Taking it to the Streets with "Daisyland" UK Winter Tour Set To Kick Off November 10th 

THE DEAD DAISIES are returning to the UK in November to finish off yet another amazing year of shows. The band, comprising of Doug Aldrich, John Corabi, Marco Mendoza, Deen Castronovo and David Lowy are looking forward to rocking out with all their friends that side of the Atlantic.



In a time when elements of the music industry are claiming that 'Rock is Dead', The Dead Daisies are leading a charge that's taking them to the road not only in clubs and concert halls but straight to the very heart of rock music lovers and musician's communities.



Venues will open their doors one hour early to the first 50 in-line with the band playing an intimate, private "Daisyland" acoustic set after which they'll mingle, say Hi and sign albums, posters etc. The goal is to rekindle that close connection the way it used to be, when bands would regularly meet some of their audience at music events, giving their time to the people that bought their records and concert tickets, unlike the hundreds of dollars some bands charge in today's music world for a Meet & Greet.



To that end, The Dead Daisies are taking it to the streets across the UK throughout November and can't wait to bring the house down on their 'Daisyland' UK Winter Tour performing 120-minute sets including an acoustic interlude each and every night, with two different sets lined up for the two London gigs. Fans who buy a special two-night ticket for the London shows will also receive a commemorative exclusive laminate.



"We cannot wait to come back to the UK and rock with you! The pre-show acoustic shows are so much fun and give us a chance to connect with our friends & family more than ever and pull out some deep cuts and favorites in an intimate setting - don't miss it!!" says guitarist Doug Aldrich.



The Dead Daisies have just released "Can't Take It With You" as their fourth single off their latest album "Burn It Down" with a lyric video to match! The single once again was added to Planet Rock's coveted A-Playlist and is featured across many Spotify Playlists and stations across the U.S.



Superlative special guest acts from across the rock spectrum are set to enthrall at the band's nine headline concerts, from trusted classics Diamond Head, Tygers Of Pan Tang, Chrome Molly, Oliver / Dawson Saxon and No Hot Ashes, through to new UK rock sensation Massive Wagons.



The complete tour dates are:



November 10th HARD ROCK HELL Festival Pwllheli
November 11th MONSTERSFEST Festival Inverness
November 13th LIVERPOOL 02 Academy w / MASSIVE WAGONS
November 14th SHEFFIELD 02 Academy w / OLIVER / DAWSON SAXON
November 15th NEWCASTLE 02 Academy W / TYGERS OF PAN TANG
November 16th LEICESTER 02 Academy w / CHROME MOLLY
November 18th LONDON 02 ISINGTON Academy w / MASSIVE WAGONS
November 19th LONDON 02 ISINGTON Academy w / MASSIVE WAGONS
November 20th OXFORD 02 Academy w / MASSIVE WAGONS
November 21st BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute w / DIAMOND HEAD
November 22nd BELFAST Limelight w / NO HOT ASHES
November 24th WINTERSTORM Festival Troon
December 2nd PLANET ROCKSTOCK Festival Porthcawl



The Dead Daisies are: Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), John Corabi (M�tley Cr�e, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy), Deen Castronovo (Bad English, Journey) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink).



Don't miss the chance to catch the Dead Daisies' compelling live show when their rock juggernaut rolls into town! Tickets, priced �20 across the board, are available for all the band's headline concerts via ticketmaster.co.uk.



Rock is indeed alive and well!!!

Quiet Riot to release "One Night in Milan"

Quiet Riot To Release “One Night in Milan” January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. Live Video Of "Mama Weer All Crazee Now" From Performance Released.

 

Quiet Riot’s performance at Frontiers Rock Festival 2018 marked the band's first-ever concert in Italy and what a hell of a show it was! This special event is now being released on CD/DVD and Blu-Ray. Entitled “One Night in Milan,” this once in a lifetime performance will be released January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

 

Pre-order “One Night in Milan” here: http://radi.al/OneNightInMilan

 

Watch a live video for the song “Mama Weer All Crazee Now” below and listen to the audio on all streaming services.

 

Drummer Frankie Banali had this say about the upcoming release: “‘One Night in Milan’ documents Quiet Riot in real time as it was recorded in Milan, Italy in April of 2018. For anyone interested in the long and storied history of Quiet Riot, this performance chronicles the progression of a band that continues to bring it's brand of music to our longtime fans and new fans as well. The performance was historic as it was the first time that Quiet Riot has played in Italy since the bands inception 35 years ago. The set included a performance of ‘Thunderbird’ with live piano as it was originally recorded in 1983 with help from maestro Alessandro Del Vecchio. The fan response was nothing short of phenomenal and heartwarming, with not just the incredible Italian fans, but also the many longtime fans from all over Europe, many of whom, like the Italian fans, had never seen Quiet Riot live before.”

 

With the entire club shouting and singing along and calling the band back on stage at the end of the show for an unplanned encore, Quiet Riot literally took no prisoners, offering the crowd a superb selection of their greatest hits plus a very special surprise in “Thunderbird,” a song from the multi platinum album “Metal Health” that the band had never performed live with piano accompaniment before.

 

The lineup features classic line-up original member Frankie Banali on drums, bassist Chuck Wright, who has been involved in the band since the recording of “Metal Health”, Alex Grossi on guitar who has been in the band for 14 years, and vocalist James Durbin.

 

Quiet Riot are in perfect METAL HEALTH and this unique live performance highlights a band that still oozes charisma and power!

 

Tracklisting:
1.Run For Cover
2.Slick Black Cadillac
3.Mama Weere All Crazee Now
4.Whatever It Takes
5.Terrified
6.Love’s A Bitch
7.Condition Critical
8.Thunderbird
9.Party All Night
10.Freak Flag
11.I Can’t Get Enough
12.Wild & The Young
13.Let’s Get Crazy
14.Cum On Feel The Noize
15.Bang Your Head

 

Lineup:
Frankie Banali, Drums
Chuck Wright, Bass
Alex Grossi, Guitar
James Durbin, Vocals

 

For More Info Visit:
www.quietriot.band
www.facebook.com/quietriot
https://www.instagram.com/quietriotband/
https://twitter.com/QUIETRIOT

 

Elvenking new headlining tour!

While waiting to reveal all the news about ELVENKING’s future we are proud to announce the band’s new headlining tour, that will take place in April 2019 across Europe.


Joining Elvenking in this “3 ways to Magick tour” another band from our roster, Frozen Crown from Italy as special guest and Israelian Metal warriors Desert.

Tourdates:

 

18.04.19 DE Munich - Backstage
19.04.19 CZ Prague - Nova Chmelniche
20.04.19 DE Leipzig - Hellraiser
21.04.19 DE Oberhausen - Helevete
22.04.19 DE Augsburg - Spectrum
23.04.19 DE Aschaffenburg - Colos Saal
24.04.19 BE Roselare -Verlichte Geest
25.04.19 NL Hengelo - Metropool
27.04.19 CH Lenzburg - Met Bar
28.04.19 IT Retorbido - Dagda

 

Be ready for pagan nights of magic invocations!

 

New supergroup announced on Frontiers Music Srl

George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mick Brown, and Robert Mason have announced that they are changing the name of their previously announced new band, Superstroke, to THE END: machine.

 

“The recordings are nearly done and we are really happy with the way it is turning out,” says bassist/producer Jeff Pilson. “We think that, notwithstanding the obvious nod to our past experiences together, The End: machine sound has a unique identity. Sonically, this is not just ex-Dokken members with a different singer or a rebooted incarnation of Lynch Mob. This is a new sound. Everyone has been doing great on the album and there is a lot of energy and a lot of focus."

 

THE END: machine, featuring George Lynch Fan Page, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown from the classic Dokken lineup together with singer Robert Mason of WARRANT (and previously, Lynch Mob) will release their debut album in Spring 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.

 

Follow their just launched Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/TheEndMachine

 

New powerhouse AOR band Decarlo sign to Frontiers Music Srl

Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of the powerhouse AOR band DECARLO to the label!

 

DECARLO is the band featuring Tommy DeCarlo, best known for having performed with Boston since 2007.

 

The band's lineup includes: Tommy on lead vocals together with his son and guitarist Tommy DeCarlo Jr, drummer Dan Hitz, and bassist Brett Nelson.

 

"I’m extremely proud to be recognized by Frontiers and offered my very first recording contract! Getting to work with such a powerhouse label, that has signed some of the top bands from my era, is an accomplishment!” Says Tommy. "I’ve had a lot of blessings in my life (getting married to my wonderful wife of thirty years, having two beautiful children, having performed with a legendary rock and roll band, being a grandfather and last but not least having the opportunity to perform alongside my son Tommy Jr. in our band DECARLO. Through all of those blessings songwriting has also played a big part in my life. I’ve always written for myself, for my own enjoyment, it was something I did simply to pass the time never thinking anything would ever come of it…but it has! Frontiers has given me the opportunity to take my music to the next level. The world will finally get to hear the music of Tommy DeCarlo!"

 

Get ready for a great new album to be released in mid 2019!

 

www.facebook.com/DECARLOROCKS

 

Inglorious confirm line up changes

New projects bring new beginnings for UK rock act Inglorious, as the band today confirm the departure of guitarists Drew. 

nglorious confirm line up changes.

 

New projects bring new beginnings for UK rock act Inglorious, as the band today confirm the departure of guitarists Drew Lowe and Andreas Eriksson and bassist Colin Parkinson.

 

New, 19 year old, guitarist virtuoso Danny Dela Cruz is anounced to replace Andreas Eriksson in the band. Announcements on a further guitarist and new bass player to follow….

 

Vocalist Nathan James says. “Our new album “Ride To Nowhere” signals new beginnings for the band – a different sound and a different lineup. I want to wish Colin, Andreas and Drew all the best with future musical adventures. Thank you for bringing the baton to this point to pass on. We are delighted to welcome Danny Dela Cruz into the fold – he’s a wonderfully gifted player, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the band. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future brings with Inglorious.”

 

Lowe and Andreas Eriksson and bassist Colin Parkinson.

 

New, 19 year old, guitarist virtuoso Danny Dela Cruz is anounced to replace Andreas Eriksson in the band. Announcements on a further guitarist and new bass player to follow….

 

Vocalist Nathan James says. “Our new album “Ride To Nowhere” signals new beginnings for the band – a different sound and a different lineup. I want to wish Colin, Andreas and Drew all the best with future musical adventures. Thank you for bringing the baton to this point to pass on. We are delighted to welcome Danny Dela Cruz into the fold – he’s a wonderfully gifted player, and we can’t wait to see what he brings to the band. I couldn’t be more excited for what the future brings with Inglorious.”

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Statements like this one are not easy to write.

I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had over the last three and a half years and also for the friends I’ve made along the way not to mention the support from the wonderful fans and supporters around the world. But the time has now come for me to move on from Inglorious. I wish the band nothing but success and I hope to see you all soon!
All the love,
Andreas

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To the fans.

Thank you for welcoming me into the band. I had a great 2 years and some great memories but it was time to move on. Thank you all! Drew X

 

Palace unveil thei music video for title track of new album

Swedish melodic rockers Palace have unveiled a music video for the title track to their upcoming album, "Binary Music"! 

 

"Binary Music" is out December 7, 2018. Stream singles & pre-order HERE: http://radi.al/PalaceBinaryMusic

 

Palace is a Swedish melodic rock band founded by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Michael Palace. Heavily influenced by 80’s imagery and music, Palace delivers a massive AOR-Melodic Rock sound; swirling keyboards, layers of guitars and fast moving 80’s themed melodic hard rock. The new album was self produced by Palace, who can wax lyrical for hours when asked questions about gear and instruments used in the recording of it. '’I've been endorsing Blade guitars since I worked on the Kryptonite album and truthfully the RH-4 and X-Fire are still the only guitars I use for all things I play on, including the new Palace album. I use a Kemper Profiling amp for bass and guitar, Arturia V-collection for synths. The vocals and the drums were recorded at Sound Vs. Science with Daniel Flores.’’

 

Michael Palace began working with Frontiers as a songwriter and guitar player for First Signal (featuring Harry Hess), Cry of Dawn (with Goran Edman), Kryptonite (featuring Jakob Samuel) and Toby Hitchcock, with these successful collaborations leading to a worldwide record deal with Frontiers. This is how the songwriting / recording process works for Palace; '’I rarely spend more than a day on a song when writing. The pieces either fall into place naturally or the song is simply not happening. I usually start off with the chords and melody and then develop the idea further when the main structure is in place. The recording process is just trying to do what’s on the demo even better and add another sprinkle of in-the-moment magic.'’

 

'Binary Music' is Palace's second album, which is often a challenge for musicians. ‘’I made the decision early on that I would produce ‘Binary Music' myself and I absolutely love how [debut album] ‘Master Of The Universe’ turned out. I believe that it’s important to keep challenging yourself in order to move forward so I just went for it and it was both frightening and very exciting. I don’t think that the result will disappoint anyone who enjoyed the first album.’’

 

Tracklisting:


1. Binary Music
2. Tears Of Gaia
3. Nothing Personal
4. Promised Land
5. Love Songs
6. Dangerous Grounds
7. Queen Of The Prom
8. Who's Counting Time
9. Julia
10. To Have And To Hold

 

PRODUCED BY: Michael Palace

 

BAND MEMBERS: - Michael Palace - vocals, backing vocals, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, harmonica and alto saxophone.
- Daniel Flores - drums and percussions
- Oscar Bromvall - guitar solo on ‘Julia'

 

Jetboy new video

Jetboy will unleash their long awaited new album “Born To Fly” on January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. This will be their first new studio album in nearly 30 years. Today, the band is pleased to release the second single and debut the video for “Beating The Odds.”

 

Of the new single, "Beating The Odds", guitarist Billy Rowe says, “‘Beating The Odds’ features a spoken word piece by the late, great Lemmy Kilmister Motörhead. In 1990, Lemmy became friendly with us and jumped on stage at the Cathouse for our second album release party to cover a rocked up version of Jerry Lee Lewis’ ‘Great Balls Of Fire’. A year or so later, Lemmy ended up helping out with some backing vocals on a demo, along with a spoken word piece titled ‘The Reading’, which was written by Lemmy & Mickey [Finn, vocals]. In the breakdown of this new single, we edited a portion of the reading as we felt it was such a perfect fit for the track. The video was also inspired by Lemmy, with an animated story of a war pilot in a dog fight and beating the odds to survive.”

 

Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, JETBOY continues to crank out their brand of rock n' roll in the 21st century with the same passion that has existed from the beginning. And rock ‘n roll is what you’ll get on their upcoming new album “Born To Fly”.

 

This new album – put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – is the first fully-fledged set of new material from JETBOY since 1990.

 

“Born To Fly” is a fine rock record by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ‘80s sound and 70’s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. JETBOY is ready to fly again.

 

“Born To Fly” Tracklisting:

1. Beating The Odds
2. Born To Fly
3. Old Dog, New Tricks
4. The Way That You Move Me
5. Brokenhearted Daydream
6. Inspiration From Desperation
7. All Over Again
8. She
9. A Little Bit Easy
10. Every Time I Go
11. Smoky Ebony
12. Party Time!

 

JETBOY Lineup:

Mickey Finn - Lead Vocals + Harmonica
Fernie Rod - Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals
Billy Rowe - Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals
Eric Stacy - Bass
Al Serrato – Drums

 

JETBOY Live

+December 31, 2018 - Bottom Of The Hill - San Francisco, CA
+January 26, 2019 - The Viper Room - Los Angeles, CA
+February 24 - March 1 2019 - Monsters Of Rock Cruise

 

For More Info Visit:

Connect with JETBOY:  - http://jetboyrocks.com/  - https://www.facebook.com/jetboyrocks   - https://www.instagram.com/jetboy_rocks   - https://www.twitter.com/jetboyrocks
- https://www.bandsintown.com/jetboy

 

Escape Music Announce Release of Heaven's Trail on CD & Vinyl!

Escape Music pleases to announce the release date for Heaven’s Trail on Vinyl and CD!! The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only in transparent colour Red, and all will be numbered!

Heaven’s Trail is a brand new German Metal / Rock band formed by ex-Jaded Heart member Barish Kepic. Also in the line-up is another Jaded Heart member Michael Muller. These two respected musicians are joined by Masterplan members Kevin Kott on Drums and Vocalist Rick Altzi. So here we have an exciting new band that are made up of two of Germany’s finest Metal / Rock Bands. Barish Kepic is the principal songwriter and has arranged and produced all the songs on this exciting new album. With Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs then we are in for a real treat.

Their music is very powerful and hits home with great melodies and fantastic musicianship. Why not check out the video of “On the Rise” on you tube and get a taste of what these guys are all about. Make a date in your diary for October when this exciting album will be released, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Track List:
1 Lethal Mind (4.39)
2 Too Late (4.37)
3 Changes (5.03)
4 Carousel (4.35)
5 Feed my Soul (4.51)
6 On The Rise (4.28)
7 The Flame (4.59)
8 Walking in the shadows (5.28)
9 Voodoo (4.14)
10 King of Pain (3.44)
11 Simplified (4.25) 

 

Heaven’s Trail is:
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, ex At Vance)
Barish Kepic - Guitars and Keyboards (ex-Jaded Heart, Powerworld, and Evidence One)
Michael Muller - Bass (Jaded Heart)
Kevin Kott - Drums (Masterplan, ex At Vance) 

Produced by Barish Kepic
Mixed and Mastered by Brian Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.

 

Heaven’s Trail – Lethal Mind
Release date: 26th Oct, 2018
Catalogue No CD: ESM324
Bar Code CD: 5031281003249
Catalogue No LP: ESMV1001
Barcode LP: 5031281010018

www.Escape-Music.com

 

New Rock Goddess bass player revealed: Please welcome JENNY LANE…

“I’m beyond thrilled to be joining such an iconic band”

Biog:
Not to be confused with various other musicians of the same name, a professional wrestler or the popular Beatles classic ‘Penny Lane’, Jenny Lane is a London-based musician best known for clogging up Portobello with her incessant bass-playing. 

On arrival in the capital from her home town of Bournemouth, she joined soul rockers Feen before heading out around the UK and Switzerland with grunge trio The Graphic. Following the band’s demise, she became a regular member of Katmandino from 2015 – 2017, as well as joining garage punk upstarts, Electrics.

Jenny recently completed a stint with Micko & The Mellotronics and is also known for being a prolific moonlighter, having been a stand-in for many bands who’ve found themselves without a bass player; including The Featherz, The SD5, Mad Dog Bites, EastRoad, Hellhounds, Albie DeLuca, Reinaldo Andreatta (My New Device) to name but a few. 

She also appeared on former Karnataka drummer Jimmy Pallagrosi’s cover of Toto’s ‘Girl Goodbye’. Link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eczNfpxh8FM

When not providing low-end rumbling on other people’s music, she can be found fronting her own band, Planet Of The Capes. Best described as ‘shouty’, this three-piece also features Electrics drummer Mike Vick and Hellhounds guitarist Keith Garrett 

Jenny says: “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining such an iconic band. Can’t wait to meet you all – see you out on the road soon!”

 

Ulterium Records Announce Vinyl Release of Theocracy 'Mirror Of Souls' Album

Ulterium Records are proud to announce the release of a limited vinyl edition of the classic THEOCRACY album "Mirror of Souls". The vinyl edition is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide (350 copies with black discs and 150 copies with transparent discs) and the release date is set to November 23rd.

 

Matt Smith comments on the release:

"I can't believe it has been 10 years since the release of Mirror of Souls! I remember wondering if anyone would still care, since it had been so long since our first album...but thankfully, you guys did. It was a time of rapid-fire changes: adding band members, learning new recording techniques, and wondering if this crazy idea I had for a 23-minute song would actually work on record like it did in my head. Thank you for giving the album the life it has to this day, and for making those songs enduring standards that we still play at almost every Theocracy show. Cheers, and we hope you enjoy this vinyl release!"

 

Track listing

 

Side A

01. A Tower Of Ashes

02. On Eagles' Wings

03. Laying The Demon To Rest

 

Side B

01. Bethlehem

02. Absolution Day

 

Side C

01. The Writing In The Sand

02. Martyr

 

Side D

01. Mirror Of Souls

 

Theocracy online

Website: http://www.theocracymusic.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theocracyband

 

Ulterium Records online

Website: http://www.ulterium-records.com

 

Gotthard get 'Defrosted' this Winter!

"Defrosted" released in 1997 - was GOTTHARD’s very first live album. Still to this day it’s seen as a cult-milestone within the bands career that helped establish their reputation as the most successful band from Switzerland. For more than 25 years, GOTTHARD have thrived in the global spotlight; with a career that includes 16 No.1-albums, over three million records sold, multiple awards and over 2000 shows all over the planet.

 

And now, 21 years after the first edition, GOTTHARD return to SONY Switzerland and Nuclear Blast with »Defrosted 2«, an ultimate unplugged-compilation of GOTTHARD’s greatest hits. "Defrosted 2" combines the pride of their lengthy career by showcasing 22 of the bands most iconic tracks. It provides a perfect cross section of the bands formidable career that can be appreciated by all.

 

Before the release of »Defrosted 2«, which will be available in both Ecolbook and 4-vinyl formats in December, GOTTHARD will release driving rock‘n‘roll track “Bye Bye Caroline“ as the first single this Friday. As one of two brand new songs on the album the song was lyrically inspired by STATUS QUO‘s 1973 hit "Caroline" and was created with Francis Rossi himself, on the last Rock Meets Classic Tour.

 

“I got to know Leo and Nic at the shows we did together this spring“ explains Rossi. “On the Rock Meets Classic-Tour, there was a comradeship that I haven‘t experienced like this in over 50 years. Leo, Nic and I perfectly got along with each other right from the start, so one evening, I went over to GOTTHARD‘s backstage room with my guitar and we started jamming. Nic immediately started singing some cool melodies to it and Leo said, that the song somehow had to contain "Caroline". Only months later, Rossi invited both of them to his house in London to record “Bye Bye Caroline“ in his home-studio. Whilst in London the band also recorded an accompanying video for the single.

 

"Defrosted 2" was produced by Leo Leoni in collaboration with Nicolo Fragile and as usual, Charlie Bauerfeind was responsible for the mix. A lovingly selected array of sophisticated acoustic arrangements and with two and a half decades of hits, GOTTHARD celebrate exuberantly great moments, quiet memories and unsurpassed riffs on »Defrosted 2«– the pre-order starts on October 5th, 2018.

 

Tracklist "Defrosted 2"

 

CD 1:

01. MISS ME

02. OUT ON MY OWN

03. BANG

04. SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER

05. BEAUTIFUL

06. FEEL WHAT I FEEL

07. HUSH

08. REMEMBER IT’S ME

09. STAY WITH ME

10. TEQUILA SYMPHONY

11. MOUNTAIN MAMA

 

CD 2:

12. WHY

13. C’EST LA VIE

14. ONE LIFE ONE SOUL

15. TELL ME

16. STARLIGHT

17. SISTER MOON

18. RIGHT ON

19. LIFT U UP

20. HEAVEN

21. ANYTIME ANYWHERE

22. SMOKE ON THE WATER

23. BYE BYE CAROLINE (Acoustic version)

24. WHAT I WOULDN’T GIVE (Acoustic version)

 

GOTTHARD ONLINE:

www.gotthard.com

www.facebook.com/Gotthard

www.twitter.com/Gotthard

 

FANCLUB ONLINE: www.gotthard.com

 

THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE launches "Behind the Scenes - The Making of Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic part II"!

After returning from the harsh cold of Iceland, The Ocean Collective returned to the comforts of their hometown Berlin to continue their recording process for the upcoming Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic. We get another peek behind-the-scenes video which premiered here today:
https://youtu.be/To6wg5l7y30

The video delves into the dichotomized mind of guitarist Robin Staps showcasing the bands inner workings and the importance of the string and brass sections that make this new album powerful and unlike previous material. Cellist Dalai Cellai makes an appearance on the new record and shares her thoughts on the importance of string instruments, and how they help balance the dynamics when set against vigorous guitars and bold vocals.

Ebbs and flows of proggy melodies, crushing guitars, swelling strings and powerful vocals match the heavy lyrical themes The Ocean Collective has made its signature. 'Phanerozoic I' is now available for pre-order, along with meticulously designed merch bundles, something for which they've become known, and will be released November 2 via Metal Blade Records (CD / digital) and the band's own Pelagic Records (vinyl). Check out the first two singles from the album and pre-order now via Metal Blade Records: http://metalblade.com/theocean 

More on The Ocean Collective:

Since 2001, the Berlin-based musician collective The Ocean Collective have released 7 critically acclaimed studio albums, and a split EP with Japanese post-rock legends Mono. With an ever-changing lineup of various on- and off-stage musicians and visual artists, the relentlessly touring group have become well known for their immense, mind-expanding live shows, which they have carried into the most remote corners of the globe, from Siberian squats to colonial theatres in Ecuador.

Over the course of their storied career, The Ocean Collective have toured with Opeth, Mastodon, Mono, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anathema, Between The Buried And Me and Devin Townsend, and have appeared on major festivals including Roskilde, Dour, Pukkelpop, Roadburn, Wacken, With Full Force, Summer Slaughter, Summer Breeze and Graspop. The band's own Pelagic Records has also become one of Europe's leading labels for post-rock and post-metal, with a catalog of 120 releases since 2009.

After 5 years of touring on Pelagial, the band started recording their 8th studio album in February 2018, split into two volumes to be separately released in 2018 and 2020 respectively, titled Phanerozoic. The Phanerozoic eon succeeded the Precambrian supereon, spanning a 500 million-year period leading to the present day, and it has witnessed the evolution and diversification of plant and animal life on Earth, and the partial destruction of it during 5 mass extinction events. Conceptually and musically, The Ocean Collective's Phanerozoic is the missing link between the albums Precambrian and Heliocentric / Anthropocentric.

Guitarist and primary songwriter Robin Staps penned Phanerozoic as he did its predecessors, in seclusion in a house by the ocean. The first volume of the double album Phanerozoic is made up of bleak and heavy songs, boiled down to the essential core of the musical ideas driving them. With analog synths merging with the heavy guitars, the addition of Peter Voigtmann to the band's ranks has made a marked difference. After years of handling the spectacular lighting design at The Ocean Collective's live shows, essentially "playing drums on the lighting console every night" as Staps puts it, he now brings a bevy of angry, dystopian sounds to the songs. Phanerozoic also marks the recording debut of bassist Mattias Hagerstrand and drummer Paul Seidel, who both bring their own style and approach to their respective instruments.

As with all of The Ocean Collective's releases, the music is only one piece of the puzzle. The collective has always been known for lyrics that are poignant and thought-provoking, and Phanerozoic is no exception. The central idea upon which the lyrics are premised is that of 'eternal recurrence', "Nietzsche's concept that everything happens over and over again, an infinite amount of times throughout infinite time and space", Staps explains. "When you look at Earth's history you find a lot of evidence for this: continents have collided and drifted apart across the oceans and collided again, life nearly disappeared various times but then resurged again… this album is essentially about time, perception of time, and repetition. It is about coming to terms with the fact that there are things in life which will recur and which we cannot change and finding ways of dealing with that".

The immediacy of Phanerozoic can be attributed to the band working out every detail and testing every song live in the rehearsal room prior to heading into the studio, a different approach as compared to their previous releases. The process of laying down tracks began in Iceland, with the drums being tracked at Sigur Ros' own Sundlaugin Studios with long-time friend and producer Julien Fehlmann. A big drum room with great natural reverb located in a bleak and beautiful place surrounded by nature provided the perfect location for the initiation of this record.

The remainder of the album was tracked in Berlin. A brass section was recorded, and previous collaborators Vincent Membrez (piano) and longtime live cellist Dalai Theofilopoulou are featured. Katatonia vocalist Jonas Renkse delivers a stunning performance on the 11 minute track "Devonian". However, this is very much vocalist Loic Rossetti's album. Staps and Rossetti worked extensively, trying out a variety of styles and focusing on finding the best possible approach for each song. "Loic screaming over a heavy part always works great, but our goal was to avoid always going the obvious route this time", Staps explains. The result is an album which gains its heaviness not from the surface but from below, not so much from the vocals, but from the underlying riffage, bass and drumming.

It was a conscious decision not to let this fondness of experimenting stretch to the choice of the team working on the album: Julien Fehlmann tracked drums, Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth) handled mixing and mastering duties, and Norwegian artist Martin Kvamme, whose only clients are Mike Patton and The Ocean Collective, was once more in charge of the mind-blowing artwork, making this his 5th consecutive collaboration with the collective. "There's no reason to change a perfectly working formula", Staps comments. "When Jens played us the basic sound of the record, Loic and I looked at each other and our jaws dropped. It sounded SO FUCKING HEAVY that for a moment we were thinking about what we could potentially do to make it sound a bit more human and a bit less perfect… but we eventually learned to accept that Jens had simply done an outstanding job".

Each of The Ocean Collective's releases has proven a profoundly immersive experience, with an unrivalled attention to detail - something which becomes particularly apparent in the award-winning packaging: for the lavish acrylic boxset that came with 2013's Pelagial, over 10.000 acrylic layers were individually silk-screen printed and manually assembled. That which accompanied 2010's double album Heliocentric / Anthropocentric was particularly unique, its gatefold sleeve featuring rotating gold-foiled PVC dials screwed on top of it. Phanerozoic will not fall short of its predecessors: Phanerozoic will come in a trifold (LP) / digipak (CD) with die cuts through multiple layers, creating a 3D effect; topped off by metallic inks and a blind embossing emulating a rock structure.

Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic:


1. The Cambrian Explosion
2. Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence
3. Ordovicium: The Glaciation of Gondwana
4. Silurian: Age of Sea Scorpions
5. Devonian: Nascent
6. The Carboniferous Rainforest Collapse
7. Permian: The Great Dying

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MICHAEL KISKE on new AVANTASIA album MOONGLOW (out Feb 1st, 2019)!

New album sounds magical, we have Bob Catley (Magnum), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Candice Night (Blackmore’s Night), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Jorn Lande & Michael Kiske (Helloween) and more… :)

In March 2019 some of us (and some others too) are gonna bring MOONGLOW on the road - MOONGLOW WORLD TOUR 2019 - get your tickets now at www avantasia net! 

MOONGLOW WORLD TOUR 2019:

30.03. Kaufbeuren, GER
31.03. Milan, ITA
02.04. Prague, CZE
03.04. Berlin, GER
05.04. Ludwigsburg, GER
06.04. Bamberg, GER
08.04. Fulda, GER
09.04. Saarbrücken, GER
10.04. Paris, FRA
12.04. Osnabrück, GER
13.04. Hamburg, GER
14.04. Oberhausen, GER
16.04. London, UK
18.04. Offenbac, GER
19.04. Pratteln, CH
20.04. Pratteln, CH
24.04. Bilbao, ESP
26.04. Barcelona, ESP
27.04. Madrid, ESP
02.05. Stockholm, SWE
04.05. Moscow, RUS
06.05. Budapest, HUN

More dates tba soon!

 

AFM Records is proud and damn happy to announce our newest signing Billy Graziadei!

BillyBio “ Feed The Fire”– the first solo release from Billy Graziadei of BIOHAZARD and POWERFLO will hit the streets 30th of November worldwide!

See here the official animated video teaser! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtOMj2MU9L0

Get stoked as we are!

As you can hear, the anticipation is huge and BILLYBIO will more than deliver the goods. This is the best of all worlds. “”Feed The Fire” is heavy, fast, groovy and full of energy, I couldn’t have it any other way. It’s full of my roots but modern.”, states Billy

The album will be available as CD, black, gatefold vinyl (ltd. to 400 units), orange, gatefold vinyl (ltd. To 400 units) and orange/black splatter, gatefold vinyl (ltd. To 200 units) which is available here: http://afmrec.de/BillyBio

 

Amon Amarth to release new documentary in support of live album(s)

Amon Amarth launches live video for "Twilight of the Thunder God", taken from new documentary and live album(s), 'The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm 

On November 16th, Amon Amarth will release their new documentary and supporting live album(s), The Pursuit Of Vikings: 25 Years In The Eye Of The Storm - which includes a retrospective documentary that features a wealth of live and behind-the-scenes content and extensive band interviews. This film tells the Swedish quintet's history, through both their own eyes and those of the fans that have supported them along the way. It is a thrilling collection that pays respect to the faithful, as well as making for a detailed and riveting introduction for those new to their inspiring story. Paired with this documentary is the live video/audio, which contains two different sets at 2017's Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany, capturing the unit at their very best.

Having played the German festival numerous times over the years, and loving the family vibe they have always experienced there, Amon Amarth leapt at the chance to appear twice in the same year. Playing a secret, smaller scale set that focused primarily on older material, and then headlining the main stage with full production - including their giant sea serpent and lots of fire - allowed them to showcase their songs at their best - though putting together setlists from such a mighty catalogue was not the easiest of tasks. "For the first night, we wanted to write a set that the fans would enjoy by wholly diving into our back catalog but also keeping it interesting," explains guitarist Olavi Mikkonen. "But putting the two shows together also made us realize that we have a lot of songs to choose from!"

For the band, producer Alexander Milas (who contributed to Kerrang! and was an award-winning editor-in-chief of Metal Hammer, before starting his own creative solutions company, Twin V Ltd.) and director Phil Wallis, The Pursuit Of Vikings has been a true labor of love. "I think I first became conscious of Amon Amarth around the release of 2002's 'Versus the World'," Milas states. "It was a really transitional time for metal, and it seemed there wasn't a credible band on the heavier end of the scale that hadn't in some way responded to or been influenced by the pioneering sounds of the Swedish death metal scene, but I distinctly remember thinking that there was something unique about these guys: the artwork, the thematic underpinnings, even that curiously timeless logo." While their sound certainly displays strong echoes of the nation that birthed them, Amon Amarth arguably wield a unique aura, a "lusciously crafted escapism" that Milas likens to the classic bands he grew up with: Dio, Iron Maiden, and others who exist on a spectrum of their own making.

For a preview of The Pursuit Of Vikings, a live video of "Twilight of the Thunder God" can be viewed now at :  https://youtu.be/E6XY8FkwLjo

The DVD/live album can also be pre-ordered at :https://amonamarth.lnk.to/pursuitofvikings
the following formats via Metal Blade Records in the USA:

--CD/2DVD 8-Panel Digipak
--Blu-ray (includes audio digital download of Main Stage Show)
--special edition hardcover book with 6 discs (3DVD, 2CD, 1 Blu-ray) plus amulet and patch - (import - limited to 500 copies)
--transparent orange vinyl (US retail exclusive - limited to 500 copies)
--clear with black splatter vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 250 copies)
--transparent yellow with orange marble vinyl (US webstore exclusive - limited to 250 copies)

CD track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):


1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn's First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

DVD Digipak and Blu-ray track-listings:


--Documentary
--T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017


1. Twilight of the Thunder God
2. Free Will Sacrifice
3. With Oden on Our Side
4. The Last with Pagan Blood
5. For the Stabwounds in Our Backs
6. Thousand Years of Oppression
7. Gods of War Arise
8. Versus the World
9. Asator
10. Under the Northern Star
11. Fate of Norns
12. Varyags of Miklagaard
13. Live for the Kill
14. Victorious March


--Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017


1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings
5. At Dawn's First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

**Note: special edition hardcover book contains all of the above, plus audio from T-Stage Show: August 16th, 2017**

Vinyl track-listing (Main Stage Show: August 17th, 2017):


SIDE A
1. The Pursuit of Vikings
2. As Loke Falls
3. First Kill
4. The Way of Vikings


SIDE B
5. At Dawn's First Light
6. Cry of the Black Birds
7. Deceiver of the Gods
8. Destroyer of the Universe
9. Death in Fire


SIDE C
10. Father of the Wolf
11. Runes to My Memory
12. War of the Gods
13. Raise Your Horns


SIDE D
14. A Dream That Cannot Be
15. Guardians of Asgaard
16. Twilight of the Thunder God

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Eden's Curse return with "Best of" album this November

Eden's Curse are delighted to announce the details of their new release 'Testament - The Best Of Eden's Curse'.

 

 

'Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse' will be released by the band's long time label AFM Records on 2nd November 2018 and is a two disc CD set that features 14 songs, covering all five studio albums, on CD1 and a bonus disc 'The Best Of The Bonus Tracks' on CD2, which includes a brand new song 'Forever'.

 

 

'Forever' will be released as a single/lyric video on 12th October 2018 and was written by Paul Logue and Thorsten Koehne, mixed by the band's former drummer Pete Newdeck (Midnite City, Tainted Nation, Steve Grimmett) and mastered by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem band).

 

 

The full tracklisting for 'Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse' is as follows:

 

 

CD 1 – The Best Of Eden’s Curse

 

01. Symphony Of Sin

02. Masquerade Ball

03. Black Widow (Featuring Andi Deris)

04. The Great Pretender

05. Fly Away

06. No Holy Man (Featuring James Labrie)

07. Sell Your Soul

08. Jerusalem Sleeps

09. Unconditional (Featuring Liv Kristine)

10. Judgement Day

11. Jericho

12. Unbreakable

13. Evil & Divine

14. Angels & Demons (Featuring Pamela Moore)

 

Mixed & Mastered by Dennis Ward.

 

CD2: The Best Of The Bonus Tracks

 

01. Forever (New Song)

02. Man Against The World (2016)

03. Time To Breathe (2013)

04. Fallen From Grace (Acoustic)

05. Unchain The Night

06. Children Of The Tide (Piano)

07. Never The Sinner

08. Guardian Angel (Acoustic)

09. Prisoner Of The Past

10. Sail On (Acoustic)

11. After The Love Is Gone (Acoustic)

12. Fly Away (Acoustic)

13. The Voice Inside (Acoustic)

14. Eden's Curse (Acoustic)

 

 

“We have two very definite periods of the band, with two vocalists, almost like the Old and New Testaments, which was the influence behind the title and the artwork. Working closely with AFM we compiled a one disc collection that flows exactly like a concert setlist and gives the new listener a perfect introduction to our music and the avid fan a collection of the greatest songs in our arsenal“ stated bassist/founder Paul Logue.

 

 

Logue goes onto add “We are very much a band that listens to our fans and one thing we have been asked a lot is – can we have all the bonus tracks on one CD? It’s taken a while, but it’s here at last and with the added bonus of a brand new song called ‘Forever‘. I actually wrote ‘Forever‘ way back in 2005 for Pink Cream 69 singer David Readman’s solo album. His label pushed him in a more AOR direction, so I always kept this one on the back burner - ‘Sign Of The Cross‘ came from the same session. I always knew it would see the light of day and Thorsten and I reworked it and made it more in keeping with where we are today as a band. Back then, I had just read Dan Brown’s brilliant novel ‘Angels & Demons‘ and the lyrics are based around that whole story.“

 

 

‘Testament – The Best Of Eden’s Curse‘ will be released by AFM Records on 2nd November 2nd 2018.

 

You can pre-order your copy right here:

 

EDEN'S CURSE announces their return to the UK as special guests to Michael Schenker Fest on their 'Resurrection UK Tour' this November.

 

 

The run will also take in an appearance at the Hard Rock Hell Festival, the band's first since 2009, a headline show at Fuel Rock Club, in Cardiff, Wales, Winterstorm festival & Winter's End festival.

 

 

5th Nov - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland

6th Nov - Institute, Birmingham, England

7th Nov - Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff, Wales (Headline show)

8th Nov - Hard Rock Hell XII, Pwllheli, Wales

9th Nov - O2 Academy, Newcastle, England

10th Nov - O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, England

11th Nov - Academy 1, Manchester, England

 

 

24th Nov, Winterstorm, Troon

10th March 2019, Winter's End, Poole