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Mon
15
May

Preorder JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION MRR Reissues

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance have been delayed by 10 days and will both be released May 29. 
 
Manufacturing set to take longer than anticipated - but ALL preorders will recieve digital audio links on the original release date of May 19 with CDs shipped when in stock.
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - The MRR Reissues Deal (Kick The Wall Deluxe 2CD and Going The Distance CD)
$32 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Kick The Wall' (2CD $17 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon
15
May

MRR Oz Rock Deals - EMPIRES OF EDEN, ROADKILL, SERPENTINE SKY & THE RADIO SUN

 
MelodicRock Records is offering a couple of very special deals with four very fine examples of Aussie hard rock/melodic rock.
 
There are two packages to choose from, or dive in and grab all 4 for the special price.
 
Deal 1 - HARD ROCK - EMPIRES OF EDEN 'Architect Of Hope' & ROADKILL 'Extinct' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Deal 2 - MELODIC ROCK - THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In - Special Edition' & SERPENTINE SKY 'Serpentine Sky - Special Edition' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Or dive in and buy all 4 for just $40 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

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Mon
15
May

RIVERDOGS 'World Gone Mad' Limited Quantity Available

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While waiting for the new RIVERDOGS album to arrive, make sure your collections are complete and grab the band's last album WORLD GONE MAD.
 
The album has been out of print for some time now, but I have a limited quantity of CDs left here which can be purchased for $10 plus $5 shipping worldwide.
 
Track listing: 01) World Gone Mad 02) Big Steel Town 03) Best Day of My Life 04) Just A Little Higher 05) For You 06) This Empty Room 07) Glitter Town 08) No Matter What (Live)
 
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Mon
15
May

LILLIAN AXE Comes To Rock Candy Records

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The following two new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price:
 
LILLIAN AXE ‘S/T' CANDY296
 
THE LATE 80S were a golden time for hard rock. Bands were getting signed by the bucket load. Radio and MTV was full of the sound of a musical revolution whilst concert halls were packed to the rafters with fans who just couldn’t get enough of wild guitars, wailing vocals and shout-it-out-loud songs. On paper, Lillian Axe had everything going for them – hooks, looks and enough energy to power a nation. Why they didn’t become a household name remains a mystery.
Formed in New Orleans, and establishing themselves as local heroes, the band went through a variety of line ups, before settling on the Lillian Axe moniker and being spotted and courted by RATT’s manager Marshall Berle, who brokered a recording deal with MCA. Part of the arrangement was that RATT guitarist Robbin Crosby would produce the album, a situation that worked out well for everyone involved.
Recorded in Los Angeles and released in early 1988, the record sat proud alongside other releases of the time, boasting material that went hand in glove with the prevailing zeitgeist. Tracks such as ‘Dream Of A Lifetime’, ‘Vision In The Night’ and ‘The More That You Get’, demonstrate just how accomplished their song writing was. Sadly, however, due to a regime change at their label, the record was cast aside with the new powers, strangely, insisting that they record a follow-up record rather than work the existing release. Sadly this release never got its deserved day in the sun.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. DREAM OF A LIFETIME 2. INSIDE OUT 3. VISION IN THE NIGHT 4. PICTURE PERFECT 5. THE MORE THAT YOU GET 6. MISERY LOVES COMPANY 7. NOBODY KNOWS 8. HARD LUCK 9.    WAITING IN THE DARK 10. LAUGHING IN YOUR FACE
 
LILLIAN AXE ‘LOVE + WAR’ CANDY297
 
FOR LILLIAN AXE, the commercial under achievement of their debut album was a bitter pill to swallow. Yet it wasn’t anywhere near as disappointing as the lacklustre performance of their second album ‘Love + War’, a record that has gone on to be regarded by many as one of the most accomplished and best loved records from the late 80s. Somehow they managed to achieve creative heaven with this release, a record that demonstrated an ability to write and perform courageous songs, elevating their reputation above the expectations normally associated with the sort of generic hard rock they had been lumped in with.
‘Love + War’ showcases a decidedly edgy band, one keen to explore and experiment with arrangements and performances that are light years ahead of the competition. In addition, the production, courtesy of British engineer Tony Platt (Def Leppard, AC/DC, Krokus) presented the band and their songs in a  wide screen style, accentuating every twist and turn with pin-point accuracy. High points are many, but ‘The World Stopped Turning’, ‘Show A Little Love’ and ‘She Likes It On Top’ indicate the first rate quality. Listen out too for a choice cover of  Girl’s ‘My Number’.
Issued in mid 1999, the record registered barely a blip on the radar. Both management and label inexplicitly backing off when they were needed most. And that’s a crying shame as this album is truly one of the most sensational records of the era, a buried treasure waiting to be rediscovered.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED SOUND, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND WAR 2. SHE LIKES IT ON TOP 3. DIANA 4. DOWN ON YOU 5. THE WORLD STOPPED TURNING 6. GHOST OF WINTER 7. MY NUMBER 8. SHOW A LITTLE LOVE 9. FOOL’S PARADISE 10. LETTERS IN THE RAIN
 
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Sat
13
May

APPICE Sees Carmine & Vinny Join For Debut Album Together

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- First studio album from the two legendary drum brothers together -
- APPICE album release in autumn 2017 -
- Guest appearances by members and ex-members of Whitesnake, Dio, WASP, Quiet Riot and many more -
 
The two legendary drum brothers Carmine (Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Blue Murder, King Kobra) and Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Last In Line) are recording their first ever studio album together this spring under the name APPICE.

'After decades in this crazy music business, we will sit down for the first time and record songs TOGETHER for an amazing new studio album! The album will feature both new songs and classic tracks from our history! This is very exciting for us as we will have, as Ringo said, 'A Little Help from My/Our Friends'. With that in mind, the result will be great sounding spine-shaking rhythmic foundations, along with BIG giant melodic guitars from hell, and on top, blazing vocals and melodies that will tear it all up! A first in a lifetime for us brothers!" say Carmine and Vinny.

 
Expect some great friends/guests to contribute to this album including Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot, Rough Cutt), Johnny Rod (WASP, King Kobra), Craig Goldy (Dio), Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder) and members of Last In Line among others.

Carmine says: 'I am so excited to be doing this new Appice CD. It is always a challenge and fun doing music with Vinny. This CD is no exception and we will be doing cool songs with double drumming and lots ear candy for our fans, not to mention playing with some of our special friends. The recording process is coming out great. Cannot wait to finish and take it on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!'
 
Vinny adds: 'A studio album that was years in the making has now come to life! Our first ever studio CD together. With great songs, musicians and of course drums and rhythms that will overwhelm your ears and fascinate your mind!'
 
Olly Hahn (Head of Steamhammer) says: "It's an honour to welcome these legendary drummers to the Steamhammer family. Be prepared for an album filled with great musicians and a lot of drum wars!!!"
 
The yet untitled studio album will be released in October 2017 through SPV/Steamhammer as CD digipack, double gatefold vinyl, download and stream.
 
More news within the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
 
Attached signing photo from left to right:
 

 
Mirko Marten (Promotion Steamhammer), Georg Schröder (A&R Steamhammer), Carmine Appice, Olly Hahn (Head Of Steamhammer), Frank Uhle (Managing Director SPV)
 
 
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Fri
12
May

ALICE COOPER Gets 'Paranormal' on July 28

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ALICE COOPER ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE SIGNING TO earMUSIC TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM PARANORMAL ON JULY 28
 
earMUSIC is proud to announce the worldwide signing of legendary shock-rocker Alice Cooper.
 
Paranormal, Alice Cooper's new studio album and his first in six years, will be released on July 28, 2017 on earMUSIC as 2CD Digipak, 2LP, Limited Box Set, and Digital.
 
The 12-track album has been recorded in Nashville with long-time collaborator Bob Ezrin and features a very special bonus CD — a mini-album consisting of three brand new songs written and recorded together with the original Alice Cooper band members Dennis Dunaway, drummer Neal Smith, and guitarist Michael Bruce, alongside carefully selected live recordings.
 
Paranormal also features special guest appearances by U2's Larry Mullen Jr., ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Deep Purple's Roger Glover.
 
Alice Cooper will be touring extensively this year in support of Paranormal, visiting cities in the U.S., Europe, and Australasia.
 
ALICE COOPER ON TOUR:
4/22 -Tupelo, MS - BancorpSouth Arena
4/23 - Springfield, IL - Prairie Capitol Conventionion Center
4/25 - Charleston, WV - Municipal Auditorium
4/26 - Norfolk, VA - Chrysler Hall
4/27 - Salem, VA - Salem Civic Center
4/29 - Cherokee, NC - Harrah's Cherokee Event Center
4/30 - Augusta, GA - The Bell Auditorium
5/2 - Birmingham, AL - Alabama Theater
5/3 -Little Rock, AR - Robinson Center Music Hall
5/4- Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
5/6 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Grand Theatre
5/7 - Midland, TX - Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center 5/8 - San Antonio, TX - Tobin Center for The Performinging Arts
5/10 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center 5/11 - Shreveport, LA - Municipal Auditorium
5/13 - Columbia, SC - Koger Center for the Arts
5/14 - Nashville, TN - TPAC
5/16 - Columbus, OH - Express Live!
6/7 - Appleton, WI - Fox Cities Performing Arts Center 6/8 - Hinckley, MN - Grand Casino Hinckley Amphitheatre 6/9 - Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheatre
6/12 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theater
6/13 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kingsbury Hall
6/16 - Lincoln, CA - Thunder Valley Casino Amphitheatre 6/17 - Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Ampitheatre
6/18 -Airway Heights, WA - Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concertert Season at Northern Qu
6/20 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Theatre
6/21 - Temecula, CA - Pechanga Theater
6/22 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheater
6/24 - El Paso, TX - KLAQ Streetfest
 
DEEP PURPLE / ALICE COOPER / EDGAR WINTER:
8/12 - Las Vegas, NV - The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan 8/13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre
8/15 - Phoenix, AZ - Ak-Chin Pavilion
br 8/16 - Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
8/18 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Paviliilion
8/19 - Dallas, TX - Starplex Pavilion
8/21 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
8/23 - Bristow, VA - Jiffy Lube Live
8/24 - Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
8/26 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/27 - Boston, MA - Xfinity Center
8/28 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
8/30 - Indianapolis, IN - Klipsch Amphitheater
9/1 - Pittsburgh, PA - KeyBank Pavilion
9/2 - Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
9/3 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/6 - Chicago, IL - Tinley Park
9/8 - St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/9 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
9/10 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
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Fri
12
May

MASON HILL Debut To Arrive In 2018

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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the signing of Glasgow based hard rockers Mason Hill for a multi album deal!
 
The band are truly a hot property right now! From winning the Highway To Hell UK battle of the bands competition, appearing at Ramblin' Man Fair, Hard Rock Hell and supporting Inglorious - this is a group very much in demand! Speaking of Inglorious, Mason Hill will open for them at their Inglorious “II” album release show at Islington Assembly Rooms next Friday, May 19th. This will be Mason Hill’s first appearance in London.
 
The Scottish quintet's blend of classic meets modern hard rock results in a batch of uncompromising riffs accompanied by anthemic sing along choruses and stadium friendly ballads. Their high energy live shows impress wherever they play, and they display the swagger and confidence of a band that has being doing it for decades.
 
The band was originally formed in 2013 by two school friends, vocalist/guitarist Scott Taylor and lead guitarist James Bird, with drummer Craig McFetridge being the first to join the ranks. After a few personnel changes, bassist Matthew Ward settled into the role in 2015, with guitarist Marc Montgomery completing the current line-up in 2016 - allowing Taylor to concentrate solely on vocals.
 
Mason Hill spent the next few years "learning their craft" on stages up and down the UK touring circuit. This included some high profile shows supporting the likes of Graham Bonnet (ex Rainbow), Snakecharmer (feat. ex-Whitesnake, Thunder, & Wishbone Ash members), Toseland and Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Ted Nugent, Dead Daisies).
 
In December 2015, the band released their debut E.P, the self titled 'Mason Hill', featuring four tracks that highlighted exactly why this band are turning heads - outstanding songs that demonstrate a maturity far beyond their years. Recorded at The Foundry Music Lab with Sandy Jones (Wet Wet Wet) in the producer's chair, the E.P has been critically acclaimed amongst the music press and fans alike.
 
The band says, "We are so happy to announce this record deal with Frontiers and we can't wait to share in the opportunities that it will present us. We are absolutely thrilled to be hitting the studio later in the year to begin recording our debut album."
 
You can get a taste of the band via this live video of "Out Of Reach":
 
 
And via the single "Now You See Me":
 
 
Expect the new album to be available in the first half of 2018!
 
 

 

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Thu
11
May

ANGELWINGS Launch Debut Album June 23

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ANGELWINGS were born in April 2013 out of a group of experienced musicians that had been in the Gibraltar local music scene for some time and who had played in different bands a wide variety of musical genres.
 
Initially, to get together as a band it was decided to perform a number of covers from Finnish symphonic metal sensation Nightwish. Soon it became clear to all that original music would have a very considerable element of orchestration. Thus, ANGELWINGS became the first symphonic metal band from Gibraltar.
 
It is in October 2014 when the band starts to write their original material.
The first (demo) track titled "Wonderland" was posted on YouTube in January 2015 and attracted attention from local media and internationally on social media. Two more demos have followed since, "Memories" and "Forbidden Love". These have enjoyed wide acceptance and support, and have increased the band's exposure. These tracks have had air time on radio stations in Argentina, Spain and the UK. "The Fallen" and "Lilith" also premiered in Argentina.
 
In June 2015 ANGELWINGS supported Heavy metal legends Saxon at the "Hard n Heavy" festival in Gibraltar. In September 2015 they performed at the Gibraltar Music Festival where Kings of Leon and Duran Duran were headliners.
 
These ANGELWINGS tracks have been on air by genre specialized radio stations throughout Europe, North and South America and elsewhere.
After numerous offers from record labels from around the world, the group signed with Pride & Joy Music from Germany. The debut album titled "The Edge of Innocence" was recorded at Angelwings Studios in Gibraltar and produced by ANGELWINGS. Album cover concept idea Darren Fa; graphic designer Thomas Ewerhard; band logo design Paul P Cano.
 
ANGELWINGS will release its debut album "The Edge Of Innocence" on June 23.
 
Line-up: Divi Cano – vocals, Mark Brooks – drums, Glenn Cano – keyboards, Darren Fa – bass, Paul P. Cano - guitar.
 
Web: www.facebook.com/angelwingsgib
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Thu
11
May

FREDDY NELSON Preps Debut Album 'Shake The Cage'

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FREDDIE NELSON READY TO ‘SHAKE THE CAGE’ WITH DEBUT SOLO ALBUM DUE OUT JULY 7
 
May 10, 2017 -- Guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer FREDDIE NELSON first came to international attention in 2010 when he collaborated with guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) on their album, UNITED STATES. Together they wrote, performed, and produced the recording that was released on Mascot Records and toured Japan and Europe shortly after.
 
Flash forward to 2017 and it’s now time for Pittsburgh’s FREDDIE NELSON to SHAKE THE CAGE with his self-produced debut solo album, due out July 7. The album’s first single, “Hey Doll,” will be available at all digital retail outlets starting Friday, May 12. The album will be available for pre-orders starting May 19 on iTunes, which will include an instant gratification track. Pre-orders for CD copies will be available on his official website the same day.
 
We live in an age where reality shows create superstars and the technology that once revolutionized music has become the crutch of the creative process. In an oversaturated industry where anyone can be discovered, we have lost sight of the unseen magic that embodies iconic musicians. The music of FREDDIE NELSON is here to remind us of that magic.
 
“The record is called SHAKE THE CAGE, because I feel that a lot of music has become one dimensional with tools such as pitch correction and formulated songwriting.  There is no substitute for hard work and honing your craft, and it’s time to challenge mediocrity,” NELSON says.
 
With unprecedented attention to detail, SHAKE THE CAGE is truly a solo effort. All of the writing and producing was done by Nelson as well as all of the musical and vocal performances, with the exception of drums performed by the legendary Thomas Lang (who has played with Peter Gabriel, Kelly Clarkson, John Wetton and countless others). It was mixed by Rob Hill of X Music Studios in Los Angeles, CA and was mastered by Maz Murad at Metropolis in London, England.
 
SHAKE THE CAGE is a collection of eleven hook driven rock songs displaying NELSON’s impressive four octave vocal range and notoriously ferocious guitar playing. Intertwining elements of punk, pop, and blues, he has the uncanny ability to weave memorable melodies alongside intelligent lyrics to create a body of work that appeals to the masses.
 
“I let my instincts guide me,” NELSON explains, “and this album is the result of living in the moment.”
 
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Wed
10
May

MARK SLAUGHTER Gives 'Halfway There' Video Insight

SLAUGHTER vocalist MARK SLAUGHTER has released the first and second of a series of in-studio videos discussing and previewing tracks from the upcoming album 'Halfway There', in stores May 26 via EMP LABEL GROUP/AMPED, in Europe via EMP/SPV, and in Japan via Universal Music Japan/EMP out on May 10th, 2017.

Episode #2 features Mark discussing and previewing the album track "Supernatural", and tells the touching story of how a lost guitar belonging to late Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly found its way home to make a guest appearance on the track and can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/uy9ntN2yfnY

Episode #1 features Mark discussing and previewing the album track "Conspiracy" can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/i6AdIf3rRkc
'Halfway There' was produced and co-mixed by Slaughter with John Cranfield (AFI, Andy Grammer), with art by famed horror/album artist “Mister” Sam Shearon (Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, KISS, Clive Barker).

Slaughter has also announced his first solo show to support Halfway There, Thursday June 22nd at The Gramercy Theatre, (with support from KIK TRACEE vocalist Stephen Shareaux) where Slaughter will be backed by bassist Jaymi “PINKBASSMAN” Millard, Guitarist Mike Himmel (Bret Michaels, Dug Pinnick), and his former VINNIE VINCENT INVASION bandmate, drummer Bobby Rock.
Mark Slaughter will also stay busy on the road with his namesake band SLAUGHTER, who will also play several US dates through 2017, including a performance at ROCKLAHOMA May 26th.

SLAUGHTER 2017 Dates:
  • 5/18 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Casino
  • 5/28 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
  • 6/29 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest Milwaukee, WI
  • 7/7 - Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort & Casino w/ Great White
  • 7/13 - Baling, Germany - Bang Your Head Festival - Baling, Germany
  • 7/28 - Sioux City, IA - Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - w/Great White & Bret Michaels
  • 8/5 - McMinnville, OR - Yamhill County Fair
  • 8/11 - Three Forks, MT - Rockin The Rivers
  • 8/12 - St. Charles, IL - The Arcada Theater
  • 9/8 - Hinckley. MN - Grand RockTember V Music Festival w/Queensryche, Great White & More
  • 9/16 - Hurricane Mills, TN - Nashville Bike Week
  • 11/12 - Houston, TX - Proof Rooftop Lounge

 

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Tue
09
May

DEGREED Debut 'Shakedown' From New 2017 Album

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“Modern rock just dosen’t get any better than this” – Andrew Hawnt, Powerplay Magazine.
 
In 2016 the band teamed up with Greenwall Management and Gain/Sony Music to reach new heights in their career and it’s a new, more powerful Degreed than ever before ready to take on the world. First single out is 'Shakedown'.
 
Degreed have shared the stage with greats like Europe, Turbonegro, Millencolin among others and they have been touring and gaining fans all over the world. In the fall of 2010 Degreed released their critically acclaimed debut album “Life, love, loss”
 
Having recorded the first album with producer Erik Lidbom, the band thought it made perfect sense to do the same on the second album “We Don’t Belong”. This time Erik also introduced the band to multiplatinum and Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Bill Champlin (former singer of Chicago, songwriter for Earth, Wind and Fire etc.) who co-wrote two songs for the album. Bill Champlin also sings a verse on the song “In For The Ride”. “We Don’t Belong” was released on the 2nd of September 2013 and that same month it made “Album of the Month” in Powerplay Magazine. By the end of 2013 the album had received great reviews and also “Album of the Year” by Swedish rock site rocknytt.net.
 
Degreed’s third album “Dead But Not Forgotten” was released in 2015 and was well received by critics all over the world and the opening track and first video “The Scam” got featured in Classic Rock Magazine.
 

 
DEGREED LIVE:
HRH Roadtrip Ibiza – May 12
Sabaton Open Air – August 19
HRH AOR – March 9
More dates to come.
 
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Tue
09
May

MR. BIG Return With 'Defying Gravity' Out July 7

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Mr Big's new album, "Defying Gravity" will be released on July 7, 2017 on CD, CD/DVD and Digital.
A vinyl edition will be released as well at a later date to be announced soon.
 
DEFYING GRAVITY deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut "Open Your Eyes" to the harmony-laden wonderment of "Damn I'm in Love Again" to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of "1992" (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international #1 smash "To Be With You") to the barnburning slide-blues closer, "Be Kind." Overall, DEFYING GRAVITY is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.
 
Original members Eric Martin (singer) (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band’s 1989 self-titled debut, 1991’s LEAN INTO IT and 1993’s BUMP AHEAD) for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.
 
“It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson,” says guitarist Paul Gilbert. “Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the ‘80s and ‘90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on DEFYING GRAVITY. We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we’ve all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it’s still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I’ve worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record…both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff.”
 
DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014’s THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which Ultimate-Guitar.com described as “An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant ‘supergroups’ of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.”
 
An official trailer for DEFYING GRAVITY can be seen here:
 

 
MR. BIG is gearing up for the launch their latest worldwide tour which starts May 31 in Milwaukee, WI at the Potowatami Casino. For all the latest tour dates, fans should check the band’s official website: www.mrbigsite.com
 
“2017 is filling up quickly with tour dates all around the world,” proclaims Gilbert. “I can’t wait to play the new songs, and of course our favorites from the old days like ‘Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy’ ‘Just Take My Heart,’ ‘Green Tinted Sixties Mind,’ ‘Wild World,’ and ‘To Be With You.’”
 
Here’s the complete track listing for DEFYING GRAVITY:
 
1. Open Your Eyes
2. Defying Gravity
3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
4. Damn I’m In Love Again
5. Mean to Me
6. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
7. Forever and Back
8. She’s All Coming Back to Me Now
9. 1992
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind
 
Check out MR. BIG at any of the following tour stops (MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED):
 
Leg 1:
5/31 Milwaukee, WI Potowatami Casino
6/2 St. Charles, IL Arcada Theatre
6/3 Wetland, MI The Token Lounge
6/6 Warrendale, PA Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
6/7 Newton, NJ Newton Theatre
6/9 Uncasville, CT The Wolf Den/Mohegan Sun
6/10 New York, NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
6/12 Nashville, TN Basement East
6/14 Lexington, KY Manchester Music Hall
6/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live
6/17 Houston, TX Scout Bar
6/19 Kansas City, MO Knuckleheads Saloon
6/22 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
6/23 Agoura Hills, CA Canyon Club
6/24 Pasadena, CA The Rose
 
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Tue
09
May

THEOCRACY: "Ghost Ship" YouTube Contest Announced

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The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY and their label Ulterium Records just announced the "Ghost Ship" YouTube contest.
 
Record a video of yourself when playing or singing the Theocracy track "Ghost Ship" and upload it to YouTube. Send a link to the video to contest@ulterium-records.com to be included in the contest.
 
The contest will be open until June 20th, and then Theocracy and Ulterium Records will decide two winners: the best performance as well as the most creative submission. Below you can see the prizes for the winners:
 
#1 Winner [the best performance]
- "Ghost Ship" CD [signed]
- "Ghost Ship" 2LP vinyl edition with black discs [signed]
- A Theocracy t-shirt of your choice
- Contest video posted at the official Theocracy website and facebook page
 
#2 Winner [the most creative performance/video]
- "Ghost Ship" CD [signed]
- A Theocracy t-shirt of your choice
- Contest video posted at the official Theocracy facebook page
 
Visit this link for more info about the contest and for files: http://theocracymusic.com/2017/05/08/contest
 
 
Theocracy online
Official facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/theocracyband

 

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Tue
09
May

DARK SKY CHOIR Announce Debut Album & Artwork Reveal

DARK SKY CHOIR ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM
 ARTWORK REVEAL, GUESTS CHRIS CAFFERY AND
MICHAEL PINNELLA
 
NY/NJ based metal band Dark Sky Choir announce the release of their self titled debut album on May 16, 2017.  The record release party will take place on June 23 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ, and will be hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine of That Metal Show.  The show is being sponsored by WRAT and WDHA radio stations.  Artwork for the project was created by legendary cover artist Ioannis (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Dream Theater, Dokken, Fates Warning, Skid Row, Sepultura, Yngwie Malmsteen).  The album will also feature guest appearances by Chris Caffery of Savatage, and Michael Pinnella of Symphony X.
Track list for this 43 minute release is as follows:
1– DEATH OF A NATION
2- LIKE IT OR NOT
3- WALKING BY MYSELF 
4- DIE YOUNG (MAYBE HE WANTED TO)
5- THE END
6- SAILS OF CHARON
7- CRY FOR THE LEGIONS
8- SHOW NO MERCY
9- BEDOUIN CARAVAN
For more information and updates about Dark Sky Choir, go to www.darkskychoir.com
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Fri
05
May

GRAHAM BONNET BAND Announces Live CD/DVD/Bluray Out July 7

 
GRAHAM BONNET BAND ANNOUNCES LIVE ALBUM & HOME VIDEO, "LIVE...HERE COMES THE NIGHT" AVAILABLE ON CD/DVD & BLU-RAY ON JULY 7TH ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL.
 
Legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet is back with a new live album and home video captured during his acclaimed performance at Frontiers Rock Festival III in Trezzo (Milan, Italy) on April 24, 2016.
 
Accompanied by a stellar band featuring founding member Beth-Ami Heavenstone on bass, South American guitar sensation Conrado Pesinato on lead guitar, and Mark Zonder (known for his work with Warlord and Fates Warning) on drums, Bonnet masterfully delivered a thrilling “Best of” set which included songs from his stints with bands such as Rainbow, McAuley Schenker Group, Alcatrazz, Impellitteri, and of course his solo material too.
 
Bonnet says: "It's been a very long time since I last released a live video, 33 years to be exact, with Alcatrazz. Myself and the band were very excited to film and record our performance at the Frontiers Rock Festival for a live album and video and are very happy with the final result!”
 
Bonnet has a powerful and distinctive vocal style and, indeed, a distinctive image – preferring to let the music, rather than the conventional heavy metal look, do the talking.
 
The Graham Bonnet Band has spent the last two years touring regularly around the world and this past winter, released his latest successful release, “The Book.” With the band and Bonnet fine tuned from all their touring when they got to Frontiers Rock Festival, this stellar set that was captured there makes for a new live album that will blow GBB (and heavy rock fans in general) away!
 
GRAHAM BONNET BAND
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – Bass
Conrado Pesinato – Guitars
Mark Zonder – Drums
 
CD/DVD/Blu-Ray:
1              Eyes Of The World
2              All Night Long
3              S.O.S.
4              Stand In Line
5              God Blessed Video
6              Will You Be Home Tonight
7              Jet To Jet
8              Night Games
9              Suffer Me
10            Dancer
11            Desert Song
12            Island In The Sun
13            Since You Been Gone
14            Assault Attack
15            Lost In Hollywood
 

 

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Thu
04
May

Rockers BLOODY HEELS To Release Debut Album 'Through Mystery'

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 Bloody Heels has been around since year 2012 and since then the band has released two videos, an EP and toured all over The Baltics and Europe. The EP called "Summer Nights" was released on year 2014, and this year, on May 20, Bloody Heels  will release their long-awaited debut album “Through Mystery”.

 We can get a glimpse of how the album will sound like by listening to their newest kickass, rock n’ roll single "Cheap Little Liar”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hZsEfXNRzg
 “Well, actually, we have put a lot of effort in the writing process, just to get the right sound and the right feel.
 
The album is well balanced, there are fast and heavy songs yet not missing slower and more melodic sounds and you surely can feel the  80s influences, yet it’s a modern rock album, so we’re excited to finally show the songs to our fans, ” says Bloody Heels

 Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bloodyheelsband

 Twitter / Instagram: @bloodyheelsband
 

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Thu
04
May

RIVERDOGS Return With "California" Out July 7

Artist: 
 
First New Album In Six Years
Featuring Original Members Rob Lamothe, Nick Brophy, and Vivian Campbell
 
 
The Riverdogs ARE BACK! Original members, Rob Lamothe (vocals, guitars), Nick Brophy (bass, vocals) and Vivian Campbell (lead guitar), along with long time drummer Marc Danzeisen, have reunited to record their fifth album, “California". The album will be released on July 7, 2017 via Frontiers Music Srl. You can watch a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the album here:
 

 
Mixing the soulful vocals of Lamothe with the edgy guitarwork of Campbell and solid rhythmic lines from Brophy and Danzeisen, the album marks a definitive return to the sound of their critically acclaimed 1990 self-titled debut album.
On the making of the album, lead guitarist Vivian Campbell says, "[w]hen my friends at Frontiers suggested a Riverdogs album in the spirit of the original debut record, I jumped at the chance to make it. In my opinion, "Riverdogs" was a highlight of my career with some of my best guitar playing and definitely a record that flew under the radar. Having a clear direction of exactly what kind of record to make really helped the four of us create the music and there was an intense collective focus throughout the entire process that never wavered. I really think that we hit the target in creating a record that has all the hallmarks, the integrity and the emotional strength of the original debut. The fact that we've all remained such close friends throughout all the years only added to the joyous experience that was the making of this record."
 
“Going in to this project, my goal was to enjoy the opportunity of making music with some of my best friends, to share this incredible experience with my family...and to create something that Riverdogs fans will probably think is pretty bloody awesome. Big guitars! Beautiful melodies! Words about crazy, complicated, real stuff! I feel like Nick, Viv, Marc and I all brought our 'A-Games' to the writing and recording sessions. That's way more important than money and awards and fame to me,” adds vocalist and guitarist Rob Lamothe.
 
Bassist Nick Brophy sums up the writing process for the album: “In summer of 2016, I found myself in Los Angeles, reunited with 3 of my closest friends, about to begin a new Riverdogs album. Marc had arranged a rehearsal environment at a friend’s house which was to provide the creative atmosphere for writing new material. I stood there with bass in hand thinking “OK, now what?” Little did I know that a few days later we would have six new Riverdogs songs and the album ‘California’ was born. The remaining six songs came, surprisingly, just as easily, a testament to the amazing talents of Vivian, Rob, Marc and the effortless way in which we work as a group. Our clear goal for this album was to remain true to the original Riverdogs sound and provide fans with a new set of songs which carry on the legacy of a truly remarkable band.”
 
Riverdogs formed in Los Angeles at the end of the 80’s, when flashy, glitzy hard rock ruled the day, but they were determined to avoid clichés and adopted an original sounding blues rock style. Vivian Campbell of Sweet Savage, Dio and Whitesnake fame at the time (soon to join and become a long-standing member of Def Leppard and later, founding member of Last In Line as well) was initially brought on board to produce the band's first demo, but was so impressed with the band that he actually became a member and played on the debut album. Soon after the release, Marc Danzeisen joined Rob, Nick and Vivian to complete the line-up.
 
Though fans and critics gave the album a warm reception and high regard, the unfortunate and age old story of change of personnel at their record label came about and eventually led the band members to go their own ways, with Campbell settling into the Def Leppard lineup and Nick Brophy becoming a respected engineer and producer. Riverdogs, with a reformed line-up, released two more records in 1993, "Bone" and "Absolutely Live", before going on an extended hiatus. They reconvened, with the original line-up, in 2003 to record new material and play a few reunion shows. Those new songs were recorded as demos, but only completed in the studio in 2011 when their last album, “World Gone Mad” was released.
 
Now, six years after their last studio album, Riverdogs have crafted “California”, a record that truly recreates the magical sounds of their early days and that will surely be welcomed with open arms by fans both old and new!
 
Tracklisting:
1. American Dream
2. The Revolution Starts Tonight
3. Something Inside
4. Golden Glow
5. You're Too Rock And Roll
6. The Heart Is A Mindless Bird
7. Searching For A Signal
8. Welcome To The New Disaster
9. Ten Thousand Reasons
10. Catalina
11. I Don't Know Anything
 
RIVERDOGS:
Nick Brophy: Bass, keys, vocals
Vivian Campbell: Guitars, vocals
Marc Danzeisen: Drums, vocals
Rob Lamothe: Vocals, guitar
 

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Wed
03
May

RADIOUX CITY Debut 'Soul Survivor' Coming to AOR Blvd

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Gary Brandon is one of the original co-founders of pomp LA band White Sister. A front Man keyboardist songwriter in his own right. In 1985, believing that the group should be fronted by one singer, the record label took a decision behind the scenes that White Sister was no longer going to have alternative lead singers. In addition to this, and to make the situation worse, Gary’s role in the band was reduced to less lead vocals and a position of keyboard player.
 
In 1986, as Gary was extremely unhappy with this decision, he decided to quit the band during the early stages of what was going to be the second White Sister album “Fashion by Passion”. Working on various songs that also a big part of the bands legacy
 
In order to survive, Gary found working in the John Parr Live Touring Band. This lay down the foundations to what would be the formation of his next band –  a band that would allow him to finally return to his originally intended path as front man, Radioux City.
 
In 1988, the first batch of demos were recorded. It was slow progress over the next three years creating the lineup of musicians and forming the structure of Radioux City.
 
The decline of all forms of rock music and the 90s music scene has been well documented over the years with a move towards grunge Seattle sound. Unfortunately, victims of this move were Radioux City.
 
However, a quarter of a decade later, and finally released from the vault is a highly anticipated and worthy CD release on ABR. Complete with new artwork and lyric booklet and remastered to capture the retro sound. In addition, there are three bonus tracks and a cover of Ted Nugent’s classic “Free For All ”.
 
LINE UP:
Gary Brandon - Lead vocals and synth
Sammy Brown - Rhythmn guitar
Pete Kneser - Drums
John Perez- Lead guitar
 
​The Radioux City sound is hard rock with a swagger and a mixture of infectious grooves.
The sound has been described as a meeting of King of the Hill, It’s Alive and some Early Extreme.
 
1. Scratch The Itch
2. You Make My Love Grow
3. Shake A Leg
4. Genie
5. I Created A Monster
6. Funky Music
7. Soldier of Fortune
8.  Lookin'
9. Free For All
10. Slave For A Day
11. Filthy Dirty Dog
12. Show Me The Way
13. Moving Pictures
14. Big Lie
 
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Wed
03
May

TEN Announces New Album "Gothica", Out July 7

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British melodic hard rock band TEN has announced they will release their new album, "Gothica" on July 7.
 
The highly anticipated new album promises to be one of their strongest collection of songs to date. It is full of all the trademark textures and flavors we have come to expect from TEN, arguably one of the best and most consistent melodic hard rock bands in the genre. “Gothica” renews TEN’s longstanding association with the Frontiers label and proudly displays all the hallmarks of classic TEN albums and will surely continue to build upon the rich legacy that the great British rockers have forged over a career spanning 22 years and counting.
 
“Gothica” emerges as their darkest album to date. Embracing history, romance and erotic horror in equal measure as it does, the title proves to be a fitting name. As listeners, we are transported from the darker side of human nature to the nocturnal supernatural, a dramatic realm of nightmares and the forbidden. “Gothica” is cinematic in every sense of the word. A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination courtesy of the classic song writing of vocalist Gary Hughes.
 
Of the album, Gary says, "I am extremely pleased with the collection of songs on "Gothica" as they feel like they belong together. The band are firing on all cylinders once again and it is a gift to the army of fans everywhere who have relentlessly supported us over the years. It is ironically fitting that our 13th studio album should be a little more sinister, at the same time retaining all the commercial traits usually associated with a Ten album."
 
Following their success on the recent albums “Albion” and “Isla De Muerta”, Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch, and drummer Max Yates. On their third outing as a collective unit, the musicians in TEN have raised the bar even higher than they had previously. The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich keyboard, bass, and drum tapestry with Hughes’ vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.
 
“Gothica” was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward. TEN’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has been ongoing since he mixed their 2011 album, “Stormwarning”.
 
Additionally, the album features stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker, depicting a beautiful enchantress reading incantations from a book whilst summoning shadowy characters from its pages. Stan has cleverly illustrated the piece in order to portray the characters emerging from the books pages as the actual characters from the songs on the album. The atmospheric sleeve photography is once again provided by the remarkably talented Adrian Ashworth.
 
Frontiers is proud to be working with the legendary TEN again and looks forward to sharing this stunning new album with the band's fans around the globe!
 
Tracklisting:
1. The Grail
2. Jekyll And Hyde
3. Travellers
4. Man For All Seasons
5. In My Dreams
6. The Wild King Of Winter
7. Paragon
8. Welcome To The Freak Show
9. La Luna Dra-cu-la
10. Into Darkness
 
TEN:
Gary Hughes - Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming
Dann Rosingana – Guitar
Steve Grocott – Guitar
John Halliwell – Guitar
Steve McKenna - Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates - Drums and Percussion
Additional Backing Vocals – Karen Fell
 
 
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Wed
03
May

THAT ROCK GUY Has 'Nothin' To Lose' June 30

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AOR HEAVEN is proud to announce the signing of THAT ROCK GUY and to announce the release date for the debut album “Nothin’ To Lose” which was set to June 30.
 
 
THAT ROCK GUY is arguably one of the hardest working artists in the world, performing over 1000+ live shows in the last three years alone. Performing energized melodic rock, the Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has released his debut album ‘Nothin’ To lose’ to the world, bringing his own brand of powerful no-frills melodic rock to the masses.
 
“He’s simply a brilliant performer, a guitar guru - the night he played ‘The Village’ was just incredible. I’ll never forget it” - Jon Proom, AusPro Radio, 2015. 
 
Currently on the final leg of an unprecedented three-year worldwide tour, THAT ROCK GUY has previously toured with The Alan Barnes Band who notably opened for rock superstars Bon Jovi on their ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ tour. After joining them on the Sydney leg of their concert tour and receiving a plethora of positive reviews, he was enlisted to performed the lead guitar duties on XL’s self-titled debut album, mixed and produced in Melbourne by gold record award winner Andy Shanahan from Australian AOR classic rockers ‘Roxus’. Around 2001, he based himself in Europe, setting up a studio in Germany before heading out as a hired gun guitarist with international touring band BTB and performing multiple tour contracts across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a prolific songwriter, there was an ever-growing demand from fans at the live concerts for THAT ROCK GUY to record an album to satisfy the yearnings of his loyal and growing fan base.
 
On the strength of the demo recording and music video of the fan favorite live song ‘Through The Night’, That Rock Guy was offered a record deal with AOR Heaven and began recording the debut album during a tour of the Middle East. A truly international affair, he returned to Starship Studios in Germany to continue tracking the album in between tours with some additional guitar work at Split Second Sound in Amsterdam, and the final tracks were recorded at Studio 1206 in Japan. With the album fully recorded, the songs headed back to the world renowned Wisseloord Studios in Europe to be mixed by famed Swedish engineer Erik Wiss of WMP. The final touches were completed when the album was mastered by multiple Grammy, gold and platinum award winning mixing and mastering engineer Thomas “Plec” Johansson at the Panic Room in Sweden.
 
‘One of the best submissions I’ve ever heard’ - Martin Goulding, 2016 (martingoulding.com)
 
As the final leg of the world tour rolls on, stay tuned for upcoming music video releases and the debut album from THAT ROCK GUY ‘Nothin’ To Lose’ is available on the AOR Heaven record label worldwide.
Soundclips in advance:
 
 
 

 

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Wed
03
May

TAZ TAYLOR BAND 'Pressure & Time' Out June 23

 
Escape Music will release the new TAZ TAYLOR BAND album Pressure & Time June 23.

 

Lineup:

Taz Taylor – All Guitars
Chandler Mogel – Lead and Backing Vocals  (Outloud / Punky Meadows)
Barney Firks – Bass
Val Trainor - Drums
 
Tracks: 
1- Something is ending  4:40
2- Whispers in the Night 3:25
3- Secrets you got over me 4:36
4- Kissed by Elvis  4:50
5- Pressure and Time 3:00
6- Highway Song 5:08
7- Red Line Angel  4:14
8- One thing  3:51
9- Ash and Bone  2:42
10- A moment of clarity 6:18
11- Purple Rain  5:34
12- Astral child  2:57
 
It has been a decade since Escape Music released the classic 'Welcome to America' album in 2006 (ESM137) by Taz Taylor and it is a really strong album with none other than Rainbow singer Graham Bonnet on lead vocals. Three years later and 'Straight Up' was released (ESM187) with Keith Slack (MSG) taking the mike stand. The album also featured Don Airey (Rainbow / Deep Purple) on keyboards. 
 
After these two really strong releases the Taz Taylor band  decided to go instrumental and tour dates ensued with the likes of Ace Frehley, L A Guns, Molly Hatchet, Dokken, Skid Row, MSG and Great White to name but a few. 
 
Bringing us up to the present day it's time to return to a line-up that includes a vocalist and so Taz has used the incredible vocal talents of Chandler Mogel (Outloud / Punky Meadows). Chandler and Taz have always kept in touch and it seemed the right time to collaborate on an album… and here is 'Pressure and Time'. As Taz states ' ressure and Time' is how you create diamonds'
 
This new 2017 release is 12 tracks chock full of exciting ideas and quality musicianship, original members Val Trainor and Barney Firks lay down a great rhythm backbone for Taz to show off his guitar playing prowess. 
 
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Wed
03
May

EUROPE Book Next Album in For October

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From EUROPE's Facebook Page:
 
"We have just finished the recording for our new album at the legendary Abbey Road Studios! 



It turned out so much more exciting than we expected! The vibe in this studio is great! The staff and facilities are out of this world.
Of course we couldn’t resist having some fun with vintage equipment and amazing recording techniques. Our producer Dave Cobb really made the songs fly, beautifully engineered by Eddie Spear.

The album is due out in October with one or two tracks coming your way ahead of release. Prior to the release we will also post clips/pics from the recording session here on our Facebook page.
Meanwhile we're getting ready to hit the road again for our "Electric Summer tour 2017".

Looking forward to seeing you all out there!"

// Europe

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Tue
02
May

New IDENTITY VOID Single 'Butterfly' Released

Artist: 

Rolf Hartley, vocalist in 90s favourites BIG BAD WOLF is back with a new rock project - IDENTITY VOID.
 
Their new single is Heroes & Heroin".  Here's the link to the website and single: www.identity-void.com
 
The group features Jim Reitzel: multi-instrumentalist, and acclaimed audio engineer with album credits including Santana, Jeff Beck, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Randy Jackson, Stevie Wonder.
Rolf Hartley: singer, four-octave range, producer. Credits include Big Bad Wolf, Mark and Jeff's Jingle Co. (Marin County, CA), Abe's Audio Production (Tasmania), HoopLA Radio Ad & Jingle (New Orleans, LA), and Krash Creative (Raleigh, NC).
 
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Tue
02
May

Introducing ALL41; Featuring Terry Brock, Gary Pihl, Robert Berry & Matt Starr

Artist: 
 
BREAKING NEWS: FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL PRESENTS ALL 41
DEBUT ALBUM "WORLD'S BEST HOPE" OUT JULY 7, 2017
FEATURING TERRY BROCK, ROBERT BERRY, GARY PIHL, MATT STARR
 
ALL 41 is not just another project born of Frontiers’ President Serafino Perugino’s imaginative A&R mind, but is a project very close to the hearts of each musician involved. With none other than the amazing Terry Brock on lead vocals (Giant, Strangeways), Robert Berry (Three, Alliance) on bass and lead vocals, Gary Pihl (Boston, Sammy Hagar, Alliance) on guitar, and Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr Big) on drums, All 41 is a project born of passion and fire. Their debut album, "World's Best Hope" will be released July 7, 2017.
 
You can see a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album:
 

Guitarist Gary Pihl says, "[i]t started with some great sounding songs in a rough “demo” form, but every time I got a new version with each musician’s real performance on it, I got stoked! We’re all bringing our “A Game” to the band. I can’t wait to do some gigs with these guys! Robert and I go way back, and Terry and Matt are like the best players ever!"

Bassist and co-vocalist Robert Berry adds: "So many times musicians get together and struggle to find common ground in style and substance. When Serafino, president of Frontiers, called me with the line up for All 41 I had no idea that he had put together perfectly matching musical pieces. From playing bass to Matt's solid drums, trading vocals with Terry's soaring voice, to the warmth and feel of Gary's own style of powerful, yet melodic guitar playing, this band came together like missing puzzle pieces. I can't wait to get it on to the concert stage."

"What a great bunch of musicians to work with and such talented, classy guys. I am proud to be associated with this project and i am so proud of my great friend and collaborator Alessandro Del Vecchio for his incredible work!!!! Thank you Serafino, Mario, and Frontiers for ANOTHER amazing opportunity....GRAZIE MILLE AMICI," says vocalist Terry Brock, with drummer Matt Starr adding, "I had a lot of fun making this record. There are some amazing songs and everybody really played great!"

Musically, these guys gel incredibly well and have come up with a superb debut album which mixes Mr Big’s most melodic moments together with the more keyboard-laden years of Van Halen along with obvious nods to Strangeways and Alliance. The duel lead vocals are an amazing plus for this absolutely beautiful record, not to mention the excellent production which highlights the unforgettable melodies. An AOR highlight of the year!

Tracklisting:
1. After The Rain
2. Cyanide
3. Down Life's Page
4. Mother Don't Cry
5. Show Me The Way
6. Walk Alone
7. Don't Surrender (To Love)
8. Hero In Your Life
9. Never Back Down Again
10. Who Knows
11. The World's Best Hope

 
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Mon
01
May

LILLIAN AXE Reissue Two Classic Albums Via Rock Candy Records May 12

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Two of the most underrated - but widely respected - heavy metal releases of the late ‘80s were undoubtedly the first pair of albums by New Orleans-based hard rock outfit, Lillian Axe - 1988’s self-titled debut and 1989’s ‘Love + War.’ And on May 12th, both will be reissued as “special deluxe collector’s editions” via Rock Candy Records - complete with multi-page booklets, essays, and fully remastered audio, shaped from 24 BIT digital technology.
Both albums can be ordered via the following links:

‘Lillian Axe’ - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XGY5XKD

‘Love + War’ - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XH27DH3

The band - which been led since their inception by guitarist Steve Blaze - caught the attention of metalheads during an era when bands like Ratt ruled the MTV/radio airwaves. And it just so happened that Ratt’s manager at the time, Marshall Berle, crossed paths with the band, and helped broker a recording deal with MCA Records, and in turn, enlisted Ratt’s late guitarist, Robbin Crosby, to produce the group’s debut album - spawning such standout tracks as “Dream of a Lifetime,” “Vision in the Night, “and “The More That You Get.”

Lillian Axe came back even stronger with their sophomore set, ‘Love + War,’ with Tony Platt (who had previously worked with the likes of AC/DC, Def Leppard, and Krokus) serving as producer - which resulted in such rocking tunes as “The World Stopped Turning,” “Show a Little Love,” and “She Likes It on Top.”

Soon, rock fans will get the opportunity to rediscover both ‘Lillian Axe’ and ‘Love + War,’ thanks to the good folks at Rock Candy.

‘Lillian Axe’ Tracklisting:

1.      Dream Of A Lifetime          5:18
2.      Inside Out                          3:57
3.      Vision In The Night            3:20
4.      Picture Perfect                   4:00
5.      The More That You Get     3:05
6.      Misery Loves Company     3:27
7.      Nobody Knows                  4:19
8.      Hard Luck                          4:51
9.      Waiting In The Dark           4:28
10.      Laughing In Your Face     3:51

‘Love + War’ Tracklisting:

1.      All's Fair in Love and War      5:58
2.      She Likes it on Top                3:55
3.      Diana                                     4:46
4.      Down on You                         4:24
5.      The World Stopped Turning   5:00
6.      Ghost of Winter                      6:18
7.      My Number                             3:32          
8.      Show a Little Love                  4:36
9.      Fool's Paradise                       4:41
10.      Letters in the Rain                4:24

 

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