Greek bassist and founder of Sarissa, Jimmy Selalmazidis died today (21st February 2021). Selalmazidis was the only constant member of Sarissa, the legendary and historic Greek heavy metal band. The news was announced with a post on the official Facebook page of Sarissa.

Sarissa was one of the first heavy metal bands in Greece, which started its career with "Demo 1987" in 1987. "Nemesis" was the last full-length offering of the band from Thessaloniki, it was released in 2016 via Rock of Angels! Records. 

Rest in Peace, Jimmy. 

 

Polish prog rockers Riverside have just re-released "Out of Myself" (2003), their debut album, which was reissued though the US prog record label Laser's Edge and is now reissued by InsideOut Music. To coincide with this reissue, Riverside is sharing a new video ["The Same River (Live in Tilburg)" ]. "The Same River" was the opening track of the "Out of Myself" album. 

Mariusz Duda (lead vocals, bass) says: "During the pandemic, Riverside have clearly given in to retromania, reissuing some older releases every now and again. The reissue of our first album, Out Of Myself is perfectly justified though, as this year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary and we wanted to start the celebrations on a high note. We played our first song, The Same River, also at the concert in Tilburg in 2015. Today we can smile at the infamous slip-up with the guitar which stopped working at the beginning of the song, making the intro last what seemed like forever. It was a good time. I hope that the reissue of Out Of Myself, this time on InsideOutMusic, will also be symbolic. Retuning to good memories is a much needed reflection these days, and it may as well herald the beginning of changes for the better".

This re-issue comes with artwork by renowned artist Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Psychotic Waltz) and its vinyl version was re-mastered by legendary Dan Swanö/Unisound (Katatonia, Opeth).

 

Prog rock legends Kayak return with a new album! The Dutch band will release its 18th album ("Out of this World") in May, 2021. They have also shared a video for the new single, "Mystery". 

"Out Of This World " features fifteen new tracks and marks the return of Hans Eijkenaar (drums). The remainder of the current line-up features lead singer Bart Schwertmann, guitarist Marcel Singor and bass player Kristoffer Gildenlöw (ex-Pain of Salvation, brother of Daniel Gildenlöw).

Ton Scherpenzeel (keyboards) says: "This song is about the, in my view, unfathomable mystery and wonder that is the world around us. No matter what stunning progress science makes, and whatever religion wants us to believe, the essence will always be that: a mystery. Which doesn’t mean we have to stop trying to figure it all out".

 

 

Provogue will be releasing a new album, featuring previously unreleased material, from the iconic blues-rock master Gary Moore. "How Blue Can You Get " will be released on 30 April, 2021. 

This month marks ten years since the tragic passing of the iconic Northern Irish musician and singer-songwriter. He left behind, not only an incredibly formidable back catalogue of music from his esteemed solo career, Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, Colosseum II and more, but also a legacy matched by few others. Venturing deep into the Moore family archives, some previously unheard and unreleased deep cuts and alternative versions surfaced to accentuate the beguiling mastery of one of blues' finest modern exponents. Amongst the songs are unheard and unreleased Moore originals - "In My Dreams", a lusciously glorious slow-moving ballad with every note and bend weeping as Moore pours out his heart along with the stunningly melancholic "Looking At Your Picture". The album kicks off a rip-roaring take on Freddie King's "I'm Tore Down," a Moore live favourite before he slips into a previously unreleased virtuosic version on Memphis Slim's "Steppin' Out." Elmore James' "Done Somebody Wrong," is another that showcases his blues chops, as does the enormous 7-minute never been released before scorching take on BB King's 1964 hit "How Blue Can You Get." An alternative version of "Love Can Make A Fool Of You," makes itself at home deep into the blues-rock heart of Moore, in a way that his most loved songs do, whilst the finale soars into the stratosphere with the beautifully aching "Living With The Blues". Despite often being the youngest member in his slew of teenage bands, Gary called the shots. By the age of 15, he was arguably the best guitarist in Belfast, and through the release of the John Mayall/Eric Clapton Bluesbreakers album in 1966, he discovered the blues. In 1990 he released his biggest success, Still Got The Blues. In its ascendancy, the blues were driven by the Blues Brothers movie, John Lee Hooker's internationally successful album The Healer and the rise to Stevie Ray Vaughan's stardom. He continued his love affair with the blues for the rest of a career, highlighted by opportunities to play with Albert King, BB King and Albert Collins. His legacy will live on, and he has and will continue to inspire, from Joe Bonamassa to Paul Gilbert, and Kirk Hammett to Zakk Wylde have all cited him as an influence. Talking to Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, Hammett said, "His influence is strong to the point that the opening lick of the guitar solo of "Master of Puppets" is a variation of a lick that Gary Moore played a lot. I remember the first time hearing his blues album and just getting totally blown away – not only by the playing but by the sound of it too, his tone. And I remember being so inspired that I wrote a couple riffs just based on his sound and his feel. And those riffs ended up in "The Unforgiven" on "The Black Album".  "I met Gary Moore in London on 23 October 1970," says long-time friend Bernie Marsden. "He was playing with Skid Row and my band Skinny Cat were opening that Friday. We were roughly the same age, dressed in a similar way, except for the beret he wore! We got along well - I immediately realised how good he was, but I also noticed that he was easy going, he cared about the support group and made an effort - believe me, that wasn't always the case". As we sit in 2021, Marsden looks back at those memories that he holds so dear. "Over the next years I turned pro and ran into Gary at gigs in London and socially at the Marquee. We would dig into our pockets and pool our spending money for those evenings but, because it was Gary, we were always offered a few drinks anyway! We spent quite a lot of time together when we weren't gigging, and soon found out that we had the same influences, mainly Peter Green, Eric Clapton, and Rory Gallagher. I was also with him the day he acquired Peter's Gibson Les Paul guitar". He continues; "We remained close as the years went on, and in 1974 he rang me up to borrow a guitar of mine for a gig he was doing with Colosseum. I still have that guitar today. He was at my wedding in 1980, playing as a part of the pretty impressive house-band, others including Cozy Powell, David Coverdale and Don Airey! We stayed close, and last time we hung out together was on his UK tour with BB King". Moore's solo career was just taking flight when TOTO were heading into superstardom in the early 80s. Steve Lukather remembers Moore and reflects on his admiration for him. "Gary Moore was a force. His intensity, as well as his dynamic sweet soft tones, had such deep feel. He was a master, and I got to watch him play and meet him. He was a very nice man as well. His loss is felt by all who loved him, but we are blessed; we can still hear him play on the records, DVD's, and all that will live forever. He was a one of a kind". His influence continues to stretch and inspire. Chris Robertson, singer-guitarist for Black Stone Cherry, opens up about the power of his music. "Gary Moore took the blues and turned it on its head for me. His ferocity and his style of playing definitely has been an influence on me. There's a ferociousness on what he does that can't be matched". Don Airey is another long-time friend of his. Reminiscing he says, “Gary was a great singer, lyricist and songwriter, and then there was his guitar playing to contend with, (not to speak of his coruscating Belfast wit)”. He continues, “Working on the “Back on the Streets” album in 1978, Gary overdubbed six different solo takes on “The Road Goes On Forever” each of which was phenomenal, each one different from the others. He asked which I thought was the best. Making a choice, I ventured it would sound even better if double tracked. Having played it once and heard it once, Gary went back into the studio and double-tracked a 16 bar solo in a single take. Chris Tsangarides who was producing and engineering turned round and looked at me wide-eyed. Nothing was said. After a minute or so a voice came up from the studio “Was that any good?” “…Er yes” said Chris “Come in!”.  Gary was the most astonishing musician any of us ever worked with and is still a musical reference point after ten years gone – always asking myself ‘Now what would he think of this!’ As the album of these unearthed gems begins to see the light of day, it highlights Moore's depth and complexity and how his music has touched so many people. Finally, reflecting Marsden remembers, "We grew up in the business together, and he eventually became a major solo star. I wasn't remotely surprised, of course, as his playing was so astonishing, a great showman and performer. But to me, he was first and foremost, my friend, and I still miss him today! Enjoy this rare recording".

Tracklist

1.    I'm Tore Down
2.    Steppin' Out
3.    In My Dreams
4.    How Blue Can You Get
5.    Looking At Your Picture
6.    Love Can Make A Fool Of You
7.    Done Somebody Wrong
8.    Living With The Blues

photo by Jesse Wild

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