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


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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.


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.


Σάββατο 29 Ιουλίου 2017

Modern Day Outlaw - Day of Reckoning (2017)

With Southern roots and the love of multiple genres of music, Modern Day Outlaw is bringing something new to hard rock and metal fans. Blending heavy sounds with a touch of blues and country, Modern Day Outlaw offers a unique approach to the familiar; the result is a sonic melodic revelry that will have crowds of all ages rocking instantly. Whether it is the group’s slow southern rock grooves, catchy hooks, or undeniable aggression that appeals to your musical sensibilities, Modern Day Outlaw is proud to share its story with you.

Riding on the heels of their debut effort "Southern State of Mind" Modern Day outlaw wanted to follow it up with a solid second coming. The race was on not only to solidify the Modern Day Outlaw name, but to make good on a promise made to their fan base to bring them a solid recording with the Southern edge that made them unique.

Embarking on this road was by no means an easy task. Since gaining notoriety with "Southern State of Mind" MDO was faced with many difficulties. Losing original lineup members and making difficult changes proved no easy task. Knowing there were big shoes to fill MDO pushed forward and were able to recruit the talents of Virginian native and lead guitarist Jake Nicholson as well as Bassist Rob Palladino.

With a new lineup and a more complete sound MDO commissioned the talents of producer/engineer Matt LaPlant(Nonpoint, Skindred) to bring "Day of Reckoning" into existence. With Blood, sweat and tears the bands second effort began to take shape. MDO had one purpose from the start, and that was to put forth solid effort worthy of their old and new fans. And in 2017 That goal was met with the release of "Day of Reckoning"! Taking influence from new music as well as drawing from their Southern roots, MDO released what was considered a monumental step forward.

"Day of Reckoning" was officially released January 2017 and was met with overwhelming response. Not only did it solidify the Modern Day Outlaw brand, but it has garnerd the attention of thousands of music fans and industry talent alike. Moving forward there is no telling where this will go. But, Stay tuned to find out what these Outlaws are up to...


Παρασκευή 28 Ιουλίου 2017


Teardrop is Nu/Alternative metal band formed at 2003 in Seoul, South Korea. Guitarist Jose Kim and Drummer Yang Junmo formed the band 2002. After that Vocal Kim Jaeheon, Guitar Cho Hanbit and Bass Lee Hangkang joined the band. Teardrop started playing gigs around Hongik University area which was popular for all bands in South Korea.  2006 first EP "Teardrop" released and they earned many prizes in local band competition. Many years after, 2014, their first full length album "Wish" released. They had many big rock festival in 2014 and 2015, "Greenplugged Festival".  In 2014, There was member change in the band. 3 Original members got out and it was filled in by professional artists. 2016, their 2nd full length album "Plan Z" released and they continue playing gigs in many local area in Seoul. Especially, "Plan Z" album was released in all countries include U.S. Many fans now easily get the new album by Apple Music, Google Music, Amazon, etc.

Jose Kim (2003 – present)
Ko Hyuk Joo (2014 – present)
Kim Sang Young (2015 – present)
Kim Jeong Heon (2014 – present)
Kim Jiwon (2017 – present)


Πέμπτη 27 Ιουλίου 2017

Disraeli Dreamers - The Lucid (2017 EP)

Disraeli Dreamers is the newest band to come out of the thriving Winnipeg music scene, home to some of the most innovative and talented artists to ever walk the earth.  The bands sound is diverse, spanning from soft piano ballads to punk-inspired high energy rockers designed to get your body moving.
Comprised of veteran musicians, The Dreamers aims to make music that hits you in the soul.  Passionate, creative, and full of energy.  We are here to bring good vibes that will resonate with you long after the songs are over and the night is done.
The band just released their debut album, The Lucid EP, which is available for streaming play right now.  The record can be described as a rock 'n' roll oddyssey into the subconscious.  A nation-wide tour is being planned for late summer, as well as festival appearances in several provinces.

To celebrate the release, Disraeli Dreamers are planning shows throughout Canada this summer.  Shows are being planned from coast to coast right now, so stay tuned to our website for more information.  Some of the highlights so far:

06/03 – Winnipeg, MB @ Hi Neighbour Festival
07/22 – Regina, SK @ Flav’r Country Ranch
08/03 – Portage La Prairie, MB @ Concerts in the Park Series
08/11 – Fredericton, NB @ Freedom Fest in the Field
08/14 – Montreal, QC @ Barfly
08/17 – Toronto, ON @ The Shoe
08/19 – Thunder Bay, ON @ The Foundary
08/24 – St. Andrews, MB @ Fall 6 Festival


Σάββατο 22 Ιουλίου 2017

Murkocet - Digging Mercy's Grave (2017)

MURKOCET is a cutthroat American heavy metal band from the desert of Phoenix Arizona formed in 2013. MURKOCET; a substance directly attributed to the aggressive and often times violent actions of it's user; which in essence is their music. These Phoenix, Arizona's heavy metal slayers released their debut album "Digging Mercy's Grave on January 14th, 2017. The record is a remorselessly punishing hurricane encompassing a calming string instrumental which symbolizes the eye of this chaotic storm. Two of the album's tracks have been aired on Phoenix's 98KUPD "Into The Pit" and another was chosen by indie horror film director, Bob Clark (Reel Bloody Films) to be the title track of his movie, "Strip Club Massacre". Murkocet’s lineup consists of vocalist Richie Jano, guitarist Nate Garrett, drummer Mike Mays and bassist Brandon Raeburn.


Παρασκευή 7 Ιουλίου 2017

VITAL BREATH - Angels Of Light (2017)

Release: 15 September 2017
Fans of Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Alice in Chains, or Dream Theater should enjoy this French band.

No man is a prophet in his own land! 
Vital Breath  is well aware of this. There‘s no other band like them in France. This makes them feel like aliens there.
The band believe in their own music which mixing many influences of modern metal music, American rock, metal progressive, alternative rock and a touch of catchy pop melodies. 
All texts and musics are written by Jérôme Ponsolle (lead vocal and guitar). Each piece is carefully arranged and orchestrated by the rest of the group. All songs deal with topics such as human relations, societal issues, the perception of good and evil, life, death, beliefs, ecology, and the complexity of our world today. A mixture of zen, hope, inner torture and outlet.
After the first album "Duality, which was well received by musical critics and the public, the 12 tracks of the new album "Angel of lights" received a careful production and adapted to the progressive style of the group (mix and mastering by Olivier Didillon). The pianos and strings arrangements made by Julien Spreutels (Ethernity, Epysode, Noveria), add an accomplishment to the work realized by the group.
Vital Breath line-up
Jérôme Ponsolle on lead vocals and guitar,
François Brisk on the drums (ex Dyslesia - Virus IV)
Wayne Loeuillet (ex the Great Beyond) on the guitar
Christophe Blanc-Tailleur on the bass guitar (Anasazi - Kranks)

The four passionate musicians convey through their music, a positive energy and awaken emotions that will make you feel ... alive!
07/07/2017  - festival Rock o Marais - Annecy (Poisy) - France
16/09/2017 - listening evening of the album + acoustic show - le Farmer - Lyon -France
22/09/2017 - Le Brin of zinc - Chambery (Barberaz) - France
28/09/2017 - The Jack Jack - Lyon (Bron) - France
21/10/2017 - MJC the mill of Madiba - Givors Others to come ....

Πέμπτη 6 Ιουλίου 2017

SILVER END - Spreading Fire (2017)

Release: 15 September 2017

One million views on Youtube, ½ million plays on Spotify - Get ready for a doze of melodic, modern hardrock for fans of Linkin Park, Crown The Empire and Breaking Benjamin.

From the rainy coast of Bergen, Norway, Silver End resides. Founded in 2012, they have had a remarkable journey to where they are now. The band is a result of four guys with completely different musical backgrounds coming together over the common interest of forming a melodic hard-rock band. Their first year was spent writing music and performing small shows in Bergen. Having honed their music, they headed into the studio where they recorded their first album “Beyond Limits”. After releasing their debut album in the summer of 2013, it opened up a lot of doors. Critics and fans loved the album, bigger shows were played, and the year ended with a support gig for Papa Roach at John Dee in Oslo.

Now the band is ready to release their second album world wide. "Spreading Fire" is already a big hit in Norway and the single "Addicted" has reached close to 400.000 views on Youtube and ½ a million streams on Spotify.

Currently the band is booking a European tour.

Christian Lerø - Vocals/Guitar
Cata Babut - Lead guitar
Lasse Ove Steine - Bass
Iben Christopher Espeseth Hanøy - Drums/vocals


Τετάρτη 5 Ιουλίου 2017

FORCE MAJEURE - The Rise Of Starlit Fires (2017)

Release: 8 September 2017
The Finnish, chart entering power metal band Force Majeure is back in business.

"The Rise of Starlit Fires". It is the title Force Majeure chose to call their 3rd album. The band wanted a longer name especially to hear how legendary Finnish radio host Klaus Flaming would pronounce it with his perfect pronounciation. The album will be released on the 8th of September worldwide by Mighty Music.

"The Rise of Starlit Fires" has eight epic and catchy heavy power metal tracks for you to enjoy. Let the speedy Apocalytic Hearts sweep over you, enjoy the straightforward catchiness of Pantheon of My Passion, or Gemini Rising. The AAA+ chorus of The Great Starfall will leave you floored. Eventually you might Finnish yourself off with the epic called the Darkening.

With this album hops onboard Finland’s best kept secret, vocalist Marcus Lång. The powerful voice of Marcus is the heavy metal jaegerbomb on top of premium quality compositions which make Force Majeure stand out in the line of metal bands.

Force Majeure's roots go back to 2001 when the two guitarists Jussi and Eemeli met each other. After several self financed demos and hard, sweaty groundwork for extending the fan base, Force Majeure's debut album Frozen Chambers was released 2008 in Finland, Russia, Sweden and GAS. The debut was received positively among listeners and press alike and opened new doors for Force Majeure. It even managed to enter the top 40 album chart in Finland, while the first single off the album made its way to the top 5 on the national singles chart. In 2011 Force Majeure’s second album “Saints of Sulphur” was released and introduced new possibilities, for example first ever shows outside Finnish borders in Italy. The Rise of Starlit Fires album was carefully matured and takes everything to the next level, in terms of song material, the overall performance and production.

Marcus Lång - Vocals
Tuomas Väänänen - Bass
Eemeli Ojanen - Guitar
Jussi Reuhkala - Guitar
Jaakko Nylund – Drums, orchestra bells, bell-tree, tympani, gong, cowbells, temple blocks, wind chimes, crotales
All compositions and arrangements by Jussi Reuhkala, Eemeli Ojanen & Jaakko Nylund
Produced by Kari "Huikka" Huikuri, Jussi Reuhkala & Jaakko Nylund Engineered by Kari "Huikka" Huikuri @ Scandal Recording and East Sound and Samuel Hjelt @ King Studios 
Artwork by Alberto Quirantes

Τρίτη 4 Ιουλίου 2017

Lionheart - Second Nature (2017)


LIONHEART was formed in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Iron Maiden), Jess Cox (lead vocals, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), Steve Mann (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Liar), Rocky Newton (bass guitar/backing vocals, ex-Wildfire) and Frank Noon (drums, ex-Def Leppard). The band began playing gigs including regular shows at London's Marquee Club but had problems maintaining a consistent line-up. The core personnel of Dennis, Steve and Rocky remained but various singers passed through the band including Rueben Archer, John Farlham and Bob Hawthorn. They eventually settled as a 4-piece with Dennis and Rocky sharing lead vocal duties. The drummer's stool was variously occupied by Les Binks (ex Judas Priest), Niko McBrain (ex Trust and subsequently Iron Maiden) and Clive Edwards (ex Wild Horses).
Between 1981 and 1984 LIONHEART played regular live shows and filled the support slot for tours by both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. In between gigs they spent many hours writing and recording demos of new songs while searching for a record deal. It wasn't until 1984 that CBS Records in the USA offered them a contract, by which time they had recruited Chad Brown on lead vocals. They flew over to Los Angeles in March 1984 to record their debut album Hot Tonight with Kevin Beamish in the production chair and session man Bob Jenkins, who had previously worked with Leo Sayer and Kiki Dee, on drums. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and mixed at Kendun Recorders.
Upon their return to the England LIONHEART recorded a high-budget video for the single Die For Love. The late comic genius Rik Mayall played the part of the mad professor, which in later years achieved cult status on YouTube due in part to the wonderfully wooden acting of the band! Unfortunately, planned UK tours as support to Kansas and Foreigner were cancelled at the last moment. Promotion of the album suffered and LIONHEART found themselves in limbo. Chad Brown left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Keith Murrell, with Toby Sadler coming in on keyboards. More demos were recorded with the new line-up but unfortunately the momentum had been lost and the band eventually broke up. Rocky went on to record backing vocals on 2 Def Leppard albums and join Michael Schenker with Steve, while Dennis spent 15 years with Praying Mantis.

In 2016 Rich Cliffe, promoter of the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, asked LIONHEART to reunite for one performance and all original members, apart from Chad Brown, did so. The reunion created quite a stir, not least within the band itself, and it was decided to carry on with the subsequent recording of a new album followed by an acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock.
The new record, Second Nature, was created between November 2016 and May 2017 and was produced, engineered and mastered by Steve Mann in his own studio in Hannover. A mini tour of Japan with Praying Mantis was scheduled for June/July with further UK shows with Airrace in November/December. The album release on AOR Heaven throughout Europe is set for 25th August.
Current band line-up:
Lee Small (lead vocals)
Dennis Stratton (lead guitar / backing vocals)
Steve Mann (lead guitar / backing vocals)
Rocky Newton (bass guitar / backing vocals)
Clive Edwards (drums)


Upcoming tour dates:

With Praying Mantis:
30/06/2017 Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka - Japan
01/07/2017 Toyosu PIT - Tokyo - Japan

With Airrace:
30/11/2017 Fuel - Cardiff - Wales
01/12/2017 Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton - England
02/12/2017 The Underworld - London - England
03/12/2017 Hard Rock Hell - Sheffield - England
05/12/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle - England
06/12/2017 Bannermans - Edinburgh - Scotland

Hot Tonight (CBS/Epic) 1984
Unearthed – Raiders of the Lost Archives (Pony Canyon) 1999
Hot Tonight (Rock Candy digitally re-mastered re-release) 2012

Δευτέρα 3 Ιουλίου 2017

Da Vinci - Ambition Rocks (2017)

Release: 25 August 2017

With the release of “Ambition Rocks", their first album in 25 years, and with a new lineup, AOR & Classic Rock band Da Vinci returns with brand new songs.
The group was formed in Norway back in 1986, and after a short round with demos, the band got a record deal with Polygram Norway and released their debut album the following year.
Looking back on the Norwegian melodic rock of the 80’s, one of the bands to leave a major impression were undoubtedly Oslo’s Da Vinci. Enjoying as much radio play and charting nationally in the same league as Return, Stage Dolls and TNT, Da Vinci released two albums, ”Da Vinci” and ”Back in the Business” and a single in 91 “Ain't No Goodbyes/ Blame it on the radio”.
Their greatest hits were “Forever in My Heart” and “Tarquinia” from the first album; and “Call Me a Liar” and “9&10” from “Back in Business”. DaVinci was touring constantly from late 86 to 92 and did over 600 performances in Norway. They also played as support for Status Quo on their Christmas Remedy tour in 1989 in Great Britain together with Ole Evenrude. The last concerts were two gigs at Wembley Arena. They split up in 93, but Selboskar, Westlie and Aass continued to write songs together for a few years. Some of these demo songs were illegally released in Europe.
Jarle Måløy moved to the north of Norway. Bjørn Boge started Street Legal together with Bjørn Olav Lauvdal and Selboskar was in the band on keys several years. Gunnar Westlie formed his own band called Tjugods and Lars Aass started working as a songwriter at Waterfall Productions. In 2004 Selboskar and Westlie started to write AOR songs together again and formed Eidsivating with the drummer from Son of Angels, Geir Digernes, and after some years with a lot of songs and different members, this project ended up in today’s Da Vinci.

“Ambition Rocks”was produced by Sverre E Henriksen and DaVinci; drums recorded in Oslo at Klang Studios with Johnny Skalleberg. The album was mixed by Sverre E Henriksen in hangar 7 and mastered by Nick Terry. Artwork & videos by Dag Selboskar.


Κυριακή 2 Ιουλίου 2017

GRAND DELUSION - Supreme Machine (2017)

Release date: July 14, 2017
Grand Delusion have been active since 2011. Magnus and Mikael started up the band together with two guitarists to play 70s inspired hard rock. Nils Eklund and Joakim Gustafsson joined later the same year. A couple of guitarists passed through before Per joined in 2013. Then the band started to gel and get a musical unity. First album “The Last Ray of the Dying Sun” was recorded with this setting. Guitarist Nils left the band in 2014 due to musical differences and Björn joined as the new guitarist. Vocalist Joakim moved to Italy at the end of 2015 and left the microphone to Björn who took over the lead vocal duties, leading Grand Delusion into a new dimension.

The new release “Supreme Machine” is a step toward a heavier and darker sound.

The music
The riff-based songs are based on heavy and progressive 70-ies hard rock, mixed with NWOBHM, a pinch of grunge and retro-metal.

“Supreme Machine”  Full-length  2017
“Doomsday” Single 2016
“The Last Ray of the Dying Sun” Full-length 2015

All recordings have been made at Studio 13 in Vännäs, Sweden.

Sandra Truedson is the graphic artist behind the band logo and cover art for the albums and singles.


Σάββατο 1 Ιουλίου 2017

Antidote - The Rock Years (2017)

Part of the first wave of American Hardcore, ANTIDOTE released the iconic Thou Shalt Not Kill in 1983, soon after the band first came together in New York City's lower east side.

After shutting down as a hardcore band in 1986, ANTIDOTE reunited as a hard rock outfit in 1988. Led by guitar player / principal songwriter Robb Nunzio & vocalist / filmmaker Drew Stone, the band was heavily influenced by Guns & Roses, Judas Priest and similar bands of the era. They soon released the Garrett Uhlenbrock (The Ramones) produced album Return 2 Burn on Metropolis Records.

The band was a mainstay on the circuit in New York City at the time including The Limelight, The Cat Club and L'amour with many of it's contemporaries including Circus Of Power and Blitzspeer. ANTIDOTE released Viva Los Pendejos in 1991, but folded again for good a year later.

Following a 16 year hiatus, the band reunited in 2008 and is now enjoying a resurgence playing a combination of both styles. A compilation of the best tracks from multiple recordings from the 'Rock era' -  including Return 2 Burn, We're Comin Afta You and Road Warrior - have been compiled and remastered for this compilation release.

On June 9, Old School Metal Records will release ANTIDOTE The Rock Years on vinyl and digital download.

"Revisiting these tracks many years later was really great and now that they are remastered they sound better than ever" said Guitarist Nunzio.

"I am excited that the best of this era is finally going to see the light of day" said vocalist Drew Stone. "People in Europe have always requested these tracks and it's nice that they are finally going to get the star treatment."



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