Main Melodic Rock News On 17/04/2014

FATAL SMILE – R.I.P.:
Fatal Smile’s Mr. Y announces the demise of the band:

“At some point in your life you’ll have to ‘kill your darlings’…and it’s with a heavy heart I have to inform you that I’m laying my dear band Fatal Smile to rest…in peace!

I sure know it’s a really bad timing with a new album to be released & we just kicked off our first show of the tour last nite & really sorry for letting the fans down that have bought tickets for the shows… But at a certain point in life you’ll have to make decisions if things are really worth doing it…?? I have come to that point when the answer is no, it’s no longer worth sacrificing everything in my life, my heart & soul just to keep the ‘FS-train’ rolling…It’s been an epic journey since I started the band back in 1995 & I had a blast doing it & ‘living the dream’…

A million thanks to all of you for your endless support & love during those ‘Fatal years’ & thanks to all the band members during this time…I will sure keep writing & playing music, that’s for sure!!!
Also the new album & last Fatal Smile album “White Trash Heroes” will be released as planned on April 25. A few signed copies of the album & ‘special packages’ is still available for pre-orders at: gmrmusic.bigcartel.com/artist/fatal-smile.
Take care & be well…Peace & Love, Yaksel Unutmaz aka ‘MR. Y’ / ‘Yxan’.


WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION OUT NOW:
April 15, 2014 — The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records today as two very special editions.
The Winery Dogs Special Edition is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled Unleashed In Japan 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including Criminal, a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. Unleashed In Japan 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album. Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the Special Edition collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere. Portnoy recently gave fans a glimpse inside the packaging of the Dog Treats on Revolver magazine’s website.
After The Winery Dogs was originally released on July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records, it debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27. 
Check out The Winery Dogs’ in-progress headlining tour at any of the U.S. tour stops (with more dates to be added in the coming weeks).
WebLinks: www.TheWineryDogs.com / www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs.


LATEST EDEN’S CURSE STUDIO DIARY:
Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse have released the sixth installment in their studio diaries documenting the recording process of their latest studio album “Symphony Of Sin” which was released in October 2013 via AFM Records. The video can be viewed here:youtu.be/mz8XYfubRm0.
This latest episode re-visits virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne (Hardline, Joe Lynn Turner’s Sunstorm, Demon Drive) and focus on the equipment he used to record the guitars on the new album, from guitars, amps, effects and all points in between.
Eden’s Curse will undertake their debut headline club tour of the United Kingdom next month in support of the new record.

The dates are as follows:
19/05/14 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland w/Stormzone & Estrella
20/05/14 The Railway, Bolton, England w/ Fahran
21/05/14 Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England w/ Fahran & Skin&Bone
22/05/14 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
23/05/14 Yardbirds, Grimsby, England, Co-Headliner with Absolva plus Babylon Fire
24/05/14 Static Swansea, Wales w/ Tainted Nation & Mayhem Messiah
25/05/14 Underwold, London, England w/ Tainted Nation & Dendera
Tickets for all shows are now On Sale and can be purchased from the venues directly or online at www.edenscurse.com/uktour.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR FRAMING HANLEY:
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Framing Hanley’s 3rd release “The Sum Of Who We Are” will be released on April 29 on their new label, Imagen Records. The band will be doing all out touring and the first single “Criminal” is going to radio for impact on April 8 and already garnering attention with early adds at radio. The band will be hitting the road to promote to include dates with Three Days Grace in April, Devour The Day in May as well as headline shows. The follow up to the highly successful The Moment (featuring Lollipop, Hear Me Now) and their 2010 sophomore album A Promise To Burn (You Stupid Girl, Back To Go Again). It has been 4 years since Framing Hanley released a new album and they are re-energized and rearing to go.
The new single CRIMINAL Soundcloud link: soundcloud.com/framing-hanley/criminal.
WebLins: framinghanley.com / www.facebook.com/FramingHanley.

FOZZY TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “LIGHTS GO OUT” APRIL 25:
New Studio Album Coming This Winter! New Chris Jericho Autobiography Set For October 13 Release; ‘Talk Is Jericho’ Podcast Reaches No. 1 In Seven Countries.

When Lights Go Out, the new era of Fozzy will officially be upon us. The wowed audiences on Soundwave 2013 then returned to our shores last December alongside Steel Panther & Buckcherry and now their new music it about to hit the airwaves and most importantly hit you between the eyes.
Fozzy: frontman Chris Jericho, guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey, bassist Paul Dileo and drummer Frank Fontsere will release their new single “Lights Go Out” on April 25 across all digital platforms. The release will coincide with the track’s release to radio, and will be the first single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, set to hit stores this Winter.
‘Lights Go Out’ represents a brand new colour in the Fozzy spectrum,” says Chris Jericho of the new single. “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ”Lights Go Out” will make you move!”

The band return to the North American tour circuit in late April, where they will be making crowds move on America’s biggest festivals, including appearances alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Rob Zombie, Slayer and more at 98 Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range.
Also recently announced is the October 13, 2014 release of ‘the Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea,’ Chris Jericho’s third autobiography and the sequel to his New York Times bestsellers ‘A Lion’s Tale’ and ‘undisputed’.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Swedish melodic rock band Osukaru return to their edgy AOR roots with the new song “Arrows”, taken from their upcoming mini-album “Transition”. It’s mixed by Attila Bokor (BOA, Morph) and mastered by Kevin McNoldy (Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys). The band is also making a video of “Arrows” as we speak and “Transition” will hit the shelves this summer on City of Lights Records / Membran Entertainment Group.
“This is, without a doubt, the best tune from Osukaru so far! I can’t wait to hear the new album.” – DrAOR www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnfb1fQYKzY.

Triple Threat were a great hard rock band 20 years ago and they are trying to make their goal of $1500 so they can release it on CD for the first time, including new artwork. I’m sure if you made mention of this the band would make their goal. Hope you can help.
WebLink: www.kickstarter.com/projects/triplethreat/triple-threat-cd-release-of-we-aint-here-to-dance.

42 Decibel release a new video for the song “Rocker Soul” from their debut album “Hard Rock N Roll”youtu.be/19DacXdm0mU.

Highway by The Summit is released in Sweden today, and the video is out on YouTube. youtu.be/8xjtG1pPoOQ.

TOM PETTY SPREADS FULL MOON FEVER 25 YEARS AGO: INTHESTUDIO CELEBRATES ALBUM’S ANNIVERSARY:
Dallas, TX – April 16, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the highly contagious music of Tom Petty’s 1989 solo masterpiece Full Moon Fever on its 25th anniversary.
Two things happened after Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 7th album Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) that would signal the next phase in Petty’s illustrious music career. First, the band toured as Bob Dylan’s live band. Second, while on tour, Petty would meet and become friends with ex-Beatle George Harrison and producer, former ELO founder Jeff Lynne, setting in motion the supergroup of Dylan, Harrison, Orbison, Lynne and Petty named The Traveling Wilburys.
In between the tours with Dylan and The Traveling Wilburys recording Tom Petty, with the help of producer/songwriter Jeff Lynne, would find magic recording his first solo album, his most successful album ever with hits, “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Love is a Long Road”, “A Face in the Crowd”, “Yer So Bad”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and the Byrd’s tribute “Feel A Whole Lot Better”.
Petty recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard the importance of his producer partnership with Jeff Lynne for Full Moon Fever.
“Jeff Lynne is the consummate record producer. There aren’t many anymore like that. He really knows what he’s talking about and he understands every aspect of the recording and what’s going to go on. He also understands the tune, the feel, the performer. All of those things you gotta have in your mind. He just somehow handles it so casually.”
Tom Petty ‘Full Moon Fever’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to Stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/tom-petty-full-moon-fever-25th-anniversary.

FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL COMPILATION CD:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the exclusive “Frontiers Rock Festival” Compilation CD which will be sold Exclusively at the forthcoming Frontiers Rock Festival which will be held at the Live Club In Trezzo (Milan, Italy) on May 1-2-3. Such compilation will be printed one-off in a very limited quantity (500 copies only) and will be sold exclusively at the Festival at the special price of 8.00 Euro.
Frontiers Rock Festival VIP tickets purchasers will have the compilation delivered within the ticket price in their special bag of goodies!

The tracklisting includes a total of 14 songs, out of which 9 are exclusive previews, unreleased or rare tracks! The Frontiers Rock Festival Official Compilation will include:
1. L.R.S. “Livin’ 4 a Dream” (taken from the album “Down to the Core”) 2. Adrenaline Rush “Change” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Adrenaline Rush) 3. Moon Land ft. Lenna Kuurmaa “Heaven Is to Be Close to You” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Moon Land”) 4. Three Lions ”Trouble In a Red Dress” (taken from the album “Three Lions”) 5. Crazy Lixx “Sympathy” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “TBA”) 6. State of Salazar “All the Way” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “All the Way”) 7. Issa “Invincible (Acoustic)” (previously unreleased in Europe) 8. Dalton “Hey You” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Pit Stop”) 9. W.E.T. “Victorious” (previously unreleased in Europe) 10. Hardline “Fever Dreams” (taken from the album “Danger Zone”) 11. Eclipse “Into the Fire” (previously unreleased outside Sweden) 12. Angelica “Can’t Stop Love” (taken from the album “Thrive”) 13. Place Vendome “Power of Music” (taken from the album “Thunder in the Distance”) 14. M.I.M. “On My Own” (exclusive premiere / special version for the FRF compilation).
Further info and ticket sales info available in www.frontiersrockfestival.com.

A little further info on those new preview tracks:
Adrenaline Rush “Change” (Erik Mеrtensson/Miqael Persson)
Featuring the stunning Tеve Wanning as front-woman, Adrenaline Rush are the newest sensation of the Swedish Melodic Hard Rock scene. Under the direction of producer and songwriter Erik Martensson, the band has recently finished the recording their debut album: a superb mix or melodies, energy and pure R’n’R attitude! Their debut album is planned for a release in late August.

Moon Land “Heaven Is to Be Close to You” (Alessandro Del Vecchio)
Lenna Kuurmaa is a 360° artist, singer and actress. Born in Estonia, Lenna has been the frontwoman of the Pop-Rock sensation Vanilla Ninja. Lately she started a solo career in her country. The Moon Land project sees her coming back to Melodic Rock with a musical style mostly akin to Heart and Europe. The debut album will be released in the fall of 2014.

Dalton “Hey You” (Bo Lindmark, Anders Lindmark, Ola Lindstrцm, Leif Westfahl, Mats Dahlberg, Anders Livеg. Text: Mikael Larsson)
Put together in 1985 by the former Treat drummer Mats “Dalton” Dahlberg, Dalton released two classic Swedish Melodic Hard Rock albums: “The Race Is On” (1987) and “Injection” (1989), before disbanding in the early 90’s. Now some 20 years later the magic is back and you can enjoy the first cut off the forthcoming album “Pit Stop” planned for a release in the fall.

M.I.M. “On My Own” (Christofer Bjцrk, Linus Blad)
M.I.M. (standing for “More IS More” – the forthcoming debut album title) is another super-hot Melodic Rock newcomer from Sweden featuring Chris Bjork, Jimmy Claeson, Linus Blad, Rickard Bonde and Kristian Larsen. Their sound is going to take by surprise all the Melodic Rock fans mixing influences from Bon Jovi and Toto and this song shows all the potential (though vocals on this exclusive version are performed by David Fremberg of Andromeda).


BRIAN HOWE SET TO RETURN TO STUDIO WITH PRODUCER BROOKS PASCHAL:
Three years after redefining his career with the critically acclaimed “Circus Bar”Brian Howe is entering the studio once again.
Reuniting with Producer Brooks Paschal, the 2 hope to recapture the magic that led to the international success of “Circus Bar”. However this time, the approach will be a little different. “I’m going back to my roots. I’m going to ROCK”, says Howe of the new album. 
With anticipation building, we all look forward to what he does next.

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Upcoming From AOR Heaven In April (New Releases: Alien and Sunstrike) (Videos)

AOR Heaven’s upcoming April 25 releases have been announced. They are Sunstrike and Alien. Read on –

Alien, one of Sweden’s finest Melodic Rock band have released genre classics such as “Alien” (1988/89) and “Shiftin’ Gear” (1990) including chart and platinum hits like “Only One Woman”, “Tears Don’t Put Out The Fire” and “Brave New Love”. The original line-up was split up in 1989 and when reunited in 2010 a handful of festivals were booked to coincide with the return including performances at Sweden Rock Festival, Getaway Rock and Firefest a.o. The release of the brand new single “Ready To Fly” (Manora Rec) went down great with the fans and especially the response from the crowd at the Firefest. 2011 made the band really consider making this new album.
In 2013, the No Remorse/EMI CD re-issue (ltd 1000 copies) of the debut album “Alien” (s/t Scandinavian) reached no.1 in the Import Album Chart in Japan and was quickly sold out. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the debut EMI Music Sweden re-mastered and released the back catalogue digitally including some previously unreleased demos as bonus. To top it off the “Alien – 25th Anniversary” 2CD deluxe limited edition was put out and soon sold out as well. The re-release of the “Shiftin’ Gear” CD (AOR Heaven) including four bonus tracks shed some light on the fact that the original line-up wrote and pre-produced a sophomore album, before disbanding in late 1989. Recordings of the new album started Aug 1st at Bohus Sound and continued throughout 2013, taking a break only to perform at the Firefest 10th Anniversary show.
Alien decided to add a song, “I’m a fighter”, written back in the 80’s by their L.A. co-writers Pam Barlow and Janet Morrison Minto, as an homage to their co-work on the debut album. The regained contact with Pam and Janet led to them writing lyrics for this album as well.
WebLinks: alientheband.com / facebook.com/alientheband.

Line-up: Jim Jidhed – vocals, Tony Borg – guitars, Jimmy Wandroph – keyboards, Ken Sandin – bass, Toby Tarrach – drums.
Track list: In Love We Trust; Unbroken; Love Will Lead Me Home; I Believe; Summer Of Love; What Goes Up; I’m A Fighter; Wildheart; Liar, Liar; Look At Us Know; Burning Heart; In Truth.

Sound clips in advance: In Love We Trust / Unbroken / What Goes Up.

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SunStrike: A glare in the road that can temporarily blind drivers. But SunStrike will blind you with catchy melodies and big choruses! The band was formed by guitarist Joachim Nordlund and the drummer Johan Lindstedt together with singer Christian Hedgren (Twilight Force, The Theander Expression) by the fall of 2012. You also find Joachim and Johan in the Swedish metal act Astral Doors. Right from the start the three guys had a very clear image in how the music should sound like: pure melodic hard rock was on the agenda! When only a handful of songs were written they felt that the songs needed the touch of a real keyboard player. Up until then Joachim had done the keyboard parts on one or two songs. Christian knew a guy that would be perfect for the job, and after a cup of coffee and a handshake Fredrik Plahn (Prey) joined the force. They all felt that this is far too good to be just a project and after a couple of weeks a second guitar player, Mats Gesar (Thalamus) and bass player Bjцrn Lundqvist (Twilight Force) joined the band that now got the name SunStrike.
Two demo songs were posted on the band’s facebook page in the summer of 2013, and immediately the word was out about this new melodic rock outfit from Sweden. Radio stations started to play those songs and a couple of record companies showed their interest in the band. The song-writing/recording continued through 2013 in Joachim’s Big Turn Studio until they had 12 songs that were strong enough for the album ”Rock your World”. For the mixing and mastering process SunStrike chose Erik Mеrtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T). Cover art and the booklet design was done by no one else but Carl-Andrй Beckston (Monowasp).
WebLink: www.facebook.com/sunstrikeband

Track list: 1. Power of the Dreams, 2. Rock Your World, 3. Fireball, 4. Right Track, 5. Roll The Dice, 6. Rock It Out, 7. Never Let You Go, 8. Higher, 9. Scream And Shout, 10. Into The Light, 11. Edge Of Life, 12. Heat Of The Night.
Line-up: Christian Hedgren – Lead and background vocals, Joachim Nordlund – Guitars and background vocals, Johan Lindstedt – Drums and background vocals.

Sound clips in advance: Power Of The Dreams / Rock Your World / Roll The Dice.

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