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New music – THIRD LUNG

Only just discovered Third Lung, a Reading based four piece, who have a new EP ‘Sooner Or Later’ out on March 1 (reviewed here). Big tunes, big anthems and all being well, a big future for them.

Cart & Horses (Stratford, London) – 9th Feb: https://www.facebook.com/events/2279074932346297/
The Finsbury Pub (Finsbury, London) – 12th Feb: https://www.facebook.com/events/592744141146448/
West Street Live (Sheffield) – 20th Feb: https://www.facebook.com/events/2219912814707734/
Dublin Castle (Camden, London) – 28th Feb: https://www.facebook.com/events/990805787796963/
Oakford Social Club (Reading) – 1st Mar: https://www.facebook.com/events/1928306813951082/ (EP launch show)



HEAVY FEATHER have signed with The Sign records for their debut album ‘Débris & Rubble’ due out on 5 April.

CATS IN SPACE release a new song of their upcoming album ‘Day Trip To Narnia’ (out Mar 8) and it is a disco floor filler 🙂

Excited by the Cats In Space new album and also the second album from EMPIRE CIRCUS. Entitled ‘Ti‘ it is released on Feb 1.


Music news – DEVIN TOWNSEND announces new album ‘Empath’

Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend has officially announced the release of his forthcoming new album ‘EMPATH’ for the 29th March 2019.

In the lead up to the album’s release, Devin will walk fans through how Empath came together with a series of documentary episodes recorded as phone conversations during the course of the albums recording. Watch him explain more in this video:

Devin comments: “Hello everybody, this is Devin Townsend and I would like to formally announce that after almost a year and a half of working, I have finished Empath. Now this record has taken me down a lot of very interesting psychological and technical avenues and the process was documented from the very get-go by a series of documentary videos that I have done, that outline everything from the gestation of the idea to the actualisation of it, through all the existential ups and downs that went on. As such this record is different to any record that I have released thus far, and trying to get people on board for what it is versus what it isn’t, I think needs to be dealt with in a different way.

Stay tuned for the making of Empath – the video series.”

Over the past few years, the success that Devin has slowly worked for has fortunately come with the power to control his own creative destiny. The recent successes with the DVD from a sold-out Royal Albert hall, or his 2012 ‘Retinal Circus’, or last year’s ‘Ocean Machine’ live DVD with the Orchestra and Choir of State Opera Plovdiv has put him in a position where with the new album ‘EMPATH’, he will once and for all define himself as a musical force outside of any particular genre classification.

On this album Devin has decided to see what would happen if all the styles that make up his current interests were finally represented in one place. To finally shake the fear of expectation, and just do what it is he was meant to do creatively, EMPATH, true to the name, is about allowing the audience a feeling for a variety of musical emotions. The musical dynamics represented on this single album are broad, challenging, and immense. To approach this sort of work with a long history of what makes heavy music ‘heavy’, allows this to be done with a type of power rarely heard.

Joining Devin on this album is Frank Zappa alumni Mike Keneally as music director, as well as Morgan Ågren (Mats And Morgan, Frank Zappa, Fredrik Thordendal), Anup Sastry (Monuments, Periphery), Samus Paulicelli (Decrepit Birth, Abigail Williams), Nathan Navarro, Elliot Desagnes, Steve Vai, Chad Kroeger, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Ché Aimee Dorval, Ryan Dhale and the Elektra Women’s Choir.

A bold statement with massive production values and dynamic, uncompromised musicality. This is a statement about not only pursuing creative freedom in a conservative scene, but also trying to show that heavy music is truly a valid musical tool.

‘EMPATH’ will be released on Limited 2 CD Digipak (including an entire disc of bonus material), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180G 2LP Vinyl + CD + LP-booklet & as digital album. The full track-listing is as follows:

  1. Castaway
  2. Genesis
  3. Spirits Will Collide
  4. Evermore
  5. Sprite
  6. Hear Me
  7. Why
  8. Borderlands
  9. Requiem
  10. Singularity Part 1 – Adrift
  11. Singularity Part 2 – I Am I
  12. Singularity Part 3 – There Be Monsters
  13. Singularity Part 4 – Curious Gods
  14. Singularity Part 5 – Silicon Scientists
  15. Singularity Part 6 – Here Comes The Sun

Last year Devin announced a special ‘An Evening With’ tour that would see him performing acoustically, as well as taking part in a fan Q&A at each show.

The full list of dates are as follows, many of which are already sold out:

7th March – The Piano Man Jazz Club, New Delhi, India SOLD OUT

8th March – Levi’s Lounge, Mumbai, India SOLD OUT

29th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT

30th March – Savoy Theater, Helsinki, Finland SOLD OUT

31st March – Sodra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden SOLD OUT

1st April – Edderkoppen, Oslo, Norway SOLD OUT

2nd April – Bremen Theater, Copenhagen, Denmark

4th April – PassionKirchhe, Berlin, Germany

5th April – Stodola, Warsaw, Poland

6th April – La Fabrica, Prague, Czech Republic SOLD OUT

7th April – Freiheiz, Munich, Germany SOLD OUT

9th April – Kulturkirche, Cologne, Germany SOLD OUT

10th April – Grunspan, Hamburg, Germany

11th April – Bravo Kerk, Haarlem, Netherlands SOLD OUT

13th April – Reading 3, Tel Aviv, Israel

24th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT

25th April – Bush Hall, London, UK SOLD OUT

26th April – St George’s, Bristol, UK SOLD OUT

27th April – City Varieties, Leeds, UK SOLD OUT

29th April – Jam House, Edinburgh, UK SOLD OUT

30th April – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK SOLD OUT

Remaining tickets can be found here: https://bnds.us/hotp9q

Devin’s varied back catalogue is also being celebrated with lavish vinyl box-sets under the name of ERAS. Having already released parts 1 and 2 earlier in early 2018, the end of the year saw the release of part 3, which features some of his most recent work with Devin Townsend Project, including the albums ‘Accelerated Evolution’, ‘Epicloud’, ‘Sky Blue’, ‘Transcendence’ & the first ever vinyl release of the second part of the DTP’s now legendary Royal Albert Hall show. Order your copy of this deluxe 10 LP box-set here: https://devintownsendproject.lnk.to/ErasIII

Music News – Original SURVIVOR vocalist DAVE BICKLER has confirmed a short run of UK dates in March

Original SURVIVOR vocalist DAVE BICKLER has confirmed a short run of UK dates in March. The voice of the worldwide hit ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ will play LONDON The Garage 11, BRISTOL Thekla 12, NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms 13, PRESTATYN HRH AOR 14.
Tickets on sale now here
CHROME MOLLY have been announced as Special Guests for all shows except Prestatyn.
In 2018 Dave Bickler released his long anticipated solo album Darklight on all digital platforms.The album has been a labour of love and his main focus for many years. Its release was accompanied by a simple statement which said “Remember, there’s no light without dark, and there’s more to light than meets the eye! Happy listening!”
As the original singer in the band Survivor, Dave Bickler had his biggest hit with the double platinum 1982 hit Eye of the Tiger, the theme song for the motion picture Rocky III. The song, which topped the US, British and Australian charts, became an international hit, selling millions of copies around the world.The song won Bickler and the band a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, was voted Best New Song by the People’s Choice Awards and received an Academy Award nomination.In subsequent years the song continues to be an influence, featuring in a variety of spheres including sporting events, electronic games such as Guitar Hero, and numerous Best of charts.
(Original SURVIVOR vocalist)
plus special guests
Chrome Molly
UK – MARCH 2019
11 LONDON, The Garage
12 BRISTOL, Thekla
13 NOTTINGAM, Rescue Rooms
* Dave Bickler only

Music review – ALCATRAZZ – Parole Denied Live in Tokyo 2017


Frontiers [Release date 07.12.18]

Delighted to have a guest reviewer Joe Geesin give his thoughts on the recent live Alcatrazz album…

Vocalist Graham Bonnet has been busy of late, and even more so have his labels. With solo work past and present been made available (Frontiers and Cherry Red two of the labels issuing new and vintage studio and live work aplenty), the former Marbles and Rainbow frontman remains busy. Renowned for his vocal power, Bonnet is best known for tracks like All Night Long, Since You Been Gone and the solo hit Night Games.

Bonnet’s 70s work included The Marbles, two low key solo albums and a number of singles, Graham came to world-wide fame as Dio’s replacement in Rainbow, with their Down To Earth album combining rock power and commercial success in equal measure, the band headlining the inaugural Monsters Of Rock. Post Rainbow and his immediate solo album Line-Up (a personal favourite), and a brief spell with MSG, he formed Alcatrazz in 1983, with early studio albums featuring guitarists Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen. Their three studio albums No Parole From Rock’n’Roll, Disturbing The Piece and Dangerous Games are all well worth investing in.

With a recent (2017) reformation for a show in Japan, and coinciding with the release of an official bootleg set, Frontiers give us this marvellous package of the Japanese show and more. The band originally disbanded in 1987, and Graham has resurrected the name for tours since then, but here with original bassist Gary Shea and keyboard player Jimmy Waldo, it’s close to a reformation, and here feature guitarist Conrado Pesinato and drummer Mark Benqueschea.

The live set (CD1 and DVD) open with polite applause as the band come on stage, to a Bonnet vocal solo, then they kick off with Night Of The Shooting Star. Bonnet is clearly still in as great condition as ever, the power and passion are there, as is his suit. Some polished keyboards bolster this solid yet melodic track. There’s some standout guitar work on Ohayo Tokyo, some harmonic melodies before a solo, the crowd have arms in the air loving this.

The set runs through some Alcatrazz classics and the music is polished, tight, blistering and just wonderful. And judging by the crowd roar during a keyboard intro, they’re clearly familiar with the material. The classics Island In The Sun and God Blessed Video go down a storm.

A wonderful live set, very well produced.

The bonus second disc compiles demos from 1985/6, one featuring Steve Vai; far from as essential as the live set but fans will love.

The only way to better this is new Alcatrazz material.

Music news – GIN ANNIE announce debut album

UK melodic hard rock band, GIN ANNIE, have announced the release of their debut album ‘100% Proof‘ on January 25th, 2019 via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. ‘100% Proof‘ contains 10 tracks and will please fans of heavy guitar driven songs, with melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses and classy melodies.

100% Proof‘ was produced and engineered by Jay Shredder and recorded at Shredder Live Lounge.

Track listing:

  1. Love Ain’t Here
    2. Dead & Gone
    3. Chains
    4. New Bad Habit
    5. Next 2 Me
    6. Damage
    7. Fallin’
    8. All I Want
    9. Haunt Me
    10. Born to Rock n Roll

GIN ANNIE have launched a pre-order campaign through Pledge Music: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/gin-annie

A music video for the song ‘Chains‘ can be viewed here:

GIN ANNIE is a hard melodic rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton, England, featuring heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses and classy melodies.

GIN ANNIE are based around the nucleus of cousins, Dave Foster (vocals) and Byron Garbett (guitars). In November 2017, the Black Country rockers saw a change of line-up to form MKII of the band, with the addition of Brian Green on guitar and Phill ‘Hammer’ Burrows on bass. Drumming powerhouse Jack Ryland-Smith completes the group.

Guitarist, Byron Garbett said: “We are thrilled to announce details of our debut album – 100% Proof. A lot of heavy riffs and heavy nights went into the writing and recording of this and we can’t wait for folks to get their ears around it. It’s just 5 guys from the Black Country making a racket but one we hope many will enjoy.


Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 – THUNDER

The excellent Thunder are kindly joining in Fifty Gigs In A Day 2019 when they will be posting about the Nordoff Robbins charity on social media. They have a new album of some of their songs reworked called ‘Please Remain Seated’ out on January 19th and they appear in Glasgow on February 8th.

Fri 01 Feb 2019 St David’s Hall Cardiff, UK Tickets
Sat 02 Feb 2019 Regent Theatre Ipswich, UK Tickets
Mon 04 Feb 2019 The Bridgewater Hall Manchester, UK Tickets
Tue 05 Feb 2019 York Barbican York, UK Tickets
Wed 06 Feb 2019 Sage Gateshead Gateshead, UK Tickets
Fri 08 Feb 2019 Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, UK Tickets
Sat 09 Feb 2019 De Montfort Hall Leicester, UK Tickets
Mon 11 Feb 2019 The Forum, Bath Bath, UK Tickets
Tue 12 Feb 2019 Symphony Hall Birmingham, UK