Friday, January 19, 2018

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY - Grimmest Hits (2018)

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01 - Trampled Down Below
02 - Seasons Of Falter
03 - The Betrayal
04 - All That Once Shined
05 - The Only Words
06 - Room Of Nightmares
07 - A Love Unreal
08 - Disbelief
09 - The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10 - Illusions Of Peace
11 - Bury Your Sorrow
12 - Nothing Left To Say

Zakk Wylde - Vocals, Guitar
John DeServio - Bass
Dario Lorina - Guitar
Jeff Fabb - Drums



VIVALDI METAL PROJECT - The Extended Sessions (2018)

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01 - The Four Seasons
Unplugged Trio Medley (Studio Version) - Part 1
02 - "The Four Seasons"
Unplugged Trio Medley (Studio Version) - Part 2
03 - "The Four Seasons"
Unplugged Trio Medley (Studio Version) - Part 3
04 - "Vita" (Original Vocal Session)
Spring #2 - Largo (Part 2) "Light"
05 - "Vita" (Instrumental Version)
Spring #2 - Largo (Part 2) "Light"
06 - "The Four Seasons"
Unplugged Duo Medley (Live Version) - Part 1
07 - "The Four Seasons"
Unplugged Duo Medley (Live Version) - Part 2



MARILLION - Size Matters [Limited Numbered Edition] (2018)

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Live in Port Zelande, The Netherlands, 2009
01 - A Few Words for the Dead
02 - This Town / The Rake's Progress / 100 Nights
03 - This Is The 21st Century
04 - Ocean Cloud
05 - If My Heart Were a Ball It Would Roll Uphill
06 - Interior Lulu
07 - Kayleigh / Lavender / Heart of Lothian
08 - The Invisible Man
09 - This Strange Engine
10 - Neverland



Thursday, January 18, 2018

FIRE TIGER - Energy [ecopack CD version]

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After the lovely new album by FIRE TIGER featured here, one of you asked for the band's debut "Energy". This CD takes you back to the days when you could dance around in your room to the latest videos on MTV, via catchy poppy melodic rock melodies and its feel-good vibe.

The days of watching the top 20 on MTV may be long gone, there are still few decent videos on youtube, stations devoted it to, and (of course) album still released on CD / LP.
Yes, from their band name FIRE TIGER to the look and sound of the decade where leg warmers were a fashion statement you can't go wrong: FIRE TIGER are pure '80s.

While all the songs are entertaining, there are a few in particular I really like most.
The first being their title track, 'Energy'. It’s a fast-paced tune that makes you want to get up and sing your 'air microphone'. The vocals keep with the fun vibe of the song, occasionally going into a falsetto.

FIRE TIGER - Energy [ecopack CD version] cd

'The Same Old Song' shows a deeper side to lead singer Tiff James’ register while having a more moody vibe than some of the others.
'Count Dracula' not only has an awesome title, but a sound that’s straight out of an ’80s horror film soundtrack.

Finally, I really enjoyed 'He Has Changed'. It’s a soft ballad that reminds me of what a young Robin Beck would do back in the day. The vocals range from husky and contemplating to strong and assured.

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As happened with FIRE TIGER's recent album, "Energy" is a ten-song collection that will seriously leave you wondering what year it is.
Everything from the vocals to the music is true classic ’80s Melodic poppy Rock with a classic FM radio production.
Highly Recommended

01 - Fancy War Dance
02 - Energy
03 - The Same Old Song
04 - Looking at Us
05 - Just
06 - Count Dracula
07 - Wall of Technology
08 - Watching You
09 - Green Light
10 - He Has Changed

Tiffany Alkouri - vocals, percussion
James Ramsey - keys, guitar, vocals
Jordan Lucas - guitar
Chris Cuomo - bass
Tyler Moore - drums



MAGNUM - Lost On The Road To Eternity (2018)

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I have been spinning several times "Lost On The Road To Eternity", the new 2018 album from prestigious British band MAGNUM. The twentieth studio recording by the group led by founding members Bob Catley (vocals) and Tony Clarkin (guitar) introduce their current lineup, featuring new additions Rick Benton (keyboards) and Lee Morris (ex-Paradise Lost; drums).
And I did repeated listens because isn't an instant album, but let me tell you this is one of the most elaborated - and complete - records in MAGNUM's career.

Benton joined the MAGNUM camp in December 2016 to replace longstanding member Mark Stanway, while Morris took over from Harry James only a few months ago. Complete with this strong team, "Lost On The Road To Eternity" confirms this band still have a lot to offer musically.
Featuring eleven new tracks with additional arrangements by the world’s largest orchestra, The Wolf Kerschek Orchestra, as well as Lee Small (Shy, Phenomena) on backing vocals, and a vocal guest spot by Tobias Sammet (Edguy/Avantasia) – as thanks for Catley’s contributions to Avantasia albums over the years – this album is packed with treats.

The album opens in a classic MAGNUM sound with “Peaches and Cream,” blustery and lively, with catchy rhythms, it is destined to get audiences clapping along when played live.
With the next track, “Show Me Your Hands,” we get more of a taste of how Benton will fit into the band; much as Stanway will be missed by fans, the new keyboards work well with Clarkin’s melody.

Taking a gentler stance, “Storm Baby” is a traditional MAGNUM ballad, tinged with melancholy and powered by colossal riffs and bass-lines. That in mind, its tenderness reaches into the listener’s heart and finds a space to fill; ballads are something the band are masters at.

Thereafter, the longest of the tracks, “Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret,” is an epic Prog-Rock offering, and a bit different from the band is used for. Portraying a fascinating story that entices you to listen and captures you within its coolness, there is an instrumental break that oozes ’80s synths and a solid drum beat that drives the song; it winds through different segments like a river meandering through different landscapes until it vanishes into the sea.

Beginning with a tremendous intro that is as uplifting as a Julie Andrews’ musical, the title-track “Lost on the Road to Eternity” features Tobias Sammet from Avantasia. Giving the song a different edge, Sammet’s vocal style is very different to Catley, and they complement each other well. It has some delightful elements; the song would fit well on the Wings of Heaven album stylistically because it has the same arena presence and boldness.

Moving along, a drumming intro announces the start of the first single, “Without Love,” while showcasing Morris’ gear drumming style. With an easiness to his playing, the rhythm is relentless and compelling but the guitar work steals the show towards the end of the song.
Every inch a classic, “Tell Me What You’ve Got to Say” blends everything that is traditional MAGNUM style and binds it together in a rhythmic masterclass.

Then, featuring some delicious harmony backing vocals, “Ya Wanna Be Someone” has guest vocalist Lee Small. Joining Bob Catley and Al Barrow, it gives the song a triumphant feel while the mocking lyrics deride those who believe they are more important than anyone else.
This is before “Forbidden Masquerade,” which starts slow and then blows you away. Delivering some solid punches, the track lulls you into a sense of security and then hits you again before reaching a spiritual end.

Showing they can get serious when they want to, “Glory to Ashes” visits one of the band’s favorite topics: war and social injustice. It has a militaristic beat underlying a desperate groove, making for a very moving track with delicate flourishes.

Finally, bringing the album to a glorious end, “King of the World” has a bluesy guitar, poignant drumming, and fantastic descriptive lyrics. The second longest of the album, it could be seen as a religious song, but it has an ambiguity that stops it being pious; a pleasing conclusion to a special album.

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MAGNUM epitomise British Progressive Melodic Hard Rock. Their songs are beautifully-crafted stories, and their enthusiasm and energy have not waned throughout the years.
Catley and Clarkin certainly do not sound their ages, with Catley’s voice still clear and powerful as he hits every note. The songwriting is in top form too as they shows no sign of slowing down or running out of ideas.

While there are remnants of past decades of music, the '70s or '80s especially, echoing throughout the music, these tracks are not stuck in a time warp; instead they have a current and vital style that fits them right into today.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. Peaches and Cream
02. Show Me Your Hands
03. Storm Baby
04. Welcome To The Cosmic Cabaret
05. Lost On The Road To Eternity
06. Without Love
07. Tell Me What You've Got To Say
08. Ya Wanna Be Someone
09. Forbidden Masquerade
10. Glory To Ashes
11. King Of The World

Tony Clarkin – guitar
Bob Catley – vocals
Al Barrow – bass guitar
Rick Benton – keyboards
Lee Morris – drums
Tobias Sammet – guest vocals on 5



JOE PERRY (Aerosmith) - Sweetzerland Manifesto (2018)

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JOE PERRY — legendary guitarist, co-founding member, principal songwriter and co-producer of AEROSMITH — will release his new solo album "Sweetzerland Manifesto" tomorrow (his first since 2009) featuring a wide array of guests vocalists ranging from the New York Dolls' David Johansen and Cheap Trick's Robin Zander, to his sons, Tony and Roman.

"Sweetzerland Manifesto" marks Joe's sixth solo album and is comprised of 10 new tracks. They were all written or co-written by Joe (many with the album's guest vocalists), except for a cover of "Eve Of Destruction" with Joe on lead vocals and movie star Johnny Depp on drums.
The album features guest appearances from a long list of Joe's friends, colleagues and rock and roll icons.

Highlights include include "Aye, Aye, Aye", which Perry co-wrote with the track's vocalist Robin Zander, and three collaborations with David Johansen, who sings "I Wanna Roll", "Haberdasher Blues" and "I'm Going Crazy", plus as many co-writes with Terry Reid whose lead vocals light up "I'll Do Happiness" (with Zak Starkey on drums), "Sick & Tired" and "Won't Let Me Go".

"Sweetzerland Manifesto" is cool, entertaining blues-based rock album with sone hard rocking moments and a fine vintage-like production.
Very Recommended

01. Rumble In The Jungle (instrumental)
02. I'll Do Happiness (featuring Terry Reid)
03. Aye, Aye, Aye (featuring Robin Zander)
04. I Wanna Roll (featuring David Johansen)
05. Sick & Tired (featuring Terry Reid)
06. Haberdasher Blues (featuring David Johansen)
07. Spanish Sushi (instrumental)
08. Eve Of Destruction (Joe Perry lead vocals)
09. I'm Going Crazy (featuring David Johansen)
10. Won't Let Me Go (featuring Terry Reid)

Joe Perry - guitar, bass, vocals
Zak Starkey, David Goodstein - drums
Dan Rothchild - bass
Tony Perry - keyboards
Roman Perry - programming
Johnny Depp - drums on "Eve Of Destruction"
Dr. Rudy Tanzi - Hammond B3, piano
Linda McCrary, Isaac Koren, Torald Koren - backing vocals



PRAYER - Silent Soldiers (2018)

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"Silent Soldiers" is the new album by Finnish melodic rockers PRAYER after five years of absence. They may take many years in between albums but well worth the wait; the band carefully craft their art in all departments.

For people new to PRAYER, musically these guys are melodic (hard) rock oriented mixed with Scandi AOR, but their songs are much more elaborated than your typical act in this genre.
The lead vocal color take a bit of getting into, but singer Tapani Tikkanen has really improved over the years. The varied synths / keyboards infuse the AOR factor to PRAYER's music, a plus in my book.

Mentioning influences will give you a hint of what "Silent Soldiers" is all about.
The dynamic opener 'Silent Treatment' has some of Swedish melodic rockers BAD HABIT, second cut 'Rock and a Hard Place' a bit of GYPSY ROSE, while follower 'Fires of the Heart' is more punchy, hard rocking, with TREAT all over plus a twin guitar tandem in a THIN LIZZY fashion but a modern set-up sound.

Midtempo 'Feel like a Prisoner' recalls JOHN SYKES solo works, 'Ten days of Hell' add a catchiness in the vein of country-fellow BROTHER FIRETRIBE early sound, while the superb AOR of ' Ghost Train' has the DARE stamp on it.
'Lovers on the Road' delivers as classy midtempo pace which brings to mind Swedish AORsters ROULETTE, with a modernized sonic treatment.

'Get me out of Here' is one of my favorites, a racing AOR tune mixing 80s Bristish sound (those keyboards!) with a lively DALTON-like amusement. Killer tune.
PRAYER always had little proggressive touches, and they created a fantastic long track on the varied 'Mystery Island' with various shifts, atmospheric passages and a bit of Pomp here and there. Love the final part with sizzling keyboards.

All previous PRAYER albums have been strong, and this new "Silent Soldiers" is another one, with the band always based on AOR Melodic Rock but trying fresh ideas.
It's a very well produced record made with such passion and love for the sound of the glorious '80s era updated to the current, and trying (quite successfully) to avoid cliches.
PRAYER have made one hell of an album, and one that I personally enjoyed listening to immensely.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. Silent Treatment
02. Rock and a hard place
03. Fires of the heart
04. Feel like a prisoner
05. Ten days of Hell
06. Dead dog
07. Ghost Train
08. Devil’s Daughter
09. King of the Hill
10. Get me out of here
11. No Giver, All taker
12. Mystery Island
13. Lovers on the Road
14. All up for Love
15. Broken Hearted Me

Tapani Tikkanen - vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion
Jukka Ihme - lead and rhythm guitar
Mike Pohjola - Keyboards
Tom Pohjola ­ Bass
Ville Hanhisuanto ­ Drums



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

SHAYNE MALONE - Rocket (2018)

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"Rocket" is new album by SHAYNE MALONE, a New Zealand based artist which once more confirms that you don't need a big recording label behind to create a very good, complete music album.
Shayne love the '80s, anthem Melodic Hard Rock bands like Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue and Whitesnake – all mentioned in his Bio as influences - and you van hear these and more in his delicious 11-track new album.

Shayne started to play guitar at his 9-year old and since has been part of various bands. He become professional at his 14 however opted for other job when got married after his twenties. But Shane never abandoned music.
Over the years he keep composing and playing, and last year decided to record these songs with his band, all managed by himself (recording / production).
The result was 'One', his debut album.

On his own words: "I am a dad now, have 2 children and a wife, and I am a lawyer by trade and as a result, I have had NO time to tour or really promote myself.
I am not interested in fame, I am not interested in signing a record deal… I just want to share my songs with you and do this alongside you, not stand on a mountain looking down on you like celebrities do".

Fortunately, this second album "Rocket", via Facebbok and other social networks, the art of Shane Malone reached more people. And glad we did it as well.
"Rocket" is plenty of well composed / arranged Melodic Hard Rock tunes with the '80s in mind, both in sound & style.

Opener 'Better' is pretty much Def Leppard-ized with its hooky rhythm, the sprinkling keys of 'Who's Your Hero' brings to mind Italians Wheels Of Fire, while the guitar driven 'Crazy', Australian Dion Bayman, perhaps due to Shane's similar vocal color, really melodious.

There's an anthemic 'Broken Land' with some early Crazy Lixx on it, 'The Lady' recalls Arti Tisi catchiness, then 'Cowboy Rides' is a lovely ballad with an '80s Bon Jovi feeling.
I found 'Speed of Light' similar to the great German band Stun Leer melodic rock formula, and with 'When You Love' we have another ballad, this time with a more 21st century touch, very well performed by Shane.

Reaching the album's end, we have to highlights.
'Carnival of Souls' is that kind of melodic rocker with essence, with atmospheric midtempo verses which explodes into an arena ready chorus, whilst closer 'Blood on the Wall' has a meaty guitar work all over, cool retro keys and a bouncy rhythm section.

Shane Malone is one of the surprises early this year, sure to please Melodic Hard Rockers of all ages. Overall, the album is mostly 'melodic rock' with AOR touches, however there's a couple of tracks with energetic guitars qualifying as 'melodic hard'.

Very well recorded & produced with the necessary punch - the mastering at DNA Mastering, California, helps a lot - 'Rocket' is an uncompromising '80s Melodic Rock album from an artist who make the music he loves.
Welcome Shane, you Rock!
Highly Recommended

01 - Better
02 - Who's Your Hero
03 - Crazy
04 - Broken Land
05 - Breakdown
06 - Cowboy Rides
07 - Speed of Light
08 - When You Love
09 - The Lady
10 - Carnival of Souls
11 - Blood on the Wall

Shayne Malone - Vocals, Guitars, Keyboards
Frazer Jones - Bass
Vinnie McParland - Drums



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

AMMUNITION - Ammunition [Japanese Edition +1] (2018)

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Scandinavian supergroup AMMUNITION are set to release their self-titled album via Frontiers Music on January 26, 2018. But the Advanced Japanese release appeared a couple hours ago (yes, two hours) and you already have it at 0dayrox.
The who's who from the Swedish / Norwegian melodic hard rock scene are here: Age Sten Nilsen (ex Wig Wam), Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Nordic Union), Victor Cito Borge (TNT), Lasse Finbråten (from Circus Maximus, also ex-Wig Wam), Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse) and Jon Pettersen on guitar.

This album consists of 11 tracks (plus a Japanese exclusive bonus) of melodic bliss for fans to fall in love with. Bouncy n' hooky Melodic Rock is something this band has completely captured on this record.
Musically, they did a great job in claiming their own unique sound that can just be referenced as Ammunition.

"Ammunition" kicks off as Nilsen belts out a long-held scream to some quick guitar work that leads you into 'Time', a song that will have you shaking your hips to the beat as your body finally catches up with the music and you’re humming along to the track.
The momentum continues on into the second track 'Freedom Finder' which is also the second single released off of Ammunition (see the video below). The song is really groovy / melodic with great harmonies throughout and catchy choruses that let fans start singing along quickly too.

As the album continues on, listeners are brought to a fun track with 'Virtual Reality Boy'. Great punchy and entertaining lyrics, pay close attention to this one, I think it will become a favorite for many.
We get a slower midtempo semi-ballad with 'Eye For An Eye', a very well arranged song where you can hear Eclipse's Erik Martensson hand, then back into more uptempo territory there's 'Tear Your City Down', a tune that I almost thought Joey Tempest from Europe was doing guest vocals on, but nope, Åge completely caught me off guard with his vocals on this track. Pretty awesome actually!

The album will keep you rocking out with 'Caveman', and then turn things up a bit when you get to track 8 'Wrecking Crew' another cut that had me second guessing if Joey Tempest was actually singing! This song also placed second in the Norwegian ESC Finale (Melodi Grand Prix) back in March 2017.

The CD wraps up with the final 3 tracks; 'Miss Summertime' that slows down in a ballad mode with the typical Scandinavian class, then pick up the pace with 'Bad Bones', a sassy and hooky tune.
The album ends on a rocking note with 'Klondike', a killer, gritty melodic hard track that will keep fans moving until the last note.

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As Japanese bonus track there's 'Eye For An Eye (Acoustic Version)', a very nice re-work on the fifth track showcasing how good these guys are composing.

Bravo Ammunition. What a spectacular new record. You’ve given melodic hard rock music fans an album to rejoice over early in 2018. Thanks for kicking the year off for all of us with such a masterful and enjoyable CD.

01. Time
02. Freedom Finder
03. Virtual Reality Boy
04. Gung Ho (I Told You So)
05. Eye For An Eye
06. Tear Your City Down
07. Caveman
08. Wrecking Crew
09. Miss Summertime
10. Bad Bones
11. Klondike
12. Eye For An Eye (Acoustic) (Japanese Bonus Track)

Age Sten Nilsen (ex Wig Wam) - lead and backing vocals
Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse) - drums
Victor Cito Borge (TNT) - bass
Jon Pettersen - guitars
Lasse Finbrathen (Circus Maximus, ex Wig Wam) - keyboards
Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T., Nordic Union) - guitars, bass, programming, keys, backing vocals



Y&T - Acoustic Classix, Vol.1 (2018) + Bonus

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Bay Area hard rock pioneers Y&T, who have been kicking around since the Seventies, are releasing their first acoustic album titled "Acoustic Classix Vol. 1". Still active and commanded by founder Dave Meniketti, Y&T are returning to their catalog to put a new spin on a few of their classics.

Recorded in December 2017, the band has included classic Y&T songs on this first acoustic release, with a few songs you wouldn't expect to hear acoustically, each with a different spin.
This is a very special release that gives Y&T fans a whole new way to enjoy these classic Y&T tunes.

Before Mötley Crüe, before RATT, even before there was a Metallica, Y&T was slogging away in sweaty rock clubs around America. When the band formed in the 70s, little did they know they would set the standard for hard rock bands that trailed.
Many of the biggest acts of the ’80s became popular opening for headliners Y&T — and cut their teeth on the band, as evidenced by the Y&T mentions in tell-all books by acts such as Metallica and Mötley Crüe.

Born in Oakland, California, Y&T is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s own innovators of the hard rock sound. Whether performing to a festival crowd of fifty-thousand or in an intimate nightclub, Y&T’s high-energy set and passionate performances still captivate legions of fans around the globe, proving Y&T’s music timeless.

Originally formed as Yesterday and Today, the initial powerhouse quartet—featuring Dave Meniketti (lead guitar/lead vocals), Phil Kennemore (bass), Leonard Haze (drums), and Joey Alves (rhythm guitar)—tore through the ’70s and ’80s with their own brand of hard rock.
After two ’70s albums on London Records, they shortened their name to Y&T and released eight albums on A&M in the ’80s.
Two more albums with Geffen Records marked an era of change with Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Suicidal Tendencies, Megadeth) on drums and Stef Burns (Alice Cooper, Berlin, Huey Lewis) on guitar.

With a discography of 18 albums, three greatest hits collections, plus a boxed set, Y&T has sold over four million albums since their 1974 inception.
Y&T received extensive airplay with hits such as 'Forever', 'Rescue Me', 'Mean Streak', 'Don’t Stop Runnin’, and 'Summertime Girls' — which played in heavy rotation on MTV.
Y&T songs have been featured in a multitude of movies and television shows, including Real Genius, Out of Bounds, Baywatch, and Hunter. After five top 100 albums, songs that tipped into the 40s, two Bammie Awards, and many international television appearances, Y&T’s hits are still played on VH1 Classic and classic rock radio stations worldwide.

With Kennemore’s untimely passing from lung cancer, the band carries on the legacy that is Y&T.
Y&T continues to tour the world, playing songs that span the band’s five-decade career and including all the hits and fan favorites

Y&T - Acoustic Classix, Vol.1 (2018) + Bonus - inside

So this "Acoustic Classix Vol. 1" is a really welcomed release.
Alongside classics such as 'Contagious', 'Summertime Girls' and 'Black Tiger', there's the fun 'Barroom Boogie', all re-done into an organic, acoustic shape.
With the physical CD purchase you have as bonus a rare acoustic version of 'Hands Of Time ', plus a 5-track acoustic performance recorded Live At The Bone Studios for radio broadcast, taken from Y&T's vaults.
Highly Recommended

Acoustic Classix, Acoustic - Re-recorded:
01. Contagious
(originally on Contagious, 1987)
02. Rock 'n Roll's Gonna Save The World
(originally on In Rock We Trust, 1984)
03. Summertime Girls
(originally on Down For the Count, 1985)
04. Black Tiger
(originally on Black Tiger, 1982)
05. Barroom Boogie
(originally on Black Tiger, 1982)
06. Rescue Me
(originally on Earthshaker, 1981)
07 - Hands Of Time (Acoustic) [bonus]

BONUS: Unplugged - Live At The Bone Studios
01 - Intro
02 - Summertime Girls (Acoustic)
03 - Dirty Girl (Acoustic)
04 - Alcohol (Acoustic)
05 - Rescue Me (Acoustic)
06 - Eyes Of A Stranger (Acoustic)

Dave Meniketti - vocals, acoustic guitar
John Nymann - acoustic guitar, vocals
Aaron Leigh - acoustic bass
Mike Vanderhule - drums



LIONE / CONTI - Lione / Conti (2018)

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Frontiers Music will release the self-titled debut album from LIONE / CONTI on January 26, 2018. Judging by the art-cover of this new project, it looks like a 'new version' of Allen / Lande albums, and indeed, musically is pretty close: powerful tunes yet highly melodic.

Alessandro Conti is the singer of Italian's Trick Or Treat, and Fabio Lione is the original singer of Rhaposdy, who fronted the band’s classic albums.
These two renewed musicians join their forces for this project alongside Marco Lanciotti on drums, Filippo Martignano on keyboards and talented Simone Mularoni on guitars and bass (who is also responsible for the production / mixing / mastering).

For those of you that are into the melodic / power scene, this album will make your day; no doubt about that. The same goes, also, for those who loved the Allen / Lande albums, Millenium, Jorn, etc.
In general, this record is full of big melodies, huge vocals, heavy guitars and some incredible hooks and choruses to sing-a-long for days.

"Ascension" is the opening number and it's simply a killer track all the way. Powerful, ridiculously melodic with a hook line that grabs you at once.
"Outcome" is slightly heavier but again extremely melodic, while in "Somebody Else" we are dealing with another highlight out of this debut, an epic power metal ballad that features big orchestrations and a huge guitar work that rockets this song to a higher level. Excellent stuff.

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The fast-paced "Misbeliever", "Destruction Show" and the hymn "Glories" will put a wide smile upon the face of classic metal freak out there. With "Gravity" Lione / Conti deliver yet another killer melodic metal gem (that features an insane guitar solo) that is among my personal favorites here.

As mentioned above, this album is a must have for each and every serious modern melodic metal / hard rock fan out there. If you already love Allen / Lande albums, Millenium, Jorn even the lighter side of Masterplan, then you will love this one equally. Vocal performances are top notch, the guitar work is stupendous and production bright & punchy.
HIGHLY Recommended

01. Ascension
02. Outcome
03. You're Falling
04. Somebody Else
05. Misbeliever
06. Destruction Show
07. Glories
08. Truth
09. Gravity
10. Crosswinds

Fabio Lione - Vocals
Alessandro Conti - Vocals
Marco Lanciotti - Drums
Filippo Martignano - Keyboards
Simone Mularoni - Guitars, Bass



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