Award-winning and critically acclaimed guitarist Susan Santos releases her new single  ‘Somebody To Love’ on Friday 18th September.

The track is taken from her upcoming 4-track EP ‘The L.A. Sessions’ released on 7” inch vinyl and digital on Friday 6 November.

Susan recorded ‘The L.A. Sessions’ during December 2019 in Los Angeles, California. All songs were by Susan and feature Fabrizio Grossi on bass and Tony Morra on drums.

Described by Blues Blast as a “guitar hero,” Susan’s ‘The L.A. Sessions‘ EP follows hot on the heels of her 2019 album ‘No U Turn‘ which saw Susan win “Best Performer” at the European Blues Awards and “Best Album Female” at the LA Critics’ Awards.

Tracklisting:

Side A:
1. Dirty Money (3:19)
2. Somebody To Love (4:01)

Side B:
3: Fever (3:49)
4: Wait (3:26)

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Under The Oak have released a video for the track ‘Chaos In The Pit‘!

The track is taken from Under The Oak‘s new album ‘Ripped Up By The Roots‘ is available for pre order Here.

The full lenght album will be out on the 25th of September via Wormholedeath / The Orchard / Aural Music Group.

The inception of Under The Oak took place during the not too distant past. Initially it was just about friends coming together to honour our Speed and Thrash Metal heroes from the eighties, and we fashioned ourselves being a tribute band of that era. We rehearsed songs from Exodus, Testament, Flotsam & Jetsam, Candlemass and so on, until we had a respectable set. We played some shows doing only covers, but as we were progressing, the thrash-riffs also started turning up.

Suddenly we had a bundle of our owns songs and we started putting a few Under The Oak-originals into the shows. The result of this is the album ‘Ripped Up By The Roots‘, consisting of 10 original songs and 2 cover songs. Make no mistake, WE ARE STILL A TRIBUTE BAND and will continue paying homage to the eighties, but we will do so both through our own material and through cover songs. A regular Under The Oak show will be a mixture of this, but still weighing heavily on the cover material. So far, we’ve concentrated on American stuff, for some reason, but now we’ve focused a bit on Germany and there will be many surprises in the upcoming Under The Oak-shows.

Line-up:

Jostein – vocals

Marius – drums

Hillbilly Bill – Bass

Bolverk – Guitar

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In today’s society the old folk tales can be thought to belong to the delusions of the past. With their groovy riffs and beautiful melodies, Lykantropi takes us via the werewolf transformation back to the rock and folk music of the early 70’s. Sweet harmonies reminiscent of The Mamas & The Papas are layered with electric guitars and flutes into a witch’s brew. A witch brew that also can be compared to other mighty bands such as Fleetwood Mac, Coven and Blue Öyster Cult.

Over the past year, vintage rock phenomenon Lykantropi, based in the Värmland woods of Sweden, has made re-releases of both the self-titled debut album and the sophomore ‘Spirituosa’ in a new collaboration with Despotz Records. Now they are releasing their third album; ‘Tales to be Told‘ – a collection of timeless fairy tales that together form a distillate of the band’s whole essence, both musically and personally.

The mysterious, inexplicable and obscure have always been what primarily defines Lykantropi. Rockmusic that comes from the Scandinavian forest and wilderness, deforestation and mire, bottomed within our folklore, myths and legends. We cannot see or touch it, but definitely feel it, experience it and pass it on. That kind of art is more difficult to define, and to master, but it is probably what has made the sextet from Karlstad one of the most promising new additions that has entered Sweden’s rock scene in many years.

‘Tales to be Told’ are timeless tales told from the band’s own time capsule, far from modernity and topicality. A respite from human realism and the frustration over the prevailing social climate.

Martin Östlund says about this:

“My contributions on this record are not only about realism linked to the pandemic but also about people’s views on things compared to how it has been before. Greed and riding free rides on others, the violence that we are becoming more and more aware of. I am dissatisfied with that and that makes it more important to me with an oasis and a place protected from reality where I get space for things that feel important to say. I may have listened too much to the informational radio, where there is a lot to be upset about but at the same time a lot that is beautiful.”

Lykantropi is a band characterized by the occultism of the 60s and 70s. Their rock music is spiritual and dynamic. Occultism clearly shines through on the title track ‘Tales to be Told’, which is inspiredby the romantic vampire film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’.

Martin Östlund says:

“Ever since I was little, I have watched horror movies. I recorded them on VHS when they were on TV and watched them almost too many times afterwards. One summer, black and white classics were broadcast with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. I still like horror movies very much, Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula from the 90’s is still a favourite.”

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Chilean metal outfit Nuclear announce the release of ‘Facing Towards You‘, the first single off ’Murder Of Crows‘.

After five years of silence, the band returns with a new album which will be released through Black Lodge Records/Sound Pollution on November 13, 2020.

The band stated about the new single: “It was very difficult choosing the first single, but we think ’Facing Towards You‘ represents pretty much the spirit of the new album. It is simple, fast and brutal, just a little glimpse of what‘s to come”.

Murder Of Crows‘ release date is getting closer and you can pre-order it: Here

Facing Towards You‘ is available on all digital platforms (Spotify, Bandcamp, YouTube, Deezer, Tidal) and on the band’s social media.

Nuclear‘s sixth studio album and most extreme proposal to date. Obliterating all boundaries, Nuclear‘s new music ingrains the vicious cutting-edge guitars of thrash and the sonic brutality inherent to the death metal‘s golden years. With unyielding tones feeding a display of unhinged savagery, ‘Murder Of Crows‘ is set to become one of thrash‘s uttermost deliveries of 2020.

Listen to ‘Facing Towards You’ and pre-order the album now!
https://orcd.co/facing-towards-you

Tracklisting:
01. Pitchblack (Intro)
02. Murder Of Crows
03. No Light After All
04. When Water Thickens Blood
05. Friendly Sociopath
06. Abusados
07. Misery Inc.
08. Facing Towards You
09. Hatetrend
10. Blood To Spare
11. Useless To Mankind

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To commemorate the release of their brand new live album, ‘Third Stage: Live in London’,  out today via Music Theories Recordings, supergroup Flying Colors have unveiled the beautiful rendition of ‘You AreNot Alone‘.

Speaking about the personal meaning behind song, singer/guitarist Casey McPherson explains “The lyrics from this song originated from my experience in Houston when hurricane Harvey hit. Being one of the first responders there, pulling people out of the water, it allowed me to see the depth and connection we have as humans. When it all falls apart, when our race, class, and political stance doesn’t matter anymore, we are just people, one hand reaching out to the other.

Third Stage: Live in London’ was filmed during the bands 2019 US and European tour and the footage captures the exhilarating sold-out final night, on the 14th December at the iconic Grade II Listed, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. The album will be released on several formats including, Orange transparent 3LP, Blu-ray, digitally, 2CD/DVD and a 40-page Earbook which includes 5 discs; 2CD album, 2DVDs and a Blu-ray. The Blu-ray and DVDs in the Earbook also include bonus material of music videos and concert footage of their Morsefest 2019 performance in Cross Plains, Tennessee.

When you combine the calibre of supergroup musicians – guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, ex-Kansas), drummer Mike Portnoy (Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater,Transatlantic), keyboardist/vocalist Neal Morse (Transatlantic, ex Spock’s Beard, and a prolific solo artist in his own right), bassist Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, ex-Joe Satriani), and powerhouse vocalist and songwriter Casey McPherson (Alpha Rev, The Sea Within) – the results are going to be lightning in a bottle.

The sight of LaRue and Portnoy bouncing off one another is a gloriously effortless sight to behold, whilst the wizardry of Neal Morse throughout is hypnotic. The band flit nimble-fingered through complex yet musical treasure-trove of accessible and sophisticated pop songs, jazz-fusion, progressive-rock and multi-layered vocals from Macpherson, Neal Morse and Portnoy – giving the band added dimensions, many can only dream of. ‘Kayla’ lights up the room and makes the 100-year-old theatre feel like the most intimate of settings.

Their latest studio album ‘Third Degree’ had only been released two months previously, and songs from that record make up just under half to the night’s setlist with the rest of the songs coming from the 2012 self-titled Billboard Top 10 debut and 2014s worldwide Top 10, ‘Second Nature’. Backed with a HD projector screen, the five take the stage in the darkness amidst a rumble of applause and immediately groove into opener ‘Blue Ocean’, and from the outset, their technical virtuosity, joyous melodies and reflective lyricism wash over the crowd proving to be the cornerstones of the Flying Colors sound.

Talking about walking out on the stage, McPherson recalls; “I remember how I felt right before the show in London. I was excited because my oldest daughter and her grandmother was there, whom I love dearly, and felt like I had the show, down by then. It’s always a good feeling to take the stage when the material is ingrained enough to just let go and let it out!

Third Stage: Live In London’ captures the band in all their uncompromising glory, five musicians that when they come together prove that they have a special and breath-taking connection. In the words of Mr. Portnoy, it’s the “rarest of all sightings,” but what a sight to behold.

Track Listing:
CD1:
1. Blue Ocean
2. A Place In Your World
3. The Loss Inside
4. More
5. Kayla
6. Geronimo
7. You Are Not Alone
8. Forever In A Daze
9. Love Letter

CD 2:
1. Peaceful Harbor
2. Crawl
3. Infinite Fire
4. Cosmic Symphony
5. The Storm
6. Mask Machine

Review: Derek Sherinian – The Phoenix

Inside Out Music (September 18th 2020)

Reviewer: David Pearce

Derek Sherinian is a keyboardist whose name may not be familiar to the general music public, but those in the business rate him incredibly highly. Alice Cooper, with whom Sherinian has made a number of albums called him ‘The Caligula of keyboards’! He also toured with Kiss, Billy Idol and has his own band Sons of Apollo. His last solo album was ‘Oceana‘ in 2011, so the title ‘The Phoenix‘ suggested to him by a friend on Facebook is entirely appropriate.

The album includes regular contributors Simon Phillips, the drummer who has co-written the album with Sherinian, Tony Franklin, who has appeared on all of Sherinian’s previous albums along with fellow bassists Jimmy Johnson and Billy Sheehan. Guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Zakk Wylde are also regulars on Sherinian’s music. On this album Steve Vai, Armen Ra, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Ernest Tibbs and Kiko Loureiro complete the line-up.

The album starts with title track ‘The Phoenix‘. An unmistakeable prog rock sound starts with the distorted guitar solo before the drums and keyboards pile in. It is an electrifying start to the album that reminds me of Yes in their pomp. The technical virtuosity of the musicians involved in the project is immediately obvious.

Empyrean Sky‘ starts with a more straightforward rock introduction before moving into Sherinian’s Rick Wakeman style keyboard playing. I have always been a fan of Wakeman’s and this definitely stands alongside anything he has done. It then develops into something of a free form jazz style composition before settling back down into more straightforward rock again. It is a dizzying and magnificent piece of music. ‘Clouds of Ganymede‘ is a melodic delight that develops the interplay between guitar and keyboard beautifully. There is a Vangelis style sensibility to it that really works well.

Dragonfly‘ is a fantastic jazz piece with the unmistakeable influence of Vince Guaraldi, the genius behind the Charlie Brown Christmas soundtrack. This track would definitely be at home on that album. It is a delight and probably my favourite on the album. ‘Temple of Helios‘ returns to Prog with a slow building tune that plays with the listener’s expectations. You wonder which way the song will develop after an introduction that could move into any area. What you end up with is a track that sounds like an extended version of a theme tune for an 80s police series! What can I say? It’s great fun.

Them Changes‘ is a much more straightforward rocker with the only vocal performance on the album. It comes from the superb Joe Bonamassa who makes the song take flight with his bluesy style and fantastically powerful singing voice. ‘Octopus Pedigree‘ is the penultimate song on the album, and we are back in Wakeman territory with Sherinian’s virtuoso playing taking the track into the realms of classic rock.

Pesadelo‘, the final track, means nightmare in Portuguese and is appropriately unsettling with a tune that sounds like a fevered dreamscape with each instrument playing its part in creating a truly unsettling effect. It is a fitting end to an album that moves easily between styles, but which creates a superb overall sound. It cements the already high reputation of Derek Sherinian and confirms him as one of the foremost keyboardists of this or any other era.

Famous for their incredible harmonies, musicianship and humor—multi-platinum recording artists and twin icons, Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are torchbearers of an American entertainment dynasty. Nelson fans will unite online to celebrate Matthew and Gunnar’s birthday, along with the Nelson’s over 30 years of hits on Sunday, September 20, 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $10. This unique online event is being presented as part of the roll out of MeetHook.Live. The Nelson brothers have put together a virtual concert experience packed with their own hits, as well as shared memories of their iconic entertainment family.

Purchase tickets to the Nelson Virtual Birthday Celebration: Here

We love our fans and this is our idea of throwing our 53rd birthday party – virtually,Gunnar Nelson said. “This our chance to take advantage of the technology to bring people closer when we need it most.

The Nelson family has been entertaining audiences – in what they call ‘the people connection business’ – for well over 100 years. Their grandparents pioneered radio and television with The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet; their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee father, Ricky Nelson, ushered in rock and roll into American homes and helped establish the country rock sound; they cemented the Nelson family as the only family in history to have three successive generations of No.1 hit makers with their smash hit, the self-penned ‘(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection‘ from their multi-platinum selling debut album ‘After The Rain‘. Armed with just two guitars and two voices, it’s a virtual concert and a storytelling event with a nod to the past and a tap to the future. The siblings’ soaring harmonies and penchant for crafted song hooks includes additional Top 40 songs, ‘After The Rain‘, ‘Only Time Will Tell‘, ‘More Than Ever‘, ‘All Shook Up‘ and more recently, ‘This Christmas‘. Matthew and Gunnar are also in the midst of recording songs for their country rock project ‘First Born Sons‘.

The long time Nashville residents have never stopped touring and writing. Matthew and Gunnar demonstrate an ever-evolving sound that circles their unique harmony blend and acoustic base. They are in theirzone when it’s just their two voices and two guitars.

The Nelson Virtual Birthday Celebration marks the launch of MeetHook.Live, expanding on the site’s primary feature, which offers personal video calls with your favorite artists. Artists now have the ability to offer exclusive high-quality ticketed online events up to 3,000 paying fans. Not only will MeetHook.Live fill the need for the current bands not able to tour, it will be an added source of revenue for bands and artists once touring resumes. Visit MeetHook.Live or text 646-848-0226.

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Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new studio album ‘Transitus’, on 25th September via Music Theories Recordings. The album will be available on 2CD, 2LP gatefold red transparent vinyl and a 48-page Earbook which includes 5 discs; 2CD album, 1CD instrumental versions, 1CD guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer and a 5.1 audio andhi-def stereo mix of the album. The release will be accompanied by a 28-page graphic novel which will be included in the Earbook as well as the 2LP.

Prior to the release of ‘Transitus’, Ayreon have unveiled the video for ‘Talk Of The Town‘, talking about it Arjen Lucassen says; “Here’s the 4th and final lyric (behind-the-scenes) video before the release of Transitus next week: Talk of the Town. I think this is the most Ayreon-ish track on the album. It features Tom Baker, Paul Manzi, Tommy Karevik and Cammie Gilbert on vocals, and the fantastic instrumentalists Juan van Emmerloot, Joost van den Broek, Patty Gurdy, Jeroen Goossens and Ben Mathot. Oh yeah… and some tall beardy dude provides the comic relief! Hope you enjoy it!

Transitus‘ is built around an entirely new story, not connected to the Ayreon universe although as always it does have some subtle links. The sci-fi theme makes way for a gothic ghost story set (partly) in the 19th century with elements of horror and the supernatural. It’s on a dark thunderous night where our story of Abby and Daniel begins.

Transitus‘ is narrated by one of the most iconic and recognizable voices in sci-fi history, most known from his eight-year stint as Doctor Who, Tom Baker. “I was looking for a real storyteller with a mature, deep, warm voice. As a kid, I was a huge Doctor Who fan and my favourite doctor was Tom Baker. I couldn’t believe my luck when he agreed to do it! We went to the UK to record him, and it was one of those unforgettable experiences.

As with any Ayreon album, it is an explosive and expansive affair and features Tommy Karevik (Kamelot) as Daniel and Cammie Gilbert (Oceans of Slumber) as Abby. The all-star cast also features Simone Simons (Epica), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Joe Satriani, Marty Friedman, Johanne James (Threshold), Noa Gruman (Scardust), Marcela Bovio (MaYan), Caroline Westendorp (The Charm the Fury), Paul Manzi (Arena), Michael Mills (Toehider) and Amanda Somerville (Avantasia, Trilium) amongst many others.

“When I started this I just had no idea that it was going to take me this long! It took about 3 years from start to finish, and it pushed me out of my comfort zone musically and creatively. But I always need that challenge, the harder it is, the more fun for me to work on it!” comments Lucassen.

Through all the extravaganzas that flow through his discography, ‘Transitus‘ is Lucassen’s most ambitious work yet, “This is without a doubt the most cinematic and outrageous album I’ve ever done,” he affirms.

Continuing he adds; “I always start with finding singers first before I write the vocal parts, because I write the parts specifically for their vocal strengths. Because I was going for a theatrical feel for this album, this time I picked the singers not just because they are amazing singers, but because they had a certain charisma and were able to act.

Transitus‘ is accompanied by an amazing graphic novel drawn by the renowned artist Felix Vega. “Because Ayreon’s music is so visual, I’ve always wanted to do an Ayreon graphic novel/comic book,” he says.

Reflecting on the approach to ‘Transitus‘ he says, “I love my last Ayreon album ‘The Source’. I often say that it sounds so much like Ayreon… if someone else would have released it I could have sued them for copyright infringement and won easily! But “our genre” is called progressive, which for me means breakingnew ground and experimenting musically. So in the true prog spirit, I set out to try something entirely different than a “typical Ayreon,” I wanted to do something more theatrical, almost like a musical.

Tracklisting:

CD1
01. Fatum Horrificum (A] Graveyard, B] 1884, C] Daniel And Abby, D] Fatum, E] Why?!, F] Guilty)
02. Daniel’s Descent Into Transitus
03. Listen To My Story
04. Two Worlds Now One
05. Talk Of The Town
06. Old Friend
07. Dumb Piece Of Rock
08. Get Out! Now!
09. Seven Days, Seven Nights

CD2
01. Condemned Without A Trial
02. Daniel’s Funeral
03. Hopelessly Slipping Away
04. This Human Equation.
05. Henry’s Plot
06. Message From Beyond
07. Daniel’s Vision
08. She Is Innocent
09. Lavinia’s Confession
10. Inferno
11. Your Story Is Over!
12. Abby In Transitus
13. The Great Beyond

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Fistful Of Metal is the brand new, quarterly music title brought to you by Big Cheese Publishing Ltd, the successful team behind Big Cheese, Vive Le Rock, Down For Life and Louder Than War magazines for the last 24 years.

Launching on October 22, 2020 they are looking for your Top 10 Albums to publish in the magazine each issue.

One will be selected each issue and the writer will win a year of Fistful Of Metal magazines plus different CD each issue – the first being the brand new 40th Anniversary edition CD of Motörhead‘s ‘Ace Of Spades‘ courtesy of BMG Records.

Send your Top 10s to info@fistfulofmetal.co.uk and sign up to the mailing list for updates on all things metal at www.fistfulofmetal.co.uk

“THE ONLY WAY TO FEEL THE NOISE IS WHEN IT‘S GOOD AND LOUD”

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Walter Trout has unveiled the official video for his new single and album title track ‘Ordinary Madness‘. The new album is out now via Provogue.

Speaking about the track, Walter explains “’Ordinary Madness‘ is about me taking a look at myself and being brutally honest with myself about my own humanity and my own flaws. It’s something that is pretty relatable to everybody. We all have fears and anger and self-doubt. It’s really an examination of that.

Admirably open about his troubled youth, and his own ongoing struggles with mental health, the bluesman had spent recent tours soothing himself by scribbling down his thoughts and feelings. It was only later he realised he’d just written the most honest lyric-sheet of his career – and felt he had an opportunity to let fans share and identify with him. “Everybody is dealing with something,” he says. “And I’m no different from anybody else. ‘Ordinary Madness‘ doesn’t mean you’re gonna end up in a mental institution. It’s just being human. It’s common humanity.

Trout convened his band of Michael Leasure (drums), Johnny Griparic (bass) and Teddy ‘Zig Zag’ Andreadis (keys) – along with long-time  producer Eric Corne, plus special guests Skip EdwardsDrake ‘Munkihaid’ Shining and Anthony Grisham. The backdrop, once again, was the private LA studio of Doors legend Robby Krieger.  “The whole place is full of vintage gear, and it’s all there for you, whatever you want. The keyboard that Ray Manzarek used in The Doors – it’s just fucking sitting there. I remember, on the rhythm track for OK Boomer, Michael Dumas, who runs the studio, comes walking in and says: ‘Here’sthe SG that Robby used in The Doors – wanna try this?’ Then, for the rhythm guitar on Heartland, he says: ‘Here’s one of James Burton’s Paisley Telecasters…’

Tracklisting:

  1. Ordinary Madness
  2. Wanna Dance
  3. My Foolish Pride
  4. Heartland
  5. All Out of Tears
  6. Final Curtain Call
  7. Heaven In Your Eyes
  8. The Sun Is Going Down
  9. Make It Right
  10. Up Above My Sky
  11. OK Boomer

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