Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Dante Fox release their fifth album 'Breathless' on August 26th via AOR Heaven.

The band were formed in Birmingham in 1989 and released their debut album 'Under Suspicion' in 1996. I caught them supporting Romeo's Daughter at the 02 Academy a couple of years ago - and very good they were too so if you're a fan of AOR music then they are well worth checking out.

The full track listing for 'Breathless' is as follows:

Young Hearts
All Eyes On You
Break These Chains
Broken Hearted Man
I Can't Stop Tonight
Dynamite (Your Love Is Like)
A Love Affair
How Will You Know (Where To Find Me)
Creeps Into My Mind
Break These Chains (Acoustic Version)


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tell Me Something New: Cruzh

Swedish AOR band Cruzh release their self-titled debut album through Frontiers Music on 26th August.

The band consist of Dennis Butabi Borg - bass, Anton Joensson - guitars and backing vocals and Tony Andersson - lead vocals and keyboards, emerging from ashes of Swedish glam rock band TrashQueen which featured both Borg and Joensson.

The track listing for the album is:

In N Out Of Love
First Cruzh
Aim For The Head
Anything For You
Hard To Get
Set Me Free
Before I Walk Alone
Straight From My Heart

The band have a classic AOR sound that has elements of Def Leppard, Toto, Danger Danger and Winger as evidence by the lead track from the album 'First Cruzh'.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Dutch symphonic metal band Delain release their fifth studio album 'Moonbathers' on 26th August.

The band, who celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, will be heading to the UK in November as part of their European tour. The album is available for pre order via their webstore and is available as a single CD, 2 CD media book, a boxed edition and a variety of gatefold vinyl editions.

Full track listing is as follows:

Hands Of Gold
The Glory & The Scum
The Hurricane
Chrysalis - The Last Breath
Fire With Fire
Danse Macabre
Turn The Lights Out
The Monarch


Friday, August 12, 2016


Swedish band Amaranthe release their fourth album, entitled 'Maximalism' on 21st October. Described as 'A hyper modern metallic beast of a record', guitarist Olof Morck states 'We are genuinely thrilled with the new material, definitely our most diverse collection to date'.

The full track listing is as follows:

That Song
On The Rocks
Break Down & Cry

A European Tour has been announced with UK dates to follow. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tight Fit

Those of us of a certain age (ahem) may remember Tight Fit: Steve Grant, Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris. The group are perhaps best remembered for their #1 single 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight' but I actually preferred their follow up singles, 'Fantasy Island' and 'Secret Heart'.

The group recorded one album, released in August 1982. It reached # 87 in the album charts (I still have my copy on vinyl) but Denise and Julie left the group shortly afterwards to be replaced by Vicky Pemberton & Carol Stevens. This line up recorded a new version of 'I'm Undecided', a strong pop song although I preferred the original album version with Denise and Julie, but this and a further single failed to chart and the group parted ways in 1983.

However in 2008 Steve, Julie and Denise reunited and have been in demand playing eighties festivals and Gay Pride events around Europe ever since. Now they have released their first album in 34 years 'Together' which features reworked versions of their four singles, five cover versions and one new song ('Rain'). The full track listing is:

1. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Rainforest Radio Edit)
2. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (Paraiso Radio Edit)
3. Secret Heart (South Beach Radio Edit)
4. Summer Son (Vesuvio Radio Edit)
5. Back To Love (Sunset Radio Edit)
6. Fantasy Island (Manzana Radio Edit)
7. Never Ending Story (SE11 Radio Edit)
8. 1-2-3 (Monkey Magic Radio Edit)
9. Rain (Monsoon Radio Edit)
10. I'm Undecided (Midas Radio Edit)

There is also a companion album of 12" mixes if that's your thing...

Further details can be found on the group's website here.

A rerecorded version of 'Secret Heart' from the new album

A dance remix of 'Fantasy Island' with the original vocals from 2010

And a little reminder of the group back in the day. Don't they look nice all dressed up...

Monday, July 18, 2016


Sophie Ellis- bextor has announced details of her sixth album entitled 'Familia'. A release date of 2nd September has been set for the album which is on Sophie's own EBGB imprint. Signed copies are available for pre order here

The album has a South American influence whilst lead single 'Come With Us' marks a return to a pop/disco style and can be seen on the album trailer below:

The proposed track listing for the album is as follows:

Here Comes The Rapture
Hush Little Voices
My Puppet Heart
Death Of Love
Saddest Happiness
Come With Us
Wild Forever
Don't Shy Away.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Dawn Of Dangerous Days

Touchstone have confirmed Polish musical theatre performer Aggie as their new vocalist.

In a statement the band say "She's performed in productions including 'The Phantom Of The Opera', 'Broadway Street' and 'The Beautiful Violoncellist. In 2015 she moved to Copenhagen to study at the Complete Vocal Institute. She then moved to London in January, following her heart's calling to become a lead singer. Her influences include Muse, Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Dream Theater"

A Double A Side single complete with a promotional video is currently in production and this will be released ahead of the band's fifth album 'Dangerous Days' due early next year.

The new line up of Touchstone makes their live d├ębut at London's Borderline on December 17th followed by a further date at the Robin2 in Bilston on the 18th.