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18
Sep

JIM PETERIK'S WORLD STAGE Returning In 2019

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

STEVE PERRY - Traces (Full Feature Review)

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

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

 

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92
 
Mon
17
Sep

BOB KULICK Comments on Kiss Kruise 8 & Future Plans

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

 

 
Mon
17
Sep

Dark Sarah - "Sky Sailing"

 
The Finnish cinematic metal band Dark Sarah just released a music video for "Sky Sailing", the third single from their new album "The Golden Moth".
 
"The Golden Moth" will be released on September 21st in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
"The Golden Moth" is the last part of the first Dark Sarah trilogy (The Chronicles). The trilogy tells about Dark Sarah's travel through three worlds: The Middle World ("Behind The Black Veil" album), The Underworld ("The Puzzle" album) and The Upper World ("The Golden Moth" album).
 
On "The Golden Moth" album Dark Sarah has to face the final test and find her way to the gods in the Upper World. After she had solved the puzzle in The Underworld and found the three keys, the Iron birds came there for her and took her to the Upper World, a deserted waste land where the gods rule. But also a trespasser, The Dragon, came with her. In the heat of the desert they meet again and there is something The Dragon wants from her..a
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Mon
17
Sep

D'Ercole - "Get Undone" (Official Audio)

US hard rock band D'ERCOLE have released a new audio video for 'Get Undone', the track is taken from their fith album 'Made To Burn', which was released in July via Rock Company. The audio video can be streamed here: https://youtu.be/p_pJhNLYe38

On the album are the last recorded performances of renowned guitarist David Zychek (Airborne, Diving for Pearls) on “Get Undone”, “Tragedy in Motion”, and “Feel the Burn”. Paul Sabu (Only Child, Little America) and Vince O’Regan (Alibi, Bob Catley, Legion)also lend their immense talents, playing lead guitar on various songs.
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Mon
17
Sep

WITHIN TEMPTATION Storm Back With 'Resist' December 14

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FIRST SINGLE “THE RECKONING” FT. JACOBY SHADDIX OUT NOW
 
WITHIN TEMPTATION - the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades - have announced their 7th album titled Resist, scheduled for release on December 14 worldwide. Resist marks a departure from the past; armed with ten anthemic tracks, driven by grand melodies and dark hooks, Resist brings a futuristic take on metal to the table – both instrumentally and thematically.
 
Lead singer Sharon den Adel says: Resist is a true milestone for us. If it wasn’t for Resist, Within Temptation wouldn’t be here anymore. With this record, we’ve taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face - a very dark one. Sometimes it feels that today’s pop music lacks a rebellious edge.
 
Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”
 
WITHIN TEMPTATION signed a worldwide deal with Universal Music Germany. The band is partnering with Spinefarm Records for North America and the UK and Caroline in Australia.
 
 
"With this record, we've taken inspiration from modern music and gave it a face - a very dark one," said singer Sharon den Adel. "Sometimes, it feels that today's pop music lacks a rebellious edge. Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we've ever created before. Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge."
 
The new sound of Resist cuts through bombastic first single ‘The Reckoning’ (featuring Jacoby Shaddix) and will be followed by more new singles before the album release on December 14. The band’s European Tour kicks off in October and consists of 37 dates in 18 countries. More dates around the globe will follow in 2019.
 
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Sat
15
Sep

MAGIC DANCE Open 'New Eyes' December 7

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Friday, December 7, 2018
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Magic Dance are set to release their Frontiers Music Srl debut, “New Eyes” on December 7th.  Magic Dance was born in 2012 on Long Island, NY as a solo project for singer/songwriter Jon Siejka.  The first single from the album, the track "When Nothing's Real" is out now.
 
“This song is about existing only in your head and never taking action on the things you really want to do. It's about being stuck in a fictional universe that you've created and isn't real, while a life you never wanted is formed around you. It represents the anger and frustration and the desire to escape those "shackles" of inaction,” explains mastermind Jon Siejka.
 
In late 2017, Jon and Magic Dance were signed by Frontiers after impressing label President Serafino Perugino with their last independent release, “Vanishings”. For this new album, Jon collaborated with Jack Simchak and Tim Mackey on guitars, Mike Peniston and Kevin Krug on bass, and Kevin McAdams on drums. While the sound is now heavier and more guitar oriented, the sound leans way more towards classic AOR, with strong hints of the sounds of the mid 80’s (think Loverboy, Heart, Survivor, etc).
 
Siejka talks about how “New Eyes” came to life and the meaning behind it:
 
“This album was written and (mostly) recorded in my bedroom during the spring and summer of 2017. I tracked drums at Virtue and Vice Studios in Brooklyn, NY with engineer Anthony "Rocky" Gallo (The Cult, Tycho, The Killers) and Kevin McAdams on drums. Bass was tracked at Tone Tent studios in Stanhope, NJ by Kevin Krug and Mike Peniston. It continues the AOR style of my last album "Vanishings", but branches off into several new directions. I have called it "New Eyes" because I think it is a fresh perspective on the 80's style that I've been writing in for the past six years. It takes unexpected twists and turns that listeners might not expect...I hope they come along for the ride!”
 
 
Tracklisting:
1. You're Holding Back
2. Never Go Back
3. These Four Walls
4. Please Wake Me
5. Cut Beneath The Skin
6. When Nothing's Real
7. Better Things
8. For A Time (The End Of My World)
9. Looking For Love
10. New Eyes
 
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Jonathan Siejka
Kevin Krug
Jack Simchak
Mike Peniston
Kevin McAdams
 
More Info on Jon Siejka:
Jon Siejka is a self-taught musician and producer, his debut EP, "Another World" was released in May 2013. "The Mirror of Dreams" and "Kiss Scene" EPs followed, all heavily influenced by the iconic synth-pop and film soundtrack music of the ‘80s.
 
The 2015 release the "Haunting Me" EP marked an evolution in his sound, featuring guitar-heavy cuts like "Still Haunting Me" and "I Wanna Know". His debut full length album, "Vanishings" is an even larger statement of that evolution, combining '80s influenced AOR, pop rock, and synth-pop to create a sound uniquely his own.

 

 

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