Serpentine, the British melodic rock quintet currently in pre-production for their third album with Producer and songwriter Gary Hughes of Ten have parted company with lead vocalist Matt Black, who wishes to move into a different direction musically, away from the melodic rock sound the band are associated with. The band who were initially fronted by legendary Shy/TNT vocalist Tony Mills, burst on to the scene in 2010 with their critically acclaimed and Japanese charting ‘Touch Of Heaven’ album.
Mills who departed in 2011 to concentrate on TNT was replaced by the hitherto unknown Matt Black and a series of UK tours with the likes of CrashDiet, Ten, FM and Romeo’s Daughter cemented Serpentine’s reputation as an exciting live band which led to appearances at many major festivals at home and abroad.
The decision was reached whilst writing for their next record, when it became apparent that the music the band was composing was at odds with the direction Matt wanted to take. Serpentine’s Gareth David Noon commented : “We wish Matt all the very best for the future. He has been a tremendous asset for Serpentine in the live arena and we remain on excellent terms. Matt had certain ideas for the band but the truth is that the rest of us had a clear vision for the next record that we weren’t prepared to compromise on. Serpentine is evolving and we will be back with a bang in 2014!”
On his departure Matt says: “It has been a tough choice to make, but I want to take a different road in my musical style. I would like to thank Serpentine, the management and fans for all the amazing support, friendship and good times we’ve shared. It’s been an honour to share the stage with such amazing musicians. I wish the band all the best for the future and I sincerely hope they continue to do the “business” on and off stage.”
Serpentine’s search for a new vocalist has already started and the band have been flattered by some of the candidates who have so far applied. A shortlist will drawn up shortly prior to auditioning. Any other interested parties can apply by messaging the band’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/planetserpentine
Swiss rockers Sideburn are back! With the arrival of three young and talented new members in January 2012 and the first shows played in February of the same year: Lawrence Lina & Mike Riffart on guitar & the imported Aussie bass player Nick Thornton, who left his luggage in the country while he was touring with the band Maeder (Nick Maeder’s previous band), have gained energy and freshness to compose the new album: “Electrify”.
August 2012 saw the band to be chosen by Adidas to be the band of the evening during the Adidas Rockstar event that happened on August 11, 2012 at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sideburn performed during the whole final, playing over 150 minutes of rock’n’roll, and they even wrote and recorded a special theme song with climbing lyrics. The song “Rockstar” was mixed by Beau Hill and is featured as a bonus track on the CD version of “Electrify”.
After having their song “Knockin’ at the wrong door” used in 2012 on the Red band trailer of the movie “Hit & run”, the song “Six feet under” (taken from the album “Cherry red”) has been chosen by 20th Century Fox to be used on the sound track of the blockbuster of the summer: “The Wolverine”.
The band says: “This new album has been composed in about two months, which is really quick, but the result is really fresh and punchy. The new members did an amazing job to keep the Sideburn spirit and you will certainly notice it while you’ll be listening to « Electrify ». For the mix, we’ve decided to work again with Beau Hill, cause he knows exactly what we are looking for and we couldn’t take the risk to have a album that didn’t sound as good as « Jail ». Once that you have a certain level of production, it’s really hard to pull backward …”
The CD version of this release includes the bonus tracks “Lazy Daisy Live”, “Never kill the chicken Live” &”Rockstar”, the download version only features the 11 original songs and the vinyl version which is only available in Switzerland includes only “Lazy Daisy Live” as bonus track.
Line-up: Roland Pierrehumbert : Lead Vocal, Harmonica; Lawrence Lina : Rhythm & Lead Guitar; Mike Riffart : Rhythm & Lead Guitar; Nick Thornton : Bass; Lionel Blanc : Drums
Track list: Tracklist: 1. Bite the bullet, 2. Devil may care, 3. Bad boys, bad girls, rock’n’roll, 4. Black Powder, 5. Frontline, 6. Never get down, 7. Mr. Clean, 8. Shady Katy, 9. Travellin’ man, 10. Bad reputation, 11. Destination nowhere / // Bonus Tracks (only available on the CD version): 12. Lazy Daisy Live, 13. Never kill the chicken Live, 14. Rockstar
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American singer David Reece, though brought up on a diet of Conway Twitty and Tammy Wynette, has been sharing his bluesy rock voice with the world since the late 1980s. His most notable early releases were Accept’s 1989 album “Eat The Heat” and Bangalore Choir’s 1992 classic “On Target”, closely followed by LPs with Sircle Of Silence and Stream. Disillusioned with a floundering rock scene, David took a hiatus from music in the mid 1990s to follow other pursuits and dreams.
Returning in 2008 with the critically acclaimed Gypsy Rose album “Another World”, David’s debut solo album “Universal Language” surfaced in 2009. The culmination of many years writing and performing, the album featured musicians including Andy Susemihl (U.D.O.), and fine songs such as the bombastic ‘Rescue Me’, the huge ‘We Were Alive’, the soaring ballad ‘Queen Of My Dreams’ and the distinctly leftfield ‘Yellow’; a definite song for fans of Colonel Mustard.
The album “Cadence” in 2010 saw the first brand new Bangalore Choir material in 18 years. 2011 marked David’s return to working with Gypsy Rose founder Martin Kronlund, this time under the moniker “Reece Kronlund” releasing an album simply called “Solid”. The album also marked David’s first ventures with lyricist Jon Wilde, who has since co-written on the 3rd Bangalore Choir album “Metaphor” released in 2012 and now on this; David’s second solo album “Compromise” – an apt title given the amount of compromise we all face in our lives, be it working in the music industry or going about our daily grind.
With vocals recorded at KMan studios in Blaine Minnesota and produced by Kelly Peterson, the album features a big name cast including bassist Ronnie Parkes (7 Witches), guitarist Jack Frost (7 Witches, Savatage, Metalium), keyboardist Paul Morris (Rainbow, Doro, Jurgen Blackmore), and special guests Christian Tolle and Andy Susemihl. The mix was handled by Joey Vera (Armoured Saint) and Martin Kronlund, with Martin also performing full mastering duties.
The result is a peach of an album with a wide range of songs from sublime ballads ‘Someone Beautiful’ (with music by renowned writers Tom and James Martin) to metal masterpieces ‘End Of It All’, stomping rockers ‘Where My Heart Belongs’ and more. David, with influences as diverse as Ian Gillan, Paul Rodgers and Chris Cornell, loves tackling a variety of styles and one listen will tell you he has the voice to pull it off. And with musicians the calibre of those here, and lyrics boasting a darn sight more intelligence than your standard clichéd rock fair, he has the firepower to back him up all the way into classic album territory.
Line-Up: Vocals: David Reece, Bass: Ronnie Parkes, Guitars: Jack Frost, Guitars: Kelly Peterson, Keys: Paul Morris
Guests on guitars: Andy Susemihl & Christian Tolle
Track list: 1. Disaster, 2. End Of It All, 3. Fortunate Son, 4. Someone Beautiful, 5. Along For The Ride, 6. Coast To Coast, 7. All Roads Lead To War, 8. Where My Heart Belongs, 9. Everything To Everyone, 10. Evil Never Dies, 11. Treasure Hunter
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“Ending Love“, a brand new song featuring Michael Bormann & Robin Beck on lead vocals, from German prog metallers ASSIGNMENT is available for streaming. The track comes off the band’s third album, “Inside Of The Machine“, which will be released on October 11th via Mausoleum Records. The new song can be streamed here: http://youtu.be/qA5xldym938
The stunning artwork conceived by Belgium-based graphic artist Didier Scohier (Asia, Dokken, Ian Gillan, Uriah Heep, Code Of Silence, Max Pie). The cover art is available below along with the tracklist:
1. Upload The System
2. The Intrusion
3. I Am The Machine
5. Love Between Heaven & Hell
7. Messiah’s Fall
8. Ending Love
9. Another Sacrifice
10. Electric City
11. Walk Alone
12. Eternal Silence
13. Bug In The System
14. End Of The Machine
ASSIGNMENT are: Goran Panic (guitars), Gert Sprick (keyboards), Heiko Maag (bass), & Sven Pollkötter (drums).
The new album is a conceptual masterpiece including ROBIN BECK, MICHAEL BORMANN (ex-Jaded Heart, Bonfire), MATS LEVEN (ex-Malmsteen, Addagio), & CARSTEN KAISER (ex-Angel Dust) on vocals.
Already combining various influences like Queensryche & Fates Warning, but also adding segments in the styles of Ayreon or early Pain of Salvation, the band is hoping to secure a permanent record deal in the near future. Fans can expect hard-edged riffs, catchy hooks, & unexpected turnovers in more than 70 minutes running time; special guest appearance of Bernie Versailles (Redemption) on lead guitar.
ASSIGNMENT stands for music without boundaries, as our musical influences are spread over the whole Rock & Metal genre. From Death Metal to Progressive Rock but having always the focus on the melodies and arrangements.
Meridian have released an Official music video for the song “Between Love and Hate”, from the album “Metallurgy”
Video by Winterhaven Studios – www.winterhaven.dk
Rockposer favorites Brighton Rock have revamped and relaunched their official website – BrightonRock.ca
They are currently recording a brand new album and of course are playing at this year’s Firefest on October 20th.
They recently released a video of their cover of the Kiss track ‘Creatures Of The Night’ (see below)