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ALBUM NEWS: Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown to be first release on new Snakefarm label Print E-mail
Monday, 21 August 2017 13:50

Über Rock favourites Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown are to release their self-titled new album through the newly established Snakefarm Records imprint on Friday 3 November.

 

Tyler Bryant And The Shakedown 

Snakefarm Records is a subsidiary of the long-established Spinefarm label, and will concentrate on “roots rock”.

 
ALBUM NEWS: Robert Plant to release ‘Carry Fire’ in October. Tour dates to follow. Print E-mail
Friday, 18 August 2017 08:20

Robert Plant is to release his 11th solo album, ‘Carry Fire’, on Friday 13 October, via Nonesuch/Warner Bros.

 

Robert Plant - Carry Fire

 

His first full-length release since 2014’s ‘lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar’, it was produced by Plant at Top Cat studio in Box, Wiltshire with additional recordings at Real World and Rockfield studios.

 

As with ‘lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar’, Plant is accompanied by The Sensational Space Shifters: John Baggott on keyboards, moog, loops, percussion, drums, brass arrangement, t’bal, snare drum, slide guitar, piano, electric piano, bendir; Justin Adams on guitar, acoustic guitar, oud, E-bow quartet, percussion, snare drum, tambourine; Dave Smith on bendir, tambourine, djembe, drum kit; and Liam “Skin” Tyson on dobro, guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, twelve-string.  Folk singer and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman appears on three tracks and will join the band for the subsequent UK and Irish tour dates.

 

A number of special guests also appear on the album, with Chrissie Hynde singing the duet ‘Bluebirds Over The Mountain’ (written by rockabilly legend Ersel Hickey and later recorded by both Richie Valens and The Beach Boys) and Albanian cellist Redi Hasa performing on three tracks.

 

Plant says of the album:

 

“It’s about intention, I respect and relish my past works but each time I feel the trawl and incentive to create new work. I must mix old with new. Consequently, the whole impetus of the band has moved on its axis somewhat, the new sound and different space giving way to exciting and dramatic landscapes of mood, melody and instrumentation”.

 

Robert Plant And The Sensational Space Shifters have confirmed the following tour dates:

 

Thursday 16 November - Plymouth, Pavilions 

Friday 17 November - Bristol, Colston Hall 

Monday 20 November - Wolverhampton, Civic 

Wednesday 22 November – Llandudno, Venue Cymru 

Friday 24 November - Newcastle, City Hall 

Saturday 25 November - Liverpool, Olympia 

Monday 27 November – Glasgow, SEC Armadillo

Tuesday 28 November – Perth, Concert Hall 

Thursday 30 November - Manchester, O2 Apollo

Saturday 2 December – Belfast. Ulster Hall 

Sunday 3 December – Dublin, Bord Gais Energy Theatre

Wednesday 6 December – Sheffield, City Hall 

Friday 8 December – London, Royal Albert Hall 

Monday 11 December – Portsmouth, Guildhall 

Tuesday 12 December – Birmingham, Symphony Hall 

 

Tickets for all shows go on sale next Friday (25 August) from all usual outlets.

 

www.facebook.com/robertplant/

 
TOUR NEWS: Bloodshot Dawn announce first dates in almost two years Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 08:34

UK melodic death metallers Bloodshot Dawn have announced details of their first UK tour in almost two years.

 

Dates are as follows:

 

Bloodshot Dawn tour poster 

Frontman Josh McMorran commented:

 

"We are also excited to be hitting the tour circuit again after a short hiatus. We are hungry for live devastation and looking forward to seeing fans old and new!"

 

"We are pleased to announce we have joined forces with Hostile Media to release our third full length album, ‘Reanimation’. After working with their press team for years we have built a stalwart relationship that we believe will help take us to the next level as well as making it easier to purchase our music across the globe. Their passion and commitment is equal to our tenacity and hard work ethic making this a force to be reckoned with!"

 

‘Renanimation’ is slated for released early 2018. It will feature Bloodshot Dawn’s new line-up, which is now completed by guitarist Morgan Reid and drummer James Stewart (also of Vader and Divine Chaos).

 

www.facebook.com/BloodshotDawn/

 
RIP Kenny Kanowski Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 23:03

It is with great sadness that we report the death of guitarist and songwriter Kenny Kanowski.

 

Kenny Kanowski

 

Best known as the co-writer of ‘We All Die Young’ – the lead single from the Steelheart album ‘Wait’, subsequently featured in the movie ‘Rock Star’ – the cause of his death is not known at this time.

 

Kanowski played guitar and co-wrote seven of the ten songs on the 1996 ‘Wait’ album. He subsequently re-united with SteelHeart last year, when he stood in with the band for the second edition of the Rockingham festival. The Über Rock crew had the great pleasure of meeting up with Kenny at that time, and spent several pleasureable hours in his company talking about his music. He had arrived ahead of the rest of the band, with no spending money, and felt guilty about scrounging a pint.  We bought him two; maybe more. He got up and jammed with the band in the pub: it was only when he nailed 'We All Die Young' we realized who we were hanging with.  It didn't matter: by then, we were all one happy gang of drinking buddies. It was mighty craic.

 

Writing on SteelHeart’s official Facebook page, singer Miljenko Matijevic said:

 

“I have truly been lost for words for days now. My brother, I have known you for over 20 years and, in that time, we have created magic. I didn't realize how deeply connected we were until now. I am so saddened by this I cannot even begin to express. Too soon Kenny, much too soon!!

 

“Throughout the years we have laughed, wrote amazing songs, shared the big stages throughout the world, but also sometimes didn't see eye to eye just like brothers do. However, life would always put us back together face to face and we would always accept with love and understanding and move on.

 

“My old friend, from the bottom of my heart, I truly wish you are at peace. laughing and looking down at us silly people running around trying to find our way through this dream to find our freedom. Our songs will live forever and I will never forget the good times as well as the challenges life has put in front of us throughout the years. Take care Kenny, I send you my love. You are free my friend, free!!!”

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Turisas, Eclipse and Graham Bonnet to go on HRH Road Trip in May Print E-mail
Monday, 07 August 2017 14:28

Turisas have been confirmed as the headliners for the 2018 HRH Road Trip, which takes place in Ibiza from 9 – 16 May.

 

Also joining the bill are Eclipse and the Graham Bonnet Band, while Backyard Babies Nick Borge will be performing an acoustic set.

 

The full line-up is as follows:

 

HRH Ibiza poster - Aug 2017

Limited tickets are still available HERE.

 
Devilskin release new video Print E-mail
Monday, 07 August 2017 08:46

Devilskin have released a video for the song ‘Believe In Me’.

 

 

The track is taken from the band’s current album, ‘Be Like The River’.

 

www.facebook.com/DevilskinNZ/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Autograph to get off their asses in October Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 14:22

LA hard rockers Autograph will release their new studio album, ‘Get Off Your Ass’, via the EMP Label Group on 6 October.

 

Autograph 

‘Get Off Your Ass’ the first official album from the revamped quartet, featuring original/founding members guitarist Steve Lynch and bassist Randy Rand alongside vocalist/rhythm guitarist Simon Daniels and drummer Marc Wieland.


Says co-founder Lynch:

 

“’Get Off Your Ass’ definitely sets a new direction for the band, with an updated, heavier sound, while still retaining the signature melodic hooks people have come to expect from Autograph. This record is bound to get the attention of old Autograph fans as well as the new. So put your ears on and turn this one up!!"

 

 

Adds Daniels:

 

“We are so excited about this record! This is a line-up of brothers with a vision and the perfect chemistry. We wanted the record to be musically timeless, and translate a heavier sound featuring the melodies and harmonies, but with heavier guitars and a more “in your face” attitude. The lyrics come from the heart and are directed to people of our current era, with uplifting messages and positive energy. It’s Autograph on steroids.”

 

www.facebook.com/autographband/

 
TOUR NEWS: Magnum confirm 2018 UK dates Print E-mail
Friday, 04 August 2017 08:15

Magnum have confirmed an extensive UK tour for next February/March.

 

Full dates are as follows:

 

Magnum tour poster 

Magnum’s new album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, is due to be released via Steamhammer/SPV in January.

 

www.facebook.com/magnumbandpage/

www.facebook.com/groups/MagnumOfficial/

 

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: More additions to Damnation billing Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 20:00

English death metal supergroup Vallenfyre, Finnish gothic rockers Grave Pleasures and Belgian grind purveyors Leng Tch'e will join this year's outrageous Damnation Festival bill.

 

The trio have been added to the soon-to-be-sold out line-up which already boasts the likes of Bloodbath, Paradise Lost, Sodom and Dying Fetus at Leeds University Union on Saturday 4 November.

 

Damnation Update 4 August 2017

 

Vallenfyre said:

 

"We look forward to playing our home county at Damnation in November. That said, we will be destroying it. The path of destruction will feature many familiar faces I’m sure!”

 

Grave Pleasures added:

 

"We're looking forward to spilling the Motherblood of our new album all over Damnation Festival this year. Raise the banners, paint the placards and pull on your gas mask as we bring the sound of the dancing apocalypse to Yorkshire's damned children."

 

And Leng Tch’e said:

 

"We're honoured and super excited to have been invited to Damnation Festival and share the stage with our buddies in Dying Fetus, Nails, Psycroptic, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and so many more. The UK has always been very good to us so it is with extreme pleasure that we will present our new material from the upcoming album 'Razorgrind' to our fans across the Channel."

 

www.facebook.com/damnationfestival/

 
ALBUM NEWS: Revolution Saints to bring ‘Light In The Dark’ in October Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 August 2017 14:46

Revolution Saints – who are made up of former Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, The Dead Daisies guitarist Doug Aldrich and Night Ranger bassist Jack Blades – are to release their second album, ‘Light In The Dark’, on 13 October, via Frontiers Music.

 

The band have released a video for the title track:

 

 

‘Light In The Dark’ is the follow up to the Saints’ self-titled debut album, released in 2015.

 

www.facebook.com/RevolutionSaints/

 

Revolution Saints header

 
TOUR NEWS: The Raven Age announce October dates Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 15:44

The Raven Age have announced a string of headline shows in October:

 

The Raven Age poster

 

The tour will be the first to feature new guitarist Tony Maue, who has taken over from Dan Wright, who will be concentrating on managing the band. Dan comments:

 

“With the band doing so well and moving from strength to strength, I have decided to make managing The Raven Age my full-time role. This will allow me to focus on delivering the most exciting experiences for our fans and help the band to explore new opportunities

 

"When we created The Raven Age, we never imagined that we'd achieve half of what we have so far. Tony’s addition to the line-up is now allowing me to focus my time on growing the band that I love. The band is in the best possible position and we are all excited for what the future holds.”

 

www.facebook.com/TheRavenAge/

 
ALBUM NEWS: New super group Sons Of Apollo to release debut album in October Print E-mail
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 11:09

Sons Of Apollo - the new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns N’ Roses, and Journey – will release their debut album, ‘Psychotic Symphony’, via InsideOutMusic/Sony Music on 20 October.

 

The group features two re-united former members of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian. They are joined in the new project by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, bassist Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs/Mr. Big/The Fell) and singer Jeff Scott Soto.

 

Sons Of Apollo

 

Portnoy explains the background to the new band:

 

“Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band [PSMS} with he and I, Billy Sheehan and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”

 

Sherinian adds:

 

“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio. The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about Sons Of Apollo is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity - a lethal combination!”

 

As Portnoy explains, it was Sherinian was mainly responsible for the band’s name:

 

“I have a list that I keep on my phone of about a hundred different band names, which I constantly have to refer to every time I have a new band every year (laughs). So, I pulled up the list and Apollo was one of the names on the list. It was a word that both of us really liked. We started fiddling with different variations of the word. One of the original band names we were working with was Apollo Creed, the character from the ‘Rocky’ movies, but after lots of different discussions on different variations, Derek suggested Sons Of Apollo and it seemed to stick. Apollo is the God of Music so with that in mind it seemed like a fitting name.”

 

The album release will be followed by tour dates in 2018.

 

“This is a real band,” Portnoy declares. “This is going to pick up for me and Billy where The Winery Dogs left off, in terms of this being the next logical full-time thing for us. I’m not saying The Winery Dogs have broken up, because we haven’t, we’re just on a break. Sons Of Apollo is absolutely going to be a full-time band and we plan on touring all over the world all throughout 2018 and, honestly, it is the priority for all five of us.”

 

Sherinian agrees:

 

“We will go on a worldwide crusade in 2018 to bring Sons Of Apollo to as many people as possible. Apollo was the God of Music, and we are his mighty offspring!”

 

www.facebook.com/SonsOfApollo1

 
Trivium release new single Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 09:03

Trivium have today released a new video, for the song 'The Sin And The Sentence':

 

 

The track is taken from the band's as yet untitled new album, which is due to be released later this year.

 
FESTIVAL NEWS: Black Star Rider head up latest Hard Rock Hell XI announcement Print E-mail
Monday, 31 July 2017 14:00

Black Star Riders have been confirmed to headline the Saturday night at Hard Rock Hell XI, which takes place at the Hafon-Y-Mor holiday camp just outside Pwllheli in north Wales from 9 – 12 November.

 

They join already confirmed fellow headliners Dee Snider and Airbourne.

 

Among the 25 other acts also confirmed today are The Graveltones, Wayward Sons, Beth Blade And The Beautiful Disasters and Goldray. Unfortunately, Femme Fatale have had to withdraw from the bill, due to other commitments. The full line-up of the 44 acts confirmed so far is as below:

 

HRH Poster - July Update

 

HRH XI has been totally sold out since last November. This year’s event follow the first official HRH Awards, which will take place on Wednesday 8 November (details to be announced soon).

 

www.facebook.com/hardrockhell/

 

 
TOUR NEWS: Black Star Riders announce November dates Print E-mail
Friday, 28 July 2017 09:03

Black Star Riders have announced a run of nine dates for this November:

 

BSR Nov 2016 poster

 

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday (2 August) from all usual outlets.

 

Black Star Riders play the main stage at Ramblin' Man Fair tomorrow (Saturday 29 July).

 
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