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Frontiers Records will release on August 27th in Europe and September 14th in the USA “Diamond Blue”, the anticipated second solo album from the gifted singer Terry Brock. Best known as current vocalist in the Melodic Rock titans Giant, Terry has also recently announced to rejoin Strangeways, the legendary British AOR band that launched his name in the spotlight in the late 80’s, for the recording of a brand new album.
Still, in between these two very important milestone albums in the melodic rock year, Terry managed to complete “Diamond Blue” in collaboration with renowned guitarist / producer / songwriter Mike Slamer. The two of them have already worked together in Seventh Key and on the Slamer album “Nowhere Land” and have already showed the world the magic that the combination of their talent can achieve. “I had been working with Mike on Seventh Key and Slamer, so it was a natural progression. I begged him, basically, to do it !!” states Terry “I wouldn’t have wanted anyone else !!”
In “Diamond Blue” the two of them explore a more classic Melodic Rock sonic landscape which showcases Terry’s vocal abilities in its most natural environment. Still, when Mike Slamer’s around you can’t help but having some roaring guitars and riveting guitar solos. All this, combined with a brilliant songwriting, builds up a fabulous release which is already very much talked and anticipated by the legions of Melodic Rock fans around the world. “Diamond Blue” also includes a song “Jessie’s Gone” written by Terry with Strangeways’ guitar player Ian Stewart.
“This record” says Terry, “is the end result of years of very hard, fun work. It is the solo CD that I’ve always wanted to make, but never thought I could make. Mike pushed me to be better as a singer, songwriter and musician, and I believe the results show that. It is very representative of where I’m at as an artist now and I’m particularly happy that I could involve a lot of friends in the recording process”.
Terry Brock’s musical career started as a background vocalist on Kansas album “Drastic Measures” in 1983. On that session he met Neil Kernon (the producer of the record) who subsequently turned out to be very important in Terry’s career. He also toured with Kansas in support of that album, playing guitar and doing background vocals. Before joining the legendary british Melodic Rock outfit Strangeways, Terry toured extensively with the Steve Morse Band, playing guitar and singing. Strangeways, of course, were Terry’s best known experience in the music business. With them he recorded two albums on BMG / RCA: “Native Sons” and “Walk In the Fire“.
With Strangeways he toured extensively around the whole of Europe garnering the band a reputation as one of the best UK based AOR bands ever and for himself the mantle of being the real heir to Steve Perry’s (of Journey) throne. After he left Strangeways he moved to New York working mainly with famed producer Neil Kernon, who hired him to sing background vocals on albums by bands such as Aviator, Heaven’s Edge, Valentine, Britny Fox and Michael Bolton. After a few years spent in Nashville, he came back on the scene taking part in the Melodic Rock supergroup The Sign and later with Seventh Key (both featuring Kansas bassist/singer Billy Greer) and Slamer. He recently joined Giant as replacement for Dann Huff on vocals on the acclaimed “Promise Land” album and he is currently working on the recording of the anticipated Strangeways reunion cd scheduled for a fall release on Frontiers.
“Diamond Blue” final tracklisting includes:
The songs “Diamond Blue” and “Jessie’s Gone” can exclusively be listened in full in streaming on the Frontiers Web radio from June 13th. Tune in at: www.frontiers.it/webradio
Terry Brock: vocals, guitar
Mike Slamer: guitars, bass, keyboards
Andy Bigan: drums
I was first introduced to the band Kissin’ Dynamite, when Brian Basher played a track off of the band’s 2008 debut, Steel of Swabia on Hard Rock Hideout Radio. I liked the song I heard, but never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that the band’s new album, Addicted to Metal would be THIS good!
Addicted to Metal starts off with the kick ass title track, that features former Accept front man Udo Dirkschneider. If the band was trying to make a statement, with an opening song, this was the way to do it. This is a great song that has already gotten quite a bit of airplay on Hard Rock Hideout Radio.
The opening riffs of “Run For Your Life” reminds me a lot of Whitesnake. This song is extremely catchy, and is the first song that Johannes Braun truly made an impression on me. This guy is one hell of a singer.
“Supersonic Killer” is a rifftastic rocker that is going to appeal to a lot of metal heads. When Johannes Braun cuts loose with the metal screams on “Supersonic Killer” he sounds like a young Don Dokken. Ande Braun and Jim Müller cut loose with some killer riffs.
‘High Enough” is a kick ass cover of the Damn Yankees tune. Johannes Braun does a great job on the vocals, and the band does a pretty good job putting their spin on the song.
“Hysteria” is an interesting tune. Braun’s bombastic vocals on this song push it towards the power metal side of the fence, and yet, the band pulls the reigns in to keep it on the hard rock/ metal side of the fence. The opening of this song reminds me of Foreigner’s “Juke Box Hero”, but it becomes something completely different. Check it out in the clip below.
Just when you think Kissin’ Dynamite is going to slow it down, they pull out another killer tune with “In the Name of the Iron Fist”. The song starts off slow, and builds into a killer power metal tune that would make Gamma Ray or Primal Fear proud! Great stuff.
Sooner or later, I knew a ballad would show up on this CD. I didn’t expect one as good as “Why Can’t You Hear Me” would be on here. This song is an arena ready tune, with massive hit potential.
Overall, I am very impressed with Addicted to Metal. I wouldn’t expect a young band like Kissin’ Dynamite to put out such a quality release. Addicted to Metal is going to turn a lot of heads, and surprise the hell out of a lot of metalheads out there. Germany has another fine band on their hands!
There is no official release date in the U.S. for Addicted to Metal as of yet, but you can score a copy of this CD at this link.
For more information on Kissin’ Dynamite, check out the band’s myspace page. Don’t miss out on Addicted to Metal!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Addicted To Metal
2. Run For Your Life
3. Supersonic Killer
4. High Enough
5. Love Me Hate Me
7. All Against All
8. In the Name of the Iron Fist
9. Assassins of Love
10. Why Can’t You Hear Me
11. We Want More
12. Metal Nation
Kissin’ Dynamite is:
Johannes Braun – Vocals
Ande Braun – Guitar
Andreas Schnitzer – Drums
Jim Müller – Guitar
Steffen Haile – Bass
L.A. Guns is one of the many bands that will be playing in the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. Although the band’s lmembers have changed many times, the band this year features one of the stronger lineups in recent years. Long time members, Phil Lewis, Steve Riley and Stacey Blades are now joined by former Beautiful Creatures bass player Kenny Kweens.
Check out the classic L.A. Guns video “Electric Gypsy” below.
Sister Sin is hitting the North American roads again in July! This time with legendary Michael Schenker Group (MSG)
in support of our upcoming album” True Sound of the Underground“.
Check dates below!
15th July Brixton-CA
16th July Galaxy Theatre-CA
17th July Angels Roadhouse-CA
18th July Brick By Brick-CA
19th July TBA
21st July Backstage Live-TX
22st July 18th Street Bar & Grill-TX
23rd July Trees-TX
27th July Showcase Live-MA
28th July Altar-MA
29th July Starland Ballroom-NJ
30th July Jaxx-VA
31th July Irving Plaza-NY
1st Aug Crazy Donkey-NY
3rd Aug House of Blues-OH
4th Aug Scatz Nightclub-WI
6th Aug Club Vegas-UT
8th Aug Tower Theatre-CA
11th Aug Studio Seven-WA
12th Aug Dantes-OR
13th Aug Last Day Saloon-CA
14th Aug Pepperbellys-CA
15th Aug The Avalon-CA
17th Aug The Boardwalk-CA
18th Aug The Coach House-CA
19th Aug The Key Club-CA