Joel Hoekstra returns with the second album from his solo project, Joel Hoekstra’s 13, with ‘Running Games’ due for release in February 2021.
Hoekstra told MetalTalk: “Years ago, I released three solo albums of mainly instrumental guitar music.
“With Joel Hoekstra’s 13, I am working on something that showcases my production, writing and playing in the genre that I am best known for, which is Melodic Hard Rock.”
The first single ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’ was released today and you can hear it below or on the MetalTalk Soundcloud Tracks of the Week Playlist.
Of ‘Hard To Say Goodbye’, Hoekstra told us: “It represents the more melodic sound of the album, but fans can also look forward to some aggressive tracks.”
Hoekstra is joined by Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and Jeff Scott Soto (backing vocals) on ‘Running Games’.
1 Finish Line
2 I’m Gonna Lose It
3 Hard To Say Goodbye
4 How Do You
5 Heart Attack
7 Lonely Days
8 Reach The Sky
9 Cried Enough For You
10 Take What’s Mine
11 Running Games
12 Lay Down Your Love (bonus track – digital)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – guitars
Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) – lead vocals, backing vocals
Vinny Appice (ex-Black Sabbath, DIO) – drums
Tony Franklin (ex-The Firm, Blue Murder) – bass
Derek Sherinian (Sons Of Apollo, Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) – keyboards
Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – backing vocals
Lenny Castro (TOTO) – percussion
Chloe Lowery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) – backing vocals
Dave Eggar (Evanescence, Coldplay) – cello
Katie Kresek (Adele, Five For Fighting) – violin, viola