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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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 13/06/2014

ADRENALIN RUSH RELEASE THEIR SELF TITLED DEBUT ON FRONTIERS IN AUGUST:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated Adrenaline Rush self-titled debut album on August 22nd in Europe and August 26th in North America.
Fronted by the gorgeous and talented Tеve Wanning (formerly part of the platinum selling Teen-Pop duo Peaches), Adrenaline Rush promises to fire up the international rock scene with their lethal dose of heavy guitars, infectious hooks and full blown R n’ R attitude! The musicians completing the line-up were hand-picked from bands around Stockholm, all having different backgrounds and each of them an important piece of the puzzle.

The debut album was recorded and written under the direction of producer Erik Mеrtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) and features 11 energetic, live-oriented tracks with strong melodies and powerful riffs. The modern production keeps the spirit of the 1980ґs alive and should appeal to fans of bands like Danger Danger, Vixen, Dokken, Warrant, Treat and Crazy Lixx.
“We want to entertain and be the soundtrack of the party – it’s all about foot-stomping, head-banging tracks that make you want to get up and dance and drive your car much too fast. My favorite track other than the single Change is Playin’ to Win, it always gets me in a good mood. Making this record with Erik was a wild ride and I hope you will ENJOY THE RUSH!” – Tеve.

Frontiers launched Adrenaline Rush with the digital release of the first single “Change” in late April. The track can be downloaded via this link from iTunes www.smarturl.it/adrenalinesingleit or listened to via streaming services like Spotify or Deezer.
The single was followed by an EPK that can be seen at youtu.be/AnMPo1zATlE.

The band then went on to play the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan where their dynamic performance left a lasting impression on the attending rockers. Everything is now finally in place for the release of the album and the band is ready to take the show on the road with this killer new release!

“Adrenaline Rush” track list: Black n’ Blue; Change; Generation Left Behind; Girls Gone Wild; When We’re Gone; Want it All; Too Young to Die; Oh Yeah!; No No No; Playin’ to Win; Hit You Like a Rock.
Weblinks: www.adrenalinerush.se / www.facebook.com/adrenalinerushofficial.

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STEVE PERRY MAKES IT TO THE STAGE FOR THE THIRD TIME:
Steve Perry joins The Eels again, this time in LA for 5 songs: It’s A Motherfucker, Only 16, Lights, Open Arms and Loving Touching Squeezing!

From The Hollywood Reporter (www.hollywoodreporter.com) – Journey’s Steve Perry Joins Eels Onstage at Orpheum: ‘The 20-Year Hermit Thing is Overrated’
6/12/2014 by Tim Appelo
Journey’s Steve Perry joins Eels to continue his comeback tour at L.A.’s Orpheum Theater.

After Eels’ triumphant performance at L.A.’s Orpheum Theater last night concluded with a five-song encore, including Nilsson’s “Turn on Your Radio,” the band was joined by Journey’s legendary one-time lead vocalist Steve Perry, who has joined them on several dates of their current tour after decades of avoiding the stage.
“The interesting thing about this guy is, he walked away from it all 20 years ago,” observed Eels leader Mark Oliver “E” Everett, addressing the crowd from the stage, “and then in Minneapolis, he came back to sing with us. Then he walked away again, and six days later in Washington, D.C., he came back again. And then he walked away again. Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time anywhere in 12 days — and the first time in L.A. in 20 years — please welcome Steve Perry!”

“It’s been so goddamn long,” said Perry to the audience. “I gotta thank the Eels for inviting me out here — the best band that any singer could want. I met E because of a friend of mine, Patty [Jenkins, director of Monster]. She burnt me a CD of Daisies of the Galaxy, and I told Patty, ‘Someday I want to sing that song.'” Then Perry and Eels performed the Eels tune, “It’s a Motherf—er.”
“Steve motherf—in’ Perry! He IS a motherf—er,” exulted E, who then joined Perry in a superb rendition of Sam Cooke’s “Only 16,” which morphed into a bit of Journey’s “Open Arms.”
“Steve, what about trying one you haven’t done in a long time?” asked E. “You did that one 11 days ago.”

“How about this one?” said Perry. “I wrote this one in LA, then I joined this band called Journey, moved to San Francisco, and we finished it up ithere, and changed ‘L.A.’ to ‘the Bay.'” Dancing like a man at least 20 years younger than his 65 years, Perry rocked out on “Lights (When the Lights Go Down in the City),” nimbly leaping over the microphone cords perilously snaked around the stage, turning his back on the audience to groove with Eels drummer Knuckles (Derek Brown), then facing the audience to hit the high trills flawlessly, yet with a new rasp in his voice sounding just a bit like E himself.
“The ‘cit-ee’ is L.A.!” shouted E.

“Here’s another,” said Perry. “I was 18, working as an assistant engineer in a music studio… I’m out of breath! I guess I haven’t done this enough lately to get in shape. Anyway, I was 18, and this girl pulls up in a Corvette with a guy, and they were mackin’ it up — tongue and shit! She denied it. So I wrote a song about it, and it went like this.” Perry then launched into “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’,” putting his hand to his ear to make the audience sing along (rather well) with the “na na na na” chorus. When he hit the high notes, he sounded like Minnie Riperton on testosterone.
At a party after the show, Knuckles said, “We’ve been bugging him to perform for years. He came to our rehearsals, we’d play a Journey song, and he’d say, ‘Oh, guys, I’m not gonna do that.’ He’s a sweet guy we’re happy to play with, not just because he’s Steve Perry, but also ’cause he’s a buddy.”
“He does ‘It’s a Motherf—er’ completely different,” said E. “When I sing it without him, I feel like I’m just like basically talking.”

“Listen, I’ve done the 20-year hermit thing, and it’s overrated,” said Perry. “Why now? It’s a long story, but it has to do with a lot of changes in my life, including losing my girlfriend a year ago, and her wish to hear me sing again.” Writer Joel Stein, who plays croquet with Perry and Eels, said, “I know she had cancer.” Jon Hamm, a friend of Eels, said, “You’ve got to remember, Steve’s in his 60s — it’s a pretty impressive performance. It was really nice to hear that voice again.”
“When he sang ‘Only 16,’ the hairs stood up on my head,” said Eels guitarist and trumpet player P-Boo (Mike Sawitzke). “He sounds better with a rasp, more mature and grown-up.”
But all members of Eels’ croquet circle urge the public to stop believing in Perry as a croquet player. “He was bad,” said Stein. “His croquet nickname was ‘Hacksaw’ or ‘Chainsaw.'”
As an Eels singer, however, Perry shows distinct promise. “I passed the audition!” he said.

7TH HEAVEN RELEASE “SPECTRUM” – NEW 20 TRACK ALBUM:
A 20 song feel-good CD from 7th heaven is ot now! Spectrum is described as “various Pop/Rock songs, with elements of Alternative, Dance, Country and Hip-Hip sprinkled throughout. This CD will transcend generations with the ability to touch numerous emotions and connecting lyrics.”

“I personally feel this is the best CD we have made as a band. It really showcases the talents of all 5 band members and their contribution to the final product will definitely be heard. I am very pleased with the songs on this CD and I personally ask that each and every one of you give it a spin. If you like the CD, I ask that you tell others about it. In a world where we have so much negative influence everywhere, I am proud that this CD is a positive influence and will hopefully touch a emotion, as it did to myself working on it. I want to thank my band members for putting in a great effort towards this CD, especially Keith. I also want to give a shout-out to our original singer, Tony DiGiulio, for helping with writing some of the songs with us. Enjoy this great CD” – Richard Hofherr/7th heaven.

Established in Pop-Rock, 7th heaven is from a 5-member Chicago act. 7th heaven plays over 250 shows a year, has sold tens of thousands of CDs, has a Worldwide fan base and plays to over one million people each year.
In 2011, 7th heaven charted three products on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for four straight weeks.
In 2012, 7th heaven charted again on the Billboard Charts, and went #1 in the Chicago Region for seven straight weeks.
7th heaven has been able to develop their own unique brand of rock music that proves that the fundamentals of great pop rock song still ring true with their new release “Spectrum”
Track Listing: 1. Stoplight 2. It’s You 3. Dance In The Rain 4. In The City 5. Living In Danger 6. Once In A Lifetime 7. We Live Life Young 8. Magic 9. Are We Up 10. When You Say My Name 11. Walk Another Mile 12. Join The Party 13. I’m Your Addict 14. Livin Life 15. Holding My Breath For You 16. Last Chance 17. Illusion 18. Until The Day I Die 19. Heads Or Tails 20. Jump Start.

Band: Keith Semple – Lead Vocals; Richard Hofherr – Lead Guitar, Keys, Vocals; Nick Cox – Guitar, Piano, Vocals; Mark Kennetz – Bass, Vocals; Michael Mooshey – Drums.
Produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by: Richard Hofherr
Buy A Copy Here: Direct from Band * iTunes
Hear the entire CD Here: Soundcloud Check out 7th heaven at – 7thheavenband.com

UNRULY CHILD – NEW ALBUM UPDATE:
An update on the pending new material from Unruly Child: “Guy Allison here. As is the case in many artistic endeavors, we have scheduling conflicts that have set us behind our own self-imposed schedule. My touring schedule with the Doobies and Bruce’s business schedule with his other creative ventures are usually aligned and easy to work within. However, this last month, Bruce has come down with what appears to be the very same cold/flu that laid me out in April. It’s a bad one!
When you’re sick, it just sucks to work. So, during this time when we could be finishing up our last bit of recording before my next leg, we’ve had to postpone our studio time together.
Marcie has also had a family emergency that has taken her attention (understandably) temporarily away from the UC project as well.
We are very eager to finish up these last three tracks, but in keeping with our normal high standards, we have decided to push forward upon my return at the end of June. We completely appreciate everyone’s support and patience.
We’re very close. And we want it to be right!
Thanks, G. ~ Unruly Child.

R.I.P ANOTHER AUSSIE ROCK LEGEND:
Another day another loss. The Australian rock community has lost another icon – Master Apprentices’ frontman Jim Keays has passed away at the age of 67 – www.noise11.com/?p=60631.
R.I.P. Jim.

BOMBAY BLACK ADD NEW DRUMMER:
Attention Bombay Black fans – today we would like to announce that we are saying good-bye to our “Beast”. Original drummer Rob McCauley is retiring from life on the road with Bombay Black. With his oldest son making quite a name for himself on the national BMX race circuit, along with running his many business ventures, he has decided to concentrate his efforts toward his family. As much as we will miss him, Rob races BMX as well so we still get to watch him kick some ass – but now on the track instead of the stage.
We wish him the best and hope that you will all take the time to do the same. Don’t be surprised to see Rob hanging out with the band at the occasional tour stop. (He still knows how to parallel park that tour bus better than any of our regular pack of drivers.)
As you can imagine, finding a replacement was not easy. Enter Barry Whaley. With over twenty years’ experience swinging sticks Barry has played on over 2 dozen different projects as a studio musician and has toured with several bands including Burning Cold, Lost And Labeled and Freakshow. Welcome Barry to the Bombay Black family and come meet him on tour this summer. Things are really starting to heat up in the Bombay Black camp, the new album Walk Of Shame will be going on pre-sale Monday June 23rd. Stay tuned for a look at the album artwork and the first song to be released soon!

MRX UPDATE:
MRX has been updated with the following:
– Hericane Alice – Demos (8 Tracks)
New Videos: Sebastian Bach – TemptationRed Dragon Cartel – Shout It OutSonic Station – AmeliaSteel Panther – The Burden of Being WonderfulThree Lions – Trouble In A Red DressWinger – Midnight Driver of A Love Machine.
Join MRX now.

THE LAST UPDATE:
Today marks the LAST time the website will be updated in its current form. It’s hard to believe I’m actually at this point, but here we are finally. Monday will see the brand new MelodicRock.com unveiled hopefully without a glitch! The new site represents a new way of doing things, but once you find familiarity with it, I’m sure all will agree that the powers of social media integration and the ability to log, search and archive every post, review, artist and more will prove an invaluable resource. Not to mention the ability to comment and share each post.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their loyalty to MelodicRock.com as a source of discovery for this great music we all love.

The current MelodicRock.com site will remain online forever and linked from the new site, but gradually I will move all 16 years’ worth of reviews and interviews to the new site for search and archive purposes. No more losing old reviews or searching high and low for them!

Onwards and upwards we go….tune in Monday for something different 🙂

STATE OF SALAZAR GOING ALL THE WAY WITH THE RELEASE OF THEIR DEBUT ALBUM:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Swedish melodic rockers State Of Salazar debut album entitled All the Way on August 22 in Europe and August 26 in North America.

State Of Salazar came to the attention of Frontiers A&R dept after the release of their debut EP ”Lost my Way” in the summer of 2012. Reviews spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise from all over the world during a very short period: “This is something that can grow really big.” “…State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre.” “…this EP is an extremely polished piece of art…” “The performances and the production are superb…” 

With bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey, Survivor and especially Bill Conti and Vince DiCola (Rocky IV’s Training Montage writer and performer) in their influences list, STATE OF SALAZAR have indeed a lot to prove. They handle all this pressure with their heads held high since it is a quintet with great musicians! All members – Marcus Nygren, vocals, Johan Thuresson, guitars, Johannes Hansson, bass, Kristian Brun, drums and Stefan Mеrtenson, keyboards – have extensive live and studio experience. In other words, these guys know what they are doing and they already showed it to the unsuspecting public of the first Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan where they took the audience by surprise with their “feel good” Melodic Rock music.

“I feel that I’ve developed my songwriting a lot since the songs for the EP” says singer Marcus Nygren“However everyone of us put his own personality on the musical performances on the album and every single detail has been worked with and we sound like a band who took it All The Way!” “More than a year of hard work from everyone involved, made it possible for us to develop our sound and actually find out who we are, musically as a group” adds bassist Johannes Hansson“From epic synths, angelic choirs and guitar soundscapes to unison low E-string riffs we’ve allowed ourselves to indulge what we want the music to say without having to adapt. Believe me when I say that big things are coming in 2014”, concludes guitarist Johan Thuresson.

State Of Salazar is therefore ready to show the world that they are definitely not a retro band, or a walk down memory lane. They write songs and play music that strives forward and not backwards. Their songwriting, arranging and instrumental performance show that this is a band that wants to develop and give its contribution to the Melodic Rock genre.

Get a taste of things to come watching the band’s EPK via this link: youtu.be/JHcQ8kT1MVU.
“All the Way” will include the following tracks: I Believe In You; Field of Dreams; All the Way; Love of My Life; Eat Your Heart Out; Time to Say Goodbye; Marie; Let Me Love; Catastrophe; Always; Adrian; End of Time.
WebLinks: www.stateofsalazar.se / www.facebook.com/stateofsalazar.

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MR BIG IN SEPTEMBER:
Mr. Big’s new studio album will be released in September via Frontiers Records worldwide, produced in LA by Pat Regan.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 08/05/2014

MRR: SOUND OF ETERNITY DEBUT OUT IN JUNE:
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the signing of new Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity. Their debut album Visions & Dreams will be released June 16.


Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.

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The track listing for Visions & Dreams is: 01) Visions & Dreams 02) Call To Action 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live 06) Alpha & Omega 07) My Saviour 08) Eternal Love 09) Forever 10) Universe.
Making it’s workdwide debut today is the stream of the track Call To Action. More soundbytes from this fantastic release soon.


WINGER STORM THE US CHARTS THIS WEEK WITH LATEST RELEASE BETTER DAYS COMIN’:
Band’s Latest Critically Acclaimed Album Debuts at #21 on the Top Current Rock Albums Chart and #85 on the Billboard Top 200

Winger have shown they are still a force to be reckoned with thanks to their latest release, Better Days Comin’. The album debuted at #21 on the Top Current Rock Albums chart and #85 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 3600 copies this week. The album even hit #6 when it was released on the iTunes Top Rock Album chart. Better Days Comin’ marks the first time that Winger has debuted on the Billboard Top 200 since their 1993 release, Pull. The latest album is available via iTunes at smarturl.it/WingerDeluxe or at Amazon in a standard (smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzCD) and deluxe configuration (smarturl.it/WNGR_AmzDLX). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as the videos for “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin’.” Fans can also order exclusive bundles, autographed items and more from the band’s web store at bit.ly/1hJLPYw
Winger and Better Days Comin’ has been receiving critical acclaim from a variety of outlets and people with places MetalSucks.com exclaiming, “Now the third of Winger’s post-2k albums is out today, titled Better Days Comin’ (heh heh) and it rips!” and Liam Wilson of the Dillinger Escape Plan reviewing on TheTalkhouse, “…we find Winger sticking to their strengths: writing genuinely ‘classic’ ­ in the truest sense of the word ­ rock gems at a time when it couldn’t be more unhip to do so.”

Winger recently released a video for the song “Tin Soldier” which debuted on GuitarWorld.com and can be seen here: youtu.be/20xl9x8BhUM. Jason Green and Dan Hubp, who also designed the first Winger album cover and logo, directed the video. The new song showcases Winger building on their previous album’s tendency towards progressive rock, delivering an intricate, musical landscape that basks in interesting harmonic, melodic components, which weave through three different time signatures. Winger has also released videos for the debut single, “Rat Race” as well as the album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine.” The video for “Rat Race” can be seen at: youtu.be/Jp57jqoKJ7E and “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” can be seen at youtu.be/4tOzsssTtDU.

Winger is currently on tour in support of their latest release and all tour dates can be found on their website, www.wingertheband.com.
Winger formed in the late 1980’s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away.” The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting. 
Winger is comprised of Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, John Roth on guitar and Rod Morgenstein on drums.


MRR – BACK IN STOCK:
I have a very limited supply of two recent MelodicRock Records titles back in stock – 10 only of each – Stan Bush The Ultimate and Faith Circus Turn Up The Band. Both titles, along with the new Lillian Axe A Night At The Temple have been added to MelodicRock Directfor purchase now.
Direct links: www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/melodic-rock-records/faith-circus-turn-up-the-band / www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/stan-bush-the-ultimate

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A PERFECT DAY ANNOUNCE A NEW LINE-UP:
This is one of those things we wouldn’t want to say. Roberto Tiranti won’t be the singer on the next A Perfect Day album.
Roberto: “Sometimes it happens that paths separate, it happened before in our lives and we always faced these changes peacefully, without hard feelings. Andrea, a brother to me, knows that this is a very important moment for me and that my first solo work takes priority over all. I’m sure A Perfect Day will keep on proving how good and important their music is and I wish all the best to my successor! A huge hug also to my solid, reliable and talented drummer friend Alessandro Bissa.”
Andrea and Alessandro: “The friendship between Roberto and us comes before anything else, that’s why we support this hard decision and we wish him a successful, rosy future. Good luck mate, thanks for making this project so important with your amazing voice, your heart and your soul. Roberto’s voice will accompany us one more time, in a song featured in the new album. We owe you this, we owe it to ourselves. Keep on following us for updates. What’s in our future? We’ve already chosen the new singer and we’re sure you’ll like him. We can say that his name is Marco Baruffetti and you can listen to him on the new single, scheduled for release on late May. The adventure continues. Together with you all. A Perfect Day”.
Web: www.facebook.com/APDBand / www.logicillogic.net.

NEW SHOWCASES ONLINE:
Online today are 3 new Showcases – Uriah Heep (Frontiers Records, out June 6) and Acacia Avenue and Dead End Heroes (AOR Heaven, out June 28). Check them out.

Winger Launch “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” Video

The “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” video clip portrays Winger live on stage performing the opening track of their forthcoming album ‘Better Days Comin’ — to be released on April 18th in Europe and April 22nd in North America through Frontiers Records.

Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant downloads of “Rat Race” (the first single) and also the album’s title track. The album can also be pre-ordered at Amazon.com.

The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on Better Days Comin’. “On Better Days Comin’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”

From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World”, it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon”, progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier”, and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band’s diversity while always centering on great songs. The debut single from ‘Better Days Comin’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker “Rat Race” that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25 year career.

Winger formed in the late 1980’s and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles “Seventeen” and “Headed For A Heartbreak” and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, ‘In The Heart Of The Young’, also achieved platinum status behind the singles “Can’t Get Enuff” and “Miles Away”. The change in musical climate of the mid ’90s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.

‘Better Days Comin’ track listing:
01. Midnight Driver of a Love Machine
02. Queen Babylon
03. Rat Race
04. Better Days Comin’
05. Tin Soldier
06. Ever Wonder
07. So Long China
08. Storm In Me
09. Be Who You Are, Now
10. Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11. Out Of This World

Coming Up Albums Details

Here are some brief thoughts on some upcoming releases in the next few months. There’s also plenty more in the pipe, so stand by for a lot of reviews to come. Full feature reviews of all the following titles due soon…

H.E.A.T – Tearing Down The Walls (Gain, April 9)

The Swedes return with an album that I think everyone was hoping for. For want of a better description, it’s Address The Nation Part 2, but with a heavier edge and a couple of musical twists as usual. The album feels like a band that has grown together and delivers everything they have learnt from one another. I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed in this – it’s loud, fast and filled with great hooks and sounds a million bucks! It’s pure H.E.A.T!

01. Point Of No Return – The energetic and anthemic opener we expected with a heavier edge.
02. A Shot At Redemption – Initially surprising structure, a rousing, anthemic singalong track that builds into a big instantly likable commercial rocker.
03. Inferno – Hard fast and dirty! A stampeding chorus and unforgettable hook.
04. The Wreckoning – A brief musical interlude.
05. Tearing Down The Walls – A great big, loud, heartfelt hands-in-the-air rock ballad.
06. Mannequin Show – Darker, moodier and quirky, but another great hook and chorus combo.
07. We Will Never Die – Simple, but effective hard rocker that isn’t fast or slow….just in-between.
08. Emergency – Another uptempo anthemic rocker with plenty of harmonies, wailing guitars and big vocals.
09. All The Lights – Heartfelt slow ballad, with a powerful haunting vocal accompanied only by piano and strings.
10. Eye For An Eye – Absolute monster anthemic hard rocker. Heavy, urgent and powerful.
11. Enemy In Me – Fast, heavy and thumping rhythm section. One of the band’s heaviest tracks yet. Instantly catchy.
12. Laughing At Tomorrow – Another great anthemic melodic rock track with a killer chorus and big, fat harmony vocals throughout. Monster chorus. Should have closed the album.
13. Shame – Uptempo straight ahead hard rocker. Simplistic chorus after the previous track.

Winger – Better Days Comin’ (Frontiers, April 18)
The opening salvo of Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine, Queen Babylon and Rat Race is breathtaking. The title track is original and instantly memorable. Add in a couple of dark, heavy and more progressive tracks and two near 7 minute epic melodic rock anthemic ballads and you might just have one of the best Winger albums ever. I’m only 4-5 listens in, but there is so much to absorb. On early impressions, I think this album takes up where Karma left off and takes it to the next level.

Soto – Inside The Vertigo (TBA, TBA)
Yes, that Soto – the Jeff Scott one! This time the new JSS album is a band affair under the Soto banner. And it sounds like a band record too. This is a highly accomplished set of songs and boy, is it heavy! The guys take the JSS sound to a new level on this album and I’m (as usual), mightily impressed. I think fans will be very surprised by the quality and attitude unveiled on this album! More thoughts soon as well as all the release information when it becomes available! I have to get in that there is one epic 9 minute track on this record!

Three Lions – Three Lions (Frontiers, April 18)
The lead track Trouble In A Red Dress is a great indication of what the album has to offer. Pure British melodic hard rock with a bluesy twist and a healthy dose of guitars from Mr. Burns. Very strong, soulful rock vocals and a very solid sound too. Some moody moments to balance the generally uptempo feel of the album. More listening required – it’s not an instant album like some others, but depth definitely there.

Guardian – Almost Home (TBA, TBA)
Very diverse record this! Classic melodic hard rock, mixed with modern pop/rock and some heavier punk-fused moments too. And a couple of acoustic driven modern rock tracks too. A real mix. Great sounding record and mixed to perfection. Rowe sounds great of course and there are some really catchy moments on here like The Real Me, Wonderful, King Of Fools and the AOR anthem Price We Pay. A quality release no doubt. Lots to listen to, so back into it I go…

Sebastian Bach – Give Em Hell (Frontiers, April 18)
Solo Bach is a different beast than Skid Row Bach and I prefer the latter. But if you have enjoyed Bach’s solo output, this album is heavier than ever, screamier than ever and if ranked alongside his other releases, seemingly the most consistent and strongest solo release yet. Expertly produced by Bob Marlette once again. Loud!

Magnum – Escape From The Shadow Garden (SPV, March 24)
For the second time in a row I find myself rearranging a Magnum album to enhance my enjoyment of it, but that aspect cannot alter the fact that there are some delicious classic Magnum songs on offer here. Sound and style borrow from the last couple of outings and also from the likes of Rockart and even some Storyteller’s Night. It’s a long and complex album with a lot of different approaches within the songs. Moody, hard rocking, epic…melodic too of course. Stand-outs early on are the melodic rock of Midnight Angel; the majestic ballad Don’t Fall Asleep and rockers Live Til You Die and Burning River. The closing sentimental old-school Magnum styled The Valley Of Tears is also great. Another winner without doubt and probably once again, their best since reforming.

The Radio Sun – Wrong Things Right (MRR, May)
I’d be remiss if I didn’t get a word in on one of my own label releases coming up. Due out in May on MRR, the debut album from Melbourne, Australia’s The Radio Sun is something I’m very proud to be involved in. Formerly known as Square One, I think fans of power pop and harmony filled melodic rock with a modern twist are going to love this. For fans of Nelson, Rick Springfield, Marvelous 3 and Firehouse. More audio previews coming up. The album was produced mixed by Paul Laine.

Asia – Gravitas (Frontiers, March 21)
To be honest, the jury is still out for me on this one. It could be a little more varied, but it’s not as slow as first thought. I need to live with it a bit longer to see if the melodies reveal themselves further, or the very laid back vocal approach of John Wetton sinks them.

LRS – Down To The Core (Frontiers, March 21)
This is one for the fans of super smooth, pure AOR. Welcome back Tommy La Verdi, with Josh Ramos delivering his best guitar work and Mike Shotton beating away on drums. With Alessandro Del Vecchio in control, the album sounds silky smooth with some fine 80s inspired AOR on offer over the albums 12 tracks. It’s one of those albums that develops over time, revealing different layers as you go. What appears simplistic on first impression is actually quite complex and that’s the story of the songs on this album. There are 4-5 ballads, but they all offer something different and each one features a stunning vocal. Same for the melodic rock/AOR tunes – La Verdi is simply a force to be reckoned with and I can’t imagine a better team backing him up. It’s been way to long between albums for Josh Ramos. This one will be popular, guaranteed.

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