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RAVEN Ready To Kill All Parties

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
NWOBHM thrash godfathers RAVEN have released the track-listing for their upcoming covers album "Party Killers".  The band is currently running a Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign, asking for fans' support  to help fund their next studio album "ExtermiNation".  "Party Killers" is available exclusively through the Kickstarter campaign as a reward for backers, and will not be available after the campaign ends on November 28th.  "Party Killers" is available on CD and 12" vinyl.  Other exclusive items including t-shirts, CDs, vinyl, patches, stickers, and more are available only through the Kickstarter campaign.

"Party Killers" track-listing:   

- "Too Bad Too Sad" (Nazareth)
- "Bad Reputation" (Thin Lizzy)
- "Cockroach" (Sweet)
- "Fireball" (Deep Purple)
- "Hang on to Yourself" (David Bowie)
- "He's a Whore" (Cheap Trick)
- "In For the Kill" (Budgie)
- "Is There a Better Way" (Status Quo)
- "Ogre Battle" (Queen)
- "Queen of My Dreams" (Edgar Winter)
- "Tak Me Bak Ome" (Slade)
Vocalist and bassist John Gallagher comments on the album: "We were writing for the new album at a cool studio in Richmond, VA, and in the middle of jamming asked the engineer there if we could record a few cover tunes just for the hell of it.  The sounds were so good we decided to do something we'd been threatening for many years: "Party Killers" - a collection of cover tunes guaranteed to deafen yer neighbors!! It's basically a peek into the little red 45rpm singles box we used to have at home...songs and bands that were very influential to us as kids, but given the Raven overhaul! I think it gives a nice insight to our roots and will be an excellent companion to the new album!"
RAVEN is currently on tour in the United States with support act NIGHT DEMON.
RAVEN “North American Extermination Tour 2014″

Oct 22nd - San Bernardino, CA - Black Flame Collective  
Oct 23rd - Fullerton, CA - Slidebar
Oct 24th - Ventura, CA - Bombay
Oct 25th  - Los Osos, CA - Sweet Springs Lounge
Oct 26th - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp
Oct 27th - San Francisco, CA - The Elbo Room
Oct 28th - Sparks, NV  - The Alley
Oct 29th - Ashland, OR - Club 66
Oct 30th - Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge
Nov 1st - Vancouver, BC  - Media Club
Nov 2nd - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
Nov 3rd - Boise, ID - The Shredder
Nov 4th - Salt Lake City, UT - The Lo Fi Cafe
Nov  5th - Denver, CO - 3 Kings Tavern
Nov 7th  - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Nov 9th - Columbus, OH - Shrunken Head
Nov  11th - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Nov 13th - Indianapolis, IN - Headquarters
Nov 14th - Akron, OH - Empire Rock Club  
Nov  15th - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
Nov 16th - Chicago, IL - Reggie’s
Nov 17th - Ft Wayne, IN - Brass Rail
Nov 18th - Detroit, MI - Token Lounge  
Nov 19th - Syracuse, NY - Mac's Bad Art Bar
Nov 20th - Pittsburgh, PA - Dead Horse
Nov 21st - Brooklyn, NY - St.Vitus
Nov 22nd - Philadelphia, PA - Dobbs
Nov 23rd - Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
Nov 24th - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
Nov 25th - Raleigh, NC - The Maywood
Check Raven's official website for further details.
About RAVEN:

According to the metal media, the labels “Legendary,” "Innovative" and “Lunatics!" have all been rightfully pinned upon RAVEN over the years. In a crowded scene, the unique personality, power and humor of the three band members has always shone through. The crazed vocals and masterful bass playing of John Gallagher, the full frontal guitar assault of brother Mark Gallagher, and the punishing polyrhythmic pounding of drummer Joe Hasselvander all combine to form a sonic battering ram unique in rock!

From the well documented early days as NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) frontrunners, RAVEN’s albums "Rock Until You Drop", "Wiped Out" and "All For One" virtually invented both the speed metal and power metal genres.  From the trailblazing US tours of the '80s, introducing the States to “athletic rock” as well as giving opening acts like Metallica and Anthrax their first tours, through the doldrums of the early '90s when a grunge obsessed media wrote off so many metal acts, RAVEN has consistently proved to be survivors par excellence and, in a genre of imitators, has shown that they are “the real thing”.  RAVEN emerged unscathed into the new millennium, releasing possibly their strongest and most aggressive album to date in 2010's "Walk Through Fire", and are poised to strike again with the forthcoming album "ExtermiNation" due in 2015.  Where so many of their contemporaries have either faded creatively or become parodies of themselves, RAVEN have consistently pushed the envelope while retaining their unique sound and attack, both in the studio and in their true element - on stage!


NEWMAN Re-Recorded Debut Album Out Now

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Newman have released the following video to

accompany the release of Newman ST 2014 on 22 October.

'If It's Love' is taken from the Limited Edition re-record of the debut album available now from www.newmansound and

For further details/soundbytes visit

You can catch Newman live with Vega across the UK in November:

1st November - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

25 Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LB -- 0845 413 4444

6th November - Bolton, UK - Railway Venue

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. UK BL7 9LY 01204 306450

7th November - Swansea, UK - Static

63 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5HN 01792 467998

8th November - London, UK - The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD 0207 6196721



ADAM LAW Releases New Instrumental EP

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Adam Law is a guitarist, and instrumental rock artist from Richmond, VA. This production was created using:

- Ibanez & PRS Guitars
- ProTools
- Eleven Rack
- Addictive Drums
All guitars, drums/bass/keys programming performed by Adam Law. Guest guitar solo performed by John McNiel. All songs written, arranged, recorded & mixed by Adam Law. Artwork & album design by Adam Law.

Rockin' the Wall - 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall - US Theatrical Tour & DVD Release

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Rockin' the Wall - 25th Anniversary of the Fall of he Berlin Wall - Announcing US Theatrical Tour & DVD and Digital Release!

Featuring David Paich (Toto), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)

Studio City, CA - Lightyear Entertainment and Specialty Studios, in association with Rockin' the Wall Studios announce the Consumer release of 'Rockin' the Wall' on November 4th, 2014. And a US Fall 2014 Theatrical Tour in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. The feature length documentary offers an entertaining exploration of the power of rock music as a force for social change & liberation.  

The film by Larry Schweikart and Marc Leif is based on Schweikart's book 'Seven Events That Made America America.' It shows how music become a liberating force  behind the Iron Curtain and helped give strength to the anti-communist revolution.

The documentary features interviews with several well-known rock musicians, including David Paich (Toto), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets), and Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot), and Mark Stein (Vanilla Fudge), as well as individuals who experienced life behind the Soviet controlled side of the wall.

The official motion picture soundtrack for 'Rockin' the Wall' includes more than a dozen original or newly performed songs, featuring powerful re-makes of 60's and 70's classics 'Ball of Confusion,' 'People Got to be Free,' and 'Train Kept a Rollin'' as well as original songs by Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera, and Mother's Finest, as well as all songs performed in the film.

'Music has the power to change the world!' -  David Paich (Toto)

Schweikart is going 'on tour' with the film and will be participating in post screening discussions providing audiences with a rare opportunity to get an even better understanding of this monumental moment in history.

Since September, the 'Rockin' the Wall - 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall' tour has been in Dayton, Cincinnati, Greenville, Ohio, Toledo, Atlanta, Asheville, N.C., Greensboro, N.C, Raleigh, N.C., Cullowee, N.C., Danbury, CT,  Winter Garden, FL, Ave Maria, FL

Future USA Fall 2014 Tour dates below:

10/14, Wheeling, West Liberty University
10/30, Eureka, IL, Eureka College
11/4, Tacoma, University of Washington
11/6, Los Angeles, Luxe Hotel Sunset
11/7, Seton High School, Mesa, AZ
11/8, Chandler, AZ, Chandler Center for the Arts
11/9 (pending) Scottsdale, AZ, Shea Harkins Theater
11/14, Fulton, MO, Churchill Museum/Westminster College
11/20, Grand Rapids, MI, Acton Institute
12/1 (pending) Chicago, Theater of the Arts/Polish American Film Society
2/2015 (pending)  Notre Dame and a Dallas showing.

(All dates and locations are posted on the film's website:

Schweikart is available to add more Theatrical screenings, but will need the public's help. Visit the film's website to learn how you can be a part of this amazing opportunity and get free tickets to your screening for family & friends at

'Rockin' the Wall' will be released on DVD and digitally by Lightyear Entertainment, a distributor of independent films and music founded in 1987 (, through eOne Distribution, in association with Specialty Studios, a fully integrated media, content and distribution studio that harnesses the power of socially conscious media to touch hearts and engage minds (

Consumer DVD and Digital distribution will commence next month with a street date of November 4, 2014. To learn more contact Lightyear: Sky Spooner, 917-407-2771,

To pre-order:


VALENTINE Announces 'Bizzaro World' Opus For October 25

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Multi-talented Dutch phenomenon Robby Valentine presents his 10th studio album BIZARRO WORLD.

Valentine unleashes this unique album, a bizarre mix of rock and pop, to an eager public on October 25th with a showcase presentation at P3 in Purmerend, Netherlands. With the support of an amazing band Andre Borgman (drums), Paul Coenradie (Guitar), Luuk van Bergen (Bass) and Johan 'Jay Jay' Willem's (Keyboards and backing vocals) rest assured this will be an amazing show.

Best known for his 90's hit 'Over and Over Again' his music has touched many including a long running success in Japan. Be prepared for a renewed European success as we welcome you to the Bizarro World of Robby Valentine.

Visit for ticket and album packages and for news of album availability.


STRIKEFORCE 'Elegant Steel' EP Due Dec 9

Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Highvol Music is set to release the brand new CD "Elegant Steel" From hard rockers Strikeforce on Dec 9, 2014.  Digital and retail distribution worldwide is by the MRI/Sony group. Strikeforce continues to perform Midwest tour dates for 2014, but will be embarking on national USA dates in 2015 to promote "Elegant Steel".
The New CD Was produced By Jason McEntire (Eddie Money, Uriah Heep, Gravity Kills, Ken Hensley, Strikeforce) at Saw Horse Studios in St Louis,  and mastered by Michael Voss (Doro, Michael Schenker, Mad Max, Silver) at Kid Room Studios in Munich, Germany.
The "Elegant Steel" EP contains 5 modern hard hitting tracks, and the first single "All About The Money" is already tearing up worldwide airplay on Internet/FM Hard Rock/Metal Radio Stations.
Visit Strikeforce at and

Finland's All-Star Symphonic Rock Christmas Project RASKASTA JOULUA Release Ragnarok Juletide on November 11

Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Happy Holidays, Headbangers!
Finland's All-Star Symphonic Rock Christmas Project Raskasta Joulua to Release Ragnarok Juletide on November 11
Album to Be Released by Spinefarm Records
(New York, N.Y.):  Happy Holidays, headbangers! It's not going to be a "White Christmas" this year. Instead, it'll be a "Heavy Christmas."
Finland's annual, all-star symphonic Christmas rock project, dubbed Raskasta Joulua, which translates to "Heavy Christmas," is enjoying its 10th year running. To celebrate, the project, which tours every holiday season, will release a new studio album this year. The album, titled Ragnarok Juletide, releases on November 11 via Spinefarm Records. Get a taste here.
But this is not just another set of ho-ho-ho-hum takes on holiday songs nor is it a collection of predictable, safe versions of seasonal jams! For the first time ever, these versions of Finnish and international Christmas classics will also be recorded in the English language.
Raskasta Joulua is inspired by Trans-Siberian Orchestra and the participants view the project in serious fashion, which is not always true of Christmas-themed collections. There is nothing novelty or jokey about this project or this release. Don't expect familiar holiday favorites to be given a weak makeover or merely amplified by distorted guitars that have been added to give the Christmas jams a "rock" feel. That would be a Christmas cop out.
Instead, the record truly and effectively captures the majesty, the wonder and the glory of the holiday season; the songs are carefully arranged and executed, with flawless musicianship and world-class vocal contributions.
Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It's all here on this year's Ragnarok Juletide.
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings), Elize Ryd ( Amaranthe), Jarkko Ahola ( Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings), Antti Railio
(2013 Voice of Finland winner) and more lend their throats to the project.
"It's amazing that we're still doing this and that it has grown to these proportions," said founder/producer/arranger/guitarist Erkka Korhonen. "Every year has been bigger for us and now the tour is one of the biggest annual treks in Finland."
Indeed, the accompanying tour is an event and a highlight on the annual holiday calendar for fans of all age groups. The project has progressed in size and scope each and every year, in both popularity and the prestige of the participants. The concert tour now runs for more than a month before the holiday season and plays to full arenas and ice stadiums.
Overall, Ragnarok Juletide is the definitive collection of holiday hymns for headbangers. This is how you've always wanted to hear Christmas music, but most artists have lacked the balls to do it this way.
Korhonen furthered, "Even people who haven't celebrated Christmas for years have found its spirit again through what we do. Since we've expanded the vocalist lineup every year, the audience wants to hear our new vocalists on the record. It'll be fantastic to bring these songs into other countries too!”
Track Listing:
1. "We Celebrate at Christmastime"
2. "The First Noel"
3. "Here on the Hay"
4. "Little Drummer Boy"
5. "The Elf"
6. "Christmas Is Here"
7.  "Sylvia's Song"
8. "White Christmas"
9. "Home for Christmas"
10. "A Sparrow on a Christmas Morning"
11. "Christmas Has Come"
12. "Ave Maria"
The Voices Lineup:
Elize Ryd
Marco Hietala
J.P. Leppäluoto
Tony Kakko
Jarkko Ahola
Ari Koivunen
Pasi Rantanen
Antti Railio
Ville Tuomi
Antony Parviainen
Tuple Salmela
Kimmo Blom
The Band Lineup:
Erkka Korhonen �guitar, arrangments
Tuomas Wäinölä �guitar
Vili Ollila �keys
Mirka Rantanen �drums
Erkki Silvennoinen �bass
Raskasta Joulua (2004)
Raskaampaa Joulua (2009)
Raskasta Joulua (2013)
Ragnarok Juletide (2014)



ROMEO'S DAUGHTER New DVD & Live Album: 'Alive'

Monday, November 10, 2014
New DVD & Live Album:  Alive
(RD Enterprises (Music) Ltd/Cargo Records)
Release date:  Mon 10th November 2014
Live dates:
14th November – Yardbirds, Grimsby
15th November – The Railway, Bolton
21st November - The Borderline, London
22nd November - The Rescue Rooms
Romeo’s Daughter are one of Britain’s finest AOR mainstream rock bands fronted by Leigh Matty, recently voted Number 5 ‘Lady Rock Singer of all time’ in Classic Rock Magazine. “Alive” is a live DVD filmed at the Derby Guildhall and is packaged with a live CD. The band’s last album, “Rapture”, was released in 2012 and has been critically praised worldwide for its astounding songwriting, performance and production. The first single from the album “Bittersweet”, was in Classic Rock Magazine’s Top Songs of 2012 Chart.
The band’s pedigree is second to none, with each member having previously worked at the highest levels with artists such as: Bonnie Tyler, Whitney Houston, Roxette, Meatloaf, Tom Jones, John Parr, Dexy’s Midnight Runners’ Kevin Rowland and, Ex GoGo, Jane Wiedlin!
Their eponymous debut album released in 1988 was produced by ‘Mutt’ Lange and John Parr and released on the Jive label. During a promotional tour of the U.S.A the first single ‘Don’t Break My Heart’, leapt up the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. The calibre of their songs attracted many established artists; Heart covered the single ‘Wild Child’ on their 3 million selling album ‘Brigade’, achieving No. 2 on the Billboard Rock All Play chart. Eddie Money, Bonnie Tyler and the recently reformed Steps too, have had recording successes with other Romeos’ titles. Their track ‘Heaven in the Backseat’ was also the opening track for the film, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street 5’. This album has subsequently been remastered to 24 bit standard from the original source tapes and released on Rock Candy records. It includes 3 bonus live tracks, the story of the making of the album, previously unpublished photos, all spread out over a 16 page full colour booklet.
Their second studio album, ‘Delectable’ was released in 1993 on Music for Nations and was much more like a live album in its feel. It was produced and recorded by the band and Andy Reilly, and was later mixed by Steve Brown (The Cult, Manic Street Preachers and Wham). Delectable too has been remastered to the same quality and released again by Rock Candy records. It includes one bonus track, details about the making of the album, an interview with the band and additional photos spread out over a 12 page full colour booklet.
Their 4th album, Spin, will be released in 2015 to coincide with their performance at HRH AOR 3 in March 2015.
“They were Phenomenal. Simply Phenomenal.” ‘Get Your Rock out’ on the Manchester Academy gig
“Power and Sophistication” Kerrang
“The Sound is as big as a planet” Sounds
“Romeos Daughter trample most of Britains melodic rockers underfoot and deserve success on their own terms.” Steve Beebee, Kerrang
“this is certainly the best thing I have seen this weekend, possibly even better than anything I have yet to witness at a Firefest show. Yes, they were that good...”Allan Holloway -
“Their performance was just beyond words! Amazing from start to finish, the fans felt it was a unique experience. I couldn’t imagine a single individual within the venue who was not cheering… This was pure perfection.” Kostas Rigas / Chris Kappas - Rock
“Quite simply, Leigh Matty and company were one of the sensations of Firefest VI. 16 years away had diminished little of their variety or seductive quality” Dave Ling – Classic Rock
“had the crowd eating out of their hand.” Andy Nathan - Get ready to Rock
“Their sound was really down-to-earth and 100% in the AOR philosophy, with Matty doing magic in an astonishing vocal performance and the crowd being spellbound”Alekos "Letter 7" Touloumis - Metal temple



Audio Fidelity To Release TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's 'The Christmas Attic' On 2-LP Set!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Audio Fidelity To Release Trans-Siberian Orchestra's 'The Christmas Attic' On 2-LP Set!


Camarillo, CA ' Christmas arrives earrly this year with the release of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's  rock opera 'The Christmas Attic' on 2-LP Set by Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. Originally released in 1998, 'The Christmas Attic' is the second installment of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Trilogy. The story begins On Christmas Eve,  when a young girl's curiosity leads her to a night of mischief and magic when she decides to sneak up into the attic of her parents' home while she should be asleep.  This album contains a mix of vocal and instrumental songs. The track 'Christmas Canon,' one of the TSO's most well-known songs, is a variation of Pachelbel's famous Canon in D Major, with lyrics and new music added as well as Boughs of Holly and a soulful rendition of Music Box Blues.

'The Christmas Attic' is being made available on vinyl for the first time in a 2-LP set. The brilliantly remastered records are packaged in a seasonal gatefold jacket that includes a colorful 12-page booklet filled with the tale of The Christmas Attic as well as the lyrics to all the songs.

When founder and producer Paul O'Neill first conceived Trans-Siberian Orchestra, his goal was as straightforward as it was ambitious: '...create a progressive rock band that would push the boundaries further than any group before, following in the footsteps of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Pink Floyd, the Who...but take it way, way further.'

With more than 9 million albums sold TSO has inspired generations of fans to rediscover the multi-dimensional art form of the rock opera. They've become one of the world's top acts and listed in Billboard magazine as one of the top touring artists of the past decade. Their $20 million-plus stage production has played to over 11 million people in 80+ cities across the globe. TSO will once again be touring during the 2014 and 2015 holiday season with 'The Christmas Attic' show. Last year they welcomed-in the New Year in front of over one million German fans in a nationally televised show live from the Brandenberg Gate.

'... a little Pachelbel, a little Bach, and some rock and blues'

Disc One
1 The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve
2 Boughs Of Holly
3 The World That She Sees
4 The World That He Sees
5 Midnight Christmas Eve

1 The March Of The Kings/Hark The Herald Angel
2 The Three Kings And I (What Really Happened)
3 Christmas Canon
4 Joy/Angels We Have Heard On High

Disc Two
1 Find Our Way Home
2 Appalachian Snowfall
3 The Music Box
4 The Snow Came Down

1 Christmas In The Air
2 Dream Child (A Christmas Dream)
3 An Angel's Share
4 Music Box Blues

Produced by Paul O'Neil
Co-Produced by Robert Kinkel
Mastered for this vinyl release by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

For more information:


CAPTAIN BLACKBEARD 'Aiming For Love' Video Released

Monday, October 20, 2014

Captain Black Beard - "Aiming For Love" video released

Captain Black Beard delivers their own brand of "melodic kick-ass rock" from Sweden. Their second album entitled "Before Plastic" was released in May 2014 on Dead End Exit (a division of RoastingHouse) Records and Sound Pollution Distribution. The album features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt, The Summit) among others. Both of the bands releases have been hailed in the press. Sweden Rock Magazine says about "Before Plastic"; "Ill-mannered and charming hitseeking rock like it was made by KISS, Billy Idol and Pat Benatar - together and in their prime."

The band is currently writing music for their third album which will be recorded in February/March 2015. Captain Black Beard will celebrate their 5th anniversary as a band with two shows. The first one will take place in Uppsala on October 24th at Pitchers and the second will be a very special "Halloween-show" on October 31st at The Roxx in Stockholm.

"Aiming For Love" is the third video from "Before Plastic". It was made by 11 Frames Productions who recently did the latest HammerFall-video as well as Captain Black Beard's other two videos "Bad Girl" and "Somebody".

Check out "Aiming For Love" here:

More info about Captain Black Beard:


Frontiers Signs LAST IN LINE For 2015 Debut

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the signing of LAST IN LINE featuring original Dio members, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell, along with vocalist Andrew Freeman.

When he left Black Sabbath in early 1982 to form his own band, the late, great Ronnie James Dio took powerhouse Black Sabbath drummer, Vinny Appice with him.

Ronnie knew that he wanted a European flavor to balance-out the band, so he asked his former Rainbow bandmate and Scottish native, bassist Jimmy Bain to join him. In turn, Jimmy recommended a young Irish guitarist, Vivian Campbell to complete the line-up. When the four of them met and played for the first time in a North London rehearsal room in September 1982, the magic was evident and the classic Dio band line-up was born.

Between 1983 and 1985, in quick succession, that line-up wrote, recorded and toured the first three Dio albums. Widely considered to be the crown jewels of the Dio catalogue, Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart went on to sell millions as the band, now reinforced by keyboard player, Claude Schnell, played to audiences worldwide.

By 1985, however, trouble was brewing and the fabric of the band had started to unravel. Beginning with Vivian Campbell's firing during the Sacred Heart tour, one by one the other original band members left the fold and slowly the magic was lost.

30 years after the recording of Holy Diver, and without trying to replace the singular sound that was Ronnie's voice, the original band have started playing the songs they created together again. Joined by the passionate, powerful and unique voice of vocalist Andrew Freeman, Vivian Campbell, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Claude Schnell have united under the name of their classic album, Last In Line, to perform and tour their original songs again.

When any group of musicians write and record together, they create a sound that becomes uniquely theirs. Last In Line brings to life those early, classic Dio albums in a way that only they know how. In a way that only they can.
Frontiers plans to release the new recording in the spring of 2015.



Singer/Songwriter JACE PAWLAK Kickstarter Campaign

Friday, October 17, 2014

Singer/songwriter Jace Pawlak has been writing tunes for a number of artists in recent years, but he's also working on a solo album ia Kickstarter Campaign. Here's the update from Jace:
"My current Kickstarter campaign is doing well but I wanted to reach out to my melodic rock friends and fans to let them in on it before time is up (it ends October 19th) In addition to the new album, "Perspective", there are some fun rewards in the campaign that incorporate some of my past work. As well as some unreleased stuff. And some of these items and songs will only available through this Kickstarter campaign.
I am very excited and proud of my upcoming album. On the heals of the work I did on Tango Down's "Charming Devil" album, I approached this new record as more of a singer songwriter project for myself. I have a few melodic rock songs on offer, but I also have a few acoustic tunes, two piano ballads ala Richard Marx, and another style or two to round it out. I am very proud of this collection of songs. It's some of my favorite stuff I have ever written. All but one song is finished and once I complete that last tune the album will be off to be mastered and duplicated.

The support I have felt the past month has been humbling and inspiring. Knowing that people connect with what I am doing keeps me motivated to keep writing. All I ever really wanted was to be heard. I hope people will check out the campaign and be part of this. There really are some fun rewards. And above all, I hope everyone likes the music! Thank you for listening!!"
- Some of Jace's more popular songs: Tango Down: "Corners Of My Mind" "Too Many Roads" "Alone" and "Back To Life" // Far Cry: "Have It All" and "Fine Line" // Goodbye Thrill: "Let Me Sleep"

SPV Announce New Virgin Steele Album for February/March 2015

Friday, October 17, 2014

SPV / Steamhammer is proud to announce a new Virgin Steele studio album for February / March 2015 . This will be the first full length album with brandnew songs since "The Black Light Bacchanalia" which was released in 2010.
David DeFeis describes the new album: " is a very heavy non-concept type album in the vein of something like a Noble Savage or an Age Of Consent, where there is no particular "story" that one has to is instead a straightforward collection of songs that work well together. It is about 80-90% tracked already, and final mixing will begin next month!" He further stated that: "I know that we announced a box-set was to be issued this autumn, which in addition to two more re-issues, would also have included a new bonus album called "Ghost Harvest", (which by the way is finished and ready to go)....but... the group and I and our label all feel that the time is right now first for some brandnew US metal in the style that VIRGIN STEELE deliver, therefore the new album is now our focus but...fear not...the previously discussed box set will be released later next year, most likely a short time after we issue the brand new release that we are currently completing. And for those who were asking...yes... the new album does have a title and I will reveal it in the weeks ahead....With these new recordings we have gone back to some earlier methods of recording such as using analog tape, and the whole thing sounds and feels very organic. To conclude...the Group and I are really happy with the new material and we are sure that all the Fans who waited so long will be more than pleased.!"

Watch out for more info revealed soon.

SPV / Steamhammer re-released Virgin Steele´s "The Marriage Of Heaven & Hell I+II" and "Invictus" earlier this year . These 2 CD digipak re-release both came with special bonus material and a huge booklet with new liner notes and unseen photos by David DeFeis.


CRAZY LIXX "Hell Raising Women" Video Premiere

Friday, October 17, 2014
"Hell Raising Women"

(Official / New Studio Album / 2014)

CRAZY LIXX are pleased to present the new videoclip 'Hell Raising Women' taken from the forthcoming Self Titled and fourth studio album to be released on Frontiers Music Srl on November 7th in Europe and November 11th in North America.

The video was directed by Tobias Olsson and can be enjoyed on Youtube following this link:
The song can be downloaded now, along with the other song 'Call to Action,' for all the fans who will be preordering the whole album now on iTunes via this link:
You can also pre-order the album now on Amazon here:


FIREWORKS Issue 66 Out Now

Friday, October 17, 2014
This new issue of Fireworks sees the magazine distributed across the USA (various Barnes & Noble, BAM (Books A Million) and Hastings - full store list ASAP) for the first time, and still going well across Canada and back home here in the UK.

Our new 100 page issue sees megastars Godsmack on the cover (three consecutive Billboard 200 #1 albums and record number of singles in the Rock Top 20) as well as great interviews with SIXX:A.M., Status Quo on their surprising new acoustic album, Ritchie Kotzen, Dennis DeYoung, Counting Crows, Seether, Kobra and the Lotus, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Southside Johnny and many more!
Our Scandinavian brothers are well catered for with interviews covering TNT, Freak Kitchen, Dalton, Grand Design, Evergrey and 220 Volt.  Of course, we can't forget the UK, and here we have Gary Hughes telling all about the awesome new Ten album 'Albion', Saracen on their back to basics 'Redemption', Vega on their latest opus, and interviews covering the debuts from Angels or Kings, Skyscraper and the monstrous In Faith. Like your prog? Check out our chats with Flying Colors, Enchant, Neal Morse and The Pineapple Thief.  Combine all this with the most numerous and in-depth melodic rock reviews available, and you really have a bi-monthly bible you can't be without.
Available in hard-copy and download from as well as stores across UK, USA and Canada (check out online store-finder for details).

FAITH CIRCUS: 'All-Star' Albums, New Line-Up & Album 5

Friday, October 17, 2014

FAITH CIRCUS: 'All-Star' albums, NEW line-up & album #5!
Following a statement made on September 22, concerning a split between the two camps of  Marc Farrano (vocals) and co-founding member Baard Nordvik (drums), Christer Ottesen (bass) member since 2010 & H.K. Rein (guitars) member since 2013, it's time to shed some light on the road ahead.
First of all'FAITH CIRCUS has NOT 'broken up'! The band are simply going through a transition phase which in the end we hope will prove healthy, inspiring and fruitful, even to those no longer in the band!
Marc wants to thank Baard Nordvik, Christer Ottesen & H.K. Rein for all the hard work they have put in over the years in keeping the spirit of FAITH CIRCUS very much alive, and whishes them nothing but the best in their future musical endeavors!
'All-Star' albums!

The 'All-Star' albums are in short two separate albums, originally announced on 12.12.12 as a solo project, written & produced by Marc Farrano, which features an ensemble of former and current members from some of the most influential hard rock bands of all time! Both albums will now be released under the FAITH CIRCUS moniker through MelodicRock Records summer 2015!

NEW line-up & album #5!

The new, very exciting, line-up is almost in place and will be presented accordingly when the time is right.
The band will start pre-production in early 2015 for what will become FAITH CIRCUS 5th studio album (TBA) set for release in 2016!

Live dates are being booked and the band will go out and pay its dues, promoting the double album release heavily, before hitting the studio sometime in the fall next year!

Keep up to date with all things FAITH CIRCUS on &


METAL MACHINE Heavy Debut Out October 24

Friday, October 24, 2014
METAL MACHINE is finally delivering the recordings from a few years back that led to numerous high profile shows in Europe. The band fronted by lead singer CSABA ZVEKAN is making the recordings available for a Worldwide digital release via DREAM RECORDS due on October 24th, 2014 under the title "FREE NATION".
Singer CSABA ZVEKAN comments: "I am excited that these recordings have finally found a way to all the fans who have seen us perform with these songs live!".
The album was mastered by TMS Studios. The cover was designed by Axel W. (RockNGrowl).
Track Listing:
01. Skull And Bones
02. Nailed To The Cross
03. Detox
04. Morning Star
05. World Of Tempation
06. Hellraiser
07. Lord of War
08. Black Sun
09. Free Nation
The music is pure heavy metal with high pitch screams, thrashy riffs, blast beats drumming and powerful bass lines.



DISTRICT 97 Featuring Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live

Thursday, October 16, 2014

District 97 Featuring Legendary King Crimson/Asia Vocalist John Wetton Release One More Red Night: Live In Chicago CD ' OUT NOW!

London, UK ' Prog fans rejoice! A new live CD capturing a set of King Crimson songs performed by District 97 and former King Crimson lead singer John Wetton has been released on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.

'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago' includes three songs from the iconic landmark album 'Red'; which inspired many musicians including Kurt Cobain. This CD also captures several other well-known songs from the three King Crimson studio albums John Wetton played and sang on, plus their earlier hit '21st Century Schizoid Man'. This is the first release of this recording and features many tracks which are now rarely heard live.

'I've said it before, and I maintain that D97 is the best young progressive band around right now. Gifted players, great material, and a brilliant, charismatic singer in Leslie Hunt. Their shows are an exciting pleasure to attend, and I am proud to work, and be associated with them.' - John Wetton, Annapolis, October 1,2014.

District 97's drummer and 'One More Red Night' producer, Jonathan Schang, says 'The first Crimson song I ever played live with John was 'Lament'. To hear 'that voice' coming from right in front of me, seemingly made only stronger by the passage of time, was an experience I shall never forget. Getting to know John more closely, both as a musician and a human being, is an honor and a privilege. I'm thrilled that our joint interpretations of his iconic work with King Crimson are now available for all to enjoy.'



To purchase District 97 & John Wetton 'One More Red Night: Live In Chicago':
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District 97's last album was Trouble with Machines, features a guest appearance by John Wetton on the mini-rock opera, "The Perfect Young Man":

John Wetton's last solo project was a 2 CD re-issue of Monkey Business and Jack-knife, the former of which includes many of his early 1970s versions of tracks that went on to become some of King Crimson's most iconic songs:

Official websites: &


FAITHSEDGE Promote Comes Crashing Down Video

Thursday, October 16, 2014
US Hard Rock/Progressive metallers Faithsedge have released a video for the song 'Comes Crashing Down', taken from their new album 'The Answer Of Insanity', out now on Scarlet Records.

Watch the video here:

After the critically acclaimed debut album, Faithsedge return with 'The Answer Of Insanity', featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline). 'The Answer Of Insanity' is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album is now available worldwide.

'The Answer Of Insanity' track listing
Now I Know The Truth
Revolve My World
The Way I Have To Let You Go
Are We Gonna Stand?
Comes Crashing Down
Saving Anything
Pray For This
Until Your Home
When I Lost You
Destroy You

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LORD Announces New Release 'The Dungeon Era' Box Set

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Australian melodic metal masters LORD have announced their latest box set release 'The Dungeon Era' comprising of all 4 official Dungeon albums (Resurrection, A Rise To Power, One Step Beyond and Pariah) rerecorded with the current band and modern production.
The release is also accompanied by a USB 'all access' pass packed with retrospective Dungeon nostalgia as well as digital versions of the re-recordings and remix/remasters of the original releases.
Slated to be released on November 1 to coincide with their appearance at the 'Steel Assassins True Metal Festival' in Sydney, the band has announced exclusive pre-orders for fans through their online webstore.
Commented by Lord Tim: "From a business point of view, we are doing this to regain control of our rights and make sure the writers of these great songs get their well-deserved time in the spotlight. Due to labels folding or not really getting behind these albums the first time, a lot of this material was lost in the background noise. This release gives us the opportunity to give these songs a second chance, and hopefully for the ex-Dungeon members who wrote a lot of this material to see something back for all of their amazing work. From an artistic point of view, while we've been proud of everything we've ever done and it was the best we
could do at the time, there was always a desire to hear this done not just "as good as we could do" but "exactly as we always imagined it." Due to budget or technology restraints, there was always a level of compromise. This release answers the question: "What if it wasn't like that?"
And from a continuity point of view, we really consider Dungeon to be the first era of the band we're currently calling LORD. We still play the Dungeon back-catalogue live, and now with this being Dungeon's 25th anniversary, it was a good opportunity to expose new fans to these awesome old songs, and formally unite both
eras of the band."
All pre-orders will also receive an exclusive and limited edition t-shirt, patch and sticker.
Pre order link -
Lord Tim, Andy Dowling & Mark Furtner are endorsed by ESP and have their own custom E-II Signature models
Lord Tim is also one of the latest Seymour Duncan pickup endorsees
Mark Furtner is endorsed by DiMarzio pickups & the band uses Dean Markley strings

LUKE Announces TOTO's 2015 Live LineUp

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Follwing the release of the Sweden Rock news, Toto's Steve Lukather has updated fans with a little more information on what's to come.
He states: "As of 2015 the line up will be Me, Paich, Steve Porcaro, David Hungate, Joe Williams, Keith Carlock, Lenny Castro, Jenny Douglas and Mabvuto...FULL European tour to be announced asap. USA + world to come as well!"
Previously Luke has commented on the upcoming album, which will be released worldwide in February: "The record we're making is real hi-fi. It has that big, obnoxious production that people who love our music are really going to love: big harmonies, big synths, big guitars, big grooves, great virtuouso musicianship, and classic Toto melodies. Everybody sings on the record. It's very fresh-sounding."
Stay tuned for more!

TEN 'Albion' Released As Limited Edition Gatefold Double LP

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The fabulous new Ten album, 'ALBION', will be getting a first for Ten ' a vinyl release. And not just any old vinyl release, oh no. Befitting such an incredible album, both in terms of artwork and music, 'Albion' is getting the full deluxe treatment.

The 'Albion' vinyl release will be double album gatefold, and come with a lot of lavish Ten goodies that any fan will simply have to own. These include:

Eight A5 full colour postcards, 7 solo shots of all the band members, and one full band shot. Each solo shot will be PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by that band member.

A full colour 22x22 inch poster of the amazing Gaetano Di Falco 'Albion' cover.

Two full colour stickers: one of the album cover (10x10cm) and one of the Ten logo (10x8cm)

A highly detailed Ten guitar pick (shown both sides for display purposes only)

Full colour inner album sleeves with lyrics.

This product is strictly LIMITED to 300 copies and will not be re-printed.

Depending on manufacturing turnaround (typically 3 months) product will be available for shipping late December/early January.

Album priced at GBP29.99 plus postage.

Pre-Order here:


ADRIANGALE 'Best Of' To Feature Unreleased & Rare

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
News from Kivel Records on ADRIANGALE:
"Everyone has been asking about Adriangale Best Of. When? When is it comimg out. Well the wait is nearly over folks. Nov 25th The Final Piece drops. Adriangale "Final Piece-The Best of".
Just in time for the holidays!
Wait there's more people. We dont want to short change the loyal AG fan base with some generic convenience store best of CD. NO! What we are going to do is throw in EVERYTHING and then some.
This release will be a DOUBLE CD! Disc 1 will have songs from all five studio releases. Disc 2 will contain two new recorded tracks, along with 7 other tracks consisting of, B cuts, rarities and unreleased material!
The ultimate collection for any AG fan.
Lastly..... $16 total (shipping included) !!!
Pre order info coming soon
Adriangale Defiance and Suckerpunch available now at
And this just in....
"So we announced FINAL PIECE The Best of Adriangale. We need all of you, as YOU are the Final Piece people. Kivel Records and Adriangale would be nothing without all of you!! So what does this mean? Simple. In this thread post a short post on your thoughts and feelings about AG. What they mean to you. Fave song. Fave album. Fave artwork. A personal story. ANYTHING you want to share. We want to hear it . Now what is this all for? Real simple. YOU and YOUR words will be included in the booklet/artwork of this upcoming release. YOU are a piece of the puzzle and we cant complete it without YOU. So sound off people and be a part of what we create. Much love and appreciation to all."



WICKED SENSATION Feel The Rush November 28

Friday, November 28, 2014
WICKED SENSATION from Karlsruhe introduce their 4th studio album "Adrenaline Rush" on November 28.

On "Adrenaline Rush" a catchy tune follows another and it clearly shows that Michael Klein, the band's lead guitarist and songwriter, has enormously improved his songwriting from album to album.

None other than singer David Reece (ex Accept, Bangalore Choir) supported the band and substituted for Robert Soeterboek, who unfortunately was forced to step back because of personal health reasons.

David Reece immediately turned out to be the right choice for the band and perfectly blends into the songs of Wicked Sensation. Already the opener "King of the World" delivers superb hooks and melodies which reach their highlight in the chorus while Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) can be heard together with David Reece.

Without a break the band continues with "Same Old Situation" hich comes as a perfect blend of Van Halen and Extreme and is full of groove. Again, Harry Hess gives his honor and can be heard in the chorus, accompanied by Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnet) on the keyboard.

With "Misery" the album goes straight the way it started - delivering catchy tunes without a break, and Michael Klein and Sang Vong prove to be the perfect guitar duo.

Again on "Adrenaline Rush' all the typical song styles of Wicked Sensation can be found without the band moving away from their typical sound.

The title track "Adrenaline Rush" delivers a real 'Metal Firecracker', for which the band was able to sign on Mathias Dieth (ex U.D.O. guitarist) for an outstanding guitar solo.

In addition to their fourth 'long player' the band fully relied on their producer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream69) to give "Adrenaline Rush" the necessary pressure and punch. The last song 'This Time", an acoustic ballad, closes the curtains.
Tracklist: 1. King Of The World, 2. Same Old Situation, 3. Misery, 4. Leave Me Like A Fool, 5. Blue Painted Sky, 6. Angel In Black, 7. Living On My Madness, 8. Desperate Nation, 9. Adrenaline Rush, 10. No More Lies, 11. This Time
Soundclips in advance:

WICKED SENSATION - Angel In Black (Edit)

WICKED SENSATION - King Of The World (Edit)




WHITE WIDDOW New Album 'Crossfire' Released Nov 28

Friday, November 28, 2014
WHITE WIDDOW were formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals) & Xavier (Keyboards) with Guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80's Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Dokken, Night Ranger, White Sister & Giuffria.

In 2010 White Widdow stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self titled debut album, filled with swirling keyboards, blistering guitar playing and big choruses. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine's top 10 AOR albums for 2010.  Hot on the heels of their debut, White Widdow quickly returned with their follow up release 'Serenade' in September 2011. "Serenade" was heaped with praise by the press as one of the best albums in the genre of 2011, gaining 9/10 in both Classic Rock and Powerplay magazines and receiving a 94% on the coveted website

In support of "Serenade", White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK). This was followed in 2012 with a full tour of the UK as support band to English melodic rock band TEN.

White Widdow had initially hoped to release their third album at the end of 2013, however 2013 proved to be a difficult year for the band with original bass player Trent Wilson retiring from the music industry and the unfortunate death of drummer George Kristy. Despite these set backs, in early 2014 the Millis brothers and Almanzi regrouped with a rejuvenated new line up, featuring Ben Webster on Bass and Noel Tenny on Drums. The band set about making their third album 'Crossfire', which shows the band retaining their trademark keyboard driven Melodic Hard Rock. Showing at times a slightly more hard rock edge than on the previous albums, yet still drenched in melody and hooks. Produced & engineered by Xavier Millis and mixed once again by Pelle Saether (Grand Design), White Widdow are back with quite possibly their best album yet.

Tracklist: Tracklist: 1. Caught In The Crossfire, 2. Fly Me Away, 3. Just Another Night, 4. Below The Belt, 5. Dreams Don't Die, 6. Too Many Tears, 7. Angel, 8. Born To Be A Rebel, 9. Carry The Heartache, 10. Never Again



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