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Billboard Debuts New TOTO Album Preview 'Burn'

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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TOTO's David Paich acknowledges that he thought 2006's Falling in Between "was going to be our last album, ever." But a combination of resurgence, legalities and genuine creative desire led to the making of Toto IV, a new album featuring co-founders Paich, fellow keyboardist Steve Porcaro and guitarist Steve Lukather, along with longtime singer Joseph Williams.
"We're pretty excited about this," Lukather tells Billboard. "The band is tight. We're having fun. Everybody's revitalized, rejuvenated. We've got this buzz going right now that just came out of nowhere, so it's great." Paich adds: "I'm really proud of this album. It feels really good. It's kinda scary when you haven't made one in a while, and I really did think we were over. But we had a lot of fun doing it. I think our writing level is elevated, and we had a great time. It reminded me of making the first album, 'Toto IV' and 'The Seventh One.' The creative juices were flowing, as they say."
Toto reactivated in 2010, after bassist Mike Porcaro was diagnosed with ALS. A short tour of Europe went so well that the group decided to continue alongside the members' other activities -- including Lukather's current stint in Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band. And with one album left on its deal with Italy's Frontiers Records, Paich, Lukather and company decided that Falling in Between might not have been its final word after all.
"We decided that instead of getting into a big, elongated dispute [with Frontiers Records], we should go in and make some new music, which is what we do," Paich says. "And it worked out really good. I've never seen the guys this excited again, like I said, since the early days, and I think it's because we're writing music with our original members here, and everybody was more together and more mature in their lives, so the band was really clicking. We worked on it every day, on and off, for a year, and I think you can definitely hear that effort."
There was material ready at the start of the project. "All of us are always writing and have stuff, and because it's us writing it, it just naturally sounds like Toto," Lukather says. Paich recalls that among the initial "little odds and ends" were "All the Stars That Shine," which the keyboardist said he started at the end of theFalling in Between sessions, and "Chinatown," which actually dates back to sessions for Toto's 1978 debut album. Initial studio sessions for Toto XIV, meanwhile, yielded "Burn," which Paich wrote with Williams. It's premiering exclusively on Billboard below:

"That came from a song Joseph had written, a whole song," Paich recalls, "and I said, 'I really love that.' And he said, 'Oh, you like the song?' I said, 'No, [just] the very little ending.' There's a piano riff, and that ended up being the riff that is the engine or the heartbeat behind 'Burn' that keeps playing over and over again in that song. That's probably the first song we started writing [specifically] for the new album."
Toto will spend the late spring and summer in Europe, starting May 21 in Glasgow, Scotland, and currently running until July 19. The rest of a planned world tour will take the band into 2016. Lukather and Paich, who refers to Toto XIV as the group's Abbey Road -- aka final -- project, won't rule out the possibility of more new music, but neither is voicing great optimism either.
"I doubt very much we'll make another album as Toto," he says. "I think this is our last record because of how much emotion we spend on it. It comes from our hearts and everything. It just wrings you out when you're making a record because everybody's so passionate about it. I want to say 'never say never,' but until we actually make another album, we can consider this to be the last Toto album. Everybody's still writing all the time and making music and doing stuff on their own, because we each have studios and stuff, but whether we'll get in the studio and make another album as Toto, that's something no one knows yet. It hasn't been revealed to me in my crystal ball yet."
 
Wed
04
Mar

VAN HALEN Live Tokyo Dome Set Audio Preview Posted

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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You've already heard all the details, now pre-order links and advance audio have been posted for the VAN HALEN Live In Tokyo 2013 release.

The audio unfortunately sounds horrible. The mix is way off for something the band has apparently spent months working on. The bass drowns out everything, the vocals are way back (but that might be a god thing, sorry Dave) and it all sounds very muddy. And this is coming from a HUGE Van Halen fan.

Pre-orders are available now at the following locations:

Tokyo Dome Live In Concert

Digital - iTunes
Two-CD - Amazon
Four-LP – Amazon

Van Halen

CD - Amazon
LP - Amazon

1984

CD - Amazon
LP - Amazon

Deluxe Edition

Four-CD - Amazon
Six-LP - Amazon

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Wed
04
Mar

Tracii Guns & Rudy Sarzo Form GUNZO

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
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No formal press release yet, but simply put, GUNZO is a heavy rock band featuring Rudy Sarzo (bass; Quite Riot), Keith St John (vocals; Burning Rain), Shane Fitzgibbon (drums) and Tracii Guns (guitars; LA Guns).
 
Stay up to date via: https://www.facebook.com/GUNZOBAND
 

 

 
Tue
03
Mar

TONY MILLS 'Over My Dead Body' Album Out Now

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Monday, February 23, 2015
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The 4th official solo album from ex-SHY/TNT frontman, Tony Mills is out now. A hard rock concept album tracing the death and rebirth of  the singer in Scandinavia in 2010.
 
For fans of SHY, TNT, SIAM, & SERPENTINE, WORK OF ART, DOCKERS GUILD, PAUL SABU, ROBERT SALL, ERIC RAGNO and RAM-ZET. The album crosses over from METAL to AOR and PROG ROCK. Mixed at OTB by Neil Kernon for Auslander.
Produced by Tony Mills for APM Music/Battlegod Productions.
 
Tracklisting:
 
01. Time Won't Wait
02. 28 Flights
03. We Should Be On By Now
04. No Love Lost
05. Gate 21
06. My Death
07. Bitter Suite
08. Northern Star
09. 4 In The Morning
10. Somewhere In London
11. Free Spirits
 
Line-up:
Vocals - Tony Mills
Keyboards - Douglas Docker, Eric Ragno, Henning Ramseth and Robert Sall
Bass Guitar - Andreas Passmark and Henning Ramseth
Guitars - Henning Ramseth, Robert Sall, Paul Sabu
Piano - Douglas Docker, Eric Ragno and Henning Ramseth
Drums and Percussion - Andreas Nergard
Fretless Bass - Neil Kernon
 
 
 
 
Tue
03
Mar

DARK SARAH ‘Behind The Black Veil’ Details Revealed

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
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Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the cinematic metal project DARK SARAH to the label.

DARK SARAH is the new project from Heidi Parviainen [ex. Amberian Dawn]. The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Dark Sarah's music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. Sarah's thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests - "The Fate": Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), "The Queen of No Good": Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and "The Moon": Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).

Production, orchestrations and mixing was handled by Mikko P. Mustonen, Pathos Music [Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum] and the album was mastered by Henkka Niemisto, Chartmakers [Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani]. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia].

"Behind The Black Veil" will be released on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America.

Links to music videos from DARK SARAH
Memories Fall [feat. Manuela Kraller]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oP8wOi0ZZI
Save Me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wsHp6VsE6w
Hunting The Dreamer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNFvxSSvgGg

"Behind The Black Veil" track listing
01. Save Me
02. Poison Apple
03. Hide And Seek
04. Memories Fall [feat. Manuela Kraller]
05. Evil Roots [feat. Inga Scharf]
06. Violent Roses
07. Hunting The Dreamer
08. Fortress
09. Silver Tree
10. Sun, Moon And Stars
11. Light In You [feat. Tony Kakko]
12. Sarah's Theme
13. Memories Fall [orchestral version]
14. A Grim Christmas Story

Pre-order "Behind The Black Veil" at the official DARK SARAH store here: http://darksarahwebstore.bigcartel.com/

DARK SARAH online: Website: http://www.darksarah.com / Facebook: www.facebook.com/darksarahofficial
Inner Wound Recordings online: Website: http://www.innerwound.com / Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/innerwoundrecordings

 
 
Tue
03
Mar

MAIDEN UNITED Release Third Album Of IRON MAIDEN Classics

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Friday, May 22, 2015
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MAIDEN UNITED, the acoustic IRON MAIDEN tribute project featuring Damian Wilson (THRESHOLD, HEADSPACE) and Ruud Jolie (WITHIN TEMPTATION), has revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming album, "Remembrance".

'Remembrance' will be released on May 22nd on CD, red 12' vinyl and as digital download.

Track listing:
1. Strange World
2. Charlotte The Harlot
3. Killers
4. Remember Tomorrow
5. Burning Ambition (ft. Bob Verschoyle)
6. Futureal (ft. Blaze Bayley)
7. Aces High
8. Prowler (ft. Paul Di'Anno)
9. Still Life '15

Contributing musicians:
Damian Wilson (Threshold, Headspace) - Vocals
Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) - Guitar
Joey Bruers (Up The Irons) - Bass
Stef Broks (Textures) - Drums
Huub van Loon (Dearworld, Barry Hay) - Piano
Thijs Schrijnemakers (Orgel Vreten) ' Hammond

 
Perttu Kivilaakso (Apocalyptica) ' Cello on Still Life
Mike Coolen (Within Temptation) ' Drums on Prowler
Marco Kuypers (Cloudmachine) ' Piano on Prowler
Bob Verschoyle (Gypsy's Kiss) ' Vocals on Burning Ambition
Paul Di'Anno ' Vocals on Prowler
Blaze Bayley ' Vocals on Futureal
 
The cover artwork for the album was once again created by BLACKLAKE, who also worked with MAIDEN UNITED on their previous studio albums.

Strange World was released as a 2-track single on CD and iTunes on January 30th

Single track listing:
1 Strange World (album version)
2 The Evil That Men Do (alternate version featuring Wudstik on vocals)
 
Strange World can be streamed in the YouTube video: http://youtu.be/xG-I4LYGe3w
Maiden uniteD is currently streaming the single version of 'The Evil That Men Do' on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/maidenunited/the-evil-that-men-do-featuring-wudstik
MAIDEN UNITED is an IRON MAIDEN tribute project which performs classic MAIDEN songs in new acoustic arrangements. 'Remembrance' is the third full-length album released by this project.

The album can be pre-ordered at www.MaidenuniteD.com

 
 
Tue
03
Mar

Double Stop Podcast - JEFF WATSON

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Jeff Watson (Night Ranger, Mother's Army, Solo) comes out of hiding (he's a self-proclaimed hermit!) and discusses his life and career in this special 50th episode of The Double Stop. He explains his early days, and learning guitar. He covers the formation of Night Ranger and walks us through their early albums and eventual break-up. He discusses his first solo album, Lone Ranger, as well as Mother's Army - his band with Joe Lynn Turner, Carmine Appice and Bob Daisley. He reveals for the first time the recent discovery of 5 lost Mother's Army songs that he is preparing for release.
He talks about the formation of Night Ranger, and why he decided to leave in 2008. He also discusses what led to him meeting his Night Ranger replacement - Joel Hoekstra - and their surprise jam at the Randy Rhoads Remembered show. He also discusses his plans to join the upcoming RRR tour. The bigger surprise is that Joel Hoekstra will be guesting on Jeff's next single - following his new song "Squirrels & Kerosene". And finally, Jeff announces his plans to re-release his solo track "Around the Sun" in tribute to his late father.

https://soundcloud.com/thedoublestop/jeff-watson-interview-night-ranger-mothers-army-ep-50
http://thedoublestop.com/ep-50-jeff-watson-solo-night-ranger-mothers-army/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23aZK7qB9YA

 
 
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03
Mar

TONY IOMMI Tribute Announced For May Release

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Monday, May 4, 2015
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Tanzan Music  and  "Tony Iommi Fan-Tastic" team of Iommi supporters together with Facebook communities "Tony Iommi The Man The Master The Legend" and "Global Black Sabbath Convention"  are proud to announce the release of the compilation tribute in honour of Black Sabbath's true heart and soul, legendary Riffmaster Tony Iommi on May 4th.
The first ever tribute to Iommi is titled "GREAT LEFTY: LIVE FOREVER. TRIBUTE TO TONY IOMMI GODFATHER OF METAL"
 
The compilation is an act of solidarity towards Tony from friends and fans. The profits from compilation sales will be destinied to Macmillian Cancer Support . All the songs are kindly donated for the cause.

The Pals & Fans' tribute includes participations of Vinny Appice (former Sabbath and Heaven and Hell drummer), Barry Goudreau (guitarist for Boston), Hugh McDonald (David Bromberg, Alice Cooper, Bon Jovi, Lita Ford), Mark Boals (Savoy Brown, Malmsteen, Dio Disciples, Dokken) Tony Martin (former Black Sabbath vocalist), Victor Griffin (Pentagram), young singer-songwriter Kyle Cousins, Mario Parga (Graham Bonnett, Forcefield, Cozy Powell’s Hammer), Dario Mollo (Tony Martin, Voodoo Hill), Giuntini, artists and bands “children of Iommi” and best Black Sabbath tribute acts around the world."
 

 

 
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03
Mar

OUTLOUD Announce New Label, Video & Tour

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015
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Hard Rock Heroes OUTLOUD are proud to announce their signing with the new rising melodic rock / metal label, Rock Of Angels Records (ROAR!) for a multi-album & management deal.  This month the label will re-issue the band's entire back catalog making it available again to new fans, and there will be an announcement of new material later in the year.
Additionally, OUTLOUD announce the release of their brand new video for the song "One More Time" which was written with famed Greek songwriter Phoebus.  The video was filmed on their multi-country "Let's Get Serious" tour in Nov. 2014.  The song can be found on OUTLOUD's latest album Let's Get Serious.
 
Watch the video here: http://youtu.be/vXZVGDJyFFk
 
If that wasn't enough, OUTLOUD will embark on their Spring tour in April with some select dates in Greece and then along with the reputable NWOBHM band MONUMENT all over the UK!!!  This marks OUTLOUD's first visit to the United Kingdom - if you are in the UK you won't want to miss it!
 
Greece dates:
3.4 Patras - Memphis Stage 
4.4 Kastoria Prague Draft
5.4 Athens (Neo Irakleio) Remedy Club
 
UK tour dates with MONUMENT:
10.4. Manchester Rebellion Bar
11.4 Sheffield The Corporation 
12.4 Southampton Talking Heads 
14.4. Glasgow - Audio
16.4 Cardiff - Fuel
17.4 London The Barfly
 
Internationally to date, OUTLOUD has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, appearing in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc. They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on Youtube, with over 500,000+ views.  Their song “We Run” appeared on a handful of reputable compilations and also was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine.  The band has toured Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication.
 
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