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Wed
19
Jul

ROBIN BECK ‘Love Is Coming’ Out October 13

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First Single, “On The Bright Side ” available to hear here: https://youtu.be/jnAD1w5yY7c

 
Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce the upcoming new album from Robin Beck, LOVE IS COMING! The album will be out on October 13.
 
Robin Beck is truly one of the most gifted vocalists under the broad umbrella of rock music and it was with great pleasure that Frontiers welcomed her back to the label for her new album, “Love Is Coming”! The album sees her partnering with Clif Magness (Steve Perry, Avril Lavigne, and many more) and James Christian (House of Lords), who produced and mixed the album, with Maor Appelbaum handling the mastering. Hit after hit after hit after hit is the best description of the tracklisting. An album encompassing melodic rock to gritty soul inspired rock is what you can expect from this gem. As Robin says, “it had to be better than anything I've ever done in the last 20 years and I believe I have accomplished that.”
 
Clif Magness says, "I've worked with some of the best and most inspirational female vocalists in the world and Robin Beck most definitely stands among them. Her talent combined with her tenacity and her effervescent personality all add up to an amazing human being."
 
Robin Beck says, "Songs like these don't come around often enough! I'm spellbound by the richness of the music and the lyrical force of every song. Sure to keep your heart pumping, unless you don't have one!!”
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. Island
2. On The Bright Side
3. In These Eyes
4. Love Is Coming
5. Me Just Being Me
6. On To Something
7. Lost
8. Crave The Touch
9. If You Only Knew
10. Here I Am
11. Girl Like Me
12. Warrior
 
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Tue
18
Jul

STEELHEART Go 'Through Worlds Of Stardust' Sept 15

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Steelheart To Release New Album “Through Worlds Of Stardust” September 15th via Frontiers Music Srl
 
Debuts First Single “Got Me Runnin”
 
Steelheart is the brainchild of Miljenko Matijevic whose powerful voice and multi-octave range is the heart and soul of the band. Today they have announced the release of their new album “Through Worlds Of Stardust” set for September 15th via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
Today the first single from the album “Got Me Runnin’” has been released.  Check it out via the link below.
 
 
“Through Worlds Of Stardust” is available for pre-order here: or at the links below:
 
Pre-order the album here: http://radi.al/Steelheart
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop (CD & LP)
 
Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “Got Me Runnin”.
Follow the band on Spotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Got Me Runnin” to your favorite playlists:
 
 
“I cannot express how excited I am for you all to hear this new album.  Our focus was to bring back the magic in the music with songs that have been lived, loved, laughed and struggled.   I best describe this album as ‘DEEP, SEXY, LOVING, TWISTED, ROMANTIC, and HUNGRY ROCK’N ROLL.’ The record was recorded throughout parts of the world including a live string section recorded in Stockholm Sweden.  I truly hope you enjoy this album as it was created from the heart and no corners were cut.  Love you all; we look forward to seeing you on the road,” enthuses Miljenko.
 
Although they were lumped in with the glut of long-haired hard rock bands emerging in the early ‘90s, the band was always more forward thinking than their peers and the 2017 version of the band has a contemporary and edgy feel, while still retaining the patented powerful vocals of Miljenko. On “Through Worlds Of Stardust”, Miljenko has fused his past, present, and future together, creating an undeniable piece of hard rock music. Certainly fans of the band’s first three classic albums will be happy to hear those powerful pipes back in action, but fans of modern hard rock acts like Halestorm, Shinedown, Alter Bridge, and other melodic minded rock heavyweights will find much here to love.
 
Steelheart released their self-titled debut album in 1990 and based on the buzz around the hit single “I’ll Never Let You Go” was a smashing success (for example, 33,000 albums were sold in one day in Japan) and quickly reached platinum sales. Steelheart's sophomore album, "Tangled In Reins" was released in 1992 to critical acclaim and rave reviews, but moderate success in terms of sales in the U.S. (by early ‘90s standards) due to the well documented rise of grunge music; however, East Asia was a different story, where the band was widely embraced yet again. In the midst of promotion of the album, a serious accident happened on Halloween night in 1992, when an improperly secured lighting truss hit Matijevic on the back of the head, breaking his nose, cheekbone, jaw, and twisting his spine. Almost impossibly, Matijevic managed to walk off the stage of his own strength before being rushed to a hospital. "Steelheart" as it was known ended that night.
 
Four years later, Matijevic formed a new version of Steelheart with Kenny Kanowski (guitars), Vincent Mele (bass), and Alex Makarovich (drums) to record and release his third album, "Wait". The album was very different musically from the previous two albums, but featured the song “We All Die Young” (millions of streams and counting on Spotify) which was later included as a re-recorded version in the movie “Rock Star”, which saw Matijevic providing the singing voice for Mark Wahlberg's character. The movie soundtrack was performed by Matijevic (and Jeff Scott Soto) on vocals along with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne's then guitarist and frontman of Black Label Society), Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Foreigner), and Jason Bonham.
 
Now the band once compared to Led Zeppelin by respected metal outlet Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles, is back with a sonic tour de force befitting of their stature. Don’t be foolish and dismiss this as just another “band from the ‘80s” as you will miss out on one of the most surprisingly robust and balanced hard rock albums of 2017! Highly recommended for fans of hard rock from then and NOW!
 
“Through Worlds Of Stardust” Track Listing:
1. Stream Line Savings
2. My Dirty Girl
3. Come Inside
4. My Word
5. You Got Me Twisted
6. Lips Of Rain
7. With Love We Live Again
8. Got Me Running
9. My Freedom
10. I'm So In Love With You
 
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Guitars, Ebow Guitars: Miljenko Matijevic
 
Musicians on the album:
Guitars: Uros Raskovski
Bass: James “Rev” Jones, Sigve Sjursen, Jesse Stern
Drums: Mike Humbert, Randy Cooke
Piano: Daniel Fouché, Ed Roth
Guest guitar solo and part rhythm on My Dirty Girl by Kennet Kanowski
 
Strings composed and conducted by Glen Gabriel
Orchestrated by Anthony Weeden
Performed by Stockholm Strings
 
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Mon
17
Jul

ZHENX Debut Out Now on AOR Blvd Records

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This is an interesting project put together by ex-Baron Rojo bassist, Gorka Alegre, in 2016.
 
This project enlists some of Spain's finest rock musicians along with a host of other well known guests.
 
Included in the line-up is Herman Rarebell who is ex-Scorpions drummer, Bill Leverty of Firehouse, on guitars and David Reece, ex-Accept and Bangalore Choir, providing duet vocals.
 
The handling of lead vocals and providing a contribution to songwriting is David Saylor, who was ex-Push UK.
The final result was undertaken over a 12 month period and was completed in 2017.
 
The finished hard rock album is superb, hard hitting and melodic.  Once again, David Saylor's voice feels so much at home but moves in a different direction to his solo albums and other projects he was involved with in the past.
 
Zhenx is for fans who are into bands like Def Leppard and China, aswell as early Gotthard albums.
 
David Saylor passed away early 2017 and sadly, he never got to hear the final mix.
 
TRACKLISTING
1.  Action
2.  Breakaway
3.  Evergrey
4.  Dog's Of Destiny
5.  Distant Memories
6.  Jumping Off The Skyline
7.  Injection
8.  On My Way
9.  Turn Down The Light
 
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Mon
17
Jul

GNR’S DIZZY REED Signs Solo Deal With Golden Robot Records

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Powerhouse indie record label, Golden Robot Records, has added world-renowned Guns N’ Roses band member, Dizzy Reed, to its fast growing roster, with his long-awaited solo album slated for release in Australia later this year.  The record features players from some of the world’s greatest rock bands including Thin Lizzy, W.A.S.P., Psychedelic Furs, fellow Gunner’s members and many more.
 
“Concentrating on our global expansion with the addition of internationals to the label, we’re very excited to have an artist of Dizzy Reed’s caliber join us,” says Mark Alexander-Erber, President and Co-Founder of Golden Robot Global Entertainment.  “He’s not only been a prominent force in Guns N’ Roses for over 25 years, he’s also a well-respected solo artist in his own right.”
 
Golden Robot Records roster also includes a number of well-known and up and coming Aussie artists, including Rose Tattoo, Kilbey Kennedy, Ben Gillies, The Art, High Tropics, The Superjesus, The Cherry Dolls, The Lockhearts, The Heartache State, Mi-Sex, Moon, Toe to Toe, The Kids, The Buckleys, and She Shinjuku.
 
About Dizzy Reed:
Born in Hinsdale, Illinois and raised in Colorado, Dizzy started his musical journey in early childhood. His grandmother, who lived in the apartment above, played the organ, and taught Dizzy on her Lowry.
 
Growing up, Dizzy was exposed to his father’s love of Booker T and the MGs. Once young Dizzy realised that was the same instrument he could play, he was hooked. By the age of 12 he was touring with his band. Other early influences were John Lord, Gregg Rolie, and Grand Funk Railroad. In 1985, Dizzy moved to Los Angeles, where a wild, rich musical scene was hitting its stride.
 
“It was the place to be. There were thousands of bands from all over the world, trying to be the next big thing. There was an incredible amount of energy and it was magic.”
 
While rehearsing in a Hollywood practice room, Dizzy befriended Axl Rose, and in 1990 he joined Guns N’ Roses on keys, percussion and backing vocals.
In 2012, Dizzy was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Guns N’ Roses. He has toured with the Psychedelic Furs and has recorded and written with supergroup The Dead Daisies.  He also sings lead vocals with his side project, Hookers and Blow.
 
Dizzy is a father of four and lives with his New Zealand-born wife, Nadja, in Los Angeles. On surviving and flourishing in rocks ‘sharky’ waters, he says, “Never stop learning and exploring, but don’t forget what you do best. Stick to your guns.”
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Fri
14
Jul

Rat Pak Records Set To Release LYNCH MOB ‘The Brotherhood’

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Produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier (Lynch Mob; Flotsam And Jetsam; Prong; KXM), “The Brotherhood” features eleven brand new hard rock tracks from Lynch Mob. This album will surely resonate with long time fans of the band, as well as those longing for that good ol' hard rock sound and feel. "The Brotherhood” highlights the unique pairing of Oni Logan and George Lynch, and along with Sean McNabb (bass) and Jimmy D’Anda (drums), the band has created a solid offering from start to finish. From the heavy guitar riffs of the opening track “Main Offender” to the melodic album finale ”Miles Away”, Lynch Mob have once again proven they remain on top of their game and at the top of their genre!
 
On the subject of Lynch Mob’s new record, Oni Logan comments, “After doing quite a few miles together with this latest line-up of Sean McNabb and Jimmy D’Anda, we consider ourselves a pack of wolves, and we came up with the name ‘The Brotherhood’ for the title of the next Lynch Mob album. It’s got more of an adventurous sound in part and maybe a darker, colder sound to it. We are always willing to go farther. We come from the early 90’s and it's when we released the first Lynch Mob album which set a sound and course for us. Here we are 27 years later, George and I are still able to keep on stretching. As a player, as a writer, that is very important to us. Otherwise we would be fooling ourselves and fooling you”.
 
George Lynch adds, "We wrote this album as a band and the name of the record reflects what the band is about, and what all my bands have been about since I've been a kid. This is my second family. These are my brothers. You go through a lot together and have a lot of experiences together. And that then becomes a part of the music."
 
Official release date for “The Brotherhood” is Friday September 08, 2017.
 
TRACK LISTING:
01. Main Offender
02. Mr. Jekyll and Hyde
03. I'll Take Miami
04. Last Call Lady
05. Where We Started
06. The Forgotten Maiden's Pearl
07. Until the Sky Comes Down
08. Black Heart Days
09. Black Mountain
10. Dog Town Mystics
11. Miles Away
12. Until I Get My Gold (bonus track)
 
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Thu
13
Jul

Def Leppard's PHIL COLLEN Pens Track For Satch

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DEF LEPPARD's LEAD GUITARIST – PHIL COLLEN – JOINS JOE SATRIANI'S G4 CAMP
PENS NEW SONG – "YO TO JOE (G4 Anthem)" - IN TRIBUTE TOO THE GUITAR VIRTUOSO
 
(Los Angeles,CA) – Soon after Def Leppard'ss PHIL COLLEN was invited to join the annual G4 Experience, led by guitar great JOE SATRIANI, he was moved to write an instrumental in homage to the guitar master.
€œI was honored when Joe invited me to join the G4 experience and I decided to write and record an instrumental track called "Yo 2 Joe" as a tribute to him. I was further honored when he played on the track with me because he is such an amazing artist.  I wanted the track to reflect the vibe of his influential Surfing with the Alien album. Thirty years later, he continues to wow generations of guitar players and music fans alike.€œ
The track will be released as a single on July 21 and will be given free to those attending the camp.  Pre-orders for the track begin today:   flyt.it/yo2joeiTunes
 
Also joining SATRIANI and COLLEN at this year's G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary are Warren DeMartini [Ratt], and Paul Gilbert. The event takes place on July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA.
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of SATRIANI's seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most succcessful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record's 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
SATRIANI will be joined by his original live band during the record's tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening's performances.
For more information on G4, visit:  g4experience
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Thu
13
Jul

LA Guns Find 'The Missing Peace' October 13

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L.A. Guns to Release “The Missing Peace” on October 13th via Frontiers Music Srl!

Watch the first video & single “Speed” clicking below:

• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop (LTD. Gatefold 2 Black Vinyl/180 Gram available)
• iTunes: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceiTunes
• Amazon: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceAmazon
• Google Play: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceGooglePlay
• Spotify: http://radi.al/MissingPeaceSpotify
 
As the revival of the classic ‘80s hard rock and heavy metal scene continues unabated here in the 21st century, one reunion has been at the top of the wishlists of many a fan for a long time: the songwriting combination of Tracii Guns and Philip Lewis under the L.A. Guns banner. What once seemed like a distant memory with no hope of returning has now come around and fans are about to be rewarded for keeping their fingers crossed and their hopes up. That’s right Tracii Guns and Phil Lewis are back together as L.A. Guns! Their new album “The Missing Peace” is set for release on October 13th via Frontiers Music Srl. See below for a wealth of tour dates that the band has lined up!
 
“The Missing Peace” Track Listing:
1. It’s All The Same To Me
2. Speed
3. A Drop Of Bleach
4. Sticky Fingers
5. Christine
6. Baby Gotta Fever
7. Kill It Or Die
8. Don’t Bring A Knife To A Gunfight
9. The Flood’s The Fault Of The Rain
10. The Devil Made Me Do It
11. The Missing Peace
12. Gave It All Away
 
BAND LINEUP:
Phil Lewis – Vocals
Tracii Guns – Guitars
Johnny Martin – Bass
Michael Grant – Guitar
Shane Fitzgibbon - Drums

 

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Tue
11
Jul

MELODICROCK FEST 5 Updates!

MELODICROCK FEST 5 – UPDATES!
 
I know the biggest question going around right now – is WHEN will we hear the MRF5 details?
That’s a VERY good question!
 
I appreciate everyone’s patience. The lengthy process underway right now is necessary and extra special care is being taken to bring the very best possible lineup to both events.
 
I also want to ensure that the lineup announced is the lineup that turns up. Changes are always a risk with long term planning and so many artists, but MRF has a very good reputation for delivering what is promised.
 
Right now I am in the final stages of negotiations with several artists that will complete the lineup of MRF-USA.
 
Likewise for MRF-Scandinavia – but in that situation I’m working with Johan Nylen and the Rock Stage team to finalize all plans there.
 
I can confirm that the Malmo, Sweden event will take place May 31-June 2. That date is FINAL! The venue is booked and will be announced shortly.
 
MRF-USA is of course taking place May 4-6 at the site of MRF3&4 – H.O.M.E Bar Chicago in Arlington Heights.
There will be an event hotel, but don’t book yet…there will be a deal and it may not be the hotel from last time.
 
A couple of points I’d like to make for both shows in general:
- Ticket prices announced will be the same price right up until event weekend.
- There will be VIP options that embrace the whole event experience and once gone, are ALL GONE!
 
MRF-USA is set to feature a mix of classic, cult and new artists, from within the USA and around the world – more international acts than any other show to date!
 
As final details fall into place, at this stage I envision a lineup announcement at the end of this month and tickets on sale a couple of weeks after that.
Stand by for those details….

And yes, I am still happy to hear from potential EVENT SPONSORS or interested advertisers and vendors.

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Mon
10
Jul

STREAMLINE Announce Their Debut Album For August

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Streamline (formerly Diamond Dawn) in association with Phonofile proudly presents the digital release of Streamlines self titled debut album. Starting with the release of the first three singles "Freerider", "Barely Runnin'" & "Talk It Out" on July 20th 2017, the album will be made available on digital platforms worldwide over the following month.  
 
STREAMLINE - S/T
Written and produced by: Streamline
Mixed by: Victor Olsson
Mastered by: Dragan Tanaskovic
Cover art by: Johan Leion 
 
Track list: 
1. Freerider 2. Barely Runnin' 3. Get What's Coming 4. Save Me 5. Blind 6. Pay The Price 7. Talk It Out 8. 2nd Street 9. Deliver Us 10. The Good Samaritan 11. No Rest For The Vicar 
 
BAND STATEMENT: "We are incredibly happy and proud to finally in association with Phonofile present the release of our debut album entitled Streamline. The journey toward this end, which is in fact an exciting beginning, has been long and winding yet extremely positive and formative for us. It has enabled us to create a sound and an album that we really want to share with the world, we can't wait to let you all hear what we've been working on and play it live for you! The album surely holds a couple of surprises for those of you who have been following us for some time, however we believe that this 11 song bundle of electric action can bring something thrilling to all sorts of rockers out there! More info and updates will follow shortly, for now we just want to send out an enormous THANK YOU to all you people that have waited patiently, believed in us and helped us out! Let's do this!
 
Streamline is: Gabriel Lindmark (vocals), Efraim Larsson (drums), Mikael Planefeldt (bass), Niklas Arkbro (keys), Jhonny Göransson (guitar), Olle Lindahl (guitar) 
 
Facebook www.facebook.com/officialstreamline Instagram @streamlineofficial Contact streamlineofficial@outlook.com
 
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Fri
07
Jul

Sweden's VISION Compile Live & Unreleased on Digital Release

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Recorded live in 1992 VISION perform five tracks from their debut album. The album also features five studio tracks from the 1993 second album sessions, of which two are instrumentals as requested by their label at the time.
 
Tracklist:
All Over Now (Live)
Round & Round
(Live)
Sail Away (Live)
Making Love in a Dream (incl.drum solo) (Live)
Waiting for the Rain (Live)
Sacrifice of Love (Instrumental)
Stranded
Girl Goodbye
Heading for a Heartbreak
Before the Dawn (Instrumental)
 
Lars Eric Mattsson - Guitars, keyboards, Backing vocals on the live tracks
Tony Mattsson - Drums
Conny Lind - Vocals
Sören Lund - Bass, backing vocals on the live tracks
Robert Jansson - 2nd guitar, backing vocals on the live tracks
 
Örjan Sjöström - Bass and organ (tracks 7,8,9)
Backing vocals - Randolph Reymers and Jampa Jansson (tracks 7,8,9)
 
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Thu
06
Jul

One Riff Merchandising Launches New Exclusive Merch Portal

 
Offering unique, official band merchandise that stands out from the crowd
 
On July 1,One Riff Merchandising launched its web store offering unique, official band merchandise to fans. Featuring Multi instrumentalist/Producer/Song writer Jean Beauvoir (ex Plasmatics, co-writer KISS/The Ramones), One Riff Merchandising also added to their roster Jean’s other band projects in Voodoo X and Crown of Thorns.
The online retailer offers official merchandise fully endorsed by the artists including T-shirts, posters, and guitar pick sets.
 
One Riff Merchandising is the brainchild of Tasmanian brothers Darren and Todd Dewis, who saw a niche in the industry and wanted to bridge the gap between band and fan.
“Official band merchandise has always been in our blood. Our first taste of band memorabilia came in 1980 when KISS toured Australia for the first time. The amount of merchandise was overload. The band was larger than life and their merchandise reflected that. It gave us our first taste, and we wanted everything.” – Darren (co-founder)
 
The brothers decided to bridge the gap that would allow bands to offer unique, official merchandise to their fans.
“Over the years we noticed a lot of bands overseas didn’t offer this type of merchandise on their websites. For fans living outside the U.S or Europe it was hard to get to shows, so you couldn’t even get a basic tour t-shirt. We are all about giving those fans an opportunity to own some cool products.” – Todd (co-founder)
 
One Riff Merchandising didn’t want to just offer basic band tees to the fans. They wanted to take things to another level. The two brothers came up with the art conception, and then enlisted the help of a design team in Europe to bring their ideas to life. They wanted the designs to be more works of art, just the way old LP covers used to be, offering fans something unique that would stand out from the crowd. They have also included in their merchandise range collectables not offered by artists like Jean Beauvoir before, including signed hand written lyrics, and a 12 track custom logo USB stick with track by track commentary by the artist.
 
For more information, and to check out the range of official band merchandise at One Riff Merchandising, please head to www.oneriffmerchandising.com and www.facebook.com/oneriffmerchandising
 
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Thu
06
Jul

DAN REED Releases New Solo Album ‘Confessions’ September 15

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Pre-order the album now – Dan Reed Store
 
Dan Reed’s fourth solo album ‘Confessions’ will be available for worldwide pre-order through the Dan Reed Store from Wednesday 5th July, before it is officially released on Friday 15th September.
 
The new album will coincide with Dan’s intimate solo tour in beautiful settings which kicks off at London’s St. Pancras Old Church on Thursday 14th September. Tickets for Dan’s solo tour can be booked from www.ticketsource.co.uk/dan-reed-confessions
 
Each of the UK solo concerts will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming live DVD compilation.  Everyone ticket buyer in the UK will receive a free DVD download in September.
 
The official music video for first single Smile will be premiered on Monday 14th August. A limited edition run of 100 signed copies of the single ‘Smile’ on 7” cream coloured vinyl is now available for pre-order before it is officially released on Friday 1st September. The single includes a second track ‘Lift You Up’ on the B-Side. Pre-order the single from the Dan Reed Store.
 
For Confessions, Dan wanted to create a genuine solo album to push his own comfort zone as a keyboardist and guitarist, creating something entirely from self-expression. Reed performed all the live instruments and vocals, and also programmed the beats and synth parts.
The album features special guest appearances by guitarists Rob DaikerGeoff Tyson and Martin Tidmarsh.
 
Click here for further info about Dan Reed’s Solo September 2017 UK Tour – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/dan-reed/confessions.htm.  
 
DAN REED – ‘CONFESSIONS’ – SOLO SEPTEMBER 2017 UK TOUR
BOOK ONLINE - www.ticketsource.co.uk
 
London, St. Pancras Old Church                                 Thursday 14 September
Manchester, Sacred Trinity Church Salford          Friday 15 September (SOLD OUT)
Newcastle, The Cluny 2                                                 Saturday 16 September
Nottingham, Greyhound Beeston                            Sunday 17 September (SOLD OUT)
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Thu
06
Jul

AMERICAN MAFIA Announce 'Made In New York' EP For September

 
Lions Pride Music is excited to present you the sampler of the upcoming EP of the American hard rockers American Mafia - Made in New York. To be released 25 September 2017 on CD and digital. Pre-Order on iTunes http://apple.co/2tBY87G.

American Mafia - Made in New York (EP)
Sampler: https://youtu.be/7fQRW6D72cg
Cat. Number: LPM053
Tracklist: 01 Superstar, 02 Gistified, 03 Ride On Through, 04 Lead The Way, 05 When London Sleeps.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, American Mafia was born out such necessity. In may 2009, the band holy water released "The collected sessions" (Perris) placing their previously unreleased, but much sought-after music in a legitimate €˜Archive.' the cd received rave reviews:

'…the band would have bbeen household names. at their best holy water is that good.' - Sleazeroxx
"damn near every song here could've fit on the radio..." - Detritus e-zine
'the thing about holy waater is that you would have sworn you've heard these songs before, but chances are you haven't.' - Hardrockhaven


"The collected sessions" was originally supposed to be a teaser while Holy Water got busy recording a new album featuring many of the songs they'd written over the years, but never properly recorded. But when original Holy Water vocalist David Knight sadly committed suicide in early 2014, guitarist Tom Jude (ex-Doro Pesch) and bassist Freddy Villano (ex-Quiet riot / Widowmaker) were faced with a dilemma: abandon the project, due to the seemingly insurmountable obstacle of replacing knight, or forge ahead. the duo opted to move forward and "The collected sessions" became holy water's swan song, rather than teaser.

In Knight's absence, Jude and Villano decided to ditch the Holy Water moniker and enlist not one, but several, of contemporary rock music's premier vocalists to help complete the record they'd already started. The names should be familiar to just about any hard rock aficionado: John West (Badlands/Artension/Royal hunt), Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/Flood the engine), Don Chaffin (Vox/Red lamb), Mike Dimeo (Riot/Masterplan/The lizards) and Ed Terry (Rondinelli/Rage & beyond). All were invited to not only sing, but also write their own lyrics and melodies. they re-branded this new union of rock n' roll rogues American Mafia and the resulting album, "Rock n' roll hit machine", released in August 2014 on Grooveyard records, earned rave reviews, with Ross Welford from Uberrock saying, "this plays like the best classic rock album you've never heard", and comparing it to Bad Company, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Rainbow and Tesla.

In 2016, Jude and Villano, along with vocalist Don Chaffin and drummer Bobby Marks, assembled to record a five-song EP follow-up to "Rock n' roll hit machine," aptly titled, "Made in New York". In early 2017 American Mafia signed with Lions Pride Music, who will release "Made in New York" on September 25th. The first single, "Ride on through", will be available sometime in July.

Connect with American Mafia: http://americanmafiaband.com
Connect with Lions Pride Music: https://t.co/fG40eO2OWv

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Wed
05
Jul

WRAITH Deliver 'Revelation' August 4

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British hard rock band, WRAITH, to release their new album 'Revelation' on August 4th, 2017 via Ice Rain Records / Cargo Records. 'Revelation' is produced and mixed by legend Neil Kernon (Dokken, Qeensryche, Shy) and mastered by Andy Sneap (Accept, Kreator, Machine Head, Megadeth).
 
Peter Way (UFO) is co-writer on 'Under The Hammer' and this song was mixed by Mike Fraser (Whitesnake, David Coverdale, Blue Murder). The album artwork was made by Tristan Greatrex (Ufo, Vinnie Moore, Lionheart, Paul Raymond, Michael Schenker).
 
Track listing:
1. Lifeline
2. Dream Steeler
3. Into The Fire
4. Under The Hammer
5. Leaving Me Again
6. No Respect
7. Invasion
8. Revelation
9. Human Eater
10. Hunted (Bonus Track)
 
Guests on the album: Pete Way - Bass (UFO), Kim Nielsen � BBass (Phantom Blue, Asia), Steevi Jaimz - Backing Vocals (Tigertailz), Tony Mills - Backing Vocals (SHY, T.N.T).
 
WRAITH is:
Ryan Coggin - Vocals
Gregg Russell - Guitars (Concrete Sox, ex-
Deuce, Tigertailz)
Dieter Schänzer - Guitars
Jay Graham - Drums (Ravenscreed, Tony Iommi)

Hailed as “the new N.W.O.B.M" for the British Hard rock scene, WRAITH had an illustrious and successful career playing to capacity crowds and even having LEMMY KILMISTER (Motörhead) dropping in and giving his seal of approval on the debut album “DANGER CALLING”.
Gregg Russell, to quote: "I still felt that we hadn’t created "the" album yet, the ultimate WRAITH, so I set about recording all the material I had amassed, with a much more, "in your face edge".
 
The latest and most powerful WRAITH album REVELATION, has been three years in the making and is to be released in August 2017.

 

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Tue
04
Jul

H.E.A.T Venture 'Into The Great Unknown' September 22

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Sweden's melodic rock legends H.E.A.T are storming back with their hugely anticipated new studio album 'Into The Great Unknown' on September 22.
A formal press release is to follow in a few weeks.
 
But for now - here is the track listing and running time (44.48). 
 
01. Bastard Of Society 03:50
02. Redefined 04:19
03. Shit City 03:51
04. Time On Our Side 03:53
05. Best Of The Broken 04:32
06. Eye Of The Storm 03:41
07. Blind Leads The Blind 03:22
08. We Rule 05:45
09. Do You Want It 04:05
10. Into The Great Unknown 07:24
 
I asked keyboardist Jona Tee about the songs and his response was: "9 potential singles and one semi-epic song. Lots of keys guitars and sick vocals!"
 
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Tue
04
Jul

Rock Candy Records Latest - BAD ENGLISH, ALANNAH MYLES, DOKKEN, JETBOY

 
The following six new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
ALANNAH MYLES ‘S/T’ CANDY354
 
WHEN CANADIAN CHANTEUSE Alannah Myles issued her debut album few expected it to attain a level of success that would elevate her to international acclaim and see her become one of the biggest selling female artists of the era. Alannah continues to exude an undeniable air of confidence, but the sheer scale of her accomplishment and the ramifications of the exposure are, in many respects, still being felt by her to this very day.
Born and raised in Toronto, Alannah’s rise to fame was initially littered with frustration and slow progress but bolstered by an unshakeable belief in her abilities. It was this faith in her own talent that fuelled her determination to succeed at all costs, eventually winning an impressive deal with Atlantic Records in the US. Her debut album issued in 1989, and produced by fellow Canadian David Tyson, is a record that mined the lucrative space between all out hard rock and considered pop.
On this record, we are left in no doubt as to Alannah’s vocal credentials. Raspy, sultry and uniquely distinctive her voice permeated a work that had immediate appeal, from cock-sure rockers such as ‘Still Got This Thing For You’, ‘Kick Start My Heart’ and ‘Rock This Joint’ to heart rending ballads like ‘Lover Of Mine’ and ‘Who Loves You’. But of course it’s the huge international hit single ‘Black Velvet’ that created her position in the marketplace, helping to propel the album to sales in excess of 6 million units worldwide.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. STILL GOT THIS THING  2. LOVE IS  3. BLACK VELVET  4. ROCK THIS JOINT  5. LOVER OF MINE  6. KICK START MY HEART  7. IF YOU WANT TO  8. JUST ONE KISS  9. WHO LOVES YOU  10. HURRY MAKE LOVE
 
  
 
MICHAEL WHITE ‘S/T’ CANDY350
 
MICHAEL WHITE’S STORY has always been closely linked to the ghost of Led Zeppelin by virtue of the fact that he fronts one of the world’s preeminent Zeppelin tribute acts, The White. Over the years he has carved out a lucrative career presenting an accurate and entertaining testimonial to an act that redefined the course of rock music.
Interestingly, Michael’s stab at solo success included an unexpectedly successful entrée into the business. Encouraged by Robert Plant himself, he submitted demos to Atlantic Records that were eventually sanctioned by the most important executive at the label, namely label founder, and the man who originally signed Zeppelin, Ahmet Ertegun. Label hopes were high that Michael could cut an impressive solo album and not entirely ape Zeppelin’s sound.
Paired with hot-shot producer Mack (Queen, Billy Squier) he was sent to Munich to record, but problems emerged almost immediately when Mack dismissed Michael’s band (incuding future W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper and former Moxy drummer Danny Bilan) after only a handful of tracks had been taped. Michael suddenly felt that the project slipping away from him when Mack insisted on using session players and utilising electronic programming.
Issued in 1987, the album received positive acclaim for not only its content but also the way it steered clear of immediate Zeppelin comparisons. Indeed, if anything, the record displayed a decided nod to solo era Robert Plant, and it boasted an impressive selection of wide-screen epics such as ‘Matriarch’, ‘One Good Turn’, ‘Fantasy’ and the crowning glory ‘Psychometry’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FANTASY  2. I KNOW YOU NEED SOMEONE  3. BRING ON THE NIGHT  4. MATRIARCH  5. ONE GOOD TURN  6.    PSYCHOMETRY  7. DÉJÀ VU  8. JUMPIN’ THE FENCE  9. RADIO  10. DIRTY DANCER
 
JETBOY ‘FEEL THE SHAKE’ CANDY329
 
WHEN YOU THINK about the LA rock scene from the mid eighties there were a lot of winners (Guns N’Roses, Poison, Motley Crue) and a heck of a lot of losers. However, in a strange alternative universe, many of the also ran’s were more revered than the pantheon of heavy hitters. Take Jet Boy for instance, one of the most revered acts on the scene who, through no fault of their own, were lost to obscurity yet attracted a devoted and passionate fan following.
Formed initially in San Francisco, the band, like so many others, soon gravitated to Los Angeles where they cemented their line up, including former Hanoi Rocks bassist Sam Yaffa, and rubbed shoulders with other hopefuls in a scene that was rapidly exploding. In late 1986 they signed a coveted record deal with Elektra Records and set about recording their debut album with British producer Tom Allom (Judas Priest, Def Leppard and Krokus etc). However once the record was completed disaster struck when Elektra reshaped their roster and cast the band adrift
Fortunately MCA Records snapped up the band issuing ‘Feel The Shake’ in 1988. Informed by the sounds of the Rolling Stones, The CULT, Guns ‘N’ Roses and, most succinctly, Hanoi Rocks, the record won much acclaim but failed to connect commercially. Songs such as ‘Bad Disease’, ‘Fire In My Heart’, ‘Snake Bite’ and the title track, lodge them in the top echelon of low slung guitar mavericks.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. FEEL THE SHAKE  2. MAKE SOME NOISE  3. BAD DISEASE  4. FIRE IN MY HEART  5. HOMETOWN BLUES  6. LOCKED IN A CAGE  7. TALKIN’  8.  HARD CLIMB  9. BLOODSTONE  10.  SNAKEBITE
 
  
 
STONE FURY ‘BURNS LIKE A STAR’ CANDY355
 
WE’VE SAID IT before and, no doubt we’ll be saying it in the future, that some records sink into obscurity with no obvious explanation. Quality and class, it would appear, don’t always lead to success in the music business, leaving omissions from the list of winners that have no obvious reasons. The fate of Stone Fury is one such example; an exemplary band, with great songs and superb musical arrangements, left behind at the starting gate, whilst others with lesser abilities made larger commercial impact.
Based in Los Angeles, and formed by the talented duo of German born singer Lenny Wolf (who would later taste success as the leader of Kingdom Come) and American guitarist Bruce Gowdy, Stone Fury concocted an immediately identifiable sound that led to much industry interest. The band’s demo eventually secured them a coveted deal with the giant MCA Corporation. Utilising the services of top British producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, Free, Hughes/Thrall), their album was recorded in Los Angeles and issued in 1984, to strong critical reaction but, surprisingly, precious few sales.
Very much a heavy yet melodic outfit, their sound appeared to lean towards the 70s but Wolf’s near falsetto vocal style gave the songs a contemporary edge, bolstered by Gowdy’s impressive guitar work and adventurous, sometimes progressive, musicianship. Not to put too fine a point on it, songs such as ‘Break Down The Walls’, ‘I Hate To Sleep Alone’ and ‘Hold It’ show the band to be superior composers, with the ballad ‘Life Is Too Lonely’ easily demonstrating an ability to take the music to more emotional heights. Certainly an album that requires a lot more recognition.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1.  BREAK DOWN THE WALLS  2.  I HATE TO SLEEP ALONE  3.  LIFE IS TOO LONELY  4.  DON’T TELL ME WHY  5.  MAMAS LOVE  6.  BURNS LIKE A STAR  7.  TEASE  8.  HOLD IT  9.  SHANNON YOU LOSE
 
BAD ENGLISH ‘S/T’ CANDY320
 
THERE WERE MANY attempts at piecing together supergroups during the late 80s but few were as successful as Bad English, a project born from the mash-up of two hugely influential outfits, namely the Babys (John Waite, Ricky Philips) and Journey (Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon and, later, Deen Costronovo). Both groups had featured talent to die for so anticipation was extremely high for this noble alliance, Fortunately, unlike similar collaborations, the results were spectacular, leaving no one in any doubt that Bad English had delivered a cornerstone record, one that is still revered to this day.
Fronted by the stunning and instantly identifiable voice of John Waite, and ably supported by guitar firebrand Neal Schon, the album contains a brace of superior tracks that elevated the record to platinum status and beyond. Signed to the Epic Records label and produced by Richie Zito (Eddie Money, Cheap Trick, Heart) it boasted no less than five hit singles, including ‘Price Of Love’ and the chart topping #1 power ballad ‘When I See You Smile’. It was a record constructed with pin point accuracy crushing the competition by a country mile.
Issued in June 1989, their commercial accomplishments belies the band’s true depth, a powerhouse rock band laying down the law with grit and determination, as demonstrated on tracks like ‘Possession’, ‘Best Of What I Got’, ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Rockin’ Horse’;  all scorching examples of a style and sound that has not diminished one jot over time. No wonder the album sold Platinum and beyond.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. BEST OF WHAT I GOT  2. HEAVEN IS A 4 LETTER WORD  3.  POSSESSION  4.  FORGET ME NOT  5.  WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE  6.  TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST  7.  GHOST IN YOUR HEART 8. PRICE OF LOVE  9.  READY WHEN YOU ARE  10.  LAY DOWN 11. THE RESTLESS ONES  12.  ROCKIN’ HORSE  13.  DON’T WALK AWAY  BONUS TRACKS: 14.  PRICE OF LOVE (REMIX)  15.  FORGET ME NOT (REMIX)
 
 
DOKKEN ‘BEAST FROM THE EAST’ CANDY345
 
THE IMPRESSIVE THING about Dokken was that they not only crafted great songs, looking and sounding very much like the archetypical eighties LA rock band, but that they were also an extremely musically gifted unit. Each member was at the cutting edge of their craft, delivering maximum impact in both the studio and on stage. This combined talent produced several big selling albums and paved the way for the recording of this their career-defining double live album.
However, all was not well within the ranks of the band. Leader and vocalist Don Dokken and guitarist extraordinaire George Lynch were involved in a long running feud, one that was played out in public, but one which also added colour to the project, giving the band an edge that provided a palpable frisson to their appeal. In many respects ‘Beast From The East’ benefits from this tension, giving the music a sense of purpose and energy that easily eclipsed the studio recordings.
Taped in Tokyo in early 1988, during an eight date Japanese tour, and released later that year, the record received tremendous reviews and featured seriously impressive versions of Dokken classics such as ‘Dream Warriors’, ‘Unchain The Night’, ‘In My Dreams and ‘Just Got Lucky’. George Lynch’s guitar playing is off the hook, while the rest of the band lay down the law like men possessed. Look out too for a new studio track ‘Walk Away’, giving some indication of where the band might have gone had they remained together.”
 
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TRACK LISTING:  DISC ONE:  1.   UNCHAIN THE NIGHT  2.   TOOTH AND NAIL  3.   STANDING IN THE SHADOWS  4.   SLEEPLESS NIGHT  5.   DREAM WARRIORS  6.   KISS OF DEATH  7.   WHEN HEAVEN COMES DOWN  8.   INTO THE FIRE  9.   MR. SCARY.  DISC TWO:  1.    HEAVEN SENT  2.   IT’S NOT LOVE  3.   ALONE AGAIN  4.   JUST GOT LUCKY  5.   BREAKING THE CHAINS  6.   IN MY DREAMS  7.   TURN ON THE ACTION  8.   WALK AWAY
 
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Mon
03
Jul

BONFIRE Sign With AFM Records!

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After BONFIRE's latest studio records "Glörious" (2015) and "Byte The Bullet" (2017) both made it to the Top 50 of the German album chart and more than 160 live shows played in the last two years, AFM Records and BONFIRE decided to strike a new path together!
 
During the more than 30 year-long history of the band, there were of course several different label partners releasing BONFIRE's 16 studio records and some were not available at times. So in Autumn of 2017, big parts of BONFIRE's back catalogue will be made available again before the new album will be released in Spring 2018.
Besides being in the studio to record their next record, BONFIRE will be on tour for the rest of the year!
 
Find all tour dates below and on www.bonfire.de.
 
BONFIRE are:
Hans Ziller (Git & Back-Voc., founder of BONFIRE)
Alexx Stahl (Lead-Voc)
Ronnie Parkes (Bass & Back-Voc)
Tim Breideband (Drums)
Frank Pané (Git & Back-Voc)
 
Tour dates
 
2017:
08.07. (GER) - Ingolstadt - Bürgerfest-Rathausplatz
15.07. (GER) - Jamboree-Open Air
23.07. (GER) - Regensburg - Piazza Open Air
03.08. (GER) - Günzburg Open Air
12.08. (CH) - Gossau Rock On Open Air
19.08. (GER) - Rhön Rock Open Air
02.09. (PL) - Zgierz - City of Power-Open Air
16.09. (PT) - Lissabon - RCA Club
23.09. (PT) - Coimbra - Festival
30.09. (GER) - Alzey - Oberhaus
02.10. (GER) - Teltow Open Air
07.10. (GER) - Braunschweig - Lokpark
19.10. (GER) - Hamburg - Logo
20.10. (GER) - Mannheim - MS Connexion
21.10. (GER) - Memmingen  Kaminwerk
11.11. (GER) - Renchen - COME INN -Charity
16.12. (GER) - Obermachtal - Kreuz
19.12. (GER) - Nürnberg - Hirsch
20.12. (GER) - Oberhausen - Zentrum Altenberg
21.12. (GER) - Augsburg - Spectrum
22.12. (GER) - Ingolstadt -  Eventhalle
23.12. (GER) - Burglengenfeld - VAZ
 
2018:
03.05. (GER) - Würzburg - Posthalle
04.05. (GER) - Neuss - Partytur-Halle
05.05. (CH) - Aarburg - Musigburg
06.05. (GER) - Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik .- Grosser Saal
Juni (AT) Wien Bike & Music-Open Air
20.07. (GER) Burg Greifenstein Open Air
17.11. (GER) Markneukirchen- Framus & Warwick MusicHall
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Mon
03
Jul

MASTERPLAN 'PumpKings' Revisits Grapow's Helloween Days

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A lyric video for "The Chance", a track taken from MASTERPLAN's upcoming release "PumpKings" (out July 28th), is available now.
 

 
MASTERPLAN’s upcoming release will be a special one for band leader Roland Grapow, because it shows the man revisiting his Helloween past. "PumpKings" includes 11 songs which Roland contributed to Helloween's rich legacy during his time in the band. These songs have been re-recorded by Masterplan's current line-up recently. "PumpKings" will be released on July 28th as Digipak and colored (of course orange) double Vinyl in gatefold sleeve.
 
The idea for this project was born more than three years ago”, Grapow recalls. “I’m proud of the songs, but these days I’d do certain things a bit different. So it was an easy decision to re-record them with Masterplan now. It took quite a while to come up with the album because I was busy with other productions in my studio and in addition we had just released our “Keep Your Dream aLive” DVD with Masterplan in the Fall of 2015, so there was no reason to rush things.”
 
The 11 tracks featured on “PumpKings” were written by Roland from 1990 - 2000 and can be found on Helloween’s albums “Pink Bubbles Go Ape”, “Chameleon”, “Master Of The Rings”, “The Time Of The Oath” and “The Dark Ride” in their original versions. Some of them were even released as singles and rank among Helloween fan favorites.

“Our new versions of the songs are heavier definitely”, Roland says. “It would have been pointless to just reproduce the tracks exactly as they were back then. But I feel that with our new take on it, the different vocals and overall more rough attitude, “PumpKings” could be an interesting thing for both Masterplan- and Helloween fans. However, it was great fun to revisit this very important phase of my career – like meeting old friends.”
 
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Fri
30
Jun

STEFANIE Launches New Video 'All I Know'

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Here is a brand new video from Stefanie J, featuring the rather fabulous line up of: 
 
Stefanie Johnson
Ken Dubman (Prophet)
Charlie Calv (Radio Exile, Punky Meadows)
Ed Avila (Shotgun Symphony)
John Hummel (Lady Gaga, Matt O'Ree) 
 
Stefanie: "All I Know is an anthem for anyone who has ever experienced being deceived by someone they care about. It tells the story of discovering someone's true colors and how that unearthing leads to a feeling of anger and resentment. I wrote this song in the heat of the moment and it only took me a half hour to write itShooting the video for this song was an incredible experience. Between the 'dream team' of amazing musicians and the creativity of Austin Hein Productions, the result is a super cool video that I'm very proud of.
 
'Remember the name Stefanie Johnson because this self titled release on Escape Music Ltd showcases perfectly why this little lady is going be BIG in the world of Rock and C&W. Our man Barry checks it out and spills the beans on all you need to know about it here' Barry McMinn - The Mayfair Mall Zine
 
'With a hard rock sound as well as melodic country mixes Stefanie has achieved a fresh album that overflows with quality and melody....you should not miss it.' AORLAND
 
"Stefanie" offers a perfectly coordinated debut album, filled with emotional country and rock singles and rounded off with first-class and melodic ballads.' Mix1
 
"Stefanie Johnson's self-titled debut is an exceptional album of delightful AOR melodic rock, featuring her immense vocal talent within well-crafted songs." Craig Hartranft - Dangerdog Music Reviews
 

 

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Fri
30
Jun

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - Ascension (Showcase)

MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015. Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 

PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.

 
JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - 'Ascension' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
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Fri
30
Jun

POWER QUEST Announce New Album ‘Sixth Dimension’ And Dragonforce Tour

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Power Quest, the renowned melodic power metal band based in the UK, will release their long awaited 6th album "Sixth Dimension" on October 13th via Inner Wound Recordings in Europe/USA and on October 11th in Japan via Marquee/Avalon. The album cover, once again designed by Felipe Machado Franco, can be seen below.
 
Steve Williams commented "We are all so excited about this record, probably more so than ever before. I think it has the classic PQ stamp and then some!"
 
The album, the first PQ album since 2011, will contain 9 songs (plus a bonus track for the limited edition CD and for the Japanese market).
 
"Sixth Dimension" track listing
01. Lords of Tomorrow
02. Starlight City
03. Kings and Glory
04. Face the Raven
05. No More Heroes
06. Revolution Fighters
07. Pray for the Day
08. Coming Home
09. The Sixth Dimension
 
The album will be available in standard jewel case CD, limited edition digibook and also limited edition vinyl. The standard jewel case CD edition is available for pre-order via the links below.
 
 
The band are thrilled to announce that they will be touring the UK as Special Guests of power metal legends Dragonforce in October 2017 taking in 11 shows up and down the country.
 
 
Keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams commented "It's going to be a real blast touring the UK with my mates Sam, Herman and the rest of the DF lads. Can't wait to get started and I think it's a package that all UK power metal fans have wanted to see for a long time..and now it's here! See you on the road!"
 
Power Quest Tour Dates 2017
July 16 SOS Festival, Manchester UK
Aug 18 Sabaton Open Air Festival, Falun SWE
Sep 2 Evoken Festival, Tokyo JAP
Sep 3 Evoken Festival, Osaka JAP
Sep 6 PPUSA Festival, Atlanta USA
 
As Special Guests of Dragonforce
Oct 4 The Garage, Glasgow UK
Oct 5 Riverside, Newcastle UK
Oct 6 Fibbers, York UK
Oct 7 Corporation, Sheffield UK
Oct 8 Sound Control, Manchester UK
Oct 11 O2 Academy, Birmingham UK
Oct 12 Globe, Cardiff UK
Oct 13 Electric Ballroom, London UK
Oct 14 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth UK
Oct 15 Forum, Tunbridge Wells UK
Oct 16 Booking Hall, Dover UK
 
Headline Shows
Oct 26 Trillians, Newcastle UK
Oct 27 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton UK
Oct 28 Fuel, Cardiff UK
Oct 29 Underworld, London UK
 
Power Quest online
 
Inner Wound Recordings online

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Fri
30
Jun

JAVA Have A 'Change Of Heart' With Archive Recordings

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Limited Edition of 1000 copies only all numbered!!! JAVA  - Change Of Heart, Out August 25 via Escape Music.
 
JAVA is:
 
Rosella Santoro: Lead vocals and Keyboards
Rob Deegan: Bass guitar and backing vocals
Darran Bridge: Drums and backing vocals
Martin Latham: All Guitars and backing vocals
 
Produced by: Guy Bidmead  (Motorhead, Whitesnake, Cozy Powell, Bernie Marsden, Jon Lord, Crawler, Grand Prix and Exciter etc)
Engineered by: Guy Bidmead & Dennis Herman
Recorded 1987 at Chestnut studios In Farnham,Surrey
Mixed: 1987 Mediterranean studios, Ibiza
Mastered by: Evo Mastering Lab

Founder Java members Rosella Santoro (keyboard and lead vocals) and Rob Deegan (lead guitar and vocals), had spent a couple of years playing together in a band which primarily gigged at working men's and social clubs around London in the early eighties. Although they had written several of their own songs, they never really had the opportunity to air them on the club circuit and eventually, having tired of covering other groups pop songs, they decided to seek 'musical' pastures new elsewhere.  Rob especially, who had been brought up on a diet of progressive rock and heavy rock  in the late 60's and early 70's, wanted to play music with a much harder edge.
 
They initially teamed up with Chris Britton, guitarist and original member of the British rock band 'The Troggs'. They wrote some songs and did some studio work together but nothing ever came of it.
 
In early 1985, Rosella auditioned for a local rock band which had an outstanding lead guitarist (Martin Latham). She eventually persuaded Martin to join her and Rob to help form a new melodic hard rock outfit, the result of which was 'Java'. They quickly auditioned a bassist and started out as a five piece. However, the bassist left and Rob, who appreciated Martin's superior axe skills, opted to play bass, thus reducing the lineup to a quartet.
 
With influences ranging from Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Ozzy and Heart amongst others, the band's fusion of hard edged rock with a melodic female vocal soon started to get Java a lot of bookings in and around London. A couple of drummers came and went before Rosella poached Darran Bridge from another local band. With the lineup now complete Java started to become very popular on the London rock circuit, playing The Wellington, The Rock Garden, The Ad Lib Club, The Marquee and many other of the established venues that London had to offer.  It was whilst supporting Girlschool in early spring 1986, Java were approached to make a video for their track 'Helpless' which was later released on a Kerrang rock compilation entitled 'Powercuts'.  Regular reviews in the music press and in magazines such as Metal Hammer and Kerrang also contributed to their popularity. Kerrang featuring Rosella as a “Lady-killer” several times.
 
Meatloaf and John Parr came to Darran's parents' house for dinner courtesy of Chrissy Harwood (RCA Records) who was a family friend.  Java had just finished recording a set of demos at the Padded Cell studio in Slough (where Go West were also recording tracks for their debut album).  John and Meat played Darran their "Rock and Roll Mercenary" song which was being aired on British TV live the following evening. Darran reciprocated and played Meat and John some of the demo tracks. John Parr in particular was really interested in and liked what Java had been recording. He thought the demos truly revealed Java's budding potential as a serious rock outfit.
 
Java also sent the same demos to the American TV network NBC who were looking to promote unsigned bands from the UK. NBC planned to shoot a video and secure a record deal back in the USA.  Out of hundreds of demos sent, 4 bands were picked (Java being one of them) and the band was filmed live performing at the Guildford Stoke Hotel. The following day the video shoot continued at an outside location using Guildford Castle as a backdrop.  NBC intended to air the video on American TV, and back it up with the possibility of a US tour.  This was a very exciting time for Java.
 
In June of 1987 Java started work on their first and only album to date. They recruited the services of Guy Bidmead, a producer with credits to his name such as Motorhead, Whitesnake and Exciter. The album was recorded in The Chestnut Studios in Farnham, Surrey and was eventually mixed in July of the same year at The Mediterranean Studios in Ibiza.
 
Following extensive airplay on local radio and despite attracting interest from several major record companies, the 'inevitable deal' never materialized, which sadly led to the breakup of Java later that same year.
 
Shortly after this Rob was asked by a local newspaper why the band had split when everything seemed to going so well. His reply was as follows:
 
"We (Rosella and me) tried to stay positive for the sake of the band, but it was a hard thing to do, especially when we came so close to success without actually getting any where. We always believed it would happen and that the allusive record deal was just around the corner, but it wasn't to be. I've always said if someone puts you down or criticizes you, you just have to keep on believing in yourself and the rest will happen. Unfortunately, one band member didn't share that same conviction. Despite achieving all that we did, particularly in such a short space of time, it appeared that success wasn't happening fast enough for him. As a result the momentum stopped and the band ground to a halt and to say I felt disappointed was a massive understatement."
 
However, 30 years on the songs are now finally going to see the light of day.
 

 

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TANK Enlists DAVID READMAN For Vocalist Spot

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TANK have successfully recruited Pink Cream 69 vocalist David Readman into their ranks to replace the recently departed ZP Theart who is now a full time member of US rockers Skid Row.
 
Cliff Evans: 'We're really pleased for ZP and hope that everything works out for him. He's always been a massive fan of Skid Row so it must be so cool for him to be able to front those guys on stage and sing the songs he's grown up with. We'll miss touring and recording with ZP but we wish him all the very best for the future'.
 
Mick Tucker: 'We recorded one of our best albums with ZP ('Valley of Tears') and shared the stage for many great shows around the world during the three years that we worked together. He will be missed but as usual we thrive on a challenge and are constantly looking to up our game and push the boundaries that little bit further. We've always been an admirer of Readman's particular vocal style and range but never thought the opportunity would arise where it would be possible for us to work together'.
 
David Readman: "It feels great to make music with a British band with a vast musical history. It's been over 20 years since I played in a British band, this is a sort of home coming for me. Mick also lives in the Netherlands, so many connections, I couldn't miss this one.'
 
In recent years TANK have been fronted by some of the best rock vocalists around including former Rainbow frontman Doogie White, who recorded the 'War Machine' and 'War Nation' albums plus former Dragonforce and current Skid Row vocalist ZP Theart who's featured on the best-selling album, 'Valley of Tears'. With the addition of David Readman means that TANK can once again move forward into unchartered territory and take their trademark style of British rock to a whole new level.
 
Readman's first live appearances with TANK will be in Hamburg (Pussy Galore) on July, 7th and the Rockharz Festival in Ballenstadt, Germany on July, 8th.
 
Here's a little taster of what's to come from the new David Readman fronted TANK:
 
 
TANK – lineup:
David Readman (vocals)
Mick Tucker (guitars)
Cliff Evans (guitars)
Randy Van Der Elsen (bass)
Bobby Schottkowski (drums)
 
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KEE OF HEARTS Debut Out September 15; Video Premiere

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Frontiers Music Srl, is pleased to announce KEE OF HEARTS, another collaborative vision by Frontiers' President, Serafino Perugino and overseen by the unstoppable Alessandro Del Vecchio! The debut album by Kee Of Hearts will be released on September 15, 2017! Checkout the first song and video, “A New Dimension”, to be released from the album here:
 

 
You can pre-order the self-titled debut here: http://radi.al/KeeofHearts
 
Listen to the first single, "A New Dimension" on Spotify here: http://radi.al/KeeofHeartsSpotify
 
KEE OF HEARTS is a new band built around two true melodic rock superstars: Tommy Heart, singer of Fair Warning and Kee Marcello, former Europe guitarist. With a line-up rounded out by Ken Sandin (Alien) on bass and Italian drummer Marco Di Salvia (Pino Scotto), the guys started working on the album in late 2016.
 
With their songwriting strongly focused on melodic rock songs, the album came to completion under the direction of producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline, JORN). It covers a wide spectrum of styles with much attention given to crafting great hooks masterfully played by musicians that know how to deliver the goods!
Musically, the band operates in a territory defined by Scandinavian AOR meeting German melodic hard rock with influences from the classic U.S. AOR giants (think Giant, Journey, etc.). All in all, another unbeatable melodic rock release from Frontiers!
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. The Storm
2. A New Dimension
3. Crimson Dawn
4. Bridge To Heaven
5. Stranded
6. Mama Don’t Cry
7. Invincible
8. S.O.S.
9. Edge Of Paradise
10. Twist Of Fate
11. Learn To Love Again
 
PRODUCED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
STUDIO: Ivorytears Music Works Studios, Somma Lombardo, IT
RECORDED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
MIXED BY: Alessandro Del Vecchio
MASTERED BY: Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, L.A., CA
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Tommy Heart: vocals
Kee Marcello: guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals
Ken Sandin: bass
Marco Di Salvia: drums
 
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28
Jun

STYX 'The Mission' Debuts at #6 on Billboard Rock Chart

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June 27, 2017 -- STYX’s highly anticipated and critically acclaimed 16th studio album, THE MISSION, has rocketed to the top of various Billboard’s charts thanks to a solid album that has connected with their longtime fans as well as new fans who are discovering them for the first time.
 
THE MISSION’s chart positions:
 
#6 Top Rock Albums
#11 Physical Albums
#11 Vinyl Albums
#13 Current Albums
#14 Billboard Top Albums
#16 Retail
#17 Mass Merch/Non-Traditional
#29 Digital Albums
#45 Billboard 200 (includes catalog and streaming)
 
THE MISSION--which was recorded over a two-year period at Blackbird Studios, The Shop, and 6 Studio Amontillado in Nashville--displays the best aspects of the ongoing in-harmony musical intersection of the six-man STYX team: the guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw, co-founding guitarist/vocalist James “JY” Young, keyboardist/vocalist Lawrence Gowan, original bassist Chuck Panozzo, drummer/percussionist Todd Sucherman, and bassist Ricky Phillips.
 
The term “masterpiece” has shown up in many rave reviews of THE MISSION right out of the gate:
 
“The entire band is firing on all cylinders...There is a theme and flow here that is edgy yet comfortable, astral yet grounded...The band gives us so many places to live, and we can call each of them home. It may be too early to call it a masterpiece, but I can safely say that Styx has released one of the best albums in their catalog, and that’s saying a whole lot.”   -- Scott Itter, DrMusic.org,    May 18, 2017
 
“Overall, 14 years is a wait but it is worth the wait. It really showcases that Styx is extremely prudent about their craft, how each part is interwoven like the finest silks to a tapestry in order to present that tapestry to the Emperor of an empire. The harmonies, arrangements, progression, and the story telling is something that Styx longs for in an album. In a world of instant gratification and that “here today, gone tomorrow” mentality of the music industry, Styx has shown why they have been a band for 45 years... masterpiece known as THE MISSION...   --Matty Douglas, Muenmagazine.net,     June 13, 2017
 
THE MISSION is quite simply a musical masterpiece. Kudos to Styx for putting out a record this bold and this brilliant after 45 years.”    -- David "Gus" Griesinger, Backstageaxxess.com,
                                                            June 16, 2017
 
Meanwhile, STYX, REO SPEEDWAGON and very special guest star DON FELDER—formerly of the Eagles— kicked off the “United We Rock” U.S. summer tour last week to packed houses and rave reviews. Produced by Live Nation, tickets for various cities are on sale now. A video trailer can be seen here.
 
 

 

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