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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Brief News Update for Tuesday June 7th, 2011

Black Country Communion launch new video: "Man In The Middle"

Today, Black Country Communion have launched the official promo video for "Man In The Middle". The song is taken from their forthcoming album "2", released in the UK on Monday June 13th.

This video for "Man In The Middle" has just been posted on YouTube, although as you regulars are now aware, Blogspot sadly doesn't embrace You Tube's viewing screen size, so here's the link to the You Tube location:

The new album "2" will feature the following tracks:
1. The Outsider
2. Man In The Middle
3. The Battle For Hadrian’s Wall
4. Save Me
5. Smokestack Woman
6. Faithless
7. An Ordinary Son
8. I Can See Your Spirit
9. Little Secret
10. Crossfire
11. Cold

First single from the album, 'The Outsider' has gained much praise across the board and I have to admit, I love it myself!

Black Country Communion is the Anglo/American rock band featuring Glenn Hughes (vocals, bass), Joe Bonamassa (guitar, vocals), Jason Bonham (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards).
The forthcoming album is currently #2 on both the Amazon UK and album pre-order charts.

BCC's eponymous debut album, originally released September 2010, reached #13 in the official UK Album Chart, #1 on the UK Rock Album Chart, and #2 on the UK Independent Album Chart.

Black Country Communion will tour the UK in July 2011. Dates include Llandudno Cymru Arena (July 23), High Voltage Festival, London (July 24), Leeds o2 Academy (July 26), Newcastle o2 Academy (July 27), Glasgow o2 Academy (July 29), Manchester Academy (July 30). Ticket hotline: 0871 230 1101, and

Black Country Communion played their first live gigs last December – a pair of sold-out shows in London and Wolverhampton. Both shows earned rave reviews with The Birmingham Mail calling the band’s performance “rip-roaring” and “breath-taking.” Due to high demand from US fans for a set of live stateside performances, the band booked a number of summer dates beginning June 9 in San Diego, CA; followed by dates in Anaheim, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; St. Louis, MO; Indianapolis, IN; Hampton Beach, NH; Sayreville, NJ; and Washington, D.C. The band then heads across the Atlantic for multiple dates in Europe and the UK. Check out footage of the band playing live here:

US Summer Tour Dates:
June 2011
06/09/11 San Diego, California at San Diego Civic Theatre
06/10/11 Anaheim, California at City National Grove of Anaheim
06/11/11 Salt Lake City, Utah at The Depot
06/13/11 St. Louis, Missouri at The Pageant
06/15/11 Indianapolis, Indiana at Murat Theatre at Old National Centre
06/17/11 Hampton, New Hampshire at Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
06/18/11 Sayreville, New Jersey at Starland Ballroom
06/19/11 Washington D.C. at 9:30 Club

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KARMAKANIC mastermind / bassist Jonas Reingold isn't out to re-invent the progressive rock wheel with the band's new album, "In A Perfect World". On the contrary, in a genre that is overpopulated with artists obsessed with often inhuman instrumental fireworks, he has delivered a package that stands out for being organic, warm, and decidedly human. And while lines can be drawn to prog rock greats like Dream Theater, Ayreon and Fates Warning, it's the hints of everything from Styx to Deep Purple to The Beatles to Yes and make KARMAKANIC'S latest outing a seven course feast that will leave the listener hungry for more.

A member of prog rock cult favorites The Flower Kings since 1999, Reingold has released four albums under the KARMAKANIC banner since 2002. The band is his labor of love, where he controls all aspects of the music rather than being a hired hand; a musical release that he couldn't live without.

"KARMAKANIC is always a result of everything that I enjoy in music. I enjoy a bit of pop music, some fusion, I enjoy a bit of classic progressive rock like Genesis and those guys. I don't think much in terms of style; I just try to have fun while I compose the music. It's fun to actually do something on your own sometimes. I love being a part of The Flower Kings or any other projects I get involved with, but to actually be responsible for the whole thing - write the songs, record the album, produce and mix it - is a kick for me to do it once in a while. But, you can also get fed up with yourself if you work too much like that. Having this mix between everything is great."

"In A Perfect World" is an unexpectedly smooth flow of musical styles from beginning to end. Steeped in an instantly recognizable '70s vibe, each of the seven tracks featured on the album have their own unique personalities without sounding mismatched. Whether it's the opening romp of '1969' or the smokey blues 10 minute outro of 'When Fear Came To Town', "In A Perfect World" never derails itself under the weight of its own creative genius.

"Normally I try to work with a couple themes," Reingold explains. "The opening theme on '1969', for example, it reappears in the song a number of times in different shapes, different keys and tonalities, a different vibe, but I try not to change the ideas I'm working with too much. I try to keep a core running through the whole song. If you skip five minutes into the song it shouldn't be a different song. That's my main goal; therefore I try to keep things simple in terms of ideas. If I have three melodic themes going on I stick to them. I try not to put in too much information."

With regards to his varied stylistic influences and the lines drawn between KARMAKANIC and artists outside of the prog rock genre - a box Reingold is quite comfortable in - he feels it's a natural occurrence as a product of one's environment.

"When you're an artist / musician I think you're an antenna to the world, and that will always show. If there's a killer song on the radio that you hear ten times a day and you love it, it will show in your music. Not on purpose, of course, but that music gets stored in your head somewhere. Sometimes you're not even aware of what you're reflecting. I grew up with KISS in the '70s - they were my first main band that I was into - and even today I can hear them in my music sometimes. It's like, 'Oh damn, that sounds like 'She' ... (laughs)'. Music is a reflection of everything around you."

This time out, however, Reingold's big focus was on the lyrics for "In A Perfect World's" seven tracks. As inspired as he was to write the music, without an equal amount of time spent on the lyrics he believes the album would be lacking a backbone. Because of his lyrical focus, fans will find "In A Perfect World" much stronger than any of the band's previous releases.

"I try to write about things that concern me. We had a suicide bomber here in Sweden last Christmas, and that hit me hard because you see it on television in other parts of the world, and suddenly it was in my backyard. That kind of scared me, so I wrote a song about that. I try to find a subject that is meaningful and write about it. As long as you write something that is meaningful for you, other people will respond to it."

KARMAKANIC - In A Perfect World:
1. 1969 - 14:40
2. Turn it up - 06:53
3. The world is caving in - 08:58
4. Can't take it with you - 05:42
5. There's nothing wrong with the world - 07:22
6. Bite the grit - 04:57
7. When fear came to town - 09:54

Entering The Spectra (2002)
Wheel Of Life (2004)
Who's The Boss In The Factory? (2008)
In A Perfect World (2011)

Line up:
Jonas Reingold: Fretted and fretless bass/Backing vocals
Marcus Liliequist: Drums
Göran Edman: Vocals
Lalle Larsson: Keyboards/Backing vocals
Nils Erikson: Vocals/Keyboards
Krister Jonsson: Guitars


Judas Priest – Single Cuts
The Complete UK Singles Collection

At the start of their final world tour, Judas Priest and Sony Music are proud to announce the release, for the first time ever, of their complete UK / CBS singles.

'Single Cuts' is testament to Priest’s enduring influence and through the singles, tells the story of one of the biggest metal bands of all time.

Presented in a deluxe, numbered box, 'Single Cuts' boasts a massive 52 tracks across 20 CDs, featuring original singles artwork and labels plus booklet including sleevenotes and photos.


Diamonds and Rust
Dissident Aggressor

Better By You, Better By Me

Evening Star

Before The Dawn
Rock Forever

Take On The World
Starbreaker (Live)
White Heat Red Hot (Live)

Evening Star
Beyond The Realms Of Death
The Green Manalishi

Living After Midnight
Delivering The Goods (Live)
Evil Fantasies (Live)

Breaking The Law
Metal Gods


Don’t Go
Solar Angels

Hot Rockin' 3:03
Breaking The Law (Live)
You Don't Have To Be Old To Be Wise

You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Exciter (Live)

(Take These) Chains
Judas Priest Audio File

Freewheel Burning
Breaking The Law (Live)
You've Got Another Thing Comin'

Some Heads Are Gonna Roll
The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)

Turbo Lover
Hot For Love

Locked In
Desert Plains (Live)
Freewheel Burning (Live)

Better By You, Better Than Me

A Touch Of Evil
Between The Hammer And The Anvil
You've Got Another Thing Comin' (Live)

Night Crawler
Breaking The Law
Living After Midnight

Judas Priest – Single Cuts
The Complete UK Singles Collection

The product can be ordered direct from the Official Judas Priest website here:
The price including delivery will be:
Euro 69.99
US $99

Catalogue Number: 88697939612
Barcode: 886979396128
To be shipped for delivery around 25th August 2011

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