Review: Michael Katon – Ror’ Outta Hell

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Review: Michael Katon – Ror’ Outta Hell

February 2017

Reviewer: Dan Mann

As someone whose been a fan of Mr Katon for quite a few years, enjoying his albums and live sets, I was more then a little interested when Michael first mentioned that he was working on a Rory Gallagher tribute album.

There’s not much that needs to be said regarding the legendary Irish guitarist, and I was sure that Michael would produce a worthy tribute to the great man.

Well having now had the chance to listen to the finished product I can very quickly sum it up as yes it is indeed a worthy tribute.

It has been without doubt a labour of love for Michael, something he’s been working on for quite some time. No doubt Michael Katon fans will buy this album regardless, but this is an album that will please Rory Gallagher fans and blues rock fans alike.

The album consists of ten tracks, coming in a tad under an hour in length. It kicks off with ‘Let Me In‘ from the 1975 release Against The Grain and proceeds to cover the cream of Rory’s musical output.

I’m particularly delighted that Michael has included ‘Mississippi Sheiks‘ and I’ll be honest and say with Michael’s trademark gruff vocals it somehow enhances the track.

So to sum up once again……..thoroughly enjoyable, an album that needs to be added to your blues rock collection.

 


Prog Metal Outfit The Vicious Head Society Announce Album Release

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The Vicious Head Society, the brainchild of Irish guitar virtuoso Graham Keane today reveals that debut album ‘Abject Tomorrow‘ will be finally released on 24th March 2017. Featuring guests such as keyboardist Derek Sherinan of Alice Cooper fame, fellow Irishman and bass player Pat Byrne, and drum machine Kevin Talley. ‘Abject Tomorrow‘ is sure to please the ears of progressive metal fans and those with a taste for all things guitar.

Having initially started as a pet project around 2010 after returning to the Emerald Isle from music school in the UK, Keane was tutoring aspiring musicians when he decided to start writing original material purely as a self gratifying project. He figured that living in a remote area of Ireland with not many musicians interested in his style of music, metal, hard rock and prog, he would be best to forge ahead alone. As with many creative types Keane had a very laid back attitude about the whole thing and on many occasions just sat there noodling on his guitar while life passed him by. It wasn’t until his wife’s cancer diagnosis in 2013 that he started to take things a bit more seriously. The shock of realising his own mortality threw Keane into action.

Writing and recording became an asylum, from the emotional turmoil and with nothing to lose, the project began to grow in scope. Virtual instruments wouldn’t cut it anymore, as had been the norm to that point, and so Keane began to contact musicians worldwide to help bring it to life. Of course this brought with it several new challenges, not to mention the financial burden, the main reason it has taken this long to complete!

The vast majority of the album was recorded in Keane’s home studio with vocals, drums and other guest musicians being outsourced to their own recording facilities. The album was then mixed and mastered at Dark House Estudios in Mexico. “It was a somewhat challenging process,” Keane comments, “financing being one of the major difficulties. There were times when it seemed like releasing the album would be impossible but I’m delighted to have overcome these obstacles and with the help of some really amazingly talented people, it is now complete!

As with most progressive records  ‘Abject Tomorrow‘ is no different in the sense that it is a concept album. The story is based in a dystopian future in which all humans are required to have emotion inhibiting implants implanted from birth. One man’s implant fails and it chronicles his journey of discovery and reconnection with his humanity. “It’s a concept album but the more and more I wrote the more it became a strange biographical narration of my own confidence struggle with putting music into the world,” states Keane. Musically, it draws from a huge range of influences; from classic prog acts that influenced Keane growing up, such as Yes, Genesis, ELP and Rush to metal acts such as Death, Meshuggah and Megadeth. Keane adds, “I hope it finds some kind of audience and that people enjoy it. For me, it’s a very emotive album. Even though it’s a concept album on the surface, there’s a lot of personal experience in it and there’s sure to be some people out there who can connect with it on an emotional level.

Tracklisting
1. The Sycophants
2. Abject Tomorrow
3. Downfall
4. Agenda
5. The 11th Hour
6. Psychedelic Torture Trip
7. Gods Of The New Age
8. Analogue Spectre

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Social Stain Release Debut Album, Post ‘Dead Man Talking’ Music Video

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Finnish hard rockers Social Stain have released their self-titled debut album on January 13, 2017 – available on all digital platforms. The band recently unveiled a music video for the song ‘Dead Man Talking‘.

Social Stain’s debut album contains 12 songs that represent the band’s unique recipe of 90’s influenced hard rock with a touch of metal, punky no-nonsense attitude and all-around solid musicianship.

Tracklisting:

  1. Breakout
  2. Dead Man Talking
  3. Red Star Rising
  4. Good Old Days
  5. Joke’s on You
  6. (Ain’t Got) Time to Bleed
  7. Possessed
  8. At Peace
  9. The Unknown
  10. Walls
  11. Social Stain
  12. Backstabber

Social Stain was formed in Lahti in late 2014 by Toni Broman (bass, Damngod, ex-Before the Dawn) who needed an outlet for his hard rock songs. Teemu Kokkonen (vocals, ex-Disformed), Antti Kokkonen (guitar, Profane Omen) and Mika Tanttu (drums, Kill the Romance) joined quickly.

Social Stain‘s music is straightforward 90’s style hard rock, with a twist of metal and a feast of memorable choruses. One can clearly hear the influence of such bands as Therapy?, Guns n’ Roses, Alice in Chains and Black Album / Load-era Metallica in Social Stain‘s music. As the band consists of seasoned veterans with hundreds of gigs between them, there are no dull moments or shoegazing at Social Stain shows – only total rock n’ roll action!

Line up:

Teemu Kokkonen – vocals
Antti Kokkonen – guitar
Toni Broman – bass
Mika Tanttu – drums

 

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Killcode Release Lyric Video For ‘Shot’

New York rockers Killcode have released a lyric video for the track ‘Shot‘.

The track is taken from the band’s latest album ‘The Answer‘. Advanced limited edition copies of ‘The Answer‘ are now available for purchase at http://killcode.bigcartel.com/

Shot‘ is also available for download purchase at Killcode‘s website http://killcode.net/ and https://www.reverbnation.com/killcode.

Line up:

Tom Morrissey (lead vox)
Chas (guitar/vox)
D.C. Gonzales (guitar)
Erric Bonesmith (bass/vox)
Rob Noxious (drums)
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Fibrofest 2017

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Fibrofest is back, and once again all proceeds are going to Fibromyalgia Action UK

We’re delighted that for this the second Fibrofest, we have sponsorship from Blackstar Amplification and our friends at AOR Blvd Records, plus we make a welcome return to one of our favorite venues, Leo’s Red Lion.

Tickets can be bought Here

If you cannot make it, then donations to FMA UK can be made Here

We raised over £1300 in 2016 and would love to double it to help support a small but worthy charity which supports people with fibromyalgia.

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Pride & Joy Music Signs Frode Hovd’s Aldaria

land-of-lightPride & Joy Music is proud to announce the signing of Frode Hovd’s Aldaria for the release of their Metal Opera concept album ‘Land Of Light‘! The release of this record is scheduled for March 24th, 2017.

‘Land Of Light‘ is the highly anticipated debut release by the new all-star metal opera Aldaria. The album contains 11 epic tracks in the vein of old Helloween & Avantasia, with fast-paced hymns to beautiful ballads.
The band is masterminded by guitarist Frode Hovd from the Norwegian metal group Memorized Dreams who was joined by a host of world known guests from the metal community including Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire, voc), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V, voc), Rick Altzi (Masterplan, voc), Mathias Blad (Falconer, voc), Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland, voc), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer, guit.), Roland Grapow (Masterplan, guit.), Mike LePond, (Symphony X, bass), Uli Kusch (ex Helloween, dr.), Peter Danielsen (Darkest Sins, synths) and Mistheria (Vivaldi Metal Project, keys). The album has been in production for over two years.

Produced and fully written by Hovd himself, this conceptional album was mixed by Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Primal Fear, Volbeat, Doro etc) at Hansen Studios. Artwork by Stan W. Decker (Jorn, Serious Black…).

The full cast of musicians performing on this release and an essay about the lyrical concept is found on the band’s website.

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Suicide By Tigers Release ‘True Believers’ Music Video

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Swedish classic rockers Suicide By Tigers released a music video for ‘True Believers‘, the song is taken from their self titled debut album, hailed by European rock media as one of last years best debut albums. Once again the band shows that they are masters of crafting soulful heavy rock, performed with a natural sway and tons of swagger.

The debut album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Spiritual Beggars) at Berno Studio, Malmö.

The soil of southern Sweden has for a long time been a great breeding ground for rock n roll. This trend continues manifested by Suicide by Tigers. Focusing on dynamic, blues based rock, with heavy guitars and strong melodies. Just like the British bands FreeTaste and Led Zeppelin they move from Light and Shade to Tight and Loose. Let the production and music making live!

Line up:

Nils Lindström – vocals
Petter Rudnert – guitar
Peter Broch – bass
Johan Helgesson – drums and percussion

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