Grönholm & Small have just released an Official video for ‘Fastlane‘, taken from their new album ‘HeadFunk‘.

HeadFunk‘ will be released on January 25th, you can pre-order it Here

Track listing:

  1. Fastlane
  2. Feel
  3. The Way We Want
  4. Soul Satisfaction
  5. Devotion
  6. Caught
  7. Winter’s Blues
  8. Last Hearts Of Fire
  9. Safe In My Arms

Line up:

Mika Grönholm : Guitar, bass, keys, production
Lee Small : vocals
Michelle Francis : Backing vocals
Tom Rask : Drums on Feel, Caught and Safe in my arms

 

After a year spent finely crafting new material in the studio, the time has arrived for Coventry natives Scream Blue Murder to unleash their first new track of 2019.

The midlands four piece are delighted to present their brand new single Light It Up, released today (18th January 2019). The video for the track, expertly crafted by one of the UK’s finest rock and metal filmographers Marianne Harris, can be seen below:

When it comes to Light It Up, here’s SBM drummer Jamie Bloomer on what fans can expect from the single:

“Light it Up is something very different from our previous work and I can’t wait to release it. It’s so bouncy, you can sing along and it still retains our heavyness! 2019 is going to be our biggest year yet!”

Light It Up is the first release in a year that will see Scream Blue Murder very active, both with new music and extensive touring plans. More news of new music will follow in the coming weeks. As for touring plans, we are now just days away from Scream Blue Murder embarking on a huge tour.

They’ll be on the road as main support to Everyone Dies In Utah, first for a European show, and then for an extensive UK run of nine shows across England and Wales at the end of January. Full details of the tour dates follows below:

Everyone Dies In Utah, Scream Blue Murder and High Rise UK January 2019 Tour:

22nd – Lyon, France – Rock N Eat

23rd – Plymouth, UK – The Junction – Tickets

24th – London, UK – The Black Heart, Camden Town – Tickets

25th – Bridgwater, UK – Cobblestones – Tickets

26th – Merthyr Tydfil, UK – The New Crown – Event Page

27th – Leeds, UK – Temple Of Boom – Event Page
28th – Nuneaton, UK – Queens Hall – Event Page

29th – Northampton, UK – The Black Prince – Event Page

30th – Manchester, UK – The Star And Garter – Tickets

31st – Sheffield, UK – West Street Live – Event Page

Line up:

Jamie Bloomer – Drums
Aaron Bloomer – Vocals
Jack Roddy – Guitar
Jacob Houghton – Bass

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Robin Trower will be releasing his new album ‘Coming Closer To The Day’ on 22 March 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

It’s rare to find a ’60s legend still on trailblazing form in their eighth decade. The 73-year-old guitarist finds himself in a golden late-bloom of creativity. In recent years, his solo output has been championed by both press and public, with the impact of 2014’s ‘Something’s About To Change’, 2016’s ‘Where You Are Going To’ and 2017’s ‘Time & Emotion’ setting up some of his best-attended US dates since he conquered that continent with ‘Bridge Of Sighs’ in the mid-’70s.

The bluesman’s back pages leave no doubt of his towering contribution. Follow the thread back to ’50s Southend, where the teenage Trower lived and breathed a vinyl collection that left an indelible mark on him. Making his first mark in R&B hopefuls The Paramounts, he then forged his reputation over a five-album tenure with Procol Harum. His solo career exploded in 1974 with ‘Bridge Of Sighs’, the gold-selling masterpiece. Suddenly, Trower was a mainstream draw in the States, booming from prime-time radio, taking the stage at stadiums. That wave of popularity carried Trower into a series of celebrated collaborations with Jack Bruce that began with B.L.T. (1981), and even saw him guesting on tracks for Bryan Ferry’s acclaimed Taxi (1993).

With ‘Coming Closer To The Day’, his songcraft and soulful performances have never sounded more alive – even on an album whose title track acknowledges that life is short and time precious. “I’m saying that I’m nearer the end than the beginning,” he explains. “But that doesn’t scare me. Not at all. If I went tomorrow, I’d feel like I’d been blessed with being able to achieve an incredible amount as a musician.”

The album was recorded at Studio 91 in Newbury, with engineer Sam Winfield. “’Diving Bell’ is probably my favourite track on the album,” he says. “‘Truth Or Lies’, that one was quite hard to pull off. I love the song, but I recorded it once and wasn’t happy with it, so I started from scratch again. It’s got quite a strong early R&B flavour to it. That song is not really about me. I’m writing from the viewpoint of a guy whose loved one has been messing around. ‘Someone Of Great Renown’, again, that song isn’t about me, but it’s maybe someone that I’d like to be.”

“’Lonesome Road’,” he continues, “that’s about me touring and asking how long I can go on with it. That’s definitely coming from my heart and head. ‘Ghosts’ is about things from the past where you didn’t do right in your personal life. ‘Don’t Ever Change’ is an out-and-out love song: a very nice, easy vibe, but still quite soulful.”

The calibre of the songwriting on ‘Coming Closer To The Day’ is matched by Trower’s performances, with the bandleader handling all instruments except the drums. His basslines are supple and rhythmic, his vocals growl and and the lead guitar work only adds to his reputation as an all-time-great soloist.

For Robin Trower, the next great song is always right there at his fingertips. For five decades, the iconic British bluesman has written the same way. The valves glow in his Marshall amplifier. Those fabled hands roam the neck of his Fender Stratocaster. Then the music starts to flow: raw and real, played with fire and skill, untainted by commercial aspirations, accompanied by lyrics that get to the guts of the matter.

Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’ (charted at #22 in Germany, #28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style.

Today sees the release of the third single from the album, titled ‘Beasts In Our Time’, accompanied by a brand new video

Steve comments: “The track ‘Beasts In Our Time’ is the main thrust of this album, exposing fear, greed and intolerance. The eagle in the video symbolises the hatred and violence which nationalism breeds… and the clown, deceptive destructive forces which masquerade as fun and innocuous. We live in dangerous times where we stand on the edge of an abyss… But there is still the hope that the light of compassion can still win through.”

At The Edge Of Light’ is released on a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album. Pre-order now here: https://stevehackett.lnk.to/AtTheEdgeOfLight 

 

UK’s Breaking Bands Festival has become one of the most widely known independent festivals these past 5 years and firmly cemented into the event calendar for rockers and metalheads across the country.

The voluntary team behind the brand have years of experience working festival stages, managing bands and working across the music industry for over 2 decades. The passion for the underground music scene from Jay, Stacey, Steve and Jude shines through from the day of the event and all year round to the next one.

So with less than 18 weeks to go, the organisers are now completing the line-up ready for the exciting run in for the 5th Anniversary. After already announcing the Waveform Live main stage bands including headliners Falling Red, Witch Tripper and Northern Ireland’s Trucker Diablo along with very special guests Absolva here is a run down on the rest of the bands being announced.

Stage 2 will be outside (under cover) and will be known as the Rock’N’Growl stage. This will feature bands carefully selected from headline sponsor WaterBear in association with Breaking Bands Festival. All bands that are new to the event but some that are well known starting with 2 very popular Midlands based bands, These Wicked Rivers & Devilfire both ready and waiting to blow your socks off! Alongside these 2 rock bands are Collateral who performed at the HRH Awards at the end of 2018 as well as Ravenbreed & At The Sun who both reached the finals of the HRH Highway to Hell 2018 competition in Sheffield. With London based rock band Caine, metalcore from Reading in the shape of Transients, thrash metallers Reaper X from Corby and Saint Apache from East Sussex there is a bit of something for everyone!

If all that wasn’t enough, students will be in attendance and helping out on stage and sound for the sponsored Worcestershire 6th Form College Acoustic Stage. This stage will again be outdoors and under cover from all weathers and bands will be showing their skills in an unplugged arena during the main stage breaks. So music fans can sit out and eat their lunch, have a drink and take in the slightly different sounds of bands they know! This year once again sees a number of bands that are already playing on one of the two electric stages taking a stripped back approach along with a couple of new names.

Firstly introducing Colina Pearl, a London rock band with highlights of metal and undertones of grunge. Next up is Crooked Shapes, a groovy blues band with a rock attitude. Alongside these new faces will be Pulverise who will open the day with a pyjama party acoustic set to get everyone in the mood! Devilfire and Collateral go unplugged too and expect something special acoustically from London rockers Death Valley Knights. By popular demand the organisers daren’t not invite Witch Tripper back after last years performance on the acoustic stage which this year means they will open and close the days events. Special guests Absolva lend 2 members of the band for a walk down memory lane as Chris & Luke Appleton will perform again as they did in 2016 and to cap off this amazing line-up is one of Northern Irelands best exports as front man of Trucker Diablo, Tom Harte makes his English and festival debut as a solo act performing his magnificent EP Life, Love and Everything In Between.

The full line-up information can be found at www.breakingbandsfestival.com along with ticket links. With extended capacity after overwhelming ticket sales, the organisers predict the last 95 tickets will be gone in a month so grab them now, the hottest tickets in town!

Line-up Alphabetically:

Absolva
At The Sun
Cadence Noir
Caine
Chasing Dragons
Colina Pearl
Collateral
Crooked Shapes
Death Valley Knights
Devilfire
Falling Red
Footprints In The Custard
Gin Annie
Godslave
Hell’s Addiction
Hell’s Gazelles
Pulverise
Quiet The Thief
Ravenbreed
Reaper X
Reign Of Fury
Saint Apache
Seething Akira
Superhooch
The Heretic Order
The Midnight Dogs
The Royal Blasphemy
Theia
These Wicked Rivers
Transients
Trucker Diablo
Ward XVI
Witch Tripper

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Herman Frank has released the new video for single ‘Fear‘ which you can check out here:

This is the third track taken from his new album ‘Fight The Fear’ due out on 8th February.
Herman Frank releases his new album Fight The Fear‘ on the 8th February via AFM Records.
Pre-order the new album here: https://shop.afm-records.de/herman-frank/

The guitarist has been an integral part of the German metal scene since the early 80s. From Accept to Victory to his solo project started in 2009 and his work as a producer, the Hanoverian has proved a recipe for uncompromising Heavy Metal.

With the first three albums ‘Loyal To None‘, ‘Right In The Guts‘ and ‘The Devils Ride Out‘, Frank and his comrades-in-arms are causing storms of enthusiasm in both the press and the fans. And the fourth album “Fight The Fear”, cast in the same mold, will not change that. The Heavy Metal veteran and his men bring to proof, that the former solo project is much more
than a mere one-man show of the name giver.

Together with Masterplan front vocalist Rick Altzi, guitarist Heiko Schröder, former Rage drummer André Hilgers and Jaded Heart bassist Michael Müller, the musicians show that this is the perfect teamwork for a close-knit band. With razor-sharp riffs, sublime, hell for leather solos, consistently delivered high-class vocals between melody and heaviness, and a rhythm section, that drives every single song forward like clockwork, Herman Frank presents a flawless metal album, without even a single second of boredom.

 “We’ve never had this kind of band structure before,” Herman enthuses, “Each of us plays an active part in our collaboration, and the result is a fantastic and highly constructive approach to our work.

In particular when it comes to the group’s lyrics, Frank has always believed in his proven dictum: “I feel that the vocalist should contribute the lyrics, because at the end of the day he’s the one who has to get them across to the audience and fill them with life. That’s the way I’ve been working with Rick since ‘Right In The Guts’ and the result speaks for itself.” Altzi sums up the lyric´s sense: “It wasn’t my intention to make any political statement on this album but my frustration concerning where we are in the world today somehow led me to write lyrics about that. How do we adapt to the threat and the fear of violence? Mankind seems to have a short memory keeps on doing the same mistakes over and over again. How we in modern time still let’s religion dictate and form the decisions made by people and governments?

With a slight grin, Rick adds,”but I only wrote eight out of fourteen lyrics, so there’s enough room for love songs and pure rock’n roll.

Line up:

Rick Altzi – vocals

Herman Frank – guitar

Michael Müller – bass

André Hilgers – drums

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Original Survivor vocalist Dave Bickler has confirmed a short run of UK dates in March. The voice of the worldwide hit ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ will play London The Garage 11, Bristol Thekla 12, Nottingham Rescue Rooms 13, Prestatyn HRH AOR 14.

Tickets on sale now at https://tinyurl.com/yaelkzpl

Chrome Molly have been announced as Special Guests for all shows except Prestatyn.

In 2018 Dave Bickler released his long anticipated solo album ‘Darklight’ on all digital platforms.The album has been a labour of love and his main focus for many years. Its release was accompanied by a simple statement which said “Remember, there’s no light without dark, and there’s more to light than meets the eye! Happy listening!”

 As the original singer in the band Survivor, Dave Bickler had his biggest hit with the double platinum 1982 hit ‘Eye of the Tiger’, the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. The song, which topped the US, British and Australian charts, became an international hit, selling millions of copies around the world.The song won Bickler and the band a Grammy Award for ‘Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal’, was voted ‘Best New Song’ by the People’s Choice Awards and received an Academy Award nomination.In subsequent years the song continues to be an influence, featuring in a variety of spheres including sporting events, electronic games such as Guitar Hero, and numerous ‘Best of’ charts.

The album ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ which produced a further US Top 20 hit single with ‘American Heartbeat’was certified platinum in the USA.

Dave Bickler served three stints with Survivor from 1978–1983,1993–1999 and 2013-2014. In 2013 Bickler rejoined the band with Jimi Jamison, touring regularly until Jamisons’ untimely death in 2014. Dave Bickler appeared on four albums – ‘Survivor’ ,’Premonition’, ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ and ‘Caught In The Game’.

From 1999-2009 Dave Bickler was the singing voice behind the hugely successful ‘Real Men of Genius’ Bud Light radio and TV commercials. It became the most “award-winning” radio campaign in advertising history!

UK – MARCH 2019 

11 LONDON, The Garage

12 BRISTOL, Thekla

13 NOTTINGAM, Rescue Rooms

14 PRESTATYN, HRH AOR*

* Dave Bickler only

 

Royal Tusk have released new video / single ‘Reflection‘; directed by Keenan Kirk, this is the second video from the band’s latest LP, ‘TUSK II‘.

“The video for Reflection was a blast to make,” say the band. “We wanted to show the pure rawness that is a Royal Tusk live show, no bells or whistles. We avoided the usual quick edits and stylized after-effects you often see in performance videos by constructing a practical effect which was really challenging to pull off.

“Without giving too much away, We only had one chance to shoot it, so what you get is an inspired, genuine, and raw performance, flaws and all. Just like a live rock show should be. What better time to drop it as we set out for our first American tour. Give it a spin, then come see it for yourself.”

Royal Tusk have also announced a new batch of European tour dates in support of Monster Truck. “Since the release of Tusk II we’ve been shown nothing but love and support from our European fans,” says bassist Sandy MacKinnon. “Y’all have raised the bar high, so now it’s time for us to bring it. We couldn’t be more excited to be alongside our rock n roll brethren, Monster Truck. One thing is for sure, this tour is going to rock, rock real hard!”

Dates kick off on 18th April in Bristol, UK and continue on to BeNeLux, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, Austria, Denmark, Norway and finally culminate on 23rd May in Stockholm, Sweden. This is the first time the band will embark on a fully-fledged European tour.

UK dates with Monster Truck:

18.04.2019 – Bristol, O2 Academy
19.04.2019 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
20.04.2019 – Manchester, O2 Academy 2
22.04.2019 – Glasgow, SWG3 TV Studio
23.04.2019 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
25.04.2019 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
26.04.2019 – Norwich, Waterfront
27.04.2019 – London, Electric Ballroom

ROYAL TUSK are about to embark on a batch of U.S. tour dates on the first ever SiriusXM Accelerator Tour. The band will be supporting New Zealand rock band Like A Storm alongside Afterlife. The band have also been confirmed to play the 2019 Rock USA Festival taking place on July 18th, 19th, 20th 2019 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

ROYAL TUSK released their eOne debut TUSK II on 26th October 2018, to some high critical praise. Loudwire said that “In an era overlong albums, it’s refreshing to hear a band dive in, kick some ass and leave the listener wanting more.” Beatroute Magazine called TUSK II “an impressive new album that promises to shake us out of conformity with a potent dose of authentic rock music.”

Blue-collar troubadours from the Great White North, Royal Tusk are steadfast champions of the majesty of kick-ass riffs, meaty hooks, a thick bottom end, and loud guitars. The four-piece band born in Edmonton, Alberta mount a high-octane assault on the lazy security-blanket, self-aware irony of hipsters and the disingenuous commercial pandering of rock poseurs alike.

This is music with meaning, sometimes even a message, that’s always built around a powerful vibe and uncompromising passion. Royal Tusk is a deeply soulful celebration, brimming with working-class optimism and tempered by renegade realism. On their sophomore-slump-smashing TUSK II, the group summons the effortless energy of an era of rock music when bands weren’t content to merely reverse-engineer hit-making formulas to move units.

Royal Tusk is a band with more in common with Deep Purple and Aerosmith than anything on commercial radio. ‘TUSK II‘ arrives on the heels of their well-received debut, ‘DealBreaker‘ (2016), and their first EP, ‘Mountain‘ (2014).

Eric Gales is back with another new track from his upcoming new album ‘The Bookends’,which is out on February 8th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

Three-time Grammy nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade features on the track ‘Somethings Gotta Give‘.Speaking about working with B-Slade, Gales confesses 

“This song came about because something has got to give with all that’s going on in the world today. On vocals features the very talented amazing vocalist B Slade. I love this song, and can’t wait for the world to find out what I’ve been rocking to every since it got recorded. When he came in during pre-production and we were writing, it was so intense. At first I was a little afraid to sing in front of this guy, because this is what this dude does, he’s a phenomenal person and he just brought it out of meI don’t know if he was really aware of who I was before we met, but the day that he walked in and he heard the songs, his mind was blown. That was before he even saw me playing guitar, so when he saw me playing he said ‘in my life I ain’t never seen nobody that can play like this.”

Written over a nine month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys (CA), The Dog House, Woodland Hills (CA), Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood (CA) and the day before he was due to fly to LA for pre-production the original producer David Bianco tragically died. It was Bianco’s management who then suggested Matt Wallace. “I heard his work and the kind of people he has produced such as Maroon 5, Faith No More and all these sorta cats. When we met up together it was just perfect. I just trusted the guy and it ended up being great, I love Matt Wallace,” says Gales.

Talking about being in the studio he elaborates; “The whole vocal thing was something I consciously wanted to push and Matt was on the same page, saying, ‘there’s gonna be sometimes you might not like me because I’m gonna push you because I feel that I know what you can do, and its more than just guitar playing’. It was just really powerful and moving.”

Previous album ‘Middle of the Road’, was released in February 2017 and reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues chart. It made Classic Rock Magazine and Total Guitar albums of the year with the latter saying it was “the album that should define his career.” Classic Rocksaid “the notes drip from Gales’ fretboard like warm honey”, The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs”, Blues Mattersprofessed “truly the man is blessed”, whilst Powerplay said “the more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent.”

Since then he has toured almost non-stop; playing shows with Gary Clark Jr., Beth Hart, Gov’t Mule and called through Australia, Argentina, Chile, US and Europe – including the Rockin’ The Blues run with Gary Hoey, Quinn Sullivan and Lance Lopez. He played his first ever headline tour in the UK and Ireland to sold out crowds, took a starring role as part of Supersonic Blues Machine at the UK’s Ramblin’ Man Fair and also found time to play a one off reunion show as The Eric Gales Band.  This is not to mention his collaborations with funk royalty Bootsy Collins (‘World Wide Funk’), The Apocalypse Blues Revue (Shannon Larkin/Tony Rombola of Godsmack) and Supersonic Blues Machine(‘Californisoul’).

It’s no wonder why he is the guitarists’ favourite guitarist, counting fans in the likes of Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro (Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge), Joe Bonamassa,  Tony Rombola (Godsmack) and Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders).

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album ‘The Eric Gales Band‘ in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.

If ‘Middle of the Road’ was the rebirth of Eric Gales, then ‘The Bookends’ is him knocking away his boundaries and taking flight on a voyage of self-discovery asking himself what do you think you can do and pushing that into the stratosphere.

Line up:

Eric Gales (Guitar, Vocals)

Mono Neon (Bass)

Aaron Haggerty (Drums)

LaDonna Gales (Backing vocals, Percussion)

Dylan Wiggins (Organ).