WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND – New album out….NOW!

American Rock ‘n Roll band, WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND, have released their first full-length album in over 39-years, ‘Love My Ride‘ on July 19, 2019 via Heaven And Hell Records. A limited CD version is available worldwide and a vinyl release is set to follow.

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Track List:

1. Love My Ride
2. Mirage
3. You Gotta Pay
4. Light Em’ Up
5. Cold Springs Hill
6. Talking Me Down
7. Shadow Child
8. Thousand Hail Marys
9. Son of a Ram
10. Whiskey & Angels
11. Homemade Satellite
12. Times Comin’

 

It’s true often recording musicians will fall in love with their ‘first take’. Matney was no different. These were his babies. Some of the songs had been around since the early ’90s and Matney had performed them with a little local trio at small local clubs, county fairs, gas stations (that’s another story) etc.. They were tried and true, but fresh off the tour with the guys Matney knew there was a certain quality live that was missing with the recordings, so under the advice of Jeremy Golden Matney made plans to record in Nashville at Jay’s place. Jay Vernelli was a friend of Matney who had produced a blues album for him some years earlier. Jay is also known for producing albums for such artist as Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and several other well-known artists.

Rather than start from scratch in the studio again Matney decided to keep his original instrument tracks and replace only those drum tracks. It was Jay who suggested Wayne Killius as a drummer for the new project. Wayne has several gold records and has recorded hits with the likes of Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Big And Rich etc. Through late fall and much of the winter, Matney made several trips to Nashville and spent more than several hours in the studio with Wayne and Ethan Barrette from Addiction Studiosgetting the drum tracks where they wanted them. Over the last few months, the band has found itself doing some critical listening and undertaking the expensive, and time-consuming task of mixing and mastering.

WHITE BOY AND THE AVERAGE RAT BAND featuring guitarist/singer Mike Matney, bassist Daryl “Rambo” Gibson and drummer Joby Barker will soon be heading out on a tour (yet to be named) that is scheduled to kick off on August 10th in Montana on the “Rockin’ the River Festival” alongside artists such as Zakk Wylde, Cheap Trick, Dokken, Warrant, Lou Graham, Asia and more.

White Boy and the Average Rat Band is:

Mike Matney – Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals
Daryl “Rambo” Gibson – Bass Guitar
Joby Barker – Drums
Wayne Killius – Drums (Studio Drummer – Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Big And Rich)

White Boy and the Average Rat Band‘s first album was released in 1980 and is highly sought after by collectors worldwide. As recently as 2018 it has sold for as high as $800 a copy. The band has developed an underground cult-like following of die hard fans and music critics. In the fall of 2018 the band was signed to heavy metal label Heaven and Hell Records. The band has since embarked on the “Back In The Rat Race Tour” playing iconic venues across the United States including dates in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, and The World Famous Whisky A- Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.

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RAIN or SHINE – NEW DEAL, NEW ALBUM coming up &NEW Single out….

Greek, Athens based, melodic hard rockers RAIN OR SHINE have signed a deal with Perris Records for their next album called “The darkest part of me” set for release on FEBRUARY 15th.

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TRACKLIST:

01 THE DARKEST PART OF ME
02 TOP OF THE WORLD
03 NEW LOVE
04 WHERE ARE YOU NOW
05 AROUND THE CORNER
06 SHOT OF LIFE
07 WE ALL BACK DOWN
08 BACK ON TRACK
09 INTO THE STORM
10 WE ONLY LIVE ONCE

The first single called “TOP of the World” out of the album is already available on YTube.

Perris Records States:

Perris Records president Tom Mathers is proud to announce the signing of Rain Or Shine to their release of their second album called “The Darkest Part of Me”, out on the 15th of February, 2019.  The 1st single “Top Of The World” will be released digitally worldwide on February 1st, 2019. Fans of Bon Jovi, Europe, Winger, Nickelback  & Giant will enjoy this melodic rock release. Steve S.R. the vocalist had this to say about the deal “We proudly announce that we signed a record deal with Perris Records for the release of our second album “The Darkest Part of Me”. It’s been an awesome journey creating this album and we can’t wait to hear your feedback on it.”

Rain Or Shine “The Darkest Part of Me” consists of melodic hard rock tunes with the 80’s melodic rock feel. Up-lifting songs, melodic catchy ballads and huge choruses.

The album kicks off with the selftitled track which bring the brand new sound of ROS and pulls the listener to a well crafted theme followed by a great solo from Steve.
“Top of The world” takes over with the spirit of a melodic rock party and a neverending happy headbanging.
“New Love” & “Where are you now”
midtempo, strong and heavy enough to lead to the next track.
“Around the Corner” – brings the feeling of a fresh melody which you could listen to all day long on loop.
“Shot of Life” – midtempo with catchy riffs, great chorus and  a fine solo guitar  to complete the idea of how melodic rock should sound nowdays.
“We all back down” – And the rock ‘n’ roll party goes on…..enough said 🙂
“Back on Track” – a modern ballad will makes you sing along as you listen to….
“Into the Storm” – in my opinion could be called “the track that Gotthard never wrote back in the day”….!
“We only live once” – Last track on the album is a fine ballad and the best way to lead to the end of a great record for my taste.

Well, as final word, I’d say that in a year which have started soooo promising ….. RAIN OR SHINE will surely be part of the top releases with this record.

AMRShow APPROVED: 9.25 /10

*PREORDER HERE

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Rain Or Shine is a melodic hard rock band based in Athens, Greece and was formed in 2013 by Steve S.R. and Andy R. McCormick. Steve S.R. is the lead singer, plays the guitars, bass and keyboards in the project and also works as a producer and a mixing engineer. Andy R.McCormick plays the drums and the percussion. They both have been involved in several bands such as “Wild Machine”, “Perfume”, “Sex-Rated”, ”Embrace Fire” and “Backstage Love” just to name a few and performed on a series of live events with great success supporting names such as “Skid row”, “Gilby Clarke”, “Tigertailz”, “Devildriver”, “DRI”, “Rotting Christ”, “Septic Flesh”, “Crash Diet” etc. Steve studied classical guitar at an early age. At the age of fourteen he started playing the piano with a view to improving his knowledge in music theory. At the same time, he was practising electric guitar and bass. It was only a matter of time before he wrote his own songs and began recording his ideas. That motivated him to study sound engineering and work on his mixing skills. He’s been mainly influenced by band such as Bon Jovi, Giant, Winger and more modern acts such as Nickelback, Sixx A.M. etc. Andy R. McCormick started studying piano and guitar, but soon stopped and took drum lessons at the age of 13. He played in numerous cover bands mainly in metal/rock genre. His main influences were Led Zeppelin, TOTO, Tower of Power, Steven Wilson just to name a few and definitely John Bonham, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Lee, Steve Gadd, Vinnie Colaiuta, Gavin Harrison are still his main drum influences. In 2013, Steve and Andy got into the studio to start recording their debut album “Seize the Night”. Steve composed, produced and mixed all of the songs and the album was mastered by Chris Snyder at Online Stockholm Mastering. It was released in April 2014, digitally, along with a lyric video of the single “Seize the Night”. Later, Rain Or Shine released a video performing an acoustic version of the song “Believe”. The album was later re-released in physical form by Lions Pride Music in April 2018. It received great reviews by several blogs and webzines. In 2016, they once again got in the studio for the recordings of their second album called “The Darkest Part of Me”. Steve composed, arranged, produced and mixed the album for the following two years and it was finally mastered by John Mcris at Soundflakes Studios in June 2018.

Rain Or Shine are:

Steve S.R.  Vocals, guitar, bass,vocals and keyboards,

Andy R. McCormick – Drums

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WHITE WIDDOW – New official video single released…..

White Widdow released their first single out of the NEW album “VICTORY” coming up on OCTOBER 19th…..BE PREPARED!
Enjoy it & feel free to spread the word…..
cheers everyone

CARE OF NIGHT – NEW album details revealed

Skandi Act CARE OF NIGHT’s new album “Love Equals War”, produced by Erik Wigelius, is set to be released by AOR Heaven/GerMusica Promotion on November the 23rd 2018.

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Track listing:
1. Love equals War
2. Your perfection
3. She leads you on
4. All I got
5. Hit
6. Ivory Tower
7. Cold as my heart
8. Please don’t leave
9. We will find a way
10. At last

Care of Night.
Calle Schönberg – Lead Vocals
Viktor Öström Berg – Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Bass Guitar.
Kristofer V. Wachenfeldt – Keyboards, Vocals
Linus Svensson – Drums, Vocals

WHITE WIDDOW – Victory (8.75/10)

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Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals – ex Tigertailz) & Xavier (Keyboards – 2 x Aria Nominee) and guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Foreigner, Journey, Night Ranger, Starship, Dokken and Australia’s own Rick Springfield. In 2010 White Widdow signed with the AOR Heaven label and stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self-titled debut album throughout Europe. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine’s top 10 AOR albums for 2010. White Widdow quickly returned with their follow up release “Serenade” in September 2011, showcasing a more crafted song style and structure. In support of “Serenade”, White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK) and playing alongside artists including Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Steve Auguri (Journey), Unruly Child, Stage Dolls, Keel, Shakra, Strangeways, Silent Rage, Alien, Mitch Malloy, Coney Hatch, Jeff Paris, Kane Roberts and many more. In 2014 White Widdow’s third opus. “Crossfire” was released and was once again met with praise from both rock critics and melodic rock/ AOR fans, receiving positive reviews. In March 2015 White Widdow returned to tour Europe with shows in Spain and Greece before returning to the UK with shows across England and finishing the tour at Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival in Wales sharing the stage with AOR Legends Night Ranger & FM. 2016 saw White Widdow release their fourth album “Silhouette”, a very slick AOR affair that was heaped with praise by the Melodic Rock Press and Media. White Widdow returned to tour Europe and once again performed at HEAT Festival in Germany alongside artists including Treat and Pink Cream 69. 2018 has seen White Widdow re-enter the studio for their fifth album “Victory”, celebrating ten years since the band began and an album cover that throws back to the style of their debut. “Victory” incorporates a strong Pomp element in the songs along with White Widdow’s traditional classic 80’s AOR sound, the band allowing their influence of bands like Giuffria and White Sister to really come through. Featuring over the top pompus keyboards, stacked harmony vocals from the Millis brothers and Enzo Almanzi’s tasty solos throughout. White Widdow are set to perform at Rockingham in the UK in support of the new album, followed by a tour through Spain, Greece and their native Australia.

White Widdow are:
Lead Vocals – Jules Millis;
Keyboards & Vocals – Xavier Millis;
Guitars – Enzo Almanzi;
Bass – Ben Webster;
Drums – Gavin Hill

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1. Victory, 2. Fight For Love, 3. Second Hand Heart, 4. Late Night Liason, 5. Danced In The Moonlight, 6. Love And Hate, 7. Reach Up, 8. Anything, 9. America, 10. Run And Hide

 

AMRS APPROVED  8.75 /10

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MIDNITE CITY – “There goes the neighbourhood” (9/10)

Following on from their explosive self-titled debut album last year, MIDNITE CITY return all guns blazing on 19th of October 2018 with their sophomore release ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ – eleven tracks of fist pumping, high energy, feel-good, hair metal of the highest order!

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1. Here Comes The Party, 2. Give Me Love, 3. You Don’t Understand, 4. Life Ain’t Like This On The Radio, 5. We’re Gonna Make It, 6. Tonight You’re All I Need, 7. Hard To Get Over, 8. Takes One To Know One, 9. Heaven’s Falling, 10. Gave Up Giving Up, 11. Until The End
The lush melodies, huge choruses and gargantuan hooks found on their debut album are all here in abundance alongside some true modern day glam anthems, fun commercial party rock, moody mid-paced hard rockers and heart wrenching power ballads big enough to light up an entire arena.
As with the first album, the winning formula has remained – all songs have been written by Rob Wylde, whilst Pete Newdeck has once again taken control of production, engineering and mixing duties. With ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ the band has literally stepped everything up several notches to unbridled, head splitting proportions. The guitars are big, the drums are huge, there are walls and walls of harmonies and more synths than you’d find this side of a classic Bon Jovi album. In a nutshell, this album has everything but the kitchen sink!
With shows all over the UK and Europe in 2017/ 2018, MIDNITE CITY’s sound is tighter than ever before.
So if you long for a band that still look, sound and perform like those long lost million selling forgotten bands of the late 80’s/ early 90’s, MIDNITE CITY and ‘THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD’ is the album for you. Don’t forget to catch MIDNITE CITY tearing it up live all over the UK, Europe and beyond in their own inimitable, arena rock style in 2018/ 2019…

’HERE COMES WEEKEND…HERE COMES THE PARTY!’

AMRS APPROVED  9/10

 

 

DION BAYMAN – New album details released…

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TRACKLIST
01. Ready For The Real Thing
02. Rise And Fall
03. Better Days
04. The Best Times Of My Life
05. Leap Of Faith
06. Fallin’ For You
07. Pieces
08. Out Of Mind Out Of Sight
09. Cold
10. If I Could

Dion Bayman: All Vocals & Instruments

Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce all the details of “Better Days”, new official studio album by Aussie melodic rocker Dion Bayman, scheduled for release on September 21st 2018. The ten tracks of “Better Days” show the unquestionable skills of Dion Bayman in capturing the essence of a catchy and up-to-date FM sound, built on high quality songwriting reminiscent to the likes of late 90’s Bon Jovi, Richard Marx & Bryan Adams.

Dion says: “With each new release my goal is to make it better than the last in every aspect. I think I’ve grown as a songwriter, and production wise it’s the best sounding album I’ve produced. I am extremely proud of this record”.

Fans of classic melodic rock melodies but with a modern twist will love “Better Days”, especially thanks to the infectious choruses included within the whole tracklist of the album. Also, to offer a pleasant experience to the fans on the visual side as well, CD graphics have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Michael Kratz, Firmo, Room Experience, Charming Grace), while the CD booklet features introductive liner notes written by Antonio AORLAND, official speaker and director of AORLAND Radio Show in Spain. The album is available in physical format in two different formats: Standard CD Edition, and Ltd. Personalized Edition. This one, created by Outward Styles and available exclusively at Burning Minds Music Group’s official shop, Rock Temple, will come with handcrafted slipcase and personalized printed card filled with handwritten name of the buyer, printed number of the copy and signature of Art Of Melody Music’s label manager Stefano Gottardi, which certifies the originality and exclusivity of the product. A very special edition available in a strictly limited quantity of 50 copies, dedicated to all the great collectors out there.

 

WHITE WIDDOW – New album out in October….

Australian AORsters White Widdow announced the release of their new album through the band’s facebook page.
Tha band stated: “The upcoming fifth White Widdow album “Victory” will be released in Europe & UK on October 26th 2018 on the AOR Heaven Label.”

Tracklist –
1. Victory
2. Fight For Love
3. Second Hand Heart
4. Late Night Liason
5. Danced In The Moonlight
6. Love And Hate
7. Reach Up
8. Anything
9. America
10. Run And Hide.

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