Flying Colors, the spectacular new virtuoso prog/pop/rock band, featuring drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) and guitarist Steve Morse (Deep Purple), will release their eponymous debut album in the UK on Monday March 26th, followed by a US release on Tuesday March 27th.
Released by Music Theories Recordings, the debut album includes the talents of Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals), Dave LaRue (bass), Neal Morse (keyboards, vocals), Casey McPherson (lead vocals, guitar), and Steve Morse (lead guitar). “The album has bits and pieces of what you’d expect from each of us,” says Portnoy. “The sum of all its parts led to brand new, unchartered territory for everyone involved.”
The formation of Flying Colors began with a simple idea: virtuoso musicians and a pop singer joining together to make new-fashioned music the old fashioned way. Refreshing, classic, old and new, the recordings are saturated with the many styles, tones and hues of the players who, in becoming a band, have delivered a unique fusion of vintage craftsmanship and contemporary music.
Mike Portnoy was the co-founding member and drummer for one of the world’s biggest prog metal bands “Dream Theater”. Neal Morse is the co-founding member of the prog rock band Spock’s Beard and is currently the prog rock supergroup “Transatlantic”. David LaRue plays bass for the Dixie Dregs and has also worked with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Steve Morse has been playing lead guitar for Deep Purple for the last 16 years. Founder and leader of “Alpha Rev”, Casey McPherson, has enjoyed major success in the US with multiple hits including the song “New Morning”.
“It was quite an experience,” recalls Dave LaRue. “The band moved at a fast pace, ideas flying around the room at all times. Sections of tunes were arranged, and then re-arranged. Ideas were tried every which way until we made them work, or, in some cases, discarded them altogether. Just keeping track of everything was a challenge!” The album is filled with trial and triumph. It’s been an inspiring challenge melding folk, prog, pop, and metal all into one big recording.”
Check out the “Making of the Album”. Click here to watch the EPK.
Candlelight Red are a rock quartet from Williamsport, PA that released their debut album The Wreckage on Imagen Records in September of last year. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer David Ivory (whose credits include Halestorm and the Roots, among others) which has resulted in the album’s debut single, “Closer,” flirting with the top 40 active rock radio chart. Candlelight Red has also received airplay on Octane, Music Choice, and Hard Drive.
Guitarist Jeremy Edge describes the bands sound: “I would call our music heavy, melodic, and emotion-driven rock.” “There are a lot of big hooks, but we’re always aggressive.”
The band spent most of 2011 on the road with the likes of KISS, 10 Years, Saving Abel, Sevendust, Egypt Central, and Rev Theory. The band also shot a video for current single, “Closer” last year which can be seen here:
VIRGIN STEELE is finally unveiling a new video and a new official YouTube channel. The name of the new VSYouTube page/site is:
“THE ONLY OFFICIAL VIRGIN STEELE VIDEO CHANNEL”, For short…VIRGIN STEELE TV
Here below are all the links for the Official Videos thus far:
The debut/world premier of: “PERFECT MANSIONS (Mountains Of The Sun)”:
“BY THE HAMMER OF ZEUS (And The Wrecking Ball Of Thor)
“GOD OF VIOLENCE KILL”
David DeFeis comments about the new video:
“As you may or may not know the new AGE OF CONSENT re-issue has just come out on STEAMHAMMER SPV, and we have put together the first video from it. The track we completed is PERFECT MANSIONS (Mountains Of The Sun). It is not a huge massive budget production. It is more of a simple home movie type experience. It was shot just a few weeks ago, by our longtime friend and engineer Ed Warrin, with one camera in several locations. I then spent several days learning how to edit. We have come up with something that I believe represents the attitude and the feeling of what the Group is all about. It has a strong live energy about it, possibly because it was shot just a few days after we returned from our latest European performances. It is a kind of guide or overture to the VIRGIN STEELE Experience, as it has all the various Barbaric-Romantic elements that you’ve come to know & expect from us over the years. There is a really nice ambiance about the clip. It captures a very specific mood and moment in time, and shows a nice part of our Island where we live…I hope you will enjoy it“
SPV/Steamhammer re-released last year the monumental VIRGIN STEELE albums “Noble Savage” and “Age Of Consent” as Digipak and LP versions ).
More re-releases and some other surprises are planned for 2012. Stay tuned!
VIRGIN STEELE live 2012
14.01. US-Amityville,NY – Ollie`s Point
23.-27.01. US-Miami/Mexico – 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise
18.05. US-Joliet,IL – Ragnarokk Metal Festival
For more information on Virgin Steele please visit the sites below.
Produced by HURT, engineered by HURT’s Michael Roberts and mixed by John Kurzweg (Puddle Of Mud, GodSmack), “How We End Up Alone” embodies the introspective lyrics written by J. Loren, Hurt’s singer and founder. Loren, who is known for running a sonic scale that includes a soaring chorus to ‘pin-drop’ whispers resulting in nothing short of anthemic. “How We End Up Alone.” which is already garnering rave reviews from the faithful like “Simply Amazing” and “The wait has been worth it,” will prove to be the culmination of years of road work and the mastering of one’s talents through artistic will and perseverance.
Check out HURT’s anthemic new single here.
HURT’s story begins in 2000, when the group originally formed in Virginia, before ultimately relocating to the west coast. Along the way, the group released four albums and have toured alongside some of rock’s biggest names, including Staind, Three Days Grace, Alice in Chains, Seether and Breaking Benjamin. To date, HURT has sold over a quarter million albums and has generated over 150,000 plays at Active Rock, Rock and Alternative radio over several singles. As previously mentioned, HURT’s new album, The Crux (Carved Records), will be out March 27. This is their sixth studio release and it marks a return to the sound that their fans know and love.