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AXEL RUDI PELL – Chart Listings For “Into The Storm” Announced!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, melodic hard rock, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on February 2, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Axel Rudi Pell Official Site:

The new album “Into The Storm” entered the charts in several European countries:

Germany: #5
Switzerland: #9
Austria: #40
Finland: #44

In Germany and Switzerland it`s the highest chart entry ever in the 25 years solo career.

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f.l.t.r.: Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Johnny Gioeli, Axel Rudi Pell, Volker Krawczak.


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AXEL RUDI PELL – Into The Storm Tour 2014 – First Leg, February Dates And Ticket Info

Posted in classic rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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Both Shows in Bochum Zeche are now SOLD OUT, get your tickets soon for the other shows as the sales are high already! Don´t tell us you haven’t been warned!


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AXEL RUDI PELL – Announces 2014 European Tour

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AXEL RUDI PELL ” Into The Storm” – Releases On January 21st, In USA, Via SPV / Steamhammer

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on December 30, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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Germany – January 17th, 2014

Europe – January 20th, 2014

USA – January 21st, 2014

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Left to Right: Bobby Rondinelli, Ferdy Doernberg, Johnny Gioeli, Axel Rudi Pell, Volker Krawczak


Below is a snippet of Burning Chains, from Into The Storm. Check it out, play it LOUD and… Metal be thy name!!

INTO THE STORM – Track Listing:



3. LONG WAY TO GO 5:32





8. HIGH ABOVE 4:49

9. HEY HEY MY MY 5:02

10. INTO THE STORM 10:35


11. WHITE CATS (Opus #6 Scivolare) 4:54


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MAGNUM “Escape From The Shadow Garden” – Album Artwork Revealed; Releases March 2014 Via Steamhammer / SPV

Posted in classic rock, classic rock bands, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Music, rock bands, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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MAGNUM – Hugely influential British Melodic Hard Rock group MAGNUM have confirmed the release in 2014 of their upcoming nineteenth studio album, ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ on Steamhammer / SPV on March 19th in Scandinavia, March 21st in Germany, March 24th in Europe and March 25th in the US/Canada.

‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ will be available as a limited digipak edition with bonus material, as a double coloured vinyl LP, standard jewel case CD and download.

The cover is once again created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy).

‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ follows the success of ‘On The 13th Day’, which charted at #28 in Germany, #36 in Sweden, #43 in the UK national album charts, #57 in Switzerland, and at #3 in the UK rock charts and #5 in the UK Indie Charts at the beginning of October 2012.

Three weeks after the release of ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’MAGNUM set off on an European Tour.



Tony Clarkin – guitars

Bob Catley – vocals

Mark Stanway – keyboards

Al Barrow – bass

Harry James – drums


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(Source: MAGNUM Facebook)

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AXEL RUDI PELL – Announces 2014 European Tour

Posted in Guitar, guitarists, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock news, Heavy Metal, melodic hard rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on August 6, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As Reported By AXEL RUDI PELL:

Here are the dates for the first and second leg of the 2014 Headlining tour. More dates / Festival appearances will be announced soon, stay tuned !

07.02. D-Hannover – Capitol

08.02. NL-Weert – De Bosuil

09.02. GB-London – The Garage

11.02. D-Nürnberg – Löwensaal

12.02. CH-Pratteln – Z7

14.02. D-Memmingen – Kaminwerk

15.02. D-Erfurt – HsD

16.02. D-Hamburg – Markthalle

18.02. D-Langen – Neue Stadthalle

19.02. D-Ludwigsburg – Rockfabrik

20.02. D-Bochum – Zeche

21.02. D-Bochum – Zeche

20.09. NL-Zoetermeer – Boerderij

21.09. D-Cologne – Essigfabrik

23.09. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal

24.09. D-Munich – Backstage

26.09. D-Vienna – Szene

27.09. CZ-Zlin – Masters Of Rock Cafe

28.09. CZ-Prague – Matrix Music Club

30.09. D-Berlin – Huxleys

01.10. D-Bremen – Aladin

03.10. D-Karlsruhe – Substage

04.10. B-Vooselaar – Biebob

05.10. D-Bochum – Zeche


Axel Rudi Pell – Guitar

Johnny Gioeli – Vocals

Ferdy Doernberg – Keyboards

Volker Krawczak – Bass

Bobby Rondinelli – Drums


LIVE ON FIRE – Double DVD / Double Live- CD / Triple Vinyl Releases Are Available Now! Released March, 2013, via Steamhammer.

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ERIC MARTIN – MR. BIG Frontman To Embark On Acoustic Tour Of Europe This November

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 29, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

ERIC MARTIN – Legendary singer Eric Martin of the also legendary, chart-topping and Melodic Hard Rockers, MR. BIG, will be embarking on an acoustic tour of Europe this November. As reported on MR. BIG’s facebook:

Dear BIG fans in Europe, Eric Martin is going to hold an Acoustic Tour on:

November 2 at the Woodstock (Como, Italy)

November 3 at the Il Peocio (Trofarello, Italy)

November 13 at the Outbaix (Ubach Palenberg, Germany)

November 15 at the Hamtorkrug (Neuss, Germany)

November 17 at the Bluesiana (Velden, Austria)

Don’t miss EM and his guitar! We will keep you posted when more details come! – DW


Eric Martin photo courtesy of Frontiers Records

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FOREIGNER “Alive & Rockin” – Proof Positive That FOREIGNER Still Connects Their Illustrious Past To The Present

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock bands, melodic rock, Music, rock concerts, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on July 3, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FOREIGNER – I imagine that the past accomplishments of Foreigner can undoubtedly be looked upon as legendary; while the present-day Foreigner lineup can be upheld as superheroes protecting, celebrating and building upon an enviable Rock ‘N Roll legacy. For a Rock/Hard Rock band that should be enshrined in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, only to be ignored by the political party that oversees it, Foreigner justifiably has the world-wide popular vote among generations of fans that know ultra quality when they hear and see it.

Alive & Kickin’ is proof positive that Foreigner still connects their illustrious past to the present. A live recording from their 2006 performance at the Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Balingen, Germany; Foreigner is a band continuously touring to this very day and bringing to life a catalog of songs from albums that have sold over 70 million world-wide.

Any “famous” band in the land (switching around vocalists) can learn a valuable lesson from Foreigner: make absolutely certain your new lead singer can relate the true emotion of the song; while capturing the essence of what it means to vocally represent such band’s storied history of music. With Hurricane as his credible launching pad, lead vocalist Kelly Hansen has earned his Rock ‘N Roll doctorate with Foreigner, by excelling at following Lou Gramm so effortlessly well.

As my ears dictate, Foreigner hasn’t succumbed to being a stale semblance of what once was. Still recording and touring to sell-out crowds, spanning five decades, equates that Rock ‘N Roll magic is consistently being captured by this band. Alive & Rockin’ projects the sounds and vibes of a profoundly memorable Classic Rock era, celebrating both Foreigner’s hit songs and their legendary past; bringing me back to those starry-eyed days of my teen-hood, while erasing the momentary stress I encounter on the present day.

If there ever was a power-house quinary of albums in the history of Rock, that can be used as the measuring stick to both Rock and Hard Rock mainstream success, then Foreigner’s 1977 self-titled debut, 1978′s Double Vision, 1979′s Head Games, 1981′s 4 and 1984′s Agent Provocateur are to be celebrated as such.

This is a quality performance that was recorded on Alive  & Rockin’, with my lone gripe of wanting to hear Kelly Hansen chat-it-up more with the thousands of fans in attendance. (I’ve always been a sucker for that lead singer-to-crowd interaction). Alive & Rockin’ was released this past May 29th, via Eagle Rock Entertainment. I couldn’t argue with any better time for this live album release, especially since Summer is here and the urge to play Classic Rock on high volume with the car windows down is epidemic.

Mick Jones should feel very proud of his success at keeping this (his) Rockin’ Foreigner ship sailing. I strongly recommend Alive & Rockin’ to any and all Classic Rock, Rock and Hard Rock fans. Only the strong, talented and wise survive, yet in Rock music you must add adaptable to the mix… and Foreigner bestows these attributes while carrying the torch of relevance high in the air. I won’t stamp this as an all-time great live album in Rock history; still it’s Foreigner at their live Rockin’ best and I couldn’t ask for more than that. Alive & Rockin’ is sound proof of my Rockin’ beliefs I’ve just written. Metal be thy name.



Mick Jones – lead guitar, keyboards and vocals

Kelly Hansen – lead vocals

Jason Bonham – drums

Jeff Jacobs – keyboards and vocals

Tom Gimbel – guitar, saxophone, flute and vocals

Jeff Pilson – bass guitar and vocals


Alive & Rockin’ – Track Listing:

Double Vision

Head Games

Dirty White Boy

Cold As Ice


Feels Like The First Time


Juke Box Hero / Whole Lotta Love

Hot Blooded


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Beggars & Thieves “Innocence” (Official Music Video) – Stone’s Metal Pick Of The Day!

Posted in aor, classic rock, Hard Rock, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock music, rock music news, rock music videos with tags , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

BEGGARS & THIEVES – The successful and critically acclaimed comeback album, We Are The Brokenhearted, from Beggars & Thieves was released back in 2011; on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe, via Frontiers Records. Below is yet another very cool music video, inspired from Innocence, heard on the new album.

The Melodic Rock and Hard Rock of Beggars & Thieves weaves their past glory of sound with their present on We Are The Brokenhearted. Plus, once you listen to the new songs from Beggars & Thieves, you shall become convinced that Classic Rock and AOR never says die! I dig this new music video, Innocence is proof that Beggars & Thieves are once again at the top of their Rockin’ game!

The idea of adding some Rock ‘N Roll eye candy to this Innocence music video was genius! Whoa! Oh, um, yeah… back to the song. Innocence can easily get stuck in your head; the melodic flow to this song is terrific. Louie Merlino on vocals and Ronnie Mancuso on guitar have never sounded better! Beggars & Thieves is a band I will always gleefully recommend to any fan of Melodic and Classic Rock. Metal be thy name.

We Are The Brokenhearted – Track Listing:

We Come Undone

Oil & Water


Never Gonna See You Again

Beautiful Losers

Seven Seconds


Wash Away

Midnight Blue

We Are The Brokenhearted


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HARDLINE – “Danger Zone” Official EPK; Album Out Now Via Frontiers Records

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock albums, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on June 2, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

HARDLINE – Check out the Official EPK for the new Hardline album Danger Zone below! This being the fourth studio album for Hardline, Danger Zone was released on May 18th in Europe and May 22nd in North America, 2012, via Frontiers Records.

Hardline is back and their Melodic Hard Rock sounds better than ever!


Johnny Gioeli – vocals

Alessandro Del Vecchio – keyboards and backing vocals

Thorsten Koehne – guitars

Anna Portalupi – bass

Francesco Jovino – drums

DANGER ZONE – Track Listing:

Fever Dreams

10000 Reasons

Danger Zone

What I’d Like

Stronger Than Me

Never Too Late For Love


I Don’t Wanna Break Away

Look At You Now

Please Have Faith In Me

Show Me Your Love

The Only One


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JEFF SCOTT SOTO “Damage Control” – 5 Reasons To Buy This Sterling Album

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, Heavy Metal, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 30, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

JEFF SCOTT SOTO – This past March 23rd, Jeff Scott Soto’s fifth full-length album, Damage Control, was released via Frontiers Records. Melodic Hard Rock, 80′s Arena Rock, Rock and AOR fans should find no problem embracing the songs on Damage Control; I’ve embraced them and I will tell you why:

01 – Jeff’s voice. Whoa. Harmonious, melodic and so damn smooth. Rockin’ cool smooth. If I can put Joe Lynn Turner on a pedestal all of my Rockaholic life, then Jeff Scott Soto shares that same pedestal.

02 – The Songs. It always comes down to quality and I don’t care if it’s Extreme Metal or Melodic Hard Rock that I’m listening to… the songwriting has to be standout. Damage Control could easily have been titled: 11 Standout Songs.

03 - Inspirational. Wether it’s the lyrics, the vibes or a combination of both, Damage Control makes me feel good and feeling good is something I usually invite into my Rock ‘N Roll soul. Give A Little More and Look Inside Your Heart are my top two exhilarating listens, on this album of melodically fortified and memorable Hard Rock.

04 – Quality Musicianship. Um, do you think Jeff Scott Soto would surround himself with anything less? This is an artist who has Yngwie Malmsteen, TalismanJourney and Trans Siberian Orchestra on his prolific resume, therefore, Damage Control is an album that’s built-to-last and stand the test of Rock ‘N Roll time.

05 – One Of The Best. In my Metal opinion, Jeff Scott Soto is one of the best male vocalists I’ve ever listened to. It’s not all about Heavy Metal with Jeff’s career and his voice can carry through a range of music genres. Damage Control is a significant piece of work for Jeff Scott Soto; this album doesn’t go over any Pop Rock deep end and it Rocks like 80′s Journey meets Bent Out Of Shape era Rainbow.


Guests Of Note:

Dave Meniketti – (Y&T)

Jamie Borger – (Talisman/Treat)

Casey Grillo – (Kamelot)

Joel Hoekstra – (Night Ranger)


DAMAGE CONTROL – Track Listing:

Give A Little More

Damage Control

Look Inside Your Heart

Die A Little

If I Never Let Her Go

Tears That I Cry


Krazy World

How To Love Again


NeverEnding War

Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks:

Take U Down


Afraid To Die


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FURYON – ‘Disappear Again’ (Official Video) – Debut Album ‘Gravitas’ Releases March 23rd, Via Frontiers Records

Posted in Hard Rock, hard rock albums, hard rock bands, Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, heavy metal videos, melodic hard rock, melodic metal, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on March 10, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

FURYON - If you’re a fan of Hard Rock, Melodic Hard Rock and/or Melodic Heavy Metal, then do yourself a favor today and click on that FURYON video below. Disappear Again is sweltering with melodic guitars and vocals, along with more hooks than a fishing supply store on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. To say this song is an addictive listen (for me) is a gross understatement.

I wanted to hear an album or song this morning that would kickstart my Saturday into high Rockin’ gear, thus I turned to a band and album I’ve yet to check out until now. I am battling a stupid-ass cold and received a welcomed “lift” from a song that I wound up listening to at least 15 (or more) times while I slapped this post together. Disappear Again is that song. One damn vibrant rhythm section. Very cool guitar licks and the vocals of Matt Mitchell are stuff of 80′s Arena Rock jubilation.

The all-encompassing Melodic Hard Rockin’ vibe that FURYON delivers on this song has made my F’n day. Looks like FURYON has a nomination for Metal Odyssey’s Hard Rock song of 2012… signed, sealed and delivered. Metal be thy name.

The debut album from FURYON, Gravitas, will be released on March 23rd, 2012 in Europe and March 27th in North America. FURYON is signed to the ultra-Rockin’ Frontiers Records.


Matt Mitchell – Vocals

Chris Green – Guitars

Pat Heath – Guitars

Alex “Nickel” Bowen – Bass

Lee Farmery – Drums

Here’s the track listing for Gravitas:

Disappear Again

Stand Like Stone


Don’t Follow

New Way of Living

Voodoo Me

Fear Alone

Wasted On You

Our Peace Someday

Desert Suicide

Bonus Tracks:

Voodoo Me (acoustic)

Souvenirs (acoustic)


FURYON originate from Brighton.

Gravitas was produced by Rick Beato (Shinedown, Fozzy)

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SUNSTORM – ‘Emotional Fire’ – The Legendary Joe Lynn Turner and A Melodically Rockin’, Solid Album of Songs

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, hard rock albums, heavy metal news, melodic hard rock, melodic rock, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on February 27, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

SUNSTORM – Excuse me for my uncontrollable smile as I write this… the legendary Joe Lynn Turner has returned again with another studio album of 100% pure Melodic Hard Rockin’ energy with Sunstorm and it’s titled: Emotional Fire. With such an extensive history of music and vocal sessions that Joe Lynn Turner has been an integral part of, coupled with talented songwriting from Soren Kronkvist, Tom and James Martin and Daniel Palmqvist, the 11 songs heard on Emotional Fire are beaming of both AOR and Melodic Hard Rock/Rock ultra-quality.

With the undeniably talented nucleus of Sunstorm still intact, this third album from them is one to play loud and over again. Joe Lynn Turner is so close to perfect on vocals on Emotional Fire that it’s scary. Okay, Joe’s vocals sound perfect to my ears anyways. While I listen to Joe sing Gina, I’m thinking hell, covering a Michael Bolton song is not a bad move at all. Just a terrific up-tempo song that resonates with melodic fever.

The opener for Emotional Fire is an inspiring listen called Never Give Up. Both musically and vocally, Never Give Up is signed, sealed and delivered with absolute emotion. This is a Hard Rockin’ song to listen to when the Metal chips are down, whoa. The title track, Emotional Fire, is an exquisite listen into the legendary vocals of Joe Lynn Turner. The vocal harmony from Joe Lynn Turner  just rises to the top and spills over throughout this title track (and entire album for that matter).

Please understand, that this is not about a “once a fan, always a fan” album review for Sunstorm and Joe Lynn Turner. This is about letting those who care know, that Joe Lynn Turner is still a premiere Hard Rock vocalist and after all these years, doesn’t give off a single micro-sign of vocal fatigue. Sunstorm is a side project that is tailor fitted for Joe Lynn Turner. Whether it’s an oozy ballad (All I Am) as this album’s closer or a much heavier hitter like Torn In Half, Joe Lynn Turner can belt out the notes with seamless and confident execution.

The musicians of this Sunstorm project are a treat to listen to. Uwe Reitenauer on guitars is all about Classic Rock meets Hard Rock delight. The rhythm section of Chris Schmidt (drums) and Dennis Ward (bass, partial guitars, backing vocals) are rocklike and play with an affluent flair. Justin Dakey on keyboards gives this album a retrospective feel and vibe that will have you wishing MTV was a real Rock music video channel once again.

Any fan of Classic Rock, Melodic Hard Rock/Rock and AOR should dance themselves silly around their neighborhood after listening to Emotional Fire. Sunstorm and Joe Lynn Turner fans will understand what I mean by that preceding sentence. Emotional Fire is a can’t pass-up album for 2012. Give yourself the gift of quality Melodic Hard Rock this year and buy this new Sunstorm album! Oh, yeah… Metal be thy name.

Emotional Fire was released on February 24th, 2012, via Frontiers Records.


Emotional Fire – Track Listing:

Never Give Up

Emotional Fire

Lay Down Your Arms

You Wouldn’t Know Love

Wish You Were Here

Torn In Half


The Higher You Rise


Follow Your Heart

All I Am


Emotional Fire was produced and mixed by Dennis Ward.

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BONFIRE – Celebrates 25th Hard Rockin’ Anniversary In 2011 With New Studio Album! Launches Official Facebook Page!

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, melodic rock, metal odyssey, Music, rock and roll, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

BONFIRE IS BACK! - Celebrating their 25th Hard Rockin’ Anniversary in 2011 is Rock & Hard Rock Legends… BONFIRE! Metal Odyssey extends a huge Metal congrats to BONFIRE… may there be many more years to come of their melodic and memorable hard driven Rock ‘n’ Roll! BONFIRE is on a Hard Rockin’ roll with their newest studio album BRANDED just being released in the U.S. on February 15, 2011 (LZ Records) and their “official” Facebook page being launched on February 20, 2011! You can visit the “official” BONFIRE Facebook page by clicking here: BONFIRE – Official Facebook

Track Listing For Branded:

Deadly Contradiction

Just Follow The Rainbow

Save Me

Let It Grow

Better Days

Do Or Die

Close To The Edge


Loser’s Lane

Hold Me Now

I Need You (bonus track)

Rivers Of Glory (bonus track)

Twenty five years ago, BONFIRE was founded in Ingolstadt, Germany. The 2011 BONFIRE lineup features original members Claus Lessmann (vocals) and Hans Ziller (lead guitar). The first BONFIRE studio full-length album, Don’t Touch The Light, was released back in 1986, on RCA Records. Since 1986 13 studio albums (including a German version of 1996′s Feel’s Like Comin’ Home) have been released. From 1993 to 2009, nine BONFIRE compilation and/or live albums have been released.

(BONFIRE Don’t Touch The Light - 1986)


Claus Lessmann – lead vocals, acoustic guitar

Hans Ziller - lead guitar, acoustic guitar, sitar, slide guitar

Dominik Hülshort – drums & percussion

Uwe Köhler -bass

Chris “Yps” Limburg – rhythm guitar

* For more info about BONFIRE, just click the links below:

BONFIRE – Official Website

BONFIRE – myspace music

* For more info on Cargo Records UK, click here: CARGO RECORDS UK

* I have found a great number of BONFIRE CD’s are available on, including Branded. Cargo Records UK is selling Branded. I did not find Branded available on iTunes.

* Feel free to leave any cool info you may want to share about BONFIRE through a comment, it is always appreciated by Stone.




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