After releasing his latest album ‘Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry‘, Mike Zito will tour the UK in April 2020. Tickets for the 8-date tour are available via –  www.mikezito.com/shows.

He may be one of the most lauded artists in the contemporary blues arena today, and rightfully so, but for the former member of Royal Southern Brotherhood, Mike Zito, the thing that counts the most is maintaining his honesty, authenticity and integrity. Those are the qualities that have steered Zito’s career since the beginning and continue to define every effort he’s offered since.

I have nothing to hide; it seems my honesty is what people relate to most,” he once told Vintage Guitar magazine. “Anders Osborne told me early on, ‘If you don’t believe what you’re singing, you’ll never be a good singer.’ I try not to write fluff. I try to make every word count.

That point became convincingly clear with his last record 2018’s First Class Life, a collection of songs that detailed his journey from addiction to sobriety and the subsequent success he achieved through his award-winning body of work. A multiple award winner and nominee, Zito has built his career on an ability to tap into tradition while maintaining contemporary credence all at the same time.

Rock N Roll: A Tribute to Chuck Berry‘ finds him broadening his boundaries still further even as it marks a return to his roots. The album consists of 20 Chuck Berry classics performed by Zito and an impressive array of 21 guest guitarists, among them Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth, Luther Dickinson, Albert Castiglia, Anders Osborne and, significantly, Chuck’s grandson, Charles Berry III.

 

 

“This was a very special project for me,” Zito says. “I lived in Chuck’s hometown of St. Louis for 32 years, and I worked at a small musical instrument store where his drummer also happened to be employed. Chuck’s son would drop by on occasion as well. He was an icon, and rightfully so. I’ve been playing his songs since I was a kid. He was a tremendous influence on my career, and, of course, on many other musicians’ as well.”

 

Produced by Zito himself, the album was recorded at his own Marz Studios and mixed and mastered by David Farrell. “We recorded the basic tracks and then sent them to each guest musician,” Zito recalls. “They added their parts and then sent the files back to us. The process took a year to complete.”

 

MIKE ZITO APRIL 2020 UK TOUR

Tickets via www.mikezito.com/shows

 

Kinross, Backstage @ The Green Hotel Thursday 2 April
Hartlepool, Supporters Club Friday 3 April
Devizes, Long Street Blues Saturday 4 April
Sutton, Boom Boom Club Sunday 5 April
Chislehurst, The Beaverwood Club Tuesday 7 April
London, 100 Club Wednesday 8 April
Pershore, The Iron Road Live Thursday 9 April
HRH Blues @ O2 Academy Sheffield Saturday 11 April

Review: H.E.A.T – H.E.A.T II

earMUSIC (21/02/2020)

Reviewer: Peter Scallan

H.E.A.T are band that seem to have been around for ages yet still remain a young band and the next big thing to break. For whatever reason, they have just never made that leap into the big league. On their last album release they shook things up an bit and changed the formula they had stuck to previously, and took a little bit of criticism for that. Personally, I thought it was the best thing they had done and looked forward to them developing this direction further. However, judging by the press release it sounds like they have went to their roots, thus the name ‘H.E.A.T II‘.

Rock Your Body‘ opens the album with its pumping opening salvo and a great chop. And as you would expect it has a huge chorus. It pumps along nicely and definitively re-asserts the band’s sound. Next up is ‘Dangerous Ground‘ which lifts the pace and power somewhat and is classic H.E.A.T with some stellar vocals. ‘Come Clean‘ opens with a keyboard-driven riff, breaking down into picking guitar and once again there is a killer chorus. The arrangement cleverly changes a little each time round, keeping it fresh each time round. A more classic rock sound more akin to Rainbow/Deep Purple is next up with ‘Victory‘ and a chanting chorus. For me this is one of the weaker songs on the album. The feel changes with the opening bluesy guitar of ‘We Are Gods‘. This is powerful thundering track conveying the title perfectly, with Eric Gronwall giving it some serious big vocal licks. The pace is picked back up with ‘Adrenaline‘ and if there is such a thing sounds like typical Swedish melodic rock. With a staccato riff behind the chorus the song has another big chorus.

One By One‘ opens in a similar vein to its predecessor but drops into a completely differently melodic feel with keyboards and some choked guitar. The guitar solo is tastefully played over a more laid back break and provides a great contrast. Next up is the obligatory ballad, ‘Nothing To Say‘, and Gronwall shows he can vary his vocal styling. The song is predominantly acoustic guitar and ethereal keyboards but lifts for the chorus as do the vocals. In places, it almost has the feel of a movie soundtrack song.

Heaven Must Have Won An Angel‘ sounds like it should be a ballad from its title, but it’s a classic H.E.A.T mid-paced rocker which rattles along very nicely indeed. The opening of the next song sounds like the Scorpions to me before breaking down into a bluesy riff and then changing again into a rotating drum-pattern driven riff – great variation from the guys. Entitled ‘Under The Gun‘, it wasn’t the balls-out rocker the name suggested – great stuff. The last song on the album is ‘Rise‘ opening with some lilting keyboards before exploding into a huge guitar riff. This closes the album very much as it started with the classic H.E.A.T sound.

So what’s the verdict? Well, the guys wanted to go back to a classic sound after the experimenting of the last album and they have certainly achieved that. It oozes quality in terms of the songs and vocals and will certainly delight H.E.A.T fans. However, will it win them over a drove of new fans? I doubt it! A much as I love this album, I am kind of disappointed they didn’t go the whole way this time with the road they started down with the previous album. Regardless of my disappointment, let me be clear about it – this album seriously rocks. I dearly hope the quality of their recorded works and their kick-arse live shows get them into the big league.  If any melodic rock band that have emerged in the last decade or deserve to, its these guys. Get them album, buy your tickets for the tour – you won’t be disappointed!

Black Country, Sludge Metal Heroes King Corpse announce the details for their forthcoming EP ‘Sacred Crimson’. The band was formed in 2015 by bassist Jack Cradock and former drummer Joe Worton, with the later addition of James Pearson on guitar. Shortly after the three then set their sights on churning out monstrous, dark and doomy riffs in their rehearsal space, labelled ‘The KCrypt”. Drummer Joe, stepped down not long after the band’s formation and King Corpse welcomed the skills of college friend Toby Sambidge.

Following on from this they began to bring their songs to stages around the Black Country and Birmingham, paying homage to the doom greats of the area such as Black Sabbath and Witchfinder General, as well as more contemporary artists such as Crowbar and Down. The band, in the short time they have been together, have already had big successes with their previous EP ‘King Corpse’ and followed that up with support slots with the likes of Conan & Monolord.

Moving forward, King Corpse entered the studio once more during 2019 to begin work on their follow up EP titled ‘Sacred Crimson’ which was recorded by Jack whilst he was studying at the University of Leeds, and this was then mixed and mastered by Chris Wilson of Stourbridge Studios. The EP includes five brand new tracks, but the physical copies of the album will come with an extra three bonus tracks from the band’s first EP that have been re-mastered.

Jack from King Corpse has said: “This release is King Corpse beginning to stretch our wings. We are branching out from our Stoner / Doom roots, trying to explore other ways that heavy can be expressed. We’ve worked super hard to create something we feel is original and that above all we hope people can connect with.

Sacred Crimson‘ immerses itself in the riffs and mood of it’s grandfathers, the gods of metal Black Sabbath. Jack’s anomalous vocals are captivating and add depth and mystery to the songs, connect this with the gut-wrenching rhythm section this makes ‘Sacred Crimson‘ 8 songs of cosmic bliss. ‘Sacred Crimson‘ will be released and available on all streaming platforms from Friday 17th April 2020.

Tracklisting:

  1. Exhumation
  2. Drowning
  3. Climb My Bones
  4. S4-LAZAR
  5. Sons Of Mourning
  6. The Count
  7. Sleepless
  8. Swamp Thing

You can see King Corpse preaching the word of the riff around the UK on the following dates; 15/02 – HRH Metal, Birmingham

29/02 – Redrum, Stafford

14/03 – Ye Olde Foundry, Dudley

05/04 – Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton (Acoustic)

22/05 – Raffs Bar, Wellingborough

06/06 – Stonebaked Festival, Leeds

26/09 – Ye Olde Foundry, Dudley.

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Sari SchorrLive In Europe’ will be out on Manhaton Records on 6th March 2020, followed by her biggest European tour yet, comprising over 32 dates across the continent and the UK in March and April.

In her own words: “The time had come for me to get a bit messy. Too much of my life was becoming cleaned-up in the carefully curated world of social -media where we retouch our faces and bodies and carefully edit our words. Recording a live album was a blunt attempt to fend off the perfectionism of the technological world,” says Sari.

Every year there is seemingly a constant parade of must-hear singers right? Not really. They come along rarely if they’re the real deal, as rarely as a seminal live album actually. Meet Sari Schorr. What makes her different is what makes all the others the same. She’s got talent, who hasn’t, but she has depth, life experience (like helping out in Haiti after the earthquake). She has real stories to tell. Sari is one of the few singers that can be, and is, mentioned in the same breath as Joplin. What you get is Blues with 3 Michelin Stars served in a New York diner. Don’t forget to leave a tip!

Sari’s brand-new, 12-track live album was recorded on the last tour, and serves as a perfect illustration of why you’ll want to catch the next one. We are treated to the passion of original songs from her two studio albums and two reworked covers, ‘Black Betty‘ and ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You‘, both hot favourites with audiences. These stunning live recordings from across Europe, along with two previously-unreleased acoustic tracks recorded for the BBC in the UK, truly make this album an object of desire. For Sari “there is an honestly in a live performance that allows me to be vulnerable and uncensored.

We are in uncharted territory, and to use superlatives that have been wrongly applied to lesser performers in the past, mostly by ad agencies, would be to cheapen something exceptional. Perhaps the best words are actually the names of other exceptional artists Sari stands alongside, like Tina Turner, Elkie Brooks and the already mentioned Janice Joplin.

Review: Secret Rule – Against

Pride & Joy Music (February 21st 2020)

Reviewer: Paul Saripo

Secret Rule hailing from Italy are set to release a fifth album entitled ‘Against‘ which is a powerful mix of deep metal electronica and riff centric energy.

Spira Mirabilis‘ is the grand prelude to the album which sets the scope and feel perfectly for the narrative.

As I listened to all the tracks on the album I found that I would come back to ‘Spira Mirabilis‘ as this seems to be quite pivotal in the journey of the ‘Against‘ story.

This is no ordinary concept album, I found its hypotheses a combination of human condition and that of the celestial, challenged on an unknown passage as cyber slaves.

The musical composition is the driving energy with a solid balance of synthesisers, low hung and deliciously heavy riffs, fast bass with percussion that beats out like artillery fire with intricate rhythm of Alex Beccati on drums keeping the time. ‘Shades Of Humanity‘ packs some weight with some influences from the electronica of Rammstein along the way. ‘Rise Again‘ is fast and energetic harmony’s.

Going Nowhere‘ has good vocal range and dexterity with convincing depth pitched alongside a massive backline of riffs of Andy Menario.

Digital Revolution‘ one of my favourite tracks from the album, the composition here is a showcase for the journey and opens the door to ‘Endless Promises‘, which is a fantastic track that jumps out and thrashes out rapid heavy riffs with synergy of music moving into ‘Purgatory‘ which by now your immersed with feeling of desperation held firm with bass strings and industrial synth, powerful vocal and growling riff.  Against brings with it a pounding heart beat bass lines of Michele Raspanti and indignant riffs.

Deep Solitude‘ demonstrates perfectly the incredible vocals of Angela Di Vincenzo who has a tremendous range and depth alongside yet more catchy hooks to have you moshing up. ‘Outsiders‘ another standout track from the album, this is a masterpiece of well engineered and executed sounds. The timing here is impeccable. ‘My Last Breath‘ embodies power of the story with musical intensity burning into the last track ‘Don’t Let Me Fade‘ which concludes the album with a build of emotion delivered into your imagination driven with a musical charge.

The 1980s San Francisco Bay Area scene was a seismic moment in the world of metal and part of that moment was Heathen. ‘The Evolution of Chaos‘ was originally released back in January 2010, marking the band’s first album of new material in 18 years. It saw them ride a wave of the resurgent thrash scene. Heathen return 31st January, 2020 with the 10th Anniversary remastered reissue of ‘The Evolution of Chaos‘ via Mascot Records. The release will be available on CD/DVD, 2LP and digitally with a previously unreleased bonus track ‘Seasons of Purgatory‘.

Track Listing:
Disc: 1 (CD)
1. Intro (Remastered)
2. Dying Season (Remastered)
3. Control By Chaos (Remastered)
4. No Stone Unturned (Remastered)
5. Arrows Of Agony (Remastered)
6. Fade Away (Remastered)
7. A Hero’s Welcome (Remastered)
8. Undone (Remastered)
9. Bloodkult (Remastered)
10. Red Tears Of Disgrace (Remastered)
11. Seasons In Purgatory (Previously Unreleased Bonus Track)
12. Silent Nothingness (Remastered)

Disc: 2 (DVD)
– The Making Of The Evolution Of Chaos (2 Hour Documentary)
– Live In Japan (1 Hour Concert Film)
1. Death By Hanging (Live)
2. Mercy Is No Virtue (Live)
3. Goblin’s Blade (Live)
4. Opiate of the Masses (Live)
5. Kill the King (Live)
6. Breaking the Silence (Live)
7. Dying Season (Live)
8. Open the Grave (Live)
9. Hypnotized (Live)
– Dying Season (Music Video)
– Dying Season (Director’s Cut Music Video)

Get the new IOth anniversary CD/DVD or 2LP blue transparent vinyl edition of ‘The Evolution of
Chaos‘ along with an Evolution t-shirt, long sleeve or pullover hoodie!
Bundle also includes free exclusive download of ‘Control By Chaos (Live at the Dynamo)‘ MP3.

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HEAVY PETTIN’ have announced the release of their first new EP ‘4Play‘ on Valentines Day – February 14, 2020. The first batch of new HEAVY PETTIN’ songs recorded in over 30 years. Pre-order the EP here: https://heavypettinofficialmercandise.bigcartel.com

Track Listing :

  1. Get Back To You
  2. Tell Me Why
  3. Who We Are
  4. Hard to Hold

4Play‘ was recorded at SOR Studios Great Linford in Autumn 2019. Produced and mixed by Gordon Albert Bonnar.

Cover concept by Mike Badaracco and cover design by Andy Pilkington at Very Metal Art. B&W foro front cover by Adam Stone. Back inside cover by Michael Bruce – MB Photography Scotland. Inside front, and back cover photos by P.G.Brunelli.

Hamie has said: “…the demand and support for new HEAVY PETTIN’ material has been so overwhelming, we are excited to say we’re now working on brand new HP Album and other projects will also be released later in 2020… and it’s going great!”

The 2020 touring season starts with The Monsters of Rock Cruise ‘MORCX’ Feb 8th 2020 (Florida, Belize, & Mexico) and a Premier Launch for the bands EP ‘4 Play‘ with Sirus FM’s Eddie Trunk and KNAC’s Metal Will on the Worlds largest cruise ship Independence of the Sea before the band return to UK to headline Brofest UK on Feb 28th 2020, Also HEAVY PETTIN’ Headline laNau in Barcelona June 6th 2020 with many more dates to follow.

Line up:

Stephen (Hamie) Haymen – Vocals
Gordon Bonnar – Guitars, Vocals
Mick Ivory – Drums
Jez Parry – Bass, Vocals
Dave (Davo) Aitken – Guitars, Vocals

HEAVY PETTIN’ first stirred into action when vocalist Hamie, guitarists Gordon Bonnar and Punky Mendoza, drummer Gary Moat and bassist Brian Waugh first burst out of Glasgow in 1981. They were vibrant, priapic, anthemic and focused. As they showed on a three-track demo, and on the subsequent debut single for independent label Neat (‘Roll The Dice’/’Love Xs Love’), they were more than mere Def Leppard slaves. In fact, the PETTIN’ had an international sound that owed something to AC/DC, UFO, Thin Lizzy and Foreigner, but also had its own raging momentum.

Not that the band found the road straightforward. But, thanks to a work ethic that took them around the country, plus a valuable session for Radio 1’s prestigious ‘Friday Rock Show‘, the band eventually landed a crucial deal with the major label Polydor Records. Moreover, their 1983 debut album (‘Lettin’ Loose‘) was co-produced by the creative Mack together with Queen guitarist Brian May. Now, that’s pedigree.

Amazingly, that album has survived more than 20 years of high-speed hi-tech developments intact. While other, more celebrated records have dated badly, ‘Lettin’ Loose’ re-affirms the belief back then that the Pettin’ would follow Leppard to big time stature. What went wrong at the time has little to do with the band, or lack of ambition/talent.

In America, where they should have broken big long before Bon Jovi gave Love A Bad Name, they were held back by the label’s insistence on an anaemic re-mix (as well as a title change to ‘HEAVY PETTIN’, which caused more confusion than anything else). If the band’s essential, vital British brio had been left as conceived in the first place, who knows what might have been achieved. Still, a slot on the bill for the 1983 Reading Festival, the day that Black Sabbath infamously headlined when fronted by Ian Gillan, did them no harm and touring with Kiss, Ozzy, and Motley Crue helped the quintet’s progress.

Two years later, the Pettin’ return to the studio, this time with producer Mark Dearnley (who’d worked with AC/DC and Krokus). The result? ‘Rock Ain’t Dead‘, which surprised many with a slicker yet conversely tougher approach. The lads really had progressed, although ironically if things had gone to plan, this would have been produced by Lance Quinn, of Bon Jovi and Lita Ford fame. However, just hours before the band were due to fly to Philadelphia, to work with Quinn at his Warehouse Studios, the decision was taken by PolyGram (to whom both HEAVY PETTIN’ and Bon Jovi were signed in the US) that, instead, he should start work immediately on what was to be Jovi’s second record, ‘7800 Degrees Fahrenheit’.

Perhaps then, it should have been obvious that record company politics were to scupper PETTIN’ in the crucial American market. Despite continuing to show up well in the UK, once again the US was to prove elusive – through no fault of the five musicians. In many respects, this was the point when the writing was scrawled over every available wall space. Regardless of their obvious determination and grassroots support in Britain, it seemed as if PETTIN’s realistic chance of significant international success had gone. A third album, ‘The Big Bang‘, was released by FM Revolver in 1989. Although it still proved this lot were way ahead of so many others who were selling truckloads of units and getting acclaim from the media; as the 1980s faded into memory, so too did HEAVY PETTIN’.

Driven by a desire, a passion and a capacity simply to invoke the magic and rapport the band enjoyed, they released Prodigal Songs in 2007. The album was well-received by their loyal fans and the limited pressing sold out making it a highly sought-after collector’s item.

In 2017, original members Hamie, Punky, and Gordon joined by Jez Parry on bass and Michael Ivory on drums performed for the first time in 25 years at Scotland’s Winter Storm. Reinvigorated, HEAVY PETTIN’, now joined by ex-Gun guitarist Dave Aitken due to Punky hanging up his guitar and going into retirement, did several shows in 2018 including a 6 date UK tour, with 3 sold-out gigs in Nottingham, London and Edinburgh, as well as 2 sold-out headline gigs in Milton Keynes and Glasgow.

The 2019 HEAVY PETTIN’ assault started in North Wales with HRH AOR Festival, then off to Germany’s Headbangers Open Air Festival in July, and Aug/Sept tour including The Golden Age of Rock Festival Belgium, with Dee Snider and Angel, plus a mainland British tour with Rock Goddess.

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