Hear ‘n Now…A Time to Unite One and All
No Road To Ruin Single
The multi-artist initiative Hear 'n Now, which features the talents of Steve Grimmett of Grim Reaper, Patrick Kennison of Lita Ford, Chris Natalini of Blood Feast,
members of Corners of Sanctuary and Ed Mischke of Veronica "The V" Freeman among other Rock performers.
We are asking people to take another listen, spread the word and help the song, "No Road to Ruin," reach a wider audience.
A lot of people missed this one on the first run...here's that second chance!
"It's a great tune," said Hear 'n Now creator Billy Loney. "There's a ton of life left in this song...”
"No Road to Ruin," which officially dropped in May, amidst the COVID lockdown, is available as a free MP3 download.
The song's initial release was met with positive praise and early reviews were solid. Since then, the world has spiraled into more chaos as attention shifted from COVID to protests.
Demonstrations quickly turned to riots in light of the unfortunate situation leading to the death of George Floyd. Between the COVID pandemic and the worlds’ outcry for justice,
music has taken an inevitable backseat.
Hear 'n Now feels the song's message of standing together, united as one is more relevant now than ever.
"Music is massively powerful...having the ability to create bonds and unite people of all races, creeds and colors...anywhere in the world," said Loney. "The message is universally simple...together we are unstoppable."
“No Road to Ruin” is available on Heaven and Hell Records.
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Published by The Manamal | July 5TH
"Even The Devil Believes" Filled with the band’s signature riffs, harmony-laden melodies and positive themes, the 11-track project is Stryper’s first studio album
with Perry Richardson (Firehouse) on bass and background vocals.
Christian hard rock | metal
Michael Sweet - Lead Vocals/Lead & Rhythm Guitar | Robert Sweet - Drums & Percussion | Oz Fox - Vocals/Lead and Rhythm Guitar | Perry Richardson - Vocals/Bass
Paul McNamara - Organ, Keys, Moog
Additional Background Vocals: Keith Pittman
STRYPER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “EVEN THE DEVIL BELIEVES” ON SEPTEMBER 4TH; LYRIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BLOOD FROM ABOVE” AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING
The official lyric video for "Blood From Above", the new single from openly Christian hard rockers Stryper, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming album, "Even The Devil Believes", which will be released on September 4th through Frontiers Music Srl.
Formed 37 years ago, Stryper is the first overtly Christian metal band to go mainstream. The group’s name comes from Isaiah 53:5, which states, “But he was wounded for our transgressions,
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
Last September, Sweet told The Metal Voice about the musical direction of STRYPER's follow-up to 2018's "God Damn Evil": "It's gonna be aligned with the last album, but taking it a step further. We're gonna do some things where people are gonna hear it and go, 'You've gotta be kidding me,' that's gonna surprise and shock people in a really good way. It's gonna be a metal album — it's not gonna be a pop album or pop-rock or glam metal and all these silly terms. It's gonna be a metal album. And we're gonna really pull some things out of the hat, man, and try to blow people's minds."
A week ago, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet described the first single in an Instagram post as "metal," "powerful," "relevant" and "life changing." He added: "It is most definitely one of the best tracks we've ever recorded and it couldn't come at a better time."
STRYPER's new LP will be released in late 2020 via Frontiers Music Srl. Most of the recording sessions for the disc took place at SpiritHouse Recording Studios in Northampton, Massachusetts
with engineer Danny Bernini.
Sweet, who also produced the new album, revealed that the band members delivered focused determination, a collaborative spirit and spot-on execution for the new record.
The result is a collection of remarkable songs that will leave a strong impact on listeners.
Standout tracks include Blood From Above, Make Love Great Again, Do Unto Others, How To Fly, Divider and the heart-stirring ballad This I Pray.
Among the tracks set to appear on the LP is "For God And Rock & Roll".
“We’re incredibly happy to write a new chapter in the book of Stryper,” says vocalist/guitarist Michael Sweet, who has served as the band’s primary songwriter since its inception in 1983.
“This album was recorded during the pandemic, and I believe the message pertains to the times we are living in so perfectly. It’s a recording of hope and inspiration and a light in the darkest
“It has an energy unlike any other album we’ve done,” he asserts. “We even pulled a song from the past that has never been heard or released, and by doing so we brought a little bit
of 1989 back into the mix.”
“The music and lyrics are rock-solid,” says Sweet. “God really blessed this one and hopefully it will bless everyone who hears it as well.”
releases Sept 4TH 2020
STRYPER's albums include "To Hell With The Devil", "Second Coming", "No More Hell To Pay", "Fallen" and the aforementioned "God Damn Evil".
Sweet's tenth solo album, "Ten", was released in October via Rat Pak Records in North America and Frontiers Music Srl in Europe.
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Published by The Manamal | June 28TH 2020
Tokyo Motor Fist is an artistic alliance between Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of Trixter combined with the rhythm section of Greg Smith (Ted Nugent , Rainbow , Alice Cooper) on bass and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult , Joe Lynn Turner ) on drums!
GENRE: Melodic Rock
Ted Poley - Vocals | Steve Brown - Guitar,Vocals & Keyboards | Chuck Burgi - Drums | Greg Smith - Bass & Vocals
Tokyo Motor Fist’s self-titled debut scratched an itch for music fans who have been starving for new albums from Trixter or Danger Danger (and who also happen to love Def Leppard) and now the band delivers another fix with their sophomore album, LIONS. Once again, the band delivers exactly what fans want and would expect with their catchy and uplifting hard rock.
You don’t need to be a die-hard '80s metal fan to know that the fruits of an artistic alliance between Danger Danger singer Ted Poley and guitarist/producer Steve Brown of Trixter was
going to make melodic rock fans rejoice! And in fact, when the Self-Titled debut album hit the market, that’s when the fun really started to happen!
The contagious party-vibe of TOKYO MOTOR FIST debut album conquered all the music fans who have been starving for new albums from Trixter or Danger Danger and now the wait is over.
The band once again delivers exactly what the fans would expect: catchy and uplifting hard rock, the way is should be!
You want big – we mean, BIG - hooks? You got ‘em. What about major guitar riffs? Of course there’s plenty of those. Killer rhythm section?
Well, with Greg Smith (Ted Nugent, Rainbow, Alice Cooper) and Chuck Burgi (Rainbow, Blue Oyster Cult, Joe Lynn Turner) you simply can’t go wrong!
Ted and Steve have been friends for a long time. They were playing the same club circuit with their respective bands, Danger Danger and Trixter, when both bands were starting their careers. Over the years, they had a great personal relationship and the idea of doing a record together has been in the cards for many years.
Now, thanks to Frontiers this concept has become a reality.
Beefy and energetic, “Tokyo Motor Fist” is sure to please not only Ted Poley, Danger Danger, and Trixter's fans, but all fans of Def Leppard, Bon Jovi and Cheap Trick and melodic hard rock in general. Don't miss this superb release!
#TokyoMotorFist #Youngblood #Lions
On the making of the new album, Steve Brown says, “From day one when I put together Tokyo Motor Fist, I knew that this was a genuine rock group, not a fake cash grab project,
a so-called super-group or imaginary band that makes one record and never plays live…..TMF is the REAL DEAL! Our debut release proved that, our live shows cemented that fact,
and the worldwide response and success to the debut was so overwhelming that a follow-up record was a sure thing. Here we present you with “LIONS”….next level stuff for the band,
as you will hear. It’s a great feeling after 30 years of making records to be at the top of my game as a writer, singer, player, and producer.
So proud of my band….Ted, Chuck and Greg all delivered incredible performances and took my songs to a higher ground. I brought in my rock 'n roll brother, the great Bruno Ravel,
to mix “LIONS". He is without a doubt one of the most talented all around musicians/producers I know. His expertise and ears took this album over the top.
It was mastered by Maor Appelbaum, who did a fantastic job. It sounds brilliant! Lastly, we are on the best label in the business, FRONTIERS RECORDS!
My friend, Serafino Perugino allowed TMF the extra time and the support needed to make the record of our dreams.
I can’t wait for you all hear this….TOKYO MOTOR FIST “LIONS” is the positive & feel good record the WORLD needs right now…It’s gonna Blow Your Mind!!!”
Ted Poley adds, “Couldn’t be prouder to be a part of such an amazing band! The new album is absolutely stunning! Steve Brown‘s songwriting has hit a new high. ”LIONS” contains
some of my favorite songs that I have ever sung on in my career. The TMF rhythm section of Chuck and Greg are an unstoppable dream team. This record should come with a warning label
because you will be singing along with it for days! The hooks just keep coming! And we hope that you will too!”
"Our new album "LIONS" is by far and away the BEST album I've ever had the pleasure to play on! Each and every song is outstanding and this new record reaches new
sonic and songwriting heights yet achieved in my career!! A-a-a-a-and you can quote me on this!!!!" adds Chuck Burgi.
"I absolutely loved our first album, but this one is a game changer for this band! The songs, playing, and soul of this group are definitely captured on this record. It was an absolute pleasure to be there when the legendary Dennis DeYoung recorded his cameo on the album's namesake tune,”LIONS". He took an already great song to the next level. I can’t wait to perform these tunes with my TMF brothers in the hopefully near future! I hope you all enjoy this album as much as I did playing on it!" says bassist Greg Smith
The album's title track features a guest keyboard solo by none other than rock legend Dennis DeYoung and a guest saxophone spot from Mark Rivera (Billy Joel, Ringo Starr) on 'Sedona'.
Written and produced by Steve Brown, "Lions" was mixed by Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger, The Defiants) and mixed by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Yes, Dokken).
TMF anticipates hitting the road in support of the album once the world is back up and running.
Published by The Manamal | June 28TH 2020
The Midnight Devils are putting their high energy, Glam Slam Boogie Woogie Rock n Roll circus on the road permanently.
These Nebraska boys play loud, dirty, heart-and-soul rock n roll!
The Midnight Devils
Sniper - lead guitar | Sam Spade - bass and vocals | Jimmy Mess - drums
About The Midnight Devils
The Midnight Devils - Hair Metal, Glam Rock, Glam Metal, Rockabilly, Punk, Sleaze Rock, & Boogie-woogie. The band is Chris Sniper Hineline, Sam Spade, Jimmy Mess, Sniper, Sam Spade Morris. Omaha, Nebraska.
The Midnight Devils are a high energy glam slam boogie woogie rock n roll band out of Omaha, NE and Chicago, IL. It’s unique, it's unpredictable, it's sexy, and it’s beautifully covered in glitter and lipstick. Combining sleazy party rock n roll with old school punk rock attitude, The Midnight Devils are Sniper on lead guitar, Sam Spade on bass and vocals, and the indestructible Jimmy Mess behind the kit.
Having toured coast to coast in support of their debut album "Something Bigger", these rock n roll wild animals show no signs of taking it easy.
Simply put it's loud, dirty, guitar-driven, heart-pounding rock n roll at it's finest.
Combining the look and feel of Alice Cooper and Motley Crue with the boogie woogie of Elvis Presley and you have The Midnight Devils.
The Midnight Devils are putting their high energy, Glam Slam Boogie Woogie Rock n Roll circus on the road permanently.
Nothing even comes close.
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Next tour info coming soon....The Midnight Devils are fresh off a leg with The Quireboys "Amazing Disgrace" Tour 2020
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Published by The Manamal | April 16TH 2020
“ALL ABOARD... IT’S RUNAWAY TRAIN OF ROCK & ROLL!!”
Whether you’re a fan of 70’s styled Bubblegum & Junkshop Glam or 80’s influenced Hard Rock & Metal,
you’re sure to enjoy the full steam adventure on the RICH KID EXPRE$$.
RICH KID EXPRE$$ is:
Raised on the tracks of such Artists as: KISS, The Sweet, AC/DC, W.A.S.P, Joan Jett and the infamous Spinal Tap,
it’s a “LOCO-Motive” of fun! It’s all about good time rock and roll!
You’re bound to get a little bit of everything on your trip........So punch your ticket now...and get the lead out of your caboose!
About Rich Kid Expre$$
GENRES: Rock, Hard Rock, Glam Rock, Hair Metal, Classic Rock, 70’s & 80’s Style
INFLUENCES: KISS, Sweet, AC/DC, Joan Jett, W.A.S.P, 60’s/70’s Bubblegum Rock
RICH KID EXPRE$$ is a solo rock project by Rob Richardson. (Squib Kick Records) A retro mix of seventies Glam/Bubblegum and eighties style Hard Rock.
Growing up listening to KISS, and watching Saturday Morning Cartoons has a profound effect on a little kid. From the Bubblegum sounds of the Bay City Rollers to the crunch of
AC/DC, one’s mind can be filled with loud guitars and cartoonish style rock and roll! Rob took his favorite influences from the seventies, full steam ahead into the mid-eighties where
the LA Scene exploded and the mystique of the Headbanger’s Ball Generation, was erupting! Barely out of high school, this small town kid took up the drums and tried to turn
a fun hobby into something more significant. But…the scene dwindles, times and music change and some people just stumble in “too late,” to the party.
Needless to say, the story continued with Rob playing in band’s throughout the Nineties and 2K’s, (releasing two CD’s with HEAVENS SAKE)….forming his own small Independent
Rock Record label and building a studio for the joy of recording. That brings us up to the present without the hassle of explaining anymore of the boring details.
Today Squib Kick Records presents the debut album release of Rich Kid Express!
*Digital Release Only - (with a short run of Promo CD’s available.)
*Available and Distributed through: CDBaby and Affiliate Companies.
*Also available at Bandcamp and Squib Kick Records websites.
*Downloads and streaming via: all major outlets.
*Looking for any possible placements or licensing opportunities.
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YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/c/SquibKickRecords
Join Squib Kick's Alley Facebook group for Rich Kid Expre$$ and more classic rock, 70's 80's hard rock, metal, and glam!
Published by The Manamal | April 24TH 2020
About The Album
This Volume 8 compilation features current and past members of Journey, Tyketto, Extreme, Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks, Broken Teeth & Firehouse. Also appearing are Perris Recording
artist Loud 'N' Nasty, 99 Crimes, AOR, Bad Boy Eddy, Rain Or Shine & Affaire. Many Perris artist tracks have not appeared on any CDs including Loud 'N' Nasty "Stand Strong", Bad Boy Eddy "My Best Friend" & Affäire "Highway Affair". The 99 Crimes "Rumor" track features Paul Lidel of Dangerous Toys, Dirty Looks & Broken Teeth fame. Duane Morano (MORANO) has a shredding melodic masterpice that is one of the biggest distributed CDs through Perris in 2019. The Morano track "After the Love" features an allstar line up including on vocals: Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), guitar: Duane Morano, bass: Pat Badger (Extreme) & on drums: Michael Foster (Firehouse). The AOR "The Smartest Girl In L.A" track features Jeff Scott Soto (Journey) on vocals with Tommy Denander on lead guitar. Many artist including Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna & Gemini Five were featured on the HOLLYWOOD HAIRSPRAY series before breaking into the glam hard rock mainstream. This compilation features new artist that will be widely known very soon like Walker (Ireland), Notörious (Norway) , NiteRain (Norway) & Kill City Kills (Russia). The past seven Hollywood Hairspray compilations have included Pretty Boy Floyd, Jetboy, Enuff Z’Nuff, Nitro, Heaven, Demon Angels (Robin McAuley-MSG), Cherry St., Tigertailz, Funny Money (members of Kix), Zan Clan, Nasty Idols, Crazy Lixx, Crashdiet, Vains Of Jenna, Gemini Five, Sweet Cheater, Mad Margritt and many glam and hard rock bands from all over the world.
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Hollywood Hairspray 8 Band Bios
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Published by The Manamal | November 29TH 2019
Vintage Steel From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Vidarr - Guitars, Vocals, Mellotron, Mandolin, Swords
Evil St. Clair - Bass, Backing Vocals, Battle Axes
Kicker - Drums, Percussion, Necromancy
Drea - Hammond Organ
Dee C. - Violin
Through mists of time, and beyond the dungeons deep, Legendry has sought the secrets of steel. With swords raised, honoring such heroes as Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol, and Warlord, and delving into the progressive wizardry of King Crimson, Uriah Heep, and Jethro Tull, Legendry doth heed the call to heavy metal adventure.
Formed in 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Legendry are playing classic Epic Metal. Following their first two full-length albums, »Mists Of Time« from 2016 and »Dungeon Crawler« from 2017, the band’s third longplayer »The Wizard And The Tower Keep« is about to be unleashed by High Roller Records soon.
Mastermind Vidarr (guitars, vocals, mellotron, mandolin – and swords!) gives us a quick summary of how Legendry evolved: “Legendry began when I met up with Kicker and Choo, the bassist who appeared on our demo. Shortly after the demo, Choo left the group, which left Kicker and I to track »Mists Of Time« as a duo. We got in touch with Non Nobis Productions to release the album, and we considered Legendry to be a studio project. After the debut was released, we came to the attention of the ‘Legions of Metal Festival’, and were offered a spot on the bill, so we rounded out the line-up with Evil St. Clair as our new bassist. At the time when we played ‘Legions’, Kicker and I had been in the middle of tracking our second album, »Dungeon Crawler«, so it was around this time that Evil wrote and tracked the bass on the album. We met up with Arthur Rizk when we played with Eternal Champion and Sumerlands that summer, and Arthur offered to master »Dungeon Crawler«. When it came time to start thinking about how we wanted to record the follow-up, Arthur offered to engineer, mix, and master the album. We contacted High Roller Records, and they were very supportive of the endeavour.
The goal of the band has always been to create epic compositions, with sprawling instrumental portions in which each instrument is important. We strive to bring together our musical influences in a cohesive fashion to create something familiar, yet surprising. We want to create something timeless, everything from the sounds and recording techniques we use to the traditionally painted album covers: There may be a lot of old-school elements from the 70s and 80s, but we would never think of ourselves as a throwback band.”
Vidarr describes the new album »The Wizard And The Tower Keep« in relation to the band’s first two records: “»The Wizard And The Tower Keep« is a concept album based on the novelette I wrote of the same name, published by Millhaven Press in their anthology, »Fierce Tales: Savage Lands«. The songs were all written in the order they appear on the album, and follow closely the source text both lyrically and musically. We wanted to take this route as a natural progression of the mystique the band has created.
On »Mists Of Time«, only the title track follows the ‘Warrior With No Name’, and that scene is depicted on the album cover. With »Dungeon Crawler«, we included three tracks of this warrior’s exploits in a strange world. Now, with »The Wizard And The Tower Keep«, we have created a complete adventure with this central character. We have continued to use this unnamed Warrior on our album covers as a kind of mascot. He and the wizard, Vael, are also featured on the cover of the »Fierce Tales« anthology.
Musically, we have gotten a bit more complex, in terms of the song structures. We like to think of the album as an adventure, from start to finish. Compared to »Dungeon Crawler«, we have included more lengthy songs as well.”
If one looks at a song like "The Bard's Tale" or other tunes as well, I would say that Legendry features some Celtic influences. Where do those influences come from? “There is definitely a bit of a Celtic influence on the album,” answers Vidarr. “But a song like ‘The Bard’s Tale’ is very much a product of my appreciation for the music of Jethro Tull. There are many albums with short acoustic introductions, but I wanted to take it in a more strange direction and include an entirely acoustic track to open with. The lyrics for this track appear in the novelette, and are sung by a bard as the Warrior enters the tavern in the fictional city of Ardona depicted on the album cover.”
The album has some Epic Metal leanings (the title track for example) but it surely sounds very much different to say Manilla Road or Cirith Ungol … “There are certainly hints of different influences throughout the album,” reflects Vidarr. “But I am glad to not clone the bands we love. That being said, I would find it hard to classify the album as anything other than Epic Metal. In the case of Cirith Ungol and Manilla Road, I would say that they both have very different sounds. These bands, along with bands like Brocas Helm, Warlord, and of course Manowar, create an epic sound in their own ways, which is a key aspect of the genre. The same thing could be said of Black Metal, where bands like Mercyful Fate, Bathory, and Celtic Frost all fall under that category, with vastly different sounds. There is a heroic quality to Epic Metal, which is hard to pinpoint the exact source of. I think that this is something we are striving after as musicians and song writers.”
Some of Legendry’s compositions are quite atmospheric ("Sorcery's Bane"), early Scorpions and also Rush spring to mind … Vidarr explains: “In the song ‘Sorcery’s Bane’, the Warrior is ascending the Tower Keep, and encounters various ritual chambers devoted to different aspects of life on this distant planet he has traveled to. It is a very introspective part of the tale, where he silently observes forgotten artifacts of culture from a bygone age of benevolent magick. As he ascends the tower, he knows that the evil wizard, Vael lurks atop, awaiting his arrival.
Evil St. Clair brought the main riffs for this track to rehearsal, and they were some of the first we jammed on while writing the album. It’s a unique track, as the bass serves as the prominent melodic drive for the verses, while the guitars add atmospheric tones.
The comparison to early Rush is certainly not far off, as »Caress of Steel« was an album I listen to quite a bit while writing the novelette.”
On the other hand there are harder, faster tunes like "The Lost Road" or "Behind The Summoner's Seal" as well … Vidarr: “The mood of each track is a reflection of the lyrics. While writing the music for the album, I already had an idea of where we would be within the story, so we would improvise on these ideas as we wrote for the different parts.
‘The Lost Road’ is a slight nod to Manilla Road. The Warrior travels a forgotten path beneath the city, in the catacombs filled with the tombs of warriors and the spirits of the dead; it is far from a “’Road of Light’. Behind the Summoner’s Seal depicts the chaotic realm the warrior is eventually transported to, where he must face an evil beyond the boundaries of time and reality.”
And there is a certain NWOBHM influence as well, most evident on "Vindicator" … “For sure!,” beams Vidarr. “We wanted to open with a rocker, kind of a mission statement for the album. The lyrics of Vindicator are a means to catch the listener up on the story so far. They reference the events which took place on the »Dungeon Crawler« album.”
Legendry are a three-piece (like Night Demon for example), could they imagine incorporating a second guitar player to feature dual guitar harmonies in the vein of Lizzy and Maiden, or would this not fit their overall style? “We thought about adding another guitarist originally,” explains Vidarr, “but we have come to be proud of the power trio dynamic of the band. There are a few moments on the album were Evil and I will play dual harmonies with bass and guitar, and occasionally I may track additional guitars for the studio albums, but they do not become so vital to the songs that they are sorely missed live. This time around, Evil used overdrive on his bass sound, so this adds to the harmonic complexity and fills out the sound when there is no rhythm guitar in a live setting.”
On the album, mellotrons and mandolins are listed. Are there pipes on there as well? Are these all real instruments or computer-generated samples? And what about the live setting? “We used quite a few instruments for the album this time around,” reveals Vidarr. “I played the mandolin, along with 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars. The Mellotron and Hammond organ were both VST instruments, but they were played and recorded live on a keyboard as a midi controller: nothing was programmed. I played the Mellotron parts (I used the classic orchestra and choir sounds, as well as the flute), as they are fairly simplistic, and my wife Drea, who is much more adept at keys, played the Hammond organ parts. We also had Dee C. play violin on ‘Sorcery’s Bane’, which was a welcomed addition.
Drea and Dee C. have not joined us live yet, but we would love to have that happen at some point in the future. Currently, I use an Electro Harmonix Mel9 pedal to recreate the Mellotron live, which has worked quite well albeit slightly different from what is heard on the album.
For the standard instruments, Kicker is using his Mapex drum kit, Evil is using a 70s Fender Tele through Fender Bassman amp and 215 cabinet, and I use a Limited Edition Fender Strat through a Musicman 210 combo and Musicman 212RH cabinet, with a rig of various analog pedals. We tracked the rhythm instruments live in the studio, to capture the groove of the band, with great results, thanks to Arthur. We did everything as old-school as possible, what you hear on the album are real drums and tube amps cranked.”
And what about the lyrics? More Skyclad than Manowar? Or something completely different? “Definitely a bit of a Manowar influence,” states Vidarr, “but overall the lyrics are a condensed form of the source text. In the past, I used the short stories of Robert E. Howard as a primary source for lyrical topics, aside from the songs which dealt with the ‘Warrior With No Name’, but with »The Wizard And The Tower Keep«, I have created an original tale that encompasses the whole album. It can be considered escapism from the modern world to be sure, however, I intend to write in a manner that empowers the listener. In our songs, good overcomes evil, honour defeats treachery, and this is something which is not always explored in heavy metal.”
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Published By The Manamal | November 6TH 2019
US Hard Rock / Metal band, VANDALLUS, will release their third powerhouse album 'Outbreak' on December 12th, 2019 digital, CD and vinyl via Mercinary Records. It's all about classic dynamic recordings with a real live drummer, no pitch shifting, and no crushed or fake elements.
CrazyV - Vocals (Eternal Legacy, EGO)
Vanik - Guitars (Midnight, Breaker, Manimals, Eternal Legacy, Vanik)
Tim-Ay - Bass (Wretch, Eternal Legacy, Destructor)
SteveD - Drums (Vindicator)
Outbreak studio musicans:
Jesse Stown - Drums (Vindicator)
Vandallus is an experienced group of musicians spawned out of the pure passion of 80’s rock and metal. We write great songs in the vein of late 70’s to mid 80’s.
Mastered by Grammy winner Arnie Acosta (The Who, Frank Zappa, U2, Peter Frampton, Giant), On The High Side takes you back to late 70’s to early 80’s in terms of the songwriting, feel,
and production. Our main goal is to spread the art and sound of an era that won’t be forgotten by providing the same high energy music and performance, without cutting any corners.
Vandallus Short Bio
VANDALLUS from Cleveland Ohio, USA feature two thirds of the mighty Midnight in their line-up. VANDALLUS is Jason’s baby “aka CrazyV”, Midnight boss Jamie Walters also wrote a few songs to kickstart the debut album "On The High Side (2016)" via High Roller Records. The idea came about of making an album in the vein of late 1970s/early 1980s hard rock. Being that there was a significant amount of underground buzz about the music, it had become a functioning band.
The sound of "On The High Side" is a very direct and sort of old school sound, according to Jason, that’s exactly how it was originally planned: “The main vibe with this band is all about capturing an era that won't be forgotten, just straight forward old school hard rock without the bs. I had the debut album mastered by Arnie Acosta (Santa Monica Mastering) whom worked on many of the classic productions of that time. The follow-up album “Bad Disease” was recorded live in the studio and released in 2018, and now here comes the 3rd powerhouse “Outbreak” ready to be unleashed upon the world. “I'm all about classic dynamic recordings with a real live drummer, no pitch shifting, and no crushed or fake elements.”
VANDALLUS are very much motivated to play live as often as they can. Generally, we like to stick to more festival-type shows because we like to put on a full out energetic performance without cutting any corners. The 80’s is an era that I'm truly inspired by, and through the music we're trying to get the upcoming generations to be as inspired as I am. Our goal is to get the younger kids to see the energy and vibe, and experience what the classic shows were all about.
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Published By The Manamal | November 5TH 2019
Memphis, Tennessee hard rockers ROXY BLUE are back with their first album of new material, 25 years after their now legendary debut album, "Want Some”,
which is a classic of the late ‘80s/early '90s hard rock scene.
GENRE: Melodic Rock
Todd Poole - Vocals | Scott Trammell - Drums | Josh Weil - Bass | Jeff Caughron - Guitar
Original members Todd Poole (vocals), Josh Weil (bass), and Scotty Trammell (drums) are now joined by new guitarist Jeffrey Wade Caughron. (Original guitarist Sid "Boogie" Fletcher has left the music business for a successful career in dentistry.) Poole says: "ROXY BLUE fans can expect an explosive new album! I think the new record is definitely a different sound than the 1992 version of ROXY BLUE, but not unrecognizable. The new record is much heavier, but still has some cool ballads and hints of early ROXY in there. I feel that it's a well-balanced record."
He continues: "I have been writing songs for years for different projects I've been in, but when Frontiers called, I knew it was an opportunity to take a fresh approach to the ROXY BLUE sound. The excitement of having a new record deal actually inspired me to write the songs for the upcoming record from scratch." On the band's legacy, Poole says: "For 'Want Some' to be recognized as one of the finest moments in the latter hard rock days is an honor. Especially being that there were so many good bands out at the time. We were just so proud to be a part of a great rock era."
And a fun fact for fans of the Frontiers label: Poole is the son-in-law of the late, great Jimi Jamison, whom Frontiers had a great, longstanding working relationship with.
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Crammed in together in studio apartment above Cotton Row Studios, the guys were constantly writing and recording new songs and living a 24 hour rock n roll lifestyle miles and miles away
from the sunset strip of Los Angeles. Quickly earning a name for themselves within the local music scene and selling out club shows, they soon created a buzz in the music industry.
But, It wasn't until one night while playing a local bar they were approached by Jani Lane, the vocalist of Warrant, that things really started to take off. Jani loved what he heard and wanted
to help get Roxy Blue’s career launched.
Soon after, the labels started calling and eventually Geffen Records legendary A&R guru Tom Zutaut (Motley Crue, Guns N Roses, Tesla) flew the band
to Los Angeles to sign them. The band was soon signed to a management contract with Doug Thaler at Top Rock Management (Motley Crue, Winger). The next step was to find the right producer
to record the bands debut album. Mike Clink, who had produced Guns N Roses milestone “Appetite For Destruction” and , at the time, was finishing up on G N R’s “Use Your Illusions” I and II albums was ultimately chose for the job. Clink and Roxy Blue were a perfect match and the result was the 1992 release of "WANT SOME".
In 2013, three albums were released via FnA Records: "Want Some More", "Stripped and Live At Nightmoves". The recordings on Want Some More are demos of songs that were going to be
for Roxy Blue‘s sophomore album release. The recordings on Stripped are some of the Roxy Blue classics and some unreleased tracks all stripped down to the barebones. Live At Nightmoves
is a live recording that represents Roxy Blue‘s last show before the band got signed and went off to Los Angeles to make the classic Want Some? album.
The original Roxy Blue band line-up made its much anticipated live reunion at the Rock And Skull 2016 Festival in Pekin, Illinois, USA on October 29, 2016.
Now, 25 years later, recently signed to Frontiers Music, Roxy Blue is still going strong.
Published by The Manamal | July 28TH 2019
BAD BOY EDDY - For fans of Van Halen, Dokken and Skid Row.
Veterans of Bay Area hard rock acts that have come together to Rock Your World with energetic, melodic, heart- thumping and fist-pumping, sleazy, sexy ROCK and ROLL!!!
Bad Boy Eddy just knocked out the track "My Best Friend" in the studio.
The new single "My Best Friend" is now available on Perris Records June 7th worldwide on all digital platforms including
iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and many more.
Bad Boy Eddy is made up of five experienced musicians out of California:
Eddie Vega on lead vocals | Dave Saker on lead guitar| Rob Peterson on guitar | Steve Jones on bass | Larry Bernal on drums.
The quintet shows off some massive classic hard rock skills, with riffs that rough you up and rub you down, and a rhythm section that can just about floor you.
Bad Boy Eddy "My Best Friend" Official Music Video 2019
Check out the new exclusive BAD BOY EDDY interview in the ROCKNATION Issue 26 available at www.rocknation.us.
Fans will not be disappointed in this killer 80's rock track.
Published by The Manamal | June 7TH 2019