CORE LEONI Debut Out Feb 23

Friday, February 23, 2018
CoreLeoni's debut album, "The Greatest Hits, Part 1" will be released on February 23, 2018! 

Who is CoreLeoni you ask? It is a project founded by none other than Gotthard guitarist and founder Leo Leoni, who wanted to pay a very personal tribute to his ROCK & ROLL past!

CoreLeoni's line-up for this release:
• Ronnie Romero Official Site (Lords Of Black,Rainbow): vocals
• Hena Habegger: drums
• Jgor Gianola: guitar
• Mila Merker: bass


1. Il Padrino
2. Firedance
3. Downtown
4. Higher
5. Get It While You Can
6. In The Name
7. Let It Be
8. All I Care For
9. Walk On Water
10. Here Comes The Heat
11. Tell No Lies
12. Ride On
13. Anytime Anywhere
14. El Traidor (Bonus Track – CD edition only)

The band will also appear live in Switzerland for the following shows:
21.12. Temus, Agno
22.12. Musigburg, Aarburg 
23.12. Harley Heaven, Dietikon
30.12. Piazza, Lugano – Radiofestival



GOTTHARD Guitarist Leo Leoni Forms CORELEONI

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Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the signing of CoreLeoni, who will release a very special album in February 2018. 

Who is CoreLeoni you ask? It is a project founded by none other than GOTTHARD guitarist and founder Leo Leoni to pay a very personal tribute to his ROCK & ROLL past!

In Leo's words, "On the 25th anniversary of the release of the first GOTTHARD album, I wanted to pay tribute to songs like: DOWNTOWN, FIREDANCE, HIGHER, HERE COMES THE HEAT, IN THE NAME, RIDE ON…., LET IT BE, and ALL I CARE 4. Songs that with Gotthard we have kind of left aside. We've re-recorded, refreshed, and "re-brushed" them in a respectful way. These songs are very dear to me and they are part of a period that will remain forever with me."

Joining CoreLeoni on this release:

Ronnie Romero (Lords Of Black, Rainbow): vocals
Hena Habegger : drums
Jgor Gianola : guitar
Mila Merker : bass

Leo Leoni dusted these songs off and brough a new life to these overlooked masterpieces from his past. The album will also include a new song, “Walk On Water", which will be released in December.

"This CoreLeoni project made me feel so many emotions and memories, filling my heart with joy. I hope hearing these new versions gives all the Gotthard fans, especially the ones who knew and loved the band in the early days, the same great emotions that it has brought to me," concludes Leo.

The band will also appear live in Switzerland for the following shows:

21.12. Temus, Agno
22.12. Musigburg, Aarburg 
23.12. Harley Heaven, Dietikon
30.12. Piazza, Lugano – Radiofestival

Stay tuned for more news and more shows!



GOTTHARD Get 'Defrosted' All Over Again

Call it insanity, love, passion or obsession: Not by any stretch of the imagination are GOTTHARD willing to keep their feet still. After the triumphant Silver/Anniversary Tour with 50 shows in front of 300,000 people, multiple chart records and prime time slots at every important festival, Leo, Freddy, Marc, Hena, and Nic are releasing the next sensational news: Precisely 20 years after the release of the “DEFROSTED” album, GOTTHARD are gleefully whetting their instruments to get the legendary live experience back on the road in 2018.
In the late 90s, the release of the spectacular unplugged live album “DEFROSTED” rang the bell for a whole new era: After an impressive rocket launch with headliner tours and their first #1 albums in Switzerland, GOTTHARD went all in again with an unplugged live album. Successfully. “DEFROSTED” reached double platinum sales after three months, and the accompanying tour across sold-out clubs and onto massive festival stages went on for two years instead of the originally slated two months due to overwhelming demand – additionally providing the boys with a brand-new fan base. Because of its extraordinary intimacy and atmosphere, the “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 1997” is still iconic today and a main topic throughout all media and fan communities.
Upping the ante is a matter of honor for the ultimate unplugged experience’s new edition. On the face of it, GOTTHARD have again selected the finest small clubs and secured the biggest festivals – however, on the inside, of course, the band is now equipped with over 20 years of additional experience and a truck load full of additional hits. The “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 2018” offers high fives with current and former guest musicians, all-time faves as well as new hits like “Heaven”, “Lift U Up” and “Anytime, Anywhere”, which weren’t even written in 1997 – and all of this wrapped in brand-new acoustic arrangements for a unique party full of great moments, quiet memories and much loved riffs.
Those, who don’t want to risk waiting another 20 years, should keep a few nights clear in 2018 and watch out for the next newsletter: All dates of the “DEFROSTED UNPLUGGED TOUR 2018” will be announced here first.



SWEDEN ROCK FEST Performances Update

Another 15 acts have been confirmed for this summer's Sweden Rock Festival: Scorpions, Kansas, Warlock, Wintersun, Wishbone Ash, The Dead Daisies, Grave Digger, Primal Fear, Lucifer's Friend, Myrkur, Picture, Artch, Art Nation, Lost Society and Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies
Scorpions have taken their live show to another level with the inclusion of former Motörhead drummer Mikkey Dee in their line-up. This summer, the German hard rock legends are set to play their first show in Sweden with Gothenburg resident Mikkey behind the drum kit, and they will be bringing a spectacular new production and, of course, an amazing catalogue of songs to build a setlist from, such as "Rock you like a hurricane", "Blackout", "Big city nights", "Still loving you", "Dynamite", "The Zoo", "Still loving you", "Alien nation", "Send me an angel" and "Winds of change".
American prog rock icons Kansas have also been reignited lately. Their evergreens "Carry on wayward son" and "Dust in the wind" keep making appearances in movies and TV series, a new band line-up has the band sounding better than they have in many years and recently they released their first studio album since 2000. This summer, they fly to Europe for a single show at the Sweden Rock Festival.
2017 will also be the year when the undisputed queen of heavy metal, Doro Pesch, reunites with guitarist Tommy Bolan for four European shows under the name Warlock. One of these shows will be at the Sweden Rock Festival and the main focus of the concert will be on the bands fourth and most beloved album, "Triumph and agony" from 1987.
With this, the following 26 out of a total of 80 acts have been confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2017:
In Flames
Running Wild
Black Star Riders
Metal Church
Wishbone Ash
The Dead Daisies
Grave Digger
Primal Fear
Lucifer's Friend
Art Nation
Lost Society
Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies
The remaining 54 bands will be announced as they get confirmed this winter and spring.
More info and tickets can be found at

New GOTTHARD Studio Album Due January 13

Friday, January 13, 2017
Quarter of a century ago, GOTTHARD set out to conquer the world with pure, straightforward rock and gigantic ballads and they’ve pulled off the trick: With 15 No.1 albums and plenty of multi-platinum awards, they’re not only the most successful Swiss band but also a staple in the global spotlight. Especially the much-deserved Swiss Music Award from last year has shown that the band’s nowhere near finished: GOTTHARD’s past 25 years have only been the first round – it’s definitely time for a new album in 2017!
GOTTHARD are currently refining their 12th studio album at the Yellow House Studio in Lugano. The title will be served straight to your desktop as soon as it’s decided. The third album with lead singer Nic Maeder is produced by Charlie Bauerfeind (Helloween, Blind Guardian among others) and Leo Leoni – so the dream team’s at it again: “We were all very happy with the workflow and the result of the BANG! production – so it was pretty clear that we wanted to give the great collaboration another shot!” The record will be released on January 13, 2017 on Musikvertrieb in Switzerland and internationally via PIAS – which means that the first Friday the 13th next year won’t spell bad luck. Quite the opposite.
Immediately after the release, the tour’s kicking off at full speed as well: From February 9, the big “25th Anniversary” tour is champing at the bit to turbocharge the new record with plenty of live rock ’n’ roll. The tour starts in Ravensburg and lays rubber all across Europe with full entourage. Danish rock band Pretty Maids will be Special Guests at all shows – the presale of this milestone birthday is already in full swing. Those who haven’t secured tickets yet, should check out Leo’s message again: “25 years of GOTTHARD – that means 150 songs to chose from, not mentioning our new album – that’s not going to be easy! However, we’ll select only the best for a proper anniversary party!”
02/09/2017    DE – Ravensburg, Oberschwabenclub
02/10/2017    DE – Regensburg, Airport Obertraubling
02/11/2017    DE – Ulm, Ratiopharm Arena
02/13/2017    DE – Frankfurt, Batschkapp
02/14/2017    DE – Hamburg, Markthalle
02/15/2017    DE – Hannover, Capitol
02/17/2017    DE – Osnabrück, Hyde Park
02/18/2017    DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
02/19/2017    DE – Freiburg, Zäpfle Club
02/22/2017    IT – Milan, Alcatraz
02/24/2017    ES – Bilbao, Santana 27
02/25/2017    ES – Madrid, La Riviera
02/26/2017    ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 2
03/02/2017    DE – Munich, Tonhalle
03/06/2017    AT – Vienna, Gasometer
03/07/2017    DE – Nuremburg, Löwensaal
03/08/2017    DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
03/10/2017    DE – Balingen, Volksbankmesse
There won’t be a dry shirt left when the ultimate Swiss rock package GOTTHARD & KROKUS celebrate their joint stage debut at “ROCK MONSTERS OF SWITZERLAND”, and that’s before the festival season even started. With double headliners delivering a lot more than just double the speed, the Festhalle in Bern and the Samsung Hall in Zurich are lucky if more than the exterior walls will be left once the dust settles. These two ‘Monster Shows’, as well as the night with Krokus as Very Special Guest in Lausanne, shouldn’t be missed by any means – it’s going to be jam-packed, hot and damn loud!
03/03/2017    Bern, Festhalle (Double-Headline-Show with Krokus)
03/04/2017    Zurich, Samsung Hall (Double-Headline-Show with Krokus)
03/12/2017    Lausanne, Salle Metropole (with Very Special Guest Krokus)

2015 Debut of UK Based AOR Event 'ROCKINGHAM Festival'

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A major new festival is about to land in the UK this autumn. This new endeavour is all set to deliver twenty-two bands in total, including a band that hasn’t played a gig since ’83, six that have never played in the UK, nine that have never played the proposed venue and a further three that haven't been to the UK in over a decade.
Rockingham is all set to take place at Nottingham’s Rock City over the weekend of the 24th to 26th October. Alongside Rock City, Dave Herron has booked and assembled a stellar line up of melodic rock goodness that should guarantee a healthy turnout.
Having been a fan of the genre for many years, Herron is no stranger to the world of Melodic Rock; utilising his vast experience and contacts to put together a bold and exciting line up, but that’s not all as Dave Herron explains, “you can expect a few surprise guest appearances throughout the weekend.”
\With its roots in the past, but its eyes firmly on the future, Rockingham is primed to become a permanent fixture on the UK festival circuit for the foreseeable future.
As part of Cinderella, Keifer should be familiar to any self-respecting rock fan. This is his first visit to the UK as a solo artist and anticipation is high. Expect a mix of Cinderella classics and solo material.  
Alongside HEAT, Eclipse is riding high as part of the new breed of AOR. If you caught them in the UK recently, then you’ll know what to expect: High-octane hard rock, delivered by a frontman who knows how to handle an audience.
Robin’s been no stranger to these shores in recent years, bringing a series of stunning shows to the UK last year. Robin’s last album was her finest since her debut and she’s currently at the pinnacle of her career.
From Rocky to Cobra and beyond. The king of soundtracks will be among many acts making their UK debut at Rockingham. With Tepper, Bush and Peterik in attendance it really will be 80’s soundtrack heaven.
They are the finest female fronted AOR act the UK has ever produced. As a live act they never fail to deliver and are sure to set the bar high.
A new singer and a bold new sound, Serpentine are out to prove that this is their definitive line up. Their “Circle Of Knives” album sees them producing the goods in the studio, so expect nothing else from their live performance.
Loud and proud, these Finnish riff masters will be the perfect festival openers. If Skid Row and the Gunners are your kinda bands, then make sure you’re down the front for these bad boys.
Despite the tragic event that saw the enigmatic Steve Lee lose his life, Gotthard have kept his memory alive by doing what they do best, tearing it up live. There are a few select bands from the last few years that garner such high praise from the AOR cognoscenti, Gotthard are one of them.
If ever a band deserved to be lauded from high then Portland’s finest are that act. They’ve toured with Bon Jovi and The Stones and their recent Download performance was magical. In another world they would have been huge, so get ready to mix it up some twenty-two years after they last appeared at Rock City. 
Grammy award winner Jim Peterik will be accompanied by a full live band so expect a heavily laiden Survivor set with classic songs also thrown in from JP’s 40+ year writing career , Ides Of March, 38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar and REO Speedwagon to name but a few.
Roll out the Funk ‘o’ metal carpet and get ready to ride it all the way back to the late eighties as Sweden’s finest exponents of the genre take to the stage. They could be the festivals silent assassins, so take nothing for granted and miss them at your peril.
They maybe a vehicle for Michael Erlandsson these days, but take nothing away from LAD as they’ve an impressive back catalogue to draw from.
Always a popular attraction, Vega is the great white hope of the AOR world. With three CDs worth of quality material to choose from, the only problem will be picking the right set.
Swedish soft rock newcomers, Care Of Night, delivered a fine debut earlier in the year, the kind that the Westcoast genre was built on. If you’ve had a heavy night after the previous evening’s entertainment, then these boys will be the perfect openers.
Back in ‘85/6 Dokken were riding the crest of a wave over in America. Their first four albums are rightly regarded as some of the finest of the era. They’ll be the perfect end to a fabulous weekend.
A Guiffria less, Guiffria? Well it’s done House Of Lords no harm for the last ten years. With David Glen Isley, Alan Krigger and Craig Goldy in attendance, they’ll be sure to do you right.
Ex Zinatra keyboard player Robbie Valentine makes his UK debut as a solo artist and his brand of flamboyance is sure to light up the evening. 
Backed by the rock band, Bailey, Stan Bush makes a welcome return to the UK for his first visit in over a decade. You can expect a jam packed set list, one that will cover all the bases.
The last time Royal Hunt appeared at a UK festival they damn near stole the weekend. A pompous, bombastic approach will have them appealing to many. With DC Cooper at the helm, a good time is almost guaranteed.
Having just stolen the show at the recent Vasby Rock festival, this collaboration between Age Sten Nillsen (Wig Wam) and Erik Martensson (Eclipse) is sure to be a must watch occasion. Their new album is one of this year’s highlights, after this performance you’ll understand why.
AORs most popular pin up girl has just released what is arguably her best album. Her recent live performances have seen her in good form; this performance should be no exception.
An exclusive for the readers and that’s the addition of Irelands finest to the bill. Fresh from supporting FM on their recent UK tour, No Hot Ashes will deliver a pleasant set of jaunty AOR.
I think you’ll all agree that Rockingham Festivals AOR credentials have been fully endorsed by having such an array of talent on show. Fans and ticket buyers would also be wise to watch out for announcements of official pre and after shows in the coming months via the festivals Facebook page.  
Dave Herron sums up the impending weekend perfectly, “It’s gonna be one hell of a party, with plans for 2016 already taking shape.”

One On One With Mitch Lafon - GOTTHARD & KEN MARY

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In episode 115 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by GOTTHARD vocalist, Nic Maeder.

Nic sits down with Mitch to discuss the band's new Live & Bangin' album, their plans for a new album, playing shows with former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick & doing those Paul Stanley vocals, covering the Plastic Bertrand song 'Ça Plane Pour Moi', being GOTTHARD's vocalist, on touring North America and much more.

Quote from the interview:

On doing the KISS songs with Bruce Kulick: "Paul Stanley sings insanely high. It was super challenging."

On his place in Gotthard: "It is my band now."

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

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In episode 117 of One On One With Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by drummer extraordinaire, KEN MARY.

KEN sits down with Mitch to discuss his overall career including being signed to Simmons Records (owned by KISS bassist Gene Simmons), producing and playing with such notable artists as ALICE COOPER, ACCEPT, HOUSE OF LORDS, IMPELLITTERI, BONFIRE, KIP WINGER, NORTHERN LIGHT ORCHESTRA and much more.

Quote from the interview:

On his audition for HOUSE OF LORDS: "It was put together Gregg Giuffria and Gene Simmons. I had to go through an audition process and one of the other drummers that auditioned was Matt Sorum. I ended up in House Of Lords and he ended up in Guns N' Roses. Who got the better end of that deal?"

This episode is co-hosted by FIREHOUSE guitarist, Bill Leverty.

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GOTTHARD Bang Out An Official Bootleg

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Friday, June 12, 2015
GOTTHARD have just announced a new live album via their newsletter:
“We’ve recorded this album on our "Bang!" tour in Baar, Switzerland in 2014 and decided that we wanted to release it as a limited special edition just for you. This album is exclusively dedicated to you guys!” Nic Maeder,Spring 2015

“LIVE & BANGIN” is a massive THANK YOU for the last four years, in which you have kept the faith with GOTTHARD – because without you, there probably wouldn’t have been a future after the tragic death of Steve Lee end of 2010. “LIVE & BANGIN” will not be available in stores, but instead sold solely in the GOTTHARD fan shop and at merchandise stalls on the upcoming festival tour, strictly limited. Exclusively for Fanclub members there’s a pile of CDs autographed by the band waiting to be unleashed. “LIVE & BANGIN” will be officially released 12th of June – however, pre-order aficionados may take a turn here:

How to order if you are a Fanclub member: Every Fanclub member can order 1 signed copy each. Ordering more copies is possible but the other copies will be unsigned then. You can easily order in the fan shop with the link above. We will recognize you as a Fanclub member by your name on the invoice.


There’s not a second wasted on “LIVE & BANGIN”: Almost like on an official bootleg, there are close to 75 minutes of the Tessin platinum rockers’ sound – unaltered, live and pure. With the premium digipack and a 16-page booklet packed with first hand live images “LIVE & BANGIN” really feels like a “Bang!” tour flashback. You could actually call its track list a set list, because the songs on “LIVE & BANGIN” are a perfect cross section of the tour-show including a lifelike instant mosh pit in your living room.


1. Let Me In Katie
2. Bang!
3. Get Up ‘N’ Move On
4. Sister Moon
5. Right On
6. Master Of Illusion
7. Feel What I Feel
8. The Call
9. Remember It’s Me
10. What You Get
11. The Train
12. C’est La Vie
13. That’s It (Car Crash)
14. Mountain Mama
15. Lift U Up
16. Thank You
17. Anytime Anywhere
“LIVE & BANGIN” is the adequate warm-up for GOTTHARD’s upcoming festival dates. The final leg of the “Bang!” tour kicks off June 19th, when Nic, Leo, Freddy, Hena and Marc want to thank you in person – live and eye-to-eye. This summer is all about you, be there and celebrate yourself!
19. June     I        Alpen Flair / Natz
11. July      CZ     Masters of Rock / Vizovice
18. July      CH     Sion sous les étoiles / Sion
25. July      D       Zeltspektakel / Winterbach
01. Aug      CH    Tenero Music Nights / Tenero
04. Aug      CH    Heitere Open Air / Zofingen
05. Aug      CH    Stars in Town / Schaffhausen
07. Aug      D      RockFels / Loreley
08. Aug      SK    Rock Pod Kamenom / Snina
15. Aug      D      Rock am Strand / Eckernförde
11. Sep      B       Olensfest / Olen
12. Sep      F       Raismes Fest / Raismes
23. Oct       UK    London / o2 Islington
24. Oct       UK    Rockingham / Nottingham



GOTTHARD Say 'Thank You'; New Live Album Due In May

Friday, May 29, 2015
2 words. Only 2 words. And yet they mean so much. Especially when you can’t find the right ones to say. But certainly in combination with music, which gives the missing words a melody and therefore equally affects the heart and soul.
Leo Leoni was inspired by them to create a beautiful rock ballad. His thoughts were clearly with his mother. She was still able to hear the song and its message before she passed away. As you can see, you can never say «Thank You» too soon. And it always comes at the right time.
Therefore Gotthard’s Thank You goes beyond the close family ties. It is also a Thank You to all mothers and women of the world and at the same time a warm Grazie and Merci to the many Gotthard fans around the globe.
"Thank You" from May 8th 2015 onwards available as single bundle.
From this date onwards, 'Thank You' will be downloadable on iTunes and other digital platforms as a bundle: the radio-edit, taken from Bang! which won "Best National Album“ at the Swiss Music Awards 2015, as well as the long version, a more than 10-minute live-track, recorded in November 2014 in Baar.

Live Album
But there is more exciting news. Gotthard have a special treat for their fans: The live album "Live & Bangin’" of the succesfull BANG! Tour will be available end of May in a limited edition and can only be ordered at the Fan-Shop on

One on One with Mitch Lafon - GOTTHARD

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

In episode 60 of One On One with Mitch Lafon, Mitch is joined by guitar-hero Leo Leoni of GOTTHARD. Formed in 1992, Gotthard have achieved great success in South America, Asia, Australia, Europe (scoring 11 consecutive #1 albums in Switzerland). However, North American success has eluded this veteran band. Guitarist Leoni and Mitch explore this question as well as discuss the band's new album Bang!, the untimely death of (lead singer) Steve Lee, new vocalist Nic Maeder, Leoni's restaurant GROTTHARD, musical influences and much more.

Co-hosting with Mitch this week is MATT BRADSHAW of Australian band, Dressed To Chill. The band appears on the A World With Heroes KISS tribute and Matt can be found further on the A World With Heroes follow-up EP. Matt also knows Gotthard singer, Nic Maeder. Dressed To Chill is currently in studio recording an all acoustic KISS covers album.

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One on One with Mitch Lafon - GUNS N ROSES, BODY COUNT and GOTTHARD

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

In episode 30 of One On One with Mitch Lafon. Mitch is joined by co-host Mark Strigl Of Talking Metal.

This episode features Dizzy REED of GUNS N' ROSES who discusses the band's new 'Appetite For Democracy - Live At The Hard Rock Casino' Blu-Ray, his long standing tenure as Guns N' Roses keyboardist, the infamous Guns N' Roses Montreal Riot from August 1992, his new band The Dead Daisies and more.

Our second interview features ERNIE C of BODY COUNT. He talksabout the band's new album, Manslaughter, lead singer ICE T, playing the Heavy Montreal festival this August and more.

And in a very special third interview, Mitch sits down with GOTTHARD frontman, NIC MAEDER. The pair discuss the band's latest effort, BANG!, the band's success in Europe, Nic's former band with his brother, MAEDER, and much more.

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GOTTHARD - Bang! (Review)

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Bang! is another album that suffers from being too long for its own good – especially with added bonus tracks in some editions, but it's a big step back in the right direction for the band and an album that carries the classic Gotthard sound more closely than Firebirth. This puts my interest in the band fully back into focus after losing it following the last album.
A classic is now expected next time lads! 

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Monday, June 16, 2014


Gotthard overcame the tragic death of charismatic frontman Steve Lee by taking a couple of years off and recruiting Aussie import Nic Maeder as their new singer. Nic's job was an unenvious one, but he's handled it will class and style.
The band was at the top of their game when Steve died and their comeback album Firebirth carried massive expectations. It was however was pretty average to these ears and only featured a few really strong tunes. Some disagreed of course and loved the rawer, under produced style, but the overall fan reaction was tepid. The songs just weren't there.

Bang! is a much better Gotthard album in all respects. The production is much better – crisper and smoother and more commercial than Firebirth. This is a more traditional sounding Gotthard album and picks up where Steve Lee left off. The band could still use a little help on the choruses – but the songs here are far stronger than the last album – even if there are still maybe 2 or 3 fillers.

Bang! is a strong rocker to open the album. Initially I thought the chorus was simply daft, but as simple (and silly) as it is, it's catchy and has grown on me quite nicely over the weeks.
Get Up 'n' Move picks up the tempo even further. It's a frantic, organ drenched rocker with a hard edge riff and a thumping beat. I like it.
Feel What I Feel is another cracking Gotthard tune – an instant classic I think – with a memorable, commercial friendly, feel good chorus that you just can't help but sing along to.
I guess it is time for a ballad and C'est La Vie is just that. An acoustic driven piece, with a nice pleasant feel about it and a soft, raspy vocal from Nic. It has a very “French provincial” feel. It is a bit of a pace killer though, I might have waited another track or two to drop this in.
Jump the Gun is a groove heavy hard rocker with a darker tone. The chorus isn't a stand out, but the groove is what drives the track – that and the heavy guitar and strong vocals. Some nice organ in there too.
Spread Your Wings has a classic Deep Purple 70s rock vibe to it. Drenched in organ, the song has a definite style of its own, but it's a filler to these ears.
I Won't Look Down is another 70s influenced track, this time it has a Led Zeppelin feel to it. Sadly another filler as far as I'm concerned. It simply doesn't go anywhere.
My Belief is a much better track. A moody track again, but a more free flowing song and one that carries with it the feel of classic Gotthard. And while the chorus isn't massive, it does stand on its own, mainly due to the comforting familiarity in the style.
Time to break the tempo a little and the next ballad Maybe is a duet with unknown American Melody Tibbits, who has a very pleasant voice. Good song, if not a little strange to hear a female lead on a Gotthard record!
Red On a Sleeve is a fierce, hard rocking song with maximum impact. The tough exterior and a good fit for this part of the album, but not the best chorus ever.
What You is less intense as its predecessor, but rocks just as hard. I like this track a lot. Good chorus too.
Mr. Ticket Man is another uptempo rocker with an ok chorus and some prominent organ. A decent album track, but not a highlight.
Thank You is perhaps the most 'out of skin' Gotthard tune ever. This epic track runs 11 minutes in length and combines a full orchestral intro before launching into a heartfelt piano ballad that builds in intensity with the orchestral backing come back into it. The song continue on to a powerful guitar drive climax with orchestra in full flight. Marvelous stuff!

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