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Heavy Metal And Hard Rock News

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Oct 21, 2017 | 00:39 am

    American hard rock/metal vocalist David Reece, formerly of ACCEPT and BONFIRE, spoke to Metal Forces about the progress of his third solo studio album, to be titled "Mavericks".He said: "I originally contacted Mike Tramp [ex-WHITE LION vocalist] as we've known each other for awhile and I've done some shows with him. A friend here named Ale Lifonti put me in touch and Tramp referred me to his label Target. While chatting with Target, they expressed interest but under the condition I at least consider writing with Martin Frank [SHOTGUN REVOLUTION guitarist]. So, I e-mailed him and we talked it over and he sent me a track to write lyrics to. After demoing it the first time, he said emphatically, 'No! That's not what I'm hearing!' After I think two more attempts at it I nailed it, and all I can say is we tapped into something great!"I describe the songs as modern heavy melodic rock! I am using less vibrato and singing straight notes on these songs, which I honestly found challenging, but that's Martin's idea because he's damn focused on what he expects from my voice."The majority of the solo album has been completed. "It's all pretty much written, although the last few days a few new ideas have come about," David stated. "I work with Mario Percudani on vocals here in Italy at his studio called Tanzan studios; he's really got a great ear, and understanding of me as a singer. We've done numerous albums together so I fully believe in him."A late spring 2018 release is being targeted by the former ACCEPT singer for "Mavericks". "I am currently recording the second SAINTED SINNERS album and it's slated for mid-February 2018 on El Puerto Records," David said. "I don't want release dates too close to each other for a number of reasons. One of course is press because a lot of media has an eight week lead time, so timing is absolutely everything."A solo album contract has not been signed at the time of writing. "I've got offers now, and I am still waiting on some others to reply," David informs. "Oh yeah, and while doing all this I've been asked to be part of a sort of super group. I know how it sounds, but it's with some of rock's legends. I am writing for that as well, but not sure when it'll be released? I forgot to mention I also am guesting on Christian Tolle's next album and have recorded three tracks for it and I'm also writing lyrics for some of the other singers that will be on it. The release date will be sometime 2018."To be honest all of the above is in my opinion my best works so far. So, fingers crossed people agree!"Reece was recruited for ACCEPT's "Eat The Heat" album in 1989 following the departure of Udo Dirkschneider. David's higher-pitched delivery was in sharp contrast to Dirkschneider's distinctive style, and overall, the album was a critical and commercial disappointment,Midway through the "Eat The Heat" tour, differences between the band and Reece had come to a head, leading to the altercation between the singer and bassist Peter Baltes in Chicago. By the end of 1989, ACCEPT had hung it up.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Oct 21, 2017 | 00:25 am

    LORDI: Video Of Entire Moscow Concert Fan-filmed video footage of LORDI's entire October 15 concert at at Volta in Moscow, Russia can be seen below.LORDI is contuining to tour in support of its latest album, "Monstereophonic: Theaterror Vs. Demonarchy", which was released in September 2106 via AFM Records. The follow-up to 2014's "Scare Force One" was produced by Nino Laurenne (APOCALYPTICA, STRATOVARIUS, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMORPHIS), who previously worked on the band's 2008 effort "Deadache".Speaking to Spark TV, LORDI frontman Mr. Lordi stated about the band's new disc: "We are trying to do something different within the LORDI frame this time. It's like a split album between ourselves."There's two kinds of LORDI material on the album. The first six songs are your classic LORDI kind of stuff — three- or four-minute songs with hooky choruses and stuff; eighties-orientated hard rock, like the shit that we're doing. That's our main stuff.But now, the last six songs of the album [are] a story."It's our first conceptual half an album — not a full conceptual album, but half of the album is a conceptual storyline with six songs. And musically, also, it's a lot more modern for us; I mean, it's nothing new in the world of music, but, for us, for LORDI, it's completely different. It's more metal. It's more progressive. The songs are eight minutes long, and there are a lot of different parts. And it's a storyline. Because I'm a huge KING DIAMOND fan; I have always been."I am really fucking thrilled about the result, how it came out. It's different for us. I know that it's gonna be different for the LORDI diehard fans too. I don't know for your average rock or metal fan. It's, like, 'Eh….' But, for us, it is really breaking new territory, definitely."Mr. Lordi went into more detail about the lyrical themes covered on the new LORDI album. He said: "It's a horror story. It's called 'Demonarchy'. It has, like, these classic old-school monsters having rivals… They are having territorial rivals. There's one vampire, one witch, on zombie, and a werewolf. And they are having a bit of a dispute about how to share their territory, because they all live in the same town. That's the story."The LORDI frontman also spoke about the band's brand new look, saying: "It's cool, actually. The new costumes are also something different. Like I said, the album is like a split album with ourselves. The costumes are split in half too. There's this half and that half, so there's something new also in the costumes. It's like two different versions of each character."

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Oct 21, 2017 | 00:00 am

    Fan-filmed video footage of SATYRICON's September 26 performance at 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands can be seen below.SATYRICON is touring in support of its latest album, "Deep Calleth Upon Deep", which was released on September 22 via Napalm Records. The disc was recorded in Oslo, Norway and Vancouver, Canada, during early 2017 and mixed together with revered studio guru Mike Fraser (who previously worked on SATYRICON's 2006 album, "Now, Diabolical").The "Deep Calleth Upon Deep" front cover is an obscure drawing from 1898 by perhaps the greatest Norwegian artist of all time, Edvard Munch.SATYRICON drummer Kjetil-Vidar "Frost" Haraldstad told "The Jasta Show" that "Deep Calleth Upon Deep" "is an album that we have been really working a lot with for a long time. It's all about getting the right expression for each and every song," he explained."It has never been anything that we've discussed in the band, but at least I personally feel that every song has a life of its own, a very strong and unique identity," he continued. "This album is really about giving life to those eight songs that constitute it."Like with every SATYRICON album, I guess it's very, very diverse, and this is more true than ever with the new one," he said. "In particular, when it comes to this identity bit, I feel the songs, even if they fit extremely well together in a compilation of songs, each and every one, it's very, very different from the others — almost like human beings are different from each other."


AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Oct 19, 2017 | 12:09 pm

    BURN Bring Their Epic 'Ice Age' Album to MRR

    Acclaimed UK rock band BURN are back and MelodicRock Records is thrilled to be a part of their plan for world domination.
    Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, ‘Global Warning’, finally another slab of classic British hard rock is on the way.
    MRR and BURN are proud to announce that band’s fourth album, ‘Ice Age’, is mastered and ready for release.
    The album has been produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)

  • News Feed Oct 19, 2017 | 11:12 am

    MECCA 'The Demos' Audio Preview & Pre-Order!

    The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
    So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –

  • News Feed Oct 19, 2017 | 07:57 am

    THE PROFESSIONALS Features All Star Classic Rock Cast