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Sonntag, 21.10.2007

HP-News/ Neue Reviews/ Interviews/ New reviews/ interviews

SHAKRA/ Infected

PLANET X/ Quantum

DAVID SURKAMP/ Dancing On The Edge Of A Teacup

BLOODBOUND/ Book Of The Dead

EVIDENCE ONE/ The Sky Is The Limit

LOS ANGELES/ Los Angeles

ROBIN BECK/ Livin' On A Dream

TRIBZY/ Execution - Live Reunion

VOICES OF ROCK/ MMVII

ANUBIS GATE/ Andromeda Unchained

DAVID READMAN/ David Readman

         SAGA/ Worlds Apart Revisited                  KAIPA/ Angling Feelings                  BEARFISH/ Sleeping In Traffic: Part One
Servus, Grützie und Hallo...

... und weiter geht die Aufholjagd. Bedingt durch unsere unvorhergesehene Pause, sind in den letzten Monaten natürlich jede Menge mehr oder auch weniger interessante Veröffentlichungen liegen geblieben. Da wir so gut und so schnell wie eben möglich alle vorliegenden Alben an dieser Stelle besprechen wollen, werden wir über die nächste Zeit hinweg eine gesunde Mischung aus älteren und aktuellen Scheiben an den Start bringen. Neben der ganzen Palette an Reviews werden wir Euch auch weiterhin mit breitgefächerten Albumpräsentationen aus dem verschiedensten Ecken des Rock & Metal-Bereichs (oder über dessen Tellerrand hinaus) versorgen.

Außerdem dürfen wir mit Sasch ein neues Mitglied in unserem Team begrüßen. Er wird uns nach Zeit und Kräften bei unseren munteren Aufholjagd unterstützen. In diesem Sinne: Auf gute Zusammenarbeit!

Nun wünschen wir Euch viel Spaß beim Schmökern auf Rock & Metal Heaven und eine gute Zeit!

Bis demnächst in diesem Theater

Keep Rockin'
Sonny & Gabi

neue Reviews/ New reviews:

SHAKRA/ Infected (Earcatcher/ May 2007)
SAGA/ Worlds Apart Revisited
KAIPA/ Angling Feelings
BEARDFISH/ Sleeping In Traffic: Part One
PLANET X/ Quantum (Prog-Tipp/ May 2007)
DAVID SURKAMP/ Dancing On The Edge Of A Teacup
BLOODBOUND/ Book Of The Dead (Album Of The Month/ May 2007)
EVIDENCE ONE/ The Sky Is The Limit (Album Of The Month/ June 2007)
LOS ANGELES/ Los Angeles
ROBIN BECK/ Livin' On A Dream (Female Rock-Tipp/ July 2007)
TRIBUZY/ Execution - Live Reunion (DVD) (Live Candy/ July 2007)
VOICES OF ROCK/ MMVII (Album Of The Month/ July 2007)
ANUBIS GATE/ Andromeda Unchained (Surprise Of The Month/ August 2007)
PAUL SABU/ Strange Messiah (Comeback-Tipp/ August 2007)
DAVID READMAN/ David Readman (Album Of The Month/ August 2007)
PRIMAL FEAR/ New Religion (Album Of The Month/ September 2007)
SOUL DOCTOR/ Blood Runs Cold (Earcatcher/ September 2007)

Neue Albumvorschau/ New album preview

FEUERSCHWANZ/ Met & Miezen
ANA POPOVIC/ Still Making History
FRANTIC ON MARCH/ Exit
ALL SAID/ Masculine
BRUNOROCK/ Live On Fire
LEE HARVEY & THE OSWALDS/ Still Confused, But On A Higher Level
POWER/ Roll The Dice
CRYPTIC VOICE/ Access Denied
RICHIE KOTZEN/ The Return Of The Mother Head's Family Reunion
TED POLEY/ Smile
JADED HEART/ Sinister Mind
REDLINE/ Pure Liebe
EMPIRE/ Chasing Shadows

Zum Abschluss wollen wir Euch auf das erste Soloalbum von MARK SWEENEY (CRYSTAL BALL) hinweisen


         PAUL SABU/ Strange Messiah                  PRIMAL FEAR/ New Religion                 SOUL DOCTOR/ Blood Runs Cold

...for more interesting news and discussions check out the MELODIC ROCK-Board!!!

GERMUSICA-News
::: Edel veröffentlichen die neue GLENN HUGHES Live-CD & DVD "Live In Australia" am 23.11.2007 :::
GLENN HUGHES trägt nicht nur zurecht den Namen "The Voice Of Rock", sondern gehört neben seinen gesanglichen Qualitäten auch zu den besten Rock-Bassisten und -Songwritern seit Anfang der 70er Jahre. Zu den Stationen seines bisherigen Schaffens gehören so illustre Bands wie Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Sabbath' Tony Iommi, KLF und viele mehr.

In den letzten Jahren rückte der charismatische Frontmann vornehmlich als Solokünstler in den Mittelpunkt des Geschehens und erfreute seine Fans regelmäßig mit Soloalben und vielen, intensiven Konzerten. "Live In Australia" zeigt diesen Ausnahmemusiker in einer ganz intimen Atmosphäre. Aufgenommen im prestigeträchtigen Club "The Basement" bietet diese Veröffentlichung GLENN HUGHES in seiner natürlichsten Form: eine Stimme, zwei Gitarren und ein kleines Kammerorchester.

Zu den hier enthaltenen Songs gehören viele Klassiker seiner Karriere, u.a. "I Found A Woman" (HUGHES/THRALL), "This Time Around", "Mistreated", "Gettin' Tighter" (im Duett mit Jimmy Barnes) und "You Keep On Movin" (DEEP PURPLE) sowie die Coverversionen "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (PROCOL HARUM) und "Nights In White Satin" (MOODY BLUES).

Tracklist:1. Coast To Coast , 2. I Found A Woman , 3. This Time Around , 4. Nights In White Satin , 5. Last Mistake , 6. Frail , 7. The Divine , 8. This Is How I Feel , 9. Whiter Shade Of Pale , 10. Mistreated , 11. Soul Mover , 12.Getting Tighter, 13. You Keep On Moving’

Die DVD "Live In Australia" enthält als Bonus zusätzlich drei Videoclips von GLENN HUGHES' letzten Studioalben: "Monkey Man", "This House", "The Divine"

VÖ: 23.11.2007 über Edel Records; Format: CD und DVD

www.germusica.com 

FRONTIERS RECORDS-News
ACTION
Frontiers Records
is pleased to announce the release of the Self-Titled debut album from the US band ACTION on December 7th 2007 !

Oiginally formed in 1985, Action is a long-time concept devised by acclaimed guitarist / songwriter Chip of What Matters, Mars Hill and The Hitmen. The band also features the soaring vocals of other former Mars Hill member Jack Marques (Crossover, Unknown God) and the musical talents of bassist Chris Sutherland, keyboardist Ruben Demello (Crossover, Unknown God), drummer Chris Longo (Project Broken, Dirty Deeds, Hysteria, Promises) with additional drums from Mark Duane (Trendkill, Paradox, Action, Touch, Krankenstein).

As founder and guitarist for the band Action during the mid to late 80’s, Chip shared the stage with Quiet Riot, Firehouse, Slaughter, Rough Cutt and Zebra among many others. As the musical landscape quickly changed in the early 90’s, Action split not to be heard from again until he collaborated with singer / songwriter Jack Marques a decade later.

Between bands and life itself, both Chip and Jack had each individually written and recorded a number of outstanding melodic rock tracks over the years which ranged from 80’s rock / metal to more modern adult oriented rock. Each had always been saving these unused gems for some future project; they just weren’t sure what it would be.

What is certain, these gems are fresh, melodic power rock - true to its 80's roots while delivering a modern kick! Action is an infusion of Boston meets Journey with touches of Whitesnake and Def Leppard. With this mix, Action delivers what rock fans have been waiting a decade or more for - screaming melodic guitars, soaring vocals, catchy choruses and rockin’ beats.

Never feeling that Action was quite finished, in mid 2006, Chip approached friend and manager Ron Vining about getting the project off the ground again. In February 2007, Action were snapped up by Frontiers Records and the album was delivered a few months later, with an artwork courtesy of Richard Mace (Journey, Soul SirkUS, Jeff Scott Soto).

Album tracklisting will include the following songs: Without Your Love
; Someday; Here In My Heart; Destiny; Forever; Loveless; Don't Leave Me Lonely; Heaven Tonight; Cinderella; Feel The Fire; Is It Love.

The wait is over. Get ready, December 7th 2007 is the date when European (on Frontiers Records) and Japanese (on King Records) Melodic Rock fans across the globe are going to get a whole lot of Action!

TIMO TOLKKI - SAANA WARRIOR OF LIGHT  (Part I : Return To Crystal Island)
Since Timo Tolkki had the idea for a Rock Opera two years ago, a lot has happened. After signing the record deal with Frontiers Records, he has been working hard on this project. It has been a monumental task that has just been getting bigger and bigger.

"Composing, writing the story, casting from hundreds of people, and putting this all together has been very refreshing and interesting for me", says Tolkki. "I think it is the next logical step for me and I am really interested in combining music, graphics and film", he continues.

"This album has just basically one long song, but there are 18 themes that are bound together by a story in which I have used my longtime interest in philosophy, psychology and spirituality. At the end of the day it really has just two main themes: Love and the fight between good and evil. As the name indicates, there will be another part to this saga. It really is a very interesting story about an old theme, but I think I have managed to take it somewhere that no one has been before. I am also very happy that I have the chance to direct the film for the music as well, because I think it really needs it. It's like a combination of a musical, music video and regular film", Tolkki finishes.

Featuring the vocal talents of Jennifer Sowle, Aino Laos, Heikki Poyhiä and Janette Sainio, this album is a breathtaking experience of emotions. The singers were each carefully chosen for their respective roles and they will enhance the musical journey in a way that has never really been heard before. Timo Tolkki calls it "A Classical Rock Opera "

We are proudly presenting : "Saana-Warrior of Light part 1: Journey to Crystal Island". It is a multimedia adventure containing almost one hour of music and comes with a full all region Bonus DVD that contains the whole story in film format as well. It also has lots of other extras and a brand new interview of Timo Tolkki about his past, present and future. The scheduled release date is early 2008.

SEVEN TEARS
Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album from the Swedish Progressive Metal hopefuls SEVEN TEARS entitled “In Every Frozen Tear” on December 7th 2007.

Previously known as “Atlantica” (whose debut demo gathered a great response on the Sweden Rock Magazine) the band went through several changes which established the band with the current lineup of Jonathan Carlemar (guitars), Fredrik Lager (bass), Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (keyboards, Platitude), Michael Sjöö (drums, Spearfish) and Zoran Djorem (vocals).

Signed in early 2007 on Frontiers on the basis of their last demo tape “The Story Unfolds”, SEVEN TEARS entered the studio under the guidance of Peter Lundin (Spearfish) and worked their asses off to came up with a KILLER debut release that could establish the band as a sparkling reality in the Melodic Progressive Metal scene.

To get a deal with the Frontiers label and the opportunity to release an album is something that we all have dreamed of since the day we first picked up our instruments” says axeman Jonathan Carlemar, “We are very satisfied with the songs and are looking forward to hear what people think about them!”.  

Our music style” continues Carlemar, “can be described as Melodic Metal with a lot of influences from the 80’s and with some prog elements. The album contains strong melodies, heavy riffs and great musicianship. The heavy ”Hollow Ground”, the ballad ”All Alone” and the epic ”Truth of Tomorrow” are songs that makes a multifaced record”.

In Every Frozen Tear” will include the following tracks:
Twist of Fate; Faded Memory
; Hollow Ground; Reflections; Sorrows; All Alone; In Every Frozen Tear; Prayer For The Dying; The Story Unfolds; Dream of Insanity; Fragments; Truth of Tomorrow.

Samples of the upcoming album will also be available at www.myspace.com/seventearsmusic

The mixture of melodic heavy metal and the strong melodies from the 80’s is a modern and interesting hybrid that will please fans of melodic/heavy metal. And it’s much cooler to buy the record instead of downloading it!” concludes Jonathan Carlemar, and definitely this is an album set to please all the fans of Evergrey, Last Tribe and Symphony X with hints to the sound of TNT, Journey and Pretty Maids.

Don’t miss the chance to discover a new exciting find in Melodic Metal due to be released on Frontiers Records (with release in Japan on King Records) on December 7th 2007 !!!

RICHIE KOTZEN

Follow the link to www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALIKbUdDhIY and enjoy a KILLER video presentation of RICHIE KOTZEN’s upcoming album “Return of the Mother Head’s Family Reunion” due out in Europe for release on October 19the 2007 !

LANA LANE
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of
Red Planet Boulevard”, LANA LANE’s new studio album on December 7th 2007.

The new album is a melodic rock feast that showcases Lana's legendary vocals with timeless songwriting, all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.

Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, “Red Planet Boulevard” combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area's legendary style and mood that is pure Northern California magic. The melange of locations shows in the album's production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted. Producer / keyboardist Erik Norlander took on bass guitar duties as well for this release continuing in the role he played on the 2007 “Lady Macbeth” tour. Long time collaborators, Dutchmen Peer Verschuren (guitar) and Ernst Van Ee (drums), complete the instrumental trio in what Norlander calls "a sort of 'Led Zeppelin' instrumentation where we have guitar, drums and a bass playing keyboardist."

The “Red Planet Boulevard” musician line-up is indeed the most compact to appear on a Lana Lane album, but the trio does not falter in creating the massive Symphonic Rock sound for which Lana Lane is so well known. Walls of guitars, landscapes of keyboards and tectonic plates of bass and drums drive the arrangements with the energy and exuberance of a band that indeed went straight from the road into the studio. That touring seasoning shows in the subtle complexities of “Red Planet Boulevard”. This is a band that is experienced and skilled in their craft all supporting a legendary vocalist who is at the top of her game.

Twelve all original songs compose “Red Planet Boulevard”. The heavy rockers "Into the Fire", "Capture the Sun" and "Angels and Magicians" along with the power ballad "Jessica" harken back to Lana's 1995 debut release, “Love is an Illusion”, while in contrast, the anthemic "Shine", "The Frozen Sea" and "No Tears Left" have a distinctly 21st century sound that fits perfectly with today's iPod generation. The uptempo "Stepford, USA" re-tells the story of the quiet rural town with a dark secret, while "The Sheltering Sorrow" is a heart wrenching ballad that is epic in scale with links back to the late 60s majesty of early symphonic rock. The album concludes with the finale and title track, "Red Planet Boulevard", where themes from each of the album's songs is reprised in a grand orchestral rock style.

Artwork is once again provided by Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka who has painted the covers for Lana's many past masterworks. Photos for the album were shot by noted San Francisco photographer Mark Leialoha who brings his own style and vision to the Lana Lane production team. Fans of melodic rock, symphonic style and the amazing female rock voice, your light is green: make the turn onto “Red Planet Boulevard”!

Album tracklisting: nto the Fire
; The Frozen Sea; Capture the Sun; Jessica; Stepford, USA; Shine; Lazy Summer Day;  No Tears Left; Save the World; Angels and Magicians; The Sheltering Sorrow; Red Planet Boulevard.

WINGER
Frontiers Records is excited to present the release of WINGERLive” DVD and 2CD set on November 9th 2007 !

Culled from their 2007 US reunion tour, WINGER offers their first live album and dvd ever ! Kip Winger, Reb Beach, Rod Morgenstein and John Roth rip through all the hits, progressive jams and new material taken from their comeback album “IV” with a passion and energy their fans have come to admire!

For nearly 20 years the members of Winger have been delivering their music to sold out audiences all over the world. Their multi platinum status and respected musicianship has earned Winger a loyal following everywhere.

From Kip’s start in Alice Cooper to Rod’s tenure with the Dixie Dregs and Reb’s tenure with Dokken and Whitesnake, Winger continues to push the boundaries of their music and deliver it to old and new fans!

Tracklisting:
CD1
: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog.
CD2: Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can't Get Enough; Seventeen; Who's The One; Miles Away; Madalaine; Blue Suede Shoes (Acoustic Version) - bonus studio track.
DVD contents: Blind Revolution Mad; Loosen Up; Easy Come Easy Go; Your Great Escape; Down Incognito; Rainbow In the Rose; Generica; Junk Yard Dog; Right Up Ahead; Reb’s Guitar Solo; You Are The Saint, I Am The Sinner; Rod’s Drum Solo; Headed For A Heartbreak; Can't Get Enough; Seventeen; Who's The One; Miles Away; Hungry(*); Madalaine

THE CODEX
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the brand new Mark Boals / Magnus Karlsson cooperation THE CODEX on November 9th 2007.

THE CODEX marks the return to recording – after a 3 years hiatus - for Mark Boals, known as one of the best singers ever to work with Yngwie Malmsteen and first class vocalist, awarded in 1999 by BURRN! Magazine readers in Japan as Best Overall singer of the year.

Mark also released 3 successful solo albums and fronted the Power-Prog Metal band Ring Of Fire (which such musical giants as Virgil Donati, Tony MacAlpine and Vitalij Kuprij), with whom he released another 3 studio albums and one live cd / dvd.

I am feeling great, better than ever!” says Boals about his comeback, “I was interested in working with Magnus after hearing his work, I love his guitar playing, and of course his songwriting is superb! There are great melodies and I really enjoyed singing on this one. It's really a catchy album, and I have been listening to it a lot, which I rarely do with my work”.

Boals’ partner in crime on THE CODEX is another Swedish guitar-wizard, Magnus Karlsson, a super-talented and busy guy actually, since he is the mastermind behind Starbreaker (with Tony Harnell) and the recent very successful Allen / Lande collaboration.

It's really an honour to work with such a fantastic singer”, states Karlsson, “It's very easy to write for Mark because he has this enormous vocal range. I have never heard anything like it! He sings some unbelievably high notes and he does it so beautiful. Musically I wanted to stretch the borders a little more than usual, with almost a Power Metal style in some songs and very soft parts in others. I use a lot of orchestral arrangement to make it bigger but at the same time I try to leave space for the heaviness in the guitars, drums and bass. I also wanted this to be an album with focus on the vocals and melody as I always do but I added a lot of guitar shredding as well”.

Completing the line-up are Linus Abrahamson on bass and Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye) on drums.

THE CODEX is truly a creative and diverse album which shows a very different side of Karlsson songwriting and gives Boals the chance to showcase some of his most aggressive and heaviest vocals ever. It is probably the heaviest cd where the two artists have ever been involved with, still keeping intact the trademarks of a monster Melodic Metal album.

Tracklisting includes: Beyond The Dark
; Raise Your Hands; Toxic Kiss; Bring Down The Moon; Running Out Of Hate; Dream Makers; Whole Again; Mistress Of Death; Mystery; Prisoner; You Can Have It All; Garden Of Grief.

Headbangers are kindly invited to sink their teeth into this !

BALANCE
Bob Kulick, Doug Katsaros and Peppy Castro are well underway with their work on the forthcoming BALANCE come back album.

According to Kulick “The songs are real Balance and we definitely want this to be great”. Some of the song titles which will make it to the final album are “Breathe”, “Rainbow’s End”,  “Winner Takes All”, “Walk Away”, “Forever”, “Twist of Fate”, “Old Friends”, “Who You Gonna Love”.

More songs are in progress and the recording process is reportedly going “extremely well”. Lookout for the new BALANCE album in the early part of 2008!

TED POLEY

Ted Poley was kind enough to send us his comments on the songs that are included in his forthcoming album “Smile” due for release on October 19th on Frontiers Records. Get also ready for a major surprise about Ted and Danger Danger soon!

WAITING LINE
Great opening track. I co-wrote this song with the Martin Brothers. This is a little bit modern yet totally melodic. The chorus is big and catchy and you will be singing along with this one right from the start! Almost reminds me of something that The Veronicas would do, and I LOVE their record.

GOING BLIND
Another great Martin Bros song. Sort of a cool moody song, something a bit different from anything I have done before. Lots of production going on in this song! I love the strings and orchestration on this one and a great slide guitar lead by JK, probably played authentically with a beer bottle...

SMILE
Good times, good mood song, reflects my mood at the moment, because I am having the most fun touring and recording that I have had in many years so I am a happy guy and named the cd after this song. It was written by my music partner Vic Rivera specifically for this cd. Vic Plays the lead guitar on this track as well.

WHAT IF SHE KNEW
The song is about someone who is ended up with the wrong girl and is still thinking about the other one.  This is a really catchy song, written by my good bro the Rev Joey D, from the Ohio based band "Liquid". He has been a close friend for many years now and I love his songs. He wrote a couple that were included on my last solo cd, including one of the most popular songs, "Maybe". He continues his great writing on this cd.

MORE THAN GOODBYE
The ballad! Another great Joey D. song. Its a love song and full of a lot of great emotion and production, starting out acoustic until the full band kicks in. Great arrangement.

LUV ON ME
Probably my favourite song on the cd! This song is a real rocker and I will surely be playing this one live...it rocks but you can dance to it! It has some super catchy vocal hooks and overall just came out great. The drumming is off the hook too! This song friggin’ ROCKS!

LIFE KEEPS SPINNING ME ROUND
Another one of my favourite tracks on the cd. It’s just a great song and I added a ton of backing vocals which was a lot of fun and sounds huge as it builds towards the end! Has some more great JK slide guitar and the drum sound is huge. The drumming is "chock full of Dan Zoidian Flavor Chops".

WHY CANT WE PRETENT THAT ITS OVER?
The title says it all, this is a "break up" song from a guy to a girl. This is a really rockin’ song with my favourite guitar lead on the whole cd. JK is so blazing on this one. I asked him to throw down the most over the top and hard to play lead, and he threw down this PREMIUM guitar lead! I cant actually believe that someone can play that fast but here is the proof.

IF I CANT CHANGE YOUR HEART (Then Let Me Blow Your Mind)
This was the first song that I wrote with the Martin Brothers, they sent me some music and I wrote the lead vocal melodies and the lyrics.  The title means, if I cant make you love me one way, then let me blow you away another way, like with talent or humor or intelligence.

WHERE IT ENDS
Another Martin Bros track. This one is special to me because I play the piano in the choruses and that will make my mom happy since she paid for a lot of piano lessons when I was a kid! Its sort of a mid tempo ballad but with a big chorus... I like the  intimacy of the vocals in the verses.

WILL YA
Another Vic Rivera song idea that I helped him finish. A little heavier song but very melodic with a big catchy chorus and lots of Vic’s trademark arrangement. Vic plays the guitar leads on this one too...he delivered two great songs for this cd and originally wasn’t scheduled to play on the cd, but I asked him to play the guitar on his own songs so that i could get a touch of Vic on my cd!

REPRISE - IF I CANT
The credit for this one goes to Eric! He took my vocal tracks and came up with a great orchestral arrangement for that song, and I love it!  Its great fun to sing with an orchestra and real piano… something I would love to do live someday.

SILENT RAGE
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the signing of SILENT RAGE for the release of the band’s fourth studio album.

Silent Rage formed in 1985 and became immediately well-known in the Californian scene, thanks to the captivating vocals, their style of blending guitar and bass and signature song writing. Their debut album “Shattered Hearts” was produced by the legendary Paul Sabu in 1987 and gained immediate attention from the Hard Rock fans all over the world. One year later, Gene Simmons signed them to his own label and in 1989 “Don’t Touch Me There” followed up. This album reached #1 on European Import charts and is still today regarded as one of the top examples of Melodic Hard Rock sound of the late 80’s.

The band finally came back with a third studio album “Still Alive” in 2002. In the summer 2007 the band featuring founding members by EJ Curse on bass, Jesse Damon on vocals and guitar, Mark Hawkins on guitar and with Rodney Pino on drums, went back to the studio to give birth to their long awaited new cd.

The guys are right now recording the new songs at Redrum Recording Studios in Los Angeles with former Guns n Roses & Rockstar Supernova guitarist, Gilby Clarke producing and mixing. Having mid-summer pre-production behind them, the band is well into tracking new songs for the latest CD and they're anticipating a completion date by the end of October. Look for some very interesting special guest appearances.

Jesse Damon
states: " It's a great time for the band right now, we're all very excited about signing with Frontiers Records and being in the studio recording new songs with Gilby Clarke as our Producer! Everyone in the band is focused and giving 100 % to this new CD. Expect strong performances with a classic Silent Rage style rock"!

Lookout for Silent Rage new album in the shops in early 2008!

JADED HEART
Jaded Heart
are preparing for the release of their brand new album "Sinister Mind" on October 19th . In the meanwhile the band has announced the following shows in support of the cd release:

23.10.2007 DE-Köln, Kantine (support UFO)
24.10.2007 DE-Reichenbach, H2O (support UFO)
25.10.2007 DE-Ratingen, Onkel Tom (cd release party)
17.10.2007 GB-Nottingham, Firefest
06.11.2007 DE-Essen, Weststadthalle (support UFO)
07.10.2007 DE-Frankfurt, Batschkapp (support UFO)
08.11.2007 DE-Hannover, Bluesgarage (support UFO)

The band also sent their track by track commentaries on the songs which are included on the new album. Enjoy the read!
Hero

We were looking for a real live track and opener for the album and here it is. We were testing this song a couple of times while we were playing live and it was such fun to play.

Justice Is Deserved

A really heavy track with the albums highest vocal note and angry lyrics.

Sinister Mind

The title track. It contains heavy guitar riffs, melodic verses and great choirs, done by Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse). He´s been involved in all choirs actually.

Going Under

A classic Jaded Heart groove like Anymore or Inside Out.

See The Light

We wrote that song together after we entered the rehearsing room for a jam session. We killed some beers and things just happened.

Open Your Eyes

A good friend of the band, Mikael Rosengren, wrote this song together with Johan. Johan came up with the idea of having the song on the album because it really sounds like early Jaded Heart. We cranked it up a little bit and here it is! Another reason to have Mikael involved in the album is, that he introduced Johan to us in 2004.

My Eager´s Red

The 2nd part of the guitar solo was played by Sascha Gerstner of German metal heroes Helloween. It is great to have some friends involved in the album and we are very proud having him playing on this song.

Always On My Mind

This song is dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin.

Heavenly Devotion

This song was planned to have a duet between John Corabi and Johan. But unfortunately Johns time schedule was too tough because he had to go on tour with Ratt when we were recording vocals for this song.

To Please and Give In

A classic "kid missing father/mother figure" lyric. So full of hate.

Hellucinate

AOR-vibes in the beginning that turns to schizophrenia. Scary... he he.

Crush That Fear

Peter had this idea to fool around with some different drum patterns on this song. Johan and Peter woke up after a long night with wine and beer with various riffs and vocal lines. But most of it is still there. Amazing  ;-)

GARY HUGHES
Ten frontman Gary Hughes is currently working hard to put finishing touches to his forthcoming solo album entitled "Veritas", latin word for "Truth".

The new cd is taking shape in the Arena studios in Lancashire, UK and according to Hughes, "the songs on this album are among the strongest I have ever written in my lifetime".

"Veritas" feels like the natural successor to "Precious Ones", Gary Hughes' last solo output dated 1998. This time around Gary used a different array of players to enhance the diversity of the album. "I have gone for a variety of music styles with regard to musicians this time around", explains Gary, "drummer Dave Ingledew and bass player Rick Stewart are currently members of British Dark Metal band Devil To Pay, Jason Robinson is the drummer with Alternative Metal band Absent Minds, whilst Simon Brayshaw is the bass player with British Blues outfit Nightshift. From the Ten ranks, Chris Francis contributes with leadwork once again and John Halliwell has taken acoustic guitar duties as usual". Gary is playing keyboards and caring for all the orchestrations.

"Given the long awaited nature this album and the anticipation already beginning I have been working really hard to make this album the best I possibly can" concludes Gary "we could be sitting on a truly outstanding piece of product, and maybe a yardstick for my future releases".

Frontiers Records
plans to release "Veritas" in November, with more info to  be released at a later stage.

LEVERAGE

Frontiers Records
is pleased to announce the signing of the Finnish Melodic Metal band LEVERAGE for a multi album deal !

Finnish Heavy Rock has of course long traditions, but this type of old school melodic heavy rock with a shade of progressive flavour hasn't been heard from Finnish bands before.

Leverage debut album "Tides" created a real underground wave among the fans during 2006. Winner of the "Best Metal / Prog" album of the year award on Melodicrock.com (and getting great reviews all around the net), the band's music offers a variety and exciting Melodic Metal formula with powerful vocals (courtesy of singer Pekka Heino, also known for his stint with Brother Firetribe) and killer guitars.

"Tides" charted in Leverage home country, Finland, reaching the general Top 30 in the first 2 weeks of release.

"This is not a boy band, a studio band, a wannabe-band, project band or whatever fake band. Leverage is a true and honest heavy rock band, for the love of heavy rock!": states guitarist and main songwriter Tuomas Heikkinen and you can bet these guys are definitely one of the musical upcoming brightest stars around.

Leverage
are:
Pekka Heino :: vocals
Tuomas Heikkinen :: guitar
Torsti Spoof :: guitar
Marko Niskala :: keyboards
Pekka Lampinen :: bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi :: drums

Check out the band listening to "Superstition", a sample from "Tides" and judge it on your own !

Leverage spent the entire months July and August in the studio to wrap up the follow up to "Tides". The new album will be released on Frontiers in early 2008, with a re-release in selected European countries on the band's monster debut album "Tides" in mid price line with bonus tracks ! Stay tuned for more updates!

FROM THE INSIDE
Danny Vaughn
and Fabrizio Grossi have started demoing new songs for the second FROM THE INSIDE album. This time the guys have decided to adopt more of a songwriting union approach that has brought plenty of killer new tracks such as "1st Century", "Listen To Your Heart", "Push Me Off", "Telemetry", "Making Waves", "Moment To Moment" and "Light Years". More songs have been supplied by Joey Carbone (Vertigo, Joseph Williams) and twins Tom and James Martin (Ted Poley, Khymera, House of Lords).

The recording lineup this time will include Jimi Bell (House of Lords) on guitars, Eric Ragno (Takara, Ramos) on keyboards and Pete Lobo on drums with final mix to be handled by Dennis Ward.

Fans of the debut album can expect a top rate production and improved songwriting. Frontiers hopes to release the album before the summer 2008.

PRIMAL FEAR
Bassist Mat Sinner sent us his track by track comments for the songs included on the forthcoming PRIMAL FEAR album "New Religion" due out on September 19th on Frontiers Records. Enjoy the insight !

SIGN OF FEAR

We wanted to create a very unusual introduction for the album: like a metal band with a kind of orchestra tuning or like Dire Straits did with Money For Nothing. We wanted to create a moment when people are listening very concentrated on what comes next! Of course, we wanted to start the album with a fast paced heavy track. All the people who thought that Primal Fear is getting more & more a pop band should get a kick in their butt with the first song! In my first demo version, my own vocals were based an octave lower, but Ralf is the master of screams and he delivered in an unbelievable way! For a part of the lead guitar on this song, we recruited my good friend Magnus Karlsson, Ralf gave me a lead vocal part in the Middle 8 part and we shot a video clip for this song!

FACE THE EMPTINESS

One thing counts for sure on the new album - we worked hard as never before on Ralf's lead vocals and overall on this album, in my view it's by far his best performance in his entire career! Face The Emptiness shows exactly this statement, in a sovereign manner. What a great chorus line. Here we used the first little orchestration, conducted by me and maestro Matz Ulmer on a basic idea by guitarist Stefan Leibing. The rhythm of the song is very complicated and it was a tough time for Randy and me recording the rhythm section, but it worked out great, always with the fine ears of co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind.

EVERYTIME IT RAINS

Seventh album and again we planned to go another big step ahead with our musical claim. What we've didn't realize in the past was indeed a duet with a female singer. We talked with some girls in Europe about joining us on a track for the new album and Ralf finally decided, that he wanted to record with Simone Simons. Next was to find the right track for this exciting new idea. We had a great time during the recordings of this song. Ralf built up a special cabin for Simone with drinks, roses and a candle - very nice and finally a great idea to record this track! We're working on the idea to shoot another video clip for the song shortly! My sincere compliments to Simone & Ralf for this great performance!

NEW RELIGION

The burning tribal eagle marks the reincarnation for the band. The band is born again, with new record company partners in the entire world and we have Henny Wolter back in the band. Henny was always one my favourite guitarist in his Thunderhead days. Then he played on Sinner's Bottom Line album and he blew me away. I knew, that Ralf & Stefan are big fans of Henny's playing and his character. We discussed a lot, who will be the right guy for Primal Fear's future and all guys in the band wanted Henny back! Then we split up after 6 albums with our basic record company partners and we're looking for a new path for our future. This all together can describe the title of the album and the resurrection of our trademark - the eagle and this song lives by the typical Primal Fear guitar riff which switches to a untypical harmony change in the big chorus and a very nice breakdown part!

FIGHTING THE DARKNESS
Fighting The Darkness

This is a very important song for Primal Fear and I worked very hard with both my brothers from Sweden, Ronny & Tobias on the song. Maybe this is the 15th song we wrote together but the vibe of our songwriting is still magic! You can hear a very detailed orchestration, between power chords and silence. I still get goose bumps when I listen carefully to the song on my headphones. Again an outstanding lead vocal performance by Ralf and a very tasteful lead guitar solo by Stefan, but all of the guys worked very hard on this track. For me personally it's the best sounding track Primal Fear has ever produced and released. A huge credit goes to mixer Ronald Prent. He worked with a lot of major acts in his career and now we know why all this special bands like Rammstein, Def Leppard, Manowar etc. worked with him. His feeling to understand the music is unbelieva ble!

The Darkness

A lot of bands in the seventies used this kind of combination of huge and long songs. I'm always searching for some new influences to make the next Primal Fear record exciting and interesting, with content, which wasn't used so many time before. I've learnt from Yes, Deep Purple, ELP, Kansas etc. that they built up ten minute songs with different parts. We follow the main melody of the A-Part and then moving into an halftime part, later into a fast part as built up throughout the composition, again with nice choirs, keyboards and orchestration! What I really like here are the outstanding drum breaks by Randy - always creative and played with such an enormous power! I really see a new album as a huge musical project for myself and the band now, which is not only to write and record 4 minute metal song. I think music overall is so special with never ending targets and temptations!

Reprise

Of course the Grande Finale of the track with a late "comeback" of the huge chorus line and the end of our opus. Well I'm looking forward to realize the song in our forthcoming concerts. This will be a huge mission to bring this song on stage, but I can imagine, that it will give a Primal Fear concert something special to include and perform this monster song in our set!

BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS

Well, after so much sophisticated music, we need to rock - that's exactly what we want to do on Blood On Your Hands and of course Primal Fear style. The song is based on a fast paced killer riff from the guitars and the dedicated and controversial lyrics. Stefan is a fan of this kind of guitar riffs, he delivered in the past on some other PF songs like "Fear", "Evil Spell" or "Fight The Fire" and it is great to play these songs on stage. Great breakdown part right before the lead guitar plays some oriental harmonies!

THE CURSE OF SHARON

Here we can listen to a lot of harmony guitars and a great Ralf idea to singalong the melody line on top the guitars! I can already hear the fans singing with us at the concerts - be prepared! Even this song has a lot of different parts it feels very fluid to play and to listen to. Nice breakdown part with very creative drumming and very cool vocal fills. I really love the vibe and the chorus of the song. It's very special for me and it's really great how the band played especially this song!

TOO MUCH TIME

.... is starting a two song package with the a back to the roots feeling of the harmonies in Primal Fear's music and we want to bring the kind of "Nuclear Fire" vibe back into our new album. The first song "Too Much Time" starts with vocals J and turning into a furious pace! Henny is playing a great duelling solo with Stefan and we're going through a lot of emotion and different parts here! Cool track!

PSYCHO

A big factor in Primal Fear's and my songwriting, was always a kind of groove and combination between riff and steady bass guitar, like we did on "Running In The Dust", "When The Night Comes", "Eye Of An Eagle" etc. or what was a trademark of, for example, Accept. The new song "Psycho" is a nice example to follow this path of Primal Fear special groove and history in very cool quality. I'm really excited about the great bass guitar sound and it's not easy to push it, before the guitars are getting too low, but great executed by Ronald! It was the first song Henny played on, since he rejoined the band!

WORLD ON FIRE

Well it is really nice, that we have such great songs like WOF at the end of an album. This song could also be easily an album opener in my view. Nice double bass drum playing by Randy and a typical Primal Fear chorus, great harmony vocals and tasteful orchestral parts. I love the bombastic breakdown part and again a very furious played lead guitar. One nice little spot too, is the rhythm & lead guitar work at the end of the song - killer! Yes, I love the track!

THE MAN (That I Don't Know)

Based on an idea by Stefan, "The Man." is a very special song on the album. I have always the James Bond kind of score song vibe in my head, when I listen to this total bombastic album closing track. Nice lyrics about when you look into a mirror and you really don't know if it's you. Scary J - Ralf interprets this song in an insane quality. I especially love his vocal performance on this track. It's a kind of untamed cannonade and I really laughed, when he killed a microphone in the recording studio, because his vocals where so extreme loud in the chorus. Finally the album closes with a nice bluesy outro guitar for an overall wonderful dramatic track.

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