Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LEVERAGE - The Devil's Turn + all Japan edition bonus tracks (2018)

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Finnish band LEVERAGE was one of the finest melodic metal acts from the past decade, and now almost 10 years since their last album they return with "The Devil’s Turn", their comeback EP released by Frontiers Music, an advance from the full length to be released by the Italian label in 2019.

Leverage landed on the scene in 2006 with the release of their debut album 'Tides'. With their blend of symphonic / progressive metal and melodic rock, Leverage generated a buzz among rock and metal fans and was signed by Frontiers for the release of their second album, “Blind Fire”, in 2008.
The band's third album, “Circus Colossus”, was released via Spinefarm in 2009, but the band became inactive not too long afterwards.

Now, after a near decade of hibernation, Leverage is back with an amazing new singer, Kimmo Blom (from AOR band Urban Tale) and a new guitar player, Mikko Salovaara. The EP “The Devil’s Turn, serve as an introduction to the new Leverage line-up as well as an appetizer for the band's forthcoming fourth album.
The songs on the EP were written over a period of several years, with 'Dead Man’s Hand' being the oldest song and 'Children Of Skyfall' the most recent. With those two plus 'The Unicorn' and 'Wheels From Hell', the EP covers a pretty wide range musically.

According to producer, guitarist and main songwriter Tuomas Heikkinen: "It’s all heavy rock, not any form of power metal. Not that there’s anything wrong with prog metal or power metal or whatever, but right now we feel that we want to capture something that is recorded with a live feel, with no exaggerated choirs or orchestrations all over the place”

Indeed, the songs on "The Devil’s Turn" are straighforward rockers, melodic and with the band's usual pristine sound, but more direct and accessible than before.
As example, 'Wheels From Hell', is quite 'old-school' with double guitar solos and all that.

LEVERAGE - The Devil's Turn + all Japan edition bonus tracks (2018) inside

The band also released a standalone single some weeks ago titled 'Red Moon Over Sonora', and to make this Leverage feature here more complete, we have added all (6) bonus tracks from the band's Japanese edition of their three previous full length albums.
Highly Recommended

01 - Dead Man's Hand
02 - Wheels from Hell
03 - The Unicorn
04 - Children of Skyfall
05 - Red Moon Over Sonora (2018 standalone single)
06 - Mean And Evil (Circus Colossus Japanese Bonus Track)
07 - Walk On Home (Circus Colossus Japanese Bonus Track)
08 - Yesterdays (Blind Fire Japanese Bonus Track)
09 - Rockethead (Blind Fire Japanese Bonus Track)
10 - Waterfall (Tides Japanese Bonus Track)
11 - Land Of Flames (Tides Japanese Bonus Track)

Kimmo Blom – vocals
Mikko Salovaara – guitars
Tuomas Heikkinen – guitars
Sami Norrbacka – bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi – drums
Marko Niskala – keyboards



DRAMA QUEEN - Drama Queen (2018)

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If you crave a fun '80s Hard Rocking fix then look now further than Rockford IL and DRAMA QUEEN who released their self-titled debut album by themselves.
It may just be one of the gems of this year’s melodic hard rock 'indie' releases.

Opening track ‘Lovin’ You’ sets out the stall nicely with the band coming across like the hybrid of Kix, Slaughter and the cream of late Eighties hard rock with a definite sleazy edge, but also keyboards into the mix resulting into a very melodious opener
‘Fine Line’ starts slow and crawls on up to you, it’s a dirty little number that rests a little too much on the chorus but shows that there’s plenty in the tank. And that theory is immediately confirmed by ‘Red Rocker Girl’ has the swagger of Aerosmith but with a harder almost W.A.S.P.-like edge that suits the vocal well.

Deeper into the album ‘Stop Me From Crying’ lands us in ballad territory but it’s one of those smoky Eighties ballads that really reminds me of those times you find a hidden gem from back in the day and immediately want to tell everyone about it.
‘You’re Going Down Tonight’ has a Dokken-like feel to it and again definite vocal similarities to W.A.S.P. it’s a mid paced rocker that does the job before.

‘We’re on Fire’ really show you how solid this band are – every song here sounds authentic, and would stand up against so much music released at the height of Eighties US rock’s mainstream flirtation, and this one is the hardest here.
There’s a chugging mid-paced rocker in the title track, a semi-ballad with a Sunset Strip atmosphere.

The second half of the album is even better.
One of the real highlights ‘Welcome to the Party’ hits, and whilst the album’s certainly done far more than simply got the foot tapping so far, this is one of the songs that lifts it another level. A great riff an insistent refrain and just that vibe of a bygone age when rock could raise you from your daily grind and open up the promise of the weekend for a generation of pre computer-screen-fixated kids.
With tons of cool, a great positive attitude and considerable chops on display fron all concerned I’ve already more than got my money’s worth and we’re still only two thirds gone.

Unsurprisingly the album rounds out just as strongly, with the Dokken-like opening for ‘Get Ready For Love’ leading int a rather more upbeat chorus before fading back to the gentler verse, it’s a nice hybrid approach that gives the song a nice flavour and a Shark Island feel and its own kind of cool.
‘All I Ever Wanted’ is a very well crafted power ballad, still rocking and not sugary at all.

‘Annie’ is another favorite of mine, a quite killer thrusting rocker inspired by the story of Stryper’s Oz Fox’s wife Annie Lobert. Musically it rocks with a very melodic riff, swagger vocals and nice R'n'R lyrics.
We close with ‘Fyre & Ice’ a song which adds a little modern twist to the mix, still grounded firmly in the gloriously lush Eighties sound akin the first Lynch Mob. It’s staccato spikes and smooth lead give it a modern edge in a classic tale of opposites attracting.

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“Drama Queen” is full of life, character and energy. It has it all – ballads, mid-tempo rockers and hard-rocking tracks that totally deserve to be played and enjoyed at a high volume.
It's all self managed, from production to artwork design, and all very well done.
I expect big things of this band in years to come – this is one of the best indie debuts I’ve heard in quite some time.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Lovin' You
02 - Fine Line
03 - Red Rocker Girl
04 - Stop Me From Crying
05 - You're Going Down Tonight
06 - We're On Fire
07 - Drama Queen
08 - Welcome To The Party
09 - Get Ready For Love
10 - All I Ever Wanted
11 - Annie
12 - Fyre & Ice

Tee Sing - vocals
Matt Voght - guitars, keyboards
Rob Pace - drums, percussion
Joe Sanchez - bass



TONY MITCHELL - Beggars Gold (2018)

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Best known for having fronted acclaimed act Kiss Of The Gypsy back in the '90s, Englishman TONY MITCHELL returns with a new solo album, his first in seven years titled "Beggars Gold".
The music here is similar to the enjoyable Dirty White Boyz album - where Tony did lead vocals - released early last year (that band are planning a follow-up albeit under a new band name).
In short, this is classic melodic (hard) rock.

Tony Mitchell produced the album as well as playing guitars, bass and keyboards, plus he has a few guest guitarists to help out including Demon’s Paul Hume and Dante Fox’s Tim Manford.
His aim on the album was “I wanted a barrage of songs that would get into the ears of those who like melodic rock with powerful guitars, huge harmonies & memorable hooks.”
Does he achieve this? I’d say so and then some!

Opener ‘Playing With Fire’ sets the musical stall out early, featuring heavy guitar riffs, keys and the melodic rasp of Tony Mitchell’s singing. ‘Never Say Die’ is a big anthem reminiscent of Dare and FM, a proper fist pumping anthem. Like the majority of the songs on the album the keyboards are high in the mix which you need for hook filled melodic rock like this.

Dante Fox’s Sue Willetts guests on ‘What You Make It’, another top notch, catchy melodic rock tune.
The slower songs like ‘Someone Like You’ work equally as well, with this one featuring a sax solo from Daniel Sings and it tips a musical hat to '80s rock ballads.
‘Take A Look At Me Now’ is one of those wonderful big production songs that the likes of Supertramp, Queen and John Miles did so well back in the day and latterly bands like Cats In Space do. Guitars mix with tinkling keys and harmony vocals overload, a great listen.

TONY MITCHELL - Beggars Gold (2018) inside

A true 'solo' album where Mitchell handles everything except the guitar solos (wise choice), "Beggars Gold" is a very strong collection of powerful melodic hard rock songs that really took me by surprise.
Really, I wasn't expecting an album of this quality. You gotta listen to by yourself.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Playing with Fire
02 - Never Say Die
03 - Blind
04 - What You Make It
05 - Someone Like You
06 - Our Song
07 - Stone by Stone
08 - In Everyone of Us
09 - Wildside
10 - Fire Me Up
11 - Beggars Gold
12 - Take a Look at Me Now
13 - Welcome to the Revolution

Tony Mitchell – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar & Keyboards
Additional Musicians:
Chris Hunt – Lead Guitar
Paul Hume – Lead Guitar
James Marsh – Lead Guitar
Tim Manford – Lead Guitar
Eddie Anthony – Drums
Daniel Sings – Sax on ‘Someone Like You’
Rouges Gallery Gospel Choir on ‘Stone By Stone’
Sue Willets (Dante Fox) - guest vocals on 4



TALL DARK STRANGER - Contra Mundum (2018)

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Six years is a long time between the release of a sophomore album relative to a debut, but never is too late. "Contra Mundum" is the second Cd from TALL DARK STRANGER, a band that with their 2012 debut offered a breath of fresh air to the music scene.
The project, led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Dee Allen, released a refreshing lite AOR throwback album with a sound that was somewhere in-between King’s X, Peter Gabriel, Todd Rundgren and Journey. Slick keyboards, layered vocals, rocking guitars and strong pop hooks made the first Tall Dark Stranger a very nice release.

The first Tall Dark Stranger album was strictly a retro rock album recalling the heyday of ’80s glory, the new CD is much more contemporary. While this is definitely the same band and same songwriter here the band seems determined to prove they aren’t strictly a retro revival act and can be competitive with current artists.
The band, based in Nashville, has incorporated slight elements of pop country-rock into the sound. The result is grittier guitars and a record that feels much more organic and earthy as opposed to the icy chill of the first album.

That’s not to say that the chilling keyboards of their past record are gone completely, but they are nowhere near as present as on the first album, at least on all of the tracks.
Production wise, this is a much more modern record, akin to the last few Ritchie Kotzen solo releases, a pinch of the acoustic side of Mr. Big, but there are a few cuts with throwback sensibilities recalling everything from Hall & Oates to Van Halen.

TALL DARK STRANGER - Contra Mundum (2018) inside

If you’re a fan of the music of the ’80s, and more importantly, a fan of what ’80s artists are releasing as new material in 2018, then you’ll appreciate "Contra Mundum" quite a bit.
This falls right in line with the likes of Richie Kotzen’s recent solo work — soulful, tasteful, catchy and contemporary with some Eighties / early Nineties retro feeling here and there.
While slightly more mellow than the first album, there’s still plenty of rock to be had and fans of melodic rock will enjoy this.

01 - Electrons
02 - Thinking About It
03 - Love in Chernobyl
04 - Icicle Man
05 - Shine
06 - It's Over
07 - Right to Be Wrong
08 - Was What It Was
09 - Tear This Castle Down
10 - At Best

Dee Allen – lead vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drum programming
Brian Smith – lead guitar, backing vocals
Will Allen – percussion, backing vocals
Ben Harper – bass, backing vocals, guitars, lead vocals (10)
additional musicians:
Eugene Moles – guitar
Josh Rosen – keyboards
Joe Sax – bass, backing vocals
Victor Borden – bass
Joanna Sugameli – violin
Kelly Hicks – backing vocals
Rockland Road – backing vocals
Jo-Leah Gray – backing vocals
Andrea Heying – backing vocals
Elton Charles – percussion
Yvonne Smith – backing vocals
Duane Allen – backing vocals
Rachel Rodriguez – backing vocals



Monday, September 17, 2018

JACK RUSSELL (Great White) - Shelter Me [remastered] (2018) Exclusive

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We are featuring here in exclusive the just released Cleopatra Records reissue of "Shelter Me", the first solo album from legendary Great White front man JACK RUSSELL. The album was originally only released in Asia, so this is the first time available world-wide.
This special reissue revises the front cover album art, placing Russell front and center, and while it isn't promoted as 'remastered', in fact it is. I have the Japanese first press and the sound quality / DR has been clearly improved.

Despite Great White still recording and touring circa 1996, longtime singer / leader Jack Russell found it necessary to issue his first ever solo album that same year, "Shelter Me".
Anyone thinking that the reason for this sudden solo outing is because Russell wanted to try taking on some different musical styles (than what he's known for) will be mistaken -- "Shelter Me" is faithful to the melodic bluesy hard rock that he's made a career of for two decades by this point.

In fact, such tracks as the album-opening title track "You'll Lose a Good Thing," and the power ballad "Leave Me Lonely" are so Great White-esque that it's almost impossible to tell the two apart. Not strange, as most the guitar work on the album is handled by Great White's Michael Lardie.
The recording sessions line-up includes top notch performers, like the rhythm section of iconic bassist Tim Bogert (Jeff Beck, Hollywood Monsters) and drummer Myron Grombacher (Lita Ford, Pat Benatar).

Musically, the Great White connection continues with a new, emotional version of the band's classic "Save Your Love", while "Take My Pain" is a killer rocker that wouldn't be out of place into any Great White album.
Other highlights include the power ballad "When I Look Into Your Eyes" that could have been a MTV hit in 1988, the bluesy burn of "Long Way To Go", Jack's ballsy cover of The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog", as well as the poignant title track, "Shelter Me", which expresses empathy for the growing homeless population.

Right in line with Great White's brand of melodic bluesy hard rock yet more 'personal' lyrically speaking, "Shelter Me" is a really strong and good solo album from Jack Russell, unheard by many and now available at reasonable price (original Japanese copies fetching over U$D 80).
HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - Shelter Me
02 - Take My Pain
03 - Leave Me Lonely
04 - Long Way to Go
05 - Hey Bulldog
06 - You'll Lose a Good Thing
07 - 24/7
08 - The Fault's All Mine
09 - Roll with the Tide
10 - Faith in You
11 - Save Your Love
12 - Shine On
13 - When I Look into Your Eyes

Jack Russell - lead and backing vocals
Matthew Johnson - guitar, backing vocals
Michael Lardie - guitar, keyboards, percussion, harmonica, banjo
Tim Bogert - bass
Myron Grombacher - drums



JOHN WETTON - The Studio Recordings Anthology (2-CD remastered)

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Legendary English musician JOHN WETTON, best known for his work with Asia, UK and King Crimson, sadly passed away last year, but his music will live with us forever.
"The Studio Recordings Anthology" is a superb double CD containing 32 tracks from six of his solo albums and featuring guest appearances by Jim Peterik, Robert Fripp, Steve Hackett, Geoff Downes, Steve Lukather and many others, plus songs co-written with the likes of Bruce Turgon (Foreigner), Peterik, Jim Vallance and talented Bob Marlette.

"The Studio Recordings Anthology" is exactly that, a complete Anthology and not a greatest hits compilation.
It delves into John Wetton solo ventures from his first album 'Caught in the Crossfire' released in 1980 to his last 'Raised in Captivity' (2011), taken not only the most known cuts, but the best in my opinion.

I am a huge fan of John Wetton's music, of course, since Asia's first album.But also I love his solo records, and "The Studio Recordings Anthology" presents the best from all of them.
You have here 3 wonderful tracks from Wetton's pretty unheard first album 'Caught in the Crossfire', including great the title track and the lovely "Woman" (with hints of the upcoming Asia).
Also the most representative cuts from his very good 2003's 'Rock of Faith' ("I've Come To Take You Home" is simply outstanding), and 'Raised in Captivity (2011)' appeared on Frontiers Records.

Of course, my favorite songs are from John Wetton's more AOR oriented albums: the awesome 1994 'Battle Lines' (entitled Voice Mail in Japan), 'Arkangel' (1997) and the terrific 2001 'Sinister', appeared a year before in Japan as 'Welcome to Heaven'.

Tracks like "Hold Me Now", "Where Do We Go From Here?" (co-written with master Jim Vallance), "I Can't Lie Anymore", the keyboard-laden "Heart Of Darkness", the catchy "Say It Ain't So" or the monster AOR midtempo "Second Best" are must haves in your collection.

JOHN WETTON - The Studio Recordings Anthology (2015) back cover

John Wetton's "The Studio Recordings Anthology" is a no-brainer purchase.
All the songs here are exquisite, fully remastered for your listening pleasure, and you get 2 CD for the price of 1.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, and if you don't have any Wetton solo album, A MUST HAVE.

CD 1:
01 - The Circle Of St. Giles (from Arkangel 1997)
02 - The Last Thing On My Mind (from Arkangel 1997)
03 - Hold Me Now (from Battle Lines 1994)
04 - Where Do We Go From Here? (from Sinister 2001)
05 - Another Twist Of The Knife (from Sinister 2001)
06 - I've Come To Take You Home (from Rock of Faith 2003)
07 - I Can't Lie Anymore (from Arkangel 1997)
08 - Lost For Words (from Raised in Captivity 2011)
09 - Battle Lines (from Battle Lines 1994)
10 - Caught In The Crossfire (from Caught in the Crossfire 1980)
11 - Arkangel (from Arkangel 1997)
12 - Right Where I Wanted To Be (from Battle Lines 1994)
13 - Nothing's Gonna Stand In Our Way (from Rock of Faith 2003)
14 - Second Best (from Sinister 2001)
15 - Woman (from Caught in the Crossfire 1980)
16 - Real World (from Sinister 2001)

CD 2:
01 - Heart Of Darkness (from Sinister 2001)
02 - Say It Ain't So (from Sinister 2001)
03 - Cold In The Night (from Caught in the Crossfire 1980)
04 - You're Not The Only One (from Battle Lines 1994)
05 - Raised In Captivity (from Raised in Captivity 2011)
06 - Steffi's Ring (from Raised in Captivity 2011)
07 - Walking On Air (from Battle Lines 1994)
08 - Take Me To The Waterline (from Rock of Faith 2003)
09 - Silently (from Sinister 2001)
10 - Battle Lines [Acoustic]
11 - I Lay Down (from Rock of Faith 2003)
12 - Rock Of Faith (from Rock of Faith 2003)
13 - Who Will Light A Candle? (from Rock of Faith 2003)
14 - You Against The World (from Arkangel 1997)
15 - Emma (from Arkangel 1997)
16 - After All (from Arkangel 1997)



Sunday, September 16, 2018

BRITNY FOX - Boys In Heat [Bad Reputation digitally remastered +3]

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Here's another request from the Bad Reputation Records remastered series: BRITNY FOX's "Boys In Heat" including 3 bonus tracks.
Produced by the expertise hands of master Neil Kernon, "Boys In Heat" is the second album by Philadelphia-based Britny Fox, originally released in 1989.

After their hard rocking debut, the band added a much higher dose of melody to this second effort plus an extremely polished sound / production according to the era: the mighty 1989.
It's a more mature Britny Fox, with that 'big sounding' acoustic guitars / clean electrics into the mix.

The melodic drive of each song on "Boys In Heat" never ceases from the opening track "In Motion". This album epitomizes the Hair Metal / US Melodic Hard Rock on every track, a feel-good record from start to end.

BRITNY FOX - Boys In Heat [Bad Reputation digitally remastered +3] booklet

Dizzy Dean's powerhouse vocals are clean and more melodious, while Michael Kelly Smith on lead guitar is as cool as they come, his guitar licks are impressive on "Boys In Heat". The album does not lack in the powered up lead and solo department thanks to him.

"Standing in the Shadows" and "Angel in My Heart" are really catchy singles reminiscent of the first album, and "Dream On" is one of the few power ballads from that time that manages to avoid sounding like Poison's Every Rose Has Its Thorn.
"She’s So Lonely" and "Left Me Stray" are perhaps the cuts that more retain the hair metal party, while the cover of Nazareth's classic "Hair of the Dog" is a nice touch, rockin' and rollin'.

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"Boys In Heat" showcases a more 'polished' side of Britny Fox, still including some fierce hard rockers.
It's a 'hugely produced' record so in vogue at the end of the '80s and I love it. One of the last true hair metal albums recorded in the golden days of the genre.
This Bad Reputation remaster is more balanced than the Cherry Red Records / Iron Bird version, working in a vinyl LP 'triangle shape' sonic output which I like a lot.
HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - In Motion
02 - Standing in the Shadows
03 - Hair of the Dog
04 - Livin' on a Dream
05 - She's So Lonely
06 - Dream On
07 - Long Way from Home
08 - Plenty of Love
09 - Stevie
10 - Shine On
11 - Angel in my Heart
12 - Left me Stray
13 - Long Road
14 - Girschool (Original Version)
15 - Long Way To Love
16 - Livin' On The Edge (Iron Eagle II Soundtrack)

"Dizzy" Dean Davidson - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Michael Kelly Smith - guitars, backing vocals
Billy Childs - bass, backing vocals
Johnny Dee - drums, backing vocals

Out Of Print


NIGHTCRAWLER - Metropolis [vinyl LP edition]

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"Metropolis", the amazing debut of NIGHTCRAWLER is being released on vinyl-LP, for the first time on physical format. Nightcrawler is the alter-ego of George Gold. This day designer, co-founder of Medusateam studio based in Lleida, like the classic superheroes, when night turns, puts on his uniform of Nightcrawler and leave the designer work to become a retro-futuristic hero and unleashes his musical ideas, always based on the retro sounds of the '80s, synths and dark atmospheres.

"Metropolis" is some kind of fascinating movie translated to a music LP. There's a story:
“Year 3015. Humanity has been victim of their own cruelty. The fight for the power and wars that take place because of the shortage of fossil energies and water led to World War III. There were no winner countries this time. All the humanity was the big loser because of nuclear bombs.
Only one city survives after the apocalypse. The last survivors of this tragedy live in there. If you are one of them and you have manage to survive, this is your city. Welcome to Metropolis.”

Entirely composed and designed by Nightcrawler and mastered by Italian producer Vincenzo Salvia, "Metropolis" is 13 tracks (plus 1 digi bonus) a fascinating combo of Eighties synthwave, synthpop , spacewave, and synth-terror in its purest form.

NIGHTCRAWLER - Metropolis [vinyl LP edition] (2017) sleeve

So begins this journey with an intro called ‘The Escape’ where a voiceover introduces us to the movie that starts playing, and reach the powerful and strong '80s rhythms with ‘Dystopia’ featuring Vincenzo Salvia.
We have again the voice of the narrator in ‘Megaforce’ and connection-intro with radio stations ‘Outlaw’ to launch the Lamborghini, and walk around the lost city with ‘Road Blaster’, sexy and erotic environments with ‘The House Of Pleasure’ and get on the spaceship to fly the city ‘Spacecraft‘.

There's epic as well as dreamy moments with the sweet ‘The Legacy’ feat Diana Gitallog, while things turn straight '80s pop with singer Dana Jean Phoenix on the track ‘Genesis’, and more dark in the collaboration with Barcelona producer Simøne on the title-track ‘Metropolis’ (one of my favs).
The closing epilogue arrives with the spacey ‘Odyssey’, then as bonus track the enigmatic and magical ‘Broken Dreams’ conclude this great 'musical movie' by this talented musician, producer & designer called Nightcrawler.

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"Metropolis" is a fascinating album on all aspects, much more than just a regular synthwave release.
Yes, it's always focused on '80s synth / keyboards, but this is a record that covers a massive ranges of styles and genres with some marvellous atmospheric pieces, and a welcomed collaborative work with outside artists / vocalists which provide variation and color.
An integral piece of work plenty of magic, beautifully arranged & performed.
Production is top notch, carefully done in detail (there was one year on the making), and this vinyl LP sounds incredibly pristine.
80's freaks, this is HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - The Escape
02 - Dystopia (Feat. Vincenzo Salvia)
03 - Megaforce
04 - Outlaw
05 - Road Blaster
06 - The House Of Pleasure
07 - Control Room
08 - Spacecraft
09 - The Legacy (Nightcrawler & Diana Gitallog)
10 - Genesis (Feat. Dana Jean Phoenix)
11 - Platform 9
12 - Metropolis (Feat. SIMØNE)
13 - Odyssey
14 - Broken Dreams (Remastered) [digital bonus]

All tracks produced by Nightcrawler
Mastered by Vincenzo Salvia
Vinyl master cut by Patrick W. Engel



Saturday, September 15, 2018

KINGDOM COME - Hands Of Time [Japan HR-HM 1000 reissue series] (2018) Exclusive

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Universal Music Japan has started this year a curious but more than welcomed campaign: the reissue of long time out of print albums from their catalog titled 'HR/HM 1000', that meaning Hard Rock / Heavy Metal at the price of 1000 Yen = about 9 USD.
Into these series, appear this "Hands Of Time", KINGDOM COME's underrated - and unknown by many - third album.

In 1989, Kingdom Come released their second LP, 'In Your Face', with (initially), strong sales to rival their platinum selling debut, when the band abruptly broke up for personal reasons in August, 1989.
Without the rest of the band, lead vocalist and primary songwriter Lenny Wolf choose to retain the band's name and record a third album; the band's final international release on Polygram.

Co-writing most the songs with Carol Tatum (Angels Of Venice), Wolf recorded the album with several session guitarists and drummers, including future Poison guitarist Blues Saraceno, and former Dancer drummer Bam Bamm Shibley, among others.
As well as singing and co-writing all the songs, Wolf also played bass, some guitar, and produced the album.

While on many aspects "Hands Of Time" should be considered a Lenny Wolf solo album, the Kingdom Come spirit is all over here.
Just listen to 'Should I', the great guitar / keyboard mix of 'Can't Deny', the very good 'You're Not The Only... I Know', or the excellent piece of balladry that is 'You'll Never Know' (where Wolf's vocals shine).
In fact, pretty much every single track on this album is very good, consistent, and a sincere collection of songs from Lenny.

Originally released in 1991 and even though there is only a three and a half year difference between Kingdom Come's platinum debut, "Hands Of Time" is more mature lyrically and 'classic sounding' than the band's previous albums.
And that's a good thing, Wolf offers something different here, timeless melodies with a personal touch.

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Poorly promoted by the recording label, listen to this really good album for yourself and you'll be undoubtedly puzzled why you never heard anything from it before.
So this is a more than welcomed reissue, not remastered, but this Japanese press sounds great. It may be the new digital transfer technique - which augment the signal / Dynamic Range - so having this for less than ten bucks is a great deal.
Highly Recommended

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01 - I've Been Trying
02 - Should I
03 - You'll Never Know
04 - Both Of Us
05 - Stay
06 - Blood On The Land
07 - Shot Down
08 - You're Not The Only... I Know
09 - Do I Belong
10 - Can't Deny
11 - Hands Of Time
12 - Don't Need To Justify [Japan Bonus Track]

Lenny Wolf – lead vocals, guitar, bass
Bert Meulendijk – guitar
Marco Moir – guitar
Blues Saraceno – guitar
Steve Burke – drums
Jimmy Bralower – drums
Bam Bamm Shibley – drums
Koen van Baal – keyboards



TWISTED SISTER - You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll [remastered & expanded 2018]

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The new 2-CD expanded edition of “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” released yesterday has been remastered in 2018 especially for this set, and includes three studio bonus tracks; ‘One Man Woman’, ‘Four Barrel Heart Of Love’ and ‘ Feel The Power’ which previously appeared on the B-Side of the ‘You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll’ EP.

The second CD comprises of their raw and raucous live set from London’s fabled Marquee Club from March 1983. Recorded specifically to be used as B-Sides for the aforementioned ‘I Am (I’m Me)’ and ‘The Kids Are Back’ singles, it appears here in its entirety and newly remastered from the original analogue tapes.

As well as the then unreleased ‘I Am (I’m Me)’ and title track from the forthcoming “You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” album, the set includes favourite covers from the Rolling Stones (It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll), Slade (‘Let the Good Times Roll’) and Shangri Las (‘Leader Of The Pack’), as well as ‘What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You)’, ‘Sin After Sin’ and ‘Bad Boys (Of Rock 'N' Roll)’ from the “Under The Blade” debut.

Featuring an updated cover artwork, this punchy clear fresh remaster of this kick @ss album complete the request made here some time ago of some Twisted Sister's iconic albums.
“You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll” is one of the best from Dee Snider & Co, and a must in your collection.

CD 01: You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll Remastered 2018
1. The Kids Are Back (Remastered)
2. Like A Knife In The Back (Remastered)
3. Ride To Live, Live To Ride (Remastered)
4. I Am (I'm Me) (Remastered)
5. The Power And The Glory (Remastered)
6. We're Gonna Make It (Remastered)
7. I've Had Enough (Remastered)
8. I'll Take You Alive (Remastered)
9. You're Not Alone (Suzette's Song) (Remastered)
10. You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll (Remastered)
11. One Man Woman (Remastered)
12. Four Barrel Heart Of Love (Remastered)
13. Feel The Power (Remastered)

CD 02: Live at The Marquee 1983 Remastered 2018
1. What You Don't Know (Sure Can Hurt You) (Remastered)
2. Sin After Sin (Remastered)
3. Bad Boys (Of Rock 'N' Roll) (Remastered)
4. Destroyer (Remastered)
5. Leader Of The Pack (Remastered)
6. Tear It Loose (Remastered)
7. Band Rap (Remastered)
8. You Can't Stop Rock 'N' Roll (Remastered)
9. Run For Your Life (Remastered)
10. Shoot 'Em Down (Remastered)
11. Dee's Rap (Remastered)
12. It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It) (Remastered)
13. Band Introductions (Remastered)
14. I Am (I'm Me) (Remastered)
15. Under The Blade (Remastered)
16. Let The Good Times Roll (Remastered)

Dee Snider – lead vocals
Jay Jay French – guitar, backing vocals
Eddie "Fingers" Ojeda – guitar, backing vocals
Mark "The Animal" Mendoza – bass, backing vocals
A. J. Pero – drums, percussion



WILLIAM SIKSTROM - Running Out Of Time [Japan Edition] (2018) Exclusive

WILLIAM SIKSTROM - Running Out Of Time [Japan Edition] (2018) full

WILLIAM SIKSTROM already caught all our attention with his previous work, and today we are presenting in exclusive at 0dayrox his new album "Running Out Of Time" in its Japanese edition.
This Swede has an incredible good taste to craft exquisite classic West Coast AOR tunes, and this new CD is even richier in delicious '80s inspired melodies.

While smooth in nature, typical from the West Coast genre, Sikström's music is much more 'vital' and dynamic, so Melodic Rock fans should take a listen to "Running Out Of Time" as well, because you'll be surprised.
Think CWF - Champlin / Williams / Friestedt - Toto, even some Work Of Art sonic-wise.

From the first song until closer of this short but intense CD, you'll find joyful uptempo moments, soaring vocals, elegant arrangements and sublime slow atmospheres as well.

In addition, there's a terrific quality in terms of a very careful production that allows the listener to enjoy all instruments involved in the development of each song.
It's truly amazing, and Sikström handles most the things here.

WILLIAM SIKSTROM - Running Out Of Time [Japan Edition] (2018) back

"Running Out Of Time" is a delicious second effort from talented Williiam Sikström, a young Swedish cat that learned to perfection the West Coast AOR lesson from the masters of the classic LA Session '80s scene.
The kind of exquisite music that only 0dayrox brings to you.

0dayrox exclusive

01. It's Not My Style
02. This Time
03. Ends With You And Me
04. Running Out Of Time
05. Better To Love
06. Shoot The Moon
07. Never Too Late
08. You Will Never Know
09. I Won't Stop

William Sikström - vocals, all instruments
Victor Brannstrom - guitar solo on track 6
Rakel Sikström - vocals on track 5
Adrain Emilsson - vocals on track 6
Henrik Hansson - vocals on track 7



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