Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony – Signs Of Wings

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Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony – Signs Of Wings
Frontiers Music SRL
Release Date: 13/09/2019
Running Time: 46:54
Review by Lotty Whittingham
10/10

Nearly ten years ago, I went to a gig at The Joiners, Southampton. In one of the opening bands, I noticed a young passionate vocalist. One of the most talented I had seen on the circuit; she eventually left the band to study music in the USA but not before finding out her name was Adrienne Cowan. Fast forward to today, I watched her provide vocals for Avantasia on their sold-out tour and I have heard her vast vocal range on new album “Signs Of Wings” from Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony.

Sascha Paeth is widely recognised on the metal circuit. He has worked alongside metal giants such as Kamelot, Rhapsody, Epica and Avantasia. After five years of discussions about a possible collaboration with Frontiers, it’s happened and this masterpiece has come to light.

It opens with the appropriately titled ‘The Time Has Come’. The album is finally here and it’s not going to be forgotten anytime soon. This song comes down on you with a bang and gives you only a small taste of what is to come. It also gives you a taste of Cowan’s vast vocal range of straight up growls and beautiful melodic vocals.

I say a small taste as the song variety on this record is quite vast. You have the straight up and aggressive heavy metal sounds such as ‘Sick’ and ‘My Anarchy’. You also have tracks that give something a little bit different, for example ‘Radar’ has a folky vibe. Below are a few great examples of what can be found on this brilliant album.

I love the bouncy, folky melody of ‘Radar’. The pipes and accordion playing alongside the aggressive guitars and drums caught my attention instantly. When you listen carefully, you can hear the poetic lyrics telling a gallant story on how they sail the seas without a radar. I also felt a sense of power when listening to this track, particularly hearing the line “we will be free” growled and sang at different times of the song.

‘The Path’ is a beautiful ballad that allows you to take a break from the hard-hitting aggression. With most metal ballads, they go back into the distortion from the electric guitars and drums. Not complaining, just an observation. What I really like about ‘The Path’ is that it keeps to this stripped-down arrangement of piano, vocals and cello throughout the track. It is one of the best ballads I have heard for a while. I can imagine experiencing this live will be a magical experience.

‘Bound In Vertigo’ is a sweeping and energetic track. The chorus is a memorable one and it will be swimming around in your head for days after listening to it. In this track, the guitar work is fantastic. The riffs and solos make you want to practice air guitar wherever you happen to be.

It ends on an appropriately soaring note with the title track. It ends the album with a bang and leaves you wanting more. This album is an uplifting masterpiece, one that will be treasured and respected by metal fans across the board.

TRACKLISTING:
01. The Time Has Come
02. Die Just A Little
03. Radar
04. Where Would It Be
05. My Anarchy
06. Wide Awake
07. The Path
08. Sick
09. Weight Of The World
10. Bound In Vertigo
11. Signs of Wings

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/saschapaethsmastersofceremony

https://www.instagram.com/saschapaethofficial/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmpM-LiUsB-0OtEGmTb7FoQ

 

 

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017

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Graham Bonnet Band – Live In Tokyo 2017
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 12/07/2019
Running Time: 72:15
Review by ‘Dark Juan’
10/10

Good evening, my flock of the disaffected, the vain, wall eyed and insane. Tonight you are going to witness a man totally lose his shit about a woman. Possibly..!

It is well known I am not a fan of live albums, because the live experience requires a visual component. Thankfully, Graham had this covered for me and has kindly provided me with the footage that goes along with this record, so I hereby offer my thanks and salutations to this mighty and puissant stalwart of metal. The man is a fucking legend…
So, yeah, this is a live recording of Graham and the guys (and gal. Oh, Beth-Ami, be mine. Even your name is perfect. My twisted, shrivelled black heart beats only for you, my proud beauty… sigh) playing some of the more unusual and rare tunes from his days with Alcatrazz, MSG, Impellitteri and Rainbow as well as his stuff with the Graham Bonnet Band. And fuck me crossways, this is good…

I’d even go as far as to say this is fucking classic. This is how metal should sound in the live setting. Alright it’s as Trad Metal as it gets, but nothing touches Trad Metal for riffs and hooks and anthemic choruses. Metal’s most famous accountant’s haircut has assembled a band of uncommonly high talent and it shows through in every single sublime guitar lick from Conrado Pesinato (complete with array of highly amusing guitar solo faces), in Mark Benquchea’s ultra-metronomic drumming (complete with array of highly amusing focused drummer faces) and the legendary Jimmy Waldo hitting the keys like a man possessed (I really don’t want to talk about his face). At the front of it all there’s the Skeggy Boy. A man in command of himself, and his audience! A living legend at the fucking greatest, mightiest height of his powers! A man that makes Corey Taylor look like an amateurish fucking chancer who shouts a lot! A man who demands your attention and your loyalty, and does it so effortlessly you don’t even notice yourself falling to your knees and offering supplication in the form of opening your own veins and spilling your lifeblood at his impeccably shod feet…

And then there is the fragrant, beautiful, heart stopping Beth-Ami Heavenstone. A woman so perfect my heart breaks every time I even look at her. Dark Juan lost his soul to her years ago, but she never even noticed such is the level of her perfection. An angel on Earth with a bass guitar and a smile that makes this hellpriest nearly believe in God. A woman of such magnificence, she makes every other woman within 500 yards of her utterly insignificant. I am not worthy of her attention… No one is, so how did that Lincolnshire howler do it? The absolute bastard! I’ll find out. I will fucking find out and then I’ll bottle it and go and find her…

Sorry, I might have slightly digressed. Yes, the record. Oh my fucking god, the record. This is the best live album I have ever heard. There is not a dropped note in the entire performance and Graham is absolutely at the peak of his powers, effortlessly soaring through his vocal range and reminding us all just what a mighty influence he has been for decades. He looks and sounds like he is enjoying the fuck out of what he is doing and that is infectious. Even I, a notoriously hard and critical man to please with music, have been caterwauling along with every single chorus of every single song. Hodgson Fartpants (one of Dark Juan’s Hellhounds. So named because I could make a fortune out of renting him to dodgy Middle Eastern regimes for chemical warfare purposes…) immediately showed his displeasure with my off key shrieking by fucking off upstairs and going to sleep on my pillows. Plus, the man is a genius level songwriter. Not so much for content, but for the ease with which he crafts such exquisite choruses. You only have to hear Night Games or Samurai once to understand what I’m talking about. And another thing while I am frothing with such incredible enthusiasm… the backing vocals! The harmonies! Oh, the motherfucking harmonies. They hit you at the base of your spine.

And the utterly desirable and simply jawdropping Beth-Ami Heavenstone (have I told you how amazing she is yet? No? How remiss of me) has a gutwrenchingly sweet alto that reduced me to a quivering mass of pathetically lovestruck goo within seconds of her singing the backing vocal to the chorus of S.O.S. There are some voices that give you goosebumps. She has one, on top of all her other sublime qualities. WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO MAKE YOU NOTICE YOUR MOST ARDENT ADMIRER, BETH-AMI? TELL ME, TELL ME, I IMPLORE! NOTICE ME, SENPAI, NOTICE ME!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to need to take a cold shower in Antarctica after this one, boys and girls.

…As we wrench ourselves back into the business of actually being useful to you readers and telling you about the record, then. The production and sound quality are far beyond adequate. Every instrument and cymbal is easily heard and the lead vocal, although to the fore of the mix, is not overpowering the rest of the music. The backing vocals are similarly high in the mix but again are not blanketing the instruments. The song choices for this gig are equally inspired. Everything from the ultra-classic Since You’ve Been Gone through to MSG’s Dancer through to the absolute highlight of the record – an extraordinarily sleazy, sexual, filthily orgasmic rendition of All Night Long! The record ends, somewhat bizarrely, with an alternate lyric studio version of The Crying Chair, which, although interesting and a damned fine rock and roll record, jars somewhat with the fucking awesome night we have just had listening to Graham fucking Bonnet live. Yes, I know I am swearing a lot. No, I don’t care. I am expressing joy. Fuck you. It seems like it was almost bunged on there as an afterthought, you know? Kind of like that last sentence!

Ladies, gentlemen and people of all other genders (I’m nothing if not inclusive. I hate everyone equally) we have on our hands here a perfect storm of a live album – superbly played by the musicians, sublime lead vocals from a living metal legend, well produced, well mixed, with inspired song choices, the biggest ever choruses in metal, and Beth-Ami Heavenstone. Have I told you how much she turns me into a quivering schoolboy every time I set eyes on her? How my heart does little flip flops as I gaze at her magnificent bass playing prowess? How I wish those long, elegant fingers were touching me and her cool gaze and tinkling laugh were for my eyes and ears only? No? We could be here for some time, then….

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System is cross-eyed with desire right now and actually really needs to take a shower in liquid nitrogen, but has struggled manfully on to award the Graham Bonnet Band 10/10 for an utterly fucking brilliant live record. It really should be like 150/10. It is the finest live album I have ever heard. And Graham Bonnet is a musical hero of mine. And Beth-Ami, I adore you.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eyes Of The World
02. California Air
03. S.O.S.
04. Night Games
05. Stand In Line
06. Into The Night
07. Love’s No Friend
08. Dancer
09. Samurai
10. Desert Song
11. Rider
12. Since You’ve Been Gone
13. Assault Attack
14. All Night Long
15. Lost In Hollywood
16. The Crying Chair (Intended Lyric Version)

LINE-UP:
Graham Bonnet – Vocals
Conrado Pesinato – Guitar
Beth-Ami Heavenstone – Bass (You’re going to be hearing quite a lot about her. Sorry, not sorry.)
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Mark Benquchea – Drums

LINKS:
https://www.alcatrazzofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/grahambonnetmusic/



https://www.youtube.com/user/GrahamBonnetHimself

 

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Inglorious – Ride To Nowhere

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Inglorious – Ride To Nowhere
Frontiers Music
Running time: 43:00
Release Date 25/01/2019
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

To those who say rock is dead clearly haven’t given Hard Rock outfit Inglorious a spin. Over the past couple of years, their presence has become well known amongst the music sphere. They have quite rightly been hailed the future of British Rock by Classic Rock Magazine and the belters on their latest album “Ride To Nowhere” provide concrete evidence of this statement.

The band spent most of 2018 locked away creating and recording the album. It was mixed by Kevin Shirley. With credits such as Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith on his portfolio, the album could not have been in better hands in terms of mixing. It’s clear from listening to the record that the band are a strong team, you can hear the music working well together which is what is great to listen to.

It starts off with a great number in the form of ‘Where Are You Now?’ One of the elements that strikes you first is the clean, crisp vocal work that also packs a punch. Alongside the slick riffs and infectious rhythm, this makes for an excellent album opening. To be honest, to say this ‘sets up a tone for the rest of the album’ would be a cliché but in this case this cliché rings true. It’s the opening act that paves the way for an excellent portfolio of Hard Rock mayhem.

Another given cliché that applies to this record is that no song sounds the same. Each song has a story to tell and will suit different moods.

The second track ‘Freak Show’ demonstrates that instantly. This track packs a punch and will encourage you to let out that inner doppelganger. That side of you that you wish to show but can’t.

The beginning of the track ‘Liar’ shows an interesting guitar riff. It sounds messy, but it’s done on purpose so in this case it works. Given that lying creates mess and destruction to people’s lives, that guitar technique is perfect. The lyrical content provides an inciteful layer, particularly the ending of the chorus about the truth setting you free. This pumping track will get audiences going at live shows.

Even the ballads ‘I Don’t Know You’ and ‘Glory Days’ contain the same amount of passion and sass as previous, faster tracks. The first song that comes to mind is Alter Bridge’s ‘Blackbird’. It contains the same impact and power. It’s a sweeping track that is deep and profound.

It ends on a beautiful note with ‘Glory Days’. It’s been stated before that tracks stripped of the distortion and heaviness showcase the vocals at their best. In this case that is certainly true. The prominent vocal work was a highlight of this record. It’s worth waiting for the ending track to hear these at their best. You can hear the full range.

If this album is anything to go by, it’s no wonder Inglorious have earnt a sterling reputation over the past couple of years. It’s an eclectic portfolio of songs that will bring forth a range of emotions. For Hard Rock fans, this is a gem you ought to find and never let go.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Where Are You Now?
02 Freak Show
03 Never Alone
04 Tomorrow
05 Queen
06 Liar
07 Time To Go
08 I Don’t Know You
09 While She Sleeps
10 Ride To Nowhere
11 Glory Days

LINKS:
http://inglorious.com/
https://www.facebook.com/weareinglorious

http://instagram.com/weareinglorious
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiZrGK18u1LyvOL1Vo_hhAA

 

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Praying Mantis – Gravity

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Praying Mantis – Gravity
Frontiers Music
Running Time: 58:00
Release Date: 11/05/2018
Review by Chris White
5/10

Praying Mantis are, by all accounts (ok, their PR Company’s account), one of the most influential bands from the NWOBHM period! I’m geared up for tight leather trousers, warbling vocals and twin guitar harmonies, colliding with big, thunderous bass riffs.

This record is also featuring a new vocalist and drummer in conjunction with the original members, so it seems that the band have achieved a good level of momentum since their last release in 2015.

In kicks the first song, ‘Keep It Alive’ and all is not going to plan. Heavy layered vocal harmonies guide us into a forgettable verse and an improved chorus that at least has a slightly catchy feel to it. My first impression is that the singer is trying too hard to outperform Graham Bonnet in the ‘louder and higher’ singing repertoire, but at least he sounds like he is having fun.

The second track, ‘Mantis Anthem’, features a retro Bontempi-sounding intro and as things go on, I wonder if this is more AOR than NWOBHM? It sounds a bit desperate as it goes on. Anthems are about waving that lighter in the air at the live gig, but I fear that if you were waving a cigarette lighter in the crowd to this song, you would most likely suffer narcolepsy and accidentally set fire to yourself.

Without wishing to dissect each song individually from here on in, my notes contain phrases such as ‘a bit like a testicle-equipped version of Vixen without the Richard Marx songs’, ‘plods along a bit’ and ‘acoustic guitar with yet more full-on helium fuelled singing’.

Finally, the album finished with the song ‘Final Destination’, complete with a wailed “dessssssteena-shunnnnnnnn” outburst from the vocalist, as if to prove a point. The point was clearly that after 5 minutes 16 seconds, it made me wish I was heading towards my final destination as well.

TRACKLISTING:
01 Keep It Alive
02 Mantis Anthem
03 Time Can Heal
04 39 Years
05 Gravity
06 Ghosts Of The Past
07 Destiny In Motion
08 The Last Summer
09 Foreign Affair
10 Shadow Of Love
11 Final Destination

LINKS:
http://www.prayingmantis.rocks/
https://www.facebook.com/PrayingMantisUKRockMetal/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9mgPe1jTBoyfVZs2wRidsQ

 

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Johnny Gioeli- One Voice

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Johnny Gioeli- One Voice
Frontiers Music
Running Time: 40:25
Release Date 07/12/2018
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8.5/10

On hearing the first track of “One Voice” I thought I had pressed play on a Jon Bon Jovi track by accident. I checked but it was definitely Johnny Gioeli, so I carried on and just had to listen to it all.

Johnny has been around the music industry for a few years (25 I think, sorry Johnny) but his sound is so fresh and new-sounding. Johnny has been in Hardline, Crush 40 and played with Axel Rudi Pell but he decided it was now time to do something on his own.

Ok, he is not totally on his own as his band consists of himself on vocals, Eric Gadrix on guitars, Nik Mazzucconi on bass, Marco Di Salvia on drums and Alessandro Del Vecchio on keyboards. But Johnny woke up one day and thought “I just wanna do this, I’ve always been so faithful to the groups I’m in and I remain that way, but I just thought it was time to do something on my own and see how it goes, for the creativity and the freedom to express myself.” “One Voice” is the outcome and we are very grateful he decided to do it.

A big portion of the money raised for this album, through a crowd funding campaign, is going directly to help a young man named Joe Barber. Joe needs help to recover from an accident last year that left him paralyzed, and if I didn’t like Johnny already because of his sound, I like him even more now. I am humbled by this action and he has my total respect.

This whole album has a feelgood factor from the first track to the last. It’s rare you get a whole album that you can dance around to, yet chill to at the same time but this one is that album. It gives you guitar rock with some pop undertones, along with some great melodic rock.

The track ‘Deeper’ is a softer ballad but it still has that rock hint to it and ‘Let Me Know’ has a chorus that you just have to sing along too. Mind you, that’s pretty much the whole album! It has an up-lifting vibe all the way through. Its solid rock songs which Johnny’s voice easily adapts to, from the rockiest tracks to the ballads.

But also, let’s not take anything away from the guys he has with him. They are a great band which compliment him so well. There is a drum beat that has your foot tapping more than once, especially on ‘Hit Me Once, I’ll Hit Ya Twice’ and guitar solos which just melt you! What more could you ask for?

The emotional ride on this album is one that takes you from totally bouncing around to back down to earth with gripping ballads like ‘Price We Pay’, and with lines like “how much is life gonna cost you” it is talking about the fictional lives people live these days, which get you nowhere in the end.

Johnny has an amazing knack of writing catchy songs, whether this is a fast rock track, or a heartfelt ballad and these songs will get stuck in your head. It’s rare that someone is the whole package, to be writing such great tracks and sounding so good singing them too, but this album proves it can be done.

It’s a solid album of pure rock songs, heart-warming lyrics but delivered with a rocky punch. If this is the first solo album I am genuinely hoping there will be more to come.

TRACKLISTING:
1-Drive
2-It
3- One Voice
4-Mind Melt
5-Running
6-Deeper
7-Let Me Know
8-Hit Me Once, Hit Ya Twice
9-Price We Pay
10-Out Of Here
11-Oh Fathers

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/JohnnyGioeli
www.instagram.com/johnnygioeli

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYfSqXOkH2U4eFUqO0h19LQ

 

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Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times

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Doomsday Outlaw – Hard Times
Frontiers Music
Running time: 57:00
Released Date 11/05/2018
Review by Vikkie Richmond
8/10

Northern five piece rockers Doomsday Outlaw are gaining a hard and fast reputation as a band to be reckoned with, as well as a proper solid fan base across the country and beyond…

“Hard Times” is their second album and quite simply, it’s a bit of a banger. The opening title track has a familiar, memorable lick to open with and the guitars and percussion are solid all the way through. Phil Poole’s vocals are wide ranging, but not strained and it definitely isn’t one to sit still to.

I particularly like the repetitive chorus of ‘Spirit That Made Me’ and the way the instrumental builds up around it to finish on a funky fade out. Talking of funky, ‘Bring It On Home’ couldn’t get much more groovy if it tried; I just love the harmonies on the chorus and the infectious riff running through the song.

Other favourite tracks are the soulful, toned down, ‘Will You Wait’, which is a little bit of a ballad, but also has a big, rocking instrumental mid-section and some nicely picked guitar chords; the very southern sounding ‘Break Through’ (although I wasn’t a massive fan of the vocals) and the raunchy ‘Too Far Left To Fall’.

I’m also a sucker for a band that can do a good ballad; if you’re a soft and fluffy ‘all the feels’ type, then check out ‘Into The Light’, a simple, stunning affair that had me transfixed for the duration. Great vocals and great instrumental.

The production is a little muffled in places, but overall, this album is a cracker; certainly if you’re looking for a harder southern edge than some of the tamer bands that are around at the moment, Doomsday Outlaw have it by the bucket load. Is it ground-breaking? Well probably not, but it’ll get you up and moving and it’s the sort of album that will kick start any party. I really liked it and I’m getting notoriously harder to please with each year that passes. Triumphant!

TRACKLISTING:
01 Hard Times
02 Over And Over
03 Spirit That Made Me
04 Into The Light
05 Bring It On Home
06 Days Since I Saw The Sun
07 Will You Wait
08 Break You
09 Come My Way
10 Were You Ever Mine
11 Too Far Left To Fall

LINKS:
https://doomsdayoutlaw.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DoomsdayOutlaw

https://www.instagram.com/doomsdayoutlaw/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrrbrE8gbYijwLTOuUn6

 

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Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate – All You Need Is Soul

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Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate – All You Need Is Soul
Frontiers Music
Running time: 45:29
Release date: 11/05/2018
Review by Chris White
5/10

The first thing I noticed on this release was the poor quality of the guitar sounds, which didn’t improve after a change of monitors and a second set of headphones. Darren Householder is a good player but this sort of production lets down the overall quality of the release.

The title track has signature harmony vocals that could relay the listener straight back to “Wasted in America” but the material on this album doesn’t hit the same lofty levels of sing-along choruses and frenetic guitar solos on the previous album releases.

The tracks disappear into the background a bit until you get to “When The Devil Comes” which raises the excitement a notch, but then the final tracks push the listener back to wondering if the songs couldn’t have been somewhat improved.

The overall album does have a sort of demo/B-side vibe to it, with less polished production than the Love/Hate releases of yesteryear but this release doesn’t feel like it has the capability of keeping the listener’s interest for more than a couple of plays.

Jizzys voice is still remarkable and is definitely the highlight on what comes across as a fairly forgettable album.

TRACKLIST
01. You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone
02. Comin’ Home To The Bone
03. High For An Eye
04. All You Need Is Soul
05. House Of Sin
06. Mortified
07. Frustrated
08. When The Devil Comes
09. You Don’t Know What It’s Like
10. It Doesn’t Matter
11. Little Treasures
12. Mr Jimmy

SOCIAL MEDIA
http://jizzypearl.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JizzyPearlsLoveHate/

 

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Airrace – Untold Stories

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Airrace – Untold Stories
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 10/08/2018
Running Time: 44:04
Review by Chris Galea
9/10

Although over the years the band has been active intermittently, the roots of Airrace go back quite a while. The band was formed around 1982 by Laurie Mansworth, former guitarist of More (who incidentally are expected to release a comeback album this year). Airrace was also the first recording band of Jason Bonham, son of John…late Led Zeppelin drummer. Although Jason has long since left Airrace, some elements of Led Zeppelin’s music still find their way into this album. For example the riff from ‘Different But The Same’ is strongly reminiscent of Zep’s ‘Black Dog’.

Pop music, Rock and Blues all blend together with excellent results. ‘Summer Rain’ has some choir vocals that work particularly well with the song. ‘Innocent’ struck me as a song Mr Big might have recorded. ‘Here it Comes’ is an infectious mood-brightener. You get the idea. Sharp musicianship all around but all band members are serving the song…and playing those very songs with a vibrant passion.

So don’t expect originality with “Untold Stories” but do expect finely crafted songs with a plentiful supply of hooks. I’m surprised it took me so long to notice this band.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Running Out Of Time
2. Innocent
3. Eyes Like Ice
4. Different But The Same
5. New Skin
6. Lost
7. Love Is Love
8. Men From The Boys
9. Summer Rain
10. Come With Us
11. Here It Comes

LINE-UP:
Adam Payne – vocals
Laurie Mansworth – guitar
Rocky Newton – bass
Dhani Mansworth- drums
Linda Kelsey Foster- keys

LINKS:
https://www.facebook.com/Airraceofficial/

https://www.frontiers.shop/search?sSearch=airrace
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrqKcEj9w7E (‘Eyes Like Ice’ – Official Lyric Video)

 

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Amanda Somerville’s Trillium – Tectonic

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Amanda Somerville’s Trillium – Tectonic
Frontiers Music srl
Running time: 44:04
Release Date 08/06/2018
Review by Lotty Whittingham
8/10

No introduction required here. Amanda Somerville is a prominent figure in the metal community. Her impeccable vocal technique has seen her collaborate with some of metal’s household names. EPICA, KAMELOT, AVANTASIA and AFTER FOREVER are just a few that she has worked alongside. There was also her unforgettable partnership with HELLOWEEN’s Michael Kiske. She has now released a new album by her project TRILLIUM.

Somerville is very well known for her versatile vocal range and diverse ability to fit in with a lot of musical styles. TRILLIUM is rooted within the metal genre and their second studio album “Tectonic” shows this within the opening song ‘Time To Shine’. This empowering track moves the listener forward and helps them feel uplifted.

“Tectonic” is a versatile portfolio of brilliant melodies. These all consist of great guitar work, wonderful vocals and sweeping beats. If you are used to the excellent calibre of Somerville’s vocal work, this album may seem a bit tame and mediocre, almost just a mesh of tracks sounding similar to each other!

On second listen however, it’s a different story. You begin to scratch the surface and learn to appreciate music in all it’s different forms. Each track shows you varying vocal abilities and range. You might come across a vocal technique that you haven’t heard Somerville perform before.

A good example of the unheard vocal work can be found in the booming track ‘Full Speed Ahead’. It highlights the lower end of Somerville’s vocal range, a surprise, particularly when you are used to hearing her hit those high notes. This impounding track hits you like a tonne of bricks and it doesn’t plan on taking prisoners. The blasting guitar work and thunderous drums provide the perfect allies for a powerful voice.

The sweeping beats and melody of ‘Nocturna’ are stunning. If you decide within the first few moments that it’s going to provide a huge impact, you’d be correct. From the amazing guitar riffs and orchestral melodies emphasising the song to the beautiful vocals then this track is a definite highlight of the album.

‘Shards’ is a brilliant hard rock track that provides inspiration and power. The song has a fabulous melody and ambience that draws you in. The chorus is a dominant one that ensures you are still listening and paying attention to the track throughout. The track name ‘Shards’ is also perfect for what this track portrays with the music giving off an icy ambience, one that is powerful.

“Tectonic” ends on a beautiful note with the track ‘Eternal Spring’, it’s the ballad of the album stripped down to just a piano and vocals. You know those tracks that just make you stop what you are doing and listen to the song? ‘Eternal Spring’ does just that. Like EPICA’s ‘Tides Of Time’, it provides a stunning melody showing us the best of the vocal work.

To sum this up, this album is a great portfolio of work. The production is already dominant, but considering the calibre of Somerville’s vocals I was expecting it to be even grander. I can only imagine how it would sound if it had received even more nurturing and care? The production could be huge. Despite that Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM is a force to be reckoned with!

TRACKLIST:
01 Time To Shine
02 Stand Up
03 Full Speed Ahead
04 Hit Me
05 Fighting Fate
06 Nocturna
07 Fatal Mistake
08 Shards
09 Cliché Freak Show
10 Eternal Spring

LINKS:
http://www.amandasomerville.com/
https://www.facebook.com/amandasomervilleofficial

https://www.instagram.com/amandasomervillemusic/

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Mr Big – Live From Milan

Live From Milan Cover

MR. BIG – Live From Milan
Frontiers Music srl
Release Date: 13/07/2018
Running time: 1:50:00
Review by Chris White
7/10

MR.BIG is the sort of band that highly talented and technical musicians form when they decide to focus on their songwriting output, rather than instrumental virtuosity. Having been around for the best part of 30 years, I had the luck to see them live in London around the time this release was recorded; at the peak of their (radio) popularity in the early 90’s plus individual performances at guitar exhibitions during that period and every time they never failed to deliver the goods to an excited audience.

I make no excuses in saying that, at various times on this record, the intros to songs feel rushed compared to older releases like ‘Live Like Sushi II’ and sometimes Eric’s vocals take a lower, safer note than some of the helium induced notes of yesteryear’s releases, but it doesn’t seem to detract from the quality of the performance given. Plus, the mix of songs is nicely balanced between contemporary and older material, which I think makes a change for bands with a long back catalogue who are forever eager to push newer material.

One of the saddest elements of this release is that drummer extraordinaire, Pat Torpey passed away from Parkinson’s complications not long after this was recorded. He did however prominently feature alongside Matt Starr on drums and provided backing vocals on stage as frequently as possible, which the audience in Milan clearly appreciated as much as the rest of the venues on the tour.

I can’t but help wonder how much pace and power he would have added to the 10 minute version of ‘Addicted To That Rush’, featured on track 18.

Although the big hair, MTV videos, neon guitars and tight jeans are no longer present with MR.BIG, you do still quite rightly get the obligatory solo performances from Billy and Paul on this record, where they unleash a mayhem of shredding. But then if Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan can’t let rip for a few minutes on guitar and bass respectively, who can?

Overall, an enjoyable release from a band producing new, quality songs, playing some of the older numbers and generally pleasing crowds across the globe with a great, live night out.

 
TRACKLIST:
CD 1
01 Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
02 American Beauty
03 Undertow
04 Alive And Kickin’
05 Temperamental
06 Just Take My Heart
07 Take Cover
08 Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
09 Everybody Needs A Little Trouble
10 Price You Gotta Pay
11 Paul’s Solo
12 Open Your Eyes
13 Wild World
14 Damn I’m In Love Again

CD 2
15 Rock And Roll Over
16 Around The World
17 Billy’s Solo
18 Addicted To That Rush
19 To Be With You
20 1992
21 Colorado Bulldog
22 Defying Gravity

 
SOCIAL MEDIA
http://www.mrbigsite.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mrbigmusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMKoGNPOfhxwTc-7XcNuBMw

 

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