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BLACK MAJESTY 'Cross Of Thorns' 2015 Audio Sampler Unleashed

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Australia's Black Majesty return with their sixth studio album titled 'Cross OF Thorns'. 'Faster, heavier yet melodic as ever' the new album continues the band's evolution of finely crafted melodic power metal anthems. Checkout the new sampler here:
Charismatic frontman John Cavaliere shines on the new album with emotive vocals that showcases the fine 'timber' in his voice on songs like Phoenix, Crossroads & Vlad The Impaler - not to mention on the cover version of the Gary Moore classic anthem 'Out In The Fields' (also featuring Jason Old from The Radio Sun).

Cross Of Thorns is dedicated to Dirk Illing, the band's long-time friend and artist of all five previous album covers ' 'R.I.P. our friend!' Mixed by Roland Grapow (ex Helloween/Masterplan) the album sounds amazing. Big drums, bass and guitars are all evident on the new release.

Previous appearances at fests such as Wacken Open Air, Masters Of Rock, Screamfest and tour supports with the likes of Saxon, Blind Guardian, Hammerfall, Edguy and Dragonforce, Black Majesty will continue to build on their ever growing fan base with further touring, including some upcoming special acoustic shows in Europe to coincide with the release of the new album.

Fans of Dio, Judas Priest, Helloween, Queensryche and Hammerfall will welcome Black Majesty's new album - Cross Of Thorns.

Black Majesty is: John Cavaliere - lead vocals, Stevie Janevski - guitars, Hanny Mohamed - guitars & keyboard, Evan Harris - bass, Ben Wignall - drums

*Mixed & Mastered by Roland Grapow
*Recorded at Grapow Studios - Slovakia & Psycho Koala Studios ' Melbourne, Australia.

*Black Majesty ' 'Vlad The Impaler' will be available as a digital single as of the 31st of July.
*Black Majesty ' 'Cross Of Thorns' full length album OUT on the 4th of SEPTEMBER 2015.

Label : Pride & Joy Music
Edel Distribution             


One on One With Mitch Lafon - GEOFF DOWNES (Yes)

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In episode 139 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Geoff Downes of YES (and Asia) joins Mitch to discuss the band's current tour with TOTO, their upcoming Cruise To The Edge rock cruise with Marillion, what motivates them to make new music, ASIA vs. YES, and more. Plus, he pays tribute to the late Chris Squire.

Producer Adam Hamilton (former L.A. Guns & The C.C. DeVille Experiment) co-hosts this episode.

Quotes from the interview:

1) "We feel responsible to pay due respect to Chris' legacy."

2) "Chris had said in many interviews that he felt that YES should continue."

3) "We are going to carry on for the foreseeable future."

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THE WINERY DOGS Continue Their 'Hot Streak' October 2

Friday, October 2, 2015
August 13, 2015 – The HOT STREAK will continue this fall for THE WINERY DOGS (Richie Kotzen-lead vocals/guitar, Mike Portnoy-drums, Billy Sheehan-bass).  Their second appropriately titled, self-produced studio album, HOT STREAK, is set for release October 2 on Loud & Proud Records via RED (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world via earMUSIC. It will be preceded by the first single, “Oblivion,” set for release August 25 at radio.  A double vinyl edition of the new album is also in the works and is due out in early November.
After playing over 100 shows in support of their self-titled debut album, THE WINERY DOGS are eager to head back out on the road to get behind HOT STREAK. Their first round of U.S. headlining tour dates will kick off October 3 in Ridgefield, CT at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Shows around the globe are already being planned for 2016.
HOT STREAK shows the powerfully pedigreed trio’s initial burst of collective chemistry was no accident, from the strum and headbang of “Captain Love” to the propulsive uplifting vibe of “The Bridge” to the introspective acoustic harmonic convergence of “Fire.” If these three Dogs thought they captured lightning in a supper dish the first time around, HOT STREAK barks ups the aural ante into exciting new territory.
“I feel we’ve taken the band to another level,” explains Richie Kotzen. “The compositions are stronger on this album. I feel more connected lyrically and musically to what I did on this record than on the last one. We’ve widened the musical scope of the band on this record and moved it forward."
Mike Portnoy continues, “Everything on this album was more of a collaboration than on the first album. There’s just a natural chemistry. The three of us really mesh very, very well, both musically and personally. The mission of this band is to write catchy songs, and not have the musicianship overpower that.”
“I’m glad we’re not playing it safe and just doing songs that automatically fit in the category of what we did on the first record,” Billy Sheehan concludes. “Some of them are a little different, and we definitely took chances. And you have to do that — otherwise, you don’t grow."
The trio first exploded onto the Rock scene with their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album that was released July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records and a sold-out worldwide tour.  THE WINERY DOGS debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27.
Here’s the complete track listing for HOT STREAK:
1. Oblivion
2. Captain Love
3. Hot Streak
4. How Long
5. Empire
6. Fire
7. Ghost Town
8. The Bridge
9. War Machine
10. Spiral
11. Devil You Know
12. Think It Over
13. The Lamb
Check out THE WINERY DOGS at any of the following tour stops:
DATE               CITY                             VENUE
Sat 10/3            Ridgefield, CT               Ridgefield Playhouse
Sun 10/4           Jim Thorpe, PA             Penn’s Peak
Mon 10/5          Boston, MA                  Wilbur Theater
Thu 10/8            Glenside, PA                 Keswick Theater
Fri 10/9             Sayreville, NJ                Starland Ballroom
Sat 10/10          New York, NY               Best Buy Theater
Mon 10/12         Atlanta, GA                   Variety Playhouse
Wed 10/14        Jacksonville, FL                        Ponte Verde Concert Hall
Thu 10/15          Tampa, FL                    State Theater
Fri 10/16           Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Culture Room
Sat 10/17          Orlando, FL                   The Plaza Live
Tue 10/22          Nashville, TN                 Wildhorse Saloon
Thu 10/22          Houston, TX                  Pub Fountains
Fri 10/23           Ardmore, OK                 Heritage Hall
Sat 10/24          Dallas, TX                     The Gas Monkey
Tue 10/27          Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Wed 10/28        Milwaukee, WI               Potowatami Casino
Thu 10/29          St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theater
Sat 10/31          Denver, CO                   Marquis Theater
Mon 11/2          San Jose, CA                Rock Bar
Tue 11/3            Anaheim, CA                 House of Blues
Thu 11/5            Agoura Hills, CA            Canyon Club
Fri 11/6             Beverly Hills, CA           Saban Theater
Sat 11/7            Las Vegas, NV              Vamp’d
Sun 11/8           San Diego, CA              House of Blues
About Loud & Proud Records:
Loud & Proud Records is an independent record label founded in 2007 by Tom Lipsky whose mission is to provide a true and transparent partnership between artists and their record label.  Loud & Proud’s current roster includes five-time Emmy® Award winning actor and musician Jonathan Jackson and his band Enation; multi-platinum alternative band Flyleaf; Grammy® Award winning multi-platinum band Blues Traveler; Grammy® award winning musician, actor and author Rick Springfield; rock supergroup The Winery Dogs; renowned jam band The String Cheese Incident; multi-platinum country artists BlackHawk; Seattle’s alternative Walking Papers; critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Willie Nile and powerhouse rockers KIX.  Labels under Lipsky's direction in the past, including CMC International, Sanctuary Records Group and a joint-venture with Roadrunner Records, were responsible for releases by such renowned artists as Rush, Lynyrd Skynyrd, KISS, Robert Plant, Rob Zombie, Morrissey, Lenny Kravitz, Iron Maiden, The Allman Brothers Band and more.  Loud & Proud Records is distributed in the U.S. and Canada by RED, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, and in the rest of the world by earMUSIC. Loud & Proud Records is a registered trademark of Lipsky Music, LLC.



MASTERPLAN 'Keep Your Dream aLive' This October

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
German metallers MASTERPLAN (featuring singer RICK ALTZI) will release their debut live album October 6.
Keep Your Dream aLive includes (DVD and BluRay) entire concert from Masters Of Rock festival 2014, as well as Wacken 2014, footage from Asia tour, footage from Prog Power USA and all official MASTERPLAN video clips. The Masters Of Rock show is featured on the CD.
Mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow.
MASTERPLAN was founded in 2002 by Roland Grapow and Uli Kusch, after parting ways with their former band Helloween.
MASTERPLAN is one of the most respected and successful melodic metal bands in Europe, critically acclaimed for the unique sound which blends power metal and hard rock with progressive elements. (einklappen)
1. Enlighten Me
2. Spirit Never Die
3. Lost And Gone
4. Crystal Night
5. Betrayal
6. Crimson Rider
7. Back For My Life
8. Time To Be King
9. Keep Your Dream Alive
10. Heroes
11. Soulburn
12. Kind Hearted Light
13. Crawling From Hell
14. Black Night Of Magic
Main Part: Masters Of Rock Show
1. Intro (underscore music: „Per Aspera Ad Astram“)
2. Enlighten Me
3. Spirit Never Die
4. Lost And Gone
5. Crystal Night
6. Betrayal
7. Crimson Rider
8. Back For My Life
9. Time To Be King
10. Keep Your Dream Alive
11. Heroes
12. Soulburn
13. Kind Hearted Light
14. Crawling From Hell
Extra 1: Wacken Show
1. Special: Wacken (underscore music: "The Game“)
2. Heroes
3. Keep Your Dream Alive
4. Crystal Night
5. Soulburn
6. Spirit Never Die
Extra Track 2: Asia
1. Special: Asia (underscore music: „Earth is going down“)
2. Soulburn
3. Heroes
Extra Track 3: Atlanta
1. Special: Atlanta (underscore music: „1492“)
2. Black Night Of Magic
Extra Track 4: Official Videos
1. Enlighten Me
2. Back For My Life
3. Lost And Gone
4. Time To Be King
5. Keep Your Dream Alive

THRESHOLD Give Fans A Live 'European Journey November 13

Friday, November 13, 2015
THRESHOLD will release a double-live-album coming up: European Journey, which was recorded at various venues across Europe during November 2014, in support of their current studio album For The JourneyEuropean Journey contains 15 live tracks and will be released as a 2-CD digipak, out November 13.
Pre-order European Journey here:
Richard West comments: "We had a fantastic tour playing so many fan favorites going back to '97 with 'Part Of The Chaos' through 'Mission Profile', 'Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams' to the present day with 'The Box'. We recorded some shows along the way and it's turned into this really powerful double album".
"Threshold continue to enjoy fantastic support from our loyal fans. The band have always enjoyed mixing with the people who listen to our music and this tour was no exception”, adds Karl Groom. 
European Journey tracklist: 
01. Slipstream
02. The Hours
03. Liberty Complacency Dependency
04. Ground Control
05. Unforgiven
06. Long Way Home
07. Part Of The Chaos
08. Coda
01. Watchtower On The Moon
02. Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams
03. Lost In Your Memory
04. Mission Profile
05. The Box
06. Turned To Dust
07. Ashes

Chandler Mogel Announces RADIO EXILE Project

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Chandler Mogel Announces RADIO EXILE Project Featuring Heavy Hitters to Release in October:
Chandler has just completed what may be his most ambitious CD to date, Radio Exile.  Consisting of the all-star line-up of guitarist Jimmy Leahey (Dennis DeYoung, John Waite, Allison Krauss), legendary bassist Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Bill Idol, HSAS, ect.), drummer Dave Anthony (Dennis DeYoung, Glen Burtnik, Joan Osborne) and songwriting partner and keyboardist Charlie Calv (Shotgun Symphony, Bronx Casket Co.).
The CD will be released in October (details coming shortly) and was produced by Stephen DeAcutis (Vanilla Fudge, Corey Glover, Cyndi Lauper) and former City Boy vocalist and veteran A&R man Steve Lunt (Britney Spears, NSync, Jefferson Starship).
There are 10 tracks in total including the first single No Pity on the Highway, Higher Than The Sun and the epic A Cross On Stone featuring Joe Cerisano (Trans Siberian Orchestra, Silver Condor), Jessie Wagner (Lenny Kravitz, Kid Rock) and Amy Harnell (Tony Harnell and the Mercury Train).  Be sure to check out the bands website ( for up to date details on this release.

DEEP PURPLE Premiere Live "Perfect Strangers" Clip

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Friday, September 18, 2015


(New York, N.Y.): Deep Purple
have premiered the live clip of "Perfect Strangers" from their upcoming ...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) release via Billboard.

Allow yourself to be transported to a Deep Purple performance by watching the clip here.

 earMUSIC will release a pair of "must own" Deep Purple live releases from two different kinds of nights!

Check it this clip of "Space Truckin'," which jumps from the Wacken performance to the Tokyo show, effectively showcasing both concerts and atmospheres at once.

From the Setting Sun (In Wacken) and To TheThe Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made available on 2CD+DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance), and 3 LPs on September 18 via earMUSIC

From the Setting Sun (In Wacken) was filmed by 9 HD cameeras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013.

To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) was filmed by 12 HD camerass at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.

Pre-orders are available here and here

From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken) hhas been filmed by 9 HD cameras at Wacken Open Air Festival 2013. For the first time in Deep Purple's history, the band will release a 3D version of their performance on Blu-ray, filmed at Wacken.

...To the Rising Sun (In Tokyo) has bbeen filmed by 12 HD cameras at Nippon Budokan, Tokyo in April 2014.
The audio of both shows has been mixed in Hamburg, Germany by Eike Freese and Alex Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) with the supervision of Roger Glover.

From the Setting Sun... (In Wacken) and ...To The Rising Sun (In Tokyo) will be made avaailable on 2CD+DVD, DVD, Blu-ray (Tokyo performance), and Blu-ray 3D (Wacken performance) on September 18 on earMUSIC.


One On One With Mitch Lafon - MARCO MENDOZA (The Dead Daisies)

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In episode 138 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by The Dead Daisies, Marco Mendoza.

Marco discusses the band's latest album REVOLUCION, playing in Cuba, John Corabi, his time with Whitesnake & Black Star Riders, John Sykes, sobriety, the return of Thin Lizzy in 2016 and much more.

Producer Adam Hamilton (former L.A. Guns & The C.C. DeVille Experiment) co-hosts this episode.

Quotes from the interview:

On leaving the Black Star Riders: "Musically and creatively it changed for me. Things changed and I just became a part of the machine that wasn't that important."

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Sweden's CASABLANCA Release New Album 'Miskatonic Graffitti' September 25

Friday, September 25, 2015
Sweden's Casablanca release brand new album 'Miskatonic Graffitti' September 25 (Despotz Records)
C A S A B L A N C A:
Anders Ljung (Space Age Baby Jane) - Vocals
Josephine Forsman (Sahara Hotnights) ' Drums
Erik Almstrom (Bullet) - Guitar
Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper, Slash's Snakepit ) - Guitar
Erik Stenemo (Melody Club) - Guitar
Mats Rubarth - Bass
The third full-length album from Casablanca, is a concept album based on the Chuthulu mythology, with a twist. Before man The Old Ones ruled the world stated H.P. Lovecraft!
But before The Old Ones, The Original human being of the Golden Void (the Original) ruled the earth Casablanca now claims!

The Originals were creatures way beyond superstition and religion. Knowledge, enlightenment, style and rock 'n' roll was the real thing! But then came The Old Ones... Shackled and tossed away into another dimension by The Old Ones who soon would share their destiny. Ever since then The Old Ones have an urge to return and destroy the modern man and rule the world once again. However, The Originals also have an unwavering desire to somehow return and prepare humanity in time before The Old Ones return to throw the world into absolute darkness once again.

This is a story that instead of total cosmic terror, choose to highlight the passionate life stories standing strong in an almost hopeless situation. This is a story of those who despite the impending collapse of the civilization; do not give up the fight, or their dreams of sex, love, rock and fast cars.

Miskatonic Graffiti comes in three sections. In the first section (Enter the Mountains) The Phantom returns to our four dimensional space, approximately 200 years ago. The touchdown takes place in a location later to be called The Mountains, a place where gates to other worlds may appear.

Here's where the majority of the stories on the album take place, and it's where The Phantom established The Miskatonic University to arm man with knowledge and wisdom before the dark times, that slowly but surely will come!

The Phantom is the sole returner of The Originals and got its name by the students who considered it 'the phantom of the university'. The modern contemporary human being who The Phantom meets along generations of preparation leaves deep impressions and new thoughts in its former imprisoned soul. Rather than just taking the roll as a teacher and commander, The Phantom in its mind transforms itself into the world's greatest rock star. Raised, reborn, released and furious with eons of hunger and revenge in his arsenal to prove it! Its golden colour is due to the atmospheric composition when it once walked the earth. Many would consider it a curse; to him it is a blessing. All hail the golden god!

In the second section we get inside the unbearable simplicity and mortality within the band around The Phantom, their dreams and everyday life in The Mountains. We meet the crabby couple Mat and Josie. He's the quarterback in university's football team; she's the knockout queen of the cheerleaders. Born and raised in The Mountains, misplaced and destined for better.

Sergeant of Doom, or rather sergeant at arms, is the right hand of The Phantom. He's a university dropout, a street car racer and a catcher in the rye with an unknown background.

We also encounter The Death Organ who holds guest lectures in the astrophysics of the body and Sister Sundown who only can be seen after dark. Two who walks in shadows is found in Eric the Viking and Mr. Roxiewicz who despite heavy missions elsewhere still march in The Armies of the Night.

In the third and last section (Exit the Mountains) we sense the euphoric feeling of victory, the feeling of resignation and the feeling of someone trapped in a corner attacking with nothing to lose.

Exit the Mountains is the revolution of the restless, where boredom becomes the perfect human weapon against creatures running on a different poison. Make it or break it, as long as it leads to something else, something better than here and now. If we go down, we go down fighting!

The Phantom knows what needs to be done, time is the answer but time is short...



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