Saturday, January 20, 2018

Classic Album Re-Issue From Anthony Phillips And Discover The Early Days Of Duran Duran

British born musician Anthony Phillips has been in the music industry for well-over 50 years. First, he was a founding member of the band Genesis and then his own solo career, which has lasted over 40 years.  Phillips is re-visiting his 1983 album "Invisible Men" by re-releasing the album as a two-CD expanded edition. The new release features a new remastered version of the original 12-song album on the first disc, with an additional three bonus tracks. The second disc is what fans will enjoy as it contains sixteen tracks, which includes demos, outtakes and alternative versions of songs featured on the original album. The early versions showcase the development of songs like "Golden Bodies" and "Falling For Love," while the song "Finale" is another recording Phillips made at Atomosphere Studios during this time period. The 2CD set was originally released late, last year through Cherry Red Records. To find out more about this new expanded version of "Invisible Men," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

Cleopatra Records recently released a rare 4-song EP from pop superstars Duran Duran. Now don't get too excited, it is not new music from the band, but instead it is the band's demo from 1979. The new release titled "Girls On Film 1979 Demo" features that classic song, but with original singer Andy Wickett. Wickett, along with Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor recorded these four songs to shop to different record labels to land a recording contract. You can hear that eighties pop vibe in the songs "See Me Repeat Me" and "Working The Steel," while "Girls On Film" has a quicker, new wave/punk vibe that shows the rawness in developing their early recordings. To find out more about the newly released 4-song EP from Duran Duran, please visit cleorecs.com.

Friday, January 19, 2018

New Music Arriving From Pianist Gleb Kolyadin, Drummer Bob Holz And The 6-Piece Band Tautologic

Russian pianist Gleb Kolyadin will be releasing his self-titled, debut solo album on February 23rd. After two highly-regarded albums with the band Iamthemorning, Kolyadin decided to try his hand at a solo career with the help of some guest performers. The new 13-track album begins with the classical/rock fusion of "Insight" before arriving at the powerful piano ballad "Astral Architecture," featuring Mick Moss on vocals. Kolyadin showcases his beautiful piano skills as a performer and composer in the songs "Kaleidoscope" and "The Room." Singer Steve Hogarth (Marillion) steps in to lend a hand on the ten-minute progressive rock piece "Confluence" and also on the album's lead single "The Best Of Days." The power of Gleb's performances is felt in the two-minute instrumental "Echo Sigh Strand" and the exciting "Penrose Stairs." To find out more about Gleb Kolyadin and his new debut release, please visit facebook.com/iamthemorningpage.

Legendary jazz drummer Bob Holz is ready to release his latest album "Visions: Coast To Coast Connections" in February. It features the work of iconic jazz bassist Stanley Clarke, along with Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Ralphe Armstrong, who also joined Holz and his band on this latest work of art. The new album features 10-tracks, beginning the exciting, up-tempo opening of "Split Decision," which allows members of his band their time in the spotlight. They slow the tempo down for the bluesier feel of "Espresso Decision" as lead singer Dave Porter is introduced. Holz and his band infuse a reggae groove to the modern jazz piece "Jammin Man," before you're taken on the seven-minute jazz fusion adventure of "Pink Fur." The album wraps up with the quieter touch of "Light & Day" and the up-beat, steady pace of the nine-minute closer "Flat Out" as Holz shines behind the drum kit. To find out more about Bob Holz and his latest release "Visions: Coast To Coast Connections," please visit his Facebook page at facebook.com/drummerbobholz.

Arriving this January is the latest release from alternative-pop band Tautologic titled "Re: Psychle." It features an impressive line-up of Grammy-nominated musicians, producers and mastering; as this new 10-song release covers many different genres of music. The album begins with addictive, up-tempo pop chorus of "Loud Shoes," as Tautologic draw you in with the lush strings of "The Admiral." They stretch out their sound with the six-minute experimental soundtrack piece "The Professor," then Tautologic pick the tempo up with the polka/ska rhythm of "On Your Left." This 6-piece band finish up their latest release with the upbeat, alt-pop of "Coltrane Supermarket" and the quiet, acoustic folk appeal of "Osaka Garden." To find out more about Tautologic and their latest release "Re: Psychle," please visit tautologic.com.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Debut Albums From The Naked Sun, The Surabhi Ensemble And Whiskey Wolves Of The West

Americana/folk-rock band The Naked Sun are starting the new year off with their full-length debut album "War With Shadows." After releasing only two EPs in the last five years, now was the perfect time to re-introduce The Naked Sun to the world of roots music. Their new 10-song release begins with the six-minute addictive, radio-friendly build-up of "Do You Wanna Dance?" as you will easily find yourself lost in their sound. The album's first single "Holdin' Back The Heart" is a more up-beat, rocking tune, and it is the first song the band ever wrote together back in 2010. The Naked Sun draw upon their inspirations for the wonderful melody of "Rose Gold" and the acoustic strumming, story of "War With Shadows." They finish up their new album with the alternative rock sounds of "Purple Sunset" and the beautiful, lush Americana sounds of "Clouds." To find out more about The Naked Sun and their latest release "War With Shadows," please visit wearethenakedsun.com.

From Chicago comes the sophisticated musical smoothie of Surabhi Ensemble and their latest self-titled release. The Indian-based music, meshes together a Latin flair with rock and blues to give the Middle-Eastern sound a more mainstream appeal. Their new 7-song release begins with the up-tempo spirited swinging of "Swan Song" and psychedelic rock of "Raga Blues." The album continues with the gentle, acoustic sway of "Hanoi Pho" and the rhythm-fueled "Kalbelia/Tera Tali," before finishing with the enlightenment of "In Search Of Serenity." To find out more about Surabhi Ensemble and their latest release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/SurabhiEnsemble.

From Nashville comes the debut album from the Americana/country duo Whiskey Wolves Of The West. It is due to be released on March 2nd through Rock Ridge Music and features 7-tracks oozing with down-home, feel-good music that will only have you wanting more from this band. Their album begins with the classic, country-rock feel of "Sounds Of The South" as the duo of Tim Jones and Leroy Powell just highlight each others strengths. They pick the energy up with the country-roots shuffle of "Lay That Needle Down" and "Rainy Day Lovers" as you'd think this band has been around for years, producing hit singles on country radio. Whisky Wolves Of The West finish up their new album with the nostalgic twang of "Country Roots" and the acoustic, island flavor of "No. 1 (The Ballad Of Dallas Davidson.)" To find out more about this duo and their debut album, please visit whiskeywolvesofthewest.com.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

New Indie-Rock Music Arriving From The Outfit, Saint Tragedy And Burdens Within

The Chicago rock band, The Outfit will be releasing their debut album on February 2nd through Pavement Entertainment. It gathers together this group of club circuit veterans to produce nine, straight up addictive rock tunes for you to enjoy. The album begins with the steady pace of "The Wire" as The Outfit are out to give you a wake up call with their hook driven, guitar blazing melodies. Their new album continues with the up-tempo, Foo Fighters-type rocker "Lucky One" and the adrenaline-fueled, head-banger "Soldier Boy." The album's energy flows through "Just As One," all the way to the closing numbers "No Lights On" and "Hot Love." To find out more about the self-titled debut album from The Outfit, please visit theoutfit.rocks.

Next, from Wisconsin comes the latest release from the four-piece hard rock band Saint Tragedy. Their new album titled "Prolonging The Agony" features 6-tracks that showcases the band's evolving sound since their conception ten years ago. They begin with the raw, grunge-like appeal of "Make Believe" and the guitar driven buzz of "Ties That Bind." They should break-through into the mainstream with the hard rock ballad "Move On," then they finish up their new album with the aggressive, chugging rhythm of "Would I Lie" and a dark, acoustic version of  their most popular song "Jumpin' The Gun." To find out more about Saint Tragedy and their latest release "Prolonging The Agony," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/SaintTragedyMusic.

Arriving on January 26th, is the self-titled debut release from Burdens Within. Built from the ashes of their former bands, bassist Ryan J. Kline and guitarist Mike Riley came together just by coincidence and created some exciting new music that draws heavily from their alternative and classic rock influences. Their new 11-song release begins with the raw, garage-rock buzz of "Bruised" and the slow-burning rock of the "Devil's Due." Burdens Within pick the energy up with the intensity of "The Great Deceiver" and then showcases the classic eighties hard rock fun of "Let's Party." They wraps up their latest release with the power ballad "Intensity," the chugging rhythm of "You Could Have Listened" and a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What Its Worth," infused with a bolt of hard rock energy. To find out more about Burdens Within and their latest self-titled release, please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/BurdensWithin.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Heavy Metal Music Arriving From Sacred Leather, Apostle Of Solitude And Old Mother Hell

Arriving in February is a trio of new releases on the Cruz Del Sur Music label. First up is the arrival of Sacred Leather and their full-length debut album "Ultimate Force." Right from the opening chords of the title-song, "Ultimate Force," you'd think you stepped back in time with the song's classic metal sound. They keep you locked in with the 1980's heavy metal scene, with songs like "Watcher" and "Power Thurst" as you are transported back to a simpler time in metal music. Their new album also contains two epic music numbers, the 8-minute power ballad "Dream Searcher" and the nine-plus minute album closer "The Lost Destructor/Priest Of The Undoer" as you can hear the band's influences throughout their new album. To find out more about Sacred Leather and their new release "Ultimate Force," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/leathersacredleather.

Next up is the latest release from the doom metal band Apostle Of Solitude. Their new album titled "From Gold To Ash" features 7-tracks that carry that dark heavy metal sound, filled with chugging guitar riffs and pounding drums. The album opens with the instrumental "Overlord" as you get introduced to the band's sound. They continue with the slow burn of "Ruination Be Thy Name" and the sonic buzz of "Keeping The Lighthouse," before reaching the epic, 10-minute progressive metal piece "My Heart Is Leaving Here." They wrap up their new album with the slow, steady pace of "Grey Farewell." To find out more about Apostle Of Solitude and their latest release "From Gold To Ash," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/apostleofsolitude.

Last, but not least is the latest release from Old Mother Hell with their self-titled debut album. This German trio have already caught the attention of magazines and radio over in Europe and now look to invade the U.S. with their new 6-song album. They begin with the high-energy of "Another War" as their sound has a universal heavy metal sound that will simply draw you in with its power and intensity. The album continues with the heavy pounding rhythm of "Mountain" and the guitar driven chaos of "Narcotic Overthrow." Old Mother Hell wrap up their new release with the heavy metal anthem "Kneel To No God" and the nearly nine-minute, epic piece "Old Mother Hell." To find out more about Old Mother Hell and their self-titled debut album, please visit oldmotherhell.de.

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Metal Blade Records Releases From Visigoth, Harms Way And Good Tiger Arriving In February

Arriving in early February are a trio of new releases from Metal Blade Records artists Visigoth, Harms Way and Good Tiger. After releasing their debut album three years ago, Visigoth have kept the idea of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) alive with their tales of sword fights and dragons. Their new album, "Conqueror's Oath" features 8-tracks that place you back in the middle ages with the chanting chorus of "Steel And Silver" as you feel prepared for battle. They keep the power and intensity on high, telling the tales of the "Warrior Queen" and then speed things up with the thrash metal appeal of "Outlive Them All." Visigoth deliver the epic, 7-minute prog-rock piece "Traitor's Gate," before finishing up their new release with the chugging rhythm of "Blades In The Night" and the grand Viking metal feel of the title song "Conqueror's Oath." To find out more about Visigoth and their latest release "Conqueror's Oath," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/visigothofficial.



New to Metal Blade Records is the band Harms Way, which will be releasing their first full-length album (fourth overall) on the label. The new album titled "Posthuman" features ten hard-hitting anthems that will surely get your adrenaline pumping. They begin with the sonic pounding of "Human Carrying Capacity" and the aggressive growls of "Last Man." Harms Way take a step back from their hardcore attack for the grunge-like experiment of "Temptation," before quickly returning to the raw, thrash metal assault of "Become A Machine." They wrap up their new album with the harsh, in-your-face vocals of "Unreality" and the deep, dark pounding rhythm of "Dead Space." To find out more about Harms Way and their latest release "Posthuman," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/harmsxway.



Finally we arrive at the sophomore release titled "We Will All Be Gone" from the alternative/hard rock band Good Tiger. Their new 10-song release  begins with the high-powered energy of "The Devil Thinks I'm Sinking" and the mainstream alt-rock appeal of "Float On." They venture into more pop territory with "Blueshift," before returning with the hard rock edge of "Salt Of The Earth." Good Tiger will certainly draw you in with the energetic mainstream sound of "Just Shy" and "Nineteen Grams," before closing their new album with the build-up of "I'll Finish That Book Later." To find out more about Good Tiger and their latest release "We Will All Be Gone," please visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/GoodTigerOfficial.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Omnivore Recordings Rolls Out "The Ru-Jac Records Story" Volume One And Two

Since Omnivore Records acquisition of the Ru-Jac Records catalog last year, the label only released a pair of "greatest hits" albums from Ru-Jac artists Winfield Parker and Gene & Eddie. Beginning in mid-January, Omnivore will double their output with volume 1 and 2 of the Ru-Jac Records story. On January 19th, arrives "Something Got A Hold On Me: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume One: 1963-1964" and "Get Right: The Ru-Jac Records Story, Volume Two: 1964-1966." Both discs contain over 20 songs by some of the label's most successful artists.

The first volume pairs together songs by artists like Jesse Crawford, Tiny Tim, Brenda Jones and The Jolly Jax. The disc is filled with 28 R&B classics as many tracks will transport you back to a simpler time in music when vocals were the main focus of songs like "Baby Please Don't Go," "When I'm Alone" and "Crying Won't Help You." This first volume sets that stage for the history of the Ru-Jac label as it covers the first two years of the label's existence with many great songs that will only leaving you wanting to explore the music further. A nice addition to the set is a 16-page booklet that contains a new essay by music historian Kevin Coombe that gives insight in the early history of the Ru-Jac label. To find out more about volume one of "The Ru-Jac Records Story," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

The story continues with volume 2, which covers the years 1964 to 1966. This 22-song set  introduces you to a whole new crop of artists that include Brenda Jones, the Butch Carroll Trio, Harold Holt and Bobby Sax & The House Keepers. The songs still carry that classic soul/R&B vibe as classics like "It Must Be Love," "Goose Pimples" and "Come On Over" will keep you in that nostalgic mood. Eight of the songs that appear on this disc have been previously unissued as they contain alternative takes and demo versions of songs that appear multiple times on this release. The set also includes a 16-page, full color booklet, which continues the story of Ru-Jac Records as told by music historian Kevin Coombe. To find out more about volume two of "The Ru-Jac Records Story," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Jeffrey Gaines Is "Alright" With His Brand New Album

Arriving at the end of the month is the return of singer/songwriter Jeffrey Gaines with his first album of new material in 15 years. The new release titled "Alright," features ten tracks that Gaines crafted with producer/instrumentalist Chris Price.

The album kicks off with the smooth, soulful feel of "Feel Alright" as Gaines slowly re-introduces you back into his musical world. The album continues with the steady pace of "Firefly Hollow" as Gaines' voice and lyrics are just like a warm blanket of comfort as he picks up right where he left off. Gaines  showcases his R&B side with "No Longer," before delivering the positive tones of "Seems To Me" and the rocking tones of "Frowned Upon." The energy really picks up with the quick, up-tempo appeal of "Promise Of Passion" as Gaines finishes up his new release with the country rock vibe of "Thick And Thin" and the soulful ballad "Children's Games." To find out more about Jeffrey Gaines and his latest release "Alright," please visit jeffreygaines.com.

Friday, January 12, 2018

New Release From Omnivore Recordings Features Big Star "Live At Lafayette's Music Room"

Omnivore Recordings kicks off the year with the newly released, stand-alone live album from Big Star titled "Live At Lafayette's Music Room." The show was originally part of the Grammy Award-winning Big Star box set "Eye On The Sky," and is now being released on its own on January 12th. The show was performed 45 years ago and showcases Big Star as a rock trio, following the departure of Chris Bell.

The new 20-song release shows Big Star opening for the R&B band Archie Bell & The Drells and displays a raw, but exciting sound as the future of the band was uncertain at this point in their career. The set mixes in Big Star classics like "In The Street" and "Don't Lie To Me" with some R&B flavored numbers like "Way Out West" and "Hot Burrito #2." After covering most of their first album, Big Star debuts songs that would eventually appear on their second album as you get early versions of "Back Of A Car" and the set closer "O My Soul," along with cover songs by The Kinks and T. Rex. The newly released stand-only version of "Live At Lafayette's Music Room" also includes a download of a previously unissued interview with Alex Chilton and Andy Hummel that took place in 1971 and was a broadcast on Memphis' FM 100 radio station in 1972. To find out more about the new reissued of Big Star's "Live At Lafayette's Music Room," please visit omnivorerecordings.com.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Music Arriving On The earMUSIC Label From Heavatar, Angra And We Sell The Dead

Arriving in February from the earMusic label is the sophomore release from the German-based metal band Heavatar. Their new classical-inspired heavy metal album is titled "Opus II - The Annihilation" and delivers the message of 'what would Beethovern, Mozart or Chopin sound like if they joined a metal band?' Well, their new 12-song release comes blasting out of the gate with intensity of "None Shall Sleep," as this thrash metal opener shows very little resemblance to classical music. They keep the pedal to the metal with the speed of "Into Doom" as you can begin to hear their classical influences in the electrifying guitar solos. The piano-led "Hijacked By Unicorns" gives Heavatar a funkier, heavy metal sound, before returning to the hardcore chugging of "Wake Up Now" and the grand, classical feel of "A Broken Taboo." Heavatar finish up their new album with an epic suite of songs that showcases their love for classical music as well as their inspirations in heavy metal. To find out more about Heavatar and their latest release "Opus II - The Annihilation," please visit heavatar.net.


Also arriving in February is the 9th studio album from the Brazilian metal band Angra. Their new album titled "Omni" is an 11-track concept piece, revolving around the idea of artificial intelligence allowing the human perception of time travel. They begin with the high energy of "Light Of Transcendence" as their sound has a nostalgic, classical feel added to their brand of heavy metal. Angra hook you in with the sonic amazement of "Travelers Of Time" as you continue to follow the album's futuristic concept. The grand chorus of "Insania" and the classic thrash metal appeal of "War Horns" displays the diversity within the band's sound. Angra finish up their new album with the Brazilian flair of "Caveman," the mainstream prog-rock feel of "Magic Mirror" and the classical instrumental "Infinite Nothing." To find out more about Angra and their latest release "Omni," please visit angra.net.



Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Music Arriving From German Heavy Metal Bands Bronson A.D. And I Am Noah


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Heavy Metal Band, Loudness Return With Their "Rise To Glory"

From Japan comes the new album titled "Rise To Glory" from heavy metal pioneers Loudness. They have become a pillar in the heavy metal genre since their conception in 1981. Their new release will be their first album in four years and also their first since 1991 to be released in North America. It will hit shelves on January 26th through the earMUSIC label.

Their new 13-song release begins with a short instrumental to get you re-acquainted with the band, before the electrifying energy of "Soul On Fire." Even after 35 years in the music industry, Loudness still have a chip on their shoulder as displayed in the thrash-like speed of "I'm Still Alive" and "Massive Tornado" to prove they are still one of the premier heavy metal band in the world. The instrumental "Kama Sutra" leads the way to the album's amazing closing numbers, the intense attack of "Rise To Glory" and the AC/DC-like power of "Let's All Rock."

Look for Loudness to hit the road following the release of their new album. For more information about the band and their new album "Rise To Glory," please visit loudnessjp.com.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Martin Springett Resurrects The Debut Album From The Gardening Club


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Celebrate The Life Of Davie Bowie With The Newly Published Book, "Bowie: The Illustrated Story"


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Feel The Heat Of J.D. Wilkes' Debut Album "Fire Dream"

Experimental roots/rock artist J.D. Wilkes will released his solo debut album on February 16th, through Fat Possum Records. Wilkes was a member of the Legendary Shack Shakers and also performed along side such fellow artists as Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams III. His new solo album titled "Fire Dream" features his brand of hillbilly-gypsy music, with the help of members of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Drive-By Truckers and The Bo-Keys.

The new ten track release begins with the Tom Waits-feel of the title song "Fire Dream," as Wilkes's vocals sound as if he is inviting you to the headlining act of a traveling carnival. His music takes on a ska-like groove for "Down In The Hidey Hole" and then swings to the gentle, jazzy sway of "Moonbottle." He picks up the tempo, with the bluegrass stomp of "Wild Bill Jones," then delivers the poetry of "Walk Between The Raindrops." Wilkes wraps up his new album with the old-fashioned country appeal of "Starlings, KY," the story of the "Bible, Candle And A Skull" and piano blues of "That's What They Say." To find out more about J.D. Wilkes and his latest release "Fire Dream," please visit jdwilkes.com.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jon Durant Showcases His Talents With His New Instrumental Album "Parting Is"