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Jan

THE MOOD GROOVE Showcases Different Side Of JK Northrup

Friday, April 20, 2018
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Track List: 1. Funk Soul Sister  4:44 / 2. Launching Pad  4:18 / 3. Moon Calling Sun 5:13 / 4. I'm a Pharmacist 5:20 / 5. I Just Wanna Sit Down 4:05 / 6. We Are the Mushroom Men 3:49 / 7. Never Count the Cost 4:15 / 8. Stone Dead Man 2:18 / 9. Disintegrating Gods 3:31 / 10. Leaning Too Far In 4:44
 
The Mood Groove is:
Ed Balldinger - Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Vibe
JK Northrup - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing Vocal, Vibe
Glenn Hicks - Drums, Lead and Backing Vocal, Vibe
Larry Hart - Bass, Backing Vocal, Vibe
 
Additional Lead Vocals by:
Willy Seltzer- Moon Calling Sun
Buddy Davis- Stone Dead Man
 
Featuring backing vocals by Diana Short and The Salamander Choir Boys including Willy Seltzer, Buddy Davis, Dr. DruP, Richie D., John Short, StatMaster Rob and the Mood Groove
Phil Ireland- Harmonica and Vibe on Stone Dead Man
 
Produced by- JK Northrup
Co-Produced by- Ed Balldinger
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by- JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
For more info, please visit- www.jknorthrup.com <http://www.jknorthrup.com/>
All songs written by- Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup
 
The Mood Groove was formed by Ed Balldinger and JK Northrup as an outlet to create and record music that stretched their collective imaginations and to invite listeners to something a little different.  Their goal was to be “Out of the box” and not be confined to any particular style or genre, yet to be a part of them all.  As JK says, “It is musical ear candy for the brain, so the third eye can see again!”Ed Balldinger is an amazing, if not eclectic lyricist, or “Wordsmith” and published poet, as well as a talented guitarist with a wide variety of musical influences.  JK brings his skills as a songwriter, producer, recording engineer and guitarist.  Together they have combined their song-writing skills to create 10 songs in the vein of Rock, Funk, Psychedelic, Soul, Blues, Experimental, Gospel and most of all, Mood and Groove!
 
JK and Ed brought in the powerhouse rhythm section of Larry Hart on bass (Gypsy Soul, Montrose, King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup) and Glenn Hicks on drums and vocals (Gypsy Soul, Shortino-Northrup).  With much of their performances being played powerfully off the cuff, it adds an element of “live” to the album!  Glenn and Larry both played with JK in Gypsy Soul with Johnny Edwards on vocals from 1987-1989, and then again on several songs for the Shortino-Northrup “Back On Track” album in 1993. 
Adding female backing vocals by Diana Short gives a Pink Floyd, Zappa sound to some songs, while having other singers on a few songs to add a variety of vocal textures and feel.
 
If you like bands such as Living Colour and Mother Finest then this is the album to add to your music collection!
 
 
Tue
30
Jan

NELSON Catalog Goes Digital

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NELSON'S ENTIRE CATALOGUE MAKES A DIGITAL DEBUT ON JANUARY 29th 
Collector's Items Like Brother Harmony, Imaginator and Life Make Their Debuts At Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and More
 
LOS ANGELES, January 29, 2018- The entire Nelson catalogue - representing every album released by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson in the course of their 28-year-career - will, for the first time, be available at all digital retailers and streaming services on January 8, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and Pandora, among others, through their distribution partner, Redeye.  The announcement follows the re-release of Nelson's remastered 1990, multi-platinum debut album, After the Rain, on 180g vinyl by Universal Music Enterprises.
 
The full digital roll-out will take place today, January 29, when such collector's items as Imaginator, the prophetic 1996 release which were originally supposed to be the follow-up to After the RainBrother Harmony, the 1998 country album the brothers recorded in Nashville which is now a coveted collector's item, and Ricky Nelson Remembered, an album featuring studio recorded versions of Matthew and Gunnar performing their father's biggest career hits, previously available only at Nelson concerts, become available for streaming and download for the first time.
 
"Each of these songs is like one of our children," says Gunnar about the process of going back and rehearing their work. 
 
"You start reliving what it took to put all the pieces together," adds Matthew. "It represents 25-plus years of work.  These songs are, quite literally, the soundtrack to our lives."
 
Here's the complete list of available titles, with comments from Matthew and Gunnar:
Imaginator (1996): Originally intended as the follow-up to After the Rain, but turned down by DGC/Geffen, Nelson finally put out the prescient album as the first release on their own Stone Canyon Records label. An edgy, acerbic record which took aim at their unfair media treatment and the threat of the Internet in the days of dial-up, Matthew recalls, "It was not the fun, sunshine pop formula the label thought they were getting." Adds Gunnar, "It was so cathartic and honest, it's emotionally painful for me to listen to now. It brings me back to a time when I felt we were misunderstood by the industry."
Because They Can (1995): After the rejection of Imaginator, Matthew and Gunnar went back into the studio with legendary producer and mentor John Boylan (Boston, Little River Band, Edie Brickell) for an album that epitomized the California country-rock sound, featuring contributions from Eagles' Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit, America's Gerry Beckley and the Cars' Elliot Easton. It also features the famed William Wegman cover photo of his Man Ray Weimaraner dogs with long, blonde hair, showing the Nelson brothers were in on the joke. "It was like a Crosby, Stills & Nash Laurel Canyon record when nobody was doing that," says Matthew.
Silence is Broken (1997): Recorded for JVC Victor Japan, the album was intended to be a bridge between Imaginator and Life, according to Matthew.  "We were just learning how to record digitally," he says of the record, produced in various studios in West L.A. and Valencia. "It really pushed the stylistic envelope in terms of its diversity."

Brother Harmony (1998): After playing several acoustic shows in Nashville, Matthew and Gunnar signed to Warner-Reprise, and began recording songs for a new, never released album as the Nelsons with some of Nashville's finest musicians.

Life (1999): Another JVC Victor Japan import, the album was recorded in a Nashville basement, but remains one of Gunnar's favorites. "I have a particular affection for it," he says. "We just wanted to make ear candy. It's a real take-no-prisoners pop/rock album." Matthew adds: "We recorded everyone in a room playing at the same time, which gave it some real energy." Life features "Is That How It Is?" co-written with Russ Ballard.  "We went a little bit more Vox than Marshall," laughs Matthew.

Like Father, Like Sons (2000): The brothers' initial tribute to their father was recorded live at the Date Festival in Indio, California, site of the Coachella festival, with James Intveld on upright bass, Gunnar on stand-up drums and Matthew on acoustic guitar. The group delved into affectionate, authentic rockabilly takes on some of Ricky's greatest hits, including "Garden Party," "Milk Cow Blues," "Travelin' Man" and "Hello Mary Lou." 

Lightning Strikes Twice (2010):  After signing a new deal with Frontier Records, this was one of three separate releases to come out during the year. Nelson's first album of new material in nearly 11 years, it featured guitarist Steve Lukather, and was recorded at Gunnar's home Nashville studio and mixed in L.A. by top recording engineer Jay Ruston (Metallica, Anthrax).  "The label challenged us to make the follow-up to After the Rain, except with modern technology and their full support," recalls Gunnar. "It represented a personal victory." The album went on to become the most critically acclaimed album of their career behind, "After the Rain," with a rare 7 of 7 diamond rating from Metal Hammer Magazine.

Before the Rain: The Demos 1986-1990 (2010): A collection of the recordings which led up to their debut, After the Rain, this album shows how Nelson's songwriting evolved, representing the band's attempt to convince DGC/Geffen A&R legend John David Kalodner they were ready to record. Explained Matthew, "It's a great way for the fans to hear how the songs from that first album started and eventually came together."
Perfect Storm - After the Rain World Tour 1991 (2010): Recorded during their whirlwind, 13-month-long tour, which ended with four shows in Japan, the album captures the band as it begins to feel its strength as a live attraction, thanks to the efforts of live engineer Toby Francis. "We were very loud, but he got it to sound clean," says Matthew. "The band we had for that tour was just ridiculously talented."
Peace Out (2015):  Another favorite of Gunnar's for its razor-sharp focus and stylistic consistency, the song "Back in the Day" describes Nelson's populist, crowd-pleasing aim perfectly. "The radio was our saving grace/Our heroes showed the way/Back in the day."
"Getting these records out has been extremely satisfying because, up until now, they haven't been available," says Gunnar. "For the first time in a while, we're talking about making a new Nelson album."
Until then, Nelson will continue to inspire their fans live, with a planned summer 2018 tour on the horizon.
"Up to this point, these songs are our legacy," adds Matthew. "I'm just happy people can find and hear them now."

 

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Mon
29
Jan

BULLET 'Dust To Gold' Out April 20

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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If you want to understand how Swedish metal act Bullet works, you only have to take one look at the ancient tour bus that the five musicians have been conquering the world with for years. The black, white and red 1964 Volvo B63508, lovingly referred to as the 'Bullet Bus', with its indestructible six-cylinder engine and countless miles under its frayed seats, the band's mobile hotel. Mind you: perhaps hotel isn't quite the operative word, (youth) hostel would be more to the point, the van's interior having accumulated an attractive odour composed of petrol, sweat, beer and a diverse range of tobacco blends in its interior. 'In the years that we've been travelling from show to show in our van and have visited countless festivals, our Bullet Bus has never let us down,' guitarist Hampus Klang phrases a kind of declaration of love to the vintage vehicle that features on the cover of the group's latest album Dust To Gold for a good reason. 'The Volvo has more than earned its place on the front cover,  because in its own way it's just like we are: hard as nails, resilient and full of priceless memories.' 
 
The Bullet Bus as a synonym for a band philosophy that could hardly be more compelling. Bullet have been on the metal scene since 2001, released five excellent studio albums to date, toured most European countries several times, opened for AC/DC in front of 55,000 people in 2009 and played some of Europe's most prestigious festivals, such as Rock Am Ring, Graspop, Sweden Rock, Bang Your Head, Rock Hard, Keep It True, Headbangers Open Air and Wacken (twice!). The band has eaten dirt in the true sense of the word and transformed it into musical gold, as their programmatic album title hints. 'Our new songs are about life on the road, about freedom, adventure and the endless fun that passionate metal bands have,' Hampus Klang explains. Their love of their lives as musicians oozes from every single note, be it the fast-paced opener ´Speed And Attack` in classic NWOBHM style, the powerful singalong anthem ´Fuel The Fire` or the cool, grooving midtempo track ´Wildfire` that AC/DC couldn't have done better.
 
Dust To Gold was mixed and produced from August to December 2017 at the Pama Studios in Torsås, Sweden, by Bullet and Mankan Sedenberg, who consciously used an analogue tape machine to give the recording a warm sound. Hampus is extremely happy with the result: 'We spent much more time on the songwriting than we did with previous albums. The whole production took a bit longer this time but we think it was worth it. We wanted an album where every song is a great one, totally without fillers. We also worked hard to make the sound as honest and authentic as possible and it sounds a lot more like we do live.'
 
Tracklisting
1. Speed And Attack  2:35
2. Ain't Enough  2:38
3. Rogue Soldier  3:01
4. Fuel The Fire  3:26
5. One More Round  3:07
6. Highway Love  3:22
7. Wildfire  4:00
8. Screams In The Night 2:50
9. Forever Rise  4:04
10. The Prophecy  0:28
11. Hollow Grounds  3:49
12. Dust To Gold  5:31
 
The new album "Dust To Gold" will be released through Steamhammer/SPV on April 20th 2018 as CD digi (incl. poster) / 2LP gatefold (golden vinyl) / download / stream.

Line Up:
Alexander Lyrbo (guitars)
Hampus Klang (guitars)
Gustav Hector (bass)
Hell Hofer (vocals)
Gustav Hjortsja (drums)
 
BULLET live 2018:
09.02. SE-Alvesta - Kulturkallaren
01.06. SE-Bladinge - Muskelrock
06.06. SE-Savesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
15.06. SE-Arebro – Metaalsvenskan
08.12. DE-Balingen - Volksbankmesse
 
More dates will be added soon!

 

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Wed
24
Jan

MELODICROCK FEST 5 USA LineUp Change

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MELODICROCKFEST 5 (USA) UPDATE
 
MRF5 unfortunately must make a couple of changes to the previously announced lineup due to circumstances beyond our control.
 
This is not unusual in the festival business as artist circumstances change over time, but nevertheless, it is regretful and disappointing to make any change.
There has been a slight shuffle of appearance days with a couple of the artists – done to benefit the fans as extended sets will now be possible.
If anyone has issues with changes, please let me know and if anyone needs to swap daily tickets to fit the changes, please advise ASAP.
 
Tickets and passes for the event will be sent out during February (if all goes to plan).
 
There will be NO further changes. Visas, flights, hotels for all other artists are currently underway.
 
THE DEFIANTS regretfully must withdraw from the event due to the unavailability of guitarist Rob Marcello. Rob has recently taken up the guitarist role with The Poodles and despite hoping the USA event could still be scheduled in, but sadly that is not the case.
Frontman of The Defiants PAUL LAINE will still appear for his solo set on Sunday, promising to make room for a few Defiants songs.
 
Australia’s ROADKILL were looking forward to their international debut, but must withdraw due to a member’s wife expecting their first child the very weekend of MRF. I’m sad the guys can’t make it, but if there’s one reason to withdraw, then that’s gotta be it. Congratulations!
 
TEER have informed me they are unable to make the journey due to a few of their own issues. I send my best regards to the guys and look forward to hearing some new music.
 
THE CHANGES:
 
TREAT will now headline Friday night and play as long as they like. STATION and GRAND DESIGN and everyone else will get a little longer to play on Friday.
 
CRAZY LIXX are moving to Saturday to perform before H.E.A.T.
 
JOINING:
 
Of course we must add for what is taken – so please welcome to the event:
 
 
 
There is also the opening slot not yet announced for Sunday – I’m just waiting for confirmation before announcing that. 
 
Tickets are available now via Paypal from www.melodicrockfest.com now!
MRF5 is being hosted by Chris & Neeley from The Classic Metal Show www.theclassicmetalshow.com
 
MRF5 is proudly sponsored by ONE RIFF MERCHANDISE www.facebook.com/oneriffmerchandising /
 
More sponsors and vendors will be announced shortly.
 
  
 
Wed
24
Jan

CAVO Back After 4 Years With 'Bridges'

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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Four years is not that long, relatively speaking. A ‘blip on the radar’ over a lifetime. But in the case of St. Louis’ Cavo, four years speaks to more of an eternity than some may realize. It doesn’t take much in this day and age for a band to break up. It takes a lot more effort to stay together, not to mention sustaining the want that got them together in the first place. So imagine a band, completely lost and void of the will to keep moving forward. In that reality, four years can seem like forever. And that’s where Cavo’s story really picks up.
 
As vocalist Casey Walker likes to tell it, at the time “there just wasn’t anything left to give.” They had tried everything. ‘More guitars,’ ‘scream it don’t sing it,’ ‘pick up the pace,’ etc, etc. It didn’t work. Not for Cavo. No one believed it anyway. So they decided to stop. It was time to put this aside. And they did.
 
But then something happened a while later. The want slowly started creeping back in. Not quickly, but little by little, over time. But the want this time was different. It didn’t feel the same. Something had changed. For once, it wasn’t about what someone else wanted. It was only about the four of them and what they wanted. And it felt right. So, they decided to try again, but this time, their way.
 
Over 50 songs. A sound that truly reflected who they are as musicians. Not what everyone else told them they were supposed to be. No outsiders pushing for ‘more of this’ or ‘less of that.’ It was actually so much easier than they thought it would be. Cutting it down to just 12 songs was the hard part.
 
They decided to call it “Bridges,” because they felt like they had crossed over to someplace new. A place where Cavo could just... be.
 
 
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Wed
24
Jan

LITTLE CAESAR Signs To Golden Robot Records

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Friday, March 16, 2018
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New album 'Eight' coming March 16, 2018
First single 'Time Enough For That' drops February 5
 
US rock n roll survivors, Little Caesar have signed a global deal with Golden Robot Records for the release of their new album Eight in March.
 
Little Caesar fuse no-nonsense hard rock that harks back to 70's giants such as Bad Company and Humble Pie with an aching ZZ Top groove and overlay it with classic R&B melodies to produce some mighty fine straight up good time rock and roll!
 
Eight is the band's first studio album in six years and lead single Time Enough For That is a reflective, semi power ballad that is a total lighters (or phones) in the air AOR smash! With his raspy, soulful vocals, main-man Ron Young, leaves his heart on his heavily tattooed sleeve while the emotive, crying guitar solos build the song into an instantly familiar yet classic track. FM radio slickness with bar band grit, Little Caesar in 2018 is exactly what's missing in contemporary rock music.
 
'Little Caesar is excited about joining the ever-growing Golden Robot Records family. We are IN great company WITH a great company. Being based in Australia, which has given birth to some of the greatest Rock N Roll bands, makes us excited to be part of their Worldwide expansion. We see great things in 2018 for us and everyone that we share our music with at our new home.' – Ron Young, Little Caesar
 
'With Golden Robot Records currently expanding its artist roster to include bands based in the USA, Canada and Europe, when I met Ron Young in LA last year, and having been a fan of Little Caesar for many years, I knew that they would fit perfectly into the growing GRR family.  Little Caesar being one of our first global international signings is exciting for myself and the label.'
Mark Alexander-Erber, President & Founder, Golden Robot Global Entertainment
 
Pre-orders for Eight commence 5 Feb, out 16 March

Upcoming UK tour dates:

21st Feb - Underworld Camden, London
22nd Feb - Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
24th Feb - Corporation, Sheffield
25th Feb - The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne
27th Feb - Robin 2, Bilston
1st March - The Octagon, Keighley
2nd March - Iron Road, Evesham
3rd March - Yardbirds, Grimsby
4th March - The Cathouse, Glasgow
7th March - Bannermans, Edinburgh
8th March - Academy 3, Manchester
9th March - Live Rooms, Chester
10th March - Hard Rock Hell, Pwllheli  

ABOUT LITTLE CAESAR
Bursting onto the LA scene in 1987, big things seemed inevitable for a band who had the winning combination of being managed by Jimmy Iovine, A&R'd by John Kalodner and produced by the one and only Bob Rock.
 
Their unique blend of soulful, yet ballsy hard rock was a perfect reflection of the musical climate that spawned them. They first appeared on the 1989 Metal Blade Street Survivors compilation which lead to them signing with DGC Records under Geffen. However, within weeks of the release of their self-titled 1990 debut, their label was sold. In the mix-up all their records were lost in transit to the new distributors and the bean counters anvil came down on a band who were just getting going. Such is the rough and tumble music business.
 
Never to let a thing like a label shuffle get in their way, the band hit the road off the success of their cover of Aretha Franklin's Chain of Fools and toured with bands as varied as Jane's Addiction, Kiss, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Social Distortion and Lynyrd Skynyrd. They also headlined their own tours across America and scored heavy rotation on MTV.
 
In 1992 they released their second album, Influence, and toured Europe for the first time. The tour drew rave reviews and they sold out the famous Marquee Club in London.
 
 That same year Ron Young appeared in Terminator 2 as a tough talking biker that gets into a fight (and inevitably is thrown out of a window) by Arnold Schwarzenegger. 
 
Just as they got going again, like so many hard rock bands, they were stopped in their tracks by the grunge wave and ultimately disbanded for over a decade, re-emerging in 2001 for a string of high profile shows at the House of Blues, the California Speedway for NASCAR, and the Rock The Bayou Festival in Houston TX. 
 
The band went quiet again, until 2009 when they released their fourth album Redemption and returned to Europe and the UK. In 2012 they released American Dream and performed at the Hard Rock Hell festival in Wales that December.
 
They returned once again to Europe in 2013 appearing at The Download Festival alongside such acts as Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Rival Sons, and Queens Of The Stone Age, and in 2016 released the double live album Brutally Honest.
 
In 2017, the band returned to the UK and Europe, toured the US, and entered the studio with Bruce Witkin to produce their Golden Robot Records debut.
 
Mon
22
Jan

DRIVE SHE SAID Sign To Escape For 'Real Life' Reissue

Friday, March 23, 2018
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Escape Music are pleased to announce the release of Drive, She Said “Real Life” album Completely Remixed and Mastered!!
 
Release Date: 23 March 2018
 
Track list: 1 Real Life  5:12 / 2 Stronger   5:33 / 3 We Live For Love  4:36 / 4 Whats it Gonna Take  4:22 / 5 Silverwhite   3:39 / 6 Overdrive    4:09 / 7 Find Your Place 5:10 / 8 All Your Heart   4:42 / 9 Hold Me    5:36 / 10 When WIll It Be Love 4:48 / 11 How Can I Be Sure 5:37 / 12 Always and Forever (Godz) / 4:43 / 13 Believe 4:45
 
Drive, She Said is:
Al Fritsch- Vocals, Guitars, Bass
Mark Mangold- Keys and Background Vocals
Jonathan Mover- Drums
 
Produced by Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch
Re-Mixed in 2017 by Brian Anthony and Mark Mangold
Recordings engineered by Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch at Mariel's Kitchen Studios, N.Y. and Jack's House Studios, N.J.
Drums Recorded at Skyline Studios engineered by Jonathan Mover and Alex Olson.
Vocal Extravaganza Arrangements by Al
Artwork by Nello Del Omo
Cover Concept by Drive, She Said
 
DRIVE, SHE SAID is a melodic metal duo that has recorded 6 records.  Having started out on CBS in the U.S., made up of Mark Mangold and Al Fritsch, D,SS is known for their stellar vocals, anthemic songs and scathing musicianship
Mangold, a renowned keyboardist, and his creative partner in Drive, She said, the amazing singer/multi-instrumentist Al Fritsch, met in 1988 and started writing and paving the way for their acclaimed first album Drive, She Said on Columbia records. The band toured extensively, playing with such bands as FM, UFO and others, and performing at numerous Festivals.
 
In 2003 Mark and Al joined with drummer Jonathan Mover to create the album "Real Life".
 
According to Mangold "When we started it was important to carve out an original sound, and hopefully also have a "hit.  We have always wanted to make our music totally over the top!  One of the favorite records we ever did is "Real Life" but the original release never sounded the way we wanted it to.  It has the walls of vocals, and musicianship, and hopefully anthemic, and sometimes progressive, songs we enjoyed doing and I am ecstatic that we were now able to remix and release it the way it was meant to be.   I am also happy that Al's legacy is preserved as to listen to this record is to be surrounded by Al Fritch's voice, playing and energy.”
 
 
Mon
22
Jan

DREAM CHILD Revealed As New Group Project

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Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce the formation of a brand new band featuring legends of the hard rock/heavy metal scene, Dream Child! Check out the amazing group’s lineup:
 
Craig Goldy: Guitars (ex-Dio, Giuffria)
Wayne Findlay: Guitars and Keyboards (ex- MSG)
Simon Wright: Drums (ex-AC/DC, Dio, Operation: Mindcrime)
Rudy Sarzo: Bass (ex-Quiet Riot, Ozzy, Whitesnake, Dio)
Diego Valdez: Vocals (Helker)
 
Craig Goldy says, "[t]he band Dream Child was conceived during a brainstorming session with Serafino (President of Frontiers) and I one day while discussing other matters. I had been listening to my favorite bands a lot recently, Deep Purple and Rainbow's “Rising" album, among others in that style and had noticed that many people who also love those bands often have the very same comments as one another: "They don't make music like that anymore!" Even though I said that in passing, Serafino asked me a question that would forever shape my future. He simply asked, "Well, can you?" and I said.....”YES!!!" 
 
During the very first public memorial for our most beloved Ronnie James Dio, I had mentioned that whenever I do start writing original material again that I would utilize everything that I had learned from working side by side with the Master for so many years in such a way that I would hope to make him proud....and here it is! The name is inspired by one of his lyrics on the "Dream Evil" album and the nickname he gave me at the time, Dream Child! 
 
We are so very fortunate to have bassist Rudy Sarzo as a featured guest, Simon Wright on drums, Wayne Findlay on guitars and keyboards, and a surprise vocal discovery from Argentina, Diego Valdez, whose voice will send shivers up your spine!!
 
This album will bring back memories of the days most people have thought were long gone and never to return, yet it is also new and fresh enough to be unique with some unexpected twists and turns!! No more "same old, same old" here, no fillers. Every song is an oasis in the desert and a rare gem in the coal mines of life in this new world that thinks the past greatness of rock would remain in the past. We've brought it back to life once again!!
 
I am very proud of this album and all who have made this become a reality. There are some big names who've lent a hand in the writing and I am amazed at the new and aggressive sound that producer Alessandro Del Vecchio has brought to these songs!!! I hope you all agree...."
 
More details about the album release to be revealed later...stay tuned! For More Info Visit: https://www.facebook.com/DreamChildRock/
 
 
Mon
22
Jan

FM Go Nuclear On New 'Atomic Generation' Album

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Friday, March 30, 2018
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The mighty FM will release their new album ATOMIC GENERATION on 30 March 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. 
 
FM's eleventh studio album, ATOMIC GENERATION features eleven new tracks and was recorded at Coal House Studios in Staffordshire and West3 Productions, London, engineered by Scott Ralph and mixed by Jeff Knowler. 
 
"I think this is the most mature and complete FM album we've made." Steve Overland
 
Tracklisting:
Black Magic
Too Much Of A Good Thing
Killed By Love
In It For The Money
Golden Days
Playing Tricks On me
Make The Best Of What You Got
Follow Your Heart
Do You Love Me Enough
Stronger
Love Is The Law
 
Signed copies of ATOMIC GENERATION are available to pre-order now at: http://www.fmofficial.com/fmofficial/preorder-atomic-generation.html.
 
ATOMIC GENERATION is also available to pre-order from Frontiers, Amazon, iTunes etc. here: http://radi.al/AtomicGeneration
 
FM kick-off the touring year with a set at Giants of Rock in Minehead 26 January. In April a short run of UK dates precede a return to Milan, Italy for Frontiers Rock Festival. FM are also looking forward to their first-ever live show in the U.S. on 6 May, headlining Melodic Rock Fest 5 in Chicago. The following month they will also headline the sister festival Melodic Rock Fest Scandinavia in Malmo.  Full details on the FM Live page at fmofficial.com.
 
 
Wed
17
Jan

New MICHAEL KRATZ 'Live Your Life' To Feature Steve Lukather & More

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Saturday, March 3, 2018
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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the release date for "Live Yor Life", new studio album by danish AOR / Westcocoast artist Michael Kratz, scheduled for release on March 3, 2018 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group in Europe, and April 2018 via AnderStein Music in Japan.
 
Michael has had a long and rewarding career in the music business, especially in his home country. Having achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act, Kandis, his fanbase grew, thanks to his remarkable skills as a musician, which enables him to play any style of rock music. After an entire year of hard-work, Michael is ready to show to music fans the amazing result of "Live Your Life", a real masterpiece of classic AOR / Westcoast music, crafted with a top quality sound and an enviable attitude. Michael worked in the album with some legendary musicians like Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Dom Brown (Duran Duran), David Garfield, Christian Warburg (Paul Young) & Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline).
 
 
"Live Yor Life" is going to become a true modern classic in AOR / Westcoast music, thanks to an outstanding overall quality both in songwriting and musicianship. CD graphics (including the alternative japanese cover artwork) have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Viana, Charming Grace, Room Experience), while cd booklet features double liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, and Steve Price, the star speaker behind renowned ARfm rock radio in UK. The release party for "Live Yor Life" is scheduled on February 24, 2018 in Italy in conjunction with the second awaited edition of the melodic rock music festival "A Melodic Rock Night", sponsored by Melodicrock.it, Burning Minds Music Group & Rock Temple.
 
"Live Your Life" Tracklist:
01. We All Live In This Nation
02. Live Your Life
03. This Town Is Lost Without You
04. What Did I ..?
05. Never Take Us Alive
06. Game Of Love (Over And Over)
07. Lying
08. Paradise Lost
09. Shade
10. Bye Bye
11. Dying Young
12. In Between
 
All songs written by Michael Kratz & Kasper Viinberg
All songs arranged by Kasper Viinberg & Michael Kratz
All songs produced & mixed by Kasper Viinberg
All songs mastered by Jan Eliasson at Audio Planet
 
 
 
Wed
17
Jan

THE DEAD DAISIES 'Burn It Down' April 6

Friday, April 6, 2018
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THE DEAD DAISIES - THE BAND SET TO BURN IT DOWN IN 2018

THE DEAD DAISIES announce new Album BURN IT DOWN via Spitfire Music / SPV – Release April 6th, 2018

BURN IT DOWN is a muscular tour-de-force, a tornado of pounding drums, pulverizing bass, screaming guitars and in-your-face raw vocals. Evoking the best of 70s Rock, with moments of Birmingham's finest, blended with the early works of Boston's best, On April 06, 2018 'Burn It Down' will do just that: Burn down everything in it's path until there is nothing left standing.

 
Recorded in Nashville with Marti Frederiksen at the helm, the band finished their 4th studio album 'Burn It Down' in December, with Anthony Focx once again handling the mix and mastering legend Howie Weinberg adding his magic.
 
John Corabi about the new record: 'I'm extremely excited about our new record 'BURN IT DOWN'! It was a pleasure to once again work with Marti Frederiksen and the band on what I believe is the next great step in The Dead Daisies journey. This is a balls-out old school rock record!!! Enjoy it, and see you all on our massive 2018 world tour!!!! Peace, Crabby'
 
 
Doug Aldrich puts it quite simply, yet to the point: 'The new Daisies album will melt your face! It is raw and in-your-face with a whole new sound!'
 
With the band eager to get on the road and in true Daisies' fashion, the band announced the first of many BURN IT DOWN-TOUR dates slated for 2018 right before Christmas with fans turning out in droves at the on-sale date. Many more dates are to be announced including the band's highly anticipated return to Japan and South America!
 
With Deen joining the bands line-up to record the new Album, The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (Motley Crue, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).
 
One thing is for certain: within a short amount of time, The Dead Daisies have made a massive impression on the rock scene and managed to garner the one thing that every band desires but only so few ever have: HARD CORE FANS! They love the Daisies and the Daisies love them back!
 
Rock is indeed alive and well!!!
 
Tracklisting 'Burn It Down'
1. Resurrected 4:35
2. Rise Up 4:30
3. Burn It Down 5:48
4. Judgement Day 4:13
5. What Goes Around 4:02
6. Bitch 3:55
7. Set Me Free 4:21
8. Dead And Gone 3:27
9. Can't Take It With You 3:06
10. Leave Me Alone 3:53
 
Configurations 'Burn It Down'
- CD DigiPak incl. Bonus Track + Poster
- 180 g Gatefold LP red Vinyl with black swirls incl. Poster Booklet and CD in papersleeve
- Limited Gatefold Picture LP
- Download
- Stream
 
 
Sun
14
Jan

AXEL RUDI PELL New Album 'Knights Call' Out March 23

Friday, March 23, 2018
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'I'd rather have long-term success than the hit album everybody is always referring to.' Axel Rudi Pell knows exactly what he is talking about. His solo career has lasted for almost three decades now. In the international hard rocking universe, Pell is nothing short of a phenomenon: a musician who flies under the radar, but certainly isn't invisible. He's an honest worker who has learned his skills from scratch. He's never experienced writer's block, has never followed trends or fashions. You know what to expect from him. 
 
So, what's new? 'Game Of Sins' from 2016 was a huge success and peaked at no. 11 in the German charts. Its successor is called 'Knights Call' and studio album no. 17 (in words: seventeen). That's a fact and more than a symbol of steadily releasing albums on SPV/Steamhammer, Pell's tried and trusted label since 1989. More than 1.5 million people worldwide have bought Pell's albums. What an impressive number! But there is no reason for the axeman to rest on his laurels. 'Why should I retire?' asks the 57-year-old. And answers his own question: 'As long as I can do what I like I'm the happiest man in the world.' 
 
Basically Pell is living his very own dream: He has turned his hobby into a profession. But there's also a lot of determination involved. His ongoing passion drives him all the time, he's always on the lookout for a better chorus, a better solo, a better bridge, a better song. 'Writing songs is like a lot of things in life: It's my way or the highway!' His confidence in his abilities is enormous, but he also knows that he can rely on his German-American dream team featuring singer Johnny Gioeli and drummer Bobby Rondinelli. And of course, his fans are very important to him. 'For me, direct feedback is essential. Playing only in the studio would be boring. Who would sign up for that?'

AXEL RUDI PELL 2018 is about more grooves, more melodies and more diversity. The mix between medieval mysticism and fantasy folklore is still there, but there's been a bit of fine tuning.
 
Tracklisting
 1)   THE MEDIEVAL OVERTURE (INTRO) 1:43
 2)   THE WILD AND THE YOUNG 4:20
 3)   WILDEST DREAMS 5:43
 4)   LONG LIVE ROCK 5:34
 5)   THE CRUSADERS OF DOOM 8:01
 6)   TRUTH AND LIES 4:48
 7)   BEYOND THE LIGHT 7:45
 8)   SLAVES ON THE RUN 5:13
 9)   FOLLOW THE SUN 5:12
10)  TOWER OF BABYLON 9:50
 
"Knights Call" will be released March 23rd, 2018 through SPV/Steamhammer in the following configurations:
 
=> Ltd. DigiPak incl. Poster
=> Jewel Case Clear Tray Edition
=> 2LP Gatefold, 180 g, red vinyl with black swirls, printed inner sleeves, CD in paper sleeve
=> Download
=> Streaming
=> Ltd Boxset incl.: CD Digi, 2LP, Stainless Steel Skull Beer Mug , A1 Poster, Sticker, Photocard, Patch (Europe only)

Line Up:

• Johnny Gioeli - Lead and Backing Vocals
• Axel Rudi Pell - Lead, Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars
• Ferdy Doernberrg - Keyboards
• Volker Krawczak - Bass
• Bobby Rondinelli - Drums

 
AXEL RUDI PELL Tour 2018:
26.04. DE-Bochum - Zeche
27.04. DE-Saarbracken - Garage
28.04. DE-Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
29.04. DE-Nurnberg - Hirsch
01.05. DE-Munich - Backstage
02.05. DE-Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
04.05. NL-Weert - De Bosuil
05.05. DE-Erfurt - HsD
06.05. DE-Bochum - Zeche
08.05. DE-Berlin - Huxley's
09.05. DE-Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
10.05. SE-Gothenburg - Sticky Fingers
11.05. NO-Kopervik - Karmoygeddon Festival
13.05. SE-Stockholm - Klubben
14.05. SE-Malmo - KB
05.-07.07. ES-Barcelona - Barcelona Rockfest
08.07. DE-Manchengladbach - Sparkassen Park (with Deep Purple)
 
 
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Sun
14
Jan

SALTY DOG's Unreleased Second Album Forms 'Lost Treasure' Release

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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SALTY DOG ­ LOST TREASURE Release Date: 23 March 2018 via Escape Music
 
Track list: 1. Damned If I Do 4:24 / 2. I Need More 3:25 / 3. Walk Softly 5:07 / 4. Open Sezme 4:05 / 5. Mission On A Hill 5:21 / 6. All That Glitters 4:20 / 7. Woman Scorned / 3:31 / 8. Honeysuckle Wind 4:03 / 9. Didju 3:12 / 10. Old Fashioned Love 4:32 / 11. When Fools Rush In 5:33
 
Band is:
Pete Reveen -­ Guitar and Banjo
Khurt Maier ­- Drums
Darrel Beach ­- Vocals
Hilljack Hannon - Bass
 
Produced by Pete Reveen
Engineered by Gary Wagner, Tito Jackson's “The Pit” Studio
Engineered by Brian Foraker , Goodnight LA Studio
Mastered by Neil Merryweather,  Magicbox Studio
 
All songs written by Reveen and Beach
“Open Sezme” written by Pete Reveen
 
Salty Dog are a hard rock band formed in late 1986 in Los Angeles and originally consisted of Jimmi Bleacher, Scott Lane, Michael Hannon and Khurt Maier (Ratt, Max Havoc). The band released its first record in 1990, titled "Every Dog has its day” composed of all original songs except for a cover of Willie Dixon's “Spoonful”. Guitarist Pete Reveen had joined the band by this time, and his input improved the band's sound immensely. The band showed great promise in the early 1990s, and at one point ruled the sunset strip and Hollywood. Things were looking so promising for this band but they were sadly lost in the shuffle when the grunge-rock movement hit in late 1991.
 
Thankfully this dog has still got a day and more as we are  about to find out with this exciting new release entitled “Lost Treasure”. The line up here includes the great Darrel Beach on vocals and with production from Pete we have the great recordings you are about to hear. This is great American rock played just as it should be. The band have drawn influences from Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith and have also tinged some early blues into their fantastic sound.
 
The songs on “Lost Treasure” should have been released many moons ago, as the band says “The music is bad-ass and has a lot of attitude” But, back then it was never meant to be so here we are with these fantastic songs now, it's so good that the band have proved that a good dog can't be put down, this dog lives to fight another day.
 
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Sun
14
Jan

Johan Kihlberg's IMPERA Launch 'Age Of Discovery' Feb 23

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After three albums with his band IMPERA, founding drummer Johan Kihlberg decided it was time to spread his wings, and the Swede came up with the idea to record his first solo effort, Johan Kihlberg’s Impera “Age Of Discovery”.  “I felt this would give me the opportunity to spread my wings a bit and work with some other people," Johan said. "I grew up with bands like KISS, QUEEN, ABBA and THE BEATLES, who were not afraid to have a wide range of styles on their albums. I’m obviously a hard rock fan at heart, but I’m also influenced by bands like SIMPLE MINDS, KRAFTWERK, MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND, HUMAN LEAGUE and many others. I’m also a huge fan of movies and movie soundtracks."
 
The first person Johan approached was LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss, who is also a renowned producer and mixer.  “Johan and I got together and started writing songs," Chriss said. "He usually had an idea of the direction and we took it from there. We also had a couple of friends coming up with basic ideas for about half of the album. We had the luxury to cherry-pick the songs we thought would add to what we already had going. For lyrics and melodies we worked closely with singer Mick Devine of the band SEVEN, whom I’ve done a couple albums with the last couple of years. My old friend and LION’S SHARE keyboardist Kay Backlund stepped up to the plate and worked with us on a couple of tracks as well."
 
Kihlberg and Chriss decided to work with several different singers on the project, while enlisting Kihlberg’s longtime friend and IMPERA bandmate Mats Vassfjord to lay down the bass tracks. "As soon as we had the songs written, we started thinking about what voice and singer that would fit each individual track the best," Kihlberg said. "Fortunately, they all agreed and did an amazing job on the album. I even managed to get one of my all-time favorite singers, Michael Sadler from SAGA, to sing a song."
 
Johan Kihlberg’s Impera “Age Of Discovery” features a wide range of musical influences while remaining a very strong, melodic and powerful album. It boasts great production work by Chriss and a stunning artwork by Carl-André Beckston.

Line-up: Johan Kihlberg - Drums/Keyboards; Lars Chriss (Lion’s Share)- Guitars; Mats Vassfjord (220 Volt) Bass; Michael Sadler (Saga) - Lead & Backing Vocalss on 8; Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) - Lead & Backing Vocals on 6; Mick Devine (Seven) - Lead Vocals on 3, 5, 9 - Backing Vocals on 3, 7, 9, bonus track; Nigel Bailey (Bailey) - Lead Vocals on 7, 10, bonus track - Backing Vocals on 5, 10 ; Nils Patrik Johansson (Lion’s Share, Astral Doors) - Lead & Backing Vocals on 2, 3; Michael J. Scott - Lead & Backing Vocals on 4; Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) - solo on 9; Kay Backlund (Lion’s Share) - Keyboards on 1, 3, 6; Anders Rybank (Coastland Ride) - Keyboards on 8
 
Produced by: Johan Kihlberg & Lars Chriss
Mixed by: Lars Chriss for www.noterious.eu
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Artwork by: Carl André Beckston
 
Sun
14
Jan

DUKES OF THE ORIENT Debut Out Feb 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
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What do you get when you match a Brit from London who loves American AOR with an American from California who grew up on British Prog?
 
Dukes of the Orient is the masterful pairing of vocalist John Payne​ (ASIA Featuring John Payne​, ex-Original Asia​, GPS) with keyboardist Erik Norlander​ (Last In Line​, Lana Lane) who now present their eponymous debut album, ten years in the making.
 
Dukes of the Orient will release their self-titled debut February 23rd via Frontiers Music Srl. The first video and audio offering from the album for the track “Strange Days” can be seen below
 
 
“With Dukes of the Orient we have dug deep with analog soundscapes, superlative musicians and song-driven epics. Add to this the masterful artwork of Rodney Matthews and a journey that started with the supergroup ASIA, we give you the next chapter, one we are extremely proud of,” says Payne.
 
Payne’s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesizers and keyboards artfully painted with Norlander’s signature sonic palette.
The two are backed by a world-renowned ensemble of top musicians including Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet on guitars and Jay Schellen on drums. Payne provides bass guitar and additional lead and rhythm guitar parts to complete the audiophile production. The album was mixed on a traditional analog console to preserve and enhance the natural depth, clarity and soul of the tracks with great care taken to avoid over-compression, extreme equalization and distortion.
 
Dukes of the Orient has its origins in 2007 as ASIA Featuring John Payne, a band that continued on after ASIA keyboardist, Geoff Downes, left to re-form the original 1982 lineup. Payne recruited Norlander to join Guthrie Govan and Jay Schellen for tour dates in the US and initial recordings, some of which endured to appear on the Dukes of the Orient album here. Govan left the band to form The Aristocrats and was replaced by guitarist Bruce Bouillet followed by Jeff Kollman and Moni Scaria. The final lineup resulted in the track “Seasons Will Change,” released as a video in 2013 and also now appears on the Dukes of the Orient album. Following the death of original ASIA vocalist, John Wetton, in early 2017, Payne and Norlander decided that these recordings should give birth to a new band, both out of respect for Wetton and for clarity with the Downes-led ASIA.
 
Track Listing:
1. Brother in Arms
2. Strange Days
3. Amor Vincit Omnia
4. Time Waits for No One
5. A Sorrow’s Crown
6. Fourth of July
7. Seasons Will Change
8. Give Another Reason
 
Band Members:
John Payne (vocals, bass, guitars)
Erik Norlander (keyboards)
With
Jay Schellen (drums)
Jeff Kollman, Guthrie Govan, Moni Scaria and Bruce Bouillet (guitar) 
 
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Fri
05
Jan

BULLETBOYS To Release 'From Out of the Skies' March 23

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Friday, March 23, 2018
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BULLETBOYS​' new album, "From Out Of The Skies" will be released on CD/LP/MP3 on March 23, 2018 via Frontiers Music Srl. Watch the video for the new single “D-Evil” featuring guest vocals from Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal​ at the link below. Of the song, vocalist, guitarist, and founding member Marq Torien says, “Jesse and I had an instant bond when we met and he did an outstanding job collaborating on the song with his vocals a welcome contribution."
 
Pre-order & stream singles from “From Out Of The Skies” here: http://radi.al/FromOutOfTheSkies
 
Special Limited Edition Clear 180g Gatefold Vinyl Edition available here: https://www.frontiers.shop/bulletboys/ LIMITED TO 100 COPIES WORLDWIDE!
 
“From Out Of The Skies” was recorded at the Foo Fighters​’ Studio 606​. "Writing and recording ‘From Out Of The Skies’ was a humbling experience and recording this unpredictable album at the Foo Fighters' Studio 606 was unbelievable and magical. Dave Grohl's music got me through a very difficult time, so from day one I knew that we were in the right home to record. I was privileged enough to use one of Dave's acoustic guitars to record with along with a hand picked drum set by Taylor Hawkins. I appreciate the opportunity to record there," says Torien.
 
“From Out Of The Skies” Track Listing:
1. Apocalypto
2. D-Evil
3. From Out of the Skies
4. Hi-Fi Drive By
5. Losing End Again
6. Whatcha Don’t
7. P.R.A.B.
8. Sucker Punch
9. Switchblade Butterfly
10. Once Upon a Time
 
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Music Video for New Single “D-Evil” Out Now
 

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Tue
02
Jan

MICHAEL VOSS Solo Covers Album 'Remember Yesterday' Out Jan 21

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Michael Voss performing the Songs from his Youth!
 
Michael Voss well known Producer (Michael Schenker, Wolfpack, Phantom 5) and artist (Mad Max, Casanova) working since decades ´In the Name of Rock´ is about to reveal his favorite Tunes from his Childhood.
 
The Tracksthat made him the Musician that he is now.On this so called ´Record´ you can hear the Influences and Vibes that still can be found in his Work nowadays.This Album is a pure labor of love and all Instruments been played by Voss.This strictly limited Edition will contain 300 hand signed Copies with a bonus Gift.
 
The Output is dedicated to the loving Memory of his Dad who passed away in November 2017. All in All it is very personal and an intimite Collection of Songs.The only Guest-Starring Performances on Piano and Memotron played by his longtime Friends ´Axel Urban´ and ´Holggy Begg´.
 
It´s Time to lean back and listen to the Music...
 
Songlist:
01.Rock Me Baby-David Cassidy
02.Days Gone Down-Gerry Rafferty
03.God Only Knows-The Beach Boys
04.What Now My Love-Agnetha Faeltskog
05.Remember Yesterday-John Miles
06.I'm Not In Love-10cc
07.Stagger Lee-P.J.Proby
08.When You Walk In The Room-Paul Nicholas
09.I'm A Believer-The Monkees
10.Wild Wild Angels-Smokie
11.While You See A Chance-Stevie Winwood
12.If You Go Away-Terry Jacks
 
You can order directly the new Michael Voss album 'Remember Yesterday'. Strictly limited to 300 copies only.
Please contact: evdforst@gmx.de
 
The following payments are allowed:
 
-Paypal
-Banktransfer
 
The price is €12,50.
Shipping will be handled by DHL (registered post).
Extra charge for delivery will be €3,60 in Germany, all other countries €6,40 plus us €0,40 for packaging
 
The Album will be send out on 21.01.2018; on Michaels birthday.
 
Keep rocking, buy and enjoy… www.kidroom-music.de
 
 
Tue
02
Jan

Preview & Preorder DOGFACE 'Releashed' - Ltd. Ed.

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Monday, January 22, 2018
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PRE-ORDER DOGFACE 'Releashed' (Limited Edition - 500 Units)($15 + $5 worldwide airmail shipping)
 
 
 
BONUS TRACKS:
 

 
 
AND:
 
 
MelodicRock Records is very pleased to be giving one of the best melodic hard rock albums of the 2000s another run, releasing a brand-new version of the classic DOGFACE debut Unleashed on January 22. This time it’s called ReLeashed, because this is a turbo-charged record – remastered and remixed!
 
Band founder, guitarist, writer and producer MARTIN KRONLUND has gone back over the album and given it a fresh new mix from original master files, as well as adding some fresh parts and even a new twist or two!
 
Featuring the masterful Mats Leven on vocals, who delivers one of his most powerful and menacing performances alongside Stefan Egeman on bass; Anders Skoog on Hammond Organ and Patrik Engelbrektsson on drums. Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson guests with additional lead guitar on 3 tracks.
 
And we’re not done there. ReLeashed also adds two exclusive bonus tracks:
 
- A Little Ain’t Enough (originally recorded for a 3rd Dogface MTM Music release)
- Pray For Me (from the debut recording sessions, reserved to be a Japanese bonus track)
 
Over to Martin for comment: “The main reason why we do this is the enthusiasm and encouragement from Andrew and Melodic Rock Records. Without them, we would not have done this. When we started and opened up the project, we realized that we haven’t heard the record for more than 10 years.
It was a passing stage, but it raised many nostalgic feelings. Dogface Unleashed was our first album and is like a baby to us. Fortunately, we found the main tracks on a backup hard disk and took it into my studio where everything came alive again.
It was there and then we decided not only to remaster, but to remix the whole album. It has been a fantastic project that brought the original band back together, and we realized we still have a lot in common, musically and when it comes to friendship that we really have missed. This can be something to build on for the future - who knows!
Many thanks to Andrew and the team at MelodicRock Records that you believe in the music of Dogface!”
 
We do believe indeed!
 
Dogface ‘ReLeashed’ features the following track listing:
 
01.  Right Between Your Lies
02.  Don't
03.  I Don't Care 
04.  I Will Be There 
05.  A Single Reason  
06.  Rule the Night 
07.  You're Taken Me Down   
08.  Let It Out 
09.  Spit It Out 
10.  Set Me Free   
11.  Suicide 
12.  A Little Ain’t Enough (bonus Track)
13.  Pray For Me (bonus track)
 
Pre-orders available next week. Please sample the new mix/master with this full-length preview track:
 
 
Fri
22
Dec

SIGNAL RED 'Under The Radar' Out February 23 via Escape

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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Also will be available on Vinyl limited edition double LP gatefold 180g!!!
 
The Musicians are: 
Lee Small: Lead vocals and All Backing vocals (Phenomena / Shy)
Steve Grocott: All guitars, Keyboards, Strings (Ten)
Brian J Anthony: Bass (Steve Walsh)
Dave Anthony: Drums (Dennis DeYoung)
 
Mixed by: Brian J Anthony
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk
 
Signal Red is a brand new band from the UK and features two very respected musicians namely Guitarist Steve Grocott (ten) and Vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena / Shy / Lionheart). The collaboration first came together in February, 2013 when Steve was at a loose end. He had been in a band previously called “Sevendayz” which had recently folded and he contacted Lee as he had heard so much about him, mainly from the self-titled SHY album that appeared in 2011. The two hit it off straight away and it seemed inevitable that an album would follow.
Steve got caught up working with the UK band (Ten) as Gary Hughes asked him to be in the bands line-up for some shows and to feature on the new album, so the Signal Red production was halted for a while. Eventually Steve’s time freed up so he could once again concentrate on new material for the album and the whole thing has just progressed into a fantastic recording.
 
The collaboration with Lee was clearly a good match as Lee has already proved his worth with “Shy” as well as solo albums, the Phenomena project with Tom Galley and the rock band “Snowfall”. Lee is a very soulful, melodic vocalist and has featured on 17 albums as lead vocalist and on many more that have featured him as a guest, “Dante Fox” and “Magnum” to name but two.
This exciting new venture is bound to cause a stir, and with Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs (Steve Walsh) then this is going to be one album people will be talking about. 
Lee came up with the title one day thinking that trying to get recognition for what you live and breathe for is like “living under the radar”. Well, they should not be living under it for much longer when this one hits the streets. This is a rock album that just begs to be heard, and we are sure that you will like what you hear. 
 
Track List:
1. Defiant      4:36
2. Houdini      4:05
3. Stronger   4:57
4. Tell It To The Bees   3:57
5. Monster Truck   5:15
6. Pyramids Of Mars  4:44
7. Emotions In Motion  4:25
8. Highwire    4:40
9. Making Contact      4:15
10. Goth The Girl  4:04
11. The Time Machine   7:59
 
Words from Steve Grocott:
 
"The Signal Red collaboration came together around Feb 2013. I was at an loose end after the band I was in “Sevendayz” folded sometime after we got back from the United States after recording our debut album, so a little despondency had set in. I had heard of Lee from the SHY album, he has an outstanding voice so I just acted on impulse and contacted him asking if he needed any guitar parts doing for any future projects. Thankfully Lee sent a few tunes over so I got straight to work and sent them back to him. It was clear from the offset there was a musical connection, and it was inevitable that sooner or later we would start an album.

Between writing I went out on a limb and auditioned with “TEN”. To be honest I didn’t think I would get the gig but I was fortunate enough to be chosen by Mr Gary Hughes for a three-guitar revamped line up of the band. Obviously, I had to shelve writing with Lee for a while as I had to get my act together learning TENs material and writing solos for the new album. Lee was also in demand and was very busy with his other projects so it was a case of whenever time was available. Over about a 12- month period I would forward Lee a tune or two every now and then and just wait for him to work his magic, these tunes kept coming back sounding amazing. When we were at around song 6 or so I needed to know if we were on the right track so I contacted Escape Music and asked if I could forward some demos. I sent six songs to Khalil at Escape who thankfully liked what he heard and signed us up so I just needed another other six songs to complete the album. Around another 6 months later the songs were finished, originally, I played all the Instruments bar the drums which were programmed, I also drafted in Darrell Treece Birch to help on keys from TEN but the label wanted a more of a band feel and suggested we replace the drums and bass. They said they could have released it as it was but they wanted to push it further which was pleasing to hear. Khalil told me to forward my sessions to a chap in the states called Brian J Anthony a Bass player / Studio Mixing Mastering Engineer who had just finished recording the new Steve Walsh Album. Brian incidentally had also played the bass on that album so he was a natural choice for our project. Khalil also suggested David Anthony (Dennis DeYoung) for drumming duties which I’m glad he did. It was a bit of a learning curve sending sessions over to the other side of the world and to be honest I was a little apprehensive as I was precious about how the demos sounded already. There was no need to worry though Brian did a fantastic job and all’s that was needed was an album and project title, to be honest I hate the word project as this has been a collaboration but we eventually the label came up with SIGNAL RED Under the Radar. Lee came up with the title he just said one day that trying to get recognition for something that you live and breathe for is like living under the radar ... the rest is history I just hope people will like what they hear."

 

 
Wed
20
Dec

MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 3

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As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audio - from the process. Here's entry number 3!

December 8th, 2017
 
Well, it's been quite a busy few weeks here in the MASS camp since my last blog entry with multiple recordings, interviews and a little Thanksgiving break. We also took time out to attend a wake for our engineer's father who passed away unexpectedly.
 
So here we are at the end of the first week of December and we now have all rhythm guitar and lead vocal tracks done. Gene kicked it off during the last week of November with some powerful and crushing rhythm tracks for the remaining 10 tunes. He ended up doubling and at times tripling some of his power chords in areas to create that MASSive wall of sound.   
 
The following week I entered the studio for 4 days to record my lead vocal tracks which I am very pleased with and can't wait for you all to hear. Gene added a bit of acoustic guitar in spots on Thursday, Dec 7th, and started working on guitar solos. He will be back in the studio on Monday, December 11th to finish up his solos. From what I have heard, he has once again added his original solo style with some great soaring melodic leads.
 
Coming up in the next few weeks, we will be adding backing vocals, harmonies, and a very special guest appearance -- and then we will turn it over to our secret weapon, Mr. Jeremy Heussi to add his keyboard magic. So stay tuned.... 
 
Track listing but not particularly in this order...
 
1. Just Can't Deny
2. Only A Dream
3. When 2 Worlds Collide
4. Falling In Love
5. Alive
6. Turn It Over
7. Second Hand Rose
8. Some Time Ago
9. Time March's On
10.Stand Alone
11. Death Rider
 

 

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Wed
20
Dec

MARCO MENDOZA Reveals 'Viva La Rock' Album & Tour

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"Viva La Rock" is big, bad and beautiful. It reflects the larger than life personality of its creator Marco Mendoza both on and off stage.
 
The Los Angeles native who has a proud Spanish/Mexican heritage is usually found holding down the bass rock foundation with artists like Neal Schon (Journey), Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent and can currently be found with new classic rock champions The Dead Daisies.
 
With a hard working ethic that sees him constantly out on the road either with The Dead Daisies or as a solo artist, he was delighted when Mighty Music offered him the opportunity to release an album that could propel his own brand of music to a wider public.
 
I am really excited about the release of this album. It will be my first collection of new songs in seven years! I have been extremely busy with The Dead Daisies since 2013 so when the opportunity to get some new music together came along, I jumped at it! I hope you guys have as much fun listening to it as I did recording it!” says Marco.
 
     
(Video teaser for the "Viva La Rock" album - click on the image)
 
The album was recorded in Copenhagen with the multi-talented Soren Andersen (Glenn Hughes/Mike Tramp/Electric Guitars) at the helm. The Soren/Marco collaboration proved to be the right way forward with the chemistry exploding in the studio, writing and producing some of the finest new rock songs that are screaming out to be heard through a radio somewhere in the world.
 
“VIVA LA ROCK!! Is a celebration of Music, Life & Rock & Roll, Peace and Love!” states Marco.
 
With the title track ‘Viva La Rock’ thrusting out of the speakers as a worthy invitation to come and listen, Marco then takes you on a rollercoaster of musical emotions and sounds with a number of potential hit singles like ‘Rocketman’, ‘Sue is on the Run’ and the ballad ‘Leah’. With a cauldron full of influences caressing Marcos Rock sound including blues, funk and R and B, there is something for everyone that loves great music, and for good measure there a little of his past thrown in with a visit to ‘Chinatown’ from Thin Lizzy, complete with a guest appearance by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Richard Fortus and Danish star Mike Tramp on additional vocals, then the Ted Nugent cover ‘Hey Baby’. Throw it on your stereo or iPod and turn it up loud, you know you want to!
 
"Viva La Rock" is a major priority release for Scandinavia's premier rock/metal label Mighty Music, who in recent years has grown to become one of the more important record labels within the genre worldwide, not least due to succesful releases with The Tygers Of Pan Tang, Mike Tramp and Blitzkrieg.
 
"Viva La Rock" is to be released on the 2nd of March 2018 on ltd. colour LP, CD and digital and on the 19th of January the title song from the album will be out as single and music video.
 
Marco Mendoza will support the "Viva La Rock" album with a European tour, which is currently being booked:
 
17.2. GER-Schwerin, Speicher
24.2  DK-Copenhagen, Halmtorvet 9
09.3. GER-Bückeburg, Schraub-Bar
10.3. GER-Isernhagen, Bluesgarage
13.3. GER-Hamburg, Hardrock Café
14.3. GER-Düsseldorf, Pitcher
16.3. GER-Viersen, Rockschicht
 
More dates across Europe to be added very soon!
 
Mon
18
Dec

MelodicRock 20th Anniversary USB Drive (5 Only)

Release Year: 
2015
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USB3 sold out quite some time back, but due to there being a few faulty drives, I had to order some replacements. Unfortunately the supplier of the custom drive wasn't able to supply, so I have just 5 regular USB drives that I can offer - first in first severed.

 
MelodicRock.com celebrates 20 years online with the release of USB Drive.
 
This giant 128GB drive celebrates the best of MelodicRock.com from 1996-2016 and was limited to 100 units ONLY.
 

 
MR USB3 with full content, but regular 128G USB - 5 ONLY! $79
 
 
 
 
AVAILABLE NOW - 5 ONLY
 
 
CONTENTS:
 
MelodicRock Fest Australia Official Bootleg Footage (3-4 camera mix) featuring:
 
SISTERS DOLL – Full Set!
VANISHING POINT – 3 Tracks
PAUL LAINE – Select Tracks
THE RADIO SUN – Full Sets! (Electric & Acoustic!)
ERIK GRONWALL – TBA
BB STEAL – Select Tracks
WHITE WIDDOW – Full Set!
TEARGAS – Full Set!
ECLIPSE – TBA
SERPENTINE SKY - TBA
 
Complete 2-Day High-Res Photo Galley of all artists
 
MelodicRock Music –
 
New MRCD Digital Compilation – Best of MelodicRock featuring participating artists
 
MRCD – the COMPLETE set of MRCD Compilations, Volume 1 – Volume 13. In HiQ 320kbps MP3 and also featuring the bonus tracks offered for select compilations at the time
 
Bonus MRCD Compilation – Best Of The Unreleased (Featuring the best exclusive songs from the MRCD series in one place, with maybe an exclusive track or two…)
 
MelodicRock Records – Best Of – Volume 1, 2 and 3 (#3 coming up…)
 
Collection of Assorted Video Clips
 
Bonus Ebook of the entire MelodicRock.com Interviews from over the years, with the addition of some exclusive never before published interviews!)
 
BONUS!! MRF1 – More concert footage from the weekend back in 2007!
 
ADDITIONAL CONTENT
 
USB2 CONTENTS & DETAILS:
 
MRF4 Footage -
 
Friday
7th Heaven – FULL set! 2hrs / 6 Camera Mix
Stan Bush – FULL set! 60 mins / 5 Camera Mix
Adriangale – FULL set! 65 mins / 6 Camera Mix
Johnny Lima – FULL set! 45 mins / 5 Camera Mix
Grand Design – 3 Tracks / 5 Camera Mix
Maxx Explosion – 4 Tracks
Madman's Lullaby – FULL set! 44 mins / Single Camera Shoot
The Radio Sun – FULL set! 42 mins / Single Camera Shoot
 
Saturday
Heat – 2 Tracks (Point Of No Return & Living On The Run) 6 Camera Mix
Heaven’s Edge – FULL set! 65 mins / 4 Camera Mix
Guardian – FULL set! 64 mins / Single Camera Shoot
Tango Down – 5 Tracks / 6 Camera Mix
Paul Laine – FULL set! 78 mins / 6 Camera Mix
Bombay Black – FULL set! 43 mins / 5 Camera Mix
House Of Shakira – 3 Tracks / 4 Camera Mix
Talon – 5 Tracks / 5 Camera Mix
 
Acoustic
Jim Peterik – FULL set! 35 mins
Talon – 5 Tracks
Gary Moon – FULL set! 32 mins
 
Sample a little of the footage via YouTube now!
 
https://youtu.be/5p0rNQGQEdU - Guardian – Lead The Way
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_N5EMX4us4 Adriangale – Over Said And Done
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCEM3zkfw0A Paul Laine – One Step Over The Line
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nY2CVaJHylo Johnny Lima – Hate To Love You
 
https://youtu.be/qXmYU9k0z0I H.E.A.T – Point Of No Return
 
 
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
 
As well as all this fine video footage, you will also get the following:
 
- MP3 versions of the 2 MRF VIP Compilations – 1) Digital Download Pre-Show Comp and 2) Show Day CD Sampler.
 
Glen Burtnik – Live at MRF3 – AUDIO - Full set, soundboard recording.
 
- Additional Photos, Graphics and promotional material from the event.
 
- Audio of the entire 86 Happiness set.
 
MRF1 –
- Event Doco (60 minute video)(Behind the scenes and live footage)
- Promo Graphics
- Personal Photos
- Radio Spots (2 adverts & Radio Interviews with Gunnar Nelson, Jeff Scot Soto, Joe Lynn Turner)
- Talon Personal Video Footage (9 minutes)
- Fan Footage: Scrap Metal – Sing Me Away & Jeff Scott Soto – Stand Up
- Jeff Scott Soto Band – Live Video (Entire Set, Balcony Footage)
- Martie Peters Band – Live Video (Entire Set, Balcony Footage)
- Official Event Photos - Entire Line-Up in High-Def Photos (453 Photos!)
 
MRF2 –
 
 Pride Of Lions – Live Set (Audience Recording)
- Ted Poley Band – Live Set (Audience Recording)
 - 10 Live Fan Videos (Rock Sugar, Winger, Ted Poley, Pride Of Lions, Terry Brock, Y&T, Jimi Jamison)
 - Show Promos (Video and Audio Promo Spots)
 - High-Res Artist Photos (163 Photos)
 - Talon Personal Video Footage (17 minutes)
 
MRF3 –
- All the personal band videos (14 Videos)
 - All the Audio and Video Promo Spots (Radio & Poster Graphics)
 - High-Res photos from Firefest of Steve Augeri, Ted Poley, Newman & WET)
 - High-Res Artist Promo Pics & Files used for Event Book
 - NEW - ColdSpell fan recorded set footage
 - NEW - Harem Scarem - Audience recording of their full set
 - NEW - W.E.T. - Audience recording of their full set
 
Extras –
- Music Videos (19 recent video clips from MRF artists – WET, Jimi Jamison, Fergie, ColdSpell, Eclipse, House Of Lords etc)
- Harem Scarem – The MelodicRock EP (5 track acoustic EP in MP3 form + Art files)
- MelodicRock Records – The Best Of: Volume 1 (17 track MP3 Compilation)
 
 
Fri
15
Dec

REVERTIGO Debut Out Feb 23

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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Frontiers release the self-titled debut album from Sweden's ReVertigo.
Revertigo is a Stockholm-based duo formed by Mats Levén on vocals (TherionCandlemassOfficial Yngwie Malmsteen) and Anders Wikström on guitar (Treat). As close personal and musical friends for nearly 30 years, Revertigo is the next chapter in an ongoing collaboration culminating with the self-produced new album.
TRACKLISTING:
1. Hoodwinked
2. Sailing Stones
3. Symphony Of Fallen Angels
4. The Cause
5. Gate Of The Gods
6. False Flag
7. Unobtainium
8. Luciferian Break Up
9. Joan Of Arc
10. Break Away
11. In Revertigo

 

 
Fri
15
Dec

CORE LEONI Debut Out Feb 23

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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CoreLeoni's debut album, "The Greatest Hits, Part 1" will be released on February 23, 2018! 

Who is CoreLeoni you ask? It is a project founded by none other than Gotthard guitarist and founder Leo Leoni, who wanted to pay a very personal tribute to his ROCK & ROLL past!

CoreLeoni's line-up for this release:
• Ronnie Romero Official Site (Lords Of Black,Rainbow): vocals
• Hena Habegger: drums
• Jgor Gianola: guitar
• Mila Merker: bass

Tracklisting:

1. Il Padrino
2. Firedance
3. Downtown
4. Higher
5. Get It While You Can
6. In The Name
7. Let It Be
8. All I Care For
9. Walk On Water
10. Here Comes The Heat
11. Tell No Lies
12. Ride On
13. Anytime Anywhere
14. El Traidor (Bonus Track – CD edition only)

The band will also appear live in Switzerland for the following shows:
21.12. Temus, Agno
22.12. Musigburg, Aarburg 
23.12. Harley Heaven, Dietikon
30.12. Piazza, Lugano – Radiofestival

 

 
Fri
15
Dec

UNRULY CHILD Are 'Unhinged - Live From Milan' Feb 23

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Friday, February 23, 2018
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Earlier this year, Unruly Child Band put on an amazing performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, IT and cameras were there to capture the performance! On February 23, 2018, we'll release “Unruly, Live and Unhinged” on CD/DVD, Blu-Ray, and MP3!
A special set featuring the band’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album performed in its entirety, along with another couple of other classic songs. 'Nuff said...
TRACKLISTING:
CD
1. Wind Me Up
2. Lay Down Your Arms
3. Rock Me Down Nasty
4. Let’s Talk About Love
5. Is It Over
6. On The Rise
7. Tunnel Of Love
8. To Be Your Everything
9. Long Hair Woman
10. Forever 
11. When Love Is Gone
12. Who Cries Now
DVD / BLU RAY
1. Wind Me Up
2. Lay Down Your Arms
3. Rock Me Down Nasty
4. Let’s Talk About Love
5. Is It Over
6. On The Rise
7. Tunnel Of Love
8. To Be Your Everything
9. Long Hair Woman
10. Forever 
11. This Is Who I Am
12. When Love Is Gone
13. Who Cries Now

 

 

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