Miracle Master

German/Danish Hard Rockers Miracle Master have signed a worldwide management deal with Germany’s Rock’N’Growl Management. The new band featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of Pump.

Miracle Master are:

Oliver Weers – Vocals (Oliver Weers Band)
Aki Reissmann – Guitars (ex Pump, Downspirit)
Selly Bernhardt – Guitars (ex Pump, Tales Of Sorrow)
Andy Minich – Drums (ex Pump, Unfroynd)
Michael Vetter – Bass (ex Pump, Chinchilla)

Miracle Master just  finished the recordings of the yet untitled debut album. Currently shopping with labels, to announce the new record label home of Miracle Master very soon. You can expect nothing more than kick ass hard rock.





Next Monday AFM is happy to announce that four classic U.D.O. albums will be coming to coloured vinyl for the very first time. All manufactured using 180gm colour vinyl with gatefold sleeves and including extra tracks, these milestones of the great German vocalist’s career, were previously made available again this February on CD, but demand has been such that AFM has now answered the vinyl call.
Featured are the first four classic U.D.O. releases “Animal House” (as a special double vinyl set), “Mean Machine”, “Faceless World” (as a special double vinyl set) and “Timebomb”, and the graphic below gives exact details of each release.
Pure metal history, these four albums really summarise the tremendous impact Udo Dirkschneider had on the metal market at the beginning of his career, and they’re sure to be collectors items for many years to come.
Vinyl re-issues are also planned very soon for Orden Ogan’s debut “Easton Hope”, the first two classic Masterplan releases and 2 of the classic Eisbrecher back catalogue, as well as for many of AFM’s standard new releases which are also now getting the vinyl treatment, so watch this space and go to the AFM Records on-line shop – http://shop.afm-records.de for further details….


On Sunday December 15, 2013 one of Sweden’s most successful rock groups of all time, EUROPE, will celebrate their 30th Anniversary  with an exclusive auction of ten customised guitars based on ten of their albums.  Proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will help charity in the Philippines.

Stockholms Auktionsverk has been accorded the honour of auctioning off ten uniquely airbrushed Gibson/Epiphone guitars personally autographed by all band members, including previous Europe band members Kee Marcello (guitar) and Tony Reno (drums).

Viewing on premises in Magasin 5 (Palermogatan 21-23) Stockholm, as well as online – 28 November – 15 December 2013. Open Monday-Friday 1-5 pm (CET) and Saturday 11am-4pm (CET).

Auction online: Sunday 15th December 2013.  Catalogue and bidding: www.stadsauktion.se.

The guitars have been airbrushed by Lazy Joe, and include exclusive adaptations of the artwork from Europe’s following albums – Europe (1983), Wings Of Tomorrow (1984), The Final Countdown (1986), Out Of This World (1988), Prisoners In Paradise (1991), Start From The Dark (2004), Secret Society (2006), Almost Unplugged (2008), Last Look At Eden (2009), and Bag of Bones (2012).

Read the official online press release and download hi res photos from the guitar auction HERE.

Only ten guitars have been especially customized for this once-in-a-lifetime auction to celebrate Europe’s 30 Anniversary in the music business.  “We wanted to create something really special to mark our 30th anniversary,” says Europe’s drummer, Ian Haugland.

The proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will go to the charity Medicins Sans Frontiers / Läkare utan gränser.  “We think they are doing very important and inspiring work giving medical aid in emergency areas around the world, including the charity work in the Philippines,” says Europe’s bass guitarist John Leven.

In 2013, Europe has toured extensively throughout Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and Mexico. They conclude their world tour on 14th December in Sandviken, Sweden.
“We believe this is something a Europe fan, a lover of guitars and art would appreciate,” says lead singer, Joey Tempest.


Those lovely people at Firebrand Rock Radio have released a free smartphone/ tablet app.

Firebrand Rock Radio have evolved rapidly since 2010 to bring you the best in new and unsigned talent, The best Djs from all around the globe, the best Rock Music and are expanding daily to maintain the same levels of great service we aim to provide for our listeners. http://www.firebrandrr.co.uk

Our new app not allows you to listen to all the action from our radio station (including some past shows) but also includes some great features like our integrated magazine, an incredible music selection and all the info on our schedule. Plus presenter bios and Band of the month!

Firebrand app

– Weekly Radio Schedule
– Read the latest editions of Firebrand magazine
– Links to the best music
– Band of the month!
– Chat with the DJs via our in-app forum
– Send us your photos and even your questions via voice recorder!
– and much more!



Scottish rockers States Of Panic can finally reveal details of their much anticipated album ‘No World Order’.

Vocalist, Johnny Gunn, states: “The album has been a few years in the making and it has been a real creative roller-coaster.  As an album it perfectly reflects who we are as people and as a band. We’ve been very vocal about our dissatisfaction with the political systems in place since the release of our first single ‘One Of Us’ and our material has never been more relevant. We live in a time when so many feel disenfranchised, the division between rich and poor is wider than ever, and global underclass is rising.”

‘No World Order’ is set for release on 3rd March 2014, but fans don’t have to wait until the new year to get involved, as States Of Panic have launched a Pledge Music campaign so fans can be part of the release. Anyone who pledges will be given access to exclusive demos, remixes, videos from the studio and more; Johnny explains all in the below video –

The campaign also supports the production of a music video to accompany the second single from the album ‘Gun To My Head’, which will be released in December.

Johnny explains: “It’s very much in-keeping with our album artwork and portrays a kind of ‘Brave New World’ type future where everything is technological and clinical. Lyrically the song is about consciousness and being psychologically split i.e., the ego, super ego, id, the Umwelt, Mid Welt, EigenWlt etc. I’ve always been fascinated by psychology and the philosophical concept of ‘The ghost in the machine’. The female character represents this ghost, symbolising the voice we hear, the internal dialogue we all posses but in this case it has malfunctioned and she becomes destructive.”

Find out what’s on offer here http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/statesofpanic/

States Of Panic close out 2013 with a number of live dates, including their final festival appearance of the year at Hard Rock Hell

  • 23rd Nov – Marshall UBC, Milton Keynes
  • 29th Nov – Hard Rock Hell, North Wales
  • 30th Nov – The Picture House, Edinburgh
  • 13th Dec – Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate

States Of Panic are:
Johnny Gunn – Vocals
Rusty Gill – Lead guitar
Hex – Bass
Dagan – Rhythm guitar
Hammy – Drums


Jake E. Lee is the former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne (on the “Bark at the Moon” and “The Ultimate Sins” albums). After a self-imposed exile from the music industry and the public eye since the demise of Badlands in the mid 90s, Jake is now back with an exciting new rock’n’roll band “Red Dragon Cartel”. Their debut eponymous album will be released by Frontiers Records in the UK on Monday January 27th and in North America on Tuesday January 28th, 2014.

The band came about when old friend Ronnie Mancuso helped to coax Jake out of retirement. Ronnie, noted session guitarist/bassist, composer and producer for Beggars & Thieves, was sharing a studio space, “The Hideout” in Las Vegas with super hot producer, engineer and mixer Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Five Finger Death Punch, Rob Zombie, Hinder, In This Moment).

Red Dragon Cartel — Line-Up:
Jake E. Lee — Guitars
Ronnie Mancuso — Bass
D.J Smith — Vocals

Pre-order album here: http://smarturl.it/reddragoncartel Includes instant download of “Deceived”. Out January 28th, 2014 in North America / January 24th 2014 in Europe / January 27th in UK.

Strangers - Emotions

Spanish Hard Rockers Strangers have released their debut album “Emotions”  recorded at Anhell Studios.
Special some guest appearances by Iñaki Lazkano (Airless) Dagarod (Güru) and Ignacio Prieto (Eden Lost) in “Night In Paradise”, JA Martin (Ex-Sangre Azul) in “Waiting” and Mar Cabello (backing vocals). Their sound is influenced by bands like Whitesnake, Harem Scarem & Danger Danger.
Track listing –
1- Intro
2- Take Me Away
3- Looking To You
4- Nowhere
5- Forbidden Love
6- Hopeless Town
7- Hold On The Dream
8- Rocking You Tonight
9- Leave Me
10- Waiting
11- Road From Hell
12 – Night In Paradise