Dan Patlansky

After taking the UK by storm in April of this year, critically acclaimed South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky is pleased to announce a one-off concert at London’s The Borderline on Saturday December 5, with special guest Aaron Keylock.

Tickets priced at £14 are on sale now from The Gig Cartel, and the 24-hour ticket hotline 0844 478 0898. 

The London Borderline show follows his special guest slot on Joe Satriani’s “Shockwave” November 2015 UK Tour.

Hailed by Classic Rock magazine as “South Africa’s king of contemporary blues guitar,” Patlansky’s album, ‘Dear Silence Thieves’, received across-the-board rave reviews, with Total Guitar magazine giving it 4 stars, saying, “Amid the blazing lead guitar work, and killer Strat tones are ten tunes with personality that you can actually remember. A must for blues-rock guitar fans.”

Image Credit Tarryne Rautenbach
Image Credit Tarryne Rautenbach

Classic Rock magazine’s 8/10 album review praises Patlansky saying, “Trumpeted as this year’s zero-to-hero, the Jo’burg thirty-something justifies the hype with his seventh album. Dear Silence Thieves is blues tinged, but not slavishly so, with funky opener Backbite stomping like Lenny Kravitz in stack heels, Fetch Your Spade channelling  Rage Against The Machine, and Taking Changes coming on like the Pride & Joy on illegal steroids.”

Don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the most exciting concerts of the year featuring two of rock’s most exciting guitarists in the contemporary music scene.


Joel Hoekstra's 13

Joel Hoekstra today announced details of his ’13’ project.

“I’m happy to announce the signing of Joel Hoekstra’s 13 to Frontiers Music. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Frontiers for many years while in Night Ranger and of course, now in Whitesnake and am looking forward to releasing this latest project with them. Joel Hoekstra’s 13 debut album will be out this October. More details will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but for now, feast your eyes on this stellar lineup of musicians appearing on the album!”

Joel Hoekstra – guitars, backing vocals
Jeff Scott Soto  – lead vocals, backing vocals
Russell Allen lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice – drums
Tony Franklin – bass
Special Guest Musicians:
Derek Sherinian  – keyboards
Chloe Lowery – vocals
Charlie Zeleny – percussion
Dave Eggar – cello

Seven Sins

Out 3rd August via Metal Nations Records, Seven Sins is the fifth album from Northern Ireland’s Stormzone; featuring 12 brand new studio tracks sure to please fans of classic heavy metal!

Recorded at FireMachine studios and produced by guitarist Steve Moore, Seven Sins combines all the elements expected from Stormzone and the classic heavy metal genre, powerful guitars, soaring vocals and crunching bass & drums wrapped with classic melodies.

Set in the 18th century, the album tells the story of the mysterious Dr Dealer, his travelling troupe of various gifted misfits and the Seven Sins Emporium into which he invites men to test their resolve and strength. A story with layers upon layers, it is unarguably the most ambitious Stormzone record to date, unified with a theme, Seven Sins is the very first Stormzone concept album. A difficult feat for most, but a challenge vocalist, lyricist and founding member John ‘Harv’ Harbinson embraced. “It’s hard to describe Seven Sins in one paragraph… the story-line is so complex. It’s a very dark subject. It’s touch and go at times with regards to how far you can go with it, but at the end of it all there’s hope.”

As well as the 12 album tracks there is more. The physical CD booklet includes a code within its pages and fans will have the opportunity to enter it into the official Stormzone website, www.stormzone.tv, and if they get the order correct they can download a further four brand new songs not available on the album!

1. Bathsheba
2. Another Rainy Night
3. Your Time Has Come
4. The One That Got Away
5. I Know Your Pain
6. Seven Sins
7. You’re Not The Same
8. Raise The Knife
9. Abandoned Souls
10. Special Brew
11. Master Of Sorrow
12. Born Of The Damned

Having formed in 2004 Stormzone have gone from strength to strength. On the cusp of releasing their fifth and most ambitious record to date, the band can look back at a series of highlights including appearances on stages across the world and festivals including Sonisphere and Bloodstock Open Air, touring with legendary acts such as Saxon, Stryper, Tesla, etc. and seeing their name spread across the pages of iconic magazines such as Metal Hammer, “Tuneful ingots of molten intensity. Old school HM strikes gold!” Classic Rock, “Stormzone live up to their name and then some. Lighting To The Nation!” and Powerplay Magazine, “Nothing short of Magnificent. If you call yourself a HM fan do yourself a favour…”

This year sees the band carry on as before with Seven Sins being released just before the band embark on a series of Spanish festival appearances, including Skulls of Metal in Jaen and Leyendas Del Rock in Alicante. Further dates including more shows with Saxon are also to be announced shortly.


Official Website


Metal Nation Records

My Kingdom Come

Graham Bonnet’s new band aptly titled the Graham Bonnet Band have released a two-track single titled ‘My Kingdom Come

The title track was written by Russ Ballard. Graham and Russ haven’t worked together since Forcefield’s 1990 release ‘Let The Wild Run Free‘ and collaborated on Rainbow’s ‘Since You’ve Been Gone‘ and on Graham’s 1981 solo album ‘Line-up‘.

The new tracks are posted on the band’s Reverbnation page, links to both tracks below.

My Kingdom Come’

‘The Mirror Lies’



Swedish hard Rockers ColdSpell signs management and booking deal with Sun Hill Production from Sweden.

The Swedish melodic rock band ColdSpell has been a rising star on the international stages and is one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier Wildfire Festival. And is warming up a US audience as runner-up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin, USA.

In 2009 they performed at Kirunafestivalen in Sweden and now they are back to give their home supporters the chance to get an exclusive show on Thursday June 25th, 2015.

Coldspell Live

Summer shows 2015

June 25 – Kirunafestivalen, Sweden
June 28 – Wildfire Festival, Glasgow/Edinburgh, Scotland, Headliner Sunday
July 16 – Pickle Park, Minneapolis, US, w/Kickin Valentina
July 18 – Rock Fest, Wisconsin, US, Headliner “Next Stage” opening up for Judas Priest

Their third album “Frozen Paradise” has gained excellent attention all around the world, and has among all been voted to top 10-lists in US, Australia and Greece. During 2014 the band toured US and UK twice, including a set at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival, as well as a show at Väsby Rock.

ColdSpell is melodic hardrock from Sweden – heavy and melodic with big choruses, edgy guitars and a big arena sound!

Official Website


Celebrated British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joanne Shaw Taylor has just been added to this year’s Planet Rockstock Festival line-up alongside The Darkness, Dan Patlansky, Danko Jones. Crobot, Heaven’s Basement, Scorpion Child, and many more.

Rockstock takes place from December 4-6 in Trecco Bay, Wales. For more information, visit: www.planetrock.com/rockstock.

Joanne has just released the official lyric video for her new single ‘Wicked Soul’, taken from her critically acclaimed album ‘The Dirty Truth’.

Photo Credit: © Stephen Brinkman
Photo Credit: © Stephen Brinkman

In addition to Rockstock, Joanne embarks on an Autumn UK tour on 22 September. Tickets are available from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898 or book online from The Gig Cartel.


EXETER PHOENIX                                  Tuesday 22 September

ST IVES GUILDHALL                             Wednesday 23 September

WARWICK ARTS CENTRE                    Saturday 26 September

YORK, FIBBERS                                      Monday 28 September

GLASGOW ORAN-MOR                       Tuesday 29 September

LIVERPOOL EPSTEIN THEATRE           Thursday 1 October

SALE WATERSIDE ARTS CENTRE         Friday 2 October

KENDAL BREWERY ARTS                     Saturday 3 October

CLITHEROE GRAND                              Sunday 4 October

DURHAM GALA                                    Wednesday 7 October

LINCOLN DRILL HALL                          Thursday 8 October

SHORHAM ROPETACKLE                     Saturday 10 October

BROMSGROVE ARTRIX                        Monday 12 October

GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL                   Wednesday 14 October

FROME CHEESE AND GRAIN               Thursday 15 October

MILTON KEYNES STABLES                  Monday 19 October

NORWICH WATERFRONT                   Tuesday 20 October

HERTFORD CORN EXCHANGE             Thursday 22 October

NEWBURY ARLINGTON ARTS            Friday 23 October


LONDON, JAZZ CAFÉ                           Monday 26 October


Colorstone have released a new video for ‘Like a Whisper‘ from the album ‘Steam‘. It is partly recorded with an iPhone and put together by the guys @smartfilm.

The band are currently working on new material.


Colorstone are:

Fredrik Bergengren – Guitars, & Backing vocals
Johan Dahlström – Lead & Backing vocals
Olle Nilsson – Drums, Percussion & Backing vocals
Samir Dounas – Bass & Backing vocals
Tommy Falk – Keyboards & Backing vocals

Official Website


City Of Thieves

This is City Of Thieves​ and their debut single / lyric video ‘Incinerator’.

Formed from the ashes of London’s Four Wheel Drive, City Of Thieves are set to be a major force on the UK rock scene.

Produced by Toby Jepson​ (Toseland, The Answer, The VirginMarys) mixed by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Metallica, Slipknot) and mastered by Simon Francis (Kodaline, Kaiser Chiefs, Primal Scream) ‘Incinerator’ brings together a team of collective talent and is the first taste of something special.

With a debut EP to be announced and live shows in the works, there’s lots of news to come from City Of Thieves

Official Website