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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

RUSH hope to release their new studio album in Feb.

GAMMA RAY have postponed their live DVD until early next year.

PHANTOM-X, the band featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher, is holding a nationwide guitarist search. If you are interested in joining an internationally signed and touring metal band, please e-mail links and/or MP3s of your work to AListMusic@yahoo.com or to www.myspace.com/AListMusic

A-HA, SMOKEY ROBINSON and PETER GABRIEL were all honoured at the Q Awards in London yesterday. A-Ha received the Inspiration award, and Smokey Robinson the Outstanding Contribution To Music award, while the Lifetime Achievement award went to Peter Gabriel. Jeff Lynne picked-up the Icon award.

VANGELIS' soundtrack to the film 'Chariots Of Fire' will be issued as a special remastered edition on November 6th to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the original release.

PRESS RELEASES

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce all details surrounding the release of the highly anticipated new album from HARTMANN “Home” on January 26th 2007.
Oliver Hartmann is one of the blossoming talents of the “New Wave of Reborn Melodic Rock” coming from Europe. Former singer of the Metal band AT VANCE, his stunning debut album “Out In The Cold” made a strong impact on the fans during 2005 and he was awarded as #4 Best Album and #1 Song of The Year on the popular website www.melodicrock.com. His new album entitled “Home”, offers again an irresistible mix of melodies, emotion and powerful rock, with exquisite arrangements and a voice that will stand in the years to come.
Produced once again by Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, ANGRA etc.) and Oliver Hartmann, “Home” was recorded from January through to August 2006. “I'm very satisfied with the new album "Home" cause for me it's one step forward concerning the songwriting and production”, says Oliver. “Due to the fact that the main part of the album was recorded with the same line up touring this summer with TOTO, everything has developed more and more into a band's sound, which is a little rougher than "Out in the Cold".
The band’s line up featured on the album is as follows: Oliver Hartmann (vocals& guitar), Mario Reck (guitar), Armin Donderer (bass), Juergen Wuest (keys), Dario Ciccioni (drums)
Final tracklisting of “Home” is:
Coming Home To You; The Sun’s Still Rising; My Everything is You; Somewhere Someday; Just For You; I Don’t Want To Know; Higher Than Me; Why Do I; Millionaire; Crying; Lay All Your Love On Me.

GIG NEWS

Roadrunner Records regretfully announces that the upcoming Black Label Society UK tour planned for March 2007 has been postponed due to unforeseen US commitments. The band send their apologies to the UK fans and hope to reschedule the dates for later in the year. Ticket refunds will be available from points of purchase.

INXS
JUNE
5 - Bristol Colston Hall
6 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
12 - Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
14 - Manchester Apollo
15 - Newcastle City Hall
17 - Brighton Dome
18 - Birmingham Symphony Hall
25 - Sheffield City Hall
26 - Cambridge Corn Exchange

JOAN ARMATRADING
FEBRUARY
14 - Cheltenham Town Hall - Cheltenham
15 - St Davids Hall - Cardiff
17 - Opera House - Buxton
18 - Royal & Derngate - Northampton
21 - The Sage - Gateshead
22 - Grand Opera House - York
23 - Philharmonic Hall - Liverpool
25 - New Theatre - Oxford
26 - Symphony Hall - Birmingham
27 - Royal Concert Hall - Nottingham
MARCH
3 - Brighton Dome - Brighton
4 - The Lowry - Salford Quays
6 - Royal Concert Hall - Glasgow
7 - City Hall - Sheffield
8 - The Anvil - Basingstoke
13 - Colston Hall - Bristol
15 - Plymouth Pavilions - Plymouth
17 - Victoria Halls - Hanley
19 - Corn Exchange - Cambridge
MAY
8 - Royal Albert Hall – London

THE WATERBOYS
APRIL
20 - Bristol Colston Hall
22 - Brighton Dome
26 - Cambridge Corn Exchange
27 - Ipswich Regent Theatre
28 - Sheffield City Hall
29 - Leicester De Montfort Hall
01 - Oxford The New Theatre
08 - Portsmouth Guildhall
11 - London Royal Albert Hall
13 - York Grand Opera House

MANOWAR
Mar. 14 - Sportovní Hala Novesta - Zlín, CZR
Mar. 15 - CEZ Aréna – Pardubice, CZR
Mar. 16 - Hala Lokomotiva - Plzen, CZR
Mar. 22 - Max-Schmeling-Halle - Berlin, GER
Mar. 23 - Olympiahalle - München, GER
Mar. 24 - Festhalle - Frankfurt, GER
Mar. 27 - Westfalenhalle - Dortmund, GER
Mar. 28 - Color Line Arena - Hamburg, GER
Mar. 30 - Arena - Nürnberg, GER
Mar. 31 - Schleyerhalle - Stuttgart, GER
Apr. 04 - Peace And Friendship Stadium - Athens, GRE

EVANESCENCE + STONE SOUR
Jan. 05 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
Jan. 06 - Colisee Pepsi - Arena Quebec City, QC
Jan. 08 - Air Canada Centre - Toronto, ON
Jan. 10 - Scotiabank Place - Ottawa, ON
Jan. 13 - MTS Centre - Winnipeg, MB
Jan. 15 - Pengrowth - Calgary, AB
Jan. 16 - Rexall Place - Edmonton, AB
Jan. 18 - Pacific Coliseum - Vancouver, BC

EVANESCENCE
Jan. 25 - Zepp - Osaka, JPN
Jan. 26 - Zepp - Nagoya, JPN
Jan. 28 - Blitz - Yokohama, JPN
Jan. 30 - Zepp - Tokyo, JPN
Jan. 31 - Zepp - Tokyo, JPN
Feb. 01 - Zepp Sendai - Sendai, JPN

REVIEWS

FINAL FRONTIER ‘Freelight’ Escape Music (2006) www.escape-music.com

Final Frontier, who feature Von Groove’s Mladen are back and on a new label as well. Like their last album ‘Second Wave’ this is pomp rock meets Journey in a big way! It is unashamedly classic 80’s in sound with modern production and the helium filled vocals of Rob Moratti. There are big choruses, harmonies galore and of course a few ballads in the mix. Highlights include the title that whizzes in on a swirl of keys and guitar, whilst ‘Only The lonely’ is simply superb! Great chorus and nice guitar riffs. ‘Someone’s Watching You’ could be Survivor (in fact the guitar reminds me of Survivor’s ‘High On You’). ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind’ is the pick of the ballads and only the two bonus tracks veer into the ordinary but they are still worth listening to. ‘All The Way’ meanwhile has the old ‘air keyboards’ out although the lyric is a tad cheesy!
Yes it is nothing new but by golly these tunes are good and fans of Journey, Survivor and pomp rock will love this album. Final Frontier know what they are good at and deliver the goods yet again.

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Jason Ritchie

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