Category Archives: metal

Music news – LION MUSIC May new releases

We are proud to announce the upcoming release from symphonic folk gothic band ELYSIUM who will release their mazing debut album Labyrinth of Fallen Angels on May 23rd.
Elysium is a symphonic folk gothic band with female vocals, male violinist, keyboard, guitar, bass and drums, drawing inspiration from early Whitin Temptation and Nightwish, as well as from the most popular European rock acts like Anathema. Between catchy and symphonic refrains, melodic guitar riffs and vocal counterpoints on a solid Rock basis, the band makes frequent incursions in Classic Rock (Queen, Muse), Folk and Prog (Eluveite & Pineapple Thief ), occasionally adding opera and r’n’b background vocals. The use of Keyboards and orchestration sequences enriches the songs and adds a symphonic edge to them, duetting with violin and guitar. The songwriting duties rely on singer Daphne Nisi (Baraonna), and Bass player Marco Monetini (Gerico, Nidi di Ragno, Fuorilinea), flanked by Violin player Christian Arlechino (La Tresca). The rest of the band is formed by guitar player Simone Moratto and drummer Flavio Lovisa. Special guest on keyboards and orchestrations on the new album “Labyrinth of Fallen Angels” is composer and arranger Marco Sinopoli.


Musicians:
Daphne Nisi – Vox, background vocals 
Marco Monetini – Bass 
Christian Arlechino – Violin
Flavio Lovisa – Drums
Simone Moratto- Guitar
Marco Sinopoli – Keys & Orchestra
Special Guests: Roberto Mascia of “Mamma” – scream vocals on “Siren” and Vahimiti – background vocals on “Fight for alla your love” and “Turn around” 


Tracklist:
Black Hole
Evanescent
Before the End
Turn around
Fight for all Your Love
Close to You
Siren
Higher State
Nobody Knows
Here I Am
Lars Eric Mattsson – Into the Unknown
May 9th

The Finnish guitar legend returns with a new solo album following “Sand and Blood” (2017) and the non-album single “Vicky’s Eyes” (2018). The 15 track “Into the Unknown” album is the natural successor of his previous album made up of well structured and well arranged timeless classic hard rock songs with a few unusual twists thrown in for measure. Lars is also handling all the vocals and on this release he also focused on keeping the songs short and precise.

Of the fifteen tracks on the album five are shorter than 1:22 and should be seen as small interludes glueing the whole album together in order to enhance the listener experience. Lars says he tried to create an enjoyable album with nothing to prove, just good songs.

tracklist:
01.  Killer
02.  Give it All
03.  Hole in My Soul
04.  Epilogue for a Broken Heart
05.  This is Your Storm
06.  Save Me
07.  Time to Change
08.  Into the Unknown
09.  Wind of Desire
10.  Too Close to the Sun
11.  Burning Hot
12.  Soul Mate
13.  Cry of a Leo
14.  Always Recall
11.  ’57 Chevy

In the studio…SEB BACH, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, HUNTER & THE BEAR

Former Skid Row vocalist Seb Bach is hard at work on his new album which will feature guest guitarists including John 5 and Steve Stevens (Billy Idol). His old band Skid Row plan to record a new album this year, the first with vocalist ZP Theart.

Lynyrd Skynrd’s Johnny van Zant has said the band have an album almost ready to record.
“We have an album in the can really, to be honest,” Van Zant told Madness to Creation in a recent interview. “We have a bunch of songs that we’re all the time writing … probably after this tour we’ll have that album, do a studio thing.” Johnny has also hinted an album with his brother Donnie is likely in the near future plus he wants to record a gospel album.

Hunter & the Bear are currently recording their second album with Grammy nominated producer Romesh Dodangoda. Their debut album was very enjoyable and looking forward to hearing where their sound takes them next.

The Darker My Horizon have completed work on their album entitled ‘Seize The Day’ it is due for release later this year.

Alter Bridge plan to have their next album out in October.

Pendragon are currently working on a new album, with planning also underway for an accompanying tour. Also due this summer is a live release of the band’s recent fortieth anniversary show.

The crowd fund campaign for Fanfields chief Michael Riesenbeck’s new solo album ‘Courage’ is active for only a few days. Please click the link below, listen to/view the sound clips/video’s and if you like what you’re hearing, it would be so great if you would pre-order the album. This will help to get “Courage” released in 2019! Only 16 more days and then the crowd fund campaign ends, so Michael can use all your help now. Expect top notch adventurous melodic rock with influences by – obviously – TOTO, Journey, Giant, Whitesnake, Gary Moore, Vitesse, Powerplay and Diesel, featuring many guest musicians and singers that also can be heard on Fanfields. https://gogetfunding.com/michael-riesenbeck-courage-album/

Music news – VOYAGER RELEASE ‘BRIGHTSTAR’ AHEAD OF AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES AND DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL

You can purchase the new single on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon Music and more. The band’s back catalogue is also now available to purchase and stream digitally.

Directed by Red Empire Media, Voyager’s Perth-fect music video encompasses the quintessential nature of  Western Australia, displaying the relationship between science, art, and nature. With a montage of drone footage taken from Parkes, CSIRO and MRO Space Satellite sites across Western Australia, Voyager explores the synergy of how science and creative expression go hand in hand.

Danny Estrin, frontman for Voyager says this about the allegory behind his lyrics

“Brightstar is about the power of rationality, of the importance of science as an art, of facts, of the demise of empirical evidence in favour of blind belief in idols who spit forth a torrent of nonsense and generally about not believing in something or someone because it’s shiny and bright and promises a warm blanket of comfort.”

“It’s so refreshing to be playing in such wide open spaces and to use technology to create art… There was definitely something magical about the beauty of this blisteringly hot part of the country and I think this clip will capture that magic. We are proud to be from Perth and we want our fans to see what we see. We also want them to know that we almost burnt to a crisp on 40c heat to bring them this visual treat!”

The new single comes the day before Voyager embark on Australian dates with Twelve Foot Ninja and also a performance at Download Festival Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), dates below.

Ash Doodkorte, Voyager’s drummer, says this about the tour

“We’ve whispered it among ourselves for years and it’s finally happening: Voyager and Twelve Foot Ninja on the road together around Australia! We can’t wait to bring the heaviness, grooves, and singalongs. The only thing that could make it even better is an appearance or two at a huge heavy festival like, say, Download Festival Australia. Wait, what? FARK YEAH!!!”

TICKETS – http://twelvefootninja.com/shows

Friday 8th March – ANU, Canberra

Saturday 9th March – Download Festival Sydney

Monday 11th March – Download Festival Melbourne

Friday 15th March – Miami Tavern, Gold Coast

Saturday 16th March – The Valley Drive in, Brisbane

Saturday 23rd March – The Gov, Adelaide

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raises over £300 for Nordoff Robbins

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 raised over £300 for the Nordoff Robbins charity, as well as raising awareness of the work they do in music therapy.

The money raised was as follows –

£177 = Dandelion Charm played a free gig at the Brunswick, Hove supported by Milton Hide

£66 = my Facebook birthday post

£23 = eBay auctions (Ninebarrow CDs)

£37 = JustGiving from generous FM & Thunder fans

Thank you to the following for taking part and helping spread the word on the work of the Nordoff Robbins charity –

ADRIAN BELEW, PAUL CARRACK, JARROD DICKENSON, BARBARA DICKSON, DODGY , FAIRPORT CONVENTION, FM, FROST*, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS, STEVE HACKETT, ROBB JOHNSON, KAISER CHIEFS, KING KING, LETZ ZEP, LOST VOICE GUY, NINEBARROW, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKEN, THOSE DAMN CROWS, THUNDER , YES, THE YOUNG ‘UNS

Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. joined in even though they are not currently touring.

Plus there is still one event to go as author Mark Stay is kindly donating one pound for every copy signed or sold of his new book ‘The End of Magic’, at the official book launch on Friday 15 February at Harbour Books in Whitstable, Kent.

Thanks to everyone for your support.

https://www.nordoff-robbins.org.uk/news/imogens-story

Music news – THIN LIZZY headline STEELHOUSE festival

Ricky Warwick “It’s great to be playing Steelhouse again – we all love this festival and to be asked for Thin Lizzy to headline the last night was a no brainer for us! To make the evening even more special we are playing the Black Rose album in it’s entirety as part of the set as a UK exclusive – which is great as it’s probably my favourite Thin Lizzy album”

Scott Gorham “as It’s the 40th anniversary of that record, Steelhouse came to us with the idea of doing a Black Rose set – so how could we refuse!”

Black Rose – A Celebration, EXCLUSIVELY at Steelhouse. Get your tickets at, www.steelhousefestival.com/tickets/ and https://www.gigantic.com/…/ebbw-vale-hafod…/2019-07-26-17-00

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Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday 8 February

Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 is this Friday (although there have been gigs already from Space Elevator & Hanson Asiedu). Those with gigs this Friday are –


ADRIAN BELEW,
 PAUL CARRACK, JARROD DICKENSON, BARBARA DICKSON, DODGY , FAIRPORT CONVENTION, FM, FROST*, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS

STEVE HACKETT, KAISER CHIEFS, KING KING, LETZ ZEP, LOST VOICE GUY, THE SMYTHSSTONE BROKEN, THOSE DAMN CROWS, THUNDER 

YES, THE YOUNG ‘UNS

Plus the Little Red Kings, Broken Witt Rebels, the Fierce & the Dead and Andrew W.K. will be joining in even though they are not currently touring.

All will be mentioning the work of Nordoff Robbins via their social media on Feb 8th

In addition there are some gigs taking place specifically plugging the work of Nordoff Robbins on stage and/or raising funds for them –

Folk night at the Railway Inn, Portslade tomorrow night (7 Feb) – thanks to Robb Johnson

Dandelion Charm are playing a gig at the Brunswick, Hove on Feb 8th. It is free entry and any donations on the night will go to Nordoff Robbins.

Folk duo Ninebarrow play North Ferriby Village Hall

Author Mark Stay has a signing event for his new book ‘The End of Magic’ and he will donate £1 for each copy sold and/or signed on the night (15 Feb)

Latest updates can be found here –

https://50gigsinaday.home.blog/

PS

Just Giving page is below if you’d kindly like to donate and support the work of Nordoff Robbins

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fiftygigsinaday2019

TARA LYNCH – Evil Enough

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http://www.taralynch.com

Tara Lynch (apparently nicknamed Gui-Tara), releases her debut album ‘Evil Enough’ although she has been around the music scene for some years. She has assembled a fair few name guests including Vinnie Appice (Black Sabbath, Last In Line, Dio), Mark Boals (Malmsteen), Phil Sousson (Ozzy, Last In Line) and fellow guitarist Tony MacAlpine (although he plays keys on the couple of songs he appears on).

Vocally she is not the best being honest (‘Cringeworthy’ sadly lives up to its title), however Mark Boals puts in a suitably metalised vocal on the title track. Tara Lynch is better on the guitar instrumentals, which allow her to let fly and mix shredding with some fine solos.

For those who like a bit of shredding guitar the instrumentals on here will satisfy, otherwise can’t see this making much of an impression. Tara Lynch will however get a chance to win folks over as she supports UFO on their UK farewell tour which starts in February.