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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Come and join us at the new Classic Rock Newswire Forum –
www.atfreeforum.com/crnewswire/

Hot topics include classic albums (and what is a classic album), Deep Purple, this year’s Firefest & more.

Sonata Arctica will release their new album, entitled 'Unia' through Nuclear Blast on May 25th. The CD, which was mixed at Finnvox studio in Helsinki and was mastered at the Cutting Room in Stockholm will feature the following track listing:
In Black And White, Paid In Full, For The Sake Of Revenge, It Won't Fade, Under Your Tree, Caleb, The Vice, My Dream's But A Drop Of Fuel For A Nightmare, The Harvest, The Worlds Forgotten, The Words Forbidden, Fly With The Black Swan and Good Enough Is Good Enough

Fastway’s revised line-up is Eddie Clarke - Guitars, John 'Harv' Harbinson (Stormzone) - Vocals, Raymie Haller (Sweet Savage) - Bass, Stephen Strange - Drums.

DEF LEPPARD hope to release their new album in the late summer.

MANOWAR's tenth full-length album, "Gods of War", has registered the following first-week chart positions in Europe:
Germany: #2
Greece: #2
Austria: #9
Finland: #12
Sweden: #17
Norway: #36

PRESS RELEASES

Fireworks Magazine Issue #27 is out now. Available direct from Fireworks HQ now, and from next week at AOR Heaven, ST Records, Destiny Records, Loud 1 and Z Roxx.
Awesome issue featuring interviews with Journey, Jimi Jamison, Styx, Deep Purple, Danny Vaughn, Brother Firetribe, Krokus, Jorn Lande, Erik Norlander, Starz, Therion, Jeff Wayne, Stormzone, Al Atkins, Zero Hous and MORE!!
Also this issue comes with TWO amazing CDs crammed with the best signed and unsigned melodic rock. Just look at the following track-listings!
DISC 1 - 1. Last Autumn's Dream - Pages, 2. Within Temptation – The Howling, 3. Masterplan – Keeps Me Burning, 4. Danny Vaughn – Restless Blood, 5. Mad Max – Someone Like You, 6. Silent Force – Walk The Earth, 7. Union Mac – Lost In Attraction, 8. Intense – Anger of the Ancients, 9. Koritni – Red Light Joint, 10. Tarot – Ashes to the Stars, 11. Washed – I Need an Angel, 12. Suspyre – April in the Fall, 13. Heavenly – Blood On Fire, 14. Jesse Damon – Pretty Girl, 15. The Vaseline Rats – All The Ones, 16. Air Raid – Blue Train, 17. Andonova – Touch The Sun.
DISC 2 - 1. Krokus – Angel of My Dreams, 2. The Poodles – Night of Passion, 3. Fraze Gang – Blow Me Away, 4. Sirenia – The Other Side, 5. Stormzone – Crying in the Rain, 6. Pride of Lions – Language of the Heart, 7. Cornerstone – Starlight and Mystery, 8. Rocket Scientists – Sky Is Falling, 9. Neverland – Brave Warrior, 10. Angel House – World On Fire, 11. Phil – When You're Around, 12. Skin Kandy – Hard Times, 13. Pownd – The Stand, 14. Fury UK - Truth, 15. Nostradameus – Wall of Anger, 16. Age of Reason - Liberation, 17. Dangerous Enemy Forum – Stone Cold Blooded, 18. Liz Larin – Silence Will Not Save Us Now.

All all this for the crazy insane price of £4.50 plus Post & Packaging! (£1 UK, £2 Europe, £3 rest of world).
Paypal to fireworks.mag@ntlworld.com or send cheque/PO/IMO payable to 'Bruce Mee' to the following address: Fireworks Magazine, 10 Dunnock Close, Offerton, Stockport, SK2 5XD

GIG NEWS

TYPE O NEGATIVE
June
19th Manchester University June
20th Birmingham Academy
21st London Astoria

HEAVEN & HELL
April 22 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
24 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
25 Los Angeles, CA Forum
26 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheatre
28 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
29 Denver, CO Broomfield Events Center
May 1 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Pavillion
3 Dallas, TX Nokia Theater
5 Chicago, IL All State Arena
6 Minneapolis, MN Theatre @ Target Center
8 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
10 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Arena
11 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
12 Detroit, MI Cobo Hall
14 Albany, NY Times Union Center
15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
17 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena
18 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Pavilion
19 Holmdell, NJ PNC Arts Center

TNT
Mar. 09 - Jevnaker, NOR @ Untouchable Rock Club
Mar. 10 - Sauda, NOR @ Sauda Show Festival
April 07 - Karasjok, NOR @ Easter Festival
May 26 - Lillehammer, NOR @ Classic Rock Festival
Jun. 08 - Trondheim, NOR @ Trondheim Rock Festival (w/OZZY OSBOURNE)
Jun. 30 - Jæren, NOR @ Helgaa Festival
Jul. 14 - Kvinesdal, NOR @ Kvinesdal Rock Festival
Jul. 20 - Bremanger, NOR @ Bremanger Rock Weekend

REVIEWS

Rose Hill Drive “Showdown” Single (Megaforce)

Rose Hill Drive have released 3 tracks- well actually the single version, live version and demo version of the track “Showdown”, of energetic blues rock. Guitar driven and well written, tracks like this should see them given the same press as The Answer. The band tour the UK in March.

Nikk Gunns 3 out of 5.

Alex Skolnick Trio “Last Day In Paradise” Magnatude (Cat No MT-2312-2)

Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick has put together a 10 track jazz-rock CD, which ranges from the extremely jazzy “Channel 4” to the jazzy instrumental version of the Rush classic “Tom Sawyer”- there is even “Practica Lo Que Predicas” (Spanish for the Testament track “Practice What You Preach”, again done in a jazz style). The highlight here is the Sabbath like “Western Sabbath Stomp” which features some great guitar work.
A laid back album that will not appeal to all hard rock fans.

Nikk Gunns 1 out of 5

Kiko Loureiro “Universo Inverso” Fuel Records (Cat No FUEL514CD)

Kiko Loureiro has released an instrumental album that combines jazz, classical and Brazilian styles. The highlights amongst the 10 tracks here include the Brazilian flavoured “Feijao De Corada”, the holiday feel of “Samba Da Elisa” and “Monday Mourning”, complete with its haunting piano opening.
Laid back but in a way that you can relax with it playing in the background.

Nikk Gunns 3 out of 5

THRESHOLD ‘Dead Reckoning’ Nuclear Blast (2007) www.nuclearblast.de

Following on from 2004’s excellent ‘Subsurface’ album released via Inside Out Threshold are now signed to Nuclear Blast. It will interesting to see how they market the band as really are one of the best UK bands around in any genre at the moment.
For this album they have added a darker edge lyrically and added even more harmony vocal parts (just listen to ‘Elusive’ for some cracking arrangements). They really do progress on each album, whilst keeping their core sound intact. ‘Slipstream’ is possibly their best song yet – great riffing from guitarist/producer Karl Groom, wonderful vocal delivery from Andrew ‘Mac’ MacDermott (with Dan Swano adding growls on this track and ‘Elusive’). Special mention to Richard West who lays down some phenomenal keyboard runs notably on ‘This Is Your Life’ and ‘Pilot In The Sky Of Dreams’ (the latter is brooding epic with plenty of time changes and solos to keep the listener interested). ‘Fighting For Breath’ again melds intense riffs with keyboards galore. If you have yet to try this band I suggest starting here as it encompasses all that is great about this band.
Threshold should reach a whole new audience with this album as the music is very accessible yet with enough twists and turns to keep you coming back for more. Can’t wait to hear these songs played live!

*****
Jason Ritchie

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