Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Palace of Prog and AOR V

Stay classy, that´s all folks and oh.......some of that melodic stuff too.

Time for some all female melodic rock from Finland, Barbe-Q-Barbies new album Driven is now available on Spotify.

Heart singer Ann Wilson´s new EP The Ann Wilson Thing #1 is now available on iTunes, check out the new track Fool no more.

The mighty Rush drop their new concert film R40 on Nov 20, the band has revealed the live clip Roll the bones from the upcoming DVD/Blu-Ray here.

Australian prog rock band Caligula´s Horse releases their new album Bloom on Oct 16, listen to the new track Marigold here.

Swedish melodic rock artist Violet Janine has released a new single Down on my knees.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Palace of Punk V

Oh dear, where did I put my punk rock outfit? I see it´s time for that "never mind the bullocks" day, well, let it out.

Japanese reggae / punk band SiM posted their new video Crows on Youtube, watch it here.

Pop punk / post hardcore band Our Last Night has recorded a cover of Drag me down (One Direction), check it out here.

New Jersey based Banquets releases their 3rd album Spit at the sun on October 9, if you want to get a dose of some quality emo rock in your life - check out the new song Lucky lighter here.

Pop punk act Light Up The Sky is now a part of the Rise Records family, listen to their new single I will never on Youtube.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Palace of Heavy Metal V

It´s time to bang your heads because metal health will drive you mad. This page is like medicine for your metal thirsty soul and the best pop freaks in sight.

RFTF's vision is to create music where the words and melodies have more of a significance that are not limited to the restraints of standard radio play ... Using biblical, spiritual principals and testimonial lyrics as a platform to deliver a message of Hope in a world that is seemingly falling away.
Check out the new single Total Exposure from their forthcoming EP Out of the ashes.

The Winery Dogs will release their 2nd album Hot Streak on Oct 2nd, the supergroup features Richie Kotzen, Billy Sheehan and Mike Portnoy. Listen to the new single Oblivion here.

LastDayHere redefines the metal genre. Mixing modern influences with the sounds these genres have produced over the last 40 years and by adding an incredible energy to this mix, gives LastDayHere their own unique and accessible sound. With their new album "A New Beginning", they once more want to show that they mean business.
Listen to the new single Road To Nowhere here.

Dellacoma is a hard rock quartet from Melbourne, Australia. The band posted their 2nd single Movin´ on to something new on Youtube, the song is taken from their new album South of everything.

Modern metal band Whether I´s new album Catalyst is available now, the band posted their new video Among Lions from the album here.

Zenith is a bonus track from Ghost´s new album Meliora, you can listen to the song here.

The Italian industrial metal darlings Dope Stars Inc posted their cover of Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) on Youtube, definitely for fans of Marilyn Manson and Orgy.

Alternative metal band Islander has recorded new songs with producer Mike Plotnikoff, check out the Rage Against The Machine-ish "Wake up" here.

Though their sound comes straight out of the spacey prog and proto-metal of the '70s, Swedish band Horisont formed in 2006. Comprised of singer Axel Söderberg, guitarists Charles Van Loo and Kristofer Möller, bassist Magnus Delborg, and drummer Pontus Jordan, the band conjures the sounds of rock and metal's age of exploration with sprawling compilations that evoke the classical influences of Yes and Jethro Tull with the drive and desire of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden.
Watch the official video Bad News, from their new album Odyssey available now.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Palace of Alternative Rock V

Welcome to the summit of new music in the alternative rock genre. Are you sitting comfortable? Good, let´s go.

Electro rock band Satellites and Sirens will release their brand new single Wildfire on iTunes, October 23rd.
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Jeremy Greene is a christian rock artist from Los Angeles, his new single Tonight is available on iTunes and Spotify. For fans of Daughtry and Nickelback.

Dallas rockers Seventh Day Slumber will release their new EP Redline on October 9, the first single Bring it on is available on iTunes now. It sounds a bit like P.O.D I think.

Stars and The Sky are an alternative rock band from Columbus, Ohio. Their new EP Claudetur is available now, check out the lyric video On my own.

Electro rock act The New Regime posted their official video We Rise We Fall, from their latest EP Exhibit B on Youtube.

Echo Vendetta is a modern rock band from Kansas City, their new single Torn in two is available in their music store now.

Influenced by the intricate, powerful riffs of such bands as Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Three Days Grace and Metallica, and (2) the lyrical sentiments of bands like 3 Doors Down and Theory of a Deadman, Everything Falls delivers a hard-hitting combination of dynamic melodies and gripping lyrics.
Check out their new song Let it go, from the Through The Storm EP.

L.A based alternative pop/rock band Golden State´s new EP Bodysnatchers is now available on iTunes, watch the teaser here.

Big Story is a new project, featuring members of Ursa, LA Wedding, Siren City, Badwolf and Moving Atlas.
Their new single Such things is available as free download at:

Another Mask is a experimental rock band from Moscow. Their sound can't be compared to any other on the russian underground scene. Mixing melodic and expressive rock with catchy choruses they create high quality music. Every song is filled with ideas, images and metaphors that the band presents in each of their records.
Watch their new video Simple Dreams at:

Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has released a new video Hold On Forever, from his new solo album The Great Unknown, out now.

The super classy Panic Division is back! The new album Aero Nautical will be out Oct 2nd so why not get a taste of some quality music with the new single Spinning around the wheel.

Gavin Dunne is the man behind the internet music project Miracle Of Sound. From humble beginnings making fan-songs for movies and videogames, Gavin has become one of the most well known and respected names in the gaming industry. His songs and compositions cover a vast range of musical genres and styles and have accrued close to 30 million views across the internet through grassroots viral word of mouth and without any help from record labels.
Watch the lyric video of his new single Don´t say a word here.

Redlands are an indie / alternative rock band from Colorado, their new EP Adventurer is out on iTunes and Spotify. Check out the new single Hollow bodies here.

Shallow Side is a rock band through and through. Combining the driving rhythms that push the core of pop music with aggressive guitar work, carefully constructed bass passages, and a voice that smashes into focus atop the platform laid down by the music, Shallow Side has crafted a new sound with the same "no holds barred" attitude that has kept rock n roll alive and kicking since its inception. 
Palace of Rock truly love their new single Stand Up.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Fourplay : Earthside , Veridia , The Nixon Rodeo , Story´s End

Earthside - A Dream In Static (2015) The magic of music
Earthside are a cinematic rock collective from New England, USA. Featuring Jamie van Dyck - Guitar, Frank Sacramone - Keyboards, Ben Shanbrom - Drums and Ryan Giffrin - Bass.
Their impressive debut "A dream in static" is everything but background music, this album is a world of sounds. You´re in for a listening pleasure that will take you to the moon and back, but also give you the same adventurous feeling as a diver among sharks.
The music is full of surprises with instrumental movements, orchestral pieces, modern metal riffs and elements of progressive rock.
The album features guest vocals from Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust) on the 10 minute long "Mob mentality", Daniel Tompkins (TesseracT) on the title track "A dream in static", Björn Strid (Soilwork) on "Crater" and Eric Zirlinger (Face The King) on "Contemplation of the beautiful".
Earthside could be the next big thing in the progrock world, they are about to create tsunami waves with this album.

Veridia - Pretty Lies (2015) The second coming from the new stars of Nashville
The female fronted electro rock band Veridia released a strong debut EP with "Inseperable" in 2014 and it´s good to hear that the 2nd EP "Pretty lies" isn´t an exact copy of the first one.
They truly had a wild mix of dubstep, orchestral rock and electro pop on "Inseperable" but focus more on electro pop/rock oriented songs on the new EP, there´s less dubstep and just a perfect amount of orchestral elements on these 4 songs.
The title track sounds a lot like the Swedish band InDevotion and even if it´s a catchy tune, I prefer the more rocking tracks "At the end of the world" and the powerful opener "Crazy in a good way".
Imagine a more poppy Evanescence and you´ll get "Pretty lies".

The Nixon Rodeo - Relentless (2015) A band with many faces
Playing in a rock band ain´t no rocket science, you just need like-minded people that wants to spend endless hours of rehearsal and have nothing against being broke over studio recordings.
When your local favorite band has a gig coming up, you don´t ask to be on the guestlist because real fans support their bands. Or else bands like The Nixon Rodeo won´t make it outside their hometown of Spokane in the state of Washington, not far from grunge capitol of Seattle.
They have already released 3 albums with "Made to bleed" in 2012, "The Understatement" in 2013 and the new record "Relentless", available now.
TNR crank it up on the first track "Raise the bar" and my thoughts go directly to Quiet Riot but even if the music leans more towards modern hard rock with 80´s vibes. There are also traces of pop punk in some of the songs.
This is what you get if you put Buckcherry, Trapt and Blink 182 into a blender. The best songs are "Scandal", "Now or never" and the cool rocking cover of Michael Jackson´s "Billie Jean".

Story´s End - Turning Point (2015) Modern rock comrades from the sunshine state
When you´re in Orlando, Florida, you can visit Disney World and Sea World or you can rock like the modern rock trio Story´s End.
They are Michael Folds - Guitar/Lead Vocals, Dan Lacey - Bass/Keyboards/Vocals and Troy Wickliffe - Drums. Three guys with the love of creating good music to the world.
The band released their self titled debut EP in 2012 that featured the massive single "Fading" and now they continue with their raid of modern rock bombs on the new EP "Turning point".
We get upbeat pop / punk flavored modern rock within these 4 new tracks that can be described as New Found Glory meets SR 71 with a touch of Volbeat, strange as it may sound.
I like the edgy guitarsound and the band sure do sound tight and hungry, it´s a solid EP but none of the songs can match the superstrong and 3 year old "Fading".

Friday, September 25, 2015

Stop press, it´s release day

Friday only mean one thing, oh you say WEEKEND! But I say RELEASE DAY!
German industrial rockers Eisbrecher releases their new live album today but here´s the entire list of albums available now.

Exilia - Purity (Eat The Beat Records, ITALY, alternative rock)
Matthew Good - Chaotic neutral (Warner Music, CANADA, rock)
JR JR - JR JR (Warner Bros, USA, electro pop)
Boysetsfire - Boysetsfire (Cargo Records, USA, post hardcore)
Eisbrecher - Schock Live (Sony Music, GERMANY, industrial metal)
C.O.P - State of rock (AOR Heaven, SWEDEN, melodic rock)
21 Octayne - 2.0 (AFM Records, GERMANY, hard rock)
Casablanca - Miskatonic Graffiti (Despotz Records, SWEDEN, classic rock)
Ozone - Self defence (Escape Music, U.K, melodic rock)
No Devotion - Permanence (Collect Records, U.K, alternative rock)
Building 429 - Unashamed (Reunion Records, USA, christian rock)
Graveyard - Innocence and decadence (Nuclear Blast Records, SWEDEN, hard rock)
Royal Mess - Royal Mess (MelodicRock Records, SWEDEN, hard rock)

And then also the traditional new song, this time from U.K based Lower Than Atlantis and their new single Get Over it.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

5 songs you gotta hear

Speaking in Shadows - Capsized, from the upcoming EP The Anchor, out Oct 19th.

The Persian Leaps - Under the lilacs, from the EP High and vibrate.

Man Made Machine - So down, from B-sides and Demos, out October 2nd.

Brighter Than A Thousand Suns - Can´t deny my love, Brandon Flowers cover.

Shapes on Tape - Right where we wanted, from the new EP No Bummers.

Fourplay : Echowulf , Jeff Brown , Hollywood Vampires , Moonbound

Echowulf - Just run (2015) Trendy sounds of the western world
Let me present Nick Box and Jake Lester of Sleeperstar with their new side project Echowulf, that is way more electro pop flavored music compared to their band Sleeperstar.
Their debut EP "Just run" contains 6 songs that sound both atmospheric and handmade for the pop charts, this will please fans of Imagine Dragons as well as artists like Lights and Owl City.
I hope it will end up as a musical one night stand because I won´t be too happy if these guys quit Sleeperstar to focus on Echowulf, the music is hardly unique and not in any way as great as their mainband. But it´s cool as a project.

Jeff Brown - 23 Years (2015) A flashback of melodic rock during the 90´s dark ages
"23 years" is the solo debut from bassplayer/singer Jeff Brown who played with NWOBHM band Wildfire in the mid 80´s and later also Statetrooper with Gary Barden (MSG).
Jeff was with The Sweet for 16 years and recently also pop group The Tremeloes, he went to Germany to record his first solo album with some German musicians including Peter Szigeti (Warlock) on lead guitar.
Soundwise this melodic hard rock album bring thoughts to Michael Schenker Group and Stratus, the songs "Contagious" and "Casino Royale" are quite good but the rest didn´t move me at all.
This album sounds like it could´ve been released on record labels such as Now and Then Records or Long Island Records in the 90´s, the music feels rather mediocre and Jeff is not a lead singer in my world. He should concentrate on his 4 strings instead.

Hollywood Vampires - Hollywood Vampires (2015) Cooper pays tribute to his dead drunk friends
A fun project, a hard rock supergroup or simply a covers band? Well, Hollywood Vampires was a club in the 70´s where rock stars like Alice Cooper and others met and partied hard.
So that brings us 40 years later when Cooper team up with Aerosmith´s guitarist Joe Perry and film actor Johnny Depp on guitar and together they make Hollywood Vampires.
This album contains 2 new tracks "Raise the dead" and "My dead drunk friends" along with a bunch of 70´s covers by Badfinger, The Doors, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Spirit, Harry Nilsson, The Small Faces, John Lennon, T-Rex and Pink Floyd.
There are at least a dozen famous session musicians involved in the making of this album but I won´t go further into the album credits, if you just close your eyes it´s easy to believe these are unreleased lost recordings from the mid 70´s by Alice Cooper.
I had fun listening to Hollywood Vampires and I think most Cooper fans will enjoy it.

Moonbound - Uncomfortable news from the moon (2015) Prog matinee deluxe
Moonbound is the creative work of Fabio Trentini, this Italian composer/producer/musician/singer has gathered an impressive line up of names on the 3rd album.
How about Pat Mastelotto - Drums (Mr.Mister), Tony Levin - Bass (King Crimson), Markus Reuter - Guitar (Crimson ProjeCKt), Steve Farris - Guitar (Mr.Mister), Tim Pierce - Guitar (Rick Springfield) and Steve George - Piano (Mr.Mister).
Moonbound released their first album "Confession and release" in 2008 and it was followed by "Peak of eternal light" in 2011, which leads us up to the brilliant 3rd record "Uncomfortable news from the moon".
Fabio is definitely influenced by Peter Gabriel and similar songbased progrock artists, I am rather weak for this kind of music that bring thoughts to Toy Matinee, Mr Mister and This Oceanic Feeling.
Listen to the single "Cheetah conquers the moon" on Youtube and if you dig that one, you´re gonna love the rest of the album.
It´s very professional.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Palace of Prog and AOR IV

Wimps of the world, gather around. On this storyteller´s night, we´ll bring you these melodic jewels.

After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder, main songwriter and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he’s back with a super strong, exciting new band called MAJOR INSTINCT from Gothenburg, Sweden! Handpicked musicians of the greatest calibre and a BAND, not a project! We’re talking classic hard rock with inspiration from the 70’s and early 80’s, huge melodies and real instruments used, autotuners not!
The first digital single and video "High Five” is released on September 30th  - a positive rock´n roll song about belonging and fighting it the team, the band, the couple or "just" human beings overall. Suitable in these dark times...
The first  MAJOR INSTINCT album "Roots & Wings" will be released on November 27 in Europe by AOR Heaven.

In co-operation with Sonic11, Pride & Joy Music will distribute the upcoming live CD and live DVD from Germany's finest Pink Floyd Tribute band: ECHOES. The CD and DVD will be called "Barefoot To The Moon".The release date will be: 16.10.2015

In the post era of the FM dominated airwaves comes a new generation of classic rock, RADIO EXILE. Reuniting some old friends, and making some new, RADIO EXILE is a fantastic blend of hard rock that will not disappoint the existing fans of any of these musicians. In fact, RADIO EXILE is sure to gain a new generation of fans who will be hungry for more. 
The lineup is notable with Charlie Calv on keyboards and Chandler Mogel on lead vocals. Jimmy Leahey contributes his soulful guitar playing, and all are constructed on the rhythm foundations crafted by bassist Kenny Aaronson and percussion specialist Dave Anthony. Their impressive resumes list their many accomplishments, but only hint at what RE truly represents.
Radio Exile drops October 23rd.

Former Angel guitarist Punky Meadows is working on his first solo album Fallen Angel with Danny Anniello on lead vocals and Felix Robinson on bass (ex.Angel).