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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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.”
Legendry Shows | events | tours
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.
Roxy Blue Media
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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
You wanted some real Sunset Strip Glam Metal and we heard you!
Not just another band in heels that released a couple cassette tapes and didn't make it out of the Coconut Teaszer,
you wanted a band that dominated Hollywood, took no prisoners, recorded a full length album and was featured on MTV's Headbangers Ball!
Well, Demon Doll Records got exactly that for you, the 30 years anniversary re-issue of Dirty Blonde's epic album release 'Passion' has officially arrived!
Demon Doll along with Metal Legacy Records could not be more proud to welcome DIRTY BLONDE and their amazing 80's Glam and Sleaze Rock to the family.
This baby spikes the vein from the first note with "I Got The Itch" and keeps motoring down Sunset till the final note of "2 Cool 4 School". Everything in between is pure Glam Metal bliss with songs like "Restless, Young & Wild", the MTV single "Passion" as well as the catchy "Girls Nite Out' and "Ladies In Mercedes".
These boys had the looks, the hooks and flaunted it all on this great album that should have been bigger then it was. If you love your Glam Metal dripping in sleaze and sexual innuendo then you have come to the right place and to the right album. If this baby doesn’t bring you steam rolling back to the glory days of Rock 'N' Roll then I don't know what will.
Highly addictive and highly recommended listening!
This release is digitally remastered and repackaged in an eight page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Dirty Blonde - Passion
Blackwater Commotion, the Finnish hard rock group formed in 2012,
publishes its debut CD “Strike One” via Concorde Music Company on May 10th 2019.
The album includes nine original songs from the group that draws inspiration from the 80’s metal and the rock’n roll grooves of the 70’s.
Tracks of the album range from metal (Make It Throught The Night) to hard rock (Sled Of Coming),
all the way to moody ballads (I Wish You Know), thus offering the listener a roller coast ride of emotions.
The lyrical themes revolve around the love, relationships as well as the trials and tribulations of rock’n roll lifestyle,
while maintaining the twinkle in the eye.
"Strike One" Album Review
Release: Blackwater Commotion - Strike One
Format: CD & Digital
Release Date: May 10th 2019
Record label: Concorde Music Company
Genre: Hard Rock
When Finnish rockers, Blackwater Commotion formed in 2012 they wanted to put together a band that they would want to go see.
Living by the oath, that all men play on 10. Seven years later, the band release their debut outing, 'Strike One!', staying true their word and putting out a high octane album.
Blackwater Commotion incorporating the very successful formula and style of vintage rock and metal from start to finish with well written, energetic tracks
that are presented full throttle and gets the volume cranked over "10".
The band is comprised of, Henkka Hako-Rita on vocals, Toni Saari on guitar and backing vocals, Ilkka Uusitalo on guitars, Mika Tikka on bass and Perttu Tähtelä on drums.
Blackwater Commotion took this album to new high's beyond expectations and joins the ranks of spectacular vintage steel produced across the ages. The energy of their debut starts high right off the bat with the opening song, “Sled Of Coming”, one of the heaviest songs on the album followed by extreme rockers in the form of, "Waiting", (Our favorite track)"Metal Child" a great fist pumping track and maintains throughout the album. "I Wish You Know" offers a very pleasing step down from the harder sound on the album, reminiscent of old Judas Priest slow rockers we instantly made a connection with the track."You Better Hide Out", "Long Hard Ride" and "Make It Through The Night" all had us dancing and banging heads to the jams which flowed smoothly from one to the next. "Prelude" brings the album to it's closing track "Black Water" which is a great finisher for the album with it's gritty rock n' roll beat and scorching lyrics.
Blackwater Commotion blends their own style and sound with hint's of rock n' roll and vintage metal that stands out from the crowd on vocals, musical style and extreme band energy.
If you're a fan of vintage music this album is sure to place in your all time favorites with all 9 killer tracks and no filler!
Recommended for fans of vintage Judas Priest, Accept, Saxon, Running Wild, Kreator, Dio and more!
Blackwater Commotion "Strike One"
"All Killer & No Filler"
We give the album a 10/10 perfect scoring for the following
lyrics and vocals | overall sound | band creativity | originality | replay value
you can hear this awesome vintage rocker on our radio stream 24/7 - expect heavy rotations for this album!
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Fighting Angels And Demons
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg and they were called SHAGGY.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others.
In 1975 they had the honor of supporting Sweet at Scandinavium and they had a minor breakthrough that same year when they released their first LP "Lessons for beginners".
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons"!
Ulrich Carlsson - vocals | Tom Ryan - keyboards | Fidde Rognås - guitars | Hannes Rognås - guitars | Robert Ottoson - bass | Stefan Husar - drums
For Fans Of
Vintage and Melodic Rock & Metal
Hatchet, Sabbath, Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull , Savatage, Heaven And Hell
"Angels And Demons" Review
The Opening track “Black Hearted Angel” kicks off with a Uriah Heep/Rainbow/Deep Purple style assault with massive power and conviction. The tracks solo section which really makes it stand out shows off the progressive side of the band. “Boundless Love” brings back Deep Purple’s vintage melodies with a touch of Black Sabbath and Rainbow! The heavy mix, followed by killer vocals by Ulrich Carlsson (ex-M.ill.ion) really shine on the track being on of my favorites. “No Soldier Of God” continues in the heavy vein, with a touch of progressive rock melody. “A Thousand Miles” brings back sounds from Shaggy's last album with a tuned down rocky flow and great band vocals.“Dark Symphony” carry's a dark and heavy overtone of old school Sabbath and stands out as my favorite track on the album.“Runner In The Dark” brings out the vintage Uriah Heep sound, like a mix of 70's era Heep and the latter day albums. The album finishes with “Self Destruction” kicking off with a mean and brutal guitar riff, distorted Hammond organ and a kick-ass drive! One of the best tracks on an album for sure!
In closing "Angels And Demons" while only 7 tracks deep, the album is full of fat, heavy doom and stoner vintage style metal. Not a bad track one, the album has a great flow from opening to Finnish. I would recommend this album to any classic, vintage, stoner and doom metal fan looking for something "old" yet new.It's great to hear bands holding on to the sounds of our youth in the 70's and 80's genre's and make new musical adventures in today's market!
Rating 10/10 - for vintage sound | original and compelling material | overall quality of album
In 1972, a new band was formed in Gothenburg, and took the name SHAGGY.
Band members were:
Thomas Engström (vocal), Fidde Rognås (guitar), Jan Gustavsson (bass), Tom Ryan (Keyboard) and Kurt Kästner (Drums).
Everyone had played in different rock/pop bands in Gothenburg, England and Austria.
They played rock music with influences from bands such as Free, Bad Company, Yes, Jethro Tull and others. but very soon they began to compose their own music.
SHAGGY played at all the youth clubs and rock clubs that existed throughout Sweden and got a breakthrough in 1975 when they released their first LP "Lessions For Beginners" and got to play
as a support band for Sweet at Scandinavium in Gothenburg.
The band split up in 1977 when Tom Ryan left the group and moved back to England. Fidde, Janne and Mackan played together for a while, before Fidde joined the rock group Rhapsody from Vara.
In 2006, Thomas contacted Fidde, and together they searched for their former friends Tom and Janne, to do a new recording of Shaggy's "old" songs from 1976-77. The recording began in 2007 and lasted for a few years but the project was never finished as Thomas suddenly left the project. They needed a new singer and they found Ulrich Carlsson, former singer in M.ILL.ION.
Just before the record was completed, Janne died from lung disease. After a while the band decided to finish the album, named "Destinstion Nowhere", which was completed and released in 2015.
Now In 2019, the band is back with a brand new album "Fighting Angels and Demons", with a fresh line-up that comprises additional members Stefan Husar (drums), Hannes Rognås (guitar) and Robert Ottoson (bass).
The band has also posted on the official band website that 3 additional albums will be re-issued or released this year including the debut "Lessons For Beginnners" 1975 release.
Part 2, ‘Scarecrow’ is scheduled for release in October 2019.
Published By The Manamal | April 28TH 2019
BRASS KITTEN is back for round two! Once again teaming up with Demon Doll and Metal Legacy Records to reissue their sophomore effort 'Across America".
About The Band
Brass Kitten (BK), based out of St Paul, MN, toured extensively from 1988 to 1992, playing 250 to 300 shows a year. From Winnipeg, Canada to Key West, Florida, Brass Kitten rocked the live music circuit from coast to coast.
BK's original 4-member line up included:
John Jeremi – lead guitar and vocals, Sid – drums, Steve Philbrook – lead vocals and guitar, Kiar Olson – bass and vocals. The foursome wrote and released their first album, EZ-N-Pretty, on Emerald Records in early 1990. After Kiar’s departure from the band in mid-1990, Kellie Roulette joined as his replacement. BK continued to tour EZ-N-Pretty extensively, eventually winning ‘National Pick Hit of the Week’ on Z-Rock National Syndicate radio.
The band continued to write numerous songs while on tour and in late 1991, Brass Kitten hooked up with engineer/producer Dave Kent (Skid Row, Queensryche) to collaborate on their 2nd album, Across America. However, shortly after recording the album's tracks, bassist Kellie was in a serious motorcycle accident. Across America's release was put on hold while the band awaited Kellie's return. Kiar filled in for Kellie while Brass Kitten continued to tour. Upon hearing news that a full recovery was doubtful, Brass Kitten decided to disband and Across America's release was near forgotten. A couple singles from the album were in circulation due to their release for radio promo: "Can't Hold Back The Young" and "Sweet Love Affair". Due to fan inquiries, the album Across America was resurrected and finally released by Nightmare Records in 2001.
Fortunately, over time Kellie made a full recovery. Today, all the members of Brass Kitten still play music regionally and nationally in various projects; however, the band has not played a show together since 1992.
Brass Kitten made their own unique mark on the 80's & 90's music scene with their hard rock hook-driven music and theatrical stage show. Brass Kitten's albums, EZ-N-Pretty & Across America, have been out of print for some time but thanks to Demon Doll Records, they are both available again.
Jam packed with everything a Hair Metal fan could ever want, this delicious gem opens up in the "Crossfire" and doesn’t let you out until the final notes of the never before released bonus track "Time To Say It's Over." The Kitten bears it claws with the above mentioned killer tracks as wall as "Sweet Love Affair". "Can't Hold Back The Young”, “Bite The Bullet" and "Can't Wait Another Day". Highlighted by front man Steve Philbrook's outstanding set of pipes and John Jeremi's killer fret work, the boys bring it home in style to close out the Brass Kitten era with two excellent albums under their belts...if you don’t have a copy of their debut "E-Z ‘N’ Pretty” - do yourself a favor and grab both of these and relive the glory days of the 80's and early 90's.
If you are a fan of Skid Row and Bon Jovi, Brass Kitten definitely checks off a few boxes in that direction. Highly recommended listening!
This release is digitally remastered and repackaged in an eight page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Brass Kitten Reviews
Brass Kitten is a great example of all that was positive in regards to the hard rock / pop metal scene. The influences of many of the better bands of the genre are apparent. Nightmare Records
is to be commended for issuing this CD. A reissue of the band’s debut release “EZ – N Pretty” would be most welcome. For those of you who, like me, really enjoyed the 80s long hair heavy metal sound from bands such as Skid Row, Great White, Kix and Europe, you'll love these guys. Brass Kitten are the best thing I've heard in a long time. I highly suggest you check out this CD. - The Pure Rock Shop
It's definitely NOT comparable to any "Top 40" or "Rap" crap you hear on the radio today; which makes this band extraordinary in the fact that it has not jumped on any "bandwagons" to
promote what the public wants, but stayed focused on what their fans want. It's unabashed 80s metal, performed unashamedly.
Kind of like a mix of Steelheart and Skid Row. Now if you dig these other bands that I mentioned, which I do, there is a chance you’ll treat this release by Brass Kitten like GOLD. This is one
of those albums that comes as a pleasant surprise. Everything seems to fit together. Good songs, good hooks & melodies, worth a place to collectors list!!!
Across America 1992
Across America was the album we were all really excited for! It showed the maturity of the band and had some great songs that came from our real life experiences of being on the road
for over 250 shows! On "Across America" we took a completely different approach. The band had grown a lot as performers, players, singers, but most importantly songwriters. We knew
what sound and direction we were after. We wanted a raw "live" sound. We hired Dave Kent (Skid Row & Queensryche) to engineer the album. The album was tracked at Entercore Studios.
The rooms were nice and lively! All basic tracks were recorded live. Vocals and solos were overdubbed. For the final mix we included the input of Sandy Marks & Chris Mislinski
(the bands FOH sound tech) to help keep the "live" feel. For the rhythm guitar tracks we used a 1969 Marshall 100 watt Super Lead with a Furman parametric eq boosting the input. For
doubled rhythm tracks we used a 50 watt JCM800. Guitar solos were recorded from the various amps pictured below. The amps were close mic'd with a Shure SM57 and room mic'd with a Neumann U87. Bass tracks were a combo of direct and a vintage Ampeg SVT. All vocals were recorded with a Neumann U87.
Our debut album EZ-N-Pretty was recorded relatively quick due to the band's extensive touring schedule. The band had to squeeze studio time in as soon as we got off the road. The entire
album was recorded mixed, and mastered about 9 days. We as a band were trying to find our sound and direction during this recording. We had no recording experience before and were learning to write songs as a band. Songs like "One Life To Live", and "On The Run" were written in the studio during the recording sessions. We really had no expectation on what the album would sound like except we wanted to capture a "live" feel to it because the band thrived off our high energy shows. In the studio band recorded the songs together live to try and capture that feel. However, Control Sound Studio was a very dead sounding studio! No ambient sounding rooms at all. Thus made it difficult us have to try and capture an ambient live sound so we had to resort to using outboard effects instead of live room ambience which ended up sounding artificial. Musically & vocally we did very few punch-ins. Again due to limited time we had available.
This also helped with budget as we were able to get in, record, and get back on tour again. For the guitar tracks we used a Randall RG100 tube head and a Marshall JCM800 2204 50 watt head
into a Marshall 4x12 cab loaded with 70watt Celestion speakers, BC Rich & Jackson guitars. Bass was recorded direct, drums were recorded in the main room (very dead sounding room).
All vocals were recorded using an AKG C414 mic. We were guitar freaks like many guitar players. We used an assortment of BC Rich, Jackson, & Charvel guitars. We also used a variety of amps over the years. John initially used a Randall RG100 rack mount tube head. Steve used a Laney AOR Pro Tube 100. Both were great sounding heads. John eventually switched to an Ampeg 100 watt tube head and a Marshall JCM800 2204. Steve went all Marshalls, a JCM800 2204 and a JCM800 2205. The rigs were very basic. All we used in the signal chain were Samson wirelesses and Boss SD-1 Super Overdrive pedals for solos. All effects were run from front of house. Kiar & Kellie used Ampeg SVT's.
Here Kitty, Kitty!!
BRASS KITTEN'S epic 1990 release 'E-Z- 'N' PRETTY' has now officially been reissued by the titan tag team of Demon Doll and Metal Legacy Records - another Hair Metal gem "Uncovered, Rediscovered, Restored & Remastered"!
And a gem it truly is, BRASS KITTEN brings the hammer to the party and throws it down with reckless abandon bringing us all back to the perfect sound of the late 80's and early 90's. From the opening harmonies of "On The Run", to the guitar riff laden title track "E-Z 'N' Pretty' to the earth rattling double bass drums on "Lies" - this album flat out kicks some serious tail!!
The boys had it all and give it in spades, the hooks - the looks - the four octave front man/ vocalist - ripping guitars and a tight and slamming rhythm section. They hit the pavement and hit it hard touring the US and Canada nonstop to the tune of over 250 shows. A magnificent band that left a great legacy and an amazing debut record that finally gets it's very long awaited reissue to sit proudly in your collection next to the Skid Row and Ratt albums where it firmly belongs.
This monster release has been digitally remasterd by Lance V. and amazingly repackaged in an 8 page booklet with a full set of lyrics.
A few spins of the KITTEN and you will be hooked - highly addictive and highly recommended listening!
This CD is silver pressed, officially licensed from the band and exclusively available from Demon Doll Records.
Bobby Messano - 1989 Melodic rock and Cult classic album "messano" gets deluxe edition reissue via divebomb records
Messano (Deluxe Edition)
Street Date 4/12/2019
FOR FANS OF:
FRANKE & THE KNOCKOUTS, JOE LYNN TURNER, SPYS, HONEYMOON SUITE & TYCOON
Bobby Messano is a legendary guitarist and Contemporary Blues Songwriter who has released eight Solo CD’s, placed songs in many TV and Cable shows and played on over 50 Major label and Indie albums.
His playing has been heard on everything from MTV jingles to Benny Mardones’ smash hit “Into The Night”.
The celebrated guitarist has played on records by Clarence Clemmons, Franke & The Knockouts, Joe Lynn Turner and STARZ, and produced the 60’s hit act, “THE SHADOWS OF KNIGHT”.
The decades-long career of respected guitarist Bobby Messano picked up steam in the mid- to late-'70s with acts such as Stanky Brown and Starz. Gravitating toward session work around 1980, MESSANO would contribute to albums from a range of different artists—Peter Criss and Joe Lynn Turner among them—as well as touring alongside heavyweights like Steve Winwood, Lou Gramm, and more. For a portion of that era, Bobby had also joined rockers Franke & The Knockouts, performing (and co-writing two tracks) on their 1984 album, Makin' the Point.
Toward the end of the '80s, MESSANO also stepped up to present his debut solo album, having assembled a backing band consisting of Erik Boyd (bass), Joey Zee (keyboards), and Mike Gage (drums). Recorded with Jim Barg at The Barge Sound Studio in Wayne, NJ, Bobby handled lead vocals, guitar, bass, and the bulk of the songwriting. That being said, two cuts nodded to his past: "Hide Our Love Away (Tell Me Why)" was first recorded by Franke & The Knockouts under the title "Carrie Why?," and "Sing It, Shout It" was a Starz cover from 1977.
Released by Strategic—a division of Relativity Records—in 1989, the 11-song album has become a bit of a cult classic over the years for fans of top-shelf, hook-fueled melodic hard rock. MESSANO wouldn't release another solo album until 1998—the blues-based Dominion Roads—but has remained an active and highly regarded force in the blues community since that time.
30 years later, Divebomb Records is excited to reissue this underrated AOR treasure. Newly remastered with a whopping five bonus tracks, the disc will be presented with a typically detailed booklet featuring a retrospective interview with Bobby Messano himself. For the fans, by the fans!
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Published by The Manamal | April 5TH 2019