Monday, June 22, 2015

Baroque Metal Stars Royal Hunt to return with brand new album "Devil’s Dozen"


Frontiers announce the release of the brand new studio album from ROYAL HUNT entitled “Devil’s Dozen” on August 21st in Europe and North America.

With keyboardist and songwriter André Andersen still at the helm, ROYAL HUNT have once again created an album that combines the basic sound and core values of classic rock with progressive rock and more current musical elements. After selling approximately 1.7 million albums globally and touring the world numerous times, the band’s still going strong…and now gets to release their 13th studio album entitled “The Devil´s Dozen”.

André Andersen says: “We´re very pleased to be able to present our new, thirteenth studio album. While staying on course with all traditional Royal Hunt´s musical values this one contains quite a bit of variety – from an up-tempo, double kick driven “May You Never (Walk Alone)” to the bluesy “Heart On A Platter” and probably our best ballad to date – “Until The Day”. Counting in Royal Hunt´s usual attention to details – playing wise as well as production wise – I´m sure that any fan of symphonic/melodic yet hard rocking music will be pleased with our latest offering.”

The new recording stays true to the original, larger-than-life Royal Hunt sound, with imaginative instrumentation, intricate arrangements, soaring vocals and catchy, massive choruses. Yet, the addition of classical musicians/instruments and contemporary, modern day production elements move to twist the outcome into a unique sonic palette. The album is chock full of carefully crafted songs, recorded and mixed by a team who combined crystal clear sonics with a weighty punch.

Featuring once again the talents of the awesome US singer DC Cooper – who, after numerous requests from fans and promoters worldwide decided to reunite with the band in 2011 – Royal Hunt features – besides André Andersen on keyboards - long time member Andreas Passmark on bass, Jonas Larsen on guitar and new drummer Andreas Habo Johansson (ex Narnia). Royal Rock… no substitutes!

“Devil’s Dozen” tracklisting: So Right So Wrong; May You Never (Walk Alone); Heart On A Platter; A Tear In The Rain; Until The Day; Riches To Rags; Way Too Late; How Do You Know (bonus track).

Saturday, June 20, 2015

VOCALIST WENDELL HOLMES DIED. HE WAS 71

Wendell Holmes, vocalist, guitarist, pianist and songwriter of the critically acclaimed soul/blues band The Holmes Brothers, died on Friday, June 19 at his home in Rosedale, Maryland of complications due to pulmonary hypertension. Earlier this week, Wendell addressed his fans and friends in an open letter as he moved into hospice care. He was 71.

Wendell retired from touring earlier this year when he was first diagnosed. Holmes Brothers drummer Willie "Popsy" Dixon died on January 9, 2015 of complications from cancer. Brother and bassist Sherman Holmes continues to carry on The Holmes Brothers legacy with The Sherman Holmes Project featuring Brooks Long and Eric Kennedy.

Wendell, the man Entertainment Weekly has called "a timeless original," was born in Christchurch, Virginia on December 19, 1943. He and his older brother Sherman were raised by their schoolteacher parents, who nurtured the boys’ early interest in music. As youngsters they listened to traditional Baptist hymns, anthems and spirituals as well as blues music by Jimmy Reed, Junior Parker and B.B. King. According to Wendell, “It was a small town, and my brother and I were about the only ones who could play anything. So we played around in all the area churches on Sundays.” The night before, though, they would play blues, soul, country and rock at their cousin’s local club, Herman Wate’s Juke Joint. “When he couldn’t get any good groups to come from Norfolk or Richmond, he’d call us in,” Wendell recalls. “That’s how we honed our sound. We used to say we’d rock ‘em on Saturday and save ‘em on Sunday.”

Friday, June 19, 2015

AW-RECORDINGS: A Rock Heartbeat New Record Label


Rock producer Nick Mayer has announced the launch of AW Recordings, a brand new record label, focused on rock and metal.

The Cherry Lips Management founder will be joining forces with Monica Zinutti, owner of Angel’s Wings Recording Studios for the new venture. Talking about the label Mayer said: “My vision for AW-Recordings is a launch pad for new talent and some ignored older ones. We intend to release on average half a dozen new bands per year every year - maybe more if we find a lot of new talent we like. Hopefully some of the artists will stick around and make numerous albums with AW-Recordings but some will go on to other things and that’s just nature of the musical beast”.

Mayer has also put out an open call to musicians who would like to be considered by the label, saying: “If you are an artist and want to be considered for AW-Recordings, contact us on our brand new official facebook page www.facebook.com/awrecordings and I will personally listen”.

Zinutti, added that she hopes the label will be an outlet for “new music artists that have been shut out by the system”. She went on to say: “There is no agenda: if in three o four years' time people who I respect and who love music can turn round to me and say AW-Recordings has put out some great music, then that to me will be success”.

The new label was created through a partnership with the Angel's Wings Recording Studios, the only recording studio in Italy with two mixer Solid State Logic. Two recording rooms in a big country house of 1913 surrounded by greenery where high-tech analog and digital meet. The acoustic design of the studios was made and signed by the Texan designer John H. Brandt according to the dictates of the “non-environmental room”.

The debut of the new label is scheduled for this fall: "We are at the final details for the closing of the agreement with our first artist – said Zinutti -. I think that in the coming weeks we will announce the signing of the deal and the release date of his new album. At the moment, I just can say that AOR lovers will be delighted!”.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Rock History: U2 - The Joshua Tree (Album Review)

Time for Rock History: U2's The Joshua Tree. This week's choice is an easy one. The numbers on this album and this band are through the stratosphere. This one is rated #27 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums of all time and also went 12x Platinum here in the states and 9x platinum in the UK. This was by far their biggest selling album of their career.

It went to #1 on The Billboard 200 and stayed there for 2 weeks. It spent 103 weeks altogether on The Billboard 200 after that. U2 had 4 Top Ten singles from this record, "With or Without You", "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For", "Where The Streets Have No Name" & "In God's Country".

The album sold well over 25 million copies globally and solidified their superstar status. Ladies and Germs, from the emerald isle of Ireland, recorded in Ireland and released by Island records. Produced by Brian Eno and released on March 9th, 1987, U2 "The Joshua Tree" (Johnny Hardcore)

Tracklisting:
1. "Where the Streets Have No Name" 5:38
2. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" 4:38
3. "With or Without You" 4:56
4. "Bullet the Blue Sky" 4:32
5. "Running to Stand Still" 4:18
6. "Red Hill Mining Town" 4:54
7. "In God's Country" 2:57
8. "Trip Through Your Wires" 3:33
9. "One Tree Hill" 5:23
10. "Exit" 4:13
11. "Mothers of the Disappeared" 5:12

Total length: 50:11

Credits:
• Bono - lead vocals, harmonica, guitar
• The Edge - guitars, backing vocals, piano
• Adam Clayton - bass guitar
• Larry Mullen, Jr. - drums

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Muse Earn Their First No. 1 Album In The U.S.

Muse's seventh album Drones has given the band their first-ever U.S. number 1 placing. The follow-up to 2012's The 2nd Law has topped the Billboard 200 after its release on June 8. It's also hit the heights of charts in the UK, France, Japan, Australia and many European countries.

Frontman Matt Bellamy described Drones as "a modern metaphor for what it is to lose empathy," adding: "Through modern technology, and drone warfare in particular, it's possible to do horrific things at a great distance - without actually feeling any of the consequences, or even feeling responsible.

Last month he admitted to doubts over working with producer Mutt Lange before recording began. He said: "I didn't want us to be turned into a kind of top 40 act. He wasn't like that at all - he was totally into the concept."