Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Flying Colors announce second album with brand new trailer!

The critics were united in acknowledging the eponymously titled debut album from Flying Colors among the most fascinating releases of 2012. Teaming the talents of such heavyweight names as Deep Purple/Dixie Dregs/ex-Kansas guitarist Steve Morse, drummer Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic, Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Transatlantic, Spock’s Beard and a prolific solo artist), bass player Dave LaRue (Dixie Dregs, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and more) with a comparatively new talent, pop singer/songwriter Casey McPherson, the band challenged conventional wisdom about combining virtuoso music and melodic songwriting. Or, as the quintet’s modus operandi was once memorably defined by founder Bill Evans, ‘crafting new-fashioned music the old-fashioned way’.

Evans’ mission was to team a pool of virtuoso players, a pop singer/songwriter, and the right producer—to create sophisticated music that was accessible. Over 100 singer/songwriters were considered for the role. Portnoy pitched the idea of approaching McPherson, a member of the group Alpha Rev, whose 2010 album called ‘New Morning’ that dominated the Billboard Top Ten for 17 weeks. After an hour-long phone call with Evans, the band found their man. As Mike had quite rightly hoped, McPherson went on to prove the ‘x factor’ that elevated Flying Colors above the norm.
As Portnoy told Prog magazine: “The idea of having an actual singer – as opposed to a musician that also sang – really opened up a whole other world.”

Renowned Metal Guitarist Xander Demos Gives Fans A Raw Preview Of New XDB Album Track

PITTSBURGH, PA. -- Renowned shred metal guitar virtuoso, Xander Demos (James Rivera's Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB, Solo) has posted a Soundcloud link to a raw, unmix ed new XDB track called, "The Phoenix." The two-minute, mostly instrumental, clip features the signature melodic shredding style that Demos has become known for, since his critically acclaimed 2012 Cj Snare-mixed debut, Guitarcadia (Rock 'N' Growl.) 

A searing keyboard solo from Jeff Morris is also featured.  The full version of "The Phoenix" will appear on the forthcoming XDB album, Dancing Through Daggers, scheduled for late 2014 release. It is one of two album projects that Xander is currently recording; the other being his 2nd "solo" album, Runways and Waterways.

Hear the raw clip of "The Phoenix" at

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Third album for melodic hard rockers VEGA will be released in October and will be titled "Stereo Messiah". The disc will move again to the well-known modern melodic hard rock paths and will, also, feature a duet with Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) on "10x Bigger Than Love".

Other songs of the album are the following: Wherever We Are, Neon Heart, With Both Hands, The Wild The Weird The Wonderful, All Or Nothing, The Fall, Gonna Need Some Love Tonight and The Ballad Of The Broken Hearted.

Monday, July 28, 2014


Here is the official 2nd audio clip from SOTO (Jeff Scott Soto's band) with lyrics this time, a song called Wrath written by JSS & Gus G, Gus performs all guitars and bass on the track. 



UK hard rockers Black State Highway are set to release their single ‘Ain’t Got No’ on August 11 via Hear No Evil/Cherry Red Records

The single precedes the release of the band’s self-titled debut album on August 18.  To celebrate, the band will play an album launch show at the Alley Cat venue in London’s legendary Denmark Street on August 14 with support from blues rockers Little Brother Eli.

Northern Oak Unveil New Album Track Listing & Artwork

Northern Oak Unveil New Album Track Listing & Artwork

Northern Oak, the South Yorkshire progressive folk metallers, unveil new album details, including the track listing and artwork, for ‘Of Roots And Flesh’.

Ranging from existential rage on 'The Gallows Tree', relentless doom and sorrow on 'Taken' to a desire to see the best of humanity in the title track, 'Of Roots And Flesh' rewards with a seamless blending of vocal styles and a fusion of electric and acoustic guitars, flutes, violins and even melodeons as the band take you on a musical journey through the nature of struggle.

Tigers Of Junction Street - Self Titled EP /// Out Now!

Tigers Of Junction Street - Self Titled EP - Out Now!

The new, 5 track EP from the London based Tech-Rock quintet is out now, through Hoffen Records

The new EP is now available through all music outlets and streaming platforms.
For exclusive merchandise and music bundles, follow this link to the bands store:

Tigers Of Junction Street will be hitting the road in support of the new EP throughout the Autumn.

Tour dates:
7th August - The Shed - Leicester
8th August - Diamond Live Lounge - Doncaster
9th August - The Butchers Arms - Scunthorpe
22nd August - Rafferty's - Wellingborough
21st September - Face Bar - Reading
10th October - The Royal Victoria & Bull - Dartford

Saturday, July 26, 2014

ADRIAN WEISS / Easy Game (2014)

Three years after the solid debut "Big Time", Adrian Weiss is back with his brand new "Easy Game". To be honest here, I really enjoyed Weiss' first release, it was a fine piece of guitar-driven effort featuring some really impressive riffs and solos and showed his talent not only as a guitarist but as a composer too.

RUSTED presents new video + Summer Tour

RUSTED presents Rock Patrol video + North American Tour

Montreal glam-rockers  today unveiled their new music video Rock Patrol, just before leaving on tour USA and Canada, playing gigs with SKID ROW, THE QUIREBOYS or HESSLER.

Out of the Abitibi-end bottom of northeastern Quebec, embellished with Montrelais and a French guy, long haired-guys RUSTED succeeded in just a few years to establish itself on the Canadian scene, with more than 200 show in 3 years, and scenes with STEEL PANTHER, SKID ROW, MICHAEL MONROE or LA GUNS.

 After a first EP greeted by rave reviews in Europe, Canadians released their first album Rock Patrol, again well received by critics, including Headbangers FM quoting them between Saxon, Motorhead and Michael Shencker in honorable mentions in 2014 . 

Thirsty of stages and electricity, young rockers have embarked on their quest for rock and are willing to cross borders and oceans to spread their message: Forever Young, Wild and Free.

Friday, July 25, 2014


Swedish FREAK KITCHEN is back with "Cooking With Pagans", the band's eighth and most frantic album to date, set for release on September 16th.

"....For the first time, the energetic live vibe of Freak Kitchen has been captured in the studio. With influences stretching from AC/DC to classical South Indian music, the three Norsemen - led by guitar virtuoso Mattias IA Eklundh, truly have a sound of their own. Cooking With Pagans offers 11 intense original songs, plus a sophisticated punk pop version of the 1936 hit "Goody Goody" like you've never heard it before....."

"Professional Help"
"Freak Of The Week"
"Goody Goody"
"(Saving Up For An) Anal Bleach"
"Private Property"
"Methematics Of Defeat"
"I Don't Want To Golf"
"Come Back To Comeback"
"Ranks Of The Terrified"
"Once Upon A Time In Scandanaviastan"


Mark Slaughter, lead singer of the multi-platinum band Slaughter, is currently in the studio recording a collection of songs that he wrote for his first-ever upcoming solo release.
With the chance to work with legendary producer Michael Wagener at the helm mixing and masterging the record, Mark is playing all instruments on the album with the exception of drummer Mark Goodin. His guitar playing rivals the greats out there and his vocals are spot on with a musical range that is par-excellence. Still in the band Slaughter and continuously touring with his band, Mark had years of music creativity stored up and has now decided it is time to share it with the world.
This Spring Mark released a new single, Never Givin’ Up, his first ever solo track, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country.
The song salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces.
In addition to the Red Circle Foundation, Slaughter actively participates in charity work including with St. Jude’s hospital.

JOHN 5 Says That He Has Made An 'Incredible' New Album With DAVID LEE ROTH

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 (real name: John William Lowery) has recorded an "incredible" new album with VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth which the axeman hopes will see the light of day in the not-too-distant future.
John 5, whose first "big break" came when he was selected by Roth to play lead guitar on the critically well-received 1998 release "DLR Band", tells Canadian rock journalist Mitch Lafon in a new interview (hear audio below): "[Dave and I] just made another record, and it's, like, the 'California Sessions', [Dave] was calling it. And it's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable. There's a song called 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill'. And you know, just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's, of course, busy with VAN HALEN and all that stuff. But it's an incredible record."
He added: "[The new album with Dave] was made not too long ago — like, probably, maybe, a year and a half ago or something like that. 'Cause I always go over to his house and we write music and things like that. It's a lot of fun. They're all original songs. I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios — Henson Studios, it's called now — and we'd record. And it's so great. I mean, it sounds like just Dave from that 'Van Halen I' or 'II' or 'Women And Children First' era, [in terms of his] singing [style], and it's incredible, man. It's really incredible. He loves it too, so maybe it'll see the light of day sometime."
John 5 also spoke about his collaboration with JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford on the 2WO project, which released the much-maligned "Voyeurs" album in 1998 via Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label.
"Here's what's really cool: People love that record, they love that record now," he said.
"When we were making that record, it was a very, very, very guitar-heavy record — very heavy guitar record," he added. "And I remember Tom Morello from RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE heard it and he was, like, 'This is my favorite record. This is incredible.' 'Cause it was really aggressive and heavy and it had Halford going nuts on it. And we got signed to Nothing RecordsTrent Reznor's label. And then, I was still making money and stuff, so I had to go on tour with somebody, and Halford took it to New Orleans with Trent [to remix it], and it totally changed; like, they took a lot of the guitars out. This was at a time when guitars weren't really that popular, and they took a lot of these guitars out, so the record completely changed. I was shocked and disappointed — 'cause all the guitars were taken out. But what was so strong about that album is those songs were so strong; they're such strong songs that it still holds up today. And people really enjoy that record. Halford has the songs with the guitars and all that stuff, and it sounds incredible."
John 5 digitally released a new solo single, "This Is My Rifle", on June 17. The track is taken from his eighth solo album, "Careful With That Axe", to be made available on August 12 through 60 Cycle Hum. The effort features Rodger Carter on drums and Matt Bissonette on bass.