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DRIVE Tribute Compilation Out Now

Drive was a five-piece progressive, power metal band formed on the northside of Houston, Texas by Rick Chavez. They released two albums, Characters In Time (1988) and Diablero (1992).

The band initially came together in the early 1980’s when its original members were barely out of high school. After making a name for themselves in their home state of Texas they made the move to Los Angeles, CA which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the rock music scene. The band took to the World Famous Sunset Strip and quickly made a name for themselves and signed on with Rob Gordon and Vince Hans of LA’s Flash Management.  After winning a radio contest with their song “I Need The Nights,” Drive landed on the KNAC Radio Best Of The West compilation released by Rampage Records, the hard rock division of Rhino Records.

Impressed with their intelligent, thought-provoking lyrics and signature sound, Rampage Records executive Bob Cahill signed the band, and in July 1988 Drive released their debut LP, Characters In Time. The album received rave reviews from the industry’s hard rock press, including the coveted 5 “K” rating from Kerrang! Magazine. The album also received airplay from hard rock stations around the country as the band toured across the USA.
At the beginning of the next decade, Zoo Records’ Lou Maglia made the Rampage owners an offer they couldn’t refuse and purchased the band’s contract. In 1992 Drive released the sonically advanced 

Diablero on Zoo Records. Sadly, a shake-up at the label along with the dawn of the metal-killing “grunge” scene left the album without much of a push, and although Chavez had already written and recorded demo tapes for what was to be the bands third album, title IDEFI, recording was put on hold and the band members moved back to Texas.

On June 30, 2009 vocalist David Taylor passed away after a fatal car accident on a San Antonio Interstate.

On February 25, 2017 founder, guitarist and songwriter Rick Chavez passed from an internal bleed that went undetected until it was too late.

Now, IDEFI, A Tribute to Rick Chavez and David Earl Taylor.  The album includes, 15 unreleased songs with both Taylor and Chavez taking the lead on vocals. The bands signature style is intact with a sound that brims with pride, an unrelenting fighting spirit, and fierce determination.  Although these songs were recorded over 20 years ago, the intelligent lyrics still resonate today with Taylor's dynamic vocals and a musical backdrop that roars with power and precision. 


CRASHDIET Welcome New Vocalist

First of all, we would like to thank you all for the tremendous support and patience, even though we’ve been mostly silent for the last few years, we’ve always felt your love!
We are now entering the next chapter in this crazy world of CRASHDÏET. With that said, we would like to introduce a new member of the family…
From Stockholm, Sweden: Gabriel Keyes!
He is the new lead singer of CRASHDÏET and he is the guy that blew our minds a while back when we first heard his voice. Then we started hanging out, writing music and the chemistry was a fact. We can’t wait to let you hear him!
”Dietheads! I’m so fuckin’ excited to get this circus started! I’m here to give you a kickin’ experience both live and in the studio and I hope you all are lookin’ forward to it, caaause I fuckin’ do! See yaa out there! Big hugs!” - Gabriel
A brand new single called ”We are the legion” will be released on New Year's Eve!
Our first show with Gabriel will take place on March 30, 2018, at Kägelbanan in Stockholm, Sweden. Tickets will be available before you know it!
For full coverage of the new line-up, please get a copy of the December issue of Sweden Rock Magazine!
Photo: Effie Trikili
See you in a bit!



ANGRA Release New Album 'Ømni' On February 16

Friday, February 16, 2018
2018 marks the beginning of yet another era in Angra's history.
At age 26, the band shows motivation and strength like never before. Not even the sometimes uncertain trajectory was able to take away the focus, determination and inspiration of the quintet led - and foundedd - by Rafael Bittencourt, and formed by Felipe Andreoli (bass), Fabio Lione (vocals), Marcelo Barbosa (guitar) and Bruno Valverde (drums).
ØMNI is Angra's 9th studio album, the result of months of intense dedication, blood, and sweat. It will be released on February 16, 2018 on earMUSIC.

Listen to the first song "Travelers of Time" here.
Once again, the album has been recorded in Sweden with Jens Bogren, who also produced the previous album Secret Garden, and manages to capture the same excellent chemistry.

The sound, while fully contemporary, has an organic character and respects the different nuances and dynamics of each instrument. Many musicians were involved in creating the album, ranging from the percussion sound of Bahia to European orchestral arrangement - all of which give tthe album its outstanding variety.
ØMNI is a concept album, a set of science fiction short stories that take place at various places in time, simultaneously. The backbone of the plot is based on the idea that in 2046 an artificial intelligence system will change human perception and cognition. It is a system which will allow conscious communication between present and future human beings. Characters such as time travellers, cavemen, warriors, among others, help tell this story.
The album connects the concepts of previous albums (Holy Land, Rebirth, Temple of Shadows) to one main system, ØMNI, which in Latin means "everything." ØMNI fabricates an interconnectivity that shines light towards a universal truth: everything that has happened, led to what the band is today. ØMNI celebrates and unites the whole history of Angra to this exact, current moment.
Angra's trademark formula, a Brazilian style mixed with classical music and heavy metal, is enhanced by different influences such as progressive rock, thrash metal, Latin music, and djent, which transforms the albums into a swirl of modern and familiar. The conjoined moods and dynamics put a special spin on the lyrics and therefore increase deep sense of immersion in the story.
The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Daniel Martin Diaz, a unique American artist who dedicates his life to mixing scientific and philosophical concepts such as Anatomy, Computer Science, Mathematics, Cosmology, Sacred Geometry, Symbolism and Esotericism. The designer Gustavo Sazes was responsible for integrating such an organic art piece to the visual concept of the album as a whole.
Even in a cultural environment increasingly sterile and unfavourable for music with soul and identity, the band gathers eleven tracks that completely differ from each other, but at the same time tell a cohesive story, and wander through all styles and nuances that have made Angra a worldwide reference. A very well bonded line-up, both personally and musically, overflowing with creativity, was the necessary fuel to bring these songs to life, songs which are undoubtedly among the best in the band's discography.
ØMNI certainly is a milestone, not only in the history of the band, but also for Brazilian metal and its recognition worldwide.
1. Light of Transcendence
2. Travelers of Time
3. Black Widow's Web
4. Insania
5. The Bottom of My Soul
6. War Horns
7. Caveman
8. Magic Mirror
9. Always More
10. ØMNI - Silence Inside
11. ØMNI - Infinite Nothing 


SAXON Ready To Launch 'Thunderbolt' At Fans Fab 2

Friday, February 2, 2018
SAXON isn’t wasting any time in 2018. Following the critically acclaimed release of ‘Battering Ram’ in 2015, the heavy metal giants are set to release their latest studio album, Thunderbolt, on February 2 via the Militia Guard label (Silver Lining Music).
Watch the video for the title track here:
 The new album Thunderbolt will feature original Artwork by long time Saxon collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory. 
“This is album 22 and it's called Thunderbolt.  It's a Storming Smashing Thundering collection of tracks we've been crafting with Producer, Andy Sneap and it's finished ready to be unleashed. 
Stand clear and fasten your seat belts!” says Biff Byford
Since the 1970s Saxon have shown their ability to take rock ‘n’ roll and give it an electrifying edge which has since cemented their status as pioneers of the British heavy metal wave.  
With over twenty studio albums under their belt, SAXON has made their steadfast dedication to creating a dynamic body of a work a staple of their career.
 Thunderbolt Track Listing
1. Olympus Rising
2. Thunderbolt
3. The Secret of Flight
4. Nosferatu (The Vampires Waltz)
5. They Played Rock and Roll
6. Predator
7. Sons of Odin
8. Sniper
9. A Wizard’s Tale
10. Speed Merchants
11. Roadie’s Song
12. Nosferatu (Raw Version)*
*not available on vinyl
Thunderbolt is available to pre-order in the following formats:
CD Album in Digipack
180 gms coloured vinyl in a Gatefold
A Special Edition Boxset
Tape Cassette
Digital Download 

PRAYER's 'Silent Soldiers' Due January 19

Friday, January 19, 2018
Release Date: January 19
Track Listing: 1-Silent Treatment / 2-Rock and a hard place / 3-Fires of the heart / 4-Feel like a prisoner / 5-Ten days of Hell / 6-Dead dog / 7-Ghost Train / 8-Devil's Daughter / 9-King of the Hill / 10-Get me out of here / 11-No Giver, All taker / 12-Mystery Island
The Band
Jukka Ihme - lead and rhythm guitar
Tapani Tikkanen - lead and background vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Mike Pohjola - Keyboards
Tom Pohjola ­ Bass
Ville Hanhisuanto ­- Drums
PRAYER are back! It has been some 12 years since we were presented with the album “Wrong Address” (ESM117), which really set the pace way back in 2005 and gained the band a cult following. Then they followed up with an excellent album “Danger in the Dark” (ESM241) in 2012 and gained some more fans along the way.
If you are unfamiliar with Prayer well they play Melodic Rock/AOR and hail from Oulu in Northern Finland. They are the brainchild of Tapani Tikkanen who is the main driving force behind the band.
Tapani´s musical career began in the early eighties with “IC-Rock” and continued later with “Tanna”. Together with those bands he did hundreds of gigs all over Finland but after several albums and more than 20,000 records sold, it was time for a break. However, he kept writing songs, such as three albums for the craziest football club in the world, F.C.Rainbow and a solo single entitled “Everyone's a Winner”.
Tapani wanted to create a band that brought out his rock and roll heart. After the recording of a few demos Tapani contacted his friend and keyboard-wizard Jari Huvila to talk about forming the band PRAYER. Since “Wrong Address” there has been some line-up changes, which now features distinguished keyboards player Mika Pohjola as well as Tom Pohjola on Bass.
Prayer excel in exciting hard melodic rock with a style that joins together the best of Thin Lizzy, Saga, Treat and sometimes a little bit of Royal Hunt. Their music has meaning and these guys are all committed to making this one of the most talked about Scandinavian bands in recent years. Anyone with a penchant for soaring vocals, driving guitars and plenty of keyboards are in for a real treat. Just check out songs like Fires of the Heart and Feel like a prisoner for prime examples of their work. This is a superb album and certainly their best to date.
It's as if all your prayers have been answered.
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JON BUTCHER AXIS Self Titled Album Debuts on CD

Friday, January 19, 2018
First time on CD! Remastered by JK Northrup and complete liner note written by Dave Reynolds
Jon Butcher Axis "Jon Butcher Axis"
Release Date: January 19
The band is:
Jon Butcher: Lead vocals and all guitars
Derek Blevins: Drums
Chris Martin: Bass
Track listing: Life takes a Life (3.56) / It's only words (3.04) / Ocean in Motion (2.22) / Can't be the only fool (3.24)  / Sentinal (3.16) / New Man (3.10) / Fairlight (3.23) / Send one care of (3.45) /  Walk like this (3.05) / We will be as one (3.59)
Produced and engineered by Pat Moran
Mastered by J K Northrup
For a time in the early 1980's it looked like as if Jon Butcher's career would know no bounds. As anyone who picked up a copy of the self-titled Jon Butcher Axis album upon its original release in 1983 would concur, here was a star on the rise. Such an upwards trajectory was well deserved given his undeniable talent, the quality of that debut and the ensuing sophomore affair “Stare at the Sun”. Indeed both albums should have resulted in greater rewards than they ultimately did at the time.
Although Jon would enjoy a good deal of recognition for later recorded work, such as “Wishes” (released under his own name rather than the band handle), perhaps the answer to any questions that are asked over Butcher's lack of bigger and more sustained success may be allied to the one that asks “why has it taken well over thirty years for his first two records to be officially released on CD? Sure, several of the best tracks from both albums have surfaced on compilations of Jon's work but never before has either album been issued on its entirety on a silver shiny disc. That is about to change
Jon had an obsession with the guitar from age 5 and his first real band was called Johanna Wild, a band that certainly caught the attention of many people, his influences including BB King, Jimi Hendrix,  Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy.
Notable tracks from the first album include "Ocean in Motion" and "Walk Like This". This album reached No. 91 in the Billboard pop album charts and Axis' video "Life Takes a Life" became one of the first videos by a black artist to receive airtime on MTV. At that time, the only two black artists enjoying MTV coverage were The Jon Butcher Axis and Michael Jackson. The result of his success afforded further growing popularity for the band, which added the opportunity to tour with Rush ('Signals' tour '83),Def Leppard ('Pyromania' tour '83) and Scorpions ('Hurricane' tour '84). amongst others.
Jon Butcher has an undeniable talent and this 10 track album from the classic early eighties era shows just what this man had to offer. Timeless..

BURN Bring Their Epic 'Ice Age' Album to MRR

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Acclaimed UK rock band BURN are back and MelodicRock Records is thrilled to be a part of their plan for world domination.
Unfortunately the worldwide release of the album has to be delayed until FEBRUARY 28. Preorders start in 4 weeks. All preorders will recieve a very special exclusive bonus.
But to make up for that - here's another full length preview to check out!

Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, ‘Global Warning’, finally another slab of classic British hard rock is on the way.
MRR and BURN are proud to announce that band’s fourth album, ‘Ice Age’, is mastered and ready for release.
The album has been produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)
The band states: “We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.”
Take a listen to the anthemic lead track 'Jealousy':
Let’s introduce the guys right now –
On lead vocals Burn welcome none other than Steve Newman.
“Steve is well known in the rock community through his numerous solo albums and other projects. He has built up a loyal and devoted following over many years and the consistent quality of his output was something that encouraged us to approach him.  Steve was our first choice to lead the new line up, as we view him as possessing one of the very best voices in rock. Burn is the first band that Steve has committed himself to for many years. We are honoured to have him on board and fronting the band.”
The other new member is the ridiculously talented Chris Green who brings his incendiary lead guitar skills to the band.
“Chris is a current member of Tyketto and hard rock fans will remember him from Furyon, Rubicon Cross and Pride, along with various other projects. We really couldn't think of another guitarist who could have done a better job on the new material than Chris.  His sense of melody and feel combined with tremendous technique have produced some awe-inspiring solos on this album.”
Burn’s history started in the heyday of melodic rock in the 1980’s, and from that foundation, through Global Warning and now Ice Age, the band has developed into a modern hard rock act.  With a multitude of influences and an open-minded view on song writing they push the boundaries of the genre while still retaining the core elements of power and melody.
In closing the band would like to add; “So, here we go. This is a new era for Burn and we are really looking forward to sharing our new stuff with everyone.”
Ice Age will get an initial release in Japan and Asia via Marquee/Avalon November 22 and worldwide via MRR on CD and all digital platforms February 28; with pre-sales in January (which will include an advance audio preview of the album for those that pre-order).

RICK SPRINGFIELD Turns To Blues For 'The Snake King'

Friday, January 26, 2018
The Snake King track list:
1. In The Land Of The Blind
2. The Devil That You Know
3. Little Demon
4. Judas Tree
5. Jesus Was An Atheist
6. The Snake King
7. God Don’t Care
8. The Voodoo House
9. Suicide Manifesto
10. Blues For The Disillusioned
11. Santa Is An Anagram
12. Orpheus In The Underworld

AMMUNITION Bring The Fire January 26

Friday, January 26, 2018
On January 26, 2018, we will release the new album from Norway's AMMUNITION.
Frontiers Music Srl, is excited to announce AMMUNITION, the new band from Norwegian singer Åge Sten Nilsen (ex WIG WAM), who will release the self-titled album out on January 26th, 2018. Ammunition was founded in 2014 by the songwriting duo Age Sten Nilsen and the multi-talented Erik Martensson (Eclipse (Sweden)W.E.T musicNordic Union). They released their stellar debut album "Shanghaied" in 2015 on their own label. Teaming up with former TNT and Jack In The Box bassist Victor Cito Borge, keysman Lasse Finbråten (Circus Maximus), skinsman Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse), and the exceptional guitar player Jon Pettersen, Ammunition has made a name for themselves as an incredible live act.
Åge Sten Nilsen states: "We formed this band to enjoy making the music we love and have a real good time. And I really think this album reflects just that! It was fun and easy to write and record...and it's simply enjoyable to listen to. As a rock producer Erik Mårtensson has proven that he's one of the best around for many years. But I think on this album he has reached an even higher level.... If you’re into physics you'd love to be on Einstein’s team. I'm into rock music, and I'm on Erik’s team... pretty much the same!"
The first taste of music from this self-titled album was released earlier in 2017. "Wrecking Crew" (written by Nilsen and Mårtensson) landed on top of the Norwegian charts, taking AMMUNITION to the Norwegian Eurovision Song Contest grand finale where they reached an astonishing second place. The full length, original version of the song will be included on the forthcoming album, produced and mixed by the band's guitar player and co-writer, Erik Mårtensson.
1. Time
2. Freedom Finder
3. Virtual Reality Boy
4. Guns Ho (I Told You So)
5. Eye for an Eye
6. Tear Your City Down
7. Caveman
8. Wrecking Crew
9. Miss Summertime
10. Bad Bones
11. Klondike
Age Sten Nilsen - lead and backing vocals
Erik Martensson - guitars, backing vocals
Victor Cito Borge - bass
Jon Pettersen - guitars
Lasse Finbråten - keyboards
Magnus Ulfstedt - drums



PRIMAL FEAR Preparing 'Apocalypse' For Fans in 2018

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PRIMAL FEAR are back in the studio working on their upcoming new album, “Apocalypse”. 12 brand new crushing heavy metal tracks have been selected, out of 30 newly written tracks, which will be produced by PF's own Mat Sinner and engineered & mixed by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark. The album is tentatively scheduled for release in mid-2018.
New song titles include “Apocalypse”, “New Rise”, “The Hounds Of Justice”, “King Of Madness”, “The Beast”, “Blood, Sweat & Fear” and the 10 minute extravaganza “Eye Of The Storm”. Stylistically, the new tunes follow the same path that started on the most successful PRIMAL FEAR album so far, “Rulebreaker”.
Ralf Scheepers: "I don’t know where it comes from and how we do it, but we seem to have a real flow in writing some cool heavy metal tunes since quite a while. And again, nothing will be released which we are not 100% satisfied with. You can trust the seal of the brand PRIMAL FEAR.”
Mat Sinner adds: “I’m really surprised about the creativity in the band. Every band member contributes on the song writing and I’m super happy about the chosen songs and the production so far. You can expect a full energy driven metal album with a maximum attitude and raw power!”
PRIMAL FEAR will support the new album release with an extensive summer festival tour in 2018, followed by a world tour.
Ralf Scheepers – Lead Vocals
Tom Naumann – Guitars
Alexander Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner – Bass & Vocals
Photo Credit: Alex Kuehr

TORA TORA Return To Studio For 2019 Album

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We are thrilled to welcome Memphis’ very own Tora Tora to the Frontiers’ family! The band will commence recording a new studio album in 2018 for a tentative release in early 2019!
Tora Tora’s mixture of hard rock with their hometown’s legendary blues style put them in a class of their own and we were thrilled to find the band was open to creating new music. We can’t wait to hear what they have in the works for their new studio album!
Says vocalist Anthony Corder, “TORA TORA is proud to announce we have signed with Frontiers! With a rich musical heritage and focus on quality content, we feel their company culture is the perfect fit for our project. We are excited to join some of our favorite artists and friends on their international roster. Thank you to Serafino Perugino, Mario De Riso, and Nick Tieder and our entire Frontiers’ family for this opportunity. We are looking forward to creating some great music and many good memories with all of you!”
Comments guitarist Keith Douglas, “When we first started talking about a new Tora Tora project, the biggest question for us was what it would sound like after so much time had passed since we'd written together. After just one day of collaborating, it was clear we were going to pick up right where we left off so many years ago. We have some really good songs already written as well as a ton of other cool ideas to get sorted out. Having creative freedom is a huge bonus for us. As far as the direction, it's just going to be whatever comes out. But I can tell you what has come out so far rocks as hard as anything we've ever done and lets our Memphis roots shine through. We are very excited to be working on what we feel like is going to be a very special record and just as excited to be working with Frontiers Records. Stay tuned!"

AOR Heaven Announces January Titles - BLOOD RED SAINTS & PAL

Friday, January 26, 2018
German AOR/ Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven will start the new year with the release of the new BLOOD RED SAINTS album “Love Hate Conspiracies” and the debut from P.A.L., “Prime”, which feat. Peo Pettersson.

Product: Blood Red Saints - Love Hate Conspiracies
Release date: January, 26
Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 independent debut album 'Speedway' Blood Red Saints make a welcome return with a brand new selection of top class hard rock. 'Love Hate Conspiracies' sees the band make a progression into a more focused direction. Pete Godfrey (vocals) tells us more. "The Speedway album was a great debut for us no doubt about that but this new album is a massive step forward. We've really found our own sound and identity with this material, it feels a lot more cohesive and is without doubt, heavier in style. This feels like a real band all pulling together"
The new album also sees two new Saints baptised to join original members Pete Godfrey, Rob Naylor (bass) and Lee Revill (guitars). Neil Hibbs (formerly of Arkhams Razor, Shy) joins to add a harder edge with crunching guitars for a tougher approach for both live and studio work. Andy Chemney (drums) was an obvious choice having worked with Rob in their previous band 'Angels Or Kings'. Rob takes up the story. "I've known Andy nearly all my life, he was the guy I wanted for our band and we are so pleased to have finally got our man"
So, what can we expect from 'Love Hate Conspiracies?' Lee Revill told us this "it's musically in a heavier direction than Speedway. We still wanted big melodic choruses but we wanted to toughen them up a bit too. We've got such a strong set of songs here and we are all excited to finally let people hear them, on the album and also live, these songs are gonna kick ass"
The album features a writing and vocal contribution from Paul Laine (The Defiants)  on 'Is it over' and a track 'Turn on the Night', written by Steve Brown (Trixter, Def Leppard, Tokyo Motor Fist)
Mixing and production was handled by Simon Humphrey who has worked with some of the biggest acts in music over many years and his input was invaluable in producing this record. The release date was set to January 26.
Catch BRS out and about throughout the year with HRH in North Wales in March and more shows to be announced soon. Check them out on Facebook too.
Sound clips in advance:

Product: P.A.L. - Prime
Release date: January, 26
PAL is a Swedish musical collaboration between guitarist Roger Ljunggren, Peter Andersson and Peo Pettersson.
Roger and Peter, longtime friends, started writing and play music together way back. They first got to know each other in the early eighties. Growing up in Skara, a small town in the south west of Sweden sharing a passion for music and especially for song-writing. They sweat out together in a small rehearsal studio together with some other local musicians.
The group started in 1987 when a demo was recorded in Peo’s studio Vanäs for a band called Escape which at that moment was short of a singer and Peo helped out.
Now, thirty years later the three musicians are making music together again. The songs on the debut album “Prime” are a collaboration between the three - where Roger wrote the music and recorded the guitars and solos and Peter arranged, produced and played the bass. Peo then added the vocals. Mauritz Petersson was hired to do the drums.
You can surely hear vintage elements in their music, but this time with a more modern approach and passion for the music they all grew up with. The first label that was invited to listen to the material was AOR Heaven in Germany. A record deal was signed with them shortly after. The release of the debut album “Prime” is scheduled in Europe for January 26.
Line-Up: Roger Ljunggren - Guitar, Peter Andersson - Bass, Peo eo Pettersson - Vocals / Keyboard, Mauritz Petersson - -- Drums
Sound clips in advance:



MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND To Record New Album For 2018


Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce that a new album from MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND is in the works! 

With an amazing list of credits including such prominent names as Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, Scorpions, Vince Neil, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Madonna, and many, many, many more, Michael Thompson is one of the music industry's most widely heralded guitar players. Less known is the fact that he has his own rock band, who debuted back in 1988 on Geffen Records with the release of a highly acclaimed album entitled "How Long", under the Michael Thompson Band (MTB) monicker. 
“How Long” was reissued in 2007 with three bonus tracks and was the beginning of a relationship between Michael Thompson and Frontiers, who also released a brand new Michael Thompson Band album, “Future Past” in early 2012. 
For this new album, Michael has again teamed up with the awesome singer Larry King from the band Soleil Moon. Larry has brought a new and more rockin' approach to the MTB sound and the new album will pick up where the previous one left off.
The new album is planned for release in 2018 and Michael and Larry are also working, together with keyboard wizard John Blasucci (Dennis DeYoung), on a the third SOLEIL MOON studio album which will also be released via Frontiers Music Srl and promises to be an absolute must hear for all West Coast AOR/Melodic Rock lovers out there!



Frontiers ANIMAL DRIVE's Debut Album 'Bite!' February 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of ANIMAL DRIVE's debut album entitled "Bite!" on February 23, 2018!
The first track from the upcoming release is "Tower Of Lies (I Walk Alone)" and the official video can be viewed here:

Introduced to the label by the one and only Jeff Scott Soto, ANIMAL DRIVE immediately impressed the label's executives thanks to the singer, Dino Jelusic who had an incredibly commanding presence befitting of the enormous hard rock songs that were being performed. Hailing from Zagreb, Croatia, ANIMAL DRIVE were created in 2012 by singer Dino Jelusic, who is the primary songwriter and driving force behind the band's sound. Dino was chosen by the late, great Paul O'Neill to tour as a featured vocalist on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's most recent U.S. tour, which is how he crossed paths with Soto and which would ultimately lead to them becoming labelmates.
ANIMAL DRIVE's line-up is completed by guitarist Ivan Keller, Roko Rokindja Nikolic on bass, and Adrian Boric on drums. Influenced by legendary bands such as Skid Row (think "Slave to the Grind" era), Whitesnake at their heaviest and with a little progressive rock and metal elements from Dream Theater thrown in the mix, Animal Drive take their listeners on a wild ride of hard rock bombast.
Dino says: "I am more than delighted and excited to present our debut album. I hope the fans can approach our music with curiosity and interest and we hope to come soon in a town near you to Rock your asses off!"
"Bite!" Track listing:
1. Goddamn Marathon
2. Tower Of Lies (I Walk Alone)
3. Had Enough
4. Hands Of Time
5. Lights Of The Damned
6. Time Machine
7. Father
8. Fade Away
9. Carry On
10. Devil Took My Beer Again
11. Deliver Me
Dino Jelusic, Lead Vocals
Ivan Keller, Guitars
Roko Rokindja Nikolic, Bass Guitar
Adrian Boric, Drums
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TNT Officially Welcome New Vocalist BAOL BARDOT BULSARA


This will be a new chapter for TNT and we wish Baol Bardot Bulsara welcome as our new singer. A big thank you to all the people that welcomed him in Oslo Spektrum on Wednesday and for supporting us. We look forward to a new year with gigs and a new album coming up soon!

Here’s a personal message from Baol Bardot Bulsara - Singer to our fans!


GNR’S DIZZY REED Drops Rocking Lead Single From 2018 Debut

Guns N’ Roses keyboardist, Dizzy Reed, has dropped the lead single, This Don’t Look Like Vegas, from his upcoming 2018 debut solo album, Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy, out on digital, CD and purple vinyl through Golden Robot Records on 16 February.
Written by Dizzy Reed, Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, The Almighty, Black Star Riders) and Del James, This Don’t Look Like Vegas, features Warwick and Mayuko Okai on guitar, with fellow Gunner, Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses, Psychelic Furs, Thin Lizzy), bringing the guitar solo.  Mike Dupke’s (W.A.S.P.) on drums, Mike Duda (W.A.S.P.) on bass, Reed on lead vocals, piano, shaker and tambourine, with backing vocals from Nadja Reed, Chela Johnson and Del James. 

While initially undercut by prominent keys, This Don’t Look Like Vegas quickly settles into a swaggering slice of classic rock, led by big riffs and Reed’s own touchstone lyrics of dark shades, flexibly applicable gambling metaphors, shotgun weddings, fire, fury, brimstone etc. It’s all scenes of beautifully filthy bar band blues, the stuff of Sunset Strip nights, endless whiskey shots and a hedonistic heaven where, as Reed eloquently puts it, ‘nothing is certain.’
- Rolling Stone Australia
Rock ‘n Roll Ain’t Easy is 12 tracks of rock (or 13, if you download the digital version, which comes with a bonus track!) with Reed uniting with fellow members of Guns N’ Roses, along with some other greats, including players from W.A.S.P., Quiet Riot, Psychedelic Furs, Thin Lizzy, No Doubt, The Replacements, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.





DAVID CASSIDY has died after life support was withdrawn by family today. Most acclaimed for his 70s iconic following and pop star following, it was his unappreciated 80s career in melodic rock that impressed me the most and made me a dedicated fan.
RIP David.


GUS G signs with AFM Records / North American tour with Vinnie Moore

Gus G signs with AFM Records / North American tour with Vinnie Moore to kick off on November 28.
Former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist and Firewind mastermind Gus G. has signed a worldwide deal with AFM Records; for his solo band GUS G
“I'm very excited & happy to confirm that I've signed a worldwide solo record deal with one of Europe's premier record labels, AFM Records! In my opinion, AFM is one of the few labels today that care for artist development, their team is really passionate about what they do and they have fresh and exciting ideas. We briefly worked together on Firewind's "Immortals" album for the North American territory and now I'm looking forward to the full scale collaboration on my next solo album”, Gus G. states.
A brand new studio album is in the making currently and will be released in April 2018.
But before, GUS G. will play a North American tour with Vinnie Moore, kicking off on November 28th in Derry, New Hampshire – presenting a surprising, brand new power trio line-up for the very first time: Gus will be joined by Dennis Ward on bass / vocals and Richie Monica on drums.
“Metal fans might know Dennis as the bass player from the bands Unisonic and Pink Cream 69”, says Gus. “What people might not know about him is that he's a multi-talented songwriter, producer AND singer. Since me and Dennis have been working on songs for Firewind's latest album release but also now on my upcoming solo record, I only felt it was natural to invite him to play this music with me on stage. So, obviously forming a power trio is a new setup and we're really looking forward to rocking the US crowds this Winter but also with my upcoming album tour cycle.”
AFM A&R Timo Hoffmann: “After releasing Firewind’s latest studio album “Immortals” in North America earlier this year, we are beyond excited that Gus decided to make AFM the new label home for his solo career as well. No words needed to praise the man’s qualities – Gus was a household name and highly acclaimed musician/songwriter long before he joined Ozzy’s band. Ever since its inception, he is the driving force behind Firewind and in addition has established a solo career, delivering outstanding up-to-date hard rock with finesse. Fans can look forward to a fantastic new GUS G. album which will see the light of day in April 2018.”
“Gunslinger” tour dates (w/ Vinnie Moore):
Nov. 28 - Derry, NH @ Tupelo Music Hall 
Nov. 30 - Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Agora
Dec. 01 - Detroit, MI @ The Token Lounge
Dec. 02 - Joliet. IL @ The Forge 
Dec. 03 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
Dec. 06 - Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater
Dec. 07 - Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar 
Dec. 08 - Stanhope, NJ @ The Stanhope House
Dec. 09 - Somerville, MA @ Once Ballroom



LA Guns Announce 2018 Australian/NZ Tour

Friday, October 13, 2017
L.A. GUNS was formed in 1982 by guitar player Tracii Guns and, then unknown singer, Axl Rose on lead vocals.
The "classic lineup" of Guns, former Girl singer Phil Lewis, drummer Steve Riley, guitar player Mick Cripps and bassist Kelly Nickels have sold 6.5 million records, including 1988's L.A. Guns and 1990's Cocked and Loaded, both of which were certified Gold. Cocked and Loaded contained the hit single "Ballad of Jayne" that went to #33 on Billboard's Hot 100 and #25 on the Mainstream Rock charts.
After a nearly 15-year break, Philip Lewis and Tracii Guns are back together for another chapter in their part­nership that began in 1986, 4 years after Tracii formed L.A. GUNS in 1982.
Their writing partnership spawned classic L.A. GUNS songs such as “Sex Action”, “Never Enough”, “Electric Gypsy”, “The Ballad Of Jayne”, and countless more in an impressive catalog of fan favorites. The last time Lewis and Guns joined forces was back in 2000 with legendary producer Andy Johns for the making of what would become “Waking The Dead” – an album that went on to receive tremendous critical acclaim and proved that their musical partnership was every bit as strong as the early days with all-killer-no-filler songs including “Don’t Look At Me That Way”, “Hellraisers Ball”, and “The Ballad”.
Following their successful performance at SiriusXM's HairNation Festival in May of 2016, L.A. GUNS went into the studio to record their latest album, The Missing Peace, which is was just released in October of 2017.
The current lineup features founding member Tracii Guns, who has reunited with lead singer, Phil Lewis, along with Shane Fitzgibbon on drums, guitar player Michael Grant and bassist Johnny Martin.
Australia & New Zealand, finally get to experience The Missing Peace!…
L.A. Guns 2018 Australia and New Zealand Tour Dates
May 17th BRISBANE, Wooly Mammoth
May 18th MELBOURNE, Max Watts
May 19th SYDNEY, Max Watts
May 23rd PERTH, Rosemount Hotel
May 25th WELLINGTON, Valhalla Tavern
May 26TH AUCKLAND, Galatos Live
TICKETS: On Sale date Thursday, 23rd Nov 9:00am AEDT

MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 2

As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's entry number 2!

November 16th, 2017
So, we finally have all the drum and bass tracks down for the remaining 10 tracks. This brings the forthcoming MASS album song total to 11. Nine of which were written in the 2016-17 period and the other two are older revised tunes that we felt would be a great fit and deserve to see the light of day. The album will be called "When 2 Worlds Collide."
Joey kicked off his drum session with possibly the album opener "Just Can't Deny," an up tempo rocker that just oozes with that great 80s feel. He did a tremendous job on tracking his drum parts with killer rocking beats & drum fills while keeping the tempo locked down. Joey finished up on Sunday afternoon with the killer track "Alive."
Michael's bass playing is astonishing as ever as he adds his power and aggressiveness along with his magical melodic feel to the new album. Gene will now start his rhythm and lead tracks the week of November 13th to the 17th. I will submit another blog when guitar tracks are complete and vocal tracks have begun and list the rest of the song titles.
On another note: Recently I received a message from a fan that reminded me of several others the band has received over the years, simply just thanking us for staying true to our roots and not being persuaded by label reps (past & future) or to be influenced by current music trends. So while I was sitting back and listening to all the playbacks, I believe we have stayed true and will be releasing another one from the heart. 


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Rat Pak Records Set To Release TY TABOR'S ‘Alien Beans’

King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor will release his all new solo effort “Alien Beans” January 12, 2018 via Rat Pak Records. “Alien Beans” is a double disc album that features 10 all new studio tracks and a “best of” compilation disc featuring 11 newly re-mixed and re-mastered tracks from Ty’s previous releases.
Regarding the new album, Ty comments, “I wanted to do a rock album and put some new, heavier stuff together. Along the way we also decided to remix some of the older stuff and make it a double album. Everything just fits together like it should. The whole concept behind the new album was to simply re-release a lot of my old catalog that was only available online and that most people didn't really know about. Basically, my back catalog has kind of been hidden among the fans for a long time, but I didn’t just want to re-release the same stuff. A lot of times when you release an album you wish you could go back later and fix a little thing, or mix this differently, or whatever. Well, I took a look at all the old songs in that light and I did do some tweaking. I remixed some of it and I remastered all of it. But we didn’t stop there. We ended up spending a year writing a whole new album too and decided to put them both out together. So, it’s not just the old compilation of stuff that people know about, but it's brand new songs too. Double album, old and new."
On the subject of song writing Ty states, "When it comes to what I write for solo material, I don’t really think about bands or anything like that. I just write music that makes me happy and I’ve ended up with an album I really love!"
With thought provoking lyrics, solid guitar riffs, and Ty’s signature sound, “Alien Beans” will surely resonate with all fans of rock music! Official release date for "Alien Beans" is January 12, 2018 and the album will be available in a variety of formats including vinyl, CD, cassette and autographed CD bundles which can be pre-ordered here:

TOTO Celebrate Their '40 Trips Around The Sun'

Friday, February 9, 2018
Remastered Greatest Hits Collection Featuring Three Brand New Tracks To Be Released On Legacy Recordings
40 Trips Around The Sun World Tour Begins In Europe On February 11, 2018
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce a February 9th worldwide release date on Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music) for their brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun. The 17 track album features three previously unreleased recordings: “Spanish Sea” “Alone” and “Struck By Lightning” alongside newly remastered classic tracks worked on by Elliot Scheiner & Gavin Lurssen and his team. The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams re-entered the studio earlier this year to work on this release.
While going through the Sony vaults, the band uncovered several unfinished tracks that featured both Jeff and Mike Porcaro, one of which is now “Spanish Sea.” “This track is originally from the Isolation sessions,” Steve Lukather commented. “It’s one that didn't make it and we had to re-write it including creating a new chorus. Thanks to modern tech we were able to play once again with not only our 20 something selves but with our dear brothers Jeff and Mike Porcaro reminding us just how deep their groove was. Bittersweet... Many stories, laughs and a few tears on this one. It’s classic Toto with an excellent solo and I kept my old 1985 melody solo Dave wanted me to do... Old meets new but since legendary pal Al Schmitt cut the tracks and Bob Clearmountain sounds like it was done 2 weeks ago not 30 + years ago!”
All fans who pre-order the album beginning today will receive “Alone” as an instant grat track. “Alone is a brand new song,” Lukather remarked. “This one was written with just the four of us really writing together and no one else in the room with us. We wanted to start with an ‘up’ song in terms of groove for the album. The lyric is darker but we are older guys now ands have lived life. The good, bad and ugly... we have lived it all and in the end we are all alone anyway. Proud of this piece and it just sort of organically happened.” Fans can pre-order the album here:
The third new track on 40 Trips Around The Sun: “Struck By Lightning” began with David Paich. “I had the opening riff in my head for months,” Paich said. “Joe and the guys helped flesh this one out. I love the heavy arrangement and Luke’s solo on it is an all time great!”
Beginning on February 11th in Helsinki, the band will begin the first leg of their worldwide 40 Trips Around The Sun tour in support of their 40th anniversary. 36 shows in Europe have been announced to date. The tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and is expected to hit the U.S. later in 2018. More shows will be announced shortly.
Spanish Sea
I'll Supply The Love
I'll Be Over You
Stranger In Town
Struck By Lightning
Afraid Of Love
I Won't Hold You Back
Jake To The Bone
Stop Loving You
Hold The Line
George Porgy

JOE PERRY Readies 'Sweetzerland Manifesto' Solo Album For January 19

Friday, January 19, 2018
JOE PERRY--legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of Aerosmith--is readying his new solo album SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO for release on January 19, 2018.
Due out on his own Roman Records imprint (distributed worldwide by AMPED Distribution), SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO marks JOE's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by JOE (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" with JOE on lead vocals and Johnny Depp on drums. The album features guest appearances from a long list of JOE's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.  Highlights include "Aye, Aye, Aye," which JOE co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander,and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll," "Haberdasher Blues," and "I'm Going Crazy," plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness," (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go."
SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO was recorded at Studio 1480 in Los Angeles and produced by JOE PERRY and Bruce Witkin, with Johnny Depp serving as executive producer and additional help from Jack Douglas who co-wrote and co-produced a number of tracks.  It was engineered by Witkin and Tony Perry.  The album was mixed by Tony Perry with Ari Blitz serving as assistant mix engineer at After Master in Los Angeles.  On the album, JOE also teams up with sons Tony and Roman on "Spanish Sushi," which was produced and arranged by The Perry Boys with JOE on guitars and bass, Roman adding synthesizer programming and Tony handling drum programming.
"It's going to be interesting to see what songs people gravitate to because there's such a wide variety of tunes," JOE notes.
The SWEETZERLAND MANIFESTO track listing is as follows:
Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
I'll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
Eve Of Destruction (featuring Joe Perry)
I'm Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
Won't Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

THE POODLES Announce 'Prisma' Covers Album

Friday, January 26, 2018
The Poodles "PRISMANew album out January 2018!
The Poodles are back with "PRISMA" the follow-up to the critically acclaimed album “Devil in the Details”!
The Poodles have released seven full-length studio albums and one live album over the past ten years and had discussed the possibility of doing an album featuring songs from other artists for several years. They finally decided that it was time!
The title, “PRISMA” is meant to reflect the difference in perspective that the band brings to the songs on the album. The decision was made early to stay away from genres close to the band’s own, but other than that, any song could come into question for making the cut.
In collaboration with up-and-coming producer, Dino Medanhodzic at Radionica Studios, the band came up with a slate of songs that span some 40 years of music, from the 1970s up to the 2010s! The deciding factor was the quality of the song where a strong hook and a driving riff were key ingredients.
Fans of Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Depeche Mode, Blondie, and The Swedish House Mafia are in for a treat, as The Poodles put their unique stamp on classic tracks by these and other artists!
PRISMA is out in virtual and physical stores on January 26.
Read more about The Poodles here:


PAUL DEAN's 'Hardcore' Solo Album Arrives At Digital

Paul Dean's debut solo album, Hard Core, originally released in 1989 on Columbia Records, is now available for the first time digitally on all major online streaming outlets, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, and Google Play, among others.
Hard Core spotlights Dean's fiercely distinctive guitar work on a series of songs that rock hard and show off classic influences like Duane Eddy, Luther Perkins, Hank Marvin, Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix. The album's first single, "Sword & Stone," a mythic tale of King Arthur and Excalibur written by Paul Stanley, Bruce Kulick and Desmond Child, was originally slated for KISS' Crazy Nights album. The video for the track can still be seen on YouTube. Desmond originally pitched the song to Dean during the New Jersey sessions where Paul co-wrote "Notorious" with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, (with additional contributions from Mike Reno and the late Todd Cerney), which appeared on Loverboy's Wildside album in 1987.
Another track on the album, "Under the Gun," features a Jon Bon Jovi harmonica solo, which took place while Dean was mixing his album at Vancouver's Little Mountain Sound Studios with Bob Rock, while Bon Jovi were making New Jersey in an adjacent room with producer Bruce Fairbairn.  "Draw the Line," written by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, was previously recorded by Ted Nugent for his 1984 Penetrator album, with vocals by Brian Howe, who was Paul Rodgers' replacement as lead singer in Bad Company. Coincidentally, when Dean went out on tour to promote Hard Core, his band opened for the same Bad Company, fronted by Howe. Other tracks include the rocking, self-penned "Doctor," the raucous fan favorite "Black Sheep", "Action" (co-written with Loverboy rhythm section, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Kenneth "Spider" Sinnaeve and dedicated to Kenny Shields, who recently passed away) and the very timely "Politics," which was originally a stab at a well-known Canadian pop singer's hypocritical stance. With a grin, it is still someone Dean still refuses to identify by name.
After Hard Core, Dean went on to record two more "solo" albums, including Machine, released in 1995 by Strawberry Records in Canada, and Blackstone, featuring singer Marc LaFrance, in 1997.
"Hard Core" was produced by Dean's pal, Chilliwack/Headpins member, Brian "Too Loud" MacLeod, who died just over three years after its release. "What an amazing cat," Dean reminisces. "He was so high-energy, always up.  I never heard a negative word from him about anyone. He was a total recording nerd, a pioneer at splicing together different bits from the multi-track."
The digital release of Hard Core is just a prelude for Paul Dean's long-awaited new material, which he has been working on, promising an ongoing series of single releases described as "pop tunes, a couple of ballads and some 'balls to the wall' metal stuff."
LOVERBOY's almost four-decade-long career began in Calgary when Paul met vocalist Mike Reno, with the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late founding member Scott Smith in 2000. The band has four multi-platinum albums, including the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and a trio of double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It. Their string of hits includes, in addition to the arena-rock anthem "Working for the Weekend," such staples as "Lovin' Every Minute of It," "This Could Be the Night," "Hot Girls in Love," "Heaven In Your Eyes," "Turn Me Loose," "When It's Over" and "Queen of the Broken Hearts."
November 11- 18 - "80's In The Sand" / Breathless Resort & Spa - Punta Cana, DR
November 24 - F.M. Kirby Center - Wilkes Barre, PA
November 25 - State Theater Center For The Arts - Easton, PA
December 3 - Riptide Music Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
December 8 - Treasure Island Resort & Casino - Welch, MN
December 29 - Golden Nugget - Las Vegas, NV
December 31 - Emerald Queen Casino - Tacoma, WA
February 16 - Thunder Valley Casino - Lincoln, CA
March 8 - Colosseum at Ceasar's Windsor - Windsor, ON
March 17-24 - The 80's Cruise - Fort Lauderdale, FL


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