Monday, November 30, 2015

5 songs you gotta hear

Palace Of The King - No chance in hell, taken from their new album White Bird -  Burn In The Sky.

Another Mask - Simple Dreams, new single.

Tax The Heat - Some sympathy, from their forthcoming album Fed To The Lions, out in 2016

Cupidfalls - Someday, new single.

Skiver - Slur, new single

Palace of Heavy Metal XIV

A world without guitars and riffs is such an empty place.

Destination Overdrive is a best of compilation from hard rockers Outloud, with a great selection of songs from their 3 full lengths and a crazy cover of Pointer Sisters I´m So Excited.

Black Star Riders has released a lyric video of Soldierstown, taken from their latest album The Killer Instinct.

AC DC Live 79 at Towson State College, Maryland is a radio broadcast by King Biscuit Flower Hour, now released on CD on Dec 4th.
  • 1. Live Wire
  • 2. Shot Down In Flames
  • 3. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
  • 4. Sin City
  • 5. Problem Chiild
  • 6. Bad Boy Boogie
  • 7. The Jack
  • 8. Highway To Hell
  • 9. High Voltage
  • 10. Whole Lotta Rosie / Rocker
  • 11. If You Want Blood (You've Got It) / Let There Be Rock 
Swedish band Eclipse will perform at the Swedish Eurovision Contest on Feb 27 with the new song Runaways.

 Finnish hard rock band Local Band releases their new EP Locals Only - Dark Edition on Dec 4, it´s a covers EP with songs by Ozzy Osbourne, Pat Benatar, Steven Van Zandt, Stan Meissner and Corey Hart. Check out Sunglasses At Night.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Palace of Alternative Rock XIV

So what´s in store this week? Alternative sounds from down under and across the Atlantic. Sundays not only mean a new episode of The Walking Dead, so here you go.

Dirty-fuzz-punk-blues rockers The Floors who have been turning heads for the past four years are ready to drop their newest track ‘Join The Fight’. The track is a reflection on the question every musician asks themselves at one point or another “Is what I’m doing worth it” - the angular guitar riff, sledge hammer drums, driving bass and Luke Dux’s gruff vocals come together to make a beautiful and messy anecdote in their signature fuzzed out style. 

Spoken has released a music video for their track "Falling Apart" off their upcoming record "Breathe Again" (out December 11th on Artery Recordings). "Falling Apart" is the 2nd single to be released from the album following the critically acclaimed title track "Breathe Again" (featuring Matty Mullins of Memphis May Fire) which was released earlier this year. The album is available for pre-order now on iTunes.

Aussie rockers The Getaway Plan has released a new video of Dark horses, from their latest album Dark horses.

Frank is a kick ass rock band from Sweden, check out their new single Let´s Party here.

Coffeeshower is a rock band from Italy, formed in 1999 and signed to Ammonia Records. Their new album Houses is out now featuring the single Broken pieces. I love this song.

Planara is a modern rock band from St.Petersburg, Russia. The band released their debut single Rolling The Dice in 2013, followed by the EP Hostiles in 2014.
Their new self titled album was released on Nov 25, 2015.

Friday, November 27, 2015

5 songs you gotta hear

Written By Wolves - Pretty lies, brand new single out now.

Panic! At The Disco - La Devotee, new single from the forthcoming album Death Of A Bachelor, available Jan 15th.

Stone Sour - Running Free, Iron Maiden cover, taken from the EP Straight Outta Burbank.

Heartist - Skeletons, acoustic version.

20 Eyes - Hit it, brand new single.

Fourplay : Tigress , Leah Capelle , Laney Jones , Courtney Chambers

Tigress - Human (2015) Londoners with a present sound
The female fronted rock band Tigress are label pals with Fort Hope, I The Mighty and Cartel on Lab Records. They should be really proud of their debut EP "Human" because it´s a lovely modern rock / pop punk affair, the singles "Alive" and "Human" are only two fine examples of the high potential of this band. The infectious songs "Miracle" and "Lucky ones" are even better.
Definitely for fans of Lambretta, Flyleaf and even Avril Lavigne, the future sure is looking bright for this band.
There is no stopping this Tigress, and soon on a playlist near you.

Leah Capelle - EP (2015) It´s the singer, not the song
Not only is Leah Capelle a very beautiful woman, she is a talented songwriter and an amazing singer. Just watch the video of "Would you know" on Youtube and you will fall in love, but I warned you because the song might get stuck like superglue to your head.
Leah´s crystal clear voice is reminiscent of Carly Simon while the music goes in the same vein as Kim Hill, Suzanne Vega and Tracy Chapman.
Except for the upbeat rocker "My confession" where that sounds like a collaboration between Vanessa Carlton and Alanis Morissette.
This 6 track EP is produced by Jeff Bova who is known for his work with Celine Dion, Missing Persons and David Lee Roth. I think Leah Capelle and Jeff Bova work well together, I hope this is not the last time we get to see these two pro´s make magic.

Laney Jones - Golden road (2013) Songs with strong roots
How about some afternoon tea and some suitable music from a gal that grew up on an exotic animal farm in Florida. Here is "Golden road" from indie-folk singer Laney Jones.
She released her debut "Beyond the blue" in 2012 and recently also dropped the new single "Work it out". Òn stage, Laney is backed up by her band The Spirits.
Laney plays the banjo, ukulele, guitar and harmonica so she really knows how to pull those strings.
The music is peaceful and bring thoughts to artists like Tanita Tikaram and Sarah Donner, except for the bluesy "Black coffee". Laney certainly caught some attention in the music biz because she received praise from Alison Krauss who said Laney´s songs are really beautiful.
Well, she´s an honest artist that doesn´t need American Idol or The Voice to break through.

Courtney Chambers - Tales of the aftermath (2015) Greetings from a lady with a big heart
There is always a moment for some soft rock in life, it´s a nice break from all the heavy stuff I usually listen to or every single electro pop song that has invaded the music scene.
"Tales of the aftermath" is the first album of new music in 8 years from Courtney Chambers, it´s also her 4th album so she´s hardly a newcomer.
Courtney´s songs are featured in the TV series "The L Word" and the film "Callous", she is also a member of the Heart tribute band Dog N Butterfly where she payes homage to Nancy Wilson.
I think of Courtney´s original music as smooth but guitar driven adult rock, imagine Sheryl Crow meets Stevie Nicks and we´re close to the sound of "Tales of the aftermath".
Overall a nice album.
Highlights : "Wasting time", "Extraordinary lives".

Album release day

Friday on my mind, it certainly is because it´s release time. Wage War´s Blueprints is out today and some other cool titles as well.

Wage War - Blueprints (Fearless Records, USA, metal)
Last Days of Eden - Ride the world (Pride and Joy Music, SPAIN, symphonic metal)
Saffire - For the greater good (AOR Heaven, SWEDEN, heavy metal)
Major Instinct - Roots and wings (AOR Heaven, SWEDEN, hard rock)
Danzig - Skeletons (Nuclear Blast Records, USA, heavy metal)
Stone Sour - Straight outta Burbank (Roadrunner Records, USA, rock / metal)
Write This Down - Foundations (Independent, USA, rock)
Message To Venus - Victims and villains (Thirteen Entertainment Group, USA, rock / metal)

I know you want to hear a new song so here it is.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Palace of Prog and AOR XIII

Melodic lovers, hello and welcome home.

Welcome to ”Rockholm” and two days of melodic rock in the capital of Scandinavia on feb 19-20!
On Friday the 19th TOTO plays in Stockholm and we invite you all to the greatest after party ever with three great bands on stage.
On Saturday the 20th the party continues with seven amazing bands!
This will be THE melodic rock party not to be missed!!!

Sweden is widely regarded as a ”mecca” of melodic rock with many of the best new bands around hailing from our beautiful country. And if you look back to the 80s and 90s a lot of the great bands were Swedish.
So finally - It´s time to start a new chapter in the history of Swedish melodic rock. we proudly present, Rockweekend AOR!

Friday 19 february
22.00 - 03.00
3 bands
(The first band will start to play 30 min after TOTO ends.

Saturday 20 february
16.00 - 03.00
7 bands

En Arena Globen.
Palmfeltsvägen 1, Stockholm (T-bana Globen)
Capacity 600 (550 general admission and 50 VIP tickets).
The venue is being rebuilt in january to provide a bigger stage with higher clearance, video screens and a VIP balcony next to the stage.

Steve Smith is back in Journey, for the first time in almost 2 decades! The former Journey drummer who played on all albums from Evolution (1979) to Trial by fire (1996).
Here´s a message from Smith.

I have been invited to tour with Journey for the 2016-2017 touring season and I have agreed to play drums for the group during this period!
I’ve enjoyed working with Journey guitarist Neal Schon for many years and playing on his solo albums, including The Calling and his latest release Vortex. In fact, Neal and I still share the creative chemistry we had when I was a member of Journey. When we work in the studio on his music, it's essentially just the two of us, jamming, writing, arranging and recording.
Over the years, he has mentioned that he'd like to have me tour with Journey again. The invitation has always been appreciated but with my busy schedule always being booked at least a year in advance, the timing was never right. Some changes within the band have once again brought me the invitation to tour and this time we were able to plan in advance and work a Journey tour into my schedule.
Like an actor capable of playing a wide variety of roles, I'm a musician who enjoys, and is comfortable performing, diverse genres of music. My group Vital Information, as well as the other great jazz and world music artists that I tour and record with, remain a musical priority. I will also be performing with them during the next two years and by 2018 will resume my career full-time as a touring and recording jazz musician.
My decision to tour with Journey in 2016-2017 is based on many factors:
My relationship with Neal is strong and we enjoy playing together. I've been in touch with Jonathan Cain and Ross Valory and we have a good rapport both personally and musically. All four of us share a common history and have created some enduring music together. I've met and spent time with Arnel Pineda and have great respect for him both as a person and vocalist.
I am excited to revisit a role that was a formative part of my career, performing music that has touched many people for more than 30 years. My kids Ian, Elizabeth, Kasia and Zac have not seen me play with the group (Ian has but he was too young to remember), it will be fun to have them see me perform with the band. Finally, I can say "yes" to the many fans who have asked if I would tour with Journey again.
My hope is that Journey fans will appreciate a new line-up similar to the Escape and Frontiers era -- and will want to revisit this timeless music with me. By bringing my musical experience to the table along with the years that the members of Journey have spent touring, I'm sure this new incarnation of Journey will develop its own special magic. It's going to be amazing. I look forward to seeing all the fans on the road!
After a hiatus of 11 years, Dakota reunited in 2014 to record a brand new album, titled 'Long Road Home'. Original band members Jerry Hludzik and Bill Kelly joined up with John Lorance, Eli Hludzik and various guest artists to record the new album at SI Studios, Pennsylvania. Two years in the making, 'Long Road Home' is a culmination of countless hours of work and passion poured into a project that is close to the band's heart. We hope all our loyal fans world-wide will once again enjoy the music of Dakota. 
Long Road Home is out now.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Palace of Punk XIII

A´hoy, a´hoy!

Brisbane's The Comfort are releasing their brand new single 'Roses' on Tuesday December 1.
The Comfort are a heartfelt, passionate and genuine trio of guys out of Brisbane borne out of punk and hardcore sounds. The track 'Roses' is the first taste of a new sound for the band, who were a 5-piece, but now a slimmed-down band sees their sound taking on a cleaner, big rock sound - soaring vocals, anthemic hooks and choruses that bring the house down.
This song is really good, so keep an eye out on Soundcloud when the band will release a stream.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day today announced that they will release a limited Black Friday vinyl edition of their two-time Grammy® Award-winning album American Idiot on November 27, 2015. The special release will be available exclusively at independent record stores in the United States. Find the store closest to you at 5,000 limited edition run will include a red and black LP (Disc 1) and a white and black LP (Disc 2). 

Orange County´s pride Thrice will release a new album in 2016, Dustin Kensrue and Co are working on their 8th studio album and follow up to Major / Minor (2011) right now.
We can´t wait!

Remember The Skids? The Scottish punk rock / new wave band that released 4 albums between 1979 and 1981 with the debut Scared to dance, as my favorite of these four.
It was re-issued with bonus tracks in 2005 and is a must have if you´re a fan of old school punk.
The band reunited in 2007 for some concerts, but I thought it would cool to feature two of their best songs.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Palace of Heavy Metal XIII

If it ain´t loud, it ain´t metal!

German metallers Megaherz releases their new EP Erdwärts on Dec 4, including the tracks 1.We hat angst vorm schwarzen mann? 2.Ist das verruckt? 3.Glorreiche zeiten 4.Einsam 5.Teufel 6.Jordan
The EP is out on Napalm Records.

Last band's studio album Bad Magic was successfully released in August 2015 • European tour between November 2015 and February 2016 • Includes many hidden gems plus hard to find tracks from Motörhead, Hawkwind, The Yardbirds, Saxon feat. Lemmy, Brian Robertson … Motörhead, the English rock band formed in 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian Fraser Kilmister, (everyone calls Lemmy), who has remained the sole constant member. Though Motörhead are often considered a precursor to the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Lemmy has always dubbed their music as simply "rock and roll". To date, Motörhead have released twenty-two studio albums, ten live recordings, twelve compilation albums and five EPs. As of 2012, Motörhead have sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Many Faces of Motörhead is delivering a must-have compilation of original recordings, side projects of the bandmebers, originals of songs being covered by Motörhead, and covers of Motörhead titles.
The 3 disc box set The Many Faces of Motorhead drops Dec 18th.

Japanese metalcore act Crystal Lake´s new album The Sign is out now, watch the official video Prometheus here.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Palace of News

Foo Fighters are giving away their new EP Saint Cecilia for free at this link.

Florida based rock / metal band Message To Venus new album Victims and Villains drops on Nov 27, check out the album teaser here.

Former Storyside B member Matt Lande releases his new solo album Glow on Dec 1st, watch the album teaser here.

5 songs you gotta hear

The Vamps - Wake up, taken from the new album Wake up, out Nov 27th.

Before Their Eyes - It´s dark inside with you, from the forthcoming album Midwest Modesty, out on Dec 18.

Inglorious - Until I die, from the forthcoming debut album, out Feb 19th.

Against The Current - Outsiders, new single out now.

Forever Never - One life, brand new single out now.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Palace of Alternative Rock XIII

There might be other artists topping the alternative chart at the moment like X Ambassadors, Walk The Moon, Twenty One Pilots, Fall Out Boy and Cold War Kids. But you will find artists like Tonight Alive, Red Eleven and Shatterproof on Palace of Rock that might top the charts next year.

Breathing Theory is a hard rock band from Central Florida composed of heavy riffs, melodic leads, and gripping and thoughtful lyrics. Their latest EP Uprise Part 1 is available on iTunes with Part 2 coming soon. Check out the new single Breathless from the upcoming EP here.

Australian rock band Tonight Alive´s new album Limitless drops March 4th, 2016. Listen to the new single To Be Free here.

Shatterproof is a violin based alternative rock band with pop and punk influences from Fort Collins, Colorado.The band posted their new video Karma, taken from the forthcoming EP Paper House, out early 2016.

The story of Red Eleven began in 2009 under the name 'Project Red Eleven', when Teemu Liekkala and Tony Kaikkonen demoed a couple of songs together. Red Eleven released it’s first album ‘Idiot Factory’ through Secret Entertainment in April 2013. 
In March 2014, the Fins of Red Eleven signed a record deal with German label Lifeforce Records.
Their new single I Follow is out now.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Palace of News

Danish synth rock group Dune has released a new single on Spotify and iTunes, stream Trying to get to you here.

Victorious is the upcoming 4th studio album from Australian hard rock band Wolfmother, it is produced by Brendan O´Brien and is due out on Feb 19 through Universal Music Group.

Better Days is the new single from U.K based pop punk band Highlives, taken from their upcoming EP Misguided Youth. Out Dec 11th.

THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1990-2000, compiled of Cowboys From Hell (1990), Vulgar Display Of Power (1992), Far Beyond Driven (1994), The Great Southern Trendkill (1996), and Reinventing The Steel (2000) on colored vinyl.
The LP version of the studio albums box also includes a 7" with two rare, non-albums tracks making their vinyl debut. The first is "Piss," a song that debuted in 2012 on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vulgar Display of Power. The second is "Avoid The Light" from the Dracula 2000 soundtrack.
The 5 CD Box set is released on Dec 18.

5 songs you gotta hear

Disturbed - The Light, taken from the new album Immortalized, out now.

Nothing More - Here´s to the heartache, from their latest album Nothing More.

Don Broco - Nerve, taken from their new album Automatic, available now.

Acolyte - The Message, taken from the forthcoming debut album Shades of Black, out in 2016.

Polaris - Regress, brand new single.

Fourplay : Pyramids on Mars , Charlee Remitz , Tod Hughes Project , Moon and Pollution

Pyramids on Mars - Echo Cosmic (2015) Calling space
Canadian multi instrumentalist Kevin Estrella is influenced by various kind of music, everything from classical music with composers like Bach and Vivaldi to progressive rock bands Rush and Pink Floyd.
But he also show some love for heavy metal like Iron Maiden on his 2nd album "Echo Cosmic" and perhaps most of all, guitar hero Joe Satriani.
Estrella is a great guitarplayer but he´s far too sloppy with the rest of the instrumentation. He should also think about adding more nuances into his songs because there´s no need of filling out every little void.
The track "Tribute" is dedicated to Randy Rhoads and it truly sounds like it could´ve been an unreleased Ozzy song from the early 80´s, it´s one of the highlights along with "Battle for Rome" and "Sailing the oceans of Neptune".
For fans of Greg Howe, Dave Sharman

Charlee Remitz - Bright white trims (2015) The answer to the hit equation
What a talented artist she is, the young girl from Montana, USA by the name of Charlee Remitz who should be selling lots of records if you ask me.
She writes melodies like it was the most natural thing in the world, because there are no uncertainties in her new album "Bright white trims".
It´s even better than her first EP "These veins" that was good too, Charlee sound so self-confident and clever in these new songs. Her crossover of ambient pop, dance and electronica is irresistable. Songs like "Bmw" and "Juicebox season" totally shout out hit potential all the way from Iceland to Japan.
Listening to Charlee´s music must be like how it feels to be swimming with dolphins, lots of love.

Tod Hughes Project - Changing gears (2015) This motor needs repair
Although I can hear traces of legendary artists like Neil Young and Bob Dylan in the debut EP from Tod Hughes Project, I really can´t say this independent singer/songwriter from Calgary, Canada is worth to be mentioned in the same division as Young and Dylan.
"Changing gears" contains 6 songs of country flavored folk rock that wouldn´t be so bad if it wasn´t for Tod´s weak vocal performance, he´s a decent songwriter but hardly a lead singer.
He´s ok in the laid back "Just sing" but the music sink like a stone in other songs like "The quiet" and "The only person who won´t drink with me is you" where I´m not comfortable with Tod´s voice at all.

Moon and Pollution - The Box Borealis (2015) Sit back and relax
Listening to Minneapolis pop duo Moon and Pollution´s album "The Box Borealis" is like being on a journey, but without having a destination.
You´re just enjoying the trip and sieze the day, it´s not about where you´re going but what you experience during the time to get there.
I can hear the Norwegian fjords calling when I listen to Molly Dean´s enchanted vocals and Graham O´Brien´s dreamlike production. Just close your eyes and drift away.
The music goes in the same vein as The Joy Formidable, Massive Attack and Minipop. Good stuff.
However, I prefer to listen to this album in my headphones rather than in the speakers.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Stop press, it´s release day

Blue October´s new live CD/DVD Things We Do At Night (Live From Texas) is out today plus a bunch of other cool releases.

Naked - End game (Escape Music, SWEDEN, hard rock)
Just Jinjer - Everything since then (Independent, SOUTH AFRICA, modern rock)
We The Kings - Strange love (Ozone Entertainment, USA, alternative rock)
Hedersleben - The fall of chronopolis (Purple Pyramid Records, U.K, rock)
Spock´s Beard - The first twenty years (Inside Out Music, USA, progressive rock)
Picturesque - Monstrous things EP (Equal Vision Records, USA, rock)
Steelwing - Reset Reboot Redeem (NoiseArt Records, SWEDEN, heavy metal)
Solution 45 - Nightmares in the waking state Part 1 (AFM Records, SWEDEN, metal)
Amboaje - All about living (MelodicRock Records, SPAIN, melodic rock)
Mofoisdead - Brisneyland (MGM Distribution, AUSTRALIA, rock)
Blue October - Things we do at night, Live in Texas (Brando Records, USA, alternative rock)
Ritchie Blackmore - The Ritchie Blackmore Story DVD (Eagle Rock Entertainment, U.K, hard rock)

And of course a new song.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Palace of News

Modern rock band Lotus Crush will release their new single This Time Tomorrow on Nov 20 on iTunes and Amazon.
The band recently released a new video All The Same, taken from their latest album Rabbit Hole.

Train has released a christmas album entitled Christmas In Tahoe, it´s available on Amazon.

False Nines are an indie rock band from Manchester, England. Their debut single Can´t Afford To Wonder is out now.

Back Pocket Memory is a rock band from Los Angeles, their new album Victory and Empire is out now. Check out the new single Who drew first here.