Mon
20
Jul

Rich Davenport's Rock Show - KK DOWNING, HOUSE OF LORDS, SYMPHONY X

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2015
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INTERVIEWS WITH KK DOWNING (EX-JUDAS PRIEST), HOUSE OF LORDS, SPACEY T (SOUND BARRIER, PRAISE THE DEAD),  SYMPHONY X AND DEATH ANGEL ON RICH DAVENPORT'S ROCK SHOW

Rich Davenport's Rock Show this week features interviews with Judas Priest legend KK Downing, James Christian (House of Lords), Tracey 'Spacey T' Singleton (Praise The Dead, ex Sound Barrier, Fishbone), Symphony X's Michael Romeo and Ted Aguilar from Death Angel, and is now available for streaming at this link:

https://www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-kk-downing-house-of-lords-spacey-t-symphony-xdeath-angel-interviews/

In the first hour, legendary former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing drops in to discuss his new range of fragrances for Rockers, Metal for Men and Metal for Women. KK also talks about some of the reasons he chose to leave Priest, and looks at the way in which the classic Priest axe team he formed with Glenn Tipton worked to stay on the cutting edge of lead guitar playing. KK also chooses two of his favourite Priest classics.

Also in part 1, House of Lords vocalist James Christian looks at the band's stellar new album 'Indestructible', their tenth to date, released as the current line up celebrates its tenth anniversary. You'll also hear two new tracks chosen by James.

The second hour kicks off with a chat with renowned guitar hero Tracey 'Spacey T' Singleton, formerly of Sound Barrier, Fishbone, and Mother's Finest, and now playing 8-string guitar with Praise The Dead, a power duo whose sound is simultaneously melodic and crushingly heavy. The band has just released 'The Heavy', the first of 3 EPs, and Tracey gives the low down on this exciting new project. Tracey also pays tribute to Phil Lynott, revealing that Sound Barrier approached the Lizzy legend's management to ask him to produce an album for them. You'll also hear Sound Barrier's cover of Thin Lizzy's 'Hollywood (Down On Your Luck)', and Tracey's choice of another Lizzy gem.

Rounding off the show are interviews with Michael Romeo, guitarist with Prog Metal masters Symphony X, who looks at their forthcoming new album 'Underworld', and Ted Aguilar, rhythm guitarist with classic Thrashers Death Angel. Ted discusses their new CD/DVD package which features a live album, 'The Bay Calls For Blood', and 'Thrashumentary', a career-spanning retrospective documentary.

The show closes with two tracks from Bob Seger's latest album 'Ride Out'.

For the best in Rock & Metal News check out www.metalshockfinland.com www.melodicrock.com www.bravewords.com
 
Mon
20
Jul

The GuitarCast - TOM KEIFER

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2015
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Guitarist and singer Tom Keifer of Cinderella fame sat down with Shawn and Corbs from The GuitCast to talk about his latest album; The Way Life Goes.  In this, all cards on the table interview, we get an all access, backstage pass to Tom's writing process, country influences, experience with producers and session musicians, personal views on Spotify, and his vintage gear arsenal.

Tom Keifer speaks openly with The GuitCast about 'The Way Life Goes'.  When asked about the writing process, his reply spoke volumes; “I always try to draw on new inspirations and those things can come to you at anytime.  Usually it’s when you are not trying, a lot of times it’s when you are traveling.  Long drives can spark ideas, a lot of times on planes; for some reason that feeling of movement can open up a hypnotic state and you start to get ideas.  That’s usually how a song starts for me.”  Tom goes on to speak about his filtration process and how he doesn’t really even start to take notes or work on an idea until it has stuck with him for a time.  “If that initial spark or idea goes away then I just figure it wasn’t interesting or memorable”. 

The no rush, let it happen, spirit proves to be a winning formula for a successful album.  Even if it was 10 years in the making, the best things in life are well worth the wait.  Be sure to check out the whole interview on The GuitCast to get the full scoop on this great record, a bit of Tom’s gear, and more things Tom Keifer. 

Episode 25
 
 
Fri
17
Jul

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RUDOLPH SCHENKER (Scorpions)

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In episode 123 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by RUDOLF SCHENKER of the SCORPIONS.

Rudolf discusses the band's latest album RETURN TO FOREVER, their 50th anniversary tour, the Scorpions rockumentary FOREVER AND A DAY, Uli Jon Roth, the Tokyo Tapes and Taken By Force albums, his brother Michael, thoughts of leaving the band in the last 50 years, drummer James Kottak, and much more.

Quotes from the interview: "This band is not a band made by a manager. There was a new generation coming from Germany - not with tanks and making war, but with guitars and playing music. Bringing Music, Love & Peace. [the Scorpions] are Love, Peace & Rock N' Roll - Love stands for Still Lovin' You, Peace for Winds Of Change, and Rock N' Roll for Rock You Like A Hurricane."

On his brother Michael: "My brother was perfect for the Scorpions, but two Schenkers in one band are too much."

This episode is co-hosted by BRITNY FOX & DORO drummer, Johnny Dee. Johnny also gives an updateon the Britny Fox reunion and new album.

For more about the SCORPIONS visit: http://www.the-scorpions.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Scorpions
TWITTER: @scorpions

For more about JOHNNY DEE visit: http://www.britnyfox.com & http://www.doromusic.de
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DoroOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/britnyfoxband
Twitter: @dee_drums @Britny_Fox @DoroOfficial

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Extreme, Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http://www.heavymontreal.com
 
Thu
16
Jul

DEGREED - Dead But Not Forgotten (Review)

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Mats Ericsson
Running Time: 
52
Release Date: 
2015
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Europe
Musical Style: 
Modern Melodic Rock
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Sun Hill
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2015
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Swedish rockers Degreed are one of my favourite “New Swedish Revolution” bands; one of several artists in Scandinavia that are pushing updated modern melodic rock sounds – classic melodies for a new era - the likes of HEAT, Eclipse, Work Of Art and The Poodles for example.
 
Degreed are also close to my heart as I released their debut album Life, Love, Loss on MRR in 2009. The second album We Don’t Belong was another outstanding slice of memorable songs that saw the guys modernize a little further, while easing up on the harder edge of their sound. Those are two really amazing albums that simply exhume class, melody and style.
 
Now Dead But Not Forgotten fulfills the trilogy. This is the band’s Slippery When Wet; their Pyromania. This is simply an astonishingly good album that sees the guys excel in every single department – songwriting, performance, vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards and production – what can I say about production? Perfection! Balanced mix, clear instruments, powerful, easy to play at any volume. Absolute perfection.
Drummer Mats Ericsson is the man in control for the first time. He knows the songs and the sound intimately of course, but it is the sheer precision in which the album has been mixed and the performances captured that goes way beyond that a self-produced album normally sounds like.
If this rock star drummer lark doesn’t work out for Mats, then he has a long career as a producer and mix engineer ahead of him.
Robin Eriksson screams louder and wails with more passion than ever before, Micke Jansson is a revelation on keyboards this time around and Daniel Johansson now ranks as one of my favourite guitar players.
 
Simply put – there’s something on this album for everyone. Power, melody, classic and new sounds, anthems, harmonies, waiting guitars and lush keyboards. Quite extraordinary really.
I could go on and on, but let’s just cut straight to the music. And we have 14, yes 14 tracks and not one single minute of filler among them.
There is massive diversity, yet complete cohesion. That’s another credit to the band. And I’ve honestly had a really hard time reviewing anything lately as all I can play is this album.
 
The Scam – a 4 minute blast of angst and energy. Starts with a controlled melody before turning metal with some blinding vocals. A terrific guitar solo and a bombastic ‘live in concert’ ending.
Face The Fact – classic Degreed…modern and commercial, yet 80s keyboards swirling around in the background and a massive chorus. Should be on radio. Today.
Madness – darker and moodier, yet faster and even more melodic. A building melody rises to a dramatic chorus.
Shame On Me – once again, 80s keyboards filter through the song, from the opening sequence to the constant layer of melody under the thumping bass. The mid-song left turn into a short burst of modern aggressive metal and a blazing guitar solo just adds to the brilliance.
Better Safe Than Sorry – is simply a Song Of The Year contender with big harmonies, big everything. One of those album tracks you always look forward to hearing, despite loving all the tracks around it. A big melodic rocker that continues the frenetic pace of this album.
Love Me, Love Me Not – this little ditty is another true winner. One from the Degreed “mood” handbook with a pure FM radio commercial hook and fist pumping moody chorues.
Drama – great vocal into and those keyboards in play again. Verse to bridge to chorus…one hook after another.
 
Kill Your Darlings – in your face hard rocking attitude. Old meets new once again on this beefed up rocker, powered by riffs and rhythm. The bass and drum performance and indeed, the way the rhythm section are captured in the studio is another strong suit of this album.
Touch Of Paradise – hands in the air singalong melodic bliss on this anthemic, rocking AOR masterpiece with a chorus so utterly infectious, it should come with a health warning.
Forgive You – heavy. Then not. Then heavy, fast and furious. Then not! Then start over again. Another big favourite from this collection of favourites. This chorus is amazing.
Start Again – darker, heavier, keyboards everywhere, guitars everywhere.
Firefly – holy smoking melodic anthems Batman! How can a song this good, be relegated to track 12?!!! When 1-11 are as good as they are on this album, that’s how. But this is just another track to look forward to every time. This modern commercial rock that should be all over radio everywhere. Kids in their 1000s should be lining up to buy this.
Final Ride – fast and furious again and keyboard swirls mixing it up with choppy guitar riffs and punchy drum beats. And a great chorus of course!
Turn Around, Don’t Back Down – surely a ballad to close out this 14 track tour de force? After 13 rockers, this has to be a calm way to close the album? No way! While the first part might hint at something mellower, the chorus and remaining song put that to rest. A powerful melodic closer with a passionate vocal that draws to an end what can only be rated as a perfect album.

And that folks, is how you create a melodic rock album in 2015. One that has commercial appeal, modern writing and production, yet remains as melodic and keyboard fused as anything from the glory days.
There is always going to be comments here and there about someone “not getting” this band or this sound, or claiming it to be “overhyped”, but that’s simply because there are so many opinions and every one of them is absolutely valid, but not everyone is going to like every album right? If this style suits you and if the band’s first two albums already have a home in your collection, then this is absolutely essential. Essential I say!
 
Score: 
100
 
Thu
16
Jul

THE V - Now Or Never (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
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Again
L.O.V.E
Line In The Sand
Love Should Be To Blame
Starshine
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John Herrera, Kenny Lewis, Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
46
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
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Hard Rock
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Frontiers
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2015
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Having shown a pretty strong dislike for the Benedictum albums and an even stronger dislike for frontwoman Veronica Freeman’s scream powered vocals, I had absolutely zero interest in The V – Ms Freeman’s debut solo outing. Expectations dare I say, were even lower.
So imagine my surprise to find a rather enjoyable, beautifully sung melodic hard rock (and slightly metal) album right here.
After checking I was playing the right CD, I sat back and took in the “melodic” side of Veronica’s persona and really enjoyed it.
 
Now or Never features a huge array of special guests, including Pete Wells, Aric Avina and Rikard Stjernquist of Benedictum, Michael Sweet (Stryper), Garry Bordonaro (The Rods), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), Mike Lepond (Symphony X), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), Jerry Dixon (Warrant) and more.
 
A strong musical performance and a solid production are immediately noticeable, but what makes it most enjoyable are the lead vocals.
Naturally there are some big metal moments, where the aggression and power are front and center (Again, Ready To Run, King For A Day – featuring Tony Martin on vocals), but the beauty of this album is the range displayed.
There’s groove (Now Or Never, Kiss My Lips), punky hard rock (Rollercoaster), melodic hard rock (L.O.V.E, Line In The Sand, Love Should Be To Blame) and even a track that could be described as AOR (Starshine).

This won’t have me looking forward to a new Benedictum album, but I will certainly hope to see a sequel to The V at some point in the future and commend Veronica Freeman for trying something a little different and pulling it off successfully.
While the continuing change in musicians from track to track do cause some variations in sound and production throughout the album, the songs (mostly written by Freeman and Wells, but including tracks from Nigel Bailey, Vince O’Regan and two from Michael Sweet) and the vocals are the glue that holds this together.
 
Score: 
85
 
Thu
16
Jul

STEVE AUGERI Launches New Solo Single 'In The Moment'

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Journey former lead singer STEVE AUGERI releases single entitled 'In the Moment'

For nearly a decade, Steve Augeri was the voice for the iconic band 'Journey.'  He has gone on to create a solo career that is garnering some fantastic new music while, 'Living in the Moment.'

Following the critically acclaimed single 'Faces,' Steve Augeri has produced a musical statement reviving the vintage 'Classic Rock' style and has transported it into the modern age.  With influences such as Queen, The Who, Humble Pie and contemporary rockers Muze, this new radio friendly rock anthem 'In the Moment,' conveys a positive message not unlike the transcendent hit by his former band mates with, 'Don't Stop Believing.'

Augeri has written, produced and played all the instruments on this cut which surely showcases his phenomenal musical abilities.  'In the Moment,' will take you back to a time when guitar anthem songs ruled radio.   

Augeri is currently touring worldwide with 'The Steve Augeri Band,' performing your favorites from his 'Journey' days and his new songs that are sure to become classics.

'In the Moment,' is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Rdio, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, and Beats/MediaNet. You can find out where Augeri is performing live by visiting his website.
  
 
Wed
15
Jul

STREET TALK To Reissue 3 AOR Classics on MelodicRock Records

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a partnership with Swedish AOR favourites STREET TALK for a limited reissue of the band’s best three albums.
 
On August 30 and limited to just 500 units each, MRR will reissue the STREET TALK albums ‘Transition’ (from 2000); ‘Restoration’ (from 2002) and the AOR classic ‘V’ (from 2006).
All three albums are long out of print, highly sought after and when listed, fetch tidy sums on Ebay.
 
The new MRR reissues will feature exclusive new artwork and each album will feature several bonus tracks, which will be revealed shortly, along with details of a pre-order deal for all three albums.
 
STREET TALK is the brainchild of Swedish keyboardist/songwriter FREDRIK BERGH. Their debut came in 1997 with the album ‘Collaboration’.
The album featured, amongst others, guest vocalist Göran Edman who would continue to work with Fredrik throughout the Street Talk history.
 
In 2000, the album ‘Transition’ was released featuring Goran again on a set of smooth Westcoast/AOR tunes.
 
In 2002 STREET TALK signed to the now defunct MTM Music label for the excellent album 'Restoration'. The opus featured vocals from Goran once again and also two popular tracks from American AOR vocalist HUGO.
 
In 2006 the band released their fourth all-original studio album – the distinctly more powerful, pure AOR masterpiece ‘V’. Featuring Goran Edman on all vocals, the album was the defining moment of Street Talk’s history.
 
Since the release of ‘V’ in 2006, STREET TALK has been on hiatus, but Fredrik has been as busy as ever as a founding member of melodic metal band Bloodbound as well as writing and working with such artists as Revolution Saints, Steve Augeri, Steve Overland, Joe Lynn Turner, Rob Moratti, Harry Hess, Bob Halligan jr, Phenomena, Seven and Anette Olzon
 
Further details of the reissues will be available soon, but in the meantime, please enjoy one song from each of the albums:
 
From ‘V’ – Responsible
 
 
From ‘Restoration’ – Why Is My Heart Feeling Lonely Tonight
 
 
From ‘Transition’ – If Anybody Breaks Your Heart
 
 
 

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