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Issue #620
Week of January 23, 2012

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-Hey folks, welcome to 2012! First off, the good news: Congratulations to reader Mike Beer for winning our Eric Carr – UNFINISHED BUSINESS CD giveaway! Enjoy. Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry.

On to the rough stuff… Our winter hiatus lasted a bit longer than expected due to a couple of factors. Number 1, the complexity of my job has increased dramatically in the last couple of months, and with the holidays I just did not have time for Detritus. Number 2, I had one of those awesome “computer problems” in December and lost tons of files, including a bunch of Detritus material. Disheartening.

It all just got to be too much. I’ve been doing this e-zine more or less weekly for 13 years now (and that doesn’t include the columns I used to write for the old SFK newsletter!) and I have to take a break. I’ve toyed with similar decisions several times over the last couple of years but I really have to do it this time. I hope we’ll be able to resurface, possibly as a monthly instead of a weekly, but only time will tell.

So for now, feast your eyes on these last few bits ‘n’ pieces. We hope to see you again soon.

R.I.P. Mark Reale — you will be missed! – Tim

*** PRESS RELEASE #1 ***
-Judas Priest’s Career Showcased With Extensive CD Box Set, THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION

Few heavy metal artists have built as stellar a discography as Judas Priest over the years. And now, fans will get a chance to acquire all of Priest’s classics in one fell swoop. On January 24th, Columbia/Epic/Legacy will release the 17-CD box set, THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION, which contains every studio and live album that featured the classic lineup of Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, K.K. Downing, and Ian Hill.

Included will be brand new re-masters of Priest’s first two albums, 1974’s ROCKA-ROLLA and 1976’s SAD WINGS OF DESTINY (which have never been released before as authorized re-masters by the band), in addition to each individual album being packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art. And although the 2009 live compilation, A TOUCH OF EVIL…LIVE is included; no other compilations will be present. Also featured in the set will be a 40-page booklet with photos, album credits, and liner notes by rock journalist/Priest fan Greg Prato. THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION will be available for purchase exclusively via Popmarket.com.

It’s not often that you can acquire all of the classic albums by one of rock’s all-time great bands in one gorgeously assembled package. Judas Priest’s killer THE COMPLETE ALBUMS COLLECTION is certainly one of these rare occurrences.


TURBO (1986)
RAM IT DOWN (1988)

For further information visit http://www.judaspriest.com/ .

*** PRESS RELEASE #2 ***
-Pretty Maids To Celebrate Their 30th Anniversary With The Release Of IT COMES ALIVE — The Band’s First Ever Audio-Visual Release!

Frontiers Records is pleased to celebrate Pretty Maids’ Thirtieth Anniversary with the release of the band’s first-ever live 2CD/DVD package entitled IT COMES ALIVE (MAID IN SWITZERLAND) on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.

Following the highly acclaimed 2010 album PANDEMONIUM, Danish melodic hard rockers, Pretty Maids have been touring more or less constantly throughout 2010/2011. They undertook a full scale European tour in 2010 and have since played several festivals and occasional gigs. The overwhelming response to the new songs and the ongoing requests coming from the fans prompted the band to take their chance and record a live 2CD/DVD last October 1st, 2011. Pretty Maids gathered in Pratteln, Switzerland with an enthusiastic and highly explosive crowd of die hard fans and followers to fulfill the demand, for an energetic and memorable performance which was recorded with a fully equipped mobile studio and cameras.

“Riding on the success of our previous studio album PANDEMONIUM and with maybe the strongest lineup ever, we thought that we’d make some kind of a live document of what this band is all about in the present time,” tells singer Ronnie Atkins. “IT COMES ALIVE is purely and simply a tribute to all our fans and supporters throughout the world, who gave us so many memorable moments, so much pleasure and making our childhood dreams come through.

“The band’s spirit during the last couple of years has been better than in a long long time,” says Atkins. And IT COMES ALIVE (MAID IN SWITZERLAND) shows the band at the top of their game, performing songs from a 30-year-long career.

“It’s always difficult to make a set list that satisfies everyone,” continues the singer, “It’s a combination of what the crowd expect us to play and what we like to play ourselves! But of course there are songs like ‘Future World’ and ‘Red, Hot & Heavy’ that we have been playing for the last 25 years so, they still get a new life every time we play ’em and still seem to please our audience. But basically what you will find on this Live album are the songs that we toured with on the PANDEMONIUM tour, with a few exceptions.”

IT COMES ALIVE (MAID IN SWITZERLAND) will be exclusively released in a lavish 2CD/DVD digi-pak released and will include the following tracks:

CD1: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U; Hell On High Heels; Wake Up To The Real World; Destination Paradise; Another Shot Of Your Love; Scream; Walk Away; It Comes At Night; Queen Of Dreams; Savage Heart; Clay.

CD2: Yellow Rain; Rock The House; Back To Back; Rodeo; Love Games; Future World; Little Drops Of Heaven; Please Don’t Leave Me; Red, Hot & Heavy; Lethal Heroes*
* bonus track

DVD Contents: Pandemonium; I.N.V.U.; Hell On High Heels; Wake Up To The Real World; Destination Paradise; Another Shot Of Your Love; Scream; Walk Away; It Comes At Night; Queen Of Dreams; Savage Heart; Yellow Rain; Rock The House; Back To Back; Rodeo; Love Games; Future World; Little Drops Of Heaven; Please Don’t Leave Me; Red, Hot & Heavy; Rockumentary (incl. backstage footage and interviews with the band)

DVD Format: NTSC Region Free / Length 120 mins. / Stereo mix 2.0 / Screen 16:9

The album trailer can be enjoyed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E23eGK20h5w .

IT COMES ALIVE (MAID IN SWITZERLAND) captures Pretty Maids in their finest moment, live on stage — in your face! It’s party time, so just: TURN UP THE VOLUME!

Pretty Maids
Ronnie Atkins: Vocals
Ken Hammer: Guitar
Rene Shades: Bass
Allan Tchicaja: Drums
Morten Sandager: Keyboards

*** PRESS RELEASE #3 ***
-Motorhead Kick Off 2012 In A Big Way With Epic DVD And Gigantour With Megadeth

Another country, another town, another place, the greatest road warriors in rock have once again bled their sweat all over another stage. A sold-out crowd roars their approval. Here we go: Lemmy steps up to the mike…


And after each show one thing is crystal clear: Motorhead remain the finest, loudest, hardest and coolest live British rock ‘n’ roll band around. The global tour for their 20th studio release, THE WORLD IS YOURS, took in Motorhead bangers from America to Argentina, Belgium to Brazil, from Sweden to Spain and dozens of other countries all over the world.

In celebration of their 35 years on the road, on January 24th Motorhead Music/UDR is proud to present: THE WORLD IS OURS – VOL. 1 – EVERYWHERE FURTHER THAN EVERYPLACE ELSE, a blistering DVD containing some of the finest moments from the tour, including the entire performance from Chile’s Teatro Caupolican, shot and filmed in classic black and white by Banger Films and Sam Dunn (Iron Maiden – “Flight 666,” Rush – “Beyond The Lighted Stage”). Mixed by the band’s longtime producer Cameron Webb, THE WORLD IS OURS – VOL. 1 – EVERYWHERE FURTHER THAN EVERYPLACE ELSE is stuffed with the classics Motorfans demand, from “Overkill” to “Ace Of Spades” to “Killed By Death” as well as some old gems like “Over The Top” and new favorites such as “I Know How To Die.”

As well as this epic Motorperformance, exciting numbers from the shows in Manchester and New York are also included on the triple-disc digi-pak set, along with a series of extensive, in-depth and exclusive interviews with the band, a bonus double live CD of the Chile show (incl. selected tracks from NY & Manchester), plus a superbly photographed booklet documenting life on the road during the tour.

On January 26, Motorhead make their return to the US and Canada on the multi-bill festival, Gigantour, with Megadeth, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil. Gigantour is a chance to tour with like-minded artists “that play heavy music in a high-energy environment,” says Dave Mustaine. The tour will kick off on Jan. 26 in Camden, NJ and run through Feb. 28 in Denver, and will include stops in NY (Jan. 28) and Los Angeles (Feb. 24).

In other Motorhead news:

– “Lemmy, The Movie,” the film about Motorhead’s iconic front man, won Best Film/DVD at the recent Classic Rock Awards in the UK and has also received an RIAA Gold sales award in North America.

– Paul Inder, Lemmy’s son, runs a successful recording studio in Los Angeles, Inder Music Studios, where Lemmy has been known to work. Says Paul, “Everyone who has come here so far loves the vibe of the place.”

– In last month’s issue of Revolver Magazine, the cover story was dedicated to the 100 Greatest Living Rock Stars, with Lemmy (of course) among the greats.

– In CMJ’s 2011 year-end charts, Motorhead’s CD, THE WORLD IS YOURS, was number one on the Loud Rock chart. Upon the record’s release, it spent six weeks at number one on this chart, which is the longest that Motorhead has held that position at radio. Number One!

– We recently told you about Motorhead wine. (Their Shiraz got great reviews: “A fairly grown-up wine — can taste the fruitiness. A panel favorite.” And “A red wine that’s ‘Aces.'”) Now comes Motorhead Vodka. It’s a premium, 80 proof Vodka made from 100% locally grown wheat that has been distilled and bottled in Sweden. It has a rich, full-bodied and complex character, with a light and fruity aftertaste. One reviewer said, “That’s how women sometimes describe Lemmy.”

– In Duff McKagan’s ESPN.com weekly column, he recently wrote about his band, Loaded, opening for Motorhead in Germany. He says, “Being here on the road with Motorhead is to get an awe-inspiring peek into legend. Their consistancy remains a sort of explosive touchstone for all of us who need to be reminded of what is real and true and honest about rock music. Lemmy is still more on top of his game than five 20-year-olds combined. If you get a chance to see this band, don’t even try to think twice about it. They are the very best of what it is all about… it’s like going to rock and roll church.”

– Motorhead were recently nominated for a Shorty Award, honoring the best of social media, recognizing the people and organizations producing real-time short form content across the social Web.

– Lemmy performed with Camp Freddy on their last 2011 show, which took place at the at the world famous Roxy on the Sunset Strip on the day before Lemmy’s 66th birthday. Participating in the tribute to Lemmy that night were Slash, Matt Sorum, John Lydon, among others, and also included birthday greetings from Ozzy.

– Lemmy will be part of a Ronnie James Dio tribute album which will be out later this year.

– And finally, two German scientists/academics discovered Motorhead in recent years and wrote an article about them, saying: “This band is loud and fresh, hard and relevant… Motorhead are the hardest trio of the rock world… The band is rocking.”

We agree!!


*** PRESS RELEASE #4 ***
-Jeff Scott Soto’s Return To Rock On DAMAGE CONTROL Out In The Spring On Frontiers!

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of Jeff Scott Soto’s fifth studio album DAMAGE CONTROL on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.

Extraordinary performer and amazing vocalist throughout, Jeff Scott Soto blasts through these hard-rocking tracks with energy and masters the transition smoothly from heavy rock to a delicate ballad. For his new album DAMAGE CONTROL, Jeff has turned to many of his past influences and most requested aspects of his career by blending the art of Melodic Rock with Hard Rock throughout.

“I feel DAMAGE CONTROL is more of a return to what my fans would expect to hear from me. It’s a perfect blend of my first two solo albums with Frontiers Records; PRISM and LOST IN THE TRANSLATION, but also mixes in some of my favorite moments of my past bands such as Talisman and Soul SirkUS,” tells Jeff. “It is heavy, AOR, hard rock with loads of great riffs and melodies.”

DAMAGE CONTROL was recorded in the fall of 2011 and is completed with appearances and co-writing along with his former and current band mates together with many guests including Jamie Borger and Nalley Påhlsson (Treat), Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger), and legendary Y&T founding member Dave Meniketti. Jeff recalls: “Y&T drummer Mike Vanderhule played drums on a track and suggested I bring Dave on but, as he is a longtime friend and one on the ‘wish list’ of people I would have loved to have, I didn’t want to get an excuse that he was too busy or not interested, to my surprise I got neither… He was willing to do it and I was not only grateful but beyond pleased to work with another musical hero!”

The album will be released in two exclusive configurations: the basic version in CD jewel box will include 11 songs, while the deluxe edition in digi-pak format has an additional three bonus tracks and a DVD. Full track listing is below:

CD: Give A Little More, Damage Control, Look Inside Your Heart, Die A Little, Take U Down*, If I Never Let Her Go, Tears That I Cry, BonaFide, Elena*, Krazy World, How To Love Again, AfterWorld, NeverEnding War, Afraid To Die*
* Bonus tracks only available on the Deluxe Edition.

DVD: Look Inside Your Heart (video clip); NeverEnding War (video clip); Damage Control (video clip); EPK interview.


Jeff Scott Soto is currently planning tour dates that will support the release of the new record: “The plan is to do as much touring as possible wherever the World will have me. I plan to promote this album with a proper touring regiment!” concludes Jeff. Get ready for DAMAGE CONTROL — it will rock your World!

The first single “Look Inside Your Heart” can be streamed in full on Frontiers Records’ webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio . The official trailer can be enjoyed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHMnFbmxEuM .



All Vocals: Jeff Scott Soto
Guitars: Gary Schutt, Jorge Salan, Diego Armelin, Rodrigo Armelin, Joel Hoekstra, Emo Markov, Dave Meniketti, Peter Pac Söderström, Alex Llorens, Joel Hoekstra, Roger Benet, Leo Mancini, JSS
Bass: Fernando Mainer, Nalley Påhlsson, Henrique Baboom, JSS
Keyboards: Fabio Ribiero, Ulf Wahlberg, BJ (Luis Paulo Almeida, Jr.), JSS
Drums: Edu Cominato, Carlos Exposito, Casey Grillo, Mike Vanderhule, Jamie Borger, Joey Soto

*** PRESS RELEASE #5 ***
-Frontiers Records Signs British Uprising Metal Stars Furyon For The Worldwide Release Of Their Debut Album GRAVITAS

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the Worldwide release of Furyon’s debut album GRAVITAS on March 23rd in Europe and March 27th in North America.

Furyon is a new band from the UK who like nothing more than to challenge expectations. Raised on a diet of heavy metal, prog, and classic rock, Furyon mix all these components for a truly unique and contemporary sound. Delivering huge rock radio-friendly songs, with technically challenging, yet infectiously catchy musicianship. Dedicated to one sole purpose, making hard hitting songs that will stand the test of time. “Our music is good songs with touches of intelligence,” says singer Matt Mitchell. “There are a many different moods that come out from this album and all the songs have meaning and substance. Heavy and Melodic! That is what Furyon and this album GRAVITAS is about.”

What separates Furyon from the crowd is the sheer quality of their musicianship. Boasting two truly world-class guitarists in the form of Chris Green and Pat “The Shred” Heath, Furyon have few peers when it comes to the quality of their iconic riffs, and jaw-dropping solos. Backing them up is one of the tightest rhythm sections the rock world has to offer with the awesome combination of Lee Farmery and Alex (Nickel) Bowen. Leading from the front is the outstanding vocal versatility of Matt Mitchell, whose emotion drenched voice effortlessly moves between melodic and crunchingly heavy. “We really have been inspired by many bands over the time (as all musicians and writers are),” continues Matt, “but for this album inspirations from bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Tool, Mastodon, Alter Bridge, and Iron Maiden spring to mind.”

In 2009, after a sold-out tour and accompanying EP, Furyon set about the serious business of writing their debut album. The early demos reached the ears of US producer Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy), and a powerful and symbiotic relationship was formed. “Our hook-up with Rick Beato was through Kip Winger,” recalls Matt. “We toured with Winger on their KARMA tour and we had spoken with Kip about the band Shinedown and how we liked there productions. Kip hooked us up with Rick and to our delight he was interested in doing the album. Rick is a truly great producer and writer.”

Released independently on a low profile and later covermounted on Metal Hammer UK, GRAVITAS received already rave responses from the press, including:

“I’ve seen hundreds of unsigned & unknown band in my career. Only a handful of them made me stand up and take any notice. Only one of them made me do that from the very first listen and that one band was Furyon.”
– Chris Ingham (Group Publisher Classic Rock, Metal Hammer)

“Brighton’s Furyon are the latest and arguably greatest metal band of the modern era…”
– Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer UK)

“Do you like massive hooks? Do you like world-class guitar playing? Do you like music you can bang your head to, stamp your foot to, drive to, and f*** to? Yes? …then, even if you’ve not yet heard them, Furyon are already one of your favorite bands.”
– Alex Baker (Kerrang! Radio)

“Furyon almost crashed the airwaves when they came on my radio show, I’ve never had so many listeners tune in. They deserve to be stars. They deserve to play stadiums.”
– Louise Brown (Presenter Totalrock Radio/Editor Terrorizer Magazine)

“It has real underlying guitar-driven fury”
– Classic Rock Magazine UK

GRAVITAS will be released on Frontiers Records with the following track listing:

Disappear Again; Stand Like Stone; Souvenirs; Don’t Follow; New Way Of Living; Voodoo Me; Fear Alone; Wasted On You; Our Peace Someday; Desert Suicide; Voodoo Me (acoustic)*; Souvenirs (acoustic)*
* Bonus tracks

Enjoy the video clip of the awesome first single “Disappear Again” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEClIzmdBE8 . The song can also be streamed on the Frontiers Records webradio at http://www.frontiers.it/webradio .

Frontiers is now releasing this stunning debut worldwide with two bonus tracks. Pay attention: Furyon are destined to stardom!


Matt Mitchell – Vocals
Chris Green – Guitars
Pat Heath – Guitars
Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass
Lee Farmery – Drums

*** PRESS RELEASE #6 ***
-Frontiers Records: Last Announcement Of 2011


DAMAGE CONTROL, the new album by Jeff Scott Soto, is near completion and promises to deliver a one-two punch in the standard that is expected from the artist who has mastered the world of Melodic and Hard Rock music through the ages! The album is completed with appearances and co-writing by his current and former live lineups as well as guests such as Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat), Casey Grillo (Kamelot), and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger). There will be an 11-song single CD release of the album, as well as a 14-song digi-pak version along with a bonus DVD which includes videos and EPK. Get ready for DAMAGE CONTROL — it will rock your World!


Crazy Lixx are busy in the studio recording their third album that will be entitled RIOT AVENUE. According to singer Danny Rexon: “This time the music is a little more riff-based and straightforward. We wanted to make real a hard rock album, so we decided to have a little more raw feeling in the production, sound and song writing compared to our previous albums and there’s a lot more up-tempo songs than we had on NEW RELIGION. Also, the addition of a second guitarrist, Edd Liam, has made it possible to add some twin guitar playing and other interesting musical stuff that we’ve used on the album.” Some of the song titles are “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” “Young Blood,” “Riot Avenue,” “Church Of Rock,” “Fire It Up,” “Only The Dead Know,” and more. The album is planned for a worldwide release in April 2012 and will be followed by the usual string of live dates around the World.


Pride Of Lions is carrying on their proud heritage working hard on their as-yet-untitled fourth studio album. Jim Peterik says: “Our self-titled debut released in 2002 is still many of our fans’ favorite albums. So this album is a bit of a return to form. Of course there will be a few surprises and Toby Hitchcock is singing stronger than ever. I’ve hit a stride on the song writing with songs such as ‘Tie Down The Wind’ and ‘Coin Of The Realm.'” I needed the time since THE ROARING OF DREAMS to regroup and get reinspired. If you can’t make a great record that will last the test of time — why even bother? This time Toby and me wanna take Pride Of Lions on the road to promote this new one and spread the word.” This new Pride Of Lions from what we’ve heard so far promises to be both more melodic and harder edged. Release is planned for early summer 2012.


Hardline will be back in 2012 with a brand new album and a new lineup which will mark the beginning of a new cooperation between singer Johnny Gioeli and the Italian producer/keyboardist Alessandro Delvecchio (Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse). The US singer says: “I’m really excited to be working with Frontiers on a new Hardline record! We have slated the release for mid-2012… This CD is filled with melody and class… I’m digging it. I hope the Hardline fans enjoy this CD as much as I have enjoyed creating it… Happy Holidays All!”


Eclipse are putting their finishing touches to their anticipated fourth studio album that will be entitled BLEED AND SCREAM. Musically the band is taking off the new release where the last album finished, yet with more refined and progressed song writing. It will be a 100% Eclipse-sounding album with big hooks, melodies and powerful riffs but it leans towards a more darker, moody, and epic side of the band. Songs like the title track, “Battlegrounds,” “A Bitter Taste,” and “After The End Of The World” will show an exciting new side of the song writing of the band. There will also be the first ballad in the history of the band entitled “About To Break.” Singer Erik Martensson tells: “This album was the hardest to write for us so far. On the other hand the most rewarding. We don’t know at this point how we are going to top this one. We have tweaked everything from quality of the songs, melodies, hooks, arrangements, guitar riffs, vocal performances, guitar solos, drumming, and the variety in the song writing in general. No stone is left unturned this time.” Frontiers plans to release the album in the first half of 2012.


Singer Robbie LaBlanc of Blanc Faces and Swedish producer/songwriter Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, The Murder Of My Sweet) have started working together on an exciting new project entitled Find Me. Musically it will have an heavier edge compared to Blanc Faces and Robbie sings louder and stronger than ever! Daniel Flores says, “This CD is some of the best AOR songs I’ve ever worked on, there are songs for everybody here, it is going to be a monster. Robbie has one of the best voices in the business and I’m proud to be working with him, he reminds me of the soulfulness of Martin Page and Lou Gramm’s singing. I have given every song on FIND ME its own identity for Robbie to showcase his great vocal diversity, all arrangements are carefully produced to fit his voice. The sonic impact will knock the socks out of you for sure! There are some great musicians involved on this CD, starting with the amazing solos from guitar wizard David Sivelind, the rhythm guitars of Daniel Palmqvist, and the very tight and inventive bass playing from Jonny Trobro. The amount of time put into keyboards was really a lot and will instantly remind the listener of the greats like Boston and Foreigner. All done with real vintage keyboards to give the album the organic feel, that unfortunately so many albums lack of these days. I have never been this satisfied with the keyboards and synthesizer arrangements like on this album!” Release is planned for the summer 2012.


Metal Nation 2012 Tour including Primal Fear + Brainstorm + Special Guests!

30. March 2012 CZ – Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe
01. April 2012 CZ – Prag – Metrix
03. April 2012 AUT – Wien – Szene
04. April 2012 HU – Budapest – Club 202
07. April 2012 BUL – Sofia – TBA
08. April 2012 ROM – Bukarest – TBA
10. April 2012 D – Berlin – C-Club
11. April 2012 D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik
12. April 2012 NED – Kerkrade – Rock Temple
13. April 2012 D – Burglengenfeld – VA Zentrum
14. April 2012 D – Bochum – Matrix
15. April 2012 BEL – Genk – Rondpunt 26
17. April 2012 CH – Pratteln – Z7
19. April 2012 ES-Gijon – Sala Albeniz
20. April 2012 ES-Pamplona – Sala Totem
21. April 2012 ES-Huesca – Sala Jai Alai
22. April 2012 ES-Madrid – Sala Ritmo y Compas


Two very exciting new bands have joined or are about to join the Frontiers Records roster. One is a new Metal band from the UK which has already gathered a vast critical acclaim with their independently released debut album and that will finally have a worldwide release on Frontiers and another is a new Melodic Rock band from Sweden sounding like an exciting mix of Work Of Art and H.E.A.T.! Stay tuned for more news in early 2012 — more and more surprises are in the works !! Merry Christmas and Happy Rocking New Year!!

Frontiers Records

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This Allentown, Pennsylvania, foursome formed in 2004 and had their first CD under their belts by 2006. While that self-titled release did well on the local scene, they believed the second would do better. INKLINATION is that next CD though it took them four years to complete. Adam Burke led his band mates through quite a few shows during those four years as well. While Burke handles lead vocals, rhythm guitar duties and songwriting, he’s joined by Matt Scott on lead guitar and backing vocals, Steve Benecke on bass and backing vocals, and drummer Kyle Young. Maddam Ink has also played with the big boys, joining national acts like Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, and Shadows Fall on the 2007 “Heaven And Hell Tour / LocoFest” in Manchester, New Hampshire. The band has also supported other groups such as Fuel, Nonpoint, and Days Of The New. Though they name influences like Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix, INKLINATION seems mellower than anything I’d expect from a full album by any of those influences. The main issue I have with this CD is that no matter how many times I played it, I was never able to tell one song from the other. When I tried random rotation, only one really seemed to have a different tempo, or to be played in a different key. I know that isn’t the case, but if I heard them live and wasn’t paying attention to the set, I’d never know one song from another, unless the audience applauded. Would they even know when they should? In fact, everything is so similar, there’s not even one song I can name as standing out in any way. Burke’s vocals are strong; he’s got a decent rock voice, but this CD leaves you wondering if he’s holding back or if he’s that limited. He should try stretching and showing off his abilities on the next release or risk having too many of the songs sound the same. Again. Nothing here is really bad — but none of these cuts make me want to tell anyone “go buy this CD and listen to this song.” Maybe it’s great as background, which is the one thing I didn’t try. There’s promise here, what they do with it will determine their fate.
– Jan W. (jw4jzon@hotmail.com)

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The debut from Zombie Shaker Box was released in 2010, and in 2012, most of us still haven’t heard of this band. My prediction is that won’t change, if their next release is anything like this one. Even the videos on YouTube aren’t much to talk about. The band’s website boasts of several award wins in 2010 (in Vegas and L.A., like best rock album and best metal band), but I don’t see a hint of the band that should have won awards like that on ENCRYPTED. This band consists of Cory Kay on bass, Tomonori Sugiyama covering drums, Jami Lin on guitars, and Kirk Hulshoff as the lead singer. Hulshoff’s credits even include work with Marten Andersson of Lizzy Borden. Personally, I listened to this CD on multiple occasions over several weeks, hoping to form a better opinion of the band. However, there was just nothing on this release that stood out, nothing seemed different or innovative, so my thoughts about it never changed. “Welcome To My Rave,” the opening song, is the best of the lot, and I wouldn’t rate it more than 6 on a scale of 10; it’s slightly interesting, but I just can’t get more excited than that. The cut worth mentioning — for all the wrong reasons — is “Answer To No One.” This is a confusing mix that tries to be too many mismatched styles in one: blues, country, and believe it or not, a touch of hillbilly. The slowest songs are the longest — at nearly six minutes — and well before each is halfway through you wish they were over. Maybe their next effort will have a better handle on what they really want to do, but as for ENCRYPTED — this is not worth the time.
– Jan W. (jw4jzon@hotmail.com)

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