Fri
24
Feb

VANDROYA 'Beyond The Human Mind' Details Revealed

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The progressive power metal band VANDROYA will release their new album "Beyond The Human Mind" on April 28th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
With a more evident progressive influence but without giving up the weight and virtuosity of power metal, the new album brings a more mature band, a more balanced sound and reflects the musicians technical and artistic evolution since the debut album "One".
 
The album concept revolves around the journey we all go through in search of fullness and inner peace. The album artwork is created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth].
 
Lead by vocalist Da­sa Munhoz, Vandroya are ready to take the next step and make a mark in the metal scene with "Beyond The Human Mind".
 
"Beyond The Human Mind" track listing
01. Columns Of Illusion
02. The Path To The Endless Fall
03. Maya
04. Time After Time
05. Last Breath
06. I'm Alive
07. You'll Know My Name
08. If I Forgive Myself
09. Beyond The Human Mind
 
Vandroya online
 
Inner Wound Recordings online

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Fri
24
Feb

In The Studio - THE BABYS

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February 23, 2017, Dallas, TX -  InTheStudio.NET, the web home for North American syndicated Rock radio show In The Studio with Redbeard: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands  takes a look at a late ‘70s contender, The Babys, with a candid conversation with singer John Waite and keyboardist Jonathan Cain on the 40th anniversary year of their first hit “Isn’t It Time?”

That first musically ambitious Top 15 single from the original band of Waite, Michael Corby, Tony Brock, and Wally Stocker created enough momentum for the British quartet to inspire The Babys’ breakout 1979 album Head First, which itself peaked at # 22 and produced another Top 15 hit single “Every Time I Think of You”.  But after 1980’s Union Jacks album, which delivered “Back on My Feet Again” and the infectious “Midnight Rendezvous”, the band stumbled figuratively and, in lead singer John Waite’s unfortunate case, quite literally. But how? John Waite and Jonathan Cain share with In The Studio host Redbeard their own personal recollections of life in rock’s neo-natal unit trying to grow in America as The Babys.

“We went on the road a lot... They (record company) wouldn’t let a day go by without us doing something. We’d play in the cafeteria of some college and then go play a major gig at night, or we’d fly to Japan the next morning after a major three week outing playing everywhere in America... It was a real whirlwind. It was a great time.” - John Waite

“There are a lot of reasons why we disbanded. I guess the biggest reason was the money, the past and all the (management) mistakes that were made... It was like a snowball rolling down a hill and there wasn’t really any stopping it.” - Jonathan Cain

THE BABYS @ 40 / InTheStudio interview program is available now to STREAM at: “http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/babys-40th-anniversary...

 

 

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Fri
24
Feb

THE RADIO SUN Upcoming March European Live Dates

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Australian melodic hard rockers The Radio Sun will head to Europe where they will launch their latest album Outside Looking In with a few live dates in the U.K and in Greece. See the boys on Wednesday 8th March in Cardiff, South Wales at Fuel Rock Club
 
with Blood Red Saints & Paul Laine, on Saturday 11th March at HRH AOR Fest (sold out) North Wales
*also with Paul Laine and a host of aor/hard rock bands and on Wednesday 15th March at Club Modu, Athens, Greece with Hideaway & Paul Laine.
The Radio Sun will also be part of the Paul Laine backing band at all dates. Limited tickets are still available for the Cardiff Wales & Club Modu Greece shows.
 
*The Radio Sun has just started recording a new album slated for a late 2017 release, this will be the band's fourth full length album in four years.
 
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Thu
23
Feb

RHINO BUCKET Delivers 'The Last Real Rock n' Roll' Record April 21

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Rhino Bucket joins forces with producer Eddie Spaghetti (Supersuckers) to deliver "The Last Real Rock n' Roll," a blistering collection of hard-hitting, blue collar anthems!
 
Original members Georg Dolivo and Reeve Downes are joined by Brian "Damage" Forsythe (Kix) and ace drummer Dave DuCey on the Bucket's seventh studio album. Georg - "Eddie came in and reminded us to be the band we were... bad ass. He matched us note for note with his ferocious talent and insight!"
 
LISTEN - "Hello Citizens" - http://acetate.com/bands/rhino-bucket/
 
 
In stores April 21 - pre-sales ship mid-April!
 
SEE RHINO BUCKET ON TOUR IN APRIL AND AT THE FAMED M3 FESTIVAL IN COLUMBIA, MD - APRIL 29!
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Wed
22
Feb

AXEL RUDI PELL Brings 'The Ballads V' To Fans April 21

 
- New ballads album "The Ballads V" out April 21 -
- Digital single and video for "Love's Holding On" feat. Bonnie Tyler out March 31 -
 
In January 2016, just after its release, his most recent studio album 'Games of Sins' entered the charts in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic and for the first time in the UK. Now Bochum-based guitar wizard AXEL RUDI PELL has announced the arrival of his next offering: 'The Ballads V' is set to hit record stores and digital platforms on 21st April 2017 via Steamhammer/SPV. In true PELL tradition, part five of his successful ballad compilation series features a smooth balance between the past six years and some brand-new songs.
 
For the first time ever in his almost thirty-year career as a solo artist, AXEL RUDI PELL welcomes a special guest star on one of his albums: rock legend BONNIE TYLER has recorded a stunning duet with ARP's longtime singer Johnny Gioeli. AXEL RUDI PELL is justly proud of his new single 'Love's Holding On' (street date: 31st March 2017), saying: 'BONNIE  TYLER only records songs she personally likes. So I wrote this tune just for her and she really loved it. She came to the studio and we recorded it within a couple of hours. The result is amazing – another soon-to-be PELL classic in the making. If I haadn't been a fan already, I would have turned into one instantly.'
 
Apart from another brand-new track called 'On The Edge Of Our Time', PELL has again risen to new challenges with his rocking version of the Ed Sheeran hit 'I See Fire' (known from the motion picture blockbuster 'The Hobbit'), which is an interesting take on one the best ballads in recent years. It shows that even hard rockers like PELL can have a sensitive side, and quite successfully at that.
 
The other seven tracks on 'The Ballads V' (among them a new take on Neil Young's 'Hey Hey My My', a live version of the Deep Purple classic 'Mistreated' and a previously unreleased live recording of his own fine ballad 'The Line'), present AXEL RUDI PELL at his best.    
   
PELL has established himself as an outstanding rock star, having sold up to 1.5 million records worldwide. Since leaving the influential German metal outfit Steeler in 1989, he's been out there on his own, recording and touring with some of the finest vocalists from the world of rock music: Charlie Huhn (Ted Nugent, Gary Moore, Victory, Humble Pie, Foghat), Rob Rock (Impelliteri, Driver, Joshua, Avantasia), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Soul Sirkus, Talisman, Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and last but not least the mighty Johnny Gioeli, who has been working with Axel since 1997 (having been in Hardline before that, a project started by Journey guitar legend Neal Schon in 1991).
 
"The Ballads V" will be released on April 21st 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack (incl. poster), double gatefold purple vinyl, limited boxset (incl. CD digipack, powerbank, CD slim case single, sticker, photocard - Europe only), download and stream.
 
Tracklisting:
1) Love's Holding On 5:06 (new song feat. Bonnie Tyler)
2) I See Fire 6:02 (new cover version, Ed Sheeran song)
3) On The Edge Of Our Time 7:42 (new song)
4) Hey Hey My My 5:02
5) Lived Our Lives Before 6:31
6) When Truth Hurts 6:46
7) Forever Free 8:27
8) Lost In Love 6:05
9) The Line (live) 7:31 (previously unreleased)
10) Mistreated (live) 14:12
 
Live 2017:
14.06.D-Augsburg - Spectrum
15.06.D-St. Goarshausen - RockFels Festival
16.06.CH-Pratteln - Z7
17.06.B-Dessel - Graspop Metal Meeting
 
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Wed
22
Feb

Pre-Order SHOTGUN SYMPHONY 'The Last Symphony'

 
MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce a partnership with the fantastic East Coast melodic rock favourites SHOTGUN SYMPHONY for a complete overhaul of their discography in one special, limited edition package released March 1.
 
SHOTGUN SYMPHONYThe Last Symphony is a 4-Disc set housed in two double jewel cases, with each one individually sealed, with a special slipcase that both discs go into. It was designed especially for this occasion.
 
Featured on the discs will be the albums Shotgun Symphony, On the Line of Fire and Sea of Desire all re-mastered from the original tapes!
 
On the 4th disc is a collection of the band’s rarities over the years - b-sides, bonus tracks, song demos, live recordings + a newly recorded version of Carousel of Broken Dreams with the band’s original line up and producer from the debut CD.
 
This is the first time the original line-up (including Ron) have been in the studio since 1999 and the first time working with Alan Douches (producer of the debut) in 25 years.
 
The 4-Disc set will retail for $50 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
THE LAST SYMPHONY $50 (Incl Worldwide Shipping) PRE-ORDER NOW! RELEASED MARCH 1
 
 
 

JOHNNY LIMA & SHOTGUN SYMPHONY REISSUES - $70 (Incl. Worldwide Shipping - SAVE $5)

 
 
AUDIO PREVIEW! Newly remastered audio...
 

 
 
 
 
DISC ONE: SHOTGUN SYMPHONY
 
01.   Highway to Tomorrow   
02.   What Happens to Love   
03.   Way Back Home   
04.   Turn Around   
05.   Broken Promises   
06.   Lost Child   
07.   She's in Love   
08.   Running   
09.   Bitter Sweet Poison   
10.   Goodbye to the Night
 
DISC TWO: ON THE LINE OF FIRE
 
01.   Generation Clash
02.   Tell Me Why
03.   On the Line of Fire
04.   Hard to Hold Onto
05.   Thaw
06.   Solitary Zone
07.   Into the Vibe
08.   What It's Like
09.   Salvation
10.   This I Know
11.   Big Mistake
12.   Still The Same
 
DISC THREE: SEA OF DESIRE
 
01.   Sea of Desire
02.   Believe in Me
03.   Dancing on Fire
04.   S.O.S.
05.   Heart of Glass
06.   What I Wouldn't Give
07.   The Way That You Feel
08.   Phases
09.   Inside Out
10.   Between the Eyes (Eyes of Anger Part II)
 
DISC FOUR: THE BONUS TRACKS
 
01. Carousel Of Broken Dreams (New 2017)*
02. Highway To Tomorrow (Live 2010)+
03. Lost Child (Live 2010)+
04. Look Away (Unreleased 1993)†
05. What Happens To Love (Unedited Version 1993)†
06. Running (Song Demo 1992)
07. Turn Around (Live Acoustic 1994)•
08. Broken Promises (Live Acoustic 1994)•
09. Goodbye To The Night (Live Acoustic 1994)•
10. The One (Song Demo 2010)
11. A New Beginning (Song Demo 2010)
 
*Produced by Alan Douches & Shotgun Symphony
+Taken from the “Live from Firefest” CD courtesy of www.rocktopiarecords.com
†Taken from the debut CD recording sessions
•Recorded live at the FNAC Paris
 
 
 
 
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Tue
21
Feb

Rock Candy Records Latest - 707, KING KOBRA, CREED, OUTLAWS

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The following seven new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price.
 
KING KOBRA 'READY TO STRIKE' CANDY298

“ALTHOUGH THE AMERICAN market place was bursting with many great, hip thrusting rock bands during the 1980’s, some of them multi-platinum sellers such as Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot and RATT, there was always, we thought, room for talented new contenders. For King Kobra this was an invitation from heaven, launching onto a landscape that was primed for production of killer hard rock, shifting enormous quantities of it, and ruling the airwaves.

Formed in California in 1984, by seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Beck Bogart & Appice, Rod Stewart) and featuring vocalist Mark Free (Unruly Child), guitarists John Michael Philips & Mick Sweda (Bulletboys) and bassist Johnny Rod (WASP), the band won instant attention for their unique look – four blondes and one brunette. Musically they received plaudits for their compelling energy infused riffs, shout-it-out-loud hooks and high-flying vocals.
Produced by Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick) and signed to Capitol Records, the band’s debut album, ‘Ready To Strike’, was originally issued in 1985, and won them the attention of fans and critics alike by delivering one of the year’s best records. Tracks such as ‘Hunger’, ‘Tough Guys’, ‘Piece Of The Rock’ and the title track itself, made for an arresting and compelling moment in a genre that is often underappreciated and misunderstood. Certainly this record is one of the best examples of mid 80’s hard rock ever created.” 

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. READY TO STRIKE 2. HUNGER 3. SHADOW RIDER 4. SHAKE UP 5. ATTENTION 6. BREAKIN’ OUT 7. TOUGH GUYS 8. DANCING WITH DESIRE 9. SECOND THOUGHTS 10. PIECE OF THE ROCK

 
KING KOBRA 'THE THRILL OF A LIFETIME' CANDY299

“FOR A TIME it seemed that King Kobra could do no wrong. When they released their debut album ‘Ready To Strike’ in 1985, great things were expected from the five-piece, led by celebrated drummer Carmine Appice (Cactus, Jeff Beck, Blue Murder). Appice had come up with the idea for the band when he left Ozzy Osbourne’s touring line-up in 1983. In fact, he had a clear vision for an image, based on the reverse of Mötley Crüe’s four brunettes and one blonde look.

‘Thrill Of A Lifetime’, their sophomore album, originally issued in 1986 and produced by their previous studio co-hort Spencer Proffer (Quiet Riot, WASP, Cheap Trick), saw the band shift gear, modernising their sound and focussing on more accessible songs, perhaps modelled on the chart success of artists like Bon Jovi and Survivor. It was a brave move alright and one that should have generated larger sales but, sadly, the prevailing musical winds were by this time blowing in the wrong direction, leaving the band floundering within a record company that was fast losing faith.
The material however was top notch, spearheaded by the hugely infectious ‘Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)’, a track that was included on the hit movie ‘Iron Eagle’. Elsewhere there’s ‘Feel The Heat’, ‘Raise Your Hands To Rock’ and ‘Dream On’ for further proof of this album’s immense appeal.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, BONUS TRACK, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. SECOND TIME AROUND 2. DREAM ON 3. FEEL THE HEAT 4. THRILL OF A LIFETIME 5. ONLY THE STRONG WILL SURVIVE 6. IRON EAGLE (NEVER SAY DIE) 7. HOME STREET HOME 8. OVERNIGHT SENSATION 9. RAISE YOUR HANDS TO ROCK 10. PARTY ANIMAL BONUS TRACK: 11. HOME SWEET HOME (Street Mix)

 
  
 
THE OUTLAWS 'PLAYIN' TO WIN' CANDY321

“DURING THE 1970s Southern Rock music was at its zenith. Several groups reigned supreme, helping to fly the confederate flag loud and proud, whilst also receiving huge commercial accolades and setting out a mandate that would carry through to the next decade. The Outlaws were one of the movement’s most accomplished acts, securing a prime position in the southern rock hierarchy because they delivered the goods time after time.

Following a career defining double live album, the band made preparations for their fourth studio album, one that would not only showcase their roots but also pave the way for the future. To do this they tapped into a new producer, Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, then just another rising star with, at the time, no global success. Recognising a creative genius, the band set about recording ‘Playing To Win’ in Georgia with Lange at the Helm and Rodney Mills (.38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd) in the engineer’s seat. This was to prove a highly potent combination.
Originally issued in 1978, the album showcased a band in search of something fresh but not crazy enough to abandon their heritage. As you might expect, the focus with Lange in the driving seat was on songs and melody, showcasing a style that sounded big, beefy and highly commercial. This was also a record to feature new guitarist Freddie Salem, a man who plied his trade with copious amounts of brawn, helping the band to evolve into a heavier rock rather than a country rock outfit. Check out songs such as ‘Take It Anyway You Want It’ and ‘You Are The Show’ for proof.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEWS, ENHANCED ARTWORK AND UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. TAKE IT ANYWAY YOU WANT IT 2.    CRY SOME MORE 3. YOU ARE THE SHOW 4. YOU CAN HAVE IT 5. IF DREAMS CAME TRUE 6. A REAL GOOD FEELIN’ 7. LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT 8. FALLING RAIN 9.    DIRTY CITY

 
CREED 'S/T' CANDY330

“WE’VE SAID IT once and, no doubt, we’ll be saying it many more times in the future, but Memphis, despite its authentic blues heritage, gave birth to a number of great rock acts that are still remembered with great affection, despite the fact that they may not have topped the national or, indeed, international charts. Chief amongst them were Target and Creed. Two bands that gave it their all, recording for major labels and making a splash that still shake the foundations to this day.

For Creed the road to recognition was, like most acts of the era, strewn with disappointment, and difficulties that ultimately brought the band to its knees, despite valiant attempts to overcome the obstacles. Signed to the prestigious Elektra/Asylum label (home of the Eagles) the band’s initial prospects looked bright but progress would soon grind to a halt when they were paired with a country-pop producer who toned down the band’s hard rock edge, looking to tame their sound and position them closer to the AOR style popular at the time.
But the album didn’t neuter their style completely, and leaves us in no doubt about the band’s hard rock heart. It was a tough, lean and mean sound, sitting somewhere between the Southern rock style of Molly Hatchet and the raw punch of late 70s hard rock acts such as Aerosmith. With tracks like ‘Keep On Rockin’, ‘Tied Down’ and the explosive ‘Firecracker’ leading the way, it right and proper to re-evaluate this album from the finest Memphis hard rock stable.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. KEEP ON ROCKIN’ 2. TIED DOWN 3. FIRECRACKER 4. YOU NEVER SEE IT THAT WAY 5. WE’RE GONNA MAKE IT 6. JUST CAN’T STOP 7. TOO PROUD TO CRY 8. CAN’T FIND LOVE 9. TIME AND TIME AGAIN BONUS TRACKS: 10. YOU NEVER SEE IT THAT WAY (LIVE) 11. WE NEED YA (LIVE) 12. CRAZY WOMAN (LIVE) 13. CAN'T FIND LOVE (LIVE) 14. TIME AND TIME AGAIN (LIVE) 15. LIVIN' IN DREAMS (DEMO)

 
  
 
707 'S/T' CANDY331

“THERE’S NO question that 707 had one of the most distinctive sounds of any band emerging from the late 70s. Most melodic west coast rock acts of the era were powered almost exclusively by loud guitars, but the twist in 707’s style was the prominent use of grand piano as a lead instrument. Amazingly, however, this didn’t in anyway compromise their power. Indeed, the piano became a method of musical propulsion that leant them a unique and instantly identifiable character.

Formed in Los Angeles during the late 70s, and led by guitarist/vocalist Kevin Russell and keyboard player Duke McFadden, this talented four-piece scored a coveted record deal with the Casablanca label, one of the hottest companies operating at the time. Recorded and issued in 1980, their self titled debut album made an instant impact, encouraging comparisons to Toto, REO Speedwagon and Chicago. The songs were well written, superbly performed and imbued with a sense of maturity far outstripping their relatively tender years of existence.
It was also a record that took everyone by surprise, including their label, when the opening track, ‘I Could Be Good For You’, emerged as an unlikely hit single when radio stations in America’s heartland started to play the song of their own accord. But that’s not to say they were a one trick pony as the record contained a number of tremendous tracks, including ‘Let Me Live My Life’, ‘Save Me’ and the epic ‘You Who Needs To Know’.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. I COULD BE GOOD FOR YOU 2. LET ME LIVE MY LIFE 3. ONE WAY HIGHWAY 4. SAVE ME 5. YOU WHO NEEDS TO KNOW 6. SLOW DOWN 7. FEEL THIS WAY 8. WASTE OF TIME 9. WHOLE LOT BETTER

707 'THE SECOND ALBUM' CANDY332
“NO ONE WAS more surprised than the band when it emerged that 707, an obscure baby act from Los Angeles who had recently released their debut album, suddenly had a hit single on their hands. ‘I Could Be Good For You’, a forceful rock track propelled by a grand piano, and even though they were signed to Casablanca Records it had all the hallmarks of an organic birth. It was enough of a success story to ensure that the band would head back into the studio to record a now highly anticipated second album.
Enlisting the assistance of producer Jai Winding (Le Roux, Stephen Crane) and recorded in Los Angeles, the band’s sophomore album (cunningly titled ‘The Second Album’) solidified their potential, albeit with the loss of pianist Duke McFadden who left the band for pastures new. His departure was quite a traumatic blow but they weren’t holed beneath the waterline because the other members rose to the challenge with a defiant show of force.
Issued in 1980, the album showcased  a more forceful approach, something more in keeping with the AOR zeitgeist of the day and evoking comparisons this time around with Journey, Foreigner and Cheap Trick. Showcasing this harder edge, tracks such as ‘Tonite’s Your Nite’, ‘Rockin’ Is Easy’ and the glorious ‘Strings Around My Heart’ elevate the band into the stratosphere. If it wasn’t for the implosion of Casablanca Records the record could’ve have been a huge commercial success.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 


 
  

TRACK LISTING: 1. TONITE’S YOUR NIGHT 2. MILLIONAIRE 3.    LIVE WITH THE GIRL 4. STRINGS AROUND MY HEART 5. PRESSURE RISE 6. ROCKIN’ IS EASY 7. CITY LIFE 8. LIVE WITHOUT HER 9. LOVE ON THE RUN 10. THE PARTY’S OVER
707 'MEGA FORCE' CANDY333
“IT APPEARS THAT nearly every band back in the day experienced a never ending stream of difficulties, a series of ups and downs that made even basic existence almost impossible. For 707 the situation was no different. Their debut album produced an unexpected hit single, but Casablanca Records failed to fuel the fire and by the time they released a follow up album they were hearing rumours about the label’s unstable financial position. Indeed, a third album was recorded but had to be shelved when Casablanca finally crashed and burnt.
Amazingly, a life line was thrown by their old label boss Neil Bogart when he set up a new company, Broadwalk records, and offered the band a fresh start. Recruiting a new lead vocalist/frontman, Kevin Chalfant, the band also received a leg up when they were asked to write songs for a new action movie, ‘MagaForce’, helping to give them much needed promotion and exposure. It was a tremendous opportunity, spoilt only by the movie’s lacklustre box office performance.
Opting to continue in a more forceful direction, the band’s sound evoked comparisons to Journey, REO Speedwagon and Night Ranger, placing the emphasis on solid riffs and memorable songs. For example the title track ‘Mega Force’, ‘Get To You’, ‘Write Again’ and Can’t Hold Back’. The record is now regarded as a true underground classic, harbouring, as it does, a prime, melodic, AOR sound to die for.”

SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 6 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK WITH UNSEEN PHOTOS. 

TRACK LISTING: 1. MEGA FORCE 2.    CAN’T HOLD BACK 3. GET TO YOU 4. OUT OF THE DARK 5. HELL OR HIGH WATER 6. WE WILL LAST 7. HELLO GIRL 8. WRITE AGAIN 9. NO BETTER FEELING 10. HEARTBEAT BONUS TRACKS: 11. EAGLE ONE 12. MEGA STOMP 13. MEGA FORCE (ALT VERSION) 14. EAGLE ONE (INSTRUMENTAL) 15. THE FLOAT 16. MEGA FORCE (LIVE)

 
 
In other Rock Candy news - the label has introduced a range of Rock Candy T-shirts and a baseball cap for sale on the website:  www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
  
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Tue
21
Feb

DRAGONFORCE Are 'Reaching Into Infinity' On May 19

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International metal superstars DRAGONFORCE have revealed details of their forthcoming, brand new studio album! Reaching Into Infinity will be released via EarMUSIC/Sony Music Australia on May 19. Formats are, Digital, CD, LP and a special edition CD and DVD.
 
Recording the bulk of the album at Fascination Street Studios, Sweden, with producer Jens Bogren, the band also laid down tracks while touring their 'Killer Elite' best of album, utilising Lamerluser Studios, London UK. Dark Lane Studios, Witney, UK, as well as the bands own Evil1 Studios in Charleville-Mazia¨res, France and Shredforce One Studios, CA USA.
 
'We were flying out, playing a festival, then back into the studio, then back out again.' Explains bassplayer Frederic Leclercq, who also handled the majority of songwriting on this album. 
'It was very intense and very tiring. I obviously played bass but also a lot of rhythm guitar, electric and acoustic, and lost my temper a few times - I think we all did at some point, because we wanted to deliver nothing but the best.'
 
For their seventh studio album, DRAGONFORCE have opened up their sound like never before, capturing the fierce, forlorn and fun with both menace and melody.
 
'I think we have proven that playing fast was something we were good at, so this time I wanted to bring even more diversity into our music.' Fred continues. 
'It's great to challenge ourselves instead of staying in a comfort zone, and I really wanted to experiment with Marc's vocals. I think people are going to be surprised at his brutality!'
 
'The title of the album explains pretty much what we are trying to do with our music' Fred concludes. 'Today's world is really crazy - there is fear of the future, uncertainty.
But the power of music is infinite, and it can give strength and hope to people.'
 
The first album to feature Gee Anzalone, the Italian drummer has laid down an insanely impressive performance to provide the perfect backbone to the DRAGONFORCE sound, which of course still boasts the bands trademark crazy-fast solos, courtesy of guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman.
 
TRACKLISTING
Standard Edition
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
 
Special Edition with multi-angle Bonus DVD:
 Disc 1 - CD
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
6. Silence
7. Midnight Madness
8. WAR!
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
 
Bonus Tracks
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead
 
Disc 2 - Bonus DVD
DragonForce Live at Woodstock Festival Poland 2016
1. Holding On
2. Heroes of Our Time
3. Operation Ground and Pound
4. Holding On (Multi-angles)
5. Heroes of Our Time (Multi-angeles)
6. Operation Ground and Pound (Multi-Angles)
 
Reaching Into Infinity Australian June 2017
Tuesday, June 20: Capitol, Perth
Wednesday, June 21: 170 Russell, Melbourne
Thursday, June 22: The Basement, Canberra
Saturday, June 24: Manning Bar, Sydney
Sunday, June 25:  The Triffid, Brisbane
 
Presented by destroyalllines.com
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Tue
21
Feb

DRACULA Back For A Second Bite

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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce that the production of a follow up album to the successful DRACULA “Swing of Death” release has started under the direction of the main songwriter and guitar player, Trond Holter.
 
While the original plan was to leave “Swing of Death” as a unique, one-off musical extravaganza, the success that the rock opera had after being staged in front of audiences in Norwegian theaters convinced Trond that a follow up was possible. Not to mention, he was also sitting on plenty of material that did not find a home on the debut album.
 
The new album will feature the full live line-up, including:
Trond Holter: guitars
Nils K. Rue: on lead vocals
Jeanette Heidenstrøm: vocals
Bernt Jansen: bass
Per Morten Bergseth: drums
Erling Henanger: keyboards
 
Trond says: “I am really looking forward to recording a new Dracula album! We have already started playing live shows and the new lineup is working really well. Nils K. Rue from Pagans Mind brings solid quality as do the rest of the guys. I will continue writing in the same spirit as when I wrote the first "Dracula" album. A lot of new exciting songs are taking shape these days and I can't wait to dig into it.”
 
Trond plans to write and record this spring until the end of summer for a release tentatively scheduled for early 2018.
 

 

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VIANA: New Melodic Rock Project on Street Symphonies Records

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Street Symphonies Records is very proud to present VIANA, a melodic rock project by Italian guitarist Stefano Viana. His debut album features several session players among the most esteemed on aor/melodic rock scene: Alessandro Del Vecchio on vocals, Francesco Marras on guitar, Anna Portalupi on bass and Alessandro Mori on drums (well-known for their collaboration with artists such as Hardline, Tarja, Ted Poley and John Macaluso), Gabriele Gozzi (Rhyme, Skill In Veins, Killer Klown) on backing vocals and Pasquale India on keyboards. The eponymous debut album, produced by Stefano Viana and co-produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio, will be released worldwide on March 24 under Street Symphonies Records, featuring artwork and graphics by Antonella Astori / Aeglos Art (Room Experience, Raintimes, Charming Grace). A special Japanese edition, with an exclusive bonus track and a revisited artwork, is scheduled for an April 14 release via AnderStein Music.
 
Track List:
1. Straight Between Our Hearts
2. Bad Signs
3. Feel Your Love Tonight
4. Night Of Fire
5. Follow The Dawn
6. A New Love
7. Living A Lie
8. Just To Sing
9. Open Road
10. That Place Is You
 
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Amazed by guitar hero Randy Rhoads, Stefano Viana takes up the guitar at age of 16, when the glorious 80's Hard Rock was at its highest splendor. Influenced by artists just like Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne and Y&T, Stefano started recording his first songs in 1996, fascinated by recordings' process techniques. He self-produced two unreleased Cds and, during the works on the second one, he met Alessandro Del Vecchio, asking him to get inolved in the production of his first official solo album. Works started back in 2009: Del Vecchio wrote the lyrics, handled also the vocal duties; the other session musicians were chosen among the best ones of the Italian scene: Anna Portalupi on bass, Alessandro Mori on drums, Gabriele Gozzi on backing vocals and Pasquale India on keyboards. His lifelong aspiration seems to become reality, rewarding many years of hard work and sacrifices in the underground scene; however, just like in the worst of nightmares, serious personal problems tore apart Stefano's dream, forcing him to give absolute priority to his family issues. He kept his album in standby until April 2016 when, regained a stable serenity, he tasked once again Alessandro Del Vecchio, meanwhile become a long-time reliable friend, with resuming the working process on the album. Listening together to the recorded material, they decided to hire an additional guitarist and opting for the talented Francesco Marras. Stefano's sharp songwriting, Alessandro's astounding skills as arranger and producer, and session players' amazing performances in the recording studio gave life to ten captivating melodic rock tracks, composing an album that is going to be definitely appreciated by all the long-time fans of this kind of music. Viana is the moniker chosen both for the project and the album title, that will be released worldwide by Street Symphonies Records on March 24th, 2017; in Japan, the release is scheduled in April under AnderStein Music. Artwork and graphics are provided by renowned artist Antonella Astori / Aeglos Art (Room Experience, Raintimes, Charming Grace).
 
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MARTINA EDOFF Working With Legendary Bassist BILLY SHEEHAN On New Album

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If you are a melodic rock fan, you are in luck - the Nordic Queen of melodic rock, Martina Edoff, has confirmed a new album will arrive this fall.

'I just got back from Los Angeles where I had the pleasure to co-write with Billy Sheehan some new songs for my upcoming album,' says Martina.

The Swedish singer's latest release, 'Unity,' was issued in October of 2015, and was supported with dates in North America, Argentina (as direct support to Tarja Turunen), Europe (special guest for the Winery Dogs), Rockingham UK, and lately, RocknSkull Chicago.

Link Video Come Alive - Live Argentina https://youtu.be/Q24lKV9G8Fw
 
 
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Feb

PUNKY MEADOWS Announces West Coast And East Coast Tour Dates

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One of the most striking hard rock bands of the 1970's was undoubtedly ANGEL - who sported costumes and a highly theatrical stage show only rivaled by KISS (their then-label mates on Casablanca Records). Despite ANGEL splitting in 1981, the group's popularity and influence remain high - resulting in the return last year of their larger-then-life guitarist, Punky Meadows, with his first-ever solo release, 'FALLEN ANGEL,' and a striking video clip for the rocking track, 'Straight Shooter': https://youtu.be/pZVp6Y_k2CU
 
'I'm very proud of this song and album,' says Punky. 'Every song kicks ass and is a winner. Danny Farrow and I have a great song writing chemistry so it's hard to to pick a favorite song because they're all good. 'Straight Shooter' was our first single and video. This band is killer with all talented players and a killer singer.'
 
And in March and April, Punky will be performing in the US. From March 8th-10th, dates have been announced for Las Vegas, San Diego, and Los Angeles, followed by Poughkeepsie on April 21st and NYC on April 29th. Joining the guitarist on stage will be a band comprised of Chandler Mogel - lead vocals, Danny Farrow - rhythm guitar, vocals, Charlie Calv - keyboards, and Bob Pantella - drums, while it will be decided closer to the dates if bass will be supplied by Felix Robinson (due to recent surgery). 
 
ANGEL was a headline act in the US, and was featured performing live in the 1980 cult classic film, 'FOXES' (starring a then-teenage Jodie Foster, Cherie Currie, and Scott Baio), they were also one of the biggest rock bands of the 1970's in Japan. The group released six studio albums on Casablanca Records before disbanding in 1981, due to the demise of the label. During his career, Punky had been considered to join such well-known artists such as KISS, AEROSMITH, and the NEW YORK DOLLS. 
 
Upon the band's disbanding, Punky occupied himself with a number of successful business ventures while continuing to play guitar and write songs. Through social media, fans let him know they missed him and wanted to hear new music. With renewed passion for recording music, and inspiration from close friend and fellow musician, Danny Farrow Anniello, they crafted 15 new songs together for 'FALLEN ANGEL,' which charted on Billboard at #6 on the Heatseekers Chart and #32 on the Independent Album Chart.
 
Also available is a special autographed edition of PUNKY MEADOW'S 'Fallen Angel' that includes a PUNKY MEADOWS GUITAR PICK, and two bonus tracks (one featuring original ANGEL vocalist FRANK DIMINO), exclusively on the www.mainmanrecords.com website. Otherwise, the regular 15 song edition is available everywhere else, including iTunes, Amazon, and all other music outlets.
 
Also available are a limited amount of meet and greets for each show. The meet and greet includes a personal photo with Punky and the band (with personal cell or camera) up to 3 autographed Punky or Angel items, and a free 8x10 to have autographed as well. Here are the links to the meet and greets (all but the BB KING meet and greet, which is on their website at checkout): punkymeadows.weebly.com/tour-dates.html
 
And soon, fans will get an opportunity to experience Punky and his band live on stage. 'Can't wait to get on the road and play for all the fans again. We're coming to a town near you and we're going to tear the place up!! It's going to be one bad ass party, so don't miss it and let's rock!!
 
TOUR DATES:
 
March 8th -  Backstage Bar and Billiards (Las Vegas)
March 9th -  Brick By Brick (San Diego)
March 10th -  Whisky (Los Angeles) 
April 21st -  The Chance (Poughkeepsie) 
April 29th -  BB Kings (New York City)
 
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