Joel Hoekstra's 13

Fri
16
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Review)

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Produced By: 
Joel Hoekstra
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
Frontiers
Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
 
Guitarist, songwriter and all-round good guy Joel Hoekstra is a man on the rise. From Rock Of Ages, to Night Ranger, the occasional Foreigner fill-in role and now in Whitesnake, Joel Hoekstra is become a name guitarist in an era where few new guitar heroes have emerged.
 
His debut solo album is where he’s allowed to shine – from the impeccable guitar soloing and master class in memorable riff writing – to the challenging job of taking control of production – Joel nails it.
And in a nice added bonus, Joel has written every track on this album. Himself! (there’s one co-write with Russell Allen).
It’s nice to hear such an accomplished album from the pen of the star rather than hired gun writers.
 
This is a diverse album that ranges from melodic metal to commercial melodic rock, without losing the common thread and consistency an album needs.
Interestingly, with the two vocalists involved it is often a reversal of the expected, with metal man Russell Allen delivering a couple of fine melodic numbers and the voice of melodic rock Jeff Scott Soto handing in a couple of aggressive in your face numbers.
Of course both singers do what they do best on the other tracks, giving the album a clear balance of styles, despite the sometimes distracting tactic of alternating vocalists.
 
Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 

 
Two thumbs up for Joel. Another very strong album – even more so give that it’s his debut solo album. A must for anyone that’s enjoyed his output in Night Ranger, Whitesnake and elsewhere.
And a cracking good set of songs for fans of JSS and Russell Allen to enjoy. The two singers really deliver here.
Melodic hard rock at its best!
 
Score: 
93
 
Tue
13
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Release 'Dying To Live' Streaming Now

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL Presents: JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 FULL ALBUM WORLD PREMIERE
 
Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl
 
 
'The guitarist keeps good company on this album'.They've created an accomplished set of radio friendly tunes on Dying to Live, including the sultry Long For the Days.'  -Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine
 
"To sum up 'Dying To Live' it is a captivating, uplifting, joyous release to please and appease fans of Melodic Rock ,  and  in my humble opinion  ranks as one of the top must have Melodic Rock Albums released in 2015 to date." (10/10!) -Seb DiGatto, The Metal Gods Meltdown
 
"Hard rock the way it used to be. One of the best rock albums of the year? Quite possibly." (10/10!) -Alan Bannerman, Powerplay Magazine
 
 
This Monday, October 12 - The world will hear what critics are calling 'The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!' JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 - DYING TO LIVE has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) and Derek Sherinian (Keyboard).
 
'Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and now Whitesnake, I've had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,' explains Hoekstra. 'Here it is!  Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc.  I'm honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me.  Maybe I'm not a familiar "name" for many of you, but if you're a fan of melodic, hard-rock that's Dioish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest, I really think you'll like this.  Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance!  Have a listen!'
 
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).
 
Pre-Order Here:
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 

 
Wed
07
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Track By Track)

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 is a side project formed by popular Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who is also well known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
 
The album features some truly stellar guests Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen sharing vocal duties along with Vinny Appice – drums and Tony Franklin – bass.
 
So what has Joel lined up for us on his debut solo album? Here’s a Track By Track look:
 
01. Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
 
02. Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
 
03. Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
 
04. Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
 
05. Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
 
06. Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
07. Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
 
08. The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
 
09. Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
 
10. Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
 
11. What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 
 
Fri
02
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Scream'

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 PREMIERES 4th SINGLE 'SCREAM'

24HR EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO ON GUITARWORLD.COM TODAY!

Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl / Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon

 
Hollywood, Ca (October 1, 2015) ' Get ready for the exclusive world premiere video of 'SCREAM' from Joel Hoekstra's 13's new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  GUITARWORLD.com is hosting the world premiere of the fourth single at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link:

www.guitarworld.com/joel-hoekstras-13-premiere-scream-music-video-exclusive/25560

'SCREAM' is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that's sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life,' explains Hoekstra. 'Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars.  Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!'

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of 'Long For The Days' as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here: iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes / AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 
 
Thu
01
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Long For The Days'

Release Year: 
2015
Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
JOEL HOEKSTRA’S 13 PREMIERES 3rd SINGLE “LONG FOR THE DAYS”
WORLD PREMIERE ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL FACEBOOK
 
Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl / Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon
 
Hollywood, Ca (September 25, 2015) – Get ready for world premiere of the third single “Long For The Days” from Joel Hoekstra’s 13’s new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  Frontiers Music Srl. is hosting the world premiere of the third single on their Facebook at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link – http://on.fb.me/1YFiXpV
 
"Long For The Days is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly," explains Joel.  "It's a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I'll let you figure them out!).  Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection.  Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!"
 
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).
 
Pre-Order Here:
 
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
 
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra’s 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 

 
Fri
04
Sep

Exclusive JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 Video Premiere: 'Until I Left You' (Feat. Jeff Scott Soto)

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
 
MelodicRock.com is proud to present the exclusive video premiere of the new JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 song Until I Left You (from the album Dying to Live), featuring vocals by JEFF SCOTT SOTO.
 
Joel states: "Until I Left You is a song about growing older, setting aside your insecurities and realizing that you're able to become the person you've wanted to be.  The song represents the poppier/hookier side of Dying to Live.  I'm looking forward to releasing the edgier/heavier tracks as well, but hoping you'll have this one stuck in your head until that happens!  The understated, tasteful playing of Vinny Appice, Tony Franklin and Derek Sherinian provide an amazing support for the guitars and of course the amazing vocal delivery of Jeff Scott Soto makes the song!"
 
Until I Left You- words and music written by Joel Hoekstra
Joel Hoekstra - guitar
Jeff Scott Soto - vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
Derek Sherinian - keys
 
 
DYING TO LIVE SONG SAMPLER: https://youtu.be/pVelC1mleHA



Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of "Until I Left You" and first single, "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here:
iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes
AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon
 
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta's 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

  
 
Wed
26
Aug

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13: 'Dying To Live' Song Sampler Music Video

Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (August 25, 2015) - Joel Hoekstra has put together a kick ass sampler of various songs from the upcoming debut album from Joel Hoekstra's 13, DYING TO LIVE! Check it out by hitting the play button below and let us know what you think.
 
DYING TO LIVE SONG SAMPLER: https://youtu.be/pVelC1mleHA



 
PRE-ORDER your copy now from iTunes or Amazon. Pre-order from either link, the single "Anymore" will download instantly, and the rest will download on the release date.

Order Here:
iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes 
AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

DYING TO LIVE features performances from Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion), Tony Franklin The Fretless Monster(The Firm (British rock band), Rated X), Jeff Scott Soto Official (Official Yngwie Malmsteen, W.E.T), Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and more!

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta's 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

  
 
Wed
29
Jul

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Release 'Dying To Live' on Frontier Records October 16

Friday, October 16, 2015
Categories: 
 
WHITESNAKE'S GUITARIST JOEL HOEKSTRA TO RELEASE: 
DYING TO LIVE on Frontiers Records October 16

ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING MELODIC, HARD ROCK ALBUMS OF THE YEAR!
 
FEATURING: JEFF SCOTT SOTO, RUSSELL ALLEN, TONY FRANKLIN, VINNY APPICE AND DEREK SHERINIAN
 
HOLLYWOOD, CA (July 29, 2015) Joel Hoekstra has announced the release of his new melodic hard rock studio album “Dying To Live” from his electrifying new side project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the currrent guitarist for Whitesnake, and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
 
Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.
 
Hoekstra took charge of the creative process by handling the production, song writing and arranging (music and lyrics).  The end result could best be described as hard, melodic, classic rock that is Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. 
“Years ago, I released three solo albums that were mainly instrumental guitar music.  I wanted to put something out that showcased my production, writing and playing in the genre that I'm known for, which is melodic, hard rock’’, explains Hoekstra. ‘’That’s when I decided to start what I consider to be my rock side project, Joel Hoekstra's 13. Dying To Live focuses on struggles, potential pitfalls and the art of overcoming obstacles in life to finally arrive where we are meant to be.’’
 
Dying To Live was conceived before Hoekstra joined Whitesnake. David Coverdale gave the album his full blessing. “David wants his players to spread their wings and fly and of course be ready to rock when Whitesnake needs them, which obviously won't be an issue.”
Excited how the new album turned out, Hoekstra is looking forward to the overall reaction from fans and media. “I hope everyone will give it a listen. I feel it showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre I’m best known for thèse days. The line-up of musicians is stellar!  I want to thank everyone for any support in advance.  Life is good!
 
Enjoy an EPK for Dying To Live here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIXnpBhe03w
 

Album Tracklisting:
 
1.         Say Goodbye To The Sun
2.         Anymore
3.         Until I Left You
4.         Long For The Days
5.         Scream
6.         Never Say Never
7.         Changes
8.         The Only Way To Go
9.         Dying To Live
10.       Start Again
11.       What We Believe
12.       Kill or Be Killed (Bonus Track digital download)
 
The Musicians:
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) - Guitars, Backing Vocals
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Yngwie Malmsteen) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Symphony X) - Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio) - Drums
Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) - Bass
 
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) - Keyboards
Chloe Lowery (Trans Siberian Orchestra) - Vocals
Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) - Additional Backing Vocals
Charlie Zeleny (Joe Lynn Turner) - Percussion
Dave Eggar (Amy Lee, Coldplay) – Cello
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoeksta’s 13 and Whitesnake click www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13
 

 

 
Tue
16
Jun

JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 To Release Debut Album on Frontiers in October

Release Year: 
2015
RELEASE MONTH: 
10
Categories: 
 
Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the signing of Joel Hoekstra's 13!
 
We've had the pleasure of working with Joel for many years while he was in Night Ranger and of course, now in Whitesnake and greatly look forward to releasing this latest project of his. Joel Hoekstra's 13's debut album will be out this October.
 
More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but for now, feast your eyes on this stellar lineup of musicians appearing on the album!
 
Joel Hoekstra - guitars, backing vocals
Jeff Scott Soto - lead vocals, backing vocals
Russell Allen - lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice - drums
Tony Franklin - bass
 
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian - keyboards
Chloe Lowery - vocals
Charlie Zeleny - percussion
Dave Eggar - cello
 
 
In an interview with Ken Tomczak to be pubished shortly, Joel says this of the album: "I did all of the writing...words, melodies, the whole nine yards. It's melodic hard rock that I describe as being Dio'ish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest. It's scheduled for an October release."
 
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