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Thu
02
Jul

SKINTRADE - Scarred For Life (Showcase)

Artist: 
Scarred For Life
Produced By: 
Oscar Ammer
Running Time: 
40
Release Date: 
July 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
SKINTRADE was formed in 1992 by Matti Alfonzetti (vocals), George Bravo (guitar, backing vocals), Stefan Bergstr'm (guitar, backing vocals), Hakan Calmroth (bass) and H'kan Persson (drums, backing vocals).
 
The group's self-titled debut was released in 1993 and received overwhelmingly positive respnse from both media and audience. The singles "Sick As A Dog" and "One By One" were played frequently on the radio and their videos spun on MTV's "Headbangers Ball". The same year, SKINTRADE was honored with a Zeppelin award for "Best Hard Rock Album" and was nominated for a Swedish Grammis (Grammy equivalent) in the category of "Best Video'. The follow-up CD, "Roach Powder", came out in 1995 with Thomas Skogsberg as a producer (ENTOMBED, DISMEMBER). The videos for the singles "Snap Goes Your Mind" and "Flies" were played regularly on MTV.
 
Between 1993 and 1995, SKINTRADE embarked on several tours of Europe and played at some of Sweden's and Europe's biggest festivals such as Sweden Rock, Hultsfred, Dala Rock, Dynamo Open Air (Holland) and Rock Am Ring (Germany). SKINTRADE also supported the Danish band D-A-D on their European tour in 1995. One of their last and most memorable gigs took place in late 1995 with the Irish band THERAPY? during a live radio show in Amsterdam, Netherlands. SKINTRADE disbanded shortly thereafter.
 
The idea for the SKINTRADE members to collaborate again came about as they got more and more requests from fans asking them to make new music. During the first rehearsal in May 2011, it became obvious that the band's chemistry was very much intact.In the summer and autumn of 2011, SKINTRADE recorded four new songs at Sound Trade Studios with their old friend and partner Ronny Lahti, engineer and producer who previously worked with the band on all the recordings in the '90s.SKINTRADE's "best-of" album, "Past And Present", was released in March 2012 via Universal Music. The CD includes three new songs and 12 classics.
 
Their new album, 'Scarred For Life', will be released via AOR Heaven on July 24th, 2015. Once again the CD was recorded and mixed by Oscar Ammer. This time Skintrade also worked with producer Geo Slam on the song 'Wide Awake' originally recorded by Katy Perry and written by Max Martin.
 
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
23
Jun

HUNGRYHEART - Dirty Italian Job (Showcase)

Artist: 
Dirty Italian Job
Produced By: 
Mario Percudani
Running Time: 
59.17
Release Date: 
June 29
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
After two albums ("Hungryheart" and "One Ticket To Paradise") which have made Hungryheart a very popular and respected band within the AOR / Melodic Rock world, the band is set to release its third album, "Dirty Italian Job" June 29.
 
12 songs of pure melodic hard rock characterized by the unmistakable sound of Hungryheart. Throughout the last 5 years, the band and each of its members have had the opportunity to share the stage, play and collaborate with names such as House of Lords, Mitch Malloy, Bobby Kymball, Vinny Appice, Issa, Kelly Keeling and many others. The experience earned led to a peak of artistry and song writing perfectly expressed in this new album where hard rock roots melt naturally into a great diversity of musical influences. Typical AOR tunes such as "Back To The Real Life" and the single "Shoreline" stand together with classic rock songs such as "Rock Steady" and "There Is A Reason For Everything" while "Devil's Got My Number", "Time For The Letting Go" and "Second Hand Love" show the bluesy side of the band.
 
This last song and ballad "Nothing But You" is based on a vocal duet between Hungryheart's founding members Josh Zighetti and Mario Percudani.The Lyrics thrive with positive messages concerning life, dreams and hope. The only cover is "Bad Love" by Eric Clapton, rearranged and adapted to Hungryheart sound. The album, produced by guitarist Mario Percudani (Mitch Malloy, Ted Poley, Axe, Lionville), features Josh Zighetti on vocals, Paolo Botteschi on drums and Stefano "Skool" Scola on bass. It has been recorded and mixed at Tanzan Music Studio (Italy) by Mario Percudani & Daniele Mandelli and mastered by senior engineer Brad Vance (Foreigner, Mr.Big, Ritchie Blackmore) at Red Mastering Studio (California, USA).
 
BIOGRAPHY:
 
The first steps were taken in the 90’s but the breakthrough arrived in 2008 when Josh Zighetti, Mario Percudani, Lele Meola and Emilio Sobacchi (the original Hungryheart line up) released their first self titled album. The album was voted by the Canadian "Sleazy Roxx Magazine" as one of the Top Ten Hard Rock albums of that year. Two years passed and in 2010 a new lineup (Josh Zighetti on vocals, Mario Percudani on guitar & vocals, Stefano Lozzi on bass and Paolo Botteschi on drums) released the much acclaimed ‘One Ticket To Paradise’ where the band expanded the meaning of hard rock through a deeper and stronger songwriting. Hungryheart, having had two successful albums, two European tours and countless shows in Italy, keep on evolving their style and spreading their energy on stage, sharing it with the likes of Mitch Malloy, Quireboys, Michael Bormann and House Of Lords. "Dirty Italian Job", their third studio album, comes after 5 years of hard work, study and radical innovations and move up the unmistakable sound of the band a step further!
 
LINE UP:
Josh Zighetti: Lead & Backing Vocals
Mario Percudani: Guitars, Backing Vocals, Lead Vocals On #04 / #07
Stefano Scola: Bass
Paolo Botteschi: Drums
 
GUESTS:
Paolo Apollo Negri: keyboards on #02 / #07 / #10
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards on #01 / #04 / #06 / #08
Giulio Garghentini: backing vocals on #08
 
INFO:
facebook.com/hungryheartband
 
NOTES:
Produced by Mario Percudani
Recorded and mixed by Mario Percudani & Daniele Mandelli at Tanzan Music Studio (Italy)
Mastered by Brad Vance at Red Mastering Studio (California, USA)
Executive producer: Mario Percudani & Tanzan Music
Cover and band pictures by Riccardo Bernardi
Artwork by Tanzan Music Graphic Design
All songs published by Tanzan Music Ed. Musicali s.r.l. (SUISA – Switzerland), except “Bad Love”
Press office: Edoardo Giovanelli (Tanzan Music / Freemood Promotion)
Mario Percudani uses Fuchs Amps & Deacci Pickups
 

 

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Sun
21
Jun

CONSTANCIA - Final Curtain (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records will release the brand new studio album from Swedish melodic hard rockers CONSTANCIA on July 10.
 
Their new album is ‘Final Curtain’, which is the long awaited sequel to the first album ‘Lost And Gone’ (Frontiers/King Records, 2009).
 
PRE-ORDER for VINDICTIV and CONSTANCIA now! BOTH releases available as limited Special Edition versions.
 
Special Edition Track Listing (Featuring 3 exclusive bonus tracls! Limited Edition):
01. Don't Tread On My Heart
02. Spectres
03. Way To Life
04. Live A Lie
05. Hang Tough
06. Lucidia
07. Hold On My Heart
08. Greyhound Therapy
09. Lies Within Lies
(Bonus Track)
10. Little Fighter
11. In Your Eyes
12. Final Curtain
13. Wake Up Dreaming
(Bonus Track)
14. Trail Of Tears (Bonus Track)(Feat. Michael Mueller-Jaded Heart)
 
 
 CONSTANCIA 'Final Curtain' Special Edition $15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide

 DEAL! VINDICTIV & CONSTANCIA Special Editions $30 + $2 Shipping Worldwide

 

MelodicRock Records is excited to launch another full track preview of the coming album, with the great melodic hard rocker 'Hold On My Heart'

 
 
Don’t Tread:
 

 
Once again, following the fantastic reception to the ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition, the CONSTANCIA’s ‘Final Curtain’ release will also be available direct from MRR as a Special Edition limited release – again featuring three exclusive bonus tracks!
 
Another July 10 release from MRR is set to be announced and then details of pre-orders will be made available.
 
CONSTANCIA is:
David Fremberg: vocals (Andromeda)
Janne Stark: guitar (Grand Design, Overdrive, Locomotive Breath)
Mikael Rosengren: keyboards (Token, Scudiero)
Linus Abrahamsson: bass (Andromeda)
TrumPeter Svensson: drums (Faith, Mercy, Locomotive Breath)
 
 
Press comments for the first album 'Lost And Gone' (Frontiers/King Records 2009):
 
Classic Rock - 8/10 - “Class like this doesn’t come along too often”
Powerplay - “Climb up a mountain, rip out a guitar solo and remember that bands like Constancia are here to make rock music fun again”.
Fireworks - “…”Lost and Gone” is up there with the best of them”
Festivalfoto - 5/5 - “This is Top 3 of 2009”
Rock realms - 85/100
Rock Hard - 8/10
Rock It - 8/10
Spark - 4,5/5
Aardshock - 80/100
Scream - 4/5
Heavy Magazine - 9/10
 
History:
 
It all started in 2007, as the brainchild of former Scudiero/Token keyboard player Mikael Rosengren. He had written a bunch of songs that he wanted to record. He got in touch with guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Grand Design, Locomotive Breath etc) and asked him to lay down some guitars. Janne loved the songs and got more and more involved in the process, and the seeds of Constancia were sown.
 
They now felt it was time to get a full band together. Janne contacted drummer Peter “TrumPeter” Svensson (ex-Mercy, Faith), with whom he had worked in Overheat, Locomotive Breath and Mountain of Power. Mikael drafted Jaded Heart bassist Michael Mueller, and they tried out various vocalists before finding David Fremberg. David is also fronting progressive rockers Andromeda and had also worked with Janne on his first Mountain Of Power album. They overcame the vast geographical distances, with Mueller living in Germany, and the debut album “Lost And Gone” saw the light of day in July 2009. The producer, Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Token, Eclipse), was carefully selected after the band had received outstanding test mixes from great people like Beau Hill, Pontus Norgren and Pelle Saether. Fredrik was just right for the band’s “melogressive” metal (melodic, yet a bit aggressive and a touch progressive). The album received rave reviews in magazines like Classic Rock, Rock Hard, PowerPlay, Fireworks and Rock It.
 
The geographical distances however made it difficult for the band to get a good live situation going.
 
In 2013 the work process for the band’s second album started. Since Michael Mueller was busy with other musical projects the band had to find a new bass player. Janne, David and drummer Peter are from the same region, and they figured getting a bass player from that region would be a good idea. Why not someone they already knew? Enter Linus Brahamson, also a member of Andromeda. Instead of rushing out a new album, the band let the process take some time and the band spent 2013 and most part of 2014 working on the songs, recording and mixing. The way the song-writing process goes is: Mikael writes the basic structure of the song with some vocal and lyrical ideas, then sends it to Janne, who pitches in with some additional ideas, arrangements, melodies and lyrics. David then adds some of his vocal melodies. This time the production was also kept under the Constancia umbrella. Since David is working as a producer, why not let him do it? This was a very smart plan, since David already had a lot of great production ideas.
 
Final Curtain? Is this the end? No way! The title track is about the end of a life but also that there may be something new and exciting behind that final curtain. A lot of the lyrical themes on the album reflect things and thoughts of everyday life such as not being true to yourself, political hypocrisy, the birth of a child, long bus rides with people not of your choice, love and the fascination of fear.
 
CONSTANCIA ‘Final Curtain’ is released via MelodicRock Records on July 10.
 

 

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Release Year: 
2015
 
Fri
12
Jun

VINDICTIV - World Of Fear (Showcase)

Artist: 
World Of Fear
Produced By: 
Stefan Lindholm
Running Time: 
55.15
Release Date: 
July 10
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
MelodicRock Records is offering a double dose of Swedish class in July. MRR will crank up the metal once again by releasing the new studio album from Swedish melodic/neoclassical metal outfit VINDICTIV on July 10.
 
The new album World Of Fear is a huge leap forward for the band and features the vocals of superstar MARK BOALS throughout.
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to launch another full track preview of the coming album, with the track 'Day' below.
 
PRE-ORDER for VINDICTIV and CONSTANCIA available now. BOTH releases available as limited Special Edition versions.
 
 
VINDICTIV 'World Of Fear' Track Listing:
01. Prophecy
02. Why
03. Paralyzed
04. Clay
05. Day
06. World Of Fear
07. Till The Dawn
08. Dead Men
09. Wall Of Pain
10. Far Beyond The Sun
 
11. The End (MRR Special Edition Bonus Track)
 
 VINDICTIV 'World Of Fear' Special Edition $15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide
 
 DEAL! VINDICTIV & CONSTANCIA Special Editions $30 + $2 Shipping Worldwide
 
 
And check out 'Paralyzed' available below:
 
 
Once again, following the fantastic reception to the ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition, VINDICTIV World On Fire will also be available direct from MRR as a Special Edition limited release – featuring one exclusive bonus track!
 
Also featured on the new album is a perfect cover of the Yngwie Malmsteen classic Far Beyond The Sun. A video for that track has just been released:
 
 
VINDICTIV is:
Stefan Lindholm – guitar
Pontus Larsson – keyboards
Nalle Påhlsson – bass
Mark Boals – vocals
Marco Minnemann – drums
 
 
History:
 
One of the best kept secrets of neoclassical metal – so far. Stockholm's Vindictiv introduced themselves to the metal audience in an impressive fashion with their 2008 eponymous debut. The band's sophomore effort ”Ground Zero” followed swiftly the following year, and remains a fan favorite.
From this point on Vindictiv's career path got rockier. ”Cage Of Infinity” arrived in 2013, following an acrimonious split between guitarist Stefan Lindholm and his other band Raven Lord.
 
Vindictiv's fourth and current effort ”World Of Fear” was created under more harmonious circumstances, and to their guitarist marks both a progression and a return to form.
 
”The sound is harder, but also more melody-oriented”, muses Stefan (whose resumé also includes Phenomena and Black Sabbath legend Tony Martin). ”Some fans may have found the last album too metallic, but this is more in the veins of ”Ground Zero”.
”Wall Of Pain” is a catchy heavy metal anthem with plenty of double bassdrums. ”Until The Dawn” is slower, a semi-ballad – a little something for the ladies. ”Day” is somewhat poppy – more of a major chord-vibe, unlike the minor chord-oriented remaining songs. At the same time, this is a more technical album than the previous one. I deliver my usual masturbation-style solos!”
 
Lest we forget – ”World Of Fear” introduces the most star-studded Vindictiv lineup yet. Present as always are Stefan's faithful cohorts Pontus Larsson on keyboards and renowned bass player Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Last Autumn's Dream).
By their side we find virtuoso drummer Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Joe Satriani, Steven Wilson) and singer Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Royal Hunt, Dokken). The latter is arguably the most famous on a long list of Vindictiv frontmen that includes Tommy Karevik (Kamelot, Seventh Wonder), Nils Molin (Dynazty), Oliver Hartmann (At Vance, Avantasia) and Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsteen, John Norum).
 
”Mark is someone I've known for some time and it was great to finally make a whole album with him”, says Stefan. ”Marco is a very easy-going guy. I hooked up with him on Facebook and he agreed to do the album as soon as he heard the songs. He's such a quick worker, he nailed his parts almost before he received the songs from me.”
 
As additional icing on the cake, ”World Of Fear” features guest solos from two keyboard exceptionals. Mark Basile is best known as the singer in Italy's own DGM. The recently deceased Mats Olausson has made stellar contributions to the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, Lion's Share, Ark and Evil Masquerade.
”These sessions may be the last that Mats ever did before his passing”, says Stefan. ”He appears on three songs, including a cover version of Yngwie Malmsteen's ”Far Beyond The Sun”. Such a sweet guy. We dedicate ”World Of Fear” to him.”
 
Have Vindictiv finally found a stable lineup? If it's up to their guitarist, the answer is yes.
”I'd really like to bring an element of permanency to the band. And the odds of us five performing live together look real favorable. Sure, some members are busy people and Mark and Marco live in the US. But my goal is to get Vindictiv back on stage and Mark is already on board. After all, playing live is the most fun part of all about being in a band.”
 
With any luck, these plans will quickly come to fruition. ”World of fear” marks the rebirth of Vindictiv, and it's due time that the band goes from ”best kept secret of neoclassical metal” to ”best revealed secret of neoclassical metal”.
 
DISCOGRAPHY:
”Vindictiv” (2008)
”Ground Zero” (2009)
”Cage Of Infinity” (2013)
”World Of Fear” (2015)
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Sat
06
Jun

ROOM EXPERIENCE - Room Experience (Special Edition) (Showcase)

Room Experience
Produced By: 
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri & Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti
Running Time: 
64.27
Release Date: 
May 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR
 
OUT NOW!
ROOM EXPERIENCE
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition has SOLD OUT!
Yes, the limited edition version of the debut Room Experience​ album is all gone.
Thanks for the fantastic support from everyone that ordered this (last orders going out tomorrow), and to Gianluca Firmo Quello Vero​ for showing faith in a small label like mine.
 
Copies of the regular version are easily found at the likes of www.aorheaven.com / www.nehrecords.com and other fabulous melodic retailers.
Distribution via Cargo Records for wholesale orders.

 

 
 
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE’s self-titled debut is truly going to be an experience for fans of high-class European AOR and melodic rock!
This is perhaps the most star-studded MRR release yet.
 
SPECIAL EDITION TRACK LISTING:
 
01. Shock Me
02. Tomorrow Came
03. Run To You
04. Queen Of Every Heart
05. Another Day Without You
06. One Way Out
07. The Only Truth
08. Not Time Yet For A Lullaby
09. Rainbow In The Rain
10. No Sign Of Summer
11. Only Goodnight (Gianluca Lead Vocal)
 
 
The opening track from the album "Shock Me" - please check out below.
 
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE is:
 
David Readman (Pink Cream 69, Voodoo Circle) - Lead & Backing Vocals
Gianluca Firmo - Keyboards, Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on "Only Goodnight"
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Keyboards, Acoustic & Electric Piano, Acoustic & Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Pierpaolo "Zorro11" Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Drums & Percussion
Amos Monti (Shining Line, Charming Grace, Lionville) - Bass
Steve De Biasi (Gunshy, Charming Grace) - Guitars
 
 
But that’s not all… Making special guest appearances are:
 
Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, L.R.S, Three Lions, Shining Line) - Hammond on “Rainbow In The Rain"
Ivan Gonzalez (Secret, 91 Suite) - Guitars on "Another Day Without You", "No Sign of Summer" & "Tomorrow’s Came"
Sven Larsson (Street Talk, Fergie Frederiksen, Lionville, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "The Only Truth"
Stefano Zeni (Wheels Of Fire, Charming Grace) - Guitars on "Queen Of Every Heart"
Boris Matakovic (Human Zoo, Charming Grace) - Sax on "Tomorrows Came"
Elena Aurë (Charming Grace) - Backing Vocals on "Rainbow in the Rain" & "Tomorrows Came"
 
ROOM EXPERIENCE will release their debut album “Room Experience” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22.
 
For those fans of Lionville, Shining Line, David Readman (solo), Charming Grace and Street Talk comes the debut AOR masterpiece ROOM EXPERIENCE!
 
Check out a full track from the album: “Tomorrow Came”
 

 
On May 22 Room Experience will be finally released worldwide through Melodic Rock Records, with artwork and graphics provided by Antonella Astori (Charming Grace).
The key is in the hole and turning... the doors are about to unlock: are you ready for the "Room Experience"?
 
 
 
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Wed
27
May

WORLDVIEW - The Chosen Few (Showcase)

Artist: 
The Chosen Few
Produced By: 
George Rene Ochoa
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Worldview formed in Los Angeles when George Rene Ochoa (Deliverance, Recon, Vengeance Rising) and Rey Parra (Sacred Warrior) spoke soon after their mutual friend Rick Macias (Sacred Warrior) passed away. He had always encouraged them to form a band together and though they were miles apart, Rick thought that it would be a great collaboration.  Regrettably, he passed away before this would ever take place.  So George and Rey decided to form this union to honor their friend and thus Worldview was born. The lineup includes the addition of John Gonzales (Recon, Deliverance) on drums and Todd Libby on bass guitar and keyboards. Ronson Webster also joined them as co-songwriter and background vocal guru.  The Worldview unit was now complete.
 
The band took to the studio and recorded two songs that received a tremendous response on the Internet.  The band quickly reached #3 on the Reverbnation Metal Charts. Soon after, they announced the release of their full-length record that was to be released and it was hailed the “Most anticipated release of 2014” by several critics and fans.  Various delays have set that date back but it is now slated for a 2015 release.
The Worldview first release will be entitled “The Chosen Few” and it promises to deliver high energy and melodic power metal to the eagerly awaiting metal-listening community throughout the planet.
 
This release is packed with a host of celebrity guest players: Oz Fox (Stryper) playing a blazing lead guitar, Les Carlsen (Bloodgood) laying down a dramatic guest vocal, Jimmy P. Brown (Deliverance) cutting some low and powerful background vocals.  Larry Farkas (Vengeance Rising, Die Happy) shredding with his tasty licks, Armand Meinbardis (Rob Rock) from the country of Latvia, dazzling with his violin and piano playing, and Niki Bente gracing the record with her lovely voice on the title track.
 
Mixed and mastered by the infamous Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Sacred Reich, Tourniquet, Trouble, Armored Saint, Deliverance) and produced by George Rene Ochoa, this record promises to deliver the metal goods.  The last time these two worked together was for the legendary Deliverance “Weapon’s Of Our Warfare” record.
 
George recalls, “It has been a pleasure working with everyone on this project. I feel that all bring their unique flavors to the table. Ronson Webster has been a great asset as a co-writer and an awesome background vocalist. Oz Fox was so gracious to do a lead (and a great flashy one!) in the midst of his busy schedule with Stryper. Les Carlsen came into my studio and nailed the vibe that we needed.  He is a great brother and phenomenal vocalist.  Jimmy P. Brown and I have remained friends over the years and he is one of the most talented people that I know.  What a great background vocal Jimmy recorded! Larry Farkas is one of my really good friends and an awesome guitar player.  It was only natural for me to include him. 
 
Armand Meinbardis is another busy musician that everyone wants to use.  He is way beyond me and it is an honor to have him play on this record. Niki Bente was a referral by another friend Ray Vidal. She came into the studio, and added that female touch the record needed.  Finally, Bill Metoyer is one of the nicest people on the planet to work with. His ear is impeccable which makes him an outstanding mix engineer. He really helped me to sculpt this Worldview record to be all that it could be.  I would work with Bill again anytime.”
Worldview is currently gearing up for a live show and they are finishing filming and editing their music videos which are to debut sometime in 2015.
With all of this talent and history, Worldview “The Chosen Few” debut album is a must listen for all true fans of metal. www.worldviewmetal.com
 
line-up:
Johnny Gonzales - Drums, Percussion
Todd Libby - Bass guitar, Keyboards
George Rene Ochoa - Guitars, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Rey Parra - Lead Vocals
 
Special guests
Oz Fox [Stryper] – Lead guitar on "Back in Time" (2nd lead)
Les Carlsen [Bloodgood] – Bridge vocals on "The Chosen Few"
Larry Farkas [ex. Vengeance Rising] – Lead guitar on "Prisoner of Pain" (1st lead)
Jimmy P Brown II [Deliverance] - BGV on "The Mirror" (2nd and 3rd chorus)
Ronson Webster - Keyboards, Background Vocals
Armand Melnbardis [Rob Rock] - Piano on "The Chosen Few", Violin on "Back in Time"
Niki Bente - Female vocals on "The Chosen Few"
 
Produced by: George Rene Ochoa
Mixed and mastered by: Bill Metoyer [Fates Warning, Slayer, W.A.S.P.]
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Jorn]
 
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2015
 
Wed
27
May

PYRAMAZE - Disciples of the Sun (Showcase)

Artist: 
Disciples Of The Sun
Produced By: 
Jacob Hansen
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Pyramaze was founded by guitarist Michael Kammeyer in 2002 with the intention of creating an epic melodic metal band from scratch. The original line-up also consisted of Niels Kvist on bass, Lance King on vocals, and remaining current members Morten Gade Sørensen on drums and keyboardist Jonah W. respectively. This line-up saw the release of the first two Pyramaze albums "Melancholy Beast" (2004) and "Legend of the Bone Carver." (2006) Lead guitarist Toke Skjønnemand joined the band in time to record the "Legend of the Bone Carver" album.
 
In 2007 Lance King was replaced by former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow and Pyramaze recorded their third album "Immortal" (2008) to high critical acclaim.
 
Following the release of "Immortal" Matt Barlow left and returned to Iced Earth. He was briefly replaced by Urban Breed for the bands Danish tour with Volbeat in 2008. Several line-up changes occurred in 2008, including the departure of Kammeyer, Kvist, and Urban Breed.
 
Guitarist and producer Jacob Hansen joined Pyramaze in 2011 and the band began working on their next album during that time. Eventually seeing new vocalist Terje Harøy join Pyramaze in 2013.
 
Marking the dawn of a new era for Pyramaze, fourth album "Disciples of the Sun" is a true creative and artistic venture for Pyramaze. With song writing being divided between members Jacob, Toke, and Jonah this time around, there is an undeniable diversity and freshness to the sound of the album.  Heavy, dark, progressive, melodic, and catchy.... "Set out to catch the fire!"
 
Heavy and full guitar riffs, complemented by the epic and cinematic keyboard arrangements of Jonah W, along with the blistering infusion and foundation provided by drummer Morten Gade Sørensen, work together seamlessly to create the signature sound of Pyramaze. New vocalist Terje Harøy brings power and catchy melodies with a modern flair, without sacrificing the dark and progressive edge that Pyramaze is known for. The furious, progressive, and precise thrash infused riffs of new guitarist Jacob Hansen lay down the rock solid foundation upon which the soaring vocal and guitar melodies exist. Lead guitarist Toke Skjønnemand brings the shred and undeniably memorable guitar solos with both a modern and classic influence.
 
Pyramaze are devoted to making music that mirrors their souls, combines all of their influences, and stimulates the mind and spirit of their listeners... Pyramaze continue to make music that is dark, thought provoking, all with a sense of fearlessness! The band will forever be committed to making the melodic art of a group that understands the importance of staying true and faithful to one's passion.
 
"Divided by oceans, bound together by brotherhood, we must become that which divides us.... we are PYRAMAZE, and we are the Ocean!"
 
Line-up:
Terje Harøy - Vocals
Jacob Hansen – Guitars, bass
Jonah W. - Keyboards
Toke Skjønnemand - Guitars
Morten Gade Sørensen – Drums
 
Special guests on the album:
Joost Van Den Broek [ex. After Forever, Star One]
Kim Olesen [Anubis Gate]
Henrik Fevre [Anubis Gate]
 
Discography:
2015: Disciples of the Sun [Inner Wound Recordings]
2008: Immortal [Locomotive. Re-issue: Inner Wound Recordings 2014]
2006: Legend of the Bone Carver [Massacre/Nightmare]
2004: Melancholy Beast [Replica/Nightmare]
 
Produced, mixed and mastered by: Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Epica, Evergrey]
Artwork by: Alex, Mayhem Project Design
 
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Wed
27
May

WITHIN SILENCE - Gallery Of Life (Showcase)

Gallery Of Life
Produced By: 
Jan Cvercko
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Metal
 
Within Silence is a young, promising melodic metal band that are ready to make an impact in the metal scene with their debut album “Gallery of Life”.
 
The band was formed under the name “Rightdoor” in 2008 by Martin Klein and Richard Germanus and was operating more as a project during the first years. Besides Martin and Richard, some other musicians were involved but no stable line-up was kept. During 2012 the band recorded a single that helped them to get the word out.
 
The following year the band found new members and the current line-up was completed as Peter Gacik [drums], Martin Cico [guitars] and Filip Andel [bass] joined the band.
 
Rightdoor was now a full band and started to play shows around in their home country Slovakia. During 2013 and 2014 they shared the stage with bands like Dark Moor, Theocracy, Blaze Bayley and more.
 
At the end of 2014 the band finished the recordings of their debut album entitled “Gallery of Life” with the help of producer Jan Cvercko. The guys then felt that they needed a stronger band name, so they decided to change it to “Within Silence”. Early 2015 Within Silence signed a deal with the Swedish label Ulterium Records, and the debut album “Gallery of Life” is scheduled to come out early May in Europe and North America.
 
Strong musicianship and the ability to write interesting songs with memorable melodies makes Within Silence a band to be reckoned with for years to come. Their debut album “Gallery of Life” got everything from up-tempo power metal tracks like “Silent Desire” and “Emptiness of Night” to pounding metal tracks like “The Last Drop of Blood” to epic metal songs like “Road to the Paradise”.
 
“Gallery of Life” will be a perfect album for fans of bands like Sonata Arctica, Stratovarius and Theocracy and fans of melodic metal in general.
 
The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani].
 
Line-up:
Martin Klein - Lead vocals, backing vocals
Richard Germanus - Solo & rhythm guitars, growls, backing vocals
Martin Cico - Rhythm guitars
Filip Andel - Bass, backing vocals
Peter Gacik - drums
 
Discography
2015: Gallery of Life [Ulterium Records]
 
Mixedand mastered by: Jan Cvercko
Artwork by: Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design [Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani]
 
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2015
 
Mon
25
May

TEN - Isla De Muerta (Showcase)

Artist: 

 


British hard rock giants TEN announced that the release of their eagerly awaited 12 studio album is scheduled for May 20th 2015 viaRocktopia Records. The new album is titled ‘Isla de Muerta‘ and follows hot on the heels of their ground-breaking and highly lauded 2014 opus ‘Albion‘. The album cover was illustrated by Gaetano Di Falco, can be viewed below.


 
Named after the mythical ‘Island Of The Dead‘ from Pirate legend and as the title would suggest, this time around the album has a very ‘piratical, seafaring‘ feel. In true classic TEN style, the album opens with the atmospheric ‘Buccaneers‘ instrumental and segues straight into the cinematic ‘Dead Men Tell No Tales‘. Any fans of TEN and their expanding catalogue will not be disappointed.
Isla de Muerta‘ will be the second outing for this current line-up and sees the boys build upon the foundation stones laid by their ‘Albion‘ release.
 
TEN are:

Gary Hughes - Vocals
Dann Rosingana - Guitars
Steve Grocott - Guitars
John Halliwell - Guitars
Steve Mckenna - Bass
Darrel Treece-Birch - Keyboards
Max Yates - Drums

 
Expect all the trademark TEN essences: Great songs, Big choruses, stunning solo work and twin leads with the British seven piece once again raising the bar and firing on all cylinders.
Isla de Muerta‘ promises to inspire the imagination, with songwriter Gary Hughes once again delving into a rich and varied array of subject matter this time around. Delivered in the classic TEN manner and conjuring images on a simply cinematic scale.
 
The wait is almost over!
 

BUY ONLINE:

UK/Europe: www.rocktopia.co.uk
USA/Canada: www.screamingcd.com

Track Listing & Soundbytes:

 

 

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Wed
20
May

DENNIS CHURCHILL DRIES - I (Showcase)

"I"
Produced By: 
Dennis Churchill Dries
Release Date: 
May 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
During the 1980s and ’90s, in those halcyon pre-Autotune days when the song was king and talent mattered, Dennis Churchill Dries was the singer and bass player of the bands White Sister and Tattoo Rodeo. Both of these groups earned prestigious major label record deals, but in the long run would learn how tough the music business can be.
 
Issued to rave reviews in 1984, White Sister’s self-titled debut was produced by Gregg Giuffria of Angel fame. While having tasted life on an independent label with its follow-up ‘Fashion By Passion’, Churchill Dries was also a part of the outfit Tattoo Rodeo. Picked up by Atlantic for ‘Rode Hard, Put Away Wet’ in ’91, they hit the road and opened for Bad Company and Damn Yankees. The band followed up with ‘Skin’ some four years later, and called it quits in 1998. There was a reunion show in 2006, and talks of new material, but all was scrapped after the death of drummer Rich Wright.
 
In October 2008, to the astonishment of just about everybody, original White Sister mebmers DCD, Rick Chadock, andGarri Brandon reunited to appear at the legendary indoor rock festival the Firefest. To say that they blew the doors off would be an understatement. They went over so well that the Firefest team invited the boys back again the following year, and they did not dissapoint! There was hushed yet optimistic talk of new music.
 
And then in October 2012, the unthinkable happened. Chadock lost his battle with cancer…Dennis was crushed by the loss of his music partner and closest friend of 35 years. New music from White Sister was not to be, and DCD retreated into solitude.
 
Dennis began writing on his own as a form of therapy, and in 2014 was reunited with Paul Sabu, who produced, engineered, and mixed “I”, and supplied the guitar work. DCD  drew priceless encouragement from the multi-talented Sabu, whose bands have included Only Child, Silent Rage and Sabu.
 
“I believe that Paul came back into my life for a reason... and that Rick had something to do with it!” says DCD. “Can it really be a coincidence that another great rock guitarist/vocalist/engineer fell into my lap after working with Rick exclusively for 35 years? No...”
 
“I” is heavily influenced by the music of the late-1970s and ’80s, mixing chunky grooves with radio-friendly melodies and drawing influence from DCD’s favourite acts, including The Beatles, Bad Company, Journey, Steve Perry, John Waite, Styx and Toto. The voice remains in great nick, too. “I took several years off, and only performed 3 shows from 2006 through the recording process in 2014…I still have a lot left in the tank!”.
 
DCD states “the whole process was like therapy really. The album’s lyrics are very telling,” he explains. “I didn’t realize the fact while I was living it, but this was a process  of affirmation, hope and moving forward. Listening to the final mixes in my car, I literally broke down. I didn’t realize how important this was to me until I finished it”.
 
“These songs are not groundbreaking, and they don’t fit neatly into a genre, but they’re completely from my heart,” he concludes. “This isn’t a conceited statement but I don’t care whether I sell 100 or 100,000 copies. I did this for me.”

 

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Wed
20
May

MICHAEL BORMANN - Closer (Showcase)

Closer
Produced By: 
Michael Bormann
Release Date: 
May 22
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
On the 22nd of May 2015, after more than four years, the long awaited fifth solo album "Closer" by Michael Bormann will see the light of the world. 2014 has been an eventful and exciting year. With his impressive performance at one of today’s biggest TV-Shows “The Voice of Germany” Michael reached millions of people.
All songs were written, recorded and produced within a three-month studio session by the end of 2014.

Due to the huge demand of the Demi-Lovato song "Warrior", that got him into “The Voice” - show, Michael had no chance but taking it on the forthcoming CD.

Downright refreshing, versatile and rocking Bormann presents "Closer".  Ballads, mid-tempo songs and pure Rock´n´Roll: you got it all! Defining a favorite is pretty hard as every single song has its own magic.

"Because we are the world" goes straight to the heart. The children’s choir  makes this tune very special. Not only radio stations will love this song.

It should be mentioned, that a valuable contribution to this album has been given by Eric Ragno and Bobby Stoecker. Knowing what and how he wants it, Bormann played most of the instruments by himself. It’s impressively showed on “Closer”.

His strong “Voice” - performances got Michael the long deserved attention.
Now it´s time for the next level. Closer will be drawing in the crowds under its magic spell.

Line-up: Michael Bormann – Drums, Bass, Keyboards, Guitar & Leadguitar, Acoustic guitar, Vox; Jean Bormann – Guitars, Backingvox; Marco Grasshoff – Keyboards, Backingvox; Eric Ragno – Keyboards; Bobby Stöcker – Leadguitar; Katie Juraschka - Backingvox

www.michaelbormannpage.de
www.facebook.com/michaelbormannrox
 
Produced by M. Bormann
Recorded and mixed at RMB Studios, Duisburg, Germany
Mastered by Michael Bormann 

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2015
 
Fri
08
May

FOREST FIELD - Onwards And Upwards (Showcase)

Artist: 
Onwards And Upwards
Produced By: 
Peter Cox
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Progressive Melodic Rock
 
Forest Field is a project with the intent of creating an ear caressing combination of ambient and
proggy typed instrumentals with vocal Progressive Rock songs. The name originates from the local
name for the region where founder and songwriter Peter lives.
 
The second full length album sees Phil Vincent (Legion, D´Ercole, Tragik, solo) taking care of all vocals.
Sue Straw returns, this time to add some haunting Native American flutes on the track Hope. All
other instruments were performed, recorded and produced by Peter Cox (Chinawhite, Earthshine) at
Down the Road studio Netherlands.
 
We are proud to mention that the mix was handled by Billy Sherwood of Yes and Circa: fame at Circa:
HQ, Ca, USA and mastering was taken care of by Maor Appelbaum in Ca, USA.
 
ALBUM:
The theme is best presented with the track stronger: “ it´s not the falling down, it´s the getting up
again” . Hence the album´s title, keep moving forward! The odd numbered tracks are again all
instrumentals. The even numbered tracks have vocals.
 
On www.youtube.com/user/RockCompanyNL the EPK for the album can be found, as well as teaser samples for various other tracks.
 
 
Musicians:
Phil Vincent (USA): all vocals (www.philvincentbands.com)
Sue Straw (USA): NA flutes on 3 (www.suestrawmusic.com )
Peter Cox (NL): everything else, so all guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and programming
 
The album is available in digital formats on all major retailers and Spotify. A CD version is available through CDBaby and the bands label Rock Company.
BeNeLux distribution through Rock Inc. / Bertus.
 

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Mon
04
May

SERPENTINE - Circle Of Knives (Showcase)

Artist: 
Circle Of Knives
Produced By: 
Gary Hughes
Running Time: 
52.25
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
SERPENTINE are back with their third album: "CIRCLE OF KNIVES", available on the genre’s iconic AOR Heaven label.
 
After the success of 2010’s ‘A Touch of Heaven’ and 2011’s ‘Living and Dying in High Definition’, Serpentine sought a break from studio work to present their material live, playing shows across the UK and Europe including slots with FM, Ten, Crashdiet, Houston and Romeo’s Daughter as well as numerous festival appearances at Hard Rock Hell, Firefest, H.E.A.T Festival, Rockfest Madrid etc.
 
The band then approached Ten mastermind GARY HUGHES, who took the band under his wing and into his Doghouse Studio in a producer/co-writer role to work on the album. In early 2014, with the writing sessions successfully completed, and the band having settled on a fresh lineup including ADAM PAYNE and OWEN CRAWFORD, Serpentine began recording the record which they believe represents their finest work to date; an album built on a powerful melodic hard rock sound.
SERPENTINE is: Adam Payne (Vocals), Chris Gould (Guitars), Gareth David Noon (Keyboards), Owen Crawford (Bass), Roy Millward (Drums)
 
PRODUCED BY GARY HUGHES and MIXED BY SHEENA SEAR
 
 
Out on CD:
24 April 2015 - Europe (AOR Heaven)
20 May 2015 - Japan (Marquee Avalon)
 
Out on VINYL :
22 June 2015
The Vinyl pressing is a Blue Vinyl, double gatefold special edition, limited to 250 copies, all signed by the band. The first 50 pre-orders will also include personalised guitar picks from Chris and Owen.
 
"A winning blend of melodic hard rock, AOR, metal and pomp" - Classic Rock Magazine
"The best UK melodic rock album in years" - Planetmosh
"Possibly the best album of 2015" - Uber Rock
"Serpentine are keeping the true spirit of rock n’ roll alive, and we really like it" - Hit The Floor
"An album that will be the highlight of my collection" - Rock 'n' Roll Circus
"One of the Best Melodic Hard Rock albums of 2015" - BeRock
 
Album Trailer

 
Circle of Knives
The album is available on CD (from April 24th) and Vinyl (from Jun 22nd). The Vinyl pressing is a Blue Vinyl, double gatefold special edition, limited to 250 copies, all signed by the band. The first 50 pre-orders will also include personalised guitar picks from Chris and Owen.
 
 
USB Re-Issues
A limited edition 1GB USB stick containing all the songs and artwork from the first 2 Serpentine albums and some bonus tracks.
These contain everything ever recorded by the band before the new line-up in 2015
 
T-Shirts
All of our T-shirts are available in Mens and Ladies style, sizes S to XXL
  
 

 

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Fri
01
May

NELSON - Peace Out (Showcase)

Artist: 
Peace Out
Produced By: 
Nelson
Running Time: 
57
Release Date: 
May 15
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock

Their music has stood the test of time. Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, revered for unforgettable past hits, explore fresh creative territory in the present with their new project, 'Peace Out'. Magical melodic songwriting and soaring sibling harmonies continue to ensure that this dynamic duo is still a vital part of the music scene's future.

'After the Rain' was the debut multi-platinum album by NELSON, the band led by twins Matthew and Gunnar in the early 1990s. They zoomed to number one with their hit song, "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection,' which made history landing America's iconic Nelson family (bandleader Ozzie Nelson, rock legend Rick Nelson, and twins Matthew & Gunnar) into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ONLY family in Entertainment with 3 successive generations of #1 hitmakers. NELSON's 'After the Rain' record and tour became a phenomenon just prior to the rise of grunge.  The last major success of the good time rock'n'roll era, NELSON has had (1) Number One, (4) Top Ten, and (5) Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, plus (5) #1 MTV videos and has sold over 6.5 million albums worldwide!

Every magazine from Rolling Stone to People did cover stories, and NELSON performed on television shows like "Late Night With David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live."

Nelson has always been synonymous with entertainment in America. Matthew and Gunnar follow Ozzie Nelson's vision of embracing connecting with people and audiences through all forms of media. They have been doing television-hosting work for VH1 and E!Plus, Gunnar co-hosted LIFETIME Radio's nationally syndicated morning show.

Matthew and Gunnar have rare insights into what it takes to earn longevity in the entertainment world. They continue the inspiring story of a most remarkable show business family. Their grandparents, Ozzie and Harriet, achieved immortality with "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," the longest-running live action sitcom in television history. Earlier, the couple had enjoyed big band success and had scored a number one hit in 1934.   Long before MTV made twins Matthew & Gunnar pop-rock icons, Ozzie Nelson is credited with creating the first conceptual music video for Ricky Nelson's 'Travelin' Man'.

Perhaps the most televised rock star in history, the twins legendary father Ricky Nelson emerged from the TV series' popularity to establish himself as one of the most important rock artists of the '50s and '60s with over 200 million career record sales.  Rick Nelson is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame credited with founding the country rock music genre.  

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Wed
29
Apr

S.A.Y - Orion (Showcase)

Artist: 
Orion
Produced By: 
Jan Åkesson
Running Time: 
42.31
Release Date: 
May 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
ORDER NOW!
S.A.Y - ORION
 
S.A.Y - Orion
$15 + $5 postage (airmail anywhere) Out May 22. ALL pre-orders shipped prior to release date.
 
 

 

MelodicRock Records is very excited to be able to announce the signing of new Swedish band S.A.Y., featuring two veteran artists under the new band name, reflecting their decision to record a melodic hard rock album together.
 
S.A.Y. is guitarist Jan Åkesson and singer Peter Grundström, musical partners since 1984 and teamed in StoneLake for six studio albums from 2006-2013.
 
Deciding to record an album with power and finesse, but in a more commercial melodic vein, Jan and Peter settled upon a new name for the project – S.A.Y.
 
S.A.Y. will release their debut album “Orion” via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Distribution on May 22. Pre-orders for this album and http://melodicrock.com/articles/news-feed/2015/03/31/room-experience-debut-out-melodicrock-records-may-22 coming up.
 
Now it’s time to reveal the cover art and album track listing:
 
 
01. Tragedy
02. Heroes
03. Crash And Burn
04. Never Say Goodbye
05. Eight Hundred Miles
06. Broken Wings
07. Dream On
08. Love And Affection
09. Illusion
10. Memories
11. Under Your Spell
 
The album contains 11 tracks of polished and powerful melodic rock and features the distinctive vocals of Peter Grundstrom and the hard edged guitar work of Jan Akesson; which will immediately bring comparisons to TNT, Westworld and Final Frontier.
 
S.A.Y. are:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals
Jan Akesson – Guitars, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals
 
With: Jens Westberg – Drums
 
“Orion” is set to be one of the noted debut albums of 2015.
 
And here is another exclusive FULL track from the album to preview – the opening track ‘Tragedy’
 

 
Time to check out one of the tracks from 'Orion', the anthemic "Broken Wings":
 


 
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Tue
28
Apr

Eonian Records Presents 'Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip' Box Set

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DISC 1:

01. Rattlesnake Shake - Shootin' Daggers (4:53)
02 - Rattlesnake Shake - Get Around (Everybody Needs Somebody) (3:09)
03 - Alice Be Tokelas - In the Morning (4:26)
04. Alice Be Tokelas - This Is Now (3:55)
05. The Wild - Get Down 2 Night (4:41)
06 - The Wild - Some Girls (3:29)
07 - LongGone - Higher (4:25)
08. LongGone - Sticky Situation (4:35)
09 - Hans Naughty - Fallen Nature (4:47)
10. Hans Naughty - Be In You (3:25)
11. Imagine World Peace - Something I Miss (3:54)
12 - Imagine World Peace - Sometimes (4:07)
13. Bad Blood - Slip (2:57)
14 - Bad Blood - Sweet Addiction (4:20)
15 - Cyclone Sound - City Monsters (6:01)
16. Cyclone Sound - All Systems (4:26)
17 - Hap Hazzard - Sorry (3:50)
18. Hap Hazzard - Under Fire (3:58)

DISC 2:

01 - Charlotte - Little Devils (5:55)
02. Charlotte - Krackerman (3:22)
03. Lypswitch - Sexx On The Sun (3:43)
04 - Lypswitch - She's So Psychedelic (2:54)
05. Bad Bones - My Love Is For Real (5:25)
06 - Bad Bones - Give Good Love (4:33)
07 - Enticer - Daddy's Little Girl (5:21)
08. Enticier - One Way Ticket (3:44)
09. Scratch - Merry Go Round (4:34)
10 - Scratch - Smack Dab (3:52)
11. Hardly Dangerous - Sweeter Than Honey (4:06)
12 - Hardly Dangerous - Game Of Love (3:16)
13 - Sam Mann And Thee Apes - Feel My Body (3:39)
14. Sam Mann and Thee Apes - Nasty Woman (4:32)
15. Mad Reign - Rise (3:48)
16 - Mad Reign - The First One's Free (5:13)
17. The Mimes - Crack Alley (3:55)
18 - The Mimes - Kick, Kick (Scratch and Fight) (2:53)

DISC 3:

01. Shake City - Betty Blue (3:50)
02 - Shake City (Hot Wheelz) - She's Atomic (3:07)
03 - Blackboard Jungle - Paint You A Picture (3:39)
04. Blackboard Jungle – Chicago (4:30)
05 - Paradise - Satisfaction Guaranteed (5:12)
06. Paradise - I'm In Love With You (3:28)
07 - Hollywood Rose - Sweet Little Angel (3:43)
08. Hollywood Rose - Come A Little Closer (4:02)
09. Taz - Day Of The Dog (3:07)
10 - TAZ - Dogtown (3:32)
11 - Daddy Ray - Success (3:36)
12. Daddy Ray - Nag, Nag, Nag (3:29)
13. Children - Dance With Me (3:56)
14 - Children - Water Into Win (3:38)e
15 - Shel Shock - Lotta Love (3:23)
16. Shel Shoc - Pull The Trigger (3:40)
17 - Dallas Dollz - Dirty Money (4:54)
18. Dallas Dollz - Doin' Time (4:22)

DISC 4:

01. Deaf, Dumb and Blonde - Heaven's Trail (4:45)
02 - Deaf, Dumb and Blonde - Down and Dirty (4:05)
03 - Cold Shot - Give Me What I Need (4:08)
04. Cold Shot - Little Too Late (3:51)
05 - New Improved God - Back Where You Belong (3:11)
06. New Improved God - Dead Rock Stars (4:27)
07 - Agent Zero - Shadows (3:50)
08. Agent Zero - Shadows (4:41)
09 - Aces & Eights - Read My Lips (4:30)
10. Aces & Eights - You Ain't My Religion (5:05)
11 - Rough Justice - Cheap Disguise (4:16)
12. Rough Justice - Good Ole' Days (4:10)
13 - Byte The Bullet - Let 'Em Down Easy (3:29)
14. Byte the Bullet - Russian Roulette (4:23)
15 - Spyder Blue - Dummy Says (3:09)
16. Spyder Blue - Love Lies And Hate (3:07)
17 - Charlemagne - You're All I Need (3:57)
18. Charlemagne - Who Needs Bad Girls (3:12)

 

Eonian Records is very excited to present the single largest collection of West Hollywood's Sunset Strip bands ever assembled entitled Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip.

Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip were the final wave of Sunset Strip bands, the most competitive market for rock 'n' roll that had ever existed.
During this era, the Sunset Strip had become a living, breathing entity of extreme depth and breadth of musicality, self-indulgence, and living in the intrepidly fast and dangerous lane, Blackboard Jungle, Imagine World Peace, Paradise, Rattlesnake Shake, Shake City, Taz and The Wild were just a small handful of bands that played part of the greatest rock 'n' roll scene that ever was. They are the last generation of rock bands that ruled the Los Angeles music scene!

Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip - Volume I features 36 bands from the 1980s and early 1990s Los Angeles rock scene and is a four-disc collection with 72 digitally re-mastered, original studio recordings.

Only a small handful of these recordings were ever made available, as most were meant primarily for the ears of recording industry giants in an effort to be signed.

Volume I also features a 60-page color booklet with a close up look at each band, over 100 original archived photos, and the 13-page "Rock 'n' Roll Rebels: Sunset Strip Certified" narrated by JohnnyX of The Wild and Adam Gifford of Paradise, both well-known bands on the Sunset Strip.

 



 

xxx
Adam Gifford & Johnny X



QUICK FACTS:

- 36 bands
- 72 re-mastered, original studio recordings
- 4 hours and 51 minutes of music
- Majority of the 72 studio recordings have never been previously released and were meant primarily for the ears of recording industry giants in an effort to be signed
- 60-page color booklet
- 36 pages dedicated to a close up look at each band
- 13 page "Rock 'n' Roll Rebels: Sunset Strip Certified" narrated by JohnnyX of The Wild and Adam Gifford of Paradise, both well-known bands on the Sunset Strip
- Hundreds of original archived photos
- Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip will be printed in limited quantities

AVAILABLE AT:

WWW.EONIANRECORDS.COM

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Rock Stakk - rockstakk.shop-pro.jp

Animal Records - www.animalrecords.com.br

Amazon - www.amazon.com

CD Baby - www.cdbaby.com

and iTunes

ABOUT EONIAN RECORDS 
[ee-oh-nee-uh n] adjective - eternal; everlasting.

Founded in 2008, Eonian Records is an American Indie record label specializing in extremely rare and often never released classic hard rock and glam metal from the 1980's with a keen attention to detail, high-quality re-mastering and stellar packaging.

Eonian Records believes that great music never dies. Just because a lost recording resided in a state of dust and dormancy for the last quarter-century does not automatically mean it should be discarded like an expired condom. If you purchase an album bearing the Eonian Records logo, you can rest assured that it deserved to be released. 
 

 
Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip - Volume I



Eonian Records is very excited to present the single largest collection of West Hollywood's Sunset Strip bands ever assembled entitled Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip.



Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip were the final wave of Sunset Strip bands, the most competitive market for rock 'n' roll that had ever existed. During this era, the Sunset Strip had become a living, breathing entity of extreme depth and breadth of musicality, self-indulgence, and living in the intrepidly fast and dangerous lane. Blackboard Jungle, Imagine World Peace, Paradise, Rattlesnake Shake, Shake City, Taz, and The Wild were just a small handful of bands that played part of the greatest rock 'n' roll scene that ever was. They are the last generation of rock bands that ruled the Los Angeles music scene! 



Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip - Volume I features 36 bands from the 1980s and early 1990s Los Angeles rock scene and is a four-disc collection with 72 digitally re-mastered, original studio recordings. Only a small handful of these recordings were ever made available, as most were meant primarily for the ears of recording industry giants in an effort to be signed. Volume I also features a 60-page color booklet with a close up look at each band, over 100 original archived photos, and the 13-page "Rock 'n' Roll Rebels: Sunset Strip Certified" narrated by JohnnyX of The Wild and Adam Gifford of Paradise, both well-known bands on the Sunset Strip. 



THE SUNSET STRIP



West Hollywood is a city in Los Angeles, California. Incorporated in 1984, it is home to the Sunset Strip. The Sunset Strip is the name given to the mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with Hollywood at Havenhurst Drive, to its western border with Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive. The Strip is probably the best-known portion of Sunset, embracing boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs, and nightclubs that are on the cutting edge of the entertainment industry.



In the 1960s and 1970s the Sunset Strip became a haven for a number of well known music groups. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Byrds, Frank Zappa, and many others played at clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, the Roxy, Pandora's Box and the London Fog. The Strip became a major focus for punk rock and new wave during the 1970s, but with the arrival of Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Dokken, Motley Crue among others, it soon became the center of the glam metal scene throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, hosting some of the world's most renowned bands and groundbreaking albums that would influence sounds and be imitated for years to follow.



1970s - VAN HALEN & QUIET RIOT 



Van Halen, originally named Mammoth, formed in Pasadena, California in 1972 consisted of Eddie Van Halen on guitar, keyboards, and vocals, Alex Van Halen on drums and percussion, Michael Anthony on bass and vocals, and David Lee Roth on lead vocals. Van Halen became a staple of the Los Angeles music scene during the mid-1970s playing world famous Sunset Strip venues Whisky a Go Go and Gazzarri's. In 1976, after seeing the Van Halen play, Gene Simmons produced their demo tape, but later opted out of further involvement after he took the demo to Kiss management and was told that "they had no chance of making it" and that they wouldn't sign them. 



In mid-1977, Mo Ostin and Ted Templeman of Warner Bros. Records saw Van Halen perform at the Starwood in Hollywood. Although the audience was small, the two were so impressed with Van Halen that within a week they offered the band a recording contract. The band recorded their debut album at Sunset Sound Recorders studio in fall of 1977 and eventually reached No. 19 on the Billboard Music Charts, one of rock's most commercially successful debuts. 




During the 1980s, Van Halen also had more Billboard Hot 100 hits than any other hard rock or heavy metal band. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Van Halen is the 19th best selling band of all time with sales of over 56 million albums in the USA and is one of five rock bands that have had two albums sell more than 10 million copies in the USA. Van Halen would release Van Halen II (1979), Women and Children First (1980), Fair Warning (1981), Diver Down (1982), 1984 (1984), 5150 (1986), OU812 (1988), and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (1991).



Quiet Riot was founded in 1973 by guitarist Randy Rhoads and bassist Kelly Garni under the name Mach 1, later changed the name to Little Women before settling on Quiet Riot in May 1975. Quiet Riot often opened for Van Halen in several Los Angeles clubs, before either band had a record deal. In 1977, the band secured a deal with Sony Records and the original four members recorded their debut album in 1978 and the follow-up in 1979, but their albums would only be released in Japan. Quiet Riot's 1983 US debut, Metal Health, was the first glam metal album and the first heavy metal album to reach number one in the Billboard Music Charts. The group's follow-up, Condition Critical (1984), though successful, it was a relative critical and commercial disappointment, selling only 3 million units and reaching only No. 15 on the Billboard Music Charts.



EARLY 1980s - DOKKEN, MOTLEY CRUE, STRYPER & RATT



The early 1980s were loaded with groundbreaking debut albums from the Sunset Strip glam metal and heavy metal scene including the band Dokken. In early 1981, after Dokken recorded a bunch of demos with Michael Wagener and with the help of German heavy metal band Accept's manager, Gaby Hauke, a deal was secured with Carrere Records. Recorded between July and September of 1981 at Studio Stommeln with Wagener and Dieter Dierks, Breaking the Chains was initially released under the name Don Dokken before it was changed to simply Dokken on subsequent pressings. Dokken's follow-up album Tooth and Nail, released on Elektra in 1984, sold more than one million copies in the United States alone; peaking at No. 49 on the Billboard Music Charts, while selling another estimated one million copies worldwide.



Motley Crue, founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, who were later joined by guitarist Mick Mars and vocalist Vince Neil, the group self-produced and released their debut album Too Fast for Love on Leathur Records in November 1981, selling 20,000 copies. The band would eventually sign with Elektra Records in late spring 1982 and the debut album was then re-mixed by producer Roy Thomas Baker and re-released in August 1982. Motley Crue would release several best-selling albums during the 1980's, including Shout at the Devil (1983), Theatre of Pain (1985), and Girls, Girls, Girls (1987). Motley Crue reached its peak popularity with the release of their fifth album; the Bob Rock produced Dr. Feelgood (1989). On October 14th of that year, it became a No. 1 album and stayed on the Billboard Music Charts for 109 weeks after its release. Motley Crue would eventually become one of the best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 100 million records worldwide.




In complete contrast to Motley Crue, Stryper, originally named Roxx Regime and composed of brothers Michael Sweet on lead vocals and lead guitar and Robert Sweet on drums became the become the first overtly Christian glam metal band to gain acceptance in the mainstream. Stryper signed with major label Enigma Records and released their debut album The Yellow and Black Attack (1983). Stryper's first full-length album, Soldiers Under Command (1985), was the band's first gold record. Stryper achieved platinum sales status selling over one million copies with the release of To Hell with the Devil (1986) and went on to release two more gold albums before breaking up in 1992.



Ratt signed with the independent Los Angeles recording label Time Coast Records in 1983. Later that same year, Ratt released their self-titled independent EP. Soon after, the band signed with Atlantic Records and immediately started writing and recording what would be its breakthrough album Out of the Cellar released in March 1984, reaching Platinum status several times over. Out of the Cellar became a commercial success, going platinum many times over in the United States. Ratt would release four more albums by 1990: Invasion Of Your Privacy (1985), Dancing Undercover (1986), Reach for the Sky (1988), and Detonator (1990), all of which reach Platinum status.



MID-1980s - GUNS N' ROSES



By the mid-1980s, glam metal had begun to be a major mainstream success. Los Angeles continued to foster the most important scene around the Sunset Strip, but arguably, the greatest success was Guns N' Roses. Originally formed from a fusion of bands L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose, Guns N' Roses played with a grittier and rawer sound than many of its predecessors. Guns N' Roses formed in Los Angeles in 1985. The classic lineup as signed to Geffen Records in 1986 consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. 




A year after its release, Guns N' Roses' debut album Appetite for Destruction in 1987 reached No. 1 on the Billboard Music Charts. The album has sold in excess of 28 million copies worldwide, including 18 million units sold in the United States, making it the best-selling debut album of all time. The success of their debut album was followed by the eight-song album G N' R Lies (1988), which reached also No. 2 on the Billboard Music Charts. The twin albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II (1991) debuted at No. 2 and No. 1 on the Billboard Music Charts and have sold a combined 35 million copies worldwide, including 14 million units sold in the United States alone. 



LATE 1980s - THE SCENE EXPLODES



By 1987, West Hollywood's Sunset Strip scene had exploded! Hard rock and glam metal was now dominating the top of the Billboard Music Charts, selling millions of copies multiple times over, selling out world-wide tours, as well as producing chart-topping singles while opening the door to MTV and commercial success for other bands at the end of the decade. Hard rock and glam metal bands were in heavy rotation on the channel, often at the top of MTV's daily dial countdown, and many appeared on the channel's shows such as Headbanger's Ball, which became one of the most popular programs with over 1.3 million views a week. 



Los Angeles, California had it all - the venues - Gazzarri's, Rainbow Bar and Grill, The Roxy Theatre, Trroubadour, Whisky a Go Go, Coconut Teaszer and more; the publications - L.A. Weekly, RRock City News, Bam and Screamer; one of the best radio stations in the country - KNAC Pure Rock 105.5. Throughout the decade and into the early 1990s, the Sunset Strip would be on full display with countless major label signings such as the Armored Saint, Badlands, Bad Moon Rising, Bang Tango, Bangalore Choir, Bulletboys, Barren Cross, Cold Sweat, Electric Angels, Faster Pussycat, Great White, Guardian, Holy Soldier, House of Lords, Hurricane, Jailhouse, Johnny Crash, Junkyard, Keel, Kik Tracee, King Kobra, L.A. Guns, Lion, Lita Ford, Little Caesar, Lizzy Borden, London, Love/Hate, Mr. Big, Nitro, Poison, Pretty Boy Floyd, Racer X, Rough Cutt, Salty Dog, Shark Island, Southgang, The Four Horsemen, The Scream, Tuff, W.A.S.P., Warrant, Wildside, XYZ, among others. Needless should we say - hundreds of very talented unsigned bands, many of which are featured on Volume 1 and the upcoming Volume 2.



ROCK 'N' ROLL REBELS



Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip displays how extremely competitive this era of a rock 'n' roll really was. The bands featured dedicated their youth to writing, rehearsing, booking, promoting, playing, dealing with agents, managers, record labels, as well as jammed and performed with so many of the great rock outfits from back in the day. It was common to see Axl Rose and Slash hanging out at The Roxy at a "Rattlesnake Shake" show or drop in at Cathouse and see members of the New York Dolls, Kiss, as well as Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne at a "The Wild" gig. You name 'em ...they were there. They were all great friends, had great times! Late night jams after sold out shows. People were coming from around the world to feast on the musical excesses of the Sunset Strip.



Where else in the world can you say you could find all of this in a mile-and-a-half stretch? This was West Hollywood's one and only, the Sunset Strip. Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip is a true piece of Hollywood music history from the mid - late 80s.



A very special thank-you to all of the bands and contributors to Rock 'n' Roll Rebels & the Sunset Strip, as well as the hard rock, glam and metal media who have been kind enough to help promote it. Eonian Records will be donating the net profits to a non-profit that provides affordable housing to those less fortunate.


Hardly Dangerous


Byte The Bullet


Bad Bones


Agent Zero


Sam Mann And Thee Apes


Mad Reign


The Wild


 
 

Taz





Daddy Ray





Aces & Eights





Blackboard Jungle





Shake City





Hap Hazzard





Cold Shot

 

 

Rattlesnake Shake


Long Gone


Scratch

 

 

 

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Mon
27
Apr

MISS BEHAVIOUR - Last Woman Standing (Showcase)

Last Woman Standing
Produced By: 
Miss Behaviour
Running Time: 
57.41
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
The story of Miss Behaviour goes back to 2004. Keyboard player Henrik Sproge and guitarist Erik Heikne were both studying Music Management at the Baltic Business School in Kalmar, Sweden, when the idea of Miss Behaviour first came up. With a great passion for 80's melodic hard rock and AOR, they decided to start the band to express their vision of how a modern rock band, inspired by the great bands of the eighties should sound.
The first Miss Behaviour songs where written in a student apartment in Kalmar in late 2004 and ended up at the 3-song EP Give us the world. Miss Behavior worked –and still do with producer/technician Daniel Gese who had a career as drummer/producer with his 80’s metal/sleaze band Pole Position in the late 80s/early 90s.
 
After the debut album Heart of Midwinter was released in 2006, Henrik and Erik decided to recruit the new lead singer Sebastian Roos, a quite well known singer in Sweden, with a lot of touring, TV and radio performances and Eurovision song contest on his CV. The breakthrough came with the Album Last Woman Standing, released in 2011.
In spring 2011 Miss Behaviour competed in Swedish national radio with the song Till we meet again, making the première live performance with the current lineup in front of 400000 radio listeners. Joining forces with former Backyard Babies manager Michael Sundén in 2011 the band hit the roads in the UK.
 
Late 2011, after touring the UK with CrashDiet, the album Last Woman Standing won the Melodic.net ”Best AoR album of 2011” readers poll with 23% of the votes, leaving bands like Journey, Robin Beck, Work of Art and more behind. The reviews were fantastic and the album got top scores in important magazines, such as Classic Rock (UK), Sweden Rock Magazine (Sweden) and more.
UK Magazine Classic Rock picked Cynthia as one of the best tracks in 2011, and featured the song on the compilation Classic Rock Buzz. Miss Behaviour returned to the UK on the Smokehead Rocks Tour, playing another 10 dates and finished the tour with a sold out show at O2 Islington Academy in London, Oktober 12th, 2011. In the middle of the song writing and recordings of the new album Michael Sundén tragically passed, in a horrible accident at venue Rock City, Nottingham. This loss took a while to recover from but finally the brand new album Double Agent was finished and received great feedback in the press last year.
 
Last Woman Standing – Re-Issue
 
Last Woman Standing (2011) was the band’s breakthrough album. "Cynthia" was selected one of the best songs of 2011 by Classic Rock (Melodic BUZZ CD). The single "Till we meet again" premiered live in Swedish national radio with 200k+ listeners. The video had over 60000 views.
 
The Bonus material (* tracks 12 & 13): These songs were written in 2011 and recorded in a new session whit the new members Niclas Lindblom (Bass) and Magnus Jacobson (drums). The same line-up that consists today and played two UK-tours back in 2011 and 2012.
Discography: Heart Of Midwinter (2006), Last Woman Standing (2011), Double Agent (2014), Last Woman Standing (Re-Issue, 2015)
 
 
Sebastian Roos - Vocals
Erik Heikne – Guitars, Henrik Sproge –Keyboards
Nicky Bloom– Bass, Guitar
Magnus Jacobs – Drums

 

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Fri
13
Mar

WINDSOR DRIVE - Windsor Drive (Showcase)

Artist: 
Windsor Drive
Produced By: 
Windsor Drive
Release Date: 
March 27
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Pop/AOR
 
Formed in the unexpected art community in “The Northwood’s” of Wisconsin, the band has taken influence from arena-friendly Britpop acts as well as paying homage to their rock alma maters from the seventies and eighties.
The roots of the band can be traced back to a friendship between singer/songwriter Kipp Wilde and Owen Jones (drummer) at Wilde’s father’s church. After years of performing together on Sunday’s and writing their own material on the side, Jones and Wilde connected with Daniel Sukow (guitar) and Jon Wasleske (bass) through the local Wisconsin scene. Together they began to pen songs for what would become their first release, the self-produced “Meet the Tide” (2008) and Bridges EP (2009). In fact the songs were written in Jones’ basement on a street called “Windsor Drive.”
 
The Bridges EP, produced by Grammy award winning producer, Stephen Short (Phil Collins, Augustana) pushed the band out of the Midwest and out on the road showcasing to industry executives on both coasts at famous venues such as Hollywood’s The Roxy and NYC’s Gramercy Theatre.
 
After several national tours to support their initial releases and pushing over 15,000 units independently, the band caught the attention of numerous nationally renowned acts and were asked to support dates with artists including American Idol winner Kris Allen (RCA/19 Entertainment), Imagine Dragons (Interscope), Ryan Cabrera, Eisley (Equal Vision), and The Rocket Summer (Island). In 2011 the band was hand selected to support iconic indie rock band Mae on their farewell tour and perform on the popular traveling summer festival Vans Warped Tour. Coinciding with the tours came the limited edition Under the Weather EP (2011). With the release the band claimed the spotlight on E! News with Ryan Seacrest and a feature on Clear Channels iHeartRadio. Most recently the band supported He is We (Universal Republic) on the “Give It All” Tour, select dates with Teddy Geiger, and an international tour in Japan.
 
In 2015 Windsor Drive will release their first self-titled full-length album in Europe on AOR Heaven. The self-titled release will feature hand selected songs from their previous U.S. releases including, 2013’s “Wanderlust” produced, recorded, and mixed in Los Angeles, CA by multi-platinum producer John Fields (Parachute, Switchfoot) and Bleu (Boys Like Girls, Air Traffic Controller).
 
Discography: Meet The Tide – EP (2007), Bridges – EP (2009), Under The Weather – EP (2010), Wanderlust – EP (2013), Windsor Drive (CD, 2015)
 
Kipp Wilde – Vocals / Keys Daniel Sukow – Guitar / Vocals Jon Wasleske – Bass Owen Jones – Drums
 
 
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Fri
13
Mar

DAN REED - Transmission (Showcase)

Artist: 
Transmission
Produced By: 
Dan Reed
Release Date: 
March 27
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Rock
 
Dan Reed, formerly of 'Dan Reed Network', (DRN) will soon be releasing his third solo album entitled ‘Transmission’. This collection of songs was composed and recorded in Prague and takes on a more live feel and energy than his previous two studio releases ‘Signal Fire’ and ‘Coming Up for Air’. Reed has always had a passion for groups like ‘Bad Company’, ‘Pink Floyd’, and ‘Fleetwood Mac’ and ‘Transmission’ takes it’s aim at realising this type of in your face, honest rock production. Besides tackling all the vocals, Dan performed all the guitar and keyboard work, performing live in the studio beside famed drummer Robert Ikiz from Turkey and bassist Bengan Jonasson from Sweden.
 
This collection of songs primarily takes a look at the dark side of the human condition and tries to make sense of trying to find light in the midst of the chaos. This will be Dan’s second album financed through Pledge Music through those who support his music and reached 100 percent of it's goal in less than 2 weeks from launching the campaign.
Reed’s second solo CD, 'Signal Fire’ released in early 2013, was a collection of thought provoking tracks, co-produced by Reed and Rob Daiker (Meredith Brooks/Katy Perry/Fame Riot). Signal Fire represented a step toward a more edgier sound than his 2010 solo effort 'Coming Up for Air', yet still held on to the intention of finding hope in a world riddled with great hypocrisy and great hope.
 
While 'Coming Up for Air' was composed in Jerusalem and Northern India during 2007/2008 and represented Reed's quest for insight on religious conflicts and making peace with inner demons, 'Signal Fire' took a more pointed look at the world's political/social/environmental conflicts. With ‘Transmission’ Dan decided to leave political statements somewhat behind and focus more on the conflict within the human heart and soul.
Dan also released a solo acoustic album entitled ‘In Between the Noise’ in 2014, as well as a DRN compilation 2 disc set called ‘Anthology’ which covered both previously released DRN songs, along with 4 new live tracks from the Network’s recent reunion shows and unreleased B-Sides. 'Anthology was also funded through Pledge Music and their fans.
 
Dan Reed Network was signed to Polygram in 1988 by Derek Shulman, famed A+R man who signed ‘Bon Jovi’. Managed by Bill Graham and Q-Prime later, DRN played opening act on European tours for Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Midnight Oil, and performed in America with Run DMC and toured with UB40. Selling nearly 2 million albums worldwide, DRN was part of the funk rock movement and released three albums with Polygram between 1989 and 1992. ‘Transmission’ stands as a good example of where Dan can take the groove in these times, both musically and lyrically.
 
Reed took a long hiatus from the music business in early 2003 and spent 4 years in Northern India and Jerusalem, living in a Tibetan Monastery and studying religions while in the Middle East. Coming back to music in 2009 he now performs extensively throughout Europe and the United States, both with his solo band and DRN and has in recent years performed at the ‘Sweden Rock Festival’ and England’s ‘Download Festival’ twice.
With ‘Transmission’ Dan hopes that getting back to the roots of live performance is a positive direction in a world addicted to canned music, drum machines and auto-tuned vocals.
"I just felt it was time to get back to something that feels real, organic, and in tune with the human condition." - Reed
 
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Thu
05
Mar

EDENS' CURSE Live With The Curse (Showcase)

 
After nine years of EDEN’S CURSE band history, multinational hard rock/melodic metal band now presents their first Live album. Formed as a studio project, after a while EDEN’S CURSE turned into an excellent and ambitious live act. U.K. tours with Stratovarius and Dream Theater were just the beginning. In the past two years, EDEN’S CURSE became more and more busy playing festivals and even making the step to play headlining tours in the U.K.

So, with four fantastic and widely celebrated studio albums under their belt, it was probably time to thin k about releasing a Live album anyway, but actually the source of ignition came from the fan’s side. One of those situations was after EDEN’S CURSE’ London gig. They came off stage on a high and the feedback and comments coupled with fan pressure to re-record old material with Nikola made them think of a Live release more extensively.

Even former drummer Pete Newdeck (still a close friend to the band)  admitted: “That’s the best I've ever heard the band with or without me", right after the London show.

So plannings began for the recording of the first ever EDEN’S CURSE Live album. But those who know the band, are aware of their high standards that they sets for everything they do. And ‘Live With The Curse’ is no exception: recordings took place on November 27

, 2014 at an EDEN’S CURSE headlining show in in Glascow.

Fans from whole Europe and even Japan came over to Scotland to be part of this special event. And what more does it need than a euphoric crowd, a nice club and a highly motivated band?
The setlist of course contains fan favorites and classics from all four EDEN’S CURSE albums: ‘Eden’s Curse’ (2007), ‘The Second Coming’ (2008), ‘Trinity’ (2011) and 2013’s ‘Symphony Of Sin’.

Mix and mastering of the Live recordings were handled by the band’s long-time engineer Dennis Ward, who managed to capture the concert’s energy and vibe perfectly. The cover artwork was again created by artist Thomas Ewerhard, who also works with EDEN’S CURSE since the times of their debut album.

‘Live With The Curse’, packed with 100 minutes on 2CDs, will be released on March 13.
 
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Mon
02
Mar

EMPIRES OF EDEN - Architect Of Hope (Showcase)

Architect of Hope
Produced By: 
Stu Marshall
Running Time: 
45.39
Release Date: 
March 9
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
MelodicRock Records is going full metal for this special release from Aussie melodic metal project EMPIRES OF EDEN.
 
Their new album Architect Of Hope is a raging slab of relentless riffing and high-octane metal, all delivered with style, class and plenty of melodies.
 
Features Deluxe 18 Page Booklet! OUT NOW!!
 
This album OUT NOW available via MelodicRock.com and MelodicRock Direct.
 
 
 
EMPIRES OF EDEN
"Architect Of Hope"
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From Avantasia to Ayreon and beyond, collaborations in metal typically prove to be more than the sum of their parts. This has been never been more true than in the case of Empires of Eden, a melodic metal project originating from Sydney, Australia and spanning the entire globe in its unprecedented scope.
 
Masterminded by former Dungeon and current Death Dealer guitarist/Producer Stu Marshall, Empires of Eden is characterized by a massive power metal sound, 30-piece orchestral score, and guest performances from some of the most celebrated musicians in the industry. Proving that neither oceans nor national boundaries are capable of stopping this explosive onslaught, Marshall has enlisted the participation of artists from all corners of the globe to assemble an army of veteran talent like no other.
 
2015 will bring us to “Architect of Hope”. The fourth album delivering nine head pounding tracks and featuring heavy Metal Legend, Ralf Scheepers (Primal fear).
 
Raising the standard yet again, Marshall has enlisted world wrecking stars like Rick Altzi (Masterplan), Mike Dimeo (Riot / Masterplan) and Jeff Martin (Racer X) just to highlight four of the amazing nine deep cast.
 
 
The 2012 release “Channelling the Infinite” raised the bar across the board in several categories of metal: symphonic, collaborative, progressive, melodic and generally ground breaking. The album received consistent scoring 9/10 or higher in reviews worldwide. In addition to Marshall's uncompromising compositional skills and technical guitar wizardry, the album was reinforced by vocalists who have earned their place in history, such as UDO Dirkschneider (Accept), Mike Dimeo (Riot / Masterplan) and Steve Grimmett (Grim Reaper / Lionsheart) to name just a few.
 
Compared to other collaborative projects of this kind, Empires of Eden is unique in the extent to which the guest vocalists are involved with the writing of the songs themselves. According to Marshall, although he tailors the instrumental backing to each singer's individual style and preferred range, "They are completely at liberty to write any lyrics they want, and they pen the vocal melodies themselves, too." Having so much artistic freedom not only increases the vocalists' enthusiasm for the project, but also enables them to deliver their best possible performances, unbounded by the usual constraints of the 'guest musician' format.
 
With lush, picturesque orchestral arrangements, bone-crushing riffs, kaleidoscopic soloing and spectacular vocal performances, Empires of Eden has developed a trademark sound that redefines the concept of epic.
 

 

 

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Tue
10
Feb

TONK - Ruby Voodoo (Showcase)

Artist: 
Ruby Voodoo
Produced By: 
Nick Didia
Running Time: 
40.19
Release Date: 
March 9
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
TONK "Ruby Voodoo" is OUT NOW!
 
TONK have recorded a fantastic old-school hard rock record with famed producer Nick Didia (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen).
 
It sounds authentic, because it is authentic!
 
TONK
"Ruby Voodoo"
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Tonk hail from Canberra Australia. And like the Aussie legends before them, this hard-rock quintet just want to have a great time delivering their own brand of hard gritty tunes...
Screaming vocals, ripping guitars and bombastic drums leave nothing left for the faint hearted.
 
You'll love the experience of course, whether it's your first time or you are a longstanding Tonkist,
wherever you come across them, when Jinks, Steve, Ben, Matt and Mikey get in a room together, hard rockin' sparks fly!!!
 
The music of Tonk may be of the classic ilk, but its unapologetic affection for old-school rock makes it infectious.
 
Tonk's debut album, Sister Switchblade was released on November 2007 to worldwide critical acclaim,
scoring the band world-wide radio airplay, a distribution deal with Modern Music/SONY BMG, a US licensing deal (Undercover Tracks), TV syncs and countless articles in local and international online and print media.
 
In September 2012, Tonk were invited and accepted to be included on a French Aussie compilation CD 'Rock Des Antipodes' by French label Bad Reputation, coming in at track 5, alongside the likes of Baby Animals, Jet, The Vines, Airbourne, Masters Apprentices, Dallas Crane and others.
 
Tonk were also involved in an international furore when it was found that FOX networks 'How I Met Your Mother' TV series had recorded and used their song 'Golden Girl' without permission on two separate occasions prompting the band to pursue remuneration and correction of the aired broadcast sheets.
 
Tonk have toured and played alongside: Airbourne, Helmet (USA), The Screaming Jets, Jimmy Barnes, The Casanovas, Shihad, The Poor, Grinspoon, The Angels, Gyroscope, MM9, Karnivool, COG, Sunset Riot, Dead Letter Circus, The Butterfly Effect, Mammal, Full Scale, Hell City Glamours, The Red Coats, INK, King of the North and Karnivool to name drop a few.
 
In October 2014 we headed up to Studios 301 in Byron Bay to record our 2nd album "Ruby Voodoo" with the honourable Nick Didia (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, RATM, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, etc).
Much like our rock forefathers before us, we tracked the album live using little digital trickery (no click track or auto-tune, etc) adding vocals and guitar noodlery afterwards.
 

 

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Tue
10
Feb

TERRA NOVA - Reinvent Yourself (Showcase)

Artist: 
Reinvent Yourself
Produced By: 
Fred Hendrix
Running Time: 
42.54
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
 
MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce another great addition to our roster of releases.
 
Dutch melodic rock/AOR band TERRA NOVA are set to deliver their pomptastic new album 'Reinvent Yourself' on March 23.
 
TERRA NOVA
"Reinvent Yourself"
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Reinvent Yourself is the 6th studio album of the Dutch band Terra Nova. In 1996 their highly acclaimed debut album Livin´ It Up was launched. After that the albums Break Away in 1997 and Make My Day in 1999 followed.
 
After the first three albums the band had to split up due to a conflict with their Dutch record company.
Fred, Ron and Gesuino continued under the name Aquila and released two albums: Say Yeah 2001 and Man With A Mission 2004.
 
In 2004 the band was free from their contractual obligations towards their Dutch record company and signed a record deal with Frontiers Records.
 
The first album after their break was Escape released 2005 followed by the album Come Alive 2010.
 
In 2007 Fred, Ron, Gesuino and two woman: Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr got together as Two Of A Kind and released a superb album Two Of A Kind.
 
End of 2013 the Reinvent Yourself album was written by Fred and recorded and mixed during 2014. During 2014 the band and their record label Frontiers had different views on which direction the album should take. This resulted in Terra Nova moving on with their album without a record company.
 
In 2015 Terra Nova was signed by Melodic Rock Records for the world and King Records for Japan.
 
The album Reinvent Yourself is about trying to improve yourself over and over again. It´s a process of finding a better version of yourself. Trying to take it to the highest level.
 
 
 

 

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Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Showcase)

Revolution Saints
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock

Deen Castronovo, Jack Blades and Doug Aldrich. Put these three titans together in a band and you have REVOLUTION SAINTS.

Superbly handling drums and lead vocals is Deen Castronovo. Already renowned for his drum talents and backing vocals in Journey, Bad English and more, Deen's excellent vocal talents are in the spotlight on this release. On bass, and co-lead vocals on a few tracks, Jack Blades is well known for his melodic, yet hard rocking approach to songwriting and playing via multiple classic albums by his main band Night Ranger, as well as with the Damn Yankees and the Shaw/Blades releases. On guitar, Doug Aldrich was excited to lend his fiery blues guitar attack to such a unique and melodic band. Doug, who just left Whitesnake after a fruitful 12 year run (including co-writing 2010s critically acclaimed "Forevermore" release) and also of Burning Rain and formerly of DIO, has a deep pedigree and is one of today's most respected guitarists.

You can tell by the name - and the names involved - that REVOLUTION SAINTS is not going to be your average rock 'n roll band. The record brings back the classic melodic rock style to where it should be: inspiring, uplifting vocals, soaring melodies and musicianship to die for. Simply put, it is completely badass.

The project is the vision of Frontiers' President Serafino Perugino, who for years had hoped to work on a project where Deen would be the lead vocalist. Having previously worked with all three artists on different projects on Frontiers, having Deen, Jack and Doug on board together was a dream come true for Perugino. With production overseen by in-house Frontiers man, Alessandro Del Vecchio (who also contributed to the songwriting and played keyboards on the album), the recording process took place in Portland, OR during the summer of 2014.

REVOLUTION SAINTS' music is played with a heart and soul and that highlights the passion and the enthusiasm of three of the best rock and all-around musicians in the game today.

Truly, this will be a release that you cannot miss!

REVOLUTION SAINTS:
Deen Castronovo: lead vocals, drums
Jack Blades: bass, vocals on Turn Back Time and Way To The Sun
Doug Aldrich: guitars

Featuring:
Alessandro Del Vecchio: keyboards, backing vocals, vocals on Way To The Sun
Arnel Pineda - co-lead vocals on You're Not Alone
Neal Schon - guitar solo on Way To The Sun

 
TracklistingBack On My Trail; Turn Back Time; You're Not Alone (Feat. Arnel Pineda); Locked Out Of Paradise; Way To The Sun (Feat. Neal Schon); Dream On; Don't Walk Away; Here Forever; Strangers To This Life; Better World; How To Mend A Broken Heart; In The Name Of The Father (Fernando's Song). Bonus tracks (deluxe edition only): You Are Not Alone (Arnel Pineda version); Way To The Sun (Doug Aldrich version); You Are Not Alone (Deen Castronovo Version).

DVD content: Making of the Album documentary; Turn Back Time (videoclip); Back On My Trail (videoclip); Here Forever (videoclip); Way to the Sun (lyric video)

 

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LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM - Level Eleven (Showcase)

Level Eleven
Produced By: 
Last Autumn's Dream
Running Time: 
54.31
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
Mikael Erlandsson from Gothenburg is one of the best singers/ songwriters in Sweden today. Beside LAD he has since 2006 been the front man in the Swedish super group Secret Service on live tours all over the world.
He has recorded four successful solo albums and his Japanese record company together with XTC Productions came up with the idea of putting him together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning for an album project.
 
Mikael and Andy were both hooked by the idea and a plan for the album began to grow. Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe-fame were asked if they were interested to join, which they did and the band LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM was born!
Their self titled debut album resembled the best Scandinavian melodic rock heritage, but also added a distinctive Fair Warning influence coming from Malecek’s guitar playing.
 
The band lost 3/5's of their members due to the comeback of Europe. So from their second album great musicians like bassist Marcel Jacob (Talisman) tragically died and was replaced by Nalley Påhlsson (Treat, Therion) and finally drummer Jamie Borger (Talisman, Treat, Secret Service) joined the band.
 
Andy Malecek unfortunately decided to leave the band in 2014 because of personal reasons and is now replaced by Peter “Pac” Söderström, a genius guitar player that earlier used to add rhythm guitars to the band’s previous albums.
Album number 11 “Level Eleven” will be released in Japan in December 2014 and in Europe in February 2015 and proposes as usual the combination of classic rock references with modern sound.
 
All albums recorded at XTC Studios in Stockholm.
Executive producer Ulf Wahlberg. (Secret Service)
 
 
Mikael Erlandsson – vocals
Jamie Borger – drums
Nalley Pahlsson – bass
Peter Söderström - guitars
 
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