Freitag, 25. April 2014

Metal-Gott mit Mascara oder: Dio - Live in London - Hammersmith Apollo 1993 - VÖ: 09. Mai 2014 - Review

Headline: Metal-Gott mit Mascara

Ladies and gentlemen stand up and shout for the king of Rock N Roll - Ronnie James Dio. Denn Ronnie und seine Mannen sind auf befremdlichen Highways unterwegs und das nicht nur in London. Die hier gefilmte Show wurde am letzten Abend von Dio`s Strange Highways Tour - im Londoner "Hammersmith Apollo" aufgezeichnet.

Line-Up mässig setzt Ronnie James Dio zu dieser Zeit auf Scott Warren, Vinny Appice, Jeff Pilson und Tracy G. Neben Dio Klassikern und Nummern des aktuellen Albums Strange Highways bekamen die Fans an diesem Abend unter anderem noch einige Welthits von Black Sabbath und Rainbow zu hören und hinzuzufügen bleibt, dass das Bildformat in 4:3 - 1.33:1 allerdings etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig ist.

Tracy G. glänzt innerhalb des Songs "Pain" mit einem Gitarrensolo, den er laut eigener Aussage für jeden Auftritt dieser Tour hier und da etwas abgeändert hatte damit es nicht gleich klang. Mr. G. spielt die Dio Songs auf seine Art und Weise, er respektierte seine Vorgänger sehr aber wollte seine eigene Note mit einbringen was ihm auch gut gelungen ist. Tracy G. macht Dampf an der Gitarre. Acht Marshall Türme zieren hier das Bühnenbild  jedoch ist Keyboarder Scott Warren leider sehr im Hintergrund angesiedelt.

Mit den sogenannten befremdlichen Autobahnen wagten sich Dio Anfang der 90-er sound- und lyrik-technisch auf eine etwas andere Schiene. Viele Bands versuchten sich in den 90-er an einem Richtungswechsel was nicht vielen gelang und/oder nicht vielen abgekauft wurde. Strange Highways ist leider ein sehr unterbewertetss Meisterwerk aus der Schaffensphase von Ronnie James Dio. Das Album ist sehr facettenreich und hat somit sehr viel zu bieten - nach jedem Anhören entdeckt man etwas Neues - so wie es mir auch bei allen anderen RJD Alben geht.

Von meiner Warte aus kann ich allen Fans und die es noch werden wollen die SD Blu-Ray/DVD und das Album nur sehr ans Herz legen. Es hat einen raueren und aggressiveren Sound - im Vergleich zu Vorgänger Alben, die durch die Bank weg eher melodisch gehalten sind. Mit Strange Highways wurde ich zum DIO Fan und es war einfach meine Zeit, daher wert-schätze ich dieses Knüller-Album sehr so wie jedes andere Album von und mit Ronnie James Dio auch.

Als Bonus-Material hat man noch "Hanging with the band" hinzugefügt. Hier bekommt man die Band u. a. in der Maske zu sehen und sie geben bereitwillig Interviews. Und ja, auch ein Metal Gott wie Ronnie James Dio hat Mascara benutzt - ich habe es gesehen! Einfach Top!

Stand Up And Shout
Strange Highways
Don`t Talk To Strangers
The Mob Rules
Children Of The Sea
Holy Diver
Heaven And Hell
Man On The Silver Mountain
Drum Solo
Heaven And Hell (Reprise)
Jesus Mary & The Holy Ghost
Hollywood Black
The Last In Line
Rainbow In The Dark
We Rock
Here`s To You

Bonus Material: Hanging` With The Band

Ronnie James Dio (Gesang)
Tracy G. (Gitarre)
Vinny Appice (Schlagzeug)
Jeff Pilson (Bass)
Scott Warren (Keyboard)

VÖ: 09. Mai 2014
Medium: SD Blu-Ray ebenso als DVD und 2 CD erhältlich
Promotion: BMP
Official DIO Webpage

© 25.04.2014 by Rocket Queen Promotion SM

Donnerstag, 17. April 2014

New Jersey rocks: VOODOO TERROR TRIBE - A WALK IN HELL - EP Review

May I present you another awesome piece of music. This is Voodoo Terror Tribe from New Jersey, USA. Wow this powerful music already made my speakers go "boom". THIS IS IT! Metal straight into the face.

Four piece metal band from New Jersey kicking it! This is approximatley 25 minutes of pure metal. Fresh and fast tunes with modern sound elements as they are also using synths in their songs and their singer Gil metal`s it up with his rocking voice.

This EP is pimped with a cover of Billy Idol`s "Rebel Yell". This song is another driving force on the EP... the best Rebel Yell cover I have ever heard! Thums up! You will love this version. You have to make sure to play it on 10!

All in all an outstanding EP. This band needs to get heard and needs to be on the road as much as possible. If I should campare it with similar bands... then I would compare it with the german band "Cyberia" (not active anymore) they had a similar sound but they haven`t had a human drummer they had some kind of Angelo Sasso (drumcomputer).

The last song "Bloodsoaked" is a mosh-pit song... brutal and aggressive elements but also compared with some quiet runnings! Is it one and the same singer? YES it is!

1. Screaming Dreams
2. Divancy Amplification Spiral (D.A.S.)
3. Rebel Yell (Billy Idol Cover)
4. A Walk In Hell
5. Bloodsoaked

Out since: 12th November 2013

Voodoo Tribe Terror are: 
Emir Erkal - Guitars/synths
Primer - Bass
T-Bone - Drums
Gil PZ - Vox

© 17.04.2014 by Rocket Queen Promotion SM

Mittwoch, 9. April 2014

Interview: Alex S. Johnson - editor of the book AXES OF EVIL

Dear Alex,

how are you doing today? Nice to meet you. Here`s my interviewquestions for you:

1. Pleace introduce yourself to my readers first.

Alex: Hi, my name is Alex S. Johnson, and I'm a 47-year-old lifelong metalhead, music journalist, former English professor and horror author. I live in northern California in a quiet suburb and spend most of my time writing and networking with people who share my interests.

2. Lately you edited the book "Axes Of Evil". Can you give us an inside on all the editing you did to make this book what it has become?

Alex: Most of the editing process consisted of contacting writers and particularly finding writers who are passionate about heavy metal and horror. I read and selected the authors to be included in the anthology. The line editing was done by my partner, Charie D. La Marr, who is a professional ghost writer for sports celebrities with many years of experience in writing and publishing. Much credit is due to her for poring over the manuscript and polishing it until it gleamed. The rest is the magic of the actual contributors.

3. Many writers were involved in the writing process. Can you give us some information about the single writers, please?

Alex: Certainly. There are 34 writers represented in Axes of Evil, including Lucy Taylor, the Bram Stoker Award-winning novelist, Del James, the author of the story that inspired the classic Guns N' Roses song "November Rain"; the acclaimed Sephera Giron, who has written over 15 novels; Terry M. West, the former director of such cult classic horror films as Flesh for the Beast and now a widely recognized writer, and many, many more. We have Charie D. La Marr, who is a direct descendent of Mary Shelley, weighing in with two stories. It's an all-star lineup and pretty incredible for a book from an indie press.

4. How long did the edeting of the book take and how many hours did the writers take to write all their parts?

Alex: The editing of the actual book took about five months. I can't account for the hours the writers themselves put in.

5. What is Axes of Evil all about and are there any foreign writers involved too or is it just an american project?

Alex: Axes of Evil is a tribute to the allied genres of heavy metal and horror fiction, which also includes film and art and other media. I'm proud to say that many foreign writers are involved, including people from India, the UK, Sweden, Australia and the continental United States. The book has a global sweep.

6. What are your expectations on the book. Do you think it will reach global success by the horror and metal fans for example?

Alex: My hope is that we will have an international success, because heavy metal and horror are popular all around the world. I think readers will recognize that Axes comes directly from the heart--the Sacred Heart, as Ronnie James Dio might have put it.

7. Is the company also thinking bout releasing the book in other languages beside of the english version?

Alex: Chupa Cabra House/Diabolus in Musica is a small indie operation, so unless we start bringing in some serious money, the English version will be the only one available for the foreseeable future. I would love to see the book translated into German, French and Spanish, but that would require resources we don't have at this point.

8. What are your current book projects you are working on?

Alex: Right now I am working on a major collection of my short stories titled Doctor Flesh and Other Stories for Chupa Cabra House. They range from science fiction and horror stories to experimental works, but most of my writing has a strong satiric edge to it. I love to laugh. Charie and I also wrote a novella titled "Outlaw Circus" which will be released by James Ward Kirk Fiction as part of a collection of my stranger stuff; it should be out very soon.

 9: What other projects are you working on?

Alex: I have so many projects that I'm currently engaged with. Practically every week I'm invited to contribute to another anthology. I have a horror novel in the works and a poetry collection as well.

10. Last but not least please add a final note:

Alex: Thank you for the great questions, Susi, and for giving Axes of Evil some coverage. I hope your readers will check out the book, because it's magnificent! Also, I'd like to add that Stephen Cooney, the renowned fantasy and horror artist, did the original oil painting that graces Axes' cover. He will also be doing the covers for Axes II and III. And a big thank you to Timm Tayshun, our publisher and the founder of Chupa Cabra House, for the wonderful work he does.

Thank you so much for the interview. It was nice talking to you. I wish you all the best for all your upcoming projects.

Susi Rocket Queen Müller

Promotion: Weapon (UK) released their new promo video RISING FROM THE ASHES out 22nd April 2014

Roster band Weapon (UK) released their new promo trailer! Watch it, like it, share it!

Sonntag, 6. April 2014

Review: Face Down Hero - Product Of Injustice

Da sind sie wieder: Nach drei Jahren meldet sich die Marburger Thrash-Fraktion nach einem Label-Wechsel mit ihrem neuesten Streich zurück. Der Opener "Opportunism Breed" haut gleich mächtig rein und schiebt mit mächtig Stimmung druckvoll nach vorne.

Und was haben wir denn da... ein altbekannter Freund hat sich hier eingeschlichen - hat dies außer uns noch eine Redaktion bisher bemerkt? - Scheinbar nicht. Es handelt sich hier um keinen geringeren Hit als "The Pictureman" - dieser war schon 2005 auf Face Down Hero`s erster EP "Syndrome" mit am Start. I love that one!

Fazit: Auch nach vielen Jahren machen Face Down Hero Jahren ihr "Ding" und dies mit großem Erfolg. Sie haben sich unter einer Vielzahl von Thrashbands durchgesetzt und sind weit über den Teller des Undergrounds hinausgeklettert - sprich haben sich ihren Bekanntheitsgrad über Hessens Grenzen hinaus hart erarbeitet und dem soll natürlich gebührend Tribut gezollt werden.

Auch wenn der Posten des Gitarristen in den letzten Jahren etwas zu oft wechselte hoffen wir nun, dass der neue Gitarrist Alexander Hartmann (Silent Souls, ex-Mortal Passion) der Thrash-Combo noch unzählige Jahre erhalten bleibt.

Thrash on!

Opportunism Breed
The Reckoning With Myself
The Weakest Link
Product Of Injustice
Scraping The Skies
Walls Of Condemnation

Releasedate: 28 Februar 2014
Label: Red Shift Music / H'ART
Produced by: Martin Buchwalter & Face Down Hero

© 07.04.2014 by Rocket Queen Promotion SM

Review: Ron Keel - Metal Cowboy

Ron "Metal Cowboy" Keel is rocking it. So proud to review Rons masterpiece Metal Cowboy. The album contains eleven rocking tunes - Mr. Keel is also doing a duet with Paul Shortino as well as the Seven City Sinners are featured on the track named 3 Chord Drinkin`Song.

Mostly all CD releases were  compared to other bands and singers that they sound similar to. This time I have to say the release reminds me on Lessmann & Ziller and their album called "GLAUB DRAN" from the year 1993. By the way it would be an awesome choice to see Ron with Claus and Hans (Bonfire) on one stage - that would be a perfect fit.

A powerful release with country elemets. My fave song is the ballad Singers, Hookers & Thieves the song with Paul Shortino - they both rocking it togehter big time. This song reminds me on a typical Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora ballad a la "Ride Cowboy Ride". I bet you know this one and agree to this!?

For all metal cowboys you`d better buy your copy now. A groovy and blusey album which is worth every dollar/euro.


1) Long Gone Bad
2) Wild Forever
3) My Bad
4) What Would Skynyrd Do?
5) Just Like Tennessee
6) The Last Ride
7) When Love Goes Down
8) Singers, Hookers & Thieves (duet with Paul Shortino)
9) Evil Wicked Mean & Nasty
10) The Cowboy Road
11) 3 Chord Drinkin’ Song (featuring the Sin City Sinners)


12) My Bad (radio version)
13) Just Like Tennessee (unplugged)
14) Singers, Hookers & Thieves (solo acoustic version)

Rons book also available at

Ron Keel web
Ron Keel facebook
Ron Keel bio
Ron Keel live shows

Review © 06.04.2014 by Rocket Queen Promotion

Donnerstag, 3. April 2014

Weapon (UK) - Rising From The Ashes out 22nd April - interviews, reviews, articles, airplay, features welcome


Weapon (UK) will release their new album on 22nd April 2014 - The Band is available for reviews airplay and interviews - please send your requests to this EMAIL

Danny Hynes - Vocals
Jeff Summers - Guitar/Vocals
PJ Phillips - Bass/Vocals
Ian Sweeting - Drums

Danny Hynes - Vocals
Jeff Summers - Guitar/Vocals
Baz Downes - Bass/Vocals
Bruce Bisland - Drums

ENGLISH version ------------------------------------------------------------

Dear mediapartner, 

kick ass band Weapon (UK) is back. Their new album "Rising From The Ashes" will be released on 22nd April 2014. NOW we need you the partners to make it a huge success. The band is available for airplay, reviews, interviews, features etc. Please send your requests to this EMAIL right away and we will get it going. 

Note: Rocket Queen Promotion will promote this great release digitally only. After you send me an email you will get your personal media download link with all info, music and pictures. Make sure to send us your publishing link once you published your stuff. Note it is only for you the media partner not for publishing it anywhere. Thanks for understanding.

Thank you for your help in advance.

Best regards, 

Susanne Müller 

Deutsche Version

Liebe/r Medienpartner/in, 

die Band Weapon (UK) meldet sich zurück. Ihr neues Album "Rising From The Ashes" wird am 22. April erscheinen. Jetzt brauchen wir eure Hilfe um das Album erfolgreich zu promoten. Weapon (UK) stehen ab sofort für Airplay, Reviews, Interviews, Features etc. zur Verfügung. Bitte sendet eure Anfragen an diese EMAIL und ich werde euch/Sie umgehend mit einem digitalen Medien-File versorgen. 

Rocket Queen Promotion bemustert dieses Release ausschließlich digtial. Sobald deine/Ihre Anfrage bei mir eingegangen ist werde ich dich/Sie gleich mit einem Medien/File versorgen. Sobald ihr etwas online stellt, sendet/senden Sie mir bitte den Link ihrer Publikation. Der Medien File ist ausschließlich für Medienpartner bestimmt - Veröffentlichung des Links ist untersagt. Vielen Dank für dein/Ihr Verständnis. 

Wir freuen uns auf eure/Ihre Anfragen.

Rockige Grüße!

Susanne Müller

Official Promotions by Rocket Queen Promotion Germany 

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