Newly reformed NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) heroes STAMPEDE have announced details of the release of their new album ‘A Sudden Impulse’ – the long awaited follow up to their classic 1983 debut studio album ‘Hurricane Town.’
Finding a happy and welcoming new home with Rock Candy Record’s spin-off front line label Grind That Axe Records, the band are finally excited to be able to reveal full track listing and artwork for the new album, which is due for release on April 18. Lead singer Reuben Archer comments “Personally I am really excited about the new album and our association with Rock Candy. It’s great to feel part of something that’s happening and more than anything we can’t wait to get out there and play live!”
One of the most respected hard rock acts during the early eighties, the band signed to Polydor Records and released two albums of impressive melodic rock to both critical and commercial acclaim, being compared to earthy British bands such as UFO and Humble Pie.
Following regenerated interest brought about by Rock Candy Records’ reissue of ‘Hurricane Town’ in 2006, song writing partnership Reuben and Laurence Archer decided to reform the band in 2009. Together with original bassist Colin Bond, new drummer Steve Graystone and the addition of a second guitarist in the form of Chris Clowsley, the band have crafted a worthy, if not superlative, long lost follow-up to their studio debut in the opinion of label manager Derek Oliver, who describes the new material as “lean, mean tough-guy hard rock with all the soulful delivery of classic British steel led by Reuben’s instantly identifiable vocal and Laurence’s blistering plank spanking burn outs.”
Reuben strongly believes that welcoming additional elements to Stampede have only served to strengthen the band, making the new material on A Sudden Impulse their most enjoyablestudio experience yet. For example, twenty‐year‐old guitarist Rob Wolverson was invited toadd his unique flair to the recordings as a result of Laurence being indisposed for a period because of personal commitments. Explains Reuben: “We could have had several existing name players fill in during this time, but I’d known Rob for years and watched him grow into a real guitar whizz‐kid. He’s also a great writer and brought a lot of vibrancy to the project. I just knew he was right for the job.”
Commenting on the end result, Reuben adds: “We have a harder sound now, the melodic
hooks are there and I think we have a lot more edge than the first time around – especially due to our new powerhouse drummer Stevie G, and also Chris, whose strong rhythm guitar, vocal and guitar harmonies contribute enormously to the new sound. It has all resulted in making the reincarnation of Stampede an even more exciting project for us.“
‘A Sudden Impulse’ is released on Rock Candy Records, April 18th 2011
Live dates scheduled for Spring 2011 TBA.
Full track listing of the album is as follows:
A Sudden Impulse (2011)
1) Send Me Down An Angel
3) Having Fun
4) Make A Change
5) Hard Rock Hell
6) This Road
7) Homeward Bound
8) Shame On You
9) Natural Disaster
10) Humble Pie
11) Flaming Gold
13) Flaming Gold (Acoustic)
Find out more about the newly reformed Stampede and get a sneak preview of track samples at:
Iconic rock megastar and new American Idol judge Steven Tyler launched an all new website (www.steventyler.com) coinciding with the Idol’s premiere last night. The site features exclusive photos, video, and a personal welcome message from Steven to his fans.
Born Stephen Victor Tallarico on March 26, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, Steven Tyler is the iconic songwriter, composer and voice of Aerosmith – America’s Greatest Rock and Roll band – and is considered one of rock’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen. Rolling Stone Magazine has cited him one of the greatest singers of all time.
After one year on the road, WakeUpCall decided it was time to release their first Ep, a 5 track CD recorded with producer Beau Hill (Alice Cooper, Europe, Eric Clapton) and great italian producer Maurzio (Icio) Baggio (The Fire, Vanilla Sky, Pino Scotto).
“Before I Fall” is the band first single, you can see the videoclip here:
WakeUpCall will be on tour in Europe this spring and summer, more infos here: http://www.myspace.com/wakeupcallmusic
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
Avenged Sevenfold have released the following statement announcing the new drummer, Arin Ilejay, who will be joining them on the “Nightmare After Christmas” tour. Arin previously played in Southern California metal outfit Confide.
We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our long time studio drum tech, Mike Fasano, recommended Arin Ilejay. We’ve rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We’re very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have.
Thanks for your never ending support. It means the world to us.
See you on the Nightmare After Christmas tour.
1. Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)
3. Dark Days
4. Death Is An Illusion
5. Ain´t Giving In
6. Prelude To Madness
8. Warrior Blood
9. Concealed In The Dark
10. End Of Eternity
11. The Great
12. Show Your Hate 2011
13. Eternal War 2011
11. The Almighty 2011
The January edition of the new CLASSIC ROCK AND METAL PODCAST is available for streaming at www.classicrockpodcast.com and for download through iTunes.
This month Billy Sheehan and Eric Martin from Mr Big talk about their reunion, new album What If and how they fared in the 90s on the back of their International hit single “To Be With You”.
Magnum have almost chalked up 40 years in the business and 2011 sees a new studio album The Visitation and another UK and European headline tour. Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin talks about the changing musical landscape, why it’s nice to be with SPV/Steamhammer and what happened to his beloved Gibson guitar.
Dennis Dunaway was a founder member of the Alice Cooper Band and co-wrote many of their biggest hits, including “School’s Out” and “I’m Eighteen”. Recently he’s been back in the studio with his old bandmates and legendary producer Bob Ezrin to contribute on Alice’s next album Welcome II My Nightmare. He talks about this and his other projects as well as recalling many tales from back in the day. An unmissable interview with a Classic Rock legend.
We celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Hear N Aid charity single Stars plus there’s music from Mr Big and Magnum’s new albums, Dennis Dunaway’s band the 5th Avenue Vampires and Black Sabbath.
As always there’s the latest classic rock news roundup, tour information for January and new releases.
The Classic Rock and Metal Podcast is available to stream or download on the first Monday of every month and is intended for people wanting to catch up on their favourite rock and metal bands of the 70s and 80s, find out what they’re doing now and learn about some of the great new bands following in their footsteps.