Review: Beauvoir Free – American Trash

Beauvoir Free - American Trash

Beauvoir Free – American Trash

Frontiers Music (2015)

Reviewer – Phil Schofield

June 5th heralds the European release of American Trash (June 9th North America) another feather in the ever growing Frontiers Label’s cap.

For those familiar with Jean Beauvoir & Micki Free it sees a welcome return of the song writing partnership that gave us the seminal Crown of Thorns debut album.

Indeed back in 1994, this scribe was lucky to witness the Hike it Up tour on home turf and for those who caught the UK dates we can only wonder if this album is a return to that infectious groove.

Well let me tell you, this is a contender for album of the year, un-contrived with a well balanced reverence that other projects have fallen short of.

Jean Beavoirs unmistakable multilayered tones soar on ‘Angels Cry’, the catchy hook line & chant along of ‘American Trash’ & the track of the album ‘Shotgun To The Heart’.

The man with the melodic Midas touch, breaks out of the box like a Mad Max extra on speed with Micki Frees’ soaring riffs riding shotgun.

On ‘Morning After’ I couldn’t help but rack my brains where I’d heard that melody before ..but as with all true songwriters the whole album feels like a well worn tour T shirt from the very first play.

I drew comparison to the majestic ballad “Standin On the Corner for ya” with the ballad ‘Just Breathe’ a haunting reflective melody   & just to prove he can pen power pop delivers the earworm ‘She’s a KO’.

This album has swagger soul & a homely organic style that has been lacking on other recent musical collaborations.

If this a first dip into the Beauvoir Free territory check out two must have releases Hike It up & forgotten gem Voodoo X album.

As an interesting footnote check out   http://beauvoirfree.com for more information & let’s hope the icon marked “tour” has dates real soon.



HRH AOR 4 Lineup Announced

AOR The line up for HRH AOR 4 has been announced. It  will be held 10TH – 13TH March 2016 at Hafan y Mor, Pwllheli, Gwynnd, Nth Wales

The line up is:

Quiet Riot

Tyketto

Dan Reed Network

Gilby Clark

Joe Lynn Turner

Russ Ballard

The Quireboys

Reckless Love

Marvel

If you want to book, ring Fleur on 0203 287 6684 or book online @ www.hrhaor.com All HRH AOR customers will have access into sister brands Hammerfest, HRH Doom, HRH Stoner and HRH Trash stages too

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Degreed Unveil ‘Dead But Not Forgotten’ Album Details

Dead But Not Forgotten

Swedish hard rockers Degreed will release their third album, ‘Dead But Not Forgotten’ on June 19 via Sun Hill Production. It’s heavier, softer, darker, brighter and everything in between! This is something truly special. So…fasten your seat belts cause Heaven & Hell are about to collide!

Robin stated: “We’ve been writing songs for this album on and off since the release of ‘We Don’t Belong’ in 2013. I think we had 16-17 songs that we chose from, and recorded14. The funny thing is that we ended up putting all 14 songs on the album because they’re all so freakin’ good! This album is different from the previous two because we produced it ourselves this time, and Mats engineered, mixed and mastered it. Someone once said that we don’t sound like any other band. He described our sound as the “Degreed sound“, and if there’s such a sound, this is it! This is Degreed all the way…”

Tracklisting:

  1. The Scam
  2. Face The Fact
  3. Madness
  4. Shame On Me
  5. Better Safe Than Sorry
  6. Love Me Love Me Not
  7. Drama
  8. Kill Your Darlings
  9. Touch Of Paradise
  10. Forgive You
  11. Start Again
  12. Firefly
  13. The Final Ride
  14. Turn Around Don’t Back Down

Degreed

Degreed are:

Robin Ericsson – Bass/Vocals
Daniel Johansson – Guitar
Mikael Jansson – Keys
Mats Ericsson – Drums

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Joe Satriani releases first full new track ‘On Peregrine Wings’

Shockwave Supernova

Legendary guitarist, Joe Satriani, has just released his first new track in 2 years, ‘On Peregrine Wings’ taken from the new album Shockwave Supernova (released Friday July 24).

Joe Satriani photo credit - Larry Dimarzio

Joe Satriani photo credit – Larry Dimarzio

JOE SATRIANI NOVEMBER 2015 UK TOUR

WITH SPECIAL GUEST DAN PATLANSKY

Ticket hotline: 0844 888 9991, Book online: ticketline.co.uk

Manchester o2 Apollo                                                   Sunday November 1

Birmingham Symphony Hall                                       Monday November 2

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall                                        Tuesday November 3

Sheffield City Hall                                                           Wednesday November 4

Cardiff St. David’s Hall                                                  Thursday November 5

Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                               Saturday November 7

Bristol Colston Hall                                                         Sunday November 8

Portsmouth Guildhall                                                    Monday November 9

London Eventim Hammersmith Apollo                 Tuesday November 10

You can pre-order the album  from Satriani’s website, via iTunes and Amazon .

 

 

 


Review: Monsters Of Rock Cruise 2015

MORC

Monsters Of Rock Cruise

(April 2015)

Reviewer – Dan Mann

I guess it’s time I wrote a quick review of this year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise.

Having heard from chums and band members alike as to what to expect, it’s still somewhat a shock as to how big the MSC Divina is! If you intend on going on either/both of next year’s cruises, expect a lot of walking. No complaints about the food, with a decent variety on offer depending on how much weight you wanted to gain! The cabin was  fine, apart from horrible pillows, with a very friendly steward who kept things clean & tidy.

And so to the important part, the bands & artists.

It’s fairly easy for me to pick what were my ‘stand out’ moments band wise.

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Danny Vaughn (Tyketto)

Kicking off with a band who were the main reason my better half booked us onto the cruise. And they are the mighty Tyketto!

Back on the cruise after their first appearance on MORC last year, they were given the pool stage to play on. Yes I’m biased somewhat but they gave one hell of a performance, and made some new fans in the process.

Chris Green (Tyketto)

Chris Green (Tyketto)

 

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Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

Next band will without question have to be Extreme.

I managed to see them in the theater and also on the pool stage. After what was an exemplary performance in the theater they went and topped that with an electrifying performance on the pool stage.

This was a band back on top form and enjoying every minute. Okay there was one segment I didn’t enjoy and regular listeners to my radio show will know instantly that I’m referring to ‘the song that shall not be named’. For those of you not clued up I will only say that it’s a ballad and leave it at that.

The next band I’ll pick will be Europe.

I was really looking forward to hearing material off ‘War Of King’s’ performed live and boy I wasn’t disappointed. If anything the new tracks were even better!

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Joey Tempest (Europe)

 

This is a band who are firing on all cylinders and showing why they’ve remained a constant in the music biz for all these years. Once again this was a performance that was superb in the theater, but was even better on the pool stage. Again this was a band that a lot of the other acts came to watch.

Speaking of bands other acts watched, The Winery Dogs showed a level of musicianship that really shouldn’t be of surprise considering the combined talents of Messrs Kotzen, Portnoy & Sheehan.

Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)

Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs)

As we baked in the hot sun, the band were red hot on stage. Very enjoyable indeed.

One band I did not want to miss on this cruise was Babylon A.D.

I’ve wanted to see them since the release of their first album all those years ago, and unfortunately was unable to see them at Firefest.

Robb Reid (Babylon A.D.)

Robb Reid (Babylon A.D.)

My only disappointment was the venue. They played in the Black And White Lounge which was for many a difficult place to actually see the band play due to the low stage. It was obvious that the band were thoroughly enjoying themselves and it was a real pleasure to watch their set.

One band whose live set is known to be rewarding is Y & T.

Dave Meniketti (Y & T)

Dave Meniketti (Y & T)

A band I’ve been a fan of again for many years and a band who should of been so much bigger then they are. My only disappointment was that both performances started past midnight and so I only saw them once due to the early disembark the morning after their second set. If you have never seen Y & T then your missing a class act.

Another band I wanted to see again after seeing them last year at the Frontiers Festival in Milan was Night Ranger.

What a monster of a live act they are with energy levels of teenagers.

Jack Blades (Night Ranger)

Jack Blades (Night Ranger)

A bugger to photograph as they won’t keep still! They performed a mixture of songs from not only their own catalogue but also Alice Cooper & Damn Yankees tracks to the delight of the packed audience.

 

 

One band I had managed to catch at Firefest a couple of years ago was Heaven’s Edge.

Singer Mark Evans sounded fantastic, as did the rest of the band.

Reggie Wu (Heaven's Edge)

Reggie Wu (Heaven’s Edge)

I’ve been told the guys are working on some new material, so fingers crossed we’ll see a new album some time in the future.

So there we have it, although don’t think for one minute that the other bands I watched weren’t any good. Far far from it.

If there was but one suggestion when it comes to the cruise, it would be to extend it by a couple of days to give people a better chance of seeing all the bands & artists. But you’ll have one hell of a good time and leave with many more friends then at the start.

 

More photos can be viewed here


Mars Red Sky Release New Music Video & Announce UK Shows

Mars Red Sky

French psychedelic rockers Mars Red Sky have released a new video for the track ‘The Light Beyond’.

Taken from 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Stranded In Arcadia’ album, the gallic power trio rockers stay true to their roots. Shot on location in France and Australia, ‘The Light Beyond’ features downtuned fuzzed up guitars, blues soaked doom laden riffage, wandering shaman, flying manta rays and deserts as far as the eye can see. This new video truly amplifies an album which Classic Rock Magazine describes as a “sonic masterpiece”.
Mars Red Sky play a handful of UK shows this June, including a special guest slot in London to EYEHATEGOD at Desertscene Festival.
UK Tour

 


Review: Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels

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Maxx Explosion – Dirty Angels

Kivel Records (March 2015)

Reviewer – Dan Mann

Yes I admit it, I’ve been a slacker when it comes to actually reviewing the second album by the Maxx Explosion boys.

I’ve made no secret of my love of their first album, nor the fact that they’ve been very supportive of Rockposer’s Roulette.

Putting all that aside……………..who am I kidding, I absolutly love this release!

There is without doubt an improvement to Chris McCarvills vocals, not that he sounded like a fog horn I hasten to add. It’s more that he’s taken vocals duties more in his stride.

You have to remember this is a different animal to House Of Lords. It is in no way HOL 3/4, it’s a totally separate entity. Yes your going to get a few similarities here and there. That’s bound to happen with the guys so involved in HOL, but this is a release that can quite happily stand up on it’s own merit.

This album just flows so well, it’s obvious how much fun the guys are having and how well they work togeather.

There’s always that danger of liking an album from the off, only to eventually tire of it. Not so with ‘Dirty Angels‘. In fact it just seems to get better and better the more listens it gets, and a hell of a lot of listens it’s had too!

I must say the cover of ‘Dream Weaver‘ is superb. An inspired choice of song or a drunken gamble? Either way it’s a worthy inclusion.

Now to the dreaded moment when I need to pick stand out tracks. Gulp………..Well the title track ‘Dirty Angels‘, ‘Crazy Hot‘ ‘Nothing’s Easy‘and yes that cover of ‘Dream Weaver‘ would I guess be my favorites.

If you liked/loved ‘Forever‘ then this will in no way disappoint and should be added to your collection post haste.


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