Jeff Scott Soto

Wed
01
Nov

SONS OF APOLLO’s ‘Psychotic Symphony’ Debuts At #1 On Billboard’s “Heatseekers”

 
October 31, 2017 -- Since it was first announced in August, fans of SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)—had high expectations of their highly anticipated debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY. Those fans came out in full force to pick up a copy its first week out, which in turn propelled the album straight to the top of Billboard’s “Heatseeker” chart, where it debuts at #1.
 
Elsewhere on the Billboard charts:
#10 “Rock Chart”
#33 “Top Current Albums”
 
Released October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is available as a 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes and extended booklet with an exclusive Studio Diary), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD (which comes with an etching on side D and the entire album on the CD), Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. It was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater. Order it here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.
 
As Portnoy exclaims, “The reception to SONS OF APOLLO has been OFF THE CHARTS incredible...well, now actually I guess even ON the charts incredible as well!! Seriously, the reaction from both the fans and the media has been great and we really appreciate all of the love and support so far! 
 
“Launching a new band is never easy (take it from the man who has launched about 87 of them!), but when you have such an incredibly strong launching point as SOA does, the sky's the limit! We look forward to getting this band on the road and playing all over the world throughout 2018...tour dates are coming very soon!"
 
  
Visit the new InsideOut Shop: 
www.insideoutshop.de
 
 
“Lost In Oblivion” video ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tG7hYazcfOw

 

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Tue
26
Sep

Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon - SONS OF APOLLO (Jeff Scott Soto)

 
New On Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon @podcastone
Sons of Apollo (Jeff Scott Soto) and a lot of Scorpions
 
In our first interview, singer Jeff Scott Soto talks about his time in Journey, Rising Force (Ygnwie Malmsteen), new band Sons Of Apollo, new solo album Retribution, W.E.T., and much more.
 
Former Scorpions drummer James Kottak joins Mitch for an update and discusses his upcoming new album, plans for the future, Mikkey Dee and more.
 
And finally, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell discusses his great new band Rock Wolves, shares his thoughts on drummer Mikkey Dee, why he wasn’t asked to rejoin the Scorpions, his future with Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, and much more.
 
 
Twitter: @mitchlafon
Instagram: @mitch_lafon
 

 

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Mon
14
Aug

SONS OF APOLLO Launch Debut Track “Signs Of The Time”

 
SONS OF APOLLO
FEATURING MIKE PORTNOY, DEREK SHERINIAN, RON “BUMBLEFOOT” THAL,
BILLY SHEEHAN AND JEFF SCOTT SOTO
LAUNCH DEBUT TRACK “SIGNS OF THE TIME”
 
Last week saw the announcement of SONS OF APOLLO, the highly anticipated new band featuring former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force).  Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is due for release on October 20 via InsideOutMusic / Sony, and now they are pleased to reveal their first track titled “Signs of the Time.” Listen now here: 
 

 
Mike comments: "’Signs Of The Time’ was the very first thing myself, Derek & Bumblefoot wrote when we got together to begin writing for SONS OF APOLLO in March of this year.
 
‘It starts with this heavy, brutal Bumbleriff (initially coined ‘Korntera’), then goes into a cool verse with a two-part vocal melody that I wrote sung by Jeff and myself, which eventually opens up to a HUGE vocal hook in the chorus that Jeff wrote (sung in three-part harmony by Jeff, myself and Bumblefoot).
 
“The middle section riffs are a few things that Derek brought in and show why he is the most BADASS keyboard player in the biz (playing the keys like a guitar player on fire!) and then we have the long extended breakdown and guitar solo which shows why Bumblefoot is one of today's greatest GUITAR HEROES! This album is going to get him the recognition he truly deserves and this particular guitar solo is one of the tastiest, most insane solos I've EVER heard.
 
“So all in all, this song has a little bit of everything that makes SONS OF APOLLO so special...great heavy riffs, amazing solos with individual instrumental virtuosity and a big, catchy chorus with more hooks than a tackle box!!
 
“I figured this would be a great ‘first taste’ to introduce the world to this amazing new supergroup...and there's a whole lot more of different musical styles and twist & turns still to come all throughout the album."
 
The debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, is now available to pre-order on 2CD Mediabook (featuring a second disc of instrumental mixes), Gatefold 2LP vinyl + CD, Standard Jewelcase CD & digital download. Pre-order now here: http://smarturl.it/SonsOfApolloPS.
 
The full track-listing of PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY is as follows:
 
1. God of The Sun
2. Coming Home
3. Signs of the Time
4. Labyrinth
5. Alive
6. Lost In Oblivion
7. Figaro’s Whore
8. Divine Addiction
9. Opus Maximus
 
An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ
 
PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.
 
SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
 
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity-- a lethal combination!”
 
But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”
 
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
 
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.
 
“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”
 
Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO online:
 

 

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Wed
02
Aug

SONS OF APOLLO Unites PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, SOTO, SHERINIAN & BUMBLEFOOT

Introducing SONS OF APOLLO!
For the past few months, rumours have been circulating about a new secret project including former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. Now, the time has come to make the grand and highly anticipated introduction to their new band, SONS OF APOLLO.
Reuniting to form SONS OF APOLLO, Portnoy and Sherinian have joined forces with Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force).
Their debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, will be released 20th October on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music. An album teaser can be seen on InsideOutMusic’s YouTube page here: https://youtu.be/kPN2DttzlZQ
 
 

 
 
SONS OF APOLLO got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
 
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity-- a lethal combination!”
 
But what to call the next great supergroup? “Derek was mainly the one behind the name,” says Portnoy. “I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested SONS OF APOLLO and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”
 
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
 
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”
 
SONS OF APOLLO will hit the road in 2018 for their first worldwide tour.
 
“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. SONS OF APOLLO is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”
 
Sherinian agrees, “We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring SONS OF APOLLO to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”
 
 
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Tue
13
Jun

ANIMAL DRIVE To Debut On Frontiers in 2018

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Frontiers has had an ongoing successful working relationship with the one and only Jeff Scott Soto for many years now, so when JSS put a band in front of them and told them they HAD TO HEAR IT, they turned up the volume, leaned back, and awaited what would soon wash over their ears. What immediately stood out was the way the singer had such a commanding presence of the hard rock songs that were being performed. So, a conversation was started and a deal has been struck.
 
Frontiers Music Srl is now very pleased to introduce the world to ANIMAL DRIVE, a young and driven hard rock band founded in Zagreb, Croatia in 2012 by singer Dino Jelusic, who is the primary writer and driving force behind the band's sound. Dino was chosen by the late, great Paul O'Neill to tour as a featured vocalist on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's most recent U.S. tour, which is how he crossed paths with Soto and which would ultimately lead to them becoming labelmates.
 
ANIMAL DRIVE's line-up is completed by guitarists Ivan Keller and Alen Luke (who unleash a ferocious twin guitar attack on the listener), Damjan Milekovic on bass, and Adrian Boric on drums. Influenced by legendary bands such as Whitesnake/David Coverdale and SKID ROW with progressive rock and metal elements from Dream Theater thrown in the mix, Animal Drive take their listeners on a wild ride of hard rock bombast.
 
Dino says: "I am more than delighted and excited to be part of Frontiers' machine, the label that Animal Drive's music can relate to in so many aspects, from classic rock, progressive metal, heavy metal, hard rock... Our music contains everything that Frontiers holds right now, and some of the bands that are our biggest influences are signed to the label, which makes us even more excited. Can't wait to share material we have been working on for almost a year now, and can't wait to kick ass!"
 
The band's debut album is expected to be released in late 2017/ early 2018 with a tour in support of the release to follow.
 
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Thu
06
Apr

R.I.P TSO's PAUL O'NEILL

 
The entire Trans-Siberian Orchestra family, past and present, is heartbroken to share the devastating news that Paul O’Neill has passed away from chronic illness.
He was our friend and our leader -- a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This is a profound and indescribable loss for us all.
We ask that you respect Paul’s family’s privacy now.
We will make additional announcements shortly.
Jeff Scott Soto has also just posted: 
I am beyond speechless, heartbroken and devastated...one of the most amazing human beings on this planet, I will NEVER forget the many aspects in life this man shared with me and so many in the world, Mr Paul O'Neill, may you rest in peace sir!
 
RIP Paul.

 

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Fri
16
Dec

SOTO Offers Free New Track Download As Part Of Future Plan

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Free Digital Download available here: https://soundcloud.com/user-576107402/give-in-to-me-soto
 
Give In To Me
(Michael Jackson, Bill Botrell)
Produced by Edu Cominato & Jeff Scott Soto
Arrangements by Edu Cominato, Leo Mancini and JSS
 
Keyboards by Fabio Ribeiro
Rhythm guitars: Leo Mancini
Backing vocals: Andrew Ross, Phillip Brandon, Dino Jelusic, John Brink
 
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Adriano Daga
 
Video produced and edited by Brian Z for Zaba Productions
 
Published by Mijac Music (adm. by Warner-Tamerlane Publ. Corp.)
 
SOTO is:
Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto
Guitar: Jorge Salan
Drums: Edu Cominato
Bass: David Z
Guitars/Keys: BJ
 
 
SOTO, formed in 2014, is the dream band created when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the ‘heavier side’ of his career after fronting artists Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, Journey and even his own solo albums. The band hope to continue its construction as a driving force in today’s Hard Rock & Metal scene.
 
Tour Dates 2017:
 
JAN
31.01 US - TAMPA, FL - THE ORPHEUM
 
FEB
02.02 US - MONSTERS OF ROCK CRUISE (EAST)
10.02 UK - WOLVERHAMPTON, SLADE ROOMS
11.02 UK - NEWCASTLE, THE CLUNY
12.02 UK - SHEFFIELD, THE CORPORATION
14.02 UK - EDINBURGH, BANNERMANS
15.02 UK - NOTTINGHAM, RESCUE ROOMS
17.02 UK - LONDON, UNDERWORLD
18.02 NL - ZOETERMEER, DE BOERDERIJ
19.02 NL - LANDGRAAF, OEFENBUNKER
21.02 DE - MUNICH/OLCHING, LEGENDS LOUNGE
22.02 SK - BRATISLAVA, RANDAL CLUB
24.02 HU - BUDAPEST, BACKSTAGE PUB
25.02 DE - LICHTENFELS, PAUNCHY CATS
26.02 DE - DESSAU, BEATCLUB
 
MAR
01.03 FI - TAMPERE - YO-TALO
03.03 FI - HELSINKI - ON THE ROCKS
04.03 FI - VAASA - WS ARENA
05.03 SW - LULEÅ - KULTERENS HUS
07.03 SW - OREBRO - FRIMiS SALONGER
08.03 SW - STOCKHOLM - GOTA KALLARE
10.03 NO - OSLO - HARD ROCK CAFE
11.03 SW - GOTHENBURG - STICKY FINGERS
12.03 DK - COPENHAGEN - HIGH VOLTAGE
 
Jeff recently commented on the future of the SOTO brand:
 
As mentioned a few months ago, SOTO parted ways with our label & after much deliberation, we have decided to forge ahead independently as we continue to bring you new music into the future.
I’m not divulging anything new on how the music business has dramatically changed so much the past years…but we decided to change with it and our plan starts with YOU in mind later this week.
As a gift to you all for the holidays, we have recorded our own heavy version of the incredible Michael Jackson song ‘Give In To Me’ and are giving it to you FREE as a digital download!
 
There is an accompanying video being pieced together by the talented Brian Z, younger brother of David, who directed and produced the ‘Unblame’ video for us that we’re hoping coincides with this new track.
From there, we will be releasing for purchase a new song digitally, about every month, once we return from the upcoming tour instead of the traditional long play CD. This not only allows us the time to work on songs individually but gives us a chance to put the quality behind each track instead of cramming to create an entire album in one go.
We’re mixing and mastering the giveaway now as I write this, info on where and how to get it will be widespread & easy to find…we think you’re gonna dig it!!! JSS

 

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Wed
17
Feb

Noize In The Attic Podcast - JEFF SCOTT SOTO


"It was only about Yngwie and I wanted to do something with camaraderie.. When Marcel Jacob took his life and Yngwie didn't acknowledge it, I made a statement that Yngwie is dead (to me) for not accepting our calls for his fallen brother.."
 
Jeff Scott Soto guests on this week's Noize In The Attic - Where Your Past Comes Back To Haunt You (www.noizeintheattic.com) on 88.7FM New Haven CT.  Jeff talks in depth about the new SOTO album, the upcoming Monsters Of Rock cruise, Yngwie, Journey, Queen and much more!
 
Hear the full episode (the interview starts at 26 minute mark) http://noizeintheattic.podomatic.com/entry/2016-02-16T05_55_56-08_00

 
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Fri
29
Jan

LITA FORD Unlocks 'Time Capsule' April 15

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feat. Gene Simmons, Billy Sheehan, Jeff Scott Soto, Dave Navarro & Rick Nielsen
 
American vocalist/guitarist Lita Ford is set to release her latest album Time Capsule on Steamhammer/SPV on 15 April 2016.
 
The very special and unusual recording turns back the clock to a time when honest, down-to-earth rock music was still handmade and recorded without digital tricks and contraptions. Time Capsule is a ”throwback” record that boasts identifiable voices and brilliant players jamming without any planning or pressure. Some of the album`s highlights: Billy Sheehan (bass), Rodger Carter (drums), Dave Navarro (mandolin), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Rick Nielsen and Robin Zander (backing vocals) and Gene Simmons (bass).
 
“There was a shitload of these 24-track analog tapes in the closet in my house (in the islands),” Ford recalls. “This is some of the best work I`ve ever done and it was sitting there. I grabbed two suitcases and took them back to the United States.” Imagine Ford dragging a pair of suitcases full of analog tapes through the Caribbean dirt back to Los Angeles, so, as she recalls, “we could bake these fuckers,” due to their age. “If you just put them on the reel, they would flake. I was chewing my fingernails, thinking, ´Please work!` And they did!”
 
Time Capsule contains ten songs plus intro and will be available as a digipak as well as an LP version and download. It`s Ford`s gift to fans who love the ´80s, when thrilling vocal performances, raunchy riffs, and loud, growling guitars were as essential as oxygen.
 
Tracklisting:

1. Intro 1:35
2. Where Will I Find My Heart Tonight 04:47
3. Killing Kind 04:49
4. War Of The Angels 05:44
5. Black Leather Heart 03:33
6. Rotten To The Core 04:21
7. Little Wing 03:01
8. On The Fast Track 03:41
9. King Of The Wild Wind 05:04
10. Mr. Corruption 04:15
11. Anything For The Thrill 03:25

LITA FORD live 2016

US/Canada

12.02. Houston,TX - BFE Rock Club
13.02. Tyler,TX - Rock N´Valentines Festival
14.02. Fort Worth,TX - The Rail Club
20.02. Enoch,AB - River Cree Resort
05.03. Beverly Hills,CA - Saban Theatre
19.03. Toledo,OH - Savage Arena
24.04. Ladson,SC - 98 Rock Fest

Europe

10.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
13.-14.08.B-Kortijk - Alcatraz Festival

More dates will be added soon
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http://www.litafordonline.com/
https://www.facebook.com/litaofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/steamhammerofficial/


 
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Sat
23
Jan

SOTO To Release Second Studio Album ‘Divak’ Out April 1 Via earMUSIC

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SOTO, featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, have completed their second studio album, Divak, out April 1 via earMUSIC.
 
Divak (pronounced "dee-vock") comes shortly after the band's debut release Inside the Vertigo. It's a mere 15 months later, partly due to singer Jeff Scott Soto's insistence on continuing to create and build a true brand for his new venture.
 
Once again, the album is produced by Jeff Scott Soto and drummer Edu Cominato. It was mixed by long time JSS engineer/associate John Ellis, as well.
 
The band features Soto on vocals; Cominato on drums; lead guitarist Jorge Salan; bassist David Z; and keyboardist/guitarist BJ. They are heavily featured on Divak, with their writing contributions together.
 
The first single "FreakShow" was co-produced/written by Tony Dickinson, who also co-wrote "The Fall," which was the first single from Inside the Vertigo. The track is an extension of the SOTO sound created especially for this new band.
 
SOTO will debut live in February 2016 with a string of East Coast U.S. dates, leading into the annual Monsters of Rock Cruise (East), alongside Steve Vai, Extreme, Queensryche, and countless headliners.
 
SOTO, formed in 2014, are the dream band created when Jeff Scott Soto realized how much he missed the "heavier side" of his career after fronting artists like Yngwie Malmsteen, Talisman, and Journey, and even his own solo albums. The band hopes to continue its role as a driving force in today's current hard rock and metal scene.
 
Check out this stream of live material from DIVAK: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOmUKmHMjS3uv9OmkbwH2fvUPFXu31-1i
 
DIVAK Track Listing:
 
 1. DIVAK (Intro)
 2. Weight of the World
 3. FreakShow
 4. Paranoia
 5. Unblame
 6. Cyber Masquerade
 7. In My Darkest Hour
 8. Forgotten
 9. SuckerPunch
 10. Time
 11. Misfired
 12. The Fall From Grace
 13. Awakened
 
Bonus Tracks (All Digital Retailers):
 
14. Final Say (live)
15. The Fall  (live)
16. Break  (live)
17. When I'm Older (live)
18. Stand Up (live)
 
Additional Bonus Tracks (iTunes/Apple Music):
19. My Life
20. Cracking the Stone
 
 

 

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Fri
16
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Review)

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content: 
93%
Produced By: 
Joel Hoekstra
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Score: 
93
Label: 
Frontiers
 
 
Guitarist, songwriter and all-round good guy Joel Hoekstra is a man on the rise. From Rock Of Ages, to Night Ranger, the occasional Foreigner fill-in role and now in Whitesnake, Joel Hoekstra is become a name guitarist in an era where few new guitar heroes have emerged.
 
His debut solo album is where he’s allowed to shine – from the impeccable guitar soloing and master class in memorable riff writing – to the challenging job of taking control of production – Joel nails it.
And in a nice added bonus, Joel has written every track on this album. Himself! (there’s one co-write with Russell Allen).
It’s nice to hear such an accomplished album from the pen of the star rather than hired gun writers.
 
This is a diverse album that ranges from melodic metal to commercial melodic rock, without losing the common thread and consistency an album needs.
Interestingly, with the two vocalists involved it is often a reversal of the expected, with metal man Russell Allen delivering a couple of fine melodic numbers and the voice of melodic rock Jeff Scott Soto handing in a couple of aggressive in your face numbers.
Of course both singers do what they do best on the other tracks, giving the album a clear balance of styles, despite the sometimes distracting tactic of alternating vocalists.
 
Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 

 
Two thumbs up for Joel. Another very strong album – even more so give that it’s his debut solo album. A must for anyone that’s enjoyed his output in Night Ranger, Whitesnake and elsewhere.
And a cracking good set of songs for fans of JSS and Russell Allen to enjoy. The two singers really deliver here.
Melodic hard rock at its best!
 
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
13
Oct

JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Release 'Dying To Live' Streaming Now

 
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL Presents: JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 FULL ALBUM WORLD PREMIERE
 
Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl
 
 
'The guitarist keeps good company on this album'.They've created an accomplished set of radio friendly tunes on Dying to Live, including the sultry Long For the Days.'  -Dave Ling, Classic Rock Magazine
 
"To sum up 'Dying To Live' it is a captivating, uplifting, joyous release to please and appease fans of Melodic Rock ,  and  in my humble opinion  ranks as one of the top must have Melodic Rock Albums released in 2015 to date." (10/10!) -Seb DiGatto, The Metal Gods Meltdown
 
"Hard rock the way it used to be. One of the best rock albums of the year? Quite possibly." (10/10!) -Alan Bannerman, Powerplay Magazine
 
 
This Monday, October 12 - The world will hear what critics are calling 'The Best Melodic Hard Rock Album Of The year!' JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 - DYING TO LIVE has come out of nowhere and is ready to take its place in the vanguard of the international melodic rock music scene. This All-Star band is fueled by the ferocious vocals of both Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen, and driven by the onslaught of lead guitarist Joel Hoekstra, the pounding rhythm of Tony Franklin (Bass), Vinny Appice (Drums) and Derek Sherinian (Keyboard).
 
'Over the last 7-8 years while playing with Night Ranger, Rock of Ages, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and now Whitesnake, I've had many requests from fans for a solo project of sorts,' explains Hoekstra. 'Here it is!  Recording it was a labor of love for me, as I did all of the writing, arranging, producing, etc.  I'm honored to have some of the finest musicians in rock today bring these songs to life for me.  Maybe I'm not a familiar "name" for many of you, but if you're a fan of melodic, hard-rock that's Dioish at its heaviest and Foreigner'ish at its lightest, I really think you'll like this.  Huge thanks go to Serafino Perugino and everyone at Frontiers for this opportunity and also for the generous move of sharing this entire album with you in advance!  Have a listen!'
 
Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of Scream and Until I Left You (featuring Jeff Scott Soto) plus Long For The Days and Anymore (featuring Russell Allen).
 
Pre-Order Here:
Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.
 
For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.comwww.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13

 

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JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 - Dying To Live (Track By Track)

 
JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 is a side project formed by popular Whitesnake guitarist Joel Hoekstra, who is also well known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show Rock of Ages.
 
The album features some truly stellar guests Jeff Scott Soto and Russell Allen sharing vocal duties along with Vinny Appice – drums and Tony Franklin – bass.
 
So what has Joel lined up for us on his debut solo album? Here’s a Track By Track look:
 
01. Say Goodbye to the Sun is a fierce tour de force with Russell bellowing at full volume. A Dio-esque metal intensity with this fine song.
 
02. Anymore sees Russell delivering a really catchy hard rock track with a fast beat and a free flowing high energy chorus.
 
03. Until I Left You is nothing short of a classic JSS sung melodic rock anthem. Great tune for fans of Night Ranger and Jeff as Joel turns ultra-commercial here.
 
04. Long For the Days is an epic sounding classic rock ballad. There’s some 70s and 80s influences there and more Dio, but ultra-melodic. Classy slow guitar solo too.
 
05. Scream is Jeff’s turn to go metal, with a tough but melodic sounding stadium metal track.
 
06. Never Say Never is Russell getting to sing at his most commercial. This is an instantly memorable melodic rocker with a stand out chorus.
 
07. Changes is Russell again, signing a moody hard rock track with a good heart.
 
08. The Only Way to Go is a uptempo hard rock song with a swagger and JSS in his darker heavier tone and Joel slashing his way through the song.
 
09. Dying to Live is a fast and fabulous melodic metal track which suits Russell to a tee.
 
10. Start Again is another JSS delivered monster melodic rock anthem. Huge chorus.
 
11. What We Believe is a bit of an epic mid-tempo album closer – the perfect tempo and tone to end one epic album.
 
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JOEL HOEKSTRA's 13 Video Premiere For 'Scream'


JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13 PREMIERES 4th SINGLE 'SCREAM'

24HR EXCLUSIVE WORLD PREMIERE VIDEO ON GUITARWORLD.COM TODAY!

Out October 16th on Frontiers Music Srl / Pre-order on iTunes and Amazon

 

Hollywood, Ca (October 1, 2015) ' Get ready for the exclusive world premiere video of 'SCREAM' from Joel Hoekstra's 13's new studio album DYING TO LIVE, which will be released October 16th.  GUITARWORLD.com is hosting the world premiere of the fourth single at 10:00 am PST/ 1:00 pm EST -CLICK HERE TO WATCH: premiere link:

www.guitarworld.com/joel-hoekstras-13-premiere-scream-music-video-exclusive/25560

'SCREAM' is a straight-ahead, old-school rock track that's sung from the standpoint of a demon or vice holding you back in life,' explains Hoekstra. 'Vinny Appice and Tony Franklin lay down a dynamic groove to support the guitars.  Jeff Scott Soto delivers a powerhouse vocal performance and Derek Sherinian puts the frosting on the cake with some understated, tasteful B3 playing.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!'

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of 'Long For The Days' as well as "Until I Left You" and "Anymore" (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here: iTunes - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraiTunes / AmazonMP3 - http://radi.al/JoelHoekstraAmazon

Dying To Live features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass),Vinny Appice (drums), and Derek Sherinian (keyboards), and will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

For more information on Joel Hoekstra, Joel Hoekstra's 13 and Whitesnake click : www.joelhoekstra.com,  www.facebook.com/JoelHoekstra13 and https://twitter.com/JoelHoekstra13


 
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