Tuesday, November 27, 2012

STEELSHINE - Rock N' Roll Made A Man Out Of Me (2012)

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STEELSHINE, the new project featuring King Kobra guitarist Dave Henzerling, Greg Leon Invasion and Big Cock drummer John Covington, and former Adler's Appetite vocalist Seann 'Tarsha' Nicols -- are giving the final touches to their self-titled debut to be released early next year.
As sneak preview we have "Rock N' Roll Made A Man Out Of Me", an EP comprising some tracks of the new album plus exclusives to this release.

Henzerling has played in Keel, Lizzy Borden, Big Cock and Tunnel, but is best known for his work with King Kobra during their '80s golden days under the name David Michael-Philips.
Henzerling, who handles guitars, keyboards, percussion and bass in Steelshine had this project brewing in his head for some time, a slightly different stuff from his recent works.
This is Hard Rock with nods to the eighties / nineties style infused with some bluesy melodies, but all delivered with a modern and updated sound.

"Laughing With The Sinners" starts with a deep scream and a bluesy sharp riff. There's a fat rhythm section with a remarkable drum sound (love that snare) behind the potent 'classic rock' vocals of Seann Nicols. The guitars really screams and Henzerling (who also produces) adds some flanger mix effects making the track sound quite modern.
You can't resist to a chorus like this; "Now I won't play this game, so I might not be a winner / You won't catch me crying' with the saints - I'm laughin' with the sinners". Killer song.
"Rock N' Roll Made A Man Out Of Me" is full of R'NR charm adorned with surrounding vintage keyboards (Henzerling is a clever arranger). Hot track... tap your feet guys.

"Paparazzi" shows that Steelshine isn't the typical Henzerling stuff. This is a cover of a Lady Gaga song (you've read it correctly) and it really works. Steelshine make this sound like a modern Led Zepp with a big groove and turning really melodic at the chorus.
"B.F.A." on the other hand, is a stomper, straight uptempo hard rocker full of fire.
The set sontinues with variety on the next track "Psychedelic Girl", one of the best and more original tunes on the EP. It's a semi-midtempo melodic hard rocker with some Euro influences, great vocal harmonies, precise guitars and cool keyboards all over.
"Devil Moon" returns to more classic sounds in a track that pays tribute to many Classic Rock acts. Henzerling goes acoustic for the most part even adding some mandolin here and there. Elaborated yet 'classic friendly' tune with nice atmosphere.

I truly enjoyed all the tracks included in this Steelshine presentation.
Really well composed and varied songs (yet homogeneous) where Dave Henzerling demonstrates that, in addition to being a very good guitarist (and a fine keyboard & percussion player) as musician he's looking from something different musically.
This material is hard & classic rock based but a twist on some tracks, all highly ear-friendly and very well produced by Dave himself between Phoenix (US) and Vancouver (Canada) studios. Even Canuck cult legends such as Marc LaFrance and Mick Dalla-Vee (The Guess Who) contributes as well.

01 - Laughing With The Sinners
02 - Rock N' Roll Made A Man Out Of Me
03 - Paparazzi
04 - B.F.A.
05 - Psychedelic Girl
06 - Devil Moon

Seann Nicols: lead & background vocals
David Henzerling: guitars, bass, keyboards, percussion
John Covington: drums
Marc LaFrance, Mick Dalla-Vee, Steve Santos, Kris Seuberling: background vocals



KING LIZARD - A Nightmare Livin' The Dream (2012)

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Although based in London, KING LIZARD are the more 'American' Hard Rock band in UK. They have debuted two years ago with the underground
praised '
Viva La Decadance', a dirty sleazy (not sleaze) recording.
It was an OK CD for me, plenty of attitude and energy but I need more than that in my musical book regarding this style. Both ingredients must be complemented with some flashy delivery and technical ability, and that's exactly what the Lizards's have incorporated in their sophomore album "A Nightmare Livin' The Dream" to be released next week.

My how they've grown. This is not the same party we heard on the band's debut. "A Nightmare Livin' The Dream" is darker, punchier and musically solidly supported by stronger songwriting, more polished arrangements and a kickin' production.
King Lizard tries to capture the 'real' unbridled debauchery of classic American Hard Sleazy albums from the late '80s and blending it with the sneering sounds of today, and they succeed.
Flash Sawyer's voice is enough gritty yet melodic when needed and guitarist Niro is potentially a superstar – the man has the touch and feel of someone who could have walked into Motley Crue or LA Guns back when they started.

The album starts with the couple of no-resting hard rockers "Come Get Some" and "Kneel to the King", followed by the more bouncy but surefooted bitter love song featuring clearer vocal & guitar parts.
Then the full speed and fun hard rocker "Hair of the Dog" ups the peace again with a really good guitar work, and the 'bad-boys' charm cranks up on "I Want You To Want Me", certainly an offensive dripping in sleazy ala 1986 Guns.
Solid mid-half of the album, but the second is better and more varied.

The hard rocking Shotgun Messiah-gang attitude of "If It's a Sin" is one of the best moments on the CD (love this track), and there's a sweaty riff in the catchy title track "A Nightmare Livin' The Dream".
"Just To Hear You Say It" is an interestingly mellow track which slows the album without bogging it down. "Hard To Get" is back on the bite after the Sunset Blvd sound of "This Ain’t Love", while "Down" has a great balance of attitude and melody.
"Waterloo Ratz" closes the album with a strong punch rounding up the best features of the band; wild vocals, gang backing choruses and layers of diving guitars.

"A Nightmare Livin' The Dream" is a kickin' Hard Rock album in the typical American second half of the '80s sleazy style. That's where musically King Lizard are coming from, with a hint of Thin Lizzy swagger, yet definitely US sounding.
Packed with kick-ass songs, spirited musicianship and the excellent production by Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Tank), "A Nightmare Livin' The Dream" is one of the best albums of the year in this particular musical style.
Interestingly enough, this Hard Rock sub-genre is enjoying a real resurgence in Europe more than where it originate, so Londoners King Lizard might just be the right band in the right city at the right time.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrockz

01 - Come Get Some
02 - Kneel to the King
03 - I Can't Be Your Lover
04 - Hair of the Dog
05 - I Want You to Want Me
06 - If It's a Sin
07 - A Nightmare Livin' the Dream
08 - Just to Hear You Say It
09 - This Ain't Love
10 - Hard to Get
11 - Down
12 - Waterloo Ratz

Flash Roxx Sawyer – Vocals
Niro Knox – Guitars
Lee Benz – Bass
Moyano El Buffalo – Drums



ADLER - Back From The Dead (2012)

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Guns 'N Roses original drummer Steven Adler (the best of the band in my opinon) problems about substance abuse have been well documented lately, notably from his appearances on VH-1's Celebrity Rehab and in his own autobiography My Appetite For Destruction.
Fortunately, Adler battles against his personal demons have been successful enough that he's been able to finally create new music.
After an advanced single presented here months ago and the drop of 'Appetite' from his band's name (now simply ADLER) Steven is finally releasing the full length album "Back From The Dead".

Two things hit hard as the album's title track crashes out: the production from former Dokken and now in Foreigner Jeff Pilson (who also was involved in songwriting and plays all Bass and more here) is really massive, and the other is that Steve Adler and his band has crafted their own sound, with hints from the past yet updated, fresh and vital.
Lyrically, "Back From The Dead" - both album and open title track - smacks (pun, sadly, intended) of desperate and autobiographical times. Life teetering on the brink of collapse must be hellish, but makes for some great art.
Sonically, the recruitment of frontman Jacob Bunton is a masterstroke; the guy takes command of this album from the off and more than holds his own in some esteemed company - the band is completed by effective axeman Lonny Paul, and although all bass tracks in this recording are played by Pilson, they have in Johnny Martin a stable bassist, last seen in Tracii Guns' version of L.A. Guns.
The aforementioned album opener, the title track, eases in on a dark vibe before exploding into life, heavy of riff, bass rumbling, with a hook as catchy as fly paper.
"Own Worst Enemy' (what was I saying about autobiographical lyrics?) has a more modern approach introducing dark riffage and articulated singing in a solid package.

"Another Version Of The Truth" is as infectious as a zombie bite, while the album's advanced single "The One That You Hated" (which you've all already heard, and liked, surely) fuses timeless arena rock sounds to the body of some great melodies.
"Good To Be Bad" features the first of a couple of high profile guest appearances: great guitarist John 5, but, apart from his solo that borders on the crazed, the song itself is the true standout, a terrace chant of a chorus proving most memorable.
The power ballad makes its first appearance of the record, alongside that of Slash, on "Just Don't Ask", but this isn't your run of the mill (soft) rock standard: sure, it pushes every emotion-button required of its ilk, but it does so with its feet planted firmly in the here-and-now rather than the who-cares-when.

"Blown Away" houses possibly the hugest riff of the entire record and wraps it around a gang vocal catchier than a rubbish criminal.
It's ballad time again when "Waterfall" crashes down around your speakers with a modern approach and intereting guitar work (co-written by guitarist (Lonny Paul). It scales new heights for a band formed around an Eighties legend.
Forget about heights for around three and a half minutes as "Habit" kicks in, lyrically finding new lows yet aurally taking this album to its peak; a snarling, depraved beast of a track (Did I say Adler is one of the most creative rock percussionists out there?). It is the one song that you should play to a friend to convince them that Adler are worthy of their time and money. One of the best tracks from the album.
"Your Diamonds" is more subtle in a melody line draping itself over a mid-paced rocker that breaks no new ground, yet sexes up what is already there. There's a definite Enuff Z'Nuff vibe to the mid-section.
The album closes with "Dead Wrong", another polished tune that motors this album home to its conclusion in fine style.

Written off, killed off, snubbed, subbed, mocked: Steven Adler might have been the butt of way too many jokes over the years, but the guy is having the last laugh, finally.
I never thought Adler would, could, produce an album as good as "Back From The Dead" - I am happy to stand corrected.
This is, quite simply, a rollicking, ass-kicker of a record that plants Steven Adler firmly back in the game. An album like this to back him up should busy himself batting away the plaudits rather than the demons.
With good songs, a hot band and great production, one of the rhythmically best rock drummers of the last 25 years appears to have his true 'appetite' back.
Really Rocks.

01. Back From The Dead
02. Own Worst Enemy
03. Another Version Of The Truth
04. The One That You Hated
05. Good To Be Bad (featuring John 5)
06. Just Don't Ask (featuring Slash)
07. Blown Away
08. Waterfall
09. Habit
10. Your Diamonds
11. Dead Wrong

Jacob Bunton: lead vocals, guitar, mandolin, piano
Lonny Paul: guitar, vocals
Steven Adler: drums, cowbell, shakers, tambourine, crowbar, shovel and screams

Additional musicians:
Jeff Pilson: bass on all tracks, guitar, keyboads, vocals
Slash: lead guitar on "Just Don't Ask"
John 5: lead guitar on "Good To Be Bad"
Michael Lord: piano on "Waterfall"



FM - Only Foolin' EP (2012)

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Legendary British AOR act FM are busy preparing their seventh studio CD, and as the band have been doing with the last albums, we have an advance with "Only Foolin' EP".

In time-honoured FM fashion this 9-track mini-album (running time approx. 51 minutes) features a mixture of tracks from the forthcoming album, live classics recorded at the 'Indiscreet 25 Live' shows March 2012 and new tracks exclusive to "Only Foolin' EP" that will not be available anywhere.
Really good material with FM's typical smooth style.

01. Only Foolin' (new single from the forthcoming album)
02. Rainbow's End (new track - exclusive to this EP)
03. Shot In The Dark (new track - exclusive to this EP)
04. Let Love Be The Leader (live)
05. Don't Stop (live)
06. Does It Feel Like Love (live)
07. Tough It Out (live)
08. Hot Legs (live)
09. Only Foolin' (Extended Mix by Pete Jupp)

Steve Overland – Vocals & Guitars
Jim Kirkpatrick – Guitars & Backing Vocals
Merv Goldsworthy – Bass & Backing Vocals
Pete Jupp – Drums & Backing Vocals
Jem Davis – Keyboards



SUNSET BOULEVARD - Hungry Hearts (2012)

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SUNSET BOULEVARD is a new band born in Finland at the end of 2009 founded by songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Juha Vornanen and Simo Sainio.
The guys have rocked together since they were teens, and their love for classic Melodic Rock and AOR is more than evident on the debut "Hungry Hearts".

Both the band's name and album title says all... this is pure European Melodic Rock / AOR with lots of keyboards, melodic riffs and smooth vocals.
Sunset Boulevard sound is typically Scandinavian influenced by Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish acts oriented on the more smoothie side of the spectrum such as Talk Of The Town, Heartbreak Radio, Deacon Street and Tommy Denander AORish projects.
There's uptempo tracks with some hints of melodic hard as "Hungry Hearts" and "Love Eruption", yet most are AOR oriented like the keyboard driven "Sunset Boulevard", "Hungry For Love" or the slightly Americanized "It's True".
Of course Sunset Boulevard delivers midtempos like the sweet "Been Alone Before" and the elegant "Breaking Down My Heart", as well as a ballad in the melodic "Annie".

"Hungry Hearts" was recorded independently last year, but the band is now pushing the material looking for a label contract. The quality of these tracks and the very good musicianship in Sunset Boulevard surely will find a recording company soon.
This is pure AOR / Melodic Rock in the Scandi style.
Fans of the genre are advised!

01 - Hungry Hearts
02 - Sunset Boulevard
03 - Love Eruption
04 - Breaking Down My Heart
05 - Been Alone Before
06 - It's True
07 - Annie
08 - Heartbreaker
09 - Hungry For Love

Juha Vornanen: vocals, drums, guitar
Simo Sainio: bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Aki Kola: bass
Kimmo Puhakka: drums



FINAL CONFLICT - Return Of The Artisan (2012)

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FINAL CONFLICT is an internationally acclaimed Progressive Rock band based in UK. Since formed in 1985 by Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, F.C. has established their own distinctive style of music and has been recognized worldwide for exploring new territories in the genre.
Their new, captivating new effort is called "Return Of The Artisan"

The band's line up of experienced musicians features the dual guitar and vocals of Andy Lawton and Brian Donkin, the magical keyboard skills of Steve Lipiec, and the two newest recruits to the band: Barry Elwood on his six string bass and the very talented Henry Rogers on drums & percussion.
Final Conflict is definitely Neo Prog in all the sense of the tag, as the band combine classic prog elements but with modern and distinctive own touches.
Just listen "The Mechanic" for example: opens with a hard guitar riff and misterious synths, then turns into a cinematic tempo driven by even more synths and modernly produced drums, then abruptly in the middle slows down into an '80s commercial Pink Floyd (Dave Gilmour version) melody with a fantastic guitar work and whispering vocals.
We have beatiful piano passages (really beautiful) in "The Spark", juicy Marillion-like melodies in the excellent "Hopes and Dreams", a bit of Saga in "Around About" and much more to discover in the rest of the tracks.

"Return Of The Artisan" is not just another Neo Prog album, as Final Conflict really has a distinctive sound different to the rest.
It isn't weird or experimental, they are extremely melodic and accesible, yet their music always has attractive and unexpected elements.
There's great interaction between both lead vocalists/guitarists (Andy & Brian) and the rest of the band throughout these elaborated nine compositions, a couple of them consisting of several parts.
The guys ooze class and talent, and this is evident over this intriguing and all the time  entertaining recording. Production is excellent with a pristine clear mix.
Recommended not only to Prog fans.

1. The Calling
2. The Mechanic
3. The Spark
4. Hopes and Dreams
5. Around About
6. Babylon
7. The Harlequin
8. Keeper of Conscience
9. Return of the Artisan

Andy Lawton : lead vocals and guitars
Brian Donkin : guitars and lead vocals
Steve Lipiec : keyboards
Henry Rogers : drums
Barry Elwood : bass



BAD POETRY BAND - The One Way Romance (2012)

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With their curious band name and quirky sixties stoner art, one wonders; what lies within BAD POETRY BAND's 2nd album, "The One Way Romance"?
Hailing from Sweden might give you a clue, where rock bands from classic rock to hard to eighties glam are still rising. Now we're getting closer to Bad Poetry's sound.

The group really need to drop the 'band' part in their name (it just sounds better without it) and hire a new artwork designer as both does not represents their sound nor their style.
Bad Poetry blends retro hard rock with some glam and some surf-like rock&pop driven by fuzzy twin guitars and poppy sing-a-long choruses, and on a couple of tracks they throw in some post-punk riffs. Believe or not, it works.

We have cool rockers in "Not in Love", "Dig Me When I'm Down" (great chorus), and the really smooth "Regret It".
"Make Up Made For Make Out" is a clever little tune with the great refrain that sticks like glue to the back of the mind, while "Half Hearted" reminds me The Damned, which is not a bad thing.
Title track "The One Way Romance" mixes glammy rockin' melodies with the frenzy uptempo style of The Hellacopters, while "Predator" is a simple short 2 minute (yes there's bands still doing songs that short) straightforward rock with some punky noise.
The best song to me is closer "So Long", a contagious and melodic midtempo much in the vein of Swedes The Gloria Story.

It may looks a bit odd, but Bad Poetry Band mixes retro hard rock with glam and a dollop of modern poppy punk and it works.
Surely not the usual band coming out from Sweden, but BPB can turn a phrase and offer fine hooks in lyrics and arrangements. The songs are simple but long on rock groove, large on easy melodies and vocal harmonies.
Frankly, "The One Way Romance" is a ton of fun; call it party rock, if anything. Certainly it's good for a barbeque and a couple of beers at the beach.

01 - We are going down
02 - Not in love
03 - Wait for tomorrow
04 - Dig me when I'm down
05 - Regret it
06 - Predator
07 - Make up made for make out
08 - All in vain
09 - Half hearted
10 - So long

Martin Mula Gustafsson: vocals & guitars
Daniel Birath: guitars
Johan Lundh: bass
Peter Müller: drums & vocals



Thursday, November 22, 2012

ANASTACIA - It's A Man's World (2012)

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Soul / R&B American singer ANASTACIA is highly successful in Europe and Asia, but has had only minor success in her native United States.
Her fifth album is a collection of rock male artists covers entitled "It's A Man's World".

This recording is obviously an intent from Anastacia's management to expand her career to other audiences, and why not, reach the American charts. She owns a powerful soulful voice, with a wide range and very educated.
I applaud when a quite popular artist from other genre goes to record rock 'n roll songs, because it opens new doors to people usually away from the sound of a good electric guitar. And this can bring potential 'converted' listeners to Rock music.
There has been many attempts in the industry to do this move with pop entertainers. Let's take as example Britney Spears covering Joan Jett's classic 'I Love Rock 'N Roll'. Sure, it was full of synthesized guitars an plastic beats, but the result was, at least, sexy.

Sadly, "It's A Man's World" fails most the time. Only U2's "One" (which it isn't the most rocking song in the world if you ask) is decent, the rest, specially Aerosmith's "Dream On" are a mess.
One of my favorite producers is involved here; Glen Ballard (Jack Wagner, Toto, Aerosmith, Van Halen) but he and particularly the musical arrangers deliver lifeless versions of these classics.
I don't know if this is 'a man's world', but surely it isn't a rocking world for Anastacia.
Check it if you are curious.

01 - Ramble On (Led Zeppelin)
02 - Best Of You (Foo Fighters)
03 - Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns 'N Roses)
04 - You Can't Always Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)
05 - One (U2)
06 - Back In Black (AC-DC)
07 - Dream On (Aerosmith)
08 - Use Somebody (Kings Of Leon)
09 - You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
10 - Wonderwall (Oasis)



S.U.N. - Something Unto Nothing (2012)

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SOMETHING UNTO NOTHING, or simply S.U.N., is a new supergroup featuring the whiskey-soaked female voice of Canadian icon and Juno Award winner Sass Jordan, and renowned songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Tichy, known for his work with Foreigner, Ozzy, Lynch Mob and currently in Whitesnake.
Their debut CD "Something Unto Nothing" has just been released, and I assure that will rock your ears.

Brittain-born, Canadian-raised may seem an unlikely source for such a soul-filled bluesy vocalist, but Sass Jordan has been pouring out her smoky sound and gaining fans with her raspy powerhouse voice for a couple of decades.
As session musician, Tichy played in one of Jordan's record, and after many years they reconnected and started to write together.
Both felt that in order to write the best, trend-free music they could, they needed to get away. They chose the mountains of Canyon Country and in an old, deserted shack S.U.N. was born.
Completing the band that drives this music home is Michael Devin (Whitesnake, Jason Bonham, Kenny Wayne Shepperd) on bass and Tommy Stewart (Godsmack, Fuel, Everclear) pounded out skins.

S.U.N. plays bluesy hard rock with a seventies feel but their sound is definitely updated, with an '80s vibe and soaring melodies.
From the opening song "Burned" the band seems to be having a helluva good time, with a great vibe and energy. Jordan has a terrific set of pipes, and sometimes she sounds like a male, plenty of swagger and attitude.
It should be noted that Brian Tichy is mostly known as drummer, but hell, the guy can play the guitar on par the best around there. His Les Paul delivers tons of melodious solos and tasteful riffs through classic set-up amps.
I can hear Whitesnake over some of the songs, as on the killer "Crazy Head", the catchy "I'm The One" and the superb "Razed" (which reminds me Coverdale/Page).
There's more bluesy numbers yet not less impactful such as the soulful "Mobile Again" and the ballads "If I Was You" and "Goodbye".
The combo also explores some hard-funk territories in the hooky "Did Me No Good", and acoustics in the great (a highlight) title track "S.U.N." and the Lovemongers-like "Wide Ocean".

"Something Unto Nothing" spreads talent all over.
Sass is an incredibly singer and Tichy does not stop to surprise with his class as musician - this time away from the drums - delivering a fantastic six-string work, varied, captivating, showing an overwhelming technique yet soulful, emotional.
If you don't like the seventies style, don't be fooled by the marketing about this album; the songwriting is '70 hard blues based, but the sound and general style is really updated (some '80s vibe) with crisp, brilliant delivery both in performances and production.
Very, very Recommended.

01. Burned
02. Crazy Head
03. Nomad
04. Did Me No Good
05. Mobile Again
06. I'm The One
07. If I Was You
08. The Beginning Of The End (Instr.)
09. Razed
10. Wide Ocean
11. No Way Home
12. S.U.N.
13. Goodbye

Sass Jordan - Vocals
Brian Tichy - Guitars
Michael Devin - Bass
Tommy Stewart - Drums & Percussion



ECLIPSE - Bleed And Scream [single exclusive bonus] (2012)

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The mighty Swedes ECLIPSE have released without a doubt one of the best albums of the year: "Bleed And Scream".
The title track it's the chosen first single, and the physical CD version is exclusively distributed via Sweden Rock Magazine, with two exclusive bonus tracks (unavailable elsewhere) : "Come Hell or High Water" and "Into The Fire".

It's a pity that those two great tracks won't be listened by many fans worldwide, as the digipak CD is only available for the Sweden Rock Magazine readers / subscriptors.
A CD single that surely will be a collector's item soon.



MÅRRAN (Goran Edman) - Marran (2012)

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MÅRRAN was founded in Älvdalen, Sweden, three years ago by bass layer Morgan Korsmoe and guitarist Ludwig Larsson (both born 1989).
These young musicians with love for the seminal Hard Rock sounds wanted to create a band in this style with experienced colleagues in this matter, so they called seasoned veterans to join in.
Drummer Björn 'Binge' Inge (born 1952) from the legendary Swedish band November (the Scandinavian Cream and the first band to sing hard rock in Swedish language around 1970) and ex- Chuck Berry Band (yeah, you read it right) accepted immediately.
Then Hammond organ player Max Lorentz was in, known for his work as producer and musician for very many artists in Sweden and Denmark, and the guys really get surprised when legendary rock vocalist Göran Edman said 'yes'.

The self-titled album from the band comprises all the elements that made the Classic Hard Rock genre so influential.
The sound is incredibly '70s with a very bluesy feel, but they have a very interesting synergy going on as the experienced members contribute with the 'classic vibe' while the two young musicians provide a modernist approach, and all comes smoothly together.
Perhaps the best way to describe Mårran is their debut single "Gärdesbrud" - which roughly translates as "Woodstock Girl" - telling the tale of a slight romance in the grass of the 1970 swedish Woodstock-style festival 'Gärdesfesten'. Musically is a classic hard rocker with a great melody.

On the CD we have tight riffs yet not too much heavy (more melodic oriented), moving rhythms, tons of Hammond organs and vocals to die for.
Talking about the vocals, Göran Edman simply shines. You can give him a melodic rock, AOR, heavy, prog or whatever song and he does it perfectly.
But let me tell you that Göran's presence in Mårran is not the hired-singer slot, his involvement in the band is as stable member, as in his own words, this is his favorite genre. So he sings his heart out on these tracks in a performance plenty of fire and soul.
Mårran has taken a risk as the songs are written and sung in Swedish, but honestly, I don't care, this material just oozes quality everywhere. In fact, Swedish tongue sounds really nice and gives to their music a distinctive touch.
A really, really good Classic (Hard) Rock album.

1. Än sen (So What)
2. Folkvisa från Helvetet (Folk Ballad From Hell)
3. Syster Blå (Sister Blue)
4. Gärdesbrud (Woodstock Girl)
5. Del av mitt liv (Part Of My Life)
6. Dina ögon är blå (Your Blue Eyes)
7. Tänk om (Think Again)
8. Sockerflicka (Sugar Lady)
9. Med Lena (With Lena)
10. Ensamma Stränder (Lonely Shores)
11. Gånglåt från Zinken (Marching Tune From Zinken)

Göran Edman - Vocals
Morgan Korsmoe - Bass
Ludde Larsson - Guitar
Max Lorentz - Keyboards
Björn 'Binge' Inge - Drums



KOMPENDIUM - Beneath The Waves (2012)

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KOMPENDIUM is the brainchild of Magenta’s Rob Reed, a monster Prog project which debut album "Beneath The Waves" has just been released, featuring a veritable who’s who from the Progressive world including Steve Hackett, Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel), Nick Beggs (Steve Wilson, Steve Hackett), Steve Balsamo (Jon Lord, Eric Wolfson), Nick Barrett (Pendragon) and many, many more.

"Beneath The Waves" is classic prog with diverse influences, from celtic sounds to classical, including melodious moments and magical soundscapes.
There's massive arrangements, sometimes subtle, sometimes majestic, and the varied array of musicians was cleverly chosen for each according to their musicianship.
There’s a tendency for people these days to put on music and then pretty much ignore it, and keep it just as muzak. But you can’t do that with "Beneath The Waves" to enjoy it.
This is the kind of recordings where you have to pay attention, back to the days when albums meant so much to fans, when you put on a record and took the time to check out everything that was going on.

And well worth the time invested listening "Beneath The Waves".
It's a captivating Prog album, recorded in the way it used to be with care on all details and a superb production job.
Musicianship is remarkable too. In the old days, when major labels were able to finance something mammoth like this project, there was never any problem in getting big names into the studio. But that’s no longer the case, so kudos to Reed for the accomplishment.
A beautiful album.

01 - Exordium
02 - Lost
03 - Lilly
04 - Mercy Of The Sea
05 - The Storm
06 - Beneath The Waves
07 - Sole Survivor
08 - Alone
09 - Il Tempo e Giunto
10 - A Moment Of Clarity
11 - One Small Step
12 - Reunion

Steve Balsamo, Angharad Bryn - Vocals
Rob Reed - Keyboards, backing vocals
Steve Hackett (Genesis) - Guitar
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) - Drums
Nick Beggs (Steve Hackett Band) – Chapman Stick, Bass
Troy Donockley (Nightwish) - Uilleann Pipes, Whistles
Nick Barrett (Pendragon) - Guitar
Neil Taylor (Tears for Fears, Robbie Williams) - Guitar
Jakko Jackzyk (20th C. Schizoid Band) - Guitar
Francis Dunnery (ex It Bites) - Guitar
John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*) - Guitar
Mel Collins (King Crimson, Camel) - Sax
BJ Cole (Elton John, David Gilmour) - Pedal Steel Guitar
Chris Fry (Magenta) - Guitar
Christina Booth (Magenta) - Backing Vocals



HUMAN CLAY (Jeff Scott Soto) - Closing The Book... (2012)

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While in Talisman, one of the best Swedish Melodic Hard Rock of the nineties, the mighty Jeff Scott Soto and fellow bandmate Marcel Jacob - both prolific songwriters - started a side project to develop their co-penned material outside Talisman.
Called HUMAN CLAY, the duo Soto/Jacob released two albums via a small Swedish label; the selftitled 'Human Clay' and 'U4iA' (read Euphoria).
Despite being re-issued as double CD in '04, due its limited distribution these albums remains pretty unknown for Soto, Jacob, Talisman and general Melodic Hard Rock fans worldwide.
Now the Swedish label and production company A Sun Hill Production AB is re-releasing both albums with some bonus tracks, remastered and re-packaged with new artwork, entitled "Closing The Book...".

Human Clay was the vehicle for Soto and the late Marcel Jacob to develop their Euro Melodic Hard Rock very similar to Talisman in places, but there's also elements that not suited their main band and both wanted to play as well.
Aside from the catchy melodic hard rockers, we have some Scandi AOR numbers as "Vows In Stone", metalized songs as "Survive" or the awesome neo-classical hard rock of "Jealousy" where Yngwie Malmsteen lays a guitar solo (indeed it's a track in the vein of his Eclipse album).
There's also some bonuses not present in the original albums; "In The Line Of Fire", written by Soto/Jacob when they were in the Yngwie band during the '80s, "Boy On A Golden Hill" a well recorded demo by the duo at the begining of the nineties, and "Eternal Flame" co-written with John Norum where he plays guitar uncredited.

So, Human Clay offers more varied material than Talisman from the always awesome Jeff Scott Soto and great multi-instrumentalist Marcel Jacob, which handles most of the instruments here. Many well known Swedish musicians contribute as well, all uncredited due to contractual restrictions.
This remaster improves noticeably the quality over the original releases, and there's more to come, as A Sun Hill Production AB will be releasing the entire remastered Talisman catalog next year.
"Closing The Book..." is the definitive collection of Human Clay, the Melodic Hard Rock vehicle of the talented Jeff Scott Soto and Marcel Jacob as duo.
Easily Recommended.

01 - In The Line Of Fire
02 - Salvation
03 - The Thin Line
04 - Pain & Deception
05 - 2 Your Heart
06 - Vows In Stone
07 - Stand 4 The Fall
08 - U4iA
09 - Golden Years
10 - Boy On A Golden Hill
11 - Outside Lookin' In
12 - Pretender
13 - Survive
14 - Lessons Of Love
15 - Without U
16 - Jealousy
17 - Holdin' On
18 - King Of The Nation
19 - Speed Demon
20 - Heaven On Earth
21 - Now It's Time
22 - Don't Look Back
23 - I Wanna Go Home
24 - Eternal Flame
25 - I'd Rather Have The Blues (Than 2 Spend My Life With U)

Jeff Scott Soto - lead & backing vocals, guitar, keys
Marcel Jacob - bass, guitar, keys, drums
Brian Young: guest lead guitars
Yngwie Malmsteen: guest guitar solo
John Norum: : guest guitar solo
and many more uncredited musicians



ULF JORDAL - Heartbeat Of Time (2012)

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Born in Bergen, Norway, ULF JORDAL was trained as classical pianist, but in his teens changed his musical tastes influenced by American AOR and West Coast musicians.
Ulf played and recorded with several Sandinavian bands, and although it has taken some time for his debut album as solo artist, finally it's here in the form of "Heartbeat Of Time".

The CD shows Jordal's different musical influences, mostly L.A. WestCoast AOR oriented, but there's also some melodic rock melodies interspersed between these songs.
Ulf has a warm voice with a wide range and he gives to the background vocals a very important part in his music, crafting beautiful harmonies nicely blended with the tight instrumental arrangements.
The session musicians, all from Norway, are skilled performers with taste and refinement.

Opener "Understand" pretty much describes Ulf's style, somekind of Toto's material penned by David Paich. Ulf is really into the piano playing of Mr. Paich and his vocals are dynamic and colorful, with - as said - elaborated background harmonies. There's a great rhythm into the song and a melodic, toneful guitar solo.
Follower "Every Connection" is even more classic Westcoast with a midtempo pace and the typical L.A. sound, as heard later on the very good "Start Believing", "Turn the Page" and "Living On a Lie".
Even if the base for the album are L.A. WestCoast / AOR sounds, Ulf also delivers Melodic Rock AOR oriented numbers such as title track "Heartbeat of Time" with a catchy chorus, "Look Out" which contains the most powerful riff on the album and got a very fitting reverb added when singing the chorus, and "Open The Door" with a great refrain and strong guitars.
We have ballads in the soulful "One More Try" and the orchestrated "Fight For Love", where Ulf's vocals really shine.

"Heartbeat Of Time" delivers a really good collection of classic L.A. West Coast AOR numbers interspersed with Euro Melodic Rock tracks with the usual quality expected from Scandinavian artists.
Everything is extremely polished and finely arranged. Ulf Jordal has a voice with a very special tone performing smooth leads and top notch background vocal arrangements, all sung by Jordal himself.
Most of the songs are of true quality, with flawless instrumentation and excellent production.
A delicate piece of music from Norway.

01 - Understand
02 - Every Connection
03 - One More Try
04 - Heartbeat of Time
05 - Start Believing
06 - Open the Door
07 - Look Out
08 - Fight for Love
09 - Turn the Page
10 - Love in Harmony
11 - Living On a Lie
12 - Holding On

Ulf Jordal - Lead & Harmony Vocals, Keyboards
Tobben - Lead & High Gain Guitars
Eivind Kvamme - Clean & Acoustic Guitars
Anders Bitustøyl, Thore Maehle - Bass
Torgeir Bjordal - Drums



JOHN CORABI - Unplugged (2012)

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Known for his vocal work with The Scream, Motley Crue and Union (with ex-Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick), American hard rock vocalist JOHN CORABI is releasing his solo debut album entitled "Unplugged".
The CD offers 5 new original tracks, seven re-recorded songs from his past bands and in addition, features an exclusive 2012 behind-the-scenes interview with John.

Over the years, it seems there is no middle ground when it comes to people's opinions of John Corabi, either you love him or hate him.
With Corabi on vocals, Motley Crue released one critically acclaimed full-length CD. I've known several people who refused to listen to the album because it wasn't Vince Neil, yet when I put the album on and didn't tell them who it was, they loved it.
Also, there are a large number of people who won't give him a fair shot because the CD was released in the wake of grunge, and despite a Top-Ten placing on the album chart, it ended up being a commercial failure for the label.
While this new release it's a departure from the hard rocking stuff that you would expect from this singer, this is not a shock to anyone who has followed his career as Corabi has perfomed many acoustic gigs over the years.
But to issue an unplugged album as your debut solo effort is a ballsy move in my opinion. That being said, John is one of a few artists that could pull off such a feat after the career fronting the bands that he has.

A few years ago, John moved to Nashville and has been focused on writing songs for others as well as this "Unplugged" album.
The album gets off to an uptempo start with a favorite among Union fans, "Love (I Don’t Need It Anymore)". It stays fairly true to the original with a nice guitar work. Very cool version.
Other well revitalized re-worked songs include an old '80s Corabi demo "Are You Waiting?", The Scream's very good tunes "Man In The Moon" & "I Never Loved Her Anyway" and Union's "Everything’s Alright".
The Motley Crue tracks of what Corabi was part are "Loveshine" & "Hooligan's Holiday", the latter one of the best of the CD in a great version. Originally, this cut is as heavy as possible. Here, besides being acoustic, it has a real delta blues feel to it. Former Union bandmate Bruce Kulick provides the lead guitar and nailed Mick Mars parts. I couldn't have ever imagined this song sounding like this but it works and works very well.

The brand new songs are quite good as well.
"If I Never Get To Say Goodbye" is a heartfelt ballad co-written with Nashville songsmith Gary Hannan. Sparse percussion and the harmony vocals really make this song stand out.
Lyrically, "Crash" is a tearjerker. The production and mix on this thack really shines and allows the individual parts to blend together perfectly yet they have room to breathe. Many bands these days record acoustic songs and they sound like a mess.
"If I Had A Dime" is another good new song co-written with bandmate and producer, D.A. Karkos. A lot has been said about John's past songwriting partners like Nikki Sixx and Kulick but from his songwriting contribution here, his musicianship and production throughout, I believe John has met his musical soulmate in Karkos.
"Open Your Eyes" is actually ten years old as it was originally recorded for a project Corabi had in 2002 called 'Zen Lunatic'. Here definitely you can hear the influence that Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith have had on John especially vocally and lyrically.

"Unplugged" isn't just 'a man and his guitar' album, it features a full band in a stripped down setting. There aren't any electric instruments or drums, just acoustic guitars and bass, hand percussion and shakers & three and four part harmonies, but all sounds full-wide and organic.
John Corabi has made a ballsy move for a debut solo album, but it does not disappoint in any fashion. I like the fact that John had Bruce contribute to non-Union songs, as it would have been easy to have Kulick re-recording his parts on acoustic guitar, but instead they went left of center and had him play on cuts from John's previous bands, The Scream and Motley Crue.
There are songs in "Unplugged" that will fit whatever mood you are in, there is some mighty tasty guitar playing on it, the percussion adds to the atmosphere and Corabi is singing better than ever.
Musicianship, production, mixing and mastering on this album are stellar, stripped but with tons of heart & soul.
Very Good.

01. Love (I Don't Need It Anymore)
02. If I Never Get To Say Goodbye
03. Are You Waiting?
04. Crash
05. Everything's All Right
06. Father, Mother, Son
07. Hooligan's Holiday
08. If I Had A Dime
09. Loveshine
10. Man In The Moon
11. Open Your Eyes
12. I Never Loved Her Anyway
13. 2012 Interview (bonus track)

John Corabi: Lead Vocals & Guitars
D.A. Karkos: Guitars & Vocals
Topher Nolen: Bass & Vocals
Cheney Brannon: Percussion & Vocals
Add. Musicians:
Matt Farley: Percussion & Vocals
Bruce Kulick: Lead Guitar on 7 & 10



DESTROY SHE SAID - Down To Dirty (2012)

DESTROY SHE SAID - Down To Dirty (2012)


Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, the five piece Hard Rock band DESTROY SHE SAID have followed up their two EP releases in 2011 with the full-length debut album "Down To Dirty".

This is a band with the classic Australian riff-based Hard Rock sound that erupts from your speakers with molten riffs and supercharged attitude.
There’s an admitted Rose Tattoo feel to the bedrock of a few of these powerful tunes, also some The Angels and of course, some AC/DC influence can clearly be heard in the ballsy, blues based riffage, the enormous grooves, the tightness of the rhythm section and in the general aesthetic.
However, unlike a couple of other bands we could mention, these guys are far from a carbon copy of the aforementioned Aussie rock juggernauts.
Destroy She Said sound is more pub-rock and they inject an even stronger sense of boogie into their sound. The general tone projected in the music and lyrics is a little darker too.

Simon McCullough’s vocals resemble Bon Scott’s larynx being flayed alive with a sandpaper and gravel dermabrasion treatment, but he also reminds me Graham Bonnet on the more personal sounding tracks of the band.
The weight of Dave Walker and Youngy’s Marshall amps-fueled guitar riffs are thick, while Scampers and Greg Aldridge stomp with mighty rhythm section work on bass and drums respectively.
No mercy is offered in these ten red hot, ballsy rockin' tracks.
Sleazy characters come as thick and fast as killer riffs – from "Overrated" talking about 'medicated drama queen in an overrated social scene', through "Hookers Don’t Kiss" (what a fun number) 'sweet little thing, smelt just like a flower' to the eighties model/stripper of "Drivin’ Machine" – saints they ain’t, but great songs one and all they do make.
The sunday school tale of "Squirter" instantly reminds you Rose Tatoo both in lyrics as sonically, whilst the swagger of "She Fanged It" is pure amusement over some wah-wah pedal.

All the famous elements of traditional hard are here; metronome like drumming, hot riffs, frenzied solos, gravel throated singer, but there’s more.
"Down To Dirty" is not just some one dimensional Aussie pub rock album, some dynamics are injected late in the process.
"You Might Think I Love You" is a more atmospheric, slow burning groove, although still plenty powerful, and McCullough gives a mighty, lung bursting performance on this one that sends shivers down the spine.
Last track "It’s Coming Out Now" is a raunchy shuffle, interspersed with some heavy heavy blues, and is pretty unexpected as well. These guys saved the best til last.

"Down To Dirty" is a tough, straight and honest Hard Rock record: ten tracks of guitar-driven ballsy rock fueled by a vicious rhythm section and driven home by the particular vocals of Simon McCullough.
What puts Destroy She Said in a different place than the many bands playing this style is their freshness. Yeah, there's an Aussie pub rock sound going on at its core – but what you can hear from this young band is their hunger to rock, rock hard uncompromisingly.
Classic (Hard) Rock is alive and kickin' in Down Under land.

01. Overrated
02. Game Over
03. Squirter
04. No Church
05. She Fanged It
06. Hookers Don't Kiss
07. Fanta Pants
08. Drivin' Machine
09. You Might Think I Love You...
10. It's Coming Out Now

Simon McCullough - vocals
Youngy - guitar
Dave Walker - guitar
Scampers - bass
Greg Aldridge - drums



WHITE FLAME - Cougar (2012)

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Here at 0dayrox we presented WHITE FLAME some weeks ago. The quartet from Finland have been in operation since 2002 releasing two albums and making some noise hitting two #1 singles in the Scandinavian chart.
After three years since their last album, finally White Flames' third CD "Cougar" hit the stores today. And well worth the wait.

White Flame's music has a shining vibrant '80s feel with a modern basis sparkling through, some kind of hair metal blended with melodic rock with that unmistakable Scandi flavor.
Right from the start with "Get What’s Mine" you'll be in love with this disc. A melodious rocker with a bouncing rhythm, catchy riff and harmonic vocals. The sound is incredibly crisp and brilliant.
Then we have the already presented single "I Know Where You Live", a contagious melodic hard rock anthem that surely will hit the rock charts, at least, in Europe.
"Make Believe" is one of the more mature tracks on the CD, an adult midtempo pop-rocker with thick sound and fantastic layers of harmonies. Love it!

Ready for some cowbell? Title track takes you straight to '80s Sunset Blvd, a foot tapping track plenty of swagger, followed by the tongue in cheek "What Girls Like".
The retro twang of "Used To Be A Girl" is simply catchy with its Enuff 'Z Nuff-like chorus, and then we get back to anthemic hard rock with the bombastic and aptly titled "Right Back In". Just love these guitars.
It should be noted that the tracklist in this album was cleverly done selecting the appropriate song sequence to make the CD flow like a charm.

Next there's the rocking and catchy version of Roxette's classic hit "The Look" filled with stinging guitars an huge drums, before White Flame surprise us with the finely orchestrated ballad "Stay", a commercial midtempo superbly arranged, a tune with single hit potential.
I said the song sequence benefits this album, and 'we get' back to rock with "We Get It On", a moving hard rocker with a hot riff reminding you late seventies Aerosmith just with tons of modern layered guitars.
How about some bombastic super-produced anthem? "Gutted" is a pumping, fist in the air anthem ready for arenas.
Last track "The Question" finds the band exploring some more elaborated sounds adding acoustics and strings, a semi-slow tune but not a ballad. Interesting, though I prefer the band rocking hard.

White Flame has released an album that, if properly managed, easily could shot them to stardom.
"Cougar" is varied, swaggering, sexy-charged and catchy as Hell. These guys have killer songs with a commercial focus but rocking, stadium-rock inspired with huge radio friendly melodies.
One of the highest points in this album is the awesome production, surely the best heard recently. Handled by the afamed knob-twiddler Chris Laney - probably the most talented rock producer around at the moment - there's tons of multi-track layers of sounds expertly mixed with a crisp output.

1. Get What’s Mine
2. I Know Where You Live
3. Make Believe
4. Cougar
5. What Girls Like
6. Used To Be a Girl
7. Right Back In
8. The Look
9. Stay
10. We Get It On
11. Gutted
12. The Question

Vince: Vocals
Anthon: Guitars
Sammye: Bass
Jony: Drums



THE FORCE - Stone Cold (2012)

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THE FORCE was formed in 2002 by British guitarist Mark Elliott and German drummer Hanns Haurein who both live in Switzerland. They meet up with the Swiss bassist and keyboardist Beat Schaub and the line-up was completed.
"Stone Cold" is the band's 4th album, a strong blues-infused Classic Hard Rock CD.

The Force owns an energetic, genuine handmade bluesy Hard Rock sound driven by fat guitar-riffs, melodious vocals and a precisely working rhythm-section.
There could have been no more ideal opener than "Ride". You will be totally awake in the morning by listening to this song on your way to your work or on a pleasure ride with your Harley bike. Elliott has the perfect voice for this kind of stuff that recalls Dave Meniketti (Y&T) in places, and he can play melting guitar solos as well.
Next, "Givin’ It Up" blast your ears with a deep bass groove, super drum beats and fast guitars, followed by the Hendrix inspired hard rocker "All I Need" fueled by Elliott devilish slide-solos. This man is really good at his game.
The catchy (cowbell included) "Run, Run, Run" is a jumpin' commercial rock'n roller where the band sounds more contemporary yet firmly blues based.

The highlight on the CD arrives with "Black Rain". It starts slowy with clean guitars and a cadence reminding earlier Scorpions, then at the end and after a killer solo, the tempo accelerates into a driving classic tune complete with Hammond B3 keys. Awesome track.
Talking about classic stylings, "This Time Your Turn" transports you to the seventies with a Montrose vibe yet with an updated sound.
Elliott sings "Call Me A Doctor" with fire over a venomous rhythm, this is Classic Rock people, and a good one.
Title track is a bluesy, groovy monster rocker, and then "Broken Machine" invites you to ride your Harley again. "Cry" will make tear your stereo indeed, again resembling Y&T. Power track with lots of melody.
Last song "New Day" ends the CD with a deep uptempo groove, a truly good instrumental tune with great feeling that makes you want to see this band alive.

Almost unknown outside central Europe, The Force is an awesome bluesy Hard Rock trio delivering a hot performance through the twelve tracks in "Stone Cold".
This is a polished and tightly played collection of tracks, plenty of power yet very melodic. Don't expect a dirty approach or grit here, this is a quite harmonic, slick material.
These guys - and specially British singer/guitarist Mark Elliott - are tremendous musicians who not only have learned the Classic Rock book by heart, also add to their traditional bluesy hard style a personal touch with a dynamic sound.
Production is darn good, vital and clear.
Don't miss this one, you'll be pleasantly surprised.

01. Ride
02. Givin' It Up
03. All I Need
04. Run, Run, Run
05. Black Rain
06. This Time Your Turn
07. Call Me A Doctor
08. Stone Cold
09. Broken Machine
10. Cry
11. Only The Good Die Young
12. New Day

Mark Elliott - Vocals, Guitar
Beat Schaub - Bass
Hanns Haurein - Drums
Loovy - Keyboards
Peter Tanner - Vocals



JOE COCKER - Fire It Up (2012)

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Rock and Blues legend JOE COCKER may not be in the limelight anymore with the change in popular music, but yet at 68 years of age his voice is still incredibly strong and gritty, making some 'new stars' look like an amateurs.
He's back again with a very good new album; "Fire It Up", Joe Cocker's - believe it or not - 23rd studio recording.

Since I can remember, there's always has been a new Cocker album out there, the man has not stop recording through his 40-year career, and all were, at least, decent.
Title track "Fire It Up" pretty sums up what this album is all about.
Co-written by Alan Frew (Glass Tiger), the track would be a well deserved number one, showcasing a fiery performance by Cocker for whom the years seem to have not taken its toll. A song full of real soul and meaning, you like it or not, but you cannot deny he is still as talented as he was back in his glory days of the seventies and eighties.

Joe has always worked with several outside songwriters.
Diverse album tracks include the bluesy rocker "Eye On The Prize" written by Marc Broussard from New Orleans and "I’ll Walk In The Sunshine Again" penned by the platinum selling singer-songwriter Keith Urban, which treads the line between country and blues.
"The Letting Go" written by the trio of Charlie Evans with renowned young British blues/soul singer Joss Stone and Grammy award winning Graham Lyle is a classic soulful number, while "I'll Be Your Doctor" shows that typical Cocker R&B feeling. There's good midtempos in "Younger" and the sensitive "You Love Me Back", whilst "I Come In Peace" incorporates vintage keyboads over an organic production.
And we have a real gem in the shape of the aching "You Don’t Know What You’re Doing To Me", a terrific piano ballad.

Joe Cocker is still very much a contemporary recording artist – and proves it with this new studio album "Fire It Up".
His voice is in great condition, there's a fine song selection, and production by Matt Serletic (Santana) is warm and organic.
This is timeless good music convincingly performed with Cocker’s signature passion, a stainless Classic Rock artist.

01 - Fire It Up
02 - I'll Be Your Doctor
03 - You Love Me Back
04 - I Come In Peace
05 - You Don't Need A Million Dollars
06 - Eye On The Prize
07 - Younger
08 - You Don't Know What You're Doing To Me
09 - The Letting Go
10 - I'll Walk In The Sunshine Again
11 - Weight Of The World



VIA SACRA - The Road (2012)

VIA SACRA - The Road (2012)


Hailing from Portugal, VIA SACRA has just released independently their CD "The Road", a highly professionally recorded album.
The quintet delivers ten tracks of quite elaborated European Hard Rock spiced with a Hard 'n Heavy dark sound.

Via Sacra as unit is tight and sonically compact with a style recalling eighties and nineties Scandinavian acts, particularly Danish.
The band blends edgy dark riffs with some nice melodies while still maintaining some heaviness in their sound adding deep grooves here and there.
Opener "Jimmy's Life" is an uptempo hard rocker with strong riffs and fine rhythm, yet it isn't the best track in the disc. The main melody bring it to mind Spanish rockers Heroes del Silencio where drums and bass are really pumping and solid, but the guitar solo is a bit generic. "Lost World" is more groovy and dark with some gothic melodies, showing other facet by the band.

One of best and most original tracks is the constantly changing "Souls of Fire", a hard rock number with a Hammond organ throwing into the mix.
The emphasis on "No Lies" is put on the sonic attack more than in the song development, while "Black Angel" has an intense groove and vocals in the Blackie Lawless style.
"Storm in Your Soul" is a slow and dark tune, you can call it ballad but not cheesy at all. The band seamlessly changes between styles, as follower "Baby, Baby" has a retro feel and a strong keyboard presence, whilst the riff is very dense, Black Sabbath inspired.
"Secret Garden" is heaviest song in this release with sustained guitars and mysterious keys creating a King Diamond-like atmosphere. Good one.
The piano ballad "Never Come Back Home" is the type of melancholic slow songs made by bands like Mercyful Fate during the eighties, which raises the tempo in the end.

"The Road" is an interesting release blending different types of metal-related elements, never too heavy but groovy most the time.
Via Sacra does not follows any trend or particular style, and here resides their possible appeal. Their sound is dark and dense yet balanced with melodic moments and even some commercialism.
The album is very well recorded and produced for an indie, presented in a glossy packaging box.
Not your ordinary hard rock for sure, "The Road" invites you to discover a band looking to deliver something different.

01 - Jimmy's Life
02 - Lost World
03 - Souls of Fire
04 - No Lies
05 - Black Angel
06 - Storm in Your Soul
07 - Baby, Baby
08 - Secret Garden
09 - Never Come Back Home
10 - The End of the Road

Lazaro – vocals, guitars
Ricardo – guitars
Joel – keyboards
Carlos – bass
Ruizao – drums



KILLER BEE - From Hell And Back (2012)

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Swedish / Canadian band KILLER BEE rocked the nineties with a bunch of good hard rockin' albums before disbanded almost 15 years ago.
They had reunited last year, released a greatest hits compilation, and now got ready “From Hell and Back”, a new CD of original material which was sure to bring their Scandinavian  Hard Rock staple back into the forefront.

Killer Bee takes a step back in time and make an honest effort to soak the late '80s / early '90s with a grown up sound but still hard coating their imprint that made them a commodity early in their career.
Many bands now have jumped on this sound wagon and finally people are taking notice of their quality - most notably Treat who delivered a superb record last year with serious implications.
Well, Killer Bee took some notes and decided to deliver a crushing record as well after a long time hiatus and original members Anders LA Ronnblom and Brian Bee Frank are back holding the foundation of the band tight as ever.
They are joined by Canadians Denny DeMarchi (8previously known for his work with Alias / Sherriff) and Morgan Evans from Lee Aaron's band on board in this new reincarnation of the Bee's.

“From Hell and Back” is an appropriate record name for the guys' return, as they unleashed some serious neck breaking vibes with some of the tunes on here including the title track which feasts on its speedy up tempo rip.
Later it follows with ”Drive Me Crazy” which carries another tight groove. The melancholy opening lick in “Heat of the Night” leads way to a powerful chorus that carries the invigorating energy that fluctuates throughout the record.
The guys get a touchy feely and put the E in Emotion with the ballad “I Believe” a nice piano lead number with rising vocals courtesy of front man Brian Bee Frank.
The rebel yells of “Leave Me Alone” bring attitude back into the forefront as the screams and yells of Frank once again make a devout stance.
But the fun doesn’t end just yet as the tight courtship brings super power keyboards and groove once more onto the fray of this early '70s Hard Rock-esque crusher of “Rock Another Day”, is as if these dudes we’re just waiting to wake up the giant and make your ears satisfy with melodic heavenly.

“From Hell and Back” is acomplete ripper of a record with top to bottom blazing tunes that will power your player and make you jibe with with feel and rock steady feeling.
The Killer Bee pack return to fine shape after years of dormant behavior to raise you fist and kick your face in with killer grooves and arena rock anthems.
Every track on the CD bring offer something that will make you 'rock out', big ups goes to the two original members as vocal duties are handled with as much emotion by Frank as the guitar attack by Anders LA Ronnblom and company. Production could be better, anyway, overall there is nothing bad I can say about this record as it delivers on any expectation, and for fans of the band this a must buy.
For people who may not heard Killler Bee before, “From Hell and Back” would make a perfect sampler and introductory course into the Killer Bee attack.
Very Good.

01 - From Hell And Back
02 - Drive Me Crazy
03 - Step Into My World
04 - Love It Or Leave It
05 - All Night Long
06 - Footprints In The Sand
07 - Rock Another Day
08 - Heat Of The Night
09 - Leave Me Alone
10 - On And On
11 - I Believe

Brian Bee Frank - Vocals
Anders LA Ronnblom - Bass
Morgan Evans - Drums
Jimmy DeLisi - Lead Guitar
Denny DeMarchi - Keyboards / Rhythm Guitars



NEKTAR - A Spoonful Of Time (2012)

NEKTAR - A Spoonful Of Time (2012)


NEKTAR is probably the most German-like of the seventies British bands, a fame that owes a lot to the town in which this act was founded (Hamburg) and to their stylistic approach.
Their earliest works were hard rock that drew heavily from the space-rock and later the band definitely turned melodic Prog releasing some mindblowing epic albums.
Nektar is celebrating their 43rd Anniversary releasing an album covering classic songs of all time aptly entitled “A Spoonful Of Time”, featuring an all-star guest line up.

Amongst the contributors we have Rick Wakeman, Geoff Downes, Derek Sherinian, Billy Sheehan, Ian Paice, Steve Howe and many more luminaries.
Doing a covers album can be tricky business; you need the right songs, but more importantly the inspiration and enthusiasm to bring them to life by your own interpretation. In the case of “A Spoonful Of Time” the results are satisfactory for most of these classic tunes.
Nektar chose 14 popular, mostly rock, songs from the last 40 years or so. Most are well known like Rush's "Spirit of the Radio", Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here", The Doors's "Riders on the Storm" or Toto's "Africa".
Others, like Roxy Music's "Out of the Blue" and The Rolling Stone's "2000 Light Years from Home" may be a little more obscure for some.

On all covers, Nektar's interpretation basically stay faithful to the original melodies and arrangements of every song with, of course, some Prog variation.
I liked the majority, being Rush's "Spirit of the Radio", Toto's "Africa" (featuring Bobby Kimball on vocals), 10CC's "I'm Not In Love", the mellotron festival of "Blinded By The Light" and Door's "Riders On The Storm" with a long keyboard solo, the best of the bunch.
Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle" and Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home" are the only weak covers for me, a bit flat in their development.
On the other hand, in the obscure O' Jays song, "For the Love of Money" (that drops more into the Motown category) Nektar version is truly well done with Ian Paice hitting the skins effectively.

Nektar's “A Spoonful Of Time” was produced by the band and mixed by Prog icon Billy Sherwood, who also played bass on some of the tracks.
The CD is a good Classic Rock collection of tunes covered with a Prog touch performed by these seasoned musicians with ease. It's a pleasure listening Bobby Kimball singing again or Billy Sheehan and Ian Paice playing something different from what they do in their bands.

1. Sirius
featuring Michael Pinnella (Symphony X)

2. Spirit Of The Radio
featuring Mark Kelly (Marillion)

3. Fly Like An Eagle
feat. Geoff Downes (Asia) • Joel Vandroogenbroeck (Brainticket)

4. Wish You Were Here
featuring Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)

5. For The Love Of Money
feat. Ian Paice (Deep Purple) • Nik Turner (Hawkwind)

6. Can't Find My Way Home
feat. Steve Howe (Yes) • Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) • Mel Collins (King Crimson)

7. 2000 Light Years From Home
featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

8. Riders On The Storm
feat. Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big) • Rod Argent (Argent)

9. Blinded By The Light
feat. Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) • Ginger Baker (Cream)

10. Out Of The Blue
featuring Simon House (Hawkwind)

11. Old Man featuring
David Cross (King Crimson)

12. Dream Weaver
featuring Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)

13. I'm Not In Love
featuring Rick Wakeman (Yes)

14. Africa
featuring Bobby Kimball (Toto) • Patrick Moraz (The Moody Blues)

Roye Albrighton: Vocals, Guitar
Ron Howden: Drums, Vocals
Klaus Henatsch: Keyboards, Hammond, Mellotron, Vocals
Billy Sherwood, Peter Pichl: Bass



NYA - Driving The Nails In (2012)

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NYA formed in London 2010, but only truly burst on to scene with an all new five piece line up in 2011. The self-titled debut EP received rave reviews which was followed up by a slot at Download Festival 2011.
Recorded in the Netherlands, "Driving The Nails In" is their new material just relased.

Nya sell themselves as a hard rock/melodic metal band with a modern sound.
Their music is driven by a twin guitar attack, but what really impress you at first listen is Slovenian female vocalist Anežka Piška, owner of a strong set of lungs, a melodic tone... and very nice legs.
NYA - Driving The Nails In (2012) Anežka Piška legs

Opening track "Back To You" starts off deceptively quiet and slow but quickly builds into a song full of power, with Anežka’s dynamic vocals bursting in an almost straight way coupled with razor guitars and a crashing drumbeat.
"You Are" continues the audible assault full on guitars and a galloping drum beat. This song really shows off the vocal abilities of Anežka and the technical side of the stunning modern guitar work (both axe-man utilises 8-string electric guitars).
The third track, "Open Your Eyes", is an interesting one. Taking a softer approach but still proving to be a hard rocking number with some nice hooks and acute rhythm sections, the song drives into your ears with a high amount of groove and strength.

The poetically titled "Choir Invisible" displays a use of punchy riffs blended with divine sounding vocals. You also hear a lot more in the way of the backing vocal support, which makes this track stand out a little more from the others as you get to hear even more elements of this band.
"Driving The Nails In" is the title track and is also the final song of the release. It is a true testament to the skill of these musicians, from the stunning vocal abilities to the intricate guitar and bass work and the skills of the drummer.

Nya is a really interesting new band with a fresh and modern sound.
"Driving The Nails In" is plenty of massive riffs, tight grooves and the soaring vocals of Anežka Piška that grabs the listener from the first listen.
They're modern and quite technical, but somehow I hear a nineties vibe all over the recording. These tracks are not the 'sing along chorus' type, this material is focused in the gripping instrumentation and the towering vocals. So don't expect extreme catchiness, just solid and effective rockin' songs well produced and arranged.
For sure, we'll be hearing a lot more from Nya in the future.

01 - Back To You
02 - You Are
03 - Open Eour Eyes
04 - Choir Invisible
05 - Driving The Nails In

Anežka Piška – Lead & Backing Vocals
Joseph Rhodes – Guitars, Backing Vocals
Dan Baker – Guitars
Dan Hayward (Woody) – Bass
Paul White – Drums, Backing Vocals



ESCAPE - Unbreakable (2012)

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"Unbreakable" is the debut album from ESCAPE, a new UK AOR band which features the songwriting partnership of Stevie K on vocals from Northern Ireland and guitarist Vince O’Regan (Bob Catley, Legion).
They have just been announced as part of the line-up for HRH AOR Festival which is happening next April and it seems the band are already hard at work on album two set for release at the Festival.

I was really struck with this album and I took to its quintessential British AOR flavour straight away. Anyone familiar with Vince’s previous AOR work with Pulse will know the style of music to expect here, infectious guitar riffs and memorable keyboard licks.
I always love the way Vince blends the keyboards and guitars in his AOR songwriting, one never overshadowing the other but bringing the best out of every song. Although the emphasis is on melody and hooks, here Vince is never afraid to unleash a few stunning guitar solos.
Stevie K is not a typical AOR singer, his powerful voice having more grit and bite to it veering him into the Danny Vaughn / Jeff Scott Soto school of melodic rock singing. His performance is impressive over these eleven tracks.

"Still Alive" is a bombastic opening cut with pompous keyboards, driving guitars and pounding drums. A song which is sure to go down a storm live! Keep an ear out for a killer guitar solo from Vince on this track.
The commercial and obvious single "Unbreakable" has an infectious keyboard riff and the compelling melodic guitar riff underpin this catchy as hell and invigorating song. This is a great song to fire you up! Trust me the chorus will stick in your head and compel you to sing along.
"Best Of Me" is a mid-tempo ballad on which Stevie delivers some cool vocal melodies throughout. Vince lays down a hook laden guitar lick on this one.
"Living On The Wrong Side" really puts me in mind of Pulse, a driving AOR rocker.

I love the Journey-esque guitar licks on "Read Between The Lines" and it has some killer hooks in the chorus. "New Horizon" is a gripping ballad with some wonderful piano parts.
"Night To Remember" is another one that really fires you up, full of power and unforgettable melodies. It’s a pulsating AOR rocker that rips up your stereo speakers. The best thing to do when you get to this track is just press ‘repeat’ and save yourself a job as one listen just isn’t enough! I love the killer keys and the gripping guitar riffs which combine to devastating effect and add to that Stevie’s powerful vocals it makes for a fist clenching sing along killer track!
"Moment in Time" is a mid-tempo rocker with a lighter waving chorus. Bombastic rocker "Bring You Down" has a juicy guitar riff with a pompous chest beating chorus. "Rescue Me" is a swaggering rocker with big guitars and some extremely effective keyboards especially on the chorus.
There’s a touch of Whitesnake on last cut "Heartbreak City", a driving rocker with some great guitar hooks.

"Unbreakable" is a straight ahead AOR / Melodic Rock CD with a bombastic edge.
It’s a great collection of some truly unforgettable tunes proving that British musicians can do this style of music just as good as the Yanks and the Scandinavians!
I hope to hear more from these guys as this strong debut promises good things to come from a new addition to the ever growing ranks of UK AOR.
Highly Recommended. (thanks to Woody for the review).

01. Still Alive
02. Unbreakable
03. Best Of Me
04. Living On The Wrong Side
05. Read Between The Lines
06. New Horizon
07. Night To Remember
08. Moment In Time
09. Bring You Down
10. Rescue Me
11. Heartbreak City (European bonus track)

Stevie K - vocals
Vince O'Regan (Bob Catley, Legion) - guitars
Roland Moog - keyboards
Andy Mills (Pulse, Alibi) - bass
Andy Pierce - drums



SURE CONVICTION - The Best Of (2012)

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Brothers Matt and Paul Liffengren formed SURE CONVICTION in 1990 and one year later recorded their first album in Campbell, California.
Since then, the two bros ended up releasing four CD’s over the next 10 years with some personnel changes both in the recordings as well as in their live band.
Now, Matt and Paul decided to pick the songs they either played the most or the ones fans have commented as their favorites, remastered & re-mixed them, and release the “Best Of Sure Conviction”

Sure Conviction style blends Melodic Rock, AOR and some Hard with huge hooks, big choruses and stacked backing vocals, all over an over-the-top arena rock sound.
Specially the tracks from their best effort, the excellent 'Get Ready', are truly underrated gems. Being a band of Christian origins, these recordings included the colaboration of big names from the polished CCM AOR/MR scene such as Glenn Pierce (Idle Cure) on guitars and brothers John & Dino Elefante (Kansas, Mastedon) playing and producing.

The music in “Best Of Sure Conviction” is filled with smooth numbers - sometimes hard edged melodic rock, sometimes AORish - blessed with a big hearted sprinkling of aurally adhesive hooks.
Songs like the catchy melodic rocker "Get Ready", the anthemic "Voices", the AORish "Forevermore" and the superb ballad "Time Will Tell" are simply amazing. In Jeff Gunn we have an outstanding vocalist in the traditional melodic rock mould, while the intrumentation is crisp and vital.
The songs chosen from their later albums are a bit more progressive ala Kansas, with acoustic guitars throwing into the mix and a warmer sound. These tracks are sung by Kurt Heinzman, the singer in the band around those years.

As independent artists, Sure Conviction sold well in America and Europe for a self-managed band, yet relegated to a cult status.
Melodic Rock & AOR collectors are well aware of this very good band which their out of print albums become impossible find.
Now there's your cance to pick some of Sure Conviction's best tunes, with a good remastering job supervised by the Liffengren bros. in person.
Highly Recommended.

01 - Get Ready
02 - Forevermore
03 - Are You There?
04 - I Can't Explain
05 - Standing For You
06 - Sacrifice
07 - Time Will Tell
08 - Proclaiming
09 - Voices
10 - Why Do I?
11 - Man In The Middle/Remember Me
12 - Benediction
13 - Shining Our Light

Paul Liffengren - keyboards, piano, backing vocals
Matt Liffengren - electric and acoustic guitars
Glenn Pearce, Brent Holderman, Jeff Rye - guitars
Jeff Gunn, Kurt Heinzman, Phil Milan - lead and backing vocals
Daniel Wright, J.R. McNeely - bass
Jimmy Rojas, Danny Woods - drums
John & Dino Elefante - backing vocals
and many more



TOMMY VITALY - Hanging Rock (2012)

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"Hanging Rock" is the new album by Italian born guitarist TOMMY VITALY, a virtuoso six-string player who has been gaining a strong reputation in Rock community.
A prove of that is the presence of some well known names appearing in this recording contributing on lead vocals and instrumentation.

"Hanging Rock" is definitely an '80s American metal album with a neoclassical flair at times. Wait, was this released in 1986 or 2012? This album just oozes with that good old feeling of nostalgia.
It's not ripped off music from a bygone era or even rehashed riffs that have been done million times, but in "Hanging Rock" we have clear influences from artists like Impelliteri or the first Yngwie Malmsteen to name a few.
Vitaly's technical ability of super-speed alternative picking, sweeping, tapping and legato use has made his soloing as powerful as some of the best guitarists on the planet today. However, this album is more song focused than a 'guitar hero' recording.
The singers guest list is truly impressive; powerhouse vocalist Mats Leven (Yngwie, Treat, Obsession), Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Evidence One, Domain), Todd LaTorre (new version of Queensryche), Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, ex- Savatage), the great Michele Luppi and veteran David DeFeis from cult metallers Virgin Steele.

Upon entering the album with "Betrayed" we are given high octane riffs with harmonic melody vocals panned between left and right, courtesy of shouter Mats Leven. The guitar riff are patent '80s style, while the solo is plenty of diminished arpeggio sweeps, speed picking and scale runs.
Next, "Run with the Devil" is one of the best tracks, again with an eighties spirit yet more modern arrangements. Singer Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz are in service for this and his vocals are absolutely brilliant for this type of song.
Come to "Hands of Time" we have Todd La Torre scream the high and low tunes for us, also a very strong uptempo metal track that is, until "Forever Lost", where David Defeis of Virgin Steele contributed his magic voice in this acoustic ballad.

"Idol" starts with an almost Adrian Smith signature lick only slightly modified to take you away from it. The song is powerful and somehow catchy with lots of backing vocals and Michele Luppi taking the melodic leads. Tommy also invited guitarist Norifumi Shima who is dueling with key-wiz Ferdy Doernberg here in a nice counterpoint.
Although song-oriented, the album includes two intrumentals; "Misanthropy" and "Hanging Rock". The first includes a beautiful Spanish guitar and finger picking mixed with harpsichord and super-effective echo based slide soloing. For an instrumental track this is by far the most expressive track on the album.
Title track "Hanging Rock" is more uptempo featuring such an inventive array of sounds and effects from the Harmonizer to the Octavier, with a melody line which was in my head for days.
Last track "Icewarrior" starts slowly as a piano ballad, and then explodes into a melodic classic metal with loads of technical intricacies, great use of drums, and finally the solid vocals of Zak Stevens.

Tommy Vitaly's "Hanging Rock" is an excellent piece of '80s tinged American metal / hard.
The guest singers are what should draw most listeners into checking this out, but the solid songwriting and the skillful musicianship will surprise you as well.
Vitaly shows some pretty awesome chops with the solos and his precise riffing. None of the solos are too over the top or take away from the traditional and hard bluesy feel of the album. The keyboards add an airy feeling to the music without sounding too majestic, while the rhythm section provides a solid foundation.
The production on "Hanging Rock" is excellent and everything fits perfectly into place, really well mixed and mastered.
Keep an eye out for Vitaly as he is on his way up to becoming a much appreciated guitar hero among guitar players and music lovers alike.

01 - Betrayer (Mats Leven)
02 - Run with the Devil (Carsten Schulz)
03 - Hands of Time (Todd LaTorre)
04 - Forever Lost (David Defeis)
05 - Idol (Michele Luppi)
06 - Misanthropy
07 - Heavy Metal God (Carsten Schulz)
08 - Hanging Rock
09 - Icewarrior (Zak Stevens)

Tommy Vitaly – guitars, keyboards
Andrea Torricini – bass
Rhino – drums
Special guest solos:
Norifumi Shima (Concerto Moon) – track 5
David Shankle (DSG, ex-Mamowar) – track 7
Ferdy Doernberg (Axel Rudi Pell) – tracks 5 & 8
Mats Leven on track 1
Carsten “Lizard” Schulz on tracks 2 & 7
Todd LaTorre on track 3
David Defeis on track 4
Michele Luppi on track 5
Zak Stevens on track 9



DEAD CITY RUINS - Midnight Killer (2012)

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DEAD CITY RUINS originally from London - but now based in Melbourne, Australia - has released its debut album "Midnight Killer" four years after their debut EP.
What the band has been doing wisely during this time is to tour & play, and as a result the album has a certain maturity to it.
In terms of pedigree, the band infuse into their core rock sound flourishing veins of classic hard rock, at times bluesy, and some American sleazy here and there.

First two tracks "Where You Gonna Run" and "Damn My Eyes" have Dead City Ruins setting out its store, hot hard rockers that will have you thinking back to the days when GnR really did kick up a storm. This is a live act, handing out an invitation to its mosh pit with no prisoners taken.
Any band needs depth though, and Dead City Ruins demonstrate that with the very classy "My Lai Massacre" with a squeaky rasping and purring classic guitar riff. The song has a great structure with the aforementioned riff and a classic rock breakdown with extended soloing over a rumbling bass. As hard rock goes, this track ticks most of any boxes you would care to mention.

The title track "Midnight Killer" is a bit faster and has another good, hypnotic riff again with a powerful drum beat – this is the band's trademark sound and they are wise not to let any track deviate too far.
Having said that, "Blues" (in effect metal blues) gives a glimmer of the group's potential to open up new territory. "Go To War" and "Highway Girl" keep the pace going and on the latter it's always good to hear a cowbell.
"Fallen", the final cut, is however the standout song on the album with dual layered guitar tracks, a great vocal half in an echo box style but then opening up into a more stratospheric chorus.

On "Midnight Killer", Dead City Ruins take a great deal of influence from across the rock n’ roll board, releasing a fun, entertaining and honest album.
This indie band run themselves and they're being true to their art, playing what they want, in the way they want, without label pressures.
Everywhere on the album are classic elements you will have heard before. Dead City Ruins definitely summons the ghosts of music's past, but putting enough of their own spin on these influences to dodge the pit of becoming a throw-back band.
This is true, straight-up Hard Rock.

01 - Where You Gonna Run
02 - Damn My Eyes
03 - My Lay Massacre
04 - Midnight Killer
05 - Blues
06 - Go To War
07 - Highway Girl
08 - Fallen

Jake Wiffen - Vocals
Tommy Teabag - Guitar
Sean Blanchard - Guitar
Mick Quee - Bass
Drewsy - Drums



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