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16
Aug

WHITESNAKE Slip Of The Tongue 30th Anniversary Edition

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Friday, October 4, 2019
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6CD/DVD Collection Includes A Newly Remastered Version Of The Top 10 Album, Expanded With Unreleased Studio Recordings, The Band’s 1990 Headlining Set At Castle Donington, Music Videos And A New Interview With David Coverdale
 
Four Different Versions Will Be Available From Rhino On October 4
 
LOS ANGELES – Whitesnake scored the band’s third consecutive platinum record with its eighth studio album, Slip of the Tongue. Originally released in November 1989, it peaked at number 10 on the U.K. and U.S. album charts thanks largely to its two Top 40 hits – “Fool For Your Loving” and “The Deeper The Love.” The fan favorite turns 30 this year and Rhino is celebrating with several new versions, including a colossal seven-disc boxed set.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on October 4 for $74.98. The 6CD/DVD collection includes a newly remastered version of the album, plus unreleased studio recordings, audio and video of the band’s performance at the 1990 Monsters of Rock festival, and a new interview with Whitesnake founder and lead singer, David Coverdale. It comes in a 60-page hardbound book filled with rare memorabilia from the era.  For a limited time, Rhino.com will offer the Super Deluxe edition paired with a lithograph signed by David Coverdale for $84.98.
 
Other versions of Slip of the Tongue will also be available the same day, including double-CD Deluxe Edition, which includes the newly remastered album expanded with a selection of rare and unreleased bonus tracks ($24.98) and a double-LP Deluxe Edition, which features the newly remastered album along with a selection of unique bonus tracks ($31.98).  A single-disc version ($9.98) includes the newly remastered album, along with single B-Sides plus alternate recordings. The music will be available digitally as well.
 
Following the 8x platinum success of their eponymous album in 1987, Whitesnake returned two years later with Slip of the Tongue. At the time, the band included Coverdale, bassist Rudy Sarzo, drummer Tommy Aldridge, and guitarists Adrian Vandenberg and Steve Vai. Vandenberg and Coverdale co-wrote all but one song on the album, but Vandenberg couldn’t record them in the studio at the time due to a hand injury. To fill the void, Vai joined the band for the album and tour.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION features unreleased versions of every album track, as well as monitor mixes for the album recorded in 1989. In addition, the collection includes nearly two dozen previously unreleased tracks taken from the session tapes that highlight working versions of album tracks and more. The set also includes the CD debut of Slip of the Tongue: The Wagging Tongue Edition. Released exclusively on vinyl in 1989, it features Coverdale being interviewed about each track followed by the song.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION finishes big with Whitesnake’s 1990 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock Festival at Castle Donington on CD and DVD. The DVD also includes three music videos, all of which have been carefully restored and remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the first time ever. A new promo video for the track “Sweet Lady Luck”, made exclusively for this set, a behind the scenes look at the making of the album, plus a newly recorded interview with Coverdale and Vandenberg rounds out the DVD.
 
SLIP OF THE TONGUE: 30thANNIVERSARY EDITION
Track Listing:
 
Disc One: Original 1989 Album (2019 Remaster)
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Now You’re Gone”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Judgment Day”
“Sailing Ships”
“Wings Of The Storm”
“Slow Poke Music”
“Fool For Your Loving”
 
Bonus Tracks: B-Sides and Alternate Mixes
 
“Sweet Lady Luck” (Single B-Side)
“Now You’re Gone” (Chris Lord-Alge Single Remix)
“Fool For Your Loving” (Vai Voltage Mix)
“Slip Of The Tongue” (Alternate Intro & Breakdown)
“Cheap An’ Nasty” (Alternate Solo & End)
“Judgment Day” (Alternate & Extended Solos)
“Fool For Your Loving” (Alternate AOR mix with CHR intro)
 
Disc Two: The Wagging Tongue Edition (CD Debut)
 
Interviewer: Phil Eastman
Spoken Word: “Slip Of The Tongue” Interview
“Slip Of The Tongue”
Spoken Word: “Cheap An’ Nasty” Interview
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
Spoken Word: “Fool For Your Loving” Interview
“Fool For Your Loving”
Spoken Word: “Now You’re Gone” Interview
“Now You’re Gone”
Spoken Word: “Kittens Got Claws” Interview
“Kittens Got Claws”
Spoken Word: “Wings Of The Storm” Interview
“Wings Of The Storm”
Spoken Word: The Deeper The Love Interview
“The Deeper The Love”
Spoken Word: “Judgment Day” Interview
“Judgment Day”
Spoken Word: “Slow Poke Music” Interview
“Slow Poke Music”
Spoken Word: “Sailing Ships” Interview
“Sailing Ships”
Spoken Word: Closing Interview
 
Disc Three: Evolutions: Demos/Remixes/Re-records
 
“Slip Of The Tongue” *
“Cheap An’ Nasty” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Kittens Got Claws” *
“The Deeper The Love” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Fool For Your Loving” *
“Kill For The Cut” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Sweet Lady Luck” (Instrumental) *
 
Disc Four: Monitor Mixes, April 1989
 
“Kittens Got Claws” *
“Cheap An’ Nasty” *
“The Deeper The Love” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Slip Of The Tongue” *
“Fool For Your Loving” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Sweet Lady Luck” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Kill For The Cut (In Desperate Search Of A Melody)” *
“Burning Heart” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” (Instrumental) *
“We Wish You Well” *
Disc Five: A Trip To Granny’s House:
 
Session Tapes, Wheezy Interludes & Jams
 
“Slow Poke Music” *
“Slip of The Tongue” *
“Judgment Day” *
“Now You’re Gone” *
“Wings Of The Storm” *
“Sailing Ships” *
“Liquor And Poker” *
“Parking Ticket” *
“Kill For The Cut” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *
“We Wish You Well” *
“We Wish You Well” (Instrumental) *
“Wheezy & Sometimes Very Naughty Interludes (Be Warned!)” *
“Now You’re Gone” (Revisited) *
“Death Disco” *
“Whitesnake Boogie” *
“Mike Clink’s Shoes Blues” *
“Snake Shuffle” (Instrumental) *
“Doodles” *
“Dementia Polka” *
“Kill For The Cut Blues” *
“Cuban Heel Blues” *
“Adje’s Blues” *
 
Disc Six: Live at Donington 1990
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Slide It In”
“Judgment Day”
“Slow An’ Easy”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Is This Love”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Crying In The Rain”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“Here I Go Again”
“Bad Boys”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Still Of The Night”
Disc Seven: DVD-Video
 
Live at Donington 1990
 
“Slip Of The Tongue”
“Slide It In”
“Judgment Day”
“Slow An’ Easy”
“Kittens Got Claws”
“Adagio For Strato”
“Flying Dutchman Boogie”
“Is This Love”
“Cheap An’ Nasty”
“Crying In The Rain” (featuring Tommy Aldridge Drum solo)
“Fool For Your Loving”
“For The Love Of God”
“The Audience Is Listening”
“Here I Go Again”
“Bad Boys”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Still Of The Night”
End Credits: “We Wish You Well”
Promo Videos
 
“Fool For Your Loving” – Music Video
“Now You’re Gone” – Music Video
“The Deeper The Love” – Music Video
Bonus Features
 
“Sweet Lady Luck” – Purplesnake Video
Behind the Scenes: The Making of Slip Of The Tongue
A Look Back: Whitesnake Chronicles with DC & Adrian Vandenberg
* previously unreleased

 
Thu
15
Aug

FLYING COLORS Deliver 'Third Degree' October 4

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Friday, October 4, 2019
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FLYING COLORS AND MUSIC THEORY RECORDINGS / MASCOT LABEL GROUP
ANNOUNCE GLOBAL RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 
THIRD DEGREE ON OCTOBER 4, 2019
 
View Lead Video “More” Here: https://youtu.be/gNEW042p0CM
Pre-Order Live Here: https://smarturl.it/Flying-Colors
 
BAND WILL TOUR IN SUPPORT OF UPCOMING RELEASE WITH 
APPEARANCES PLANNED IN BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE
 
New York, NY --- Music Theory Recordings / Mascot Label Group and Flying Colors have announced the global release of the band’s third studio album THIRD DEGREE on October 4. The band’s self-titled debut launched a career that has had fans across The World anticipating the magic that emanates from the studio each and every time the five members reconvene. That title was released on March 26, 2012 and was celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic with a Top Ten debut on the Billboard Hard Rock chart, alongside an entry at #11 on the BBC’s Rock Album chart.  SECOND NATURE followed in September, 2014 and was celebrated worldwide. Third Degree will be available as a CD Digipack, limited edition 2LP 180 gram blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), a 2LP 180 gram black vinyl in a gatefold sleeve (w/ download card), and a limited edition box set featuring CD, 40 page photobook, two coasters, and a bonus disc with six tracks.
 
In chemistry, when certain galvanizing elements come together, they become quite explosive. In music, when certain galvanizing artists come together, they become Flying Colors. In fact, whenever the five gentlemen who encompass Flying Colors — guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, ex-Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater, Transatlantic), keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, ex-Spock’s Beard, and a prolific solo artist in his own right), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, ex-Joe Satriani), and powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, The Sea Within) — are able to conjoin their collective talents, the result is a sweet sonic bouillabaisse that reflects where their inherent mastery of melody intersects with top-shelf progressive musicianship.
 
And now, Flying Colors soar to even loftier heights with Third Degree, their third studio album in a decade.  Third Degreebuilds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012’s self-titled Flying Colorsand the aural-template ascension of 2014’s Second Nature. From the skittery psychedelic/classical turnaround of the lead single “More” to the Beach Boys-meet-Asia vibe of “Love Letter” to the deep emotionality of the album-ending, prog-leaning epic “Crawl,” the nine tracks that comprise Third Degreesignify just how much Flying Colors are willing to explore new frontiers. “There’s a lot of ear candy sprinkled throughout every song,” observes Mike Portnoy, “and each one takes you on a little journey. As albums go, Third Degreeis a complete piece that I don’t think ever overstays its welcome. I think it’s an enjoyable ride from start to finish.”
 
Third Degreecontinues to build upon the deep-rooted musical connection the members of Flying Colors established on their first two boundary-stretching albums. “There’s a real special chemistry between the five of us,” Portnoy confirms. “We keep getting better and better as we get more comfortable and more familiar with each other, and the music itself keeps getting more and more mature.” Adds Steve Morse, “This one, dare I say it, explores new ground for the band. One of my favorites, ‘Geronimo,’ has an upbeat, jazzy, heavy, melodic feel all at once. We just do what makes us smile and sounds good, instead of wondering how critics or program directors will like it. It makes for the best music!”
 
Casey McPherson concurs with his fellow bandmates by noting, “What Third Degreereally proves to me is that we have our own sound. There are no egos in this band, and we all want the best parts to come out, which is such a joy for me to participate in. I think that really allows people’s uniqueness to show through.” In other words, when five individual musical elements become one, good things inevitably happen. Clarifies Portnoy, “When prog guys like Neal and me join instrumental guys like Steve and Dave, with Casey being the glue in the middle, we’re able to write music that is not only incredibly musical, but also incredibly accessible and melodic.” 
 
That said, Third Degreedid not come effortlessly, nor too quickly. “It took time — but that’s the thing with Flying Colors,” Portnoy admits. “It’s very hard to get the five of us in the same room at the same time. But once we do, it flows so easily.” The first sessions for Third Degreetook place at Steve Morse’s studio in Florida in December 2016, wherein seven songs were written. From there, the bandmembers had to scatter back to their other personal and professional obligations, eventually reconvening two full years later in December 2018, when three more tracks were added to the overall Third Degreemix. (The tenth track, “Waiting for the Sun,” will be made available in forthcoming special editions.)
 
At this point, Portnoy deployed to Neal Morse’s Nashville studio to cut his drum tracks, while Neal and Casey often got together on Skype, as they’ve done in the past, to hone the lyrics. “Casey and Neal bring incredible levels of humanity and emotion to the lyrics,” admires Portnoy. For his part, McPherson marvels at Neal’s harmonic talents: “That’s really Neal’s brilliance — his ability to stylistically approach harmonies in so many different ways. It just blows my mind every time. It’s like Christmas for me whenever I get Neal’s harmony tracks!” Not only that, but the three-part harmonies between Casey, Neal, and Mike — a hallmark of many a Flying Colors track — again shine through on Third Degree. “It’s an important element of what we do,” agrees Portnoy. “Casey is usually the lead vocalist with Neal and me behind him, though we sometimes switch it up. Either way, the three-part vocals are definitelya key part of the Flying Colors sound.”
 
As a songwriter, McPherson is never afraid to confront his feelings head-on, whether it’s the nostalgic bent of “Last Train Home” or the raw, relatable universality of “You Are Not Alone.” In short, Third Degreeis a very human record to its core. “For me, music is a platform to sort through the things I’m going through, and it gives the listener the opportunity to do that too,” McPherson believes. “I try to be acutely honest, metaphorically, so that other people can find their own story in our songs — like I hope they will with ‘Crawl.’ Sometimes, we have to be reminded that life is about the overall ebb and flow.” Portnoy agrees that “Crawl” is his personal favorite track on the album. “The minute we finished writing it, I knewit was the album closer, hands down. I knew it right there and then,” he emphatically reports. “It’s the one new song of ours I most look forward to playing live.” 
 
To that end, Flying Colors have booked nine live dates on their calendar, mostly split evenly between the U.S. and Europe — in essence, to perform as many shows for their fans as they can possibly fit in between their many other band and touring commitments. “There’s an evolution happening within our sound on this record, and I’m excited to explore that onstage,” McPherson notes. “We’ve seen that evolution start with this record, and we’re going to see it happen even more so on the fourth record, in terms of capturing all our beautiful differences.”
 
Another progression has been the band’s use of technology to provide industry-leading sound. Third Degreewas engineered with the award-winning Harmonic Phrase Analysis and Restoration (HPAR) technology. Developed by the band’s resident mad scientist, Bill Evans (also rumored to have approached the fantastic five about forming the band), he created HPAR based on the group’s performance styles — resulting in unprecedented fidelity. Flying Colors regular producer Rich Mouser (The Neal Morse Band, Transatlantic) then crafted a sumptuous mix in his inimitable style.
 
Portnoy agrees the future of Flying Colors looks quite bright indeed. “Our mission statement when we came together is still the same now,” he affirms. “It’s the same five guys with extremely different musical personalities and backgrounds coming together into a giant melting pot where it all comes out on the other end with music that’s accessible, melodic, deep, and colorful. That’s always been the goal of this band, and so far, I think we’re three for three.”
With Third Degree, Flying Colors continue to fire on all cylinders — and, in the process, they also handily prove the third time’s an unquestionable sonic charm.
 
Tracklist limited CD boxset:
The Loss Inside
More
Cadence
Guardian
Last Train Home
Geronimo
You Are Not Alone
Love Letter
Crawl
 
Deluxe CD Bonus disc:
1. Waiting For The Sun (Unreleased Bonus Studio Track)
2. Geronimo (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
3. You Are Not Alone (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
4. Love Letter (Alternate Acoustic Arrangement/Mix)
5. Last Train Home (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
6. Crawl (Alternate Instrumental Arrangement & Mix)
 
Flying Colors will make the following appearances in 2019:
8/30     Cross Plains, TN                                                         MorseFest 2019
9/05     Ventura, CA                                                               Ventura Theater
10/07   New York, NY                                                           Sony Hall
10/11   Glenside, PA                                                              Keswick Theater
10/17   St. Charles, IL                                                             Arcada Theater
12/11   Pratteln, Switzerland                                                   Z7
12/12   Cologne, Germany                                                      Essigfabrik
12/13   Tilburg, Netherlands                                                   013
12/14   London, England                                                         Shepherd’s Bush Empire
 
 
Wed
14
Aug

HANOVER FIST Debut Given Remaster Treatment via Escape Music

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Monday, November 18, 2019
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the release date for Hanover Fist, remastered by the legendary mastering engineer Alan Douches and extensive liner notes by Melodic Rock Hard Rock Guru Dave Reynolds…. with 2 bonus tracks and the CD will have both front covers.
 
Hanover Fist - Hanover Fist
Release Date: 18th October 2019
 
Track Listening:
1 The Maze 3:40
2 Metal Of The Night 5:52
3 Hungry Eyes 3:35
4 Don't Let It Stop 3:46
5 Standing Six 4:10
6 Fear No Evil 4:47
7 Rock Bottom 4:29
8 High Speed Roller 4:18
9 Looking For Love 4:05
10 Should Be Rockin’  4:11
11 Fits Ya Good  4:02
 
Musicians:
Lead Vocal: Frank Zirone
Guitars: George Bernhardt, B. Bartoletti
S. Heydon, K.W.Geer**** and D. Aplin
Background vocals: D. Baynham, S. Heydon, J. Victor
Drums: Kim Hunt, D. Bilan***, P. Armstrong*
Bass: Chris Brockway, D. Woodhead*
 
Additional Engineers:
J. Primeau, T. Phillips, T. Ballant, R. Brouwers, G. Richardson, E. Stone, N. Golden, H. Cooper
 
Produced and Engineered by: Stacy Heydon (For P.P.I)
Recorded at Phase One and Metalworks
Mixed at Eel Pie Studio
Remastered by Alan Douches  October 2019
 
Executive Producer: John Victor
Art direction & Design: Martin Soldat
Photography: Dimo Safari
 
Hanover Fist’s self-titled debut album might just be one of the greatest ‘80s heavy metal albums you’ll ever hear. If you’ve never heard it before then prepare to have your head re-arranged by its truly explosive power. Escape Music now proudly re-issues the original Canadian issued version on CD for the first time, correctly reinstating that version’s running order with the added bonus of liner notes by Dave Reynolds and the full involvement of vocalist Frank Zirone. 
 
The album first appeared in 1985 and became a top selling import in the UK. The Toronto based outfit should’ve gone on to greater heights, but sadly the band’s story is an all too familiar one of outstanding ability and a bright future being all too quickly blighted and ultimately cut short by baffling record label and managerial decisions.
 
Hanover Fist’s debut LP was released in Canada in early 1985 and featured one of the most imaginative pieces of artwork ever to grace an album sleeve. Take a closer look and you’ll see a vinyl album under construction! It was all the work of Dean Motter (who could count LP covers for Zon, Loverboy, Anvil, Sheriff, Chilliwack, The Nylons, Triumph, Toronto, Lee Aaron and The Arrows on his CV up to that point).
 
Sadly, Motter’s impressive work wasn’t around long enough to be admired by as many as it should. There were some strange goings on behind the scenes and the album was no longer available for sale domestically after a mere two months. Upon the advice of MCA in the States, Frank signed with a US based management company and the album was released in America a few months after the original Canadian version had disappeared from view; albeit with some pretty sweeping changes being made to it before it hit retail; not least the album’s artwork being changed from Dean Motter’s engineering masterpiece to a depiction of a snarling black panther. Not only was the album re-titled ‘Hungry Eyes’ (so named after one of the songs on the original release) and the running order overhauled with two songs removed and a cover of Bryan Adams’ ‘Fits Ya Good’ added as the revised album’s opening track, but the band name was shortened to Hanover!
 
“The manager we hooked up with had something of a political conscience,” Frank diplomatically notes. “This was around the time when the PMRC were making noises in the States, so that’s why the cover got changed and we lost the ‘Fist’ part of the band name.”
 
Dates with Autograph, Heaven, a three month stint with Saxon and selective shows on their own, including gigs in Missouri and Arkansas followed, but the band would ultimately run out of steam. “The original vision had been compromised with the name of the band being shortened, the album cover being changed and especially the running order of the record being vastly different to the original version,” Frank explains. “There was not much drive to continue as the whole thing had been manipulated into something completely different from what we had originally created.”
 
Yet now the Hanover Fist album can be enjoyed in its original form once more. “It was interrupted mid-stream the first time just as we were on a major trajectory, but we’re back and the re-mastering on this Escape Music reissue is just fantastic!” Zirone enthuses. “It’s so very close to how the original studio sessions were in sound.”
 
Give in to the Metal of the night!
 
 
 
Wed
14
Aug

STRYPER Front Man MICHAEL SWEET To Release Tenth Solo Album This Fall

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Friday, October 11, 2019
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Building upon the success of his 2016 release One Sided War, Stryper front man Michael Sweet returns with his tenth solo studio release aptly titled, “Ten.”
 
The new album is scheduled for release in North America on October 11th via Rat Pak Records and will also be available in Europe via Frontiers Music SRL. Ten features an all-star guest lineup that includes appearances by Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy, Todd La Torre of Queensrÿche, Andy James, Tracii Guns of LA Guns, Rich Ward of Fozzy, Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake, Gus G of Firewind, Howie Simon, Ethan Brosh, Marzi Montazeri, Will Hunt of Evanescence , John O’Boyle, Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa of Firstbourne and more.
 
On the subject of guest musicians Michael comments: “There is a different player appearing on every song. It started out where I was just going to have a couple of guest appearances on it, then I decided that it would be really interesting to bring in different players for every song. I started putting names out there and reaching out to people, and they started agreeing to do it. And then I had guys reaching out to me."
 
Ten is currently available for pre-order via the Rat Pak Records www.ratpakrecords.com/michaelsweet in various bundle configurations including translucent green and black splatter vinyl, cassette and hand autographed CD packages. The album also has 2 bonus tracks that appear on all configurations. Produced by Michael Sweet, Ten was recorded and mixed by Danny Bernini at the Spirithouse Recording Studio in North Hampton and was mastered by Alex Saltz.
 
Regarding the musical direction of the album Michael states: “I’m very excited about this release, there are old-school, straight-ahead metal ideas in the vein of Judas Priest, Dio and Iron Maiden, all the stuff I love listening to!”
 
As for the "Ten" album title, Sweet recently stated, "It's called 'Ten' cause it's my tenth album, and because there is a title track on there about the Ten Commandments - a really powerful song. There's real heavy stuff... It starts kind of smacking you in the face and it ends kicking you in the gut."
 
The track listing for Ten is:
1) Better Part of Me (featuring Jeff Loomis of Arch Enemy)
2) Lay It Down (featuring Marzi Montazeri)
3) Forget, Forgive (featuring Howie Simon)
4) Now Or Never (featuring Gus G of Firewind)
5) Ten featuring (Rich Ward of Fozzy)
6) Shine (featuring Ethan Brosh)
7) Let It Be Love
8) Never Alone (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
9) When Love Is Hated (featuring Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake)
10) Ricochet (featuring Tracii Guns of LA Guns)
 
Bonus Tracks:
11) With You Till The End (featuring Mike Kerr and Ian Raposa from Firstbourne)
12) Son Of Man (featuring Todd La Torre of Queensryche and Andy James)
 
 
Thu
08
Aug

Rock Candy Latest - EUROPE, SHY & OZZ

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These new Rock Candy releases are available now from the website www.rockcandyrecords.co.uk
 

EUROPE 'THE FINAL COUNTDOWN' CANDY401

THE ENORMOUS SUCCESS of ‘The Final Countdown’ single and album, undoubtedly took the world by surprise. Who among us would have imagined that an, up until then, obscure Swedish hard rock band would have the reach and good fortune to elevate their profile to international superstar status so easily. It was a turn of events that reinforces the notion that anything can be possible as long as the stars are in alignment and the songs are undeniable.

Europe was formed during the late 70s, initially under the name of Force, before they scored a record deal with CBS and switched their name to Europe. They had recorded, as Europe, two well received albums in their native Sweden but were then taken under the wing of CBS in New York who encouraged the band to pull out all the stops for their third album. It was, in effect, a Cinderella story (albeit a seven year overnight success) and they grasped the opportunity to craft one of the greatest melodic hard rock albums of the ‘80s. On release the record faced slow progress but gradually the title track started to gain traction across the globe, hitting the top spot in several territories, selling over three million copies of the album in the USA alone.

Produced by Kevin Elson (Journey, Mr Big) and issued in March 1986, the album contains a concise and extremely well written selection of tracks, including the rousing ‘Rock The Night’, ‘Cherokee’, ‘On The Loose’, and the glorious ballad ‘Carrie’. Of course, it’s the indelible mark left by the title track that the album will be best remembered for. Look out too for some searing guitar work from John Norum.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 2. ROCK THE NIGHT 3. CARRIE 4. DANGER ON THE TRACK 5. NINJA 6. CHEROKEE 7. TIME HAS COME  8. HEART OF STONE 9. ON THE LOOSE  10. LOVE CHASER BONUS TRACKS: 11. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN (LIVE) 12. DANGER ON THE TRACK (LIVE) 13. CARRIE (LIVE) 14. SEVEN DOORS HOTEL (1986 VERSION) 15. ROCK THE NIGHT (B-SIDE REMIX) 16. ON BROKEN WINGS (B-SIDE)

SHY ‘BRAVE THE STORM’ CANDY413

THERE WAS AN interesting development in British rock during the mid 80s. Having moved through the traditional NWOBHM style for a while, a number of artists were developing a taste for the sound of America. Artists such as RATT, Dokken and White Lion had consistently influenced the more melodic aspects of the genre. Some British bands seemed to be enthralled by that sound so it was no wonder then that UK record labels caught on and looked to feed their American counterparts with similar acts. Stand up Airrace, Virginia Wolf, Lionheart, Strangeways and…Shy. There was no sign that Shy were in any way inferior to the American AOR groups of the day.

They had the sound, the look and the desire to take their music all the way to the top of the charts. With the emphasis on songs and melodic hooks it seemed, for a short while at least, that they could do no wrong. Singer Tony Mills possessed one of the most striking voices of the scene, a powerful mid-range which soared to a high falsetto, providing the band with a unique calling card and an identity that singled them out as a band who would go the distance if all the pieces fell into place.

Issued in 1985 and produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC, Krokus, Gary Moore), the album is a vessel for some of the best British melodic hard rock of the era. Tracks such as ‘Hold On (To Your Love)’, ‘Keep The Fires Burning’ and the brilliant ballad ‘Reflections’ are fabulous examples of just how superior the band were and how well they compared with all the other musical competition.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 6 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork.

TRACK LISTING: 1. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) 2. MY APOLLO 3. REFLECTIONS 4. KEEP THE FIRES BURNING 5. THE HUNTER 6. BRAVE THE STORM 7. WILD WILD WOMAN 8. CAUGHT IN THE ACT 9. WAS I WRONG? BONUS TRACKS : 10. HOLD ON (TO YOUR LOVE) (Extended Version) 11. STRANGERS IN TOWN 12. DEEP WATER (Once Bitten Mix) 13. GIVE ME A CHANCE (Twice Shy Mix) 14. TWO HEARTS (Live) 15. BEHIND CLOSED DOORS (Live)

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DURING THE MID-eighties Shy were perceived as one of the best hopes to ignite the British homegrown hard rock scene. They were tipped to follow in the footsteps of similar leaning melodic rock bands such as Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, who were enjoying huge success appealing to both poprock and traditional hard rock fans. With this, their third album, the band refined their sound and made a concerted attempt to square up to the challenge before them.

Evidence of their new-found focus was the selection of a world-renowned and highly respected producer; Neil Kernon, a man who had overseen many successful records, including Autograph, Dokken, Kansas and Queensrÿche. The band also seriously immersed themselves into writing and refining their material, often co-writing with the likes of Michael Bolton, Don Dokken and Bob Kulick. The result was a masterful album that certainly caused heads to turn and platitudes to spill forth.

Originally issued in January 1987, the album boasts several important tracks, and is blessed with superb production touches that made the record, at the time, extremely competitive with songs such as ‘Emergency’, ‘Young Heart’, ‘Break Down The Walls’ and the plaintive ballad ‘When The Love Is Over’. Although it’s infused with massive harmonies, precision musicianship and superb arrangements, the record is most noticeably propelled and driven by Tony Mill’s extraordinary lead vocals. It’s fair to say that this album is a perfect slice of eighties melodic hard rock, one that remains a benchmark for a style that actually still sounds fresh and relevant.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 5 Bonus tracks, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and enhanced artwork.

TRACK LISTING:1. EMERGENCY 2. CAN’T FIGHT THE NIGHTS 3. YOUNG HEART 4. JUST LOVE ME 5. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS 6. UNDER FIRE 7. DEVIL WOMAN 8. TALK TO ME 9. WHEN THE LOVE IS OVER 10. TELEPHONE  BONUS TRACKS: 11. RUN FOR COVER (single version) 12. ONLY YOU (single version) 13. DON’T WANNA LOSE YOUR LOVE (single version) 14. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (concrete mix) 15. BREAK DOWN THE WALLS (7” single edit)

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WHEN IT COMES to tough no-nonsense hard rock then you’d have to look long and hard to find an album better than ‘No Prisoners’ by Ozz. Stuffed full of top riffs, killer songs and impressive vocals it certainly made its mark on the hard rock cognoscenti despite a lack of sales and relative obscurity. Even now, the album is given appreciative nods and familiar knowing smiles from those who have heard it. Indeed, the lack of mainstream attention seems to have given it almost mythical status in a world where praise is heaped upon even the most inconsequential records currently in circulation.

Ozz was initiated by two hugely talented individuals: Chicago born guitarist Gregg Parker and vocalist Minnesota raised Alexis T. Angel. Parker had established something of a reputation for himself backing a number of musicians and leading a recording band by the name of The Infernal Blues Machine who released an album on the London label in 1976. Despite his high profile and musical ability it wasn’t until he met Angel a few years later that sparks really began to fly. The two decided to form Ozz as a vehicle that would crystallise their desire to harness the rampant energy of Led Zeppein and Aerosmith.

Issued in 1980 on the Epic label and produced by British whiz-kid Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes Thrall) the album is a blistering collection of red-hot hard rock leaning heavily on the Plant/Page and Tyler/Perry call and response axis. Songs such ‘Sail On’, ‘Hungry Love’ and ‘Given’ Up On Love’ lead the way but there is not one weak track on this record which in itself is a major victory. Why the album failed to attract even a modicum of commercial recognition at the time is a major mystery.

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TRACK LISTING: 1. Sail On 2. Ain’t No Money 3. Givin’ Up On Love 4. Sister Madness 5. Checkin’ It Out (Baby Don’t You Cry) 6. Hungry Love 7. Dreams 8. Lonely Rider 9. Just Got Back

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IF YOU THOUGHT the making of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ was fraught with difficulty then spare a thought for British melodic rockers If Only. Their trials and tribulations may not have been on the same widescreen international scale as the Mac, but the amount of frustration, angst and disappointment was probably even more crushing. Here was a band with all the promise of a bright career ahead of them that was continuously derailed, mostly through no fault of their own, unable to capitalise on their rising star status.

Formed in 1988 and driven by guitarist and talented songwriter Greg Hart (who later went on to form Cats In Space), the band was fronted by singer Jackie Bodimead who had built up a solid reputation as a member of both Girlschool and Rock Goddess, two of the most successful and well known of the all female British hard rock bands. Jackie’s voice lent the material a world class sheen that quickly attracted industry attention, led by former Yes and then Asia keyboard player Geoff Downes who signed them to his boutique label and set about producing their debut album. However, nearing completion, Jackie decided to leave the band.

Fortunately a saviour was at hand in the form of Tina Egan who stepped into Jackie’s shoes, recording new vocals and giving the project fresh life. Sadly however, the musical times had changed by then, with the likes of Nirvana forging a rough and raw sound, leaving the melodic delicacies of If Only stranded and killing all hope of scoring a meaningful release. Time, however, has done nothing but enhance the band’s music and here we present tracks from both vocalists, confirming that this record, with either singer, is indeed a buried treasure.

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully Remastered Audio, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interview and unpublished artwork

TRACK LISTING: 1.LOADED GUN 2. TUMBLIN’ DICE 3. IF LOVE COULD LAST FOREVER 4. I’M NO ANGEL 5. NO BED OF ROSES 6. EASY LAY 7. ROCK AND A HARD PLACE 8. RED HOT HEAVEN 9. GHOST OF YOU  10. FOREVER MY LOVE 11. LONG WAY FROM HOME 12. MAN AGAINST THE WORLD 13. ALL OVER 14. STAND LIKE A STONE 15. DON’T LET GO 16. SHOTDOWN 17. TIGHT JEANS

 
Tue
06
Aug

NARNIA 'From Darkness to Light' The 8th Studio Album Out Now

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Swedish metal band Narnia releases their 8th studio-album, From Darkness to Light. The album is released worldwide today, just over a month before touring begins in South America, along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
 
 
Narnia’s new album, From Darkness to Light, is the band’s 8 studio album, and a natural sequel to the previous, self-titled album, from the band’s return and 20th anniversary in 2016.
The spark that Narnia lit on last year’s live album, We Still Believe - Made in Brazil, has followed the band into the studio, where this energy has been channeled and structured into a long parade of nine songs.
 
With musical roots remaining deep in melodic metal, the band has both expanded into modern metal territory, where the guitars still dominate, while allowing for 70/80’s analog synthesizers to exist in the soundscape.
 
The lyrics are extremely important to the band, and in true Narnia spirit, this heritage has been well managed and further refined.
 
From Darkness To Light has received positive response from reviewers all around the world, and recently received 1st position in Sweden Rock Magazine’s “The Jury” (4 reviewers on 9 international releases), along with a review (8 of 10) and a full page interview with the band’s singer Christian Liljegren. A great start for this new major venture for Narnia, which involves a tour that begins in South America along with American bands Stryper and Tourniquet.
 
Today, From Darkness To Light is available on all digital platforms, CD, and vinyl (in different colors) in collaboration with record label Sound Pollution (Europe, USA, Australia). The album is also being distributed by King Records (Asia), and by Voice Music/MusiK Records, Icarus Music and The Dove’s Voice Records (Latin America).
The album was produced by Narnia’s guitarist CJ Grimmark, mixed by the band’s sound engineer Viktor Stenquist, and mastered by Jens Bogren, Fascination Street Studios (Sepultura, Symphony X, James LaBrie [Dream Theater], and more).
 
Links:
Website  narniatheband.com
EPK - epk.narniatheband.com
Facebook #narniatheband
Instagram  #narniatheband

 

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Mon
05
Aug

MRR Premium Preorder 3; Introducing SILENT TIGER

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Premium Preorder will be used on select projects, to give the artists involved the extra resources needed to complete them. These will be carefully selected releases signed to MRR, that will allow the fans to get closer to the artists involved and get exclusive insights into the progress of the album and also be the first to receive the completed product.
 
MRR Premium Preorder will available to anyone interested in the projects, but only for a select period of time once announced.
 
MelodicRock Records has delivered two quality albums via the Premium Preorder platform - HEARTS ON FIRE and FICTION SYXX. Now it is time for the next round.
 
 
SILENT TIGER is the next exciting chapter in the musical journey for MRR’s own Jean Funes, founding member and guitarist of Sound Of Eternity and Hearts On Fire.
With HOF vocalist Richard Andermyr working on new RIAN material this year, Jean asked to be put to work and who better to work with than another stalwart of MRR, vocalist David Cagle.
 
Together, along with master drummer Joel Mejia (Hearts On Fire), the trio forms SILENT TIGER.
 
SILENT TIGER are:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
David Cagle - Vocals (Northrup Cagle, LastWorld)
Joel Mejia - Drums (Hearts On Fire, Codigo Eterno)
 
With:
Andreas Passmark - Bass
Dennis Ward - Keyboards
Jonas Oijvall - Keyboards
 
JOIN THE SILENT TIGER PREMIUM PREORDER!
 
 
 
Jean Funes comments: “It has been a pleasure working with David on this album. He adds that amazing and powerful soulful voice and takes every song to another level. We’ve been working for months on the songs and its wonderful how the songs have developed naturally and have taken life on their own.  This album is going to have the right edge to it, but at the same time plenty of melody and uplifting songs. You will hear elements of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Dokken, Motley Crue, Europe and more, because every one of these bands are a big influence to us, but I think Silent Tiger is very original with its approach to rock music.”
 
Nello Dell’omo continued the family affair by once again creating band’s great logo and the cover artwork, which will be revealed shortly.
 
It is MRR and Silent Tiger’s pleasure to debut their first ever song, one which sets up the sound of the coming album. Please enjoy ‘Chasing The Wind’ in its entirety:
 
 
Those familiar with the HEARTS ON FIRE premium preorder will know what to expect by joining the SILENT TIGER campaign.
 
Pre-order now and you will get the debut single sent to you along with two additional raw writers’ demos. Then in the coming weeks you will be first to hear more new demos as well as the debut lyric video for the single as well as every other song at the various stages of completing that they go through.
MRR/FS2 Premium Preorder is available today for just $30
 
Standard inclusions in the PP Packs include the following:
 
- Exclusive Special Edition Packaging (TBA)
- WAV file of debut track
- Weekly updates
- Exclusive Advance Release Date, receiving the CD weeks ahead of an official release
- Names included in the CD booklet
- Additional demos and completed tracks sampled along the way
- Digital Download of completed release ahead of shipping of CD
- Airmail shipping cost included
 
Stay tuned for more and PREORDER NOW!
 
 

 

 
Fri
02
Aug

AGE OF REFLECTION To Release New Album 'A New Dawn' Sept 27

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AGE OF REFLECTION return on September 27th, 2019 with “A New Dawn”
 
In early 2013 Carl Berglund and his old bandmate Jan Skärming decided to fulfil their musical dream, writing songs reduced to its very core by 80’s rock giants. These were songs with emotional harmonies from pure British AOR, with the power of American hard rock, sprinkled with hooks from the new era of Swedish melodic rock. Joining them in the songwriting came Lars Nygren in spring 2014 (vocals), a friend of Carls since high school. When equipped with a ton of hard hitting melodic rock songs written, the missing pieces of the puzzle joined forces. They turned out to be Jonas Nordquist (lead guitar), drummer Michael Sjöö (replaced by Peppe Vikman in August 2018) and Jens Rüttgeroth on keyboards (member since October 2017). In May 2016 they picked four songs and put them onto Spotify, iTunes, and a few other places with amazing reviews and response. In August 2016, the band signed a deal with AOR Heaven for a February 2017 release, and also later with Rubicon Music Japan. “In The Heat Of The Night” was recorded at Studio Thinner, the band's own studio in Vasteras, Sweden, in the spring of 2016. It was produced by AGE OF REFLECTION but the mixing and mastering was done by Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T. a.o).
 
 
After the summer 2018, AoR started writing new music for their next album. AGE OF REFLECTIONS tried one of the new songs live at Rockingham festival, and the response was great! They went back into the studio and have now finished all the recordings. Again Erik Mårtensson has been doing the final magic on the album. “A New Dawn” will be released on September 27th, 2019 on AOR Heaven.
 
In November, AoR is going on a headlining tour in England supported by both A’priori and Atlas UK. After that there is H.E.A.T Festival in Germany. One of highlights in 2020, so far, is the HRH AOR festival in Wales in March.
AGE OF REFLECTION: Carl Berglund: Guitars, Backing Vocals; Lars Nygren: Lead Vocals; Jan Skärming: Bass, Backing Vocals; Jens Rüttgeroth: Keyboards; Jonas Nordqvist: Lead guitar, Backing Vocals; Peppe Vikman: Drums, Backing Vocals
 
 
 
Fri
02
Aug

ROBERT TEPPER To Release New Album 'Better Than The Rest' Sept 27

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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Robert Tepper, hailing from Bayonne, New Jersey, came up in the late 60’s playing in garage bands down on the Jersey shore. It wasn’t until a bit later that Tepper started to get recognition as a song writer with his first top 40 hit recorded by Paul Anka, This Is Love. The song went on to earn an ASCAP award for its popularity that year and broke the top 40.

      
After moving to New York City, he teamed up with fellow singer Benny Mardones to help with his hit album Never Run, Never Hide. On that record was the iconic song Into The Night. In 2010 Usher released his own version of the song with a new dynamic arrangement.
It was in 1985 when Robert landed his first record deal with Scotti Brothers Records - a subsidiary of CBS. In the studio Tepper was very fortunate to have hired the expertise of grammy awarded producer Joe Chiccarelli who is known for his work with U2, Beck, Elton John and many more. In 1985 Tepper also moved to Los Angeles. It was about this time that actor and director Sylvester Stallone was taken by the song Tepper had written called No Easy Way Out. Prominently featured in the film franchise Rocky the song climbed the charts into the American top 40. Stallone, now a Tepper fan, used his song Angel of the City in his classic movie Cobra giving Tepper the title of the soundtrack kid. Also, Pat Benatar’s recording of La Bel Age off of Seven The Hard Way was another Tepper Marshall composition.
 
In 1996 the album No Rest For The Wounded Heart was released by MTM Music exclusively for Europe. More recently he released an album that was categorized as an acoustic record with an electric tinge in the early 2000’s called New Life Story. After a long lay off of live performances it was soon after the release of New Life Story that Tepper started doing shows in Europe. It was there that he met guitarist extraordinaire Pablo Padilla. Padilla, who is one of the premier guitarists in Spain, was soon to continue his musical journey in Los Angeles. Here he became Tepper’s music supervisor for all of his shows.
 
The new Robert Tepper album Better Than The Rest is a true collaboration between Tepper and Padilla. The writing and recording and mixing of this record took approximately a year. Tepper’s music has appeared in such hit films and TV shows such as South Park, Breaking Bad, Cobra, Rocky 4, and Get Hard.

 

 
Thu
01
Aug

THE FERRYMEN Bring 'A New Evil' on October 11

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Friday, October 11, 2019
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of The Ferrymen's sophomore album entitled “A New Evil” on October 11, 2019 - 
The band, featuring Ronnie Romero (vocals), Magnus Karlsson (guitar) and Mike Terrana (drums), have also released a music video for the title track. 
 
 
The Ferrymen released their debut album in June 2017 and took fans of the European melodic metal sound by surprise as they seemingly came out of nowhere. With songwriting and fretwork handled by ace Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fall), the awesome vocals of singer Ronnie Romero (Rainbow, CoreLeoni), and drummer Mike Terrana (Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja, Rage) bringing the heavy metal thunder, the band quickly found their home in the hearts of fans of the classic DIO sound combined with heavier, updated songwriting textures and arrangements.
 
Musically, fans can expect in "A New Evil" a very heavy, melodic metal album fusing the songwriting and epic structures of the widely praised ALLEN/LANDE records (guitarist Magnus Karlsson was the main architect of the first three critically acclaimed releases) with the powerful vocal approach of Romero (let's not forget that Romero was hand-picked by legendary Deep Purple and Rainbow guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to be the lead vocalist for Rainbow's recent reunion shows). True heavy metal fans are of course quite familiar with the well regarded Terrana and what his drumming skill set brings to the table on a heavy metal album of this nature. And what metal album would be complete without some stunning artwork? Renowned artist Stan W. Decker's album cover rounds out this colossal heavy metal offering.
 
""A New Evil" is a bit heavier and more progressive,” says Magnus Karlsson. "I’m always learning and try to improve my songs and productions each time out. Working with Ronnie and Mike is a such a great experience. I can concentrate on the writing and whatever I will come up with I know they will nail it! This time Jacob Hansen (Pretty Maids, Volbeat, etc.) did the mix and it works really well with the heavy style.”
 
“I think it's a great album and people are gonna love it as they did with the first one,” adds Romero. “Everybody knows Magnus' skills to write great music, so it’s really easy to like every song on the album. This time was maybe even easier to work together because is the second album and we know each other better, he knew how to get my best performances, so I’m very proud about my work and grateful to have Magnus working side by side with me.”
 
"I have a few favorites like 'Don’t Stand In My Way', 'Bring Me Home', and 'A New Evil'. But a very special song for me is 'No Matter How Hard We Fall'. When you hear Ronnie in that chorus you will get goosebumps,” continues Magnus. Ronnie’s favorite is “'Bring Me Home', but I’m really looking forward to when people can hear the whole album because I'm sure they are gonna love every second of music on it!”
 
"A New Evil" will be a shot of adrenaline for all lovers of melodic metal, so mark you calendars for October 11, 2019!
 
Tracklist:
Don’t Stand In My Way
Bring Me Home
A New Evil
The Night People Rise
Save Your Prayers
Heartbeat
Your Own Hero
No Matter How Hard We Fall
My Dearest Fear
You Against The World
All We Got
 
Line-up:
Ronnie Romero - Vocals 
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Bass & Keyboards
Mike Terrana - Drums
 
 
 
Wed
31
Jul

TOM KIEFER BAND 'Rise' With New Album Sept 13

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July 30, 2019 -- Timing, as the saying goes, is everything. And when you’re a career artist like TOM KEIFER, you know exactly what it takes to get to the pinnacle and just how precarious it can be once you reach the top. After years of touring and growing with his solo band, KEIFER feels the timing is right for a new record with #keiferband.
 
KEIFER with #keiferband--Savannah Keifer, Tony Higbee, Billy Mercer, Kendra Chantelle, Jarred Pope, Kory Myers—are ready to RISE to yet another peak in their ongoing music journey with the September 13 release of his second solo album on Cleopatra Records.
 
Pre-orders of the album are available today at www.TomKeifer.com
 
Preorder on all formats, including CD (digipak), vinyl (in your choice of red, blue, or green) and digital, which will include an instant download of the first single, “The Death Of Me.”
 
A video for “The Death Of Me”—written by KEIFER and his wife Savannah, and directed by Vicente Cordero--was released today. Though TOM KEIFER has faced many ups and downs all throughout his storied career, his unyielding resilience can be found well within the grooves and lyrics of the song. “We created ‘The Death of Me’ to inspire people not to give in to or be defeated by the seemingly insurmountable lows that we all sometimes face, but rather to Rise and overcome them,” he says.
 
 
His creative renaissance is fully on display via the eleven tough ’n’ tender tracks that comprise RISE.
Produced by TOM KEIFER, Savannah Keifer, and Kyle O’Connor, RISE scales renewed sonic heights. From the tasty slide work that stamps “Touching the Divine,” the nontraditionally arranged, heavy, dark jam of “Untitled,” the breakneck thrust of “All Amped Up” to the tender coda of “You Believe in Me,” RISE signifies the ongoing evolution of the former Cinderella frontman as a person, songwriter, and bandleader. It’s the aural portrait of an artist who, to borrow a phrase, is still climbing
 
“When this band came together, we all felt a bit like broken souls, each with our own unique story,” he explains. “If you ask anyone in the band, they would all say this band came along at just the right time. Every human who walks this planet faces challenges and extreme adversity they have to overcome. As a band, we feel fortunate to be able to face those things together. There is a piece of every band member in the ‘The Death of Me’ as well as throughout the entire RISE album.”
 
The common thread to each song on RISE is the intuitive interplay between each member of #keiferband, a tight but loose collective that’s spent the last six-plus years on the road honing their live craft together in support of KEIFER’s critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut, THE WAY LIFE GOES. RISE is the studio-bred equivalent of a band just now realizing the full scope of its powers. “We were trying to capture the feeling of what people have witnessed live with this band,” KEIFER explains. “There’s an off-the-rails, real live feel to RISE — and that’s what we were going for. It shows a real kind of angst and reckless abandon that we tried not to polish too much. And when we pull it back on the ballads, it’s more about the emotion, the soul, and making people feel something in a different way.”
 
“To me, the perfect rock and roll record is perfectly fucked up,” KEIFER says with a hearty laugh. “You try to make each record interesting and different. I don’t ever want to make the same record twice, even though there’s a common thread between them. Everything doesn’t have to be perfectly in place, but there is a balance you try to strike. Sometimes there may be something about it that’s technically not ‘right,’ but there’s a vibe, an energy and an attitude to it that I always try to preserve.”
 
THE WAY LIFE GOES - DELUXE EDITION was released October 20, 2017 on Cleopatra Records, which is an expanded compilation of his debut album chocked full of special artwork and bonus content, including the long-awaited studio recording of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends,” which KEIFER performs at all of his concerts, plus a powerful new take on the Cinderella classic “Nobody’s Fool,” newly recorded as a duet with Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.
 
Upon its initial release, THE WAY LIFE GOES garnered rave reviews. To wit:
 
“A collection of 14 blues howlers, Stones-y rock and, yes, big ballads, the album calls to mind Cinderella but with an even more rootsy undercurrent.”
-- Rolling Stone
 
“…14 songs that stay true to form – killer blues-rock playing and tones, hooks galore, and strong songwriting. If you’re a fan of harder-edged rock and long to hear genuinely enjoyable new tunes, it may be just the thing; the opener, ‘Solid Ground,’ offers pure Keifer guitar and vocals with a feel reminiscent the Stones’ Exile On Main Street while the remaining tracks are, much like his life the last 15 years, an up-and-down ride.”
-- Vintage Guitar
 
“...the record features such vital, vibrant guitar tones and parts that are immediate and honest.  They also have that cool, interlocking, layered quality that made so many classic rock albums so, well, classic.  Keifer flat-out knows how to play vibey guitar parts with ungodly tone, and fans of the Stones, Zeppelin, Steve Marriott, and early Aerosmith should definitely take notice.  And, although you wouldn’t wish hemorrhaging vocal cords on anyone, this guy is singing better than ever to complement his great 6-string parts.”    
-- Guitar Player
 
In touring news, TOM KEIFER and #keiferband have been on a vigorous trek ever since the 2013 album release, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Their next batch of headlining dates start July 30 in their hometown, Nashville, TN today at The Cowan. Dates are already confirmed through the end of 2019, with more to be added in the coming weeks, and are already being planned for 2020.
 
Here’s the complete track listing for RISE:
 
1. Touching The Divine
2. The Death Of Me
3. Waiting On The Demons
4. Hype
5. Untitled                                                              
6. Rise
7. All Amped Up
8. Breaking Down
9. Taste For The Pain
10. Life Was Here
11. You Believe In Me
 
 
Check out TOM KEIFER and #keiferband at any of the following tour stops:
 
DATE               CITY                                         VENUE
 
Tues 7/30          Nashville, TN                             The Cowan
Fri 8/2               Glenside, PA                             Keswick Theatre
Sat 8/3              Derry, NH                                  Tupelo Music Hall
Mon 8/5            Englewood, NJ                         Bergen PAC
Thu 8/8             Hopewell, VA                            The Beacon Theater Hopewell
Fri 8/9               Greenville, SC                           The Firmament
Sat 8/10            Winder, GA                               Innovation Amphitheater
Thu 8/15            New Orleans, LA                        House of Blues
Fri 8/16             Dallas, TX                                 Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
Sat 8/17            Houston, TX                              Warehouse Live Ballroom
Wed 8/21          Scottsdale, AZ                          BLK Live
Fri 8/23             Montclair, CA                            The Canyon
Sat 8/24            Ojai, CA                                    Ojai Libbey Bowl
Sun 8/25           Pasadena, CA                           The Canyon at The Rose
Tue 8/27            Sacramento, CA                        Crest Theatre
Thu 8/29            Las Vegas, NV                          Count’s Vamp’d
Fri 8/30             San Juan Capistrano, CA           The Coach House
Sat 8/31            Big Bear Lake, CA                     The Cave
Fri 9/6               Leesburg, VA                            Tally Ho Theatre
Sat 9/7              Cherokee, NC                            Cherokee Blue Ridge Run
Fri 10/11           Knoxville, TN                             Cotton Eyed Joe
Sat 10/12          Versailles, OH                           BMI Indoor Speedway
Tue 10/15          Flint, MI                                                The Machine Shop
Thu 10/17          Warrendale, PA                         Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Fri 10/18           Niagara Falls, NY                      Seneca Niagara Event Center
Sat 10/19          Akron, OH                                 Goodyear Theater
Thu 10/24          Green Bay, WI                           Green Bay Distillery
Thu 10/31          Milwaukee, WI                           Potowatami Bingo Casino
Fri 11/1             Medina, MN                              Medina Entertainment Center
Sat 11/2            St. Charles, IL                           The Arcada Theatre
 

 

 
Wed
31
Jul

LOU DIBELLO Continues To Shred On ‘American Hard Rock’

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Friday, August 2, 2019
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Guitarist LOU DIBELLO certainly showed the world he is most talented on the six-string with his previous album, ‘Heat Wave’ (which contained the rocking highlight, “Full Throttle”).
 
On August 2, 2019, he will prove that its predecessor was no fluke, with the release of ‘American Hard Rock,’ which can be purchased here: loudibello.hearnow.com.
 
“I am excited to release the new album ‘American Hard Rock’! This record is both a logical progression, and a big step up from my last album ‘Heat Wave’,” explains DiBello. “Some of the highlights for me are the instrumental ‘Driving Force,’ with some of my hottest playing to date, and ‘Beast Mode: Engage featuring guest vocalist Carsten Schulz, and with bassist Mike LePond on both tunes. Other highlights are ‘The Nighttime Is The Right Time,’ ‘Walk Through The Fire,’ the bluesy ‘Love Is Blind,’ and my cover of Edgar Winter's ‘Frankenstein’ which I have been playing at live shows for years now.”
 
And it turns out that DiBello has been fine-tuning these new tracks on the concert stage. “Besides me singing lead on 5 of the 6 vocal tunes on ‘American Hard Rock,’ another big difference from ‘Heat Wave’ is that I have been performing almost all of these songs at live shows, and going into the recording process I had a much more complete idea of how the end product was going to be completed. From the final mix and master by Rolf Munkes in Germany, to the cover art and packaging which was a coordinated effort between myself, a graphic artist in NYC, and a local photographer and illustrator, I knew before I even began every step that would transpire. I even beat myself set deadline for completion by a week!”
 
DiBello is also an honors graduate from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California, and has been a part of the Central Illinois music scene since the late ‘80s. He has also played over 2,500 paid performances (with 600 coming in last 5 years alone), as well as sharing the bill with the likes of .38 Special, Slaughter, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, etc. And as a guitar teacher, DiBello has given over 25,000 private lessons, and started one of the first streaming guitar lesson websites.
 
DiBello is set to be performing locally from now until mid-September (a complete list of dates are on his website), so get prepared to experience the impressive guitar skills of Lou DiBello - with the arrival of ‘American Hard Rock’!
 
‘American Hard Rock’ Tracklisting:
1) Driving Force
2) Jack & Coke
3) Walk Through The Fire
4) Love Is Blind
5) Flying High
6) Beast Mode: Engage
7) The Nighttime Is The Right Time
8) I Love You
9) Frankenstein (E. Winter)*
 
Lou DiBello - Lead, rhythm guitars, bass, lead and backing vvocals
Ron Phelps - Drums
Stacey Krecji - Bass (4,9), keyboards (4,8,9)
Also appearing:
Carsten Lizard Schulz - Lead and backing vocals on (6)
Bobby Whiles - Drums (1,5,6)
Mike LePond - Bass guitar on (1,6)
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
 
Thu
25
Jul

THE DEAD DAISIES Release 'Locked & Loaded' Covers Compilation August 23

Friday, August 23, 2019
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THE DEAD DAISIES ARE LOCKED, LOADED AND READY TO FIRE!!
SPITFIRE MUSIC/SPV RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 23
 
The Dead Daisies pride themselves on being an ass-kicking Rock band very much of today who love to celebrate the history of amazing music. In short, the band are fans of Rock and always will be.
 
Every one of the bands albums to date has had at least one cover song on it drawn from great songs from all eras, from the early blues greats to the classic rockers and heavy-hitters of later times. So many terrific players, so many immortal words, so many larger-than-life riffs
 
"This is a ‘tip of the hat’ to our heroes, bands that influenced us when we use to buy their records as teenagers. Now we’ve put them all on one album and it seriously rocks!! You may think of us as ‘Rock Stars’ but at the end of the day we’re just huge music fans!" - John Corabi
 
This collection of covers comes together from a long list of some of our favourite tunes, some bona fide classics - or simply songs that made us all smile, sweat and scream, band and audience alike.
 
These are done Daisies style, with big guitars, big vocals and always a bit of dirt under our collective fingernails, just the way we like it which is why we always love to mix up the setlist and throw them into our live shows.
 
"Playing these songs live is a total adrenaline rush for all of us.  Our audiences go nuts with our Daisified versions of these songs that come from an incredible time in music.  It’s our way of paying homage to the ‘greats’ of rock."  - Doug Aldrich
 
So crank them up as they work better with generous amounts of volume and a huge smile on your face. After all, a great song is a great song.  Rock is Indeed alive and well ..
 
Released on August 23rd, 2019, it comes in a suite of formats including DigiPak CD, Colored Vinyl with CD in paper sleeve, digital download and streaming.
All tracks are remastered for this project with “Rockin’ In The Free World (Live)” and “Highway Star (Live)” being released for the first time ever.
 
Track Listing:
 
1          Midnight Moses
2          Evil
3          Fortunate Son
4          Join Together
5          Helter Skelter
6          Bitch
7          American Band (Live)
8          Revolution
9          Rockin’ In The Free World (Live)
10       Highway Star (Live)
 
The players:
A lot of great musicians have been part of The Dead Daisies over the years. The following musicians can be heard on this album:
Doug Aldrich, Jackie Barnes, Deen Castronovo, John Corabi, Richard Fortus, David Lowy, Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed, Jon Stevens  and Brian Tichy.
 
Wed
24
Jul

CORE LEONI Set For New Album 'II' Out Sept 27 on AFM Records

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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He is one of the truest and most passionate Rock musicians of the last decades. And though time stood never still for Gotthard founding member and guitarist Leo Leoni.
 
CoreLeoni - he named his passion for big, timeless Classic Rock, for pure music nostalgy, added with a modern sound. On September 27th their second album ‘CoreLeoni II’ will be released.
 
Next to Gotthard songs from the early stage as well as two brand new tracks the album contains a cover of John Lee Hooker’s ‘Boom Boom Boom’.
 
Since the release of the first record that has simply been called ‘The Greatest Hits Part 1’, CoreLeoni has appeared as a transmitter between analog electric guitar and modern studio production. But CoreLeoni not only represent the music spirit of the early 90es, they also live the feeling that has been alive on, behind and in front of stage in these times: CoreLeoni is a high class band ensemble consisting of close friends and long-term colleagues that are next to Leo Leoni pioneering for that period and share a lot of memories with him.
 
Together with Rainbow-singer and Lords Of The Black founding member and ex-singer Ronnie Romero, Hena Habegger (drums, Gotthard), Jgor Gianola (guitar, ex-Gotthard/U.D.O./Jorn Lande) as well as Mila Merker (bass, Soulline) Leoni shows, that Classic Rock doesn ´t need to be old fashioned. Songs from the early Gotthard days are coming along in a completely new sound outfit.
 
On the second album coming out end of September, Leoni once more pays tribute to his passion for high class Rock music and brings back some good old Gotthard tracks to life.
 
With the exception of two songs as well as the John Lee Hooker cover it’s all Gotthard hits from the early days being translated to 2019.
 
‘Queen Of Hearts and ‘Don’t Get Me Wrong’ are the titles of the brand new tracks on the album, fitting perfectly into the other big Rock hymns.
 
Leoni had the idea to found CoreLeoni when Gotthard were celebrating their 25th anniversary. ‘When we play shows, we nowadays have to leave out a lot of the old songs as there are so many new ones that have to find their place in the setlist’, Leo explains. ‘But especially a lot of the old songs really mean a lot to me and will always be a big part of me. That’s why I decided to record them again and bring them back into the current times, also sound-wise.’
 
How good that works, CoreLeoni could prove during a tour last year. Press and fans have equally been enthusiastic about it. And also among the musicians it quickly became obvious: CoreLeoni needs to be continued.
 
‘So many beautiful memories and the really special feeling that we also had during the days back then have been awaking.’
 
The musician from Swiss part Tessin belongs to the best international Rock guitarists and is part of the most successful Swiss band Gotthard. Every studio album after the debut reached number 1 in the national charts, all albums have been rewarded with several platinum awards. Gotthard are also holding a rare diamond award for selling more than 1 million records in Switzerland only.
 
Guitarist Jgor Gianola has been part of Gotthard during the early days as well before he decided to move on to U.D.O., the current band of music legend and ex-Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, as well as Norwegian Rockers Jorn Lande. Also drummer Hena Habegger is a founding member of Gotthard. Last year he fulfilled a big dream and opened a drum school in Tessin.
 
Singer Ronnie Romero has been born in Chile and has been the singer oft Spanish Rock band Lords Of The Black. Since 2016 he is part of Rainbow, the band of legendary Richie Blackmore. With this big step in his career a long-term dream has been fulfilled for him. Just some months ago he has been touring big stadiums with Rainbow and can look back to several admirable festival shows as well, such as Monsters Of Rock.
 
Bass player Mila Merker has been born in Swiss Bellinzona and is a long-term friend of Leo and Jgor. His own band is called Soulline, being well-known for playing a technical challenging form of Melodic Death Metal.
 
The Travellin´ Men Tour 2019-2020
27.11.19 D-Augsburg – Spectrum
28.11.19 D-Siegburg – Kubana
29.11.19 D-Tuttlingen - Stadthalle
30.11.19 CH-Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame
01.12.19 CH-Solthurn – Kofmehl
03.12.19 CH-Rubigen – Muehle Hunziken
04.12.19 CH-Pratteln – Z7
05.12.19 CH-Arborn – Presswerk
06.12.19 CH-Lyss – KuFa
07.12.19 CH-Lausanne – Salle Metropole
08.12.19 ITA-Bergamo – Druso
10.12.19 SK-Bratislava - Randal
11.12.19 HU-Budapest – Duerer Kert
13.12.19 D-Burgrieden – Riffelhof
14.12.19 AUT-Ehrwald – Zugspitzsaal
15.12.19 D-Ludwigsburg – Rofa
16.12.19 D-Nuernberg – Hirsch
17.12.19 D-Deggendorf - Stadthalle
18.12.19 D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
20.12.19 ES-Pamplona – Totem
21.12.19 ES-Madrid – Shoko
22.12.19 ES-Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
 
Fri
19
Jul

THE DEFIANTS - Sample The Whole Album 'Zokusho' Now

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Thanks to Amazon Japan, you can sample the entire new album Zokusho from THE DEFIANTS now.
 
Full review coming up....but as you can hear, the album is a dead set melodic hard rock classic!
 
 
 
Thu
18
Jul

THE IDES OF MARCH Releasing 55th Anniversary Album 'Play On'

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Friday, August 16, 2019
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Chicago, IL – Legendary rock group, The Ides of March, will be releasing their 55th anniversary album, Play On, on August 16. Produced by Fred Mollin and The Ides, the album will feature 14 brand new songs, as well as a re-release of their platinum hit, “Vehicle”. The band originated in Berwyn, Illinois, in 1964 and is the world’s longest-performing rock band that still has all of its original members: Jim Peterik (lead vocals, lead guitar and piano), Larry Millas (guitar, bass, and vocals), Bob Bergland (bass, saxophone, and vocals), and Mike Borch (drums and vocals). The original four members for the last 30 years have been joined by Scott May (Hammond organ and vocals), Steve Eisen (woodwinds and percussion), Tim Bales (trumpet and Flugelhorn), and Henry Salgado (trombone).
 
“Vehicle” was an instant hit back in 1970 and became Warner Bros. fastest-selling single of all time. Other hit songs by the Ides include “L.A. Goodbye” and “You Wouldn’t Listen”, all penned by Grammy-winning front man, Jim Peterik. Peterik – a former member of Survivor - made his name as a songwriter with Sammy Hagar, The Beach Boys and 38 Special, but never left The Ides behind as they’ve continued their success over the last five and a half decades. With over 11,000 live performances, their music appeals to all generations, as they play to all ages and sold-out crowds across the country. In addition to playing Ides shows, the bandmates also participate in Jim Peterik’s World Stage and touring their PBS special featuring the hit bands of Chicago from the golden 60’s - Cornerstones of Rock.
 
Special guests on the album include: Mark Farner (former singer and guitarist of Grand Funk Railroad), David Pack (former Ambrosia front man), Paul Shaffer of David Letterman fame, Cathy Richardson (lead singer of Jefferson Starship), sax phenom Mindi Abair, Tom Doody of Chicago’s Cryan’ Shames, Bo Bice of American Idol fame and formerly of Blood Sweat & Tears, and blues- rock superstar Joe Bonamassa. The album will also be released in a deluxe, double-disc vinyl edition, which includes the original masters of the Parrot and Warner Brothers singles: Vehicle (1970), You Wouldn’t Listen (1966), One Woman Man (1969), Roller Coaster (1966), Flipside (1972), Superman (follow up to Vehicle - 1970), LA Goodbye (1971), Aire Of Good Feeling (1970).
 
Play On is a musical journey of The Ides’ friendship over the last 55 years, and impresses with the iconic sound that fans know and love. “Play On is the culmination of all that we’ve learned and all that we’ve dreamed in The Ides of March’s 55-year history as a band,” said Peterik. “With every mile we’ve traveled together, and the countless shows we’ve played, we’ve found the secrets that make our sound unique, and have tried to distill those elements into every track - the horns, the harmonies, and the songs of a band that is really a family on wheels - and music is our vehicle.” 
 
The band has been featured by AXS, ABC News, SiriusXM, and Guitar World, as well as shows in the band’s hometown like, WGN News and Windy City Live, to name a few. Recently, Peterik performed on stage with world-renowned cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, in Chicago in support of Little Kids Rock. 
 
For more information on the album release, or to schedule interviews with band members – including Jim Peterik – please reach out to the press contact above.
 
The Ides of March Links:
Website: https://theidesofmarch.com/
 
Wed
17
Jul

MRF5 USB4 Update - Last 5 USB Drives Available

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JUST 5 AVAILABLE; SHIPPING STARTS NEXT WEEK.
 
 
USB4 PRE-ORDER
LIMITED TO 5 LEFT
Custom Design / 64G / $100
 
 

Select performances from MRF5 will be available on MR-USB4, a strictly limited edition release of just 100 units. JUST 5 STILL AVAILABLE!
 
 
FULL SETS INCLUDED FROM:
 
Acoustic Sets:
Jaded Past
The Radio Sun
Cassidy Paris
 
Friday:
Station
Jaded Past
Warp Drive
Fierce Heart
Jean Beauvoir
 
Saturday:
Gary Moon & Friends
Adriangale
Dave Friday Band
SJ Sindicate
Madman’s Lullaby
Far Cry
 
Sunday:
Boulevard
Shotgun Symphony
Gary Brandon
Lynn Allen
 
PLUS SECRET BONUS STUFF AND SOME RARE ARCHIVE VIDEOS
 
Fri
12
Jul

AXE Deliver 'The Final Offering' September 20

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Friday, September 20, 2019
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Escape Music has the greatest pleasure to announce the release date for the AXE brand new album title ‘Final Offering’ on Vinyl and CD!
 
The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only in Solid blue, white and black, double LP 180gm, gatefold with one bonus track and all will be numbered! 1-500
 
Axe - Final Offering
Release date: 20th September 2019
Catalogue No CD: ESM334
 
Track Listening:
1. Born To Lose 6:18
2. Bad Romance 4:38
3. Fire & Stone 6:52
4. Land Of Our Fathers 6:32
5. Make A Dream (Last Forever) 3:58
6. Money 4:18
7. Old Scratch 5:56
8. Road To Damascus 4:36
9. Who Will You Run To 5:22
10. T Y Ochen’ Krasi Vaya 5:08
11.  Years Slip Away  5:13
12. Southbound Whistle  3:58 Exclusive Bonus Track For Vinyl Only
 
 
AXE is:
Bobby Barth: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Vocals, Keys
Bob Harris:  Vocals, Keyboards
Gerald Berger: Bass
Scott Misner: Drums
Brad Banhagel: Guitars
Craig Gysler: Keyboards
 
Additional players & singers:
David Landes, Ray Patterson, Greg T. Walker,
Billy Kitchens, Thana Harris, Nate Harris
 
Engineered: Ben Watts, Bobby Barth, Billy Kitchens
Mixed by Mark Pinske
Mastered By Alan Douches
Produced by Bobby Barth for N.E.H. Productions
Executive producer: Khalil Turk
 
Axe was formed in 1977 out of the ashes of “Babyface”, a Hard Rock band burdened with a top 20 hit... but on the Adult Contemporary Charts. The band was brought together by leader Bobby Barth. Pulling members from all over America to Gainesville Florida, where they lived in one house, wrote music, and practiced.
 
Axe was different in that the makeup of the band were all veterans of many years playing clubs and cover music, 4 lead singers, and all writers. Signing a deal before they ever played a gig. The band signed to MCA for 2 records, later on to Atco for 2 records, where they had success with the anthemic song Rock and Roll Party in the Streets” touring with almost every major act on the road. Judas Priest, Ozzy, Deep Purple, Kiss, Motley Crue, Cheap Trick, ZZ Top, and quickly became a touring staple in the arena rock world.
 
The upward momentum ended tragically in the summer of 1984 when Micheal Osborne and Bobby Barth were involved in an automobile accident where Osborne was killed and Barth received a broken neck, but was able to recover. Not having the heart to continue without his best friend Osborne, Axe ended that day and rested Until the 1990’s, Axe once again rose from the ashes to record “Five” their fifth record and then onto the Crown, 20 Years From Home Volume 1 and 2, an Axe Anthology “Axeology” a DVD live from Sweden Rock in 2012, and now finishing their final record "Axe - The Final Offeriing"
 
 
Fri
05
Jul

ROCKETT LOVE Send ‘Greetings From Rocketland’ August 30

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Friday, August 30, 2019
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ROCKETT LOVE was founded in 2015 by singer Daniel Samuelsson and guitarist Stefan Westerlund. Fueled by mutual interest in 80’s melodic rock, the two began recording original material in Daniel’s home studio. With only one song on iTunes and Spotify and absolutely no commercial back-up they received a lot of radio time and a fully packed venue when playing their debut gig. The song “Rocket Love” took off with a big viral spin when Beau Hill picked-up the track at his studio and produced it.
 
A year of writing and recording went by and in 2017 ROCKETT LOVE finally released the full-length debut “Grab the Rocket” on AOR Heaven.
 
In the following time, they set up their own studio and named it Meganoise, and the recordings began in early 2018. The duo needed to cut down the material from twenty something to 11 songs. When the recordings were finished, the Swedes sent the material to Erik Mårtensson (ECLIPSE, WET) to mix it.
 
ROCKETT LOVE now returns with the brand new CD on AOR Heaven called “Greetings from Rocketland” on August 30th, 2019. The band's second album contains 11 new tracks including the highlights “King for one day”, “Back on my feet” and the power ballad “Take me home”.
 
Stefan Westerlund comments: “This time the songs are for real, no compromises. Erik has done a fantastic job and we feel strongly about the album and what he did to the material. Now it’s up to the listeners to take it to their hearts. “Greetings From Rocketland” is a classic record full of great and melodic rock songs.”
 
Soundfiles in advance on http://www.metalheaven.net
 
Fri
05
Jul

JIMI ANDERSON GROUP Returns With ‘I Belong’ August 30

Friday, August 30, 2019
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Born In Rigside, Lanarkshire, Scotland, Anderson's first Rock band was in 1978, singing mainly Rush & Deep Purple songs, and so his passion for 'Classic Rock' had begun. The next few years brought many hours of practise and to Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale & Ronnie James Dio for inspiration. He began writing songs and formed the Rock band 'Sahara' whilst spending any spare time attending a gazzillion gigs at the Legendary 'Glasgow Apollo' till it closed in 1985.
 
Various incarnations of the band ensued including a name change to "The Hardline" until they were picked-up by 'Wet Wet Wet's manager Elliott Davis and offered a management contract on the strength of a demo tape. Showcasing his phenomenal voice, 5 years of recording demo's, touring, notable sell out gigs at Glasgow's King Tut's, London's 'Borderline Club' and a support to Wet Wet Wet in front of 30,000 people at Glasgow Green followed. The singer continued writing, performing and recording, appearing on Michael Barrymore's National Television shows ' My Kind of People' & 'Barrymore' in 1997/98 and went on to sing at concerts & festivals in Cyprus, Romania, Turkey and Holland.
 
Living now in York, Anderson has continued writing and moved on to spend four years as lead vocalist with tribute band 'A Foreigners Journey' and toured extensively in the UK and Rhodes. Meeting new friends along the way, and his voice just got better and better so a decision was made to leave "A Foreigners Journey" and the next adventure started. His latest side project is a tribute to great American Melodic Rock with some great musicians and friends called "Legends of AOR". Their debut gig was in Spain in front of a crowd of Rhodes Rockers. The festival has now moved to Cyprus where ‘Legends of AOR’ have performed for the last 3 years.
 
In 2015 Jimi finally realized his dream and released an album of original songs recorded at FML studios in Motherwell, Scotland with Producer/Engineer/Musicians Sandy Jones and Greame Duffin, and over the last 4 years has taken his music on the road up & down the UK. So the Jimi Anderson Group was born. The album titled ‘Longtime Comin’ was released in 2017.
 
On August 30th, 2019 the follow-up release “I Belong” will hit the shelves – the first record on AOR Heaven. Like it’s predecessor ‘I Belong’ was recorded at FML with Sandy Jones at the helm. Jimi, Sandy & Greame performed most of the music. This time however ace guitarist ‘David Cuthbert’ features on quite a few of the tracks including ‘Wonderful Tokyo Nights’, ‘Fearless Warrior’ & ‘I’m A Believer’ to name a few, including the beautiful ballad title track, ‘I Belong’.
 
Soundfiles in advance: www.metalheaven.net
 
 
Wed
03
Jul

ALIEN 2CD Rerelease Of Classic Self-Titled Debut August 30

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Friday, August 30, 2019
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Even though the self-titled ALIEN debut is 31 years old now it has lost nothing of its magic. In particular the two anthems “Only One Woman” and “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” are still a wet dream for any AOR fan.
 
This digitally remastered reissue contains the original Scandinavian version with Jim Jidhed on vocals as well as the later US-version with new singer Pete Sandberg on vocals on some songs.
 
Furthermore the re-release contains the two bonus tracks “Feel My Love” and “Touch My Fire” which make this album even more essential.
 
Strictly limited repressing of 1000 copies, only available through the AOR Heaven mail-order via www.aorheaven.com
 
CD1: 1988 – Alien (Scandinavian Edition)
1. Brave New Love - 3:53, 2. Tears Don't Put Out The Fire - 4:09, 3. Go Easy - 3:39, 4. I've Been Waiting - 5:03, 5. Jaime Remember - 4:41, 6. . Feel My Love - 3:46, 7. Only One Woman - 4:12, 8. Wings Of Fire - 3:23, 9. Dying By The Golden Rule - 3:49, 10. Touch My Fire - 3:58, 11. Dreamer - 4:40, 12. Mirror - 4:29: bonus tracks: 13. Feel My Love (Polar session outtake) - 3:52, 14. Touch My Fire (Polar session outtake) - 3:51
 
CD2: 1989 – Alien (US Edition)
1. Tears Don't Put Out The Fire (Remix) - 4:32, 2. Go Easy (Remix) - 3:48, 3. I've Been Waiting (Remix) - 5:09, 4. Jaimie Remember - 4:43, 5. Feel My Love (Remix) - 3:45, 6. Only One Woman (Remix) - 4:34, 7. Brave New Love - 4:00, 8. The Air That I Breathe - 4:36, 9. Touch My Fire - 4:06, 10. Now Love - 4:25
 
Wed
03
Jul

THE CULT Celebrate Landmark Album 'Sonic Temple' 30th Anniversary

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Friday, September 13, 2019
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2019 marks the 30th anniversary of THE CULT's seminal album SONIC TEMPLE. To celebrate the anniversary, Beggars Arkive will release THE CULT: SONIC TEMPLE 30 on September 13. It will be released as a deluxe box set and a 5-CD set, plus the label will reissue a Sonic Temple on Double LP, which has been out of print for over 20 years. The sets both contain limited-release demos in addition to previously unreleased tracks. (Full details and track-listings are below.) Preorders are available here.
 
The band is also happy to announce more A Sonic Temple tour dates. After a run of hugely successful and completely sold-out U.S. West Coast tour dates, they will play 10 shows in the UK in October (dates below).
 
Originally released in 1989, Sonic Temple proved to be a pivotal moment for both the band and the wider rock scene. Produced by the legendary Bob Rock, Sonic Temple had four chart-topping singles: "Fire Woman," "Edie (Ciao Baby),' "Sun King" and "Sweet Soul Sister."
 
In a recent interview about the album, Ian Astbury explained how the band brought together hard rock and indie rock to create the unique, game-changing sounds on Sonic Temple. "We wanted to retain our core DNA as we went deeper into psych and hard rock influences. It was a complete immersion for me into art, film, music, poetry and literature, weaving those influences into what was to become Sonic Temple. The band was becoming more popular. We were in uncharted waters. Most of the bands we had come up with had split up or fallen off. We were accelerating. There was no real time to breathe. We were forming new allegiances and breaking the glass ceiling of 'the indie outsider.'"
 
The album catapulted THE CULT into superstar status and remains their most commercially successful release. It has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone and was certified platinum in 1990. It made it to #10 on the Billboard charts, and the aforementioned songs all remain rock-radio staples to this day.
 
The set list for the "A Sonic Temple" tour draws from THE CULT's 10 studio albums with the centerpiece being a super set that's focused on the core songs from Sonic Temple; some of these songs have not been performed since the album was originally released. Each show will be a gathering and celebration for CULT fans--an opportunity to come together for one night--an event that will be memorable for all who attend. As Billy Duffy stated about the tour in a recent interview, "I'd like fans to not only allow themselves a little indulgence into maybe simpler happier times of the late 80s for a few hours at a ST19 show, but also be happy that the music is now really their possession, not ours, and to do with it what they will."
 
The BOX SET contains three pieces of vinyl and a cassette plus tour memorabilia and ephemera (replica of original laminate, backstage pass, original press releases, label copy and more). It's numbered and limited to 3000 pieces worldwide and contains 40 tracks, four of which were previously unreleased. LP1+2 contain the album as originally released. LP3 contains "Live At Wembley" recorded by the BBC, and the included cassette contains limited-release demos. Four of the live tracks are also previously unreleased.
 
The FIVE-CD SET contains 53 tracks (including 6 previously unreleased) with the original album on disc 1, alternate edits, mixes, extended versions and acoustic versions on disc 2, limited-release demos on discs 3 and 4 and "Live at Wembley" recorded by the BBC on disc 5. Six of the live tracks are previously unreleased. It is beautifully packaged in book form with rare photographs and interviews with the band by esteemed UK journalist James Brown.
 
The DOUBLE LP is a re-vamped reissue of the original album. Now cut onto two pieces of black vinyl, the audio is improved and contains 16 tracks total, which comprise the original album plus six B-sides. It's been out of print for over 20 years.
 
The DIGITAL version will replicate the CD-set but excludes the original album for a total of 43 tracks.
 
TOUR DATES
Oct 15 Nottingham, UK - Rock City
Oct 17 Birmingham, UK - Academy
Oct 18 Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff University
Oct 20 Leeds, UK - Academy
Oct 21 Aberdeen, Scotland - The Music Hall
Oct 22 Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
Oct 24 Manchester, UK - Apollo
Oct 27 London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
Oct 28 Bristol, UK - Academy
Oct 29 Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
 
5-CD SET
 
1-1 Sun King
1-2 Fire Woman
1-3 American Horse
1-4 Edie (Ciao Baby)   
1-5 Sweet Soul Sister
1-6 Soul Asylum
1-7 New York City
1-8 Automatic Blues
1-9 Soldier Blue
1-10 Wake Up Time For Freedom
2-1 Sonic Temple Radio Promo
2-2 Fire Woman (Edit)
2-3 Messin' Up The Blues (from the Fire Woman single)
2-4 Medicine Train (From the Edie (Ciao Baby) single)
2-5 Fire Woman (NYC Rock Mix) (from the Fire Woman CD EP)
2-6 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Edit)
2-7 Bleeding Heart Graffiti (from the Edie (Ciao Baby) CD EP)
2-8 Sun King (Edit)
2-9 Sweet Soul Sister (Edit)
2-10 The River (From the Sweet Soul Sister single)
2-11 Soldier Blue (Werman Extended Version)
2-12 Fire Woman (LA Rock Mix)
2-13 Sweet Soul Sister (Rock's Mix)
2-14 Edie (Ciao Baby) (Acoustic) (From The Heart Of Soul CD single)
3-1 Medicine Train (demo)
3-2 New York City (demo)
3-3 American Horse (demo)
3-4 Sun King (demo)
3-5 Automatic Blues (demo)
3-6 Yes Man (demo)
3-7 Fire (demo)
3-8 Wake Up Time For Freedom (demo)
3-9 Citadel (demo)
3-10 The River (demo)
4-1 The Crystal Ocean (demo)
4-2 Cashmere (demo)
4-3 Edie (demo)
4-4 Bleeding Heart Revival (demo)
4-5 My Love (demo)
4-6 Star Child (demo)
4-7 Medicine Train (Rock Demo)
4-8 New York City (Rock Demo)
4-9 Fire (rock Demo)
4-10 Spanish Gold (jam Demo)
5-1 New York City (live) *previously unreleased)
5-2 Automatic Blues (live) *previously unreleased)
5-3 American Horse (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-4 Sun King (live) *previously unreleased
5-5 Soul Asylum (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-6 Rain (live) *previously unreleased
5-7 Sweet Soul Sister (live) (from the Sweet Soul Sister single)
5-8 She Sells Sanctuary (live) *previously unreleased
5-9 Fire Woman (live) *previously unreleased

 

 
Fri
28
Jun

FICTION SYXX New Album 'The Alternate Me' Out Now

 
FICTION SYXX's  new epic studio albuym ‘The Alternate Me’ is released worldwide today.
 
ALL pre-orders have been shipped out.
 
The album is also on all digitl outlets: https://music.apple.com/au/album/the-alternate-me/1470525201
 
To celebrate release day, the guys have delivered a brand new video. Please enjoy:
 
 
FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.
 
PRE-ORDER FICTION SYXX - The Alternate Me ($15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide) Get 3 Tracks In Advance
 
 
 
 
Fiction Syxx is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead Vocals & Guitar
JK Northrup - Guitar, B. Vocals & Production
Rory Faciane - Drums
Larry Hart - Bass
Eric Ragno – Keyboards
 
The new album picks up where the debut left off, but at the same time, dials everything up 3 notches. The musicianship, the complexities of the songs, the production and the hooks. All maximized for fan enjoyment.
 
FICTION SYXX is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue. But like all ideas, including musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called “Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed around a core of members.
 
The album was Produced, Mixed and Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, Carmichael CA, USA. www.fictionsyxxrocks.com / www.jknorthrup.com
 
 
 
 

 
Fri
28
Jun

THUNDER Unveil 'The Greatest Hits' All Formats Sept 27

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Friday, September 27, 2019
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It’s 30 years of Thunder this year, so we’ve decided to release the first ever band curated Greatest Hits compilation on September 27.
 
“Thunder - The Greatest Hits” will feature at least 1 track from all of our 12 studio albums. There’s even a couple of our favourite covers thrown in there too. We hope you’ll like having all the bangers in one handy place.

There will be 28 remastered tracks, available on Triple Vinyl, 2xCD, 3xCD & Digital formats. The 3CD version includes the live show we streamed at Planet Rock’s London studios on January 18th this year. The artwork is chock full of memorabilia pics and interviews too.

Pre-orders will are now live from the Townsend Music store.
There are several bundles available plus an exclusive Greatest Hits t-shirt.
Check them all out here.
Thanks
Ben, Chris, Danny, Harry, & Luke

 
CD1 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]
Dirty Love // Love Walked In // She’s So Fine // A Better Man // Backstreet Symphony // Low Life In High Places // River Of Pain // Like A Satellite // Stand Up // Living For Today // Love Worth Dying For // Just Another Suicide // All I Ever Wanted // Gimme Shelter (The Rolling Stones cover)

CD2 [of both 2 and 3CD formats]
I Love You More Than Rock N Roll // Loser // I’m Dreaming Again // The Devil Made Me Do It On The Radio // The Rain // Wonder Days // Rip It Up // In Another Life // Right From The Start // The Thing I Want // Future Train [2019 Version] // Low Life In High Places [2019 Version] // Your Time Is Gonna Come (Led Zeppelin cover)

CD3 [recorded live at Planet Rock - Included with Deluxe 3xCD Version Only]
Bigger Than Both Of Us // Serpentine // She’s So Fine // Blown Away // River Of Pain // Stand Up
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Wed
26
Jun

MRR Last Call For Limited Editions: CANNONBALLZ, BRETT WALKER, TONY MITCHELL

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MRR is running very low on some Limited Edition titles, so now might be the last chance to grab one of the following before they are sold out for good.
 
BRETT WALKER – “Last Parade” 6CD Box Set w/Bonus Tracks – 27 LEFT
 
 
 
CANNONBALLZ – “8Ballz2Many” Limited Edition Ecobook Digipack Version – 25 LEFT
 
 
 
SHOTGUN SYMPHONY – “The Last Symphony” 4CD Set w/Longbox Slipcase – 25 LEFT
 
 
 
TONY MITCHELL – “Beggars Gold” 2CD Special Edition w/Slipcase – 40 LEFT
 
 
 

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