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Europe bringing the ‘War Of Kings’ to America -Listen to new tracks streaming now!

by on Feb.25, 2015, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Europe bringing the ‘War Of Kings’ to America -Listen to new tracks streaming now!

Swedish rock legends EUROPE are releasing their 10th studio album, 'War of Kings', on March 10 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings and to celebrate,  VH1 is teaming up with the band to exclusively reveal two new tracks from the album. “Days of Rock N’ Roll” and “Nothin’ To Ya," streaming now via VH1.com. Listen now, as the tracks are only available for streaming until the morning of Friday, February 27th!

War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format. PRE-ORDER HERE via Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Digipak-Version-B…/…/ref=sr_1_1…

War of Kings tracklisting:

1) War Of Kings
2) Hole In My Pocket
3) Second Day
4) Praise You
5) Nothin’ To Ya
6) California 405
7) Days Of Rock n Roll
8) Children Of The Mind
9) Rainbow Bridge
10) Angels (With Broken Hearts)
11) Light Me Up
Bonus: Vasastan (Instrumental)
EUROPE recently released their amazing new music video for the title track “War of Kings”, directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company (In Flames, At The Gates, Arch Enemy). In only a few weeks’ time, the video has racked up over 100,000 views.

Catch EUROPE on the Monsters of Rock cruise, setting sail on April 18th from Miami, FL, cruising to Poseidon’s Grotto/Nassau, Bahamas, and docking back in Miami on April 22nd. Visit www.monstersofrockcruise.com for pricing and more information.

Once back on land, EUROPE will embark on an eight-city tour of select eastern U.S. states, including a Headline slot at the M3 Rock Festival in Columbia, MD. See below for a full listing of tour dates:

EUROPE U.S. Tour Dates:
Apr. 18-22 - Miami, FL @ Monsters of Rock Cruise
Apr. 24 - Milwaukee, WI @ Potowatomi Casino
Apr. 25 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
Apr. 26 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
Apr. 28 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues - w/ Black Star Riders
Apr. 30 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza - w/ Black Star Riders
May 1 - Niagara Falls, NY @ The Bears Den - w/ Black Star Riders
May 2 - Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion - M3 Rock Festival
May 3 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
Right now, you can win a limited edition EUROPE War of Kings box set, which includes a copy of the album, as well as a t-shirt, bonus DVD, postcard, and sticker. You can enter now to win the box set now via only two sites, UltimateClassicRock.com and BraveWords.com.

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Marshall of Rock Top Tracks of 2013

by on Jan.04, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS

Marshall of Rock Top Tracks of 2013

While there were so many worthy tracks in 2013, I have compiled what are my Top 25 for the year of 2013. Check them out and see what you think.

25. Heaven & Earth - No Money, No Love

24. Otherwise - I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)

23. Black Star Riders - Bound For Glory

22. Alter Bridge - Addicted To Pain

21. Halestorm - freak Like Me

20. Stryper - No More Hell To Pay

19. Beware Of Darkness - Howl

18. Bruce Springsteen - High Hopes

17. Korn - Never Ever

16. Monster Truck - Sweet Mountain River

15. Devour The Day - Good Man

14. Sound City Players (Dave Grohl, Corey Taylor, Rick Nielsen, Scott Reeder) - From Can To Can't

13. Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted

12. Motorhead - Heartbreaker

11. U2 - Ordinary Love

10. Alice In Chains - Voices

9. Black Sabbath - God Is Dead?

8. S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing) - I'm The One

7. Pop Evil - Trenches

6. Tom Keifer - Solid Ground

5. Stone Sour - Do Me A Favor

4. Pearl Jam - Mind Your Manners

3. Sound City Players featuring Stevie Nicks - You Can't Fix This

2. Stone Sour - Tired

1. The Winery Dogs - Elevate

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Marshall of Rock Top 20 Albums of 2013

by on Jan.04, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS

Marshall of Rock Top 20 Albums of 2013

Now that 2013 was here and gone like a flash, I have finally realized it and gotten my Top Album of 2013 posted. There was a lot of great music released. Some were unexpected gems, some had high expectations and sucked, and others still made me believe that some of today's rock can hold up some years from now. Not too much of that, but still some entertaining and riveting music to ROCK to. Check out my Top 20:

20. Jared James Nichols - Old Glory & The Wild Revival

This 5-track E.P. from the 22 year old blues rock prodigy kicks off with an amazing track called 'Blackfoot,' and the rest of the album's material firmly adds this young guitar great to the list of potential future legends. This Berklee College of Music alum is that good. Recognize and do it now. A full album will follow this Spring.

Jared James Nichols EP cover

19. Buckcherry - Confessions

Another great album from a band that continues to not get the acclaim they deserve for what they are...a truly great American Rock band. While these guys have had multiple great albums over the years and a wealth of fantastic material, I really feel they should be more well known in all rock circles. This was a bit of a departure for the band, but still delivered as Buckcherry always do.

Buckcherry Confessions album cover

18. Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum

Joe brought forth another great album of material in 2013 that generally lives up to that of his past. Music you can feel from Joe, right when we needed it. There just aren't any artists around anymore that not only do what Joe does, but does it this well every time.

Joe Satriani Unstoppable Momentum album cover

17. Tedeshi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind

Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their solo bands on hiatus to form a new group in 2010 that lets the married couple focus on making music together. We are so glad they did. 'Made Up Mind' is the band's third album and continues the feel good blues vibe of their previous studio and live album releases. I have yet to see Tedeshi Trucks Band live, but with dates booked in 2014, I hope to get the chance to see these fantastic musicians and their bandmates perform this great material live.

Tedeshi Trucks Band Made Up Mind album cover

16. Alter Bridge - Fortress

Alter Bridge returned with their new album 'Fortress' in 2013, and it delivered the combo of intense in your face rock along with the emotion and connecting mid tempo tracks that the band puts into each and every release. Alter Bridge has yet to tour the U.S. behind this release, but have multiple dates on tap for 2014. I expect the album to get a resurgence on the charts and hopefully with radio airplay for more of these deserving tracks.

Alter Bridge Fortress album cover

15. Monster Truck - Furiosity

The Canadian rockers from Hamilton, Ontario bring it big time on this, their first full-length album. The band had released two EP's previous to this album, but I was glad to finally discover the band behind this latest release. The band mixes their hard rock, punk and classic rock influences and it comes out crushing like a Monster Truck. To me there is a harder rocking Skynyrd vibe, which I really dig. The band won the 2013 Juno Award for breakthrough album of the year and theyplayed the Download Festival in 2013. They've toured with Slash and others in the U.S. in the past and will be touring in the U.S. with Buckcherry later this month, so look for them and show your support! I really dig their vibe and hope bigger things in the future for them.

Monster Truck album cover

14. Black Star Riders - All Hell Breaks Loose

The band that previously toured as Thin Lizzy decided to recharge with a new album and a new band name and the result was a much acclaimed offering that checks in at #15 on my list for 2013. While still holding onto a core sound, Black Star Riders collectively have a new energy and a exciting future that begins with this album.

Black Star Riders All Hell Breaks Loose album cover

13. John Fogerty - Wrote A Song For Everyone

Fogerty brought a new energy to many of his Creedence Clearwater Revival classic tracks and added some great new songs to this collaborative collection. The likes of Kid Rock, Bob Seger, Foo Fighters and Tom Morello joined country artists Zac Brown Band, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert on the album with Fogerty, creating some unique new versions of his songs.

John Fogerty Wrote A Song For Everyone album cover (2)

12. Anthrax - Anthems

The sixth EP from the legendary thrash rockers brings versions of the band's favorites from the 1970's together, along with two versions of "Crawl", a song from their previous studio album. Featured covers on the album include 'Anthem' (Rush cover), 'T.N.T.' (AC/DC cover), 'Smokin' (Boston cover), 'Keep On Runnin' (Journey cover), 'Big Eyes' (Cheap Trick cover) and 'Jailbreak' (Thin Lizzy cover).

Anthrax Anthems album cover

11. Alice In Chains - The Devil Put The Dinosaurs Here

The fifth studio album from Alice In Chains, and the second with singer William DuVall, peaked at #2 in the U.S. charts and featured some great tracks like 'Hollow,' 'Stone,' and 'Voices.' The rest of the album has moments, and while not to the level of 2009's 'Black Gives Way To Blue,' overall it warrants a Top 15 finish on my top albums of 2012.

Alice In Chains album cover

10. Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam's tenth studio album continued and added to the band's acceptance and future Hall of Fame credentials. The guys are aging graceful, delivering moments of the 90's angst, with an adult and contemporary sound on other tracks. It all works and delivers 'Lightning Bolt' into my Top 10.

Pearl Jam Lighting Bolt album cover

9. Stryper - No More Hell To Pay

Christian rockers Stryper delivered an album stronger than I anticipated and worthy of a Top 10 finish on my list. Micheal Sweet has showed what an amazing talent and leader of the band he is, with his producing, singing, and guitar skills all showcased along with other long time band members Oz Fox, Robert Sweet and Tim Gaines. Stryper's 'No More Hell To Pay' way truly one of the year's rock surprises.

Stryper No More Hell To Pay album cover

8. Queensryche - Redemption

If it wasn't obvious before it's release, this version of Queensryche with all the original members of the band and new singer Todd LaTorre, trumped the Geoff Tate version by far after it. The album is all quality material, and the addition of LaTorre has added a new passion that was seemingly missing with the last few Queensryche records. We shall see if Tate answers in 2014 with an album of his own, but this will be tough to beat.

Queensryche album cover

7. Motorhead - Aftershock

Despite Lemmy Kimister's recent health issues in 2013, the new album from Motorhead was a jack and coke, with a shot of tequila, jager and another shot of jack. The album rocks hard from beginning to end, and while we all want Lemmy to chill out a bit and curtail his favorite intake so he can be with us for as long as possible, this album from Motorhead continues the legacy of the band and the man who is a true rock original.

Motorhead Aftershock album cover

6. Tom Keifer - The Way Life Goes

A great solo offering from the Cinderella frontman that showed a wide range of influences and talents. Tom has always been a fantastic songwriter, with multiple memorable hits from his Cinderella days. That continues with 'The Way Life Goes,' and I hope we get more new solo material in the future from Tom, as well as new Cinderella music.

Tom Keifer The Way Life Goes

5. Pop Evil - Onyx

Michigan rockers Pop Evil continued their onslaught on the airwaves, with two songs from their latest album already going to #1 on the Active Rock charts. The second album from the band has firmly etched the guys as major players in rock, with the ability and talent to take it to an even bigger level.

Pop Evil Onyx cover

4. Stone Sour - The House Of Gold & Bones Part 2

One of the most interesting rock projects of the year, with Corey Taylor raising Stone Sour's influence, even getting closer to the level of popularity of his other band Slipknot. This was the second of the two 'House Of Gold & Bones' albums, and spawned two singles that are in my Top 10 tracks of the year. Combine the two CD packaging and you get an actual cardboard model home, and add the whole comic book issues with that and you have a dynamic, multi-layed project that reached so many on so many levels.

Stone Sour House of Gold & Bones 2 cover

3. Sound City - Real To Reel

A fantastic soundtrack album to Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' rockumentary, the project combined artists that have recorded legendary albums in the past at the iconic Sound City Studios, with an array of great artists that Grohl brought together as the Sound City Players. Two tracks from this album also are featured in my top tracks of the year. If you have yet to see the 'Sound City' movie, you owe it to yourself to check it out and enjoy!

Sound City Real To Reel album cover

2. Black Sabbath - 13

I was upset when first hearing that drummer Bill Ward wouldn't be a part of the Black Sabbath reunion tour and album, but with each listen, the album continues to get better and better to me. The project has been a huge success, with the album and tour both making Black Sabbath one of the rock stories of the year. I still am holding out hope that Ward will get to rejoin his bandmates for shows and recordings at some point (better be soon), but if that doesn't happen, will still have this crushing Sabbath album that kicked my ass.

Black Sabbath 13 album cover

1. The Winery Dogs - The Winery Dogs

This is by far my favorite release of 2013! Master musicianship from the power trio featuring guitarist and vocals from Richie Kotzen, bass from the amazing Billy Sheehan, and percussion by one of today's great drummers, Mike Portnoy. Great songs with great hooks, and a variety of sounds demonstrating three masters meshing in a way that maybe even they didn't think possible. A phenomenal album from a band that I hope continues to stay together and put out more fantastic music. While the band has played some shows in 2013 in the U.S., I'm hoping for more opportunities to see this material live and what they future holds for a band that deserves to be recognized by all rock fans of any genre.

Winery Dogs 2

Others that missed the Top 20:
Megadeth - Supercollider, Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell & Angels, Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King, Five Finger Death Punch - The Wrong Side Of Heaven And The Righteous Side Of Hell Vol. 1 & 2, Stone Temple Pilots - High Rise (E.P.), Airbourne - Black Dog Barking, Korn - The Paradigm Shift, Kill Devil Hill - Revolution Rise, Krokus - Dirty Dynamite, S.U.N. (Something Unto Nothing), Gov't Mule - Shout, Eve To Adam - Locked & Loaded

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Black Star Riders new album ‘All Hell Breaks Lose’ set for release this May

by on Mar.16, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Black Star Riders new album ‘All Hell Breaks Lose’ set for release this May

Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper/Megadeth), have announced 'All Hell Breaks Loose' as the title of their debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment, which will be released Worldwide on the following dates:

May 21st - Japan
May 22nd - Sweden
May 24th - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Norway
May 27th - U.K., France, BeNeLux, Poland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Greece
May 28th - U.S., Canada, Italy, South America

About the origin of the album title, Black Star Riders frontman Ricky Warwick states:

"I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seem to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about."

Produced & mixed by the legendary Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush), the track listing for 'All Hell Breaks Loose' is:
1. All Hell Breaks Loose
2. Bound For Glory
3. Kingdom Of The Lost
4. Bloodshot
5. Kissin' The Ground
6. Hey Judas
7. Hoodoo Voodoo
8. Valley Of The Stones
9. Someday Salvation
10. Before The War
11. Blues Ain't So Bad

The album will be released as a standard CD and also as a special edition digi-pak featuring a bonus track "Got A Right To Be Wrong" and a "Making of" DVD.

Confirmed festival appearances for Black Star Riders include:
June 1st - Hi Rock Festival - Inzell, Germany
June 2nd - Hi Rock Festival - St. Goarshausen, Germany
June 8th - Sweden Rock Festival - Solvesborg, Sweden
Nov. 29th - Hard Rock Hell - N. Wales, U.K.

More tour dates to be announced shortly.

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Black Star Riders getting ready to dominate with upcoming album as recording continues (video)

by on Jan.18, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Black Star Riders getting ready to dominate with upcoming album as recording continues (video)

Black Star Riders, the new band formed by Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick (vocals), Scott Gorham (guitar), Damon Johnson (guitar), Marco Mendoza (bass) and new addition Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper, Megadeth, Y&T, David Lee Roth, Suicidal Tendencies) on drums, have been recording their first album in Los Angeles since the first week of January with producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Aerosmith, Rush, Black Country Communioin, Joe Bonamassa). The band have consistently posted updates from the process, which you can watch below.

The new Black Star Riders album  is expected to be ready for a May release via Nuclear Blast. Warwick got the name of the band from an outlaw gang in the 1993 western movie 'Tombstone'. The release will feature material the band wrote while touring as Thin Lizzy. Back in October, Thin Lizzy announced that they would not be recording new material under that name, with the last lineup of the band: Gorham, Brian Downey, Darren Wharton, Warwick, Johnson and Mendoza.

Downey and Wharton subsequently decided to not become involved with Black Star Riders. Downey didn't want to commit to the extensive touring the band will undertake, and  Wharton wanted to concentrate on DARE and other music and film projects.

"Brian and Darren just don't want to be on the road 150 days a year. anti that's completely understandable," Warwick told Classic Rock Magazine. "But we do. We work well together, and there's no better man than Jimmy to gel it together. This is a kick-ass band."

Damon Johnson explains the roots of a new track, "Hoodoo Voodoo." "Thin Lizzy was the music of my life, especially those great guitar parts," says Johnson from the studio. "There was something about this riff that very much sounds like it could have been on 'Johnny The Fox' or 'Bad Reputation.' I had this moment in there today when we were tracking it and Scott and I were like standing right in front of each other…his vibrato is one of the greatest of all time and I've totally tried to emulate Scott my whole life…and I had this moment of 'holy sh*t, I'm in the studio with Scott Gorham, playing a lick that I came up with one morning that sounds just like Thin Lizzy.'"

Warwick hints at the storyline of their track Kingdom Of The Lost, calling it a “Celtic folk-rock song” about “trying to find yourself while you’re wandering the world. Being Irish, being away from home, then this character gets home and realises it wasn’t what he wanted.”

The album is going to be amazing, and is at the top of my list of most anticipated new albums for 2013. This shit is going to ROCK!!

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