Hard Rock News on 21/05/2014

Hornet To Enter The Studio This Summer To Record EP

Hornet are set to enter the studio this summer to record a brand new EP and are offering fans the chance to pre-order it exclusively through PledgeMusic at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornet. Every digital EP also includes a ticket to an intimate ‘Pledge-only’ launch show at a secret location in London later this year. 

PledgeMusic is an online direct-to-fan music platform. The platform has attracted interest from labels and stars such as Slash, Bring Me The Horizon, Buzzcocks and many more by involving fans in the making of albums. This isn’t the first time Hornet have used PledgeMusic, as the band ran a successful campaign last year and released their debut album ‘Skies Are Falling’. 

Frontman Joe Thompson explains, “We have a close relationship with our fans and like the fact that they can be involved in the making of the record with us and not just listen to it. Times have changed, I think it’s an important thing nowadays as people like to follow their favourite bands online and like to have a closer relationship with the band and the music.” 

Hornet are giving fans access to an exclusive blog, where they will talk about the record, show them videos, photos, demos and more as they write, rehearse and record the songs. As a bonus, there will be prizes given away to one or more lucky fans for every 20% of the band’s target hit such as VIP tickets to their headline show at The Barfly, Camden on May 29th, signed merchandise and more. The sooner you pre-order, the more chances you have to win. 

“The ‘Pledge-only’ EP launch show is unlike any show we’ve done before as our fans will decide the set list, hear the new songs played live for the very first time, get a signed setlist from the night and gain early entry to the venue and receive their photo with us. I think it’s going to be something really special,” says Thompsn. 

Hornet are also offering exciting one-off extras only available through PledgeMusic such as a studio experience, the chance to have your name mentioned in a song and tickets to a private acoustic show. You can pre-order the EP and more from www.pledgemusic.com/projects/hornet now. 

 

3D In Your Face Get “In Your Face” In New Music Video

3D In Your Face have released the second single and new video for the track “In Your Face” off of their latest album ‘Midnight Devils’. 

‘Midnight Devils’ was released in December of last year and can be purchased at www.3dinyourface.com. Sleaze Roxx said the album was “a genuine nostalgic trip down memory lane. From the guitar sound to the drums, to the bass, vocals, and even the back-up vocals, this band delivers. There is no reason why they couldn’t have been on a bill back in the ’80s along with Ratt, L.A. Guns, and Dokken — in fact, the guitar sound is reminiscent of George Lynch’s on the Back For The Attack album.” 

3D In Your Face started as an idea that turned into thirteen years of constant touring, writing, and recording. Starting back in 1999 in Omaha, Nebraska, 3D In Your face has carved out a name for themselves all across the midwest United States as an over the top rock ‘n’ roll spectacle that brings you back to the glory days of ’80s hair metal. 

Having released three independent albums, 3D In Your Face — Alan “Hot Rod” King (vocals), Chris “Sniper” Hineline (guitar), Sam “Spade” Morris (bass), and Jeremy “Playboy” Deans (drums) — set out to capture the excitement and electricity of their live shows on the upcoming ‘Midnight Devils’, an album that features 12 songs of pure and honest rock ‘n’ roll with that ’80s charm and swagger. 

 

New American Dog Album Features Cover Art By Frank Frazetta

New American Dog Album Features Cover Art By Frank FrazettaThe artwork for American Dog’s upcoming seventh studio album ‘Neanderthal’ will be a painting by the late, great fantasy and science fiction artist, Frank Frazetta. The painting, also called Neanderthal, was created in 1967 and first appeared that summer on the cover of the infamous horror-comic magazine, Creepy — Issue #15. 

Other notable recording artists who have used Frazetta’s paintings as cover art for their albums include Herman’s Hermits, Molly Hatchet, Nazareth, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Wolfmother. 

Neanderthal, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Poison Smile’, is tentatively scheduled for release in mid to late June. 

The band recently released a now sold-out limited edition four song single containing the songs “Who’s She Killing” and “We Ain’t Not Gonna Get Drunk Tonight”. “The CD (single) contains three different versions of the single “Who’s She Killing Now” (different edits for radio play) with a B-Side of “We Ain’t Gonna Not Get Drunk Tonight” and it comes with a bottle opener so you can play along at home,” said American Dog frontman Michael Hannon. 

American Dog was formed in 1999 in Columbus, Ohio, and features former Salty Dog and Dangerous Toys bassist Michael Hannon on vocals and electric bass, Steve Theado on guitars, Michael Harris on drums and newest member Vinnie Salvatore (guitars, formerly of The Godz). 

The band’s sound is a very coarse high energy hard rock with a blues base which is often compared to ’70s era Ted Nugent with the power and grit of Motorhead. Although the band appeals to a wide demographic, American Dog is especially popular with the biker set. They’ve played some of the biggest biker events in the world, including Sturgis and many Easyrider events in the States, the Hamburg Harley Days Event in Germany, and the Rock and Blues Custom Show in England. They are also popular in the ‘rust-belt’ where they play to enthusiastic crowds in such cities as Columbus, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville. They have shared the stage with Ted Nugent, David Allan Coe, UFO, Rose Tattoo, Billy Idol, Nazareth, Ratt, Ace Frehley, .38 Special and Molly Hatchet. 

American Dog have numerous European tours under their belts and have enjoyed tremendous success in Germany, France, Holland, England, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. With over 35,000 CDs sold and countless gigs played the American Dog attack shows no signs of slowing. 

 

Dynamite Unleash “It’s A Long Way Home” Video

Dynamite have released a video for the song “It’s A Long Way Home”, from their upcoming album ‘Blackout Station’ — due for release of May 24th through High Roller Records. 

Regarding the new album, the follow-up to their 2013 debut ‘Lock N Load’, Dynamite frontman Mattis Karlsson told Sleaze Roxx, “We are very happy with the first album but this one is so much better, both in the sound of the songs and we improved very much as writers. Me and Sebastian (Hed-Plikas, guitarist) write all the songs, riffs and melodies so we have been much better at writing songs over the year — much better songs.” 

Following the release of the new album ‘Blackout Station’, Dynamite will open this year’s Muskelrock on May 28th. This will be a combined release party and warm-up party for Muskelrock, the new album and merchandise will be on sale during the evening.

“We come from a small town where there’s not a lot to do, so we have had a lot of time to play rock ‘n’ roll and write songs, I guess…,” says guitarist Sebastian Hed-Plikas. “The opportunities you have here to learn an instrument make it easier of course.” 

For a change, none of the current Dynamite members has a side project going on. Karlsson (vocals, guitar), Hed-Plikas (guitar), Adam Butler (bass) and Jonas Hagstrom (drums) originally formed in 2012, recording their debut album a year later. Sebastian has a good story to tell about the early days of his band, “We have been aired on Swedish national radio and made headlines in the biggest newspapers in Sweden with the music video for the song ‘Lock ‘N’ Load’ and the story behind the video when we got chased by the police for staging a bank robbery. When we released our debut album we were, and still are, satisfied with that album. Since than our songwriting has improved and we are a better band today than we were a year ago. And the opportunity to record in a really good studio with a great producer was a great experience.” 

For ‘Blackout Station’ Dynamite signed a contract with High Roller Records. “We just thought that the name Dynamite explained what we are in a perfect way — powerful, explosive rock ‘n’ roll from Sweden,” explains Sebastian about the name of the band. 

Without revealing a secret it’s fair to say that the mighty AC/DC must be one of the main influences for songs like “Talk Is Cheap”, the sleazy “Damn You Women”, or the grimy “Grind For A Dime”. “Hail Rock ‘N’ Roll” sums it up best. “We all love AC/DC and they have had a big impact on us,” reveals Sebastian. “They have a certain feeling and groove that I love and carry with me when I write songs. And it’s that feeling we’re after, rather than trying to re-create their sound and songs. I have also seen Airbourne and ’77 a couple of times in Sweden and they are both great bands as well.” 

So are Dynamite a prototypical Swedish rock/metal band at all? Is it hard for them to get into the AC/DC groove? “You just have to mix the Death Metal groove with ABBA and then you’ve got it,” laughs Sebastian. 

 

Snew Release “Thunderdog” Single

Snew’s new single titled “Thunderdog” is an ultra high energy rocker about roaring down the road cranking the speakers ’til they bark like a dog and not taking any shit for it. “Thunderdog” is now available at CDBaby.comiTunes and other online venues. 

“Thunderdog” was recorded at the band’s new Snewdio Recording Studio in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Bobby Owsinski, the track features a guest appearance by Willie Basse on bass and the band’s current bassist Lenny Spickle is on rhythm guitar. It was mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering. 

This is the first in a string of new singles to be released this year as Snew prepares the follow-up album to 2012’s ‘What’s It To Ya’. 

This track kicks off the ‘Thunderdog Tour’ which begins on May 23rd in Tucson, Arizona. Check www.snewyou.com for the band’s tour schedule dates and cities. 

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 15/05/2014

SOUND OF ETERNITY – NEW AUDIO PREVIEWS:
MelodicRock Records is excited to release some teaser soundbytes for Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity. The band’s debut album Visions & Dreams will be released one week later than origially announced (now June 23) to coincide with the release ofMRCD12.

Soundbytes: 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live.

Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.
The track listing for Visions & Dreams is: 01) Visions & Dreams 02) Call To Action 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live 06) Alpha & Omega 07) My Saviour 08) Eternal Love 09) Forever 10) Universe.


MRCD12 ADDS ONE MORE TRACK:
The details of MRCD12 – Better Days (out June 23) was announced yesterday with a small error – there is one more track that needs to be added to the compilation, making it an 18 track, 78 minute release – 07) Fenrik Lane – Diamonds In The Waste
Pre-orders for both MRCD12 and Sound Of Eternity from tomorrow (Friday).


GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHЦN’S VIDEO “LOVE FINDS A WAY” HAS PREMIERE ON USATODAY.COM:
Neal Schцn fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Love Finds A Way” on USAToday.com. The new video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U. SO U features Schцn along with bassistMarco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’ssongwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. The track “Serenity,” from the album is now firmly entrenched in the Top 5 at Classic Rock radio, coming in at #3 this week.
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schцn has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schцn moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schцn continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com.


BALANCE BACK ONCE AGAIN FOR SWEDEN SHOWS:
The Iconic Melodic Rock Band Balance is scheduled to regroup for a round of Live Shows based out of Sweden for the end of Summer 2014. This will kick off in the Swedish coastal town of Vдstervik (home of famous music festivals and the group ABBA), on Friday August 22, 2014. The next night, Balance will play in the university city of Linkцping as part of its annual party. Both shows are sponsored by the Swedish national organization Sensus.
Based on a Youtube viewing of 4 young 10 yr. old Swedish girls called the SeaTeens singing a cover version of one of the band’s well known songs “Is It Over” at the Hojrock Festival in Vдstervik the summer of 2013, Peppy Castro (original founding member), was so taken by the videos (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-KoKSyDzdE and www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYxJZQmS1oQ) that it spawned the reunion of the band.
The Melodic Rock and AOR scene are made up of legendary albums and bands, which, as time goes by, become even more respected among the community of fans. Balance is exactly one of those bands, whose name and reputation, like good wine, has stood the test of time for decades. Original members, Peppy Castro, Bob Kulick and Doug Katsaros, will be reuniting for a round of shows in Europe in late summer 2014 based out of Sweden where it has all started again thanks to Sweden’s own Sea Teens.

As proof of the many talents of the artists involved in Balance, all members went on to brilliant careers in music following the group’s recording years. Grammy award winning Producer/Guitarist Bob Kulick’s credits read like a who’s who of heavy metal and rock bands, working in the studio, recording or producing or playing live with Meat Loaf, Kiss, Wasp, Paul Stanley Band, Lou Reed, John Cale, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Tim Curry, etc, etc…Doug Katsaros, Grammy and Emmy winner, sang & arranged for KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinйad O’Connor, Aerosmith and Georg “Jojje” Wadenius, among others, and he worked in several rockin’ Broadway shows, including The Rocky Horror Show and Footloose. Peppy Castro, Emmy nominated and inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame, is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era. His 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group, “The Blues Magoos.” His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. He has written songs for and sang on records by Diana Ross, Kiss, Laura Branigan, Michael Bolton, Cher, Joan Jett, Ronnie Spector etc., and is even one of the producers of the hit off Broadway show (The Gong Show) in New York. All the members of Balance have had a long affiliation on many levels with KISS.

Balance will be joined on stage with two seasoned and respected musicians who hail from the depths of the Swedish rock brigade. Jonas Wikstrom on drums and Dan Larsson on bass will complete the line-up of Balance. For more info on the members of this incredible band and their astounding list of accomplishments, as well as their music, check these links: www.peppycastro.com / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kulick / www.themusicofyourdreams.com/Biography.html.

NIGHT BY NIGHT PUSH ALBUM BACK ONE MONTH:
News from Night By Night: “After some deliberation, we’ve decided to postpone the release date of our June 16th to July as to avoid clashes with the Download Festival and Sweden Rock. As you’ll understand, it’s really important for us to be able to get press and radio attention around the release of the album and we’re concerned that the rock media won’t have time for a (relatively) new band’s debut amidst all the events of June. 
Therefore, we’ve decided to change the date to July 11th (Mainland Europe) 14th (UK) and 15th (USA/Canada). We hope you understand – we’ve put the last 4 years into this album, so really want to ensure we get off to a great start with it! 
However – we will still be giving you some NxN delights in June, with the release of a digital single and video on June 23rd (more news soon) and we will play a London release show on July 17th (again, more news on this ASAP). 
Thank you for continuing to support us! Not long now! Ben, Hen, Jon, Tom and Damien.”


INTRODUCING SCARLETT MOONLIGHT – I’VE CHASED THE RAIN:
Scarlett Moonlight, the US-based melodic rock/AOR band, have just released their latest single, I’ve Chased The Rain, in digital format in most MP3 online stores (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc). You can listen to the song here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7tYMwvWHlw.
This will be the first of a series of single releases that will happen every 2-3 months. Stay tuned to each release at: www.facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight.

Scarlett Moonlight, formerly known as Scarlett Shadow, is a Rhode Island based original Rock band in the style of Survivor, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Journey. They first came together when Michael Geiser, former bass player for Firebrand, met Fran Rodriguez, former keyboardist for the band Nexx. They then asked Mike Rodenbaugh, guitarist with Shotgun Still, to join on Guitar and Bob Myron on drums. They needed the right singer for the band, and Fran brought in Jacob Guajardo and the band Scarlett Moonlight was born.
Scarlett Moonlight has been in Michael’s studio for the last year writing and recording their first group of 13 songs, which will be released one at a time as they are finished. In this day of digital music outlets and stores the need to release and entire album at one time is not as necessary as it once was. You can follow the band at: facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight / reverbnation.com/scarlettmoonlight / twitter.com/ScarlettShadow5.


XLRATOR MEDIA PLUGS INTO DUFF McKAGAN’S “IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES”:
Los Angeles (May 14, 2014) – XLrator Media announced today that it has acquired from Vision Films the North American distribution rights for former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical documentary, It’s So Easy And Other Lies. The film is currently in production with financing provided by Scatena & Rosner Films. Based on the New York Times best-seller about McKagan’s life, the film is written and directed by Christopher Duddy, produced by Daniel Zirilli, Duff McKagan, Christopher Duddy, and Steven G. Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment, and executive produced by Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson.
The deal was negotiated by Vision Films’ Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution Lise Romanoff, Steven G. Kaplan and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. 
“Duff’s remarkable life will be the ultimate ‘insider’ rock n’ roll documentary chronicling Duff’s rise as a punk-rock teen prodigy from Seattle, to the heights of super-stardom as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, to the depths of substance abuse and addiction. All of these things have defined Duff and have led him to his current, and most rewarding, life chapter. Everyone will be moved by his story,” said Gordon. 

McKagan said: “I’m one of the fortunate ones who survived the trials of severe drug and alcohol addiction. I not only survived, but am blessed with seeing life from a whole different and brighter perspective. This film and stage show from the book, will hopefully expose some stark insight, knowledgeable commentary, and humor of this rock and roll life of mine.”

This authorized documentary takes the audience on an incredible cinematic journey from a driven Seattle teenager’s meager beginnings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The man is Michael McKagan, better known to the world as “Duff.” The band is Guns N’ Roses. The band became the ultimate icons of sex, drugs and rock and roll, causing pandemonium in their wake, but the lifestyle caught up with Duff, leaving him close to death. Follow Duff’s journey through original archival footage and interviews with many of the people who took this wild ride, including a constellation of rock stars that rose to fame alongside him, and the people who inspired him to overcome his addictions. Duff provides a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own as he takes viewers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.

It’s So Easy And Other Lies began production by capturing one of Duff’s book readings at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. The film will contain rare archive footage from Marc Canter, who filmed all the early footage of Guns N’ Roses behind the scenes and performances. “Vision Films is excited to be distributing “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” globally,” said Lise Romanoff, Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution. “The film is a one of a kind look into the life of one of the most iconic musicians in Rock history.” 
For more information on It’s So Easy And Other Lies, visit: duff-itssoeasy.com.