Legendary hard rockers MASS will release their new album called “When 2 worlds collide” on May 25th from Escape Music.
Just Can’t Deny (3:56)
Only A Dream (4:15)
Falling In Love (4:56)
Second Hand Rose (5:06)
Turn it Over (4:08)
Revenge for the Maiden (3:36)
Some Time Ago (4:35)
Stand Alone (4:01)
Time Marches On (4:52)
When 2 Worlds Collide (5:47)
Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony for Escape Music Ltd.
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Artwork by: Nello Dell’Omo
Boston’s hard rock legends Mass have had numerous accomplishments over the years but most notably is the selling of over half a million albums worldwide!
Mass are legends in the USA and have a good strong following in Europe where they have released eight studio albums on labels such as A&M, RCA, Enigma and of course Escape Music. They have worked with such producers as Tom Allom (Judas Priest), Jon Mathias (Joe Cocker), Tony Platt (Cheap Trick / Led Zep) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) who has also contributed to this very release. They have toured with Scorpions, Cinderella, Molly Hatchet, Tesla, The Ramones, Kix, Vince Neil to name but a few….
Mass first started recording music in the early eighties and since then have released 7 studio recordings and with “When 2 Worlds Collide” this will be their 8th studio album. Their music can only be described as Melodic Hard Rock of the highest order; they certainly have a pedigree in this type of music and they hail from Boston too, home of the band of the very same name! In fact Louis from Mass has sung on the Boston album “Love, Life and Hope”.
Mass are an institution and if you are still unfamiliar with their music then this is a time to put things right. This new album is riddled with classic tunes that every melodic hard rock fan would want to hear if you love the hard edged US rock sound. These guys are the best in their field, go and check them out…
The label states:
“We are thrilled to announce that legendary TWISTED SISTER frontman DEE SNIDER inked a deal with NAPALM RECORDS for his upcoming solo album! This opus is entitled FOR THE LOVE OF METAL and will deliver what its name promises: pure world class metal!
Dee Snider doesn’t need any introduction anymore, right? Influential hard rock legend, reality TV star, Broadway alumni, horror movie director, radio host and as you all know – he is a thoroughbred heavy metal enthusiast.
FOR THE LOVE OF METAL is produced by Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta and features contributions from Howard Jones (ex-Killswitch Engage), Mark Morton (Lamb Of God), Alissa White-Gluz (Arch Enemy), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocaust) and Charlie Bellmore (Kingdom Of Sorrow). So prepare for a unique masterpiece!
This brand new DEE SNIDER album will be out this summer.”
DEE SNIDER on the signing: “I am beyond excited to be working with one of the world’s leading labels for heavy music, it’s a perfect home for this album! I believe there’s something for every hard rock and metal fan on this record and I cannot wait to unleash it on the world July 27th!”
Thomas Caser, Managing Director of NAPALM RECORDS comments:
„We are absolutely delighted to announce this signing today. It’s an honor to work with such an iconic artist such as Dee who lives and breathes METAL! This album is nothing but pure metal and adrenaline!”
More album details coming soon!
DEE SNIDER – Live 2018:
03.08. – 04.08.2018 SE – Rejmyre / Skogsröjet Festival
10.08. – 12.08.2018 BE – Kortrijk / Alcatraz Metal Festival
2. Crown Of Thorns,
3. Dying For Love,
4. Feel The Heat (Cobra soundtrack),
7. The Awakening (Shocker – Wes Craven),
8. Missing The Young Days,
9. Hike It Uo,
10. Secret Jesus,
11. Rock Ready (EA/MTV Rock Band Game),
12. The One,
13. Voodo Queen,
14. Standing On The Corner For Ya (2017 single version, as performed on The Wendy Williams TV show)
AOR HEAVEN is currently gearing up to release the first of two retrospective albums highlighting the music of Jean Beauvoir beginning in the summer of 2018. Jean Beauvoir: Rock Masterpieces Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 feature songs from his solo career including his International multi-platinum debut “Drums Along the Mohawk” album, from his band Crown Of Thorns, his band Voodoo X, which also made music and video history, some fan favorites and a couple of unreleased singles which are a part of several soon to be released projects. AOR HEAVEN will begin releasing his follow up album Jean Beauvoir” Rock Masterpieces Vol. 2 by the end of 2018, beginning of 2019. The songs on both albums will be remastered.
Beauvoir is also working with best selling British author Simon Cox (Cracking The Da Vinci Code) on a new book which will capture his storied career in music and entertainment. The iconic Blonde Mohawk of Jean Beauvoir has been an ongoing major influence on US and International pop culture in music, sports, film and TV; including several cartoons; influences that are still being seen and heard today. As a member of the Plasmatics, the most outrageous, controversial, successful Punk band ever and a longtime songwriter and producer for the Ramones, hailed as the greatest Punk band in the world, Jean Beauvoir is forever linked to two of the most revolutionary bands of the twentieth century. He was a member of the Plasmatics during their most successful and revolutionary time in music and is the only member of the Plasmatics who went onto a successful solo, production and writing career with over 40-million records sold to date and featured on over 240 albums.
Music from his solo debut album ‘Drums Along the Mohawk’ was hand picked by Sylvester Stallone for the film Cobra which led to Beauvoir making a deal with Al Teller (President of Paramount Pictures). Through working closely with Branson, Stallone and Teller, Cobra received the highest advertising budget for a Hollywood film to date at the time featuring the single “Feel the Heat” as its title track.
Since Cobra, music by Jean Beauvoir has been featured in other well known, successful films throughout his career including Pet Sematary (Stephen King). He has continued writing (and/or) producing hits with other artist’s such as KISS, Lionel Ritchie, Desmond Child and others; more recently with Korean Superstar Jonghyun of the K-pop super group Shinee whose single “Crazy Guilty Pleasure” hit #1 on Billboard’s World Album Charts (U.S.), #1 on iTunes (Worldwide) and topped the charts across Asia.
Today, the Plasmatics and the Ramones are hailed as two of the most revolutionary bands of the twentieth century. They are the original O.G. Punks and the Godfather’s and Grand Dame (Wendy O. Williams) of Punk & Metal. Today, Jean Beauvoir is also recognized as “One of the Most Influential Black Rockers of All Time” by Guitar World Magazine and is one of the most successful bass guitarists in American music.
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2002) and honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011). The Plasmatics are featured in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame (2017). Jean Beauvoir continues to write, record and produce solo projects as well as collaborate with other artist’s in various genres, while staying active in film and television projects both as an actor and/or executive producer. He is currently working with American author Bill Doyle and world class illustrator Nicola Anderson on a children’s book to be released soon. Jean Beauvoir is a producer of the ground breaking film “The Killer’s Requiem” set for release in 2019 and is currently reviewing several scripts submitted for future film roles while finalizing other projects set for release in 2018/2019.
Brand new album called “Cultural Daze” from Von Baltzer is set for release on June 29th on AOR HEAVEN.
Von Baltzer“Cultural Daze” has everything for the classic AOR rock fans wrapped up in a modernized production by Von Baltzer and a first class vintage rock mix by Swedish producer Magnus Johansson. While the each song captures remnants of the 80’s & 90s best rock artists from Asia, Bon Jovi, Boston, Toto & a musical hint of Yes, Von Baltzer clearly have a unique style & individual sound, while still appealing to fans of Bad English, Journey & Rainbow alike. “Cultural Daze” comprises of 10 memorable heart felt rock tracks, a must for classic rock radio DJ’s and fans worldwide with some of the most amazing performances by Rocks 1st class musicianship from across Europe!
Produced by Von Baltzer this impressive debut album now delivers this memorable “back to the roots” melodic classic rock debut album with 10 co-written songs by guitarist Christian Kjellström (Atlantis/ RockXPress) and Erik Palmqvist (Pork from Cork Ireland, Mickey Slim Band); music & lyrics by vocalist Ian Parry Rock Emporium, Consortium Project, Elegy, Ayreon). Drummer Magnus Jacobson (Miss Behaviour, Claes Yngström) completes the band’s line-up. Per Ramsby (Tribute, Foundation) guests on keyboards.
“Cultural Daze” addresses recent issues in the world media and is a view of life in a multi cultural society. A heartfelt search for a way forward during these turbulent times influencing our lives and what lies ahead for society in the future.
German Neoclassical Heavy Metal band, ETERNAL FLAME, have released a lyric video for ‘Got A Rock & Roll Fever‘, featuring Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum) on vocals. The song is taken from their third album ‘Smoke On The Mountain‘, to be out on May 18th, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angles Records. The album includes 13 tracks, and featuring Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire) on vocals.
Eternal Flames Smoke On the Mountain comes off as more of a Deep Purple style album more than anything else. If you love great catchy classic-style hard rock with stunning lead guitar and vocals, then you will appreciate this album quite a bit. 8/10 (MyGlobalMind)
„Smoke on the Mountain“ is a great album for friends a traditional metal that‘s built on well-crafted hooks, excellent leads and melodic vocals. 8/10 (Markus’ Heavy Music Blog)
The album is produced by Michael Schinkel & Helmut Kohlpaintner, co-produced by Timothy Touchton, mixed by Michael Schinkel and mastered by Christoph Stickel. The Album artwork was made by Gustavo Sazes (Angra, Firewind, Iced Earth, Dream Evil).
The Soul Exchange is a band that mixes Classic Hard Rock with a contemporary Metal sound. They have taken influences from the 70’s Hard Rock scene and created their own unique style of Metal infused, guitar driven hard rock, with great attention to the melodies and grand vocal arrangements. The lyrics deals mostly with subjects from the darker side of life such as insanity and evil in various forms.
The Soul Exchange found their formula and sound with the line-up consisting of Daniel John (vocals & keyboards), Hans von Bell (guitars), Thomas von Bell (guitars), Patrik Ekelöf (bass), and Benny White (drums). Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in the music business. They released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed debut album “Bloodbound” in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label and the five Track EP “Vow Of Seth” in December 2017 on the Pride & Joy Music label.
In the fall of 2017, the Swedish group began working on their 2nd full length release titled “Edge Of Sanity” that is penned for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on June 15th, 2018. It’s not a theme album per say, but lyrically all the songs have a common theme with lyrics that are metaphorical and treats the dark side of the human psyche. Musically the record is hard hitting and dark themed but not hard listening. Sonically ”Edge Of Sanity” is harder and darker than anything The Soul Exchange have produced in the past, but the trademark vocal arrangements and choruses are predominant, and grander than ever before.
In contradiction to the 2016 debut ”Bloodbound”, that was mainly written by Hans & Thomas von Bell with lyricist Jens Joel Evaldsson over a two year time span, all nine songs on the new effort were written in a very condensed period of time and a true team effort by Hans & Thomas von Bell, Daniel John and producer Magnus Ljungqvist with Daniel John taking over the full responsibility as the band’s lyricist. This has resulted in a much more coherent effort compared to the debut.
April 21, Record Store Day, Hot Records, Stockholm, Sweden
June 15, Nalen, Stockholm, Sweden
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are proud to present the official video for “This Town Is Lost Without You“, second single taken from Michael Kratz‘s new studio album “Live Your Life“. The song features international legends Steve Lukather (Toto) and David Garfield (Cher, Robin Beck) as very special guests on guitar and keyboards respectively. The digital cover artwork has been created by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Room Experience, Charming Grace).
Michael says: “This Town Is Lost Without You” was the first new song I wrote for “Live Your Life“. Almost by co-incident I met David Garfield in Copenhagen and I asked him to join me on this track. I also asked him if he could call Steve Lukather and ask him to join us as well. I wasn’t really sure he was going to call him, but only a few days later David called me to let me know that he andLuke would do the session a few weeks later. That was a very good day. For the video I asked both my kids if they would appear in it. They accepted. That was an even better day! So it’s a very special song for me!
“Live Your Life” has been released on March 3, 2018 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group in Europe, and April 13, 2018 via AnderStein Music in Japan.
Sweden’s top tier 3/4 female metal attack ICE AGE have unleashed “Clever,” the new video from their GMR Music Group release Breaking the Ice. The band has teamed up with PureGrain Audio for the premiere.
Regarding the video for “Clever“, frontwoman Sabrina Kihlstrand says, ”We are incredibly happy to present our second video from our album Breaking the Ice. The video is directed by Berget Bergman (MMI,Reignsaw) and was filmed during our Scandinavian tour with Reignsaw and FKU. The song itself is about being let down by a friend from an ironic perspective.”
Formed in 1985 in Gothenburg, Sweden, ICE AGE took the metal world by storm, eschewing fashion for a collective punch to the throat. The all female machine quickly earned the respect of magazine editors and fellow musos alike in their five year run. In 1990 the quartet called it a day without ever recording an album, but selling thousands of copies of their demos, in effect making them legendary by proxy. and were even honoured as such a few years ago when the Big Four dedicated their entire show at Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium to the band.
As well as releasing the “Clever” video, ICE AGE will be performing at Muskelrock in Tyrolen, Sweden on 31 May where they will appear with Bullet, Manilla Road, Cirith Ungol and more. June 2nd sees the band head to Pilsen, Czech Republic to take part in Metalfest Open Air 2018 to appear alongside Apocalyptica, Evergrey Death Angel and others.
Multi-platinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch, have unveiled their latest single “Gone Away”,(their own rendition of The Offspring’s 1997 hit single). The track has received over 27 million streams in the U.S, is currently charting #2 on Active Rock and topped the iTunes rock and metal charts globally.
“Gone Away” is taken from their highly anticipated seventh full-length studio album, And Justice For None, on May 18. The long-awaited collection is available for physical pre-order in the following formats: Standard physical CD (13 tracks), Deluxe physical CD (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe artwork), Vinyl (13 tracks + 3 bonus tracks + Deluxe gatefold artwork). The band is also offering fans a variety of new CD/merchandise bundles.
Last month, 5FDP announced they will be hitting the road for a massive series of co-headlining North American dates with Breaking Benjamin this summer, along with special guests Nothing More and Bad Wolves. The summer amphitheater tour kicks off on July 16, 2018 in Seattle, WA and will make stops in 32 North American cities.
The following is the tracklisting for Five Finger Death Punch’s new album:
AND JUSTICE FOR NONE
2. Top Of The World
3. Sham Pain
4. Blue On Black
5. Fire In The Hole
6. I Refuse
7. It Doesn’t Matter
8. When The Seasons Change
9. Stuck In My Ways
10. Rock Bottom
11. Gone Away
13. Will The Sun Ever Rise
AND JUSTICE FOR NONE
1. Trouble (Bonus Track)
3. Top Of The World
4. Sham Pain
5. Blue On Black
6. Fire In The Hole
7. I Refuse
8. It Doesn’t Matter
9. When The Seasons Change
10. Stuck In My Ways
11. Rock Bottom
12. Gone Away
14. Will The Sun Ever Rise
15. Bad Seed (Bonus Track)
16. Save Your Breath (Bonus Track)
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH is
Ivan Moody (vocals),
Zoltan Bathory (guitar),
Jeremy Spencer (drums),
Jason Hook (guitar) and Chris Kael (bass).
“Till The End” is called the second single out from the new album of Millennial Reign. The album called “The Great Divide” will be released on May 25th.
The US power metal band Millennial Reign are back with their new album “The Great Divide”! The album features new members Travis Wills [vocals], Steve Nichols [drums] and Neil Bertrand [bass] together with founding member Dave Harvey [guitars].”The Great Divide” is the follow-up to “Carry The Fire”, the label debut for the Swedish label Ulterium Records. Since the release of “Carry The Fire” the band toured with Stryper on their “To Hell With The Devil 30th anniversary tour” as well as supported bands like Sonata Arctica, Leaves’ Eyes, Theocracy, Omnium Gatherum, Hammerfall and Joe Lynn Turner.
“The Great Divide” feels like a more focused and powerful album than its precursor and the new vocalist Travis Wills [Infidel Rising] really shines through the album with his raw and emotional vocals. Fast, catchy songs like “Break The Tide” and “Imagine” are mixed with epic songs like “Till The End” and “Wounds In Hand” and together they form a great collection of songs that should appeal to fans of US power metal and melodic metal.
Millennial Reign are scheduled to support Stryper and Hammerfall in June and will also play in Mexico for the first time this year.
01. The Genesis
02. Break The Tide
03. More Than Scars
05. Till The End
06. In Your Silence
07. The Day The Sun Stood Still
08. Behind The Time
09. Wounds In Hand
10. The Great Divide
Millennial Reign line-up:
Travis Wills – Vocals
Dave Harvey – Guitars
Steve Nichols – Drums
Neil Bertrand – Bass
Millennial Reign discography:
2018: The Great Divide [Ulterium Records]
2015: Carry The Fire [Ulterium Records]
2012: Millennial Reign
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ty Sims Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]
“Evil Deluxe”, is taken from the album “Evil Deluxe”, which is due for release May 25th.
Nils Patrik Johansson (LION’S SHARE, ASTRAL DOORS, ex-CIVIL WAR), will release his first solo album “Evil Deluxe”, this spring on German label Metalville.
“I have thought about a solo album for ten years, but then CIVIL WAR came into the picture and I used all my ideas for the three albums that we did” Nils Patrik reveals.
“After my departure from them, I felt that I wanted to focus 100% on ASTRAL DOORS and LION’S SHARE. But all of a sudden inspiration came back – and from out of nowhere I had 10 new killer songs. It felt natural to hire my LION’S SHARE band mate, Lars Chriss as producer and guitar player. My son Fredrik Johansson play drums on the record, so finally father and son Johansson will appear on the same album.” Nils Patrik adds.
Other musicians on the album: Chris Boltendahl (GRAVE DIGGER) – Vocals Andy Loos (LION’S SHARE, GLORY) – Bass Fredrik Bergh (BLOODBOUND) – Keyboard Kay Backlund (LION’S SHARE) – Keyboard Anuviel (SAECRED SPIRIT) – Keyboard Marcus Bengts – Bass