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02
Apr

CARE OF NIGHT - Connected (Review)

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Erik & Anders Wigelius
Running Time: 
49
Release Date: 
2015
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Europe
Musical Style: 
AOR
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AOR Heaven
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You’ve gotta hand it to the Swedes. No matter how many great albums they throw at us, there’s always more coming up right behind.
The latest purveyors of the fine classic AOR/melodic rock tradition is Care Of Night a group formed out of the demise of heavy rockers Seven Tears.
After a couple of lineup changes the band that would record this debut album was locked in.
 
What we have here is another wonderfully produced slice of Swedish AOR perfection.
Erik & Anders Wigelius (of fellow Swedish AOR favourites Wigelius) are responsible for the slick sound and mix, while the band themselves have written some classy traditional AOR songs with an updated feel so as not to date the music.
 
Vocalist Calle Schönberg has a touch of Peter Cetera in his tone, while the rest of the band simply delivers another lesson in ‘how Sweden does great music’.
Think Wigelius, State Of Salazar, Work Of Art, Houston, FM, the original Heat and you get the picture – happy, easy going pomp/pop AOR with layers of vocals and keyboards in that uptempo feel good style we all love.
The metal roots from a couple of the guys means that there’s some extra punch on occasion here, but the majority is very commercial AOR.
 
The free flowing lushness of Cassandra and Heart Belongs gets the album off to a perfect start. But it doesn’t stop there, with Those Words equally catchy and a big ballad Dividing Lines delivering sentiment in spades, even throwing in some saxophone.
Say A Prayer is impossibly catchy in that Work Of Art style of AOR; Please Remember adds a bit of tempo; Give Me Strength reminds me of British rockers FM and Say You Will is a 7 minute epic to close out the album, featuring a soft acoustic guitar and lead vocal until near the 5 minute mark when the band kicks in for a raucous climax.
 

You got it folks – if you’re a paid up member of the Swedish Ministry Of Melodic Rock – then you know what to do.
Another wonderful example of a genre that refuses to grow old and die.
 
Score: 
90
 
Thu
02
Apr

LEVEL 10 - Chapter One (Review)

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Mat Sinner
Running Time: 
53
Release Date: 
2015
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Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Going one better than Level 9, but not quite turning the dial to 11, the partnership of vocalist Russell Allen and Bassist/producer Mat Sinner form the new project Level 10.
Joining in is powerhouse guitarists Roland Grapow and Alex Beyrodt; Randy Black on drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards (yes, him again!).
Mat Sinner doesn’t produce bad sounding records and Russell Allen doesn’t deliver substandard vocals, so there are two big ticks.
 
Songs is what it is all about. On this 12 track debut songs are provided by Sinner & Allen, Alessandro del Vecchio, Magnus Karlsson, Alex Beyrodt, Carsten Schulz, Sander Gommans & Amanda Somerville. Thing is, there’s no credits assigned to each track, so you have no idea who really wrote what.
The collection of names indicates that things could be quite varied on the album, and so it turns out to be. But apart from a few real highlights, while the album sounds great, I found most of the material lacked a real spark or hook to draw me back in.
 
The album opens with Cry No More - an absolute blinder of a song - a full metal blast with a great hook and some awesome vocals.
Unfortunately it’s followed by Soul Of A Warrior - possibly the worst track on the album - a near 6 minute plod fest that never seems to end and kills the momentum of the opening track.
When The Nighttime Comes picks things back up with an improved pace and better chorus hook.
But then once again, another plodder. One Way Street has a pretty forgettable chorus and not much life to it.
As if going back and forth between good and not, Blasphemy is a more hard hitting metal.
Last Man On Earth then follows the pattern, with a pretty drab and forgettable chorus while In For The Kill cranks things into high gear, even if only for 4 minutes.
Of the last 4 tracks, the metal ballad All Hope Is Gone stands out as an album highlight; Demonized a solid melodic metal track following straight after.
The others I don’t care for unfortunately.
 
 

A great looking project on paper and I expect there might be a sequel at some point – as the album title suggests, but the participants will need to ensure a more consistent group of songs to make a lasting impression in a crowded market.

Score: 
75
 
Thu
02
Apr

ROBERT PLANT Solo Career Retrospective On Dual Album Anniversaries

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Dallas, TX - April 2, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show website www.inthestudio.net celebrates Robert Plant, one of rock's premiere voices, in a special solo career retrospective.

Quite coincidentally, two of Robert Plant's post-Led Zeppelin solo albums, Spring 1985's Shaken'n'Stirred and March 1990's Manic Nirvana, are each marking significant anniversaries, so no better time to examine them via the impressive Nine Lives box set which chronicles Plant's prolific solo output.

It was Robert's second solo album, 1983's The Principle of Moments, which convinced us that Plant could sustain a viable solo career outside of the legendary Led Zeppelin, with whom he fronted for twelve fabled years. Angular extended songs 'In the Mood' and the cryptic 'Big Log' became rock radio staples in the States, followed by 'Little by Little' from Shaken and Stirred in 1985.

Not until 1988's Now and Zen, however, did Plant shed the self-conscious shadow of Zeppelin by exorcising his ghosts with the song 'Tall Cool One', brilliantly sampling the 'thunder of the gods' iconic Led licks and employing Zeppelin mastermind Jimmy Page on guitar. 'Heaven Knows' and 'Ship of Fools' made Now and Zen a blockbuster, with 'Hurting Kind' in 1990 from Manic Nirvana twenty-five years ago and the tender heartfelt '29 Palms' on Fate of Nations

Robert shares with InTheStudio host Redbeard how Plant views himself and how he continues to evolve as an artist.

'I can't really stand in middle ground and be showered with confetti and compliments. The most important thing to me is to expand what I'm doing and take people with me' or not.'  - Robert Plant
 
Robert Plant / InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/online-only-interviews/robert-plant-nine-lives/'

Direct Link to Robert Plant website: 'http://www.robertplant.com'
 
Wed
01
Apr

S.A.Y. Debut Album 'Orion' Out on MelodicRock Records May 22

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Friday, May 22, 2015
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MelodicRock Records is very excited to be able to announce the signing of new Swedish band S.A.Y., featuring two veteran artists under the new band name, reflecting their decision to record a melodic hard rock album together.
 
S.A.Y. is guitarist Jan Åkesson and singer Peter Grundström, musical partners since 1984 and teamed in StoneLake for six studio albums from 2006-2013.
 
Deciding to record an album with power and finesse, but in a more commercial melodic vein, Jan and Peter settled upon a new name for the project – S.A.Y.
 
S.A.Y. will release their debut album “Orion” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22. Pre-orders for this album and http://melodicrock.com/articles/news-feed/2015/03/31/room-experience-debut-out-melodicrock-records-may-22 coming up.
 
The album contains 11 tracks of polished and powerful melodic rock and features the distinctive vocals of Peter Grundstrom and the hard edged guitar work of Jan Akesson; which will immediately bring comparisons to TNT, Westworld and Final Frontier.
 
S.A.Y. are:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals
Jan Akesson – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals
 
With: Jens Westberg – Drums
 
“Orion” is set to be one of the noted debut albums of 2015.
 
Time to check out one of the tracks from 'Orion', the anthemic "Broken Wings":
 

 
History:
 
The duo got to know each other after performing at the same show in different bands; Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight. Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jan’s work with Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall of the same year.
 
Whitelight’s focus was melodic hard rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and then by a “new wave” of English, American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive record deal.
 
After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock. Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee Avenue.
Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger and Dr. Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
Kee Avenue split up in 1991 after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band. After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept on writing songs, always looking for the right project to showcase his talent.
 
In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry.
 
Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a “reunion”. A good meal and a few beers was the spark that lit a new beginning. Their reunion became the band StoneLake with 6 albums released to date.
 
Now the guys have set themselves a fresh new challenge with S.A.Y. and their stunning debut “Orion”, Out May 22.
 
 
Wed
01
Apr

STARFIRE Announces New Drummer

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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LOS ANGELES, Mar. 31, 2015 / Nearly five years after their debut release and first performance in Los Angeles, Starfire announces their new Drummer: Jake Michael Hayden.

Hayden comes to the band from Ohio and for almost 20 years, has worked with some of the biggest and best names in the business, having toured with Adam Lambert and was hired by American Idol judge and A&R/producer Randy Jackson to record and perform with "The Canyons" as well as other new acts like Ryan Cabrera.  However, it was Jake's other work that really appealed to founder and frontman for Starfire, Dairenn Lombard

"I was looking for a change," said Lombard.  "I'd been in the market for a new drummer and, in my opinion, the drums is one of the most important parts of a rock song.  The biggest difference between what you might call heavy metal and 'indie' could sometimes hinge on the style of drums being played.  So, I needed someone who really 'gets it,' and gets the sound of Starfire.  A musician who knows and appreciates the bands that fit the style that our fans want to hear.  When I took one look at Jake's background, I knew I'd found the drummer."

Jake Michael Hayden has shared the stage with Steel Panther, Rick Springfield, Toto's Steve Lukather and performed with New Wave/Rock act Missing Persons.  He has also recorded with producer Tom Fletcher (Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Lukather) and Ross Hogarth (Van Halen).  Jake Michael Hayden's musical backgrounds also includes a degree from the Berkelee Musical Institute, rounding out experiences gained from studying drummers like Duran Duran's Dave DiCenso and Dream Theater's Mike Mangini.

"It was clear that any drummer that understands and appreciates the style of bands and artists like those will play the music of Starfire exactly the way it was meant to be played.  I am so excited and really looking forward to performing with Jake at the next Starfire concert."

Starfire is Dairenn Lombard (studio keys, guitars & vocals), Greg Pajer (guitar, backing live vocals), Andrew James (bass, backing live vocals), Neara Russell (keys, backing live vocals), and Jake Michael Hayden (drums), one of the only new Melodic Rock bands from southern California, featuring three studio albums where ever CDs are sold, and a live DVD available now from their website at www.starfiremusic.net.

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Wed
01
Apr

BILLY JOEL Throws Stones At Glass Houses On 35th Anniversary

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Dallas, TX - March 31, 2015.  North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the 35th anniversary of Billy Joel's Grammy Award chart-topping album Glass Houses
 
Billy Joel took a big risk in March 1980 by following blockbusters The Stranger and 52nd Street with the surprisingly stripped down garage rock arrangements of Glass Houses. But lest you get the wrong idea, it was the approach that was lean, not the material. Some of Joel's best songs are here including 'You May Be Right', 'Sometimes a Fantasy', 'Don't Ask Me Why', 'Close to the Borderline', the under-appreciated 'All for Leyna' and the timeless 'It's Still Rock and Roll to Me'.

In a rare conversation, Billy opens up to InTheStudio host Redbeard about his musical influences, seeing the Beatles perform on TV's Ed Sullivan Show, the British Invasion bands that followed, garage rock, and the New York City punk scene which inspired his approach to the making of Glass Houses.

'I think what I was doing with the Glass Houses record in the studio when it came time to get together with the band was becoming a garage band all over again. I wanted to have fun ,and I wanted to make music that all the musicians enjoyed playing, as if we were in a bar.'   - Billy Joel

BILLY JOEL Glass Houses @ 35 /InTheStudio interview is available now to STREAM at: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/billy-joel-glass-houses-35th-anniversary/'

Direct Link to InTheStudio broadcast affiliate radio station list: 'http://www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations/ 'www.inthestudio.net/radio-stations'
Link to Billy Joel website: 'http://www.billyjoel.com'
Link to InTheStudio website: 'http://www.inthestudio.net'

 
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Tue
31
Mar

ROOM EXPERIENCE Debut Out on MelodicRock Records May 22

Friday, May 22, 2015
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MelodicRock Records has been bringing new and fresh talent to the fore for several years now and is proud to announce signing yet another high-class new artist to the label’s roster.
 
Please welcome ROOM EXPERIENCE to the MRR family.
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE’s self-titled debut is truly going to be an experience for fans of high-class European AOR and melodic rock!
This is perhaps the most star-studded MRR release yet.
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE is:
 
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) - Lead & Backing Vocals
Gianluca Firmo - Keyboards, Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on "Only Goodnight"
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Acoustic & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Drums & Percussion
Amos Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Bass
Steve De Biasi (Gunshy, Charming Grace) - Guitars
 
But that’s not all… Making special guest appearances are:
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, L.R.S, Three Lions, Shining Line) - Hammond on “Rainbow In The Rain"
Ivan Gonzalez (Secret, 91 Suite) - Guitars on "Another Day Without You", "No Sign of Summer" & "Tomorrow’s Came"
Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Fergie Frederiksen, Lionville, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "The Only Truth"
Stefano Zeni (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "Queen Of Every Heart"
Boris Matakovic (Human Zoo, Charming Grace) - Sax on "Tomorrows Came"
Elena Aurë (Charming Grace) - Backing Vocals on "Rainbow in the Rain" & "Tomorrows Came"
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE will release their debut album “Room Experience” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22.
 
For the first time, MelodicRock Records will be offering something special and exclusive for this release.
For those tired of those deluxe/special editions appearing months after the original release – this is for you!
 
Available exclusively via MelodicRock.com pre-orders will be a very limited ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition CD featuring exclusive bonus tracks and an exclusive variation on the regular release cover art.
Pre-orders will be available right here very soon.
 
For those fans of Lionville, Shining Line, David Readman (solo), Charming Grace and Street Talk comes the debut AOR masterpiece ROOM EXPERIENCE!
 
Time right now to check out a full track from the album: “Tomorrow Came”
 
 
History:
 
Born in Brescia in the early seventies, Italian keyboard-player and songwriter Gianluca Firmo begun to develop his love for melodic rock music during the eighties, following chart-breakers like Bon Jovi, Europe, Bryan Adams and many others.
 
It didn't take too long before Gianluca felt the need to lay his hands on his keyboard and start writing some original music, spending entire days and nights inside his room to try to capture the magic coming from the legendary melodies present in the albums of his personal idols in music.
 
After more than two decades of passionate love for the melodic rock world and way more than 100 songs written, he decided that it was time to collect some of them in a professional recording, an idea that took place in late 2013 when he approached Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) and Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) asking them to produce his debut album.
 
The synergy was immediately strong from the first meeting, so in January of 2014 they started arranging the first songs of what would have become an international high-profile melodic rock project, named "Room Experience" to pay tribute to the endless hours that Gianluca spent at home, writing all those tunes.
 
With a songwriting spectrum able to cover a wide range of melodic rock styles and influences coming from classic AOR to more up-to-date melodic hard-rock, a powerhouse and versatile vocalist was needed. Extraordinary British singer David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Solo, Voodoo Circle) was officially approached to perform all the songs of the project, introduced to the trio by a common friend: the international star producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, Edge Of Forever, Shining Line).
 
With a production team ready to work and a superstar singer waiting to give his best in every single song of the album, a line-up of skilled musicians was needed in order to carry songs to completion, so guitar player Steve De Biasi (Gunshy, Charming Grace) and bass player Amos Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) were recruited to build a solid instrumental backbone, which was completed by a huge list of talented artists that joined them in the making of Room Experience: Iván González (Secret, 91 Suite), Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Fergie Frederiksen, Charming Grace), Stefano Zeni (Wheels Of Fire), Boris Matakovic (Human Zoo), Andrea Gipponi (Enrico Ruggeri), Aurë (Charming Grace), Minna Ora (The Electric Lady) & Nicoletta Tona.
 
In December 2014 recording sessions ended and Alessandro Del Vecchio gave his final magic touch to the album in his Ivorytears Music Studio in Somma Lombardo (Va, Italy), taking care of mixing and mastering to deliver a bombastic melodic rock release ready to reach for the passion of all the fans of the genre, all over the world.
 
On May 22 Room Experience will be finally released worldwide through Melodic Rock Records, with artwork and graphics provided by Antonella Astori (Charming Grace).
The key is in the hole and turning... the doors are about to unlock: are you ready for the "Room Experience"?
 
 
Tue
31
Mar

One On One With Mitch Lafon - DAMON JOHNSON & GUNS N ROSES

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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http://www.spreaker.com/user/talkingmetal/one-on-one-100-guns-n-roses

"Clearly there were difficulties between the manager and Axl. They were having problems with Slash."

BLACK STAR RIDERS' Damon Johnson and former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Doug Goldstein join Mitch in celebrating 100 episodes of One On One With Mitch Lafon. The episode is co-hosted by Talking Metal's Mark Strigl.

Our first interview is with guitarist extraordinaire, Damon Johnson who discusses Black Star Riders, the decision to not use the well established Thin Lizzy brand name, their fantastic second album The Killer Instinct, their upcoming UK tour opening for WHITESNAKE and DEF LEPPARD, the Damon Johnson Trio, his upcoming solo dates, working with ALICE COOPER , his work on the the unreleased third DAMN YANKEES album called 'Bravo' (he replaced Tommy Shaw to work alongside Jack Blades and Ted Nugent) and more.

For more about Damon or Black Star Riders visit on TWITTER: @DamonJOfficial or @BlackStarRiders and on the web: http://www.damonjohnson.com or http://www.blackstarriders.com

Damon's upcoming solo tour dates include:

April
1 - New Hope, PA - Havana New Hope
2 - Northampton, PA - The Gin Mille & Grille
3 - Pittston, PA - Bar On Oak
4 - Queens, NY - Blackthorn 51
8 - Moline, IL - Rascal's Live
9 - Berwyn, IL - The Wire
10 - Pekin, IL - Twisted Spoke
11 - Middletown, OH - Old Crow Bar
12 - Richmond, IN - Firehouse BBQ and Blues

In our second interview with sit down with former GUNS 'N ROSES manager Doug Goldstein (current CEO When Pigs Fly) for an epic two hour chat discussing the entire history of the band including the feuds, lawsuits and riots. More specifically we talk about AXL ROSE becoming the sole owner of the GNR name, the firing of Steve Adler, working with KISS' Paul Stanley and Bob Ezrin, the Montreal Riot and why it was Metallica's Lars Ulrich's fault, the 2 1/2 years of documented yet unreleased Use Your Illusion Tour film, Yoda aka Sharon Maynard, Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood (and his potential involvement in a GNR reunion tour), controversial songs One In A Million and Look At Your Game Girl, working with Black Sabbath featuring Glenn Hughes and current KISS drummer Eric Singer, the ROSE FESTIVAL featuring Van Halen and Guns N Roses, his letter to Axl, the 'Denver Incident', John Reese, are there 100 unreleased songs sitting in a vault, Slash, Duff and MUCH MUCH more.
 

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