The first advance single out of four in total, “Point Of No Return”, from Swedish Rock act ALTZI is unleashed today on all digital platforms in English and in Spanish, and be followed by three more advance singles and one EP later in the year.
The line-up on this track is compound by some of the finest contemporary Melodic Rock/ Hard Rock musicians and song-writers, i.e. Rick Altzi (lead & backing Vocals), Peter Alpenborg (rhythm guitars & keyboards), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Kevin Kott (drums), Olaf Lenk (lead guitar), Ulrick Lönnqvist (backing vocals), Victor Ohlsson (backing vocalsand Teresia Svensson (backing vocals).
ALTZI’s debut album entitled “All Eyes On Me” is scheduled for a release in early 2022 via the artist’s own label RA Music!
RICK ALTZI is an artist from Helsingborg, Sweden who started to play bass at the age of 14. He was a member in various tribute and original bands until 2004 and switched over to the microphone in 2005. His first album as vocalist saw the light of day in the year 2007 with the band AT VANCE. Since then, he has worked with a lot of outstanding musicians from bands such as Helloween, Accept, King Diamond, Pain Of Salvation, etc..
In 2020, Rick Altzi started to work on his first solo album under the moniker of ALTZI. Rick Altzi also is writing and recording with the bands Masterplan, Gathering Of Kings and Herman Frank.
UK rock band FERAL GHOST have released a music video for their brand new explosive single ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘, the song is taken from their second studio album scheduled for release in March 2021. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ can be ordered here: https://orcd.co/feralghost.
The alternative/melodic rock fusion delivers an electrifying arrangement with uplifting instrumentation and atmospheric vocals driven by infectious guitar riffs. The emotion-drenched vocal adorns the instrumental that shines and sparkles at every turn. This is precisely the kind of record that proves there is no doubt FERAL GHOST is a band to keep an eye on.
‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ will capture anyone from the first note and will leave people wanting more. Their message-heavy lyricism and wordplay will take listeners on a musical journey that highlights a motivating tale. Moreover, the lyricism sheds a light on the importance of making the best of the gifts life provides.
With powerful lyricism, FERAL GHOST maintains a fully charged arsenal of high-quality music that supports the fact that they are set to make a strong impact on the music industry and the charts. This release is a testament to their versatility as a band and their innate talent. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ is a must-listen-to single as they are set to release more captivating music for years to come.
FERAL GHOST is:
Daniel Warwick – vocals, guitar Chloe Hunter – vocals, percussion Andy Watt – guitar Lisanne Otten – keys Marino Donati – bass Paul Castleman – drums
FERAL GHOST’s blend of classic songwriting, layered harmonies and accomplished musicianship, combined with memorable melodies and sharp modern production, has helped the band establish a unique musical voice since it was first put together by singer/songwriter Danny Warwick in 2012.
The London-based group’s debut album A Gathering Storm in 2014 was immediately singled out by reviewers and radio stations for its consistently strong melodies, and stadium sized hooks.
The album was also nominated for CD of the year by Indie Music Digest, which called it “an impressive debut statement that clearly proves this band is a force to be reckoned with in UK and beyond”.
FERAL GHOST’s classic melodic sensibilities and guitar driven sound have brought comparisons with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Pink Floyd, as well as the indie pop and rock sounds of Coldplay and Snow Patrol. But the 6-piece band’s blend of thoughtful lyrics, heartfelt vocals and infectious energy are entirely its own.
Over the next couple of years, subsequent singles This Is Life and Could This Be Love went on to reach No.3 and No.7 in the Official European Independent Music Chart, as well as charting strongly in the US.
During this time FERAL GHOST consolidated their success with a string of concerts across the UK, including festivals and other established music venues. As a result, the group gained a swathe of new loyal followers by showcasing how well their emotionally powerful combination of up-tempo feel-good tunes and slow burn anthems translated to live performances.
Towards the end of 2018, the band went back into the studio to record a follow up album. But unforeseen personal circumstances, followed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, meant that new music has taken longer than anticipated.
But now, after using this time to put the full force of their creativity into a new body of work, FERAL GHOST are back with a stunning new full length album, Speed of Light, due to be released in March 2021.
Reflecting the turbulent and uncertain times of its creation, the album contains an incredible collection of 12 songs that span themes ranging from fear and loss to love and hope.
Taking the band’s complex multi layered sound and sophisticated arrangements to a new level, while never straying from clarity of purpose and honesty of emotion, Speed of Light is FERAL GHOST’s most coherent, uncompromising and beautiful artistic statement so far.
UK rock band CATS IN SPACE return in 2021 with their new single and music video for ‘LISTEN TO THE RADIO’, taken from their hit album ‘ATLANTIS’. Released on all digital platforms, plus CD via the webstore, this classic slice of ‘Power Pop’ is another surefire smash. With their trademark ‘wall of vocals and guitars’ sound set to stun, the tune will blast through the airwaves in a way only Cats In Space know how to.
The success of the album gathers pace as newfound fans overseas, and indeed on home turf have ensured the new album is by far their most successful to date already, with sales reaching record numbers inside the first 3 months of release.
So much so the album amazingly went ‘straight toNo.1’ on the UK’s official breakers rock chart’ on it’s first week of release, and No.53 in the National album chart.
“Thanks to the incredible support of our fans and the live stream show we performed with ‘Better than Live’ before Christmas, 2020 was our most successful year in terms of sales despite the horrors of Covid-19. It has been yet another magical ride that is not stopping anytime soon”
The band are all poised and ready to hit the festivals this Summer, including two headline appearances, and their own headline tour in the Autumn. Plus there is some very exciting news yet to come on the ‘live shows front’, and more huge news for the Winter.
Yes 2021 is going to be another very busy year for the mighty CATS IN SPACE, so come ‘dive with us’ into a brighter future and get ready to rock.
CATS IN SPACE is:
DAMIEN EDWARDS (Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’) – Lead & backing vocals GREG HART (Asia, Mike Oldfield, Moritz) – Guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals, tubular bells, Moog STEEVI BACON – (Robin Trower) Drums, percussion, timpani, harmonica, whistles ANDY STEWART (Moritz) – Piano, electric piano, synthesizers DEAN HOWARD (Ian Gillan, Bad Company) – Guitars, slide guitar JEFF BROWN – (Sweet) Bass guitars, vocals
The Cats’ Story so far…
CATS in SPACE have caused quite a stir since landing in 2015. With their unique sounds they will transport you back to the heady days of 70’s Classic Rock. Think loud guitars and huge drums, walls of soaring multi-layered vocal harmonies, grandiose pianos and unforgettable singable choruses. It’s purr-fect!
Touring with legendary rock giants Deep Purple, Status Quo & Thunder playing UK arenas, as well as Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie, the Cats have accumulated an ever growing army of faithful fans, gaining exceptional live reviews along the way. From humble beginnings to performing at The Hammersmith Odeon, The London Palladium and the London O2 Arena, shows the extent of the orbital journey for these Cats so far…
They have released two critically acclaimed albums in ‘Too Many Gods’ (2015) and ‘Scarecrow’ (2017) which made the UK national top 30 chart and were voted top 10 in the ‘Planet Rock album review’ of 2017. Reviews worldwide were nothing short of incredible, in fact “breathtaking” as one reviewer put it!
A storming live album, ‘Cats Alive!’ (2018) was released on all formats including vinyl, to document the magnificent live performance the band delivered at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, thus cementing the Cats as front runners in the UK rock scene.
In 2019, after a year in the making, the Cats unleashed their boldest, biggest and most adventurous album yet, ‘Daytrip to Narnia’ – the reviews were astounding, the sales were staggering and in turn forced the normally reserved Rob Evans at ‘Powerplay Magazine’ to state… ‘Daytrip to Narnia – Their finest hour, most definitely the album of the year, possibly of the DECADE’.
The ‘Narnia Part 1 tour’ was a runaway success. Many called it “One of the best shows they had ever seen” and although lead vocalist Paul Manzi left the ship at the end of the tour to venture onto pastures new, it did not stop the band’s profile soaring even higher as they ventured into the UK theatres for the first time along with larger venues.
As Paul said farewell, a new cat wandered inquisitively into the bustling Starship and the team welcomed aboard the talented and unassuming Mark Pascall – a brand new vocalist to join the Cats for ‘Part 2’ of their journey. A new version of ‘September Rain’, from the ‘Scarecrow’ album was released as the band played the legendary London Palladium! Then, heading overseas for the first time to spread their 70’s rock vibe to a whole host of new Cat fans, the band stormed the HEAT festival in Germany before returning home for a triumphant UK Christmas tour in support of their hit ‘My Kind Of Christmas’. 2019 ended with an almighty festive bang – two tours, two albums and a timeless Christmas hit all inside 12 months. The year 2020 arrived, the saddest year for the planet in a while with Covid 19. The Cats decided to ‘boldly go forth’ and help bring much needed musical relief. They battened down the starship hatches and submerged into the depths of the ocean, hoping to find inspiration (and a new aquanaut vocalist, in the shape of the star of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ musical, the astonishing DAMIEN EDWARDS).
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”
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!