Monday, October 21, 2019

Big Star's Final Album "In Space" Gets Expanded By Omnivore Recordings

On October 25th, Omnivore Recordings will reissue the final studio album from Big Star on CD (with bonus tracks) and on translucent blue vinyl. The album "In Space" was originally released in 2005, it was their first studio recording in thirty years, after reforming in the mid-nineties. It features twelve tracks (ten originals and two covers) that display a very power pop rock sound, which critics did not care for at the time of its release, but feels more nostalgic and addictive this second time around.

Songs like "Best Chance" and "February's Quiet" captures Big Star's classic sound, in a more polished setting, while their cover of The Olympics' "Mine Exclusively" is where the pulse of the album lies. Alex Chilton and Big Star try to bring that energy into "A Whole New Thing" and "Do You Wanna Make It," but the band's early raw rock sound was gone, as the band displayed a more mature sound on this final album.

The six bonus tracks that appear on the new CD release of "In Space" features the rare, out-of-print "Hot Thing," along with demos and early mixes of the songs "Dony" and "February's Quiet." The set closes with a sweet Acapella version of "Turn Back The Sun," which sounds like a modern version of The Beach Boys. Also included in this set a 16-page booklet filled with new essays from surviving band members, as well as from co-producer/engineer Jeff Powell. To find out more about this new reissue of Big Star's "In Space" album, please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Fifty Years Later, Frank Sinatra Still Has It Going On "My Way"

One of the most popular songs in the Frank Sinatra catalog is his signature tune, "My Way," which reached number 2 on the Easy Listening charts in the U.S. and stayed on the U.K. singles chart for a record 75 weeks. The song begins side two of Sinatra's 1969 album "My Way," which reached the #2 position on the U.K. album charts. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of that timeless album, Universal Music Enterprises/Captiol Records, in association with Frank Sinatra Enterprises has reissued the album on a limited edition translucent green color vinyl and also on CD with four bonus tracks.

The "My Way" album features Frank Sinatra performing his own versions of pop classics, including songs by The Beatles ("Yesterday"), Simon & Garfunkel ("Mrs. Robinson") and Ray Charles ("Hallelujah I Love Her So"). He certainly did things his way on this album, as Sinatra (with the help of composer Don Costa) took these well known lyrics and put a different spin on the melody to add his own signature style to the songs. These songs still sound timeless (especially on vinyl) even after fifty years. Sinatra's voice is so warming on the ballads "Didn't We" and "If You Go Away," that you can feel his passion for these performances.

The four bonus tracks included on the new CD release featured two new versions of the song "My Way." One version is sung as a duet with Willie Nelson (which fits each other's musical style perfectly) and the other version is sung with Luciano Pavarotti, which doesn't have quite the same matching appeal. There are also two live version of the song "My Way" performed at two different eras of Frank Sinatra's career. While the original song "My Way" was only recorded in one take, I wish that some of the sessions of the other songs may have been included in this set as bonus songs to make this a more monumental release.

Also available for the first time is a new Frank Sinatra compilation titled "Sinatra Sings Alan & Marilyn Bergman." It features songs written by the famous songwriting duo and sung by Frank Sinatra at different points in his career. The new release also features two songs (as bonus tracks) that have never been previously released, "Leave It All To Me" and "How Do You Keep The Music Playing?." To find out more about these two new great anniversary releases, please visit sinatra.com

Saturday, October 19, 2019

The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach Helps Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Bring Out The Blues

The 72-year old classic blues artist Jimmy "Duck" Holmes recently released his new studio album "Cypress Groove," which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. The album features Auerbach, as well as some other special guests like Marcus King, Eric Deaton and Sam Bacco on Duck's new eleven track release.

The album begins with stark acoustic strumming of "Hard Times," as Holmes feels like shouting out the lyrics to get his point across. Dan Auerbach's influence is heard on the steady, southern groove of "Catfish Blues," which perfectly matches Holmes' weathered vocals. The pace picks up with the train-like rhythm of "Goin' Away Baby," before guitarist Marcus King lends some sweet slide-guitar work to "Rock Me." The album closes with Holmes returning to the acoustic guitar for the picking and tapping of "Devil Got My Woman," before the boogie, blues-shuffle of "Train Train" and keeping the steady backdrop for Holmes to finish with the story of "Two Women." To find out more about Jimmy "Duck" Holmes' latest release "Cypress Groove," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/jimmyduckholmes.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Magpie Salute Hit The "High Water" Mark Once Again With Their Second Studio Release

After the demise of The Black Crowes in 2015, The Magpie Salute was born from its ashes, featuring Crowes' guitarists Rich Robinson and Marc Ford, along with Crowes' bassist Sven Pipien. Rounding out the group is lead singer John Hogg, drummer Joe Magistro and keyboardist Matt Slocum. On October 18th, The Magpie Salute will release their second studio album titled "High Water II," which follows the band's two-album project that began with last year's release of "High Water I." 

Their new twelve-song album kicks off with a pair of energetic rockers, "Sooner Or Later" and the thumping rhythm of "Gimme Something." The band embraces their southern rock roots on the sweet back roads country groove of "In Here" and also in the beautiful acoustic strumming of "Lost Boy," which features a guest appearance by legendary bluegrass/country singer Alison Krauss. The dual guitars comes out blazing during the intense rocker "Turn It Around," before The Magpie Salute close out their new album the guitar boogie shuffle of "Doesn't Really Matter" and the acoustic blues jam of "Where Is This Place." To find out more about The Magpie Salute and their latest release "High Water II," please visit their Facebook page facebook.com/TheMagpieSalute

Thursday, October 17, 2019

New Music From The Almost, American Grim, Fire From The Gods, Vatican, Varials & Raw Hex

On October 25th, The Almost make their Fearless Records debut with the album "Fear Caller." Frontman Aaron Gillespie (Underoath) states that he does his "best under pressure, when things are bad," so he went to the desert to write and record this new album. It features a dozen tracks that showcase another side of Aaron's creativity, away from his band, Underoath, as things kicks off with the mainstream rock of " I Want It Real" and the more pop oriented "Tame A Lion." Then, The Almost go all out rock and roll on the intensity of "Over And Underneath" and "I Think I Am," before reaching a spot on cover of U2's "In God's Country." The album closes with the quietly flowing ballad "I Won't Miss" and the dark, deep alternative rock approach of "Why Do You Bother Me." To find out more about The Almost and their latest release "Fear Caller," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/thealmost

Arriving November 1st is the new album from the New Jersey trio, American Grim. Their new release titled "Ultra Black" features thirteen tracks that are smothered in the band's nu-metal, industrial rock influences, beginning with the the pounding rhythm of "Ghost" and buzz of "Nightmare." The band look to shock you with the dark tones and hard hitting chorus of "Living Terror," while "Ultra Black" sounds straight from the nu-metal wave of the nineties. American Grim pick the energy back up with the aggressive hard rock attack of "So Sick" and "Gods And Kings," before the electronics take over their sound once again with the beats of "White Walls." American Grim wrap up their new album with hardcore metal feel of "Follow Me" and the hip-hop vocals of "Alone (Hate Me)." To find out more about American Grim and their latest release "Ultra Black," please visit americangrimmusic.com.  


Also arriving November 1st on the Eleven Seven Label is the sophomore effort from the hard rock band, Fire From The Gods. Their new album titled "American Sun" features thirteen tracks that combines elements of hip-hop, reggae and pop in their hardcore, modern hard rock sound, which makes them stand out ahead of many other bands in the genre. They begin with the rolling vocals and big chorus of "Truth To The Weak (Not Built To Collapse)" and the island groove of the title song "American Sun," which keeps you guessing on the direction of their music. Sonny Sandoval (P.O.D.) lends a hand on the hip-hop/rock collaboration of "They Don't Like It," while "Victory" is ready-made for modern hard rock radio to grab hold of. Fire From The Gods finish up their new album with the nu-metal blast of "All MY Heroes Are Dead" and the slow-building inspiration sounds of "Break The Cycle." To find out more about Fire From The Gods and their latest release "American Sun," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/firefromthegods


Hardcore death metal band Vatican will be releasing their new album "Sole Impulse" on November 15th through 1126 Records. It features eleven hard-hitting tracks, beginning with the intensity of the title song "Sole Impulse," quickly followed by the growling vocals and pounding drums of "Blades In Seria." The attack keeps on coming with the swiftness of "Thirty-One Staples" and "Color My Grave Mine," as both tracks hover around the two-minute mark. Vatican play around with tempo on "Cognition Rendered Dead" (the longest song on the album at almost five minutes), before closing out their new album with the hardcore metal groove of "Ex Nihilo" and the shrieking guitars of "Xero Line Crisis." To find out more about Vatican and their latest release "Sole Impulse," please visit vaticanvr.bandcamp.com


The hardcore metal band Varials recently released their latest full-length album titled "In Darkness." It features fifteen tracks that come blasting right out of the gate with the intensity of "Would" and the aggressive growls of "I Suffocate." The album only breaks away for the heavy metal pounding a few times for some spoken word interludes and instrumentals, before returning once again to the head-banging rhythms of "South Of One" and "I Against I." Varials finish up their new album with more melodic, mainstream hard rock appeal of "The Love Machine" and sonic attack of "Maze." To find out more about Varials and their latest release "In Darkness," please visit varialspa.net


Arriving November 15th is the new album from the hardcore metal band Raw Hex. Their latest release titled "Always High, Always Low" is a punch in the face, as their wall of sound knocks you down with its quick hitting tracks like "Dead Dealer" and "All Is Cold." Raw Hex save their two longest numbers for the end of the album, as "Shackled" is simply two minutes of shear force and speed, while "Mongrel" digs deep into the hardcore metal groove with it pounding rhythm. To find out more about Raw Hex and their latest release "Always High, Always Low," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/rawhexnc

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

New Music From Frankiie, Blinker The Star, Laurent Bourque, Marchildon!, Wildlife & Pallas Athene

First from Canada comes the debut album from the modern rock female four-piece, Frankiie. Their new album "Forget Your Head" features eleven tracks with a nostalgic pop/rock vibe, which is highlighted in the songs "Funny Feelings" and "Easy Breezy." Frankiie keeps the energy flowing with "Glory Me" and "Alone Again," before closing with the gentle acoustics of "Stone Song." To find out more about Frankiie and their latest release "Forget Your Head," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/frankiietheband

Multi-instrumentalist and singer Jordan Zadorozny recently released his latest album under the name, Blinker The Star. Jordan has worked with along side such artists as Courtney Love, Lindsey Buckingham and Chris Cornell and started Blinker The Star as a band, but returned it to a solo project for this latest release, "Careful With Your Magic." The new nine-track release begins with the intense layers of sound on "Wild Something," before delivering the pop beats of "Sweet Nothing." Jordan keeps the energy flowing with alternative rock of "Phantom Tongue" and "I Won't Look Down." He closes his new Blinker The Star album with the addictive, flowing melody of "An Exit." To find out more about Blinker The Star and his latest release "Careful With Your Magic," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/blinkerthestar


Canadian singer/songwriter Laurent Bourque recently released his sophomore effort titled "Blue Hour." The new thirteen-track album begins with the pop beats of the title-song "Blue Hour," as you instantly become drawn in to his sound. He continues with the steady rock groove of "Thinking Of You" and the two soulful ballads "Wait & See" and "Lightning Mood." His sound is so addictive that you will definitely want more from this rising new artist. To find out more about Laurent Bourque and his latest release "Blue Hour," please visit laurentbourque.com


Fellow singer/songwriter Owen Marchildon recently released his new five-song EP titled "Fantasy Mirror." The album is a "character study on the absence of spontaneity and the pressure to entertain," as you are introduced to Marchildon! songwriting on the opening track "Tyler You Should Really Stop Using." He picks the energy up with the pop beats of "PBS Saturday Night" and the post punk rawness of "She Is A Soil," before closing with the light, atmospheric flow of "Currently Chihuahua." To find out more about Marchildon! and his latest release "Fantasy Mirror," please visit facebook.com/Purple-Hill-Records


Canadian rock band, Wildlife are quickly approaching their fifteenth anniversary with a brand new release titled "Take The Light With You." Their new ten song album begins with the upbeat energy of "Wasted" and the arena built rocker "Broken Magic." The radio-ready anthem "No Control" is pure pop/rock gold, while Wildlife wrap up their new album with the steady pace of "Dance Now" and the more experimental soundscape of "House Of The Shadows." To find out more about Wildlife and their latest release "Take The Light With You," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/wearewildlife


The alternative-pop project Pallas Athene was created by music artist Breanna Johnston. Her new self-titled EP was released on October 11th and features five tracks that Breanne calls "super dark" and "liberating." She starts out with the slow, piano ballad "Through Hell," as she layers music and sound in order to give her music depth and emotion. The monotone "Saturn's Return" is hard to grab hold of, but the album closer "In Silence" draws you in with the perfect mixture of beats and electronics. To find out more about Pallas Athene, please visit pallasathenemusic.com

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

"Scratch" Perry Gets Second Chance, David Norland Releases Debut & Lost Bayou Ramblers Celebrate

On December 6th, arrives the full-length reworking of the Lee "Scratch" Perry album "Rainford," which was originally released back in June. This new album titled "Heavy Rain" takes the songs from the "Rainford" album and produces a new, bass heavy version of the album with the help of co-producer Adrian Sherwood. Kicking things off is a short jungle intro with words of wisdom from Perry, before the deep, sonic thunderous groove of "Here Comes The Warm Dreads," featuring a guest appearance from Brian Eno. Next, Vin Gordon shows up on the electrifying beats and horns of "Rattling Bones And Crowns," before arriving at the spaced-out dub version of "Mindworker" and the slow, swaying rhythm of "Crickets In Moonlight." The album finishes while climbing aboard Lee Perry's star-ship titled "Space Craft" and the reggae/folk vibe of "Heavy Rainford," featuring Vin Gordon once again. To find out more about the new release "Heavy Rainford," please visit Lee "Scratch" Perry's Facebook page at facebook.com/perryscratch


Emmy-nominated film and television composer, David Norland is preparing to release his debut album titled "Glam Tear Stain" on November 1st. Norland is using his experiences for film scoring on his latest work, taking a minimalist approach to the thirteen songs that make up his new album. He begins with the gracefulness of the piano on "Agate Or Barrium," then works in a bit more atmosphere during the lush strings of "Dark Boots Chorale." David gets even more creative with the use of voices on "To Shasta Mill," before working in some more electronics during the youthfulness of "On The Needle And The Wound," while "Thursday Optimism" follows a beautiful piano melody. He finishes his new album with the acoustic, folk sounds of "Half-Eye Outlines" and the slow-moving tones of "Ash Motel." To find out more about David Norland and his latest release "Glam Tear Stain," please visit denovali.com/davidnorland


The Grammy-winning Cajun band, Lost Bayou Ramblers are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a new live album titled "Asteur." The new fifteen track album comes with an accompanying DVD that features a documentary of the band. The show kicks off with the full-on energy blast of "Steh" and the fun, upbeat swing of "Bosco Stomp." It's hard not to have a good time with the melody of songs like "Cote Clair" and "Granny Smith" along with the built-up intensity of "Rice Pump." You will certainly find yourself getting taken over by the rhythm of "Hwy 90," before Lost Bayou Ramblers finish up their show with thunderous pounding of "Kalenda." The last four tracks are studio songs that keep the energy and passion of the Lost Bayou Ramblers alive and kicking after twenty years. To find out more about their new release "Asteur," please visit lostbayouramblers.com

Monday, October 14, 2019

New Releases Of The Mike Duke Project, Natalie MacMaster and Myles Goodwyn

Acclaimed songwriter/musician Mike Duke has been a part of the music industry for over 45 years, but has never released his own music, until now. On October 11th, the Little Village Foundation label was able to release a collection of Mike Duke's recordings that he made between 1977-2019. The driving force behind this release is from former Huey Lewis & The New manager, Bob Brown, who first discovered Duke's talents in 1981, as a demo tape of Mike's work crossed his desk. As you listen to this new set, one of the songs that jump out at you is Mike Duke's version of "Doin' It All For My Baby," which became a top ten hit for Huey Lewis & The News in 1987. One of the four new songs that appear on this release is the bluesy "I Can't Let You Go," which features a guest appearance by guitarist Elvin Bishop. Mike's voice sounds so timeless, whether its on the simple song structure of "Torn & Scarred" or on the album's oldest track "Coming 'Round Again." The album closes with a short two-minute live piano instrumental "Nicasio," which displays the wonderful talents of Mike Duke. To find out more about The Mike Duke Project "...Took A While," please visit littlevillagefoundation.com


From Canada comes the new album from the "Queen Of The Fiddle," Natalie MacMaster. It is her first new release in over 8 years and it arrives on November 1st through Linus Entertainment. The new album titled "Sketches" features a dozen instrumental tracks, beginning with the song "Three Reels," which includes a medley of the tunes "Father John Angus Rankin," "The Golden Keyboard" and "Mary Shannon's Reel." Next, Natalie heads out to the country for the swinging flow of "The Golden Eagle" and does a Irish jig with her song "Patricia Kelso's." Natalie seems to go back in time for the nostalgic sounding "Barndances" and keeps the energy flowing through "Fill'er Up For A Set" and the waltz of "Judy's Dance." She finishes her new album with the graceful flow of "West Bay Road" and her version of the pop ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me." Natalie MacMaster will be heading out on the road at the end of November for "A Celtic Family Christmas Tour," which runs to to December 20th. To find out more about Natalie MacMaster and her new album "Sketches," please visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/nataliemacmaster


Singer, songwriter, guitarist Myles Goodwyn returns with his second volume of his album series "Friends Of The Blues." The first "Friends Of The Blues" was released just last year and earned Goodwyn a Juno nomination for Blues Recording Of The Year. His new album "Friends Of The Blues 2" follows the same path of inviting some of the best blues musicians in Canada to join him on this set of thirteen originals and one cover song.

Myles Goodwyn may be best known as the leader of seventies rock band April Wine, who found mega-success with their platinum selling album "The Nature Of The Beast." Myles brings that classic rock energy into the blues, as he opens his new album with the addictive blues/rock romp of "Hip Hip," before shifting gears to his more groove oriented cover of Bobby Womack's "All Over Now." Myles lets his guitar lead the way through "Fish Tank Blues," then speeds the tempo up for the swinging rhythm of "Daddy Needs New Shoes." Singer Angel Forrest takes the lead on the deep, dark sultry blues of "Being Good (Won't Do Us Any Good Tonight)," before Myles Goodwyn finishes his new album with the classic sixties sounding rock of "Help Me Baby" and the blazing blues of the closing track "I Saw Someone That Wasn't There (And It Was You)." To find out more about Myles Goodwyn and his latest release "Friends Of The Blues 2," please visit mylesgoodwyn.com.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Sara Bareilles Delights Fans With An Amazing Night Of Music At Mohegan Sun


American recording artist Sara Bareilles is in the midst of her first U.S. tour in five years. She has certainly kept busy, during that time away from the road, writing and starring in her very first Broadway play "Waitress" and also writing and recording a brand new studio album "Amidst The Chaos" (her sixth studio album). With so much music material under her belt, Bareilles poured as much of her music as she could into her 21-song, two hour set last Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun arena.

As Sara Bareilles and her 7-piece strolled on stage to take their places, her show began with a short A capella piece, "Orpheus (Prologue)," followed by the thunderous rhythm of her hit single "Fire." Bareilles was very well-spoken with the crowd, cracking jokes and even feeling genuinely overwhelmed with the response she received from the packed arena. Her voice was perfect throughout the night, as she ran through favorites like "I Choose You" and "Love Song." 

Sara invited opening act Emily King to duet with her on the pop song "If I Can't Have You," which Emily also sings on Bareilles' new album. After the beautiful ballad "Miss Simone," Sara gave the audience a glimpse into the world of her Broadway show "Waitress" with a short four-song suite ("What's Inside," "You Matter To Me," "Bad Idea"). The final song of the suite was the touching, emotional ballad "She Used To Be Mine," which Sara sung solo playing just the piano.

She wowed the audience once again with her amazing vocal performance of "No Such Thing feat. Satellite Call," as the room lit up with cell phone lights. Sara Bareilles closed out her set with a couple of her biggest and most well-known hits "King Of Anything" and Brave," as the audience sang along, before returning to beautiful song "Orpheus."

After a very short break, Sara and her band took to the stage one last time for the two-song encore of "Gravity" and "Saint Honesty," as pages feel from ceiling, signaling the close of the evening. Feeling blessed that she is doing what she loves, Sara Bareilles once again overwhelmed and thanked her fans for an amazing night of music.

Setlist: Orpheus (Prologue), Fire, Poetry By Dead Men, Eyes On You, I Choose You, Love Song, Armor, If I Can't Have You, Miss Simone, What's Inside, You Matter To Me, Bad Idea, She Used To Be Mine, Uncharted, No Such Thing/Satellite Call, Let It Rain, King Of Anything, Brave, Orpheus
Encore: Gravity, Saint Honesty

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Steve Miller Band Invite You To Enter Their Vault With New Multi-Disc Box Set

Let me start by saying, "Welcome To The Vault" of the Steve Miller Band with his latest multi-disc set that includes loads of unreleased live versions and outtakes from throughout his career. This new 3 CD/DVD set was released on October 11th, through UMe and comes housed in a beautiful hardbound book with tons of unpublished photos and a brand new essay from Rolling Stones senior editor David Fricke.

The three compact discs don't necessarily go in chronological order, but the songs that are featured on each disc were recorded around the same time period. The first disc feels very "jammy" with live versions of "Blues With A Feeling" and "Super Shuffle" blasting past the nine-minute mark. There is even an alternative version of "Jackson-Kent Blues," which runs over eight minutes. Some of the musical gems featured on this first disc is a sweet acoustic version of "Kow Kow Calculator" and a blistering live version of "Crossroads."

The second disc dives more into the band's seventies studio work, with multiple versions of songs like "Space Cowboy" and "Rock'n Me," but when Miller brings on the blues is when he grabs hold of your soul. His versions of "The Lovin' Cup" and "Killing Floor" are simply timeless, as well as the groove on "Freight Train Blues." On the flip-side, it is also great hearing alternative versions of songs like "True Fine Love" and "The Stake," which has become part of classic rock's DNA.

Disc three begins with Steve Miller performing with Les Paul on "I Wanna Be Loved," which sets you up for what's to come on this third disc. The Steve Miller Band's "Fly Like An Eagle" album is one of the best-selling albums of all time and this part of the set gives you an alternate look at the songs on this album, as well as his other platnium selling masterpiece "Book Of Dreams." Miller includes many rare, unheard takes of songs from both these albums. Hearing early versions of "Jet Airliner" and "Swingtown" give us a little insight into the creative process. The set wraps up with two versions of T. Bone Walker's song "Lollie Lou." One version was performed by Walker himself at the Miller household in 1951, the other version was performed live by the Steve Miller Band in 2016, featuring guest guitarist Jimmie Vaughn. There isn't anything in this set from the Steve Miller Band's late-eighties/early nineties albums on this release, so I hope that another "vault" release is in the works cover this period of the band's work.

The DVD included in the set feels more like just a sampling of the Steve Miller Band, since it only includes one complete televised show, "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert." I'm not sure why this was the chosen show, since the footage is not great from the televised seventies version of the concert, but nonetheless, the Steve Miller Band are on fire. This show was recorded just prior to the "Fly Like An Eagle" album being released, as no one really cheers for the new composition, which would eventually become his theme song. The other videos are a really nice addition, like the home video camera that captured Steve Miller performing alongside his idol Les Paul and also Miller performing with his long-time friend James Cotton during one song for "ABC In Concert." I only wish that more of this show and also of the Steve Miller Band's appearance on "Austin City Limits" was included in this set, even if they had to include a second DVD of footage.

Now the lavish book that these discs come in feels like the real prize in this set with its cloth-bound cover and thick glossy pages, makes this a real nice treat to have on your shelf or your coffee table. Also included in this set are ten, multi-colored guitar pics with the Steve Miller Band Pegasus logo on them, along with a fold out poster of "The Joker" mask drawing and a replica backstage pass and photos. I hope that Steve Miller digs deeper into his vault and releases more outtakes and full concerts from his past, because this is a great taste into how wonderfully talented Steve Miller was as a songwriter, guitarist and singer. To find out more about this amazing new set, "Welcome To The Vault," please visit stevemillerband.com.

Friday, October 11, 2019

New Releases From Artists Vinnie Moore, Bernie Shaw with Dale Collins and Bruce Soord

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore (UFO) just released his 9th studio album titled "Soul Shifter." It features guest appearances by legendary rockers Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) on this new ten-song release. Vinnie Moore begins with the upbeat, energetic rock groove of "Funk Bone Jam," which certainly allows Moore to let loose. He keeps the funkiness flowing through "King Fu Grip," as his solo albums allow him to try out different things from his time with UFO. Moore lays down a more melodic tone with "Mystified," before paying tributes to fellow legendary guitarist Carlos Santana with the song "Brother Carlos" and Steve Gaines with "Gainesville Station." Vinnie Moore wraps up his new album with the southern blues sound of "Soul Rider" (inspired by The Allman Brothers Band) and the exciting space jam of "Across The Ages." To find out more about Vinnie Moore and his latest release "Soul Shifter," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/vinniemooreofficialfanpage


Uriah Heep lead singer Bernie Shaw recently released a collaboration with Dale Collins titled "Too Much Information." Shaw found time to record this new album with Collins between Uriah Heep shows, as this new eight-track album gives us another look at his talents, as he worked with Canadian songwriter and musician Dale Collins. The album kicks off with the uptempo "So Many Times," as Collins makes his presence known with a electrifying guitar solo. Shaw continues with the classic rock appeal of "Alone" and "Here We Go," as he can still capture your attention with his stellar vocals. The album finishes with the beautiful power ballads "Sad Song" and "Hey Jimi," before closing with his cover of David Essex's "Rock On." To find out more about Bernie Shaw & Dale Collins new album "Too Much Information," please visit cherryred.co.uk


The Pineapple Thief front man, Bruce Soord is preparing to release his new solo album "All This Will Be Yours" through Kscope. The new nine-song release begins with the gentle acoustic folk opener "The Secrets I Know," which leads you into the lucid, atmospheric pop of "Our Gravest Threat Apart." The album continues with the beautiful alt-pop tone of "The Solitary Path Of A Convicted Man," before the quietness of "Time Does Not Exist" finds its way to your soul. Bruce closes his new release with the pop beats of "Cut The Flowers" and the dark, folk ballad "One Day I Will Leave You." To find out more about Bruce Soord and his latest album "All This Will Be Yours," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/bsoord

Thursday, October 10, 2019

DragonForce, Angel Witch, Entrails, Syberia and Cirith Ungol Unleash New Heavy Metal Releases

The heavy metal band, DragonForce have returned with a new studio album titled "Extreme Power Metal," which is the perfect way to describe their sound. After their epic hit "Through The Fire And The Flames," DragonForce have been riding a global wave of success that has made them known throughout the heavy metal community. Their new ten track release begins with the slow beginning of "Highway To Oblivion," that just takes off and never looks back, as the intense drumming and guitar solos may spin your head with their shear speed. Next, DragonForce slow down slightly to tell us of tale of "The Last Dragonborn," as only they know how to, with stellar vocals and shredding guitars. They go insanely quick during the songs "Troopers Of The Stars" and "Razorblade Meltdown," before closing out their new album with the uplifting hard rock chorus of "Remembrance Day" and an adrenaline fueled cover of "My Heart Will Go On" that definitely needs to be heard. DragonForce will be wrapping up their U.S. shows in the next week or so, before heading over to Europe to continue their world tour. For a complete list of live performances and to find out more about their new album "Extreme Power Metal," please visit dragonforce.com

The classic metal sounds of Angel Witch have stood the test of time for over forty years, as one of the original members of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, back in the late seventies. Now, the band return on November 1st with "Angel Of Light," their first new studio album in over seven years. Their new eight-track album begins with "Don't Turn Your Back," which certainly carries the classic Angel Witch sound. Their sound gets even heavier during "Death From Andromeda," while "The Night Is Calling" displays the band's epic songwriting talents on this seven-minute progressive metal piece. Angel Witch wrap up their new studio album with the intense thrash metal rhythm of "Window Of Despair" and the guitar driven title song "Angel Of Light." To find out more about Angel Witch and their latest release "Angel Of Light," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/angelwitchofficial

Swedish death metal band, Entrails will be releasing their seventh studio album on Metal Blade Records on October 11th. The new release titled "Rise Of The Reaper" showcases the band's evolution in the past ten years since their 2009 demo days. They kick off their new thirteen track album with a short instrumental ("Rise Of The Reaper"), before blasting down the doors with the sonic attack of "For Hell" and "The Pyre." Entrails keep the metal going full force with the swift intensity of "Gravekeeper" and the aggressive delivery of "Destruction." The band close out their new album with adrenaline pumping guitar riffs and pounding rhythm of "For Whom The Heads Roll" and the slower, darker epic number "Cathedral Of Pain," which drills its doom metal sound into your brain. To find out more about Entrails and their latest release "Rise Of The Reaper," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Entrails666

The instrumental metal band, Syberia recently released their latest full-length album titled "Seeds Of Change." This new nine track release will certainly keep you on the edge of your seat, wanting more, as they kick off the set with exciting, energetic blast of "Empire Of Oppression." Instead of words, Syberia uses the music and the melodies to tell a story, like during the eight-minute "Rogue Hunt," which uses different tempos to evoke feelings. The short, floating guitar work of "26 Days," sets up the intensity of "After The Uprising," as their heavy metal sound comes crashing down. Syberia finish up their new album with the dark, atmospheric thunder of "Seeds Of Change" and the the closing ten-minute, progressive metal delivery of "Shigir." To find out more about Syberia and their latest release "Seeds Of Change," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/syberiaband

The California metal band, Cirith Ungol are riding a resurgence in popularity, since reforming back in 2016. Their latest release is a double live album simply titled "I'm Alive," which captures the band at the 2017 Hammer Of Doom and at the 2018 Hard Rock Festivals, including the Up The Hammers Festival. The seventeen-song release comes from Up The Hammers show, as the release also includes five additional songs from the Hammer Of Doom show. The sound of these live shows perfectly captures the band's classic sound, as Cirith Ungol continues to develop their cult following at every live show. They continue to deliver quality heavy metal with songs like "Atom Smasher" and "Blood And Iron." The set also includes a couple of Cirith Ungol's epic pieces ("Finger Of Scorn" and "Chaos Rising"), before closing out their show with the chugging guitars and pounding drums of "King Of The Dead," along with the sonic blast of their title song "Cirith Ungol." To find out more about Cirith Ungol and their latest release "I'm Alive," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/cirithungolofficial

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

New Heavy Metal Releases From Orooruin, Solicitor, Second To Sun and Terminus

American doom metal band, Oroodruin return after a sixteen year absence to release their brand new studio album, "Ruins Of Eternity." Their new release arrives on October 25th, through Cruz Del Sur Records and features nine tracks that continue the band's legacy. The set begins with the heavy pounding and grinding guitars of "Forsaken" and the more mystical approach of "Man Of Peace." Their sound gets even more melodic on the slow, steady pace of "Grave Illusion," as their songwriting certainly becomes the main focus on these tracks, some of which are over a decade old. Oroodruin picks the energy up with the heavy metal attack of "War Of The World," before slowing back down for the slow, moody vibe of "Hell Frozen Over." They finish their new album with the band's classic, nostalgic, doom metal sound of "Ruins Of Eternity." To find out more about Oroodruin and their latest release "Ruins Of Eternity," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/orodruinofficialband


Arriving October 25th through Gates Of Hell Records is the debut EP from the Seattle thrash metal band Solicitor. Their new short, four-song release begins with the thunderous pounding of "Nightstalker," which quickly changes gears with its swift moving rhythm and classic metal vocals. The energy continues to flow throughout "Speed Tyrant" and "Vulture Command," before finishing with the nostalgic, Judas Priest-sounding "Execution Squad." This release is only a taste of what's to come from Solicitor in the next year. To find out more about the band and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/solicitor.speedmetal


On November 8th, Russian metal band Second To Sun will unleash their new studio album titled "Legacy." The new nine-track release delivers some epic numbers, among the hard-hitting aggressive attack of songs like "Confessional Of The Black Penitent" and "No Need To Be Afraid Now." Second To Sun showcase their songwriting skills on the ten-minute epic piece "Pages For A Manuscript," as they switch between tempos to keep the energy flowing. Next, they continue to flex their hardcore metal muscle on the heavy blast of "Once Upon A Time In Russia," before closing with the most mainstream metal track on the album "Raida" and a couple of bonus tracks, the more melodic tone of "Me Or Him" and the final neck-breaking speed of "Virgo Mitt 2020." To find out more about Second To Sun and their latest release "Legacy," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/secondtosun


Finally, we arrive at the epic heavy metal release from the Irish thrash metal band Terminus. Their new album titled "A Single Point Of Light" is only the band's second release, but their sound is so well crafted that you think they have been around for decades. The album begins with the high-energy pounding of "To Ash, To Dust," before diving into their epic, progressive metal piece "Harvest." The band is allowed to showcase their musicianship on this eight-plus minute number, before putting their nose to the grindstone of the quick-hitting tracks "As Through A Child's Eyes" and "Flesh Falls From Steel." Terminus wrap up their new album with their second epic metal-piece, the ten-minute "Spinning Webs, Catching Dreams," as the band switches tempos on this grand album closing song. To find out more about Terminus and their latest release "A Single Point Of Light," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/terminusni

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

New Releases From The Astronots, Like Torches, Dark Station, A Killer's Confession & Science Is Fiction

American rock and rollers The Astronots are lifting off with their new album titled "Cotati." If features only eight tracks that will surely be enough to turn you into a fan of the band's raw energy and powerful rock grooves. The album kicks off with the classic guitar-driven intensity of "Are We Living" and the more west coast blues swagger of "Wandering Eyes." The raw, rough melody of "El Dorado" is exactly the jolt that The Astronots can deliver to the rock community, while "Monuments Valley" takes a step back to concentrate more on melody and coolness. The Astronots finish up their new album with the big rock riffs of "Who Are You" and the acoustic strumming, demo sounding "Don't Wanna Wait." To find out more about The Astronots and their latest release "Cotati," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/astronotsband


Arriving November 1st on Victory Records is the new studio album "Loves And Losses" from the Swedish alternative rock band, Like Torches. It has been three years between releases and six years since their debut album, as Like Torches' music continues to evolve. Their new ten song release comes blasting out of the gate with the quick-hitting punk fury of "The Guilt Of Survival" and the more melodic "Live On." They deliver the addictive rock groove of "Get A Life" and "Flying Blind" which are both perfectly crafted for alternative rock radio. Like Torches close out their new album with the youthful energy of the title song "Loves And Losses" and the acoustic strumming of the pop ballad "Damned And Reckless." To find out more about Like Torches and their latest release "Loves And Losses," please visit the band's Facebook page at facebook.com/liketorches


Southern California hard rock band, Dark Station are preparing to release their full-length debut album "Down In The Dark" on October 25th. The new eleven-song release is poised to put Dark Station on the map of the year's best new hard rock bands. They kick things off with the intense, heavy pounding of "Ryse" and the more Nine Inch Nails-influenced sound of "Heroes." Dark Station keep their hard rock edginess flowing through the industrial beats of "New Age," before turning it up another notch with the heavy metal guitar riffs and screams of "Obvious." The band wrap up their new album with the mainstream rock appeal of "Hollow," the electronics of "Locked" and the last hardcore rock blast of "Visions." To find out more about Dark Station and their latest release "Down In The Dark," please visit darkstationband.com

Arriving October 18th, heavy metal band A Killer's Confession will be releasing their new full-length album "The Indifference Of Good Men." The new 13-song release begins with the high-powered, aggressive metal attack of "It's Not Too Late" and the more atmospherically dark tone of "Numb." A Killer's Confession continue with the thunderous rhythm of "Trust Me," before slowing down for the more melodic rock tone of "Angel On The Outside." Their sound becomes even more industrial with the nu-metal pounding of "One Step" and "Satisfied," before finishing their new album with the addictive, mainstream rock of "Reanimated" and the power ballad "Render." To find out more about A Killer's Confession and their latest release "The Indifference Of Good Men," please visit akconfession.com

Canadian rock band Science Is Fiction recently released their new four-song EP titled "Don't Everybody Thank Me At Once." The set kicks off with the raw, guitar buzz of "Kissing You," as they get the energy flowing right from the opening song's addictive, melodic riffs. Science Is Fiction head more in the power pop direction on "Awkward Girl," before closing out their new short release with the post punk sound of "Getting Late." To find out more about Science Is Fiction and their latest album "Don't Everybody Thank Me At Once," please visit scienceisfiction.net

Monday, October 7, 2019

New Music From Indie-Artists Alex Bloom, The Locals and Kid Bear

Released just last month is the latest album from singer/songwriter Alex Bloom. His new release titled "Chaos/Control" features ten tracks that has the artist stretching out his sound into more experimental/pop territory. Bloom begins with the steady, atmospheric flow of "After," as you get acquainted with his songwriting style. He kicks the energy up a notch with the guitar buzzing alternative rock of "Cigarette," while "Cam Girl" is a pop gem just waiting to be uncovered. Alex quiets back down with the gentle acoustics of "Let Me Know" and the jazzy vibe of "93," before closing out his new album with the folk ballad "Gentle In My Being" and the addictive pop/rock melody of "Control." To find out more about Alex Bloom and his latest release "Chaos/Control," please visit alex-bloom.com


Next up is the latest studio effort from the Chicago natives, The Locals. Their new album titled "Minutes, Seconds, Degrees" is a very personal album, as lead singer/songwriter Yvonne Doll has overcome personal tragedy to return to making the music that she feels so passionate about. Their new nine song release begins with the powerful blast of energy in the form of "Time Bomb Sounds," as the band quickly asserts their alternative/pop sound onto you. The Locals continue to keep the juices flowing with the bright, loud and beautiful "Eyes Wide Open" and the post-punk, new wave sounds of "Helium Head." They wrap up their new album with the upbeat, straight-up rock of "Eleven" and the short, 90-second piano interlude of "Atlas Wye." To find out more about The Locals and their latest release "Minutes, Seconds, Degrees," please visit localsrock.com


Finally we arrive at the new six-song EP from the country rock band, Kid Bear. Their new album kicks off with the steady strumming of "A Simple Thing," as you begin to get lost in the band's solid country groove. They pick the energy up a notch with the guitar driven, classic seventies rock vibe of "Rise," before taking a step back with the acoustic strumming ballad of "Mary May." Kid Bear finish up their latest album with the country blues appeal of "Here To Stay" and the quiet, folk strumming of "New York." To find out more about Kid Bear and their latest release, please visit kidbearband.com