Friday, 22 May 2015

Symphony X - Nevermore (Official lyric video)

New Jersey progressive metal masters SYMPHONY X will release their ninth studio album, titled "Underworld", on July 24 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The official lyric video for the CD's opening track, "Nevermore", can be seen below.

HRH AOR 4 first bands announced.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Degreed Dead But Not Forgotten.

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…”
1. The Scam
2. Face The Fact
3. Madness
4. Shame On Me
5. Better Safe Than Sorry
6. Love Me Love Me Not
7. Drama
8. Kill Your Darlings
9. Touch Of Paradise
10. Forgive You
11. Start Again
12. Firefly
13. The Final Ride
14. Turn Around Don’t Back Down
Robin Ericsson – Bass/Vocals
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Mikael Jansson – Keys
Mats Ericsson – Drums
DEGREED was founded in 2005 and blend vocal extravaganza of Swedish Idol finalist Robin Ericsson with keyboard/guitar synchronization wizardry into melodic rock heaven. They have released two albums – Life, Love, Loss in 2010 and We Don’t Belong in 2013 – both critically acclaimed worldwide by media.
In 2014 the band was opening for Dan Reed Network on their Sweden tour, played Väsby Rock Festival and were invited as Special Guests to Machinae Supremacy’s European tour in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. And 2015 started off with the return to UK for a tour in March.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Joe Satriani Peregrine Wings

Photo Credit Larry DiMarzio

Joe Satriani is streaming On Peregrine Wings, taken from the forthcoming album Shockwave Supernova, the follow-up to 2013's Unstoppable Momentum .
“While working on a project for an animated TV show called Crystal Planet, I thought this music would be perfect for a flying character and what would it feel like to jump off a cliff and start flying," says Joe. "There would be fear and exhilaration to be thousands of feet in the air. The movie in my head informed me on how the song developed using unusual scales and the intense velocity of the drumbeat and the crazy solo.”
Shockwave Supernova is released on July 24, and can be pre-ordered from Satriani’s website, via iTunes and Amazon . 

Satriani tours the UK with Dan Patlansky in November.
UK Tour Dates

Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online:
Nov 1: 02 Apollo Manchester                                  
Nov 2: Birmingham Symphony Hall                      
Nov 3: Glasgow Royal Concert Hall                        
Nov 4: Sheffield City Hall                                           
Nov 5: Cardiff St. David’s Hall                                  
Nov 7: Southend Cliff’s Pavilion                            
Nov 8: Bristol Colston Hall                                         
Nov 9: Portsmouth Guildhall                                    
Nov 10: London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo

Erja Lyytinen Live In London

As I mentioned just recently with the Klogr ep you sometimes get floored when new music drops from someone you have never heard of and it blows the doors off.

Where as Klogr was heavy rock this is blues music played by a young lady and her band on October the 7th at London's iconic 100 club and recorded for all time and here in a nice change on both cd and dvd so you get the best of both worlds visually and audio too when it is released on Monday the 8th of June on Tuohi Records.

Joined by her band on guitar Davide Floreno,on bass Roger Inniss and drummer Miri Miettinen they play a mix of originals and some covers from Fred Mcdowell and 4 from Elmore James who was known as the king of slide.

It will come as no surprise then that Erja Lyytinen is a quite marvellous exponent of the slide guitar as well as playing some of the most awe inspiring blues guitar that I have heard in a long time with vocals to match.Her warm vocal range with plenty of pitch,melody and soul fits the style of music like a glove.

On an album of highlights it can be difficult to pick any but for me the highlight is the amazing chemistry of Erja and her band.When you play music that flows like a river and every nuance of the blues is encapsulated within.Drums and bass in perfect unison and allowing Erja centre stage to show her quality whether it being vocally,slide,slow emotive soloing or faster blues string bending.On Hold On Together you even get a dual guitar solo giving Floreno a chance to shine.

Photo Credit: © Tina Korhonen

A Fred Mcdowell cover of It's A Blessing starts the album with Erja's a cappella deep and sultry vocal immediately taking the focus of attention.

Let It Shine shows Erja's majesty of the slide guitar and the band rocking out mid section with some great bobbing bass!!

Single Change Of Season is for me the one that has me pressing play again and again.8 minutes of beautiful music that rises from a picked electric riff and a vocal of pure joy.Erja's vocal is stunning with some extra power on some longer notes and showing a real control of her undoubted emotions.We are the treated to a lengthy solo again showing emotion,control and I love how it starts quiet and builds and builds to a band crescendo.

Have a listen and enjoy.

Everything's Fine shows more slide guitar and plenty of extra guitar melodies and workouts on a fast paced song that again shows the quality of the band as well as Erja having a slightly rougher tone with another solo that builds and builds.

Elmore James's The Sky Is Crying is brought to life with slide guitar and vocal's pitched together perfectly on a 7 minute live colussus.

Another Elmore James tune Dust My Broom closes the album with an 14 minute workout showing off every facet of Erja's and her band's mastery of the blues.

Do yourself a favour and pick up this high quality release and catch Erja and her band at the following dates in the UK later in the year.

2015 UK Tour Dates

LINTON FESTIVAL                                                             FRIDAY JUNE 19
DURHAM BLUES FESTIVAL                                           SATURDAY JUNE 20
CLEETHORPES BLUES FESTIVAL                                  SUNDAY JUNE 21
SHEFFIELD, THE GREYSTONES                                    SATURDAY OCTOBER 3
BARNES, BULL'S HEAD                                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 5
WOLVERHAMPTON, ROBIN 2                                     WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7
EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS                                THURSDAY OCTOBER 8
OXFORD, HAVEN MUSIC CLUB                                   MONDAY OCTOBER 12
EVESHAM, IRON DOOR                                                 WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14
SUTTON, BOOM BOOM CLUB                                     FRIDAY OCTOBER 16
FROME, FROME BLUES FESTIVAL                              SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

Photo Credit: © Juha Seila

Monday, 18 May 2015

King King Waking Up lyric video

Multi award-winning, blues rock band King King have just released a lyric video for a new song “Waking Up” taken from the new album Reaching For The Light (out now).

The band tour the UK later in the year.

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BURTON UPON TRENT, BREWHOUSE     Wednesday October 21
BURY ST. EDMUNDS, THE APEX                 Thursday October 22
HARPENDEN, PUBLIC HALLS                       Friday October 23
TAVISTOCK, THE WHARF                              Saturday October 24
COVENTRY, THE COPPER ROOMS             Sunday October 25
CARLISLE, THE OLD FIRE STATION             Tuesday October 27
HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME                     Thursday October 29
CLITHEROE, THE GRAND                               Friday October 30
GLENROTHES, ROTHES HALL                       Saturday October 31
YORK, FIBBERS                                                  Sunday November 1
CHESTERFIELD, REAL TIME LIVE                  Tuesday November 3
HULL, FRUIT                                                       Wednesday November 4
FROME, CHEESE AND GRAIN                      Friday November 6
SHOREHAM, ROPETACKLE ARTS                Saturday November 7
BROMSGROVE, ARTRIX                                 Thursday November 12
LONDON, O2 ISLINGTON ACADEMY         Wednesday Nov 11
SALE, WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE                Friday November 13
MORCAMBE, THE PLATFORM                     Saturday November 14
SHREWSBURY, THEATRE SEVEN                Sunday November 15