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MASS Record New Christmas Tune, Out Now

Monday, December 1, 2014
In the spirit of the Holiday Season 

MASS has recorded and released another Holiday Classic!


 "Where Are You Christmas"   



A limited amount of CD singles available

now at

Get YOURS today!
MASS- Where are you Christmas (Song Preview)
MASS- Where are you Christmas
 (Song Preview)


Available soon on iTunes,Amazon,etc..


A Portion Of All Proceeds Going Once Again to


"No child should go without a Christmas"


Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!





JON STER - R.I.P (Lillian Axe, Brand New Machine)

Monday, December 1, 2014
Sad news this weekend with the passing of JON STER, former Lillian Axe and current Brand New Machine guitarist. 
Brand New Machine commnet: "With a heavy heart and a lot of tears we say goodbye to our friend, our brother and co-founder of Brand New Machine, Jon Ster. He was the wittiest, tender hearted and one of the most talented guys I have ever met. His laugh was infectious and he would light up a room just by walking in. The world was a much better place with Jon in it and he left us a legacy of great music, a beautiful daughter and tons of amazing memories. I’m going to miss you and your famous one liners my friend. Thank you for being a part of my life. Rest well, I love you brother. -Brantly."
Lillian Axe comment: "Today is a sad day. Former Lillian Axe guitarist Jon Ster passed away this morning. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers. Jon you will be missed. Rest in peace our brother."
R.I.P Jon.



SOTO “Inside The Vertigo” Due January 30 on earMUSIC

Friday, January 30, 2015
“Inside The Vertigo”
to be released on January 30th 2015
on earMUSIC
Jeff Scott Soto – one of today's premier Rock frontmen and vocalists – and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album “Inside The Vertigo” will blow your mind away. The album is going to be released on January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC.
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, SOTO is a contender in today's modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.
Jeff explains, ''I've been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!''.
The band is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan (lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds, ''These guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes''.
Jeff adds, ''The past 5 or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, SOTO is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We're not reinventing the wheel here, we're just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I’m just not in a 'touch your golden hair' mood right now!''.
Songs like Break”, “The Fall”, “Wrath”, “Narcissistically Yours” and Final Say” are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like “When I'm Older”, “Karma’s Kiss”, to the title track Inside The Vertigo” and the 9+ minute epic End Of Days” advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.
Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor Engstrom, Tony Dickinson, Leo Mancini, Hugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.
The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto's long time engineer and friend John Ellis. ''Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!'' exclaims Soto.
The release of the album intentionally coincides with the birth date of JSS’s fallen colleague and dear friend Marcel Jacob of Talisman. RIP.
Watch out for SOTO to follow up the release of “Inside The Vertigo” with extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.
Track listing
1. Final Say
2. The Fall
3. Wrath
4. Break
5. Narcissistically Yours
6. End of Days
7. Inside The Vertigo
8. When I’m Older
9. Trance
10. Jealousy
11. Karma’s Kiss
12. Fall To Pieces

'Sealed With A KISS' – Revised & Expanded Book by Lydia Criss on Sale

Friday, November 28, 2014
Get Kissed This Christmas Day!
“Sealed With A KISS” – Revised & Expanded Book by Lydia Criss
A deluxe hardcover collection of over 1,500 rare and
unpublished photos, memorabilia and memories
from the early days of the most successful theatrical
rock band of all time…
1 Day Sale (December 1st) available at:

AXENSTAR "The Return" Lyric Video Released

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Swedish power metal band AXENSTAR just released a lyric video for the track "The Return". The track comes off from their up-coming album "Where Dreams Are Forgotten" that will be released on November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America through Inner Wound Recordings.

"Where Dreams Are Forgotten" was mixed by Axenstar and Pelle Saether [Wolf, Harmony, Månegarm] at Studio Underground and mastered by Daniel Beckman [Månegarm, In Mourning, Deals Death] at Ridge Street Studios. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]

Axenstar online:


THUNDER - Wonder Days - New Album New Label New Website New Everything

Thursday, February 19, 2015

THUNDER - Wonder Days - New Album - New Label - New Website - New Everything

From the very latest THUNDER Newsletter:

Six years after the release of our last studio album, we’re very pleased to announce that we’ve recorded a new one.
Sorry for the tome, but we feel there is a lot to talk about..

What’s it called? 
Glad you asked, it’s called Wonder Days, and it’s really good. 
There are 11 cracking tracks, very classic Thunder at times, some heavier riff-tastic stuff, and a couple of ballads for good measure.


When it is released?
It’s out on February 16th next year, but see below for info on pre-ordering.

What’s the tracklist?
1.   Wonder Days
2.   The Thing I Want
3.   The Rain
4.   Black Water
5.   The Prophet
6.   Resurrection Day
7.   Chasing Shadows
8.   Broken
9.   When The Music Played
10. Serpentine
11. I Love The Weekend

Will I like it?
If you like anything we’ve ever done, you will love this. 
There are no fillers, every song is great in its own way.
In fact if you don’t love it, Harry says he will give you your money back (joke).

OK we get it, tell us more about the recording process..
It was recorded at Rockfield in Monmouth (where we made The Thrill Of It All in 1996). It was engineered by Nick Brine (he was the boy assistant on TTOIA), and mixed by our old mate Mike Fraser (he did Backstreet Symphony & Behind Closed Doors). In essence we got the A Team back together in our favourite studio, and it felt very good indeed. Ben being diagnosed with cancer was a massive shock, and it knocked us off track somewhat (as it would), but he went through it, and we did our best to support him, whilst continuing to work on the album. He’s thankfully been given the all clear recently, so that’s a huge relief all round. He’s not on the album much of course, and he has a way to go to get back to normal, but he will, and we’re all very happy about it.

Is the new album going to be on vinyl?
Yep, in fact it’s going to be available in a good few formats, in all kinds of fabulous Thunder Bundles, with signed stuff and exclusive items, limited edition this and that etc. 

Of course you’ll still be able to get the regular version on iTunes and Amazon etc, but we hope you’re going to like our Thunder Bundles.

We’ve worked very hard with our new record label earMUSIC to make all these extra formats really good, with exclusive brand new songs, some great live recordings, different covers, and Thunder stuff never released before.

When can I get it?
You can’t get it until Feb 16th 2015, but all the bundles will be available to pre-order tomorrow night at 7pm via our brand new website. 

It’s at the same address, but it’s been redesigned from the ground up, so a massive big up to The Thin One for all his sweat & toil on the code.

If you want the iTunes and Amazon standard versions, these giants tend to be laws unto themselves, so it’s best to check those sites direct. 

We will of course get the links up as and when we know they’re selling the album.

OK, you split up, I bought the 20 Years & Out tee shirt, why come back? 

We thought you might ask that, and it’s a valid question..

We honestly had no intention of coming back when we went our separate ways in 2009, but we had no crystal ball, and didn’t know then what would happen in 2013.

We could have said we were taking a break like other bands have done, but that wasn’t what we felt, so we thought it would be misleading to say it when it wasn’t true.

Having been away for 2 years, we freely admit we were lured back for fat a pile of cash in 2011 when we did High Voltage, and the show was great, but as with 2008, we all had other things going on. Annual Xmas shows seemed like a good solution, and they were also great. They always sold out, so it was obvious there were still a lot of Thunder fans, and we were happy & grateful. The problem was we were still busy with other things, so we went back to them each January. 

It changed when we did the tour with Journey & Whitesnake last year. We were unsure if it would send the wrong signals when we agreed to it, but it’s not like you get asked to do an arena tour every week, so we said yes. We were not prepared for the reaction. It was almost like we were the headline band, the crowd every night was so good, and there seemed to be so many people wearing Thunder shirts, it felt a bit like we’d become more popular in our absence. We started wondering if maybe we should make a new record, but once again we were all busy, so there was much soul searching, while we debated whether or not we could all commit to doing it again properly. This went on for months, until Luke decided to start writing anyway, and when we heard the tunes, there was no choice, they were so good we simply had to do it. 

Whether or not you choose to believe it, that is the truth. We have never been cynical or manipulative, just human beings, with lives and families and the usual pressures. 

No grand plan, we’re just not that organised…

If you want a taste of how the new songs work live, click here to check our new Wonder Days video, live in Tokyo.

You’ve got me excited, so when are you playing live again?
Our 3 shows in March at Leeds First Direct Arena (12th), Birmingham NIA (13th) and Hammersmith Apollo (14th) are going to be very special, not only because we’ll be playing in arenas in our own right for the first time, but we’ll be playing these new tunes, which will be amazing. The huge cherry on the top is that we’ll hopefully have Ben back, fighting fit, and ready to rock.

Links to the shows and the tickets are also on our new killer website

Did we perchance mention that we have a new website?

Thanks a million for all your support over the past 25 years.

We haven’t always been active, but you’ve always been there, and we’re very grateful.

We’re back.

Ben, Chris, Danny, Harry & Luke


Introducing GRUMPYNATORS From Denmark

Monday, February 9, 2015
TARGET RECORDS is proud to announce a worldwide record deal with GRUMPYNATORS!
GRUMPYNATORS is a new music phenomenon - MotorBilly - a mix of Hard Rock, Metal & Rockabilly. One of the key elements is Double Bass, which makes both the looks and sounds special.
After forming in 2011, the band has played at smaller festivals and clubs around Denmark. In 2012 Grumpynators joined the first half of famous danish rockers MAGTENS KORRIDORER’s spring tour. in 2013. The tour was followed up playing support on VOLBEAT's "First 5 Tour" at 5 venues in Denmark, with great success.

In december 2011, a demo EP with 5 songs was released (available online). In february 2013 the next EP "666 RPM" was released.

GRUMPYNATORS debutalbum will be released February 9th 2015 in Denmark - and it will be released in the rest of the world in april 2015.
Jakob and Emil has previously played together in the rockabilly band TAGGY TONES.
Jakob also appears on the latest 2 successful Volbeat albums, playing double bass on the two radio hit songs "16 Dollars" and "Lonesome Rider". Jakob also makes guest appearances live with the songs. Christian has previously toured with Volbeat as acoustic guitarist and guitar technician, while Per comes from the 90's Heavy Metal band JACKAL.
Inspirations are: Motorhead, AC/DC, Social Distortion, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Volbeat, Ramones, Nekromantix and a hell of a lot more!

Grumpynators are:
Emil Øelund - vocal and guitar
Per Fisker - drums and vocal
Jakob Øelund - double bass  
Christian Nørgaard - lead guitar 




CARE OF NIGHT Debut Album Due January 23

Friday, January 23, 2015
Product: Care Of Night - Connected

Release Date: 23.01.2015

Label: AOR Heaven


When Swedish Heavy Metal band Seven Tears disbanded in 2009, three of the members, Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (keyboards), Jonathan Carlemar (guitars) and Fredrik Lager (bass) wished to carry on their musical endeavours. Linus Svensson (drums) and Carl-Johan “Calle” Schönberg (vocals) rehearsed with the band way back in 2010, and eventually Linus became the band’s drummer. Singer Jens Andersson later joined the band and thus was the first line-up of CARE OF NIGHT complete. The band nicked their name from a poetry by Swedish poet Bruno K. Öijer, did some local shows and recorded two songs for a digital release.

In 2013, the band once again transformed as Fredrik and Jens both left the band. Jonas Rosengren became the new bass player while the Swedes still were in need of a lead vocalist. Calle Schönberg decided to join them permanently and completed the second and latest line-up of CARE OF NIGHT. Erik & Anders Wigelius (from Wigelius-fame) agreed to produce and mix a 4-song E.P. in 2013. The songs showcased the band’s song-writing abilities and with a powerhouse production, the E.P. became recognised and appreciated from fans of AOR/Melodic Rock around the globe at the Autumn of 2013.

CARE OF NIGHT once again turned to the Wigelius brothers to record their debut album “Connected” and signed a deal with AOR HEAVEN for a January 2015 release. The band is ready to serve a slice of sparkling hi-tech melodies, with amazing vocalist Calle Schönberg at the front.

Line-up: Calle Schönberg - Lead vocals; - Jonathan Carlemar - Guitars; Kristofer von Wachenfeldt - Keyboards, backing vocal; - Jonas Rosengren - Bass; - Linus Svensson - Drums, s, backing vocals

Soundfiles in advance:




AMMUNITION Album Gets European Release Via AOR Heaven

Friday, January 23, 2015
Product: Ammunition - Shanghaied

Release Date: 23.01.2015

Label: AOR Heaven


Age Sten Nilsen is picking up where his former band Wigwam left off. Penning new rock anthems with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) in Stockholm since October 2013.  When Wigwam surprisingly decided to call it a day after 13 years, Age Sten soon formed his own band, recording the new songs in the vein of the new band effort Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITION.

The new material wears the same catchiness as Wigwam, yet offers a rougher and more subtle sound and arrangements than his former bandʼs latter productions. Produced by one of melodic rocks most esteemed producers Erik Mårtensson, Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITON is now on the verge of promoting their first album “SHANGHAIED” due for a release in January.

With a dream team of rock musicians in the line-up Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITION has already had great success in Norway, playing shows to more than 5000 rockers.

This release is available on AOR Heaven outside of Scandinavia.

Line-up: AGE STEN NILSEN -vocals; HAL PATINO -bass (King Diamond/PRETTY MAIDS/Nordic Beast); ROBBAN BÄCK -drums (Sabaton/Eclipse); ERIK MÅRTENSSON -guitars (W.E.T / Eclipse); LASSE FINBRÅTHEN -keyboards (Wigwam/Circus Maximus); JON PETTERSEN -guitars (Ågeʼs Queen show/Bad Habits/Wild Willyʼs gang)

Soundfiles in advance:




FOREIGNER 'Best Of 4 And More' Out Next Week

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The opening track from FOREIGNER's forthcoming live release 'The Best of 4 And More,' "Night Life" is now available as an instant download when you pre-order the album digitally. The preorder links are below.
General download link:
Amazon link:
iTunes link:
'The Best of 4 And More' will be released in Europe on December 5th with release in the UK on the 8th.
Released in 1981, Foreigner '4' spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Hits included 'Juke Box Hero,' 'Urgent' and 'Waiting for a Girl Like You' ' all of which are present on 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More.'  'It's great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material,' enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while band founder Mick Jones added, 'Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ' unwittingly, we've weaved our music into the fabric of people's lives.'
"Night Life" is the live album opening track: a timeless rock song delivered with passion and urgency by the band and recorded live at the Borgata Hotel's Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October 2014.
It is still possible to preorder the album via PledgeMusic, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake T-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour packages. In related news, the Vinyl version of 'The Best of 4 And More' album will be released in partnership with Soulfood Music on January 23rd 2015.




EMPIRES OF EDEN Reveal First Track Preview For ‘Architect of Hope’

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
All star metal project EMPIRES OF EDEN led by producer / guitarist Stu "The Hammer" Marshall (DEATH DEALER / DUNGEON) have revealed their first extended track preview video for their new upcoming cd "Architect of Hope".
For the latest Empires of Eden visit the band's official Facebook page::
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HARMONY: "Inhale" Lyric Video Released

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Swedish melodic metal band HARMONY just released a lyric video for the track "Inhale" from their up-coming album "Theatre of Redemption".

Link to the lyric video:

"Theatre of Redemption" will be released on November 28th in Europe and on December 2nd in North America through Ulterium Records.

"Theatre of Redemption" features Daniel Heiman [ex. Lost Horizon, Heed] on vocals on all tracks. The album was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson [Scar Symmetry, Watain].

The strong and diverse songs, the emotional and technical guitar playing by Markus Sigfridsson and the fantastic vocals provided by Daniel Heiman brings Harmony up to the same level as the biggest bands in the melodic metal genre. Just listen and you will see. Follow Harmony into the Theatre of Redemption..

All physical editions of "Theatre of Redemption" as well as three different t-shirt designs are available at the Ulterium Records Store:

Harmony "Theatre of Redemption" line-up:
Daniel Heiman – Guest lead vocals
Markus Sigfridsson - Guitars, voices, addittional keyboards and programming
Tobias Enbert - Drums
Johhn Svensson - Keyboards
Raphael Dafras - Bass

Check out the album line-up announcement video at YouTube here:

"Theatre of Redemption" track listing
01. The Window of My Soul
02. Inhale
03. Crown Me King
04. Son of the Morning
05. What If
06. Theatre of Redemption
07. Bloodbound
08. You Are
09. Hands of Time
10. In Search Of 


French Hard Rockers DEADLINE Back With New Album

Monday, November 24, 2014
Deadline hit the scene in 2009, after two years of seeking out a steady line-up, ready and hard
willing to knock down the listener with their blend of modern and classic hard rock anthems.
Their sound is shaped by the influences of each band member - guitarist and founder Joris
Beraud, guitarist Gabriel Lect, lead vocalist Arnaud Restoueix, bass player Sebastien Debbane
and drummer Nicolas Ballu - ranging from the 70’s to current decade’s rock ‘n’ roll.
The guitar work is inspired by the likes of Slash, Doug Aldrich and Steve Vai while the vocals are mainly
influenced by bluesy hard rock singers such as Robert Plant and David Coverdale, as well as
heavier rock singers like Ronnie James Dio.
In late 2010, US multi-platinum producer Beau Hill gets in touch with Deadline through their MySpace page and the band jumps the chance
to collaborate with the legendary producer who has worked with world-famous bands such
as Ratt, Winger, Alice Cooper, Warrant, and Europe. After releasing their first hit single «Dance
With Style», followed by a second single «Heading West» (both engineered by Beau Hill), the
band takes over like a storm on several FM and internet radio shows in both Europe and the
Their first EP, engineered by Beau Hill, is released in February 2012 on Sliptrick Records who has
signed the band. In a few months time, the EP hits almost 15 000 plays on streaming websites.
In the summer of 2012, Fabrice Trovato (ex-Trente, Still Square, Eric McFadden…) becomes
DEADLINE’s new drummer following the exit of Nicolas who departed to focus on his family.
By the end of 2013, the DEADLINERS decide to record their first full-length album with sound
engineer Thierry Velly (Totem Studio), ready and willing to turn the hard rock world upside
down with their powerful and sexy vibes!
Packed with hard rock anthems, « FIRE INSIDE » is ready to be unveiled…



LA Guns Raid The Vaults For 'Live - Boston 1989'

Monday, November 24, 2014
News from LA Guns:
"From the vault of L.A.’s most notorious hard rock band comes this never before released live album!
The sound quality is excellent and the boys are absolutely at the top of their game, ripping through supercharged versions of “One More Reason,” “Electric Gypsy,” “Never Enough” and more!
Liner notes written by lead vocalist Phil Lewis!"
1. Kiss My Love Goodbye
2. Wild Obsession
3. Dirty Love
4. Slap In The Face
5. Electric Gypsy
6. Rip And Tear
7. Never Enough
8. Malaria
9. Sex Action
10. Bitch Is Back
11. 17 Crash
12. I Wanna Be Your Man
13. One More Reason
14. Rock Candy
15. Some Lie For Love

TIM BRANOM Releases Music Video “Taxman”

Monday, November 24, 2014
Tim Branom Releases Music Video “TAXMAN”

Los Angeles CA, November 23, 2014 - What do babes in bikinis, hot tubs, clouds of cash, and a thieving IRS have in common? They all come together in Tim Branom’s rocking new video “Taxman”, due to be released on November 23.

Tim Branom (Fifth Angel, Cloud Nine) resumes his guitar-driven assault on metal in his new music video "Taxman", a modern take on Cheap Trick’s under-appreciated classic. Speaking about his rendition that takes the song to an entirely different level, Branom said: "I love Cheap Trick’s original and could always hear a heavier version. I just don’t hear enough guitar anymore and it’s time to change that.”

As on most of his songs, Branom plays all instruments on the studio recording save drums by Chris Ross. For the video, Branom gets a little help from his friends: turning up the volume are guitarist Lance Turner (Atomic Punks), bassist "Bumper" (Zero1), and drummer Troy Patrick Farrell (Gilby Clarke, White Lion, The Raskins).

The video blows the lid off the IRS’s biggest secret: that they steal your hard earned money to party with hot tub vixens. In hiding from the government, Director JJ Vazquez was reached at his off-the-grid location. "We were lucky enough to find a bevy of sexy party girls and assemble the band for a few days. Let’s just hope there isn’t an accounting firm like the one in the video." Laughed Branom, “Yeah, that’s exactly what the government wants you to believe.”

“Taxman” was mixed and mastered by powerhouse Claudio Cueni (Beware Of Darkness, 2Pac).

The cast includes Damian Anastasio, Gabriel Devine, Damien Augustus, Alissa Christensen, Jessica Mayorga, Rachel Alig, Camilla Gimenez, Anne McDaniels, Kenzie Harr, Will Miller and Brian Lira.

You can view “Taxman” here:



DOCKER'S GUILD Album Moves One Step Closer

Monday, November 24, 2014
Docker's Guild just finished recording all drum tracks for its upcoming album. Here are some videos from the sessions of Elisa Montin, main drummer on the album.

1. Elisa announces her participation on the project

2. Elisa's sessions at Alessandro Del Vecchio's studio. I was totally amazed by Elisa's talent and kindness. A true pro. This is also a foretaste of the exclusives you will get when the crowdfunding campaign starts. Most of these materials will be available only on PledgeMusic. More news on that later.

3. A fun bloopers video of Elisa's "best moments" ;)

4. Don't forget to check Amanda Somerville (Avantasia) and Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) announcing their participation on the album

5. Next in line are bass parts, courtesy of the amazing Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen, Hardline)

~ Douglas R. Docker 


H.E.A.T Announce First Ever Live Album For February 20

Friday, February 20, 2015

European Release: 20th February 2015
UK Release date: 23rd February 2015
Released by earMusic

H.E.A.T is one of those bands which you need to see live on stage. Armed with a reputation of a brilliant live act, Sweden’s rock sensation always delivers an energetic and passionate show. "Live In London" is the band’s first ever live release and truly captures them at their best.

Mainly recorded at The Garage in London on 16th May 2014 during their first ever European headline tour, “Live In London” will be released in Europe on Friday 20th February 2015 on earMUSIC (UK release is Monday 23rd February).

Mixed by Grammy award winning producer Tobias Lindell, the live album includes 15 powerful hymns. Front man Erik Grönwall knows how to seduce the audience with his powerful crisp clear voice and his boundless, hyperactive stage persona which makes the audience go crazy.

Photo Credit: © Gustaf Sandholm Andersson

The band – Eric Rivers (guitar), Jona Tee (keyboards), Jimmy Jay (bass) and Crash (drums) – joins in with a sheer force of energy as they indulge themselves in the music. The album includes all the band’s classics, from the melodious "1000 Miles" to the catchy "It’s All About Tonight" and "Breaking The Silence" as well as their most recent smashes "A Shot At Redempetion" and "Mannequin Show" – to all of which the audience passionately sings along. H.E.A.T will definitely restore your faith in rock music.

The first live video clip for "Tearing Down The Walls" includes images from their most recent tour in May 2014 and gives you an idea of H.E.A.T’s live force:

In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song "1000 Miles"which was followed by a nomination as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock Magazine UK for the band’s second album "Freedom Rock".

Their third studio album "Address The Nation" was praised by media worldwide as one of the best album’s in 2012 and consolidated the band’s reputation as the new leading band in hard edged melodic rock. "Tearing Down The Walls", their celebrated fourth studio album, continued on the road to success on which H.E.A.T provided their fans with phenomenal songs and the band’s historic sound – Metal Hammer UK certified that the album included hit after hit whereas Classic Rock Germany named H.E.A.T one of the best bands from Sweden.

Photo Credit: © Gustaf Sandholm Andersson

All during the band’s history, H.E.A.T have been touring all over the world, winning the whole of Europe over with their powerful live performances.

H.E.A.T are a band that went on tour with Toto right after they started, that went Top 10 in Sweden with their debut album and supported Alice Cooper as well as Scorpions. They definitely got something right. H.E.A.T will put their reputation to the test on their upcoming autumn dates.

London Islington o2 Academy
Wednesday 10th December 2014

Tickets: £13.50 (inc. booking fee)
Book Online: Ticketweb
Box Office: 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr)
Doors: 7pm
16 Parkfield Street, N1 Centre N1 0PS London

Glasgow o2 ABC 2
Friday 12th December 2014

Tickets: £11.00
Book Online: Ticketmaster
Box Office: 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr)
Doors: 7pm
300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA

Leeds Key Club
Saturday 13th December 2014

Tickets: £10.40 (inc. booking fee)
Book Online: Luna Tickets
66 Merron Street, Leeds, LS2 8LW

Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Sunday 14th December 2014

Tickets: £9.90 (inc. booking fee)
Book Online: Wolves Civic
Box Office: 0870 320 7000
North Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1RQ

Photo Credit: © Gustaf Sandholm Andersson

26.11.14 Munich – Backstage Club (GER)
27.11.14 Innsbruck – Coffee Bar (AT)
28.11.14 Romagnano Sesia – Rock ‘n’ Roll Arena (ITA)
29.11.14 Pinarella di Cervia – Rock Planet (ITA)
30.11.14 Trieste – Teatro Miela (ITA)
02.12.14 Wetzikon – Hall Of Fame (CH)
04.12.14 Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
05.12.14 Madrid – Sala But (ES)
06.12.14 Bilbao – Santana 27 (ES)
08.12.14 Hasselt – MOD (BE)
09.12.14 Paris – La Fleche D’or (FR)
10.12.14 London – Islington Academy (GB)
12.12.14 Glasgow – ABC 2 (GB)
13.12.14 Leeds – The Key Club (GB)
14.12.14 Wolves – Slade Rooms (GB)
16.12.14 Zoetermeer – Boederij (NL)
17.12.14 Aschaffenburg – Colos Saal (GER)
18.12.14 Hamburg – Rock Café (GER)

Photo Credit: © Gustaf Sandholm Andersson

Photo Credit: © Gustaf Sandholm Andersson

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REVOLUTION SAINTS Self Titled Debut Out February 20

Friday, February 20, 2015

Released on CD, Deluxe Edition with bonus DVD, 
Digital Download and 180 gram black vinyl.

European release by Frontiers Records: Friday 20th February 2015
UK release: Monday 23rd February 2015
US release: Tuesday 24th February 2015

Deen CastronovoJack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three rock titans together in a band and you have the exciting new hard rock/melodic rock supergroup REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in JourneyBad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release.

Revolution Saints (L-R): Jack Blades (bass, vocals), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Doug Aldrich (guitar). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Bladesreleases.

On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rainand formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today’s most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS isn’t your average rock 'n roll band. The new album brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. It’s completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino.

Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, Oregon during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today. Truly, this will be a release that you cannot afford to miss. Lovers of melodic rock will fall in love all over again with REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography

Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun 
Arnel Pineda – co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon – guitar solo on Way To The Sun

Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio

Revolution Saints (L-R): Doug Aldrich (guitar), Deen Castronovo (lead vocals, drums), Jack Blades (bass, vocals). Photo Credit: © Jeff Allen at Orion's Eye Photography



LEAH New Album "Kings & Queens" Announced

Friday, January 30, 2015


Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the Celtic metal star LEAH to the label. Her new album "Kings & Queens" will be released on January 30th in Europe and February 3rd in North America.

Featuring musicians such as Timo Somers and Sander Zoer of Delain, and Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian and Vengeance, this 14-track masterpiece emerges as the heaviest of all her releases. Dabbling in worldly Celtic, middle eastern, and New-Age flavors, while lyrically laced with epic imagery of dystopias, fallen empires, spiritual warfare, love and destiny, this album proves to be very promising and is expected to be received by fans and critics as one of the top symphonic metal albums of the year.

The artwork for "Kings & Queens" was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Sirenia]

"Kings & Queens" track listing
01. Arcadia
02. Save the World
03. Angel Fell
04. Enter the Highlands 
05. In the Palm of Your Hands 
06. Alpha et Omega 
07. Heart of Poison
08. Hourglass
09. Palace of Dreams
10. This Present Darkness
11. The Crown
12. Remnant
13. There Is No Farewell
14. Siúil a Rún (Acoustic Version)

Pre-order "Kings & Queens" at the official LEAH store here:

LEAH online

Inner Wound Recordings online


VAN HALEN - No New Album, But You Can Have...

Friday, November 21, 2014
I know I said I was done, but for what it's worth, here's a summary and update of recent VAN HALEN rumor drama. 
A good source of mine knows that Eddie & Alex are in final mixing stages of secret project. 
We both assume it's a new album. 
Upon that news being shot down (by another close friend and the VHND), further digging suggested it was in fact a live DVD. 
That is also shot down very swiftly. 
But further clarification was sought from the CIA and FBI and I now have news that I believe to be more plausible after update 1 & 2 were dismissed. 
If this is accurate - then rumor 1&2 weren't far off the mark. What the upcoming release is in fact a live release - but not a DVD, just an audio only CD release. What Dave era I don't know, but my source suggested it was archival. 
Take it or leave it...but I just felt this story was unfinished business for me. 
If this is accurate we will know I was on track originally. If not, I'll scratch the source for any future info. 
Time will tell if this info stands the test of time :)

In an arrogant, rude and dismissive post at the, the owner of the VHND (the only site seemingly allowed to report or mention Van Halen info), has again shot down the latest news that Van Halen were in fact working on a live DVD.

Apparently not.

So, they have spent 18 months on a top secret, locked down military project that is neither a new studio album, nor a live DVD.

This is despite the uncontested fact Van Halen brothers have been in mix-down in recent weeks.

He stated “All of this is absolute nuts. You all should know he's been wrong about everything before ADKOT was released, and soon enough you will see that he is wrong on everything he said this year.”

So….with that said…I’m done. You can go to the band’s official site (last updated 18 months ago) or the band’s Facebook page (last updated over 12 months ago).

This has to be the most un-fan friendly band on the planet. They have no grasp of keeping the fan base informed, interacting with anyone on the essential and simple to use social media outlets or anywhere else for that matter.

No wonder fans are left hanging on to nothing but speculation.

Whatever this CIA project is, it was being mixed in recent weeks, so it will be announced whenever they are ready.

Apologies for the apparently misleading news.



VAN HALEN has been keeping a “secret’ project under wraps all year, with fans left to speculate just what that might be.
A couple of weeks back I heard that mixing of this project was well underway in a LA studio with a big name mix specialist.  I automatically assumed it was a new studio album or tracks left over from the A Different Kind Of Truth sessions finally coming to fruition.
But sadly it is not.
Here’s a couple of points I heard back following that report, from my two best, long time sources.
- “There are no plans whatsoever to record a new album.”
- “There is no indication that DLR has even been in real contact with the brothers let alone done any recording on "new" songs.”
So just what exactly has Eddie & Alex Van Halen been working on?
Work that I’m told will wrap up this week.
Folks… without any confirmation from the band or anyone official (they never talk…), to the best of my knowledge, it looks like the secret project is an archival Live DVD.
Signs are pointing towards it being a 2008 Madison Square Garden show that was filmed on the night.
Stay tuned…

UFO New Album 'A Conspiracy Of Stars' Out February 23

Monday, February 23, 2015
UFO - New Album A CONSPIRACY OF STARS out on 23 February 2015

European tour to start February 2015


The rumours have been doing the rounds for months, now it-s official at last: 23 February 2015 will see the European release (Germany: 20 February 2015 / US: 3 March 2015) of the latest studio recording by British rock legend UFO, their 22nd to date. The album will be called A Conspiracy Of Stars, and the band consisting of Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) have recorded almost a dozen fantastic new songs, produced and mixed in the Kentish town of Deal by Chris Tsangarides, renowned for his work with acts such as Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy and Gary Moore. A Conspiracy Of Stars will be available as a Digipak (including poster and bonus track), jewel case, vinyl double LP and for download.

More or less simultaneously with the release, UFO are scheduled to go on tour in February and March 2015, playing Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland, and more, followed by a tour of Britain and Ireland in April and May.

The band is already looking forward to the reactions to their latest release: -A Conspiracy Of Stars is another successful combination of those typical UFO elements with fresh, contemporary ideas. We-re confident that not only our longstanding supporters will get their money-s worth, but that younger rock fans will also enjoy the album. We look forward to seeing you on tour!-



Fri 20 Germany, Barby - Rautenkranz

Sat 21 Germany, Berlin - K17

Sun 22 Germany, Hagen/Osnabr-ck - Saal Stock

Mon 23 Germany, Hamburg - Downtown Blues Club

Wed 25 Germany, Mannheim - Alte Seilerei

Thu 26 Germany, Bochum - Zeche

Fri 27 Germany, Siegburg - Kubana

Sat 28 Germany, Affalter - Zur Linde


Mon 02 Germany, Rostock - Mau Club

Wed 04 Poland, Warsaw - Stodola

Thu 05 Lithuania, Vilnius  - Forum Palace

Fri 06 Poland, Krakow - KKwadrat

Sat 07 Czech Rep., Zlin - Masters of Rock Caf-

Mon 09 Germany, Burgrieden/Ulm  - Riffelhof

Tue 10 Germany, Osterode - Dorster Festhalle

Wed 11 Germany, Freiburg - Jazzhaus

Thu 12 Switzerland, Zug -- Choller Halle


Thu 16 England, Norwich - Waterfront

Fri 17 England, Cambridge - Junction

Sat 18 England, Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall

Sun 19 England, Manchester - Ritz

Tue 21 Ireland, Dublin - The Academy

Wed 22 N. Ireland, Belfast - The Limelight

Fri 24 England, Glasgow - O2 ABC

Sat 25 England, Newcastle - O2 Academy

Sun 26 England, Leeds - O2 Academy

Tue 28 England, Nottingham - Rock City

Thu 30 England, Bristol - O2 Academy


Fri 01 England, Falmouth - Pavilion

Sat 02 England, Exeter - Phoenix

Sun 03 England, Salisbury - City Hall

Tue 05 England, Brighton - Concorde 2

Wed 06 England, Oxford - O2 Academy

Thu 07 England, London - HMV Forum

Photo from left to right: Rob De Luca (bass), Phil Mogg (vocals), Andy Parker (drums), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Paul Raymond (keyboards, guitar)


CARMINE & VINNY APPICE Release Drum Wars Live CD

Friday, November 21, 2014
Drumming demi-gods Carmine & Vinny Appice have both had extraordinary careers behind the drum kit, beginning with Carmine’s tenure in such legendary classic rock bands as Vanilla Fudge and Cactus as well as supporting stints with Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne. Meanwhile, younger brother Vinny made his name as a metal drummer for monster acts such as Dio, Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Recently, these two virtuosos have been wowing audiences with their own rock show called “Drum Wars,” featuring not only the hits of their associated bands but also a thrilling series of solos that pit them against each other like the Gene Krupa/Buddy Rich drum battles of yore. Fortunately for us mere mortals, this unique concert experience was recorded in June of this year at the Iridium in New York and is now available on CD courtesy of Deadline Music and Rocker Records.
Along with Carmine and Vinny, the Drum Wars Live CD features Jim Crean, Ethan Brosh and James Caputo!
For those unsure of their ability to withstand the aural assault that the Appice brothers bring, a free downloadable track from the album has been made available on the Rocker Records website. Visit here:
“When me and Vinny play together we push each other to our limits. Either while drum battling or playing great songs from our history on this CD, while backed up with a great band behind us!” – Carmine Appice
“A CD of great music and drums that punch with power and energy.” – Vinny Appice
Coinciding with this exciting release is a series of European shows featuring both Carmine & Vinny performing alongside a jaw-dropping list of metal vocalists and musicians. Dubbed the Metal All-Stars, this year’s crop includes Black Label Society’s Zakk Wylde, Anthrax’s Joey Belladonna, Geoff Tate formerly of Queensrÿche, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, James LaBrie of Dream Theater, Testament’s Chuck Billy and lots more!
For details, visit:

FIREWORKS Magazine Now In USA - List Of Stores

Friday, November 21, 2014
FIREWORKS MAGAZINE is now distributed across large areas of USA from this week. Hopefully if successful the US distributors will expand into other states. This is the chance for fans of melodic hard rock and 80s hair metal in America to embrace a magazine in their homeland and hopefully we can go on from strength to strength.  Full store listings for debut USA issue and for Canada given in the links below:
Facebook listing of USA Stores

Facebook listing of Canada stores


EUROPE Complete Recording For New Album Due March 2015

Friday, November 21, 2014
Europe have completed recording of their next studio album, due early 2015. Singer Joey Tempest posted this update earlier today:
"Hi Friends
Well, you always hear it here first. We have finished the recording of our 10th album! Twelve songs were recorded at the the brand new PanGaia studios in Stockholm where we were the very first artist to record. We loved it! The studio is absolutely top of the range and the staff was incredibly helpful. Of course we packed the place full of vintage microphones and "gear" to create an atmosphere on this record and to warm the sound up. Dave Cobb, our producer, really brought something amazing to this album and made us play from heart and soul. He will now mix it in his studio in the US. This record sounds truly enigmatic! what a great vibe! As always we're on a new journey with every record we make and this time we have really gone for it. We can't wait for you guys to hear it! We did film some stuff during the recording and will put something together for you guys in a little while."
Last month the band announced a new record deal with label UDR:

German-based label delighted to announce signing of Swedish rock legends

Swedish rock group Europe have signed with UDR Records for the release of their as-yet-untitled forthcoming album in early March 2015. The recording commences this month in Stockholm.

Europe’s front man Joey Tempest “We’re really excited to be working with the people at UDR. A very credible label and I am impressed with their work building a future and a solid foundation for their Artists”

UDR President/owner Ulrike Rudolph expressed her delight in capturing the band for the label.
“We are always looking to expand the label’s stable of bands with quality, not quantity, and Europe represent the finest in supremely written hard rock music,” said Rudolph. “They are a group who refuse to rest on their past and continue to grow as artists and musicians, so we are absolutely delighted they have come to us.”

Production on the new material will be handled by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons).
“He is one of few producers out there who is saving rock ‘n’ roll,” said Joey Tempest, “when we first heard Pressure and Time by Rival Sons, we just went ‘who the hell produced this stuff? It’s got tons of heart and soul, it’s cocky, it’s got that swagger, it’s alive and real.’ That’s the journey we’re on with Europe, trying to dig deeper to find more soulful expressions and play straight from the core! So we’re extremely excited to bring this guy into our team.”

The multi-platinum, 20-million-plus selling quintet, recorded 1986’s smash-hit The Final Countdown and toured the World playing sold-out concerts while cementing their place as one of the biggest rock bands of the ‘80s.
After re-grouping in 2004 with the ‘classic’ line-up, the band continued their success into the 21st century with Classic Rock Magazine stating upon the release of their last album in 2012, ‘Europe are one of the greatest rock bands on the planet right now.’

In 2015, Europe will once again take to the road as they begin a UK/Ireland tour in Dublin on March 2nd (their first visit to Ireland in 25 years). More dates to co-incide with the albums cycle will be announced shortly including territories the band has not visited in some time.

Europe are
Joey Tempest – Vocals
John Norum – Guitars
John Leven – Bass
Mic Michaeli – Keyboards
Ian Haugland – Drums



Thursday, November 20, 2014

::: German label AOR Heaven is proud to announce a couple of new signings for release in early 2015!:::

On January 23rd, 2015 the solo band from former WIG WAM front man Age Sten Nilson, AMMUNITION, will release their new album “Shanghaied” on AOR Heaven in Europe (excluding Scandinavia).

Age Sten Nilson's AMMUNITION



The video clip for the track “Tie Me Down” can be found in advance here:

In addition to this, Swedish AOR newcomers CARE OF NIGHT will release their stunning Melodic Rock debut album “Connected” on January 23rd, 2015 via AOR Heaven in Europe. This band features former  members from the groups WIGELIUS and SEVEN TEARS.




In further news, AOR Heaven also have picked up Melodic Rock/ AOR veterans LAST AUTUMN’S DREAM for the European release of their upcoming album “Level Eleven” for a late February release. Further news on this album will follow.


Last Autumn's Dream



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