To be honet, I’ve about had it with live albums from Yes. Haven’t they earned enough money yet ? Since 2005 they’ve managed to release a live album about every two years, some with recent recordings, some with what I’d dare to call ‘prehistoric’ material, If they continue doing this, I guess we’re in for a new record every two years for the next thirty years to come.
Assisted by a score of big names in our music genre, like Michael Sweet (Stryper), Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Tony Martin (Black Sabbath) and a whole list of other artists, this is the first solo album by Veronica Freeman, frontwoman of heavy metalband Benedictum.
Jim Peterik,the driving force behind Survivor and The Ides Of March has in the past collaborated with a score of vocalist, who in the beginning were relatively unknown, but later became big stars.
To name but a few of them : Jimi Jamison, Toby Hitchcock and Dave Bickler.
For this album he teamed up with Marc Scherer, who also lives in Chicago, and despite being a long time musician, was up to know unknown, his main occupation being a jeweler.
It’s been a while since Whitesnake have released a new album, yet here it is, albeit not with brand new songs, but with songs from Deep Purple Mark 3 and 4. It might have escaped you, but for a while David Coverdale has been part of that band, between August 1973 and March 1976.
Yet another live album released by Frontiers Records, and another live album for Asia, this time a recording made in November 7th at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The album is available as double CD, as a DVD and on blue ray. At that time the band still had it’s original line-up including Steve Howe, who would leave the band a few months later to focus on other projects.
Jean Beauvois is probably best known for his work with Crown Of Thorns, but he also played in Voodoo X and even in the Plasmatics, a punkband that was fronted by Wendy O. Williams. Besides that he has also some solo work, as well as playing, producing and writing for and with countless other artists.
Jorn Lande, whom we probably all know, be it as vocalist in Masterplan, his solo work, his work in Avantasia and much much more, has joined efforts with Trond Holter guitarist in Wig Wam. Together they have created this new Rock Opera about Vlad the III, better known as Vlad the Impaler, or even better known as Dracula.
This is already the fourth album since the release of the debut album ‘Sign Of Angels’ in 2010 from Norwegian rock goddess Issa. And under the adagio never change a winning team, Issa continues to bring us a mix of melodic rock, bordering on pop rock at times.
Does the name Erik Martensson ring a bell ? Besides performing in W.E.T. , writing and producing for other musicians like Toby Hitchcock and Adrenaline Rush he’s also the frontman in this Swedish band, alongside Magnus Henriksson.
Pat Travers is a Canadian born guitar virtuoso, who was rather famous some thirty odd years ago, having had success with his 1977 ‘Makin’ Magic’ album and also with his 1980 ‘Crash and Burn’ album. So it’s no shame if you’ve never heard of him if you were born in the nineties or later, since he went out of the spotlights.
But the guy made a comeback in 2012, with a new band lineup, except for drummer Sandy Gennaro who returned behind the skins.