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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

MANOWAR has revealed the complete track listing for "Gods of War", which is scheduled for release on February 23 in Germany (February 26 for the rest of Europe and April 3 for the USA/Canada) –
01. Overture To The Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
02. The Ascension
03. King Of Kings
04. Army Of The Dead, Part I
05. Sleipnir
06. Loki God Of Fire
07. Blood Brothers
08. Overture To Odin
09. The Blood Of Odin
10. The Sons Of Odin
11. Glory Majesty Unity
12. Gods Of War
13. Army Of The Dead, Part II
14. Odin
15. Hymn Of The Immortal Warriors
Bonus Track:
16. Die For Metal

The original line-up of Love/Hate are to re-unite. They;ll play a show in Los Angeles in February 24, performing the classic album 'Blackout In The Red Room' in its entirety.

Te new REO Speedwagon album Everyone Loves A Happy Ending will be released on March 26.

GARY MOORE is completing a still untitled studio album that features a guest appearance from ex-Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey. Due in early May, it showcases original material and songs rediscovered by the guitarist whilst researching his Planet Rock radio show Blues Power, including the Sonny Boy Williamson chestnuts Eyesight To The Blind and Checking Up On My Baby.

An unspecified illness to David Crosby has forced Crosby, Stills & Nash to postpone an Australian tour until the end of the year.

In Requiem is the title of Paradise Lost's new album, being lined up for release in May through Century Media Records.

VAN HALEN are back for 40 US summer shows (TBA) with DAVE LEE ROTH, although no European dates are expected.

THE BEATLES and Apple have settled their legal dispute which could mean the BEATLES sings appearing as downloads in the very near future.

Ex-RAINBOW singers Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet are scheduled to appear on a double bill in late May and early June in Japan.
May 30 - Tokyo, JPN @ O-East
May 31 - Tokyo, JPN @ O-East
Jun. 01 - Osaka, JPN - Shinsaibashi Club Quattro
JOE LYNN TURNER band lineup:
Joe Lynn Turner - Vocals
Akira Kajiyama - Guitar
Toshio Egawa - Keyboards
Atsushi Hasegawa - Bass
Kenichi Fujimoto - Drums
ALCATRAZZ is:
Graham Bonnet - Vocals
Howie Simon (JEFF SCOTT SOTO) - Guitar
Glen Sobel - Drums
Tim Luce – Bass

GIG NEWS

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT
June 10th - Glen Rothes Hall
June 12th - York Grand Opera House
June 14th - Reading Hexagon
June 17th - Birmingham Alexandra Theatre
June 19th - Yeovil Octagon
June 20th - Cardiff St. Davids Hall
June 23rd - Brighton Dome

ALEX RUDI PELL has cancelled his remaining European dates due to illness.

Robert Plant headlines the Green Man Festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, on August 18. For info go to www.thegreenmanfestival.co.uk, or call the ticket hotline on: 08700 667799.

REVIEWS

SILENT FORCE `Walk the Earth' AFM Records (2007) www.silentforce.de

The band's fourth album with the ever busy Dennis Ward (Pink
Cream 69) handling production duties. The band's big selling point
for many metal fans is that DC Cooper, one time member of Riyal
Hunt, is the vocalist. He really does suit this style of bombastic
melodic metal and `Point Of No Return' sounds like his days with
Royal Hunt! Yet despite the epic title track and the classy keyboard
solos on `In From The Dark' the album just lacks killer tunes. It
just sounds as if written to a formula and bar three songs there is
nothing really special about the music, well played and produced as
it is.
Try as I might to like this album it is not up there with Royal
Hunt, Power Quest, Rhapsody of Fire or Intense. If you're already a
fan get this otherwise try and listen to some songs first as it is
not an essential purchase.

***
Jason Ritchie

3 LEGGED DOGG `Frozen Summer' Perris Records (2007)
www.3leggeddogg.com

An impressive line-up for this band including the ex-Dio/Rainbow
rhythm section of Vinnie Appice and Jimmy Bain with Riot's Carlos
Vavazo on guitars and ex-Lynch Mob vocalist Chas West. With the band
members coming from some of the giants of classic hard rock and
metal you'd expect an album of music in a similar vein…wrong! This
album is like Soundgarden and Slave to the System, down tuned
guitars and a sound that would have fitted in well the grunge sound.
The songs are not bad but they don't really stay in your head after
playing save for `Left For Dead' and the grinding `Bring The Hammer
Down'. Appice and Bain are tighter than the proverbial gnat's ass
and Chas West can certainly hit the notes but for all that I can't
see it being played much down the line.
Worth a spin but don't expect anything sounding like the band
members' past musical output.

***
Jason Ritchie

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