Hard Rock News on 19/05/2014

Midnight Sin Release “Feed Me With Lies” Lyric Video

Midnight Sin have released a lyric video for the single “Feed Me With Lies”, from the Italian band’s upcoming debut album ‘Sex First’ — slated to be released on June 9th. 

Is it worthwhile living for a few things: things called ‘sins’ and things performed at night — and almost always, strangely enough, these two things usually happen together. With their name, Midnight Sin cover both categories, with their music which can be defined as sleaze rock with influences which range from classic hard rock to AOR. 

The intention of their songs is to have a big musical impact, but also to be captivating and catchy — the lyrics are always shocking and almost irreverent, typical of the street rock but with the energy and hedonism of hair metal. On June 9th their first record comes out — one that took over a years work passed trough live concerts, winnings, and some initial line-up changes, now solidified with Albert Fish (vocals), LeStar (lead guitar), Maurice Flee (rhythm guitar), Acey Guns (bass) and Dany Rake (drums). 

Visit Midnight Sin at www.facebook.com/midnightsinband

 

Seventrain Release “Bittersweet Seduction” Music Video

Southern California rockers Seventrain, featuring members of Cage and 24-7 Spyz, have just released the official video for their new single “Bittersweet Seduction”. 

Seventrain’s 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 during it’s first week to radio. The album is currently available for download on iTunes

Seventrain performed together for the first time in the fall of 2012 in San Diego, California at a memorial show for the late Vincent John Crudo (otherwise known as “Big Vinnie”), who was a respected local sound technician and bass player in the Southern California area. Guitarist Eric Horton, who had previous worldwide success with his former power-metal band Cage, assembled some admired local musicians to play a handful of cover songs at the memorial show. 

Shortly after this performance, the guys decided to record an album of material that Horton and vocalist Jon Campos (Dive Bomber) had been working on. Horton recruited former 24-7 Spyz drummer Joel Maitoza, who respectively has appeared on 22 albums, to produce and play drums on the debut along with singer Campos, guitarist Jef Poremba (Kofi Baker, 6ONE9), and bassist Greg Rupp (My Middle Finger, 6ONE9), who appeared on the CD but was replaced by Steve “Dino” Andino (Tourniquet) shortly after the recording of the album. 

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. 

‘Seventrain’ track listing:
01. Bleeding 
02. Rays Of The Sun 
03. Change 
04. Broken 
05. Pain 
06. Trouble 
07. Never 
08. Bittersweet Seduction 
09. How Does It Feel 
10. Carry The Cross 
11. Let It Out 

 

Yngwie Malmsteen And Uli John Roth To Embark On ‘Guitar Gods’ Tour

Yngwie Malmsteen, former Scorpions member Uli John Roth, Gary Hoey and Guns N’ Roses’ Bumblefoot will begin a North American tour called ‘Guitar Gods’ in June. 

Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the most technically accomplished guitarists of all time, rewriting the book on hard rock/heavy metal guitar. In addition to countless awards from music and instrument specific publications, none other than TIME Magazine hailed him as one of the ten greatest electric guitarists. 

2013 was a banner year for Malmsteen, as he released his bestselling autobiography ‘Relentless’ which coincided with a wildly successful tour that played to full houses all over the world. The only way he could top that in 2014 was to hand pick an all-star lineup of Guitar Gods to share the stage with him on a magical full North American tour. 

“Fans can expect the unexpected,” Malmsteen said regarding his live shows. “I raise the bar with every performance I do and this tour will be no different.” 

Held in the highest regard in his own right, Uli Jon Roth brings the very special 40th Anniversary Scorpions set that has been playing to frenzied audiences in Europe to North America, embracing his storied history with the band and digging deep into their catalog for this tour. 

Acclaimed for his accomplishments for perfecting his playing in multiple genres (rock, blues, surf) and respected by both fans and peers alike, Gary Hoey performs his radio hits such as the Billboard Top 5 smash “Hocus Pocus” along with other favorites. 

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumbleoot (as seen in the just released DVD ‘Appetite For Democracy’ which documents the band’s Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel residency) embarks on his first solo tour, playing songs from his entire critically praised recorded history. 

‘Guitar Gods’ tour dates:
06/12 Wilkes-Barre, PA – The F.M. Kirby Center For The Performing Arts
06/13 Huntington, NY – Paramount Theatre
06/14 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
06/15 Akron, NY – Brauns Concert Cove
06/17 Englewood, NJ – Bergen Performing Arts Center
06/20 St. Charles, IL – Arcada Theatre
06/21 Toronto, ON Canada -Phoenix Theatre
06/22 Joliet, IL – Mojoes Concert Hall 
06/23 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre
06/26 Seattle, WA – Showbox Theatre
06/27 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
06/28 Richmond, BC, Canada – River Rock Casino
07/02 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
07/03 Beverly Hills, CA – Saban Theatre
07/05 Ramona, CA – Ramona Rodeo And Fair Grounds 
07/07 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
07/08 Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theatre
07/10 Dallas, TX – House of Blues 
07/12 Houston, TX – House of Blues 
More dates to be announced soon… 

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.

Count’s 77 Featuring ‘Counting Cars’ TV Star To Release Debut Album On April 29th

Count's 77 Featuring 'Counting Cars' TV Star To Release Debut Album On April 29thCount’s 77, a hard rock band from Las Vegas, will launch their debut album on April 29th through Shrapnel Records. The band is fronted by lead singer Danny “Count” Koker, star of History’s hit TV series ‘Counting Cars’. 

With roots in ’70s hard rock, Count’s 77 is powered by the twin guitar team of John Zito and Stoney Curtis. With musical roots as diverse as Thin Lizzy, Foghat, The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin, Count’s 77 stands poised to be one of the leaders of the new classic rock revival, with a sound reminiscent of one of the greatest musical eras of all time. 

Producer and label owner Mike Varney had this to say of Count’s 77, “As a fan of hard rock and guitar-oriented music I’m always looking for a CD that rocks from top to bottom. Count’s 77 combines gifted instrumentalists and a charismatic frontman with a strong voice that culminates for an uncommonly good hard hitting rock and roll record that is apparent from the first note.” 

Koker, Count’s 77’s charismatic frontman, was singing long before he came into international fame as the owner of Count’s Kustoms, his Las Vegas-based hotrod and chopper shop. Heading into season four of his hit TV series ‘Counting Cars’ on History, he splits his pastimes between his love of all things automotive and his passion for music and has included Count’s 77 on the show on seasons two and three. 

The platform afforded Koker by ‘Counting Cars’ places him in front of millions of viewers each week and has given the band the opportunity to appear on the show. With fans of the hit TV series spanning from the United States to Canada, South Africa, Europe including the UK, Poland, Romania, Spain, Germany, Japan, Israel and South America, Count’s 77’s fan base is reaching exterior markets as well. Having performed at motorcycle rallies and large-scale corporate events for thousands of people, Count’s 77 is rapidly garnering exposure and being asked to headline shows in Colorado, Texas, Mississippi, Chicago and many more. 

Stoney Curtis, lead guitarist for Count’s 77, has amassed an international following as a recording and touring blues guitarist, releasing a steady flow of product for the last ten years, including the 2012 critically acclaimed double live CD and DVD set. With international airplay and CD’s which consistently have made Amazon.com’s blues charts, Curtis is not only an amazing counterpart to frontman Koker, he also adds further notoriety to the group stemming from his rich history as a professional musician. 

The remaining integral members of the band have paid their dues in a variety of recording and performing situations. Tommy Paris, is not only the band’s incredible keyboardist but has been known internationally for more than 25 years as the lead singer of platinum rockers Britny Fox. Rhythm and slide guitarist John Zito forged a career on the L.A. rock scene before bonding with Koker and Curtis after displaying his savant-like command of ’70s rock guitar chops. Also growing up on ’70s rock, virtuoso rock bassist Barry Barnes and powerhouse drummer Paul Disibio have each been laying down the rhythm for more than 30 years. After touring all over the country in a number of popular bands, Barnes and Disibio landed in Vegas, with Barnes playing bass in the critically acclaimed show ‘Rock Of Ages’ and Disbio working with Blue Man Group. Together they fill the rhythm section position with a strength and authority that is so strong, it cannot be faked and can only be obtained through hard work and dedication. 

’70s guitar icons Rick Derringer and Pat Travers also perform guest guitar solos on Count’s 77’s amped up versions of their own original hits “Rock N’ Roll Hoochie Coo” and “Snortin’ Whiskey” respectively. 

Count’s 77 recently performed at the Mega Speed Fest in Toronto, Canada and new dates for festivals are being added regularly during the summer of 2014 including Erie, PA, Grand Rapids MI, Chicago, Il, West Springfield, MA, Texas, Tennessee and many more. For more information, please visit www.counts77.com or www.countskustoms.com