Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Top 5 Bands That Quit WAY Too Soon

We've loved them but just like a favorite one night stand, they left us too soon. This week Lily, Keith and Loudini discuss their favorite bands that quit before their time was due.  Featured Loudini Artists:    Red Reign    Amaranthe   TesseracT   

Red Reign
Hard Rock/Metal

Band Members
Zachary Rossano - Guitar/Vocals
Nick Rossano - Bass/Vocals
Jacob Ramos - Guitar
Sean Dello Monaco - Drums

Lyndhurst, NJ

Making Great Music

coming along

Current Location
Lyndhurst, NJ

the beatles, led zeppelin, ozzy osbourne, dio, A7X, disturbed,van halen, metalica, stevie ray vaughn, joebonamassa, green day, breaking benjamin, 3 days grace, papa roach, slipknot, metal, rock, classic rock, alternative, blues/jazz.

Booking agent
Jacob Ramos

AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. 

Formed in 2007 by Olof Mörck and Jake E. in Gothenburg and sporting 3 singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe sound like no other band - timeless, pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing and growls. 

In April 2011 their debut album was released via Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify worldwide, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows they returned to the studio.

March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus”. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (Top 10 entries in Sweden and Finland, #12 on US Billboard Heatseeker etc.). 

October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. The album immediately charted in 6 countries, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 

The band’s 4th album “Maximalism” was released in October 2016. The album charted everywhere, reaching #1 on the Billboard Heatseakers, Top 100 Billboard & #3 in Finland.

Jake E left the band in the spring of 2017 to pursue a career outside of Amaranthe. The band signed Nils Molin as replacement. The announcement was made at Provinssi Festival in Finland on July 1st 2017.

General Manager
Nem Agency Management:

Press contact
rowan@nem.fi , Malin Persson @ Universal Music for Sweden - malin.persson@umusic.com

Booking agent
WORLD except*: rowan@nem.fi
*EUROPE: guenther@cobra-agency.net
*US/CAN/S.AMERICA/AUS: justin.hirschman@artistgrp.com
*SWEDEN: markus.wiking@livenation.se

Progressive, Groove, Experimental, Metal

Band Members
Acle Kahney - Guitar
James Monteith - Guitar
Jay Postones - Drums
Daniel Tompkins - Vocals 
Amos Williams - Bass


Record Label

Lowering the TONE since 2007

New album SONDER will be available 20th April. Listen to the premiere of "Luminary" and pre-order now at tesseractband.co.uk

Current Location

General Manager
Adam Foster | 5B Artists and Media


Press contact
North America - Amy Sciarretto:

Europe - Sarah Lees: 

Booking agent
North and South America: Nick Storch - Aritst Group International; Europe & Rest of World: 
Dominik Meyer - The Cobra Agency

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Is there a PLACE for a record label in today's DYI Music Business? Ned Sedlak of Swoon City Music explains it all

Founded by music industry and publishing veterans Mike Beck, Maureen Lloren and Ned Sedlak, Swoon City Music was built on the philosophy of “artists first” and a commitment to developing successful careers for their artists in a smart, long-term and meaningful way. A full-service label and music publishing company, Swoon City Music is located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and is also home to Refuge Recording – a one stop audio production studio

Why we love stories with Guy (that's my real name) Story

STORYTOWN is a 4-piece, thinking man’s rock and roll band, showcasing the songs of guitarist Guy Story. Guy is originally from Mississippi and now lives in NYC.  He’s been playing guitar since his early teens and has continued playing over the years while pursuing a career in technology (Bell Laboratories, Audible.com, Amazon). Guy is now taking a break from technology to focus on making the best music he can. Every song is a story – no pun intended –supported by infectious grooves and memorable melodies. Guy has assembled an excellent band: bassist Rick Wagner, keyboardist Charly Roth, and drummer Tony Cruz.

Monday, March 12, 2018

If you want blood, you got it. Brian Johnson vs. Bon Scott... who was the better AC/DC front man?

 In the right corner in the skin tight jeans and no shirt is the champion, Bon Scott, in the left corner in the pancake hat and denim vest we have the contender Brian Johnson. Which one will be the champion front man of the legendary hard rock band AC/DC? Tune in to this week's Loudini Hard Rock and Metal Circus Podcast to find out!  Featured Loudini Artists:   Black Star Riders   Conquer Divide   Turbowolf

Black Star Riders
Black Star Riders are back in the saddle again. 

On 23 February 2015, the band’s second album, The Killer Instinct, is released via Nuclear Blast. Produced by Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush, Mastodon, Alice In Chains), The Killer Instinct is hard rock in the classic tradition. And as guitarist Scott Gorham says: “We’re so confident about this album. It’s a step up in the evolution of Black Star Riders.”

It was in 2012 that Black Star Riders was formed by four members of Thin Lizzy – Gorham, lead vocalist/guitarist Ricky Warwick, co-lead guitarist Damon Johnson and bassist Marco Mendoza – plus former Megadeth and Alice Cooper drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. The band’s debut album All Hell Breaks Loose was released in 2013, and drew widespread acclaim in Classic Rock, MOJO, Metal Hammer and Kerrang!

But now, with The Killer Instinct, Black Star Riders have taken it up another notch. “We’ve gone to the next level with this record,” Ricky Warwick says. “It’s the album that really defines Black Star Riders.” And Damon Johnson is equally emphatic. “This is the band I’ve dreamed about being in all my life,” he says. “A lean, mean, dirty rock’n’roll band. And I really feel that this is a great album – a huge step in the progression of this band.”

The Killer Instinct represents a coming of age for Black Star Riders. As Warwick explains, the band had a different mindset going into this album. “When we started writing for All Hell Breaks Loose, we still weren’t sure if it was going to be a Thin Lizzy album,” he says. “This time, we didn’t have that pressure. We knew we were making a Black Star Riders album, and on a creative level, that opened more doors for us.”

Thin Lizzy is in the DNA of Black Star Riders. That much is undeniable: and for Scott Gorham, especially so. When Thin Lizzy rose to fame in the 1970s, led by legendary frontman Phil Lynott, it was Gorham – alongside Brian Robertson and Gary Moore – who defined the band’s trademark twin-lead guitar sound on landmark albums such as Jailbreak, Bad Reputation, Black Rose and Live And Dangerous. And in Black Star Riders – in the partnership between Gorham and Damon Johnson – a part of that sound lives on. “That mystical, legendary twin-guitar thing,” as Johnson calls it.

But as Warwick says: “We know who we are. We want to move forward and find our own way, our own sound. It’s important to us to retain the spirit and the soul of Thin Lizzy. We’ll always have that because Scott’s in the band. But we’ve got a lot of shows under our belts as Black Star Riders, and that’s helped gel the band.”

Gorham puts it very simply: “Black Star Riders is its own thing. You just have to power ahead and write what you write and not have to think about history.” 

Gorham credits Nick Raskulinecz as a key figure in the creation of this new album. “Nick had so many great ideas – he became the sixth member of the band.” In addition, he says that new bassist Robert Crane has fitted in seamlessly as the perfect replacement for Marco Mendoza. “Robert just nailed it straight off the bat.” And with this team in place, the goal for Black Star Riders was simple. “We wanted this to be a better record than the first one,” Gorham says. “And it is – there’s no doubt about that.”

The Killer Instinct was recorded at Rock Falcon, the studio in Nashville, Tennessee, owned by Nick Raskulinecz. The whole album was cut in 21 days, but after All Hell Breaks Loose was done in just 12 days, that extra time proved beneficial. “But with this album,” Gorham explains, “we could do a basic track, sit back, think about it, work on additional parts, and then lay ’em in there.” 

The results speak for themselves. “This album,” Gorham says, “has more depth.” Damon Johnson concurs. “We had more time, had a blast making it, and you can hear it. It’s not just the groove in the music – it’s the groove in the writing, in playing together as a band.”

Johnson and Warwick are the primary songwriters in Black Star Riders and have been since day one. “When it comes to writing, Ricky and I do the heavy lifting,” he says. “But Scott is the foundation of this band. This thing doesn’t happen without Scott Gorham.”

Johnson cites the song Soldierstown as an example of the kind of “monster riff” that Gorham brings to this album. “It’s very grand in its scope,” he says. “It has the feel of some of those classic Thin Lizzy songs – Black Rose and Emerald.”
Soldierstown is also an example of the depth that Ricky Warwick brings to Black Star Riders in his lyrics. The subject of this song is terrorism – for the Northern Ireland-born singer, a subject of profound personal significance. Warwick says: “The scenario in Soldierstown is one that has happened so many times in history, and it still happens now. Terrorists come to a house and say: ‘Give up your strongest son, he has to go and fight.’ There’s that expression: you lose a finger to save a hand.”

There are other songs on the album that Warwick describes as “storytelling” – such as Charlie I Gotta Go, its title a reference to Charles Manson. But much of what he writes is drawn from his own life. “I got a little more personal on this record,” he says. And this is most powerfully illustrated in a song that is destined to become a Black Star Riders classic: Finest Hour. “It’s about my first girlfriend,” he says. “We were living in Glasgow, we were sixteen, into music, and we’d go to gigs at Barrowlands. That song is me reaching out to her and saying: they were good times, I hope you remember them, and I hope you’re okay.” 

For Warwick, the beauty of Finest Hour is in its simplicity. “There are only three chords in that song,” he says. “The best songs are like that.” And the emotive quality in it is echoed in what Johnson describes as this album’s most leftfield track, Blindsided. “It’s an epic song,” Johnson says, “with an epic Ricky Warwick lyric. And that beautiful guitar figure is Ricky’s. It gets me like Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd or Tuesday’s Gone by Lynyrd Skynyrd. It’s one of those classic guitar statements.”

In fact, the album as a whole is a defining statement. Above all else, The Killer Instinct proves that Black Star Riders is a classic rock band in its own right.

“We’ve come a long way in two years,” Gorham says. “And you’ve got to feel good about that. I trust these guys with my life. We’re like brothers, and that’s a big thing in a band. When you have that trust in each other, that’s when you’ve got a fucking great combination.”

With The Killer Instinct, Black Star Riders have truly arrived. “There’s something really special about this band,” Gorham says. “And it has the potential to keep on evolving. We’ve made a great record – and I still think there’s more to come.”

Black Star Riders facebook page is www.facebook.com/blackstarridersofficial
Black Star Riders Official Website: www.blackstarriders.com (active Dec 24th 2012)

Current Location
Los Angeles

General Manager
Siren Artist Management Inc

Press contact
Duff Press / mail@nuclearblastusa.com (NA) / info@nuclearblast.de (EU)

Booking agent
Keith Naisbitt, APA

Conquer Divide
Band Members
Kiarely - @kiarelydivides
Janel- @janeldivides 
Kristen - @kristendivides
Izzy - @izzydivides
Tamara - @tamaradivides

Past Members:


Record Label
Artery Recordings

Sony RED

Six girls with a passion for music. 

Conquer Divide is a metalcore band with members hailing from the U.S., the U.K. and Serbia.

Personal Information
Photography - Tim Harmon
Artwork - Justin Morter
Album Artwork - Bailey Zindel

Current Location

General Manager
Eric Rushing - The Artery Foundation

Press contact
Amy Sciarretto for Atom Splitter PR: amy@atomsplitterpr.com

Booking agent
US: Adam@tailoredtalentagency.com
UK/Europe: Beckie@xraytouring.com
Japan: kenji@fiveoneinc.com

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: www.turbowolf.co.uk

Magic noise for psychic colossus.

Neutral (It)

General Manager
Don Jenkins: don.jenkins@rawpowermanagement.com


Press contact
William Luff: william.luff@wilfulpublicity.co.uk

Booking agent
Steve Strange, X-Ray Touring

Friday, March 9, 2018

Christa Deánā finds her Own Voice while Spreading "The Good News"

Christa Deánā (Duh-nay) is a Christian Singer/Songwriter from Philadelphia who sings with conviction and power. Her songs speak to the journey of a woman after God's own heart. Each song is deeply rooted in a personal, yet extremely vulnerable relationship with God. It's the beauty and emotion in her voice and the candor in her lyrics that help inspire others to go all the way, every day, with God.

Dedicating herself to music as a child, she won first place in the Young Artist Competition for the city of Allentown, PA. A gifted writer, Christa Deana performed her first original song at 11 and went on to write over 50 more. Her vocal ability also developed young, securing her lead oratorios from classics such as Handels Messiah, Mendelssohns Elijah, Vivaldis Gloria, and lead songs in Gilbert and Sullivans The Pirates of Penzance. In addition to writing and singing, she has toured with several choirs that took her to Romania, Turkey, France, Spain, England, and all over the US. During this journey she found a love for conducting and excelled as a choir director for several choirs. She has worked with The Lesser Light Collective as a soloist, writer, and conductor, directing the choir for their performance at Washington Adventist University.

Christa Deánā inherited perfect pitch, excellent natural timing, a powerful vocal instrument and a creative soul. But shes been diligent to cultivate her gifts, obtaining her music education degree from the University of Valley Forge. Not content to simply make her own music, she pulls beautiful music out of her students and collaborators. She is currently a music educator and worship leader at various facilities and churches. She is also the co-owner for ChristaCourt Productions.

Currently she is focusing on releasing a new single in February 2018 called "If God Doesn't Want It" and a self entitled album with all new original music Fall 2018. As she continues to tour and spread the message of the power of God, she's ecstatic of what's ahead. Join the mailing list and follow her on social media to stay up to date on what's to come!

Rahn Anthoni, turns Tragedy into Triumph, and Spreads a Message of Love and Understanding

Award-winning Christian artist Rahn Anthoni took the international press and airwaves by storm with 2017’s most inspirational track, “I’ll Trust You.” The song earned him a Radio Music Award and an Indie Music Channel Award, and numerous other accolades, including the Man-Up Award, for his charity work.  Rahn’s history with inspirational music has helped him develop a positive relationship with God and the world of song. Despite the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding the death of his special needs son, Aaron Hatcher, Rahn has been able to turn tragedy to triumph, delivering a message of hope and love to the masses.

Encouraged by the support the country music world showed his r&b-flavored music, Rahn has returned with an ambitious new “country soul” tune, that’s reminiscent of Darius Rucker, Charley Pride and other soulful country artists. “Highway” was written by Rahn, and it tells of his journey from tragedy to triumph, looking back on the story of his life. It will be released on MTS Records in January 2018.  Watch the video for “Highway” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlfkgjnU0ms

Rahn Anthoni hails from a small town in Florida, now living in Atlanta.. Growing up, he got his first break singing back-up for “The Song Bird Of The South” Dottie Peoples. This led to Anthoni signing with Tate Music Group, who released his first single, "Hold On." The inspirational song gave listeners the encouragement to “Hold On” to life.

Rahn got his first break in television hosting, “Starpower” on The BET Network.
Anthoni has also been in movies, making a cameo appearance in Thina Films’ “Good Deed.”  Utilizing his experience and growing interest and knowledge in TV and film, Anthoni developed "The Rahn Anthoni Show," which has received over 1 millions views on Eotm TV . In 2015, Anthoni covered The Oscars Red Carpet for Eotm Media Group.

Then tragedy struck...After losing his special needs son to abuse, allegedly by his son's teacher, Anthoni has become an advocate for special needs kids. The Aaron Hatcher Awards are given every year, in honor of his late son, Aaron Hatcher. His son also inspired him to start the Special Needs Rock Awards and They Can’t Talk But We Can, a non-profit organization providing advocacy for children with disabilities.  For more information, visit http://www.theycanttalkbutwecaninc.org/.

Anthoni is also CEO of WMQGRadio.com The Source, the number #1 internet radio station giving back to the Old Skool music. 

“Music makes me feel free from all my problems that I have each day,” Anthoni says, and he is glad to pass the feeling along to fans. “It gives me a getaway and expresses love to all my listeners – including myself.”

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Van Halen's Lost Boy, Mitch Malloy has the Best of both worlds as a Hard Rocking Performer and Nashville Producer

Rocker Mitch Malloy has released his new, full-length CD MAKING NOISE.   This recording marks the first time Malloy has undertaken an album solely by himself from start to finish – songwriting, producing, instruments, mixing and mastering.   “I have always brought in a few musicians or songwriters to work with me on projects in the past and have really enjoyed what they brought to the table.  But this time, I was in a different place and really needed to work through everything musically by myself…thus, My Therapy!” said Malloy tongue-in-cheek about the first single, with video, aptly called My Therapy. 

Mitch has been busy the past year not only writing and producing his own album but also writing and producing projects for clients in his studio, Malloy Master Tracks.  Mitch states, “I love working with young artists and passing the torch to a new generation of rockers.”  Malloy Master Tracks is a full-service production facility that serves a variety of clients from hit acts and labels like Taylor Swift, Boys Like Girls, Kenny Loggins, Johnny Gates, Craig Morgan and Sony Music NY to singer/songwriters Victoria Show, Gary Burr and Billy Falcon and even voice over work for Outdoor Channel, Field & Stream and various other brands.

Malloy’s tenure as an artist has spanned several decades beginning as a regular on the New York music scene in the 80s.  Mitch soon garnered a major recording deal with RCA/BMG Worldwide and achieved chart success and landed a coveted spot on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.  In the mid-90s Mitch was asked to replace Sammy Hagar as lead singer for Van Halen but after spending time and recording with the band he declined.  “When the band appeared on the MTV Music Awards with Dave [David Lee Roth], the fans expected his return -- I expected his return.  I felt as cool as the opportunity was, it just wasn’t the right time,” said Malloy.  

For the launch of his 2016 release, Mitch Malloy embarked on the international MAKING NOISE tour which began in the summer and included stops at the world famous Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles, Nashville, London, Liverpool, Athens, Madrid, Malmo and Oslo, to name a few.  The tour will continue in 2017 and includes a special stop at the M3 Festival.  Also look for Mitch on the 2018 Monsters of Rock Cruise!