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Friday, January 19, 2007

INTENSE have signed with Napalm Records for their new album, As Our Army Grows, which is scheduled for a 30th March release.

Sack Trick, GMT, Elixir and Headrush are to play a special show at the Walthamstow Royal Standard in London on February 9th. This is to celebrate the 50th birthday of former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr. All proceeds will go to the Clive-Aid charity. For further details, go to www.myspace.com/cliveAid

MTM announces the signing of Brazilian Melodic Metal band SCELERATA.
SCELERATA is a young and talented band from Brazil, now stepping into the scene with a very technical and powerful melodic metal debut album. Formed in 2003, they had no great interest in doing cover songs but immediately began writing their own songs. Heavy and also a bit progressive in style they wrote powerful metal tracks and began to elaborate them to sophisticated songs with high energy and beats that keep pushing forward.
Influenced by metal heroes like Helloween, Iron Maiden and Dream Theater, SCELERATA's songs represent the new era of modern and melodic but at the same time classic heavy metal music. Ambitious guitar work, fast and aggressive double bass parts and pretentious melodies supported by Carl Casagrandes brilliant voice.
Line-Up:
Carl Casagrande: Vocals / Magnus Wichmann: Guitars / Bruno Sandri: Guitars /
Gustavo Strapazon: Bass / Francis Cassol: Drums
Tracklist:
01. Land of the Sins
02. Holy Fire
03. Eminence
04. The Spell of Time
05. Ethereal Places
06. Endless
07. Darkness & Light
08. Spirits Looking For...
09. Wings to Fly
10. Adonai (Sacred Melodies)
11. Video Bonustrack “Eminence” + Making Of

MTM announces the signing of Swedish hardrock band MarysCreek. Their demos were already starting to create a "buzz" in the music community with fantastic reactions from fans, reviewers, publishers and radio, who often compared them to big guns like Soundgarden. and Kings X.
Guitar based melodic rock and heavy groove, successfully delivered in a big sounding modern production with sweet sounding, melodic songs bound to be remembered. A perfect mixture of traditional hard rock with heavy guitar riffs, modern sounding melodies and hook-lines, ennobled by Mats Nilsson's mighty voice. Famous Swedish producer Fredrik “Fredman” Nordstrom (In Flames, The Haunted, Dream Evil) mixed this powerful debut album. The worldwide release of their debut album “Some Kind Of Hate” is scheduled for March 2007. So be prepared to face the power of a perfect working hard rock machine!
Line-Up:
Mats Nilsson: Lead Vocals & Guitar / Bobby Ho: Guitar & Backing vocals /
Stefan Halldin: Drums / Robban Möller: Bass & Backing vocals
Tracklist:
01. A Little Bit Of Everything (mp3)
02. Down (mp3)
03. She (mp3)
04. There Is No God
05. Things What You Do
06. I Don’t Believe
07. I Can Feel It
08. New Religion
09. Hold On
10. State Of Mind
11. Some Kind Of Hate
12. Dying For A New Day

TESLA hope to release their covers album in April.

THE OFFSPRING have parted with drummer Atom Willard. He's apparently left to concentrate on Angels And Airwaves.

KORN are to release their 'MTV Unplugged' album in early March.

NIGHTWISH have announced that they'll make an announcement about their new vocalist in May. The band have officially confirmed that auditions have now ended to find the person to replace Tarja Turunen.

PETER FRAMPTON re-releases ‘Frampton Comes Alive II’ in the US this month with an extra 40 minutes of music added.

Fountains of Wayne will release a new album titled Traffic and Weather, on April 3 via Virgin Records.

HELLYEAH, the new band featuring former PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott alongside members of MUDVAYNE and NOTHINGFACE, will release its debut album on April 10 via Epic Records.


PRESS RELEASES

UNDERCUT
Hit the road!
Johnny Benn – (vocals) - Sam James – (guitar) - Dave Betts – (guitar) - Wayne Jones – (bass) - Matt Albon – (drums)
Bristol’s Undercut have been busy writing new songs and laying down their forthcoming single ‘A Bit of Education’ which is due for release later this year. To help dust off their Winter blues, the band have decided to showcase the material they have been writing in the studio by putting together a short UK tour.
The video for forthcoming single ‘A Bit of Education’ is a visual masterpiece and an impressive vehicle for one of the band’s finest songs to date. The video depicts the band being sprayed in a graffiti style onto famous landmarks including the Tate, London Zoo and Big Ben.

The band will be playing at the following UK venues:
23 Jan 2007 The Fleece, Bristol
26 Jan 2007 Bootlegger w/The Romance, Cleethorpes
2 Feb 2007 Bootlegger w/The Brightlights, Cleethorpes
7 Feb 2007 Turnmills, London
8 Feb 2007 Savannah Bar, Winchester
9 Feb 2007 The Lazy Lizard, Weymouth
16 Feb 2007 Crewkerne, Dorset
21 Feb 2007 The Cavern, Liverpool
23 Feb 2007 Escobar, Hartlepool
24 Feb 2007 Music Rooms, Sunderland
16 Mar 2007 University Ball, Bristol
23 Mar 2007 KU Bar, Stockton-On-Tees
31 Mar 2007 The Matrix, Grimsby

www.undercutmusic.com www.myspace.com/undercutmusic

“The Bristol quintet embrace so many things that are great about up-coming British guitar music right now. It’s ambition, its energy, its confidence and its skilled song-writing. They’re easily one of Britain’s most promising bands.” Rocksound

“They may resemble regular blokes, but Undercut have the ambition, confidence and quiet charisma to take on the world.” Fly

“Bristol newcomers will go far with a sound akin to the Editors”. Sun


Happy New Year!
This year is already starting out busy for the Y&T camp. Dave, Phil,
John, and Mike plan to spend the first few months of the new year
viewing every frame of last October's 7-camera DVD shoot in
preparation for the upcoming Y&T DVD (scheduled to be released this
summer). And if that's not enough to keep them busy, they also plan to
hunker down in the studio during these cold winter months and write
some new material.

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RE-RELEASE CELEBRATION
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Join Y&T to celebrate the re-issues of Earthshaker and In Rock We
Trust on March 17 at the Independent in San Francisco and see the band
perform these two CDs LIVE all the way through! Last year's re-release
concert (Black Tiger and Mean Streak) SOLD OUT quickly, so get your
tickets early to this year's re-release concert (Earthshaker and In
Rock We Trust). Tickets go on sale January 21 at 10:00 a.m.
Re-released last month, Earthshaker and In Rock We Trust have been
newly re-mastered; they sound great, and have excellent liner notes
written by the band, + bonus track on IRWT, and the first time ever
released domestically on CD for Earthshaker. These CDs are available
only through the MERCHANDISE page of this web site and at Y&T
concerts. Order yours today or pick them up at the re-release concert
on March 17 at the Independent in San Francisco.

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Y&T SWAG
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If you attended any of the shows in 2006 (or even if you wished you
could have), you'll want to get one of the 2006 Tour Dates shirts to
commemorate the year. These shirts have the 2006 tour dates on the
back and the Y&T logo on the front. To see what they look like and
order yours, go to the MERCHANDISE page of the web site. Get yours
while we still have some in stock.

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Y&T SHOWS
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More tour dates to come! Keep an eye on the TOUR DATES page of the web
site for new additions to the 2007 schedule.

USA
March 17 ~ San Francisco, CA
An "evening with" Y&T!
"Earthshaker / In Rock We Trust Re-Release Concert"
The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA
1-415-771-1421
The band has deemed this show the "official re-release party" for the
Earthshaker and In Rock We Trust re-mastered CDs. Come hear these
albums performed live by the band!
Tickets go on sale January 21 at 10:00AM.

April 26 ~ San Diego, CA
Brick By Brick
1130 Buenos Ave
San Diego, CA
1-619-276-3993

April 27 ~ Tarzana, CA ***NOTE DATE CHANGE***
Paladino's
6101 Reseda Blvd
Tarzana, CA
Phone for directions: 1-818-342-1563
Tickets: 1-818-719-0091
Limited number of tickets available for this event.

April 28 ~ Santa Ana, CA ***NOTE DATE CHANGE***
Galaxy Theatre
3503 S Harbor Blvd
Santa Ana, CA
1-714-957-0600

EUROPE
May 18 ~ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Melkweg
Lijnbaansgracht 234a
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 020 531 8181

May 19 ~ Hellendoorn, The Netherlands
Hellendoorn Festival
with DEEP PURPLE
Hellendoorn, The Netherlands
+31 548619055

*Schedule subject to change. Be sure to verify with each venue.*
Check the web site for the most up-to-date concert information.

GIG NEWS

JIMMY BARNES
February
7th The Borderline, London

REVIEWS

BEANGROWERS ‘Dance Baby Dance’ (CDS 2007) www.beangrowers.net

Not a bad tune, spiky guitar lines with female vocals but sadly nothing really outstanding. Bit of Blondie in the sound but a tune nowhere as near as good as that band. The band’s debut album follows in March which could be more promising…

**1/2
Jason Ritchie

30 Seconds To Mars ‘Attack’ Virgin (CDS 2007) www.thirtysecondstomars.com

Another actor turned musician in this band with frontman Jared Leto (Fight Club), who handles vocals and guitars, with his brother on drums. Good, strong guitar melody and vocals that go from melodic to screams within the same breath (very catchy keyboard loop in the background as well). Fans of My Chemical Romance and the like will particularly enjoy this one.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

SHAW BLADES ‘Influence’ Frontiers (2007) www.frontiers.it

I have been waiting a long time for this album of covers that have influenced Tommy Shaw (Styx/Damn Yankees) and Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees). Their first album ‘Hallucination’ was released way back in 1995 and since then they have both been busy with their respective main bands. The duo handle all instruments on here bar drums which are handled in the main by ex-Foreigner/BLS sticksman Brian Tichy (Night Ranger’s Kelly Keagy guests on one track), with Michael Lardie (Great White/Night Ranger) on keyboards and Jack’s son Colin adding backing vocals to the Yes tune ‘Your Move’.
As you’d expect the duo have their gorgeous harmony vocals in place and they tackle covers by either staying true to the original as is the case with Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’ or they ‘rock it up’ like the other Simon & Garfunkel tune on here ‘I Am A Rock’. Sadly the latter sounds too weird to my ears due to the heavy guitar chords which seem out of place on this tune. They make the Hollies’ ‘On A Carousel’ their own and ‘California Dreamin’ was made for this pair, simply wonderful listening. What a dream team it would be having the Thorns teaming up with these two! Pick of the album? Has to be ELP’s ‘Lucky Man’, simply blissful.
Yes it is another covers album but Shaw & Blades have really put their heart and soul into these versions. Hopefully they will do an all original material studio album in the not too distant future but until then enjoy this album…

****
Jason Ritchie

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