Tuesday, February 19, 2019

IRON SAVIOR - Kill Or Get Killed (2019)

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01 - Kill Or Get Killed
02 - Roaring Thunder
03 - Eternal Quest
04 - From Dust and Ruble
05 - Sinner Or Saint
06 - Stand Up and Fight
07 - Heroes Ascending
08 - Never Stop Believing
09 - Until We Meet Again
10 - Legends of Glory

Piet Sielck - Vocals, Guitars
Jan-Sören Eckert - Bass, Vocals (ex-Masterplan, ex-Mydra)
Joachim "Piesel" Küstner - Guitars (ex- Lacrimosa)
Patrick Klose - Drums (ex-Dawn of Destiny)



LAST IN LINE - II [Japan Edition +1] (2019)

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01. Intro
02. Black Out The Sun
03. Landslide
04. Gods And Tyrants
05. Year Of The Gun
06. Give Up The Ghost
07. The Unknown
08. Sword From The Stone
09. Electrified
10. Love And War
11. False Flag
12. The Light
13. Landslide (Acoustic) (Japan Bonus Track)

Andrew Freeman - Vocals
Vinny Apice - Drums
Phil Soussan - Bass
Vivian Campbell - Guitars



SPIRITS OF FIRE - Spirits Of Fire [Japan Edition +1] (2019)

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01. Light Speed Marching
02. Temple Of The Soul
03. All Comes Together
04. Spirits Of Fire
05. It’s Everywhere
06. A Game
07. Stand And Fight
08. Meet Your End
09. Never To Return
10. The Path
11. Alone In The Darkness
12. It’s Everywhere (Acoustic Version) (Japan Bonus Track)

Tim Owens (ex-Judas Priest, ex-Iced Earth) – Vocals
Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – Guitars, Background vocals
Steve DiGiorgio (Testament) – Bass
Mark Zonder (ex- Fates Warning, Warlord) – Drums



Q5 - Steel The Light [No Remorse Records remaster 2-CD] (2018)

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Regarded as a US metal cult classic, Q5's first album "Steel The Light" from 1984 has been fully remastered into this "Steel The Light [No Remorse Records remaster 2-CD]" double CD release, including a bonus disc with previously unreleased material.

Based in Seattle, Washington, Q5 formed in 1983 and they blended traditional hard rock with melodic and straight-forward metal. Think like amix between Judas Priest circa 1982 and early Dokken.
The band is famous as well for their lead guitarist, Floyd Rose, yes, the guy who invented the whammy bar / bridge, made so popular by Eddie Van Halen and countless more.

The band's debut, 'Steel the Light', was originally released by their own Albatross Productions label back in 1984, a time when the genres starting to evolve and the distinction between "Heavy Metal" and "Hard Rock" was not clear; the 'US Metal'.
A lot of the things that would define classic metal are present including the high, screaming vocals, crunchy riffs and a fair amount of speed. Also present is some bright and bluesy songwriting as well as feel-good lyrics that are more in line with the Hard Rock of the early '80s.

Indeed, there was a lot of bands at the time cultivating this mix of melodic, technical and charming style of metal that was only found on USA, due the refined melodies and influences from Melodic Rock / Hard Rock; the new sub-genre called US Metal.
Q5 were great at it, and 'Steel the Light' is plenty of hard n' heavy songs built over hooking melodies and great choruses. Their music is pretty amazing, even today after all these years.

This new version of “Steel the Light” was remastered by Bart Gabriel (Avenger) giving the songs a new life without destroying what was done back on 1984. It’s still heavy and abrasive as on those days, but cleaner and ready for modern audio equipment.
On the first CD, you find the main album remastered. The energy shown on “Missing in Action”, “Lonely Lady” (a fine blend of Judas Priest influences with the US melodic aesthetics), the hooking rhythm of title track “Steel the Light” (the bass and drums technique is really amazing), and the oppressive melodic hooking grasp of “Pull the Trigger” (these nasty charming guitars are really something lovely) are among the strongest moments.

On the more hard rocking, catchy side check “Ain’t No Way to Treat a Lady”, the headbanging stadium-ready “Rock On”, and the melodic hard rocker “Teenage Runaway”, another favorite of mine.
The second CD features some really excellent and rare / unreleased material. “That’s Alright with You” is the B-side from the title track 12'' vinyl single (first time on CD), while the rest are really well taped demos from 1983-84, plus some live tracks. All worthy material.

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As said, musically this is a mix of 'Americanized' Judas Priest and early Dokken, Helix, even Dio. All enjoyable stuff.
Q5's 'Steel The Light' has been reissued many times, but dubiously legitimate. This "Steel The Light [No Remorse Records remaster 2-CD]" is the real thing, the definitive version of this really good album.
It's a Limited Edition, so hurry up, it will turn out of print soon.
HIGHLY Recommended

Disc 1: Steel The Light Remastered
01 - Missing in Action
02 - Lonely Lady
03 - Steel the Light
04 - Pull the Trigger
05 - Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady
06 - In the Night
07 - Come and Gone
08 - Rock On
09 - Teenage Runaway

Disc 2: The Rare & Unreleased
01 - That's Alright With You (Steel the Light 12'' Single B-Side)
02 - Nothing Ventured - Nothing Gained (Demo 1984)
03 - She's a Dancer (Demo 1984)
04 - Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady (Demo 1984)
05 - In the Night (Demo 1984)
06 - Waiting for Your Love (Demo 1984)
07 - Teenage Runaway (Demo 1984)
08 - Our Love Has Come and Gone (Demo 1984)
09 - Your Love Is the Best Love (Unreleased Demo 1983)
10 - Ain't No Way to Treat a Lady (Live Seattle 1983)
11 - That's Alright With You (Live Seattle 1983)
12 - Steel the Light (Live Radio Broadcast Seattle 1984)

Jonathan K. - vocals
Floyd Rose - guitars
Evan Sheeley - bass, keyboards
Rick Pierce - guitars
Gary Thompson - drums, percussion



Q5 - New World Order (2016) [full retail]

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Another band from the '80s that recently made a return into the scene is Q5, and on a major label like Frontiers Music which released their comeback new album "New World Order".
Q5's debut appeared in 1984 receiving immediate worldwide critical acclaim, and landing them touring spots with Twisted Sister, Y&T and Lita Ford. This success led them to eventually sign with Polygram/Squawk for their 1985 sophomore release.
Due to personal differences, the original lineup dissolved shortly after.

However, Q5 is best remembered for one of it's original members, founder/guitarist Floyd Rose who instead of cresting new music concentrated on his business (he invented the Floyd Rose tremolo which prevents guitars from going out of tune), while singer Jonathan Scott K and guitarist Rick Pierce continued with the band Nightshade. They recorded two albums in the style of Q5 but with a rougher production and sound.

Few years ago, and with classic rock returning with force, Q5 reunited, but without Rose. His replacement is the recently acquired 6-string player Dennis Turner. New is also drummer Jeffrey McCormack. From the original line-up Pierce and Jonathan Scott K are present as is bass player Evan Sheeley.

Q5 launches a full frontal attack with the fourteen tracks on "New World Order".
The album is clearly in the '80s hard / metal style, guitar driven melodic metal tracks with a shitload of heavy guitars and singer Jonathan Scott K who sounds just as rough as in his early days.
He sometimes reminds me of Marc Storace from Krokus, and at places the late great Bon Scott.
There is hardly time to breath as the band races through up tempo tracks like 'Fear Is The Killer', 'Tear Up The Night', or 'Get Next To You'.

'The Right Way' sounds indeed like Krokus or Rose Tatoo, along with their more 'dirty' hard rock sound makes the final result extremely enjoyable. 'One Night In Hellas" is pure melodic metal bliss with its attitude, the heavy guitars, the tight performances and its classic '80s vibe.

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'Halfway To Hell' is yet another killer and classic hard 'n heavy gem that features some really tasteful guitars and a catchy chorus line. Also, in this more groovy, hard rock style are 'A Prisoner Of Mind' and title track 'New World Order'.
In 'Just One Kiss' the band offers a more commercial hard rock tune and, of course, a true highlight out of the new album.

"New World Order" is a solid and straight forward hard rock / melodic US metal record that will please long-time followers of Q5 and without any doubt all fans of the mid '80s heavy rock sound. The vocals are in-your-face yet controlled and these riffs smells classic rock all the way.
So if you are in the mood for a good piece of old-fashioned guitar driven R n' R, catchy tunes and solid production, get this baby with confidence.
Easily Recommended.

01. We Came Here To Rock
02. One Night In Hellas
03. The Right Way
04. New World Order
05. Tear Up The Night
06. Halfway To Hell
07. A Prisoner Of Mind
08. Unrequited (A Woman Of Darkness And Steel)
09. Just One Kiss
10. Fear Is The Killer
11. Land Of The Setting Sun
12. A Warrior’s Song
13. Mach Opus 206
14. Get Next To You (Bonus Track)

Jonathan Scott K. - Vocals (Nightshade)
Evan Sheeley - Bass (Nightshade, ex-James Byrd, ex-TKO)
Rick Pierce - Guitars (Nightshade, ex-TKO)
Dennis Turner - Guitars
Jeffrey McCormack - Drums (ex-Fifth Angel, ex-Bloodgood)



Monday, February 18, 2019

HOLLYWOOD ROSE - The Roots Of Guns N' Roses [2018 Reissue]

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Re-released at the end of 2018 with new mastering and revised artwork, HOLLYWOOD ROSE "The Roots Of Guns N' Roses" is a historical and monumental musical document of the very first songs recorded by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin before they became one of the biggest rock bands in American history, Guns N' Roses.

These rare treasures showcase the raw talent of Axl and Izzy that was just beginning to blossom into the legendary GN'R and every fan of that incredible band will want to own this piece of history.
Features the original five demo recordings plus remixes by former GN'R member Gilby Clarke with guitar overdubs by the man who put the Guns in Guns N' Roses, Tracii Guns.

As bonus, this CD release features the songs remixed by Cinderella's drummer Fred Coury - who took part in a tour with Guns N' Roses when Steven Adler broke his wrist - giving the songs a more glammy definition.
This baby rocks, rocks hard.
Highly Recommended

1. Killing Time
2. Anything Goes
3. Rocker
4. Shadow Of Your Love
5. Reckless Life

6. Killing Time
7. Anything Goes
8. Rocker
9. Shadow Of Your Love (featuring Tracii Guns – guitar overdub)
10. Reckless Life (featuring Tracii Guns – guitar overdub)

11. Killing Time
12. Anything Goes
13. Rocker
14. Shadow Of Your Love
15. Reckless Life

W. Axl Rose – lead vocals
Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar
Chris Weber – lead guitar
Johnny Kreis – drums
Tracii Guns – guitar on "Shadow of Your Love" and "Reckless Life"



DREAM THEATER - Falling Into Infinity [Remastered Ltd SHM-CD] Out Of Print

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After the excellent new DREAM THEATER album featured here, one of you requested the band's albums released in Japan on high quality SHM-CD. "Falling Into Infinity [Remastered Ltd Release SHM-CD]" (now out of print) is the fourth full length studio album by Dream Theater, the band's only studio album to feature keyboardist Derek Sherinian, following the departure of Kevin Moore in 1994.

While each Dream Theater album is different in its own right, “Falling Into Infinity” is a very unique Dream Theater album for many reasons. It's the only full length with Derek Sherinian on keyboards. It’s the only studio album that does not have the classic Dream Theater logo. It’s the only album produced by Kevin Shirley, who did go on to mix their next few albums.
The album came at a time when the band was forced to change directions, due to both internal and external forces.

Following the recording of their classic “Awake” album, original keyboardist Kevin Moore abruptly quit the band. Kevin was key to not only the sound of the first three albums but he also was one of the main lyricists.
As a bit of a stop-gap the band released the “A Change of Seasons” EP featuring an updated version of the title track. Since Kevin co-wrote the song, it still was nothing new to the new lineup which now had Derek Sherinian on keys.

According to the band, their label, Elektra had a series of job shifts and changes, and the new executives were “over” the progressive sounds of bands like Dream Theater. The band had penned nearly 2 albums worth of material, but the top brass didn’t see much hit potential, and the band was not permitted to record for over a year.
The band was apparently so frustrated that they almost retired. But, after deciding to go on tour, and inviting a few record executives to see how energized the Dream Theater fanbase was, they were finally given the green light to record, with some stipulations.

The record label conceded, to a degree. Dream Theater could release their prog album. However, they had to include a few radio friendly hits in order to justify the investment.
Certain members of the band were open to this idea - most notably John Petrucci - while others were vehemently opposed. Mike Portnoy has not exactly been silent about his disdain for this period of the band (the 3 songs he penned for the album were really obviously about his disgust for the entire process).
The final result was an album that struggled to find its balance between its more ambitious, progressive elements and its more mainstream, rock&pop oriented elements.

One of the concessions involved John Petrucci co-writing a song with hitmaker Desmond Child, who had helped people like Bon Jovi and Kiss write radio friendly hits. The result was “You Not Me”, a very commercial tune.
Other tracks, like “Anna Lee” and “Take Away My Pain”, also have a a really accessible melody.
While rabid DT fans hate these songs, I love 'em all.

But don't be fooled.. . "Falling Into Infinity" sould be as well Dream Theater more complex album ever. It begins with the very proggy opener, “New Millenium”, an 8 minute track that features some really exciting prog - the instrumental breakdown that starts around the 5 minute mark is one of my favorite Dream Theater moments, ever. With odd time signatures, amazing unison runs on the keyboard and guitar, and trademark Portnoy freakouts, this song is just as progressive as anything Dream Theater had released previously.

A DT classic now, “Peruvian Skies” starts with a psychedelic, Floydian intro, as LaBrie introduces us to Vanessa, along with a tragic story about domestic violence. The slow intro picks up midway through, and launches into a Vai-like solo, which is cut off by a very heavy, chunky, double bass driven breakdown. The song ends with a faster and heavier reprise of the previous chorus, sang over the backdrop of heavy instrumental work. Portnoy steals the show with double bass flourishes and melodic drumming.
A highlight of the album.

I would pick “Hell’s Kitchen” and “Lines in the Sand” to represent the absolute best of this album. Dream Theater has always struggled with a characterization that they are without soul or emotion, and focus more on fast notes than tasteful playing. But I think “Hell’s Kitchen” is a gorgeous musical expression that shows Dream Theater at its best- difficult musically, but focused on strong melodicism and expressive playing.

”Lines in the Sand” embodies everything that makes Dream Theater great. Portnoy plays in a way that is both super flashy and perfectly suited for the song. The keyboards range from heavy and technical, to subdued. Petrucci plays one of his most Gilmour-ian solos from his career, and the chorus features guest vocals from none other than dUg Pinnick!
“Lines In the Sand” is an exceptional track, and doesn’t get the recognition it deserves as a truly standout track in Dream Theater’s body of work. Every member of the band shines, and they combine their immense talents to create one of their all-time best tracks.

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The final track, “Trial of Tears”, is an underrated gem. Many fans feel like it’s inconsistent and repetitive, but I feel like it’s another great blend of what makes Dream Theater great.
The verse is highly metaphorical and the music is mellow and subdued, but midway through the song, Derek and John Petrucci have some really exciting musical moments as they trade solos. The last part of the song, “The Wasteland”, returns to the slower and quieter tone of the beginning, only to return to the heaviness of the midsection at the end of the song. The song actually ends in a brilliant bass solo that is then carried away by synth pads.

Despite the record label pressure for more commercial material, on “Falling Into Infinity” includes some of the most complex an exciting Dream Theater prog ever.
As happens with each DT album, it's different an varied, ranging from rock&pop tunes to crazy prog metal. Derek Sherinian keyboard sound was heavier and dirtier as well. This gives the whole album a different feel and it was something that his sucessor Jordan Rudess continued to use.
One of my favorites from the band. The remastered sound shines on this stupendous, now out of print, SHM-CD release.
HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - New Millennium
02 - You Not Me
03 - Peruvian Skies
04 - Hollow Years
05 - Burning My Soul
06 - Hell's Kitchen
07 - Lines In The Sand
08 - Take Away My Pain
09 - Just Let Me Breathe
10 - Anna Lee
11 - Trial Of Tears

James LaBrie – lead vocals and backing vocals
John Petrucci – guitar, background vocals
John Myung – bass, Chapman Stick
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Derek Sherinian – keyboards, backing vocals
Doug Pinnick – additional vocals (track 7)

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SCORPIONS - Love At First Sting (50th band anniversary Deluxe Edition 2-CD)

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To celebrate their 50th band anniversary, SCORPIONS released the 50th Anniversary Deluxe Editions of all their most famous albums, newly digitally remastered plus lots of bonus tracks.
1965 marks the starting point of one of the most successful rock bands of our time. Hailing from Hannover, Germany, SCORPIONS embarked on a journey that would lead them around the globe and would establish them as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
For the occasion Scorpions open their vaults to unleash hitherto unreleased songs, alternative versions of big hits, video clips, unreleased concerts and more.

In addition to dozens of unheard studio tracks and live recordings, all albums are remastered, equipped with extended booklets featuring rare photos and single covers, backstage passes and additional liner notes by Edgar Klüsener, a former editor in chief of Metal Hammer who has followed the band's career closely over several decades.
Five of the eight albums are accompanied with a DVD that contains live concert footage from the respective period, together with TV performances and in-depth interviews with the band, where they talk about the background history and the creative process of each of these albums.

"Love At First Sting" is, of course, a Scorpions' classic. This high quality Digipak not only includes the newly remastered original album tracks, but also five exciting bonus tracks. The band themselves carefully selected these unreleased pieces, all recorded during the sessions for Love At First Sting.

Among them is a raw and powerful version of "Coming Home" as well as a very early version of "Still Loving You". The other three tracks are "Anytime (You Want It)", the extremely melodic "Living At Night" and the riveting "First Sting Jam No.1", a pure riff jam indeed.

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CD 2 features the never before released recording of the band's concert at New York's legendary Madison Square Garden in New York on 6th 1984. The sound is really good, more lively and raw than World Wide Live, Scorpions' official live release. Especially Matthias Jabs gets loose with much more flashy solos and whammy bar effects.
Classic Scorpions in a full remastered sound, with bonus and a really nice price.
Highly Recommended

CD 1: Love At First Sting [remastered +5]
01 - Bad Boys Running Wild
02 - Rock You Like A Hurricane
03 - I'm Leaving You
04 - Coming Home
05 - The Same Thrill
06 - Big City Nights
07 - As Soon As The Good Times Roll
08 - Crossfire
09 - Still Loving You
10 - Coming Home (Unreleased Version)
11 - Living At Night (Unreleased Demo Song)
12 - First Sting Jam No.1 (Unreleased Demo)
13 - Anytime (You Want It) (Unreleased Demo Song)
14 - Still Loving You (Unreleased Demo Version)

CD 2: Live At Madison Square Garden, NY 06.07.84
01 - Countdown
02 - Coming Home
03 - Blackout
04 - Bad Boys Running Wild
05 - Loving You Sunday Morning
06 - Big City Nights
07 - Coast To Coast
08 - Still Loving You
09 - Rock You Like A Hurricane
10 - The Zoo
11 - Dynamite

Klaus Meine – lead vocals
Matthias Jabs – guitar, backing vocals
Rudolf Schenker – guitar, backing vocals
Francis Buchholz – bass, backing vocals
Herman Rarebell – drums, percussion, backing vocals



Sunday, February 17, 2019

DAVID ROBERTS - All Dressed Up... [Japan SHM-CD remastered] Out Of Print

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This was requested many times, DAVID ROBERTS' Wescoast AOR classic "All Dressed Up...", released as part of the Warner Music Japan 'AOR Best Selection 1300' reissue series. This 'AOR Best Selection 1300' campaign - out of print now - featured the best titles from the label's catalog being sold at the affordable price of 1300 Yen (around $10), all remastered and pressed on high quality SHM-CD.

David Scott Roberts was born in Boston and raised in Toronto, Canada, writing and recording songs for over 30 years. In his luggage songs recorded by Diana Ross, Starship, Bad English, Jimmy Barnes, John Waite, House Of Lords, Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, etc.
In the late 70’s Roberts sent a demo to a radio contest, received a prize – a recorded 3 songs in the studio. And this tape fell into the hands of representatives of the Canadian company A&R WEA, bringing with David signed a contract to record a LP.

In 1982, "All Dressed Up" released. Alongside the excellent songwriting (all by Roberts) this album is remembered for the people who contributed on it. The cream of the LA Session crew is here, including the unique Steve Lukather (guitars), Jeff Porcaro (drums) and Mike Porcaro (bass) of Toto, Bill Champlin (Chicago), David Foster, Jay Graydon (Airplay), keyboardist Greg Mathieson (who also produced with a pristine sound) and more.

'All In The Name Of Love' kicks things off, an upbeat pop-rock anthem with a catchy chorus with Steve Lukather's chugging guitar driving the track along. It's followed by the smooth mid-tempo 'Too Good To Last', complete with another big chorus.
Although Roberts wrote and arranged all of the tracks, there's a big Toto feel to a few of them, such as the classy 'Never Let You Go' and 'Wrong Side Of The Tracks', and when you hear the staccato piano of 'Someone Like You' you will immediately think of 'Hold The Line'!

“Boys Of Autumn” is a beautiful midtempo AOR tune, where the drums give the subject a delightful cadence and the melody is like a river flowing peacefully on the ear canals. “She’s Still Mine” is one of the album’s highlight close to same line as “All In The Name Of Love”, with a powerful, catchy chorus and a harmony rhythm to played loud.

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There's an elegant ballad in “Midnight Rendezvous” ,while “Anywhere You Run To” is another beautiful piece in ballad form with certain air of Chicago and Christopher Cross, especially in the vocal work. The chorus is catchy with a sense of commerciality. The song was covered by Diana Ross later.
The album end with “Another World”, a sweet and pleasant song in the slow style of Ambrosia, with stupendous intrumentation / arrangements.

DAVID ROBERTS' "All Dressed Up..." is an '80s AOR classic, considered one of the masterpieces of the Westcoast sub-genre. The who's who play here, and if you love classic Toto you need this gem in your collection.
This quite hard to find Japanese release on SHM-CD is a collectors piece, where the sound quality is awesome. The remaster is not the same of the European reissue from some years ago.

You've seen it first here, at 0dayrox

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A O R  1 3 0 0  B E S T  S E L E C T I O N

01 - All in The Name of Love
02 - Too Good To Last
03 - Someone Like You
04 - Boys Of Autumn
05 - She's Still Mine (That's My Girl)
06 - Wrong Side of the Tracks
07 - Midnight Rendezvous
08 - Anywhere You Run To
09 - Never Gonna Let You Go
10 - Another World

David Roberts - Vocals, Keyboards
Steve Lukather - Guitars
Jay Graydon - Guitar Overdubs
Mike Porcaro - Bass
Greg Mathieson - Keyboards, Synthesizers
Jeff Porcaro - Drums, Percussion
Mike Boddicker - Syntheiszers
David Foster - Synthesizer Overdubs
Gary Herbig - Saxophone
Paulinho Da Costa - Percussion
David Leonard Linn - Drum Machine
Bill Champlin, Joe Chemay, Tom Kelly, John Joyce, Jimmy Haas - Backing Vocals

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DREAM THEATER - Awake [Remastered Ltd Release SHM-CD] Out Of Print

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After the excellent new DREAM THEATER album featured here, one of you requested the band's albums released in Japan on high quality SHM-CD. Let's go now with the killer "Awake [Remastered Ltd Release SHM-CD]", now out of print.

Following the magnificent "Images And Words", their 1992's highly acclaimed effort, and their first live album 1993's "Live At The Marquee", progressive New York favorites Dream Theater returned in 1994 with this album entitled "Awake". This record is another important brick in the wall of progressive metal history, and cemented DT fame.

'Awake' is called the 'dark album' from Dream Theater, cause of the depressive emotion you have all along in the songs. But that's not a bad thing at all. Even if some people believes that this release is not progressive enough but too much focused on the heavy, rocking sound.
After the success of Images and Words on the prog-metal scene, Dream Theater do as they want, and make something really different from their previous album. This is just the reflection of a progression through the music.

There are songs that are heavier and other that are more soft, just like on an usual DT release. Tracks like '6:00', 'Caught In A Web', 'The Mirror', 'Lie' represent more the heavy section of the release. These last songs are really great with a terrific guitar work and an awesome deal of bass & drums along with an atmospheric keyboard work that sometimes deliver a solo or two. LaBrie sings with energy and conviction.
All is balanced by more soft, melodic groggy pieces like 'Innoncence Faded', 'The Silent Man' (that is part of the 'A Mind Behind Itself'), the AORish 'Lifting Shadows Off a Dream' and 'Scarred'. These tracks are all great showcasing a lot of emotion in the lyrics and in the music.

And of course, there's the killer three-part suite 'A Mind Beside Itself' that shines as the most impressive gem in this album - its three successive sections really operate as separate tracks with their own respective artistic structures, yet they also manage to provide an amazing unitary whole.
The pyrotechnical instrumental 'Erotomania' is a real disturbing musical journey thorugh an exciting diversity of motifs, which include appropriate anticipations of some lines from the following two sections.
'Voices' is a very inspired ode to the destructive drive of mental-emotional chaos, powerful without getting too speedy most of the time; ultimately, the last section 'The Silent Man' turns out to be a gentle, lyrical acoustic ballad that serves as a final serene relief.

Closer 'Space-Dye Vest' is an awesome ambient-oriented ballad penned by Moore, in this way anticipating the Chroma Key stuff to some degree. Though it's not built upon a frantic tempo, its lyrics and mood are still emotionally violent: a brilliant ending for a brilliant album.

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Yet another masterpiece by Dream Theater, 'Awake' makes an impressive follow-up to the amazing 'Images & Words', mostly by showing off a different, more metallic approach to their signature prog metal sound.
Generally speaking, the 'Awake' repertoire is fiercer and fierier than its predecessor's: the sound is more aggressive, the performances are penetrated by a harder edge, a big deal of the guitar riffs and solos are quite somber, at times even openly belligerent.
The remastered sound shines on this stupendous SHM-CD release
HIGHLY Recommended

Warner Music JapanLTD SHM-CD / WPCR-13485

01 - 6:00
02 - Caught In A Web
03 - Innocence Faded
04 - A Mind Beside Itself - I - Erotomania
05 - A Mind Beside Itself - II - Voices
06 - A Mind Beside Itself - III - The Silent Man
07 - The Mirror
08 - Lie
09 - Lifting Shadows Off A Dream
10 - Scarred
11 - Space-Dye Vest

James LaBrie – lead vocals
John Petrucci – guitar, backing vocals
Kevin Moore – keyboards, co-lead vocals on "Space-Dye Vest"
John Myung – bass
Mike Portnoy – drums, percussion, backing vocals on "The Mirror"

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DREAM THEATER - When Dream And Day Unite [Japan Remastered SHM-CD miniLP] Out Of Print

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This Japanese edition of DREAM THEATER's debut "When Dream And Day Unite" was recently released on high-fidelity SHM-CD / Cardboard sleeve format and presenting the latest remastering.
This was the album that started all for the band; originally baptized "Majesty" and later switched to Dream Theater, and featuring vocalist Charlie Dominici at the mic.

Each Dream Theater album doesn't sound like the ones before and after it, yet they still maintain the signature style DT is known for. The same applies to "When Dream And Day Unite".
It certainly doesn't have the clean and polished sound that the next Images And Words (1992), Awake(1994), or any of their later albums. Its low budget production quality may be to blame for the lack of a top-end treble and bass, but this remastering job does help this.
There is a real rawness and a sense of urgency in the debut's sound that hasn't been prevalent since then, and for this you can tell that Dream Theater at the beginning just wanted to rock out.

At the time when "When Dream And Day Unite" was recorded, Dream Theater carried influences and an overall sound which resembled a mid-80s Rush mixed with Queensryche's metallic edge.
The fact that Dominici sings much in a Geddy Lee style makes the band lean into this quality even more. James LaBrie hasn't come along yet and his range definitely outclasses Dominici's, but he certainly has authority and personality.

So, taken for what it is, this sound is definitely a good thing in my book because I dig every era of Rush, and I love elaborated keyboards. Kevin Moore not only knows how to write outstanding songs and melodies, but his atmoshperic keyboard flourishes and solos are quite unique.
And everyone knows about the excellent musicianship interplay between Moore, Petrucci, Portnoy, & Myung, and their chemistry.

"When Dream And Day Unite" has its own unique feel generating from it and you can't really say that about a lot of music. Not only that, but the song compositions combining Rush and Quensryche here were ahead of their time.
Before their breakthrough Images And Words and Awake albums came along and spawned hundred of clone bands (not all good I'm afraid), there was hardly anyone doing this kind of stuff in the late '80s.

'A Fortune In Lies' starts the debut off well, which is still a concert favorite to this day. By the end of the track, you have a clear picture on what Dream Theater is all about. 'Status Seeker' comes next and it's actually a personal favorite of mine, despite being underrated.
Everyone who's seen DT live has heard the concert staple 'Ytse Jam' (that's "Majesty" backwards), which sports some stellar instrumental musicianship, and it never comes across as wankery which sadly the band is often accused of doing by non-fans.

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The best song on here has to be 'The Killing Hand', containing incredible buildup throughout its 8-minutes and is probably the closest thing to their songwriting mastery on the following albums.
There's some other overlooked material on here, such as the ever-changing 'Light Fuse And Get Away', the melodic 'Afterlife', and the dark and mystical sounding 'The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun'. 'Only A Matter Of Time' finishes on a strong note.

"When Dream And Day Unite" marks as a solid entry in the Dream Theater catalog. It certainly doesn't have the instant appeal that I&W, Awake, or 6 Degrees Of Inner Turbulence have. However, like a lot of DT's albums, its charm and genius opens up over time.
The remastering was certainly necessary, and now everything sound more compact, fuller, with a best bass definition. Do make sure to check this quite rocking album. No Dream Theater collection is complete without this one.

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D R E A M   T H E A T E R

01 - A Fortune In Lies
02 - Status Seeker
03 - Ytse Jam (Instrumental)
04 - The Killing Hand
05 - Light Fuse And Get Away
06 - Afterlife
07 - The Ones Who Help To Set The Sun
08 - Only A Matter Of Time

Charlie Dominici – lead vocals
John Petrucci – guitars
Kevin Moore – keyboards
John Myung – bass
Mike Portnoy – drums

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

V.A. - 0dayrox Advanced Releases March-April 2019 - Vol.2

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Let's go with the first advanced singles from the most anticipated albums this year.
'Winds Of Change' is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peterik’s now legendary JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE album. Set for release on April 26th, 'Winds Of Change' will be another melodic rock diamond featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Lars Safsund and Robert Sall (Work Of Art), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), and a very special previously unreleased track by the late, great Jimi Jamison.
The first single is "Without a Bullet Being Fired", featuring Loverboy's Mike Reno, a wonderful pure '80s-style sweet melodic rocker.

WHITESNAKE have announced the release of their new studio album, 'Flesh & Blood', on May 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. The details for the long-promised album have all been revealed alongside the first single, "Shut Up & Kiss Me." Opening with a street-cruising riff and prowling downbeat, the song has all the trademarks of classic Whitesnake, falling somewhere between their bluesy origins and late '80s glam shimmer. Guitarists Reb Beach and Joel Hoekstra do battle, tearing off beaming melodies and there's a stronger sense of community on the chorus with backing vocal depth.

One of the greatest American AOR bands from the '80s are back; FORTUNE will release "Fortune II" next April via Frontiers Music. Founded by bros. Richard y Mick Fortune, the band released in 1985 what is considered one of the greatest AOR albums of all time. “Shelter Of The Night“ is the first single off the new album, a wonderful melodic tune.

A NEW REVENGE is the name of the new super group consisting of Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest), Keri Kelli (Alice Cooper), James Kottak (Scorpions. Kingdom Come), and Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy et all). "The Way" is the first single / video from their debut album "Enemies & Lovers" coming March 29th thru Golden Robot Records, and this baby rocks hard, heavy.

QUEENSRŸCHE has released the 2nd single taken from the band's upcoming album, "The Verdict", which will be released on March 1 via Century Media Records. Titled "Blood of the Levant" this is killer rocker planty of groove and terrific vocals.

‘Long Way Home’ is the first DeVICIOUS single taken from their forthcoming album ‘Reflections’. The album will be released worldwide March 1st on Metalapolis Records. ‘Long Way Home’ perfectly shows that ‘Reflections’ is not just a copy of their debut album “Never Say Never”. The new album contains more riffing, more rhythm and more punch without losing focus on the melodies and the DeVicious trademarks.

Sacramento, California rockers TESLA have released "Taste Like." The track comes off their eighth studio album, 'Shock', due March 8 via UMC. As previously reported, 'Shock' has been produced by and co-written with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. "Taste Like" is a cheerful, gritty rocking song that stays true to the band's bluesy, '70s-inspired roots.

Celebrated combo CATS IN SPACE will release 'Daytrip To Narnia', their third album, on Friday 8th March 2019. 'Daytrip To Narnia' builds on the success of the critically acclaimed 'Too Many Gods' from 2015 and 2017s 'Scarecrow which made the UK Top 30 chart, and reviews worldwide were nothing short of astounding.
The second half of the new album it's the conceptual 27 minute epic that is 'The Story Of Johnny Rocket', split into several songs. "The Story Of Johnny Rocket III: Thunder In The Night" is one of the advances, and it's pure Cats In Space.

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND is back with a brand new album entitled ‘Love And Beyond’. For this release, Michael wanted to return to the polished AOR sound of the band’s 1989 debut, ‘How Long’, so once again teamed up with Wyn Davis to mix the album. Renowned songwriter and musician Mark Spiro is involved in the songwriting as well as appearing on vocals together with Larry King and Larry Antonino, who is best known for being the bass player in Unruly Child. Another member of that band, Guy Allison, appears on keyboards.
The title track is the first single, an elegant melody typical MTB.

The second single "Blackout The Sun" from LAST IN LINE has been released. The track is taken from the band's sophomore album, "II", which will be released on February 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. As with 2016's "Heavy Crown", the new disc was produced by DOKKEN and FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson. Great classic hard rock.

Excellent Australian-American hard rock collective THE DEAD DAISIES recently revealed music from their latest album, 'Burn It Down', would feature exclusively as the soundtrack for the upcoming horror anthology TV series, “Welcome To Daisyland”. In conjunction, THE DEAD DAISIES are releasing their new single “Dead And Gone (Swamp Version)". The track will also feature in Episode 2 of the Series.

01 Jim Peterik & World Stage - Without a Bullet Being Fired (feat Mike Reno)
02 Fortune - Shelter of the Night
03 Whitesnake - Shut Up & Kiss Me
04 A New Revenge - The Way
05 Queensrÿche - Blood of the Levant
06 DeVicious - Long Way Home
07 Tesla - Taste Like
08 Cats in Space - The Story Of Johnny Rocket III: Thunder In The Night
09 Michael Thompson Band - Love & Beyond
10 Gary Hoey - Don't Come Crying (feat. Ian Hoey)
11 Last In Line - Blackout the Sun
12 Spirits Of Fire - It's Everywhere
13 The Dead Daisies - Dead and Gone (Swamp Version)

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