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THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA To Release New Album In The Spring


THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA - the classic-rock band featuring Björn Strid (SOILWORRK), David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) and Sharlee D' Angelo (ARCH ENEMY, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS) will release its second album for a spring 2015 release.

In an interview with songtitles set to appear on the upcoming album include "Lady Jade", "Stiletto" and "Spanish Ghosts".

You can listen to the chat and a snippet of a brand new song "Living For The Nighttime" (at the end of the podcast), using the SoundCloud widget below.

Songtitles set to appear on the upcoming Skyline Whispers album include "Living For The Nighttime","Lady Jade", "Stiletto" and "Spanish Ghosts".


Björn "Speed" Strid (SOILWORK) - Vocals
David Andersson (SOILWORK, MEAN STREAK) - Guitar
Richard Larsson (VON BENZO) - Keyboards
Jonas Källsbäck (MEAN STREAK, ORCHID) - Drums
Sebastian Forslund (KADAWATHA) - Congas, Percussion, Guitar

Photo credit: Ron Dahlgren


BAD COMPANY To Release Deluxe Editions of First Two Albums

Bad Company have recently found the original multi-track tapes from their first two albums and in the process discovered previously unreleased tracks, takes, and mixes from those sessions which form the bonus material on brand new deluxe editions.
Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975) have been remastered using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions. The two-CD versions include all of the newly discovered bonus tracks, while their 180-gram vinyl counterparts offer as much bonus material as they can fit on a second vinyl record.
The eponymous debut album in deluxe form features the single edit of Can’t Get Enough, b-sides Little Miss Fortune and Easy On My Soul as well as eight previously unreleased recordings such as the demo for The Way I Choose, and an unedited version of Superstar Woman.
Follow up, Straight Shooter (1975) goes even further with 13 previously unreleased tracks and and the b-side Whiskey Bottle. The bonus material here includes a stripped-down version of Shooting Star, and two tracks never released; See The Sunlight and All Night Long.
Bad Company and Straight Shooter deluxe editions are released on 7 April 2015.

Bad Company
Deluxe 2CD Track Listing:
Disc 1
1. Can’t Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready For Love
4. Don’t Let Me Down
5. Bad Company
6. The Way I Choose
7. Movin’ On
8. Seagull
Disc 2
1. Can’t Get Enough (Take 1)*
2. Little Miss Fortune (Demo Reel 1)*
3. The Way I Choose (Demo Reel 1)*
4. Bad Company (LMS Studio Reel 2-73 Session)*
5. The Way I Choose (Version 1 Inc. F/S)
6. Easy On My Soul (Long Version)
7. Bad Company (LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session)*
8. Studio Chat/Dialogue
9. Superstar Woman (Long Version)*
10. Can’t Get Enough (Single Edit)
11. Little Miss Fortune (B-side of Can’t Get Enough)*
12. Easy On My Soul (B-side of Movin’ On)*
Tracks 1-7 and 9 previously unreleased
2LP Vinyl Track Listing
Side 1
1. Can’t Get Enough (Remastered Version)
2. Rock Steady (Remastered Version)
3. Ready For Love (Remastered Version)
4. Don’t Let Me Down (Remastered Version)
Side 2
1. Bad Company (Remastered Version)
2. The Way I Choose (Remastered Version)
3. Movin’ On (Remastered Version)
4. Seagull (Remastered Version)
Side 3
1. Superstar Woman (Long Version)
2. Little Miss Fortune (B-Side Of “Can’t Get Enough”)
3. Easy On My Soul (B-Side Of “Movin’ On”)
4. Bad Company (Lms Studio Reel 2-73 Session)
Side 4
1. Can’t Get Enough (Take 1)
2. The Way I Choose (Demo Reel 1)
3. Little Miss Fortune (Demo Reel 1)
4. Bad Company (Lms Studio Reel 8-73 Session)
Straight Shooter
Disc 1
1. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad
2. Feel Like Makin’ Love
3. Weep No More
4. Shooting Star
5. Deal With The Preacher
6. Wild Fire Woman
7. Anna
8. Call On Me
Disc 2
1. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)*
2. Feel Like Makin’ Love (Take Before Master)*
3. Weep No More (Early Slow Version)*
4. Shooting Star (Alternate Take)*
5. Deal With The Preacher (Early Version)*
6. Anna (Alternate Vocal)*
7. Call On Me (Alternate Take)*
8. Easy On My Soul (Slow Version)
9. Whiskey Bottle” (Early Slow Version)
10. See the Sunlight
11. All Night Long”
12. Wild Fire Woman (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)*
13. Feel Like Makin’ Love (Harmonica Version)
14. Whiskey Bottle (B-side of Good Lovin’ Gone Bad )
Tracks 1-13 previously unreleased.
2LP Vinyl Track Listing
Side 1
1. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (2015 Remastered)
2. Feel Like Makin’ Love (2015 Remastered)
3. Weep No More (2015 Remastered)
4. Shooting Star (2015 Remastered)
Side 2
1. Deal With The Preacher (2015 Remastered)
2. Wild Fire Woman (2015 Remastered)
3. Anna (2015 Remastered)
4. Call On Me (2015 Remastered)
Side 3
1. Good Lovin’ Gone Bad (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
2. Feel Like Makin’ Love (Take Before Master)
3. Weep No More (Early Slow Version)
4. Shooting Star (Alternate Take)
Side 4
1. Deal With The Preacher (Early Version)
2. Wild Fire Woman (Alternate Vocal & Guitar)
3. Anna (Alternate Vocal)
4. Call On Me (Alternate Take)

MAGNUM 'Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014' Out May 6


British melodic rock icons MAGNUM are releasing a new live album which was recorded at selected venues from their successful “Escape From The Shadow Garden” European tour in the spring of 2014. The set list comprises songs chosen  from 7 of their 18 studio albums, the band have produced this album so that fans can fully appreciate the songs penned from Magnum’s beginning, in the 1970s, right up to the present day.

"Escape From The Shadow Garden - Live 2014" will be released in Scandinavia on May 06th, in Germany on May 08th, in Europe on May 11th and in the USA on May 12th as a super jewel case version, double gatefold vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.


Super Jewel Case

1. Live ‘til You Die
2. Black Skies
3. Freedom Day
4. Dance of the Black Tattoo
5. Blood Red Laughter
6. Unwritten Sacrifice
7. How Far Jerusalem
8. Les Morts Dansant
9. Falling For the Big Plan
10. All England’s Eyes
11. Vigilante
12. Kingdom of Madness


Side 1
1. Live ‘til You Die
2. Black Skies
3. Freedom Day
Side 2
1. Dance of the Black Tattoo
2. Blood Red Laughter
3. Unwritten Sacrifice

LP 2
Side 1
1. How Far Jerusalem
2. Les Morts Dansant
3. Falling For the Big Plan
Side 2
1. All England’s Eyes
2. Vigilante
3. Kingdom of Madness

LIVE 2015:
18.07. SE-Väsby Väsby Rock Festival
31.07. SE-Rejmyre Skogsröjet Festival
01.08. D-Seebronn Rock Of Ages Festival


The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside VAN HALEN

Author Greg Renoff has spent the last five years researching and writing Van Halen Rising, which will be published this October by ECW Press.
In the meantime, he's written a Van Halen article for Medium, which has just been published. I'm happy to plug this for Greg. Read below....

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The Private Photo Shoot that Sparked a War Inside Van Halen

In 1979 David Lee Roth met Helmut Newton, inciting an ego-fueled power struggle that ultimately split the group apart

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Van Halen’s star was on the rise in late 1979. Vocalist David Lee Roth, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Eddie Van Halen, and drummer Alex Van Halen had sent sold out crowds into delirium on their wildly successful 1978 and 1979 world tours. They had two platinum albums under their belts, and their latest, Van Halen II, had even cracked the Billboard Top Ten. These were significant achievements for a hard rock band at time when disco and new wave dominated the nation’s airwaves.


Sweden's REACH Announce Album Release Date


Swedish hard rockers REACH will release their debut album, Reach Out To Rock, on March 4, 2015 via Sun Hill Production/Cargo Records. The Reach Out To Rock cover artwork can be seen below.

Reach Out To Rock track listing:

01. You Called My Name
02. Fortune & Fame
03. Tell Me
04. We Are
05. Someone Like You
06. The Beast
07. Make Me Believe
08. Reach Out
09. Looking For Love
10. Coming Home
The album was mixed by sound maestro Pontus Norgren from Hammerfall and Poodles. Recorded & produced by Erik Modin  Johannes Hennoks. Artwork design by Morgan Hassel.

In March 2015 the band will join Gus G on his Swedish tour as well as Eclipse on their UK tour ' and not to forget a slot on HRH AOR FESTIVAL.

REACH are:

Alex Waghorn ' Vocals
Ludvig Turner ' Guitars
David Jones ' Bass
Marcus Johansson ' Drums

REACH was put together in 2012 by drummer Marcus Johansson and guitarist Ludvig Turner. Together they started looking for band members to complete the group, and found the remaining band members in bass player David Jones and vocalist Alex Waghorn. Among the first thing REACH did to reveal this new rock band was to arrange a hard rock cover of Avicii's super hit 'Wake me up' in August 2013. A huge success and about one year later the video has over 1.000.000 views AND still counting.

REACH's music can be described as classic rock with strong melodies and hooks, complemented by their youth energy. You can hear influences from Whitesnake, Scorpions,Europe and Gary Moore in the songs. Ludvig also put the melodic rock on the map in Swedish television in 2014 by making his own interpretations of major hits and being among the final four in the Swedish Idol contest.

The band released early 2014 a single 'Black Lady' to show their song writing abilities and proved not being just a cover band. In December 2014 having secured a deal with Sun Hill Production they released a first single 'You Called My Name' from the forthcoming album 'Reach Out To Rock'.

Despite their young age, REACH are already experienced festival performers, having played festivals as HRH (UK), Frontiers (IT), V'sby Rock (SE), Skogsr'jet (SE).



Buy now - $30 for 2 Japanese versions with bonus track on each and FREE shipping!
2 great melodic rock records - with the added bonus of being JAPANESE pressings, adding 1 bonus track each. Both at a big discount and FREE SHIPPING!  

WHITESNAKE'S Purple Surprise Due May 15

Rock icons Whitesnake are set to return with their 12th studio album this spring. The Purple Album will be released in Europe on May 15th, the UK on May 18th and in North America on May 19th via Frontiers Music SRL. The Purple Album is a re-imagination of classic songs from David Coverdale’s time as the lead singer for Deep Purple’s Mark 3 and Mark 4 studio albums.

Photo Credit: © Ash Newell
The album is currently available for pre-order in various configurations on Amazon – Standard Edition (, Deluxe Edition ( featuring 2 bonus tracks, 4 music videos and a behind the scenes featurette on the recording of the album, and in a double LP vinyl format.  Plans are also underway for a special limited box set edition with memorabilia and merchandise.  All details will be announced soon.

"It’s a tribute. A homage. It’s a huge thank you from me to Deep Purple for the opportunity I was given over 40 years ago," says Coverdale. "As I said to Richie, you guys set me on an incredible journey that continues today and I couldn’t have asked for better teachers. The university of Deep Purple is an extraordinary, amazing school to learn from. We can’t wait to play these songs in concert."

Photo Credit: © Ash Newell
From the opening notes of the classic track "Burn" to album closer "Stormbringer", Whitesnake are back and better than ever. Songs like "Lady Double Dealer", "Soldier of Fortune" and "Sail Away" are given a new energy in the very capable hands of the current Whitesnake line-up featuring David Coverdale on vocals, Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra on guitars, Michael Devin on bass and Tommy Aldridge on drums.
Whitesnake was formed in England in 1978 by Coverdale. The band has released multi-platinum selling albums throughout the years and have been known for hits such as "Slide It In," "Here I Go Again", "Still Of The Night" and "Is This Love". Whitesnake will hit the road this summer on a headlining world tour.
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JETTBLACK Ready Their ‘Disguises’ For April 6

JETTBLACK get ready to release brand new album ‘Disguises’ in April.
Watch the video for new single 'EXPLODE" here:
Formed in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire in 2007, and drawing inspiration from an era when rock bands had ‘entertaining an audience’ high on their list of things to do, JETTBLACK unleash incredibly well-crafted and hook laden, powerful melodic rock and roll.
With two albums under their belts ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’ (2010), and ‘Raining Rock’, (2012) plus mini album Black Gold (2013), this four-strong outfit have continued to hone and polish their skills delivering stunning material that has built them a solid and growing fan base as well as a list of high profile admirers and collaborators. Ian Paice (Deep Purple), Udo Dirkschneider (Accept) and Damon Johnson (Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper) have all featured on JETTBLACK releases, sold on the quality and delivery of their songs.
None of JETTBLACK’S songs are conceived to stand in the corner, away from the spotlight; these are BIG, finely-crafted compositions with a built-in swagger, fuelled by the self-belief, passion and next level musicianship.
On the live circuit JETTBLACK have been strutting their stuff around the UK and Europe with sold out shows becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Blowing bands off of the stage is becoming second nature for them, as the live show has hit new heights and an unstoppable energy.  Notably they’ve shared the stage with peers such as Papa Roach and appeared at a number of top festivals (DownloadT In The ParkHard Rock HellSonisphere).
The band have now finished writing their third full length album, due for release in April on Cherry Red Records. Unveiling their first single ‘Explode’ vocalist/guitarist Will Stapleton said: JETTBLACK has always done things their own way. There has never been a conscious effort to write in a certain style or pander to a certain trend or fashion. We’ve always had this attitude as we feel it is the only way to write something that will stand the test of time. This new album 'Disguises' is a full on reflection of that. It’s about never hiding behind something you aren’t. It may feel a little more serious and mature, but I think sometimes people forget we’ve been on a musical journey for 17 years as musicians, so we’re always evolving. Don’t worry though, it’s still full of huge choruses, massive riffs and and in your face production and we’re all really proud of the evolution!”
Full-on, boldly constructed and walking a fine and timeless line between the contemporary and the classic, JETTBLACK make absolutely no concession to the half-hearted or, well, the half-anything. This is glorious rock music – unashamedly loud ‘n’ proud, and delivered with power, passion, craft, and the secure knowledge that biggest can very often be best….
1.     Slaves
2.     Explode
3.     Poison Rain
4.     Evidence
5.     Disguises
6.     Broken Bones
7.     Black And White
8.     Kick In The Teeth
9.     Enemy
10.  Human
11.  Smoke And Mirrors

FM - Digging Up the Dirt (Official Video)

UK rock band FM will premiere the video to new single 'Diggin' Up The Dirt' on Tuesday, 24th February. On the same day, the song will be made available as an Instant Grat track with all iTunes and Amazon pre-orders of FM's new album 'Heroes and Villains'.
FM lead singer Steve Overland says, 'Well, here it is, the brand new video of the lead track from our new album. It's called 'Diggin' Up The Dirt' and it's about sleaze and the gutter press, and how they're not really interested in real news, just celebrity. It's a real FM rock anthem and we had great fun making the video. We hope you enjoy it.'
FM will release their new studio album 'Heroes & Villains' in Europe on 17th April 2015 and on the 21st April in North America - their first album release since signing to Frontiers Music Srl - and embark on a European tour in the Spring.
Click here to watch the EPK for Heroes and Villains
Heores and Villains is available to pre-order here:
March 13 Esquires - Bedford, United Kingdom
March 14 HRH AOR 3 - Pwllheli, United Kingdom
April 3   Yardbirds - Grimsby, United Kingdom
April 4   Nantwich Jazz Blues & Music Festival - Nantwich, United Kingdom
April 11 Frontiers Rock Festival - Milan, Italy
May 01 Bierkeller - Bristol, United Kingdom
May 02 Robin 2 - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
May 03 Wedgewood Rooms - Southsea, United Kingdom
May 05 Nottingham Rescue Rooms - Nottingham, United Kingdom
May 06 Classic Grand -  Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 08 O2 Academy2 Newcastle - Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
May 09 Academy 2 - Manchester, United Kingdom
May 10 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire - London, United Kingdom
Jun 21   Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
Jul 25     Ramblin' Man Fair - Maidstone, United Kingdom
Jul 31     Skogsrjet - Rejmyra, Sweden
Aug 01  Helgefestivalen - Knislinge, Sweden


FIREWORKS Issue 68 Out Now

Out this week ... awesome KILLER issue with interviews with Scorpions, UFO, Thunder, Toto, Revolution Saints (all 3 members), Jeff Scott Soto, ISSA, Blind Guardian, H.e.a.t, China Sky, Eclipse, Ammunition, Care of Night, Angra, Reach, Furyon, Orden Ogan, Leah, The Answer, Gun, Wolfpakk, Sweet & Lynch, Impera, Blackberry Smoke, Last Autumn's Dream and many more!! Wonderful AOR packed 100 page issue.  Also includes competition to win one of 3 pairs of tickets to the fantastic Vasby festival where you can check out bands like WASP, Danger Danger, Magnum, X-Rated, MSG, Heaven & Earth, Work of Art, H.e.a.t, Eclipse and many more this July 17th/18th in Sweden.
Throw in 36 pages of the best melodic and hard rock reviews, and you have another issue packed to over-flowing.
Available NOW in WH Smith stores across the UK, this issue will reach USA and Canada late March.  You can also pick up hard copies directly from the Fireworks mini-shop at, and download pdf version also available for only 3GBP in the download store.



BUMBLEFOOT New Solo Album “Little Brother Is Watching” Out Today


February 24th 2015 - Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer RonBumblefootThal has released his 10th CD entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face - beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.

Bumblefoot has over 20 years of releasing music, performing at international festivals, headlining solo tours, won many album of the month/year awards and has appeared on the covers of numerous music magazines as a solo artist. As lead guitarist of Guns N' Roses, Bumblefoot toured sold-out shows all over the world, headlining festivals with crowds up to 150,000 people. Bumblefoot's unique 'fretless guitar' can be heard throughout GNR's 2008 Chinese Democracy album.

Bumblefoot has current collaborations that include DMC from the iconic rap group Run DMC, and Scott Weiland in the supergroup Art Of Anarchy.  His music is often heard in TV, film and video games including the theme song to VH1's "That Metal Show". Bumblefoot also works with U.S. Embassies around the world on cross-cultural music programs, has his own line of award-winning hot sauces, and works with dozens of international charities visiting orphanages and children's hospitals with guitar in hand.

Little Brother Is Watching” track listing:

01. Clots
02. Little Brother Is Watching
03. Argentina
04. Don’t Know Who To Pray To Anymore
05. Livin’ The Dream
06. Cuterebra
07. Higher
08. Women Rule The World
09. Sleepwalking
10. Eternity
11. Never Again

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Introducing Norwegian Rockers OUTLASTED

One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted’s harmonic and melodic lineup comprises Glenn Wikran on vocals, Terje Fløyli playing all manner of guitars, and Odd-Børge Hansen at the piano and keyboards. On the rhythmic side of its tracks are Aleksander Schjølberg holding down the bass, and drummer Rune Erling Pedersen who provides the percussive pyrotechnics of this exciting new ensemble that features great hooks, catchy choruses, and full background harmonies provided by all band members.
With a dedication to musical excellence, Outlasted fuses the sound of the golden age of recording with the compelling songwriting of classic rock and brings both into the future with modern production techniques and stellar musicianship.
Having played their first official gig as Outlasted on November 29th, 2014, newfound fans can look forward to a full album release at the end of 2015 featuring artwork by Italy’s premier graphic designer, Nello Dell’Omo of Art for Music Studio in Naples. Plus, new songs for a follow-up album are already in the works. In the meantime, to satisfy your urge for more inspired music, Outlasted has released its first video: “Someone Like You”—mixed to sound the way rock should by Ronny Wikmark (Stage Dolls) at Nidaros Studio in Trondheim, Norway. The song feature a solid, punchy rhythm section, soaring vocals, and beautifully textured arrangements—in short, melodic rock at its finest.


THE DARKNESS Announce 'Last Of Our Kind' For June

From THE DARKNESS official FB page:
The journey begins: Our new album Last Of Our Kind is being released on the 1st June 2015. Now available to pre-order via Pledge Music where you can get the new track Barbarian instantly. See our awesome new video for Barbarian and we'll have loads more exclusive content, video, photos and merch for you to grab. Keep your eyes and ears peeled and Watch This Space!




Guitarist CHRIS HEATH Taps RICK SPRINGFIELD For Debut Single

Craig Heath is set to release his new single, ‘All Because of You’ early next year and it isn’t short of an all-star gathering..
All Because of You was co-written by Australian-born, U.S based, country music legend, Keith Urban, Heath and Monty Powell, the Australian-born country superstar’s regular collaborator, with Rick Springfield stepping in as guest vocalist.
Drawing on personal experiences that forced Heath to get back up again and not accept defeat, All Because of You channels the pain felt during a number of emotional challenges.
“All Because of You is rooted in hope and determination it’s about dusting yourself off and getting back up on your feet again,” says Heath.
“No matter what stage you’re at in your life, there will be times and situations that emotionally challenge you but with the right amount of self-belief and motivation, it’s possible to overcome those challenges and move forward. All Because of You is about the personal journey I encountered during some of the more difficult times in my life.”
The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter has recorded under various guides, including Velvet City and is now back working with his manager, Glenn Wheatley, whom he last worked with in 2006.
All Because of You is the result of Heath coming through the other side, which has made him a stronger and better artist.
“If someone else is going to benefit from the happiness, joy or emotion in the song I’m performing, and that does something for them, that’s a bonus for me. If I can feel the energy in return, that’s great. For me, it’s all about connecting with people through shared experiences.”
Heath pitched the track to US based Springfield chhart topper and Grammy winner with Jessie’s Girl in the early 1980’s and both were blown away by how well ttheir voices sounded together.
“I did a guide vocal fro Springfield and he love it it was an natural fit, one that didn’t need to bbe forced. The connection was there from the beginning”
Heath has had music in his blood since he was a youngster, soaking up melodies and harmonies of Abba, and later, the Doors the heavierr-edged sounds of Nirvana, Metallica, Guns ‘N’ Roses and Three Days Grace, followed shortly after. He’s got Jimi Hendrix and Howling Wolf in his DNA and can swing the axe with the best of them.
Independently driven, Heath has taken charge of his career with the launch of his own label, Global Records – All Because Of You is the first release through the label.
“I want people to relate to me and my experiences and I think All Because of You sums it up nicely,” adds Heath.
All Because of You is set for release in March 2015, with the release of the album following later in the year.

R.I.P. MATS OLAUSSON (Yngwie, Kamelot, John Norum)

Influential Swedish keyboardist Mats Olausson has died. 
"A 54-year-old Swedish man was found dead inside a hotel room in downtown Rayong on Thursday afternoon, police said. The body of the tourist was found on the floor, with his chin resting on the bed in his room at a Rayong hotel in tambon Tha Pradu, said Pol Lt Thawat Norseeha, a deputy officer at Muang police station. The tourist wore only shorts and there were seven empty bottles of whisky and several empty cans of beer in the room. Police found no traces of a struggle. He was believed to have died at least 24 hours earlier."
R.I.P Mats - your sizeable contributions to the music world will never be forgotten.
Thoughts and prayers go to his family and his many many Swedish fans, friend and musicians.

AXEL RUDI PELL's 25th Anniversary Show 'Magic Moments' Due on CD/DVD

- "Magic Moments - 25th Anniversary Special Show" - the anniversary concert out in April -

It was a hot summer night and the beach was burning Wrong song, wrong place! But the weather gods smiled on Axel Rudi Pell on that memorable magic evening of July 11th 2014:  There had been a severe weather alert, but in the end the floodgates of heaven opened only during the last song of his regular set, the Rainbow classic “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. “That was Ronnie James Dio crying from above,” promoter Horst E. Franz speculated while bidding his farewells to the almost 15.000 drenched- but-happy fans at the festival site.

Three hours before the sun went down, creating a beautiful atmosphere at the ´Bang Your Head´ festival in Balingen/Germany, where Axel Rudi Pell celebrated his 25th anniversary as a solo artist with a once-in-a-life-time performance. The CDs and DVDs document a show that is unlikely to ever be seen again in this constellation - a special present the protagonist had worked hard for. It took almost a year to set everything up: “The actual organisation started in the summer of 2014 when the promoter and I went public with the idea of this event,” Axel tells with obvious relief. He´s still happy about how things have turned out. With a little help from his friends at his booking agency, the Bochum guitarist set up an extraordinary line-up. “It was mostly all about personal contacts”, because after more than 30 years in the business Axel Rudi Pell is not only well-known, but also well-respected in the worldwide rock community, so the affix “& Friends“ is not one of those usual exaggerations. Almost all of his favoured candidates agreed on this one July date.

As Axel is an early bird, the whole organisation was fairly easy. Of course there were rehearsals, but only one day before the show. Over fifty minutes worth of footage from those remarkable sessions are featured on the DVD and Blu-ray versions of this package. During those sessions Axel realized that something unique was happening. “Everybody involved had a blast and was right on track,” he remembers. Unfortunately, Doogie White had a prior engagement with Michael Schenker on that rehearsal day, but was replaced with ARP frontman Johnny Gioeli. And except for Charlie Huhn, who had already agreed to play a gig in the USA with his current band Foghat, Axel´s former singers turned out in full force: Rob Rock (1991) and Jeff Scott Soto (1991-1997) together with long-time ARP drummer Joerg Michael (until 1998) took the stage by storm after a historical four-song Steeler reunion at the beginning of the show.

Axel´s current line-up put on a best-of show with a blisteringly atmospheric version of the Neil Young classic “Hey Hey My My“ and a few epic ARP classics like “Mystica“, “The Masquerade Ball“, “Casbah“ and “Into The Storm“. You could feel those goose bumps spring up, and the climax was still to come: after a furioso battle between drum gods Vinny Appice and Bobby Rondinelli, a long list of rock legends took the Balingen stage: stepping in for Joe Lynn Turner, who was tied up with business affairs, Pretty Maids frontman Ronnie Atkins performed a superb version of Deep Purple´s “Black Night“, including audience sing along. Then John Lawton, the former voice of Uriah Heep, demonstrated why he still deserves a lot of “Sympathy“ (Uriah Heep), and he was still looking for some “Tush“ (ZZ Top). When ex-Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey joined in for an emotional “Mistreated“, the now available Doogie White and Johnny Gioeli set the roof on fire. Graham Bonnet, another Rainbow veteran from the glorious “Down To Earth“ era, remembered the good old times with “Since You Been Gone“ and, of course, the aforementioned “Long Live Rock´n´Roll“. At the end of those three hours plus all guests (and friends!) gathered on stage for the grand finale “Smoke On The Water“. A legendary evening drew to a spectacular close. Are you happy, Axel? “Of course! I could have played at least for another hour.” Did anything go wrong? Notthing, but there was no way we could have prevented those long change-overs in between.“ But at least the weather gods smiled

To get an idea what really happened that night, here is "Black Night" - live feat. Ronnie Atkins:


Call Her Princess - Steeler
Night After Night - Steeler
Rockin´ The City - Steeler
Undercover Animal - Steeler
Nasty Reputation - Rob Rock, Joerg Michael
Warrior - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael
Fool Fool - Jeff Scott Soto, Joerg Michael

(Current Arp Band)
Burning Chains
Strong As A Rock
Long Way To Go
Hey Hey My My
Into The Storm
Too Late / Eternal Prisoner / Too Late
The Masquerade Ball / Casbah
Rock The Nation
Drum Battle - Vinnie Appice, Bobby Rondinelli
Black Night - Ronnie Atkins
Sympathy - John Lawton
Tush - John Lawton
Mistreated - Doogie White, Tony Carey, Johnny Gioeli

Since You Been Gone - Graham Bonnet, Michael Voss, Doogie White
Long Live Rock´N´Roll Doogie White, Graham Bonnet, Tony Carey
Smoke On The Water All Guests

Axel Rudi Pell
- Guitars
Johnny Gioeli - Vocals
Ferdy Doernberg - Keyboards
Volker Krawczak - Bass
Bobby Rondinelli Drums

Steeler: Peter Burtz (v), Tom Eder (g), Roland Hag (b), Jan Yiridal (dr)

Rob Rock (v), Jeff Scott Soto (v), Joerg Michael (dr), Vinny Appice (dr), Ronnie Atkins (v), John Lawton (v), Tony Carey (k, v), Doogie White (v), Graham Bonnet (v), Michael Voss (v)

Configurations / Release Dates:

Digipak 3 CD, Digipak 3 DVD (NTSC, code free), Blu-ray and download - out in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th through SPV/Steamhammer


RAVEN Set April 22 As 'ExtermiNation' Day

- New album "ExtermiNation" will be released in April -
- Raven remember Bon Scott with a special song -

RAVEN are that rare thing in music, true originals cut these guys with a razor and they will bleed true heavy metal - a more intense live band does not exist on this planet!

Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes 41 years ago!) the brothers Gallagher cuut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter.  The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond.  Basically, without Raven you just would not have thrash/speed metal. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours! Following a tumultous move to the USA, deals with Atlantic Records, indentured servitude and commercialism, Rob left the band in 1987 to be replaced by drummer extraordinaire Joe Hasselvander, who had made his name in cult doom band Pentagram, Savoy Brown and his own solo projects, adding a new dimension to the band. Rebuilding from the Atlantic experiences, the band capitalized on their fierce live performances steadily releasing albums and touring the world.  In 2001,  guitarist Mark Gallagher was involved in a near fatal accident - but fought his way back from the brink and the band proved they were stronger than ever!  This renewed spirit and attitude was reflected in the title of their 2010 album “Walk Through Fire” and in the career overview DVD “Rock Until You Drop”. In a cynical musical landscape these days, where bands are not “gangs” but corporations...where albums and live shows are click tracked & pro-tooled to death  where a band s line up can change every few months with “hired guns” who float in and out -  RAVEN are almost alone among their peers in that they boast a lineup featuring the same three guys a line up that has been stable for the better parrt of three decades! RAVEN are a band that is real not fake – and proud of it! 

Our “three musketeers” have had an exciting 2014 opening for Metallica (the band Raven took on their first tour back in 1983) in Sao Paulo in front of 70,000 fans, and completeing a 43 date headlining USA tour – not to mention completing their finest album to date "ExtermiNattion” slated for an April 2015 release worldwide on SPV/Steamhammer! This album combines the melody/chaos/musicianship/lunacy that defines the band with songs that are simply the best they have done in decades.  Rivaling the “holy trinity” of those early albums, and again working with the engineering metal mastermind who is Kevin 131 (Walk Through Fire) the band have taken their game to the next level..this may well be their 41st anniversary but these guys are only just getting started!

In commemoration of Bon Scott`s death 35 years ago today, RAVEN release a snippet of their new song "Thunder Down Under".

You can listen to the snippet here:

"ExtermiNation" will be released in Scandinavia on April 22nd, in Germany on April 24th, in Europe on April 27th and in the USA on April 28th as a digipak version (incl. 1 bonus track), 2LP gatefold green vinyl version and download through SPV/Steamhammer.

Tracklisting Digi:

1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
5. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
6. Feeding The Monster
7. Fire Burns Within
8. Scream
9. One More Day
10. Thunder Down Under
11. No Surrender
12. Golden Dawn
13. Silver Bullet
14. River Of No Return
15. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

Tracklisting 2LP:

LP 1
Side 1
1. Destroy All Monsters
2. Tomorrow
3. It`s Not What You Got
4. Fight
Side 2
1. Battle March/Tank Treads (The Blood Runs Red)
2. Feeding The Monster
3. Fire Burns Within
4. Scream

LP 2
Side 1
1. One More Day
2. Thunder Down Under
3. No Surrender
4. Golden Dawn
Side 2
1. Silver Bullet
2. River Of No Return
3. Malice In Geordieland (Bonus Track)

RAVEN live 2015:

06.03. MX-Mexico City - El Circo Volador
07.03. CO-Bogota - Thrash La Union Festival
08.03. CO-Pereira - Thrash La Union Festival
11.03. PE-Lima - Wairuru Club
13.03. BR-Sorocaba - Priliampus Bar
15.03. BR-Sao Paulo - Manifesto Bar
27.03. FI-Helsinki Club Pkrl
28.03. B-Genk Iron Stteel Fest
31.03. D-Hamburg Hafeenklang
01.04. D-Bremen Meiseenfrei
02.04. D-Oberhausen HHelvete
03.04. NL-Helmond Caccaofabriek
04.04. NL-Staadskanal Very Eavy Fest
More dates will be confirmed soon


TANK Prepping 'Valley Of Tears' For June Release

As recently announced, Metal Mind Productions extended the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend - TANK. Through the years, Metal Mind have re-released the band's back catalogue and released their recent albums “War Machine” (2010) and “War Nation” (2012). TANK’s forthcoming album titled “Valley of Tears” is scheduled for release on June, 8th in Europe and June, 9th in North America (via MVD).
Cliff Evans, TANK’s guitarist, comments: "The title comes from the famous Tank battle during the 1973 Yom Kippur War where one side was massively outnumbered but fought on regardless and against all odds secured a heroic victory. We feel that our style of metal is slowly disappearing and now we must also fight against the odds to keep it alive. We hope ‘Valley of Tears’ will inspire other bands and fans alike to never forget what real metal is all about. The Mighty Tank Rolls On!”

Tank - line-up:
Cliff Evans - guitars
Mick Tucker - guitars
ZP Theart (Dragonforce) - vocals
Bobby Schottkowski (Sodom) - drums
Barend Courbois (Blind Guardian) - bass guitar

TANK official website:


GRAND DESIGN Launch New Video '10 Out Of 10'

GRAND DESIGN have launched the second video from their Thrill Of The Night album featuring a lot of footage from MRF4 and the band's pilgrimage to Chicago.
Check it out now:



Frontiers Music SRL is honored to present a special tribute album conceived by iconic Grammy Award winner and founding member of Ides of March, Survivor and Pride of Lions, Jim Peterik, featuring an impressive array of guest musicians. The CD, titled Torch: The Music Remembers Jimi Jamison and Fergie Frederiksen, will be limited to 500 copies, to be sold exclusively at the Frontiers Rock Festival II, held at the Live Club in Trezzo sull'Adda in Milan, Italy on April 11 and 12.
Just as the musical influence of Dennis “Fergie” Frederiksen (of Le Roux, Angel, Toto, Frederiksen /Phillips, Mecca and Frederiksen/Denander) and Jimi Jamison (of Target, Cobra and Survivor) reverberated inside the melodic rock community, news of their passing within months of one another in 2014 sent waves of disbelief and sorrow throughout the brotherhood of singers, songwriters and musicians who had been touched by their talent and their spirit. The loss so profoundly impacted Peterik's core that it was difficult at first to imagine a universe in which their lights no longer shined. After filtering his grief through the cathartic process of songwriting, Jim found solace by gathering a group of mutual friends to commemorate their departed comrades the only way they knew how – with music.
Peterik recently produced and co-wrote the debut album Risk Everything to introduce the world to the stunning, 5-octave tenor of singer Marc Scherer, who will appear onstage with headliners Pride of Lions at the Frontiers Rock Festival II. Scherer is a featured performer on Torch: The Music Remembers Jimi Jamison and Fergie Frederiksen, along with stars like Dave Bickler of Survivor, Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger, Bill Champlin of Chicago, David Pack from Ambrosia, Mike Reno of Loverboy, Bobby Kimball of Toto, Bruce Gaitsch of Chicago, Alessandro Del Vecchio of Hardline and Ricky Phillips of Styx.
As Peterik explains, 'Hopefully, these songs and heartfelt performances will bring healing to all those suffering losses in their lives, as well as serve as a celebration of life itself.'
The album is comprised of four new songs and six alternate versions of previously recorded numbers, (never before heard in Europe), along with seven classics distilled from Jimi and Fergie's most recent releases on the Frontiers label.    
Passionate and intensely personal, this collection speaks to the heart of anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Torch: the Music Remembers Jimi Jamison and Fergie Frederiksen resists the temptation to wallow in sadness, choosing instead to joyously celebrate two beautiful souls who made the world a better place through the transcendent, healing power of song.
Please enjoy an EPK trailer of the album here:

1.)    The Music Remembers (A new song featuring Lars Säfsund and Robert Säll of Work of Art)
2.)    Heaven Passes the Torch ( A new song featuring Marc Scherer, Mike Reno, Bobby Kimball, Bill Champlin and Jim Peterik)
3.)    Never Too Late (Taken from the Jimi Jamison album by the same name)
4.)    I'll Be the One (Taken from the Fergie Frederiksen album, Any Given Moment)
5.)    Crossroads Moment (Torch Remix) (Previously unreleased - Original version included on the Jimi Jamison album by the same name)
6.)    Follow Your Heart (From the Fergie Frederiksen album, Happiness is the Road)
7.)    Heaven on Earth (From the Pride of Lions album, The Roaring of Dreams)
8.)    Never Enough (A new song, featuring David Pack, formerly of Ambrosia)
9.)    Last Battle of My WarFergie and Friends Version – (Previously unreleased; featuring Bill Champlin, Alessandro Del Vecchio, Bruce Gaitsch, Ricky Phillips and Jim Peterik. Original version was included on the Fergie Frederiksen album,  Any Given Moment)
10.)  As Is - Treasure Beneath the Tears Mix (Previously unreleased; original version was included on the Jimi Jamison album, Crossroads Moment)
11.)  Happiness is the Road (From the Fergie Frederiksen album of the same name)
12.)  You're in Our Hearts (A new song featuring Marc Scherer)
13.)  Long Road Home (From the album World Stage, featuring Jim Peterik and Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger)  
14.)  Alive (Original European Bonus Track from the Jimi Jamison album, Crossroads Moment)
15.)  When the Battle is Over (From the Fergie Frederiksen album, Any Given Moment)
16.)  Streets of Heaven (Original Japanese Bonus Track from the Jimi Jamison album, Crossroads Moment)
17.)  Ever Since the World Began (Previously unreleased version, featuring Dave Bickler)

MIKE TRAMP Re-Signs To Target Records, New Album in August

Target Records are proud and happy to announce new world wide album-deal with Mike Tramp!
Mike Tramp returned home yesterday to sign a new world wide album deal with Target Group CEO Michael H. Andersen. We can't wait for the upcoming album to hit the stores in August 2015.
The new album will be the follow up to last years critically acclaimed album 'Museum' and it will be Mr. Tramps fourth album-release together with Target Records.

TOTO Launch 'Holy War' Single For Advance Download

Available Today Along With “Orphan”
When You Pre Order TOTO XIV
First New Studio Album in Ten Years Out In Europe 3/20,
The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on 3/24
World Tour Commences In Glasgow on May 21, 2015
Frontiers Music Srl has announced a March 20 release date for TOTO XIV in Europe, with The UK and Oceania on 3/23, and North America on March 24.  The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.  
Fans can now listen to the second track to debut from TOTO XIV which is: “Holy War.”  The song is available now along with “Orphan” as an instant grat track beginning today on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order:  You can hear the track here: 

Configurations for the album will also include CD, with a deluxe edition available featuring a "making of" documentary on DVD, expanded booklet that includes an in depth story and interview about the new album alongside exclusive pictures in ecol-book packaging. Additionally Toto XIV will be available as a 2LP vinyl set, and a Super Deluxe limited edition which includes the Deluxe CD/DVD edition, 2LP vinyl, an exclusive poster, t-shirt (large size only), and lithograph. 
Toto XIV is a realized vision three plus decades in the making exhibiting world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective genius of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates bring to life. TOTO XIV is the band’s first album of new material since 2006’s Falling In Between.  However, the band personally considers the new album to be the true follow-up to TOTO IV, which made the band global superstars.
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro reveals, "This is opposite of going through the motions.  We are treating this like it is Toto V, our follow-up to TOTO IV.  We just want to be the best version of ourselves that we can be.  Be true to ourselves and make the best music we can.  Entertain people which is what we were put on this Earth for."  Keyboardist David Paich reflects, "I think of TOTO as a unit and a band that carries a responsibility when it goes out there in to the public consciousness.   There is so much negativity and darkness that I think you have to be as Quincy Jones puts it, 'beams of light that blast through the darkness'." 
As they began the process of a return the studio, all of the principle long-term members brought their A-game to the table.  Guitarist Steve "Luke" Lukather offers, "When you put us in a room, and everybody brings in their pieces, the next thing you know it all fits together. Everybody's performances are top notch.  We are really bringing our best out, forcing ourselves to make personal best choices, what's best for the music.  I'm really excited to hear what people think."  Singer Joseph Williams adds, "We are talking about a band where everybody is a writer, and everybody is a lead singer, and everybody is a player.  All involved brought this trio to the table where it could just live on its own." 
The band will hit the ground running with an extensive European headline arena tour with appearances at key festivals. The itinerary begins in Glasgow on May 21, and takes Toto through the UK, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Italy, and Belgium.  Ticket sales came out of the box with strength, with some appearances selling out within days of on-sale.  A North American tour will follow in the summer of 2015.  The band is also in the planning stages for their return to Asia later this year.
The last couple of years have been active, with a seven show sold-out tour of Asia that took them through Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, Sendai and Sapporo in April, 2014.  Also that month, the 35th Anniversary Tour - Live In Poland title was released, debuting at #1 in territories across the globe.  Last August and September, the band hit the road travelling across North America as co-headliners with Michael McDonald, which when it was all said and done was their most comprehensive tour on the continent in years. 
Toto also continues to raise awareness for ALS, for their brother and friend, Mike Porcaro, who has been diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease.  The band commits energies towards fundraising for Police and Fire Departments of California and the Fallen Heroes initiative (, and help the United Nations in their humanitarian endeavors through music.
An EPK featuring the band's insights can be viewed here:
  1. Running Out Of Time
  2. Burn
  3. Holy War
  4. 21st Century Blues
  5. Orphan
  6. Unknown Soldier (For Jeffrey)
  7. The Little Things
  8. Chinatown
  9. All The Tears That Shine
  10. Fortune
  11. Great Expectations

STEVE HOWE Career Anthology Available March 9

A new two-disc Steve Howe career retrospective will be released next month. The Yes guitarist has personally handpicked 33 tracks for Anthology drawing primarily from the studio albums he recorded between 1975 and 2011, including a pair of covers (Just Like A Woman and Buckets Of Rain) from the 1999 album Portraits of Bob DylanThe collection sees many tracks newly remastered for 2015 and will be released on 9 March 2015.
Track listing
Disc: 1
1. So Bad (2015 Remastered Version)
2. Lost Symphony (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Pleasure Stole The Night (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Pennants (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Look Over Your Shoulder (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Surface Tension (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Sensitive Chaos
8. Running The Human Race
9. Desire Comes First
10. Luck Of The Draw
11. Maiden Voyage
12. Walk Don’t Run
13. Momenta
14. The Collector
15. Just Like A Woman
16. Buckets Of Rain
Disc: 2
1. Distant Seas
2. Curls & Swirls
3. Meridian Strings (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Simplification (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Rising Sun (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Westwinds (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Ultra Definition (2015 Remastered Version)
8. Ebb And Flow (2015 Remastered Version)
9. Dorothy
10. Sketches In The Sun
11. Diary Of A Man Who Vanished
12. Devon Blue
13. King’s Ransom
14. Bachianas Brasileiras No.5
15. Beginnings (2015 Remastered Version)
16. Mood For A Day (With The English Chamber Orchestra)
17. Sharp On Attack


TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekrø spoke to Norway Rock Magazine last week for an interview that will be published later this month in Norway.
With thanks to the Magazine, I can post this preview of the interview and yes, the question everyone wants to know…
NR: So what's happening to TNT these days, after losing two Tony's in two years?
Ronnie:  We won't retire just because a singer quits. People have tried to break the band previously on those terms. But they can't - we'll go on! We are searching for a new singer now, and will hold auditions shortly. I haven't told the press about this yet, you are the first one to know. We'll find a singer who is even better! And also able to reproduce what our previous singers did.
NR: What were the reasons for the Tony’s leaving?
Ronnie: Nothing dramatic, Mills had been with us for 8 years and we are still on speaking terms. Harnell leaving, well, that was almost expected. I have no desire to Discover exactly why. Those who want to leave the band may leave the band. We'll continue no matter what.

MARYS CREEK Sign With Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Promotion/Management

Swedish heavy rockers MARYS CREEK signs worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Promotion/Management. After a couple of years of absence, MARYS CREEK is back and working on their sophomore album. MARYS CREEK presents heavy rock arrangements and catchy melodies with a scandinavian melancholic twist.
MARYS CREEK recently released a new EP “Incubic Twin“, featuring five brand new tunes. Mixed by Henrik Edenhed (Robyn, Cesars Palace, Dead By April) and Sebastian Forslund (Staireo, Night Flight Orchestra). The lyrics video for the song ‘Remission Of Sin‘ can be viewed below.
Mats Nilsson – Vocals
Stefan Halldin – Drums
Jonas Hallberg – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Peter Bergkvist – Guitars
Roger Blomberg – Bass
MARYS CREEK was founded by Mats Nilsson & Stefan Halldin in 2004 with the intention to create an outfit blending the modern heavy rock of today with the Swedish tradition of strong melodies catchy choruses. The band signed their record deal with the German major label, MTM Music in 2006.
The debut album “Some Kind of Hate“, produced by Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Soilwork, The Haunted, Opeth and Dream Evil) was released 2007 by MTM Music and received great responses. MARYS CREEK  have shared stage with many artists, like Takida, Evergrey, Crusified Barbara, Dead by April, Uriha Heep, The Poodles, Fatal Smile, to name a few.
MARYS CREEK courageously blends modern heavy metal with the classic melodies of Scandinavian pop tradition to form a fresh and unique sound. The ambition is to take the best of the two worlds: a heavy rock foundation consisting of fat, distorted guitars and huge drums with a delicious topping of pop-flavored song melodies arranged with multi layered vocal arrangements.


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