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ACE FREHLEY Reveals His Influences on 'Origins Vol. 1'

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ACE FREHLEY ANNOUNCES COVERS LP, ORIGINS VOL. 1
"WHITE ROOM"
- first single out February 12th
 
PAUL STANLEY SINGS "FIRE AND WATER"
FIRST RECORDING WITH ACE + PAUL IN 18 YEARS!
 
ALL STAR LINE UP OF GUESTS + TRACKLIST ANNOUNCED
OUT APRIL 15, 2016
 
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ACE FREHLEY has announced Origins Vol. 1, a covers album featuring some of the biggest names in rock and roll, on April 15, 2016 through SPV/Steamhammer in Europe, available as digipak, 2LP and download. Most notably, KISS frontman PAUL STANLEY joins Ace on Free's hit "Fire and Water." This collaboration marks the first time that Ace and Paul appear on the same recording since KISS' 1998 reunion album Psycho Circus.
 
Other guests are none other than Slash trading leads on Thin Lizzy's classic "Emerald," Lita Ford singing and playing lead on The Troggs' staple "Wild Thing," Rob Zombie guitarist John 5 playing guitar on the KISS song "Parasite" and Jimi Hendrix' "Spanish Castle Magic," and Pearl Jam's Mike McCreedy plays guitar on Ace's mainstay "Cold Gin."
 
Ace will be as active as ever on the road in 2016 dates will be announced as soon as possible. Ace will be joined on the road by Richie Scarlet (rhythm, guitar and vocal duties), Chris Wyse on bass and vocals (The Cult), Scott Coogan on drums (Nikki Sixx’s Brides of Destruction).
 
Origins Vol. 1 will be the follow up to Space Invader, released in 2014. Space Invader was Frehley's first studio album in five years, and the album charted all over Europe.
 
Space Invader, received high praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise," while Associated Press hailed, "The original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978." Paste Magazine also confirmed, "Space Invader is a good rock album, and it’s an even better guitar record."
 
Tracklisting:
 
1. White Room (original by Cream) 5:04
2. Street Fighting Man (original by The Rolling Stones) 4:00
3. Spanish Castle Magic (original by Jimi Hendrix, feat. John 5) 3:34
4. Fire and Water (original by Free, feat. Paul Stanley) 4:11
5. Emerald (original by Thin Lizzy, feat. Slash), 4:28
6. Bring It On Home (original by Led Zeppelin) 4:25
7. Wild Thing (original by The Troggs, feat. Lita Ford) 3:44
8. Parasite (Kiss, feat. John 5) 4:04
9. Magic Carpet Ride (original by Steppenwolf) 3:43
10. Cold Gin (Kiss, feat. Mike McCreedy) 5:17
11. Till The End Of The Day (original by The Kinks) 2:26
12. Rock N Roll Hell (Kiss) 6:32

The track "White Room" will be released as the first single and is available on all digital platforms tomorrow Friday February 12th.

You can hear the song already on the ROLLING STONE homepage:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ace-frehley-announces-new-lp-white-room-cover-paul-stanley-reunion-20160210

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Thu
11
Feb

RICK SPRINGFIELD - Rocket Science (Review)

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Produced By: 
Rick Springfield & Matt Bissonette
Running Time: 
45
Release Date: 
February 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Pop / Rock / Country
Score: 
100
Label: 
Frontiers
 
Rick Springfield has never made the same album twice. Take a look back through his career, even as far back as his 1971 debut Beginnings, he has changed his sound continually along the way. There have been albums with a similar musical theme running through them, but never two records quite the same.
 
In recent years Rick has been more eclectic than ever. From the various sessions that formed the melodic introspect of Karma; to the straight up aggression and angst of Shock Denial Anger Acceptance; to the modern rock theme of the uptempo and personal Venus In Overdrive and Songs For The End Of The World albums – there’s always something new to digest.
In the same way that Karma followed the Sahara Snow compilation; Rick follows last year’s Stripped release with his brand new 18th studio album.
 
Rick continues his career renaissance with Rock Science, an album that for me completes the trilogy of releases co-written with bassist Matt Bissonette. It really does continue the sound and style encompassed in Venus and Songs, albeit with a completely new twist.
A country twist.
 
That word frightens some, but it shouldn’t. Any long time Rick fan will already be comfortable with the notion as it has appeared as a musical influence before in the 70s, again in the 80s (What Kind Of Fool Am I) and even in the 90s with Karma (a very similar acoustic base used on several tracks).
And anyone that enjoyed the utterly brilliant Songs or Venus albums will find instant familiarity in Rocket Science, as the same pop base has been used with the songwriting. Essentially those two records are modern pop albums with heavier guitars.
Rocket Science is the exact same premise, just with a lighter, breezier feel and heavier emphasis on country influences.
 
It threw me at first, it really did. But after 3 or 4 listens it just sounded like Rick. Like it was something he’s been doing all along.
In fact it is a joy to hear Rick and Matt’s songs over the bed of instrumentation here, which includes the banjo, pedal steel, mandolin, fiddle and violin.
 
Rocket Science features some of the most unbelievably catchy songs of Rick’s career. It’s quite simply one hook after another from start to finish. The dressing may be different, but the main course is hit songs.
 
And the production and especially the mix on this album is sensational. It’s no easy feat to balance the many layers a Rick Springfield album always offers into a listenable package, but to go and add so many new instruments and make them all audible within the songs is, frankly, astonishing. Credit there goes to Nashville pro Justin Niebank, who Rick brought in for his expertise in working with the acoustic instruments.
 
The other immediately obvious aspect of the new album is the lyrical and music positivity. In Rick’s own words, he thought it time to stop ‘pissing and moaning’, which I think is an apt description of what this album doesn’t do. It really is so damn positive and the songs really give off that ‘up’ vibe. Some of the songs on here are simply some of the catchiest, happiest songs of Rick’s career.
And awesome to see longtime associates Tim Pierce and Jeff Silverman amongst the album credits.
 
Track by Track:
 
Light This Party Up is exactly what it sounds like – a concert anthem that’s just begging to be played loud. The title sounds country and the song is indeed that – but one of the more hard rocking country tracks I’ve heard and the steel guitar is turned to 11. It rocks along at a terrific pace and is the album’s most obviously simplistic lyric.
 
Down on the other hand is a wonderful complex, feel good lyric that for me has the exact same impact as track 2 on both Venus (I’ll Miss That Someday) and Songs (Our Ship’s Sinking). An uptempo anthem that has a lot of instrumentation going on under the vocal (as do all tracks), with the acoustic instruments overridden by electric ones in this instance. Another Rick classic.
 
That One is one of the stronger country themed tracks here, but it also features some modern production effects and something that Rick hasn’t done, that is, change his vocal delivery. So this is basically a Karma style mid-tempo modern pop song that is utterly addictive.
The chorus is impossible not to like and the lyrics are again personal and encouraging. The twang of steel guitar becomes less noticeable and sinks in as part of Rick’s natural sound.
 
The Best Damn Thing is another wonderful lyric wrapped in a feel good uptempo pop/country/rocker with another unforgettable singalong chorus.
Rick’s regular guitar sound mixes with mandolins and slide guitar seamlessly and while it’s one of the most obvious country tunes here, the fast moving tempo and catchiness is impossible to deny. It’s now one of my very favourites. Can you hear the reference to What Kind Of Fool Am I?
 
There’s always a left turn within a Rick album and there’s a few on this album. Miss Mayhem is one and the most stark. Starting with a banjo riff (yes!) over a swapy vocal, it then turns heavy with a bluesy hard driving riff and a chorus not like any other on the album. A good dose of guitar for those who might be craving such. A late-song vocal bridge is not unlike something from Sahara Snow.
 
Pay It Forward is pop perfection. Unbelievably catchy and driven by steel guitar, banjos and violins, the country themed pop rocker is brilliant. Impossible not to sing along to, this tune could be on pop or country radio alongside any modern artist. It reminds me heavily of The Hooters when they take on that Celtic sound so well.
 
Found is about as country as it gets. The acoustic based ballad is backed with every kind of Nashville instrument and overtone, with fiddle and violins at the forefront. But the vocal is so honest and pure; plus there’s another impossibly catchy hook. The song is every bit as essential as any other track here. It’s not a slow ballad by at stretch and features a full rounded chorus.
 
Crowded Solitude is another track that’s driven by country instruments and soul. More inspiring lyrics and a singalong barn dance style chorus makes for yet another very catchy track, even if it might be quite removed from what fans of a rockier Rick Springfield might wish for. For those that have liked the album so far, there’s no dip in quality here.
 
Let Me In is the re-recording of a bonus track from the last album. Another great example of how the style from Songs bleeds into Rock Science. This song is perfect for the format in play here. Rick’s vocal is warmer and richer and the added country influences make this another sure fire hit single given half the chance.
 
We talk about left turns on Rick albums all the time. All Hands On Deck is not only a left turn, it’s a complete U-turn from the middle lane on a crowded freeway.
This is simple extraordinary song and one of Rick’s fastest moving and catchiest songs ever. It is unlike anything he has ever recorded before.
Starting with a slow steel guitar intro and vocal, the song explodes into this crazy Celtic stomp that reminds me of an 18th Century sea shanty. It’s The Hooters meets Captain Pugwash with a gallon of rum thrown in. Brilliant.
 
We Connect is a song that will sound much more familiar to Rick fans. This is almost free of any country instrumentation. Rather it is a darker, heavier and moodier song that sounds like it could easily have come straight from Songs For The End Of The World. It’s another very fine addition to the folder of Rick angst songs and I’m sure will be a favourite for many. Wonderful haunting lyrics too.
 
(I Wish I Has A) Concrete Heart takes things back on message with a breezy acoustic driven pop/rock song with some modern production loops and personal lyrics. The chorus bursts to life with another instantly likeable hook. It’s just another brilliant song that follows a string of other brilliant songs.
 
Earth To Angel is the perfect way to close this amazing album. A breezy pop/country song with a more rocking chorus (catchy as always) that combines the influences of this album in a feel good song that again reminds me of The Hooters.
 
Unfortunately the only bonus track of the several listed available that I can comment on is the one with the Japanese version of the album. Jessie’s Girl (2016) is nothing like what I anticipated. It’s a complete reimagining of the song, with new bridge harmonies and a completely new musical bed that brings the song into a darker, modern realm, with increased programming and a huge new hook to really invigorate this old classic.
Makes me wonder what Rick could do with some of his other 80s classics. Next album perhaps?

And after 45 minutes (49 with the bonus track) the ride is over. It may be a hayride, but it’s a hayride with electric guitars, modern rock production, a million dollar mix and 13 of the catchiest songs you’ll hear from any one artist on one album.
 
I know what some will be thinking. If this is such a great album, surely I would be leaning towards other modern country artists to listen to. But no… It’s not the country style of this record that makes it great – it’s Rick’s lyrics, his vocal nuances and the mix of his recent style with something new. It all comes together to make a catchy as hell album whose songs would work in any style.
 
I can’t understate the brilliance of these songs. The style might not suit everyone, but I have to think that this could be the best produced album of Rick’s career. Everything is just packed in so brilliantly, with all instruments clearly audible and Rick’s vocal performance is one of a 30 year old.
 
The country influences might turn some away, but they will be the folks missing out. I hadn’t planned a perfect score, but over the last 8 weeks I haven’t stopped playing this. Just brilliant.
 
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CHRIS OUSEY Launches New Solo 'Dream Machine' April 22

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Heartland/Ozone vocalist CHRIS OUSEY will release his second solo album 'Dream Machine' via Escape Music April 22.
 
Track list: This Is the Life / Another Runaway / War / Dream Machine / Tearing It All Down / Into Your Dream / Moment Of Madness / Gone Long Gone / Better Time To Come / Eager To Please / Return To Me / Flesh On The Bone (bonus track)
 
Chris Ousey: Lead vocals and backing vocals
Chris Green: Lead Guitars
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Andy Loos: Bass Guitars
Lars Chriss: Drums
Backing vocals: Ged Rylands and Paul Hume
Tommy Denander: Lead Guitars, Rhythm Guitars and Keyboards
 
Produced by Lars Chriss and Khalil Turk
Mixed and Arranged By Lars Chriss
Mastered by Mike Lind
Executive Producer Khalil Turk
 
All songs by Chris Ousey and Tommy Denander except track 9; Better Time To Come by Chris Ousey, the late Christian Wolf and Tommy Denander.
 
Chris Ousey has had an excellent singing career that goes way back to the times of Monroe, Virginia Wolf, the fantastic Heartland an outstanding solo recording and more recently Snakecharmer. He is nicknamed The man with the golden tonsils and that is a fine accolade indeed for he has earned it. His effortless vocal range has gained him a top spot in the world of classic UK hard rock.
 
Chris has already delivered us a fine solo album in 2011 called Rhyme and Reason with Mike Slamer at the production helm. It was very warmly received by fans and critics alike and featured some fantastic songs.
 
The New CD Dream Machine is an extension of the foundations laid down four years ago: we have huge choruses, great songs and a production second to none. Chris further cements his reputation as one of the UK's greatest vocalists with an effortless performance that will attract new fans to his already strong fanbase. With guests such as Tommy Denander, Adam Wakeman and Lars Chriss the scene is set for a great melodic rock album which will be a prime contender for album of the year. Chris is like a mature wine, his voice gets better with age…
 
 
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Feb

DANGER ZONE Sign to Pride & Joy for New CD 'Closer To Heaven'

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PRIDE & JOY MUSIC (Edel/Comeback Media Distribution) is happy to announce the signing of Italian Melodic Rock band DANGER ZONE! The band most recently has completed their third album entitled “Closer To Heaven” and the release date is scheduled for April 15th, 2016.
 
At this link, you can listen to some excerpts of the album: https://soundcloud.com/germusica/danger-zone-closer-to-heaven-pr-sampler
 
When guitarist Roberto Priori started the Italian band DANGER ZONE in the early 80s a long hard road lay ahead of them. In 1984 they released the LP “Victim Of Time”.
In the spring of 1988 DANGER ZONE eventually opened up for Heavy Metal legends Saxon in Verona, Italy and following the performance promoter and manager Francesco Sanavio offered DANGER ZONE a production deal which included the plan to break into the US market. Almost a year later in May 1989 the new album "Line Of Fire" began to take shape when executive producer Stephan Galfas (Meat Loaf, Savatage, Stryper, John Waite and Saxon) got involved and his colleagues Jody Gray and Mark Cobrin, both successful with the Japanese Hard Rock outfits Loudness and EZO, took over the production duties.
 
Due to adverse circumstances the finished album got shelved at first, but as the years went by "Line Of Fire" reached an underground cult status when Rock magazines, fanzines and dedicated fans of the band continuously demanded its release. Finally in 2011 the "Line Of Fire" CD saw the light of day through a German label. The band already got back together in 2010.
 
In the year 2012, the guys released their follow-up album “Undying” and played several gigs in Italy. To promote this release, the group played several shows in Italy and some Summer Festivals.In March 2014 they released a single and a video of the E.Z.O.'s song "Fire Fire", a tribute to a legendary Japanese band of the 80's, now featuring new bass player Matteo Minghetti. While keeping playing live, the Danger Zone started to work on the compositions for a new album.  The sound now turned out to be more melodic than before so they decided to add Pier Mazzini (Perfect View) and Whitesnake's Michele Luppi on keyboards.
 
In Summer of 2015 the Italians started the recordings with Roberto Priori and Jody Gray producing at the PriStudio in Bologna; as before the engineering duties were handled by Roberto himself. The whole album has a very positive energy and attitude. Hard Rock and AOR were mixed together and as a result, the band feels even better presented than it was never before. That’s why they decided to call the album "Closer To Heaven", it marks a step towards their own identity and sound. The band is currently rehearsing with the added guitar player Danilo Faggiolino to get ready to bring this new chapter of the band on the road. Stay tuned!
 
 
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INTUITIVE - Reset (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records continues its strong affinity with exotic artists, quality melodic hard rock and fostering new artists that deserve exposure alongside the icons of the business.
 
One artist that fits all three of the above criteria is Portugese rockers INTUITIVE.
 
MRR will release Intuitive’s debut album ‘Reset’ on February 26.
 
GET IT FIRST! PRE-ORDER INTUITIVE 'Reset' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - INTUITIVE and STAR CHASE for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
Intuitive is the brainchild of ex-Faithfull guitarist Rui Martins. After the end of Faithfull - a project that reached the charts in Japan with its two albums - guitarist and songwriter Rui Martins continued to compose music while playing live with his cover band Roadies, a band with 21 years in the business.
 
It’s in the midst of the Roadies family that Martins meets Alexandre “Xano” Fernandes, their former singer and also ex-Winesnake (Whitesnake tribute band). Owner of a deep voice and great stage presence, Alexandre Fernandes is the right choice to handle the vocal duties. For the bass spot, Martins invites his longtime friend and ex-Faithfull band mate, Mário Barbosa.
João Colaço (ex-Rage of Angels), one of the most sought-off session drummers in Portugal, completes the quartet.
 
And so Intuitive is born - with no score to settle with the past and with their eyes set on the future. Melodic and powerful hard rock with a positive attitude is the soundtrack for this journey.  
 
The story is yet to be written, but Intuitive will try to write it with passion. With enthusiasm and humility, the band is ready to showcase the music in all corners of the world, and is thrilled to join the ranks of MelodicRock Records with this first release. Called ‘Reset’, it represents that fresh new start that we all, sometimes, seem to need and that the world so urgently desires.  
 
Intuitive‘s debut ‘Reset‘ will be released via MRR on February 26.
 
Pre-orders available now. Check out two FULL LENGTH preview tracks!
 

 

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Feb

STAR CHASE - The New Day (Showcase)

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The New Day
Produced By: 
Star Chase
Running Time: 
44
Release Date: 
February 26
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
 
In keeping with MelodicRock Records’ commitment to supporting new talent, the label is proud to announce the signing of another great new artist and their debut album – this time it’s from Melbourne melodic rockers STAR CHASE.
 
Star Chase is a new 5 piece melodic rock band featuring a very familiar name on lead vocals/guitars – Jason Old from The Radio Sun (and previously Safire, Square one, Someone Elses Life).
 
Joining Jason in Star Chase are:
Steve Martret - lead guitars/vocals (Safire); Gilbert Annese - drums (Square One,Someone Elses Life); Aaron Suter - keyboards/vocals (Safire); and Anthony Wong - bass/vocals (Someone Elses Life)
 
After the 15th anniversary of the original Safire EP, Steve and Jase began writing together initially for fun, with no other plan other than to write as many songs as they could. This eventually led to having over 20 songs written in a few months. After putting the band together it was clear there was a chemistry so the next step was to record an album with no real expectation. The resulting, The new day is collection of 11 rocking tunes for fans of “two guitar & keyboard“ rock with huge harmonies.
 
This band has their own unique sound. The New Day is an album that will delight fans of Jason and The Radio Sun, but also fans of classic feel good melodic rock, Australian style AOR and songswith big hooks and even bigger harmonies.
 
Star Chase’s debut album will be released via MRR on February 26.
 

PRE-ORDERS OPEN!

 
GET IT FIRST! PRE-ORDER STAR CHASE 'The New Day' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - STAR CHASE and INTUITIVE for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
Get ready for The New Day by checking out TWO FULL LENGTH TRACKS from the debut!
 
 
 

 

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CHICAGO Comment on Hall Of Fame Induction Without Cetera

 
CHICAGO Official Statement:
 
"The rock group, Chicago, is honored to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 8 in New York and are looking forward to performing at the event.
 
The four original band members, Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, Jimmy Pankow and Walt Parazaider, will be there as well as former original band member Danny Seraphine.
 
Peter Cetera, despite the best efforts of the Rock Hall and the band to reach a happy middle ground, made his decision not to participate. He has made it clear twice now that he will not attend or perform. Cetera, who was an original band member, has been gone for over 30 years.
 
Chicago have performed consistently every year heading into their 50th anniversary without ever missing a year.
 
Says manager Peter Schivarelli, “The band has looked forward to this day since they got word of their induction. They’ve waited a long time and are excited to perform for their fans and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame crowd.”
 
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SHIRAZ LANE Debut 'For Crying Out Loud' Out April 15

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Frontiers Music Srl is proud to present the debut album from SHIRAZ LANE, entitled 'For Crying Out Loud', which will be released on April 15, 2016.
 
Formed in 2011, Shiraz Lane is a young, energetic, ambitious, authentic hard rock group from Vantaa, Finland. Although wearing inspiration from big masters like Aerosmith, SKID ROW and Guns N' Roses on their sleeves, the band has a sound and style all their own. Members of some of the biggest bands in Scandinavia - The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Children Of Bodom, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate among others - have all described Shiraz Lane as being one of the most entertaining bands they have ever seen in the underground music scene, bringing something new to the table in terms of both music and live performance! Notwithstanding their young age (the band members are all in their 20's), the guys are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud and genuine.
 
'We started working on our debut album in mid-August 2015 after receiving confirmation about details and deadlines from Frontiers Music Srl' says guitarist Miki Kalske. 'We were actually extremely busy at the time since we did an extensive Finnish tour in September, so the Shiraz factory was working pretty much around the clock. In retrospect it was good to have a tight agenda, since the songs came out very naturally and with a steady pace. After we felt confident enough with the songs, we joined forces with our producer Ben Varon and analyzed them meticulously, re-arranged parts, rehearsed, re-rehearsed etc. Before hitting the studio to lay down the final tracks.'
 
On the final result, 'For Crying Out Loud', the band shows they have learned all the tricks in the book and they're now ready to take on the world.
 
'The album is not conceptual, but it is definitely a tight knitted package so that every song has its own natural place in the running order' continues Kalske. 'All in all the record turned out to be an ass-kicking Hard Rock gem with a large scope of different emotions and feelings included. Variety would be a good key word to describe the album throughout, although bowing down to our own sound and style. An important notion would be to listen to the lyrics and message we are trying to send to the listeners out there ' we don't wan't to preach, but if our music can act as an eye-opener on some level and send positive vibrations out to the world during these darker times, I would say we have done something right!'
 
Shiraz Lane debuted with a two song single release, "Out There Somewhere" and "Money Talks" in October 2014. The band expanded upon those two tracks to release a five track EP, "Be The Slave Or Be The Change" in the spring of 2015. It was extremely well received by both the public and the press in Scandinavia and the single ''Mental Slavery'' could even be described as an underground hit. Following the EP release, the band has put out four music videos, played the biggest Finnish summer festivals and also performed in places like Toronto, Canada, Finland Fest in Tokyo Japan and Wacken Open Air in Germany. In the autumn of 2015, Shiraz Lane did an extensive national tour supporting fellow countrymen Santa Cruz. Although music is not a matter of competition, it should be mentioned the band won the Hard Rock Rising 2014 and Wacken Metal Battle 2015. The hype culminated with an international record deal with Frontiers Music Srl, which was signed and sealed in September.

'We have grown to fill the boots of the endangered Dinosaurus of Rock and continue the legacy of authentic, rocking and meaningful music' concludes Miki Kalske. 'We are thrilled to let you guys experience a full-length insight in our musical minds and assure that this is going to be the best possible news for the fans out there after a heartsick and grieving turn of the year. Heads up and play this record loud and proud ' we certainly will!'

'For Crying Out Loud' tracklisting includes:

Wake Up
Momma's Boy
House Of Cards
Begging For Mercy
Same Ol' Blues
Mental Slavery
Behind The 8-Ball
For Crying Out Loud
Bleeding
M.L.N.W.
Kill Me (With Your Love) (Bonus track digital version)

SHIRAZ LANE:
Hannes Kett - Lead Vocals
Jani Laine - Lead Guitar
Miki Kalske - Rhythm Guitar
Joel Alex - Bass
Ana Willman - Drums

Weblinks: www.facebook.com/ShirazLane

 
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Escape Music Announce the Signing of Female Fronted Band EPIC

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Escape Music is Delighted to Announce The Signing Of Female Fronted Band EPIC!

Track Listing: Love Will Find a way / Like a Phoenix / I can take you / Sleepless / All I need / Angels / My Everything / I need you / Save a little love / Nah Nah Nah

Tanya Rizkala: vocals / Mario Agostine: Guitars / Souheil "Sous" Moukaddem: Drums / Mike Ganime: Bass.

Produced by: Mario Agostine
Mixed by: Alessandro Del Vecchio
Mastered by: Chris Jones

Epic is Canadian, American, and Lebanese Rock band.  A power quartet drawing on years of experience and musicianship and playing in international venues and large arenas.

They are well-known for their hard-driving energy with Tanya's powerful vocal range, Mario's melodic guitar-driven riffs, and a "rock-solid" rhythm section with "Sous" on drums and Mike on Bass.  This die-hard rock formation has wasted no time getting to work as soon as they met; they have been writing, composing, and recording their upcoming Album entitled "Like A Phoenix".

Their music can be described like a super hybrid of bands such as the rocky Saraya, Headpins and Witness and also displays finesse a la Heart, and Winger . It’s a long time since we heard a powerful female fronted rock band as good as this quartet and they are already playing to massive audiences..
“Like a Phoenix” is being released soon by Escape Music and we hope you like this “old school” rock band who have brought that classic female fronted rock sound that we all love into the forefront of rock again..

www.Escape-Music.com

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DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES Announce Summer 2016 Dates

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AMPHITHEATER TOUR WITH SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS AND TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
KICKS OFF MAY 13

Tickets On Sale Starting Friday, Feb. 12 at LiveNation.com

 
LOS ANGELES (Feb. 9, 2016) - Multi-platinum selling music artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES announced a summer amphitheater tour today.  Produced by Live Nation, the tour featuring Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, will kick off on Friday, May 13 and will make stops in 21 cities throughout the country including Los Angeles, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Seattle and more.  A full list of tour dates and venues is below. (Photo credit: Mick Rock)

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for beginning today Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass Program.* For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. local time at www.livenation.com. Fans with the Live Nation mobile app will have access to a password-free presale starting Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10:00 a.m. The app pre-sale is only valid for Ticketmaster-ticketed venues.  The app is available via the App Store and Google Play.

Friends of Daryl and John, Gene (Fred Armisen) and Clark (Bill Hader) from soft rock's seminal band, The Blue Jean Committee, have created a special video announcing the summer 2016 tour:  https://youtu.be/XNb5ZCR08ho. To see the whole story of the Blue Jean Committee check out the IFC app.   The second season of Documentary Now! premieres in the Fall on IFC.

DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES SUMMER 2016 TOUR


Friday, May 13, 2016 Dallas, TXGexa Energy Pavilion
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Houston, TXCynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 Austin, TXAustin360 Amphitheater
Thursday, May 19, 2016 Atlanta, GALakewood Amphitheatre
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Tampa, FLMIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 Charlotte, NCPNC Music Pavilion
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Washington, DCJiffy Lube Live
Sunday, July 10, 2016 Philadelphia, PABB&T Pavilion
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Holmdel, NJPNC Bank Arts Center
Thursday, July 14, 2016 Bangor, MEDarling's Waterfront Pavilion
Saturday, July 16, 2016 Boston, MAXfinity Center
Monday, July 18, 2016 Detroit, MIDTE Energy Music Theatre
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Cincinnati, OHRiverbend Music Center
Friday, July 22, 2016 Chicago, ILHollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Sunday, July 24, 2016 Indianapolis, INKlipsch Music Center
Friday, September 09, 2016 Seattle, WAWhite River Amphitheatre
Monday, September 12, 2016 Morrison, CORed Rocks Amphitheatre
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 Phoenix, AZAk-Chin Pavilion
Sunday, September 18, 2016 Concord, CAConcord Pavilion
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Los Angeles, CAHollywood Bowl*
Friday, September 23, 2016 Las Vegas, NVMGM Grand Garden Arena

*Citi presale not applicable to this date
All dates, cities and venues below subject to change.

Daryl Hall and John Oates are the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history. From the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch" from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums-'76's Bigger Than Both of Us, '80's Voices, '81's Private Eyes, '82's H2O, '83's Rock N Soul, Part I and '84's Big Bam Boom. The era would also produce an additional 5 Top 10 singles, "Sara Smile," "One on One," "You Make My Dreams," "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love." By 1987, the RIAA recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the NUMBER-ONE SELLING DUO in music history, a record they still hold today.

On May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI's 56th annual Pop Awards. The award has previously gone to the Bee Gees, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Paul Simon, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, James Brown, Ray Davies, Carlos Santana and Dolly Parton.
In 2014, Daryl and John were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 2016 finds Daryl Hall and John Oates very much at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.

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AOR Heaven Signs IMPERIUM for March Release

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AOR HEAVEN is proud to announce the signing of upcoming Finnish Melodic Hard Rock act IMPERIUM, the solo project of STRIKE drummer, Mika Brushane. The album “Dreamhunter” will be released on March 18th, 2016 and feat. guest musicians from Thunderstone, Kenziner and Dreamtale amongst others.

 
In further news, two other AOR Heaven bands, RECKLESS LOVE and CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT, have released new video clips. They’re available at these links:
 
CHAMPLIN, WILLIAMS, FRIESTEDT “Carry On” (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTIigZHWIeY
 
RECKLESS LOVE - “Monster” (Official Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biQ_gfU4VOs
 

Product: Imperium - Dreamhunter

Release date: 18.03.2016

 
Imperium is the solo project of STRIKE drummer Mika Brushane.

Mika has been playing drums and percussion in various bands since 1981 and has played all genres from jazz to metal and composed songs for different genres and this legacy of mixed genres can be heard in the IMPERIUM songs! The music is a combination of Hard Rock and Melodic Metal and it has a big dose of 80’s feel and sounds in it.

The project started in 2012 when Mika composed a new song for the new STRIKE album and realized that there were more songs in him that needed to be released. For this project, he wrote all songs and lyrics, and was playing all drums, bass, keyboards and singing backing vocals.
 
All lead vocals and guitars were taken care off by various very talented musicians from the Finnish metal/rock scene.  The album’s post production was mixed by Erkka Korhonen (Urban Tale, Northern Kings, Ari Koivunen, Raskasta Joulua) and mastered by the legendary Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of bodom, Stratovarius, HIM etc.) The album was produced and recorded during 2012-2015 by Mika himself at his Groovehouse studio in Vantaa, Finland.

 
IMPERIUM is:

Mika Brushane - Music, lyrics, drums, bass, keyboards and backing vocals

 
Guest musicians:

Pasi Rantanen - Vocals & guitars (THUNDERSTONE / WARMEN / STRIKE / KING COMPANY)
Markku Kuikka - Vocals & guitars (KENZINER / STATUS MINOR / The RAGGED SAINTS)
Nisse Nordling  - Vocals  (DIRGE ETERNAL / ex-DREAMTALE / ex-ANTHRIEL)
Samuli Federley - Guitars (STANDING OVATION / REVERSION)
Toni Huovinen -  Guitars (SENTIMENT)
Ade Manninen -  Guitars (ENFARCE / AGENESS / ANDROIDS)
Vocalists: Dreamhunter/ Markku Kuikka, Heaven is falling  / Nisse Nordling, Wasted years / Markku Kuikka, Always Forever / Markku Kuikka, Fire & Ice / Markku Kuikka, There will be light / Markku Kuikka, 80’s Love song (A.k.a Angel eyes) / Pasi Rantanen, Reach for the stars / Markku Kuikka, Starlight / Pasi Rantanen, Victory / Pasi Rantanen, Finem Vocationem / Instrumental

 
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THEANDER EXPRESSION - Wonderful Anticipation (Showcase)

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Andre Theander; Mixed by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson
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46
Release Date: 
February 26
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
 
Theander Expression is the AOR project by Swedish guitar player Andrée Theander, who started to work with the first album in 2012 and released it one year later. It was called ”Strange Nostalgia” after one of the songs and got critically acclaimed around the world of melodic rock in 2013.
 
Just over two years later the follow-up is finally here and it carries the title ”Wonderful Anticipation”, as a kind of an antonym to the frequently misinterpreted debut title.
Andrée has been producing and recording most of the album at the Theander studio, playing all the guitars and handles also most of the bass and keyboards, some percussion, drum programming and vocals.
 
Other musicians featured on the album are Herman Furin (Work of Art), Bengan Andersson (NIVA, Johan Randén), Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (Care of Night), Björn Lundqvist (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Christian Eriksson (Sunstrike, Twilight Force), Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), Sebastian Freij and Christoffer ”Foffe” Särnefält.
 
The record was mixed and mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at Panic Room Studios in the end of 2015 and the result is another high class rock record with classic melodies and a modern production, ready to hit the market in 2016.
 
 
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LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM - Paintings (Showcase)

Paintings
Produced By: 
Ulf Wahlberg
Running Time: 
48
Release Date: 
February 26
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/ songwriters in Sweden today. Beside LAD he has since 2006 been the front man in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.
He has recorded four successful solo albums and his Japanese record company together with XTC Productions came up with the idea of putting him together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning for an album project.
 
Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow. Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join - which they did, and the band LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM was born in 2003!
Their self titled debut album resembled the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage, but also added a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from Malecek’s guitar playing.
The band lost 3/5's of their members due to the comeback of Europe. After the release of their second album bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman) tragically died and was replaced by Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion), and finally drummer Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat, Secret Service) joined the band.
 
Andy Malecek unfortunately decided to leave the band in 2014 because of personal reasons and was replaced by Peter “Pac” Söderström, a genius guitar player that earlier used to add rhythm guitars to the band’s previous albums. Producer Ulf Wahlberg in the meantime had joined the band as keyboard player.
 
LAST AUTMN’S DREAM’s 12th album “Paintings” will be released in Europe in February 2015 and proposes as usual the combination of classic rock references with a modern sound. In October 2015 the band also made a successful performance at Rock City Festival in Nottingham.
 
 
Mikael Erlandsson – Lead vocals, Backing Vocals, Keyboards & Guitar
Peter Pac Söderström – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Jamie Borger – Drums, Percussion & Backing Vocals
Nalley Påhlsson - Electric Bass guitar & Backing Vocals
Ulf Wahlberg – Keyboards
 
 
 
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