Column from December 13th, 1999 issue

The Song Haus label has signed up Christian melodic rockers Faith Nation. The band's excellent second CD - "Ordinary People" - will now be re-mastered and re-released by Song Haus in February with distribution by Sumthing. It's a great album, so it's good that it's going to be a little easier to locate for the average listener....

For anyone that's interested, word's reached me that former Persian Risk singer Carl Sentance has joined Krokus. Krokus were always a bit of a ridiculous band to me, but the main problem there was almost having an idiot like Marc Storace as a singer! It'll be highly interesting to see how they fair with a more talented, and intelligent, frontman. The band are already working on a new album which is to be titled "Round 13". No details on a release date, or which label is behind it as yet....

I know have a particular downer on a lot of the European labels, but I have to say I'm quite impressed with the debut release from new label Assassination. It's be female Canadian singer Robin Brock (clearly not to be confused with Robin Beck) and it's a really nice album of quality AOR. People should start noticing that one quite quickly - former Signal guitarist Danny Jacob plays on all the tracks and the overall quality throughout is very high. More details can be found at www.assassination.co.uk.

It was refreshing to see in last week's issue that I'm not the only one that can't understand what anyone sees in German band Jaded Heart. I'll back Kurt up 100% with his assessment there. To be frank, it's all so German! Just a slap-dash effort at something with no real depth behind it all. They totally kill Rainbow's "Stone Cold" but the version of Phil Collins' "Easy Lover" is even worse. I suppose a German backed label like MTM has to put out some German releases now and again, but Jaded Heart remind me of everyone that's wrong in the current AOR scene....