Tuesday, January 17, 2017

URGENT - Thinking Out Loud [AOR Heaven Classix remaster]

URGENT - Thinking Out Loud [AOR Heaven Classix remaster] (2014)
HERE

Not to be confused with the Canadian band of the same name, USA melodic rockers URGENT released two very good albums halfway the '80s: 'Cast The First Stone' in 1984 and "Thinking Out Loud" in 1987.
While the debut already got re-issued some time ago, "Thinking Out Loud" gets its first re-release / remaster via the AOR Heaven Classix series. There was a first press limited to 1.000 copies two years ago, but sold out and the label is presenting a second string now.

URGENT was built around the three brothers Michael, Don and Steve Kehr, but also featured guitarist Yul Vasquez who later joined cult melodic rockers DIVING FOR PEARLS.
After the excellent debut, theg guys wanted a gutsier sound according to times (1987) and it was Vasquez who came up with the name of Tom Allom, known from his work for bands like Judas Priest, Krokus, Loverboy, Rough Cutt and Y&T.
"Thinking Out Loud" exactly resulted as the band members had in mind: retaining the melodic hooks, catchy choruses and swirling keyboards of the debut, plus an edgy, more punchy output.

URGENT - Thinking Out Loud [AOR Heaven Classix remaster] (2014) booklet

The album features 11 killer-no-filler tracks like the strong rockers "Shot In The Dark", the guitar driven "I Can't Take It No More" and a re-recorded version of the monster single "Running Back", that had peaked at # 79 in the Billboard Hot 100.
There's supreme AOR in the terrific "Always Be There" and the keyboard oriented "If This Is Love" while the ballad "All Over the World" is simply gorgeous.



Although the album was surely a worthy follow-up for the debut and sold pretty well, Urgent lost its deal with EMI Manhattan soon after. The cause? A restructuring! That same year (1987) the band folded, but Yul Vasquez and Klyph Black would carry on in the music business.
If you want to find out what they did after Urgent's demise, you can read the detailed liner notes from Dave Reynolds in the booklet with this re-issue.

URGENT - Thinking Out Loud [AOR Heaven Classix remaster] (2014) back cover

"Thinking Out Loud" is a classic record into any Melodic Rock / AOR book.
All the songs are huge with layers of harmonies all over, sharp guitar work and classy keyboards / synths, kicked by a fuller, 'big' glossy production. The remaster by Chris Lyne (Soul Doctor) is very dynamic, crystal clear.
Fans of classic '80s Melodic Rock / AOR in the vein of Aviator, Loverboy, Honeymoon Suite, Aldo Nova, etc. need to add this one into your collection ASAP.
A Must Have.


01. Pain (Love Is A Victim)
02. Shot In The Dark
03. I Can't Take It No More
04. If This Is Love
05. Always Be There
06. Running Back
07. Extra Extra
08. Turning The Knife
09. Give 'Em Enough Rope
10. Inch By Inch
11. All Over The World

Michael Kehr - vocals, guitar
Don Kehr - vocals, keyboards
Steve Kehr - drums, vocals
Yul Vasquez - guitar, vocals
Klyph Black - bass


BUY IT !
www.rockavenuerecords.com/SHOP/RAR-05946.html
.

Read more...

KIX - Blow My Fuse [Rock Candy remaster]

KIX - Blow My Fuse [Rock Candy remaster] (2014) full
HERE

Coinciding with their return and a fresh album in two decades just released, Rock Candy Records are reissuing / remastering KIX's most celebrated records from '80s: ‘Blow My Fuse’ and ‘Midnight Dynamite’.
By the time Kix had recorded "Blow My Fuse", their fourth album, all eyes in the hard rock biospace were upon them as a band expected to rise up from the ranks to achieve success and exert influence.

Certainly their record label Atlantic Records believed in the band enough to steer them towards not one, but three top notch producers; that’s Tom Werman (Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Dokken) together with the dynamic duo of Duane Barron and John Purdell (Ozzy Osbourne, Dream Theater).
Recorded in Los Angeles and issued in August 1988, the record was immediately heralded as the best Kix album so far, with critics pointing out the quality of songs and a refinement of their trademark rough and tumble sound. In addition they had made a significant change in their back office by enlisting new management who also handled the affairs of Twisted Sister and Zebra, both signed to Atlantic Records.

Strangely, the record was slow to react commercially, dragging its feet until the label were persuaded to issue the Bob Halligan Jr. co-write "Don’t Close Your Eyes" as a single to radio.
This enduring power ballad became an instant smash, rising to #8 on the Billboard singles chart and paving the way for over a million sales of the album, whilst drawing attention to notable album tracks such as "Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT", "Get It While It’s Hot" and "She Dropped Me The Bomb".
All these cuts were much more melodic hard rock oriented than any material previously released by Kix, positioning the band in the same league of Warrant, Stryper, Autograph, etc.

KIX - Blow My Fuse [Rock Candy remaster] (2014) inside

"Blow My Fuse" is the more 'commercial', glossy recording of Kix, another fine slice of the Californian Melodic Hard Rock movement that ruled the US in the second half of the '80s.
Compared to the original CD release, this Rock Candy remaster of "Blow My Fuse" is a bit tougher. I don't really have an issue with the original pressing, and this new version doesn't add quite as much as the Midnight Dynamite remaster does.
Yes, there is better bass response but not anything the volume knob can't fix on the original. There is a little more ooomph to the guitars too. So it's really up to you as a fan if you want to hear the slight improvements.
But this reissue worth the purchase because there isn't a shred of brickwalling; all sounds natural and bright.
Highly Recommended.


01 - Red Lite, Green Lite, TNT
02 - Get It While It's Hot
03 - No Ring Around Rosie
04 - Don't Close Your Eyes
05 - She Dropped Me The Bomb
06 - Cold Blood
07 - Piece Of The Pie
08 - Boomerang
09 - Blow My Fuse
10 - Dirty Boys

Steve Whiteman – lead vocals, harmonica
Ronnie '10/10' Younkins – guitars
Brian 'Damage' Forsythe – guitars
Donnie Purnell – bass, keyboards, backing vocals
Jimmy 'Chocolate' Chalfant – drums, percussion, backing vocals


BUY IT !
www.oldies.com/product-view/45203G.html
.

Read more...

Monday, January 16, 2017

FORTRESS - Hands In The Till [Rock Candy remaster]

FORTRESS - Hands In The Till [Rock Candy remaster] (2014) full
HERE

A long lost AOR / Arena Rock cult classic from the '80s has been rescued by Rock Candy Records; FORTRESS lone album "Hands In The Till".
With a touch of Pomp also thrown into the mix, this album really is a one-off all time classic of it's type. Full of glorious uptempo rockers, this is music from a bygone era when albums were ten-fold, and often got overlooked - as was the case with "Hands In The Till".

The music business is littered with sob stories. Those that shoulda, coulda, woulda made it if matters hadn't conspired against them. It's a familiar tale of woe alright and one that we've heard a million times before yet the strangest thing is some of the world's greatest recordings have been cruelly thrown to the kerb by a simple twist of fate.
Step forward Fortress, an act that really ought to have made a much bigger splash than they did. Although the band came and went in the wink of an eye, their members had actually been active for a number of years, even rubbing musical shoulders with several prestigious outfits during the seventies, including Tom Petty's Mudcrutch and cult hard rock act White Witch.
The big break came with the formation of Fortress yet, sadly, through no fault of their own, success failed to materialise.

FORTRESS - Hands In The Till [Rock Candy remaster] (2014) booklet 1

Based in Los Angeles, the band attracted the ears of Freddie Piro, a producer who had already made a big kick recording the progressive rock band Ambrosia.
Piro's Fortress demos were enthusiastically received by Atlantic Records who promptly signed them, resulting in "Hands In The Till", one of the most impressive melodic rock albums of the early '80s, gaining eager comparisons to the likes of Journey, Roadmaster, Foreigner and Boston.
Led by the golden-coated vocals of Jim West, the Fortress brand of rock was punchy, energetic and melodious. Songs like "How Do I Exist", "Hands In The Till", "Kisses", the Axe-like "Requiem" and the utterly immense "Mystery" are still firm favourites to this day.

FORTRESS - Hands In The Till [Rock Candy remaster] (2014) booklet 2

Fortress' rocking AOR / Arena Rock / Pomp style was tailor made for the Eighties, but still sounds fresh to this day thanks to this Rock Candy remaster conducted by Jon Astley.
Highly Recommended.


01 - Hands In The Till
02 - How Do I Exist
03 - Comin' After You
04 - Requiem
05 - Kisses
06 - Let's Do It Again
07 - Breakin' Free
08 - Carry Me Back
09 - Back On The Path
10 - Mystery

Jim West - vocals
Eric Turner - guitars
Charlie Souza - bass
Donnie Vosburgh - drums
Gabriel Catona - keyboards
Gary Falcone, Ronn Price - backing vocals


BUY IT !
www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=9218044
.

Read more...

AMADEUS AWAD's EON - The Book Of Gates [Special Edition]

AMADEUS AWAD's EON - The Book Of Gates [Special Edition] (2014) full
HERE

Guitar virtuoso Amadeus Awad is presenting his phenomenal Progressive Rock / Metal project AMADEUS AWAD'S EON featuring a notable cast including vocalists Russell Allen (Symphony X, Allen/Lande) & Amanda Somerville (Avanatasia, Kiske/Somerville), keyboard wizard Kevin Moore (OSI, Dream Theater, Chroma Key), John Macaluso (Yngwie, James LaBrie, TNT) on drums and other lesser known musicians but not less talented.
Amadeus Awad's Eon debut is entitled "The Book Of Gates", and this Special Edition features 3 bonus tracks.

"The Book of Gates" is an extraordinary achievement from an extraordinary group of musicians.
It's a concept opus with a few characters and a strong Egyptian thematic backbone in the story line, crafted in the Ayreon or Avantasia tradition. It's really well constructed story, but what shines here is the music.
It is truly hard to compare anything to the mind-blowing greatness of Arjen Anthony Luccassen, even if you consider the ones considered 'great' in the world of progressive metal. Well, Amadeus Awad's Eon it's pretty close to Arjen's perfection, all wonderfully polished and soundwise crisp, akin Luccassen's project Ayreon.
However, Awad adds to the proggressive arrangements a touch of Middle Eastern and Oriental styles resulting in a terrific combination that never grows dull to these ears. There is something about the Eastern music that is pure magic when on a collision course with our dearest form of music.

If you aren’t fully engaged by Amadeus Awad’s dancing fretboard, or with the brilliant songwriting team of Awad and vocalist Elia Monsef, then perhaps guest appearances from Russell Allen & Co. will entice your interest.
With a lyrical concept steeped in ancient Egypt, Allen plays the part of the dying Pharaoh with Somerville the evil Queen who deceives and leaves him dead. Unlike recent albums from a certain Finnish guitarist (who will remain nameless), Awad can have an album properly produced and mixed which brings out the true talents of the guest. The performances on "The Book of Gates" are brilliant, showing there is more than just a 'paid willingness' to participate, and instead there is true passion on this release.

AMADEUS AWAD's EON - The Book Of Gates [Special Edition] (2014) booklet

"Visions" – the acoustic treasure of the release - leads off with an introduction. Elia Monsef (singer of progsters Ostura) delivers an outstanding performance, smooth with just a tiny bit of grit. Already you can hear the undertones of where this story of deception will lead.
The orchestration is alluring and the song bleeds right into "The Crown’s Fate" where we hear the first of the giant heavy riffs from Awad. Somerville’s performance here is one of her best I’ve heard on any album, soft and strong at the same time. Then Allen kicks in with his usual bravado proving over and over again why he can guest on every album and it would never be too much. The song rides a wave of melody with absurdly gorgeous solos and the heaviness kicks in right when you need it.

Title track "The Book of Gates" is another jewel; riffs riding on riffs into an absolute masterpiece of progressive metal. The main melody rivals that in Ayreon’s instant classic 'The Theory of Everything'. The duet of Monsef (“The Necromancer”) and Allen (“The Pharaoh”) is nearly interchangeable, just before Awad lays down a near minute long solo that draws tears out like a Nile flood. There's a fantastic keyboard work by Kevin Moore, and I can't forget to say that Macaluso's drumming all over the record is terrific.
The story ends with "Incarnation", the Pharaoh’s revenge, and with it the heaviest and best riff sequence on the release.
The bonuses are part of a previous EP (for the first time worldwide released) featuring not less compelling songs written by Awad / Monsef, also perfectly recorded, mixed & mastered.

AMADEUS AWAD's EON - The Book Of Gates [Special Edition] (2014) inside

Taking inspiration from prog master Arjen Anthony Luccassen, Amadeus Awad has created a little diamond here, infused with tons of creativity and talent.
Pockets of pure power lay hidden like a minefield within an orchestrated masterpiece that is chock full of extraordinary guest performances, only to be topped off by inspiring and eloquent guitar solos.
Passing over EON's “The Book of Gates” would simply be a 'de-Nile' of true professional and engaging progressive metal.
Highly Recommended.


01. Visions
02. The Crown's Fate
03. The Book Of Gates
04. Incarnation
05. Poetry Of Time (Bonus Track)
06. Noir (Bonus Track)
07. Song For A Loner (Bonus Track)

Amadeus Awad - All guitars, programming
Elia Monsef - Vocals as the "Necromancer"
Russell Allen - Vocals as the "Pharaoh"
Amanda Somerville - Vocals as the "Queen"
Kevin Moore - Keyboards on track 2, 3 and 4
Elyes Bouchoucha (Myrath) - Keyboards on 1
Danny Bou Maroun (Ostura) - Keyboards, Orchestration on 1
Dan Veall - Bass
John Macaluso - Drums


BUY IT !
www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00PJC1OO0
.

Read more...

Sunday, January 15, 2017

ALYSON AVENUE - Presence Of Mind [Yesterrock remastered]

ALYSON
HERE

"Presence Of Mind" was the debut of ALYSON AVENUE, out of print for many years until YesterRock remastered the whole thing for a deserved reissue.
Formed in Sweden in 1989, ALYSON AVENUE originally was a male fronted band when backing singer Anette Olzon took over the mike duties for this debut CD. Her impressive pipes lead in years to come being named as the vocalist for Nightwish.

But Presence Of Mind has nothing in common with Nightwish, this is pure '80s inspired melodic rock / AOR with the typical Swedish flavor.
All songs are really good packing all we love about this genre; melody galore, glorious keys, cutting edge guitars, pulsing bass lines and the stellar vocals of Anette. So rich, full, and powerful.
It appears that a number of different musicians have contributed to the album, but it doesn't disrupt the flow at all, which is as stunning to start off with, as it is to end with.

Take a listen to the brilliant opener 'Free Like The Wind', and those killer lead vocals. Impressive.
'Every Now & Then' pulses along with strong guitar lines and keyboard tinklings everywhere. 'Lost & Lonely' is another powerful guitar based track.
'One Desperate Heart' is primetime Tone Norum-like, 'Its In Your Eyes' is a clear and powerful ballad absolutely swimming with keyboard layers then 'Without Your Love' has great commercial appeal, rich choruses and catchy hooks.

ALYSON AVENUE - Presence Of Mind [Yesterrock remastered] back

"Presence Of Mind" is one of the best AOR / MR albums appeared during the resurgence of the genre fifteen years ago. But more; is one of the finest female-fronted ever recorded in way only Swedes can do it.
Think a mix of Heart, Saraya, Witness, and speaking of Scandi AOR in general, there's some early Alien on the guitar riffs.
Alyson Avenue's "Presence Of Mind" is absolutely essential for any fan of female-fronted rock, and this YesterRock remastered reissue is the one to get for sure.
A Must


01 - Free Like The Wind
02 - Every Now & Then
03 - Lost & Lonely
04 - Tell Me You Love Me (Or Leave Me)
05 - One Desperate Heart
06 - Call Out My Name
07 - Walk Away
08 - It's In Your Eyes
09 - Without Your Love
10 - All This Time
11 - One Touch

Anette Blyckert - vocals, background vocals
Niclas Olsson - keyboards, background vocals
Jarmo Piiroinen - guitars
Thomas Loyska - bass, acoustic guitar
Roger Landin - drums


BUY IT !
www.amazon.de/Presence-Mind-Alyson-Avenue/dp/B002BBE5ZW
.

Read more...

ALYSON AVENUE - Omega II [YesterRock remaster, remix & bonus]

ALYSON AVENUE - Omega II [YesterRock remaster, remix & bonus] full
HERE

Formed in Sweden in 1989, ALYSON AVENUE originally was a male fronted band when backing singer Anette Olzon took over the mike duties for the band's 2000 debut album with the aim to take the resurgent Melodic Rock world by storm.
Highly praised by fans and the press that album was followed four years later with the equally impressive ‘Omega’ CD. The years that followed saw the band take a hiatus, as the various band members embarked on different projects and more significantly in 2007, when Olzon was named as the new singer with Nightwish.

These news was a kind of double edged sword, in one way the band had lost a great vocalist, but in another it also got the name of Alyson Avenue exposed to an even wider audience, which resulted in added interest in the bands first two albums, so much so that the band re-released their debut.

ALYSON AVENUE - Omega II [YesterRock remaster, remix & bonus] booklet

Then their second album 'Omega' was renamed "Omega II", after the band decided to redo the many of the instrumental parts, remix some and remastering, while keeping Olzon’s original vocals.
It also features 5 previously unreleased tracks that are so good it makes you wonder why they were abandoned on the original release.

Songs like "Can I Be Wrong", "When Dreams Fall Apart", "Do You Ever Miss My Passion?" or "Tonight Is All You Get" shows Alyson Avenue's harder Melodic Rock side with strong sharp guitars, while "Whenever You Need Someone" and "I Still Believe" are extremely melodic and catchy.
"Echoes of My Heart" is beautiful, classy power ballad worthy of being on a collection with Heart's "Alone" or any Vixen slow tunes.
The bonuses are equally great, including the hauntingly hooky "I Am (Your Pleasuremaker)" and the AOR bliss of "Hard To Feel Alive".

ALYSON AVENUE - Omega II [YesterRock remaster, remix & bonus] backs

Released through YesterRock records, Alyson Avenue's "Omega II" is female fronted Scandi Melodic Hard Rock at its best.
Killer melodic songs, a great vocalist and this time with a very good production / mix, this is a criminally underrated CD among fans of the genre. You need this one in your collection.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.


01 - When Dreams Fall Apart
02 - Tonight Is All You Get
03 - Perfect Love
04 - One Life One Show
05 - Do You Ever Miss My Passion
06 - Echoes Of My Heart
07 - I Still Believe
08 - I Have Been Waiting
09 - Can I Be Wrong
10 - Whenever You Need Someone
BONUS TRACKS:
11 - I Am (Your Pleasuremaker)
12 - Hard To Feel Alive
13 - Fight With Your Heart
14 - Every Day Is A Trial
15 - Another Night

Anette Olzon - Vocals
Thomas Löyskä - Bass
Niclas Olsson - Keyboards
Tony Rohtla, Jarmo Piiroinen - Guitars
Fredrik Eriksson, Roger Landin - Drums


BUY IT !
www.recordshopx.com/artist/alyson_avenue/omega_ii/
.

Read more...

Saturday, January 14, 2017

FANDANGO (Joe Lynn Turner) - Cadillac [Rock Candy remastered]

FANDANGO (Joe Lynn Turner) - Cadillac [Rock Candy remastered] full
HERE

Featuring the golden throat Joe Lynn Turner,"Cadillac" is the last album by FANDANGO requested here in its Rock Candy remastered form.
The great thing about the Seventies was that record companies actually allowed artists time to develop and refine their craft. Fandango, signed to the powerful RCA label, recorded a total of three albums of varying quality and content prior to the release of 'Cadillac', a record which most fans agree finally saw them take flight as a mature and fully confident melodic hard rock band in the finest late '70s / early '80s tradition.

This was tough-guy melodic hard rock with great songs, memorable hooks and punchy guitar work. It was also the coming of age of vocalist Joe Lynn Turner, a man who would, after the demise of Fandango, go on to achieve huge success with a number of projects not least of all as the lead vocalist of both Rainbow and Deep Purple.
It was also a record that divided the band internally whilst its commercial failure led to an inevitable final split.

FANDANGO (Joe Lynn Turner) - Cadillac [Rock Candy remastered] booklet

Looking back there is no question that "Cadillac" stands loud and proud alongside revered classic of the genre bolstered by a choice song writing quota, fiery guitar playing and just the right amount of controlled mayhem in the drum 'n bass department.

In addition, Joe Lynn Turner leaves his mark as a vocalist of distinction, a voice that would propel him to deserved success in the following years.

FANDANGO (Joe Lynn Turner) - Cadillac [Rock Candy remastered] back

An overlooked album when released, Fandango's 'Cadillac' is plenty of strong songs, and af course, there's Joe Lynn Turner great pipes all over. This Rock Candy remaster with a sound shaped from 24-bit digital via POW-r technology sounds excellent.
Also the new interview with Joe Lynn Turner is of a special interest, included into the usual Rock Candy full colour booklet plus enhanced artwork.
Highly Recommended


01 - Blame It On The Night
02 - Rock 'N' Roll You
03 - Hypnotized
04 - Don't Waste My Time
05 - Stranger
06 - Cadillac
07 - Fortune Teller
08 - Getaway
09 - Headliner

Lead Vocals, Guitar – Joe "Lynn Turner" Linquito
Guitar, Vocals – Rick Blakemore
Keyboards, Synthesizer, Organ – Larry Dawson
Bass, Vocals – Bob Danyls
Drums – Abe Speller


BUY IT !
www.nehrecords.com/shop/FandangoCadillac.htm
.

Read more...

ANDY FRASER - Fine Fine Line [Universal / YesterRock remastered]

ANDY FRASER - Fine Fine Line [Universal / YesterRock remastered] full
HERE

Founder member of the legendary FREE, during the '80s ANDY FRASER released a solo album titled "Fine Fine Line", recently finely remastered by Universal / YesterRock Records.

After playing bass and co-writing Free's classic rock smash hit 'All Right Now' and despite the band success, Fraser parted ways looking for a fresh musical horizon.
First founded the combo called Sharks, and then continued as session player for artists such as Joe Cocker, Rod Stewart and Paul Young amongst others.
Later, he released 2 albums with THE ANDY FRASER BAND.

In 1984, Andy Fraser released this "Fine, Fine Line", a very 'fine' album indeed, his first 'real solo' album and a truly consistent song collection.
Andy himself together with his partner Bob Marlette wrote and produced most of the songs. Top session monster Michael Thompson took over the guitar duties, while ex-Back Street Crawler drummer Tony Braunagel provided the dynamic beats.

Ranging from stylized rock&pop tunes ("Danger", "Chinese Eyes") to classy mid-Eighties AOR tracks like "Branded By The Fire" and the title track, this is a true '80s sounding record.
Another highlights include "Night To Last Forever" and the elaborated "Living This Eternal Dream", both elegant compositions plenty of class.

ANDY FRASER - Fine Fine Line [Universal / YesterRock remastered] back

Available on CD for the first time and with a stupendous remastering, "Fine Fine Line" is a delicious piece of '80s music, with the pristine production from that unrepeatable era.
Not an instant classic, but one that grows with each spin.

For me this is just one of the best undiscovered and truly genial albums of the AOR genre ever. I have listened to the original LP 5 days a day, and when I checked this remastered CD just blew me away again.
This is not AOR by numbers, and every time you listen to it you hear new things. I think everybody should have a copy of this CD in their collection.
Highly Recommended

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox


01 - Fine Fine Line
02 - Branded By The Fire
03 - Chinese Eyes
04 - Knocking At Your Door
05 - Million Miles Away
06 - Do You Love Me
07 - Night To Last Forever
08 - Danger
09 - One Night Love Affair
10 - Living This Eternal Dream

Andy Fraser : Vocals, Bass
Bob Marlette : Keyboards
Michael Thompson : Guitars
Davey Faragher : Bass
Tony Braunagel : Drums


BUY IT !
www.amazon.co.uk/Fine-Line-Andy-Fraser/dp/B002NPXGI8
.

Read more...

Friday, January 13, 2017

FRONTBACK - Heart Of A Lion (2017)

FRONTBACK -  Heart Of A Lion (2017) full
HERE

Swedish rockers FRONTBACK are releasing today their new album entitled "Heart Of A Lion", the follow up from the band's catchy debut featured here on the blog when appeared.
The new record continues with the band's appealing brand of melodic upbeat melodic hard rock which at places borders on retro '80s pop rock with a simply killer guitarist in Axel Graneskog.

Female Anlo Front, the band's lead singer, put muscle in every track here and along with the crunchy and heavier guitars make this album a must check for every serious female-fronted hard rock fan out there.

The first three songs, the poppy (yet powerful) "All The Way For Fame", the melodic rocker "Dead Man On The Road" and the hard rocking "Honest" are some cool samples of Frontback's music versatility: kickin', catchy and with the necessary melody enough to make you stand up and turn the volume on.
Other cuts such as "On And On" add more groove to the proceedings while in "Destiny" we are dealing with a killer and more commercial melodic hard rock tune.

FRONTBACK -  Heart Of A Lion (2017) inside

Frontback's second album "Heart Of A Lion" is a fine piece of pure and old-school melodic / hard that is really enjoyable from start to finish. There's 10 strong songs, solid musicianship, and while production could be better, the band delivers a truly feel-good vibe all over.
So, if you love upbeat and in-your-face female fronted heavy rock stuff, then "Heart Of A Lion" is a release that you have to check out.


01 - All the Way for Fame
02 - Dead Man on the Road
03 - Honest
04 - Rival Sons
05 - On and On
06 - Liar
07 - Black Night City Light
08 - Destiny
09 - Fender
10 - Remember

Anlo Front - Lead singer and guitar
Axel Graneskog - Lead guitar and backing vocals
Jonas Persson - Bass and backing vocals
Koffe Stridh - Drums and backing vocals


BUY IT !
www.emp-online.com/art_345536/
.

Read more...

RUBICON CROSS - Rubicon Cross [Digipak +2 Best Buy Exclusive] Out Of Print

RUBICON CROSS - Rubicon Cross [Digipak +2 Best Buy Exclusive] Out Of Print full
HERE

RUBICON CROSS, featuring Firehouse vocalist CJ Snare and guitar virtuoso Chris Green (of UK bands Pride and Furyon) released this killer full length some time ago, and one of you asked for the exclusive Best Buy version with 2 bonus tracks, now out of print.
Our first look at Rubicon Cross in recorded form came back in 2011 with the independent release of a Limited Edition EP (featured at 0dayrox) which delivered four songs that were full of bite and swagger, and this quickly found it’s way onto many ‘best of 2011’ hard rock lists.

CJ met Chris Green while Firehouse was doing a European tour back in ’04. It might have taken seven years to get off the ground but now Rubicon Cross it's a consolidated band including Green's bandmate in Pride and Furyon Simon Farmery on bass, Seventh Omen drummer Robert Behnke and second guitarist Jeff Lerman.

RUBICON CROSS - Rubicon Cross (2014) inside cover

The combination of CJ Snare's pipes and the stellar guitar playing of Chris together, provides a platform for both to shine, and believe me, Rubicon Cross is a hard rocking mega force to be taken very seriously.
The sound and style of Rubicon Cross is modernized and edgy hard rock but with all the melody that both have had in their other bands. Think '90s TNT - Tony Harnell years, Jagged Edge, Baton Rouge and of course... Firehouse.

Yes folks, if you missed the good 'ole Firehouse, Rubicon Cross has arrived to quench your thirst.
The lush melodic core of the songwriting is given a forceful, aggressive boost on this record. Just check the kickin' opener "Locked And Loaded" (featured in the Xbox360 and PS3 game 'Dirt Showdown' soundtrack), the slightly Skid Row-like corker "Next Worse Enemy" (terrific six-string work by Chris Green with a monster guitar sound) or the propulsive "Bleed With Me". These guys Rock!



Firehouse is back with the thrilling "You Will Remember Me", the bouncy "R U Angry", the extremely melodic ballad "Save Me Within", and the acoustically filled midtempo "Shine", done with class and style. Fans will love this one.
"Movin’ On" is one of my favorites, starting off with a clean guitar and CJ’s familiar vocals but then kicks-in with an aggressive guitar riff and Snare’s soaring vocals are all over the place. Fantastic track.
The band goes for a groovy, relentless metal drive on "Kill Or Be Killed", and the CD ends with the feel-good rocker "All The Little Things".

RUBICON CROSS - Rubicon Cross [Digipak +2 Best Buy Exclusive] back

Twenty five years since breaking into the music industry and CJ Snare is still wowing people with his incredible range as every time he belts out a lyric you can feel it impacting your soul. Rubicon Cross isn't the exception.
Chris Green's superb skills with the 6-strings delivers intense riffage and very melodic guitar solos, this guy playing is mind-blowing and you'll shocked by his set-up sound.
One of the surprises of the year, "Rubicon Cross" rocks from every corner via strong songwriting, potent & tight musicianship and a bright production which enhances the terrific melodies on offer.
Foocking Awesome.


01 - Locked & Loaded
02 - Next Worst Enemy
03 - Bleed With Me
04 - Save Me Within
05 - You Will Remember Me
06 - Movin On
07 - R U Angry
08 - Shine
09 - Kill or Be Killed
10 - All the Little Things
BONUS TRACKS:
11 - Moving On (acoustic version)
12 - Save Me Within (acoustic mix)

CJ Snare - vocals
Chris Green - guitars
Jeff Lerman - guitars
Simon Farmery - bass
Robert Behnke - drums


OUT OF PRINT
www.bestbuy.com/site/rubicon-cross-deluxe-only--best-buy-cd/6017091.p?skuId=6017091
.

Read more...

Unique Visitors
View My Stats

  © Blogger templates Newspaper III by Ourblogtemplates.com 2008

Back to TOP