Monday, May 25, 2015

REVIEW : CRYSTAL BALL / Life Rider (2015)

After the very good, with the adding of the a shouter Steven Mageney, "Dawn Breaker" in 2013, the Swiss Melodic Hard 'n' Heavy act of Crystal Ball is back with its 8th official record which is entitled "Life Rider".  This band, in my humble opinion, has nothing to prove to the melodic metal world since their seven, already, albums make Crystal Ball one of Europe's best hard working bands.

DANGEROUS TOYS announce upcoming shows in Colorado, California and Minnesota.

DANGEROUS TOYS, the Austin, Texas classic melodic hard rock band led by lead vocalist Jason McMaster (Watchtower / Broken Teeth / Ignitor / Evil United) has announced a list of upcoming US show dates:
6/6/15 - Buffalo Rose - Golden, Colorado
8/15/15 - Cathouse Live festival - Irvine, California
10/17/15 - Pickle Park Bar & Grill - Minneapolis. Minnesota
2/22/16 - 2/26/16 - Monsters of Rock Cruise - Miami, Florida
Jason McMaster stated the following:
"We are looking forward to all of these dates.Toys fans will not let this band die. We have ramped this thing up by booking more shows this year than we have in a while".

Saturday, May 23, 2015

REVIEW : degreed / Dead But Not Forgotten (2015)

Swedish melodic heavy rockers Degreed are back with a new album which is entitled "Dead But Not Forgotten". After the really solid record "We Don't Belong", in 2013, the band started recording this new opus and as Robin Ericsson (bass/vocals) says : "We've been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of "We Don't Belong" in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded 14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they're all so freakin' good!"

Sun Hill Production Announce Cooperation With Rock'N'Growl Promotion

Swedish Label and Management company SUN HILL PRODUCTION has announced a partnership with German agency ROCK’N’GROWL PROMOTION.
Christer Wedin, owner of Sun Hill Production, comments: “It’s with great pleasure that I can announce the cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion as we enter into a long-term deal.”

Axel Wiesenauer, owner of Rock’N’Growl Promotion, states: “Sun Hill Production has a strong foundation and the vision that we have been looking for. We are happy working together on new artists and bands with a history: like SOTODEGREEDREACHNIGHT BY NIGHTTALISMAN and more. I feel honored to announce the new worldwide cooperation between Sun Hill Production and Rock’N’Growl Promotion.”

VINDICTIV 'World Of Fear' Out On MelodicRock Records July 10

MelodicRock Records is offering a double dose of Swedish class in July. Already announced is the new CONSTANCIA album and now MRR will crank up the metal once again by releasing the new studio album from Swedish melodic/neoclassical metal outfit VINDICTIV on July 10.
The new album World Of Fear is a huge leap forward for the band and features the vocals of superstar MARK BOALS throughout.

Friday, May 22, 2015

DEGREED Unveil 'Dead But Not Forgotten' Album Details

Swedish hard rockers DEGREED will release their third album, “Dead But Not Forgotten” on June 19 via Sun Hill Production. It’s heavier, softer, darker, brighter and everything in between! This is something truly special. So…fasten your seat belts cause Heaven & Hell are about to collide!
Robin stated: “We’ve been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of “We Don’t Belong” in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they’re all so freakin’ good! This album is different from the previous two because we produced it ourselves this time, and Mats engineered, mixed and mastered it. Someone once said that we don’t sound like any other band. He described our sound as the “degreed sound“, and if there’s such a sound, this is it! This is degreed all the way…”

Jeff Scott Soto performing 'Here I Go Again' feat Joel. Hoekstra, Whitesnake at Lucky Strike Live

Jeff Scott Soto preforming “Here I Go Again” from Whitesnake/David Coverdale live with Joel HoekstraHowie SimonDavid Z RockSteve Ferlazzo & Matt Starr last night at Lucky Strike. The fan filmed video can be viewed below.

Started with Purple Rain with Jonathan Phillip MoffettSpacey T & Steve Ferlazzo…then Howie Simon & David Z Rock joined for theTalisman official’s version of Crazy by Seal
SOTO recently released the new music video “Break” from the album “Inside The Vertigo“:
Jeff Scott Soto – one of today’s premier Rock frontmen and vocalists – and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album “Inside The Vertigo” will blow your mind away. A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, SOTO is a contender in today’s modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CSABA ZVEKAN Of EXORCISM Sings 'Heaven & Hell' Dio Tribute, Video Posted

CSABA ZVEKAN of EXORCISM released a tribute video and sings his version of “Heaven And Hell” in honor and memory of the legendary ‘RONNIE JAMES DIO‘. The song will be included in the EXORCISM live set. The video can be viewed below.

CSABA ZVEKAN comments: “A tribute song for one of the greatest singers, if not THE best. Certainly a strong influence in my work for EXORCISMRONNIE JAMES DIO your music lives on and on and on … it’s heaven and hell \m/”.

Heretic's Dream signs with Sliptrick Records, Cover Artwork Posted

Italian rock/metal band HERETIC’S DREAM signed a worldwilde deal with Sliptrick Records. Their new album “Floating State Of Mind” is scheduled for a release in fall 2015.
The new album marking a real change in sound and songwriting, a deep progressive metal approach revolving around multi-layered vocal melodies, richer guitars arrangements and a rock solid rhythm ground! Facing life challenges and fighting our inner demons are the main subjects of this upcoming album, HERETIC’S DREAM perspective on accepting the dichotomy of human feelings and what makes us worthy of being called ‘HUMANS‘.

HERETIC’S DREAM recently released a video for the new single “A New Season” and can be viewed here:



Recently signed with JEWELL LANE RECORDS, McCLINTON, possesses a sound that appeals to a broad fan base ranging from the '80s Metal fans to the Modern Rockers. Bassist Peter Riot compares the McCLINTON sound to: "Shinedown and 3 Days Grace moving towards Pop Evil and Rev Theory."

This creative and dynamic group is comprised Michael McClinton (Lead Vocals), Marcelo Buby (Guitar/ Vocals), Gavin Lawrence (Guitar/Vocals), Peter Riot (Bass), and Rui Balla (Drums).




Over the years, Dave Edmunds has worked with some of the biggest names in rock history - Paul McCartney, Jeff Lynn, Elvis Costello, Carl Perkins, Stray Cats, Status Quo, and Dion (among many others), in addition to issuing albums as a member of Rockpile and his own solo releases. And now, for the first time in his career, he is issuing an all-instrumental album, 'Rags & Classics,' which will be released on June 9th, via the MVD Entertainment Group.

“I recorded this, off and on, at home, over a period of four months," explains Edmunds, "But I guess the idea of making a guitar album had been lurking subconsciously since I was seventeen years of age. That's when I discovered the fascinating guitar styles of Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and (later) Jerry Reed, along with other truly innovative guitarists of the fifties & sixties music revolution.”

Steve Hackett Celebrates 40th Anniversary in October Tour

Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Voyage to the Acolyte with his

On the back of his latest chart album Wolflight, Steve Hackett brings his ACOLYTE TO WOLFLIGHT with Genesis REVISITED TOUR, to the UK for 19 shows in October.
The set list will cover a huge part of his discography, with a selection of solo material from early albums including Voyage of the Acolyte which celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year and Spectral Mornings, right up to his new studio album Wolflight; In addition, audiences will also enjoy a set of Genesis Classics, many of which have not been played by Steve in recent times. Steve enthuses: "I'm looking forward tremendously to creating a show celebrating both early material and my latest album 'Wolflight', using magical surround sound. We're also involving a whole new set of Genesis Classics, including several numbers I've not played since the Seventies, such as 'Can-Utility and the Coastliners', 'Cinema Show' and 'Lamb Lies Down On Broadway' and 'Get 'em Out By Friday...'"