News Update: – 31st March 2009

March 31, 2009 – 13:55

Swedish “Hellrock” band Lucien has just taken a short hybernation over the winter but has started up again – here is the latest from base camp. Singer/guitarist Greg has moved across the country but this will not be stopping the band, in fact they are now even more determined to make things work. Greg has finished his next book “Before the Phoenix Rises” (following the success of his first book “Some Zen Somewhere”) which if you send him a mail or visit his webpage I’m sure he’ll be happy to show you where to get it. The debut Lucien album is being picked up by many places and is now available in China, Taiwan, Greece, Finland, Sweden, the UK and Holland along with many other MP3 and streaming sites hosting the album. Lucien will be playing at Pretzeltown 2009, Sodertalje, Sweden this August and will maybe be making a trip over to the UK for Heathen Fire Fest in September. Their new album is currently being written. No release or preview date just yet, 6 new songs have been written along with a Duran Duran cover song

Global Music are proud to announce live dates for ex-Almighty vocalist, Ricky Warwick, in support of his up-coming solo album, Belfast Confetti. Confirmed dates can be found here with more to be announced. Belfast Confetti, is due for release on April 27

Chris Laney who’s new album “Pure” is released through Metal Heaven has been very busy setting up the release in the last few weeks and has shows planned already to follow, but it’s also been a sad time as Chris has been forced to sever his links with Randy Piper’s Animal. This has been achieved though in the most professional manner and Chris even went firstly (last month) to the RPA website to announce this… “Dear Animal Fans! I wanted you to hear it from me first… I have left Animal… It is not easy to keep a band up and running when you live on different parts of the planet. We did manage to put out two great albums within 4 years, and recorded a DVD that hopefully will see the light of day soon. My time in Animal has been fantastic! Piper, Rich, Grizzly and Koleberg are my brothers, and will always be! I will now concentrate 100% on doing my solo stuff, starting off with the release of ‘Chris Laney- Pure’ and on my work as producer at Polar Studios”

New albums in the pipeline from AOR/Metal Heaven include Stage Dolls, Fair Warning, Voices Of Rock II, David Reece, Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) and Helix, stay tuned

Global Music are proud to announce live dates for Northern Irish Noiseniks, Therapy?, in support of recent album release, Crooked Timber. For more information visit URL. Crooked Timber album – out now! Also out now Limited Edition White Vinyl

Two weeks and twelve cities later, Pure Reason Revolution have managed to put together a behind the scenes video montage of life on the road in the UK

New Jersey’s favourite sons The Gaslight Anthem return to the UK this summer not only in support to “The Boss” at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park (June 28th) but they will also be swinging into our capital city to do a special “Warm up for the Festivals” show at The Forum on June 4th. Tickets are priced £15.00 are available from URL. Single ‘Great Expectations’ was also released this week. Check out the video here

Black Bone Child To Tour In Support Of Debut CD. In the spring of 2008, BBC self-produced their debut album at White Door Studios, Austin, TX. The result is a product that showcases not only BBC’s songwriting and playing abilities, but also their talents from the other side of the microphone as engineers and producers and even their eye for graphic design. With all the hoopla that followed the release of their debut CD, the guys are preparing to tour in support of the release. View tour dates here. In the meantime, while preparing for the upcoming tour and promoting the band’s debut CD, Black Bone Child are writing new material for their next release, which is slated for next year

The legendary Meat Puppets have signed to Megaforce Records and will release their new album Sewn Together on May 11

The new Scarlet Soho album ‘Warpaint’ was released on 27th March by Major Records. To place an order email with your name, address, the number of albums you want and whether you’d like a CD or a Download. Price: £9.90/€10.90. CD Packing and Postage costs: Germany: €2.00, Europe:€3.50, World: €6.50

Badway are finally releasing their new CD, “Dead Letters”, so they decided to let everyone hear it. From today, 4 songs will be uploaded, and every two days after, they’ll upload another 4! They guys are also releasing a video this week. “We took a lot of rock bands from Barcelona (ha! you thought that there only were rock bands in Sweden or what?), put them on stage, and made them sing “My Way”, our first single. Also, we are touring Spain until June, then we go to the UK to play 3 gigs! That is just a warm up, because after summer we plan to tour Europe, we are already closing dates, so as soon as I have them all, I will announce it! I hope to have some beers with some of you guys.” Check the Badway myspace for full tour dates and to hear the new tracks. The guys also set up an online shop so you can buy the CD, a t-shirt or whatever

Lunacy Box – Lunacy Box debut CD available from May 25, available on CD and in all digital stores

Traci Michaelz Memorial Show 2009, info coming soon! New CD “In Hell” is almost complete… w/ Traci’s last drum tracks

Due to personal reasons Street Dogs must delay their European headlining club tour until the Fall of 2009. Tickets purchased for the April/May tour will be automatically refunded. Rescheduled dates will be posted as soon as details are confirmed. The Street Dogs will still be performing at the Groezrock Festival on April 18th in Hasselt, BE. Tickets and info on that show can be found here

Hydrogyn will be hitting the UK for a brief visit before heading over to France this April. Dates can be found here

Heartless Bastards announce UK tour, latest album ‘The Mountain’ is due to be released on April 6

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