Lionheart – Second Nature To Be Released August 25th

Lionheart was formed in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Iron Maiden), Jess Cox (lead vocals, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), Steve Mann (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Liar), Rocky Newton (bass guitar/backing vocals, ex-Wildfire) and Frank Noon (drums, ex-Def Leppard). The band began playing gigs including regular shows at London’s Marquee Club but had problems maintaining a consistent line-up. The core personnel of Dennis, Steve and Rocky remained but various singers passed through the band including Rueben Archer, John Farlham and Bob Hawthorn. They eventually settled as a 4-piece with Dennis and Rocky sharing lead vocal duties. The drummer’s stool was variously occupied by Les Binks (ex Judas Priest), Niko McBrain (ex Trust and subsequently Iron Maiden) and Clive Edwards (ex Wild Horses).

Between 1981 and 1984 Lionheart played regular live shows and filled the support slot for tours by both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. In between gigs they spent many hours writing and recording demos of new songs while searching for a record deal. It wasn’t until 1984 that CBS Records in the USA offered them a contract, by which time they had recruited Chad Brown on lead vocals. They flew over to Los Angeles in March 1984 to record their debut album Hot Tonight with Kevin Beamish in the production chair and session man Bob Jenkins, who had previously worked with Leo Sayer and Kiki Dee, on drums. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and mixed at Kendun Recorders.

Upon their return to the England Lionheart recorded a high-budget video for the single ‘Die For Love‘. The late comic genius Rik Mayall played the part of the mad professor, which in later years achieved cult status on YouTube due in part to the wonderfully wooden acting of the band! Unfortunately, planned UK tours as support to Kansas and Foreigner were cancelled at the last moment. Promotion of the album suffered and Lionheart found themselves in limbo. Chad Brown left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Keith Murrell, with Toby Sadler coming in on keyboards. More demos were recorded with the new line-up but unfortunately the momentum had been lost and the band eventually broke up. Rocky went on to record backing vocals on 2 Def Leppard albums and join Michael Schenker with Steve, while Dennis spent 15 years with Praying Mantis.

In 2016 Dave Herron, promoter of the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, asked Lionheart to reunite for one performance and all original members, apart from Chad Brown, did so. The reunion created quite a stir, not least within the band itself, and it was decided to carry on with the subsequent recording of a new album followed by an acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock.

The new record, ‘Second Nature‘, was created between November 2016 and May 2017 and was produced, engineered and mastered by Steve Mann in his own studio in Hannover. A mini tour of Japan with Praying Mantis was scheduled for June/July with further UK shows with Airrace in November/December. The album release on AOR Heaven throughout Europe is set for 25th August.

Soundclips:

Lionheart – 30 Years (Edit)

Lionheart – Angels With Dirty Faces (Edit)

Lionheart – Give Me The Light (Edit)

 

Live with Praying Mantis:

30/06/2017 Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka – Japan

01/07/2017 Toyosu PIT – Tokyo – Japan

Live with Airrace:

30/11/2017 Fuel – Cardiff – Wales

01/12/2017 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton – England

02/12/2017 The Underworld – London – England

03/12/2017 Hard Rock Hell – Sheffield – England

05/12/2017 The Cluny – Newcastle – England

06/12/2017 Bannermans – Edinburgh – Scotland

Line up:

Lee Small (lead vocals)

Dennis Stratton (lead guitar / backing vocals)

Steve Mann (lead guitar / backing vocals)

Rocky Newton (bass guitar / backing vocals)

Clive Edwards (drums)

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RavenEye Release Official Video For ‘Come With Me’

Rockposer Dot Com! favorites RavenEye have just released an Official Video For ‘Come With Me‘, taken off their ‘Nova‘ album.

After an already hectic 2017 , the band are not easing up. Instead they’re about to set off on a 16-date US tour, starting in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Thursday 6th July and finishing in Houston, Texas three weeks later.

Line up:

Oli Brown, guitar/lead vocals
Aaron Spiers, bass/backing vocals
Adam Breeze, drums/backing vocals

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The Dead Daisies Set To Rock Woodstock Poland With The Gorzow Orchestra

High Octane, rip-roaring hard rockers The Dead Daisies are proud to announce a monumental return to Woodstock Poland featuring in a gripping headline performance at a special ‘Concert For Freedom‘ with The Gorzow Philharmonic Orchestra on August 3rd, 2017.

Founder & President of Woodstock Poland, Jurek Owsiak has the following thoughts on The Dead Daisies and their return to his Festival:

“Woodstock 1969 became an incredible spark which inspired all freedom thinkers of the world to face their biggest challenge yet – striving to achieve freedom, independence, truth, and try to build a true fraternity of people across the globe. For people in Poland, it became an inspiration to take a very important step on the road to regaining freedom and true independence. It was thanks to music, thanks to artists, who gave voice to our dreams which, 25 years ago, resulted in the creation of Polish solidarity and our Polish independence. We are so proud to say that it has been 23 years since we began to send the message of peace. It is especially important in such turbulent times as now. We are very grateful that thanks to artists like you, and amazing initiatives like The Dead Daisies and their songs about freedom, we are able to nurture and develop these everlasting ideals. The spirit of freedom permeates the globe, unstoppable like the wind, and it reminds us that despite the different skin colors or creeds we are all united by the ideals of Love, Friendship, and Music.” 

In the middle of a World Tour supporting the release of their new Live Album – Live & Louder, Doug Aldrich said the following: “We are very, very, excited to be involved in the Woodstock Festival again this year. We will be performing with a sixty-piece orchestra!! It has been a big dream to do that! The Dead Daisies set list is going to be a one off special in the name of Peace & Freedom just for this show. Can’t wait!!” 

Alongside the announcement, The Dead Daisies are releasing a new video today for ‘With You And I‘, which was fittingly filmed at the band’s inaugural performance at the Woodstock Festival last summer. It features imagery in line with values that the world seems to have sadly forgotten.

Singer John Corabi: “I think the lyrics to “With You And I” are especially relevant at the moment, you can’t turn the TV on and NOT see some sort of human decay anymore. We’re battling each other in so many ways, it’s disturbing. Be it political party differences, the struggle of black vs. white, religious differences, terrorism, famine, disease, pollution, climate change, etc. — nobody is working TOGETHER in any way to find answers to these issues, and communicate as adults!”

 Rock & Roll is indeed alive and well!!!

Line-up:

Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) – guitars

John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) – vocals

David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) – guitars

Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) – bass

Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) – drums

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Review: Broken Teeth – 4 On The Floor

Review: Broken Teeth – 4 On The Floor

EMP Label Group 2017

Reviewer: Grant Foster

Broken Teeth are the brainchild of Dangerous Toy singer Jason McMaster, this being album number eight in their canon, of a twenty year existence so far.

I have the first two in my collection –  the self titled debut and follow up, ‘Guilty Pleasure’ and those were very much a simplistic take on the AC/DC formula, but I haven’t heard any of the others, before I came across this release.

The production overall, is nice and meaty, with guitars high in the mix, although on the title overall track I thought the vocals could have done with being further up. But the tune itself bops along quite nicely in time honoured DC fashion.

Sinful’ is a lovely mid paced shuffle with some nice ZZ top style licks and a chorus that will eventually worm it’s way into your heads. It’s the change of pace as much as anything that helps this song stand out.

All or Nothing’ has a bass line reminiscent of Shot Down In Flames, although it’s a little bit formulaic to these ears.

Getcha Some’ boasts a lovely lyric of when you’re ‘young, face down and wasted’ and it’s very much a summer driving rock song.

Borrowed Time’ is a lot more laid back and bluesy with a nice groove. McMaster’s delivery is spot on here and it’s one of the stand out tracks. ‘House of Damnation’ is a up tempo romp, but average.

But ‘Let The War Machine Roll’, well, it’s almost like a horror film song, sounding really menacing and I’m sure this will go down a storm live……you could almost hear Dee Snider doing this!

Never Dead’ is a tribute to Lemmy…….and boy it could have been on 1916……’I believe in Motorhead, all the gauges in the red’, this really is a fine tune in it’s own right as well as being a nod to the late Motorhead icon. ‘All Day Sucker’, has a chorus that remains and grooves along with another nice change of pace.

Last tune is a cover of ‘Rock Bottom’ by Kiss. However good it is and it’s certainly passable, I’d have preferred another original.

So, to sum up, as I’ve only heard the first two BT releases, it’s certainly a step up from them. Yes, there are times when your mind wanders, but, you can’t deny that BT do this style of rock as good, if not better than most up there.


Robin Trower – New Album ‘Time and Emotion’ – Released 4 August 2017

Robin Trower is back with perhaps his best solo album since he was in his 40s. Considering Robin is 72, that’s saying a lot!  It is not that Trower’s recent efforts are not worthy, but rather that his latest release ‘Time and Emotion‘ is so damn good.

Following the Friday 4th August UK release of the album, Robin will perform his only concert in the UK this year at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 29th November. Tickets can be booked from the 24 HR Box Office: 08444 780 898 or booked from www.thegigcartel.com or the venue website. 

I can honestly say I don’t know when I have been happier with an album,” says Robin Trower. “I feel ‘Time and Emotion’ contains some of my very best work.

Trower’s smooth-as-butter guitar licks, screaming solos and ethereal bluesy vocals keep the listener hooked.  Robin has a vibe, a voice and a presence on his instrument that transcends time and space. He plays from the soul and he is as intoxicated from the music he creates as his listeners.
If you love electric guitar then you will love this album.   It is sly, sleek and soothing at times and rocking and rolling other times. This guy can play. It really is that simple.

Robin Trower’s Only UK Concert in 2017

London, Islington Assembly Hall  Wednesday 29 November

Tracklisting

  1. The Land Of Plenty
  2. What Was I Really Worth To You
  3. I’m Gone
  4. Bitten By The Snake
  5. Returned In Kind
  6. If You Believe In Me
  7. You’re The One
  8. Can’t Turn Back The Clock
  9. Make Up Your Mind
  10. Try Love
  11. Time and Emotion

Photo Credit: © Laurence Harvey

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Gods Of Silence To Release ‘Neverland’ Album In September,

Swiss melodic metal band, Gods Of Silence, will release it’s debut album ‘Neverland‘, on September 8 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.

Gods Of Silence‘s new album ‘Neverland‘, includes 11 tracks and was produced, mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69). The album/cover artwork was made by Stan W Decker (Masterplan, Vanden Plas, Resurrection Kings, Stryper).

Track listing

01. Gods of Silence (Intro)
02. Army of Liars
03. Against the Wall
04. Neverland
05. Full Moon
06. The Phoenix
07. Demons
08. Wonderful Years
09. Alone
10. You Mean Nothing More To Me
11. All My Life

Lineup

Gilberto Meléndez – Vocals (Maxxwell, ex Gonoreas)
Sammy Lasagni – Guitars (ex Kirk, Godiva, Granit)
Bruno Berger – Keyboards (ex Kirk, In Your Face)
Daniel Pfister – Bass (ex Kirk)
Philipp Eichenberger – Drums (Legenda Aurea, ex Kirk, PX-Pain)

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