Can’t make it to Rocklahoma….Do you live in Texas?
Another 80’s Rock Festival is taking place July 11th – 13th, 2008.
Nikita Productions, Miller Lite and Harley-Davidson will presenting the South Texas Rock Fest on July 11-13 at the Javelina Harley-Davidson Festival grounds. The lineup is as follows:
PRETTY BOY FLOYD
Sunday, July 13:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details surrounding the release of the forthcoming DOKKEN album “Lightning Strikes Again” to be released in Europe on April 11th 2008.
DOKKEN is one of the bands that define the HARD ROCK and METAL genre in the 80’s. On the heels of such masterpiece records as “Tooth And Nail”, “Under Lock & Key” and “Back For The Attack” the band has created an unique style made of heavy riffing and memorable vocal lines and melodies. After the band’s split in 1989, DOKKEN reunited with the release of “Dysfunctional” in 1995 and since then have been a stable presence in the Hard Rock and Metal world.
“Lightning Strikes Again” is Dokken’s 10th studio album and, from the title already, which echoes one of the band’s classic song off “Under Lock & Key”, marks a true and definite return to the classic sound of the heydays. “We have been more focused on this project than any we’ve done in years” says singer Don Dokken. “Yes, it has taken a long time but in the end the fans will have a Dokken cd that is as good as any we did in the 80’s. Our goal is to deliver a CD that will shake up the rock world… and so far everyone says it is the best Dokken cds since ‘86. It’s time that a band from our era did something special and prove that our brand of music is still valid. And I think we’re close, if it does not have success it won’t be because we didn’t give it a thousand percent effort”.
From the first time since the reunion, Dokken is going back to the roots of its sound and exposes with the power and the might of the new Millennium the hot riffs and incredible melodies that built the band’s success.
Dokken’s lineup is now Don DokkenMick Brown (drums), Jon Levin (guitar) and Barry Sparks (bass). The album was mixed by Wyn Davis (vocals), (DIO, GREAT WHITE).
Final tracklisting of the album is:
You can preview the highlighted tracks above!
“Lightning Strikes Again” rocks hard, but still caresses with velvet melodies, this is exactly what the fans have been asking for more than a decade. Don’t miss it when it is time of release in Europe on April 11th 2008 !
Dokken.net has been completely revamped, and new sound samples have been posted online for the up and coming release Lightning Strikes Again!.
Click on the Song Title to listen to the song clips. These are wma files that have to be opened in Windows Media Player.
DOKKEN recently spent time in the studio putting the finishing touches on its upcoming release, “Lightning Strikes Again”.
“Lightning Strikes Again” will be released in March/April 2008 via Rhino Records in the U.S. and Frontiers Records in Europe. The follow-up to 2004’s “Hell to Pay” will feature the lineup of Don Dokken (vocals), Jon Levin guitar, ex-WARLOCK), Barry Sparks (bass, TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, MSG) and Mick Brown (drums).
In 2006, Twisted Sister released their Christmas Album, and now in 2007, the fine folks at Razor & Tie Records have released a Christmas Compilation CD with some of the biggest stars of the 80’s Hard Rock Era.
Monster Ballads XMas is a tasty feast of reworked Christmas classics, and a song with a unique twist from Danger Danger. Every song on this disc is highly enjoyable, at least until you get to Faster Pussycat’s Silent Night, which is awful.
If you need a disc to get you in the mood for the holiday season, this is the one to pick up. There are only 23 shopping days left before X-Mas. Don’t miss out on this record!
1. Jingle Bells – Skid Row
2. Happy Christmas (War Is Over) – Winger
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Jani Lane Of Warrant
4. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Twisted Sister with Lita Ford
5. White Christmas – Queensryche
6. Run Rudolph Run – L.A. Guns
7. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Firehouse
8. Naughty Naughty Christmas – Danger Danger
9. Blue Christmas – Tom Keifer of Cinderella
10. Jingle Bell Rock – Nelson
11. Silent Night – Faster Pussycat
12. Twelve Days of Christmas – Dokken
13. Happy Holiday – Enuff Z’Nuff
14. Winter Wonderland – Stryper
15. Christmas Love – Billy Idol
After one listen to the debut effort by United Kingdom’s hard rockers, Redline, I wish I could pack my bags and move to Europe to start up a new Hard Rock Record Label. It is mind blowing to me at times, that so many new hard rock bands can reproduce that great style of ’80’s hard rock. Too many new bands are not getting the exposure they deserve and Redline is one of them!
Redline has a sound that is well rooted in 80’s hard rock. Singer Liam Doherty has a sound that is similar to C.J. Snare from Firehouse, but this band rocks as hard as Lynch era Dokken. Does the sound work? You bet it does!
Ignition rocks hard all the way through, and there isn’t a bad song in the bunch! “King of the Mountain” starts Ignition off right with a good head banging tune that will put a smile on the face of most hard rock fans. By the time you get done listening to “No Limits” and “Twistin’ The Knife”, you may have to put the CD on pause and go find yourself a neck brace.
Lucky for you, the band slows it down with the highly enjoyable ballad “Cold Silence“.
The pace picks back up with “High Price to Pay” and bewilders your senses right through the final cut “Ride“.
I love this CD, and I think both new rock fans and 80’s hard rock fans are going to love this disc! You can pick up a copy of Ignition and preview the tracks through CDBaby. For more information on Redline, check out their myspace page here.
Here is the promotional clip for King of the Mountain. The version on the CD sounds even better than this one.
Rating: Out of 10
- King of the Mountain
- No Limits
- Twistin’ The Knife
- Cold Silence
- High Price to Pay
- Some Kinda’ Mean
- Straight Between the Eyes
- Coast To To Coast
- Heaven’s Gate
Liam Doherty – Vocals
A.D. – Guitars
Martin Orum – Bass
Mark Biddiscombe – Drums
I love it when new Metal Acts surprise me in 2007, especially when they have a sound that is rooted in 80’s hard rock and metal. The Order actually isn’t new, this is actually their 2nd full length release.
The Order are a four piece band out of Switzerland. They have a sound that blends a little bit of Dokken, with a dash of KISS, and yet rock hard enough to create something different and new.
Take one listen to Gianni Pontillo’s vocals in the video below, for the song Satisfaction, and see if you can hear a little bit of Paul Stanley in his sound.
Nonetheless, Metal Casino rocks from beginning to end. There are plenty of great cuts on this record including “Mama”, “I love Rock ‘N’ Roll”, “Satisfaction”, and the excellent ballad “My Last Goodbye”. Fans of 80’s Hard Rock Bands like Dokken, XYZ, KISS and Krokus are going to love this disc.
The Order joins what seems to be a growing list of great Swiss Hard Rock bands releasing quality new tunes in the last couple of years. This disc is definitely a contender for one of the Top 10 Hard Rock Records of 2007!.
Check out The Order at their myspace page here, then go buy the record! This disc is now available through most retailers through Locomotive Records!
Rating:Out of 10
1. Welcome To The Metal Casino
2. Mama, I Love Rock N Roll
4. Bridges Burning
5. My Last Goodbye
6. In The Heat Of The Lonely Night
7. Let The Good Times Roll
8. Down With The Rain
10. Broken Days
11. Little Wings
The Order is:
Gianni Pontillo – Lead and Backing Vocals
Bruno Spring – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Andrej Abplanalp – Bass and Backing Vocals
Mauro Casciero – Drums and Percussion
I must admit that Hell to Pay gives me a small glimmer of hope for Dokken’s up and coming 2007 release, Lightning Strikes Again.
The sound on Hell to Pay is far more subdued that the band’s previous efforts with Lynch and Pilson. There are a few rockers on this disc, but you have to sift through the sludge to find them.
Don’t Bring Me Down is a high tempo rocker with plenty of excellent guitar work by Jon Levin. Don Dokken is in fine vocal form here.
Escape is a low to mid-tempo number that has grown on me after repeated listens. It is an above average track
Better Off Before retains the sound of classic Dokken. There is plenty of guitar noodling and crunching bass in this song. Good Stuff!
Still I’m Sad is a cool song with haunting guitars. It is a mid-tempo number that rocks hard.
Hell to Play still has plenty of misses, and mixing seems a little strange to me. Most people by a Dokken record because they want to hear something that rocks. Hell to Pay starts off with a semi mellow song, The Last Goodbye. It has a few rocking moments, but seems like a odd choice to open the disc with. There are several other songs in this vein, Haunted, Care For You, I Surrender, Letter To Home, Can You See. None of these songs are particularly bad, but they don’t rock as hard as they should.
Does this release compare to the George Lynch and Jeff Pilson releases? No, not even close. This isn’t the kind of release that will get your adrenaline pumping. John Levin’s playing is very good, but Hell to Pay suffers from too many low to mid tempo songs, and not enough songs that rock hard.
I think with the right material, the 4 piece unit of Don Dokken, Mick Brown, Barry Sparks and Jon Levin could probably rock pretty hard. Hopefully, their sophomore effort with this lineup is heavier that this one.
Hell to Pay, is an above average release that will appeal to some. Some Dokken fans may want to use this as a frisbee.
Rating: Out of 10
1. The Last Goodbye
2. Don’t Bring Me Down
5. Prozac Nation
6. Care For You
7. Better Off Before
8. Still I’m Sad
9. I Surrender
10. Letter To Home
11. Can You See
12. Care For You (Unplugged)
When Don Dokken was revisiting the original multi-track tapes for a 25th anniversary edition of Breaking The Chains last year, he came across the long forgotten masters from gigs the band played in before they were signed to Elektra . Lucky for us, as we get get one killer Dokken live show with the classic lineup, (Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, Mic Brown) and three unreleased tracks!
If you are a 80’s hard rock fan of any kind, you have probably heard all of these songs before, but the live versions presented here are from a period when the band was unsigned and hungry. Needless to say, it is a great performance, and the band sounds like a million bucks.
The unreleased tracks here are pretty damn good, and Nightrider and George Lynch’s solo (track 7) are nearly worth the price of admission, all by themselves.
From Conception will certainly whet your appetite for the new Dokken disc, Lighting Strikes Again coming this summer. Until then pick up this killer live disc and relive an awesome moment from Dokken’s history.
Rating:Out of 10
- Goin Down (Unreleased Track)
- In The Middle
- Young Girls
- Hit And Run (Unreleased Track)
- Night Rider
- Guitar Solo
- Live To Rock
- Breakin’ The Chains
- Liar (Unreleased Track)