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GRAND DESIGN Unleash 'Viva La Paradise' April 20

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Grand Design was formed in 2006 by vocalist/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was release by AOR Heaven in October 2009.  The album featured a guest spot from guitarists Janne Stark. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live.
Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”.

Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.
 
In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc) and bassist Mats Vassfjord. The band also did numerous shows in Sweden as well as outside the country.

Early 2013 the band finished two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut on the video. The band performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild, together with bands like Twisted Sister, Lita Ford, Pain and Lizzy Borden.

2014 saw Grand Design play lots more shows/tours/festivals, such as MelodicRockFest 4 in Chicago, U.S.A, Grand Design Italy Tour, etc. But, most importantly, on September 26 Grand Design released their third and highest rated album, “Thrill Of The Night” (AOR Heaven Records/Europe, Rubicon Music/Japan). The same day the video for “Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack” was released and hit over 6000 views in just a few days! “Thrill Of The Night” also marks the first Japan release for the band. The album was awarded best album of 2014 by RockEyez. Grand Design is the only band winning two years (2011 and 2014).

By mid-2015 the video for ““Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack” had well over 200 000 views on YouTube! The band played in Spain together with Kee Marcello and Dynasty, plus some more shows in Sweden. A new video for “Get Up And Love Someone” saw the light of day in September 2015, like the previous one, also directed by Thomas Tjäder (Acromancy Media).

 
In 2017 the band was reinforced by new bass player Stefan Westerlund (Rocket Love) and drummer Joakim Jonsson (Axenstar, Psychopunch) and the new album “Viva La Paradise” was recorded. Continuing on the path of “Thrill Of The Night”, the band feels this marks the strongest album to date. The same old style and sound, but elevated and with a few new surprises.
 
Grand Design is already booked for the 2018 MelodicRock Festival in USA and Sweden, a tour of Spain is planned for the fall and more shows are being added!
 


Label (Japan): Rubicon Music
Label (rest of the world): GMR Music
 
Videos:
Rawk ‘N Roll Heart Attack <http://youtu.be/wavK-rg37Tk>
10 Outta 10 <http://youtu.be/ZyANXaM-Voc>
Baby It’s You <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc_jhCLbHHw>
Air It Out video <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lig_dHIpt60>

Music:
ReverbNation Grand Design tuneplayer  <http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3594093>
 
Links:
Grand Design on Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/granddesignsweden>
Grand Design on Reverbnation <http://www.reverbnation.com/granddesignsweden>
Grand Design on YouTube <http://www.youtube.com/granddesignsweden>
Grand Design official website <http://www.granddesignrocks.com/>

Grand Design line-up:
Pelle Saether: vocals
Janne Stark: lead/rhythm guitar+backing vocals
Dennis Vestman: rhythm guitar+backing vocals
Stefan Westerlund: bass+backing vocals
Joakim Jonsson: drums+backing vocals

 
Previous releases:
Time Elevation (2009)
Idolizer (2011)
Thrill Of The Night (2014)
Time Elevation (Re-Elevated) – re-issue (2015)
Idolizer (2017) – re-issue (2017)
 
 
Tue
13
Mar

PRAYING MANTIS Back With New 'Gravity' May 11

Friday, May 11, 2018
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Praying Mantis are pleased to announce their 11th studio album, ‘Gravity’. After the positive reception afforded to the band's last studio release, ’Legacy' (2015), the new record sees the band return with another inspired, take-no-prisoners set. Out May 11.
 
The album also sees Mantis retain the same line-up, with John Cuijpers (vocals) and Hans in’t Zandt (drums) again contributing to the songwriting process. Alongside founder members Tino Troy, Chris Troy and Andy Burgess, they have not only helped in the writing of the songs, but also in providing a new dimension in terms of sound engineering and overall production. 
 
One of the most influential and well known sleeve artists in the rock field, Rodney Matthews (Magnum, Diamond Head, Allen/Lande), has been commissioned to design the artwork for ‘Gravity’ in the same style and stunning quality that so many fans loved on Mantis albums such as ‘Time Tells No Lies’, ‘Predator In Disguise’ and the aforementioned ‘Legacy’.
 
Praying Mantis are a well established band of melodic hard rockers. They were formed by brothers Tino and Chris Troy in 1973 and, together with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard and Saxon, they spearheaded the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) movement of the late ’70’s. While they did not attain the same dizzying heights of success as some of their contemporaries, they nonetheless became one of the most influential bands in the genre. The band has remained active over the years and still record and play live regularly.
 
Praying Mantis will perform at the annual Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, Italy on 28th April. 
 

 
PRAYING MANTIS
John Cuijpers : lead vocals
Tino Troy : guitars & vocals
Chris Troy : bass & vocals
Andy Burgess : guitars & vocals
Hans in ’t Zandt : drums
 
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Fri
09
Mar

MELODICROCK FEST 5 USA - LINEUP CHANGE

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MELODICROCK FEST 5 USA – LINEUP CHANGE
 
It is with great disappointment and considerable sadness that I must announce the withdrawal of MECCA and SCHERER/BATTEN from MRF5 USA.
 
First of all – this is entirely regrettable, but it is one of those risks you have to accept when booking an event 12 months out from the go date.
 
I’d like to reaffirm that neither of these cancellations are due to anything under my personal control.
In both cases, unrelated issues combined with the logistics of putting together working lineups for both acts has proven too great a challenge to achieve.
 
Joe Vana: “Due to scheduling circumstances beyond my control Mecca is unable to perform @ MRFest5...I will still be there supporting Andrew at the fest!!! My sincerest apologies as this was unforeseen!!! I’m very disappointed as well....”
 
I’m talking to Joe about a role for him on the VIP Thursday event, hopefully an acoustic performance of some Mecca tunes.
 
Marc Scherer is also hopeful of making an appearance at the VIP event and throughout the weekend to meet fans and thank them for the amazing support of the Scherer/Batten album.
 
As the Saturday lineup was becoming a little crowded, at this moment other sets will just be expanded, and Gary Moon will be given as much time as he likes to bring the highlights of his career to fans with the backing of Evolution Eden with Eric Ragno.
 
To reassure event attendees of any further issues, I’m pleased to update fans with news that flights are booked and paid for Treat, Crazy Lixx, FM, Grand Design, The Radio Sun, Adriangale, Boulevard and H.E.A.T and arrangements for the remainder of the lineup are all in place.
 
VIP and GA Tickets to the event are currently at the printers and will be mailed out in the next week or two. VIP Laminates will be ready for collection prior to the Thursday VIP event.
 

 

 
Thu
08
Mar

DON AIREY New Album 'One Of A Kind' Out May 25

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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DON AIREY TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM ONE OF A KIND ON MAY 25 ON earMUSIC
 
In these days where everybody seems to want to show off at every given occasion, Don Airey is without a doubt One of a Kind.
 
It is hard to find a name amongst all those that over the last 30 years have left their mark in the history of rock that has not utilised Don's keyboard skills at some point. Amongst them Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band of which Don Airey has been a full time member for over 15 years.
 
But Don Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists work with him for his unique musical vision, for the twist he gives to songs. It is with the same passion, the same energy, the same talent that Don Airey approaches his very own songwriting.
 
One of a Kind is a true classic hard rock gem with melodies, great riffs and solos and a unique band unity. To top it all, his new solo album has been written and recorded using the spirit of a band featuring the following talented musicians: Carl Sentance (from the current lineup of British legends Nazareth) is a singer that all fans of metal voices like those of Rob Halford and Graham Bonnet will love; Bassist Laurence Cottle, who has played with everyone from Black Sabbath, to Gary Moore, to Chick Corea, forges a great rhythm section with the thunderous talent of Jon Finnigan, apparently as loud on stage as he is at the after show parties. Last but definitely not least, there is the incredible talent of Simon McBride, who has no fear of being compared to the many incredible guitar players Don has worked with before.
 
One of a Kind is one song after the other for the delight of every hard rock fan, who would be making a big mistake were they to overlook this album.

It will be released on May 25, 2018 on earMUSIC as 2CD including a bonus live CD as well as via vinyl and digitally.

It is not difficult to see Don Airey playing one day with Deep Purple in front of 15,000 people, and the next day, playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience.

It is with the same spirit that Don shows no discernible effort moving from the glories of the last two Deep Purple albums (NOW What?! and inFinite both having benefitted from his ever present talent) to playing in clubs with his own band. And always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars in, waiting to reply with his Hammond.
 
ONE OF A KIND TRACK LISTING:
1. "Respect"
2. All Out of Line"
3. One of a Kind"
4. "Everytime I See Your Face"
5. "Victim of Pain"
6. "Running Free"
7. "Lost Boys"
8. "Need You So Bad"
9. "Children of the Sun"
10. "Remember to Call"
11. "Stay the Night"
 
BONUS CD:
Recorded live at Fabrik, Hamburg on March 14, 2017
1. "Pictures of Home" (originally by Deep Purple)
2. "Since You've Been Gone" (originally by Rainbow)
3. "I Surrender" (originally by Rainbow)
4. "Still Got the Blues" (originally by Gary Moore)

 
Wed
07
Mar

TED POLEY Hooks Up With DEGREED For New Solo Album

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Ted Poley and Frontiers are pleased to announce that they have partnered up for the release of another solo album from the singer. 
 
Ted is currently hard at work in Sweden on this still untitled effort. This time around, the Danger Danger singer has partnered up with some incredibly talented Swedish musicians, namely Mats Ericsson, Micke Jansson, Daniel Johansson, and Robin Ericsson (on additional vocals). 
 
"You might know some of those guys other musical work as the band degreed,” says Ted “I am also getting some vocal layering with the help of my good friend, the Italian Stallion of Vocals, Alessandro Delvecchio. The album is being co-Produced by Mats Ericsson and myself in Kopperberg, Sweden.”
 
Ted continues, "After almost 40 years of recording and releasing music, I wanted to stretch out a little bit musically and I am proud to say that I have come up with a MAGICAL combination of amazing musicians and songs! The songs are awesome, and the musicianship will BLOW YOU AWAY. Every one of the players are MASTERS of their instruments and you might hear just a hint of modern prog interlaced with my usual catchy choruses this time around! This is going to be my favorite solo album ever and an album that I felt I HAD to make. And I am so happy with the results so far!”
 
More news as it becomes available!
 
Ted Poley will also appear live at this years Rockingham Live with his project with Steve Brown of TRIXTER, Tokyo Motor Fist. http://www.rockinghamlive.com/
 

 

 
Tue
06
Mar

FRONTLINE & HEARTWIND Out April 27 on AOR Heaven

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Friday, April 27, 2018
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German Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven will release two gems from their favourite genre on April 27! First, we have the debut album from Swedish Melodic Rockers HEARTWIND who will release their debut album “Higher And Higher”, secondly the classic “State Of Rock” album from the German group FRONTLINE, re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel, will be re-released in a ltd. edition with 1000 CD’s only and two bonus tracks.
 
    

With members from bands like Constancia, The Poodles, Token, Narnia and Essence of Sorrow, and with guest stars Nina Söderquist (Bjorn Skifs/Badrock, Champions of Rock a.o.), Janne Stark (Grand Design, Mountain of Power a.o.), and Tåve Wanning (The Voice, Adrenaline Rush, Peaches), new melodic hard rockers Heartwind may come across as one of those one off band projects, but nothing could be more far from the truth.
 
Heartwind is the story of two old friends, with a common love for classical melodic hard rock and AOR, that after fifteen years of friendship started to write the album they always had wanted to listen to themselves. Over a meal in downtown Stockholm, guitar player and songwriter Goran Engvall (former with Hitworks) and progressive/melodic keyboard player and fellow songwriter Mikael Rosengren (Constancia, Token, Scudiero), laid down the vision for what was yet to come. 15 original songs and 12 months later, Mikael started to pull some strings from his many fellow musicians in the Swedish hard rock scene since 20 years back. The two songwriters were amazed with the positive response they got on their first demos, from hard rock industry people & fans. It became evident that they were going to be able to attract some great talent to the album and the band. Believing in the importance of fellowship and a strong people fit when starting a band, Mikael and Göran started to dig in closest ground: Drummer Peter TrumPeter Svensson (Constancia, Faith) and singer Germán Pascual (Narnia, Dj Mendez, Essence of Sorrow), happily joined the band, and two key pieces of the puzzle came into place. With Peter and Germán onboard, the band knew they had both a powerful backbone and a phenomenal front man in place!
 
Germán invited his old friends, and former band mates, guitar virtuoso Martin Hall (Germán Pascual band) and bass wizard Germain Leth (The Poodles, Watchmen) to join the band and magic was about to happen. When also the very well respected Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Firespawn, Eclipse, Scudiero a.o.), accepted to team up to produce and mix, the band knew they had something special going. Fredrik’s contribution also as a musician on the album (guitar & bass) cannot be underestimated.

With classical albums like Hysteria (Def Leppard), 1987 (Whitesnake) and Escape (Journey) serving as inspiration, the intention from the band has been to get every single track to stand on its own two feet! Timeless melodic hard rock with a modern but still genuine sound!
 

After publishing a short teaser on Youtube, just before X-mas 2017, Heartwind stood ready as a band and was offered record deals by no less than three (!) different labels. Heartwind was happy to sign with AOR Heaven in early January and making an old dream come true.

The album is mixed and produced by Fredrik Folkare, Chrome Studios, and mastered by Erik Mårtensson, Blowout Productions (Eclipse, Ammunition, WET a.o).
 
 
Soundclips in advance:
 

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FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 - a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.
 
In 1995,  FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album "Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas "Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.
 
One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.
 
Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.

On April 27th 2018, AOR Heaven now will re-issue the rare and out of print album “The State Of Rock” with two bonus tracks as a limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was  re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
 
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Mon
05
Mar

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD Bring New Sound To MRR

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard signs with Melodic Rock Records
 
Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard have signed with Melodic Rock Records for the release of their new studio album ‘Struck By Lightning’, coming worldwide April 25.
 
The first single and video from the album “All The Pain”, will debut this Friday (March 9).
 
The new album sees a switch in musical direction for the band, unleashing a wave of powerful new anthemic, pure melodic rock songs.
 
“It’s an honor to work with such enthusiastic champions of our genre.” says bassist Robert Majd.
 
In the summer of 2017 Captain Black Beard entered the studio to write a new chapter in the bands history. Robert Majd and Christian Ek along with new lead singer Liv Hansson as well as producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.E.A.T) pretty much reinvented the band’s sound.
 
The album that was recorded is called ‘Struck By Lightning’ and features a fresh dose of high energy melodic rock. From the instant catchiness of the opening track “All The Pain” to the heavy closing of “Straight Out Of Hell”, the band combines their AOR influences with their hard rock roots.
 
“This is a tremendous album and I’m really excited for the guys,” states MRR owner Andrew McNeice. “They’ve created a great new sound that brings together everything I love about music – killer songs, big production and hooks and harmonies everywhere. This album is going to put the guys on the map.”
 
Captain Black Beard was formed in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was named one of the "Albums Of The Year" by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock. The follow-up "Before Plastic" featured guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt). In 2016 the band released "It's a Mouthful" and toured with Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple), Robin Beck, House Of Lords and performed at the festival Hard Rock Hell AOR for the second time in their career.
 
A release party will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 9th of May. Check out the bands website or facebook-page for all the latest news: www.facebook.com/CaptainBlackBeardBand / www.CaptainBlackBeard.net
 
“Struck By Lightning” will be released via Melodic Rock Records on April 25 and the first single/video “All The Pain” will debut March 9.
 
Here's a sneak peak....
 

 
Mon
05
Mar

VEGA Keep The Momentum Going With 'Only Human'

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Friday, May 11, 2018
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‘Only Human' is the fifth studio album by UK melodic rock stalwarts VEGA. The band self-produced the record but teamed up with legendary Canadian musician and producer Harry Hess (of Harem Scarem) for the mixing and mastering to bring their fans another gem of a release. 
 
If you're very lucky, there may be occasions in your life when you find a band and you realise you’ve discovered something a bit special. We've all heard groups who release 'great' albums, but VEGA certainly make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up and provide butterflies in the stomach excitement when all fans of modern melodic rock listen to their new records for the first time.
 
The twelve songs that comprise 'Only Human' truly see VEGA take their songwriting and musicianship to the next level. 
 

 
The album tracklisting is:
1  Let’s Have Fun Tonight
2  Worth Dying For
3  Last Man Standing
4  Come Back Again
5  All Over Now
6  Mess You Made
7  Only Human
8  Standing Still
9  Gravity
10  Turning Pages
11 Fade Away
12  Go To War 
 
"We wear our love of 80's rock music on our sleeves, but we also have injected our love of modern rock music to it. We aren't trying to rehash anything: the sound we have achieved is 100% VEGA. We didn't want to try and guess what people expect and get it wrong," says singer Nick Workman.
 
 
Following the release of their last album, 2016’s ‘Who We Are’, VEGA remained busy promoting it until returning to the studio to record ‘Only Human’. They toured with Magnum and Dan Reed Network, appeared at festivals such as Steelhouse, Planet Rock’s Winter’s End, Hard Rock Heaven AOR5, Nordic Noise, Amplified and Rockingham, plus a headlining slot at the Melodic Rock Night in Padova (Italy) and UK and European tours in their own right.
 
VEGA will perform at the Wildfire Festival in Scotland on 23rd June, then hit the road for a UK tour.
 
Confirmed dates are as follows:
23.06.18  WISTON, LANARKSHIRE Wildfire Festival
28.06.18  MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
29.06.18  NEWCASTLE Riverside
30.06.18  GLASGOW Stereo
05.07.18  CARDIFF Fuel
06.07.18  WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms
07.07.18  LONDON Underworld
 
 
VEGA:
Nick Workman: lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar
Tom Martin: bass guitar
Marcus Thurston: lead guitar
James Martin: keyboards
Mikey Kew: guitar, backing vocals
Martin ‘Hutch' Hutchinson: drums
 
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Mon
05
Mar

MELODICROCK FEST 5 USA - LAST CHANCE VIP!!

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MELODICROCKFEST 5 USA UPDATE
 
I've gone through and counted all VIPs sold and have updated the event page.
 
The good news - I have just added 2 GOLD and 2 GREEN passes. THERE ARE NO MORE AFTER THESE!
 
And BLUE VIP has only 10 left available. There will be no more of those available once gone.
 
Thanks everyone for the support so far for MRF5 - The Final Fest.
 
Tickets and limited VIPs at: www.melodicrockfest.com
 
And if you haven't heard the news:
 
GARY MOON (ex-Night Ranger) is joinging the party, full band set, backed by EVOLUTION EDEN with Eric Ragno.
 
MAXX EXPLOSION is joining the Sunday lineup in place of Midnite City.

 

 
Mon
05
Mar

TEMPT Premier First Official Video “Under My Skin"

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ROCK GOD’S DEF LEPPARD SHARE TEMPT’S COVER OF “WOMEN” GIVING THE YOUNG BAND SOME SERIOUS RECOGNITION!
 
NYC based rockers Tempt are releasing their first official video and they are getting an extra boost from rock legends Def Leppard who shouted out their video cover on their social media as an “Awesome Job”! The magnanimous Leps’ and their fans are embracing young Tempt’s personality, passion and perseverance, breathing much needed life into every rocker’s heart. Social media is over 500,000 views and climbing! The comments shared on Def Leppard’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts in response to their praise of the young band prove that Rock and Roll is alive and well.
 
“The Hysteria album is my Sgt. Peppers, the songwriting, the playing , the arrangements and the production are just amazing”, said guitarist Harrison Marcello. “My iTunes counter has me at 10,000 listens and I’m still learning from it.”  “Ringo Starr recently lamented the fact that young bands were not being helped out by more established artists anymore, added singer Zach Allen “but here are the Def Leppard guys extending a helping hand to us and it means so much especially when we are right now releasing our video for “Under My Skin.”
 
The video for “Under My Skin” was shot on location throughout New York City. It features the band performing in a classic Chrysler 300 as they travel through their hometown ending in Times Square. “The response we got from people was nuts, exclaimed drummer, Nick Burrows. “Everywhere we went on the shoot people were just digging the music and had huge smiles on their faces. We all had a great time.”
 
Women:
 
Under My Skin:
 
TEMPT:
Zach Allen: Lead Vocals
Harrison Marcello: Guitar
Nick Burrows: Drums
Chris Gooden: Bass
 
 
About Tempt:
NYC based Tempt were the first new band ever signed by legendary A&R man and journalist Derek Oliver to his Rock Candy Records Label. 
 
The video for “Under My Skin” was shot on location throughout New York City. It features the band performing in a classic Chrysler 300 as they travel through their hometown ending in Times Square.

 
Mon
05
Mar

JUDAS PRIEST Bring 'Firepower' To New Album Out This Week

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Friday, March 9, 2018
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It is not often that fans of heavy metal get the opportunity to hear new music from Judas Priest and meet these heavy metal legends. But soon, lucky fans will have it both ways. On March 2nd, a lyric video for a NEW standout track from the album, “Never The Heroes,” will be unveiled - a song which can purchased now via http://smarturl.it/Firepower. And on March 19 at 6:00 P.M at the Sony Square NYC (25 Madison Avenue in New York City), the band will be signing copies of their brand new album, ‘Firepower.’ 

As the band explains, “’Never The Heroes’ is about the courageous men and women that enter war - never trained to be heroes but becoming heroic due to their actions and sacrifices doing their duty for their people and country. It resonates as there is a hero in all of us and in times of struggle we can be strong and united - conquering our own challenges and helping others - it's a traditional Priest mid-tempo powerhouse, with a powerful message!” 

Please check out the lyric video here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0J3u3_800c
      
Set for release on Friday, March 9th, 2018 via Epic Records - ‘Firepower’ is comprised of fourteen tracks of pure and highly inspired metal. And to mark the occasion Priest (singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and Richie Faulkner, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis) has reunited with producer Tom Allom (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as ‘Unleashed in the East,’ ‘British Steel,’ ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ and 'Defenders of the Faith') and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.
 
“Tom Allom has got this classic metal thing,” explains Halford. “And Andy is a bit more of a ‘modern metal producer’ but his thinking is a little bit different to Tom’s. And I think to get this balance between that classic old school metal to what Andy’s world is was just a remarkable coalescence.” “Tom Allom has been with us since 1979, so his knowledge of ourselves and our music in general is immense,” adds Hill. And according to Travis Priest returned back to a recording method that worked incredibly well on the band’s earlier classics - “We went back to the organic way of recording where it’s all of us in a room and we got to play together.” 
 
With the impending arrival of ‘Firepower’ and its ensuing tour (which kicks off on March 13th in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania), THE PRIEST IS BACK!
 
‘FIREPOWER’ TRACKLISTING:
1. Firepower
2. Lightning Strike
3. Evil Never Dies
4. Never The Heroes
5. Necromancer
6. Children of the Sun
7. Guardians
8. Rising From Ruins
9. Flame Thrower
10. Spectre
11. Traitors Gate
12. No Surrender
13. Lone Wolf
14. Sea of Red
 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON JUDAS PRIEST, PLEASE VISIT:
judaspriest.com
Lyric video for “Never The Heroes”
 
Mon
05
Mar

UNIVERSE INFINITY Sees The Return Of Andreas Eklund

Friday, April 13, 2018
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UNIVERSE started in 1982 in Upplands Väsby, Sweden, where hard rock ruled the streets. The members hailed from several different local bands. After leaving the band Moon, lead guitarist Michael Kling, who founded the band WC in the late 70's with John Norum, became one of UNIVERSE’s founding members. Bassist Hasse Hagman, who played in Joey Tempest's first band, along with drummer Anders Wetterström and guitarist Per Nilsson, all came from the band Twilight. Once UNIVERSE got their hands on keyboard player Fredrik Kriström and singer Kjell Wallen, the band was complete. They played diligently for a couple of years all over Sweden, opening for Nazareth, among many other gigs. In 1985, the band released its self-titled debut album with songs like "Rollin’ On", "Stories from the Old Days", and "Strong Vibrations". In 1986, Kjell Wallen left the band on good terms following creative differences and was subsequently replaced by Janne Åström. With Janne as the new frontman, the band focused fully on a follow-up to their debut album. Several demos were recorded but never ended up in the right hands. The band dissolved in early 1988 and then had a short reunion for a final show in the ice hall in Upplands Väsby later that year. 
 
The band members went their separate ways, each showing up here and there in different contexts with connections to music. Everyone maintained occasional contact and eventually Per Nilsson reached out to the others to see if they were interested in playing together again. In 2002, all the members met up together for the first time in 14 years. They immediately knew they wanted to play again, and became convinced that the old material still had potential. Everyone agreed that a new album had to be released, but also that they were being pulled in different directions. For several years they kept continuous contact, waiting for the time when recording an album became inevitable. At first, UNIVERSE lacked a singer, but suddenly one day he was just there. Andreas Eklund (exHouse Of Shakira) became the new front man, his narrative lyrics and tasteful melodies opening the door to another dimension, so the band could take a bigger step into the galaxy. Now, finally, UNIVERSE is back as UNIVERSE INFINITY with “Rock Is Alive”, a powerful album that is a tribute to the music of the 70’s and 80's, and to their youth in Upplands Väsby. “Rock Is Alive” was produced by Michael Kling and Per Nilsson at Kling Studios, and mixed and mastered by Stefan Helleblad; drums were recorded in Standstraight Studio One Scandinavia. The artwork was created by Sylvain Lucchina at Razor Images.
 
Line-Up: Michael Kling – Lead Guitar; Andreas  Eklund – Vocals; Hasse Hagman – Bass; Freddy Kriström – Keyboard; Anders Wetterström – Drums; Per Nilsson - Guitar
 
1. Start Give All Your Love
2. Catch of My Life
3. Companys Coming
4. She Can't Get Enough
5. Red Submarines
6. Born in Flames
7. Rock Is Alive
8. We Were Just Dancing
9. Lady Luck
10. Streets of Hate
 

   
 
Thu
01
Mar

Pre-Order JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark'

Friday, March 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of one of the finest melodic hard rock records for 2018 – JK Northrup & David Cagle’s first collaboration together, titled ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’.
 
There is no doubt whatsoever that this record is gonna leave a mark on fans of hard rocking, guitar driven melodic rock, with a production to die for and songs dripping in hooks and melodies.
JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide.
 
 
PRE-ORDER JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE - 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark'
 
$15 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
 
 
MARCH MRR DEAL - TOTO TRIBUTE & JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE
 
$32 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
 
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “I’m immensely proud and excited to finally be releasing this killer record from JK and David. I’ve worked with JK since the very first MR.com compilation over 15 years back and he’s been there for me as a mastering engineer every time since. His work with me remastering some important archive releases in the last couple of years has only further emboldened my respect for him as a first rate professional and someone who can bring out the very best results in any situation. On top of that, he is a Grade A gentleman who I value as a friend and college.
Everyone I have recommended Jeff to as an engineer or producer has ended up using him and continuing that relationship. But I’ve long felt that his name is undervalued as a writer and guitarist and I think this record is his finest achievement to date and a truly stunning release – in all facets – the guitar playing, the writing and production and David Cagle is one hell of a vocalist who I think we need to work with again ASAP!”
 
Jeff Northrup: “David Cagle and I had worked together in the past and started this album back in 2014.  Unfortunately, it was shelved due to 'circumstances'. We knew we had something special even then, and the time was right to pull out this great collection of songs, dust it off and polish it up. The result is 12 of the best songs put together on any album I've been a part of!
 
Fast forward to 2017… After rewriting some of the lyrics, some arrangement changes, re-recording guitars and vocals, then bringing in the powerful rhythm section of Larry Hart - bass (Montrose, Gypsy Soul, King Kobra) and Steve Brown - drums (Montrose, Oleander-and Mick Brown's younger brother), the album has truly come to life!
Larry and Steve have been playing live together for a couple years and are TIGHT. I've played on a few albums with Larry including King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup and Gypsy Soul, which began in 1987.
 
When you hear the opening track 'The Night Is Mine', you'll know right away that you are going to Get Rocked HARD!!! David's modern approach on vocals is a breath of fresh air and I pull no punches on guitar!! With some heavy, powerful rock songs, to more main stream rockers and a couple killer ballads, it's all here!!!
Although a predominately guitar driven album, Eric Ragno does a masterful job playing keyboards on 6 songs.
 
The title track, 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' was written by myself several years back, but sounds as fresh and powerful as if written today. Some of the lyrics are based on true life experiences about love, hate and a relationship gone bad, which is reflected in the artwork that was done by the great Nello Dell'Omo. 'The Siren' cuts out your heart and leaves you still alive, clutching your chest. Been there, done that!!! I truly am excited for everyone to here this album!! Cheers!" ~ JK Northrup
 

 

 

 
Produced, Recorded, mixed and mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
 
JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide on MelodicRock Records
 
 
Thu
01
Mar

Pre-Order TOTO Tribute - 'The Best Of Fanfields 2' Ltd Ed

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Friday, March 30, 2018
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On March 30, MelodicRock Records will partner with Fanfields to present a stunning tribute to Toto.
 
Fanfields 2 was released in limited form late in 2017, and digital earlier this year. The whole project comprised of some 59 songs, featuring over 100 musicians.
 
MRR was so impressed with the quality of the performances and production, that the label pitched the idea to further help raise awareness of this project and help raise some additional funds for the charities (ALS Foundation, Cancer Fund and the Michael Porcaro Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), plus show of the very best performances in a limited edition physical CD release.
 
So impressed that it was deemed two discs would be necessary.
 
This is an exclusive 2CD compilation of the best tracks from the Fanfields 2 project, as picked and sequenced by MRR owner Andrew McNeice in close collaboration with Fanfields producer Michael Riesenbeck.
 
The crowd-funded disc is no longer available, and this release is to be strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
 
PRE-ORDER LIMITED EDITION TOTO TRIBUTE 'Best Of Fanfields 2'
 
$17 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
MARCH MRR DEAL - TOTO TRIBUTE & JK NORTHRUP & DAVID CAGLE
 
$32 + $5 worldwide shipping
 
 
 
“Fanfields 2 – The MRR Best Of” will feature the following tracks:
 
Disc One:
01. Goodbye Girl 6.10
02. Never Enough 6.02
03. How Many Times 5.43
04. King Of The World 4.57
05. Mad About You 4.56
06. A Thousand Years 5.13
07. Don’t Chain My Heart 5.04
08. Isolation 5.11
09. Only The Children 4.37
10. These Chains 5.34
11. Pamela 6.13
12. Angel Don’t Cry 4.19
13. Stop Loving You 5.15
14. Isolation Medley 6.50
 
Disc Two:
01. White Sister 5:55
02. Gypsy Train 7:38
03. Stranger In Town 5:12
04. How Does It Feel 5:03
05. Could This Be Love 5:26
06. Drag Him To The Roof 6:34
07. Caught In The Balance 6:34
08. Chinatown 5:02
09. I Won't Hold You Back 5:32
10. Going Home 6:17
11. Mushanga 5:30
12. Last Night 5:35
13. Home Of The Brave 7:42
 
 
 
 
 
Andrew McNeice: “Obviously I’m a huge Toto nut and I respected what Michael came up with on the first Fanfields release. But nothing prepared me for the brilliance of these performances. The songs we all know, but these are genuinely interesting versions of the classics, old and new. It was a struggle to pare the songs back from the 59 recorded, but I think this 2-disc set has the very best on offer. I’m particularly impressed with the length of the songs and the many instances of improvising and extending the instrumental parts of these complex songs, something everyone should be very proud of.”
 
Fanfields originally came from a 1997 decision by a number of members of the Toto mailing list to record Toto songs as a tribute to the band. It quickly became a serious project with musicians contributing from all over the world. Fanfields 1 was released in 2001.
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “Since the release of Fanfields 1, a lot has happened with Toto. After Mike died in 2015 I felt that the time had arrived to work on another Fanfields album with profits going to the Michael Porcaro Fund (Sweet Relief Musicians Fund), ALS foundation and Fergie Frederiksen Foundation (Liver Foundation). We felt it's the least we can do to give back something to the band that gave us so much pleasure and inspiration through their albums and live concerts.”
 
Of course, this idea quickly spun into something much larger. Epic even. Almost 140 people (musicians, graphic artists, engineers, producers, studio's, etc) from all over the world got involved to pay tribute to Toto; especially to Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen.
 
Amongst the musicians on the album are two very special guests: Sam Porcaro (son of Mike, on bass) and Chris Trujillo (Toto percussionist). Other musicians include: John Pratt, Lars Edvall, Guus Willemse, Phil Vincent, Nalle Pahlsson, Ollie Oldenburg, Peter Kisch, Thomas Vikstrom, Linus Norda, Magnus Midelf, Ulf Jordal, Rob Lundgren, Raymond Herveille, Herman Furin, Rob Boshuijzen, Jim Rykbost, Rasmus Kihlberg, Christian Fridh, Christian Tolle, Matthias Simoner, Michael Casswell, Michael Riesenbeck, Janne Stark, Morris Adriaens, Sven Larsson, Andreas Passmark, Jan van Olffen, Markus Riegler, Phil Taylor, Sune Schack, Robert Elovsson, Fireblade, Dream Aria, Touch of Toto, Tristan.
 
 
So what do the guys of Toto think of Fanfields 2?
 
Steve Lukather: "I have to say I am so blown away by the amazing performances and effort put into this project. I am without words and anyone who knows me knows THAT does not happen often. Haha! The soul-passion and amazing playing and singing from ALL is just astounding! I know Jeff, Mike and Fergie are smiling. I am."
 
Steve Porcaro: "Hi guys! Check this out! TOTO fans/musicians paying tribute to us playing TOTO tracks! An amazing project benefitting my brothers Mike and Jeff - and Fergie! Please share this - and go support/buy! Thanks a lot for this beautiful tribute, all of you guys are awesome - we so appreciate all of you. AND - you kick ass as musicians!!"
 
Toto: "On behalf of all of us in the Toto family we wanted to share with you an incredible project that was just finished and just released. These are musicians and singers from all over the world paying a tribute to our music and we are just blown away how great it is!
So much love and passion from 100's of musicians and singers worldwide. The time and effort and detail and creativity put into this is staggering! We are deeply touched and thankful and honored that the people involved would take the time to do this. It is one of a kind project"
 
Lee Sklar: "It's a very worthy project. A wonderful tribute to two of my dearest friends, Mike and Jeff. I think it's quite essential that we all check this out, it's well worth looking into!"
 
Michael Riesenbeck: “We pay special tribute to three of our departed heroes, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro and Fergie Frederiksen, by having recorded some of THEIR personal most favorite Toto songs as well as recording several songs from "Isolation". This was the time to show our beloved band and their loved ones that we honor them and support them through the good and the bad times. Fanfields also features the last recordings done by the late Michael Casswell. He died one day before the release of Fanfields. We are so glad that Michael's hero and friend Luke got to hear his versions of Caught In The Balance, I Won't Hold You Back and Going Home, before his untimely death and that Luke loved it. RIP. Michael Casswell.”
 
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Thu
01
Mar

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND Debut New Song & Video

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Not only will the Michael Thompson Band be appearing at Frontiers Rock Festival this April 28-29th for their first live performance in Europe, but they are also working on a new studio album! Today, we are pleased to offer you a preview of the new music they are working on with the song, "'72 Camaro"
 
You can also stream or download the single here:
 
This video was filmed when Craig Bauer (mixing engineer) was approached by Hear Technologies with the idea of capturing video of a recording session in Sphere Studios, owned by Francesco Camelli (tracking engineer), in LA. They wanted well known, reputable musicians in the video since it was ultimately going to be used at their booth at the NAMM Show. Craig approached Michael Thompson and Larry King, who are in the middle of the recording new albums from Michael Thompson Band and Soleil Moon and they were more than happy to call in some friends to be the subjects for the video with them. So Vinnie Colaiuta, Leland Sklar - Bassist, and Ricky Peterson came in and now you have this video to watch!
 
“We will see if and how we will use this song later on,” says singer Larry King, “but in the meantime we wanted the fans to be able to properly enjoy this song in preparation of the band’s performance at the Frontiers' Festival. We hope you can enjoy this and see you soon in Italy!”
 
On a related note, MTB is now also on Facebook! Follow their page here: https://www.facebook.com/MichaelThompsonBand/
 

 

 
Thu
01
Mar

FORTUNE Plan New Studio Album For 2019

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Frontiers Music Srl welcomes AOR cult heroes Fortune to the label for the release of a new studio album in early 2019! Mick Fortune says, "[w]e are looking forward to working with Frontiers in both a recording and a touring capacity! Exciting times ahead!"
 
Fortune’s lineup is comprised of:
Mick Fortune (drums)
Richard Fortune (guitar)
Larry Greene (vocals)
Ricky Rat (bass)
Mark Nilan (keyboards)
 
The seeds of Fortune were planted by brothers Richard and Mick Fortune, who came from a family of professional musicians; their mother was a singer and their father a singer and bassist. Richard started playing the guitar when he was 16, and went on to play guitar and tour with Buddy Miles, Booker T & The MGs and Spirit, while Mick started out as an accordion, keyboard, and trombone player before switching to drums. The brothers cut an album, "Fortune" for Warner Brothers in 1978, but by 1982 had totally revamped the group with a new key acquisition being the recruitment of Roger Scott Craig. A classically trained pianist from the age of 8, the Irish born keyboard player was known for a successful stint with the Scouse pop group Liverpool Express in the '70s. With a lineup rounded out by Larry 'L.A.' Greene, also of Top Gun soundtrack fame, on vocals, and Detroit studio and Elton John bassist Bob Birch, Fortune eventually released their self-titled debut album in 1985 to a warm reception, especially in Japan and Europe.
 
Camel/MCA Records (the same label that had launched Night Ranger and Giuffria to stardom) released the debut and it is still highly regarded today by fans of the genre. For many fans of the genre, it is indeed considered one of the best, if not THE best AOR albums of all-time. While this is of course very much open to debate, the reality is that Fortune’s album is one of those lost gems from yesteryear that has aged like fine wine while the years have passed.
 
Shortly after that legendary self-titled album's release, Camel Records unexpectedly declared bankruptcy for undisclosed reasons and refused to give up the masters of the album, making an album re-release impossible until fairly recently. The band remained silent for years and while Larry Greene and Roger Scott Craig started working together with the band Harlan Cage (who released several albums in the second half of the 90’s and early 00’s), the Fortune brothers started the band back up again as a trio in 2006, until a proper band reunion happened in 2016 when the band performed at the Rockingham Music Festival in 2016 and then - thanks to the acclaim that followed that performance - in 2017 as well. These appearances ultimately led to discussions with Frontiers about a new studio album.
 
Follow the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/fortunerockers

 

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Wed
28
Feb

Sony Japan Compiles CHEAP TRICK's Singles & Videos

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
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Cheap Trick brings the first single collection April 4 in Japan. Disc 1 (Blu-spec CD2) includes all the tracks from their singles released in Japan in their EPIC era (1977-1990). Track list of them are listed in order of their release dates, and they are the US original versions. Also, the tracks features 2017 DSD mastering. Disc 2 (DVD) includes all the music videos released their EPIC era, including clips from "at Budokan." Comes with a booklet with cover artworks of all the singles.
 
Disc 1 (Blu-spec CD2) includes all the tracks from their singles released in Japan in their EPIC era (1977-1990). Track list of them are listed in order of their release dates, and they are the US original versions. Also, the tracks features 2017 DSD mastering.
 
Disc 2 (DVD) includes all the music videos released their EPIC era, including clips from "at Budokan." Comes with a booklet with cover artworks of all the singles.
 
DISC 1
1 I Want You To Want Me
2 Clock Strikes Ten
3 Surrender
4 California Man
5 Voices
6 Speak Now Or Forever Hold Your Peace
7 Dream Police
8 Everything Works If You Let It
9 Stop This Game
10 (Love Comes) A Tumblin' Down
11 If You Want My Love
12 Dancing The Night Away
13 Tonight It's You
14 Mighty Wings
15 The Flame
16 Don't Be Cruel
17 Stop That Thief
18 Ghost Town
19 Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
20 Wherever Would I Be
21 Ain't That A Shame (Live at Budokan, Single Version)
 
Disc 2 - [DVD/Music Video]
1 I Want You To Want Me (Live at Budokan 1978)
2 Surrender (Live at Budokan 1978)
3 Ain't That A Shame (Live: 1980 American Music Awards)
4 Dream Police
5 Way Of The World
6 Voices
7 If You Want My Love
8 She's Tight
9 I Can't Take It
10 Tonight It's You
11 It's Only Love
12 The Flame
13 Don't Be Cruel
14 Ghost Town
15 Never Had A Lot To Lose
16 Can't Stop Fallin' Into Love
17 Wherever Would I Be
 
 
 
Tue
27
Feb

MASS New Album Studio Diary - Exclusive - Part 5 - Michael Sweet To Guest

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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 the final entry; number 5!

 
Peering out my window this afternoon, I watch the falling snow after just having an amazing 75 degree day yesterday here in Boston. New England... you got to love it.

Well, a few last minute minor tweaks were done last week on a few tracks and our fantastic engineer Kenny Lewis has now uploaded all the files to Philadelphia's own Brian J Anthony who will be mixing and mastering the new MASS album. Brian comes highly recommended by our label and has done a superb job on the first few song mixes. Brian is just coming off the mixing of KANSAS vocalist Steve Walsh's outstanding new record and we look forward to working with him throughout the completion of all mixes.

Now with the album artwork underway (revealed soon) and the album in full blown mix stage, we anticipate a May 23, 2018 release.

Special Guest Announcement:
Michael Sweet of STRYPER makes a special guest appearance on the power ballad song "Stand Alone."  Michael adds his flawless guitar playing to the song and creates an amazing melodic solo which compliments the song beautifully.

Our PR man Michael Robinson had the opportunity to ask Michael Sweet a few questions during his MASS studio session. Check out what MS had to say below. But before you do, I would like to thank Andrew McNeice for posting my blogs, and to everyone who took the time to read them. Cheers, and hope to see some of you on the road and that you all dig the new album!


 

 
Q&A with Stryper's Michael Sweet @michaelhsweet
 
Question
On which song will you be appearing on the new MASS album, and what can you tell us about the tune (ballad, mid-tempo, rocker), and your specific contribution (vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, etc.)?

Michael Sweet:
"I've always been a fan of the band MASS and the guys are some of the best you'll find. They asked me to play a guitar solo on a song called "Stand Alone," a really cool guitar ballad that's straight ahead and classic MASS."

Question 
You have a long history with MASS. Looking back at your work as Producer on Voices in the Night (1989), what are you most proud of on that record, as far as the sound, performances, songwriting, etc.?

Michael Sweet
"That album just has "it". There's a special chemistry that took place on VITN and everything came together. The songs, performances, production, energy, everything. It was an honor to be a part of it!"

Question
While thinking back to the making of the Voices record, do you have any funny or particularly interesting stories/memories you can share from that period that MASS and Michael Sweet fans would be surprised (and amused) to hear?

Michael Sweet
"The guys stayed at our home for almost two months and everyday was a blast. We laughed a lot. I talked in my Tony Montana accent and they would talk like me. The running line is "You've gotta be coo coo to go to Coco's" - we say it to this day! Man those were fun times with lots of amazing memories......"

Question
Since Voices, MASS has continued to produce outstanding rock records, with this upcoming record, When Two Worlds Collide, their first in seven years. Having worked so closely with the band in the past, and now hearing their new material, do you have any thoughts/comments you can share with MASS (and Michael Sweet) fans so they know what to expect from this long-awaited, upcoming release?

Michael Sweet
"MASS has always been about the songs and that's the foundation. You have to have great songs or you have nothing. MASS has always had great songs and they've been doing it for a long time. That's unusual in this business. They're legendary and I'm proud to know them."

 

 

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Fri
23
Feb

DOKKEN 'Return To The East' On New Live Release

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Formats:
• CD/DVD
• Blu-Ray
• Collector's Box (CD/DVD + T-Shirt) [Comes with XL tee in the U.S., L tee in EU]
• 2xLP Standard 180g Black Vinyl
• 2xLP Limited Edition 180g Green Vinyl (Exclusive to Frontiers' U.S. Store - Limited to 150 WORLDWIDE)
• 2xLP Limited Edition 180g Red Vinyl (Exclusive to Frontiers' EU Store - Limited to 150 WORLDWIDE)
• MP3 (audio only)
 
"Return To The East Live (2016)" Available April 20, 2018!
 
At this point, Dokken simply needs no introduction. The band cemented their status as one of the legendary hard rock/heavy metal archetypes of the ‘80s rock scene with numerous successful albums and tours, evergreen songs and music videos and a lore that will live on forever.
 
In 2016, the classic original line-up Dokken featuring: Don Dokken, George Lynch, Jeff Pilson, and Mick Brown reunited to play the world famous Loud Park Festival in Japan. Fortunately for fans outside of Japan, cameras were there to capture the performance and now Frontiers is set to issue “Return To The East Live (2016)” on April 20th! In addition to the Japanese performance, this set also features footage from the classic lineup’s only US reunion show of 2016 in Sioux Falls, SD at Badlands.
 
If the release wasn’t amazing enough, the package includes a brand-new studio track, “It’s Just Another Day” and two acoustic re-workings of classic tracks, from the original members!
 
Don Dokken says, “[a]fter 25 years, it was great to reunite with George and Jeff and Mick and do a couple shows for the fans. We hope you like this album and video. There’s a lot of great bonus footage of us having fun, so enjoy it!”
 
Bassist Jeff Pilson on the forthcoming release, “I’m so thrilled this piece of the Dokken story is hitting the streets! What a magical experience it has been and this CD/DVD captures a lot of that wonderful manic energy that has always made Dokken so vital! I remain extremely grateful to have been a part of such a vibrant voice in the world of heavy rock. Thanx to the fans and to George, Don and Mick for being the musicians, writers and friends that you are!”
 
LINEUP:
Don Dokken – Vocals
George Lynch – Guitars
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Mick Brown - Drums
 
TRACKLISTING:
 
CD
01. It’s Another Day (New Studio Track)
02. Kiss Of Death
03. The Hunter
04. Unchain The Night
05. When Heaven Comes Down
06. Breakin’ The Chains
07. Into The Fire
08. Dream Warriors
09. Tooth And Nail
10. Alone Again (Intro)
11. Alone Again
12. It’s Not Love
13. In My Dreams
14. Heaven Sent (Acoustic Studio Bonus Track)
15. Will The Sun Rise (Acoustic Studio Bonus Track)
 
DVD
01. Tooth And Nail
02. Unchain The Night
03. When Heaven Comes Down
04. Breakin’ The Chains
05. Into The Fire
06. Alone Again
07. It’s Not Love
08. Paris Is Burning
09. Kiss Of Death
10. The Hunter
11. Dream Warriors
12. In My Dreams
13. Behind the Scenes

 
Thu
22
Feb

ISSA Returns With 'Run With The Pack' April 20

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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ISSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM, "RUN WITH THE PACK"
OUT APRIL 20, 2018 ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL
FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO, "COME BACK AGAIN" OUT TODAY
APPEARING AT FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL V IN MILAN, IT APRIL 29-30
 
 
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of ISSA's brand new album, “Run With the Pack" on April 20th! Today, ISSA has unveiled the first single and video, "Come Back Again" from the new album.
 

 
“Run With the Pack” is ISSA’s fifth studio album, another quality outing of classic Melodic Rock/AOR with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and massive guitars. Reminiscent of bands such as HEART and SARAYA, with a 21st century production and great songwriting and arrangements, this time ISSA goes in a heavier and more rocking direction. "Run With The Pack" also offers a special treat in the form of a duet with Deen Castronovo (Revolution Saints, The Dead Daisies, ex-Journey) on the beautiful song “Sacrifice Me”.
 
Issa says. “I really can't wait for everybody to hear this album, it's been a real labour of love. This album has taken me back to my roots. The feel of the songs are just what got me into music in the first place. The album has got it all - edgy, dark and full of attitude on one hand, but also the classic larger than life ballads which I love so much. I've been very privileged to sing a duet with Deen Castronovo and there are some really great songwriters who contributed to the record! When I get asked what my favourite song is I really don't know... you decide!!!!"
 
Helped by producer, and keyboard player, Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Jorn) and some killer musicians such as Simone Mularoni (DGM) on guitar, Marco Di Salvia (Kee of Hearts) on drums, Andrea “ToWer" Torricini (Vision Divine) on bass, Issa has crafted a superb album which offers soaring and instantly likeable hooklines, solid guitar riffs and a crisp sound. This album is going to be a 2018 Melodic Rock Album of the Year contender!
 
Be sure to catch ISSA at Frontiers Rock Festival V alongside labelmates JORN, Stryper, Quiet Riot, Jack Russell's Great White, Michael Thompson Band, Perfect Plan, Animal Drive, and more on April 29-30 at LIVE MUSIC CLUB in Milan, IT. More information at the official website: www.frontiersrockfestival.com
 
“Run With the Pack” tracklisting:
  1. AM I LOSIN’ YOU
  2. RUN WITH THE PACK
  3. SACRIFICE ME
  4. HOW LONG
  5. THE SOUND OF YESTERDAY
  6. COME BACK AGAIN
  7. TALK TO YOUR HEART
  8. BITTERSWEET
  9. CLOSER TO YOU
  10. IRREPLACEABLE
  11. EVERYTHING TO ME
Band:
Issa Oversveen - vocals 
Simone Mularoni - guitars
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
Andrea “ToWer" Torricini - bass
Marco Di Salvia - drums
 
Follow ISSA on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/issasite/
 

 

 
Thu
22
Feb

TOTO Box Set 'All In' Pre-order Open

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TOTO ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION BOX SET “ALL IN” AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER UNTIL APRIL 10
 
The Definitive Limited Edition Box Set Features 13 Albums On 17 LP’s,
80 Page Hardcover Book, Live In Paris 1990 Blu-Ray, Live In Tokyo 1980 EP, TOTO IV In 5.1 Surround Sound
Along With Previously Unreleased Material
 
 
Los Angeles, CA --- TOTO is pleased to announce the release of their definitive box set: All In via Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music).  This limited edition release is available beginning today for pre-order here:  http://SMARTURL.IT/TOTO40TRIPSBOXSET
 
This limited edition vinyl/CD All In set will not be made available in retail stores and is only available to purchase until April 10.  All orders will ship this fall. 
 
All In features the following TOTO albums on seventeen LP’s:
Toto, Hydra, Turn Back, IV, Isolation, Fahrenheit, The Seventh One, Kingdom Of Desire (Double LP set), Tambu (Double LP set), Mindfields (Double LP set), Toto XX (Double LP set).
 
The set also includes a previously unreleased Live In Tokyo EP from their 1980 tour, along with an album titled Old Is New. 
 
The Old Is New LP features ten tracks, seven are previously unreleased along with “Spanish Sea,” “Alone” and “Struck By Lighting” which are featured on the band’s new greatest hits collection 40 Trips Around The Sun.  All of the music in the box set was personally remastered by TOTO along with Elliot Scheiner. 
 
A Blu-Ray which includes:
- Live in Paris 1990 Concert
- Toto IV in 5.1 surround sound
 
Also included in the box set is an 80-page hardcover book which includes new essays, and previously unseen photos.  All box sets will include a numbered 8"x 8" certificate of authenticity personally signed by the band.
 
A CD version of the All In box with just the albums will be made available later this year.
 
TOTO’s brand new Greatest Hits package titled 40 Trips Around The Sun was released last week and is impacting charts all over the world.  The band is currently in the middle of an extensive European tour with multiple dates already sold out across Europe.  The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour will be the band’s most extensive run in years and is expected to hit the U.S. this summer. More shows will be announced shortly.
 
Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of TOTO.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.  Toto has over 400 million streams on Spotify alone along while views on YouTube far exceed over a half billion.
 
With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational worldwide fan base.
 
 
TOTO – 2018 - 40 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN TOUR
2/22     Munich, DE                            Olympiahalle – SOLD OUT
2/24     Berlin, DE                               C-Halle – SOLD OUT
2/25     Leipzig, DE                             Haus Auensee – SOLD OUT
2/27     Prague, CZ                              Forum Karlin
2/28     Krakow, PL                            Tauron Arena
3/2       Vienna, AT                             Gasometer – SOLD OUT
3/4       Sofia, BG                                National Palace Of Culture
3/5       Skopje, MK                            Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall
3/9       Zagreb, HR                             Dom Sportova
3/10     Milan, IT                                 Mediolanum Forum
3/12     Zurich, CH                              Hallenstadion
3/13     Stuttgart, DE                           Porsche Arena – SOLD OUT
3/15     Lille, FR                                  Zenith
3/17     Amsterdam, NL                      Ziggo Dome – SOLD OUT
3/18     Brussels, BE                           Forest National
3/20     Offenbach, DE                        Stadthalle – SOLD OUT
3/22     Geneva, CH                            Arena Geneva
3/23     Bologna, IT                             Unipol Arena
3/25     Marseille, FR                          Dome
3/26     Toulouse, FR                          Zenith
3/27     Lyon, FR                                 Halle Tony Garnier
3/29     Luxembourg City, LU             Rockhal
3/30     Paris, FR                                 La Seine Musicale - SOLD OUT
4/1       London, UK                            Royal Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
4/2       Manchester, UK                      Bridgewater Hall – SOLD OUT
4/4       Dublin, IE                               Vicar Street – SOLD OUT
4/5       Dublin, IE                               Vicar Street – SOLD OUT
4/7       Belfast, UK                             Waterfront Auditorium
4/8       Glasgow, UK                          SEC Armadillo
 
 
 
Wed
21
Feb

KEVIN LEE & THE KINGS Back With 'Sticks & Stones'

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Chicago Power Pop Icons KEVIN LEE & THE KINGS Deliver STICKS & STONES
 
Glimmering "Big-Hook" Masterpiece Contains Anthemic Lead Single, “On Top of the World”
 
“High-quality melodic pop/rock in the veins of Cheap Trick and Matchbox Twenty.” Melodic .net
 
Five Chicagoland Album Release Shows Announced for March/April
 
Chicago, IL: With three decades of storied history, acclaimed singer/songwriter Kevin Lee continues to inspire generations as one of the best big-hook, power pop songwriters in the business. Flanked by his incredible band, The Kings, Lee recently released, Sticks & Stones, on Sigus Records. With an infectious sound of modern pop/rock packed with big guitars, indelible hooks, and soaring vocal harmonies, the songs deliver the kind of car-radio magic that turn winter nights into summer bright. Tracks like “On Top of the World,” “Tell the Truth,” the Tom Petty-esque, “All We Have Is Now,” and the ultra-catchy “Hold On to Yourself Tonight,” remind you of why you loved rock and roll in the first place.
 
A former MCA recording artist, Lee is a veteran solo artist with arena-sized credentials that include tours with Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Lou Gramm, Matthew Sweet, and Pearl Jam. Signed to MCA in 1992 with his band, the Lonesome City Kings the band’s debut single "Standing in the Line of Fire" was a huge success at radio, eventually landing in an NBA All-Stars Video and the Golden Globe nominated movie A Dangerous Woman, which starred Debra Winger, David Strathairn, and Barbara Hershey and featured child actors, Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
 
In 1998, Lee released his first solo album, Walk A Mile In My Shoes on Bubblehaus Records. The critically acclaimed Loaded followed in 2002 on Chicago-based Big Blast Records with 2006’s, Flip the Switch, marking the debut of his Sigus Records imprint. Voted “Best New Artist" by UK rock magazine Fireworks, Kevin’s song, “Tonight," was featured in the major motion picture, Spaceman, a 2016 comedy that starred John Duhamel, Winter Ave Zoli, and Emma Rose Maloney.
 
A bit of a Midwestern supergroup, his latest band, The Kings, includes powerhouse bassist/vocalist Patti Prendergast, who has toured internationally with Bitch and Tough Love, guitarist/vocalist Michael Kurtz, known for his work with Madfox, Bombs Away, and Half Bitten Moon, and drummer Erik Strommer, who made his bones on the East Coast in bands like Broken Arrows and Catfish Hunter. These four road-tested emissaries have an undeniable chemistry that mix the best parts of the Classic Rock era with 21st Century energy.
 
Sticks & Stones marks his third album with The Kings, following 2013’s Breakout (2013), which was voted one of the best of the year by Illinois Entertainer, and 2010’s Dusk Till Dawn, whose signature anthem, “Time Won't Stand Still,” hit #1 at WMWX in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
To support the new album, the band will play a series of shows throughout Chicagoland including a special appearance at the Fox River Harley-Davidson in St. Charles on Saturday April 7. With their sights set on adding octane to the highway of life, Sticks & Stones is a robust engine to keep rock 'n roll humming for infinite miles to the gallon.
 
Chunky guitars, big hooks and driving beats.” Ice Cream Man Power Pop
“High-quality melodic pop/rock in the veins of Cheap Trick and Matchbox Twenty.” Melodic.net
"Deftly blueprints some of the great power pop that's come from the Midwest.” Illinois Entertainer
 
 
Tour Dates:
Mar 03 - Bolingbrook, IL @ Tailgaters (9pm)
Mar 10 - Hanover Park, IL @ Bungalow Joe's (8pm)
Mar 22 - Berwyn, IL @ Wire (8pm)
Apr 07 - St. Charles @ Fox River Harley-Davidson (11:30am)
Apr 14 - Dundee, IL @ RocHaus (8pm)
 

 

 
Wed
21
Feb

PERFECT PLAN Are The Next AOR Name From Sweden

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of PERFECT PLAN debut album entitled "All Rise" on April 20.
 
New single & video "In and Out of Love” available now.
 
Coming from Örnsköldsvik in the cold North of Sweden, PERFECT PLAN is an awesome new AOR combo which was founded in late 2014. Since their inception, the guys had the vision to come up an with exciting musical blend of classic Scandinavian AOR (think Work of Art, Treat, early Europe) with nods to legends like Giant, Foreigner, and Journey. Perfect Plan music came to the attention of Frontiers Music Srl in the spring of 2017 and the label was immediately excited with what they heard. “All Rise” is an incredibly skilled and mature release for being a debut album, this is truly and simply a magnificent example of what “classic” in AOR Music is!
 
Singer Kent Hilli says, “We´re are really thrilled and excited to release our debut album ”All Rise” together with the Frontiers label. We have strived for a dynamic variation and I think all the songs on the album are unique and has a strong identity and you can hear that every song sounds like us, Perfect Plan. We hope you have bought tickets to Frontiers Rock Festival cause we´re gonna rock hard and kick some ass April 29th in Milano! See you there!
 
The band features the extraordinary singer Kent Hilli together with Rolf Nordström on guitar, P-O Sedin on bass, Fredrik Forsberg on drums and Leif Ehlin on keyboards.
 
Perfect Plan are ready to take on the world and become one of your favorite new melodic rock artists! Don’t lose the chance to witness the class in the making of PERFECT PLAN at the Frontiers Rock Festival 5 in Trezzo (Milano) next April 29th!
 
 
“All Rise” Tracklisting includes:
 
BAD CITY WOMAN
IN AND OUT OF LOVE
STONE COLD LOVER
GONE TOO FAR
WHAT GOES AROUND
TOO LATE
CAN'T TURN BACK
NEVER SURRENDER
1985
WHAT CAN I DO
HEAVEN IN YOUR EYES
 
Follow the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/perfectplansweden
 
 
Wed
21
Feb

GUS G 'Fearless' On New Album Due April 20

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Friday, April 20, 2018
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Highly acclaimed guitarist GUS G. is set to release his new album, titled “Fearless”, on April 20th. “Fearless” is the successor to 2015’s “Brand New Revolution” and marks the Firewind mastermind’s first release since exiting Ozzy Osbourne’s band in 2017.
 
On “Fearless” Gus joins forces with vocalist/bassist Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69/Unisonic) and drummer Will Hunt (Evanescence, Black Label Society).
 
“Dennis and I have collaborated very closely for a number years, he produced the current Firewind album Immortals, among other things. We’re on the same musical wavelength and simply continued our cooperation after the Firewind production,” Gus describes his relationship with the multitalented German-American. “I sent him demos of and ideas for my new songs and once we had enough material and started to think about vocalists, Dennis suggested recording the album as a trio. A lot of people don’t realise that Dennis is not only a brilliant songwriter, bassist and producer but also an excellent singer. I immediately liked his suggestion because this would be very different from everything else I’ve done before.” It was only a short step from the enlistment of drummer Will Hunt. Gus: “Will was at the very top of my wish list. Fate smiled on me because we played at the Frankfurt music fair 2017 during my tour with Steve Stevens, and Will stayed at the same hotel. So I approached him, we talked for a while and he agreed. Last August he came to the studio and recorded the drum parts for the whole album within two and a half days. A real pro with a great groove and an awesome punch.”
 
Which applies not only to Hunt and Ward, but of course also to Gus G. himself, who once again proves to be a phenomenal guitarist on Fearless, presenting technical skills which exclude all possibility of doubt and a compositional talent that allows his fellow musicians to shine. Hard-as-nails metal tracks such as the opener ‘Letting Go’, ‘Mr Manson’, which is driven by a dark bass/guitar riff, and the subsequent melodic ‘Don´t Tread On Me’ immediately propel the new album into the desired direction. At the same time, the three instrumental songs give listeners an idea of the outstanding talent of the 37-year-old who is easily on a par with George Lynch (‘Mr. Scary’) and Michael Schenker (‘Into The Arena’). “A lot of fans have asked me to record more instrumental tracks. Voilà, here they are,” grins Gus. Last but not least, the successful cover version of the Dire Straits classic ‘Money For Nothing’, which surprises with an unusual change of key after the noteworthy intro, deserves a mention. But it’s certainly not the only surprise that this amazing album holds in store!
 
Tracklisting:
01. Letting Go
02. Mr Manson
03. Don´t Tread On Me
04. Fearless
05. Nothing To Say
06. Money For Nothing
07. Chances
08. Thrill Of The Chase
09. Big City
10. Last Of My Kind
 
Bonus tracks on Digipak/Vinyl:
11. Little Ain´t Enough
12. Aftermath
 
Line-Up:
Gus G. (Guitar)
Dennis Ward (Vocals/Bass)
Will Hunt (Drums)
 
 
Tue
20
Feb

AMERICAN TEARS Get 'Hard Core' In April

Monday, April 23, 2018
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the release of American Tears brand new album!!
 
AMERICAN TEARS - HARD CORE
Release date: 23rd April 2018
 
Keys, drums, bass and Vocals: Mark Mangold
BG Vocal on Fyre: Jake E
 
Track List:
1. HARD CORE  (3:03)
2. CARNIVORE  (4:56)
3. LOST IN TIME  (4.11)
4. FYRE  (4:29)
5. SMOKE AND MIRRORS  (5:06)
6. THE FERRYMAN  (4:23)
7. NUCLEAR  (4:10)
8. TEAR GAS  (4:17)
9. LORDS OF LIGHT  (5:29)
10. DEPLORABLE  (4:57)
11. BOTTOMS UP  (7:12)
12. AT LAST  (5:37)
 
Produced and Engineered by Mark Mangold
Artwork by: Nello Dell'Omo
 
American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released it's first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974 and it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975.  Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. For the second record Greg Baze took over the bass duties.  The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship.  Eclectic in their approach, their heartfelt music ranged from aggressive keyboard based extravaganzas to beautiful lush melodies circling pop of the day..
 
The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond. Mark, surrounded by 12 keyboards, Tommy being almost invisible behind a huge battery of drums, with Gary, and later Greg, showing their bass virtuosity in front of a wall of amps, the band stressed musicianship and musicality, while exploring new sounds, and always pushing the envelope.
 
The third American Tears album, Powerhouse, added the guitarist and singer, Craig Brooks, and the band evolved into the critically acclaimed band Touch...but that is another story.
 
This fourth American Tears album "Hard Core" heralds the return by Mark to this keyboard based approach, using instruments only available in the 70's when the band made it's first foray.  In fact this band may be the only band on the planet playing exclusively keyboard rock.  With influences from his earlier work, tipping an occassional hat to ELP, Moody Blues and even Deep Purple, this new album shows the daring, and pure emotion, that can be ripped out of those instruments.  American Tears defies the term "generic" as this purely original music, and scathing lyrics, have few if any standards for comparison.
 
 

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