9.29.2015

DETROIT METAL: REVERANCE 2ND LP RELEASE NOVEMBER 4!

 
Detroit power metallers REVERENCE, featuring Riot V vocalist Todd Michael Hall, ex-Tokyo Blade guitarist Bryan Holland and ex-Savatage drummer Steve “Doc” Wacholz, will release their new album 'Gods Of War' via Razar Ice Records on November 4, 2015.

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The cover artwork was created by renowned artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix (PRIMAL FEAR,SABATON, HYSTERIA).

'Gods Of War' track listing:

01. Gods Of War
02. Heart Of Gold
03. Until My Dying Breath
04. Angel In Black
05. Tear Down The Mountain
06. Blood Of Heroes
07. Battle Cry
08. Choices Made
09. Splinter
10. Cleansed By Fire
11. Race To Obscene

If REVERENCE stays on the same trajectory they have been, they’re soon to become a household name for metal heads everywhere. Though they play Power, this album should appeal to lovers of everything heavy metal. Their sound covers all the bases as far as I’m concerned. Gods of War is a brilliant follow-up to an already amazing debut, and one that you need in your collection. (MyGlobalMind Rating 9/10)

The following video clip features tracks from the new album: “Battle Cry“, “Angel In Black” and the title track “Gods of War“.



Bryan Holland says: It’s been 3 long years since you have had any new music from the power metal band REVERENCE. That’s a hell of a long time to go without some OLD SCHOOL METAL. So, with that being said, we are proud to give you this short sneak peek of what you can expect from REVERENCE‘s 2nd release ‘Gods Of War‘.

The impending power metal assault is coming you way, take cover!

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9.11.2015

STEVE HUNTER GETS PAID: AEROSMITH/ALICE COOPER ROYALTIES TRIUMPH!

Steve Hunter

After 42 years, Guitar Player Steve Hunter is finally going to start receiving airtime performance royalties for guitar solos he played that helped make rock history!

This has come after the collection of sufficient evidence for his name to be officially connected with seven tracks that he did not get credit for when the albums were released.

At the top of the list is ‘Train Kept A Rollin’ from ‘Get Your Wings’ which was released in 1974 and although it has been common knowledge amongst many rock fans that Hunter did the opening half solos, that did not equate to any performance royalties until now.

The other six tracks are from the original Alice Cooper Groups album ‘Billion Dollar Babies’. Once again these albums were released without Hunter receiving credit for his solos on Hello Hooray, Raped and Freezin, Billion Dollar Babies, Unfinished Sweet, Generation Landslide and Sick Things.


Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was common to have musicians perform on records without getting credit, when record labels wanted to keep the fans focused on the main band or artist. There are numerous examples of this including the late Dick Wagner who also played guitar un credited on ‘Get Your Wings’ and of course the practice was well documented on ‘The Wrecking Crew’ film.

In those days things were often more informal or kept quiet, but as the digital age has grown, the documentation of who did what has become more pertinent.

These ‘ghosting’ players got paid a nominal session fee at the time, but unless their work was officially part of the album credits there could be no acknowledgement of their contributions with airplay performance collection agencies around the world. Unfortunately, the US does not pay airtime performance royalties to non featured players.


Often such contributions went unnoticed, a rhythm track here or there, but occasionally a contribution was made to a recording that in small part helped advance the career of the main artist as it went global with radio play. Peter Gabriel recently credited Hunter for coming up with the guitar parts on ‘Solsbury Hill’ in a new Daryl Easlea biography. This recording is also now paying Hunter airtime performance royalties.

‘Train kept A Rollin’ certainly helped Aerosmith move forward after it became a rock radio mainstay. It also became a part of Aerosmith’s ‘Guitar Hero’ ‘Legends Of Rock‘ video game, which sadly this performance royalty triumph does not cover.

However, any performance royalties are welcome at a time when Hunter needs it most as he is going blind with Pigmentary Glaucoma and touring is impossible without assistance.

There are many unsung heroes in rock music so it’s great to report that some justice has been done for Steve Hunter and this should give others hope.



There are many unsung heroes in rock music so it’s great to report that some justice has been done for Steve Hunter and this should give others hope.

9.06.2015

WHAT TO DO NEXT WEEKEND…SUMMER 2015 IS NOT OVER!


What to do when all the Labor Day Weekend events are over…
and you still want to party?

Arts, Beats and Eats all done?  Detroit Jazz Fest now a memory? How about a full day of music, message, food and fun that's family-friendly and totally free? 

On Saturday, September 12, thirteen time Detroit Music Award winning band SWEET CRYSTAL invites everyone to keep the good times rolling as we join 7 other high power bands to an outdoor all day free concert sponsored by the good folks at The Venue At The Bridge in Flint, MI.

11 hours, 8 bands - what a way to spend a Saturday in Michigan! 

Take I-75 to exit 118 and go east 1 block to the Kroger shopping plaza - couldn't be easier.

This electric line -up includes:

Super Heavy • 12PM
Second Day Story • 1:30PM
Still Water Creek • 3PM
One True King • 4:30PM
Living Stones • 5:45PM
Emily Torres • 7PM
Sweet Crystal • 8:30PM
Reign • 10PM

Add a Flea Market starting at 10AM, activities for the kids, food…. this will be the very definition of sweet! Don't let the summer slip away peacefully - keep it going hot and heavy as we celebrate all the blessings we've been given. Oh it's still on.

SWEET CRYSTAL
13 Time Detroit Music Award Winners

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