Wednesday, October 24, 2012

MITCH MALLOY - Shine On (2012)

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Just like buses, you wait years for a hard rocking MITCH MALLOY album, then you get two in quick succession.
After 2011’s well received ‘Mitch Malloy II’ opus, Mitch has gone back into the studio and totally re-recorded his 2001’s ‘Shine’, this time around adding keyboards and three completely new songs.
To avoid confusion with the original release, this brand new album is going under the title of "Shine On".

Malloy says: "I was never happy with the original album, recorded with low budget and with pressures by the label for a more 'plain' style."
Then, now Malloy decided to re-record the songs, discard a few, and add 3 completely new tracks.
"So it started to become this whole different CD and that is why it's got a new name.
It's not an old album at all, it's a new album, with a brand new cover and art work".

"Shine On" is real Mitch Malloy: Melodic Rock with pulsating guitars, keyboard fills and his unmistakable vocals.
Release date is still uncertain.
The CD was on sale exclusively past weekend at Firefest Festival during Mitch Malloy's show.
As usual, You've seen it first here, at 0dayrockz.


01 - Shine
02 - You Lift Me
03 - It's About Love
04 - Draw The Line
05 - Love's Own Hand
06 - Places Only Love Can Go
07 - Love Made A Liar Out Of Me
08 - What I'm Livin' For
09 - Nothin' New (duet with Holly Malloy)
10 - Never Enough


Mitch Malloy - vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion
Victor Broden - bass
Greg Morrow (John Waite) - drums
Derek Mixon - drums
Mike Brignerdello (Giant) - bass
Tony Harrell - keyboards
Jerry McPherson - lead guitar
Holly Malloy - duet vocals in 9



Release date:
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BLIND DATE - Can You Feel It (2012)

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There was a lot of great bands that just fell through the cracks in the late ‘80s and especially the early ‘90s due to the musical climate change. BLIND DATE was one of those bands that should have had a big impact in the melodic hard rock scene.
Blind Date finally released their self-titled debut in 2004, but since it become out of print pretty soon, leader & guitarist JB Slimp in conjuction with indie US company Bridgewater Records are re-releasing Blind Date's debut re-entitled "Can You Feel It".

Blind Date formed in Texas in about 1988, were voted best metal/progressive band in San Antonio in 1989, and their short-lived career saw them tour with the likes of Vixen, Lynch Mob, Dangerous Toys and Helix.
The entire tale of why they never 'made it' is probably out there somewhere, but Perris Records picked up the band in 2004 and released these wonderful collection of songs, seven of them freshly recorded and 3 tracks taped in 1991.
Now guitarist JB Slimp thought that was time to make Blind Date material justice, remastering the songs and make them available to the whole rock community.

"Can You Feel It" is a pure, heavenly Melodic Rock album, much in the vein of say, Danger Danger, XYZ, White Lion or Dokken.
This is one album that simply oozes with big harmonies, tasty licks, blazing solos and melodies more infectious than the latest instalment of the flue.
The CD begins with "Don’t Wait Up", a contagious melodic rocker where the vocal melodies, both lead and backup, are stellar. This is obviously their greatest strength; singing - just check the personnel - all members performs backing vocals. The guitar solo is fast and crisp, and after that, they do a cappella line. This song should have been a major hit back in a day.

What follows is a succession of absolute Melodic Rock crackers with some AOR touches, to name a few; the immense summertime feel good vibe of "Can You Feel It", the keyboard infused Dokken-esque "Broken Promises" or the smouldering mid paced "Dreaming".
Bands of this ilk excel at something bereft of today’s music -- the power ballad. "She’s Walking" is perfect and will leave you singing for days after a single listen.
"We Keep Falling In Love" is a song White Lion should have recorded. The singer sounds like Mike Tramp in parts here, and the chorus is once again catchy and the background vocals shine again.

Blind Date has delivered here a dreamy CD for any late '80s Melodic Hard Rock lover.
Ten tracks of pure bliss sporting all the elements that made the genre exciting, colourful and fun during the golden days - "Can You Feel It" is an awesome album from start to finish.
Do yourself a favor and pick this one up.


01 - Don't Wait Up
02 - Can You Feel It
03 - She's Walking
04 - Daddy's Little Girl
05 - Broken Promises
06 - Everybody's Baby
07 - We Keep Falling In Love
08 - Dreaming
09 - Without Your Love
10 - When I'm Alone

Buster Grant - Lead & Backing Vocals
JB Slimp - Guitar, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Mark Ellis - Guitar, Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Darren Keeling - Bass & Backing Vocals
Chris Didear - Drums & Backing Vocals



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DEMON - Unbroken (2012)

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Founded in UK at the end of the seventies by lyricist/vocalist Dave Hill and guitarist Mal Spooner, DEMON is one of the most musically interesting and socially aware hard rock bands of their age.
Following the remastered re-issue of their catalog (the great 'Heart Of Our Time' was already presented here weeks ago), Demon is releasing “Unbroken”, the band's fresh CD featuring new material since 2005, and it sees them back to a classic hard rock sound.

Demon are enjoying somewhat of a resurgence, heading the inaugural British Steel Festival in 2006, as well as gaining slots at Firefest, Germany’s Bang Your Head festival and the prestigious Hard Rock Hell event to name but a few. They have also been recently announced to return to Sweden Rock in 2013.
Oh, and they have also finally released a brand new studio album after seven years.
“Unbroken” impresses you straight off the bat with its presentation and its attention to detail, being available in book form as standard in a time when most albums scrimp on details such as booklets or charge you extra to buy them as limited editions.
The book itself is a well thought out mixture of the lyrics to all the songs on the album and rare live shots of the band in action.

The music, that this very nice package carries – which is the important bit – is probably amongst the best they ever released.
They have returned to classic, lovable hard rock here, slightly bombastic, artistic, with elaborated mid-tempos but on occasion slower or faster, depending on the mood of each one song.
Dave Hill's vocals are intact, strong and instantly likable, accompanied as usual by some very intelligent and socially conscious lyrics.
"Prey" preceded by a 1 minute intro that bears the same name too, is a rather uptempo and energetic opener with an euphoric and uplifting chorus. Hill sounds as good now as they did back when Demon started off all those years ago, if anything age has matured his vocals and led to a greater control over them as well as aiding the songwriting process.

"Shine A Light" continues the powerful dynamic feel as the album starts to form and take a hold of you. The vocals are raucous and the solo is on fire.
Title track "Unbroken" is pretty much a reference to the band's longevity and unbroken spirit. A bit different animal than the previous, more melodic and harmonic.
"Wings of Steel" is a keyboard laden tune which shouldn't come as much of a surprise as Hill wrote it with the keyboard player. It simply has one of the most breathtaking choruses on the entire album, epic and almost AOR infused. Oh, and also sports a helluva melodious guitar solo.
"Fill Your Head With Rock" is an anthem about Sweden Rock Festival that the band has played on a number of occasions. It really rocks.

"Take Me To Your Leader" is spacey but rocking too, with a big thick, multi-tracked vocal in the chorus that sticks out.
"Private Lives" is another track that Dave has written with keyboard player Paul Farrington, musically pretty melodic rock oriented and clever lyrics about the whole instant celebrity cult and paparazzi thing.
The very melodious and rhythmical midtempo "We Can Make It, (If We All Try)" tells another beautiful story, followed by "What About The Night" drenched in luscious keys, a classy 'theatrical' Demon tune deliciously devilish fun.
Finally "I Still Believe" is a lighters and a hands in the air anthem written in the trademark Demon way, a ballad yes, but ardent and powerful.


“Unbroken” is easily Demon's best work since the '80s, and one of the best in the entire and long career of this great band.
Just 10 tracks avoiding fillers, intense, classic hard rock sounding, rockin' your ears and heart from all angles: musicianship, lyric content, production...
This CD represents what is arguably the best Demon and makes you wonder if they will finally get the full recognition that they deserve as the momentum continues to build behind this veteran act.
So long life to Dave Hill and his company of rocking men and may they continue to rock us, for a long, long time to come.


01 - Prey (Intro)
02 - Prey
03 - Shine A Light
04 - Unbroken
05 - Wings Of Steel
06 - Fill Your Head With Rock
07 - Take Me To Your Leader
08 - Private Lives
09 - We Can Make It
10 - What About The Night
11 - I Still Believe

Dave Hill - Vocals
Paul Farrington - Keyboards
Paul Hume - Guitar
David Cotterill - Guitar
Ray Walmsley - Bass
Neil Ogden - Drums





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SISTER SIN - Now And Forever (2012)

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Hard Rock aficionados are well aware of Swedes SISTER SIN, the female fronted band from Gothenburg.
They are releasing today a brand new CD titled “Now and Forever”. It is the band's fourth full length release, but it surely won't be the last.

Sister Sin's catchy, lively '80s metal-style music sits well with fans of bands such as Motley Crue, The Scorpions, Warlock and alikes. However, the band has expanded their boundaries with “Now and Forever”. The album has so many different elements of rockin' music that it can't be categorized in any single genre or sub-genre.
The disc starts off with "MMXII" - which means 2012 in Roman numerals - and it's an eerie, dark instrumental comprised of keys and drums and then jumps right into a flurry of greatness with the title track.
"End Of The Line" is a really metalized track with a phenomenal chorus, catchy guitar riffs and solos, solid rhythm section, power-packed vocals and an upbeat tempo - a quintessential '80s metal tune. This song itself is better than anything Sister Sin wrote previously to this, and sets up the new album nicely.

"Fight Song" is reminiscent of Motley's 'Knock 'Em Dead Kid' and the energy is on high power. Great riffs from Jimmy Hiltula that will have some necks snapping. The song is all metal but has some amazing directional changes that add that melodic overtones.
"In It For Life" is fast-paced and raw in sound but the excitement is pure gold. "Hearts Of Cold" highlights the six-string work of Hiltula and Dave Sundberg, who smashes the skins like a demon. The song is powerful and aggressive, which should draw in fans of harder-edged metal.
The background vocals and harmonies on "I'm Not You" are exceptional. The song is a bit different than others on the record but the chorus will bring chants from the live crowds and make it one of their favorites.

"Running Low" runs over a killer beat and comparisons here will be drawn to more recent acts coming out from Sweden, but with Sister Sin's own touch.
The band hit and hit hard with "Shades Of Black" and once again they show to be fans of primal Motley Crue as they have those basic essentials that made the Crue's 'Shout At The Devil' release a holy grail in the genre.
Coming to a close, singer Liv spreads her talented vocals over the ballad called "Morning After", a noticeable directional change from the rest of the record, but works like a charm adding variation to this kick-ass CD. The soaring guitar of Hitula is exceptional, melodious and sustained.


“Now and Forever” rocks with an intensity rarely seen lately.
Once upon a time, hard rock music was about having fun and rocking out, but for most 'new metal' bands that's no longer a premise anymore, specially the ones fronted by female singers. Saving some honorable exceptions, all are trying to be the next Evanescence.
Thankfully we have Sister Sin to treat us with an enjoyable throwback to the glory days, and “Now And Forever” presents the band at their best.
Hair metal, glam metal, '80s metal, or whatever you might want to call it, this CD rocks as these genres used to do. It doesn't matter where your tastes in metal reside, in this album there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Sister Sin is sure to continue their climb through the legions of hard rock bands to become a name synonymous with female fronted metal.
Fans of '80s female fronted rock should definitely listen “Now And Forever”.


01 - MMXII
02 - End of the Line
03 - Fight Song
04 - In It for Life
05 - Hearts of Cold
06 - The Chosen Few?
07 - Hang 'Em High
08 - I'm Not You
09 - Running Low
10 - Shades of Black
11 - Morning After

Liv Jagrell - Vocals
Jimmy Hiltula - Guitar
Strandh - Bass
Dave Sundberg - Drums, Percussion


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MAXXWELL - Slapshot (2012)

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Swiss hard rockers MAXXWELL last studio album 'All In' earned a lot of great reviews as did their shows when they supported international acts touring Europe.
Maxxwell recently wrote the official stadium song for German hockeyclub Freiburg, entitled "Slapshot", so they decided to release it together with 3 new tracks plus some fan favorites recorded live as appetizer of their new album scheduled for 2013.

Maxxwell's sound and style recalls Gotthard and Shakra, that is Euro guitar driven hard rock with a modern sound.
As you expect, title track "Slapshot" is an anthemic hard rock tune, a very good fist in the air hymn (check the official video below).
The other new tracks are impactful as well, being "Don't You Bite" marching and melodic, "The Devil Walks With Her" groovy and commercial, and "Live Fast Die Last" as title says, fast & uptempo.
The remaining tracks were taped live in the band's recent show at the Rock Of Ages Festival. High quality recordings with a polished sound.

Maxxwell perfectly knows how to play riff-oriented hard rock in a modern way: heavy when needed with super fat guitars, but also melodic and catchy.
These guys take care of the production details as well, everything sounds polished and clear, even the live tracks were tweaked a bit in the studio.
"Slapshot" leaves you hungry for more. Is that good.
They are in full form and surely their upcoming new album will be a blast.


01 - Slapshot
02 - Don't You Bite
03 - The Devil Walks With Her
04 - Live Fast Die Last
05 - Boogey Man (Live At Rock of Ages 2012)
06 - Black Widow (Live At Rock of Ages 2012)
07 - Outlaw (Live At Rock of Ages 2012)
08 - Slapshot (Audience Version)

Nobi Suppiger (Vocals)
Hef Häfliger (Lead Guitars)
Cyril Montavon (Rhythm Guitars)
Kusi Durrer (Bass)
Oli Häller (Drums)





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GARY MOORE - Blues For Jimi (2012)

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Perhaps this 2007 concert with GARY MOORE playing the music of Jimi Hendrix would not have been oficially released if it wasn't for Gary's abrupt decease in 2011.
"Blues For Jimi " was recorded at the London Hippodrome as part of the launch for the Jimi Hendrix Live At Monterey program and featured Gary Moore and his band performing classic Hendrix songs.
At the end of the night Moore was joined by Mitch Mitchell and Billy Cox of the Jimi Hendrix Experience for 3 tracks.

"Blues For Jimi " it's a pure delight for Gary Moore fans, as well for Jimi Hendrix aficionados, as Moore truly plays these classic tracks with conviction and adventurous spirit.
Gary nails the solo on the set opening "Purple Haze", then finishes with a rapid set of descending pull offs that are classic Moore. Jimi is smiling somewhere in the cosmos. So is Moore. In fact, they're probably having a laugh together.
"Manic Depression" features drummer Darrin Mooney and bassist Dave Bronze doing their finest Experience impression - especially the furious display of fills from the former Primal Scream sticksman. His free flowing frenzy is anchored by Bronze, who stays steady, keeping the path clear for the red hot histrionics of Moore and Mooney. This group takes possession of these songs - they're not just covering them, they are taking ownership for the evening.

Moore's command of his instrument is astounding as he squeezes the shellac off the back of his faithful Strat's neck for the hallowed feedback that introduces "Foxey Lady". The solo sees him adding much of his own style, with drastic string bends, and the otherworldly fury of his right hand makes it a wonderful trip.
Gary Moore was known for his guitar playing, but his singing always carried an equal share of the load - when he slows things down for "The Wind Cries Mary", his tone, phrasing, and vibrato are all as captivating coming from his mouth as his hands. There's a tremendous amount of love, devotion, and respect being applied to these songs.
On "I Don't Live Today" he starts in the blues and ends up in an acid drenched guitar freak out. Moore does his best to recreate the vibe and largely succeeds.

As soon as the first pulsating chords tumble out of his speakers, you can't wait to hear what the Irish wunderkind does with "Angel", and he certainly delivers. Balladry was one of Moore's strong points and he milks this one for all it's worth, then when the band starts modulating up towards the stratosphere you just want them to take it higher and higher, and they do. Mindblowingly beautiful.
Fueling the funkier section of the Hendrix catalog, "Fire" gives the Moore and his crack band the chance to pick up the pac, and boy do they.
Things gets special when Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell comes to the stage. Moore stokes the fires with the time tested and approved intro that can only announce an arrival at the "Red House". Cox and Moore trade vocal verses, and while the vibe is looser, more relaxed, and casual, this has much more of a bluesy vibe as Billy walks hard on his old Fender bass. Mitchell is as loose as ever, and perhaps only Ginger Baker ever came as close to bringing jazz to the rock as well as Mitch.
The solo section here is amazing - Moore slows down, and shows that he's much more than fire and brimstone, he's also deep.

Cox takes the vocal for "Stone Free", and it's straight back to the psychedelic 60s - what a great trip. Moore plays this one clean and slinky - he's giving Cox and Mitchell the stage and letting them roam free.
"Hey Joe" is transcendent. Cox and Mitchell move this thing from down Mexico way to the Southside of Chicago, down the Mississippi to the Gulf via New Orleans, and Moore chases them every step of the way. They end up together in a state of rock and roll nirvana. This one is worth the price of the record.
They wrap it up with "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" - Moore playfully attacks his wah pedal and takes this intro uptown with John Shaft. Then Mitchell and Cox join in, and together they ride off into the sunset.


Gary Moore blazed a bright trail - he started off as a Clapton acolyte playing hard rock, moved upwards to become a metal guitar icon before finding out late in his life that he still had the blues.
He never gave less than a thousand percent, and he made some amazing moves by filling the shoes of Clapton playing with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, recreating the music of Cream (as well as an album of their own as BBM) - I'm glad he was also able to show his respect, love, and command of the catalog of Jimi Hendrix.
"Blues For Jimi " is a beautiful way to pay tribute to both Moore and Jimi - a wonderful set of Hendrixian blues and rock, all played with love.
Very Recommended.


Gary Moore - Darrin Mooney - Dave Bronze
1. Purple Haze
2. Manic Depression
3. Foxy Lady
4. The Wind Cries Mary
5. I Don't Live Today
6. Angel
7. Fire
Gary Moore - Mitch Mitchell - Billy Cox
8. Red House
9. Stone Free
10. Hey Joe
Gary Moore - Darrin Mooney - Dave Bronze
11. Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)



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TILES - Off The Floor (2012)

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TILES is a prog / hard rock band from Detroit, which has released five studio albums.
Over the years the band has developed a style that blends the adventure of progressive rock with an aggressive hard rock edge. Notable musicians such as Alex Lifeson (Rush), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) have lent their support to Tiles when they opened for them in various gigs.
Something had to be done to commemorate Tiles' approaching 20th anniversary, so the band recorded "Off The Floor" as a career retrospective.

Recorded live in the studio at Sound Escape in suburban Detroit (where the band members reside), "Off The Floor" is everything the group chose to display, and quite a bit more.
The song selection (which hits all five of their studio albums) showcases the very best that the band has to offer with all the musicians together in the same room.
One of the many high points on "Off The Floor" and clear example of Tiles' style is the track "Capture The Flag", which not only takes on but exceeds the original version.
Imagine the first Rush sound with a passion for the hard rock riffs. Indeed this band extends the proceedings over long developed guitar riffs where the melodies change in conjuction with the tempo.

Fan favorites are included here as well, such as a completely re-worked version of "Checkerboards" (from 1997's 'Fence The Clear'), "Token Pledge" (taken from 1994's debut self-titled release), "Modification" (from 1999's 'Presents Of Mind') and the opening track, the standout "Landscrape" from their last album (2008).
Joining the band is special guest Matthew Parmenter (of the band Discipline) who plays violin and sings backing vocals on the sinuous "Changing The Guard".
For the more atmospheric "The Wading Pool", Parmenter plays some mellotron, while another guest Keith Kaminski (Motor City Horns) adds flute giving the song a Jethro Tull vibe.


Considered too progressive to be a hard rock band and too hard to be a progressive band, Tiles has opted for the road less traveled.
With a strong early Rush influence, "Off The Floor" sounds as if you were listening to the band live in your living room.
Noted producer Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning) renders the recording with a refreshingly natural sound - serving up the audio equivalent of a Van Gogh where everything interacts and blends into an engaging sonic picture.
Released on the band's own label, Standing Pavement, "Off The Floor" can only be purchased from very limited retailers, but it really worth the hunt.
Where it might be a shame that a band this talented is still unknown to many in the progressive and metal circles, Tiles can hold their heads up high.


01 - Landscrape
02 - Token Pledge
03 - Modification
04 - Capture The Flag
05 - Changing the Guard
06 - Segue / Window Dressing (Part IV)
07 - Dragons, Dreams & Darling Deeds
08 - Dress Rehearsal
09 - Hide in My Shadow
10 - A Minor Interlude
11 - Checkerboards
12 - The Wading Pool

Paul Rarick - lead vocals
Jeff Whittle - bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Chris Herin - guitars, mandolin, keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Evans - drums & percussion
Special Guests:
Matthew Parmenter - mellotron, violin & backing vocals
Keith Kaminski - flute on 'The Wading Pool'



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YOUNGBLOOD - No Retreat (2012)

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YOUNGBLOOD was a band that at the time (around 1989) was offered contract by Sony/Epic Records. The group quickly jumped in the studio and new tunes we’re laid out and 16 tracks we’re decided for a new CD that never was released.
Youngblood's "No Retreat" has finally resurfaced and what a pleasant surprise of gems you have on here.

Founded in 1988 by guitarist and producer Jeff Diehl who has worked with such legends as Gene Simmons, Night Ranger or Eddie Kramer, Youngblood also toured extensively as Epic Records recording artist Henry Lee Summers’ backing band.
The group spent nine months working in the studio recording 45 tracks, then 16 were selected for the debut album. While professionally recorded, mixed and mastered, the songs never saw the light of day... at least until now.

"No Retreat" is quintessential '80s melodic hard rock, pretty much an audio picture of the period. You'll find some appealing familiarity to Youngblood's sound echoing peers like Slaughter, Warrant or Firehouse.
The music is rambunctious and rocking, the lyrics pushing typical Eighties excess with tongue-in-cheek flair. Underneath it all, however, is some real talent and some very good tunes.
This CD belt out some serious rockin' grooves in top cuts like “Love is All Around” and “Get Down To It” with screaming awe aspiring vocals that resonate after long while after.
“Find a Way” belts out a batch of ranging vocal choruses that sets the mood just right, another crisp lick dominate this track.
One of the best numbers here comes via the majestic piano opening of “Coming Home” that baits you with it’s piano mood, until it launches into a scorching melodic solo, later to reprise again by the vocal reach of singer Bobby Sisk.
Some songs are simply unexpected like the swirling keyboards in “Back in My Life” or the bouncy swagger of “You Gotta Go”.

Listening to "No Retreat" is like a greatest hits compilation of what this band had in store for fans of the genre, great tunes well written time after time.
Lead singer Sisk is terrific (where is this guy now?) while musicianship is tight and vigorous, conducted by the melodic, cagey and sharp guitars of Jeff Diehl. The production is priceless and after all these years we have a great treasure chest of hidden gems from another promising band that could of would of.
Listening to "No Retreat" makes me lone the good old days of the prime '80s Hard Rock scene. And it's whole lot of fun.
Highly Recommended.

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01 - Pump It Up
02 - Love Is All Around
03 - Sock It To Me
04 - Get Down To It
05 - Shot Of You
06 - Heat of the Passion
07 - Save Your Lies
08 - Feel Thang
09 - Find A Way
10 - Taste Of Your Lovin’
11 - Back In My Life
12 - Coming Home
13 - My One and Only
14 - Don't Play With My Head
15 - You've Gotta Go
16 - I Love You


Bobby Sisk – Lead Vocals
Jeff Diehl – Guitars & Vocals
Eric Saylors – Guitars & Vocals
Danny William – Keyboards & Vocals
Kyle Koker – Bass & Vocals
Kevin Kale – Drums


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SHINEDOWN - Amaryllis [Japanese Edition] (2012)

SHINEDOWN - Amaryllis [Japanese Edition] (2012)

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It's been almost ten years since Shinedown first appeared, ten years and eight million albums sold.
Marketed in the same slot as Nickelback and Alter Bridge, personally I think they're much more than the aforementioned bands, and much more than just 'modern rock'.
Their previous album was pretty good, but I think their new "Amaryllis" is superior in all aspects.

Shinedown has mastered the ability to take on heavy subject matter, yet still make the songs ridiculously contagious and enjoyable.
This album in particular is much more upbeat and 'happy' than the previous three CD's, less dark or alternative, just more straight-ahead rock with elements of rock's poppier side, the heavier side, and even a bit of an orchestral sound on some tracks.
The album starts off with the hard-rocking “Adrenaline” that sets the tone for what is to come and it only gets better.

You could like Shinedown or not, but you can't deny this band has embraced the arena-rock format, and to my ears, although modern, these songs are really good, as it is next track and single "Bully", the heavy "Enemies and the pumpin' "Nowhere Kids".
All have an anthemic, sing-along quality ideal for big houses and more than a decent consistency.
"Miracles" is another goodie and one of the more melodic in the whole CD, with a contagious chorus wrapped by a monster production.
Sure, there's some ballads where the band is not so effective to me, but in example, title track "Amaryllis" works well adding some orchestrations to the mix.


Modern but not 'plastic' at all, "Amaryllis" is easily digestible and very listenable from start to finish, ranging from fiery and energy-filled fist pumpers to big bold radio oriented power ballads.
Shinedown has been critisized by 'formal' traditional rockers for being a band writing prefabricated radio-rock tunes, but they're good enough to rock you with good melodies and effective kicks.
Rocks good.


01 - Adrenaline
02 - Bully
03 - Amaryllis
04 - Unity
05 - Enemies
06 - I'm Not Allright
07 - Nowhere Kids
08 - Miracle
09 - I'll Follow You
10 - For My Sake
11 - My Name (Wearing Me Out)
12 - Through The Ghost
13 - Diamond Eyes [bonus track]
14 - Devour (Live from Washington State) [bonus track]
15 - Diamond Eyes (Live from W. State) [bonus track]


Brent Smith – lead vocals
Zach Myers – guitars, backing vocals
Eric Bass – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
Barry Kerch – drums, percussion


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LOVE.MIGHT.KILL - 2 Big 2 Fail (2012)

LOVE.MIGHT.KILL - 2 Big 2 Fail (2012)

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Coming right out of nowhere, Germans LOVE.MIGHT.KILL really made an impact last year with their Brace For Impact debut album.
On the heels of being named Gamma Ray's new drummer, founder Michael Ehre (ex- Firewind, Uli Jon Roth, Metallium) delivers his second Love.Might.Kill album "2 Big 2 Fail".
Much like the debut album, Love.Might.Kill blurs the lines between melodic hard rock and melodic metal, but basically this is a fabulous Euro hard rock CD.

There are some changes in the band as the addition of keyboardist Sascha Onnen, made them a sextet, and now the main songwriting isn't only done by Ehre and Italian singer Jan Manenti but from more or less the entire band.
The sound in "2 Big 2 Fail" is more dynamic and varied than the debut. One could actually say that they sound larger, or maybe bigger than they did on Brace for Impact.

Love.Might.Kill efficiently blends powerful, compact edgy melodic overtones with traditional hard rock grooves in many songs.
After the intro "Save My Soul", the catchy "XTC" (check the video) rocks with a meaty riff and thunderous drums. The keyboards are supporting noticeably in the background, even dueling with the guitar during the solo. The chorus (as on most of the tracks) are just to die for and the voice of Jan is just perfect for this style.
Other straight hard rock sounding tracks are the commercial "Restless Heart", where the band directly goes Melodic Hard Rock, and the bouncing and melodious "The Great Escape".

Then "The One" has a classic hard rock, even latent blues undercurrent that may remind mid-period Whitesnake, a song where the keyboards gain notorious protagonism again. The bridge and chorus are great.
The band hardens the proceedings on the Euro metalized "Burn the Night" and "We Fall", both powerful but always focused in melody.
Love.Might.Kill can also deliver songs more akin to rock/metal anthems with "Home" which recalls Black Sabbath Tony Martin era, really well arranged and performed.
One of the definitive winners is title track "Too Big To Fail", a semi-midtempo melodic hard rock tune which starts slowly with a sweet guitar intro and then the perfectly harmonized vocals go increscendo to a killer chorus. During the middle section this track even reaches AOR proportions.


"2 Big 2 Fail" is simply one of the best hard rock releases of the year.
I know that many will say this has been heard before and blah blah, but the true is LOVE.MIGHT.KILL sounds, write and performs music in this genre much better than many 'big names' of the actual scene.
Just check the title track for example and then tell me.
Great playing, solid songwriting and excellent production.
Need I say more?


01. Save My Soul
02. XTC
03. Burn The Night
04. The One
05. Restless Heart
06. Home
07. The Great Escape
08. Too Big To Fail
09. We Fall
10. The Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
11. Alone
12. The Perfect Mistake


Jan Manenti – lead & backing vocals
Michael Ehre - drums, percussion
Stefan Ellerhorst - guitars
Christian Stover – guitars
Jogi Sweers – bass
Sascha Onnen - keyboards





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PLATINUM BLONDE - Now & Never (2012)

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In the mid 1980s, rock&pop quartet from Toronto PLATINUM BLONDE issued three albums and had a huge success in the charts.
Their discs gone platinum seven times and garnered multiple Juno Award nominations for the band, along with an induction into the Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame.
They got quieter since then, and now they are back with 10 new songs on the first album of original material in 12 years, "Now & Never"

With bassist Kenny MacLean’s death in 2008 and drummer Chris Steffler’s tinnitus preventing him from returning to the band, Holmes and guitarist Sergio Galli are the only two original members in this 2012 venture.
"Valentine" starts the CD with their signature electro-rock style , a catchy synthesizer-driven anthem with modern guitars and emphatic beats.
The more atmospheric "Beautiful" continues with the pulsating rhythms, with some brit influences specially in the chorus and the way the guitars are arranged.
The next two tracks "Satellite" and "From Here" slows down the tempo, with first in a melodic mode, and the second as an orchestrated ballad.
"Future Dance" surprises with an invigorating - albeit formulaic - electronic background pumped by a booming bass and a chorus that encourages listeners to simply dance.
After the pretty insipid "Garden", "Independence Day" mixes up the sound once again, taking a break from the synthesizers and introducing a string orchestra that accompanies Mark Holmes as he spills some emotion through the verses.


Platinum Blonde is back, but don't call it a reunion. In reality, it's more like the band has simply taken a finger off the pause button with the release of its new album "Now & Never".
While there's a couple of fillers, most of the tracks stand up against the best of Platinum Blonde's '80s output.
The group tries to sound more mature, less synthesized than in the past. There has never really been any question as to whether or not leader Mark Holmes knew his way around a rock&pop song but the proof of this has never been more evident than on these 10 tracks.
As much as some of the songs throw off an '80s vibe, there are also very modern undercurrents running through the songs, firmly planted in Platinum Blonde's trademak rock&pop.


01 - Valentine
02 - Beautiful
03 - Satellite
04 - From Here
05 - We Are Calling
06 - Future Dance
07 - Garden
08 - Independence Day
09 - Shined
10 - Sing To Me

Mark Holmes (vocals, keyboards and guitar)
Sergio Galli (guitar)
Robert Laidlaw (bass)
Daniel Todd (drums)



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DARK SKY - Initium (2012)

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Germany's DARK SKY was one of the more versatile rockin' acts of the past decade.
The band morphs again with their fifth album "Initium", making a turn toward more Euro melodic metal. Perhaps it's no coincidence that 'initium' is latin for 'beginning.'

But their melodic hard rock / AOR roots are still present in the background on many of the tracks in "Initium".
Songs like "The Rock", "Shout It Out" and the quite catchy "You're Alive" have a solid hard rock groove & punch coursing through the arrangement.
Put the two songs "Gethsemane", an instrumental, with the following "I Swear", and Dark Sky develops into melodic metal. Then back to edgier hard rock on "Shout It Out" and an epic metal anthem on the closer, "Eternity".
Keyboardist Claudio Nobile flashes a little of his hook line skills on the mid-tempo "Food for a Million", while the follow up "Judas 1- Dancing With the Devil" showcases guitarist Steffen Doll's adept emotive soloing skills along with the requisite balance of heavier, heads down riffing and catching transitions.

Dark Sky use their age and maturity to build songs that have something to say in terms of both musicianship and arrangement. The keyboards give that something extra in terms of atmosphere (not acting as a ‘guest’) that works really well and the guitars are heavy and blazing.
Same goes for the rhythmic parts that provide the base for something that’s melodic and expressive but still is metal.
The vocals are like a chameleon: heavy and rough were needed, sensitive in other parts and narrative in relative musical stories.
The theme seems to center around Jesus Christ's final days from the last passover to his resurrection. Specific subjects includes Judas Iscariot's possession by the devil to betray Jesus and his subsequent suicide by hanging.
Take for exaple "Last Supper", the apostle Peter's denial of Christ ("I Swear"); and Christ's resurrection from the dead in "You're Alive". Most often the music brings these lyrical themes alive, and are really interesting.

"Initial" is an effective melodic metal & hard 'n heavy album from Dark Sky, surely their more mature to date.
Between the attractive and entertaining music and the deft and deliberate handling of the lyrical themes, this is a very strong album, a significant advancement for the band.
With an above-average production job, Dark Sky gives us a recording that has one of those vibes where it gets better the further you trek into the 56 minute release.
Good one.


01. Initium
02. The Vision
03. Food For A Million
04. Judas 1 - Dancing With The Devil
05. Last Supper
06. Gethsemane
07. I Swear
08. Lost In Confusion
09. Interludium
10. Judas 2 - Take My Life
11. You’re Alive
12. The Rock
13. Shout It Out
14. Eternity


Frank Breuninger - Vocals
Steffen Doll - Guitar
Claudio Nobile - Keys
Winny Zurek - Bass
Uwe Mayer - Drums


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DAVID J CARON - Thru Ever / Ending Black [CD2] (2012)

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In already a year of some great unexpected treats the newest one to come this way is arguably the most exciting and pleasurable.
"Thru Ever - Ending Black" the double debut album from composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer David J Caron, is nothing short of being wonderfully infectious and persistently compelling, its creativity and compulsive sounds the most satisfying and thrilling experience.

David J Caron is an Irish/Italian musician, who grew up in England but now resides in Ireland. He has marked his first steps into the music business nothing less than with a 28-track double album.
When it first came through the size of it and memories of other large albums led to a slight lack of enthusiasm, with its old school classic rock impression slightly off putting. What emerged to please the ear and heart though was a release which captivates with every minute and takes one on an enthralling and inspired melodic journey.
Caron crosses many genres with his album to ensure it does not easily sit in any which is glorious and frustrating for those that need to label.
Weaving meshes of melodic hard rock, AOR, metal, pop, progressive rock… the list goes on; he has created an album of majestic and contagious rock 'n roll.
The tracks are straight forward yet carefully crafted and much more involved than initially assumed. There are also no excesses anywhere on the album, every element and sound as essential as the next and when a solo lights up the senses for example it is to add a depth and bring a fuller heart to a song, not merely to show off his skills and become an indulgent add-on.

This CD2 starts with the solidly fuelled '80s melodic rock found in "Beam The Ray", where a nice atmosphere is built off before leaping into a rocking sound. There are also more sick instrumental parts that really carry the album and help to take it to the next sphere of musical enjoyment.
Showing a lighter side to his music, the softer "In Me" is a welcome change and adds more musical diversity to the album. The song handles the love theme without the usual cosmological / space content that has dominated the songs so far.
Next we have the midtempo and slightly electronic "Still Just One Moon", a touching love song that is able to work in the space theme in a subtle and clever way.

"One by One" is one of the catchiest tracks in the album, musically bouncing, but is the counting style of the lyrics what really makes this song stand-out and makes it so infectious.
After the magnetic "Irreplaceaball", the steely rippled "So Let There Be Light" is an excellent track that handles the creation myth. This is one of my favorites, the music and lyrics are done perfectly. It is like the beginning of an epic poem.
"Legendary" is another catchy number, an uplifting tune which flows smoothly the way a cloud moves through the sky
"The Tree That Waits" is a power ballad type song bringing a strong and varied breath to what is a multi faceted and flavoured release. This is definitely one of the true highlights, another favorite but with each track so fulfilling and inspiring that choice changes persistently.


"Thru Ever / Ending Black" took eighteen months to record and it is easy to hear where the time and attention went in making a release which engages on every level from the impressive lyrical content, irresistible sounds, and the seamless and organic merger every aspect of the songs.
Every instrument played, note expressed and word brought to life is the sole work of Caron with only Rob Mancini brought in to co-produce with a crystal clear sound.
Each track is varied like a star but part of and at one with an overall universal energy and sound, this makes for a release which is constantly mesmeric and openly accessible whilst perpetually intriguing and unpredictable.
Musically Caron is impressive as performer, his imaginative guitar play, keyboard ingenuity siren like and the wonderful gravelly bass invention he adds as viral as the striking and ever evolving rhythms.

David J Caron has musically produced something that's quite different than the run of the mill stuff which we get lots of in the Melodic Rock field.
Very original and innovative, "Thru Ever / Ending Black" definitely opens new doors for a genre that needs renovation.
Excellent.


CD 2: Ending Black

01 - Beam The Ray
02 - In Me
03 - Still Just One Moon
04 - Escapin' Back
05 - One By One
06 - Irreplaceaball
07 - Unlock It Apart
08 - So Let There Be Light
10 - The One (Where My Reflection Lies)
09 - Final Bell
11 - Has To Be
12 - Legendary
13 - I Am Your Shadow
14 - The Tree That Waits
15 - This Is Now


David J Caron: All instruments, vocals
Rob Mancini: add. sounds, backing vocals



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DAVID J CARON - Thru Ever / Ending Black [CD1] (2012)

DAVID J CARON - Thru Ever / Ending Black [CD1] (2012)

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In already a year of some great unexpected treats the newest one to come this way is arguably the most exciting and pleasurable.
"Thru Ever - Ending Black" the double debut album from composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer David J Caron, is nothing short of being wonderfully infectious and persistently compelling, its creativity and compulsive sounds the most satisfying and thrilling experience.

David J Caron is an Irish/Italian musician, who grew up in England but now resides in Ireland. He has marked his first steps into the music business nothing less than with a 28-track double album.
When it first came through the size of it and memories of other large albums led to a slight lack of enthusiasm, with its old school classic rock impression slightly off putting. What emerged to please the ear and heart though was a release which captivates with every minute and takes one on an enthralling and inspired melodic journey.
Caron crosses many genres with his album to ensure it does not easily sit in any which is glorious and frustrating for those that need to label.
Weaving meshes of melodic hard rock, AOR, metal, pop, progressive rock… the list goes on; he has created an album of majestic and contagious rock 'n roll.
The tracks are straight forward yet carefully crafted and much more involved than initially assumed. There are also no excesses anywhere on the album, every element and sound as essential as the next and when a solo lights up the senses for example it is to add a depth and bring a fuller heart to a song, not merely to show off his skills and become an indulgent add-on.

The album opens with a bang and a quartet of songs which alone tell you all you need to know about the invention and songwriting craft of Caron.
"It Gathers" starts things off with a gentle but insistent beckoning before finding an eager pace to stomp through the ear with. First notable thing is the fine vocals of the artist. The song romps with a sure belief and addictive imagination, the keys and guitars lighting up the emotions as much as the stylish lyrics.
"Look Out" picks up from the excellent opening with a feast of insurgent niggling riffs and growling darkened bass lines. There is a throbbing essence which fuels the song beneath infectious hooks and another vocal display carrying more potency than any fiery attack.
Caron brings an anthemic essence to songs as much with his voice as musically which offers a seduction which is impossible not to join.
The absorbing "Time Machine" and the hypnotic "Coming To Get You" continue the breathtaking start and together they already convince one of the special talent at work.
The four songs so far bring a great mix of melodic rock with irrepressible commercial elements but plenty of firm muscular energy too. As the release progresses the tracks offer diverse and equally irresistible imagination and sounds.
There are mellower AOR toned songs like "Memory Magnetic" or the elegant midtempo "The Knights", while "Dark Of Night" adds poppy elements to its catchiness.


"Thru Ever / Ending Black" took eighteen months to record and it is easy to hear where the time and attention went in making a release which engages on every level from the impressive lyrical content, irresistible sounds, and the seamless and organic merger every aspect of the songs.
Every instrument played, note expressed and word brought to life is the sole work of Caron with only Rob Mancini brought in to co-produce with a crystal clear sound.
Each track is varied like a star but part of and at one with an overall universal energy and sound, this makes for a release which is constantly mesmeric and openly accessible whilst perpetually intriguing and unpredictable.
Musically Caron is impressive as performer, his imaginative guitar play, keyboard ingenuity siren like and the wonderful gravelly bass invention he adds as viral as the striking and ever evolving rhythms.

David J Caron has musically produced something that's quite different than the run of the mill stuff which we get lots of in the Melodic Rock field.
Very original and innovative, "Thru Ever / Ending Black" definitely opens new doors for a genre that needs renovation.
Excellent.


CD 1: Thru Ever

01 - It Gathers
02 - Look Out
03 - Time Machine
04 - Coming To Get You
05 - Memory Magnetic
06 - Feels Of Fire
07 - Frozen Ice
08 - Unbreakable
09 - Dark Of Night
10 - The Knights
11 - Too Much Little Time
12 - Who Are You
13 - Wall Of Life


David J Caron: All instruments, vocals
Rob Mancini: add. sounds, backing vocals



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CRYPTIC VISION - Of Infinite Possibilities (2012)

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Florida's Cryptic Vision are back after a 5 year hiatus with their latest platter of melodic & challenging progressive rock music titled "Of Infinite Possibilities".
There are some bands that seem to fly under the radar, and I have always been mystified as to why Cryptic Vision aren't far more well known.
It certainly isn't down to lack of musical ability, songs, hooks and prog timings as these guys have all of the chops.

There is a long and impressive guest list involved on this album, with David Ragsdale (Kansas) and Gary Schutt (Jeff Scott Soto) being amongst the most high profile, however at no point do Cryptic Vision slide into 'project' mode, always sounding like a true, complete band, with the stunning keyboard work from Rick Duncan (who also provides drums and guitars) and Howard Helm knitting neatly with the twin guitar attack that is completed by Tim Keese.
Add to that bass work from Sam Conable that consistently roams around the melody lines, while refusing to lose focus and sumptuous vocals courtesy of a certain Mr Plant... Todd Plant that is, and Cryptic Vision are a multi-talented, but singularly focused group.

The music in "Of Infinite Possibilities" it's immediate, with a very American feel, yet it also has incredible depth and the more that it is played the more the listener will get from it.
For the most part the band mixes soaring melodies with some vintage styled prog in the Kansas or even Styx style, as on the wonderful "Obsolete" or the engaging "Affecting Time", complete with powerful vocals, tons of analog keyboards, crunchy guitar, sinewy Rickenbacker bass, and intricate drum fills.
The band dives into bombastic heavy prog and Pomp on the dramatic "Flash of Life" (Dream Theater meets Styx?), approach some of the proggy heights of the legendary Kansas on the rockin' "Other Side", and get all epic on us for the 20-minute, 3-part title track, which again brings to mind vintage Kansas.
Some really tasty keyboard passages on this one, as well as scorching guitar solos and Plant's vocals are just outstanding, calmer in places, powerful in others.


Cryptic Vision is a band that writes songs and then arranges them in a complex and involved manner creating a lush symphonic prog that is uplifting. Wacky time signatures, loud and soft parts, grand and panoramic… it’s all here in "Of Infinite Possibilities".
Interestingly most of these songs hover around the 4 to 5 minute range (although they do all run together seamlessly) and are very accessible, with only the closing epic length twenty-minute, but it's also divided in three recognizable parts.
This CD will immensely please Classic Prog / Pomp listeners, but Melodic Hard rockers as well, as the sound and playing is crisp and invigorating.
"Of Infinite Possibilities" is a cracking Melodic Prog album and well worth a lengthy, five-year wait for its arrival.
Very Recommended.


01 - Singularity
02 - Starting Gun
03 - The Secret
04 - Affecting Time
05 - Obsolete
06 - M Theory
07 - Real Magic
08 - Lucid Dream
09 - Flash Of Life
10 - Other Side
11 - Infinite Possibilities
a) - Part one
b) - Part two
c) - Part three


Todd Plant / vocals, guitar
Sam Conable / bass, vocals
Timothy Keese / guitar, vocals
Howard Helm / keyboards, vocals
Rick Duncan / drums, guitar, keyboards
Guests:
Gary Schutt / guitar
Shawn Bowen / guitar
John Leblanc / guitar
John Zahner / keyboards
David Ragsdale / violin
Mike Carello / fretless bass



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BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST - Ring Of Changes [Remastered & Expanded] (2012)

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One of my favorite albums of the first half of the '80s, "Ring Of Changes", by BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, is being re-issued Remastered & Expanded by Esoteric Recordings in a deluxe digipak edition.

The band emerged in the seventies from the underground of the UK Prog scene.
Circa the end of the decade, Barclay James Harvest changed their musical orientation to a more Americanized AOR sound, and "Ring Of Changes" is the culmination of this transformation.
Just listen "Looking From The Outside", a pure '80s AOR tune plenty of stabbing synths and catchy rhythms. The guitar weaves reminds you Kansas.
"High Wire" is the album's hardest rocker with a killer hook and a great bridge. The chorus melody hits you hard after a few listens, not unlike April Wine or Saga of the same era. Stunning track.
Two excellent lead singers in a band is a real pleasure: "Midnight Drug" is a tight, uptempo number but very melodic sung by John Lees, while "Waiting For The Right Time" finds Les Holroyd in ballad territory surrounded by synths and a great atmospheric backdrop for that liquid gold voice to weave around.


I'm sure many of you never heard Barclay James Harvest, and if this is your case you're missing something good, really good.
"Ring Of Changes" was a major European success and featured several hit singles. One of them, the title track, is featured here as bonus, together with the never heard song "Blow Me Down" and the rare edited & remixed version of "Waiting For The Right Time".
Barclay James Harvest has delivered high quality albums for more than 20 years, and "Ring Of Changes" is one the best, surely the more AOR oriented.
This 'Remastered & Expanded' is a jewel.
Highly Recommended.


01. Fifties Child
02. Looking For The Outside
03. Teenage Heart
04. High Wire
05. Midnight Drug
06. Waiting For The Right Time
07. Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow)
08. Paraiso Dos Cavalos
09. Ring Of Changes
10. Blow Me Down [Bonus Track]
11. Waiting For The Right Time (Edit Remix version) [Bonus Track]
12. Ring Of Changes (Single version) [Bonus Track]


Les Holroyd / vocals, bass, guitars
John Lees / vocals, guitars
Mel Pritchard / drums, percussion
Guest musicians:
Bias Boshell / keyboards
Kevin McAlea / keyboards
Henry Morris / backing vocals
The New World Philharmonic Orchestra



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Mr. BIG - Raw Like Sushi 100th Anniversary [HQCD K2HD] (2012)

Mr. BIG - Raw Like Sushi 100th Anniversary [HQCD K2HD] (2012)

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"MR. BIG - Raw Like Sushi 100th Anniversary" celebrates Mr. Big's 100th concert in Japan held at Osaka-jo Hall on April 7, 2011.
This is a completely new recording, featuring live takes on songs from the band's stupendous last album 'What If'.

So we can hear for the first time hot versions of "Undertow" or "American Beauty" and an emotional vibrant version of "Stranger in my Life", alongside Mr. Big classics "Green-Tinted Sixteens Mind", "Just Take My Heart" or "Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy" sung by all members of the band.
The 2nd CD include some excellent acoustic versions, but my favorite is the long, loose, hard rockin' electric take on "Addicted To That Rush".


"MR. BIG - Raw Like Sushi 100th Anniversary" is not just another live double CD.
Mixed by Pat Regan and featuring a K2HD mastering + the high-fidelity HQCD format (compatible with standard CD players), the sound dynamics are incredible.
Includes an awesome 96-page B4-size hard cover book, tour memorabilia, a tour pass replica, and more.
Killer recording. Japan only.
Highly Recommended.


Mr. BIG - Raw Like Sushi 100th Anniversary [HQCD K2HD] (2012) tracklist

Eric Martin – lead vocals
Billy Sheehan – bass guitar, backing vocals
Paul Gilbert – guitar, backing vocals
Pat Torpey – drums, percussion, backing vocals

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

DONALD FAGEN - Sunken Condos (2012)

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It took DONAL FAGEN nearly a quarter century to release his Nightfly Trilogy, which started with his first solo album in 1982 and wrapped up with 2006’s 'Morph the Cat'.
To be released tomorrow, "Sunken Condos", the fourth solo album by the Steely Dan singer, is a slightly looser record than its predecessors, with more emphasis on groove this time around.
And it sounds like it could be the next chapter in the solo odyssey Fagen started 30 years ago.

By early 2010, Fagen had enough songs written for a whole new album, one that was worked on around Dukes Of September (the super group including soulful old friends Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs) and Steely Dan tours.
No concept this time, but there’s plenty of coherency. Mostly dwelling on themes of romance gained, maintained and lost, with just a touch of that Steely Dan absurdist humor and plenty of well-hidden jokes (most of which I’ve still yet to figure out, but that’s half the fun), Fagen is working in familiar territory with no erosion of his songcrafting mojo.
He remains masterful at the mid-tempo groove, fully realized bridges, and will jump on any opportunity to add an extra, enriching chord or two to keep the progressions from getting too predictable.

Opener “Slinky Thing” is a perfect example of that silky groove with its cool acoustic bass and vibraphone combination, where Steely Dan's mainstay guitarist Jon Herington adds his versatile skills and some wah-wah sass.
Fagen's fuzzy urban blues is present in the 12-bar form of “Weather In My Head”, a track with warm guitars all over and a classic L.A. sound.
The lone cover, Isaac Hayes’ “Out Of Ghetto” won’t recall much of anything Fagen has done before, while the smooth westcoast sounds in “Good Stuff” have really nice vocal harmonies.
Even on the tracks that do hearken back to his previous solo albums or Steely Dan, there’s a vivid vitality in the music. “Miss Marlene”, a buoyant jazzy shuffle with precise six-string articulations recalls his 2nd album, nonetheless it has a lighter feel.
The advance single “I’m Not The Same Without You” is a commercial and breezy westcoast number with a floating rhythm section, classic keyboards and soft velvety vocals.


"Sunken Condos" is a bluesy, smooth jazzy-westcoast collection of songs musically precise as anything Fagen has recorded, with or without Steely Dan.
No surprise, since many of the musicians have played with him in one form or another over the years. Save for keyboardist Jim Beard and drummer Keith Carlock, everyone else from the Steely Dan road band is present on this album.
Most of the nine songs make room for efficient solos, tasteful backing vocals and the cleanest crystal-clear production that you are able to get, sculpting natural analog-y sounds.
A must for smooth westcoast and Steely Dan fans.


01 - Slinky Thing
02 - I'm Not The Same Without You
03 - Memorabilia
04 - Weather In My Head
05 - The New Breed
06 - Out Of The Ghetto
07 - Miss Marlene
08 - Good Stuff
09 - Planet D'Rhonda

Donald Fagen - vocals, keyboards
Jon Herington - guitar
Freddie Washinton - bass
Michael Leonhart - drums, keyboards, winds, vibraphone, background vocals
Jim Beard - keyboards
Keith Carlock - drums
William Galison - harmonica
Walt Weiskopf - sax
The Steely Dan Horns - horns
Catherine Russell, Cindy Mizelle - backing vocals



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HIM - XX ; Two Decades Of Love Metal (2012)

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This year HIM, the most successful Finnish band in the USA, celebrate 20 years by releasing a the compilation album “XX – Two Decades of Love Metal”.
Purveyors of what they term 'love metal', the album encompasses their entire career thus far and includes a brand new track, their first since 2010, "Strange World", plus some rare cuts mostly published as single versions only.

I’d venture to say that HIM are more well known for their logo (the “heart-agram”) than for their music. But 20 years is a long time to be a band, and they’ve amassed quite a following throughout the world.
As for the music itself, it is very melodic and dark, with a heaviness that can’t be underestimated. The term 'love-metal' is pretty accurate, as the songs never get into the super screamy or incredibly black areas of some metal bands, but they still all have a very base heaviness.
Ville Valo’s vocals have a certain eerie smoothness to them that blend well with the pop metal rhythms to create a gloomy atmosphere.


“XX - Two Decades of Love Metal” comprises adequately the recording history of this singular band.
HIM has created a unique sound & style that appeals many rock fans from diverse genres. I found them pretty interesting, however, it should be noted they tend to not go outside this box they've established.
The band picked the correct songs to put on this album. I consider a good choice to include a new song in the tracklist to give their older fan base a taste of the future release, anyway I would recommend this compilation more to people who are first discovering the group. It's a good album to help decide whether this band is for you or not.
They're working on a new studio album to be released in winter 2013. HIM can be seen on tour and at festivals in the spring, summer and fall 2013.


01. Strange World [New Track 2012]
02. Join Me (In Death)
03. Heartkiller
04. Wings Of A Butterfly
05. The Kiss Of Dawn (Radio Edit)
06. The Funeral Of Hearts (Radio Edit)
07. Right Here In My Arms (Radio Edit)
08. Pretending
09. Buried Alive By Love (Radio Edit)
10. Gone With The Sin
11. Your Sweet Six Six Six
12. The Sacrament (Radio Edit)
13. Wicked Game
14. Killing Loneliness
15. Bleed Well (Radio Edit)
16. In Joy And Sorrow (Radio Edit)
17. Poison Girl
18. Scared To Death
19. When Love And Death Embrace (Radio Edit)
20. Heartache Every Moment


Ville Valo - lead vocals, acoustic guitar
Mikko Lindström - lead guitar, acoustic guitar
Mikko Paananen - bass, contrabass, backing vocals
Mika Karppinen - drums, percussion
Janne Puurtinen - keyboards, piano, backing vocals



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DORO - Raise Your Fist [Japan release] (2012)

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Despite her stature as the reigning queen of heavy metal, DORO has always been one of those artists that rock listeners seem to either love or hate.
Sometimes too much heavy for melodic rockers, sometimes to much commercial for metalheads, Doro has soldiered on for over 25 years since she left the great band Warlock. She'll probably keep making metal until she dies.
Just released in Japan and scheduled for the next week in Europe, "Raise Your Fist" is the title of her new studio release, and as usual blends heavy sounds with good commercial hard rockers.

Personally I've always found Doro to be a highly underrated performer. Sure, some of her lyrics are indeed cheesy, but the thing is she always seems to make solid albums; of which "Raise Your Fist" is yet another.
Her enthusiasm for metal culture is abundant in her songs and the good thing in this album is Doro's overall feel-good vibe in a genre filled with negativity.
"Raise Your Fist" is a pumping hard 'n heavy release for the most part with a few lighter tunes in the mix.
We find guest appearances by guitarist Gus G. (Firewind / Ozzy) on "Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing)" and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister sings on the power ballad "It Still Hurts".
The final song "Hero" is Doro's excellent tribute to Ronnie James Dio and is one of the best tracks on the CD, you simply can't listen to this song without being moved by the lyrics and Doro passionate vocals.


"Raise Your Fist" is an enjoyable hard 'n heavy album with a classic Euro sound really well recorded and with polished production.
You always know what you're going to get with a Doro album, and this is the case here in these solid and fun pumping tracks plenty of fist in the air, sing-along choruses. A couple of ballads also pop up, but uptempo rock is always the key focus.
Many years after she first appeared into the metal scene, Doro Pesch still has much to give to rock fans.
Good one.


01 - Raise Your Fist In The Air
02 - Coldhearted Lover
03 - Rock Till Death
04 - It Still Hurts [feat. Lemmy]
05 - Take No Prisoner
06 - Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing) [feat. Gus G]
07 - Engel
08 - Freiheit (Human Rights)
09 - Little Headbanger (Nackenbrecher)
10 - Revenge
11 - Free My Heart
12 - Victory
13 - Hero


Doro Pesch - Vocals
Johnny Dee (Britny Fox) - Drums
Luca Princiotta - Guitar, Keyboards
Bas Maas - Guitars
Nick Douglas - Bass
Gus G. - guest Guitar
Lemmy Kilmister - guest Vocals


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RUNNING THE RISK - Because We Can (2012)

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Founded in 2011, L.A.'s vibrant RUNNING THE RISK is a rock band that's brimming with musical talent and praiseworthy songs to match.
Signed by an indie label, the group is releasing their debut "Because We Can".

What's any better for a rock band than having your own edgy sound, obvious credibility and super kickin' songs? What could be any better than having a proficient lead vocalist that also gives such band a heaping dosage of stylish identity?
Not to be confused with the supermodel of similar name, albeit slightly different spelling ('Nicki' vs 'Nicky'), Nicki Taylor sure knows how to rock your socks off. And she looks cute and hot as well.
Her vocals conjures memories of my lifelong appreciation towards the voice of Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles coupled with Debbie Harry's mystique; all the while Nicki stands-up as a true original.

The all-inclusive sound of Running The Risk is Hard Modern, only they have apparently captured a retrospective slice of Rock history as well; one that reminds me of those days when mainstream Rock didn't all sound the same.

"Because We Can" bestows the cover versions of Black Sabbath’s "War Pigs" and Talk Talk’s "Talk Talk". When a band messes with an ultra classic from the sacred past of Heavy Metal history, I can get a bit uneasy; this is not the case with Running The Risk covering War Pigs.
Instead, this is Running The Risk celebrating (admirably) a Heavy Metal treasure of a song and band. This group breathed a young, fresh and still heavy life into the timeless Sabbath song.
Even when the band takes a turn to the pop with "Talk Talk" there is a natural ability Running the Risk has to turn it into more than a song made by New Wave Brits thirty years ago. They masterfully spike the '80s pop tune with slick guitars, heavy beats, digital backing and raw raunchy delivery. Simply put, they make "Talk Talk" cool.
The rest of the tracks are original material recorded last year, driven by the sonic riffs of guitarist Nick Bell (the musical conductor) and the charismatic vocals of Nicki.


Regardless of the recent departure of bassist Curtis Corwin, Running The Risk is moving forward writing music for a new album, conducting bass auditions; while promoting themselves on social networks.
There's no doubt in my mind that Running The Risk will be very soon on many (if not all) rock journalist's list of 'bands to get in touch with and write about'.
They're modern hard, but their approach and attittude has the fire of the past when rocking the audience was the prime goal, not surrender to the new plastic trend of mainstream radio rock.
Judging the delivery on "Because We Can" the future of Running The Risk appears from all angles to be 100% solid.


01 - War Pigs
02 - Talk Talk
03 - Monster
04 - Mayday
05 - Good Kind Of Evil
06 - Backfire

Nicki Taylor - vocals
Nick Bell - guitars
Aaron Cohan - drums
Curtis Corwin - bass


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THE BRIMSTONE DAYS - On A Monday Too Early To Tell (2012)

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THE BRIMSTONE DAYS, anchored in Malmö, Sweden, like many of their like-minded brothers and sisters throughout their homeland, turn the knobs on the way back machine to the '70s for a refresher course in bluesy hard rock.
The retro-rocking trio is releasing their 2nd album "On A Monday Too Early To Tell" with their tasty brew of Hendrix, Zeppelin, Bad Company and Humble Pie proving mightily infectious.

Released through Transubstans Records, the album immediately opens on a major high in "I Need Soul", a song which envelops the ear with a teasing swagger declaration, its heart and enthused energy an instant contagion to unleash ones inhibitions to.
From such a strong and irresistible start many bands might have lost impetus such the quality of the song, but The Brimstone Days just lays layer after layer of fully sounds with sharp invention and fired imagination.
The likes of the hungrily grooved "What Do You Want", the devilish "Same Old Story", the catchy "Burry The Hatchet" and the growling bluesy "One-Two-Two", simply grabs one by the scruff of the neck and lead into an unbridled tempered riot of melodic fires and addiction forming grooves.
Tune in to the bounding gallop of "Tucson Arizona" to be carried away on shimmering hi-hat bliss, bow down to throb of bass that heralds in "Upon Your Shoulders", to be beaten into submission with a glinting, manic grin.
The overarching feeling you get is that The Brimstone Days are concerned first and foremost with having a good time and making it ‘impossible to stand still.’
To do it, the trio take the rock and inject some funk factors into it, keeping it pretty accessible and upbeat over these tunes always rounding the 3 minute mark.


As with all the best retro-rockers, with "On A Monday Too Early To Tell" The Brimstone Days never ever sound like copyists or plagiarists, instead their deep grooves feel authentic and heartfelt, convincing from their first insistent riff, to their last thunderous drum beat.
Singing guitarist Håkan Lanz will remind you many greats from the past within his own inspiring tones. Add to that the triumphant rhythm duo of wonderfully named bassist Hampus Hallgard and drummer Johannes Malmqvist, who bounce along with enthusiasm and energy from start to finish, and this recording becomes the sort of album that will shake you from your slumbers, usher in the good times and start a party.
The pace may dip and dive across the twelve songs that make up "On A Monday Too Early To Tell", but the standard never does and neither does the conviction with which this trio deliver their feel-good Classic Rock grooves.
And let that be a lesson for all the many, many other retro rock wannabes trying to convince that they aren't just aping their heroes to tune into a movement.
The Brimstone Days mean it and the mean it with every note, every beat and every word.
Classic Rock is back. 


01 - I Need Soul
02 - What Do You Want
03 - Confession
04 - Close The Door
05 - Same Old Story
06 - Burry The Hatchet
07 - One-Two-Two
08 - Helping Hand
09 - Give Me A Reason
10 - On A Monday Too Early To Tell
11 - Captain Tom
12 - Upon Your Shoulders
13 - Tucson Arizona
14 - Throw That Stone


Håkan Lanz - Voclas, Guitars
Hampus Hallgard - Bass
Johannes Malmqvist - Drums



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NIK KERSHAW - Ei8ht (2012)

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Months ago we presented here the expanded, remastered edition of NIK KERSHAW's Human Racing, one of the most representative albums of the '80s sounds.
Apart from being achieved platinum sales and chart hits, the man was more than a one hit wonder, on the contrary, a talented songwriter and skillful musician.
After his eighties success, Nik focused on working together with other stars writing and arranging, returning to the front scene of the music industry in 1998 and has just released his eight studio album entitled "Ei8ht".

"Ei8ht" doesn't attempt to replicate his past glory, it shows off Kershaw's creativity and writing skills by presenting a very diverse range of songs. Whilst the album doesn't really tell a story as a whole, each individual track does, this is kind of what songwriting used to be about.
Good songwriters don't usually lose their knack overnight, and Kershaw proves that as he gets on this particular bike once more. Each of these songs is a self-contained unit, not exactly pushing the boundaries of the conventional rock&pop song but well constructed and planting a kernel at the same time.
Many of the songs grow in to earworms, which by the third or fourth listen are burned in to the consciousness.

As said, the mix of styles is relatively eclectic considering they are all from the same artist, blending adult rock&pop with melodic lines that are an ear candy.
Nothing beats opening the CD with an uplifting melodious rock&pop stomper, so that's exactly what Nik does. "These Tears" sets an incredible mood for the album, showing straight away what an amazing performer, lyricist and composer Kershaw is.
The first single off the album will be "The Sky’s The Limit" which is a simple yet beautiful song that inspires and shows why Nik is such a master of his craft.
"Rock Of Ages" is the most '80s sounding track in the album with guitars and pace that will remind you the Human Racing era.
Then we have a melodic and poetic journey in "Runaway", a beautiful lyrical masterpiece, one that tugs at your heart strings to the more rocky sounding "You’re The Best" with a chorus that certainly sticks in your head, it will take you on a ride as you try and determine its genre (hint: don't try). A creative achievement with the firm stamp of the ‘Nik Kershaw’ sound throughout.


"Ei8ht" has a feeling of the eighties about it, while at the same time displaying a very 2012 sound. It's a collection of eleven original 'real life' songs combining irresistible melodies with sharp, intelligent lyrics.
A record that delivers passionate songs with warm choruses to soulful and more emotionally charged tunes as well as giving us some stunning vocals, strong rhythms, a few '80s bits and organic guitar riffs.
I don't care musical genres, there is something for everybody in this brilliant, intelligent album from Nik Kershaw and one that deserves to be a huge hit. A truthful voice that sings from the heart, something that shines through on every song.
Not only "Ei8ht" is mature, beautifully crafted album, it's also the perfect reminder why Kershaw has been nominated for three Ivor Novello and four Brit Awards.
Delicious.


01 - These Tears
02 - The Sky's The Limit
03 - Runaway
04 - Shoot Me
05 - Bad Day You're Having
06 - Red Strand
07 - Enjoy The Ride
08 - You're The Best
09 - Stuff
10 - Rock Of Ages
11 - The Bell
12 - The Sky's The Limit (Radio Version-Bronnimann Mix)

Nik Kershaw - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards and Percussion
Paul Geary - Bass
Erik Rydningen - Drums
Keely & Chesney Hawkes - Backing vocals


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THRESHOLD - Wounded Land [Definitive Edition] (2012)

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"Wounded Land" is the British prog metal band THRESHOLD's debut album released in 1993. And what a debut! It is not too common to find a debut release that blow you away like this one.
Hot in the heels of their stupendous recent new CD 'March Of Progress', the band is re-releasing "Wounded Land" fully remastered and with 3 killer bonus tracks.

Damian Wilson (later in Ayreon and Star One) was the original singer of the band, and for many, their best ever.
"Wounded Land" is an impressive album in all aspects: from songwriting to the lyrics to Wilson's vocals to the production and the guys' talents on their instruments.
Guitarist Karl Groom particularly shines here and the rhythm section is absolutely superb delivering deep bass lines and dynamic drumming. Keyboardist Richard West is very versatile too, he goes from an Arabic/Middle Eastern sounds (check out the opening song "Consumed To Live"), to killer fast solos, to ambient synths creating a magic atmosphere.

Musically, "Wounded Land" is pretty straight rocking for a prog album. It was conceived in a time when prog metal wasn't a genre for itself. Threshold were determined that the mixture of hard rock/metal and progressive rock would sound good, and guess what? It does.
Many has compared this album with Queensryche - the good one of Operation Mindcrime - on steroids, with more complex instrumentation yet extremely melodic and accesible.
While 'Wounded Land' isn't anything too unique in style, there's slight insinuations towards more individual, Threshold's trademark delivery.


"Wounded Land" is Threshold's debut, but it has been heralded as a milestone of Progressive Metal.
Crowned by a fantastic artwork it contained quite demanding, very intelligently arranged pieces, which, contrary to many other Prog Metal bands, always remained accessible with the song clearly stood in the foreground, there was no need for superfluous solo-show-offs.
This remastering sounds absolutely incredible, including as bonuses 3 tracks: "Intervention", which is taken from the CD original Japanese release, plus two tracks that didn't make it on the album, recorded at the beginning of the nineties with bass player Jon Jeary handling the vocals. All quality stuff.
"Wounded Land" is not an ordinary Progressive Metal album; it's melodic, crispy, almost catchy in its delivery.
Highly Recommended.


01 - Consume To Live
02 - Days Of Dearth
03 - Sanity's End
04 - Paradox
05 - Surface To Air
06 - Mother Earth
07 - Siege Of Baghdad
08 - Keep It With Mine
09 - Intervention (bonus track)
10 - Conceal The Face (bonus track)
11 - Shifting Sands (bonus track)


Damian Wilson - lead & backing vocals
Karl Groom - guitars, bass pedals
Richard West - keyboards, synths, orchestration
Jon Jeary - bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
Nick Midson - guitars
Tony Grinham - drums & percussion



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RICK SPRINGFIELD - Songs For The End Of The World [Tarot Edition] (2012)

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For many music aficionados, RICK SPRINGFIELD is relegated to ‘80s-only status in their minds, but this talented musician has been making terrific, thoughtful, engaging melodious pop-rock for nearly 30 years.
With his brand new album “Songs for the End of the World”, Springfield, an unbelievable 63, rips out rockers with the verve of a musician half his age.

Rick’s 18th album culls elements from past work (in example “One Way Street” will remind fans of 'Rock of Life' though with a galloping pace) but keeps him firmly relevant with a fresh modern melodic rock sound, insanely catchy choruses and lyrics that come from someone who has spent plenty of time in a therapist’s chair.
Yes, indeed, these new songs have a vibrant pulse, more rocking than any other stuff he has released in the last twenty years.
The only times the tempo pauses for a breath are for the sweet “You and Me,” a midtempo song about the simplicity of the right partnership and the chillingly beautiful “Gabriel”.
The rest of the material (co-written with the great Matt Bissonette) is driven by propulsive guitars and Springfield’s vigorous vocals, both on full display throughout the album.

There's 4 versions of the album, each with different artwork: 'Cold War' exclusive to iTunes with one bonus.
The European version (published by Frontiers Records) has the same 'Cold War' cover but with no bonus.
Amazon is selling the 'Armageddon' or 'Mayan' versions, same in content but there will be no choice which one you get. It will be determined randomly and according to their inventory.
Some kind of messy marketing... so I recommend this Best Buy exclusive "Tarot" version because it's the one with 4 bonus tracks.

“Songs for the End of the World” is a surprisingly rockin' album, plenty of arena-like melodic hard rockers with sinewy power pop riffs.
For listeners who incorrectly peg Springfield as a onetime heartthrob with one signature hit, this is your chance to understand what those who have faithfully followed his career have known all along: he’s a first class rock craftsman.
Highly Recommended


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SHANGHAI GUNS - Seven Shots (2012)

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Swiss-Franc new act SHANGHAI GUNS was founded last year by guitar player Yves Leyvraz, and after intense songwriting months with Stefan Tudela (vocals), the band was ready to record their debut "Seven Shots"

The album was tracked down in January 2012 at LFT Tonstudio (Frankfurt, Germany), under the guide of producer Marc Bugnard, ex Roko guitarist.
And indeed Shanghai Guns' style recalls that very good German band from the beginning of the nineties (remember their self-titled album and 'Open Invitation'?), with a sound clearly inspired by '80s hard rock.
Although Shanghai Guns songwriting is influenced by American bands, their sound is typically European for the most part, being the guitar chops which gives them some US flavor.
After the Intro, "Long Way Hard Decision" starts rocking good with melody and tons of six-string pyrotechnics all over, followed by the midtempo melodic rocker "Memories", a song with good vibe, a bit weak during the verses, but the bridge and chorus are really cool.
"As Long As I Rock" adds keyboards to the proceedings, a track with an anthemic delivery, before Shanghai Guns offers their ballad here, "It's Time", builded over clean and percusive electric guitars.
"Whinger" is perhaps the most retro tune here, a mid-eighties hard rocker with a Dokken smell and some Keel as well. This is one of the best produced tracks of the album, with 'air' and that US metal atmosphere.
"Party Animal Dude (PAD)" puts the pedal to the metal, a rapid hard rock with a solid rhythm and some loose playing. The CD ends with the bluesy hard of "The Final Song (A Shot Between the Eyes)" - which morphs the pace in the middle section - an ok track where singer Tudela steals the show.

Fans of '80s American Hard Rock blended with an European sound will enjoy "Seven Shots".
Shanghai Guns needs to improve in some areas, specially the lyrics, but this indie release shows a potential for better things to come. Leyvraz certainly has the chops, the vocals are good and the correct rhythm section sounds tight and capable.
A band to keep an eye on.


01 - Intro
02 - Long Way Hard Decision
03 - Memories
04 - As Long As I Rock
05 - It's Time
06 - Whinger
07 - Party Animal Dude (PAD)
08 - The Final Song (A Shot Between the Eyes)

Stefan Tudela (Vocals)
Yves Leyvraz (Guitars)
Nick Delvin (Bass)
Sébastien Chave (Drums)





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