Following the devastating global effect Covid-19 has had on the music industry and live events, Iron Road Management have decided to take their known live events onto the digital road instead!

Saturday 18th July 2020 at 18:30-23:30 GMT will see live stream performances from four bands Wolf Jaw, Hollowstar, Black Tree Vultures and False Hearts, interviews and interactive Q&A sessions. The event will be hosted by Pete K Mally and Natalie Asteria. Tickets are £12.50 per bubble.

Regardless of if you have a very large bubble, an average sized bubble or your bubble is on the smaller side… we don’t judge! So come join us for a night of socially distanced rock n roll! After all, we are all in this together…….apart!

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Ahead of the album launch on July 17th of Jack J Hutchinson‘s new album ‘Who Feeds The Lockdown‘ (review Here), he has released an Official video for ‘Autumn Leaves‘.

The album is available via the Jack J Hutchinson Band’s own Psychedelic String Records label on 180g purple and black vinyl, CD and download.

Hutchinson comments: “This is essentially the setlist that audiences would have seen us play live over the summer festival season. Unfortunately touring has been suspended for the foreseeable future, but it doesn’t mean the music has to stop. “We’ve put together a high octane set of our most adrenaline fueled material. It is meant to be played loud and proud…let’s just say it might be time to inform your neighbours that 17 July is gonna get a bit heavier!” Explaining the reasons for putting the release out on vinyl, Hutchinson says: “It is a response to everything shifting online during lockdown. It’s time to put something back in people’s hands.

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Scandi rockers Brother Firetribe have announced details of their brand new album ‘Feel The Burn‘.

Feel The Burn‘ will be released on September 18th, 2020.

Tracklisting:

1. I Salute You
2. Arianne
3. Night Drive
4. Chariot Of Fire
5. Bring On The Rain
6. Love Is A Beautiful Lie
7. Ticking Away
8. Battle Ground
9. Candle In The Window
10. Rock In The City

Vinyl and Cd Pre-orders starts soon!

Line up:

Vocals – Pekka Ansio Heino
Guitars – Roope Riihijärvi
Keyboards – Tomi Nikulainen
Bass/Backing vocals – Jason Flinck
Drums – Hannes Pirilä

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The Dead Daisies will release a new EP ‘The Lockdown Sessions‘ on July 17th.

The band’s fifth studio album ‘Holy Ground’ was due to be released this year followed by a world tour, however the coronavirus pandemic meant the band were forced to cancel both.

The Dead Daisies have signed a new record deal with SPV, and have confirmed that ‘Holy Ground’ will now be released on Friday 22nd January 2021.

The Dead Daisies guitarist and founder David Lowy says “As soon as it had become clear that our tour and album release would have to be postponed until 2021, we recorded these acoustic tracks with our fans in mind. ‘The Lockdown Sessions’ is our way to stay in touch with everyone despite the global restrictions.

Singer Glenn Hughes adds: “Love is the answer & Music is the healer, let’s rock n’ roll together.

The Lockdown Sessions’ consists of stripped back versions of recent Dead Daisies tracks ‘Unspoken’ and Righteous Days, plus a cover of the Humble Pie track ‘30 Days In The Hole’.

The final track is a cover version of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song ‘Fortunate Son’, which features drummer Deen Castronovo on vocals.

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Canadian thrash legends Anonymus recently unleashed their 12th album ‘La Bestia‘ on June 12th via label Bam&co Heavy. Known for their discography of both French and English releases, ‘La Bestia‘ is their first full length that is completely in Spanish. You may be asking why a Spanish album? Well since 3/4 of the band speaks Spanish. Drummer Carlos Araya is Chilean born, and Oscar (Lead Vocals and Bass) and Dan Souto (Guitars and Backing Vocals) are sons of Spanish immigrants it was time to make one.

The band reveals the story behind the track:

This song is inspired by all the movies that we saw over the years that related to the machines that are taking over humans. We are not very far away from that, except that it’s not happening in the way that we thought. I mean who can live now without an iPhone or iPad or living without the internet and Google, YouTube, Facebook. Ok maybe it’s not like the movies in which humans were attacked by malefic robots, but it’s a different attack and we are losing the battle.

The tracks on ‘La Bestia‘ were produced mainly by guitarist Jef Fortin as well as Colin Richardson who also produced 1999’s ‘Instinct‘ and Jean-Francois Dagenais (Kataklysm) who produced 2006’s ‘Chapter Chaos Begins‘. The album also features the bilingual song ‘Violencia Versus Violence‘ with the participation of Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno Dhenain Le Bourhis of Black Bomb A (FR) along with a second bilingual track ‘Tierra‘ with Marco Calliari singing in Italian.

With over 2.5 million streams on Spotify, Anonymus is showing no signs of slowing down. Fans of thrash metal standbys such as Slayer and Testament will no doubt be intrigued by this new offering.

La Bestia‘ album stream and download on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer Here.

Track Listing:
1. Bajo Presión (3:31)
2. Bicho Loco (3:58)
3. Sobrevivir (4:11)
4. Violencia Versus Violence (featuring Carlos Maldos of Lethal Creation (MX) and Arno from Black Bomb A) (4:33)
5. La Bestia (5:22)
6. Máquinas (3:32)
7. Cada loco con su tema (5:37)
8. Tierra ( Produced by Colin Richardson and Featuring Marco Calliari) (4:01)
9. Terremoto  (Produced by Jef Dagenais (Kataklysm) (3:08)
Album Length: 37:57

Line Up:
Oscar Souto -Vocals/ Bass
Daniel Souto – Guitar/ Back Vocals
Jef Fortin -Guitar/ Back Vocals
Carlos Araya -Drums/ Back Vocals

Legendary rock band Jefferson Starship (featuring David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson, Chris Smith, and Jude Gold) has announced the release of their new EP, ‘Mother of the Sun‘, their first collection of new songs in 12 years.

Mother of the Sun‘ will be released via Golden Robot Records will hit stores and streaming platforms on August 21. The seven tracks include two songs co-written by original Jefferson Starship/Jefferson Airplane members — ‘It’s About Time‘ co-written with Grace Slick and another co-written with Marty Balin. The collection also features the return of original Jefferson Starship member Pete Sears, who plays bass on three tracks.

Paul Kantner was our bandleader and the visionary who kept Jefferson Starship going through so many eras,” says Richardson. “He inspired so much about this record, from the messages in the lyrics to the title and album art to the collaborative process of creating music as a band with some of his original muses – Grace, Marty, and Pete. ‘Mother of the Sun‘ is dedicated to PK.

While Jefferson Starship‘s current members have been touring incessantly (including playing five continents with Kantner before his passing in 2016), Kantner’s final “crew” has mostly been riding out the pandemic in their homes. That hasn’t stopped them from planning a massive 2021 tour to support ‘Mother of the Sun‘, though, as new dates will be announced this fall.

Track Listing:

It’s About Time
What Are We Waiting For?
Setting Sun
Runaway Again
Embryonic Journey’
Don’t Be Sad Anymore
What Are We Waiting For? (Extended version)

Jefferson Starship features founding singer/multi-instrumentalist David Freiberg (who was also in Jefferson Airplane during the band’s final year), longtime drummer Donny Baldwin (who joined Jefferson Starship in 1982 and also played and sang on many hits of the band’s Starship era), lead singer Cathy Richardson (whom Kantner recruited in 2008), 25-year member Chris Smith on keyboards, and lead guitarist Jude Gold, who joined in 2012.

The current lineup of Jefferson Starship is dedicated to breathing new life into this timeless music in their live shows. Massive hits such as ‘Jane‘, ‘Miracles‘, ‘White Rabbit‘, ‘Somebody to Love‘, ‘Volunteers‘, ‘We Built This City‘, and ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now‘ continue to reverberate in pop culture all over the world. Whether in the studio or on tour, the five members still enjoy pushing sonic boundaries, passionately trying to change the world, and staying true to the original spirit of all things Jefferson Starship.

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Kent-based ‘blues stained’ hard rock act Gallows Circus have been building quite a formidable reputation across the country with their unmissable brand of hard and heavy rock. Their influences are myriad; from the power of Zeppelin through the melodic genius of Thin Lizzy, onto the modern blues-rock of Rival Sons and the hard edge of Soundgarden, Gallows Circus manage to make a sound all of their own.

Hell’s Whiskey’ is the first taste of the band’s upcoming second EP (due September 2020), which sees the acclaimed quartet demonstrating a more focussed, intensely melodic, and hard-hitting sound.

The band are coming out swinging!

Line up:

Ian Day – Vocals

Ben Attwood – Guitars

Steve Kitchener – Drums

Richard Tunbridge – Bass

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For decades, Rik Emmett has been a prolific recording artist – whether it be as a member of Triumph, offering solo material, or collaborating with others.  And now, fans will be able to enjoy quite a few of his solo releases once again – which covers a wide variety of styles.

Round Hill Records have reissued 11 solo Rik recordings in the digital format, including ‘Ten Invitations’ (1998), ‘Swing Shift‘ (1998), ‘Raw Quartet‘ (1999), ‘Live at Berklee‘ (2000), ‘Handiwork‘ (2003), ‘Good Faith‘ (2003), ‘Strung-Out Troubadours‘ (2006), ‘Live at Hugh’s Room‘ (2007), ‘Liberty Manifesto‘ (2007), ‘Push & Pull‘ (2009), and ‘Marco’s Secret Songbook‘ (2012):

As my loyal fans will tell you, I’m not the kind of artist who spends a lot of time and energy looking back,” explains Rik.  “But it has been nice to feel there’s a partner who places value on the history of my work beyond the Triumph years.  I don’t think of myself as a difficult artist:  I’d like to think I’m easy-going and cooperative.  But I have a lot of decades of experience in the music business, and I know that an eclectic catalogue of music like this presents Round Hill with some, ummm, unique challenges. It’s gratifying to find patronage that can breathe new life and energy into the public’s awareness of the catalogue.  I’m glad that Round Hill respects the work I did, and the music I made.  My heart and soul is in this collection.  So I only hope the best for Round Hill, as they try to make the digital universe of the 21st century, with its infinite challenges, aware of a humble troubadour from Canada.

For Triumph fans who may just be discovering these solo Rik titles, its creator discussed the differences between the two.  “There’s no comparison to be made, really:  separate universes.  The first album of this new Round Hill catalogue dates from 1996.  I had already been out of Triumph for over 8 years, and by then, had fully transitioned away from any attempts to make mainstream, charting, music-business kinds of projects.  I was simply pursuing personal artistic goals, and I had a loyal group of fans – patrons, really – who would indulge that, making it self-sufficient.  Many of these albums were about testing my chops, writing and playing instrumental compositions, or exploring styles of music-making that had nothing to do with rock.  These albums represent an artistic learning curve of my own digital studio, my own production, my own composing.  The hints of prolific eclecticism that a keen Triumph fan might have found back in the 70’s and 80’s is fully in evidence in this catalogue that spans 1998 to 2012.”

Every album has its moments.  Would you ask a parent to choose a favorite child?  I love things about all of them, for different reasons. ‘Swing Shift‘ has some personal highlights:  I’d waited all my life to try and put original songs like ‘Taste of Steel‘ and ‘Mr. Bebop‘ on an album:  and the ‘Live at Berklee‘ CD was a unique, crazy night … I’m also very proud of the collaborations with Dave Dunlop on the Troubadours albums, especially ‘State of Grace‘ and ‘Deeper Kind of Blue‘.  And if any fans are looking for hard rock, the ‘Airtime Liberty Manifesto‘ album I did with Mike Shotton is a heavy-progressive project.  There are some songwriting gems on ‘Marco’s Secret Songbook‘, too:  ‘Hope‘ is a song I really love, and ‘Between The Dreams‘ has an ‘epic’ dimension in my imagination.  I guess the ‘favorite’ thing I feel about the entire collection, is the depth and breadth of my songwriting.  I’m really glad Round Hill is giving the world another chance to give it all a listen.

And lastly, what about future projects? “I never stop writing.  My notebook has 3 songs on the go, right now.  My own website has new downloads out for a collection of 24 tracks entitled ‘Folk Songs for the Farewell Bonfire‘.  And I’ve just completed a book of poetry, which I’m currently shopping around.  Also, in early stages of development:  a memoir / autobiography, and a select compilation of the over-2,000 pages of fan forum blogging I’ve done on my site since it launched a few decades back.  Plus, I collaborate on videos for endorsement partners (doin’ some country chicken-pickin’, next week), do a bit of co-writing, and participate in some charity initiatives.  So I’m keeping busy, creatively.

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Rik Emmett Catalogue
Ten Invitations
Swing Shift
Raw Quartet
Live at Berklee
Handiwork
Good Faith
Strung-Out Troubadours
Live at Hugh’s Room
Liberty Manifesto
Push & Pull
Marco’s Secret Songbook

Calgary’s Osyron are proud to unleash their new album ‘Foundations‘, out now, as of July 10th. The album is an immersive exploration of Canadian history and identity, speaking on topics on the country’s colonization to the mistreatment and recognition of Aboriginals to the country’s participation in global warfare. Although it is not a conceptual release, it does bear a consistent theme across nearly the entirety of the record. For fans of Nightwish, Dream Theater, and Wintersun; Osyron is progressive, powerful metal with a knack for engaging storytelling.

The band comments:

We believe that the album will both surprise and challenge our current and new fans while still bringing back the big elements we are most known for (hooks, huge layered sections, melodies, and finger-twisting riffs, etc). This album is meant to be digested as an immersive exploration of Canadian history and identity. Delving into sensitive topics such as cultural genocide, racism, and segregation. It touches on more communal elements of emotion such as loss, pain, hope, and perspective of faith.

Overall, ‘Foundations’ is a view into an unseen and rarely explained/talked about topics; human nature. We wanted to bring to life on the very foundations that Canada as a nation was built; the bloodshed, war, and assimilation of different ethnic groups (mostly First Nations) that cultivated into what we know as Canada today, as well as the very fabric that the complex, diverse culture of Canadians share.

We hope we perfectly blend art with history, expression with emotion, and opinion with reason. ‘Foundations’ is but a chapter in a young nation’s history book, that just completed its prologue.

Along with the album’s release, Osyron are sharing with fans a personal and very detailed Behind The Scenes documentary video that grants insights into the process of birthing”Foundations”. The band talks about their sound experiences of creating and thereby covers the steps of making an album, all the way from the first ideas and motivations through writing, recording, mixing, and mastering.

And if that’s not enough for making it a perfect release week, guitarists Bobby and Krzysztof proudly announce that they are now officially endorsed Solar Guitars artists. The brand, founded by The Haunted guitarist and YouTube guitar icon Ola Englund, offers high-quality instruments for everyone from amateurs to studio pros and touring musicians – showing a strong focus on innovation and fair pricing while sticking to the highest possible standards. Solar Guitars works with artists such as Marcus Siepen (Blind Guardian), Jonas Wolf (Eluveitie), or Johan Bergebäck (Necrophobic), only to name a few.

Osyron‘s new album ‘Foundations‘ is available on Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Deezer HERE.

Album CD and digital download via Bandcamp HERE.

Track Listing:
1. The Cross (5:01)
2. Ignite (4:33)
3. Battle of The Thames (6:51)
4. The Ones Below (3:54)
5. Foundations (8:20)
Album Length: 28:41

Line Up:
Krzysztof Stalmach (Guitar)
Cody Anstey (Drums)
Bobby Harley (Guitar)
Reed (Vocals)
Tyler Corbett (Bass)

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