Frontiers Music Srl have announced a March 23 release date for TOTO XIV in the UK. The album will hit retail globally, with specific dates for territories in Asia, South America and others to follow.
The song is available along with “Orphan” and “Holy War” as an Instant Grat Track on iTunes worldwide when you pre-order.
Pre-order TOTO XIV on iTunes here – http://geni.us/TotoXIViTunes.
TOTO tour dates in your area – http://www.bandsintown.com/Toto?came_from=74
Frontiers Music Srl links
Black Whiskey – Heavy Train
Rocksector (Feb 2015)
Reviewer: Peter Scallan
Black Whiskey is a new band but packed full of seasoned musicians and openly admits they are not trying to do something new, which is refreshing in itself. There was in fact a black whisky called Loch Dhu from the 90s which is now very limited. Although, as a Scotsman I need to point out the word ‘whiskey’ doesn’t have an ‘e’ in it! Unless of course it is Irish! But enough of the nerdy whisky lesson! The band cites some influences in the press release and for me as soon as you cite Zeppelin and Free as influences, you seriously raise expectations. Admittedly they also cite UFO, Thin Lizzy and the Scorpions, which sounds like my thang!
Opening track Idol Rich does have a Zeppelin influenced riff and is not a bad start to the album and includes a Zeppelin style breakdown in the middle pre-solo. All Seeing Eye is next up and more Scorps/UFO and chugs along on driving bass line. There is a return to a more bluesy approach for The Devil Rides which is a stomper in places and has nice harmony guitars in the middle also. Stone Cold continues in that bluesier vein and has a laid-back verse and then kicks in at the chorus with a catchy hook. There is funky wah-wah guitar opening to Hungry for Bullets which drives along but the chorus is a little disappointing and the song doesn’t appear to go anywhere for me. A more classic rock approach returns for Save My Life which gets the album back on track. Sounding a little Scorps/UFO the use of the catchy chorus returns! The Coming Storm is a slow burner of sorts and is very Free in places, especially the bridge, but is a little bit disappointing. The title track Heavy Train is a funky blues stomper and lifts the pace a little. With good variation in feel and pace, it is the best song on the album for me. Tie It Down continues the funky bluesier feel and is a little Zeppelin in places and again has good variation in pace/feel. Final track Can’t Kill the Fire is a pacey rocker to close the album but again for me disappoints.
Overall the album is well played and sang and I really applaud the approach in terms of the classic rock and blues influences. There are some great moments on the album too especially the title track and the opening track. However, there is something missing for me and in places leaves me a little cold. There is also a question mark about the consistency/quality of the songs on offer. As I said at the outset, making the Zeppelin/Free reference probably raised my expectations and I am a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like this album but I feel like there could be a lot more from such a clearly talented bunch of guys. On that basis I look forward to the next album!
Michael Schenker has released a new video for ‘Live & Let Live’ from his new album Spirit On A Mission.
‘Spirit On A Mission’ will be released in the UK on Monday 23rd March. Released by in-akustik, the album of all-new material features Schenker’s Temple of Rock band – ex-Scorpions Herman Rarebell (drums) and Francis Buchholz (bass), ex-Rainbow’s Doogie White (vocals) and Wayne Findlay (guitar, keyboards).
The new album features twelve 12 classic rock guitar-driven songs that highlight Schenker’s distinctive and dynamic guitar playing, valiantly underpinned by the ferocious rhythm section of Rarebell and Buchholz, the same rhythm section that originally performed together on the Scorpions’ 1979 album Lovedrive.
SPIRIT ON A MISSION – TRACKLISTING
- LIVE AND LET LIVE
- VIGILANTE MAN
- ROCK CITY
- SAVIOUR MACHINE*
- SOMETHING OF THE NIGHT
- ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
- LET THE DEVIL SCREAM*
- GOOD TIMES
- RESTLESS HEART
Bonus Track on Deluxe Edition + Vinyl Edition:
Searching For Freedom (Instrumental)
All songs produced by Michael Schenker and Michael Voss
Engineer: Michal Voss
All songs are written by:
Music – Michael Schenker
Lyrics – Doogie White
Except* Music and Lyrics by
Michael Schenker, Doogie White, Wayne Findlay