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  1. Stefan

    What CDs did you buy this week?

    Andrew WK - You're Not Alone Groundbreaker - s/t Joe Bruce & 2nd Avenue - s/t Billy F Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues Buck 69 - No Medicine Like The Blues Buck 69 - When She Whispers Your Name Clockwork Revolution - s/t Dream Child - Until Death Do We Meet Again + 1 (JAP) Jim Lea - Lost In Space + 9 Lenny Kravitz - Raise Vibration Monster Truck - True Rockers Snakes In Paradise - Step Into The Light Space Elevator - I Space Elevator - II The Unity - Rise + 3 (JAP) Tokyo Blade - Unbroken Treat - Tunguska + 1 (JAP Milan Polak - Murphy's Law Halo James - Witness + 8 (Special Edition) Level 42 - Heaven In My Hands (CD-single) Knock Out Kaine - Cruel Britannia EP Hot Line - Melodic Hard Rock Force Lioncage - The Second Strike Shades & Peters - Let The Record Spin Trick Or Treat - s/t Devil's Heaven - Heaven On Earth Nexx - Colours
  2. JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE promise the most awesome rock’n’roll party ever! Ever since the era of the great hair bands of the 80s, there had been no one more authentic, more powerful and more ambitious than JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE. JOHN DIVA is a born entertainer. His outstanding vocal talents had been in the background for way, way too long. He worked as a coach, as a manager and – predominantly - was involved in the songwriting process of oh so many true classic Rock‘n’Roll legends, including the likes of Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, KISS, Van Halen, Guns N Roses, to name just a few. He now made the inevitable step and emerged from the shadow of his alter egos, manifesting his ultimate mission: ROCK’N’ROLL!!!! As he always tutored his partners who soon became legends by themselves shortly thereafter, JOHN DIVA also is embraced by this certain perfection on stage. That perfection only very few real rock stars are blessed with. So here he goes again, crowning his career accomplishment while taking every house with cheering crowds by storm. Check out what JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE have in store: Whatever JOHN was involved with, they surely will bring on stage. And that is nothing less but THE greatest hits of the world’s hottest rock bands!!! Hence you will get to hear the likes of “HERE I GO AGAIN”, “ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE”, “YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME”, “WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE”,”POUR SOME SUGAR ON ME” or “POISON”… you name it! All those songs DIVA was involved with as a songwriter! Never before had rock’n’roll been so authentic, so connected with its audience! DIVA allows everyone to party hardy at the ROCK’N’ROLL CIRCUS and schools the fools on how a REAL DIVA rocks the motherfxxxxx’ house!!! What was a revelation on Sunset Strip once, just heralded the new hairy rock sensation across the globe. Be prepared for JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE to come, conquer, and ROCK continental Europe and beyond! JOHN DIVA & THE ROCKETS OF LOVE ARE THE ROCK’N ROLL POWERRANGERS …MISSION: MAXIMUM PARTY, MAXIMUM ROCK’N’ROLL! From FB: DIVA LOVERS: your favorite band signs worldwide deal with SPV GmbH /Steamhammer - YEEEEEAAAAH!!! SPV GmbH/Steamhammer signs worldwide deal with JOHN DIVA & The Rockets Of Love! What started some six years ago as an 80s rock show paying tribute to icons suchas Van Halen, Mötley Crüe, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi has long developed into a hot, autonomous act with fantastic songs and an impressive stage show: John Diva & The Rockets Of Love, a flamboyant rock band in true 80s style, graced with a talent for breathing fresh air into the classic rock music genre, are scheduled to release their debut album "Mama Said Rock Is Dead" on 8 February 2019. 23 November 2018 will see the arrival of their lead single ‘Lolita’, supported by a congenial video clip featuring scantily clad girls and sunny beach scenes. The second single ‘Rock´n`Roll Heaven’ will be out on 18 January 2019, masterly presented Tarantino-style in a dusty Western-type desert landscape. The twelve songs were produced by Michael Voss (MAD MAX, Michael Schenker, among others), with CHRIS VON ROHR (Krokus,Gotthard) involved as creative supervisor. And as a side note: When Erik Løøvaxe was touring in The States, he suddenly found himself lost in the middle of nowhere in Texas. Luckily he managed to stop a Camaro with two hot chicks that were heading towards a party at John Diva’s ranch. At the ranch they met up with Mr.Damage who was traveling through Route 66 on Harleys with his buddy Ace Stirlingslinger. They also met up with drummer legend Uli Kusch who had disappeared from the heavy metal scene years ago. He had simply forgotten about time, and had been enjoying himself at the ranch. The rest of the guys in The Rockets of Love were there as well, and helped out with keys and partying. They all jammed and recorded «What you give is what you get (Party Like A Red Neck)» that night, and even though the rednecks got curved, the tune stands out as a heavy metal classic! Line up: Vocals: John Diva (John Diva) Bass Guitar: Erik Løøvaxe (Trollfest, Souls of Tide) Drums: Uli Kush (Ex-Helloween, Ex-Gamma-Ray, Ex Masterplan) Lead Guitar: Mr. Damage (Chrome Division, Breed) Keys: Snake Rocket (John Diva and the Rockets of Love) Backing Giutar: Ace Stringslinger (Wyruz)
  3. Stefan

    Amaranthe - Helix

    From blabbermouth.net: Four albums into their career, Swedish melodic metallers AMARANTHE have racked up north of 118 million YouTube views and half a billion song streams, have landed at No. 1 on theBillboard Heatseekers chart three times, and possess a panoply of gold and platinum discs for albums and singles alike. With its electrifying fifth album "Helix" due out October 19 through Spinefarm Records and armed with new singer Nils Molin, AMARANTHE takes another leap forward in its sonic evolution. "Helix" proves the band has refined its melodic sensibilities ever further while retaining a cutting-edge metal assault. The band is as massively aggressive as ever and the first single"365" is the perfect example of such — its seductively velvety mix of contemporary pop and modern metal will take up residence in your brain for days. "And so the time is finally NOW! We have been itching to release this monster of a track —'365' represents the AMARANTHE sound in every conceivable way," commented guitarist Olof Mörck. "The foundation is the heaviest and most down-tuned soundscape we have produced to date, from the bone-crunching guitars and drums, all the way to the juggernaut keyboards kicking off the song. The '365' video was shot with Patric Ulleaus to perfectly counterpoint the take-no-prisoners approach of the song, undeniably demonstrating the unity and chemistry of the AMARANTHE lineup." He added: "The 'Helix' album itself is a statement, a declaration and an assertion that we are here to stay, and that the songwriting and musicianship has been honed and maximized to the highest level yet on an AMARANTHE record. The process of composing this album with Elize[Ryd] was as inspiring as it was smooth, and from a composer's and arranger's perspective, a dream collaboration. The time is nigh, the die is cast, and all the stars are right: the 'Helix' will steamroll across the globe, and in its wake, the touring machine that is AMARANTHE will conquer all!" Vocalist and composer Elize Ryd offered her take, saying: "'Helix' describes the concept of how the past forms us and how life makes us become. No excuses, no regrets. We express the challenges and the uplifting moments in time, and all that in between with the sounds that we love. We want to dedicate this album to all the fighters and friends out there." AMARANTHE is: Elize Ryd - Vocals Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson - Screams Nils Molin - Vocals Olof Mörck - Guitar, Keys Johan Andreassen - Bass Morten Løve Sørensen - Drums Tracks: 01. The Score 02. 365 03. Inferno 04. Countdown 05. Helix 06. Dream 07. GG6 08. Breakthrough Stardust 09. My Haven 10. Iconic 11. Unified 12. Momentum 13. Say The Word (Digipak bonus) 14. Dream - Acoustic (Digipak bonus)
  4. Stefan

    Ablaze - No Chaser

    Yep. https://ablazeband.bandcamp.com/album/no-chaser
  5. Stefan

    Treat - Tunguska

    The rest of the songs.
  6. Stefan

    Magic Dance - New Eyes

    The second song is pretty good melody wise but there's something lacking in the production department. Too rough, almost sounds like a demo. The guitar sound is pretty awful. Don't like the production at all, sounds too 'busy'.
  7. Stefan

    Starbreaker - Dysphoria

    BREAKING NEWS: Tony Harnell, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and former vocalist of multi-platinum hard rock band TNT, and Magnus Karlsson, current Primal Fear, The Ferrymen, Magnus Karlsson's Free Fallguitarist extraordinaire, have rejoined forces for the release of the thirdStarbreaker album, "Dysphoria"! The album will be released on January 25, 2019 and can be pre-ordered on CD/LP/Digital HERE: http://radi.al/Starbreaker This new album showcases everything the Starbreaker project has become known for: metal sensibilities, melodic songs with killer hooks, thought provoking lyrics, inventive, intricate guitar playing, occasional prog twists, and a crisp production. Along with explosive performances from Harnell and Karlsson, these are the trademarks which the listener will find in “Dysphoria” and that make this album so very unique and special. Of calling the album “Dysphoria”, Tony states that the “title is simply a reflection of a state of mind and I thought it fit the lyrical theme of the songs. If I tried to summarize the lyrical theme of the album I would say it’s beautifully sad, but infinitely hopeful. Life is always my biggest inspiration. It was an easy album to write lyrically for that reason. There was no writer’s block and the themes are probably pretty obvious. I don’t like to paint too clear a picture for the listener, it’s best to let the words speak to them without guidance”. On the first song released from the album, he says, “’Pure Evil’ is the heaviest the album gets and not indicative of the album as a whole, although there are some metal overtones throughout.” Of the music direction on the album, Magnus states “Tony’s voice gives me inspiration to write my riffs and melodies. I imagine his voice, so in my head, I visualize the finished songs with great production. The two first albums didn’t take much more than a year from finish to start. This release was made over a much longer period because of our other bands and productions. It's the first time I worked on an album with breaks in the production. In the end, it came out much better. I’m really happy with the sound on a Starbreaker album. Thanks to Simone Mularoni (DGM) who did a great job with the mix. And Jonni Lightfoot and Anders Köllerfors who really made the songs shine! Tony’s voice sounds better than ever, just amazing! You can have the best songs, best production or fastest guitar solos, but if the vocals aren’t top notch, you have nothing!” STARBREAKER started as Harnell's side project while he was still fronting TNT. He was initially working on a solo record, with Karlsson, former TNT drummer John Macaluso, and bassist Fabrizio Grossi, but they morphed into STARBREAKER, releasing their first self-titled studio album in 2005. In late 2007, Harnell flew to Sweden to write the bulk of the songs for the new album with Karlsson, and started recording the new songs at the end of that year. The group's second album, "Love's Dying Wish" was released in August 2008. It featured new bassist Jonni Lightfoot, who replaced Grossi, and was produced by Harnell and Karlsson, with Tommy Hansen (TNT, PRETTY MAIDS, HELLOWEEN) serving as the mixer. The songwriting for the new STARBREAKER album started back before Harnell rejoined TNT in 2016, but it was after his ultimate split from that band, in October 2017, that he and Karlsson put the pedal to the metal and quickly completed the new record, “Dysphoria" BAND MEMBERS: Tony Harnell - vocals Magnus Karlsson - guitars, keyboards, backing vocals Jonni Lightfoot - bass Anders Köllerfors - drums
  8. Stefan

    Inglorious - Ride To Nowhere

    From Frontiers: BREAKING NEWS: Frontiers Music Srl are delighted to announce the release of “Ride To Nowhere”, the third studio album by Inglorious on January 25, 2019. The debut single & video from the album, “Where Are You Now?” is out now. The album will be released on CD, Limited Edition Box Set (CD+T-shirt), Vinyl, Limited Edition Crystal Vinyl (exclusive to Frontiers webstore), Limited Edition White Vinyl (exclusive to the Inglorious webstore), and Digital formats. Pre-order HERE: http://radi.al/RideToNowhere Inglorious Store: http://inglorious.com/shop/ Frontiers Store: https://www.frontiers.shop/ In amongst their touring commitments, Inglorious spent 2018 writing and recording their third studio album, “Ride To Nowhere”. A much darker, more reflective album than their previous releases, the new songs further hone the Inglorious sound – the pulsating rhythms, driving guitars and infectious vocal melodies. “This album is different in many ways. The songs came about very quickly. As with all our songs we start with a riff, and this time having new guitarist Drew added a new and heavier feel to a couple of songs. We wrote the basics mostly together all in one room on acoustic guitars and then I went away and crafted the stories I wanted to tell. For me this album is very personal. I am for the first time writing about a lot of my feelings, relationships and losses...” – Nathan James “On this album I feel that the songs are a true reflection of what we’ve been through over the past few years - both as a band and as individuals. You’ve got the highs, the lows and lessons learned along the way. The making of this album was at a time when we all had our own personal situations and changes to deal with. I feel that this definitely comes through on the recordings and particularly songs like ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Where Are You Now?’ and ‘Glory Days”. – Colin Parkinson The recording of “Ride to Nowhere” involves for the first time new guitarist Drew Lowe, who says “The album is the next step for the band in maturity. Being that it's my first, I wasn't sure what to expect, but as soon as we started we knew what type of record was coming. Hopefully the fans will love it as they follow us on the musical journey.” From the body blow riffs of the first single “Where Are You Now?”, to the beautiful melodies and bluesy overtones of “I Don’t Know You,” from the assault of “Freak Show” to the acoustic ballad “Glory Days”, “Ride to Nowhere” is an absolute gem of an album, showing not only all the influences from iconic rock albums of the 70’s, but also offering the band’s own sound and interpretation. As with Inglorious “II”, the album was mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith). “There’s a lot of variety on this album, more so than the previous ones and that I really like. Sonically I think it sounds more fresh, contemporary in a sense and that goes for a bunch of songs on the album as well. Just the singles alone are different than how we’ve sounded in the past, but still have the Inglorious feel and vibe! Lastly I also think that musically it’s better than the previous albums, everyone plays very tasteful, soulful and collectively I feel that it’s perfect!” – Andreas Eriksson “We’re all really happy with the way the new record sounds and look forward to seeing how the fans receive it. I personally can’t wait to play the new material live on the road!”- Phil Beaver Tracklisting: 1. Where Are You Now? 2. Freak Show 3. Never Alone 4. Tomorrow 5. Queen 6. Liar 7. Time To Go 8. I Don’t Know 9. While She Sleeps 10. Ride To Nowhere 11. Glory Days
  9. Stefan

    Halestorm - Vicious

    New video.

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