After lending his distinctive voice to bands like Candlemass, Therion, Krux, Yngwie Malmsteen and At Vance for decades, Swedish heavy metal icon Mats Leven will release his first solo-album ever! Under the name of Skyblood, the self-titled debut album will be seeing the light of day on November 22nd via Napalm Records.

Skyblood just recently debuted a first single and lyric video for ‘The Voice‘, and today, Leven is sharing another epic track from Skyblood‘s debut, ‘The Not Forgotten‘ which he calls, “A very personal song that required a personal video to go with it.

Skyblood takes us on an exotic trip through emotional soundspheres, filled with dark and hypnotic anthems, that triumph in musical finesse and timeless elegance. This debut is an unchained and exciting affair feeding off epic and classic metal to melodic hard rock – an unpredictable mixture soaring to glorious height!

Mats has been working on his solo-project for several years. Aside from additional guest musicians, most instruments were recorded by Mats himself at his own studio, the Uzi G Studio in Stockholm. According to Mats, Skyblood is, “who I am. This is Skyblood. Skyblood equals pride, empathy and rage.

Tracklist:
1. Skyblood Manifesto
2. The Voice
3. The Not Forgotten
4. Wake Up to the Truth
5. Once Invisible
6. One Eye For An Eye
7. Out of the Hollow
8. For or Against
9. Le Venimeux

Skyblood will be coming on Vinyl, CD and in Digital formats November 22nd via Napalm Records, a definite MUST-HAVE that will belong in every well- sorted Classic, Heavy and Doom Metal record collection.

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One of the UK’s leading lights in music industry innovation; Lightning In A Bottle has announced a unique opportunity for music artists and bands to have industry professionals Toby Jepson and Rob Town spend dedicated time with them, in person, for a limited number of workshops this December. Drawing on decades of experience being involved in the music industry as artists and businesses, collectively Toby and Rob have shared stages and worked with some of the biggest and most influential rock/metal artists in the world.

With a strong emphasis on creativity, education and positive well being, bookings for Lightning In A Bottle’s workshops are limited.

This is an amazing opportunity to work with two of the most talented and generous people in rock. With Toby and Rob you get the complete package – a deep understanding of machinery that drives the music industry along with tried and tested ability to write hit songs and produce career defining records. It you were looking for a leg up and you’re prepared to listen, take constructive criticism and work hard, then this is it. The real thing!
– Bruce John Dickinson (WaterBear – The College Of Music)

ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:

Set in rehearsal studios across the UK; Toby and Rob will examine first hand what musicians are trying to achieve with their music, and present on the spot ideas and strategies for improvement and development. Focusing on vision, creativity and song writing, these three hour workshops feature critical analysing of issues that artists face on a daily basis in the music industry.

This is a chance for musicians with serious aspirations to develop creative, practical solutions and discover new ways to approach their music career that can positively help distinguish and separate themselves from the pack. The workshops will help musicians get ahead with these experiences:

. Learn how to access and understand the modern music business.

. Practical help on how to unlock your music and creativity.

. Essential advice to help you sustain positive mental health and well being whilst achieving your goals.

. Q&A session specifically tailored to your music career.

. Music industry stories and anecdotes from Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons/Little Angels) and Rob Town (Panic Cell/Stampede Press) drawing on their experiences from sharing stages and working with some of the biggest and most influential rock/metal artists in the world.

Workshop Dates:

30th November – Birmingham
1st December – Sheffield
2nd December – Durham
3rd December – Glasgow
5th December – Croydon
6th December – Brighton
7th December – Cardiff

Lightning In A Bottle co-founder Toby Jepson says, “Being in a room, face to face, with bands and artists, working in the moment on their ideas is the single best way of getting to the heart of what can be achieved. These workshops will be fast and furious, an exchange of ideas designed to focus each act and fast track their creative goals and ambitions. It’s always the best approach; practical, hands on hard work that can produce quite startling results in a short space of time. For me, music should be fluid, inventive and free form, not constrained by convention. Igniting musicians and helping them see the possibilities is the most satisfying element of what we do.”

“I can’t wait to do this! We’re in the age of expression, and the great news for music creatives is that there has never been a better or easier time to express yourself. However, the challenge for music artists and bands in the age of superfast digital development is to find their uniqueness in order for fans to discover them, pay real attention and truly fall in love with the music. We believe it all starts with conversation within ourselves and real human interaction and discussion in positive, creative spaces where sparks fly for the right reasons.”, says Rob Town. “These sessions are a great opportunity for musicians to discuss key music business strategies that are crucial to success and discover ways to sustain positive mental health and wellbeing, be happier, and embrace creativity more. Ultimately, these workshops are gamechangers for musicians looking to carve a career in the music industry.”

More information and tickets: https://www.lightninginabottlemusic.com/site/how-to-be-the-best-band-on-the-planet-workshop

ABOUT LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE: 

Lightning In A Bottle is a Music Management Consultation Agency set up by musicians and music business people with proven track records in the music industry. We’re here to help inform, encourage, support and empower musicians, to bring a real, honest approach to the problems and challenges that so many bands and music artists face every day and help them find their own uniqueness.

Toby Jepson:

Toby found fame as the front man/singer/songwriter in British rock band Little Angels who achieved significant success in the UK, Europe and Japan between 1989 and 1995. Signed to Polydor Records, they clocked up 10 UK Top 40 hits, and a number 1 album with the band’s final studio album ‘Jam’ in 1993, followed by a farewell sell out show at the Royal Albert Hall in 1994.

Between 2007 and 2017 Toby fronted Eddie Clarke’s (Motörhead) vehicle Fastway across the globe, sang for Scottish rock band GUN. and then once again on a global scale fronting Dio’s Disciples – a band made up of the late great Ronnie James Dio’s last line up.

As a producer, Toby’s production credits include working with Macclesfield rock act The Virginmarys on their critically acclaimed debut album ‘King Of Conflict’, this in turn led on to working as a producer/arranger for many acts including Saxon, Fastway, and The Answer, as well as being the principal writer/arranger/producer for UK rock act Toseland.

Toby has also written and co-written songs for and with a vast array of artists including Katie Melua, Dan Reed, Russ Ballard, Biff Byford, Hugh Cornwell, Matt Sorum, Giuliano and Dante Gizzi, James Lomenzo, Brian Tiche, and Jim Vallance.

Toby’s new band Wayward Sons have been hailed as one of the key bands at the forefront of the U.K. hard rock scene. Their debut album ‘Ghosts Of Yet To Come’ was voted Number Eight by Planet Rock Radio’s listeners in 2017’s Top 20. Wayward Sons also went on to be voted ‘BEST NEW BAND’ in the station’s ROCKS Awards 2018. The new album ‘The Truth Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is out now via Frontiers Music Srl.

Rob Town:

With over 30 years experience as a musician and businessman, Rob found success in the music industry as bassist/co songwriter/co manager for the British rock band Panic Cell. With perspicacity on stage and behind the scenes, Rob’s background of working in traditional business sectors in Service Delivery / Project Management for multi million pound corporate companies has enabled him to successfully activate his skill set and launch his music career independently.

Rob’s time in Panic Cell saw the group sharing stages worldwide with legacy acts like Metallica, Alice Cooper, Disturbed, Slayer, Megadeth, Alice In Chains, Papa Roach, Skindred, Anthrax and many more, plus slots at major festivals Download, Sonisphere, Bloodstock Open Air, SXSW, Wacken Open Air, and others. Panic Cell were regularly featured by major press and media outlets, including MTV, Kerrang, Metal Hammer, XFM and notably Scuzz TV; which saw the band reach number one on the station’s most played chart alongside Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Evanescence in 2004. The band featured in MTV’s 2008 muppet tv spin off ‘Fur TV’ which saw the group starring in episodes as well as featuring on the soundtrack to the show and on the YouTube multi million viral video sensation ‘Fat Ed’s Furry Guide To Metal.”

Following Panic Cell’s final show at a full capacity Sonisphere Festival in 2011, Rob launched his own PR/Marketing company, Stampede Press, in 2012. Respected in the music industry for his position of “quality over quantity” and the wellbeing of others, Rob has worked with notable artists including Terrorvision, Winger/Kip Winger, SOiL, (Hed)p.e., Richie Ramone, Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate, Toby Jepson/Wayward Sons, Krysthla, The Virginmarys, Devilskin, Samarkind, Matt Mitchell and the Coldhearts, The Rocket Dolls, and more.

Rob co-founded Lightning In A Bottle with Toby Jepson in 2018 and completed and passed a Masters Of Art Degree in Music Industry Innovation and Enterprise with WaterBear Music College and the University of Chichester in 2019.

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Jan Akkerman will be releasing ‘Close Beauty’, his first studio album in 8 years and his first on Music Theories Recordings / Mascot Label Group on 25th October 2019.

Ahead of this he has revealed the video for his brand new song ‘Don Giovanni‘. Talking about the song Jan says; “My aim is to create beauty in my music which is generally a flexible concept anyway. I like diversity and freedom and try to avoid 2nd hand blueslicks, otherwise there’s too much of the same thing. With Don Giovanni, it triggered the idea that: he could make a statue cry”.

At 72 years old, the supremely gifted guitarist is equalled by very few and his legendary ability makes him impossible to pigeon hole. His position as Dutch royalty has been cemented, he received the Golden Harp Award in early 2005, Holland’s most prestigious music prize and in 2012 he was appointed Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, a royal honour that acknowledged his contribution to Dutch music and his influence on musicians around the world.

Akkerman was a founding member of Focus from 1969 to 1976 where he recorded a number of breakout albums including, ‘Focus II/Moving Waves’ (1971). The album spawned the mega-hit ‘Hocus Pocus’ which reached #9 on the US Billboard Chart, #12 in The Netherlands and #20 in the UK singles chart and the song has gone on to appear on numerous TV shows such as; Top Gear, Skins, Supernatural, Vinyl, My Name is Earl and Shameless as well we the 2007 film Hot Fuzz, 2014 remake of Robocop and 2017s Baby Driver. The song has been covered by a number of other artists including Iron Maiden, Marillion, Helloween, Gary Hoey, The Vandals and Vanessa-Mae. ‘Focus 3’ (1972) featured another hit single in ‘Sylvia’ which reached #4 in the UK singles chart and led to an appearance on The Old Grey Whistle Test and Top of the Pops.. That year Melody Maker declared him the ‘Best guitarist of the world’, above Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page.

Close Beauty’ is the return of the distinctive ‘Akkerman-sound’, which runs like a thread through twelve compositions; acoustic, electric, solo performing and accompanied by his own band, Marijn van den Berg (drums), David de Marez Oyens (bass) and Coen Molenaar (keyboards). Molenaar also produced the album, which was recorded at Marten Haak’s Studio.

He has collaborated with a number of musicians including Alan Price (The Animals), Jack Bruce and Ice T and counts fans in Brian May who said Akkerman was “totally a hero of mine, there are some people in life that no matter how old you are, you feel nervous if you meet someone, he’s one of those, he’s a real role model”. B.B. King has also talked highly of him saying, “How can you forget a guy like Jan, usually with people that are as great as he is, you know of them, but you don’t always get to know them or their music, but you know their reputation. The nights that we played together was great, I wish I could play the things that he did.” Whilst Yes guitarist Peter Banks has also lauded him calling him “an almost perfectly formed musician, his classical playing was tremendous and his improvising was second to none.”

Track listing:

  1. Spiritual Privacy (Sunset Tango)
  2. Beyond The Horizon
  3. Reunion
  4. Close Beauty
  5. Retrospection (Emotional Debris-The Power Behind The Throne-Hear The Trees  Whistle Doe The Dog-Euridice)
  6. Passagaglia
  7. Tommy’s Anniversary
  8.  Don Giovanni
  9. Meanwhile In St. Tropez
  10. French Pride
  11. Fromage
  12. Good Body Early Evening

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Old school Brazilian Thrash/Death Metal band Torture Squad played an amazing show with Chuck Billy from Testament a few days ago at one of the biggest and most popular festivals in the world, Rock In Rio.  The 4th day of the festival was the “Metal Day” and was the only day the festival was completely sold out, with more than 120.000 tickets sold. 

Singer Mayara Puertas said: -“It was a very special moment in our career, and was a huge pleasure to share the stage with Chuck, who is an influence for the band.

This epic show took place on the Sunset Stage, alongside bands like Nervosa, Claustrofobia, Anthrax and Slayer.

Torture Squad opened their set with their new single ‘Blood Sacrifice‘, a dancer with her body painted in blue made a representation of Hindu Goddess Makali, on whom lyrics are inspired. This song is from the previous album called “Far Beyond Existence”. That was soon followed by their classics “Raise Your Horns” and “Horror and Torture”. 

After that they called in Chuck Billy and Claustrofobia to play Testament’s classics ‘Disciples Of The Watch‘, ‘Practice What You Preach‘ and ‘Electric Crown‘ with around 60.000 people singing along.

Overall was a great meeting and an unforgettable day for the metal scene in Brazil. 

Torture Squad released recently a split with Living Metal.  Now the band is writing a new album and preparing a big tour in Europe for next year.

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Wisconsin-bred guitarist Jared James Nichols embarks on his first major UK tour in February 2020. The 8-date tour starts on Tuesday February 25th at the Robin 2 in Bilston and ends at The Exchange in Bristol on Sunday March 29th. Tickets are available from SeeTickets.com.

I’m looking forward to playing the UK again,” says Jared. “The last time we toured the UK, we supported Living Colour and Wayward Sons. This time we will be headlining our own shows so it’s going to be a special tour for us. We’ve been gradually building up a lot of momentum over the years, so the time feels right for a headline tour now.

The tour follows Jared’s recent single ‘Nails in the Coffin‘ that was a popular A-listed radio hit on Planet Rock Radio. Recorded in Los Angeles, the single was produced and co-written by Mark Jackson and Ian Scott; best known for being the team behind the artist Dorothy and the hit single ‘The River‘ by Bishop Briggs. “Nails in the Coffin has many different meanings,” says Jared. “It’s about overcoming the odds, always pushing forward. Never backing down or giving up to anything or anyone.

2019  was a ground-breaking year for Jared as Gibson/Epiphone released his Signature Model Les Paul Custom Guitar along with the release of the Blackstar Amps JJN-20R MKII. Read an interview with Jared about his Signature Epiphone at https://bit.ly/2XFNN6h. Both models received rave reviews.

Hailed as one of the most exciting new blues rock guitarists around, Jared is no stranger to UK audiences. In 2015 he embarked on a European tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, followed by an extensive UK tour supporting the legendary Glenn Hughes, where he won over critics with across-the-board rave reviews. He also toured with Stone Broken and opened the Planet Rock Main Stage at Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017.

 Jared James Nichols – February/March 2020 UK Dates

Tickets: www.seetickets.com/tour/jared-james-nichols

The Robin 2, Bilston Tuesday 25 February
Rescue Rooms, Nottingham Wednesday 26 February
Yardbirds Rock, Grimsby Thursday 27 February
Think Tank?, Newcastle Friday 28 February
The Garage 2, Glasgow Saturday 29 February
Soup Kitchen, Manchester Friday 27 March
The Dome, Tufnell Park, London Saturday 28 March
Exchange, Bristol Sunday 29 March

Multi-talented musician, songwriter and the CEO of leading tuner company GoGo Tuners, Mike Mostert has enlisted an all-star lineup of musicians and artists for the compilation album, ‘Mike Mostert & The GoGo Tuners Family‘.

The result is a cohesive collection of songs that are full of heart and passion that take the listener through a musical journey showcasing unique collaborations of genres not typically heard by their fans. The 9-track album collectively features artists and musicians who have won multiple Grammy and Dove Awards, sold millions of records, have been profiled by the likes of Billboard and Rolling Stone, toured with superstars including Madonna, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Bruno Mars, Brittney Spears, Stevie Wonder and Ed Sheeran, to name a few. Mike Mostert produced, co-wrote and played guitar on every track on the record and it was recorded at East Avalon Recorders in the city famous for producing some of musics greatest hits, Muscle Shoals, AL.

Track listing:

1 ) “Can’t Find My Way”- (written by Mike Mostert, Tony Covino, David Bedell, Joe Sax, Latavius Mulzac)
Genre- Hard Rock
Artist – In Theory
Vocals- Tony Covino
Guitars- Mike Mostert
Bass- Joe Sax ( GoGo Artist)
Drums – David Bedell
Keyboards – Latavius Mulzac

2 ) “Not Giving Up” (written by Mike Mostert , Morgan Myles , Latavius Mulzac)
Genre- Blues
Artist- Morgan Myles

Rhythm, Slide, Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert

Bass- Fernando ” Psycho” Vallin-The band” Mana”

Rhythm, Slide, Lead Guitars- Johnny Hiland
BGV’s- Lanesha Latimer ( Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez)
Drums- Andy Sanesi (Missing Persons, Franki Valli, Sebastion Bach, etc)
Percussion- Fausto Cuevas ( Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez)

3 ) “Gogo Shred” – (Written by Mike Mostert)
Genre- Instrumental Metal
Rhythm, Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert
Bass- Oskar Cartaya (SpyroGyra, Tito Puente, Herb Alpert, etc)
Lead Guitars- Ernie C (Co-Founder w Ice T’s Body Count)
Lead Guitars- Jordan Ziff (Ratt / Marty Freidman)
Rhythm, Lead Guitars- Johnny Blade (Nightsword)
Lead Guitars- Johnny Hiland

4 ) “Changing” (Written by Mike Mostert & Paul Childers)
Genre- Pop Rock

Lead Vocals- Phil Hughley

Rhythm, Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert

Rhythm, Lead Guitars, Keyboards- Paul Childers

Bass- Fernando ” Psycho” Vallin-The band” Mana”

BGV’s- Bradley Brassfield
BGV’s- Chadley Brassfield
Percussion – Fausto Cuevas ( Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez)
Drums – David Bedell

5 ) “Windy Shoals”  (Written by Mike Mostert & Latavius Mulzac)
Genre- Mood Instrumental

Rhythm, Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert

Keyboards- Latavius Mulzac

6 ) “She’s Gone” (written by Mike Mostert, Tony Covino, David Bedell, Joe Sax, Latavius Mulzac)
Genre – Hard Rock
Artist – In Theory
Vocal- Tony Covino
Guitars- Mike Mostert
Bass- Joe Sachs
Drums- David Bedell
Keyboards- Latavius Mulzac

7) “Taking my Heart” (Written by Mike Mostert, Lanesha Latimer and Latavius Mulzac)
Genre- R&B /Pop/ Jazz
Lead Vocals- Lanesha Latimer ( Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez)
Bass- Andrew Gouche
Rhythm and Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert
Additional Lead Guitars- Jake Morelli ( Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran)
Drums- Andy Sanesi (Missing Persons, Franki Valli, Sebastion Bach, etc)
Keyboards- Latavius Mulzac

8) “Life’s a Bitch” (written by Mike Mostert & Tony Covino)
Genre- Metal
Artist – Bigg Mouth
Vocals – Tony Covino
Guitars- Mike Mostert
Lead Guitars  Diego ” Ashes” Ibarra – ( Devil Driver, Static X )
Drums- Joe Franco ( Twisted Sister, Mariah Carey, WidowMaker)
Bass- Suzanne Stern

9) “I Want You to Know” (Acoustic version) (written by Mike Mostert, Tony Covino + Latavius Mulzac)
Genre-  Acoustic Pop Ballad with live Orchestra
Lead Vocals Chorus- Tony Covino
Lead Vocals Verse- Kaylee Loneker
Rhythm and Lead Guitars- Mike Mostert
Rhythm and Lead Guitars- Marco Silva
Percussion – Fausto Cuevas ( Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Lopez)
Bass- Fernando ” Psycho” Vallin
Keyboards- Latavius Mulzac
Cello- Thomas Maternik-Piret
Choir- Lanesha Latimer, Chadley Brassfield, Bradley Brassfield

 

Scottish rock band Anchor Lane unveil their eagerly awaited debut album, ‘Casino‘.  Packed with immense sounding up-tempo tracks it showcases the band as exceptional rock musicians and skilled songwriters.

‘Fame Shame’is a raucous up-tempo rock track that condemns society’s fascination with technology and social media. The song was written by singer Conor Gaffney, guitarist Lawrence O’ Brien, bass player Matthew Quigley and drummer Scott Hanlon and produced by renowned rock musician, writer and producer Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons, Gun, Little Angels).

 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.

‘Casino’ will be released 31st January 2020 by R7 Records on CD, digital and Limited Edition 12” inch vinyl picture disc.

 Track Listing

  1. Blood & Irony
  2. Fame Shame
  3. Voodoo
  4. Casino
  5. Clocks
  6. Stone Cold Hearted
  7. Shell Of Me
  8. Flatline
  9. Dead Run (featuring Ricky Warwick)
  10. Honey

The official Anchor Lane App is available to download from the app store on iOS / Android or via https://anchorlane.fan.direct

Black Stone Cherry are back with the official music video for their version of Otis Rush‘s ‘All Your Love‘. The song comes from the bands second riotous, rip-roaring tribute to their blues heroes on ‘Black To Blues Volume 2,’ which will be released on November 1st via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group.

Speaking about the track, the band explain: “John Fred had the absolute honor to meet Mr. Rush when The Kentucky Headhunters played with him at the Blues Aid Festival in Helena Arkansas. His kindness and larger than life his personality was encouraging and stuck. When we did the BTB2 album, we had the idea to cover ‘All Your Love‘. The arrangement is true to the original but with our special BSC touch. I think he would be proud to know his music is still inspiring younger generations. Hope ya’ll enjoy!

The first instalment of the series, ‘Black To Blues’, was released in October 2017 and crashed straight into #1 in the Billboard Blues Chart and reached the top 30 UK album charts. Following the reaction to the release Chris Robertson said; “We could have never dreamed of the reaction we got from “Black to Blues”. It was amazing to have such a positive reaction to our take on some of our biggest influences in music. Now we are back for round two and we have added our great friend Yates Mckendree on organ/keys and he also makes an appearance on guitar! We kept a couple artists in the line-up from last time and introduced a few others into the mix as well! We can’t wait for everyone to hear and feel how much fun we had recording this project!!

Since the last blues EP the band released their latest studio album ‘Family Tree’ (2018), which reached the Top 10 UK Album Chart (their 3rd in a row) and Billboard Top 10 Hard Rock Albums. The band spent the time following that touring Europe extensively; including a 2018 UK Arena Tour with Monster Truck, a main stage sub-headline performance at Download Festival – under Guns ‘n Roses – plus performances at Graspop, Rock am Ring and stand out sets this summer at Wacken Open Air, a sold out Caerphilly Castle (Wales) and an explosive headline slot at Ramblin’ Man Fair. They have also criss-crossed their way around the US including shows with Gov’t Mule, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Three Doors Down and Lynyrd Skynyrd. In amongst all of this, they still found time to record a hip-shaking new record and once again produced by the band themselves, they recorded it at Monocle Studios in Sulphur Well, KY. The EP kicks off with Robertson introducing McKendree on the organ as they launch into Freddie King’s ‘Big Legged Woman.’ It’s wild, raucous and has their own unmistakable groove woven through the song as has their unrelenting take on Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Down In The Bottom’ – both legends covered on the previous record.

Talking about King and Wolf, guitarist Ben Wells says; “Those are some of our absolute favourites. We always identify with those guys ‘cause they had grooves and riffs like we would put in our tunes. So we are naturally drawn to that.

This is where the link between the blues and Black Stone Cherry weaves in so perfectly; the groove and heart of those early songs embody the essence and beginnings of Kentucky’s favorite rockers. “Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Howlin’ Wolf, and the like,” Wells explains. “We used to listen to that constantly growing up, and still do.  It’s what we grew up playing and learning together. It’s the DNA of what our band is. It’s not just us covering songs. It’s about doing our own version of each song.

Track listing:

1. Big Legged Woman
2. Me & The Devil Blues
3. All Your Love (I Miss Loving)
4. Down In The Bottom
5. Early One Morning
6. Death Letter Blues

Belgian guitarist Dushan Petrossi is not only the driving force behind IRON MASK, he is also the mastermind of the symphonic speed metallers MAGIC KINGDOM, which have released five albums and achieved international success, especially in Europe, Asia and South America.

Just one year after the band was founded, they released their 1999 debut ‘The Arrival‘, followed five years later by ‘Metallic Tragedy‘, which also received rave reviews. In particular, this album and the ensuing ‘Symphony Of War‘ make MAGIC KINGDOM complete and have them become a major player in their genre.
While IRON MASK is more along the lines of classical Hard Rock and neo-classical inspired Metal, this four-piece is much harder and faster –though no less fascinating and catchy.

New album ‘MetAlmighty‘ delivers 100% of what the fans are expecting, Dushan’s splendid guitar work combined with the strong vocal performance of Michael Vescera puts flesh on the songs: “Michael’s vocals are very expressive and passionate,” notes Petrossi. “He always gives 100% and holds nothing back. We needed someone like him and are very glad that he is part of the band now.”

Even though the name MAGIC KINGDOM conjurs up a certain innocence, you should not be fooled by it. The band’s sound has some serious balls, is deeply rooted in melodic metal and has definitively a mind of its own. The furious playing of Petrossi especially adds the neo-classical touch, no wonder that the excellent guitarist is compared to greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Michael Romeo. And so the new album ‘MetAlmighty‘ will kick off right where ‘Savage Requiem‘ ended. Enthusiasts of symphonic power metal will LOVE ‘MetAlmighty‘!.

Dushan Petrossi: Guitar, orchestral arrangements, lyrics
Michael Vescera: Vocals
Vassili Moltchanov: Bass
Michael Brush: Drums

Producer: Dushan Petrossi
Cover Artwork: Stan W. Decker
Studio: Iron Kingdom 11 Studio
Photographer: Bianca Ryckewaert

CD / DVD Tracklisting:

01 – Unleash The Dragon

02 – Wizards And Witches

03 – In The Den Of The Mountain Trolls

04 – Fear My Fury

05 – Rise From The Ashes, Demon

06 – Metalmighty

07 – So Fragile

08 – Temple Of No Gods

09 – Just A Good Man

10 – Dark Night, Dark Thoughts

11 – King Without A Crown

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Jack J Hutchinson has released an Official video for ‘Kiss Your Ass Goodbye‘, taken from his latest album ‘Who Feeds The Wolf?

You can read the review of ‘Who Feeds The Wolf?Here

Order limited edition vinyl and digipack CD: http://www.jackjhutchinson.bandcamp.com

Line up:

Jack J Hutchinson – Vocals and Guitars
Felipe Amorim – Drums and Percussion
Lazarus Michaelides – Bass

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