Another loss for the world of rock n' roll ... This time, it's Sylvain Sylvain (Sylvain Mizrahi), guitarist, songwriter and founding member of the New York Dolls, who lost the battle with cancer. He passed away at the age of 69. 

The news of his passing was confirmed by former Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, who wrote: 

"Sylvain Sylvain, the heart and soul of the NEW YORK DOLLS, bearer of the Teenage News, passed into his next astral incarnation on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Syl loved rock and roll. His onstage joy, his radiant smile as he chopped at his guitar, revealed the sense of wonder he must have felt at the age of 10, emigrating from his native Cairo with his family in 1961, the ship pulling into New York Harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time. It was he who looked across Lexington Ave. and saw the sign for the New York Doll hospital. Syl and a high school friend, Billy Murcia, were in the rag trade then, the aptly named Truth And Soul, handknit sweaters with a side of rockattitude. Hooking up with another classmate, John Genzale, and then, as bands will, Arthur Kane, and David Johansen, and Jerry Nolan, they became a quasar in the rock firmament; embodying trash, glam, garage-to-punk, the ambisexual affirmation of music played louder. His role in the band was as lynchpin, keeping the revolving satellites of his bandmates in precision. Though he tried valiantly to keep the band going, in the end the DOLLS' moral fable overwhelmed them, not before seeding an influence that would engender many rock generations yet to come. THE NEW YORK DOLLS heralded the future, made it easy to dance to. From the time I first saw their poster appear on the wall of Village Oldies in 1972, advertising a residency at the Mercer Hotel up the street, throughout their meteoric ascent and shooting star flame-out, the NEW YORK DOLLS were the heated core of this music we hail, the band that makes you want to form a band. Syl never stopped. In his solo lifeline, he was welcomed all over the world, from England to Japan, but most of all the rock dens of New York City, which is where I caught up with him a couple of years ago at the Bowery Electric. Still Syl. His corkscrew curls, tireless bounce, exulting in living his dream, asking the crowd to sing along, and so we will. His twin names, mirrored, becomes us. Thank you Sylvain x 2, for your heart, belief, and the way you whacked that E chord. Sleep Baby Doll".

 

Two years have passed since the self-titled debut of Warrior Path that hit the world’s underground metal scene like the Hammer of Thor, getting everything from raving reviews to scoring the highest ranks on various “Album Of The Year” lists. Continuing their journey, main-man and songwriter Andreas Sinanoglou and musician/producer Bob Katsionis (Firewind/Outloud/Serious Black) along with drummer Dave Rundle, are coming back with another epic tale, the tale of “The Mad King”. This time they are joined by one of the most legendary singers in the history of power metal, Swedish vocal phenomenon Daniel Heiman (Lost Horizon) taking the torch from Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black). Musically, the band seems to have evolved in all aspects, leaving the obvious influences and forging their own sound: The excessive number of ballads of the debut gave its place to furious songs, the Iron Maiden-ish twin harmonies became epic metal riffs, while the production itself is “warmer” and even louder and punchier than the one of their debut. Still, the influences vary from Riot, Heaven’s Gate and Scanner to Crimson Glory and early Queensryche. 

According to main songwriter of the band, Andreas: Every time I’m writing music, I always do it having a full album in my head. My vocal lines always reflect a particular style of singing. Yannis was fitting perfectly the songs I had composed for our debut due to his lyrical and melodic approach and we were more than happy with the final result. But for our sophomore album, I realised there was a more epic, tense and generally “darker” atmosphere and to my mind there was no-one else than Daniel to do it. We knew it would be hard to find him, didn’t know if he would be interested in doing it, given that he is very picky on the stuff he puts his voice on, but in the end it all worked out pretty well, he is a total pro and we’re glad he did go that extra mile to make the album sound as it does.”

Daniel Heiman quotes: ”After interesting discussions with the band members and since we agreed very quickly on all levels, I knew it would be an awesome collaboration and when I heard the new music I was blown away.

Old fans of Warrior Path and fans of my voice will not be disappointed! Also, I know a lot of new fans will emerge with this amazing release".

“The Mad King” was recorded during the first pandemic “Global Lockdown” in the new Sound Symmetry Studio of Bob Katsionis in Athens, Greece and analog-mastered once more by Nasos Nomikos at VU, Productions in Piraeus, Greece. For the magnificent cover artwork, the band once again worked with Bulgarian artist Dimitar Nikolov bringing to life a scene from the Palace of the Mad King as told in the title track of the album. “The Mad King” will be released in deluxe digipak CD via Symmetric Records and in gatefold vinyl by Ikaros Records, along with a special Box-Set bundle, on March 1st, 2021.

The album will also be licensed to the following territories:

-North America by Stormspell Records

-South/Latin America by Urubuz Records

-Japan by Rubicon

 

Line-Up:

Daniel Heiman: Vocals

Andreas Sinanoglou: Rhythm and Acoustic Guitars

Bob Katsionis: Lead Guitars, Bass, Keyboards

Dave Rundle: Drums

 

Tracklisting:

 1. It Has Begun (Instrumental)

2. The Mad King

3. His Wrath Will Fall

4. Beast Of Hate

5. Don’t Fear The Unknown

6. Savage Tribe

7. Avenger

8. Out From The Shadows

9. Neverending Fight

10. Last Tale

 

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/warriorpathgr/

Symmetric Records:https://www.facebook.com/symmetricrecords/

 

Tim Bogert, legendary American bassist and founding member of Vanilla Fudge, Cactus and Beck, Bogert & Appice, has died. The great musician passed away yesterday, 14th January, 2021.

The news of Bogert's death was confirmed by his longtime bandmate, drummer Carmine Appice, who wrote on Facebook: 

"My true friend Tim Bogert died today. He was like a brother to me. He was my friend for over 50 years. Tim was a one of a kind bass player. He inspired many, many bass players worldwide. He was as masterful at shredding as he was holding down a groove, and Tim introduced a new level of virtuosity into rock bass playing. No one played like Tim. He created bass solos that drove audiences to a frenzy every time he played one. And he played a different solo every night. He was the last of the legendary 60s bass players. Tim was a very intelligent person. So intelligent that we would call him 'Spock'. You could ask him anything and he would know something about it. I loved Tim like a brother. He will be missed very much in my life. I will miss calling him, cracking jokes together, talking music and remembering the great times we had together, and how we created kick-ass music together. Perhaps the only good thing about knowing someone close to you is suffering a serious illness, is you have an opportunity to tell them that you love them, and why you love them. I did that, a lot. I was touched to hear it said back to me. Nothing was left unsaid between us and I’m grateful for that. I highly recommend it. Rest in peace, my partner. I love you. See you on the other side".

 

 

 

Unfortunately, Timo Tolkki is putting a premature end to his newly formed project, Infinite Visions. And that, because the crowdfunding goal for the release of a debut studio album wasn't reached! 

The band, who only recorded a demo, made the following announcement: 

"Unfortunately, as Infinite Visions did not meet its crowdfunding goal there will be no album and the band will not continue. The band would like to offer their sincere thanks to the 56 contributors to the crowdfunding campaign. Your support was much appreciated. As it was an "all-or-nothing" campaign, your contribution amount will be returned to you by HitHit. As a farewell to the fans, Infinite Visions are posting the five songs that were recorded for their demo, including two unreleased songs, "Dangerous" and "Voice Of Tomorrow" (Erik Kraemer pre-production vocal demo). Some "bonus tracks" are also included: the keyboard demo by Jimmy Pitts for "Dangerous" and the unmixed drum tracks by Pawel Jaroszewicz for "Voice Of Tomorrow". Now my (Timo Tolkki's) plan is to release Union Magnetica as my solo album perhaps with names like Elize Ryd, Sharon Den Adel, Russel Allen, Rob Rock etc. My plan is to release this solo album next autumn and tour it worldwide".

 

 

 

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