Τρίτη, 22 Αυγούστου 2017

Voodoma - Gotland (2017)

Release: 22 September 2017

VOODOMA are a Dark Rock  band with Gothic and Metal influences from Düsseldorf, Germany. To date, the band has released two regular albums and some self-produced records. In addtion, the group also has played numerous gigs, including major festivals such as  "Wacken Open Air", "Ragnaröck Festival" and  "Castle Rock".

Three years after the release of the “Secret Circle” CD, the new album “Gotland” will now hit the stores on September 22nd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. The band’s sound still can be described as melodic, catchy Dark Rock which offers a wide range of elements and songs which will appeal to Gothic and Metal fans alike.

Once again, VOODOMA have invited a couple of guest musicians including  Maike Flüshöh (Mayze), Ollie Bölke (Seelensturm), and Bernemann from the German Thrash Metal legend Sodom. The release stands up with a powerful sound – also due the amazing mastering by multi-platinum award-winning  mastering studio Monoposto.


 

Discography: 2017-Gotland, 2014-Secret Circle, 2012-Bridges to Disturbia

Line-up: Michael Thionville – Vocals, Mikk Hollenberg – Guitars, Keys, Pierre Liffers – Bass, Wolle Haitz – Drums




www.voodoma.com
www.facebook.com/voodoma
www.twitter.com/voodoma
www.instagram.com/voodoma_official
www.youtube.com/voodomaofficial

Live: Live: 04.08.17 D-Dormagen, Freilichtbühne Zons (Rock N Roll Slam), 30.09.17 D-Essen, Ground Zero, 09.12.17 D-Neuss, Schwarze Nacht

Δευτέρα, 21 Αυγούστου 2017

Devilfire - Dark Manoeuvres (2017)



It’s said that some of the greatest bands of our time have been forged on the road, Devilfire is no exception…


Following 10 days of gigging to 2000 capacity sold out venues as special guests to former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, DEVILFIRE have forged a fiery path into the European Rock N' Roll road. Returning to the UK to a sold out festival crowd at Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 was the icing on the cake, and the Birmingham based melodic hard rock outfit are ready to conquer the world with their debut album 'DARK MANOEUVRES' this October.
Mixed by acclaimed producer Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine) and co-produced by Romesh and Devilfire frontman Alex Cooper (Shy, Quireboys Spike, Ginger) at Long Wave Studios in Cardiff, 'Dark Manoeuvres' is a mammoth 13-track album. Calling on varied influences with a darker melodic sound, this hook laden, riff filled collection of music has been carefully crafted with passion. 'Dark Manouevres' is set to push rock's boundaries with its honest British roots.
“I try to put my heart on the page, be as open and honest as its all I know", says Cooper, "Dark Manoeuvres is a therapy for me. As an artist all you can do is try to put the listener into your shoes. I feel that is the greatest power of music. It's always what I’ve loved when listening to any music that I emotionally connect with. With this debut album we've taken our time to curate the best possible music we can at this stage, and I honestly believe we've accomplished what we set out to do."

'Dark Manoeuvres' is such an accomplished debut album, you'd be forgiven for thinking this was Devilfire's third, not first full length studio release. From the opening foot stomper 'Ready For War', to the true immediacy of singles 'Waiting For A Rockstar', 'She's Always On The Run', to the swing of 'Tear Me Apart',  and passion of closing track 'Somehow', this new album wears its hooks loud n' proud, whilst easily stamping Devilfire's own take on modern rock music.

“The songs on this record are just so good", agrees Romesh Dodangoda, "Devilfire are definitely a band for the future."
Devilfire live:

26th Aug - BIRMINGHAM - o2 Academy (Headline Show)
2nd Sept - SHEFFIELD - o2 Academy HRH Sleaze

More dates to be announced.
 

Devilfire's debut album 'Dark Manoeuvres' is out 6th October.

Tracklist:

1. Ready For War?
2. She's Like Fire
3. (In And Out Of Love) All Of The Time
4. Waiting For A Rockstar
5. Lay It On The Line
6. Kill Your Love
7. Tear Me Apart
8. God Give Me Vengeance
9. Devil In Your Eyes
10. (You Gotta) Revolution
11. She's Always On The Run
12. A Thousand Times
13. Somehow

Devilfire is:


Vocals - Alex Cooper
Guitars - Baz Blackett
Guitars - Richard Bloomer-Davies
Bass - Davey Bennett
Drums - Lars Wickett
Devilfire Links:

WEBSITE – www.devilfire.co.uk
FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/devilfireofficial
INSTAGRAM – @devilfireofficial
TWITTER - www.twitter.com/devilfirerock
 

Dark Avenger - The Beloved Bones: Hell (2017)


Release: 1 September 2017 

Brazilian prog/power metallers DARK AVENGER are back with an outstanding new album, "THE BELOVED BONES: HELL"!
It is a eleven mental stages someone probably might be through, when living a constant uncomfortable situation ("Hell is repetition") among many others which we inadvertently allow to come into our lives.

"THE BELOVED BONES: HELL" was produced, recorded and mixed by the guitarist Glauber Oliveira and mastered by the renowned Tony Lindgren at Fascination Studios in Sweden.

THE BELOVED BONES is a two-chapter play: “HELL” and “DIVINE” and the first part “HELL” talks about eleven mental stages someone probably might be through when living a constant uncomfortable situation (“Hell is repetition”) as for example, a loveless marriage, a severe disease, an unwanted job, financial difficulties, alcoholism, drug abuse, a sex harassment, among many others which we inadvertently allow to come into our lives.

The cover illustration was created by the french artist Bernard Bittler and follows the mental phases and feelings outpouring described in the first part of the play: Unconsciousness – Denial – Fugue – Victimization – Despair – Craving – Reflection – Balance – Courage - Decision - Freedom”.
The new chapter is set to be released on September 1, 2017 in Europe via Rockshots Records on all the major record and digital stores and will inevitably leave the mark!

PRE ORDERS: http://darkavenger.bigcartel.com/
  • The band played throughout Brazil, including some major local festivals.
  • The previous albums got many awards such as “best album of the year” or “best vocalist” .           
  • “The Beloved Bones: Hell” marks the band’s 24th anniversary
  • “The Beloved Bones” saga is a two chapter play: “Hell” and “Divine”
  • Mastered at Fascination Studios by Tony Lindgren
  • For fans of: Symphony X, Adagio, Rhapsody
  • Dark Avenger  on Facebook www.facebook.com/darkavengerofficial
  • Rockshots Records website www.rockshots.eu

TRACKLIST
1 - The Beloved Bones
2 - Smile Back To Me
3 - King For A Moment
4 - This Loathsome Carcass
5 - Parasite
6 - Breaking Up Again
7 - Empowerment
8 - Nihil Mind
9 - Purple Letter
10 - Sola Mors Liberat
11 - When Shadow Falls


DARK AVENGER is:
Mario Linhares: Vocals
Glauber Oliveira & Hugo Santiago: Guitars
Gustavo Magalhães: Bass Guitar
Brendon Hoffmann: Drums

Κυριακή, 20 Αυγούστου 2017

On Top - Top Dollar (EP 2017)

Release: 18 August 2017

Philly hard rockers On Top make a triumphant return to Horror Pain Gore Death with the new EP Top Dollar!

On Top welcome brand new guitar whiz kid Ric Haas (Mach22) to the fold alongside of long standing members Jaron Gulino on vocals/bass and Danny Piselli on drums. On Top are back to their roots showcasing faster tempos, heavier riffs and bigger hooks than ever before.

Top Dollar features a raw, edgier sound that was recorded by Joe DeLuca at Why Me Recording in Gibbsboro, NJ, and was mixed/mastered by Chris “The Wizard” Collier at CM21 Productions.




A must have release for fans of Accept, Dio, Dokken, Grim Reaper, Iron Maiden, LA Guns, Loudness, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Obsession, Ozzy Osbourne, Queensryche, Ratt, Van Halen and W.A.S.P.

Horror Pain Gore Death Productions will release Top Dollar on August 18 on CD and digital formats.

Facebook.com/OnTopOfficial
www.horrorpaingoredeath.com

Motograter - Desolation (2017)


The highly anticipated sophomore album from Motograter entitled 'Desolation' is out today, Friday, August 11th, 2017 via EMP Label Group. The band recently released the single "Dorian" which has been continuously moving up the Billboard Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart, reaching #24 this week.


Guitarist Matthew "Nuke" Nunes states: "We are all really fucking proud of this new material. Proud and grateful for the opportunity to finally see the second official MOTOGRATER record come to light!"


'Desolation' was produced by Ahrue Luster (Ill Nino/Ex-Machine Head) and mixed by Joshua Wickman (Within the Ruins, KING 810). The album was engineered by Luster, Wickman, and Jon Berrier, and recorded at Illustrious Productions, Dreadcore Productions, and BlackPlate Productions.


Art for DESOLATION was created by Mister-Sam Shearon, who has created covers for comic books and graphic novels including Clive Barker’s HELLRAISER, Judge Dredd, The X-Files, Mars Attacks, KISS, and Clive Barker’s Books of Blood as well as artwork for some of the biggest names in rock music, such as Godhead, Ministry, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Powerman 5000, Biohazard, American Head Charge, Rammstein, Fear Factory and Kill Devil Hill.


Desolation marks the band’s first full-length album since the 2003 Elektra/No Name self-titled release featuring Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch) on vocals. Motograter is now fronted by James Anthony Legion (Deadform/The Breathing Process).

The band is set to embark on a massive U.S. tour this fall ‘THE DESOLATION TOUR’ in support of their latest release:

9/27 San Diego CA Brick By Brick

9/28 Tempe AZ Club Red

9/29 Farmington NM Top Deck

9/30 El Paso TX Rock House

10/1 Odessa TX Far West Event Center

10/2 Lubbock TX Backstage

10/3 Fort Worth TX The Rail Club

10/4 Austin TX Grizzly Hall

10/5 Corpus Christi TX House of Rock

10/6 Lake Charles LA The Centerstage

10/7 Houston TX BFE

10/8 New Orleans LA Southport Music Hall

10/9 Marietta GA Swayze's

10/10 Panama City FL The Dungeon Tavern

10/11 Tampa FL The Orpheum

10/12 Margate FL O'Malley's

10/13 Winter Park FL The Haven

10/14 Jacksonville FL Nighthawks

10/15 Fayetteville NC The Drunk Horse

10/16 Spartanburg SC Ground Zero

10/17 Murfeesboro NC Zakk's Coffeehouse

10/18 Sevierville TN Club 1341

10/19 Richmond VA Canal Club

10/20 Halthorpe MD Fish Head Cantina

10/21 Clifton NJ Dingbatz

10/22 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon

10/23 Amityville NY Amityville Music Hall

10/24 Providence RI Firehouse 13

10/25 Reading PA Reverb

10/26 Buffalo NY Mohawk Place

10/27 Heath OH Muddy Creek Saloon

10/28 Camp Hill PA The Underground

10/29 Lansing MI The Loft

10/30 Louisville KY Trixie's Entertainment Complex

10/31 Toledo OH Frankie's

11/1 Westland MI The Token Lounge

11/2 Battle Creek MI The Music Factory

11/3 Racine WI Route 20

11/4 Braidwood IL Top Fuel Saloon

11/5 St Louis MO Firebird

11/6 Valparaiso IN Big Shots

11/7 Sioux Falls SD Big's

11/8 Minneapolis MN Whiskey Junction

11/9 Ringle WI Q&Z Expo Center

11/10 Omaha NE The Drinkery

11/11 Merriam KS Aftershock

11/12 Denver CO Herman's Hideaway

11/15 Las Vegas NV Beauty Bar

11/16 West Hollywood CA The Viper Room

11/17 Pomona CA Characters

11/18 Santa Ana CA Malone's


'Desolation' is available in select stores, online, and at www.empmerch.com


‘Desolation’ Tracklist:

1. Parasite

2. Dorian

3. Victim

4. Paragon

5. Bleeding Through

6. Misanthropical

7. Daggers

8. Portrait of Decay

9. Locust

10. Rise (There Will Be Blood)

11. Shadows


Motograter is:

James Legion – Vocals

Matthew "Nuke" Nunes – Guitar

Jesse Stamper – Guitar

Mylon Guy – Bass

Noah "Shark" Robertson – Drums

Dustin "Skunk" Anderson – Motograter


Σάββατο, 19 Αυγούστου 2017

Klogr - Keystone (2017)



On October 6th 2017, KLOGR will release their new album Keystone.

Despite all the prejudices around the alternative metal world, KLOGR are the perfect example of a band that always knew how to conquer and make its crowd faithful. With the upcoming full-length,Keystone, the band lives up to its name and comes back on the scene with an impeccable album.

Following the last album Black Snow, Klogr take forward their ideals, giving voice to social and environmental themes: Man proclaimed himself the Keystoneof our system but he is just a guest, a not-essential animal. Without a lot of underestimated living beings, like bees, the cycle of nature would suffer serious damages. The earth without human beings could exist, human beings without the earth, cannot” comments Rusty, the mastermind of the band.

An anthropocentric world, permeated by an individual ego, perfectly represented in the tracks Pride Before The FallandDark Tides, dedicated to the Sea Shepherd friends:
Dark Tides talks about the underestimated problem of the destruction of the ocean ecosystem due to the uncontrolled exploitation of the resources and the killing of all the natural inhabitants. I shudder when I think of the vastness of the ocean and what man has done in the past ten years, emptying it from almost every living beingsays Rusty.

After the joining of guitarist Pietro Quilichini in 2014 and the release in 2015 of Make Your StandEP, things have changed radically. Pietro’s arrival brought new energy to the project and also an important synergy between him and Rusty. This balance is perceived in the twelve album tracks in an alternation of heavy riffs and more melodic and introspective openings.

The song Drag Your Back” sees the two band members sharing a difficult moment of their lives, exorcising it together through music: For a man, one of the most difficult things is to accept death, but when it comes in early age is worst. Exorcising these things through music is a cure. even if it is not a definitive solution” said Rusty.




For Keystone, KLOGR decided to rely on the musical expertise of David Bottril (Peter Gabriel, Kid Rock, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool), experimenting with solutions never explored before, that gave the album a simply unique taste.
We decided to work with a producer like David  to reach a turning point in our discography” comments Rusty, David brought something that was missing in the band, an outside view focused on music and not on what is trendyWe entered the studio with him for a month, we worked 14 hours everyday, but with a super passion! We couldnt be more proud of what we have achieved.

From their formation in 2011, KLOGR have conquered international stages supporting bands like Prong and Limp Bizkit. In 2014 the band released a video that shows its intense live experience and condenses the shootings of 23 different shows in just 4 minutes. Klogr are ready to fire up European stages again in fall 2017, as opening act for THE RASMUS.


Sinicle - Angels & Demons (2017)



Release: 22 September 2017

Los Angeles power trio SINICLE combine the groove of Heavy Metal, the angst of Rock and the soul of Blues, setting them in a world of their own. This is well showcased on new album Angels & Demons, set to be released September 22, 2017. The sound of the album reflects the title as it takes you through soft melodic sounds into harsh brutality. Angels & Demons was produced, mixed and recorded by front man Drew Zaragoza and Mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, CA.

Pre-order: https://sinicle.bandcamp.com/album/angels-demons

In 2016 SINICLE opened Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and toured the West Coast constantly. Their last release Still In Mind garnered prominent success, including multiple tours, press coverage, festivals and shows with artists such as Exodus, Ghoul, Allegaeon, Revocation, Rex Brown and many more.

The band was formed by Drew Zaragoza and Justin Miller in Reno, NV and then relocated to Hollywood to attend Musicians Institute where they found Colombian drummer Diego Patino.

“Their Music is a bit of a gateway drug comprised of equal parts catchy riffage, congenial melodies and ardent vocals” – Brendan Biryla, Hollywood Metal

“Sinicle has a deep desire to rock you the rick way : with energy, style and commitment to mastering their stage and sound craft. Some of the hardest working, coolest guys on the indie scene...” – Reno Tahoe Tonight





Line-up

Vocals / Guitar - Drew Zaragoza, Vocals / Bass - Justin Miller, Drums - Diego Patino


Track List

  1. DEER XING
  2. Damnation
  3. Death Coast
  4. Angels & Demons
  5. Miller Time
  6. Rabbit Hole
  7. Baltimore
  8. Esoteric
  9. Broken Silence
  10. Free Like Me
  11. Operations Activate


 www.siniclemusic.com

www.facebook.com/sinicle

Παρασκευή, 18 Αυγούστου 2017

Honeymoon Disease - Part Human, Mostly Beast (2017)


Release: 27 October 2017
Honeymoon Disease will unleash their new album Part Human, Mostly Beast  on the 27th of October via The Sign Records. The Swedish rock quartet’s second album is filled with high voltage pulse, colorful sounds and lots of groovy soul. Well acclaimed for their intense and hienergytic stage performances the band have been one of the raising stars on the European rock stages, something the band have brought into the studio and recording the album live. Honeymoon Disease have worked with producer Ola Ersfjord (Imperial State Electric, Primordial, Tribulation, Dead Lord) since the recording of their last album The Transcendence (Napalm Records), something that led up to a recording session with better crafted songs, a more luxurious production and a lot of focus on the vocal arrangements.

During the pre-production, the band and producer Ola Ersfjord found a mutual interest in old soul records. This interest paved the way for a recording session with a focus on strong vocal arrangements with more chorus and soul.  
 
The band released the album's first single "Electric Eel" in the spring. You can watch the video for the song here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scuE_HiISCQ


Tracklist:
1 - Doin' it Again
2 - Only Thing Alive
3 - Tail Twister
4 - Rymdvals
5 - Needle In Your Eye
6 - Fly Bird, Fly High
7 - Calling You
8 - Four Stroke Woman
9 - Night By Night
10 - It's Alright
11 - Coal Burnin'
12 - Electric Eel

Hällas - Excerpts From The Future Past (2017)


Release: 13 October 2017
 
Swedish progressive hard rock/metal band band Hällas will release their debut full-length album Excerpts From a Future Past on the 13th of October via The Sign Records. The Swedish quintet has adopted the progressive sound from their EP and taken it a step further, calling their genre “adventure rock”. Excerpts From A Future Past is a concept album that contains seven storytelling tracks about seers, a knight on a quest for answers and the fall of a once great city. 
 
The album was produced and mastered by the band’s organist Nicklas Malmqvist at Treasure Sound Studio. “While we as a band adopt a “more-is-more” approach to the songwriting, the focus of the production was to bring forth the ambiance of the story the album is telling, put into words by the unique vocals says Nicklas. The essence of the music is captured and illustrated by Nightjar Illustrations as seen on the front cover. 
 
 
 
Track list:
 
1. The Astral Seer
2. Repentance 
3. Nebulon’s Tower
4. The Golden City of Semyra
5. Star Rider
6. Shadow of the Templar
7. Illusion Sky 
 
Hällas are:
 
Tommy Alexandersson: Bass and vocals
Alexander Moraitis: Guitars
Nicklas Malmqvist: Organs and synthesizers
Marcus Petersson: Guitars
Kasper Eriksson: Drums 

Πέμπτη, 17 Αυγούστου 2017

Grande Royale - Breaking News (2017)


Release: 25 August 2017
Grande Royale is back with their third album ”Breaking News” which is set for release on the 25th of August via The Sign Records. The album is ten tracks of high energy rock that was recorded and produced by Nicke Andersson (The Hellacopters, Imperial State Electric). Packed with powerful riffs, each song is held together by sing a long friendly pop hooks and an overload of melodies.
Vocalist Hampus Steenberg commented: "During our time with Nicke he always told us that every song needs a 'hook'. Something that you will remember after hearing the song just once, and I really think we managed to find that hook while writing these songs. They stick in your head , even if you like ’em or not”
 
Arriving in the studio, Grande Royale noticed that Nicke Andersson was going through a Lynyrd Skynyrd obsessive period, an interest and obsession that the band shared. The entire recording period was heavily influenced by Lynyrd Skynyrd and updates the band's sound to lean more towards a timeless southern rock sound. Breaking News” is all about radio friendly feel good rock n roll anthems. If you have any love lost for The Hellacopters this might very well be your next fix. 


Toxik - Breaking Class (EP 2017)


Toxik is an American thrash metal band hailing from New York. Initially active from 1985 -92, the band announced in 2013 that they'd reformed for both touring and recording. They released two now-classic albums, World Circus (1987) and Think This (1989) on RoadRacer, (now known as Roadrunner Records). Both received heavy praise by fans and critics alike and are considered Thrashterpieces of the genre. Toxik completed several tours, sharing stages with bands like King Diamond, Testament, Dream Theater, Exodus, Pantera, Candlemass and many more, with a notable performance at the historic Dynamo Open Air Festival (in 1988). This performance was released on DVD in 2007, along with remastered versions of World Circus and Think This. The band released a second live DVD in 2010 entitled Think Again, which contained never-before-seen club and theater footage, interviews, and more. In 2014 - 2015, attendance was strong throughout Europe and South America as the band toured for the first time in over a decade, proving their longtime fan base had not only stayed loyal but had grown over the years. 
A pioneering force in the genre, the band is ready to bring their sound to a whole new generation of metal fans.  Toxik Is releasing a 3-song EP Entitled "Breaking Class" on August 4th 2017 and plans to release their third full length LP by the end of 2017. "We've got the right combination of players for the record now" says Josh Christian, the band's founder. 2015's South American headline tour saw the addition of James D'Maria of Generation Kill, replacing Jason Bittner behind the kit. "James is an incredible drummer...he couldn't be a better fit," says Josh.  After returning from South America, original vocalist Mike Sanders decided he no longer wanted to tour, making way for the return of blogosphere favorite, Charles Sabin (from the band's second album, Think This). “Josh and I have stayed in contact over the years, sharing projects and bouncing ideas off each other. There's a visceral connection when we're in the studio and the new material reflects that," Says Sabin. The latest member to join  is Shane Boulos on bass. Shane’s background is in the heart of the NY/NJ hardcore and metal scenes, playing in bands like Sicks Deep, Slam One Down and Swear On Your Life. "Shane's right and left hand techniques are a perfect complement to our riff structure, bringing a fullness to the bottom end while maintaining the lockstep rhythms with James.”
2017 is shaping up to be a breakout year for Toxik, with a new lineup, record, and European tour (including a return to the Dynamo Open Air Festival).  Josh Christian is pleased with the developments.  “We're tighter than ever and I think we're going to surprise people with the direction and intensity featured by the new line-up," he says. 
Thrash band TOXIK returns with their new EP Breaking Class. The EP is three tracks of classic thrash/metal that is highly recommended for old school metalheads.

Breaking Class will be released on August 4th 2017.

TOXIK TOUR DATES:


Sep 09 Fall Of Summer Torcy, France
Sep 10 Little Devil Tilburg, Netherlands
Sep 13 Viper Room Wien, Austria
Sep 15 PMK Innsbruck, Austria
Sep 16 Storm Crusher Festival Puchersreuth, Germany

Τετάρτη, 16 Αυγούστου 2017

Empire - The Raven Ride (Re-issue 2017)


Release: 18 August 2017

EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) which has released four exceptional albums in between the years of 2001 and 2007. On these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians.

The history of EMPIRE began in the year 2001 with the release of the album “Hypnotica” (Lion Music) which featured both the American singers Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) and Lance King (ex Nightmare) on vocals. The line-up at the time was completed by Neil Murray (bass, ex Whitesnake, Brian May Band, Black Sabbath etc.), Gerald Klos (drums), Anders Johansson (drums, ex Stratovarius) and Don Airey (keyboards, ex Rainbow, Deep Purple). Rolf Munkes produced „Hypnotica“ himself; the mix was handled by Stefan Kaufmann (ex Accept, ex U.D.O.).

Only one year later, “Trading Souls”, the band’s second album came out on Lion Music. The CD once again was produced by Munkes with the mix being handled by Kaufmann. On this release, singer extraordinare Tony Martin (ex Black Sabbath) replaced King and Martin on the vocal spot.

Tony Martin also sang on the – up until now – most successful CD from EMPIRE, “The Rave Ride”, which was released in 2006 on German label Metal Heaven. Besides of Munkes, who, for the first also produced and mixed this release himself at his own  Empire Studios in Bensheim, Germany, Neil Murray took again care of the bass work whilst the drums this time were handled by ex-Rage/ex-Axxis drummer André Hilgers. 

In 2007, the so far last album of EMPIRE saw the light of day. “Chasing Shadows” was once again released on Metal Heaven and the first record feat. former Rainbow singer Doogie White in the line-up. Mike Terrana (ex Rage, ex Axel Rudi Pell, Tarja Turunen) joined the group on drums.

In 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music will re-issue all four releases in a revised version. “The Raven Ride” which will be released on August 15th, 2017 with one bonus track.

Web: https://www.facebook.com/rolf.munkes

Line-up: Tony Martin (Vocals, ex Black Sabbath), Rolf Munkes (Guitars, Crematory, ex-Razorback), Neil Murray (Bass, ex-Whitesnake u.v.m.), André Hilgers (Drums, Axxis, ex-Rage)

Remember the Monsters


Blending the wide range and dynamic sounds of their many influences, Remember the Monsters combines the sleazy glam and soaring melodic hooks of Rock N' Roll (think Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses) with the hard-hitting edge and soulful introspection of their modern contemporaries. Having amassed a sizeable local following, as well as getting thousands of hits on YoutTube, Spotify, and other media outlets Remember the Monsters is hitting the scene like a meteor. Genre defying and passionately driven, Remember the Monsters delivers a listening experience unlike any other.

Members:
Name: Ashten Banks
Role: Lead Guitar/Mastermind
Hometown: Marina del Rey, CA
Founder of the band and lead guitar. Ashten has written all of the band's songs and is the charismatic brainchild of the project.

Name: Ian Silverstein
Role: Lead Vocals
Hometown: North Babylon, NY
The voice. Ian's raw and unique vocals have garnered interest in the band right from the start, receiving praise from fans and producers alike.

Name: Dominic Ruiz
Role: Rhythm Guitar/Band Manager
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
After booking the shows Dominic's high energy stage performance and party attitude gets the crowd going

Name: Sean Mott
​Role: Bassist
​Hometown: Tucson, AZ
​Sean's catchy bass riffs and backing screams give the the music its edge live, and an optimism that resonates with everyone.



http://www.rememberthemomsters.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/RememberTheMonstersBand 

http://twitter.com/RTMBandOfficial

 

Τρίτη, 15 Αυγούστου 2017

Tribal Wisdom - Lost in Boston (2016)



Veterans of the New England music scene. Tribal Wisdom pours their hearts, and souls into their music and live performances. Drawing on influences from Rage Against The Machine and heavy rock bands form the 1970's & 80's "Tribal Wisdom" is a class act of hard, hitting, heavy, rock and roll. Releasing multiple demo CDs over the years, Tribal Wisdom delves deep into the human experience with big hooks, melodies and crafty song writing. Tribal Wisdom is: John Baglio, James Forbes, Shawn McCarron, Richard Papa Jr., and Kevin Gilligan.



Tribal Wisdom's new album " Lost in Boston " was released on  iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Bandcamp, and Google Play in December 2016



https://tribalwisdom1.bandcamp.com/album/lost-in-boston
https://www.facebook.com/TrbalWisdom/
https://tribalwisdom1.bandcamp.com/
https://www.reverbnation.com/tribalwisdom


Mossback



Mossback was formed in 1994 in Seattle by Brennan McFeely and Paul Adams. A chance meeting at The Keg in the U-district brought lead guitarist Curt Hamblet aboard and the lineup began to solidify. Through ads in the Rocket Layne Bouche and Sandy Greenbaum were brought in on bass and drums respectively. And so began a ten year odyssey. Mossback played many local venues in and around the Seattle area. They began plying their spare money into recording, working with top notch producers Kevin Suggs, Gary King and Scott Ross to develop their unique sound. "Mishmash" is the culmination of over a decade of writing and recording and contains a wide variety of musical genres and styles. There's something here for everybody. For those who like hard rock check out "On Your Own" and "Sanity"...For those preferring a softer sound there's "Cold Wind" and "Annalisa". Grunge rockers will like "Junkie Town" and "Nothin Left To Give". And for the politically conscious check out "Cloak of No Consequence", a song about the Tibetan struggle with genuine Tibetans' chanting and singing backgrounds.

http://www.twitter.com/mossback

Δευτέρα, 14 Αυγούστου 2017

Haniwa



Haniwa is a metal band from Florence composed of three members: David Degl’Innocenti bass guitar and voice, Angelo Colletti guitars, Mr. Crini drums.

Musical experiences are multiple: from Thrash Metal through Progressive Metal and Grunge, up to the various Tribute and Cover Band gained in more than twenty years of live music. The Haniwa elements have a rather wide background, and today they still maintain an open mind that allows them to glean from a vast knowledge of the musical genre to create original songs.

The music is rapid, groovy and catchy, at times with melodic openings; the sounds are sharp and melt together the various protagonists’ experiences to give life to a Modern Metal with a mixed Vintage/Modern taste.

 

Mystic Posse - Mystic Posse


Mystic Posse is a rock band from the  Los Angeles area. They have recently completed their first CD and have released their new video,  " What Are You Gonna Do?" currently on You Tube.  Michael O'Brien (lead singer & songwriter ) & Jackie O'Brien (vocals & percussion & songwriting ) have collectively & separately performed in all the top venues in LA.  They have rocked The House of Blues Hollywood, BB Kings, The Whisky, The Roxy, The Viper Room, Toi On Sunset as well as large events such as The AV Fairgrounds & Thunder On The Lot. They have opened for numerous National acts. Players on the Mystic Posse CD are Mitch Quinn (lead guitar), Ken Johnson ( bass guitar) and Dave DiTommaso (drums).



MYSTIC POSSE is fronted by the excellent voice and performances of Michael O'Brien, former Warner Brothers recording artist. He was in the band KILLER KANE with Blackie Lawless of WASP and Arthur Kane of THE NEW YORK DOLLS. He has performed with John Enwhistle of THE WHO and the alt rock band NUCLEAR HEALTH. He is the owner and Creator of the legendary Toi on Sunset, late night Thai food rock cafe on the famous Sunset Boulevard which has been a mecca for rock stars and alternative rock for decades. Jackie O'Brien writes and sings in French, as in the song One Track Mind, which she wrote with Michael O'Brien & Marcy Levy, who penned Lay Down Sally for Eric Clapton. She is also an actress who began her career in PRETTY WOMAN and has starred in numerous television shows and films since. Jackie had a deal with WEA France working with Yves Dessca,  who produced the I Will Survive hit for Gloria Gaynor, and she fronted the  popular  LA band  called JACKIE O. They are currently rockin local venues and preparing to record their new material.

 

Κυριακή, 13 Αυγούστου 2017

Ampersandre - The Past Is Coming (2017)


'The Past Is Coming', the sophmore effort from Ampersandre (pronounced Am- Pers - On-Dray) featuring "Animals In Captivity" as well as "Long Gone Halcyon" has been released on 7/24/17
Ampersandre is the musical moniker for Andre LaFollette, a multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, whose new album explores a more tightly nit sonic landscape from the 2012 debut 'This is An Ampersand'. Thick rock mixed wiuth jazz undertones lay the framework for the baritone/tenor melody lines that capture topics from current events, to socialized mob mentalities. Both an encomium for classic rock songs and 90's mainstream alternative, "The Past Is Coming" hopes to anchor the listener's attention to then take them on a provacative sojourn.
The song "Animals In Captivity" has secured an upcoming Featured Artist placement on Reverb Nation.


Webpages:
https://www.reverbnation.com/ampersandre
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/ampersandre1

Τετάρτη, 9 Αυγούστου 2017

The Quarantined - Antiquate Hate



The Quarantined is one of the most Amazing upcoming bands. They are neck to neck with some of the greatest bands that have transcended into mainstream. They are a Los Angeles based Punk-Rock/Grunge band. They formed in 2010 and have been bonded every since.
Sean Martin is the lead Singer of the band and lead guitarist. Sean graduated at MI with AA in guitar. He's been playing music consistently for 15 years.The lead singer Sean has an amazing voice that is unique and he can play the Guitar like you have never seen before. He puts his heart on display by giving everything he has to the progression of the band, by completely giving his full focus and attention to his music. The elements of the band contribute to the success and the development of the band. Being able to perform in some of the hottest venues around, such as the famous "House of Blues" They have put on a hell of a performance.





They have one of the best bassist that's part of the team, his name is Alex Diaz. Alex trained at MI for Guitar performance. Alex has also started his own high end boutique with various guitars and has become a business owner. The next member of the band is Nick Loxx- He is also a Bassist/Guitar.


http://www.thequarantined.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TheQuarantined/
https://soundcloud.com/the-quarantined-music

Πέμπτη, 3 Αυγούστου 2017

Terminal Degree - Breed (2017)



What if…?” is a question that is asked often in progressive rock and metal, sometimes to original and interesting results.  Terminal Degree asked “What if we made a metal album using violins instead of guitars?
Bet you didn’t see that coming.
What if Paganini played lead for a progressive-metal band? What if Heifetz played Carnegie Hall with metal drums and bass? What if we dual-tracked the violin and let it shred over pummeling cellos, bass and drums?
What if.
Wonder no more. “BREED” is an instrumental album of intense, heavy songs written and performed by an ensemble of drums, electric bass, electric cellos and electric violins.
Where guitars usually rule, the violin seriously rocks. This album featured a virtuoso performance from Chas Wetherbee's violin, electric bass and cellos by the Cybergenic String Consortium and composer Mike Barnett’s drums. Want to hear where classical music meets metal? This is it. The production is clean and clear, the drums punchy and driving, the cellos and bass heavy and steady, and the violin playing technical with mixed-genre melody and impressive solos.

http://www.terminaldegree.rocks/
https://www.facebook.com/TerminalDegreeMusic/
https://www.reverbnation.com/drmetalrox

Τετάρτη, 2 Αυγούστου 2017

Joey Stuckey & The Shadow Bandits - Ain't It Good To Be In Love (2017)



Joey Stuckey & The Shadow Bandits combines the talents of US-based producer Joey Stuckey and UK based producer Charlie Hoskyns. Read more about the guys below.
JOEY STUCKEY
Joey Stuckey is a blind musician with an insightful vision.
Born in Green Cove Springs, Florida, Joey Stuckey is an award-winning blind guitarist, songwriter, singer, composer, producer, radio & TV personality, music columnist, educator, inspirational speaker, and sound engineer. Joey’s guitar style is reminiscent of rocker Jeff Beck and jazzer Wes Montgomery while his vocal influences range from Mel Torme to Gregg Allman—these influences have inspired an original sound that Stuckey calls “jazz infused rock with southern attitude”. Stuckey lost his sight and sense of smell as an infant as the result of a brain tumor. Despite these limitations, he remained in mainstream education. Scholastically outstanding, Joey Stuckey graduated from high school at the age of 14. At the age of 17 he began his musical career by taking classical guitar lessons from noted music professor Terry Cantwell. Joey continued his musical education by studying with renowned jazz guitarists Stanley Jordan and Steve Crowell.
Stuckey is the owner and sound engineer of a recording facility Shadow Sound Studio (www.shadowsoundstudio.com) which boasts vintage analog gear and state-of-the-art digital technology.  He also owns and operates a 24-hour internet radio station, WTMT, where he promotes independent music of all genres. Joey has hosted numerous independent music programs on terrestrial radio in Macon, GA, and online with his popular show “Audio Style” and his tv-show “15 Minutes of Fame”.  Stuckey has also been a featured music columnist for the webzines Artist Launch Mag  and The Tub Magazine where he served as the assistant editor. He currently contributes columns to The Portal Magazine and in addition, he has been the adaptive technology correspondent for Dialogue Magazine which is a publication dedicated to the needs of the blind. Recently, Stuckey has taken on the role of music publisher and has a growing catalog of great songs in multiple genres. His publishing companies include Sociology Publishing (BMI) and Sign Wave Publishing (ASCAP).
Joey Stuckey and his band have shared the stage with legendary artists like Ted Nugent, Bad Company, Trisha Yearwood, James Brown, Clarence Carter, Wet Willie, the B-52’s, Kevn Kinney from Drivin’ N Cryin, and Smashmouth. In his other roles as either producer, composer, music columnist, sound engineer or hired musician, Stuckey has worked with musical greats like Hughie Thomasson (from Lynyrd Skynard and the Outlaws), Joe Solo (producer for Fergie and Macy Gray), Alan Parsons (engineer/producer for Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Alan Parons Project),  Jimmy Herring (from The Aquarium Rescue Unit, Frog Wing, The Allman Brothers Band, and The Others/Grateful Dead), Danny Seraphin (drummer from supergroup Chicago and currently with California Transit Authority—CTA), Hamp Swain (the Original King Bee),  Lee Brice, comedian Tim Wilson, Allen Vizzuti (from Chick Corea, Doc Severinson Orchestra, and Chuck Mangione), David Ragsdale (from Kansas and The Smashing Pumpkins), Randall Bramblett (from Traffic, Steve Winwood Band and Gregg Allman Band), Doyle Dykes, Connie Haines (from Harry James and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra), Ike Turner, Carole King, Chris Hillman (from the Byrds and Desert Rose Band), Jerry Peake (bassist for Steve Morse Band), Ben Tucker (Herbie Mann, Mel Torme), John Dunn (Earth, Wind, and Fire), Jimmy Hall (from Wet Willie, Hank Williams, Jr., and the Nighthawks), Charlie Daniels, George McCorkle (from Marshall Tucker Band), Razzy Bailey, Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Robert McDuffie, Maestro Robert Spano (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra), Sammy Nestico (composer/arranger for Frank Sinatra and the Count Basie Orchestra), and actor Ron Lester from the movies “Goodburger” and “Varsity Blues” and the WB television show “Popular”, Joe Solo (producer Macy Gray and Fergie). Joey has been featured in many national and international media publications including PRI’s “The World”, GPB’s “Georgia Gazette”, and “Big Takeover Magazine”.
Stuckey is also co-writing and recording with Charlie Hoskyns (the Popes), Will Morrison (Modern English, John Entwistle) and Paul McGuinness (the Pogues).
Stuckey is currently active in student instruction for guitar, voice, music theory, and sound engineering and is a professor of music technology at Mercer University. No stranger to musical theater, he was the music director for Macon State College’s production of “The Rocky Horror Show” in the fall of 2002.
In short, Joey Stuckey is a young man with an enormous talent, clear vision, and a tireless work ethic who is well respected by his peers, fans, and more than a few legends.
Joey Stuckey Discography
• 1995 “Take a Walk in the Shadows”
• 1999 “Ironies, Pain, and the Light That Guides”
• 2000 “Live and Stuff”
• 2001 “Live and More Stuff: The Sequel to the Prequel”
• 2003 “So Far”
• 2009 “Oceanside”
• 2011 “The Shadow Sound”
• 2012 “Mixture”—Joey’s first full length jazz album
Spent 5 weeks on CMJ Top 40 Jazz Charts peaking at Number 9
• 2017 “Six String Soldier”
• “Live and Stuff” and “Live and More Stuff” were both recorded at the historic Douglass Theater in Macon, Georgia, where Little Richard, Otis Redding, James Brown and other southern greats made their debut.
CHARLIE HOSKYNS
Charlie played in many bands with Will Morrison, including Don Mescall and Lisa Knapp and
played a couple of BBC sessions with her ...He writes for Universal Library Music and wrote TV ad
music with Brett Dempsey music agency, clients including Unilever and BMW.... he joined The
Popes on guitar and produced their last two albums...Charlie continues to work from his South
London studio in the UK working with Joey Stuckey and various UK artists.


http://www.joeystuckey.com/
http://facebook.com/joeystuckey
http://twitter.com/jstuckeymusic
http://cdbaby.com/cd/joeystuckeytheshadowband

Jessica's Theme Band - Matter Of Time


Jessica's Theme Band was formed in Athens, Greece, in 1989, by John Goudoulas, Jim Karahontzitis and Nick Agathos. They wanted to present a different view to covers such as Tush, I know A Little, Feel Like Making Love, Don't Believe A Word etc as well as their own, original, material. Following numerous live gigs, collaborations with local acknowledged musicians, and even after receiving the first prize as band of the year in 1991 on a Greek TV show, the band was disbanded in 1994. After each member's musical journey, they decided to re-unite with two significant additions: Tony Linaris on drums and Denis Kaskouras (a later member of the original band) on bass. With a complete line up, the band started working on its first album, in 2013, inspired by bands from the early seventies (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Bros, Molly Hatchet, Eagles), by various British bands like Bad Company, UFO etc and by Irish bands like Thin Lizzy, Rory Gallagher etc.

 

Τρίτη, 1 Αυγούστου 2017

MINTEER - Calling All Aliens (2017)



Independent artist Dan Minteer is rather unique in his musical style, a diverse mix of blues and rock, electrified and acoustic.
Says Venusian Green, “Where Minteer truly flourishes is with his knack for lyrics that are both celebratory and pure weird. It’s Blues. It’s Classic Rock. It’s Alternative. Actually, I’m not entirely sure what it is, but I like it.”
Minteer's latest project, Calling All Aliens, is an admirable example and culmination of the rock-blues fusion that showcases many of his signature techniques gained from decades of writing and recording.  The intricate mixes satisfy the most demanding of listeners who want to experience choice melodic layers while getting lost in the musical journey.


https://minteer.live/
https://www.facebook.com/daniel.minteer
https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/minteer

Δευτέρα, 31 Ιουλίου 2017

Zero Theorem - Area (Single 2017)


Zero Theorem, the Los Angeles-based alternative metal band, will independently release their Kane Churko produced (Papa Roach, Five Finger Death Punch, Gemini Syndrome, and more) debut EP, Ataraxis, on August 25, 2017.

"Area," the bands first single, is out now.

Melding the passionate and reflective ethos of alternative hard rock with the rhythmic and uncompromising intensity of metal, the band has drawn comparisons to artists such as Disturbed, Five Finger Death Punch, Tool, and Korn.

The band is represented by A&R/Management veteran Steve Tramposch (Eleven Seven Music - Nothing More, Capitol Records - Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Elektra Records - Dream Theater, and more).


Vocals - Caesar
Guitar - Joseph Scarlotti
Bass - Eloy Palacios
Drums - Jake Hayden


http://www.zerotheoremband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/zerotheoremband
https://twitter.com/ztheoremband
https://www.instagram.com/zerotheoremband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNgU-8REhKkf4MNaLbFFT_w

Spotify Link:
https://play.spotify.com/album/5Ct5yhRu3zAeBmg48ryHdx?play=true&utm_source=open.spotify.com&utm_medium=open

Fracture - The Search for Solace (2017)



Fracture is a modern heavy metal band based out of Los Angeles, CA. With a distinct sound they like to call "beautifully brutal" Fracture combines catchy clean choruses with brutal breakdowns and down tuned grooves similar to bands such as Machine Head, Gojira and NothingFace.

Brothers Waylon Jennings(vocals/guitar) and John Caison(lead guitar/vocals) relocated in 2009 from Florence,South Carolina to Los Angeles, CA to pursue their music careers, live out their dreams and after a couple lineup changes they have found the missing components with Iorden Mitev(drums) and Brandon Alayon(bass). Their fanbase has grown rapidly due to their hard work ethic, national radioplay and consistent shows in the West Coast region. Opening for acts such as SevenDust, 36 Crazyfists, Act of Defiance, Memphis May Fire and The Defiled just add to the reason why they are becoming a fan favorite in Los Angeles.





After 2 solid EP's under their belt in "Weather the Storm(2012)" and "Devour the Truth(2016)" Fracture is releasing their highly anticipated full length album "The Search for Solace" on 8/18/17 which was produced/mixed by Alex Crescioni at Stygian Sound and Mastered by Mike Wells Mastering. The band's intense artwork is done by Matthew Wajek Art to visually match their music style and is always a topic of discussion for the band. They release the single "Fear" as a lyric video when pre-orders start on 7/10/17. This album will be sure to turn some heads and the band has plans on touring the West Coast in support of this album heavily.


https://www.facebook.com/Fracture818/
http://www.fracture818.com/
https://twitter.com/fracture818
https://fracture818.bandcamp.com/
https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/Fracture4
https://www.reverbnation.com/fracture818

Dirty Rats - Rock n Roll (2017)


Dirty Rats are an “old school” heavy rock band that formed in the mid 80's and quickly became a mainstay of the Melbourne “Pub Rock” scene, gaining a reputation for down and dirty original songs and a “take no prisoners” performance style. Dirty Rats released a 4 track vinyl EP in 1987 and continued to play pubs and festivals throughout Victoria into the 90's before taking an extended hiatus that lasted over a decade. The Rats reformed and after several line up changes and a 5 track EP, have evolved into a tight 4 piece powerhouse group that still delivers loud and punchy rock and roll that will have you head-banging and singing along with catchy hooks and choruses at the top of your lungs. The new album, Rock n Roll, delivers 8 new original hard rock songs, along with a heavy interpretation cover of a Vanda and Young classic, that is set to become an Aussie classic anthem in the world of sticky carpets and beer stained bars. Dirty Rats consists of Andy on drums, Jamie on bass, Chooka on guitar and Wayne on vocals. Get yourself to a Dirty Rats gig, buy the Dirty Rats album, Rock n Roll or listen to Dirty Rats on Spotify or your favourite digital platform, any way you can, go Rocking out in Rat Town.

 

Κυριακή, 30 Ιουλίου 2017

Ian Danter - Second Time Around (2015)



Ian Danter has had a love for music and football from a very early age. His Dad and Grandad were both staunch Birmingham City fans, and Ian attended his first game at St Andrew’s with them in February 1974 at the age of 5 – he remains a passionate ‘Bluenose’ to this day. The love of music also came from his Dad and Grandad who were both talented pianists, and Ian took piano lessons up until his early teens, by which time he’d switched to playing drums as his first instrument. He formed his 1st band at school with classmates, but it wasn’t until early 1985 that he put together his first serious band, called Minotaur with school pal Andy Simmons and local guitar player Keith Laurent who’d answered an advert Ian & Andy had placed in the window of Solihull’s Organ Shop.
Ian began his working life after leaving Solihull Sixth Form College in the late 80’s at Lloyds Bank in Shirley. His love for music led him to switch career to work in music retail a year later when he joined Express Music in Shirley, selling digital pianos and guitars. Minotaur disbanded around this time, and Ian was asked to join Shotgun Wedding (a glam rock band from Birmingham) as their new drummer, and he stayed with the band for 6 years touring the UK and trying to get a record deal. Many positive reviews in Kerrang! Magazine helped the band gain a significant following as the years progressed, though no record deal ever came to fruition.
In March 1992, Ian started working at the prestigious Musical Exchanges store in central Birmingham and spent 5 years working in the guitar and keyboard departments before joining Laney Amps in March 1997 to help distribute Ibanez guitars in the UK.
Shotgun Wedding split in the summer of 1994 and Ian then joined Welsh glamsters City Kidds that autumn for a UK tour supporting Tigertailz. City Kidds changed their name shortly after to Sons Of God, and despite more rave reviews in Kerrang! Magazine and a contract signed with MGL Records to make an album, Sons Of God’s debut was never completed and the band split in 1997
Around this time, Ian’s knack of doing impressions of well-known football characters for friends and family came to the notice of BRMB Radio’s Head of Sport Tom Ross via a letter to Tom written by Ian’s best friend and former band mate Keith Laurent. Tom subsequently offered Ian the chance to record comedy sketches for his Saturday afternoon football programme.
After 9 months of writing and performing sketches for Tom, Ian was offered the position of BRMB’s “Flying Eye” travel reporter in February 1998 and accepted the role immediately. Starting a brand new career in radio, he quickly became adept at delivering his bulletins into both the BRMB and XTRA/AM breakfast shows, and shortly after was offered his first on-air presenting shifts at XTRA/AM & BRMB covering ‘The Elvis Hour’, Sunday evenings and overnight shows.
By late 1998, BRMB’s management had also placed Ian on Saturday/Sunday overnights, asking him to develop comedy ideas utilising his voice talents. Bringing in his friend and Kerrang! writer Steve Beebee, the overnight show quickly began to gain popularity and by 1999, Ian & Steve were given the chance to host the Saturday ‘Barmy Brummies’ breakfast show on BRMB. This programme too was a big hit, with audience surveys at the time suggesting that BRMB had 48% of the available audience at that weekend time slot.
Ian had also begun to report on local football matches for his mentor Tom Ross by this time. Initially he covered Walsall and Wolves reporting duties (his first game was Walsall v Chesterfield in February 1999), but was soon handed the responsibility of full match commentaries on Walsall, Birmingham City & West Bromwich Albion games for the newly named Capital Gold and BRMB too.
In 2000, Ian and Steve were given the 2-4pm mid afternoon weekday slot on BRMB to further develop their comedy ideas, and the show was such a success that they were quickly promoted to the 4-7pm “Barmy Brummies Drivetime Show” in May 2000. Steve Beebee left not long after this switch to return to his first love of written journalism, and so local comics Andy Robinson & Sean Percival were brought in alongside Ian as writers and occasional performers on the show.
Features such as ‘Des’s Dedications’ ‘Black Country Bob’ and ‘The Mr Men stories’ became incredibly popular daily sketches on the show, along with parody songs such as Des Lynam’s ‘7 Days’, which made the national press in Summer 2000. In what many saw as a golden era for BRMB with Les Ross, Graham Mack, the Barmy Brummies and Jeremy “Jezza’ Kyle’s Late & Live show, the station had record listening figures in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
The Barmy Brummies show came to an end in June 2002, although Ian stayed on at the station as match commentator for BRMB/Capital Gold for the next 2 years. In the meantime he branched out into shopping telly, joining the fledgling TGH (Toys Games & Hobbies) channel, which broadcast from studios in Redditch – this channel quickly morphed into Factory Outlet TV and then Snatch It (a falling auction channel) by 2003. Ian was one of the main presenters as the channel began broadcasting live hours of programming, which initially were 2-5pm, but due to Snatch It’s popularity it became a channel that went live from mid morning through until 11pm every day.
In 2004, Snatch It was adapted and streamlined to become Gems TV, utilising the same ‘falling auction’ format to sell jewellery directly sourced from suppliers rather than through 3rd parties or distributors. Ian was one of many on-air presenters who were sent to Thailand, as the company merged with a successful jewellery manufacturer in Chanthaburi, and was trained extensively on gemstone knowledge and history. Ian worked at the new Gems TV for the next 3 years, racking up 1000’s of hours of live television.



Also in 2004, Ian was asked to join talkSPORT’s expanding team of national reporters for their flagship Football First programme on Saturday afternoons. He came on board for the start of the 2004/5 season, his first game being Crewe v Cardiff City in August 2004. His first run of talkSPORT cover shows came over the 2005 Christmas period, presenting mid-afternoon shows with Robyn Schonhofer and Rachel Brooks.
In 2006, Ian was added to the roster of commentators for talkSPORT’s coverage of the World Cup in Germany, and called Group Stage games alongside the likes of Micky Quinn and Alvin Martin. For the start of the following 06/07 league season, Ian became the regular host of Friday night Kick Off on the station, alongside Alvin Martin, a show he looked after for 18 months before also being asked to take over a revamped Football First show that was now to air during Sunday afternoons.
Once again Ian, along with co hosts Alvin Martin, Jason Cundy and later on Ray Houghton, built a record audience for Sunday afternoons on talkSPORT in an era before live football commentaries came to the station.
Whilst Ian’s radio career was developing, he maintained a strong interest in music and playing live. To that end, he performed from the late 90’s onwards as drummer and occasional guitarist in a number of top tribute acts on the UK club circuit; namely New Jersey (Bon Jovi) Dizzy Lizzy (Thin Lizzy) Ian The Goat Sings Black Sabbath, Foreigner 4, Toxic Twins (Aerosmith) Whitesnake UK & Doors Alive - as well as cover bands Americana and The Three Amoebas.
In 2003 he helped to form a new European KISS tribute band called Hotter Than Hell, but 2 years later he was asked to join Dressed To Kill, the world’s longest running tribute to KISS – he stayed with DTK as drummer for 5 successful years, playing all over the UK and Europe to sold out audiences.
Work commitments at talkSPORT were increasing by 2010, as Ian was selected as one of the main commentators for the station’s coverage of the World Cup in South Africa. Working alongside a number of top pundits including Stan Collymore, Alvin Martin, Ray Parlour and Micky Quinn, Ian covered games in cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria, Rustenburg and many more, culminating in being awarded the semi-final commentary of Uruguay v Holland in Cape Town.
Once back in the UK, Ian’s Football First show was soon switched to Saturday evenings after talkSPORT won the rights for exclusive Premier League commentaries on Sunday afternoons. He also became the first and only presenter other than Danny Kelly in the stations history to cover every shift on the weekday schedule, as his versatility made him ideal for hosting topical debate shows, phone-ins, live outside broadcasts, or current affairs programmes.
Back to music, and Ian released his first solo album, ‘Prove You Wrong’ in March 2013 to rave reviews. Ian wrote every song and performed all instruments on the album which he recorded during various session in 2012 at Arkham Studios in Birmingham – former SHY singer Lee Small provided vocals on 12 of the album’s 15 tracks, with Ian singing the other 3, including the title track.
Football First ended its long run at the start of the 2013/14 season, but Ian was still very much front and centre for talkSPORT. His was the first live voice heard on the new ‘talkSPORT LIVE’ International commentary service that launched in August 2013, and he also continued to cover talkSPORT shows around the clock.
In late 2013, Ian was asked to become the station’s England correspondent and subsequently travelled to Brazil in the summer of 2014 to go inside the England camp at the World Cup, taking in stadia like the Arena Amazonia in Manaus where England played their 1st Group Stage game against Italy in early June. After the tournament, Ian continued in the England role until early 2016, when he was asked to go back to his first love of commentary work for the upcoming Euro 2016 finals in France.
In September 2015, Ian released his second collection of songs on the album “Second Time Around”. Again the critical acclaim for the album was significant – on this occasion, Ian played and sang pretty much everything on the album, save for backing vocals on 2 tracks supplied by Janey Gillard of Birmingham melodic rock band Iconic Eye.
Meanwhile, Planet Rock (the UK’s biggest Classic Rock radio station), contacted Ian out of the blue in the Autumn of 2015 asking him to provide occasional cover for their regular presenters and by October of that year, he was on air playing the music he loves across the weekday daytime schedule, a role which he continues to fill today.
In March 2016, another first for Ian – he was the first voice heard on the new talkSPORT 2 service, launched on a new digital platform to provide even more live sport for listeners. Ian was at Prestbury Park, Cheltenham to launch the station at 10am on Tuesday March 15th as the Cheltenham Festival commenced that afternoon – Ian spent the week previewing and reviewing all the days’ action for talkSPORT 2 alongside Rupert Bell and Lee McKenzie, and then became host of the fledgling station’s Champions League commentaries and also worked as host and commentator for T20 Blast and IPL cricket coverage during the summer, as the station quickly gained a significant audience.
Euro 2016 was another memorable tournament for Ian, as he was assigned to Wales’ historic passage through the group stages of the competition, and was also talkSPORT’s commentator as Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland earned massively important wins against Ukraine and Italy respectively. Ian covered games travelling all over France during the tournament and worked in a stadium he’d always wanted to visit, the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, where he commentated on the quarter final match between Poland & eventual winners Portugal.
Upon his return from France, the talkSPORT bosses gave Ian another new role as host of “Matchday Live 2” on talkSPORT 2 every Saturday afternoon. The station had just won exclusive rights to 3pm Premier League commentaries that summer, and the first programme came from the Riverside Stadium in August 2016, as Middlesbrough played Stoke City on opening weekend.
In 2017, Ian continues to divide his time between radio work for talkSPORT, talkSPORT 2 and Planet Rock – he also can be heard as a voiceover on various commercials on TV & radio (the voice of Screwfix for Sky & ITV’s coverage of the Football League and England, for example) and he is now drumming in a theatre rock show Leather And Lace, which plays Classic Rock Anthems and Power Ballads from throughout the decades.

 


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