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 22/06/2014

Down & Dirty Searching For New Vocalist

After three albums, singer Stevie Ray Del Real (Majyk) and Down & Dirty are parting ways. Despite the split, the band will remain intact to play gigs already booked this summer while they begin the seach for a new frontman.

“With feelings of grief, and clarity, I would like to announce my departure from the band Down & Dirty,” said Del Real in a recent statement. “These past five plus years have been a dream, and I do not regret a thing. I love this band with all my heart — Joey, Ryan, and L.A. will always be part of my life. I want to make it clear that they are in no way my reason for leaving; I just believe it is time for me to expand my horizons and explore other avenues of my musical career.”

“I will continue working with the band for the next few months and giving it all I’ve got until the end of the summer,” the singer continues. “The shows we have booked, and will continue to book throughout the summer, will be in place and give me the opportunity to see you all out there again. At the same time I will be working with the guys to help find for the perfect person to fill my spot. I wish this band all the luck in the world in everything they do. I want to thank each one of them as well as our amazing manager Gaetano for everything we have accomplished together. I love you guys; you are my brothers, and my friends. I will always be a supporter. Above all, I want to thank all of you, the fans. You are the ones that came to every show you could, rocked out hard, and made me feel so loved. You are the reason we do what we do and you have helped mold what I have become. Thank you for the best years of my life thus far. I hope you all will continue to give Down & Dirty your love and support after my departure.”

“Although we are very sad to hear of this decision, it is one that he has respectfully discussed with us and that we support him in 100%,” said the remaining members of Down & Dirty. “Each artist, musician, and dreamer must find their own path; something each of us is always working towards. However, sometimes paths go separate ways, this is understood and accepted, we hope the fans will support his decision as well. We are grateful that Stevie has stated that he will continue to work with us through the summer, as well as help us to find the next addition to our team. This is an area where friends and fans can help as well. As we start the search for another member please let us know if you know someone whom you feel may be the perfect fit, often it has been through friends of the band where the best connections are made. As for now, the shows that are already booked throughout the summer will go on as scheduled. Down & Dirty is dedicated to their fans and will always come through to rock the house! For now let us say again — we support Stevie in his decision and wish him luck in all future endeavors.”

The Illinois based band are now seeking a strong frontman to help take them to the next level. They are searching for a dedicated and serious vocalist who shares in the vision of success that Down & Dirty has established, is between the ages of 18 and 25, has a strong vocal style and capabilities (someone who can perform the three CD’s worth of music already recorded and bring their own style and flare to what lies ahead), and has a positive attitude and style who knows how to handle a crowd as a ‘rock ‘n’ roll master of ceremonies’. The successful candidate must be able to travel, have a form of transportation, and live in the Joliet, Illinois, area or be willing to relocate. Any interested musicians can contact the band at www.facebook.com/downndirtychicago or send an email to gm7gm@yahoo.com.

Down & Dirty released their debut album ‘Live Fast’ in 2009, followed by ‘Taste Of Rock & Roll’ and last year’s ‘Down To The Wire’. Regarding their latest release Sleaze Roxx said, “While Down & Dirty have stayed true to their hair metal roots they decided to take a few chances on this release that probably was out of their comfort zone just a couple years ago.

 

White Lion’s Mike Tramp Releases First Single From Upcoming ‘Museum’

A little over a year ago Mike Tramp released the semi-acoustic ‘Cobblestone Street’, an album that showed the frontman in a more singer-songwriter and roots-based angle than his earlier work. Now the former member of million-selling hard rockers White Lion is back with a new solo album entitled ‘Museum’.

On August 16th Mike Tramp will release ‘Museum’ through Target Records, an album that makes a natural progression while still staying true to the songwriting style of ‘Cobblestone street’ — but with a pronounced focus centered around a fuller sound and a greater variety. ‘Museum’ was produced by Soren Andersen and recorded and mixed at Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“It’s been two years since I recorded ‘Cobblestone street’, and a year and a bit more since it was released,” says Tramp. “Now it becomes my previous album as we are getting ready for ‘Museum’ soon. So without any further delay, here is the first single “Trust In yourself”. Video directed by my son Dylan Tramp, thanks blue, dad loves you.”

‘Museum’ track listing:
01. Trust In Yourself
02. New World Coming
03. Down South
04. Better
05. Freedom
06. Commitment
07. And You Were Gone
08. Slave
09. Mother
10. Time For Me To Go

 

McQueen Street Singer Derek Welsh In A Coma After Fall

McQueen Street frontman Derek Welsh is in a coma after falling and hitting his head on a tennis court.

“It’s not a good day for any of our friends and fans,” says McQueen Street bassist Richard Hatcher. “He is not doing very good at all. Anyone that knows us, we were all like family at one time. I joined the band in 1989 as Klass and then we changed it to McQueen Street. We toured together for five years. Derek and I then started the Rat Race. I loved every minute of playing music with him. We parted ways in not so good terms, but I still consider him as a true friend. I wish I could have changed things but that is the past. Now he and his family need our prayers. He is in the ICU unit in UT Knoxville, Tennessee.”

McQueen Street released their self-titled debut album in 1992, featuring the single/videos “Money” and “My Religion”, appearances by Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens and singer Jeff Scott Soto, and was produced by Tom Werman (best known for his work with Motley Crue, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Twisted Sister, Poison, and L.A. Guns). A second album was recorded but wasn’t made available until 2003, when Welsh reaquired the rights and released it independently as ‘McQueen Street 2’.

Devin Johnson, owner of B&D Custom Guitars in Alabama, posted details of Welsh’s accident. “While playing tennis he fell and hit his head on the ground. He has massive swelling to the brain and is currently in a medically induced coma. This is a very bad situation for him and friends and family. He’s achieved a lot musically in his lifetime… only hoping he will recover so he can rock us as only Derek could do. My heart’s deeply saddened by the news of my friend, he’s been an important advocate in the rise of B&D. He’s supported and promoted it since its conception and has done so for that last 5 years, and he’s rocked the country for many years.”

 

Gotthard’s ‘Bang!’ Gets North American Release With Bonus Tracks

Swiss-based quintet Gotthard are thrilled to unleash their latest studio album ‘Bang!’ in North America via The End Records. On June 24th the band will release the digital version of ‘Bang!’, with a deluxe version containing three bonus tracks scheduled for release on August 12th.

For over 20 years Gotthard has toured the globe throughout Europe, North and South America and Asia in support of 14 studio and live albums, and has collected multiple gold and platinum awards along the way. Recorded at the group’s own Yellow House Studios in Lugano in the Swiss canton of Tessin, ‘Bang!’ was mixed at the Dutch Wisseloord Studios (Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Tina Turner) by Ronald Prent (The Scorpions, Def Leppard, Within Temptation).

For the members of Gotthard — Nic Maeder (vocals), Leo Leoni (guitar), Marc Lynn (bass), Hena Habegger (drums) and Freddy Scherer (guitar) — the dynamic boogie groove of the title track is also new ground for the band, reflecting their unbridled energy and pure confidence. For Maeder, ‘Bang!’ is not only his second album with Gotthard but also the convincing proof that he belongs in the band, that he has become one of them, and that his voice and his qualities as a songwriter are indispensable.

“Bang!”, the first single off the album, truly represents the Gotthard sound and evolution. Catchy hooks, wailing guitars and Maeder’s lush vocals grab your ear, making “Bang!” a song you will never forget. These songs are set against a background of classic Gotthard rock tunes like “Get Up ‘N’ Move On”, “Jump The Gun” and “My Belief”, which traditionally grace every album by the Swiss combo. All told, ‘Bang!’ presents a compelling mix that is sure to take its rightful place in the proud legend of Gotthard.

“You can’t really compare different albums, but if one record comes closest in sound, it is probably ‘Lipservice’ (2005), except there’s more of a playful feel to ‘Bang!’ and the arrangements spring one or two surprises,” says Habegger.

‘Bang! track listing:
01. Let Me In Katie
02. Bang!
03. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
04. Feel What I Feel
05. C’est La Vie
06. Jump The Gun
07. Spread Your Wings
08. I Won’t Look Down
09. My Belief
10. Maybe (Duet Version)
11. Red On A Sleeve
12. What You Get
13. Mr. Ticket Man
14. Thank You
US Bonus Tracks:
15. I Want It All
16. You Can’t Stop Me
17. My Daddy Told Me

 

Tesla Debut “So Divine” Music Video

Tesla have released a video for their new single “So Divine”, from their recently released studio album ‘Simplicity’, which has sold over 12,000 copies in its frst week.

After a string of shows in the USA in 2013, the band went back into the studio in early 2014 and came out with a new album, which goes straight back to the Tesla roots. The band worked and produced it as they did with ‘Into The Now’, their successful comeback album from 2004. Helped by legendary producer Tom Zutaut, who was the man behind the best Tesla albums, and mixer Michael Wagener, this new album rocks from start to finish, showing a variety of emotions where each song has its own twist — not sounding like another.

‘Simplicity’ is Tesla’s seventh all original studio album which follows a six year creative break from the release of the previous album ‘Forever More’.

Guitarist Frank Hannon said about ‘Simplicity’, “I must say that this new Tesla album is really gonna be awesome. We went in more prepared with the songs and ideas, way more than Forever More, and the style is pure Tesla back to our roots. I truly believe you guys are gonna love it!”

“The opening track is called MP3”, continues Hannon, “and starts off with an opus intro that orchestrates into a heavy slow groove with lyrics about technology and how we miss simplicity, vinyl albums, family values… and has a heavy ass riff! Then we segue into a rock ‘n’ roll song called Ricochet that talks about Uncle Ted… can’t wait to play this stuff live!”

‘Simplicity’, in the Frontiers version released across Europe, will include the following songs: MP3; Ricochet; Rise and Fall; So Divine…; Cross My Heart; Honestly; Flip Side!; Other than Me; Break of Dawn; Burnout to Fade; Life is a River; Sympathy; Time Bomb; ‘Til that Day; Burnout to Fade (writing demo version)

 

 

Kix Push Long Awaited Studio Album ‘Rock Your Face Off’ To August

For Kix, not recording any new music for two decades has been far too long. Fans have made it known for years that they want new music, and now the time has finally come. The Maryland band is primed and ready to ‘Rock Your Face Off’ with their seventh studio album set for release August 5th on Loud & Proud Records.

It’s everything fans know and love them for: a raucous, roaring and real display of rock ‘n’ roll. The first single, “Love Me With Your Top Down”, will be released to radio and online retail outlets later this month. Eddie Trunk will exclusively world premiere the song during his “Friday Night Rocks” radio show originating from Q104.3 (heard in New York City, Long Island, NJ and CT) this Friday, June 20th from 11pm-2am ET. It will then air via his numerous North American syndicated affiliates on Saturday, June 20th and he’ll play it on Monday, June 23th during his “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk” show that airs on SiriusXM’s Hair Nation channel (39) at 3pm PT/6pm ET.

As guitarist Brian “Damage” Forsythe explains, “When we first played ‘Love Me With Your Top Down’ live just a few months ago, it went over like gangbusters with the fans. It’s a catchy little tune with classic Kix flavor, a perfect choice for the first taste of the record.” What makes the new album even more exciting and anticipated is that it features most of the band’s original line-up: Steve Whiteman (vocals), Brian “Damage” Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie “10/10” Younkins (guitar), Jimmy “Chocolate” Chalfant (drums), with the exception of Mark Schenker (bass).

With ‘Rock Your Face Off’, Kix stirs up their truest statement to date in 2014. “It’s still hot women, fast cars, and great moments,” says singer Steve Whiteman. “I want everybody to end up on their feet, whether they’re working out or stuck in rush hour traffic. This is a release, something to lift your spirits when you need it. You can party to this one.”

Kix gracefully eased back into the public consciousness in 2008. After sold out hometown gigs, the quintet hit the stage at Rocklahoma in front of over 20,000 people, venturing out of the Mid-Atlantic for the first time in 13 years. The band was hailed by many music websites and attendees as “Best Performance” at the festival, where they played alongside Sammy Hagar, Alice Cooper, Tesla, Queesryche, Ratt, and more. After capturing their fiery reunion on 2012’s ‘Live In Baltimore’ CD and DVD, the band agreed to enter the studio once again.

“In many ways, this is for the Kix diehards as much as it is for us,” guitarist Brian Forsythe explains. “When we started doing this again, tons of fans came out of the woodwork. They’d show up with their kids, and it was just incredible to see. We had to deliver for them.”

In order to deliver, the band enlisted the talents of producer Taylor Rhodes (Aerosmith, Ozzy Osbourne), with whom they had last collaborated on 1991’s ‘Hot Wire’. Also, for the first time in the group’s history, each member contributed to the writing process, fostering an extremely creative and free environment in the studio. A new dawn commenced as they simultaneously harnessed their classic spirit.

“It was more free-flowing because everybody got to write and come up with ideas,” concludes Whiteman. “We encouraged this new freedom within the creative process.”

‘Rock Your Face Off’ track listing:
01. Wheels In Motion
02. You’re Gone
03. Can’t Stop The Show
04. Rollin’ In Honey
05. Rock Your Face Off
06. All The Right Things
07. Dirty Girls
08. Inside Outside Inn
09. Mean Miss Adventure
10. Love Me With Your Top Down
11. Tail On The Wag
12. Rock & Roll Showdown

Join The D.O.T.S.! W.E.T. & H.E.A.T. live at Firefest 2013

W.E.T and H.e.a.t are two of the strongest and most popular new bands on the melodic rock circuit, featuring two of the best frontmen in the business: the legendary Jeff Scott Soto and the young, dynamic dervish that is Erik Gronwall.

W.E.T.’s first ever live show was at Firefest 2011, where Jeff and his Eclipse and Work of Art band mates tore up the proverbial storm – and 2013 was even BETTER!

H.e.a.t, on the other hand, are Firefest favourites, having played the festival over the years with three different vocalists. However, in2013 the boys ratcheted up their performance several notches and left the Firefest crowd open-mouthed with their boundless energy and youthful exuberance.

For many there that day, it was a toss up between W.E.T. and H.e.a.t for band of the weekend. Now you can all judge for yourselves asRocktopia present you with possibly the best double bill EVER!

Rocktopia – where the best live action lives!

W.E.T.:

Created as a studio project featuring members from Work of Art, Eclipse and Talisman (W.E.T.), Jeff Scott Soto, Erik Martinsson andRobert Sall have also proved themselvespart of an elite live band. Debuting to tremendous acclaim and Firefest 2011, the band then played a showcase in Stockholm that was filmed for a live DVD, before revisiting Firefest last year for a performance that topped even that legendary debut. Rocktopia’s video* of that debut has been one of the most popular shows on here, so no doubt this spectacular follow up will be equally well received. Definitely a band at the top of their game!

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H.e.a.t.:

Jokingly referred to as the Firefest house band, 2014 will see a record-breaking fifth appearance for the Swedish boys. Throughout the years, we’ve all watched the band grow from enthusiastic youngsters to the well-oiled, experienced superstars-in-the-making that we see today. The band’s performance at Firefest 2013 was jaw-dropping, with lead singer Erik Gronwall combining the stamina and verve of Taz meets the Energiser bunny! It just seems impossible that he can hit those notes while whirling and jumping almost non-stop. A visual master-class in performance art – but with the songs to back it up! Until the band come out with an official DVD, this is the next best thing to being there. Sit back and enjoy!

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Watch the shows:

W.E.T. – Live At Firefest 2013*
H.e.a.t. – Live At Firefest 2013*

Heavy Metal News On 11/04/2014

Guiltz N Pleasurez To Release New Single “One More Chance”

London modern metal band Guiltz N Pleasurez will release their new single and video “One More Chance” on May 4th. 

Recorded and mixed by London’s Jonathan McMillan (Keane, Leona Lewis, McFly), mastered by top US engineer Kris Crummett (Sleeping With Sirens, Alesana, The Devil Wears Prada) and with an eerie video directed by Kenny Evans (Brian May, Jeff Scott Soto, Goldfrapp) the track combines the best parts of hard rock and metal with an unexpected dubstep twist, resulting in a hard-hitting, catchy product that no listener will be able to put down. 

“One More Chance” along with a radio mix, club mix and a demo of the band’s song “Heart In Overdrive” will be released through all major online retailers on May 4th, with hard copies available from the band’s website at www.guiltznpleasurez.com, as are advance tickets for the release party at Our Black Heart, Camden Town, London, also featuring metalcore sensation Beyond Sevensigns, Black Rush and Trash Monroe, plus a DJ set by Jettblack. 

Guiltz N Pleasurez formed in early 2013, when London vocalist Bobby Valentine joined forces with Scottish guitar hero Rockie Steel, and together they recruited virtuosic rock keyboardist Alex Grant, Hungarian drummer Dan Redlar and improbably mustachioed bass player Lee Downs. The band released their first EP ‘Out Of Control’ — described as “absolutely professional and fresh sounding” by top rock news website Sleaze Roxx — in July that year, and went from strength to strength, supporting American rock legends Tuff and Top 10 Swedish band Fatal Smile among other acts. 

Danger Danger frontman Ted Poley called Guiltz N Pleasurez, “Glamorific pounding hard rock with a melodic edge… Maz and I give it 4 thumbs up.”

 

Axel Rudi Pell Releases Video For “Long Way To Go”

Axel Rudi Pell has released a new video for the song “Long Way To Go”, taken from the guitarist’s latest album ‘Into The Storm’. The video was directed by Tim Assmann. 

‘Into The Storm’ was released in January through Steamhammer/SPV and features former Hardline vocalist Johnny Gioeli and former Black Sabbath and Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli. A recent Sleaze Roxx review stated, ” I could go on and on about Into The Storm because I love this album. If you’re a fan of guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Jack Starr, and bands like Dio, TSO, and Deep Purple, Into The Storm is the album for you — get it, and crank it!” 

July 11th will see Axel Rudi Pell celebrate his 25th anniversary as a solo artist by performing a very special show at the prestigious Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. Not only will he be joined on stage by some very special guests, but he will also be reunited with the original members from his former band Steeler. 

Then Axel Rudi Pell will continue with the second part of the ‘Into the Storm Tour’. Once again Pell will be supported by young German newcomers Rebellious Spirit, who were so impressive on the first part of the tour they’ve been invited back. A full list of tour dates can be found at www.axel-rudi-pell.de

 

Steel Panther Visit The “Gloryhole” In Latest Explicit Video

Steel Panther have released the third music video from their critically acclaimed new album ‘All You Can Eat’. Following the release of the “Party Like Tomorrow Is The End Of The World” and “The Burden Of Being Wonderful” videos comes the sexually charged NSFW “Gloryhole”. 

The Jay Ruston produced ‘All You Can Eat’, the band’s third full-length studio album and the follow-up to the 2011 Sleaze Roxx charting ‘Balls Out’, was released on April 1st through Open E Records/Kobalt Label Services. The album has sold close to 14,000 copies in its first week of release and will debut at #24 on the Billboard charts. 

“Steel Panther have managed to penetrate the mainstream because of their tongue-in-cheek delivery, one that both pays homage to ’80s hair metal and exposes the genre’s ridiculousness at the same time,” said Sleaze Roxx in a recent album review. “But that joke would get old fast — what really keeps Steel Panther interesting is the music itself. All You Can Eat ranks right up there with the band’s previous efforts, and is easily their most diverse. Think of it this way — rather than 12 songs of repetitive missionary sex, Steel Panther opened up the Kama Sutra manual and picked out a few complicated positions that would cripple less experienced lovers.” 

 

Arena rockers Night Ranger release new studio album ‘High Road’ in June

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Iconic arena-rockers Night Ranger are set to release their new studio album, HIGH ROAD, on June 6th in Europe and June 10th in North America via label home Frontiers Records. Produced by the band itself, HIGH ROAD will be available in two formats – a standard CD version and a deluxe version which includes two bonus tracks and a DVD featuring a background look at the making of the album along with video clips. To access the cover art for HIGH ROAD, which incorporates elements of the artwork from the band’s previous releases, please click here and see below for the full track listing. Click here to check out an EPK on the making of the album. HIGH ROAD can be pre-ordered now at Amazon as the standard version here, and as the deluxe version here. The album’s full track listing can be seen below. Look for the band to tour North America and around the globe this year in support of HIGH ROAD.

Of the new album, frontman/bassist/songwriter Jack Blades commented, “It’s almost summer and a great time to take a trip down the HIGH ROAD! Our new record features classic Night Ranger feel-good, high-energy kick-ass rock n’ roll. We can’t wait for our fans to hear.” Drummer/singer Kelly Keagy added, “We’re so proud of this new record and excited to get back on the road to bring the new music to our fans.”

Night Ranger’s legendary hits “Sister Christian,” “(You Can Still) Rock in America,” and “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” are songs that have each significantly impacted popular culture and expanded their ever-growing fanbase since the band’s inception thirty years ago. Over the years, the band’s music has made notable contributions to and been featured in many different areas of media and popular culture. Night Ranger’s songs can be heard in the Rock Band and Guitar Hero video games; Rock of Ages hit Broadway musical and film; the Oscar-nominated film Boogie Nights; FOX’s hit TV Show American Dad; JBL’s “Hear The Truth” campaign; and many more! To date, Night Ranger has sold 17 million units worldwide and boasts several platinum- and gold-certified albums. Night Ranger is Jack Blades (bass guitar, vocals), Kelly Keagy (drums, vocals), Brad Gillis (lead & rhythm guitars), Joel Hoekstra (lead & rhythm guitars) and Eric Levy (keyboards).

Night Ranger HIGH ROAD track listing:

1. High Road 2. Knock Knock Never Stop 3. Rollin’ On 4. Don’t Live Here Any More 5. I’m Coming Home 6. X Generation 7. Only For You Only 8. Hang On 9. St. Bartholomew 10. Brothers 11. L.A. No Name 12. The Mountain Song*

*only available on deluxe edition

For more information please visit: http://www.nightranger.com http://www.frontiers.it

 

FM announce 30th anniversary UK dates

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To celebrate our 30th Anniversary this year we’re pleased to confirm a series of five shows in November.

Tickets are on sale now for the following shows:

Nov 21 – Southampton – The Brook

Nov 22 – Cardiff – Globe

Nov 23 – Stourbridge – River Rooms

Nov 27 – Bingley – Arts Centre

Nov 28 – Southend – Chinnery’s

We have also added a show the day before our headline appearance at Cambridge Rock Festival in August – we will be playing at Warehouse 23 in Wakefield on 8 August. Please see below for our full 2014 tour schedule.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Inside The Vertigo With Jeff Scott Soto’s New Soto Release

From Jeff Scott Soto Official Facebook earlier today – this is your first teaser from the upcoming Soto release – details to be revealed soon.

“Here you go folks, check out all the info as I don’t need to repeat myself here…the slamming tune was co-written with Mike Orlando of Adrenaline Mob, who is also playing all the guitar work here! The new album is HEAVY, its a new band, a new dawn and direction for me, for us…for SOTO!”


Soto – Inside The Vertigo ~ Press Release and Bio
Soto, a new band which is the culmination of one of today’s premier Rock frontmen and vocalists, Jeff Scott Soto, cast with a union of hotshot young musicians to bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present their debut album, Inside The Vertigo. Jeff explains, ”I’ve been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!”

The band is comprised of Jeff’s most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds ”these guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes”.
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, Soto is a contender in today’s modern rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.
Jeff adds, ”the past 5 or more years have spurred me a plethora of anger and frustration, I’m actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, Soto is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We’re not reinventing the wheel here, we’re just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I’m just not in a ‘touch your golden hair’ mood right now!”
Songs like Break, The Fall, Wrath, Narcissistically Yours and Final Say are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like When I’m Older, Karma’s Kiss, to the title track Inside The Vertigo and the 9+ minute epic End Of Days advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.
Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra(Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.

The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto’s long time engineer and friend John Ellis”Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!” exclaims Soto.
Watch for the Soto release Inside The Vertigo to drop within the second half of 2014 followed by extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.