Kryptonite – “Kryptonite” review – out now

Who or what is Kryptonite? Isn’t that the thing that DC comic book villains and occasionally the goddamn Batman use to fight Superman? Well, yes it is. But it’s also a band from Sweden, so let’s stay focused on that for now shall we?

Kryptonite (still the band) began when The Poodles singer Jakob Samuel met up with producer Alessandro Del Vecchio (yeah, i don’t know how he had the time either, that man never seems to stop – i can only presume he doesn’t sleep and only survives by consuming the souls of lesser producers. But everything he touch seems to be great so we can forgive a little Faustian style harvesting). Together with Serafino Perugino of Frontiers Music SRL they handpicked members for their new band. Read more »

Empire – “The Raven Ride” – out August 18th

EMPIRE is the Hard Rock band of German guitarist Rolf Munkes (ex Majesty, ex Razorback, Crematory) and they released very well received albums between the years 2001 and 2007. On each of these releases, Munkes was accompanied by numerous high-class musicians. Throughout 2017, German label Pride & Joy Music are reissuing revised editions these albums. Third in line, “The Raven Ride” will be released on August 18th, 2017 with one bonus track. So in case you missed it on The Bards Corner Music News lets talk “The Raven Ride”. Read more »

Warner Drive “Till The Wheels Fall Off” – Out Now

Warner Drive are an original group from Hollywood, and they’ve been working hard to grow their fan base. As a band they’ve shared the stage with groups like Ratt, Steel Panther, Papa Roach and The Killers, they’ve been touring internationally for years. “Till The Wheels Fall Off” is their forth album to date, but their previous three have had relatively low circulation.

So how best to describe them? Imagine that Bad News and Blink 182 had a baby, and they left that baby to be raised by Spinal Tap, but that baby grew up and recently broke into a music store. Yeah, I think thats about right. Read more »

Mr. Big “Defying Gravity” album review – Out Now

MR. BIG gathered in a Los Angeles studio and in a matter of six days recorded their new album DEFYING GRAVITY, their ninth original studio album and the starting point for a new worldwide tour. Here’s our thoughts on the album (which you can also get by checking out the Bard’s Corner Music News podcast or by checking out the Bards Corner Music News on YouTube).  Read more »

July Episodes of The Bards Corner

Here are the 2 July episodes of The Bards Corner Music News. You can watch them below and you can also subscribe to our audio podcast at iTunes, Stitcher and Blubrry. CLICK HERE to go to our podcast at iTunes.  Read more »

June 2017 #2 Music news – Gothica by TEN, Mr. Big, All 41, UK tour dates – The Bards Corner

Heather and Matt discuss the music news, including UK concert dates for FM, Vega, Graham Bonnet Band and Dirty Thrills, and talk about Gothica the 13th studio album from TEN, as well as new albums from Mr. Big and All 41.

TOUR Dates – FM, Vega, Dirty Thrills, Graham Bonnett Band

A number of UK tour dates for your calendar! Dirty Thrills, FM, Vega, and Graham Bonnett Band are all playing in the UK during the months of June and July. You can find the details below. Have fun! Read more »

TEN “Gothica” album review – out July 7th

It’s pretty much impossible to have been a fan of melodic hard rock and not have heard of TEN. The British melodic rock band, often dubbed one of the best in the genre, have been around for the last 22 years. With 12 studio albums under their belt, plus a number of EPs, live and compilation albums, they’ve certainly made their mark on the melodic rock scene. The bands lead singer and songwriter, Gary Hughes, has also made a quite a name for himself as a solo artist with 6 albums since the late 80’s, most notably with the two rock opera albums “Once and Future King” part 1 and part 2, which revolved around the legend of King Arthur and featured a host of top guest musicians from other bands. He also wrote and produced the first three solo albums by Magnum’s lead singer Bob Catley, wrote and produced “Circle Of Knives” by fellow British band Serpentine, produced Hugo’s debut and has appeared on albums by Ayreon and Vinny Burns. Read more »

The Bard’s Corner – June 2017 #1 – Album news & Angelwings debut “The Edge Of Innocence”

Matt and Heather report on upcoming albums and discuss the debut album “The Edge Of Innocence” from Angelwings, out June 23rd through Pride And Joy Music.

The Bards Corner – May 2017 #2 Jorn, TEN, Mr. Big & Blind Guardian

Matt reviews the new Jorn album “Life On Death Road”, as well as presenting news about TEN, Mr. Big, Blind Guardian, former Angra frontman Edu Falaschi, and more.