The self-titled debut studio album from UNISONIC — the band featuring former Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen (Gamma Ray, ex-Helloween) alongside guitarist Mandy Meyer (Asia, Gotthard and Krokus), bassist Dennis Ward and drummer Kosta Zafiriou (both of Germany’s Pink Cream 69) — will be released in North America on May 22, 2012 via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records.
Unisonic was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels, Belgium. The offering features 11 tracks, plus a bonus live version of Helloween classic “I Want Out” only available on the domestic edition, cover art by Martin Häusler (Meat Loaf, Gotthard, Helloween, Motörhead) viewable above, and marks the first musical union between Kiske and Hansen in 23 years!
Unisonic Track Listing:
2. Souls Alive
3. Never Too Late
4. I’ve Tried
5. Star Rider
6. Never Change Me
8. My Sanctuary
9. King For A Day
10. We Rise
11. No One Ever Sees Me
12. I Want Out (Live)
Check out the band’s video for album opener/anthem “Unisonic” at THIS LOCATION. The clip was directed by Häusler in Heidelberg, Germany.
UNISONIC released its debut EP, Ignition earlier this year. After the addition of Hansen to the group’s lineup in early 2011, UNISONIC continued the songwriting process for its debut release, incorporating Kai’s talent for writing great anthemic rock songs into its existing material. Hardly Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 3, the UNISONIC collective effortlessly fuse the many sides of heavy music they know and love. The band’s music is versatile and takes a broad approach to heavy rock without sacrificing the power and strong, catchy melodies that characterized the band members’ previous projects.
Michael Kiske – Vocals
Mandy Meyer – Guitar
Kai Hansen – Guitar
Dennis Ward – Bass
Kosta Zafiriou – Drums
Dynazty have just released a video for the title track of their new album, Sultans of Sin. Check out the “Sultans of Sin” clip below!
What do KISS and FnA Records have in common???
Actually, Kiss and FnA Records (www.fnarecords.net) have three things in common.
FnA Records is ecstatic to announce the signing of Gypsy Rose.
We are not referring to the Gypsy Rose that featured an early Jerry Cantrell and Mike Starr from Alice In Chains, and we are not referring to the Swedish band that ex-Accept vocalist David Reece recently joined; we are referring to the one and only Gypsy Rose that was signed to a major label contract via KISS’ Gene Simmons. In 1988, Gene Simmons (KISS), approached Canadian Rockers by the name of Gypsy Rose and made them one of his early signings to his imprint label, Simmons Records/RCA (House Of Lords, Giuffria, Silent Rage). Gypsy Rose released two singles, “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now” which were fan favorites. Nearly a quarter of a century later, lead singer Michael Ross has resurfaced, not only with a solid solo career that once again shows off his high caliber songwriting, but with old demos and never-before-released Gypsy Rose material in hand. For those fans who have always been bummed out that there was one and only one Gypsy Rose album, the wait is now over. FnA Records has attained the rights to these early recordings which will most likely see a mid to late spring release. In addition, FnA Records sent Michael Ross into the studio to record exclusive 2012 acoustic versions of “Poisoned By Love” and “Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Now”. Keep your eyes and ears open as Gypsy Rose is looking to reform.
First there was KISS, then there was Creature!
It may be said that now days, Gene Simmons is the brains behind KISS, but that wasn’t necessarily the case in the early days. Famed manager, Bill Aucoin successfully guided a fledgling KISS to superstar status. However within a decade, KISS and Aucoin would part ways due to creative differences when KISS decided to take off the make-up. But Aucoin wasn’t done exploring the make-up and crazy costumes. Enter the band Creature in 1986, and Aucoin found himself using the same blueprint that led to KISS obtaining success and fame beyond anyone’s dreams. He guided Creatures career carefully, just as he had previously with KISS. He planned their every stage move and their wild stage show. Honestly, Creature was every bit the theatrical stage performance that KISS was. From the band literally blowing a whole in the roof of Gazzarri’s night club with a confetti cannon to have the oversized Sleaze-O-Matic machine on stage in which a pure, virginal school girl stepped into the machine where the dial was cranked to ten, and a rock-n-roll slutty metal chick stepped out, every show was a spectacle. FnA Records is set to release, To Boldly Sleaze, a 15 track party in a package with a band that was clearly being groomed to be the next big thing in theatrical rock. All the tracks have been fully remastered and many of the tracks have never even seen the light of day until now. This is definitely one of those uncovered gems that you have to hear to believe. Watch your local west coast rags, as Creature may just don the make-up and costumes one more time for a specialupcoming surprise show.
KISS Konnection #3 is a special treat for those hard-rockers that were there in the late 70’s and early 80’s.
FnA Records proudly signs one-time KISS labelmates and all-around bad-asses, The Godz. The Godz were signed to Casablanca Records in 1977 and would later that year open up for KISS on the Love Gun tour. The Godz were sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll…and definitely worthy of the cult status they now have been given. Major tours were nothing new for The Godz, as they warmed the stages for bands like Angel, Blue Oyster Cult, Kansas, Iggy Pop, and others. The stories revolving around The Godz are legendary as they quickly became well-known as rebel-rousers. Whether it was starting a bar brawl, shooting up the stage monitors, or doing tons of Jack Daniels, drugs, and women…the band became favorites to the biker crowd. While many cult bands are just that – cult bands whose stories have been written in stone, The Godz have yet to call it quits. Band leader Eric Moore is entering his fourth decade in the music business by releasing three albums and a first ever dvd via FnA Records. The label will release three albums by the Godz in May of 2012. The first album will be the legendary 1978 Laredo Texas show. The full show has been remastered and the sound has been enhanced and will surely be a treat for old-school Godz fans. The second release will be the first ever American release of the classic Godz album MONGOLIANS. Mongolians is a highly sought after gem that Godz fans have been clamoring for over the years. Probably the bands heaviest album, Mongolians initially sold well (if you could find it) with very little label support. This album usually commands a high dollar price tag and trying to find a copy in this day and age is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Mongolians, which will be sonically enhanced and remastered, will now be available to fans new and old for a decent price via FnA Records. The last album being released will titilate and stimulate true Godz fans. Chock full of never before released tracks, b-sides, import only tracks, live tracks, and more The Godz – From The Vault Volume 1 is sure to become a collectors piece amongst the die-hard Godz fans. All CD’s will be available at a fan friendly price, and a limited number of each CD will come autographed and numbered with an official hologram sticker. Special package deals will be available for those that want to purchase all 3 albums at once. The first ever Godz DVD will be completed sometime this summer as fan material is still being compiled.
Internationally renowned guitarist Joe Bonamassa is pleased to announce that his lucky 13th studio album “Driving Towards The Daylight” will be released in the UK on Monday May 21st by Provogue Records, and Tuesday May 22nd by J&R Records/Fontana in the United States.
Produced by Kevin Shirley, “Driving Towards The Daylight” highlights Bonamassa’s signature style of blues, roots, and rock & roll. The album features a unique group of musicians, including Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford (guitar), Blondie Chaplin (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar), and Whitford’s son Harrison Whitford (guitar).
“Driving Towards The Daylight” includes five Bonamassa-penned originals, including bruising opener Dislocated Boy, the title track Driving Towards The Daylight, I Got All You Need, Heavenly Soul, and Somewhere Trouble Don’t Go. Other tracks include Joe’s versions of Tom Waits’ New Coat Of Paint, Bill Withers’ Lonely Town Lonely Street, and Bernie Marsden’s A Place In My Heart. On the album closer, Australian rock singer Jimmy Barnes sings lead vocals on his 1987 hit Too Much Ain’t Enough Love.
Premiering today, and continuing each week for ten episodes is Countdown To Daylight, the new reality series of 3-4 minute webisodes, featuring interviews with Joe and his band as well as behind-the-scenes footage of the band recording Driving Towards The Daylight in the studio. Tune in every Friday for a new episode on Joe’s official YouTube channel – here.
SPIDER ROCKETS combine contemporary loud rock with classic rock elements. The New Jersey based band travels the sonic spectrum from dark and seductive to energetic to angry, with a dynamic live show and scream-along anthems. Interestingly enough for a band called SPIDER ROCKETS, it is a bit strange that every member of the band is afraid of spiders… although it seems that they may be starting to overcome their fear based on the title of their new album Bitten.
The album artwork and track listing for the new SPIDER ROCKETS release Bitten has just been revealed today. Bitten will be released June 5th in North America.
Lead Singer Helena Cos spoke about Bitten:
“With this record, we made a focused effort to concentrate on the art of song-crafting and streamlining while still rocking hard…. I think the album is all the better for it.”
On Bitten, the band worked once again with producer Eric Rachel in New Jersey. In South Florida, Ryan Sambrook provided additional production and Zach Ziskin mixed the album. From both a compositional and performance standpoint, Bitten is the group’s strongest work to date. Long before completion of the record, an early rendition of one stand-out track “Scream,” garnered over 35,000 hits on YouTube without any promotional efforts and no official release. It is available for viewing HERE.
SPIDER ROCKETS was one of the last acts famed manager Bill Aucoin (who has managed acts including: Kiss, Lordi, Tantric and others) was contemplating taking on. When Aucoin passed away in 2010, his long time partner and companion, Roman Fernandez, took over day-to-day management of SPIDER ROCKETS. Fernandez did this because he truly believes in the band and wants to make sure SPIDER ROCKETS continue following in the legacy of Aucoin.
Loud rock has always been at the core of the group. Lead singer, Helena Cos, and guitarist,
Johnny Nap, started as a duo playing every dive bar in New Jersey and New York City. In
between cranking out crowd favorites from AC/DC, Judas Priest, Guns n’ Roses and Metallica, the two would test the waters by infusing some of their original material into the live set. This was a unique setup as the two had an electronic rhythm section and pumped out loud rock, something unheard of in the genre.
The duo soon expanded to a full lineup and began working with Brooklyn-based indie producer, Martin Bisi, best known for recording iconic albums by Sonic Youth, John Zorn, Herbie Hancock (including the Grammy-winning “Rockit”), Helmet and White Zombie. Still in their infancy, the group managed to release their first effort, “Flipped Off,” which officially marked the end of the electronic rock duo format.
The group produced their next release, the self-titled “SPIDER ROCKETS,” closer to home at Trax East in their native New Jersey. With Eric Rachel manning the boards (Atreyu, Black Dahlia Murder, Hatebreed, Misfits, Patti Smith Group, etc.), the group issued a more musically progressive offering. By now, the group had began touring on a national scale and supporting the likes of Pop Evil, Framing Hanley, ran a leg on Van’s Warped Tour and scored a slot at Berlin’s Popkomm Festival.
Now, savvy at the art of song-crafting, Spider Rockets are ready to unleash Bitten upon the masses. SPIDER ROCKETS will be lining up national tour dates in support of the album with the first show scheduled for June 9th at Sherlock’s in Erie, Pennsylvania. More dates are expected to be announced shortly.
Bitten Track Listing:
1) Going Down
2) So High
4) Don’t Need You
7) Twilight Zone
8) Better When It’s Loud
9) Nothing Left
10) Bring Me Around
SPIDER ROCKETS LIVE:
6/9: Erie, PA @ Sherlock’s
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OVERKILL have debuted a brand new video for their hit single “Electric Rattlesnake” today. Directed by veteran Kevin J. Custer, the video is the first we’ve seen since the band released the “Bring Me The Night” video in 2010.
“Damn, this one BITES hard! Kevin Custer did it again! So plug us in yeah, set us free, this is a thrashing vid the way it’s supposed to be! Here we go kids ELECTRIC RATTLESNAKE!“ says front man Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth.
The new OVERKILL record “The Electric Age” has debuted on the BILLBOARD TOP 200 Chart at #73 with approximately 6,700 units sold. To compare, the band’s last release “Ironbound” sold roughly 4,500 copies first week and debuted at #192 making “The Electric Age” the highest charting first week album since their 1994 record “W.F.O.”
The single comes from their newest record “The Electric Age” which came out last week. If you haven’t had a chance to pick it up, the Amazon MP3 store is has it available for $7.99
“Young bands coming out today that are emulating the ’80s thrash scene should certainly be taking notes from the masters of the genre like Overkill on what it takes to deliver some of the best work of your career over 30 years into it.” – Popblerd.com
“Sixteen albums in, these dudes are not only still fired up; they’re practicing their craft at the peak of their skills, with no signs of slowing down.” – Decibel
In support, the band will head out on the “ELECTRIC AGE TOUR.” Supporting will be GOD FORBID, DIAMOND PLATE and SUDIKARA. Dates will stretch coast to coast and run through April and May, click HERE for up to date ticket information.
The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed (please see below). America’s biggest Memorial Day Weekend party takes place May 25-27, 2012 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK and is proud to be presented by Budweiser.
Single day tickets for the three-day camp & rock festival will go on sale Friday, April 13 at 10:00 AM CT. Single day tickets are priced as follows: Friday ($60 plus fees), Saturday ($70 plus fees) and Sunday ($60 plus fees).
The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma is as follows:
Friday, May 25
Creed, Slash, Chevelle, P.O.D., Cavo, Adelitas Way, Red, Redlight King, Janus, Eve to Adam, Beneath, Fist of Rage, Lynam, Pretty Little Suicide, Hessler, Down & Dirty, Ragdoll, Sunset Riot, Absence of Ink, For The Broken, Echo Fuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall.
Saturday, May 26
Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Pop Evil, Trivium, New Medicine, Anti-Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Firstryke, S.E.X. Department, Ruff Justice, Switchblade Scarlett, On Fire, Villains Dance, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin Bullets.
Sunday, May 27
Chickenfoot, Queensrÿche, Jackyl, Puddle of Mudd, Hellyeah, Black Stone Cherry, Art of Dying, Aranda, Charm City Devils, Rains, Falling in Reverse, Wildstreet, Black Tora, The Glitter Boys, Diemonds, Desi and Cody, David Castro Band, The Hawkeyes, We the Ghost, Through the Thorns.
Bands will perform on the Main Stage, Hard Rock Stage, Retrospect Records Stage and AXIS Campground Stage. Eddie Trunk–from VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, SiriusXM Radio and author of Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock & Heavy Metal–returns as the Rocklahoma emcee for 2012.
Rocklahoma organizers continue to offer fan-friendly ticket prices for the 3-day weekend rock event which features over 70 artists on four stages. Three-day general admission tickets are available now for only $125 plus fees and 3-day VIP tickets can be purchased for $350 plus fees. Beginning Friday, April 13 at 10:00 AM CT, 3-day general admission ticket prices will increase to $150 plus fees and 3-day VIP reserved tickets will increase to $380 plus fees. Groupie and Roadie VIP package prices will remain the same. The Rockstar VIP package is now sold out.
For a detailed list of 2012 Rocklahoma ticket options, VIP packages and amenities, please visit www.rocklahoma.com. Camping tickets may be purchased by calling the Rocklahoma Camping Office at (866) 310-2288 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 20 at 8:00 AM and will remain open though Tuesday, May 29 at Noon. Doors to the main Rocklahoma festival area and stages will open at 3:00 PM each day. VIP and package ticket holders can pickup their credentials at VIP Check-in beginning at 12:30pm on Friday, May 25th.
Anyone with festival and camping tickets is also invited to attend the Thursday, May 24 AXIS Campground Stage Pre-Party, which will feature performances from Jamco Industries, Delay the Day, Aformatic, TwoFold, Baron Von Swagger, Back From Ashes, Tiranico and Fist of Rage. Since the camping atmosphere is a central part of the Rocklahoma experience, event producers added this special performance area in 2011 to enhance the campground.
Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes on-site camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.
Established in 2007 as a classic rock destination festival with the motto “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock,” Rocklahoma was revamped in 2010 as organizers teamed with AEG Live to create an event encompassing a much broader mix of classic, current and up-and-coming rock artists. In 2011, a record-breaking crowd of over 35,000 fans turned out for the festival, which raised over $10,000 for the American Red Cross as part of their tornado relief efforts in nearby Joplin, MO. The festival celebrates its 6th year in 2012.
ROCKLAHOMA – Life, Liberty & The Pursuit Of Rock!
Empires of Eden is proud to announce the release of “Channelling the Infinite“, the third album from global recording project Empires of Eden. Japanese release date of June 1 through Rubicon Japan, rest of the world June 6 via Music Buy Mail.
Empires of Eden – teaser – “Channelling the Infinite” featuring UDO, Rob Rock and more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS30QcP2kRw
Conceived and orchestrated by Australian shredding maestro Stu Marshall (ex-Dungeon), the album features some of the most influential voices in metal, including:
Udo Dirkschneider (Accept, U.D.O.), Rob Rock (Impellitteri, Driver), Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper, Lionsheart), Mike Dimeo (Masterplan, Riot), Sean Peck (Cage), Carlos Zema (Outworld, Vougan), Ronny Munroe (TSO, Metal Church), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Eden’s Curse, Edge of Forever), Danny Cecati (Eyefear, Pegazus), Louie Gorgievski (Crimsonfire), Vo Simpson (Darker Half)
Loaded with 12 tracks of brain-blasting power metal, Channelling the Infinite features killer production and powerful, hook-laden music that will appeal to any aficionado. Each song is carefully crafted specifically to suit the singer involved, and designed to best complement their range and style. From there, the vocalists have complete freedom to write the lyrics and melodies, providing a unique insight into what truly inspires these artists.
Also available as a limited-edition Digipak that includes bonus tracks for each territory. In addition to the spectacular vocals, face-melting lead breaks and riffs that could take on a nuclear arsenal. Empires of Eden once again showcases the incredible cover art by L.A based “Alex Ruiz”.
Producer Stu Marshall says, “I am overwhelmed by the power and emotion of the vocal performances that these amazing singers have brought to the album. It’s pushed my playing to levels I never thought possible and has created the most well-rounded release I have ever been involved with. Writing for these incredible artists is a dream come true and the finished product has actually exceeded my expectations. Every song is filled with a passion and spirit that immediately grabs the listener; I am very excited for people to hear this album.”
Empires of Eden’s winning formula was proven with the multi-vocalist sophomore release Reborn in Fire receiving worldwide critical acclaim with enthusiastic reviews and a consistent 9/10 average rating. Now, Channelling the Infinite brings us to the threshold of a new chapter in shredding melodic power metal.
This album is set to be one of the standout releases of 2012 and must not be missed. A digital single release “This Time” featuring Steve Grimmett is scheduled for 26/05/2012.
This special edition EP release celebrates thirty years of George Lynch’s guitar playing with an amazing 4 track offering for the fans. Legacy injects us with a super charged dose of George’s signature style and proves once again why he’s one of the most respected guitar players of the last 3 decades!
Track #1 “Blood Drive” ignites this disc with an upbeat catchy rock track that has a real early VH meets Satriani groove to it. Track #2 “Circulo Del Fuego” offers us a well constructed rocker that incorporates all of George’s legendary playing style. Track 3 “Invoid” can best be best described as “Mr Scary” meets “Tooth and Nail”, it’s laced from start to finish with amazing guitar technique and killer tone. Track #4 “The Road Ahead” is a haunting ballad style number that combines all the flavor & melodic angst of the late 80’s but with a modern tone.
Legacy is a straight forward offering with a classic metal vibe and is a must have for any true fan of this elite guitar legend! You can hear the track “Invoid” in it’s entirety on EBR Nation (Part 5) “Reckoning Day” a short film in the continuing documentary series on American motorcycle icon Erik Buell and his motorcycle company.
In addition to Legacy, Rat Pak Records is proud to announce that we will be releasing the new Lynch Mob CD sometime early this summer. The release is not yet titled but we’ve heard the early demos and we can say with confidence that this is their best material to date. This line-up is a more focused Lynch Mob than we’ve ever seen before and they are hungry to bring their “A-game” to the masses! With Oni Logan, George Lynch, Robbie Crane, and Scot Coogan, you just can’t go wrong!
Official release date for George Lynch “Legacy”: Tuesday, May 1, 2012