Het Belgische symfonisch metal gezelschap van Cathubodua plaatst een videoclip online van net nummer ‘Glorious days’ dat afkomstig is uit hun album ‘Opus 1 dawn’ dat de band in eigen beheer uitbracht.
Het album wordt door de pers warm onthaalt en ook bij Keys and Chords scoorde dit album een hoge score.
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NIEUWE SINGLE & PLAAT VOOR VITALIC
Technopionier Vitalic heeft net zijn vierde studioalbum aangekondigd: Voyager. Hij heeft er 2 jaar aan gewerkt en zegt zelf dat het zijn meest discoklinkende plaat is. Getuige daarvan de eerste single Waiting For The Stars, die je hier kan beluisteren.
15 jaar is Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) al bezig met het herdefiniëren van techno, waarbij hij zich een geheel eigen en herkenbare stijl heeft aangemeten.
Hij heeft een aantal clubklassiekers op zijn naam staan, als La Rock 01, die afgelopen week nog op #8 eindigde in Studio Brussels’ Greatest Switch, Poney en You Prefer Cocaine.
Voyager komt uit op 20 januari 2017 bij Caroline.
It’s been a good fifteen years now since Vitalic (aka Pascal Arbez-Nicolas) took it upon himself to redefine techno using his native French sensibility, mixing energy and melody to forge his own recognisable style. Many of those tunes, like “Poney”, “La Rock 01”, “My Friend Dario” and “You Prefer Cocaine” went on to become club classics, blurring the boundaries between techno, disco, rock and pop, and profoundly inspiring and stimulating a scene that had been struggling since the end of the ‘French touch’ to find something a little more refreshing than filtered disco house.
It could be said that Vitalic ushered in the French Touch 2.0, masterfully bringing bangers back into fashion and putting France back on the dancefloor map. With his first production signed by tastemaker DJ Hell for his Gigolo imprint, Vitalic paid scant regard to genre boundaries and concentrated on simply knocking out some killer tunes – a mix of irresistible melodies, stampeding synths and pure energy. Within a few years, French electronica had changed direction, eschewing the dancefloors for which it had originally been conceived and starting to tour, live. A revolution was born - Vitalic opened the way and Daft Punk, Justice and Etienne de Crecy followed.
Since his first album, “OK Cowboys” in 2005 which mixed galloping techno, brass bands, 100,000 volt electric guitars and languorous pop songs so sad they could make a stone weep, Vitalic has constantly tried to reinvent himself, pushing his idea and vision of disco to the extreme. This constant renewal is no doubt where the producer finds his strength, exploring every facet (like a disco ball), the myriad possibilities of what he calls metal disco, or more prosaically “disco-poilue” – fuzzy disco.
For “Voyager”, his fourth studio album composed over the course of two years and the one he considers his most ‘disco’ ever, Vitalic remembers initially wanting to make something that could barely be danced to, inspired by the electronic music of the 1970s. However, that angle of attack was rapidly diverted. “I changed my mind during production and added beats,” he explains. “Voyager” thus became a record that has forgotten nothing of the cosmic disco heritage of the 1980s, dominated by deeply energetic, orgasmic synthesisers with influences from pioneers of the genre like Moroder, Cerrone, Patrick Cowley, Lime, Spacer, Carpenter and Gino Soccio.
Both the name and sublimely retro-futuristic artwork of “Voyager” clearly announce the direction Vitalic has taken – this is a cosmic space odyssey, packed with energy-filled retro-futuristic hits perfect for dancing in zero gravity, followed by melancholic cooldown periods spent contemplating the lost galaxies of the vast cosmos. “El Viaje”, the album’s opening track with its Latin-tinged melody, is the perfect launchpad for this cosmic expedition, where analogue synths (like the super-rare Buchla) have taken over and are now laying down the law. It’s a weightless voyage that sends our emotions on a rollercoaster ride, from “Waiting For The Stars” - the first single featuring David Shaw and an irresistible disco-pop hit with gimmicks à la “Funky Town” – to “Levitation”, a veritable turbine punctuated by screams from the crowd as only Vitalic knows how, to “Eternity”, a sort of synthetic opera or contemporary hybrid of Wim Mertens and Klaus Nomi. However, on “Voyager” you’ll also find “Lightspeed”, a true dancefloor bomb filled with outrageously funky synth rifts, you’ll be fascinated by “Sweet Cigarette”, a sombre rock-influenced track haunted by the ghost of “WarmLeatherette” (as performed by The Normal) and “Hans is Driving” an electronic nursery rhyme with Miss Kittin lost in the cosmos discussing the meaning of life with an artificial intelligence, before breaking down in sobs to “Don’t Leave me Now”, a throbbing, ambient Supertramp cover version. Conceived as a cosmic journey into the heart of dance music, “Voyager” perfectly brings together the three elements that have always composed Vitalic’s strength: a touch of experimental folly, killer melodies and a joyful overabundance of energy. It’s this magic formula that makes “Voyager” the ideal disc to listen to with your feet on the dancefloor and your eyes fixed on the stars. Or vice-versa.
Albert Hammond - In Symphony
Legendary singer-songwriter Albert Hammond releases the 12-track 'In Symphony’ today, a collection of his best-known tracks - plus a couple of surprises - re-recorded over five days at Abbey Road Studio.
With over 30 chart-topping hits and sales of 360 million records for himself as well as artists such as Leo Sayer, Diana Ross, The Hollies, Whitney Houston and Starship, it would be tempting for Albert to hang up the guitar and take it easy. But he’s still writing and gigging, and after one especially energetic televised live solo show in Berlin last year, label execs wanted to hear more from the London-born, Gibraltar-raised performer. “This is a record that’s not supposed to happen,” he laughs, “The BMG people came to see me after the show and said, ‘We want to do something.’ I said ‘Well, I don’t, unless I do my hits symphonically…’”
After five decades, Albert’s greatest melodies have now been re-scored with ensemble arrangements alongside his signature powerhouse vocal and guitar. The man responsible: acclaimed US producer/arranger Rob Mathes (Sting, Carly Simon, Bruce Springsteen, The Three Tenors), using key virtuosi from several British orchestras, the Trinity Boys Choir and the much sought-after London Voices. Albert’s best-known compositions have been redefined alongside two Latin tracks to reflect his bilingual upbringing: Alejete (the Spanish version of Just Walk Away, his hit song for Celine Dion,) and 1912 Mexican light classical tune Estrellita. “My uncle recorded me singing this aged 8, when I was a choir boy,” Albert says, “We made a 78 record that we sold in Gibraltar. I kept it for I don’t know what reason… now we’re recording it, so I’m singing with myself!”
‘In Symphony’ ’ is out today through BMG Records and a PIAS distribution.
The Pretenders to release their first album for eight years today!
‘Alone’ is out now through BMG Records
The Pretenders release their brand new album, ‘Alone’ today through BMG. It is the first Pretenders album for eight years and was recorded in Nashville. Originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014’s ‘Stockholm’, it soon dawned that those driving guitars, ragged but righteous arrangements, tough yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar. The Pretenders were back. 36 years after their remarkable first album, ‘Alone’ could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.
Watch the video for first single ‘Holy Commotion’ here.
It's the first track to be taken from their new album. The part-animated video was shot in Nashville at Dan Auerbach’s studio and includes footage of Chrissie and Dan, edited by Director / Animator Luca Monterosso Whittmann.
Chrissie Hynde recorded the album in Nashville with Dan Auerbach, from The Black Keys, who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best.
The full band joining Chrissie and Dan on the album features Johnny Cash’s former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach’s side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums, Leon Michels, keyboards and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy ‘Never Be Together’.
Of the new album Chrissie Hynde said the following: “This record is what I love the most - real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48 hour period - 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation!”.
‘Alone’ is available on CD/LP/Digital today through BMG Records and a PIAS distribution.
Op 2 december verschijnt Blue & Lonesome, het nieuwe (cover)album van The Rolling Stones. Eerder al kon je eerste track Just Your Fool al luisteren, nu is er een tweede nummer: Hate To See You Go, een cover van blueslegende Little Walter. Beluister 'em hieronder.
De Stones namen het nieuwe album op in slechts drie dagen in de Grove Studios in West-London, samen met producer Don Was en The Glimmer Twins. De studio ligt op een steenworp afstand van Richmond en Eel Pie Island, waar de groep ooit als jonge bluesband begon met optreden.
Op het album dus nieuwe uitvoeringen van bluesklassiekers als Just Your Fool, Commit A Crime, Blue and Lonesome, All Of Your Love, I Gotta Go, Everybody Knows About My Good Thing, Ride ‘Em On Down, Hate To See You Go, Hoo Doo Blues, Little Rain, Just Like I Treat You en I Can’t Quit You Baby.
Overigens moesten de Stones een optreden in Las Vegas afgelopen woensdag afzeggen, Mick Jagger had ontstoken stembanden.
Hot on the heels of their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, Boston rockers Neon Alley are releasing a new video “That's How It Is”!
Watch Neon Alley's “That's How It Is” video
A Young Woman wakes on the floor, trapped in a nebulous white room. It's minimalistic and sparse but evokes the future. There's only a white cube furniture piece with a VR headset on the center. She waves her hand over the cube and holograms of the band appear behind her (in the style of Star Wars holograms). They begin to play. As the guitar lead begins, she dons the headset and is taken to various spaces in a Virtual Reality world. And in each scene she becomes a different person.
In each scene she experiences what it's like being in someone else's body through her avatar. Some bodies are interesting. Other bodies are uncomfortable. So she leaves each scene in search of a better body/persona until she finds herself in an avatar that looks just like her own body except she's clean, nicely dressed in 50’s retro style. The body fits so well that she begins to dance and rocks out, having the time of her life.
End with her back in the white room as she sits down, sweaty, and removes the VR headset. She laughs. What a blast.
Camera cuts to a WS outside of the room and we see multiple rooms, each with one person. Each person looks dejected, upset or depressed. Except for her.
Says guitarist and band leader Dave Vaccaro, “The video, like the song is about the people we cross paths with and interact with everyday. Kind, clever, smart, slow, inspiring, funny, good or bad. It's just how people are and that's never going to change. The only thing that you can control is how you react to them. Like our woman in theVR headset (played by Shannon Ashe), some of the people she becomes she likes. Others she finds interesting, and still others she can do without.
“Wouldn't it be interesting to be somebody else for a time? Who would you be if you could be someone else for a day?
“Directed by Valdimir Minuty the video is one of several interpretations of the song that the band felt best represented the idea of 'That's How It Is'. Since Vlad is an artist as well as a film maker (he does great story boards BTW) he was able to translate the feel of the song in a very basic way that worked quite well given the limited resources we had available to us.
One thing we didn't want was a typical performance video of the band playing in some dilapidated industrial building. We really like how the video turned out, especially the sci-fi vibe of it. It's different.”
The live footage was shot all in one day at a studio/sound stage in Allston, MA called Red Sky Studio with post production taking another few weeks for edits and revisions.
NEON Alley is:
David Vaccaro – Lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
Mike McDonald – Bass, vocals
Scott Marion – Drums & percussion
To purchase Neon Alley's debut CD: http://www.dmvmusic.com/store
You can also buy CDs and t-shirts at: http://shop.bandwear.com/collections/dmv-music-shop
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Volgende maand verschijnt een nieuw postuum album van Prince. Dat meldt Warner Brothers Records. Op de plaat zullen de grootste successen van de overleden muzikant staan evenals een weinig bekend nummer uit 1982.
Vandaag is het precies zes maanden geleden dat Prince is overleden aan de gevolgen van een overdosis pijnstillers. Warner Brothers grijpt deze verjaardag aan om een nieuw album van de muzikant aan te kondigen.
Het verschijnt op 22 november in de VS en drie dagen later in de rest van de wereld, precies op tijd voor de kerstaankopen. De plaat zal veertig van de grootste successen van Prince tellen evenals het nummer 'Moonbeam Levels'. Dat nummer dateert van 1982 en is dan wel bekend bij trouwe fans, maar is nooit eerder officieel verschenen. Bij het album zal ook een foto-album met 12 pagina's steken.
Eerder raakte al bekend dat volgend jaar een ander gloednieuw album van Prince verschijnt. Het gaat om een dubbelalbum met enerzijds een herwerkte versie van 'Purple Rain' en anderzijds een album met nooit eerder verschenen nummers. Wanneer deze twee platen precies uitkomen, is niet bekend.
Prince stierf op 21 april van dit jaar ten gevolge van een overdosis. Hij liet geen testament na, maar wel een grote hoeveelheid nooit uitgebrachte nummers.
Rock legends unite!!! Some of the most iconic performers of our time have come together to form The Rock Pack!
The incredible lineup features:
Fee Waybill lead singer of THE TUBES
Gregg Rollie original lead singer of SANTANA
Lou Gramm the original voice of FOREIGNER
Robin Zander lead singer of CHEAP TRICK
Steve Augeri former lead vocalist of JOURNEY
John Payne former lead vocalist of ASIA
"I decided to create a unique concert concept that was start to finish full of monster hits by iconic vocalists," explains John Payne, The Rock Pack creator.
Huge screens adorn the stage and the set contains an area where each singer briefly talks about their career before launching into some of their most revered songs. Classics such as I Wanna Know What Love Is (with a gospel choir), I Want You to Want Me, Don't Stop Believing, Heat of the Moment, She's A Beauty, Black Magic Woman and many more will be performed.
Payne continues, "I wanted the Classic Rock fans of Phoenix to enjoy the hit songs of some of our most iconic bands and if you like Foreigner, Journey, Cheap Trick, Asia, Santana and The Tubes then COMERICA THEATRE on Friday 16th of December is the place to be."
On Friday December 16th The Rock Pack hits town. Prepare for an extraordinary unprecedented concert at Phoenix's beautiful Comerica Theatre. Iconic Singers will perform Iconic Songs in a two hour hit laden Classic Rock extravaganza.
All ages show starts at 8pm with doors at 7pm
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and Comerica Theatre Box Office 1-800-745-3000
Direct link at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_homeA_header_search&user_input=the+rock+pack&q=the+rock+pack
The Rock Pack: www.therockpack.com
Featuring whiskey stained soul vocals, funky blues harmonica, slick R&B/roots guitar, swinging piano work, soulful organ, riveting saxophone with a racy, taut rhythm section, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band has been performing in clubs and on festival stages for two decades.
Formed in 1996, the band became crowd favorites in Hamilton, Ontario’s famous Hess Village. Six independent releases, international radio play, and a large local fan base propelled the band to venues across the continent. The group’s last two albums were international hits reaching the top of the roots and blues charts and garnering 5 star reviews in blues magazines and blogs around the globe. On the home front, the band continues to lead the blues charge in Hamilton - Canada’s Music Mecca. Not only has the band been spreading "Steel City Blues" across the world, but the mayor even became an unofficial member joining the group on sax for special city events.
The band has three Hamilton Music Award nominations for Blues Album of the Year and a Maple Blues Award nomination for Best New Blues Artist. The band's last studio album “It Ain’t Easy” reached #3 on Canada's Roots charts (#1 for blues), #13 on North America’s Top 50 Roots & Blues charts, and won the HMA Piano Performance of the Year Award. “Live in Hamilton” captured the band in their element - performing for their hometown fans. This critically acclaimed album reached #4 on Canada's Blues and Roots Charts, #11 on North America’s top 50 Roots and Blues Charts, and won Live Recording of the Year at the Hammer Blues Awards. Based on their live performances, the band was selected for the 2016 Memphis Blues Challenge where they became fan favorites during a three night stand at Club 152 on Beale St.
“Cigar Store” features 50 minutes of new blues classics with tales of the Yukon, New Orleans, voodoo, the underground railroad, lost loves, and even moonshining. Classic R&B, stomping swamp boogies, and new edge barn burners will get you on your feet and remind you of a time when storytelling and music were at the forefront of history. We hope you enjoy!
ALTER BRIDGE & SPECIAL GUEST: LIVING COLOUR OP WOENSDAG 9 NOVEMBER IN DE ANCIENNE BELGIQUE, BRUSSEL!
FEATURING ALI, ASTRO & MICKEY
‘UNPLUGGED’ + ‘GREATEST HITS’ RELEASED NOVEMBER 18TH ON UMC+ LAUNCH LIMITED EDITION ‘RED RED WINE’ IN PARTNERSHIP WITH EMINENT LIFE
Released November 18th on UMC, ‘Unplugged’ + ‘Greatest Hits’ is a 2CD package containing a brand new ‘Unplugged’ album plus UB40’s ‘Greatest Hits’. Pre-order now from iTunes or UB40 Official Store
As founding members of Britain’s biggest reggae band UB40, singer Ali Campbell, second vocalist Astro and keyboardist Mickey Virtue topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe. But, in all their years of stellar success, the trio never transferred the spirit of UB40 into an acoustic setting. Now with ‘Unplugged’ they breathe new life into an intoxicating mix of timeless covers and classic UB40 originals.
“This is the first time we’ve taken iconic UB40 tunes and done them in an acoustic style,” says Ali. “It all sounds very fresh. It’s completely unlike anything we’ve done before.”
‘Unplugged’ offers an inventive new spin on UB40’s early gems plus the huge hits with which they later wooed the world. Among the highlights on the album is a new version of ‘I Got You Babe’, featuring Ali’s 22-year-old daughter Kaya Campbell, who sings the lines originally performed by Chrissie Hynde when the track topped the UK charts in 1985.
That pop standard is one of four number one singles on ‘Unplugged’, which also contains new takes of ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’, ‘Red Red Wine’ – complete with a fresh Astro talk-over ‘in an acoustic stylee’ – and a new version of ‘Baby Come Back’ featuring Pato Banton, the Birmingham reggae star who took the song to the top of the charts with UB40 in 1994.
A clutch of vibrant originals have also been given the acoustic treatment, including ‘Food For Thought’ and ‘Tyler’, both from UB40’s debut album ‘Signing Off’, and the 1981 single ‘One In Ten’. Those songs were written in the harsh political climate of the early Eighties, but their social concerns seem no less relevant today. The new arrangements hark back to the past, too: after all, ‘Signing Off’ was recorded on a simple, four-track tape machine in the tiny studio of producer Bob Lamb in 1980.
Another original to be given a fresh sheen is 1986’s ‘Rat In Mi Kitchen’, with Astro again providing talk-over vocals. “That song was based on a real incident,” recalls Ali. “Astro came over to my house in Balsall Heath to talk about lyrics, but I didn’t want to talk about the band, as I had a rat hiding behind my washing machine! Some people thought it was about the government of Margaret Thatcher, but it had nothing to do with politics.”
With Mickey adding upright piano and the arrangements fleshed out with shuffling percussion and Ali’s melodica, other covers given a makeover include Lord Creator’s ‘Kingston Town’, Eric Donaldson’s ‘Cherry Oh Baby’, Winston Groovy’s ‘Please Don’t Make Me Cry’ and the Chi-Lites’ ‘Homely Girl’.
‘Unplugged’ maintains the giddy momentum that Ali, Astro and Mickey built up on 2014’s ‘Silhouette’, the first studio album to feature all three members since Astro signed up in November 2013. With Ali, closely followed by Mickey, having left the original UB40 after thirty years in 2008, the reintegration of Astro consolidated a set-up that has now grown into an 11-piece touring ensemble, complete with a three-piece horn section.
Since reuniting three years ago, Ali, Mickey and Astro have developed into a formidable touring outfit. Their world tours have included visits to North and South America, Nigeria, South Africa, Dubai and Papua New Guinea. 2016 has seen them return to the States, play Australia and visit the vineyards of New Zealand for a ‘Red Red Winery Tour’. They also made an emotional return to UK in April, when they performed songs from the first two ‘Labour Of Love’ albums on an arena tour that included sell-out shows at London’s O2 Arena, the Brighton Centre and the Barclaycard Arena in their native Birmingham.
To celebrate the release of ‘Unplugged + Greatest Hits’ the band have partnered with Eminent Life to launch a limited edition ‘Red Red Wine’ Bordeaux Supérieur. Says Ali, “We have always wanted to release our own red wine and we’re very excited to be finally doing this!” Jerome Jacober, founder of Eminent Life adds “It’s been a pleasure and honour working with Ali, Astro and Mickey to create the exclusive wine which is so befitting of the great track ‘Red Red Wine’.”
‘Red Red Wine’, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes, is available to purchase now from www.eminent-life.com/UB40
Hooverphonic With Orchestra II exclusief in de vernieuwde Koningin Elisabethzaal op 21 december 2016
Audio Fidelity To Release Two Jazz-Fusion Classics on Hybrid SACD By Weather Report and Return To Forever
Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity will be releasing Weather Report, “Tale Spinnin'” and Return to Forever, “Musicmagic” on Hybrid SACD. Both recordings are considered essentials from the jazz fusion era of the mid-'70s.
Recorded in early 1975, “Tale Spinnin'”, Weather Report's fifth studio album is filled with sunny textures of Latin and African flavors. The album stands with anything recorded during the period for the range of fresh, intriguing originals by the band's co-founders and principle composers, the keyboardist Joe Zawinul and the saxophonist Wayne Shorter.
Zawinul's pioneering interest in world music is in full evidence with the exotic percussion, wordless vocals, sandy sound effects and Middle Eastern and North African musical spices. His synthesizer sophistication is growing along with the available technology of the day. Wayne Shorter's work on soprano sax is more animated than on their previous albums and Alphonso Johnson puts his melodic bass more to the fore.
“Musicmagic” is Return to Forever's final studio album and one of the best jazz recordings released in the fusion genre. The album contains the final line-up of the band with only founders Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke returning from the earlier recordings. This 1977 release was the first Return to Forever album in five years to contain vocals, performed here by Gayle Moran and Stanley Clarke. This album also marked the return of original member Joe Farrell on saxophone and flute, along with several new members making up a killer five-piece horn section.
The sound is remarkably more orchestral than anything the group had previously done, a cross between fusion, jazz vocals, big band and grassroots accoustic jazz. Musicmagic celebrates the pure joy of music.
Both releases are mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio and the SACD Authoring was done by Stephen Marsh at Marsh Mastering.
Weather Report “Tale Spinnin'”
Produced by Wayne Shorter, Josef Zawinul
1-Man in the Green Shirt
3-Between the Thighs
6-Five Short Stories
Return To Forever “Musicmagic”
Produced by Chick Corea - Co-produced by Stanley Clarke
4-So Long Mickey Mouse
5-Do You Ever
6-The Endless Night
For more information: www.audiofidelity.net
Cult Industrial Metal Band THE ELECTRIC HELLFIRE CLUB Announce Their First Ever Best Of Collection Plus A Reunion Show!
Tired of having to choose the lesser of two evils? Then why not choose the greatest of all evils with a brand new collection of career highlights from industrial metal band The Electric Hellfire Club. Formed by ex-My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult keyboardist Thomas Thorn (a/k/a Buck Ryder) in 1991, the band became one of the leading artists in occult inspired industrial metal, blending keyboard samples and kinetic drum loops with freaky lyrical themes that reference sin, sex and Satanism! Founded by Thorn, along with keyboardist Shane Lassen (Rev. Dr. Luv) and guitarist Ronny Valeo, adding drummer Eric Peterson (later replaced by Richard Front), and bassist/vocalist Sabrina Satana, the group released their debut album Burn, Baby, Burn in 1993 and the follow-up album, 1995’s Kiss The Goat, which led to tours with Type O Negative, Christian Death, Spahn Ranch and others. Tragedy struck in 1996 when Lassen was killed in an automobile accident, but the group soldiered on with a new line-up and even more extensive touring with the likes of Danzig, Coal Chamber, GWAR, Fear Factory, and Godflesh. EHC also caught the attention of black metal pioneers Venom, whose Abaddon would produce their next album. The band would later record at Sweden's legendary Abyss Studios and feature guest appearances by members of Dark Funeral and Hypocrisy.
Though EHC took an extended hiatus after the release of their fifth album, 2002’s Electronomicon, their legacy has endured. And now they will see the release of their first ever collection of tracks from all 5 studio albums as well as rarities from various singles and EPs! Titled Necessary Evils - The Best Of The Electric Hellfire Club, the album’s 16 tracks were handpicked by Thorn, who also created both the artwork and liner notes. The collection serves as a perfect introduction for the uninitiated as well as an excellent single disc encapsulation of Hellfire Club’s uniquely sinister artistry.
The band is also preparing for a very special one night only 25th anniversary reunion performance December 2 at the Orpheum in Tampa, FL.
For tickets and more info visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/868458833277653/
2. Black Bus
3. Book Of Lies
4. One Dark Horse
6. Mr. 44
7. He Who Holds The Lightning Rod
8. Satan's Little Helpers
9. Psychedelic Sacrifice
10. Night of the Buck Knives (Altamont Mix)
11. Circuit Breaker
12. In the Temple Of Flesh
13. Unholy Roller
16. Age Of Fire
Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/EHCNecessaryEvilsCD
Buy the digital version: http://flyt.it/EHCNecessaryEvilsDig
Connor Ray Music announces an October 21 release date for I’ll Sing the Blues for You, the new CD from acclaimed Houston-based blues singer Trudy Lynn. I’ll Sing the Blues for You features 10 tracks dripping with blues, soul and R&B, and includes her unique takes on songs from Big Mama Thornton, Lowell Fulsom, Memphis Minnie and Johnny Copeland, among others, as well as the funky original, “Thru Chasin’ You,” destined to be a fan favorite. Backing Trudy on the new album are label president Steve Krase on harmonica, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keyboards and Matt Johnson on drums.
Trudy Lynn will celebrate the new album with a special CD release party show at Houston’s famed Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club on Saturday, October 22.
“Choosing material for this album was quite an adventure,” says Trudy about I’ll Sing the Blues for You. “In my musical career, there are so many blues artists that I have been inspired by.”
In the new album’s liner notes, Trudy explains how its title came about. “As I’ve said in a previous recording of mine, ‘Everybody’s Got a Blues Song to Sing.’ One day my daughter gave me a gift of business cards, and on the top of each card was, Trudy Lynn: I’ll Sing the Blues for You! As I was looking at the cards, she said, ‘Mama, that’s what you do. You sing the blues for everybody.’ During so many of my performances, a fan will come up to me to say, ‘You were singing that song for me. That’s why I came!’ I take these compliments as stars in my crown, like flowers in my garden.”
I’ll Sing the Blues for You is Trudy Lynn’s 12th solo album and her third release on the Connor Ray Music label, following up on 2014’s Royal Oaks Blues Café, which hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart; and 2015’s Everything Comes with A Price, which spent four months on the Living Blues Radio Chart. Trudy is also a five-time Blues Music Award nominee and was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame in 2015.
Trudy Lynn was born Lee Audrey Nelms in Houston’s Fifth Ward, where she began singing as a teenager. After high school, Lynn went to visit her aunt in Lufkin, where a club called the Cinderella needed a singer. She decided Lee Audrey Nelms wasn't going to cut it as a stage name. The club had a bunch of cartoon character names painted on the wall and she noticed “Trudy,” which she quickly paired with Lynn. “Lynn was something in those days,” she recalls. “Gloria Lynne, Barbara Lynn. I thought, ‘I’m going to be one of those Lynns, too, baby.’”
Prior to striking out on her own, Trudy was the vocalist for such Texas greats as I.J. Gosey and Clarence Green, where Trudy spent five years as the vocalist for his band. Green was a stern mentor, but Lynn credits him with helping her become a professional. “He molded me well,” she says. “He's still in me because of what he taught me. It takes that.” After leaving Green’s band, Lynn began performing on her own. For years she struggled to get recorded in a manner deserving of her talent, until 1989 when Trudy signed with John Abbey’s famed Ichiban label and provided the opportunity for her to tour the world and perform at the most prestigious festivals, including Lucerne and the Chicago Blues Festival. While at Ichiban, producers had a strong hand in directing her recordings. Since joining forces with harmonica wizard Steve Krase and the Connor Ray Music label in 2014, Lynn has played curator for herself. She has been writing original songs that blend nicely with the vintage material. The songs are mostly about good times and bad men. “Each one of these songs means something to me,” she states. “I truly understand something about each one of them.”
Texas-born vocalist and drummer Donald Ray Johnson has spent a lifetime dedicated to music. He has performed with blues legends such as Big Mama Thornton, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson and Philip Walker, and toured with R&B stars including The Isley Brothers, The Commodores and Teddy Pendergrass.
As an original member of the R&B/disco group A Taste of Honey, Johnson was the drummer on "Boogie Oogie Oogie," a now-classic, platinum-selling recording that reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1978 and led to the group's Grammy Award for Best New Artist the following year. In recent years Johnson, who currently resides in Canada, has turned his attention to the blues genre, garnering nominations for Best Male Blues Vocalist from Real Blues magazine and Canada's Maple Blues Awards.
The Gas Blues Band was created five years ago by guitarist and vocalist Gaspard "Gas" Ossikian and features Philippe "Pompon" Scemama on bass, Yannick "Papayan" Urbani on drums and Pierre "Little Peter" Cayla on guitar. Whether backing numerous artists or performing under its own name, the Gas Blues Band has forged a unique musical identity, bringing to the stage an electrified style that combines elements of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, ZZ Top and James Brown.
Bluesin' Around is a collection of favorites Johnson and The Gas Blues Band have performed during their years together. "I met Gaspard in 2004 while on tour with the Maurice John Vaughn Revue, and we've done several tours since," Johnson says. "I was very pleased to go to France to record with this great band. It's a pleasure working with these stellar musicians!"
The Chicago label recorded Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Etta James, and Chuck Berry
Phil Chess, the legendary co-founder and record producer behind Chicago label Chess Records, has died. He was 95 years old.
Chicago Sun-Times confirmed the news, reporting that Chess died over night at home in Tucson, Arizona. According to his nephew, he had been in good health.
Born Fiszel Czyż in Częstochowa, Poland on March 21st, 1921, the Czyż family immigrated to Chicago in 1928, where they adopted the Chess name and started a new life for themselves.
After leaving the Army in 1946, Phil joined his brother Leonard to run the popular Macomba Lounge. By 1948, Leonard had become a partner with local company Aristocrat Records, to which Phil would join two years later.
Eventually, Aristocrat became Chess and the two brothers would concentrate on R&B, signing and recording everyone from Muddy Waters to Bo Diddley, Etta James to Howlin Wolf, and Chuck Berry to Willie Dixon.
By 1968, the company was sold to GRT, but by then, it had already paved the way for rock ‘n’ roll. Since then, the two brothers have been inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame and iconized by films like 2008’s Cadillac Records.
Universal via Concord are pleased to announce Evanescence’s first ever career spanning vinyl box set encompassing their studio albums, Fallen, The Open Door and Evanescence and for the first time ever, the commercial debut for the previously unreleased demo album Origin. The bonus LP, Lost Whispers, collects all the official b-sides and features the studio version of the sought after tour intro 'Lost Whispers' and the first new Evanescence studio recording in years, 'Even In Death (2016)' - release date for single TBC.
Evanescence is a two-time Grammy-winning band fronted by one of the most dynamic women in rock, singer/pianist Amy Lee. Evanescence’s debut album Fallen would ultimately go on to sell 17 million albums worldwide. Two consecutive #1 album debuts followed--The Open Door and the self-titled Evanescence—as well as the multi-platinum live album Anywhere But Home, recorded in Paris during one of their sold-out worldwide tours.
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BBC radio heeft woensdag twee van de laatste drie nummers die David Bowie opnam uitgezonden.
Het gaat om de nummers 'When I Met You' en 'No Plan', die de in januari overleden muzikant schreef voor zijn musical Lazarus. Hij nam de liedjes ook op in de studio op met zijn vaste producent Tony Visconti.
De twee door Bowie ingezongen nummers, die ook te beluisteren zijn op de website van de BBC, staan op een castalbum van 'Lazarus' dat later deze week uitkomt. Daarop is ook de versie van 'Killing A Little Time' die de zanger inzong te horen.
De cinematische metal band Dark Sarah heeft net een lyric video uitgebracht van het nummer ‘Aquarium’ dat afkomstig is uit het te verwachten album ‘The Puzzle’. In het nummer en de video van ‘Aquarium’ is Charlotte Wessels mee aan zang te horen. ‘The Puzzle’ zal uitkomen op 18 november bij Inner Wound Records.
In conjunction with his 90th birthday today, rock ’n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry has announced the release next year of his first new album in nearly 40 years.
Titled “Chuck,” the album consists largely of new songs written and produced by the man considered one of the founding fathers of rock music.
“It is a great honor to be a part of this record and the broader legacy of Chuck Berry, said Paul Roper, president of Dualtone Records, which plans to release the album at an unspecified date next year. “This body of work stands with the best of his career and will further cement Chuck as one of the greatest icons of rock and roll.”
As a singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer, Berry helped create the template for the rock ’n’ roll star still widely emulated 60 years later.
In a statement, Berry said, “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” the nickname for his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
He is backed for the album by two of his children-- guitarist Charles Berry Jr. and harmonica player Ingrid Berry. Other players include bassist Jimmy Marsala, pianist Robert Lohr and drummer Keith Robinson.
Berry has been telling interviewers for years that he was working on a new album, and he has finally completed it, having recorded in various studios around his longtime home in St. Louis. His most recent studio release prior to “Chuck” was “Rock It,” issued in 1979.
He and his band for years had a residency at the St. Louis club Blueberry Hill.
“What an honor to be part of this new music,” Charles Berry Jr. said in the same statement. “The St. Louis band — or as Dad called us, ‘The Blueberry Hill Band’ — fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard driving rockers to soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life’s work.”
Berry was among the original 10 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986, and he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy in 1984. He also was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2000.
Perhaps most revealing of the broad-reaching impact of genre-defining songs such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Maybellene,” “Sweet Little 16” and “Rock and Roll Music,” it was “Johnny B. Goode” that NASA chose as the only rock recording to be sent into outer space on the Voyager space probe in 1977.
“Saturday Night Live” famously poked at the idea of what response Berry’s music would have if encountered by an extraterrestrial civilization, and created a mock Time magazine cover with their message back to Earth: “Send More Chuck Berry.”
De innemende Amerikaanse violiste, danser, componist, choreograaf en performancekunstenares Lindsey Stirling keert op 21 maart 2017 terug naar de Ancienne Belgique. De vorige twee concerten waren er in een mum van tijd uitverkocht. Nu voegt ze ook Antwerpen toe aan haar doorkomst in België. Op 22 maart 2017 staat ze er in de Stadsschouwburg.
Alleskunner Lindsey is wereldwijd uitgegroeid tot een waar fenomeen dankzij de combinatie van haar unieke muzikale stijl (folk, pop en dubstep) met spraakmakende en theatrale liveshows waarin hits, dansers en videoprojecties het publiek tot een kookpunt brengen.
Ze verwierf vooral ook veel bekendheid met haar interpretaties van bekende soundtracks van videogames waaronder Zelda, Assassin’s Creed, Skyrim en Pokemon. Haar muziekvideo’s werden op YouTube miljoenen keren bekeken en het aantal trouwe fans groeit nog dagelijks (3,5 miljoen fans op Facebook en ruim 8 miljoen op YouTube).
In haar recentste album, 'Brave Enough’, uitgebracht in augustus 2016, werkte ze samen met andere bekende violisten zoals Christina Perri, Shay en Lecrae.
Met een wereldwijde fanbase is Lindsey Stirling de eerste artieste die klassieke viool met moderne dans op een geloofwaardige manier weet te combineren. Op 21 en 22 maart wil ze het Belgische publiek met een verse show van haar muzikale cocktail overtuigen.
Twee weken geleden, op vrijdag 30 september, bracht de Nederlandse symfonische metalband Epica zijn nieuwe en zevende studio-album ‘The Holographic Principle’ wereldwijd uit via platenlabel Nuclear Blast. Het alom bejubelde album is inmiddels hoog in diverse albumcharts binnengekomen, waaronder op nummer vier in Nederland en op nummer twaalf in België. Ook sierde de band intussen een flink aantal covers van tijdschriften.
Net als in 2015 en voorgaande jaren toert Epica de komende maanden opnieuw heel de wereld rond.
Voor november en december staat er een tournee gepland in Noord-Amerika (Canada en de VS) waarna de groep in januari, februari en maart 2017 flink wat Europese landen aandoet waaronder België (AB Brussel op 1 februari 2017), Engeland (3 februari in o2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in Londen), een dag later het prestigieuze Le Zénith in Parijs - om daarna de tournee te vervolgen in onder meer Rusland en Scandinavië.
Epica gaf in zijn indrukwekkende carrière ruim 900 shows in 58 landen in alle continenten voor vele 100.000-en bezoekers; in Midden- en Zuid-Amerika in clubs met een capaciteit van 2000-4500 bezoekers en in Europa voor 1500-5000 bezoekers per clubshow. Ook stond de band (soms zelfs meermaals) op alle grote muziekfestivals.