Eric Martin, Paul Gilbert, Pat Torpey and Billy Sheehan are together again, along with producer Kevin Elson, who had previously worked with them on the classic Mr. Big albums “Lean Into It” from 1991 and also 1993’s “Bump Ahead”. The new album “Defying Gravity” will be out July 7th, but you can see a short behind the scenes video of the making of the album right here. Read more
Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) returns on April 28th with Backwood Spirit and their self titled debut, through Pride and Joy. This is going to be an album for fans of Whitesnake, Blues Pills, Rival Sons, Kadavar, Led Zeppelin, Free & Bad Company
Backwood Spirit was founded in Örebro, Sweden, in 2014 by guitarist and song-writer Kent Engström. After writing and doing pre-recordings of songs with different musicians, Engström teamed up with long time music companion and drummer Joje Lindskoog (Crossroad Jam, Waving Corn) to put a band together. Read more
Guitar virtuoso and rock legend, Steve Hackett (formerly of Genesis), is set to release his latest album ‘The Night Siren’ on 24th March 2017 through InsideOut Music (Sony). As implied in the title, ‘The Night Siren’ is a wake-up call… the warning of a siren sounding in this era of strife and division, and he discusses the album in detail in this brand new interview video which you can find here: Read more
Netherlands – Pierre van der Linden, the drummer in legendary Dutch band Focus, has released his first solo album entitled “Drum Poetry” for fans and students of his varied drumming styles and techniques.
Pierre’s drumming can be heard in numerous rock, jazz and improvisational bands, but this is the first time it can be heard and studied in isolation, or accompanied by other unexpected instruments also played by Pierre.
The album has been produced, mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni at Domination Studio. Artwork, Design and Photography by Stefano Mattioni at Viron 2.0. The cd version includes the bonus track Echoes and Fragments remixed by “the Algorithm”. Read more
Kenwyn House, guitarist of 90s alt rock giants REEF and his new UK psychedelic rock band GOLDRAY are set to release their highly-anticipated full length debut album ‘Rising’ on May 5th.
Recorded at various studios including Metropolis, The Granary and RAK Studios, the album has been produced jointly by Kenwyn House and vocalist Leah Rasmussen and co-produced by Clive Martin (the acclaimed knob-twiddler behind Reef’s huge debut Replenish), with Brit Award-winning producer Pedro Ferreira adding his magic touch to the final mixes. ‘Rising’ will be released in Vinyl LP, CD and Digital formats via their own label Akashic Records, with worldwide distribution through Cargo Records.
It was a cold, dark day when the fire burned high and the simian shadow raised his hand through the smoke in solemn praise and exclaimed, “It is time for instrumental rock!”
Germany – Progressive Rock ensemble APE SHIFTER will be releasing their self-titled debut album in March 2017! APE SHIFTER is all instrumental and reaches from rockin’ 70’s riffs played with punk rock ferocity to creeping metal grooves. Intense Simian Instrumental Rock from the nasty pits of the Hellabrunn Zoo.
Soul Rock singer Jessie Galante has signed with Tanzan Music and will make her debut with the Italian Record Label this May with her new Album featuring many amazing guests. Having heard her sing before I’ll be looking forward to hearing her full debut. Check out her track “No Fool No More” below. Read more
German label PRIDE & JOY MUSIC have announced the signing of Italian Modern Rock band KINGS OF BROADWAY, and will release their self titled debut album April 28th. Read more
Swiss Hard Rockers BLACK DIAMONDS will return with their second album “Once Upon A Time” on March 24th, 2017 on German label AOR Heaven. I’ve been listening to their song “Pieces Of A Broken Dream” from the new album, and I’m looking forward to giving the full disc a spin! Check out the details and their newly announced tour dates below Read more