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12
Oct

FOREIGNER Musical: 'Jukebox Hero' To Premiere In Summer 2018

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Calgary, Alberta:  Annerin Theatricals and FOREIGNER announced today that as part of FOREIGNER’s 40th Anniversary celebration they are creating a brand-new musical entitled Jukebox Hero.  Based on the screenplay written by the prolific writing duo, Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, responsible for films The Commitments and Across The Universe, and The Tracey Ullman TV Show, Jukebox Hero is a coming of age saga written to the music of FOREIGNER.
 
The show will feature their 16 iconic Top Thirty hit songs such as I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Waiting For A Girl Like You, Hot Blooded, Jukebox Hero and Urgent, and this forthcoming world premiere of Jukebox Hero will open first in Calgary on August 10 – 12, 2018 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium and then play in Edmonton on August 16 - 19, 2018 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. 
 
“FOREIGNER is proud to be associated with Annerin Productions in bringing Mick Jones’ dream of a production of Jukebox Hero, The Musical to fruition.  Jeff Parry and his team at Annerin have successfully presented theatrical musicals across the world, most notably on Broadway and in London’s West End," says manager Phil Carson.
Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais added “Ever since we wrote the book for 'Billy' starring Michael Crawford, which ran for two years at London's Drury Lane Theatre, we have been keen to get involved in another stage musical. So it's a great thrill for us to know that Jukebox Hero is going to open next year in Canada. We'll be there. Can't wait.”
“If someone would have told me three years ago when Phil Carson and I first met in Dawson Creek (with Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience) that we would have an opportunity to help create a musical in Alberta, destined for Broadway, I would have said that someone is playing "Head Games" with a "Dirty White Boy" from Calgary.” Said Jeff Parry, Founder and CEO of Annerin Productions. 
Jukebox Hero is set in Blaydon, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town dependent on one main industry. The story starts with the closure of its biggest factory and the plight of its now unemployed workforce. The town seeks the help of Blaydon’s most famous son, music superstar Ryan, but returning to Blaydon doesn’t just mean revisiting a town where he’s become a stranger, it means confronting the ghosts of his past.
“I never could have imagined when I set out to create FOREIGNER forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I am so proud that these songs will now be reinterpreted for stage, and am honored by the team that is helping bring this music to life. I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years.  I had so many great times with FOREIGNER in Canada and I look forward to bringing the band back here for our 40th anniversary tour.  I’m thrilled that Canada will see the world premiere of our brand-new musical, Jukebox Hero, in 2018.”
FOREIGNER’s 10-city Canadian tour is set to launch in Calgary, AB on October 11th, and travel across Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia as the band - Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums) – bring FOREIGNER’s arsenal of hits to Canada. Some tickets are remaining for selected dates. For more information on the tour visit:   www.jeffparrypromotions.com/foreigner
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Say You Will,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Long, Long Way From Home” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” FOREIGNER continues to rock the charts more than forty years into the game with massive airplay and continued Billboard Top 200 album success.  FOREIGNER also features strongly in every category in Billboard’s Greatest of All Time listing.  Catalog sales often eclipse those of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Def Leppard, Van Halen, Aerosmith and most of their Classic Rock peers.  (Source: Nielsen SoundScan week ending 8/3/17).
 
TICKET INFORMATION FOR JUKEBOX HERO
Tickets go on sale today (October 11) and prices range from $69.50, $79.50 and $89.50 and are available at www.jukeboxheromusical.com
 
Calgary - August 10 – 12, 2018 - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Edmonton - August 16 - 19, 2018 - Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
 
CURRENT FOREIGNER WESTERN CANADIAN TOUR DATES:
 
Wed Oct 11   Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee                                     SOLD OUT
Thu Oct 12    Edmonton, AB – Northlands Coliseum                          
Fri Oct 13       Red Deer, AB – ENMAX Centrium
Sun Oct 15    Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
Mon Oct 16   Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre                                 SOLD OUT
Tue Oct 17    Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
Thu Oct 19    Dawson Creek, BC – Encana Events Centre
Fri Oct 20       Prince George, BC – CN Centre
Sat Oct 21     Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre                     
Sun Oct 22    Abbotsford, BC – Abbotsford Centre
 

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Thu
12
Oct

TONY HARNELL Departs TNT (Again)(2017)

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October 11, 2017
Oslo, Norway / New York, New York

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After a 35-year career...with a few scattered breaks and temporary line-up changes in that time, it is with a heavy heart that the remaining original members of Norwegian rockers TNT have made the decision to move on in separate musical directions. The bands management team expressed how extremely difficult this decision was for the band... “There is no easy way to break up a family”

Being together for so long...even though separated by an ocean, they became brothers. Ronni, Tony and Diesel wish nothing but the best for each other and will always be there for each other...although not musically.

TNT will continue with a new vocalist and new release through Frontiers Records to be announced very soon. The band will then commence international touring in early 2018 in support of the new release.

Tony will immediately start work on a new Starbreaker album, its third, also through Frontiers Records. A solo release is also in the works. Tony will start touring worldwide early in the new year, with Starbreaker shows planned after a solo tour.

You will all be hearing great music from them again very soon!!

Takk og god natt!!
Thank you and good night!!
Anata to yoi yoru o origato!!

Ronnie Le Tekro
Tony Harnell
Diesel Dahl

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Thu
12
Oct

JONO To Release New Album 'Life' December 1

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Friday, December 1, 2017
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JONO are an incredible progressive rock band from Sweden that are a must hear for all fans of the genre!
The band says: 'We are very thrilled and proud about our cooperation with Frontiers Music Srl, a label which is home to so many great artists we truly respect and admire. As a band, this is an excellent opportunity to reach the international markets we've been aiming for. We can't wait to release the coming album, and of course hit the stage to be heard and seen by a wider audience, meeting with old and new fans. See you all out there!'
Swedish band JONO started as a solo project of singer Johan Norrby (hence the moniker ”JoNo”), who has been singing, writing, and playing music in various bands and projects over the years. This is very much true for all the members of the band. Guitarist Stefan Helleblad is also a member of Dutch symphonic sensations Within Temptation. Drummer Nicka Hellenberg actually played all the drums on Within Temptation's "The Unforgiving" and has an impressive resume involving bands and recordings. Both keyboard player Johan Carlgren and bass player Janne Henriksson are frequently hired for both live and studio sessions. Leo Olsson – also a busy musician – joined the band in 2015.
JONO’s music is hard to pinpoint. Maybe it's best described as melodic rock with symphonic and progressive elements, always based on strong melodies with bombastic arrangements. Dynamics and a contemporary, fat sound are important ingredients in the JONO musical recipe. Their music has been said to show the influence of great artists like QueenSupertrampKansasJourney, and Sparks, but above all the band has received a lot of credit and praise because of their unique sound.

Track Listing:
1. Sailors
2. Crown
3. No Return
4. On The Other Side
5. Downside
6. To Be Near You
7. My Love
8. The Magician
9. Trust
10. The March
BAND MEMBERS:
Johan Norrby – lead vocals
Johan Carlgren – piano/keyboards
Stefan Helleblad – lead guitar, guitars
Leo Olsson – guitars
Janne Henriksson – bass
Nicka Hellenberg – drums
JONO Links:
• Website: http://www.jonotheband.com
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jonotheband/

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Thu
12
Oct

RAINTIMES New Melodic Rock Band, Debut Out December 1

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Friday, December 1, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl announces the release of RAINTIMES debut album: a new melodic rock project featuring two young and talented Italian musicians, Pierpaolo 'Zorro' Monti (Charming Grace, Shining Line) and Davide Barbieri (Wheels of Fire, Charming Grace) together with the awesome singer Michael Shotton (Von Groove). The lineup on the album is completed by Sven Larsson, Andrea Gipponi, and Ivan Gonzalez. The album will be out on December 1st, 2017 and promises to be an absolute delight for all AOR lovers out there!
 
 
Pierpaolo 'Zorro' Monti says: "Forever Gone" is a very special song that I begun writing during the sessions of my Shining Line debut.  I continued writing the song with the idea of making an album in the style of 'The Storm', so I asked Dave to add a few parts to complete its structure, and recorded the first demo the same day. We were very excited with the final result!  Raintimes is the album that I really wanted to use as a sort of tribute to my love and admiration for 'The Storm.' I have played to death their two albums (especially 'Eye of the Storm'). Their tempos, steeped in pure melodic class, are the perfect crossroad between AOR and Melodic Rock. The choice of Shotton as frontman was based not only on my love for his talents, but because I wanted to give a strong personality to the album and make the music more personal and original.'
 
A few demos were sent to Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who enjoyed what he heard and gave the talented guys from Northern Italy an opportunity to showcase their talent to a wider audience.
 
Fun fact for all the melodic rock aficionados out there: the duo of Monti and Barbieri (together with Dave Zublena) actually penned the awesome song 'Love Gets Through' from the FIRST SIGNAL album, 'One Step Over the Line' released on Frontiers Music Srl in June 2016.
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. Forever Gone
2. Make My Day
3. Don't Ever Give Up
4. Swan
5. I Need Tonight
6. Raintimes
7. Just A Little Bit More
8. Empty Days
9. Together As Friends
10. Missing Piece
11. I See The Light 
 
PRODUCED BY: Davide Barbieri & Pierpaolo Monti
STUDIO: PriStudio
RECORDED BY: Davide Barbieri & Pierpaolo Monti
MIXED BY: Roberto Priori
MASTERED BY: Roberto Priori
 
BAND MEMBERS:
Michael Shotton – Lead & Backing Vocals
Ivan Gonzalez – Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Sven Larsson - Lead & Rhythm Guitars
Davide Barbieri - Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Andrea Gipponi - Bass & Fretless Bass
Pierpaolo Monti – Drums & Percussion
 
SPECIAL GUESTS:
Niclas Olsson - Keyboards on 'I Need Tonight'
Philip Lindstrand - Backing Vocals on 'I Need Tonight'
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards & Backing Vocals on 'Just A Little Bit More'
Erica Trovato: Backing Vocals on 'Together As Friends'
Jesus Espe­n: Backing Vocals on 'Missing Piece'
Daniel Flores: Percussion on 'I See The Light'
Michele Luppi: Keyboards on 'I See The Light'
 
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Wed
11
Oct

BRYAN COLE - Sands Of Time (SALE!)

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Friday, November 25, 2016
Sands Of Time
Produced By: 
Bryan Cole & Doug Kasper
Release Date: 
2016
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Worldwide
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Melodic Rock
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New artists are what will sustain and grow this scene. It is essential to develop and expose new talent and despite the challenges of doing such, MelodicRock Records continues to bring the best undiscovered artists to the ever hungry fans of all things melodic.
 
One of Pittsburgh’s most gifted singer/guitarists will make his mark with this debut. Please make room in your music collections for BRYAN COLE and his sensational debut album ‘Sands Of Time’.
 
SPECIAL SALE PRICE - $12 (including airmail shipping)
 
 
 
 
 
Melodic rock fans have been in need of an album just like this – the classic sound of bands like Giant, Bad English, Survivor and both Pride Of Lions and Brett Walker – the latter two artists both included in the material that comprises Sands Of Time.
 
Bryan Cole - "I have to say that I took a lot of time and care in recording my debut album ‘Sands Of Time’ and I knew I would go through the same process in finding the right label home for my music. I'm proud and honored to be a part of the MRR family and all the talented acts on their roster. Andrew McNeice and Melodic Rock Records, truly cares about their artists and I'm humbled and honored that they gave me a chance to make MY music and give me the extraordinary opportunities that the label offers Sands of Time is truly the first album project that is so honest, so pure and so Me! Every musical and vocal influence from my earliest memory, through my adult life is shown ever so clearly in this record and I'm so proud of it!"
 
The whole idea for the record came from Bryan recording a demo of the classic Brett Walker/Carl Dixon song ‘More Than a Memory.’ The feedback was unanimous, with Bryan receiving very positive and encouraging responses.
 
“I knew I was on to something very special. I began searching and writing material with the hopes of finding enough great songs to record a EP or full length album. During the course of this grueling process, I had experienced many personal and life changing experiences. The loss of several loved ones had brought me to my lowest point emotionally and I felt I couldn't go on being creative and making music. Out of the blue, I received a message from an old friend in Nashville, TN that heard my demo and had an idea of the perfect person to hook me up with.”
 
That person would be none other than Jim Peterik from Survivor. Bryan grew up listening to Survivor, Journey and many other classic AOR/Melodic Rock groups of the late 70's and 80's, so working with Jim was a dream come true. Jim Peterik contributed four amazing songs to the project that followers of Jim will recognize quickly.
 
Bryan continued to look for more songs that fit his style and lyrically had the right substance that he was looking for. Songwriters Joie Scott, Larry King and Steven McClintock, graciously lent their writing talents to the project. Bryan decided to record a second great Brett Walker song and to complete the album, and together with his long time writing partner DJ Gleason the duo wrote two songs to round out the album.
 
In conclusion, Bryan elaborates on the album recording process: “In addition to all of the great songwriters, I wanted to bring in the right group of musicians to help in the recording process. My first pick was former Giant bassist Mike Brignardello. I've been a Giant fan from their first record and they have always been a major influence on my music. I contacted Mike through a mutual friend and he jumped at the chance to be a part of the record.
 
To sum things up... Sands Of Time is a true inside look of who I really am. The musical and vocal influences that helped to mold me into the artist I am today and who I will continue to learn from. The happiness and sadness, as well as the struggles. They are all grains of sand that make me who I am.....the beginning.”
 
‘Sands Of Time’ track listing:
01. Burning With A Reason (J.Peterik, J.Van Zant)
02. Hard To Find An Easy Way (B.Walker)
03. When Love Breaks (S.Mcclintock)
04. What Kind Of Fool (J.Peterik)
05. Turn To Me (J.Peterik)
06. I’ll Be There For You (B.Cole, D.Gleeson)
07. We Lost The Fire (B.Cole, D.Gleeson)
08. More Than A Memory (B.Walker, C.Dixon)
09. Is It Really Love (S.Mcclintock)
10. Courage To Love (J.Peterik)
11. Nothing Matters (J.Scott, L.King)
 

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Wed
11
Oct

MICHAEL KRATZ Westcoast Artist Signs With Art Of Music

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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the signing of Danish Westcoast artist, Michael Kratz, for the European release of his brand new album, "Live Your Life".
 
Michael has had a long and rewarding career in the music business, especially in his home country. Having achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act, Kandis, his fanbase grew, thanks to his remarkable skills as a musician, which enables him to play any style of rock music.
 
However, it is in the AOR/Westcoast fields that Michael found his passion burning once again. He decided to take on the demanding role of main vocalist in a brand-new step in his artistic career. Inspired by the roots of his favorite music, he has perfectly expressed his most personal and artistic side with this new album. 
 
"Live Your Life" will become a true classic for all AOR & Westcoast fans worldwide, thanks to an overall outstanding quality and passion. These key elements of Michael's nature have opened doors for important collaborations with legendary musicians all over the world and "Live Your Life" is enhanced by guest appearances from some of the most acclaimed international music legends.
 
A European release is expected for March 2018 via Art of Melody Music/Burning Minds Music Group. A dedicated Japanese release is set for April on AnderStein Music.
 
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HOUSTON Back With 3rd Album, Titled 'III'

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Friday, November 24, 2017
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The Swedish AOR band HOUSTON is back with their 5th album and 3rd of their series of self-titled releases, this one, simply called “III”
 
Houston has been around since their self-titled debut album in 2010 and landed the number one  in Classic Rock Magazine’s AOR chart that year, up against outfits such asUnruly child, Crashdiet, H.e.a. and Nelson. The band then went on to play the festival circuit with appearances at Sweden Rock, Download Festival UK, Rock of Ages Germany as well as  touring the UK with Swedish sleeze rockers CrashDiet.
 
Houston’s second album “Relaunch” featured a cover song called ‘Runaway’ that became the soundtrack to Red Bull’s own Danny MacAskill’s Extreme BMX video ‘Imaginate’ which has over 74 million views on YouTube and 600,000 plays on Spotify and counting.  The first single from ‘III’ is entitled ‘Dangerous Love’ and is released on October 6 with the album to follow on November 24.
 
Together with renowned producer and ex MTV rocker Martin Karlegård (Reptile Smile) the band created ‘III’. Martin Karlegård has worked with French idol singer Jenifer, Swedish pop star Brolle Jr and world famous Swedish band ‘The Sounds’ and has helped the band add a  mature and organic sound to their brand of classy and classic Melodic Rock. As singer Hank Erix explains, "It's been a very creative time with Martin, it's great to find a producer that brings out the best in you for every single take. Personally I’ve never delivered such a vocal performance as  on this album. I really found my sound and I have matured musically since our last album and especially since our debut in 2010. This is a new beginning for Houston." 
 
The song writing is familiar but with a fresh twist and additional attitude from the West Coast / AOR loving band. 
 
Follow Houston on Facebook www.facebook.com/houstontheband
 
Album out worldwide November 24th on Livewire / Cargo Records UK.
 
Track listing: Cold As Ice; Everlasting; Dangerous Love; Lights Out; Amazing; To Be You; Glass Houses; Twelve-Step; Road To Ruin; Interstate Life
 

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Tue
10
Oct

JESSICA WOLFF 'Grounded' But Ready To Rock

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Friday, November 17, 2017
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Jessica Wolff is a young Finnish artist, ready to hit the radio waves and bring her voice to the stage. But there’s much more. When Jessica is off stage, she is writing lyrics, practicing Kung-Fu, doing stunt work, acting, motorbiking and other extreme sports to let the inner child out. Not to mention, behind the actions of this adrenaline junkie, you'll find a warmhearted girl with striking personality. You can hear all these abilities in her music and are also evident in her powerful music videos. Her high energy, guitar-driven pop music is spiced with everything from catchy melodies to thought-provoking lyrics.
 
Jessica started singing classical music when she was 12 years old, but found her way to Pop/Rock a few years later. At the age of 21, Jessica left her studies behind to focus full-time on her musical career. With big steps she climbed up the latter until the album "Renegade" was born to see the daylight in Japan and Finland in April 2013, as well as in India, where she also did a six city, Hard Rock Café tour in December 2013. After that she played some shows in Finnish prisons.
 
With her new album "Grounded“ she takes the next step in her career. For the first time her music will be available world-wide and Jessica is ready to hit every stage, pub, club, big venue, to perform and promote her music wherever people want to hear it!
 
There will be videos for the songs "War“, "Love Me Like you Never Did Before“, “Magic Castle” and "Saving Someone Else“!
 
Line-Up:
Jessica Wolff – vocals
Ari Manninen – guitar
Sebastian Lindqvist – guitar
Cheri Martin – bass
Jarno Vanhanen – drums
 
Discography:
Renegade (2013), Grounded (2017)
 

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Tue
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STEVE WALSH Solo Album 'Black Butterfly' Out November 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Steve Walsh ­will release his new solo album 'Black Butterfly' November 10 via Escape Music.
 
Musicians:
Steve Walsh: Lead and backing vocals, piano
Tommy Denander:  All guitars and keyboards
Jerome Mazza:  Lead vocals on tracks 5,7 and 11
Steve Overland:  Backing vocals
Brian Anthony:  Bass and string arrangements
Peter Yttergren:  Drums and percussion
 
Produced by Khalil Turk and Tommy Denander
Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony
Executive producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
Logo & cover design by Eric Philippe
 
Track List:
1. BORN IN FIRE   3:32  (duet with Jerome Mazza)
2. THE PIPER   6:02
3. GRACE AND NATURE   4:11
4. DEAR KOLINDA   4:59
5. WINDS OF WAR   4:45
6. TANGLEWOOD TREE   5:07
7. NOW UNTIL FOREVER   4:38
8. WARSAW   4:49
9. NOTHING BUT NOTHING   4:45
10. HELL OR HIGH WATER   5:14
11. MERCY ON ME   4:58
12. BILLY CARBORNE IS DEAD   4:52
 
All songs by Walsh / Denander except 2 Walsh / Denander / Ousey  5, 7, and 11 by Overland / Denander
 
As the former lead vocalist and keyboards player for the American Classic and Progressive rock band Kansas, Steve Walsh is the voice behind the hits 'Carry on my Wayward Son', 'Point of Know Return', 'Dust in the Wind' and 'All I Wanted'. As a songwriter Steve is well known for penning a classic tune and his wide range of musical influences can be heard on his previous solo releases as well as the melodic rock band 'Streets'. He has also contributed his vocal talents to more than a dozen projects by other artists covering a variety of musical genres.
 
Steve is well known for his dynamic live performances, passionate vocals and multi instrumental talents on stage. In addition to keyboards Steve has played Congas, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, in short, an all-round great musician. 
 
Through their good friend Mike Slamer (Streets / Steelhouse Lane) Mike introduced Steve to Khalil and they hit it off instantly and Khalil invited Steve to guest on Radioactive 'F4UR' album to sing one song and after that he was delighted to record an album for the label.
 
Khalil had a few ideas and one of which was to involve a singer called Jerome Mazza to sing duet on 'Born In Fire'.. Khalil had discovered Jerome on you tube singing for the band 'Pinnacle Point'. Jerome is also the voice behind the second album by Angelica and was honoured to be asked to sing a duet on the album with Steve and asked if he could contribute more. As Jerome has such a fantastic voice it was an easy decision to make and the result is explosive!
 
Black Butterfly is everything you would expect it to be from someone like Steve Walsh, the man is a legend and this album oozes quality from start to finish. This is the album everyone is talking about, and its finally here...
 
 

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OPERATION MINDCRIME Release 'The New Reality' December 1

Friday, December 1, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl To Release Operation: Mindcrime's “The New Reality” on December 1.
 
“The New Reality” is the third and final chapter in the musical trilogy from iconic metal vocalist Geoff Tate (Official) that follows a little over one year after the release of the second chapter, "Resurrection", in 2016 and about two years after the first chapter, "The Key". Operation: Mindcrime is a creative platform that continues in the spirit of the historic album of the same name, spawning concepts as grand as the music, and intertwining the intensity of the former Queensrÿche vocalist's iconic past with the provocative, progressive mindset that has made him one of music's most resolute forces and frontmen. Joined by a cast of musicians, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, & Mike Ferguson, whose talent and resumes speak volumes for the quality of musicianship that will be on display here, “The New Reality” is a another fine progressive rock/metal entry from Tate.
 
Geoff Tate sold more than 25 million records at the helm of Queensryche, the band he fronted for 30 years from their inception through 2012, earning three Grammy nominations, five MTV Music Video Award nominations, and one MTV Music Video Award along the way. The landmark concept album "Operation: Mindcrime" thrust Tate's unique social consciousness, style and expertly crafted lyrics into the national spotlight in 1988, and was followed by "Empire" in 1990, the album that delivered Queensryche to arena-headlining status and sold more than 3 million albums on the back of hit singles and radio staples, "Silent Lucidity" and "Jet City Woman." By the time the band released "Promised Land" in 1994, Geoff Tate was universally acknowledged as one of the greatest frontmen in rock and metal, and a driving force behind one of the most innovative bands in mainstream music. From "Operation: Mindcrime to "Promised Land" through 2009's overlooked gem "American Soldier" - Tate's ambitious concept album that explores the consequences of war as told through the voices of veterans - Tate's 13 album tenure with Queensryche was marked by exploration, intrigue, bold risks and gratifying results. “The New Reality” carries on that musically adventurous tradition.
 
Track Listing:
1. A Head Long Jump
2. Wake Me Up
3. It Was Always You
4. The Fear
5. Under Control
6. The New Reality
7. My Eyes
8. A Guitar In Church?
9. All For What?
10. The Wave
11. Tidal Change
12. The Same Old Story
 
Band Members: Geoff Tate, Kelly Gray, John Moyer, Simon Wright, Scott Mercado, Scott Moughton, Brian Tichy, Mike Ferguson
 
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Mon
09
Oct

METALITE 'Nightmare' Video Released

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Friday, October 27, 2017
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The Swedish melodic metal band METALITE just released a lyric video for "Nightmare", the second single from their debut album "Heroes In Time".
 

 
"Heroes In Time" will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
"Heroes In Time" is an impressive debut album filled with melodic and memorable songs, crowned with the strong and emotional vocals by vocalist Emma Bensing as well as a powerful production by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey]. The album should be perfect for fans of bands like Beyond The Black, Dynazty and Amaranthe!
 
The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Leah, Korpiklaani] and guest appearances on the album includes Fraser Edwards [Ascension] and Jakob Svensson [Wigelius].
 
"Heroes In Time" track listing
01. Afterlife
02. Purpose of Life
03. Nightmare
04. The Hunter
05. Heroes in Time
06. Power of Metal
07. Over and Done
08. The Light of Orion
09. In The Middle of the Night
10. Black Horse Rider
11. The Great Force Within Us
 
Link to the music video for "Afterlife": https://youtu.be/lIbj45hPpWc

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MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive

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As U.S. rockers MASS begin work on their long awaited new studio album, frontman Louis St. August will be providing exclusive updates - text and audiio - from the process. Here's entry number 1!
 
"Okay so it's been seven years since our last release but it feels more like "Seven Days"! Well, it does take time to make a new baby, right? And boy do we have a new arrival for you. 🙂 No really, every band says the same old cliche when releasing a new record... "This is the best record we have ever done!" LOL! I can promise that it will be an absolute MONSTER!! With thunderous guitar riffs, soaring solos, catchy vocal melodies, all tied in with a powerful and tight rhythm section, it will surely make this another MASS classic!
 
It has all the makings of a MASS album that everyone has come to expect and love from us over the years. You will have your fast rockers, mid tempo tunes and a few power ballads highlighting once again Mass' versatility. The new album is tentatively titled, "When Two Worlds Collide" and we are excited and look forward to our 8th studio album release, and third on the Escape Music label, due out sometime later this year. We can't wait for you all to hear it and hope that it ROCKS your World before they Collide!"
 
Louis St August ~ MASS

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Mon
09
Oct

CORNERSTONE Redo Video From 'Reflections'

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Cornerstone released a new video: one of the titles of their latest album REFLECTIONS, "Nothing To Lose", has been visually upgraded. Actually, the video was taken for an Austrian TV-show called "Mulatschag", but the feedback was so good, that the band decided to use it for Promotion-purposes. While there are still single concerts on the schedule till the end of this year, the planning for the tour through Europe in 2018 has already started. Some dates are already fixed. Stay tuned! www.cornerstone.co.at

 

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Fri
06
Oct

AOR Heaven News: CODE RED, MIDNITE CITY & STATE OF ROCK

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STATE OF ROCK return in late 2018 with new album!

The meeting of minds in Nurnberg; Germany in 2009, through the brainstorm of Georg Siegl of AOR Heaven Records, sported an album, ‘Point of Destiny’, recorded and written by four European musicians; three from Germany and an English vocalist. Georg’s passion for Frontline guitarist, Robby Boebel to record again brought forth an album with Hutch Bauer on bass, Ramy Ali on the kit and Tony Mills (ex-SHY, TNT) on vocals.
 
The result was a melodic but very tough sounding album with solid production and songs that demanded a replay.

2017/18, sees a return to new recordings, by, ‘State of Rock’, now split between the UK with Pete Newdeck on drums and Mills being Sweden based, co-writing with Boebel for a second release. Robby Boebel comments: “It’s something really special to record an album with someone which I only knew from TV before. We’ve now been friends since many years and I’m really looking forward to record another album and live dates in late 2018 with Tony.”
 
With the promise of German festival appearances in late 2018, an autumn release guided by video and radio promo will give us a clearer picture of the, ‘State of Rock’, by December next year.

 

 

MIDNITE CITY were formed in January 2017 by current Tigertailz front-man (and former Vega, Steevi Jaimz and Teenage Casket Company member and songwriter) Rob Wylde.
 
Wylde sang, played guitar and bass on the recordings whilst producer Pete Newdeck played drums, provided backing vocals and took care of the production. Wylde also brought in newcomer guitarist Miles Meakin who played  guitar solos on the recordings and former band mate James Martin (Vega) who laid down keyboards on the tracks. After being mixed by Newdeck, the songs were sent to Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) who mastered them at his studio in Canada.

The band’s self-titled debut album will be released on AOR Heaven on October 20th, 2017!
 
Swedish AOR hopefuls CODE RED have released a new video for the track “Heat Of The Night”, taken from the album “Incendiary” which will be released on AOR Heaven on October 20th, 2017. 
 
 
CODE RED is the new Swedish AOR sensation led by singer/song-writer Ulrick Lönnqvist (ex SAHARA). The singer teamed up with co-writers Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica) and Michael Palace (Palace, Big Time), and along with lead guitarist Oscar Bromvall (Palace, Erika) and keyboard player Kaspar Dahlqvist (Shadowquest, Dionysus) the line-up was complete.

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Fri
06
Oct

GATHERING OF KINGS Single Out Now

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"Forever And A Day", a brand new song from the new Swedish hard rock project Gathering Of Kings, can be streamed on Youtube, Spotify, etc.
 
 
"Forever And A Day" is written by Victor Olsson and is taken from the yet untitled debut album, which will be released in 2018.
 
The album is being helmed by producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson, who has previously worked with Watain, Onslaught, Scar Symmetry, The Night Flight Orchestra, among others. "Plec" has managed to fill his studio walls with multiple platinum and gold record awards as well as taking home three Swedish Grammy awards. The cover artwork was created by hugely talented Lizette Lannhammar.
 

 
Line-up on "Forever And A Day":
 
Bjorrn Strid - Lead Vocals (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra)
Victor Olsson - Lead Guitar (Saffire, Apollo)
Erik Martensson - Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals (Eclipse, Nordic Union, W.E.T, Ammunition)
Nalle Pahlsson - Bass (Therion, Treat)
Richard Larsson - Keyboards (The Night Flight Orchestra)
Robban Bäck - Drums (Mustasch, Eclipse, Sabaton, W.E.T, Ammunition)
 
The full-length album will also include following artists:
 
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, At Vance, Herman Frank)
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals (Spiritual Beggars, Apollo, Firewind)
Tobias Jansson - Vocals (Saffire)
Niclas Engelin - Guitar (In Flames, Engel)
Stefan Helleblad - Guitar (Within Temptation, Jono)
Martin Sweet - Guitar (Crashdiet, Sister)
Chris Laney - Keyboards, Guitar (Pretty Maids, Randy Piper's Animal)
Jonas Kallsback - Drums (The Night Flight Orchestra, Mean Streak)
 
 

 

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Thu
05
Oct

JOHAN KIHLBERG’S IMPERA, featuring SAGA singer Michael Sadler sign with Metal Heaven

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Johan Kihlberg, the founder and drummer of Swedish melodic rockers IMPERA, has signed a solo deal with Germany’s Metal Heaven. The album features several different singers including Michael Sadler (SAGA) and Göran Edman (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen).
 
The album was produced by Kihlberg and LION’S SHARE guitarist Lars Chriss, who also mixed and play on it. Release on February 23, 2018.
 
Johan Kihlberg is also currently in the spotlight for the KISS book, "Kiss Klassified: War Stories From A Kiss Army General".
 
The story is centered around Kihlberg, who was the president of Kiss Army Sweden for ten years. The book features over 750 never-before-seen photos as well as several unpublished interviews with American rock icons KISS. Release on October 26 via Gain Production.

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Thu
05
Oct

PAOLO MORBINI PROJECT Launches Debut Album in November

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Paolo Morbini Project is an Italian melodic rock band composed of Paolo Morbini (drums, keyboards), Guido Priori (vocals), Marco Andreasi (guitars), Diego Belluschi (guitars), Alessandro Sperti (Keyboards) Mimmo Corbo (Bass). Originally forming in 1993 as Paolo Morbini Group the band has gone through several phases.
 
Its strongest commercial success occurred in 2007 when Paolo Morbini and Guido Priori came together in Milan where they start the band Myland  releasing the album No Man’s land (Valery Records) with the contribution of Marco Andreasi , Tommy Denander and Europe ‘s Kee Marcello. The response by press and melodic rock fans  was amazing and  unexpected which gave the group the opportunity to release the japanese version  of NML including  the  bonus track “When the love is gone” duet on vocals by late Toto’s Fergie Frederiksen and Guido Priori.  Myland became soon one of the most known Italian AOR band in the world. After many line up changing from 2010  to 2014 Myland split in 2016.
 
In 2017 Paolo Morbini and Guido Priori brought back together to release “2017” under the monicker “Paolo Morbini  Project”. The strong influence by Journey and Toto’s style.
 
This is a new Video ”She’ll never be the one” from the Album ”2017” Out in November 2017.
 
 

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Thu
05
Oct

DEEP PURPLE Keep On Truckin' With Live LP & New BluRay

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Deep Purple are setting sail into new waters with their first-ever animated video.

The official video for "The Surprising," one of the fan favorite tracks from the internationally successful album inFinite, takes the viewer on a journey through the magical 50-year history of the band. With high attention to detail, the animated masterpiece follows the five heroes of our story – Ian Gillan, Ian Paice, Roger Glover, Don Airey, and Steve Morse � through a stormy ship cruise full of allusiions and sees them riding off into the sunset.

The video was directed and illustrated by Matt Rooke, alongside director Peter Rogers, who also produced the video together with Craig Hooper and Collin Games, known from the Deep Purple movie documentary From Here to inFinite.
 
Deep Purple and earMUSIC also announce the release of the 97-minute documentary From Here to inFinite, which is due out in November 2017. It shows the history and origin of inFinite and provides a deep insight into the workings of the band for the first time on Blu-ray!

The Blu-ray further includes two hours of bonus material, including music videos such as "The Surprising," three previously unreleased live videos ("Time for Bedlam," "Birds of Prey," and "Smoke on the Water"), all filmed and recorded at Hellfest 2017, as well as in-depth behind the scenes footage, movie documentary outtakes, interviews, and an audio commentary by Deep Purple themselves; all previously unreleased. 

 

 
In conjunction with the release of the Blu-ray, Deep Purple and earMUSIC are also releasing The infinite Live Recorings, Pt. 1 on a special 3-disc vinyl LP, produced by Bob Ezrin. This was recorded at Hellfest 2017, the biggest metal festival in France and contains a brand new previously unreleased 80min live performance. 
 
TRACK LIST FROM HERE TO INFINITE (Blu-ray) 
The Movie "From Here to inFinite (97 min.)
 
Bonus (132 min.)
Audio commentary by Deep Purple
Live At Hellfest 2017
1. Time for Bedlam
2. Birds of Prey
3. Smoke on the Water

Outtakes From Here to inFinite
1. Full Interview with Joe Satriani
2. Corky - The Recording Engineer

Official Music Videos
1. The Surprising
2. Johnny's Band
3. Johnny's Band Documentary
4. All I Got Is You

About inFinite - Interviews
1. About the Album
2. Beyond the Album
3. Track by track
4. Rapid Fire interview
5. Behind the Scenes photoshoot
  
TRACK LISTING FOR THE INFINITE LIVE RECORDINGS, VOL. 1 (3LP)
Side A
1. Time for Bedlam
2. Fireball
3. Bloodsucker
Side B
1. Strange Kind of Woman
2. Uncommon Man
Side C
1. The Surprising
2. Lazy
Side D
1. Birds Of Prey
2. Hell To Pay
3. Key Solo
Side E
1. Perfect Strangers
2. Space Truckin’
3. Smoke On The Water
Side F
1. Hush
2. Black Night

 

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Wed
04
Oct

CYHRA Bursts Onto The Melodic Metal Scene

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When it comes to unearthing new heavy music that will stand the test of time, it always pays to observe what the experts are doing. A four-man testament to hard work and creative excellence, Cyhra showcases the pooling of a huge quantity of modern metal talent. Formed in 2016 by long-time friends ex-Amaranthe vocalist Jake E and former In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, these vital veterans are about to light a fire under the contemporary metal scene that promises to blaze for decades to come. The band’s immaculate debut album, Letters To Myself, is the end result of an artistic partnership that was, as Jake E explains, plainly meant to be.
 
“At the beginning of 2016, Jesper and me sat down to have a cup of coffee, and we were discussing what we wanted to do with our respective careers. Jesper said that he was going to go and record a solo album and I was saying that I was actually walking the same path, although I didn’t know if I was going to leave Amaranthe or just do something completely different. Jesper asked me if I’d be interested in singing on his solo album and then I more or less asked him the same thing, would he play on my solo album? Then we discussed what kind of music we each wanted to do, and after ten minutes Jesper stood up and said ‘What the fuck? We want to do exactly the same thing! Let’s start a band instead!’ That’s how it all started. A couple of months later I decided to leave Amaranthe, and this became my main priority.”
 
Completing this insanely gifted quartet are former In Flames bassist Peter Iwers and Alex Landenburg, current drummer with power metal titans Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody and a former member of thrash legends Annihilator. As the explosive and exhilarating songs on Letters To Myself reveal, the chemistry between these four musicians has been instant and extraordinary. Sometimes all the pieces of the puzzle just fall into place…
 
“I always had Alex in my mind for the drum position,” says Jake. “We always bumped into each other when I was out touring. I said to Jesper, ‘I know this guy and you’re going to love him!’ I sent two or three songs to Alex and he loved them and became a member of the band almost right away! We were almost at the point of talking with labels when we thought that maybe Peter would like to be involved too. He was still in In Flames at that point, but he wanted to join. He decided to leave In Flames a couple of months later, but that had nothing to do with us asking him to join Cyhra. But suddenly we had a steady line-up! It was fun that Jesper and Peter ended up in the same band again, too… that’s pretty cool.”
 
 

Although by no means repeating past glories, Cyhra’s debut album undoubtedly features plenty of the magic that each member of the band has become known for over the years. From the blissfully melodic thrust of Jesper Strömblad’s riffs and hooks and the soaring, soulful splendour of Jake E’s unmistakable voice to the pummelling, groove-driven precision of Peter Iwers and Alex Landenburg’s rhythmic bedrock, every last moment crackles with the excitement of fresh territory, new challenges and a brand new identity for all involved to embrace.

An album of concise anthems, every one of them blessed with a huge chorus, Letters To Myself sets out this band’s stall in no uncertain terms: from the high energy riffing and skittering groove of opener Karma and the monstrous power and melodic finesse of Heartrage through to the overwhelming emotional thrust of grand ballad Closure and the pop-tinged melo-death attack of Holding Your Breath.
 
“When it comes to a style, I’d just say that this is really catchy metal!” laughs Jake. “You can hear where we’re coming from but we’re not cut’n’pasting anything from our old bands. We have our own ways of singing and playing so yeah, it’s recognisable. I don’t put labels on music. For me it’s either good music or bad music – they’re the only categories I have! I guess we aimed to get some kind of elements from our other bands. I’ve always been focused on choruses, but I also wanted to add some more modern touches, some of that alternative metal vibe. It’s hard to put a label on it, though, and that’s a great problem to have.”
 
Beyond the obvious thrill of starting a new band, Cyhra also represents something deeper and more profound for guitarist Jesper Strömblad. Having battled with addiction for many years, this latest creative step marks a wholesale comeback for one of modern metal’s most distinguished protagonists, and the songs on Letters To Myself delve deep into the emotional turmoil and quest for inner strength that Jesper has experienced in recent times. Newly invigorated and back to top form, his confident and artistically joyous return is a cause for celebration on every level.
 
“This album must be seen a little bit as Jesper’s comeback,” agrees Jake. “He’s never been silent about his problems with alcohol and other things. We talked a lot and I listened to what he had to say about his condition and his feelings and all his anxiety problems. I wrote the lyrics a lot from his perspective, but also from mine, writing about being in a bad situation, whether it’s a band or a relationship or a problem with alcohol. The album is pretty true to our life experiences and I think people will be able to relate to it. It’s a dark album but it still has that positive vibe, which is kinda weird!”
 
With such an impressive collective pedigree, the buzz around Cyhra has been growing at a rapid rate since the band unveiled their plans earlier this year. When Letters To Myself hits the streets, it seems likely that these revitalised metal diehards will make a swift and sudden impact. An exciting new chapter for all concerned, Cyhra are in this for long haul and ready to take their message of hope to the masses.
 
“We have our own headline show in Helsinki on the 27th of October and that’ll be our first ever live show,” Jake states. “We’re gonna be a band like any other and we’re gonna tour hard. I really don’t want people to think this is some kind of project. It’s a full-blown band and we’re gonna work our asses off!”
 

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Sat
30
Sep

AOR Heaven Announces Nov 24 Releases - DANTE FOX & WILDNESS

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German label AOR Heaven will release the new albums by British Melodic Rock band DANTE FOX called “Six String Revolver” and the debut by Swedish Melodic Rock group WILDNESS on November 24. These will be the final releases from this label before the usual Winter break.
 

Dante Fox were formed in September 1989 by lead Vocalist Sue Willetts.  She was quickly joined by guitarist Tim Manford and this created a golden partnership. On the strength of their songs Dante Fox caught the interest of Linda Bruce from Rich Bitch Studio’s and a debut album was now a reality. Following this an appearance on ITV television show ‘Hit The Town’ hosted by Rory McGrath launched the sounds of Lost And Lonely Heart through televisions all around the UK. Dante Fox signed to Now and Then Records in March 1996, and in May they appeared on the Gods line up next to Hugo and Jamie Kyle.
 
In October 1996 the debut Under Suspicion was released. Many shows followed including a support tour with ELO, Enuff Z Nuff and European festivals such as Mindview and Ardshock. Capitalising on this European interest the band returned to Holland for more headline shows. In April 1997 Under Suspicion was released in Japan and received an 87/100 review in BURRN magazine.The second album The Fire Within was released on Frontiers Records in March 1999. The album included more live favourites and in Japan Firing My Heart and Over You were added to the playlist of Masa Itoh’s Heavy Metal syndicate radio show. The band closed the year with an appearance at the Gods and also appeared as the backing band for Stan Bush.
 
The band took a break and returned in 2005, with a slot at Firefest and a UK tour support to Vixen. The third album ‘Under The Seven Skies’ was released worldwide on Frontiers Records in March 2007 featuring the Nine minute epic title track. The album was voted best album of 2007 by the listeners of ARFM Radio and the band continued to support the album by playing shows with Danny Vaughn and Wigwam.

The fourth album Lost Man’s Ground released in October 2012 at the bands appearance at Firefest. This featured a new rhythm section Andy Perfect (Drums) and Alan Mills (Bass), and also Alessandro DelVecchio on backing vocals and Eric Ragno on keyboards.

In June 2012 a magical night was experienced opening for US band Night Ranger in London. This year ended with a much anticipated performance at Firefest and a great slot at Hard Rock Hell. Sue Willetts was voted 20 in the top 50 Female vocalists of all time in  Classic Rock Magazine alongside Ann Wilson and Cher and the band performed at HRH AOR (Tesla,FM ) Hard Rock Hell Ibiza and a very successful tour with Romeo’s Daughter.
 
In September 2016 the album ‘ Breathless ‘ was released through AOR Heaven and received excellent critical acclaim featuring in many journalist’s Top 10 albums of 2016 and propelling Dante Fox as One of the leaders in Modern Melodic Rock for 2017.

The new album ‘Six String Revolver’ sees the band pay homage to their most popular songs from the first two albums from the 90’s. These songs have enabled Dante fox to evolve over time they have been re-recorded from the ground up with love, respect, precision and an excellent state of the art modern production from Sheena Sear at M2 Studio's . The band are looking forward to playing in Germany for the first time at the HEAT Festival in December which will make a very exciting album launch. Dante Fox will also be performing at HRH AOR (Joe Lynn Turner, Eclipse). Joining the band on drums for these shows and more will be the ‘Thunder God’ Scott Higham (Pendragon)
 
Tour Dates:
HEAT Festival Germany - 2nd December 2017
HRH AOR Festival - 8th March, 2018
 
Dante Fox are: Sue Willetts Manford - Lead Vocals; Tim Manford - Lead Guitar & backing Vocals; Alan Mills - Bass Guitar; Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
 
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The idea behind WILDNESS began to grow in the summer of 2013 when the first songs were written. With main focus on heavy guitars, wide keyboards, big drums, melodies and hooks the shape of something new and exciting began to emerge. At this point, Wildness was more of a studio project and originally founded by drummer and songwriter Erik Modin while the guitar players Pontus Sköld and Adam Holmström were in to share the lead guitar parts early on.
The search for the right lead singer wasn’t easy as pie, but after a few months their destiny crossed with the unbelivable vocal talent Gabriel Lindmark in early 2014. More songwritings and demos recording came along, and it didn’t take long until it was clear that WILDNESS deserved to be a real band.
 
On September 1st 2015, WILDNESS independently released their self-produced debut single ”Collide” which immediately gained a lot of spins at various digital platforms such as a number of online radio stations focused on AOR and Melodic Rock. Live performances that followed showed that the band was capable to  deliver on stage as well.

The second single ”Turning The Pages” was released on January 14th 2016, and shortly after that WILDNESS was approached by Georg Siegl by German record label AOR Heaven. The contact resulted in a record deal which allowed the band to finally begin the launch of their first full-length album.
 
The choice for the producer fell on the creative and productive mastermind Erik Wigelius (Wigelius, Care Of Night) and the pre-production and recordings took place between during 2016 and 2017. The main part of the record was recorded at Erik Wigelius’ studio, besides additional parts recorded by drummer and co-producer Erik Modin.
The two previous singles ”Collide” and ”Turning The Pages” were re-recorded for the album. The mixing and mastering was handled by Erik Wigelius, who really knows how to take the 80’s-influenced sounds at put them in the 21th century!
 
Despite their short career, WILDNESS have already shared stages with well established acts in the scene like WHITE WIDDOW and DYNAZTY.
 
Releases: Collide - Digital single (September 1th, 2015) ; Turning The Pages - Digital single (January 14th, 2016)
 
facebook.com/wildnessofficial  / instagram: wildnessofficial
 
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Fri
29
Sep

New WARLORD Album Underway For 2018 Release

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Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to welcome legendary U.S. metallers Warlord to the family for the release of a new studio album in 2018!
 
Long admirers of the band and having gotten to know drummer Mark Zonder through his work with Graham Bonnet Band and the upcoming group, Spirits Of Fire, [which also features Tim Ripper Owens "Official Page" (Charred Walls Of The Damned, ex Iced Earth, Judas Priest), Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and Steve Di Giorgio (Death (Official), Testament, Sadus)], Frontiers approached Zonder about the prospect of doing a new Warlord album for release in 2018. Luckily for the label, Zonder and co-founder/guitarist William J. Tsamis were very much open to the idea. Says Zonder, "[a]fter all of these years, Warlord is with a "real label". It will be great to have Warlord music shared with a worldwide audience., which is something that has been missing for many years. With my prior working experiences with Frontiers, I know Warlord is in the right place and I am very appreciative of this great opportunity. We thank everyone at the label for their belief in Warlord!"
 
In September 2013, Tsamis and Zonder announced that they had tapped vocalist Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path and Astronomikon to be the new Warlord singer. This line-up, along with bassist Bynoe will be the line-up for the upcoming new album. Adds Zonder, "this Warlord release will be like all of the previous ones, 100% Warlord. No changing of direction to keep up with the current fad, just good ol' school Warlord music. Maybe leaning back a touch to the early days and we promise a high energy album that features the classic Bill Tsamis compositions and his classic guitar melody lines. As I always try to do, I'll give it my all in tandem with my favorite bass player Philip Bynoe, working together to create a solid foundation. This will be the first studio recording with Nicholas Leptos on vocals. We have performed live with him several times and are eagerly awaiting to capture his dynamic performances on tape. A classic Warlord album in the making……"
 
Founded in in 1980 by guitarist/composer William J. Tsamis and drummer/percussionist Mark Zonder, Warlord is considered a pioneer in power metal thanks to their now classic 1983 6-song EP, "Deliver Us". Kerrang, Sounds, Burrn, and Music Connection all featured the band and praised the release thanks to their outside the norm, semi-progressive style that was inspired by such diverse acts as Rainbow, Scorpions, and Jethro Tull. Adding further intrigue to the Warlord mystique was the band members' use of pseudonyms such as 'Destroyer' (Tsamis), 'Thunderchild' (Zonder), 'Damien King' (vocalist Jack Rucker), and 'Sentinel' (keyboardist Diane Kornarens). The band also refused to become just another L.A. club act and opted to present themselves on a grander scale. They famously rented The Raymond Theater out to stage what would turn out to be the only Warlord live performance in the USA, prior to August 2013. It was filmed and recorded for the group's first full-length release, "And The Cannons Of Destruction Have Begun...," issued in October 1984, accompanied by a home video release of the same name.
 
While the band disbanded in 1986, they amassed a cult-like following in Europe despite their inactivity. This was largely due to rave reviews in metal the press, continuous airplay, and the circulation of many demos via "tape trading," as well as positive word-of-mouth promotion among metal fans. With the onset of the internet, the music of Warlord spread worldwide and thus helped secure Warlord a place in the history of heavy metal as one of the great metal forefathers of the '80s.
 
After the band dissolved, Zonder joined prog metal pioneers Fates Warning and went on to release numerous albums with them as well as others thanks to his skills then and now being in high demand. It was during one of Fates Warning's European tours that Zonder realized that Warlord's following had grown considerably with multiple fans asking him to sign Warlord albums and demanding new music from the band. Zonder contacted Tsamis and, as soon as schedules permitted, Warlord was once again an active band. Vocal duties were assigned to Hammerfall vocalist (and massive Warlord fan) Joacim Cans. Thus, in 2002, a new album, "Rising Out Of The Ashes," was recorded and released worldwide to rave reviews. This was followed by the first ever Warlord live performance in Europe at the prestigious Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany.
 
A string of mishaps and serious family health issues plagued Warlord after these performances and the band was once again put on a hiatus, which lasted for almost 9 years. Warlord returned to active status formally in March 2012. Vocalist duties would be handled by one of the original 80's Warlord vocalists, Rick Anderson and Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Ring of Fire) joined the band on bass. That line-up released "The Holy Empire" to much critical and fan acclaim. In the meantime, mounting pressure by promoters and fans bore fruit and Warlord announced that they would headline the April 2013 German "Keep It True XVI" Festival. This announcement was followed by two headlining dates in Greece - Thessaloniki and Athens - which sold out, thus leading to a second headlining show in Athens which sold out as well. Fast forward to 2017 and the band is currently working on their Frontiers Music Srl debut studio album.
 
Stay tuned for updates as work on the album progresses….
 
 

 

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Thu
28
Sep

New CLIF MAGNESS Solo Album Due Early 2018

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In the early '90s, melodic rock had more or less left the mainstream and become an underground affair championed by a group of small indie labels in Europe. But, in 1994 one spectacular release appeared on the scene from a singer/songwriter named Clif Magness, entitled 'Solo' that managed to collect truly rave reviews from all over the world (yes, even in a time when melodic rock was considered dead and gone).
 
But who is Clif Magness? Well, he certainly needs no introduction for music fanatics who have devoted much of their time over the years to reading the credits in album liners. By the time the "Solo" record came out, he already made a name for himself co-writing and producing a #1 hit with Jack Wagner ('All I Need'), a top 5 hit for Wilson Phillips ('Impulsive'), and winning a Recording Academy / GRAMMYs for the song 'The Places You Find Love' from Quincy Jones' critically acclaimed album, 'Back On The Block.' Just three years later, in 1993, Clif was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globes Award for the song 'The Day I Fall In Love' from the film 'Beethoven's 2nd', co-written with Carole Bayer Sager and James Ingram.
 
Throughout the 1990s and into 2000, Clif continued to work with outstanding artists such as Celine Dion, Hanson, Steve Perry, Amy Grant, and Joe Bonamassa among others. Clif was also instrumental in developing perhaps the biggest breakout artist of 2003, Avril Lavigne. Being among the first writer/producers to work with Avril, Clif's writing and production style became the benchmark for the album. Clif co-wrote and produced the fourth, much edgier, Avril Lavigne single 'Losing Grip,' as well as five other tracks from her multi-platinum debut 'Let Go.' Of course he has kept on working and creating some great and hugely successful music for many singers in the past few years, including Jessica Simpson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, and many others.
 
The exciting news for fans of Clif is that he is stepping back in to the melodic rock scene with a new solo record, which is being released on Frontiers Music Srl!
 
'After receiving numerous requests from fans all over the world, I am excited to announce that I'm teaming up with Frontiers and releasing a new solo album,' says Clif. ' Very cool to be working with Frontiers and after too long, on my own project. Years have passed since my last solo effort, but the truth is, I am, at the heart of things, a journeyman songwriter, and producer for others, and still am. But I have had an awesome time stepping out and putting together this record.'
 
Frontiers Music Srl is truly honored and excited to welcome such a huge talent to the label and firmly believes this will continue their unapproachable track record of bringing AOR fans music they are more than happy to hear. The new release will follow in the footsteps of 'Solo', with an updated production and sound befitting of the 21st century. The label anticipates releasing the record in early 2018.
 

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Wed
27
Sep

DEVOID 'Cup Of Tears' Pre-Order Now

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Friday, October 13, 2017
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MelodicRock Records is excited to bring the peddle to the metal with a brand-new artist for fans of hard hitting, but very melodic metal.
 
Introducing DEVOID – a debut album with the star power of a seasoned veteran artist; it features the respected vocal talents of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz and special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar).
 
PRE-ORDER DEVOID 'CUP OF TEARS' NOW (OUT OCTOBER 13) $15 (+$5 SHIPPING WORLDWIDE)
 
 
 
NEW PREVIEW:
 
 
 
DEVOID is the brainchild of French guitarist extraordinaire Mael Saout (Shadyon). Combing both technical finesse and outstanding arrangements with extremely memorable chorus hooks, the debut album ‘Cup Of Tears’ doesn’t have to hide behind the greats of the melodic/prog genre.
 
Apart from establishing a brilliant line up for the band itself, featuring German vocal powerhouse Carsten Lizard Schulz, Shad Mae also managed to include some stunning guest performances by some of the finest guitarists out there!
 

 
Line Up:
Shad Mae (guitars)
Carsten Lizard Schulz (vox)
Jorris Guilbaud (keys)
Ben Toquet (bass)
Ben Wanders (drums)
 
Tracklist:
01. Soldiers
02. Otherworld
03. Collective Heart
04. The Clock Is Ticking
05. Killing Hands
06. Religion (Preview Track)
07. Agony
08. Final Breath
09. Colours Fade To Grey
10. Mind Keeper
11. Cup Of Tears
12. Hollow Point
 
Co-Produced/Mixed and Mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio
Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo
 
DEVOID ‘Cup Of Tears’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on Friday October 13!
 

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Mon
25
Sep

PYRAMAZE 'Melancholy Beast' Re-Issue Announced

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"Melancholy Beast", the classic debut album from PYRAMAZE will be re-issued on CD/digital on November 24th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings. The album was originally released in 2004.
 
The re-issue includes an extended 20 page booklet that features track commentary and album history written by Pyramaze guitarist and founder Michael Kammeyer. The re-issue also includes the bonus track "The Wizard" that was originally only included on the Japanese edition of the album.
 
Michael Kammeyer comments:
 
"Dear fans of Pyramaze and all things metal! It's time for the old to become the new! Our highly praised debut album Melancholy Beast is up for a re-release. Originally released back in 2004, the album has had a good run, but has become increasingly hard to obtain in the stores over the last years, due to obsolete record contracts and label changes. While the new Pyramaze stuff continues to gather new fans around the world, the old album(s) have also become highly coveted by the growing Pyramaze fanbase. Therefore it is with great pride and joy that I can announce the signing for a re-release with Inner Wound Recordings. The album has been updated with track commentary, album history and new band photos inside the booklet. Also for the first time outside of Japan with the bonus track 'The Wizard'.
 
This should be a real treat for any Pyramaze fan. While I myself am no longer an active member of Pyramaze, I still follow the guys closely as a friend and fan of the new releases. I'm also still handling the business decisions regarding the three first albums. And this release has been in the planning between myself, Pyramaze and Inner Wound Recordings for quite some time. Finally it's a reality, and on behalf of Pyramaze, Inner Wound Recordings and myself I hereby announce that Melancholy Beast 2.0 will be out in Europe and North America on November 24th. Metal greetings, Michael Kammeyer (ex-Pyramaze captain/guitarist)."
 
"Melancholy Beast" was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey].
 
"Melancholy Beast" track listing:
01. Sleepy Hollow
02. Forsaken Kingdom
03. Melancholy Beast
04. The Journey
05. Until We Fade Away
06. Legend
07. Mighty Abyss
08. The Nature Of Triumph
09. Power Of Imagination
10. The Wizard (Bonus Track)
 
Pyramaze "Melancholy Beast" line-up:
Lance King - Vocals
Michael Kammeyer - Guitars
Morten Gade Sorensen - Drums
Jonah Weingarten - Keyboards
Niels Kvist - Bass
 
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Fri
22
Sep

MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Track Listing Revealed

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Friday, November 3, 2017
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The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”.
 
So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release –
 
MECCA “The Demos”
 
But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through.
 
MECCA “The Demos” features alternative takes and different mixes of songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and others that have never previously been heard or released.
Fans will recognize many of the songs, but in this format it's like hearing them again for the first time.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3. Pre-orders available from next week.
 
Disc 1:
 
01) Blinded By Emotion (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
02) I Know (Demo Feat. Christian Wolff, Guitar) 04:11
03) How Many Times (Original Demo) 04:47
04) Life's Too Short (Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 04:21
05) Say The Word (2010 Demo) 03:47
06) The One (2006 Demo) 05:08
07) Morning Light (Original Demo of ‘I Believe’) 04:26
08) Set Me Free (Original Demo of ‘Cry’) 04:31
09) Since I Found You (2011 Writing Demo) 04:14
10) Wire 2 Wire (Inst. Demo) 04:52
11) Can't Stop Love (Rough Mix Feat. Fergie Frederiksen, Vocals) 05:36
12) From The Start (2011 Demo) 05:12
13) Unknown (Chorus Overdub Demo) 04:30
14) Time Spent (2013 Demo) 04:17
15) Pamela (2012 Final Demo) 05:34
16) It's On Us (2012 Inst, Demo) 04:13
17) Without You (2002 Inst. Live Studio Demo) 04:26
 
Disc 2:
 
01) Take My Hand (2014 Final Demo) 03:15
02) Perfect World (2011 Demo, ‘Joe Mix’) 04:01
03) Ten Lifetimes (Original Demo Feat. Thom Griffin, Backing Vocals) 05:46
04) Alone (2014 Piano Demo) 04:58
05) Mecca (First Take Vocal Demo) 05:34
06) Light (2006 Inst. Demo) 04:13
07) Out Of Love (Original Demo of ‘Alone’) 05:37
08) Down (2012 Scratch Vocal Demo) 04:24
09) Did It For Love (2011 Demo) 05:47
10) Alive (2012 Unreleased Inst.) 04:35
11) Still Falling In Love With You (2006 Unreleased Demo) 03:49
12) Open Your Heart to Me (2005 Unreleased Demo) 04:59
13) Falling Out Of Love (2011 Unreleased Demo) 04:42
14) Wasabi (2011 Unreleased Inst. Demo) 04:11
15) Yesterday (2012 'Mecca 3' Inst. Demo) 03:42
16) Wire To Wire (The ‘Fun’ Inst. Remix) 04:49
 
 

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