AOR and Melodic Rock News on 03/06/2014

TERRAPLANE DEBUT ALBUM REISSUE CELEBRATED WITH RARE DOUBLE SINGLE RELEASE:
Hear No Evil Recordings/Cherry Red are celebrating their upcoming expanded edition reissue of Terraplane’s debut 1985 album Black And White with the release of a rare double digital single: I Survive / Gimme The Money (City Records Version) on June 9.
More widely known as inimitable British hard rock heroes Thunder, Danny Bowes (vocals), Luke Morley (guitar) and Harry James (drums) formed the more pop-orientated Terraplane in the early 80s, releasing their debut single ‘I Survive’ in 1983. Building up a loyal following in London, and with support from Kerrang! magazine, they eventually found major label recognition when they signed to Epic Records, releasing “Black And White”, their debut, in 1985.

‘I’m The One’ features none other than Jools Holland on organ, and ‘Couldn’t Handle The Tears’ has guest vocals from Ruby Turner. After 1987’s “Moving Target” LP, Terraplane split up, with its principle members forming the harder rocking Thunder, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Thunder split in 2009, playing live only occasionally since then, but has recently decided to start work on a new album. The band will be on the bill with Aerosmith at the Calling Festival at Clapham Common on June 28.
Black And White: Expanded Edition is due for release June 16, remastered with eight bonus tracks and 16-page colour booklet including rare memorabilia and extensive liner notes by Malcolm Dome, and featuring interviews with Luke Morley and Danny Bowes.

Pre-order Terraplane – Black And White: Expanded Edition here: www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4672.

Terraplane – Back And White: Expanded Edition Track Listing: 1. Don’t Walk Away 2. When You’re Hot 3. I Can’t Live Without Your Love 4. Talking To Myself 5. You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore 6. I Survive 7. Right Between The Eyes 8. Black And White 9. I’m The One 10. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream 11. Couldn’t Handle The Tears.
Bonus Tracks: 12. Beginning Of The End 13. Let The Wheels Go Round 14. Get Your Face Out Of My Dream (Demo Version – Previously Unreleased) 15. All Night And Day (Live) 16. Tough Kind Of Life 17. I Survive (City Records version) 18. Gimme The Money (City Records version).
WebLinks: www.cherryred.co.uk / www.hearnoevilrecordings.com.

ANOTHER PLUG FOR THE MARK SLAUGHTER SINGLE:
Nashville, TN. – This Spring Mark Slaughter released a new single, Never Givin’ Up, his first ever solo track outside of his multi-platinum band Slaughter, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country. And with legendary music producer Michael Wagener Mixing and Mastering it, Mark played all instruments on the track with the only exception being drums that were tackled by Mark Goodin.
Picking up traction on the charts, the tune salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces. It’s available at Amazon, iTunes, and Google.

Mark Slaughter – The band Slaughter sold more than five million records worldwide, with numerous Top 30 hits on the Billboard Charts with tunes such as “Fly To the Angels” and “Up All Night.” The band hit the road playing to stadiums and arenas, touring the world with bands such as KISS, Poison, and Ozzy Osbourne, and more.
This Spring Mark released a new single, “Never Givin’ Up,” his first ever solo track, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country. And with legendary music producer Michael Wagener Mixing and Mastering it, Mark played all instruments on the track with the only exception being drums that were tackled by Mark Goodin.
The tune salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces.
Before the formation of his own group Slaughter, he fronted a local band Xcursion before joining the Vinnie Vincent Invasion in 1987, with a huge hit song “Love Kills” that appeared on the Nightmare Before Elm Street 4 movie soundtrack in 1988. After that band disbanded in the late 1980s, two of its members, Dana Strum along with Mark, formed the group Slaughter.

Mark was born in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 4th of July, and now makes his home in Nashville. He has worked as a voice-over actor and composes music for television, movies and sports outlets, with credits including music compositions for Fox Sports, along with voice over ventures in productions like Batman Beyond, Bloodsport, and Animaniacs.
Slaughter formed a new band, Scrap Metal, which consists of other platinum-selling singers such as Gunnar Nelson (Nelson), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) and Eric Martin (Mr. Big).
In addition to the Red Circle Foundation, Slaughter actively participates in charity work including with St. Jude’s hospital.

UNBREAKABLE’S NEWEST MELODIC METAL TRIUMPH, ‘KNOCKOUT,’ NOW AVAILABLE!:
The latest release from German rockers UnbreakableKnockout, is now available for purchase as a very special “pre-release” version, which comes with a custom bottle opener key chain.
While the rest of the world will have to wait to acquire the album (July 29th in the US and August 18th in Europe and the rest of the world), fans can purchase the pre-release version right now, exclusively from Dark Star Records: www.DarkEntityMusic.com.
You can also stream the first single Rock the Nightlife, here: soundcloud.com/darkstarrecords/rock-the-nightlife.

The band – which is comprised of Al Crespo (vocals), Martin Ries (guitar), Pascal Alles (guitar), Lukas Mittler (bass), and Alexander Ries (drums) – couldn’t have picked a better/knowledgeable producer, who certainly knows a thing or two about classic ’80s metal himself…former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Unbreakable,” says Rarebell. “They could be the next Scorpions! That is what I think and feel – I had a lot of fun producing them. America…get ready for Unbreakable!”
Once the album drops, Unbreakable plan to hit the road hard, showing the world that they can rock and party with the best. “You can expect a high energy rock show and hard power chord guitar riffs with melodic solos, a high metallic voice and driving drum rock beats. We feel like home wherever the stage is!”
For more info, visit: www.unbreakable-music.com / www.facebook.com/UNBREAKABLE.Music.

WIN A TRIP TO MRF4:
The Win A Trip To MRF4 Draw will take place this week. Scheduling for this year’s video MC Eric Ragno (and friends?) is just holding it up a day or so…

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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!