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Monday, January 15, 2007

RIP – Former SAMSON bass player Chris Aylmer

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Unsigned band KOOPA debuted at no.31 in the UK singles charts this week.

The second Steve Wilson/Aviv Geffen collaboration, aptly titled Blackfield II, will be released through Snapper Music in Europe on 12 February 2007 and through Atlantic in the USA early March. The tracklisting is as follows:
Once (4.03)
1,000 People (3.54)
Miss U (4.13)
Christenings (4.37)
This Killer (4.06)
Epidemic (4.59)
My Gift of Silence (4.05)
Some Day (4.22)
Where is My Love? (2.59)
End of the World (5.13)

The long awaited follow-up album by Steve Thorne, Part Two: Emotional Creatures will be with us real soon and the strength of the material has attracted another strong line-up of supporting guest stars including:
Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson)
Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard, Genesis)
Geoff Downes (Asia, Yes)
Pete Trewavas (Marillion, Kino)
Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree)
John Mitchell (Arena/It Bites/Kino/John Wetton)

Tracks:
PART TWO: EMOTIONAL CREATURES
Toxicana Apocalypso
Wayward
Crossfire
Roundabout
Hounded
All The Wisemen
Great Ordeal
6am (Your Time)
Solace
The White Dove Song
Sandheads
www.steve-thorne.com


PRESS RELEASES

PRIMAL FEAR

The German POWER METAL legends PRIMAL FEAR are about to start the recordings for their new studio album. The final pre-production starts next week and then the band will finally enter the recording studio in the beginning of February.
"We decided to record again at the "House of Music" studio in Winterbach,Germany with engineer & co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind (Blind Guardian, Saxon, Halford, Hammerfall, Helloween etc.), who recorded and co-produced "Seven Seals" with me", says Mat Sinner, adding "We plan to record the first period till March 6th, then I will have a short break, we will record another vocal section until the end of March and then we will move to the famous Galaxy studio in Mol/Belgium to mix and master the album with Ronald Prent (Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Manowar, Def Leppard etc etc). The album will feature 11 tracks incl. a duet of Ralf sharing the lead vocals with a very well known female singer"
More details will be released soon.
Moreover PRIMAL FEAR are coming back to the US in 2007 with a brand new studio album! PRIMAL FEAR are confirmed as Co-Headliners Saturday for the ProgPower USA VIII festival, set to take place October 5-6, 2007 at Center Stage Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. Also scheduled to appear at the event are SONATA ARCTICA, VIRGIN STEELE, THRESHOLD and more. For more news www.progpowerusa.com

JADED HEART

JADED HEART signed recently a new agreement with Frontiers Records for the production of their forthcoming studio album.
The group has been busy writing new tracks recently and among the new titles there are "See The Light", "Crazy", "Crush That Fear" and "You Can't Deny". The new album will be recorded during the spring 2007 for a release pencilled in the fall. You can expect another solid and riveting melodic Hard Rock album from Germany's finest!

CIRCUS MAXIMUS

Norwegian progressive metal band CIRCUS MAXIMUS will enter the studio in early January to begin recording its sophomore album for a tentative June 2007 release on Frontiers Records. A video compilation from the group's latest pre-production sessions for the new CD can be viewed at this location (Windows Media).
CIRCUS MAXIMUS released its critically acclaimed debut album, "The First Chapter", in 2005 via Frontiers Records.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS has been confirmed for the ProgPower Europe 2007 festival, set to take place October 5-7, 2007 in Baarlo, Netherlands. Also scheduled to appear are SIEGES EVEN, JON OLIVA'S PAIN, DREAMSCAPE, HEAVEN'S CRY, MECHANICAL POET and MEYVN. CIRCUS MAXIMUS is also one of the confirmed acts for next year's Sweden Rock Festival, which will be held June 6-9, 2007 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

FAIR WARNING

The German Melodic Hard Rock masters FAIR WARNING have launched their new official website www.fair-warning.de Check it out !

DANNY VAUGHN

Danny Vaughn has announced an release party for the release of the new album "Traveller" out on Frontiers Records on February the 16th 2007.
The party will take place on
Saturday, February 10 at THE RIG: ROCK CITY in NOTTINGHAM, UK
Straight from Danny: "This will be a very special party that we are having for ourselves and our fans. Where a lot of bands would put on the cd, sit back and get drunk, we're gonna play the album live! Oh yeah, we'll get drunk too, but that's later. Doors will open at 7:30 and we suggest you get there early. We will start promptly at 8pm. We're going to be playing a short, 45 minute set of about 8 songs from the new cd with a couple of your old faves thrown in for good measure".
The door charge for the event is 6 pounds in advance.

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of DANTE FOX new studio album entitled "Under The Seven Skies" on March 23rd 2007.
Recorded at MadHat Studios in Wolverhampton, UK, DANTE FOX's long awaited third album has all the classic signature hooks running through their veins with tracks like "Hold Out Your Hands" and "Goodbye To Yesterday" being typical examples. The new material has a strong classic hard rock flavour making this album something special when compared to the band's previous releases - more energy, more power and extreme excitement.
Guitarist Tim Manford presents the new effort saying that: "It is evident that individual performances are very impressive and the end results have produced a much more mature and confident sounding album". "We hope the fans will warm to the new music as much as we do", concludes Manford which points at the title track as the most relevant example of the new songwriting abilities "It was the first song written as a team by all the lineup members. This happens to be an nine minute epic, with string arrangements, classic Brian May-esque harmony guitars and as usual Sue's passionate vocal".
The new band's line-up includes now Mick Hales on drums (a veteran of the midlands rock scene), bass player Mike Dagnall and keyboard player / guitarist Roman Wieckowski.
The first track recorded "Breakin' Me Down" has had heavy rotation on Steve Price's Show on ARFM with great reaction and support. Same happened to the song "The Last Goodbye" which was exclusively aired during the Christmas holidays on the Frontiers Records myspace site.
"Under The Seven Skies" will include the following tracks:
The Last Goodbye; Firing Guns; Hold Out Your Hand; Breakin' Me Down; Goodbye To Yesterday; Walkin' The Line; Love Tried To Find You; Save Me; Lucky Ones; Under The Seven Skies.
DANTE FOX are looking forward to the release of the album and taking the new songs on the road. Frontiers Records will release the new album worldwide on March 23rd 2007.


MEGADETH/EIDOLON guitarist Glen Drover has recorded a guest solo on the new album from Swedish melodic metal band LION'S SHARE. Also scheduled to appear on the CD are drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK), guitarist Bruce Kulick (KISS), and singer Mats Levén (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, AT VANCE, KRUX), who is responsible for the backing vocals on the entire CD.
LION'S SHARE has uploaded some photos from the current mixing sessions with Ronny Lahti (ROXETTE, SAIGON KICK, EUROPE, GLENN HUGHES, ELECTRIC BOYS) at www.myspace.com/lionsshare. Lahti previously worked with the group on their third album, "Fall from Grace".
The as-yet-untitled CD, which is expected to be released in April/May, will feature the following tracks (not in final order):
01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. The Edge of the Razor
04. Clones of Fate
05. Emotional Coma
06. Toxication Rave
07. Trafficking
08. Bloodstained Soil
09. Soultaker
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers
Bonus tracks:
12. Ring of Stupidity
13. TV Preacher

LION'S SHARE has been confirmed for this year's Sweden Rock Festival, set to take place June 6-9 in Sölvesborg, Sweden.
LION'S SHARE's new album will be the group's fifth, with the first four having been released by Century Media and Massacre Records between 1995 and 2001. During this period, the band toured heavily with such acts as DIO, MANOWAR, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, NEVERMORE, ICED EARTH, U.D.O. etc.

For contact and more info:
www.lionsshare.org

GIG NEWS

HOUSE OF LORDS
Friday 12th January 2007 USA, New Port Richey FL - Bourbon Street
Saturday 13th January 2007 USA, Jonesboro GA - Breakers Music Hall
Sunday 14th January 2007 USA, Murfreesboro NC - Zakk's
Tuesday 16th January 2007 USA, Hartford CT - Webster Theater/Underground
Wednesday 17th January 2007 USA, Worcester MA - Lucky Dog Music Hall
Friday 19th January 2007 USA, Newport RI - Newport Blues Café
Saturday 20th January 2007 USA, Springfield VA - Jaxx
Sunday 21st January 2007 USA, Farmingdale NY - Crazy Donkey
Wednesday 24th January 2007 USA, Caledonia OH - The Wet Spot
Thursday 25th January 2007 USA, Cincinnati OH - Rhino's (Bar & Grill)
Friday 26th January 2007 USA, Bridgeville PA - RPM's Rock Club
Saturday 27th January 2007 USA, Cincinnati OH - Rhino's
Wednesday 14th February 2007 Germany, Hannover - Musikzentrum
Thursday 15th February 2007 Belgium, Verviers - Spirit of 66
Friday 16th February 2007 Germany, Hamburg - Headbanger's Ballroom
Saturday 17th February 2007 Germany, Bochum - Matrix
Sunday 18th February 2007 TBA
Monday 19th February 2007 Germany, Scheinfeld - Pottrock Live Music Hall
Tuesday 20th February 2007 Germany, München - Backstage
Wednesday 21st February 2007 Switzerland, Pratteln (Basel) - Konzertfabrik Z7
Thursday 22nd February 2007 Italy, Seregno (Milan) - Seven 70
Friday 23rd February 2007 Italy, Trofarello (Turin) - Il Peocio
Saturday 24th February 2007 Italy, Cascina (Pisa) - Metarock
Sunday 25th February 2007 TBA
Monday 26th February 2007 Germany, Frankfurt - Sinkkasten
Tuesday 27th February 2007 Spain, Barcelona - Mephisto
Wednesday 28th February 2007 Spain, Madrid - Ritmo y Compas
Thursday 1st March 2007 Germany, Obermarchtal - Kreuz
Friday 2nd March 2007 Czech Republic, Prague - Retro Music Hall

The Pink Fairies are very sad to announce that due to circumstances beyond their control they will not be playing the Roundhouse on January 22. Unfortunately guitarist Larry Wallis - also a founder member of Motorhead and (very briefly) a member of UFO - has sustained a painful back injury making playing the gig impossible. The Pink Fairies' management say: "Larry has tried osteopathy, scupuncture, Chinese massage and strong drugs, all to no avail. Short of sacrificing a goat and dancing in the woods, he's run out of options…"
There are no plans to reschedule in the foreseeable future so any bookings made on a credit/debit card will be fully refunded back to the card. Any cash or cheque bookings will be refunded by a cheque sent out in the next two weeks. Any queries please contact the Roundhouse box office on 0870 389 1846.

FISH
September 14th - Academy: Newcastle
September 15th - Academy: Manchester
September 16th - Boardwalk: Sheffield
September 18th - Picturedrome: Holmfirth
September 19th - Rescue Rooms: Nottingham
September 21st - Festival: St Ives, Cornwall
September 22nd - Phoenix: Exeter
September 23rd - Point: Cardiff
September 25th - Pacific Road: Birkenhead
September 26th - Junction: Cambridge
September 27th - Shepherds Bush Empire: London
September 29th - The Brook: Southampton
September 30th - Robin 2: Wolverhampton

REVIEWS

DAVID MARTIN ‘Something In Your Eyes’ Astonish (2007) www.davidmartin.com

A very talented young man here as David Martin not only wrote all the music but produces his debut album as well. A good set of backing musicians as well including drummer Manu Katché (Peter Gabriel). Oh and his blond flowing locks will doubtless be a marketer’s dream! But is the music any good? Glad to report it is, being very mellow in style although ‘Stand’ (reminded me of Blessed Union of Souls – whatever happened to them!) and ‘Sing your Song’ up the tempo being tow fine pop rock tunes. Elsewhere Martin puts in a haunting vocal on ‘It Must Be’ and the title track almost verges into West Coast AOR. Lush production throughout and Martin has a very soft, melodic voice.
A very assured debut release and with airplay friendly tunes David Martin is a name to watch over the coming months.

***1/2
Jason Ritchie

TRIGGERSoul “Restoration” Z Records (Cat No ZR0497117)

This 8 track CD is interesting. The opening three tracks are modern, aggressive rock, the remainder of the CD is made up of 5 songs that remind me of a heavier Nickleback. The songs are well written and were produced by Jeff Westlake mixed by Michael Wagener, who has in the past worked with Skid Row and Metallica, to name a few. The problem I do have is that this promo CD does not have a track listing, and I couldn’t track down this information on the Internet. This CD, however, will appeal to fans of heavier rock.

Why Buy? A good CD in the tradition of Metallica, Pantera , Megadeth etc.
Track to Burn? Numbers 2,3 &6!!!

Nikk Gunns 3 out of 5

Snakeryder “Back For The Kill” Chavis Records

This CD is a good slice of 80’s style, sleazy hard rock- not the glam end of things but the guitars and choruses are reminiscent of the late 80’s, with vocalist/guitarist AJ Fedz providing a modern sound to things. Opening track “Wake Up The Nation”, “Breakout”, “Can’t Stop The Insanity” and ballad “Love Steals” are the highlights here.

Why Buy? A good mix of modern hard rock, with a nod to the past.
Tracks to burn? “Breakout”, “Can’t Stop The Insanity” and “Love Steals”

Nikk Gunns 3 out of 5

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