Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Upcoming Releases

***Check back regularly as we update and expand our new release section (release dates subject to changes and are gleaned from press releases, websites and general internet scouring).  If you know of a release that we've missed please email The Meister via his Facebook page with as much information as you have (The Meister)***
Shadowbane - Facing the Fallout - January 16, 2015
January 16, 2015 sees German power metal outfit, Shadowbane, issue their full length debut album, Facing the Fallout.  The band issued a demo EP, Dystopia, in 2010 and have progressed in their sound for this effort.  Their music is described as "post apocalyptic power metal" that is positioned between melodic US power metal and raw Teutonic steel with dystopic lyrics.  Facing the Fallout promises mostly fast songs and contemporary production without leaving any doubt of their musical roots in 80's & 90's power metal, featuring melodic vocals and the thrashy riffs and melodic harmonies of the dual guitarists.
Shadowbane Website
Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks - January 20, 2015
A new melodic/power metal supergroup has formed with six huge names of the genre.  Serious Black features guitarist Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween), drummer Thomen Stauch (ex-Blind Guardian), bassist Mario Lochert (ex-Visions of Atlantis), guitarist Dominik Sebastian (Edenbridge), keyboardist Jan Vacik (ex-Dreamscape) and vocalist Urban Breed (ex-Bloodbound).  As Daylight Breaks came together fairly quickly once they were able to finally get together and begin to write songs about a year ago.  Serious Black will be on tour throughout Europe supporting HammerFall in January/February of 2015.
BUY: Serious Black - As Daylight Breaks     /     Serious Black Website
Lonewolf - Cult of Steel - January 20, 2015
From France comes heavy metal outfit Lonewolf with their seventh CD, Cult of Steel.  The band began back in 1992 in Grenoble and after recording an album that never got released they had a bad experience with a French record label and they broke up in 1996.  Four years later they returned with a new demo that would be issued as their debut in 2002.  Five other releases followed for a total of six to bring us to the forthcoming Cult of Steel.  Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Jens Borner, guitarist Alex Hilbert, bassist Rikki Mannhard and drummer Babu Brunner make up the band and this effort was also produced by Lonewolf.
BUY: Lonewolf - Cult of Steel
Impera - Empire of Sin - January 23, 2015
Swedish melodic rockers, Impera, will issue their third effort, Empire of Sin worldwide on January 23, 2015 according to their Facebook page.  Impera's debut, 2012's Legacy of Life, placed #6 in Melodic Rock's Best Debut Albums for that year and 2013's Pieces of Eden featured a cover of "Goodbye" from the 1978 KISS Paul Stanley album.  The song also appeared on the Mitch Lafon cancer care tribute A World Without Heroes.  The band features guitarist Tommy Denander who has appeared on more than 2000 albums and John Leven (Europe) lends his talents to "Thunder in Your Heart" as a guest on this forthcoming release.
Impera Website
Sweet & Lynch - Only To Rise - January 27, 2015
Frontiers Records will unveil the Sweet & Lynch project before the end of January.  Titled Only to Rise and featuring the teaming of Stryper's Michael Sweet and Dokken/Lynch Mob's George Lynch, with them is James Lomenzo (bass) and Brian Tichy (drums).  The album is produced by Michael Sweet and there's talk of a small tour for this new "supergroup".  Fittingly, in September the 9/11 inspired track, "September", was been released in lyric video format.  Click here to watch "September".
BUY: Sweet & Lynch - Only to Rise     /     Sweet & Lynch Facebook
Level 10 - Chapter One - January 27, 2015
January 27, 2015 will see the collaborations of bassist Mat Sinner (Primal Fear/Sinner) and vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob) in Level 10.  Level 10 also features guitarists Roland Grapow (ex-Helloween/Masterplan) and Alex Beyrodt (Primal Fear/Voodoo Circle), Canadian drummer Randy Black (ex-Primal Fear/ex-Annihilator) and keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline/Silent Force).  The album, Chapter One, also features some guest artist contributions such as Amanda Somerville and Magnus Karlsson.  Here's the promo video for you to check out: Level 10 Video Trailer
BUY: Level 10 - Chapter One
Jorn Lande/Trond Holter - Dracula: Swing of Death - January 27, 2015

A Norwegian rock opera, Dracula: Swing of Death, hits shelves (computer screens for the I-tunes buyers) January 27, 2015.  Norwegians Jorn Lande (playing the part of Dracula) and Trond Holter are behind the project that was inspired by the tale of Vlad The Impaler or Vlad Dracul(a).  Norwegian singer Lena Floitmoen plays the role of Mina/Lucy for Dracula: Swing of Death.  It's reported that the story behind this concept album "explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.  Watch the Trailer Video.
Soto - Inside the Vertigo - January 30, 2015
Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman/Yngwie Malmsteen/Journey) has assembled a new band and are promising to deliver some of the freshest power metal to surface in years.  The band consists of Jorge Sala (lead guitar), BJ (keys/guitar), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums).  The album was written by Soto in collaboration with his bandmates and produced by Soto.  The help of Gus G (Firewind/Ozzy), Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick), Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/T.S.O.) was also enlisted for co-writing and playing on individual tracks.
Jeff Scott Soto Website
Bonafide - Denim Devils - February 2, 2015
Sweden's Bonafide are unveiling their fifth full length album, Denim Devils on February 2, 2015.  Founder, vocalist and guitarist Pontus Snibb penned the twelve songs contained on Denim Devils, saying that "This record has a tougher live vibe and sound than the previous one, as it was recorded almost live in the studio.  We wanted to get as close to a live show as possible, to capture that magic that happens on stage when everything's coming together."  Bonafide has set stages for bands such as Deep Purple, Y&T, Europe, The Quireboys, Status Quo and Airbourne as well as festival appearances.  Check out the teaser trailer for Denim Devils to get an idea of what to expect: Denim Devils Teaser
BUY: Bonafide - Denim Devils     /     Bonafide Website
U.D.O. - Decadent - February 3, 2015
Former Accept frontman Udo Dirkschneider has prepared Decadent for release in January 2015, February in North American markets.  Decadent, like it's predecessor 2013's Steelhammer, was produced by Udo and Mattes Pfeiffer in collaboration with bassist Fitty Weinhold.  Dirkschneider originally parted ways with Accept in 1987 and with twelve new songs filling the record, the 15th U.D.O. release, Decadent comes on the heels of 2014's live album/DVD Steelhammer-Live From Moscow.
BUY: U.D.O.-Decadent     /     U.D.O. Website

Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror - February 3, 2015
Often credited as one of the seminal and most influential bands in the power/speed metal sub-genres Blind Guardian has a new record being released on February 3, 2015.  The Germans originally formed back in 1984 and have, to date issued, ten studio albums.  Beyond the Red Mirror is a concept album and sequel to 1995's Imaginations From the Other Side.  Described by vocalist/bassist and original founding member Hansi Kursch as a story between science fiction and fantasy Beyond the Red Mirror marks the longest gap between albums in Blind Guardian's career.
BUY: Blind Guardian - Beyond the Red Mirror     /    Blind Guardian Website
Scanner - The Judgement - February 17, 2015
From Amazon.com: "Previously known as Lions Breed (Debut in 1985 with Damn the Night), the band became Scanner in 1986, adopting an on stage sci-fi image.  Scanner's sixth album, The Judgement, will feature what the band is well known for: true, uncompromising heavy metal!  The production, done in the band's own studio, brings Scanner back to it's roots.  There are catchy songs like the album's title track and songs that will have you chanting and singing along and even high-speed metal tracks as well as hymns and much more.  Metal heads worldwide will see that it was worth the wait and they will get exactly what they've expected - without any compromises!"
BUY: Scanner - The Judgement     /     Scanner Website
Dirty Passion - Dirty Passion - February 22, 2015
Dirty Passion have issued two albums to date: Different Tomorrow (2010) and In Wonderland (2012) and are poised to release what they are calling the "...best we've ever done and the closest we've ever gotten to making the perfect album."  The band, guitarist Chrisse, bassist Nasty, vocalist Kriss and drummer Mike's self titled record will hit shelves on February 22, 2015.  Dirty Passion will be appearing on the fourth Merirock cruise departing from Helsinki, Finland in March 2015.  The video for "Shame" appeared almost a year ago and the song will be included on Dirty Passion.  Here's the video: "Shame" and the album teaser: Dirty Passion Teaser
Dirty Passion Website
UFO - A Conspiracy Of Stars - February 24, 2015
British hard rock legends UFO will unveil their 22nd studio effort in late February.  The 2015 version of UFO and contributors on the recording of A Conspiracy of Stars reads: Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (keys/guitar), Vinnie Moore (guitar), Andy Parker (drums) and Rob De Luca (bass) and production from Chris Tsangarides, known for his work with Judas Priest and Thin Lizzy among others.  In conjunction with the albums release UFO will embark upon a European tour covering Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Lithuania and Switzerland before they cover Britain and Ireland in April/May.
BUY: UFO - A Conspiracy of Stars     /     UFO Website
Black Star Riders - The Killer Instinct - February 24, 2015
Black Star Riders have issued a video for the first single from their forthcoming album.  "The Killer Instinct" will appear as the lead track on The Killer Instinct album set for release February 2, 2015 (February 20th, 2015 in Europe).  Black Star Riders are the continuation of Thin Lizzy, the band name being changed out of respect for Phil Lynott when the most recent lineup decided to record new music.  Black Star Riders consists of Scott Gorham (guitar), Ricky Warwick (vocals), Damon Johnson (guitar), Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) and Robbie Crane (bass).  Here's the video: "The Killer Instinct"
Black Star Riders Website
Eclipse - Armageddonize - February 24, 2015
Swedish hard rockers Eclipse are set to unveil their newest creation, Armageddonize.  The album is slated for February 20, 2015 in Europe and February 24, 2015 in North America.  Guitarist Magnus Henriksson had this to say about the new album: "No Eclipse fan will be disappointed.  I guarantee that!"  and "I thought we had heard the best from him (Erik Martensson, vocalist/main songwriter/producer), but no.  You'll be surprised to hear how damn good he sings!"  This will be Eclipse's fifth full length outing behind The Truth and a Little More (2001), Second to None (2004), Are You Ready to Rock (2008) and Bleed & Scream (2012).
Eclipse Website
Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints - February 24, 2015
A new all-star super-group has emerged and prepared to issue their debut offering in late February 2015.  The Revolution Saints consists of drummer and vocalist Deen Castronovo (Journey/Bad English/Hardline), bassist/vocalist Jack Blades (Night Ranger/Damn Yankees) and guitarist Doug Aldrich (Burning Rain/Whitesnake/Dio).  The melding of these three big names is the brainchild and dream of Frontiers Records president Serafino Perugino and Revolution Saints is produced by Frontiers' "in-house man" Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline/Level 10).  Check out the official video for the lead single: "Turn Back Time"
BUY: Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints     /
The Storyteller - Sacred Fire - February 27, 2015
1995 Galve, Sweden was the scene for friends LG Persson and Fredrik Groth to form melodic power metal band The Storyteller.  After a string of strong releases in the genre disputes arose with the record company driving The Storyteller to go on hiatus in 2006.  They reformed in 2011 and issued Dark Legacy two years later.  Groth departed prior to the recording of this album and the lineup today sees Jacob Wennerqvist (guitar), Marcus Backlund (guitar), Martin Hjerpe (drums) and Henke Branneryd (bass) alonside LG Persson.  For this Scared Fire album the band drew a lot of influences from ancient Greek Mythology for the lyrical content.
The Storyteller Website
Wolfpakk - Rise of the Animal - February 27, 2014
Mark Sweeny (hailing from Swiss hard rock outfit Crystal Ball) and Michael Voss (taking a break from Christian metal group Mad Max and Casanova, both German bands) assume the Alpha roles for the return of their collaboration project, Wolfpakk.  The third Wolfpakk album, Rise of the Animal is due out February 27, 2015.  In 2011 these two had grandiose plans of a record involving the participation of the best artists and they pulled together 30 guest musicians from around the globe to lend their talents to Wolfpakk.  2013's Cry Wolf also featured a large pack of "guest wolves" and Rise of the Animal already boasts Michael Kiske, Rick Altzi, Bob Daisley, Doug Aldrich, David Reese, Ted Poley, John Norum, Marc Storace and Andi Deris among many others.
Wolfpakk Website
Europe - War of Kings - March 10, 2015
Swedish rock legends, famous for "The Final Countdown" song, are set to unleash War of Kings on March 10, 2015.  This tenth studio album for the Swedes and front man Joey Tempest calls War of Kings "the album we always wanted to make, ever since we were kids listening to bands like Zeppelin, Purple, and Sabbath."  Europe formed in 1979, issuing five albums including the 1986 smash The Final Countdown, which achieved them worldwide fame, before going on hiatus from 1992-2003.  The 2003 reunion has seen the band issue four albums, 2004's Start From the Dark, 2006's Secret Society, 2009's Last Look at Eden and 2012's Bag of Bones.
Europe Website
Already Released
Nubian Rose - Mental Revolution - December 9, 2014
From Sweden come Nubian Rose and their Mental Revolution release December 9, 2014.  Mental Revolution is the band's sophomore outing behind 2012's Mountain.  The band centers around female vocalist Sofia Lilja and guitarist Christer Akerlund and Swedish super producer Tobias Lindell (H.E.A.T/Europe/Hardcore Superstar) has again been in the fold.  This second outing for them is touted as having production that is edgier and bigger in every way, more mature songwriting and in general the duo has taken a big step forward.  "Break Out" is the lead single and video.
BUY: Nubian Rose - Mental Revolution     /     Nubian Rose Website
Bailey - Long Way Down - December 9, 2014
Nigel Bailey, the frontman for the band Three Lions has a new project, simply titled Bailey, set to release an album on December 9, 2014 in North America.  Long Way Down promises to be on the heavier side of the Three Lions fare, the self titled album for which was issued earlier this year.  Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio, whose name likely carries more weight than Bailey's, he also handles keyboards and backing vocals while also in the fold are: Mario Percudani (guitars) and Alessandro Mori (drums).  Check out the video for "In the Name of the King" from the forthcoming album for a sample.
BUY: Bailey - Long Way Down     /     Nigel Bailey Website

Harem Scarem - Thirteen - December 9, 2014
Canadians Harem Scarem have launched a pledgemusic campaign to assist in the funding of their soon to be released 13th album.  The album is to be cleverly titled Thirteen and the pledge campaign titled Thirteen Weeks to Thirteen.  After less than 24 hours into the project the album was more than 100% funded!  Thirteen will be released on December 9, 2014 and the band features originals Harry Hess on vocals/keys, Pete Lesperance on guitars/bass and drummer Creighton Doane sitting in for Darren James Smith who has gone on to Red Dragon Cartel.     Pledgemusic - Thirteen Weeks to Thirteen     /     Harem Scarem Website     /     Buy: Harem Scarem - Thirteen
Donnie Vie - The White Album - December 9, 2014
Donnie Vie, the former Enff Z'nuff singer/songwriter, has a new solo album slated for December 9, 2014.  The White Album is a 2-disc set containing 17 all new tracks and 2 cover songs, John Lennon's "Imagine" and Chicago's "25 Or 6 to 4".  Donnie Vie and Chip Z'Nuff originally founded Enuff Z'nuff around 1984, but after 18 years Vie stopped touring with the band in 2002 remaining as a writer.  Following a 2006 reunion Vie would again depart Enuff Z'nuff in 2013 to concentrate on his solo efforts.  Earlier in 2014 Vie issued another 2-Disc set of acoustic Enuff Z'nuff songs titled Goodbye: Enough Z'Nuff.
BUY: Donnie Vie - The White Album     /     Donnie Vie Website
Lynch Mob - Sun Red Sun - December 9, 2014
Oni Logan and George Lynch are back at it with their Lynch Mob partners bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Scot Coogan and set to issue Sun Red Sun on December 9, 2014.  The album features seven tracks plus four remastered bonus tracks from 2012's Sound Mountain Sessions EP.  Among the seven are a Bad Company cover, "Burnin' Sky" as well as "Sun Red Sun", an acoustic ballad in a tribute to late Badlands singer Ray Gillen and "Black Waters" a George Lynch guitar solo track.  For a sample of what to look forward to try this Sun Red Sun album audio teaser
BUY: Lynch Mob - Sun Red Sun     /     George Lynch Website
Ten - Albion - December 2, 2014
British hard/melodic rockers Ten are poised to unleash what is being cited as their strongest album to date.  Albion, the earliest documented name for the collective British Isles, drops on December 2, 2014 in North America, earlier in Europe.  The album will be coming on the newly formed Roctopia Records and in a situation similar to Ten's debut and it's successor arriving in the same year, they will issue a second album quite close to Albion in the early parts of 2015.  The album's cover artwork is supplied by Gaetano Di Falco and the work contained produced by vocalist and founder Gary Hughes.

AC/DC - Rock or Bust - December 2, 2014
Australian hard rock giants AC/DC have announced the release of their long awaited next album.  Rock or Bust is set to drop December 2, 2014.  The band has confirmed that founding member and rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young has permanently departed due to the nature of his condition, according to the band's official website.  Malcolm and Angus Young's nephew Stevie Young, who will join the world tour in support of Rock or Bust, has been standing in during the recording sessions helmed by Brendan O'Brien and Mike Fraser.  The song "Play Ball" will be featured as part of a network Major League Baseball Postseason campaign.
Buy: AC/DC - Rock or Bust     /     AC/DC Website
Triosphere - The Heart of the Matter - December 2, 2014
With their first two albums, Onwards and The Road Less Traveled, female fronted Norwegian melodic power/progressive metal band Triosphere gained some worldwide interest.  Now after four years in the making and  loaded with 12 tracks, Triosphere serve up The Heart of the Matter with the lead single "The Heart's Dominion".  Formed in 2004 Marius Silver Bergesen (guitar), Ida Haukland (vocals/bass), T.O. Byberg (guitars) and Orjan Jorgensen (drums) are set to appear on 2015's 70, 000 Tons of Metal Cruise.
BUY: Triosphere - The Heart of the Matter     /     Triosphere Website
Bloodbound - Stormborn - December 2, 2014
Power metal from Sweden is ready to attack the landscape as Bloodbound prepare to set free Stormborn on December 2, 2014.  Stormborn is the sixth album from the Bollnas, Sweden formed outfit and comes on the heels of their successful 2012 offering In the Name of Metal.  The third outing to feature lead vocals from Patrik Johansson, Stormborn, according to the press release, combines the band's typical Iron Maiden/HammerFall influenced sound with bombastic elements like Sabaton and Powerwolf are known for.  Bloodbound are set to tour through 2015 in support on Stormborn.
BUY: Bloodbound - Stormborn     /     Bloodbound Facebook
Within Temptation - Let Us Burn: Elements & Hydra Live In Concert - November 24, 2014
The Dutch symphonic metal group Within Temptation deliver a double disc live album, Let Us Burn: Elements & Hydra Live In Concert on November 24, 2014.  The album will also be available in DVD and Blu-Ray formats and features two performances.  The first being their 15th Anniversary Elements show at Sportpaleis Belgium and the second from their Hydra World Tour at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Both concert recordings are reported to be several songs lighter than the original concerts.
Mortician - Shout For Heavy Metal - November 14, 2014
Austrian Thrash metal outfit Mortician are set to issue their third record, Shout For Heavy Metal, on November 14, 2014.  The band hailing from Vorarlberg, Austria originally gained some cult status in their own country and issued an EP, No War, in 1987.  After a couple of Demo recordings the band went quiet, returning in 2011 with their second album, Mortician.  Shout For Heavy Metal is the third effort from Daniel Khan (vocals), Thomas Metzler (guitars), Patrik Lercher (bass) and Alex (drums).  Check out the Shout for Heavy Metal video trailer for a sampler of what to expect.
Mortician Website
Satan - Trail of Fire-Live In North America - November 17, 2014
Part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, Satan tended to go largely unnoticed among the giants of the genre.  They formed in Newcastle, England in 1980 and they did gain some notoriety for playing a type of proto-thrash/speed metal that was fairly advanced for the early 80's.  Trail of Fire: Live in North America sees the classic Court In the Act album lineup of guitarists Steve Ramsey and Russ Tippins, bassist Graeme English, drummer Sean Taylor and singer Brian Ross reunited.  Creepy fact: on this first ever US tour Satan played 6 shows, in 6 days, in 6 states and it's that tour that supplies these recordings.
Buy: Satan - Trail of Fire: Live in North America     /     Satan Website
Monster Magnet - Milking The Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol - November 17, 2014
American stoner rock band Monster Magnet have a new album set for release on November 17, 2014.  Milking The Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol is basically a re-working of 2013's Last Patrol with four new tracks added.  The New Jersey based band is fronted by Dave Wyndorf, the sole original member still driving the band says these new recordings and arrangements are aimed at giving the album a "weird 1960's vibe".  Alongside Wyndorf are guitarist Phillip Caivano, bassist Chris Kosnik, drummer Bob Pantella and guitarist Garrett Sweeny.  Sample the goods with the video for "The Duke".
Buy: Monster Magnet - Milking the Stars: A Re-imagining of Last Patrol     /     Monster Magnet Website
In This Moment - Black Widow - Novenber 17, 2014
Southern California's In This Moment return in early November with Black Widow set for issue on the 17th.  This fifth effort follows Beautiful Tragedy (2007), The Dream (2008), A Star Crossed Wasteland (2010) and Blood (2012).  The band was formed by Maria Brink (vocals) and Chris Howorth (guitar) in 2005 and sees Travis Johnson (bass), Randy Weitzel (guitar) and Tom Hane (drums) with the founders for this Kevin Churko produced outing.  "Sick Like Me" is the lead single being released in September with the official video arriving in October.
Buy: In This Moment - Black Widow     /     In This Moment Website
Sister Sin - Black Lotus - October 27, 2014
From Gothenburg, Sweden Sister Sin is releasing what they're saying is their heaviest album to date in Black Lotus October 27, 2014.  The fifth album follows the highly successful discography of Dance of the Wicked (2003/re-issue 2013), Switchblade Serenades (2008), True Sound of the Underground (2010) and Now & Forever (2012).  The advance lyric video release for the single "Chaos Royale" can now be viewed on YouTube and the band's webpages.  Sister Sin are: Liv Jagrell (vocals), Dave Sundberg (drums), Jimmy Hiltula (guitar) and Strandh (bass).   Sister Sin Website     /     Buy: Sister Sin - Black Lotus
Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead: Live From Wacken (DVD) - October 21, 2014
Shock Rock pioneer, Alice Cooper, unveils the first in a series of legendary Wacken Live DVD's from UDR Music.  Wacken is one of the largest rock/metal festivals in the world and 1 Euro (approx $1.25 USD) from every sale will be donated to the Wacken Foundation which is non-profit and supports new blood of rock/metal.  Raise the Dead: Live From Wackenwas filmed during the Icon's 2013 performance at the German festival.  The DVD will be available as 2 CD/DVD Digipak or Blu-ray/2 CD and features 22 live songs at about 75 minutes runtime plus another 20 minutes of interview with Cooper.
Alice Cooper Website     /     Buy: Alice Cooper - Raise the Dead
Deep Purple - Live In Verona (DVD) - October 21, 2014
From a 2011 concert that took place in front of an enthusiastic audience in the Arena di Verona, in Verona, Italy comes this Deep Purple DVD.  Live In Verona was filmed in the Roman amphitheater originally built in 30 AD with the  German Neue Philharmonic Orchestra joining the band on the stage.  The concert contains a setlist of 18 of Deep Purple's classic songs including: "Highway Star""Knocking At Your Back Door""Space Truckin'" and of course "Smoke On the Water" among many more.
Check out the teaser video for "Space Truckin'" for a sample of what to expect.
Deep Purple Website     /     Buy: Deep Purple - Live In Verona
Allen/Lande - The Great Divide - October 21, 2014
Russel Allen and Jorn Lande's The Great Divide will see light on October 21, 2014.  The project was initiated and conceived by Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear) when he brought vocalists Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Jorn Lande (Masterplan) together on material that he had written.  Karlsson has departed after three albums and Timo Tolkki (Stratovarius) takes over the role of writer, guitarist, bassist and keyboards for The Great Divide.  Drums formerly handled by Jamie Salazar for the previous efforts are provided by Jami Huovinen for this outing.
Jorn Lande Website     /     Buy: Allen/Lande - The Great Divide
Dalton - Pit Stop - October 21, 2014
In the 80's Dalton were some of Sweden's finest melodic rockers.  After  two albums, massive touring the band was killed by grunge, split up and went their separate ways.  Now twenty years later they have reunited, secured a deal with Frontiers Records and are set to release Pit Stopon October 21, 2014.  Dalton has all the original members, Bo Lindmark (vocals), Anders Lindmark (bass), Leif Westfahl (guitar), Ola Lindstrom (keys) and Mats Dahlberg (drums), back in the game.  The band was formed by Dahlberg (Treat) and the moniker derived from his nickname.  Pit Stop was produced by Erik Martensson (Eclipse/W.E.T.)
Dalton Facebook     /     Buy: Dalton - Pit Stop
Vega - Stereo Messiah - October 21, 2014
Stereo Messiah marks the third effort for British melodic rockers Vega.  After the album, which will be available October 21, 2014, was recorded and mixed the baton was passed on to Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) in Canada for mastering.  Of the twelve tracks one is a cover of Def Leppard's "10 x Bigger Than Love" with Joe Elliot partnering with Vega singer Nick Workman.  Vega has opened for and toured with Tesla, Saxon, FM, and Michael Schenker and is comprised of Nick Workman (vocals), Dan Chantrey (drums), Tom Martin (bass), James Martin (keys), and Marcus Thurston (guitar).
Vega Website     /     Buy: Vega - Stereo Messiah
Paul DiAnno - The Beast Arises - October 21, 2014
Paul DiAnno most well known in conjunction with UK stalwarts Iron Maiden as the vocalist for the first two albums is set to unleash The Beast Arises on CD on October 21, 2014, DVD on November 18, 2014 and finally on vinyl on December 16, 2014.  The Beast Arises was recorded at DiAnno's April 9 concert in Krakow, Poland.  The setlist/tracklistsing: "Sanctuary""Purgatory""Wrathchild""Prowler""Murders in the Rue Morgue""Children of Madness""Genghis Kahn""Remember Tomorrow""Charlotte the Harlot""Killers""Phantom of the Opera""Running Free""Transylvania""Iron Maiden" and "Blitzkrieg Bop".  Paul DiAnno Website     /     Buy: Paul DiAnno - The Beast Arises
Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out - October 14, 2014
American thrash metallers, Exodus, are issuing their tenth album on October 14, 2014.  The album, Blood In Blood Out,  marks the return of vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and the return of original founder/guitarist Kirk Hammett who guests on "Salt the Wound".  Chuck Billy of Testament also appears on the track "BTK".  Exodus began life 34 years ago in Richmond, California surviving many member changes, deaths of two former members, and two extended hiatuses.  Guitarist Gary Holt has remained the only constant member since joining shortly after the band's formation.
Exodus Website     /     Buy: Exodus - Blood In, Blood Out
Ozzy Osbourne - Memoirs of a Madman (DVD) - October 14, 2014
The madman Ozzy Osbourne is releasing, Memoirs of a Madman, a two disc definitive DVD collection of his solo work on October 14, 2014.  The first DVD contains 26 of the music videos plus a bonus alternate version of "Mama, I'm Coming Home" and two "making of videos".  Disc two is packed with live performance clips from throughout  his solo career and interviews, much of which was previously only available on "out of print" VHS or never before seen.  The only thing apparently omitted is the "Shot In the Dark" video for reasons well documented previously.
Ozzy Website     /     Buy: Ozzy - Memoirs of a Madman
Hellion - Karma's a Bitch - October 7, 2014
Los Angeles California band Hellion is poised to issue Karma's a Bitch  on October 7, 2014.  The band fronted by Ann Boleyn originally formed  around 1982, going through a few lineup adjustments over the years.  The 2014 version of Hellion includes front woman Ann Boelyn, guitarist Maxxwell Carlisle, keyboardist Scott Warren (Dio/Heaven & Hell), guitarist Georg Dolivo (Rhino Bucket), bassist Greg Smith (Ted Nugent/Rainbow) and drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC/UFO/Dio).  A North American tour is also being launched in October, check website for a date near you.  Hellion Website     /     Buy: Hellion - Karma's a Bitch
Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy - October 7, 2014
Named after a character in the cult classic TV show Twin Peaks, Norwegians Audrey Horne are set to unveil their fifth effort.  Pure Heavy gets released on October 7, 2014 and although some of the members belong to black metal bands Audrey Horne's sound is more in the classic rock vein.  The current Audrey Horne library consists of Confessions & Alcohol EP (2005), No Hay Banda (2005), Le Fol (2007), Audrey Horne (2010) and Youngblood (2013).  The band has received Norweigian Grammy Award nominations in the Best Metal Act category.  Audrey Horne Website     /     Buy: Audrey Horne - Pure Heavy
Orange Goblin - Back From the Abyss - October 7, 2014
UK stoner/doom rock band Orange Goblin are putting out their latest album, Back From the Abyss on October 7, 2014.  Originally beginning life in 1995 with the name Our Haunted Kingdom they consist of Ben Ward (vocals/guitar), Joe Hoare (guitar), Martyn Millard (bass), Chris Turner (drums) and previously Pete O'Malley (guitar).  Before joining Candlelight Records in 2008, previously issuing Eulogy For the Damned on that label in 2012, the existing catalog consists of Frequencies From Planet Ten (1997), Time Traveling Blues (1998), The Big Black (2000), Coup de Grace (2002), Thieving From the House of God (2004) and Healing Through Fire (2007).  Orange Goblin Website     /     Buy: Orange Goblin-Back From the Abyss
Texas Hippie Coalition - Ride On - October 7, 2014
The Texas Hippie Coalition says: "Rock ‘n’ roll is all about cutting loose. It’s about throwing back a few drinks, raising your hands, banging your head, and living out loud. Texas Hippie Coalition cook up the soundtrack to your “good time” with their fourth full-length album, Ride On."  Ride On is available on October 7, 2014 and can be pre-ordered through the link below.  The band from Denison Texas is lead by Big Dad Ritch who says: “It’s like Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top had a child, and Pantera ended up raising it. We’re Red Dirt Metal. That’s a flag we wave high. Ride On is the best example of what we do.”
THC Website     /     Buy: THC-Ride On
Sixx: A.M. - Modern Vintage - October 7, 2014
Motley Crue bassist and radio personality Nikki Sixx returns with a new Sixx: A.M. record.  The band comprised of Sixx with DJ Ashba and James Michael unleash their third full length effort Modern Vintage on October 7, 2014.  The album joins 2007's The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack, 2011's This Is Gonna Hurt and the EP's X-Mas in Hell (2008), Live Is Beautiful (2008) and 7 (2011) to formulate the catalog.  For a sample of what to expect check out the video for "Gotta Get It Right" as well as the audio streams for "Stars""Let's Go" and "Drive".
Sixx: A.M. Website     /     Buy: Sixx: A.M. - Modern Vintage
Mr. Big - The Stories We Could Tell - September 30, 2014
Late 80's/early 90's hard rock sensation Mr. Big are issuing their second effort, The Stories We Could Tell, after the original band reunited in 2009.  Guitarist Paul Gilbert (who also recently released a solo album), bassist Billy Sheehan, drummer Pat Torpey and vocalist Eric Martin originally enjoyed success with the ballad "To Be With You" from their sophomore album, Lean Into It in 1991.  This latest outing is recorded with Pat Regan and the following tour will see Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr sitting in for Pat Torpey who has been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's.  Check out the video/single "Gotta Love the Ride"Mr. Big Website     /     Buy: Mr. Big - The Stories We Could Tell
Dream Theater - Breaking the Fourth Wall - September 30, 20144
Progressive metal band Dream Theater is issuing a recording of their March 25, 2014 concert at the Boston Opera House through a variety of formats.  Breaking the Fourth Wall (Live From The Boston Opera House) will be available via CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and MP3 on September 30, 2014.  Produced by John Petrucci, the concert was filmed and directed by Pierre and Francois Lamoureux and features the Berklee College of Music Orchestra and Choir.  "The Looking Glass", a tribute to Canadian progressive band and Dream Theater influence, Rush, has been made available via video for a preview of the forthcoming DVD.  Dream Theater Website     /     Buy: Dream Theater - Breaking the Fourth Wall
Butcher Babies - Uncovered (EP) - September 30, 2014
California's Butcher Babies have a new EP, Uncovered, set for release on September 30, 2014.  The EP contains five cover songs, one for each member, that the band has been fans of for their entire lives.  As you can see the artwork for Uncovered bears some resemblances to Guns N' Roses Lies album cover from 1988.  Dual vocalists Carla Harvey and Heidi Sheppard, guitarist Henry Flury, bassist Jason Klein and drummer Chris Warner have already released an EP (Butcher Babies) in 2012 and a full length (Goliath) 2013 since forming in 2010.  Butcher Babies Website     /     Buy: Butcher Babies - Uncovered EP
Kissin' Dynamite - Megalomania - September 30, 2014
Kissin' Dynamite from Swabia, Germany have a four album discography with Megalomania being the newest addition and they're only in their early twenties!  The guys started out with the first release around the ages of 15/16 with Steel of Swabia (2008) followed by Addicted to Metal (2010) and Money, Sex & Power (2012).  The quartet that began as a school band have opened for the likes of Steel Panther and U.D.O. who even lends his gravelly vocals to the title track on 2010's Addicted to Metal album.  Check out the video for "DNA" for an introduction.  Kissin' Dynamite Website     /     Buy: Kissin Dynamite - Megalomania
Crucified Barbara - In The Red - September 23, 2014
The all female membership of Stockholm Sweden's Crucified Barbara are set to unleash their fourth full length album in late September.  The band that was started by bassist Ida Evileye and guitarist Klara Force in 1998 got their name while attending Denmark's Roskilde Festival.  In a nearby forest there they happened across a blow-up doll (called a "Barbara" throughout Sweden) attached to a crucifix.  Mia Coldheart supplies the vocals while Nicki Wicked pounds the drums for the back catalog of In Distortion We Trust (2005), 'Til Death Do Us Party (2009), The Midnight Chase (2012) and now In The Red (2014).  Here's the lead single's video "To Kill a Man", a song with a powerful message.     Crucified Barbara Website     /     Buy: Crucified Barbara - In The Red
Charm City Devils - Battles - September 23, 2014
Charm City Devils from Baltimore Maryland have readied their third full length album recording for release.  Battles follows 2009's Let's Rock-N-Roll and 2012's Sins.  Charm City Devils name was suggested to them by Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx after they had signed to Eleven Seven Music for which Sixx was the chairman.
  The bluesy, Southern tinged hard rock band are comprised of John Allen (vocals), Vic Karrera (guitars), Nick Kay (guitars), Anthony Arambula (bass) and Jason Heiser (drums), the all original line up that formed in 2008.  Check out the lyric video for "Shots"Charm City Devils Website     /     Buy: Charm City Devils - Battles
Deep Purple - Graz 1975 - September 23, 2014
The legendary pioneers of hard rock and heavy metal, British band Deep Purple are issuing their "Holy Grail" of MK III concert recordings in entirety for the first time ever on September 23, 2014.  Graz 1975 was recorded on April 3, 1975 at Deep Purple's concert at the Liebenauer ice rink located on the outskirts of Austria's second largest city, Graz.  The 1975 line-up of Deep Purple consisted of vocalist David Coverdale, bassist Glenn Hughes, keyboardist Jon Lord, drummer Ian Paice and guitarist Richie Blackmore in one of his final appearances with the band.  Deep Purple Website     /     Buy: Deep Purple - Graz 1975
Stryper - Live At The Whiskey - September 23, 2014
Riding high on the heralded success of their latest effort No More Hell to Pay Christian rockers Stryper are issuing a live CD/DVD two disc set on September 23, 2014.  Live At The Whiskey was recorded during a concert at L.A.'s famous Whiskey a Go Go in October 2013 in support of that latest album.  The package contains one audio CD containing the 16 song concert and one DVD of the same along with some video clips and an interview.  The band's original line-up of Michael Sweet (guitar/vox), Robert Sweet (drums), Tim Gaines (bass/vox) and Oz Fox (guitar/vox) shows no signs of slowing down with more tour dates including The Monsters of Rock Cruise listed on their website.  Stryper Website     /     Buy: Stryper - Live At The Whiskey
Work of Art - Framework - September 23, 2014
Swedish melodic rock band Work of Art are poised to unveil their third effort.  Framework will be available on September 23, 2014 and is the follow up to 2011's In Progress and 2008's Artwork both of which received critical acclaim.  The band was conceived and formed by drummer Herman Furin and guitarist Robert Sall in 1992 during their attendance at music school together going their separate ways in 1995.  Furin and Sall eventually reunited, recruited Lars Safsund for vocal duties and now the trio are not looking back with Andreas Passmark (bass) and Jonas Groning (keyboards) as a part of the live band.  Work of Art Website     /     Buy: Work of Art - Framework
Slash - World on Fire - September 16, 2014
Former G 'n' R axeman Slash will return with his latest effort, World on Fire on September 16, 2014.  This album features Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators as did the previously well received Apocalyptic Love in 2012.  A video was released for the title track to the album in June 2014 and has stirred some controversy over the satanic references contained in it.  Here's the explicit version of the video "World on Fire" featuring porn star Aiden Ashley (warning: contains nudity).  Slash, and his signature black top hat will be on tour through Europe November 2014.  Slash Website     /     Buy: Slash (featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) - World on Fire
Anthrax - Chile On Hell - September 16, 2014
New York formed thrash metal leaders and members of "The Big Four", Anthrax, are issuing a DVD/Blu-ray titled Chile on Hell.  The live concert release was filmed at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago Chile on May 10, 2013.  The concert featured Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais (replacing departed Rob Caggiano) handling the lead guitar parts.  The setlist for this filmed concert was: "Among the Living", "Caught in a Mosh", "I Am the Law", "Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)", "A Skeleton in the Closet", "March of the S.O.D.", "In the End", "Death Rider", "T.N.T.", "I'm Alive", "Indians", "Medusa", "In My World", "Got the Time", "Fight 'Em 'Til You Can't" with encores of: "I'm the Man/Raining Blood", "Madhouse" and "Antisocial"Anthrax Website     /     Buy: Anthrax - Chile On Hell
Skyscraper - Elevation - September 16, 2014
The long awaited debut album from Skyscraper, Elevation, is set to drop in North America September 16, 2014.  The melodic rock band compared to Bad English consists of vocalist Lee Small (Shy), bassist Dave Boyce (Airrace/Quireboys), guitarist Tor Talle (Joe Lynn Turner/Fergie Frederiksen/Rob Moratti) and drummer Imre Daun.  The album is produced by sought after Swedish guitarist/producer Martin Kronlund (Dogface/Joe Lynn Turner/ Lover Under Cover).  Check out this "Album Teaser Video" for a preview.   Skyscraper Website     /     Buy: Skyscraper - Elevation
Bullet - Storm of Blades - September 9, 2014
Expect to see Storm of Blades available September 9, 2014.  The outing is the fifth from Sweden's Bullet and the band cites this release as being a fast and heavy back to the roots album.  Bullet, who tours around in a 1964 Volvo bus, saw the departure of guitarist Erik Almstrom in 2012 but newcomer Alexander Lyrbo has joined the clan for this effort.  The title track has been issued as a lead single and video and is available for viewing through the link below.  "Storm of Blades" Official Video     /     Bullet Website     /     Buy: Bullet - Storm of Blades

Phil Rudd - Head Job - September 9, 2014
Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has crafted his first solo effort set to drop in early September.  The tracks were mainly written by Rudd with assistance from Allan Badger and Geoffry Martin who also perform vocals, guitars and bass for Head Job.  Rudd himself has produced the album, portions of which were recorded in the studio that he built near his restaurant, Phil's Place, in Tauranga New Zealand.  During his time spent away from AC/DC, 1983-1994, Rudd has said, "I raced cars, flew helicopters, became a farmer and planted some crops. I lived in New Zealand which was great; nice and quiet with nobody bothering me."  "Repo Man" Official Lyric Video     /     Phil Rudd Facebook     /     Buy: Phil Rudd - Head Job
A Sound of Thunder - The Lesser Key of Solomon - September 9, 2014
A Sound of Thunder are a band that combines elements of classic heavy metal, progressive and rock and are unleashing their fifth studio effort, The Lesser Key of Solomon, on September 9, 2014.  The operatic wails of band's pint sized (standing 5'2) vocalist Nina Osegueda lead the charge and she has been described by some as "the lovechild of Rob Halford and Bruce Dickinson".  The Washington DC based band began in 2008 with guitarist Josh Schwartz and drummer Chris Haren with Osegueda being added in 2009.  Bassist Jesse Keen joined in 2011 to create the definitive line-up.  A Sound of Thunder Website     /     Buy: A Sound of Thunder - The Lesser Key of Solomon
Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men - September 9, 2014
From Toronto Canada comes Crimson Shadows with their unique "brand of heroic metal that only the ice-clad lands of Canada can forge".  The band reached international attention in 2013 with a performance at Germany's Wacken Open-Air Festival.  Described as "combining the fiercest elements of power and death metal with crushing guttural vocals, three-part harmonies, seraphic guitar-work, formidable bass and miles of breakneck drumming" they are currently crowdfunding their upcoming European tour with Alestorm through IndiegogoCrimson Shadows Website     /     Buy: Crimson Shadows - Kings Among Men
Axel Rudi Pell - Into the Storm (Deluxe Edition) - September 2, 2014
Axel Rudi Pell is giving his latest effort the deluxe treatment on September 2, 2014 as Into he Storm gets re-released.  The German guitarist's album will be paired with a bonus CD featuring three newly recorded live tracks and an enhanced video for "Long Way to Go".  Alongside Pell you'll hear the talents of Hardline vocalist Johnny Gioeli, Black Sabbath/Rainbow drummer Bobby Rondinelli, bassist Volker Krawczak and keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg (Eden's Curse).  "Long Way to Go" Official Video     /     Axel Rudi Pell Website     /     Buy: Axel Rudi Pell - Into the Storm

HammerFall - (r)Evolution - September 2, 2014
Swedish metal band HammerFall return to the musical landscape after a lengthy absence with (r)Evolution on September 2, 2014.  This ninth recording from the band and second in a row to feature production by James Michael and the HammerFall guitarists Oscar Dronjak and Pontus Norgren promises to feature all that people have come to expect from a HammerFall release, mixing the pillars of the band's early sound with the more experienced song writing of the later years.  HammerFall Website     /     Buy: HammerFall - (r)Evolution

Richie Kotzen - The Essential Richie Kotzen - September 2, 2014
Guitar virtuoso Richie Kotzen is poised to issue The Essential Richie Kotzen.  The double CD and DVD collection was culminated by the guitarist from his 18 solo album catalog along with two new songs.  Kotzen has been a member of Poison and Mr. Big as well as played with countless other musicians throughout his career.  The guitarist is currently on tour with The Winery Dogs featuring Mike Portnoy and Billy Sheehan and is planning his next solo release for 2015.  Richie Kotzen Website     /     Buy: Richie Kotzen - The Essential Richie Kotzen

Jeff LaBar - One For the Road - August 26, 2014
Jeff LaBar, guitarist from Cinderella is poised to unleash his debut solo effort August 26, 2014.  The forthcoming One For the Road album contains seven original tracks written by LaBar and Ronnie Honeycutt, the video for "No Strings" serving as the lead single.  "No Strings", written after LaBar's first marriage, features assistance from Tesla's Troy Luccketta on drums and is mixed by Cinderella drummer Fred Coury.  "No Strings" Official Video     /     Jeff LaBar Facebook     /     Buy: Jeff LaBar - One For the Road

Motorhead - Aftershock: The Tour Edition - August 26, 2014
 Motorhead are re-issuing their latest effort, Aftershock on August 26, 2014.  This time around Aftershock: The Tour Edition will be partnered with a live disc consisting of performances recorded by the albums' producer Cameron Webb in early 2014.  Of the ten live tracks on the bonus disc, two are solos (guitar and drum) and the rest read as follows: "Metropolis", "Over the Top", "Rock It", "Lost Woman Blues", "Doctor Rock", "Killed by Death", "Ace of Spades" and "Overkill"Motorhead Website     /     Buy: Motorhead - Aftershock: The Tour Edition

Cold Shot - Cold Shot - August 26, 2014
Many are completely unaware of a band called cold shot, but these guys have waited over 25 years to issue their debut album.  Cold Shot started up in L.A. under the name Shark Team in the late 80's when guitarist Anthony Gallo met vocalist Adam Murray.  The pair booked their first show prior to having the rest of the band!  Before the show Erin Bartley signed on for bass duties along with drummer Rikki Baggett.  Cold Shot Album Teaser Video     /     Eonian Records Facebook

Adrenaline Rush - Adrenaline Rush - August 25, 2014
Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden Adrenaline Rush's debut release is set for August 25, 2014 in North America.  Originally designed as a solo project for front woman Tave Wanning, who came from the teen-pop duo Peaches, the members have all been hand picked by her from bands around the Stockholm area.  The press release describes the band as "fronted by one of the most talented and hottest chicks in today’s Hard Rock scene" and Erik Martensson from Eclipse/W.E.T. is in the producers chair helming the project.  In April "Change" was issued as the lead single/video.  Adrenaline Rush Website     /     Buy: Adrenaline Rush - Adrenaline Rush

X-Drive - Get Your Rock On - August 25, 2014
With a ton of heavy hitting star power behind this project Los Angeles' X-Drive formed around unknown guitarist Jeremy Brunner and his immense catalog of songs.  Get Your Rock On, produced by the late Andy Johns and mixed by Wyn Davis sees Keith St. John (Montrose/Burning Rain/Lynch Mob/Quiet Riot/Sweet) as vocalist, James LoMenzo (White Lion/David Lee Roth/Megadeth/Ozzy/Black Label Society) on bass, Fred Fischer on drums and Jeremy Brunner on guitar.  "California" has received the advance video treatment and the album will be available in North America on August 25, 2014.  X-Drive Website     /     BUY: X-Drive - Get Your Rock On

State of Salazar - All the Way - August 25, 2014

This Swedish quintet formed when singer songwriter Marcus Nygren began writing songs that didn't fit with his metal band.  The five students of Malmo Academy of Music wanted to play rock music made for big arenas.  With the influences of bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey and Survivor, All the Way is the debut album issued on the heels of 2012's EP, Lost My Way.  Two videos are available now, "I Believe In You"  and the album's title track, "All the Way"State of Salazar Website     /     Buy: State of Salazar - All the Way

Accept - Blind Rage - August 19, 2014
Accept unleash their third effort with former T.T. Quick frontman Mark Tornillo on August 15, 2014 in Europe, August 18, 2014 in UK and August 19, 2014 in North America.  Tornillo took up former vocalist UDO Dirkschneider's place during the 2009 re-formation of the band.  Andy Sneap is again at the helm for Blind Rage as he was for 2010's Blood of the Nations and 2012's Stalingrad.  The advance lead single/video "Stampede" is garnering nothing but positive reviews and comments from fans.  Accept is Wolf Hoffman (guitar), Peter Baltes (bass), Herman Frank (guitar) Stefan Schwarzmann (drums) and Mark Tornillo (vocals).  "Stampede" Official Video     /     Accept Website     /     Buy: Accept - Blind Rage

Black Trip - Goin' Under - August 19th, 2014.
Swedish metallers Black Trip are set to issue their debut effort, Goin' Under in the US via Prosthetic Records on August 19, 2014.  The album was previously released in Europe in late 2013.  Heavily influenced by the NWOBHM the band is the brainchild of Peter Stjarnwind (guitarist) having started the song basis over 10 years ago, but the addition of vocalist Joseph Tholl revived and set things afire in 2011.  Now with guitarist Sebastian Ramstedt, bassist Johan Bergeback and drummer Jonas Wikstrand Black Trip have issued their debut and delivered incredible sets at festivals such as Sweden Rock Festival 2014.  "Radar" Official Video     /     Black Trip Website     /     Buy: Black Trip - Goin' Under
Buckcherry - Fuck - August 19, 2014
With a history such as Buckcherry's of an insanely over-the-top penchant for the use of the "F" bomb, what else would you expect but their next effort to be titled as such?  The EP will be released on their own F-Bomb Records label on August 19, 2014.  The six tracks contained are titled as follows: "Somebody Fucked With Me", "Say Fuck It", "Motherfucker", "I Don't Give a Fuck", "It's a Fucking Disaster" and finally "Fist Fuck". With f-bombs like that don't expect to hear any of these on the radio (at least not incredibly censored).  Check out the Buckcherry singles club to receive some covers of their favorite songs.  Buckcherry Singles Club     /     Buckcherry Website     /     Buy: Buckcherry - Fuck
Ace Frehley - Space Invader - August 19, 2014
Pushed back from its original release date, the original KISS axeman is returning with his first issue since 2009's Anomaly. Space Invader is now set to drop on August 19, 2014 in North America (earlier elsewhere in the world).  The new full length release contains twelve tracks including a cover of Steve Miller's "The Joker" with "Gimme a Feelin'" serving as the first single.  Ace has cited that this record as heavier than his previous one and that it will show he's still got what it takes.  Ace Frehley Website     /     Buy: Ace Frehley - Space Invader
Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen - The Second Record - August 19, 2014
Former L.A. Guns guitarist Tracii Guns will release the sophomore effort from his band Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen on August 19, 2014.  In keeping with the theme of the inventively titled The First Record from 2012, this outing is again simply dubbed The Second Record.  The album promises to reveal more of their strong psychedelic rock influences and features inspired cover tunes including Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl"Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen Facebook     /     Buy: Tracii Guns' League of Gentlemen - The Second Record

Enuff Z'Nuff - Covered in Gold - August 19, 2014
Celebrating 30 years in rock Enuff Z'Nuff are set to issue Covered in Gold.  The album is comprised of a selection of salutes to some of the music and artists who have inspired them during the three decades.  The song selection spans several eras and genres: "Everything Works If You Let It" (Cheap Trick), "Stone Cold Crazy" (Queen), "She Sells Sanctuary" (The Cult), "All Apologies" (Nirvana), "Believe It Or Not" (Joey Scarbury), "The Jean Genie" (David Bowie), "Run For Your Life" (The Beatles), "When Doves Cry" (Prince), "Tears of a Clown" (Smokey Robinson), "The Stroke" (Billy Squier), "Yankee Rose" (David Lee Roth) and "Jealous Guy" (John Lennon).  Enuff Z'Nuff Website     /     Buy: Enuff Z'Nuff - Covered in Gold
Mike Tramp - Museum - August 18, 2014
Mike Tramp came to fame as the vocalist for White Lion in the 1980's but he has also issued several solo albums, the latest, Museum, coming on August 18, 2014.  The album is a continuation of the compositions and musical styles found on his previous release, Cobblestone Street.  The lead single, "Trust in Yourself" is accompanied by a video directed by Tramp's son Dylan.  To listen to Mike Tramp as a guest on Decibel Geek Podcast click here: Episode #136"Trust in Yourself" Official Video     /    Mike Tramp Website     /     Buy: Mike Tramp - Museum
Evil United - Honored By Fire - August 12, 2014
While Jason McMaster is probably most well-known for fronting Dangerous Toys, he is very active in music being involved with bands such as Broken Teeth, Ignitor and Watchtower as well as many others.  Honored By Fire is Evil United's second outing, featuring McMaster (vocals), T.C. Connally & John Valenzuela (guitars), Don Van Stavern (bass), Jason West (drums).  The self titled debut dropped in September 2011 and an advance video for the track "Viking Funeral" was issued in 2013.  Honored by Fire features ten new Evil United compositions as well as "Viking Funeral""Viking Funeral" Official Video     /     Evil United Website     /     Buy: Evil United - Honored By Fire
John 5 - Careful With That Axe - August 12, 2014

Guitarist John 5 has played and recorded with David Lee Roth, Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie as well as several others.  John 5 has also issued several solo recordings and his latest solo effort, Careful With That Axe, drops on August 12, 2014.  A post on John's Facebook page states that it will be a digital only release with special physical CD to follow later in the year.  "This Is My Rifle" Uncut Studio Sessions Video     /     John 5 Website     /     Buy: John 5 - Careful With That Axe

Skid Row - Rise of the Damnation Army-United World Rebellion Chapter Two  - August 5th, 2014.
Skid Row, not having issued new music since 2006's Revolutions Per Minute unleashed the EP United World Rebellion: Chapter One in 2013.  The EP met with mostly favorable reviews and now they are poised to issue the second, with at least one more planned for the future.  Skid Row consist of original members Dave "The Snake" Sabo on guitar, bassist Rachael Bolan and guitarist Scotti Hill.  Joining these three are vocalist Johnny Solinger (who has been with the band since 1999) and drummer Rob Hammersmith.  Skid Row Official Website     /     Buy: Skid Row - Rise of the Damnation Army
KIX - Rock Your Face Off - August 5th, 2014.
With four of the five original KIX band members together and this being their first new music issue since $how Bu$ine$$ in 1995 the release has been much anticipated by fans.  KIX is comprised of Steve Whiteman (vocalist), Brian "Damage" Forsythe (guitar), Ronnie "10/10" Younkins (guitar), Jimmy "Chocolate" Chalfant (drums) and Mark Schenker replacing Donnie Purnell on bass when the band reunited in 2003.  KIX started playing "Love Me With Your Top Down" recently in concert as a first insight to their first album in almost twenty years and received rave reviews from fans.  KIX Official Website     /     Buy: KIX - Rock Your Face Off
Paul Gilbert - Stone Pushing Uphill Man - August 5th, 2014.
You probably know Paul Gilbert as the original guitarist from Mr. Big featuring vocalist Eric Martin, bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Pat Torpey but aside from that Gilbert has created a whopping twelve solo albums.  Several of the those previous albums feature Gilbert's vocals as well as his guitar work and some are purely instrumental.  Stone Pushing Uphill Man's songs are covers of some of Gilbert's favorite artists and is strictly an instrumental album where he apparently uses the guitar like a voice.
Paul Gilbert Official Website     /     Buy: Paul Gilbert - Stone Pushing Uphill Man
 Unbreakable - Knockout - July 29th, 2014.
Hailing from Hessen, Germany, these hard rockers have unleashed their debut recording.  Probably most notable is that Knockout has been produced by former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and the album cover designed by the Wacken Open Air graphic designer.  Rarebell also has a guest appearance in the band's video for the single "Rock the Night Life".  The band consists of vocalist Al Crespo, bassist Lukas Mittler, guitarists Pascal Alles and Martin Reis and drummer Alex Reis.  "Rock the Night Life" Video     /     Unbreakable Official Website     /     Buy: Unbreakable - Knockout

 Crystal Eyes - Killer - July 25th, 2014.
This Swedish outfit has been around for over twenty years, forming in 1992 with guitarist Mikael Dhal as the only constant member.  Despite the lineup changes Crystal Eyes have been able to issue some stellar heavy metal albums, 1999's World of Black and Silver, 2000's In Silence They March, 2003's Vengeance Descending, 2005's Confessions of the Maker, 2006's Dead City Dreaming and 2008's Chained.  For 2014's Killer the band consists of Dhal on guitar and handling lead vocals while guitarist Niclaus Karlsson, bassist Claes Wikander and drummer Stefan Svantesson make up the rest.  Crystal Eyes Website     /     Buy: Crystal Eyes - Killer


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