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20TH CENTURY MUSIC DELIVERS A TRIO OF REISSUES AND RARITIES IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

New German / American reissue label 20th Century Music is set to release three long lost and out of print titles to make anyone’s upcoming holiday season better than expected.
December 8th sees IDEFI, the material that should have made up Houston based progressive metallers DRIVE’s third album, finally hit the streets in a proper release.  Working very closely with the band members and their families, IDEFI is not a reissue, rather, a celebration of singer David Earl Taylor and founder member / guitarist Rick Chavez, lives.  The album features a huge 24 page booklet, liner notes from Chris Leibundgut, heartfelt tributes to both Chavez and Taylor and the first 100 orders will also include a Rick Chavez guitar pick replica. The album is limited to 500 copies.
On December 15th, both ALISTAIR TERRY’s Yonge at Heart and LION’s Dangerous Attraction will be rolled out.  TERRY’s Yonge at Heart (a reference to his favourite street in Toronto, Yonge Street) is a power pop / melodic rock slice of heaven and was recorded after the Pet Hate frontman’s former band had called it a day.  The album features a deluxe 16 page booklet, lyrics, liner notes written by Rob Evans and is limited to 500 copies.  LION’s highly sought after Dangerous Attraction is considered a hard rock masterpiece of the highest order by many fans of the genre.  The album, the band’s first full length, was originally issued by Scotti Bros in 1987 and featured a reworking of their independent hit “Powerlove.”  The remastered reissue also includes the “Transformers” theme song as well as a 16 page booklet, extensive liner notes detailing the band’s history written by Chris Leibundgut and is limited to 500 copies.

OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE FROM UPCOMING ‘DEVIL IN THE MOONSHINE’ ALBUM

Indianapolis southern rockers OUTLAWS & MOONSHINE release the lead single from their upcoming album, Devil in the Moonshine today through Nemesis / Vanity Music Group.

The title track from the album (which releases on 24 November) is the party anthem to top all party anthems.  As frontman Beau Van puts it, “Well, the inspiration for the song is … remember when you were a kid and you put toothpicks in cinnamon and sucked on them?  Well, now I mix 1/4 pure moonshine – not the store bought crap – with 3/4 Fireball and that’s my Devil. Haha.  As for the song, there’s no big mystery there, it’s just a damn good drinking song.”

The single also marks the debut of newest band member, steel guitarist, Travis, whom lead guitarist Mike back refers to as “an accomplished slide player with a great ear who teaches guitar on the side.  He tends to be the quiet one of the band, but, his slick slide guitar give our music more of that southern sound.”

“Devil in the Moonshine” can be purchased on iTunes  and streamed on Spotify..

BOB KULICk’S ‘SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET’ – IN STORES TODAY!!

 

Bob Kulick’s debut solo album, ‘Skeletons in the Closet’ hits stores in North America today.  The album features the following guests:

Lead vocalists – David Glen Eisley, Andrew Freeman, Todd Kerns, Robin McAuley, Dennis St. James, Dee Snider, Vick Wright.
 
Bassists – Kjell Benner, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St. James, Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright
 
Keyboardists – Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo
 
Drummers – Vinnie Appice, Frankie Banali, Chuck Burgi, Scot Coogan, Brent Fitz, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen, Eric Singer
Pick it up for the sale price of $12.99 (+ shipping) NOW.

 

CHICAGO’S FRONTLINE SIGN WITH SHOCK RECORDS / VANITY MUSIC GROUP : DEBUT ALBUM, ‘COLD WORLD’ TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

CHICAGO’S  FRONTLINE SIGN WITH SHOCK RECORDS / VANITY MUSIC GROUP
DEBUT ALBUM, ‘COLD WORLD’ TO BE RELEASED IN JUNE

Upcoming Chicago modern rockers Frontline release their debut full length album, Cold World, on June 2 via Vanity Music Group’s new imprint, Shock Records, distributed through AISA / RED / Sony Music.  Produced by Mike Brezen, the album was recorded over a six month period at AMG Studios in Chicago.Formed by singer / guitarist Jason Delismon in early 2016, Frontline came to life when Delismon hooked up with lead guitarist, Mike Nowak, bassist, Alex Loeber and keyboardist Diane Tragos when the three of them began writing together, which soon led to the concept of an actual band coming to life.  “It was just a writing thing at first,” relates Delismon, “and soon things just started to click and it became obvious that we needed to see this thing through. Before long we began auditioning drummers and Jason Jaros entered the picture.” Soon after the recording of Cold World commenced Nowak had to step down due to personal reasons, to be replaced by Steve Vuko.  “After auditioning more than enough guitarists, it was obvious that Steve just had the chemistry needed to fill Mike’s shoes,” Jason recalls.

Delismon says of Cold World, “I’m confident it will break through and dominate the mainstream rock scene with its edgy and heartfelt lyrics. Fans won’t be disappointed with the innovative originality we’ve put into this.”

The band tapped former In this Moment drummer Tom Hane to design the album art for Cold World. Jason met Hane back in 2012 when the former was a drum tech for Eve to Adam on the ‘Jagermeister Presents …’ tour, which In This Moment was also a part of. “We were talking one day and the subject of photography and graphic design came up. He showed me some of his work and I told him we’d be interested in hiring him for the Frontline artwork when it came time.  He wound up not only doing our album art but our photo shoot, as well, ” says Delismon.

Cold World track listing:
Follow
Cold World
Beautiful
Calling
Changes
Angel
Don’t Misunderstand
Falling For You
Cold World (Reprise)

GRAMMY WINNING PRODUCER / GUITARIST BOB KULICK TO RELEASE ‘SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET’ : ENLISTS ALL STAR CAST

Throughout his forty year music career Bob Kulick has worked with an astonishing array of artists: From Meat Loaf to Motorhead. From KISS to Michael Bolton. WASP to Diana Ross as well as legends such as Roger Daltrey, Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and Paul Stanley’s first solo album and tour.


After serving as a sideman and producer for much of his professional career, Kulick has decided that it was time to release a solo album – and he brought along a few of his good friends to support him in the endeavour. Joining Bob on the album are
Lead vocalists – Dee Snider, Robin McAuley, Andrew Freeman, Vick Wright, Todd Kerns, David Glen Eisley, Dennis St James
Bassists – Rudy Sarzo, Chuck Wright, Bobby Ferrari, Bruce Kulick, Dennis St James, Kjell Benner
Keyboardists – Doug Katsaros, Jimmy Waldo
Drummers – Vinny Appice, Frankie Banali, Eric Singer, Brent Fitz, Scot Coogan, Chuck Burgi, Bobby Rock, Jay Schellen
With Bob himself providing all of the guitar tracks and co-producing the album along with Bobby Ferrari at Vegas View Recording in Las Vegas, NV.
Skeletons in the Closet will be released in late Spring through Vanity Music Group (distributed via RED / Sony Music).


Half of Skeletons in the Closet is comprised of brand new material while the other half is comprised of retrospective material from Bob’s albums with Murderer’s Row and Skull. “After finishing the five new songs, the idea of including five of my favourite songs from my past rounded things out nicely,” Bob says. “Brand New songs and then the ‘skeletons in the closet!'”


The tracklisting for Skeletons in the Closet is as follows:
Player
Not Before You
London
Goldfinger
Rich Man
India (from Murderer’s Row)
Skeletons in the Closet (from Murderer’s Row)
Guitar Commandos (from Skull – also features a guitar duel with Bruce Kulick)
Can’t Stop the Rock (Previously unreleased track)
Eyes of a Stranger (from Skull)


His talents have earned Kulick a dozen gold and platinum records, and aside from writing for the traditional album format, he’s written and performed songs for Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob Square Pants (David Glen Eisley’s “Sweet Victory”) and the theme song for WWE’s Superstar Wrestler Triple H, “The Game.”

HOSTILE STREAMS ‘HYPNOTIC REGRESSION’ THROUGH LORDS OF METAL

Dallas metal mongers Hostile are streaming their new Ep, Hypnotic Regression via the popular Dutch outlet Lords of Metal through the 12th of December.  The four song mini album can be listened to here.

When you come from Texas, you’re expected to be bigger than everything else in your wake and with Hypnotic Regression (out now via Hostile Music / Vanity Music Group) the quintet have done just that.  Teaming up with producer Rob Swarthout (Flickerstick, Deep Blue Something, Ruff Ryders, etc) at Audio Science Laboratories in Dallas to create a larger than life head crushing affair reflecting the influence that Savatage, Crimson Glory and King Diamond, amongst others, has had on the band.

Opening with the take no prisoners riffing of “Broken,” the track is a song about fighting back against the abusers and the bullies of the world.  “Demons” touches on dealing with one’s inner beast and who we may be turning into.  “Through the Eyes of the Wicked” was actually written on the way to rehearsal and encourages you to get rid of those who tie you down and force feed you nothing but lies, while Ep closer and title track, “Hypnotic Regression” opens with an impressive bass solo from Lafuente before throwing you straight into the pit of hell with an all out assault led by sticksman Robert Goss.  A very personal song for Acosta the intensity of the track is reflected, not only in the savage riffing but in the song’s lyrical content as it deals with losing a close friend to heroin

RED TIDE RISING KICKS OFF “NOT SO SILENT NIGHT” TOUR TOMORROW NIGHT WITH DROWNING POOL, GEMINI SYNDROME AND 9ELECTRIC

Vanity Music Group’s Red Tide Rising takes to the road tomorrow night with longtime compadres Drowning Pool and new friends Gemini Syndrome and 9Electric.  The first two dates are in the band’s backyard – Colorado Springs and their hometown of Denver.

NOT SO SILENT NIGHT TOUR DATES:

29 Nov – Colorado Springs, CO – The Black Sheep
30 Nov – Denver, CO – The Roxy Theatre
01 Dec – Wichita, KS – The Cotillion
02 Dec – Springfield, MO – The Regency
03 Dec – Waterloo, IA – Spicoli’s
04 Dec – Lisle, IL – BaseCamp
06 Dec – Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
07 Dec – Ft. Wayne, IN – The Rusty Spur
08 Dec – Mansfield, OH – Whiskey Warehouse
09 Dec – Stafford Springs, CT – The Palace Theater
10 Dec – Lawrence, MA – Claddagh
11 Dec – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance Theater
12 Dec – Stanhope, NJ – The Stanhope House
14 Dec – Clarence, NY – Nashvilles II
15 Dec – Amityville, NY – Revolution
16 Dec – Jacksonville, NC – Hooligans
17 Dec – Raleigh, NC – The Maywood
18 Dec – Leesburg, VA – Tally Ho Theater
20 Dec – Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s
21 Dec – Evansville, IN – KC’s Time Out
t22 Dec – Merriam, KS – Aftershock
23 Dec – Dallas, TX – Trees

 

RED TIDE RISING RELEASES NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR “THE SOUND OF VOICES SCREAMING” THROUGH ROCK REVOLT MAGAZINE

Hard rock upstarts Red Tide Rising have released a new lyric video for the track, “The Sound of Voices Screaming” from their highly acclaimed Ep, Voices.  Produced by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce, Voices was released in May of this year via Vanity Music Group.

Regarding the track, guitarist, Andrew Whiteman says, “The ‘Sound of Voices Screaming’ is about making yourself known and showing the world who you are. It’s a call to arms to stand up together for each other. It’s definitely a highlight in the set for me.”

The band spent the month of August on the road in the United States and Canada with Sevendust and Crobot.  They are making plans to head back into the studio in early 2017 with the intention of recording a new full length album set to be released in summer.

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RED TIDE RISING NOT AT FULL THROTTLE TONIGHT

Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control, they will NOT be appearing at Full Throttle in Sturgis as part of the Kill The Flaw Summer 12016 Tour with Sevendust and Crobot.

RED TIDE RISING PULLS IN FORMER JOHN 5 DRUMMER GLENDON CRAIN FOR SEVENDUST / CROBOT TOUR

Hard rock upstarts Red Tide Rising have enlisted the services of world class drummer Glendon Crain (John 5’s Loser, Hollywood Undead, gODHEAD) as they take to the road with Sevendust and Crobot. Crain fills in for the band’s regular drummer, Matt Guerin, who will be unable to join the band on this run due to his celebrating his honeymoon.

Kansas City native Crain began his music career with Capitol Records recording artists, The Feds, whom he played with from 1995 – 2001 before transitioning to the band Loser, featuring Rob Zombie / Marilyn Manson guitarist, John 5. After his stint with Loser (2001 – 2004) he found himself doing time with goth metal act godHEAD from 2005 – 2007 after which Hollywood Undead came calling from 2008 – 2010. Glendon also formed but no longer plays with All Hail the Yeti. On teaming up with Red Tide Rising, he says, “I’m very excited for the opportunity to fill in on drums for Red Tide Rising, The resolve to create quality music is very apparent in this group and that in turn pushed me to bring out the best I’ve got. We hope to see you guys out on the road with Crobot and the mighty Sevendust!”

On Crain’s coming aboard for the run, guitarist, Andrew Whiteman says, “I’m super psyched to have Glen Crain filling in for us on this tour! He’s a badass drummer who also happens to be friends with our buddy Mike Luce from Drowning Pool and he’s a great fir for this run. He brings it every night and we mesh as if we have always been in a band together.”

Red Tide Rising’s Voices, which was produced by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce, is out now through Vanity Music Group The Kill the Flaw 2016 Summer Tour dates are:

02 Aug – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
03 Aug – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
05 Aug – Sturgis, SD – Full Throttle
06 Aug – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
07 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09 Aug – Regina, SK CANADA – Conexus Convention Hall
10 Aug – Calgary, AB CANADA – Marquee
11 Aug – Edmonton, AB CANADA – The Ranch
12 Aug – Saskatoon, SK CANADA – Saskatoon Events Ctr
14 Aug – Winnipeg, MB CANADA – Burt Cummings Theatre
17 Aug – Toronto, ONT CANADA – The Opera House

RED TIDE RISING TO HIT THE ROAD WITH SEVENDUST AND CROBOT

After successful tours in the past alongside the likes of In This Moment and Drowning Pool, Denver’s Red Tide Rising will be taking to the road this August with hard rock heroes Sevendust and Crobot in support of their recently released Voices Ep.

Red Tide Riisng frontman Matthew Whiteman says, “To share the stage with metal legends Sevendust is a huge honour and we can’t wait to join them and Crobot out there. Also, getting to spread the RTR sound to our new Canadian friends as well as hitting some new US markets will be incredible.

The dates are:

02 Aug – Bloomington, IL – Castle Theatre
03 Aug – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
05 Aug – Sturgis, SD – Full Throttle
06 Aug – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie Theatre
07 Aug – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
09 Aug – Regina, SK CANADA – Conexus Convention Hall
10 Aug – Calgary, AB CANADA – Marquee
11 Aug – Edmonton, AB CANADA – The Ranch
12 Aug – Saskatoon, SK CANADA – Saskatoon Events Ctr
14 Aug – Winnipeg, MB CANADA – Burt Cummings Theatre
17 Aug – Toronto, ONT CANADA – The Opera House

Red Tide Rising’s ‘Voices’ is in stores now.

RED TIDE RISING’S ‘VOICES’ STREAMING ALL WEEK AT UNITED ROCK NATIONS RADIO

This week (23 May – 29 May) at 9:00pm CET / 3:00pm EST / noon PST you can tune in to French radio station United Rock Nations to check out Red Tide’s Rising’s ‘Voices’ in it’s entirety.Listen in here.

WATCH RED TIDE RISING LIVE TONIGHT IN COLORADO SPRINGS!

Red Tide Rising kicks their ‘Voices’ Tour off tonight in Colorado Springs, CO. You can watch them from your computer anywhere in the world! Right here.

THE FIFTH RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “NO GOING HOME”

The Mid Atlantic region’s best kept secret, The Fifth, has unleashed their first new music in over seven years today with “No Going Home,” the lead single from their upcoming, as yet untitled Ep.

Regarding the single, singer Roy Cathey says, “This song is a departure from anything we have released before. It has a very organic sound like Sabbath or Zeppelin – gritty, raw and a bit bluesy,” while guitarist, Icky Jim comments on the video itself: “We were very fortunate to get Justin Reich (Five Finger Death Punch, Ace Frehley & Paul Stanley, Black Label Society) for the video. He actually took a short break from working with Shinedown to do us. Justin’s a laid back, cool dude – so easy to work with. And he did an amazing job on the video. We couldn’t be happier.”

The quintet, who blasted out of the eastern North Carolina area in 2001, releasing three albums and an Ep along the way and hitting radio hard with their hit single, “The Gift” as well as storming Japan in 2009 have laid low since coming back from that tour. Cathey explains, “The past few years we have had some member changes looking for the right combination of players and personalities. We feel like we have the right group of people in the band to take this to the next level now. I couldn’t be more excited.”

“No Going Home” can be purchased on iTunes and previewed on Spotify.

RED TIDE RISING LET THE ‘VOICES’ DO THE TALKING

With ‘Voices,’ Red Tide Rising’s new release, out today through Vanity Music Group, the Denver based quartet have set the bar higher than they could have imagined. Produced and co-written by Drowning Pool drummer Mike Luce (aside from first single, “You’re Nothing …,” which was co-written with Luce and Ill Nino guitarist, Ahrue Luster), the veteran sticksman found talent within the band members they never realized they possessed and, more importantly pulled it out of them.

“Aside from our run with In This Moment a little while back, our first taste at unrelenting touring was with Drowning Pool,” relates Red Tide Rising guitarist, Andrew Whiteman. “We shared the bus and formed some of the best friendships out on the road. To this day I actually tech for them when I’m not doing Red Tide Rising stuff. It’s because of that run and that friendship, that Luce decided he wanted to produce ‘Voices.'”

‘Voices’ is fueled by rage, the realities of life and the ugliness of the world we live in. Opening track, “Writing on the Wall” is about making sure you don’t allow yourself to be held down by your past. “You’re Nothing” is dedicated to the asshole who repeatedly tells you how great his life is, all the while living a complete facade. With “Suffocate” lead vocalist, Matthew Whiteman touches on the different types of addiction we all carry with us through life, whether they come from the pursuit of material possessions, giving into to drug culture or whatever one may be attached to. “Sound of the Voices Screaming” gives an audience the power to rise as one, while the Ep’s closer, “New Breed” instructs the band’s fans to distance themselves from people who claim to have their best interests at heart while leading them down a road that will eventually lead them to a life of peril. A call to arms for people to stand up for themselves.

Red Tide Rising also hits the road in support of the ‘Voices’ release beginning next week. The first leg of the tour is as follows:

5/18 – Dallas, TX – Renos
5/20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Theater
5/21 – Spearfish, SD – Z Bar
5/26 – Joliet, IL – The Tree
5/27 – Janesville, WI – Backbar
5/28 – Fargo, ND – Rick’s
5/29 – Sioux Falls, SD – The Phoenix Lounge

‘Voices’ is available via iTunes, eMusic, Google Play and available for preview on Spotify.

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ZIERLER PREMIERES “NO CHORUS” LYRIC VIDEO THROUGH REVOLVER

Transatlantic progression metal conglomerate Zierler, featuring members of Beyond TwilightFates WarningScar Symmetry, and Circus Maximus, have released a lyric video for the song “No Chorus”, the first single off the band’s long awaited debut album, ESC, out 16 October via U.S.-based Vanity Music Group.  The track is exclusively streamed by Revolver magazine at this location
 
”No Chorus” is about breaking norms and conventions.  Whether it’s approaching music, song structures, life, culture or solving problems in new innovative ways. Articulating a point of view in relation to a particular situation in ways we had never thought of before. Most of all, it’s about encouraging people to foster the ability to look at things differently from the way we typically look at them,” explains mastermind/keyboardist Finn Zierler the inspiration behind the song.  
 
The track itself is written without a chorus.  The line, “I’m so sick of verse, bridge and chorus” expresses the sentiment at the core of it all.  Writing a song without a chorus and making it work as a song is hard.  Writing a song without a chorus and making it work so that the listener doesn’t notice is really hard! “No Chorus” seemed like a fitting title as the line, ‘this song has no chorus’ actually takes on the role of the chorus although the song lacks a traditional chorus. Music nerds won’t be disappointed.”
 
His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn Zierler’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date.  Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic Queen and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of Dream Theater and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood wizard Danny ElfmanZierler masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.
 
Joining Finn on ESC are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (Scar Symmetry, Kaipa) – the first to come aboard – and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (InsenseCircus Maximus) on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out across the pond to a pair of Texas standouts, drum veteran Bobby Jarzombek, whose stellar resume includes the likes of Fates WarningHalfordRiot, and Spastic Ink and vocal powerhouse Kelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on Beyond Twilight’s 2005 album, ‘Section X,’ and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G‘s band, Firewind, as well as Darkology.
  
The album’s stellar mix comes courtesy of another Beyond Twilight alum and long-time friend, noted studio whiz Jacob Hansen, best known for his  affiliation with Danish superstars Volbeat as well as his work with Amaranthe and Destruction amongst others.  Last but not least, acclaimed London-based graphic artist Rob Sindermann has been tapped to create the stunning visuals for the ESC  album packaging which includes an elaborate 28-page deluxe booklet.
 
ESC track listing:
 
01. A New Beginning
02. Aggrezzor
03. Darkness Delight
04. Dark To The Bone
05. Evil Spirit
06. Married To The Cause
07. No Chorus
08. Rainheart
09. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

ZIERLER – FEAT BEYOND TWILIGHT, FATES WARNING, SCAR SYMMETRY MEMBERS – TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, ‘ESC’

Transatlantic progressive metal conglomerate ZIERLER have announced the long awaited release of their debut album,ESC, via U.S.-based Vanity Music Group.  Masterminded by Danish songwriter and keyboardist Finn Zierler (ex-BEYOND TWILIGHT), who has assembled some of the world’s most well respected metal musicians for his latest venture, ESC is set for an October 16 release worldwide.

His first new album in a decade, ESC is Finn’s most mature as well as his most daring musical work to date.  Drawing from a wide array of influences that bring to mind everything from the unabashed pomp of classic QUEEN and the madness of Devin Townsend, to the virtuosity of DREAM THEATER and the eclectic stylings of Hollywood’sDanny Elfman, ZIERLER masterfully walk the fine line between genius and insanity, combining a powerful, multi-layered progressive metal foundation with an often dark, majestic orchestral feel. The result is an intricate musical tour-de-force that took the better part of two years to complete.

“I set different goals for myself in making this new album. I wanted to accomplish doing an album that was 100% uncompromising in every way.  I wanted to break through new creative areas. And I wanted to show compositions, structures and techniques that no one has ever heard or seen before”, reflects Finn on the making of ESC.

“This is by far the most time consuming, complex and detail oriented album I’ve ever worked on.  I took the time necessary to record this beast out of respect for the players, the compositions, and the music itself.  I put a lot of emphasis on not taking the easy way out, not using technology to do edits to save time or whatever. The musicians involved are all so talented – there’s no cheating, no copy/paste anywhere.  Everything on the album is recorded as organically as possible. Personally, I’m sick of listening to “plastic” albums that sound more like machines than humans!”

Joining Finn on ESC are Swedish guitarist Per Nilsson (SCAR SYMMETRY, KAIPA), the first to come aboard, and Norwegian bassist/vocalist Truls Haugen (INTENSE, CIRCUS MAXIMUS) on the Scandinavian side. Finn also reached out across the pond to a pair of Texas standouts, drum veteran Bobby Jarzombek, whose stellar resume includes the likes of FATES WARNING, HALFORD, RIOT, and SPASTIC INK, and vocal powerhouseKelly Sundown Carpenter, who sang on BEYOND TWILIGHT’s 2005 album, ‘Section X’and was last seen with Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G’s band, FIREWIND, as well asDARKOLOGY.

The album’s stellar mix comes courtesy of another BEYOND TWILIGHT alum and long-time friend, noted studio whiz Jacob Hansen, best known for his  affiliation with Danish superstars VOLBEAT as well as his work with AMARANTHE and DESTRUCTION, amongst others.  Last but not least, acclaimed London-based graphic artist Rob Sindermann has been tapped to create the stunning visuals for the ”ESC”  album packaging which includes an elaborate deluxe booklet.

ESC track listing:

01. A New Beginning
02. Aggrezzor
03. Darkness Delight
04. Dark To The Bone
05. Evil Spirit
06. Married To The Cause
07. No Chorus
08. Rainheart
09. You Can’t Fix Me No More
10. Water
11. Whispers

JOHN TAGLIERI BRINGS IN DAYS LIKE THESE

Leap Dog Music and Vanity Music Group are proud to announce that on the heels of his successful ‘Southern Paradise’ release, John Taglieri is set to release his new Ep, Days Like These on 19 August 2014. The date is also Taglieri’s birthday and the title track symbolizes what the Ep is all about.

“Coming off of how great ‘Southern Paradise’ did, having my first baby, hitting Billboard, & charting overseas, I just cannot believe how blessed and lucky I am with my career.” said Taglieri. “I have an amazing fan base and they just keep me going. And Days Like These is exactly what life is about for me right now.”

For his twelfth effort, Taglieri wanted to pull out all the stops and make music that truly represents who he is and where his career is right now. “15 years ago I released my first CD, ‘Leap Of Faith’ which is exactly what it was.”…says Taglieri. “To be here 15 years and 12 releases later and to be as blessed as I am in my career really shows what my ‘Days Like These’ is. I get to do what I love everyday and I can’t ask for more than that.” Enlisting the help of some friends – both old and new – John worked with several writers and a true A-List crew of musicians to craft six songs that reflect on life and all the amazing things that have happened in it for him as of late.

For the Days Like These release, Taglieri recruited Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp, Elton John, Bob Seger, etc), Alan Jax Bowers (Parrot Bay, Rachel Allyn) , Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, etc), Lee Turner (Darius Rucker, Sara Evans, Big and Rich), Eric Ragno (Alice Cooper, Paul Stanley, Billy Gibbons, etc), Joe Gilder, Greg Juliano (Juliano Brothers), Chad Cunningham and Keith Lubrant (whose music you have heard on TV shows such as Real Housewives of Miami, Beavis and Butthead, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Young and the Restless and dozens more). “Its been SO cool to have my friends help me make this EP. Keith and I go back 15 years and started out together. Eric and I grew up together and its like life coming full circle. Its also amazing to me to be able to have some of my idols like Kenny Aronoff and Rich Redmond on this release. Its been very surreal to be working with them and really part of what my ‘Days Like These’ is about.”

Days Like These releases on 19 August and the Ep will be preceded by the release of the “Days Like These” single on 29 July.

Please check out the promo video at http://youtu.be/3484G4QrfrU