Sunday, March 17, 2019

Travel Into The Worlds Of Space Rock With Nik Turner And Progressive Rock With Exit North

English musician, Nik Turner, co-founder of the British space rock band Hawkwind, recently released a brand new studio album titled "The Final Frontier." He started his solo space mission six years ago with the release of "Space Gypsy" and has continued to release a new album every couple of years. This new nine-song release is a continuation of his last album "Life In Space," as he kicks things off with the nostalgic, psych-rock of "Out Of Control." Nik Turner slows the tempo down for the exploratory flow of "Interstellar Aliens" and the experimental hints of instrumentation on "Thunder Rider." Turner and his band get locked into the groove of "The Final Frontier Part 1," before traveling back in time for the psychedelic space rock of "Calling The Egyptians." Nik Turner wraps up his new album with the eight-minute progressive rock adventure "Strange Loop" and the quiet, floating tones of "PAD4." To find out more about Nik Turner and his latest release, "The Final Frontier," please visit nikturner.com.


Arriving April 12th is the debut album from the progressive rock quartet, Exit North. The idea came together when Steve Jansen (co-founder of the band, Japan) formed a partnership with fellow artist Thomas Feiner on Jansen's 2007 album "Slope." Since then, the two have created a bond and brought on-board Ulf Jansson and Charlie Storm to create the band Exit North and the album "Book Of Romance and Dust."

The new nine-song release begins with the slow-building, atmospheric flow of "Best Bones," as you begin to get introduced to this group. The mood of the album continues to be dark and melodious with the songs, "Short Of One Dimension" and "Sever Me." The music of "North" allows you to explore your feelings with it's subtle hints of sound, before Exit North build the music back up once again through "Lesson In Doubt." They finish up their album with the nine-minute epic wonder of "Losing" and the gentle touch of "Another Chance." To find out more about Exit North and their latest release "Book Of Romance And Dust," please visit exitnorthmusic.com.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

The Joey Stuckey Trio Step Into "The Shadow Of The Sun" On Latest Release

Arriving March 29th, is the new album from the Joey Stuckey Trio titled "In The Shadow Of The Sun." It features the band recording at the legendary Sun Studios with the classic set-up of playing together in one room (like the original classic days) with only a few mics to record the music. It took the Joey Stuckey Trio all of about three hours to record their new album.

It features nine tracks, including two versions of their new single "You're So Wrong." The album begins with the high-energy, up-tempo rocker "You're So Wrong," which is very addictive and will certainly have you spinning this song multiple times. The Joey Stuckey Trio also try their hand at some other classics, like Van Morrison's "Domino," which has a raw, bluesy vibe, and the country ballad "Good Time Charlie," originally recorded by Danny O'Keefe and later made popular by Elvis Presley. Randall Bramblett helps out on the organ of electrifying blues of "Troubles Come In Threes," before the band pay homage to the Allman Brothers Band with a spot-on, energetic cover of "Whipping Post." To find out more information on the Joey Stuckey Trio and their latest release "In The Shadow Of The Sun," please visit joeystuckey.com.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Happy Growl Records Is Paying Homage To '80's Rock Band, Locate Your Lips, With New Release

Back in the mid-80's, a local Milwaukee band Locate Your Lips took over the club scene and was one of the premier rock band's of the area. They had the energy of punk, mixed with the addictive melodies of pop, centered with the musicianship of progressive rock. The band recorded songs for an album that was never released, until now. On April 5th, Happy Growl Records is preparing to release the long lost album from Locate Your Lips titled "For Kenny." The title is a reference to drummer Kenny Baldwin, who passed away from cancer in 2015.

The new two-disc set includes a set of live recordings that were made and broadcast on WQFM radio station and a completed ten-song studio album. The group's sound will instantly bring you back three decades, with pop songs like "De Lon Jon" and "Alive," while they also flex their punk muscle with "Got A Lot Of Time" and "I Can't Take Another Taste Of This." The live disc is where you will discover the full potential of the band, as they certainly knew how to rock with the energetic ska-like beginner "Stethoscope." Their sound was certainly on point with the whole eighties rock vibe as Locate Your Lips perform songs like "Get Away" and "This World," that carry an addictive rock vibe that you can easily latch on to. This trio created some great indie-rock with "Waiting For You To Run" and "Dance Or Die," which allowed them the freedom to flow through many different genres of music. To find out more about this newly discovered release from '80's rockers Locate Your Lips, please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/LocateYourLips.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Foreigner Digs Into The Vault For New "Live At The Rainbow '78" Video From Eagle Vision

As the band Foreigner continue tour the globe and mend ties with its former lead singer, Eagle Vision is ready to release a brand new Blu-ray/DVD of their sold out show at London's Rainbow Theatre from 1978. It featured the band's classic line-up of Mick Jones (guitars, keyboards), Lou Gramm (lead singer), Ian McDonald (guitar, keyboards, sax, flute), Al Greenwood (keyboards, synthesizer), Ed Gagliardi (bass) and Dennis Elliott (drums). The show took place in April, following the band's recording of their second album "Double Vision," as they were on the brink of superstardom. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this classic show, the film titled "Live At The Rainbow '78" has been restored, remixed and remastered for it's March 15th release date.

The 75-minute performance is captured in it's entirety, as the band come out rocking with "Long, Long Way From Home." As you watch the first few minutes of this film, two things come to mind. One is how good the video looks after sitting in the music vaults for forty years. The second is how great it was to capture Foreigner performing in this smaller theater setting, before becoming a huge arena rock act.

The best thing about watching classic concerts like this on video is that the film doesn't jump around every second to try and catch every little thing that may be happening on stage. This film sticks with one shot for was seems like more than a couple minutes, as you can feel yourself getting absorbed into the performance. The band is on fire performing the yet to be released songs, "Hot Blooded" and "Double Vision," as you can sense they are on the verge of greatness that will last for years to come. I can only imagine how great it must have been to be in the audience that evening, getting blown away by the shear force of this band. 

Foreigner's youthful energy reminds you of how amazing of a live act they were throughout the remainder of the seventies and eighties. While the film never directly shows the audience, you can see them enjoying the classics "Feels Like The First Time" and the set closer "Headknocker," as arms wave and fists pump into the air when the camera spans the entire stage. With younger audiences now  beginning to notice many of these classic rock bands touring the country year in and year out, this film is a true statement as to what made fans originally fall in love with them and follow these bands throughout their entire careers. To find out more about the new Foreigner live video "Live At The Rainbow '78," please visit foreigneronline.com.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Don't Miss Out On New Music From Don Brownrigg, Galaa, Trampoline and Art Schop

Singer/songwriter Don Brownrigg recently released his latest album "Fireworks," along with the album's lead single "Strum And Rhyme." Brownrigg's fanbase has certainly grown with each release, as his music has shown up on television shows and at festivals around the world. He begins his new album with the wonderful, gentle flow of "From You" and the more mainstream alt-pop approach of "Bad Timing." His voice just glides along the steady beat of "Perfect Poem," as the music wraps you up like a comfortable blanket. The album's lead single "Strum And Rhyme" takes it's time, with no need to rush things, while his playful cover of Susanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" is a must-have on steady rotation. Don Brownrigg closes his latest album with the dark, emotion-filled "My Way" and the swirling piano ballad "You Know." To find out more about Don Brownrigg and his latest release "Fireworks," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/donbrownrigg.


Next from Toronto, Canada comes the full-length debut release from the alt-pop band, Galaa. The new album, "The Speech," is the work of singer/keyboardist Aley Waterman, along with Adam Hogan (guitar), Josh Ward (bass) and Ashley Chalmers (drums) and features ten exciting new tracks. We begin with the airy, electronic pop beats of "Open Eyes" and the more light-hearted, flowing melody of "Ender." The mood turns darker on the experimental electronics of "The Speech," while Aley's vocals seem to float on top of the stark backdrop of "Little Wonder." Galaa return with the more up-tempo pop feel of "Bloom," before finishing up their new album with the quiet rock ballad "Mirrors And Smoke" and the seven-minute adventurous tale of "Hunter." To find out more about Galaa and their latest release "The Speech," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/galaasongs.


Also from Canada comes the debut, concept album "Happy Crimes" from the melodic alternative rock band, Trampoline. Their new fifteen-track release begins with the spoken word "Prologue," which leads into the musical variety pack of "Apocalypse I (The Longing)." The energy continues with "Astral Master," as you can hear the band's influences shine through on this epic rock number. The band experiments more with their sound with "Don't You Want Love," bringing together a Broadway, rock-opera approach to this album. The songwriting of Trampoline is highlighted by the seven-minute storytelling piece "Apocalypse II" and the punk-like energy of "Mary Alice." The band wrap up their new album with progressive rock approach of "Emily's Tea Party" and the final rock assault of "Fin Manifesto." To find out more about Trampoline and their latest release "Happy Crimes," please visit trampolinetheband.com.


After nearly three years, singer/songwriter/philosopher Art Schop returns with his sequel "Death Waits II: The Writers." It pays homage to the lives of such famous writers as Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Dante and others through these ten brand new songs featured on Art Schop's latest release. He begins with a song for Dickinson with the title song "Death Waits II." The song's sweeping melody and emotional lyrics showcase Schop's love for Dickinson's writings. Next, he rocks out on "A Poor Aunt," for his homage to Japanese writer, Haruki Murakami, then quiets his sound on the sweet melody of "My First Goose" as Art Schop sings about Isaac Babel. The steady flow of "Have You Paid The Gasbill" for Sylvia Plath and the gentle touch of "Beatrice" for Dante, display the love and inspiration that has been felt while writing about his heroes. Art Schop wraps up his new album with the acoustic folk appeal of "Dublin To Trieste" (homage to James Joyce) and the grand closer of "Existentialist Nostalgia" (for Albert Camus). To find out more about Art Schop and his latest release "Death Waits II: The Writers," please visit artschopmusic.com.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists Huffamoose, Evelyn Brown and Lili Anel

The Philadelphia-based band, Huffamoose recently released their latest album titled "...And That's When The Golf Ball Hit Me On The Head." It has been over twenty years since Huffamoose released their debut album "We've Been Had Again" on Interscope Records, and since then they have toured the U.S. more than a few times, as well as appearing on radio and television. Their new album features ten tracks, beginning with the alternative/jamband buzz of "Send Out Your New Song" along with the steady pace and guitar buzz of "Summer." The band showcase their softer side with the pop/rock ballad "Son Of A Gun" and the quiet flow of "Restaurant Manager." Huffamoose dig their heels into the blues with "Birds," before closing out their new album with the Americana appeal of "Wind Outta My Sales." To find out more about Huffamoose and their latest release, "...And That's When The Golf Ball Hit Me On The Head," please visit huffamoose.com.

Next up, is the latest release from New York-based singer/songwriter Evelyn Brown. Her new self-titled album features eight Americana/country tracks, inspired by her upbringing in Texas. She begins with the mainstream country vibe of "All I'll Ever Need," as you will instantly fall in love with her amazing vocals. She slows the tempo down for the bluesy feel of "Where Are You Goin'," before returning to the country pop melody of "Nothin' Without You" and the the highly addictive "Say We Did." Evelyn wraps up her new album with the gentle ballad, "Bullet Proof," the up-tempo rocker "Let Go," and the quiet, Americana vibe of "Secret." To find out more about Evelyn Brown and her latest self-titled release, please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/EvelynBMusic.

And last, but certainly not least we arrive at the latest release from singer/songwriter/performer Lili Anel. Her new album "In Spirit" features ten tracks that combine all of elements of her upbringing on Cuban, jazz and pop albums from the sixties and seventies. She begins with the beautiful sweeping jazz of "Another Place Another Time," as Lili pours her heart and soul into her performance. Her vocals take center stage on the quiet tones of "Climb The Wall," before picking the energy up with the funky groove of "Thin Line." She hits the mainstream with folk/rock anthem "Much To My Surprise," then dabbles with the jazz vibes once again with "I Don't Care." Lili Anel finishes up her new album with the blues of "Traffic Jam In A One Horse Town" and the soulful melody of "The Way Out." To find out more about Lili Anel and her latest release "In Spirit," please visit lilianel.org.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New RareNoise Records Releases From Sean Noonan's Pavees Dance and Chat Noir

Arriving March 29th through RareNoise Records is the sophomore release from drummer/composer Sean Noonan and his band, Pavees Dance. His new album titled "Tan Man's Hat" is a jazz fusion mix of rhythms and sound to create unique stories. He begins with the complex and slightly chaotic "Boldly Going," which centers around the journey through space on Spaceship Earth. He follows that up with the all out rock assault of "Gravity And The Grave" and "Tell Me," while "Martian Refugee" returns to the subject of space as the song's jazzy pop melody showcases the experimental steps that Sean and his band are willing to take with their storytelling tales. The tempo slows down for the nostalgic folk rock appeal of the title song "Tan Man's Hat," before closing out the album with the nine-minute clash of sounds on "The End Of The Inevitable" and the more graceful, sweeping melody of "Winter Inside." To find out more about Sean Noonan's Pavees Dance and their latest release "Tan Man's Hat," please visit seannoonanmusic.com.


The idea behind the latest release from the electronic rock trio, Chat Noir's new album "Hyperuranion," is to create a soundtrack for the ideal realm of where the soul waits to enter the body. The "Hyperuranion" is Plato's vision for the search of truth and beauty on Earth and the band, Chat Noir deliver their new nine track album with that goal in mind. They begin with electronic beats and synthesizer rock groove of "Blisters," before delivering a more laid back jazz vibe with "Humanity," which features contributions by Norwegian jazz great Nils Petter Movaer. The album continues with the steady, avant-garde, synth-pop tones of "Overcome," while Movaer appears once again to lend a hand on the spaced-out jazz fusion of "Quasar." Chat Noir finish their latest album with the growing sounds of "Ten Elephants," which flows through with its worldly sounds and dance club beats, along with the experimental soundscape of "Quasar (Reprise)." To find out more about Chat Noir and their latest release "Hyperuranion," please visit chatnoir.it.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

New Albums On The Horizon From The American Revival and Tylor & The Train Robbers

The country/rockers The American Revival will be releasing their new studio album "The Saint And The Sinner," later this month. It features ten tracks of energy-fueled, uptempo music, beginning with the short clap-stomp rhythm of "The Devil Lives In The South." The album continues with the guitar driven blast of "The Way You Can" and the swinging country style of "Lovin' I Gave You," as The American Revival grow stronger with each release. They slow the tempo down for the southern blues ballad "Remember This," before picking the energy back up with the solid guitar riffs of "Friday Night." The album finishes with the emotions of "Whiskey Kisses," the solid country rock of "Rise & Fall" along with the dark Americana tones of the closing number "The Saint And The Sinner." To find out more about The American Revival and their latest release "The Saint And The Sinner," please visit theamericanrevival.net.


From Idaho comes the sophomore release from country/Americana band, Tylor & The Train Robbers. Their new album titled "Best Of The Worst Kind" will be released on April 26th and features a dozen tracks filled with classic roots music. The album begins with the steady flow of "Lost & Lonely Miles," as you are introduced to the band's acoustic-based sound. The vocals of front man Tylor Ketchum display a passion for the album's subject matter, which celebrates the history of "Black Jack" Ketchum, a member of the Hole-In-The-Wall Gang and a distant relative to Tylor. His singing on "Good At Bad News" and "Still Getting High" sounds as if it comes from someone who is well beyond his twenties, which Tylor is only in his mid-twenties. The six-minute "Ballad Of Black Jack Ketchum" gives you the complete story of his ancestor with the song's steady pace and storied lyrics. Tylor & The Train Robbers deliver a nostalgic country vibe on "Pave Your Way," before finishing up their new album with the gentle ballad "Few & Far Between," which features vocal contributions from Jennifer Pisano, and the quiet acoustics of "Place Like This." To find out more about Tylor & The Train Robbers and their latest release "Best Of The Worst Kind," please visit tylorandthetrainrobbers.com.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Singer Bonnie Tyler Reaches For "The Stars" On Her New Album

Singer/songwriter Bonnie Tyler has been performing for audiences for over four decades now. She released her first solo album in 1977 and became a household name first with the singles "It's A Heartache" and the chart topping "Total Eclipse Of The Heart." She will be releasing her seventeenth studio album "Between The Earth And The Stars" on March 22nd, through earMUSIC.

Her new album contains fourteen tracks, beginning with the steady rhythm of "Hold On," as Tyler's vocals sound perfectly aged. Her first special guest to appear on this release is Sir Rod Stewart, who duets with Tyler on the classic rock appeal of "Battle Of The Sexes." Bonnie Tyler gets the blues flowing through "Slow Walk," before featuring the work of Sir Barry Gibb, as he lends a hand with writing the ballad "Seven Waves Away." Status Quo's Francis Rossi helps Tyler pick the energy back up with the pounding rhythm of "Someone's Rockin' Your Heart," before slowing down once again for the emotional "Older." Tyler flexes her classic rock muscle with the energy of "Don't Push Your Luck," before finishing up her new album with the R&B sway of "Missing You" and the thick bass line of "Move." To find out more about Bonnie Tyler and her latest release "Between The Earth And The Stars," please visit bonnietyler.com.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Tedeschi Trucks Band Show "Signs" Of How Great Their New Album Is

The husband and wife duo of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks have been riding a surge of success, as one of the premier southern rock/jam bands to be on the road. The Tedeschi Trucks Band will be celebrating 20 years together next spring and the band recently released their fourth studio album, "Signs." It shows a band that definitely enjoy what they do, as the band seems to grow with each new release. They continue to carry the torch that has been passed along from the Allman Brothers Band upon their retirement.

The new album features eleven tracks, beginning with the wonderful southern blues of "Signs, High Times," as the horns and Hammond organ add a bit of funk to the song's shuffle groove. The rhythm slows down for the R&B flavor of "I'm Gonna Be There," which also includes a guest appearance from guitarist/singer Doyle Bramhall II. The Tedeschi Trucks Band dive back into the funk with the steady bass line of "Walk Though This Life," which gets highlighted by the dual guitar work of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. The tempo slows down for the soulful ballad "Strengthen What Remains" and the beautiful piano work of Kofi Burbridge (who passed away in February) on the inspirational "Still Your Mind." The whole band seems to come together like a congregation for "Hard Case," before closing the album with the Allman Brothers Band-sounding "Shame" and the quiet acoustics of "The Ending," featuring the guitar works of Oliver Wood (from The Wood Brothers).

The Tedeschi Trucks Band will be hitting the road, beginning in Europe at the beginning of April, before returning the U.S. the following month. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their new release "Signs," please visit tedeschitrucksband.com.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

New Music From Singer/Songwriters Tim Gartland, Joey McGee and Alex Wiley Coyote

Arriving April 12th is the the fourth solo album from singer/harmonica player Tim Gartland. His new album titled "Satisfied" features ten tracks, beginning with the bluesy shuffle of "Drinking For Two." He slows down for the ballad "Blues For Free," as Gartland displays some of his talents on the harmonica. The tempo picks back up with the country vibe of "Can't Paint A Prettier Picture," before returning to the classic blues sound of "You Best Think Twice." His deep vocals shine on the title-song "Satisfied," then he delivers the guitar-boogie shuffle of "Walk On." Tim Gartland finishes up his new album with the reggae-type rhythm of "Why Does The Room Begin To Sway" and the sultry, slinky blues of "Don't Judge Me." To find out more about Tim Gartland and his latest release "Satisfied," please visit timgartland.com.


Next from Texas comes the soulful rock of Joey McGee and his new album "El Camino Real." It also features ten tracks, beginning with the steady flow of "Stuck" and the country shuffle of "Old Beat Up Car." Joey picks the energy up with the sonic blast of "Hurricane," before slowing the tempo down for the quieter tones of "Sunday Blues." He quickly returns to the big country rock riffs of "The War You Wanted" and the bluesy swing of "The Cape." Joey McGee wraps up his new album with the emotion-filled ballad "For The Likes Of You" and the southern country rock sounds of "Deep In The Heart," as Joey vocals always seem to rise above the music. To find out more about Joe McGee and his latest release "El Camino Real," please visit joeymcgee.com.


Finally we arrive at the latest release from experimental pop/rock artist Alex Wiley Coyote. His new release simply titled "Alex Wiley Coyote II" will be released on March 8th digitally and on cassette. Alex kicks things of with the steady electronic beats of "Maintenance Man," as he carries an underground new wave sound into the keyboard driven "Bram in Dreamland." He also showcases his raw, rock sound on "Dead People II," before returning to the electronic pop of "(I'm Gonna) Kill You." Alex wraps up his new album with the experimental sounds of "International PSA," the punk-like energy of "Dead Fish" and the seven-minute sound collage "Where The Sea Meets The Land." To find out more about Alex Wiley Coyote and his latest release "Alex Wiley Coyote II," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/alexwileycoyote.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Expand Your Musical Palette With The Bucket List, DarWin, Fernando Perdomo and Ape Shifter

When you create a list of things that you would like to do or accomplish in your lifetime, it becomes your "bucket list." Well, one such "bucket list" features a new album from legendary artists Phil Keaggy, Tony Levin and Jerry Marotta. This trio, who have named themselves, The Bucket List, have recorded an album of 12 instrumentals that showcase the wonderful talents of each member of the band. We begin with "Sometimes 11," which starts out like a beautiful, wide-open jazz number, before taking off into more progressive rock territory. Levin's bass leads the way on the funky breaks of "Fearless," while Keaggy's guitar work on "Midlife Crisis" is exceptional. The album continues with the quieter, experimental rhythm of "Stella Luna," as drummer Jerry Marotta pours his heart into this performance. The band expands their sound with the interesting tones of "Phil's On," before closing their new album with the beautiful melody of "Caravan" and the sunny jazz sounds of "Blue Hawaii." To find out more from The Bucket List, please visit jerrymarotta.com.

The new progressive rock band, DarWin recently released their full-length debut album "Origin Of Species." It features the work of legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, Judas Priest, The Who) and veteran bass player Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth), with guest appearances from Greg Howe, Jeff Babko, Dennis Hamm and Ernst Tibbs. The new release is a concept album about the future of the world as chaos and confusion ensues. It is broken up into two separate acts, as things kick off with the aggressive feel of "For Humanity" and "The Last Chance." The tempo slows down for the more melodic tones of "Taking Chances" and "Escape The Maze." The first part of the album closes with the addition of The Chamber Orchestra of London filling up the grand appeal of "Forever."

The second part comes blasting right out of the gate with the hard rock attack of "War Against My Mind," before delivering the beautiful harmonies of "One Horizon" and "Cosmic Rays." The band return to the progressive hard rock assault of "Walk Away From Earth" and "Just One More Day," as you can fully appreciate the stellar musicianship DarWin have to offer. They close out their new album with the spoken word introduction of the "Prologue," which leads into the return of "For Humanity." To find out more about DarWin and their latest release "Origin Of Species," please visit darwin.is.

Progressive rock guitarist Fernando Perdomo quickly followed up his 2018 album "Out To Sea," with the sequel "Out To Sea 2." This new album features seventeen tracks, beginning with the intense quick energy shot of "Two." Fernando keeps the energy going with the steady flow of "Super Woofer" and the exciting guitar work of "Boing!" He slows down for you to examine the wonderful soundscape guitar work of "Beautiful" and "Stairway To The Sea." Fernando Perdomo also shows that he can rock with the best of them on the uptempo blast of "Saturday Night" and "Flying To Utopia." He closes out his new release with a pair of live tracks, as he takes you on the adventure of "Angel" and the more intense rocker "The Architect (Tribute To Peter Banks)." To find out more about Fernando Perdomo and his latest release "Out To Sea 2," please visit fernandoperdomo.com.

Two years after the release of their debut album, the progressive hard-rock trio, Ape Shifter return with their sophomore album simply titled "Ape Shifter II." It features thirteen tracks that the band has been working on since completing their two European club tours. The album kicks off with the high-energy opener "Gravity," as musician Jeff Aug explodes on the guitar. The music gets a little grungier on the heavy attack of "Mask Of The Ancient Warrior," before drummer Kurty Munch pounds his way through "Shoegazer." Bassist Florian Walter gets funky with the riffs of "American Eagle," before the band return to a more classic British heavy metal sounds on "7 Years Fat, 7 Years Lean" and "Die Rausschmeiber." Ape Shifter wrap up their new album with the rhythm-fueled "No Chords Allowed, Jonathan" and the quieter, worldly feel of "Matilda," which is also the only song that contains lyrics and vocals. Ape Shifter will be heading out on the road at the end of the month for another club tour of Europe. To find out more about Ape Shifter and their latest release Ape Shifter II," please visit ape-shifter.com.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

New Music On The Horizon From Iron Fire, Iron Griffin, Imprecation, Vircolac and Musket Hawk

As the month of March kicks off, there are a handful of new heavy metal releases to take note of. First off is the latest release from the power metal trio, Iron Fire. Their new album "Beyond The Void" features a dozen tracks that keeps it focus on writing songs that will find their way into the heart of heavy metal fans everywhere. Iron Fire kick things off with the high-powered attack of the title-song "Beyond The Void" and the more melodic tone of "Final Warning," which showcases the band's growth over the years. The band keep the energy turning with the electrifying guitar riffs of "Cold Chains Of The North" and also "Bones And Gasoline." They take their sound to the next level with the intense delivery of "To Hell And Back," before finishing with the classic heavy metal tones of "One More Bullet" and sonic blast of "Out Of Nowhere." To find out more about Iron Fire and their latest release "Beyond The Void," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/ironfiredk.

Next, is the full-length debut release from Finnish metal duo, Iron Griffin. The album feature the work of Mausoleum Gate drummer Oskari Rasanen, as he teams up with vocalist Maija Tiljander to create a classic metal sound on "Curse Of The Sky." The new seven-track release begins with a quiet "Prelude," which leads into the "Reign Of Thunder," as you are first introduced to Maija's high vocal range. The music carries a nostalgic NWOBHM vibe as displayed in "Lost Legion" and "Curse Of The Sky." The closing track is a seven-plus minute progressive rock track that showcases some of Oskari's best songwriting. To find out more about the new Iron Griffin release "Curse Of The Sky," please visit facebook.com/irongriffinmetal.

Also arriving on March 22nd are a couple of releases from Dark Descent Records. First up is the sophomore effort from the Texas metal band, Imprecation. Their new album titled "Damnatio Ad Bestias" includes eight death metal anthems, beginning with the buzzing growl of "Temple Of The Foul Spirit." The band quickly pick-up the energy with the hardcore sound of "Morbid Crucifixion," before taking it up another notch with the intense attack of "Baptized In Satan's Blood." The album continues with the thunderous approach of "Dagger, Thurible, Alter Of Death," which includes a shredding guitar solo, before Imprecation close their new album with the aggressive, neck-breaking sound of "Ageless Of None." To find out more about Imprecation and their latest release "Damnatio Ad Bestias," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Imprecation.

The other Dark Descent Records release comes from the hardcore death metal band Vircolac. Their new album titled "Masque" features seven tracks, as the band come blasting out of your speakers with the six-minute epic "Titan." They continue their sonic attack with the quick-pace of "Tether & Wine," before slowing down for the more progressive metal approach of "So I Hang From A Wretched Tree." Vircolac continue to blaze a trail of destruction with "Snake Among Men," before closing out their new album with the pounding two-minute instrumental "End Of A Beginning." To find out more about Vircolac and their latest release "Masque," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/vircolacdeathmetal.

At the end of the month of March is the  arrival of the sophomore release from the Baltimore-based grindcore metal band, Musket Hawk. Their new six-song release titled "Upside Of Sick" burns with the raw, dark growling screams of "Roidhead Swindler," They continue to melt your eardrums with the musical hardcore clash of "Hexagon," before picking up the pace for the intense, aggressive attack of "Punk Rock Ruined My Life." Musket Hawk wrap up their new short release with seven-minute, feedback-fueled, sludge-metal appeal of "Uncouth." To find out more about Musket Hawk and their latest release "Upside Of Sick," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/MusketHawkBaltimore.

Monday, March 4, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases Arriving From Tyr, Orbiter and Eyes Of The Living

Arriving March 8th via Metal Blade Records is the new studio album from the Scandinavian heavy metal band Tyr, who also celebrated their 20th year together in 2018. The new album titled "Hel" features thirteen tracks filled to the brim with new progressive, melodic anthems, beginning with entrance into the "Gates of Hel." The excitement and energy continues to the flow through the swift pace of "All Heroes Fall" and "Garmr," as the band's musicianship continues to be one of the best in the world of heavy metal music. Tyr deliver the powerful message of "Sunset Shore" and the aggressive attack of "Downhill Drunk" to display what they've learned from the last 20 years. They keep the pedal to the metal on the super-quick rhythm of "Empire Of The North," before the more melodic and progressive feel of "King Of Time" takes over your speakers. Tyr finish their new album with the sonic blast of "Songs Of War" and the seven-plus minute heavy metal version of the traditional Faroese ballad "Alvur Kongur." To find out more about Tyr and their latest release "Hel," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/tyrband.

Next from Norway comes the latest release from the hard rock trio, Orbiter. Their new album titled "Resist, Submit, Repeat" features seven tracks, beginning with the hardcore groove of "To The Crows." The album continues with the lead single, "Six Line," which showcases the band's aggressive, raw sound. Orbiter swing along to the chugging rhythm of "Misery Season," before picking the tempo with the aggressive attack of "Fratican Shitty." They wrap up their new album with the sonic build-up of the album's most experimental track "Voyage." To find out more about Orbiter and their latest release "Resist, Submit, Repeat," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/orbiterrocks.

Finally we arrive at the debut studio album titled "War On Dead - More Dead" from Eyes Of The Living. The individual members have had their music featured on television shows like "That Metal Show," "Ozzy and Jack's World Detour," " The Messengers" and "True Hollywood Story." In 2016, the Eyes Of The Living band was formed and were crowned the East Coast Winners of the 2018 WACKEN Metal Band USA competition. Their new 15-track release comes blasting right from the beginning with the one-two punch of "Count The Days" and "Run For You Life," as you begin to take notice of this new heavy metal juggernaut. They keep the energy flowing with the adrenaline fueled metal riffs of "Infected" and "Chemical Bath," before delivering the mainstream heavy metal melodic sound of "Stench Of Death." Eyes Of The Living move their attack to the industrial/nu-metal style of "War On Dead," before closing their new album with the aggressive appeal of "Survival" and the acoustic metal ballad "Dawn." To find out more about Eyes Of The Living and their latest release "War On Dead - More Dead," please visit eyesoftheliving.com.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Tesla Look To "Shock" Your System With Their New Phil Collen Produced Album

Arriving March 8th through Universal Music Enterprises is the brand new studio album from classic hard rockers, Tesla. Their new album "Shock" is packed to the brim with 13 tracks, beginning with the shuffle explosion of "You Won't Take Me Alive." The album was also produced by Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, who has been touring along side Tesla on and off for the past few years. So, he has been working with the band to deliver new music that all Tesla fans will be proud of. They re-use the blueprint for their hit "Love Song" on the new "We Can Rule The World," as Jeff Keith's rough vocals are the perfect home for this inspirational track.

The album continues with the pulsating beat of the title-song "Shock," highlighted by a sonic blast during the chorus and is filled with the dual guitar attack of Frank Hannon and Dave Rude. The ballad "Forever Loving You" and the slow build-up of "The Mission" showcase the softer side of Tesla's music, before blazing a trail of hard rock with the electrifying "Tied To The Tracks." Tesla finish up their new album with the adrenaline-fueled arena anthem "I Want Everything" and the pounding rhythm of "Comfort Zone" supplied by drummer Troy Luccketta and bassist Brian Wheat.

Tesla will be hitting the road at the end of the month for a tour of the U.S. before heading up to Canada in July. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about their amazing new album "Shock," please visit teslatheband.com.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Relive The Music Of The 90's With The New "Cruel Intentions" Original Cast Album

It has been twenty years since the original film, "Cruel Intentions" was released. It starred such well known actors and actresses as Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair. The movie was based off the the French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses," but modernized for 20th century New York. 

The off-Broadway show "Cruel Intentions: The Musical" (based on the cult film) will begin a national tour at the end of March and to co-inside with that, ABKCO Music & Records is releasing an original cast soundtrack of the show. It features a jukebox of nineties hits sung by the cast with new orchestral rock arrangements. Beginning with Placebo's "Every You, Every Me," you are in for a journey back in time with these 18 hit songs. Many of these musical numbers feature dialog from the show as in "I'm The Only One" and "Genie In A Bottle," while others are almost perfect replicas of the originals like No Doubt's "Just A Girl" and Deep Blue Something's "Breakfast At Tiffany's." The act one finale, "Only Happy When It Rains" showcases the great vocal talents that this soundtrack boasts, as all these songs are iconic.

This new soundtrack closes with the powerful "Katheryn's Turn Medley," (which features the songs "Bitch" and "Losing My Religion") and grand finale of The Verve's "Bittersweet Symphony." For complete list of tour dates and to find out more about "Cruel Intentions: The Musical," please visit cruelmusical.com.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Cleopatra Records Digs Into The Vaults For Unreleased Recordings From '90s Rockers Sponge

The alternative rock band, Sponge blasted onto the music scene in 1994 with their debut album"Rotting Pinata." It featured the top five modern rock hits "Plowed" and "Molly," as both songs receive significant airplay on rock radio stations. Sponge quickly followed that up in 1996 with "Wax Ecstatic," which scored them the opening slot on the KISS reunion tour that same year. The band's popularity started to waiver following the release of their third album "New Pop Sunday," which showcased a cleaner pop/rock sound. The band still continues to record and tour to this day, and the original line-up played their first show together last year, since 1994.

Now, another new release to bring back the glory of the band's "heyday" is the Cleopatra Records release, "Demoed In Detroit 1997-98." It features 18-tracks that continued the band's early raw, grunge-like sound, which was eventually shelved for a more polished, mainstream radio-friendly sound. Songs like "Falling For The Girls," "Once In A Blue Moon" and "Walk In My Shoes" display the talent that Sponge had for creating energetic rock anthems. This set also includes a trio of cover songs, as Sponge add their special touch to classics by The Doors ("Break On Through"), The Who ("My Generation") and Steppenwolf ("Born To Be Wild"). Rounding out this new release are two exclusive acoustic versions of Sponge's biggest hits, "Plowed" and "Molly." To find out more about "Demoed In Detroit 1997-98," please visit cleorecs.com.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Bobby Long To Release "Sultans" Just In Time For His Latest Tour

Music artist, Bobby Long is preparing to release his fourth studio album "Sultans" on March 1st through Compass Records. On this new release, Long pays homage to The Beatles as he bookends the album with the title song, a la The Beatles' "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band." The album carries a very nostalgic vibe with its wah-wah sound in "Nautical," as Bobby Long reaches back to his British roots as displayed in folk/rock appeal of "Mazarati." His vocals in "Goodbye" will grab hold of you, as you find yourself falling in love with his music. He dives back to the sixties rock sound once again with "Serpentine," before slowing down for the acoustic ballad "Love." Bobby finishes up his new album with the wonderful, gentle flow of "Venice" and the bluesy feel of "Sisters."

Bobby Long will also begin his two-month tour on March 1st at the City Winery Loft in New York City, before making his way to Wold Cafe Live in Philadelphia, PA and Cafe Nine in New Haven, CT. For a complete list of tour dates and to find out more about his new album "Sultans," please visit musicbobbylong.com.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

New Music From Rockers The Everyday Losers, Experimental Artists Black Bombaim & Cosmic Folk Musician Prana Crafter

Kicking things off is the latest independent release from the Indiana-based hard rock band, The Everyday Losers. Their new album titled "Mono No Aware" features nine tracks of attention grabbing, energetic rock anthems, beginning with "The Calm And Collected." They quickly continue with the hard-hitting assault of "Melancholia" and the grinding rhythm of "Birds Of Prey." The Everyday Losers let up on their hard rock tempo for only a moment for the emotions of "Break My Heart" and the mainstream melody of "Burn Away," before closing out their new album with the raw blast of "Know It All" and the steady climb of "Die For You." The Everyday Losers will be part of the 2019 Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival in July, along with headliners Shinedown, Godsmack and Five Finger Death Punch. To find out more about their new album "Mono No Aware," please visit theeverydaylosers.com.

Next up is the new album titled "Zones Of Resident Bodies" from experimental artists, Black Bombaim. Their new six-song release begins with a twenty-three minute journey into sound, as the band look to break down the barriers of the studio by recording in old empty auditoriums and postal offices. The pounding of the opener "Zones Of Resonant Bodies" goes on for the first six minutes before more instruments begin to take their place in this musical number. The album continues with the spaced-out, avant garde rock of "Three Axes," before reaching the hard rock attack of "20180224." Black Bombaim wrap up their new album with the raw, grunge-like appeal of "20171216" and the swirling, rhythm-fueled experimental piece "20180415." To find out more about Black Bombaim and their latest release "Zones Of Resident Bodies," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/blackbombaim.

Last, but certainly not least is the new album titled "MindStreamBlessing" from the cosmic folk/rock artist, Prana Crafter. The purpose of this new eight-song release is to "relax and crack open your mind a little while." The album begin with the gentle acoustic strumming of "At Agartha's Gate," which develops and evolves as the song moves along. Prana Crafter continues with the more electrifying six-minute soundscape of "As The Weather Commands," before slowing back down for the relaxing tones of "FingersFlowThroughOldSkolRiver." He deliver a nostalgic-sounding vibe on the quieter "MindStreamBlessing," before closing out the album with the floating musical notes of "Luminous Clouds" and the guitar-led bluesy sound of "Bardo Nectar." To find out more about Prana Crafter and his latest release "MindStreamBlessing," please visit facebook.com/pranacrafter.