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'A New Dawn'
(AOR Heaven)
Release Date: Friday 29th January 2016

scott adams

grand slam

In which Malmo hopefuls Grand Slam – not, of course, to be confused with the re-energized former Phil Lynott vehicle – unveil their plans for world domination via the gift of sunny, lightweight Euro-AOR...

Led by guitarist-singer Andy Sinner, Grand Slam struggle throughout the course of A New Dawn to establish any identity beyond that of an identikit group of Eurovison-friendly likely lads bound for third division glory on the Scandinavian club circuit.

They have their moments of course – the album's central triumvirate of 'Get High', 'Take Me Higher' and 'Waiting for Tomorrow' are all rather appealing in their own ways; it's just that everything, from the rather toothless production down, seems geared to robbing the band of anything even vaguely resembling a personality.

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This is a shame, because Sinner and compadres Andreas Gullstrand (guitars), Andy Swaniz (drums), bassist Henrik Hansson and ivory tinkler Daniel Grönberg Svensson all clearly know their way around their respective weapons of choice.

Fellow Swedes Reach covered this ground last year on their 'Reach Out to Rock' opus with far more panache and, importantly, a balls-out performance that really made you sit up and take notice of what was going on, and it's this sort of X-factor that 'A New Dawn' sadly lacks.

At the end of the day, everything on this album is pleasant enough, and if you're a sucker for glossy Euro-AOR then there's probably just about enough excitement on offer here to warrant a purchase.

But if you're not, you're missing nothing by avoiding Grand Slam this time around.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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