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Royal Quest was formed in 1998 in Athens when Yannis Androulakakis (guitars/ vocals) and Dennis Bekatoros (bass) started putting their musical and lyrical ideas together. After releasing their first demo in 1999 they decided to work on a concept album with an original story inspired by the “Eternal Champion”. In the meantime the line-up of the band was shaped up to participate in several underground festivals in Athens.

Throughout the years, Dennis and Yannis focused on completing the album with the addition of a new member, Odysseas (drums). Compositions, story editing, recording attempts and sound experimentations, but also disappointments and long breakups resulted in the end of the co-operation of the two founders.

In January 2010 Yannis decided to produce the album on his own. The recording and engineering plans started from scratch and in 2014 the album was mixed by him and mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox studios.

About the concept:

“The Tale of Man” is typically a “metal opera”, a term that tends to be established in a similar way that the term “rock opera” did in the past. There are four characters in the play: Man, Cassandra, Lord of Law and Lord of Chaos. However, the dramatical structure is different (the play is smaller as well) than the libretto of a major musical or rock opera. That purposely leaves room for the RPG-campaign oriented storyline that focuses on the main character (Man) and the storyteller (Cassandra). It also leaves room for the music, because the point was to create a metal album that can also be auditioned independently. “The Tale of Man” consists of eleven parts, some of them divided into sub-parts, intros and main parts.

Yannis Androulakakis is a guitarist and composer from Greece. His work includes metal, music for theater, musicals, film soundtrack, jazz, a fuge and a string quartet. In February 2015 he was selected as one of the arrangers of the Vivaldimetalproject.

Yannis Androulakakis

Line-up:

Yannis Androulakakis: guitars, programming

Lord of Chaos (vocals)

Vasilis Axiotis: Man (vocals)

Angeliki Frangos: Cassandra (vocals)

Basil: Lord of Law (vocals)

Kalliopi Mitropoulou: violin

Tracklist:

1. Intro

2. Rising Empire

3. Days of War – Intro

4. Days of War

5. The Reign of Law

6. In the Name of Man

7. Dark Ages

8. Dark Lord’s Words

9. The Cave of the Dead

10. Moonstone

11. The Realm of Chaos, part I – The Encounter

12. The Realm of Chaos, part II – The Prayer

13. The Realm of Chaos, part III – Umbralith

14. The Last Scenes

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British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Joanne Shaw Taylor is embarking on a nationwide UK tour presented by Planet Rock this Autumn. She has also released a music video for “Outlaw Angel”.

Joanne Shaw Taylor Tour Dates

A 48-hour ticket presale goes live on Planet Rock Wednesday 15 April from this link

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 17 April from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898, or online from The Gig Cartel. All tickets priced at £20.

 

World Peace

The Frank Hannon Band have released an official video for the track ‘New York City’ (Psycho Cab Ride), taken from their ‘World Peace’ album.

The band will be performing on this years ‘Monsters Of Rock Cruise’ which sets off this coming weekend from Miami to Nassau and back. Frank Hannon will also be performing with Tesla on the cruise.

Lineup:
Frank Hannon – Guitar/Vocals
Aaron Leigh – Bass/Backing Vocals
Kelly Smith – Drums

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Isla De Muerta

British melodic hard rock band Ten announced that the release of their eagerly awaited 12th studio album is scheduled for May 20th 2015 via Rocktopia Records. The new album is titled ‘Isla de Muerta‘ and follows hot on the heels of their ground-breaking and highly lauded 2014 opus ‘Albion‘. The album cover was illustrated by Gaetano Di Falco, can be viewed below.

Named after the mythical ‘Island Of The Dead‘ from Pirate legend and as the title would suggest, this time around the album has a very ‘piratical, seafaring‘ feel. In true classic Ten style, the album opens with the atmospheric ‘Buccaneers‘ instrumental and segues straight into the cinematic ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales‘. Any fans of TEN and their expanding catalogue will not be disappointed.

Track listing:

  1. (i) Buccaneers (Instrumental)
    (ii) Dead Men Tell No Tales
    02. Tell Me What To Do
    03. Acquiesce
    04. This Love
    05. The Dragon And Saint George
    06. Intensify
    07. (i) Karnak (Instrumental)
    (ii) The Valley Of The Kings
    08. Revolution
    09. Angel Of Darkness
    10. The Last Pretender
    11. We Can Be As One (European Bonus)

‘Isla de Muerta‘ will be the second outing for this current line-up and sees the boys build upon the foundation stones laid by their ‘Albion‘ release.

Ten are:

Gary Hughes – Vocals
Dann Rosingana – Guitars
Steve Grocott – Guitars
John Halliwell – Guitars
Steve Mckenna – Bass
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums

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DCD

During the 1980s and ’90s, in those halcyon pre-Autotune days when the song was king and talent mattered, Dennis Churchill Dries was the singer and bass player of the bands White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo. Both of these groups earned prestigious major label record deals, but in the long run would learn how tough the music business can be.

Issued to rave reviews in 1984, White Sister’s self-titled debut was produced by Gregg Giuffria of Angel fame. While having tasted life on an independent label with its follow-up ‘Fashion By Passion’, Churchill Dries was also a part of the outfit Tattoo Rodeo. Picked up by Atlantic for ‘Rode Hard, Put Away Wet’ in ’91, they hit the road and opened for Bad Company and Damn Yankees. The band followed up with ‘Skin’ some four years later, and called it quits in 1998. There was a reunion show in 2006, and talks of new material, but all was scrapped after the death of drummer Rich Wright.

In October 2008, to the astonishment of just about everybody, original White Sister members DCD, Rick Chadock, and Garri Brandon reunited to appear at the legendary indoor rock festival the Firefest. To say that they blew the doors off would be an understatement. They went over so well that the Firefest team invited the boys back again the following year, and they did not disappoint! There was hushed yet optimistic talk of new music.

And then in October 2012, the unthinkable happened. Chadock lost his battle with cancer…Dennis was crushed by the loss of his music partner and closest friend of 35 years. New music from White Sister was not to be, and DCD retreated into solitude.

Dennis began writing on his own as a form of therapy, and in 2014 was reunited with Paul Sabu, who produced, engineered, and mixed “I”, and supplied the guitar work. DCD  drew priceless encouragement from the multi-talented Sabu, whose bands have included Only Child, Silent Rage and Sabu.

“I” is heavily influenced by the music of the late-1970s and ’80s, mixing chunky grooves with radio-friendly melodies and drawing influence from DCD’s favourite acts, including The Beatles, Bad Company, Journey, Steve Perry, John Waite, Styx and Toto. The voice remains in great nick, too. “I took several years off, and only performed 3 shows from 2006 through the recording process in 2014…I still have a lot left in the tank!”.

Line-up:

Dennis Churchill Dries – vocals, bass, keyboards, acoustic guitar;

Paul Sabu – guitars, keyboards,  backing vocals

Tracklist:

1. Heard It On The Radio

2. “I”

3. Home

4. Unbroken

5. Song For The Living

6. Pictures

7. Can You Feel It

8. Pieces

9. She Loves You

10. So Good To See You

11. Home (acoustic version)

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DENNIS CHURCHILL DRIES – Can You Feel It (Edit)

DENNIS CHURCHILL DRIES – Heard It On The Radio (Edit)

DENNIS CHURCHILL DRIES – I (Edit)

 

Dennis Churchill Dries

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A Little Something From The Road, Vol. 1

Multi-platinum selling guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd embarks on a 5-date UK tour starting this Friday April 10 at Salisbury City Hall, culminating at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Wednesday April 15. Tickets can be booked from The Gig Cartel and the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898.

In a recent interview with Blues Matters, Kenny revealed that blues rock supergroup The Rides (featuring Stephen Stills and Barry Goldberg) have completed recording their second album. “We just finished mastering,“ says Kenny Wayne, “and now we’re working on the artwork and release date. The record’s great. It’s almost all new original songs that we’ve worked on, and I definitely think it’s an improvement on the last record”.

APRIL 2015 TOUR

SALISBURY CITY HALL                                                    FRIDAY APRIL 10

HOLMFIRTH PICTUREDROME                                     SATURDAY APRIL 11 (SOLD OUT)

GLASGOW O2 ABC                                                          SUNDAY APRIL 12

ABERDEEN LEMON TREE                                               MONDAY APRIL 13

LONDON O2 SHEPHERD’S BUSH EMPIRE               WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

 

Closer

On the 22nd of May 2015, after more than four years, the long awaited fifth solo album “Closer” by Michael Bormann will see the light of the world. 2014 has been an eventful and exciting year. With his impressive performance at one of today’s biggest TV-Shows “The Voice of Germany” Michael reached millions of people.

All songs were written, recorded and produced within a three-month studio session by the end of 2014.

Due to the huge demand of the Demi-Lovato song “Warrior”, that got him into “The Voice” – show, Michael had no chance but taking it on the forthcoming CD. Downright refreshing, versatile and rocking Bormann presents “Closer”.  Ballads, mid-tempo songs and pure Rock´n´Roll: you got it all! Defining a favorite is pretty hard as every single song has its own magic.

“Because we are the world” goes straight to the heart. The children’s choir  makes this tune very special. Not only radio stations will love this song.

It should be mentioned, that a valuable contribution to this album has been given by Eric Ragno and Bobby Stoecker. Knowing what and how he wants it, Bormann played most of the instruments by himself. It’s impressively showed on “Closer”.

His strong “Voice” – performances got Michael the long deserved attention. Now it´s time for the next level. Closer will be drawing in the crowds under its magic spell.

Michael Bormann

Line-up:

Michael Bormann – Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar & Lead guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Jean Bormann – Guitars, Backing Vocals

Marco Grasshoff – Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Eric Ragno – Keyboards

Bobby Stöcker – Lead Guitar

Katie Juraschka – Backing Vocals

Produced by M. Bormann

Recorded and mixed at RMB Studios, Duisburg, Germany

Mastered by Michael Bormann

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