Category Archives: rock

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

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 – YES Announces “The Royal Affair Tour” Launching June 12

The 2019 summer concert calendar has just been lit up with the announcement of YES’ North American concert tour, “The Royal Affair Tour.” Headlined by prog rock pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees YES, who triumphed last year with their acclaimed and hugely successful #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of YES tour, this must-see best-of-British-rock show will also feature Asia with the return of founding member Steve Howe in a special performance, John Lodge of The Moody Blues, and Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy with guest vocals by Arthur Brown. View the trailer:

The first set of dates for “The Royal Affair Tour” has been announced. The trek will launch Wednesday, June 12 in Bethlehem, PA and visit cities including Holmdel, NJ; Toronto; Nashville, Hollywood, FL; Phoenix; Las Vegas; and Irvine, CA before wrapping Sunday, July 28 in Saratoga, CA. Most shows go on sale Friday, April 5. More dates will be revealed in the coming weeks.

YES is Steve Howe (guitar – joined 1970), Alan White (drums since 1972), Geoff Downes (keyboards; first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keyboards in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015), with Jay Schellen on additional drums. See quotes below from YES.

Look for YES to perform songs from throughout their storied career, one of rock music’s most prized bodies of work, and their set will honor the memory of YES members Chris Squire and Peter Banks.

• Asia will play their signature songs and pay tribute to their late founding member John Wetton. A portion of their set will feature original guitarist Steve Howe in a special performance. Asia will also introduce its new line-up featuring guitarist/lead vocalist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and bassist Billy Sherwood.

• John Lodge’s set will encompass his classic hits by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Moody Blues and pay tribute to the band’s recently departed member Ray Thomas.

• Carl Palmer will honor the memory of his fellow Emerson, Lake and Palmer members Keith Emerson and Greg Lake, with vocals by British vocalist Arthur Brown.

• As part of the evening’s British theme, there will be Alan White of YES’ tribute to John Lennon; White was the drummer on Lennon’s solo material including the recording of “Imagine.”

Steve Howe: “Yes is delighted to headline this celebration of British music which has been so warmly received in America over the past five decades.”

Alan White: “I’m looking forward to joining a number of classic British talents that have delighted so many fans over the past half century.”

Geoff Downes: “This is a unique celebration of the British contribution to classic rock over many decades. It will be inspirational to be a part of. And I know it is what John Wetton would have wanted.”

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