Ain´t it always nice to discover new talented bands like in this case with U.K rockers The Start Over and their new EP "Survivor´s guide". Their mix of energetic rock and pop punk sounds like it´s ready for radio, the band has supported bands like Feeder, Ash, The Blackout and Hundred Reasons. Be sure to check out this EP that is available as free download over at alternativeaddiction.com!
Life of Agony´s new live CD/DVD "20 years strong, River runs red, Live in Brussels" will be released on July 27. Tracklisting: 1.This time 2.Underground 3.River runs red 4.Through and through 5.Words and music 6.Bad seed 7.My eyes 8.Respect 9.Method of groove 10.The stain remains 11.Other side of the river 12.Love to let you down 13.Weeds 14.Lost at 22
Canadian band Black Mountain has offered a free download of their new single "Old fangs" at the link below, the song is taken from the forthcoming album "Wilderness heart" out on Sept 14. http://jagjaguwar.com/blackmountain/
In 2009 Rosaline released "A Constant North" with the backing of Eulogy Records. It is an album that distinguished the group within a stale independent music scene saturated with call to mosh breakdowns and cookie monster growls. The songs on "A Constant North" freely flow from melodic heights to focused aggression used to accent emotion. The beauty of the song structures is that none of the style changes or progressive elements ever becomes a liability to the overall cohesiveness of the album. The band also maximizes the potential of 2 singers by pushing the depth and arrangements of the vocal parts well beyond the typical "you scream and I?ll sing" redundancy prevalent in rock today.
With college degrees freshly hung on the wall and a new label home in Good Fight Music, Rosaline is about to embark on their most exciting era to date. With 100% of their time and energy now dedicated towards creating and performing music, the band has already written a brand new album. The new full length entitled; "The Vitality Theory", reflects on the enduring nature of the band and the principles that have kept it alive. Set for a Summer 2010 release, "The Vitality Theory" is promised to deliver a more mature and focused style of songwriting. There is no doubt this band is set to explode into the next chapter of their already fulfilling musical journey.
The Vitality Theory will be released on July 20. Listen to the new track "London lost its fog" at: www.myspace.com/rosaline
Music is the perfect escape from reality when you get tired of reading about oil leaks and the ongoing issue in the middle east so how about some Danish dynamite?! Black City takes the listener for a ride in upbeat high octane rocknroll like a mix of Danko Jones, Foo Fighters and D.A.D. Their self titled album is far from boring, I truly enjoy the guitar riffs and the edgy production but also miss the killer track that you wanna hear over and over again. However, a real good album.
Call The Cops follow up their 2009 EP "Motion sickness" with the self titled full length album out on June 22, whether you call it dance rock or electro pop - these guys will surely get one hit or two from this album. The music bring thoughts to Forever the sickest kids and Metro Station but I don´t think CTC reaches the same level, this album gets too light at times and even if I think it´s a bright and positive sounding album - it´s also way too forgettable.
Grammy Award-winning American singer/songwriter Michael W Smith will release his new album, 'Wonder' on 28th September 2010. The first single from the album goes to US radio on 25th June. It will be the first studio album since "Stand" (2006)
With their latest EP LIVING LIKE A GHOST (Release June 22), Phoenix band Raining and OK has again taken things to a new level of maturity. The music has anthemic choruses, thought-provoking lyrics, and even a full string section on "Waited Long Enough". The band is looking forward to releasing the new EP and continuing to build their dedicated and passionate fanbase. Raining and OK continue to prove that with the right tools, drive and ambition, their music will connect with people. Listen to the EP here: www.purevolume.com/rainingandok
The 2nd album HC II from Human Cometh is coming together real smoothly with 10 tracks now. We are still tracking backing vocals for the album as well as a few instrumental parts but the basic tracks and lead vocals are done. Tracks confirmed so far: 1.Ambassadeur of rock 2.Love games 3.Red Balloon 4.Hyperspace 5.Under the sun 6.Alone in the dark 7.Challenger deep 8.Smash crash 9.King of spades 10.Supervolcano www.humancometh.com
FIRST SIGNAL is a new exciting Melodic Rock studio project presenting the alliance between two well known faces in the scene: Canadian singer Harry Hess (ex HAREM SCAREM) and producer/bassist Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, PLACE VENDOME; KHYMERA etc.).
The concept behind this recording is to bring back the classic Harem Scarem sound which after the band decision to split is very much missed by many fans. Records such as “Mood Swings” and “Weight of the World” are regarded as true masterpiece albums and they were the inspiration behind the First Signal songs which of course are also open to some new twists and interpretations.
HAREM SCAREM have displayed throughout their 12 official studio albums a vast array of styles, from AOR, to Arena Hard Rock and Power Pop in the “Rubber” years. Still the fans have always asked the band to go back to a guitar riffs oriented sound which melted the influences from the Melodic Metal of the 80’s with more contemporary sounds.
A great team of songwriters, including brothers Tom and James Martin (Khymera, Sunstorm, House of Lords), Erik Martensson (W.E.T., Eclipse), Ronny Milianowicz (Saint Deamon), Robert Sall (W.E.T., Work of Art) and Mark Baker (Signal, House of Lords) among others, had the task to recreate that magic sound, which is now back in all its glory thanks to a monster vocal performance from Harry and a crisp production and arrangement work from Dennis Ward.
Other musicians on the album include Chris Schmidt on drums, Michael Klein on guitars and Eric Ragno on keyboards and the necessary background vocals contribution from the other ex Harem Scarem member Darren Smith.
LINE-UP: Harry Hess: lead and background vocals Darren Smith: background vocals Dennis Ward: bass, background vocals, guitars Chris Schmidt : drums Michael Klein: guitars Eric Ragno: keyboards
There are some things that are so typical Swedish, Smorgasbord, Kalles Kaviar, ABBA, Volvo, the word "Lagom" and the northern melanholy. You can now add the new band The Fantastic People to that list, I want to raise the blue/yellow flag when I listen to their debut "Fantastic music for fantastic people". I am amazed over the big sound because it truly sound like a million buck production and I know the band releases it on their own label. This is mainly a rock album but with a rather soft sound, the guitars gently sweep through my head like birds singing early in the morning. I´m not sure about the "fantastic" word in these terms, good music for good people is a more suitable description but they´re certainly good. Favorite tracks - The greatest show, Forgive the fools
Some bands truly deserve to be called Supergroups like Yoso where the members are Bobby Kimball (Toto), Tony Kaye (Yes) and Billy Sherwood (Yes, World Trade). Their debut album "Elements" should please fans of all 3 bands since we get to hear traces of progressive rock and west coast music in these songs, the best way to describe Yoso is 50% World Trade, 30% Yes and 20% Toto. Billy Sherwood has made a bigger impact on "Elements" than the other two so I guess he was more involved in the songwriting process than Kaye and Kimball. The 2nd disc is a live CD where they perform 3 songs off Yoso, 5 songs off Toto and 3 songs off Yes. I must say I enjoyed the live album just as much as the studio record. Not a classic but well done.
After Forever singer Floor Jansen´s new band ReVamp released their debut album on June 4, the track "Disdain" features Björn Strid of Soilwork. Listen to the great track at: www.revampmusic.com/media/audio/
I receive albums from the Swedish label Hemifran every now and then, and once in a while I review an album that normally doesn´t fit in on my blog musicwise but I like to be open minded. Just the same way I used work at melodic.net between 2001-2009, however the main albums I write about goes in the rock/metal genre so don´t worry if you´re allergic to other different music styles. Reza from Paris, France sounds like he´s been listening to Leonard Cohen, Morrissey and Johnny Cash every day of his lifetime. The songs on his latest album "Moonless" are very poetic, melancholic and moody. I thought at first that the music felt too dark but I kinda like it after a few spins, not that I will return to it often but it works. Best track is "Why?". A decent piece of work.
Dont you just love World Cup in footboll!!! I´ve been following all since 1974 when I was 10 years old and even if my home country Sweden didn´t qualify this time, it´s still exciting and my heart lies close to the Italian team but also The Netherlands. I think Johann Cruyff is one of the best players of all times. So will Italy defend the World Cup gold from 2006, I don´t think so. European teams just cannot win the World Cup when it´s played outside Europe and vice versa, the only exception is Brazil in 1958 that won in Sweden. So my guess is a team from South America will win the 2010 World Cup in South Africa so why not Argentina!
Spain is the favorite team of many but it´s very difficult to win both the Euro and the World Cup after each other, it has only happened 2 times before. Germany in 1972-1974 and France in 1998-2000, also have in mind that Germany had Franz Beckenbauer and France had Zidane, no one in Spain has the same class but it´s a great team, no doubt! If you look back at history you will find 5 teams in the top of reaching the semi finals: Brazil 11 times Germany 10 times Italy 8 times France 5 times Argentina 4 times Sweden 4 times I just had to add my own country! :-)
TNT will release a new album this fall, the band is currently in the studio finishing up the new songs and Diesel Dahl promise an album with a sound of the first albums. Their previous album "Atlantis" was a commercial fiasco so now Ronni Le Tekro wants to please the fans of the classic TNT sound.
You don´t only think TNT when you see the name Tony Harnell, the high pitched singer has also been in bands like Morning Wood, Starbreaker and Westworld but ofcourse TNT is the first that comes in mind. This time around he puts out a record with stripped down versions of songs he performed with TNT and Westworld, the majority of the tracks are from his time in the viking band and only 2 re-recorded songs from Westworld. The new album "Round trip" ends with the new song "Anywhere but here" that shows Harnell from a more folkrock side, a decent song but it stands in the shadows of great songs like "Northern lights", "Intuition", "10.000 lovers" and "Uninvited". I´m not sure what his fans will think about this album when some songs are performed in a bluegrass style, I myself prefer the rocking originals but it was cool to hear some of these songs in a different way. However, I won´t listen to it again.
It´s been 3 years since Rooney´s lovely 2007 album "Calling the world" so it was about time they released a new full length album with "Eureka". Sure we got the 4 track EP "Wild one" earlier this year and none of those songs ended up on the new album that features 14 new tracks plus 2 acoustic versions of the singles "I don´t wanna lose you" and "Go on". This is a nice album that´ll bring thoughts to Jeff Lynne, Orson and Melee but it doesn´t match the previous album I´m afraid. Perhaps they should´ve put out 10 really good songs instead including the best ones from the EP.
Fiction Plane truly has their own unique sound, alternative rock with intelligent arranged songs and a touch of The Police (not so strange since frontman Joe´s father is Sting).
Their 3rd full length "Sparks" takes a while to get into but it grows for each spin and the first half is very good, I think the new album is a bit different compared to the previous 2.
At times, the music gets more quirky and also more rocking without losing the typical Fiction Plane sound of the first albums.
I remember from back in 2007 when I saw FP live as the support act to The Police that Joe was such a great frontman, best tracks are "You know you´re good", "Push me around" and the bonus track "Telephone unknown".
Jorn´s tribute album "Dio" was planned a year ago, and little did he know that Ronnie James Dio would leave us before the release of this album. Jorn has one of the finest voices in rock business today and is the right man for the job to make Dio proud in heaven of these strong cover versions. It´s quite easy to get emotional while listening to these Dio classics with Jorn singing when you know that Dio isn´t among us anylonger. The album opens with the new written original "Song for Ronnie James" that shows Jorn from his absolutely best side saluting the legendary voice of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and Heaven and Hell. 5 tracks are from Holy diver, the title track from Sacred heart, 2 songs from Dream Evil, 1 song from Magica, 1 song from Killing the dragon, the Rainbow classic Kill the king plus Lonely is the word from Black Sabbath´s Heaven and Hell album. Whatever you call Jorn, don´t call him lazy because this is the 17th album he´s singing lead on since 1994.
This is what I´m talking about, the modern rock album of the year 2010! Lo-Pro´s new album "The beautiful sounds of revenge" is just the way I want a modern rock album to sound like, huge, powerful, classy and energetic! It´s like size XL compared to their 2003 debut, I never expected the band to fire on all six on this new 15 track album but they do. And the band also shows a different side with Filter and 30 Seconds To Mars influences, awesome is the word. Tracks: 1.Blame me 2.Texas 3.Pushed aside 4.A life thats just begun 5.Wasting away 6.Ingenious 7.Alive 8.Hang on 9.All I have 10.Say 11.Clean the state 12.Early morning anger 13.Breathe 14.Letting go 15.Novocaine
The Dutch AOR band Terra Nova deliver their 5th album "Come alive" in July, I never was a fan of this band and their traditional AOR but the new album is quite good. It reminds me a lot of Scandi AOR like H.E.A.T and Treat, just listen to "My own way" and you won´t argue with me. A keyboard oriented album that works for what it is, AOR stuck in the mid 80´s.
This weekend I´ve been listening to: Rush - Caravan / BU2B single (2010) The new 2 track single is a killer, the Canadian trio stays on the throne with a taste off their forthcoming album Clockwork of angels out in 2011. Fairchild - Dare to dream (2008) Never heard of this band before but they´re great, like a wonderful mix of late 90´s modern rock, U2 and AOR. Erik Grönwall - Somewhere between rock and a hard place (2010) The Swedish Idol winner deliver modern rock/pop/AOR with songs written by Andreas Carlsson, Paul Stanley and many more. Competent but hardly exciting. Tonic - Tonic (2010) The modern rock comeback of the year, the song "Resolve" is stunning and the album is worth the wait but not as great as their first albums. Lights Over Paris - Turn off the lights EP (2010) Infectious electro rock with 80´s flavor, Metro Station meeting Def Leppard sort of. Very cool!
Arizona based The Bloodshot Gamblers deliver modern hardrock with traces of 80´s rock like a mix between Lynam, Charm City Devils, Tesla and Bon Jovi. Their new album "Pain and other simple pleasures" is a bit uneven where the ballads are rather mediocre but at least they´re outnumbered here by the rockers which are far more enjoyable. You could say the rockers save this album from being boring, best track is "Desperate spider web".
There are some bands that you hear right away who belong on American Radio and websites like AlternativeAddiction, Needmore is such a band with their alternative rock. They are influenced by 311, Incubus, The Fray and OneRepublic so I think you get the idea of how they sound like. The song "Go" is featured on the Free Style Soundtrack along with Danger is my middle name, Driving East and more. It´s a competent album with no actual album fillers but no highlights either, on the other hand quite perfect for a ride in the car.
I don´t get this album at all, I really tried to listen to Josh Rouse´s new album "El turista" with an open mind but the album is just too shattered in different styles. One moment he´s jazzy, the next Paul Simon-pop and then tropico pop with Jamaican flavor. I kinda prefer the Paul Simon-like pop in tracks like "Lemon tree" and "Don´t act tough", Josh sings in both Spanish and English and also does what ever he feels like musicwise. A true roller coaster ride.
What do you get if you take a spoon of Vast´s gothic rock, Year of the Rabbit´s alternative modern rock and A Perfect Circle´s progressive soundscape? You get the Australian band Welcome To The Numb and their new album "Songs for sleep walkers", I was surprised to hear a band sounding like this because how often do you get to hear bands like WTTN. I went out riding on the bike last night in the evening sun with this album in my headphones and it was a perfect soundtrack for the ride, I felt like floating by all people on the road. What a great band!
Imagine yourself having a lazy sunday afternoon at the local piano bar, it couldnt be more appropriate than to sink your ears into Krista Detor´s lounge music. She just love to use that Fender Rhodes where her songs lies somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Carly Simon but many songs tend to soundalike. I like the artwork of Chocolate paper suites, unfortunately I dont rate the music as high except for the opening track "Rich man´s life" which is really good.