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Thursday, July 05, 2007

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Jorn's Live In America 2CD set on September 21.
Recorded live during Jorn's first ever concert in the USA, at the ProgPower VII Festival in Atlanta, where he performed as headliner of the day on September 16th 2006. The incredible set saw Jorn offer a wide selection of songs taken from his solo albums, collaborations and a mind-blowing Whitesnake medley, who made him one of the most successful acts ever in the history of the festival.
Live In America is a permanent testament to Jorn's capabilities as an entertainer and to the incredible power and strength of his now legendary shows. The album also includes three studio tracks: a brand new recording of the title track of his third solo album Out To Every Nation, a Black Sabbath medley Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth and the unreleased Sacrificial Feelings.
The line-up featured on the album includes Jorn Lande on vocals, Tore Moren and Jörn Viggo Lofstad on guitars, Steinar Krokmo on bass and Willy Bendiksen on drums.
The album will be exclusively available in a lavish digipak edition. Track listing includes:
CD1: We Brought The Angels Down; Blacksong; Duke Of Love; Are You Ready; Cold Sweat; Drum Solo; Out To Every Nation; Guitar Solo; Straight Through The Heart.
CD2: Godless and Wicked; Soulburn; Devilbird; Perfect Strangers; Gonna Find The Sun; The Whitesnake Medley: Come On/Sweet Talker/Crying in the Rain/Here I Go Again/Give Me All Your Love; Out To Every Nation (2007 version, studio track); Lonely Is The Word/Letters From Earth (studio track); Sacrificial Feelings (bonus studio track).

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder is close to finishing a host of new music for the upcoming Sean Penn-directed film "Into the Wild," according to the movie's distributor, Paramount Vantage. An album of his songs is due on a September date to be announced, via J Records.

From Billboard.Com –
New recordings featuring both Bruce Springsteen and folk legend Pete Seeger will appear on two separate albums this fall. First up is a new version of Springsteen's "The Ghost of Tom Joad" for "Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary," due Sept. 11 via Appleseed Recordings.
The two artists also recorded "Hobo's Lullaby" with Springsteen's Sessions Band for the compilation "Feels Like Home," due via Appleseed on Sept. 25. Proceeds from this album will benefit Give Us Your Poor, a non-profit homeless advocacy organization at the University of Massachussetts.
"Sowing the Seeds" is rounded out by a version of "Bring Them Home" featuring Seeger, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle and Billy Bragg, as well as previously released songs from Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Donovan and Ramblin' Jack Elliott.
"Feels Like Home" will sport additional contributions from Jon Bon Jovi, Natalie Merchant, Bonnie Raitt (covering "Walking the Dog" with blues artist Weepin' Willie Robinson) and Buffalo Tom, among others.
In related Springsteen news, the artist guests on a number of songs from his wife Patti Scialfa's new solo album, "Play It As It Lays," due Sept. 4 via Columbia.

PAN MACMILLAN has signed the memoirs of Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. Ronnie will be published in October, covering his “loves, family, friends, music, art and survival against the odds.”

Brian Houston to headline UK tour

Northern Ireland folk rock / acoustic indie sensation Brian Houston is taking to the stage once again.

With his new single ‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer’ receiving Radio 2 support and playlisted on every Northern Ireland independent radio station (with several A-list placings on the way) a month before its release on 23 July, Brian announces a UK tour:

Live Brian Houston is a revelation, a natural performer with a great voice, great guitar style, amazing songs and a wry sense of humour.

13 September The Musician, Leicester, £TBA, 0116 283 5533
14 September Haven Arms, Hedon (nr Kingston Upon Hull), £5, 01482 897695,
15 September Acoustic Routes Folk Club, Cambridge, £8, 07971 299659
16 September Glasgow Elim, Glasgow, free, 0141 4237303,
17 September The Greys, Brighton, £8, 01273 680734,
18 September Confessions Nightclub, Banbury. Oxfordshire, £7.50, 07879 057401,
19 September The Bassment. Chelmsford, Essex, £6,
20 September Green Note, Camden, London, £TBA, 020 7485 9899,
21 September Essex Arms, Brentwood, Essex, £6,
22 September The Stables, Milton Keynes, £TBA, 01908 280800

Brian, who has topped the Myspace chart in an across Ireland poll, will feature tracks from his ninth album ‘Sugar Queen’, Brian’s first release in the UK, which is already well regarded:

Mojo – “like Weller and Townsend, Houston is a born rock star, a gifted writer who to his peers, exists in that rarefied plane where surname is enough. A Springsteen-esque live sensation…his time has surely now come.”

And Uncut - “an album filled with fantastic acoustic propelled songs – and excellent it is too!”

‘The Days Of Pearly Spencer’ will be added as a bonus track to ‘Sugar Queen’; the single is a track recorded after Brian was asked to play a concert as a tribute to David McWilliams in Ballamena. Brian had previously met Mandy at his gigs and in fact played at her birthday party not knowing that she was McWilliams’ daughter - he knew that recording the track would be a fitting and lasting tribute. 40 years on from McWilliams penning the track that was also a hit in the 80s for Marc Almond, the track still sounds as fresh as ever.

27th Oct, Manchester Uni
28th Oct, TBA Bristol
1st November. Rock City, Nottingham
2nd November. JBs, Dudley

Oct 5th Rio's, Leeds
Oct 6th Rock City, Nottingham

Nov 23rd Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

MARDUK - "ROM 5:12"

Marduk was not amongst the first names that come into in my head when asked to name my favourite Black Metal bands, mainly due to the fact that, even though I always found their aggressiveness quite attractive, their musical approach did sound quite mono-dimensional and predictable to my ears. My impression of the band's capabilities changed significantly, though, as soon as I got introduced to their 2004 release "Plague Angel" - an album that enabled the outfit to come across as capable of investing in more atmospheric and melodic compositions without sacrificing their unique character. Was this impressive release destined to signal a new beginning for the Swedish quartet? Well, the ten compositions that are featured in the band's latest opus "Rom 5:12" definitely seem to indicate exactly that!

Two of the main factors, apart from Morgan Hakansson's trademark riffs, that contributed in my appreciation towards "Plague Angel" were Magnus "Devo" Andersson's beautifully arranged bass tunes and the deep epic-sounding vocal themes, courtesy of the band's latest frontman Mortuus. Well, in "Rom 5:12" both musicians seem to have been given more space to reveal their amazing capabilities and that contributed to this being the most varied and impressive release that Marduk have released so far in their career.

A great example of this new approach can be found in the opening track of the album, which is entitled "The Levelling Dust". Based on a mesmerising mid tempo riff, this atmospheric composition may not be the typical Marduk album opener, yet it is based on the same influences (see Burzum and Bathory) like many of the band's earliest songs. Fans of early Marduk will rejoice after getting introduced to the hyper speed riffs of "Cold Mouth Prayer", yet the greatest surprise comes with the amazing "Imago Mortis". What we have here is a mid-tempo composition based on a groovy riff and a melodic refrain that many Doom/Stoner band's would give their right arm to have been able to compose - an approach that only a band like Satyricon has so far dared to invest in. Other similarly inspiring compositions are the slow/atmospheric "Accuser/Opposer", which features a vocal performance from Primordial's Alan Nemtheanga and the Doom Death opus "Womb Of Perishableness" - both of which stand out due to Mortuus' unique vocal contributions. Again, if you cannot picture a Marduk album without hyper fast guitar riffs and double bass drumming, songs like "Vanity of Vanities", "Limbs of Worship" and "Through the Belly of Damnation" should be enough to quench your thirst.

I have to say that, even as I put down these lines, I still cannot believe that Marduk would ever become capable of releasing an album such as "Rom 5:12". Black Metal has evolved a lot since the early 90's and it is up to the oldest and wisest of bands to move things to the next level, and you know certainly looks like Marduk are going to be amongst them!

John Stefanis
****1/2 (4.5 / 5.0)


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