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, Hard Rock and Melodic Rock News on 26/09/2016

Civil War set to release thrid album ‘The Last Full Measure’ in November

Fear an eruption of Sweden’s landmass! Fear the fire, creaking steel and scattered mud!

Civil War are back and shooting martial anthems into the darkened sky. On November 4th the proud Heavy Metal-hitmakers are releasing their third epos The Last Full Measure. The quintet with former Sabaton-members present twin guitars, keyboard-fanfares and doublebass-marches. Full of honor they are flying the flag as high as possible. Astral Doors-singer Nils Patrik Johansson proves that his powerful voice was marked by destiny. It offers guts for more. It’s the call of duty. “Heaven can wait ’cause we have so many more battles to win”, shouts the opening track ‘Road To Victory’. Their debut album The Killer Angels was purified with gold already – their triumph is inevitable. If you hear the bloodcurdling barking of the dogs from Civil War you will pray that you are not standing on the other side of the battlefield.

Comment of Nils Patrik Johannson:
“After The Killer Angels and Gods & Generals, we are extremely proud and can´t wait to share the last part of the trilogy! This is our best work so far, at least this is what we think, but I´m sure you won´t be disappointed!

The Last Full Measure will be released worldwide on November 4th 2016.

Tracklist:

1             Road To Victory
2             Deliverance
3             Savannah
4             Tombstone
5             America
6             A Tale That Never Should Be Told
7             Gangs Of New York
8             Gladiator
9             People Of The Abyss
10           The Last Full Measure
11           Strike Hard Strike Sure (Bonus Track)
12           Aftermath (Bonus Track)

For More Info Visit:
www.facebook.com/Civilwarsweden
www.civilwar.se

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Love/Hate release ‘Before The Blackout’

Love Hate – Before the Blackout!

AorBlvd Records are pleased to release Love Hate – Before The Blackout.
A  collection of demos recorded from 1986 – 1987. The cd also features
liner notes by industry legend Dave Reynolds (Classic Rock/ Kerrang )

Looking back  at bands formation and recording history that  goes further back into the early 1980’s,
starting  off as Data Clan who recorded an extremely rare EP and even performed a short tour of Japan.

In the Later half of the 1980’s together with a  hard working attitude the band established a reputation
on the tough Sunset Strip club gig scene, drafting in Ratt bassist Juan Croucier to produce working demos.
This period saw the band   influenced and transforming  into some of the most innovative styles of rock
music,with lyrical topics of lifestyle and self survival in CA  with a deeper gritty dark side.

In 1990 the  grunge scene is in its later stage of infancy , Love Hate released their official debut
with producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister).  Instantly well received and
MTV rotation paid off as this led to supporting tours to AC/DC and Dio, As well as outstanding sales
in the Uk

Love Hate to date have made 6 studio albums with various line ups.

TRACKLISTING:-

⦁ Date with Fate
⦁ Extreme
⦁ Tranquilliser
⦁ I’ve Got to Dream
⦁ Good Ship Dolly Rock
⦁ Reincarnated
⦁ Skid Row Gypsy
⦁ Recognised
⦁ Soul House
⦁ The Outside
⦁ Love Burns
⦁ My Girl
⦁ Gypsy Love
*For Japanese Release Only
*Angel
*Why Do You Think

LINE UP
Jizzy Pearl – Lead Vocals
Skid Rose – Bass
Jon E. Love – Guitar
Joey Gold – Drums

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Eternal Idol release their debut album ‘The Unrevealed Secret’ in December

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the upcoming release of ETERNAL IDOL’s debut album, entitled “The Unrevealed Secret”, on December 2nd

Eternal Idol is a new band formed in early 2016 and that marks the start of a new musical adventure for Rhapsody Of Fire and Angra singer Fabio Lione, together with the experienced Italian guitar player Nick Savio (exHOLLOW HAZE Official Page) and a line-up completed by the young vocal rising star Giorgia Colleluori, Camillo Colleluori (both also from Hollow Haze) on drums and Andrea Buratto (Secret Sphere, Hell in the Club) on bass.

While all the musicians have solid pedigrees and musical history behind them, ETERNAL IDOL have a brand new and original sound which will certainly catch many fans by surprise. Fabio Lione says, “[a]fter all the experiences with bands such as KAMELOT, Rhapsody of Fire, Angra and many more, I think it is time to show the world a new side of myself with this amazing new band. Musically, ETERNAL IDOL offer an intriguing mix of classic metal, symphonic rock and a few progressive twists which is truly unique, thanks to the combination of female and male vocals.”

Fabio took care of most of the lyrics and vocal melodies, along with three gorgeous tracks he wrote, while Nick Savio worked hard on songwriting and arrangements. “The Unrevealed Secret” is the album where all our ideas came to the light,” says the axeman from Vicenza. “Heavy classic rock with symphonic elements and the magic atmosphere of two lead vocals, male and female, create a contrast between good and bad as the main subject, as it is possible to see on the impressive and mysterious cover artwork.”

The album was recorded in the summer of 2016, produced by Nick Savio and mixed by Simone Mularoni (DGM, Sunstorm) and promises to be one of the melodic metal releases of the year. Fans of Kamelot, Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall, MasterPlan, and Avantasia should pay attention.

“There is a story to be told with this album, and the secret will be revealed on the next Eternal Idol releases, so please take your time to listen this first chapter and enjoy….A new story has begun,” Nick concludes.
“The Unrevealed Secret” tracklisting is:

1. Evil Tears
2. Another Night Comes
3. Awake in Orion
4. Is the Answer Far from God?
5. Blinded
6. Sad Words Unvailed
7. Desidia
8. Hall of Sins
9. Feels Like I’m Dying
10. A song in the wind
11. Stormy Days
12. Beyond

Fabio Lione – Lead Vocals
Giorgia Colleluori – Lead Vocals
Nick Savio – Guitars & Keyboards
Camillo Colleluori – Drums
Andrea Buratto- Bass

Follow the band: www.facebook.com/eternalidolband

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AOR and Melodic Rock News on 30/05/2014

URIAH HEEP “OUTSIDER” ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT:
Uriah Heep’s new album Outsider – Order NOW on Amazon: www.smarturl.it/heepoutsideramazon / On iTunes: smarturl.it/uheepoutsiderit.
Buy “One Minute” on iTunes: smarturl.it/HeepOneMinute.
Uriah Heep, one of the pivotal hard rock groups to emerge from England in the late 1960s returns with “Outsider”, its 24th studio album, and the first since 2011’s critically acclaimed Into the Wild album. “Outsider” will be released on June 6th in Europe, June 9th in the UK and June 10th in North America on Frontiers Records.

TANGO DOWN READY TO CHARM FANS THIS AUGUST:
Tango Down helped blow the doors off last year’s MRF3 Festival performing songs from their (Kivel) Release, Identity Crisis. The band knocked it up a notch with their strongest album and material to date, which was welcomed with like-minded reviews and praise last year.
So with the bar set so high and being raised with each release, what can one do? How can you expect to reach the next level? Scott Miller had this to say: “Well we raised the bar with each release. When it was time to do Identity Crisis, we pulled out the pole vault and went right over the bar. With our new album, the bar has been set even higher. So this time we strapped on our jet packs and are heading even higher this time!! If you enjoyed what we’ve done so far, than you are going to LOVE what we got coming next!!”

Of course both band and label have always prided themselves with their visual aspect, being just as important as the band’s music and production. Again with the assist of renowned photographer, Kent Miller Studios, the band put on their best dressed for the photo shoot and cover, once again raising the bar. So here is a peak at the band’s latest album artwork offering. Which was designed by the wonderful and talented Brooke J. McKaig/Vamp Visuals!
Tango Down “Charming Devil” is coming people, and he is the serpent that you can’t resist . Expect to hear some new musical offerings in the bands set. Just for YOU!
Pre order NOW at www.kivelrecords.com.

JORN LANDE FEATURED IN ONE OF THE WORLD’S LEADING GAMES “LEAGUE OF LEGENDS”:
Norwegian Rock Icon, Jorn Lande appears as lead vocalist on the song “Lightbringer”, launched on May 27th by Riot Games, Inc.
Jorn comments: “I have been working closely with music producer Christian Linke of Riot Games in LA, on a project called “Pentakill”, which is basically a heavy rock band within the League of Legends concept. “Pentakill” is the Valoran continents’ most famous (and possibly only) rock band. Its members consist of champions from the game. It’s very exciting to be a part of this new development in the gaming industry and a fabulous opportunity to be able to reach out to millions of people worldwide in just a blink of an eye. It has been a great experience working with the productive and dedicated people of Riot Games, and I am truly proud to be a part of this!”
Hear the song now via YouTube: youtu.be/oUiOylPbfV0.
The music video is also showcased on Pentakill’s website – pentakillmusic.com – which is owned and operated by Riot Games, Inc.

THE LATEST FROM ROCK CANDY RECORDS:
The following five new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on June 15.

Krokus ‘Metal Rendez-Vous’ CANDY247 / “You can count the amount of internationally successful European hard rock bands on one hand; Swiss based Krokus are one of only a few acts that can be included on that list. With roots reaching back to 1975, the band spent several years experimenting with various line-up changes and recording three albums, before settling on a unique style that came fully into focus with the appointment of Maltese born frontman Marc Storace, formerly of Swiss heavy progressive rockers Tea. It was this formation that signed to German record label Ariola and cut ‘Metal Rendez-vous’, an invigorating example of explosive four-to-the floor hard rock, big on hooks and jam-packed with hell raising riffs. Chief amongst their selling points was Storace’s signature voice and his ability to punch home some incredibly well constructed songs. In addition, guitarists Tommy Kiefer and Fernando von Arb were no slouches either, peeling out a series of ripping solos and laying down tough as nails musical support in a manner befitting the times. Originally issued in 1980 and co-produced with the band in Switzerland by English producer Martin Pearson, the album contains a number of classic Krokus tracks including ‘Heatstrokes’, ‘Bedside Radio’, ‘Streamer’ and ‘Tokyo Nights’, some of which still remain in the band’s live set to this very day.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Heatstrokes 2. Bedside Radio 3. Come On 4. Streamer 5. Shy Kid 6. Tokyo Nights 7. Lady Double Dealer 8. Fire 9. No Way 10. Back-Seat Rock ‘N’ Roll.

Krokus ‘Hardware’ CANDY248 / “It’s fair to say that the Swiss music scene hadn’t exactly set the world on fire but with Krokus that situation was rapidly reversed. The band’s fourth album ‘Metal Rendez-vous’ became a surprise success, not only in their home country (sales rocketing to three times Platinum) but also globally where they secured a strong foothold in the charts and on the live front. The band’s no-nonsense brand of tough-guy hard rock found favour in a market that was wide open for that revolution. ‘Hardware’, therefore, was released into the arms of an eager fan base feeding off the energy of their previous album and it didn’t disappoint them. Issued in 1981, the record picks up where the band left off, laying down some serious riffage on songs that display a cheeky lyrical charm; an unexpected side-effect of their Swiss/Maltese heritage. Engineered by British studio master Mark Dearnley (AC/DC, Def Leppard) and recorded in London, the album makes full use of their powerful armoury, led by the ripping two guitar attack of Fernando von Arb and Tommy Keefer. Heavy but memorable, the album contains a superb selection of tracks, including the in-concert favourites ‘Easy Rocker’, ‘Mr 69’, ‘Smelly Nellie’ and ‘Mad Racket’, songs blessed with a swish and swagger that made it clear the Scorpions weren’t the only band in Europe with big potential.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, new interviews, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Celebration 2. Easy Rocker 3. Smelly Nelly 4. Mr. 69 5. She’s Got Everything 6. Burning Bones 7. Rock City 8. Winning Man 9. Mad Racket.

Krokus ‘One Vice At A Time’ CANDY249 / “There comes a tipping point in every artist’s career where years of hard work and paying dues suddenly turn into an avalanche of praise and success. Krokus reached this point with the release of ‘One Vice At A Time, a supremely crafted album, boasting a clutch of tracks that elevated their appeal far beyond anything previously conceived or, indeed, achieved. Co-produced in London by former AC/DC engineer Tony Platt and issued in 1982, the band made a concerted effort to refine their sound and ambition by bringing their trade mark style fully into focus. Sure, certain accusations that that their riff hungry approach was uncomfortably similar to that of AC/DC had been bandied about but their distinctively European charm and quirky lyrical approach helped to ameliorate such criticism. Jam packed with a number of raucous tracks such as ‘Bad Boys Rag Dolls’, ‘To The Top’, ‘American Woman’ (a cover of the Guess Who classic) and perhaps their best known song ‘Long Stick Goes Boom’, there is room enough for the band to drill down deep yet retain a sense of composure befitting a band safe in the knowledge that they were about to reap the rewards of years of hard work. Look out for an appearance by Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson, who provides backing vocals on the track ‘I’m On The Run’.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, co-produced by Tony Platt (AC/DC),16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, new interviews, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Long Stick Goes Boom 2. Bad Boys Rag Dolls 3. Playin’ The Outlaw 4. To The Top 5. Down The Drain 6. American Woman 7. I’m On The Run 8. Save Me 9. Rock ‘N’ Roll.

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Vandenberg ‘alibi’ CANDY229 / “Adrian Vandenberg has been, quite rightly, hailed as one of the world’s best rock guitar players, carving out a first class reputation for himself since the early 1970s. His band Vandenberg, formed in Holland in 1981, became one of the surprise attractions during the early eighties, storming the US charts and stylistically rivalling the cream of hard rock contenders such as Ratt, Dokken and Def Leppard. With the right looks and hooks it appeared that they could have gone on to bigger and even better things. Sadly, however, it was not to be. ‘Alibi’ was their third and final album. Recorded back in Holland, and issued in 1985, the record showcased all that was good about the band, with its powerful riffs, melodic hooks and well-crafted arrangements. Once Again, it was Adrian who stole the show, writing all the songs, designing the artwork and providing a remarkable selection of guitar solos, contributions that would not go unnoticed amongst his contemporaries. Indeed, once Adrian had disbanded the band, David Coverdale approached him to join Whitesnake for their hugely successful ‘1987’ album. Produced by former Golden Earring drummer Jaap Eggermont, ‘Alibi’, despite its relative commercial failure, still holds firm as a record that combines all the great elements of Vandenberg’s all too brief day in the sun, leaving behind a vapour trail that still impresses to this day.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, produced by Jaap Eggermont (Golden Earring),12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. All The Way 2. Pedal To The Metal 3. Once In A Lifetime 4. Voodoo 5. Dressed To Kill 6. Fighting Against The World 7. How Long 8. Prelude Mortale 9. Alibi 10. Kamikaze.

Fortress ‘Hands In The Till’ CANDY241 / “The music business is littered with sob stories. Those that shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ made it if matters hadn’t conspired against them. It’s a familiar tale of woe alright and one that we’ve heard a million times before yet the strangest thing is some of the world’s greatest recordings have been cruelly thrown to the kerb by a simple twist of fate. Step forward Fortress, an act that really ought to have made a much bigger splash than they did. Although the band came and went in the wink of an eye, they’re members had actually been active for a number of years, even rubbing musical shoulders with several prestigious outfits during the 70’s, including Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch and cult hard rock act White Witch. The big break came with the formation of Fortress yet, sadly, through no fault of their own, success failed to materialise. Based in Los Angeles, the band attracted the ears of Freddie Piro a producer who had already made a big splash recording the progressive rock band Ambrosia. Piro’s Fortress demos attracted the attention of Atlantic Records who promptly signed them, resulting in ‘Hands In The Till’, one of the most impressive heavy and melodic rock albums of the early 80s, attracting eager comparisons to the likes of Journey, Roadmaster, Foreigner and Boston. Sadly, like many other stunning examples, changes in the hierarchy at their label put paid to their dreams.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, classic underground AOR,12 page full colour booklet, 3,000 word essay, new interview, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Hands In The Till 2. How Do I Exist 3. Comin’ After You 4. Requiem 5. Kisses 6. Let’s Do It Again 7. Breakin’ Free 8. Carry Me Back 9. Back On The Path 10. Mystery.

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ONE ON ONE WITH MITCH LAFON – NIGHT RANGER’S KELLY KEAGY:
In episode 17 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one, Mitch sits down with Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy to discuss the band’s new album High Road, the band’s upcoming touring plans, being part of the Kiss Kruise, the sometimes under-appreciated Feeding Off The Mojo album that included Gary Moon on vocals, the importance of Jack Blades to the band and much more.
In Part 2, Mitch chats with Lillian Axe’s Steve Blaze. Topics discussed include the band’s new triple disc set One Night In The Temple, the Louisiana Rock Hall Of Fame, the importance of a brand name, getting to work on the new ‘electric’ Lillian Axe album, working with Ratt’s Robbin Crosby and much more.

Link: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-17.

This episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Andrew McNeice of http://www.melodicrock.com – Andrew talks about his love for Night Ranger, working the new Lillian Axe album, the launch of the NEW melodicrock.com and Melodic Rock Records including how to submit an artist’s demo for consideration.
For more about Night Ranger visit: www.nightranger.com.
For more about Lillian Axe visit: www.lillianaxe.com

BRET MICHAELS’ MEDICAL EMERGENCY:
From: www.facebook.com/BretMichaels – “Breaking News: Message From Pete Evick Regarding Bret Michaels’ Medical Emergency.

This is a message I never imagined I’d have to post. Tonight in Manchester, NH 3 songs into the set Bret had me sing a song as he rushed off stage. In the 9 years I’ve stood next to him, I’ve never seen a look like the one on his face as if I was a complete stranger. One of the crew returned instantly to notify me that Bret’s blood sugar was extremely low.
He returned to the stage only to announce that he could not continue. As you all know he is a health fanatic and fiercely monitors his blood sugar, he basically had to be dragged off the stage in his sickest of conditions. When I rushed to the bus he could barely speak, but begged me to apologize to the fans and seemed only concerned for them.
As of now he is with paramedics being evaluated. We will keep you posted throughout the evening. ~ Pete Evick”

RUBICON CROSS HITS THE CHARTS WITH SELF-TITLED DEBUT:
There is an unmistakable buzz surrounding the hard-hitting self-titled debut from Rubicon Cross. And now, the chart numbers are backing up the buzz, as it has been announced that the album has debuted at #23 on the Heatseeker Chart, #42 on the Hard Music Albums Chart, and #123 on the Independent Albums Chart. Additionally, the album hit the Top 40 at Best Buy, where the album’s deluxe edition (which comes with a poster and bonus tracks) is available for purchase: www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only–best-buy-with-bonus-tracks-poster-cd.
Comprised of CJ Snare/vocals, Chris Green/lead guitars, Jeff Lerman/second guitar, Simon Farmery/bass, and Robert Behnke/drums, the lush melodic core of Rubicon Cross’ songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record.

From the first single, “Bleed With Me” that starts just as propulsive as it ends to “Kill Or Be Killed” that has a relentless metal drive, Rubicon Cross is a collection of contemporary heavy music that sits just as comfortably next to hard rock classics as it does modern rock upstarts. “Locked and Loaded” is featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game “Dirt Showdown” alongside of new rock heavy-hitters Rise Against, Rival Sons and The Parlor Mob.
Check out the video for “Bleed With Me” here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFneEfoJbn8&feature=youtu.be. Check out the “Bleed With Me” song here: soundcloud.com/rubicon-cross-official/bleed-with-me/s-b4fB0.
Album Track List: Locked And Loaded, Next Worse Enemy, Bleed With Me, Save Me Within, You Will Remember Me, Moving On, R U Angry, Shine, Kill Or Be Killed, All The Little Things.
For more info, visit: rubiconcross.net / facebook.com/rubiconcrossband.

PAVIC TO OPEN DAY 3 OF ITILIAN FESTIVAL:
Italian rockers Pavic will be opening the 3rd day at the Rock In Idro 2014 festival in Bologna, Italy on Sunday June the 1st. The band will share the stage with Iron Maiden, Alter Bridge, Black Stone Cherry, Opeth and more. Pavic won the “Rock In Idro Band Contest” with their performing of the Iron Maiden classic “Wasting Love”www.youtube.com/watch?v=79r4ProIGkM.
The band recently released their critically acclaimed third album entitled “Is War The Answer?”. Three singles with videos were released from the album: Song For The Rain: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsUdibJYCM0; Is War The Answer?: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNk7tHPnsDk; In Your Eyes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTNPtaNu1mQ.
WebLinks: www.rockinidro.com / www.pavictheband.com / www.facebook.com/pavictheband.

MRX UPDATED:
2 new Feature Albums online today to check out:
– Jon Butcher – Pictures From The Front (1989)
– Biloxi – Let The Games Begin
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RARE NEW BILLY SQUIER INTERVIEW:
Greece’s Rockpages Web Magazine did an exclusive interview with Billy Squier regarding the re-release of his last rock record “Tell The Truth”. Here’s an excerpt where Billy Squier lets us know what exactly happened back in 1993:

Rockpages.gr: The album starts with the “in your face” track “Angry”. Did it reflect your feelings toward the music industry – I mean both musically and lyrically- after the lack of success of “Hear and Now” and “Creatures of Habit”?
Billy Squier: (laughs) Unlike some of my other songs I wouldn’t say that I was directing to that side of the industry with this song. It’s interesting that you pose that question because I can see why you are thinking that. The best thing about music is that the listener wants or tries to interpret the song the way he wants to. Some songs are so direct that leave a little for the imagination but getting back to “Angry”, you have interpreted the song in a way that I probably didn’t intend it to be but could easily have been (laughs)! I mean, if “Angry” had been on another record after “Tell The Truth” and that record started with this song then you would have been completely right. Because the record company didn’t do anything to promote the record and actually made me quit the music business with all that happening after the recording of “Tell The Truth”. When I did “Tell The Truth”, I was going through my fourth or fifth label president at Capitol Records. The guy who came in while I was making the album was previously at Geffen and he was somehow involved in the whole grunge movement.
Well, this guy decided that he knew more about music than I did. He had an idea of what he was gonna do at Capitol Records and he decided that he was not gonna promote Billy Squier. I really don’t know why he decided that but I can tell you this: when I finished “Tell The Truth” and gave it to Capitol, he called me up…it was spring of 1993…he called me up at my home and he said: “Billy, I wanna tell you something. This is the best record that’s coming out from our label for at least the next six months”. And…Sakis, that’s the good part…he said: “….and I am gonna make sure that nobody hears it”! He said that…he said: “I’m gonna bury your record”! And I said to him: “what are you talking about”? He wouldn’t give me a straight answer…nothing! The next thing I did was to call my lawyer and ask him to get me out of this horrible situation. It was such an incredible…I don’t know if “shock” is the right word…but it had such a huge impact on me that I immediately said: “fuck that…I’m done”! If someone could do such a thing to me, I don’t want to be involved anymore in this business.
You know…it hurt so much because he told me that the record so good…well, I knew that I had done my best on “Tell The Truth”. When I made “Don’t Say No”, I felt and I believed that this was the record I had been working all my life to make. I felt and trust me I am not making this up…I felt that this is the best that I could do. If “Don’t Say No” is not accepted, I am done. That was my exact thought back in 1981. I was sure I couldn’t have done a better record than “Don’t Say No”. And of course, the record was a big hit. When I made “Tell The Truth”, I felt the same way. I was so proud of that record…I remember Mike Chapman telling me: “Billy, you are the best songwriter, I’ve ever come across in my life”! Coming from someone like Mike, it meant a lot to me. So, after all this hard work, there comes this guy telling me: “I’m gonna take your best work and bury it”… there wasn’t much that I could…I left; I walked…you know, I haven’t listened to “Tell The Truth” for a few years and quite recently I put it on and the record blew me away! In fact, I was listening to “Revolver” (ed. note: The Beatles album)…some people think that it’s the best record of all time…so, I was listening to “Revolver” and for some reason after that, I put on “Tell The Truth” and I felt like those two records are completely in good company together. I think that “Tell The Truth” is one of the best rock records ever made by me or anyone! I really do…I think it’s that good.
I can put on “Revolver” or Led Zeppelin’s “II” and then “Tell The Truth” and there is no quality gap. The label’s decision not to push the record, changed my life…it was definitely something that I didn’t anticipate. I didn’t pick up for a couple of years after that. I was so disillusioned by the whole thing that I never really wanted to come back to the industry. And I haven’t done anything really…apart from an acoustic album (ed.note: “Happy Blue”) which came along fine because I wanted to do something different; something challenging as a songwriter. For better or for worse, here I am. My life is good. I am not anywhere nearly involved with music as I used to be. But, I have mixed feelings about it because I love to play. Fortunately I got some chances to do it…Ringo (Starr) was good to me for a few years. Sometimes I feel that I would like to play more but at the same time I don’t want to be a part of this music industry, you know? I feel that music is not as important anymore as it used to be for a lot of people. What counts nowadays is…I don’t know…twitter accounts. So, I don’t really miss what’s going on.
Read The Full Interview Here: www.rockpages.gr/detailspage.aspx?id=10506&type=1&lang=EN.

LUKATHER TALKS MORE TOTO:
Two new Steve Lukather / Toto interviews to check out today –

1 – Guitar Internationalguitarinternational.com/2014/05/28/steve-lukather-toto-35-anniversary-concert-dvd-surrounded-friends/

2 – Something Else Reviews: Steve Lukather on the deep cuts from Toto’s new live DVD. somethingelsereviews.com/2014/05/28/deep-cuts-steve-lukather-on-totos-goin-home-st-george-and-the-dragon-others/

UNBREAKABLE DELIVER ‘KNOCKOUT’ MELODIC METAL SOUNDS ON NEW ALBUM:
With interest in vintage ’80s metal sounds at seemingly an all-time high in the U.S., German rockers Unbreakable have picked the perfect time to unleash their new album, Knockout. Having recently signed a record deal with the hard rock and metal label Dark Star Records(based in Chicago), the label works in association with Sony Music Entertainment, which will undoubtedly help introduce Unbreakable to U.S. rock fans and beyond. ‘Unbreakable’ will be released in America on July 29, 2014.
And 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!”
After finishing the album the guys are extremely pleased with the end result. “We love all the songs! Each song has its own and special story. The lyrics are real life stories. They are real and no fantasy stories. Our crazy Rock n’ Roll tale! Our lead-off single, ‘Rock the Nightlife,’ will give you a little taste of what living on the road feels like!” And it is this very song that will soon receive the “music video treatment,” and will feature Rarebell as a special guest.
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!”
Soon, the U.S. will discover the power of Unbreakable. For more info, visit: www.unbreakable-music.com / www.facebook.com/UNBREAKABLE.Music.

VALERIE RELEASE THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING SECOND ALBUM:
Norwegian rockers Valerie have just released the first single “Night After Night” from their sophomore album. The single, which very much like their critically acclaimed debut, features big guitars, catchy hooks and that 80s rock feeling. The album is set to be released in 2014. The single is available worldwide through iTunes, Spotify and Amazon among others. www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9atHKZ6m6I.
Valerie s/t debut album was both a fan and critics’ favorite for its youthful energy, “possessed by the same pop-metal spirit that defined the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene back in the 80s”ќ (Mark Allen, Hard Rock Haven) Sleaze Roxx’ Mark Redmayne called the album “an arresting set of tracks that’ll stalk you from day one”, scoring 8.5/10 Rock Garage Magazine, 7/10 Roxx Zone, and was featured in Classic Rock Magazine in 2013.
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/valerieband / www.valerie.no.

S.E.X. DEPARTMENT REPORT:
Press Release: “We are happy to present our last double album as S.E.X. Department. Recorded at House of Metal, Caorle, Italy by Sandro Vazzoler. Mixed and mastered by Illka Wirtanen, Kaiku Entertainment, Finland.
English album Rock’n’roll SS1) Break Down 2) Night Of Demons 3) Rock’n’roll SS 4) No More Beer 5) Hollywood Nightmare 6) Tokyo Death Party 7) Nunaj Nina Nena 8) Baltic Night 9) S.E.X. Department.
Italian album: 1) Eutanazia 2) Slava 3) Venezia 4) Volare 5) A Natale Puoi 6) L’italiano 7) S.E.X. Department.
In worldwide distribution and on iTunes, Napster and Amazon right now!

Cpt Marco Mendess about new album: “Talkin’ about Love, talkin’ about Violence, talkin’ about the Dark Side of the Music. In a World conducted by mind control, plastic surgery and mandatory pornography, here we are, ready to kick your ass! We are the Rock N Roll SS! … see you around!”
Cpt Mendess will be back with his new project Cpt. Mendess & Rock’n’roll Army. First presentation on Masters Of Rock 2014 festival – Main stage – Sunday 13th July 2014.

SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS ANNOUNCE ‘WORLD ON FIRE’:
Slash and his bandmates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators will release their new album World On Fire on September 16 via Slash’s own label Dik Hayd International distributed through Caroline. The group revealed the cover artwork for World On Fire designed by American contemporary artist Ron English today. Featuring the blazing title track as the first single­arriving at radio Friday, June 13th­the disc marks Slash’s third solo album and second one with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums) and Todd Kerns(bass). **See a Q&A with Slash And Myles Kennedy below.
For World On Fire, Slash and his band tapped Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus) to produce. Among the 17 songs is an instrumental–a powerful new turn for the band. World On Fire is the follow-up to 2012’s Apocalyptic Love which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and earned SLASH two No. 1 U.S. rock radio hits–his first-ever solo–with “You’re A Lie” and “Standing In The Sun.” SLASH officially began recording as a solo artist with his self-titled 2010 debut album which employed a different vocalist on each track of his first album including Ozzy Osbourne, Fergie and Myles Kennedy among others.
Following are song titles for World On Fire: “World on Fire” “Shadow Life” “Automatic Overdrive” “Wicked Stone” “30 Years to Life” “Bent to Fly” “Stone Blind” “Too Far Gone” “Beneath the Savage Sun” “Withered Delilah” “Battleground” “Dirty Girl” “Iris of the Storm” “Avalon” “The Dissident” “Safari Inn” “The Unholy”.

SLASH and Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators have announced additional solo dates in between their summer tour with Aerosmith. The group will preview new songs for fans on the trek which kicks off Thursday, July 10 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY (see the full itinerary below). Special ticket packages include: amazing seats (Level 1 tickets), an exclusive autographed SLASH lithograph, a Digital Download of the new SLASH album WORLD ON FIRE and a merchandise voucher worth $50, redeemable in the SLASH Exclusive Online Store. For all packages, visit: slashonline.com/tour.
Check out the exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary SLASH’s “Real To Reel” at: http://www.slashonline.com. The innovative online series documented the entire in-studio recording process from the first day of recording to the last; the multi-segment fly-on-the wall series follows Slash and The Conspirators from pre-production at NRG Studios in Los Angeles to Studio Barbarossa in Florida, as they write, play, create and record WORLD ON FIRE from start to finish.

SLASH and MYLES KENNEDY talk about the album and the forthcoming tour dates in this Q&A:
WORLD ON FIRE marks your second album with your band MYLES KENNEDY (vocals), BRENT FITZ (drums) and TODD KERNS (bass). How do you feel the dynamic between the four of you has evolved?
SLASH: We had a natural chemistry from the very beginning. The longer we have been together the more it has blossomed. And because of all the touring and the different situations we have been thrown into as a band and as players, we have all subconsciously learned from that. It shows up when we’re writing and when we’re recording. It’s sort of an unsaid thing, but I can sense it. It’s a natural evolution for a bunch of musicians in a band together.
MYLES: Over the last four years we have definitely evolved into a band. Utilizing Todd’s vocal prowess and Brent’s ability as a multi-instrumentalist definitely highlights what the Conspirators are capable of. I feel like it adds to what Slash and I do as songwriters. Not to mention they are both a big part of the arrangement process. Todd even brought in a cool progression that we used for the verses in “Shadow Life” and he added an great intro to “The Dissident” which is really fun.

What are the biggest differences between the last album Apocalyptic Love and the new album WORLD ON FIRE?
SLASH: The biggest difference is that the band has also has naturally evolved with so much touring and all of these different things. There’s a difference in musicianship that shows on this record and the songwriting skills especially.
The other difference is the fact that we recorded both albums live, but we kept the first one (Apocalyptic Love) just live. That was it. There was no over-dubs or layering or any kind of studio techniques. With WORLD ON FIRE I wanted to do guitar harmonies and double up parts and just create sounds. It’s a little more produced record in that sense.
MYLES: We didn’t spend as much time fine-tuning arrangements as a unit during the Apocalyptic sessions. I think that’s part of the reason this record sounds as cohesive as it does. Slash spent a lot of time with Todd and Brent working on arrangements while I was on tour with Alter Bridge late last year. When I got off the road, I met up with them in LA so they could get a feel for how the songs felt with vocals.
Another difference is that Slash played all the guitars on WORLD ON FIRE. During the Apocalyptic sessions I sang and played guitar which was fun, but it definitely cut into the amount of time I had to focus on lyrics, etc. Not playing guitar on WORLD ON FIRE gave me additional time to fine-tune lyrics and melodies which improved the songs in the end. I’m very happy with how it turned out.

For WORLD ON FIRE you teamed up with producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Alter Bridge, Falling In Reverse, Incubus). What do you feel he brought to the table?
SLASH: Elvis is very conscious about guitar and guitar tones as well as drums, bass and vocals. For me, it is important to work with somebody who is very dialed-into guitar sounds. In this particular day and age it’s a rarity to find someone who really understands guitar sounds. Elvis is an extremely hard-worker. I consider myself a hard worker as well as Myles. He was somebody that, over the course of making the record, gave me an even more of an extra push in some moments. So he brought out the best in me as well as Myles and the drums and everything. He was a pleasure to work with.
MYLES: Elvis is brilliant. It’s the fifth record I have had the pleasure of recording with him. His ability to get the best out of a rock band is pretty special. He always seems to be aware of what the fans want to hear from an artist. He did a great job documenting Slash’s tone and sound. I remember the first time I heard the solo for “Battleground”–I was blown away. Elvis captured the sonic hallmarks that made Slash’s playing resonate with me 25 years ago. Elvis is hands-on with every element of the recording process. From the arrangements to the final mix, he is relentless at making sure that the record is everything it should be and more.

Did you guys experiment with any new sounds with the production?
SLASH: Yes and no. The whole record sounds new compared to the last album. Yes we did do a lot of tonal and EQ and guitars. I can’t say we were looking to break ground with new technology, because we did this to tape. But from a tonal and equalization point of view, we definitely broke a lot of new ground.
MYLES: That would be a question for Elvis or Slash. I can definitely hear some new approaches that I haven’t heard on the last two records.

NIGHT BY NIGHT DEBUT DUE JULY 11:
British hard rockers Night By Night, who feature Ben Christo (Sisters Of Mercy guitarist) in their ranks, will release their brand new album “NxN“, on July 11 (Europe),July 14 (UK) and July 15 (USA/Canada) via A Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records.
“NxN” was produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motцrhead, Bullet For My Valentine, Sylosis) at Outhouse studios, engineered by Rob Thomas, lead vocals produced & engineered by Ben Christo Henry Rundell and mixed by John Mitchell (Alter Bridge, Asia, Snakecharmer) at Outhouse studios.
“These guys are the complete package, big hooks, big melodies and shit-hot harmonies. Night By Night are assured of a bright future!” (Rick Savage/Def Leppard)
Tracklist: 01. Time To Escape 02. Holding Onto Holding On 03. Cant Walk Away 04. Everywhere Tonight 05. Siren 06. A Thousand Lies 07. Its Not Faith 08. The Moment 09. If Only 10. Never Die Again.

Night By Night is: Henry Rundell – Lead Vocals (ex Voodoo Six), Tom Daniel – Guitars, Ben Christo – Guitars, Vocals (Sisters Of Mercy), Jonny Thornton – Bass, Vocals, Damien Diablo – Drums.

Night by Night areahard rock 5-piece from London who fuse searing riffs with soaring melodies. This cutting-edge quintet combine the best of classic and contemporary rock, charged with 3-part vocal harmonies to create their own sound and the result is a debut of unparalleled strength and musical maturity, with across the board appeal.
Combine the heavyweight riffs and modern crunch of Alterbridge, add the infectious choruses and lush vocal harmonies of Def Leppard for a taste of what Night by Night are all about. The band members each come with their own musical pedigree (The Sisters of Mercy, Voodoo Six) – and it shows. With flawless production (by Romesh Dodangoda – Funeral For A Friend, The Blackout, Bullet For My Valentine) and irresistible choruses, this is a rare gem of an album with ten strong songs, telling tales of hope and heartbreak.
From the beautifully addictive ‘Can’t Walk Away’ to the hard rocking, ‘Siren’ and everyone’s new favourite song, ‘If Only’ – Night by Night are creating musical alchemy.
“If you like hard rock with intensity, melody and meaning, you will find it here. We have real passion for what we are doing and have pushed ourselves to create the best music possible – no disclaimers, no excuses – we’ve worked hard and we are really proud of the result…”
Night by Night have toured extensively supporting the likes of Europe, Y&T, Jettblack, Heaven’s Basement, Alannah Myles, Acey Slade, The Quireboys, Jayce Lewis,Warrior Soul, Dear Superstar, The Dirty Youth as well as performing storming sets at Hard Rock Hell and Download Festival.
WebLinks: www.nxnofficial.com / www.facebook.com/NightByNightUK.

ALL STAR CONCEPT ALBUM OUT NOW:
All-Star Concept Album Featuring Drum Legend Simon Phillips, Toto’s Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep’s John Lawton Now Available!
Asheville, NC – Possibly the most anticipated new release of 2014, My Kind O’ Lovin’ featuring drum legend Simon Phillips, Toto’s Joseph Williams, and Uriah Heep/Lucifer’s Friend’s John Lawton, is now available! Released on the heels of 2012’s hit album The Power Of Mind, featuring John Lawton, My Kind O’ Lovin’ is another innovative new CD, conceived, written and produced by the CGI member, and as of very recently European Citizen of the Year (2013) Dr. Milen Vrabevski. This next charity project of his is dedicated to young talents in EU.
Says Milen, “I allowed myself to play acoustic guitar in just the title song this time. Nothing else. The team was just too good for my level. Happy they liked the pieces. Many thanks to the guys I started this project with, and worked on the arrangements: Ivo Stefanov and Svurry, and to the whole all star band for their devotion.”
Pulling up a chair at Classic Rock Revisited’s Best Releases 2012 with Intelligent Music Project I, The Power of Mind producer Milen Vrabevski is setting a high standard of expectations with his Intelligent Music Project II, My Kind O’ Lovin’. The producer’s next charity project goes to support education programs for talented kids. Milen was awarded European Citizen of the Year 2013 (by the EU Parliament), and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

My Kind O’ Lovin’ features a colorful, multifarious and formidable listening experience with hints of melodic hard rock and early prog, featuring the fabulous Simon Phillips (Toto, Jeff Beck, The Who, Mike Oldfield, Protocol II etc.) on drums & percussion – brilliantly bringing out the chemistry of this unpredictable format of vintage vocals from John Lawton (ex-Uriah Heep) and Joseph Williams (Toto). Strong melodies and acoustic patterns with impressive vocals of undiminished power – this hefty emotional pool comes across in a very melodic way featuring great lead guitar and spacious orchestral flourishes.
The author translates to the audience his own experience & vision about everyday life topics in an easy manner, focusing on essential values – solid ground to step on to having a meaningful life.
Says Milen, “The message of the album is what I, as an author, would prefer to raise my kids with. Frustration, constant criticism, and judging people leads to nowhere. Therefore, we present essential things about love, friendship, our own environment we should invest in, getting into substantial initiatives, knowing happiness through serving the others, not limiting our minds with prejudice while seeking togetherness, understanding our life is in our hands, finishing off with the principle that it’s good to wake up knowing what follows is a great day, in which fame does not matter, and ego’s domination is retrograde, and you enjoy to live for the others, doing things not because of the result, but because you love to be that way.”
Watch the official My Kind O’ Lovin’ promotional video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwavFSqjV7w&feature=youtu.be

Stand out tracks:
“Get Into Real” – if there is a song from this side act that connects the dots with some of William’s Toto-related cuts, this is it, but with hints of Led Zep to Asia nuances.
“Happiness”- a track so cool it deserves a trip around the world. You can take a magic trip through the positive messages of the album via Simple Game, Things We Can’t Do, Love Song to the rockin’ No One Can Deny It, Time To Move Along and other pieces on this hit collection.
“Conclusion” – a 6-minute summary of the composer’s key approaches throughout the album and presents the audience with the magnificent culmination of the super group Phillips-Lawton-Williams, the front-men format of Intelligent Music Project II.

Recording sessions for drums (Simon Phillips) and vocals (Joseph Williams) took place at Simon Phillips’ Phantom Recordings studio. Producer and composer Vrabevski was provided full creative input by Simon Philips in developing the course of compositions and musical ideas. Says Milen, “We recorded all drums and percussion, and Joe’s vocal parts at Simon’s recording studio in LA. Simon devotedly played the role of our music co-producer there too. Now he’s been kind enough to take part in finalizing all mixes of MKL tracks.”
Simon Phillips is an iconic English drummer and producer. He is also a prolific session drummer, and has played with such well known music artists as The Who, Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Pete Townshend, the late Gary Moore and many others.
“Working on this project with Milen Vrabevski was so much fun and I find his enthusiasm for music is so uplifting.” – Simon Phillips
Joseph Williams was part of four Toto albums – Fahrenheit (1986), The Seventh One (1988), Toto XX (1988) and Falling in Between (2006). He has since re-joined the touring edition of Toto for a series of shows across Europe and Japan.
“Milen was such a joy to work with .. Truly a warm and bright gentleman. It’s rare thing these days to work with such happy, enthusiastic talented people … I had a ball!!” – Joseph Williams

John Lawton, who split with Uriah Heep in 1979, was featured on the albums Innocent Victim (1977), Firefly (1977), Fallen Angel (1978) and Live ’79 and is considered the best singer around the British heavy progressive rock institution. After recording the conceptual album The Power Of Mind, Intelligent Music Project I, he joins the super group with Phillips and Williams in the second project of Bulgarian producer and composer Milen Vrabevski – My Kind O’ Lovin’.
“My Kind O’ Lovin’….Intelligent Music Project II….was for me an absolute pleasure to sing, the melodies flowing out of Milen Vrabevski’s head seem to be endless. The album differs a lot from The Power Of Mind, not only in that there are guest artist’s in the caliber of Joseph Williams and Simon Phillips both of Toto fame but some searing guitar work from a little known Bulgarian axe man known only to me as Sverri. I spent 2 weeks laying down lead & backing vocals in Intelligent Music’s new studio in Sofia / Bulgaria and believe me it wasn’t hard work, not when the music is this good.” – John Lawton
To purchase My Kind O’ Lovin’: www.amazon.com/Kind-Lovin-Intelligent-Music-Project / itunes.apple.com/gb/album/my-kind-o-lovin-feat.-joseph/id880550938 / For more information: www.mykindoflovin.com.

GREAT WHITE NEW ALBUM ‘SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL’ TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE:
[Note: as far as I can tell, this is a cobbled together compilation by “Collectors Dream Records”]

Great White’s new album Saturday Night Special will be released on June 13th, 2014, through the Collectors Dream Records label. This 15 track collection of fan favorites includes the band’s hits ‘Once Bitten Twice Shy’, ‘Rock Me’ and ‘Save Your Love’, plus covers of songs by: Led Zeppelin, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and more.
Saturday Night Special tracklisting: ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’ (Ian Hunter), ‘Rock Me’ (Great White), ‘Save Your Love’ (Great White), ‘Keep Your Hands To Yourself’ (Georgia Satellites), ‘Hard To Handle’ (Black Crowes), ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ (Survivor), ‘Saturday Night Special’ (Lynyrd Skynyrd), ‘Same Old Song And Dance’ (Aerosmith), ‘Kickstart My Heart’ (Motley Crue), ‘Any Way You Want It’ (Journey), ‘Unchained’ (Van Halen) , ‘Diamonds & Rust’ (Joan Baez), ‘Dazed & Confused’ (Led Zeppelin), ‘Sarah’ (Thin Lizzy), ‘Blue Christmas’ (Elvis Presley).
Featuring Jack Russell on vocals and appearances by Dweezil Zappa, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Edgar Winter, Bruce Kulick, Tony Franklin and others. “Saturday Night Special” will be available on June 13th via Collectors Dream Records.

ALESTORM SET OFF INTO THE SUNSET:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water… Alestorm are hitting the seven seas again!
ALESTORM are back with their outstanding new album “Sunset On The Golden Age”. Join the band as they cross the ocean on a vessel packed to the gunwales with their trademark catchy songs, fuelled by the bands on going love of the piratical life on the seven seas (with an abundance of wooden legs, parrots and eye patches thrown in for good measure!). Captain Christopher Bowes and his crazy crew are sailing through `Bacon Powered Pirate Coreґ with sleek keyboard riffs influenced by folk metal and classic power metal.
The winner of the `Best New Pirate Metal Bandґ Grammy Award, have once again triumphed in the studio and ‘Sunset On The Golden Age’ is full of brilliant performances and songs like ‘Drink!’, ‘Walk The Plank’, ‘Magnetic North’ and ‘1741 (The Battle For Cartagena)’, that once heard will not be forgotten in a hurry!
A real treasure trove for pirates and rum-loving landlubbers!

POD-BRIEFS:
Episode 15 of One On One With Mitch Lafon: In part one Mitch sits down Tesla from man, Jeff Keith. The two discuss the band’s latest album, Simplicity, as well as the band’s storied history, The Mechanical Resonance album, Jeff’s country & Bar 7 albums and much more.
In part two, Mitch sits down with legend George Thorogood. The pair discuss George’s longevity, his 40th anniversary tour, the pros and cons of Bad To The Bone, his health, plans for a new album, bands with gimmicks and much more.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted Talking Metal’s Mark Strigl.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-15.

This week on The Double Stop Podcast is an interview with legendary bassist Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore). Bob takes us through his career, and gives us a taste of what’s in his new autobiography ‘For Facts Sake’ќ. He explains how he got his start as a bassist, and goes into detail on his pivotal role in Ozzy’s first 6 studio albums. Plus he talks about his working relationship with Gary Moore, and his plans for the ‘Holy Grail’ќ – his rehearsal tapes of the original ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ќ band with Randy Rhoads.thedoublestop.com/ep-15-bob-daisley-ozzy-gary-moore / www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyAInC7zvKE&noredirect=1.

This week John Cuniberti returns to to the show for a 2nd interview to give us his top 20 tips for recording engineers, the history of Reamp (and why he created it during the mixing of Joe Satriani’s “Time Machine”), and looks at two more projects he worked on – Kevin Gilbert’s ‘Taming of tthe True’ќ (which he calls his favorite cd he’s worked on) and Sammy Hagar’s latest – ‘Sammy Hagar and Friends’ / thedoublestop.com/ep-16-john-cuniberti-producer-sammy-hagar-kevin-gilbert / / itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-double-stop/id818189359?mt=2.

CANADIAN PROG ROCKERS DRUCKFARBEN TO RELEASE SECOND SOUND CD:
Canadian progressive rock band Druckfarben will release their sophomore album, Second Sound, worldwide on March 22. The record will be available in CD form from their website (druckfarben.ca) and CD Baby, and digitally from iTunes and Bandcamp.
Second Sound features bold new colours in such songs as ‘An Answer Dreaming’ќ, ‘In Disbelief’ќ and ‘Liberated Dream’ќ, and concludes with the 19-minute ‘Second Sound’ќ suite. ‘This is a natural progression from our first album,’ќ says guitarist Ed Bernard, ‘but also introduces musical elements that might be surprising to those who know our music so far.’
Bernard leads the group, which was formed in 2008 along with bassist Peter Murray (Surrender Dorothy, Ron Sexsmith), keyboardist William Hare (Crystal Shawanda, Angelica DiCastro, Abraham’s Children), drummer Troy Feener (Full Nine, Tom Cochrane) and singer Phil Naro (Talas, Peter Criss, DDrive). In German, Druckfarben means ‘coloured ink used for printing on textiles or other media.’ќ In the mid-80s, teenaged Ed and Troy had no idea what the word meant when they discovered it stencilled on mysterious black barrels in their rehearsal studio. But many years later it resurfaced as the name of Canada’s great new prog export.
All five members of Druckfarben grew up with a shared love of classic progressive rock music, such as Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Rush, King Crimson and Kansas. They played their first show on March 1, 2008 in Port Credit, Ontario. Their self-titled debut was released in October 2011, followed by a live DVD (Artifact) in 2013. They quickly built up an international following, including supporters such as Kim Mitchell, Nick D’Virgilio (Spock’s Beard), and Maurizio Guarini of Italy’s Goblin, as well as producers Terry Brown (Rush) and David Bendeth (Bruce Hornsby, Paramore).
The band is eager to perform the exciting new material from Second Sound live throughout 2014 and beyond.
For news and updates, follow: www.druckfarben.ca / www.facebook.com/druckfarben.

 

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 27/05/2014

VEGA TO RELEASE THEIR STEREO MESSIAH ON FRONTIERS:
Frontiers Records is pleased to welcome back to the label British Melodic Rockers Vega who plan to release their third album “Stereo Messiah” in the fall of 2014.

“It is a pleasure to be part again of the best label in the world!” said James Martin keyboardist and co-songwriter of the band. The recordings are almost completed and the band is currently putting the finishing touches to the album which can certainly be enlisted as one of the Melodic Rock highlights of the second part of the year. “Stereo Messiah” has been produced by John Mitchell and will be mastered in June by Harry Hess of Harem Scarem. It will also see Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott appear on a duet with singer Nick Workman on a rare Def Leppard song given to Vega by the Sheffield front man himself! “It’s a clichй to say this, but it really is a dream come true for us. Leppard are a massive influence on us. This is such an honour!” said Nick.

Vega have also finalized already the first batch of UK shows. More dates will follow in the rest of Europe and UK in the following months:
November 1st: Nottingham Rescue Rooms
November 6th: Bolton Railway
November 7th: Swansea Static
November 8th: London The Garage


TIMO TOLKKI’S AVALON “THE PARADISE LOST” LYRIC VIDEO:
Timo Tolkki’s Avalon “The Paradise Lost” Lyric Video. Order the album on Amazon www.smarturl.it/avalonangelsamaz or iTunes www.smarturl.it/ttokkkisangelitunes. Or buy it on www.frontiers.it.

AOR ­ LA CONNECTION DUE JULY 18:
Escape Music will release the new AOR album L.A Connection July 18.
Track listing: On The Edge Of Glory / Pride Of Strangers / Closer To Zero / Once Off Guard / Lost Souls Don’t Cry / Exiled In Sadness / Age Of Desire / Circle Of Danger / The Crystal Heart.

Audio Preview: Lost Souls don’t cry.

Musicians: Frйdйric Slama : Guitars & Keyboards; Tommy Denander : All Instruments; Bill Champlin : Lead & Backing Vocals; Paul Sabu : Lead & Backing Vocals; Jeff Paris : Lead & Backing Vocals; Sherwood Ball : Lead & Backing Vocals; David Forbes : Lead & Backing Vocals; Philip Bardowell : Lead & Backing Vocals; Bob Harris : Lead & Backing Vocals; Rick Riso: Lead & Backing Vocals; Tamara Champlin: Lead & Backing Vocals; Pete Newdeck : Backing Vocals; Colin Rodgers : Guitars & Bass; Pat Thern : Drums.

Band bio: “Frederic Slama has continued to inspire us through the years with his “LA” themed releases. Ranging from soft rock to west coast to harder, edgier tunes Frederic has always brought quality music to the table. Now in 2014 Frйdйric Slama’ s AOR project is back with lucky number 13, with an impressive new album called L.A Connection, featuring a fantastic list of guests such as Tommy Denander, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Paul Sabu (Sabu, Only Child, Kidd Glove), Jeff Paris, Sherwood Ball (Jay Graydon), David Forbes (Boulevard), Rick Riso, Philip Bardowell (Places Of Power, Unruly Child), Bob Harris (Axe), Tamara Champlin & many others.
For this 13th album, AOR is flirting with heavier territories with songs reminiscent of Foreigner, Giant, Journey & Toto. The first class production by Frйdйric Slama & Tommy Denander will leave you breathless and the legendary singers of L.A Connection will surely take Melodic Rock to new heights. So it’s time for the “L.A Connection”.
This is AOR’s best outing to date and worthy of your attention, like a great red wine AOR just improves as each year passes.”
WebLink: www.Escape-Music.com.


MORE FROM THAT VOICE:
Here’s a better view of the 3 songs Steve Perry sung with The Eels this weekend past. It seems Perry’s arrival on stage has gone viral!

KILLER DWARFS IN HIGHWAY SMASH:
Killer Dwarfs frontman Russ Dwarf airlifted after band was involved in a multi-car freeway pileup returning from Rocklahoma appearance. Details: www.metalsludge.tv/?p=43662 
I’ve just heard via Mitch Lafon that “Russ okay in hospital. On plane now coming home…”

INTRODUCING GERMAN ROCK BAND AT EAZE:
The German newcomer rock band At Eaze has just released their new record Another Shot – modern hard rock at its best!
“Back in the years we released our first album Facing the Odds in 2010, which gave us a huge respect of the music scene in many countries. With our new record Another Shot we wanted to start something amazing, something that’s a milestone in modern Hard rock music. Well, we’ve got it. And this one is for all of you guys out there!”, singer/bass player Laura Fink says.
Another Shot will kick your ass with modern Hard rock and a strong woman’s voice. So blow up your mind and hit your ears.
Don’t miss these four awesome musicians and their powerful rock music. You can download the record on iTunes and Amazon. WebLink: www.facebook.com/ateaze.


MITCH LAFON TALKS TO GREAT WHITE:
In episode 16 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch sits down with, in part one, Great White’s Michael Lardie to discuss the band’s recently launched Official Great White TV channel on YouTube. The pair also discuss the band’s upcoming touring and recording plans as well as singer Terry Ilous. They also talk about Michael’s involvement in the ‘A World With Heroes – Kiss tribute CD’ (that raises money for a Montreal Palliative Care home), his cover of the Kiss song ‘beth’, Great White’s Elation album and Michael’s time with Night Ranger.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-16.

In Part 2, Mitch chats with Great White’s Mark Kendall and his wife Bridget Kendall. Topics of discussion include the launch of the Official Great White TV channel on YouTube. The challenges of being a rock ‘n roll married couple and dealing with every day life while on the road (from taking care of the family, to paying bills, etc). This was Bridget’s first ever interview with her husband, Mark. It offers a unique perspective of being a rock ‘n roll family.
The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by former Guns ‘N Roses & Great White manager, Alan Niven.
For more about Great White visit: http://www.greatwhiterocks.com. Follow Mark Kendall on Twitter: @MarkKendall_GW and Great White: @GreatWhiteBand 
For more about the Kiss 40th Anniversary Tribute album for Palliative care on iTunes visit: itunes.apple.com/ca/album/world-heroes-kiss-tribute/id716859684.

NEW SHOWCASE:
A new Showcase online today for the Frontiers Rock Festival 2014 Compilation. Check it out here and purchase here: www.frontiers.it/album/5207/.

 

NEW REVIEWS ONLINE:
New Reviews added to the site today – the LAST batch before the launch of the new MR website!
Online today are reviews for: California Breed, Neal Schon, Timo Tolkki, Seven, Diesel, SunStrike, Mother Road, Alien, Dynazty and Brother FiretribeCheck them out now.

Today’s reviews reflect a few things. First – there’s a lot of great releases around. Plenty to pick and choose from for all!
Secondly, with the development of the new MR website, I haven’t had much time to devote to reviews as is needed, so what I’m reviewing right now are the main titles around right now – and as far as those – they are mostly very consistent and of high quality. The ratings have been high all year – because of the quality with mainline releases and the fact I haven’t had time to get to the secondary releases which may not obtain such high praise and help average out the scores, but equally deserving of coverage.

Which leads to my final point – the increased consistency and quality of releases is leading the reviews to tend higher and if I keep going we’ll need a 110 rating soon enough.

So with today’s reviews, say goodbye to the old MR site and stand by for the new. The new design allows me a whole lot more flexibility to add reviews one at a time, instead of painfully working up a batch and HTML’ing them to add in one go. That means more reviews, less constraints over what titles and the length of reviews (long if I want, short if I want…) and a slight tweak to the ratings system.

I have grappled with this for months, but decided that to do anything completely different would throw 16 years of past reviews into disarray, so the % system will stay and I’ll continue to talk about the details within each release in as much detail as necessary, but at the same time, there is one additional rank being added within the current 0-100 system, plus I have tweaked the descriptions each color rank uses. On top of that, you can expect me to be tougher on scores and a general depreciation in overall marks (just slightly), as this will allow greater scope to point out truly outstanding releases, focus on the good records and allow room to grow once again. 

80 is the new 90 🙂

I’m looking forward to getting the new site launched….I hope the new layout and system makes sense and is as popular as the reviews here have been over the years. Once the new site is launched I will begin the slow process of cataloguing all past years’ worth of reviews into one mega-searchable database at the new site!
Thanks for the support and awesome feedback over that time.

BEAUTIFUL GOODBYE FROM RICHARD MARX IN JULY:
A new Richard Marx album titles Beautiful Goodbye will be released worldwide July 8 via Marx’s own independent label. The tracks featured on the album are: 01 Whatever We Started 02 Suddenly 03 Inside 04 Beautiful Goodbye 05 Forgot To Remember 06 Turn Off The Night 07 Have A Little Faith 08 Like The World Is Ending 09 To My Senses 10 Getaway 11 Eyes On Me.
Check out the first single now:

STEVE PERRY JOINS THE EELS ON STAGE:
Great to hear the legendary Mr. Steve Perry on a stage once again – making a short cameo lead vocal appearance this weekend with The Eels. Check it out here: www.facebook.com/MelodicRockAU/posts/10152339516022326.

BRITISH MELODIC ROCKERS SERPENTINE RETURN:
Press Release: “We are delighted to announce that after twelve months in the proverbial wilderness, Serpentine are back!
After parting ways with our former singer Matt Black last year, and with our beloved bassist and founder member Gareth Vanstone bowing out in early 2014 due to health issues, it is with extreme pleasure that we welcome two new recruits to the band who represent the cream of the South Wales rock scene. Vocal powerhouse Adam Payne (ex-Tidal) was identified almost immediately upon Matt’s departure as the voice to represent the new era of Serpentine, and is joined by bassist Owen Crawford whose work on former band Triaxis’ ‘Rage & Retribution’ album is beyond impressive.
You may have gathered by now from our Facebook posts that work in the studio on our yet-to-be-titled third record, which is being produced and co-written by Gary Hughes (Ten), is well underway. The sessions so far have been great and we are more than confident that the songs we’ve chosen represent our best work to date. With that in mind, we are also very excited and honoured to have landed the services of Neil Kernon (Queensryche, FM, Judas Priest, Autograph) to mix the album this summer, which promises to have a harder and darker edge than previous releases.
More details will be available in a full press release, which will be out at the beginning of next week. In the meantime we hope that you will all join us in welcoming two class acts into Serpentine. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your continued support while we’ve been away. Now we’re back, and you’re gonna know about it!!”


PAUL DEAN’S PRE-LOVERBOY BAND STREETHEART RELEASES 1993 LIVE REUNION ALBUM:
One Night One Take features Dean, Matt Frenette and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve reuniting with Kenny Shields and Daryl Gutheil

New York, May 23, 2014–Long before they became full-time members of Loverboy, guitarist Paul Dean, bassist Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve and drummer Matt Frenette were members of another legendary Canadian band, Streetheart. Long gathering dust in Dean’s archives, One Night One Take finally sees the light of day, a live recording made at Winnipeg’s Rolling Stone Cabaret on Friday, August 13, 1993, part of a week-long stint marking the band’s reunion after Dean was “dumped” 15 years before.

One Night, One Take shows off a band where chops, musicianship and communication resulted in an almost 14-minute-long cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Under My Thumb” and a fiery version of Them’s Bert Berns-penned classic, “Here Comes the Night,” both spotlighting Dean’s intense guitar-playing. Sinnaeve’s virtuoso bass and Frenette’s frenetic drumming are showcased on one of the previously unreleased tracks, “Mr. Tall”, while the other new track, “Losin’ Streak”, features vocalist Kenny Shields and keyboardist/vocalist Daryl Gutheil. Also, check out Dean’s electric violin solo on “Move On Over,” where Shields playfully dubs him Paul “Charlie Daniels” Dean, or his guitar pyrotechnics in “Can You Feel It” for further proof of Streetheart’s legendary jamming prowess. “At rehearsal, I said to myself, how the heck am I gonna pull that off – did I actually play that?” laughs Dean today. Their musical touchstones included such powerhouse outfits as Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Cream (catch the snippet of “Sunshine of Your Love” in the midst of the almost 10-minute-long “Mr. Tall”). The CD is available now at Streetheart gigs as well as online, and can be downloaded worldwide from digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon, as well as streaming services such as Rdio, Beats Music and Spotify. 

Based in Edmonton at the time, longtime musical collaborators Dean and Frenette were playing in a local cover band, Great Canadian River Race, when they heard about a group from Saskatchewan playing a bar in town. Dean says he and Frenette were impressed, to say the least. Soon after, they found themselves in Regina with Shields and Gutheil, and a year later they recorded their only album, Meanwhile Back in Paris. Dean was replaced in the group shortly thereafter, and eventually joined up with vocalist Mike Reno to form Loverboy, along with bassist Jim Clench (soon to be replaced by the late Scott Smith) and keyboardist Doug Johnson, with Frenette coming aboard soon afterward. “Spider,” who went on to play with Tom Cochrane’s Red Rider, rejoined his ex-Streetheart mates in 2001, after the tragic death of Smith.
Streetheart went on to receive a Juno Award, two Ampex Golden Reel Awards and were voted the most popular Canadian act at the People’s Choice Awards. During the course of their career, they toured with fellow Canucks Chilliwack, Rush, Aldo Nova and April Wine, as well as Sammy Hagar, Styx, Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult and AC/DC.

“I thought we were a great band,” says Dean. “We definitely had dynamics and communication on stage, and it took a live album to showcase that. Yeah, I was pretty distraught when I got kicked out – that was a heavy period in my life, but I got over it. I survived. And now I think I can speak for Matt and Spider – it wouldn’t take much convincing for us to do a tour one day. We’re totally appreciative of all our Streetheart and Loverboy fans. Personally, it blows me away that people are still behind us as much as they are, and I’m excited we can finally offer them something like this in return.”

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 19/05/2014

NEW URIAH HEEP VIDEO:
Uriah Heep fans can check out the video for “One Minute”. The new video is taken from the band’s studio album “Outsider” which is going to be released on Frontiers Records on June 6 in Europe, June 9 in the UK and June 10 in North America. The new single is also available for download (iTunes, Amazon etc) and legal streaming (Spotify, Deezer, etc) on all digital platforms across the world! The new single is also available in a special version with German lyrics (in the chorus) and it is called “Eine Minute”. Fans can also preorder the album “Outsider” now on Amazon and iTunes.
“One Minute” begins with Bernie Shaw singing against longtime keyboardist Phil Lanzon’s piano, but soon turns into a rocker driven by founding guitarist Mick Box’s bluesy riff and Lanzon’s Hammond organ. “This new album, “Outsider,” is very much a rock album in true ‘Heep’ style,” Box said, adding “It shows that we still have the same passion and energy for our music that we have always had.” The new album includes 11 brand new songs, including some epic additions to the band’s huge catalogue of rock classics.
Uriah Heep started the recordings of the new album “Outsider” in January 2014 at Liscombe Park Studios in Buckinghamshire England under the direction of producer Mike Paxman (Asia, Status Quo).

INTRODUCING BLUE COW KENT:
Swedish AOR/hard rock band Blue Cow Kent release their debut album Phantom Cathedral, including the singles Alias Lincoln Bravo and In case of emergency. Their debut On our way to Budokent EP from 2013, featured the AOR smash Ready to bite that was included on the compilation CD of Classic Rock AOR Magazineґs Issue 10. The new concept album Phantom Cathedral takes the band back to their roots of 70ґs hard rock but still with elements of AOR and even progressive rock.
Tracklisting : 1.Phantom Cathedral 2.Clown Eraser A.D 3.Thunder Is Coming 4.Alias Lincoln Bravo 5.The Die Is Cast 6.Torah Of Efva 7.In Case Of Emergency 8.Orange Air 9.Ancient Continents 10.No Condolences For Uncle Ben 11.Last Hurrah.
Artwork designed by Caio Caldas at CadiesArt.com. Download the new single In case of emergency here: bluecowkent.bandcamp.com.


SEVENTRAIN FEATURING FORMER MEMBERS OF CAGE, 24-7 SPYZ & TOURNIQUET RELEASE VIDEO:
Southern California rockers Seventrain featuring former 24-7 Spyz (Atlantic Records) drummer Joel Maitoza, former Cage (Massacre Records) guitarist Eric Horton, guitarist Jef Poremba who previously played with Coffi Baker, former Tourniquet bassist Steve Dinoќ Andino and vocalist Jon Campos (Dive Bomber) have just released the official video for their new single ‘Bittersweet Seduction’ available here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzvoXPbbbzI.
The bands self-titled debut album was released in the US, Europe and Japan on February 18th, 2014 on So Cal Records / Alliance Entertainment and charted on the CMJ Top 40 Loud Rock charts at #36 it’s first week to radio. The album is currently available on iTunes at this location: itunes.apple.com/us/album/seventrain/id795963008.
The track listing for Seventrain is as follows: Bleeding, Rays Of The Sun, Change, Broken, Pain, Trouble, Never, Bittersweet Seduction, How Does It Feel, Carry The Cross, Let It Out.
Seventrain has recently been playing select dates with Michael Schenker, Black Star Riders, Skid Row and Pat Travers before heading out on a US tour this summer.

INTRODUCING DUAL EQUATION:
Press release: “We are very pleased to present you our new melodic rock project, Dual Equation. Dual Equation are: Fabio Di Angelo (Sypherion) – Guitars, bass, keys. & programming; Manu Esteve (Hardreams) – Lead & Backing Vocals. Our music ranges from the purest Westcoast sound to the more energetic Melodic Hard Rock and the debut album is well underway … Here’s our brand new video, Gypsy Eyesyoutu.be/FA6IiXpY44I.
You can hear some soundbytes in this teaser too…youtu.be/yCqk70iuqdI
For any information about Dual Equation, please, click on this link: www.facebook.com/DualEquationBand.


A NEW DENIED VIDEO LAUNCHES:
DENIED, the Swedish metal band featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart) and bassist Fredrik Isaksson (formerly of Therion and Grave), has on Friday 16:th of May released the music video for the single “Three degrees of evil” (Sliptrick Records). The video was produced by Atomic Movie Labs and directed by Fylo. The single “Three degrees of evil ” was recorded with producer Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed).
Link to Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl-W6jt_ZIQ / www.deniedworld.com / www.facebook.com/deniedworld.

POD/INTERVIEW BRIEFS:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released an interview with Steve Lynch, from the L.A. based band Autograph. Decibel Geek writer Rich (The Meister) Dillon caught up with Steve recently in Toronto and got the inside scoop from the 80’s era band reborn and currently on tour throughout North America. Included in the interview is discussion is the reformation and rebuilding of Autograph, the current tour, their upcoming UK live debut, Steve Lynch’s guitar technique, on tour with Eddie Van Halen and what the future holds for this great band. Direct link to the interview: www.dbgeekshow.blogspot.ca/2014/05/hey-steve-lynch-can-i-get-your.html.

In episode 14 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Mitch sits down Steel Panther’s Michael Starr. The two discuss the band’s recent release All You Can Eat, the concert experience, teaching kids to rock, Michael’s love for Van Halen (compares David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar). Michael also explains why everything must die except metal and the importance of making albums. The episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal’s Mark Strigl.
WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-14?autoplay=1.

In episode 13 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Mitch sits down one-time Plasmatics and Crown Of Thorns bassist, Jean Beauvoir. The pair discuss Jean’s formative years as a musician and how it lead to a falling out with his father. Jean also talks about his days in The Plasmatics, Crowns Of Thorns and assess the differences between being a writer, performer, producer and adapting to work with artists from different ilks such as The Ramones, Little Steven, Glenn Hughes, ‘NSynch, John Waite and more. The discussion inevitably turns to the minutiae of working with KISS’ on the band’s Animalize and Asylum albums plus collaborations with Paul Stanley that remain unreleased to this day. Jean and Mitch also talk about Beauvoir’s upcoming Beauvoir/Free project with Micki Free set for release at a later date. WebLink: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-13.

Rich Davenport’s Rock Show this week features exclusive interviews with Glenn Hughes, Michael Sweet, Eden’s Curse, Eclipse and Touchstone, and is available now for streaming at this link: www.mixcloud.com/richdav1/rich-davenports-rock-show-glenn-hughes-michael-sweet-edens-curse-eclipse-touchstone-interviews/
In the first hour of the show, Glenn Hughes, the legendary Voice of Rock, talks about his new band California Breed, featuring former his Black Country Communion compadre Jason Bonham, alongside new discovery Andrew Watt. Glenn talks about finding Watt, writing and recording the album, and the future of the band, with 3 songs from the self-titled debut, released by Frontiers Records on May 19th. (Further info: http://www.californiabreed.com)
Also in part 1, Stryper frontman Michael Sweet discusses his new solo album “I’m Not Your Suicide”, and his recently released autobiography “Honestly”. Michael also gives the low down on Stryper’s future plans, and also on a project he’s working on with George Lynch (KXM, Lynch Mob, ex Dokken). You’ll also hear two tracks from “I’m Not Your Suicide”.
In part two, Eden’s Curse members Paul Logue (bass) and Nikola Mijic (vocals) talk about their current Symphony of Sin UK tour, the reaction to the album of the same name, their new drummer John Clelland, and their future plans. Paul and Nikola also choose a song each from “Symphony of Sin”.
Also in the second hour, Eclipse frontman Erik Martensson spills the beans on the band’s new remixed, remastered reissue of their “Are You Ready To Rock” album, and outlines their plans for a new record.
Finally, Adam Hodgson, guitarist with UK Prog Rockers Touchstone, talks about the response to their current release “Oceans of Time”, their forthcoming DVD, and their performance at Trinity Live, a concert in aid of Cancer Research (www.trinitylive.co.uk)
You can also listen on Sunday 18th May 15:00-17:00 GMT and Wednesday 21 May 22:00-00.00 GMT on www.totalrock.com, and on demand on hot new Texas rock and metal station KXZR Radio at www.kxzr.fm.

AOR and Melodic Rock News on 12/05/2014

TWO CROWNS UNITE ONCE AGAIN:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of Beauvoir / Free for the release of a brand new album during 2015.
Beauvoir / Free sees a new cooperation between famed singer, songwriter and producer Jean Beauvoir (ex-Plasmatics, Voodoo X and collaborator of KISS, Ramones and Little Steven among others) and guitarist Micki Free (ex-Shalamar). The pair was responsible for penning the milestone debut Crown Of Thorns album which was originally signed by Interscope Records and later released independently throughout Europe and Asia in 1994.

With a tour supporting Bon Jovi and Van Halen for three months throughout all of Europe, playing to over a million people and with raving audience response. Crown of Thorns soon become one of the biggest Hard Rock bands to emerge in the second half of the 90’s. Free however had already left the band by the time in which Crown of Thorns second album was released and was replaced by Tommy Lafferty. Free and Beauvoir are now reuniting with a promise to release their most exciting collaboration ever. Beauvoir says: “I truly look forward to this reunion and collaborating with Micki once again! Stay tuned cause It will rock!!!”
The pair played Hard Rock Calling UK and 2 shows in Scandinavia during April and look forward to more shows in the coming months. Frontiers plans to release the album in early 2015.

URIAH HEEP TO RELEASE DIGITALLY THE BRAND NEW SINGLE “ONE MINUTE” TODAY:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of Uriah Heep first single “One Minute” today. The new single is available from today for download (iTunes, Amazon etc) and legal streaming (Spotify, Deezer, etc) on all digital platforms across the world! The new single is also available in a special version with German lyrics and it is called Eine Minute.
The digital single is taken from the forthcoming album entitled Outsider which is planned for release on June 6 in Europe, June 9 in the UK and June 10 in North America on Frontiers. “Outsider” is Uriah Heep’s 24th studio album which follows the success of “Into the Wild” and extensive worldwide touring.
Uriah Heep debuted in 1970 with the release of one of Hard Rock music’s milestones “Very ‘eavy… Very ‘umble” and have since sold in excess of 40 million albums worldwide. They constantly tour in the world, playing in over 56 countries and the band’s live set list features hits from the 70s and 80s, such as “The Wizard”, “Free ‘n Easy”, “Sunrise” and their monster hits “Easy Livin’”, “July Morning” and “Lady in Black”, as well as new material.
Uriah Heep play up to 125 shows a year to a total audience of 500,000 people and a full tour in support of the new release has been already announced.

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DOUG ALDRICH DEPARTS WHITESNAKE:
Guitarist Doug Aldrich has posted this statement on his departure from Whitesnake
“Well I guess news that I have left Whitesnake was leaked… I planned and hoped DC and I could release a joint statement. We will as soon as possible but everything happened so fast that we aren’t ready. Firstly, Thanks to my big bro David for such a killer run together!! So many songs, tours, projects, always inspiring and pushing each other! Mostly I was to thank the loyal WS Choir and fans around the world. You have been so amazing to me and it’s been an honor to play for you with WS.
I love you guys and I’ll see you all again. Thank you so very much for your unending support. Also, not sure how or where the info started about a Solo Career but this is not true or correct information. I have no plans at this time to go solo 🙂 
I’m just not in the Whitesnake/David Coverdale band anymore. I’ll let you guys know what I’m doing ASAP but for now please know I very much appreciate your support and will hopefully do a statement with My Brutal Brother DC shortly.
Big love for the Aldrich clan.”

REDLINE TO HEADLINE AT THE ISLE OF MAN TT RACES THIS YEAR!:
Redline are proud to announce that they have been invited by the official IOM TT organisers to play at the prestigious Villa Marina Royal Hall on Thursday 5th June. This is the first time Redline will have played at the TT Races and are honoured to be playing their song ‘King Of The Mountain’, which has now become an anthem for the event, to all the TT fans! Redline wrote the song as a tribute to the TT Races and have been making the pilgrimage to the event themselves since 2000, so for the band this really is a dream come true!
Ticket information at: villagaiety.ticketsolve.com/shows/873514301/events?show_id%5B0%5D=873514301.


R.I.P. GRAPHIC ARTIST DIRK ILLING:
It is with deep regret and sadness that we inform all Black Majesty fans that our artist and good friend Dirk Illing, who created all art for our album covers/designs has suddenly passed away. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his immediate family and friends. We are truly saddened by this news. May he Rest In Peace. ~ Black Majesty – Melbourne, Australia. www.blackmajesty.com

R.I.P. Dirk. One talented artist.


LUKATHER TALKS TO HUFFINGTON POST:
A great new interview with Toto’s Steve Lukather online now at: www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/conversations-with-totos_b_5292767.html. A couple of highlights:

On the new album:
“We’re working on our new album, it’s really strong. We haven’t made one in ten years. Ironically through a lawsuit we go forced back into doing it, but once we got into the process we realized, “We’re going to make a really good one.” We’re making one for the band. We’re not trying to follow a trend or go all EDM or have rap guys do our stuff, we’re going to do a Toto record, our classic sound. We wrote some really good songs..”

On the growing success of the Live In Poland DVD:
“We didn’t hype this thing, but all of a sudden it came out and just took off, it was like, “What the fuck, are you kidding me?” This is fantastic for a bunch of old shits like us.”

Advice for young artists:
“Learn how to f**king play and sing. The big lie to a young person is they go into a studio and maybe they have some raw talent but it’s very rough. Maybe they’ve got a pretty face. But all of a sudden, they achieve fame and then they realize it’s the Milli Vanilli thing, they can’t really pull it off. So once you get found out, your career’s over. If you can really play and really sing and really write material, you’ll have a long career, if you’re really good and you can take punch after punch…” 

POD BRIEFS:
In episode 10 of One On One With Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-host Russ Dwarf of the Killer Dwarfs. The two discuss bands that have successfully and unsuccessfully changed lead singers including Skid Row, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Journey, Foreigner and more. Plus, Russ talks about whether or not he could be replaced in his band. The two are joined by Tom Gimbel and Jeff Pilson of Foreigner who discuss their singer (Kelly Hansen) as well as their upcoming The Soundtrack Of Summer tour and album with Styx and Don Felder.
Interview link: www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-with-mitch-lafon-episode-10_2?autoplay=1.

This week on the Double Stop Podcast, Jason Bieler explains how he got started as a guitar player, and his first big break playing in Jeff Scott Soto’s Talisman. He covers how Saigon Kick got their start, their early success with Love Is On The Wayќ (the ballad that killed hair metal), his move to lead vocalist, his unexpected success in Indonesia, Super TransAtlantic, Bieler Bros Records, the reunion with Saigon Kick, and his new project ­ Owl Stretching. thedoublestop.com/ep-14-jason-bieler-saigon-kick/

ARTIST/PRODUCER BIG SWEDE TO RELEASE ROCK SINGLE ‘ROCK STAR’:
Los Angeles, CA, May 9th, 2014 – The Swedish born producer/artist known as Big Swede is releasing his new rock single, Rock Star, on May 15, 2014. The release includes a remix and features Johnny Griparic (Slash’s Snakepit), Patrick Stone (Adler’s Appetite) andHowie Simon (Alcatrazz). “I have used these guys on a lot of tracks and now was the time to release a rock track. I have been wanting to do this for a while,” says Big Swede.
The release comes with an original version and a remix. “The original version is a straight up rocker. I was going for hi-energy with a live band feel. Then I started to chop up the guitar riff and play around with the vocals. That became the remix, which also has a halftime feel in certain sections and a short breakdown,” continues Big Swede.
Big Swede released three solo records last year, “Electronic Core District Pt.1-3” and one collaboration, “There Is Still Time”. “It was nice to do some guitar based rock as a lot of my stuff lately has been electronic, in a soundtrack vein. I like to switch between different styles and there is definitely more Big Swede rock coming soon,” continues Big Swede.
Big Swede’s credits include Mercedes Benz “Super Service” Commercial feat. Roger Federer, NCIS, The Mentalist, CSI: Miami, Alphas, 90210, Lie To Me, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Punk’d, Real World, tour introduction music for Van Halen, and drum samples for KISS and Slash. Collaborations include Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, David Bowie), Paul Ill (James Blunt, Christina Aguilera) and Greg Hampton (Alice Cooper, Lita Ford).
Itunes Preview: itunes.apple.com/us/album/rock-star-feat.-patrick-stone/id872746841 / www.bigswedestudios.com.

Ratt Members Disagree Over The Future Of Unfinished Studio Album

Ratt Members Disagree Over The Future Of Unfinished Studio AlbumMere days after singer Stephen Pearcy announced he was leaving Ratt, the status of what was to be their upcoming studio album remains in doubt. 

Pearcy said he was leaving the multi-platinum band “due to the constant turmoil, unresolved business, personal attacks/threats in the public forum and most of all, the disrespect to the fans.” However he didn’t rule out finishing the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Infestation’, and the band’s first album with bassist Jaun Croucier since 1990’s ‘Detonator’. 

“I’m not saying there won’t be another Ratt record, it just won’t be under a circumstance of a band going into the studio,” Pearcy told One On One With Mitch Lafon. “I just won’t be playing in that band anymore and pretty much put that to rest.” 

Ratt’s current record contract with Loud & Proud/Roadrunner was for two albums, meaning they owe the label one more disc. “As I mentioned to my manager and the label representative, I am still committed to this record, I just don’t want to be involved with my band,” Pearcy continued. “My offer is out there, I still want to do this record and it will be done when I decide its going to get done! Warren (DiMartini, guitarist) and I actually wrote a great song months ago… and if that’s the last thing that gets out, and the only thing, its a good thing. I said I’d do it, but I never want to be involved with my band again — that’s just the bottom line.” 

After the interview Ratt drummer Bobby Blotzer went on the offensive, saying Pearcy would be unable to release any new music and owed him a big chunk of money. 

“Thanx for ruining my Saturday night with my wife,” stated Blotzer. “Stephen, me genius friend, #1 you’re not putting anything out as you’re signed to Roadrunner/Atlantic Records. #2, you still owe WBS Inc., ‘Bobby Blotzer, Warren DiMartini’, $1.8 million from the judgement in 2002. I know in your tweety bird mind you think that’s not real, but just as out attornry Kyle Kelley has shown you in the last couple months, it’s real — and time to collect. Bye, bye your publishing well after your departure from Earth.” 

“Remember what the label said, NO RELEASES FROM YOU… Sounds like one of my UFO songs, Rock Bottom,” Blotzer concluded. “Enjoy your weekend. Maybe you can sweep floors over at the Metal Sludge office… $10 an hour.”