London, UK - Legendary John Wetton, best known for his work with Asia, UK and King Crimson, is releasing two new albums this month: The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set and New York Minute - John Wetton & The Les Paul Trio, on Primary Purpose via Cherry Red Records.
As a singer, bassist and songwriter, John Wetton initially rose to fame as the lead singer of King Crimson and thereafter Wetton formed UK with Eddie Jobson and later he was the lead vocalist of the supergroup Asia, his biggest commercial success. The band's self-titled debut album was the biggest selling album in the world in 1982.
Wetton also has a successful solo career releasing a large number of studio and live albums and these are showcased on the 2CD 'The Studio Recordings Anthology' meanwhile a unique live album with The Les Paul Trio includes a number of songs Wetton has never sung elsewhere.
The Studio Recordings Anthology 2CD Set
The Studio Anthology collects together the best of John Wetton's six solo studio albums within a 2-CD set with extensive new liner notes.
New York Minute sees John Wetton playing a selection of the songs that inspired him, many of which are not available on any other release. This new live album also includes unique renditions of his solo hit BATTLE LINES and the ASIA mega hit HEAT OF THE MOMENT.
London, UK - Kyrbgrinder are a London based rock trio with a unique style of metal. At the nucleus is front-man Johanne James (also drummer for Threshold) and supported by Aaron Waddingham - Guitars (also Land of Cain) & Dave Lugay – Bass. The power trio have released their eagerly awaited third album "Chronicles of a Dark Machine" on March 2nd on the Kyrbgrinder label via Cherry Red Records.
The standard of band's musicianship in combination with finely crafted songs plus a front-man with a talent that reaches far beyond the kit makes for some blistering recordings. Johanne James has been awarded Best Drummer by the Classic Rock Society five times, in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2014!
The members of Kyrbgrinder teamed up with Threshold's Karl Groom at Thin Ice Studios to record this, their third new studio album "Chronicles of a Dark Machine".
"The album has all elements that we enjoy playing. Different from Cold War Technology sonically due to a change in personnel, but it still retains that essential Kyrbgrinder style - same style, same attitude & heavy as hell!" - Kyrbgrinder
Germany - Herman Rarebell returns with a project that will surprise not only longtime Scorpions fans.
The former Scorpions drummer's long awaited new album 'Herman's Scorpions Songs' features some of the world's best rock singers (Bobby Kimball, Tony Martin, Don Dokken, Doogie White and many more), doing their own versions of 13 worldwide Scorpions hits.
All of them are all-time favorites that have been written or at least co-written by Herman. "Rock You Like A Hurricane", "Dynamite", "Make It Real" or "Animal Magnetism" – all in exciting new rock versions.
With the brand new single "Let It Shine" Rarebell has added a wonderful new radio ballad to the 13 Scorpions diamonds. The song is sung by Al Crespo, lead singer of the German newcomer band "Unbreakable". Herman regarding his collaboration with the young band: "If we want to hear good music ten years from now, we have to start now to develop and support new promising talents. It is a fact that bands like the Scorpions, Motörhead or Deep Purple will then be gone. Therefore I am happy to be able to give all my knowledge and experience to Al and his band. These guys have everything to become the new Scorpions".
Furthermore Herman sees the song "Let It Shine" as a legitimate follow-up single to "Wind Of Change". 25 years ago, when the Berlin wall came down the world was set for peace and reconciliation; today things are going in the wrong direction again. We desperately need more light in this world, so "Let It Shine"!
Thirteen classic Scorpions songs, in a new interpretation by Herman Rarebell and his friends, plus one brand new song – this album belongs into the collection of every Scorpions fan!
1. Rock You Like A Hurricane – Bobby Kimball (Toto)
2. Passion Rules The Game – John Parr
3. Loving You Sunday Morning – Michael Voss (Mad Max)
4. Is There Anybody There - Alex Ligertwood (Santana)
5. You Give Me All I Need – Don Dokken
6. Make It Real - Doogie White (Rainbow)
7. Dynamite – Johnny Gioeli (Axel Rudi Pell)
8. Arizona - Thomas Perry
9. Love Is Blind – Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot)
10. Don´t Make No Promises – Jack Russell (Great White)
11. Falling In Love – Gary Barden (Michael Schenker Group)
12. Another Piece Of Meat – Tony Martin (Black Sabbath)
Corruption, Polish stoner metal masters have just revealed their brand new, build up from scratch line-up. Piotr 'Anioł' Wącisz, the band's founding member: "I am really happy to announce that the new Corruption lineup is as follows: Jacek Hiro (Sceptic, Voodoo Gods), James Stewart (Vader, Divine Chaos), Robert Zembrzycki (ex- Saratan), Łukasz "Chuck Rebel" Adamczak, and me Piotr "Anioł" Wącisz. I am really excited about this and I can't wait to play the first shows with these guys!"
Corruption – photo by Paweł Kowalski
Corruption's last to date album titled "Devil's Share" was released in June 2014. It was recorded at Sound Division Studio in Warsaw, Poland, with Filip Heinrich Hałuchy (Vesania, Decapitated, Rootwater) from Heinrich House Studio handling the mix and mastering. The album features 11 tracks full of catchy stoner rock guitars and good old stoner energy and is a must-have for fans of Monster Magnet, Kyuss, Mustasch, and Orange Goblin. A lyric video to the track "Hang'n'Over" is available in THIS location.
The band was formed in 1991 in Sandomierz, Poland. Since then the band released seven studio albums: "Ecstasy" (1995), "Bacchus Songs" (1996), "Pussyworld" (2002), "Orgasmusica" (2003), "Virgin's Milk" (2005), "Bourbon River Bank" (2011) and "Devil's Share" (2014). Their only live DVD release entitled "Hellectrify Yourself" saw the light of the day in 2004.
British heavy metal legend TANK return to Italy for the first time since 2010 to headline four shows. The set list for these shows will include songs from the new studio album "Valley Of Tears" scheduled for release in June 2015. The list of gigs includes the following dates:
As recently announced, Metal Mind Productions extended the recording deal with the British heavy metal legend – TANK. Through the years, Metal Mind have re-released the band's back catalogue and released their recent albums "War Machine" (2010) and "War Nation" (2012). TANK's forthcoming album titled "Valley of Tears" is scheduled for release on June, 8th in Europe and June, 9th in North America (via MVD).
Cliff Evans, TANK's guitarist, comments: "The title comes from the famous Tank battle during the 1973 Yom Kippur War where one side was massively outnumbered but fought on regardless and against all odds secured a heroic victory. We feel that our style of metal is slowly disappearing and now we must also fight against the odds to keep it alive. We hope 'Valley of Tears' will inspire other bands and fans alike to never forget what real metal is all about. The Mighty Tank Rolls On!"
SIBEFOR Launch Crowdfunding Campaign for Debut Album
Alternative rock quartet, SiBefor have launched an Indiegogo campaign to support the release of their debut album.
The group is seeking €3,735 to cover costs of recording and releasing the album, and they say their mission is to fill the world with "cool, new music."
Based in St. Petersburg, a land already abundant in drama and history, SiBefor is at once otherworldly and mysterious, but grounded in human emotion. There are plenty of comparisons to be made, but there isn't just one which accurately describes the sweet, complex and sometimes raw emotion that is SiBefor.
"Sanctitude" available on Blu-ray, CD+DVD, 2LP & digital download March 31 via Kscope
SWEDEN - Swedish master of melancholy, Katatonia, has launched a live video of the track "Day" from its upcoming concert film, Sanctitude, to be released in North America on March 31, 2015 (March 30 U.K. & RoW, April 3 Germany) via Kscope. The live video for "Day" is the first taste of what fans can expect from Sanctitude; it can be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EB8FC22Yc8w and Vimeo at:https://vimeo.com/119260348.
Katatonia's Anders Nystrom comments on the release: "Day... something you wake up to, or at least have to pull through, over and over. Most of them you forget about, but a couple you maybe look back upon and wish to relive again.
"Unfortunately in reality, I'm afraid that's not possible, at least not until Apple buys NASA and releases a new version of their Time Capsule backup machine and send people into the cloud and back into history to fetch an older version of their lives, but luckily for us, there's a current control of our music that doesn't need time travel.
"We have always felt that if there's a need, we're entitled to the freedom to give our old songs a makeover in the now rather than the never. So, in the making of 'Sanctitude' there was one song in particular that meant a great deal to us. In fact, it was our first song ever to feature entirely clean vocals accompanied by clean guitars and it was written and released right in the peak of our death metal years.
"The song stood out, but isolated itself into oblivion in the climate of heavier music. Therefore we wanted this song to get a second chance, to be re-discovered. Even 20 years later when performing it live for the first time, it appears the parks are still grey and look the same..."
Sanctitude will be released in four formats:
Blu-ray DVD in 5.1 surround sound plus 'Beyond The Chapel' documentary including brand new interviews with Anders Nystrom & Jonas Renkse.
CD/DVD package - audio / visual set including 'Beyond the Chapel' documentary.
Sanctitude was filmed and recorded in the stunning, candle-lit setting of London's Union Chapel during Katatonia's May 2014 'Unplugged & Reworked' tour - an intimate acoustic evening performing tracks from the Dethroned & Uncrowned album alongside atmospheric classics from the band's entire career, stripped and reworked. The 80 minute set features 17 songs across the albums The Great Cold Distance, Viva Emptiness, Brave Murder Day,Last Fair Deal Gone Down, Dead End Kings and Dethroned & Uncrowned, including fan favorite, "Teargas." The show closes with the sublime "The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here" and a special guest appearance by Norwegian vocalist Silje Wergeland of Dutch legend, The Gathering. The band was also joined on guitar and vocals by The Pineapple Thief frontman and songwriter, Bruce Soord.
All audio on Sanctitude has been mixed and mastered by Bruce Soord, with artwork once more supplied by long-time visual collaborator Travis Smith.
1. In The White
5. A Darkness Coming
6. One Year From Now
7. The Racing Heart
8. Tonight`s Music
10. Undo You
13. Idle Blood
17. The One You Are Looking For Is Not Here
Concert Film (80 mins)
Documentary `Beyond The Chapel` (66 mins)
Katatonia was formed in 1991 by Anders Nyström and Jonas Renkse. Its debut album,Dance of December Souls, was released in 1993, gaining the band recognition for its eclectic brand of gothic doom/death metal and joining acts such as Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride as one of the genre's defining bands. On future albums, a newer, sleeker Katatonia sound came to the fore, starting with a streamlined and structured collection of melodic dark rock songs that became third album, Discouraged Ones, which is widely regarded as the main evolution point for modern day Katatonia.
In September 2013, Kscope released Dethroned & Uncrowned, a reworking of the band's 2012 epic Dead End Kings (originally released on Kscope's sister label Peaceville).Dethroned & Uncrowned allowed Katatonia the opportunity to explore a more progressive sound, creating new moods and textures while still staying truthful to the core of the original songs.
Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia and Sanctitude, out this month on Peaceville.
Status Quo are proud to announce the release of Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse on April 13, a CD/DVD package recorded at London's Roundhouse.
Aquostic! Live at the Roundhouse features the band stripping back some of their most iconic songs, including Pictures of Matchstick Men, Down Down and Paper Plane, as never heard before in a live setting.
The recording is available to pre-order now on a number of CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and Vinyl packages.
We have started to accept reservations for our FREE camping spaces at EUROROCK. Please note that you need to reserve in order to be able to use our free campings. Complete this form on our website and carefully read our instructions.
There are 2 FREE campings available:
Camping A: This is a campsite for tent, these places are free if you have a festival ticket.
Camping B: This is a campsite for your car or camper, these places are free if you have a festival ticket.
After completing the form you will receive a confirmation mail including the data you submitted and this one week before the festival. Print that mail out and bring it together with your festival ticket to the camping of your choice.
Make sure to reserve on time as places are limited!
Tickets for the festival can be ordered right here. The 3-day festival Eurorock takes place in Neerpelt, Belgium on May 14-15-16 2015.
Bands playing include Front 242 – Therion - The Orb – ASP – Oomph! – Apoptygma Berzerk – Fields Of The Nephilim – Therion – Killing Joke – Kant Kino – The Bellwether Syndicate – Stahlzeit – Vive La Fête – Diary of Dreams – Whispers in the shadow – Legend – Peter Hook (Celebration of Joy Division) – Tanzwut – Suicide Commando – XMH -Alien Vampires – Star Industry – Lovelorn Dolls – The Juggernauts – Lescure 13 – A Split Second – Crash Course In Science – Alien Vampires - Stin Scatzor – Arbeid Adelt – Absolute Body Control – Lacrimas Profundere – Asrai – Stoneman – Customs – The Crüxshadows – The Dallas Project – Monica Jeffries – The Neon Judgement with more to be announced.
There will also be a Stubru party 'Was het nu 80,90,2000′ and a Depeche mode Party.
Swedish groove metallers, Chugger, will kick a European tour on March 6th, in support of their upcoming album "Human Plague" out on Rambo Music, a division of GAIN Music Entertainment/Sony Music.
The album will be available in April, and it contains eleven songs set in a dystopian near future and runs alongside the likes of Lamb of God, In Flames and Arch Enemy. The cover and booklet design is produced by the award-winning graphic designer Sam Hayles andDOSEprod. Recorded and produced by Daniel Antonsson (formerly of Soilwork, Dark Tranquillity) at Gothenburg Rock Studios. Guest vocal appearance on "Never Alone" byMaria Strandén (formely of Therion).
"Human Plague" track listing:
1. The Grid
4. Never Alone (feat. Maria Strandén)
5. Feed The Fire
6. Ignorance Divine
7. Five Feet Down
8. Cut Out From Hell
9. The Pendulum Swing
11. Human Plague
The band released two videos from the upcoming album for the songs "The Grid" (YouTube) and "Virus" (YouTube).
In support of the upcoming album, Chugger will embark on a European tour playing dates in Sweden in March, followed by a series of concert across Europe in April and May.
Now The Waves Of Sound Remain"! We're currently waiting for the exact numbers to turn up, but it seems that we moved a good number of records by our standards. The promotion surrounding the album broadened our audience for sure - and being heard is a good feeling indeed.
Meanwhile we've been slowly collecting ideas/material for the next studio album, booking shows all over Europe for the rest of the year - and…
WE ARE GOING TO RECORD OUR FIRST LIVE ALBUM!
At dasBach in VIENNA, 30.04.2015
The admission fee of 12 € is co-financing the production and includes a CD-quality download of the finished album.
We'll play a set of at least 90 minutes, covering all of the bands history. And we'd love to have A LOT OF YOU coming along and being a part of this.
Get your advance sale ticket (VVK) right now by writing us a short mail to:
Los Angeles, CA - Even after three and half decades of smoking hot guitar licks, powerful vocal performances, and just plain kick ass, foot stomping rock & roll, legendary guitar slinger Pat Travers is still firing on all boosters! Fresh off the Rock Legends Cruise in February, Travers takes the helm of another ship with Retro Rocket, a powerful new album of studio recordings to be released by Purple Pyramid Records on March 17. Then, he'll hit the road again with his superb band playing shows across the U.S. throughout March and April.
As its name suggests, Retro Rocket finds Travers digging deep into the early years of his outstanding career, finding inspiration in the fiery grooves of 1978's Heat In The Street and, of course, his monumental 1979 live album Go For What You Know. The lead off track, "I Always Run," kicks things into high gear with a multi-layered, guitar chugging hard rock thumper that shows this veteran rocker isn't about to slow his pace. And even when things do slow down, like the first half of the gospel-tinged "Who Can You Turn To," it turns out to be mere build up to a massive climax of shredding solos, monster drum fills, and all out frenzied rock ecstasy. Travers' voice shines throughout the album, seeming to only get better, more raw, more passionate with age; must be all that cocaine drinkin' and whiskey snortin'! When you've had a career as long and as rich as Travers, to be releasing an album with this much energy and passion is quite a feat indeed, and hard rock fans young and old should not miss this ride of a lifetime!
After releasing a trio of releases hailed as some of the slickest and hottest guitar-rock albums ever - the aforementioned classics of '78 & '79 plus the 1980 blockbuster Crash And Burn - Canadian-born Pat Travers would go on to deliver classy melodic rock throughout the '80s, followed by a blues period in the '90s, and into the new millennium with several unique projects both solo and band efforts. Cited by Metallica's Kirk Hammett as one of his favorite guitarist, the Travers legend and influence extends beyond the barriers of time, place, or genre. His live shows continue to impress, deftly balancing old favorites with fresh new material. Retro Rocket carries on Travers' proud tradition of seriously passionate musical prowess mixed with pure, unadulterated fun!
Valery Records and V-Promotion are proud to announce the release of the new album by Elegacy "The Binding Sequence".
Elegacy is a prog power metal band founded in Turin a decade ago. The efforts and the talent of the musicians involved in the project allowed the band, in the mid 2000s, to be considered one of the most outstanding and promising realities on the Italian prog power scene, as confirmed by reviews. In 2005 they released their first album, "Impressions", distributed worldwide by Northwind/Self.
Subsequently, the large amount of material written over the years by Constantin Terzago (keyboards) and Massimo La Russa (guitars) keeps the band alive and ready for a new beginning. In 2011 Elegacy comes into contact with Mark Zonder, legendary drummer of "Fates Warning" and Mike Lepond, bassist of "Symphony X" who, after listening to the demo of the new disc, decided to join the project recording the entire rhythm session of the upcoming album. To complete the production by contributing also to melodies and choir arrangements, joins the singer Ivan Giannini (Derdian).
In the summer 2014 the mastering of the second album of Elegacy, "The binding sequence", is finally ready.
Even if their music continues to be inspired by progressive sounds, the band innovates stylistically and publishes ten tracks of pure Heavy Melodic Classic Rock, full of great technique, atmosphere and fine production.
The new album "The Binding Sequence" will be published in spring 2015 by Valery Records, distributed by Audioglobe and available on I tunes.
The promotion and the press office will be managed by V-Promotion .
Featuring guest appearances by guitar legends Ronnie Wood, John Scofield and Mike Stern!
Las Vegas, NV - As a follow up to 2006's 'Orleans to London', guitarist Jimmy McIntosh once again finds himself in illustrious company on his new album 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' This collection of funk, rock, jazz and blues originals showcases McIntosh's considerable six-string prowess and features the Michigan native exchanging incendiary licks with his personal guitar heroes John Scofield , Mike Stern and the Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood. The solid backbeats are supported by Toss Panos (drummer of choice for guitarists Robben Ford and Mike Landau), bassists Dan Lutz, John Humphrey and Keith Hubacher and New Orleans keyboardist Ivan Neville (of The Neville Brothers, Keith Richards' X-Pensive Winos and Dumpstaphunk). This stellar outing was definitely a labor of love for McIntosh.
For 'Jimmy McIntosh and...', McIntosh recruited Scofield and Stern from his home base, Las Vegas. Says Jimmy, "I got to know John and Mike about 12 years ago when there was a Blue Note jazz club in Las Vegas and became good friends with both of them. The Vegas Blue Note was short-lived, but I was there almost every night for the duration of their gigs. I've jammed with Mike several times and asked him, 'If I make another record, will you play on it?' And Mike said 'sure'! Toss Panos, John Humphrey and I went into Toss's North Hollywood studio with Mike when he was in Los Angeles playing with his band at Catalina's. Mike's playing on this album is just brilliant. Then John happened to come through town with Phil Lesh & Friends just a few months ago. I had mentioned to him that I was doing this album and he said, 'Hey, if you still have room on your CD, I'd love to play on it.' So that came to fruition as well. It was a dream come true for me to create this CD with three major heroes of mine and who have also become very good friends over the years."
McIntosh's friendship with Ronnie Wood goes back to his solo debut, 'Orleans to London'. Jimmy recalls, "I first met Ronnie backstage at a Stones show in Las Vegas. Ronnie and Keith Richards were hanging out with Bobby Womack in the 'Tuning Room' were they Jam to warm up before the show. Art Neville did me a huge favor and called Jane Rose for me to meet Keith and Ronnie. It was a wedding gift as I got married a week before (This was April 1999). Anyway a few years later I recorded my first CD 'Orleans To London' and Art Neville, Ivan Neville, Cyril Neville and Mean Willie Green (Neville Bros drummer) played on it. As I was near the end of the project in October 2004 I got in touch with Ronnie Wood through his stepson (Jamie Wood) who was his manager at the time and told him about my project. Three weeks later my wife and I flew to London and went to Ronnie's house in Richmond were he played on 5 tracks (first takes). Ronnie said, 'I told Jeff Beck about your project and he might come by to play' - I was in shock! About 2 hours later Jeff showed up and ended up playing on 3 tracks. Ronnie said as Jeff was recording, 'You can't believe how lucky you are, he won't play on anything!' I'm not sure what Ronnie told him about the Neville's being on the record but it was amazing having both those guys on the record. Jeff is credited as 'Hot Rod' on 'Orleans To London' because his manager wouldn't let me use his name.
"Ronnie and I hit it off fantastically and stayed in touch so when I started a second record I was hoping he would play on it. I covered a tune from Ronnie's latest album called 'I Gotta See'. Ronnie plays a great solo and outro slide solo on the song. Ronnie and I also played two improvised Jams that open and close the album like bookends. The Jams are just the two of us live in the studio without the band. The Rolling Stones have been my favorite band since I was a kid so getting to work and play with Ronnie is literally a dream come true. Ronnie is truly a great artist. It's amazing that all of the iconic records Ronnie has played on were mostly first takes on his part. He is really underrated as a musician. I wrote six originals for 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' Ronnie wrote one of the Jams 'Fast Blues' and we share credit on the opener 'Slow Blues'. I covered a few tunes... 'I Gotta See' by Ronnie Wood, 'Demon' by Keith Richards, '32 20 Blues' by Robert Johnson and 'Sophisticated Lady' by Duke Ellington. Duke Ellington was a friend of my family when I was a little kid and greatly encouraged my interest in music. When I played French Horn in the Junior High School band I told my mom I was going to change something in the music. She asked Mr Ellington if I should do that and he said, 'I think you have a musician there!'
"The record was recorded at Toss Panos studio in North Hollywood. Toss is a great drummer I first heard with Michael Landau. John Humphrey (Scott Henderson Trio) is on bass on most of the record. Keith Hubacher is on bass on two tracks and Ivan Neville plays organ and Piano. Albert Wing who played with Frank Zappa among others plays Tenor Sax on 'I Gotta See' and 'Demon', a Keith Richards cover. Ronnie and Ivan are on both of my records which I'm very proud of. It connects the two projects."
Born on October 14, 1958 in Sao Paolo, Brazil, Jimmy McIntosh grew up in the small town of Temperance, Michigan. After graduating from high school in 1976, Jimmy attended the Berklee College of Music for two years. Over the years McIntosh has played with R&B singer Doris Troy, Billy Preston, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and backed up Buddy Hackett and Ben Vereen, Since 1990, McIntosh has played regularly in the popular Lon Bronson All-Stars Band, a powerhouse horn band. The Lon Bronson band had a longstanding weekly residency at the Riviera, where they entertained crowds 'til the wee hours and featured such special guests sitting in as former Doobie Brothers guitarist and producer Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist Joe Walsh, Members of TOP, comedian (and sometime trumpeter) Drew Carey, bassist-magician-comedian Penn Jillette and former "Tonight Show" guitarist, bandleader and Jay Leno sidekick Kevin Eubanks. In 1999, following his longstanding engagement with the "Legends" show, McIntosh moved to the Rio Hotel to perform in a show with pop stars Sheena Easton and David Cassidy, then worked for the following two years in Cassidy's touring band. He has subsequently played with pianist-composer David Foster, Donna Summer, Kenny Logins, Gloria Gaynor and played in musical theater productions of "Mamma Mia" and "Jersey Boys."
And now, after several years, Jimmy's long awaited sophomore album is now available! In closing Jimmy has this to impart, "My new album 'Jimmy McIntosh and...' is a real labor of love and hope people enjoy it!"
Finnish progressive metal outfit Simulacrum has landed under the release of it's second album a wordlwide management and booking deal with Intromental Worldwide. Intromental has offices both in Denmark and the US and is focused on managing, booking and promotion of the most tallented upcoming names in the melodic metal genre.Their roster includes names like Leprous, Persefone and Damnations Day. For Finland a booking deal was secured with DragonWhite, which manages many of the top players (Jarkko Ahola, Brother Firetribe, Arion) in the country.
Simulacrum's new concept album called Sky Divided is ready for release and the band has also shot two new music videos to support the story of the record. The budget for this project has been grand and every detail has been overseen so that they reach supreme quality standards.
Intromental is currently negotiating with different parties for the release of the album and the band hopes to get it released as soon as possible.
Class to livestream for free on March 23; enroll today!
SEATTLE, WA - CreativeLive 'Music & Audio' has announced an upcoming course, "Guitarist's Tech Workshop," set to stream live for free on March 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST / 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m EST. In this two-part course, guitar and tube amp masters, Kurt Bloch and Ben Verellen, will demonstrate exactly how to get the best sound out of your gear, including the basics of setting up your guitar and a full rundown of how tube amps work and how to keep them sounding great. For more information and to sign up for the free class, head to CreativeLive 'Music & Audio' at: https://www.creativelive.com/courses/guitarists-tech-workshop-kurt-bloch-ben-verellen. A teaser video with additional info can be seen on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ihIoX0RTe4.
Since its inception in 2010, CreativeLive has broadcast more than 600 courses to more than 2 million students worldwide. Now streaming live from studios in Seattle and San Francisco, CreativeLive hosts workshops in photography, video, design, business, audio, music, and software training, unlocking previously closed doors by making dynamic education accessible to everyone.
Upcoming "Guitarist's Tech Workshop" instructor, Kurt Bloch, is not only Gibson Guitar's in-house guitar guru, he's a legend in the Seattle music scene. He formed the seminal punk band, The Fastbacks, and has producer credits for his work with The Presidents of the United States of America and Tokyo Dragons.
"Guitarist's Tech Workshop" co-instructor, Ben Verellen, started Verellen Amplifiers in 2000 and now has a full-time staff churning out handmade custom tube amplifiers for some of the most respected artists in rock and metal. He also fronts Helms Alee, a rock band based in Seattle.
Stay tuned to CreativeLive's 'Music & Audio' channel at: http://www.creativelive.com/audio for more information on "Guitarist's Tech Workshop" and other upcoming classes.
" 'American Stranger' is a masterpiece! Every song is great!" - Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons)
Los Angeles, CA - One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2015, the debut concept album by Lunden Reign titled 'American Stranger', featuring Lora G and Nikki Lunden, will be released in March. Recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywood, Abbey Road (Studio 2) in London and Stagg Street Studios in LA, Lora and Nikki are joined by platinum-selling producer/composer Luis Maldonado (John Waite, Into The Presence, Lisa Marie Presley), mix engineer Geoff Pearlman (Linda Perry), Morgan Young on drums, Hector Maldonado (bassist for Train) and Cellist Ana Lenchantin (Queens of the Stone Age, The Eels). Lunden Reign was recently chosen as TAXI MUSIC's 'Exclusive Artist of the Month', a great honor from a company with thousands of artists on their roster. (http://www.taximusic.com). Lunden Reign also has signed a distribution deal for 'American Stranger' with Cleopatra Records in Los Angeles. The album will be released on March 17, 2015.
Nikki elaborates about the album's concept, " 'American Stranger' is a complete story from end to end. It was designed to be a sort of 'rock opera' about intolerance and those willing to stand up to it as well as those it's destroying. The central character is 'Mary' (song #7), a young woman who feels isolated, misunderstood and so disconnected from the world 'I want so hard to be set free, from everyone that judges me. I want to live a live someday, a world away from yesterday.' The song 'Mary' is prefaced by '28IF', 'Hear Me' and 'American Stranger'. In the end she overcomes in 'Hush and Whispers': 'Who cares what I am, it's all insane stop trying to change my life.'"
LORA G (Espinoza-Lunden) is a Composer/Guitarist from Mission Viejo, CA. Lora has a love of composing lyrics with a solid message and music in open-string alternative style. She is also a parent and an activist for the Mexican-American and LGBT communities. NIKKI LUNDEN is a Singer/Songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist who is a 18 year veteran of live performance (solo and ensemble). The Iowa native originally from Franklin, Iowa (pop.143) moved to LA in the fall of 2012 to attend Musician's Institute in Hollywood. Lora G and Nikki Lunden are the core members of Lunden Reign. Currently their lineup includes Matthew Denis - bass, Steve Ornest - guitar and Morgan Young – drums.
Lunden Reign is best described as Soul Stimulating Big Beat Progressive Rock. Their music fuses progressive sounds, ethereal vibes and an array of genres to deliver booming, pulsing, & driving rock. Lunden Reign's synergistic performances are matched by the relentless desire to unleash layers of haunting melodies through uplifting riffs blended with a harder edge and a progressive big beat. Their music pushes the envelope, exploring every dimension.
Already some of rock's legends have joined Lunden Reign on stage including PRESCOTT NILES of THE KNACK and DALE BOZZIO of MISSING PERSONS. Their forthcoming album 'American Stranger' (completed and now in pressing) was mastered by Grammy winning Evren Goknar at Capitol Records, Hollywood., with art design and cover design by one of rock's greatest album designers: IOANNIS. Lunden Reign proudly endorses & records with HIWATT AMPS, UK.
Lora explains how the band recently connected with legendary Dale Bozzio of 80's hit-makers Missing Persons, "Beyond being a legendary singer and composer, Dale is amazing person and a wonderful human being. We met Dale after the great bassist from The Knack, Prescott Niles, performed with us at The House of Blues, Hollywood. Prescott is also the bassist for Dale Bozzio's Missing Persons Band. Dale clicked with us immediately and she guest performed with Lunden Reign at both the LA and Long Beach Pride Festivals."
Check out the video of Lunden Reign playing Missing Persons hit song "Walking in LA" with Dale Bozzio singing at LA Pride Festival on YouTube:
Prescott Niles (bassist - The Knack, Missing Persons): "Every so many years an album comes out that redefines modern music. 'AMERICAN STRANGER' is that next album. Grab some headphones, close your eyes and let your senses explore the music & lyrics of Lunden Reign's sound. Today the cycle goes full with a long-awaited return to music that touches the soul and embraces the test of time."
Martha Davis (lead singer of The Motels): "The song 'Hear Me' is wonderful & heartfelt."
Terri Nunn (lead singer of Berlin): "Lora G is a great songwriter and musician."
Dale Bozzio (Frank Zappa, Missing Persons): " 'American Stranger' is a masterpiece! Every song is great!"
Phil Soussan (Bassist - Ozzy, Billy Idol, Grammy BOD): "What an amazing album, incredible songwriting, lyrics and groove!"
In closing, Lunden Reign is more than just music; their lyrics carry important messages about tolerance, love, self-reflection, dignity and inner- strength. 'American Stranger' stands up to intolerance, telling stories about becoming a victim by simply trying to claim ones own identity. It's feeling like a stranger in your own skin and finding the courage to be exactly who you are. There is a re-occurring character, Mary, who represents all of these things. This is her story - how does it relate to yours?"
IZZ to Release New Studio Album, "Everlasting Instant"
3/3/15 – New York, NY – IZZ's new studio album, Everlasting Instant, is scheduled for release on April 7, 2015 and serves as the final installment of a three-part series of albums that began with The Darkened Room in 2009 and continued with Crush of Night in 2012. Everlasting Instant concludes this epic thematic arc with a fresh palette of sounds, all the while maintaining the sharp and memorable melodies that have become a hallmark of the band.
From the syncopated rhythms and unpredictable meter changes of "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" to the through-composed nature of "Keep Away" to the uplifting drama of "Sincerest Life," the fearlessly modern sound of IZZ continues to surprise at every turn.
Tom Galgano, IZZ's keyboardist and vocalist who continues his roles as producer and engineer for this album, regards Everlasting Instant as a fitting culmination of the musical themes presented throughout the last two IZZ albums, "Many of the melodies, rhythms and lyrics on Everlasting Instant began as seeds on the two previous albums and they have undoubtedly come to fruition on this new release. Listeners will recognize these subtle variations on prior themes and will also be presented with an exciting new collection of musical ideas."
The stunning voices of Anmarie Byrnes (lead vocals on "Like a Straight Line") and Laura Meade (lead vocals on "If It's True") are the most present they have ever been on an IZZ release. Contributing lead and harmony vocals throughout the entire album, Byrnes and Meade add a color that makes the IZZ sound on Everlasting Instant even more unique.
Tom Galgano's keyboard prowess is in full force as he takes masterful solos in "Start Again" and "Own the Mystery" as well as exhibiting superb classical piano work in "The Three Seers."
Guitarist Paul Bremner's inimitable style continues to be on display in Everlasting Instant as he takes hold of the listener's attention in tracks such as "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" where his acrobatic style is in firm focus.
John Galgano's bass provides solid footing to "Sincerest Life" and "Can't Feel the Earth, Part IV" where his melodic approach to the bass is brought to the fore. The drumming/percussion team of Brian Coralian and Greg DiMiceli, well-known for their unique, yet complementary playing styles, continue to create a one-of-a-kind rhythm section as evidenced in songs like "The Everlasting Instant" (featuring Brian Coralian) and "Sincerest Life" (featuring Greg DiMiceli).
The IZZ line-up for Everlasting Instant is:
Paul Bremner: electric and acoustic guitar
Anmarie Byrnes: lead and backing vocals
Brian Coralian: electronic and acoustic drums and percussion
Greg DiMiceli: drums and percussion
John Galgano: bass guitar, acoustic/electric guitar, lead and backing vocals
Tom Galgano: keyboards, lead and backing vocals
Laura Meade: lead and backing vocals
IZZ's Everlasting Instant will be available for purchase at Amazon, iTunes and all of your favorite progressive rock online music retailers.
In other news, IZZ will kick off the release of Everlasting Instant with a live performance at the New Jersey Proghouse on April 19. IZZ plans to announce more shows in support of Everlasting Instant during the Summer/Fall of 2015. The band also has plans to return to the studio to continue work on their next studio album. In addition, guitarist Paul Bremner is mixing his new solo album. For more information on Everlasting Instant and for the most updated information about IZZ, please visit:
Los Angeles, CA - Their popularity among music fans is undeniable, their status with music critics is unimpeachable, and their influence across a multitude of genres - from pop to rock, world music to country - is thoroughly indisputable. Yet The Beatles' ubiquity makes us forget that there once was a time when this UK band was truly dangerous, a radical cultural force pushing its way into the mainstream to the shock and horror of many. Now, a new generation of psych rock bands seek to bring back that sense of danger to the Beatles' music, taking twelve classic compositions by the Fab Four and filtering them through modern sensibilities to bring a whole new perspective to these celebrated works. The resulting project, The Magical Mystery Psych Out - A Tribute To The Beatles, will be released on both CD and vinyl by Cleopatra Records on March 3.
German acid rockers Electric Moon kick things off with the song that many consider the defining birth of psychedelic rock music, "Tomorrow Never Knows" from Revolver, here given a new depth and sense of urgency with walls of distorted guitars and haunting female vocals. Sugar Candy Mountain chose a rarer tune from the same era, the B-side single "Rain," and came up with a version more sinister yet stealthily hypnotic. The band echoed the thoughts of many artists on the album when they declared that recording a Beatles song is simultaneously "fun and intimidating." Matt Adams, here performing "The Word" as The Blank Tapes, elaborates on this idea saying "The Beatles recordings have always been untouchable to me, but I jumped at the chance to do my own take on one of their songs. I tried staying true to the original but changed some of the sounds and stretched out the ending." Fellow UK acts such as The KVB and The Underground Youth also turn in inspired versions that would make their countrymen proud, and together with US rising stars The Vacant Lots and Strangers Family Band, recreate for modern listeners the thrill that '60s audiences must have felt like hearing such strange, enticing, and far-out sounds for the first time. With an appropriately mind-blowing painting by San Francisco-based artist/illustrator Matt Leunig, The Magical Mystery Psych Out is coming to take you away!