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This week's round-up: New music from Steve Hackett Lipz, Randall King and Dymytry

Prog, metal and Glam rock meets nu - country in this week's round-up

Steve Hackett - 'Wherever You Are'

Legendary rock guitarist Steve Hackett has released an epic track this week that's full of wonder, imagination and plenty of twists and turns. 'Wherever You Are' is taken from his forthcoming new album ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’ . A rite-of-passage concept album with a young character called Travla at the centre of it, ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’s’ 13 tracks have an autobiographical angle for the musician who says about his 30th solo release: “I love this album. It says the things I’ve been wanting to say for a very long time.”


Of the track, Steve comments: “’Wherever You Are’ is a song of love winning through, shattering the chains of the physical world... Light obliterating darkness. A new universe has opened up with the hope that such a strong love could even survive death. The dreams of childhood realised, there is a sense of everything coming around full circle... Even the three part harmony guitar at the end of Genesis’ The Musical Box is revisited in spirit with the joy of celebration during this song.”


The new album is available to pre-order on several different formats, including a Limited CD+Blu-ray mediabook (including 5.1 Surround Sound & 24bit high resolution stereo mixes), Standard CD Jewelcase, Gatefold 180g Vinyl LP & as Digital Album. All feature the stunning cover painting by Denise Marsh. Pre-order now here: ‘The Circus And The Nightwhale’ on 16th February 2024, via InsideOut Music.


Lipz - 'Bye Bye Beautiful'

LIPZ, champions of modern glam rock return in style with "Bye Bye Beautiful." Their upcoming album, "Changing The Melody" is out on 15th March 2024.

Prepare to party it's 1985. For fans of Journey and Survivor, expect dynamic melodies and a stadium sound from a band that balances contemporary and vintage hard rock.

The stage is set for LIPZ to captivate audiences worldwide with their unique blend of glam rock infused with a contemporary edge. "Changing The Melody" is poised to be a sonic journey that showcases the band's evolution and artistic growth. With the backing of Frontiers Records, LIPZ is geared up to unleash a wave of infectious melodies and spellbinding performances, setting a new benchmark in the glam rock genre.


Randall King - 'Could Have Been Love'

Yeehaw! Randall's new track is a rootin' tootin' Country dance classic! With a nod to tracks like 'Achy Breaky Heart' and 'Dance the Night Away', it's packed with a great country twang, some cool guitar licks akin to Albert Lee and a great melody to get your feet tappin'. It's perhaps just the sort of fun that we need after a long week!

Randall King’s 18-track sophomore album Into The Neon – due Jan. 26 via Warner Music Nashville – takes listeners inside one man’s story of finding love and losing it, with songs made for slow dancing under the starry night sky or two-stepping at a local honky tonk. With the latest taste of new music off the upcoming project, 'Coulda Been Love', out today, King grapples with regret over the girl that got away and love that could have been.

Dymytry - 'Five Angry Young Men'

When Czech metal band Dymytry has upped the ante: Their latest English-language album ‘Five Angry Men’ has been scheduled for release on 26 January 2024, supported by Dymytry’s first headlining tour outside the Czech Republic in January 2024.

As they rock and rage their way through this new track there's certainly a lot to be angry about in this world, they also take time to poke fun at themselves too.

“The title ‘Five Angry Men’ refers to our wild image, but also addresses the increasing destruction of our planet by mankind in a satirical way,” explains Ljubić, adding: “At the same time, we don’t take ourselves overly seriously, although you’d be forgiven for assuming otherwise, looking at our appearance. Dymytry have a wide range of different facets, which include both serious and tongue-in-cheek material. In addition, there’s always plenty of entertainment and partying going on at our shows.


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