Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero

Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero

Alter Bridge In Search of The Last Hero

 

With five albums now released Alter Bridge are blending earlier influences with music they want to play now heavier with a curling melodic guitar driven journey that speeds you through the music. Alter Bridge refuse to stand still they continue to strive to improve on the last album pleasing current fans and winning new followers. As Myles Kennedy says “While recognizing where we’ve come from, we wanted to expand what Alter Bridge is. This record is definitely an exploration of the hero theme—whether it be the lack of heroes, the need for heroes, or a tribute to heroes. There’s a story in there.”

This is hard rock with the sting of metal with the winning combination of Tremonti and Kennedy as guitar and vocals work off each other as the story of the music unfolds and takes you on a darkened journey where our footsteps chime with the frantic urging rhythm from Marshall & Phillips.

Opening with Show Me  A Leader the swell of the melody builds ready for the guitar solo to stream through like a visionary light that is Mark Tremonti, the pace picks up and Myles Kennedy storms the number with Show Me A Leader refrain, with a yearning yet manic desperation. A reflection of today’s troubled world as we seek leaders and heroes to shed light into the darkness. The track pulls you as all opening numbers should into the album with an adrenalin-driven need to hear more.  There is a feeling of a narrative a story pulling you through the album to the title track. The pace is fast metal to the ground for the doom-laden The Writing On The Wall this is Alter Bridge that continues to excite. With riffs that are muscular, bass lines that are heavy and drumming driven to shape the rhythm. This is the solid rock face that Tremonti and Kennedy stand on building the tension creating anthems of the future with tracks like My Champion, we all need someone that champions us. For stand out guitar laden riffs, and licks with solid drumming chops it has to be Poison In Your Veins, this is a loud fast-moving four minutes of delight, the poison of the guitar seeps into your veins in a delectable way this is poison that sounds very good, who needs an antidote to this! Now we are at fever pitch half way through the album how can they build on this opening studio album full of resounding lyrics, choruses that you want to sing out loud and guitar solos that seep into your soul. They can’t I am sorry to say. It is an album of two halves.  The second half is good but the momentum is static Losing Patient the silent opening almost made me lose patience! When the track opens up it is more of the same an echo of the previous tracks.  Then that track with a difference a power ballad, You Will Be Remembered that captures the story, direction and feeling of the first six tracks, we are looking at heroes that serve communities and the country. We may not have political heroes but people still can be heroic. Then we have the epic title track that brings the album to a close the tempo is controlled the melodic lyrical closing is full of heartfelt desperation as The Last Hero tried to save us. There is a burning necessity in the guitar playing looking, probing with chords that are trying to find the light and matching the vocal tone of Myles perfectly.   The album is very good, but what we needed was a coherent strong bridge between the first and second half of the album to make The Last Hero truly heroic and great.

NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Show Me A  Leader
  2. The Writing On the Wall
  3. The Other Side
  4. My Champion
  5. Poison In Your Veins
  6. Cradle To The Grave
  7. Losing Patience
  8. This Side Of Fate
  9. You Will Be Remembered
  10. Crows On A Wire
  11. Twilight
  12. Island Of Fools
  13. The Last Hero

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Delicious Dirty Listenable Rock as RavenEye Creates Nova

Delicious Dirty Listenable Rock as RavenEye Creates NovaDelicious Dirty Listenable Rock as RavenEye Creates Nova

This, Nova is the Long Awaited follow-up to their debut EP, Breaking Out. Since its release in May 2015 they have definitely broken out with the latest recording Nova. Back in the studio after touring USA, Europe and UK including Steelhouse Festival and Download. The performances have honed the style, texture and tone of the thumb picking rock guitarist Oli Brown with a rhythm section that kills the beat Aaron Spiers on bass and new drummer Adam Breeze this is a mix that is hot enough to melt the hardest granite, rock that shatters and coalesces around Oli’s vocals.

The rock is fast, hard and furious the studio sound captures the high-energy live performance of Oli, Nova distills the essence of RavenEye, mixing the sound, beats and rhythms into a musical cocktail that is easy on the ear. The studio sound is a result of months of being on the road whether headlining, part of a festival or opening for bands such as Slash, Blues Pills and Halestorm. Wherever they play they attract attention as they are fast becoming the live band you have to see time and time again.

Nova is an eleven track fairground ride of whoops, hard-hitting rock and riffs and licks that break the sonic barrier. The tracks bring dimensions to be explored and uncovered, as you return to listen again you pick up on another tasty morsel of rock that makes Nova a complete item. RavenEye achieves this with blues that grooves deep down in the structure of the music, raw sounds that echo around the room, rock that is full of edgy riffs and vocals that hook on to the tone and delivers a 21st Century super-nova.

Kicking off with an ear capturing riff Wanna Feel You makes a statement Oli Brown wants to be heard loud, hard and rocking out of your speakers. His vocals have a control that determines the licks and hooks that his guitar hangs on to and the rhythm section is a powerhouse for his stunning modern RavenEye Rock.

Nova has a strutting boldness, a confidence in the rock the band produces full of the underlying signature of Oli’s sludgy dirty sleazy blues as he layers on the tonal beating heart of rock it is as hard as granite and shines with glints of blue and veins on interest. Every track has a point of interest the change in beat with a lightning of tone Hero has that instantly recognisable foot tapping rock beat with Gunnar Olsen on drums throughout the album throwing out the sticks so that they hit the skin with a solid determination. Taking over duties behind the drums on tour in future is Adam Breeze who will have the luxury of playing with bassist Aaron Spiers who has fat greasy deep bass lines that pulling the listener deep into the music. The album now is hitting the halfway point and is in a groove you want to stay in and get to know the new album and latest incarnation of the band.

Halfway through and Supernova hits the speakers as ever the growling vocals of Oli interplays with his guitar so that the vocals and guitar work as one incorporated powerful animal of an instrument. It is this interplay that allows there to be a difference in the approach to the tracks yet they are still RavenEye whether the sound is blues, grunge or the distinctive play that is RavenEye. The chugging rock of Madeline drives the vocals and has a maturity of tone that makes this a raucous number that definitely, like the lyrics, reaps what it has sown as Madeline is asked the question. Some of the titles are self-explanatory with the title-determining the lyrics and approach to RavenEye’s rock. Inside internalised with doubt, Hate is what it says on the tin. Then the closing numbers Out of The Rain with the rumbling bass incessant like rain and the yearning gentler vocals that act as a lightening of the rougher moment this is rock that excites. Closing with Eternity a gentler number full of acoustic intricacies delivered by Oli a musician full of confidence at ease with the music he wants to deliver harking back yes, but the true direction is striding forward with music for today’s audiences.

The album’s name NOVA is a perfect reflection of the explosion of recognition that RavenEye has achieved in such a short time. The band is a rock explosion they certainly have suddenly brightened the firmament of the British rock scene and will be shining their Supanova Rock for many years to come.

RavenEye – Nova – Frontiers Music s.r.l

TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Wanna Feel You
  2. Come With Me
  3. Inside
  4. Hero
  5. Supernova
  6. Walls
  7. Oh My Love
  8. Madeline
  9. Hate
  10. Out Of The Rain
  11. Eternity

January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour

January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour

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The Album White Bear will be released on January 15th, on Earache Records

Whilst on the album title, White Bear, singer Phil Campbell notes, “Nick called me with the title which inspired the lyric to the song. It refers to a study by Daniel Wenger on mindfulness and the controlling of unwanted thoughts, testing a quote from Dostoevsky’s ‘Winter Notes on Summer Impressions’: ‘Try to pose for yourself this task: not to think of a polar bear, and you will see that the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.”

 

Acoustic Version of Title Track White Bear 

This will see January Brightened with The Temperance Movement Album & Tour. Why? Their music puts a modern stamp on hard rock and blues, The Temperance Movement have crafted one of the most intoxicating records of recent times with White Bear; an album that is both expansive and electrifying. Opening with the swaggering ‘Three Bulleits’ (titled after the Bulleit brand of bourbon favoured by some of the band), White Bear runs the whole gamut of modern rock’n’roll.

The first single to be taken from the album is the groove filled ‘Three Bulleits’. With an abundance of attitude and swagger it’s also the powerful opener to the new album.

White Bear track listing:

1. Three Bulleits
2. Get Yourself Free
3. A Pleasant Peace I Feel
4. Modern Massacre
5. Battle Lines
6. White Bear
7. Oh Lorraine
8. Magnify
9. The Sun and Moon Roll Around Too Soon
10. I Hope I’m Not Losing My Mind

White Bear is available to pre-order now on CD, signed CD, vinyl and limited edition signed white vinyl, and is also available in a number of t-shirt bundles. Reserve your copy now HERE

The album is also available to pre-order now on iTunes, including an exclusive bonus track, <strong>HERE

January Brightened with Temperance Movement Album & Tour

Jan. 16 – Portsmouth, UK – Pyramid Centre
Jan. 17 – Norwich, UK – UEA
Jan. 19 – Aberdeen, UK – Beach Ballroom
Jan. 20 – Glasgow, UK – Barrowland
Jan. 21 – Newcastle, UK – University
Jan. 22 – Leeds, UK – Becket University
Jan. 24 – Manchester, UK – Academy 2
Jan. 25 – Birmingham, UK – Institute
Jan. 26 – Cardiff, UK – Y Plas
Jan. 27 – London, UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire

All tickets and bundles are available at HERE

INGLORIOUS – New Hard Rock Band – Album and Tour Dates

Inglorious are totally Glorious

Frontiers Music Srl is exceptionally delighted to present one of the most talented new Hard Rock bands to emerge from the British underground scene: INGLORIOUS!

INGLORIOUS are five young men with a mutual love and respect of the classics of Hard Rock music, big guitar riffs, and soulful vocals. Their influences stem from iconic rock and roll shrine of Rock albums from the 1970s – many years before the band members were born.

Formed in February 2014, the band is fronted by Nathan James, who made a name for himself having sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, andScorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Nathan was looking for like-minded musicians that desired to make incredible rock music in a very honest fashion.

Inspired by musical giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the band has recently completed the recording of their self titled debut album which will see the light of day in February 2016.

The band’s song “Breakaway” has already found its way onto Planet Rock’s playlist.

Inglorious will appear live at the Planet Rockstock Festival in Trecco Bay, UK on December 4th and are working to set more shows around the release of the album.

Inglorious is comprised of Nathan James (lead vocals), Wil Taylor (rhythm guitarist),Andreas Eriksson (lead guitarist), Colin Parkinson (bass) and Phil Beaver (drums).

The Reality is Glorious on debut album Inglorious – Read all about it HERE

Catch them on Tour