Review: H.E.A.T – Into The Great Unknown

Review: H.E.A.T – Into The Great Unknown

Ear Music (Sept 22nd 2017)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy 

Swedish Melodic Rockers H.E.A.T have been gaining a huge amount of traction in recent years, with some terrific album releases, a headlining appearance on the opening night of the final Firefest Festival and just a growing reputation as one of the best live acts on the scene. But late last year the announcement was made that Eric Rivers (Guitarist and major force in the band) was leaving which brought a raft of questions with it, this was closely followed by the news that Dave Dalone (Guitar) was to rejoin the band as his replacement. So interesting times ahead and a lot of interest in the direction that the new album was going to take.

Into The Great Unknown‘ features ten tracks, that may sound a bit different to what the band has done before. That of course doesn’t mean there aren’t great songs on here, it’s so very difficult to look past a song like ‘Eye Of The Storm‘ which really is a killer, perhaps showing off some more of Erik’s vocal talents than the more poppy songs. There is a bit of an epic feel to it, building and soaring while at the same time having more mellow moments.  Or take ‘Redefined‘ which to me sounds like it would fit brilliantly to the soundtrack of a movie like The Karate Kid or those of a similar ilk, that sounds a little flippant perhaps but not meant as a slight in any way it’s the intro and feel that just bring me back to that 80’s sound, but the more you listen to this one the more you get from it.

Tracks like ‘Best Of The Broken‘ and ‘Blind Lead The Blind‘ are H.E.A.T through and through and on the other end of the spectrum you have the lead track form the album, ‘Time On Our Side‘ which without any doubt has split a lot of opinion since it was unleashed on the world a little over a month ago, not all of that has been positive either, but for me anyway the more I’ve listened to it the more it’s grown on me, perhaps not the strongest track on show here but interesting and a very different approach.

H.E.A.T are no different to any band, sounds can change as they experiment with different styles and develop, if you look at this bands history there are places where this has occurred, generally with changes to band personnel. The first two albums sound very different to anything with Erik singing, and ‘Tear Down The Walls‘ was a large progression from ‘Address The Nation‘, so we shouldn’t be too surprised in the fact that this new album sounds different again. Not as immediate, perhaps it’s the general flow of the tracks that is different, or the energy.

Musically the band sound great, Dave has fitted back in really well, Crash, Jona and Jimmy are as solid as ever and great backing vocals, Erik vocally continues to smash it, the aggression is still there, ‘Bastard Of Society‘ and ‘Shit City‘, and there’s a still a lot of power in places, this is a really good album, but not 100% convinced everything works together, the band should be applauded for continually exploring new avenues, looking to advance their sound and develop, and this album is still growing on me, but there are also bumps in the road. No doubt there are some new monsters here to be add live, and the next release will be very interesting.


Sweden’s Coldspell Release ‘Forevermore’ Music Video

Coldspell have released a music video for the song ‘Forevermore‘, the track is taken from the new album, ‘A New World Arise’, which is out today September 22th, 2017.

Line up:

Niclas Svedentorp – Vocals
Michael Larsson – Guitars
Chris Goldsmith – Bass
Per Johansson – Drums

With three albums released so far the wait is over. Coldspell are ready to strike again with the brand new album titled ‘A New World Arise‘. This is stunning recording that features 12 new songs of epic proportions and it’s going to put ColdSpell firmly on the map. This is Scandinavian melodic rock of the highest order and will be a strong contender for the hard rock album of 2017.

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Stan Bush Releases Animated Video For ‘Never Surrender’

Legendary AOR singer/songwriter (Emmy Award winning recording artist) Stan Bush has released a brand new animated video for ‘Never Surrender‘, the song is taken from ‘Change Of World‘ the 13th album, and out today September 22th, 2017.

The ‘Change the World‘ album also includes ‘Warrior’, featured in the Shadow Warrior 2 game. The title track ‘Change the World‘, one of Stan Bush’s best songs contains a message of hope and unity. ‘Born to Win‘ and ‘Live Your Dream‘ are songs about winning and believing in yourself. ‘The Story of Love‘ is a power-ballad about how confusing love can be. Another amazing song is the closing track, ‘The Secret‘ which contains a powerful message of love. The all-time classic Stan Bush songs ‘The Touch‘ and ‘Dare‘ from ‘Transformers: The Movie‘ round out this masterpiece of an album. Look for Stan Bush to break through to a worldwide audience with this gem of an album!

Track listing:

  1. Change The World
  2. Warrior
  3. Born To Win
  4. Never Surrender
  5. The Story of Love
  6. Live Your Dream
  7. Break These Chains
  8. The Other Side of Love
  9. Dare
  10. The Touch
  11. The Secret

The album was produced, engineered and mixed by Holger Fath at The Barn StudiosMoorpark, CA and mastered at Aftermaster Audio, Hollywood, CA.

Line-up:

Stan Bush – Lead vocals and backing vocals
Holger Fath – Guitars, Bass, Keyboards
Tom Walsh – Drums

World-class rock singer, Stan Bush is best known for his song “The Touch” featured in “Transformers: The Movie”. An anthem for Transformers fans around the world, “The Touch” was also featured in the movie “Boogie Nights”, on Chuck (NBC), and American Dad (Fox), The Goldbergs (ABC), Guitar Hero, and the Saints Row IV game. Stan Bush was inducted into the Transfomers Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 1997 Stan Bush won an Emmy Award for Best Original Song, ‘Til I Was Loved By You‘. Another of his songs “Capture the Dream” was featured in the 1996 Olympics. His tracks were used in two Jean-Claude Van Damme films: “Kickboxer“, a major film sequel to the action adventure film, “Bloodsport.” Stan Bush has written with many top songwriters like Jonathan Cain (Journey), Jim Vallance (Bryan Adams; Aerosmith), and Paul Stanley of KissStan Bush has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe.

 

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Shakra Releases Lyric Video For Snakes & Ladders

Swiss rockers Shakra have released a lyric video for the title track ‘Snakes & Ladders‘, ahead of the album release on November 10th.

Their new album ‘Snakes & Ladders‘ is now available to pre-order from the following links:

Pre-Order Now CH: https://lnk.to/SnakesAndLadders

Pre-Order Now DE: http://promo.afm-records.de/de/shakra

Pre-Order Now EN: http://promo.afm-records.de/en/shakra

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Review: Moritz – About Time Too

Review: Moritz – About Time Too

Shadows Of A Dream (August 2017)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

I’m sure there were several possibilities when it came to the album title, but somehow this one seems rather fitting! Four years after the release of ‘S.O.S.‘ comes ‘About Time Too‘, the new album from British AOR band Moritz.

Well they say patience is a virtue, but having already heard some of the new material both as sound files and also live when the band patiently played both Fibrofest’s for yours truly, I was hankering to hear the whole kit and kaboodle!

Next came the problem of writing an unbiased and subjective review of the album…..but hey, not being someone to balk at a challenge here goes.

If your a fan of the band and familiar with their previous releases then ‘About Time Too‘ is not really going to spring any surprises for you. For those of you unfamiliar, what you get is an album that follows in the rich tradition of British AOR. Great song writing, great melodies, and an overall superior musicianship, all the components that fans of the genre look for.

Some of the tracks feel almost like old friends as I’ve played them quite a few times over the last year. ‘Moon And Back‘ & ‘Chance Of A Lifetime‘ are to me classic Moritz tracks.

From the keyboard soaked intro of ‘Love Long Gone‘, the R&B meets rock ‘You Don’t Know What Love Is‘ and the near seven minute closing track ‘There’s Something About / Unwanted Man‘, this is everything you want in an AOR release.

So the question that this raises, if you like AOR and haven’t ordered it, why the hell not?

 

 

 


Chronus Signs To EMP Label Group/Ellefson Music Productions

Hailing from Helsingborg, Sweden, Chronus is an exalted quartet formed in 2015 and led by the Baron. Young, fresh and visionary, they carry the metal torch with astonishing maturity. Delivering a majestic performance filled with striking melodies and hard-hitting riffs, Chronus have been compared to the likes of Mastodon and Gojira. Vocalist/guitarist the Baron, dressed in white, embodies a voice reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, complementing the work of his three black-clad associates.

October 28th, 2017 marks the official European release of Chronus‘ self-titled debut album on Ellefson Music Productions, aka EMP Label Group, the label of legendary Megadeth bassist David Ellefson. (With a North American release tentatively planned for 2018.) After a well-received performance at this year’s Sabaton Open Air, the band are currently preparing for a Scandinavian tour supporting Soilwork and The Unguided.

Additionally, the band have inked a deal with Die Crawling Management, helmed by Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren and his wife, former Nuclear Blast publicist, and professional music photographer Hannah Verbeuren, both firsthand witnesses of Chronus‘ astounding growth since their inception.”

In order to spread rapture upon the people, Chronus ceremoniously convert their audience in a relentless conquest to take on the World. Join their voyage to the City of Light!

Tour dates:

WITH SOILWORK + THE UNGUIDED

Nov 10, 2017 – Malmö, SE – Kulturbolaget – http://kulturbolaget.se/konserter/2017/soilwork-2017
Nov 11, 2017 – Göteborg, SE – Brewhouse – http://kulturbolaget.se/konserter/2017/soilwork-gbg-2017
Nov 12, 2017 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller / John DEE / Sentrum Scene – http://www.ticketmaster.no/event/534999
Nov 13, 2017 – Linköping, SE – The Crypt – https://www.tickster.com/sv/events/nlh603ycze63hf9/2017-11-13/soilwork-linkoping
Nov 14, 2017 – Uppsala, SE – Katalin And All That Jazz Östra Station – https://www.tickster.com/sv/events/uxe12xhkz77zpwl/2017-11-14/soilwork-live-pa-katalin

WITH SOILWORK + IKINÄ

Nov 16, 2017 – Joensuu, FI – Ravintola Kerubi – https://www.tiketti.fi/Soilwork-SWE-Ravintola-Kerubi-sali-Joensuu-lippuja/48453
Nov 17, 2017 – Jyväskylä, FI – Tanssisali Lutakko – https://goo.gl/n38qy9
Nov 18, 2017 – Helsinki, FI – Tavastia Klubi – https://www.tiketti.fi/Soilwork-SWE-Tavastia-klubi-Helsinki-lippuja/48443

David Ellefson – MegadethChronus is a bright, shining addition to the future of Metal. We’re proud to welcome them to the EMP FAMILY.

Dirk Verbeuren – MegadethChronus is the complete package: truly great people whose excellent musicianship and natural sense of structure and melody magnify their heartfelt music. These attributes are all the more impressive considering their young age. Anyone giving Chronus a chance is privileged to witness the beginning of what will without a doubt be a long and prosperous career!

Björn “Speed” Strid – SoilworkWhen I started Soilwork, I was 17 years old. We were pretty good musicians and songwriters from the get go, but not even close to Chronus. It’s been a long time since I was this impressed by such a young band, with members ranging from 20 to 24 years old, and such a unique expression of amazing musicality. This band is ready to go global and someone better sign them before I do.

Line-up:

Sebastian “The Baron” Axelsson – rhythm guitar, lead vocals
Svante Furevi – lead guitar, backing vocals
Oliver Delander – bass, backing vocals
Jonatan Östling – drums

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Appice – New Sinister Studio Album Released 27th October On SPV

You’re unlikely to find a phenomenon like Carmine and Vinny Appice a second time in the history of rock music. For more than forty years, the two brothers have been among the most sought-after and renowned rock drummers worldwide. Carmine and Vinny (each of them on their own) can be heard on numerous legendary albums and have toured countless times with some of the world’s greatest acts. Carmine embarked on his musical path in the 1960s with the unforgotten Vanilla Fudge, manning in the course of his illustrious career the drums for superstars such as Rod Stewart and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. His brother Vinny, who is eleven years his junior, looks back on an equally spectacular career, having worked with acts such as Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio, among others. With the exception of the live album Drum Wars – Live!(2014), there has been no direct collaboration between the two so far.  That’s about to change! ‘Sinister‘ is the first joint studio album by Carmine and Vinny and was recorded with the support of a number of prestigious guests. Vinny: “As Ringo said: with a little help from our friends.” The album is scheduled for release on Steamhammer/SPV on 27 October 2017 and marks a long-overdue new development for fans of these two outstanding drummers.

We never really planned to make an album together until last year. We’ve always had plans to play live together, starting out with drum clinics,” Carmine and Vinny explain how the album came to happen. “We both had very busy schedules and finally found the time to do shows together which led to the idea of making an album.” The result is – as the Appice brothers call it – “a great-sounding, spine-shaking rhythmic foundation, along with big giant melodic guitars from hell, and on top blazing vocals and melodies that will tear it all up!” Sinister features both new songs and classic tracks from their “long history in a crazy music business,” as Vinny says.

Sinisterconsists of a total of 13 tracks, recorded by Carmine and Vinny together with distinguished colleagues. ‘Killing Floor‘ and ‘Future Past‘ feature the wonderful Craig Goldy (together with bassist Tony Franklin), Franklin resurfacing, together with Paul Shortino, on ‘Suddenly‘ and on ‘You Got Me Running‘. Shortino also lends his awesome vocals to ‘War Cry‘ and the programmatic ‘Monsters And Heroes‘, the latter also featuring Bulletboys guitarist Mick Sweda, while Shortino teams up with Whitesnake stringsman Joel Hoekstra on ‘War Cry‘. Talking of vocals: ‘Sinister‘, ‘Danger‘ (bass: Phil Soussan), ‘In The Night‘ (guitar: Bumblefoot) and ‘Sabbath Mash‘ (guitar: Erik Turner, keyboards: Erik Norlander) are all sung by Jim Crean, while Chas West recorded the vocal parts for ‘Killing Floor‘, Scotty Bruce featuring on ‘Future Past‘ and Robin McAuley on ‘Riot‘. The biggest surprise of all: Carmine himself doubles as vocalist on ‘You Got Me Running‘. Vinny: “Carmine has been singing lead and background for years. He´s a very good singer and I´m glad he sang one number on this record.

Sinister‘ was produced by Carmine and Vinny and recorded at different locations. Carmine nailed some of his drums in a studio on the East Coast, Vinny cut most of his parts in his home studio. Both together recorded some songs in Jorgen Carlsson`s (Government Mule) studio in Van Nuys, California. Steve DeAcutis mixed & mastered the album. Vinny: “Steve was able to get a fantastic sound on every instrument while keeping the drums vibrant and sounding great.

And how can listeners tell the two brothers‘ drum styles apart? Vinny: “We have similar grooves, fills and feels, but we approach things differently. I play heavier, fast and precise. Carmine plays more grooves and has a more melodic style.

So fans can look forward to a haunting rock album which the Appice brothers plan to premiere live on stage as soon as possible. Carmine: “We cannot wait to take the album on the road! Heavy drums and heavy songs. It will kill!

Line Up & Guests

Carmine Appice (drums & vocals)
Vinny Appice (drums)
Jim Crean (vocals)
Paul Shortino (vocals) (Rough Cutt, Ex-Quiet Riot)
Robin McAuley (vocals) (MSG)
Chas West (vocals) (Ex-Bonham, Ex-Lynch Mob)
Scotty Bruce (vocals)
Craig Goldy (guitar) (Ex-Dio, Ex-Giuffria)
Bumblefoot (guitar) (Ex-Guns N’ Roses)
Joel Hoekstra (guitar) (Whitesnake)
Mike Sweda (guitar) (Bulletboys)
Erik Turner (guitar) (Warrant)
David Michael Phillips (guitar) (King Kobra)
Tony Franklin (bass) (Ex-Blue Murder, Ex-The Firm)
Phil Soussan (bass) (Ex-Ozzy Osbourne)
Johnny Rod (bass) (King Kobra, Ex-WASP)
Jorgen Carlson (bass) (Gov’t Mule)
Erik Norlander (keyboards) (Lana Lane)

Tracklisting:

DigiPak Version:
1  Sinister
2  Monsters And Heroes
3  Killing Floor
4  Danger
5  Drum Wars
6   Riot
7  Suddenly
8  In The Night
9  Future Past
10  You Got Me Running
11  Bros In Drums
12  War Cry
13  Sabbath Mash


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