The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards

The Better Never Than Late ‘MelRock Best Album Of 2018’ Awards
1. Treat – Tunguska
Classic. Modern and contemporary, yet absolutely old-school in its melodic approach.
2. W.E.T – Earthrage
The combo of Soto/Martensson/Sall produced another extraordinary anthemic masterclass.
3. Shinedown – Attention Attention
They don’t do bad albums, but this still one of their best. Amazing emotional journey.
4. Perfect Plan – All Rise
The brightest newcomer of 2018 and a seriously stunning slice of Scandi melodic rock on their debut.
5. Halestorm – Vicious
Another glorious slice of female fronted hard rock.
6. Creye – Creye
Another bright Swedish newcomer. A pink and fluffy AOR dream.
7. State of Salazar – Superhero
Another unique and truly special “new old school” Scandi band. I love these guys.
8. Magnum – Lost on The Road to Eternity
My favourite “New Magnum” release since reforming. A little more uptempo and more keys.
9. Station – More Than The Moon
Consistent, memorable, anthemic and well produced. And American!
10. Snakes In Paradise – Step Into The Light
Another welcome return. Unique band with a unique sound.
11. Care Of Night – Love Equals War
Second album and more quality pure AOR for old-school fans.
12. Vega – Only Human
Always solid, always classy and still the holders of the British AOR crown.
13. Kenny Leckremo’s Spectra – Spectra
A little different than expected and quite laid back, but that voice and these songs, winner.
14. Dynazty – Firesign
Their heaviest yet. Kick ass anthemic European hard rock. Eclipse meets Masterplan.
15. Ted Poley – Modern Art
Ted switches up his 80s sound for a modern melodic rock masterpiece.
16. Groundbreaker – Groundbreaker
The second album featuring Robert Sall. This one with FM’s Steve Overland. Smooth as silk.
17. Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
The 70s meets today. Styx meets ELO. Brain food for melodic rock fans.
18. FM – Atomic Generation
Two from two for the master vocalist Steve Overland.
19. Ghost – Prequelle
A surprisingly melodic album for an artist that’s particularly ‘out there’.
20. Dallas – Dallas
The mix and sound unfortunately varied, but holy hell, the songs! 80s anthems galore.
21. 7th Heaven – Color In Motion
Their best album since vocalist Adam joined. A short 10 track statement – impossibly catchy as usual.
22. Age Sten Nilsen's Ammunition – Ammunition
Not quite as consistent as the debut, but Wig Wam meets Eclipse? Every day of the week please.
23. Core Leoni – Greatest Hits Part 1
Great songs from the Gotthard early days and some amazing vocals from Ronnie Romero.
24. Atlas – In Pursuit Of Memory
Production could have been better, but this classy debut mixes genres into something memorable.
25. Steve Perry – Traces
It should have been number one. It’s an almost album - almost suitable for any occasion. The voice is almost there, the songs were almost there, but the tempo was AWOL. Still…any Steve MF Perry is good SMFP to many and his legion of dedicated fans.

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - HALESTORM, IAN HILL (Judas Priest), TORA TORA

On this episode of ROCK TALK WITH MITCH LAFON, new interviews with Ian Hill Of Judas Priest, Halestorm's Lzzy Hale & Joe Hottinger, and Tora Tora's Anthony Corder. All interviews recorded live in-person at venues in Albany NY, Montreal and Columbia MD.
Our first interview is with Judas Priest's Ian Hill (recorded at The Palace in Albany, NY). Ian speaks about the current tour, why the Ripper Owens albums aren't available, the importance of the Painkiller album, what happens if Andy Sneap leaves, and much more. 
In our second interview (recorded backstage at the MTelus in Montreal), Halestorm discuss the band's latest release Vicious, should we use the term 'female guitarist' or simply say 'guitarist', Alice Cooper, covering songs from '80s bands, finding their 'sound' and much more.
And we end the episode with a quick chat (recorded at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, Maryland) with Tora Tora's Anthony Corder. He discusses the band's latest album Bastards Of Beale, getting back together, making new music, the importance of the M3 Rock Festival and much more.



Halestorm - "Chemicals" [Official Audio]

"Our Song "Chemicals" was written in homage to those we’ve lost and all of us struggling with mental illness. In this song I dip into the personal insanity that goes on inside your head. Because sometimes you feel like you are drowning in the whisperings of your own mind, like you are the Only One at war with your impending darkness. But really, we are all in this together. We are all battling one day at a time. We, The fighters... We are the majority. So I made the chorus an anthem, an epiphany that we are all the same, and most everyone you meet has been touched by mental illness. Let’s lift each other up. Raise Your Horns!"



JASMINE CAIN Single 'Be Brave' Launches; Album Out May 10

Music City Mayhem 'Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ JASMINE CAIN Returns March 29 with “BE BRAVE”
Produced by Caleb Sherman (Rex Brown, The Lacs), “Be Brave” Appears on SEVEN (Cain’s 7th LP) Releasing May 10
Nashville Album Release Show, Star Wars Themed Cantina Party, May 4 at Little Harpeth Brewery
Coast to Coast Tour Includes Bike Weeks in Daytona Beach, Arizona, Myrtle Beach, and Sturgis

Nashville, TN: Music City Mayhem 'Female Rock Vocalist of the Year’ and bassist extraordinaire Jasmine Cain has announced the March 29 release of “Be Brave," the first single from her forthcoming album, SEVEN. With shimmering vocals and her trademark bassline, the melodic mid-tempo rocker recalls the best of Halestorm, Heart and Whitesnake. Inspired by her best friend, and lifetime co-writer, Paige Logan, Cain shaped the song with her friend’s infinite wisdom, "She has been my female inspiration for many of my transitions in life. I've seen her face almost everything life can throw at you, and each time she walked through the fire and came out of the ashes on the other side better than she was before. When I asked her how she does it, this is her only advice. Be brave."

Brave is the first taste of SEVEN, Cain's seventh album, and her first since 2016’s White Noise, a breakthrough album that featured Jeff LeBar of Cinderella and Michael Starr of Steel Panther. SEVEN is more than a number, it's a life path that she connects to on a deeply spiritual level, "The number seven is about harmony and allowing yourself to think outside the box. I needed a new direction and fresh ideas and so I created my own trinity of sound with the help of some key element players and together we pushed through the boundaries I had locked myself into a new dimension that is SEVEN."
Three years in the making, and due for release on May 10, Cain has delivered her magnum opus, packed with her most personal burdens, unpacked with emotional clarity and executed with a searing urgency. Anthems like “Let It Go” and “Ghost” showcase her incredible range as a vocalist, finding strength from scars while the razor sharps riffs of “Money,” Burnout” and “Real World” show that this power trio is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.
Produced by Caleb Sherman, known for his work with The Lacs and Rex Brown of Pantera, the 10-track album deftly layers the edginess of Active Rock with the pop sensibilities of Adult Contemporary to create a comprehensive journey that stakes its claim as a towering achievement of classic rock and modern music. In addition to Sherman, who adds keys, synth, guitars, bass, and background vocals, Mills Logan was at the controls as recording and mixing engineer with contributions from songwriters Paige Logan, Monique Staffile (HER), and Kevin Bebout and all-star musicians including guitarists Jordan Roepke, and Kenny Olson (Kid Rock) and Accept drummer Christopher Williams.
In conjunction with the album release, Jasmine launched a Patreon to give her rabid “Cainiacs” exclusive access to subscriber-only videos, limited edition posters, behind-the-scenes photos and two bonus cuts not appearing on the album, the soul-baring, “Hurt” and a cover of “E.T.” by Katy Perry. Patrons will also have the opportunity to partake in VIP meetups.

Taking the show on the road is what she loves the most, logging 150 dates per year. 2019 will see her go coast-to-coast, from the beaches of South Carolina to the sands of San Diego including multi-date stints at bike weeks in Daytona Beach, Scottsdale, Myrtle Beach, Galveston, TX and Sturgis, SD. For her album release show in Nashville, she’s hosting a raucous celebration at Little Harpeth Brewery in East Bank. Dubbed “May The 4th Be With You,” her Star Wars themed Cantina Party will include a costume contest, burlesque, prop replicas, live lightsaber duel demonstrations, a Stormtrooper DJ and a full bore rock show. Also on hand will be 501st Legion (aka "Vader’s Fist"), an international fan-based organization dedicated to the construction and wearing of screen-accurate replicas of Imperial Stormtrooper armor, Sith Lords, Clone Troopers, bounty hunters, and other villains from the Star Wars universe. Gibson Guitars is donating guitars signed by Femi Taylor (Oola from Return of the Jedi) and the band for silent auction with proceeds (plus a portion of ticket sales) to benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. In addition to standard general admission tickets, a limited number of VIP passes will be offered that include a private viewing area and a special meet ’n' greet with Jasmine and Femi. For more info / tickets, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jasmine-cain-tickets-55703140593.
Recognized as “Artist of the Year” at the 2017 Nashville Industry Music Awards (NIMA), Cain continues to generate excitement worldwide, playing 1500+ shows/festivals over the past decade, including gigs with Quiet Riot, Great White, Jackyl, Winger, Heart, Vixen, Skid Row, Bullet Boys, Lita Ford, 38 Special, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Blackstone Cherry, Powerman 5000, Finger 11, Theory of a Deadman, My Darkest Days and Three Days Grace. She’s endorsed by Warwick Basses, Teye Guitars, GHS Strings, Elixir Strings, Shure, Westone Audio, Traynor Amplification, Epiphone, Larrivée Acoustic Guitars, Peavey and Line 6 Wireless and sells her own line of coffee under the monikers, Suicide Blonde and Coffin Coffee. 
3/07 - Cartersville, GA @ Sixes Tavern (Bike Night)
3/11 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (Bike Week)
3/12 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (Bike Week)
3/13 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Dirty Harry’s (w/ Slaughter)
4/04 - Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root
4/06 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Dirty Dogg Saloon (Bike Week)
4/07 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Dirty Dogg Saloon (Bike Week)
4/13 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cactus Jack’s
4/14 - San Diego, CA @ Tipsy Crow (2pm)
4/14 - San Diego, CA @ Goodbar (8pm)
4/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Universal Bar & Grill
4/20 - Cave Creek, AZ @ Roadhouse
4/26 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget
4/27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Golden Nugget
5/03 - Atwood, TN @ Friday Night Boogie Hollar
5/04 - Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth Brewery (Album Release)
5/10 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Hard Rock (Album Release)
5/12 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
5/13 - North Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues
5/15 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/16 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/17 - Murrells Inlet, SC @ Suck Bang Blow
5/26 - Sandusky, OH @ Jimmy Bukkett’s (Bike Week)
6/01 - Fairborn, OH @ Sugar Mellon's
Jasmine Cain - SEVEN
1. Burnout
2. Do It For You
3. Be Brave
4. Are You Ready 
5. Let It Go
6. Money 
7. Ghost
8. Real World
9. Powers
10. Longshot




This issue also includes a 200 page pdf and 100 free mp3 songs!!
INTERVIEWS this issue include:  Joe Bonamassa, Halestorm, Dee Snider, Tyketto, Nazareth, Ann Wislon, Enuff Z’ Nuff, Tarja, UDO, Glass Tiger, Primal Fear, Monster Truck, Epica, Uriah Heep, Hardcore Superstar and many, many more...
Our ‘Divine Decade’ series looks at 1979 and includes debut albums by Saxon, Accept, Axe and Aviary amongst others, as well as classic live albums such as Judas Priest’s ‘Unleashed In The East’, UFO’s ‘Strangers In The Night’ and Cheap Trick’s monumental ‘At Budokan’. Albums of the year?  AC/DC ‘Highway To Hell’, Kiss ‘Dynasty’, Whitesnake ‘Lovehunter’ and Rainbow’s ‘Down To Earth’. What a year!!
Our enthusiasts Guide looks at the off-shoot projects and solo albums from the members of Queen while ‘Unsung Heroes’ takes an in-depth look at the career of Jon Stevens.
ALL THIS and so much more, including over 50 pages of reviews, including full page review of the new Steve Perry solo album, ‘Traces’!!
In WH Smiths across UK this Thursday, May 13.
FIREWORKS: ROCK & METAL - Simply the BEST Value For Money music magazine EVER!!!

Jacob Cade - "Icky Nikki" (Co-written by LZZY Hale & Joe Hottinger)

One of the most spirited rockers today is undoubtedly singer/guitarist Jacob Cade, who’s seemingly never-ending energy has landed him opening slots with the likes of Steel Panther, Bobaflex, Winger, and Dokken. And now, Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger are on board the Jacob Cade train, as they helped write what will be the follow-up single to Jacob’s Top-40 charting debut, "What’s Your Problem?!"
The new track, "Icky Nikki," was produced and mixed by Michael Wagener, known for his work with Metallica, Motley Crue, Megadeth, Alice Cooper and many more rock legends. Many stations have already added the song into rotation (including KBPI, KHTQ, WIIL, KFML, WHXR, KTED, KEDJ, KGRR, and KCGQ), with many others soon to follow. “Icky Nikki” can be heard via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcDnojDdhYA
“Working with Lzzy was the most amazing and influential experience for me as a songwriter,” explains Jacob. “I can’t explain how much I learned in that one day of writing music with her and Joe Hottinger. The song is about a toxic girl that was more or less built out of mine and Lzzy’s imagination with a little help from some of my own experiences. I can’t thank Lzzy and Joe enough for being so cool and willing to work with me!” 
Cade’s earlier single, “What’s Your Problem?!”, was a hit at rock radio, and was also produced by Michael Wagner, and was co-written with Skid Row bassist Rachel Bolan. Additionally, Cade has written material with former Winger guitarist, Paul Taylor, as well. 
Lastly, there is a simple reason why Cade feels his music stands out from the rest of the pack. “I believe it is different with what is coming out lately, and that's what makes it special and appealing.” As evidenced with the insanely catchy “Icky Nikki,” the fast-rising rocker is quickly making a name for himself with admirers of high energy, melodic rock n’ roll. 

HALESTORM Get 'Vicious' For New Album Out July 27

Friday, July 27, 2018
HALESTORM will release new album 'Vicious' April 27, preceeded today with the release of the single 'Unconfortable'.
"We are so excited to unleash our new single "Uncomfortable" and announce our New Album Vicious. It's been an amazing journey creating this album, it is fierce, and our most unapologetic collection of music to date. Can't wait for you to sink your teeth into it! Vicious out everywhere July 27th."
Album track listing:
1. Black Vultures
2. Skulls
3. Uncomfortable
4. Buzz
5. Do Not Disturb
6. Conflicted
7. Killing Ourselves To Live
8. Heart of Novocaine
9. Painkiller
10. White Dress
11. Vicious
12. The Silence

HALESTORM - Into The Wild Life (Review)

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Sick Individual
The Reckoning
Dear Daughter
What Sober Couldn’t Say
Bad Girl’s World
I Like It Heavy
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Some are going to call this the band’s best album because it’s so different to what came before. But those that have a strong affinity with the first two albums could really struggle with the direction of this one.
I’ve sat on this review for a while knowing that some time was needed for the updated direction to sink in. I’m glad I did, as I’ve found that while I really like every song on the album, I’m not coming back to it quite as often as I did with Strange Case Of.
There’s some truly groundbreaking moments on here, some inspired songwriting (full credit for all songs being written by the band) and a monster sound as per usual, but at the same time, maybe a bit of warmth from the first two albums isn’t as present here.
But, when the mood fits, there really isn’t anything else like this on the market and no one has the balls or the passion of Halestorm.
And Lzzy Hale is a genuine, bonafide, all-American rock n roll star. Her vocals on this album are simply incredible.
So the sound of this album varies almost from track to track as the guys (and gal) try and cram everything they’ve come up with in. That shows terrific talent and diversity in the songwriting and production departments (production by Jay Joyce of In Pursuit & Bedlam fame, recorded in Nashville).
There’s the high-tech modern rock of Scream and Sick Individual (with its big groovy chorus); and the balls to the wall rocker Mayhem, which I adore. Three great songs right here.
More traditional Halestorm can be found on the aggressive I Am The Fire; the rousing Amen; mood driven The Reckoning and Apocalyptic.
The guys take a shot at FM radio with some Pink inspired commercial tracks such as the beautifully sung ballad Dear Daughter and What Sober Couldn’t Say that features a stunning vocal and smooth chorus.
Then there’s the country influence of Nashville seeping through on several tracks which if de-rocked, could easily be covered by Nashville’s finest females - New Modern Love; the amazing ballad Bad Girl’s World; the metal-country Gonna Get Mine and the biker-rally ready I Like It Heavy.
What I also like it the transitions between tracks and the occasional ad-lib or segue way into the next track – it shows that a lot of time and thought has gone into sequencing and how the album should flow. The art of “album making” is not all lost!
As is the case with many releases, there’s two bonus tracks – the simple riff-n-groove-hard rocker Jump The Gun and the catchy commercial modern rocker Unapologetic (touching on the Pink influence again).

This is a monster record and I applaud all involved for their commitment to the art of making a full album and executing it well. The sound and style is a little more diverse and modern than the band’s first two releases, so I expect there to be some debate over this album’s merits.
While I think Strange Case Of was a more focused and direct record, there is no doubting that Into The Wild Life is a very accomplished piece of work with a ton of great new songs.



HALESTORM Head 'Into The Wild Life' This April

Friday, April 3, 2015

The news all HALESTORM fans have been waiting for!


FREAKS, we are EXTREMELY pleased to announce the upcoming release of our brand new album INTO THE WILD LIFE this coming April!!!!

Here are the worldwide release dates:

April 3rd: Benelux, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand
April 6th: United Kingdom, France, and all markets not otherwise noted
April 7th: United States, Canada, Mexico, Italy, Spain, Latin America, Southeast Asia
April 8th: Japan

Exclusive pre-order bundles are available at our webstore! Please note, these exclusive bundles are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA OUR WEBSITE. Check them out here: http://smarturl.it/intothewildlifestore

Pre-orders of the album are also available at all the usual retail suspects.

A special message from LZZY HALE (OFFICIAL) about INTO THE WILD LIFE:

"This album is not a departure, it is an invitation to all things Halestorm. We didn't stray from who we are, there's just a lot more of who we are. If you dare, start with the outer most layer of the onion, our first single "Apocalyptic" which is the medium between where we left off on "The Strange Case Of.." and where "Into The Wild Life" begins.

Lyrically and musically, we explored everything that makes us tick. We set a standard for this record, and gave ourselves no choice other than to be unapologetically Halestorm in every way. In a time where everyone is freaked out about the state of music, rock n' roll, hit singles, sales....we decided to ignore all of that and make a true album.

My insider's advice: Close your eyes and listen to the album from start to finish. There are some surprises that await you inside that are well worth the journey. Enjoy!"

We'll also be hitting the road this April-May in the U.S. with The Pretty Reckless as support on a Carnival of Madness Powered by Monster Energy tour. We'll also be announcing a second opener to that tour in the coming weeks too!

Oh yeah, first single "Apocalyptic" is out today too!


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