Tesla – “Five Man London Jam”

Tesla – “Five Man London Jam” CD / 2 LP / Blu-Ray (UMC)

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Formed in 1981, Tesla have since enjoyed international chart, radio, and tour success for nearly 35 years, with multi-platinum albums and global album sales topping 15 million. To celebrate that in a unique one-off event, Tesla stepped into London’s famed Abbey Road Studios to perform an acoustic show that would form the basis of this live album, recorded and filmed in 4K high definition. Still with most of their founding line-up, these veteran rockers, whose sound is rooted in 70s rock as well as 80s hard rock n roll, pulled out all the plugs (literally) across the 13 tracks here, drawn from their latest release “Shock”, right back to their 1986 debut “Mechanical Resonance”. Despite all the years (and mileage) in between, what really impresses is just how fresh the material sounds, with barely a difference between the older and more recent songs. Needless to say, the flawless performance by Tesla had nothing to do with it whatsoever ha ha! Still, what can’t be replayed to perfection is the passion and heart from the band themselves, who exude it abundantly across every note, beat and vocal in remarkably kick ass and heart moving fashion – the trademark of this primo American hard rock band. From their cover of ‘Signs’ by Five Man Electrical Band (if you’re wondering where they got the inspiration for this live album’s title), the rolling 70s groove oozes the feelgood factor through the harmony vocals and strummed guitars on this take which is close to the original, while still having a definite Tesla signature to it. Performing live for the first time ever is ‘California Summer Song’ off their 2019 release, the catchy soulful happiness inherent in the positive guitar vibes and Jeff Keith’s laid back croons, while the presence of deeper rock melodies adds that Tesla mark once again. With it’s incredible contrast of heavy twanging cowpoke guitar that lassos you immediately and a grungy melancholic touch, “Miles Away” is not just powerful in its blue collar appealing tones as intended by Tesla, but moreover to bare chest their souls as reflected by their charity work, including that for the Rhode Island fire. Taken from their 1991 platinum release “Psychotic Supper”, which spurned no less than 5 hit singles, ‘Call It What You Want’ is a classic Geffen song with catchy melodic hooks beautifully melded with deeper rock tones in a definitive American rock n roll sound, and while the electric version still resonates so powerfully for me, this acoustic rendition doesn’t lack in any way whatsoever, kicking ass in its own way spectacularly! With the world facing a pandemic as I write this, the elation experienced by “Five Man London Jam” is an undoubted testimony to Tesla’s brilliance – and heart.

Candlemass – “The Pendulum”

Candlemass – “The Pendulum” EP (Napalm Records)
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If you can’t get enough listening to Candlemass’s last offering “The Door To Doom” then get ready for “The Pendulum”!!! Comprising 6 unreleased tracks that were written as the last songs to the band’s 12th album although never making it to the final selection when it went from being a double to a single LP, “The Pendulum” is even more of Leif Edling’s epic doom genius brought to life. Opening the title track in typical fashion with classic Candlemass doom riffs, ‘The Pendulum’ rocks off bombastically thanks to a pounding rhythm while Johan Langquist’s exquisite vocals show both his menacing power and deep soul exuding the melancholy echoed by the somber solos of Mats ‘Mappe’ Björkman and Lars ‘Lasse’ Johansson that have made this Swedish band legendary in its own right as being a worthy successor to the mighty Sabbath. Even more evil and slithering is ‘Snakes Of Goliath’ with its dark riff coiling its way slowly around your mind as the contrast of Langquist’s funeral doom soul is nothing short of total possession before the twin guitars rev it up with some wild, heavy metal soloing until returning to the grimness. Achieving no less in the acoustic ‘Sub Zero’ with its dark tranquility both atmospheric and poignant in its tones, ‘Aftershock’ is similar, if gloomier as echoed through the heavy bass lines of Leif Edling himself. After the instrumental interlude, ‘Porcelain Skull’ re-births more classic epicus doominicus riffs, made dirtier thanks to the rawness of the demo although the full mastering allows Langquist’s stunning vocal performance to still be appreciated as it exudes heaps of passion along with the darkly exotic guitars of  Björkman and Johansson – an awesome number! Closing instrumentally with ‘The Cold Room’, a somber piano sets the sorrowful mood made all the more so when the mournful keyboards come into play, although uplifting in the end in the consolation of finding peace at last. It’s nothing short of a funeral…..

Solothus – “Realm Of Ash & Blood”

Solothus – “Realm Of Ash & Blood” (20 Buck Spin)

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‘…the third album from Finland’s Solothus, drops a dripping broadsword of Cimmerian carnage and staggering death-soaked doom delirium on the scorched landscape from which only mounds of skull dust and obsidian shards shall remain…’. Indeed, I’d have to heartily agree with that statement from the band, to which I’d also add a strong, bicep flexing epic metal battleaxe making “Realm Of Ash & Blood” more that live up to it’s title, and possibly making it one of the heaviest albums this year. Think of a grim, crushing behemoth fed by the likes of Candlemass, Crowbar and Manilla Road in all their brutal yet also blissful glory and you might come close to Adam Burke’s (Hällas, Eternal Champion, Angel Witch, etc) vivid album cover depicting a kneeling warrior atop a blood soaked rocky plateau amid the carnage of his vanquished enemies! Named after a Finnish folkloric creature bringing diseases in the dead of winter and whose only satisfaction is blood sacrifice, Solothus have been in existence since 2007, releasing two prior albums and playing gigs in their homeland with Ereb Altor and Coffins, along with tours in Russia and the UK. “Realm Of Ash & Blood” continues their bloody trail of death across seven deep and epic tracks with hooks so massive they could snare a whale, while equally providing incredible melancholic melodies and acoustic ambiance in places to bring truly impressive variance to their well thought out material. Opening darkly with chiming guitars and rumbling bass on ‘Father Of Sickness’, it is but a foretaste of the crushing doom death riff drenched in reverb to slowly torture (or elate in my case!) your soul as Kari Kankaanpää’s primordial roars set the place of execution while the twin guitars of Veli-Matti Karjalainen and Aleksi Luukka alternate in delivering stirring epic breaks and somber funeral death melodies – truly breathtaking! As I said, this is no band of mindless orcs and Solothus truly show their worth on the incredible contrast between the 8 1/2 minute colossus of ‘The Gallows Promise’, where the sweet smell of funeral death is as abundant as a freshly dug grave topped off by some chugging brutality reminiscent of Bolt Thrower, and the delicate acoustic calmness of ‘Last Breath’, which at 2 1/2 minutes is thoroughly moving, both in its tones and soothing atmosphere. Charging up the amps again with soul shattering power on ‘Below Black Waters’, this stalking beast sees those chiming melodies take on an almost hypnotic effect amid the bleakness of the slow riffs, and equally the down tuned melancholia of Crowbar is also tastefully represented in absolutely no hurry whatsoever. With another barn burner of a doom death riff on ‘Chasm Of Shattered Bones’, Kankaanpää’s rasps starkly contrast the energy pulsating guitars before wailing heavy metal breaks backed by more Crowbar down tunes weigh the bottom end in a breathtaking mix of dark beauty and leaden brutality. Once again, Solothus have stormed the heights, laid waste to all asunder and taken another jeweled crown with this astonishing release – truly incredible!

Crosson – “Rock ‘N Roll Love Affair”

Crosson – “Rock ‘N Roll Love Affair” (Melodic Rock Records/ Galaxy Records)

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‘…I have two weaknesses, chocolate ice cream and beautiful brunettes…’. Well, that would be an understatement given that guitarist vocalist composer producer Jason Crosson has not one, but two black haired sheilas either side of him rocking out on the front of the stage! Straight from Bondi Beach, Down Under comes Crosson, his namesake band that’s on a clear mission to bring back all the glory days and party memories of 80s glam rock – yes indeed sir, if you couldn’t forget that era of Kiss, Guns N Roses, Mötley Crüe, Poison and Ratt, then check out these ultra catchy rock anthems played through big guitars, big melodies, big hair and of course…big brunettes. Turning heads with their 2018 sophomore “Invincible”, which spent an incredible 10 consecutive weeks in the Top 30 Official German Rock and Metal Charts and was voted Sleaze’s Nation’s # 2 album, Crosson continues to notch up their tribute to all glam rockers which began with their debut “Spreading the Rock n Roll Disease”. Mixed by legendary U.S producer Duane Baron (Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, Poison), mastered by U.S mastering legend Dave Donnelly (Aerosmith, KISS, Whitesnake), and engineered by Aussie veteran Russell Pilling (The Vines, Hoodoo Gurus), “Rock ‘N Roll Love Affair” is 10 kick ass tracks that does exactly that and includes electrifying performances by some of Australia’s leading rock / metal musicians, including Stu Marshall (Death Dealer) and Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals). From the huge hooks and wailing guitar that ensnare you immediately on ‘Givin’ Up Livin’ Givin’ Up’, nothing can prepare you for the huge chorus that sucks you in with the power of a black hole – an instant hit attesting to Jason Crosson’s awesome talents! Then there’s the hard rockin’ ‘We All Need An Enemy’ with even more bountiful guitars spewing forth melodies like an overflowing waterfall all leading up to another mammoth chorus backed by church organ keys and not forgetting the femme harmonies of Crosson’s brunettes – along with an absolute killer guitar solo to boot – guess that’s another hit mate!! Truly making Jon Bon Jovi and Ritchie Sambora blush has to be ‘Merry Go Round’ – think ‘You Give Love A Bad Name’ with its sassy guitar and swanky, loin stirring groove completed by a harmony oozing chorus and you’re there, back in the 80s thanks to Crosson so it’s time to unleash the hairspray (again)!

BONFIRE – The Devil Made Me Do It

BONFIRE release their new single/video  ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, the second track taken from upcoming album ‘Fistful Of Fire’, out on 3rd April on AFM Records.

Pre-order the new album: http://afmrec.de/FistfulOfFire

It’s been exactly two years since Bonfire, following the outstanding debut of their current vocalist Alexx Stahl on Byte The Bullet (2017), were unanimously celebrated for their successor album Temple Of Lies (2018). Two years which saw the band rock countless stages at home and abroad before going on to set the bar even higher with their latest offering.

‘Fistful Of Fire’ is definitely one of the toughest Bonfire albums ever. “This development already became apparent the last time around,”explains guitarist and founder member Hans Ziller. “However, this time our approach was even more focused and consistent. I’ve always been the tough guy in Bonfire but haven’t always been able to implement my ideas the way I wanted. But since our tour with Judas Priest, we’ve known that toughness in combination with great melodies suits Bonfire perfectly.”

‘Fistful Of Fire’ features this very mix: throughout the 11 songs (plus three intros), the band from Ingolstadt, which has operated under its established logo for almost 35 years, fire on all cylinders. “Unlike previous Bonfire vocalists, Alexx oozes so much energy that you may occasionally have to hold him back rather than motivate him. We’ve been a hard rock band from the very beginning, but that has never been more apparent than in 2020.”

Everything comes together perfectly on ‘Fistful Of Fire’, which was recorded in collaboration with sound engineer Tom Müller at Ingolstadt’s Flatliners Recording Studios again: the charismatic vocals, the catchy riffs and hooks courtesy of guitarists Ziller and Frank Pané, the rich bass sound provided by their American colleague Ronnie Parkes and the driving grooves contributed by new addition André Hilgers (ex-Rage, Axxis), who has complemented the line-up for a number of months. “This team delivers without mercy and has turned into a really tight unit,” Ziller enthuses.

In view of the album’s outstanding quality throughout, it’s not easy to highlight individual songs, but alongside the only moderate mainstream number ‘Warrior’ and the obligatory ballad ‘When An Old Man Cries’, we should perhaps take a closer look at two special tracks.

On the one hand there’s the lead single ‘Rock´n`Roll Survivors’, scheduled for release on 28 February 2020, that summarises with its programmatic title the whole career of Bonfire mastermind Ziller in one succinct phrase. “I’ve been kicked in the teeth a thousand times during my career and I often went down,” he confesses, “but I’ve always picked myself up again.”

A great allegory that Bonfire have translated perfectly into a video clip featuring two female boxers: multiple world champion Tina Schüßler and her colleague Stephanie Posch were the focus of the shoot at a boxing club in Augsburg. Talking of which: Tina Schüßler is not only an exceptional athlete, but also an accomplished rock singer. Together with her band, she will support Bonfire during their tour in April. The end of March will see the release of the second single ‘The Devil Made Me Do It’, providing another perfect foretaste of the new album.

The lyrics of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Survivors’, in combination with its powerful rock sound, is a mix that also features on other songs on the new album. Bonfire prove that they have no problem thinking outside the box of pure musicians’ themes. The title track ‘Fistful Of Fire’, for example, warns of the reckless abuse of a world which seems to have been turned upside down in ecological terms.

Ziller demands: “We simply mustn’t leave a planet to our children that’s no longer worth living on.” In this respect, the group’s musical motto also applies: “Long-standing bands like Bonfire may be considered an endangered species, but we’ve stillgot a lot to say, musically as well as in terms of content.” Which is precisely what every single note on Fistful Of Fire proves!

Pre-order the new album: http://afmrec.de/FistfulOfFire

Sacred Reich – “Salvation”

Today, Sacred Reich has launched their new video for “Salvation”. Front-man and bassist Phil Rind comments: “We want to put something positive out there right now. ‘Salvation’ is about music’s ability to encourage and inspire us and bring us together.” “Salvation” is off the band’s latest album, Awakening. Watch the video (shot and edited by Fiaz Farrelly) now here

“Salvation” lyrics
Good times now are here to stay
All our cares have gone away
Here to feel the energy
Congregation you and me

Plug in turn up
Lose ourselves tonight
Know you no me
All as one tonight

Lead us to salvation

Awash in positivity
It is clear for all to see
Love will always be the way
The time is now we’re here to say

Plug in turn up
Lose ourselves tonight
Know you no me
All as one tonight

Lead us to salvation

Sacred Reich’s first record in twenty-three years, the towering Awakening showcases everything a fan would expect and hope for from the Phoenix, Arizona unit: a timeless collection comprised of blistering thrash, crushing grooves, meticulous solos, and socially conscious lyrics. The return of Dave McClain, who manned the drum throne from 1991 to 1997, and the addition of twenty-two-year old guitarist Joey Radziwill, alongside original members guitarist Wiley Arnett and vocalist/bassist Phil Rind, are integral facets of the record. Awakening was produced by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Cavalera Conspiracy), engineered by John Aquilino, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Faith No More, Halford, Armored Saint). To preview and purchase Awakening, please visit: metalblade.com/sacredreich

Joe Satriani – rescheduling UK Tour

“The current COVID-19 virus has now reached pandemic proportions and is making daily life for all of us very challenging. As always, my concern for the health and safety of my fans, my band and crew always take precedence when touring, and now is no exception. I’ve had to make the difficult but necessary decision to postpone the 1st leg of the European Shapeshifting Tour and we are working to reschedule the shows that are affected. Please hold on to your tickets for the rescheduled tour dates Let’s band together to beat this virus and rock another day.” – Joe Satriani, San Francisco, March 25, 2020

World-renowned guitar virtuoso, JOE SATRIANI, has rescheduled his Shapeshifting UK & and the first leg of the European Tour until April and May 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for his May 2020 UK “Shapeshifting” Tour will remain valid for the rescheduled 2021 dates.

The rescheduled 2021 UK dates include Birmingham Symphony Hall (Friday April 30), Bexhill, De La War Pavilion (Saturday May 1), Manchester Bridgewater Hall (Sunday May 2), London Palladium (Tuesday May 4), Sage Gateshead (Wednesday May 5) and O2 Academy Glasgow (Thursday May 6). Tickets are available from: www.satriani.com/road.

Satriani’s forthcoming studio album, “Shapeshifting”, remains set for release on April 10, 2020 via Sony Music/Legacy Recordings and new song, “Big Distortion,” is available on all streaming platforms today.

The live show will feature tracks from the new studio album “Shapeshifting”, plus he will perform many of his classic fan favorites including “Surfing With The Alien”, “Always with Me, Always with You” and ”Flying In A Blue Dream”.

The 2021 touring band features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty) bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and Joe Satriani on guitar.

For two decades, the guitar virtuoso has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds as both a headliner and as founder of the all-star “G3” guitar extravaganza. SATRIANI’s studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide to date and of his many solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar, former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith saw their debut album certified gold and their second studio album debuted at #9.

Since its debut in 1996, SATRIANI’s G3 tour has featured the world’s greatest guitarists (everyone from Steve Vai and Eric Johnson to Steve Lukather and Robert Fripp and John Petrucci and Uli Jon Roth) and has become a consistent concert hall sell-out attraction in the U.S., South America, Europe, Australia and Japan. “I think part of its charm and its mojo is in the chemistry of having three top guitarists share what they do on stage,” says SATRIANI. “It’s fun, it’s unpredictable, it’s wild – it’s everything you could want in a show.”

Since the 2017 release of his “What Happens Next” album, SATRIANI, toured his G3 Guitar Extravaganza worldwide to critical acclaim, and then embarked on the Experience Hendrix US tour. He recently released “Squares”, a collection of previously unreleased material by his first, pre-fame band, Squares and announced the re-release of his classic 1987 album, “Surfing With The Alien,” which will arrive with new artwork and a bonus disc, “Stripped – the Backing Tracks,” featuring the songs with all guitar solos removed.

For more information, click here – www.noblepr.co.uk/press-releases/joe-satriani/the-shapeshifting-tour-2021.htm

JOE SATRIANI – RESCHEDULED “SHAPESHIFTING” UK TOUR 2021

TICKETS: www.alttickets.com and www.satriani.com

Birmingham Symphony Hall
Friday 30 April 2021
Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Saturday 1 May 2021
Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Sunday 2 May 2021
London Palladium
Tuesday 4 May 2021
Sage Gateshead
Wednesday 5 May 2021
Glasgow O2 Academy
Thursday 6 May 2021
JOE SATRIANI – JOE SATRIANI RESCHEDULED “SHAPESHIFTING” EUROPEAN TOUR 2021

April 9
Zurich, Switzerland
Volkshaus Zurich
April 10
Winterbach, Germany
Salierhalle
April 12
Aarhus, Denmark
Train
April 13
Odense, Denmark
Posten
April 14
Copenhagen, Denmark
Amager Bio
April 15
Stockholm, Sweden
Fryshuset
April 16
Oslo, Norway
Rockefeller
April 19
Berlin, Germany
Huxleys
April 20
Nuremberg, Germany
Löwensaal
April 21
Karlsruhe, Germany
Tollhaus
April 23
Antwerp, Belgium
De Roma Borgerhout
April 24
Enschede, Netherlands
Muziekcentrum Enschede
April 25
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Melkweg the max
April 26
Heerlen, Netherlands
RABOzaal Heerlen
April 27
Oberhausen, Germany
Turbinenhalle

Cirith Ungol – “Before Tomorrow”

On April 24th, Cirith Ungol will release their new album, Forever Black – their first collection of all-new material in 29 years! For a preview of Forever Black, the new single, “Before Tomorrow”, can be heard here.

A lyric video for the first single, “Legions Arise”, can be viewed at: metalblade.com/cirithungol – where the record can also be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– jewelcase-CD
– digipak-CD (EU exclusive)
– deluxe box set (slip-lid box, 2CD, 2LP mud-green vinyl, flag, slipmat, pin, patch – limited to 1000 copies)
– ice blue / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 400 copies)
– purple / black marbled vinyl (US exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– light blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 700 copies)
– light olive green vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– clear / black dust vinyl (EU webshop exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– pewter gray/black marbled vinyl – Artist Exclusive (Cirith Ungol Kings Road webshop – limited to 500 copies)
* exclusive bundles with shirts and merch items, plus digital options are also available!

Cirith Ungol tour dates:

June 6 – Leon, Mexico – Candelabrum Metal Fest (headliner)
June 20 – Baltimore, MD – Maryland Doom Fest (headliner)
June 26 – Madrid, Spain – Rock the Night Festival

Cirith Ungol was formed in Ventura, California in the early 1970s, first appearing on the scene with their self-financed debut album, Frost and Fire, via their own Liquid Flame Records imprint in April 1981. It was obscure and arcane, mysterious and eccentric, epic and expansive, but most of all unfailingly, bone-crushingly heavy, dark and doom-filled.

Cirith Ungol went on to release two additional studio albums – King of the Dead and One Foot in Hell – now regarded as stone-cold classics. However, by the early 1990s, the musical climate was shifting away from traditional metal. The band was plagued with lineup instability and then came an unsatisfying studio experience during the recording of the 4th full-length album, Paradise Lost, that left them profoundly disappointed. Finally, after years of frustration took their toll, Cirith Ungol was laid to rest in May 1992.

As the years passed, the fervent clamor for Cirith Ungol’s return would not be silenced. Then, in late 2015, the sleeping giant awakened. The quartet of drummer Robert Garven, vocalist Tim Baker, and guitarists Greg Lindstrom and Jim Barraza began to knock the rust off and rediscover the magic. With Michael “Flint” Vujea unavailable to rejoin them on bass, Cirith Ungol recruited Night Demon bassist Jarvis Leatherby to fill that slot. As a seasoned musician, lifelong fan, and one of the driving forces to reanimate Cirith Ungol, Leatherby was the logical choice.

On October 8, 2016, Cirith Ungol officially returned to the stage by headlining the Frost and Fire II festival at the Majestic Ventura Theater, playing to a packed house of metal fans and friends who had converged in the band’s hometown of Ventura, California to witness the Kings of the Dead rise from the grave. In the ensuing years, Cirith Ungol have held fast to their objective to bring their music to as many fans around the world as possible, performing select high-profile festival gigs spanning North America, Europe and South America.

Now, as their resurrection enters its fifth year, the band proudly presents Forever Black: a classic Cirith Ungol album in every sense of the word. The trademark dark and foreboding riffs, pounding rhythms, and soul-searing vocal attack are instantly recognizable as the Kings of the Dead. Simply put, Forever Black is a testament to Cirith Ungol’s continuing vitality and enduring primacy in the classic metal pantheon, more than four decades after the band’s inception.

CYHRA – Dreams Gone Wrong

Modern melodic metallers CYHRA released their new album No Halos In Hell at the end of last year via Nuclear Blast. Loaded with melodic vocal hooks and heavy yet dynamic riffs, the band’s sophomore release proves that Jake E (ex-AMARANTHE), Jesper Strömblad (ex-IN FLAMES), Euge Valovirta (ex-SHINING) and Alex Landenburg (RHAPSODY) are a formidable force when it comes to making music.

Today, CYHRA present the official video for their song ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’. Watch here: youtu.be/Dcy7wN1pDsA

CYHRA vocalist Jake E comments: “Sometimes it’s interesting to see what happens when you let the unexpected happen. ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’ was the last song we wrote for our new album No Halos In Hell. We actually wrote it in the studio at the very last moment – when the album was more or less already done. Even though I was really pleased with what we had already recorded, I felt like we needed one more song to really make the album as strong as we all knew it could be. I ran into studio B and came up with the basic song structure. However… Alex was on his way to jump on a European tour with Kamelot, and had just started packing up his drums. So Euge and Jesper quickly teamed up and we got Alex back on the drum kit. Thankfully Jacob coordinated everything! A couple of hours later… and the song was written recorded and produced! The song sticks out lyric-wise as we were short on time, so I was inspired by a documentary I had just seen some months earlier about sleep paralysis. Sometimes the best songs are the easiest to write. Once again we had the opportunity to work with one of my best friends and the one and only Mr Patric Ullaeus for the video! Please enjoy ‘Dreams Gone Wrong’.”

No Halos In Hell is available as 2 CD digipak, black vinyl or download. Order now: nblast.de/Cyhra-NoHalosInHell

Scott Stapp – ChildFund – Wake Up Call

Just seven months since The Space Between The Shadows debuted atop the charts, SCOTT STAPP announces the European leg of “The Survivor Tour”, dubbed after the upcoming single, “Survivor”. The 22 dates long trek will kick off on October 26 in London, UK and lead the multi platinum-selling artist through 13 countries. Audiences can expect the extraordinary singer to perform a selection of #1 hits of his own catalogue as well as of his larger-than-life band, CREED.

Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, March 25 at 11:00am CET.

Last July, Scott’s first album in six years, The Space Between The Shadows, introduced “Purpose For Pain,” Scott’s highest-charting single since 2005. His North and South American tour dates came with all the power, pyro, and anthems expected of one of the biggest voices in recent rock music and he recently discussed his five-year journey of overcoming and rebuilding during a candid Q&A at the Pollstar Live! conference. Having fought for his return, “Survivor,” is a powerful anthem to strengthen the resolve of anyone wrestling with adversity as Scott roars at the demons of the past, “how ya like me now?!”

Scott also just debuted an inspiring PSA video from his trip to Ecuador with ChildFund International, one of his philanthropic partners since 2015. Set to his song “Wake Up Call,” the video illustrates every individual’s potential and the joy of giving, for both the giver and the recipients. Fans who are able can sponsor a child for $36 a month. To sponsor a child or learn more about ChildFund, please visit www.childfund.org/scott-stapp.

“ChildFund has created a network to give these kids a fighting chance of overcoming the reality they were born into. Children in need don’t have to become victims of neglect,” said Scott.

Stapp has come full circle with The Space Between The Shadows. Themes of facing the past, overcoming, and powering through adversity dominate – “Purpose For Pain,” finds meaning in life’s struggles; “Name,” promises to end destructive cycles; “Gone Too Soon,” honors musical peers and victims of unexpected tragedy; and “Survivor” promises above all, to never stop fighting.

The Survivor European Tour presented by: EMP, NORWAY ROCK MAGAZINE, ROCK HARD Italy, ROCKSTAR & SOUNDI
26.10.20 UK –  London / O2 Academy Islington
27.10.20 UK –  Birmingham / The Mill
28.10.20 UK –  Leeds / Warehouse
30.10.20 FR –  Paris / Trabendo
31.10.20 FR –  Lyon / CCO
02.11.20 IT – Treviso / New Age
03.11.20 CH – Zurich / Dynamo
05.11.20 DE – Munich / Backstage Werk
07.11.20 DE – Nuremberg / Hirsch
08.11.20 AT – Vienna / Szene
10.11.20 PL – Warsaw / Proxima
11.11.20 DE – Berlin / Kesselhaus
14.11.20 DE – Heidelberg / Halle 02
16.11.20 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
17.11.20 NL– Leiden / Gebr De Nobel
19.11.20 BE – Antwerp / Trix
20.11.20 DE – Dortmund / FZW
21.11.20 DE – Hamburg / Gruenspan
25.11.20 SE – Gothenburg / Trädgårn
27.11.20 NO – Oslo / Youngs
28.11.20 SE – Stockholm / Fållan
30.11.20 FI – Helsinki / Tavastia

SCOTT STAPP is a Grammy winning songwriter, solo artist, and the voice of Creed (over 50 million albums sold). In July 2019, his 1st album in six years, The Space Between The Shadows, celebrated five years of sobriety, re-introduced an evolved artist at his best, and debuted in the Top 5 and Top 10 across Rock and Album charts in the US and UK for his anthems of gratitude, optimism, and unflinching self-examination. Beyond music, Scott is an inspiration to others struggling with the over-lapping illnesses of addiction and depression. He “pays it forward” through his With Arms Wide Open Foundation, which helps military vets and their families with drug addiction, PTSD-triggered mental health issues and suicide prevention. In 2017, the Florida Association of Broadcasters awarded Scott with the Florida Service Award. In 2018, he was inducted into the Florida Music Hall of Fame. The rocker lives in Nashville, TN with his wife of fourteen years, Jaclyn, and their three young children.