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Friday
May122017

Interview - Liv Sin - Liv Jagrell

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

As singer/songwriter of the Gothenburg, Sweden metal band, Sister Sin, Liv Jagrell was at the pinnacle of her career during the summer of 2015.  During that time, Sister Sin was touring North America on the Rockstar Mayhem tour, performing in front of thousands of metal lovin' fans.  Sister Sin's high energy performances on that tour helped win over many new fans, who patiently stood in long lines to meet the band after their performances.  The future looked very bright for Sister Sin.  After a decade of hard work, they were finally gaining the attention they deserved in North America.

After the Rockstar Mayhem tour, Sister Sin returned back to Sweden to take a short break before starting recording their next album. But when they returned from the break, the unthinkable happened.  Guitarist, Jimmy Hiltula, and bassist, Andreas Strandh, decided that they didn't want to tour anymore, resulting in Sister Sin's untimely demise.

Jagrell was devasted.  But, soon after, she rose from the ashes and put together a new, heavy and hungry-for-success band, called LIV SIN.   In addition to Jagrell, LIV SIN consists of outstanding musicians: Patrick Ankermark - guitar, Per Bjelovuk - drums, Chris Bertzell - guitar, and Tommie Winthe - bass.

LIV SIN's debut record, entitled, 'Follow Me,' was released on April 28th, and features 11 incredible, traditional heavy metal style tracks.  'Follow Me,' is a true heavy metal masterpiece and could very well be Jagrell's most solid and musically satisfying release, so far.

What follows is an exclusive Rock Music Star interview with one of the hottest and most talented vocalists in rock - Liv Jagrell.

For interview, click here.

Monday
Apr242017

Interview - Mark Slaughter

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Mark Slaughter, vocalist/songwriter of the multi-platinum, hard rock/glam-metal band, Slaughter will be releasing his second solo record entitled, 'Halfway There,' on May 26th.  The first single from this release, "Hey You," was posted last month, and has already received very positive feedback from both fans and music critics.

Mark Slaughter emerged from the ashes of ex-Kiss guitarist, Vinnie Vincent's band, Vinnie Vincent Invasion (VVI).  As the lead singer of the VVI from 1986-88, Slaughter was an impressive frontman with his great stage performances and vocal abilities.  After, VVI record label, Chrysalis Records became frustrated with band leader, Vinnie Vincent's erratic behavior, they offered Mark Slaughter, along with VVI  bassist, Dana Strum, a new record contact to start their own band, which became, "Slaughter."

Slaughter's first record, "Stick it to Ya," was a huge success, selling over two million units, and had two Top 40 singles, "Up all Night," and, "Fly to The Angels."

Slaughter went on to record four more studio records, and still continues to tour and perform to their devoted fan base.

What follows is an exclusive RMS interview with rock music icon, Mark Slaughter.

For full interview, click here.

Monday
Apr172017

Interview - Jim Crean Band / Hair Nation - Jim Crean

 By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

Over the last decade, national recording artist, Jim Crean, has established himself as one of the most important and influential vocalist/songwriter/musicians in the hard rock genre.  Not only has Crean dominated in his hometown of Buffalo, NY- winning countless awards for his velvet smooth, hard rockin' vocals and fronting his 80's tribute band, Hair Nation- Crean has also rocked stages across the world, fronting the international successful, Drum Wars band, which also includes the iconic rock legend brothers, Carmine and Vinny Appice.
 
Last year, Crean released his highly-anticipated, critically acclaimed second release, 'Insatiable,' on Rocker Records, the label imprint owned and operated  by Carmine Appice.  'Insatiable,' truly showcases Crean's amazing vocal and songwriting abilities.  This 12-track release also features an impressive list of guest artists including: Phil Lewis, Mike Tramp, Jimmy Bain, Phil Naro, Dave Constantino, Robby Lochner, Carmine & Vinny Appice and many more.

What follows is an exclusive Rock Music Star interview with the one and only - Jim Crean.

For full interview, click here.

Saturday
Mar182017

Interview - Steve Hackett

 

By Thomas S. Orwat Jr.

From being an integral component of prog-rock pioneers, Genesis, to establishing himself as a successful solo artist; legendary guitarist, Steve Hackett, has always been a musician committed to excellence.

After spending the last few years concentrating on performing and re-recording many of the classic Genesis tracks that he was responsible for creating during his time with the band from 1972-1977, Hackett is back with a brand new solo record entitled, 'Night Siren.'  Many music critics and die-hard fans feel that, 'Night Siren,' may very well be the best solo record of Hackett's career. 

'Night Siren,' is a 10-track release that showcases Hackett's stunning guitar work, profound lyrics, and beautifully written musical compositions.  In addition to Hackett, this release is unique, in that it features musicians from all across the world.

Hackett just wrapped up a North American tour ealier this month.  He will be performing this spring all across Europe. 

Here at Rock Music Star, we our honored to bring you this exclusive interview with Rock music legend, Steve Hackett!

For full interview, click here

Monday
Mar132017

CD review - Tommy Henriksen - 'Starstruck'

By John Jeffrey

Coming out this week (March 17th) is Producer/Singer-Songwriter/Guitarist Tommy Henriksen's 5th solo CD, entitled, 'Starstruck.'  Henriksen's latest solo venture is the follow up to his 2014, 'Tommy, Tommy, Tommy' CD.  While 'Starstruck' is yet another display of Henriksen's uncanny knack of wearing his musical influences on his sleeve,  this time around, Tommy delivered a more guitar-oriented, straight ahead rock record, as opposed to the more eclectic pop-punk offerings found on 'Tommy, Tommy, Tommy.'  As far influences go, this new record somewhat moves away from the Iggy Pop/Lou Reed type stuff he's done before and focuses more on other aspects of his musical makeup, as 'Starstruck' shows Henriksen really channeling his other music heroes, like Alice Cooper and Bruce Springsteen.  
 
On the recording of 'Starstruck,' Tommy played everything and sang all of the vocals, in addition to engineering, mixing, and producing all of it.  Written and recorded on the road in various hotel rooms throughout 2016, the antithesis for 'Starstruck' was actually the opening instrumental, "A Cold Open," an Ace Frehley inspired mini-opus, complete with trademark 'Space Ace' vibrato bends and toggle switch mayhem.  As Henriksen recalled,  "'Starstruck' started out with this guitar solo/Ace thing that was fun for me…so people know I can solo! That my musical capacity is not just limited playing rhythm guitar behind Nita Strauss and Ryan Roxie (in Alice Cooper's band)."
 
Once people hear 'Starstruck,' there will be no question whether or not Tommy Henriksen can 'rip it out' on lead guitar, as he dazzles the 10 song disc with his six-string dexterity throughout.  Aside from the opening track, there are several other great moments on the record where Henriksen is clearly paying homage to Frehley.  Songs like "Goldmine" and "New York Baby" sound like Ace in his prime, and even the bridge in the title track sounds just like the lead build up from "Rocket Ride."
 
As far as the song writing itself goes, it's clear from listening to 'Starstruck' just how involved Tommy Henriksen is involved in the modern Alice Cooper sound.  Songs like "Starstruck," "Goldmine" and "Jerks and Dopes" - musically, lyrically and vocally sound like they could easily fit on the next Cooper disc.  But let me be clear, Tommy is a musician who stands on his own merit, and once you become familiar with his style, you can hear 'Starstruck' is unmistakably "Tommy Henriksen," and that's damn good thing!!

For more on Tommy Henriksen, Click here.