Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pat Torpey has been confirmed and diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease

The rock band, MR BIG, announced today that its drummer, Pat Torpey, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and unfortunately will be unable to perform all of his normal drumming duties on the band’s upcoming World Tour in support of the band’s new album, "…The Stories We Could Tell".

“I’ve been dealing with Parkinson’s symptoms for the past couple of years and only recently received a confirmed diagnosis as symptoms worsened. I intend to fight the disease with same intensity and tenacity that I drum and live my life by and will continue recording and performing, as always, to the best of my ability. “, said Torpey.

MR BIG intends to announce a drummer in the near future whom will handle most of MR BIG’s drumming duties on the Fall 2014 tour and expects Torpey to jump on the drums on suitable live songs as well as participating in the groups acoustic set.






PAUL GILBERT New Album “Stone Pushing Uphill Man” on Shrapnel Records August 5

Paul Gilbert's new record 'Stone Pushing Uphill Man' is a guitar-oriented instrumental record on which Paul covers some of his favorite songs, using his guitar like a voice to convey a wide range of emotions, while retaining his signature cutting-edge solo work. Following Paul Gilbert's last highly successful CD, 'Vibrato' is the next important chapter in this amazing guitarist's career. Regarded internationally as one of the greatest players in the industry, Gilbert once again proves why he is the guitarist's guitarist.

‘Memoirs Of A Madman’ Audio And Video Collections Celebrate The Legacy Of OZZY OSBOURNE

‘MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN’
AUDIO AND VIDEO COLLECTIONS
CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF
OZZY OSBOURNE
 
SINGLE CD, TWO DVD SET, 180 GM DOUBLE VINYL AND LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC VINYL
 
DUE OUT OCTOBER 7
ON EPIC RECORDS/LEGACY RECORDINGS
 
PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW AT AMAZON
 
This October, the career of rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN collections.
Due out October 7MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of OZZY’s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CDtwo-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.  Pre-order now available at Amazon.

Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky.

Stryper is back with their latest release, a live CD/DVD combination called Live At The Whisky. The live recording will be available on September 19 in Europe and September 23 in North America, via Frontiers Records and is truly a must have for any fan!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

VEXILLUM - NEW ALBUM DETAILS


 VEXILLUM has announced its 3rd album!  

Named UNUM, Latin term meaning "alone" or something like that ... It will include 9 tracks including 2 covers, and with the following guests:

- Chris Bay (FREEDOM CALL)
- Maxi Nil (JADED STAR, ex VIDIONS OF ATLANTIS)
- Mark Boals (Y.J. MALMSTEEN, RING OF FIRE, IRON MASK)
- Hansi Kürsch (BLIND GUARDIAN)
The release date is not yet revealed..... stay tuned....

Their official video of "The Wanderer's Notes" from the album "The Bivouac" out worldwide with Limb Music in 2012 is available with comments....

1) The Departure: Blow away the ashes
2) The Jester: Over the clouds
3) The Sentenced: Fire and Blood
4) Lady Thief: What we are
5) The Hermit: Through the mirror
6) The Way Back: The Clash Within
7) The True Beginning: Standing as One
8) Spunta la Luna dal Monte (Tazenda Cover)
9) Run Runaway (Slade Cover)






New album from 220 VOLT on September 26th, 2014!

Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called “Walking In Starlight”.  Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.

220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for “Walking In Starlight”.

AOR HEAVEN will release new album from GRAND DESIGN on September 26th, 2014!

Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009.  The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”


Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”. 

Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.

Rain Or Shine New Video

"Here's a little treat for ya! We're pretty sure you're gonna love this acoustic version of our song "Believe"! We had great fun recording the song and shooting the video, so we hope you'll enjoy it as well!Thanks for your support and HAVE A GREAT SUMMER PEOPLE!!!
See you in September!"

http://youtu.be/_0CXRk5nuWE






STAGE OF REALITY signs to RED CAT PROMOTION!

Red Cat Promotion is very proud to announce the brand new partnership with Stage of Reality and the incoming release of their first full length “The Breathing Machines” on  October 2014.

Stage of Reality is an idea of Andrea Neri, guitar player and composer of the prog metal band Astarte Syriaca from 2003 to 2012. During the same period Andrea writes also for theater and television and he plays in other projects including pop and metal bands. In 2012 he joins Blaze Bayley, ex Iron Maiden singer, to record the album "The King of Metal". The album is followed by a long lasting tour all over Europe and Andrea is going to play on the stages of over sixty different cities.

In July 2013 Andrea begins to write the ten songs that will soon become "The Breathing Machines", the first album of his new band: Stage of Reality.

HELLION ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF NEW MINI ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR

HELLION ANNOUNCES DETAILS OF NEW “KARMA’S A BITCH” MINI ALBUM AND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
 

Iconic female-fronted metal act HELLION announce details of their first new album and tour in over a decade.  Entitled Karma’s A Bitch, HELLION’s new mini-LP is set for release October 7 on New Renaissance Records in the US, and via HNE/Cherry Red Records on October 8 in Europe and the UK.  The cover artwork (featured below) was designed by British artist Wolven Claws of The Crystallomantic Art.


With a stellar line-up featuring vocalist Ann Boleyn, drummer Simon Wright (formerly of AC/DC, DIO, and UFO), keyboardist Scott Warren (formerly with DIO and HEAVEN & HELL), bassist Bjorn Englen (formerly with Yngwie Malmsteen), and up-an-coming shred guitarist Maxxxwell Carlisle, this is easily Hellion's strongest line-up ever.


HELLION’s new tracks were produced by Simon Wright and Ann Boleyn alongside legendary British studio icon Ken Scott, who has produced iconic albums, including DAVID BOWIE's "Hunky Dory", "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars", "Aladdin Sane" and "Pinups".

GUNFIRE "Age of Supremacy"

Jolly Roger Records proudly announces the come-back of  italian GUNFIRE with their new concept-album "Age of Supremacy", out on 8th September on Cd format. The idea behind the album is the history of mankind that left the earth 1000 years ago and is now divided into two factions that  evolved in different ways. The story is not based on the fight between good and evil  but rather the inability of communication between two  peoples in the distant and hypothetical  future, as often happens today. This is the reason of war and destruction.

Gunfire were born in Ancona in 1983 and in 1984 they recorded their first, self-titled mini Lp (4 tracks), nowadays a pretty rare and expensive collectable item. They broke in 1986 and came back in 2000 with original line-up, except the drummer, adding a second guitar. "Thunder of War" was released in 2005 by German label Battle Cry. Drummer Marco Bianchella plays also in symphonic-gothic band The Dogma.
Following this link you can listen to new track "Man and Machine".

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Skyscraper Reveals ‘Elevation’ Album Details

Melodic rockers SKYSCRAPER will release their long awaited debut album, ‘Elevation‘, on September 8th in UK/Europe via Ghost Dancer Music/Cargo Records. This dynamic band has been taking critics by storm with their inimitable brand of melodic hard rock. SKYSCRAPER‘s powerful and heavy demeanour is a fresh take on a breed of music that’s been the foundations of rock ‘n’ roll for many years. 

With so much experience between them it’s easy to see why the album, which has been two years in the making, is regarded as essential.
Dave Boyce: “We loved making the album and we can’t wait to get SKYSCRAPER out into the live arena and see what the fans think. We know it’s going to be one hell of a party once we hit the road”.
Lee Small: “It’s been a great journey so far and we’ve had some amazing reaction from industry people which means a lot“.
Tor Talle: “We also have to thank producer Martin Kronlund for helping us put the album together and introducing us to Swedish session drummer Imre Daun, who will be joining us live. He brought great energy and style to the album“.