Chris Hawkey would welcome the crowd to day two of RockTember. Hawkey is from Minnesota and does a wide of range of music that covers country to hard rock and metal. He mixed in original material with covers of “Wasted Years” (Iron Maiden), “Man In The Box” (Alice In Chains), and “Fat Bottomed Girls” (Queen). His band sounded fantastic and he has a great stage presence. He was able to win over a skeptical crowd that had worried he wasn’t rock enough to play this festival. Chris Hawkey was an entertaining and fun opening act that set the table for things to come. Continue reading →
Back in 1966 a young man named Serafino Perugino from Napoli, Italy, was involved in the music industry as a distributor for scores of melodic hard rock artists and Indie labels. After working for a while and garnering some much deserved attention and widespread reputation, Serafino started his own independent label, ‘Frontiers Music’. This independent label saw a very quick growth after it’s inception, and takes pride in boasting killer legendary artist line-up on their roster. Legendary true rock icons of today such as DEF LEPPARD, TOTO, WHITESNAKE, STRYPER, DOKKEN, YES, JOURNEY, SURVIVOR, SEBASTIAN BACH, STYX, ASIA and many more were proudly signed onto to this major label. Yes your yesteryear heroes were signed or worked with this amazing label. Frontiers over the years with a strong team across the globe and it’s headquarters from Napoli, Italy have become a formidable image of the sound of melodic, classic and hard rock across bands from many parts of the world.
The label kick started its journey back in 1998, with the first release of a double live album ‘Never Say Goodbye’ by the British hard rock group TEN. The Frontiers Music label not only looks after bands signing and records, it also has a terrific A&R team. Not to mention the sales regarding merch and music, contracts, business, licensing, promotion. The entire team works like a well oiled machinery, and thus allows this giant label to release and market each of their band’s releases into a wide array of fans. With Frontiers Music, the future of melodic, rock or hard rock seems to be in perfect and safe hands. One of the mainstays with helping Frontier function to it’s fullest is General Manager Nick Tieder, who is based in the U.S. and has a wide history of working with labels and is quite the music fan himself.
The namesake of the catchy hard rockin’ riff filled band Lynch Mob comes from none other than Dokken guitarist George Lynch. The band is releasing the new album entitled “Rebel” on August 21st via Frontier Music. You also have Oni Logan at the helm with his powerful vocal style that has become the voice of Lynch Mob. George has made several appearances on Vh1 Classic’s That Metal Show as a guest musician. He wowed the audience with his guitar work, which helped him attain a new generation of fans. The rest of the band is rounded out with Jeff Pilson (ex-Dokken, Foreigner, Dio) on bass and Brian Tichy (ex-Whitesnake, Ozzy Osbourne) on drums.
“Rebel” track listing:
01. Automatic Fix
02. Between The Truth And A Lie
05. Pine Tree Avenue
06. Jelly Roll
07. Dirty Money
08. The Hollow Queen
09. The Ledge
10. Kingdon Of Slaves
George Lynch of course spent a lot of time in hair metal bands throughout the 80’s. There may be some expectations for this album to have some hair metal elements. Let me tell you now, this is not a hair metal album. This album through and through is a melodic hard rock masterpiece. The track ” Testify” will put you into a groove induced coma. The lyrics can hit home with most anyone and will have you singing along instantly. One of the standout tracks on the album is “Pine Tree Avenue”. This track is a blues crazed fast paced anthem. Oni sings ” when we lit the fuse” and it breaks into the riff and cymbal crashes, then later slows down the pace just to hear George tickle the strings with some intricate guitar work. Moving on to the song “Jelly Roll”, it has this melodic harmony that makes the hair stand up on your arms and reminds you of Alice In Chains. All the fat has been trimmed from this song, its the purest form of what Lynch Mob dominate at; hard nosed rock n roll.
Lynch Mob is currently on tour, make sure to go see them on the road. We will be seeing them in the great mountain town of Whitesburg, Kentucky on August 7th with Pikeville, Kentucky’s hometown metal heroes in Downtrend. (www.downtrendmetal.com).
They also new song “War” today which is available for streaming.
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