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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

DEMON are to have a farewell tour later this year around October time. Great band who will be sadly missed…

JK Northrup’s (ex-KING KOBRA) new album, "Wired In My Skin ", will be released on March 23rd via NL Distribution. Joining JK on the album are vocalists Johnny Edwards (ex-FOREIGNER), Terry Ilous (XYZ), Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and Kelly Keeling (Blue Murder, MSG, Trans Siberian Orchestra). This album was produced, recorded and mixed by JK Northrup through his new production company, "Alien Productions", which will also be producing projects for artists such as Terry Ilous, Ted Poley and many others.

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Dear Yardbirds Fans,
The new Yardbirds album 'Live At BB Kings' will be on sale here in the good old USA at Yardbirds gigs ONLY. So if you're not going to be at any of the upcoming west coast gigs next month you'll need to mail order them thru me.

Recorded live one hot summer's night last July this is one smokin album! All the hits, faves from 'Birdland' plus the showstopper of all showstoppers 'Dazed and Confused' $20.00 (Check or Money Order) to:

Russ Garrett
459 Columbus Ave #145
NY NY 10024

Please be patient for delivery. I'll be on the road with the band till after the first week of April. I'll get the discs out right after I get back. For our UK and EU fans...not to worry. The disc WILL be in stores for you.

Keep On Blueswailing,
Russ Garrett

"After Forever". That is simply the title of the fifth album from Dutch Metal band AFTER FOREVER. Why? Because all their musical ingredients have been consolidated on this record. This makes "After Forever", their debut for German label Nuclear Blast, a seminal album in their catalog.

With "After Forever", the band revisits all the styles they have showcased on their previous work while simultaneously hinting at what is to come. “This album is a great summary of everything we have done,” says guitarist Sander Gommans. “You can hear the energy of 'Prison of Desire', the melancholy of 'Decipher', the progressive approach of 'Invisible Circles' and the more catchy elements of 'Remagine'. You can’t get more AFTER FOREVER than that.” Gommans is also referring to their patented Metal sound which incorporates a real orchestra. There are also some prominent guest appearances on the record – Jeff Waters (ANNIHILATOR) and singer Doro Pesch (ex-WARLOCK). “We asked Doro to participate partially to show people that in the 80’s there were already female artists making this style of music.”

Whereas the music from this sextet is loosely based on these influences – with Floor Jansen, AFTER FOREVER have their own shining front-woman – the band has never pinned itself strictly on any given style. They have the obvious combination of Metal and classical themes, but can just as easily implement Rock, Pop, industrial and progressive styles into their songs.

That these genres naturally flow together on the album is a coincidence according to Gommans. “Yet at the same time very typical for a band like us. 'After Forever' is the perfect document of who we are. From 1995 on we have created a style that we color in different ways. Not very different than you would expect from a Metal band. Floor adds her unique flavor to the mix, but the rhythm section is also critical to our specific sound.” On "After Forever", this sound is again very recognizable. This is mainly due to the fact that the recording process was similar to the previous albums, with one exception – the role of producer Gordon Groothedde. Gommans calls Groothedde “an atypical Metal producer”, who met each other through fellow band member Joost van den Broek.

The collaboration proved to be magical. “Gordon was our seventh band member for a while,” Gommans adds. “We never release a song that we are not happy with, but on this album I am also in love with the production as well as the order of the songs. The challenge is often to make an album that is better than before, while also keeping certain style characteristics in tact. In that we have succeeded.”

Having said all that, the record also provides a hint of things to come. That their future will be promising is already evident by their rigorous tour schedule that will take them through Latin America, USA, France, England, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium and of course their home Holland. They are hereby following the successful road paved by their previous album, "Remagine", where new musical boundaries were explored. While the production of that record had its speed bumps – drummer Andre Borgman was operated on to remove a tumor – 2005 turned out to be their most successful year to date. Especially in South America, they turned on a whole new group of rabid fans. They played sold out shows in Chili, Colombia, Brazil and Mexico. Gommans looks for an explanation for this: “People experience music slightly differently there, “he speculates. “In general they have less there, and I suppose they are able to find added comfort with bands and their music.” Although he will not become jaded by these BEATLE-like events. “It’s great to be received like that, but we also enjoy it when it's time to go home to Holland.” It was there that they had another highlight – performing with a philharmonic orchestra in the famous 013 club in Tilburg. After that, another successful European tour rounded out 2006.

At their inception in 1995, AFTER FOREVER made waves with their mix of Death Metal and classical music. With the inclusion of Floor Jansen two years later, the music took on a more diverse theme without ever losing its roots in the classical influences. After two demos the band released "Prison of Desire" in 2000, followed by "Decipher" (2001). Along with their mini album "Exordium", the full-lengths "Invisible Circles" and "Remagine", all these records were released world-wide. Fueled by the raving reviews from many press pundits, the band dared to evolve more, while laying the groundwork by touring Europe and South America. In Holland, the band has played every stage there is, also together with the Finnish bands NIGHTWISH and CHARON. Meanwhile they were showcased at many major festivals, including Pinkpop, Lowlands, Dynamo and Ozzfest.

Now, in 2007, AFTER FOREVER is ready to make their latest breakthrough. A new album, new production team, new label and a world-wide tour will make their upcoming ten year anniversary a true milestone.

Track listing for 'After Forever' is as follows:
Discord, Evoke, Transitory, Energize Me, Equally Destructive, Withering Time, De-Energized, Cry With A Smile, Envision, Who I Am, Dreamflight, Empty Memories and Lonely (Digi Pack Bonus Track)
After Forever is released on April 20th through Nuclear Blast. The band also play London Scala on May 10th alongside Tarot & Die Apokalyptischen Reiter as part of the Earthshaker Roadshock festival.


MEGADETH, SHADOWS FALL, BUCKCHERRY & DREAM THEATER join this year’s Download line-up.

22/23 Jun Rock Cafe 2000 Stourbridge Stourbridge
25 Jun Limelight Crewe
26 Jun Riffs Blackpool
28 Jun The Boardwalk Sheffield
29 Jun The Dolls House ABBERTILLERY, GWENT, Wales
30 Jun The Royal Standard Walthamstow, London
1 Jul The Brook Southampton
3 Jul Waterfront Norwich
5 Jul Diamond Sutton, Ashfield, Notts
6 Jul The Twist Colchester
7 Jul The RIGA Music Club Southend
8 Jul The Stables Milton-Keynes

14 - Orange Beach, AL - The Wharf Amphitheatre
17 - Durant, OK - Choctaw Coliseum
18 - Houston, TX - Reliant Stadium
23 - Corpus Christi, TX - American Bank Center Arena
30-31 - Las Vegas, NV - Las Vegas Hilton
6 - Kinder, LA - Coushatta Casino Resort
7 - Beaumont, TX - Ford Park
14 - Austin, TX - The Backyard
20 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Casino
23 - Alpine, CA - Viejas Casino Concerts in The Park
27 - Laughlin, NV - Aquarius Casino Resort
29 - Pala, CA - Palomar Starlight Theatre-Pala Casino

28 - Vancouver, BC - General Motors Place
6 - Seattle, WA - KeyArena at Seattle Center
9 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center
15 - Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena
16 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
18 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center
26 - Dallas, TX - AmericanAirlines Center
30 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
2 - Saint Louis, MO - Scottrade Center
22 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre
25 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
28 - Boston, MA Fenway Park
1 & 3 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
29 - Stockholm Globe Arena
4 - Birmingham National Indoor Arena
8 & 9 - London Twickenham Stadium
11 - Hamburg AOL Arena
13 - Amsterdam Arena
16 - Prague Sazka
19 - Vienna Stadthalle
22 - Munich Olympiastadion
27 - Barcelona Olympic Stadium
29 - Paris Stade de France
13 - Dusseldorf LTU Arena
15 - Manchester MEN Arena
19 - Cardiff Millennium Stadium

27 - Southampton Guildhall
29 - Glasgow Academy
30 - Newcastle City Hall
1 - Wolverhampton Civic Hall
3 - Bristol Colston Hall
4 - London Hammersmith Odeon
7 - Manchester Apollo
8 - Liverpool Philharmonic


SEQUEL ‘Back’ Perris Records (2007)

Third album from this US band who feature Todd Jensen (ex-Dave Lee Roth/Hardline/Alice Cooper) amongst their ranks. It is very 80’s hard rock in sound and feel plus you can almost guess the sound of the songs from some of their titles such as ‘Cherry Wine’ – a great rocker with a very catchy chorus. ‘The Good Stuff’ is classic Warrant, complete with gang chorus, whilst ‘All Right All Right’ will not leave your head after one play guaranteed! ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ Girl’ is okay, bit to derivative of say a Bon Jovi mid-tempo number. Couple of good pop rockers on here as well in the shape of ‘You Don’t See me’ and ‘Heart On the Line’, although the ballad ‘The Best I Can’ is a bit of a let down, lacking a bit of power in the chorus.
Yes it is very 80’s but when most of the songs are so catchy you can’t help but enjoy it! Certainly beats what Warrant are doing nowadays.

Jason Ritchie

ANNIHILATOR ‘Metal’ SPV (2007)

Annihilator have been around for awhile now although personally I have never really heard much by them. Main man Jeff Waters has assembled a cast of current metal musicians to guest here including members of arch Enemy, Danko Jones, Trivium, In Flames, Nevermore and fellow metal veterans Anvil.
This album does exactly what it says in the title, full on metal and in its various guises. Opener ‘Clown Parade’ features a great chorus, some wonderful guitar soloing and with Mike Mangini on drums, you have one of the best double bass drummers around (amazing to think he was in the latter day line-up of Extreme!). ‘Couple Suicide’ starts off like Rush intro before going all Linkin Park! Danko Jones and Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy add their vocals to this one. ‘Army Of One’ features Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow of Anvil and the tune is a tribute to the founding metal bands, name checking Megadeth, Anthrax, Black Sabbath and Judas Priest along the way. ‘Operation Annihilation’ sees on lead vocals and it beats Slayer and Anthrax any day of the week! ‘Detonation’ is a serious headbanger whilst the closing track ‘Chasing The High’ is a classic piece of speed metal, complete with some serious shredding. Plus the drums are seriously fast – surely no=one can play that fats???
If like me you’ve never tried an album by Annihilator I would urge you to get this one as it is pure metal, packed with melodic metal tunes and guitar solos overdrive!

Jason Ritchie

VARIOUS ‘Always: A Tribute To Bon Jovi’ (2207) NL Distribution

This is a revised version of the 2005 tribute put out on Versailles Records with a few added tracks and different running order. Now I am a big fan of Bon Jovi and enjoy these tribute albums on the whole, although this one like many others has some gems and some absolute stinkers. The CD skip button is well advised for a truly awful version of ‘Stick To Your Guns’ by Jason Andrews, stick to your day job more like… whilst Jani Lane’s version of ‘Lay Your Hands On Me’ is pretty feeble as well.
Jasy Andrews takes a new slant on ‘I’ll Be There For You’ with just her vocal and piano, works well. Good chance to hear Lillian Axe’s new(ish) vocalist Derrick Leferve on ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ but it lacks the powerful punch of the original version. A tribute album wouldn’t be complete unless John Corabi (ex-Motley Crue) or Jizzy pearl (Love/Hate ex-Ratt) appeared and they both pull off their covers with aplomb. Jizzy Pearl in particular suits ‘Bad Medicine’ very well.
Worth a listen if you’re a Bon Jovi fan although approach some songs with caution!

Jason Ritchie

THE TREWS ‘Out Of The Past, Into The Dark (EP 2007)

A four track sampler CD mailed out to ‘Classic Rock’ magazine subscribers, the Trews release their debut album in April via AFM Records. They must have something about them as the producer is Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon, Cheap Trick et al). All four songs on here are very strong indeed, with ‘Montebello Park’ featuring Beatles like harmonies and arrangements, this one has single written all over it. ‘So She’s Leaving’ is a jaunty rocker that Black Crowes fans will love and ‘Tired Of Waiting’ reminded me of the very underrated Collective Soul, melodic rock but with a sharp edged sound. Finally ‘Got Myself To Blame’ is the weakest track on here as it just lacks the killer touches found on the other three songs but it is still very listenable.
The Trews debut album is defiantly one to look forward to and could be this year’s best debut album from a band steeped in classic rock sounds following on from last year’s cracking debuts by the Answer and Glyder.

Jason Ritchie


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