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14
Sep

HEAVEN & EARTH Announce 'Hard To Kill' For October 6

Friday, October 6, 2017
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Los Angeles hard rockers HEAVEN & EARTH release HARD TO KILL, October 6 on Quarto Valley Records. It’s available to pre-order via HEAVEN & EARTH’s PledgeMusic campaign. In addition to pre-ordering HARD TO KILL, fans can purchase a range of exclusive merchandise and special offerings from the band, including signed albums, guitars, posters and lyric sheets, Skype lessons with each band member, and even a Skype cooking lesson with singer Joe Retta. A lyric video for “The Game Has Changed” was recently released and can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page. It will be available on iTunes September 22.

HEAVEN & EARTH features Joe Retta (lead vocals, guitar, harmonica), Stuart Smith (guitars), Lynn Sorensen (bass and vocals), keyboardist Ty Baillie (who has played with Katy Perry and Robbie Robertson), and essential to the album with his songwriting and drumming is Kenny Aronoff, who has been a sideman to countless bands both live and in-studio including Bob Seger, John Mellencamp, and the Rolling Stones. His distinctive style and energyis one to behold on HARD TO KILL. While on tour, the band includes musicians Mike Mangan (Hammond organ and keyboards) and Steven Wilson (drums, percussion, vocals).
 
Taking HARD TO KILL as a whole, the 11 original songs ring true and the melodies unfold like you have known them your whole life. The title track serves as the band’s anthem, a testament to perseverance and the power of rock. “L.A. Blues” exposes the pitfalls of living in the City of Angels, while “The Game Has Changed” dramatically contrasts the past with the present. Meanwhile, “Til It’s Over” will earn the admiration of longtime rock listeners, just as the attitude in “Bleed Me Dry” and “Walk Away” will speak to any modern music fan.
 
With guidance from Ritchie Blackmore, Smith’s own performing career took him across Europe with various bands, through New York City, and ultimately to Los Angeles where he first formed HEAVEN & EARTH. The band released two previous albums before he met singer Joe Retta about a decade

HEAVEN & EARTH founder/guitarist Stuart Smith was born in Great Britain, the son of an RAF jet fighter pilot, and he was originally classically trained on the guitar from the age of 8. After seeing a Deep Purple concert in the early ‘70s, he got turned on to rock & roll. When he was 19 years old, he met guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and the two became fast friends. Blackmore instantly took Smith under his wing and mentored him.

ago, when both men were touring with The Sweet, known for the classic hits “Ballroom Blitz” and “Fox On The Run.” After developing a strong writing partnership, Retta and Smith joined forces to continue the HEAVEN & EARTH legacy.
A native of Rochester, NY, Retta established himself as one of the most versatile singers in Los Angeles. He has performed with The Sweet, Gregg Rolie, Dio Disciples, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With Retta out in front, his powerful vocals and world-class musicianship are integral to HEAVEN & EARTH’s epic sound.
 
Bassist Lynn Sorensen, a Seattle native, has performed all across the globe with Bad Company and in Paul Rodgers’ band. As a teen, Sorensen studied classical violin and viola; to this day, he maintains a passion for classical music.
“We feel that HARD TO KILL is definitely the band’s best work yet, and we’re excited to see how it’s received,” says guitarist Stuart Smith. “We’re looking forward to going on tour and playing selections from all four HEAVEN & EARTH albums, as well as a few surprises.”
 
“The reinvention of rock comes to you from HEAVEN & EARTH. A band that brings every riff you ever wanted into the 21st century"
—Chris Lord-Alge, Multi Grammy® Award-winning mix engineer
"The new album from HEAVEN & EARTH is the real deal. Many great songs start out as a great riff, and this album is full of them. Intention, intensity, and emotion. All three are in play here. Well done, guys. Keep On Rocking!"
—Edgar Winter
“On all fronts, HARD TO KILL is an album that demands your attention. I recommend a total surrender, because those who absorb its savage beauty will be rewarded with a transcendent musical experience.”
-- Michael Molenda, Guitar Player magazine
 

 

 
Wed
13
Sep

LICENCE Announce Their 'Licence 2 Rock' Oct 27

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Friday, October 27, 2017
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LICENCE, the band from Ludwigsburg/Germany is the brainchild of local guitar hero and songwriter Steam Thiess. After a break for a few years he decided he has too much musical creativity to let it go and he wants to get back into business.
 
In May 2014 he founded LICENCE and was looking for musicians who'd fit into the band. To find the singer was easy, his daughter Jacky had just what he was looking for! With an amazing presence and rocking voice the first piece to the puzzle was solved. With bassist Pappe and drummer Sammy Sin they recruited the two perfect missing links.
 
They soon played shows with bands like TERRANA, STORMWITCH, PRAYING MANTIS, STOP STOP, TRI STATE CORNER & TWENTYDARKSEVEN, followed by festivals alongside SAXON, THE POODLES and many more.
 
The pre-production in 2016 ended in recordings for their debut album „Licence 2 Rock“, which was mixed and mastered by none other than Achim Köhler, known for his work with PRIMAL FEAR, BRAINSTORM and many others. The record shows the whole facettes of the LICENCE sound. Back to the 80s without sounding outdated. Heavy, melodic and always keeping you on the edge of your seat. Once you hear the songs they will remain stuck in your head.
 
You can't buy the licence to rock, you need to own it. LICENCE does!!!
 
Line-Up:
Jacky Coke – vocals
Steam Thiess – guitar
Pappe – bass
Sammy Sin – drums
 
Discography:
Licence 2 Rock (2017)
 
Web: https://www.licence-band.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Licence.band
 
Tue
12
Sep

SCHERER/BATTEN - BattleZone - Out Next Week!

Friday, September 22, 2017
BattleZone
Produced By: 
Jim Peterik
Running Time: 
52.55
Release Date: 
September 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide)
 
  
 
MRR September Deal:
 
BOULEVARD - 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' and 
SCHERER/BATTEN - 'BattleZone' ($36 including Worldwide Shipping)
 
  
 
PURCHASE CD:
 
 
DIGITAL OPTIONS:
 
Google Play: http://bit.ly/2wthyKE
 
FULL AUDIO PREVIEWS:
 
The Sound Of Your Voice: https://youtu.be/UmAyJvq6tts
 

 
 

 

 
Tue
12
Sep

MIKE TRAMP Delivers 30 Years Of Goodies In New Box Set

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Friday, December 1, 2017
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"This & That (But A Whole Lot More)" is the brand new box set from Mike Tramp, that is being released on the 1st of December in a limited edition of 1000 copies worldwide. The box set contains 5 CDs and 1 DVD with previously unreleased material from Tramps long career, but with brand new stuff as well.

Mike Tramp himself says this about the box set:
"In the 21st century where the music business have become something like an old fashion garage sale and your loyal fans have become someone you address by first name and have a coffee with. It is with great pleasure that I give back to those who have stood by my side for so long and shared this journey with me, and now give them the key to my own personal vault of songs and projects I have done over the past 30 years. This Box set is from Mike Tramp to his fans".

The box set will be sold exclusively at: www.shop.targetgroup.dk
On November 24TH and 25th, Mike Tramp and Band Of Brothers will be playing two memorable release shows at Halmtorvet 9 in Copenhagen. The box set will be available at this show, and you will be able pre-order it when buying a ticket for the show at this link to make sure you will get your hands on a copy: Here are ticket links.

 
Brand new single "Work It All Out"  from Mike Tramp, released exclusively on the upcoming CD-box set "This & That (But A Whole Lot More)" - out 1st of December.

And watch the music video for "Work It All Out" here: 

 


 
 
Mon
11
Sep

THE RADIO SUN Debut New Single 'Heaven On Earth'

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THE RADIO SUN have released their first single Heaven On Earth from their fourth full length album ‘Unstoppable’ out October 20 via Pride & Joy Music Germany, Anderstein Music Japan and direct from the band in Melbourne, Australia. The new album was mixed by Paul Laine (solo, The Defiants).
Guitarist Stevie Janevski goes on to say “Unstoppable stands for what we believe in… we’re a hard working band that loves to write melodic catchy hard rock songs. This is our fourth album in four years – we’re all about touring and spreading the word. This new album is a great progression for the band – a collection of some of the best songs we’ve ever written that showcases our vocal harmonies.
Unstoppable features a special guest performance by Andy Shanahan (from Australian AOR pioneers Roxus) on keyboards on the track ‘Dreams Should Last Forever’. With influences such as Night Ranger, Def Leppard, Danger Danger, White Lion, Winger, Harem Scarem, Nelson, etc. The Radio Sun look forward to keep flying the flag for melodic hard rock with their new album.
Upcoming live shows in : Tokyo, Japan in November 2017, HRH AOR Wales, United Kingdom in March 2018, Melodic Rock Fest 5 Chicago, United States in May 2018….with more dates to follow.
**The band are signing all pre orders of the Australian album if ordered before the release date of October 20 via www.facebook.com/theradiosun SHOP NOW button. Unstoppable can also be purchased via Pride & Joy Music in Europe and Anderstein Music in Japan.
Hear the first single from Unstoppable – ‘Heaven On Earth’ and samples from the album below.

 

 
Mon
11
Sep

AIRBOUND Audio Teaser For Debut

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The full teaser for the Airbound's debut album is finally available on Youtube:

Pre-orders have already started on the official Burning Minds' shop, with the CD available in two different formats:
- Standard edition

- Special personalized limited edition
All infos for the purchase here: www.burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music/news/23

 
Mon
11
Sep

FIREWORKS Issue 80 Out Now - BCC & DEF LEPARD

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148 PAGE FIREWORKS #80 OUT SEPTEMBER 12 (SEPT 14 IN STORES)
 
The Autumn issue of Fireworks comes out next week, another 148 pages jam-packed with Hard Rock and Metal goodness!! This issue’s cover feature sees us sit down with Glenn Hughes for a detailed and honest look into the reformation of Black Country Communion and their superb new album. Elsewhere we have interviews with Cheap Trick, Suzi Quatro, H.e.a.t, Walter Trout, Cats In Space, Threshold, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Accept, Tony Martin, Michael Monroe, Gun, Robin Beck, Steelheart, Janet Gardner, Masterplan, Coldspell, Boulevard, Da Vinci, Martina Edoff, Nocturnal Rites, Newman, Eden’s Curse and many more, including a five-page interview with Joe Elliot and Rick Savage as they look back at the recording of ‘Hysteria’ 30 years ago.
 
Amongst our plethora of features, The Expert’s Guide takes a look at Giant, whilst Unsung Heroes highlights the wonderful Sass Jordan. Dave Reynolds continues his in-depth look at his Divine Decade, this issue highlighting 1975, the year that saw debuts for Rainbow, Ted Nugent and Dave’s all-time favourite, Angel, as well as a little double live album called ‘ALIVE!’
 
Add to this another 50 pages of reviews, the biggest in any UK music magazine, and a free 78 track mp3 CD with accompanying 51 page pdf mag, and you have a 199 page issue of thoroughly indispensable Hard Rock/Metal music!
 
Order your copy today for the fastest delivery (Subscriptions also available):   http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_rokquickcart&view=rokquickcart&Itemid=401
 
 
Fri
08
Sep

VANDENBERG's MOONKINGS Back With 'MKII'

Friday, November 3, 2017
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Adrian Vandenberg returns with his MoonKings for album nr 2!

Four years after Adrian Vandenberg made a spectacular comeback with Vandenberg’s Moonkings the band returns with a sophomore album, simply titled MK II. The album has all the qualities of the debut: once again the four-piece band manages to create a perfect mix of vintage seventies hard rock and current styles of heavy rock. Adrian Vandenberg shines as a bonafide guitar virtuoso, while the rest of the band also delivers in spades. Yet MK II has even more to offer than the highly praised first album. It shows how the band grew into a strong unit during the world tours of the recent years.

‘The last few years have been very important indeed’, confirms Adrian Vandenberg, who previously gained world fame as the guitarist and songwriter of Vandenberg and Whitesnake. ‘We just got to know each other when we recorded out debut album. I think we all exceeded each other’s expectations. But you really get to know each other while on the road. It was then that I really became impressed by the abundance of energy that this band has. We tried to capture this on our new album. At the same time, we all grew individually. I am really amazed by the way Jan Hoving has grown even more in his role as a singer and as a front man. I’ve played with the best bass players and drummers in my extensive career, but with all respect I dare to say that Sem Christoffel and drummer Mart Nijen Es form the best rhythm section I ever had the pleasure of working with.

 

Packshot_Moonkings-MK2_CD+LP

MK II

01. Tightrope
02. Reputation
03. Angel In Black
04. The Fire
05. Walk Away
06. All Or Nothing
07. What Doesn’t Kill You
08. Ready For The Taking
09. New Day
10. Hard Way
11. Love Runs Out
12. If You Can’t Handle The Heat

Get you copy at:
mlg-logo-whitePre-order T-shirt bundles available.
All pre-orders from MLG will be signed by Adrian
and will get a free poster (while stocks last)

 

 
Fri
08
Sep

Guitarist LOU DIBELLO Fires It Up On 'Heatwave'

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The art of six-stringer shredding has unquestionably come back to forefront in modern day hard rock and heavy metal music. And talented guitarist Lou DiBello will soon be leaving his own mark on the genre, with the release of his album, ‘Heat Wave.’ The album features input from current or former members of Manowar (guitarist Ross “The Boss” Friedman) and Symphony X (bassist Mike Lepond), and is chockfull of headbanging rockers and six-string showcases, especially the tune “Full Throttle,” which can be sampled here: 
 

 
"Heat Wave is my 4th solo release and by far my best effort to date,” explains DiBello. “The fact that I worked with such a great group of people was key, most notably singer Carsten Schulz, bassist Mike LePond, and legendary guitarist Ross ‘The Boss’ Friedman. It was a real honor to have Ross play dueling leads and harmonies with me on the epic track ‘Blood on the Cross,’ and he gave me valuable advice along the way as well. The record is a nice blend of hard rock/metal with vocals as well as instrumental tracks with a real emphasis on good songs with great guitar playing, as opposed to just great guitar playing. All out rocker ‘Let Me Hear You Scream - Rock & Roll!,’ as well as instrumental tracks ‘Full Throttle’ and my take on the Michael Schenker classic ‘Into the Arena’ are a few of the highlights.”
DiBello - who is an honors graduate from Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, California - has been a veteran of the Central Illinois music scene since the late ‘80s. Additionally, he has played over 2,500 paid performances, 600 in last 5 years alone, plus countless opening slots for acts like .38 Special, Slaughter, LA Guns, Molly Hatchet, Foghat, Quiet Riot, Survivor, Black Crowes, Blue Oyster Cult, and more. As an instructor, DiBello has given over 25,000 private lessons, and started one of the first streaming guitar lesson websites."
 
The guitarist also feels he has a lot to offer in the areas of instruction and collaboration with other artists, as he is a flexible player in a range of styles and enjoys playing in many different settings. Also, he is looking to place his music for licensing for TV and film.
 
“I love playing guitar! I am blessed to continue to pursue my passion and I am looking forward to further successes in this ongoing journey.”
 
Line-Up for ‘Heat Wave’:
Lou DiBello - Lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar
Carsten Schulz - Vocals
Bobby Whiles - Drums
Mike LePond (Symphony X) - Bass guitar (Blood On The Cross/Drop Deadly/Into The Arena)
Ross "The Boss” Friedman (Dictators, Manowar) - Lead guitar (Blood On The Cross)
Tim Rixstine - Keyboards, synthesizer
‘Heat Wave’ Tracklisting:
 
1) Heat Wave
2) Let Me Hear You Scream - Rock & Roll!
3) Blood On The Cross
4) The Meeting
5) Full Throttle
6) Drop Deadly
7) When All Is Lost
8) Into The Arena
 
To order a copy of the release please visit: http://hyperurl.co/r1i8gf
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT: www.loudibello.com
 
 
Fri
08
Sep

PRIMAL FEAR Add 4 New Tracks To 'Best Of Fear' Compilation

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl are pleased to announce the release of Primal Fear's 'The Best Of Fear' on November 10th, 2017! 
Check out the new song, 'If Looks Could Kill' (a Heart cover) here: https://youtu.be/V-R0xgaGYGY
 
'Best of Fear', as the name implies, is a new best of compilation from German heavy metal masters, Primal Fear. This double album culls together the best material from Primal Fear's last 10 years of work (including the albums 'New Religion,' '16.6 (Before the Devil Knows You're Dead),' 'Unbreakable,' 'Delivering the Black,' & 'Rulebreaker'), plus four brand new songs recorded specifically for this release.
Mat Sinner says: 'We wanted to come up with something special instead of a regular "Best-Of' album. We've recorded 4 new songs including a cover of the Heart song "If Looks Could Kill' and in my view one of the best vocal performances of Ralf Scheepers' career - crushing! We've divided the album into 2 CDs - on CD 1 the new tracks and our most favorite rockers, on CD 2 the epic stuff and the long songs including an exciting artwork by Stan Decker. This is a compilation we're proud of and much more than a collector's item!'
This comprehensive overview of Primal Fear's body of work over the past ten years is aptly split into two records which showcase the magnificence (and constantly maturing) songwriting abilities of these heavy metal lifers. The first album encompasses the heavier and more straight ahead material, while the second shows the more involved and epic side of the band's songwriting.
So, whether you're just discovering Primal Fear or you're a long-time fan, this is a really good overview of their music over the past ten years and is not to be missed!
TRACKLISTING:
CD1
1. AREA 16 (new song)
2. PREDATOR (new song)
3. IF LOOKS COULD KILL (new song)
4. THRILL OF SPEED (new song)
5. THE END IS NEAR
6. STRIKE
7. SIGN OF FEAR
8. IN METAL WE TRUST
9. WHEN DEATH COMES KNOCKING
10. SIX TIMES DEAD
11. ANGELS OF MERCY
12. UNBREAKABLE
13. RIDING THE EAGLE
14. RULEBREAKER
15. KING FOR A DAY
16. BAD GUYS WEAR BLACK
CD2
1. EVERYTIME IT RAINS (Feat. Simone Simons)
2. WE WALK WITHOUT FEAR
3. FIGHTING THE DARKNESS (long version)
4. HANDS OF TIME
5. ONE NIGHT IN DECEMBER
6. THE SKY IS BURNING
7. WHERE ANGELS DIE
8. BLACK RAIN
9. BORN WITH A BROKEN HEART (FEAT. LIV REMIX)
10. BORN AGAIN
11. THE MAN (THAT I DON'T KNOW)
BAND MEMBERS: 
Ralf Scheepers – Vocals
Tom Naumann - Guitars
Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
Magnus Karlsson – Guitars & Keyboards
Francesco Jovino – Drums
Mat Sinner - Bass & Vocals
Primal Fear Links: 
• Official Website: www.primalfear.de 
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrimalFearOfficial
 

 

 
Thu
07
Sep

H.E.A.T Announce November 2017 UK And European Tour Dates

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Friday, September 22, 2017
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To dovetail the release of their fifth studio album, H.E.A.T will tour the UK and Europe throughout November. The celebrated Swedish rock band will release their long awaited new album "Into The Great Unknown" on Friday 22nd September 2017 via earMUSIC.
The European leg of the tour will start in Copenhagen on Monday 30th October and the band will play their first show in the UK in Wolverhampton on Friday 17th November.
 
After one and a half years of intense song-writing, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the mix, the band went on a questionable trip to record an album in Thailand, once again with Swedish Grammy award-winning producer Tobias Lindell. With 10 top songs in their cannon, H.E.A.T entered the heavenly Karma Sound studios in the outskirts of Bangkok to record what would become the fifth studio album. Once again the band continue the musical landscape with an innovative, highly explosive and refreshing melodic rock sound and an unforgettable collection of fantastic new songs.
 
"Into The Great Unknown" is the follow-up to 2014’s critically acclaimed "Tearing Down The Walls".  2012’s successful "Address The Nation" album was praised worldwide as one of the best albums of the year, and consolidated the H.E.A.T’s growing reputation as the new leading band in hard edged melodic rock.  "Into The Great Unknown" is a rock and roll journey into the great unknown. The album delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for - frontman Erik Grönwall’s incredible vocal talent and the band’s traditional approach to melodic rock.
 
In 2009, H.E.A.T had a huge hit in Scandinavia with the song "1000 Miles". That same year the band’s second album "Freedom Rock" was nominated as one of the Top 50 albums in 2010 by Classic Rock magazine UK. Since then, they’ve toured all over the world, blowing audiences away with their outstanding live concerts.
 
Further info about H.E.A.T’s new album “Into The Great Unknown” – www.noblepr.co.uk/Press_Releases/earmusic/heat-into-the-great-unknown.htm
 
Watch the official UK & European tour trailer here – https://www.facebook.com/heatsweden/videos/10155697023354288/
 
H.E.A.T – NOVEMBER 2017 UK AND EUROPEAN TOUR
 
Copenhagen DK, Pumpehuset                   Monday 30 October
Hamburg DE, Logo                                           Tuesday 31 October
Berlin DE, Frannz Club                                   Wednesday 1 November
Munich DE, Backstage Halle                       Thursday 2 November
Innsbruck AT, Harley Bar                              Friday 3 November
Milan IT, Legend Club                                    Sunday 5 November
Bilbao ES, Santana 27                                     Tuesday 7 November
Madrid ES, La Riviera                                     Wednesday 8 November
Barcelona ES, Razzmatazz 2                         Thursday 9 November
Paris FR, La Nouveau Casino                       Saturday 11 November
Pratteln CH, Z7                                                 Sunday 12 November
Aschaffenburg DE, Colos-Saal                    Monday 13 November
Vosselaar BE, Biebob                                     Tuesday 14 November
Uden NL, De Pul                                               Wednesday 15 November
Wolverhampton UK, Slade Rooms          Friday 17 November
Glasgow UK, Cathouse                                  Saturday 18 November
Nottingham UK, Rescue Rooms                Sunday 19 November
London UK, Islington Academy                 Tuesday 21 November
 
 
Thu
07
Sep

MECCA 'The Demos' 2-Disc Compilation Due Nov 3

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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” will feature songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and several others that have never previously been released.
 
Fans will hear songs you thought you knew, but with alternative lyrics or chorus hooks, plus work-in-progress home recordings, alternative mixes and even a couple of guest vocalists lending a hand.
 
MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3.
Full details of the 2-Disc set, along with an audio preview will be announced shortly.
 
Joe Vana has asked that I make a digital download of this set available for free to all that purchased any of the Mecca 3 Tshirt and/or LP packs. Mecca 3 LP refunds are currently being discussed after plans to manufacture have been scrapped after multiple attempts to get quality units produced efficiently and economically. As a continuing gesture by Joe to get all of his fans squared away, he has asked that those few fans that still haven't received a refund AND all those that ordered the Fan Pack get the free download....and this will be expanded to free downloads of Mecca IV (in the works) and other exciting projects slated for 2018 release.
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

SHAKRA Back With 'Snakes & Ladders' Nov 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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On November 10th, SHAKRA will release their new studio record "Snakes & Ladders". As in the game with the same title, the goal is to climb to the top. This is what SHAKRA as a band also have in mind. It’s been almost 2 years since "High Noon" was released, the comeback album with former leadsinger Mark Fox back on the microphone. "High Noon" made it to #2 in the swiss album charts and also entered the german charts.
 
The haunting melodies, the distinctive voice of Mark Fox, the striking guitar riffs from Thomas Muster, the emotional solos from lead guitarist Thom Blunier and the irrestistible grooves from Drummer Roger Tanner and bass player Dominik Pfister are all typical SHAKRA trademarks, which can be found again on "Snakes & Ladders". The opener "Cassandra‘s Curse", which lyrically is about the current world affairs, is a perfect example of all the trademarks mentioned above. Heavy riffs, an atmospheric verse and a powerful refrain.
 
The kickass rock song "Friday Nightmare" is followed by the title track "Snakes & Ladders": Up & down and the game’s going on. Sometimes you win, sometimes you fall. Sometimes everything just goes smoothly, but there are times when you gotta try again and again to reach your goal. Just roll the dice at some point you will be where you wanna be!
 
"Together with ‚Cassandra’s Curse‘, ‚Something You Don’t Understand‘ is one of the best songs I’ve ever written", says a very proud Thomas Muster. The song is a great 80s inspired powerballad with an enthralling melodie and simple grooves that will stick in your head for sure.
 
All in all there are 12 brandnew SHAKRA tracks on "Snakes & Ladders", Shout out some singalongs to "The Seeds", feel the blues in "Rollin", listen to the straight Rock‘n’Roll song "Medicine Man" or just rock out to "I Will Rise Again" and "Fire In My Veins". We are sure every SHAKRA fan will be more than happy with the album.
 
So SHAKRA are definitely back on track! And by the way, "Snakes & Ladders", their 11th album so far, includes the Snakes & Ladders game on CD and Vinyl.
 
On November 10th the dices are rollin‘ with SHAKRA and "Snakes & Ladders"!
 
LINE-UP
 • Mark Fox vocals • Thom Blunier guitar • Thomas Muster guitar • Dominik Pfister bass • Roger Tanner drums • 
 
TRACKLIST
01 Cassandra’s Curse 02 Friday Nightmare 03 Snakes & Ladders 04 Something You Don’t Understand 05 The Seeds 06 Rollin‘ 07 M edicine Man 08 I Will Rise Again 09 Open Water 10 The Race Of My Life 11 Fire In My Veins 12 The End Of Days
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

JK Northrup & Johnny Edwards Years Packaged as GYPSY SOUL

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Friday, October 20, 2017
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The Band:
Johnny Edwards: Lead vocals (ex Foreigner and King Kobra)
JK Northrup: Lead Guitars (ex XYZ and King Kobra)
Justin McDaid: Rhythm Guitars
Larry Hart: Bass (ex King Kobra)
Glenn Hicks: Drums
 
Produced by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Studios except songs 8-9-10-11 Produced by Ronnie Montrose
Mastered by: JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio
 
Track List: 1-Fat City  03:38 / 2-Fire And Water 03:35 / 3-Winners And Losers 04:02 / 4-Ready For The Rain 04:36 / 5-Sheila 03:44 / 6-Candy Apple Red 03:16 / 7-She’s Waiting 04:07 / 8-Survival In The Streets 04:35 / 9-Dancin’ Feet  03:09 / 10-Burning In Her Fire 03:36 / 11-Rough Life 04:34 / 12-The Kid Is Back In Town 03:59 /  13-Outside Looking In 03:39 / 14-The West 04:19
 
The Northrup Years
 
In 1987 four musicians were brought together by the legendary guitarist Ronnie Montrose  and their shared manager. Those four were guitarist JK Northrup, Lead vocalist Johnny Edwards, bassist Larry Hart and J K’s long-time friend and drummer Glenn Hicks. Within two weeks they were rehearsing writing and in the studio recording with Ronnie Montrose, who was producing their first demo. It was immediately evident that there was a lot of electricity with the band! Drawing on such influences as Bad Company, Whitesnake and Humble Pie The band’s energy was powerful.
 
Almost immediately several major labels such as Geffen, Atlantic and MCA were coming to the shows and rehearsals showing great interest in signing the band. John Kalodner himself put the band into the studio to record a further six songs.
 
Although an agreement was not reached with any of the record labels the band recorded and demoed many songs over two years. They added a fifth member; rhythm guitarist Justin McDaid and continued playing, writing and showcasing until 1989 when they disbanded resulting in Edwards joining Foreigner and J K Northrup joining up with Paul Shortino for two albums.
 
This collection of 14 songs are a small portion of songs they wrote but they capture the spirit of what a great they actually were. Many of the songs were later performed and recorded by Foreigner, “Ready for the Rain”, “King Kobra”, “Burning in her fire”, “Wild Horses”, “Fire and Water”, “The Kid is Back in Town and “Rough Life” were recorded on the classic album “Back on Track” by Shortino and Northrup.
 
During 1988 JK Northrup, Johnny Edwards and Larry Hart were recruited by legendary drummer Carmine Appice to write, record and perform the King Kobra III album.
 
This is a classic case of a band that should have been a multi-platinum success and these songs we have here are a reminder of what a great group of musicians and prolific songwriters they are.
 
 
 
Wed
06
Sep

PINK CREAM 69 Deliver 'Headstrong' Album Nov 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Pink Cream 69 return with their new release, 'Headstrong' on November 10th, 2017! Hear new single, 'We Bow To None': 
 

Pre-order HEADSTRONG here: http://radi.al/Headstrong
• Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop
• iTunes: http://radi.al/HeadstrongiTunes
• Amazon: http://radi.al/HeadstrongAmazon
• Google Play: http://radi.al/HeadstrongGooglePlay
• Spotify: http://radi.al/HeadstrongSpotify

HEADSTRONG marks the 30th Anniversary of the German hard rockers Pink Cream 69. And what better way to celebrate than by adding yet another gem to their already spectacular discography! Produced by bassist (and renowned producer) Dennis Ward, HEADSTRONG sees the same line-up from 2013's well received 'Ceremonial' album return to deliver fans another hard rocking set of quality songs on their 12th studio album overall. As a special treat, the new release includes a bonus live album featuring songs from across the band's catalogue.

Dennis Ward says: "When we released our first album in 1989, we were proud to be a 'guitar band' that yielded powerful guitar riffs and soaring vocal melodies. Since the release of 'Ceremonial' it became evident to us that we had to take a step back to be able to make 2 steps forward so we made a 'master plan': resurrect our earliest form of songwriting incorporating these riffs and melodies, reducing the amount of keyboards and keeping the production to a minimum of sonic layers in order to be as true as possible to our sound - the sound of fat and crunchy guitars. I feel that the new album is a high-energy recording that redeems us as the powerful Rock n' Roll band we used to be. After weeks of cross checking the production, listening to the CD in my car, I take great pride in saying 'mission accomplished'. We look so very forward to presenting our new 'baby'."

TRACKLISTING:

Studio Album:
1. We Bow To None
2. Walls Come Down
3. Unite And Divide
4. No More Fear
5. Man Of Sorrow
6. Path Of Destiny
7. Vagrant Of The Night
8. Bloodsucker
9. Whistleblower
10. The Other Man

Bonus Live Album (Recorded In Ludwigsburg (2013):
1. Special
2. Talk To The Moon
3. Break The Silence
4. Do You Like It Like That
5. The Spirit
6. Livin' My Life For You
7. Wasted Years
8. Welcome The Night
9. Shame

PRODUCED BY: Dennis Ward

BAND MEMBERS:
David Readman – vocals
Alfred Koffler – guitars
Uwe Reitenauer – guitars
Dennis Ward – bass
Chris Schmidt – drums

Pink Cream 69 Links:
• Official Website: http://www.pinkcream69.de/
• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PinkCream69Official/

 
Tue
05
Sep

REVERTIGO Pairs Swedes MATS LEVEN & ANDERS WIKSTRÖM

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2018
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Frontiers are proud to announce the signing of ReVertigo, the Stockholm, Sweden based duo of Mats Leven (vocals) and Anders Wikstrom (guitar). Their debut album will be released in early 2018.
As close personal and musical friends for nearly 30 years, ReVertigo is the next chapter in an ongoing collaboration between the two culminating with their self-produced new album.
 
Anders says, 'Mats and I always had an idea of creating something that would celebrate the fact that we really enjoy working together, but with busy separate music careers, it wasn't until 2016, we sat down and concentrated on new songs with a firm plan'
 
Adds Mats, 'The fact that we, besides writing for other international artists, hadn't done a proper album together in 25 years also gave the writing and recording process of ReVertigo a purpose.'
 
In September 2016, a three song demo found it's way to Frontiers Music Srl, who decided to sign the band on the spot. In between touring activities with CandlemassTreat, and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the pair finalized the 11 songs featured on the debut album. All the instruments on the album are played by Mats and Anders, except for the drums, which were performed by their dear friend Thomas Broman (Great King RatMichael Schenker GroupElectric Boys). 'Both of us have a strong mutual vision, that's why we choose to play and sing most of the instruments and parts on the album ourselves,' says Mats. Peter Mansson is responsible for the mixing duties, which took place at Mir Studios in Stockholm and Svante Forsback mastered at Chartmakers in Helsinki.
 
ReVertigo's music itself is a blend of heavy, yet melodic songs paying tribute to their favorite albums and artists from the 70's, 80's, and up to present day filtered through the chemistry that comes to life when Mats and Anders join forces.
'I love when you get that teenage excitement together over a song idea, and how you hear a finished gem in your head, hence the bands name ReVertigo,' says Mats.
'We might not be reinventing the wheel, but we're certainly putting on fresh tires,' tells Anders.
 
ReVertigo's debut album will be released worldwide in early 2018 through Frontiers Music Srl, with multiple singles and videos preceding the release of the album.
 
 

 

 
Mon
04
Sep

AOR Heaven Announces Oct. 20 Releases - CODE RED & MIDNITE CITY

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Friday, October 20, 2017
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German AOR/Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven will release two more genre highlights on October 20.
Hailing from Sweden are CODE RED, a new group around singer/song-writer Ulrick Lönnqvist (song-writer for Jim Jidhed, Creye, Mad Invasion and Find Me).
MIDNITE CITY is a new band formed by Tigertailz frontman and former Vega, Steevi Jaimz and Teenage Casket Company member and songwriter Rob Wylde.
 

 
Lead singer Ulrick Lönnqvist initially started out with the band Sahara who released a self-titled album in 2001 on AOR Heaven. Since then he has mainly been working as a song-writer and co-writer for different bands all around Sweden, i.e. with Hal Marabel (Bad Habit), Morgan Jensen (Swedish Erotica), Jake E (Amaranthe), Michael Palace (Palace) and Andreas Gullstrand (Creye) to name a few. So the seed to the new project and band CODE RED was planted many years ago in fact, when colleagues and partners became close friends.
During 2016 while Lönnqvist was co-writing songs for the new albums with Jim Jidhed, Creye, Mad Invasion and Find Me, producer Daniel Flores (The Murder Of My Sweet, Find Me) approached to him and suggested that he really should record an album of his own. It was never Lönnqvist's ambition to be a solo artist, but Flores convinced him and wanted to produce the album. 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. CODE RED was born.
 
It felt like a natural step to approach Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven, and he believed in the songs and CODE RED right from the start. The band recorded their debut album during the spring of 2017 at Sound vs. Science in Stockholm under the direction of producer Daniel Flores and Ulrick Lönnqvist. It was a pure labor of love, resulting in the melodic rock album titled “Incendiary”.
 
Ulrick Lönnqvist - Lead and backing vocals, Acoustic guitars
Morgan Jensen - Electric guitars
Oscar Bromvall - Lead guitars
Michael Palace - Bass and backing vocals
Kaspar Dahlqvist - Keyboards
Daniel Flores - Drums
 
Cover design and artwork by Ken Sandin, SinProd. Photography: Anders Fästader, Trailermade Productions. For any further info and news. Visit AOR Heaven’s website: www.metalheaven.net, or Code Red Sweden on Facebook.
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
 
   
 
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.

Armed with an album's worth of material written under the working title of MIDNITE CITY, Wylde approached friend Pete Newdeck (Newman/ Eden's Curse, Blood Red Saints) to produce three songs forhim to shop to record labels.

Wylde sang, played guitar and bass on the recordings whilst 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 songs 'Nothing's Like Losing You', 'Summer Of Our Lives' and 'Think About You' were then sent out to labels and garnered considerable interest across the board, resulting in a deal being inked with German label AOR Heaven.

With a record deal in place, Newdeck officially joined the band as drummer in the Spring of 2017, alongside Miles Meakin on guitar and Shawn Charvette on keyboards.With the line up now in place, the band began work on their debut album at PNP Productions in Tewkesbury UK, completing the recordings in June 2017.

With a sound that the band describes as 'Timeless, melodic rock/ hair metal', MIDNITE CITY cover all bases when it comes to this much loved genre of music. From ultimate feel good, party rock anthems, to brooding melodic rock monsters, to spine tingling power ballads, they are all here in abundance, and then some.

With an album release being planned for October20th,  2017, MIDNITE CITY will be taking their explosive live show out on the road throughout the UK, Europe and the USA in late 2017/ 2018.

 
 
Mon
04
Sep

Rock Candy Records Latest - VALENTINE, GARY WRIGHT, ST. PARADISE, ATOMIC OPERA

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The following five titles are all available immediately on the Rock Candy website - www.rockcandyrecords.com
 
VALENTINE 'S/T' CANDY352
 
“ROCK CANDY IS no stranger to bad timing and misfired opportunities. For most people the results are of no great consequence but occasionally, the repercussions – especially with years of hindsight to put the loss into perspective – are truly lamentable. The failure of ‘Valentine’s sole album is one such case in point. If any melodic rock band should have made a huge international splash then this should have been the one.
Formed in New York during the mid 80’s and fronted by the sensational vocalist Hugo Valenti, the band soon made friends amongst the NY music business cognoscenti, leading to major management opportunities (Michael Bolton’s manager Louis Levin) and a coveted major label deal with Columbia Records. It was easy to see why they attracted such a passionate reaction, armed with music that was not only powerful and memorable but also displayed a song writing ability that left the competition in the dust.
Amazingly the band’s fortunes took a nose dive when executive changes at the label left them high and dry, forcing them to switch to another company, Giant Records, helmed by industry heavyweight Irving Azoff. Produced by Neil Kernon (Autograph, Queensryche, Lynch Mob) the album was eventually released in late 1990, and it received a great reception from the melodic rock aficionados. Packed with incredible songs, ranging from gilt-lined AOR such as ‘Runnin’ On Luck Again’, ‘Too Much Is Never Enough’, to the pomp blast of ‘Where Are You Now’ and Once In A Lifetime’. But the icing on the cake must surely be ‘Never Said It Was Gonna Be Easy’, one of the greatest power ballads of all time.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEWS, RARE PHOTOS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. RUNNIN’ ON LUCK AGAIN 2. NO WAY 3. TEARS IN THE NIGHT 4. TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH 5. NEVER SAID IT WAS GONNA BE EASY 6. WHERE ARE YOU NOW 7. NAUGHTY GIRL 8. ONCE IN A LIFETIME 9. SOMEDAY 10. WE RUN 11. YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE ME
 
 
ST. PARADISE 'S/T' CANDY285
 
“ST PARADISE WERE, it must now be said, an overlooked supergroup. A power trio that barely registered on the radar, despite the members’ impressive musical accomplishments, that were very much in keeping with the late 70s hard rock zeitgeist. It was, in all fairness, a strange state of affairs that belied the quality of the music and drew attention to the fast shifting sands and volatile nature of the music business.
They were formed by two former members of Ted Nugent’s band; singer/guitarist Derek St. Holmes and bassist Rob Grange. Nugent, of course, was one of the biggest names on the hard rock scene during the second half of the decade, but it remained largely unknown that the vocals on Ted’s records were mostly supplied by St. Holmes, a man that had lived in the shadow of Ted’s enormous presence. Joining them on drums was Denny Carmassi whose accomplishments already included a four album stint with Montrose, one of the era’s most revered acts. He was also a member of Sammy Hagar’s solo band, appearing on two of his albums.
Enlisting the help of producer Mike Flicker (Heart, Trooper) the band recorded their sole album in Seattle, for the Warner Brothers label, establishing a sound very much informed by their previous outfits, yet keeping a keen eye on the future. Issued in 1979, sadly the record underperformed despite its impressive content and potential to impress. Oh, check out a blistering version of ‘Live It Up’, originally found on Ted Nugents’s ‘Cat Scratch Fever’ album.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEWS, RARE PHOTOS AND ENHANCED ARTWORK
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. STRAIGHT TO YOU 2. GAMBLIN' MAN 3. JACKIE 4. MIAMI SLIDE 5. HADES 6. LIVE IT UP 7. JESSE JAMES 8. TIGHTEN THE KNOT 9. BESIDE THE SEA
 
 
ATOMIC OPERA 'FOR MADMEN ONLY' CANDY346
 
“THE HEAT and humidity of Houston, Texas has nurtured many fine acts, not least of course ZZ Top. But scrape beneath the surface and you’ll find many more bands that ought to have made it big, including a religious leaning stable of acts led by the impressive and trail blazing power trio Kings X. Atomic Opera were one such outfit playing music that, in a way, was out of this world, fusing the progressive elements of days gone by while charting a contemporary path to future glory.
Led by talented frontman and guitarist Frank Hart, this enigmatic quartet were very much part of the spiritually inclined Houston cabal assembled by mogul, manager and producer Sam Taylor; a man who had discovered and nurtured Kings X to worldwide attention. Atomic Opera were, it must be said, cut from the very same musical cloth as Kings X, laying down a sound that was thick and boisterous but embedded with subtlety and intelligent arrangements. It was also a sound that fused the popular grunge movement with traditional hard rock styling.
Issued in 1994, ‘For Madmen Only’ looked set to make quite a splash. It’s solid and muscular sound garnered the attention of traditional metal heads but also appealed to those whose tastes craved a more contemporary fix. Tracks such as ‘Justice’ and ‘x’ made heads spin, but the jewel in the crown is undoubtedly ‘Joyride’, a mesmerising melange of riffs and melody propelled by an incessant musical mantra that elevated the band far beyond the ordinary.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. JOYRIDE 2. JUSTICE 3. ACHILLES’ HEEL 4. I KNOW BETTER 5. ALL FALL DOWN 6. WAR DRUM 7. BLACKNESS 8. DECEMBER 9. THIS SIDE OF THE RAINBOW 10. NEW DREAMS
 
GARY WRIGHT 'THE DREAM WEAVER' CANDY348
 
“IT’S HIGHLY unlikely that you’d have wagered that a former member of early seventies hard rock band Spooky Tooth would resurface later that decade with a major selling solo album and an all persuasive, soft rock, hit single ‘Dreamweaver’. It was a remarkable achievement and one that elevated Gary Wright to a new audience, allowing him the space to develop a solo career that continues to this day.
Born in the USA, Wright moved to the UK and joined Spooky Tooth at the suggestion of Island records Chief Chris Blackwell. It was a match made in heaven but, as these things often pan out, the band’s commercial appeal waned, leaving Wright with little choice but to return to the USA and contemplate a solo career. Securing a recording deal with Warner Brothers records, he set about taping a series of demos with just keyboards and a synthesizer. This combination of instruments produced a fascinating sound and one that he continued to pursue on the finished record.
‘The Dream Weaver’ album was issued in 1975 and spawned the enormously successful us #2 hit single of the same name. It was an instant classic and a song that continues to be heard around the world to this day on radio, TV and in movies. Remarkably, the album also contained a successful follow up hit single, ‘Love Is Alive’, a similarly structured track built on synths and a funky backbeat. Dig deeper and you’ll find the surprising presence of guitarist Ronnie Montrose flexing his considerable muscle on ‘Power Of Love’.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH GARY WRIGHT AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. LOVE IS ALIVE 2. LET IT OUT 3. CAN’T FIND THE JUDGE 4. MADE TO LOVE YOU 5. POWER OF LOVE 6. DREAM WEAVER 7. BLIND FEELING 8. MUCH HIGHER 9. FEEL FOR ME
 
  
 
GARY WRIGHT 'THE LIGHT OF SMILES' CANDY349
 
“GARY WRIGHTS’ PLACE in musical history was undoubtedly secured by the huge international hit single ‘Dream Weaver’, a recording that still has an afterlife to this day. But that wasn’t the first time Wright had generated interest in his musical career. Back in the late 60’s this New Jersey born musician relocated to the UK and, on the encouragement of Island Records boss Chris Blackwell, joined forces with Spooky Tooth, one of the most respected acts of the time.
When Spooky Tooth broke up, Wright moved back to America and secured a prestigious solo deal with the Warner Brothers label, recording ‘The Dream Weaver’ album which proved to be an unexpected success, selling close to a million copies. Refocusing his attention, he quickly set about recording the follow up album, once again recorded in Los Angeles, and building on the minimalist, layered keyboard style that he had become known for. It also featured a few of his highly regarded touring musicians such as drummer Jim Keltner, keyboardist David Foster and future Toto bassist Steve Porcaro.
Partly spiritual in nature the tracks appear to conjoin both lyrically and musically. There is a decidedly progressive rock feel to the presentation, partly driven by precision musicianship and expansive arrangements. Tracks such as ‘Watersign’, ‘Time Machine’ and ‘Phantom Writer’ are impressive slices of prog with a defined AOR edge, bringing to mind Supertramp, Steve Winwood, Procol Harum and the Alan Parson’s Project.”
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 3,500 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM, NEW INTERVIEW WITH GARY WRIGHT AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: 1. WATER SIGN 2. TIME MACHINE 3. I AM THE SKY 4. WHO AM I 5. SILENT FURY 6. PHANTOM WRITER 7. THE LIGHT OF SMILES 8. I’M ALRIGHT 9. EMPTY INSIDE 10. ARE YOU WEEPIN’ 11. CHILD OF LIGHT
 
 
Mon
04
Sep

PINK CREAM 69 Get 'Headstrong' November 10

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PINK CREAM 69 will release their new album 'Headstrong' November 10.
 
Tracklisting:
 
CD 1:
1. We Bow To None
2. Walls Come Down
3. Unite And Divide
4. No More Fear
5. Man Of Sorrow
6. Path Of Destiny
7. Vagrant Of The Night
8. Bloodsucker
9. Whistleblower
10. The Other Man
 
CD 2: Live recorded in Ludwigsburg 2013
1. Special
2. Talk to the Moon
3. Break the Silence
4. Do You Like It like That
5. The Spirit
6. Livin’ My Life for You
7. Wasted Years
8. Welcome the Night
9. Shame
 
 
Thu
31
Aug

DEVOID Debut 'Cup Of Tears' Out Via MelodicRockRecords Oct 13

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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).
 
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!
 
 
Thu
31
Aug

AIRBOUND's Eponymoys Debut Available For Pre-order

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Airbound's eponymoys debut album is available for pre-order from today via the Burning Minds Music Group's website in two different formats:
- Standard CD edition
- Ltd. personalized CD edition
 
The "Ltd. special CD edition" edition comes with personalized printed card included, filled with handwritten name of the buyer, number of the copy and signature of Art Of Melody Music's label manager, that certifies the originality and exclusivity of the product. This very special edition is available in a strictly limited quantity of 50 copies, dedicated to all the great melodic rock music's collectors out there.
 
Purchasing links (all orders will be dispatched on release date):
- Ltd. personalized CD edition: http://www.burningmindsgroup.com/shop/76
 
"Till The End" video single:
 
 
Airbound Line-up:
Tomás Borgogna: Lead & Backing Vocals
Lorenzo Foddai: Guitar & Backing Vocals
Angelo Sasso: Bass & Backing Vocals
Alessandro Broggi: Keyboards & Backing Vocals
Riccardo Zappa: Drums & Percussion
 
Special Guests:
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Raintimes, Wheels Of Fire, Room Experience, Charming Grace): Backing Vocals on "The Sun Tomorrow"
Mario Percudani (Hungryheart, Shining Line, Ted Poley, Axe): Guitar solo (Intro) & Backing Vocals on "Zhaneta"
Josh Zighetti (Hungryheart, Charming Grace):  Backing Vocals on "Zhaneta"
Sven Larsson (Raintimes, Street Talk, Room Experience): Guitar solos (Main & Outro) on "Zhaneta"
 
Album Tracklist:
01. Have A Good Time
02. The Sun Tomorrow
03. Till The End
04. You Live & You Learn
05. Don't Fade Away
06. Zhaneta
07. Runaway
08. Wasted World
09. She's A Girl
10. Seven Seas

 

 
Wed
30
Aug

TARGET ­Lost Album 'In Range' (Featuring Jimi Jamison) Out Oct 20

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Friday, October 20, 2017
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TARGET"IN RANGE" Featuring Jimi Jamison (R.I.P)
With extensive liner notes by Dave Reynolds!
 
Release Date: 20th October
 
Target is:    
Jimi Jamison - Vocals
Tommy Cathey - Bass and Vocals  
Paul Cannon - Guitar                    
Buddy Davis - Guitar                     
Bill Marshall - Drums  
Gary Topper - saxophone on Live Magician               
 
Produced by: Target
Engineered by:  John Hampton    
Mastered by: JK Northrup  at Alien Productions
 
Track List:
1- Tightwire 03:29 / 2- Love Magician 04:45 / 2- Too Much Good Lovin' 03:32 / 4- Hold Tight  03:06 /  5- Taxman 03:18 / 6- Means That Much 04:01 / 7- Come On 03:18 / 8- A Place Called Hot 03:02  / 9- Don't You Think Its Time 03:25? / 10- Echo Tango 04:37 (demo) bonus track
 
Target was an exciting US Quintet from Memphis that featured the legendary Jimi Jameson (Cobra / Survivor) on vocals. They released two albums on A & M in 1976 (Target) and 1977 (Captured). However, it has come to light that a third album was recorded in 1979, entitled 'In Range' before the band split in 1982.
 
While vocalist Jimi Jamison did go on to greater heights - thanks to his stints fronting Cobra and, of course, Survivor not to mention releasing an impressive catalogue of solo records ­ Target were the band  with whom he first made the progression from playing the bars and clubs to touring as a major label act opening for the likes of Black Sabbath and Styx. However, the debut Target LP wasn't the singer's first album recording credit. Nor bassist Tommy Cathey's either. Having started to work together in a band called Omaha in the early 70's an opportunity to hook up with another project was just too good to miss, as the latter explains: 'After a stint in Omaha with Jimi, we both wanted to explore the chances of original music,' recalls Cathey. 'David Beaver had been doing original music for a couple of years so we gravitated to that. We did two records with D. Beaver, of which only one was released ('Combinations' on the TMI label in 1973). Right after the second record, Jimi and I were ready to take the splash into forming our own band to do original music, so we teamed up with guitarist/organist Buddy Davis and formed Target. We still played cover music to pay the bills, but all along writing our own music and trying to be a good rock and roll band!' The band toured substantially back then and it was a shame that the band split before that third release saw the light of day
 
'In Range' was recorded in the autumn of 1979: it took the band about two to three weeks to do this third album. What an album it is though, this is Target's best recording, chock full of quality songs and musicianship. Its criminal it has laid dormant for so long, but here it is for you on Escape Music.
 
Here is what bassist Tommy Cathey says about the recording:
'I think what I'm most proud of with the third album is the maturity of our songs and the developing sound we were getting in the studio. This album doesn't sound like the first two and I consider it to be the best of the three! We produced it ourselves and I think you can tell the distinction from the first two albums. The third album is all Target with no outside help or direction! I am very proud of our efforts and I hope all our fans and a new generation of fans will appreciate the music!'
 
Exciting times indeed!

 

 
Wed
30
Aug

THE DARK ELEMENT Feat Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen Out Nov 10

Friday, November 10, 2017
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Frontiers Music Srl To Release The Dark Element Featuring Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen on November 10. Title track available to hear now:
 
"The Dark Element” is a new musical project fronted by former Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon together with Finnish guitarist and songwriter Jani Liimatainen. The combination of these two talents promises to deliver a debut album that will be a huge statement in the European metal scene.
 

 
Since word of this project got out, fans have been frothing at the mouth with anticipation for its arrival. And no wonder considering the talent involved! Anette is widely known for being the immaculate voice on the hit albums from Nightwish, “Dark Passion Play” and “Imaginareum”. Jani has recently been busy in Cain's Offering alongside Stratovarius singer Timo Kotipelto, but left a deep mark on the minds of all power metal fans thanks to his time in Sonata Arctica.
 
Pre-order “The Dark Element” here http://radi.al/TheDarkElement or at the links below:
 
Digital pre-orders come with an instant download of “The Dark Element”.

Follow “The Dark Element” on Apple Music and Spotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “The Dark Element” to your favorite playlists:
• Apple Music:
http://radi.al/DarkElementAppleMusic
• Spotify: http://radi.al/TheDarkElementSpotify
 
Anette Olzon and Jani Liimatainen on their collaboration:
Jani Liimatainen: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Stay tuned for something special!"

Anette Olzon: "I am so looking forward to this album and I believe our collaboration worked like a perfect match and I am really happy that Jani and Frontiers asked me to do this with them!"
 
Track Listing:
1. The Dark Element
2. My Sweet Mystery
3. Last Good Day
4. Here’s To You
5. Someone You Used to Know
6. Dead to Me
7. Halo
8. I Cannot Raise The Dead
9. The Ghost and the Reaper
10. Heaven of Your Heart
11. Only One Who Knows Me
 
Musicians:
Anette Olzon – Lead Vocals
Jani Liimatainen - Guitars, keyboards, programming
Jonas Kuhlberg - Bass
Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula - Drums
 
Piano on “Someone You Used to Know” and “Heaven of Your Heart” by Jarkko Lahti
Backing vocals by Anette Olzon, Petri Aho, Anssi Stenberg and Jani Liimatainen
Growls on “Dead to Me” by Niilo Sevänen
 
Follow the band on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/TheDarkElement/
 
 
Wed
30
Aug

Babylon A.D. To Release 'Revelation Highway' November 10

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Friday, November 10, 2017
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Babylon A.D. are proud to be one of the few hard rock bands from the late ‘80s/early ‘90s that are still operating with all of their original members: Derek Davis, vocalist/songwriter, guitarists and songwriters, John Matthews and Ron Freschi, drummer Jamey Pacheco and bassist Robb Reid. The band formed in 1987 and to celebrate their 30th Anniversary, the band will release their new album, “Revelation Highway” on November 10, 2017.
 
Today Babylon A.D. presents the first video for the first song from the album “Crash and Burn.”
 

 
Follow the band on Spotify: http://radi.al/BabylonADSpotify to be alerted when new singles from the album are released and to add “Crash and Burn” to your favorite playlists.
 
Vocalist, Derek Davis on the new album:
 
“This record kicks ass, from the opening track ‘Crash and Burn’ to the last track ‘Saturday Night’. The band had a blast making the album and a lot had to do with original founding member lead-guitarist John Matthews rejoining the band. He really lit the fire that got the bands blood pumping to make a new record. For me it was awesome to produce and mix such a cool record. It’s very hard hitting yet melodic, with some great lyrical storytelling and great stand out tracks like, ‘One Million Miles’, ‘Tears’, ‘Rags to Riches, and ‘She Likes To Give It’. The songs are so catchy and memorable on the first listen I know our fans are gonna love it! And of course there are some burning guitar leads to keep the metal heads happy. The band is very grateful that Frontiers Music Srl listened to the tracks and felt the same way about them as we do and offered us the opportunity to get this record out. We can’t wait to hit the road and play the material live.”
Featuring 10 tracks of the energetic classic hard rock the band is known for, “Revelation Highway” is sure to please fans of the band’s classic early material. The band will play shows in the UK and Germany this August/September to kick off promotion for the album with more touring planned both in the U.S. and UK/Europe!
 
• August 28, 2017 – The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes, UK (w/ Spread Eagle)
• August 30, 2017 – Matrix Bouchum, Bochum, Germany (w/ Vain & Spread Eagle)
• September 1, 2017 – Paunchy-Cats, Lichtenfels, Germany (w/ Spread Eagle)
 
Formed in 1987, Babylon A.Dhail from San Francisco, CA. In 1988, Babylon A.D. caught the attention of Arista Records President and music industry legend “Clive Davis”, who signed them at a live showcase in Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was released in fall of 1989 and included their hard rock classics “Bang Go The Bells”, “Hammer Swings Down”, and “The Kid Goes Wild”. The band scored three #1 songs at metal radio and reached gold sales status in the U.S. on their first release, which spent 38 weeks on the Billboard Top 200, peaking at #46. Their sophomore effort, “Nothing Sacred” was released in 1992 and produced two more Top Ten metal songs, “Bad Blood” and “So Savage the Heart”. Constant touring throughout the early 1990s and several MTV videos made them one of hard rock fans’ favorites.
 
After spending several years on Arista Records the band signed with Apocalypse Records in 1999 and released “Live In Your Face”, a compilation of live tracks recorded at various cities’ throughout the United States and on July 4, 2000, the band released their third studio album, “American Blitzkrieg”. In 2008, the band released “In The Beginning” on Apocalypse/Perris Records, a compilation of songs from the original demo tapes that secured them their recording contract with Arista Records. In 2014, Babylon A.D. returned with a four song E.P., “Lost Sessions/Fresno, CA 93”, a collection of songs that had been found on an old reel tape that had never been released. The band played several dates across the U.S. and also played the “Firefest Rock Festival” in Nottingham, England.
 
In March 2015, the band released a live record LIVE@XXV to celebrate their 25th Anniversary of recording together. That same year, they were invited to play the “Monsters of Rock Cruise” and select dates across the U.S. 2016 saw the band play more rock festivals along with The “Bang Your Head” Festival in Balingen Germany, Chicago’s “Rock’N’Skull” fest and once again the “Monsters of Rock Cruise”.
 
Track Listing:
1. Crash And Burn
2. Fool On Fire
3. One Million Miles
4. Tears
5. She Likes To Give It
6. Rags To Riches
7. Last Time For Love
8. I’m No Good For You
9. Saturday Night
10. Don’t Tell Me Tonight
 
Babylon A.D. Lineup
Derek Davis – Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Guitar
Ron Freschi – Guitars & Vocals
John Mathews – Guitars & Keyboards
Robb Reid – Bass & Vocals
James Pacheco – Drums & Percussion
 
For More Info Visit:
• Official Website: http://www.babylonad.com/
 
 
Tue
29
Aug

ANGEL NATION ‘Aeon’ Details Revealed

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Friday, October 27, 2017
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Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the female fronted melodic metal band ANGEL NATION to the label. The band's new album "Aeon" will be released on October 27th in Europe and North America.
 
Angel Nation is a melodic metal band founded by the classically trained Finnish singer Elina Siirala who moved to London in 2008 and fell in love with the power of rock and metal.
 
Their debut album [released under the name EnkeliNation] "Tears of Lust" was received with glowing reviews all over the world. The release in 2014 was followed by shows at Bloodstock Open Air, shows in Finland amongst others.
In 2016 Elina also joined Leaves' Eyes as their new vocalist.
 
Angel Nation's second album "Aeon" continues the musical diversity that Elina likes to express in her songwriting. The unique blend of retro and modern sounds is developed even further with this album. The power of metal and rock combined with Elina's ethereal yet strong and emotional vocals create the perfect platform for stories of both earthly and otherworldly she likes to create with her lyrics.
 
The album features a guest appearance by Jukka Pelkonen [Omnium Gatherum] on vocals and the artwork was created by Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Delain, Leah].
 
Get ready for it all: Heavy, rocking and epic tunes from this highly anticipated album with tons of character!
 
"Aeon" track listing
01. Burn The Witch
02. Blood Is On Your Hands
03. Breathe Again
04. Wonder Who You Are
05. Farewell
06. Free
07. Enough Is Enough
08. Music Plays
09. Fireflies
10. Destination
 
Angel Nation tour dates
Dec 14: Boston Music Room - London, UK
Dec 15: De Verlichte Geest - Roeselare, BE
Dec 16: Le Batofar - Paris, FR
Dec 17: Popcentrale - Dordrecht, NL
Dec 20: De Bosuil - Mannheim, DE
Dec 21: T.B.A.
Dec 22: De Bosuil - Weert, NL
 
ANGEL NATION online
 
Inner Wound Recordings online
 

 

 

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