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Thu
19
Apr

Tragul - "Before I Say Goodbye" (Official Lyric Video)

 
"BEFORE I SAY GOODBYE" presents an undeniably renewed TRAGUL, which returns with a very catchy melodic song, a rhythm halfway between the modern sound and the traditional power metal that leads to a fresh and melodic metal at its best.
 
Artwork by Anwar Mostafa Mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios Lyric Video by Scott Rudd
 
 
Zuberoa Aznárez (Vocals) Adrian Benegas (Keyboards) Steve Conley (Guitars) Diego Bogarín (Guitars) Oliver Holzwarth (Bass) Sander Zoer (Drums)
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Thu
19
Apr

REFUGE 'Solitary Men' From Members Of RAGE Out June 8

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Friday, June 8, 2018
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REFUGE, the new band comprised of current and former Rage members Peavy Wagner, Manni Schmidt & Christos Efthimiadis have released "From the Ashes", 
the first single taken from the forthcoming debut album, “Solitary Men”. 
 
The album will be released on CD/LP/MP3 on June 8, 2018. 
 
REFUGE marks the reunion of the original, and probably most successful, line-up of the German metal band RAGE, featuring Peavy Wagner, Manni Schmidt, & Christos Efthimiadis. After 1994, when the three originally parted ways, they moved on to work in different bands and follow their own musical path. Peavy kept on with Rage, Manni went to Grave Digger, and Christos off to Tri State Corner. After a long period during which they did not have much contact, the three guys met up again in 2014 and decided to play a secret show in their hometown Herne (Germany), under the moniker “Tres Hombres”. The show was never promoted, apart from word of mouth and social media rumblings and as a result, this show became one where you had to be "in the know", but more than 1200 fans found their way to the gig anyway. The band performed all the hits from their time together in RAGE and loved every second of that gig, getting hungry for more, thus the idea of “REFUGE” was born. 
 
REFUGE played a couple of hugely successful festival shows all throughout Europe in the summer of 2015. The audiences’ reactions to the ‘RAGE' songs of 1988 - 1993’ were truly overwhelming and exceeded all expectations the band had. So, more shows were played in 2016, including three in Japan (Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka), exactly 20 years after they had played their last shows together, coincidentally also in Japan!
 
"The band sounds nearly the same like back then, maybe a bit more relaxed, mature, with more individual experience,” tells Peavy Wagner. "But the general vibe is still the same. We know each other blindly. In order to write the songs, we created the same set-up we had 30 years ago. We rented the same rehearsal room and jammed together in a live situation and the magic was back! I'm glad that we could use and finalize some of our ideas from back then, stuff that we couldn´t use in that days for several reasons. The song “Waterfalls”, for example, was always one of my unfinished favourites. I´m proud we were able to bring it to light now, finally!"
 
What started out as a “fun thing” in 2014 has turned into a real band again. “We want to continue doing this together as long as possible, it is a manifestation of our reborn old friendship and it is a "coming from the heart" thing for us to do it,” concludes Peavy. 
 
Refuge’s debut album, ‘Solitary Men’ is the first album of original material from this classic Rage line-up in 25 years and will surely satisfy fans who remember those now legendary albums! Up the horns for REFUGE!
 

 
TRACKLISTING:
1. Summer's Winter
2. The Man In The Ivory Tower
3. Bleeding From Inside
4. From The Ashes
5. Living On The Edge Of Time
6. We Owe A Life To Death
7. Mind Over Matter
8. Let Me Go
9. Hell Freeze Over
10. Waterfalls
11. Another Kind Of Madness (Bonus Track)
 
PRODUCED BY: Refuge
MIXED BY: Dan Swano
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Peavy Wagner - bass & vocals
Manni Schmidt - guitars
Christos Efthimiadis - drums
 
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Wed
18
Apr

Rock Temple Festival, Tickets & Schedule Update

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Rock Temple, the new international mail order dedicated to rock and metal music fans, in collaboration with Rocker Sound Agency & Burning Minds Music Group, is proud to share details of the first official edition of its "Rock Temple Festival",  which will take place on May 29, 2018 @ Legend Club, Viale Enrico Fermi 98, 20161 Milan - ITALY (The event will be part of the "Rock In Park" live saga,). 
 
Tickets are finally available for purchase from today on the official website of Rock Temple, in two different versions: "Standard" & "VIP". All the info:
 
STANDARD TICKET 
Official pre-sale on Rock Temple's website: 22 Euro (+ 5% discount on 1 order done on www.rocktemple.it). Price at the venue: 24 Euro
 
VIP TICKET
Ultra-limted to 10 people49,90 Euro. Details: 1 ticket, Meet & Greet with Boulevard, 1 Festival T-Shirt, 1 designed VIP Pass  (+ 10% discount on 1 order done on www.rocktemple.it). VIP TICKET is available exclusively on www.rocktemple.it within May 13, 2018.
 
A special Rock Temple stand with Cd, Dvd, Bluray, Vinyls, Box Set and Limited Edition, dedicated to all the fans and collectors of AOR, Rock e Metal music, will be available inside the venue during the event. 
 
Rock Temple Festival:
DOORS OPEN: 19:45
AIRBOUND: 20:45 / 21:10
MINDFEELS: 21:25 / 21:50
SOUL SELLER: 22:05 / 22:35
BOULEVARD: 22:50 / 0.00
DATE: May 29, 2018
 
VENUE: Legend Club, Viale Enrico Fermi 98, 20161 Milano (ITALY)
 
 
Wed
18
Apr

JON BUTCHER AXIS Ready To 'Stare At The Sun' Again May 25

Friday, May 25, 2018
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For a time in the early 1980's it looked like as if Jon Butcher's career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.
 
Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher's lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon's work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change."
 
Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people, his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix,  Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy. Many people believe that “Stare at the Sun” was Jon's finest work and claim it to be the best album he ever released under any moniker. Songs like “Wind it up” and “Don't say Goodnight” are certainly songs that deserve your attention. 
 
The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83), Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others. Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer.
 
 
Track listing: 1- Wind it up  3:20 / 2- Victims 4:15 / 3-Dreams Fade Away 4:07 / 4- Stay Low 3:56/ 5- Can't tell the dancer from the dance  3:44 / 6- Don't say Goodnight 3:22 / 7- Walk on the moon 5:24 / 8- Call to Arms 3:43 / 9-Eros Arriving 3:37 / 10- Breakout 3:11
 
Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
Mastered by J K Northrup At Alien Productions
 
Tue
17
Apr

MELODICROCK FEST 5 USA Event Schedule

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MELODICROCK FEST UPDATE #173
 
I'm informed by their label, that JOEY C JONES doesn't want to play MRF. Righto then.
 
So let's update that slot with the return of WARP DRIVE!
 
And on Sunday, AOR Blvd Records artist GARY BRANDON will slot into proceedings, just to make the event that little bit better.
 
Tickets have been mailed out to those purchased prior to Monday. Remaining ones will be sent via email ASAP.
 
Those with VIP passes - bring those tickets to the event Thursday to collect your VIP laminate and Tshirt.
 

THURSDAY May 3

ACOUSTIC VIP EVENT - Home Bar
 
FM 8.40-9.10
Jean Beauvoir Q&A 7.45-8.25
Jaded Past 7.00-7.30
Paul Laine 6.15-6.45
The Radio Sun 5.50-6.15
Cassidy Paris 5.30-5.50
 
Doors 5.00
 
FRIDAY May 4
 
Treat 9.45-11.15 (90)
Jean Beauvoir 7.45-9.15 (75)
Station 6.15-7.25 (70)
Grand Design 5.00-6.00 (60)
Fierce Heart 4.00-4.45 (45)
Warp Drive 3.00-3.45 (45)
Jaded Past 2.00-2.45 (45)
 
Doors 1.30
 
SATURDAY May 5
 
H.E.A.T 10.35-12.05 (90)
Crazy Lixx 8.55-10.10 (75)
Gary Moon & Friends 7.05-8.35 (90)
Adriangale 5.30-6.45 (75)
Madman’s Lullaby 4.15-5.15 (60)
Far Cry 3.00-4.00 (60)
Dave Friday Band 2.00-2.45 (45)
SJ Sindicate 1.00-1.45 (45)
 
Doors 12.30
VIP 12.00 - Boulevard VIP Acoustic 12.00-12.30
 
SUNDAY May 6
 
FM 10.30-12.00 (90)
Paul Laine 8.30-10.05 (80)
Boulevard 7.00-8.15 (75)
Shotgun Symphony 5.30-6.45 (75)
Maxx Explosion 4.15-5.15 (60)
The Radio Sun 3.00-4.00 (60)
Gary Brandon 2.00-2.45 (45)
Lynn Allen 1.00-1.45 (45)
 
Doors 1.00
 
 
Mon
16
Apr

THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT Arrive On CD May 30

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is overjoyed to be bringing one of our favourite vocalists to the label. The mighty, Goran Edman is the frontman for the latest signing to the label, THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT.
 
MRR isn’t afraid to take chances when the music demands attention and The Senior Management is a no-brainer. Their mature mix of styles pushes the boundaries of melodic rock, westcoast AOR while including a touch of country and acoustic pop/rock.
 
The debut self-titled album is being exclusively handled by MRR for the CD format, with a digital release due early next month.
 
The MRR CD release will be a limited edition and is released May 30.
 
Check out these two monster songs that bookend the debut album:
 

 
 
The Senior Management Bio:
In the summer of 2015 guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the rock band The Senior Management. Together they have been involved in different
music project since the late 80’s. During the first half of the 90’s they collaborated in the band
Y.M.I where they reached the finals in the Swedish championship of rock music.
 
In the mid 90’s Y.M.I played at a rock festival and was warm up act for Billionaires Boys Club who
was headlining. Billionaires Boy Club was Jörg Fischer (Accept), Anders Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsten, John Norum) and Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall).
Magnus was at the time in the beginning of his career and that later would bring him to several successful years with Hammerfall. Göran had recently left Yngwie Malmsteen
band when he replaced Marc Boals in Billionaires Boys Club. During this rock festival, it was the
first time we all met and none of us had any idea that we 20 years later would team up together as
The Senior Management.
 
Dennis Heltorp: “In order to find our sound, we did some demos with different voices like Tony Martin from Black Sabbath and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Soto, Sons Of Apollo). However, all pieces fell into place after the first demo run with Göran. He finally added with his voice and amazing vocal harmonies the missing piece to complete our sound.”
 
Some listeners say that The Senior Management sound like a blend of The Eagles and Thin Lizzy.
Others have said they sound like Journey or Bon Jovi.
 
 
Mon
16
Apr

Gathering Of Kings - "Saviour" (Official Audio)

 
The Swedish Phenomena inspired AOR/melodic rock project Gathering Of Kings has released a brand new track titled "Saviour".
 
The third single from the yet untitled debut album is written by Victor Olsson and will be released at the end of the summer.
The album is being helmed by producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson, who has previously worked with Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra, Dynazty and Nocturnal Rites among others.
 
Line-up on "Saviour":
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals
Victor Olsson - lead guitar, backing vocals
Martin Sweet - rhythm guitar
Nalle Pahlsson - bass
Richard Larsson - keyboards
Jonas Kallsback - drums
Tobias Jansson - backing vocals
Alexander Frisborg - backing vocals
Ron Dahlgren - backing vocals
 
The full-length album will include following artists:
 
Bjorn Strid - Vocals (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra)
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, Herman Frank, At Vance)
Tobias Jansson - Vocals (Saffire)
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind)
Jens Westin - Vocals (Corroded)
Victor Olsson - Guitars (Saffire)
Stefan Helleblad - Guitar (Within Temptation, Jono)
Martin Sweet - Guitar (Crashdiet, Sister, Sweet Creature)
Erik Martensson - Guitar (Eclipse, W.E.T, Ammunition)
Nalle Pahlsson - Bass (Therion, ex-Treat)
Richard Larsson - Keyboards (The Night Flight Orchestra)
Erik Wiss - Keyboards (Cap Outrun)
Chris Laney - Keyboards (Pretty Maids)
Jonas Kallsback - Drums (The Night Flight Orchestra)
Efrain Larsson - Drums (Streamline, ex-Diamond Dawn)
Robban Back - Drums (Mustasch, W.E.T, ex-Eclipse)
 
YOUTUBE:
FOREVER AND A DAY: https://youtu.be/Mz1XqJj8TAs

 

 
Mon
16
Apr

Best Wishes To JOE LYNN TURNER

 
As you would have heard, JOE LYNN TURNER is undergoing treatment in Belarus after a heart related issue. No updates have been posted, I've sent Joe an email wishing him the best, hopefully he will be cleared and released soon.
 
Mon
16
Apr

DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK Diagnosed With Dementia

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DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK needs help.
 
Jerry has been diagnosed with a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer's and his son has set up a GoFundMe as well as a fundraising event to feature some of Jerrys friends, notably Danny Seraphin formerly of Chicago.
 
 

DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK needs help.
 
Jerry has been diagnosed with a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer's and his son has set up a GoFundMe as well as a fundraising event to feature some of Jerrys friends, notably Danny Seraphin formerly of Chicago.
 
 

 
Mon
16
Apr

Helsinki-based VILE CALIBER Release New Track And Video

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Modern melodic / heavy rock band Vile Caliber from Helsinki have released a new track 'Willpower'. They combine influences from rock/metal classics such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Whitesnake and KISS, and bring it together with a modern twist. 

After releasing their debut album "Tomorrow's For Those Who Dare", the new single leans more towards their heavy metal sound. 

Vile Caliber's Drummer Vesa commented on the new single: "In terms of production and songwriting We have kicked it up a few notches and multiplied everything by a thousandfold. Roaring guitars with fast shredding, thunderous rhythm sections driving forward like a steamroller, with energetic and intense vocals as the icing on top of this heavy metal cake. Enjoy!"

Check the video @ Youtube:

 
 
Mon
16
Apr

KUNI 'Looking For Action' (Feat. JEFF SCOTT SOTO) & 'Masque' Reissues

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KUNI's cult melodic rock release 'Looking For Action' is back, with a Japanese limited release featuring 2 Bonus Tracks, as well as his debut album 'Masque' will be re-relased June 13.
 
The translated Japanese description reads: "Even after becoming out of production or manufacturing discontinuance, pick up the historical important board of Japanese music that was difficult to obtain even in the second hand market from persevering support and revaluation. Eighteen months after the release of the limited release sessions · album "Masque" with a suddenly super low price, including albums which are traded with high premiere, Jeff Scott Soto who also participated in the album of Yngwie Malmsteen in vocals With sorting, KUNI's heavy metal sound is established."
 
Order with confidence from CD Japan: 
 
 
Fri
13
Apr

Canadian Rockers THUNDERBIRD Strike With 3rd Album

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Canadian Hard Rockers Thunderbird To Release Third Album Feat. Members of Bachman Turner and Lee Aaron
 
'An enticing and ear-bending form of new classic rock is most definitely what Thunderbird have delivered...' - Martin Popoff

Canadian hard rockers Thunderbird are releasing their anticipated self-titled third album on Delinquent Records on April 25, 2018! 'Thunderbird' was recorded in Vancouver BC, produced by Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola and mixed by famed engineer Mike Fraser.

Says lead singer & producer Marc LaFrance, 'The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!'

Musically, the songs are inspired by classic hard rock. Heavy guitars, blistering solos, driving rhythms.

The songs were written during 2016, after the band finished their last album 'Heavyweight'. Recording began for a third album late 2016 at Vancouver's Armoury Studios with famed engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen). Sessions continued through the first half of 2017 at several Vancouver studios with other veteran engineers including Ken Burke, Kris Siegers and Mick Dalla-Vee. The finished album was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.

The band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan was unable to take part this time due to other commitments, and rising young talent Brice Tabish joins Thunderbird on guitar. Rod still makes a welcome appearance with the guitar solo on opening track 'Liar (Fool's Gold)'. Guest musicians on the new album include jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track 'Vampire' arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen.

Thunderbird features:

 
Marc LaFrance (Vocals/Producer)
Very experienced, well-known and highly regarded in the music industry, Marc is not only a singer but also a drummer, songwriter and producer. He records and tours internationally with Randy Bachman and Bachman Turner as well as his own band Cease & Desist. He has contributed to over 100 albums, and countless sessions on recordings by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Loverboy, Glass Tiger, Alice Cooper, Blue Murder, Scorpions, Cher and many others.

Rob Becker (Bass)
Award-winning bassist Rob Becker has been an active part of the Vancouver music scene for decades and maintains a busy schedule of touring and session work. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Colin James, Patricia Conroy, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent and Lee Aaron to name a few. He can be seen performing regularly in the US and Europe and has recently been on stages in Scotland, England and Australia. His extensive background in playing live and in the studio, combined with formal musical training, makes Rob musically versatile.

Kelly Stodola (Drums/Producer)
Kelly is immersed in session work and live performance in many diverse styles and has been heard across North America on alternative college radio and mainstream hard rock stations as well as country television. Credits include Lauren Starchuk, Version 3, The Blue Voodoo, Featherz Edge, The Steve Sainas Band and Magnus Rising. He continues to keep a busy schedule on the Vancouver music scene and looks forward to many more years of making music.

Brice Tabish (Guitars)
Brice Tabish may be only in his mid-twenties, but knows more about classic hard rock and metal than people who were there at the time! He is a real student of the genre and lives and breathes it. Already a seasoned player on the Canadian scene, Brice tours with 'metal queen' Lee Aaron and has recorded with the likes of Andrew Oldham (Rolling Stones). He performs live regularly in the Vancouver area with Las Divas and the John Pippus Band.


Tracks
1.  Liar (Fool's Gold)
2.  Little Jenny
3.  Star
4.  Rain
5.  Into the Sun
6.  Painted Lady
7.  Revolution
8.  Man of Clay
9.  I'm with You
10. On the Brink
11. King Rat
12. Vampire

The songs and lyrics will be available after release on the band's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNOMFBYJuT5gAqSdmKOOyw/playlists?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=1

Here's what the press have already said about Thunderbird:

'Aggressive energy and raw edge...Hard rocking and based on some smoking riffing' - Music Street Journal (USA)

'Hard rock veterans, Thunderbird are keeping the genre alive and well, and are doing so with original, hand-crafted material.' - The Ark of Music (USA)

'Hit all the right buttons' - Hallowed (Sweden)

'Thunderbird electrifies...Hits hard...There's no lack of breakneck drumming, smashing cymbals, or face melting solos...The band shows versatility on every track, while always remaining true to their clear brand of sound.' - Indie Band Guru (USA)

'Buckle your seat belt...A refreshing sound that harkens back to the glory days of hard rock music...helping to keep the torch burning for fans that still crave that classic rock sound that will never die.' - Metal Nexus (USA)

'In-your-face attitude...Hard rocking riffs abound...Back-to-the-roots shot of adrenaline fueled heavy rock to leave you wanting more. We can't wait to see what Thunderbird do next.' - Rock Hard (UK)

'Thunderbird know how to rock and they do it with style.' - Middle Tennessee Music (USA)

'Blasting through your speakers with riffage of AC/DC-level intensity...The guitar is chunky and virtuosic, the drums thunderous with machine-gun-like fills.' - Coyote Music (USA)

In closing the band has this to say to their fans worldwide, 'Keep on Rockin'!'

To purchase Thunderbird's new CD: https://www.amazon.com/Thunderbird-Explicit/dp/B07BNCNQKW
For more information: http://facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband

 

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