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ROADFEVER – Invisible Enemy (2022)

Swiss quartet ROADFEVER have been rocking for while playing hundreds gigs and festivals supporting / sharing stages with the likes of Scorpions, Blackfoot, Pretty Maids, Little Caesar, etc, just to name a few. They have two studio albums with good melodic rock label Avenue of Allies, and two live DVD’s which testimony the band’s reputation as an energetic live act.
Now 2022 it’s time for their third studio effort “Invisible Enemy“, a powerful, groovy hard rock 10-tracker driven by sharp riffs and tons of melody. Half male / half female – on of them handles lead vocals – ROADFEVER’s music takes you back to the wood & steel rock ‘n roll, just musicians with their real instruments straight from the amp. “Invisible Enemy” is a pretty cool collection of classic hard rock tunes powered along by big guitars, punchy bass, groovy drumming and a powerful, clean female voice…

CLOUD CIRKUS (Jacob Samuel from The Poodles) – Cloud Cirkus (2022)

Former The Poodles frontman Jakob Samuel is back with a new, fresh Swedish band CLOUD CIRKUS and their self-titled debut CD “Cloud Cirkus” released today. With their roots in 70s melodic progressive rock / 80s melodic rock and shaped by their individual backgrounds as artists, musicians, songwriters and producers, Cloud Cirkus’ debut album is a boiling mix of five different personalities.
Hard riffs, catchy melodies, cinematic folk tunes, psychedelic and funky blues can all be found in the expanding universe that is ”Cloud Cirkus”. But at the core, all these songs are melodic hard rockers with a modern Scandinavian melodic hard rock sound & production.
What is really cool about CLOUD CIRKUS is how they blend catchy melodic rock with accessible progressive arrangements and timeless classic rock. Jakob is stupendous all over the album, showcasing a versatility never heard before from the talented singer…

IT’sALIE – Emosphere (2022)

Managed & co-produced by renowned Mat Sinner, “Emosphere” is the upcoming album from female-fronted hard rockers IT’sALIE. Lead by charismatic Giorgia Colleluori – one of the best new woman in hard rock owner of an extraordinary powerful clean voice – and completed with experienced musicians drummer Camillo Colleluori (ex-Eternal Idol), guitarist Raffaello Indri (Elvenking) and bassist Simon Dredo (Room Experience, Alex De Rosso), IT’sALIE delivers classic bluesy-based hard rock wrapped by a modern vibrant production.
2020 saw the release of the highly acclaimed debut album “Lilith” and Giorgia is quickly regarded as one of the best voices in the scene, aided by her great live presence, which was evident during the Rock Meets Classic tours.
For lovers of the Hard ‘n Heavy genre with aggressive riffs, the atmosphere of “Emosphere” will be even more unique and special. The band has developed its own originality and freshness without losing the classicism of the genre and at the same time supporting Giorgia’s vocal power in the best possible way, which reinvents itself between shadowy harmonies and powerful screams.
You’ll be surprised by “Emosphere”, an album with influences from the 70s / 80s / 90s wonderfully updated 2022…

JEFF BERLIN – Jack Songs [Feat. Sammy Hagar, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan] (2022)

Considered by his peers one of the best bass players in the world, virtuoso JEFF BERLIN has announced that his new star-studded album, ”Jack Songs”, will finally released. The album is a tribute to legendary Jack Bruce, best known for his work with classic rock group Cream as well as his critically acclaimed solo work, who passed away in 2014. Berlin was a personal friend of Jack’s and wanted to record his songs in remembrance of how Jack helped Jeff to find his own musical path.
The record pulls in all manner of names and focuses more on Bruce’s own compositions and solo material, as opposed to his best known tracks with Cream. Alongside Berlin’s band including talented singer Ron Hemby we find Rush’s Alex Lifeson, Eric Johnson, “Bumblefoot” Thal, Geddy Lee, Billy Sheehan, just to name a few.
Oh, and you will surprised to hear Sammy Hagar doing lead vocals on a song with a register almost unrecognizable…

AMBERIAN DAWN – Take a Chance: A Metal Tribute to ABBA (2022)

Continuing their legacy from the previous album, AMBERIAN DAWN have assembled to follow their passion and take a chance at being the dawn of a new era for the metal genre with ”Take A Chance: A Metal Tribute to ABBA”, to be released December 2, 2022 via Napalm Records.
Introducing ABBA-Metal, the band does not shy away from experimenting with genres while still staying true to their melodic metal origins. Earworms combined with characteristic AMBERIAN DAWN elements truly metallicize the ABBA legacy and transform it into a metal experience like never heard before.
With skillfully implemented synthesizers to create vintage sounding keys, guitar riffs and vocalist Capri’s angelic voice, the original lines immerse perfectly with rocking instrumentals.
Dashing drums ensure a high-paced experience that expresses their band identity without losing the catchy ABBA-reminiscent keyboards, renowned lyrics and nostalgic feeling of the originals…

NYMPHS – Nymphs [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] HQ *Exclusive*

As requested by many, here’s in exclusive the Rock Candy Records remastered version of female-fronted Americans NYMPHS, and their self-titled debut album from 1991 released on Geffen Records.
That NYMPHS were not made for this commercial world is, on reflection, a pretty obvious statement. This is the story of a gloriously talented and forward thinking band, led by one of the most enigmatic and fascinating female vocalists of the time.
Based in Los Angeles during the late ’80s and led by Inger Lorre, the band were snapped up by label giant Geffen and touted as a revelation. Sounding pretty much unlike anything else at the time, their firebrand alt hard rock galvanised the label into believing the band held the key to the future.
In many ways they did, by making a stunning record, helmed by respected British producer Bill Price, the very same man who tamed the Sex Pistols, set fire to The Clash and gave the Pretenders a sound that continues to endure…

ANCIENT MACHINE – Ancient Machine [Limited release +3] (2022) *Exclusive*

We were pleasantly surprised by ANCIENT MACHINE’s new album ‘Distance Between Us’ featured here yesterday, a very interesting band inspired by classic ’80s / ’90s melodic hard rock / AOR. After further investigation, we find the group released past year their self-titled debut album “Ancient Machine“, and early 2022 they did extra, bonus tracks.
While based in Vancouver, Canada, ANCIENT MACHINE comprises musicians of Brazilian origins, a land with a declared AOR / melodic rock strong fan base. Founded by Emerson Tanaka (bass, keys, synths) and Kiko Dittert (guitar), ANCIENT MACHINE take their cues from the likes of Journey, Bonfire, Jaded Heart, etc.
We find solid songwriting via strong riffs and choruses, harmony vocals arrangements, keyboard splashes and a fine production all over this debut record.
The album opens with the rhythmically rich and cool choruses of “Every Single Day”, followed by “Again And Again” where the lead vocal color brings to mind a young Bon Jovi, and then the catchy…

MARCUS – Marcus [Rock Candy remastered & reloaded] HQ *Exclusive*

While many albums from the Seventies were supported by major record labels, due the effervescent arena rock scene at the time and loads of releases everywhere some LP’s became true rarities soon. Lead by singer Marcus Malone the band MARCUS self-titled disc “Marcus” fits in this category for sure.
Fortunately there’s great reissue companies out there like Rock Candy Records to rescue the lost music and reissue these in remastered form.
The album “Marcus” is a truly a remarkable artifact. Originally issued via United Artists Records in 1976 to little or no acclaim, the record, despite it striking cover art and incendiary contents, sank without trace until British music publication Sounds afforded the record a glowing lead review.
Aficionados and avid fans of hard rock began a frantic search to obtain copies and were pleased to find that the praise was indeed well deserved. By then, however, the band had already split up, disillusioned by a lack of interest and receiving zero promotion.
It was an incredibly unfortunate set of circumstances as the album is a true cult classic, a mid-Seventies hard rock record with the reach and depth of a band that, without a doubt, should have risen to the very heights of success…

ANCIENT MACHINE – Distance Between Us (2022)

If you are told that ANCIENT MACHINE is Canadian band, don’t be fooled. This is merely because Emerson Tanaka (bass) and Kiko Dittert (guitar) live in Vancouver. But they and vocalist Thales Maciel are Brazilian. Geographical details aside, what really matters is the trio makes a very competent mix of hard rock, AOR and melodic rock.
Before listening to the 11 tracks on their new album ”Distance Between Us”, allow yourself to take a look at the very good cover. The impressive artwork is directly linked to the title track, which at one point highlights: “we are like islands in the sea”. And, as the band explains, each of us is an individual, but at the same time we are all connected.
After the eye-candy, prepare your ears. The engine gears up and on opener ”Born To Run” and takes you down to the ever-pleasing classic melodic hard rock road…

ALI THOMSON – The Last Rodeo [Japan Edition] (2022) HQ

Scottish ALI THOMSON started at very young age performing into bands and recording sessions before landing a publishing contract as a songwriter. His recording career started with A&M Records and his 1980’s debut album featured the hit song ‘Take a Little Rhythm’ which achieved Top 10 success in the USA, Canada, Japan and various other countries.
A follow up album ‘Deception is an Art’ was released to critical acclaim but Ali decided to curtail his brief time as a recording artist to pursue his ambitions as a songwriter. He has written / co-written many hit songs for several artists / bands However, in 2018 Ali decided to go back into the studio and record his 3rd album, ‘Songs from the Playroom’.
Now in 2022 Thomson is releasing his 4th studio album ”The Last Rodeo”, including 12 new songs (one co-written with ’80s AOR guru Marc Jordan) ranging from pop-rock to Westcoast AOR, all with pristine quality and a strong retro feeling…

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – Trouble Is… 25 [Re-recorded 2022]

The five-time-Grammy-nominated singer/guitarist KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD will release next December ”Trouble Is… 25”, a top-to-bottom reinterpretation of his seminal album ‘Trouble Is’, which struck the match that reignited modern blues-rock upon its release 25 years ago.
”Trouble Is… 25” – which includes a bonus track of an unreleased version of “Ballad of a Thin Man” – has been fully re-recorded with the same musicians but a fresh approach.
Since he burst from the blues clubs of Louisiana onto the global music scene with 1995’s breakthrough first album ‘Ledbetter Heights,’ followed by his career defining second album ‘Trouble Is’ in 1997, Shepherd has twisted those classic cuts into bold new shapes each night on the stage. Led by the pulse of the crowd, every last note alive in his hands, the ‘Trouble Is’ tracks have always been on the move, never settling into museum pieces.
But to give a quarter-century-old album a second birth is another matter. And in more recent times, the multi-platinum-selling artist looked up the road and saw the 25th anniversary of Trouble Is on the horizon, he hatched an audacious plan: to join the dots from the hungry 18-year-old gunslinger who caught lightning in a bottle in 1997 to the still-questing master musician, with a lifetime’s soul under his fingers…

LOCKHART – No Chance (2022) HQ

LOCKHART is new outfit formed by three young ’80s freaks with the aim to bring band the true AOR sound. Devon; vocals, guitar, synths, Jason; bass, and Fabio on drums are musicians still in their twenties, but their love for the music created 35 years ago are deep in their hearts.
Hailing from Toronto, Canada, LOCKHART are presenting their debut EP ”No Chance”: only 3 songs for the moment – there’s an album in the making – but none of the 3 tracks are duds, experimenting, or trying to sound modern to appeal rock radio – nope, all these are pure synth-driven midtempo AOR numbers with that 1987-1988 magic all over.
LOCKHART play real instruments, no samples here, and while self-managed, the results in production are good…

LITA FORD – Live & Deadly [Digitally Remastered / re-packaged] (2022)

Originally released 2014 and since then not a easy album to get a copy of, DeadLine / CleoRecs is reissuing LITA FORD‘s ”Live & Deadly”. Recorded live at “one of Lita’s favorite watering holes in South California” in 2000, this album blasts with astonishing energy featuring Ford’s finest, including the blockbuster single “Close My Eyes Forever” plus “Kiss Me Deadly,” “Hungry,” “Shot Of Poison” and more.
Now digitally remastered, properly edited, and featuring completely new artwork, for this reissue ”Live And Deadly” comes into a slick Digipack.
Lita said she is most comfortable on stage than into the tedious studio sessions – in front of a crowd singing her songs, wearing leather and bashing out licks, riffs and solos on her Warlock guitar. ”Live & Deadly” rocks indeed, rawer, however it’s a very well recorded set, clean, and now polished for better listening experience…

MICHAEL SCHENKER – Rock Shock (2022)

Rock Shock” is the title of this new ‘best of’ album by the award-winning, legendary guitarist MICHAEL SCHENKER. This is a release from Schenker’s former German record label which released all the ‘Temple Of Rock’ albums. It’s an official silver-pressed CD, not a bootleg.
The material included here are live tracks captured in Japan plus studio songs recorded with talented singer Gary Barden. Musically this longplayer shows the guitarist at the top of his game, surrounded by some of the best musicians in rock such as Don Airey, Simon Phillips, Neil Murray, etc.
While all these tracks have been released before, the live versions appear edited for the first time so there’s no crowd noises, band presentation, etc; just the songs from start to finish. And they sound darn fine. Regarding the studio tracks, all are good MSG songs not so well known / heard for a vast portion of hard rock aficionados…

FASTER PUSSYCAT – Like A Ghost (2022)

Eighties Sunset Strip favorites FASTER PUSSYCAT are heating up the winter of 2023 with the release of new material in the form of the EP ‘Like A Ghost‘. This release is the first for the band under the Golden Robot umbrella with Taime Downe saying earlier this year “The band and I are over the moon to join the Golden Robot Records rock-n-roll family. We are super excited to release some of our badass new tunes globally – we know the label see our vision and supports the band and we feel completely at home here.”
The new songs comes just a few months before Faster Pussycat are expected to tour overseas including Australia. Not bad for a band formed four decades ago and still delivers kick ass rock n’ roll.
‘Like a Ghost‘ is a track about growing up in the 70’s, listening to the radio and doing what kids do and the memories it brings back. It features Taime‘s signature vocals carrying the song through to completion. The production is second to none with blistering guitars and the band in full force…