Scottish rock band Anchor Lane have today released more material from their stunning debut album ‘Casino’. The title track is now available from all major digital and streaming services ahead of the album’s official release on Friday 31st January 2020.

Packed with immense sounding up-tempo tracks it showcases the band as exceptional rock musicians and skilled songwriters. Pre-order your digital download of the album on iTunes or pre-save on Spotify to access the track ‘Casino’ ahead of the official album release!

 The album was written by singer Conor Gaffney, guitarist Lawrence O’ Brien, bassist Matthew Quigley and drummer Scott Hanlon in Glasgow and recorded at Vale Studios in the Midlands with renowned rock musician, writer and producer Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons, Gun, Little Angels).

‘Casino‘ is a sonically exhilarating album from the band who take influences from Royal Blood, Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters.

On working with producer Toby Jepson, Conor said, “We learned so much from Toby. His ability to take a song and flip it on its head was so inspiring to us.”

Toby said, “Before I commit to working with a band, I need to get a sense of whether they have a genuine vision and something to say. When I heard the demos I knew there was some intuitive and intelligent writing going on.”

Rock legend Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, The Almighty) co-wrote two tracks on the album. Hook-driven opener ‘Blood & Irony‘ which features intoxicating howling vocals that showcase Gaffney’s prowess as a frontman and the incredibly catchy stadium-rock ‘Dead Run‘ which also features Warwick on backing vocals.

On writing with Ricky Warwick, Lawrence said, “Ricky’s direct approach to song writing was fascinating. He taught us to accept the simplicities and imperfections in the songs and it made them stronger.

Ricky said, “Anchor Lane are everything a rock band should be. They have attitude, ability, swagger and most importantly songs… their passport to a very bright future is assured.”

Despite being in their early twenties, there’s a maturity to Anchor Lane’s song writing. They don’t shy away from tackling difficult subjects as Casino’s themes include toxic relationships, addiction and the death of a close friend.

First single ‘Fame Shame‘ condemns modern society’s fascination with social media and reality television. Scott said, “It’s about waking up to the fact that while you’re watching someone else’s life on the internet your own life is passing you by.”

The album’s title is a metaphor for the ever-changing music industry explained Matthew, “We called the album Casino because in this industry you either go all in or you leave the table. We gladly left our jobs to concentrate on writing the album. It’s a high-risk high-reward gamble but we’re here for the right reasons.” Toby Jepson adds, “When I met the guys, they said ‘We want to change the world, we want to write something that makes a difference.’ They’re ambitious with strength of character and real vision. This is their first album and judging by the material they’ve come up with so far, they have a very big future.

Anchor Lane came to the public’s attention in 2017 with the release of their 4-track EP ‘New Beginning‘. Since then, they have toured incessantly scoring notable guest spots with Cheap Trick, Eagles of Death Metal and Tremonti. The band have garnered an impressive reputation as a thrilling and dynamic live act and have notched up significant appearances at renowned rock festivals including Download, Isle of Wight, Stone Free, Belladrum and Hard Rock Hell.

The album is available to pre-order from –

Official Website



The Calling will be back touring Europe after the success of their 2001 global hit ‘Wherever you will go’ and shows are already selling out fast!

The tour will see classic tracks performed such as ‘Wherever You Will Go‘, ‘Adrienne’ and many more as well as some of the brand new tracks from their upcoming album. Show goers will also be given the opportunity to purchase three new songs ahead of release date.

Tour Dates:


08.01 – München – Backstage

09.01 – Stuttgart – Wizemann

10.01 – Magdeburg – Factory

11.01 – Cham – LA

12.01 – Hannover – Faust

13.01 – Berlin – Heimathafen

14.01 – Hamburg – Gruenspan

16.01 – Frankfurt – Batschkapp

17.01 – Memmingen – Kaminwerk

18.01 – Zurich – Hall Of Fame

19.01 – Nurnberg – Hirsch

21.01 – Bochum – Matrix

22.01 – Siegburg – Kubana

23.01 – Wien – Szene

24.01 – Graz – Explosiv

25.01 – Kufstein – Kultur Quartier

27.01 – Milan – Circolo Magnolia

28.01 – Rome – Orion Club

30.01 – Dombim – Conrad Sohm

31.01 – Konstanz – Kulturladen

02.02 – Barcelona – Razzmatazz

03.02 – Madrid – Copernico

06.02 – London – Underworld

07.02 – Swansea – Sin City

08.02 – Holmfirth – Pictured rome

09.02 – Southampton – 1865

10.02 – Manchester – Factory

11.02 – Edinburgh – Bannermans

13.02 – Chester – Live Rooms

14.02 – Wolverhampton – KKs Steel Mill

15.02 – Merthyr Tidfill – The New Crown

16.02 – Bridgewater – Palace Nightclub

17.02 – Brighton – The Haunt

18.02 – Swindon – The Vic

“I’m thrilled to come back to Europe!!! It has been way too long and we are extremely excited to return in the new year and give fans a taste of our new material and play some of our fan favourites. We are also offering VIP upgrades and tickets are already on sale, this tour is going to be awesome!Alex Band, The Calling

We are extremely excited and proud to do this huge tour with Alex and The Calling! This is the longest tour of any artist in 2020 and the response so far has been incredible. We are looking forward to performing tracks from our new album and connecting with old and new fans across Europe.Dani, Psycho Village

Tickets are on sale now and you can get VIP upgrades for both Psycho Village and Alex Bands The Calling.

Escape Music is delighted to announce the release date for the Canadian band Storm Force’s new album ‘Age Of Fear‘. The album will be released on 25th January 2020.

Storm Force is the explosive new band that fans of classic hard melodic rock have all been waiting for.
Led by Canadian rock legends Brighton Rock founder and lead guitarist Greg Fraser and featuring one of today’s most powerful and versatile lead vocalists in Patrick Gagliardi (formerly of Surface Tension), their debut record produced by Darius Szczepaniak (Black Crowes, Sum 41, Big Sugar) combines colossal, crushing melodic rock with hook-laden ballads and massive choruses reminiscent of vintage Cinderella, balanced by classic rock sensibilities of acts like The Who and Van Halen.
The group hails from Niagara Falls, Canada and is rounded out by the blistering one-two punch rhythm section of ex-Panik and Step Echo drummer Brian Hamilton and sought-after session musician and touring bassist Mike Beradelli.
Storm Force’s groundbreaking new record is the result of a rich blend of rock influences spanning Triumph, UFO, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, and so many more, and will be available on Escape Music worldwide.

1. Because Of You
2. Age Of Fear
3. Breathe
4. Ember Rain
5. Ride Like Hell
6.Dirty Vegas
7. More Than You Know
8. Marshall Law
9. Different Roads
10. Ringside

Line up:

Lead Vocals: Patrick Gagliardi
Lead Guitar & Vocals: Greg Fraser
Drums & Vocals: Brian Hamilton
Bass & Vocals: Mike Beradelli

Official Website


Johnny Jetson is about to become your new best friend…his songs are raw, powerful and real. He writes about feelings you like to pretend you don’t have, recollections you would like to forget and temptations that until now you have wisely avoided.

Johnny was raised in the suburbs of New York City. He was a young boy when he found a discarded beat up guitar in a trash bin. Now, four decades later, he’s proven to be one hell of a songwriter and committed rock and roller.

Hard work, determination and chance meetings in the City of Angels established him as a fixture of the L.A. music scene. Johnny was infamous for his towering pompadour, vintage Cougar muscle car and ability to be at the wrong place at the right time. He formed Space Age Playboys with Warrior Soul vocalist Kory Clarke and fronted his own band, Tattooed Millionaires. The Tattooed Millionaires are recognized as the first unsigned band to reach the milestone of 1,000,000 streaming song plays and shared stages with the likes of Metallica, Motorhead, Monster Magnet, Backyard Babies and Hardcore Superstar.

Currently residing in Minneapolis, Johnny has quickly established himself as a pillar of the rock and roll community with the band Speed City Vipers. His latest project is his second solo album entitled ‘Make Your Move‘ – channelling classic Alice Cooper & T.Rex vibes.

Make Your Move’ will be released in early 2020, the debut single, ‘I Believe In Rock and Roll’ is Out Now.

Washington, DC’s rockers Never Elected have a new single ‘Wake Up‘ that will be out on November 15th. Energetic and engaging, it’s hard-hitting rock with a catchy flair.

Song pre-order on Apple MusicGooglePlay, Spotify pre-save here.

‘Wake Up’ is the musical interlude that comes after ‘Down Too Long‘, which was released in 2017 and precedes the new album Never Elected are working on which takes a heavier, grungier turn. The band explains the release of the single:

“This single is just an indication of what lies ahead on our next album. We dropped our tuning to D, figuring that it gives us exactly what we are looking for soundwise. Our fans love to sing along to our songs and “Wake Up” was chosen to be the single based on what the fans loved most at our live shows.”

What started out in 2015, as an acoustic rock duo playing covers evolved into a full band that began turning heads in their hometown of Washington, D.C. with their high energy live performances, which includes their frontman climbing the walls, literally. Never Elected talks about the intricacies of the single:

“Catchy riffs are matched with a catchy vocal melody reaching out to convey a message. The pauses with absolute silence in between the choruses are deliberate to kind of show how we as a society in general, WAKE UP loudly to a certain problem, think about it, and once it’s all silent, we go back to sleep again, until WOKEN UP to another issue only to repeat the same all over again.”

Citing main influences coming from the glory days of 90s grunge like Soundgarden, Foo Fighters and Alice in Chains, Never Elected is recommended for fans of the genre and anyone who likes hard rock.


A common love for the heavy grunge of the 90s and good old Rock n Roll is what brought the guys of Never Elected together. Within 2 years of formation, they released their debut album ‘Down Too Long’ in 2017 and are now on the verge of completing album number two.


Review: Angel Witch – Angel Of Light

Metal Blade (November 1st 2019)

Reviewer: David Pearce

Angel Witch were formed in the mid-1970s and were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal alongside such stadium acts as Iron Maiden, Whitesnake and Def Leppard. Although they were never as successful, they were incredibly influential as hearing them encouraged Lars Ulrich to form Metallica. They have an interesting claim to fame as the least successful chart artists ever in the UK as their single Sweet Danger spent one week at Number 75, the lowest possible position for a registered chart entry. Of course, heavy metal is not a genre that gets a lot of chart time, so it’s a very poor indicator of quality! They have just released a new album ‘Angel of Light‘, so let’s see what has kept them going for so long.

The driving guitars and drums of ‘Don’t Turn your Back‘ start off the album in blistering fashion with echoes of both Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. It is a fantastic tune that explodes out of the speakers and immediately tells you that this isn’t a group resting on past glories.

The second track on the album is ‘Death from Andromeda‘ which coalesces round a driving, tribal percussion that gives Fredrik Jansson’s drumming a real urgency. It is a science fiction inspired song that leads into a chant of ‘Death from Andromeda‘ which will be shouted back at them by audiences wherever they play.

We are Damned‘ starts off with a guitar riff that sounds completely different from the usual driving guitar and gets the song into its stride from the first note. The vocals of Kev Heybourne are as good as any heavy metal singer going around and they give the song a real depth of quality.

The Night is Calling‘ is the seemingly obligatory metal ballad that appears on so many NWOBHM albums. Just as well its so good! Duelling guitars, brilliantly played by Will Palmer and Jimmy Martin lift this song above the mass of half-hearted ballads that you hear on the radio and it is pure class.

Condemned‘ continues the incredibly high quality of this release and makes you wonder if there’s a parallel universe where Angel Witch are playing massive stadiums and Iron Maiden are scraping a living whilst being seen as an inspiration by many other groups! It just seems so arbitrary at times, the way one group is successful and another, just as good, is largely ignored.

Window of Despair‘ is built round Jansson’s drumming once again as he shows that there are very few heavy metal drummers who can live with him. ‘I am Infamy‘ is a tune that starts off quietly then builds and builds really cleverly as it leads into Heybourne’s powerful spine-tingling vocals. ‘Angel of Light‘, the title track finishes this incredible album off in a blaze of glory.

All four members show their musical pedigree on this marvellous album and make it clear that far from being elder statesmen of the rock movement going through the motions, they are vibrant, energetic and as vital as they have ever been.

Swedish rock band H.E.A.T will play three exclusive UK shows in May 2020. The band will tour with British rock band VEGA, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral. The four bands will play Wolverhampton KK’s Steel Mill (May 28), the London Garage (May 29) and Swansea Patti Pavilion (May 30).

H.E.A.T‘s brand new album ‘H.E.A.T II‘ will be available as CD Digipak, Vinyl and Digital on February 21, 2020 via earMUSIC. The album will be ready to pre-order from Friday, November 29,2019 on:

H.E.A.T II‘ is the first album to be produced entirely by the band – with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers. “This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the titl.”

The first single One By One (released September 27th) gave a first glance into what is to come for the new album and was followed by the second single Rise. The band explains: “Rise is about uniting and rebelling against the powers that be. Whatever that may be is subjective to the listener.” 

H.E.A.T II‘ is the first album by Swedish hard rock sensation H.E.A.T to be produced entirely by the band – with Jona Tee and Dave Dalone as producers. This album goes back to the band’s beginnings, redefining the raw H.E.A.T sound – a sound that oozes classic rock coolness paired with the snotty confidence of one of rock and roll’s most talented bands today. “This is what we would sound like if we made a debut album 2019, hence the title.”

In a time when artists like Foreigner, Journey and Whitesnake are enjoying a resurgence, teenagers are re-discovering the melodic approach to hard rock. The kids are suddenly wearing their classic rock band logos on t-shirts. H.E.A.T is the beacon of light that many say will carry this tradition into the future. They’re young, ambitious and full of energy and ideas.

Line up:

Erik Grönwall – Vocals

Dave Dalone – Guitar

Jimmy Jay – Bass 

Jona Tee – Keyboards

Don Crash – Drums

H.E.A.T May 2020 UK Tour

With VEGA, Mason Hill & Collateral
Tickets – &

Wolverhampton, KK’s Steel Mill Thursday 28 May
London, The Garage Friday 29 May
Swansea, Patti Pavilion Saturday 30 May

Official Website






Dutch hard rockers Vengeance will be releasing ‘Power Of The Rock – Anthology‘ box set on November 29th via Pseudonym Records.

The box set consists of 121 tracks, 9 albums included 59 non-album bonus tracks, unreleased versions/tracks, early recordings & demo’s.

CD1 – Vengeance

CD2 – We Have Ways To Make You Rock

CD3 – Take It Or Leave It

CD4 – Arabia

CD5 – The Last Of The Fallen Heroes + 3 bonus tracks

CD6 – Back From Flight 19

CD7 – Power Of The Rock 1

CD8 – Power Of The Rock 2

CD9 – Power Of The Rock 3


Sari is now back at home in the U.S enjoying a well earned rest ahead of the Christmas break. Her Autumn tour was a huge success, with fantastic audiences and sell out shows across the UK. The whole band have played out of their skins.
Whilst on the road we decided to record some shows and do our best to capture the magic.
Having listened to the results, we can announce there will be a brand new live album released at the end of February!

2020 Tour Dates:

April 2nd
Band On The Wall
27 Swan St,
M4 5JZ

0161 834 1786
April 3rd

Derby Flowerpot
19-25 King St,

01332 204955
April 4th
Room 2
@ 69 Nelson Mandela Pl,
G2 1QY

April 5th
The Cluny

36 Lime Street, 


Newcastle upon Tyne, 


0191 230 4474

April 6th
Kinross – Green Hotel

2 Muirs,
KY13 8AS

01577 863467

April 9th

The Platform – Morecambe

Old Station Buildings, Marine Rd W,

01524 582803

April 10th
Jazz and Blues

Crown hotel – High St,

01270 625283

April 16th

Huntingdon Hall



01905 611427

April 17th
Boom Boom Club

The Borough Sports Ground

Gander Green Lane

Sutton, Surrey

April 18th
The Plough Arts Centre
9-11 Fore Street, Great Torrington,
EX38 8HQ

April 23rd
The Brook
466 Portswood Rd,
SO17 3SD
023 8055 5366

+ Robin Trower

April 24th
Arlington Arts Mary Hare,
RG14 3BQ

01635 244246

April 25th
Holmfirth Picturedrome  Market St,
01484 689759
+ Robin Trower

April 26th
Islington Assembly Hall

Upper St, Islington,
N1 2UD

020 7527 8900
+ Robin Trower

April 29th
Robin 2 Bilston

20 – 28 Mount Pleasant,
WV14 7LJ

01902 401211

April 30th
Chester Live Rooms

1 Station Rd,

01244 318906

Official Website