UFO released a teaser for their upcoming album "A conspirancy of stars". It sounds pretty good. Release date is end of February.
Halestorm worked on a new longplayer called "Into the wild life". The album will be released on April 3. Lzzy and band mates published with "Apocalyptic" already a first song from the album that can be listened to on YouTube. Check it out.
Guitarist Terry Gorle has started a Kickstarter project about remixing Heir Apparent's classic album "Graceful inheritance". Here are some facts a bout the project:
"In August of 2013, I recovered the original 24-track master tapes from the Graceful Inheritance recording sessions of 1985, as well as the demo recordings of 1987. The tracks have been successfully transferred to digital format. We now have the opportunity to take one of the most highly acclaimed underground power metal albums of all time, add bonus material, and give it a modern professional treatment none of us could have imagined was possible until now.
We have been approached by world-renowned engineer/producer Neil Kernon to take on this project, and we are incredibly flattered and excited to hear what can be done to bring these tracks into the digital age.
We also look forward to what the future will provide in performing to support the final product of this effort in its 30th anniversary.
With a goal of simply breaking even on the expenses and rewards, we want to take advantage of this amazing opportunity Neil Kernon has offered us to finally realize what this album can be for our incredibly dedicated fans."
When the mighty Queen is coming to your town than it is a MUST to go there. Finally the band came to Europe with Adam Lambert as singer and frontman. After having read the pretty good feedback from concerts in North America and Asia I was very curious about how the show will look like and of course how Adam Lambert will fit into the band.
I have seen Queen a few years ago when they have been on tour together with Paul Rogers, which was a solid show at that time. But I must say already at this stage of my review that Adam Lambert fits perfectly into the line-up of Queen. He fulfills the role of being the frontman of the band in an excellent way. He finds the right mix of very good singing and also acting. What helps the singer from Indianapolis, Indiana is for sure his experience gained in musicals and on theatre stages. Queen is more than only good music. A Queen concert also lives from the theatrical show combined with very good songs played by highly skilled musicians. Adam Lambert fits very much into this approach.
What I also appreciated was the fact that he never tried to copy Freddie Mercury. This would have been a mission impossible anyhow. Lambert took some of the elements Mercury used as well, like e.g. the crown during the last two song of the concert, but he did it in his way. I must say: well done. He was authentic during the whole show and this was also, based on the big applause, very much appreciated by the audience.
It seems anyhow that there is a kind of generation shift taking place. Next to Lambert there is also Rufus Tiger Taylor who is part of the live band. The son of drummer Roger Taylor is supporting his father on drums which ends up even in a drum battle halfway of the show. Instead of a normal drum solo father and son fed each other lines which was a highly entertaining spectacle.
Both, Lambert and Rufus Tiger Taylor, seemed to be a fountain of youth for the band - Lambert with his singing and acting; Taylor with a lots of energy and an enormous punch.
But how about the 'old' guys. I can hardly imagine Queen without Roger Taylor and Brian May. It is especially May's guitar sound that is one of the most important trademarks of Queen. You can recognise his singing guitar from the very first note and it is the base for all the Queen songs. That Brian May is a brilliant singer too is well known. His vocal performance of "Love of my life" and "'39" was great and the eight minutes long guitar solo was just jaw dropping good.
That also Roger Taylor is a quite good singer is something we know from his solo releases. And that he is one of the best drums goes without saying and it seems that his son inherited those drum genes. Both, Brian May and Roger Taylor, seemed to be calm anchor in the band based on their enormous experience. And calm anchor doesn't mean that they have been quiet. Guitars have been screaming and and drums pushed each song forward. But it is their self-confidence that gives adds such an ease to the show.
The setlist of the Amsterdam concert covered everything the fans wanted to hear. It was a 'best of...' that showed again how many classics the band has as part of their discography. And all those songs have got a perfect sound from the very first note on.
All this together led to an outstanding Friday night in Amsterdam and the sold out Ziggo Dome celebrated every single moment of the more than two hour long show.
It was a night that was 'a kind of magic' and honestly I could see Queen producing even a new album together with Lambert doing the vocals. But I guess that this will stay wishful thinking.
Location: Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
(9/10) Rock from Canada is waiting in the starting block. Darko Jones, man of many talents, is coming back with a brand new album called "Fire music". And the album represents what the title promises. It's a reall hot rock & metal fireworks that is burned down by the Toronto-based guitarist.
"Fire music" is the twelves record of the axeman/singer and one of the most aggressive ones. It looks like Danko uses the eleven numbers on the longplayer as an outlet for a lot of cumulated anger and frustration. It's exactly those emotions which gives the album the raw power and explosive vibe that makes it special and authentic.
The beginning of "Fire music" couldn't be better. "Wild woman" is an excellent hybrid that combines the strong parts from Kyuss with the hardrock from The Cult. Hot stuff. With "The twisting knife" the pace increases. The tune is a raging one with a dense sound. The Maiden-like "Ohohoh" part fits perfectly into the context as well as the roaring guitars.
Another songs, another facette of Danko Jones. "Gonna be a fight tonight" is an angry punk-based track that kicks ass. It can develop to a live anthem for each Danko Jones live show. A raw diamond.
You have a need to breath deeply after those tracks. No way. "Body bags" is even faster, more aggressive and more uncompromissing than the before heard highlights. Again it's a lot of punk that is the foundation for the track that is an ultimate enrgizer.
Compared to these songs "Life forever" comes with a more moderate pace. It's similar to the opener and puts the groove into focus. A cool number and a typical live 'whoohoo' one too. Dirty rock'n'roll that makes a lot of fun. "Do you wanna rock" comes with a 70's vibe that reminded me to Kiss while "Getting into drugs" is a smasher with a great riff. Vocals are a bit weird which fits to the title of the track.
After those groovers it's time to speed up again. "Watch you slide" lives up to this expectation. The song is like a running steam train that can't be stopped. It's rather simple but highly efficient. "Piranha" is slightly similar, while "I will break your heart" reflects the bluesy side of Danko Jones.
The bouncer is the mean rocker "She ain't coming home" - a song with a Social Distortion vibe that finish a brilliant hardrock album.
"Fire music" is a rock fireworks that you should not miss. Eleven songs will make your day. An album that is one of the first highlights in 2015.
Label: Bad Taste Records
(8/10) 'The H.E.A.T. is on'. This isn’t only a song from Glen Frey, which is by the way also the intro to a H.E.A.T. show. It is also a matter of fact during the shows of the Swedish rock band.
After releasing their quite successful studio album “Tearing down the walls", the band went on the road in 2014. While being on their first headliner tour the guys took the opportunity to capture one of the gigs and release it as a live album. The decision was to record the show in London, which H.E.A.T. performed in The Garage on May 16 2014.
The setlist covered a perfect mix between new songs like “Point of no return” and “Inferno” on the one hand and older stuff too. Each of the tracks is great melodic hardrock that combines the older Europe and some Whitesnake from the 80's to an excellent melodic hardrock coctail.
The sound on the live album is very good by still being authentic. I have seen the band a few months later in De Boerderij in Holland and I have to say that what I have seen live and heard on the new album goes very much hand in hand.
H.E.A.T. is a live band. They are performing with enthusiasm and passion. The show is a 90 minutes energy boost that you can’t escape from. And this is what you get on the album too.
An album for having a good time.
Queensryche is coming back to Holland for two shows. And not enough with this fact; they have the great Armoured Saint as support. This goes as well for the show in London. What a package! A must for each metalhead. Dates see below...
And here are all dates of Armoured Saint in Europe in 2015:
19/06/15 FR - Clisson - Hellfest
30/07/15 DE - Wacken - Wacken Open Air
03/08/15 NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg w/Queensryche
04/08/15 NL - Eindhoven - Effenaar w/Queensryche
06/08/15 UK - London - Electric Ballroom w/Queensryche+Death Angel
07/08/15 UK - Catton Hall - Bloodstock Festival
08-09/08/15 BE - Kortrijk - Alcatraz Festival
Drum legend Ian Paice is releasing a spectecular live document on CD and DVD end of February this year. It contains the 2012 "Ian Paice's Sunflower Superjam - Live at the Royal Albert Hall". The event was meant to be a private charity show, organised by Paice and his wife.
End of February everybody has the chance to join in via the CD or the DVD. The concert features some of the best musicians in rock, like Bruce Dickinsin, Uli Jon Roth, Alice Cooper, Brian May plus some more. Here comes a short appetizer from this unique show...
(7/10) Normally you have artists and bands moving to North America since they see better chances for their music and their career. But sometimes, actually very seldom, it happens that a band moves from the US to Europe. Simeon Soul Charger is one of those groups who did such a move. The prove that the exception confirms the rule. Coming originally from Ohio, the band chnged their homebase to Bavaria in Germany.
This step was followed by two records of the band. Now, end of January, they have their new album ready to be released. "A trick of light" is the name of the disc that comes with ten new songs.
The music of Simeon Soul Charger is based on many influences. The incrediences for this rock menue are psychadelic, folk, blues, glam and also some stoner rock elements. The result sounds complex but still has a catchiness that openes the songs also for a bigger audience.
The six minutes long opener "The prince of wands" is quite relaxed tune. Starting with a sliding guitar the track stays in a moderate pace and offers great melodies.
Sometimes Simeon Soul Charger drifts a bit towards The Beatles, like in "Evening drag" and "Jane", sometimes they stay instrumental like in "Where do you hide" while "Workers hymn" is a rhythm based tune that sounds like a hard working machine. And "Heavy" shows the bluesy side of the band.
With "I put a spell on you" the band also covered a song from Screamin' Jay Hawkins. They created an interesting version of the classic and made a quite deperate version out of the original. Not too bad, eventough I must say that I have heard better ones (listen to the one from Annie Lennox a few month ago).
All in all an intersting record that will reveal many new details each time you listen to it. Fans of prog influence rock music can easily go for this album.
Label: Gentle Art Of Music
The mighty Monster Magnet will start their tour tomorrow with the first show in Athens, Greece. Thesupport slot is filled in by Bombus and here are more dates:
30.01.2015 GR - Athens / Stage Volume 1
31.01.2015 GR - Thessaloniki / Principal Club Theater
02.02.2015 CH - Lausanne / Les Docks
03.02.2015 DE - Frankfurt / Batschkapp
04.02.2015 DE - München / Backstage
06.02.2015 AT - Vienna / Szene
07.02.2015 CH - Lyss / Kufa
08.02.2015 DE - Oberhausen / Turbinenhalle
10.02.2015 NL - Deventer / Burgerweeshuis
12.02.2015 BE - Antwerp / Trix
13.02.2015 UK - Nottingham / Rock City
14.02.2015 UK - Glasgow / Garage
15.02.2015 UK - London / Electric Ballroom
17.02.2015 DE - Saarbrücken / Garage
18.02.2015 NL - Eindhoven / De Effenaar
20.02.2015 DK - Arhus / Voxhall
21.02.2015 SE - Gothenborg / Sticky Fingers
22.02.2015 NO - Oslo / Parktheatret Scene
23.02.2015 NO - Stavanger / Folken
25.02.2015 DE - Bremen / Schlachthof
26.02.2015 DE - Hannover / Capitol
27.02.2015 DE - Dresden / Reithalle
28.02.2015 NL - Rotterdam / VanNelle Fabriek