New York and Massachusetts Melodic Rockers VOICES OF EXTREME will release their anticipated new album “Break the Silence” on August 2nd in the USA. “Break the Silence” is the band’s 2nd original studio album and their second full length release within the last five years.
V.O.X. is an infectious rising band who has caught the interest from top industry peers like Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden) and David Swales (Affinity Management) who co-manage the band.
V.O.X. was created by childhood friends Don Chaffin and Bob Brennan. They started working on the recordings for their second release in late 2009 when Bob Brennan returned to New York and reunited with Don Chaffin and John Macaluso. The second release introduces new musicians Rob Katrikh and Mike Khalilov.
V.O.X. have a powerhouse line-up previously involved with artists like Doro, TNT, Ark, and Yngwie Malmsteen.
V.O.X. is now complete with Don Chaffin on lead vocals, Rob Katrikh on lead guitars, Bob Brennan on bass guitar, Mike Khalilov on keyboards, and John Macaluso on drums.
“Break the Silence”, states Don Chaffin, “Is a culmination of the band’s collective influences and
various individual styles of the band members and a direct outreach to the fans who have come to love and support our music and live performances! ”
V.O.X. debuted in 2005 with the amazing ‘Hypocrite’, a record that was produced by Danny Spitz (Anthrax) in 2005.
Once the debut album was complete, it wasn’t long before the V.O.X. hit the stage opening for Disturbed , Alice in Chains, and Godsmack.
“Break the Silence” will inspire fans of true Melodic Rock ! Don’t miss one of the highlights of the season.
“Break the Silence” track listing includes:
Damned, Tell Me What It Takes, Apocalypse, Break the Silense, Numb, Did It Again, Hollow, Made of Stone, Blown Away, Sorry
Check out VOICES OF EXTREME website for upcoming shows and news.
VOICES OF EXTREME
Don Chaffin- Lead Vocals
Rob Katrikh– Guitar
Bob Brennan- Bass Guitar
Mike Khalilov- Keys
One of my recent finds in a Baltimore record store was Rainbow’s 1983 release Bent Out of Shape. If you are not familiar with Bent Out of Shape, this is the last Rainbow CD to feature Joe Lynn Turner on vocals, and Roger Glover on bass. This disc produced a couple of the band’s bigger songs, “Street of Dreams” and “Can’t Let You Go”. The initial release only came out on LP and cassette, and was released on CD years later. I have never seen this CD in any of my local stores before, so I was pretty excited to find this disc while in Maryland for the M3 Rock festival. “Street of Dreams” has been one of my favorite Rainbow songs for years. I have had the song on The Very Best of Rainbow CD, for a while, but never had the original release with the song until now.
“Can’t Let You Go” is another killer tune, with its creepy 70’s horror movie pipe organ intro. The album intro “Stranded” is another notable track, with a superb vocal from Joe Lynn Turner.
“Fool For the Night” sounds a lot like a Loverboy tune. I don’t know if Ritchie Blackmore was taking a smoke break when this song was recorded. The guitar work could have easily have been a session player for most of this one. There is a brief guitar solo which is pretty cool, but over all the guitar work blends so much with the keyboards that it sounds more like an 80’s pop/rock tune. This one isn’t one of my favorites, but it is an ok tune.
After hearing “Fire Dance” I wondered if the band was pissed about having to do “Fool For the Night”. On “Fire Dance” it seems that everyone cuts loose. David Rosenthal is no slouch on the keyboards. His playing is superb on “Fire Dance”. Roger Glover shows why his is one of the bass players in the business, and Blackmore’s guitar work is pure magic. I absolutely love this song.
Rainbow gives Joe Lynn Turner a break with the instrumental song “Anybody There”. This is another unappreciated gem that needs to be heard at maximum volume.
I guess it is a sign of the times when Bent Out of Shape was released. “Desperate Heart” kind of sounds like a Survivor tune. Joe Lynn Turner is such an amazing singer, he can an average song, and turn into something great, which he does here. This song sounds like Rainbow as trying to find some mainstream appeal on the radio, but it didn’t work out for them. It is too bad, this song had some potential.
“Street of Dreams” is easily one of the best Rainbow songs ever. This song is as close to perfection as it gets. It is absolute classic! (Check it out in the video below!).
“Drinking With the Devil” should have been another big song for Rainbow. This is a fast tempo rocker that sees Blackmore strut his stuff. I wish I could have seen Rainbow perform this live. This is such a fun tune.
“Snowman” is another instrumental. I must admit, I am not a big fan of instrumental tracks, and two on a ten track CD seems a little excessive to me. Bent Out of Shape could have used another rocker, instead of this song. The CD does end in fine fashion with rockin’ album closer “Make Your Move”.
Although Bent Out of Shape, isn’t the best disc in the Rainbow catalog, the outstanding vocals of Joe Lynn Turner alone make this a disc worth seeking out. “Street of Dreams” is worth the price of admission in my opinion. Chances are you won’t find this in a retail store, but you can get it dirt cheap at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
2. Can’t Let You Go
3. Fool for the Night
4. Fire Dance
5. Anybody There
6. Desperate Heart
7. Street of Dreams
8. Drinking With the Devil
10. Make Your Move
Ritchie Blackmore – Guitars
Roger Glover – Bass, Percussion
Joe Lynn Turner – Vocals
David Rosenthal – Keyboards
Chuck Burgi – Drums
Band teams with powerhouse mixer Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row) and producer Ryan Andersen (Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Thornley)
‘Release Me’ is a wonderful rock ride … It is the type of song
that will sound good 10 years from now. – Hardcore Mix Blog
Western Canadian rockers Eldebrock have teamed up with industry heavyweight Michael Wagener and producer Ryan Andersen to create their self-titled debut album and issue their first single, Release Me.
Wagener, whose works have sold more than 92 million albums worldwide, has worked on some of rock’s most respected albums including Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Skid Row’s self-titled debut and Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tears. Credits for Andersen include Nickelback’s The Long Road and All the Right Reasons. The band’s highly-anticipated album is scheduled for release on September 14.
Eldebrock is clearing a path alongside other current top Canadian rock bands Nickelback, Three Days Grace and Theory of a Deadman.
“This album is very much looking forward in time, creating its own niche, very solid musicianship, great songs, great performance and great sound,” Wagener says.
“Eldebrock’s sound is a combination of layered guitars and vocal harmonies in the style of Alice in Chains, driving rhythm a’ la Godsmack and lead guitar influenced by Slash and Zakk Wylde,” says rhythm guitarist and founding member Del Bannerman.
For Del, it took some devastating events to trigger a complete life change. His beloved mother was killed in a car crash, his only brother went missing and was added to the Canada-wide Missing Persons List, and shortly after a great night jamming with actor Brad Renfro, the actor unexpectedly passed. That’s when Del decided life was too short to spend working at an office job and he started pursuing his passion for music.
“Major events can shape your life and I knew I wasn’t leading the life I wanted,” Del explains. “Yeah, I’ve been through some crazy times, who hasn’t, and actually my time here has been pretty damn good, but it was enough for me to re-evaluate what I was doing with my life. It’s all about choices. I decided I was going to start a rock band, put out a solid album with some great musicians and try to make a positive impact.”
In early 2010, the band decided to give back in a big way and reach out globally by partnering with the UICC – International Union Against Cancer (www.uicc.org), the leading, non-governmental organization in Geneva that is dedicated to the global prevention and control of cancer. The band created the campaign, World War on Cancer, and will commit $1 per album (.10 cents per song sold) to support the UICC’s fight against cancer.
Eldebrock is Jay Wegenast (Lead vocals/guitar), Barrett Moore (Lead guitar/vocals), Del Bannerman (Rhythm guitar), Richard Lalonde (Bass) and Shawn Bannerman (Drums).
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