UK melodic power metal band, SORCERESS OF SIN, have announced the release of their debut album ‘Mirrored Revenge‘ on November 27th, 2020. The album was produced and mixed by Tom Maclean (Haken, To-Mera, Psion) at Twelve Tone Studios.
1. Vixen Of Virtue 2. Multifaceted Survival 3. Mirrored Revenge 4. Wicked Distortion 5. Splintered Shard 6. Aradia 7. Echoes Of Existence 8. Parallel Lies 9. Cold Carnality 10. Empyre Of Stones
“SORCERESS OF SIN‘s debut album is fun yet driving and twists and turns in all directions. Should definitely appeal to fans of bands similar to Iron Maiden, Firewind and Helloween.“
“Vocalist Lisa Skinner sounds like a cross between Kai Hansen and Michael Kiske at times! Whilst doing some pretty good Halford, Tate and Dickinson impressions to boot.“
SORCERESS OF SIN is:
Lisa Skinner – Vocals Constantine Kanakis – Guitars Paul Skinner – Drums Topher O’Meagher – Bass (ex Gehitka) Tom Maclean – Bass, Orchestral Backing
Swedish heavy metal band LION’S SHARE has made a new song available on streaming services and digital service providers.
“In these strange days of Covid-19, we feel the time is right to give you a song with a positive touch. This is a song about you deciding your own destiny and that you can achieve whatever you want if you never give up, never take shit and believe in yourself,” says LION’S SHARE singer Nils Patrik Johansson.
In late 2018, LION’S SHARE released a new five-track EP, plus its complete catalog – remastered with new artwork – on streaming services and digital service providers for the first time. The band have since released a few more digital singles, some of which will and some of which won’t end up on the forthcoming full-length album.
LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss says: “We had big plans for 2020, with a new album and everything. We had just done our first couple of live shows in many years this past March in Germany when the Covid-19 put stop to it all.”
Both Johansson and Chriss remark that they have always worked very well together, and at this point it feels the most natural to keep LION’S SHARE as a duo, with friends helping out wherever needed.
The LION’S SHARE catalog features appearances by members and ex-members of KISS, Megadeth, King Diamond, HammerFall, Symphony X, Chimaira, Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen band, Candlemass, etc. Mixers include top engineers such as Jens Bogren (Arch Enemy, Opeth, Symphony X, Amon Amarth) – Niklas Flyckt (one-time Grammy award winner and four-time nominee) and Ronny Lahti (Roxette, Europe, Glenn Hughes etc).
LION’S SHARE band have toured with bands like Motörhead, Manowar, DIO, Saxon, Iced Earth, Nevermore, U.D.O. (ex-Accept), Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) and have played many of the major rock and metal festivals.
CREDITS: Nils Patrik Johansson – vocals Lars Chriss – guitar Andy Loos – bass Nils Fredrik Johansson – drums Kay Backlund – keyboards Produced and mixed by: Lars Chriss – for www.noterious.eu Mastered by: Mike Lind – for www.noterious.eu Artwork by: Carl-André Beckston – for www.noterious.eu Video by: Niklas Nieminen – for “The man with the hat”
JOE BOUCHARD, FORMER MEMBER OF BLUE OYSTER CULT SELLS OUT OF FIRST PRESSING OF “STRANGE LEGENDS”. ROCKHEART RECORDS/DEKO ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SECOND PRESSING WITH ALTERNATE ARTWORK.
Joe Bouchard is best known as a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult. The original line-up sold millions of albums for Columbia Records, with such classic songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and the #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Burning For You”. Contributing to songwriting, and lead vocals on some of their greatest songs, such as “Hot Rails To Hell”.
Joe released his sixth solo album “Strange Legends” on July 31st though he and his brother’s (Albert Bouchard) new imprint RockHeart Records / Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music Group). The album has been receiving a tremendous response around the globe and has sold out of its initial pressing.
When Deko Entertainment decided to do a repressing, they wanted to do something a little bit different to commemorate this accomplishment by issuing a slightly different version. Joe comments, “I am overwhelmed by the response to my album Strange Legends. I knew it was good, but the fan reactions from all over the world have been tremendous. After years of sweat and effort doing my solo albums, this one has really risen above the pack. With this second pressing of Strange Legends we have varied the artwork on the tray holder. My artist, Logan Cummings, created 11 different thumbnails for each song on the album. The first edition had the frogman that was the art for Bottom for the Bottomless. The second edition has the sailboat which is the art for Strangely in Love, one of my personal favorites. The team at Deko Entertainment have gone the extra mile with promotions, and it’s been an incredible ride. Hope to play these new songs in person as soon as touring returns.”
Bouchard’s manager, Jeff Keller, added, “we have been so pleased with the fan and critic response for this album. I feel that it is Joe’s best solo work to date, and the people are loving it”.
Joe has also recorded a series of videos giving you a song by song look at “Strange Legends”, stop by and check out “The Stories Behind the Songs” on the Deko Entertainment YouTube channel.
Also, be sure to check out the video for the second single off of the album, “She’s a Legend”, written by Joe and sci-fi writer John Shirley (The Crow, Deep Space Nine). John has dozens of books, screenplays in his catalog and often writes lyrics for the current Blue Öyster Cult.
– One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legends (Autographed) CD – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Signature Guitar Pick – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legend (Autographed) Poster – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legends Shirt – One (1) RockHeart Records – Cowbell (Autographed)
“Strange Legends” Tracklist:
1. The African Queen 2. Forget About Love 3. Walk of Fame 4. Hit and Run 5. Racin’ Thru the Desert 6. She’s a Legend 7. All Day and all of the Night 8. Once Upon a Time at the Border 9. Bottom for the Bottomless 10. Strangely in Love 11. Winter
DAVID ELLEFSON | BASS GUITAR (MEGADETH, ELLEFSON, ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE) Q) David how does it feel to be part in such charity project for Italy along with other great international artists from all over the world? A) I love it! The Italian heritage is in my own household (and my son’s name is Roman!) so I’m honored to be part of such a terrific cast of badass musicians who all get to shine for such a great cause. These jams help us connect, albeit virtually this year, and keep our rock & metal community strong during the pandemic shutdown which has impacted us all in our industry. And when everyone comes together with a charitable heart it levels the playing field and makes it all about the music and giving for someone else’s needs. Q) Nowadays, more than in the past, it seems easier to work with “open-source” approach, where boundaries of territory and fame seem to have no longer limits, do you believe it’s a new opportunity for the music and artists in general? A) I think it’s terrific. I love that fame and success have nothing to do with the collaboration process right now and it’s really this one moment in time where anything goes. Anyone can collaborate with anyone and I think we’re seeing some really entertaining jams and songs being created this year as a result. Be it with long time friends or new aquaintances, when we just open up and jam together we create a unique moment that is just unparalleled. The quarantine jams of 2020 have become the new “stay at home festivals”.
SCOTT IAN | RHYTHM GUITAR (ANTHRAX, SOD) Q) We know you come from different musical background, was it fun to learn the song and pay tribute to a band which is considered by many among the fathers of Heavy Metal? A) I’ve been a fan of Deep Purple and Ritchie Blackmore’s playing since I was a kid, so it’s odd that I never learned the riff to Burn before this. I’m happy that I got to do this because the riff is so fun to play! Q) How important is the role of music in contributing to charity causes? A) It’s very important. Any time something music related can raise money for a good cause it’s a win for everyone involved. I’m just doing something I love to do and if it helps someone else, that’s even better.
RALF SCHEEPERS | VOCALS (PRIMAL FEAR, ex GAMMA RAY) Q) You performed in the 2019 live edition and jammed with many different international and local artists. Do you enjoy taking part in initiatives like the Metal For Kids United? A) It was a pleasure and an honor to share the stage with such talents! And it’s also needless to say that helping Organizations who help kids who are in need is an honor and a pleasure as well! Q) Do you believe this jam video can capture the spirit of Metal For Kids United! show? A) It definitely does, yes! I’m glad and proud it turned out so amazing!
BRIAN O’CONNOR | VOCALS (ex VICIOUS RUMORS, DEADLANDS, CONSFEARACY) Q) You have taken parts in all the live editions of Metal For Kids United! what do you think make this charity project special? A) The comradery between all the musicians who come together from all over the world for this great cause is amazing. Seeing a bunch of metalheads that truly care about kids is really cool. Faber (Fabrizio Troiano) makes this event a very professional well ran show, it’s the best charity event I have ever been apart of. Q) Being a metal singer, how does it feel to sing vocal parts originally composed and performed by amazing vocalists like David Coverdale and Glen Hughes? A) It’s truly awesome! I never thought I would be singing Deep Purple, I gotta tell ya, it’s not easy but it feels killer to get the opportunity to give it a shot. I dig both legendary vocalists and getting to sing both parts on Burn is a great honor for me.
RAFAEL BITTENCOURT | VOCALS & LEAD GUITAR (ANGRA) Q) How does it feel to join the Metal For Kids United! family for this charity project? A) It’s an honour to be part of this project among such great musicians that are willing to inspire and help others. I feel like I belong to a chain of goodness and charity. We as artists are role models to many people and that responsibility needs real actions beyond words. Q) You are a good vocalist, too. How was the experience in singing such old school classic? A) Singing the song Burn is like going to a rock school. I’ve sang it before in jam sessions and parties but never among high level singers. I learned a lot with the process only by listening to all the different voices.
THOMEN STAUCH | DRUMS (ex BLIND GUARDIAN, MENTALIST) Q) How did you approach your drum parts for this classic song originally arranged and performed by a legendary drummer like Ian Paice? A) It is a pleasure for me to be part of this charity jam and I simply tried to bring in as much as possible of my Thomen style, because you cannot copy Ian Paice! He rules!
JENS LUDWIG | GUITAR (EDGUY) Q) You are familiar with All-Star band because of your band fellow Tobias Sammet’s AVANTASIA and you were also supposed to perform live at the Metal For Kids United! 2020 (which was sadly cancelled). How does it feel like being part of a big charity project like this, anyway? A) It feels great! Of course I was disappointed when the MFKU Live Jam was cancelled, I was really looking forward to being part of the show. But in these difficult times this is a good example that music still matters, not to forget that it´s a lot of fun to play along with so many other fellow musicians. Would definitely be ready to do this again anytime! 🙂
ROBERTO TIRANTI | VOCALS (LABYRINTH, WONDERWORLD, KEN HENSLEY LIVE FIRE) Q: Burn is an immortal song which you know very well. What does it mean to cover it nowadays for a singer and for a rocker / metalhead in general? A: Deep Purple and consequently Burn, are part of the DNA of every musician/singer who literally sank his musical roots in seventies rock, which then flowed into the metal of the following decade, until the present day. Singing that song is completely natural and exciting for me regardless.
OLAF THORSEN | GUITAR (LABYRINTH, VISION DIVINE) Q: In the past you had the honor of backing the legendary Ian Paice on stage during one of his solo concerts in Italy. What does it mean for a metalhead to cover a great classic like Burn? A: Burn is simply an immortal song, which has been one of those milestones of our genre since 1974. Thanks to songs like this that Hard Rock and later Heavy Metal sprang up. Covering a song like this simply means honoring something that is part of our roots and that unites all of us musicians.
ANDREA MARTONGELLI | GUITAR (ELLEFSON, ARTHEMIS, ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE) Q): How was the approach to cover a legendary song like Burn which is almost 50 years old? A: It’s a true honor, a great emotion and a real trial by fire. The title “BURN” says it all! Burn has always been one of my all-time favorites; it’s a fiery combination of the best of Rock and Classical Music together as one and it melts faces! What a killer piece of Music! Long live Rock’n’roll and the great Deep Purple!
TOMMY MASSARA | GUITAR (EXTREMA) Q: For over 30 years you have represented Italian thrash metal in the world. How does it feel to bring your sound into a 70s rock cover tune? Is it still possible to get excited by playing, even at a distance, with two of the Big4? A) “The cover seems to me to be very successful, having been able to bring my playing into such a historical tune like “Burn” is a privilege. With my band Extrema, over the years we have been lucky enough to be able to share the stages at festivals with Megadeth and Anthrax. To play with Scott and David and share with the other guys the performance of this song, even if from a distance, it was a true honor. I would like to add that I feel privileged to have been called to be part of the Metal for Kids United! crew.”
MISTHERIA | KEYBOARDS (VIVALDI METAL PROJECT, BRUCE DICKINSON, ROB ROCK) Q: Maestro, along with your Vivaldi Metal Project and Roy Z, you have carried collaborations with international artists of great prestige for years, now. How does it feel to jam a legendary song like Burn with different, talented and distant musicians? A: I wish to thank Faber for inviting me to the jam, I was happy and honored. Over the years my collaborations have been created and developed thanks to the network and therefore to the possibility of being able to work remotely, main assumptions that have given me the fantastic opportunity to interact and create music with many international artists. For me, it feels like playing at home 🙂 When all this is combined with the talent of the extraordinary artists who participated in the video jam of “Burn”, the result is something spectacular, a musical bomb, as always in the style of Metal For Kids United!.”
LUCA PRINCIOTTA | GUITAR (DORO) Q: You are an Italian musician but you have been playing in an internationally renowned German band for over 10 years now. What does it mean for you to participate in a jam like Metal For Kids United, in which other Italian musicians join forces with high-caliber artists from all over the world? A) When I was asked to participate in this jam I accepted with great enthusiasm because I knew the guys from Metal For Kids United! They would have organized things well and big. It was an honor for me to have been able to make my contribution in jamming with such important characters from the metal scene. Great international names but great Italian names as well! Reviewing the video I was particularly struck by the excellent quality of all the musicians and above all of my country mates! People who can really rock hard!
TOMI MALM’s new project will be released next October 15 (pre-orders now open).
The album features Toto’s STEVE LUKATHER, VINNIE COLAIUTA, SIMON PHILLIPS, LUIS CONTE, ERIC MARIENTHAL, BRANDON FIELDS and TIM PIERCE, among others. Vocals provided by RANDY GOODRUM, OLE BORUD, BILL CANTOS, FRANK ADAHL, MARILYN SCOTT and more.
Fresh from their debut single release, ‘Broken Wings‘, UK/Swiss duo, Band of Hearts, return with the release of their new single, ‘I Stand Alone‘. Taking influence from the likes of Richard Marx, Toto and Journey, ‘I Stand Alone’ is a cinematic pop-rock anthem, championing the awesome nature of human potential. The song is accompanied by a music video starring Swiss Olympic athlete, Jonas Boesiger.
New German Hard Rock project LAZARUS DREAM featuring multi-instrumentalist Markus Pfeffer and powerhouse vocalist Carsten Lizard Schulz gives a pleasure as immense and deep as the sounds and abilities which pour from their album „Alive“. Carsten Lizard-Schulz delivers a powerful, emotion filled performance and makes this an album full of incredibly poignant vocals listeners worldwide are used to get delivered from him and appreciate on critically appraised albums by EVIDENCE ONE, DOMAIN, DEAD END HEROES and MIDNITE CLUB, to name only a few. Markus Pfeffer used to be a member of internationally praised German AOR-band SCARLETT in the early nineties and delivers riffing and fret board acrobatics you rarely get to hear him play on albums by his main band WINTERLAND, On the LAZARUS DREAM album, he not only plays guitar, but also bass and keys. The powerhouse drumming by guest Markus Kullmann (SINNER, VOODOO CIRCLE, Glenn Hughes) not only completes the hearing pleasure but also adds an incredible groove which lifts the songs to a new level. More musical guests featured are percussionist Thomas Rieder, flute player Sabrina Roth and Thomas Nitschke on Hammond and synths.
The album is set for release on November 13th via Pride & Joy Music.
Track list: 1. Dawn Of Time 2. House Of Cards 3. Wings Of An Eagle 4. Can’t Take My Soul Away 5. Listen, 6. Fleshburn 7. The Healing Echoes 8. Desert Mind 9. Visions and Sins 10. Steam 11. Don’t Blame Me 12. Hotel Overload 13. Days Of Darkness And Rain
ALTARIA/STARGAZERY bass player Marko Pukkila has joined forces with ex-CELESTY/SPIRITUS MORTIS/MASQUERAGE frontman Kimmo Perämäki in a new band called SHADOW TRIBE. The group, whose lineup is rounded out by Simo Pirttimaa on guitars and Petri Heinonen (King Satan) on drums, has signed a worldwide record deal with Pride & Joy Music who will release the group’s debut album “Reality Unveiled” on November 13th, 2020.
SHADOW TRIBE is a melodic metal group from Finland. The band is driven forward and managed by Altaria/ Stargazery bass player Marko Pukkila, who is well known within the industry. He has been around the European rock scene for over two decades and played on almost 40 different releases incl. work with musicians like Vinny Appice, Kee Marcello, AJ Pero, Frankie Banali, Rowan Robertson, Ryan Roxie just to name a few.
Track list: 1. Splinters Of A Hologram 2. Christaromancy 3. Headstrong 4. Speck Of Sawdust 5. Connection 6. A World Taken Hostage 7. Many Tears To Go 8. We Weren’t There 9. Stolen Fate 10. Instant Heaven
“Reality Unveiled” was produced by SHADOW TRIBE between 2018 and 2020; and mixed and mastered by singer Kimmo Perämäki who also mixed and mastered the latest Stargazery album and created the SHADOW TRIBE artwork.
SHADOW TRIBE is: Kimmo Perämäki – vocals Simo Pirttimaa – guitars Marko Pukkila – bass Petri Heinonen – drums