SYMFONIA the new melodic metal project featuring the all-star lineup guitarist Timo Tolkki (ex-Stratovarius), vocalist Andre Matos (ex-Angra), drummer Uli Kusch (ex-Helloween), bassist Jari Kainulainen (ex-Stratovarius) and keyboardist Mikko Harkin (ex-Sonata Artica) — are gearing up to release their debut full-length. Titled In Paradisum, the ten-track offering was recorded mainly in Finland, mixed and mastered in Italy and produced by Timo Tolkki. The record has been released in North America via Armoury Records.
In Paradisum Track Listing:
01. Fields Of Avalon
02. Come By The Hills
06. Pilgrim Road
07. In Paradisum
08. Rhapsody In Black
09. I Walk In Neon
10. Don’t Let me Go
You can listen to In Paradisium in its entirety at AOL music.
LATEST ALBUM “WITH BARE HANDS” OUT NOW ON NIGHTMARE RECORDS
On the heels of their latest release “With Bare Hands” Brazilian rockers MINDFLOW have lined up North American tour dates with classic rock legends UFO. The first leg of the tour kicks off on May 6th in Poughkeepsie, NY and runs through May 22nd in Akron, OH. A West Coast leg has been scheduled for September with more dates to be confirmed shortly. A list of confirmed dates can be found below:
5/6: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
5/7: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
5/9: Pittsburgh, PA @ The Altar
5/10: New Hope, PA @ Havana
5/11: Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street
5/13: New York, NY @ B.B. Kings
5/14: Foxboro (Boston), MA @ The Showcase Live
5/17: Dayton, OH @ McGuffys House of Rock
5/18: Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
5/20: Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
5/21: Chicago/St. Charles, IL @ The Arcada Theatre
5/22: Akron, OH @ The Tangier
9/15: Santa Rosa, CA @ Last Day Saloon
9/16: Sacramento/Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
9/17: Santa Clara, CA @ Avalon
9/23: Las Vegas, NV @ Boulder Station Casino
9/24: Los Angeles, CA @The Key Club
If you’re expecting cool samba rhythms and sexy Latin sounds just because this band is from Brazil forget it. MINDFLOW is a blistering hardcore band whose music comes at you like a force. For the past six years, the band has systematically set their career on its path through endless touring throughout their home territories in South America, releasing two self-produced powerful albums, developing and utilizing the grass roots street team mentality to promote themselves and their music and now, finally, capturing the attention of the international music industry. Appearances at music festivals in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia have started to build the band the same sort of loyal following from music fans all over the world, as they already enjoy in South America.
Heavy metal, hard rock, modern rock…try to put MINDFLOW’s music into a category and you either don’t know where to stop or you can’t find the words. It’s all there – the compelling energy of the rhythm section – drums and bass pounding relentless power. And yet, add Rodrigo’s guitar style which is as much substance as style – melodic yet ear-crushing, and Danilo’s surprisingly sweet vocals where one expects the usual metal screams and screeches and suddenly boundaries disappear and the band becomes more than just another gut-wrenching heavy band. The lyrics and the melodies are as important to the band’s overall style as the volume and the rhythm. They write songs about the world, about life – emotional lyrics that reach a listener’s mind as well as their ears. Genres blend and yet there is no mistaking what this band is all about. Maybe the secret is not to try to figure it out too much but to just to let your whole nervous system get lost in it. And it will.
Based in Brazil, the band knew that breaking through in other parts of the world and becoming a true international success was going to take time and work. Although offers for record deals and management came their way, the band didn’t fall prey to the temptations and fantasies, but chose instead to handle their career themselves until the right deals were given them. The first two albums, 2003’s “Just The Two of Us…Me and Them” and 2006’s “Mind Over Body”, were self-produced and self-promoted, yet, the two albums together sold a very impressive 45,000 without major industry support and backing. The endless work of the band’s fans and street teams has made them one of the biggest selling rock bands in Brazil, popular throughout South America, and is starting to create interest everywhere else in the world that counts.
Their new album produced Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Slipknot, Disturbed, etc.), entitled “With Bare Hands” combines the best of both these newer albums and showcases the band’s progression into a top-notch musical entity. It serves as a testament to the band’s ability to keep themselves relevant while refusing to compromise their musical style and taste. On songs like “Break me Out” which opens the album, the vocals lead the song, but the subtle instrumentation and mix showcase the band’s ability to use substance and style to put a song over while so many other bands have to depend on sheer volume to accomplish the same thing. On “Breakthrough” and the title track, “With Bare Hands” the band’s pop, almost commercial abilities create hook-laden and riff-laden potential radio singles. And yet the band’s hard rocking rhythm section never ceases to be the thread that holds all the songs on the album together no matter how different they each may seem on the surface. “Thrust Into This Game” pays homage to the band’s hardcore influences taking old school metal instrumental and vocal stylings into the modern day. This track showcases the individual band members’ mastery of their respective instruments as the rhythm section pushes it to the brink of exploding while the guitar leads are flashy without being overdone. If there were one word to describe the band’s approach to its songwriting and playing it would have to be “tasteful.” They don’t depend on showy instrumentation because their natural abilities are enough just as they are.
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Warrant’s brand new album ROCKAHOLIC has now been confirmed for the release on May 13th in Europe and May 17th in North America on Frontiers Records. At the helm of ROCKAHOLIC is mega-producer Keith Olsen (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Scorpions) and the album is mixed by Pat Regan (Kiss, Deep Purple, Ted Nugent). The album finds the band returning to its trademark sound. See below for the full track listing, as well as the band’s upcoming tour dates (more to be announced). You can also click below for audio samples of three new Warrant tracks from the forthcoming ROCKAHOLIC.
Warrant original members Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen and Steven Sweet welcomed long-time band friend and fellow touring mate, singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love) into the fold. With 8 million records sold worldwide, two Top Ten Billboard albums, five Top 40 Billboard hit singles and five #1 MTV videos, Warrant was one of the most popular and successful rock bands to hail out of the Los Angeles rock scene in the late 80s/early 90s. Formed in the mid-80s by original members Erik Turner and Jerry Dixon, Warrant’s biggest hits included “Cherry Pie” and “Heaven”.
Warrant ROCKAHOLIC track listing:
- Sex Ain’t Love
- Innocence Gone
- Dusty’s Revenge
- What Love Can Do
- Life’s A Song
- Show Must Go On
- Cocaine Freight Train
- Found Forever
- Candy Man
- Tears In The City
- The Last Straw
Warrant on tour:
Sun 05/08/11 The Powerstation Aukland New Zealand
Fri 05/13/11 M3 Festival Columbia MD
Sat 05/21/11 Coushatta Casino & Resort Kinder LA
Thu 05/26/11 Hartman Arena Wichita KS
Mon 05/30/11 Speaking Rock Entertainment Center El Paso TX – Support Poison
Fri 06/03/11 Snowdon Grove Amp Southaven MS – Support Poison
Sat 06/04/11 Verizon Wireless Music Center Birmingham AL – Support Poison
Sat 06/11/11 Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Lancaster CA
Fri 06/17/11 Double JJ Resort Rothbury MI
Sat 06/18/11 Prairie Fest Long Prairie MN
Sat 06/25/11 Rochesterfest Rochester MN
Fri 07/08/11 Redwood County Fair Redwood Falls MN
Sat 07/09/11 Whiskey River Perham MN
Thu 07/14/11 The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun Uncasville CT
Fri 07/15/11 Rock USA Oshkosh WI
Sat 07/16/11 Bear Tooth Motorcycle Rally Roberts MT
Sat 08/06/11 Hideaway Park Winter Park CO
Wed 08/17/11 UP State Fair Escanaba MI
Fri 08/19/11 Northwoods Rock Rally Glen Flora WI
Fri 08/26/11 Western Speedway Victoria BC
Sat 08/27/11 The Richshaw Theatre Vancouver BC
Fri 09/02/11 Coliseum Alejandro Morera Soto San Jose Costa Rica
Sat 09/03/11 Figali Convention Center Panama City Panama
Thu 09/08/11 Coliseo de los Deportes Bogota Colombia
Fri 09/09/11 Coliseo de los Deportes Quito Ecuador
Sat 09/10/11 Estadio de las Malviras Argentinas Buenos Aires Argentina
Sat 09/24/11 Silver Legacy Casino Reno NV
Sat 10/01/11 Delta Downs Racetrack Vinton LA
Sat 10/22/11 Firefest Festival Nottingham UK
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Australia is the home to many popular bands including AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and Airbourne. The next Aussie band that may be knocking on stardom’s door is Dead Star Renegade from Melbourne.
The thing I like about Dead Star Renegade, is they have a more modern sound, but flash some classic rock influences throughout their music. They don’t sound like any of the bands that have blazed the path before them. Their debut effort Blackwing shows a ton of potential.
Blackwing starts off a really cool anthem “Born To Lose”, and maintains that upbeat energy until the song “Time Standing”. “Time Standing” is a mid tempo number that deserves radio play everywhere. This vocal harmonies from Jimmy VanZeno on “Time Standing” reminds me of the 80’s pop act, The Cutting Crew (without the keyboards, and much heavier guitars). I bet Dead Star Renegade could rip out a killer cover “Died In Your Arms Tonight” but I digress.
One of my favorites on Blackwing is the rocker and the band’s first single “Tommy Gun”. From Jimmy VanZeno’s excellent vocals, to the fantastic fretwork of Matt Owen, this song has to be a real crowd pleaser.
“The Serpent” is a heavy modern rocker that about mid way through shows some influence of Aerosmith on the music. I thought this was a pretty cool touch!
Two of my favorites on Blackwing is the high energy number “Outta My Head”, and the album closer “Tidal”. “Outta My Head” has some cool tempo changes, and lyrics that stick with you. “Tidal” shows some flashes of bluesy rock, and is a cool song to close out Blackwing with.
Judging from the cool tunes on Blackwing, not even the chilly waters of the Tasman Sea may be able to keep Dead Star Renegade on Australian soil for very much longer. Check it out!!
You can listen to songs from Blackwing at Dead Star Renegade’s website.
If you like what you hear, you can purchase Blackwing in MP3 Format here!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Born To Lose
3. Tommy Gun
4. Time Standing
6. 20 To Life
7. The Serpent
8. One More Time
9. Outta My Head
Dead Star Renegade is:
Jimmy VanZeno – Vocals
Matt ‘Shorty’ Owen – Guitar
Tim Dobie – Bass
Vik Kundra – Guitar
Jay Pizzey – Drums
It is with regret that Judas Priest Announce that K.K. Downing has formally retired from the band and will therefore not be joining them on their forthcoming Epitaph Tour.
The band respects his decision and naturally wishes him well.
Having thought long and hard about how to proceed, Rob, Glenn, Ian and Scott unanimously agreed that they should go ahead with the tour, and not let the fans down around the world.
Fate also stepped in and delivered the perfect replacement – 31 Year old British guitar player Richie Faulkner. He has blended into the band perfectly and is a great talent who is going to help set the stage on fire!
The Epiaph Tour will include songs from every studio album and also tracks they have never performed on stage plus all the old favorites.
With a new album due to be released next year, the Metal Gods are preparing to tour the planet once more. Heavy Metal at Its best complete with lasers, lights, bikes and hellfire!! It’s a show not to be missed!!