Frontiers Records to release GIANTs come-back album Promise Land on February 26th in Europe and March 9th in the USA.
December 2009 GIANT, the powerhouse Rock quartet, now formed by founding members David Huff and Mike Brignardello, together with Terry Brock and John Roth, will unleash their highly anticipated fourth album Promise Land on the international markets.
Formed by brothers Dann and David Huff, together with the experienced Jazz-Rock keyboardist Alan Pasqua and Nashville session bass player Mike Brignardello, Giant would soon become, with the release of their debut album Last of The Runaways (A&M Records, 1989), one of the most respected trademark bands of the Melodic Hard Rock scene. Following countless live performances, the band recorded the follow-up Time to Burn (Epic, 1991), an album still regarded as a main source of influence for many Melodic and Hard Rock bands nowadays.
With the sudden change of musical climate and after another World tour without Pasqua, Giant disbanded, with their members becoming involved again in different projects. Particularly Giants frontman and lead guitarist Dann Huff went on to become one of the most in-demand producers of our era, working in the Rock, Pop and Country Music with countless artists including Shania Twain, Megadeth, Faith Hill, Madonna and Bon Jovi.
In 2001, the Italian uprising Melodic Rock indie Frontiers Records, prompted Giant to release III, an album that would landmark the rise the new Melodic Rock scene, particularly in Europe.
Unfortunately Danns busy schedule along with the other members commitments, made the reunion impossible to carry on as planned. However the vision of bringing back Giant as a living band unit, with a recording and touring line-up and with of course the possibility to offer the enormous legacy of the music
produced was developed, until it became apparent that Dann Huff could not be a full part of this concept, even though he loved everything that Giant was. Thus original members, drummer David Huff and bassist Mike Brignardello, started an endless research for the right musicians that could be part of a renewed Giant
line-up. And in the end the choice fell on singer extraordinaire Terry Brock (Strangeways, Seventh Key) and John Roth (Winger) on guitars.
In April 2009 the band started the writing and the recording sessions of the new album, with Dann Huff himself participating to the sessions, co-writing with the new line-up members the haunting ballad Our Love and the straight out rockers Double Trouble, Plenty of Love, Save Me. He offered songs from his catalogue,
such as the album title-track, Through My Eyes (both co-written with Mark Spiro) and Two Worlds. He also later guested on lead guitars on Save Me and Believer (Redux), the latter being a song written by Erik Martensson and Robert Sall of new Melodic Rock sensations W.E.T. with Miqael Persson (with two more: Never Surrender and Prisoner of Love fruit of the Martensson/Persson collaboration).
We have worked so hard and we are very happy and proud of this record, along with Dann, says David Huff and truly the production and band members songwriting and performances shine all over the album!
Promise Land includes the following songs:
Believer (Redux); Promise Land; Never Surrender; Our Love; Prisoner of Love; Two Worlds; Plenty of Love; Through My Eyes; Ill Wait For You; Dying To See You; Double Trouble; Complicated Man*, Save Me. Also includes The Making of Promise Land documentary – interactive multimedia bonus.
*Bonus track only available in the first pressing in digipak
Promise Land was mixed by Ben Fowler (Van Zandt, Cher, Meat Loaf) and mastered by Joe Palmaccio (3 Grammy Awards won) .
North Carolina KISS tribute band KLOWN announce the release of their live KISS tribute cd, KLOWN ALIVE II.
The album features KLOWN performing 19 KISS classic and obscure tracks recorded at various shows over the
last several years. The CD is packaged in classic 1970’s KISS style including a CD designed to look like a vinyl LP complete with grooves and a “Casablanca Records style” label ring. Also in true classic KISS fashion the CD contains several “goodie” inserts. A KLOWN sticker, trading card, guitar pick, plus a special KLOWN surprise.
Jason McMaster (Watchtower, Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, and KISS tribute band SSIK) also appears to do lead vocals on the track “Nothin’ To Lose.”
More info @ myspace.com/klown
Krokus in full bloom again: The long anticipated comeback masterpiece of our rock legends is called «Hoodoo»!
All good things take time and delicate “sound” flowers of the likes of Krokus need special care – especially when they are expected to climb the charts like an artillery of thundering tanks!
For two years Krokus worked diligently on their highly anticipated comeback album. For the first time, the slightly grey-haired Swiss rock royalty from Solothurn sheds some light regarding their forthcoming release!
«Hoodoo» is the name of the new album, with which Chris von Rohr, Marc Storace, Fernando von Arb, Mark Kohler und Freddy Steady put you under their spell and prove once again that they are indeed ageless. You will be spellbound on February 26th, 2010, when the new cd is released.
Swiss boulevard paper “Blick” asked original founder Chris Von Rohr the question that was on most people’s mind: why did the fans had to wait that long for this new release? «We are only together for about two years in the original line-up and a killer song – much less an entire album – cannot be written, recorded and produced over night. The material needs to evolve, mature like a fine wine and one needs to be critical with one self, set the standards high and allow only the best material to make it on the album. No fillers – no compromises».
When it’s all said and done, the masterpiece should sound like a mixture of yesterday and tomorrow. Adds Chris: «It was my responsibility as producer to bring out of each musician their individual strength and to continue sound wise where we left off with ‹Metal-Rendez-Vous› and ‹Headhunter›. Back to the roots – but with today’s power, unstoppable like a steamroller!»
It is no wonder that expectations are high. Next spring, when the Krokus namesake tough flower breaks through winter’s ice and starts blooming, Krokus fans will witness firsthand what «Hoodoo» is all about. Describes guitarist Fernando Von Arb: «It’s gonna be an avalanche like, uncompromising, straight forward rock. Fasten your seatbelts, enjoy the ride and rock on!». Adds vocalist Marc Storace: «Definitely a one of a kind original Krokus album that will please fans». Bassist and producer Chris Von Rohr sums it all up: «To keep the end result top quality, it was ok that during the process of writing songs and recording them occasionally tempers flared within the band. We are no lame pussycat rockers; instead we stay true to ourselves. All the blood, sweat and painstaking effort during this 2-year journey was worthwhile!»
Drummer Freddy Steady and guitarist Mark Kohler, along with Chris, Marc and Fernando promise: «2010 will be a Krokus-Year – we will put a spell on everyone. “Hoodoo” style, one at a time! »
Special thanks to Henri from Spinefarm Records for the heads up on this one. Check out Reckless Love’s new video, “Beautiful Bomb”. Reckless Love features former Crash Diet singer H. Oliver Twisted aka Oliver Hermann on vocals.
Swedish rockers Mean Streak released their debut CD, Metal Slave via Black Lodge Records in 2009. Mean Streak tapped into their NWOBHM influences to create a classic metal CD that kicks some major ass. Metal Slave is packed full of awesome vocals, and heavy guitar riffs that should easily please the masses.
I was immediately hooked with the opening riffs of “Whom The Gods Love Die Young”, and couldn’t stop listening to Metal Slave until the very end. Where on earth has Andy La Guerin been hiding? This guy has an excellent metal voice, and is one of the reasons why I find Metal Slave so fantastic. Guitarist Yngve Frank, who lays down some incredible riffs on this CD, is equally impressive.
Mean Streak has a sound that I believe is a cool mix of Judas Priest, Victory and a dabble of Iron Maiden. What the band lacks in originality, they more than make up for it, with their passion for this music, and it shows on Metal Slave.
Some of the highlights on this CD, are the tunes, “Eyes of the Stranger”,”Rock City”, and the title track “Metal Slave”. I truly enjoyed this CD, and I think you will too. You can listen to Metal Slave at myspace music, at this link. For more information on Mean Streak, please visit the band’s myspace page.
Don’t miss out on one of the better rock records of 2009!
Rating: Out of 10
01. Whom The Gods Love Die Young
02. Battle Within
03. Eyes Of A Stranger
04. The Seventh Sign
05. Raise Your Hands
06. Rock City
07. Sin City Lights
08. Carved In Stone
09. Metal Slave
10. Sinner n´Saints
Mean Streak is:
Peter Anderson – Bass
Andy La Guerin – Vocals & Guitar
Yngve Frank – Guitar
Jonas Källsbäck – Drums