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12
Mar

STARZ Sign To Frontiers For New Studio Album

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Thursday, December 31, 2015
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Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the signing of US Hard Rock legends STARZ who will release a new album in the second half of 2015!
 
Although not as commercial successful and well known as a lot of their peers, STARZ has proven to be a hugely influential far band for those musicians who were aware of them. Several massively successful U.S. artists, like Cinderella (band), Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister and Motley Crue cite STARZ as a primary influence. Magazines like Kerrang! and Hit Parader have included Starz albums on lists of the most important heavy metal albums of all-time!
 
All together STARZ recorded four studio albums in the second half of the 70’s: “Starz”, “Violation”, “Attention Shoppers” and “Coliseum Rock” and gathered critical acclaim with their ability to mesh the smooth with the hard. "We loved pop melodies," admits guitarist Richie Ranno, "and we also loved heavy guitars. We liked to combine hooks with a harder edge. Our singer Michael Lee Smith had a great sense of melody. In the course of four albums, we only used orchestrations or keyboards once, preferring to mix heavy rock productions with melodic overtones."
 
STARZ are now returning with a lineup featuring original members Richie Ranno on guitars, Michael Lee Smith on vocals, Joe X Dube on drums and new faces George DiAna on bass and Alex Kane on guitar.
 
“We are absolutely psyched to be writing and recording an album of new STARZ songs for the Frontiers Label. We’re really excited about the new songs we’ve come up with – SUBWAY TERROR 2015 – here we come! Our sincere thanks go out to the staff of Frontiers Records for giving us this opportunity,” says Ranno.
 
STARZ are set to appear live in Europe at the HRH Festival in Wales on March 13th.
 
 
Thu
12
Mar

BONFIRE Promise 'Glorious' New Album April 24

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Friday, April 24, 2015
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German melodic rock legends BONFIRE will release their new album 'Glorious' on April 24 via Borila Records.
'Glorious' will include twelve new songs and two new recordings of the Bonfire classics "Sweet Obsession" and "American Nights".
 
The last studio album of the band formed in 1986 was published in 2011. Since its inception, the band has released a total of 15 studio and live albums and sold over a million records worldwide.
The new album will be the first to feature new vocalist DAVID REECE (Bangalore Choir, Tango Down).
 
Track Listing:
 
1. 21 Guns Salute (Goes Boom)
2. Nothin`At All
3. Can't Break Away
4. Remember
5. Fallin` Outta Love
6. Glorious
7. Supernatural Disguise
8. Shooting Star
9. Lies
10. Put Out The Flames
11. Free Wind Desperado
12. Sweet Obsession*
13. American Nights*
14. With A Little Help From My Friends*

* re-recordings

 
 
Wed
11
Mar

ISSA - Crossfire (Review)

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BEST TRACKS
Produced By: 
John Greatwood and James Martin
Running Time: 
46
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
AOR
Label: 
Frontiers
Artist: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Norweigan-turned-Brit, Issa returns with her fourth solo album; following up the patchy Can’t Stop, which was comprised of classic (and obscure) AOR covers.
I’ve found Issa a bit hit and miss after her memorable 2010 debut. I’ve found the balance of image over style a little too much in favor of the less important image at times, but all is forgiven with Crossfire. Despite the glammed up image again front and center, this time the style is matched with substance in the form of 11 very appealing songs. This album might just be her best effort yet.
Credit must go to the new lineup used, bringing in Vega’s James Martin – Keyboards and Tom Martin - bass and Guitars; plus drummer Michael Cruise has given the album more of a band feel - and a good band at that.
 
The extended time taken to gather the best set of songs also pays off, showcased immediately with the glorious title track opener Crossfire, which I probably will rate as my favourite Issa track to date.
New Horizon offers something a little smoother and moodier before the monster ballad Raintown blows us away.
Steve Overland guests on the song as a duet – but it is his opening lines that simply stun. His vocal gift is extraordinary. Issa joins in to deliver a passionate and powerful co-lead.
Long Time Coming is one of the more urgent tracks on offer; Fight Fire With Rain is a very catchy straight ahead AOR hit and Heartbeat cranks the tempo and throws in a nice anthemic catchy hook.
The album continues without offering filler, Red Lights and Only You delivering the best chorus hooks of the last section of the album.
 

Fans of female fronted melodic rock and straight forward classic AOR with a Scandi/British twist should fall over themselves to get a hold of this.
It’s one of my favourite female lead albums in recent years.
 
Score: 
93
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Wed
11
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - RICHIE KOTZEN

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-96-richie-kotzen

On episode 96 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, we have interviews with THE WINERY DOGS’ Richie Kotzen, and Cronos from legendary metal band, Venom. This episode of One on One With Mitch Lafon was co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Richie Kotzen discusses his new album ‘Cannibals’, recording with his daughter and the progress of The Winery Dogs' upcoming second album.

Our second interview is with Cronos of Venom who discusses the band's latest masterpiece 'From The Very Depths', their history and has a few choice thoughts about Black Flag's Henry Rollins.

For More Richie Kotzen visit: http://www.richiekotzen.com ; http://www.thewinerydogs.com and on TWITTER: @Richie_Kotzen
For more about Venom visit: http://www.venomslegions.com
For more Mark Strigl visit: http://www.talkingmetal.com and follow him on Twitter: @Strigl and @talkingmetal

Check out the new releases from Melodic Rock Records at: http://www.melodicrockrecords.com

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

 
 
Wed
11
Mar

Totally Driven Radio Podcast - GEORGE LYNCH

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
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Totally Driven Radio, the weekly radio podcast heard live every Thursday night from 8 - 11 pm Est time on the Totally 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 spoke with Legendary Guitarist George Lynch to discuss a ton of topics like:

**Randy Rhoads and how he got the consolation prize and took over Randy’s Students
**He was also up to replace Brad Gillis in Ozzy’s band as well
**He talked about leaving Dokken, and he ended up joining Ratt, because Warren took his spot in Dokken
**The Sweet / Lynch project
**That he has been getting too much flack for doing too much lately
**The Shadow Nation documentary
**The Infidels
**He is finishing up a new Lynch Mob record for Frontiers
**If it is frustrating to not be able to play out live with all the different projects
**How did him & Michael Sweet hook up to do the project together
**Talked about Michael Sweet singing for Tooth & Nail, which half of record is recorded musically
**What if Don Dokken called him to ask George to work on a song or two, what is George’s answer
**Anyone he wants to work with, he hasn’t had chance
**If he does anymore body building

George hangs out for 30 minutes and You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ss1OFdeA8Hw

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Tue
10
Mar

Rock Candy Records Latest - HANOI ROCKS & RIVERDOGS

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
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The following two new Rock Candy titles are available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on April 22.
 
HANOI ROCKS 'TWO STEPS FROM THE MOVE' CANDY233
 
BACK IN THE early eighties when Hanoi Rocks moved lock stock and barrel from Finland to London the streets were on fire with possibilities. Looking like an explosion in a paint factory and sounding like a devilish mash-up of the Rolling Stones jamming with the Sweet, it's fair to say that they made a unique impression. With an anything can happen and it probably will vibe, the band's ferocious on stage performances were legendary, establishing them as the front runners of a movement that looked like it would instantaneously blast them to success.
 
Signed to CBS records and teamed up with renowned producer Bob Ezrin (Alice Cooper, Kiss) 'Two Steps From The Move' was cut in the frenetic environs of New York City, polished in Toronto and completed in London. It was hailed as a masterpiece, bringing together all the hopes and promises of a band perfectly poised to assume complete control of the scene. However, during their American tour, front man Mike Monroe broke his ankle, forcing the group to postpone dates. Then, while Mike was recuperating, on Dec 8th 1984 the band's British  drummer, Razzle was tragically killed in a Los Angeles automobile accident with M'tley Cr'e frontman Vince Neil in the driving seat.
 
Loaded with an incredible selection of songs, 'Two Steps From The Move' found them focussing on as much mayhem as humanly possible with a penchant for cheeky lyrics and catchy melodies. Tracks such as 'Don't You Ever Leave Me', 'Boulevard Of Broken Dreams', 'Up Around The Bend' and 'Boiler (Me Boiler 'N' Me)' defined their unique brand of swashbuckling bravado perfectly.'
 
Special Deluxe Collector's 2CD Edition, 11 bonus tracks, fully remastered sound, 20 page full colour booklet, new interview with Mike Monroe, 3,400 word essay, rare photos and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE (ORIGINAL ALBUM): 1. UP AROUND THE BEND 2. HIGH SCHOOL 3. I CAN'T GET IT 4. UNDERWATER WORLD 5. DON'T YOU EVER LEAVE ME 6. MILLION MILES AWAY 7. BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS 8. BOILER (ME BOILER 'N' ME) 9. FUTURAMA 10. CUTTING CORNERS 11. TWO STEPS FROM THE MOVE.
DISC TWO (BONUS TRACKS): 1. DON'T YOU EVER LEAVE ME (12' VERSION) 2. BACK TO MYSTERY CITY (SINGLE B-SIDE) 3. UNTIL I GET YOU (SINGLE B-SIDE) 4. MENTAL BEAT (SINGLE B-SIDE) 5. OIL & GASOLINE (JAPAN SINGLE B-SIDE) 6. MAGIC CARPET RIDE (JAPAN SINGLE B-SIDE) 7. SHAKES (JAPAN SINGLE B-SIDE) BBC FRIDAY ROCK SHOW SESSION: 8. I CAN'T GET IT 9. UNDERWATER WORLD 10. DON'T YOU EVER LEAVE ME 11. BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS
 
 
RIVERDOGS 'S/T' CANDY263
 
DESPITE COMING and going in the blink of an eye, the Riverdogs have always been held in high esteem. Sure, lots of underachieving acts are bestowed with acclaim but if one group genuinely deserves reappraisal, the Riverdogs are about as deserving as you can possibly get. And the reason isn't just because the band featured the presence of former Dio and Whitesnake (and future Def Leppard ) guitarist Vivian Campbell. They were formed in Los Angeles at a time when hair-metal was king, but were determined to avoid clich's, adopting a bluesy, almost Americana, style where restraint was central and excess frowned upon.
 
Naturally Vivian Campbell played an influential part in fashioning the musical palate but both bassist Nick Brophy and vocalist Rob Lamothe also attracted immediate attention. The latter displaying one of the most soulful voices this side of Paul Rodgers. Warm, commanding and instantly identifiable, Lamothe's voice didn't rely on meaningless bombast to get noticed.
 
Produced by Michael Frondelli (Kiss, Rolling Stones) and polished by Jeff Glixman (Gary Moore, Georgia Satellites) their album was greeted with universal acclaim but any hopes of hitting the big time were immediately extinguished when their label president was fired and a new regime installed showing zero excitement amongst the new team. It was a devastating blow and one that they never recovered from. One of the most overlooked records of all time.
 
Special Deluxe Collector's 2CD Edition, 11 bonus tracks, fully remastered sound, 16 page full colour booklet, features Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell, new interviews, 3,400 word essay and enhanced artwork.
 
TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE 1. WHISPER 2. TOY SOLDIER 3. BIG HOUSE 4. HOLY WAR 5. BABY BLUE 6. I BELIEVE 7. WATER FROM THE MOON 8. RAIN, RAIN  9. SPOOKY 10. AMERICA
DISC TWO: LIVE RADIO STATION PERFORMANCES 1990 11. WHISPER 12. TOY SOLDIER 13. BIG HOUSE 14. HOLY WAR  15. BABY BLUE 16. I BELIEVE 17. WATER FROM THE MOON 18. RAIN, RAIN 19. SPOOKY 20. AMERICA 21. PENNSYLVANIA (NON ALBUM TRACK)
 
 
Tue
10
Mar

John Wetton to Release Solo Career Retrospective 'The Studio Recordings Anthology' and Live Album 'New York Minute'

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Monday, March 9, 2015
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Asia and King Crimson Lead Vocalist John Wetton to Release Solo Career Retrospective 'The Studio Recordings Anthology' and Live Album 'New York Minute'
 
London, UK - Legendary John Wetton, best known for his work with Asia, UK and King Crimson, is releasing two new albums this month: The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set and New York Minute - John Wetton & The Les Paul Trio, on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.
 
As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame as the lead singer of King Crimson and thereafter Wetton formed UK with Eddie Jobson and later he was the lead vocalist of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band’s self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982.
 
Wetton also has a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums and these are showcased on the 2CD ‘The Studio Recordings Anthology’ meanwhile a unique live album with The Les Paul Trio includes a number of songs Wetton has never sung elsewhere.
 
The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set
 
The Studio Anthology collects together the best of John Wetton's six solo studio albums within a 2-CD set with extensive new liner notes.
 
DISC ONE
1. The Circle Of St. Giles
2. The Last Thing On My Mind
3. Hold Me Now
4. Where Do We Go From Here?
5. Another Twist Of The Knife
6. I've Come To Take You Home
7. I Can't Lie Anymore
8. Lost For Words
9. Battle Lines
10. Caught In The Crossfire
11. Arkangel
12. Right Where I Wanted To Be
13. Nothing's Gonna Stand In Our Way
14. Second Best
15. Woman
16. Real World
 
DISC TWO
1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Say It Ain't So
3. Cold Is The Night
4. You're Not The Only One
5. Raised In Captivity
6. Steffi's Ring
7. Walking On Air
8. Take Me To The Waterline
9. Silently
10. Battle Lines (Acoustic)
11. I Lay Down
12. Rock Of Faith
13. Who Will Light A Candle?
14. You Against The World
15. Emma
16. After All
 
 
New York Minute - John Wetton & The Les Paul Trio
 
New York Minute sees John Wetton playing a selection of the songs that inspired him, many of which are not available on any other release. This new live album also includes unique renditions of his solo hit BATTLE LINES and the ASIA mega hit HEAT OF THE MOMENT.
 
Track Listing:
 
1. Do It Again
2. What’S Going On?
3. God Only Knows
4. Can’t Find My Way Home
5. All Along The Watchtower
6. New York Minute
7. Lady Madonna
8. Heat Of The Moment
9. Battle Lines
 
 
John Wetton is embarking on a number of live projects in 2015 including the final tour of UK and a German 'Rock Meets Classic' orchestral arena tour.
 
John Wetton's official website: http://www.johnwetton.com
 
To purchase:
The Studio Recordings Anthology
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/2C6v
 
New York Minute
Amazon Digital: http://geni.us/3Fij
 
  
 
Mon
09
Mar

SUPPORT MELODICROCK.COM AND MELODICROCK RECORDS

Monday, March 9, 2015
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I’m proud to continue running MelodicRock.com and bringing fans of great music all the news possible on their favourite new and old artists. I've been at this an unbelievable 18+ years now.
 
It’s been a big year already and I have about 50 album reviews demanding to be written, so stand by.
I haven’t forgotten about the 2014 MelRock Awards either and will post those ASAP!
 
This is probably the toughest business to be in anywhere in the world right now  and artists and business across the spectrum continue to have to fight to stay alive.
 
I have no intention of going anywhere, but to run MelodicRock.com on a full time basis in this day and age does depend on the support of readers, so from time to time I do like to remind folks of the many ways they can support this site and the scene in general:
 
- If you feel inclined to offer a donation of any size, those are always hugely appreciated and go a long way. You can donate via Paypal link below.
 

 
- Head on over to www.melodicrockdirect.com and grab any one of the MelodicRock Records releases and take advantage of several discount deals running currently.
 
 
- Preorder any one of the new MRR titles out this month!
 
 
- Join the MelodicRock Xtra Members Area for some cool offers, exclusives and downloads.
 

 
 
 
Many thanks for reading and to those that always support the MRR pre-orders and have donated in the past.
 
Lots still to come – including two incredible albums from MRR in May!
 
 
Mon
09
Mar

KISS Australian Tour Announcement Due

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Monday, March 9, 2015
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KISS are set to announce their Australian tour dates as early as this week if leaked dates are anything to go by. News was posted at respected Aussie music hub Noise11.com - http://www.noise11.com/news/kiss-to-tour-australia-with-whitesnake-20150304
 
Initial reports had the iconic band teaming up with WHITESNAKE as a killer double bill. But my sources indicate that while that was the original plan, the deal to include Whitesnake fell apart a couple of weeks ago. And that was still true as of 2 days ago.
There is no word yet on just who might accompany Kiss or if the Snake deal can be resurrected.
 
Rumored dates:
 
October 3, Perth
October 5, Adelaide
October 8, Melbourne
October 10, Sydney
October 12, Newcastle
October 13, Brisbane
October 16, Auckland
 
 
Fri
06
Mar

SOTO - Inside The Vertigo (Review)

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Soto
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Metal
Label: 
EarMusic
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Friday, March 6, 2015
Categories: 
 
With change comes controversy. But for those that have followed vocalist Jeff Scott Soto’s vast and acclaimed career, you should not only expect change, but embrace it!
After all, you know it’s coming…and if one particular project is not a personal home run, then you know something else is just around the corner.
As most should know I’m a long time dedicated JSS fan and he’s a good friend. But that shouldn’t mean praise comes easily.
If anything I’m harder on those I respect most, as I expect the best every time.
It’s the same with many artists. Most of the time I feel as if these great artists deliver – because they are the best of the best. But none of them (despite the occasional suggestion otherwise!) have been immune from criticism. That includes JSS. But not on this occasion!
 
I’ve read a great many comments on this album from others. Some people don’t like the heavier, modern style. Some like heavy stuff, but aren’t gelling with this one. Others have longed for Jeff to do something truly ear shattering and are eating this album up with fervor.
And then there’s those that have followed Jeff through everything he has done and just appreciate whatever comes next – from the AOR of Prism; to the anthemic groove infused Talisman years; the straight ahead melodic hard rock of Lost In The Translation and Damage Control; to the pure stadium AOR bliss of W.E.T and Eyes; even through the Prince inspired soul/funk of Love Parade and the mature singer/songwriter pop of Beautiful Mess; released under the JSS moniker.
I could go on, but you get the point – Jeff Scott Soto never stands still and rarely repeats himself.
So Inside The Vertigo is just another chapter in an astounding career.
 
Such as the Beautiful Mess album went under the JSS moniker to differentiate from his normal known range of styles, so to has this album been singled out as a new band, so the name Soto has been adopted.
 
Soto’s “debut” is a truly accomplished piece of work. Yes, it’s super heavy as far as JSS fans are used to; yes, it’s far more contemporary than the classic rock we’re more used to hearing, but this set of songs packs a powerful punch.
I’d describe this as a mood album. It’s a time and place album for when you are fired up or want to get fired up. It’s a great record for driving to, but Soto accepts no responsibility for any fines incurred.
For those afraid of the production effects and the in your face, tuned down metal riffing, I suggest you concentrate on nothing but the vocal. Because as hard hitting as it is, at the heart of all JSS material lays vocal melody and hooks.
You can dress it up as metal, funk, pop or rock…but Soto always sounds melodic and it’s a distinct voice I can listen to anytime, anywhere.
 
This album runs the gamut of metal stylings. There’s the punchy riff driven Final Say, which while heavy, eases the listener into the album.
The heavy groove and cynical lyric of The Fall is impossibly catchy, even with a short chorus.
Then there’s the bombastic drum and rhythm of Wrath, which hook and vocal harmony wise isn’t that far removed from a classic JSS sound.
Break is intense. Dark, slow to mid-tempo…and intense (did I mention that already?). But still, the chorus is right there and filled with the same kind of melodies of Lost In The Translation – just darker and heavier.
Narcissistically Yours is a grinding, effects filled groovy rocker with another scathing lyric. And the vocals are huge.
End Of Days has to be everyone’s favourite song. This truly epic masterpiece winds its way through 9 minutes of atmospheric mood, to hard hitting angst, slow glorious guitar work before turning into a double time shred styled metal anthem half way through before once again changing direction for the last 2 minutes, bringing in a children’s choir to add to the already amazing atmosphere of this song.
Inside The Vertigo is another classic JSS style hard rocker, once again, just heavier and modernized.
The awesome metal ballad When I'm Older should really be all over rock radio, but you know that’s never going to happen. It’s classic JSS – especially vocal wise. This is a good entry point for those unsure about this album.
Closing the album is a four pack of metal goodness. Trance is super intense; Jealousy gets even heavier and a little faster; Karma's Kiss is slow and dark while Fall To Pieces ends the album on a somewhat simpler, but no less impressive hard rocking note.
 
 

Production on Inside The Vertigo is fabulous. It’s a huge wall of sound. The consistency of the songs on this record makes it one of Jeff Scot Soto’s finest works to date.
It really is a monster of a record and the intensity, the immense guitar work from Jorge Salan and groove from the rhythm section (David Z - bass and Edu Cominato - drums) cannot be understated. This is one talented group of musicians.
This is a true album. Not a group of songs cobbled together. This is a work of art.
That said, it certainly won’t be for everyone, but long time Soto fans should embrace this with enthusiasm as a few new fans come to admire one of the best rock n roll frontmen ever.
 
Score: 
95
 

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