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One of the most misunderstood Hard Rock bands to emerge from the 1980’s is returning with their highly anticipated sixth studio album. Comprised of original members Kip Winger on vocals/bass, Reb Beach on guitar, Rod Morgenstein on drums, plus long-term guitarist John Roth, Winger is releasing Better Days Comin’ on April 21st via Frontiers Records.

“On ‘Better Days Comin’’ we drew from our past to elaborate on our future. The band is stronger than ever and very excited about the music on this record,” explains front man Kip Winger. “We feel this album exemplifies the true sound of the band in every way.”

From the opening riff of album opener ‘Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine’ to the final outro lick of  ‘Out Of This World,’ it is clear Winger is back and better than ever. Hard rocking songs like ‘Queen Babylon,’ progressive rock moments like ‘Tin Soldier,’ and touching ballads like ‘Ever Wonder’ display the band’s diversity while always centreing on great songs. The debut single from ‘Better Days Comin’’ is the adrenaline fueled rocker ‘Rat Race’ that showcases some of the band’s best work of their 25 year career.

Winger formed in 1987 and soared to immediate success with their 1988 self-titled release. The album spawned the hit singles ‘Seventeen’ and ‘Headed For A Heartbreak’ and achieved platinum sales status. Winger also stayed on the Billboard Top 200 chart for over 60 weeks where it peaked at #21. Their next album, ‘In The Heart Of The Young’, also achieved platinum status and contained the singles ‘Can’t Get Enuff’ and ‘Miles Away’. The change in musical climate of the mid-90’s, compounded with unprovoked ridicule on MTV’s popular Beavis and Butthead, led the band to go on hiatus in 1994. In 2001, the band reunited and have not looked back since. Winger has made a name for themselves with relentless touring, while winning back fans and critics alike because of their exceptional musicianship, Kip Winger’s powerful vocals and the band’s incredible songwriting.

The album is available for pre-order on in a standard and deluxe configuration . The deluxe edition comes in a glossy digipak and includes the bonus track ‘Another Beautiful Day’ and a DVD including a Making of the Album documentary as well as videos for the first single ‘Rat Race’ and the title track. An iTunes pre-order will be available soon.

The track listing for Better Days Comin’ is:
1)   Midnight Driver Of A Love Machine
2)   Queen Babylon
3)   Rat Race
4)   Better Days Comin’
5)   Tin Soldier
6)   Ever Wonder
7)   So Long China
8)   Storm In Me
9)   Be Who You Are, Now
10) Another Beautiful Day (Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
11)  Out Of This World

Kip Winger – bass guitar, vocals
Reb Beach – guitars
Rod Morgenstein – drums
John Roth – guitarsWINGER - Better Days Comin' a_w


Five-time Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum-selling blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has today confirmed that his new studio album, GOIN’ HOME will be released on May 5th through the Mascot Label Group.

Kenny Wayne will also embark on a 15-date whistle-stop tour of Europe to coincide with the album release, including a concert at London’s O2 Academy Islington on Wednesday 30th April.

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GOIN’ HOME is an exploration into the music of Kenny Wayne’s biggest influences, and features songs originally recorded by many of his musical heroes, such as B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny “Guitar” Watson and Lee Dorsey. He reached deep into their catalogues and chose songs that inspired him when he was learning to play the guitar.

The album includes guest performances by some of Kenny Wayne’s closest friends (who also happen to be some of the greatest musicians performing today), including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band.

GOIN’ HOME follows Kenny’s involvement in the blues/rock supergroup THE RIDES, which features Shepherd alongside Stephen Stills (CSN / CSN&Y / Buffalo Springfield) and Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag). Their 2013 album “Can’t Get Enough” was critically acclaimed the world over and appeared in countless “Best Of 2013” album polls.

GOIN’ HOME is an exploration into the music of Shepherd’s biggest influences, and features guest performances by some of his closest friends (who also happen to be some of the greatest musicians performing today), including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Warren Haynes, Keb’ Mo’, Robert Randolph, Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Pastor Brady Blade, Sr. and the Rebirth Brass Band.

Photo Credit: © Mark Seliger

The album features songs originally recorded by some of Shepherd’s heroes such as B.B. King, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lee Dorsey and many other icons of the Blues. He reached deep into their catalogues and chose songs that inspired him when he was learning to play the guitar.  “The end result is a great recording that I believe pays homage to the spirit of the original music,” says Shepherd, “At the same time, it shows our appreciation for the musicians and genre that have inspired us to make music for decades.”

Shepherd’s band is a veritable who’s who in rock and blues. In addition to long-time vocalist Noah Hunt, the band features drummer Chris Layton, a 2014 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame as a member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, ex-Firm bassist Tony Franklin and keyboardist Riley Osbourn, whom Shepherd met while Osbourn was playing in Willie Nelson’s band.

On his upcoming tour in Europe, Shepherd says, “I am excited to return again to Europe. We are committed to our fans around the world and are looking forward to bringing them our brand of Blues/Rock.”

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It’s now Official! Brighton Rock are re-issuing their ‘Young, Wild And Free’ album re-mastered by none other than Harry Hess (Harem Scarem)

According to singer Gerry McGhee, the album will be added to iTunes and new CD remastered and released. The difference is amazing this is the way it should have sounded from day one.

Skintrade has released a video for their latest single ‘Monster’, taken from the forthcoming album ‘Refueled’, out on AOR Heaven on February 28th.

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Skintrade are:
Matti Alfonzetti (vocals and guitars)
Stefan Bergström (guitars and backing vocals)
Håkan “Hågge” Calmroth (bass)
Håkan “Måsen” Persson (drums and backing vocals)

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Empire Of The Undead

Gamma Ray, one of Germany’s most prominent and successful classic heavy metal acts, are set to release their 11th studio album, ‘Empire Of The Undead’, on March 31st. ‘Empire Of The Undead’ will be released as CD, LP, Limited edition CD with extra visual content and a box that features the CD, a shirt and a poster.

The new album follows the success of 2010’s ‘To The Metal’ which brought Gamma Ray back in the highest positions of the sales charts worldwide.

Gamma Ray have also announced their spring tour that will take them from Prague to Helsinki and from Athens to Hamburg across the whole European continent.

“Empire Of The Undead” the fast metal song in the typical Gamma Ray style that has influenced so many bands around the world, first appeared on the single / EP “Master Of Confusion” an appetizer the band released in 2013, just before touring the world non-stop with “relatives” Helloween.

Gamma Ray worked on the new album during various sessions in 2013, during and in between their perennial tour with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the ever precious work of bass player and co-writer Dirk Schlaechter.

It was just after landing in South America, that unbelievable news reached Kai Hansen & co.: Hammer Studio, their home, rehearsal place, studio and meeting point for many metal bands in Germany, had been totally destroyed by a terrifying fire-stroke, together with instruments, amps, tapes…

Back on their home turf the band needed to stand back and take an overview about their losses, and then simply do what they do best – move on! Life is too good to stop and moan; nearly everything was destroyed, except the tapes of the almost finished new studio album….

“If this could not stop us… nothing ever will” joked Kai Hansen, who also added – “We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we looked into the future, we saved the production, and we can continue now in this new place.”


Mitch Laddie Band – Live In Concert

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Mitch Laddie & his band return with their third album, this time a ‘live’ affair.

Having seen Mitch & the band in concert, it’s great to have a release that reflects  not only the exemplary playing by Mitch, but the tightness of the whole band.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Mitch Laddie Band, they are primarily labeled a blues act, but that doesn’t accurately reflex the varying styles you find on the albums & live.

What you get is a combination of blues, rock, funk and jazz fusion which may sound a little mad, but far from it. What you get are punchy, foot tapping tunes and professionalism that doesn’t reflect how young they are.

And so, to the album itself. Kicking off with ‘Awakening/Time Is Running Away’ off the 2012 ‘Burning Bridges’ release, your straight away thrust into a tight  & well produced sound of the type I personally love. Too many albums these days seem to just have everything cranked up with no subtlety between instruments and acoustics.

Then onto ‘So Excited’ a track I’d say is very much a traditional blues riff & format. Defiantly one for you blues purists out there.

‘Getting It Right’ is another track off the ‘Burning Bridges’ release and very reminiscent of the sort of music that fellow British blues guitarist Oli Brown is releasing. And trust me, that ain’t a bad thing!

‘Linger’ is new to me, and has a slight jazz funk vibe to it. But as I said earlier if this don’t get your foot tapping then you ain’t got soul.

Next up we have a real favorite of mine, again off the ‘Burning Bridges’ album. The track in question being ‘Paper In Your Pocket’ With soaring guitar work by Mitch and a solid bass line, it’s a song to be played again & again.

‘Float on By (Butterfly)-What is Hip’ a fantastic title of a song and at 9 minutes 52 seconds  long not  a quick dip into the blues. A very complex song in terms of structure and one the band play without any hint of a problem live. Again I cannot emphasize how tight this band is.

‘Inner City Blues’ from ‘Burning Bridges’ is next, and presents us the listener with some wonderful soaring blues guitar, highlighting the skill and ability of Mitch Laddie.

‘What Are You Living For?’ is up next with a nice little drum intro to start us off. Leading us into a smooth, laid back kind of  vibe.

Well the funk style guitar is evident straight away on ‘This Time Around’ off Mitch’s first album of the same name, and the old foot starts tapping away as I listen. Just a great bass line once again, underpinning the whole song.

‘Mr Johnson (Revisited)’ is one of my favorite Mitch Laddie tracks. It is of course playing tribute to Mitch’s favorite guitarist, Eric Johnson.  Just love this song, a great laid back number which fans of Eric Johnson will easily see the connection.

‘Open Your Eyes (Take it Back)’ Oh the glorious funkiness of it. Love it!

And so, unfortunately, to the final track of the album. Unfortunately? Well because it’s the last track! But with ‘Them Changes’ being over 10 minutes long it helps ease the pain so to speak haha.

To sum up, a fabulous live album.

Swedish melodic metal outfit, Dead By April, have revealed the video for ‘As A Butterfly’ – the second single to be taken from their brand new studio album; the album, ‘Let The World Know’, is available now via Spinefarm Records.

In other news, the band will play a headline show at the Barfly, London on March 26th 2014 as part of their European ‘Let The World Know’ tour.

This one-off UK event will come at the tail-end of an extensive headline tour that also takes in Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Finland & Russia.

Dead By April


2014 is a very special year for Walter Trout; the acclaimed blues rock guitarist celebrates his 25th anniversary as a solo artist. With many years playing in Canned Heat and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, 1989 was the year he struck out on his own and never looked back. For a man whose previous wild lifestyle and former addictions made him a candidate for a path to an early self-destruction, at age 62 he has matured into one of the world’s premier exponents of blues rock.

In joyful celebration Provogue Records will be releasing ten of Walter’s back catalogue albums as limited edition deluxe vinyl series. Being released throughout 2014, and limited to only 2,000 copies per album worldwide and produced on high quality 180g vinyl. The albums will have a maximum of 20 minutes of music per side for enhanced sound quality.

walter_trout_brittany_fay_sm1Photo Credit: © Brittany Fay

“To have some of the best parts of my earlier recordings re-released and celebrated in high-quality audio, is a thrill of the highest order,” says Trout. “I hope my friends and fans will enjoy this commemorative series as much as I will. There is something about re-hearing the music on vinyl – the warmth and the expansiveness of the sound takes me right back to the day it was recorded.”

Release schedule for Walter Trout’s 25th Anniversary Edition vinyl series

3 March 14 – release date for No More Fish Jokes
7 April 14 – release date for Deep Trout
5 May 14 – release date for The Outsider
7 July 14 – release date for Positively Beale Street
18 August 14- release date for Breakin’ The Rules
8 Sept 14 – release date for Life in The Jungle
6 Oct 14 – release date for Unspoiled By Progress
3 Nov 14 – release date release date for Transition
1 Dec 14 – release date for Prisoner of a Dream
15 Dec 14 – release date Face The Music

Walter Trout – Official Website

Mascot Label Group – Official Website


Dynazty have revealed their brand new video / single ‘Starlight’, the first track to be taken from their fourth studio outing, ‘Renatus’, due for release on March 31st 2014 via Spinefarm Records.



“From the get-go, ‘Starlight’ felt like a quintessential heavy metal single. The idea was to create a heavy and fast-paced melodic bomb!” – Love Magnusson, Dynazty guitarist.

As ‘Starlight’ shows, ‘Renatus’ sees the Swedish rockers building on the musical direction of their previous recordings, embracing a broader vision and a bigger sound…

“After 4 years, 3 studio albums and shows on almost every continent, we took the time in 2012 to figure out what we wanted to be in the future, updating ourselves musically and sonically; and once we started to write ‘Renatus’, everything fell into place. This album is heavier and faster-paced, with big arrangements built around soaring vocal melodies.

“This is a new era for Dynazty: the first album with our new bass player and band member, Jonathan Olsson, the first to be produced by ourselves, and the first to be released on Spinefarm” – Nils Molin, Dynazty vocalist.

Having already grown to ‘household name’ status in Sweden, with most recent album (‘Sultans Of Sin’) charting Top 10 week one, and toured internationally (including a run of dates in China), the band have created a new 10-track offering that showcases the depth of both their song-writing and their ambition.

Pre-order links for ‘Renatus’ here:



On the live front, Dynazty are confirmed to make their second ever visit to the UK in March, when they appear at the Hard Rock Hell AOR event in North Wales – a three-day festival topped off by such melodic rock legends as Tyketto and House Of Lords.

More UK dates, singles & videos will follow in due course.

Dynazty is: Nils Molin (vox) | Love Magnusson (guitar) | George Egg (drums) | Mikael Lavér (guitar) | Jonathan Olsson (bass)