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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

POWER QUEST have announced that their fourth album will be titled "Master of Illusion" and recording is scheduled for spring 2007. Song writing is now complete and the band are hard at work honing the material into what should be the best Power Quest album to date. In the meantime plans are underway for reissues of the first two Power Quest albums "Wings of Forever" and "Neverworld" which will be released in 2 disc format with extended sleeve notes, additional material and additional packaging.

THRESHOLD are currently tracking the follow-up to their 2004 album "Subsurface". Recording is taking place at Thin Ice Studios and Bray Studios in the south of England, produced by Karl Groom and Richard West.
The new album has a working title of "Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams", and the songtitles include –
01. Slipstream
02. This Is Your Life
03. Elusive
04. Disappear
05. Fighting For Breath
06. Hollow
07. Safe To Fly
08. One Degree Down
09. Landing Lights

MEGADETH release their new album next March.

BUCKCHERRY re-release their debut album in the US on 31st October which will now include a DVD.

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 is working on his third solo album for Shrapnel Records. Entitled "The Devil Knows My Name", the CD will feature guest appearances by Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE), Joe Satriani, Tommy Clufetos (ROB ZOMBIE, ex-ALICE COOPER), Piggy D. (ROB ZOMBIE), and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH), among others. An early 2007 release is expected.

DEE SNIDER has hinted in recent interviews that TWISTED SISTER will spilt-up very soon. The band release their Christmas album later this month.

Just in time for Halloween, modern melodic rockers MADISON PAIGE will be returning to their hometown of Los Angeles, CA for an unplugged concert experience dubbed “Spellbound” on October 26, 2006. The show, which will have what the band describes as a “mystical” theme, will take place at The Mint (6010 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035) and will mark the unveiling of new material slated to be included on the band’s 2007 sophomore release. As an added treat, a Halloween goodie bag containing a free CD of new demos will be given to the first 25 people through the door so that the hardcore fans can, according to drummer Richie Rivera, “take home a taste of what 2007 has in store.” Arista recording artist FREEMAN will open the show.
MADISON PAIGE, featuring Paul Caroul (vocals), Richie Rivera (drums), Eric David (bass) and Italian native Danny Valentine (guitar), are currently working on the follow-up to the band’s independently released 2004 debut album Famous Last Words, which was financed entirely by advance orders from their fan base and received worldwide airplay in France, Brazil, Japan, Scandinavia, Germany, Belgium, the U.K. and the United States, including on L.A. radio giant 95.5 KLOS. The young band, which has been described as "Bon Jovi meets Velvet Revolver," recently completed a successful tour of the Midwest and will spend the fall recording demos for a new album early next year.

Tower Records will finally bow out as it has been entered into liquidation after no buyer was found. The chain closed their UK stores a couple of years ago.

P.O.D. have revealed the track listing for their new album "Greatest Hits (The Atlantic Years)"

01 - Southtown
02 - Boom
03 - Going In Blind (*new)
04 - Roots In Stereo
05 - Alive
06 - Youth Of The Nation
07 - Sleeping Awake
08 - Rock The Party
09 - Lights Out
10 - Goodbye For Now
11 - Execute The Sounds
12 - Will You
13 - Truly Amazing
14 - Satellite
15 - Set Your Eyes To Zion
16 - Here We Go (*previously unreleased)
17 - If It Wasn't For You
It will be out Nov.21st through Rhino.


Majestic Rock Records has launched its "Archive" series of rare live and studio recordings with the limited-edition, Internet-only release of a previously unreleased live recording from NWOBHM heavyweights JAGUAR.
"Holland '82" was recorded at the Siesta Club, Hengelo, Holland on December 17, 1982 and is described as "a superb soundboard recording capturing the band at the height of its powers." Strictly limited to 1,000 copies and containing sleeve notes from JAGUAR guitarist Garry Pepperd, "Holland '82" is available for pre-order now at
JAGUAR is currently writing material for a new studio album, which they plan on recording later in the year. No further information is currently available.
JAGUAR teamed up with DIAMOND HEAD, WITCHFYNDE, PRAYING MANTIS and BRONZ for the "The 25th Anniversary of NWOBHM" concert last November at the Astoria in London, England.
JAGUAR's most recent studio album, "Run Ragged", was released in July 2003 through Angel Air Records.

Frontiers Records have announced the release in Europe of Richie Kotzen’s new studio album entitled “Into The Black” on December the 8th, 2006.
Richie Kotzen is one of the most talented guitar players and singer of the whole Rock Music business having played in the past with multi-million selling bands such as MR. BIG and POISON and with a successful solo career that brought him to share stages with such legends as ROLLING STONES back in 2005.
Previously made available only through the internet sales, “Into The Black” is Kotzen’s 14th record, consisting of ten original tracks entirely written, produced and performed by the American artist in his L.A. studio, during 2006.
All of “Into the Black”s songs are mid tempo based with a moody feel and harsh lyrics, showing the different ways of expressions from a mature artist that is able to play Hard, Rock and Blues with the same strength and credibility.

Track listing of “Into The Black” features:
You Can't Save Me; Misunderstood; Fear; The Shadow; Doin' What The Devil Says To Do; Till You Put Me Down; Sacred Ground; Your Lies; Living In Bliss; My Angel

Escapi Music has set a February 20, 2007 release date for the long-awaited new studio album from the legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE, entitled "Simple Mind Condition". The follow-up to 1995's "Plastic Green Head" was produced by Vinny Wojno (KREATOR, MACHINE HEAD) and features vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Chuck Robinson (formerly of THIS TORTURED SOUL).

"Simple Mind Condition" tentative track listing (in no particular order):
01. Seven
02. Mind Bender
03. Goin' Home
04. Pictures
05. After the Rain
06. Arthur Brown's Whiskey Bar
07. Trouble Maker
08. Bad Situation
09. Beginning of Sorrows
10. Reasons
11. Ride the Sky (European bonus track?)

The U.S. version of the album may include an as-yet-undetermined bonus cut.
TROUBLE's previously announced "unplugged" EP is currently "on hold" and will be completed at a later date.


LEAVES' EYES have been confirmed for next year's ProgPower UK festival, set to take place March 31, 2007 at The Centaur indoor arena, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, England. The festival's final lineup is as follows:


1st Manchester Music Box
2nd Nottingham J7
3rd Bradford Rio's
5th Newcastle Trillians
6th Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
7th London Camden Underworld

GLASGOW SECC - Sat 2 December
NEWCASTLE Arena - Mon 4 December
NOTTINGHAM Arena - Tue 5 December
BIRMINGHAM NIA - Thu 7 December
WEMBLEY Arena - Fri 8 December
MANCHESTER G-Mex - Fri 22 December
MANCHESTER G-Mex - Sat 23 December


MOISTBOYZ ‘That’s What Rock And Roll Can Do’ (CDS 2006)

‘Loud, punchy no frills rock ‘n’ roll’ according to Glide magazine, derivative heard it all before according to these ears! It’s got a crunchy riff and it’s not bad but bands like the Stooges did it so much better. As for the other track ‘Roy’ don’t play that one near your mother for the lyrics alone!

Jason Ritchie

MEEKY ROSIE ‘Nobody Gets Away’ Wandering Star Records (CDS 2006)

Three tracks from the band’s debut album due early next year. Meeky Rosie have the bleak lyrical outlook of Radiohead and sound at times not unlike that band although Muse is another reference point. ‘Nobody gets Away’ is the stand out track and even hints at Pink Floyd in the guitars. They obviously have fellow musical backers as these tracks were recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios.
A band to watch out for next year methinks.

Jason Ritchie

SPEAKING TO STONES Lion Music (2006)

US based band who formed in 2004 and they produced a very listenable and accomplished debut. Although aimed at the progressive market and vocally Richard Fink IV is not a million miles away in sound to Geoff Tate, songs like ‘Rescue Me’ could easily appeal to the emo crowd, this tune is similar to Dashboard Confessional on the latter’s new album. Mind you a complete about face with the bombastic drums and time changes on ‘Down’ which is a prog fans delight. ‘Nothing’ which closes the album, again is a song you could see appealing to a younger audience if given the exposure. Fans of Queensryche, Rush and Dashboard Confessional will surely enjoy this album.
An album to keep coming back to and strangely for a band with progressive leanings they sound better on their shorter numbers, than the nine and ten minute epics.

Jason Ritchie


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