|MRF 60 Now Available Online!|
Rock Fanzine - Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of
Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 60th release of Frontiers Records' magazine is
available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-orders
and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Below is
the preview of the Melodic Rock Fanzine cover. This new issue includes
reviews and interviews of Heart, Primal Fear, Vanden Plas, W.E.T., Ring
of Fire, Indica, Silent Force, Berggren Kerslake Band, Sleeping Romance,
Persuader, House of Lords, Red Dragon Cartel, Silent Voices... and more!
Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the
Frontiers official site and here: issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf60.
Be sure to check out the interviews and CD reviews by our very own Barry McMinn.
|L.R.S. "Livin' 4 a Dream" is taken from the album "Down to the Core".|
the album on Amazon: http://www.smarturl.it/lrsamazon
or iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/lrsitunes
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S. debut album "Down to the Core" on March 21st in Europe and March 25th in North America.
L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline) and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy LaVerdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 GUNS debut album "Salute" in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well known musicians: guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE).
The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members -- who lived in different places - and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of JOURNEY / THE STORM, with hints of Canadian AOR - think mid 80's TRIUMPH. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.
"I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos" said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added "It was like we had been playing in a band for years!". "I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline -- I was very glad to be involved in this", concludes Josh Ramos.
The resulting album" Down to the Core" is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from LaVerdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!
Tommy La Verdi - lead vocals
Josh Ramos - guitars
Michael Shotton -- drums, backing vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals
Nicola Mazzucconi bass, fretless bass
Anna Portalupi bass, fretless bass
Jamie Browne bass
|NEW GOTTHARD VIDEO RELEASED|
a little more than four weeks and it will finally be here: The big “Bang!”
we're all waiting for. Great that there's the strong first single to
tide us over, because “Feel What I Feel” definitely whets the
appetite for more. Even more so watching the video, which officially
premieres today, starring former „Miss Switzerland“ Anita Buri in
the super-hot leading role. Because let's face it – what could
possibly be better than: awesome track + beautiful woman = perfect.
“Feel What I Feel”: Extraterrestrial Clip. During the shoot of “Feel What I Feel” it got quite warm in the “Pfalzkeller” of St. Gallen monastery and that wasn't only caused by the spotlights ... Apart from the elaborately filmed scenes of the band's performance, the amazing Anita Buri raised the temperature in a tasteful, sexy alien costume, seducing our friend Nic good and proper. All very professional-like, of course. Find out how the story ends in the brand-new clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIWZ6Kzwm7Y.
It came directly from the studio and touched down in the single charts easily. Now, “Feel What I Feel” sets off to look at the airplay charts from the very top as well. No wonder, because the leading track from “Bang!” surges ahead with a hymnal hook and a fantastic chorus, blazing the trail for the new Gotthard album, which will be released on April 4, 2014 and will probably cause quite a chart quake once again.
ten days, the “Swiss Music Awards” will take place in the almost
sold-out Zurich Hallenstadion. Obviously, Gotthard will be there on
March 7 to perform the TV world premiere of “Feel What I Feel”:
"The SMAs will take place at the Hallenstadion for the first time.
That's exactly the place, where such an event belongs and we are very
much looking forward to our performance premiering our new song “Feel
What I Feel”," confirms Marc. And Freddy adds: "The
Hallenstadion always is very special. After our sold-out show in 2005,
we're glad to be able to play in this venue again." Those without
tickets will still be able to see the show: the event will be aired live
at 8:10 pm on SRF Zwei, Joiz, and Rouge TV.
|NEW WHITESNAKE TRIBUTE BAND FEATURING DAVID READMAN FORMED|
new ultimate European Whitesnake tribute band announced earlier today,
Featuring David Readman (Voodoo Circle,
Pink Cream 69) on Lead Vocals.
"Today, we stand at the cradle of Troublesnake. A number of fine young Belgian musicians have teamed up with vocalist David Readman (Voodoo Circle, Pink Cream 69, Adagio...) to bring you the ultimate European Whitesnake tribute. Routined in playing together with their other project Purpleized, a Deep Purple tribute, Ruben Vanempten (drums), Dimi Russo (bass), Yves Neefs and Robert Mol (guitars) know better than anyone else how to do justice to the authentic 70's and 80's European heavy metal sound. Now, supporting the magnificent and powerful rock voice of David Readman, they'll let their interpretation of Deep Purple mature naturally into this new project giving honor to Whitesnake, exactly like David Coverdale did before them. First show will be announced soon, stay tuned!
|CALIFORNIA BREED SET TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN MAY|
of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight.
Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the
two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new
band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist
Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old
newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs,
gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will
release their self-titled debut album May 16 in Europe and May 20 in
North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey
Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings and more). Look out for future
announcements on the band at www.californiabreed.com.
California Breed was recorded at Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It's proper rock,” Hughes told ClassicRockMagazine.com (2/6), “but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he's onstage!”
Glenn Hughes, 'The Voice Of Rock', is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep's legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father's skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style & creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it's all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies.”
Here's the track listing for the self-titled debut album: 1. The Way 2. Sweet Tea 3. Chemical Rain 4. Midnight Oil 5. All Falls Down 6. The Grey 7. Days They Come 8. Spit You Out 9. Strong 10. Invisible 11. Scars 12. Breathe 13. Solo* / *Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including 2 video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary.
About California Breed: Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They're only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn's friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was 'Chemical Rain' and the other was 'Solo', both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, 'We've got to record this!' That's when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer's own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb's insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I'm used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking."
For more information on California Breed, visit: www.californiabreed.com / www.facebook.com/CaliforniaBreed / twitter.com/CaliBreedBand.
|LANEY'S LEGION READY FOR UNLEASHING|
Godfather of Swedish Glam and Sleaze Chris Laney's band Laney's
Legion has released a digital single “Taste Of Your Tongue” on
iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The first single of the album is a killer
air guitar fist in the air, sexy track and the artwork to match it! The
"Self Titled" full length CD will be released April 22nd, 2014
worldwide. Laney's Legion features Chris Laney (Zan Clan, Randy Piper's
Animal), Rob Marcello (Danger Danger), Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design,
Scaar) and Patrik Jansson (Helsingland Underground).
But instead of returning with a third solo album, the forthcoming full length feature will be the debut album for his new band: Laney's Legion. "I really missed the feeling of having a real band. I wanted to go back to the basics", says Chris. Laney is of course still handling lead vocals and rhythm guitars. Joining him is drummer Patrik Jansson (Hellsingland Underground) and bass player Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design, Scaar). They are both sought-after session players in the Swedish music circuit, and toured with Laney on his last tours. Last but least, the brand new quartet is complete with the highly acclaimed guitar virtuoso Rob Marcello (Danger Danger). This time, it's all about the music: "My solo albums were pretty much recorded and written in a rush. This time I didn't wanna stress anything. This time I only wanted the best songs possible".
In order to achieve this, he brought in longtime partner Anders Ringman to help out with writing and producing. The multi platinum songwriting duo, aka Platform, has a 15 year collaboration history featuring work with Crashdïet, Crucified Barbara, Steevi Jaimz and others. "It was the natural choice. We work so well together", Chris says. And with contributions from everybody in the band, Laney's Legion have produced an album containing nothing but solid, melodic sing-along tunes. "We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here. What it all come downs to is the music. And there are surprises. We're not just doing the normal hard glam rock our fans might expect, we rock, we pop and no one can stop us now!"
|HEARTBREAK HOTEL FOR SCREAM ARENA|
Melodic hard rockers Scream Arena is ready with their self-titled debut album which will be released March 17. Today the band premieres a Elvis cover song! The United Kingdom has always provided its own twist on the US art form that is rock 'n' roll, from The Rolling Stones on, through Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Who, Queen, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden et al. And drawing on such greats amongst others, England's Scream Arena take a brand of melodic hard rock with metal undertow and give it a firm twist, balancing now with the classic. A rare feat.
Formed by lyricist Andy Paul and going through the usual line-up changes until arriving at the motley but right crew the band is today, Scream Arena is a response to both the fey indie bands masquerading as "rock bands" in Britain and the studied off the shelf misery of so many metal bands championed by the fashion conscious, Scream Arena is simply a full tilt hard rock band with a lyrical slant towards narrative storytelling. "We are so tired of Smiths retreads and rewatered workings of The Clash being sold to us as the future of rock music", says frontman Andy Paul. "It was time to say "enough".
The catalyst for the Scream Arena debut album was famed US rock producer/musician Paul Sabu taking the band under his wing and guiding them along the way. Sabu was responsible for bringing the idea of a cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Heartbreak Hotel" to the table and being keen students of history and believing that an acknowledgment of the roots allows the way ahead to be clear, the band agreed and with Sabu crafted a nod and a wink to the King. Andy recalls, "We saw no real reason behind covering "Heartbreak Hotel" but as we got into the idea we saw and appreciated the logic and indeed the song".
exclusively to "Heartbreak Hotel" from the upcoming album on SoundCloud
|NEW FM EP - FUTURAMA - OUT 31 MARCH|
Monday 31 March sees the mighty FM release their monster new EP - Futurama - featuring eleven new recordings: four new studio tracks, six new live tracks and one extended mix. Running time - 57 minutes.
Tracklisting: Futurama / Cold Hearted / Bad That's Good In You / Preying On My Mind / Tough Love (Live) / All Or Nothing (Live) / Closer To Heaven (Live) / Crosstown Train (Live) / Story Of My Life (Live) / Breathe Fire (Live) / Cold Hearted (Extended Mix)
been busy in the studio working on the new EP and writing songs for the
next album. We're really pleased with the direction the songs are
taking. Previous EPs we've released have proved to be really popular
with the fans and this is our biggest and best to date!" - Steve
|Winger to release highly- anticipated sixth studio album Better Days Comin’ in April|
Band’s First New Album in 5 Years Slated for Release via
album is available for pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard and
deluxe configuration. The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and
includes the bonus track ‘Another Beautiful Day’ and a DVD
including a Making of the Album documentary as well as videos for the
first single ‘Rat Race’ and the title track. An iTunes pre-order
will be available soon.
|WHITECHAPEL Brand New Album Announced!|
Listing and Album Artwork Revealed
Returning with the fifth full-length of their decimating career, there is no stopping the juggernaut that is WHITECHAPEL. Our Endless War is the culmination of everything the Knoxville, Tennessee sextet have worked toward since their inception. A ruthlessly honed album that refuses to compromise on brutality, it is also by far their most streamlined, atmospheric, and emotionally powerful release, pushing every aspect of their sound to the next level.
Our Endless War will be released April 28th in the UK via Metal Blade Records. Today WHITECHAPEL have revealed the album artwork track listing and have released the first single from the new album. Listen to the first offering from Our Endless War and pre-order the album, in exclusive bundle packages at http://www.metalblade.com/whitechapel
"We are excited to announce our fifth full length studio album Our Endless War. In typical WHITECHAPEL fashion, this CD takes the sound we have been developing over the past 8 years of our career and pushes it to new levels. We want each record we release to sound different, and this one is no exception. With dashes of every record we have done so far mixed with the intensity of a new sound, this record is sure to please fans of WHITECHAPEL, old and new”, says guitarist Alex Wade.
progressed with every record, on Whitechapel the band took a
stylistic leap forward, garnering a whole army of new fans and greater
critical respect in the process. This determination is immediately
apparent. Having started to "seriously" write in February of
2013, the album was a year in the making, the band letting the writing
develop organically while putting everything under a microscope, working
harder on perfecting every song than they ever had before.
|Horse Party Debut Album Due Out In May|
... the pale, dead hand of Patti Smith on the tiller and the pop nous of
XTC” - Unpeeled
“Cohesive, brazen and delightfully noisy” - Bearded Magazine
“Sounding like The White Stripes playing Fugazi covers with Beth Ditto" - God Is In The TV
Coming on like Fleetwood Mac covering dEUS via Fugazi and early Verve, Horse Party got together after a night spent drinking in a church. Ellie Langley, Seymour Quigley and Shannon Hope were united in a love of Bjork, Savages, Daughter and terrible movies.
When the band’s first song ‘Clarion Call’, appeared on Soundcloud in January 2013 it received widespread airplay and scored the band plenty of bookings. Over the next year they played 50+ gigs with support slots including Tunng, Pinkunoizu, Shonen Knife, Heartless Bastards, Ghostpoet, The Nightingales, Vuvuvultures and Dingus Khan. Among all this, a particular highlight from their first year as a band was a live broadcast via BBC Introducing from the new John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. The band also collaborated with singer Jaq Gallier at a special Elliott Smith Tribute at London's Brixton Windmill.
After further releases including the single ‘Back to Mono’ and a live EP ‘Scarlet & Blue’, the band signed to UK independent label Integrity (Million Dead, Valentiine) in October. The release of single 'What Do You Need' in November (played on air by Amazing Radio and John Kennedy at XFM), rounded off their busy 2013.
The band grew out of Bury St Edmunds’ thriving music scene. Bury was little more than a sleepy Suffolk town with a Tory constituency, until restrictions on live music were lifted in the 90s and bands such as Mansun started touring through the town. An exciting punk and DIY scene emerged with kids including Ellie, Seymour and Shannon picking up instruments and getting noticed by the nation. Not only did John Peel pronounce it ‘The New Seattle’, but the town came second in Rolling Stone’s culture capital of the year list 2002. Really.
The scene disintegrated for a few years but its second wave is coming with full force. Along with their own music Horse Party run a monthly club night called Washing Machine at The Hunter Club in Bury St Edmunds for new bands. In a recent interview with Q Magazine  Seymour said: “we're running three or four nights a month and I can't keep up with the number of people wanting to play. We get 15 year- olds talking to us about Devo, Fugazi, Talking Heads and Melvins plus early 90s hip-hop, and referencing those bands in their music."
The band are tireless supporters of other Suffolk musicians. They run their own label called Sturm Und Drang Recordings and a magazine, plus they also have a Riot Grrrl-inspired fanzine called 'Shut The Fuck Up' which they hand out free at gigs.
Horse Party are a band who have naturally tapped into music’s power to stir a stagnant mentality – as such their upcoming album is a harmony of raw, lo-fi expression and liberating rock-your-cares-away hooks. More than anything else though, Seymour describes Horse Party as “the most fun I’ve ever had with other humans”.
Horse Party will be playing the following shows in support of the album:
Friday 28th - Sudbury (Suffolk), White Horse
Saturday 1st - Bury St Edmunds, Washing Machine @ The Hunter Club
Thursday 6th - London, Camden Monarch
Friday 21st - Norwich, Blossom Records
Thursday 3rd - Cambridge, Portland Arms
Friday 11th - Stowmarket, John Peel Centre with Dingus Khan
Saturday 12th - Colchester, Soundhouse with F.O.X.
Saturday 19th - London, Brixton Windmill
|THE PECKHAM COWBOYS - Dirty blues rockers announce March UK tour, to support second album ‘10 Tales From The Gin Palace’ - out now on Cargo Records|
South London scoundrels The Peckham Cowboys are preparing to saddle up and take their dirty blues rock show on the road this Spring, following the February 14th release of second album ‘10 Tales From The Gin Palace’ through Cargo Records.
The all-star act - comprised of vocalist Marc Eden (formerly of DNA Doll, Men & Gods, and an early incarnation of Velvet Revolver), guitarists Dale Hodgkinson (Dog Kennel Hill, And Also The Trees), and Timo Kaltio (Hanoi Rocks, Izzy Stradlin Band), bassist Nigel Mogg (The Quireboys), drummer Ryan McCormick (Steven Adler Band), and Duncan McKay (Primal Scream) on the horns and keys - ride into the following towns in March;
With a wealth of hard-won experience in their hard-rockin’, hard-livin’ ranks, the band put on a highly entertaining, and highly volatile, live show, which punters will struggle to peel their eyes away from. Speaking to Vive le Rock magazine this month, Dale warned gig-goers; “the dynamic within the ‘Cowboys, especially live, has always been an edgy one - will the band still exist by the end of the set? - or indeed the next song… past members have quit mid-set!”. He adds that “the current line-up is great and the sound is the most cogent it has ever been”.
On ‘10 Tales From The Gin Palace’, The Peckham Cowboys craft their distinctive ‘deep sarf Lahndon blues’ sound from a heady blend of bloozy barroom pianos, sleazy slide guitar, and even down ‘n’ dirty dub touches, painting a Hogarth-esque image of Dickensian rogues and Del Boy types ducking ‘n’ diving through London‘s gutters.
Reviewing the album in Classic Rock magazine, Kris Needs declared the band sound “as filthy as the streets they sing about, with ’Poor Boy Blues’ a monolithic dirt bag anthem… While conducting no-holds barred rock ‘n’ raunch assaults with deft aplomb, touches like McKay’s sublime horns and rebel toaster Congo Natty’s spot on the dubbed out ‘Don’t Damn The Hypnotist’ add depth, and ‘She Was Sweet On Me’ cheekily heists the Stones ‘Start Me Up’ - 7/10”.
|Skarlett Riot launch their brand new lyric video for the new single ‘Tear Me Down’|
it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLylnEe0-sU
Me Down’ is the title track of Skarlett Riot’s critically acclaimed
debut album and will be released March 10th, just prior to
the band’s appearance at Takedown Festival.
the press have to say about Skarlett Riot;
coming-of-age debut hits hard, and proves this young
is one of the best debuts from a young band in a very long time. A
brilliant example of modern rock music.’
rare to hear a band sounding this confident… and on their full length
debut too. …they’re here to stay" 4/5
- Big Cheese
BRAINSTORM - Full "Firesoul" Album Details
Brainstorm have confirmed the full details of their new album "Firesoul", which will be released here on April 7th. Due to be released as CD / Digipack / Gatefold Colour & Black Vinyl Editions and Fanbox, the album is bursting with classic Brainstorm aggression, and brimming with great songs, all produced wonderfully once again by Achim Kohler....
special editions will break down into the following formats;
Digipack (including 2 extra tracks and live CD)
Limited Edition Vinyl (250 Orange and 250 Black)
Limited Edition EMP T-Shirt And CD Offer @EMP Mailorder
and a Limited Edition Fanbox, which, as well as the Digipack, will also include these wonderful beauties.... (these are Andy's for example);
.......... special edition Tarot cards signed by each member. The Fanbox is limited to 666 copies.
All 5 members are featured, and the track listing is confirmed as;
Erased By the Dark
|Norwegians Triosphere have announced officially that their new album is due|
.As yet untitled, and with the release date yet to be confirmed, we're still itching to know more, but in a statement the band has wet the appetites of fans all around Europe and beyond....
The Road Less Travelled" was an amazing journey for us all in Triosphere," says the band. "It has taken us all around Europe three(!) times, placed us on the stage at Wacken and several other killer festivals, and given us the chance to share stages and tour buses with bands like Arch Enemy, Sonata Arctica, Crimson Glory, Kamelot and many others. A lot of great new friendships have been made...."
"However, while all work and no play surely makes Jack a dull boy, all play and no work makes you Triosphere fans impatient! We sincerely thank you for your patience, and are happy to announce that the wait is almost over.
Studio time was booked back in August of last year, and the release date (for our new record) will be announced by AFM records shortly.
There's lots to be done now! The songs are awesome, the album artwork is in. So, it's an exciting time ahead as we count down to the next milestone for Triosphere. See you all soon!"
GAMMA RAY - Classic Power Metallers’ New ‘Empire Of The Undead’ Studio Album Released March 31st Via earMUSIC
one of Germany’s most prominent and successful classic heavy metal
acts, are set to release their 11th studio album, ‘Empire Of The
Undead’, on March 31st. ‘Empire Of The Undead’
will be released as CD, LP, Limited edition CD with extra visual content
and a box that features the CD, a shirt and a poster.
The new album follows the success of 2010’s ‘To The Metal’ which brought GAMMA RAY back in the highest positions of the sales charts worldwide.
have also announced their spring tour that will take them from Prague to
Helsinki and from Athens to Hamburg across the whole European continent.
Of The Undead”
the fast metal song in the typical GAMMA RAY style that has
influenced so many bands around the world, first appeared on the single
/ EP “Master Of Confusion” an appetizer the band released in
2013, just before touring the world non-stop with “relatives”
worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in
between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk
supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk
was just after landing in South America, that unbelievable news reached
Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place,
studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany, had been totally
destroyed by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments,
on their home turf the band needed to stand back and take an overview
about their losses, and then simply do what they do best – move on!
Life is too good to stop and moan; nearly everything was destroyed,
except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album….
“If this could not stop us… nothing ever will” – joked Kai Hansen, who also added - “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we looked into the future, we saved the production, and we can continue now in this new place.”
ONSLAUGHT - July Dates Announced With Artillery, Appearences At 'Kin Hell Fest (May) and Beermageddon (August)
Onslaught have confirmed further UK dates this Summer for the "VI" tour and will be spending 3 months pushing the album live with two headlining performances and a full UK tour with Danish band Artillery and special guests.
The first show confirmed is a headlining slot on Sunday 4th of May at 'Kin Hell Fest in Leeds, where the band will perform at the Eiger Studios / Vox Complex alongside bands such as Massacre, Lock Up and Napalm Death.....
This will be followed by a full UK tour in July, which will take in 8 venues and includes two exclusive Irish dates.
Tickets for those are on sale now @ www.Ticketmaster.co.uk and www.ticketweb.co.uk
.... all before the band wraps up this touring cycle with a special performance at Alt Fest (Boughton Estate, Kettering - already announced) alongside My Ruin and an as yet to be announced headliner, on Friday 15th of August; before then dropping in to Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove the following weekend (Sunday 24th) to headline the hugely popular Beermageddon Festival.
|Slough Feg stream "Digital Resistance" in its entirety|
Slough Feg will
release their new album, "Digital Resistance," on Tuesday,
February 18th throughout North America. In anticipation of this release,
the band has partnered up with pitchfork.com to give fans a chance to
hear the entire album before it is released. Stream all ten tracks,
including the previously released title track and "Laser
Enforcer" here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/347-digital-resistance/
from today through Monday, February 17th. While you're there, read
Pitchfork's recent interview with Slough Feg's Mike Scalzi here:
|FLOTSAM AND JETSAM to release 'No Place For Disgrace ˆ 2014' through Metal Blade Records!|
Legendary classical thrash/speed metal act,
Flotsam and Jetsam, have announced their new album ˆ No Place For
Disgrace ˆ 2014! No Place For Disgrace ˆ 2014 will be released on
February 17th in UK. Fans can listen to "P.A.A.B" watch
videos, and pre-order No Place For Disgrace ˆ 2014 at
Flotsam and Jetsam comments: "We have re-recorded 'No Place For Disgrace' because we have had a lot of requests to remix this record. The master tapes have been very difficult to obtain so we decided to re-record the album and use some of today's technologies to recreate it. The aim was not really to change but to enhance it with the opportunity with the use of new tools. We have the time available as well and it just seemed like a no brainer. A lot of the die hards are really nervous about it but I think after the final result they will embrace it. The sound quality is 100% better and more refined!"
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will be heading over to Europe in February to support SEPULTURA and LEGION OF THE DAMNED! The tour begins on February 7th.
In April of 2013, Metal Blade released Ugly Noise, the band's eleventh full-length album, their first release on Metal Blade since 2001, and the follow up to their 2010 album, The Cold. The record also marked the return of original members Michael Gilbert on guitar and Kelly David Smith on drums, who had notrecorded with Flotsam and Jetsam since High in 1997.
"Ugly Noise is a solid return to Flotsam and Jetsam's most high-profile era" SputnikMusic.com
"mature Metallica-meets-Queensrÿche moodiness" Metal Hammer (UK)
FLOTSAM AND JETSAM play Bloodstock 2014
|NINE BELOW ZERO 35TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR - Two classic albums remastered - 'Don’t Point Your Finger' & ‘The Third Degree’ - Feb 24th, UMC|
Following on from last year’s remastered
re-release of Nine Below Zero’s live debut ‘Live At The Marquee’
comes a double instalment from the London blues rockers.
Remastered editions of the first two studio albums ‘Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘Third Degree’ are released on February 24th each with a separate disc of bonus material and come with full support and artist endorsement.
With links to Squeeze and the Rolling Stones, Nine Below Zero have recently been name-checked as influences by popular rock ‘n’ roll upstarts The Strypes and there is also a nationwide month long 22-date tour in support of The Stranglers which kicks off on Feb 27th.
Don’t Point Your Finger, released in 1981, was NBZ’s second album. Recorded in 12 days at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes and produced by the legendary Glyn Johns. Dennis says, “We were walking in the footsteps of some of the all-time greats. Led Zeppelin’s first album was recorded there, along with
“Who’s Next” and “Beggars Banquet” by The Stones. It was the most inspiring experience”. The double CD will also include a live performance recorded for the BBC in 1981 at The Granary Club in Bristol.
The Third Degree, released in 1982, included the single 11+11 which was performed on the first episode of cult TV show, The Young Ones. This was to be the bands final album with A&M and spent six weeks in the album chart. David Bailey, renowned photographer of The Beatles, The Stones and the Kray Twins (to name a few), took the photograph for the album front cover artwork.
NBZ originally recorded the album, again with Glyn Johns, at his studio in Sussex. However, with it’s raw sound, it was rejected by A&M. The band went on to re-record it with Simon Boswell. Now available for the first time, Johns’ original recording will be available on the re-release along with the more familiar version of the album. Johns is famous for his work with The Who, The Faces and The Rolling Stones
Dennis says “I think it will be interesting for fans to see how a series of songs can sound so different and how the production process affects the finished article”.
The two classic albums, ’Don’t Point Your Finger’ and ‘The Third Degree’ will be released through Universal on February 24th.
|Behind The Scenes Of Savage Messiah Video Shoot|
London metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have
released a new music video for the track "Hellblazer", which
is taken from their forthcoming new album, THE FATEFUL DARK.
The video was filmed with director TOM WALSH (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PENDULUM) at Giltbrook Studios in Nottingham, and features a mesmerising performance from famed London contortionist PIXIE LE KNOT (GAME OF THRONES Season 3, THE DEVIL INSIDE). The video tells a tale of power, religion and corrupted innocence through an ancient Illuminati ritual.
Extra cameras were on hand throughout the video shoot to capture all of the action, including interviews with the band and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. Watch it now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMjTv9AwNvQ
Check out the full, finished music video for "Hellblazer" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMLgbl7yU98
View some stills from the video shoot, featuring GAME OF THRONES star PIXIE LE KNOT, at http://bit.ly/1dPQGlV
THE FATEFUL DARK is due to be released on March 10th in Europe via Earache Records, March 12th in Japan via Trooper Entertainment, and March 18th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
THE FATEFUL DARK is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.
Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/savage-messiah
THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus tracks and three instant grat tracks, at http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes
See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:
Mar. 02 - London, UK - Barfly
Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
Get more SAVAGE MESSIAH news and info at:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
Twitter - http://twitter.com/savagemessiah
VANISHING POINT - New Album "Distant Is The Sun" Released Monday; Video, Soundcloud Clip And Album Trailer Available On-Line
Aussie Melodic Metal band Vanishing Point are creating quite a big buzz on social media and in the press at the moment, all ahead of the release of their brand new album "Distant Is The Sun", which is released on Monday. Featured in the new issue of Fireworks, and with not only a video clip on-line, soundcloud link to the title track, and album trailer on the AFM Records Youtube channel, the band has been speaking of its wish to now build on this with European touring....
“For us, this new album will be the beginning of a new chapter…
It’s a little more technical, more progressive, more of a step forwards compared to how we were possibly, yet we believe it keeps our melodic feel intact. We really believe our existing fans will love it.”
“For us, playing music is a cathartic release. It’s how we get our feelings out. We are hoping to reach out to more people this time, in many places we have never been to before, as well as to the established fan. All we want to do now is to get back out there with our music, just do it, and put in the hard yards again.”
And so say all of us... It was 2007 when the band’s last album “The Fourth Season” was released and much has happened in the band, the ever fickle music industry and indeed the world itself, since. But this is a band that prides itself on sticking to its guns, and staying true to its vision, regardless of what’s current. In the time since its inception, this band has seen it all and done it all. The four full length albums released since 1997 were just the beginning. Vanishing Point have toured their native Australia and the world many times over, played some of the biggest and most important rock festivals the world has to offer (they were the first unsigned band ever to play the prestigious Wacken Festival in Germany) and shared the stage with a veritable who’s who of the hard rock and metal world, including Iron Maiden, Nightwish, DragonForce, Helloween, and Joe Satriani…..
It is in the future though, not the past, where the real excitement for this band lies. The fifth album has been long in the making, but both vocalist Silvio and guitarist Chris are quietly confident that the band’s many fans worldwide will see a positive progression since “The Fourth Season”, whilst new material retains the core elements of the soaring melodic metal sound that they have grown to know and love over the years.
It’s a safe bet that Vanishing Point’s fifth album “Distant Is The Sun” will further cement the band as Australia’s premier melodic metal outfit, but the band also has one real ace up its sleeve for this…. None other than Tony Kakko (of Sonata Arctica, who appears on one of the faster tracks on the record, “Circle Of Fire”). Tony it transpires, is a man they have history with: it was actually Sonata Arctica themselves who showed their appreciation for Australia’s finest by recording a cover version of the band’s track “Two Minds One Soul” for their “Don’t Say A Word” EP, and this lead to Vanishing Point becoming their support act for a European tour a few years later.
“Circle Of Fire” is one of the real highlights here, and like the rest of the material it’s amazingly catchy. Despite progressive elements, this Aussie bunch have truly managed to keep their characteristic mixture of power metal, the progressive and the AOR accessible at all times, and this album is sure to bring them many accolades.
Aiming for a more powerful sound in comparison to previous albums, Massaro and Co. secured the services of Sebastian “Seeb” Levermann (Orden Ogan) for the mixing of “Distant Is The Sun”, and the band also recently completed filming their new video clip “When Truth Lies” (see below for link). It’s going to be a wonderful journey!
Video Clip - "When Truth Lies"; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgJYsQav90E
Soundcloud Link - "Distant Is The Sun"; https://soundcloud.com/afm-records/vanishing-point-distant-is-the
Album Trailer @AFM Records - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsMdsla0ju8
Band Line Up
Silvio Massaro - Vocals
Christian Nativo - Drums
Chris Porcianko - Guitars
James Maier - Guitars
Simon Best – Bass
01. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
02. King Of Empty Promises
03. Distant Is The Sun
04. When Truth Lies
05. Circle Of Fire
06. Let The River Run
07. Denied Deliverance
08. Story Of Misery
09. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental)
SINBREED - New Album "Shadows" Featuring Members Of Blind Guardian - Full Details
Germany has seen many musical collaborations over the years, but tongues are definitely wagging in the country right now, as the second album from Sinbreed (a band that features Marcus Siepen and Frederik Ehmke from Blind Guardian alongside singer Herbie Langhans) has been announced for late March.
Entitled "Shadows", the album features a production by esteemed Symphony X, Neal Morse producer Markus Teske and contains 10 songs including first single "Bleed", for which a video clip, filmed with Dimmu Borgir / Orden Ogan producer Rainer 'Zipp' Frantzen, has recently been completed.
Definitely coming from the power metal / speed metal fraternity, Sinbreed first established a foothold in 2010, with the debut "When Worlds Collide", but this new album will see them sharpen their attack and define their music even better.
The band is already issuing 'Making Of...' video clips of studio work - Part's 1 (drums) and 2 (bass), can be found here respectively;
And the track listing for "Shadows" is confirmed as;
03. Call To Arms
05. Leaving The Road
06. Far Too Long
07. Black Death
08. Standing Tall
09. London Moon
10. Broken Wings
Whilst the line up is;
Herbie Langhans (Vocals)
Flo Laurin (Guitar)
Marcus Siepen (Guitar)
Alexander Schulz (Bass)
Frederik Ehmke (Drums)
More information on this release will follow but look out for "Shadows" on March 31st
|MAGNUM - LEGENDARY BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS’ NEW STUDIO ALBUM ‘ESCAPE FROM THE SHADOW GARDEN’ RELEASED MARCH 24TH ON SPV /13 DATE APRIL & MAY UK TOUR|
British melodic hard rock group Magnum have confirmed the release of
their utterly compelling new studio album, ‘Escape From The Shadow
Garden’ on Steamhammer / SPV on March 24th. Like a vintage bottle of
champagne, Magnum just get better and better with age, and never is this
more evident than on ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’, the band’s
nineteenth studio album.
Magnum mastermind Tony Clarkin started working on ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ merely a month after the release of its illustrious predecessor, ‘On The 13th Day’, which crashed in to the UK national album chart at 43 and number 3 on the Rock & Metal chart, on release in October 2012. But as with all artists, creativity never comes at the push of a button; either angst or a certain amount of peace and serenity is required for inspiration, and Clarkin is certainly no exception to this rule. “We used to be under permanent pressure from our record companies” he notes, recalling that “They kept calling us, demanding hit singles and radio numbers. But that sort of thing doesn’t work on demand. Now we’re with SPV, where it’s a totally different situation. They give us the necessary time and trust us to do the right thing. That’s probably the reason why I enjoy working with Magnum again.”
Clarkin’s regained joy is omnipresent on each and every one of the eleven wonderfully melodic, timeless, distinctively classic Magnum rock songs on ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’. Tony modestly explains that “I simply told myself: you’re a passable guitarist, so you should play the guitar. As the band’s guitarist and producer, I have all the freedom I need to create exactly what I feel like creating. This band has certain unmistakable trademarks; among them are my feel for melodies and Bob’s unique vocal style.”
Particularly spangling gems of new songs on ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ include epic opener ‘Live ‘Til You Die’, the groove-laden, hard rocking ‘Too Many Clowns’, the poignant, balladic ‘Don’t Fall Asleep’, and gorgeous album closer ’The Valley Of Tears’, with its tinkling ivories and luscious soundscapes. A month after release, Magnum head out on a thirteen date April / May UK tour. Dates are:-
19th April SOUTHAMPTON - The Brook
20th April BUCKLEY - Tivoli
22nd April OXFORD - O2
23rd April BRISTOL - O2
24th April NORWICH - Waterfront
25th April LEAMINGTON SPA - Assembly Halls
26th April MANCHESTER - The Ritz
28th April NOTTINGHAM - Rock City
29th April GLASGOW - Garage
30th April NEWCASTLE - O2
2nd May HOLMFIRTH - Picturedome
3rd May WOLVERHAMPTON - Wulfrun Hall
4th May LONDON - Islington Town Hall
Magnum, who regularly breached the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the Eighties and early Nineties, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and released their debut album 'Kingdom Of Madness' in 1978, followed by 'Magnum II' in 1979 and their first live album 'Marauder' in 1980. During this period they toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.
1982's 'Chase The Dragon' album was the first to go Top 20, and was accompanied by a sold out UK tour. 1983's 'The Eleventh Hour', 1985's 'On A Storyteller's Night' and 1986's (Roger Taylor produced) 'Vigilante' album all fared similarly well but it was 1988's 'Wings Of Heaven' LP which really broke the band into the mainstream, going gold, breaching the top 5 of the UK chart and spawning three top 30 singles - 'Days Of No Trust', Start Talkin' Love' and 'It Must Have Been Love'. During this period the band regularly graced the stages of such venues as Hammersmith Odeon and major UK Festivals as Reading and Castle Donington.
1990's 'Goodnight To L.A.' album also went Top 10, spawned the Top 40 single 'Rocking Chair' and was accompanied by a tour of the UK's Arena circuit, including venues such as Wembley Arena and the NEC. 1991's 'The Spirit', 1992's 'Sleepwalking' and 1994’s 'Rock Art', were followed by the announcement of the band’s demise and an extensive farewell tour, during which the band's 1996 live album, 'The Last Dance' was recorded.
Clarkin went on to work as a producer and songwriter for other artists, brought out two albums with Bob Catley in Hard Rain ('Hard Rain' in 1997 and 'When The Good Times Come' in 1999), and generally recharged his musical batteries.
Then, in the summer of 2001, Magnum reformed and began writing their February 2002 ‘Breath Of Life’ album, released 8 years after ‘Rock Art’. "It was particularly inspiring for me to write and produce new material for Magnum,” Clarkin enthused at the time, continuing that "Compared to the Hard Rain tracks, the Magnum compositions are powerful, deeper, and more passionate.”
2004’s ‘Brand New Morning’ album was an even more accomplished body of work, and won over a host of new fans, as well documented on the ‘Livin’ The Dream’ live DVD, recorded in the UK in 2005, and released in 2006. Both ‘Princess Alice and The Broken Arrow’, released in March 2007, and 2009’s ‘Into The Valley Of The Moon King’, won over ever more new fans, leading to 2011’s‘The Visitation’ charting at 55, and then ‘On The 13th Day’ charting at 43 in the UK national album charts.
Powerplay’s Dave Cockett awarded ‘On The 13th Day’ 10/10, asking “How come they can still find it within themselves to deliver an album as good as the impending ‘On The Thirteenth Day’? I’ll tell you why, Tony Clarkin is a genius… an under-appreciated, all too modest genius, but a genius nonetheless! A keen enthusiast of the ‘less is more’ principle, his innate musicality and unerring ability to pen great hooks and thought provoking lyrics are the cosmic glue that binds it all together….Deceptively simple yet deliciously overblown in all the right places, ‘On The Thirteenth Day’ is a rare precious jewel that deserves to be cherished.”
Now ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’, the cover of which has once again be created by fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy); “Is a release which forges an arch to the early days of Magnum’s career” muses Clarkin, adding “And that’s wonderful! I was really happy when my friend Jimmy Lea of Slade came to visit me at the studio again and said: ‘You’ve done it again?’
|Sons Of The Sea|
OF THE SEA is a new project by Brandon Boyd of the renowned rock band
Incubus and is perhaps the quintessential Boyd record - an
introspective, eclectic collection from the artist, author, activist and
environmentalist that will tantalise long term fans while further
spotlighting his evolving interests. The acclaimed Incubus vocalist is
stretching his formidable creative muscles with a daring new foray into
|EDEN'S CURSE announce new drummer & U.K. tour dates!|
Curse are disappointed to announce the departure of Pete Newdeck from
Pete has been the drummer of the group since it's formation in 2006 and has been a key member of the writing team during those eight years together. However he announced to the band just before Christmas that it was his intention to leave the group due to personal and family commitments as well as wishing to concentrate on Tainted Nation, whom he fronts as their vocalist, and his activities as the drummer for UK AOR act Newman.
Bassist and founding member Paul Logue comments "We are extremely disappointed to lose such a talent as Pete, but fully understand his reasons for moving on. We are very proud of what he has built with Tainted Nation and in particular for stepping out from behind the kit with such consummate ease. Without question we will all remain great friends with Pete and wish him and Tainted Nation nothing but the greatest of success for the future ahead".
Pete himself adds "This was a difficult decision to make, yet one that was made easier due to the compassion, understanding and support I was shown by the other guys in Eden's Curse. It's basically a case of having an array of commitments, some personal and some musical, that I felt I had to prioritise. I am sure the band will not see this as a setback and I wish them the continued success they deserve and to build on the acclaimed album we just released.
The bond between both parties is further demonstrated by Eden's Curse announcing that Tainted Nation will support them on several of their up and coming shows on their "Symphony Of Sin UK Tour" in May.
In the words of the late great Freddie Mercury "The show must go on" ...
It is with great pleasure that Eden's Curse announces that Scotsman John Clelland (Code Of Silence) is the bands new Drummer.
Hailing from Edinburgh, John has been working with bassist Paul Logue on several album productions over the past few years, most notably the "Dark Skies Over Babylon" album by Code Of Silence, and was on obvious choice it seems. "John and I have worked together for a few years on various musical projects, especially the Code Of Silence album that I wrote and produced. I always found him a pleasure to work with. He is extremely methodical and approaches things in a very studious and professional manner. You always know when working with John that you will get absolute quality back in abundance and not just your run of the mill typical drum parts either - they are typically well thought out, crafted and executed with great precision. He is a great player and an even better person and when Pete told me that he was leaving there was only one choice in my mind. It was just a case of convincing the rest of the band what I already knew and that John would fit the ethos on what Eden's Curse stands for today" stated Paul.
John himself beamed "I'm honoured and delighted to be the new drummer in Eden's Curse and to be part of the team. I'm really excited about touring the UK with the guys in May and working on new EC material in the future. I've been told how great the Eden's Curse fans are and I'm looking forward to meeting them all. I think you will be impressed by the set of songs that the guys have selected for the bands first headline tour. I'm looking forward to forming an all Scottish solid rhythm section"!
An introductory video to John Clelland can be viewed here
Eden's Curse will be undertaking their first headline tour on the UK leg of the "Symphony Of Sin Tour" which will hit Britain this coming May.
The dates are as follows :
19/05/14 - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
20/05/14 - The Railway, Bolton
21/05/14 - Snooty Fox, Wakefield
22/05/14 - Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton
23/05/14 - Yardbirds, Grimsby
24/05/14 - Static, Swansea
25/05/14 - Underworld, London
More information and ticket links can be found at http://www.edenscurse.com/uktour
|A S I A ‘ G R A V I T A S ’ ALBUM RELEASE DATE 24.03.14 [FRONTIERS RECORDS] INC. ‘VALKYRIE’ SINGLE RELEASED 31.03.14|
legendary British band ASIA moves into the next phase of its
extraordinary career with Gravitas, a brave new album that explores
different musical landscapes while embracing its familiar musical past.
Produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes,
Gravitas is deeply introspective within a clearly accessible sound. The
album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam
Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the line-up.
From the title track, which chronicles a man's struggle in the battlefield of life, to the powerfully compelling tale of unrequited love, The Closer I Get To You, the album is a tour de force for the band whose music has become a staple to rock fans.
“Pure, unadulterated and stereotypical ASIA, with raw energy, enthusiasm and free from impurities,” says John Wetton. “It conveys the spectrum of emotion and colour from real life agonies to ecstatic fantasy of escapism. Great songs, fabulous performance. 'Gravitas' is ASIA by ASIA. At last.”
"With the addition of Sam it allowed us to take the band in a slightly different and perhaps tougher direction,” adds Carl Palmer. “As a band we have been able to grow, while at the same time remain true to the classic ASIA sound that our fans know and love."
ASIA’s debut album exploded onto the music scene in April 1982 and was the best selling album in the world that year. Featuring Geoff Downes (keyboards), Steve Howe (guitar), Carl Palmer (drums) and John Wetton on lead vocal and bass, the group was the logical successor to their collective bands of the 70’s - Yes, ELP, King Crimson, UK and The Buggles. The original ASIA reformed in 2006 for the first time in 23 years.
“It always was a great live band, but this time the dragon has awoken with fresh energy, direction and purpose,” Wetton continues. "As with any new ASIA album, putting it all together presents something of a challenge,” adds Geoff Downes. “Everyone involved rose way above and beyond this challenge. There is a renewed energy when we step on stage now; we can feel it and I know the fans can feel it.”
For ASIA's long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As Palmer says: "Performing on stage is where this band truly comes into its element. Seeing the fans reacting to our music is what makes it all worthwhile. It is the fuel that drives this train we call ASIA."
Gravitas will be available as a regular CD and a Deluxe CD+DVD Edition that includes bonus songs, a music video, a promo film and footage of classic live ASIA songs recorded with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra in Bulgaria.
John Wetton - lead vocal and bass
Carl Palmer - drums
Geoff Downes - keyboards
Sam Coulson – guitars
|Game Of Thrones Star To Feature in Savage Messiah Video|
metallers SAVAGE MESSIAH have finished recording a brand new music video
for the track, "Hellblazer", starring GAME OF THRONES actress
PIXIE LE KNOT.
With eye-watering riffs, lung-busting vocals and fist-in-the-air fearsomeness, "Hellblazer" tells a tale of power, religion and corrupted innocence through an ancient Illuminati ritual. The music video was filmed with director TOM WALSH (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, PENDULUM) and features a mesmerising performance from famed London contortionist PIXIE LE KNOT (GAME OF THRONES Season 3, THE DEVIL INSIDE).
SAVAGE MESSIAH frontman DAVE SILVER comments:
"As we get ever closer to the release date for 'The Fateful Dark', we're very pleased to unveil our latest promo for the track 'Hellblazer'. Musically, this is a solid representation of the Savage Messiah sound; melodic, heavy, catchy and with guitar solos galore! We tried to invoke that classic Uriah Heep-esque groove with this track so we hope you dig it! And talking of invoking, the video depicts us conducting a kind of exorcism ritual of sorts where we draw the evil pope from contortionist and Game of Thrones actress Pixie Le Knot! We want to extend our thanks to director Tom Walsh and all involved in creating this video!"
View some stills from the video shoot at http://bit.ly/1dPQGlV
The video is due to be released this coming Monday, February 17th on the Earache Records YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/earacherecords
"Hellblazer" is taken from SAVAGE MESSIAH's new album, THE FATEFUL DARK, which is due to be released on March 10th in Europe and March 18th in the USA. The album is available to pre-order now from the Earache Webstore on CD with an exclusive bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and is also available on limited edition coloured vinyl LP including a bonus 10" vinyl featuring four cover tracks.
Pre-order the album now from the Earache Webstore in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/savage-messiah or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/savage-messiah
THE FATEFUL DARK is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including three bonus cover tracks and three instant grat tracks, at http://bit.ly/fatefuldarkitunes
Listen to two new SAVAGE MESSIAH tracks from the upcoming album:
"Minority of One" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCLbE-cfkrg
"Cross of Babylon" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj5Ts57_U24
See SAVAGE MESSIAH on tour at the following shows:
Mar. 02 - London, UK - Barfly
Mar. 05 - York, UK - Fibbers
Mar. 06 - Glasgow, UK - Audio
Mar. 07 - Manchester, UK - Sound Control
Mar. 08 - Wolverhampton, UK - Slade Rooms
Mar. 13 - Pwllheli, UK - Hammerfest
Apr. 19 - Norwich, UK - Thrashersaurus Festival
May 14-21 - San Antonio, Ibiza - Hard Rock Hell Road Trip
Get more SAVAGE MESSIAH news and info at:
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/SavageMessiahMetal
Twitter - http://twitter.com/savagemessiah
|Anette Olzon To Release Solo Album|
It is with great pleasure that earMUSIC welcomes another great woman of rock, joining the group of exciting female voices releasing their work through the Hamburg-based rock label (among others: Tarja, Skunk Anansie, and Chrissie Hynde). The woman in question is Anette Olzon. Anette Olzon – as every metal fan knows – has been the front woman of Finnish symphonic-metal superstars Nightwish for five years before having to leave the band in late 2012.
Although the circumstances belong to the past and Anette is the kind of artist and person who only looks forward, it is a sure fact that those five years have established Anette as one of the highlight of the rock music map on a global scale. "Does it sound like Nightwish?" It's the question that everybody would probably like to ask… It doesn't but it definitely does, would be the most accurate answer. Certainly more precise than denying it does or confirming Anette's new songs sound like her previous band.
has been produced with the collaboration of some of the most successful
teams in rock and pop in Scandinavia: the producer Stefan Örn
(songwriter and producer of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest winning
track 'Running Scared'), Johan Glössner and co-produced by Anette Olzon
and Johan Kronlund. The album was mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and
Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette). The new album
will be released on March 31st 2014 by earMUSIC
And what about the musical direction? "In the end, it is a rock album," says Anette. "Well, a pop rock album maybe, or would you call it pop metal?" We have heard this one before, haven't we? Whether we can define "Shine" a metal album, rock, pop or "pop rock" what would be hard to miss is how strong the songs are and what an extraordinary album it is. It exceptionally masters the borders between melancholy and hope, between fragility and power, because it showcases an artist who doesn't rest on her laurels but heads boldly into the future. Because it shines.
Album Tracklisting: 1. Like A Show 2. Shine 3. Floating 4. Lies 5. Invincible 6. Hear Me 7. Falling 8. Moving Away 9. One Million Faces 10. Watching Me From Afar.
|Elize Ryd Joins Nergard|
Norwegian Melodic Metal outfit Nergard announces Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)
as the next singer in the line-up for the second album and final part of
the "Memorial for a Wish-saga" from 2013, an album that
featured a guestline-up of wellknown names from the rock/metal scene:
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind) Åge Sten Nilsen
(Wig Wam) Tony Mills (ex TNT, ex SHY) Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen)
Mike Vescera (ex Yngwie Malmsteen) David Reece (ex Accept, Bangaloir
Choir) Michele Luppi (Secrets Sphere) Andi Kravlajca (Aeon Zen,
Thaurorod) Ole Martin Moe Thornæs (Rudhira) Helge Engelke (Fair
Warning) Stig Nergård (Tellus Requiem) Sunniva Unsgård.
The yet untitled album is scheduled for mixing during the summer of 2014 and might see a release at the end of this year or early 2015.
More singers will be announced during this summer. For more updates, follow Nergard on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nergardmusic.
|A NEW DYNAZTY SET TO RISE FROM SWEDEN|
"Third time's the charm," the old adage says. Could be. But the fourth is the fortune. With their 4th outing Renatus, Dynazty starts it history anew on February 28.
Stockholm, Sweden's Dynazty was established by hard rock loving dudes Love Magnusson and John Berg in 2007. After a wee bit of line-up tweaking and unearthing from obscurity an ace vocalist Nils Molin in 2008 the fearsome fivesome was ready to take on the world. Since then, in mere five years, Dynazty has released three albums, toured internationally, criss-crossed Sweden and made themselves a household name there e.g. by playing at the wildly popular mainstream event Melodifestivalen already twice: in 2011 as a guest, and in 2012 as a contestant, almost making the top 10 out of 3485 total songs.
The number of contestant songs alone sounds incredible, but hey – it's Sweden. Abba, the tradition of musical excellence and so forth. No need to say more? Didn't think so either. Destined for greatness right from the outset, Dynazty witnessed the first signs of widespread success with 2011's "Knock You Down", the album that rose to #21 on the Swedish Mainstream Album Charts and hit #1 on the Metal Album Charts. Its successor "Sultans of Sin", released on the Leap Day of 2012, continued the conquest with position #8 on the Mainstream Album Chart. Everything looked hunky-dory, to say the least.
Despite the on-going success, the band would not be Dynazty had they chosen to rest on their laurels. The old saying goes that "you shouldn't alter a winning team". Another says that "you shouldn't fix that which is not broken". Yet Dynazty has after the previous album done both. They've both set themselves a challenge and risen to it. After all, challenges are opportunities in disguise.
Let us quote the group themselves: "After 4 years, 3 studio albums and shows on almost every continent of the globe we took the time in late 2012 to really figure out what we wanted this band to be in the future. Updating ourselves both musically and sonically to a place where we felt that we wanted to be right now was paramount and once we started to write "Renatus" everything fell into place. Heavier and faster-paced music with big arrangements built around soaring vocal melodies is the recipe for this album and talking about firsts, this is the first album with our new bass player and band member, the first to be produced by ourselves and the first to be released on Spinefarm, Finland."
Dynazty have with "Renatus" concocted the ingredients for a sonic bomb that may well be heard throughout the world. Blah blah and yeah, yeah, we know, we know: every album you read about is told to be the best thing since sliced bread and whatnot. Just that this time you can take my word for it. "Renatus" is not your run of the mill hard rock album. And if you don't hear it yourself, you better donate your ears to someone who knows what the hell to do with them!
Tracklist: 01. Cross The Line 02. Starlight 03. Dawn Of Your Creation 04. The Northern End 05. Incarnation 06. Run Amok 07. Unholy Deterrent 08. Sunrise In Hell 09. Salvation 10. A Divine Comedy.
|British Hard Rock is alive and kicking! THREE LIONS to debut with their self titled album on Frontiers in April|
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the Self-titled debut album from British Hard Rockers THREE LIONS on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America.
LIONS are – like the name itself implies – a power trio featuring
the familiar faces of former Ten and Dare members Vinny Burns on guitars
and Greg Morgan on drums, along with the talented singer / songwriter
Nigel Bailey. The band came about when the three musicians were
introduced to each other by Frontiers Records President Serafino
Perugino. The guys hit it off straight away and immediately set about
writing new material for an album which soon was commissioned, with
Alessandro Del Vecchio who was called in to produce.
|Atlanta, Georgia southern rock/outlaw country act BLACKBERRY SMOKE have teamed up with Amazon to offer a free live EP to fans in the UK.|
celebrate the upcoming European release of the band's latest album, THE
WHIPPOORWILL, on February 17th, BLACKBERRY SMOKE recorded a special live
performance featuring three tracks from the album - "One Horse
Town", "Six Ways to Sunday" and "Ain't Much Left of
Me". The free live EP is available now exclusively to
Download the free EP now in the UK and watch a video of the band performing the hits at http://bit.ly/blackberry-amazon-free
THE WHIPPOORWILL is due to be released in Europe next week with three exclusive bonus tracks not included on the original US release. The album will be released on digipak CD, limited edition signed digipak CD, and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.
The album is also available in an ultra-limited pine box, hand-stencilled by the band themselves, which includes the album on exclusive white vinyl signed by the band, an album cover t-shirt, BLACKBERRY SMOKE playing cards and two BLACKBERRY SMOKE shot glasses.
Pre-order THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 BONUS TRACK UK/EU EDITION) now on CD, LP and special edition box set at http://www.earache.com/bbs
View an image of the different album versions at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/bbs_versions.jpg
THE WHIPPOORWILL is also available to pre-order now on iTunes in Europe, including the three European bonus tracks along with two more exclusive tracks, plus three instant grat tracks available to download immediately for everyone who pre-orders the album.
Pre-order the album on iTunes in Europe at http://bit.ly/bbsitunes
Listen to samples from the entire THE WHIPPOORWILL (3 BONUS TRACK UK/EU EDITION) album now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjVo1la2fWs
Watch BLACKBERRY SMOKE's new music video for the track "Shakin' Hands With the Holy Ghost" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9NvO3hf1sg
Following the European release of the album, BLACKBERRY SMOKE will be returning to Europe for a headlining tour. See the band live at the following shows:
Feb. 28 - Glasgow, UK - O2 ABC (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 01 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 02 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2 (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 03 - London, UK - O2 Academy Islington (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 05 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Mar. 06 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Winston (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 08 - Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
Mar. 10 - Hamburg, Germany - Logo
Mar. 11 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
Mar. 12 - Cologne, Germany - Luxor
Mar. 13 - Munich, Germany - Strom
Mar. 15 - Paris, France - Nouveau Casino (SOLD OUT)
Get more BLACKBERRY SMOKE news and info at:
Official site - http://www.blackberrysmoke.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/blackberrysmoke
Twitter - http://twitter.com/blackberrysmoke
|RIVAL SONS are in the studio working on their fourth full-length album, the follow-up to 2012's HEAD DOWN.|
band entered LCS Studios at the beginning of January and will spend a
full six weeks recording. The album will again be produced by DAVE
COBB, who will have worked on all five RIVAL SONS releases.
Producer DAVE COBB comments:
"This record the boys seem to have a fire in them! With Dave Beste in tow, we've never had this much time to make a record. During the previous albums, which were twenty days each, we had a room full of whiskey bottles at the end; this time, which is six weeks, there should be enough to fill a football field!"
Bassist DAVE BESTE adds:
"After we played Nashville last summer, the guys asked me to join them in the studio to make this new record. And I said, 'Of course!'. It's an involved process, at times quite intense, but going well - all of us are excited with what we have so far and although there's still a long way to go, spirits are high. I'm looking forward to this newest Rival Sons effort being released and the band getting back on the road soon."
Guitarist SCOTT HOLIDAY takes you on a tour of LCS Studios, Nashville:
The as-yet untitled new album is due to be released in spring 2014 on Earache Records in Europe, and via Century Media/Earache Records in the USA.
View a new photo of RIVAL SONS at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/rivalsons_2014.jpg
Left to right: DAVE BESTE (bass), JAY BUCHANAN (vocals), SCOTT HOLIDAY (guitar), MICHAEL MILEY (drums)
RIVAL SONS' latest album, HEAD DOWN, is available now on CD and limited edition vinyl. Get the album from the Earache Webstore in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/rival-sons or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/rival-sons
HEAD DOWN is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/KMbFhR
Get more RIVAL SONS news and info at:
Official site - http://www.rivalsons.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/rivalsons
Twitter - http://twitter.com/rivalsons
|Cerebral Bore announce mini European tour|
death metallers CEREBRAL BORE have announced a mini European tour
supporting reunited Canadian death metal group DESPISED ICON.
CEREBRAL BORE are currently lining up a number of tours before working on their as-yet untitled new album, with more dates due to be announced in the near future. The "Brutal Road to Impericon Festivals 2014" tour is due to kick off on April 24th in Karlsruhe, Germany, and also features BRUTALITY WILL PREVAIL.
CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:
"We are over the moon to be back doing shows in the run up to recording the new album. And we are really looking forward to showcasing some new material on the Despised Icon dates as well. We have been quiet for a while getting things in order behind the scenes. But the fact is, we live for this, and have sacrificed everything in our lives to dedicate ourselves to it. So getting back on the road and putting out new music for us is the greatest thing we could ask for, and when it's done, Cerebral Bore plan to tour relentlessly around planet Earth like there is no tomorrow!"
See CEREBRAL BORE on tour at the following shows:
Apr. 24 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Stadtmitte
Apr. 26 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kreun
Apr. 28 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
Apr. 29 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
View the tour flyer at http://earacherecords.com/myspace/cerebralbore_apr14.jpg
CEREBRAL BORE's debut album, MANIACAL MISCREATION, is available worldwide on CD and vinyl. Get the album in Europe at http://webstore.earache.com/cerebral-bore or in North America at http://uswebstore.earache.com/cerebral-bore
MANIACAL MISCREATION is also available on iTunes at http://bit.ly/10Nvr2H
Watch CEREBRAL BORE's music video for the track, "Maniacal Miscreation", at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG46oJBGhNg
Get more CEREBRAL BORE news and info at:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/cerebralboreofficial
Twitter - http://twitter.com/cerebral_bore
|VANISHING POINT: „Distant Is The Sun“ title track available for streaming!|
melodic metal masters VANISHING POINT present another teaser for their
new album “Distant Is The Sun”, which will be released on February
21st (US: March 4th). The album’s title song is available
for streaming now.
|CIVIL WAR sign with Napalm Records|
WAR, the Swedish Heavy Metal sensation, has inked a deal with Napalm
The band features former SABATON members (Daniel Myhr – keyboard, Oskar Montelius - guitar, Rikard Sundén – guitar, Daniel Mullback – drums) alongside bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (VOLTURYON) and singer Nils Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, LION'S SHARE, etc).
The debut album "The Killer Angels" received fantastic feedback worldwide and was certified gold in Sweden! More big things are coming your way! Stay tuned for more news!
Get a first taste of CIVIL WAR at the upcoming live dates!
"We are more than happy to sign with Napalm Records, one of the best labels in the world. Our intention is to deliver Heavy Metal under the Napalm flag for many years. The civil war has only just begun." CIVIL WAR Photo: Michael Asplund
CIVIL WAR on TOUR
2014-02-11 / Warszaw / Proxima
2014-02-12 / Katowice / Mega Club
2014-02-13 / Prague / Nova Chmelnice
2014-02-14 / Mannheim / Alte Seilerei
2014-02-15 / Vosselaar / Biebob
2014-02-16 / Bochum / Matrix
2014-02-18 / Nürnberg / Rockfabrik
2014-02-19 / Pratteln / Z7
2014-02-20 / Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
2014-02-21 / Regensburg / Airport
2014-02-22 / Memmingen / Kaminwerk
|PET THE PREACHER signs with Napalm Records|
RECORDS /SPINNING GOBLIN is extremely proud to announce the world
wide signing of the Denmark's Heavy Stoner Blues Band PET THE
PREACHER! The bands sophomore album will hit stores in the
end of April and will be celebrated with an Album Release show at
" We are beyond excited to officially announce our signing to NAPALM RECORDS/SPINNING GOBLIN. PET THE PREACHER is a band that strives to be something special, and by our collaboration with Napalm Records, we are given the opportunity to prove that we are a force to be reckoned with and that we are not giving up... Ever"
|JOHN GARCIA signs with Napalm Records|
KYUSS and current VISTA CHINO frontman John Garcia has inked a solo deal
with Napalm Records. His new album is being recorded at Thunder
Underground studios in Palm Springs, California with producers Harper
Hug and Trevor Whatever for a late summer release.
"I’m pleased to announce that after years of planning, I have finally signed my solo deal with Napalm Records. I’m extremely happy to be obligated to finishing this project that has haunted me long enough. Very excited to be working with Harper Hug and Trevor Whatever in the studio along with some other extremely talented musicians. This record will be coming out end of summer 2014 with extensive tours to follow. Thank you for your support and thank you to Napalm Records for making my dream become a reality." -- John Garcia
-- John Garcia
|CONAN premiere “Foehammer” video with Metal Hammer|
will premiere the video clip for “Foehammer”, the first single from
their upcoming ‘Blood Eagle’ album with Metal Hammer.
Click here to see the video for “Foehammer”:
Liverpool’s inconceivably heavy doom trio have also added an extra date to their upcoming tour in March in Aberdeen on the 18th.
‘Blood Eagle’, the highly anticipated follow up to 2012′s planet shaking ‘Monnos’, was recorded at SkyHammer Studio by Chris Fielding, and mastered by the mighty James Plotkin (Khanate, O.L.D.), whilst the album’s stunning artwork was once again provided by artist Tony Roberts.
CONAN have quickly built a reputation as being one of the heaviest bands in the blossoming UK sludge scene today, and with good reason. Their live shows have become infamous for their bowel rupturing volume and supreme heaviosity, so if you’ve never had the chance to have your eardrums pulped by the band’s monolithic riffs in the flesh, then this is one tour you certainly won’t want to miss out on!
The full list of tour dates is as follows:
14th NOTTINGHAM – Stuck On A Name
15th BOURNEMOUTH – The Anvil
16th BIRMINGHAM – The Asylum 2
17th GLASGOW - Audio
18th ABERDEEN - Downstairs
19th MANCHESTER – Kraak Gallery
20th CARDIFF – The Full Moon
21st BRIGHTON – The Prince Albert
22nd LONDON - Electrowerkz
23rd BASINGSTOKE – Mousetrap
‘Blood Eagle’ is due to be released on March 3rd 2014, via Napalm Records.
Get it here on CD, LP or digitally: http://www.amazon.co.uk
You can find Conan on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conandoom
|CAT SCRATCH FEVER @ THE WHITE LION|
MORE THAN A THOUSAND - New ‘Vol. 5 - Lost At Home’ Studio Album Released February 24th On Steamhammer / SPV Prior To 6 Date March UK Tour
Than A Thousand have signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release their
heaviest, most accomplished, technically excellent, and melodious album
to date, ‘Vol. 5 - Lost At Home’, on February 24th. More Than A
Thousand have been constantly growing in musical ability and songwriting
prowess since the release of their debut album, ‘Vol. I: Trailers Are
Always More Exciting Than Movies’ in 2004, and never is this more
evident than on ‘Vol. 5 - Lost At Home’.
‘Vol. 5 - Lost At Home’ the Portuguese band’s fifth studio album, exudes even more of the new found heaviness on 2010’s ‘Vol. IV: Make Friends and Enemies’ opus, in contrast with MTAT’s earlier, EMO style metalcore recordings. ‘Vol. 5 - Lost At Home’ was mixed by renowned producer Henrik Udd (In Flames, Opeth, Bring Me The Horizon), who expertly captured the album’s 13 dark, raw, haunting bombs of songs at the Fredman Studios in Sweden.
More Than A Thousand, who formed in 2001, have generated a formidable live following from headlining several European and UK tours in their own right, plus supporting the likes of Metallica, Mastodon, Papa Roach and Incubus over the years. Don’t miss the chance to catch MTAT’s explosive live show when they crash in to the UK to play the following gigs in March with Chelsea Grin, The Browning and Silent Screams:-
15th March – MANCHESTER - Sound Control
16th March – CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
17th March – GLASGOW – Cathouse
18th March – WOLVERHAMPTON – Slade Rooms
19th March – SOUTHAMPTON – Joiners
20th March – LONDON – Underworld
Vasco Ramos - Vocals
Filipe Oliveira - Rhythm Guitar
Sergio Sousa - Lead Guitar
Mike Ghost - Bass
Wilson Silva - Drums
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