--Jakub Lipczyk, THE AQUARIAN WEEKLY, April 3, 2013
"The songs are utterly amazing with incredible vocals and hooks that lodge themselves on the brain and refuse to leave for days."
--Gerry Gittelson, METALSLUDGE.TV.COM, April 5, 2013
"Dig…will have fans of guitar driven hard rock wetting their pants with excitement upon first listen."
--Jeb Wright, CLASSICROCKREVISITED.COM, March 25, 2013
"…it has been quite some time anyone has heard a solid album's worth of this particular style of music — majestic, triumphant, straight forward rock, without any of today's assembly line, paint-by-numbers blandness…Dig offers up 12 compositions, that will…satisfy…fans of solid musicianship, excellent songwriting skills, and music that stands above whatever is being passed off as rock music today…Music of this caliber deserves to be heard."
--Bruce Forrest, VINTAGEROCK.COM, April 8, 2013
"Dig truly is a 'band' album. The mix, with guitars audible, focuses on presenting all instruments on an equal level and provides the framework for Retta to lay down his vocals…The music on Dig is bold, deliberate and powerful."
--John Kindred, HARDROCKHAVEN.NET, March 11, 2013
HEAVEN & EARTH--guitarist STUART SMITH, singer JOE RETTA, bassist CHUCK WRIGHT, drummer RICHIE ONORI and keyboardist ED ROTH--has today (April 23) released their much anticipated new album DIG on Quarto Valley Records. AOL MUSIC recently premiered Dig--which fuses elements of hard rock, blues and bits of classical with bravado and a razor-sharp focus--in their Full CD Listening Party feature to celebrate the album release. Listen to Dig in full at AOL MUSIC now through April 29: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/5
HEAVEN & EARTH hosted a record release party (April 10) to commemorate the release of Dig at The Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, CA where they performed the album live for the first time, underlining their high caliber of musicianship and uniformly strong songs. Chad Childers of LOUDWIRE.COM proclaimed in his show review (4/11), "HEAVEN & EARTH put on…a high-energy set with Joe Retta's powerful vocals reaching every crevice of the Fonda Theatre…" and Shawn Perry from VINTAGEROCK.COM noted (4/14), "...Together, singer Joe Retta, guitarist Stuart Smith, bassist Chuck Wright, drummer Richie Onari and keyboardist Ed Roth re-introduced the feeling of a big and splashy rock 'n roll show, lunging over with tight musicianship, catchy songs, a strong presentation…" For more photos from the album release party, click HERE
Dig was produced by Dave Jenkins--who's turned the knobs for everyone from Metallica to Tower of Power---and features special guests Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and David Paich (Toto). HEAVEN & EARTH's music comes together explosively on the album's first single "NO MONEY, NO LOVE" and its controversial video which has already logged over 265,000 views in just a month: http://tinyurl.com/cdopr5d. As the band's founder and visionary, Smith says about Dig, "I feel that with the crafting of the songs on this album, the incredible band we've put together, especially with powerhouse vocalist Joe Retta and the unwavering support of Quarto Valley Records' President, Bruce Quarto, we really have a shot at getting Heaven & Earth the attention it deserves. This album is by far, the best thing I have ever done in my life!"
The complete track listing for Dig is as follows:
- No Money, No Love
- I Don't Know What Love Is
- Man & Machine
- House of Blues
- Back in Anger
- Waiting for the End of The World
- Sexual Insanity
- Rock & Roll Does
- A Day Like Today
- Good Times
- Live as One
About HEAVEN & EARTH:
The origins of HEAVEN & EARTH align the band's founder and visionary, Stuart Smith, with a rich lineage of rock's most celebrated musicians. Kelly Hansen (Foreigner), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow) and Kelly Keeling (King Kobra) all fronted the band at various junctures. Guitarists Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) and Howard Leese (Heart, Paul Rodgers), singer and bassist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Country Communion), bassist Steve Priest (Sweet) and drummer Carmine Appice (Jeff Beck Group/Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart), among others, have each contributed their extraordinary talents to HEAVEN & EARTH's first two albums: Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith (1994) and Windows to the World (2000). HEAVEN & EARTH's groundbreaking debut album, Heaven & Earth Featuring Stuart Smith, is considered a cult classic and brought Smith to the forefront of the guitar elite being compared in the press to Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page and garnering Smith the award for "Best Guitarist" and "Best New CD" for three years running at the Los Angeles All Access Music Awards. In the summer of 2012, the guitarist set out to mold HEAVEN & EARTH into a world-class recording and touring band which led to the recording of their new album Dig and now the future has never looked brighter for the band.
Pictured, from left: Chuck Wright, Ed Roth, Joe Retta, Richie Onori, Stuart Smith / Photo credit: Imeh