Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Metal All Stars - Brixton Academy concert postponed

Due to last minute engagements of a few of the artists in the line-up, Metal All Stars will be rescheduling all European dates from November 28th – December 23rd, including the Brixton Academy concert on December 16th, to Spring 2015.

New tour dates in these cities will be announced shortly. Due to this unfortunate delay, the organisers will be adding additional headline artists to make the new line up even more METAL for 2015!

Current ticket holders and purchasers of VIP Meet & Greet packages will have their tickets honoured for the new dates. More official information will be updated at www.metalallstars.com.

Thunder Wonder Days video released

Thunder have released a video for Wonder Days, the title track of the band's forthcoming album. Full details surrounding the release, the follow-up to 2008's Bang!, will be announced tomorrow. The video was filmed recently in Tokyo in front of 15,000 fans.
Singer Danny Bowes says, “What can I say about ‘Wonder Days’? Well, it’s the title track from the new Thunder album, our first in six years, and if you listen closely it tells the story of why we came together all those years ago to form the band. So with that in mind, we thought it’s the perfect track to introduce everyone to what we’ve been up to recently… which is making an album that we are all incredibly proud of! We played it live for the first time last month at Loud Park in Tokyo and filmed it for your pleasure. We like the song so much, we think we’ll play it again next March, along with a lot more from the new album. Come see us - a good time is guaranteed for all!” 
Last month Thunder played a free show for fans at London's Brooklyn Bowl venue, a show recorded for release as a cover-mount CD accompanying the January 2015 edition of Classic Rock. In September, the band promised the new album would be worth the wait, and announced a short UK tour for March 2015, where they'll play alongside Reef and Tax The Heat. 

Foreigner Night Life instant download


The opening track from FOREIGNER’s forthcoming live release ‘The Best of 4 And More,’ "Night Life" is now available as an instant download when you pre-order the album digitally. The pre-order links are below.
General download link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4
Amazon link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4Amazon
iTunes link: http://geni.us/ForeignerBestof4iTunes
"The Best of Foreigner 4 & More" will be released in Europe on December 5th with release in the UK on the 8th.
Released in 1981, Foreigner "4" spent more weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts than any artist in the history of Atlantic Records, including AC/DC, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, and went on to sell more than 9 million albums worldwide. Hits included ‘Juke Box Hero,’ ‘Urgent’ and ‘Waiting for a Girl Like You’ ― all of which are present on ‘The Best of Foreigner 4 & More.’  “It’s great to be in a group with people who really get it, and understand how fortunate we are to be playing and performing such great material,” enthused vocalist Kelly Hansen, while band founder Mick Jones added, “Our music has touched a lot of people worldwide ― unwittingly, we’ve weaved our music into the fabric of people’s lives.”
"Night Life" is the live album opening track: a timeless rock song delivered with passion and urgency by the band and recorded live at the Borgata Hotel’s Music Box theatre in Atlantic City in October 2014.
It is still possible to preorder the album via PledgeMusic, which offers vinyl, limited edition posters and remake T-shirts from their 1981-1982 tour packages. In related news, the Vinyl version of ‘The Best of 4 And More’ album will be released in partnership with Soulfood Music on January 23rd 2015.

Monday, 24 November 2014

AC DC Rock Or Bust video

The official video for the title track of the new AC/DC album, "Rock Or Bust", can be seen below. The clip was shot October 3-4 with director David Mallet at Black Island Studios in Middlesex, England.

"Rock Or Bust" is scheduled for release on December 2. The CD was recorded in Vancouver, Canada earlier this year.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Bailey Long Way Down

bailey long way down

A mere 6 months since his Three Lions project debut was released with Vinny Burns Nigel 

Bailey now releases his first solo release Long Way Down on Frontiers on December the 7th.

Joining him on keyboards is Alessandro DelVecchio   who also produces the cd and does an

excellent job.He brought him some of his Italian counterparts with Alessandro Mori on drums

 who has played with Mitch Malloy and Marion Percudani on guitar who is in Lionville and

Shining Line.

I was expecting an AOR album so when opener " Feed The Flames " blasts out of the speakers

 after a heavy drum roll start I was a little suprised  . A heavier sound with crisp guitar riffs and

 pounding drums expertly produced by Del Vecchio made me sit up.Bailey's vocals still have

 that rich melodic tone to them and fit the epic material perfectly with a nice twin guitar part after

 the chorus . An excellent guitar solo from Percudani .

Single " In The Name Of The King "  follows with a heavy classic rock approach with some

excellent double bass drumming from Mori and huge riff from Percudani and Bailey's vocal

 delivery fitting in seamlessly . A lengthy guitar solo from Percudani show the mans talent and

 always with a melodic tone .

Next up " Dirty Little Secret " has an AOR feel with a chugging riff and some excellent twin

 guitar work and a huge chorus and backing vocals . 

" Bad Reputation " starts with a guitar solo on another hard rocking number with a pounding rhythm  and keyboard flashes over the chorus before Percudani plays another lengthy guitar solo.

" Stay " and " Somewhere In Oslo " follow a more AOR feel with the latter starting like an FM

 number . Bailey's vocal on the latter also shows what a quality vocalist he is and where has the

 man been hiding!!

" Long Way Down " has a very heavy riff and bass / drum rhythm which works well with the

 melodic vocal delivery during the chorus . Percudani again lets his fingers do the talking on a

 flurried solo.

" Spend The Night " drops the pace right down on an acoustic led number which shows off

 Bailey's voice well .

" Love Falls Down " and " Ticket To Yesterday " would have fitted perfectly onto the Three Lions

 debut with their more AOR style and Bailey shines on the former.

" Dirty Angel " as the title implies ups the pace with a heavy riff and driving rhythm that finishes

 the album in style on a song that would go down a storm live as you can imagine it finishing the

 show .

Long Way Down showcases the talents and songwriting of Nigel Bailey with a strong cross

 section of songs that are well crafted and expertly played and produced and I for one look

 forward to hearing more from the man.

A more than pleasant surprise.

Here is the album epk and also the video for first single " In The Name Of The King ".

Harem Scarem Thirteen

Harem Scarem return with their  first new material for 6 years with their 13th studio album cunningly entitled " Thirteen " . After last years well received rerecorded " Mood Swings "  cd and subsequent tour including Firefest , the band reconvened via a pledge music campaign and the fruits of their labours are released for all to hear via Frontiers Records on December the 5th . 

For any melodic rock fan this is what it is all about . Harem Scarem have always been about huge riffs with even bigger choruses and enough hooks to land a Great White and Thirteen delivers and more.

The core trio of Harry Hess on vocals / keys ,Pete Lesperance on guitar / bass and keys and Creighton Doane on drums with Darren Smith on back up vocals have produced a 37 minute cd that is all killer no filler with 10 tracks of melodic rock born to be played loud  with the roof of your car down which is a shame as it is released in December ! 

All of the tracks seamlessly flow together creating a warmth and glow that only a band comfortable in their own skin can . From track 1 to 10 each song draws you in let's the music seep through and within a few minutes you are singing along and when you get to the end you press play and start all over again .

The AOR heaven that starts the cd with " Garden Of Eden "  that is equal parts heavy and melodic with the trademark huge chorus with backing vocals that Def Leppard would sell their soul for . An instrumental break that reminds me of Mr Big leads into a short sharp melodic Lesperance guitar solo that is as always on the mark .

The hey let's say it poppy " Live It "  follows with  before a couple of pot boilers in " Early Warning Sign "  and " The Midnight Hours "  all muscular riff , pounding rhythm and huge huge chorus that is pure and simple classic Harem Scarem . The latter has an AOR style beginning that builds up into the chorus . 

What follows is a trademark ballad which shows off Harry Hess to a tee . A rich warm vocal is at the heart of  " Whatever It Takes " and back in the day the video would have been all over MTV. They were the days !

" Saints And Sinners " starts the second half without a drop in the quality again all rolling riff and chorus .

" All I Need " is built on an drum rhythm and stop start riff that again builds to a chorus that deserves to be shouted back by fans world wide.

" Troubled Times " has another chugging riff from Lesperance and wonderful Leppardesque pre chorus vocals that as the chorus starts it all stops and then hits harder as they all come in together . Great use of light and shade .

" Never Say Never " slows down the pace with more layered vocals on the pre chorus telling us all to never give up on your dreams . A fast fingered Lesperance solo fits in perfectly.

" Stardust " at 5 and a half minutes is the longest song on the cd on a mid pace track with a trademark chorus with a great melodic guitar line that carries on throughout .

So in 37 minutes a welcome  return for a band that should of been huge many many years ago if you have liked Harem Scarem before you will buy it and for anyone else that loves melodic rock and is unsure what to get stick it on your Christmas list.