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A peak at Against Winds And Tides, Bodh’aktan’s charges into the English world

Originating from the Magdalen Islands, Havre-Saint-Pierre, Saguenay, Quebec and England, these musicians come from diverse musical backgrounds that collectively produce a unique and explosive sound.

Having already toured throughout Europe (Germany, Belgium and France) in addition to performing extensively in Québec – their biggest fan base – Bodh’aktan draws in both young and old listeners using their festive and energetic performance style. Alan Doyle, of the band Great Big Sea, has been a great fan and supporter of the band. He’s even gone so far as co-writing and singing as a feature guest on two of their songs, “Dansez! Dance Hey!” and “The Three Captains.”

The band’s debut English album, Against Winds And Tides, was co-produced by Juno nominee Fred St-Gelais (Marie-Mai, Marc Dupré, David Usher).

Against Winds And Tides will be available on iTunes October 8th.

Matt Good talks Arrows Of Desire, Substance and disrobes OZ at Studio Q

Matthew Good stopped by Q studios last week to have a chat with host Jian Ghomeshi during his cross country press junket to discuss the recent release of Arrows Of Desire, Good’s 13th studio album and sixth solo venture.

He speaks about his return to straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll from songs that defined his youth, coming out of the more indulgent sounds of Lights Of Endangered Species, a state of the music address and the success of Joy Division’s Substance album resonating in today’s music aether, and his take on the overall non-reaction by the public to the NSA findings; similarities to unclassified CIA programs like Project MKUltra, Paperclip and Bluebird.

Nothing out of the ordinary for Matthew Good.

Matthew returns home to the top of the charts with Arrows Of Desire

Today marks the release date of the much anticipated and brilliantly written new album by Matthew Good: Arrows Of Desire, available in stores and on iTunes. Ramping up to this event, Good has been on a press and publicity bull run from coast to coast, with no suprise about the favourable reviews Arrows Of Desire‘s been receiving.

“Are you ready to rock?…a short sharp set of potent Can-rock crunch inspired by the heroes of his youth.  Bullseye.” – Darryl Sterdan/The Sun Newspapers

“On his new album…the multi-Juno-award-winner keeps up the good fight…this is a back-to-basics affair that seems sure to appeal…drum-on-your-desk guitar rock with brains…” – Marsha Lederman/The Globe And Mail

“…a recognition of rock music itself…refined…” – Tom Harrison/Vancouver Province

“…a more innocent, back-to-basics and decidedly unpolitical turn…Good is embracing the music that made him want to be a musician in the first place…” – Francois Marchand/Vancouver Sun

“…a guitar-heavy ode to 80s four-on–the-floor bands…evolved and mature…” – Adrian Lee/The Canadian Press

“This record has a classic sound…the return to the basics of rock.” – Zach Fulkerson/Lithium Magazine

And check out lyric videos for “Had It Coming,” “Hey Hell, Heaven” and “Guns Of Carolina” from Arrows Of Desire below and catch him on tour now:

Breed 77 bring Fear to the stage in latest video

Written by Cathy N

Breed 77, known for their distinct rhythmic sound and classic metal riffs, have released a new video for the song “Fear” off the band’s fifth studio album, Evil Inside, released through Frostbyte Media.

The video, compiled of footage of their March 2013 UK tour, highlights the band’s consistent high-energy performances along with a sneak peek of their life on the road. Whether a large or intimate setting, the video shows packed venues of devoted metal- loving fans who are clearly engaged by the band’s incredible live performances.

Band members Paul Isola, Danny Felice, Pedros Caparros, Stuart Cavilla and Andre Joyzi are dedicated to their highly stylized and unique sound. With rythmic influences of flamenco from their Spanish/Moorish roots Breed 77’s sound is impressive to both critics and fans alike.

This month the band continues on their summer tour through the UK and Portugal. For more details about tour dates, visit their website at www.breed77.com.

Bodh’aktan full-length debut album “Against Winds And Tides” due out October 8th in North America

Celtic rockers Bodh’aktan (pronounced Bod Ak Tan, a name inspired by a Gaelic term for fisherman’s boots) sign partnership deal with FrostByte.  Fusing elements of traditional Irish, Scottish and Quebecois music with hard rock, country and punk, the kilted men of Bodh’aktan are original musical pirates on a mission to delight the world with their unique brand of raucous party music.  Bodh’aktan is set to release their debut full-length album, Against Winds And Tides, in North America on October 8th.

Below, experience Bodh’aktan performing one of their trademarks – an unparalleled cover version of Rage Against The Machine’s “Killing In The Name.”  The clip was filmed earlier this year at a sold-out show in Quebec City, Canada.

Melissa Bel Live at Seaway Mall, Welland July 26th

Photograph by Darko Dan

Melissa Bel, headlining August 2nd of IlluminAqua’s Rock Festival, will be meeting fans at Seaway Mall on Friday, July 26th at 1:00 PM.

Accompanied by her guitar, Melissa Bel will be located at the plaza in front of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation store to promote her performance at Merritt Park Amphitheatre. She will also be endorsing her newest album, available for purchase, “Don’t Forget to Breathe”, released June 4th by record label FrostByte Media and Canadian distribution partner Universal Music. If you are not able to meet Melissa on July 16th, stay tuned to CHCH TV’s Morning Live Show August 1st when she will be a musical guest.

As a special promotion for her concert, tickets will be sold on location for the one hour of her guest appearance (1:00 pm – 2:00 pm), for only 5 dollars, including service fees and taxes. In addition, individuals will receive a free digital download of her single “All the Wrong Things” while supplies last.

“I look forward to meeting everyone on Friday and being back in Niagara.The Illuminaqua stage is the perfect place to play on a summer night. I am really looking forward to the show and I’m very excited to introduce the crowd to the songs from ‘Don’t Forget to Breathe’!” said Bel.

The ticket price is $ 17.50 for the August 2nd concert. If you wish to purchase your tickets today for the Rock Festival, visit www.illuminaqua.com or the customer service desk at the Seaway Mall.

For more on Melissa Bel please visit www.melissa-bel.com

Seven Witches’ “Man In The Mirror (Enemy Within)” exclusive premiere on Metal Insider

Photograph by Danny Muro

Fans of Seven Witches can log on to Metal Insider right now to check out the exclusive worldwide audio premiere of the ominous track “Man In The Mirror (Enemy Within),” in advance of the release of their forthcoming album, RebirthRebirth is Seven Witches’ ninth studio album and is due out on July 16th in North America.  Rebirth has already received significant critical praise with Hard Rock Haven declaring the album to be “a powerful heavy metal record,” adding, “Frost’s guitar work is sublime” and KNAC avowing that the album possesses a “classic metal sound that any true metalhead would enjoy.”

Rebirth is produced by Seven Witches founder/lead guitarist/mainstay Jack Frost and features a gritty, hook-laden sound and is a return to basics for the band highlighting Jack Frost’s signature ax work.  In addition to Frost this time around, Seven Witches is rounded out by Ronnie Parkes (Farcry) on bass, Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig) on drums, and brand new frontman Anthony Cross.  The band will tour in support of Rebirth later this year in North America; please see below for confirmed tour dates.

Jack Frost first broke into the scene at the age of 19 during an audition with the metal legends Helix.  After moving back to his home state of New Jersey, Frost formed his first band, Frostbite, back in 1994 eventually releasing three well-regarded power metal albums and touring with everyone from Overkill to Fates Warning.  Seeking a harder-edged sound, he formed Seven Witches in 1998. Over the band’s storied career, Seven Witches has featured a literal who’s who of metal giants in its ranks, including Bobby Lucas, Wade Black (Crimson Glory), Alan Tecchio (Hades, Non-Fiction, Watchtower), James Rivera (Helstar), Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Kevin Bolembach (Non-Fiction) and Mike LePond (Symphony X).  The band has also toured with the likes of Overkill, Annihilator, Symphony X, Judas Priest, Demon, Kamelot, WASP and Armored Saint.  Outside of Seven Witches, Jack Frost has contributed his talents to Overkill’s DD Verni’s project, The Bronx Casket Company, released two solo albums, recorded alongside the members of Annihilator in Speeed, toured and/or recorded with Metalium, Joey Belladonna, Lizzy Borden and Savatage, and contributed to a number of tribute albums for the likes of Wasp, Accept, Dio and the Scorpions. He’s also made numerous guest appearances on CDs from Ted Poley, Bob Rock and Terry Ilous.

Seven Witches North American tour:

SEPTEMBER
19 Albuquerque, New Mexico @ Hooligans
21 Indianapolis, Indiana @ Metal Fest
23 St. Paul, Minnesota @ Station 4
24 Detroit, Michigan @ IRock
27 Akron, Ohio @ Ripper’s Rock House
28 Rochester, New York @ The Montage
29 Toronto, Ontario @ MOD Club (Virgin Mobile Center)
30 Poughkeepsie, New York @ The Chance

OCTOBER
1 New York, New York @ The Studio at Webster Hall
2 Boston, Massachusettes @ Middle East Upstairs
3 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania @ Voltage Lounge
5 Spartanburg, South Carolina @ Ground Zero
6 Tampa, Florida @ Brass Mugg
7 Atlanta, Georgia @ Masquerade
8 Houston, Texas @ Arcadia Bar
10 Dallas, Texas @ The Boiler Room
12 Arvada, Colorado @ Cheers Tavern
13 Las Vegas, Nevada @  Las Vegas County Saloon

Melissa Bel Headlining Rock Festival Evening

Photograph by Darko Dan

IlluminAqua is excited to announce Melissa Bel will be headlining Friday evening, August 2nd at the Rock Festival at the Merritt Park Amphitheatre.

The artist will be replacing Delta Rae as the headliners had to cancel approximately 17 shows this summer-including IlluminAqua’s Rock Festival due to members of Delta Rae tending to medical issues.

“We really love our Canadian fans and are so sorry to have to cancel our shows there this August, we’ve been on the road so much that we’ve delayed some necessary medical care that can’t be delayed anymore,” Brittany Holljes comments. “We would never cancel if it weren’t absolutely necessary, and we hope our fans will understand. We promise to make it up to everyone as soon as we can!”

The concert will proceed according to schedule and IlluminAqua is excited to announce Melissa Bel as headlining that Rock Festival evening. Melissa Bel is stepping up from her role as the opening act after a great response to her recently released album.

Toronto’s Melissa Bel has toured and performed in Germany, Barbados and New York City and has shared the stage with Serena Ryder, Colin James, Sloan and Ron Sexsmith. In April and May she opened for Canadian rock icon Mathew Good in London, England and New York City. Her latest album, Don’t Forget to Breathe, was released June 4th by record label FrostByte Media and Canadian distribution partner Universal Music.

Bel will also be the musical guest on CHCH TV’s Morning Live Show August 1st, giving us a glimpse of what to expect the following day.

“The Illuminaqua stage is the perfect place to play on a summer night. Really looking forward to the show and I’m very excited to introduce the crowd to the songs from Don’t Forget to Breathe!” said Bel.

Individuals who have purchased tickets to Delta Rae, the Rock Festival package, and Season Pass holders have already been contacted and have expressed excitement about the lineup. The ticket price for the concert has been changed to $ 17.50 for the August 2nd concert.  If you wish to purchase your tickets today for the Rock Festival, visit IlluminAqua.com or the customer service desk at the Seaway Mall.

The Last Vegas with “She’s My Confusion” video…US and Euro Tour with Buckcherry and Hardcore Superstar…new album in the works!

Chicago rockers The Last Vegas are back with another eye-catching music video for the song“She’s My Confusion” off the band’s fourth full-length album, Bad Decisions, released last fall through FrostByte Media. The video is produced and directed by the Chicago-based video production company Motion Source Video Solutions, the same team responsible for the “Evil Eyes” music video.

The video is based on a well-known Chicago area ghost story named Resurrection Mary that’s been around since the ‘30s. The young woman, Mary, had spent the evening dancing at the Oh Henry Ballroom (now the Willowbrook) with a boyfriend. Following an argument that evening Mary stormed out into the cold winter’s night, leaving the ballroom behind and walked along Archer Avenue. Not long after, she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver who fled the scene leaving her to die. The story survives through the many men who claim picking up a young female hitchhiker along Archer Avenue between the Willowbrook Ballroom (which is the locale for the video) and Resurrection Cemetery. When reaching the cemetery, the young woman is let out only to disappear into the cemetery.

“The Willowbrook Ballroom is a Chicago musical institution; one bad-ass, old-school place which drips of mystery, intrigue and aura. What better place to film an unconventional rock video for ‘She’s My Confusion?’  We stepped back in time and addressed whether those noises we hear in the night are real, or just a dream?” – Adam Arling

 TLV are a straight-up rock n’ roll meets garage/punk rock band that turn any event into a raucous. Hailing from Chicago and formed in 2005, TLV burst onto the national scene in 2009 when Motley’s Crue’s Nikki Sixx saw them play live in Los Angeles and subsequently co-produced their third album, Whatever Gets You Off.  More touring followed, including a stint opening Motley Crue’s “Saints Of Los Angeles” tour.  The Onion referred to their sound as “Swaggering, stomping, balls-out guitar rock”, while The Chicago Sun-Times declared them to be “Red hot garage-rockers.” The Last Vegas is: Chad Cherry (vocals), Adam Arling (guitars), Danny Smash (bass), Nate Arling (drums) and Johnny Wator (guitars).

TLV are in studio this month laying down tracks for their fifth full-length album, title yet to be determined, working with the great Roy Z (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura) and immediately following up with a North American tour and then a European tour supporting Buckcherry and Hardcore Superstar, but they’re not doing any of that alone. Partnering with fans through PledgeMusic, TLV are offering up a variety of great exclusive opportunities like a studio hang, an acoustic performance/backyard BBQ and more!

For more details on specific dates and chances to win, visit TheLastVegas.com! Remaining tour dates listed below.

North American Tour:

  • Jun 30 in Chicago, Illinois @ In-studio acoustic video taping session
  • Jul 4 in Queretaro, Mexico at the Black Dog
  • Jul 5 in Puebla, Mexico at Pulque For Two
  • Jul 6 in Mexico City, Mexico at Jose Cuervo Salon w/ Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil
  • Jul 18 in Chesaning, Michigan at Chesaning Showboat Music Festival w/ Theory of a Deadman
  • Jul 19 in Pecatonica, Illinois at Breast Fest w/ Pop Evil, NonPoint, Wayland, SOIL
  • Jul 20 in Kenosha, Wisconsin at Brat Stop w/ Sevendust
  • Aug 17 in Chicago, Illinois at Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest
  • Aug 24 in Hillsdale, Michigan @ Checker Records Street Dance
  • Aug 30 in Burnsville, Minnesota @ High Five
  • Aug 31 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin @ BMO Harris Pavilion w/ Halestorm

European Tour:

  • Nov 8 in Cologne, Germany @ Essigfabrik w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 9 in Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Club w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 10 in Vienna, Austria @ Szene Wien w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 12 in Munich, Germany @ Backstage Halle w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 13 in Zürich, Switzerland @ Plaza w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 15 in Roncade TV, Italy @ New Age Club
  • Nov 16 in Bologna, Italy @ Estragon w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 17 in Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 19 in Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colo-Saal w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 20 in Vauréal, France @ Le Forum w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 22 in London, United Kingdom @ Koko w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 23 in Coventry, United Kingdom @ Kasbah w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 25 in Manchester, United Kingdom @ The Ritz w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom @ ABC w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 27 in Belfast, United Kingdom @ The Limelight 2 w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 29 in Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory w/ Buckcherry
  • Nov 30 in Nottingham, United Kingdom @ Rock City w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 2 in Bristol, United Kingdom @ O2 Academy Bristol w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 3 in Cardiff, United Kingdom @ Solus w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 4 in Exeter, United Kingdom @ Lemon Grove w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 6 in Vosselaar, Belgium @ Biebob w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 7 in Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg w/ Buckcherry
  • Dec 8 in Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle w/ Buckcherry

Matthew Good Announces North American Tour Dates and Details on VIP Ticket Packages

Multi-Platinum Canadian singer/songwriter Matthew Good, who will release his 13th studio album Arrows of Desireworldwide via Frostbyte Media on September 24, 2013, announces details of his upcoming 43-date North American tour.

VIP packages, which are available exclusively for the Canadian dates, will go on-sale Wednesday June 19 at 10am local time, with the exception of the Cranbrook, BC show, which went on sale on the 17th. VIP packages are available for purchase at http://matthewgood.org/tour-dates.

Tickets for all dates go on sale on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. (Please check the website for on sale dates for specific markets)

The Matthew Good Arrows of Desire Fan Experience VIP Package includes the following: One (1) Premium Ticket in the first 10 rows, Post-Show Meet and Greet with Matthew Good, One (1) Exclusive 12” “Arrows of Desire” Vinyl, One (1) Exclusive Tour Poster, and One (1) Commemorative Tour Laminate.

Sept 24 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
Sept 25 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
Sept 27 San Francisco, CA Café Du Nord
Sept 28 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre
Sept 29 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
Oct 1 Phoenix, AZ Mesa Arts/Piper Theatre
Oct 4 Chicago, IL Double Door
Oct 7 Cleveland, OH Cambridge Room @ House of Blues
Oct 8 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Oct 10 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Oct 11 Brighton, MA Brighton Music Hall
Oct 12 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre
Oct 14 Belleville, ON The Empire Theatre
Oct 16 Moncton, NB The Centre at Casino New Brunswick
Oct 17 Saint John, NB Imperial Theatre
Oct 18 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium
Oct 19 Fredericton, NB Boyce Farmers Market
Oct 21 Brockville, ON Brockville Arts Centre
Oct 22 Peterborough, ON Showplace Theatre
Oct 24 Kingston, ON Grand Theatre
Oct 25 Hamilton, ON Hamilton Place Theatre
Oct 28 Barrie, ON Georgian Theatre
Oct 29 Kitchener, ON Centre In The Square
Oct 30 London, ON London Music Hall
Nov 1 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
Nov 2 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
Nov 4 Parry Sound, ON Charles W. Stockey Centre
Nov 5 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks
Nov 7 Winnipeg, MB Burton Cummings Theatre
Nov 8 Saskatoon, SK The Odeon Events Centre
Nov 9 Lloydminster, AB The Kooler
Nov 10 Regina, SK Pure Ultra Lounge/Pure East Room
Nov 13 Medicine Hat, AB Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
Nov 14 Edmonton, AB Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Nov 15 Calgary, AB Epcor Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall
Nov 16 Calgary, AB Epcor Centre’s Jack Singer Concert Hall
Nov 18 Banff, AB Eric Harvie Theatre at The Banff Centre
Nov 19 Lethbridge, AB Average Joe’s
Nov 21 Cranbrook, BC Key City Theatre
Nov 22 Penticton, BC South Okanagan Events Centre
Nov 23 Courtenay, BC Sid Williams Theatre
Nov 25 Nanaimo, BC Port Theatre
Nov 28 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre

Joining Good on the US leg of the tour will be Australian singer songwriter Pete Murray (www.petermurray.com), and Gentlemen Husbands (www.gentlemenhusbands.com) on the Canadian dates.

Good will also do a short run of tour dates this summer, leading up to the release of Arrows of Desire.

Confirmed summer tour dates are listed below:
July 6 – Bala, ON – The Kee
July 9 – Windsor, ON – The Loop
July 11 – St Catharines, ON – Barracuda Pretty
July 12 – Ottawa, ON – Bluesfest
July 13 – Victoria, BC – Rock The Shores
For more information about Matthew Good please visit www.matthewgood.org