Indianapolis natives YOUNGBLOOD finally release their amazing debut album “NO RETREAT” this October, through Eönian Records.
Featuring guitarist and producer Jeff Diehl, who has worked with such legends and luminaries as Gene Simmons, Sweet FA, Ma Kelly, Night Ranger, Kramus, Eddie Kramer and many more. YOUNGBLOOD also toured extensively as Epic Records recording artist Henry Lee Summers’ backing band.
With industry and media stalwarts likening YOUNGBLOOD’s sound to that of Slaughter, Steelheart, Firehouse, Skid Row, Motley Crue, Extreme and even Bon Jovi, this album is sure to light up the airwaves and be recognized as a bonafide modern classic of Sunset Strip influenced heavy rock.
Featuring mind-blowing musicianship, and completely re-mixed and re-mastered, these tracks – originally recorded for Sony/Epic Records in 1989 – storm out of the speakers like velvet thunder, and with the global resurgence of hard rock and hair metal are sounding as contemporary as anything recorded today.
Hard Rock archaeologists Eönian Records have partnered with YOUNGBLOOD to deliver what may be THE hair metal release of 2012 – and with ample material still in the vault, you can expect to hear more from this band very soon.
Eönian Records recently began a distribution deal with the premiere and award-winning Independent Distribution Company Sony RED throughout the US and Nightmare Records Worldwide.
YOUNGBLOOD is Bobby Sisk on Lead Vocals, Jeff Diehl on Guitars & Vocals, Eric Saylors on Guitars & Vocals, Danny Williams on Keyboards & Vocals, Kyle Koker on Bass & Vocals, and Kevin Kale on Drums.
YOUNGBLOOD “No Retreat” will be available world-wide on October 9, 2012 through CD and Digital Stores, as well as through www.EonianRecords.com.
Check out the promo clip for “No Retreat” below.
Track Listing: 1. Pump It Up 2. Love Is All Around 3. Sock It To Me 4. Get Down To It 5. Shot of You 6. Heat of the Passion 7. Save Your Lies 8. Feel Thang 9. Find A Way 10. Taste of Your Lovin' 11. Back In My Life 12. Coming Home 13. My One And Only 14. Don't Play With My Head 15. You've Gotta Go 16. I Love You
The first thing that stands out on Gynger Lynn’s sophomore LP Baby’s Gone Bad (culled from material originally recorded in 1993) is the guitar work of Will Hair. Between blistering solos and clean notes, Will Hair stands out as the most talented member of this group. While I like lead singer Dean Pressley’s voice it is Will Hair’s ability with the ax that gives Baby’s Gone Bad some merit.
Oozing with 80s hair metal riffs, lyrics, and topics, Baby’s Gone Bad is a great album for the hair metal fanatic. Whether it’s singing about a girl, fast times, or partying, Gynger Lynn covers the 80s scene in full force for 16 tracks. Some of these songs are very catchy (Baby’s All Talk, Need To Know, Baby’s Gone Bad) and some are nothing more than filler (Take Me Away, Yes It’s True, The Chance).
Ultimately there is nothing outstanding or new in the presentation. Gynger Lynn is a band that would have made it big back in the day if they had the proper marketing. What that adds up to in 2011 is a mediocre effort that the nostalgic metal heads will love. That leaves little room to grow an audience though.
The power ballads on the album (of which there are several) do stand out and it’s these romantic jams that make Baby’s Gone Bad worth paying attention to. Pressley’s voice is a perfect companion to Will Hair’s moving guitar riffs and Gavin Jadwin’s keyboard playing. A quick listen to songs like Along The Way or Lonely, Lonely will leave you yearning for the innocent days of high school and your fringe leather jacket.
Part of the problem with Baby’s Gone Bad is that not enough songs were excluded from the album. If the band and the producer had decided to trim this album to 11 songs, it might be regarded as one of the strongest hair metal records released in quite a while. Unfortunately, Gynger Lynn decided to take the more is more approach which left a glaring error on the disc. Filler songs are far too many and actually take away from the stronger songs that stand out in their own right.
Overall, Baby’s Gone Bad isn’t a bad album; it’s just that it never rises above the level of average. If you’re seeking a hair metal sound from back in the day, Gynger Lynn is worth checking out. If you’re looking for a record that has depth and a little innovation, this is not the record for you. Hopefully for their next release Gynger Lynn will decide to write some current material that will include current topics. It would certainly be an interesting listen.
Key Tracks – Need To Know; Baby’s All Talk; Lonely, Lonely
- Take Me Away
- Need To Know
- Baby’s All Talk
- Along The Way
- Yes It’ True
- Need A Little Love
- Goin’ Home
- Lonely, Lonely
- Never Gone Find A Better Girl
- Wanna Be Your Lover
- The Chance
- Stay With Me
- Baby’s Gone Bad
- Way Of The World
- Bad Luck
Fresh off of sold out shows in both Los Angeles and Chicago, Eonian Record’s GYNGER LYNN present their 16 track sophomore release. GYNGER LYNN takes the listener through a British pop-influenced, punk-laced, sleaze-metal thrill ride with memorable hooks and giant melodies. Excellent mood and atmosphere throughout as just about every song strikes a chord, whether it be emotional or in a pure rocking sense. All aspects of the band’s songwriting also reach their respective peaks on “Baby’s Gone Bad,” with the lyrical content and wording especially poignant. This release is a must for lover’s of L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat, and Enuff’s N’ Nuff.
On deck, Eonian Record’s most asked about and anticipated releases in SWEET SYBIL. Similar to GNR, Van Halen, and L.A. Guns, SWEET SYBIL’s calling card was raw sexuality and sleaze with a wall of full sounding, in your face street metal. As a favor to a local promoter, the group entered a legendary Chicago battle of the band’s contest. The announcer was given a set list and mistakenly announced the band as SWEET SYBIL, the first song on the list. The band won and the erroneous name change stuck. SWEET SYBIL has opened on a string of tours, opening for such acts as Extreme, Alice in Chains, Enuff Z’Nuff, Dirty Looks, and King’s X just to name a handful. SWEET SYBIL’s Eonian debut features four singles: “Remember When,” ‘#69,” “Someone In Your Eyes,” and the standout “Alone With You” produced & engineered by JOHNNY K. (Disturbed, Avenged, and Sevenfold.)
Program Director for ‘Turn It Up’ on WSCA 106.1 FM had the following to say about SWEET SYBIL: “I REALLY like this record, it’s one of my favorites from the Eonian. It’s like the best album L.A. Guns wishes they could have made. It’s Bon Jovi with BALLS! This is a fun record to listen to.”
Both GYNGER LYNN “Baby’s Gone Bad” and SWEET SYBIL “Self-Titled” are both available worldwide, as well as directly through Eonian Record’s Rockshop at www.EonianRecords.com.
It seems for every band that got signed in the eighties, there were ten more that didn’t. Eonian Records continues to unearth some talented acts from the hair metal era, and after giving Charlotte’s Medusa Groove a few spins, I would have to say that is one of their better CD’s that they have released. The first thing I noticed is the sound quality on this disc. This is a lot better than some of Eonian’s previous offerings.
Charlotte seems to have mixed a little bit of a 70′s vibe into their style of hard rock. Medusa Groove teeters between the bluesy sounds of Led Zeppelin, and the 80′s hard rock of band’s like Steelheart, Kingdom Come and Lynch Mob. It doesn’t really matter who you compare Charlotte to though. The band flat-out rocks.
Eric Ganz has one hell of a cool voice that sounds like a blend of Lenny Wolf, Miljenko Matijevic and Terry Ilous. His voice helps set Charlotte apart from the standard hair metal offerings of the eighties. The more I have listened to Medusa Groove, I wonder how this band didn’t get signed. There is a pretty cool mix of styles on this CD, from the more hair metal flavored tunes such as “Miss Necrophilia”, “She Get It Up”, “Invisible Man”, and “All Tied Up” to the 70′s influenced numbers, “Woman Behind The Eyes”, (my personal favorite) “Siren”, and “Little Devils”. “Changes” is the type of song that would have the masses breaking out their zippo lighters (or cell phones for today’s audiences). This is one of the better ballads that I have listened to. Overall, I did not find one bad song on this CD, and I found myself hitting repeat a few times so I could listen to it again.
The bottom line: Charlotte is an above average band that didn’t get their due. Medusa Groove was a nice surprise for this listener, and is a a quality release that you should look into. I am glad that Eonian Records has given the world an opportunity to hear this cool band.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Medusa Groove
2. Woman Behind The Eyes
4. Little Devils
5. Miss Necrophilia
6. She Get It Up
7. Got Love On The Line
9. Roadhouse Of Love
10. Ocean Of Love And Mercy
11. Invisible Man
12. All Tied Up
Eric Ganz – Lead Vocals
Nick DiBacco – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Vinnie Cacciotti – Guitar
Chris Colovas – Bass, Backing Vocals
Eric D. Brewton – Drums, Backing Vocals
Eonian Records, the world’s premier hard rock and metal archive label is pleased to announce the first two titles of 2010: CHARLOTTE “Medusa Groove” and LEGACY “Self-Titled” both available worldwide on Tuesday, April 20th.
CHARLOTTE “Medusa Groove”
During the over-the-top excesses of the late 80′s, every new rock band grabbing for the brass ring went the hair-metal route, but CHARLOTTE refused to be blind little lambs led to the corporate rock slaughter, instead creating a fresh, invigorating, blues-drenched melodic metal sound that conjured up a restless, roaming, slithering rock ‘n’ roll voodoo. In other words, they said the devil be damned and marched to their own thunderous drums. And when they damned the devil, God or Fate or Lady Luck or whatever you want to call it took them on one hell of a hard rocking ride. Their mission: Play the kind of metal music that unleashes the primal beast in all of us and nails everyone to the wall with its moody aggression. They unveiled their unique style at Jezebel’s in Orange County, California and quickly garnered barrels of buzz for their Great White, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N’ Roses-influenced sound. Their popularity rose rapidly, taking them through renowned venues like The Whisky-A-Go-Go, The Roxy, and The Troubadour. But they never lost sight of their vision, refusing to follow the popular trends, always staying true to themselves while delivering vibrant, creative, unpredictable hard rock music.
For fans of Great White, Led Zeppelin, and Guns N’ Roses.
LEGACY – S/T
LEGACY was a pack of righteously rogue mousse-abuse mavericks who merged the messianic message with loud, raucous, rowdy rock ‘n’ roll. Created in 1987, the band felt a burning deep in their souls to unleash an all-cylinders-cranking metal machine that could not only rock your face off, but share a message of sacred love while doing so. The sizzling salvo of heavy guitars, thunderous rhythms, melodic hooks, and layered vocals went hand in hand with who they were as servants of faith. Citing Columbus, Ohio as their home base and bands like Stryper, Dokken, and Scorpions as their influences, the band invaded all manner of musical venues in their quest to bring their message-oriented metal to the masses. In the winter of 1989, LEGACY became the first Christian band to ever take the coveted crown in the Battle of the Bands at the renowned Alrosa Villa heavy metal club in front of nearly 10,000 concert goers. Fueled by this success and gaining momentum rapidly, they opened for several Christian rock legends, including REZ, Shout, Sacred Warrior, and Allies. Despite any obstacles thrown in their way, the band never lost faith in their mission to rock for the Rock and answer the call to dance with metal destiny.
For fans of Dokken, Scorpions and Stryper.
Both CHARLOTTE “Medusa Groove” and LEGACY “Self-Titled” will be available on TUESDAY, APRIL 20th at most any store that carries AOR, Hard Rock, and Metal worldwide, as well as at www.EonianRecords.com.
Eonian Records is now proudly distributed in Europe through Fastball Records & Intergroove. For inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
“Feed Your Hard Rock & Metal Addiction!”
I have been wondering for years why the Sgt. Roxx EP Push N Squeeze was capturing such high dollars on Ebay over the years. This highly sought after CD, has pulled down hundreds of dollars for a single copy. Thanks to Eonian Records, I will wonder no more. Weapon of Miss Distraction has all off the songs from the hard to find EP and thirteen more (gasp!). With over 70 minutes of music on one CD, this is a great value for a hair metal fan.
The six songs from the EP are all solid tunes. They remind me a lot of another Eonian band High Noon that I am pretty fond of. The power ballad “Don’t Cry” is quite good as well. If this would have been released back in the late 80′s, the band could have had a hit with this. I got a pretty good laugh out of the tune “Alright”. This is pure hair metal cheese, but a fun song at that. “Ransom” is another kick ass rocker that I will get plenty of replay out of. I also got a kick out of “(Don’t Do) What Your Mama Sayz”.
Overall, if you are expecting to hear something new, you won’t find on Weapon of Miss Distraction. By no means are the songs on this CD worth the big money that Ebay has attracted over the years. If you are looking for some above average hair metal, then you definitely need to get this.
For more information on Sgt. Roxx, check them out on myspace.
Rating: Out of 10
1. All You Need
2. Why’d You Lie
3. Movin’ On
4. Push & Squeeze
5. Million Dollar Girls
6. Wrap Yourself
7. Don’t Cry
8. Rockin Horse
11. Without You
12. Thinkin’ Of You
14. (Don’t Do) What Your Mama Sayz
15. 4th time out
16. I Don’t Know
17. Psycho In The House (Live)
18. My Lady (Live)
19. Bread & Water
Sgt. Roxx is:
Jack Adams – lead/backing vocals
Bob Briles – lead/rhythm guitars and backing vocals
Bob O’Conner – lead/rhythm guitars and backing vocals (1-5, 11-16)
Scott ‘Grover’ Weatherspoon – lead/rhythm guitars and backing vocals (6-10, 17-19)
Darrin Laszlo – bass and backing vocals
Kevin Cora – drums and backing vocals (6-10, 17-19)
Scott Wilson – drums (1-5)
Gabriel ‘Gabie’ Anthony – drums (11-16)
In 2009, Eonian Records has been uncovering some classic metal acts that never got their due. Chicago’s Uzi is another band that showed a lot of potential, but by the time they relocated to L.A., the hair metal scene was dead. If this band would have made the move five years earlier, they could have made their mark on the music scene. There a quite a few cool rockers on Madhouse that are worth checking out.
The CD opens up with the title track “Madhouse”. This sleazy rocker had me sold on the first listen. This tune has a lot of energy that really sets the stage well for the rest of the album.
“American Dream” is a short little rocker, clocking in just shy of three minutes. It does a good job at keeping the pace going on the CD.
“Away From My Heart” is a power ballad that should have generated a hit for the band. While it doesn’t break any new ground, it is easily as good as a lot of the stuff that was being released in the late eighties and early nineties.
“Rocker” reminds of classic Skid Row, while the tune “Raise Hell” is more like a Def Leppard tune. Both tunes are very cool!
“For the Money” is a kick ass, foot-stomper that has it all: cowbell, horns and some excellent guitar noodling. This is as good as any closing song that I have heard all year.
It doesn’t detract from the experience too much, as the songs are pretty good.
There are far too many cool bands out there that never got their due. Madhouse is a cool retrospective on a band that should have been huge. I am grateful for Eonian Records, as they have uncovered another gem with Uzi’s Madhouse.
Rating: Out of 10
2. American Dream
3. Mutha’s Knockin
5. Do What I Do
6. Away From My Heart
7. Raise Hell
8. From the Gutter
9. Wreckerd Man
10. For the Money
Nicholas Flynt – Vocals
Gary Vail – Lead Guitar
Ben Taylor – Guitar
Jef Kors – Bass
Paul Petrillo – Drums
In an era where many “great” artistic wells seem to be starting to run dry, FELONY bursts out of the proverbial rock’n'roll gate like thoroughbred race horses from hell. The proverbial torch-bearers of the Midwest metal scene, this powerhouse dates back to 1989 and the second great sexual revolution of our culture. ‘Helltown Hotel’ documents plenty of attitude and gives us an unobstructed view of the evolution of FELONY from their earlier no-frills metal sound, with songs like the blood-pumping ‘Yank That Chain’ to songs like ‘To The Core’ which chronicle the darker, heavier version of the later day. Representing their unbridled lifestyle and way of performing, the term “Helltown” has become synonymous with all things that are FELONY.
1. Cat Daddy 2. Dancin’ On My Grave 3. Heist In Helltown 4. Street Fight 6. Well of Souls
7. To the Core 8. Lost In The Closet 9. Yank That Chain 10. Days of Disease
11. Another Hero 12. F.I.T.H. 13. Shake The Faith 14. Heist In Helltown ’93 15. Heist in Helltown (Live)
16. Mississippi Rollin’ 17. Shattered Innocence
STRIKE TWICE was created by vocalist Michael Hayes and guitarist Rob Luv, two guys with a love in their hearts and souls for hot-blooded hard rock. Fate smiled kindly on them during the 80’s metal revolution as they packed out clubs everywhere they went. Their tight, sleaze-fueled sound and debauchery-drenched stage show struck a chord with fans everywhere. Their music was powerful and precise, their songs designed to deliver hook-heavy entertainment. STRIKE TWICE played their music displaying a killer knack for crafting punchy, high-energy hard rock songs that drip with streetwise swagger and bad boy shock factor. Never settling for second best, STRIKE TWICE gave it all they had, a well-oiled hair metal machine that delivered the goods to hungry hard rockers. With ripping tunes like “Tango,” “D.F.W.M.,” and “Undress Me,” STRIKE TWICE proves beyond any doubt that they possess that indefinable hard rock magic that is still as relevant today as it was in the late 80’s and early 90’s!
- Tuff Luck 2. Intoxication 3. Never Let Go 4. Get It 5. Dirty Lover 6. One Night With You 7. Undress Me 8. Wake Up Cryin’ 9. Tango 10. D.F.W.M. 11. Back Door
BOTH releases will be available at nearly every online music store that sells true rock-n-roll, as well as in the Eonian Record’s “Rock Shop” at:
Also, THANK YOU to all of you music fans who purchased SHAKE CITY and UZI! Eonian Records sold out of the first pressing of these two titles in just the first week and both CD’s have been top sellers at many online retailers world-wide!
Eonian Records, the world’s new premier archive label is pleased to announce two new July releases: SHAKE CITY “Self-Titled” and UZI “Madhouse” both available July 20th.
SHAKE CITY features twelve sleazy, ear candy tracks produced By: Erik Turner of Warrant & Tommy Thayer formally of Black N’ Blue / currently of KISS; featuring “Game of War” written by Jani Lane formerly of Warrant. This is the album music fans have been screaming for over 20 years! According to the band, all they ever wanted to do was satisfy music fans by serving up the kind of songs that made you pump your fist and shout, “Hell yeah, that f**kin’ rocks!”
The new SHAKE CITY release on Eonian Records is simply amazing, the sound quality is perfection and the tunes, the tunes blew me away! Songs like “Hot Love,” “Psychedelic Ride,” “Submarine,” and Get It While It’s Hot” have those great hooks that are missing in music today. This one is an exceptional release! Do yourself a HUGE favor and SHAKE CITY one to your collection! 4 ½ Stars out of 5
~ Brian Rademacher CEO of RockEyez.com
1. One Good Reason 2. Hot Love 3. Betty Blue 4. Get It While It’s Hot 5. Submarine 6. Little Lianne 7. Lust & Love 8. Psychedelic Ride 9. Sweet Dreams 10. Can’t Get Over You 11. Game of War 12. Bad on Wheels
UZI was influenced by the metal rock wave ridden by bands like AC/DC and Motley Crue. Their debut, a collection full of razor guitars, piston-powered drums, and sleazy-pop hooks, displays ten extraordinary songs unleashing a barrage of swagger. ”American Dream” and “Rocker” are soon to be classic metal anthems. Title track “Madhouse,” arguably the album’s best song, will raise blood pressure after just one listen. “Away From My Heart,” one the band’s strongest songs, undoubtedly rivals any rocker ballad by GNR, Motley Crue, or Skid Row.
“WOW ….is the first word that came to mind when I heard UZI’s “Madhouse” release from Eonian Records. This release is reminiscent of Sebastian Bach-era Skid Row! If you’re looking for in your face rock n’ roll with a heavier edge, you owe it to yourself to add this to your collection without wasting another precious moment!
~ Andrew Babcock, Hair Metal Mansion
1. Madhouse 2. American Dream 3. Mutha’s Knockin’ 4. Rocker 5. Do What I Do 6. Away From My Heart
7. Raise Hell 8. From the Gutter 9. Wreckerd Man 10. For the Money
Both releases also feature the stellar graphic design art from Suicide Graphix and will not disappoint. SHAKE CITY “Self-Titled” and UZI “Madhouse” is now both available at any store that sells TRUE Hard Rock and Metal.
However, if your favorite store does not carry Eonian Record’s artist, please visit www.EonianRecords.com. CD’s are in stock and are ready to ship …so place your order today!
Arriving from the vaults of hair metal resurgence, Gynger Lynn’s self titled debut record is finally seeing the light of day, thanks to Eonian Records. While they never quite made it out of the Chicago music scene back in the late 80s, Gynger Lynn did manage to gain the interest of quite a few record executives. Unfortunately, they never signed a deal and thus were never thrust into the spotlight. Now, thanks to the resurrection and demand of hair metal music, Gynger Lynn is available for your listening pleasure.
Gynger Lynn’s self titled debut kicks off with a less than memorable song, Dirty. As an introduction to the band, this song does not deliver, and set the stage for disappointment. Fortunately, the band is able to recover from this less than stellar first track.
The second track, Reasons Why, is a soft ballad in typical hair metal fashion. It’s a solid track, but I was surprised that it came so early on the disc. The acoustic guitar is a nice (albeit cliché) touch and the guitar work on this ballad is enjoyable and well played.
Tell The World is hands down the best song. It’s a catchy, infectious tune that gets into your ear and doesn’t leave. A guaranteed sing along by the third listen, Tell The World is a foot tapping, fist pumping, head banging good time meant to be played while cruising the streets on a hot summer night.
On My Way sounds like it could have been placed right on Skid Row’s debut album. It resembles a morph between Big Guns and Sweet Little Sister. The song is catchy in its own right, but the nonstop resemblance to Skid Row makes me think less of this song, because it’s lacking in originality.
Wanna Be Your Lover is another strong song that sings about love and romance. The guitar riffs are catchy with solid hooks. The song starts with a fun yowl from lead singer Dean Pressley. This is another song about love and romance, typical of the late 80s music scene. The basic back beat pattern of quarter note time helps this riff get stuck in your head and makes for an enjoyable music experience.
Arms Around You is another excellent song that battles for the spot of best song on the disc. The guitar solo is spot on, 1988-era. This is a fun song about young lovers never wanting to let go of each other. This song brought me back to the late 80s, hanging out on a summer night, just holding your best girlfriend and never wanting time to move. A fantastic and fun-filled tune.
Lead guitarist Will Hair does a decent job throughout the record. The guitars are sharp and tight, and his note playing is clean and memorable. While sometimes simplistic in nature, the guitar work is right for the songs and Will really shines on the power ballads, of which there are several.
Dean Pressley’s voice is typical 80s hair metal lead vocalist falsetto. His style is similar to Sebastian Bach, Mark Slaughter, and Steve Whiteman. While limited in range, Dean has a good voice and sings well on Gynger Lynn. His voice stands out on the ballads and while lacking in strength for the rockers, he can carry the tunes well enough.
Even though they never made the big time during hair metal’s peak years, Gynger Lynn is still worth picking up and getting to know now. The music is classic 80s and the songs hold up over time. Packed with memorable, fun hits, and more than a few power ballads, Gynger Lynn is definitely worthy of your time and your money, especially if you are searching for a new band to help you embrace the past.
For more information on Gynger Lynn, check out the band’s official myspace page.
Rating: Out of 10
- Reasons Why
- One and Only
- My, My Lisa
- Why Is It Over
- On My Way
- Tell The World
- In My Heart
- Wanna Be Your Lover
- I Love The Lights
- Arms Around You
Gynger Lynn is:
Dean Pressley – Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitars
Will Hair – Lead Guitars
Jim Stuppy – Bass Guitar
Frank Paul – Drums
Reviewed by Ryo Vie
From Eonian Records comes Charlemagne’s self titled, this four piece first formed in 1987 when Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals and Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars met Lee Bryan – Bass and Ken Kowalski – Drums after moving to Hollywood for Scott to attend Musicians Institute’s GIT.Even though the band became a regular on the Sunset Strip club scene they were never able to get the major label record deal like so many of the other bands at the time. Thanks to Eonian the world is finally getting to hear Charlemagne in all their glory, and any fan of 80′s Sunset Strip hard rock will find plenty to like about Charlemagne’s music as it is filled with soaring vocals, screaming solos, and gang vocals galore.
“Secret Romeo” is the first track on the album and this song could have easily stood along side any song released by Poison, Danger Danger, or any of the other big bands at the time. Great chorus and solo with some excellent vocals both lead and background you can easily find yourself tapping your foot and singing along. “I Don’t Wanna Lie” takes a little heavier approach without losing any of the melody before the chorus breaks out. Oliver pulls off another very good solo. “She’s Only Young” stays on the heavy path while tackling a very serious subject in child abuse. “So Far Away” is a catchy mid tempo rocker as Barrett wraps his soaring vocals around these lyrics nicely. “Is It Ever Easy” and “I’ve Got You” are both ballads although “Is It Ever Easy” has a nice funk touch added to it. On “Chances Calling” Scott Oliver has a nice intro before the song kicks in and pulls off another stylish solo, he definitely made me a fan of his playing with this record. “Last Chance” is a very nice instrumental piece where the whole band gets a chance to shine but especially Kowalski’s drumming.
Charlemagne would not have started any new musical trends, but had they been given a chance they definitely could have had a nice run on the charts. Sadly though like so many other talented bands on Sunset Strip at the time they were lost in the shuffle before grunge completely killed the hard rock scene in the early 90′s. Any fans of guitar players will find plenty of reasons to pick this album up if only because of Scott Oliver’s excellent playing throughout. You can check out Charlemagne at myspace.com/officialcharlemagnepage.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Secret Romeo
2. I Don’t Wanna Lie
3. She’s Only Young
4. So Far Away
5. Is It Ever Easy
6. I’ve Got You
7. Chance is Calling
8. Last Chance
9. Wait And See
10. I’m Not That Easy
11. I Wish I Knew
Raymond Barrett Jr. – Lead Vocals
Scott Oliver – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Lee Bryan – Bass Guitar
Ken Kowalski – Drums
Eonian Records is proud to announce the release of its first four releases: Charlemagne “S/t,” High Noon “No Turning Back,” Gynger Lynn “S/t,” and Pistol Dawn “Conversation Piece.” All four will be available worldwide on March 19th.
Charlemagne “S/T” To Hollywood and back, these Sunset Strip veterans have owned the legendary stages of The Whiskey, The Troubadour, The Roxy Theater, Coconut Teaszer and the infamous Gazzarri’s. This self-titled release is evidence that the Charlemagne of today has yet to slow down or stop kickin’ ass. Covered by many and ignored by none, they were a part of history in the making, fuel for electricity that never waned and would impact our culture for years to come.
Track Listing: 1. Secret Romeo 2. I Don’t Wanna Lie 3. She’s Only Young 4. So Far Away 5. Is It Ever Easy 6. I’ve Got You 7. Chance Is Calling 8. Last Chance 9. Wait and See 10. I’m Not That Easy 11. I Wish I Knew
High Noon “No Turning Back” East Coast meets West Coast in 1989 and sparked High Noon, creating an experience of “groove and soul” that hooked the Hollywood scene and rocked the world! “No Turning Back” is THE chronological overview of High Noon, featuring straight ahead gut wrenching tracks produced by Michael Lardie of Great White and mixed by the legendary Michael Wagener (Skid Row, Dokken, & Extreme.)
Track Listing: 1. High Noon 2. Bad Moon Risin’ 3. Rude Boy 4. Don’t Come Running 5. Have My Heart 6. Skatin’ On Thin Ice 7. When the Night Calls 8. Just Like a Woman 9. Who Do You Think You Are? 10. Around Midnight 11. Faith Hope and Love 12. Bed of Lies 13. Weight of the World 14. House of Glass
GYNGER LYNN “Self-Titled” Not just another “hair band,” Gynger Lynn rose from the depths of basement rehearsals and took Chicago stages by storm for over a decade; becoming one of the hardest-working and most enduring rock legends the area has ever seen. Gynger Lynn lands hard on both feet here with their debut, self-titled release for Eonian Records. Gynger Lynn is armed with seductive ballads complete with haunting vocals and crying guitars while bringing it all home with their signature sound in “I Love the Lights,” the hard-hitting screaming anthem for a generation of musicians.
Track Listing: 1. Dirty 2. Reasons Why 3. One and Only 4. My, My Lisa 5. Why Is It Over 6. On My Way 7. Tell the World 8. In My Heart 9. Wanna Be Your Lover 10. I Love the Lights 11. Arms Around You 12. Faces 13. Love
PISTOL DAWN “Conversation Piece” Offering up their own brand of high-energy heavy metal sleaze with a wink and no apologies, these touring giants show us why they have shared stages the world over with the likes of Cheap Trick, Enuff Z’Nuff, Dangerous Toys and Lillian Axe. Featuring tracks produced by Chip Z’Nuff, ‘Conversation Piece’ is Pistol Dawn’s confirmation in this new millennium. From the raw-edged title track ‘Conversation Piece,’ to the harmonic intertwining of vocals and guitar showcased in ‘Still Running Wild,’ this compilation of “dirty power pop” songs captures and delivers Pistol Dawn at their loudest and proudest with just a peek at their tender side.
Track Listing: 1. Conversation Piece 2. Message in a Bottle 3. Dreams Come True 4. Be My Girl 5. Hard Way 6. Gone Away 7. Stocks and Blonds 8. Still Running Wild 9. Talk of the Town 10. Wish Upon a Star
Since opening their doors on July 4th, 2008, Eonian Records has become synonymous with some of the highest quality hard rock and metal music in the world. Busy building on its new found reputation; Eonian Records has recently become the home of several musical icons of Chicago’s legendary music club The Thirsty Whale, including Dear Diary, Gynger Lynn, Pistol Dawn, Sgt. Roxx, Sweet Sybil, and UZI.
Eonian Records has also signed Southern California Guitar Hero Ronny North. Ronny endorses his own signature line through Tregan Guitars and was named Best Male Guitarist Award at the 2006 All Access Magazine Music Awards. Ronny North’s “Then & Now” release will feature several never released tracks from his earlier days on the Sunset Strip: Kidd Comet and Forever Young, and a few big name guest players such as Rikki Rocket, Eric Singer, and CC Deville to name a few.
One of Eonian Records most noteworthy signings comes from the Seattle metal scene, Dr. Grind. In the heart of the grunge movement storms a combination of power resembling Queensryche and the melodic metal behind Dokken. Dr. Grind’s “Speechless” release is a striking collection of the charismatic hook-line-and-sinker choruses, blinding twin guitar melodies, and solid walls of anthemic five-part vocal harmonies.
Emerging from the Columbus, Ohio rock scene to become one of the most popular and critically acclaimed bands was the Christian metal group Legacy. Touring with the likes of Sacred Warrior and REZ, Legacy pounded the Midwest club circuit delivering their slick, polished, L.A. metal, featuring dual guitar wizardry of Fred Blanchard and Matt Rice.
Named one of the top bands and one of the very best live acts to come out of the Tri-state area is Strike Twice. This five-piece shows its influences on its debut release with its mixture of Motley Crue, AC/DC, and Skid Row; while delivering a straight-forward, unapologetic, slab of metal. Strike Twice promises to deliver one of the best and most fulfilling Hard Rock releases of 2009!
However, the great signings do not end there. Eonian Records has also become the home of Bad Attitude, Charlemagne, High Noon, and Shake City, all of whom played throughout Southern California in the late 80’s and early 90’s with a majority of those shows on the infamous Sunset Strip in Hollywood, California. Gazzarri’s, The Whiskey, The Rainbow, The Roxy, and The Troubadour all played host to these four bands at one time or another.
High Noon Shake City
Finally, hailing from Indianapolis, Indiana, comes three flamboyant, photogenic bands with killer hooks in Felony, Snakeskin Cowboy, and Wanted, all who has packed clubs all over the Midwest with Record Executives in the house nearly every night.
Eonian Record’s releases will be available at www.eonianrecords.com through secure online shopping and will be mailed nearly worldwide. However, if you would like to see an Eonian artist in your local music shop, this can also be possible.
Expect a very busy 2009 and nothing but the most sought after artists and releases from Eonian Records. Visit www.eonianrecords.com for more details.