Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of SPIN GALLERY’s new album “Embrace” on December 4th 2009 in Europe and January 12th 2010 in the USA.
The concept behind the band started in 1997, when main songwriter, producer and musician for the project Tommy Denander together, with singer and co-writer Kristoffer Lagerström made a few demos, which included the song “Grace” that first was released on Tommy’s Radioactive album “Ceremony Of Innocence” and later re-recorded for the Spin Gallery debut.
From that song Tommy started to develop ad idea to build up a band with multiple singers with a sound that could mix Melodic Rock in the vein of Mr Mister, Toto and Giant with a more modern high tech sound and that would include more contemporary influences from Peter Gabriel, Sting and Pink Floyd.
The first album entitled “Standing Tall” was released in 2004 and got some amazing responses, with legendary Kerrang Magazine Dave Reynolds saying “The best I’ve heard in ten years…”. It also featured a few big name guests like David Foster, Michael Thompson and Randy Goodrum. For the new album the original members Kristoffer Lagerström and Tommy Denander again wanted to invite just a couple of friends… 2 legendary voices sing duet with Kristoffer on the new album:Dan Reed on the song “You Do The Things You Do” and Robin Beck on the radio friendly “Just A Momentary Why“. “Embrace” also features the great L.A. session master Glen Marks on drums and Swedish sensation Marika Willstedt on cello.
Kristoffer and Tommy spent 18 months working on this album to ensure that every song is a smash and that “Embrace” lives up to the praise of the first release as well as standing the test of time with a masterful craft in songwriting, performance and production. Tommy Denander says “I hold this as the best production I’ve done so far and we really took every tiny little piece of the album and worked on it until we were totally satisfied, Kristoffer does an amazing job on the vocals and we had a fantastic, inspired and very creative time making it“, while Kristoffer adds: “This is the album I’ve always wanted to make and it came out even better than I could imagine when we started this journey”
Tommy produced the album and plays guitars, bass, keyboards and loops/FX with Kristoffer handling all vocals.
“Embrace” tracklisting includes: Embrace; Stone By Stone; Just a Momentary Why (feat. Robin Beck); Brilliance of the Drugs; Eyes Wide Open; Blood In My Veins; You Do The Things You Do (feat. Dan Reed); Indulge; Without Love; Tic Toc; Everything Fades; The End.
ALICE IN CHAINS has announced an October 27th release date for the BLACK GIVES WAY TO BLUE iPhone app. The app features full songs from the band’s acclaimed new album on Virgin/EMI, music videos, news, photos, social networking and much more. The app separates itself from the pack with an impressive level of interactivity; its custom-built functionality allows fans to interact with each of the album’s 11 tracks via a touch, drag, and hold feature that reveals hidden visual gems. A demo of the app can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1VWXWZ
“With the Alice In Chains app, we wanted to represent every song on Black Gives Way To Blue as an interactive and immersive experience”, says Jeff Zakim, Senior Director, Global Digital Marketing, EMI Music. “We achieved that with the custom-designed Interactive Tracks. The interactivity is furthered by giving fans the ability to share, comment and connect across Fan Wall posts, email, Facebook and Twitter.”
Among the songs featured on the app, which will be available in most major markets, is lead single “Check My Brain,” which continues to hold the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Songs Chart. Fueled by the hit single, Black Gives Way To Blue entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with sales exceeding 126,000 copies.
Black Gives Way To Blue is available now.
OCC ROCKS includes songs by the likes of Mountain, Eddie Money, Rick Derringer and Kansas, with Paul Sr. singing on OCC: The Band’s rendition of “Summertime Blues”.
You can download and post a FREE MP3 of OCC: The Band’s rendition of “Summertime Blues” featuring Paul Sr. singing here: http://release.theplatform.com/content.select?pid=OmoFfyfUMN7lRKjifEaVUj4whGQmKF_s&UserName=Unknown
Orange County Choppers, the ambitious custom motorcycle brand, is proud to present OCC ROCKS, a winning classic rock compilation CD, curated by OCC founder Paul Teutul, Sr., star of the hugely successful television show American Chopper. The second show of the new season, airing on TLC on Thursday, October 29 at 9PM ET/PT, will be focused on the making of the album and the creation of a custom theme bike for the album. OCC ROCKS is available in stores everywhere TODAY, October 26, and features three new tracks by OCC: The Band, including one showcasing Paul Sr.’s chops on “Summertime Blues.” There is a specially-priced limited deluxe edition available at Walmart, featuring a bonus disc, downloadable content, and an OCC tattoo.
New episodes of American Chopper, one of TLC’s top-rated shows, kicked off on October 22, and Paul Sr. chose OCC: The Band (comprised of Orange County Choppers co-workers) to be the subject of the second episode on October 29. The crew builds a custom bike dedicated to OCC ROCKS, which will be featured on the album cover art. Go to www.occrocks.com to enter your name into a drawing to win the one-of-a-kind OCC Band Bike!
The OCC ROCKS compilation features Mountain, Eddie Money, Mott The Hoople, Rick Derringer, Blue Oyster Cult, Toto, Ted Nugent, Guess Who, Kansas, The Outlaws, Molly Hatchet, Judas Priest and three tracks by OCC: The Band, 17 tracks in total, priced at $12.98. The band, which has opened up for Lynyrd Skynyrd, complements Paul Sr.’s superb selection of classic rock numbers with their bluesy rock n’ roll flavor. OCC ROCKS shows that classic rock is never out of style, especially when brought together with Orange County Choppers.
OCC ROCKS Tracklisting:
1. MOUNTAIN – MISSISSIPPI QUEEN
2. EDDIE MONEY – TWO TICKETS TO PARADISE
3. THE OCC BAND (FEAT. PAUL TEUTUL SR.)- SUMMERTIME BLUES
4. MOTT THE HOOPLE – SWEET JANE
5. RICK DERRINGER – ROCK & ROLL, HOOCHIE KOO
6. BLUE OYSTER CULT – BURNIN’ FOR YOU
7. THE OCC BAND (FEAT. BUMBLEFOOT) – COLD SWEAT
8. TOTO – HOLD THE LINE
9. TED NUGENT – CAT SCRATCH FEVER
10. GUESS WHO – AMERICAN WOMAN
11. THE OCC BAND – HIT AND RUN
12. KANSAS – CARRY ON WAYWARD SON
13. THE OUTLAWS – GREEN GRASS & HIGH TIDES
14. MOLLY HATCHET – FLIRTIN’ WITH DISASTER
15. THE OCC BAND – PUSHIN’ TOO HARD
16. JUDAS PRIEST – YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THING COMING
17. DEATH VALLEY SCREAMERS – BONNIE AND CLYDE
ZO2 is giving away a free download of their new song “Painted Lady”. Get it while you can. You can download the free song at this link!
It is hard to believe that is has already been 22 years since the classic movie, Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Dream Warriors. Check out the clip of Dokken’s music video “Dream Warriors”.
It has been two and half years since W.A.S.P.’s kick ass album, Dominator. I truly enjoyed the last disc, so I was anxiously awaiting to see what the band could offer on their latest opus, Babylon.
I was immediately disappointed to find that there are two cover songs on this CD, Deep Purple’s “Burn” and Chuck Berry’s “Promised Land”. W.A.S.P. is no stranger when it comes to cover tunes. They have done plenty in their career. I guess I was hoping for more original material this time around.
Lucky for me, the new W.A.S.P. material is very kick ass stuff. Blackie’s vocals haven’t changed much over the years. He sounds great on Babylon. In fact, the classic W.A.S.P. sound is still in tact with thanks to Doug Blair. He seems to have carried on, where he left off with Dominator. I believe his playing is even better on this album.
As soon as I heard “Crazy”, I knew that Babylon was going to be another solid release. This song quickly establishes that W.A.S.P. is still firing on all cylinders. This is a great way to start of this CD.
“Live to Die Another Day” is easily my favorite song on Babylon. Blackie Lawless sings his ass off, and the music is great too. Check it out in the sample below!
The galloping guitars of “Babylon’s Burning” immediately brings Iron Maiden to mind. This is another stadium anthem type of rocker, that could easily become another W.A.S.P. classic.
“Burn” is one of these songs that to me, does not need to be covered. It is such an awesome tune, I doubt too many bands could truly do it justice. Much to my surprise, W.A.S.P. knocked it out of the park. They did nothing to make it their own, but hearing Blackie’s voice on this tune was kind of cool. This is a faithful replica of the Deep Purple classic.
The band slows the pace down with the tune “Into the Fire”. This is a mid-tempo number that absolutely rips. Blair’s guitar solos on this tune are awesome! What a song!
It has been a long time since I have heard the Chuck Berry tune “Promised Land”, and I must admit that the W.A.S.P. version didn’t do much for me. I guess some songs work better as metal tunes than others, and although it isn’t bad, it just doesn’t live up to the original.
Overall, I am very pleased with Babylon. Blackie Lawless and company has cranked out another great CD. Long time W.A.S.P. fans will want to pick this one up! Babylon will be released October 27th, 2009. You can grab a copy of the CD, at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Live To Die Another Day
3. Babylon’s Burning
5. Into The Fire
6. Thunder Red
7. Seas Of Fire
8. Godless Run
9. Promised Land
Blackie Lawless – lead vocals, guitars
Doug Blair – lead & rhythm guitars
Mike Duda – bass
Mike Dupke – drums