Rock Wolves (Voss/Rarebell/Hinz) release self titled debut album in October

Rock-Wolves
Rock Wolves, the cracking new band founded by Herman Rarebell, Michael Voss and Stephan ‘Gudze’ Hinz, three of the most renowned and accomplished German rock musicians to have emerged in the last 40 years, have signed to Steamhammer / SPV to release their hard driving, melody drenched, utterly uplifting hook – laden self-titled debut album on October 28th.

‘Rock Wolves’, which will be available as an embossed DigiPak CD (with poster), 180 gram dirty white vinyl LP (with CD in a paper sleeve) and download, contains eleven excellently executed, joyous, timeless classic rock compositions.

The idea to start Rock Wolves was conceived in Autumn 2015, during a tour by Michael Schenker’s current band, Temple Of Rock, which Rarebell and Voss have been members of for the last five years. As drummer and songwriter in Scorpions, Herman Rarebell was significantly involved in eight of their studio albums between 1977 and 1996, including all-time classics such as ‘Lovedrive’, ‘Blackout’ and ‘Love At First Sting’. Guitarist / vocalist Michael Voss first caused a stir in the 1980’s with groups such as Mad Max and Casanove, and his role in Temple Of Rock is not only that of a frontman, but also that of a songwriter and producer.

When Schenker announced that he wanted to cut down on concerts in the coming months, an opportunity opened for Rarebell and Voss to start a new band together. They soon found the perfect bassist in Stephan “Gudze” Hinz, a founder member of H-Blockx and hence a representative of the 1990s rock generation. So here we have three illustrious musicians from three decades, and three artistic careers with similar but by no means congruent influences.

The band’s almost boundless musical enthusiasm is reflected throughout this diverse, stunning debut – patently the work of supremely capable and inspired, virtuoso musicians gelling instinctively. Never is this more evident than on the exuberant single ‘Rock For The Nations’, a powerful track with a painful yet upbeat message; “Instead of delivering tanks and arms all over the world, Germany should concentrate on exporting good rock music,” explains Rarebell. Similarly, the shuffle-groove driven ‘Surrounded By Fools’ warns against unscrupulous politicians; “Let’s not be dazzled by their colourful election campaigns. Those politicians can easily end up bringing war to their countries” states Herman.

Less controversial tracks include thoroughbred rocker ‘I Need Your Love’, glorious, strikingly contemporary ballad ‘Nothing’s Gonna Bring Me Down’, and ‘What About Love’, a cover of Jim Vallance’s song which Heart topped the US Billboard charts with for 28 weeks in 1985. “Our new version has been given the blessing by Jim Vallance himself. His only comment was: ‘Your version is even better than my original, so go for it’,” remembers Rarebell.

The bar may be pretty high for an act with such a talented line-up, but Rock Wolves have, exceeding all expectations, way more than stepped up to the plate with their astonishingly accomplished debut.

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 22/05/2014

NIGHT RANGER BONUS TRACK PREVIEW:
Night Ranger release their anticipated High Road album June 6, and there’s a few bonus tracks on offer. Those are:
L.A. No Name (Instrumental) & The Mountain Song on the Deluxe Edition of CD (Worldwide + DVD)
L.A. No Name, Don’t Even Know Your Name & The Mountain Song (Best Buy USA, Deluxe CD +DVD)
Lay It On Me (Live) (Japan release).

For your purchasing decisions, here is 90 second samples of the bonus tracks – Don’t Even Know Your Name / The Mountain Song / Lay It On Me (Live).
LA No Name was the Japanese Bonus Track for Somewhere In California.


R.I.P. BASS GREAT RANDY COVEN:
Rock bassist Randy Coven, who toured and recorded with artists including Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, passed away on May 20th of undisclosed causes. He was 54.
Born in Great Neck, New York, Coven was introduced to music at a young age. His parents fostered his love of music by taking him to the Beatles concert at Shea Stadium when he was just five years old, and from there his dream was to make music. He started on drums but switched to bass after feeling restricted behind the drum set. According to his biography on the Phil Brodie Band website, Jeff Berlin lived around the corner and overheard him working on a Stanley Clarke song.
More at: www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/05/21/in-memoriam-randy-coven/

And from last week (forgive the late notice): Tweet from Lou Gramm “It is with a heavy heart that I post Foreigner’s original Bassist, Ed Gagliardi past away Saturday. Rest in Peace Ed.”

R.I.P. to two more another musical greats.

I’d also like to take a moment to mention the passing of a long time MR.com reader from Canada – Paul Enns. Paul was a huge supporter of this site and he attended both the first two MelodicRock Fest events, he was sadly too sick to attend last year and recent passed away from cancer. It’s never easy to hear news like this and we wish his family all the very best. R.I.P. Paul.

INTHESTUDIO WITH REDBEARD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ROCK AND ROLL HEROES:
Dallas, TX – May 20, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands remembers Rock and Roll’s departed musical heroes with a special star-studded tribute.
Echoes: Classic Rockers Remembered is a two-part, two week broadcast radio special featuring tributes to John Lennon, Ray Charles, Jerry Garcia, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Ronnie Van Zant, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Ronnie Montrose, Alvin Lee, Brad Delp, John Entwistle, Keith Moon, Randy Rhoads, remembered by artists Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Roger Waters, Joe Cocker, and Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead.
Although this is not a complete list of departed classic rockers who have appeared with Redbeard In the Studio, it does cover a significant portion of Rock and Roll music makers who shaped the sound of the second half of the 20th century. Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters, for example, shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard his thoughts about the vital importance of Pink Floyd co-founder, the late Syd Barrett.
“Being a Syd Barrett fan seems to be, to me, a perfectly legitimate and reasonable way of spending your spare time… He was a very interesting man… He was the key that unlocked the door to Rock’n’Roll for me.”
Echoes In The Studio: Classic Rockers Remembered interview part one is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/echoes-studio-classic-rockers-remembered-pt-1/

THE WIZARDS OF WINTER LAUNCH TRIBUTE TRACK:
The Wizards of Winter commemorate Memorial Day by releasing “March of the Metal Soldiers”, honoring the US Military and aiding Wounded Warriors.
Prog-Metal band The Wizards of Winter have officially released their first song from their forthcoming new album that they have been working on with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding member Tommy Farese. The song is called “March of the Metal Soldiers”. They are releasing this now in honor of Memorial Day and will be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales of this track to the Wounded Warrior Project as their way of thanking all that have served . They have put together a short slide show so that you can preview the music here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=krBewQRb4yU. To purchase a copy, visit their website thewizardsofwinter.com
“March of the Metal Soldiers” is a reworking of the classic standard “March of the Toys”, reimagined by band leader Scott Kelly with screaming guitars, lush keyboards and a heavy new arrangement that shows off the band’s versatility.  Of special note is the song’s vocal interlude. The lyrics are the slogans of the four branches of the US Military slogans converted to and sung in Latin.
The full album is due for release in the Fall of 2014, with album artwork designed by legendary album cover artist Ioannis. A winter tour will follow with Trans-Siberian Orchestra founding members Tommy Farese and Tony Gaynor as their special guests.

MELODICROCK 2014 – READY TO GO (ALMOST)!:
The brand new MelodicRock.com website is finally complete and almost ready to roll. Those that originally donated towards the costs of getting the new site built will receive an email to invite them to beta-test the site in the next day or so!
I thank everyone for their patience in getting this thing ready to roll and really feel that the new site will be a much better asset to music fans in the way they can share information, engage in social media connections and also the way the site archives all information and artists for easy reference.
In light of the work needed to go into prepping the new site for launch, news updates here will be pretty brief for the next week or so and there will be a day or two of downtime before the official launch date – to be announced next week!

 

Asia add new UK date

Asia Gravitas

The legendary British band ASIA will be performing in the UK to promote the new album Gravitas. The latest date to be announced the prestigious Shepherds Bush Empire on 2nd November.

Touring and playing live has always been of huge importance to ASIA throughout their career and 2014 sees them hitting the road for further dates throughout he UK later in the year.

For ASIA’s long-devoted fans, the band’s return to the concert stage cannot come soon enough. As drummer Carl 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.”

The new album, Gravitas is produced and written by band members John Wetton and Geoff Downes. The album also introduces the world to the band’s new guitarist, Sam Coulson, who replaces Steve Howe in the studio and live line-up.

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.”

ASIA is:

John Wetton – lead vocal and bass

Carl Palmer – drums

Geoff Downes – keyboards

Sam Coulson – guitars

 

Tickets for the Shepherds Bush show:

Tickets are £25 – £30

O2 Priority pre-sale – Wednesday midday

General On sale – Friday 23rd May at midday

Hard Rock News on 20/05/2014

The Last Vegas Debut “You And Me” Video

Chicago’s The Last Vegas recently released their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘Sweet Salvation’ and have posted the album’s latest music video for the single “You And Me”. 

‘Sweet Salvation’, the follow-up to 2012’s hugely successful ‘Bad Decisions’ and 2009’s Sleaze Roxx chart topping ‘Whatever Gets You Off’, was released on May 12th in Europe and May 13th in North America via The ILS Group. The album was recorded at the end of 2013 in Los Angeles, California by renowned producer and engineer Roy Z. 

The Last Vegas funded the recording of ‘Sweet Salvation’ through a successful crowdsourcing campaign at www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thelastvegas. “We have a lot more stuff for you to check out as well while you wait for the album,” said the band to fans that donated towards their campaign. “A first look at our new music video for the next single “You And Me”, access to see some more album artwork and a listen of a song clip from the new album. We also have some new products to get your hands on, both a limited pressing of Bad Decisions on transparent red vinyl and a limited pressing of Sweet Salvation on yellow vinyl. Both will be signed by the band and only available in the Pledge Music store for pre-order.” 

Having recently played alongside Guns N’ Roses, Nikki Sixx, Theory Of A Deadman and Hinder, the band will be visiting UK, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Denmark, The Netherlands and Belgium through May and June in support of the new album. A video for the album’s lead single, “Come With Me”, was released last year and a free download of the track is being offered at www.facebook.com/thelastvegas

‘Sweet Salvation’ track listing:
01. Touch The Sky 
02. Come With Me
03. Invicible Summer
04. Lucky 13 
05. Miss You
06. Face In The Crowd
07. You & Me (You Never Know) 
08. Death Style
09. Sweet Salvation 

 

Accept Change The Release Date Of ‘Blind Rage’

Accept Change The Release Date Of 'Blind Rage'In the history of heavy metal not many bands can claim to be able to celebrate their breakthrough twice. Accept managed this four years ago with their reunion record ‘Blood Of The Nations’ — returning with a vengeance! Now Accept open the next chapter in their book of heavy metal, with the upcoming studio record ‘Blind Rage’ — which will be out on August 15th. 

‘Blind Rage’, just like its two predecessors with new vocalist Mark Tornillo, has been produced, mixed and mastered by Andy Sneap. “The cover artwork done by Daniel Goldsworthy shows the beast coming over us — in blind rage — all over the planet. Wherever we go, whenever you turn on the TV, there is blind rage in the works — either natural catastrophes or man-made madness,” continued Hoffmann. 

There will also be a limited edition digipak version of ‘Blind Rage’ that includes either a bonus DVD or BluRay disc and features a complete Accept live show recorded in Chile 2013 during the ‘Stalingrad’ tour. Upfront will be the single release of the opening track “Stampede”, which will be out on July 11th digitally and on a limited vinyl edition. The band also did a video clip for “Stampede”, which will be ready by the end of June. 

Hardly any other band has influenced the heavy metal genre as much as German legends Accept. Classics albums such as ‘Restless And Wild’ (1982), ‘Balls To The Wall’ (1983) and ‘Metal Heart’ (1985), have inspired generations of new bands, and this has continued since their reunion in 2009. Both ‘Blood Of The Nations’ (2010) and ‘Stalingrad’ (2012) entered the charts globally and were voted among the best albums of their respective years by Sleaze Roxx readers, and underline the premiere league status Accept still have today. 

‘Blind Rage’ track listing:
01. Stampede
02. Dying Breed
03. Dark Side Of My Heart
04. Fall Of The Empire
05. Trail Of Tears
06. Wanna Be Free
07. 200 Years
08. Bloodbath Mastermind
09. From The Ashes We Rise
10. The Curse
11. Final Journey 

 

Judas Priest Announce Lead-Off Single From Upcoming Album

Judas Priest have set “March Of The Damned” as the lead-off single from their forthcoming studio album ‘Redeemer Of Souls’. 

For the past few weeks, metalheads worldwide have undoubtedly been enjoying the “sneak peak” title track from Judas Priest’s forthcoming ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ album. And on Monday, May 19th, the official lead-off single from the album, “March Of The Damned,” will be released to rock and metal radio, and will be available for purchase via all digital sales providers. Additionally, on the same day, preorders for the full album will be made available through iTunes. 

As the band themselves said about “March Of The Damned”, “Our passion for heavy metal has never diminished, and this track sounds off with real conviction!” 

‘Redeemer Of Souls’ will be made available from Epic Records on Tuesday, July 15th as both a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. When asked what fans can expect from Judas Priest’s 17th album overall, guitarist Glenn Tipton replied, “Sometimes in the past we may have come under fire for being too adventurous musically — so we have listened!! From start to finish ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ is 13 songs of pure classic Priest metal!!” 

Comprised of Rob Halford (vocals), Glenn Tipton (guitar), Richie Faulkner (guitar), Ian Hill (bass), and Scott Travis (drums), Judas Priest is responsible for some of heavy metal’s all-time classic songs (“Living After Midnight”, “Breaking The Law”, “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”, etc.) and albums (‘British Steel’, ‘Screaming For Vengeance’, ‘Painkiller’, etc.) 

And soon, fans will discover that Judas Priest has assembled another metal classic, with the “March Of The Damned” single and ‘Redeemer Of Souls’ full-length. 

 

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS ‘Destroyer’ Artist For Solo Album Artwork

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS 'Destroyer' Artist For Solo Album ArtworkAce Frehley has tapped long time friend and artist Ken Kelly to create the album cover for his upcoming solo album ‘Space Invader’, due out July 8th through E1 Music. 

Kelly, who created the iconic cover art for two of KISS’s best selling LPS, ‘Destroyer’ (1976) and ‘Love Gun’ (1977), says, “It was very exciting when I was approached with the idea of doing an album cover for Ace. I had spoken to Ace on a few occasions about the possibility, so I was delighted when it actually happened.” 

Ace Frehley himself comments, “I’ve been talking with Ken Kelly since 2007 about painting a CD cover for me and it has finally happened! I couldn’t be more excited about the new Space Invader cover and the music behind it is also going to rock your world!” 

With nearly 35 years between projects, KISS fans will surely be excited about this long-time duo working together again. Kelly concludes, “I am very pleased with the results and proud to play a part of Ace’s continuing successful career!” 

‘Space Invader’ will contain at least nine original songs and a cover of the Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker.” Frehley has said that his fans can expect a sound similar to his 1978 solo album, which contained the hit “New York Groove.” Frehley’s previous solo album, ‘Anomaly’, was released in 2009. The record reached #27 on the Billboard charts and was named one of the best albums that year by Sleaze Roxx readers. 

“I’m really excited about this record, because everybody that’s heard the tracks just says they think some of the tracks are even better than Anomaly, and even showing another side of me,” Frehley told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “There’s two songs I’m going to re-track, but I’m doing mostly overdubs. Most of the hard work is over.” 

Frehley also said that the album would feature collaborations with his girlfriend Rachael Gordon and told Rolling Stone that an album of covers and remakes would follow ‘Space Invader’. “That one will be a real treat for the fans, too,” Frehley said. “I want to get some celebrity guests to play on it, some of the covers and stuff, get Slash, Mike McCready, my buddy from Pearl Jam. You know. The list is endless.” Then, with a laugh, he added, “I might even get Gene Simmons to play bass on a track.” 

 

Motley Crue Hope To Have New Single Ready For Farewell Tour

Ace Frehley Enlists KISS 'Destroyer' Artist For Solo Album ArtworkMotley Crue is saying a well-publicized farewell to the road starting this summer, but it won’t be coming empty handed. 

Tommy Lee tells Billboard that he’s “just finished the drums” for “All Bad Things Must End”, a new track the Crue hopes to have out by the time the farewell tour with Alice Cooper kicks off July 2nd in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and which he says will be attached to a new greatest hits album that will accompany the trek. 

“We’re just mixing (the song) and getting it together,” Lee reports. “It’s pretty heavy, but it’s really melodic. It’s definitely about this time right now with the band and what the feeling is and kind of all that wrapped into a song. I hate to say it’s like a goodbye, but it definitely references our time here.” 

Meanwhile, the quartet is getting its show together for the tour. “There’s a whole new production being built that’s pretty fucking insane,” Lee says. As for the setlist, he adds that the Crue is talking about two-hour sets “so we can play all the hits and then hopefully dig into some deep stuff, since this is the last chance to play them.” 

The group is also digging into “The Dirt”, the long awaited film adaptation of its vivid 2001 band biography. Lee says he and bassist Nikki Sixx recently sat down with director Jeff Tremaine for a read-through of the script that he calls “probably the most fucking insanely surrealistic experience I’ve ever sat through — probably two hours and change of literally watching people act and play through this two-hour plus movie of 30 years of your life. I was just like, ‘What the fuck?! That’s insane! This movie is insane!’ Even just the way the movie starts, you’re like, ‘How the hell are we gonna rate this thing? Triple R?'” 

Lee says casting is slated for late July, most likely with unknown actors playing the band members who will subsequently join the Crue on tour for a bit of boot camp. “I can just imagine some 25-year-old actor getting the part and being sent on the road to hang out and study us,” Lee says with a laugh. “Wow, what a trip! They’re gonna definitely come back a different animal.” 

Lee, meanwhile, has tried on a different musical skin lately, playing drums for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. He’s recorded demos with Billy Corgan in Los Angeles and expects to be back in the studio during the next few weeks to record the finished songs. “I think he has probably the best record he’s ever written,” Lee says. “These are like epic, goose-bump songs. It sounds like the first couple of Smashing Pumpkins records. I was fucking blown away.” 

Lee is also starting to chart his own post-Crue career. While several potential projects are on the runway, he says that “I have one thing in particular I’ve really got my heart set on. I can’t really talk about it too much, but I’ve been writing music for it, and I’ve got a hard drive full of some crazy shit that I’ve been working on that the music scene definitely needs right now. There’s nothing like it. It’s definitely some new music, and there’ll be a new band that’s gonna blow some minds.”