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Issue 15 - December 2013

PLUS Superfecta Primal Fear Toby Jepson Supersuckers Ring Of Fire Airbourne Axel Rudi Pell Seventh Key


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So the Turkey is done, hopefully there won’t be enough left to keep you in sandwiches till Easter. I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and Santa bought you what you wished for..I sadly did not get Doro Pesch and a bucket of custard..but there is still always next year!! I want to take a moment to thank all of you listeners/readers/ staff etc for making Firebrand have a fantastic year and grow beyond our expected vision for 2013. It really has been a fantastic year couple of pitfalls on the way but ya know you cannot be good at everything and you do not know what you are good at until you try. ’14 promises to be full of surprise we have a lot planned and the face of the company will be getting a lot bigger to carry on the mission the Firebrand group was formed to do. We have recently become a Ltd company under the name of Skyfire Interactive Ltd to deal with all these changes and I promise you I will keep you all updated on the exciting times ahead. In other news one of the first shows I ever did for Firebrand is making a welcome return in the New Year. Docs Young Guns focuses solely on unsigned talent and has introduced some fantastic bands over the previous years it was aired. If your band would like to be featured on Young Guns please email me your information to All that remains is to say may the best of your past be the worst of your future. Happy ’14 people and may you get everything you deserve in the coming new year. Once again folks thank for crankin’ Firebrand! Peace and Respect Doc


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Additional musicians: George Boussounis – Keyboard/ More Bands Confirmed For SOS Festival Summer Horror, Including Sunday Headliners I Samples/Arrangments, Michael Porfyris – Cello, Ilias Sdoukos – Viola, Laertis Kokolanis – Violin Am I And Blaze Bayley When we think Female Fronted Symphonic After several weeks' wait, we have great news for rock and metal fans as the latest additions to the SOS line-up are announced, headed up by I AM I. The band fronted by former DragonForce vocalist ZP Theart is to headline Sunday on the Dean Hocking (main) stage. Also, confirmed to headline our acoustic stage on Sunday is Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden, Wolfsbane). We're also very happy to add French traditional thrash metallers GANG, Welsh classic metalheads Triaxis, alternative rockers Captain Horizon who signed to Rocksector Records just recently, and sleaze rockers The Idol Dead. Meanwhile, on acoustic stage we can also confirm Saturday headliners Exit State, plus acoustic sets also from Incassum, Wizz Wizzard, Fantasist, I.C.O.N. and The Goddamn Electric.

Australian symphonic metal singer Darkyra Back, will release her debut album, “Dragon Tears“, on February 20, 2014. ‘Dragon Tears‘ is a concept album based on a Gothic interpretation of a geisha like tale that ends in tragedy. Love, loss, lust, betrayal and revenge. The music is a fine blend of symphonic metal, gothic metal, epic metal and progressive rock with elements of traditional pentatonic music and an overall cinematic feel. The album is being co-produced by Garry King, Darkyra Black and George Boussounis, through Online Recording Masters Athens and La Foret Groupe France. Darkyra Back has recently released their brand new single and video ‘Tears By Candlelight

Metal and Gothic Metal, our minds automatically think of the Ethereal Diva’s such as Tarja Turunen (Ex Nightwish) Floor Jansen (Nightwish) and Simone Simons (Epica) and each year the number of carbon copy artists increases. Perhaps it’s time for a change. Perhaps the change is right here. Darkyra Back ‘s unique vocal is far from predictable as she has a way of blending together all the different colors of her voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster unlike any other female artist.

Miracle Master release Video for Debut Album A video teaser for “Tattooed Woman“, the forthcoming full-length debut album from Danish/German hardrockers Miracle Master, features the song “Miracle Masters“, can be seen below. The new band featuring Oliver Weers (Oliver Weers Band) on vocals, was formed out of the ashes of PUMP. The clip was created by Dominic Pencz of Pencz Art and Krone Camera Edit.

Miracle Master recently signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records ZYX Music. The release of the debut album “Tattooed Woman” is planned for spring 2014. Recordings were done at Studio 22; Germany and Medley Studios Copenhagen, Denmark. Produced, mixed and mastered by Miracle Master & Axel Heckert(Brainstorm, Symphorce).

Darkyra Back are: Darkyra Black – Vocals, Garry King – Drums, Betovani Deneli – Guitar, Colin Haynes – Bass, Paul Jupe – Guitar, Fab Jablonski – Keyboards


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1) Ted Nugent - Ultralive Ballisticrock 2) Blaze Bayley - Russian Holiday 3) Jane’s Addiction - Live In NYC 4) Deep Purple - Now What?

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5) Shared Between Salem - Forgotten Dreams and The Fuzz Drivers - Self Titled

1) Find Me - Wings Of Love 2) Rage Of Angels - Dreamworld 3) LaVelle - Dear Sanity 4) Houston - Houston II

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5) Silent Force - Rising From Ashes

1) A Sound Of Thunder - Time’s Arrow 2) Alter Bridge - Fortress 3) Europe - Live in Sweden 30th Anniversary Concert 4) Avenged Sevenfold - Hail To The King

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5) Skarlett Riot - Tear Me Down 6

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The Institute, Birmingham 8th December 2013 Supports — The Treatment, Orange Goblin Review and Photos by Reg Richardson Please ensure that your seat is upright with your seatbelt fastened and your tray table folded away....we're about to get AIRBOURNE! However, before the small matter of a headline band we have two supporting bands; The Treatment, a 5-piece rock band from Cambridge, followed by Orange Goblin, a 4-piece heavy metal band from London. The Treatment are proving to be a very accomplished set of musicians with a fast growing following eager to hear their 1980's inspired brand of rock. The band showed just how good they are during the 30-minute set in front of an appreciative crowd. The band finish this tour supporting Airbourne before embarking on their own headline tour of the UK and Europe early next year and I, for one, will be there to see it. Orange Goblin are a different outfit altogether and have gathered a huge following. Heavy metal riffs interspersed with the dark, industrial strength vocals of Ben Ward almost pummelled the audience


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I thought for a minute that 'No Guts, No Glory', the bands' 2010 album was going to be given a complete miss but that was dismissed as the band struck up 'No Way but the Hard Way' from that very album. The main set finished with one of my favourite tracks, 'Stand Up for Rock and Roll' from 'Runnin' Wild'. Throughout the short-ish set Joel O'Keeffe ran around like a complete lunatic leaving the sensible stuff to brother Ryan on drums, David Roads on guitar and Justin Street on bass. The bands' wild man, Joel, wasn't slow to berate the audience over the cricket scores nor was he slow to acknowledge the bands' comparison to AC/DC, to the point that, at times, he mimicked the stage moves of AC/DC's Angus Young. After a very short break the band returned to treat the audience to a three-song encore which included 'Live it Up' from 'Black Dog Barking', 'Raise the Flag' from 'No Guts, No Glory' and finishing with the 'Runnin' Wild' title track. The encore also included a tribute to local heroes Black Sabbath s well as Joel providing the front rows of the audience with the obligatory beer shower using beer from cans opened by smashing them on his head!

into submission but this was a hardy bunch of rockers and NOTHING was going to stop them hearing the star act. The nine song set started with 'Scorpionica' from the 2000 album 'The Big Black' and around forty minutes later finished with 'Red Tide Rising' from their latest album 'A Eulogy for the Damned', released last year.

This high energy set finished all too soon but one thing is for sure, this Black Dog Barking comes with some bite!

Just time to take a breath because Airbourne were about to land in Birmingham. The band hit the stage to rapturous applause from a full house; for a band that's had just 3 albums in 10 years they've developed one hell of a following. The set kicked off with a new twist on an old song, 'Ready to Rock', originally released on a self-funded EP in 2004 but revamped for the 2013 album 'Black Dog Barking'. Next up were two songs from the 2007 album 'Runnin' Wild', 'Too Much, Too Young, Too Fast' followed by 'Girls in Black'. During 'Girls in Black' Joel O'Keeffe rode the shoulders of one of the bands roadies and took off into the crowd much to the delight of those that got in the way. It was back to 'Black Dog Barking' for two of the next three songs, 'Back in the Game' and the title track, 'Black Dog Barking', split by 'Diamond in the Rough' from 'Runnin' Wild'. 'Cheap Wine and Cheaper Women' from the same album was next.


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even simply downloaded directly to a console, many older machines would use bespoke cartridges to store games. As the consoles fell into disrepair and Classic video games from the 1970s and 1980s became ever more scarce, playing these games has have been put online by the Internet Archive and can become difficult. For many years, communities of be played within a web browser for nothing. The gamers have created ROMs - read-only memory collection has launched with games from five early images of games. These files can be played on a home consoles, including the Atari 2600 and normal PC by using an emulator. Colecovision. However, in many cases, gaming in this way The games do not have sound, but will soon, can be illegal - particularly when the games involved the Internet Archive said. "In coming months, the are made by the likes of Nintendo and Sega, which playable software collection will expand clamp down on such activity, deeming it a form of greatly,"archivist Jason Scott wrote. counterfeiting. "Making these vintage games available to the But older games such as the ones found on world, instantly, allows for commentary, education, the Internet Archive fall into something of a legal enjoyment and memory for the history they are a grey area. Publishers and developers often turn a part of." blind eye as, with the games no longer available to The other machines included are the Atari buy, the ROMs mean the titles are still able to be 7800, the Magnavox Odyssey (known as the Philips played by many. Yet with smartphone gaming on the Videopac G7000 in Europe) and the Astrocade. rise, publishers are now in a position where these old Well-recognised titles such as Pacman, Space titles can be revived, cashing in on the timeless Invaders and Frogger are all in the archive - with quality of the games, as well as fans' nostalgic urges. more consoles and games expected soon.

Internet Archive puts classic 70s and 80s games online

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Elite Announce Recreation of Sinclair The Best just got Better Since its release in September this year, Command ZX Spectrum “Recently, you may have seen or heard mention of plans for the recreation of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. Since launch, some 10,000 games have been created for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Production of the device ceased in 1990, by which time more than 5 million units had been sold worldwide, primarily in the UK and Spain and also in significant numbers elsewhere. ”The purpose of this website is to provide a little further information about those plans and to solicit information and interest which will guide us in making the recreation a reality. Announcing The Bluetooth® ZX Spectrum “Well we’re pleased to be able to tell you something more about those plans. The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently for, Android and Windows phones and tablets (as well as for PCs and Macs), in the form-factor of a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It will be known as the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. ZX Spectrum is a licensed trade mark. The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will connect wirelessly to, for example, an iPad and in turn to a TV via Apple Airplay.” “By default, when used in conjunction with the simultaneously released and separately sold Bluetooth ZX Spectrum apps, available from the iTunes App Store, and subsequently from the Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will provide authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment. Either at launch or sometime later, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will also be 'backwardly compatible' with the existing and separately sold, 'ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection' apps, either by default or perhaps via an in-app purchase from within those apps.” “Optionally, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will also be a Bluetooth keyboard for other apps available from the iTunes App Store, and subsequently from the Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store and also applications running on PCs and Macs, making it possible to, say, type a letter on a PC using a Spectrum! Both the default and the optional functionality of the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will be available at the time of the device’s launch. Details of how the optional functionality may be enabled will be revealed at a later date. The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will have an end-user price of between £39.99 and £49.99 (plus delivery) and initially will be available for purchase online-only."

Modern Air/Naval Operations has been praised as a ‘rare thing’ (Rock Paper Shotgun), a ‘true gem’ (Gamers Hall) and ‘a seriously fun, intense, involving simulation of modern naval combat with nearly infinite replay value’ (Armchair General). For developers Warfare Sims ( though, this wasn’t enough. The team engaged with the fans, involved the community and effectively started a brand new development process to take this immense project to perfection. Since the release of v1.01 (which addressed the most immediate concerns WRT reliability/ performance/functionality), the WS dev team has been relentlessly working on Command, as evidenced by the breakneck pace of private & public releases. The next official update, v1.02, incorporates myriads of improvements based directly on feedback from the entire wargaming community (customers, reviewers and prospective buyers alike). With the release of v1.02, Command extends its lead against any other title in the genre (incl. longtime stalwarts of the niche) even more and further establishes itself as the undisputed heavyweight champion of modern air/nav wargaming. It was already a bargain, now it’s a screaming steal. Improvements: * VASTLY BETTER performance & stability, on all aspects of the game (startup, UI/map & simulation engine) * VASTLY IMPROVED user interface with lots of new features, fixes & changes in every aspect (map, unit control, DB viewer etc.) straight from user feedback * HUNDREDS of bugs & problems fixed MORE PoWERFUL scenario editor & mission editor * MORE configurable realism options (e.g. unlimited aircraft weapons at bases) for people who want to quickly experiment * MORE simulation realism with new features like variable crew proficiency, improved sonar modelling, more AI & doctrine options and other additions & fixes * COUNTLESS database additions & tweaks * IMPROVED & reworked versions of official scenarios MORE scenarios, MORE DB images & descriptions* IMPROVED multimedia experience with new sound effects & optional background music


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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Coming Soon To Pc KONAMI's stunning action title slices its way to PC via Steam and other download services. Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. has announced the PC version of its all-action Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance title will soon be available via download services. KONAMI has also revealed that those downloading the PC iteration will also receive the acclaimed VR Missions, and the two character-led Bladewolf and Jetstream DLC chapters, absolutely free. Also added in the menu selection options, users will be able to play all the cutscenes and codec conversations, as well as replay any of the boss battles. Developed by Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance takes the renowned Metal Gear franchise into exciting new territory with an all-new action experience. The game seamlessly melds pure action and epic story-telling that surrounds Raiden – a child soldier transformed into a half-human, half-cyborg ninja who is equipped with his signature High-Frequency Blade and a quest for revenge. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is set in the near future, where technology is commonplace throughout society. The use of cybernetic elements to augment physical ability has triggered instability and conflict, and large Private Military Companies (PMCs) have given way to rogue entities that carry out the illegal wishes of large criminal groups. These renegade forces are now employing the cybernetic technology to leverage political power for their employers, and we are introduced to Raiden as he falls foul of a related plan to kidnap an African President. The plan’s instigator – Samuel – leaves Raiden severely wounded and the President is taken from his care and killed. Thus, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance begins with Raiden searching for Sam and looking for revenge for the wounds he has suffered. The game duly takes the form of a sprawling mix of exploration and combat, with Raiden’s deadly High-Frequency Blade capable of cutting through absolutely anything, while a host of vehicles and elements familiar to the Metal Gear universe also come into play. The aforementioned free DLC also serves to flesh out the backgrounds to two key characters, focusing on Raiden’s canine companion and the renegade Samuel. A huge success on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to PC with all the famed moves and action running within a beautifully-realised HD environment. Users will also have new graphic adjustment options, enabling them to modify resolution, anti-aliasing, as well as the amount of cuts you can make via the ‘Zandeki’ option - Raiden has never looked so good…

Release Of The Game "Hidden Files – Echoes Of Jfk" On Ios, Android, Pc And Mac Microïds Games for All announces the release of " Hidden Files – Echoes of JFK " , a new investigation and hidden object game dealing with one of the greatest conspiracies of the 20th century, on iOS and Android, and soon PC and Mac. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of American president John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s death. In 2017, all the archives of the investigation will be revealed to the public. Still today, the doubts about who is behind it, the motivations and the perpetrators, remain complete. The magic bullet remains a mystery! In " Hidden Files – Echoes of JFK ", the player investigates on a case parallel to the president’s murder. As special agent Jane Sully, the player is sent by the FBI’s boss to resolve the mystery around the death of journalist Jack Olsen who was himself investigating on JFK’s case. In this interactive investigation, phases of research of hidden objects follow on with puzzles and mini-games in order to progress and eventually solve the case. The player moves freely in different areas. His sense of observation, exploration and deduction are required all through the adventure to discover clues in the mysterious murder. Computer hacking, shooting sequences or print recognition are among the numerous actions to be carried out to progress in the investigation. It is possible to pass them, though, after a certain time if the player wants to. Thanks to the new interface, it is possible to check at any time the inventory where all the collected objects are listed and to get some help (reminder of the objectives or clues during the scenes of hidden objects). For the fans of history and plots, 50 pieces of info or facts about the JFK case are spread and can be collected all along the adventure. "Hidden Files – Echoes of JFK " also includes the traditional adventure game features such as the use of objects from the inventory on the scenery. For instance, the player will have to compare the tire traces with the ones previously found to confirm they both match. The Microïds Games for All title invites the player to dive into one of the mysteries that has been fascinating the collective unconscious for several generations.


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attacks are airborne, which allows players to focus on skill combination, instead of worrying about which enemies to target. Check out the video trailer for London UK – 19th December, 2013 – Get ready for the MYSTIC: a full season of amazing content with the Call of Duty®: Ghosts Season Pass. With the Season Pass you’ll get 4 epic downloadable content packs: Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion, And Nemesis – providing brand new multiplayer maps, bonus weapons and a completely unique 4-part episodic Extinction experience. Also included with the Season Pass is the Team Leader Digital Pack, which comes complete with a unique MP character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background. Plus, when you purchase the Season Pass, you get instant access to bonus in-game content including the downloadable multiplayer map, Free To celebrate the long-awaited arrival of Fall, and the Team Leader Digital Pack, which are the Mystic, Continent Of The Ninth Seal has just available to download and play now. launched an item giveaway for all adventurers to Upgrading to a next-gen console? Purchase enjoy. From now through January 15, 2014 (Global the Season Pass before 31st May, 2014 and the Server Time), users can visit any of C9’s media content follows you FREE within a console family, so partners to obtain a special item key. Players can you can play now and upgrade later. redeem this code for free in-game rewards, including Get more info about the Season Pass here: 10 Resurrection Scrolls, 5 Extreme Training Potions (100%) (1 Hour), Town Travel Level 1 (3 days) and seasonpass White Swimsuit Gear (7 Days). Participating sites for this promotion include Anjel Syndicate, Boa Compra, Continent Of The Ninth Seal Reveals F2P, Free MMORPG List, Game Items, Giochi MMO, Gratis MMORPG, MMO Attack, MMO Bomb, MMO Magical New Class – The Mystic Gamer, MMO Games, MMO Gratuit, JuegaEnRed New Basic Class Now Available for Fantasy-Action MMO Gratis, MMO Hut, MMO Reviews, MMOG MMORPG. Report, MPOGD, OnRPG and Slim Gamer. December 19, 2013 (San Jose, Calif.) – WEBZEN, a global leader in next-generation free-toAtypical Games Rolls Out Trailer for play games, unleashes the MYSTIC, a brand new Upcoming Tank Warfare Game, Battle basic class for the dungeon-based MMORPG, Continent Of The Ninth Seal Supremacy (C9). Wielding a deadly hammer and powerful Award-winning developer of Sky Gamblers magical attacks, this new character is now available announces release date, shows first glimpse of to all players as part of the game’s FOURTH gameplay from war game on the ground. EXPANSION, which began last month. The last part Atypical Games, the Apple Design of C9’s massive content update will feature an adAward-winning creator of the airplane dogfighting vanced form of the MYSTIC and is scheduled to be series, Sky Gamblers, today announced their next released next month. war title to push the mobile technology Tasked by the divine goddess Akene to be the boundaries, Battle Supremacy. To celebrate, Atypical keeper of all magic, The Mystic is a melee fighter has released the official trailer to give a glimpse of that can perform powerful omnidirectional attacks. the open world battlefield to come. Battle She possesses a wide array of AoE skills that are Supremacy will be available on the App Store for unavailable to other classes, which also allows her to $4.99 on January 9, 2014. advance to an Elite class quicker than other The trailer gives players a first look at the characters . Her primary weapon is a massive real-life replica cities, beaches, forests, and hammer, which she smashes vehemently into the mountainside villages that make up the most ground to cause paralyzing tremors in the earth. realistic tank battle game on mobile. Featuring These shockwaves can wipe out even the most Atypical Games’ renowned PC-quality graphics, the powerful of enemies. The Mystic also features a Gust game sports fully interactive environments with Wind attack, which allows her to swing her hammer trees and buildings that can be destroyed to clear an violently at her opponents, while remaining escape route…or expose the enemy! Completing the completely still. Most of the character’s offensive realism is ever-changing weather that makes trees

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sway with the wind, as well as snow and rain that reduce visibility! Also available to players’ advantage (and disadvantage) are realistic wildlife who react who react to vehicle presence. Beyond a variety of historically accurate World War II tanks, players can get behind the wheels of jeeps, light armor vehicles, boats, as well as airplanes…because who can’t forget how awesome flying in Sky Gamblers felt! Catch a glimpse in the teaser video:

Ninja Kitty for iPHONE, iPAD and Android Holiday Promotion – Free CrowdWorld Inc., the developers of Ninja Kitty, want everyone to become Kitty Claws Clan ninja warriors. Beginning December 26th, the game will be free for the holiday season and New Year. Since the game’s release this month, players have given Ninja Kitty 5 stars: Google Play “Fantastic Artwork and Soundtrack! I have spotted this game on Google play today's list of new arrivals and was pleasantly surprised by this new developer’s attention to detail! Can't put it down!”

Battle Supremacy features:

See Atypical’s ongoing tradition of delivering console-quality gaming on mobile devices with photo-realistic visuals utilizing OpenGL ES 3.0, an interactive open world, and clever AI. Endure ever-changing weather that blows vegetation with the wind as well as snow and raindrops that cast a ray of glare when met with light. Experience multiplayer modes like Team Death Match, Domination, and King of the Hill, as well as Game Center duels. Roll through 12 different missions in the offline single player campaign. Pick up the game anytime, anywhere, on any iOS device with iCloud and AirPlay support. Boast tank skills by challenging friends, climbing the leaderboards, and unlocking achievements. Enjoy a universal app for all iOS devices with iOS 7 from the iPhone 4, to the newest iPad Air! Battle Supremacy is coming to iOS for just $4.99 on January 9, 2014.

iTUNES “This game has constant action. One moment you're attacking enemies and sending them flying into the background next you're sliding under spiky vines and jumping over fire pits. The environments all look unique and are fun to explore too. Ten outta Ten.” The villainous Evil Dragon King has begun his plot to destroy the Kitty Claws Clan and take over the world! They have kidnapped the Royal Ninja Kittens and are holding them captive until the Kitty Claws Clan hand over the Mystical Sword. Only our brave Ninja Kitty warriors can rescue the kittens and defeat the Dragon Empire once and for all. Ninja Kitty supports iOS platforms iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5 and higher; and Android Platforms Galaxy SII and higher. Game Features Colorful and Adorable 3D Graphics Non-Stop Action on a winding path 5 Lush Environments to explore 25 Exciting Levels - Earn the Master Rank in every one Thrilling Boss Battles Endless Mode for an infinite challenge – Compete with your friends 150+ unique obstacles to hinder your path Over a dozen weapons – swords, claws, staffs and more 4 Unique Armor Sets 5 Ninja Kitty Characters – Unlock them ALL Swipe or Button controls - play how you want


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Your latest release seems to be creating quite a stir over the whole Love/Hate name issue. When you first started putting this record together did you think that there would be any issues over the name usage? I actually did not. 2 of the original guys don't play music anymore and haven't for many years. I had an argument with one ex-member over compensation and I decided not to include him. To de-fuse any animosity I decided to change the name. And now we move on.... Reading between the lines from the statement that you put out it’s pretty clear that you feel that people don’t fully appreciate how difficult the touring scene is right now. Has touring changed much throughout the years be it with Love/Hate or as a solo artist? Better to ask yourself if Love/Hate was such a financial boon why would I be singing in other bands since 1998?

What are your favourite songs on Crucified? I like them all for different reasons. 'Hanging' I like for its simplicity and direct chorus, also the lyrics are great. 'Sunny Day' came out better than I had hoped, thanks to guitar player Mike Szuter and his Univibe. 'Be your Baby' is so ironic it kills me, I don't know why more people don't see that. "Love is All' is great because I got to go places musically not normally done in a 3 minute pop song. How do you think the Love/Hate fans will react to this release? They will like it. Politics aside this record was made for the right reasons.

For the un-initiated, what will a typical day on the road be like for you on this upcoming tour? I don't want to make it sound too horrible, most people who hate their current jobs would give their right arm to drive around in a van all day and play music at night. Its fun when you're in your 20's - very fun. We briefly mentioned the mini album earlier. ‘Crucified’ as a name for the album seems a pretty strange choice as names go. Where did the name come from? CRUCIFIED is me hanging on the Hollywood Sign...and a metaphor for other things. The release is described as being a mini-album. Will this be a ‘teaser’ release for a full length album?

People don't buy music anymore, we all know that. So I thought of the 6 songs as a sort of compromise for the times and a way to give fans something.

It has recently been revealed that you are the new vocalist for Quiet Riot. How are things going with the band? Very good. I look forward to getting a neckache from Banging my Head for a long time to come. Are there any updates on the new Quiet Riot album that you can share with the Firebrand Magazine readers? It is traditional rock in the vein of traditional rock. I sang great and the musicians are awesome...but you already know that! Are there any messages that you would like to pass onto your fans? This will be the last time I come to the UK as Love/ Hate in any incarnation so any fans tride and true come celebrate its End and a new beginning in style with no regrets.


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Seventh Key - I Will Survive Record Label: Frontiers Records


Released: 1 November 2013

Highlight of the album: I Will Survive Website: Reviewer: Junior

Upon playing this album a certain number of bands “When Love Sets You Free” are decent songs but feel came to my mind: Asia, Kansas, Rainbow and Journey. like fillers at times. “Down” puts the album back into the right rocky direction with an 80’s ballsy riff and The album has its moments of greatness, especially memorable vocal melodies, and entices the listener to on its first half. It kicks off with the sterling title track, a give it repeated listens. keyboard laden number with a glorious chorus that reminds me of the best days of AOR. This song is the “I Want It All” closes the album in a grand manner most progressive like track on the album which makes making the listener come to a full circle back the it my favourite so far. grandiose beginning and that the journey has been nothing but a glorious ride, although that might not be “Lay In On The Line” and “I See You There” are more true in its entirety. straightforward type of songs, both with good catchy choruses and great middle sections, (not unlike any of Aside from the fact that a couple of tracks could have been dropped or re worked to make it a flawless the bands mentioned above). platter; “I Will Survive” is a very solid release from a band that I had never heard of before, and wearing so Things slow down a bit with the ballad-type “Sea Of Dreams”. A beautiful acoustic guitar slow number many influences under their belt it definitely makes me with soaring vocal harmonies which gives more variety curious and dig into their previous releases. Definitely a band to watch for. to the album. From her onwards the album didn’t keep me as interested as much. “Time And Time Again” and

Supersuckers — Get The Hell Record Label: Steamhammer/SPV


Released: 27 January 2014

Highlight of the album: High Tides Website: Reviewer: Lee Walker

Having first came across the Supersuckers thanks to catching them on tour with Nashville Pussy a few years back I was somewhat intrigued as to what this latest album would sound like more, so thanks to the five years gap between it and its predecessor ‘Get It Together’.

and out rock, recapturing that imitable breed of music which they are known for with hints of punk rock attitude stamped authoritively all over the thirteen songs which make up this cracking album as track after track of gritty power packed rock is unleashed, with songs about debauchery, excess, obsession and fucking things up leaving no stone unturned as they let the music do the talking.

Opening with an air raid style intro the album launches straight into the title track ‘Get The Hell’ with its chunky riffs and infectious grooves the Supersuckers waste no ‘Get The Hell’ is a great start to 2014 for the time blasting all those cobwebs away that have Supersuckers now let’s hope they fit the UK into their accumulated over the last five years as Monsieur’s pending European tour. Eddie Spaghetti and co return with another slab of out


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77 - Maximum Rock ‘N’ Roll Record Label: Listenable Records


Released: 20 November 2013

Highlight of the album: Stay Away From Water Website: Reviewer: Stoodge Mc Nulty

There's not many albums that come out today that will have both father and son showing off their air guitar skills and bopping their heads in unison.

their highly rated 2011 release 'High Decibels'. The band themselves have claimed that there's a element of diversity on 'Maximum Rock 'N' Roll compared to their prior releases. Although the majority of the album As their name suggests, these Spaniards are heavily is kindred to the sound you'll hear blasting through a inebriated with the 70's Rock and Roll vibe. I'll not say Marshall stack with the Angus Young style vibrato, retro as such as it can be argued that their particular tracks like 'Jazz It Up' and 'Take Me and Leave Me' sound never went away, so advocates of pure Rock is a show that 77 have their own fuel to pour onto the fire. more aptly fitting description. It's difficult to get away from the inclination of both Bon If there was ever an album with such a self explanatory Scott and Brian Johnson styled vocals on this record title it's definitely this one. If you're a fan of Ac/Dc, but there's never been a claim that this band are Status Quo or any other down 'N' dirty muse, you'll love unique. They've taken Rock 'N' Roll doused it in their this elementary offering of 'Maximum Rock 'N' Roll. own aroma, then bottled it for your inhalation and entertainment. This is the bands third full length record and first since

Primal Fear - Delivering The Black Record Label: Frontiers Records


Released: 24 January 2014

Highlight of the album: When Death Comes Knocking Website: Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

When a band has ten studio albums under their belt you tend to have an idea as to what you are going to get on a new release, something that's not hugely different to what they have become know in style, and with Primal Fear that's pretty much true with their new album Delivering The Black, they are, and have been, for me one of the top level of Power Metal bands out there. The band itself is made up of a who's who of top class musicians and of course Ralf Scheepers (vocals, formerly of Edguy) always delivers for me and on Delivering The Black this is no exception.

yes you don't have to read that again, there is a ballad on the album - but fear not it's an excellent one, "Born With A Broken Heart" is the track I wasn't expecting to hear on this album, it features some backing vocals from Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes) which add a nice diversity to Scheepers main vocal, but her backing vocals are only there as an accompanyment rather than anything like a duet, this along with the first single "When Death Comes Knocking", which has been available since December 2nd as a Digital Single, and the epic "One Night In December" are the stand out tracks for me but I'm sure I'll find myself putting Rebel The last album Unbreakable (2012) was probably their Faction on a lot too as it's a fast powerful track. To me most successful to date, certainly Chartwise and there isn't filler on this album, lots of well structured should give them an excellent base for the launch of songs, and as I mentioned earlier Scheepers really the new album, and although Unbreakable was a good delivers on the vocals everywhere, high, low and on the album I personally much prefer the new album, there’s ballad. a lot more energy and drive and a bit more aggression in it, the second track Rebel Faction really kicks along Overall I think this is one of the most complete Primal at a great pace. The general pattern for the album isn't Fear albums and may become my personal favourite songs quite as fast as that but proper metal/power as I think it's going to stay in rotation with me for quite metal songs, some excellent guitar work from Magnus a while to come, definitely one to look out for when the Karlsson and Alex Beyrodt, Randy Black driving release date arrives in late January 2014, I don't think everything along on drums, bass duties from Matt you'll be disappointed. Sinner with backing vocals too. There is one track that bucks the trend and is a slower pace, a ballad infact,


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Superfecta - Superfecta Record Label: Superfectamusic

8/10 Released: September 2013

Highlight of the album: She’s A Star Website: Reviewer: Jason M Davies

I've always found it a little hard to describe music in words that people can relate to. After all music is a listening experience unique to the listener, I could say that Superfecta are a dirty grunge/melodic hard rock band and although that makes sense to me, it might not to you but with a lack of a better way to put it that is how best I can describe them and this EP. Imagine, if you will, that Nirvana had a baby with Janes Addiction and that baby grew up to be Superfecta and you're kinda getting close to how, in my opinion, the band sounds.

I am left with a want for more from Superfecta and will very interested to see what they follow this EP with as it's a tough act to follow. The boys in the band definitely know what they are doing and I'm sure 2014 will be a great year for them.

So, how does this EP rate? 'Wow' is the one word I'd use to describe this EP above all others. From the opening bars to the final notes, this EP is an absolute pleasure to listen to. Every track is a winner. Very professionally put together and it shows as every song sounds fantastic. Although this EP is only 4 songs long, never a time where the phrase 'quality over quantity' been more apt. Vocally driven, very melodic with killer riffs, awesome solos and very, very moreish.


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The Trevor Sewell Band - Independence Record Label: Trevor Sewell Band


Released: 21 November 2013

Highlight of the album: How Does That Work Website: Reviewer: Rick ‘Doc’ Palin

To easily class Trevor Sewell as the biggest name you have never heard of is quite literally an understatement. I first came across Trev in ’12 with his release at the time the stunning “Calling Your Name” album pure blues blowing with a sense of Dire Straits working into the delivery which gained Trevor a lot of nominations and awards for blues in the American blues scene. I am very pleased to say that Mr Sewell is back with a vengeance with the brand new album “Independence” titled for his love of being an independent artist. To say that “Independence” is a stunning album is again a bit of an understatement his sound has evolved from “Calling Your Name” and in my view is a much superior release.

“How does that work” is without doubt one of my favourite tracks of the album and features a guest vocalist in the form of Lorraine Crosby who the music history buffs will know worked with the legendary Meatloaf. In fact the entire eleven track album is a superb example in British Blues and Trevor quite rightly deserves to be at the forefront of that genre. Stand out tracks of the album for me have to be “How Does That Work”, “The Train” and “No Future”. A definite must have for any blues fan. This Monkey did, this monkey listened, this monkey thought…. Splendid

The opening track “The Train” is a fast paced track on the subject of addiction and demonstrates his new toy quite extensively a cigar box guitar a very powerful statement and a damn catchy tune as well.

Toby Jepson - Raising My Own Hell EP Record Label: Townsend Records


Released: 25 November 2013

Highlight of the album: Patience Of A Saint Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

With the end announced for Little Angels just last year, Toby has gone on to release a handful of solo acoustic songs. The thing is though, that as soon as you click “play” the music you hear is instantly recognisable.


That’s a good thing though. Toby himself was clear on the fact that the Little Angels story was finished, and he’s not trying to hang on to the glory days by producing something that sounds exactly the same. Toby has his own unique style, and it’s impossible to It’s great to hear that this guy hasn’t given up mistake it for anything else. The song writing on the EP producing music though, as music of this quality just is as strong as you’d expect from someone who’s has to be shared. There’s a great mix of styles on this been in the music business for such a long time, and EP too, to keep things varied. it’s also a lot more personal than we’re used to hearing from him. While this is definitely not an EP to rock out to, it’s something that begs to be listened to. The songs are If you’re expecting something a little Angelsesque memorable, and the music and vocals work together though, you’re going to be slightly disappointed. This is in harmony. Basically, this EP consists of six songs just Toby on his own, and while there are elements of dripping with quality, that still manage to capture the years gone by occasionally apparent, for the most raw energy from when they were recorded. This is part, it’s breaking new ground, and going in a different very good indeed.


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Shameless - Beautiful Disaster Record Label: RSR Music


Released: 2 October 2013

Highlight of the album: Dear Mum Website: Reviewer: Lee Walker

When I stumbled across this album the other day I was a tad surprised when I read the list of musician’s that are part of the project with Steve Summers (Pretty Boy Floyd), Stevie Rachelle (Tuff), Cherie Currie (The Runaways), Teddy ZigZag (Ex Guns n Roses, Alice Cooper) all adding to their own skills to this album. ‘Beautiful Disaster’ opens up with in glamtastic style with the first two tracks (‘Greed Is God’ and ‘Dear Mum’) feeling like they were ripped straight out of the eighties before reverting to a more ‘modern’ glam feel to them which is a trend which continues throughout the remaining tracks of the album. Unfortunately the album takes a couple of unexpected detours with ‘You‘re Not Comin Home’ and a cover of the classic Alice Cooper song ‘Eighteen’ which really don’t do the band justice in my opinion and lead to the album feeling like it lacks consistency and that all important killer touch to take it from an average album with some good tracks into a flawless one.

Axel Rudi Pell - Into The Storm Record Label: Steamhammer/SPV


Released: 20 January 2014

Highlight of the album: Touching Heaven Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

I will be perfectly honest in saying that I thought this guy had disappeared into the abyss that a lot of rockers end up falling into. It was a big surprise then to be given this to listen to, although not an unwelcome one. I like a lot of guitar virtuosos, so I was very intrigued as to how Axel had progressed, especially as he’d managed to slip under my radar completely.

Musically, there’s just the right mix of everything. Yes Axel can wield an axe, but he’s not one of those guilty of overdoing things. There’s no overindulgent twiddley wankey solos. There are some great guitar parts though, just not to the point of being excessive.

So then, Into The Storm is quite simply a great rock album. There’s no other way of saying it. It’s well worth If I was forced to put this album somewhere in the checking out if you’re a fan of proficient rock musicians, music genres, I’d have to say it was somewhere in the a fan of good music, or just a rock fan in general. Yeah, realm of power metal. It’s damned good too. The mix in it’s something well worth spending your beer tokens on the songs is good too, with shifts in tempo, and soaring that’s for sure. vocals. Yes, I like this, quite a lot as it happens. I was actually a little apprehensive to start with, as I wasn’t keen on the earlier stuff back when the band first started, but whether it’s my old age, or the band underwent a change in direction, I don’t know, all I know is, that I’ve now got another back catalogue to seek out.


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Spider Rockets - Bitten Record Label: P-Dog Records

9/10 Released: TBC

Highlight of the album: Break Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

This is one of those bands that I stumbled upon quite by accident. The album isn’t actually available physically outside of the US as far as I know, although plans are in the pipeline, but it is available digitally. It’s well worth getting too. Those of you who read my reviews regularly will know that female rock vocalists are something I am a great fan of, so I’m always interested to hear something new. The album was actually released in 2012, but it’s due over here in Europe soon, so it’s well worth a mention.

The vocals match the music too, I couldn’t find any point where the vocals got lost in the music, despite it being louder and heavier than a vast majority of female vocalists can handle. For me though, this album is quite strange. I’m not sure why, but it just sounds a little weird. Not in a bad way, as it’s a very good album, there’s just something there that I can’t quite fathom. Maybe a few more listens will let me get to the bottom of it, but for now, it will have to wait.

The album is quite heavy, with short punchy songs, and a whole lot of attitude. It also sounds a little sleazy and grimy at times, but it’s good to get down and dirty sometimes isn’t it? This is an album of mixed tempos and mixed styles, from out and out gutter rock, to spaced out psychedelia almost. It’s all good quality stuff though, and it keeps the album fresh all the way through, and it keeps you interested from start to finish.

Ring Of Fire - Battle Of Leningrad Record Label: Frontiers Records


Released: 24 January 2014

Highlight of the album: Where Angels Play Website: Reviewer: Stoodge Mc Nulty

Fronted by Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen), Ring Of Fire have returned in triumphant and exuberant fashion. This is the bands forth studio album and first release since 'Lapse Of Reality' in 2004. Over the past decade Boals, Tony Mac Alpine and ex drummer Virgil Donati were busy with their progressive rock outfit Seven The Hardway.

For a band from California ROF are equipped with an empowering neo classical persuasion, it's easy to forget when listening that these guys aren't European. 'Where Angels Play' the title track and 'No Way Out' further cement this album as a fine and welcome return.

'Mother Russia' as an opener immediately reinforces this album with hardened steel and strength, which is something this record has a wealth of. Second track 'They're Calling Your Name' continues in a similar vein only this time there's no mention of Mongols or Ivan The Great. As an album, this is a pretty consistent metallic overture. 'Empire' 'Land Of Frozen Tears' and 'Firewind' do bring some appeasement to the record, but as a whole it's a relentless and unceasing composition.


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Eat The Gun - Stripped To The Bone Record Label: Steamhammer/SPV


Released: 25 November 2013

Highlight of the album: Loner Website: Reviewer: Lee Walker

Having not really heard of Eat The Gun before the first thing that struck me was the abstract artwork of the stripped down car base on the cover with its cleaver reference to the album title (‘Stripped To The Bone’). Musically speaking I was somewhat surprised when I finally had the chance to hit play on this album mainly due to mistakenly thinking that they would be heavier than they actually are. Style wise the closest I could come to explaining the ‘Eat The Gun’ sound would be to compare them to bands such as The Killers with the feel good breed of pop rock being the back bone of this musical beast, effortlessly creating a series of insanely catchy songs guaranteed to get you nodding along to as the feel good factor takes hold of you with ‘Won’t Let You Down’ being the only song which seems out of place but that said though ‘Stripped To The Bone’ is insanely addictive and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this band being ‘pushed” as the next big thing next year.

Angelica - Thrive Record Label: Frontiers Records

9/10 Released: 29 November 2013

Highlight of the album: I’m Not Working Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

It would seem that I get a lot of the female vocal albums to listen to. Just as well I like most of them then isn’t it? I would say that this sits slap bang in the middle of AOR and symphonic metal. If I’m honest, it sounds a little clichéd, and maybe a little too nostalgic, but really, that’s just being picky. It’s not at all bad by any stretch of the imagination, but by the same token, it’s not genre defining or setting off blazing new trails into the unknown. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with taking a tried and tested formula and doing it well though, nothing wrong at all. They manage to pull it off too.

I’m glad this is just my opinion. Is it worth buying? Yes it is, especially if you’re into Within Temptation, Delain, and other similar bands. Is this as good? Maybe not quite, but my opinion might be very different if I’d listened to this album first in my review queue. It’s a very good album, but I think it just misses out on being great.

It’s a good album by all accounts, but occasionally it finds its self in danger of being lost in amongst the endless sea of other music out there. There are some moments on the album that elevate it above others, but not quite enough in my opinion. That said, I’ve listened to several albums before this one, and loved them, so this might just be suffering more as a result.


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Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate - Crucified Record Label: Self Release


Released: 20 December 2013

Highlight of the album: Too Late Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

I’ll admit to being one of those people who’d only really listened to the first couple of albums from Love/Hate, but I also have to say that Blackout In The Red Room is still one of my all time favourite albums. Fast forward 20 or so years (yeah I know it’s more than that, I’m just summarising here) and we’ve got a new mini album to wrap our ears around.

That said, this is well worth spending your money on, and if you’ve not heard of them before, it’s a great place to start to get an overall feel of what they sound like.

The first thing that surprised me, is the fact that Jizzy’s vocals still have pretty much the same power and range, even after all this time. Musically, it’s classic Love/Hate but while it’s instantly familiar, it’s also been updated to make it fresh and relevant. Yes the band sound as good today as they always did. My only complaint about this is that there’s not enough of it. After listening to it you’re left feeling that you want a lot more, and because of that it just kind of feels incomplete. That’s not a bad thing of course, because if something leaves you wanting more, then it’s done the job. Personally though, six songs aren’t enough for me.

Benedictum - Obey Record Label: Frontiers Records

4/10 Released: 29 November 2013

Highlight of the album: Cry Website: Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

Hailing from the US I have to admit that Benedictum are not a band I've been familiar with at all in their 7 year existence. Female fronted (Veronica Freeman) and based in San Diego, Obey is their 4th studio album and has a very dated sound to my ears. Even after a number of listens Obey just isn't grabbing my attention, there's elements of Thrash and old school Metal in there and "Fractured" is probably the track that kept me going through the first half of the album, but there just wasn't enough substance for me through the album to bring me back for more.

dust rather than getting repeated plays, certainly not one that I would be digging out for repeated listens, even the track "Cry" which features none other than Tony Martin, formerly of Black Sabbath, doesn't elevate it beyond an average release, but it is above the standard of the rest of the album and certainly worth a listen on its own merits, but that may be more for the fact that I've always been a Tony Martin fan.

Vocally it's a little dull overall, with elements of influences stretching from "Doro" to "The Great Kat" I am just left thinking that Obey could have been a lot better and wondering if this it’s Benedictum's peak or are they still settling on a lineup that will produce the album they are trying to get out there. Oddly the track "Thornz" made me think of Dante Fox in places, so maybe it's just a bit confused in places. It's not a terrible album, just one for me that would be gathering


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The Peckham Cowboys - 10 Tales from The Gin Palace Record Label: Cargo Records


Released: 14 February 2014

Highlight of the album: Poor Boy Blues Website: Reviewer: Jon Seymour

OK let’s get something straight right from the off. This band on first impressions, sound as sleazy as they come. In fact they could have, Cockney accents aside, come straight out of the LA glam/sleaze scene a la Faster Pussycat et al. At other times though when you get a little deeper into it, they sound like a modern day Rolling Stones and then even a little like the (London) Quireboys. Now that’s out of the way, what’s left? Well quite a bit actually. The subject material is a modern day satire on the state of the country, the economy, and pretty much everything else that people have to face these days. The songs are well put together though, and seem upbeat, even with some of the darker subject matter.

being pleasantly surprised by this album, as it certainly makes you think. The music is extremely varied from song to song, and if you listen to the lyrics properly, it can transport you to some pretty dark territory. Personally though, I think this is a great album. It’s got variety, attitude, and enough grime to leave you wanting to spend a week in the shower after listening to it. Yes it will drag you down into the gutter and leave you there, and then piss on you for good measure. The things is though, you’ll be too busy feeling good to notice. Yeah, this is some impressive stuff.

Musically, it’s a mix of groove laden sleaze rock, with whiskey soaked vocals, and a good mix of keys and brass. There are even some elements of Ska, Reggae and Blues thrown in for good measure. I admit to

Bram Stoker - Cold Reading Record Label: Sunn Creative Music


Released: 27 January 2014

Highlight of the album: New Adventure Website: Reviewer: Lee Walker

When this album popped up for review my interest was As 2014 starts I think that will this release you should soon peaked when I discovered that Bram Stoker were expect to hear a lot more from this iconic progressive regarding as one of the founding fathers of the classic act. prog scene alongside Yes and Genesis. Original band members Tony Bronsdon, whose classically influenced Hammond organ led Bram Stoker’s trademark sound, and guitarist/bassist Tony Lowe recruited drummer/vocalist Will Hack to co-write and record ‘Cold Reading’. With fellow original band member Jon Bavin also collaborating on the album by writing two of the new compositions, with the album itself being produced by Tony Lowe. With ‘Cold Reading’ you have an album that the classic prog purists will salivating over with its mix of timeless movements and traditionally styled songs successfully captivating your attention as its mix of sweeping sounds envelops you with its carefully blended mix of synth based sounds, perfectly recreating that original progressive sound from all those years ago.


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Danny Vaughn is the host of “Me & My Big Mouth” Hailing from America, Danny is well known for his vocal talents as an AOR frontman with Tyketto, Waysted, and just recently Burning Kingdom. Danny is also lead singer in the Ultimate Eagles. From the very first airing of ‘Me & My Big Mouth’ it became apparent that Danny also held another very strong talent, and that was his skill in broadcasting his very own show. Full of wit, humour, opinions, sound effects, personalised voiceovers and a superb selection of music, Danny has mastered without doubt, the perfect blend to entertain his listeners in more ways than one. Danny’s show Me & My Big Mouth airs on the second Friday of every month 8pm UK Time. 31 Firebrand Magazine

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Firebrand Magazine Issue 15 - December  

Issue 15 of Firebrand Magazine is out now featuring interviews with Jizzy Pearl and reviews from the likes of Primal Fear, Seventh Key, Toby...