MORE! AOR, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis reunite LA Guns and release new album in 2017

Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to welcome the reunion of Tracii Guns And Phil Lewis as L.A. GUNS to the label for the release of a brand new album set for release in the summer of 2017.

After a nearly 15 year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their partnership that began in 1986, four years after Tracii formed L.A. Guns in 1982.

Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “Electric Gypsy”, “The Ballad Of Jayne”, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead” – an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including “Don’t Look At Me That Way”, “Hellraisers Ball”, and “The Ballad”.

“I think we owe it to our fans who have stuck with us during the many ups and downs of the band’s long and checkered career,” says Lewis. “Tracii and I have written the songs to the soundtrack of many people’s lives, and I think it’s definitely worth investigating to see if the magic is still there.”

As for Guns, he’s been compiling song ideas over the last year and promises this one will be one of the band’s heaviest records, simply stating, “It’s good to be home.”

The band has already confirmed a bunch of UK shows in early 2017 and two shows at the legendary Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles, CA with more surprises to be announced soon!

TOUR DATES US & UK

March
03. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
04. Los Angeles, CA, Whisky A Go Go
10. Belfast. Limelight2.
11. Phewelli. HRH fest.
12. Swansea. Scene
16. Bristol. Bierkeller.
17. Basingstoke. Stage.
18. Wolverhampton. Civic.
20. Doncaster. Diamond.
22. Sheffield. Academy2.
23. Edinburgh. La Belle Angele.
24. Glasgow. ABC2
25. London. Academy2

Follow L.A. Guns online:
https://www.facebook.com/LAFknGuns/
https://www.facebook.com/traciiguns
https://www.facebook.com/philip.lewis.1029

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Seven – ‘Fight’ official music video

“Fight”, is taken from SEVEN’s new album Shattered, which is released today (September 23rd), by UK label Escape Music Ltd. “Fight” was co-written with well known songwriter Jeff Paris (Mr. Big, Vixen, Y&T, Paul Stanley).

The roots of SEVEN can be traced back to the late ’80s/early ’90s in South Africa, of all places. At the time, Keith McFarlane and the brothers Simon and John LeFevre were in a band called FACE TO FACE, while Mick Devine was drummer in another band, called UC27. After releasing several singles and one album in a period of 18 months, FACE TO FACE split and the brothers LeFevre returned to the U.K. After a few months, they decided to reform the band and Mick was asked to join them in the U.K. as their drummer. It wasn’t before long that the brothers discovered that Mick was actually a better singer than drummer, and so Mick became the band’s lead vocalist. A couple of years later, they were joined by Pat Davey on bass and Austin Lane on drums and the band name was changed to SEVEN.

The AOR scene in the late eighties was a thriving hive of activity. At the turn of the new decade, the likes of Mitch Malloy, Paul Laine, FIREHOUSE, TYKETTO and TALISMAN were all signed up and ready to make an impact on the genre. Everybody wanted an AOR band, and Polydor Records was no exception. Having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of MAGNUM and LITTLE ANGELS, the label had set their sights on SEVEN, which at the time was a relatively unknown act from Bournemouth.

SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, THE MONKEES and BROTHER BEYOND. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about. “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise,” he says. “We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic — including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!”

 

With John Parr as producer, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man With A Vision”, both of which achieved moderate success in the U.K.

In 2014, the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains. “Yeah, back in the day, Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” he says. Without too much convincing, the project was born.

The production talents of Lars Chriss (the LION’S SHARE guitarist whose repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, LUGNET, NIVA and RADIOACTIVE) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album, called “7”, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “albums of the year” on many lists.

Following the success of the first album, a passion was rekindled within Devine and McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh (BLOODBOUND, ROB MORATTI, STREET TALK), Andy Loos (LION’S SHARE, GLORY, CHRIS OUSEY), Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE, NIVA) and Jeff Paris (MR. BIG, Y&T, VIXEN, RADIOACTIVE), that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out.

SEVEN’s “Shattered” is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of FOREIGNER in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, JOURNEY in “High Hopes” and even traces of MAGNUM in “Light Of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion”. The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Chriss and the lineup of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solos. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “7”.
“Shattered” track listing:

01. Light Of 1000 Eyes
02. A Better Life
03. Fight
04. Shattered
05. Live This Life
06. Pieces Of You
07. Broken Dream
08. High Hopes
09. I Needed Time
10. Taking Over
11. Last Illusion
12. World Of Make Believe (bonus track for Japan)
SEVEN is:

Mick Devine: Vocals
Lars Chriss: Guitars, Drums
Andy Loos: Bass
Fredrik Bergh: Keyboards on tracks (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 & 12)
Kay Backlund: Keyboards on tracks (1, 2, 3, 10 & 11)
Produced and mixed by: Lars Chriss (www.noterious.eu)
Mastered by: Mike Lind
Executive producer: Khalil Turk

Guest backing vocals on “Shattered” and “Taking Over” by Nigel Bailey
and on “Pieces Of You” by Lin Devine
Additional keyboards on “Pieces Of You” by Sören Kronqvist

Web:
www.escape-music.com

 

Glenn Hughes – ‘Heavy’ music video

 

Hevidence release debut album ‘Nobody’s Fault’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of Hevidence’s debut album, “Nobody’s Fault” on December 2, 2016.

Hevidence is the brainchild of Italian guitar player Diego Reali, founding member of Italian Prog Metal masters DGM. After he left the band in 2006, he started dabbling in some different musical styles, but his heart called for him to get back to metal! Thus Hevidence were born and Diego joined up with DGM bass player Andrea Arcangeli, singer Corrado Quoiani and drummer Emiliano Bonini.

“This band is highly inspired by the classic hard and heavy sounds from the ’70s and ’80s, that’s why we worked hard to make this album sound the most vintage that was possible,” tells Diego. “We are convinced that a huge dose of improvisation during the recording sessions is needed for the success of an original product. Everyone of us has many different musical influences and they came out in a very spontaneous way within the song writing process, we just believe in the word “ROCK”!!!”

Hevidence offer a mature and personal vision of hard rock and metal with a style reminiscent of the classic Official Yngwie Malmsteen albums mixed with power metal and melodic hard rock influences (think early Europe).

An EPK where you can learn more about the band and hear song samples is here:https://youtu.be/TDzEVFY27Yc

The band will be launching the album with a special “Release Party” show in Roma at the JAILBREAK LiveClub on December 1st. For more info:http://www.jailbreakliveclub.it/

“Nobody’s Fault” tracklisting includes:
1. Dig In The Night
2. Nobody’ Fault
3. Miracle
4. So Unkind
5. Ave Maria
6. Overdrive
7. I Want More
8. Out Of This Time
9. Pack Your Bags
10. All I Ever Needed
11. Note

HEVIDENCE is:

Corrado Quoiani – Vocals
Diego Reali – Guitars
Andrea Arcangeli – Bass
Emiliano Bonini – Drums
Weblink:

www.facebook.com/Hevidence

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Dario Mollo’s Crossbones unleash ‘Rock The Cradle’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of Dario Mollo’s CROSSBONES new album, “Rock the Cradle” on December 2nd.

Best known for his partnerships in the The Cage with Tony Martin (ex-Black Sabbath) and Voodoo Hill with Glenn Hughes (Black Country Communion, Deep Purple, California Breed), Italian guitarist Dario Mollo began his career in 1981 with the band CROSSBONES. With them, he released his first studio album in 1989, which was produced by Kit Woolven (Thin Lizzy Official, MAGNUM and UFO, among others) before getting involved in the production side of things himself.

For this new CROSSBONES album, the Italian axeman brought back original drummer, Ezio Secomandi with the line-up completed by his regular collaborator Dario Patti on bass and keyboards. The choice for the singer was Carl Sentance (Nazareth, Don Airey Band, Persian Risk, KROKUSonline), who came at the suggestion of Don Airey of Deep Purple, during a recent visit to Dario’s home.

“I think this record has a strong identity and character,” tells Dario. “It is a mature production and the songs range on many styles of hard rock and classic heavy metal, but every song has a catchy chorus. I also think this album shows how much I liked working with Carl. He is easily one of the best singers I have ever worked with. I am certain our cooperation will not end with this cd!” concludes Dario. The quality of the material presented here is witness to that statement.

“Rock the Cradle” tracklisting:

1. Red

2. Take Me High

3. Navigation

4. Rock The Cradle

5. Gates Of Time

6. I Got This Feeling

7. In My Blood

8. Running From The Shadow

9. Speed

10. Fright

Links:

www.dariomollo.com

www.facebook.com/dario.mollo

 

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Graham Bonnet – ‘Into The Night’ official music video

 

Xandria reveal details about upcoming album ‘Theater of Dimensions’

The story continues …

After the successful release of XANDRIA’s latest masterpiece “Sacrificium” (2014, Napalm Records) and their spectacular EP “Fire & Ashes” (2015, Napalm Records), the band is ready to unleash their latest effort in terms of fantastic and epic symphonic metal:

Please welcome the highly anticipated brand new album entitled „Theater of Dimensions“!

Theater of Dimensions“ will be released worldwide on January 27th 2017 via Napalm Records!

The band has definitely taken the next big step and will win over fans and critics alike.
XANDRIA commented on their new album „Theater of Dimensions“:
“After the release of “Sacrificium” we embarked on our longest Tour so far. Over 150 shows that took us around the globe. Through so many different countries and diverse cultures. Through so many different, yet inspiring dimensions. We brought back plenty of memories, sometimes just bits and pieces, but those stuck to our heads. And it made us see who we are and where we wanted to take our music. Made us fearless. Made us push our boundaries once more. Made us cross some so-called genre defining borders. Made us bundle all our trademarks and take them to the next level. All this makes the most colourful Xandria album so far. It contains our most heavy and most emotional moments. Again, producer Joost van den Broek did a phenomenal job capturing the atmosphere down to every detail. A Theater of musical Dimensions. Can’t wait to share the songs with you…”

 

XANDRIA will be heavily hitting the road not only in Europe as well as Latin America, Canada and the US!

Find all upcoming tour dates and festival shows listed below:
25.09.16 BE – Eindhoven / FemME
14.10.16 DE – Hameln / Autumn Moon Festival

>> “Fire & Ashes over LATIN AMERICA” <<
presented by IDL Entertainment
15 Oct – Epic Metal Fest – SAO PAULO – Brazil
16 Oct – Rock Experience – RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazil
18 Oct – Montevideo Music Box – MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay
20 Oct – Roxy Live – BUENOS AIRES – Argentina
21 Oct – Casa Babylon -CORDOBA – Argentina
22 Oct – Club Subterraneo – SANTIAGO – Chile
23 Oct – Auditorio Lumiere – BOGOTA – Colombia
25 Oct – Oliver Club – LIMA – Peru
27 Oct – Bunker – SAN LUIS POTOSI – Mexico
28 Oct – Rock & Roots – MONTERREY – Mexico
29 Oct – Red Monkeys – QUERETARO – Mexico
30 Oct – Cosa Nostra – MEXICO CITY – Mexico

02 Nov – The Token Lounge – Westland – Canada
04 Nov –  Imperial Theater – Quebec – Canada *Supporting EPICA
05 Nov – Corona Theatre – Montréal – Canada *Supporting EPICA
06 Nov – The Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto – Canada *Supporting EPICA
08 Nov – The Agora Ballroom – Cleveland – OH
09 Nov – Dingbatz – Clifton –  NJ
10 Nov – The Studio At Webster Hall – New York – NY
30 Nov – Rock Stage – Tel Aviv – Israel
02 Feb – 70.000 Tons of Metal -Fort Lauderdale – FL

Stay tuned for many more exciting news to come!
For More Info & News On XANDRIA Visit:
www.xandria.de
www.facebook.com/xandriaofficial

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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. 

Skid Row Gear Up For ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’

Skid Row will be a long way from home throughout the summer. First, the band is teaming up with Black Star Riders for a brief tour of the west coast, which starts on May 8th in Tucson, Arizona. Once that concludes on May 16th, the band will play headlining shows across the U.S. and then head to Europe in June for various festivals, including the Download Festival in Donington, England on June 14th. Once the U.S. trek concludes in July, Skid Row will head to Kostrzyn, Poland, where they’ve been invited to headline one of the biggest festivals in Europe, the Woodstock Festival Poland on July 31st. 

All of this touring is getting their loyal fans ready for the highly anticipated new seven song EP ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’, set for release on August 5th via Megaforce Records. 

After a hiatus that started in 1996, Skid Row returned to the big stage — literally — opening for KISS in 2000. Exhilarated to tour with the heroes who rallied them in the first place, the band was reinvigorated by being underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves. 

“When we put the band back together, we needed to reintroduce Skid Row as relevant without relying too much on past success,” explains bassist Rachel Bolan. “We wrote songs and hit the road. We sunk our heart and soul into it, letting people know we weren’t doing it for lack of something better to do.” 

2003’s ‘Thickskin’ and 2006’s ‘Revolutions Per Minute’ were battle plans for hundreds of live shows with new singer Johnny Solinger out front, every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is Skid Row coming out swinging. Rachel and guitarist Snake Sabo tapped again into the potent songwriting collaboration that built the band. Sabo says they were eagerly up to the challenge. “We seem to be at our best when we’re faced with adversity. It’s us against the world again — and by us I mean the band and the fans who stick with us and carry the Skid Row torch without fail.” 

New plans came together in an Atlanta recording studio. But it’s a different time, a different industry, so they decided to record a series of EPs. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate. I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.” 

That guerrilla burst of recording a concise EP fostered a focused intensity that was liberating, says Snake. “The pressure seemed to be lifted. That immediately set me at ease and it became really exciting.” 

Exciting and potent, prompting Solinger to exert the full range of his ability. “The third time in the studio as the voice of Skid Row was the proverbial charm, and the proof is in the tracks. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is the most meaningful work I’ve done with the band. It’s definitely the most I’ve been challenged, vocally.” 

That sound is rambunctious exuberance. They got older, but Skid Row never really grew up. ‘United World Rebellion – Part 2’ is still the youth gone wild, their musical spark still burning gasoline. 

Check out Skid Row at any of the following stops:
With Black Star Riders:
5/8 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
5/9 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee
5/10 Corona, CA – M15
5/12 Sacramento, CA – Harlows
5/13 San Francisco, CA – DNA
5/15 Agoura Hills, CA – Canyon Club
5/16 San Juan Capistrano, CA – Coach House
Headlining:
5/17 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
5/18 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
5/20 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
5/21 Abilene, TX – Lucky Mule
5/23 Pryor, OK – Rocklahoma
5/24 Dallas, TX – Trees
5/25 Lubbock, TX – Big Purple Festival
7/9 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
7/10 Cleveland, OH – Agora
7/11 Newport, KY – Thompson House
7/12 Arlington Heights, IL – Home Bar
7/13 Watseka, IL – Watseka Theater
7/17 Peoria. IL – Illinois State Fair
7/18 Turtle Lake, WI – St. Croix Casino
7/19 Oshkosh, WI – Rock USA
7/20 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
7/25 Duncannon, PA – Tubby’s 

HIM Hitting the Road With Anathema, Plot Digital and Physical Album Reissues

HIM TourFinnish rockers HIM return to the U.S. this week to kick off a headlining tour with support band Anathema. The trek launches Friday (March 7) in Hollywood, Calif. and traverses the country before wrapping up March 25 in Houston.

In a recent Australian interview, frontman Ville Valo talked about the band’s ‘love metal’ moniker. “It was to test the sense of humor of metalheads, and rock fans,” Valo says. “Some people take it all too seriously. They should sit down for a while and have a cup of tea and unwind.”

Valo says the description is a bit ridiculous, but that’s by design. “Take your work seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously,” he says. “There was this whole thing when we started out where people couldn’t figure out what box to put us in, where we fit in the scene… But I grew up with Venom, who more or less invented black metal, and Motörhead and the early stages of speed metal.”

Valo continues, “These are all kind of ridiculous terms for music really, so we wanted our own little ridiculous term. Something that meant we could say we were something else as opposed to saying we were a goth band or a metal band or whatever.”

HIM’s latest album ‘Tears on Tape’ was released last year. Early albums from the band’s catalog have recently been digitally reissued, with deluxe versions in multiple configurations to come this summer.

The albums that have been reissued are their 1997 debut ‘Greatest Love Songs Vol. 666,’ 1999′s ‘Razorblade Romance,’ 2001′s ‘Deep Shadows and Brilliant Highlights‘ and 2003′s ‘Love Metal.’ Also available on iTunes is ‘XX – Two Decades of Love Metal.’

HIM 2014 Tour Dates

3/7/14 — Hollywood, Calif. — House Of Blues Sunset Strip
3/8/14 — Anaheim, Calif. — House Of Blues
3/9/14 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Fillmore
3/12/14 — Chicago, Ill. — House Of Blues
3/13/14 — Cleveland, Ohio — House Of Blues
3/14/14 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
3/15/14 — Philadelphia, Pa. — T.L.A.
3/16/14 — New York, N.Y. — Irving Plaza
3/18/14 — Atlanta, Ga. — Center Stage
3/19/14 — Orlando, Fla. — House Of Blues
3/20/14 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution
3/24/14 — New Orleans, La. — House Of Blues
3/25/14 — Houston, Texas — House Of Blues=