BLACK MOUNTAIN (a killer ZEP style riff rocker with huge drums). The exquisite STILL BREATHING stands out as a stellar melody and message. The record also explores various symphonic melodies as well as some scathing musicianship, guitar and keyboard solos by JACKSON, BIVONA and MANGOLD. This second record, the original mixes by Mark Mangold, Randy Jackson and Ed Douglas has been remastered by famed Swedish mastering engineer Mats "Limpan" Lindfors and now sounds as originally intended, far superior to any previous releases.
Finally, these two records have been combined with a LIBRETTO to tell the very contemporary and portending STORY OF ARYON.
 

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