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Tue
18
Sep

TREAT - Tunguska (Review)

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Release Date: 
2018
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock, AOR
Label: 
Frontiers
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Friday, September 14, 2018
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Treat really are on a blinder since reforming and this, their third studio album since then, is a testament to the ability of the band to keep delivering each time, yet do so in a fresh manner each time.
 
Tunguska is the perfect companion piece to the timeless classic Coup De Grace and the album between, the more modern sounding Ghost Of Graceland.
Tunguska has elements of both – the modern forward momentum of Ghost and the classic anthems of Coup.
 
In all honesty – if you’re a fan of Scani melodic rock, all three are as essential. Period!
 
So we have another high energy album here featuring 12 amazing compositions – all layered in vocal harmonies - 10 mid-up tempo tunes and a couple of monster ballads. Tomorrow Never Comes and the impossibly good Build The Love are genre defying classics.
 
The diversity among the tracks might give some fans reason to rate this downwind of the last 2 albums, but I embrace this evolution in Treat’s history. Best Of Enemies, Creeps and Man Overboard are probably the most challenging songs to dissect, but for me they still kill and add texture between the anthems of Always Have, Always Will; Progenitors and Rose Of Jericho.
It doesn’t stop there though, Riptide, All Bets Are Off and Undefeated give the last half more energy than the first.
 
The only caveat I will impose is the sequencing. I would not have chosen the running order of the songs as has been done here. I think there are a couple of options to make it even smoother.
 
Highly digestible Scandi melodic goodness right here. The band can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, and this makes 3 from 3 in the classic album stakes.
The choruses are huge, the hooks even bigger and the sound is baby bum-cheek fresh. The harmonies really are something!
 
I just love these guys. Get it!
Score: 
98
 
Tue
18
Sep

JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN - Voices From The Past (Showcase)

Friday, September 28, 2018
Release Date: 
September 28
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
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MelodicRock Records is excited to unveil the full album credits for 'Voices From The Past' - a very special double CD voyage into the heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen.
 
Track Listing (& Featured Vocalists)
 
CLICK SONG TITLES FOR SOUNDBYTES
 
Disc 1:
 
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Pre-order WALDO/ROSEN - Voices From The Past (2CD Set) $18 + $5 shipping worldwide (Out September 28)
 
 
 
 
Tue
18
Sep

OUTLOUD - Virtual Hero Society (Showcase)

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Release Date: 
Out NOw
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Worldwide
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OUTLOUD, the international melodic hard rock sensation consisting of Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and NYC-based singer Chandler Mogel has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, since its debut released on Frontiers Records in 2009, has appeared in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc.
 
They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on YouTube. Their songs appear on a handful of reputable compilations such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer & Classic Rock AOR and their track ‘We Run’ was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine. The band has toured in Europe and in its home-base country of Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication. The band begin a new chapter of their career with their fourth full-length album, ‘Virtual Hero Society’ (aka VHS) on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, a new, on-the-rise hard rock label out of Greece.
 
This is their first full-length since 2014’s ‘Let’s Get Serious’, and their second release on ROAR, the first being Destination: Overdrive - the Best of Outloud, which featured their popular cover of the Pointer Sisters' hit ‘I’m So Excited’, in 2015. This time, with the album title, theme and title track and first single, "Virtual Heroes", Outloud abandons their general "playful" approach and goes toward deeper subject matter, tackling what could be called the "double-edged sword" of technology in today's society, as evidenced by the album cover.
 
Chandler Mogel, the American lead singer of the band, comments on the albums concept: "I know that Outloud of course is known for all our good time rock and roll and party vibe and all that, however this is a very important subject that needs to be addressed to the masses. "Cell phones and social media in general are very convenient and allow us to communicate to a broader audience , however they have some negative aspects which stem from misuse that not all people may realize. We hope to do some good for the society at large by giving back an important message in that we really want people not to abuse them nor do we want people to lose their humanity for one another, because they are so "zoned out" by their phone screens, etc. Take the time to reach out and touch someone - for real."
 
According to Bob Katsionis: ‘This time we tried to achieve the most difficult task of all: to have a personal sound that reminds of no other production in the genre, by combing the best of the analog world with the big disco snare drum sound and the analog mixing with the virtues of the new age with synthesizers, distorted basses and metal guitars! Same thing we did with the title of the album: the nostalgia of the VHS tapes-era that also translates to the harsh reality of the Virtual Hero Society we live in!’
 
Outloud is:
Chandler Mogel - All Lead & Background Vocals
Bob Katsionis - Lead Guitars & Keys
Sverd - Bass
Jim Scordilis - Guitars
Thanos Pappas - Drums
 
 
 

 
Tue
18
Sep

BLACK STAR RIDERS Part Company With DAMON JOHNSON And Welcomes CHRISTIAN MARTUCCI

 
Black Star Riders are proud to announce that their new lead guitar player from January 1st 2019 will be Christian Martucci, from Stone Sour.
 
Christian will replace founding BSR member Damon Johnson, who has decided to part company with the band at the end of the year to concentrate on a solo career and session work.
 
Damon Johnson "3 excellent albums in 6 years with this great band is one of the proudest achievements of my career, and it has been glorious. My family and I have decided to focus our efforts into growing my solo career and I'm excited to be home more to take advantage of working and writing in Nashville. Though I'm moving on from BSR, I will continue to work with Ricky in "Warwick Johnson", and plan on being a part of any Thin Lizzy commitments in the future. Much love and continued success to the entire band and to the incredible Black Star Riders fans worldwide."
 
Scott Gorham “I just want to thank Damon for being part of the band and three great records together and I wish him all the best. For BSR it’s onwards and upwards!”
 
Ricky Warwick explains, “Damon Johnson is my bro and I love him. It’s been a wonderful journey for the last 6 years writing, recording and playing live with him, molding, building and making Black Star Riders into the formidable force that we have become. I totally respect his decision, he will always be family. I will miss him.”
 
Robert Crane added “I’m so thankful to have shared this amazing musical journey with our brother Damon. I’m hopeful our paths cross again one day. Love and respect to D.J. and his family.”
 
After auditions last month in Los Angeles with some incredible guitar players, Christian was chosen to take up the position vacated by Damon.
 
Ricky Warwick on Christian Martucci, “Christian Martucci is a sonic force of nature, an insanely talented guitar player and a wonderful human being and I’m delighted he has become part of the BSR family. His musical pedigree speaks for itself. He will be an amazing addition to Black Star Riders, bringing a new edge and dynamic presence to the band. I eagerly look forward to writing, recording album number 4 and touring the world with him, Robert, Scott and Chad. The best way to predict the future is to go and create it. The best is yet to come!”
 
Scott Gorham “I am really looking forward to sharing the stage with Christian. He is an amazing player and an awesome addition to the Black Star Riders family.”
 
Robert Crane add’s “Much like seeing Chad Szeliga playing our songs for the first time, we all knew from the first chord that Christian was the guy... Straight up, he’s a badass! Let’s go!”
 
Christian explains, “As a fan who’s been inspired by their music, it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of Black Star Riders. I’m really looking forward to this!”
 
Black Star Riders will head down for the first time to South America in November, joining Judas Priest (with Alice in Chains on some dates) for shows in Chile, Argentina & Brazil. Damon will not be with the band for this run, but his temporary replacement is long time friend of the band, Thunder guitarist Luke Morley.
 
They will finish off the year with some dates in the United Kingdom, which will be Damon’s last shows with the band.
 
 
The band will then enter the studio in early 2019 to record their fourth studio album for Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
 
Tour dates are below:
 
Nov 2nd Santiago, Chile – Pista Atletica Solid Rock Festival
Nov 4th Buenos Aires, Argentina – GEBA Solid Rock Festival
Nov 8th Curitiba, Brazil – Pedreira Paulo Leminski
Nov 10th Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Park Solid Rock Festival
Nov 11th Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - KM Hall
Nov 14th - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Expominas
Nov 28th Buckley, UK - Tivoli
Nov 29th Southampton, UK – Engine Room
Nov 30th Leamington Spa, UK – Assembly Rooms
Dec 1st Trecco Bay, UK – Planet Rockstock
Dec 2nd Holmfirth, UK - Picturedrome
Dec 3rd Sheffield, UK - Corporation
 
Christian Martucci Photo Credit: Matthew Stubs Phillips

 

 
Tue
18
Sep

FREAK KITCHEN - "Morons" (New Single)

 
With their new album ‘Confusion to the Enemy’ due for release on September 21, Sweden’s mighty Freak Kitchen are releasing a little taster in the form of new single ‘Morons’.
 
More on Freak Kitchen…Formed in Gothenburg in 1992 by guitarist Mattias ‘Ia’ Eklundh, Freak Kitchen soon began to earn a reputation for their ‘Corny-heavy-pop-rock-Latin-world-jazz-avant-garde-metal-blues-straight from hell’ and Eklundh in particular was in high-demand, with his guitar playing featuring on albums by Soilwork, Evergrey, Bumblefoot (Sons of Apollo/Guns n Roses), Jonas Hellborg, Panzerballet, amongst others…
 
Since then the band have continued in their singular vision, making a series of acclaimed albums that reflect their unbridled love of music of all kinds. Citing influences from Slayer to Dean Martin, Kiss to Mahavishnu Orchestra, Frank Zappa to Indian Carnatic music, a Freak Kitchen album is always a wide-reaching, experimental/progressive/metal smorgasbord.
 
FREAK KITCHEN discography;
‘Appetizer’ (1994)
‘Spanking Hour’ (1996)
Freak Kitchen’ (1998)
‘Dead Soul Men’ (2000)
‘Move’ (2002)
‘Organic’ (2005)
‘Land of the Freaks’ (2009)
‘Cooking with Pagans’ (2014)
 
"…the Freak Kitchen gang is exceeding every technical limit…" Prog Sphere

FREAK KITCHEN is:
Mattias ‘Ia’ Eklundh – Guitar/Vocals
Christer Hysén – Bass/Vocals
Björn Fryklund – Drums
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Tue
18
Sep

Clockwork Revolution - "Test My Pride" Official Video

 
CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION, featuring former members of Yngwie Malmsteen, Crimson Glory and Kamelot have released a new music video ‘Test My Pride’ from their debut album which was released via Sonic Night Music Club.
 
CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION is drummer Patrick Johansson (W.A.S.P., Yngwie Malmsteen) singer Wade Black (Leatherwolf, Crimson Glory), bassist Dirk Van Tilborg (Alias, Kamelot), and guitarist Dewayne Hart (Kinlin) delivering a powerful sound that draws from both modern and classic metal. Its' debut is packed full of straight forward metal that comes directly from the heart delivering an explosive mixture.
 
Tue
18
Sep

JIM PETERIK'S WORLD STAGE Returning In 2019

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With great pleasure, Frontiers Music Srl announces a new musical journey from the iconic songwriting maestro Jim Peterik, the Grammy Award winning songwriter/musician behind The Ides Of March, Pride Of Lions, formerly of Survivor, a man who has helped write hits for the Beach Boys, .38 Special, Sammy Hagar, and more. The time has now come for Jim to release the follow up to his now legendary "Jim Peterik’s World Stage" album, which will see a release in spring 2019.
 
"Listening to voices blending as one has always inspired me, going back to the Beatles and other great vocal groups. I decided to do the same thing and began contacting artists I had the pleasure of working with through the years," says Peterik.
 
Jim Peterik and World Stage is the opus that arose from that initial idea: the musical and spiritual collaboration of great artists and friends. The resulting album clearly displays the many talents of Jim Peterik, enhanced and embellished by a cast of noted singers and musicians.
 
The new album, “Winds of Change”, will be another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs, in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Lars Safsund and Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), and a very special previously unreleased track by the late great Jimi Jamison. More guests are to be announced too.
 
“Since the success of my first World Stage album back in 2001 and countless shows since, I have wanted to create a new musical legacy with this format,” says Jim.
 
Jim Peterik, through the years, has written or co-written some of rock's most memorable songs: "Vehicle" by the The Ides Of March (on which he was lead vocalist), "Eye Of The Tiger," "The Search Is Over," "High On You," and "I Can't Hold Back” for Survivor, hits for .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up In You," "Fantasy Girl," and "Rockin' Into The Night", "Heavy Metal" with Sammy Hagar, and many many more. Jim now a part of Pride of Lions with vocalist Toby Hitchcock, is one of the most esteemed and loved recording artists and songwriters, not only on the Frontiers label, but in the larger melodic rock community.
 
 
 
Mon
17
Sep

STEVE PERRY - Traces (Full Feature Review)

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content: 
92%
Produced By: 
Thom Flowers & Steve Perry
Running Time: 
40
Release Date: 
October 5
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
AOR, Soul
Label: 
Fantasy
Artist: 
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The return of Steve Perry is one thing, but the avalanche of publicity for the immediate release of a single and a full album due October 5, has been something else.
Such is the rarity of new Perry work, I have been writing for 22 years and only covered one new studio album – Journey’s Trial By Fire.
But here we are – Traces is the new album – a 10 track chronicle of Steve’s recent life experiences and a 15-track deluxe edition available via direct online or USA Target stores. This is a review of the standard/international edition. It will be updated with word on the additional 5 tracks ASAP.
 
To many – me included – Steve Perry is the voice of AOR, the definitive authority on just how good vocals can be. You have to get past the pure excitement factor of just getting to hear his voice again before you can objectively critique new material. I have given most of my personal favourite artists a serve at one point or another over the years, however, I’m pleased to say there’s not much to be critical of here – provided fans understand the reality of Steve Perry 2018.
 
The voice is rougher, raspier and it isn’t as strong as it once was. But that’s almost stating the bleeding obvious. Who would be at nearly 70 years of age?
What I care about is performance and songs and ‘Traces’ gets a tick in each column.
 
I can’t imagine anyone is surprised to hear this is a ballad filled, slow to mid-tempo record. And while some may struggle with the pace, I doubt any long time Perry fan is going to be disappointed.
Steve Perry at 70 is still Steve Perry. Just like hearing Neil Diamond at any stage in his career, so too is the joy of hearing Steve Perry. It’s that distinctive voice and those trademark inflections, that tone and that unmistakable delivery of mood and emotion that no one does better.
The characteristics and familiar style of Steve Perry’s past is all over this record. You can hear parts of ‘Street Talk’, ‘Strange Medicine’ and of course ‘Trial By Fire’ and other Journey-isms.
 
Taking a look at the songs themselves:
 
‘No Erasin’' is the upbeat easy to like, catchy as hell lead track (and single). I’ve enjoyed it from the start and I’m still enjoying it. Immediately memorable and the layered Motown harmonies are trademark Steve.
 
‘We're Still Here’ is the second track and a ballad as expected. It’s very smooth, very moody and features a more direct and unfiltered lead vocal. Textured with modern production effects and soulful harmonies, the chorus isn't big, but it's cool. Compared to the rest of the album’s ballads, it almost feels ‘up’, especially with the chorus.
 
'Most Of All' is a co-write with the great Randy Goodrum. It features a wonderful heartfelt vocal; slower and very sparse and smooth, this time lead primarily by Steve's voice and a grand piano. The chorus lifts tempo slightly as does Steve's voice. I picked it as a favourite from the first listen and that’s stayed true. Not unlike Strange Medicine's slower moments, plus a nice guitar solo and plenty of soul.
 
'No More Cryin' is yet another ballad, but each track has its own vibe, making the album far more enjoyable overall. This track has a touch of the Memphis blues about it and immediately reminds me of old school Steve. The chorus lifts the tempo and has some cool modern guitar riffing.
 
'In The Rain' is something very special. This is a very personal, very emotional piano ballad, formed with just a warm, soulful vocal, the piano and some lush orchestration. The vocal is amazing - very raw and haunting and Steve’s most ambitious high notes on the album. I can’t praise that enough and the vocal-melody makes the song.
 
'Sun Shines Grey' is co-written with John 5 and producer Thom Flowers. We've found the album’s other rocker, and it reminds me of modern day Rick Springfield mixed with Journey's Can't Tame The Lion. I could imagine Neal Schon playing on this, but John 5 is the man behind the riffs and also delivers a cool solo.
 
'You Belong To Me' is another soft piano ballad with accompanying string orchestration and an ultra-smooth and soulful vocal. There's some rasp in that voice its aged, but it’s still driven by those classic Perry nuances.
 
‘Easy To Love' is another stand out ballad. This one is characterised by some percussion and organ accompanying a slow, steady Motown style vocal. The chorus jumps in tempo with some classic Perry soul harmonies. This is definitely another ballad with a familiar vibe.
 
'I Need You' is a cover of the Beatles tune, a mere 2.59 in length, this ballad features the most familiar Perry vocal sound yet! Soft, slow, soulful...it’s the theme of the record.
 
Closing out the standard edition of this album 'We Fly' is another unique ballad. The first minute features just Steve's vocal. Talk about putting yourself out there! It’s an intense song that builds as it goes with atmospheric keyboards in the background.

And there you go. A very quick 40 minutes flies by as you immerse yourself in the music and lyrics of the maestro. It’s a very fine record, there’s no doubt. Immaculately produced and constructed, with equally impressive musical performances by the band assembled and also the orchestral parts. The soulful harmonies are classic Perry and lush in texture.
 
What I do like about this album is each ballad has its own style, its own emotion and its own unique energy. Overall, this is a very contemporary album. The two rockers are both very commercial and the ballads could be lifted from any era. It’s a mood album…but perfect for when you’re in that mood.
 
It's Steve ‘MF’ Perry. It’s also very very good.

 

Score: 
92
 
Mon
17
Sep

BOB KULICK Comments on Kiss Kruise 8 & Future Plans

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Since the success of our KISS Kruise 7 & Indy Expo performances, I had hoped that the Kulick Brothers could play more shows together.
 
Many of you have asked why I will not be appearing on KISS Kruise 8 and give you a repeat performance of last years epic show.
 
Unfortunately due to a contractual dispute that couldn’t be resolved, I will not be on KK8.
 
However I have 2 Kiss related events coming up:
 
I will be producing a song for the campers at Paul Stanley’s Las Vegas Rock & Roll Fantasy Camp on Oct 6th
 
I will be appearing at The Hangar Pre Kiss Kruise Party Event On October 30 and I have a special surprise for all you KISS fans !!!
 
It has been a busy year for me producing artists and bands , writing music and preparing for some major recording projects which are in pre-Production now. I cant wait to share these new projects with all of you!
 
Also, this past year The Orchard released my first solo cd with 24 guest artists “SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET “ to incredibly great reviews!!
 
I have a video coming out soon of a song I did with David Glen Eisley titled “India”.
 
UK label Cherry Red has reissued my Skull Cd “ No Bones About It’ , along with another Skull cd title of unreleased songs titled “Now More Than Ever “
 
Looking forward to seeing you all soon !!!!
 
Hopefully in the future there will be other opportunities for Bruce and I to share the stage.
 
Bob Kulick.

 

 
Mon
17
Sep

Dark Sarah - "Sky Sailing"

 
The Finnish cinematic metal band Dark Sarah just released a music video for "Sky Sailing", the third single from their new album "The Golden Moth".
 
"The Golden Moth" will be released on September 21st in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
"The Golden Moth" is the last part of the first Dark Sarah trilogy (The Chronicles). The trilogy tells about Dark Sarah's travel through three worlds: The Middle World ("Behind The Black Veil" album), The Underworld ("The Puzzle" album) and The Upper World ("The Golden Moth" album).
 
On "The Golden Moth" album Dark Sarah has to face the final test and find her way to the gods in the Upper World. After she had solved the puzzle in The Underworld and found the three keys, the Iron birds came there for her and took her to the Upper World, a deserted waste land where the gods rule. But also a trespasser, The Dragon, came with her. In the heat of the desert they meet again and there is something The Dragon wants from her..a
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