Interview With Cole Stevens Of Snake Eyes Seven 2018

 

Back with a vengeance, Canadian heavy metal artist SNAKE EYES SEVEN has their eye on the prize. Four years since the release of 13 Crows, founding member, guitarist, and chief song writer Cole ‘The Madman’ Stevens is ready to roll the dice one more time. Currently in the studio recording the latest opus titled ‘Medicine Man’ with legendary producer and now full-time guitarist Cam MacLeod, the ‘Madman’ has recruited front-man Danny Deane who instills an impeccable vocal style delivers the music like no other before. The rhythm section is tightly nailed down by bassist Mike Cillis and drummer Erik Young both contributing a heavier core than ever before. ‘Medicine Man’ will prove to be the best slab of heavy metal created by the band to date and put them on the map for metal genres world-wide to take notice.

 

Over the years SNAKE EYES SEVEN has continued to evolve as a great band should, musically and professionally. The new SNAKE EYES SEVEN is a group of seasoned metal veterans. Cam MacLeod validates the band’s credibility and solidifies the band’s musicianship as a whole. Bassist Mike Cillis yields the ‘heaviness’ to catapult the songs forward. Yet it’s the driving force of drummer Erik Young that wraps the package neatly into monstrous metal sound. The Sabbath-esque qualities of SNAKE EYES SEVEN still remain evident but now vocalist Danny Deane has the pure talent to deliver strong and powerful vocals with warm melodies yet he retains that raspy growl as needed. SNAKE EYES SEVEN is the complete package that continues to churn out great music time and time again. It is time for fans to gather in masses and really discover SNAKE EYES SEVEN.

 

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Interview With Chaz Bond Of BioGenesis 2018

Chaz Bond – Lead Vocals
James Riggs – Rhythm Guitar
Luke Nealeigh – Lead Guitar
Sam Nealeigh – Keyboard
Dan Nealeigh – Bass Guitar
Eli Closson – Drums

 

BioGenesis, a Hybrid Metal band located in Dayton, Ohio, was formed by vocalist Chaz Bond in 1996. After
fronting several local Rock and Metal bands, Chaz had grown tired of being in bands that only called for use of
one vocal style. This led him to form his own project, where he envisioned that he would be able to combine
musical styles and genres that were often considered a contrast to one another. Having a strong belief in God,
Chaz chose the name BioGenesis to represent his opinion on, and passion for the “creation vs. evolution”
debate.

In 1998, Chaz and drummer Joe Jonker entered a local studio and recorded the “Tunnel Vision” demo, with
Chaz performing the guitar and bass tracks in addition to the vocals. Shortly after recording the demo, Chaz’s
long-time friend James Riggs became the band’s guitarist.

With several new songs written, BioGenesis re-entered the studio in 1999 to record another demo, with
local bassist Ed Girard temporarily handling bass duties. This demo, which included the first versions of Bio
classics “The Mark Bleeds Through” and “Digging Your Grave”, led to the band happily welcoming bassist
Randy Walton as the newest official member.

In 2000, The band signed with Rowe Productions, an Australian label owned by Mortification front-man
Steve Rowe. Before entering a studio to record their full-length debut album, the band asked long-time
drummer Joe Jonker to step down, as the increasing technicality of their songs became too difficult to play
smoothly. A short search provided the band with drummer Nevin Cline, who was brought into the band just in
time to begin recording.

After completing the sessions for their debut album, the band was surprised to be informed by Rowe
Productions that the album’s production was not up to their par, and that the band would need to start from
scratch with a producer of the label’s choosing. With only a few days to record the album again, the band
quickly re-entered the studio with the label’s producer.

As James was recording his guitar parts, he became dissatisfied with his sound, and decided to tune
several steps lower than normal without consulting the rest of the band. This surprised Chaz, as he was now
unexpectedly faced with recording the album in an unfamiliar key. Nevertheless, the label was satisfied with
this new version of the album and it was released in 2001 as “The Mark Bleeds Through”.

“The music on The Mark Bleeds Through, I would describe as kind of a mid-paced thrash sound, almost a
groove metal, post-thrash thing. Very plodding, doomy and heavy. There are some monster riffs going on here,
which does get my head nodding along. The thing that sets the band apart, is the vocalist’s ability to go from a
deep baritone symphonic style…to a thrash scream and growling when needed. This is definitely not cookiecutter
metal here.”

After a US tour with label-mates Mortification, the band began writing for their second album. Unfortunately,
things began to unravel for the band as lineup changes and label issues slowed their progress. Both Nevin and Randy stepped down from the band, and as several replacements came and went, Chaz and James elected to
begin recording their second release, to be titled “Peace, Love, and Hypocrisy”, by themselves.

Enlisting Deliverance front-man Jimmy P. Brown as their producer, Chaz and James recorded the song
“Fallback” in 2002, which was subsequently released on Roxx Records’ Metal Marti Gras compilation. The
band requested a release from Rowe Productions, and signed a contract with Jimmy’s new label. This
connection proved too good to be true as Jimmy soon moved to Nevada, and the band was unable to travel
the distance to complete the recording of the new album. Chaz and James attempted several more lineups,
even recording the song “Catalyst For Malice” in 2004 with Chaz’s brother Seth Bond producing. This attempt
at completing the second album also proved ill-fated. Unfortunately, in 2005, a falling-out between Chaz and
James led to Chaz deciding to end the band, leaving fans worldwide disappointed that there would be no
sophomore release.

In 2009, Chaz decided to reform BioGenesis. Although he was busy with his other projects (he had replaced
David Taylor as the lead vocalist in Power Metal band Jacobs Dream in 2003, as well as starting another band,
Human Paradox in 2005), Chaz and James mended their friendship and began to seek out a way to finally
record another album. They signed with RetroActive Records and began their search for a drummer and
bassist.

Eventually, they enlisted both Nevin Cline and Randy Walton to rejoin the band for the reunion album.
Adding Paul Witte as a second guitarist, they began recording with Jacobs Dream drummer Gary Holtzman
producing. In 2010, the band decided to request a release from RetroActive Records after several unexpected
delays, and quickly signed with the England-based Soundmass Records instead.

After several complications and delays, the band released the long-awaited “The Rise, The Fall, The
Rebirth” in 2012. Although fraught with production and performance issues, the fans were happy to finally hear
the new songs they were promised several years prior.

“BioGenesis makes a seamless transition between The Mark Bleeds Through and The Rise, The Fall, The
Rebirth by continuing to focus on diversity. It starts with how the group takes a foundation of straightforward
heavy metal and mixes it with strong doses of thrash, modern groove, progressive and Gothic metal. Yes, a
wide array of styles, many of which make separate appearances within the same song, but it serves to support
the BioGenesis strength of walking a fine line between the aggressive (with bone crushing heaviness and
occasional extreme moments) and melodic (the material here is quite listenable – almost accessible – despite
the angst). This turbulent but creative merging of contrasts play out on the nine original The Rise, The Fall,
The Rebirth compositions and two bonus tracks…”

Unfortunately, complications in James’ life led to him once again stepping down from the band following the
release of the album. After Paul Witte also left the group, Chaz enlisted former Human Paradox guitarist Darin
Moore, and keyboardist Evan English to fill the vacancies. This lineup began to play shows promoting the new
album, gaining a large local following.

In 2013, Soundmass Records released “The Mark Bleeds Through: First Blood” which was the original
recording of the band’s debut album that Rowe Productions had rejected. The album also included three tracks
from the Tunnel Vision demo, as well as two tracks from the 1999 demo.

In 2014, after headlining two shows in Puerto Rico, the band entered a local studio to record what was
intended to become their third album, to be titled “Devolved”. Unfortunately, the revolving door of musicians
struck again, with Darin and Randy suddenly leaving the band. Darin also requested that none of the songs
written while he was in the band be used, leaving the band to start from scratch. Chaz, Nevin, and Evan
recruited a new lineup, including the return of James Riggs. This lineup, however, suffered from logistical
problems and disbanded after a few rehearsals, once again leaving fans without a promised album.

Although Chaz had begun another very successful project (Letters to the Blind), fans continually demanded
a BioGenesis reunion. In 2015, Chaz and James recruited local musicians Luke and Majennica Nealeigh to
begin secretly writing for the band’s third album. Shortly after, Chaz invited Luke and Majennica’s younger
brother Sam to play Keyboard, and their father Dan to play Bass.

On New Year’s Day 2016, BioGenesis announced it’s official comeback, releasing a re-recorded version of
the song “Never” (originally from The Rise, The Fall, The Rebirth), and announcing that the band had begun
recording it’s third album, to be titled “A Decadence Divine”, with guitarist Luke Nealeigh producing. This news
was released to overwhelmingly positive response.

A few months later, the band released a brand new track “Inside the Beast” on Facebook, and launched a
private group page where members of the band could post videos of the making of the new album for it’s fanbase
to watch. This led to BioGenesis signing a contract with Roxx Records in August of 2016.

BioGenesis’ third album “A Decadence Divine” was released in May of 2017 by Roxx Records to great
applause, with many fans and critics alike calling it BioGenesis’ best effort to date!

In July of 2017, as the band began to discuss what to do different with a follow-up album, drummer
Majennica Nealeigh unexpectedly announced that she would be moving to Athens, Ohio, where her boyfriend
was attending college. After a few months of trying to make the 6 hour round-trip work around the band’s
schedule, Majennica suggested that the band find a replacement drummer that could be more dedicated.
While no one in the band was happy to see her leave, the group agreed that it would be easier for all involved
to find a replacement.

The band began working with Eli in secret, while also writing new songs for the next album. The band
played it’s first show with Eli at the beginning of December 2017. The newest lineup was extremely wellreceived
by the old and new fans in attendance!

n January of 2018, the band officially announced Eli as it’s new drummer, and also announced that the
band had begun work on an EP to be titled “Black Widow”. The EP will include a cover song from Deliverance’s
album “Weapons of Our Warfare”, re-recordings of two old BioGenesis classics, as well as two brand new
songs! This will be a warm up for the band before it begins recording it’s fourth official album, which has not yet
been officially announced.

The band is extremely excited to release this EP to everybody, and could not be more pleased to be
working with Roxx Records! The band would like to thank every fan new and old for continuing to support us
after all these years; Bill and everyone at Roxx Productions for offering us this awesome chance to extend our
ministry to places we never would have been able to take it on our own; and of course, our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ for reasons FAR too many to list!

 

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Interview With Rick Ruhl Of Every Mother’s Nightmare 2018

 

 

 

Forming in the early 90’s, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE is no stranger to the music scene. After quickly arriving on the Memphis rock scene, word spread about their energy-packed live performances gaining them the attention of Clive Davis (Arista Records). After signing with Arista, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE became staples on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball with their music videos for “Walls Come Down”, “Love Can Make You Blind”, and “House of Pain”.

 

EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE received a great deal of national press and toured, promoting the first two albums, allowing them the chance to open for bands such as Cheap Trick and Dream Theater. They performed many headlining shows, drawing in large crowds and selling out venues. EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE has been featured in hundreds of hard rock magazines both nationally and internationally like Metal Edge, Screamer Magazine, Hit Parader, ION Music Magazine and many more as well as appearing on shows like the Joan Rivers’ talk show.

 

EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE is releasing their highly anticipated full-length album titled ‘Grind’. ‘Grind’ includes “Loco Crazy” which features a guest appearance by Zach Myers of Shinedown on guitar with a companion video. The project also features appearances by Jim Dandy (The Jim Dandy) guest vocals on ‘Stand Up’, and Wayne Swinny (Saliva) guitar on ‘Snake’.

 

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Interview With Bill Menchen Of Rev Seven 2017

 

Bill was born and raised, isolated out in the California desert for 10 years. Upon arrival to the city, an eccentric quiet little boy, he immersed himself into music in the public school system. Eventually, he became versed in 60’s and 70’s popular rock, hard rock, and eventually heavy metal.

In 1980, Bill encountered Jesus Christ, for the first time ever. After 5 years of “boot camp” he decided to focus on playing Christian rock and metal. However, he has had a few brief stints with non Christian projects as well. A prolific recording technician, Bill has racked up a long list of groups, and music releases, spanning 5 decades.

 

 

 

Interview With John Darge Of Automatic Noise 2017

 

About Automatic Noise:

Starting as a group of friends getting together to play music, Automatic Noise quickly gained popularity in the Chicago suburb clubs. Returning from a hiatus, the band has reunited to perform again.

 

“In the mid-90’s we tore up clubs, coffee houses, and bars with our array of covers from green day to rage against the machine. The all original cd released in 1995 brought a message of hope and encouragement from simple men who love God and want to be that light in a troubled world. 20 years later… we’ve grown up a lot- God has been faithful to us and our families…. so here we come, THE REUNION!!! Not pushing a religion, not to tell you how to live or not to live, but to simply share our desire to live, love and encourage those around us and to love God and rock and roll in places that the holier than thou would not even pass in the daylight…. and stronger than ever.

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Interview With Mark Allen Lanoue Of FICTION SYXX

 

FICTION SYXX, is the brain child of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, Mark Allen Lanoue. But like all ideas, including
musical ones, it is not just about the writing; it is about the delivery. So, after writing the first song called
“Welcome to my Nightmare” for this new musical journey, Mark started talking with friend and multi-talented
musician/songwriter/producer, JK Northrup (KING KOBRA, XYZ) about starting a project that would be framed
around a core of members.

 

Mark then talked to an old bandmate, drummer, Rory Faciane. Rory is a live and studio drummer that attended
the Musicians Institute and now resided in Nashville TN. Rory immediately came on board with Mark and JK as
the drummer. Then Mark began talking to Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER).
After Tony heard the first ideas for this project, he offered to play bass and added his amazing talents to the
project. Finally, keyboardist extraordinaire, Eric Ragno (GRAHAM BONNET, JOE LYNN TURNER) was added to the
lineup.

 

Now the band was complete and ready to deliver the album “TALL DARK SECRETS”!

 

FICTION SYXX mixes progressive hard rock with a nuance of melodic rock. The first release from this project was
a way to bring a talented core of seasoned musicians together and to bring several guest artists and what came
out of the effort is a solid 11 songs of progressive rock.

 

 

The name FICTION SYXX was created nearly 10 years ago. It is derived from the many mystical and mythical
meanings behind the number 6 and sequences of that number such as “666” and “6666”. Since Mark was born
on 6-6-66, the mystique about the number six became intriguing to him. In the 80’s, it also gained quite the bit
of attention when being ID’d at convenience stores and bars.

 

FICTION SYXX is:
Mark Allen Lanoue – Lead and Backing Vocal, Rhythm- Lead and Acoustic Guitar
JK Northrup – Rhythm- Lead- Slide and Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocal
Tony Franklin – Bass
Rory Faciane – Drums and Percussion
Eric Ragno – Keyboards

 

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Interview With Josh Decker Of THE REWIND 2017

 

The Rewind is a Nebraska-based band formed in 2012 that blends a number of classic rock influences into a modern sound. They have had the honor of sharing the stage with such acts as Saving Abel, Black Oak Arkansas, Smile Empty Soul, Wayland, Preacher Stone, and Burn Halo. The band performed at the Nebraska State Fair, Lincoln Exposed, and Lincoln Calling, and is committed to providing every audience with an authentic rock experience at their live shows.

 

Their first EP was released in 2013 under the name Closed For Repairs, garnering positive reviews from Tom Petty, Peter Frampton, and members of Cheap Trick. Now signed with Tremula Records, The Rewind have released their debut album Casting Shadows, which is available on iTunes. The band members continually write new music to keep the set list fresh and diverse.

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Interview With Roxy Petrucci And Share Ross Of VIXEN 2017

THERE’S ONLY ONE ALL-FEMALE HARD ROCK BAND FROM THE 80’S WHO:

• Sold over a million albums.
• Had six #1 videos on MTV.
• Had four songs in Billboard’s Top 100.

 

Vixen was founded in St Paul, MN by guitarist Jan Kuehnemund. Driven by rock star dreams, like so many before her, Kuehnemund packed up her group and headed for Hollywood. Kuehnemund soon re-tooled the lineup to include vocalist Janet Gardner, drummer, Roxy Petrucci, and bassist Share Pedersen (Ross).

 

Vixen quickly built their reputation playing the infamous Sunset Strip and signed a major label deal with EMI. Vixen’s first hit single, “Edge of a Broken Heart” penned by Richard Marx and Fee Waybill (The Tubes) blasted onto the Billboard charts fueled by heavy video rotation on MTV. Their self-titled freshmen LP garnered two more knee droppers with “Cryin'” and “Love made Me” both charting on the Billboard hot 100 top 40. It was the group’s live performances opening for the Scorpions, Ozzy and Bon Jovi that established Vixen as a premiere rock act to be taken seriously.

 

In 1990, “Rev it Up”, Vixen’s second LP produced the monster rocker “How Much Love”, scorching ballad, “Love is a Killer”‘ and the upbeat “Not a Minute Too Soon” cementing their reputation not only as formidable performers, but as hit songwriters. The group Vixen-ized their fans on worldwide tours with heavyweights Deep Purple and KISS, which fueled the international frenzy.

 

 

The undercurrents coming from the Seattle grunge scene helped strengthen the winds of change and underscored the decision to disband Vixen in 1992. Each band member independently dabbled in various projects until 1997 Gardner and Petrucci teamed up with guitarist Gina Stile releasing “Tangerine” under the Vixen moniker. In 2002 Kuehnemund once again regrouped Vixen with Jenna Sanz-Agero (vocals), Lynn Louise Lowrey (bass) and Kat Kraft (drums). This line-up then went on to tour and release “Live and Learn” and “Extended Versions” from a live performance in Sweden.

 

It was 2012 when Kuehnemund reached out to Gardner, Petrucci & Ross for their long awaited reunion. Sadly, only days before officially announcing the news, Kuehnemund was diagnosed with cancer and the reunion was put on hold. Jan Kuehnemund, the founding member and lead guitar player for Vixen tragically lost her battle with cancer and passed away October 10th of 2013. Jan touched many souls and will live on through her music.

 

Realizing that a band belongs to its fans, Gardner, Petrucci and Ross have called upon Stile to join them in continuing the Vixen tradition and honoring the fans.

 

The Legacy lives on…

 

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Interview With Steven Ray Anastos Of BLACK BAMBI 2017

 

What do you do when all of your plans go sideways? Picture this: It’s 1990 and you’re in one of, if not the most hotly tipped rock band in the United States. Tons of press, sold out club shows around Southern California and girls lining up as far as the eye can see.

 

And then … nothing. The ride comes to an abrupt halt and you’re left scratching your head and wondering where and how it all went wrong.

 

Such is the story of Los Angeles’ one time favorite sons BLACK BAMBI. Says the band’s frontman, Steven Ray Anastos, “Basically, we were orphaned. John Carter, our A&R guy, good friend & mentor, parted ways with Atlantic Records right as we were completing the album. The timing could not have been worse. We were left high & dry and there was no coming back from that.”

 

Nearly thirty years after the band’s only album was shelved it sees the light of day through 20th Century Music.

 

Let’s go back to the beginning, though, shall we? The band initially came together when San Diego transplant Steven Ray Anastos left his band City Slick only to discover than another band from his hometown, Aircraft, had also called it a day. Having admired that band’s material, Anastos decided to call guitarist Ronny Jones to see if they might put something together to test the waters and soon after Steven and the bulk of Aircraft were in business as BLACK BAMBI. “We took off right out of the gate writing new songs and rehearsing nearly every single night. It was a very exciting time and we were very optimistic that we had a sound that was unlike anyone else in Los Angeles at that time” recalls Anastos.

 

Playing their first show at The Whiskey A Go-Go on New Year’s Eve 1987, the band ran through a handful of shows before the rhythm section was ousted in favor of bassist John Grimmett and drummer Dave Casey. “When Ronny & I started looking for a new rhythm section we basically went back to the guys we had played with in previous bands. Dave was in my band City Slick and in Ronny’s band Aircraft, and John and I had played together briefly in Mickey Knight. It came together pretty damn quick and we never looked back.”

 

At this point the band’s sound became darker and more focused and a buzz was swiftly building throughout the major labels. 1989 would see the band sign with the legendary John Carter at Atlantic Records and they were immediately sent into Enterprise Studios with highly sought after producer Beau Hill behind the board for an album that was scheduled for an early 1990 release. Steven says, “We had the time of our lives during that recording process. It was really a dream come true to be recording with a successful producer such as Beau Hill, and in such a legendary studio. Lots of platinum albums came out of that room and we had very high hopes that we would be the next in line. It was also the high point of the band’s relationship as friends.”

 

Regarding the band’s songwriting process, Steven says: Our songs always started with Ronny writing a cool guitar riff, which seemed to come very easily to him back then, and I would write the melody and lyrics. I was reading lots of Vampire books at the time and was very much into poetry, Jim Morrison, etc., so lots of the lyrics are a little bit twisted and moody. Again, things always came together effortlessly, and John & Dave certainly added a solid backbone to our sound.

 

Opening slots with both Badlands and The Black Crowes followed and BLACK BAMBI were primed for major success. And then the bottom fell out. John Carter left Atlantic Records soon after and suddenly the band had none at the label in their corner. Leaving the label shortly after, they began showcasing for other major labels with everyone having a different vision for the band than they had for themselves. Steven recalls: “We were broken hearted, man. Our dreams were slipping though our fingers and there was
absolutely nothing we could do about it. Naturally, the band began to splinter and within a few months we
were done. Since that time, nearly 30 years actually, we have received countless emails & inquiries from
all over the world asking if the LP is available and where it can be purchased. We truly appreciate your
interest and your excitement about our lost album, and now we can say yes, it is available either on Limited
Edition CD or digitally on iTunes. So, come and get it …
Good things come to those that wait, indeed.

 

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Interview With Marc Scherer-Scherer/Batten 2017

 

MARC SCHERER / JENNIFER BATTEN        BattleZone


Scherer/Batten is of course, none other than vocalist MARC SCHERER (Scherer/Peterik) and star guitarist
JENNIFER BATTEN (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson).

 

Together the pair have teamed up with the same musical talent that featured on the 2015 Peterik/Scherer
album ‘Risk Everything’ together with some fresh new faces to help craft an absolute melodic rock gem.

 

‘BattleZone’ features material exclusively from the Jim Peterik (ex-Survivor, Pride Of Lions, The Ides of March)
songbook. Featuring 8 rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also features 3 brand new
tracks, written for this project.

 

That’s 11 new classic songs, produced by Jim Peterik and featuring the impressive lineup of:

 

All Lead Vocals: Marc Scherer
All Lead Guitars: Jennifer Batten
Backing Vocals: Marc Scherer, Bill Champlin, Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock, Danette Pahl
Alternate Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Jennifer Batten, Mike Aquino, Dave Carl, Jim Peterik
Bass Guitars: Bill Syniar, Klem Hayes
Keyboards: Jim Peterik, Christian Cullen, Chris Neville, Barb Unger
Drums: Dave Kelly, Ed Breckenfeld
Sax: Mindi Abair

 

Additional credits include:
Executive Producer: Danette Pahl
Engineered by: Larry Millas
Mastered by: Larry Millas at World Stage Studios and JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Mixed by: Jim Peterik and Larry Millas
Keyboard Programming: Larry Millas and Christian Cullen
Art Direction and Cover Art: Nello Dell’Omo

 

Jim Peterik comments: “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer’s vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar
goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten ‘BattleZone’ album.
As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock,
producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer – Cuts Deep, The
Harder I Try and the title track BattleZone.

 

Andrew McNeice and Danette Pahl of Melodic Rock Records gave me the artistic leeway and financial support to
create the album of a lifetime.

 

Working with one of the best engineers in the business, Larry Millas, and musicians like multiple Grammy Award
Winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, bassist Bill Syniar (formerly of Survivor), Mike Aquino (guitarist and singer from
World Stage), and two-time Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Mindi Abair, along with Dave Kelly and Bryan
Cole, brought depth and texture to the tracks that is palpable.

You can hear our excitement in every song. I guess you can see I’m pumped.
I dare you to crank up BattleZone or Tender Fire or Crazy Love and not rediscover why you fell in love with
melodic rock in the first place. I double dare ya!!”

 

Jennifer Batten: “It was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project! Marc’s vocals are out of
this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take
this to the stage!”

 

And finally, the vocalist fronting this extraordinary project, Marc Scherer: “Even something as innocuous as
lunch with Jim Peterik can inspire great things…
It was during one such meeting that Jim and I conceived of an album showcasing his lost musical treasures.
Thanks to the contributions of long-time Peterik enthusiast and personal friend Danette Pahl of MelodicRock
Records, we now have lift-off!

 

While the brain trust of talent surrounding Jim enhances any idea, this album is extra special because it features

 

a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jennifer Batten – who played three world tours with
Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck. They say you know when it’s right in the first 30 seconds, but in this
case, you can sense the magic in the first few notes. BattleZone blends the songwriting craftsmanship and
storytelling genius of Jim Peterik with the artistry of some of the most amazing musicians in the business. As
Jennifer observed, the battle can be internal: the fight to be better, to raise the bar and challenge yourself while
stirring the musical cauldron. I truly believe that we have captured lightning in a bottle and I’m so eager for
everyone to share in this experience.”

 

Scherer/Batten ‘BattleZone’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on CD & Digital September 22.

 

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