Wednesday, July 26, 2017

220 VOLT - Power Games [digitally remastered] (2017)

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One of the leading, pioneering '80s Swedish metal / hard rock bands is without a doubt 220 VOLT. With their second album "Power Games" from 1984 they became one of Europe's most important acts in the genre, but curiously the record never was officially released on CD. Dutch label Music On CD finally made justice few weeks ago with this remastered version of this acclaimed album.

It would be about 1984 by the time it became apparent that 220 Volt deserved much more recognition than they were receiving, because "Power Games" is a pretty great melodic metal record that easily is the equal of any John Norum-era Europe release, even if there's few here like 'that keyboard line'.
The album is both louder and more memorable than the band's first effort in every conceivable way, and it sounds like some Swedish counterpart to the American band Riot around 1983, with a lot of unspoken reverb to the tracks that simply ricochets off into a night sky full of dreams, aircraft, electricity and expectations.

You need listen no further than the opener "Firefall" to hear just how much they've developed in such a short time. Brazen, rocking mayhem with a superb sense for powerful chords that heighten both the verse and chorus, while intense, brief bursts of melodic guitar fills contribute to the momentum.
Then "Airborne Fighter" is like a searing bluesy metal with some nice melodic lines and another killer climax.

"Over the Top" is much more commercial and accessible, using some clean guitars and one of 'those keyboard lines' along with the chorus vocal, but it's still got a sense of rhythmic determination akin to a Europe.
I also really enjoyed the mystical, plodding "Child or Beast" with its Arabesque verse notation, while "Don't Go" and "Night Without End" are both really smooth and melodious.
220 Volt also delivers a melodic metal ballad in "Carry On", with that unique '80s atmosphere helped by classy keyboards and a strong chorus.

220 VOLT - Power Games [digitally remastered] (2017) booklet

"Power Games" was a quite successful LP in the European market and a much sought after by the American fans of the genre. It has a brighter sense of 'hit power' without sacrificing 220 Volt's inbred melodic metal talent.
It's one of their better albums, though on the successor Mind Over Muscle they would take another considerable step up.
This fresh 2017 remaster / first time on CD reissue is fine - I heard better - so if you dwell in that gray area between '80s hard rock and traditional melodic metal fan, this is one you should make haste to hear.
Highly Recommended

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01. Fire Fall
02. Airborne Fighter
03. Over The Top
04. Night Without End
05. Child Or Beast
06. Mistreated Eyes
07. Don't Go
08. Carry On

Joakim Lundholm - Vocals
Mats Karlsson - Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Backing Vocals
Mike Larsson - Bass
Peter Hermansson - Drums
Thomas Drevin - Electric & Acoustic Guitars



KJETIL BY (feat. Robin Beck) - Better Days

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While waiting the new Robin Beck album in few months, you need to check her voice here on KJETIL BY's album "Better Days". When this Norwegian started to write the songs for this CD, the intention was to record a pop/rock album with a melodic sound.
Kjetil wanted the best musicians for the sessions and we have TNT / Stage Dolls / Da Vinci members playing the parts, but the big surprise come when Robin Beck also said yes to join the project.

Not only Robin Beck sings all songs, husband and House Of Lords mastermind James Christian agreed to produce the album and also provide backing / harmony vocals. Robin become so much involved that Kjetil decided to release the album as "Kjetil By feat. Robin Beck".
As such, this really solid collection of songs sounds more like a brand-new solo album from Robin Beck than a solo album from Kjetil By... but with a Scandi touch thanks to the arrangements, specially the keyboard lines.

So, all ingredients are there for a very good Melodic Rock / AOR / rock&pop album: great songs (hats off to Kjetil's pen), fantastic performers (with Beck really putting heart and soul into the material) and a clear production (Christian & Kjetil).

As I like the whole album it's hard to pick favorites, but for the moment I would go for opener and title track “Better Days”, “Everything Has A Price” (recalls Beck's late '80s), “Dancers” and the emotive ballad “Guide You On Your Way”.
Also note that the album ends with alternative versions of the aforementioned tracks “Better Days” and “Dancers”.

KJETIL BY (feat. Robin Beck) - Better Days (2014) back cover

Totally out of the blue came this fourth solo album from Norwegian guitarist Kjetil By, and it's a wonderful, absolutely unexpected one: Robin Beck at the mic, no more no less...
Of course Robin, James Christian's touch and all musicians involved are impeccable here, but you need good songs for the purpose, and Kjetil is armed with excellent tunes (co-written with Norwgian composer Claudia Scott) with 6 years in the making.

I love this kind of surprises, full of quality. “Better Days” is a must for any Melodic Rock / AOR fan, and I hope Kjetil will go on this way in the future.
Highly Recommended.

01 - Better Days
02 - New York Rain
03 - Everything Has A Price
04 - Carry On
05 - Dancers
06 - Only Myself To Blame
07 - White Nights
08 - Superseded
09 - Autumn Winds
10 - Guide You On Your Way
11 - Better Days (Alternate Version)
12 - Dancers (Alternate Version)

Robin Beck - Lead Vocals on all tracks
James Christian - Harmonies
Kjetil By - Guitars
Morten Skaget (TNT) - Bass
Steinar Krokstad (Stage Dolls) - Percussion
Dag Selbosakar (Da Vinci) - Keyboards



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

LIONHEART - Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives [Japan Only] Out Of Print

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After the recent post of LIONHEART's great album remastered and waiting for the band's official second effort in more than 30 years to be released soon, it's fitting to be featured on this blog "Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives", a terrific double CD only appeared in Japan compiling all Lionheart '80s recordings than never made it into disc.

Since their foundation in 1980, Lionheart was the most famous unsigned band in Great Britain.
After several sold-out shows at the legendary The Marquee without a single song released, Lionheart played at The Reading Festival and were booked to support Def Leppard on their 1981 British tour.
Really impressive for a band without a recording contract.
And that's because the quality of the musicians involved.

Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis), Steve Mann (MSG, The Sweet, Eloy) and Rocky Newton (Wild Fire, Def Leppard, MSG) not only were excellent musicians, but together formed one of the most respected European 'harmony vocals' trio from the first half of the '80s.
The trio arranged and recorded backing vocals as session musicians for almost every Rock record that came out in UK at the early '80s, from Def Leppard to UFO, Grand Prix to Uriah Heep, and countless more.

Additionally, and while playing all over Europe, Lionheart recorded tons of demos.
The band experienced several line-up changes in the drum and keyboard slots, but the core of Stratton / Mann / Newton stay intact.
The 1983 composed songs / demos ended on what was Lionheart's album Hot Tonight, but the previous from 1981-82, and the latter (1984-85) remained unreleased.

LIONHEART - Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives [Japan Only] booklet

Over the years since originally appeared, Lionheart album 'Hot Tonight' became very popular in Japan, with lots of fans hungry for more. Ironically, the band never toured in Asia.
That's when Japanese record label Pony Canyon approached Stratton / Mann / Newton for a possible new album, or some previously unreleased material.
All the tapes from the '80s were checked and the songs on this "Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives" carefully selected by the 3 musicians, all remastered by Steve Mann himself.

What you have here are some precious gems from this incredibly talented band that shouda been huge.
On the first CD we find the songs from their early era, more hard rocking and influenced by the NWOBHM.
Of course there's the track that names the band, 'Lionheart', as far I know the only officially released before as part of the 'Heavy Metal Heroes Volume II' LP (HMRecords, 1982).
'Don't You Know What Love Is?' not only has a similar name to Foreigner's song, but it also sounds like the American band hardest moments, while 'Give Me The Light' is a highlight with a midtempo pace in the vein of Grand Prix.

Then CD 2 is a must for mid-Eighties AOR suckers and fans of 'Hot Tonight', as most of these were composed / recorded between 1984-85, plus some tracks that never made it into the album.
As examples there's a catchy melodic rocker in 'Sweet Surrender', lots of synths in 'Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me' (it sounds like a lost Virginia Wolf song), an even I find a little hair metal on the fun 'Every Dog Has His Day'.

LIONHEART - Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives [Japan Only]  back

This 2-CD box packaging is excellent, with a family-tree of all band members, a colorful 24-page booklet with rare photos, lyrics and liner notes from all musicians.
Yeah, Lionheart's "Unearthed; Raiders Of The Lost Archives" is a must have for collectors and fans of '80s Melodic Hard Rock / AOR.
Out Of Print

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01. Lionheart (1981)
02. Car On The Hill (1982)
03. Dealer (1982)
04. Time For Love (1982)
05. Ace In The Hole (1982)
06. Don't You Know What Love Is? (1982)
07. It Matters To Me (1982)
08. Shooting All The Lights Out (1982)
09. The Lions Roar (1982)
10. Last Night (1981)
11. Do You Believe? (1982)
12. Give Me The Light (1983)
13. Prisoner (1983)
14. Don't Hide The Feeling (1983)
15. Keepin' Our Love Alive (1983)
16. Every Boy In Town (1983)

01. Sweet Surrender (1983)
02. Place In Time (1985)
03. Heartbeat Radio (1985)
04. You Can't Buy A Dream (1985)
05. Outrageous (1985)
06. Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me (1985)
07. Angel Of Love (1985)
08. Missing You (1985)
09. You're So Cold (1985)
10. Legend (1985)
11. If You Want To Kill Me (1985)
12. Don't Stop Me Now (1985)
13. Every Dog Has His Day (1985)
14. I Will Love You (1985)

Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis): guitar, vocals
Steve Mann (MSG, The Sweet, Eloy): guitar, keyboards, vocals
Rocky Newton (Wild Fire, Def Leppard, MSG): bass, vocals

Chad Brown (The Sweet, Snowblind): lead vocals
Bob Hawthorn: lead vocals (Tracks 12-14 on CD 1)
Clive Edwards Wild Horses, Grand Prix, UFO): drums
Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden, Trust): drums (Track 10 on CD 1)
Bob Jenkins (Alphaville): drums
Andy Beirne (Grand Prix, Dirty Tricks): drums
Bruce Bisland: drums
Phil Lanzon (Grand Prix, John Lawton, Uriah Heep): keyboards
Toby Sadler (Samson, Airrace, If Only, Fastway): keyboards
Kevin Fitzpatrick (Lost Weekend): keyboards



BOW WOW - Charge [Rock Candy remastered]

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Some time ago Rock Candy Records started a especially numbered 'JPCANDY' series focused on the remastered reissue of Japanese bands / albums. "Charge" is the third record from BOW WOW, a pioneer hard rock / metal Japanese act.
For many Bow Wow's best album ever, this is the first time that "Charge" is released outside Asia.

"Charge" was Bow Wow’s third album and showcased a more solid, and in some ways a much more refined approach to the band’s evolving sound. This new album rather cleverly fused intense hard rock riffing with a sense of mature drama, which suggested Bow Wow were not just a one dimensional beast.
This aptly titled epic features more of the hard-hitting heavy metal that made the first two albums ones to appreciate. While a step down in terms of heaviness, it manages to mold both hard rock and traditional metal together.
The self-titled debut cruised with joy, the sophomore tore fans up, and this one gives the best of both.

Guitarist & vocalist Kyoji Yamamoto is the main songwriter for the band, and has grown considerably here, even though it doesn’t sound like a whole lot has changed.
The songwriting still consists of the usual short rockers, a soft track or two, and a track that conjures some epicness.
Kicking off with 'Jet Jive' this is all about rock 'n roll. Kyoji’s accent makes the parts sung in English to be a bit amusing at first, but at least the man is trying and putting a lot of energy into the performance. With stuff like 'Jet Jive' he's pretty nasal, unlike 'Sister Soul' and 'Rock And Roll Kid' where the vocals are low cleans; most of the album takes this approach, too.

'Fallen Leaves' is the separate ballad, but even then Kyoji has focused, poignant, thick cleans lead vocals. One thing’s for sure, you won’t feel intimidated by his singing… except on 'Must Say Adieu' which is the longest, heaviest, and one of the best songs on the album.
It's the epic number where the riff blasts things off, and Kyoji does grunts, warbles, wails, screams, and shouts with his roughest performance yet. His guitar alongside Mitsuhiro Saito blaze through with dual riffs tearing the place up into a festive fire, and then it breaks into one of the best bridges I’ve ever heard in heavy metal.

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For those looking into Bow Wow's career, "Charge" is considered the best starting point, but even then you might as well just start at the beginning. This 3rd album makes the debut sound years away, even though the hard rock / traditional metal style has barely changed at all.
Requested by one of you (place yours!), a not easy to find fine remastered reissue by Rock Candy.

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01 - Jet Jive
02 - Must Say "Adieu"
03 - Blue Eyed Lady
04 - The Clown
05 - Rock And Roll Kid
06 - Fallen Leaves
07 - Heavy
08 - Sister Soul
09 - Behind The Mask

Kyoji Yamamoto — lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion
Mitsuhiro Saito — guitar, lead vocals
Kenji Sano — bass, vocals
Toshihiro Nimi — drums, percussion, vocals



BOW WOW - Signal Fire [Rock Candy remastered]

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Some time ago Rock Candy Records started a especially numbered 'JPCANDY' series focused on the remastered reissue of Japanese bands / albums. "Signal Fire" is the second record from BOW WOW, a pioneer hard rock / metal Japanese act.
Signed by major label Invitation Records / Victor Japan, with "Signal Fire" Bow Wow exploded into the Asian market with the band opening for major acts such as Kiss and Aerosmith during their Japanese tours.

Originally released in 1977 only in Japan, "Signal Fire" is an album of intense hard rock fire-power. A record that combines fast-as-a-shark riffing with blistering lead guitar work and unique multi-layered phasing of a kind that had not previously been applied to hard rock recordings in such an impressive manner.

At this point, guitarist Kyoji Yamamoto was fast establishing himself as a craftsman with supreme technical ability. His playing was taking on a seriously brilliant sheen, combining the techniques and flare of influential Western players such as Ritchie Blackmore and Jimi Hendrix yet leaving room to create a style of his own.

BOW WOW - Signal Fire [Rock Candy remastered] inside

Hard rock tape-traders soon spotlighted Bow Wow as one of the best new discoveries of the era and hugely successful acts such as Metallica and Iron Maiden have subsequently gone on to confirm that this record was unquestionably a major influence.
"Signal Fire" - in fact Bow Wow's first 3 albums - remain as a milestone in Japanese hard rock / metal history.
Requested by one of you (place yours!) a not easy to find fine remastered reissue by Rock Candy.

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01 - Prelude
02 - Get On Our Train
03 - Just One More Night
04 - Silver Lightning
05 - Electric Power Up
06 - Rock 'N' Roll Drive
07 - Rainbow Of Sabbath
08 - Tell Me Tell Me
09 - Signal Fire
10 - Still

Kyoji Yamamoto — lead guitar, lead vocals, percussion
Mitsuhiro Saito — guitar, lead vocals
Kenji Sano — bass, vocals
Toshihiro Nimi — drums, percussion, vocals



DON BARNES - Ride The Storm (2017)

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Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations. We are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album "Ride The Storm".
One of the best “lost” albums of all time, with demos circulating among fans for years, finally sees the light of day with a superb sound.

In the late-’80s, the band .38 Special was mainstreaming, getting more synthed-out, and were fairly representative of the AOR sound at the time. Journey, REO Speedwagon, just about any group around this time were shooting for Top 40 pop radio. This was at odds with a shift in rock tastes, be it the harder take Guns ‘N Roses were putting out, the glam-infused side of Poison, or the juggernaut that was Def Leppard’s Hysteria record.

A&M Records, the home of .38 Special, approached lead singer Don Barnes with a promising offer: they would set him up with a solo side project and stock his backing band with a murderer’s row of studio talent. We’re talking about session players like Toto's Porcaro brothers, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, and others; people with proven track records and gold on the wall.
The album was recorded around 1988.

The reason you (probably) know nothing about this is because the album was shelved. No direct explanation as to what the problem was has been issued, except to say that this happens more often than you’d expect. A record label spends umpteen thousands of dollars on a recording, but when business alliances change or individuals in upper management switch out or step off, their passion projects get swept into limbo.
Such was the case with Barnes’. A few demonstration mixes were made, but that was it.

The record ultimately found its way into the world — albeit in dribs and drabs — through Internet leaks of those demo mixes.
Cut to 2016. Melodic Rock Records started hinting at his wish list for 2017, and one of those was a long-lost AOR contender. He wouldn’t say what it was, as the “I”s weren’t dotted and the “T”s weren’t crossed yet, but there was real money spent on the effort and up to that point, that money was in some box somewhere, collecting nearly thirty years’ worth of dust.

Finally, in 2017, Don Barnes’ "Ride The Storm" is here.
You'll love this album. It has everything one expects from the '80s, devoid of the angst and vitriol that was about to come. Even when the songs are about bad times, these are good-time songs at the core.
The musicians are guaranteed quantities, so you know what they deliver is as professional as can be, especially Dann Huff and his awesome solos, a Jeff Porcaro / Denny Carmassi great drumming. Add to that load of classic '80s keyboards.
And Barnes’ voice is just solid southern roast beef — not overcooked, not fussy, always on the money and delivering what you hoped for.

Who won’t like this? If you are reading this blog then you need to listen to Don Barnes "Ride The Storm". It's a 'major production' 80s record with bunch of terrific songs and that classic feel-good vibe.
For those who miss the sound of a seasoned pro setting them up and knocking them down with confidence, "Ride The Storm" will certainly put a big grin on your face and an upturned volume knob on your stereo or device.
Mandatory Listen

1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro

2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro

3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro

4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi

5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi

6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro

7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro

8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro

9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi

10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi



Monday, July 24, 2017

MARILLION - Misplaced Childhood [Deluxe Edition remastered 2017]

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MARILLION‘s classic masterwork 1985 studio album "Misplaced Childhood", which features the hits Kayleigh and Lavender, has been reissued in a luxury Deluxe Edition including a five-disc set freshly remastered 2017.

The 4CD+Blu-ray package features a newly remastered edition of the album, a concert from Holland across two CDs (including "Misplaced Childhood" performed in its entirety) and a fourth disc of demos and rarities “remastered exclusively for this set”.
The October 1985 concert was recorded Live at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in the city of Utrecht. It’s all previously unreleased except for the track 'Chelsea Monday' which was the B-side to third single, 'Heart Of Lothian'.

In addition, to the surround sound version of the album handled by producer, musician and surround maestro Steven Wilson (hi-res 96kHz 24 bit on Blu-ray), Kayleigh B-side 'Lady Nina' has also been mixed to 5.1 and there’s also a new stereo remix of that track as well (this also features on CD 4 along with the original mix of 'Lady Nina').
The entire five-disc Deluxe Edition is presented in a case-bound ‘bookset’ that includes a 60-page booklet with sleeve notes written by Dave Everley.

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Marillion's "Misplaced Childhood" went on to become the band's greatest commercial triumph, and for many their finest moment.
This 2017 remaster sounds fabulous, lush and punchy, and apart from the very good live concert (including "Misplaced Childhood" performed in its entirety) of special interest there's the extra disc of rarities with a terrific sound as well.

CD1: Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remastered Version)
01 - Pseudo Silk Kimono
02 - Kayleigh
03 - Lavender
04 - Bitter Suite
05 - Heart of Lothian
06 - Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
07 - Lords of the Backstage
08 - Blind Curve
09 - Childhood's End?
10 - White Feather

CD2: Live in Utrecht 1985 [Part 1]
01 - Emerald Lies (Intro) (Live at Utrecht 1985)
02 - Script for a Jester's Tear (Live at Utrecht 1985)
03 - Incubus (Live at Utrecht 1985)
04 - Chelsea Monday (Live at Utrecht 1985)
05 - The Web (Live at Utrecht 1985)

CD3: Live in Utrecht 1985 [Part 2: full Misplaced Childhood +]
01 - Pseudo Silk Kimono (Live at Utrecht 1985)
02 - Kayleigh (Live at Utrecht 1985)
03 - Lavender (Live at Utrecht 1985)
04 - Bitter Suite (Live at Utrecht 1985)
05 - Heart of Lothian (Live at Utrecht 1985)
06 - Waterhole (Express Bongo) (Live at Utrecht 1985)
07 - Lords of the Backstage (Utrecht 1985)
08 - Blind Curve (Live at Utrecht 1985)
09 - Childhood's End? (Live at Utrecht 1985)
10 - White Feather (Live at Utrecht 1985)
11 - Fugazi (Live at Utrecht 1985)
12 - Garden Party (Live at Utrecht 1985)
13 - Market Square Heroes (Live at Utrecht 1985)

CD4: B-Sides & Demos (2017 Remastered Version)
01 - Lady Nina
02 - Freaks
03 - Kayleigh (Alternative Mix)
04 - Lavender Blue
05 - Heart of Lothian (Extended Mix)
06 - Lady Nina (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
07 - Pseudo Silk Kimono (Demo)
08 - Kayleigh (Demo)
09 - Lavender (Demo)
10 - Bitter Suite (Demo)
11 - Lords of the Backstage (Demo)
12 - Blue Angel (Demo)
13 - Misplaced Rendezvous (Demo)
14 - Heart Of Lothian (Demo)
15 - Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (Demo)
16 - Passing Strangers (Demo)
17 - Childhood's End? (Demo)

Fish – vocals
Steve Rothery – guitars
Mark Kelly – keyboards
Pete Trewavas – bass
Ian Mosley – drums, percussion



TOJA - V (2017)

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TOJA is a German melodic hard rock band with AOR touches who are celebrating their 20th Anniversary with their fifth album, fittingly named ‘V’ and released by Pure Rock Records.
Taking its name from the band founders (from vocalist Tommy Rinn “TO” and guitarist Jan Thielking “JA”) ‘V’ appears to be a hard rock album straight from the '80s, presenting to the listener melodic riff-oriented rockers and delicate ballads.

This '80s feeling meets the listener since opener ‘Tears of Fire’, a pristine sounding melodic hard rock track with fine instrumentation and Tommy Rinn's tenor smooth lead vocals.
‘Forever Rock’ and 'Where's My Home' makes you wonder which good results and success this album would have had if it was released 30 years ago, both with catchy rhythms and the latter with an AOR pinch.
Then there's 'Love Is Like A Sin' which has this brooding and heavy feeling in its pacing, chunky riffs, and thick bottom end. One of the strongest songs here.

But ToJa also delivers variation as well with ‘She's A Rebel’, adding some electronics and synths to the guitar riffs both working fine for the overall nice drive of the song.
Two ballads come with 'Ballad Of A Friend' and 'Don't Let Me Go', both developed with acoustic guitar in the mix. Also, there's the good, short hard rock instrumental 'Senza Cantata' showcasing Thielking's slick guitar work.
The album closes with ToJa getting their bluesy hard rock groove going with 'Ashes To Ashes'.

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All in all, "V" is a solid and consistent effort from ToJa, an enjoyable album of guitar driven melodic hard rock in the German style. There's a strong '80s feeling all over, but the band manages to add their own touch and a fresh production sound.
Two thumbs up.

01 - Tears of Fire
02 - She's a Rebel
03 - Forever Rock
04 - Love Is Like a Sin
05 - Modern Times
06 - Ballad for a Friend
07 - Where’s My Home
08 - Run for Cover
09 - Don't Let Me Go
10 - Senza Cantata
11 - Ashes to Ashes

lead vocals, percussion - Tommy Rinn
guitars, keyboards, backing vocals - Jan Thielking
bass - Oliver “Ole” Dietz
drums - Max Rudolph



JAKE E. LEE - Runnin' With The Devil [Japan LTD mini-LP remastered]

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A true guitar hero and one of the best electric six-string emerged from the '80s, JAKE E. LEE took a sabbatical decade away from the stages during the 2000's. Anyway, Jake recorded this very good record of classic rock songs with the help of famous singers entitled "Runnin' With The Devil".
Never published in the Asian market, recently has been remastered and released in Japan.

Quite underrated during the Eighties - but highly praised later - Jake E. Lee is mostly known by the two albums he recorded with Ozzy Osbourne, "Bark At The Moon" and the slick "Ultimate Sin" (not to mention his three excellent Badlands albums), all chock full of fantastic playing by this man.

On "Runnin' With The Devil" you get an album's worth of reworkings of songs made famous by Van Halen, Ted Nugent, AC/DC, etc, with Lee's guitar doing battle with a variety of singers such as Glenn Hughes, Ratt's Stephen Pearcy, Stevie Rachelle from Tuff, Testament's Chuck Billy, Warrant's  Jani Lane and more.

All covers are hot 'n rockin', like Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes' "Journey to the Center of the Mind", which features some tasty licks and a crazy solo.
Other highlights include tracks where it's the singer who makes the music memorable, including Lemmy on AC/DC's "It's a Long Way to the Top", Glenn Hughes on Queen's "Get Down, Make Love", and the late Jani Lane of Warrant doing "Free For All".

JAKE E. LEE - Runnin' With The Devil [Japanese remaster VSCD-4269] inside

It's always a treat to spot some largely unheard Jake E. Lee guitar work, and "Runnin' With The Devil" is a great example of his mastery on the electric guitar.
Great Japanese remastered reissue.

01. Runnin' With The Devil
- feat. Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
02. Seek & Destroy
- feat. Chuck Billy (Testament)
03. Wango Tango
- feat. Stevie Rachelle (Tuff)
04. Just What The Doctor Ordered
- feat. Kory Clarke (Warrior Soul)
05. Journey To The Center Of The Mind
- feat. Phil Lewis (L.A. Guns)
06. Get Down Make Love
- feat. Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple)
07. Wang, Dang Sweet Poontang
- feat. Alex Mitchell (Circus Of Power)
08. Free For All
- feat. Jani Lane (Warrant)
09. Dog Eat Dog
- feat. Jizzy Pearl (Love/Hate)
10. It s A Long Way To The Top
- feat. Lemmy (Motorhead)
11. Cry In Time
- feat. Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)



Sunday, July 23, 2017

V.A. - 0dayrox Advanced Releases August 2017 - Vol.2

V.A. - 0dayrox Advanced Releases August 2017 - Vol.2 full

Very close to a new month here we are with some fresh Advanced Singles, many from releases scheduled for the next Autumn. Most news come from the ever fruitful Frontiers Music camp.
One of the more awaited releases is the debut of KEE OF HEARTS, a new band built around two true melodic rock superstars: Tommy Heart (singer of Fair Warning) and Kee Marcello, former Europe guitarist, with a line-up rounded out by Ken Sandin (ex-Alien) on bass.
We already featured the awesome first single, here's the second 'A New Dimension', another top class Melodic Rock / AOR tune.

REVOLUTION SAINTS, the band featuring Deen Castronovo (Journey, Bad English), Doug Aldrich (Dead Daises, Whitesnake), and Jack Blades (Night Ranger), will release its second album, "Light In The Dark", on October 13 via Frontiers. Title track is the first single, and what a great one mixing equal parts of Journey / Night Ranger.

Also in October super-group PHANTOM 5 will release their second album Play II Win. The band includes former Bonfire singer Claus Lessmann, producer and guitar player Michael Voss (Michael Schenker), Robby Boebel (Fontline) and Axel Kruse (Jaded Heart). First single 'The Change In You' is just another fist pumping melodic rock anthem.

We have as well a new cut (the 4th) 'Hold On' from the much anticipated debut of THE NIGHTS. The band includes Finnish singer Sami Hyde (Tony Mills Band) who has written songs for many artists like The Magnificent, and Ilkka Wirtanen, known for his work as a producer and co-writer for Reckless Love.

Finally, after the re-recordings with new vocalist, QUIET RIOT has their new album ready. A new single has surfaced: the rocking 'Wasted'.
DIRTY THRILLS will release their first CD with Frontiers soon. This unique outfit are bringing back old school rock ‘n’ roll, while all the while applying their oh-so-appealing filthy edge to it. Here's the slow burning second advance 'Drunk Words'.

Frontiers have finally signed HELL IN THE CLUB, a killer hard rock / metal band that has staked a serious claim in the European scene based on a lot of hard work and the resumes of the members. We have another single in the form of the metallic and funny 'I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker'.

The label has also released the second single titled 'Alive' from one of their newest acts: WAYWARD SONS. This new band is made up of Toby Jepson (vocals, guitar), Sam Wood (guitar), Nic Wastell (bass), Dave Kemp (keys) and Phil Martini (drums). They have an impressive resume of groups they have previously worked with: Little Angels, Gun, Spear Of Destiny, Treason Kings and Chrome Molly to name a few.

After many years, STEELHEART are back with a new album via Frontiers Music. Always fronted by talented Miljenko Matijevic, the band keeps faithful to their original sound as heard on first single 'Got Me Runnin'.

Then we have another cut from melodic progressive act SOUL SECRET from their new album Babel to be released soon, a surprisingly 'melodic & catchy' advance from NOCTURNAL RITES upcoming album, 'Every Wild Heart' the first single from THE NEW ROSES (great band) next album set to be released on August 25th, and another track from Swedes RIAN's Melodic Rock / AOR oriented debut CD.

01 - Kee Of Hearts - A New Dimension
02 - Revolution Saints - Light In The Dark
03 - The Nights - Hold On
04 - Phantom V - The Change In You
05 - Rian - In A Dream
06 - Quiet Riot - Wasted
07 - Steelheart - Got Me Runnin'
08 - The New Roses - Every Wild Heart
09 - Dirty Thrills - Drunk Words
10 - Wayward Sons - Alive
11 - Hell In The Club - I Wanna Swing Like Peter Parker
12 - Nocturnal Rites - Before We Waste Away
13 - Soul Secret - Awakened By The Light

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RATT - Out Of The Cellar [Rock Candy remastered] AccurateRip

RATT - Out Of The Cellar [Rock Candy remastered] AccurateRip - full

One of the most awaited remasters by Rock Candy specialists was RATT's classic "Out Of The Cellar". At this point, you don't need a description about this multi-platinum record that rocketed Stephen Pearcy & Co. to stardom, but for the new generations, here we go:

Nobody was prepared for the Los Angeles hard rock explosion of the early '80s except, funnily enough, the bands themselves. Activity in the clubs on Sunset Strip had reached tipping point by the time Mötley Crüe and Quiet Riot were packing out these venues and, just like an explosion in a circus, literally hundreds of bands came tumbling out of the hills ready and willing to claim a slice of the action.
Looking good and talking the talk might have worked for some but if you really wanted to hit the big time then you had to be loaded with talent and songs.

Step forward Ratt. With a successful independent EP eliciting a tsunami wave of major label interest, Ratt signed with industry heavyweights Atlantic Records and were put in the studio with rising production star Beau Hill (later to work with Winger, Warrant, Gary Moore) and record their debut album "Out Of The Cellar".


Issued in 1984, the results were spectacular; a record that became a three million seller and produced two hit singles in "Wanted Man" and "Round And Round", elevating the band to headline status almost immediately.

The secret to Ratt's success was a unique sound, killer songs and great performances especially from guitarist Warren DeMartini and vocalist Stephen Pearcy. Full of energy, unabashed enthusiasm, musical dexterity and hooks that were instantly embedded in the nation's conscience; this was a band that took no prisoners in their rise to success.

RATT - Out Of The Cellar [Rock Candy remastered] AccurateRip - back

I do love this Rock Candy remastering shaped from 24 Bit digital technology; stronger bass frequencies, rich in harmonics and really well balanced overall. Forget that flat sounding original CD editions, this is the real deal.
A Must Have Classic

01 - Wanted Man
02 - You're In Trouble
03 - Round And Round
04 - In Your Direction
05 - She Wants Money
06 - Lack Of Communication
07 - Back For More
08 - The Morning After
09 - I'm Insane
10 - Scene Of The Crime

Stephen Pearcy - lead vocals
Warren DeMartini - lead & rhythm guitars
Robbin Crosby - lead & rhythm guitars
Juan Croucier - bass
Bobby Blotzer - drums, percussion



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