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Monday, October 16, 2006

THIN LIZZY’s Scott Gorham & Brian Downey have gained rights to their original master tapes and plan to re-master & re-release some of the albums.

Some great JOURNEY gig reviews on –

SPOCK’S BEARD release their new album in Nov via Inside Out.



LOST WEEKEND's appearance on Friday 3rd November at Halifax's Bar 15 club will now officially be the band's launch party for their fourth studio release, FOREVER MOVING ON. The show will be an exclusive show, that will see the band playing material from their new release plus their classic material from their previous three albums. The band hope to see many friendly faces along with many new ones to help launch the album in true LOST WEEKEND style.

Venue : Bar 15, Halifax
Entry : £2 per person
Support : Flame Tree
Doors : 7.30pm
Stage Times : Flame Tree @ 8.30pm & Lost Weekend @ 9.45pm

Due to the venue closing, the band's appearance at The Golden Lion in Halifax on Saturday 4th November has now been cancelled. Lost Weekend are working on new dates and hope to make an announcement in the near future.
The band would also like to THANK all their fans and friends who came along to the ZRock show in Dudley. This was an extremely successful show for the lads and one that everyone enjoyed – THANKS again and let's see you all on the 3rd November.

The first ever Mostly Autumn Convention is scheduled to take place at Thorpe Underwood Estate, over the weekend of the 14th & 15th April 2007.
With a venue as charming as this there is a danger that you will fall in love with the place as much as the band you are here to see! Thorpe Underwood nestles in 100 acres of beautifully maintained grounds and is situated in an ideal location just 10 miles North of York City centre.
Transport links to York are plentiful and we can arrange pick up from the railway station and Leeds Bradford airport.
Mostly Autumn have confirmed that they will be in attendance for the whole convention, an exciting itinerary has been organised along with some very special guests planned for the evening performance, together with a few surprises.
There will be a strong focus on the music during the weekend, together with social opportunities to meet kindred spirits and make new friends.
Please visit for further details.

A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, Slavior's debut album features elements familiar to Zonder's progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array of influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock. Rounded out by Michael Schenker Group guitarist/keyboardist Wayne Findlay and ex-Tribe Of Gypsies singer Gregg Analla, Slavior is a band that has been a long time coming for Zonder.

"For a long, long time, I've always wanted to put something together that was based on the drum parts" begins Zonder. "It is very difficult to take a crazy drum idea and try to apply it to someone else's idea. Most of the time it turns into a mess. If you start with the drum part, and build from there, it seems to work out. With Slavior, the songs are so accessible and groove-oriented, after 15 seconds, anyone should be able to lock into it."

The band had originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving Slavior to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out.

"You hear the old saying, 'when one door closes, another opens' and I think that is the case here," relates Zonder. "Inside Out was always one of our first choices. I've known Jim (Pitulski, Inside Out America President) for 20 years now and to come to his label is certainly something we're excited about. Even after we inked our deal with Inside Out, we heard from other labels that we were in contact with that congratulated us and said that IO was a classy label. That's always a good thing to hear."

Pitulski and Inside Out are eager to start working with Slavior.

"Mark Zonder has been a friend and colleague for many years and I have long admired his incredible skill as a musician," comments Pitulski. "It is with great pleasure and pride that we now welcome Mark and Slavior to the Inside Out family. The release of Slavior represents a unique challenge for Inside Out in that its sound is not necessarily typical of what we've come to be known for as a label. We're looking at this release as an opportunity to push our own boundaries just as Slavior themselves are pushing the boundaries of modern music."


PRETTY MAIDS ‘Wake Up To The Real World’ Frontiers (2006)

The band’s first album since 2002 and one that will please long-term fans of the band. They have a new drummer, Allan Tschicaja, whose drummed with Royal Hunt in the past. Opening with the title track this is a great hard rocker with a catchy chorus and neat guitar riffing. ‘All IN The Name Of Love’ keeps the hard rock pace going although ‘I Am The End’ sees the standard dip slightly. First ballad of the album is ‘As Guilty As You’ and a fine example of how to construct a ballad – big lift up into an anthemic chorus. The other big ballad ‘Where Beauty Lies’ isn’t bad either although slightly generic if being brutally honest. ‘Brave Young Breed’ will surprise a few as Pretty Maids go all out metal complete with a suitably gruff vocal from Ronnie Atkins – great stuff! The band also cover Deep Purple’s ‘Perfect Strangers’ as well, its good but hardly essential.
Overall a very satisfying album of hard rock with just the right amount of slower numbers to break up the album. Classy hard rock and no mistake.

Jason Ritchie

GMT ‘Bitter & Twisted’ RetroWrek records (2006)

GMT is Robin Guy on drums and ex-Gillan band members’ guitarist Bernie Torme (Desperado/Torme/Ozzy) and bassist John McCoy (Mammoth). This album ROCKS and then some! From the rattling opener ‘Canonball’ through to ‘Rocky Road (From Dublin)’ – think Thin Lizzy meets the Pogues, this album is a sheer joy. As a three piece they exude so much power, in fact a melodic Motorhead would be a near comparison – just check out ‘Can’t Beat Rock ‘N’ Roll’, awesome riffing and one of the loudest and tightest rhythm sections you’ll have heard in a long time. ‘Down To Here’ allows Torme to flex his blues guitar playing, whilst ‘Miss The Buzz’ has a pounding backbeat and very melodic chorus, plus very funny lyrics. There is even a mini-Gillan reunion as Colin Towns adds keys to this song and a few other tracks. ‘Vincenzo’ rounds the album off in style – another catchy tune with lots of guitar riffs plus listen out for the telephones and piano riffs – a strange song all round.
GMT have produce one of the best debuts I’ve heard for ages and one that will still get played down through the years I am sure. The power trio as it should be done – no frills rock ‘n’ roll.

Jason Ritchie


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