Rock Candy Magazine April – May Edition Now Available

Most of you will be familiar with Rock Candy Records, who are responsible for re-releasing an extensive catalogue of  rock albums that have re-mastered with extra tracks and extensive sleeve notes.

Well those fine people have launched their very own magazine, crammed full of music news and stories from those artists you grew up with. Rock Candy Magazine is a bi-monthly, 100-page rock publication written by music journalists, who for those of you who read Kerrang etc back in the 80’s, & early 90’s, will be very familiar with.

We wanted to read a magazine that cared whether Aerosmith’s ‘Rocks’ is better than ‘Toys In The Attic’, whether Maiden were mightier with Di’anno than Dickinson, whether Journey’s ‘Escape’ is the greatest AOR album ever and if Rob Halford bought his stage gear from M&S. Or was it S&M?

This is the kind of stuff that has kept Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome awake for years. Throughout the ’80s they had endless arguments about the minutiae of metal over beers in the Coffee House pub next door to the old Kerrang! offices in London’s Carnaby Street. They’re still at it today. Amazingly, they’re still friends.

Derek has run rock re-issues label Rock Candy Records for over 10 years. But he thought it was time we got back to our roots to produce a magazine that was loud and proud the way Kerrang! used to be in its heyday.

We don’t do demographics, market intelligence, focus groups or anything else that people wearing suits do. We produce a magazine about the greatest era of rock there ever was. And that’s about it, really…

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Rock Goddess Release ‘It’s More Than Rock and Roll’ Music Video

Legendary London trio Rock Goddess have released a music video for ‘It’s More Than Rock and Roll‘, the song is the title track of the forthcoming EP, which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution via Cargo Records and physical EP CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case by Rock Goddess directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered.

The new EP “It’s more than Rock and Roll” can be pre-ordered digital here and physical, limited edition 500 pcs, signed and numbered, here


1. It’s More Than Rock And Roll
2. Back Off
3.We’re All Metal

It’s been a long time coming, but we got there,” says Jody. “We are so proud of this, and of each other. We hope people enjoy it as much as we want them to.” JodyTraceyJulie – proud to be loud!

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Perfect Blue Sky Streaming First Single

Ahead of the release of their new album ‘The Eye Of Tilos‘, Perfect Blue Sky are streaming the first single ‘Give Me Your Love‘ on Soundcloud.

The track is to be released on May 12, digital and as a music video. The song is an instant feel good tune described as “jumping onto your rock sofa”.

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Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors Announce August UK Tour & New Video

Texas based singer/songwriter Ryan Hamilton and his band The Traitors are proud to announce an 8 date UK tour in August and promise the shows will be “as close to a drunken rock n roll show in a Texas saloon that folks can get in the UK. Drinks, music, friends. good vibes and good times all around.

To celebrate the forthcoming tour Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors unveil the official video for infectious single ‘Heavy Heart‘.

The video captures perfectly the contrast of the different kinds of beauty in the UK, filmed in a nature reserve near Ashy De La Zouch, and then capturing great street art in Manchester.
Heavy Heartis taken from the new album ‘The Devil’s In The Detail‘ , which is an uplifting and energetic yet sensitive record, that celebrates music and storytelling. The 12 finely crafted songs, clearly represent Ryan Hamilton and The Traitors distinctive mix of melodic pop and rock.


Aside from Ryan the album features UK musicians, including Ginger Wildheart – who handpicked Ryan & The Traitors as his main tour support in 2016 and plays lead guitar on the majority of the tracks. Scottish singer/songwriter Chrissy Barnacle also provides velvety backing vocals and duets on ‘Don’t Say I Told You So.
The Devil’s In The Detail‘, recorded in Scotland in a building that’s older than America” with producer Dave Draper, perfectly captures the bands live sound. It’s the first album I’ve ever made where I haven’t wanted to go back and make changes.” explains Ryan “For me, it’s a wonderful marriage of pop, rock & country. Something really cool happens when you bring my classic rock, hair metal loving British band mates, and my old school country, pop/rock loving Texan self together. It shouldn’t come together as organically as it does, but it works, and we love it.
Full of melody and charm with no reliance on nostalgia ‘The Devil’s In The Detail is an aural treat and truly deserves a place in your heart.


Finally Ryan wants to say “THANK YOU to the wonderful people who are supporting us. We operate under our own record label, and our own management. We are out there competing with the big boys and doing it all on our own terms. We couldn’t do it without all the incredible folks in the UK behind us, spreading the word. So, really, from my heart: THANK YOU.


August Heavy Heart UK Tour dates 
Thu 17th Bannermans Bar Edinburgh
Fri 18th Think Tank Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne
Sat 19th Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Sun 20th Sound Control Manchester
Tue 22nd Hare & Hounds Kings Heath Birmingham
Wed 23rd The Bodega Nottingham
Thu 24th Thekla Bristol Bristol
Fri 25th Borderline London

Hit The Stage With Souls Of Rock

We are delighted to inform you of the latest news:
United Forces For Rock N Roll  is the cooperation between Bang Your Head!!!, Rock Of Ages and our Souls of Rock Foundation.

Do you know musicians that may benefit, then please share it immediately. Are you a musician in a Rock, Hard Rock or Metal band? Then you should definitely read on.

United Forces For Rock N Roll is offering a slot at Bang Your Head!!! or Rock Of Ages festivals for ambitious newcomers.

Interested? Visit our website to check the requirements. If your band meets all the criteria then send us your complete application to perform at BHY!!! or ROA 2017.

The Bang Your Head!!! or  festival has reserved a position in one of the line-ups. To sweeten the deal, our non-profit organization Souls of Rock Foundation will support your travel expenses or help make your gig something really special.

Application closing date is May 12th, 2017

Do You Plan A Tour, Photo Shoot Or Music Video?
The Souls of Rock Foundation offers even more opportunities to fulfill your band’s dreams. We support specific activities after production of a new album. Specifically:

  • TRAVEL EXPENSES ON TOURS (tour dates must be scheduled)
  • STAGE DECORATION (backdrops, vertical banners, etc.)

Check our requirements and complete our funding application at

Starsick System Release Lyric Video For ‘Bulletproof’

Today, Starsick System have released a lyric video for the first instant grat/ single ‘Bulletproof‘.

Bassist Valeria Battain comments on the track:‘Bulletproof‘ is song of “rebellion” but with an ironic tone. It will take on a personal meaning to everyone who hears it, but the message is the same: stand up for what you believe in, no matter what other people say, face your enemies, be proud of you and take back yourself respect against bullies, self-centered and arrogant ones. We chose this song as first single cause the mood and the melodies are the perfect evolution of our original sound. It’s a perfect match of heavy riffing and catchy refrains that is what distinguishes us mostly!

The album ‘Lies, Hope & Other Stories‘ will hit the shelves on June 23rd, 2017 via Pride & Joy Music. Next to 10 original songs, the record also features an outstanding cover of the Chris Cornell song ‘You Know My Name‘ (James Bond 007 – Casino Royale soundtrack).

Track list:

1. Nebolus

2. I Am The Hurricane

3. Bulletproof

4. Sinner

5. The Promise

6. Scars

7. Everything And More

8. Come One, Come All

9. Perfect Lie

10. Hope

11. You Know My Name (Chris Cornell 007 soundtrack cover)

Pre-order the album here:


Marco Sandron – vocals, guitars

David Donati – guitars

Ivan Moni Bidin – drums

Valeria Battain – bass


The Black Phoenix Release New Album ‘Twist of Fate’

Twist of Fate‘ is the first electric album by The Black Phoenix. After releasing the acoustic full-length ‘Long Walk‘ and touring in Italy, opening for Mr.Big in 2014 , the band has started to write new material, recording 11 track for this new record at Master Chord Studio in London.

The album has a true American sound and a strong melodic impact. It contains all the resonances of the blues, from those closer to rock music to those that sound more country and The Black Phoenix skillfully blend  all this elements together. ‘Riding‘ is the first single and video clip from the new album.

01. Life
02. One Reason One Blame
03. Fly Away
04. Riding
05. Twist of Fate
06. I’m Only a Man
07. Tears from Your Eyes
08. Sin City
09. Another Fall Turns to Winter
10. Long Walk
11. Wild End

Simone Pirola: Electric & acoustic guitars, dobro, vocals
Alberto Sonzogni: Piano, hammond, backing vocals
Gregorio Cordaro: Bass
Dario Foschetti: Drums

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