The Hairball John Radio Show will return on Wed,, July 28th as a LIVE party show recorded from 6pm to 9pm at The “Big House” Retro Club in Bay City, Michigan. This special event will also serve as the pre-concert party for L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat and John Corabi all of whom will be performing that night at The Vault. The Past is TRULY Back to Kick your Ass!
Frontiers Records is excited to present the world the talents of Norwegian singer ISSA (Isabell Oversveen) with the release of her debut album Sign of Angels on September 14th in Europe and October 10th in the USA.
Sometimes real discoveries in music shake up the rock world from out of nowhere. In 2008 a new band from Sweden called Work of Art took the Melodic Rock scene by storm with a stunning debut album. In the end of 2009 W.E.T., another alliance between Swedish musicians with singer Jeff Scott Soto was met with the highest enthusiasm from the Melodic Rock crowd, and just a few months ago, the return of Treat with Coup De Grace, marked another milestone release in the genre. Now, once again from Scandinavia, Issa, an exceptionally gifted singer from Norway takes her chance with Sign of Angels, her debut album, an album that many of the ones in the know have defined as a bomb!
Helped by producer Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon) and some killer musicians such as Peter Huss on guitar, Uli Kusch (ex Masterplan, Helloween) on drums, Nobby Noberg on bass and Tim Larsson (Nick Lachey) on keyboards, Issa has managed to create a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likable hook lines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. Described as Brother Firetribe meets Treat with tons of melodies, class and attitude, Sign of Angels features song writing contributions from Joacim Cans (Hammerfall), Thomas Vickstrom (Candlemass), Daniel Flores (TMOMS), Soren Kronkvist (Crash the System) and many
A video clip for the song Im Alive a true radio hit was shot by Thomas Tjader (Pretty Maids, In Flames) and will be added to the album.
Issa is a 26 years old girl from Oslo. At 17 she started to work her way into the music business as a demo singer for different labels in studios all around Norway. At 19 she won a competition with almost 150.000 votes singing the song Fade Away written by Stian Aarstad, who had been a member of Dimmu Borgir. The song was released on a record in co-operation with TV channel Fox Kids.
People just love listening to this girl sing and she soon hooked up with Gaute Ormaasen from the Norwegian Idol Show and toured with him. Issa has also performed on many Metal and Rock records including albums by Gaia Epicus and Illusion Suite. Issa has also played over 400 shows with Norwegian artists such as Postgirobygget, Dde, Jahn Teigen etc.
Sign of Angels final track listing includes:
Angels Crying; Im Alive; Give Me A Sign; River of Love; What Can I Do; Closer; Unbelievable; How Will I Know; As I Live and Breathe; Flying High; Its Not Me; Fallen Angel. Im Alive (bonus video clip)
The songs Im Alive and Angels Crying can exclusively be listened to in full by streaming on the Frontiers Web radio from July 13th. Tune in at:
Enjoy the YouTube trailer presentation:
Issa: lead vocals
Peter Huss: guitars
Tim Larsson: keyboards
Nobby Noberg: bass
Uli Kusch: drums
Have you been seeking out some new rock and roll that kicks you in the gut and makes you stand up and scream, “Hell Yeah!” Well, look no further than California’s Black Sunshine. Their self titled debut album was unleashed back in May, and my only regret is that I didn’t get my hands on this disc sooner. Wrapped in heavy riffs, dark tones, and blasting with rock and roll, Black Sunshine is a fun album to enjoy this summer.
Black Sunshine is fronted by the gritty vocals of lead singer Matt Reardon. His dirty voice (reminiscent of Josey Scott from Saliva) is a perfect match for the music that the rest of the band performs. Having been an extreme skier in a previous life, Reardon knows how to come at his audience hard, fast, and with astonishing results.
The lead single “Once In My Life” is a fantastic track. Opening with a slow, folksy build, the song bursts into hard and heavy about 40 seconds in. “Once In My Life” is a great overview of the “Black Sunshine” sound. Heavy on vocals and guitars, but rooted with a rhythm section that keeps perfect time, “Once In My Life” should be a modern rock radio hit in no time.
Guitarist Charles Lee showcases some of his hard chops throughout the record, most notably on the album’s best song, “Slave.” “Slave” is a masterpiece of music, brilliant in vocals, guitars, bass, and drums. The lyrics hit home hard, as Reardon sings about not wanting to be a slave to the 9 to 5 grind. We need to untie the noose and be set free. Go after what you want in life and don’t conform to what society tells you that you have to be. Nothing is more rock and roll than that. And coming from a guy who had to reinvent himself after a severe skiing accident nearly cost him his life, the message in “Slave” is that much more meaningful.
Want mellow tunes to compliment the heavy rockers? “Black Sunshine” has those too. “Cannonball” slows things down a bit, blending acoustic and electric guitars with soft drums and Reardon’s higher octave vocals. “Cannonball” is the classic, gritty, modern rock ballad done in the style of Hinder or Saliva. The music is slowed down, but still powerful, and the arrangement on this song is high quality. A powerful ballad, it’s almost certain that “Cannonball” will be released as a single sometime in the near future.
“Hell Yeah” is the only song on the album that was somewhat of a disappointment. A solid track overall, Black Sunshine followed the theme of Nickelback’s “Animal” but left the heaviest punches off of this track. The song tells the tale of the narrator having some fun with a girl that “grinds his gears” and telling her father not to wait up for them. Too familiar to Nickelback’s lines of “that’s her Dad outside the car” and “I got both hands on the wheel while she’s got both hands on my gear” but without the wit, “Hell Yeah,” was a bit of a letdown.
Filled with heavy guitars, an outstanding rhythm section, and a lead vocalist that has range and power, Black Sunshine is a fun band to listen to. Their eponymous debut album is loaded with riffs and beats that every hard rocker loves to hear. Bound to be a summer sensation, “Black Sunshine” is an album that should be added to every rock and roll collection. Without question, Black Sunshine is an exceptional group worth your attention. They certainly have my vote for best new band of 2010. Do yourself a favor and check out their hard rocking debut album, available in stores now.
Rating: Out of 10
- Holy Gasoline
- Burn To Shine
- Once In My Life
- Hell Yeah
- Flying Sideways
- Psycho Babble
When Accept announced former T.T. Quick front man, Mark Tornillo as their singer, I must admit that I had my reservations. Udo Dirkschneider is a hard act to follow. Then I saw the clip for “Teutonic Terror”, and I put all doubts aside. I can’t wait to hear Accept’s new album, Blood of Nations, and I am looking to its August release. Check out the video “Teutonic Terror” below.