In 2013, Pink Cream 69 has released their eleventh album, Ceremonial. Check out their latest video clip “Special” below!
The first anniversary of the disastrous earthquake in Japan will be on March 11th, 2012. The aftermath of this catastrophe is still apparent, and to the present day the Japanese people are facing the impact of the events. The population of the affected area has not been able to completely return to their everyday live and the people are still grateful for our help.
Some of Europe’s leading Rock artists have united to join a campaign initiated by singer Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning) and recorded a tremendous new version of the classic Beatles song “Help”. The EP “Help! For JAPAN” will be released in Europe on the German label Avenue Of Allies in early March 2012. All income from the sales of this project will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross.
This EP includes the following four songs:
2. HELP! (Tommy Heart Version)
3. HELP! (Guitar Version)
4. HELP! (Extended Version)
The musicians: Don Airey (Keyboards & Piano, Deep Purple), Leo Leoni (Guitar, Gotthard), Neil Murray (Bass, ex Whitesnake), Hena Habegger (Drums, Gotthard)
The singers: Tobias Sammet (Edguy, Avantasia), Bob Catley (Magnum), Andi Deris (Helloween), Torstein Flakne (Stage Dolls), Marc Storace (Krokus), David Readman (Pink Cream 69), Claus Lessmann (Bonfire), Oliver Hartmann (Hartmann), Bernhard Weiss (Axxis), Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Tony Mills (TNT), Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One) and Tommy Heart (Soul Doctor, Fair Warning),
The solo guitar players: Cede Dupont (Downspirit), Kyoji Yamamoto (BowWow), Helge Engelke (Fair Warning), Roland Grapow (Masterplan), Leo Leoni (Gotthard), Henny Wolter (Nitrogods), Robert R. Rodrigo (Airless)
All “HELP!” versions produced and mixed by Tommy Heart, Tommy Remm & Rene Schostak (Valicon).
Vocal Arrangement by Tommy Heart.
Solo Guitar Arrangement for “Help” (Guitar Version) by Helge Engelke.
Audio mastering by TMM/Tom Müller Berlin/Germany.
Cover artwork “Help! For JAPAN” designed by Kai Swillus.
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I have four words to describe the new Voodoo Circle album, Broken Heart Syndrome, ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!
2011 has already hosted some pretty good releases. Broken Heart Syndrome is better than all of them. Let me repeat that, BROKEN HEART SYNDROME IS BETTER THAN ALL OF THEM !
This CD is packed with fantastic vocals, stellar guitar work, and songs you will feel the need to play loud.
When Alex Beyrodt mentioned to me that he was working on a new Voodoo Circle album, after a Primal Fear gig in 2010, I had no idea that it would be THIS good.
With Voodoo Circle’s second effort, the band has taken the music in a classic hard rock direction that sounds like a blend of Whitesnake & Rainbow. From the heavy numbers, to the slower bluesy numbers, Alex Beyrodt and company have delivered a batch of tunes that will electrify your auditory cortex into sheer bliss!
I have been praising singer David Readman for years. I have been telling anyone and everyone that would listen to check out his band Pink Cream 69. After hearing Broken Heart Syndrome, the gentlemen in Pink Cream 69 may have to find a new vocalist. This may be the best Readman has ever sounded. His vocals enhance the incredible guitar work of Mr. Beyrodt like no other. There are many bands out there today, where I feel the guitar player and singer, work like a Yin and Yang to each other. I believe Alex Beyrodt has found the perfect vocalist for his band.
Alex Beyrodt has played on some cool releases in the past. His previous work in the bands Silent Force, and Sinner all have music worth investigating. In the case, of Broken Heart Syndrome, Beyrodt may have given career defining performance.
The opening tune “No Solution Blues” sounds like a blend of Sykes era Whitesnake . Alex Beyrodt blows my mind on “King of Your Dreams” where he shows off his skillful Ritchie Blackmore like playing. “Devil’s Daughter” taps into the soulful bluesier side of hard rock. Beyrodt’s playing on “Devil’s Daughter” makes the hair stand up on my arms. This is truly amazing stuff.
“Blind Man” has a really cool 70’s vibe. Beyrodt’s guitar tone on this song sounds very Hendrix like. This is a slow number, but a very impressive tune in it’s own right.
I don’t know how anyone could listen to “Heal My Pain” and not have a smile on their face. This is a short, little upbeat rocker with a great beat, and is kind of catchy too.
“The Heavens are Burning” is another amazing Rainbow inspired number that flat out rocks.
It will take a legendary effort to surpass this music found on Broken Heart Syndrome in 2011. The men who form Voodoo Circle may wear their influences on their sleeves, but when they put together an album as convincing as this one, I could care less.
Don’t miss out on, what I consider to be, the best hard rock record of the year! Highly Recommended!!
You can preview some of the songs from Broken Heart Syndrome at this link.
Rating: Out of 10
1. No Solution Blues
2. King Of Your Dreams
3. Devil’s Daughter
4. This Could Be Paradise
5. Broken Heart Syndrome
6. When Destiny Calls
7. Blind Man
8. Heal My Pain
9. The Heavens Are Burning
10. Don’t Take My Heart
11. I’m In Heaven
12. Wings Of Fury
13. Strangers Lost in Time (Bonus Track)
Voodoo Circle is:
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
David Readman – Vocals
Mat Sinner – Bass
Markus Kullmann – Drums
Jimmy Kresic – Keyboards
Voodoo Circle’s HOT new album, Broken Heart Syndrome is now streaming online! You can listen to the entire album here! Broken Heart Syndrome will be released on May 3rd via AFM Records.
Fans of classic hard rock don’t have to wait long for their next highlight release, as Alex Beyrodt’s VOODOO CIRCLE will release their second album in February 2011. The title is already unveiled: “Broken Heart Syndrome”.
VOODOO CIRCLE is:
Alex Beyrodt (PRIMAL FEAR, SILENT FORCE) – guitars
David Readman (PINK CREAM 69) – vocals
Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR) – bass
Markus Kullmann (DEZPERADOZ) – drums
Jimmy Kresic (LIQUID HOME) – keyboards
Soundtracks are pretty standard fare with movies, but a soundtrack to a book…that is a new one on me. Delany’s “Blaze & Ashes” is pretty much that, a concept album based on Wolfgang Hohlbein’s continuation of his successful fantasy novels “Chronicle of the Immortal”. Unfortunately, as I was trying to do my research about this series I couldn’t find anything at all about it online, although: I eventually learned that only a few of Wolfgang Hohlbein’s books have been translated into English at all. But even without knowing anything about the characters being portrayed on this album it is still a very interesting listen. There are three primary vocalists on this album each singing for a different character David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle), Davy Vain (Vain), and Lana Lane (Roswell Six). They are assisted by a cast of well known and respected musicians such as Volker Leson (Wizard), Tortsi Spoof (Leverage), Jamie Scott (Vain), keyboardist Erik Norlander, and drummer Tommy Rickard along with producer extraordinaire Dennis Ward behind the controls. In spite of having such a huge cast of players “Blaze & Ashes” comes across as the work of a well seasoned band with years of playing together behind them.
Judging from the song list David Readman seems to be singing as the main character in the story and the majority his songs are easily the best on the album. Starting out with the opener “Blood & Ashes”, which is a heavy but melodic and haunting song with some superb keyboards by Norlander. Shocked would be an understatement to my reaction of Davy Vain’s “Here Comes Lonely” as I was expecting his work to sound more like they do on his own band’s releases’ and while his voice is very distinctive it the music and the way the song is sang that shocked me the most slow brooding rocker, but the end results are an extremely good song. Lana Lane is a singer I was not familiar with at all, but after hearing her work on this album, especially on her first track “Love Tears” I am now a fan, imagine Ann Wilson singing to some orchestrated goth influenced rock and hopefully you can get the picture. David Readman is back for “Incarnation” and while I wasn’t as impressed with this song as his first one it is still a decent song and he more than makes up for it on the next track “Web Over London” catchy sing along, but with heavy chugging bass and more melodic keyboards from Erik Norlander. Davy Vain’s “Distance of Love” reminds me a lot of Gene Loves Jezebel, not the greatest song on the album but not the worst either
Other noteworthy tracks include Vain’s “Planets Turning”, Lana Lane’s “Shadow on Your Heart” and the phenomenal “Dead Undead” with David Readman back on vocals. If I had been more familiar with the novels of “Chronicle of the Immortal” I think I would have enjoyed “Blaze & Ashes” even more, but even as a stand alone it is still a very worthy album.
Rating: Out of 10
1. Blood And Ashes (Vocals By: David Readman)
2. Here Comes Lonely (Vocals By: Davy Vain)
3. Love Tears (Vocals By: Lana Lane)
4. Incarnation (Vocals By: David Readman)
5. Web Over London (Vocals By: David Readman)
6. Eternity Is Yours (Vocals By: Lana Lane)
7. Planets Turning (Vocals By: Davy Vain)
8. Shadow On Your Heart (Vocals By: Lana Lane)
9. Distance Of Love (Vocals By: Davy Vain)
10. Dead Undead (Vocals By: David Readman)
11. London Bridge (Vocals By: David Readman)
David Readman (vocals)
Lana Lane (vocals)
Volker Leson (bass)
Jamie Scott (guitar)
Do you know who Alex Beyrodt is? His name may not ring a bell with most hard rock fans, but it probably should. This criminally under rated guitar player has been playing in the bands Sinner and Silent Force for years. His neo-classical style of play is quite similar to guitar god, Yngwie Malmsteen.
When I first got word of his new side project with David Readman from Pink Cream 69, I knew I would have to check it out. I have been a fan of Readman’s for years, so picking this CD up was pretty much a no-brainer. Alex Beyrodt’s Voodoo Circle is fleshed out with Beyrodt’s band mate from Sinner, Matt Sinner on bass, keyboardist Jimmy Kresic, and Mel Gaynor (Simple Minds) on drums.
If you have ever listened to Pink Cream 69 (shame on you, if you haven’t), you know that David Readman is one of those singers that could sing the phone book and make it sound good. His vocals augment the music from a very talented group of musicians on this disc.
Alex Beyrodt is the true star on this disc. His masterful six string work is the driving force behind these fantastic tunes. There are guitar parts in these songs that are so good, that they will raise the hairs on your arms. Yes, they really are that good. Thanks to the keyboards of Jimmy Kresic, Voodoo Circle’s sound has a classic 80’s metal feel, in the vein of such acts Whitesnake & Rainbow.
There really isn’t a bad song on this disc, and guitar fans like myself will certainly eat it up!
You can preview songs from this CD at the Voodoo Circle website, and the band’s myspace page. If you like what you hear, you can purchase a copy of this CD, at this link. Check it out. You will be glad you did.
1. Spewing Lies
2. Desperate Heart
3. Kingdom of the Blind
4. Man and Machine
5. Master of Illusion
6. We’ll Never Learn
7. Dream of Eden
8. Heaven Can Wait
9. Angels Will Cry
10. Enter My World of Darkness
11. White Lady Requiem
Voodoo Circle is:
Alex Beyrodt – Lead and Rhythm Guitars
David Readman – Vocals
Matt Sinner – Bass
Jimmy Kresic – Keyboards
Mel Gaynor – Drums
AFM Records is very pleased to announce the signing of Alex Beyrodt´s Voodoo Circle.
Alex is well-known throughout the Rock & Metal scene as the mastermind of Silent Force, former guitarist of Sinner and tour guitarist of Primal Fear. His exceptional compositions and instrumental skills secured him highest respect from other musicians and a strong worldwide fan base. In Japan, where quality is still the most important aspect when it comes to music, he is hailed as a “guitar hero” and fills the venues. Alex chose to walk in huge footsteps with Voodoo Circle, because the immense impact and influence that bands like Rainbow and Deep Purple had, are undeniable. But if there is just one German musician who can fill this big boots and arouse with new energy, we definitely talk about Alex Beyrodt.
Not to forget, it needs a special kind of stage presence, charisma and the ability to “let the guitar do the talking”, so every listener can feel it deep down in his spine. Alex´ 60´s Strat guitar can give you exactly this – all in the tradition of the true heroes of Rock guitar.
Now Alex has founded a new band, that is deeply rooted in classic Hard Rock: Voodoo Circle. The band´s name will soon be known for first class musicianship and the ability to evoke pure magic. Here we have Alex Beyrodt (guitars), David Readman on vocals, Mel Gaynor (drums), Mat Sinner (bass) and Jimmy Kresic on keyboards.
“The legendary bands of the 70´s raised their best song ideas in extensive jam sessions and they possessed the gift to express something through the music. Nowadays this spirit seems to got lost somehow. Now I follow this “ideal” with Voodoo Circle. Back to vintage sounds, extensive jams of great musicians, sweaty live gigs and pure delight in playing.”
These are the bringers of the “voodoo vibes:
Alex Beyrodt (guitars) -Silent Force, ex-Sinner
David Readman (vocals) – Pink Cream 69
Mat Sinner (bass) – Sinner, Primal Fear
Mel Gaynor (drums) – Simple Minds, Gary Moore, Brian May
Jimmy Kresic (keyboards)
Guest appearances on the album:
Doogie White (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen)
Rudi Sarzo (Ozzy, Dio, Whitesnake)
Norifumu Shima (Concerto Moon)
Richard Andersson (Majestic, Space Odyssey)
On December 5th the self-titled debut album will finally be available. Fans of the “old masters” like Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Yngwie Malmsteeen and Deep Purple, but also supporters of Silent Force, Pink Cream 69 and Sinner will be amazed by this Hard Rock jewel.
The United States isn’t the only country with great music festival. Firefest V, will soon be taking place in the Rock City club in Nottingham, UK.
Check out this two day lineup:
This show takes place on Saturday October 25th, and Sunday October 26th. For ticket information, check out the Firefest Website at this location.
The following are videos from Firefest IV:
Jorn Lande performing Duke of Love
Harem Scarem – If There Was A Time
Tyketto – Forever Young
Jaded Heart – Hero
German Rockers Pink Cream 69 return in 2007 with their tenth studio disc, In10sity. The name In10sity has more meaning for this disc, as guitarist Uwe Reitenauer, joins the band and compliments the playing of long time guitarist Alfred Koffler. This dual axe attack has given Pink Cream 69 a harder guitar driven sound, and quite frankly this new sound has helped to create what could be their finest release ever.
In10sity is full of some of the best melodic hard rock that I have heard in a very long time.
There are too many good songs on this disc to talk about them all. My current favorites are the Def Leppardish, No Way Out, the excellent pop metal of Crossfire,the very upbeat, I’m Not Afraid, and the kick ass track Wanna Hear You Rock.
In10sity rocks pretty hard until you get all the way down to the short little throw away track Desert Land. The pace immediately picks back up again with Out of This World (another track that I like a lot), and doesn’t stop rocking until you get to the final track, Last Train To Nowhere, which is one of the better power ballads that I have heard in a while.
This disc is my new front runner for best hard rock disc of 2007. Definitely some great stuff here, and a worthy disc to add to your hard rock collection. Check out the videos below, to hear a couple of new tracks, or stop by the bands myspace page. They also have a jukebox on their website which is www.pinkcream69.com
Rating:out of 10
- Children Of The Dawn
- No Way Out
- I’m Not Afraid
- A New Religion
- The Hour Of Freedom
- Stop This Madness
- Desert Land
- Out Of This World
- It’s Just A State Of Mind
- Wanna Hear You Rock
- My Darkest Hour (Bonus Track)
- Last Train To Nowhere