Thursday, August 29, 2019

Alice Cooper Leaves Us A Trail Of "Breadcrumbs" & Tarja Delivers Her New Album "In The Raw"

Legendary rocker Alice Copper is unleashing a new EP on September 13th, titled "Breadcrumbs." It will be released as a limited edition 10" vinyl, as well as digitally and features a six-song tribute to some of the garage rock bands that inspired him growing up in Detroit. The album was recorded with some friends, including Wayne Kramer (MC5), Mark Farner (Grand Funk Railroad) and Johnny "Bee" Badanjek (Detroit Wheels) just to name a few. The new release begins with a reworking of Cooper's own song "Detroit City" from his 2003 album "The Eyes Of Alice Cooper." The updated version "Detroit City 2020" has a harder, more raw edge to the music to go along with the rest of the album. This set also features a new track co-written with Kramer titled "Go Man Go" that will surely quicken up your pulse with it's punk-like energy and classic hard rock sound.

The rest of the EP includes covers of Bob Seger's "East Side Story," Suzi Quatro's "Your Mama Won't Like Me" and the MC5's "Sister Anne." Alice seems to have the most fun re-creating Mitch Ryder's "Devil With The Blue Dress/Chains Of Love" into a swinging lounge number, before finally picking the tempo up. Alice Cooper is currently on tour in Europe, before returning to the U.S. this fall. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about his new release "Breadcrumbs," please visit alicecooper.com.

Another release from the dark side, is the latest effort from the Finnish heavy metal songstress Tarja. Her new album titled "In The Raw" will be released on August 30th, and features ten brand new tracks. We begin with the high-powered opening song, "Dead Promises," as the intense music lays the path for Tarja to duet with fellow metal rocker Bjorn "Speed" Strid (Soilwork). Tarja's vocals always take the songs to another level as in the numbers "Tears In Rain" and "Spirits In The Sea." She allows her voice to soar on the operatic-like delivery of "Railroads" and the lush piano ballad "You And I." Tarja finishes up her album with the intense seven-minute epic progressive metal piece "Silent Masquerade," featuring Tommy Karvik (Seventh Wonder) and the equally epic "Shadow Play," which includes a grand choir and orchestration. Tarja will begin her "In The Raw" tour in Russia in September, before heading to South America in October. For a complete list of shows and to find out more about her her album "In The Raw," please visit tarjaturunen.com.

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