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Federal Charm Announce Special Guest Gabriella Jones For April-May UK Tour

Federal Charm embark on four UK concerts from April 14th. Dates include Open Club in Norwich (April 14) The Louisiana in Bristol (April 22), The Deaf Institute in Manchester (May 12), and the Cluny in Newcastle (May 18). Tickets are now on sale and can be booked from or from the 24 hour box office: 08702 183 805.

Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums.

Federal Charm – April – May 2018 UK Tour

*With  Special Guest Gabriella Jones feat. Wyatt Wendels (Planet Rock)

Norwich, Open Club                                       Saturday 14 April

*Bristol, The Louisiana                                  Sunday 22 April

Manchester, The Deaf Institute                Saturday 12 May

*Newcastle, The Cluny                                 Saturday 18 May

Photo Credit: © Simon Reed / Musical Pictures



Wonderworld Release Lyric Video For ‘Background Noises’

Power trio Wonderworld have released an Official lyric video for the track ‘Background Noises‘, taken from their upcoming new album ‘III‘.

The new album is set to be released in June of this year.

Line up:

Roberto Tiranti – Vocals and bass

Ken Ingwersen – Guitar

Tom Fossheim – Drums

Official Website



Michael Bormann To Release ‘Rock Hard’ On May 5th

Vocalist Michael Bormann (Jaded Heart,Redrum, Bonfire, The Trophy) is set to release a brand new album ‘Rock Hard‘ on May 5th 2018.

It is available to pre-order Here

Track listing:


I Will Hold The Line

Live Your Life


Life Is A Miracle

I Wanna Be A Rockstar

When Push Comes To Shove

Come Take Me Higher

Won’t Surrender

It’s Only Physical

Let’s Make History

Live And Let Die


Stand Up 2017

I’m Not Your Entertainment

My Favorite Time

Official Website


Bonfire To Release ‘Temple Of Lies’ On 13th April On AFM Records

Few German rock acts can look back at as long and successful a career as Bonfire. Counting their predecessor – a group called Cacumen, which was also founded by Hans Ziller and featured more or less the same line-up – the band has been around since 1972, has operated under its current moniker since 1986 and released more than two dozen albums.
During the most successful phase of their career, Bonfire counted – alongside the Scorpions and Accept – among Germany’s three internationally most acclaimed acts, celebrating major success all over Europe and worldwide. Bonfire‘s trademarks are and have always been deeply melodic hard rock songs, driven by captivating guitars, grooving rhythms and haunting vocal melodies. All the features that came together so perfectly on their most popular releases ‘Fireworks‘ (1987), ‘Point Blank‘ (1989) and ‘Branded‘ (2011) are present on their current release ‘Temple Of Lies‘. Thanks to their new vocalist Alexx Stahl, who joined the fold two years ago, and a first-rate line-up on all instruments, the band’s creativity explodes on Temple Of Lies and is bound to wow a younger generation of rock music fans, too.
We were extremely lucky to find Alexx,” offers guitarist Hans Ziller in explanation of the group’s current creative and musical high. “He’s a team player who looks after his voice in a totally professional way and treats it like the important tool that it is. He doesn’t smoke and prepares optimally for every show. In addition, Alexx is a really nice guy. Being at the helm of the band, I couldn’t be happier to have him in the band.” Ziller is just as enthusiastic about his rhythm section consisting of bassist Ronnie Parkes and drummer Tim Breideband (“they seem to have reinvented the groove”), and of course guitarist Frank Pané (“one of the most awesome musicians I’ve ever worked with”). Ziller: “With this line-up, we’ll be able to increase the hardness level of our material whenever we feel like it. Numbers such as ‘Temple Of Lies‘ and ‘Stand Or Fall‘ wouldn’t have been possible with previous line-ups.”
It’s not only the occasionally tougher pace that impresses on ‘Temple Of Lies‘ (produced by Hans Ziller at the Flatliners Recording Studios in Ingolstadt) from the first to the very last note, but also the album’s diverse high-quality songwriting in general. Driving midtempo tracks (‘Feed The Fire‘, ‘On The Wings Of An Angel‘, ‘Fly Away‘, ‘Crazy Over You‘) support the afore-mentioned uptempo rock numbers and are expertly broken up by the ballad ‘Comin` Home‘ and ‘Love The Way You Hate Me‘, which surprises with a reggae groove verse. ‘Temple Of Lies‘ kicks off with the intro ‘In The Beginning‘, featuring American voice actor David Michael Williamson.
Line up:
Alexx Stahl (Vocals)
Hans Ziller (Guitar)
Frank Pané (Guitar)
Ronnie Parkes (Bass)
Tim Breideband (Drums)

Melbourne Rockers The Ugly Kings Release New Album ‘Darkness Is My Home’ April 13th

Melbourne rockers The Ugly Kings release their new album Darkness Is My Home‘ on 13th April
The Ugly Kings stunning video for ‘Promised Land‘ is out now.

The Ugly Kings are four powerhouse blues rockers, Russel Clark (Vocals), Christos Athanasias (Guitar), Nicolas Dumont (Bass) and Andy Alkemade (Drums), drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical  background.
They have supported Airbourne on their successful sold out east coast Australia tour in January 2017 with great reviews and Airbourne’s main man Joel O’Keefe saying of the band; “Great show! The Ugly Kings have really got their own thing going on and it rocks! I love all the dynamics, pushing and pulling and then always smashing it out. Great intensity and power.“.
They also supported Rival Sons in 2016 on their first Australia headline side-show in Melbourne & were asked directly by Papa Roach to open for them on both their Melbourne shows in January this year. The Ugly Kings offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. Their unique catchy, melodic, groove driven, foot stomping rhythm and riffs lay the foundations for the deep reaching and soulful emotive vocals.

Having one mini-album under their belt already as well as having a full length album and single ready to be released on the Kozmik Artifactz label, they also boast an impressive collection of shows and performances for a young band.

New album ‘Darkness Is My Home‘ is due for release on 13th April, it will be available on Vinyl, CD and digital and can be pre-ordered from here

The Ugly Kings are for fans of The Doors, Jack White,  Black  Sabbath, The Black Keys, Royal Blood and Rival Sons.
Line up:
Russel Clark (Vocals)
Christos Athanasias (Guitar)
Nicolas Dumont (Bass)
Andy Alkemade (Drums)

Rose Tattoo To Re-issue Blood Brothers With Bonus Live Tracks May 18th

The original rock ‘n roll outlaws, Rose Tattoo will be kicking off their Blood Brothers 2018 tour at the end of this month.

Full Aus/European tour dates can be found Here

To celebrate the tour, Golden Robot Records are reissuing the bands classic 2007 album, ‘Blood Brothers‘ throughout Europe on 18th May, 23rd March for Australia only. The re-issue features killer live versions of some of the albums finest tracks, including ‘Man About Town‘, ‘Black Eyed Bruiser‘, ‘Once In A Lifetime‘, ‘Sweat Meat‘, ‘Standover Man‘ and ‘Nothing To Lose‘ recorded live in all their glory and captured on disc. This is the Tats at their best. Raw, rough and ready for a fight, but also tight as a fist and sounding bigger than ever.

Mixing their trademark riffage with modern rock grooves and lyrical statements of intent, ‘Blood Brothers‘ pays tribute to the many members of the band that are no longer with us. Rose Tattoo‘s iconic, street smart blues rock has captured the heart and soul of rock fans all around the world for over 40 years now and shows no signs of stopping.

The Blood Brothers 2018 line-up features some of the finest rock musicians this country has ever produced. Mark Evans of AC/DC on bass, Angels & Skyhooks axeman Bob Spencer, Aussie Crawl’s John ‘Watto’ Watson up the back and the Pete Well’s endorsed Dai Pritchard on slide guitar, and of course, Rose Tattoo wouldn’t exist without its quintessential front man, the one and only Angry Anderson.

Blood Brothers‘ is a fine example of what you can expect when Angry and the boys hit the road. Adrenalin fuelled, high octane Aussie rawk at its undiluted best.

The first 100 pre-orders of the ‘Blood Brothers‘ reissue via JB Hi Fi are signed by Angry. Get in quick as they are moving fast!

Pre-order ‘Blood Brothers 2018 Bonus Re-issue’ Here

Official Website 


Ron Keel’s ‘Metal Cowboy: Reloaded’ Out On April 6

Keel frontman Ron Keel (Steeler) will have his 2014 solo album ‘Metal Cowboy‘ re-released as ‘Metal Cowboy: Reloaded‘ via EMP Outlaw/EMP Label Group on April 6, 2018 in Europe.

‘Metal Cowboy: Reloaded’ features remixed and remastered versions of the tracks from the original independent release, including fan favorites ‘Just Like Tennessee‘ and ‘What Would Skynyrd Do?‘.


1. My Bad
2. The Last Ride
3. Just Like Tennessee
4. Dead Man Rockin’
5. What Would Skynyrd Do
6. Singers Hookers & Thieves
7. Wild Forever
8. The Cowboy Road
9. When Love Goes Down
10. Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty
11. Long Gone Bad
12. Three Chord Drinkin’ Song (Live in Studio)
13. My Bad (Radio Version)

After a storied career that began as lead vocalist for Steeler, which would also go on to include guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen, and selling millions of records under his eponymous Keel with classic albums ‘The Right To Rock‘ and ‘The Final Frontier‘ (both produced by KISS’ Gene Simmons), Keel veered off into brave new territory with the decidedly Southern Rock/Outlaw Country feel of ‘Metal Cowboy.

Originally released in 2014, ‘Metal Cowboy‘ was a bold new direction for Keel, pulling strongly from the playbook of Country and Southern Rock, while maintaining the powerful Rock edge and unmistakable powerhouse vocals Keel is known for. While Keel had some success in Country and Southern Rock after the dissolution of Keel (who reunited in 2008), ‘Metal Cowboy‘ definitively established Keel’s musical identity, although its genesis had far deeper roots.

“We (Keel) recorded a version of ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Outlaw‘ for Penelope Spheeris for the DUDES Movie Soundtrack that also features Megadeth, W.A.S.P., Steve Vai, and Jane’s Addiction. It ended up being a great cult film and I’d love it even if I wasn’t in it. That really was the genesis of the Metal Cowboy – ‘Outlaw‘ became my signature song, and ended up featured in the movie twice!”

Keel go on to form the Ron Keel Band, with a new powerhouse band featuring the best players the Midwest has to offer. While sticking to the earthy Southern charms of ‘Metal Cowboy, RKB showcases a new, rich musical fabric for Keel and his band mates.

Ron Keel Band:

Ron Keel – Lead Vocals/Guitar
DC Cothern – Lead Guitar/Vocals
El Diablo – Bass/Vocals
The Rev – Drums/Vocals
Dakota Scott – Keyboards/Vocals

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