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17
Mar

CLAY HOWARD To Release First Solo Album April 17

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NC Musician, Clay Howard, to release first solo album on April 17 via Rocksteady Records

Long Time North Carolina musician and author, Clay Howard will release his first full-length solo album on April 17, 2015 via rocksteady records.

The 10 song collection was produced and recorded with Minneapolis producer/musician, Brynn Arens. Mr. Arens is the lead singer and guitarist for The Oddfathers, and former lead singer of 90's favorites, Flipp.

"After the demise of my long-time band, stratocruiser, I wanted to put something out that reflected more of my own musical vision. With stratocruiser I was chiefly a lyricist, and wanted to release songs that were my own from conception to recording." said Clay. "I reached out to Brynn on a lark, and to my great surprise he said "yes! The resulting album is a nice 10 song slice of genuine rock and roll."

The album, entitled, Who the Hell is Clay Howard, will be available at all the usual online retailers and digital outlets, as well as via one of Clay's websites: www.clayhoward.com or www.thesilveralerts.com.

A lyrics video has been released in advance of the album: www.youtube.com/watch?v=05hGTTrWfzo

 
About Clay Howard: Clay is a 25+ year veteran of the NC music scene, having released 10 albums of original material in various bands. He currently resides in Kernersville, NC with his wife and three of his four children, their dogs, Scout and Atticus, and one fat cat- Calpurrnia.
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Tue
17
Mar

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - VIXEN

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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 11 pm Est time on the Totaally Driven Entertainment Radio Network, hosted by Bay Ragni and Nick Wilkinson covers the world of sports and entertainment each week, as well as bringing you celebrity guests interviews.

Totally Driven Radio have recently been talking with the band Madam-X about being guest on Totally Driven Radio, but when all 4 members were presented to us, I asked if I could do individual interviews to get 4 sides of the story of Madam-X and more. So this is Part 4 of 4 with our drummer of both Madam-X & Vixen .. Roxy Petrucci

Roxy talked with Bay Ragni, for over 45 minutes for a very open interview to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Was there a specific drummer or influence that made her choose drums
**What did her parents think when her & Maxine changed their musical style to rock
**If guys gave them flack for being female rock musicians
**Talked about Madam-X going to LA to get a record deal, and doing that after 2 shows
**Her thoughts on Don Arden, and if he did right by the band
**Roxy tried out for David Lee Roth’s solo band, after he left VH
**Leaving Madam-X
**Joining Vixen
**Being part of the Metal Years Documentary
**Getting the call from Jan Kuehnemund to put the reunite the original band, and then Jan became sick with cancer, and sadly passed away.

**The new Madam-X Single “Another 80’s Rock Song”

You can listen here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHQ5fDDY5b8

Remember to listen to Totally Driven Radio every Thursday, and Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter.

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Tue
17
Mar

Right To Rock Podcast - DORO PESCH

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TheRighttoRock.com has issued their latest podcast (episode #187), featuring Vocalist Doro Pesch. Doro took time out of her busy schedule to discuss her upcoming U.S. tour, as well as her upcoming 30th anniversary DVD. Interview lasts approx. 30 min.
The lads are hitting their stride with the second full show of the year as they discuss the topic of the CD boxed set. Does it have the same relevance it once enjoyed in this digital era? Tune in as Genghis & Ragman discuss what they consider the best ones and what they like to see in an official boxed set of their favorite artists.

Then check out an interview with the Metal Queen herself, Doro Pesch, who discusses her plans for 2015 and what it's like being one of the few female metalheads who've been rocking as long and hard as she has.

 

 

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Tue
17
Mar

Producer Toby Wright Looks Back on KISS’ Carnival of Souls

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Famed producer Toby Wright guests on the Decibel Geek podcast for a 2 part Albums Unleashed special covering KISS' controversial 1997 release Carnival of Souls.

Recommended by producer Bob Ezrin, Wright remembers his initial meeting with Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, which took place at A&M Studios: “They kinda put it in my ear why I was there. They wanted to follow a little hip trend going on at the time called Grunge music. The bottom line was, like all artists, they wanted to sell records. Y’know, they want to be on top of the pile. Gene has a big competitive personality so he’s all about being on the top of the pile and whatever it takes to get there.”

Then-guitarist Bruce Kulick was a large creative force during the making of the album. Wright shares his memories of Kulick’s importance as well as a directive from him during pre-production meetings about how to get the most out of Simmons and Stanley for this very different album for KISS. “Bruce and I got really close during that whole record because he played most of the record. Without Bruce, this record wouldn’t exist, ever. During those initial “nobody’s around” conversations, I got inspiration from Bruce and instructions from Bruce that were like “You are gonna have to push the fuck out of these guys (Simmons & Stanley). Don’t be afraid.”

Other advice came from Ezrin who had worked with KISS on their previous album Revenge, “Bob’s told me some stories about Gene. He’s like “Watch out. One fucking smell of weakness and he’ll be all over you.” I’ll always remember that comment. So, I was like “Okay. I’m never gonna show any fear whatsoever that I’m in a room with one of my heroes. He’ll never know that.” He’ll take advantage; big time. He’ll smell fear in your eyes, it’s over for you as far as having any kind of control over a situation; especially in a producer situation where I’m in the studio co-producing with he and Paul (Stanley) and it’s the three of us “making decisions.” Who has the last say? Depends on what the issue is. If it’s something sonically, it’s usually me. If it’s something musical, it’s usually them. It just depends on how the conversation was going and who was the bolder lion that day (laughs).”

Wright was tapped to produce Carnival of Souls, in part, due to his previous work with Alice in Chains. In this 2 part special, Wright details how he pushed the members of the band to attempt harmony vocal takes that mirrored the Seattle quartet’s and how it, ultimately, would fall short in comparison, “It’s just an effect that I use, harmony vocals. I hear all the harmonies in my head like Layne (Staley) did. I do that on a lot of records I produce..Layne and JJerry (Cantrell), they had something special with it because they used notes that people don’t use, typically speaking. Layne and Jerry, theey just did it. That was a part of their art just like Van Gogh picking up a fucking paintbrush. That was their sound. With Gene and Paul, that’s stuff that’s songwriter-forced.  There’s more movement in what Layne and Jerry would’ve done instead of these guys (Simmons & Stanley).

While loved by a core group of KISS fans, the album overall was not embraced by the KISS Army stylistically. Wright remembers, “To be brought into a situation where I’m trying to make someone sound unlike themselves is difficult. I would have rather had this KISS album be entirely them and just do what you do; because that’s what you do. I think a larger number of their fans would have embraced it instead of fighting about “that sucks” or “that’s good.”
While in production, the band were very excited about the prospects of this change in sound and, according Wright, putting a lot of eggs into the Grunge basket, “I was already slated to produce the next one ..It was in my contractt. If this one had shipped platinum, I was to produce the next KISS album.”

As many now know, everything came to a halt one day in the studio when Simmons and Stanley called a meeting with Wright and the rest of the band to make an announcement that would have a major impact on the album as well as two of the band members, “We were about done with the record. Gene got the call. Somebody offered him 100 million to put back on the makeup with all the original members. And that announcement in that room; holy shit.We all knew right as the words came out off his mouth that we were done.“\Paul didn’t really look aroundd much. Gene, he was Paul Revere. He was the messenger that should’ve gotten shot (laughs).”

Carnival of Souls would soon thereafter leak on the internet and become a widely distributed bootleg album, with KISS fans snatching it up online as well as at KISS conventions. Rumors swirled that a member of the band may have been responsible for leaking the album. In this 2 part discussion Wright reflects, “I do remember getting questioned, big time. Who knows who did it? I have great ideas on who did it. If it was a band member, I’d just say it was for his personal gain and I’m sure he made a lot of fucking money.”

The album would finally get a proper release in October of 1997 when it was issued by Mercury Records with very little fanfare. Wright remembers the experience being very bittersweet, “I was thinking that I’m working on another multiplatinum album, and it should’ve been, and then all of a sudden they shelve it. 2 years later, now they’re releasing it and didn’t put any marketing push behind it and it’s like “Why did you bother?””

Parts 1 and 2 of Albums Unleashed Carnival of Souls with Toby Wright can be heard using the links below:

MP3 Links:
Part 1: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_1.mp3
Part 2: http://traffic.libsyn.com/dbgeekshow/Albums_Unleashed_Carnival_of_Souls_P.mp3

 
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Tue
17
Mar

THE MURDER OF MY SWEET Re-Sign To Frontiers For Third Album

 
Frontiers Records are pleased to announce: "The Murder of My Sweet has signed with Frontiers for the release of their third studio album! "We are super happy to be on board with Frontiers again," says vocalist Angelica Rylin and we couldn't agree more with her sentiment!
New album coming this summer!
 

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Mon
16
Mar

PYRAMAZE Disciples Of The Sun Details Revealed

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Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the melodic metal band PYRAMAZE to the label. Their new album "Disciples of the Sun" will be released on May 22nd in Europe and on May 26th in North America.

Pyramaze are devoted to making music that mirrors their souls, combines all of their influences, and stimulates the mind and spirit of their listeners... Pyramaze continue to make music that is dark, thought provoking, all with a sense of fearlessness! The band will forever be committed to making the melodic art of a group that understands the importance of staying true and faithful to one's passion.

"Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us.... we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!"

Pyramaze line-up
Terje Harøy - Vocals
Jacob Hansen - Guitars, Bass
Jonah W. - Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen - Drums

Check out an album teaser for "Disciples of the Sun" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/1G4V6ztfDNM

"Disciples of the Sun" track listing
01. We Are The Ocean
02. The Battle Of Paridas
03. Disciples Of The Sun
04. Back For More
05. Genetic Process
06. Fearless
07. Perfectly Imperfect
08. Unveil
09. Hope Springs Eternal
10. Exposure
11. When Black Turns To White
12. Photograph

"Disciples of the Sun" [CD, LP, t-shirt] can be pre-ordered at the Inner Wound Store: http://www.innerwound.bigcartel.com

The vinyl edition of "Disciples of the Sun" is strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide and includes an insert with lyrics. 400 copies comes with a standard black disc, and 100 copies with a white disc.

Pyramaze online:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pyramaze
Website: http://www.pyramaze.com

Inner Wound Recordings online
Website: http://www.innerwound.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/innerwoundrecordings

 
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Mon
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Mar
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FIREWORKS Magazine Available in USA

 
UK Melodic Rock/AOR/Metal magazine FIREWORKS is now available in the USA!
 
Bruce Mee states: "After only two issues, Fireworks Magazine is now enlarging its distribution network across USA, now including California, New Jersey and New York stockists amongst many more. Excel link below lists 450 outlets, and this is only 65% of total distribution. Issue #67 is currently on sale and #68 will be on sale in a few weeks. Please help support the music we love, and spread the details far and wide."
 
 
 
Mon
16
Mar

Lions Price Music News - Compilation Sale & New Signing ZANETA

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Lions Pride Music is happy to announce the signing of the Italian AOR band Zaneta. The debut album from the band will be available for pre-listning later on at www.lionspridemusic.com the band is in the middle of putting the finishing touch to the music video, Feel You Now. A release date will be made available later on.
 
ZANETA is a brand new melodic rock band from Italy formed in 2013 by singer Simone Roman, drummer Danilo Marinotti, 6-strings-wizard Fabrizio "Bicio" Leo (first italian guitarist to be signed by Shrapnel Records,3 solo albums and tons of collaboration with the best artists from Italy) and extraordinary keyboards player Steff Brusa (from EVA).
Music of ZANETA was born by the passion of the 4 piece assembly for the great AOR bands of the past (JOURNEY,TOTO,GIANT,SURVIVOR) but the influences of the musicians gave the album a special personal sound.
 
In other Lions Pride News:

"We'll be putting down the price of the Elements Of Frictions album from 14 USD to 8 USD for the album itself and 2 USD for shipping & handling so a total of 10 USD, this goes for all territories worldwide and is only available thru our site www.lionspridemusic.com and no where else. Next week we'll have a song called, Fifteen, with Paul Laine on it, for 1 min streaming. The song was original intended to have been featured on the Japanese edition of Elements Of Fritions. The song will be made available for purchase only thru www.lionspridemusic.com as mp3 file, price 1 USD."
  
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Mon
16
Mar

SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE At Your Service May 19

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SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE (that is, Sammy with Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham and Vic Johnson will release a live album At Your Service on May 19.
 
Sammy's website has this update: "Hey Redheads, The Circle live has landed! I can't tell you how excited I am to share this live release from last year's tour with everyone. It's been my favorite setlist to play, covering Montrose, Solo Redrocker, Van Halen, Led Zepplin, & Chickenfoot AND it's live as mutha!!"
 
Official track listing:
 
01 There's Only One Way To Rock  5:45
02 Rock Candy  5:54
03 Good Times Bad Times  3:26
04 Poundcake  5:57
05 I Can't Drive 55  5:08
06 Mikey Bass Solo  3:31
07 When It's Love  5:39
08 Little White Lie  4:17
09 When The Levee Breaks  8:18
10 Jason Drum Solo / Moby Dick  6:31
11 Why Can't This Be Love  4:10
12 Finish What Ya Started  4:52
13 Heavy Metal  4:39
14 Vic Guitar Solo  1:24
15 Best of Both Worlds  7:03
16 Right Now  6:10
17 Rock and Roll  3:26
18 Dreams  5:08
 
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Mon
16
Mar

First Taste Of BONFIRE With DAVID REECE - "Nothing At All"

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Here's your first taste of BONFIRE 2015, with DAVID REECE out front. This track is titled 'Nothing At All', from the album 'Glorious', out April 24.
 

 

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Mon
16
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - SOTO & STYX

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Lawrence Gowan of STYX and Jeff Scott Soto of S.O.T.O. join Mitch on this episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon. WHITESNAKE's Joel Hoekstra co-hosts (and briefly discusses the band's new The Purple Album).

In our first interview, Gowan discusses the band's upcoming AXS-TV and Blu-Ray live concert event: LIVE AT THE ORLEANS ARENA LAST VEGAS, the progress of the next STYX studio album, their 2015 summer tour with DEFF LEPPARD and TESLA, the battle against cancer that his wife won, the Juno awards, his involvement with select charities including The Scarborough Hospital Foundation and  McDermott House Canada (serving veterans).

In our second interview JEFF SCOTT SOTO discusses his new band S.O.T.O., his new album Inside The Vertigo, his future, his time with JOURNEY. Select quote: "S.O.T.O. is my life right now. If I have to live out the rest of my career doing somebody else's legacy - to me it would be like being in a cover band and that's just not me."

This Episode of One On One With Mitch Lafon is brought to you by the Heavy Montreal Festival taking place on August 7th, 8th and 9th at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal. This year featuring Lamb Of God, Slipknot, Korn, Faith No More as well as '80s artists Dokken, Lita Ford and Warrant. Visit:  http:// www. heavymontreal.com

For more about Joel visit: http://www.joelhoekstra.com and on Twitter: @JoelHoekstra13
For more about STYX visit:  http://www.facebook.com/styxtheband
Follow STYX on TWITTER: @STYXtheBand
DOWNLOAD Gowan's exclusive charity performance for McDermott House Canada here: http://mcdermotthousecanada.org/gowan-in-kilt-tonight/

Follow S.O.T.O. on Twitter:  @jeffscottsoto and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SOTOofficial

 
Follow Mitch Lafon on Twitter: @mitchlafon
One on One With Mitch Lafon's Official Twitter is: @1On1WithMitch
And Official Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/OneOnOneMitchLafon
 
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Mon
16
Mar

MIKE PORCARO RIP - A MelodicRock Tribute

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Mike Porcaro has left us. May he rest in peace.
 
As the music world collectively sighs a deep sigh for the loss of another legend, there is only one thing to do.
 
I’m currently cranking Kingdom Of Desire – one of my favourite Toto albums ever, but fittingly the last album to feature the rhythm section of Mike and Jeff Porcaro. They are united finally once again.
Every person hopes to leave this world with some kind of footprint that says we were here. The print Mike left was nothing short of astounding.
 
It is with great amazement I reflect that every single person reading this will own an album with Mike Porcaro on it. Most likely several. Dozens even for some! Just check his credits! (http://www.mikeporcaro.com/sessionworks.html)
 
I met Mike just the once – Sydney 2006 as Toto embarked on their long anticipated Australian tour. Mike was such a humble, laid back, likeable guy. All the Toto guys are first class, humble people, but Mike was far more reserved.  He just let his instrument do the talking. And talk it did…
 
Mike was forced to retire from playing the following year. ALS forged its way through his body, but never his spirit.
 
It took everything from him and took him from his band and his family. But not before Mike Porcaro left us with a musical legacy that will live on for decades to come.
 
To Mike’s family and friends, to Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate and the whole Toto family, I send my condolences and my love. I know this was expected, but it doesn’t make it any easier.
 
So long Mike.
 
 

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Fri
13
Mar

WITHIN SILENCE Signs With Ulterium Records


Ulterium Records are proud to announce the signing of the melodic metal band WITHIN SILENCE to the label. Their debut album "Gallery of Life" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.

Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes WITHIN SILENCE a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album “Gallery of Life” got everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like “Silent Desire” and “Emptiness of Night” to pounding metal tracks like “The Last Drop of Blood” to epic metal songs like “Road to the Paradise”.

“Gallery of Life” will be a perfect album for fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].

Check out an album teaser for "Gallery of Life" at YouTube: https://youtu.be/Fy2RiXsaESE

"Gallery of Life" track listing
01. Intro
02. Silent Desire
03. Emptiness of Night
04. Elegy of Doom  
05. The Last Drop of Blood
06. Love is Blind  
07. Anger and Sorrow  
08. Judgement Day 
09. The World of Slavery 
10. Road to the Paradise  
11. Outro

"Gallery of Life" can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records Store: http://www.ulteriumstore.bigcartel.com

Within Silence online: www.facebook.com/withinsilenceband
Ulterium Records online: www.ulterium-records.comwww.facebook.com/ulteriumrecords

 
 
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13
Mar
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SCARLETT MOONLIGHT New Single 'Live Like It Counted'

 
Scarlett Moonlight has just release their brand new single Live Like It Counted. The melodic rockers from Rhode Island, USA, keep pursuing their original idea of releasing single after single instead of making an album first. All their singles are available in typical digital stores like iTunes, Google Play, Spotify or Amazon.
 
Live Like It Counted lyrics video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVHCQoj2Q_A
 
If there's any radio station interested in playing this song please write to scarlettmoonlightband@gmail.com
 
 

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