NEAL SCHON Debuts New Solo Track & Talks To Billboard

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
From today - you can hear a new NEAL SCHON solo track from his upcoming solo album Vortex.
He's touring with Journey, finishing up a Santana reunion project and has a new solo album coming out. Look up "busy" in the dictionary and you'll likely find a photo of Neal Schon.
"I'm really busting ass this next year and this year," Schon tells Billboard. "I'm so busy I don't have a free day. I barely have a day off 'cause I bit off so much. But now that I'm in it, I'm not willing to go, 'Y'know what, man? I'm tired.' I'm a little fried, but everybody goes, 'You look great.' I'm feeling good and health-wise I'm really good, so I'm just gonna do it." The two-disc Vortex, whose title comes from a recent nickname for Schon bestowed by Carlos Santana, reunites Schon with early '80s collaborator Jan Hammer, after the keyboardist dropped in on 2011's The Calling. "I had sent Jan a couple tracks to play on for (The Calling) and I hadn't worked with him since the '80s, so we rekindled our friendship and renewed everything," Schon says. "For this album I went to him ahead of time and said, 'I'd love for you top-lay on this record but I'd love you to stretch out more and I'm gonna leave some open space,' and he said, 'Great.' He worked on it in his own studio and just killed it, man."
and on JOURNEY....
Schon plans to give Vortex a live airing during the Les Paul 100th birthday tribute concert on June 9 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York. He has designs to do a solo tour as well but will have to fit those between his other endeavors. Journey begins its nine-show residency on Wednesday night (April 29) at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, which Schon predicts will be "really great. We're gonna be mixing up the set, so we won't be playing the same thing every show. We've rehearsed a lot of stuff that we didn't play in our tour last year, but we'll have time to rehearse even more." All nine shows will be recorded and filmed, according to Schon, and he also hopes that during downtime Journey will start working on new material. "I've been trying to get things going," Schon reports. "I have a few ideas, just everybody's been in different places and we haven't gotten together yet. But we could probably put together a couple songs while we're rehearsing in Vegas, maybe get 'em in movies or play some new stuff live. That'd be fun."

Vortex is out June 23 via Mascot Records.

01. Miles Beyond
02. Awakening
03. Cuban Fly Zone
04. El Matador
05. Eternal Love
06. In a Cloud
07. Irish Cream
08. Lady M (Our love Remains)
09. NS Vortex
01. Tortured Souls
02. Schon & Hammer Now
03. Airliner NS910
04. Unspoken Faith
05. Twilight - Spellbound
06. Triumph of Love
07. Mom
08. Talk to Me
09. White Light



ANBERLIN 'Never Take Friendship Personal - Live In New York City' Out Next Week

Monday, May 4, 2015

Out May 4th - ANBERLIN Never Take Friendship Personal - Live In New York City
Tooth & Nail Records

Anberlin will be releasing a live version of their sophomore record Never Take Friendship Personal - Live In New York City on May 5th, 2015. Recorded live at The Gramercy Theatre, the album helps celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the original release of Never Take Friendship Personal. Mixed by original producer Aaron Sprinkle, the live album brings Anberlins vibrant live show to the fans who werent able to attend a date of the final tour in 2014, solidifying the bands legacy in the hearts of fans all over the world. Never Take Friendship Personal included Anberlins most successful single The Feel Good Drag, which spend 29 weeks climbing the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart before reaching #1. The song set the record for the longest rise to the top since the charts inception in 1988 and was certified gold in 2014.

Anberlin has been a staple in the Tooth & Nail catalog for over a decade with their release of Blueprints for the Black Market in 2003. Seven albums and 12 years later, they have toured the world many times over and released what many Tooth & Nail fans would call essential albums in the label catalog. Anberlin has shared the stage with countless artists over the years (including Smashing Pumpkins, Paramore, and Underoath) and scanned over 900,000 copies in the U.S. to date. Fans of Never Take Friendship Personal will enjoy the live version to remember Anberlin by.

Buy! Here's why:

Live performance recording of Anberlin's 2005 sophomore album Never Take Friendship Personal

Anberlin has over 1,000,000 lifetime scans to date!

The Feel Good Drag was certified gold after spending 29 weeks climbing the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart, landing at #1!

2014s Lowborn debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and #1 on the Top Alternative Albums Chart.

Tooth & Nail Catalog accounts for over 600,000 scans

As seen performing with Paramore, Smashing Pumpkins, Underoath, Emery, The Almost, Copeland, and many others.
Booklet includes exclusive photos from Anberlins 2014 farewell Lowborn Tour.


WakeUpCall: New Video/Single Out Now

Thursday, April 30, 2015
WakeUpCall is a new young rock band produced by Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton...), M. Baggio (The Fire, Vanilla Sky...) and they've played more than 180 shows around Europe.
After a first EP (2011) and a full-lenght album (2012) WakeUpCall recorded 3 new songs that will be released this season.
The second single A Long List of Wrong Choices is now avaible on Spotify ( and iTunes (
Here you can watch the video of the new single:

Focus On Metal - JOE HOLMES

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"In the last few years we've seen several great artists return to active duty after being away for several years (sometimes decades) and this week we have one of em', guitarist Joe Holmes. Joe has been out of the music biz for quite a while but he's made a strong comeback with his new band Farmikos. On this weeks show we'll talk to Joe about the genesis of Farmikos and their self titled release as well as his past history with Ozzy and David Lee Roth. Go to to find out more about what Joe is up to these days." and ITunes under "focus on metal"

SIGNUM REGIS ‘Living Well’ Music Video Released

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS just released a music video for the track "Living Well" online. Their upcoming EP "Through The Storm" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.

There are four new tracks on the EP, as well as a re-recorded version of “All Over The World” from their debut album and a cover medley of the Yngwie Malmsteen classics “Vengeance/Liar”. "Through The Storm" shows that Signum Regis is a band that is constantly developing and improving everything from song-writing and musicianship to production and the visual part of the band. With this EP and the full-length album that will be released later this year, Signum Regis will surely win over many new fans in the melodic metal scene.

The mastering of "Through The Storm" was handled by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey] and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].

"Through The Storm" EP track listing:
01. Living Well
02. Through The Desert, Through The Storm
03. My Guide In The Night
04. Come And Take It
05. All Over The World
06. Vengeance/Liar

"Through The Storm" can be pre-ordered here:


King’s X To Rock Two Massachusetts Venues In June

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Power rock trio King’s X returns to the road for two exclusive New England dates in June that are presented by JKB Entertainment Group. The critically respected band will perform at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, on June 11 and the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA on June 12. Both venues are intimate and these will be the only dates in the six New England states. These will be the first performances by the band since drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a second heart attack last fall.
Tickets for their show at the Regent Theatre can be purchased at, while tickets for the Narrows can be purchased at
Few hard rock bands are as widely respected yet overlooked as King’s X. The band, which combines progressive rock and soul with vocal arrangements influenced by gospel, blues and British Invasion groups, still features original members Doug Pinnick (vocals/bass), Ty Tabor (guitar) and Jerry Gaskill (drums). They were ranked #83 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock and released over a dozen albums featuring the radio hits “Over My Head,” "It’s Love," "Black Flag" and "Dogman."
King’s X released their first studio album, “Out of the Silent Planet,” in 1988 and followed it up with the stellar “Gretchen Goes to Nebraska.” Their third album, “Faith, Hope, Love,” was the group's first release to crack the US Top 100, with the help of the successful single "It's Love". The band landed a gig opening for AC/DC in the U.S. and Europe for the first half of 1991. They also toured with Living Colour and were nearing the peak of their popularity.
King’s X signed with major label Atlantic Records for their next self-titled release. After parting ways with their longtime manager, the band enlisted veteran producer Brendan O’Brien, who had previously produced albums for Stone Temple Pilots and Pearl Jam. The ensuing release, “Dogman,” performed respectfully on the charts. This success resulted in the band opening shows for Pearl Jam and a show-stopping performance on the opening night of the mammoth Woodstock '94 festival
King’s X completed their contract with Atlantic Records with “Ear Candy” in 1996, before moving to Metal Blade Records where they released four studio albums and one live release. The band’s latest studio albums, “Ogre Tones” (2005) and “XV” (2008), were released on the InsideOut label. “XV” was their first album since “Ear Candy” to chart on the Billboard Top 200, ushering in a new wave of popularity for the band.

Swedish Rockers REACH Announced As Special Guest on Eclipse Tour

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Just back from a UK tour including a performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR, Reach is now preparing to hit the road again in September/October 2015 - thirteen gigs in ten countries together with Eclipse. Reach also released a new video the other week, Tell Me from the debut album Reach Out To Rock.
European dates:
Friday September 18, Copenhagen (DK)
Saturday September 19, Vosselaar (BE)
Sunday September 20, Landgraaf (NL)
Tuesday September 22, Paris (FR)
Wednesday September 23, Ludwigsburg (DE)
Thursday September 24, Hamburg (DE)
Friday September 25, Warzaw (PL)
Saturday September 26, Prague (CZ)
Tuesday September 29, Trieste (IT)
Wednesday September 30, Milan (IT)
Thursday October 1, Innsbruck (AT)
Friday October 2, Wetzikon (CH)
Saturday October 3, Uelzen (DE)
Links to video and band below:



DMK Forms And Releases Debut EP

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
D.M.K. (Dunbar, Merrill, Karl), is a hard rock group that is comprised of; vocalist - Scotty Dunbar, guitarist - Ted Merrill and drummer - Brian Karl. The band has just released a new E.P. entitled "3" which dives heavily into the struggle of band member's pasts as well as the will power to accept and overcome tragedy. This theme is most evident on the EP’s first single "The Fire That Won't Go Out".
In March of 2015 the bands single "The Fire That Won't Go Out”  charted @ # 5 on Amazon's "Top 100 Hot New Releases Chart" Category: Hard Rock & Metal # 38 on Amazon's "Top 100 Best Sellers In Songs Chart" Category:  Hard Rock & Metal & # 8 on Amazon's "Best Sellers In Songs Chart" Category: Miscellaneous.
On April 2, D.M.K.  Celebrated the release of "3" by performing to a very enthusiastic crowd at the world famous " Whisky A Go Go " in Hollywood, CA on April 2nd, 2015. To top it all off, All of the copies of “3” that were made available for purchase to the crowd that night at the merchandise both had completely SOLD OUT by the end of the evening.
 Scotty Dunbar states: “As some people may or may not be aware, I am a survivor of The Station Night Club Fire, which occurred on February 20th, 2003. I was in attendance that night along with my two buddies Derek Gray and Eugene “Gino” Avilez to see the band Great White. My two friends perished in the fire along with 98 other innocent lives.
The lyrics to “The Fire That Won’t Go Out” are pretty bold and in your face. I wrote the lyrics in regards to my recovery, acceptance and rising above such a tragic situation as the fire. So many of us go through dark valleys in life, and I think that many people will be able to relate to the lyrics of this particular song. Musically, It is the heaviest song I’ve ever done. Ted & Brian really deliver BIG time on this track.”
Plasma Films are also set to release a documentary of the same title. The film tells Dunbar’s story of survival and his road to recovery. The film was directed by Brian Ouellette and is scheduled for a late-May 2015 release.
The EP’s next track, "Memories Never Fade '15" is a ballad that anyone who has suffered a loss can relate to, as the lyrics state that your loved one's memory will never fade and they will always be in your heart. This ballad showcases a softer side to the band.
3 rounds out with a raw and energetic cover of the Alice Cooper classic "Under My Wheels". The cover highlights the band's attitude towards recording, "Just go in and play!".
Guitarist Ted Merrill States "It was great to just go into the studio with two other fantastic musicians and just play our hearts out and the chemistry really shines through.
The group is currently booking summer shows and the following have been confirmed, with many more to follow:
5/14 @ Mexicali Live - Teaneck, NJ (With: Eric Martin of Mr. Big)
5/30 @ Casino Ballroom – Hampton Beach, NH (With: Bret Michaels)
D.M.K.’s first release as a group was this past December. The band recorded a bluesy take of the Christmas classic “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, which was mastered by Mark Slaughter. The single peaked at #2 on Amazon’s Top 100 Hot New Releases Chart. The single remained on the digital charts for the entire Christmas season.


WITHIN SILENCE Video Shoot; Album Due May 8

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE will release a music video for the track "Silent Desire" in early May. Check out some photos from the video recording below.

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The upcoming debut album from WITHIN SILENCE entitled "Gallery of Life" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.

WITHIN SILENCE recently released a lyric video for the track "Road To The Paradise". Check it out below.

WITHIN SILENCE are confirmed for the Made of Metal festival that takes place in Hodonin, Czech Republic on August 14-16th.

The melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE just released a lyric video for the track "Road To The Paradise" online. Their upcoming debut album "Gallery of Life" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.

Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes WITHIN SILENCE a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album “Gallery of Life” got everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like “Silent Desire” and “Emptiness of Night” to pounding metal tracks like “The Last Drop of Blood” to epic metal songs like “Road to the Paradise”.

“Gallery of Life” will be a perfect album for fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].

Check out an album teaser for "Gallery of Life" at YouTube:

"Gallery of Life" track listing
01. Intro
02. Silent Desire
03. Emptiness of Night
04. Elegy of Doom  
05. The Last Drop of Blood
06. Love is Blind  
07. Anger and Sorrow  
08. Judgement Day 
09. The World of Slavery 
10. Road to the Paradise  
11. Outro

"Gallery of Life" can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store:

Within Silence online - Facebook:

Ulterium Records online - Website: / Facebook:


MAIDEN UNITED Releases Trailer For New Album 'Remembrance'.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) and Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), published an album trailer for the upcoming album 'Remembrance'.

'Remembrance' will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12' vinyl and as digital download.
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion), Thunderstick (Samson) and Wudstik (Ayreon, For All We Know) have been added to the list of guest musicians on the album.

Contributing musicians:
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass
Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld) - Piano
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) ' Hammond

Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) ' Drums on Prowler
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) ' Piano on Prowler
Thunderstick (Samson) - Drums on Burning Ambition
Paul Di'Anno (Iron Maiden) ' Vocals on Prowler
Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden) ' Vocals on Futureal
Wudstik (Ayreon) and Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Vocals on Aces High
Marcela Bovio (Stream of Passion) - Violin on Still Life '15

Track listing:
1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition
6. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley)
7. Aces High
8. Prowler (ft. Paul Di'Anno)
9. Still Life '15

Strange World was released as a 2-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30th

Single track listing:
1 Strange World (single edit)
2 The Evil That Men Do (alternate version featuring Wudstik on vocals)
Strange World can be streamed in the YouTube video below

MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic Maiden songs in new acoustic arrangements. 'Remembrance' is the third full-length album released by this project.

The album can be pre-ordered at




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