Shiraz Lane

Mon
18
Apr

SHIRAZ LANE - For Crying Out Loud (Review)

information persons: 
content: 
70%
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Categories: 
 
 
It’s always good to welcome new talent onto the scene and we need more of it.
Finland has already delivered some impressive bands over the last few years and Shiraz Lane are the latest to arrive.
The guys compare themselves with US giants Guns N Roses, Skid Row and Aerosmith; as well as local favourites The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate. The basic premise is therefore easy to understand.
These youngsters in their twenties embody the kick ass, free rock n roll spirit that drives so many.
 
Songs like Momma's Boy and House Of Cards certainly have that GNR spirit and swagger to them. I can hear some Faster Pussycat too.
Begging For Mercy heads towards The Darkness thanks to some falsetto vocals and general silliness.
 
I guess now is as good a time as any to discuss vocalist Hannes Kett. If the band is to reach stardom, they either need to rein this guy in or move on without him. He is the clear weak link on this record.
The really classy ballad Same Ol' Blues is a phenomenal tune, but the vocals are a big distraction. And elsewhere (such as the high energy Mental Slavery), the vocals are so high, my dog runs from the room every time I play it. Not to mention the whiney tone.
The vocals are just too high, too often and mainly squealing. It takes away from some otherwise really strong material, such as the GNR inspired For Crying Out Loud and the 7 minute bluesy ballad Bleeding.

Great potential here. But they’re not Guns N Roses and they’re not The Darkness. And they are not in the league of their heroes just yet. Especially with the vocals, which for me are a massive distraction to the point that I can’t enjoy the album as I might normally.
The band is nearly there with the songs and production, but vocally, there’s a long way to go.
 
Score: 
70
 
Wed
10
Feb

SHIRAZ LANE Debut 'For Crying Out Loud' Out April 15

Artist: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Categories: 

Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled 'For Crying Out Loud', which will be released on April 15, 2016.
 
Formed in 2011, Shiraz Lane is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, SKID ROW and Guns N' Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia - The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate among others - have all described Shiraz Lane as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20's), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine.
 
'We started working on our debut album in mid-August 2015 after receiving confirmation about details and deadlines from Frontiers Music Srl' says guitarist Miki Kalske. 'We were actually extremely busy at the time since we did an extensive Finnish tour in September, so the Shiraz factory was working pretty much around the clock. In retrospect it was good to have a tight agenda, since the songs came out very naturally and with a steady pace. After we felt confident enough with the songs, we joined forces with our producer Ben Varon and analyzed them meticulously, re-arranged parts, rehearsed, re-rehearsed etc. Before hitting the studio to lay down the final tracks.'
 
On the final result, 'For Crying Out Loud', the band shows they have learned all the tricks in the book and they're now ready to take on the world.
 
'The album is not conceptual, but it is definitely a tight knitted package so that every song has its own natural place in the running order' continues Kalske. 'All in all the record turned out to be an ass-kicking Hard Rock gem with a large scope of different emotions and feelings included. Variety would be a good key word to describe the album throughout, although bowing down to our own sound and style. An important notion would be to listen to the lyrics and message we are trying to send to the listeners out there ' we don't wan't to preach, but if our music can act as an eye-opener on some level and send positive vibrations out to the world during these darker times, I would say we have done something right!'
 
Shiraz Lane debuted with a two song single release, "Out There Somewhere" and "Money Talks" in October 2014. The band expanded upon those two tracks to release a five track EP, "Be The Slave Or Be The Change" in the spring of 2015. It was extremely well received by both the public and the press in Scandinavia and the single ''Mental Slavery'' could even be described as an underground hit. Following the EP release, the band has put out four music videos, played the biggest Finnish summer festivals and also performed in places like Toronto, Canada, Finland Fest in Tokyo Japan and Wacken Open Air in Germany. In the autumn of 2015, Shiraz Lane did an extensive national tour supporting fellow countrymen Santa Cruz. Although music is not a matter of competition, it should be mentioned the band won the Hard Rock Rising 2014 and Wacken Metal Battle 2015. The hype culminated with an international record deal with Frontiers Music Srl, which was signed and sealed in September.

'We have grown to fill the boots of the endangered Dinosaurus of Rock and continue the legacy of authentic, rocking and meaningful music' concludes Miki Kalske. 'We are thrilled to let you guys experience a full-length insight in our musical minds and assure that this is going to be the best possible news for the fans out there after a heartsick and grieving turn of the year. Heads up and play this record loud and proud ' we certainly will!'

'For Crying Out Loud' tracklisting includes:

Wake Up
Momma's Boy
House Of Cards
Begging For Mercy
Same Ol' Blues
Mental Slavery
Behind The 8-Ball
For Crying Out Loud
Bleeding
M.L.N.W.
Kill Me (With Your Love) (Bonus track digital version)

SHIRAZ LANE:
Hannes Kett - Lead Vocals
Jani Laine - Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske - Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex - Bass
Ana Willman - Drums

Weblinks: www.facebook.com/ShirazLane

 
 
Fri
05
Feb

SHIRAZ LANE Debut 'For Crying Out Loud' Arrives April 15

Artist: 
Friday, April 15, 2016
Categories: 
 
Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled “For Crying Out Loud”, which will be released on April 15, 2016.
 
Formed in 2011, Shiraz Lane is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, SKID ROW and Guns N' Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia - The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate Official among others - have all described Shiraz Lane as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20’s), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine.
 
“We started working on our debut album in mid-August 2015 after receiving confirmation about details and deadlines from Frontiers Music Srl” says guitarist Miki Kalske. “We were actually extremely busy at the time since we did an extensive Finnish tour in September, so the Shiraz factory was working pretty much around the clock. In retrospect it was good to have a tight agenda, since the songs came out very naturally and with a steady pace. After we felt confident enough with the songs, we joined forces with our producer Ben Varon and analyzed them meticulously, re-arranged parts, rehearsed, re-rehearsed etc. Before hitting the studio to lay down the final tracks.”
 
On the final result, “For Crying Out Loud”, the band shows they have learned all the tricks in the book and they’re now ready to take on the world.
 
“The album is not conceptual, but it is definitely a tight knitted package so that every song has its own natural place in the running order” continues Kalske. “All in all the record turned out to be an ass-kicking Hard Rock gem with a large scope of different emotions and feelings included. Variety would be a good key word to describe the album throughout, although bowing down to our own sound and style. An important notion would be to listen to the lyrics and message we are trying to send to the listeners out there – we don't wan't to preach, but if our music can act as an eye-opener on some level and send positive vibrations out to the world during these darker times, I would say we have done something right!”
 
Shiraz Lane debuted with a two song single release, "Out There Somewhere" and "Money Talks" in October 2014. The band expanded upon those two tracks to release a five track EP, "Be The Slave Or Be The Change" in the spring of 2015. It was extremely well received by both the public and the press in Scandinavia and the single ''Mental Slavery'' could even be described as an underground hit. Following the EP release, the band has put out four music videos, played the biggest Finnish summer festivals and also performed in places like Toronto, Canada, Finland Fest in Tokyo Japan and Wacken Open Air in Germany. In the autumn of 2015, Shiraz Lane did an extensive national tour supporting fellow countrymen Santa Cruz. Although music is not a matter of competition, it should be mentioned the band won the Hard Rock Rising 2014 and Wacken Metal Battle 2015. The hype culminated with an international record deal with Frontiers Music Srl, which was signed and sealed in September.
 
“We have grown to fill the boots of the endangered Dinosaurus of Rock and continue the legacy of authentic, rocking and meaningful music” concludes Miki Kalske. “We are thrilled to let you guys experience a full-length insight in our musical minds and assure that this is going to be the best possible news for the fans out there after a heartsick and grieving turn of the year. Heads up and play this record loud and proud – we certainly will!”
 
“For Crying Out Loud” tracklisting includes: Wake Up; Momma's Boy; House Of Cards; Begging For Mercy; Same Ol' Blues; Mental Slavery; Behind The 8-Ball; For Crying Out Loud; Bleeding; M.L.N.W. - Kill Me (With Your Love) (Bonus track digital version)
 
SHIRAZ LANE
Hannes Kett - Lead Vocals
Jani Laine - Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske - Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex – Bass
Ana Willman - Drums
 
 
 
Thu
10
Sep

Finland's SHIRAZ LANE Join The Frontiers Roster

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of one of the hottest newcomers in the current hard rock scene: SHIRAZ LANE from Finland!

Can you imagine The Darkness, Skid Row, Guns N' Roses, Warrant, Hardcore Superstar and some youthful 21st energy combined together into one AWESOME mix? Well, there you have SHIRAZ LANE ' one of the most talented new bands to emerge from Finland in recent years!

Not convinced yet? Then hear and see for yourself with the videos taken from the band's debut EP, "Be The Slave Or Be The Change":

"Money Talks" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vyWfWnM8oI
"Out There Somewhere" - https://youtu.be/f98UDvrbu5E
"Mental Slavery" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXRCdMG0V_4
"Story to Tell" - https://youtu.be/OI088hUBxL8

Even though the current lineup has only been together for a bit more than a year, SHIRAZ LANE has already won several big competitions and what is the most important thing fans hearts. The guys are in their early 20's, but are already live machines, hard workers, and ready to play live wherever and whenever possible. They've already been spreading their rock hurricane around their homeland of Finland as well as Canada, Tokyo and this year in Germany at Wacken Open Air too. Shiraz Lane will be touring all across their homeland this fall and are getting prepared to record their debut studio full-length album later this year with a plan to release it in the Spring of 2016.

The band says: "We are thrilled to join the ranks of a record company which is authentic, committed and has absolute faith in our band. In addition, we are truly humbled and honored to be set side by side with numerous of our idols ' including Whitesnake/David Coverdale, Toto, Journey, and Sebastian Bach! No doubt this is a start of a fruitful, reliable and most importantly Hard Rocking musical symbiosis!"

Set your stereos to 11 and be prepared to have their music get you to a place where good Rock is still alive & kicking!

SHIRAZ LANE is: Hannes Kett - vocals / Jani Laine - solo guitar / Miki Kalske - rhythm guitar / Joel Alex - bass / Ana Willman - drums

Weblinks: facebook.com/ShirazLane / twitter.com/shirazlane / instagram.com/shirazlane

 
 
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