Friday, October 21, 2016

M3 [Marsden Moody Murray] - Rough An' Ready [2016 reissue]

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To accompany the release of the new Stefan Berggren album featured here, what better than this just appeared 2016 reissue of M3 "Rough An' Ready" via specialized UK label Talking Elephant with new artwork and refreshed sound.
Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody and Neil Murray are widely known for their glorious days in Whitesnake. M3 is a band with exactly these original Whitesnake members playing Whitesnake songs, completed with the aforementioned Stefan Berggren on lead vocals, Jimmy Copley (ex Paul Rodgers, Gillian) on drums, and keyboard player Mark Stanway (ex Magnum).
Doogie White (Rainbow, Malmsteen, Schenker) appears as a guest vocalist.

M3 was the project put together by Marsden, Moody & Murray to perform all the classic songs that launched Whitesnake into the stadiums all over the world.
Recorded in front of a sold-out and fanatical crowd in June 2004, "Rough An' Ready" replicates the golden age of Whitesnake with the very best of their blues based, hard rock repertoire.

Executed with passion and precision by the very members who first wrote and recorded this classic material, guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody along with bassist Neil Murray illustrate how 'Snake' greats such as 'Crying in The Rain', 'Fool For Your Loving', and 'Don't Break My Heart Again' should be played - by the hands of the master craftsmen who first immortalized these tracks in the studio.
Also making a guest appearance there's Doogie White singing in duet with Berggren on the immortal classic 'Here I Go Again' in a terrific version.

Through the band's entire, perfect performance you have the chance to hear a bunch of songs I doubt I'll ever hear again from Mr. Coverdale himself.
This really honest setlist of almost 90 minutes includes the mentioned classics - but I was thrilled to put myself in the spirit of forgotten jewels like 'Walkin' In The Shadow Of The Blues', 'Ready An' Willing', 'Ain't Gonna Cry No More' and the excellent 'Lonely Days, Lonely Nights'.
A brilliant output, with all the respect these songs must have.

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The three M's don't have to prove anything to anyone. This record is an excellent contribution to the legacy of this legendary bluesy (then) Hard Rock band and the persuasion on their whole experience.
In addition, the rest of the participants show an ability of carrying out their mission in the best possible way, especially Stefan Berggren delivering an impressive performance.
No extravaganza, no wanna-be attitude, just perfect completion and respect to what they're doing.

Are you wondering if this was a rip-off project? Hell, NO! The proof: the classic sound; Bernie's and Mick's guitar, Neil's bass guitar… The distinction is crystal clear. Yeap, 'bluesy' Whitesnake existed before the 'Americanized' version (I love it, anyway) and these men are the living proof.
You gotta listen M3 "Rough An' Ready" to believe it: the sound is incredible and the performances top notch.
Seriously, this is an awesome album.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Walking in the Shadow of the Blues
02 - Don't Break My Heart Again
03 - Lonely Days, Lonely Nights
04 - Hit an' Run
05 - Slow an' Easy
06 - Ready an' Willing
07 - Ain't Gonna Cry No More
08 - Crying in the Rain
09 - Fool for Your Loving
10 - Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
11 - Here I Go Again

Guitars – Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody
Bass – Neil Murray
Vocals – Stefan Berggren
Drums – Jimmy Copley (ex Paul Rodgers, Gillian)
Keyboards – Mark Stanway (ex Magnum)
Guest Vocals – Doogie White


STEFAN BERGGREN - Stranger In A Strange Land (2016)

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"Stranger In A Strangeland" is STEFAN BERGGREN's debut solo album released today, a well known Swedish vocalist who has graced many bands/projects such as Snakes In Paradise, M3, Company Of Snakes, Razorback, Berggren / Kerslake Band and more. Stefan also shared the stage with many legends like Whitesnake, Deep Purple and Brian May Band to name a few.

"Stranger In A Strangeland" is a curious title, as in fact the album shows the artist moving in the style he is known for; classic rock / hard rock sounds with a strong 'bluesy touch' that makes the final result a highly enjoyable solo debut for every fan of the genre out there.

On this album he has enlisted guest musicians from his musical past and present including former Whitesnake men Bernie Marsden and Neil Murray, fellow Snakes In Paradise member Tomas Pomma Thorberg, Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) and Lars Karlsson (Diamond Dogs) amongst others.
One minute Stefan is rocking out on ‘Do What You Do’, complete with slide guitar and rumbling Hammond organ, then it is a more reflective side of his singing on the stripped back blues on ‘Bye Bye Baby’.
Stefan has a soulful voice, no rough edges and perfect for the blues/rock he sings.

Title track 'Stranger In A Strangeland' is a very nice rocker in the old-school vein. Not sure who plays on each song as there's little detail available, however credit to the keyboard / organ player (I suspect it's Opeth's Joakim Svalberg), lots of interesting fills and solos on this one.

STEFAN BERGGREN - Stranger In A Strange Land (2016) booklet

On 'Life Goes On' we have a melodic bluesy rock gem. More commercial with a feel-good vibe in it, this tune is one of this album's highlights. ‘Keef Song’ reminded me of the much missed Company Of Wolves, a good time song with a neat piano riff and gang vocals.

‘Long Gone Down The Road’ is superb, from the opening guitar drawl through to the Whitesnake approved vocal backing on the chorus. Close your eyes and you are transported back to the classic days of stadium rock anthems. The way the vocals come back in at the end of the song, the 'slow-hand' solo and the drums all make this a classic in the making, a wonderful piece of Rock music.

Stefan Berggren is one of the best bluesy classic rock singers out there and this solo album is a delicious collection of tunes, especially if you miss the Moody/Marsden era of Whitesnake.

01 - Sands Of Time
02 - Coming Home
03 - Ain't Got No Woman
04 - Keef Song
05 - Long Gone Down The Road
06 - Stranger In A Strangeland
07 - Depression
08 - Life Goes On
09 - Do What You Do
10 - Bye Bye Baby

Stefan Berggren - vocals, guitar
Bernie Marsden (ex Whitesnake) - guitar
Neil Murray (Black Sabbath, Whitesnake) - bass
Tomas Pomma Thorberg (Snakes In Paradise) - bass
Sebastian Sippola (Plankton) - drums
Marcus Jidell (Avatarium, ex Evergrey) - guitar
Stephen Bentley-Klein (Deep Purple) - strings
Joakim Svalberg (Opeth) - keyboards
Lars Karlsson (Diamond Dogs) - guitar
and more


LAST CALL MESSIAHS - Sermons Of Debauchery (2016)

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Four piece LAST CALL MESSIAHS may be established in Raleigh, NC, but their full length debut CD "Sermons Of Debauchery" released today sounds as if living in Hollywood, L.A. circa 1987.
For almost two years now, the band endearingly known to their fans as LCM have been tearing through the dark smoky bar circuit of NC's capital city. Last Call Messiahs made their live debut in December 2014, released a 4-song EP, and shared stages with the likes of Kix, Ted Poley & more.
Imagine a sonic combination of L.A. Guns, the first Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses.

Since the release of the Last Call Messiahs EP the group has sustained some considerable blows to its line-up with two of the founding members - the rhythm section of bassist Stephen Blasko and drummer Chuck Tipton - leaving the group.
They have been replaced by bassist Bill Jackson and drummer Dee Williams who do an admirable job, a true beef up to the band's musicianship.

Lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist Chris Clark and lead axeman Jeff Young have decided to forge ahead with the band and are the most identifiable components that bring the Last Call Messiahs style. Clark‘s squealing / singing is hard to duplicate giving Last Call Messiahs quite the identifiable and original sound.
I said above the new rhythm section is stronger now, as the band's EP it's included here as the final 4 tracks and you can hear the difference not only in the playing, but also the recording quality. The band states that all have been remastered, but compared to the new material are pretty inferior sound-wise.

These 4 tracks are “City Of Trash” which reminds me of early Faster Pussycat with its attitude and song progression, while the moody “Hollywood & Vine” proves that Last Call Messiahs have more to offer than just anthemic rockers.
“Last Call Messiah” must be the band’s customary show closer because it has all of the elements of an excellent song — great guitar riffs, verses that perfectly set up the catchy chorus, and a killer yet uncomplicated guitar solo. “Sinner’s Swing” is built on a nasty guitar riff and highlighted by some dirty vocals.

LAST CALL MESSIAHS - Sermons Of Debauchery (2016) inside

So how do the five new songs fare? All are solid slices of sleazy, hard rocking stuff with a glammy Californian vibe from the late '80s much better produced than the EP, with a clear separation between instruments.
“Hollywood’s Screaming,” “Wonderland” and “Man’s Ruin” are all enjoyable with strong 'street-like' guitars, but the two stand outs cuts for me are the riff based “Body Electric” which seems to drip with sleaze and swagger and just never lets up with its cool groove and feel, and “So Far, So What” is just a solid rocker from start to finish with some very early Peter Criss era KISS drumming just before the guitar solo.

Overall, "Sermons Of Debauchery" is a a solid album that will likely satisfy any lover of classic US sleazy hard rock. Clark‘s voice just seems tailor made for sleazy down n’ dirty songs and Last Call Messiahs have a knack for coming up with some cool guitar riffs and melodies.
It's not easy to play this kind of '80s music (complete with leather jackets) in America these days and survive at it, so kudos to Last Call Messiahs.
Cool rockin' stuff.

01 - Hollywood Screaming
02 - Wonderland
03 - Body Electric
04 - Man's Ruin
05 - So Far, So Bad
06 - Sinner's Swing
07 - Hollywood & Vine
08 - City Of Trash
09 - Last Call Messiah

Chris Clark - lead vocals / guitar
Jeff Young - lead guitar / vocals
Bill Jackson - bass / vocals
Dee Williams - drums / vocals
Stephen Blasko - bass / vocals 6 to 9
Chuck Tipton - drums / vocals 6 to 9


Thursday, October 20, 2016

DEE SNIDER - We Are The Ones (2016)

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October 28 is the day for DEE SNIDER to release his third solo record titled "We Are The Ones" via Red River Entertainment / Ear Music.
This fall, Dee & co. laid Twisted Sister to rest and to our surprise, he’s on the verge of releasing a new solo record titled "We Are The Ones".

Unlike his previous solo efforts, the rocker Never Let The Bastards Wear You Down or the easy listening lounge album Dee Does Broadway, the latest record is middle of the road. What I mean by that is that "We Are The Ones" rocks ‘less’ than Bastards but rocks ‘more’ than than Broadway.

"We Are The Ones" is a some kind of a transformation from ‘rock and roller’ to ‘radio friendly’ or contemporary rocker.
One must approach this new Snider record without any preconceived notions because after all; it’s not a Twisted Sister, Widowmaker or a Dee solo effort like any other before it.

The production is punchy and there’s a lot of emphasis on the choruses and hooks.
Dee Snider himself sounds spectacular on this recording. There’s no question this is the handy work of Grammy Award winning Damon Ranger who serves as album producer & songwriter for the majority of the material on the album.
Ranger was the mastermind who pitched the idea to Snider to record a more ‘current’ sounding effort.

There’s two covers on We Are The Ones. The first is Twisted Sister’s 'We’re Not Gonna Take It' which is stripped down rendition of Dee singing along with a piano. It's up to you if like it or not.
The second is Nine Inch Nails’ 'Head Like A Hole' which is a great song penned by the mighty Trent Reznor but also very much overexposed. Aside from the intro to the song, it’s a ‘color by numbers’ or ‘karaoke’ rendition that you’d hear by a contestant on The Voice or The X Factor.

Anyway, there are some of great moments — and I wish there would have been more — on the album. Title track 'We Are The Ones' rocks with good energy, the melodic rocker 'Over And Over Again' which boasts a huge chorus, upbeat tempo and excellent hook, and 'Believe' which would seem to be a great tune to be played in a live setting.
The modern, acoustically based 'So What' is also quite interesting, with its angry lyric attitude.

"We Are The Ones" showcases many new musical sides of Dee Snider. You can hate him when he tries to sound modern or alternative, but you have to give the man some credit for trying something new a this point of his career.
At 61 years old, it would be easy (and logical) for Dee Snider to stay in the comfort zone rehashing Twisted Sister hits. Instead, he opens the musical palette to new frontiers.
Sometimes succeed, sometimes not.

01 - We Are the Ones
02 - Over Again
03 - Close to You
04 - Rule the World
05 - We're Not Gonna Take It (2016 version)
06 - Crazy for Nothing
07 - Believe
08 - Head Like a Hole
09 - Superhero
10 - So What

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OVERLAND - Contagious (2016)

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Next week will appear "Contagious", the new album from OVERLAND. Steve Overland is a legend in his own lifetime. Is there anyone out there who is not familiar with his name?
From beginnings with his brother Chris in Wildfire to the legendary AOR band FM, Overland has been one of the premier and consistent voices of the genre.

Gorging ourselves on a plethora of words regarding Mr. Overland and this album simply borders on useless hyperbole. Everything about "Contagious" is as expected. And expectedly good.
The songs are filled with melody, harmony, catchy refrains, and glimmering guitar solos. Overall, some songs may be a tad heavier than his previous album.
Of course, the musicianship and production is superb thanks to the involvement of the quite talented Tommy Denander, Lars Chriss, and Tony Franklin (Blue Murder, The Firm).
Chriss handles the knobs and the music sparkles.

Of course, Overland is in his element, the rich world of AOR melodic rock, and his usual fine form, being smooth, melodic, and soulful.
Among the highlights there's 'Intoxicated', 'Pocketful Of Dreams', the racing melodic hard rocker 'Unforgiving World' and the killer 'Back Where I Belong'.
On the more AOR, subtle side, 'Define Our Love' is a winner, as well as 'Wildest Dreams' with its '80s feel, but also the groove monster 'Making Miracles' where Overland is at his most soulful.

You can't go wrong here: everything about Steve Overland's "Contagious" screams fundamental, classic AOR / melodic hard rock.
Highly Recommended

01 - Doctor my Heart
02 - Easy on me
03 - Edge of the universe
04 - Every lonely night
05 - Wildest dreams
06 - Intoxicated
07 - Define our love
08 - Pocketful of dreams
09 - Making miracles
10 - Back where I belong
11 - Unforgiving world
12 - Shame on You (bonus track)

Steve Overland: Vocals
Tommy Denander: Guitars, Keyboards
Lars Chriss: Drums
Tony Franklin: Bass
Mark Stanway: Keyboards on track 1 & 9
Paul Farrington: Keyboards on track 5
Jem Davis: Hammond on track 7

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG - Tygers Of Pan Tang (2016)

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Legendary British act TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release tomorrow their new, self-titled album on LP, limited picture LP, CD and through all digital services. "Tygers Of Pan Tang" is the first with their new label Mighty Music.
This is some kind of landmark album for the Tygers; self-titled, self-produced, and with a fresh inked record deal after many years indie.
And the best part of it is that "Tygers Of Pan Tang" includes not only some of the best songs in the band's career, but also some of the best had rock tunes you'll hear this years.

Tygers Of Pan Tang were pioneers of the NWOBHM scene, with their sound morphing according to times. This new album 2016 finds the band creating a classic blend of traditional hard rock, feel god songs at places, with a melodic hard rock vibe.
That's not surprising seeing Harry Hess of Harem Scarem mastering the album, and talented guitarist / producer Søren Andersen (Glenn Hughes, Mike Tramp) mixing the whole thing.

Kicking off with first single ‘Only The Brave’, one of the biggest surprises I’ve had all year is how good Tygers Of Pan Tang sound in 2016. It’s great, solid, traditional Hard Rock, great musically, great vocally and with a nice driving beat that makes you want to follow it deeper.
Signing with Mighty Music earlier in the year what you get here are the fruits of a very productive period of songwriting for the band in late 2015, helped by a lot of shows all over the world which obviously oiled the group as a strong unit.

There’s plenty of other tracks to get stuck into here: the punchy ‘Dust’, the groovy 'Glad Rags' (complete with cowbell), the melodic hard rocker ‘Blood Red Sky’ and closer ‘The Devil You Know’ all have that remarkable echo of the band of old but with a cleaner, modern pristine sound; whilst there’s fire in the belly for the faster numbers ‘Never Give In’ and ‘Do It Again’.
Elsewhere the party of 'I Got the Music in Me' is good fun; and the band delivers an exquisite ballad in ‘The Reason Why’, that kind of classy midtempo to die for.

Tygers Of Pan Tang have been around the block for a while, never releasing a bad album. And take for sure that "Tygers Of Pan Tang" is among the best of their career. This new album is punchy, plenty of catchy choruses and kick ass riffs, and yes, some terrific songs.
The overall sound is awesome, a mouth watering for all '80s classic Hard Rock / Melodic Hard Rock fans. Think Whitesnake 1987, Blue Murder, Burning Rain, etc.
One of the surprises of the year... yeah, it's that good.
HIGHLY Recommended

01 - Only The Brave
02 - Dust
03 - Glad Rags
04 - Never Give In
05 - The Reason Why
06 - Do It Again
07 - I Got the Music in Me
08 - Praying for a Miracle
09 - Blood Red Sky
10 - Angel in Disguise
11 - The Devil You Know

Robb Weir - guitars
Jacopo Meille - vocals
Micky Crystal - guitars
Gav Gray - bass
Craig Ellis - drums, percussion

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG - Burning In The Shade [Cherry Red remastered reissue 2016]

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With the new (and great) new TYGERS OF PAN TANG coming up soon, it's a great opportunity to check the remastered reissue of "Burning In The Shade", the band's more 'AOR' album.
This is the Cherry Red Records / Lemon Recordings remaster done some years ago, now with all the physical CD's sold out the label decided to re-release it digitally.

Tygers Of Pan Tang was one of the bands to define the NWOBHM sound, but in the mid-80s they changed in favor of the dominating Rock style from the era: melodic hard rock and arena-ready AOR.
The band already flirted with this on the previous album The Wreck-Age, however it's on this "Burning In The Shade" - originally appeared in 1987 - where the AOR waves dominate the entire record.

Jon Deverill's vocals soar over elaborated melodic tunes such as 'Hideaway', the pumping 'Hit It' or the highly harmonic 'Are You There?', whereas the classy '87s AOR sound is fully developed on the spectacular midtempo 'Dream Ticket' or the superb keyboard-filled 'Sweet Lies'.

Unheard by many melodic hard rock / AOR fans which never noticed Tygers Of Pan Tang's change in sound & style on this album, "Burning In The Shade" includes some terrific AOR tunes with that characteristic British touch in this genre.
Highly Recommended.

01 - The First (The Only One)
02 - Hit It
03 - Dream Ticket
04 - Sweet Lies
05 - Maria
06 - Hideaway
07 - Open to Seduction
08 - The Circle of the Dance
09 - Are You There?
10 - The Memory Fades

Jon Deverill: Vocals
Steve Lamb: Guitars, backing vocals
Brian Dick: Drums
additional musicians:
Steve Thompson: Keyboards, programming, bass
Phil Caffrey: Backing vocals


RIVERSIDE - Eye Of The Soundscape [2CD] (2016)

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October 21st, 2016 will mark the release of "Eye Of The Soundscape", the new double album from Polish progressive masters RIVERSIDE. "Eye Of The Soundscape" compiles all the special instrumental Riverside tracks previously used as bonus material in deluxe editions, alongside rare cuts as well as 4 new songs.

While working in a new CD, Riverside had the idea to release a complementary album. An album in between. An album the band always wanted to record.
For years the band has accumulated a lot of material, a part of which was released on bonus discs.
But many people still haven't heard those pieces and do not realise that Riverside, basically right from the start, have been experimenting with ambient and progressive electronic music. And that's always been a part of their musical DNA.

Frontman Mariusz Duda says; "I presented the idea to the rest of the band and the decision was unanimous. We decided to make a compilation of all our instrumental and ambient pieces, and release it this year as an independent album.
Some of the songs would be re-mixed to make them sound better, but most of all, we'd add new compositions."

"At the beginning of the year, we locked themselves in the studio and started to compose. We were working with smiles on our faces, genuinely excited, knowing that this time it wasn't just a bonus disc or an addition to something "bigger" but a fully fledged, independent release with that kind of music, full of space, trance, melodies and electronics.
I really can't wait for this release, I have always had a dream for Riverside to release such an album."

RIVERSIDE - Eye Of The Soundscape [2CD] (2016) discs

Riverside is one of this blog's favorite progressive bands ever. This double CD "Eye Of The Soundscape" is very special indeed, not your typical material from the band.
It's plenty of long, spacey soundscapes and the marriage of electronic and organic music. You have synths used in any imaginable possible way from string emulation to electric guitar, there's relaxed bass lines, dreamy keyboards, subtle percussion, etc.
I don't know you, but I love this kind of stuff when it's done with the quality Riverside are capable of.
Superb atmospheric progressive music for your ears.

CD 1:
1. Where The River Flows
2. Shine
3. Rapid Eye Movement (2016 Mix)
4. Night Session - Part One
5. Night Session - Part Two

CD 2:
1. Sleepwalkers
2. Rainbow Trip (2016 Mix)
3. Heavenland
4. Return
5. Aether
6. Machines
7. Promise
8. Eye Of The Soundscape

Mariusz Duda - vocals, bass, guitar
Piotr Kozieradzki - drums
Michał Łapaj - keyboards

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

SERPENTINE - A Touch Of Heaven [Limited Edition USB reissues + bonus]

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SERPENTINE was one of the most interesting UK Melodic Rock / AOR acts from the present decade. Unfortunately, after 3 strong albums Serpentine disbanded last year, but as legacy to their music they released a USB stick containing everything they recorded before the last, final third album.

This USB / flash memory includes in digital format the following material:
* first album "A Touch Of Heaven Album" in its Japanese version with a bonus track
* second album "Living And Dying In High Definition" / Japanese version with its 2 bonus tracks
* digital copies of all the artwork from the albums
* Living And Dying In Acoustic Definition, previously unreleased studio acoustic versions

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SERPENTINE’s debut "A Touch Of Heaven" was the culmination of two and a half years of work and dedication of a band founded by trio Gareth David Noon, Gareth Vanstone and Chris Gould.
In the the winter of 2008 at a recording studio in Blackwood, South Wales there was a meeting between Gould and SHY drummer Bob Richards, which was to be the catalyst for Serpentine to hit top gear and get the band off the ground after 18 months of songwriting as a trio.

Less than a month later, Tony Mills (SHY, TNT) and his world renowned, stratospheric vocals became the voice of Serpentine, and the band spent the next few months completing the demos for what has become the band’s debut album, this "A Touch Of Heaven".
In the summer of 2009, the band – with new members John Clews (Guitar) and Charlie Skeggs (Drums) in tow- decamped to M2 Studios in Staffordshire to begin reshaping their rough demos into what can be heard on the record, with Mark V Stuart (Magnum) and Sheena Sear twiddling the knobs behind the desk.

Opening with title track, this pumping melodic rocker sets the proper, feel-good tone for the rest of the album. “Whatever Heartache” will delight fans of '80s AOR and it's the obvious first single for which the band have also released an excellent video; an anthemic, sweeping epic with double tracked guitars and a killer chorus.
The moody “Lonely Nights” and the ballad “For The Love Of It All” both sounds natural and from the heart. Emotional is the word to describe “Let Love Rain Down”, while “We Belong” is like a summer breeze to your ears… Survivor spirit is back!
You will be surprised by the closing track, a melodic rock cover of the classic “Unbreak My Heart”.

SERPENTINE - A Touch Of Heaven [Limited Edition USB reissues + bonus] booklet

Additionally, we have the very good original Japanese bonus track "Bridge To My Heart", plus two delicious (really good indeed) previously unreleased Studio Acoustic versions of "For The Love Of It All" and "Whatever Heartache", recorded in 2013.
HIGHLY Recommended

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01 - A Touch Of Heaven
02 - Whatever Heartache
03 - Lonely Nights
04 - For The Love Of It All
05 - Let Love Rain Down
06 - In My Blood
07 - Fashion
08 - We Belong
09 - Love Suicide
10 - Unbreak My Heart
11 - Bridge To My Heart (Japanese Bonus Track)

Living And Dying In Acoustic Definition (Prev unreleased):
12 - For The Love Of It All [Acoustic version]
13 - Whatever Heartache [Acoustic version]

Vocals : Tony Mills
Lead & Rhythm Guitars : Christopher Gould
Lead & Rhythm Guitars : John Clews
Keyboards : Gareth David Noon
Bass : Gareth Vanstone
Drums : Roy Millward


SERPENTINE - Living And Dying In High Definition [LTD Ed. USB reissues + bonus]

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SERPENTINE was one of the most interesting UK Melodic Rock / AOR acts from the present decade. Unfortunately, after 3 strong albums Serpentine disbanded last year, but as legacy to their music they released a USB stick containing everything they recorded before the last, final third album.

This USB / flash memory includes in digital format the following material:
* first album "A Touch Of Heaven Album" in its Japanese version with a bonus track
* second album "Living And Dying In High Definition" / Japanese version with its 2 bonus tracks
* digital copies of all the artwork from the albums
* Living And Dying In Acoustic Definition, previously unreleased studio acoustic versions

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Described by the press as 'one of the most impressive new names on the melodic rock radar' this British quintet fronted by great vocalist Tony Mills were riding a resurgence in melodic rock.
Originally founded in Wales around the talents of keyboard player Gareth David Noon, guitarist Christopher Gould and bassist Gareth Vanstone, the band were keen to capitalize on their burgeoning reputation and returned to the studio for this second effort "Living and Dying in High Definition" at M2 Studios, Wolverhampton, England.

Keyboard flourishes, lush harmonies and breathless vocals provide the opening of "Deep Down (There's A Price For Love)" before the main riff kicks in aided by some surging guitars and Serpentine make an immediate impact. "Philadelphia" is one of the highlights, a keyboard driven melodic rocker with a catchy chorus and heavenly harmonies.
"Dreamer" will delight fans of Journey, an anthemic, sweeping epic track with galloping guitars and great vocals by Tony Mills.

On the moody midtempo "Where Do We Go From Here?" the band sounds very British reminding you the best Heartland and the ballad "Love Is Blue" both sounds natural and from the heart.
Emotional is the word to describe "Best Days Of Our Lives", while "Cry is like a summer AOR breeze to your ears.
The band offers something different on the rocking "Nuremberg" featuring interesting lyrics.
The album ends on a high note with the long and melodic epic "Forgotten Heroes", a track with fantastic variations and instrumentation.

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With "Living and Dying in High Definition" Serpentine has improved on all aspects; better songwriting, catchy choruses and more hooky arrangements.
Playing an unashamedly keyboard led, yet guitar infused brand of melodic hard rock, Serpentine has delivered a terrific recording. Tony Mills shines on his best performance in years.
"Living and Dying in High Definition" is one of finest Melodic Rock / AOR albums of this decade without a doubt.
Highly Recommended

01 - Deep Down (There's A Price For Love)
02 - Philadelphia
03 - Dreamer
04 - Love Is Blue
05 - Where Go The Go From Here?
06 - Cry
07 - Best Days Of Our Lives
08 - Heartbreak Town
09 - Nuremberg
10 - Forgotten Heroes
11 - Lonely Nights 2011 (feat. Matt Black)
12 - Dreamer (Radio Mix)

Tony Mills - Vocals
Gareth David Noon - Keyboards, Vocals
Christopher Gould - Guitars
Gareth Vanstone - Bass, Vocals
Roy Millward - Drums



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