Monday, April 24, 2017

RAW SILK - The Borders Of Light [CD Edition +1] (2017)

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After 27 years from their cult debut album this time it’s for real: melodic rockers RAW SILK will release their long awaited follow-up titled "The Borders Of Light" next April 28.
Again entirely written by founder member drummer / keyboardist Kostas Kyriakidis, now the new line-up include British musicians and was recorded in Birmingham, England.

Raw Silk burst onto the European Melodic Rock / AOR scene in the '90s with their, over the years, cult debut album Silk Under The Skin. The 2004 re-release on CD brought the band back to the forefront and led to high profile reunion concerts supporting Pink Cream 69, Jeff Scott Sotto and Winger.
After a second long hiatus and led by composer-drummer Kostas Kyriakidis the band has regrouped in the UK with a brand new line-up, and the result is "The Borders Of Light".

Starting from the album artwork, the original Raw Silk elements are still there ranging from strong melodies to colorful keyboard lines and hard solid guitar riffs. The songs are benefited by new singer Chris Dando vocals - at places sweet and melodious yet stronger when needed.
While the AOR factor is still present all over the record, this Raw Silk 2017 explore varied waters such as neo / light prog, elaborated melodic rock and even some hard.

In the latter we have 'Out of Reach' (the more AOR tune here in the vein of the debut CD) 'One Lifetime', 'Nobody Fills the Loneliness', midtempo 'Night Time Angels', and ballad 'The Road You've Taken' adding nice acoustics.
In the more expansive side there's 'Chimera' with some harder passages and proggy shifts, and title track 'The Borders Of Light', where the neo prog sections appear mixed with melodic rock.
This, the title track, is only available on the physical CD edition of the album, quite strange for those aiming to only purchase the digital version.

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"The Borders Of Light" is a welcomed return from Raw Silk into the scene, musically moving on a bit in style from the first album.
It's a fine blend of Melodic Rock, AOR, neo-prog and more. This new album offer something back to the first-time fans while also offering something for new listeners.


01. One Lifetime
02. Nobody Fills the Loneliness
03. Chimera
04. Night Time Angels
05. The Road You've Taken
06. Losing My Mind
07. Distressed and Powerless
08. Out of Reach
09. The Borders of Light
10. Solitude of Pain

Chris Dando – Vocals, Keyboards
Daryl Gardner – Rhythm Guitar
James Marshall Stanley – Lead Guitar
Kostas Kyriakidis – Drums, Keyboards
Paul Thompson – Bass
additional personnel:
James Barratt - Acoustic guitars
Stephanie Fowler – Vocals


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Sunday, April 23, 2017

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 3)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 3) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 3, we found heavy acts such as Jaguar, Streetfighter, Black Rose and Turbo, alongside the first successful singles from melodic hard rockers legends Praying Mantis, Tygers Of Pan Tang with the killer 'Don't Touch Me There', Sweet Savage, Girl (Phil Collen's first band before joining Def Leppard) and many more.

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“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Tygers Of Pan Tang - Don't Touch Me There
02 - Praying Mantis - Captured City
03 - Streetfighter - She's No Angel
04 - Sweet Savage - Killing Time
05 - Trespass - One Of These Days
06 - Holocaust - Heavy Metal Mania
07 - Girl - Hollywood Tease
08 - Ethel The Frog - Fight Back
09 - Savage - Let It Loose
10 - Jaguar - Axe Crazy
11 - Black Rose - Knocked Out
12 - Sabre - Miracle Man
13 - Turbo - Running
14 - Crucifixion - Take It Or Leave It
15 - Warfare - Burn Down The Kings Road
16 - Horsepower - You Give Me Candy
17 - Tarot - Feel The Power
18 - She - Never Surrender
19 - Steel - Rock Out


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VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 2)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (CD 2) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 2, we found heavy acts such as Diamond Head, Cloven Hoof, Axis, Saxon (all still active today), alongside the early recording from legendary melodic hard rockers SHY (one of the greatest from the British '80s scene), Quartz, or Marseille and their terrific single 'Rock You Tonight'.

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“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Diamond Head - Lightning To The Nations
02 - Saxon - Motorcycle Man (Live)
03 - Angel Witch - Angel of Death
04 - Vardis - If I Were King - Live
05 - Fist - Name, Rank and Serial Number
06 - Marseille - Rock You Tonight
07 - Quartz - Street Fighting Lady - Live
08 - Atomkraft - Future Warriors
09 - Aragorn - Black Ice
10 - Shy - Give Me A Chance
11 - Venom - In League With Satan
12 - Jess Cox - Piece Of The Action
13 - Tysondog - The Inquisitor
14 - Cloven Hoof - Laying Down The Law
15 - Dedringer - Hot Lady
16 - Axis - Messiah
17 - Lone Wolf - Nobody's Move
18 - Mammath - Rock Me


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VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (Disc 1)

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The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (N.W.O.B.H.M.) was a musical movement that somehow saved - or revitalized if you want - the languishing metal / hard rock scene at the end of the Seventies, and cemented the '80s sound for the genre during the entire decade.
The excellent 3-CD box “Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” comprises the origins of this musical scene with the very early works of bands that will rule in years to come.

Indeed, at the end of the '70s metal music was digging its own grave; Deep Purple and Black Sabbath disbanded and Led Zeppelin near to its end. Besides, Punk was raising its ugly head.
But a new, fresh underground breed of young bands started to grow up at the North of London. This movement consisted of hundreds of acts that emerged from the working class punished at the end of the decade and as a reaction against Punk that was gaining popularity and terrain.

Its aesthetics was very different from that of the musicians from the early '70s, gone were the hippie outfits in favor to a more street-like clothes, shocking and aggressive, so to speak, leather jackets, tacks, chains and jeans.
And more importantly, their music was more energetic, flesh & blood, from the guts. Iron Maiden and Judas Priest were the first to explode, but many others raised soon, and truly stupendous bands to get major recognition in years to come.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection (Disc 1) booklet

However, a bunch from the scene developed into a much more melodic territory, planting the seeds for the effervescent '80s Melodic Hard Rock scene in Europe.
“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a very diverse compilation, including 56 bands and 56 tracks, from classic heavy metal to melodic hard rock, rare early singles much of them for the first time available on CD.

On this Disc 1, we found heavy acts such as Raven, Girlschool, Persian Risk or Satan, but also more melodious such as cult classics Samson, Dark Star, Heavy Pettin' or Bronz, with their awesome very first single 'Night Runner'.

VA - Lightning To The Nations; NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection box back

“Lightnin’ To The Nations: NWOBHM 25th Anniversary Collection” is a must have compendium to understand the '80s metal / hard rock evolution, and a collectors piece or rare, hard to find songs.
Appeared some years ago, this 3-CD box has become a collectors piece itself, as it's out of print with remaining copies being sold for U$S 600 at Amazon. Go figure.
A Must Have


01 - Samson - Vice Versa
02 - White Spirit - High Upon High
03 - Raven - Don't Need Your Money
04 - Sledgehammer - Sledgehammer
05 - Bitches Sin - Always Ready
06 - Blitzkreig - Blitzkreig
07 - Girlschool - Take It All Away
08 - Chevy - Chevy
09 - Persian Risk - Ridin' High
10 - Satan - Trial By Fire
11 - Dark Star - Lady Of Mars
12 - Avenger - On The Rocks
13 - Heavy Pettin - Love X Love
14 - Xero - Cutting Loose
15 - Hellenbach - Let's Get This Show On The Road
16 - Bronz - Night Runner
17 - Saracen - We Have Arrived
18 - Bastille - Hard Man
19 - Silverwing - Rock N Roll Are 4 Letter Words


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Saturday, April 22, 2017

LOUDNESS - On The Prowl [Japan SHM-CD Limited Release remastered] Out Of Print

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It's pleasure to finally be able to fulfill this request: LOUDNESS' "On The Prowl" in its Japanese SHM-CD Remastered Edition, a Limited Release long time out of print.
"On The Prowl" is Loudness ninth studio album, their second and last with American vocalist Mike Vescera before his leaving to join Yngwie Malmsteen's band for the album The Seventh Sign.
This is the album were Vescera was fully involved, resulting in the more US Hard Rock sounding recording ever by the legendary Japanese band.

"On The Prowl" includes 3 new songs (the first in the track list) plus re-works of tracks from early Loudness' albums where Mike Vescera translated and adapted the lyrics to be sung in English.
Not only the English lyrics provide a different feeling, but also the fresh arrangements resulted into an almost completely new songs... and what killer songs!

This 'Americanized' Loudness sounds much more melodic, groovy hard rockin' than some of the ruckus straight up trad metal of the early Loudness days, but also doesn't back down on the balls.
Gutsy numbers like 'Deadly Prayer' feature fast pace and some banshee screams from the capable Vescera, always in control and pitch perfect. Guitar sections are well worked out - Akira Takasaki flexing his skills with power riffs, melodious solos and beautiful rhythms.
'Girl' is a rowdy number with heavy drumming, though its subject matter feels glammy, for example - this is pretty much the combination we have with this album in particular; still retaining balls, but with a glammish, commercial edge, while 'In the Mirror' is just all out ballsy cutting US metal.

Of course the Vescera era also ushered in a concentration on melodic songs, but Loudness retain the power in the sense of Dokken, for example, this isn't an album without teeth. 'Take it or Leave It' is a rockin' midtempo number which fails to abandon crunching guitar tone and fantastic displays of solo prowess.
The new arrangements on 'Long Distance' are almost melodic hard rock where the quality of Vescera's vocals, and the cool tone and skill of Takasaki's guitar shine through. And we have a super power ballad in 'Never Again'.

Speaking about the new songs, the opening trio, 'Down ‘N Dirty', 'Playin’ Games' and 'Love Toys', all are killer examples of early '90s US melodic hard rock with tons of groove, sharp riffs and catchy choruses.
Special mention goes to production, handled by talented Mark Dearnley (Alien, Bang Tango) who has provided a perfectly polished sound without losing the band's attack.

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Loudness "On The Prowl" is one of the best hard (melodic) rock albums destined to the US market recorded in the early '90s. The songs are great, musicianship stellar, and production top notch.
The sound from this Japanese SHM-CD is incredible, punchy, clear, not saturated at all and with superb dynamics.
Fans of polished, melodic, groovy US styled hard rock - think Dokken, Stryper, George Lynch's awesome album Sacred Groove, Keel - you need to check this album now.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Warner Music Japan ~ WPCL-10752
LTD SHM-CD· L O U D N E S S

01 - Down 'N' Dirty
02 - Playin' Games
03 - Love Toys
04 - Never Again
05 - Deadly Player
06 - Take It Or Leave It
07 - Girl
08 - Long Distance
09 - In The Mirror
10 - Sleepless Night
11 - Find A Way

Michael Vescera - vocals
Akira Takasaki - guitars
Masayoshi Yamashita - bass
Munetaka Higuchi - drums
additional musicians;
Jim Wilkas - keyboards
Nat, Gary and Chris Vescera, Marty Earley - backing vocals


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JUNKYARD - Junkyard [CD reissue]

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After the recent JUNKYARD comeback album featured here, one of you asked for the band's cult classic debut "Junkyard", particularly the reissue CD because the original edition was pretty flat in terms of sound output.
Well, the dynamics in this "Junkyard reissue" are excellent, in fact, it almost feels like a remastered version (though is not).

Junkyard's 2017 style is much more raw, almost punkish at places than this polished 1989 self-titled debut, so if you didn't liked the new album but love that classic '80s L.A. hard rock sound, you better get a copy (if you find it) of this reissue.
Yeah, "Junkyard" is a terrific slab of '80s Sunset Strip hard rock.

Listed among the 50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone Magazine, in fact "Junkyard" has very few points in common with the Hair Metal movement.
They were a little harder and a little uglier, but still catchy, groovy and party-ready. Often compared with the very first Guns N' Roses (Appetite For Destruction and earlier era) on their debut Junkyard comprised 10 killer tracks with no filler in sight.

"Blooze" starts things off with a frenetic rock and roll assault, then "Hot Rod" is a fun tune with a head-bopping tempo before the instantly memorable "Simple Man" - shot full of grit and heavy on the bluesy hard style - appears as the first highlight. This is a rock'n'roll classic that should be in every library; it's heartfelt, self-aware, hits all the right buttons, and makes you want to play electric guitar.
"Shot In The Dark" (not to be confused with the Ozzy song of a few years before) is another rocker heavy on the groove in a great sleazy style.

"Hollywood" is another winner, holds it's own with a driving rhythm and catchy riffs; "Life Sentence" is great for getting into the zone - driving, working out, or whatever you're doing - and is followed nicely by the greasy, slow, atmospheric "Long Way From Home."
"Can't Hold Back" and "Texas" pick up the pace again and keep things moving nicely until the final song -- another true gem and great closeout -- the greatly constructed "Hands Off," which has the perfect balance of slow, methodical progression to a hard-rocking crescendo of distortion, intensity, melancholy and heart, of both the song and the album.

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This Junkyard first album may not have reached the audience and had the impact of Guns N’ Roses’ debut released on the same label (Geffen) two years before, but it was equally good.
Every song is a keeper with true hard rock substance, and production - handled by the great Tom Werman - is top notch.
As said, this reissue sound is excellent, and the album, as a whole, a killer compendium of the L.A. Hard Rock golden era.
Highly Recommended


01 - Blooze
02 - Hot Rod
03 - Simple Man
04 - Shot In The Dark
05 - Hollywood
06 - Life Sentence
07 - Long Way Home
08 - Can't Hold Back
09 - Texas
10 - Hands Off

David Roach - vocals and percussion
Chris Gates - lead and rhythm guitars
Brian Baker - lead and rhythm guitars
Clay Anthony - bass
Patrick Michael Muzingo - drums, percussion
with;
Al Kooper - keyboards
Earl Slick - guest slide guitar
Tom Kelly, Bob Carlysle, John Purcell - backing vocals


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Friday, April 21, 2017

TREAT - The Road More Or Less Traveled (2017)

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"The Road More Or Less Traveled" is the new live CD / DVD / Blu-ray by melodic hard rock greats TREAT recorded last year at the Frontiers Rock Festival, the annual concert event organized by the recording label, Frontiers Records. This saw Treat playing hot on the heels of the release of their latest studio album, the terrific Ghost Of Graceland.

First, the sound recording is fabulous, with every player and instrument coming through crisp and clear. More importantly, Treat's performance is superb, with excellent musicianship as usual and helped by H.E.A.T keyboardist Jona Tee taking the place of Patrik Appelgren for this exclusive performance.
Being on the Ghost of Graceland Tour, Treat pulls five from their latest album: the title cut, which starts the show, and also 'Better The Devil You Know', a killer take on 'Non Stop Madness', 'Do Your Own Stunts', and 'Endangered'.
From Coup De Grace they drop 'We Own The Night', 'Papertiger' and 'Roar', two of my favorite Treat songs, and then for one of two encore songs, Skies Of Mongolia.

After these, Treat reaches back to their past for their most prominent singles: 1985's 'Get You On The Run (Scratch & Bite)', 1987's 'World Of Promises' (from their classic Dreamhunter) the second encore song, and 1989's 'Ready For The Taking', 'Conspiracy', and 'Gimme One More Night (Organized Crime).
Of course in a 14 song set you’ll never please everyone, but the best of the new and classy Treat are here, delivered in a truly sparkling form.



Some may argue that "The Road More Or Less Traveled" is too much, I mean, too much polished for a live album, but folks, this recording is just awesome.
One of the things I love about the Treat sound is their vocal harmonies, which sound amazing live. The lead vocals come out pristine, the guitars sharp (there's not a single distracting noise all over the record) and the drum sound is a blast.

Treat's "The Road More Or Less Traveled" is absolutely essential for fans of the band and also pretty much a must for anyone keen to start an acquaintance with one of Sweden’s more endearing and enduring Melodic Hard Rock bands ever to set foot on a stage.
Highly Recommended


01. Ghost of Graceland
02. Better the Devil You Know
03. Nonstop Madness
04. Ready for the Taking
05. Papertiger
06. Do Your Own Stunts
07. Endangered
08. Gimme One More Night
09. We Own the Night
10. Roar
11. Get You on the Run
12. Conspiracy
13. Skies of Mongolia
14. World of Promises

Robert Ernlund: Lead vocals
Anders Wikström: Guitars, vocals
Pontus Egberg: Bass, vocals
Jamie Borger: Drums
with
Jona Tee: Keyboards


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

WALK ON FIRE - Mind Over Matter (2017)

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I've been waiting for this many, many years; Escape Music is about to, finally, put out the second, never released WALK ON FIRE album titled "Mind Over Matter".
After their awesome first album Walk On Fire recorded songs - in between touring - for their second album, but in the wake of grunge it never was released. Now, some 25 years on, Escape Music has discovered these 24 track analog recordings and delivers Walk On Fire's long belated second album, "Mind Over Matter".
And I love it.

Founded by keyboardist Dave Cairns, Walk On Fire featured the vocals of Alan King, guitars of Mike Caswell, Trevor Thornton (ex-Asia) on drums and Phil Williams on bass, though they employed a variety of session musicians in the studio.
They had two moderated single hits with ‘Blind Faith’ and ‘Wastelands’, and toured all over the world with some heavyweights of the day including Foreigner, The Dan Reed Network, Ratt, etc.

"Mind Over Matter" follows the path of Walk On Fire's first album, that being a pristine, elegant AOR sound and excellent arrangements / musicianship. Check the gorgeous 'The Price Of Love', 'Pleasure Of Pain', and the very catchy 'Long Live Love', which has a fine groove from a tasty pumping bass line and a chorus to die for.
Providing balance with a more melodic rock feeling and stronger guitars (akin Giant's Dann Huff) songs such as the punchy title track 'Mind Over Matter', 'Big Gun', the majestic 'Bad Attitude' and 'Save Your Lies' have a rocking output thanks to sharper riffs and, in the case of the latter two, a heavier bottom end.

Why "Mind Over Matter" remained shelved for more than 25 years it's a crime. The quality of this material is just wonderful. It's certainly not bogged down and tarred with the same brush that saturates today's production methods.
If there is one apparent thing, Dave Cairns obviously knew what he was doing in the studio, and I kinda miss this late '80s early '90s production standard. Coupled with Alan King's killer voice, this is the style of AOR that is missing in today's market.
Do yourself a favor and buy a physical CD of this album.
It's a future classic, and A MUST HAVE


01. Mind over Matter
02. Spinning Wheel
03. Pleasure of Pain
04. Reign Down
05. Long Live Love
06. Save Your Lies (We've Had Enough)
07. Wicked
08. Bad Attitude
09. Madhouse
10. Big Gun
11. The Price of Love
12. Drag Me Down
13. Blood Is the Colour

Alan King: All vocals
Dave Cairns: Keyboards, Guitars
Mike Casswell (ex Brian May): Guitars
Phil Williams (ex Spandau Ballet): Bass
Trevor Thornton (ex Asia): Drums


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AXEL RUDI PELL - The Ballads V (2017)

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Guitar wizard AXEL RUDI PELL releases his new album tomorrow April 21, 2017 via Steamhammer / SPV. Entitled “The Ballads V”, as the name suggests, it's a collection of ballads plus new material. You’re not wrong about the “V” either – yes this is his fifth Ballads album, which seems a lot even considering how long his career has been, but there’s clearly a demand for it.
When you listen to the album it’s clear why people keep buying Pell's Ballads albums – this is a great release.

The fact that the blond guitarist is too ambitious to just take some of his old songs and put them on a new disc, things get quite exciting on “The Ballads V”.
Starting with “Love’s Holding On” means approaching the first stunning highlight. This is a new track and Pell invited a guest, no less than Bonnie Tyler who agreed to do a gorgeous duet with Johnny Gioeli. This song is the first single and it’s a great choice. These voices are in perfect harmony, making the tune to a great opener.

After such an impressive beginning it’s “I See Fire” that’s next. No guests are included but it’s new track, but a cover version. And to our surprise, it’s a song from shooting star Ed Sheeran composed for The Hobbit movie. The tune is rearranged and fits perfect to Axel Rudi Pell’s sound.
To round off a great start into the album means also mentioning “On the Edge of Our Time”. Like the first double header also this tune is a new one. It’s a typical power ballad that comes with a lot of feels. I must say that the song doesn’t bring a lot of new to the table, but in the end, it’s a well-done ballad of which a lot of other bands only could dream of.

The next tracks are better known since they have been released on regular studio albums. However, the fact that tunes like “When Truth Hurts” and especially “Hey Hey My My” (originally by Neil Young) are excellent ballads makes this album still to an entertaining experience that acts as a silent counterpart to the hectic daily life.
For the end there's two live songs. A previously unreleased take of “The Line”, followed by a superb 14 minutes version of Deep Purple’s “Mistreated” that was recorded at Bang Your Head Festival in 2014 with Doogie White on vocals.

AXEL RUDI PELL - The Ballads V (2017) disc

“The Ballads V” is much more than just a 'compilation album', because many of us do not have all the discs were some songs come from, and there's 3 new tracks plus a previously unreleased one.
My conclusion is “The Ballads V” is closer to a new Axel Rudi Pell album than being a simple compilation of known stuff. Production is top notch, and as always Johnny Gioeli shine at the mic.
Highly Recommended


01. Love's Holding On (new song feat. Bonnie Tyler)
02. I See Fire (new song, Ed Sheeran cover)
03. On The Edge Of Our Time (new song)
04. Hey Hey My My
05. Lived Our Lives Before
06. When Truth Hurts
07. Forever Free
08. Lost In Love
09. The Line (live) (previously unreleased)
10. Mistreated (live)
11. Love's Holding On (Radio Edit) [Bonus Track]

Johnny Gioeli – Lead and Backing Vocals
Axel Rudi Pell – All Guitars
Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards
Volker Krawczak – Bass
Bobby Rondinelli – Drums


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ADRENALINE RUSH - Soul Survivor (2017)

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Following the successful release of the band’s self-titled debut album, Swedes ADRENALINE RUSH are ready to unleash their next album "Soul Survivor" tomorrow, via Frontiers Music.
This time, blond bombshell vocalist Tåve Wanning mainly collaborated with Fredrik Folkare (Firespawn, Unleashed), who brought fresh influences to the table that fit very well with Tåve’s ideas. The music has evolved and grown beyond what appeared on the debut.

"Soul Survivor" is still melodic and definitely has an '80s flavor, but also is a bit more complex, darker, and heavier than the previous album. The production is edgier and the guitar work once again pristine.
Erik Martensson (Eclipse) is again involved as a sounding board, co-writing a song and mastering the finished tracks. Yeah, in many ways, think about "Soul Survivor" as Eclipse with female vocals.

Tåve Wanning remains on the path to becoming this generation's hard rock / metal goddess, the heir apparent to Lita Ford and Doro Pesch. Those are some large stiletto high heels to fill.
But Ms Wanning ain't that little girl from the Swedish pop duo Peaches anymore. Nope. She's a full blown hotty and heartbreaker, ballbuster and maneater. Why do you think she graces the cover of her second album, Soul Survivor?
The new album comes with some personnel changes, with Joel Fox and Sam Soderlindh, jumping in on bass and lead guitar, respectively.

The album kicks off with the high octane track “Adrenaline”, before moving on to the first single “Love Is Like Poison”. This is certainly a very good song, but I think there are actually much better songs on the album.
My favorites are “Breaking The Chains”, driven by a catchy rhythm and an anthemic chorus and I can imagine it getting my fist pumping at a concert, along with the infectious “Stand My Ground”.

ADRENALINE RUSH - Soul Survivor (2017) back

Other stand out tracks here include the sharp “Wild Side”, and another personal favourite in “Don’t Wake Me Up”, which features some of Tave Wanning’s best vocals on the album along with some stupendous guitar riffs.
Title track “Soul Survivor” is really good too, more midtempo with a groovy hard rock feel, flatter riffage blended with a piano and synth layer, and a chilling guitar solo.

In “Soul Survivor” we see Adrenaline Rush going edgy, with a more modern sound in comparison to their debut, still with that '80s catchines at the core of their sound.
You can hear Erik Mårtensson's touch oin the fast and slick guitars, and while not really a heavy album, the edge is present throughout. Tåve Wanning has incredibly grown as vocalist, more confident and developing a unique style that puts her among the best hard rock / metal ladies from the new generation.
HIGHLY Recommended


01. Adrenaline
02. Love Like Poison
03. Breaking The Chains
04. Soul Survivor
05. Stand My Ground
06. My Life
07. Break The Silence
08. Sinner
09. Shock Me
10. Wild Side
11. Don't Wake Me Up
12. Crash
13. Soul Survivor (Acoustic Version - Bonus Track)

Tåve Wanning - lead vocals
Sam Soderlindh - lead guitar, vocals
Alexander Hagman - guitar, vocals
Joel Fox - bass, vocals
Marcus Johansson - drums
Mixed by Erik Martensson


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