BLACK SWAN Project Launches Debut Album 'Shake The World' Feb 14

Friday, February 14, 2020
Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken), and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in BLACK SWAN, a new band project signed to Frontiers Music Srl. Their debut album, “Shake The World,” an aptly titled album if ever there was one, is a delightful romp of powerful hard rock that is not simply the sum of its parts, but a powerful rock ‘n roll machine. It will be released on February 14, 2020 on CD, LP, & Digital formats. 
Watch the first single and video, for the title track, NOW!
The genesis of Black Swan was sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers' President & Head of A&R, Serafino Perugino, who wanted a project that would not only showcase McAuley's vocal prowess, but have a mighty musical backbone to stand skyscraper tall behind him. Thus, the initial seeds were planted and Pilson ran with it from there. "Shake The World" was tracked at Pilson’s home studio in Los Angeles and is a showcase of both the musical talents of the instrumental players in the band as well as McAuley’s powerful voice. The four members got Black Swan off the ground by exchanging ideas back and forth and then bringing all the songs together. The final result is something fresh, very heavy, but still intensely melodic and it’s certainly not Dokken, nor Winger, nor MSG, or some combination thereof, but it’s own unique animal. As an example, one of the songs was written by Jeff Pilson right after seeing the Queen movie 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. "I came home and I sat down at the grand piano and pretty much wrote exactly the chorus that we have, just coming straight [from] the movie. It is a bit Queen-like."


Continues Pilson, "It's amazing, incredible music. Wait until you hear everybody's playing and singing. It's beyond - way beyond."
Adds Robin McAuley, "This is really exciting for me to read: Black Swan announces the release of “Shake the World," the first offering from the band on the Frontiers' label." I’ve known Jeff for some thirty years and we have a history of performing together on MSG Unplugged, in addition to being great friends, musically and socially. When he asked me to do this and collaborate with Reb, I didn’t have to think too long with my response. Initially he wasn’t going to play bass on this, but Reb and myself soon changed his mind, lol!!! Bringing Matt into the mix was a great decision. His powerful energy and style is unmistakable on this album. Overall, it is a very powerful blend of styles and writing. Reb is truly an amazing guitarist and songwriter. Jeff captured my vocals the way I like to sound. Probably the best vocal sound I’ve had... ever!!!! Such a great and creative studio experience for me. This is kick ass, powerful music on an album full of great songs. If you love strong melodies and BIG choruses, BLACK SWAN won’t disappoint!! It’s time...”SHAKE THE WORLD!!!"
Guitarist Reb Beach says, "When Jeff approached me to do this, I was so excited because I loved writing “Erase the Slate” with him for Dokken. I also played in the band with Jeff for four years, and we worked so well together, writing and live too. He is as good as it gets when it comes to a rock musician, a great songwriter and an absolute joy to work with. I came in with riffs, Jeff arranged them into a song by adding his own parts, and then Robin wrote the lyrics, and knocked it out of the park with the vocals. I am pretty particular about singers, and Robin’s voice is so slammin' that I wouldn’t want anyone else. Matt came in with his huge drum sound, and we had a great sounding band. Very exciting stuff!!"
"Shooting the video was a blast," says drummer Matt Starr. "Shot in Los Angeles over the course of two days, it was similar to recording the record, everything was very organic and comfortable. That’s the advantage of working with guys who have so much experience. There’s not too much discussion going on. Everybody knows what to do, we just get to work and do it. That leaves more time for hanging out, chatting and smoking cigars!"
Black Swan's “Shake the World” is a killer slice of melodic hard rock and heavy metal from seasoned players who have gelled musically. Whether you are a fan from “back in the day” or brand new to the scene and just diving in, this album is essential listening!


Follow the band on Facebook:


1.  Shake The World
2.  Big Disaster
3.  Johnny Came Marching
4.  Immortal Souls
5.  Make It There
6.  She's On To Us
7.  The Rock That Rolled Away
8.  Long Road To Nowhere
9.  Sacred Place
10. Unless We Change
11. Divided/United


Black Swan:
- Robin McAuley - Lead Vocals and Background Vocals
- Reb Beach - Guitars and Background Vocals
- Jeff Pilson - Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Keys and Background Vocals
- Matt Starr - Drums and Percussion

IAN PARRY New Solo Album 'In Flagrante Delicto ' Out Feb 21

Metal Mind Productions is proud to announce the release of the 5th solo album by Ian Parry, “In Flagrante Delicto”.
The album is scheduled for worldwide release on 21st February 2020 and includes 10 hypnotic catchy modern power rock synthesizer/guitar/vocal based songs in a diverse style ranging from Yes style synthesizer atmospheres, to Whitesnake/ Foreigner classic rock and a hint of Rammstein together with a commercial heart felt Bad English/Peter Gabriel style ballad. “In Flagrante Delicto” deals with the issue of plastic and toxic waste very much in the mainstream media at present and a subject Ian holds very close to his heart.
After spending more than a decade (co-) writing and compiling songs to best illustrate this serious issue, Ian sings out a passionate message from the heart, but still retains the creative edge for a little fantasy for his fans. Ian’s wish is simply to make more people aware of what’s happening in his own way via music, with the talent and support of incredible musicians: guitarists - Stephan Lill (Vanden plas) & co-writer; Patrick Rondat; drummers - Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Imre Daun (Brian Robertson band), Andreas Lill & Gary King; bass guitarists - Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian, Tank), Torsten Reichert; keyboard player & co-songwriter - Jeroen van der Wiel, plus many more.
As an established singer in the world of Rock & Metal with worldwide sales exceeding 200,000, Ian Parry’s almost 40 year career being with his first professional band Mono Pacific in 1981 has given him the opportunity to work with many well-known artists such as Kamelot, Elegy, Ayreon, Mob Rules, Royal Hunt, Vengeance, Hammerhead, Valencia, Infinity Overture, Crystal Tears, Von Baltzer & his self-produced 5 album epic rock metal concept Consortium Project.
Produced by Ian “In Flagrante Delicto” has been masterfully mixed by Swedish engineer/producer Martin Kronlund (Hammerfall/ Firewind/ Rock Emporium). 
“In Flagrante Delicto” opens a new chapter in Ian’s phenomenal career combining passion, true facts & raw power in a modern synthesizer / guitar based melodic rock album.
“In Flagrante Delicto” - tracklist:
1. Spaceman
2. Travellers (Across The Unknown Universe)
3. In Flagrante Delicto
4. Fool’s Paradise
5. Impulse
6. Ingenious
7. Wish
8. Fly
9. The Day We Stop Dreaming
10. So Far So Good

Japanese CDs For Sale

Out of print Japanese pressings up fort sale. Several pictures at - all NM (but most without OBIs). Some already taken, get in now! Email or FB Messenger.
Also - still more rarities being added to Discogs

ONE DESIRE Announce New Album and European Tour 2020


The new album is called “Midnight Empire”. It’s a bomb and it drops first quarter of 2020. We have been working really hard the whole year and the mixes are next to done. Midnight Empire will be mastered in 2 weeks. We love it and we think it’s the perfect follow up to the debut.

One Desire is heading out on a big European Tour in 2020 starting March 6th (UK) London. We are joining our friends in The Night Flight Orchestra and it will be an awesome spectacle.

More info to be followed.. Stay tuned!

Happy Independence Day Finland!
102 years 6.12.1917

New From ROCK CANDY - Foghat

The following two albums have been released after a slight delay. Out now.
OF ALL THE British bands that were big in America during the 1970s, Foghat were, without doubt, the least known in the UK. With a succession of hit albums to their name it was not unusual for them to achieve gold-selling status and pack out large venues in every city they visited. By the time of this album (their 5th) the band was primed and ready to join the superstar league. They didn’t disappoint and were jet-propelled to Platinum status by delivering a major hit single, with the uncompromising but entirely ear worm friendly ‘Slow Ride’, a song that has firmly cemented itself in the hard rock hall of fame.
Formed in 1971 from the ashes of British blues boomers Savoy Brown, Foghat (a name coined from a game of Scrabble), scored a deal with newly-formed American label Bearsville, an operation owned and operated by Bob Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman. Moving lock stock and barrel to the US a year later, they started to ascend the ladder of success by gaining a reputation as one of the most relentless and loud rock bands of the era. Their monstrously heavy style of twelve-bar boogie and pounding musical riffs cemented them a reputation second to none.
‘Fool For The City’ is a work of perfection. Produced by the band’s new bassist Nick Jameson, and boasts a number of killer tracks including the eight minute centrepiece ‘Slow Ride’, together with ‘Drive Me Home’ (featuring the sound of a real car crashing) and the crushing title track. Housed in one of the most humorous album sleeves of the era, the record is a golden milestone in the hard rock pantheon.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Features the definitive monster boogie anthems ‘Fool For The City’ and ‘Slow Ride’, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and new interviews
TRACK LISTING: 1. Fool for the City 2. My Babe 3. Slow Ride 4. Terraplane Blues 5. Save Your Loving (For Me) 6. Drive Me Home 7. Take It or Leave It
THE SEVENTIES WERE a golden time for rock music. It was a period where musically anything and everything was given free rein, not least the rise of a succession of landmark live albums. Records from KISS, Humble Pie, The Allman Brothers and, especially, Peter Frampton blew the roof off sales wise, helping to elevate those acts to superstar status. Of course, if acts were great on stage then anything should be possible and those live recordings were viewed as not only career markers but also accelerants to future success.
‘Foghat live’ was a defining moment for both the band and their audience. It is without doubt one of the greatest live albums of all time. Its quality and contents were undeniable and the fact that it wasn’t a full blown double live offering is something of a mystery to this day. Despite that, the record is a blistering example of unrelenting hard rock muscle. Featuring six full-on live versions of the band’s finest tracks, it captures the band in prime form, blessed with the cream of the group’s compositions - no room for back peddling or inconsequential ballads with this band.
Produced by their former bassist Nick Jameson, the record explodes from the opening salvo of ‘Fool For The City’ through a succession of crushing rockers such as ‘Home In My Hand’ (displaying Rod ‘The Bottle’ Prices masterful bottle neck guitar work), the eight minute ‘I just Want To Make Love To You’, and their frantic charge of ‘Road Fever’. Of course the ace in deck is a definitive recording of the band’s boogie behemoth ‘Slow Ride’, a track that defines everything you need to know about their style.
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION. Fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Features the definitive monster boogie anthem ‘Slow Ride’, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, memorabilia, rare photos and new interviews
TRACK LISTING: 1. Fool for the City 2. Home in My Hand 3. I Just Want to Make Love to You 4. Road Fever 5. Honey Hush 6. Slow Ride

FIREWORKS Issue 89 Out Now

The brand new, massive issue #89 of FIREWORKS arrives the week of Dec 9th (in shops Thursday Dec 12th). We chat to cover stars LORDI as they tell us all about their fabulous new concept album where they have recorded imagined LORDI hits through the decades using authentic production techniques of the various eras, including the first ever song Mr Lordi has never had a hand in writing – a genuine 1980s Jean Beauvooir/Paul Stanley unreleased song.  How cool is THAT?!
Also taking the authentic recording route are Axxis, and we chat to the guys about re-recording their favourite songs from the first five EMI releases. If you've never experienced the pure unadulterated joy of Axxis, this is the perfect place to start.
Magnum have an awesome new release, 'The Serpent Rings', which Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley tell us all about. We also chat to bassist/singer/producer/guitarist Dennis Warm about his decision to join the band and what that means for Pink Cream 69.
I'm sure many of you were fans of Saracen way back, especially their 'Heroes, Saints & Fools' album. So what has mainman Rob Bendelow been up to? Simply put, he's written and recorded a superb new album with Crystal Viper's Marta Gabriel. The band is called Moon Chamber and Rob reveals all the details behind this surprising but superb collaboaration. Elsewhere we interview Tom Keifer, Blind Guardian, Edenbridge, The Flower Kings, Flying Colors, Rox, Kobra & The Lotus, Lacuna Coil, Work Of Art, Carl Dixon and many, many more!!
PLUS the most comprehensive reviews section in any UK music magazine – over 50 pages of CD, DVD and book reviews. Ideas for Christmas presents? You'll find hundreds in here!!
The magazine also comes with a free CD containing 104 free mp3 songs and several pdfs!