Thursday, 26 November 2009

Bruce Bouillet: announces 2 upcoming CD's

Thanks to Paolo Castillo for this insider scoop...

Paolo Castillo says:
here's an update for ya , Bruce Bouillet of Racer X, is coming up with two new albums coming out real soon :):) just waitin' for a release date... talked to Bruce :P:P, directly, it's not published yet, but Sean Baker, of the sean baker orchestra said so too... he said there will be two albums, one heavy, and one more "mainstream" more guitar rock I suppose? He posted it on the Racer X forum. Bruce told me he'll go say hi on the forum once there's a release date to let everyone know

Daniele Gottardo: New Web site has a new web site and you can also see his custom guitar pedal:
Daniele Gottardo says:
Listen the samples of my CD "Frenzy of Ecstasy" in my new website!!!thanks.

Hedras Ramos: Merry Shredmas

The Holy Gift of Shred

Christmas Instrumental Rock Guitar driven album, by virtuoso Hedras Ramos (17 years old), winner of prizes at world wide competition GUITAR IDOL 2009 held in London, UK. with more than 1200+ guitar players from all around the globe!

Here's a little present... buy and listen to the CD online:

Hedras Ramos says:
I specially arranged this song for this unique event Cerveceria Centroamerica does every year... They light up a huge tree (more than 100 ft. tall) by mid November to officially celebrate the beginning of the Christmas' season. Many thousands of people come to watch the show and listen the very best bands of different styles there are in the country.

So this was a cool gig!

Hopefully next year I'll be able to play with my whole band.
This song (Silent Night) is the one that started it all... because after arranging this song, my dad who is my manager and co producer decided that it would be nice to do a Xmas album, so we did. It took me 10 days to do the whole thing, arranging, recording and also the mixing my dad did of this album. We had the collaboration of first class musicians from Canada, USA and Guatemala.

So my hope is that you like it and buy the album at, iTunes, Amazon or any of these fine digital stores that will start selling this album the on or before first week of December 2009.

We wish you a Metal Christmas and a Funky New Year!!!


Silent Night - Gallo's Xmas Tree 14Nov2009

Paul Gilbert,Freddie Nelson: metalichika in full transcribing mode

“John: And now you’re currently working on your solo album?

Freddie: I’m working on a solo album now, yeah, and I’m probably going to release that in Japan, Europe, and I don’t know about The States… hopefully The States.”

“John: With your band now – is that called Too Tall Jones? Or is that project over as well?

Freddie: Well, Too Tall Jones wasn’t really a band. It was more of a (project – ed.). I had a bunch of songs, and there was a country artist named Ford Thurston. (that) had a bunch of songs, and we kind-of went into the studio, and just kind-of put eachother’s flavor on what we had. I think we used probably 5 or 6 different drummers, and 3 or 4 different bass players. At the tail end, we brought in Patrick Norman, who’s the bass player for Rusted Root. He’s just an incredibly talented guy. Great player, singer, just a first-class human being. And we wrote a couple of songs with him, and then we put a band together, which included Ford, myself, Patrick, and Ronnie … who is now playing with Vertical Horizon, I believe. “ Iron city podcast

Marcel Coenen: sun caged tour and new CD


After a long search progressive metallers Sun Caged has found their new bass player in Daniel Kohn who is also a member of the German Progressive Metal band Vanilla Rex. His first shows with the band will be the two shows as support of the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation in December 2009.

Look at the official Sun Caged website to see his picture and read his personal biography.


Sun Caged will be supporting the Swedish band Pain Of Salvation during their two day appearance in the Netherlands at December 21st and December 22nd of 2009.

Gig information.

Monday December 21st: Boerderij Zoetermeer
Tuesday December 22nd: Bosuil, Weert

Sun Caged will play these gigs in the middle of finishing their new album which will be ready somewhere at the end of this year, and released somewhere in the spring/summer of 2010.


Guitarist Marcel Coenen has also revealed the band are close to completion of their third album and has offered up the following information.

"The band first entered the studio for the third CD in March 2009. We are aiming for a summer 2010 release on Lion Music. The working title for the album is called "The Lotus Effect".

Some titles of new songs: "Shades Of Hades", "Driftwood", "All But Gone", "Tip-Toe the Fault Line", "On Again / Off Again", "Lotus", "Seamripper & The Blanket Statement" plus some more to come!

Expect an album with some new influences, one song has a typically salsa groove throughout the song, an other song has a real blast beat in it, plus we also recorded a really long epic song, divided into seven parts (total length about 24 minutes) which will close The Lotus Effect.

George Bellas, Dushan Petrossi,Stefano Sebo Xotta, Emir Hot: just say no

I am 110% behind this campaign and so should you be as one day it might be your lively hood.


In support of Borislav Mitic's statement on the murder of music more Lion Music artists are adding their own weight and support to our awareness campaign.


"The Current State of Music Piracy"

Dear Music Lovers and Fans,
I want you all to know how much I love to create music and how much of a thrill it is to share this with you all. I have happily and very willingly invested a lifetime in developing and honing my skills both as a player and composer, all the while sacrificing many other things in life to be able to push my abilities to the brink and beyond. But quite unfortunately, due to the overwhelming situation of the illegal downloading of music, A.K.A. as stealing, producing and releasing albums has been exponentially increasing in difficulty.

It is disheartening to hear about the sales condition of albums, especially when I take 2 minutes and Google search "Music Download" and find all these illegal download sites that come up, a lot actually. I have put a lifetime into this, and with so much passion and commitment behind all the music I create, it really bums me out knowing that some people just turn around and download my life's work. When I see the amount of fans that write to me, and then look at the sales figures, it becomes very apparent that something is not right.

And the problem is not just with the downloading of electronic files... Shortly after my album "Venomous Fingers" was released, bootleg copies were showing up in record stores. And on top of that, right around the same time, my debut album "Turn Of The Millennium" had been illegally reprinted and was being sold on Amazon and through other music resellers. On this bootleg version of "Turn Of The Millennium" some of the text in the credits had been changed, and the artwork color was slightly more washed out than the legit version. I initially found this out from several fans emailing me asking what the correct song order was on the album because the songlist inside the booklet differed from what was printed on the CD face, and then to my surprise, one of my private students came in for a lesson with the same unauthorized version saying he bought it off of Amazon. I immediately called the record label to see if maybe the album had been remastered, but it hadn't been, and they ha d no idea about the distributed bootleg. The label did say a good amount of money has been invested to find and prosecute these crooks. So in these cases, not only myself and the record labels but it was the fans too that also had been robbed.

It costs money to make albums, and the artists and labels rely on sales to continue to do so. If you enjoy listening to music as much as I enjoy making it -- don't steal it.

Things you can do to help support the arts:

1) Buy the music you listen to.
2) When a friend offers to burn you a copy - say "No".
3) Don't make copies of music you purchased for your friends.
4) Don't upload copyrighted music to the internet.
5) Don't download copyrighted music from illegal file sharing sites.

Stealing copyrighted music is a violation of international copyright laws and subject to fees and imprisonment.

For more information please visit:
1) What is Copyright?
2) What is Piracy?
3) About Music Copyright Notices
4) Laws for Downloading Music

Thank you for listening to my plea for the longevity of the International Recording Industry.


George Bellas
Bellas Music Studio


I will be straight and simple : If people just download or share the new Iron Mask album, which for information is by far our most expensive production, with a mix and master by Jens Bogren, there wont be another Iron mask album as the recording expense will not be recouped, so please beware and make the right choice before simply 'clicking'.

Dushan Petrossi


I usually hear a lot of people saying old heavy rock music was better and better compared to all modern productions... Personally I don’t agree with this point of view, especially talking about sound, single instruments tone and overall mix, but this is my opinion... We have to say today there is more attention about creating a good single hit to try to put it in the charts, so the songs structure is often influenced by this point...I agree we have no more works like old Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, etc... but I think they were able to do that....because they knew a lot of people would have bought their records!!!

Today, if you’re a musician, you perfectly know a few guys will buy your release, most of the people will download it for free, so you know you’re not going to get back the money you spent to record, mix and master your CD. This is the reason you try to create songs in order to be considered by radio stations, TV stations, all those places where you can get some royalties, even if you would like to put a 3 min intro to your favourite song, or a long psychedelic bridge in another one...

So, if you’re tired of simple commercial stuff, my suggestion is "buy CD's!" This is the only input you can give to the musicians to focus more on their music rather than on their empty wallet!

Believe me, a musician who can use all his time to produce his music will create better works compared to the one who has to do another job to pay rent and bills.

You’re warned, don’t cry when you’ll have to get a videogame to listen to some new music.

Sebo / Strings24


I can only agree 100% with what Borislav has said. Unfortunately I see no progress in people’s behaviour since file sharing became popular. I haven’t given up yet but have been thinking to stop being musically active many times. I just hope that this text will change at least 1% minds of “music killers” and that will make many think before they act.

News: Virgin Media broadband issue a disgrace 2

What is it now... 4 weeks? Yes same thing every night, connection drops and can't reconnect. Apologies for the affect it's having on the blogging. NB I am not alone ...

Lorenzo Venza: Erosmania live 2009

Lorenzo Venza gigging with his money Erosmania and adding that touch of class to the solos!

EROSMANIA LIVE 2009 (guitar solo )

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