Category Archives: melodic

New music – THE DIVINE COMEDY, SCOTT STAPP, GLORYHAMMER

Great to have new music from the Divine Comedy and ‘Queuejumper‘ is a catchy little ditty that bodes well for the upcoming double album ‘Office Politics’ due on June 7.

Creed vocalist Scott Stapp returns with a new song – an enjoyable piece of modern rock. Or as the PR blurb says…

“Purpose For Pain” is an auto-biographical rush of memories, from abuse, to escape, and going from bad to worse before finding the beauty in life’s hard-learned lessons. The single is the first from Stapp’s upcoming album “The Space Between The Shadows”, out in July 2019 on Napalm Records.

Also some bonkers space power metal from Gloryhammer, who have a new album, also released on Napalm Records, called ‘Legends From Beyond The Galactic Terrorvortex’ which is out on May 31.

Incoming music…KIAN SPARKES

Kian Sparkes is a musician/audio engineer who has released a series of EPs and albums to date. The four songs on the free EP are well produced rock with a distinct country feel. Not surprising given his love of Lynyrd Skynyrd! ‘Has It Got What It Takes’ is a tasty classic rock fuelled tune, featuring plenty of loud guitar. The other stand out is the country rocker ‘Come Outside (And Hold My Hand)’, one perfect for daytime radio. Maybe not the strongest vocalist, however the songs have strong melodies and tales of the everday in the lyrics.

You can grab a free download here

Pete Lincoln’s statement…

Pete’s farewell to Sweet

Things change. Life goes on. After thirteen great years which have flown past in the blink of an eye, the Sweet’s ‘Still Got The Rock’ tour in May will be my last with this fantastic band.

It’s been a fascinating ride filled with music, laughter and great memories. I have met many wonderful friends and fans along the way, and will always value my time spent fronting The Sweet.

Of course I’m not retiring and will continue my involvement with FRONTM3N and solo projects. The time is simply right for us all to make this change.

I wish Andy, Bruce and Tony the very best for the future continuation of this most iconic of bands, and thank them for their friendship and cameraderie on the road. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish my mate Paul Manzi well in his new role – I know he’ll do a marvellous job.

We are, and will remain, firm friends and I’m sure I’ll be making a return appearance from time to time, so this is by no means a forever goodbye!

Pete

Music news – MAGNUM June tour dates including a return to Stoke :)

4th June            STOKE Kings Hall

5th June            ABERDARE Coliseum Theatre

7th June            SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL, Solvesborg

9th June            ROCK HARD FESTIVAL Gelsenkirchen, Germany

11th June          BURY ST. EDMUNDS Apex

12th June          HOLMFIRTH Picturedrome

13th June          WARRINGTON Parr Hall

15th June          ROCK THE COAST FESTIVAL Malaga, Spain.

Magnum’s latest album, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’, was universally acclaimed on release in January 2019, Classic Rock’s Malcolm Dome raving in his 8/10 review that “The band are tight and passionate, while Bob Catley’s vocals cut through with febrile certainty. And it says a lot about how committed Magnum are to more recent material that tracks like ‘Crazy Old Mothers’ and ‘When We Were Younger’ sound as momentous as the timeless ‘How Far Jerusalem’ or ‘The Spirit’.”

‘Live At Symphony Hall’, which was recorded on 19th April 2018 at the exhilarating final concert of their 2 month long ‘Road To Eternity Tour’ in Birmingham, contains an impeccable mix of Magnum classics and cracking new songs from 2018’s studio album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which was widely acclaimed as one of, if not the best album of the group’s entire career to date when released at the end of January this year.

First listen…CANNONBALLZ and LASTWORLD

Couple of upcoming releases on MelodicRock Records are in the review pile.

Cannonballz features vocalist Robbie Le Blanc (Find Me, Blanc Faces) plus Living Colour bassit Doug Wimbish and drummer Jonathan Mover (ex-GTR, Marillion) amongst its line-up. Guitarist Alan Friedman is the driving force behind it all and it has a smooth production, bringing to mind Toto and Find Me. The album is out on May 10.

LastWorld sees Jim Shepherd and David Cagle teamed up by MRR head honcho Andrew McNeice, with JK Northrup on mastering. After enjoying last year’s Cagle & Northrup and Jim Shepherd’s solo releases I am pleased to say this team-up works well. Lots of keys and anotehr chance for the vocal talents of David Cagle to come to the fore.

Music news – The Divine Comedy Announce New Album ‘Office Politics’

MEMO: All departments / DATE: 3rd April, 2019.

To whom it may concern,

I told you I would make a double album one day!

Nobody believed me.
Jeff Lynne, eat your heart out…

It has synthesisers. And songs about synthesisers.
But don’t panic. It also has guitars, orchestras, accordions, and songs about love and greed.
Phew…

It is peopled with a shiny new cast of my imaginary friends (and enemies):

East Anglian lovers and historical re-enactors, Norman and Norma.
Sir Hillary Oldmoney, a complete banker if ever there was one.
The outrageously selfish ‘Opportunity’ Knox. He jumps queues, annoys party goers and would kill for a promotion.
Christine, who makes excellent photocopies but whose office romance has gone south.
A pair of furniture removers and part-time minimalist composers named Philip and Steve.
Even a certain Billy Bird has squirrelled his way back into proceedings.

But the central characters in Office Politics are the machines.
Machines that do this, machines that do that. Machines that will smother us all in our sleep.
Perhaps the raging battle of instrumentation and musical genres on the album is a subconscious reflection of this conflict.
Perhaps this increasingly crazy world has sent me scurrying to the new wave and synthpop of my youth for comfort.
Perhaps I was just bored.

I’m sorry it’s all so crazy. I do try to make normal pop records.
But it always seems to wander off into odd territories when I’m not concentrating.

All I can say is…
I told you I would make a double album one day!!!

Signed: Neil Hannon, Head Of Communications

> Neil; you can call it a double album if you want (and it is double vinyl) but it all fits on one CD, and I don’t think a double download is even a thing? Thanks, Production. <
PRE-ORDER OFFICE POLITICS at our online shop for signed items, bundles galore and EXCLUSIVE presales access to the upcoming Tour! (UK dates only)

OFFICE POLITICS, the new album by The Divine Comedy will be released on 7th June.
QUEUEJUMPER the opening track, can be yours right away when you pre-order the album from our online store or iTunes.