KINGDOM COME’s new album, Outlier, will be released worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer and will be available as CD and download in Germany on April 26th, in Europe on April 29th and in the US/Canada on May 7th.

The band has just released the official video for their new single ‘God Does Not Sing Our Song’ below:

Leader Lenny Wolf comments: “Some people asked me to share a few thoughts about my single called ‘God Does Not Sing Our Song’. I think the song itself speaks louder than words, but I will try to share some thoughts behind the obvious.

Why did I write that song? Because I am a musician.

Why that title? The title is reflecting my thoughts about people abusing the “name of God” to justify their sick and often very destructive behavior. God may be watching but I’m sure he is “NOT always singing along”.

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What makes you decide in which form you create a song? I got no master plan. I am more like a five year old plugging the guitar chord into the endless audio universe hoping to catch some cool frequencies. Lately I caught a lot of heavy guitar signals which were asking to be used in a powerful song. I tried my best;-)

Do I believe in God? I believe in a higher force which can be called God or orange shoe. I don’t need to sit in a men made building with steep roofs to “feel closer or more connected”, but if that works for other people, that of course is perfectly alright. In whichever direction or whatever name people are praying to, I rather follow a good heart than thousands of pre written phrases.

What is my outlook on our future? Fanaticism and ignorance is a deadly combination. We got a lot of this around poisoning our planet. I don’t have the answer to it all, but I think it would be a great first step to go by a simple saying: “Live and let live” – with enough space and respect for one another. As long as people trying to force their believes onto others, we are bound to have conflicts coming our way. Some should remember weather they are guests or locals before wanting to change the furniture!

In case I bored you, next time I will write about something much more original like: Oohh babe, I will never leave you, I’ll do anything for you, tonight is the night, I’m so sorry, please let me bend over so that you can find the perfect place to kick me harder than ever… etc. etc.”

Outlier features the following tracklisting:

‘God Does Not Sing Our Song’
‘Running High Distortion’
‘Rough Ride Ralleye’
‘Let The Silence Talk’
‘Holy Curtain’
‘The Trap Is Alive’
‘Skip The Cover And Feel’
‘Don`t Want You To Wait’
‘Such A Shame’
‘When Colors Break The Grey’

Outlier was recorded at Wolf’s own Hamburg studio, the Two Square Noise Factory. With the exception of the solo guitar parts contributed by Eric Förster, all instruments were recorded by the Kingdom Come boss himself. In addition, Wolf produced, engineered, mixed and mastered his new album. “Eighteen-months of struggle and madness lie behind me, a period which saw me go through the usual alternating bath of euphoria and doubt. As an artist, you can never be quite sure just what you’ve cooked up, but I happen to be an idealist and simply have to keep embarking on new adventurous journeys. The path of predictability has never satisfied me.”

Outlier is Kingdom Come’s first studio album featuring completely new material since the arrival of their 2009 release, Magnified. The album is bound to provoke discussion, in every respect, which is precisely the intention Lenny has with his compositions: “I never write to please anybody, I simply stretch my means of expression as a musician as far as possible. Always in the hope that others will like the result.”

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SKID ROW released their new EP, United World Rebellion – Chapter One, today (April 16th) in North America, and on May 24th in Europe, and May 27th in The UK and the rest of the world.

United World Rebellion – Chapter One features the following five tracks:

‘Kings Of Demolition’
‘Let’s Go’
‘This Is Killing Me’
‘Get Up’
‘Stiches’

The EP is streaming below

United World Rebellion – Chapter One is the first new release from Skid Row since Revolutions Per Minute in 2006. This marks a departure for the band, as they will be releasing United World Rebellion – Chapter One plus two more EPs over the next 12-18 months as opposed to one full-length collection of songs.

Catch Skid Row live at the following shows:

April
16 – KD Frydek Mistek – Czech Republic
19 – M15 Concert Bar – Corona, CA
20 – Pima County Fair – Tucson, AZ

May
16 – Palacio de los Deportes – Heredia, Costa Rica
18 – Nacional de Ingenieros Coliseum – Tegucigalpa, Honduras
24 – Woodstock Valle – Monterrey, Mexico
25 – Rock N Road – Mexico City, Mexico
31 – Penn’s Peak – Jim Thorpe, PA

June
6 – Virgin Oil- Helsinki, Finland
7 – Rathaussal Telfs – Tirol, Austria
8 – Sweden Rock Festival – Solvesborg, Sweden

July
12 – McGuffy’s House Of Rock – Dayton, OH

August
5 – Glencoe Campground – Sturgis, SD
15 – Phase 2 – Lynchburg, VA
16 – Cherokee Park Amphitheater – Morriston, TN
17 – Amos’s Southend – Charlotte, NC

 

 

Well I had a blast at HRH AOR it has to be said.

An amazing venue, the Magna Centre in Rotherham is an old steel works, how metal is that?

I saw as many acts as I could between doing interviews with various artists. Here’s a quick round up.

Day 1

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First on the bill were Spill Sixteen, a local band who despite early sound issues gave us a solid performance full of enthusiasm despite the small crowd. It’s this influx of new young bands that need our support.

Colin Murdock (Daylight Robbery)

Next up Daylight Robbery, one of the bands on my ‘list’ to see. and they didn’t disappoint. Singer Tony Nicholl has the type of rock voice that really appeals to me. They set the bar high for the rest of the bands to follow in my opinion.

Sue Willetts (DanteFox)

Managed to catch most of Dante Fox’s performance. Sue Willetts sounded nervous between songs but those nerves didn’t show during an excellent performance with new material off their latest album Lost Man’s Ground standing up well to a live rendition. Tiim Manford (Dante Fox)

Next up were Romeo’s Daughter with the lovely Leigh Matty on vocals. This is a band who have a real soft spot in the hearts of AOR fans and it was great to hear those great songs from the first album live again as well of course songs from Rapture and their comeback album, Delectable.

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I was looking forward to seeing Danny Vaughn having not seen him sing live since seeing him with Tyketto rather a long time ago! The crowd was buzzing as Danny gave us a superb performance of solo material from across his albums as well as some Tyketto tunes. There was a technical issue during his set, but ever the professional it did not affect Danny and his bands delivery of a great set. Danny Vaughn 1

Again due to interviews etc I didn’t get to see the whole of the next set from British AOR legends FM.

Steve Overland & Merv Goldsworthy (FM)

They really did deserve to have been bigger back in the 80’s, another well documented case of a UK band who didn’t hit the big time in the way people expected. And not due to lack of talent nor superb material. It’s so obvious how much the band still enjoy playing live, and I’m glad I managed to see them after again more years then I should mention.

And then what has to be one of the bands top of my list to see over the weekend. Jeff Keith, Brian Wheat (Tesla)

That band of course is Tesla, a band I never managed to see in those heady days of the late 80’s/early 90’s. Was I disappointed? Was I hell, I loved every minute of their set which peaked with an absolutely rocking Modern Day Cowboy.

Vega In quite a quirky end to the day’s line-up, Vega came on after the headliners!

It’s a real shame that the audience had diminished somewhat. But that certainly didn’t deter them from playing a great set to an appreciative crowd.

I rushed over to the second ‘stage’, which wasn’t a stage, in fact there wasn’t even a drum riser! Mia Klose

It was rather a long way it has to be said, I kept thinking I was about to find myself in Sheffield.

The reason for the rush was to catch a couple of songs from Swedish singer Mia Klose. Her album London, released last year, is full of  late 80’s feel good songs. Considering the restraints of the second stage, Miss Klose and her band played a very tight set.

Day 2

Niki (Barbe-Q-Barbies)

First band of the Sunday was Barbe-Q-Barbies. I’ll be honest and say I’m not overly familiar with their material having only heard their album Breaking All The Rules a couple of times. But again as like Spill Sixteen, the fact they were on first with a small crowd it did nothing to water down their set. Kaisa Karjalainen (Barbe-Q-Barbies)They remind me in some ways of the likes of Rock Goddess or Girlschool which is no bad thing.

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Next we had Welsh rockers Buffalo Summer, a band I first heard on Jim Hussell’s Rock Show.

Very much in the Black Crows school of rock, they delivered a very polished performance and I can see them only growing in stature due to their delivery of some solid material. Darren King (Buffalo Summer)

H.E.A.T.There was no way I was going to miss the next band. I’ve been wanting to see H.e.a.t. since their first album.

They’ve only got better and better in my humble opinion. They were without doubt one of the act of the whole weekend with Erik Grönwall bouncing round the stage like Tigger after ten espressos! Erik Grönwall (H.E.A.T.)

The band are just so tight and any signs of the fact they’d barely had any sleep over the two previous days weren’t evident. Yes I sang along during Downtown, my favorite song from their third album Address The Nation.

What they did was left me impatient to see them again, something you always want from a band.

Jimmy Jay (H.E.A.T.)

I missed Ten unfortunately due to my other commitments but I was not going to miss seeing Moritz on the big stage. Moritz 2

The audience rapidly filled up as the band delivered a World class set of AOR & melodic rock. If the audience had known that vocalist Peter Scallan hadn’t sung live, with the exception of a few warm up gigs, since 1989 then they would of been totally gobsmacked!!

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Any nerves the band had before they hit the stage were not in evidence, and it was plain to see how much this meant to them and how much they were enjoying the whole experience.

I was so pleased to see how they were received by the audience and there is no doubt they left the stage having gained a raft of new fans.

It takes a brave man to take to the stage armed only with an acoustic guitar.

Kip Winger

That man was Kip Winger. People who might only remember him as the front man of Winger will be doing him a disservice as his song writing is exceptional, and Kip delivered us a master class.

Rachel Bolan (Skid Row)  I’ve not seen Skid Row since about 1990 and so I’ve not seen them with Johnny Solinger on vocals.

Now they were most certainly a ‘Marmite’ band at HRH with myself being firmly in the ‘loved them’ camp.

No Seb’s not in the band, Johnny’s been the singer far longer then Seb was. Johnny Solinger

For me they were loud, hard & raw, just how I wanted them.

JSS

Now I didn’t think I’d manage to see any of Jeff Scott Soto’s set seeing as how he didn’t hit the stage until nearly 1am on Monday morning!

But I managed to last long enough to see the first few songs. BJ (Jeff Scott Soto Band)JSS is held in high regard as a vocalist and that is because he is! Plain & simple. Wish I’d seen all of the set as he was joined on stage by Nathan James to duet on Stand Up. If you’ve seen the YouTube footage of this you’ll understand why.

And there you have it, two days full of great music.

I shall be broadcasting the interviews I recorded over the next couple of show.

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American melodic rock star Jeff Scott Soto kicks off his first full European tour since 2009 this week with four dates in the UK:

04.04.13   Belfast   The Limelight
05.04.13   Birmingham   The Asylum
06.04.13   London  Camden Underworld
07.04.13   Rotherham   Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival

Jeff will be touring with his current band line-up comprising; Jorge Salán (guitar), Fernando Mainer (bass), ‘BJ’ (guitar/keys/vocals) and Edu
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(drums/vocals) and will be showcasing his current solo album ‘Damage Control’, as well as tracks from his solo and front-man roles across his entire career.

The dates will see JSS supported by none other than his guitarist Jorge Salan’s solo trio as well as an exciting new band from Athens named Danger Angel.

Jeff recorded vocals to one of Salán’s songs on the Chronicles Of An Evolution’ album back in 2007, which is what led to bringing him into the JSS band, and Jorge’s latest album ‘Sexto Asalto’ (‘Sixth Assault’) will be available along with his other releases at each show. To watch the latest video/single Cero 16, visit www.jorgesalan.com

Danger Angel came to Jeff’s attention back in 2009 when he was asked to participate on a track for their 2010 debut album. The band parted ways with their vocalist and brought in a more prominent vocalist named ‘MT’ to help them find a new direction and focus, recruiting Soto to produce their follow up album, ‘Revolutia’, of which Jeff was “beyond proud to be a part”. Jeff also sings most of the backing vocals on the album as well as sharing some lead vocals on the single When I’m Gone’. Visit http://www.dangerangelband.com> for more details about this upcoming new band.

It is with great pride that Jeff is ‘presenting’ these two acts as a sort of ‘Soto-palooza’ roadshow in which he implores: “EVERYONE to be on time for a great night of music and many surprises throughout the show. it will be an evening of great rock ‘n roll, fun and memories so get there at the time the venues say to get there!!

Jeff has most recently been in the public eye with the widely acclaimed release in February 2013 of the second album by the melodic rock ‘supergroup’ W.E.T., for whom he is the lead singer.

A newly published authorised biography of Jeff Scott Soto entitled Stand Up And Shout…The Story Of A Rock Star will be available to purchase during the tour on USB format. Author Frank Tunney states that: “I wanted this to be a biography that wasn’t based on ‘kiss and tell’ but doesn’t pull any punches and tells you everything you wanted to know. I hope every fan of Jeff Scott Soto and Melodic Rock will find plenty in ‘Stand Up And Shout…’ that will both surprise, delight and leave them wanting more.” Jeff himself comments: “…it has EVERYTHING I have done in it! There are a lot of inputs from many I have worked with in the business but one thing it’s not and that’s a tell-all…I don’t want an exploitation book out there, it’s not necessary, this is more of a chronicle of my life and leaves no stone unturned!”

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Southern Paradise

 

(2 April 2013 – Key West, FL) To celebrate the release of the new John Taglieri Ep Southern Paradise (coming 4/16/13 via Leap Dog Music), he’s giving away a trip to Key West, FL. All you have to do is purchase Southern Paradise during the presale between 2 April 2013 & 15 April 2013 and you’re automatically entered to win.  Details are as follows:
Trip for two to Key West, FL.
Must purchase the Southern Paradise Ep during the presale for $10.00 (plus shipping & handling).
All contestants must be 21 years or older to enter
Automatically entered to win the following:
– a trip for two to Key West, FL in August 2013
– round trip airfare for two from anywhere in the continental US to Key West, FL
– two nights lodging (hotel to be determined)
– an Autographed copy of Southern Paradise
– two John Taglieri T-Shirts (sizes tbd by winner)
– a free download of ‘The Very Best Of John Taglieri…The Songs That Should Have Made Me Rich!!!’
– dinner for two at LaTrattoria Restaurant on Duval St. in Key West, FL.
– a trip on The Fury Boat (either a day snorkel or a sunset cruise. Winners Choice)
– a welcome bag from Key West Welcome Bags with an assortment of goodies and local discounts
– VIP Treatment at a John Taglieri show at Irish Kevins!
(**Winners must live in the lower 48 United States**)
Trip length is 3-days/2-nights (Winners can extend this stay at their own expense.)
Winner(s) must be available to travel to Key West, FL In August 2013.
Winner(s) will work with Leap Dog Music to make all travel arrangements.
That’s it…pretty simple. Purchase the CD during the presale and you’re entered to win. If you purchase more than one copy of the CD, you will be entered the number of times you purchase. Winning name to be chosen from a blind drawing and completely at random.
To purchase The Southern Paradise Presale simply send $13.50 ($10 + shipping) via Paypal to John@JohnTaglieri.com or visit John’s Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/JohnTaglieriMusic for details on how to enter.
Taglieri says, “Thanks! GOOD LUCK to everyone that purchases during the presale!! I’m as excited to pick a winner as you guys are to win! Hope to see you in my Southern Paradise!!
Watch for John’s new Ep, Southern Paradise, coming on 4/16/13 and get ready to sit back and soak it in…and let it take you to your own personal Southern Paradise!
Trip Sponsored by:
The Fury Boat – Key West
LaTrattoria On Duval
Key West Welcome Bags
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Italian hard rockers VOODOO HIGHWAY have released the new video for the track ‘This is Rock’n’Roll, Wankers!’.

The mafia styled video can be viewed below:

This is Rock’n’Roll, Wankers!’ comes off the band’s second album ‘Showdown’, the worldwide release only download and physical in GAS is scheduled for April 26 via Dust On The Tracks Records through Sony (Europe), Audioglobe (Italy), Suburban (Benelux), Border (Scandinavia), MVD (USA), April 29 – Proper Music (UK), Universal (Canada).

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Showdown” track listing:

01. This Is Rock’N’Roll Wankers!
02. Fly To The Rising Sun
03. Midnight Hour
04. Could You Love Me
05. Wastin’ Miles
06. Church Of Clay
07. Mountain High
08. Cold White Love
09. A Spark From The Sacred Fire
10. Prince Of Moonlight

Bonus Tracks:

11. Till It Bleeds
12. Broken Uncles Inn

Voodoo Highway will stage a release party to celebrate the release of their new album, “Showdown“, on May 26 at Rockafe in Malborghetto(Ferrara), Italy.

After the lucky outset of their first album “Broken Uncle’s Inn” back in 2011, the band is ready to strike the world with a massive amount of rock n’ roll once again.

Voodoo Highway is a powerful new quintet featuring Federico Di Marco (vocals), Filippo Cavallini (bass), Matteo Bizzarri (guitars), Alessandro Duò (keyboards) and Vincenzo Zairo (drums).

Have been indicated as one of the new revelations worldwide and defined as “the new Deep Purple” from such a big name in music as the former Rainbow/Black Sabbath/Gary Moore bassist Craig Gruber.

Now known to most for the outrageous stage presence, crashing executions, a style that hovers between Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow and The Darkness and for smashing instruments on stage.

The year 2013 will see Voodoo Highway marching straight to Hell!

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UK’s modern hard rocker TAINTED NATION have announced the addition of guitarist Joel Peters (FURY) to the group’s ranks.

Commented TAINTED NATION drummer Mark Cross: “We’d like to introduce to you and welcome Joel Peters, former guitarist of the band FURY, to theTAINTED NATION family. Since we started rehearsing and playing live with the band, we realised how important a second guitar was, especially for our live performances. We had Joel along since day one, but recently invited him to become a member Joel is an extremely gifted guitar player and great singer and brings a fourth dimension to our set up. Joel will be on tour with us, check www.taintednation.co.uk for all details. See you all soon on tour!

TAINTED NATION are Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse) vocals, Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween) Drums, Pontus Egberg (The Poodles) Ian Nash (Lionsheart) – Guitars and Joel Peters (Fury) – Guitars.

TAINTED NATION recently released the first video ‘LOSER‘: http://youtu.be/UILFu8hf5NE

TAINTED NATION – F.E.A.R. over the UK Tour 2013

19.04.13 “THE YARDBIRDS” Grimsby, UK
20.04.13 “THE DIAMOND” Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield, UK
10.05.13 “THE VINE BAR” Workington, UK
22.06.13 “R MINE FESTIVAL” BE
21/22.09.13 “SKYFEST FESTIVAL” Mansfield, UK

For information on ordering the new album F.E.A.R visit www.taintednation.co.uk and hit the merchandise tab. The band are offering a variety of packages or via the usual outlets from Massacre Records.

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UK-based melodic metallers CODE OF SILENCE are offering a free download of the track ‘Tame The Tempest‘. The song is taken from the band’s debut album ‘Dark Skies Over Babylon’ which has already received glowing reviews. This track is now available as a free download for signing up to the band’s Reverbnation mailing list. Just go to: http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/16625691

The track started out as a piece written by guitarist Ben Randall and ended up a collaboration with Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation).

The first single ‘Sky Is Falling Down’ (also available at Reverbnation) is a four-minute burst of pop metal – catchy, re-playable, and engaging

The promo video (see below)  has gathered an amazing 200,000-plus views since February.

The brainchild of respected U.K. melodic rock producer/ musician / songwriter Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse) and James Murray (bass), Code Of Silence is completed by John Clelland (drums), Scott McLean (keys), guitarist Ben Randall and vocalist Gus Monsanto (Revolution Renaissance, Adagio).

The album ‘Dark Skies Over Babylon’ is released by Mausoleum Records in Europe (February 25) and North America (April 9) in Japan by Rubicon Music.

The band will be sharpening their spurs in late-September playing selected UK dates including the inaugural Skyfest on September 21., 2013.

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The Melodic Rock outfit PARIS has its origins in the French capital, but a short look at the album credits of the band’s debut record illustrates that we are actually dealing with an international affair. The two main characters, Frédéric Dechavanne and Sébastien Montet, hail from France, the duo is responsible for the songwriting, the lead vocals, the guitars and the keyboards. The Italian delegation is represented by producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (Lionville, Hardline, Issa), the rhythm section Anna Portalupi (Mitch Malloy, Lionville, Hardline) on bass and Alessandro Mori (Mitch Malloy, Lionville, Axe) on drums. Guests are in-demand Swedish songwriter Robert Säll (Work Of Art, W.E.T.) on guitar and Steve Newman (Newman, Big Life) from the United Kingdom on backing vocals.

Frédéric and Sébastien met in the suburbs of Paris when they were still little kids, later  in High School they dicovered their common interest in AOR, Melodic Rock and Hard  Rock. In 1985 they founded their first band together and started to write their own songs  inspired by the multi-platinum albums and concert visits of some of the most successful acts of the genre during their heyday in the late 80s, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. The guys continue to work on their own material during the next couple of years, but life had other plans for the two friends, so from 1993 on their band and song writing activities were put on hold for almost two decades.

Frédéric and Sébastien grew up in the suburbs of Paris. They were already long-time friends when they discovered their common interest in AOR and Melodic Rock in the mid 80s. During their days in High School in the late 80s they attend countless concerts of bands like Def Leppard and Bon Jovi and they founded their first band and instantly started writing their own songs, inspired by some of the most successful acts of the Melodic Rock genre. Until 2003 they kept on working on their own material, but life had other plans for the guys and their songwriting activities were put on hold.

In 2010 the two friends, who always kept in touch through the years, rediscovered the joy of making music together. New technologies paved the way for their revitalized musical collaboration with Frédéric now living in Germany, and they eventually recorded a demo album with 11 newly songs in 2011.

Ready then to take the next step, they contacted Alessandro Del Vecchio. The internationally renowned producer and musician took them under his wings and produced the songs in his studio, including some old favorites Frédéric and Sébastien had written 20 years ago. The PARIS debut “Only One Life” was recorded with the help of an international line-up of studio musicians, resulting in a collection of truly catchy Melodic Rock tunes.

Band: Paris

Album: Only One Life

Label: Avenue Of Allies

Out: April 12, 2013

Laneside

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LANESLIDE is a new Melodic Rock project developed by Italian songwriter / guitarist / producer Bruno Kraler (Brunorock). The international line-up of the band is made up of vocalist extraordinaire Frank Vestry, best known for the successful and critically acclaimed Marcello/Vestry album and the classic one off-record by US Melodic Rockers Last Temptation. Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Lionville, Edge of Forever) one of the rising stars of today’s Rock scene plays keyboards and the rhythm section are John Billings (Rick Springfield, Donna Summer, Lancia) on bass and Dominik Hülshorst (ex-Bonfire) on drums.

Four additional renowned musicians also lend their musical talents to the LANESLIDE album: Lino Gonzalez from Argentina on lead and rhythm guitars, Bobby Altvater on guitars and backing vocals and Erik Mårtensson and Michael Bormann on backing vocals.

LANESLIDE are one of the most exciting collaborations in recent years, their hard hitting yet very catchy brand of Melodic Rock is powerful, passionate and it has all the trademarks to let it stand out from the bulk of releases coming out this spring.

Ladies and Gentlemen, fasten your seatbelts, turn up your stereo and get ready for the Rock’n’Roll LANESLIDE.

 

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