Tuesday, 27 June 2017

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST Signs worldwide deal with NB; Announces new studio album



Michael Schenker is one of the most significant rock guitarists in the history of music. He has mesmerised the rock community since the 70's with his characteristic guitar play and contributed not only to Scorpions classics such as 'Lovedrive', 'Coast To Coast' and 'Holiday', but also constructed himself a monument during his time in UFO by writing hits like 'Doctor Doctor' and 'Rock Bottom' amongst others. His playing has had monumental influence on several generations of guitar players.

Back in 1979, the "German Wunderkind" decided to be his own boss. He founded the Michael Schenker Group aka M.S.G. and released the masterpieces ‘Assault Attack’ and ‘Built To Destroy’, the live legacy ‘One Night At Budokan’ as well as the McAuley Schenker Group pearls ‘Perfect Timing’ and ‘Save Yourself’. Around that time, outstanding musicians such as Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Don Airey (Deep Purple), Cozy Powell (ex-Jeff Beck), Chris Slade (AC/DC), Pete Way (UFO) and Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) were all invited by Schenker to play with him. M.S.G. also became the home of great vocalists, most notably Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet (ex-Rainbow) and Robin McAuley. Those guys were also a part of the comprehensive Michael Schenker Fest, whose celebrated Tokyo show was released as live CD, DVD and Blu-ray this March recently passed.

Now the time has come for Michael Schenker to move another step forward: He fulfils the long-awaited dream of all hard rock fans by entering the studio as Michael Schenker Fest. The band have just started the recording process for a brand-new studio album with producer Michael Voss. Its release is set for spring 2018 through Nuclear Blast, the band's new record label.

Comments Schenker: "I am very happy to have signed with Nuclear Blast Records and I am looking forward to releasing a killer Michael Schenker Fest studio album in the spring of 2018. The album will bring together past and present in the form of 3 original M.S.G. singers - Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet & Robin McAuley - and the current Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock vocalist Doogie White (ex-Rainbow). Keep on rockin'!"

With this latest signing, a long-desired dream came true for the South Germany-based label. Owner Markus Staiger grew up with Michael Schenker's music and is also one of his greatest admirers: "I'm proud to be able to work with the ultimate guitar god, Michael Schenker. He has always been my idol and he's the reason why I started to play the guitar when I was 13 years old. But I was ungifted in that area, so I had to stop and decided to found a record label instead. It's a great day and I feel happy just like back in the day when I was listening to ‘Lovedrive’ and ‘Michael Schenker Group’ for the very first time, and went nuts! Thanks!"

Michael Schenker Fest will be playing several shows this year, including four UK show dates in London, Sheffield, Manchester and Hull.

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – 2017 Dates Featuring 3 original M.S.G singers: Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley:

15th Jul (DE) – Balingen, Bang Your Head!!! Festival 15th Oct (JPN) – Tokyo, Loud Park Festival 25th Oct (DE) – Offenbach, Capitol 27th Oct (ES) – Santander, Escenario Santander 28th Oct (ES) – Pamplona, Auditorio de Burlada 29th Oct (ES) – Barcelona, Razzmatazz 31st Oct (NL) – Zoetermeer, De Boerderij 02nd Nov (UK) – London, o2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire 03rd Nov (UK) – Sheffield, o2 Academy 04th Nov (UK) – Manchester, o2 Ritz 05th Nov (UK) – Hull, City Hall Meet & Greets: www.michaelschenkerfest.com

MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST – 2018 Dates Featuring 3 original M.S.G. singers: Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley plus Doogie White (ex-Rainbow, Michael Schenker’s Temple Of Rock):

6th Mar (USA) – Silver Springs, MD, The Fillmore 7th Mar (USA) – Pittsburgh, PA, Carnegie Music Hall 9th Mar (USA) – Boston, MA, Berklee Performance Center 10th Mar (USA) – New York, NY, Irving Plaza 11th Mar (USA) – Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts 12th Mar (CAN) – Montreal, QC, Club Soda 14th Mar (USA) – Detroit, MI, Royal Oak Music Theatre 16th Mar (USA)– Cleveland, OH, Agora Theatre 17th Mar (USA) – Chicago, IL, Concord Music Hall 18th Mar (USA) – Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theater 19th Mar (USA) – Minneapolis, MN, Cabooze 22nd Mar (USA) – Seattle, WA, Neptune Theatre 24th Mar (USA) – San Jose, CA, Events Center 25th Mar (USA) – Anaheim, CA, The Grove 26th Mar (USA) – Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre 27th Mar (USA) – Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues 29th Mar (USA) – Denver, CO, Cervantes Ballroom 31st Mar (USA) – San Antonio, TX, Vibes Event Center 1st Apr (USA) – Dallas, TX, Bomb Factory 3rd Apr (USA) – Tampa, FL, The Ritz

Monday, 26 June 2017

EUROPE - The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live At The Roundhouse



On July 21, 2017, Swedish classic rock icons EUROPE will share their unique 30th Anniversary performance of The Final Countdown from London's legendary Roundhouse with fans everywhere. The band's new limited edition audio/video release, The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse, celebrates the multi-platinum album's triple-decade success.

The band played the album in its sequential entirety at a series of selected cities in 2016, with London's most historically venerated venue playing host to an exceptionally special night on November 12, 2016, which was captured by Patric Ullaeus from rEvolver Film Company AB for this set. Preceding the landmark event described above, fans were also treated to a live performance of Europe's latest album War of Kings, a release which re-established Europe as one of the top classic rock bands in the world.

Joey Tempest of EUROPE says:"What an awesome night! It was more enjoyable than we thought to revisit the whole Final Countdown album live! On top of that, to be able to share our whole War Of Kings album with this amazing audience the same night just made this show one of the most memorable nights of our career!"

Watch a brand new trailer for The Final Countdown 30th Anniversary Show - Live at the Roundhouse here:

Tash Sultana - Live in London This Week



Tash Sultana plays live in London for the first time this week. The 21 year-old Melbournian is quickly becoming an international sensation following the independent release of her debut EP ‘Notion’ last year.

Tash’s UK shows in June and September sold out without any promotion whatsoever. Her debut ‘Notion’ EP has amassed over 25 million streams, and Tash’s home-made video jam sessions have become a viral hit. Watch her live version of ‘Jungle’ here:



Tash first wrapped her hands wrapped around a guitar at the age of three, and the self taught artist quickly developed her own unique style that has people lining up to see her perform live. She will play sold out shows at London’s Scala on June 27 and 28, and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on September 14. The selling out of these shows is testament to how this unique artist has captured the imagination of music lovers everywhere. Further UK shows are also on sale now.

Tash’s vocal shines with a magical quality, she has a natural gift for melody and her virtuosic guitar playing is from another planet. Her carefully crafted, edgy, multi-instrumental pieces featuring beat boxing, unique guitar work and percussion styled finger tapping, has left audiences in awe. She honed these performance skills on the streets of Melbourne, busking being the only way she could make money having emerged from the clutches of drug-addiction, an issue from her past which she now speaks openly about.

In her native Australia, she is already collecting accolades having been selected as Triple J’s ‘Unearthed Artist of the Year’ already, plus this year she was Google Play’s #1 artist to watch. Recent single ‘Jungle’ came in at #3 in Triple J's hottest 100, the worlds biggest music vote, with over 2.5 million votes

Tash is currently working on her debut album, and will be releasing more new music very soon.

UK Live Dates: June 27 - London, The Scala. SOLD OUT. June 28 - London, The Scala. SOLD OUT. September 9 - Port Meiron, Wales, Festival #6. September 10 - Isle of Wight, Bestival. September 12 - Manchester, Club Academy. September 13 - Bristol, SWX. September 14 - London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire. SOLD OUT.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

DANZIG - "Black Laden Crown", Released May 26th, 2017 via AFM Records - ALBUM REVIEW


DANZIG - "Black Laden Crown"
Released May 26th, 2017 via AFM Records

Not every day that an album from a music icon lands on your desk. Danzig's Black Laden's Crown is one of those. The unique voice from Glen haunts the entire album and I cannot help taking a trip thru memory lane including his early work with Misfits. What an artist!!! He has influenced not only musicians and many generations of music lovers but has also laid the foundations of what the music was to become for so many bands in the 80/90s.

Black Laden Crown the first track is the perfect stage for Danzig's voice. The music is stylishly and subtly influenced by stoner touches and together with the voice form the perfect story telling vehicle that Glen's is renowned for.

The production is clean and efficient while not showing off needlessly. The start of Eyes Ripping Fire is not without reminding me of some of the best Corrosion Of Conformity intros, same for Devil On Hwy 9. I swear I thought I heard Woody and Pepper (from C.O.C) the first time I played the track.

No instant hits stands out in the 9 tracks proposed and the first thing that may spring to mind is that there is no song as distinctive as Mother on Black Laden Crown. Having said that all the titles are very solid and cohesive if you consider But A Nightmare, The Witching Hour Or Skulls & Daisies.

I like Pull The Sun, the concluding track where Glen's soft singing style is taking all its dimension which for me is not so distant in terms of intonations from the great work of the late Chris Cornell.

Maybe not one of Danzig’s most catchy work but definitely up there in the strong and solid album category.
Overall: A super solid album.
If I was to pick 3 Only: Eyes Ripping Fire, Devil On Hwy 9, Pull The Sun
Live Test: Never seen him play but would surely if he comes to Ireland :-)

Reviewed by Pascal Derrien

Thursday, 22 June 2017

ARCH ENEMY reveal cover art and further details for 'Will To Power'



Metal powerhouse ARCH ENEMY are ready to bring their fierce brand of metal to audiences worldwide as they announce details on their upcoming album, "Will To Power", out September 8, 2017 via Century Media Records. The band are excited to reveal the album's captivating cover artwork, as shown above, designed by Alex Reisfar.

Guitarist Michael Amott commented on the artwork: "It was a pleasure working with Alex Reisfar on the 'Will to Power' cover artwork, he immediately grasped the concept and atmosphere we were looking for with this album. We talked about the double edged sword that is human ambition, how it can be outstandingly creative and beautiful but can also be turned into something dark and powerful. Alex proceeded to masterfully paint a strong image that evokes a lot of feelings. The human skull as a central focal point, the flesh sort of falling off into the circular pattern. The snake ouroboros weaving in and out of the mouths and throats of the severed heads of a wolf, a goat and a vampire bat... All representing self determination and a predatory, almost parasitic will to power"

Co-produced by Amott and drummer Daniel Erlandsson, the album was sent to long time collaborator and friend Jens Bogren (Opeth, At The Gates, Dimmu Borgir) for mixing and mastering and marks legendary guitarist Jeff Loomis' (Nevermore) first recording with the band.

Following in the steps of their most acclaimed album to date, "War Eternal", which saw the band reach their highest charts in the US and Germany to date, "Will To Power" will continue to smash records worldwide. While full details and pre-order information on "Will To Power" will be made available in the coming weeks, fans can currently take part in a special campaign which will allow them to sign up and have their name featured in the "Will To Power" Deluxe Box Set Edition. For further details and to have your name included, please visit: willtopower.centurymedia.com.

Having performed over 200 shows in more than 40 countries in support of their previous effort, ARCH ENEMY will continue fervently bringing their show to ever-growing audiences worldwide across the European festival market this summer. They are also excited to announce the first leg of their international "Will To Power Tour 2017" which will commence from September 15 through October 11 across Eastern Europe and will feature special guests, Jinjer. A full list of their upcoming appearances can be found below. There will be a US tour coming this Fall as well. Stay tuned for further tour dates!

ARCH ENEMY live: ARCH ENEMY @ Summer festivals 2017: 06.07.2017 Rock Harz Festival, Ballenstedt, Germany 08.07.2017 Resurrection Fest, Viveiro, Spain 12.07.2017 Rockmarathon, Dunaújváros, Hungary 15.07.2017 Gefle Metal Festival, Gavle, Sweden 04.08.2017 Rock Pod Kamenom Festival, Snina, Slovakia 05.08.2017 Ostrave v Plamenech, Ostrava, Czech Republic 07.08.2017 Festival Di Majano, Majano, Itlay 08.08.2017 Conrad Sohm, Dornbirn, Austria 10.08.2017 Leyendas Del Rock, Villena, Spain 11.08.2017 Vagos Metal Fest, Vagos, Portugal 12.08.2017 Into The Grave, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands 13.08.2017 Bloodstock Open Air, Walton-On-Trent, UK

ARCH ENEMY “Will To Power Tour 2017” w/ special guest Jinjer: 15.09.2017 Music Hall, Innsbruck, Austria 16.09.2017 Posthof, Linz, Austria 17.09.2017 Cvetlicarna, Ljubljana, Slovenia 18.09.2017 Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia 20.09.2017 Quantic Club Open Air Stage, Bucharest, Romania 21.09.2017 Universiada Hall, Sofia, Bulgaria 22.09.2017 Piraeus 117 Academy, Athens, Greece 23.09.2017 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece 25.09.2017 Majestic Music Club, Bratislava, Slovakia 26.09.2017 Progresja, Warsaw, Poland 27.09.2017 Loftas, Vilnius, Lithuania 29.09.2017 Melna Piektdiena, Riga, Latvia 30.09.2017 Rock Café, Tallinn, Estonia 01.10.2017 The Circus, Helsinki, Finland 03.10.2017 Re:Public, Minsk, Belarus * 04.10.2017 Aurora, St. Petersburg, Russia * 06.10.2017 Otdyh, Novosibirsk, Russia * 08.10.2017 Tele Club, Yekaterinburg, Russia * 10.10.2017 Yotaspace, Moscow, Russia * 11.10.2017 Zvezda, Samara, Russia * *without Jinjer