Joe Lynn Turner

Tue
27
Nov

AOR Heaven Release News: WAKE THE NATION & COME TASTE THE BAND

Friday, January 25, 2019
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NEW AOR HEAVEN titles due January 25
 
COME TASTE THE BAND - new album “Reignition” feat. Doogie White & Joe  Lynn Turner on vocals!
 
Come Taste the Band (CTTB) is a Norwegian classic hard rock band, founded in 1997 by guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and singer Vidar Heldal. The early line-up, included bass player Ståle Naas, Eldar Melkvik on keyboards and Frode Flatland on drums. In the early years, CTTB was a Deep Purple tribute band and released two CD`s with Deep Purple songs; «A Tribute To Deep Purple» in 1999 and «Live» in 2006. From 1997 to 2007, CTTB played hundreds of concerts in Scandinavia.

In 2007, CTTB were asked by the Norwegian festival, Kartfestivalen, to play a concert with former Deep Purple singer/bass player, Glenn Hughes. This show resulted in a partnership that lasted until 2010, when Hughes founded Black Country Communion with Joe Bonamassa. Glenn Hughes & CTTB did four tours together, playing Deep Purple Mk III and IV classics.

In 2011, Come Taste the Band teamed up with former Deep Purple/Rainbow-singer, Joe Lynn Turner. JLT & CTTB toured Scandinavia, doing both Rainbow and Deep Purple material. Together they hit the road between 2012 to 2014. During days of, Turner, guitarist Jo Henning Kaasin and bassplayer Ståle Naas wrote and started recording two brand new songs, Tied Down and Don`t Let Me Bleed. Both songs ended up on the new CTTB album, «REIGNITION».

2014 also saw CTTB doing two concerts with former Rainbow singers, Doogie White and Graham Bonnet + Norwegian singer, JORN Lande. Come Taste the Band have changed the line-up several times during the years,  with only leader and guitarist, Jo Henning Kaasin, singer Vidar Heldal and bass player Ståle Naas staying constant in the band.
 
In 2017 celebrating 20 years, CTTB played two big sold out shows with former Whitesnake guitarist, Bernie Marsden and Doogie White (Rainbow/Michael Schenker). After those concerts Doogie White and Jo Henning Kaasin started to write new material.

CTTB landed a record deal with AOR Heaven in November 2017 and recorded seven songs with Doogie White as the singer. Those songs were recorded at Juke Joint Studio, Notodden and Stable Studio, Oslo Norway. The band now is joined by Swedish musicans, Birger Löfman on drums and Svenne Jansson on organ/keyboards. The album was produced by Halvor Halvorsen/Jo Henning Kaasin & CTTB, with Leif Johansen (Phenomena/21 Guns/A-ha) helping out with engineering. Njål Frode Lie mixed and mastered the album.

The album «REIGNITION» includes 9 classic hard rock tracks, played mostly live in the studio and with lots of improvisations. Doogie White is singin on 7 tracks and Joe Lynn Turner on 2 tracks.
 
Tracklist: 1.Not That Kind Of Man  2.Under Your Skin  3.Slave For Your Love  4.Black Rose  5.Tied Down 6.Don`t Let Me Bleed  7.Fools In The Night  8.Cradle To Grave  9.So Long Old Friend
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
 
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WAKE THE NATIONS - new Melodic Rock signing from Finland!
 
Heart-shaped rock from Finland! The second album of Wake the Nations (WTN) is loaded with fresh AOR tracks containing a twist of the 80’s melodic hard rock.

In 2009, Risto Tuominen got interested in a band that was being established by Janne ‘Gekko’ Granfors: a grunge-type of band with Krister Stenbom on the lead vocals, Tuomas Pelli on drums, and Gekko on guitar. They were after a bass player, but since Risto came along, Gekko took the bass guitar. A hard rock band ‘Villa Sucka’ was formed. They wrote songs actively and recorded an EP during the spring of 2010. In the same year, Risto got recruited to a melodic rock/AOR band ‘Human Temple’. Gekko soon followed him. In those times, Jori ‘Jorge’ Tojander was the keyboard player of Human Temple.
 
As Human Temple was having a break, Risto decided to start recording his solo album in 2012. During the past years, he had written some songs that were never published. Risto asked Jorge, Gekko and Kalle Saarinen, all from Human Temple, to help him with the record. Also, Tuomas got an enquiry whether he could join. Initially the idea was to record already written songs just for his own sake, with good quality. But things got more and more ambitious... Risto came up with a thought of ‘Wake the Nations’ project band. Janne Hurme (Human Temple) and Petri Kitti (Violent Code) permitted him to record two of their songs as well, and so the album became to form an entity of its own.

It took a year to fine-tune the songs. When it was time to record the vocals, Risto wasn't confident enough to do it himself. So, he began to search for proper singers. In 2013, he found Estef Martinez (Insider) from Ecuador, Dado Topić (Time) from Croatia, Taage Laiho (Kilpi), and Nils Nordling (Silver Bullet). Janne Hurme and Krister Stenbom were invited also. In addition, Timo Pelander (Finlanders) played guitars and Jari Pailamo (King Company) keys on some tracks. ‘Sign of Heart’ was born in January 2015. The album got its way to the top-50 of the official Finnish chart in the first week after release.
 
The band did not have a fixed front man and they were not supposed to tour anyways. But as a one-time-occasion, they played at album release party, it became evident that WTN would continue playing for live audience. Soon Krister joined the band and WTN hit bigger stages. Live performance in DBTL festival 2015 was a turning point: WTN opened for Sunrise Avenue and got some international interest after their show. Ever since, the band have been playing numerous gigs: for instance, they have toured Germany numerous times and supported Swedish metal act Dynazty during their ‘Titanic Mass’ tour in Finland. These guys are known not only for their music, but also energetic and positive attitude which is present on and off stage.

During the years 2016-2018, WTN wrote and recorded material for ‘Heartrock’. It was done in cooperation with some of the best melodic hard rock professionals in Scandinavia. For instance, writers also include gurus as Sören Kronqvist (Joe-Lynn Turner/One Desire) and Thomas Wikström (Therion), mixing and mastering was conducted by the almighty Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T.), producers include Ilkka Wirtanen (Reckless Love/The Nights). The end result being a solid yet diverse melodic AOR album with stadium rock sounds, a hint of the 80’s, and interesting stories of life and love.
 
Check out the video for the track “Tattooed Girl” here:

Tracklist: 1. No Mercy, 2. Tattooed Girl, 3. Midnight Lovers, 4. All My Life, 5. Fallen Angel, 6. Now You’re Gone, 7. New Day, 8. Flames, 9. Somehting In Your Eyes, 10. Higher, 11. This Is Over
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
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Fri
28
Sep

BONFIRE Announce Double Covers Album To Accompany 'Legends' Tour

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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A special release by German hard'n'heavy legends BONFIRE! The band delivers an extensive covers album, titled "Legends", on October 19th.

Find out more about their upcoming "Bonfire And Friends" tour here: www.bonfireandfriends.de

CD1
01. Africa
02. Hold The Line
03. Rosanna
04. Man On The Silver Mountain
05. I Surrender
06. Stone Cold
07. Death Alley Driver
08. Black Masquerade
09. Burning Heart
10. Eye Of Tiger
11. Caught In The Game
12. Doctor Doctor
13. Lights Out
14. Rock Bottom
15. Child In Time

CD2
01. Jet City Woman
02. Silent Lucidity
03. Eyes Of A Stranger
04. Tears In The Rain
05. The First Time
06. Save Up All Your Tears
07. Hot Cherie
08. Dr. Love
09. Hallelujah
10. Rebellion
11. Heavy Metal Breakdown
12. Love Don't Lie
13. I Wanna Be Loved
14. King Of Dreams
15. Frei Wie Die Geier
16. Erinnerung
17. Alt Wie Ein Baum

 
Looks like the set will include the lead singers responsible for the hits listed above (Bobby Kimball, Johnny Gioeli, Joe Lynn Turner, Geoff Tate etc...) - as will the upcoming tour.
 
 
 
Tue
28
Aug

New GARY MOORE Tribute Lines Up All-Star Cast

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Friday, October 26, 2018
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The sky was crying when Gary Moore passed away on 6th February 2011.  From Thin Lizzy to Colosseum II, together with his solo hits ‘Parisienne Walkways’ and ‘Out In The Fields’, Gary influenced a whole generation of guitar players and guitar playing. 
The bass player/producer Bob Daisley had played with Gary since the 1980's, and is known for suggesting to Gary that he should make a blues album - the rest is history, ‘Still Got The Blues’ was an immense hit, followed by a series of classic modern blues albums. Bob, also known for his contributions to Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne, was the driving force behind “Moore Blues For Gary”.
 
“In my opinion, Gary was one of the best guitarists who ever lived”, says Bob Daisley. “It was an honour for me to have worked with him and to have known him so well. When Gary passed away in 2011 the world lost one of the all-time greats. I don’t think that enough was said or done at the time to acknowledge the loss of such a great player so I took it upon myself to pay personal tribute to the man and record some new versions of his music, mostly from his blues catalogue.
 
I asked many members of the Gary Moore family tree, and some other great players, to contribute to the project. The response was not only encouraging, but very moving. It seems that the name Gary Moore is also synonymous with the words ‘respect’, ‘honour’ and ‘greatness’. I didn’t set out to recreate anything that Gary had done, or to compete in any way, these arrangements and performances represent a ‘hats off’ to Gary and nothing more. Long live the memory of Robert William Gary Moore. Yes, he was an­other ‘Bob’ - something that I wasn’t aware of for all of those years that I worked with him. I feel such gratitude towards the people who contributed to this album and I’m honoured to have worked with them all."
 
John Sykes (ex-Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) makes a triumphant return after a long absence with an uber-emotional rendition of ‘Still Got The Blues’, with the soulful vocals by Daniel Bowes (Thunder) complementing each other.
‘Parisienne Walkways’ is played by Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) and Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, The Almighty), with the unlikely pair resulting in a miraculous chemistry.
Gary's friends are here - his rocking keyboard / guitar / vocal sidekick Neil Carter sings ‘Empty Rooms’, which he co-wrote with Gary. Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) had joined forces with Gary on numerous occasions, together with Eric Singer (Kiss) and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream). Brush Shiels, the leader of Gary's first professional band Skid Row, also makes an appearance.
 
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Alice Cooper) and Stan Webb (Chicken Shack) also unsparingly pour all their emotions to show their appreciation to Gary. 
Gary's sons Jack and Gus are also involved, playing guitar and singing on ‘This One's For You’, showing that the ‘Blood Of Emeralds’ still runs their veins.
 
During his blues days, Gary made two albums to thank the guitarists that made him who he was: “Blues For Greeny” for Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and “Blues For Jimi” for Jimi Hendrix. Now this is his turn to be rewarded with an album full of love and respect.  We still got the blues for you.      
 
“Moore Blues For Gary”, due for a release on October 26, is available to pre-order: earmusic.lnk.to/MooreBluesForGaryPR
                                                                                                               
Tracklist
1. ‘THAT’S WHY I PLAY THE BLUES’
VOCALS - JON C. BUTLER; GUITARS - TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
2. ‘THE BLUES JUST GOT SADDER’
VOCALS - JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR - STEVE LUKATHER; RHYTHM GUITAR AND SLIDE GUITAR - TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
3. ‘EMPTY ROOMS’
LEAD VOCAL, KEYBOARDS - NEIL CARTER; BASS GUITAR, HARMONICA, BACKING VOCALS - BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;  GUITARS - ILLYA SZWEC; BACKING VOCALS - ROSANNA DAISLEY
4. ‘STILL GOT THE BLUES (FOR YOU)’
VOCALS - DANNY BOWES; GUITARS - JOHN SYKES; KEYBOARDS - DON AIREY; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS - ROB GROSSER
5. ‘TEXAS STRUT’
VOCALS - BRUSH SHIELS; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; GUITARS - TIM GAZE; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER
6. ‘NOTHING’S THE SAME’
VOCALS - GLENN HUGHES; FRETLESS ACOUSTIC BASS - BOB DAISLEY; CELLO - ANA LENCHANTIN; GUITARS - LUIS MALDONADO 
7. ‘THE LONER’
GUITARS - DOUG ALDRICH; DRUMS - ERIC SINGER; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; KEYBOARDS - DON AIREY 
8. ‘TORN INSIDE’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR - STAN WEBB; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR - BOB OB DAISLEY; DRUMS - DARRIN MOONEY;    KEYBOARDS - LACHLAN DOLEY 
9. ‘DON’T BELIEVE A WORD’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR - DAMON JOHNSON; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
10. ‘STORY OF THE BLUES’
LEAD VOCAL - JON C. BUTLER; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS - BOB DAISLEY; LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITAR - TIM GAZE; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS - LACHLAN DOLEY; BACKING VOCALS - ROSANNA DAISLEY 
11. ‘THIS ONE’S FOR YOU’
VOCALS - GUS MOORE; LEAD GUITAR - JACK MOORE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
12. ‘POWER OF THE BLUES’
VOCALS - JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR - JEFF WATSON; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - DARRIN MOONEY; RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
13. ‘PARISIENNE WALKWAYS’
GUITARS - STEVE MORSE; VOCALS - RICKY WARWICK; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
 
 
Mon
26
Feb
 
Mon
09
Jan

Escape Open Air Rock Festival Makes Its Debut

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If Hardrock of the 70s is combined with the melodic rock of the 80s and you add the upcoming bands of a surprisingly active scene of these days - you are probably at the Escape Open Air, the new address for some awesome live music in a variety from Classic- & Melodicrock. Placed at one of Germany's most beatiful open-air-locations, the festival-proof Wasserburg Rosslau near Dessau in the midst of Germany, you get international Top-Acts and interesting newcomer bands for a festival, that will fans will get enthusiastic about. A Festival from fans for fans!“
 
Tickets are already available with a special "Early-Bird-Offer" for 55,-- € until February 28th at the festival FB-site: https://www.facebook.com/EscapeOpenAir/app/184241495009535/
 
For those who want some special VIP-treatment, a limited number of 75 VIP tickets are available only directly from the festival organizers. And this is what you get, if you decide to have a limited VIP-Ticket incl. hotel:
 
4*- quality at the nh Hotel Dessau in the centre of the "City Of Bauhaus". You not only find comfortable accomodation but also a special package with various extras (Weekend-Ticket with entrance for exclusive VIP-Area, special VIP-Festival-Shirt, Lanyard, Shuttle Service, daily meal, some drinks, festival programme a.m.m.). Interested in a VIP-Package? Please use FB-Messenger or send a mail to ppo.tickets@yahoo.de.“
 
The price for the VIP-Ticket is 150,-- €, these are the actual prizes for the hotel (only available with an VIP-package):
 
  *   2 nights single room - 189,-- €
  *   3 nights single room - 279,-- €
  *   2 nights double room - 239,-- €
  *   3 nights double room - 329,-- €
 
Day 1: Friday, 08.09.2017
 
Band / Start / End / Time
 
Bonesetter (GER) 17:15 18:00 45"
Violet Janine (SWE) 18:20 19:10 50"
House Of Shakira (SWE) 19:30 20:20b50"
Blood Red Saints (GB) 20:40 21:30 50''
Martin Turner's WA (GB) 21:50 23:20 90"
HEADLINER TBA
 
Day 2: Saturday, 09.09.2017
 
inUtero (GER) 13:15 14:00 45"
RebelHot (I) 14:20 15:05 45"
Jorge Salan Band (ESP) 15:25 16:15 50"
Palace (SWE) 16:35 17:25 50"
Bigfoot (GB) 17:45 18:35 50''
F***ing Furys (Yngwie Tribute)(SWE) 18:55 19:55 60"
Praying Mantis (GB) 20:15 21:15 60"
FM (GB) 21:35 23:00 85"
Joe Lynn Turner (USA) 23:20 00:50 90"
 
 
Fri
30
Sep

Cleopatra Gather Up JOE LYNN TURNER's Tribute Performances

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The Legendary Voice Of Hard Rock JOE LYNN TURNER Shines On This New Collection Of Session Tracks!
 
Los Angeles, CA - Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, best known for fronting Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow during that band’s creative peak in the 1980s and later as the frontman for Yngwie Malmsteen, has been called The Man With The Golden Voice, and it’s easy to understand why; nearly everything Turner records sounds blessed by the gods of hard rock. His commanding presence, powerhouse range, and emotional resonance has made him the go-to vocalist for a number of artists.
 
Now some of this session work is collected on a brand new collection of studio recordings called simply The Sessions and released on Deadline Music October 7. The CD release contains superb, supercharged versions of rock classics from “Lunatic Fringe” to AC/DC’s “Back In Black,” The Doors’ “Riders On The Storm” to Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” The album also features guest appearances by Michael Schenker (UFO), Steve Lukather (Toto), Steve Morse, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger), and more!
 
Titles:
1. Stone Cold with Vivian Campbell
2. Lunatic Fringe
3. Let the Music Do the Talking with Al Pitrelli, Carmine Rojas & Pat Torpey
4. Mirror Mirror with Icarus Witch
5. Hellraiser with Steve Lukather, Billy Sherwood, Jay Schellen & Paul Taylor
6. 14 Years
7. Dance The Night Away with Reb Beach
8. Back in Black with Phil Collen
9. All Shook Up with Michael Schenker
10. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You with Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, Tony Franklin & Doane Perry
11. All Day and All of the Night with Brad Gillis, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright
12. Bloody Well Right with Dave Kerzner
13. The Seeker with Leslie West
14. Jungle Love with Steve Morse
15. Two Minutes To Midnight with Richie Kotzen
16. Fat Bottomed Girls with Reb Beach
17. Riders On The Storm with Tony Kaye & Steve Cropper
 
 
 
Mon
06
Jun

JOE LYNN TURNER Takes On Bulgaria

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Legendary Vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (Ex-Rainbow, Deep Purple) to Perform at Major Festivals in Bulgaria
 
Joe Lynn Turner continues to be a beloved musical force in Bulgaria. Having made many appearances at major
events and on television, including The “X Factor,” he is looking forward to returning to Bulgaria this summer. July 17,
he will play the Art is: charity event in Montana and on July 18, he will travel to Troyan for the Rock Academy
Turner has always been committed to helping out many charitable organizations. He is especially passionate about
the National Commission for Combating Traffic of Human Beings, the foundation that will benefit from the 5th
Anniversary of the Art is festival. This organization is dedicated to the cause of combatting the sale of
children/women in the region and all over the world. Turner is devoted to helping this cause as he believes that such
criminal activity is unacceptable and is absolutely contrary to human rights. He wants to bring awareness to this cause
with the hope that more young people will learn how to protect themselves from such criminal attempts. The theme
for the Art is: festival will be, The Children of Montana together on the stage with Joe Lynn Turner.
 
This free event is organized by Nelian Nikolova. The show starts at 6pm, July 17, at the Main Square of Montana-
Jeravica Stage. Turner’s performance begins at 9pm.
National Commission for Combating Traffic of Human Beings:
 
Municipality of Montana:
 
Troyan is located in northern Bulgaria in the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, founded as an ancient Thracian
settlement in the road that connects South Bulgaria with North Bulgaria. The Troyan region is a preferred destination
for those interested in hot springs and is also the access point to the Central Balkan National Park, where there are
many hiking trails.. The Rock Academy event takes place at 8:30pm, July 18, in the Main Square.
 
Turner always cherishes his time in Bulgaria. He says, I can’t even tell you how many times that I have been here.
The people are amazing, they love rock’n’roll, they are passionate. They are great people in their soul, they are
wonderful! I am so thankful for the people of Bulgaria and the opportunity to perform here.
 
Joe Lynn Turner “Biography-in Brief”:
In a career spans over 70 album credits, Turner (JLT) is best remembered for his work with Ritchie Blackmore in
Rainbow and Deep Purple. When Blackmore decided to focus on expanding Rainbow's audience, he employed JLT.
Turner's talent for writing radio-friendly rock hits, combined with his stage appeal, vocal range and ability to sing a
variety of songs, helped catapult Rainbow to a higher level of commercial success. In the late 80s, he revived the
career of another guitar virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen. In 1990, he reunited with Blackmore and joined Deep Purple.
Fans continue to demand to hear his distinctive, soulful, bluesy rock voice and he’s never stopped writing, recording
or performing. His discography features over ten solo CDs and a bevy of lead vocal work on several other projects.
Turner has toured, recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists including Billy Joel, Cher, ACDC's Brian
Johnson, Mick Jones (Foreigner), Michael Bolton, Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) and more.
 
His latest CD release is SUNSTORM “Edge of Tomorrow.” SUNSTORM is Joe Lynn Turner's successful AOR/melodic
rock project, something that came about for the first time in 2006 when Frontiers Records’ president Serafino
Perugino, wanted to dig up some unreleased gems that Turner wrote during the late '80s and early '90s. He recently
traveled to Vikos Gorge in northern Greece to film a spectacular video for the title track from the new CD.
 
Joe Lynn Turner on The X Factor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmsmGvgSTDg
 
Joe Lynn Turner's Official Website: www.joelynnturner.com
 
Joe Lynn Turner’s “Edge of Tomorrow” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn6gDAlXhqA
 
Official Bulgarian Fan Tribute Site: http://joelynnturnerbg.org

 

 
Tue
31
May

Stockholm Rocks 2016 - July Event To Feature REACH, JOE LYNN TURNER, DYNAZTY

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Stockholm Rocks again - new event already in July 2016 - Friday 22 and Saturday 23;

With four Stockholm Rocks events completed and the steady growth of interest we have decided to host a 5th edition in the middle of summer ' Stockholm Rocks Summerfest on July 22nd-23rd. We are picking up where V'sby Rocks unfortunately had to call it a day. So, the artists are in the same vein, melodic rock, but maybe a bit more towards the heavier side. We also would like to promote young bands who are bringing the tradition into the future, but of course also celebrate some household great musicians who has been making ear candy for the last 30-or-so years. We are proud to present:

Joe Lynn Turner, legendary singer with a past in Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple but not to miss his own material ' a new album was released in May ' check out Sunstorm

Santa Cruz, four young Finnish rockers with attitude and loads of guitar. They recently toured UK and now they have been in the US since April. A new single was released the other day

Erik Gronwall, the voice of H.E.A.T, will be making a special appearance and playing an acoustic gig together with band colleague Jonah T. The set will consist of H.E.A.T material and his rock favourites

Iron Savior, German power metallers who has been giving us a good headbanging with 10 albums for the last 20 years. Loads of guitar and a steady beat ' the latest album Titancraft is reaching the stores this week

Dynazty, introduced to the Swedish audience at a local Eurovision event making a metal version of a winner. With their 5th album they have moved on and bring us melodic metal ' Titanic Mass

Reach, had already getting attention with making a rock cover of Avicii's hit 'Wake me up'. Then Ludvig Turner brought rock into the Swedish Idol contest, recorded their debut album and played 30 gigs in UK and throughout Europe last year. With hooks from the 80's mixed with youthful energy they want to 'Reach out to Rock' even further now

Hysterica, four young ladies who put a lot of effort into making their shows a musical and visual experience. Two albums and an EP full of heavy metal they will kick some ass - and with the latest single 'Ease my mind' they also show a soft side ' but only a little

More information and ticket links can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/stockholmrocks/?fref=tshttps://www.facebook.com/stockholmrocks/?fref=ts
http://www.ticketmaster.se/artist/stockholm-rocks-summerfest-2016-biljetter/971706
  

 
Wed
11
May

SUNSTORM - Edge Of Tomorrow (Review)

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77%
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Friday, May 13, 2016
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It’s funny how these things line up. Two Alessandro Del Vecchio helmed albums released the same day. This time Ale teams with fellow Italian – guitarist Simone Mularoni, guitar player of Italian prog-metallers DGM to write and produce the new Sunstorm album for Joe Lynn Turner, who requested a harder edge to the fourth album in this project’s lifespan.
I don’t have by track writing credits, but Soren Kronqvist and Daniel Palmqvist also contribute songs.
 
Joe Lynn Turner never sounds less than on-form when delivering his vocals, as he is again right here. He sounds as good as ever, so it’s all down to the songs and the sound employed to do so.
Edge Of Tomorrow is a heavier, more guitar dominated record, with keyboards way back in the mix this time around. And without Dennis Ward, as well as the style shift, it’s a pretty different record than the trilogy of albums before it.
 
The first two Sunstorm albums are brilliant. The third was good, but to be perfectly honest, this is going to rank last compared to those. I think the Sunstorm brand has lost some of its personality here. There are some fine songs that kick things along, but several others that I’m struggling to appreciate and despite all albums featuring songs gathered entirely from outside writers, the ones here don’t have the hook impact expected.
 
Don't Walk Away From A Goodbye is a powerful opener with a decent uptempo pace which leads well into the pick of the album - Edge Of Tomorrow. This is one of the best songs of the year if I’m honest. I just wish there was more like it.
Nothing Left To Say doesn’t really go anywhere and fails to deliver a memorable chorus.
Heart Of The Storm is a feisty rocker that I do like, but the chorus and lack of harmony vocals where there should be some leaves it a little flat.
The Sound Of Goodbye is very much the same. The slower ballad shows promise but ultimately sounds really raw as if something is missing.
 
The Darkness Of This Dawn is a slower and more soulful tune with some classy Neal Schon inspired guitar riffs and brings back the harmony vocals which do make a difference.
You Hold Me Down has a decent chorus and a good pace which is followed by the piano ballad Angel Eyes, which I think most will enjoy.
Everything You’ve Got and Tangled In Blue roll along nicely, the chorus’ could have been bigger, but it’s just not the style of this album.
I find the closing track Burning Fire is another that just doesn’t go anywhere sadly.

 
In a word – disappointing. But that’s comparing this to what has come before and what we expect from a JLT project. It’s a little heavier, rawer and without much padding as far as harmonies and keyboards. So it is what it is. Some might even prefer it this way. 
But for me – regardless of style direction, I think the album is missing additional knockout tunes such as the title track.
 

 

Score: 
77
 
Fri
04
Mar

Rainbow Legend JOE LYNN TURNER's 'Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985' Live Album To Be Released

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Los Angeles - In a career that spans nearly 30 years and includes over 60 album credits, Joe Lynn Turner remains one of rock and roll's most distinctive, soulful and expressive vocalists. Best known for his work with hard rock band Rainbow, during his career, Turner fronted pop rock band Fandango, and had stints with Yngwie Malmsteen and Deep Purple. From the mid 1990s, he worked with various musical groups (Mother's Army, Hughes Turner Project, Sunstorm, etc.), while pursuing a solo career.

Now, much to the excitement of Joe Lynn Turner fans worldwide, Cleopatra Records is issuing a vintage unreleased live album from the vaults of legendary hard rock vocalist of the mighty Rainbow titled “Street Of Dreams - Boston 1985”. Recorded during the tour of Turner's newly released debut solo album “Rescue You”, the set includes a couple of nods to Rainbow with brilliant renditions of “Stone Cold,” (Rainbow's first ever Top 40 US single) as well as "Street Of Dreams!”

Says Joe about the concert recording, “That night at the Boston Paradise, it was outstanding. I can remember seeing the audience and I remember there was an awkward pillar - I guess it was a support column in front - not directly in front, but enough to block some of the view. But the stage was an actual concert stage. Aerosmith and all those guys used to always play there, the Paradise.

“So I can remember actually going on and playing the set, how it felt because it was absolutely exhilarating, and the audience was just crazy.”

A year out from departing Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, whom he led through three classic albums earlier in the decade, Turner had just released his first solo album, “Rescue You”, produced by Roy Thomas Baker. This live show was, for obvious reason, weighted towards Rescue You.

Joe recalls, “This was our first tour out, and I’m not sure if we were opening for someone at the Paradise, but if we were, then they had a pretty difficult time because the crowd was absolutely bananas for us, and we were hot. We were really on top of our game, the whole band and it sounds it, you can hear it, everyone is playing with incredible energy and enthusiasm and very precise.”

Accompanying Turner was the band that recorded the album, a tight unit of Bobby Messano (guitar, background vocals), Alan Greenwood (keyboards), Chuck Burgi (drums) plus one newcomer, Barry Dunaway (bass).

Track List:
1. I Found Love
2. Losing You
3. Soul Searcher
4. Young Hearts
5. Endlessly
6. Rescue You
7. Stone Cold
8. Street Of Dreams
9. Feel The Fire
10. Guitar Solo / Good Girls Gone Bad
11. Get Tough
12. On The Run
13. Them Changes

Joe Lynn Turner official website: http://joelynnturner.com/

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Thu
25
Feb

SUNSTORM Storm Back With 'Edge Of Tomorrow' May 13

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Friday, May 13, 2016
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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of SUNSTORM's fourth album entitled 'Edge of Tomorrow' on May 13th, 2016.

SUNSTORM is Joe Lynn Turner's succesful AOR / Melodic Rock project, something that came about for the first time in 2006 when Frontiers President Serafino Perugino wanted to dig up some unreleased gems that JLT wrote during the late 80's and early 90's.

The very good reviews and acclaim which surrounded the debut self-titled release was the fuel that ignited three more records, until the project was momentarily shelved when Joe started working on the RATED X supergroup with Tony Franklin and Carmine Appice.

After the release of the RATED X album, Joe wanted to go back to the more melodic material of SUNSTORM, but also wanted to retain some of the harder edge which the RATED X album had. So he asked producer and songwriter Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Edge of Forever) to come up with some new songs in that vein. Del Vecchio joined forces with Simone Mularoni, guitar player of Italian prog metallers DGM. Together they developed songs which were exactly what Joe wanted, so it was a natural process to move forward and record another SUNSTORM album. As usual, other songwriters, such as Soren Kronqvist and Daniel Palmqvist completed the array of individuals involved.

Joe Lynn Turner says: 'This new Sunstorm album is the best of the series! We went harder... stronger... and heavier than ever before without losing the integrity of what the project is about...I call it Melodic Metal! The songs are very well crafted, the messages are profound, the performances amazing..and the sound is incredible! All involved can be very proud of such a great music. I urge anyone who loves great music to check out "Edge of Tomorrow", you won't be disappointed!'

The resulting album shows a slightly new direction for SUNSTORM, which still features organic and very strong melodies as a trademark. Enjoy!

'Edge of Tomorrow' includes the following songs: Don't Walk Away From A Goodbye; Edge Of Tomorrow; Nothing Left To Say; Heart Of The Storm; The Sound Of Goodbye; The Darkness Of This Dawn; You Hold Me Down; Angel Eyes; Everything You've Got; Tangled In Blue; Burning Fire.

SUNSTORM
Joe Lynn Turner, Lead Vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio, Hammond organ, keyboards, backing vocals
Simone Mularoni, guitars
Nik Mazzucconi, bass
Francesco Jovino, drums

 
 
Wed
30
Dec

Nikolo Kotzev's BRAZEN ABBOT Anniversary Release Problem

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NIKOLO KOTZEV's planned archival BRAZEN ABBOT release has struck trouble, with vocalist for the original release JOE LYNN TURNER stating his disaproval with the idea and suggests he will seek legal advice. See below...
 
Here's both press releases. First, Brazen Abbot:
 
The 20 Years Of Brazen Abbot is an anniversary package containing a CD and a DVD. The release celebrates two decades of the bands existence, since it was founded by the Bulgarian multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Nikolo Kotzev.

The CD contains 15 studio tracks compiled from the five studio albums released to date:

Live And Learn          - 1995
Eye Of The Storm       - 1996
Bad Religion               - 1997
Guilty As Sin              - 2003
My Resurrection         - 2007

The Live DVD was shot at a concert at the Amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The DVD also contains 15 songs. True to his philosophy, Kotzev has not tempered with the live recording in post production, so there are no studio overdubs on this live production.
Kotzev has included tracks featuring almost all singers and players, who have been a part of the band.

The singers are:

Glenn Hughes
Joe Lynn Turner
Goran Edman
Thomas Vikstrom
Jorn Lande
Tony Harnell

The players are:

Nikolo Kotzev  - Guitars, violins, keyboards, percussions
Ian Haugland  - Drums
John Leven  - Bass
Mic Michaeli  - Hammond
Nelko Kolarov  - Keyboards and Hammond
Svante Henryson  - Bass
Wayne Banks  - Bass
Mattias Knutas  - Drums                      

The compilation is a balanced blend of "rockers" and ballads, offering many of the most memorable songs created throughout the years and will certainly be a delight for all Brazen Abbot fans.  This release can be purchased at the Brazen Abbot site:  

http://www.brazenabbot.nostramusic.com/

 
And JOE LYNN TURNER's immediate response:
 
FROM JOE LYNN TURNER REGRADING RECENT NEWS ABOUT A BRAZEN ABBOT COMPILATION

Attention to all!
I have just been made aware of a “Brazen Abbot” CD/DVD 20 years compilation release. I am very saddened to learn that this “homemade bootleg” release was done without my knowledge, consent or approval. I consider this a breach of trust and fair business practice.
I am looking into the legal aspects of such release and would urge everyone not to purchase this “unauthorized” product until any and all legal points are negotiated and agreed upon.

I am shocked and disappointed at such unethical practice by Mr. Kotzev and feel this is a direct “stab in the back.” I have never seen this DVD and was not aware of the fact that Mr. Kotzev decided to release this DVD on his own without any regard or respect to me. This is unacceptable and appalling!
I will ask you all to share this information with everyone to support all true artists who still keep the integrity and standards in this crumbling music industry. Your choice is the only decision that can make a difference.
I appreciate your consideration and understanding in this matter and thank you for your continued love and support!

Sincerely,
Joe Lynn Turner


 
UPDATE:
 
In a late twist, there's news from Nikolo that conversations with JLT are taking place.
  
 
Wed
11
Nov

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL - Kingdom Of Rock (Review)

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Friday, November 6, 2015
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Swedish guitarist Magnus Karlsson (the man behind Allen/Lande, Starbreaker and more) returns with his second “Freefall” album, featuring another cast of all-star guests and powerhouse melodic metal/hard rock songs.
Following the acclaim of his solo debut, Magnus had a lot to live up to here. In my opinion, he does so with ease, even if this time the emphasis is slightly different than the first opus.
 
Kingdom Of Rock is just as powerful and as perfectly produced and mixed as the debut, but this is a more commercial record with a hard rock heart – even some powerful ‘melodic rock’. The metal edge has definitely been toned down.
Some of that has to do with the guest vocalists involved. All music and lyrics as well as everything but the drums (added by Jaime Salazar), plus all the production is from the hand of Magnus. That’s really quite extraordinary for an album of this caliber.
 
Kingdom Of Rock (Jorn Lande, vocals) is classic Magnus/Allen Lande and the perfect opener. Also my favourite track on the album just for Jorn’s killer vocal and the melodic hook in the chorus.
Out Of The Dark (Jakob Samuel, vocals) is something resembling The Poodles but all metal baby! Jakob’s voice stretches that bit further to hammer out a great hard rock song here.
No Control (Joe Lynn Turner, vocals) is JLT at his best also. The track is essentially a heavy melodic rock track with a great catchy chours.
When The Sky Falls (Tony Martin, vocals) is a slower, moodier and heavier track and Tony sounds brilliant. A nice melodic metal track that has a hint of Dio to it.
 
Angel Of The Night (David Readman, vocals) is another chunky hard rocker, this time with PC69’s David Readman controlling the sound. And as with the other tracks, Magnus let’s David’s personality shine through.
I Am Coming For You is another fairly commercial hard rock track, with Magnus himself on vocals. He really does have a good voice, he could easily carry this project by himself.
Another Life features current Masterplan vocalist Rick Altzi and swiftly manages to sound better than anything off the last Masterplan album.
 
Never Look Away is brilliant. Another fast moving melodic hard rocker, with the brilliant Tony Harnell delivering a Starbreaker friendly track. His voice and Magnus’ sound are just wonderful to hear each time. A great chorus takes it over the top.
A Heart So Cold could be one of the surprise tracks. Harem Scarem’s Harry Hess goes metal for this all-in rocker with a big chorus and even bigger vocals. Harry adapts brilliantly to the heavier sound and rips through this.
The Right Moment (Rebecca De La Motte, vocals) is a big symphonic ballad that could easily be on a Within Temptation or Nightwish album. Love it!
The album closes with Magnus on vocals again. I’m really enjoying the tone of his voice and Walk This Road Alone is a heavy, slightly progressive metal track that takes the album out on a heavy (and classy) note.

 
This is an easy one. If you have any Starbreaker/Allen Lande/MK produced album in your collection, then this is a buy or die release.
If you like melodic metal or hard rock with a heavy but melodic edge and can appreciate some of the best vocalists in the business doing their thing, this also demands buying.
A thoroughly enjoyable album that is consistently strong throughout, despite the use of different vocalists which can sometimes bring a project unhinged. Not on this occasion!
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95
 
Tue
01
Sep

MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREEFALL Returns With 'Kingdom Of Rock'

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Friday, November 6, 2015
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Swedish axeman MAGNUS KARLSSON is back with the second album of his solo project FREEFALL entitled “Kingdom of Rock”!
Out on Frontiers in November!
 
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the sophomore album from MAGNUS KARLSSON’S FREEFALL “Kingdom Of Rock” on November 6th.
 
Magnus Karlsson is the mastermind behind several Frontiers Music Srl productions, including the successful initial ALLEN/LANDE trilogy, STARBREAKER, BOB CATLEY, KISKE/SOMERVILLE and several others. In 2008, he joined the German Heavy Metal icons PRIMAL FEAR and with them has toured the world and recorded three successful albums that climbed high on the charts in several countries.
 
For this new album – aptly titled “Kingdom of Rock” - Magnus enlisted again a dream team featuring some of the  strongest melodic singers in metal and hard rock! Magnus says: “I didn’t plan to make a second Free Fall album at first but one album wasn’t enough for my wish list of singers… so after the summer last year I started on some ideas. Without pressure or a deadline… just for fun. So I started to look at the list with singers and thought if can I get these guys on board I will work harder than ever before to make the best album I could. I wanted not only some of the best singers I ever heard, but singers that meant a lot to me and that have given me inspiration. For example: Tony Martin and Joe Lynn Turner… I grew up with their music and that made me the musician I am today. It feels unreal to make music with them now!“
 
The final list includes TONY HARNELL (Skid Row, TNT, Starbreaker), RICK ALTZI (Masterplan, At Vance), DAVID READMAN (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle), JORN LANDE, JAKOB SAMUEL (The Poodles), JOE LYNN TURNER (Rainbow, Malmsteen, Deep Purple), TONY MARTIN (Black Sabbath), HARRY HESS (Harem Scarem) and REBECCA DE LA MOTTE. Rounding out the line-up on the album is Jaime Salazar on drums with production duties handled by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Primal Fear, Amaranthe, Pretty Maids and more).
 
Magnus says, “There is a lot more work in this album. Normally I don’t throw away good ideas. This time I skipped great ideas and replaced it with something better. I don’t want to do the same thing over and over. I want to do something better. I also had a bigger budget for the production and was able to work in great studios. Jacob Hansen did a fantastic job with the mix and mastering and the sound is just what I always wanted. This is not about having big names on the album, this is simply about making the best music I possibly can for the best singers I know!”
 
The final result “Kingdom of Rock” is a Melodic Metal blast which is truly one of the top releases of its kind in 2015!
 
                Enjoy an album trailer following this link:
 
 
Tracklisting:  Kingdom Of Rock (Jorn Lande, vocals); Out Of The Dark (Jakob Samuel, vocals); No Control (Joe Lynn Turner, vocals); When The Sky Falls (Tony Martin, vocals); Angel Of The Night (David Readman, vocals); I Am Coming For You (Magnus Karlsson, vocals); Another Life (Rick Altzi, vocals); Never Look Away (Tony Harnell, vocals); A Heart So Cold (Harry Hess, vocals); The Right Moment (Rebecca De La Motte, vocals); Walk This Road Alone (Magnus Karlsson, vocals).
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Magnus Karlsson - Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Vocals
Jaime Salazar - Drums
 
 
 
Tue
18
Aug

Deep Purple's JOE LYNN TURNER in Norwegian Doco 'Street Of Dreams' out August 20

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Deep Purple's Joe Lynn Turner stars in Norwegian documentary 'Street Of Dreams' out August 20. worldwide via Musicfilmweb.tv

STREET OF DREAMS tells the story of Jan Erling Holberg, a bass  player and songwriter from a small town in Norway. Jan Erling has just turned 47, he has a beautiful family and a steady job, but his childhood dreams of becoming a touring rocker have not faded away - they've only grown stronger.  After enduring a major mid-life depression, he realizes that now is the time to take one last shot at achieving his goal.

Aiming straight for the top,  Jan Erling takes a shot in the dark, reaching out  to his lifelong musical hero: Joe Lynn Turner, vocalist for legendary acts RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE and YNGVIE MALMSTEEN. Impressed by Jan's demos, Joe Lynn flies to Norway to join his biggest fan to record an album and embark on a club tour. Will Jan Erling's dream finally come true, or is it just a rock 'n' roll fantasy? 

STREET OF DREAMS was filmed between January 2011 and August 2012, and was initially screened only by Norwegian national broadcaster NRK and at select festivals. Finally, it's available worldwide via music documentary on-demand service Musicfilmweb.TV for streaming rental or download.

Link to film: http://musicfilmweb.tv/film/street-of-dreams
 
Official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/streetofdreamsdocu

 

 
Thu
18
Dec

Totally Drive Radio Show - RATED X

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 - 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

This week Bay got to interview both Joe Lynn Turner, and Carmine Appice which lead to our 2 hour Rated X Special, the new band with both Joe and Carmine, where we played cuts from their Rated X album, and their interviews.

Carmine talks to us for almost 50 minutes, and discusses these topics and more!!

**His Rod Stewart Experience Band

**his passion for cars, some cars he has owned, and the next car he plans to buy

**talked about some old times playing the Philly Spectrum

**How his new band Rated X was formed

**He names some people that were supposed to be in Rated X, but were too busy to commit

**How guitarist Karl Cochran Rated X came down sick, and couldn’t finish the record

**The recording process of the Rated X album, how they were never in studio at same time

**If Rated X, will be playing songs from Carmine, Tony & Joe’s past

**He would love to play drums with Zeppelin, The Police

**How his drum style is more like John Bonham, than Jason Bonham’s

**How Sharon Osbourne fired him from Ozzy’s band, for being too popular

**If he ever thought about having Jake E. Lee for Rated X: He said “Jake is out there”

**He tells a story of how Jake wouldn’t get on the phone with Carmine

**His thoughts on Dave Grohl

**His book Realistic Rock Drum Method and how it is being downloaded for free

You can listen here

http://youtu.be/w97v32Wmaqw

Or listen to the full show here.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/totallydriven/2014/12/16/totally-driven-radio-rated-x-special-with-joe-lynn-turner-carmine-appice

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Fri
21
Nov

RATED X - "Rated X" (Review)

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Any project featuring Joe Lynn Turner on vocals is going to get my attention. Add in Joe’s Mother’s Army partner Carmine Appice on drums; Carmine’s Blue Murder partner Tony Franklin on bass and star guitarist Karl Cochran and you have me standing to attention, ready to salute whoever’s idea this was.
But, what looks good on paper must deliver in reality. Rated X thankfully does just that. Under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also adds writing credits, all keyboards, organ and backing vocals to his list of credits), the band delivers a knock out blues driven classic hard rock album.
 
 
Not unexpectedly, the style here is a mix of Joe Lynn Turner solo, classic Rainbow as well as adding parts of the Mother’s Army and Blue Murder sound.
The band overcame Karl’s recent health scare by bringing in Nikolo Koyzev and Daniel Palmqvist to complete guitar parts on several tracks, but Karl remains the driving force behind the album’s power.
 
It’s a joy to hear Appice and Franklin as a rhythm section again. The two really pack a punch on this record, with Tony’s bass groove rolling through the album and Carmine is simply all over these songs. Why add one drum fill when you can add three? I love it; the powerful rhythm section just adds so much power. And Joe Lynn Turner has seldom sounded better, his authorative rasp in full control.
 
Get Back My Crown is a ripping opener that throws me back to the debut Mother’s Army album.
This Is Who I Am is one of two tracks taken from the unreleased JLT/Chris Antblad collaboration. The song here is beefed up from its original form, with some shredding guitar and a ton of extra drum fills.
Fire And Ice is an organ drenched classic Zeppelinesque 70s rocker with drums again belting through the speakers through the chorus while Tony Franklin’s bass glides over the verse.
I Don’t Cry Anymore is another great JLT driven rocker, with the singer sounding in classic form.
The very cool and moody Lhasa has to be inspired by the Blue Murder track Valley Of The Kings. This seven minute epic has a very similar vibe, especially with Franklin and Appice involved.
Devil In Disguise is a pretty simple rocker after the complex preceding track.
You Are The Music is a quality slower track with a nice melodic edge.
Peace Of Mind is another quality untempo melodic rocker.
Maybe Tonight is a classic AOR track – the second from the JLT/Antblad sessions. Here it has been rocked up a little and expanded musically and is another highlight.
On The Way To Paradise picks up the tempo and the rock attitude once again for a straight ahead tour de force. Great guitar solo too!
Our Love Is Not Over is the big sentimental ballad of the album. Classic JLT here.
Stranger In Us All closes the album by firing us up again with crashing guitars and pounding bass and lots of organ once again.
 

 
A very fine debut collaboration from the folks that form Rated X. I hope this can continue as an ongoing touring and recording band.
The only point I would raise overall would be that the production could be described as a bit muddy in places and the drum and bass sound does vary a little from track to track.
But great energy in the performances, despite the challenges of getting the record recorded and mixed.
You wouldn’t want the album any longer than the 60 minutes delivered, but that said, there’s no filler here.

 

Score: 
89
 

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