WINGER RELEASE VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE "RAT RACE": Winger returns this week with the first video from their upcoming Frontiers Records release Better Days Comin'. “Rat Race” is the debut single from the album being released in Europe on April 18 and in North America on April 22. The high-energy song and video alternates between black and white performance footage and color montages of life's daily rat race. “Rat Race” was filmed in Nashville, TN and directed by Jason Green. "In this day and age, how quick you think, hard you try, no matter how fast you run, someone is always gaining on you" states front man Kip Winger. “We wanted to make sure the video visually represented that.”
Better Days Comin' is available for digital download via iTunes at smarturl.it/WingerDeluxe. Fans that pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the first single “Rat Race.” The album is also available for physical pre-order on Amazon.com in a standard (Better Days Comin') and deluxe configuration (Better Days Comin' (CD/DVD Deluxe Edition)). The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track “Another Beautiful Day” and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as the videos for “Rat Race” and title track “Better Days Comin'.” Fans can also order exclusive bundles, autographed items and more from the band's webstore at: bit.ly/1hJLPYw.
From the opening riff of album opener “Midnight Driver of a Love Machine” to the final outro lick of “Out Of This World,” it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like “Queen Babylon,” progressive rock movements like “Tin Soldier,” and touching ballads like “Ever Wonder” show the band's diversity while always centering on great songs. The band has always been known for their incredible musicianship and the trend continues on Better Days Comin'.
Winger formed in the late 1980's and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles "Seventeen" and "Headed For A Heartbreak" and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, In The Heart Of The Young, also achieved platinum status behind the singles "Can't Get Enuff" and "Miles Away." The change in musical climate of the mid-90's, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV's popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger's powerful vocals and the band's incredible songwriting.
WebLink: www.wingertheband.com. Winger:Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals; Reb Beach - guitars; Rod Morgenstein - drums; John Roth - guitars.
LRS - "LIVIN' 4 A DREAM" (OFFICIAL VIDEO CLIP): L.R.S. "Livin' 4 a Dream" is taken from the album "Down to the Core". Buy the album on Amazon or iTunes: www.smarturl.it/lrsitunes.
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of L.R.S. debut album Down to the Core on March 21 in Europe and March 25 in North America.
L.R.S. stands for the new Melodic Rock musical alliance between singer Tommy La Verdi (21 Guns), guitarist Josh Ramos (The Storm, Hardline) and drummer Michael Shotton (Von Groove, Airtime). Started initially as a way to bring back to the public the amazing vocal talent of Tommy LaVerdi, a singer which came to the attention of the fans on the fabulous 21 Guns debut album "Salute" in 1992, the whole project morphed into a power band trio when two other well known musicians: guitar player Josh Ramos and drummer Michael Shotton were brought into the picture by the album producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).
The writing sessions were fast and steady, with Del Vecchio managing all contributions from the band members – who lived in different places - and offering a number of his own writings and co-writings to the band, which was anyway able to develop a distinctive Melodic Rock sound in the tradition of Journey / The Storm, with hints of Canadian AOR - think mid 80's Triumph. Recording sessions happened for the most part in Somma Lombardo, Italy during the spring of 2013, with the musicians getting along extremely well and creating a spontaneous camaraderie which contributed a lot to the success of the sessions.
"I respected a lot both Josh and Michael before starting the album and it was actually very sad to leave each other after we finished recording and filming the videos" said Tommy La Verdi, while Michael Shotton added "It was like we had been playing in a band for years!". "I had the opportunity to try different styles and moods and incorporate elements of my past musical experiences in The Storm and Hardline -- I was very glad to be involved in this", concludes Josh Ramos.
The resulting album" Down to the Core" is now finally ready to be unleashed to the public. With soaring vocals from LaVerdi, a superb vocalist who comes back into the well-deserved spotlight and some exquisite guitar playing from Ramos, this is an album not to be missed and an AOR highlight for early 2014!
L.R.S.Tommy La Verdi - lead vocals / Josh Ramos - guitars / Michael Shotton – drums, backing vocals / With: Alessandro Del Vecchio keyboards, hammond organ, backing vocals; Nicola Mazzucconi bass, fretless bass; Anna Portalupi bass, fretless bass; Jamie Browne bass.
TIMO TOLKKI'S AVALON "ANGELS OF THE APOCALYPSE":
The new Timo Tolkki's Avalon album! Out in May 2014 on Frontiers Records - www.avalonopera.com.
LAST CHANCE FOR MRR PRE-ORDER DEALS:
It's the last few days of Pre-Orders for the new MelodicRock Records releases Stan Bush The Ultimate and Ferreira V. Both CDs are now in stock and will ship out from here early next week. Official release date is March 17. Meanwhile...check out Stan's brand new video for the song Unstoppable!
Stan Bush - The Ultimate (MRR018)
$15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide. Will ship out starting early March.
Ferreira - V (MRR016)
$15 + $5 airmail shipping worldwide. Will ship out starting early March.
+ Bonus CD $32 (Includes Airmail Shipping)
TYSON LESLIE RELEASES TRAIN WRECKS, HAVOC & HEARTBREAK:
(5 March 2014 - Kansas City, MO) Kansas City pop rock artist Tyson Leslie has made a name for himself throughout the Midwestern USA through his work with acts like Pomeroy, and Baloney Ponyz, as well as his sideman duties alongside George Lynch, Carmine Appice, Corey Taylor and others. Leslie was most recently seen on the road as a member of modern rock act Red Line Chemistry, touring with rock legends, Whitesnake.
Now, however, it's time to take a leap into the deep end and unleash Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak, his debut album via own imprint, Above The Level Recordings. "Some of the songs on this album go back twenty years," muses the multi-instrumentalist. "I've been so busy working in other peoples' projects that it just took me this long to get it all together and figure out how I wanted to present it."
On Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak, Tyson tackles everything from 70's glam to upbeat rock tracks, humour and sensitive ballads, wrapping it all up and presenting it in a nice little power pop package. "I think my years of playing in cover bands and playing music that other people has written has helped me to develop my style a little more," says Tyson. "I've become a little more rounded as a songwriter."
Train Wrecks, Havoc & Heartbreak is available now through tysonleslie.com.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
CALIFORNIA BREED SET TO RELEASE THEIR FIRST SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM IN MAY:
Think of California and you think of brilliant color and bright sunlight. Think of a breed and it's all about bloodlines and brotherhood. Put the two together as California Breed, and you have the most exciting new band of 2014, built around the foundation of legendary vocalist-bassist Glenn Hughes, drummer extraordinaire Jason Bonham and 23-year-old newcomer guitarist-singer-songwriter Andrew Watt. Mixing massive riffs, gutsy vocals and gale force rhythms, this powerful three-piece band will release their self-titled debut album May 16 in Europe and May 20 in North America on Frontiers Records. It was produced by Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Rival Sons, Shooter Jennings and more). Look out for future announcements on the band at www.californiabreed.com.
California Breed was recorded at Cobb's Nashville studio and features equal co-writing credits among the three-man lineup. “It's proper rock,” Hughes told ClassicRockMagazine.com (2/6), “but at the same time it's very now. Andrew is as influenced by Mick Ronson as he is Jimmy Page.” “This kid is amazing,” says Bonham. “The first time we met I thought he looked like the white Jimi Hendrix. And he plays in the studio likes he's onstage!”
Glenn Hughes, 'The Voice Of Rock', is a true original, a legendary icon whose credits include Deep Purple and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion. No other rock musician has carved such a distinctive style blending the finest elements of hard rock, soul and funk. That astonishing voice is Hughes' calling card. The legacy of Led Zeppelin lives on in Jason Bonham, British drummer and son of Zep's legendary John Bonham. He has inherited the best of his father's skills while mastering his own distinctive and dynamic technique. Jason has followed his own distinctive path over the years, fronting his own successful outfits like Bonham, and playing with Led Zeppelin, Foreigner, Heart and, most recently, movie composer Hans Zimmer. Andrew Watt is a soulful singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist whose high-energy aggressive style & creative spirit are synonymous with New York City. Hughes says: “I live in the moment, it's all about NOW, California Breed is exactly where I live, breathe and where my freak flag flies.”
Here's the track listing for the self-titled debut album: 1. The Way 2. Sweet Tea 3. Chemical Rain 4. Midnight Oil 5. All Falls Down 6. The Grey 7. Days They Come 8. Spit You Out 9. Strong 10. Invisible 11. Scars 12. Breathe 13. Solo* / *Deluxe Edition includes “Solo” bonus track and a DVD including 2 video clips (“The Way” and “Sweet Tea”), plus documentary.
About California Breed: Glenn Hughes has spent the subsequent years working with the biggest legends in music, as a solo star, and guesting with everyone from Black Sabbath to Earth, Wind & Fire – up to his most recent collaboration in rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which included Jason Bonham. When Black Country Communion disbanded Hughes and Bonham had a strong desire to keep playing together. They're only challenge was finding a new guitarist worthy of their musicality. Easier said than done for these stars who between them have worked with some of the greatest guitarists in history – including Ritchie Blackmore, Tony Iommi, Jimmy Page and Joe Bonamassa, to name just a few. Then fate took a hand in things when Glenn's friend Julian Lennon introduced him to the astounding talents of a New York City hotshot guitarist named Andrew Watt. “Literally, the first day me and Andrew got together we wrote two songs,” recalls Glenn. “One was 'Chemical Rain' and the other was 'Solo', both of which are now on the finished album. I was so moved by the music, I said, 'We've got to record this!' That's when I called Jason.” Cut to autumn 2013. Recording with Dave Cobb at the producer's own studio in Nashville, added all the finishing touches, says Glenn. At Cobb's insistence, every vocal was recorded live as the band was playing. “Totally the reverse of what I'm used to,” says Glenn. “But I went into that aggressive rock soulfulness and everything down to the whispers, it was all done live! I enjoyed myself so much, just going for it. For what is on paper a three-piece, the sheer range of sounds and melodies you get from California Breed are breathtaking."
REVEALING THE MYSTERY TRACK:
This 2 minute teaser for an artist with an upcoming album was offered up late last week. The label/details and artist can now be revealed! The track is called What Goes Up from the new Alien CD Eternity which is due out on AOR Heaven April 25! A full press release and more samples are due any time now...
SUPERTRAMP'S 18 MILLION-SELLER BREAKFAST IN AMERICA INTHESTUDIO:
Dallas, TX - March 4, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands sits down with Roger Hodgson, former singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist for Supertramp, on the 35th anniversary of their international blockbuster Breakfast In America.
On the eve of Breakfast In America's release, no one outside the Brit ex-pat band's tight inner circle living in suburban Los Angeles had any reason to see what was about to happen. Sure, their U.S. label patiently had given them the time to gel, as exhibited in the band's brilliant 1974 album Crime of the Century. But after ten years together and five albums, Supertramp's commercial success was modest at best.
All of that changed in March of 1979 when the world woke up to “The Logical Song”, making it an instant hit, followed by “Take the Long Way Home”, “Goodbye Stranger” and “Breakfast In America” all on the musical menu. The album soared to # 1, selling 6 million records in the U.S. and 18 million worldwide, becoming the Egg McMuffin of popular music. But as InTheStudio host Redbeard finds out from Roger Hodgson, who along with Rick Davies wrote and sang these hits, Breakfast In America came with a price. Roger explains, “It was a double-edged sword. I could sense the album was going to be huge, but I could also sense that the band was splitting up. I could feel it. The beginning of the end was sown.”
Supertramp 'Breakfast In America' / InTheStudio interview program is available now to stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/supertramp/
"Later this year, they'll kick off a co-headlining tour with Styx, which ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder will open. To promote the tour, members of Foreigner and Styx, along with Felder, recorded a new version of "Hotel California." A Styx/Foreigner/Felder jam on the classic rock hit would seem to be a logical encore for the tour, but Jones says, "We haven't discussed that yet, but anything's possible, my mind's completely open. We've been hanging out together in the past few days, and playing together, and the chemistry is incredible. We've never done anything like that with anyone we've toured with before." After those dates, Foreigner will do a tour where they play their 1981 album, 4, in its entirety. "That was a close as I think we came to a perfect Foreigner album," Jones explained of the choice. "I think it is the best one, I think you can hear through the first three albums, how the band evolved, and I think we really had a clear picture of where we wanted to go with that one."
He's quick to note that the band is also planning their first new album since 2009's Can't Slow Down, featuring new material and some guest appearances ("we've gone to several friends and prominent artists"). That album will be their second with singer Kelly Hansen, who joined the band in 2005.
Last year at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony, Jones and Lou Gramm reunited to perform "Juke Box Hero" and "I Want To Know What Love Is." So, with all due respect to Hansen, fans are asking if a more large-scale reunion is in the cards? "The award really, in a way, validated us to our peers," Jones said. "We were both very humbled by the bestowing of that honor, and it was great to share that with Lou. It was a great chance to hang out and get to know each other a little bit again. I think anything is possible, there's more of a cordial feeling between us. I'm sure at some point, something like that could very well happen." And does he still lose sleep about that other Hall of Fame? "When I see some of the decisions they make, it's mind-boggling," Jones said. "It's quite elitist, to say the least. I just don't think they're in touch with the tastes of the audience. I just don't think they get it. Even though we were incredibly successful and popular, they continue to ignore artists of our era."
MELODIC BRIEFS: The Oddfathers video for Shake You Up is the first video from the new, Jack Douglas produced EP, Part I: youtu.be/FVeImRykPCg.
Blood Of VanGogh is a new band from Ontario, Canada. The band consists of four veteran rockers that have been in bands such as Helix, Sass Jordan, Filthy Lying Bastards and Syre. Please click on the links to learn more of Blood Of VanGogh: youtu.be/Myh30fY0rHs / bloodofvangogh.com.
Another new radio show can be heard online - this time from Sweden, featuring the latest news from the world of melodic rock and metal. The host of Metal Journalen is Fredrik Frippe Persson and the first show will be aired on Tuesday March 11 at 21.00 in Sweden. Fredrik Frippe Persson will have interviews with Johnny Öhlin from Nation, Björn Lodin from Baltimoore and Matti Alfonzetti from Skintrade in future shows. Listen on the web: www.radio943.se/radiospelare.php. Metal Journalen on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MetalJournalen.
MUSICARS TO HONOR OZZY OSBOURNE:
The 10th anniversary MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert will honor Black Sabbath's Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ozzy Osbourne, and owner/CEO of the Village studios Jeff Greenberg. Taking place at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on May 12, Osbourne will be honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund. He is being recognized for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction recovery process. Greenberg will be the recipient of MusiCares From the Heart Award for his unconditional friendship and dedication to the mission and goals of the organization. All proceeds will benefit the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community access to addiction recovery treatment regardless of their financial situation.
Continuing to celebrate the memory of DJ AM, the evening's DJ will be Mix Master Mike. There will also be a performance by Osbourne and his touring band with special guest Slash on guitar. Additional performers will be announced shortly. "Ten years ago MusiCares merged with the Musicians' Assistance Program, originally founded by Buddy Arnold, to create the MusiCares MAP Fund," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "Since then our addiction recovery resources and programs have grown substantially, and this annual benefit provides a meaningful way to recognize artists and industry professionals who are on the front lines in the battle to fight this crippling disease. It's an honor to celebrate Ozzy and Jeff in our 10th anniversary year, and we know it will be an extraordinary evening filled with heartfelt words and serious rock and roll.""I know firsthand about the ravages of addiction and I also know that the MusiCares MAP Fund is a vital safety net for people in the music industry who need help with substance abuse," said Osbourne. "This organization literally saves lives. I've been lucky to spend my life in the music business doing things that I love," said Greenberg. "But I've also seen the serious and, all too often, fatal effects of addiction in our industry, so that's why I am an ardent supporter of the MusiCares MAP Fund."
This special dinner and concert offers Living Room Sets that seat 10 for $12,500, Individual Floor Seats for $1,250 per person, and VIP Balcony Seats for $100 per person. Contact Wynnie Wynn for ticket information at 310.392.3777 or email@example.com. General Admission Balcony Seats for $50 per person are available only through AXS beginning at 10 a.m. PT on March 7 at www.axs.com. Out of respect for the clients the MusiCares MAP Fund serves, the event will be alcohol-free.
HEARTBREAK HOTEL FOR SCREAM ARENA:
England's melodic hard rockers Scream Arena is ready with their self-titled debut album which will be released March 17. Today the band premieres a Elvis cover song! The United Kingdom has always provided its own twist on the US art form that is rock 'n' roll, from The Rolling Stones on, through Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, The Who, Queen, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden et al. And drawing on such greats amongst others, England's Scream Arena take a brand of melodic hard rock with metal undertow and give it a firm twist, balancing now with the classic. A rare feat.
Formed by lyricist Andy Paul and going through the usual line-up changes until arriving at the motley but right crew the band is today, Scream Arena is a response to both the fey indie bands masquerading as "rock bands" in Britain and the studied off the shelf misery of so many metal bands championed by the fashion conscious, Scream Arena is simply a full tilt hard rock band with a lyrical slant towards narrative storytelling. "We are so tired of Smiths retreads and rewatered workings of The Clash being sold to us as the future of rock music", says frontman Andy Paul. "It was time to say "enough"."
The catalyst for the Scream Arena debut album was famed US rock producer/musician Paul Sabu taking the band under his wing and guiding them along the way. Sabu was responsible for bringing the idea of a cover of the Elvis Presley classic "Heartbreak Hotel" to the table and being keen students of history and believing that an acknowledgment of the roots allows the way ahead to be clear, the band agreed and with Sabu crafted a nod and a wink to the King. Andy recalls, "We saw no real reason behind covering "Heartbreak Hotel" but as we got into the idea we saw and appreciated the logic and indeed the song".
Listen exclusively to "Heartbreak Hotel" from the upcoming album on SoundCloud here.
The remainders of the songs on the album are self-penned originals with the basic premise being that of telling a tale, be it real or imagined, but wishing to draw audience with ideas that they can relate to. Thus full tilt opener "Born Ready" is Tarantino made rock & roll, while "The Price of Love" is based on a very true tale where the names are changed to protect the badly behaved. This is a beginning for Scream Arena, a British band that charts its own course and does not apologize for such confidence. This is hard rock from the heart and soul and all Scream Arena ask is "listen to the album cos rock and roll is back on the menu ...".
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/screamarena / mightymusic.dk/scream-arena.
Monday, March 03, 2014
FRONTIERS RECORDS UPDATES: Winger - Further to a press release issued last week, Winger have now confirmed a UK tour to follow their appearance on the main stage at Download Festival on 15th June. The dates are as follows:
17.06.14 Glasgow - O2 Academy
18.06.14 Newcastle - O2 Academy
20.06.14 Bristol - O2 Academy
21.06.14 London - O2 Academy Islington
Melodic Rock Fanzine - Frontiers Records is proud to present the new issue of Melodic Rock Fanzine. The 60th release of Frontiers Records' magazine is available for free all over the world through record shops, mail-orders and every fine dealer carrying the Frontiers Records releases. Below is the preview of the Melodic Rock Fanzine cover. This new issue includes reviews and interviews of Heart, Primal Fear, Vanden Plas, W.E.T., Ring of Fire, Indica, Silent Force, Berggren Kerslake Band, Sleeping Romance, Persuader, House of Lords, Red Dragon Cartel, Silent Voices... and more! Electronic readable version of the magazine is available on the Frontiers official site and here: issuu.com/frontiers_records/docs/mrf60.
CHEAP THRILL (FEATURING MEMBERS OF CINDERELLA, WHITE LION, GIBBS BROS.) ANNOUNCE FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR:
February 28, 2014 Cheap Thrill, consisting of Cinderella bassist Eric Brittingham and guitarist Jeff LaBar, singer songwriter Brandon Gibbs (formerly of The Gibbs Brothers), and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (White Lion, Gilby Clarke, Pretty Boy Floyd) have teamed up with Danger Music and Media to announce their first European Tour. UK's Shock Hazard will support the European leg of dates. Cheap Thrill brings you a sound flavored with Cinderella tunes such as "Nobody's Fool", "Heartbreak Station" and "Gypsy Road", along with the newest song from Brandon's solo record, "This Town", which is currently featured on ESPN 2 for the third NHRA season in a row. This show is also littered with popular covers and stadium rock songs.
When Cinderella isn't touring, Gibbs and Brittingham have always found themselves working together the last five years. With the recent addition of LaBar, the Nashville-based group Cheap Thrill made its debut on the Monsters Of Rock cruise in March 2013, with two more rock and roll cruises immediately following. Prior to their European Tour, Cheap Thrill will set sail again returning to the Monsters of Rock cruise in addition to the Moody Blues cruise and Cruise to the Edge respectively.
You can find more information at cheapthrillrocks.com.
ONLINE METAL PROMO AND HEAVY RIFFS MAGAZINE PARTNER TO OFFER "RIFFS OF STEEL": Online Metal Promo and Heavy Riffs magazine (Mexico/Spain) have partnered to offer "Riffs Of Steel", a free digital download compilation cd featuring 31 full songs from the following up and coming as well as established hard rock and heavy metal artists from around the world: 1. Stu Marshall 2. Death Dealer 3. Dave Reffett 4. Maxxxwell Carlisle 5. Hellion 6. Cage 7. Luzbel 8. Station 9. Maligno 10. Hellscream 11. Arrows Of Agony 12. Ignitor 13. Bulletrain 14. Ravensthorn 15. Mindmaze 16. Dire Peril 17. Spellcaster 18. Armory 19. Zephaniah 20. Empires Of Eden 21. Witchcross 22. Lords Of The Trident 23. Skinner 24. Enceladus 25. Split Heaven 26. Voltax 27. Archetype 28. Acrania 29. Corners Of Sanctuary 30. Decypher 31. Agora.
Download the songs,CD artwork and track listing at the following location: www.dropbox.com/sh/sw19c7aub2647rq/yTeHjQ5DQF.
Heavy Riffs magazine website: heavyriff.webs.com
INTRODUCING TOM MAVEETY: Tom MaVeety is an American guitarist who has just released two debut tracks on iTunes - War Going On and Sin Nature. Music and lyrics are by Tom MaVeety with music arranged and engineered by Brett Mulzer and Jimmy Dulin - Recorded at 77 Recording Studio Evansville IN U.S.A.
War Going On features: Vocals: Carl Sommer; Bass: Brett Mulzer; Drums: Eric Duke; Guitars: Tom MaVeety.
Sin Nature: Vocals: Carl Sommer; Bass: Edward Sein; Drums: Brett Holland; Guitars: Tom MaVeety; Additional Guitar: Brett Mulzer; Backing vocals: Carl Sommer, Jimmy Dulin, Phyllip Barker.
Check them out now at: itunes.apple.com/us/artist/maveety/id659583901
FORMER LEAD SINGER OF ETERNITY X RELEASES SOLO ALBUM A DECADE AFTER HIS LAST RECORDING: Keith Sudano, well-known progressive rock singer/songwriter and former bandleader of Eternity X, has released a solo album entitled The Biography of Me. While fans of the band will be familiar with Sudano's distinctive voice and masterful lyrical development, this album of 9 tracks is by no means an Eternity X album, but a solo debut that illustrates the next phase of the musical journey for the artist. Universal themes of death, longing and release from fear weave through the songs, from “Symphony of Fear” to “Eulogy,” and as is always the case in his work, Sudano composed the songs to work as part of the larger album in “concept-album” style. He also wrote, recorded, played every instrument, and even mixed/mastered this album himself (excepting one additional female voice on “A Love Story”), so it is a solo album in the truest sense of the word.
Sudano's style has evolved as well, and the title track is a fine example of this. It's autobiographical, raw, and melodic, yet still theatrical and hinged on his emotionally expressive voice and lyrics. This is singer/songwriter way beyond its usual folk moniker, and The Biography of Me is a fresh debut for an already-established talent. The Biography of Me is widely available on CD and MP3 online, including amazon.com, cdbaby.com, reverbnation.com, iTunes, and soundcloud.com. For more information, visit keithsudano.com.
Keith Sudano is the composer/singer/songwriter and the creator of the progressive hard rock/metal band Eternity X, which released its first full-length album, The Never Ending Dream, in 1990, before going on to tour worldwide and release four more albums throughout the next decade. Keith Sudano resides in Charleston, South Carolina and along with being a professional musician is also a Professional Counselor which he says gives him unique insight to express within his music.
DECIBEL GEEK PODCAST RELEASES JUDAS PRIEST DISCUSSION:
The Decibel Geek Podcast has released Episode 126 – Judas Priest Discussion for downloading/streaming. Show hosts Aaron Camaro and Chris Czynszak are joined by Bravewords.com founder, Tim Henderson, for an in-depth discussion of the entire Judas Priest studio discography. Starting with 1974's almost-progressive Rocka Rolla and winding up with 2008's Nostradamus; a concept album written largely on synth-keys, the discussion takes many twists and turns as each participant have different takes on what they like and dislike about the Judas Priest catalog due to tastes and differing levels of fandom. The hosts, a well a Henderson, also discuss their expectations for the upcoming Priest album that is currently in production.
The Decibel Geek Podcast was launched in June of 2011 by Chris Czynszak, a former rock journalist and webmaster. With co-host Aaron Camaro, the Decibel Geek Podcast has been featured numerous times in the iTunes store and has received praise from all over the world as one of the top hard rock and metal podcasts. All episodes are available on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and the official Decibel Geek Podcast website at www.decibelgeek.com.
Direct Link to MP3: traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Episode_102_-_Top_5_Bon_Scott_Era_AC.mp3.
Friday, February 28, 2014
FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL UPDATE:
The announcement of the 1st Frontiers Rock Festival, which will be held at the Live Music Club in Trezzo (Milano, Italy), caused quite a stir in the Italian and International Hard Rock scene. Following the launch of the event, the label's office and websites has been hit with purchases and requests coming from all over the world – as far as Brazil, Japan and U.S.A! “We have been overwhelmed with the enthusiasm that the fans showed us”, said Frontiers Records President, Serafino Perugino. “I am sure it will be a great (late) celebration of the first 15 years of work for the label and hopefully this will plant the seed for more activities we have in mind to make the Rock fans happy all over the world”. Several international promoters have already approached Frontiers to export the idea in other territories. Several possibilities are currently checked out and there may be more surprises coming in the next months. Stay tuned!
In the meantime you can also experience the awesome line-up of the Festival via the YouTube trailer. Tickets and info are still available – go to www.frontiersrockfestival.com for all details!
STRYPER ANNOUNCES VIDEO CONTEST FOR LATEST SINGLE, "TE AMO":
Multi-platinum rock band Stryper is pleased to announce a very special contest around the latest single from their new studio album, No More Hell To Pay. “Te Amo” will be made available as a free download on the band's official website at www.stryper.com. Once fans have downloaded the track, they can utilize their artistic and technological skills to make a music or lyric video for the song. Once they have created their masterpiece, they can submit the video for review by a special panel of judges. The judges will pick their 10 favorite videos from the submissions, and those top 10 videos will then be posted on Noisecreep.com for not only Stryper fans, but hard rock and heavy metal fans around the world to vote for their favorite.
The grand prize winner will have their video posted on Stryper's official YouTube channel, Frontiers Records' YouTube channel and Stryper.com, with director credit for the video on all sites. The winner will also receive a Skype call with vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet and a prize package containing Stryper merchandise items, guitar picks, drumsticks and an autographed copy of No More Hell To Pay.
For full details, including important rules and disclaimers, please visit Stryper's official website. Fans who don't want to participate are still encouraged to visit www.stryper.com to download the single if they don't already own the new album No More Hell To Pay.
Stryper's most recent album, No More Hell To Pay stormed the charts in November 2013 debuting at #3 on the Current Hard Music Albums and Top Hard Music Albums charts, #6 on the Top Current Rock Album charts, #33 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums and #35 on the Billboard Top 200 selling over 9500 copies the first week. Stryper also regained their dominance on the Christian charts landing at #2 on the Contemporary Christian Albums and #3 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums. No More Hell To Pay also reached #1 on the iTunes Top Rock Album Charts and #8 on the iTunes Top Album Charts when it was released on November 5, 2013.
Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time. Comprised of the original line-up, Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as Soldiers Under Command, To Hell With The Devil and In God We Trust. In fact, Stryper is the first band to ever have two songs in MTV's Top 10 simultaneously with their hits “Free” and “Honestly.” After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century. To date, the Dove Award-winning and Grammy nominated band has sold upwards of 10 million records worldwide.
WebLinks: www.stryper.com / www.facebook.com/Stryper.
ASIA - VALKYRIE - OFFICIAL VIDEO / NEW STUDIO ALBUM: Asia Gravitas – Release date March 21 (Europe) / March 25 (North America). Order on iTunes: smarturl.it/GravitasiTunes and Amazon: Gravitas (Reg) or Gravitas CD/DVD (Deluxe). Plus - new Frontiers promo spot.
LANEY'S LEGION READY FOR UNLEASHING:
The Godfather of Swedish Glam and Sleaze Chris Laney's band Laney's Legion has released a digital single “Taste Of Your Tongue” on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The first single of the album is a killer air guitar fist in the air, sexy track and the artwork to match it! The "Self Titled" full length CD will be released April 22nd, 2014 worldwide. Laney's Legion features Chris Laney (Zan Clan, Randy Piper's Animal), Rob Marcello (Danger Danger), Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design, Scaar) and Patrik Jansson (Helsingland Underground).
How can you be truly unique in music today? Well, it's hard. Many bands focus too much on image, attitude or whatever and forget about the music. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters is the song: The Song Is King! Laney's Legion deliver a debut album full of surprises. Chris Laney has made a name for himself in the hard rock world writing, producing, mixing and winning Grammy awards with bands like Candlemass, Dynazty, Europe and H.E.A.T. After two successful and critically acclaimed solo albums "Pure" (2009) and "Only Come Out At Night" (2010) he's now back with a new album.
But instead of returning with a third solo album, the forthcoming full length feature will be the debut album for his new band: Laney's Legion. "I really missed the feeling of having a real band. I wanted to go back to the basics", says Chris. Laney is of course still handling lead vocals and rhythm guitars. Joining him is drummer Patrik Jansson (Hellsingland Underground) and bass player Mats Vassfjord (Grand Design, Scaar). They are both sought-after session players in the Swedish music circuit, and toured with Laney on his last tours. Last but least, the brand new quartet is complete with the highly acclaimed guitar virtuoso Rob Marcello (Danger Danger). This time, it's all about the music: "My solo albums were pretty much recorded and written in a rush. This time I didn't wanna stress anything. This time I only wanted the best songs possible".
In order to achieve this, he brought in longtime partner Anders Ringman to help out with writing and producing. The multi platinum songwriting duo, aka Platform, has a 15 year collaboration history featuring work with Crashdïet, Crucified Barbara, Steevi Jaimz and others. "It was the natural choice. We work so well together", Chris says. And with contributions from everybody in the band, Laney's Legion have produced an album containing nothing but solid, melodic sing-along tunes. "We're not trying to reinvent the wheel here. What it all come downs to is the music. And there are surprises. We're not just doing the normal hard glam rock our fans might expect, we rock, we pop and no one can stop us now!"
NEW GOTTHARD VIDEO RELEASED TODAY: Gotthard news: Only a little more than four weeks and it will finally be here: The big “Bang!” we're all waiting for. Great that there's the strong first single to tide us over, because “Feel What I Feel” definitely whets the appetite for more. Even more so watching the video, which officially premieres today, starring former „Miss Switzerland“ Anita Buri in the super-hot leading role. Because let's face it – what could possibly be better than: awesome track + beautiful woman = perfect.
“Feel What I Feel”: Extraterrestrial Clip. During the shoot of “Feel What I Feel” it got quite warm in the “Pfalzkeller” of St. Gallen monastery and that wasn't only caused by the spotlights ... Apart from the elaborately filmed scenes of the band's performance, the amazing Anita Buri raised the temperature in a tasteful, sexy alien costume, seducing our friend Nic good and proper. All very professional-like, of course. Find out how the story ends in the brand-new clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIWZ6Kzwm7Y.
It came directly from the studio and touched down in the single charts easily. Now, “Feel What I Feel” sets off to look at the airplay charts from the very top as well. No wonder, because the leading track from “Bang!” surges ahead with a hymnal hook and a fantastic chorus, blazing the trail for the new Gotthard album, which will be released on April 4, 2014 and will probably cause quite a chart quake once again.
In ten days, the “Swiss Music Awards” will take place in the almost sold-out Zurich Hallenstadion. Obviously, Gotthard will be there on March 7 to perform the TV world premiere of “Feel What I Feel”: "The SMAs will take place at the Hallenstadion for the first time. That's exactly the place, where such an event belongs and we are very much looking forward to our performance premiering our new song “Feel What I Feel”," confirms Marc. And Freddy adds: "The Hallenstadion always is very special. After our sold-out show in 2005, we're glad to be able to play in this venue again." Those without tickets will still be able to see the show: the event will be aired live at 8:10 pm on SRF Zwei, Joiz, and Rouge TV.
RETURN OF THE ROCK COVER ART AND TRACK LISTING REVEALED: Robert Valdes will release Return of the Rock, his 3rd solo studio album and first since 2005's Acoustic Journey. The digital version of "Return of the Rock" will be available exclusively through iTunes in March 2014. The cover art was created by artist Dave Groshelle. Check it all out below and let us know what you think. Also visit www.robertvaldes.com for more information.
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Robert Valdes.
Official release dates for Return Of The Rock are as follows: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 iTunes pre-orders; Tuesday, March 25, 2014 worldwide release.
Part 1. with Voice 1. Save Mother Earth 2. Over 3. Let Me Go Back 4. Rock With Me Tonight 5. For You 6. Tell Me Who I Am 7. Give Back Your Heart 8. Fight Part 2. Instrumental 9. Sanctimonious 10. Road Trip 11. Elektrik Fire 12. Keys To The Kingdom.
INTRODUCING SWEDEN'S STRONG: Strong is Melodic Rock/AOR band from Sweden. The band was founded 2005 in Malmö (Sweden) by songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist Magnus 'Mister J' Johansson, with the plan of writing new music, with that distinct late 80's/Early 90's Scandi-AOR vibe - with a modern so the band also could attract a new, younger audience. Even though Strong has been around for nearly a decade, now, this is the first official release from the band.
The new song: Young Love is a mid-tempo ballad, with that classic 80's Europe-vibe. The song is available now on: itunes.apple.com/se/album/young-love-single/id827740841?uo=4 and open.spotify.com/track/3IZHMrfE0BMokMygkavSVT
You can also watch the music video on YouTube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=JT2nttrs3Vo.
Strong are: Philip Lindstrand (former singer of Osukaru) on Vocals; Multi-instrumentalist, Mister J on Guitar and Keyboards; Joacim Sandin (Riot Horse, ex Bai Bang, Gran Reserva) on Bass and Johnny Benson (Burning Kingdome, Pretty Wild, ex Bai Bang) on Drums.
For everything Strong, please visit www.facebook.com/strongtheband / twitter.com/StrongTheBand.
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