More than six years since the release of 'Distant Is The Sun', Vanishing Point are once again ready to take on the world with their world-class Melodic Metal assault on the senses and their sixth full-length album, 'Dead Elysium', set for release on Friday 28th August. Indeed, it's a revisit to the epic and bombastic sounds of soaring vocals, heavy guitars and mesmerising orchestral elements, and is a return to form for Australia’s most iconic Melodic Metal band. Widely regarded as their most recognisable album, 'Distant Is the Sun' was received with universal praise by critics and fans alike, and the band did headline tours in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, until their music stopped abruptly. Now fans from all around the globe will be counting the days until the arrival of this new masterpiece, but it's absolutely worth the long wait!
Caine And Able
Four-piece Caine are hitting you all with a lockdown relaunch of their huge second single ‘We Are What We Are’, of which their quarantine music video is today's Video Of The Day. One of the best videos to come out of lockdown, the London band are pushing the UK Rock/Metal genre and have found their feet and sound with this explosive single and are tipped for some big things in 2021 with two more singles planned for this year alone. For fans of: Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps, Tremonti, Shvpes and Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit), the band consists of James Brown – vocals, Dan ‘Rev’ M Hicks – guitars, Josh Bates – bass and Jonny Burraway - drums.
Peter Green Tribute
Another all new Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day today pays tribute to Peter Green (pictured), plus also celebrates Buddy Guy's birthday and three IBBA Picks Of the Month from Paul Gillings, Kaz Hawkins and Robbie Reay. There's also new music from Troy Redfern, Jim Kirkpatrick, Kirk Fletcher, Chris Bevington Organisation, J.T.Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters, The Lucky Losers and Rob Oliver.
Deep Purple Rock Candy 3/8/20
Speaking to Rock Candy Magazine for their latest cover article, Deep Purple stalwarts Ian Gillan and Ian Paice have revealed what fuels their enduring passion for Rock music – and it has nothing to do with money! It’s their abiding love for being in Deep Purple, not the pots of cash, that has ensured the legendary Rock band has survived for more than 50 years – and it also means that Purple are still making exciting and creative music with new album 'Whoosh!’. The coronavirus pandemic put paid to the band’s plans to undertake a major tour this year, but there’s no doubt that Purple’s loyal fans will turn out in droves to see them when they hit the road in earnest in 2021, especially given that the band acknowledge that they can’t simply go on forever.
Where We Belong 3/8/20
In these unfortunate and strange times, it was good to hear that not only is the Jamie Porter Band still going strong, but that they have just dropped their latest single and today's Track Of The Day, 'Where We Belong', on all good digital platforms. Featuring Danny Porter on bass/vocals and Jamie on all other instruments, 'Where We Belong' is about the music community and a sense of belonging, and even if you don’t feel part of a community yourself, music can make you feel like you are part of one, whether it is a community group or style of music, following the same band or united by a song. It gives a sense of identity and common ground. That feeling of standing in a crowd singing at the top of your voice with hundreds of others to a favourite song by a live band, it lifts you and releases you from your lonely place lifting you up high. You can't argue with that!
Tied Up In Love 3/8/20
"I Get Up" sees Myke back on his Black Les Paul, and Quinn on a similar Tokai, giving that twin Rock guitar sound with Myke on vocals. It’s 12 bar Rock and Roll with attitude, a rolling drumbeat and Kim doing a very good Kill Bill Uma Thurman impression. They end with 'Take Me Home', all foot stomping Rock and Roll, with Kim the pouting seductress, the crowd chanting "Rock and Roll" and a no shred solo. Kim dives back into crowd to use the last of her considerably energy to mosh with the fans to the final licks of Myke’s shred finish. High fives all round for a job well done." That was part our take back in February on Myke Gray's London Underworld gig (pictured), and Shades Of Gray have just released today's brilliant Video Of The Day, 'Tied Up In Love', taken from their forthcoming album, due to be released later this year, of which a signed limited run of one thousand copies can be pre-ordered here.
H.E.A.T/Collateral Reschedule UK Tour Again 2/8/20
"As the band said: "They just do it and they want to be the best at it." Well they certainly have achieved that. A real epic Melodic Classic Rock rollercoaster of a CD that not only turns up the gas to H.E.A.T mark two, but one in turn that will make you sweat and want to keep permanently on your current Hard Rock playlist." That was part of our take on Swedish rockers H.E.A.T's superb latest album 'H.E.A.T II', and given the current coronavirus lockdown, the band have had to reschedule their October UK tour, along with British Rock band Vega, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral, to October next year. Tickets remain valid for their all dates.
Bevington's Sand & Stone 2/8/20
Chris Bevington Organisation recently released their fourth album and their best yet, ‘Sand & Stone’, of which the title track is today's Video Of The Day. Written and produced by the talented Scott Ralph and Jim Kirkpatrick, it features eleven original tracks, reflecting the skills and musicianship of all the strong, diverse talents and musicianship brought together. Indeed, added to the band’s usual line-up of Chris himself (on bass), FM guitar wizard Kirkpatrick, the fabulous vocal duo of Kate Robertson and Sarah Miller (from Nearly Dan) and the vocal and guitar talents of Ralph, there’s also a brilliant guest session by Chris Aldridge from the Climax Blues Band on saxophone. The band also boasts a fantastic brass section comprising of Ben Oakes (sax) and Lewis Topping (trombone), whilst the rock solid drums of Neil McCallum (Climax Blues Band) and keyboard skills of Dave Edwards complete the strong, cohesive nine-piece line-up.
Simply Country 2/8/20
Today's latest Simply Country Track Of The Day features music from Charley Pride, Matt Scullion, Mindy McCready, Laura Evans (pictured), Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, George Hamilton lV, Travis Tritt, The Songs & Stories Collective, Donna Marie, Sarah Yeo, Tennessee Twin, Lonestar, Rick McCue, Jim Reeves, Tammy Wynette, Jimmy Dean, Gulf Stream Riders, Seth Jones Band, Willie Nelson, Michael Logen, Jennifer Hanson, Chloe Chadwick, Martina McBride, The Heggarty Twins, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Newsome, Wild Fire, The Far North, John Denver, Emilia Quinn, Kimberley Wheeler & Roadside Holiday, Patty Loveless, TJ Walker, Karen Thomsen Onstage and Jimmy Henrich.
Need To Breathe 1/8/20
Grammy® Award-nominated Rock band NeedToBreathe recently released ‘Banks’, the fifth song off their highly anticipated new album 'Out of Body', due to be released on Friday 28th August via Elektra Records/Centricity Music, and the visualiser for the new song is today's Video Of The Day. Not only that, but earlier this week, the band announced they will welcome their new album with 'Celebrating Out of Body', a fully immersive concert experience directed by acclaimed filmmaker Elizabeth Olmstead that will see the band perform their new songs live for the very first time here at 9pm ET (2am UK time) on release day. Streamed from the studio in Nashville, Tennessee, this high definition audio and video experience will put fans right in the middle of a live performance to celebrate the album’s release.
Phobetor Interview 1/8/20
Debora and Marc from Phobetor join today's The Zach Moonshine Show Track Of The Day to talk about their new record plus answer fan submitted questions from the live chat. Of course there's also new music from the band as well as brand new tracks from Plague Years, Graves of Giants, Luna13, Aborted Fetus, Intronaut, Ages, Diamond Dogs, Fore, Infesticide, Law of Contagion, Messiah, Soulbound, The Projectionist, Uada, Undead, Zakk Sabbath, Jason Aaron Wood, Unhuman Disease, Sagtikos, The Fungus, and a few classics by request from Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society!
August WRC Bulletin Out Today 1/8/20
Still no live gigs, but again we hope that you managed, like us, to catch some great live streams in July, plus that you also checked out some of our lockdown album reviews, namely Kansas, Geoff Tyson, The Sleep Eazys, Enuff Z'Nuff and Dion? Also watch out in August for more reviews including Jim Kirkpatrick, Savoy Brown, The Tangent, Morse/Portnoy/George, Joe Payne, Connor Bracken and The Mother Leeds Band, ED Brayshaw, Kirk Fletcher (pictured), South Of Salem, The Allman Betts Band, Robert Jon & The Wreck, Walter Trout and Joe Satriani. Indeed if you are still kicking your heels and you fancy doing a self-isolation CD review of one of the albums above, or just contributing something of musical interest, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org In the meantime, take care and keep safe.
Don't Lay Me Down 31/7/20
Lovely World, the Melodic Rock four-piece from Spartanburg, South Carolina, has a new single, 'Don't Lay Me Down', out today, produced and mixed by Rick Parker and tracked at Palomino Sound in Los Angeles. The band consists of brothers Landon Rojas (lead vocals and guitar) and Cade Rojas (drums), along with childhood friend Cameron Smith (guitar), who formed Lovely World in 2015. These three founding members have been close friends since elementary school, jamming new school Rock with influences of the best of the 70’s. They were also recently joined by bassist Michael Gilbert and some of their song themes include unrequited love, drug addiction, social afflictions and fearful political etiquette.
Konkret Musik 31/7/20
Swedish Electronica/Progressive Rock instrumentalists Gösta Berlings Saga released their sixth studio album, 'Konkret Musik', worldwide last week, via Inside Out Music, and their song, 'To Never Return', is today's Video Of The Day. Check out the cool clip directed by Martin Gustafsson, one of twelve explosive tracks filled with experimental instrumental Rock, showcasing a truly unique mix of Progressive Rock, synth minimalism and otherworldly melodies. Dystopian yet hopeful, maximal yet minimal, 'Konkret Musik', featuring David Lundberg - Fender Rhodes, grand piano, mellotron and synthesisers, Gabriel Tapper - bass guitar and Moog Taurus pedals, Rasmus Booberg - guitars and synthesisers, Alexander Skepp - drums and percussion, and Jesper Skarin - percussion, will not leave anyone unaffected.
Blues Club House 31/7/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat, including new releases, classic tracks plus UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, featuring music from Peter Karp, Dave Thomas, Chris Bevington Organisation, Anthony Geraci, Kaz Hawkins, Wily Bo Walker & Danny Flam, Kirk Fletcher, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, Santana (pictured), Bossacucanova, Savoy Brown, Mark May Band, Too Slim and The Taildraggers, CD Woodbury, Fred's House, Marcus Lazarus, Crooked Eye Tommy and many more.
A Bit Of Manchester Club Academy 30/7/20
The Quireboys will now play Manchester Club Academy on Friday 12th February next year, as part of their 'A Bit Of What You Fancy' 30th Anniversary UK Tour, which kicks off this December, and where they will play their aforementioned classic album in its entirety. Also to complement the anniversary celebrations, The Quireboys have released a re-recorded version of the iconic debut album with their current Gypsy Rock and Roll sound, plus live bonus tracks. Australian beer drinking Rock 'n' Roll warriors Massive, who are no strangers to the UK music scene, are also returning as tour support, promoting their third studio album 'Rebuild Destroy' out now through Off Yer Rocka Recordings.
Mad Dogs Ready To Testify 30/7/20
Friday 16th October will see Rock 'n' Roll maniacs Mad Dogs release their hotly anticipated upcoming full length record, titled 'We Are Ready To Testify', with Go Down Records, of which their second single 'Postcard From Nowhere' is today's Track Of The Day. Playing kick ass Rock 'n' Roll music with a true love for Garage sounds, all wrapped up in a 70's atmosphere - the Italians are known for their highly energetic and powerful sound, swinging grooves and fuzzy guitar virtuosity. Comprising of Marco Cipolletti: guitar, vocals, Luca Zenobi: guitar, Simone Mosciatti: bass and Giacomo Zepponi: drums, backing vocals, it's the band's third studio album of ten powerful songs, consisting of overwhelming riffs plus adrenaline-filled ups and downs.
It's About Time Jefferson Starship 30/7/20
Legendary Rock band Jefferson Starship (featuring David Freiberg, Donny Baldwin, Cathy Richardson, Chris Smith, and Jude Gold), recently released their new single 'It's About Time', which is today's Video Of The Day. The band have also announced the forthcoming release of their new EP, 'Mother Of The Sun', via Golden Robot Records on Friday 21st August, their first collection of new songs in twelve years! The seven tracks include two songs co-written by original Jefferson Starship/Jefferson Airplane members Grace Slick and Marty Balin. The collection also features the return of original Jefferson Starship member Pete Sears, who plays bass on three tracks.
Stormchild Rising 29/7/20
Magnificent German Classic Melodic Hard rockers Mad Max, who formed nigh on forty years ago, release their stonking new studio album ‘Stormchild Rising’ on Friday 21st August on Steamhammer/ SPV. It's an unambiguous, gloriously Melodic Hard Rock opus packed with unashamedly retrospective, irresistibly hummable, hook laden Classic Rock anthems. Consisting of Michael Voss – lead vocals, lead guitars, Jürgen Breforth – rhythm guitars, Thomas “Hutch” Bauer – bass, vocals and Axel Kruse – drums, 'Stormchild Rising’ celebrates a musical direction that has never lost its significance, despite all trends and short-lived fashions; which is exactly what the band’s myriad fans want.
Good Luck Waterboys 29/7/20
The Waterboys recently released their second single ‘The Soul Singer', accompanied by today's vibrantly Psychedelic Video Of The Day, yet another taste of their highly anticipated new album, following their dramatic epic ‘My Wanderings In The Weary Land’, which was released last month to great acclaim. It’s an exuberant blast of uptempo Pop ’n ’Roll which opens 'Good Luck, Seeker' – the remarkable 14th studio album due to be released on Friday 21st August, from one of the most creative, loved and literate bands of the last four decades. 'Good Luck, Seeker' draws together many glistening strands of The Waterboys’ weird, wondrous journey, and its 14 songs are populated by unrepentant freaks, soul legends, outlaw film stars and 20th Century mystics, drawing inspiration from The Stones, Kate Bush, Sly and Kendrick as well as frontman Mike Scott’s very own musical past!
Warren Haynes Interview 29/7/20
The guest on this month’s The Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is none other than legendary American musician, singer and songwriter Warren Haynes. He discusses everything from his musical heroes and his first guitar, to him joining the Allman Brothers Band and his many guest appearances. With so much to say, the episode is split into two parts, with the final part launching next month. The Blues Podcast is presented by the inimitable Big Boy Bloater – the current drive time presenter for Feedback Radio and former host of the popular Blues Magazine Show for Team Rock Radio.
EFKD 2020 28/7/20
Deviant provocateurs Pitchshifter are not only back with a a revised version of ’Everything’s Fucked’, but next year they will also be undertaking a brand new seven-date UK tour with special guests, that kicks off at KK's Steel Mill on Monday 29th November. As for their single 'EFKD 2020', they’ve brought an army with them, featuring Zak Tell of Clawfinger, Tony Campos of Static-X, Patrik Wiren of Misery Loves Co., Frank Turner, Jason Bowld of Bullet for My Valentine, Arya Goggin of Skindred, Burton C Bell of Fear Factory, Jot Maxi of Hacktivist, Adam Frakes-Sime of Stampin' Ground, Karl Middleton of Earthtone9, Paul Fletcher of Romeo Must Die, Mikee Goodman of SikTh, Dan Cook and Frank Regan of Raging Speedhorn and Kit Conrad and Charlie Bowes of Seething Akira!
Dukes Of The Orient Freakshow 28/7/20
Formed in 2017 by English vocalist/guitarist John Payne (ex-Asia, GPS) and American keyboard player Erik Norlander (Last In Line, Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists), Dukes Of The Orient's ‘Freakshow' is due to be released next Friday 7th August, of which, 'The Monitors', is today's Video Of The Day. It's the second album by the Prog AOR duo, and Payne’s powerful arena-seasoned vocals carry soaring melodies and lush harmonies over the sea of classic synthesisers and keyboards, artfully painted with Norlander’s signature sonic palette. Payne and Norlander had worked together in 'Asia Featuring John Payne', an offshoot of the British Progressive Rock group which Payne was a member from 1991 to 2006, when Asia's original lineup reunited. Following lead singer John Wetton's death, Payne and Norlander formed DOTO as a vehicle to release new material, both out of respect for Wetton, and to distinguish themselves from Payne's former band.
Blues On The Radio Organisation 28/7/20
Today's Track Of The Day is another hour of great music for you as Blues On The Radio Show #278 hits 350 hours of output (the first 72 shows were two hours long). So have a listen to CD Woodbury, John D'Amato, Chris Bevington Organisation (pictured), Dave Thomas, Susan Santos and more, and then go back and start exploring all those previous shows!
Celebration Decay 27/7/20
Seminal US Bay Area Melodic Power Metal band Vicious Rumors are set to unleash their searing new studio album ‘Celebration Decay’ on Friday 21st August, and in advance they have already released earlier this month their first single from the album, ‘Death Eternal’, to be followed by their second single, ‘Pulse Of The Dead', on Friday 7th August. It's the follow-up to 2016’s highly acclaimed ‘Concussion Protocol’, and ‘Celebration Decay’ is the band's lucky thirteenth studio album - an even more more accomplished successor, which packs an even harder musical punch. Originally when they set off on tour in 2018, Vicious Rumors mastermind Geoff Thorpe, long-standing drummer Larry Howe, new vocalist Nick Courtney plus new guitarist Gunnar Dügrey had only planned twenty concerts to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1988 classic ‘Digital Dictator! As they say, the rest is history, as Vicious Rumors march on, including a three part mini documentary on the making of ‘Celebration Decay', the first episode of which was aired at the end of last month.
The Clovis Limit Pt.2 27/7/20
Multi-talented, pigeonhole-defying guitarmeister and multi-instrumentalist, Mike Ross recently released his first sweet-sounding single, and today's Video Of The Day, 'The Loser', from his excellent new, genre-crossing 10-track solo album ‘The Clovis Limit Pt.2’, which itself is due out on Friday 30th October. Listeners may well detect the piquant flavours of Humble Pie and similar ingredients in the sound and feel of ‘The Loser’, yet it has less of Mike’s trademark Heavy Blues electric guitar fuzz and drive than many of the tracks on the new album, but that just gives the limelight to his other facets. Indeed, it’s a fine, original song, which begins the roll-out of fresh material from a new album that’s remarkably strong on multiple fronts: a showcase for Mike’s songwriting and musicianship on multiple instruments. The close-knit sound that this impressive, multi-tracked, approach produces belies its one-man-band origins! A man wearing many hats, with aplomb and a grin, Ross is also the vocalist and producer, and he whistles too!
From The Van 27/7/20
Like many musicians and bands around the world, members of Montreal's Heavy Stoner Rockers Paradise have been separated from one another as a precaution to the Covid-19 pandemic. Not able to see each other to have regular jams along with postponements of performances, the band, consisting of Fred Crew Grr (guitar), Matt Hias (drums), Fred Kelly (bass), R.L. Black (vocals) and Frank Kelly (lead guitar), has adapted to the state of the world and continues to promote their heavy and winding arrangements of Corrosive Rock with the creation of a new quarantine video series entitled "From The Van". Today's Track Of The Day is their first FTV video, 'Away From You', taken from their new eponymous album released in March, that sways on the line between Hard Stoner Rock and Pure Heavy Metal.
Peter Green 26/7/20
Peter Green, the dexterous Blues guitarist who led the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, sady passed away yesterday, aged 73. The legendary guitarist and singer founded the group alongside Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Jeremy Spencer in 1967, and despite his latter demons, he was still ranked as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Indeed, he was responsible for many of the band's early hits, including 'Black Magic Woman', 'Albatross' and today's Video Of The Day, 'Oh Well'.
Brothers Osborne All Night 26/7/20
Six-time Grammy nominees Brothers Osborne will release their third studio album, 'Skeletons', on Friday 9th October, and the duo recently played one of its tracks, 'All Night', as part of “CMA Summer Stay-Cay”, which is today's Track Of The Day. The single has already cracked Top 40 on the Country airplay charts in the US, and was the No.1 most added song upon its debut. Guitarist John and vocalist/guitarist TJ Osborne teamed up with longtime producer Jay Joyce for 'Skeletons', co-writing every track on the project along with frequent collaborators Lee Miller, Craig Wiseman, Natalie Hemby, Casey Beathard and more.
New 3 Hour Music TV Show Launches Tonite 26/7/20
Musician Jack Bates (The Loved & Lost) along with Guido McFister and Mucka Jay of Breaking Bands Festival, have been working on a new music magazine TV show, Eyes on the Scene, which tonight launches its pilot episode here at 7pm UK time. The three hour programme brings together live lockdown performances, special guest appearances, music news and some fun too! Each subsequent episode will be live on the last Sunday of the next three months.
Dion CD Review 25/7/20
"You can find yourself asking yourself why they bothered. Happily, that is not remotely the case here. There are probably two reasons for that: firstly, these are all great songs that would sound good recorded with a bunch of anonymous session players – Dion has written this collection over a period of 3-4 years (with long time co-writer Mike Aquilina) and they reflect writing skills honed over six decades (in one case revisiting the title number for non-released 1965 album ‘Kickin’ Child’) - and secondly, rather than being the dreamchild of a business exec’ looking to cash in, the collaborations began in an organic, non-planned manner, with happy results.”
Today read another one of our great album reviews, as Simon Green gives you his take here on Dion's CD 'Blues With Friends', which was released last month, plus check out our Video Of The Day.
All Gone Wrong 25/7/20
Following their critically acclaimed 2019 album, 'City Night', legendary British Blues Rock band Savoy Brown release their exciting new album, 'Ain’t Done Yet', on Friday 28th August via Quarto Valley Records, of which 'All Gone Wrong' is today's Track Of The Day. Led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Kim Simmonds, who formed the band in 1965 in London, Savoy Brown is one of the longest running Blues Rock bands in existence. Blues Rock became the catch-all phrase in the late 1960's to describe the band’s music along with that of their contemporaries, and they helped spawn the 1968 UK Blues Rock boom and later opened the eyes of many 1970's American teenagers to their own home territory Blues artists.
Pete K Mally Sit-Down Livestream 25/7/20
Be warned that comedian, DJ and author Pete K Mally, is streaming The Pete K Mally Stand-Up Show Show at 7pm on Friday 14 August, and if you use the limited code PETEK2020, you can get a discount off your ticket here. Pete spent his youth defending his love of Classic Rock and Metal, and he gets the hump when High Street stores are flaunting AC/DC , Iron Maiden and Ramones t-shirts as simple fashion accessories (we've earned these stripes). He is a regular compere at Rock festivals and recently supported Wayward Sons and The Last Great Dreamers before lockdown. Now in his forties he openly listens to Poison and is unashamed in this (a little).
Big Town Out Today 24/7/20
Today heralds the release of Geoff Carne & The Raw Rox Band's ‘Big Town’ album, a ten-song collective, of which the second track on the album, 'Hold On', is today's Video Of The Day. This release not only follows on from the full studio production of Geoff Carne & The Hatz's 'Caught on the Outside', with its Tom Petty vibe, at the start of this year, but the single was also released prior to longstanding drummer Mick Hatz announcing his retirement in February. Since then vocalist/guitarist Carne has released three acoustic EP's, and to bring the versions to life, Geoff’s producer Paul Mex reached out to experienced session musicians, the Raw Rox Band, namely Jim Black – bass guitar, Zoki Jovanoski – drums, Bob Calvert – keyboards and Arby ‘Slash’ Rockman – lead guitar.