American shred guitar legend Joe Stump returns with his newest effort ‘Symphonic Onslaught“, the anticipated follow up to his critically acclaimed 2015 release ‘The Dark Lord Rises‘ via Lion Music (Finland). ‘Symphonic Onslaught‘ can only be described as one fierce slab of guitar driven metal.

Symphonic Onslaught‘ contains everything you’ve come to expect from a Joe Stump solo release: Jaw dropping technical shred guitar pyrotechnics, dark classically influenced compositions containing strong melodies and killer riffs as well as the seamless blending of various schools of hard rock and metal music.

Once again this is another release that will appeal to both guitar enthusiasts as well as fans of guitar driven metal. Whether it’s the Hendrix meets Blackmore old school hard rock of Stratocastle or the black metal meets thrash meets power metal viciously heavy Facemelting Devastation or the neo-classically fueled Hit The Deck, Stump continues to proudly wear his influences on his
sleeve .

To those of you in guitar and metal circles, Joe Stump should need no introduction. The Shredlord has been raining down full throttle neoclassical /speed metal since ‘Guitar Dominance‘ was released over 25 years ago. He was named by Guitar One as one of the top 10 shredders of all time. By Guitar World as one of the 50 fastest players of all time and by Guitarist magazine as one of the top 20 shredders of all time. He has appeared in countless guitar and metal based publications, fanzines and webzines worldwide.

He has toured the world as both a solo artist and with metal bands Joe Stump’s Reign of Terror, HolyHell and Joe Stump’s Tower Of Babel. Joe has recently been announced as the new guitarist in the relaunching of Alcatrazz alongside legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet and original keyboard player Jimmy Waldo. A new Alcatrazz studio record as well as a world tour will follow.

Joe is also an Associate Professor at the esteemed Berklee College Of Music where he’s been the metal / shred guitar specialist for the last 25 years .

Symphonic Onslaught‘ marks Joe’s 11th solo release and once again the Shredlord continues to raise his game in every aspect.

Track Listing:

      1. Demonic Trance
      2. Hit The Deck
      3. On With The Action
      4. The Beast Within
      5. Facemelting Devastation
      6. The Road to Ruin
      7. Stratocastle
      8. Swedish Assassin
      9. From The Maestro’s Book
      10. Mayhem Ensuues
      11. The Bullet Train Express

    Musicians:

    Joe Stump – Guitars
    Francisco Palomo – Keyboards / Bass (HolyHell / ex-Cristal y Acero)
    Hector Jaramillo – Drums

    Produced by Joe Stump and Francisco Palomo.

    Official Joe Stump website

    Official Joe Stump Facebook page

The Ultimate Fortress Rock Set

Alcatrazz will release ‘The Ultimate Fortress‘ Rock Set on March 18th.

This is the ultimate Alcatrazz collection – with all their original albums, official bootleg bonus tracks and footage from 2 live concerts, one of which is previously unreleased.There is also a collectors logo sticker and booklet outlining all these recordings including some unique photographs. A must for all Alcatrazz and Graham Bonnet fans.You can pre-order it here

Track listing:

Disc: 1

  1. Island In The Sun
  2. General Hospital
  3. Jet To Jet
  4. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  5. Kree Nakoorie
  6. Incubus
  7. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  8. Big Foot
  9. Starcarr Lane
  10. Suffer Me(Tracks 1-10,No Parole For Rock N Roll)
  11. Kree Nakoorie
  12. Starcarr Lane
  13. Island In The Sun
  14. Big Foot
  15. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  16. General Hospital
  17. Incubus
  18. Suffer Me
  19. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  20. Jet To Jet(Tracks 11-20,Bonus Tracks – Original Instrumental Demo Sessions)

Disc: 2

  1. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  2. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  3. Night Games
  4. Big Foot
  5. Island In The Sun
  6. Kree Nakoorie
  7. Coming Bach
  8. Since You’ve Been Gone
  9. Suffer Me
  10. Desert Song
  11. Evil Eye
  12. Guitar Crash
  13. All Night Long
  14. Lost In Hollywood
  15. Kojo No Tsuki
  16. Something Else(Tracks 1-16,Live Sentence – Nakano Sun Plaza,Tokyo – 28th January 1984)

Disc: 3

  1. God Blessed Video
  2. Mercy
  3. Will You Be Home Tonight
  4. Wire And Wood
  5. Desert Diamond
  6. Stripper
  7. Painted Lover
  8. Lighter Shade Of Green
  9. Sons And Lovers
  10. Skyfire
  11. Breaking The Heart Of The City(Tracks 1-11,Disturbing The Peace)
  12. Glass Mountain
  13. Red Rum
  14. Alcatrazz Interview from 1983(Tracks 12-14,Bonus Tracks – Tomorrow’s Outlook feat.Graham Bonnet)

Disc: 4

  1. It’s My Life
  2. Undercover
  3. That Ain’t Nothin
  4. No Imagination
  5. Ohayo Tokyo
  6. Dangerous Games
  7. Blue Boar
  8. Only One Woman
  9. Witchwood
  10. Double Man
  11. Night Of The Shooting Star(Tracks 1-11,Dangerous Games)
  12. All Night Long(feat.George Lynch)
  13. The Badger
  14. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn(Tracks 13-15,Bonus Tracks Wind In The Willows – Hardin & York feat.Graham Bonnet)

Disc: 5

  1. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  2. General Hospital
  3. Kree Nakoorie
  4. Island In The Sun
  5. Evil Eye
  6. Since You’ve Been Gone
  7. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  8. Suffer Me
  9. Desert Song
  10. Jet To Jet(Tracks 1-10,Bonus Tracks-Alcatrazz & The Graham Bonnet Band Live At The Country Club,Raseda California-Alcatrazz 1983)
  11. All Night Long
  12. Love’s No Friend
  13. Since You’ve Been Gone
  14. Suffer Me
  15. Night Games
  16. Lost In Hollywood(Tracks 11-16,Escape From Alcatrazz-The Graham Bonnet Band Japan-June 2015)

Disc: 6

  1. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  2. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  3. Night Games
  4. Big Foot
  5. Island In The Sun
  6. Kree Nakoorie
  7. Coming Bach
  8. Since You’ve Been Gone
  9. Suffer Me
  10. Desert Song
  11. Evil Eye
  12. Guitar Crash
  13. All Night Long
  14. Lost In Hollywood
  15. Kojo No Tsuki
  16. Somethin Else(2 Live Concerts plus Bonus Footage,Tracks 1-16,Nakano Sun Plaza,Tokyo-January 1984)
  17. Breaking The Heart Of The City
  18. Jet To Jet
  19. Skyfire
  20. Sons And Lovers
  21. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  22. God Blessed Video
  23. Will You Be Home Tonight
  24. Kree Nakoorie
  25. Since You’ve Been Gone
  26. Painted Lover
  27. Suffer Me
  28. Stripper
  29. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  30. Kojo No Tsuki
  31. Night Games
  32. All Night Long(Tracks 17-32,Shinjuku Koseinenkin-Kaikan,Tokyo-October 1984)
  33. Too Young To Die,Too Drunk To Live
  34. Hiroshima Mon Amour
  35. Island In The Sun(Tracks 33-35 Bonus Footage-Rock Palace)
  36. Island In The Sun
  37. Hiroshima Mon Amour(Tracks 36-37 Bonus Footage-Original Promo Video)
  38. God Blessed Video
  39. Graham Bonnet Japanese TV Interview 1983(Disc 6 is DVD format)

This week it’s the turn of RPR owner & chief bottle washer Dan Mann to suggest 20 albums for your collection.

The Royal Court Of China - Geared And Primed

The Royal Court of China – Geared And Primed

Alcatrazz - Disturbing The Peace

Alcatrazz – Disturbing The Peace

Hittman – Hittman

Hittman – Hittman

Sea Hags – Sea Hags

Sea Hags – Sea Hags

Metal Church –  Metal Church

Metal Church – Metal Church

Malice – License To Kill

Malice – License To Kill

Racer X – Second Heat

Racer X – Second Heat

Open Skyz – Open Skyz

Open Skyz – Open Skyz

Tommy Shaw – Ambition

Tommy Shaw – Ambition

Warrior – Fighting For The Earth

Warrior – Fighting For The Earth

1st Avenue – Tears & Triumph

1st Avenue – Tears & Triumph

Aces High – Forgive And Forget

Aces High – Forgive And Forget

Foreigner – Unusual Heat

Foreigner – Unusual Heat

Bloodline – Bloodline

Bloodline – Bloodline

Blindstone – Freedom’s Calling

Blindstone – Freedom’s Calling

Michael Katon – Get On The Boogie Train

Michael Katon – Get On The Boogie Train

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – The Place You’re In

Kenny Wayne Shepherd – The Place You’re In

Kelly Keeling – Giving Sight To The Eye

Kelly Keeling – Giving Sight To The Eye

Arena – Immortal?

Arena – Immortal?

Storyville – Dog Years

Storyville – Dog Years