German Heavy/Power Metal machine Steel Engraved, have announced the release of their new self-titled album for January 25th, 2019 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records. Steel Engraved‘s third studio outing will comprise 13 tracks guaranteed to please the fans of majestic, melodic, modern yet old-school metal.

The album was produced by Mario Lochert (Serious Black) and Jan Vacik (Serious Black) at Dreamsound Studios. All vocals produced by Ralf Scheepers at RS Vocal Works. Mixed and mastered by Jan Vacik at Dreamsound Studios. Guest Vocals on “Searching For Regret” by Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear). Artwork & illustration by Dušan Marković (Dragony, Thor, Jag Panzer).

Track list:

  1. Where Shadows Remain
  2. Generation Headless
  3. The Oppressed Will Fly
  4. Slave To Yourself
  5. Nightwarriors
  6. Rebellion
  7. Searching For Regret
  8. One By One
  9. Heat
  10. Your Inner Self
  11. Close Your Eyes
  12. We Will Follow (bonus track)
  13. All That Lies Below (bonus track)

The album can be pre-ordered here:

http://bit.ly/se-se-CD-roar
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After the release of their two previous full length albums ‘State Of Siege‘ (debut in 2009) and ‘On High Wings We Fly‘ (2012) it was about time for Steel Engraved to record their third album! Within those six years, many things happened; the band was very busy touring across Europe as well as playing a couple of one-off shows on different festivals and concerts. So it was never seriously discussed when to start recordings the predecessor of ‘On High Wings We Fly‘. After a change in the line-up in 2016, the band felt that the time was right to get the spirit alive again!

The first sessions with the new members on drums and bass revealed a much more modern and progressive approach on the sound. The mixture with old-school German Power Metal on songs like ‘Nightwarriors‘ & ‘Rebellion‘ with orchestral or synth-ie sounds allured the band to walk on new roads while keeping the origin of the band alive. Like the composition recipe on ‘On High Wings We Fly‘, all members were involved in the songwriting process of this new album. All vocals were recorded under the guidance of Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) in his studio in Esslingen. A great experience to witness two professional and talented singers working on the highest level! Ralf definitely did influence the whole production of the album vocal-wise, not only because of his guest appearance on the song ‘Searching For Regret‘ but with his more than valuable input in the vocal perspective. The team of two experienced sound engineers Mario Lochert and Jan Vacik of Dreamsound Studios -well known for their professional work in recording and mastering- played a significant role in the creation of the album implementing great ideas during the production progress. After signing with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, Marco and Andy felt the need to express that this was a new era for Steel Engraved so the self-title felt fitting for a fresh new beginning! Let Steel Engraved take you on a majestic, melodic, modern yet old-school ride! Enjoy!

Line up:

Marco Schober – Vocals
Andy Straehler – Guitar
Tomas Kuchta – Guitar
Max Lindner – Keys
Katharina Praml – Bass
Jaroslav Rod – Drums

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Booze fueled southern rockers White Cowbell Oklahoma have returned flaunting their uncompromising sleaze, this time with a new video for their track ‘Into The Sun’ off ‘Seven Seas of Sleaze’ released this past April through their own label Slick Monkey.

A rootin’ tootin’ grungy, melodic medley of southern rock covered in a layer of grease,‘Into The Sun’ boasts foot tappin’ heavy psych riffage that will get you moving and the visuals in the video may just trip you out, you’ve been warned!

Recommended for fans of Deep Purple, ZZ Top and Frank Zappa, White Cowbell Oklahoma has made their mark appearing at festivals like SXSW, and NXNE and tours like Rockstar Uproar. The band also regularly performs throughout the European festival circuit.

WCO’s latest album ‘Seven Seas of Sleaze’ is available on BandcampSpotify & iTunes.

For those in the Toronto area, White Cowbell Oklahoma will be celebrating 15 years of their world famous X-Mess bash at Lee’s Palace on December 14th. Full details can be found here.

“Besides the expected southern-fried onslaught, the Toronto X-Mess concert will feature a dizzying array of surprise guests, nubile flesh, power tools plus the general sullying of long-cherished holiday icons.” – says vocalist /guitarist Clem C. Clemsen.

Show Dates:
Dec 14 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace – info (X-Mess)
Jan 18 – Hamilton, ON – The Casbah
Jan 19 – Waterloo, ON – Starlight Lounge – info

Track Listing:
1. Into The Sun (4:34)
2. Harder Come, Harder Fall (3:16)
3. Flapjack Flytrap (Live at CKXU) (5:00)
4. Cheerleader (Live at CKXU) (3:36)
5. Monster Railroad (Live at CKXU) (5:12)
6. Flush In The Pocket (Live at CKXU) (5:37)
7. Shot A Gamblin’ Man (Live at CKXU) (6:44)

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Following the release of her latest album ‘Never Say Never‘, New York born Sari Schorr is thrilled to announce that she will be playing London’s 100 Club as part of its London Blues Week on Friday 18th January with Sharrie Williams – The Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues.

Sari will be closing the co-headline show at the Central London club.

Sari Schorr has a voice like no other, hyper powerful, husky, muscular, with an incredible texture and range. She delivers sentences as a boxer would throw an uppercut to his opponent.

In 2016, Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, ‘A Force of Nature‘, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green).  Now, two years later, Sari is breaking new ground with her sophomore album, ‘Never Say Never‘. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music.  She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy.

Sari’s success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied.

Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less traveled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!

Sari Schorr – Blues Week Show 2019
Tickets: www.sarischorr.com/tour

Review: Lugnet – Nightwalker

Pride & Joy Music (Jan 25th 2019)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Lugnet are set to release their second album in January, three years after their self titled debut. To say I’ve played that debut to death wouldn’t be overstating how much I love it, so I for one was looking forward to getting my mitts on ‘Nightwalker‘. There’s been one major change since the debut, with Jaded Heart‘s Johan Fahlberg taking over on vocals. Now I’m very familiar with Johan’s singing, but there’s still that element of will this work?

Rest easy, it works a treat! Johan slots in perfectly, his style nicely slotting into Lugnet‘s unashamed 70’s hard rock as does the other new boy, guitarist Matti Norlin, whose tone and vibe help bring it all together.

Two of the album’s tracks I’d already heard rather a lot after the release earlier in the year of ‘Begging‘ comprising both ‘Begging‘ and ‘Cockroach‘ so they were a nice taster of what was to come.

One stand out track for me is ‘Death Laughs At You‘, the opening riffs could be straight off a Black Sabbath album, with elements Of Pink Floyd‘s ‘Sheep‘ all with a distinctive Lugnet slant. It absolutely nails your full concentration!

Although the album is ‘only’ eight tracks, you get your monies worth having two songs just under seven minutes and one almost eight minutes long.

This album is a grower in every sense, I hear more little nuances and details on every listen and my enjoyment for it has increased every play.

If your already a Lugnet fan, then rejoice as your about to be handsomely rewarded. Not a fan yet? You will be after listening to this, and then you can go and increase your enjoyment by visiting their debut!

 

This is the story of how an Irish Nuclear Construction Safety Inspector brought ten ex members of Black Sabbath together to produce a tribute album to one of the greatest bands ever.

The ‘Ninth Star’ album is an ambitious epic rock & classical music tribute to Black Sabbath.

Ninth Star’ by Emerald Sabbath features 10 former members of Black Sabbath and much more, including: Adam Wakeman (Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne), Bev Bevan (Black Sabbath/ELO), Neil Murray (Black Sabbath/Whitesnake), Terry Chimes (Black Sabbath/The Clash), Laurence Cottle (Black Sabbath/The Alan Parsons Project), Ron Keel (Black Sabbath/Ron Keel Band), Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell), Dave Walker (Black Sabbath/Fleetwood Mac), Bobby Rondinelli (Black Sabbath/Rainbow), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath/Headless Cross), Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake) and The English Chamber Choir. Other Emerald Sabbath contributors include Will Malone and Mike Lewis (Sabotage/Technical Ecstasy) Mike Exeter (Black Sabbath/Judas Priest), Jeremy J. Lewis (Headless Cross), Mike Lewis (She’s Gone) Skaila Kanja (Royal Academy Of Music) PLUS Black Sabbath album graphic designers Richard Manning and Colin Elgie (Technical Ecstasy) and Hugh Gilmour (Born Again).

Welcome All Black Sabbath And Rock Fans Worldwide

“This is a quick note to all of those fans. I have been a Black Sabbath fan since 1983, when I heard them for first time. Like a lot of fans it was Black Sabbath’s debut album I heard first, and as they say, the rest is history. Over the years, I have since seen Black Sabbath a total of 82 times with every line-up [except with Ray Gillen].

I also have a great passion for classical music, and in May 2015 I decided to mix both of them. Adam Wakeman was the first to contribute to the project, with keyboards on ‘Changes’, and then it snowballed into this final product. I decided to re-record Black Sabbath tracks and instrumentals with as many as ex-members of Black Sabbath as possible. A lot of the artists also played on the originals (such as Vinny Appice, who joined Sabbath on drums for the Heaven And Hell tour, and The English Chamber Choir on Supertzar). I then brought in a string quartet along with various classical players.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would be able to do this, but my persistence paid off. I would like to thank all the ex-Black Sabbath guys for helping me with this, as well as the former Black Sabbath graphic designers, string arrangers and producers. I hope that everyone will enjoy this album.”

The ‘Ninth Star’ album is dedicated to Black Sabbath and their Fans Worldwide.

Michael Suilleabhain (Emerald Sabbath founder/producer/singer)

Ninth Star‘ is released via Plastic Head Distribution on the 15th of February 2019.

Pre-Order: https://smarturl.it/emeraldsabbath

Tracklist and credits:

1.  Embyro
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Anneka Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

2. Die Young
Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Rudy Sarzo: Bass
DC Cothern: Guitar
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Ellen Morgan: Keyboards

3. Fluff
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

4. Trashed
Ron Keel: Vocals
Vinny Appice: Drums
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

5. Stonehenge
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Sarah Tobias: Flute

6. She’s Gone
Dave Walker: Vocals
Neill Murray: Bass
Bill Dwyer: Drums
Ardeton String Quartet
Lisa Ljungberg: Backing Vocals

7. In For The Kill
Tony Martin: Vocals
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Pete Rinaldi: Guitars
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards

8. Orchid
Neil Murray: Bass
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet
Ardeton String Quartet
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

9. Hole In The Sky
Ron Keel: Vocals
Bobby Rondinelli: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar

10. Changes
Michael Suilleabhain: Vocals
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Bev Bevan: Percussion
Queenie May: Backing Vocals
Annela Sutcliffe: Violin
Sarah Tobias: Flute/Clarinet

11. Supertzar
English Chamber Choir
Adam Wakeman: Keyboards
Terry Chimes: Drums
Laurence Cottle: Bass
Pete Rinaldi: Guitar
Skaila Kanja: Harp
Elen Morgan: Glockenspiel

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British rock band Lionheart are in the running for the Christmas Number 1 with their new single ‘Mary Did You Know‘.

It would be fantastic to actually get a rock band to the prestigious No 1 slot rather than the usual X Factor nobody!

You can stream or download the song Here

Line up:

Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden)
Steve Mann (MSG)
Rocky Newton (MSG)
Clive Edwards (UFO)
Lee Small (SHY)

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On 8th February 2019, Eric Gales returns with his brand new album ‘The Bookends’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and it features collaborations with B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.

The challenge for making ‘The Bookends’ was for Gales to challenge himself. “As a guitar player it’s been established that I can play a little bit, just a little bit,” he smiles. But for this album he not only wanted to push himself as a musician, but also as a vocalist, to build up his vocal discography. “What spearheaded that was the artists that I have on the record,” he says.

Written over a nine month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys (CA), The Dog House, Woodland Hills (CA), Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood (CA) and the day before he was due to fly to LA for pre-production the original producer David Bianco tragically died. It was Bianco’s management who then suggested Matt Wallace. “I heard his work and the kind of people he has produced such as Maroon 5, Faith No More and all these sorta cats. When we met up together it was just perfect. I just trusted the guy and it ended up being great, I love Matt Wallace,” says Gales.

Three-time Grammy nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade appears on two songs, ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ and bonus track ‘Pedal to the Metal.’  “When he came in during pre-production and we were writing, it was so intense. At first I was a little afraid to sing in front of this guy, because this is what this dude does, he’s a phenomenal person and he just brought it out of me,” he says before continuing. “I don’t know if he was really aware of who I was before we met, but the day that he walked in and he heard the songs, his mind was blown. That was before he even saw me playing guitar, so when he saw me playing he said ‘in my life I ain’t never seen nobody that can play like this.’”

The notions of change (‘Reaching for a Change’, ‘Somebody Lied’) and love (‘How Do I Get You’, ‘Whatcha Gon’ Do’) are throughout the album. On ‘Something’s Gotta Give’, Slade’s and Gales vocals take turns to yearn “I tell ya people have lost their mind, happy children so hard to find, desolation all in the streets, plenty babies don’t have food to eat, hey, I ain’t preaching, that’s not my thang, I just know we’ve got to make a change.” ‘It Just Beez That Way’ features Gales beatboxing and playing Slide guitar on record for the first time.

Talking about being in the studio he elaborates; “The whole vocal thing was something I consciously wanted to push and Matt was on the same page, saying, ‘there’s gonna be sometimes you might not like me because I’m gonna push you because I feel that I know what you can do, and its more than just guitar playing’. It was just really powerful and moving.”

Doyle Bramhall II and Gales’ friendship dates back to the 1990s and Eric Clapton’s right hand man features on the triumphant ‘Southpaw Serenade’, while powerhouse vocalist Beth Hart joins Gales on a rousing rendition of ‘With A Little Help From My Friends.’ “Why that song? Well we both have similar stories,” he says. “We’re survivors you know, drug addiction and her from depression. If you’ve got the right support and you can have help from your friends it will all be awesome. It is such a powerful piece.”

Previous album ‘Middle of the Road’, was released in February 2017 and reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues chart. It made Classic Rock Magazine and Total Guitar albums of the year with the latter saying it was “the album that should define his career.” Classic Rock said “the notes drip from Gales’ fretboard like warm honey”, The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs”, Blues Matters professed “truly the man is blessed”, whilst Powerplay said “the more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent.”

Since then he has toured almost non-stop; playing shows with Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Gov’t Mule and called through Australia, Argentina, Chile, US and Europe – including the Rockin’ The Blues run with Gary Hoey, Quinn Sullivan and Lance Lopez. He played his first ever headline tour in the UK and Ireland to sold out crowds, took a starring role as part of Supersonic Blues Machine at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and also found time to play a one off reunion show as The Eric Gales Band.  This is not to mention his collaborations with funk royalty Bootsy Collins (‘World Wide Funk’), The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Shannon Larkin/Tony Rombola of Godsmack) and Supersonic Blues Machine (‘Californisoul’).

It’s no wonder why he is the guitarists’ favourite guitarist, counting fans in the likes of Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Joe Bonamassa,  Tony Rombola (Godsmack) and Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders).

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.

Gales proudly tells his story every night before every show, now over two years sober he is creating some of the most breath-taking music he has ever made. Talking about his approach to song writing in this time he reflects. “I guess the songs would answer the question more or less, I definitely don’t have anything clouding my view and it’s definitely a much more pure place its coming from.”

If ‘Middle of the Road’ was the rebirth of Eric Gales, then ‘The Bookends’ is him knocking away his boundaries and taking flight on a voyage of self-discovery asking himself what do you think you can do and pushing that into the stratosphere.

Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. Something’s Gotta Give (feat. B. Slade)
3. Watcha Gon’ Do
4. It Just Beez That Way
5. How Do I Get You
6. Southpaw Serenade (feat. Doyle Bramhall II)
7. Reaching For A Change
8. Somebody Lied
9. With A Little Help From My Friend (feat. Beth Hart)
10. Resolution
11. Pedal To The Metal (feat. B. Slade) [Bonus Track]

Line up:

Eric Gales (Guitar, Vocals)

Mono Neon (Bass)

Aaron Haggerty (Drums)

LaDonna Gales (Backing vocals, Percussion)

Dylan Wiggins (Organ)

 

UK’s new classic rock outfit Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts have announced the release of their first single ‘Black Diamonds‘ on January 25, 2019. The song is taken from the self titled solo record which was recorded at the iconic Rockfield Studios, Wales earlier this year. Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts just launched their brand new website: www.mattmitchellmusic.com today.

Matt Mitchell started out singing and writing songs in his late teens learning his craft in several bands early on, he then found himself as the voice of AOR band Pride who released two albums in the mid 2000’s on EMI Toshiba and Point Music.

Furyon was Matt Mitchell‘s next project. Formed out of the demise of Pride a heavier style evolved, with much love and praise from The likes of CLASSIC ROCK & METAL HAMMER magazines. Furyon had a great run touring UK/Europe and performed at several major festivals including DOWNLOAD, BLOODSTOCK and Poland’s gigantic WOODSTOCK festival. Not long after the release of the second album the band was put on ice so that the band members could spend more time song writing and considering their future.

At this point Matt Mitchell joined Little Angels guitarist Bruce John Dickinson forming the much lighter bluesy sounding Colour Of Noise. A good two year run was had with the band. An album was released, followed by lots of touring and yet more major festival slots.

Colour Of Noise were to leave things on a high in 2017 and with one door closing another soon opened in the shape of Matt Mitchell‘s solo project with guest players – Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts

Line up:

Matt Mitchell – Vocals & Guitars (Pride, Furyon, Colour Of Noise)
Mauro Laconi – Guitars
Dom Ladd – Bass
Matt Cherry – Drums
Stevie Watts – Keyboards

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HERMAN FRANK releases his second single ‘Hail And Row‘, along with lyric video on the 7th December. The track is taken off the new album ‘Fight The Fear‘ which will be released on the 8th February via AFM Records.

Herman Frank has been an integral part of the German metal scene since the early 80s. From Accept to Victory to his solo project started in 2009 and his work as a producer, the Hanoverian has proved a recipe for uncompromising Heavy Metal.

With the first three albums ‘Loyal To None‘, ‘Right In The Guts‘ and ‘The Devils Ride Out‘, Frank and his comrades-in-arms are causing storms of enthusiasm in both the press and the fans. And the fourth album ‘Fight The Fear‘, cast in the same mold, will not change that. The Heavy Metal veteran and his men bring to proof, that the former solo project is much more
than a mere one-man show of the name giver.

Together with Masterplan front vocalist Rick Altzi, guitarist Heiko Schröder, former RAGE drummer André Hilgers and Jaded Heart bassist Michael Müller, the musicians show that this is the perfect teamwork for a close-knit band. With razor-sharp riffs, sublime, hell for leather solos, consistently delivered high-class vocals between melody and heaviness, and a rhythm section, that drives every single song forward like clockwork, Herman Frank presents a flawless metal album, without even a single second of boredom.

 “We’ve never had this kind of band structure before,” Herman enthuses, “Each of us plays an active part in our collaboration, and the result is a fantastic and highly constructive approach to our work.

In particular when it comes to the group’s lyrics, Frank has always believed in his proven dictum: “I feel that the vocalist should contribute the lyrics, because at the end of the day he’s the one who has to get them across to the audience and fill them with life. That’s the way I’ve been working with Rick since ‘Right In The Guts’ and the result speaks for itself.” Altzi sums up the lyric´s sense: “It wasn’t my intention to make any political statement on this album but my frustration concerning where we are in the world today somehow led me to write lyrics about that. How do we adapt to the threat and the fear of violence? Mankind seems to have a short memory keeps on doing the same mistakes over and over again. How we in modern time still let’s religion dictate and form the decisions made by people and governments?

With a slight grin, Rick adds,”but I only wrote eight out of fourteen lyrics, so there’s enough room for love songs and pure rock’n roll.

Line up:

Rick Altzi – vocals

Herman Frank – guitar

Michael Müller – bass

André Hilgers – drums

Pre-order the new album here: https://shop.afm-records.de/herman-frank/

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