Therion Singer Linnéa Vikström Releases New Single ‘Aliens’

The Big Bang, space travel, black holes, singularity, aliens, stars colliding and the inevitable end of the universe: the solo debut from internationally praised metal singer Linnéa Vikström spans time from modern day science to the eternal, philosophical questions regarding the beginning, the end and life beyond our own planet.

As the singer for the Swedish symphonic metal phenomenon Therion, Linnea Vikström already has a worldwide fanbase. But when she makes her solo debut as QFT (Quantum Field Theory) we get to meet a completely new side of the beloved singer. The first single from the upcoming album, ‘Aliens‘ is out now through Despotz Records.

Aliens‘ is one of the songs of the album that stands out the most, both in terms of style and theme,“explains Vikstrom. “This song is sci-fi fantasy, me and the band setting out on an interstellar journey. The pre-chorus is based on an old AOR song I wrote a few years ago and drummer Georg Härnsten Egg made the riff come alive. It was a real team effort and we are all really proud to finally present it to you!

The upcoming album, ‘Live In Space‘ is a dynamic and musically diversified theme album about the universe, where the ten tracks are beautifully bound together by Linnéa’s enormous vocal range and clear vision. The result is a detailed journey through space and time, that won’t leave anyone unaffected. ‘Live In Space‘ is an album where both the music and the lyrics offer you much to discover.


Salems Lott Release New Music Video For ‘Shattered to Pieces’

Hollywood based rockers Salem’s Lott have released a new video for the track ‘Shattered to Pieces‘ from their new upcoming album ‘Mask Of Morality‘ to be released on April 6. 2018.

Salems Lott guitarist Jett has checked in with the following comment:

This track is a very universal song as most people have had to deal with the sudden affliction of sickness or loss of those who are close to them and the accompanying forms of grief, anger and acceptance. It’s very different from the band’s previous work and showcases a diversity in the band’s sound.


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Monroe Black – Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jett – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kay – Lead Bass, Vocals
Tony F. Corpse – Drums


Jaded Heart Release New Single ‘One World’

The melodic metal quintet Jaded Heart has released its new single ‘One World‘ today! It’s accompanied by a video.

Jaded Heart are going to release their new album ‘Devil’s Gift‘ on March 30, 2018 via Massacre Records. The  album was mixed and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork.

Devil’s Gift‘, which is also available as a limited edition Digipak CD with exclusive bonus tracks, is a melodic metal gem full of power, melody and attitude! You can pre-order it here:

Track listing:

1. Wasteland
2. The Enemy
3. Set Free
4. Scream Of Anger
5. Tears Of Our World
6. Phoenix
7. One World
8. Story Of My Life
9. Coming Home
10. Conspiracy Of Science
11. Final Moment
12. Black Days (Digipak Bonus)
13. Flying High (Digipak Bonus)

Live Dates:
31.03.2018 NL Landgraaf – Oefenbunker
01.04.2018 DE Monheim – Sojus 7
25.05.2018 DE Zweibrücken – ACH Eventhalle
26.05.2018 FR Saint-Vincent-de-Mercuze/Grenoble – Salle Des Fêtes (Metalgresifest VIII)
02.06.2018 DE Bochum – Matrix
28.07.2018 CH Röthenbach bei Herzogenbuchsee – Winkelgrube (Waldrock Open Air)
11.08.2018 CH Zweisimmen/Mannried – Turnplatz Mannried (Mannried Open Air)

Official Website


20th Century Music To Release Wicked Witch Material

Continuing their quest to unleash unreleased music from noteworthy hard rock bands across the globe, 20th Century Music will be releasing Wicked Witch‘s ‘Wicked Witch of Boston‘ on 27 April 2018.

Comprised of members that went on to join and form bands such as Savatage, Metal Church, Trans Siberian Orchestra and Circle II Circle, Wicked Witch came to light when Zak Stevens and guitarist Matt Leff met while at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA and then added the Boston based rhythm section of Mark Stewart and Jeff Plate, with whom they recorded several demos and slugged it out on the highly competitive New England club circuit.

From 1989 – 92 Wicked Witch did about 200 shows and two demos, the first with Bob St. John (Extreme, Duran Duran, etc) and the other with Paul David Hager (Van Halen, Devo, etc). After features in Metal Edge and some strong radio support, Zak left the band after a show at the Xfinity Center Ampitheatre in Boston to join Savatage, with Plate following the next year.  Matt Leff then put together the band Trigger Effect and would later rejoin former Wicked Witch bandmates Stevens and Plate in Machines of Grace.

Wicked Witch of Boston‘ features rare photos and the band’s history, as told by Leff in a 16 page booklet and the first 100 orders will also receive a guitar pick replica.

Track list:

01 – Fly Away

02 – Rainbow’s End

03 – Love Lies

04 – Live and Let live

05 – Danger Game

06 – Love Teacher

07 – Lost in Confusion

08 – Soul to Fire

09 – This Time

10 – Breakdown

11 – Just a Game

12 – The Moment

13 –  Midnight Rain

Wicked Witch of Boston‘ can be pre-ordered from here

Review: HRH AOR 6 – Day 1

HRH AOR 6 – Day 1 – 08-03-2018

Hafan Y Mor, Pwllheli

Review : Stephen Brophy (SB), Peter Scallan (PS)

Photography : Stephen Brophy 

The beginning of March always means the annual trip to North Wales for the HRH AOR Festival, so an excited Rockposer Dot Com Team begins the pilgrimage from Ireland and Scotland at an ungodly hour on a Thursday morning. Sleep and comfort are pretty irrelevant over a Festival weekend, the important things are the music and the people.

The first night of the Festival is a thank you to the VIP ticket holders and features a shortened lineup and just an evening setup on the Main Arena Stage. This year sees four Artists that are familiar to all, taking up the baton this year – Dante Fox, Newman, Eclipse and the legend that is Joe Lynn Turner.

Dante Fox  (SB)

To open up any Festival can be a daunting enough task and that’s irrelevant of your level of experience, in many ways you are the test bed for sound and lights Dante Fox took to the stage and looked eager to get everyone smiling and off to a great start. It has to be said that there were some issues with the sound to begin with, certainly too loud with everything becoming a little distorted, but that didn’t seem to stop anyone enjoying the bands set, which is a mix of songs from 2016’s ‘Breathless‘ album, the title track was worth the admission fee on its own, and also including some of the reworkings from last year’s ‘Six String Revolver‘.

Always a pleasure to watch Tim Manford play, clearly loves what he does and always has a great tone. Another highlight is ‘Firing My Heart‘ which is always a song that picks everything up, and this is a really nice way to start the Festival and Sue, Tim, Alan and Scott as always put in the maximum effort.

Newman  (PS)

I missed Dante Fox due to lack of hot water and electricity in my caravan but got there in time for Newman. Considering my AOR connections, I really should know more about these guys but I don’t! They have released 11 albums in 20 years but I have only heard the odd track.

Fronted by guitarist/singer Steve Newman the band were one of the few on the weekend bill I would genuinely tag as AOR. They sounded pretty tight and musically adept but the mix let them down a little. Having heard some stuff before, I know Steve is a pretty good guitarist but he was focusing purely on vocals tonight and they occasionally let the side down, especially on the higher notes which can be difficult to hit if the onstage sound is poor. None the less the crowd certainly enjoyed their set.

Eclipse  (SB)

Over the last few years Sweden’s Eclipse have steadily built on a growing reputation as one of the best live bands on the Melodic Rock scene, always brimming with positive energy power and no shortage of talent. Having released one of the top Melodic Rock albums of 2017 in ‘Monumentum‘, a lot of people were interested to see how those new songs would work live.

Right from the moment Erik bounds onto the stage there are no doubts about what’s to come and one of those new tracks ‘Vertigo‘ blasts off getting the crowd into the mood from the start. This evening we are treated to tracks from the last 3 excellent releases and why not, it’s hard to go wrong, but it’s not easy to pick highlights from a set full of highlights, every time you see them something has improved with Eclipse, because they are playing more the interaction with the audience is definitely better.

This is certainly one of the performances of the weekend for me, it’s great to hear the crowd singing along to an epic version of ‘Battlegrounds‘, or the way they place ‘Live Like I’m Dying Every Day‘ to vary the pace and balance things out, but this band are at their very best for me when they are at full pace, ‘Bleed And Scream‘ and ‘Never Look Back‘ fly past all too quickly, but as I scan the crowd as we go along more fists are raised, more people are singing and there is that big of a special feeling, if they continue as they are going Eclipse will be headlining these Festivals soon, as if they needed any more Philip Crusner (Drums) has pumped the guys up even more and added even more fire and passion, this band is brilliant to watch as always.

Joe Lynn Turner  (PS)

Joe Lynn Tuner needs no introduction and not surprisingly he drew heavily on his Rainbow days for this AOR set. His band was superb and provide a very early Rainbow/Deep Purple backdrop for Turner to weave his magic. With two songs from ‘Bent of Shape‘ and the hit singles from the other Rainbow albums it was a safe set, with some calling it boring, but not in my opinion.


He also touched on his Malmsteen era but I was disappointed he didn’t do ‘Heaven Tonight‘. However, the highlight for me was the inclusion of ‘Endlessly‘ from his first post-Rainbow album ‘Rescue You‘. It was a genuine moment of AOR bliss for me. Finally, in addition to his own Rainbow career he dedicated a version of ‘Long Live Rock’n’Roll‘ to Ronnie James Dio. While the band eased through the song, it didn’t really work for JLT in my opinion. None the less, a great closing set for the first night.


Great start to the weekend, as always HRH AOR isn’t just about the bands you see on the stage, but also the friends old and new you meet around the venues, and Thursday night you can’t move but to bump into someone, friends or band members, the atmosphere is great and there’s definitely a lot of fun to be had at Hafan Y Mor over this weekend.

Monument Release ‘Attila’ Lyric Video/Single

British Heavy Metal Band Monument have released a lyric video for the new single ‘Attila‘, the song is taken from their third studio album ‘Hellhound‘, to be out on May 25th, 2018 via ROAR Rock Of Angels Records.

Peter Ellis, the voice of Monument quotes: “Attila was one of these men of history who were more like a forces of nature than human beings and I felt that the music I had for the song fitted him perfectly so I wrote the lyrics based around his story. I am very proud of how this song came together.

The album, consisting of 9 plus 3 bonus  tracks of pure British heavy metal, will also be available in a limited 500 copy Boxset version, red, yellow and orange marbled double vinyl and on black vinyl (9 tracks only).

The box set includes:

  • Hellhound” Limited Digipack CD
  • Hellhound” Red/Yellow/Orange Marbled Double Vinyl (Boxset Exclusive Vinyl)
  • Artwork / Band Photo Poster
  • Signed Postcard
  • William Kidd” Official Flag 150x100cm
  • Monument Logo Patch

All MonumentHellhound‘ packages can be pre-ordered here

Hellhound“ Tracklist (9 Track Standard Versions):

Jewel Case CD

1. William Kidd
2. The Chalice
3. Death Avenue
4. Nightrider
5. Hellhound
6. Wheels of Steel
7. The End
8. Attila
9. Straight Through the Heart

Black Vinyl

Side A:
1. William Kidd
2. The Chalice
3. Death Avenue
4. Nightrider
5. Hellhound

Side B:
1. Wheels of Steel
2. The End
3. Attila
4. Straight Through the Heart

Hellhound‘ Tracklist (12 Track Limited Edition):

Limited Digipack CD:

1. William Kidd
2. The Chalice
3. Death Avenue
4. Nightrider
5. Hellhound
6. Wheels of Steel
7. The End
8. Attila
9. Straight Through the Heart

(Bonus Tracks):

10. Creatures of the Night
11. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rainbow Cover)
12. Deja vu (Iron Maiden Cover)

Red/Yellow/Orange Marbled Double Vinyl (Boxset Exclusive Vinyl):

Side A:
1. William Kidd
2. The Chalice
3. Death Avenue

Side B:
1. Nightrider
2. Hellhound
3. Wheels of Steel

Side C:
1. The End
2. Attila
3. Straight Through the Heart

Side D (Bonus Tracks):
1. Creatures of the Night
2. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rainbow Cover)
3. Deja vu (Iron Maiden Cover)

Line up:

Peter Ellis: Vocals
Dan Baune: Guitars
Lewis Stephens: Guitars
Daniel Bate: Bass
Gio Durst: Drums

Official Website


Felskinn Premiere ‘Rain Will Fall’ Music Video

Swiss heavy rock band, Felskinn, feat. MaxxwellKrokus and Live/Wire members, have released a new music video for ‘Rain Will Fall‘, the song is taken from their debut album, ‘Mind Over Matter‘, out now via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records.


  1. Close Your Eyes
  2. Pictures In My Dreams
  3. Dying Man
  4. The Night Before The Dawn
  5. Our Favorite Game
  6. Bastards Out
  7. Break New Ground
  8. Superhero
  9. Rain Will Fall
  10. Mind Over Matter
  11. Wake Up On Mars
  12. I Hear You Calling

On the Album, Mike Terrana (RAGE, TARJA TURUNEN) laid down the drum tracks at Hansen Studios in Denmark, recorded by Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PRIMAL FEAR, PRETTY MAIDS). The rest was recorded in Switzerland „with a little help” of former Bandmates Jgor Gianola (U.D.O, JORN, GOTTHARD) and Mandy Meyer (UNISONIC, KROKUS, GOTTHARD) on lead guitars.

Upcoming Live Shows:

07. May – Kofmehl, Solothurn, CH
12. May – Metbar, Lenzburg, CH
19. May – Kulturwerk 118, Sursee, CH
26. May – Hall Of Fame, Wetzikon, CH w/ Crystal Ball + King Zebra
04. July – Schüür, Luzern, CH

Line up:

Andy Portmann – Vocals (Krokus, Ain’t Dead Yet, Meyer/Portmann)
Cyril Montavon – Guitars (Maxxwell)
Hef Häfliger – Guitars (Maxxwell)
Beat Schaub – Bass (Live/Wire)
Flavio Mezzodi – Drums (Krokus)

Official Website


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