“Desire And Truth” is the follow-up to 2006’s “Demented Honour”, which received rave reviews globally and cemented Erol Sora’s reputation now as a lead vocalist as well as guitarist and ended up in melodicrock.com‘s Top 10 New Artists of that year.
To match the success of his debut album, the ex-John Lawton Band guitarist took his time to work on the songs for his sophomore record. His goal was to recapture the spirit and sound of great British bands from the late 70s/early 80s such as MSG, Whitesnake, Rainbow, UFO and Gary Moore. “Desire And Truth” is heavier and more guitar oriented than the debut, yet still very melodic in terms of vocals and songwriting. The album includes some of Erol’s finest work to date like the in-your-face opener “Taste of Rock & Roll”, a heavy bluesy Whitesnake influenced song. The aptly titled “The Storm Has Just Begun” is equally rocking and features a stunning guitar solo. The Schenker influenced Melodic rocker “Diamonds In The Wind” and the tongue-in-cheek “Rock & Roll Dog” are more examples of Erol’s diverse songwriting skills and influences. “When You’re Gone” a heartfelt ballad, and the haunting “When You Gonna Love Me” deliver the quieter moments of this fascinating new album by a fabulous guitarist and vocalist.
“Desire And Truth”, release date Feb 26th 2010, has already received some great feedback around the world, including an 86/100 rating in the Feb issue of the well respected Japanese Burrn! Magazine.
1. Taste Of Rock & Roll
2. The Storm Has Just Begun
3. What’s It Gotta Do With You And Me
5. When You’re Gone
6. Diamonds In The Wind
8. Stop Messin’ Around
9. Rock & Roll Dog
10. When You Gonna Love Me
Twenty years after the release of the highly acclaimed ‘Damnednation’, JETBOY has completed work on their most recent project ‘Off Your Rocker’. ‘Off Your Rocker’ will be available on March 2, 2010 via iTunes and Amazon.com.
Best described as a blend of edgy rock and roll with a traditional blues based influence, ‘Off Your Rocker’ is the perfect vehicle to exploit the commanding vocal styling of Mickey Finn. The three studio tracks on the EP were written in mere days, further exemplifying the fact that the music is so entrenched in passion that the writing was clearly unforced Having been absent from the studio for some 20 years, JETBOY recorded ‘Off Your Rocker’ in a fully organic mode. The band played all in the same room together in a “live-style” format in an effort to duplicate the way the songs were written, all together, in a true 1970’s fashion where the band could feed off of one another’s energy.
No longer bound to the constraints of a major label like MCA records has afforded the band the freedom to make music their own way. However, freedom has its’ price, and that price in the recording industry is the pressure of getting into the studio and back out again as economically as possible. “Contrary to what people may think, pressure is great for creativity” says Billy Rowe.
‘Off Your Rocker’ was recorded without all of the luxuries and creature comforts that we had when we were with MCA. So, while there was a lot more pressure and no big spread in the greenroom, this disk captures the essence of what JETBOY has been about since day one. Down and dirty rock and roll that leaves you feeling edgy and excited every time you hear it. We wanted to rock you the old fashioned way, where every time you get in your car your first priority is making sure the stereo is turned up to 10, and to hell with the temperature gauge!”
Off Your Rocker
2.Going Down (above the clouds)
3.Dogs Gotta Roam
4.High Gear (live)
5.Crank It Up (live)
6.Losin’ Streak (live)
Iconic rocker Bret Michaels, lead vocalist of Poison, reality TV star, actor, and solo musician, has just released the single “Nothing To Lose.” On the track Michaels taps into his melodic prowess and knack for composing epic ballads and delivers a song that will easily find a home amongst rock, pop and country music fans. Knowing that “Nothing To Lose” had potential to cross genres Michaels recorded it a number of ways; solo, acoustic, and as a duet with Disney star Miley Cyrus.
The concept of pairing the two household names may seem out of left field but the two come together beautifully on the track. “Bret and I had a great time in the studio together just hanging out and making music,” Miley was quoted saying. “He’s so passionate about music and it shows. I think it’s such a rad collaboration because it shows that two artists that seem so different on the outside can come together and organically create something that we are both proud of.”
With the Internet buzz around the track, Michaels sat down with US Magazine to set the record straight, for anyone who was questioning the lyrical content of the song and Miley’s participation on it, “I never sat down and said, ‘Look at the content. Look at the lyrical content… There is nothing I have to be defensive about,” he said, “I just thought it was a beautiful song.”
All five versions of the country-rock ballad “Nothing To Lose” are now available on CD at the singer’s website and the single featuring Miley Cyrus will be hitting iTunes Tuesday March 2nd. To get the latest info on Bret Michaels, including his upcoming appearance on Celebrity Apprentice visit his official website www.BretMichaels.com!
Brand new music – first release from our new album “Fluke”….You may have heard that that we have finally unleashed some new music on the world. If you listen to Planet Rock, you will know that they have been playing “Take The Blame” over the last month or so, and NOW we have released a 5 track digital EP entitled “A Little Something For You” including Hi Resolution artwork. This is available exclusively via our official website here at the very reasonable price of £3.99. Also available is a T shirt package. The tracklisting is as follows:Something For YouWhere You Want MeTake The BlameLive AgainLong Way From Home.
Competition – get your name on our new record…..We are pretty excited about our new album and judging by the feedback we have been getting back from people who have already bought the EP, it seems you guys are too, so we want to make sure that as many people as possible get to hear our music. With that in mind, we want you to help us tell the world about our forthcoming album release, and to give you a bit of encouragement, we have decided to launch a competition to see who can spread the word the furthest and the fastest.
This is what you do:· Go to the website homepage here.· In the top right hand corner you will see a streaming player featuring the new EP. In the bottom right corner of the player, under the “Buy Now” button, click the small buttton marked “share”.· Enter your email address in the top box and then enter the addresses of anyone who you think would enjoy our music in the second box, seperated by a comma and a space.· Enter a message in the bottom box so people know why you are sending them the player – and you are done.Once a week we will publish a table of the top sharers both in an email, and on our various online sites, then at the end of the 4 week period we will publish the winners. Note there is no limit to the number of people you can send it to, but duplicate email addresses only count as one.The more tecnologically minded of you can also post the streaming player on your own Facebook and MySpace pages by clicking the embed button (next to the share button), and copy and pasting the embed code.
Competition prizes….Now the good bit.Top 100 sharers will all receive an exclusive two track digital download and a thank you video message from the band.Top 25 sharers will receive an exclusive two track digital download, a thank you video message from the band and a copy of the new album “Fluke”.Top 10 sharers will receive an exclusive two track digital download, a thank you video message from the band, a copy of the new album “Fluke”, a Little Something For You T shirt and have their name listed in the credits on the album sleeve…..
Tour news….London Borderline, March 2ndLuke’s debut with us will take place in the intimate surroundings of the London’s newly refurbished Borderline.Joiners Southampton, March 6thTickets for both shows are available from the official Voodoo Six ticket line here To mark the occasion, we are also offering a special ticket plus T shirt package with a one-off limited edition of the tour T Shirt featuring an exclusive backprint. This shirt is only available to advance ticket buyers for the London Borderline show. Click here to see a preview of the shirt.
Check Us Out OnlineDon’t forget to check out the Website. You can also connect with us via MySpace here, Facebook here, or Twitter here.OK – that’s it for now. Hope to see you at the shows.Tony, Luke, Grav, Matt and ChrisVoodoo Six
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DEBUT ALBUM “TRANSITIONS” AVAILABLE NOW
September 2009 saw the release of SOMETHING TO BURN’S critically acclaimed debut album “Transitions” on Soft Drive Records, the record label founded by Stone Temple Pilots front man Scott Weiland. After playing a handful of shows last year with Stone Temple Pilots and some successful headlining shows of their own, SOMETHING TO BURN are gearing up to hit the road this spring with Fair to Midland and Karnivool. The tour starts March 23rd in San Antonio, TX and wraps up April 14th in Denver, CO.
Lead singer Greg Wayne, had the following to say about the upcoming tour: “Imagine a caged tiger…pacing back & forth…aching to get back out into the wild…dying to do what it was put on this earth to do. Well, SOMETHING TO BURN is that tiger and we are finally being set free this spring. I’d do everything I could to catch one of these shows if I were you…just sayin”
SOMETHING TO BURN – Norman (guitar), Greg Wayne (front man), and brothers Shawn (drums) and Jeff (bass) Ballard – have emerged from a pool of influences a lot deeper than your typical I-Pod shuffle button. They’ve been raised on music, not the radio, and they know how they want music to sound… And more importantly, they know how they want music to feel. From the classic rock upbringing of the Ballard twins-whose musical tastes were shaped by their seven older brothers and sisters, to Norman’s guitar god meets rhythm and blues fusion, and to the Maynard James Keenan meets Ray Charles vocal colors of Wayne, it’s all about what happens when their chemical backgrounds blend.
The music of SOMETHING TO BURN resurrects what we’ve been missing from our musical past, while forging boldly ahead into the future, and serves as the perfect soundtrack for the party that bridges the two. SOMETHING TO BURN bridges the gap between rock and roll’s heady past and its uncertain future on their debut album “Transitions”
CATCH SOMETHING TO BURN ON TOUR THIS SPRING
3/23 San Antonio, TX @ Scout Bar
3/24 Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
3/26 Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
3/27 Augusta, GA @ Sky City
3/28 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
3/30 Baltimore, MD @ The Quarter
3/31 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
4/1 Westchester, PA @ The Note
4/2 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
4/3 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
4/5 Toronto, ONT @ Wreck Room
4/7 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
4/8 Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
4/9 Chicago, IL @ Penny Road Pub
4/10 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
4/11 Madison, WI @ Annex
4/12 Minneapolis, MN @ The Rock
4/14 Denver, CO @ Marquee
Atlanta-based five piece rock n roll outfit DEATH ON TWO WHEELS is embarking on a jaunt of select shows to support their upcoming AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME EP. The EP will be released in March via The Ghost Umbrella / Favorite Gentlemen.
DO2W is Trae Vedder – lead vocals, guitar, Andrew Knox – organ, piano, vocals, Paul Doss – lead guitar, David Fountain – bass, vocals, and Greg Neel – drums, vocals. Again For The First Time is a reinvention of their exhilarating debut, Separation Of Church & Fate, and a mature step forward for the band. This release is their first as part of the Favorite Gentlemen community of artists that includes Manchester Orchestra, Kevin Devine, and tour mates Winston Audio.
In addition to touring and releasing the new EP, the band is currently hunkered down in a Nashville studio working on their second full length album due to be released before the end of 2010.
Come see what Atlanta has known all this time – DEATH ON TWO WHEELS slaying your town soon! For the latest news, tour dates, and muses straight from the band, follow them at www.twitter.com/do2w.
Get your free download of DEATH ON TWO WHEELS and Winston Audio’s cover of Crazy Mary at http://www.favoritegentlemen.com/crazymary
DEATH ON TWO WHEELS SHOW DATES:
(all dates alongside Winston Audio)
Feb 27 – Chicago, IL- The Elbo Room
Feb 28 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
Mar 2 – Grand Rapids, MI – Mixtape Café
Mar 3 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
Mar 4 – Evansville, IN – The Wired Cafe
Mar 5 – Lexington, KY – Buster’s
Mar 6 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
Need some rock to get your Monday started for you? Check out this catch punk rock tune, “Small Silhouette” from Fiction Reform.
Stratovarius released their first studio album Fright Night in May of 1989. Practically twenty one years to the month later, Stratovarius releases upon their fans, an album of songs that radiates Power Metal sophistication. Polaris, released on May 21, 2009, may not bestow the original Stratovarius lineup, nonetheless, this is as potent a lineup as there ever has been, in this bands history. Being an integral name in a select group of Power Metal pioneers, Stratovarius continues on without original guitarist Timo Tolkki for the first time on Polaris.
Step in new guitarist Matias Kupiainen. The melodic Power Metal guitar of Matias is standout, with his solos abundant on Polaris and not self serving. On Winter Skies, Matias lends his guitar to be a true asset to Stratovarius. Matias’s emotion for playing seeps from his guitar tone with riveting believability on Winter Skies. The same can be said for his talent during many, many moments onPolaris.
Lauri Porra as the new bass guitarist for Stratovarius fits right in alongside drummer Jorg Michael, bringing the melodious thunder that holds together these songs, especially on Blind and Forever Is Today, which can be equated as the two heaviest and fastest tracks on Polaris. Lead vocalist Timo Kotipelto can be considered to be the featured attraction for Stratovarius, never over powering yet powerful enough are his vocals to make any fan of Power Metal or Heavy Metal take notice.
On Polaris, the progressiveness of Stratovarius cannot hide, especially when a song such as Falling Star exists. The integration of Progressive and Power Metal styles that sometimes gets non mentioned doesn’t escape my ears, on a song so dynamic as Falling Star this never sounded more true. King Of Nothing carries out this same Power Metal progressiveness, with a saturated and brilliant overlay of synthetic sound from Jens Johansson’s keyboard skills. At 6:44 long, King Of Nothing borders on epic and plays out masterfully, without ever becoming an elongated power ride of nonsense.
Emancipation Suite I Dusk and Emancipation Suite II Dawn blend together with a thematic power ballad style that is reminiscent of 1970’s Hard Rock legends Styx, with Power Metal mechanisms all in place, of course. The vocals of Timo Kotipelto have pronunciations that remind me of Styx vocalist and founding member Dennis DeYoung, these two opening tracks are my best examples of this complimentary example.
Deep Unknown culminates Polaris as one of the best formulated and once again, mature, Power Metal albums that I have listened to in quite some time. Deep Unknown does not mask itself from any dark theme lyrically, it just spirals it’s way through a mixture of melodies and hooks that signify exactly what Stratovarius is… sophisticated Power Metal. Polaris is not going to grab you with non-stop and heavy Power Metal fury, nor will it have you wondering where the good parts are either. The element of surprise lies in it’s tantalizing progression toward the highs, while never letting in the lows.
Polaris has become a Power Metal album that I would recommend in the same sentence, along with Yngwie J. Malmsteen’s Trilogy and Helloween’s Keeper of the Seven Keys Part I. The significance for me lies within the overwhelming musical credibility that I hear from this Stratovarius lineup, in addition to the exemplary song writing and layering of music elements. It’s not always about the heavy in Power Metal, the hardness, diverse tempos and progressive articulation is what has won me over with Polaris.
1. Deep Unknown
2. Falling Star
3. King of Nothing
5. Winter Skies
6. Forever Is Today
7. Higher We Go
8. Somehow Precious
9. Emancipation Suite I: Dusk
10. Emancipation Suite II: Dawn
11. When Mountains Fall
Timo Kotipelto – Vocals
Matias Kupiainen – Guitars
Lauri Porra – Bass
Jorg Michael – Drums
Jens Johansson – Keyboards
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