Swedish hard rockers ColdSpell are confirmed to support Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock for the Nordic leg of their Spirit on a Mission World tour dates. Michael Schenker is a true legend and to many the greatest guitar player around, winning awards, getting rave reviews for his albums and when touring the world.

ColdSpell is a rising star on the international stages. This summer they were one of the headliners at Scotland’s premier festival, Wildfire. And was warming up a US audience as runner‐up to Judas Priest at Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

Micke Larsson, guitarist and founder of ColdSpell, says ”Michael Schenker’s guitar playing was a great inspiration growing up and listening to UFO. The ’79 live album Strangers In The Night got spin after spin on the turntable, two got so many scratches so I am now on my third copy. It is great honour to share stage with Michael Schenker for these shows.”

Michael Schenker - Coldspell

Gig dates February 2016

February 3 Amager Bio, Copenhagen (DK)
February 4 Debaser Medis, Stockholm (SE)
February 5 KB, Malmoe (SE)
February 6 Union Scene, Drammen (NO)

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Be The Slave Or Be The Change

Shiraz Lane is an energetic, ambitious, authentic Hard Rock group formed in 2011 Helsinki, Finland. Their music wreaks of creative variety, which resonates through their double-edged guitar sound (produced by lead guitarist Jani Laine and rhythm guitarist Miki Kalske), groovy-yet-solid ground pounding (Ana Willman drums & Joel Alex bass) and unmistakenably high-soaring melodies chanted by lead singer Hannes Kett.

Despite their youth (early twenties), they are already veterans of the underground circuit in their homeland and have developed a reputation for being uncompromising, loud, but most of all the genuine article. Although wearing inspiration and paying homage to their predecessors like Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses, the “Big Guns” of Scandinavia such as members from The 69 Eyes, Amorphis, Lordi and Sonic Syndicate have all described them as being one of the most entertaining bands they have seen in the underground music scene, bringing a fresh breeze to the table in terms of both music and live performance.
Shiraz Lane‘s debut two track online single ‘Out There Somewhere‘ and ‘Money Talks‘ was released in October 2014, which generated interest and enthusiasm in the national music market, including radio airings and music video promotion on Radio Rock’s website.
Since then, the band expanded the single release to a 5 track EP named ‘Be The Slave Or Be The Change‘ in the spring of 2015. It was very well received by both public and the press. Following these releases the band has put out three album supporting music videos, toured the biggest national summer festivals and got the chance to play in Toronto, Finland Fest in Tokyo Japan & Wacken Open Air. Currently the band is working hard on new material  for the debut album which will be released internationally via Frontiers Music Srl in spring 2016!

The Room - Beyond The Gates Of Bedlam

Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce that ‘Beyond the Gates of Bedlam’, the new album from UK melodic rock band The Room will be released on 20th November 2015.

Pre-orders will open at the band’s headline appearance at Progtoberfest in Balham on Sunday 25th October. Keep your eyes peeled for further details.

The band have invested major time and energy in this impressive release, taking accepted AOR and melodic rock norms and ripping them up to start afresh with a more focused and intense take on the genre. Progressive rock elements – something of a hallmark for The Room – are still here in abundance, ensuring this release will appeal to old and new fans alike.

The 10-track album, including a remixed version of 2015 single ‘Carrie’, was recorded at Platform Studios in Berkshire under the auspices of Damon Sawyer, with striking artwork designed by The Room’s guitarist, Steve Anderson.

As well as their Progtoberfest appearance the band will be touring to celebrate the release of the new album – check out their website at for details.

There is a rich musical heritage at the heart of The Room’s progressive tinged rock – a combination of impressive musicianship, catchy hooks and thought-provoking lyrics. Formed late in 2010, the band performed four hugely successful launch shows including a support slot for the legendary Wishbone Ash.

The release of their acclaimed debut album, ‘Open Fire’, followed in December 2012. Steve Anderson (guitar), Steve Checkley (keyboards), Andy Rowe (bass) and Martin Wilson (vocals) were joined by drummer Chris York in 2013, who replaced original sticksman Andrew Rae.

Having joined Bad Elephant Music earlier this year and following the launch of the digital single ‘Carrie’ in June, the guys have since been hard at work on their sophomore release.

The Room

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After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder, main songwriter and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he’s back with a super strong, exciting new band called Major Instinct from Gothenburg, Sweden! Handpicked musicians of the greatest calibre and a BAND, not a project! We’re talking classic hard rock with inspiration from the 70’s and early 80’s, huge melodies and real instruments used, autotuners not!

The first digital single ‘High Five‘ is released on September 30th  – a positive rock´n roll song about belonging and fighting together…be it the team, the band, the couple or “just” human beings overall. Suitable in these dark times…

The first Major Instinct album ‘Roots & Wings‘ will be released on November 27 in Europe by AOR Heaven.


Dying To Live

Joel Hoekstra’s 13 have released a  video for their 3rd single ‘Long For The Days‘ taken from ‘Dying To Live

‘Long For The Days’ is a song about reflection and regret over a relationship gone badly,” explains Joel.  “It’s a good old-fashioned, classic-rock style track that captures elements of some of my favorite bands (I’ll let you figure them out!). Vinny Appice (drums) and Tony Franklin (bass) lay it down while Derek Sherinian (keys) provides the right sounds and parts with tasteful perfection. Russell Allen delivers one of my favorite vocal performances EVER and Jeff Scott Soto sings some amazing backgrounds to support them.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing/recording it!”

Pre-orders are now available on Amazon (CD & MP3) and iTunes (MP3). All MP3 pre-orders include instant downloads of “Long For The Days” as well as “Until I Left You” and “Anymore” (featuring Russell Allen).

Pre-Order Here:

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Dying To Live will be available via Frontiers Music SRL on Friday, October 16th.

Joel Hoekstra is a guitarist in the legendary Whitesnake and is also well known for his work with Trans Siberian Orchestra, Night Ranger and the hit show Rock of Ages.

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Chantel McGregor - Lose Control


Guitarist and singer-songwriter Chantel McGregor will release her new album, ‘Lose Control’, on Friday 9th October 2015 on her independent boutique label Tis Rock Music – her first studio album since her critically acclaimed 2011 debut, ‘Like No Other’.  The first single, ‘Take The Power‘, is released on Monday September 28th, and is accompanied by a promo video filmed on location in Edinburgh, produced by Sine Wave Media and directed by Richard Weston


Birmingham Institute, The Temple                  Thursday October 1

Ruislip, The Tropic                                                Friday October 2

Halifax, Playhouse                                                Friday October 9

Southport, Atkinson Blues Festival                  Saturday October 10

Doncaster, The Dome                                         Friday October 16

Retford, The Elms                                                Saturday October 17

Sheffield, Greystones                                         Wednesday October 21

Edinburgh, The Caves                                          Thursday October 22

Glasgow, Nice N Sleazy                                       Friday October 23

Carlisle, The Venue                                             Saturday October 24

Salisbury, Arts Centre                                         Monday October 25

Exeter, Phoenix                                                   Tuesday October 27

Bridport Arts Centre                                          Wednesday October 28

Brighton, Komedia                                              Thursday October 29

Lincoln, Engine Shed                                           Saturday October  31

Ripley, Town Hall                                                 Saturday December 12

Newcastle, The Cluny                                         Sunday December 13

Morecambe, The Platform                                Monday December 14

Leeds, The Brudenell                                          Tuesday December 15

Bristol, The Tunnels                                             Wednesday December 16

Derby, The Flowerpot                                        Thursday December 17

Photo Credit: © Keith Newhouse
Photo Credit: © Keith Newhouse

You can find the review of ‘Lose Control’ here

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Uriah Heep - Totally Driven

British rock band Uriah Heep will release ‘Totally Driven‘ on mp3 November 13th & CD November 26th.

The release re-brands a previously released obscure re-records anthology and features 27 re-records made in 2001 including the hits ‘Lady in Black‘, ‘July Morning‘ and ‘Easy Livin’’.

Totally Driven‘ will be released as a 6 panel digi-pack with brand new custom artwork. The album features the band’s longest running line-up of Mick Box, Lee Kerslake, Phil Lanzon, Bernie Shaw and the late Trevor Bolder.

It is the first release on the band’s own Uriah Heep Records.

Track Listing:

Disc One:
1. Gypsy
2. Traveller In Time
3. Bird Of Prey
4. Sunrise
5. Rain
6. Come Away Melinda
7. Return To Fantasy
8. Look At Yourself
9. Come Back To Me
10. The Easy Road
11. Sweet Freedom
12.Why Did You Go?
13. July Morning
14. Easy Livin’

Disc Two:
1. Between two Worlds
2. Only The Young
3. Different World
4. Love In Silence
5. Blind Eye
6. Wonderworld
7. Stealin’
8. Time To Revelation
9. Cross That Line
10. More Fool You
11. Universal Wheels
12. The Golden Palace
13. Lady In Black

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The Day The Earth Stopped Turning artwork

You now have the chance to listen to a track from the upcoming album ‘The Day The Earth Stopped Turning‘ from the Carsten Lizard Schulz Syndicate.

Postcards From Hell‘ so written by Carsten Lizard Schulz and Shakra‘s Thomas Muster and features Markus Kullmann, Steffen Seeger, Holger Seeger, Thomas Hutch Bauer & Oliver Güttinger.

Mixed by Rolf Munkes.

The Day The Earth Stopped Turning