Into The Fire Releases Lyric Video For New Single ‘From The Medicine’

American hard rock band Into The Fire, featuring vocalist Bryan Scott (The Union Underground), bassist Tim King (SOiL), guitarist Adam Zadel (SOiL), and Will Hunt (Evanescence), have just released a lyric video for their new single ‘From The Medicine‘.

From The Medicine‘ comes from the self titled Into The Fire debut EP and is a follow up to the single and music video ‘Spit You Out’

The group is planning to record new material and make touring plans for later in 2017.

Into The Fire‘s debut EP was released 22nd September 2016 via Pavement Entertainment and was engineered, produced, and mixed by Bryan W. Scott and mastered by James Murphy. The result can be best described as a raw and stripped down rock sound with modern elements. The digital EP bundle, containing 3 tracks and a bonus video, is available at digital and streaming outlets everywhere.

Line up:

Bryan Scott (THE UNION UNDERGROUND): Vocals/Guitar

Tim King (SOiL): Bass

Adam Zadel (SOiL): Guitar

Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE): Drums

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Methane Announce Olle Ekman As New Drummer

Swedish/US metallers Methane have announced Olle Ekman is their new drummer. Late 2016 Andreas Strom gave notice that he would not be able continue as Methane‘s full time drummer and the band set out to find someone to fill his drum seat. In February Methane found him, non-other than a veteran in the Swedish metal scene, Olle EkmanEkman is probably most known as lead singer from Sweden‘s Deals Death and touring with Amaranthe.

Tim Scott (bass and vocals for Methane) and Ekman have both played in death metal band Volturyon, only not at the same time. Ekman sang on the first 2 albums from 2008-2011 and Scott played bass a short time in 2014 on the Human Demolition EP. Olle has not always been a singer. He originally was a drummer and has been it aching to get back behind a drum set.

Methane has recently released it’s debut album ‘The Devil’s Own‘ via Sony/Dark Star Records, and is now booking tour dates for 2017 – with already confirmed dates in Finland in the beginning of June.

06/01 Tampere
06/02 Turku
06/03 Vantaa

Methane formed in 2012 by American brothers living in Sweden Tim Scott and Dylan Campbell along with Jimi MasterboMethane‘s ‘The Devil’s Own‘ has been released on Sony/ Dark Star Records February 172017. This is the bands debut full length album. Methane has previously released 2 Eps ‘Southern Metal‘ 2014 and ‘Spit on your Grave‘ 2015 as well as two music videos. They have also been featured in the world’s first e-novel with music and on Metalhedz TV series among numerous compilation albums.

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Review: Dirty White Boyz – Down And Dirty

Review: Dirty White Boyz Down And Dirty

Escape Music (March 2017)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

When the component elements of the band consist of the former frontman of Kiss Of The Gypsy, members of Bailey, Demon and Lawless and you add in a lot of enthusiasm and on top of that you have 3 vocalists, well that’s a brilliant starting point. It also ensures that the backing vocals, to Tony Mitchell’s excellent lead vocals, through the album are just top notch.

The debut album is being released on Escape Music and it’s got to be said this is a cracking piece of work, it’s classic hard rock, has all the elements you want and need and then some. Twelve slabs of very different types of Rock, some heavy with a real kick to them, some ballads, and some classic rock songs, it fits perfectly together and knits into a hell of an album. From excellent twin guitar work on ‘Sanctuary‘, to the cracking ‘Waitin For This Feelin‘ where it’s very easy to just start singing along, especially at the chorus, through the out and out rockers like ‘Dynamite‘ and the slightly more bluesy rocker ‘Bring It On‘ there’s a definitely a bit of something for everyone here, and although there’s a lot of variation here there’s definitely a great flow throughout the album.  The band itself with Paul Hume and Jamie Crees nailing the Guitar sound from start to finish whether it’s a balls out rocker or a slower tempo ballad, just great work as always, Nigel Bailey laying down some terrific Bass runs as always such a solid performer in whatever he does and Neil Ogden so solid behind it all on Drums keeping everything driving forward, well they just eek class. Clearly a band that is very well at ease working with each other and enjoys what they are creating.

Highlights are ‘Hangin’ On A Heartache‘ which is just classic hard rock, beautifully put together and it kicks some ass live. ‘Ride With Angels‘ which has that little bit of a country rock feel to it and the excellent ‘Rise‘ which almost has some pop sensibilities about it before Tony kicks it up a gear on the chorus that just soars, still another very well written track, which is the order of the day here, this is a project that will hopefully have legs and start working quickly on a follow up to this album.

Having been privileged to get to see Dirty White Boyz debut live show at the Just Say Yes charity show in Derby at the end of January, don’t miss out on their upcoming live shows in the UK, there’s that little bit of an extra edge to their sound live, some addition guitar from Tony and they were one of the highlights of an excellent night. Down And Dirty is one of those albums that allows multiple plays without becoming tiresome, there’s plenty of meat on the bone. In what has been a very strong first quarter of the year for new album releases this is an excellent debut, it’s brilliant to have Tony Mitchell back fronting a really talented band, don’t let this release slip between the cracks in the avalanche of new albums coming at you, it would be a massive shame if you missed out on this one. Produced and Mixed by the guys themselves they can be very proud of this release.


Review: Bonfire – Byte The Bullet

Review: Bonfire – Byte The Bullet

UDR (March 2017)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

German hard rock band Bonfire are back with believe it or not their sixteenth album. With new vocalist Alexx Stahl, whose taken over from Michael Bormann after his short stint, who himself replaced David Reece who had been vocalist since the departure of the band’s original vocalist Claus Lessmann. A lot of people never seem to get over the fact a band’s vocalist has been replaced, refusing to accept the replacements regardless of talent. I’m not one of those people, preferring to concentrate on the actual music, and it’s got to be said, Alexx fits the band perfectly.

And so to the album itself. ‘Byte The Bullet‘ is without doubt a repeat spinner. Having already sampled the two singles, I was looking forward to seeing if the remainder of the album was of the same ilk. Opening an album with a seven minute track certainly nails things firmly to the mast, ‘Power Train‘ building slowly before launching into a pounding, rip roaring hard rock track.

The remainder of the album follows in good stead, the two singles ‘Praying 4 A Miracle‘, and a great cover of Jethro Tull’s ‘Locomotive Breath‘ certainly good choices as said singles. There is one slightly bizarre track, track ten to be exact, which has bassist Ronnie Parkes being asked to repeatedly say the track name ‘Friedensreich‘ to much amusement and laughter. That’s followed by an instrumental, ‘Instrumetal‘, which is a slight speed-fest by the band, as it’s played with a fairly hasty tempo combining well known segments of songs, ‘Hall Of The Mountain King’ being one.

The ballard ‘ Without You‘ highlight’s Bonfire’s passion for such songs, and shows that Alexx is more than capable of slowing things down as well as belting out songs.

The album rounds off with another version of the classic Bonfire track ‘Sweet Obsession‘ which of course made it’s first appearance on their legendary 1987 album ‘Fireworks‘. While it’s never going to hold the same position as the original, which I’ve played to death, it is certainly a worthy version and not one to be dismissed out of hand.

To sum up, I can see this being one to consider when it comes time to compile my favorite album releases of the year. Highly recommended.

 

 


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Interview With Junkyard Vocalist David Roach

Interview with Junkyard vocalist David Roach about their upcoming new album ‘High Water’, their appearance at Hair Metal Heaven and the band’s future plans.

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Michael Schenker Announces ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ November UK Tour With Original M.S.G. Vocalists

In recent memory, Michael Schenker’s endeavor to unite rock fans together at his concerts has enraptured his audiences and so it is fitting that his most recent concept of ‘Michael Schenker Fest’ does not disappoint one bit. The project reunites the original Michael/McAuley Schenker Group vocalists – Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley, plus MSG musicians Steve Mann (guitar, keys), Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums).

Since the first Michael Schenker Fest concert at Sweden Rock in June 2016 the project has gained serious momentum. Performing at a SOLD-OUT Tokyo show in August 2016 they recorded a live DVD, which has gathered critical acclaim worldwide.

Today, Schenker is proud to announce that he will be touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017, including four UK concerts taking in O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Thursday 2nd November), O2 Academy Sheffield (Friday 3rd November), O2 Ritz, Manchester (Saturday 4th November) and Hull City Hall (Sunday 5th November).

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.

Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982.  Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.

The Band
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass

The Vocalists:
Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley

Schenker reflects on the concert that was performed in Tokyo in August 2016. “It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.

“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.  We plan to continue this when we perform the UK concerts in November 2017.”

Thursday 2nd November
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44677
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:
www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/IEH0211M

Friday 3rd November
O2 Academy Sheffield
O2 Priority (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44676
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005270B87B778E

Saturday 4th November
O2 Ritz, Manchester
O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
https://tickets.o2priority.co.uk/listings/michael-schenker-fest/44675
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:
www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005270DEE6A248

Sunday 5th November
Hull City Hall, Hull
On general sale from 12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017:
www.hullboxoffice.com/events//michael-schenker-fest-featuring-original-msg-vocalists-gary-barden-graham-bonnet-and-robin-mcauley

M.S.G. – Discography:

The Michael Schenker Group (1980) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
M.S.G. (1981) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
Live At The Budokan (1982) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
Assault Attack (1982) Ft. Graham Bonnet (vocals)
Built To Destroy (1983) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
Written In The Sand (1996) Ft. Leif Sundin (vocals)
The Unforgiven (1999) Ft. Kelly Keeling (vocals)
Be Aware Of Scorpions (2001) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
Arachnophobic (2003) Ft. Chris Logan (vocals)
Tales Of Rock ‘N’ Roll (2006) Ft. Jari Tiura (vocals)
In The Midst Of Beauty (2008) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)
Live In Tokyo – The 30th Anniversary Concert (2010) Ft. Gary Barden (vocals)

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