Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, über-energetic frontman and all-round rock ‘n’ roll legend MICHAEL MONROE has revealed the cover artwork for his new studio outing HORNS AND HALOS due out on August 27 via Spinefarm Records. The arresting cover art is based on an idea from Swedish guitar star DREGEN (Backyard Babies), who performs in MICHAEL‘s current touring and recording lineup. “I love logotypes that are a ‘little secret,” says DREGEN. “You know, the ones that are more like signs and symbols — Van Halen, Crass, Him’s Heartagram, etc. That was the starting point.”
HORNS AND HALOS is the follow-up to the 2011critically acclaimed Sensory Overdrive, winner of Classic Rock Magazine’s “Album Of The Year” and a No. 1 record in MONROE‘s Finnish homeland. It is a cosmopolitan affair, mixed by Petri Majuri at Seawolf Studios in Finland and written and recorded around the world by MONROE‘s international posse — bassist SAMI YAFFA (Hanoi Rocks, New York dolls), guitarist STEVE CONTE (New York Dolls, Company Of Wolves), drummer KARL “Rockfist” ROSQVIST (Chelsea Smiles, Danzig) and DREGEN. The band has been hard at work in the studio, providing creative support for a frontman whose reputation is genuinely global and whose influence continues to be felt, with musicians of all ages (from Dave Grohl to the original Guns N’ Roses members) citing MICHAEL‘s groundbreaking career as a source of inspiration.
A second single and video from HORNS AND HALOS will be made available on August 5.The video for the current single “Ballad Of The Lower East Side,” is a nod to MICHAEL‘s early days in New York, a city he moved to for a decade following the mid-’80s breakup of glam-punk pioneers Hanoi Rocks (for which he was the frontman).
Watch the video for “Ballad Of The Lower East Side” here:
The track listing for HORNS AND HALOS is as follows:
1. TNT Diet
2. Ballad Of The Lower East Side
3. Eighteen Angels
4. Saturday Night Special
5. Stained Glass Heart
6. Horns And Halos
7. Child Of The Revolution
8. Soul Surrender
9. Half The Way
11. Hands Are Tied
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Civil War, the new symphonic power metal band from ex-Sabaton members, Rikard Sundén, Oskar Montelius, Daniel Mullback and Daniel Myhr, along with frontman, Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors), and bass player, Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson (Volturyon), has uploaded its new song, “Gettysburg,” to Soundcloud in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the historic battle. Check out the song, taken from the band’s debut full-length The Killer Angels out now on Despotz Records, online here:
“The Battle of Gettysburg. 150 years have passed since it took place, but still today it’s one of the greatest battles in history,” commented the band. “This is a song that reflects the memories and thoughts of one single soldier. His name is unknown, maybe he never existed. But if he did, maybe this is what went through his mind. We give you the song, ‘Gettysburg.'”
After streaming the new song, fans can purchase The Killer Angels on iTunes at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-killer-angels/id651486589 or via Amazon.com at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Killer-Angels/dp/B00DJMMN0Q/ref=sr_shvl_album_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1372887657&sr=301-2 just in time for the weekend’s Holiday festivities.
1. King of the Sun
2. First to Fight
3. Saint Patrick’s Day
4. Rome is Falling
5. Sons of Avalon
6. I Will Rule the Universe
7. Lucifer’s Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March across the Belt **vinyl bonus track
11. Children of the Grave **CD bonus track
Borrowing its name from the novel by Michael Shaara about the Battle of Gettysburg, The Killer Angels was recorded by Jonas Kjellgren at Studio Myhrer (which is actually the bed and living room of keyboard player, Myhr), Black Lounge Studio and Peter Tägtgren’s, The Abyss, in Pärlby, Sweden.
Artwork comes courtesy of Polish artist, Lukasz Jaszak.
Stay tuned for more information on Civil War and The Killer Angels.
Civil War is…
Nils Patrik Johansson – Vocals
Rikard Sunden – Guitars
Oskar Montelius – Guitars
Daniel Myhr – Keyboard
Daniel Mullback – Drums
Stefan “Pizza” Eriksson – Bass
Civil War online