Walking In Starlight

Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called “Walking In Starlight”.  Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.

220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80’s and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80’s was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for “Walking In Starlight”. 

The band’s reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a hard rock band.

220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997.

The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, “Volume 1” and the live album “Made in Jamtland”.

Songs like “Firefall”, “Love Is All You Need”, “Beat Of  A Heart”, “The Harder They Come”, “Heavy X-mas” and “Power Games” to name a few, still get airplay around the world… Songs you’ll be likely to hear live again soon! 

Discography: 220 Volt (1983), Power Games (1984), Mind over muscle (1985), Young and wild (1987), Eye To Eye (1988), Lethal Illusion (1997), Volume 1 (2002), Made in Jamtland (2005), Heavy X-mas revisited (2009, EP), Walking In Starlight (2014)

Line-up: Anders Engberg – vocals, Thomas Drevin – guitars, Mats Karlsson – guitars, Peter Hermansson – drums 

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Hessler

Chicago, Illinois female fronted heavy metal quintet Hessler featuring their new singer “Jessikill” is embarking on the 2nd leg of their Ghost Dance Summer Tour, which will see the band returning to play in the East Coast of the United States and in Canada for the very first time.

The band is touring in support of their recently released EP “Ghost Dance”.

Ghost Dance

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SkyscraperBand

English/Norwegian melodic rockers Skyscraper will release their long awaited debut album, ‘Elevation‘, on September 8th worldwide via Ghost Dancer Music/Cargo Records. This dynamic band has been taking critics by storm with their inimitable brand of melodic hard rock. Skyscraper‘s powerful and heavy demeanour is a fresh take on a breed of music that’s been the foundations of rock ‘n’ roll for many years. A new video teaser can be viewed below.

SKYSCRAPER is:

Lee Small (Vocals)
Lee was the voice on the last Shy album. He hails from the Black Country and his vocals are as evocative and powerful as the many well-known frontmen who come from that area, including Glenn Hughes and Robert Plant.

Tor Talle (Guitars)
Tor a renowned Norwegian guitarist, best known for his work with Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Rainbow) Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Northern Light, Overland and Rob Moratti (Saga).

Dave Boyce (Bass) – Dave is the former bass player for Airrace and The Quireboys.

Guest Musicians:

Imre Daun – Drums (Salute)
Bruce Gaitsch – Acoustic guitars (Madonna, Richard Marx, Chicago)

Produced by Martin Kronlund, Dave Boyce, Lee Small and Tor Talle

Skyscraper

In some quarters SKYSCRAPER has been compared to Hughes/Thrall, and Bad English, which sees the band in esteemed company as they release this captivating debut album.

Track Listing:

01. Sail Away
02. Monday Morning
03. Fay Wray
04. Barricades
05. Everybody Cries Sometimes
06. Walk Through 07. Fire
08. Runaway Heart
09. Skyscrapers
10. Through Eyes Of Liberty
11. Sky Is Turning Blue
12. Playing With Fire
13. Sweet Little Sister

Bonus Tracks:

14. Where Love Is Waiting
15. Runaway Hearts (Acoustic)

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Different Shades Of Blue

To celebrate the 22nd September release of Joe Bonamassa’’s new studio album, “Different Shades Of Blue”, the celebrated guitarist has just premiered a new video for the title track.

The new album will be on various formats, including a Limited Edition CD with 64-page Hardcover Digibook and 180 gram black vinyl. Fans will also be pleased to know that “Different Shades Of Blue” will also be the first-ever Bonamassa album to be released as a collectable 12” inch Vinyl Picture Disc.

The new album will also be Joe’s first to feature all original material.  Says Joe, “It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album. I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

The resulting album is Bonamassa’s most accomplished work to date. DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE has more of an experimental edge than previous Bonamassa records. It’s a blues record that explores the outer reaches and the many different sounds that shape the genre.

“It’s been a while since I’ve been involved in the writing on an entire album. So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album,” said Bonamassa. “I’ve really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years.”

Click here for updates on DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE and a free download from Joe’s last #1 Blues album Driving Towards The Daylight.

Album Tracklisting:

1.            Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)

2.            Oh Beautiful!

3.           Love Ain’t A Love Song

4.            Living On The Moon

5.            Heartache Follows Wherever I Go

6.            Never Give All Your Heart

7.            I Gave Up Everything For You, ‘Cept The Blues

8.            Different Shades Of Blue

9.            Get Back My Tomorrow

10.           Trouble Town

11.            So, What Would I Do

Joe Bonamassa recently announced that he’ll perform  four concerts at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on March 17, 19, 20 and 21.  Click HERE for ticket and concert details.

Photo Credit:© Rick Gould
Photo Credit:© Rick Gould

 

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Robin Trower Tour 2015

Described by many as, “the British Hendrix”, rock guitarist and vocalist Robin Trower returns to UK with a brand new studio album and a Nationwide UK Tour in March 2015, which follows 2013’s critically acclaimed Roots and Branches album.

Tickets for Trower’s UK tour will be available as an exclusive 48-hour Ticket Pre-sale on Ents24 on Wednesday 16th July.  Fans will be able to pre-order tickets 48 hours before they go on sale to the general public on Friday 18th June.  All tickets are priced £22.50, except London o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£25).  Visit www.ents24.com  for further ticket pre-sale info.

March/April 2015 UK Tour Dates:

Lincoln Drill Hall                                                 Thursday March 26

Bury St. Edmunds, Apex                                    Friday March 27

Birmingham Town Hall                                     Saturday March 28

Salford Lowry                                                      Sunday March 29

Chester Live Rooms                                           Thursday April 2

Gateshead Sage                                                   Friday April 3

Glasgow Arches                                                  Saturday April 4

Aberdeen Lemon Tree                                      Sunday April 5

Stockton Arc                                                       Tuesday April 7

York Barbican                                                     Wednesday April 8

Sheffield City Hall Ballroom                           Thursday April 9

Holmfrith Picturedrome                                  Friday April 10

London O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire             Saturday April 11

Crawley Hawth                                                   Tuesday April 14

Exeter Corn Exchange                                      Wednesday April 15

Salisbury City Hall                                             Thursday April 16

Milton Keynes Stables                                      Friday April 17

Photo Credit: © 2013 Kevin Nixon
Photo Credit: © 2013 Kevin Nixon

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Houston 2014

Swedish AOR outfit HOUSTON will release their fourth album, “Relaunch II“, on September 8th worldwide via Livewire/Cargo Records. HOUSTON released today the brand new lyric video for the song “Our Love“, the song featuring guests from Reckless Love, Crazy Lixx, Casablanca & Reach.

‘Relaunch II’ is the follow up to ‘Relaunch’ that was released in 2011 and featured the song ‘Runaway’ that was included in Danny MacAskills Imaginate video from Redbull, The video has an amazing 20 million views and counting.

‘Relaunch II’ consists 6 cover songs of John Farnham, John O’Banion, One Republic, Rick Springfield, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Gaga and 4 brand new songs from the band.

The band has gone through some changes, we have a new line-up and we want this album to show that we are still paying tribute to the music that inspired us to form the band that is Houston today and that we’re experimenting a lot more than ever. We’ve got a brilliant new band both on record and live and we live in such an interesting musical time where we can experiment with different genres” says frontman Hank Erix.

Track listing:

1. Justice For One (Originally by John Farnham)
2. Love Is Blind (Originally by John O’Banion)
3. Counting Stars * (Originally by One Republic)
4. Souls (Originally by Rick Springfield)
5. Don’t Look Back (Brand new from Houston)
6. Cruise (Originally by Florida Georgia Line)
7. Do What You Want ** (Originally by Lady Gaga)
8. Our Love (Brand new from Houston)
9. Downtown (Brand new from Houston)
10. Standing On The Moon (Brand new from Houston)

* Duet with Victor Lundberg
** Duet with Lizette Von Panajott

Produced by Ricky Delin.

Houston 2014

HOUSTON are:

Hank Erix (Lead vocals)
Ricky Delin (Keyboards/Backing vocals)
Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass)
Calle Hammar (Guitars/Backing vocals)
Victor Lundberg (Keyboards/Backing vocals )
Oscar Lundström (Drums)

HOUSTON just confirmed to play the ROCK OF AGES Festival 2014, which will take place July 25 & 26 in Seebronn, Germany and are appearing at a one off show at the Barfly in London, ÚK on October 16th supported by The Spin and Reach.

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Reckless Love

Having just performed at the UK’s Sonisphere festival earlier this month, flamboyant Finnish rockers Reckless Love have announced a headline run of UK dates for December 2014!

RL frontman, Olli Herman, says;-

“Our recent visit to the UK was very much a case of ‘Flying Finns’ – we were there for a headline show in Bristol, plus a festival appearance at Sonisphere – it was our first time at Knebworth, and we had an amazing show! Thanks to everyone who packed out the Bohemia tent! And now… we’re delighted to announce a more extended return in December – seven (magnificent) dates that will see us pushing everything that bit further… harder, faster, louder, bigger and higher… kicks! Ha! Ha!”

“A dream became reality the moment we stepped onstage at the super legendary Knebworth Park,” continues  RL guitarist, Pepe. “The atmosphere was hot and welcoming as the UK crowd showed yet again just how well they know our lyrics, singing along with each song we played! And now we are excited to be bringing our merry metal mayhem back to our dear friends in the UK. December will TRULY rock this year! See you on tour!!”

UK DEC 2014 TOUR DATES:-

04       Newcastle, O2 Academy2

05      Glasgow, Cathouse

06      Nottingham, Rock City

07      Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms

09       Manchester, Academy 3

10       Cardiff, The Globe

11       London, The Garage

Tickets are available here: http://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/reckless-love

Reckless Love’s third full studio album, ‘Spirit’, is available now via Spinefarm Records. A new single, complete with previously unreleased material, will be released to coincide with the UK dates.

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