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May

TALON - Fourplay (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
Ty Sims & Talon
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Escape
Artist: 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
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US rockers Talon have been through a few singers now, while the core of the band has remained the same. The guys have delivered 3 solid albums, but the debut with vocalist Michael O’Mara is still my favourite, so when news of Michael’s return to the band came through, Fourplay instantly become an anticipated album.
This time the guys have hooked up with Bombay Black’s Ty Sims to handle production duties. He’s someone who really knows his way around a mixing board.
And the combined results of Ty and Michael’s involvement on this record help make some quality songs even better – therefore it’s pretty easy to say that the band have delivered arguably their best album to date. Without question the best since the debut.
 
The only thing I can’t figure out is why Spun opens the album. It’s probably my favourite track on here actually, but sonically it is unlike any other track and more pop/rock than hard rock. It features guest Tim Pierce on lead guitar and an instantly catchy chorus. But maybe not the pick of the album for an opening track.
Aside from that, the rest of the album moves into the regular Talon beat of catchy hard rocking songs with a melodic heart, good rhythm and plenty of guitar licks.
Michael’s voice is made for these guys.
 
It’s easy to see why the tracks Sin City Sister and Holly Would are right up front – classic Talon right there.
Rockers Evil and It’s A Fine Line both impress and the mid-tempo melodic rocker Raise Em High is a nice sentimental touch.
On a lighter note, the acoustic I Don’t Wanna Cry is another departure for the band, but in a good way. The mature ballad flows beautifully and almost matches the production vibe of Spun.
The more familiar styled ballad Tonight is another highlight.
 

Anyone that’s followed John Parker and the guys knows what to expect and that’s exactly what you get with this album. Only better.
Good old-school American hard rock, with a couple of twists in there to keep fans on their toes.
 
Score: 
91
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Wed
14
Jan

TALON - Fourplay (Showcase)

Artist: 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Fourplay
Produced By: 
Ty Sims & Talon
Release Date: 
March 20
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
 
Talon is:
 
Michael O’Mara:  Lead and Backing Vocals
Kory Voxen:  Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Jim Kee:  Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Phil Keller:  Bass Guitar
John Parker:  Drums
 
Special Guest Musicians:
 
Tim Pierce:  Lead and Harmony Guitars on “Spun” and “Tonight”
Pete Fry:  Lead Guitar on “Love Is Like A Drug To Me”
 
Produced by Ty Sims
Co-Produced by John Parker, Kory Voxen and Michael O’Mara
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Ty Sims
 
All songs written by Michael O’Mara/Kory Voxen/John Parker except “I Don’t Wanna Cry” written by Kory Voxen
 
Los Angeles melodic hard rock rockers TALON have just completed work on their 2nd release for Escape Music and the CD titled “Fourplay” is tentatively scheduled for a March release. It was produced again by their long-time collaborator Ty Sims at The Recovery Room and proudly and defiantly presents the return of original lead vocalist Michael O’Mara and has already been praised as their best release to date!  
 
This is what founding member John Parker had to say, “When TALON became full circle with our original vocalist back in the fold and then after our storming performance at Firefest 8, we were on a roll – it just felt right. Songwriting flowed among us all, from demos to tracking then mixdown we grew from strength to strength, we were truly excited to complete the CD and get it out so everyone can enjoy this amazing release!  
 
To add to the fun they were having, they had the great pleasure to have contributions from some amazing friends and guitarists involved in the release. First off, top session guitarist extraordinaire Tim Pierce (Bonjovi, Ozzy, Santana, Elton John, etc.) provides Lead Guitar on 2 tracks and Pete Fry (FarCry, Rockarma) provides Lead Guitar on another track!   
 
With amazing tracks such as the emotional “Tonight”, the in-your-face “Evil”, the dirty groove of “Holly Would”, and the energetic fun of “Spun” – and many other outstanding tracks, this release is bound to show up on a lot of 10 Bests Lists for 2015!    
Talon recently played at MelodicRockFest4, previewing several of the new tracks and now with several shows being set up for 2015 to promote the upcoming release, look for Talon to play near you in 2015!!!!
 
Look for sneak peeks, special announcements and other updates very soon – all the latest is always available at the Talon Official Face book page.  In addition, you can also get the latest news, videos, photos, songs and more!  Also, the Talon Store is open and items available include the Blu-Ray/DVD “Talon – Live in Chicago” release and CD special-package reissues that include their original S/T release. To order, go to the “TALON OFFICIAL” Face book page and click on the “Talon Store” tab!
 
 

 
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Fri
09
Jan

TALON Set Up Fourplay For Fans on March 20

Artist: 
Friday, March 20, 2015
 
TALON Set Up Fourplay For Fans on March 20

Release date: 20th March 2015
Catalogue No: ESM273
 
Track List: Spun / Sin City Sister / Holly Would / Set Me Free / Tonight / It's A Fine Line Between Love And Lust / Evil / I Don't Wanna Cry / Love Is Like A Drug To Me / Raise 'Em High / Hole In My Head / There Ain't Nothin' In The World Like A Rockin' Band 
 
Talon is: Michael O'Mara: Lead and Backing Vocals / Kory Voxen:  Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar / Jim Kee: Lead and Rhythm Guitar / Phil Keller: Bass Guitar / John Parker:  Drums.
 
*Special Guest Musicians: Tim Pierce:  Lead and Harmony Guitars on 'Spun' and 'Tonight' / Pete Fry:  Lead Guitar on 'Love Is Like A Drug To Me'
 
Produced by Ty Sims / Co-Produced by John Parker, Michael O'Mara & Kory Voxen

 
 
An American band and based in California, TALON was born from the ashes of VOXEN ' a band that achieved international success with their release 'Sacrifice', which included a track that was used in the major motion picture 'Outbreak' starring Dustin Hoffman.
       
Soon after, a new vision was brought forward with the recruitment of Michael O'Mara (Joshua Perahia, EFX) and demos were soon recorded some songs which culminated in the release of their self-titled debut. Upon release, the CD was wildly praised and was on countless top-10 lists for the year. Soon followed major live shows, including The Gods Festival in the U.K. Talon also had the privilege of being Stan Bush's backing band at The Gods Festival and the subsequent DVD release. After a break of working on individual projects, Talon recorded new demos and ultimately recorded their next release 'Fallen Angels'. With a closer vibe to an AOR feel, New York native Chandler Mogel was brought on board.  
 
Chandler Mogel went on to front the Greece outfit Outloud and Talon then used the vocal talents of Shawn Pelata (Line of Fire) and keyboardsman Eric Ragno (China Blue, Takara, etc.). This was simply entitled 'III' and was released on Escape Music. It proved to be a great album which strengthened the bands reputation and the addition of Jeff Scott Soto on guest vocals helped them gain a strong following. 
 
This brings us to 2015 and the band have gone back to their roots and Michael O'Mara is back behind the mike stand. This is great news, and to add to the excitement they had the great pleasure to have contributions from some amazing friends and guitarists involved in the release. First off, top session guitarist extraordinaire Tim Pierce (Bonjovi, Ozzy, Santana, Elton John, etc.) provides Lead Guitar on 2 tracks and Pete Fry (FarCry, Rockarma) provides Lead Guitar on another track!   
With amazing tracks such as the emotional 'Tonight', the in-your-face 'Evil', the dirty groove of 'Holly Would', and the energetic fun of 'Spun' ' and many other outstanding tracks, this release is bound to show up on a lot of 10 Bests Lists for 2015!   Its just going to be like the good old days!  
Talon recently played at MelodicRockFest4, previewing several of the new tracks and now with several shows being set up for 2015 to promote the upcoming release, look for Talon to play near you in 2015!!!!
 
Talon have come strong with their fourth release, this is going to be a monster!
 
 
 
Wed
30
Jul

MELODICROCKFEST 4 - JIM PETERIK to Join VIP Sunday Event

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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I'm very excited to annoucne that the one and only - the great JIM PETERIK will be joining MELODIC ROCK FEST VIPs at the Holiday Inn Express, Arlington Heights on Sunday October 5 for an exclusive Meet & Greet Book Signing Event!
Jim's autobiography Through The Eye Of The Tiger is released September 23. See press release here: http://www.melodicrock.com/articles/news-feed/2014/07/29/jim-peterik-thr...
 
Jim will be in attendance through the Acoustic/VIP Event to sell his brand new book and sign copies and meet fans!
 
 
 
 
 
 
MelodicRockFest 4 is just 2 over months away, and things are all finally falling into place.
For those awesome people that have supported this event with the purchase of VIP Tickets, I’m happy to expand upon the details of those packages.
 
GOLD VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including a spot in the elevated booths and access to the Green Room all through the event.
 
GREEN VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including access to the Green Room all through the event.
 
BLUE VIP – all perks as previously advertised, including access to the Green Room on FRIDAY only.
 
ALL VIPs - Work begins now on the MRF4 CD Compilation and MP3 Compilation Download – the download you’ll get soon and the Promo CD in the MRF4 Event Bag.
 
 
ACOUSTIC EVENTS –
 
Thursday Evening (from 7.30pm) - H.E.A.T will perform a 30 minute acoustic set / Meet & Greet in the Conference Room at the Holiday Inn Express, Arlington Heights. You don’t need to be staying at the hotel to be there, but you do need to be a Green or Gold VIP Ticket holder.
 
Friday (from Midday) – Adriangale will perform a 30 minute acoustic set in the Green Room at the HOME Bar venue. This event is open to ALL VIP ticket holders.
 
Sunday (from Midday) – Work Of Art, Talon and Gary Moon will all participate in acoustic sets back at the Conference Room at the Holiday Inn Express! There may be one or two more guests in attendance too! This event is open to ALL VIP Ticket holders.
 
 
GRAB BAGS –
 
I’ve been lining up support from various companies for goodies to be included in the Grab Bags for Green and Gold VIPs attending MRF4.
 
Here’s a rundown of the companies so far that have generously agreed to participate:
 
Frontiers Records (www.frontiers.it)
SPV Records (www.spv.de)
Kivel Records (www.kivelrecords.com)
Perris Records (www.perrisrecords.com)
Eonian Records (www.aonianrecords.com)
Fireworks Magazine (supplying 5x Digital PDF Issues for each VIP)
 
There are a few artists that will also donate a few items (such as David Reece). Stay tuned for updates.
 
If anyone needs an update of what is included in the VIP Packages, go to: www.melodicrockfest.com/vipperks.html
 
 
 

 

 
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