AOR and Melodic Rock News on 15/05/2014

SOUND OF ETERNITY – NEW AUDIO PREVIEWS:
MelodicRock Records is excited to release some teaser soundbytes for Spanish melodic hard rock band Sound Of Eternity. The band’s debut album Visions & Dreams will be released one week later than origially announced (now June 23) to coincide with the release ofMRCD12.

Soundbytes: 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live.

Sound of Eternity is a female fronted melodic rock band formed in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in 2013 by Jean Funes (Guitars) and Beatriz Aranda, the lead vocals from Cordoba, Spain. Its background comes from the band “Codigo Eterno”, which makes melodic rock in Spanish since 2004, and was formed by guitarist Jean Funes. The debut album “Visions & Dreams” is filled with passionate songs inspired by melodic rock acts like Def leppard, White Heart and Petra, also modern rock bands like Skillet, Anberlin and Fireflight.
It was mixed and mastered by Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse, Jimi Jamison), who plays bass and keyboards on the album. Also with Andreas Passmark (Narnia, Rob Rock, Work of Art) on bass, as a guest studio musician. The cover artwork is made by Carl Andre Beckston (Monowasp) and booklet design by Nello Dell’Omo from Art For Music.
Sound Of Eternity is: Beatriz Aranda – Vocals and BGV, acoustic Guitars; Jean Funes – Electric Guitars; Rui Prado – Drums / Guest Studio Musicians: Erik Martensson – Bass, Keyboards, Background Vocals; Andreas Passmark – Bass.
The track listing for Visions & Dreams is: 01) Visions & Dreams 02) Call To Action 03) Running To You 04) Broken Heart 05) Reason To Live 06) Alpha & Omega 07) My Saviour 08) Eternal Love 09) Forever 10) Universe.


MRCD12 ADDS ONE MORE TRACK:
The details of MRCD12 – Better Days (out June 23) was announced yesterday with a small error – there is one more track that needs to be added to the compilation, making it an 18 track, 78 minute release – 07) Fenrik Lane – Diamonds In The Waste
Pre-orders for both MRCD12 and Sound Of Eternity from tomorrow (Friday).


GUITAR LEGEND NEAL SCHЦN’S VIDEO “LOVE FINDS A WAY” HAS PREMIERE ON USATODAY.COM:
Neal Schцn fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Love Finds A Way” on USAToday.com. The new video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U. SO U features Schцn along with bassistMarco Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’ssongwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades. The track “Serenity,” from the album is now firmly entrenched in the Top 5 at Classic Rock radio, coming in at #3 this week.
Best known as founding member and lead guitarist of Journey, Neal Schцn has enjoyed a remarkable career as one of rock n’ roll’s top virtuosos, with a hand in creating some of the most popular songs of all time. Beginning his career more than 35 years ago in the San Francisco Bay area, the 15-year-old guitar prodigy left home to join Santana. Schцn moved on in 1973 to form Journey. With Journey and other projects, he has earned 19 Top 40 singles and 25 platinum and gold albums, was awarded the prestigious “Legend Of Live Award” at the 2011 Billboard Touring Awards, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 and was individually inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall Of Fame in 2013. As the only member to record on all of Journey’s albums, Schцn continues with the band today in its latest incarnation.
For more information please visit: www.schonmusic.com.


BALANCE BACK ONCE AGAIN FOR SWEDEN SHOWS:
The Iconic Melodic Rock Band Balance is scheduled to regroup for a round of Live Shows based out of Sweden for the end of Summer 2014. This will kick off in the Swedish coastal town of Vдstervik (home of famous music festivals and the group ABBA), on Friday August 22, 2014. The next night, Balance will play in the university city of Linkцping as part of its annual party. Both shows are sponsored by the Swedish national organization Sensus.
Based on a Youtube viewing of 4 young 10 yr. old Swedish girls called the SeaTeens singing a cover version of one of the band’s well known songs “Is It Over” at the Hojrock Festival in Vдstervik the summer of 2013, Peppy Castro (original founding member), was so taken by the videos (www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-KoKSyDzdE and www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYxJZQmS1oQ) that it spawned the reunion of the band.
The Melodic Rock and AOR scene are made up of legendary albums and bands, which, as time goes by, become even more respected among the community of fans. Balance is exactly one of those bands, whose name and reputation, like good wine, has stood the test of time for decades. Original members, Peppy Castro, Bob Kulick and Doug Katsaros, will be reuniting for a round of shows in Europe in late summer 2014 based out of Sweden where it has all started again thanks to Sweden’s own Sea Teens.

As proof of the many talents of the artists involved in Balance, all members went on to brilliant careers in music following the group’s recording years. Grammy award winning Producer/Guitarist Bob Kulick’s credits read like a who’s who of heavy metal and rock bands, working in the studio, recording or producing or playing live with Meat Loaf, Kiss, Wasp, Paul Stanley Band, Lou Reed, John Cale, Michael Bolton, Dee Snider, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Tim Curry, etc, etc…Doug Katsaros, Grammy and Emmy winner, sang & arranged for KISS, Rod Stewart, Cher, Bon Jovi, Sinйad O’Connor, Aerosmith and Georg “Jojje” Wadenius, among others, and he worked in several rockin’ Broadway shows, including The Rocky Horror Show and Footloose. Peppy Castro, Emmy nominated and inducted into The Long Island Music Hall of Fame, is considered to be one of the early pioneers of the Psychedelic Garage band rock era. His 1st hit record began at the age of 17 as one of the founding fathers of the legendary rock group, “The Blues Magoos.” His rock and roll status led him to a starring role in the original Broadway Production of Hair. He has written songs for and sang on records by Diana Ross, Kiss, Laura Branigan, Michael Bolton, Cher, Joan Jett, Ronnie Spector etc., and is even one of the producers of the hit off Broadway show (The Gong Show) in New York. All the members of Balance have had a long affiliation on many levels with KISS.

Balance will be joined on stage with two seasoned and respected musicians who hail from the depths of the Swedish rock brigade. Jonas Wikstrom on drums and Dan Larsson on bass will complete the line-up of Balance. For more info on the members of this incredible band and their astounding list of accomplishments, as well as their music, check these links: www.peppycastro.com / en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kulick / www.themusicofyourdreams.com/Biography.html.

NIGHT BY NIGHT PUSH ALBUM BACK ONE MONTH:
News from Night By Night: “After some deliberation, we’ve decided to postpone the release date of our June 16th to July as to avoid clashes with the Download Festival and Sweden Rock. As you’ll understand, it’s really important for us to be able to get press and radio attention around the release of the album and we’re concerned that the rock media won’t have time for a (relatively) new band’s debut amidst all the events of June. 
Therefore, we’ve decided to change the date to July 11th (Mainland Europe) 14th (UK) and 15th (USA/Canada). We hope you understand – we’ve put the last 4 years into this album, so really want to ensure we get off to a great start with it! 
However – we will still be giving you some NxN delights in June, with the release of a digital single and video on June 23rd (more news soon) and we will play a London release show on July 17th (again, more news on this ASAP). 
Thank you for continuing to support us! Not long now! Ben, Hen, Jon, Tom and Damien.”


INTRODUCING SCARLETT MOONLIGHT – I’VE CHASED THE RAIN:
Scarlett Moonlight, the US-based melodic rock/AOR band, have just released their latest single, I’ve Chased The Rain, in digital format in most MP3 online stores (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc). You can listen to the song here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7tYMwvWHlw.
This will be the first of a series of single releases that will happen every 2-3 months. Stay tuned to each release at: www.facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight.

Scarlett Moonlight, formerly known as Scarlett Shadow, is a Rhode Island based original Rock band in the style of Survivor, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi and Journey. They first came together when Michael Geiser, former bass player for Firebrand, met Fran Rodriguez, former keyboardist for the band Nexx. They then asked Mike Rodenbaugh, guitarist with Shotgun Still, to join on Guitar and Bob Myron on drums. They needed the right singer for the band, and Fran brought in Jacob Guajardo and the band Scarlett Moonlight was born.
Scarlett Moonlight has been in Michael’s studio for the last year writing and recording their first group of 13 songs, which will be released one at a time as they are finished. In this day of digital music outlets and stores the need to release and entire album at one time is not as necessary as it once was. You can follow the band at: facebook.com/scarlettmoonlight / reverbnation.com/scarlettmoonlight / twitter.com/ScarlettShadow5.


XLRATOR MEDIA PLUGS INTO DUFF McKAGAN’S “IT’S SO EASY AND OTHER LIES”:
Los Angeles (May 14, 2014) – XLrator Media announced today that it has acquired from Vision Films the North American distribution rights for former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan’s autobiographical documentary, It’s So Easy And Other Lies. The film is currently in production with financing provided by Scatena & Rosner Films. Based on the New York Times best-seller about McKagan’s life, the film is written and directed by Christopher Duddy, produced by Daniel Zirilli, Duff McKagan, Christopher Duddy, and Steven G. Kaplan of Rainstorm Entertainment, and executive produced by Lise Romanoff, Gato Scatena, Jordan Rosner, Birgit Stein, Hans Stangl and Katherine Thomson.
The deal was negotiated by Vision Films’ Managing Director/CEO, Worldwide Distribution Lise Romanoff, Steven G. Kaplan and XLrator Media CEO Barry Gordon. 
“Duff’s remarkable life will be the ultimate ‘insider’ rock n’ roll documentary chronicling Duff’s rise as a punk-rock teen prodigy from Seattle, to the heights of super-stardom as a founding member of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, to the depths of substance abuse and addiction. All of these things have defined Duff and have led him to his current, and most rewarding, life chapter. Everyone will be moved by his story,” said Gordon. 

McKagan said: “I’m one of the fortunate ones who survived the trials of severe drug and alcohol addiction. I not only survived, but am blessed with seeing life from a whole different and brighter perspective. This film and stage show from the book, will hopefully expose some stark insight, knowledgeable commentary, and humor of this rock and roll life of mine.”

This authorized documentary takes the audience on an incredible cinematic journey from a driven Seattle teenager’s meager beginnings to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The man is Michael McKagan, better known to the world as “Duff.” The band is Guns N’ Roses. The band became the ultimate icons of sex, drugs and rock and roll, causing pandemonium in their wake, but the lifestyle caught up with Duff, leaving him close to death. Follow Duff’s journey through original archival footage and interviews with many of the people who took this wild ride, including a constellation of rock stars that rose to fame alongside him, and the people who inspired him to overcome his addictions. Duff provides a voice that is as honest as it is indelibly his own as he takes viewers on his harrowing journey through the dark heart of one of the most notorious bands in rock and roll history and out the other side.

It’s So Easy And Other Lies began production by capturing one of Duff’s book readings at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. The film will contain rare archive footage from Marc Canter, who filmed all the early footage of Guns N’ Roses behind the scenes and performances. “Vision Films is excited to be distributing “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” globally,” said Lise Romanoff, Managing Director and CEO of Worldwide Distribution. “The film is a one of a kind look into the life of one of the most iconic musicians in Rock history.” 
For more information on It’s So Easy And Other Lies, visit: duff-itssoeasy.com.

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Main Hard Rock News On 24/04/2014

Sebastian Bach Debuts “All My Friends Are Dead” Video

Sebastian Bach has released a video for “All My Friends Are Dead”, from his recently released solo album ‘Give ‘Em Hell’. 

On ‘Give ‘Em Hell’ Sebastian managed to involve in the writing and recording some very special friends and guest stars, including none other than Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), and not one but two top class guitar players in John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the line-up on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums. 

Sebastian Bach will also star in the upcoming ABC summer series ‘Sing Your Face Off’, slated to debut on Saturday, May 31st. 

‘Sing Your Face Off’ is a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as a legendary musical icon. Over the course of the series, the five celebrities — Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row, Landry Fields/NBA’s Toronto Raptors, Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer, China Anne McClain/Disney Channel’s ‘A.N.T. Farm’, and Lisa Rinna/’Days of Our Lives’ — will take on the identity of an iconic music performer. The celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex. 

From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation — not just physical — the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon — their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience. Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series — such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Pavarotti, Pitbull, Britney Spears, and Tina Turner to name a few. 

 

Jack Russell’s Great White Experience Spinal Tap Moment

In a scene straight out of the classic cult film ‘This Is Spinal Tap’, Jack Russell’s Great White recently played a gig in Trenton, New Jersey, with disastrous results. 

On April 19th Jack Russell’s Great White were slated to play a post game concert immediately after a Professional Indoor Football League duel between the Trenton Freedom and the Columbus Lions at the Sun National Bank Center. The evening was being billed as ’80s night, where fans were encouraged to dress up as their favorite ’80s pop or rock star in exchange for prizes. 

Obviously no one told the thousand plus football fans in attendance that there would be a concert after the game — or else the promoters completely dropped the ball — as Great White played to what appears to be an optimistic estimate of 40 people. Even by club standards the attendance was low, but the Sun National Bank Center has a capacity of 8500! To make matters worse… the Great White show was free! 

Despite the abysmal turn-out, Jack Russell appeared to be in fine form and obviously gave the extremely sparse crowd a show to remember. 

 

Head Trip Superstar Release “Love You To Death” Single/Video

Southern California based Head Trip Superstar have released a video for their new single “LOve You To Death”. The video depicts the convoluted perceptions between men and women, when it comes to love, through a fairytale-esque daydream sequence. 

“Love You To Death” capsulizes the vast emotions and adrenalized hormones associated with first falling in love yet, at the same time, reminds us that it can take a toxic turn toward self realization. Bringing this metaphorical vision to life is vocalist/guitarist Rich Varville, Jason Cooper on lead guitar, James Raub on drums, and Paule Joubran on bass. 

“Love You To Death” is available for purchase at Amazon.com and CDBaby.com

 

Kickin Valentina Unleash “Get Ready” Video

Kickin Valentina have released a video for the song “Get Ready”, from the Atlanta band’s current self-titled EP. 

“No words could describe how much potential Kickin Valentina display on this EP,” said Sleaze Roxx. “The Europeans may have a stranglehold on the cantankerous sleaze genre, but Kickin Valentina give us all hope that the scene is capable of surviving, and even thriving, in America. After hearing these five songs expectations will be extremely high for the band’s next collection of tunes.” 

Kickin Valentina was formed in the summer of 2012 by guitarist Heber Pampillon and drummer Jimmy Berdine. After meeting vocalist Joe Edwards (whose distinctive style has been described as a “diamond in the dirt”), they began writing and rehearsing, then in early 2013 recruited bassist Chris Taylor to round out the line-up. Within a few months they recorded and released their self-titled debut EP on Highway 9 Records, available for purchase at kickinvalentina.com

 

Crank County Daredevils Singer Forms The Damned Angels

Crank County Daredevils singer Scotty P has returned with a new band called The Damned Angels, and has teamed up with Sleaze Roxx to preview the track “We Like It Loud”. 

The Tennessee based band plan on releasing a series of EPs through Rusty Knuckles Records throughout 2014, with the first six song EP slated for June — details on the upcoming releases will be available at www.facebook.com/thedamnedangels

“The Damned Angels came together through me and long time friend Adam Matthews,” Scotty P tells Sleaze Roxx. “He is a bass player that has played in many bands through the years (Luxury Pushers and Pick Up The Snake to name a few) and we always talked about putting together something — but until now never could find the time. During my time with Crank County Daredevils me and Adam had a punk cover band called the Beggin’ Fiends that was strictly for shits ‘n’ giggles and free booze ‘n’ toot while I was home between tours. When, recently, the final ‘touring’ blow was handed to me via the Crank County camp I decided the time had come to try and start something new with songs that I had been working on. That’s when I saw that my bud Adam had just quit Pick Up The Snake and had a band, but was auditioning singers. I went to Knoxville, TN, met up with them and laid down demos to six songs that weekend — things went pretty fast from that. Actually, they never said I got the gig, so hopefully I’m still in!” 

“We are releasing a series of EP’s on Rusty Knuckles Records this year,” continues the singer. “With CD sales down we wanted to offer a little more candy. So the first 6 song EP will be out in June, the second EP is gonna be an acoustic taste, and then a heavier EP to cap off the year. We currently have 26 songs we are weeding through. We are just wanting to set the stage for a full-length with the different vibes we would like to achieve. All the recordings are being done by Rory Kelly, guitarist on Crank County Daredevils’ last album. I truly feel The Damned Angels are closer to the ‘southern sleaze’ sounds/look than Crank County — borrowing from bands such as Hanoi Rocks, Rock City Angels, Mother Love Bone, etc. I love the Crank County Daredevils, but like I said, that monster is more cage fighter!” 

 

Scotty P explains how The Damned Angels differ from the Crank County Daredevils, “The sounds differ by the heaviness. I feel Crank County is more of a ‘metal’ feel, even though I’m more influenced by punk styles. The Damned Angels songs were written and demoed acoustically first and then transferred to electric. They have more blues swagger and are 90% more personal ones I put together but never gave to Crank County because it was more of a party band. I tried to bring the intensity through my voice — very raw, but not as screaming as Crank County.” 

As for the Crank County Daredevils, whose last album came out in 2009, Scotty P says the band isn’t exactly dead yet. “We recorded five songs last summer and plan to just release them as singles for now. There are still talks about another album with original guitarist Adam Stevens and Rory Kelly working together, but as of now its just talk. Everyone is on good terms (finally) but time has seemed to be hard to make for each other. I truly believe that seven plus years of constant touring with no real success killed us. We lived like drug rattled gypsies out of a van for far too long — not the first band that has, and hopefully not the last! But when we started talking about recording the conservation of touring came up and no one except me and Rory were willing to tour — that was a deal breaker for me. And after three years of trying to beat a dead horse I decided it was time to start over. I feel at home again, I feel hungry again, I smell the diesel burning, and my ears are ringing.” 

Neal Schon And Sebastian Bach Launch Videos

Neal Schon fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “What You Want” on Ultimate Classic Rock. The smoking new track/video is taken from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and includes vocals by bassist Marco Mendoza and Schцn, as well as drummer Deen Castronovo. So U features Schцn along with Mendoza (Black Star Riders, Ted Nugent, Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy) and Castronovo (Journey, Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai, Hardline) splitting vocal and writing duties, with many of the tracks also co-written by Night Ranger/Damn Yankee’s songwriter, singer and bassist Jack Blades.

Sebastian Bach fans across the globe can check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the new video for the track “Taking Back Tomorrow” on Guitar World.com. The graphic novel-inspired lyric video features Bach seamlessly interspersed with comic book-like graphics. “Taking Back Tomorrow” appears on Bach’s forthcoming album, Give ‘Em Hell. Give ‘Em Hell is due out in Europe on April 18th and in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records and is already receiving rave reviews with Screamer Magazine declaring, “Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare with anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful…” Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant grat tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.” The album may also be pre-ordered at Amazon here. Bach will take to the road for select tour dates around the album’s release; please see below for the itinerary.
Produced, mixed and recorded by Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Shinedown, Alice Cooper) and mastered by Tom Baker (Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Seether), Give ‘Em Hell features writing and playing by very special friends and guest stars: Duff McKagan (Velvet Revolver, Guns N’ Roses), John 5 (Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie) and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). Rounding up the lineup on the album are Devin Bronson on guitars and Bobby Jarzombek on drums.