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Monday, November 06, 2006

Escape Music are pleased to announce the latest signing of Stormzone from Northern Ireland, the album title Caught In The Act, Featuring on the lead vocals the much loved vocalist John Harv Harbinson, former lead singer Sweet Savage, Emerald, No Sweat and Den Of Thieves.
Release Date: January 21, 2007.
Track Listing: Spellbound . Hold Onto Her Love . Stranger Things Have Happened . Nervous Breakdown . Crying In The Rain . Call Of The Wild . Beating Of A Heart . New World . Tuggin' At My Heartstrings . Sky High . Rock On Through The Night.
Stormzone are: John Harv Harbinson - Lead Vocals; Keith Harris - Guitars; Stephen Prosser - Keyboards; Peter Rondo Macken - Bass; Julian Watson - Drums. Album recorded in Homestead Studios Northern Ireland June / July 2006.
Produced by Mudd Wallace (who has also produced albums for Therapy, Van Morrison And Mamas Boys amongst many other Irish artists). Album cover art and interior design Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Allen/Lande, Diamond Head, Thin Lizzy, Asia, Praying Mantis).
Stormzone are a five piece rock band who play powerful melodic rock very reminiscent of classic bands such as Deep Purple, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy. The band comes from Belfast in Ireland and the five members have all played in various Irish rock bands, vocalist John Harv Harbinson having played in Sweet Savage, Emerald, No Sweat and Den Of Thieves before forming Stormzone in 2004 with other musicians who shared his love of hard-hitting melodic rock. The main aim of the band was to keep heavy rock alive and kicking, and all the five members of Stormzone have a shared belief in the music of the following artists Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Dio, Journey and Queensryche.
Having toured with Danger Danger, Danny Vaughn and Jeff Scott Soto amongst many others over the last couple of years they have developed a lasting relationship with rock audiences which has culminated in the release of the debut album from the Irish rockers. With the new recording, Stormzone aim to pay homage to their great influences by maintaining the classic rock sounds of the Eighties and NWOBHM whilst delivering their songs with modern high class recording studio sound and power.

Nik Kershaw has a brand new album out now titled "You've got to laugh" on ShortHouse Records. This twelve song collection features Kershaw at his sardonic best and is his first full studio album since 2001’s critically acclaimed “To Be Frank”.

MOSTLY AUTUMN have confirmed that Anne-Marie Helder will be appearing as a special guest on "Heart Full of Sky", joining Angela and Olivia in the studio to add additional vocals.

Frank Ferrer will fill in for Bryan Mantia, who will return home to spend time with his wife and newborn, on the rest of Guns N' Roses current tour.

Mic Todd (bass) and Josh Eppard (drums) have left COHEED AND CAMBRIA for personal reasons.

GENESIS announce their plans for 2007 tomorrow (7th Nov). Follow the press conference live at

RIP - ART WOOD, main man of 60’s band the ARTWOODS (who featured JON LORD in one of their line-ups) and older brother of the ROLLING STONES’s Ronnie.


Hi everyone

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Thanks chaps

Hi there,
Advance tickets ( priced £10.00 with FREE postage) are now available via our online store for the gig at the Talking Heads in Southampton on Friday 24th here to buy :
The band will also be playing the following evening at Plato, Helmond, Netherlands on Saturday 25th November.
Special guest Steve Thorne will be the opening act for both shows as well as performing with Jadis on 2nd guitar and backing vocals .
Writing is now well under way for the bands 7th studio album with some parts already recorded. The band will to be previewing some of the material live early next year and some of the ideas will be available to listen to via the website.
Wah wah wee wah !! (El Presidente)

ROAD TO RUIN Featuring LION'S SHARE, Ex-JAGGED EDGE Members: Debut CD On The Way - Nov. 3, 2006
Metal Heaven Records has inked a deal with ROAD TO RUIN, the Swedish band consisting of Matti Alfonzetti (vocals; JAGGED EDGE, THE POODLES, SKINTRADE), Lars Chriss (guitar; LION'S SHARE); Sampo Axelsson (bass and keyboards; GLENN HUGHES, LION'S SHARE), and Thomas Broman (drums; GREAT KING RAT, JOHN NORUM, GLENN HUGHES).
ROAD TO RUIN was founded in the year 2005 when guitarist Chriss and Axelsson started to write some material which didn't fit their melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on its self-titled debut album, which will follow a classic '70s and '80s hard rock vein (ala WHITESNAKE, RAINBOW, THIN LIZZY). The recordings were produced by Chriss, Axelsson and Alfonzetti and will be released in the spring.
Official site:

January releases revealed - The year 2007 on Metal Heaven will be kicked off with the release of the astonishing album Accelerator by US Hard Rockers Faith And Fire feat. none other than Riot guitarist Mike Flyntz and former Riot singer Tony Moore on top of the gang.
Completed by Danny Miranda (current touring bassist with Queen) and drummer John Miceli (Blackmore's Rainbow, Meat Loaf), the release date of this CD - a musically essential album for all Riot fans out there:
Finnish Heavy Metal band Burning Point's new release Burned Down The Enemy will hit the stores in January as well. This third release of the band was recorded at Helgate Studios in their hometown of Oulu, Finland and undoubtfully will please any fan of Melodic, slighty Progressive Metal.
Both albums will be released on January 19, 2007.

Metal Heaven Records has inked a deal with Road To Ruin, the Swedish band consisting of Matti Alfonzetti (vocals; Jagged Edge, The Poodles, Skintrade), Lars Chriss (guitar; Lion's Share); Sampo Axelsson (bass and keyboards; Glenn Hughes, Lion's Share), and Thomas Broman (drums; Great King Rat, John Norum, Glenn Hughes).
Road To Ruin was founded in the year 2005 when guitarist Chriss and Axelsson started to write some material which didn't fit their melodic metal band Lion's Share. The group is currently putting the finishing touches on its self-titled debut album, which will follow a classic '70s and '80s hard rock vein (ala Whitesnake, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy). The recordings were produced by Chriss, Axelsson and Alfonzetti and will be released in the spring.
Official site

It's Metal time! Goddess Shiva will unleash their debut album in February 2007. Originally founded in Spring 1977 (!) under the banner of Shiva, this trio feat. original members Armin Sabol (g., v., ex Rage) and Mat Sinner (b., v., Primal Fear & Sinner) plus new drummer Martin Schmidt (ex Leaves Eyes, ex Atrocity) in the line-up, delivers a high class Hard Rock/ Metal album which partly was inspired by classic hard rocker's Thin Lizzy and other bands from this era - Shiva have been an opening act for both Colosseum II (feat. Gary Moore) and Whitesnake during the late 70's.
Goddess Shiva will be out in February 16th, 2007 and marks the first ever release of recordings by this German pioneer band from Stuttgart.


1 October Cardiff St. David's Hall
3 October Manchester Palace Theatre
5 October Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
7 October Bournemouth Pavillion
9 October London Royal Albert Hall
10 October Birmingham Symphony Hall

VIXEN have cancelled their European dates due to ‘problems with the promoter’.


HEART ‘A Lovemonger’s Christmas’ Eagle Records (2006)

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson have the Lovemongers as their more acoustic based band and this Christmas collection first saw the light of day back in 2004 under the Lovemongers name, although it gets a re-release here under the more marketable Heart banner. It’s a mix of new songs and some traditional tunes including a spine tingling version of ‘Ave Maria’. ‘Here Is Christmas’ and ‘Christmas Waits’ just show what soothing and melodic voice the Wilson sisters have, although ‘Let’s Stay In’ veers to close to jazz/lounge music for my personal taste.
A quiet and melodic Christmas album, not a parry album by any means and one that will appeal to Heart’s longer standing fans, those that enjoy the band’s 70’s folk tinged output.

Jason Ritchie

MARION RAVEN ‘Heads Will Roll’ (2006)

Marion Raven is gaining wider exposure after her duet ‘It’s All Coming Back To Me Now’ on Meat Loaf’s new album. This six track mini-album includes some songs by established musicians including Nikki Sixx on ‘Heads Gonna Roll’, the pick of the six songs on this disc. A very catchy rocker with an instantly memorable chorus. ‘All I Wanna Do’ is another good upbeat tunes and sees raven writing Buckcherry’s Keith Nelson. These two songs along with opener ‘Spit You Out’, are sure to please fans of female fronted rock – nothing to heavy but very addictive! The cover will draw in the men as well as it features Raven in her birthday suit with her bits tastefully covered either by her long hair or an acoustic guitar. I am sure we will see and hear more of Marion Raven in the months to come.

Jason Ritchie


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