AFM Records are thrilled to announce the new Herman Frank album "Fight The Fear". Introducing Heavy Metal veteran Herman Frank to the crowd is just meaningless like carry coals to Newcastle. The guitarist has been an integral part of the German metal scene since the early 80s. From Accept to Victory to his solo project started in 2009 and his work as a producer. “Fight The Fear " will be released by AFM Records on February 8th, 2019, and is the fourth studio of band history. "Fight The Fear” thrills with Herman's guitar attacks, killer riffs and outstanding, powerful vocals with good hook lines and catchy choruses. A Teutonic Metal fireworks as it could not be better! 

Tracklist:
1. Until The End
2. Fear
3. Terror
4. Sinners
5. Hatred
6. Hail & Row
7. Hitman
8. Stay Down
9. Rock You
10. Don’t Cross The Line
11. Are You Ready
12. Wings Of Destiny
13. Waiting For The Night
14. Lost In Heaven

The album will be available as Digipak, clear orange, gatefold 2 Vinyl (ltd. to 250units) and black 2-gatefold vinyl.

 

 

 

Hugh McDowell, former Electric Light Orchestra cellist, died at Tuesday, 6th of November, 2018. He was 65 years old. He was battling with cancer for several years, but didn't manage to overcome his illness.

McDowell, born in London, got into ELO in 1972, played some gigs with the band, and left together with Roy Wood and horn player/keyboardist Bill Hunt to form the rock n' roll band Wizzard. Soon enough, he replaced Colin Walker in ELO prior to the recordings of "ELO II" (1973). He was a member of ELO until the recordings of the "Discovery" album (1979) and his performance can be heard in classic prog rock albums like "Eldorado", "A New World Record" and "Out of the Blue". After ELO, he played together with Melvyn Gale (the other cellist of ELO) in Wilson Gale & Co., with which he released the album "Gift Wrapped Set" (1980). That autumn he began teaching part-time at the musical instrument technology department of a London higher educational college, the London College of Furniture, now part of the Guildhall University. He conducted a children's orchestra and other orchestras at several London schools. He was also a member of Radio Stars and recorded the single "My Mother Said" with them. McDowell has been a member of the 20th-century chamber groups George W. Welch, Harmonie Band and Quorum. He joined the Cornelius Cardew Ensemble, a contemporary music group, in 1995. More recently he has worked on the 2004 Simon Apple album "River to the Sea", on the 2005 Saint Etienne album "Tales from Turnpike House", the 2005 Wetton Downes album "Icon" and appeared as a guest artist on the 2007 Port Mahadia album, "Echoes in Time". He also played cello on Asia's 2008 album "Phoenix", on "An Extraordinary Life" and "I Will Remember You". McDowell has also arranged and recorded for numerous pop, rock and jazz-fusion albums, as well as collaborating in dance, film, and theatre projects.

Melvyn Gale said: "I'm sad beyond words to have to pass on the news that my old friend and fantastic cellist Hugh McDowell passed away last night after a long illness. We met in our mid-teens and were close until we left ELO in 1980. He was a beautiful free spirit, had such a natural gift as a cellist and just a lovely bloke."

Hugh McDowell's passing is a great loss for the world of rock n' roll, since he was a pioneering musician and a great guy. His works, especially with Electric Light Orchestra, will be always remembered.

Thank you for everything, Hugh. Rest in Peace.

 

British rock icons Magnum released a new digital single and lyric video today. The new live song "Lost On The Road To Eternity" is taken from the forthcoming live album "Live At The Symphony Hall". Star guest Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy) was swept along by this enthusiasm and the blazing interaction between the musicians and their Birmingham audience when he went on stage for this song to lend energetic support to vocalist Bob Catley just like he did for the track’s studio recording. "Live At The Symphony Hall" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on January 18th, 2019 as 2CD DigiPak, 3LP Gatefold, download and stream:  

https://Magnum.lnk.to/LiveAtTh eSymphonyHall

Magnum is going to visit Athens, Greece in a few days. Here are the scheduled dates of the band's tour:

MAGNUM live 2018
18.11. DE-Bochum - Zeche
19.11. DE-Frankfurt - Batschkapp
20.11. DE-Augsburg - Spectrum
22.11. UK-Edinburgh - Liquid Rooms
23.11. UK-Troon - Winterstorm Festival
24.11. UK-Newcastle - Riverside
25.11. UK-Sheffield - Plug
27.11. UK-Norwich - Waterfront
28.11. UK-Bilston - Robin 2
30.11. GR-Athens - Gagarin 205
 
MAGNUM live 2019
05.-08.06. SE-Sölvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival 
15.06. ES-Malaga - Rock The Coast Festival
 
 

Conception, the prog metal legends, have returned, as they announced in May 2018. They have just released a single package, named "Re:Conception", which features three tracks, the instrumental intro "Re:Conception", "Grand Again" and "Feather Moves". The first two songs will be part of the reunited band's new EP, "My Dark Symphony", which will be out on November 23rd.

See what the band posted on Facebook: "After a break from releasing of (just!) 21 years, we're super excited to share our new single package "Re:Conception" with you all today. Check it out here https://Conception.lnk.to/ReConceptionFA 🤘👊🤘
P.S. Thanks to everyone for your support. Some of you who pre-ordered might just be in for an early surprise treat".

"Wow, truly humbled to be bothering the charts in a number of countries right now, and sitting pretty at the top in our homeland of Norway! Thanks everyone! Apple Music iTunes Oh and in case anyone missed it the first time, you can listen to the new single package here! https://Conception.lnk.to/ReConceptionFA".

 

Line-up:

  • Tore Østby - guitars (1989–1998, 2018–present)
  • Roy Khan - lead vocals (1991–1998, 2018–present)
  • Ingar Amlien - bass guitar (1990–1998, 2018–present)
  • Arve Heimdal - drums (1990–1998, 2018–present)

 

 

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