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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Status Quo Announce Record Store Day Release ‘Tokyo Quo’

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Status Quo are proud to announce the release of the “Tokyo Quo” album, issued by UMC, as a Record Store Day exclusive [Cat No 00602537398638].  This year Record Store Day falls on Saturday April 19th. This one-off release is strictly limited to 1,500 copies in the UK and is vinyl only.

This rare album, featuring the classic ‘Frantic Four’ line –up of Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt, Alan Lancaster and John Coghlan, was released only in Japan making this the first ever official release in the UK. Featuring many stone cold Quo classics and fan favourites, the running time for “Tokyo Quo” is 42:28

TRACKLISTING

Side 1: Is There A Better Way / Little Lady / Most Of The Time / Rain / Caroline
Side 2: Roll Over Lay Down / Big Fat Mama / Don’t Waste My Time / Bye Bye Johnny.

This release is fully supported and endorsed by the band members, past and present.  The ‘Frantic Four’ themselves are the band on everyone’s lips at the moment as they complete a valedictory tour of Europe in March and April 2014, including 10 UK / Eire dates.

Exclusive Vinyl Only Record Store Day Releases Announced

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Audiophile vinyl-only label Plane Groovy releases three exclusives for Record Store Day 2014

London, UK – Since starting his vinyl-only label Plane Groovy over two years ago, Chris Topham has been working towards supporting the annual Record Store Day event. Now, with almost 30 releases on the label, that time has come. On April 19th there will be three exclusives for RSD from Plane Groovy:

  • Curved Air “Live Atmosphere” (180g red transparent vinyl LP plus 7” single)

Chris says: “I grew up listening to Curved Air and was delighted to see they had reformed a few years ago, around the time that I was considering starting the label. It’s a thrill for me to be able to put out this sensational live album on heavyweight vinyl but the transfer from digital to analogue was not without its’ challenges. The tracks would not fit onto a single album without reducing the volume levels, which goes against everything I’m striving for in creating the best possible sound on vinyl. Not long enough for a double album, the perfect solution came to me courtesy of the Beach Boys “Holland” album. We’ve removed the live versions of both sides of the “Back Street Luv” smash hit single and these are now included with the album as a 7” single in a picture cover. The album is pressed on red transparent vinyl, limited to just 500 copies worldwide.

  • DBA – “Dreaming of England” (12” 180g blue transparent vinyl EP)

DBA is the dream team of Geoff Downes (Yes, Asia, Buggles) and Chris Braide (award-winning singer/songwriter/producer). Their first album “Pictures of You” was released on Plane Groovy in 2012 and received such glowing reviews that the decision was made to put it out on CD with extra tracks. This EP – with guest musicians Dave Gregory (XTC) and Lee Pomeroy (It Bites) – brings you up to date with DBA on vinyl. With just 500 copies available worldwide this record is highly collectible.

  • My Darling Clementine “The Lucky Bag” (10” EP)

Both MDC albums, released to universal acclaim, are available on Plane Groovy. Michael and Lou have been keen to take part in RSD and this retro-style 10” EP is the result. There are just 250 copies available, exclusive to Record Store Day and Michael Weston King has this to say:

“We were disappointed not to be able to contribute to Record Store Day in 2013 but are thrilled to do so this year. Like many music freaks of a ‘certain age’, we spent a lot of time in our teenage years hunting for a bargain, reading liner notes and studying credits, many hours ploughing through the racks of the local record shops. Yes, plural! SHOPS! Back then, there were lots of them. And the guys who ran them… they had stories to tell. That is why RSD is such a great event and it is vital to help keep the shops out there going and to encourage more to open. We can see it ourselves here in Birmingham, and in the cities we play… new stores are opening all the time. It is exciting, and who doesn’t LOVE a great record shop!! As we tell everyone at our shows… vinyl is the future! See you in country and soul section.”

Landmarq – “Entertaining Angels” available on vinyl for the first time – 27 April 2014

Chris says: “Plane Groovy was started with the aim of releasing albums on vinyl which had only previously been available digitally. Very quickly we were offered the chance to put out brand-new albums by current bands, but I’m still very keen to continue giving existing digital albums their vinyl debut. “Entertaining Angels” is just such a record, from 27 April it will be available as a heavyweight double album in a sumptuous gatefold cover with lyric insert. Following close liaison with the cutting technicians we’ve been able to include the music from both the regular CD and the bonus disc, giving a running time of around 99 minutes with no reduction of sound levels. With a run of just 500 copies, this is a very welcome addition to our repertoire of modern Prog releases.”

Plane Groovy releases are worked on individually, by music fans, rather than a major label production line. Each release has been designed with a collectors’ eye in mind, enabling the discerning fan to not only hear the quality of the audio, but the quality of the product. This can be seen in not just in the Landmarq titles’ sound quality, but in the richness of colour on the Curved Air and DBA vinyl printing – a quality that can be held in the hand and stands out from the crowd.

Nirvana ‘In Utero’ Tribute Album to Feature Thursday, Circa Survive, Daughters + More

'In Utero: In Tribute'
Robotic Empire

On Sept. 13, 1993, Nirvana released what would become their final studio album, ‘In Utero.’ The influence of ‘In Utero’ and the rest of Nirvana’s discography are still very present, and many celebrated rock and metal acts have teamed up to record ‘In Utero: In Tribute’ just in time for Record Store Day.

This Nirvana tribute album is different from the ones you may have heard before. Perhaps the most famous Nirvana tribute record to date is the 2004 release ‘World’s Greatest Tribute to Nirvana,’ which features iconic acts such as Dee Dee RamoneVenom and Iggy & the Stooges. ‘In Utero: In Tribute,’ however, mirrors the track listing of the original Nirvana masterpiece exactly, with 12 bands covering the album’s 12 songs.

The tribute record features a version of ‘Rape Me’ performed by Thursday, a cover of ‘Scentless Apprentice’ by Circa Survive,’ a recording of ‘Radio Friendly Unit Shifter’ played by Daughters + others.

Robotic Empire will unleash the tribute album both digitally and on vinyl beginning Record Store Day, which falls on April 19 this year.

“It has been a privilege to introduce so many unique bands to likeminded freaks over the past 15 years,” says Robotic Empire head Andy Low. “Looking back at what’s transpired almost seems unreal, and even with a shameful carbon footprint of many thousand plastic circles – I can safely say that it has been an honor to work with the artists we have, and a hearty thank you is due to all who’ve listened thus far. I genuinely hope you’ll enjoy this tribute to one of the bands who first showed me the strange side of music. Nirvana was truly one of the greats, and we’ve done our best to craft an appropriate homage to so many people’s all-time favorite band.”

See the track listing for ‘In Utero: In Tribute’ below. To pre-order a digital copy of the album, click here.

‘In Utero: In Tribute’ Track Listing:

01 – Pygmy Lush – “Serve The Servants“
02 – Circa Survive – “Scentless Apprentice“
03 – These Arms Are Snakes – “Heart-Shaped Box“
04 – Thursday – “Rape Me“
05 – Jay Reatard – “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle“
06 – Young Widows – “Dumb“
07 – Mean Jeans – “Very Ape“
08 – Thou – “Milk It“
09 – Whirr – “Pennyroyal Tea“
10 – Daughters – “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter“
11 – Ceremony – “Tourette’s“
12 – Black Math Horseman – “All Apologies“

Green Day Compile Demos for Record Store Day Release ‘Demolicious’

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Every year, Record Store Day gives music lovers some interesting releases to pick up and this year fans will likely be clamoring for the new Green Day offering ‘Demolicious.’ If you can’t tell by the title, the collection consists of Green Day demos recorded during their ‘¡Uno!,’ ‘¡Dos!’ and ‘¡Tré!’ album sessions.

The band laid down all 18 demos that appear on ‘Demolicious’ during their time at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, Calif. in 2012. There will also be a couple of extras, as the previously unreleased track ‘State of Shock’ and an acoustic version of ‘Stay the Night’ also turn up in the track listing.

Green Day will reveal the collection on April 19 as a two-disc vinyl release. Fans can purchase it in either red or clear vinyl. The set will also be available to fans on both CD and cassette.

As for Green Day’s current plans, things are scaled back a bit at the moment. The group is currently playing as part of the Soundwave Festival shows in Australia, but no other tour dates are booked beyond that point. Late last year, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong confirmed that the band would be taking a break after the Soundwave shows.