Pittsburgh’s masters of traditional metal ICARUS WITCH are on the road right now alongside original Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di’Anno! Not only are ICARUS WITCH direct support for the full tour, the band are also acting as Di’Anno’s backing band, taking on double-duty every night of the tour, which hits NYC tonight.
ICARUS WITCH have completed their third full-length album entitled Draw Down The Moon which is to be released February 9th through Cleopatra Records/Koch Distribution. The nine-track release sees the band in a more mature, yet increasingly aggressive song writing mode, stripped of the extraneous bells and whistles of synths and samples and just straight-up rocking out! The band was recently described as having a “Heavy influence of Iron Maiden combined with good old fashioned hard/rock metal production and great musicianship” by Don Jamieson, host of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show.
ICARUS WITCH w/ Paul Di’anno
1/27/2010 B.B. King Blues Club – New York, NY
1/28/2010 The Reverb – Toronto, ON
1/29/2010 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY
1/30/2010 Gil’s Bar And Grill – Virginia Beach, VA
1/31/2010 Jaxx Nigthclub – Springfield, VA
2/01/2010 Bogies – Albany, NY
2/04/2010 Volume 11 Tavern – Raleigh, NC
2/05/2010 Crazy Marlin’s – Panama City Beach, FL
2/06/2010 The Pit (Brewster’s) – Jacksonville, FL
2/07/2010 Senor Frogs – San Juan, PR
2/08/2010 Limelight – Nashville, TN
2/09/2010 Vino’s Brewpub – Little Rock, AR
2/10/2010 Red Eyed Fly – Austin, TX
2/11/2010 Smokin Aces – Mission, TX
2/12/2010 Zeros Hard Rock Club – Corpus Christi, TX
2/13/2010 Backstage Lounge – San Antonio, TX
2/14/2010 The Loft at The Palladium – Dallas, TX
2/17/2010 Brixton – Redondo Beach, CA
2/18/2010 New Oasis – Sparks, NV
2/19/2010 Ramona Mainstage – Ramona, CA
2/20/2010 Galaxy Theater – Santa Ana, CA
2/21/2010 Voodoo Lounge – San Jose, CA
2/25/2010 Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL
2/26/2010 Radmaker’s Rock n Roll Tavern – Tolono, IL
2/27/2010 Emerald Theater – Mt. Clemens, MI
2/28/2010 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
2/26/2010 Warriors of Metal III Open Air Fest – Chillicothe, Ohio
Frontiers Records announces the release of CRAZY LIXX second album “New Religion” on March 19th in Europe and April 6th in the USA.
January 2010 – Crazy Lixx, one of the most exciting bands to come out of the Sleaze-Rock movement renaissance in Sweden, together with Crashdïet, Hardcore Superstar, Babylon Bombs and Vains of Jenna, are back with the release of the brand new album entitled New Religion.
Crazy Lixx was formed in 2002 in Malmö, Sweden. The core line-up up until the first album consisted of vocalist Danny Rexon (also known as Dirtchild Danny or D.C. Danny), guitarist Vic Zino, drummer Joél Cirera and bass player Loke Rivano. The current line-up features guitarist Andy Dawson in Vic Zino’s place after the latter joined Hardcore Superstar.
Crazy Lixx debuted with Loud Minority in November 2007, an album that notwithstanding an underground release, received a great acclaim from the media and fans, reaching position #2 in the national Swedish Hard Rock chart.
The band spent all of 2008 and parts of 2009 touring like hell all over Europe and writing material for the new album, working hard to define their own music style which, even though was often compared to the likes of Def Leppard, KISS, Warrant and Skid Row, it has now matured and evolved in a personal and ultra-melodic interpretation of the Sleaze-Arena Hard Rock style.
The final result is New Religion, the new album which includes a dozen Hard Rock gems (out of over the double amount of songs written) recorded at Polar Studios in Stockholm, along with producer Chris Laney (Europe, Crashdïet, Candlemass).
We set out with one goal, and that was to beat the living s**t out of “Loud Minority” with these new songs, and if you ask me, we’ve beaten it black and blue. I can’t wait to get these new songs played live, states singer Danny Rexon.
And thanks to killer anthems like My Medicine and such cuts as The Witching Hour, Children of the Cross, Rock and a Hard Place and 21 ’til I Die (just to name a few), the guys can consider their mission accomplished and look at 2010 as a key year to break their talent on to the international markets!
New Religion includes the following tracks:
Rock and a Hard Place; My Medicine; 21 ‘Til I Die; Blame it on Love; Road to Babylon; Children of the Cross; The Witching Hour; Lock up Your Daughter; She’s Mine; What of Our Love; Desert Bloom; Voodoo Woman.
CRAZY LIXX are:
Danny Rexon, vocals
Andy Dawson, guitars
Joél Cirera, drums
Loke Rivano, bass
I have been a fan of Jeff Scott Soto since his early days as a singer with Yngwie Malmsteen. I have never had the luxury of seeing Soto perform live. His fan base in the United States is so small, I fear the new JSS CD, One Night in Madrid is as close as it will get for me.
If you are familiar with Soto’s solo work on his CD’s Lost in the Translation, Beautiful Mess, or music from his
previous band Talisman, you will feel right at home with this CD. Soto’s vocals are amazing as always, and the music is super tight. Soto’s band sounds like they are having a good time while playing, and that shows in the music. This is obviously not soundboard quality with this being live, but it is far better than any bootleg you will hear.
Some of my favorites in this set are the songs, “Soul Divine”, “Drowning” “Frozen/Crazy (Seal)”. I really got a kick out of hearing Soto do the song “Stand Up” from the Rockstar movie soundtrack. (Remember Steel Dragon?) If there was anything that I found disappointing with this live CD, it is that there are a ton of songs from Jeff’s career that he could have played, that is not in this two CD set. How about a tune from the Malmsteen, Eyes or the Soul Sirkus days? I would love to hear “Calling All Girls” or “Cheyenne” performed live. There is so much great music from Soto’s career, there is no way he could pack it all in a ninety minute set. The material that is here is very good though.
One Night in Madrid reiterates what I already knew.: Jeff Scott Soto is one of the best singers in rock today! It is a shame that more folks in the U.S. haven’t figured this out yet. Casual fans of Jeff Scott Soto may want to invest in Soto’s solo CD’s before checking out this live disc. I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I am familiar with most of the songs in this two CD set. If you are a die hard fan of Jeff Scott Soto, don’t miss out on this.
Rating: Out of 10
02. 21st Century Man
03. Colour My XTC
04. Soul Divine
05. Our Song
07. Edu Drum Solo
08. Funky Jam
09. Jorge Guitar Solo
11. Eyes of Love
13. Band Introductions
14. Broken Man
03. Piano Medley
04. Gin & Tonic Sky
05. Jorge Workshop
06. I`ll Be Waiting
07. Stand Up
08. Funky Medley
Jeff Scott Soto – Lead Vocals
Jorge Salan – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Fernando Mainer – Bass/Vocals
Edu Comnato – Drums/Vocals
BJ – Rhythm & Acoustic GUitars/Keyboards/Vocals
Say it’s so Activision! Reb Beach may have let the cat out of the bag prematurely Monday night on the Eddie Trunk show when he mentioned that he would be laying down tracks for the new Guitar Hero Alice Cooper game. No information is online about this game yet. I hope this one sees the light of day!!