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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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Fri
01
May

CAIN'S OFFERING - Stormcrow (Showcase)

Stormcrow
Produced By: 
Jani Liimatainen
Running Time: 
57
Release Date: 
May 15
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Progressive Melodic Metal
 
CAIN'S OFFERING is the brainchild of Finnish guitarist/songwriter Jani Liimatainen (founding member of one of Finland's biggest music exports Sonata Arctica).

Drawing its musical influence from both the classic Hard Rock scene, the fast-paced European Power Metal and a very modern Heavy Metal sound, Cain's Offering is, just as expected, another perfect example of today's living and breathing Finnish music scene.

Joining Jani on the band's sophomore release, coming after 2009's excellent debut 'Gather the Faithful', are STRATOVARIUS members vocalist Timo Kotipelto and Jens Johansson, plus Jonas Kuhlberg on bass and Jani "Hurtsi" Hurula (Paul Di'Anno) on drums.

Yes, this is a tour-de-force of who's-who in the Finnish heavy metal scene, and yes, this does sound like a wet dream come through for all fans of melodic Heavy Metal. And guess what - the product exceeds all expectations!

Lookout for Cain's Offering!

CAIN'S OFFERING:
Timo Kotipelto: Lead Vocals
Jani Liimatainen: Guitars
Jonas Kuhlberg: Bass
Jani Hurula: Drums
Jens Johansson: Keyboards

 
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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
 
PRE-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.
 
 

 

PACKAGE DEAL -

Room Experience - Special Edition (3 Exclusive Bonus Tracks) & S.A.Y - Orion

$30 for both CDs and pay only $2 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

information persons: 
section name: 
SOUNDBYTES
content: 

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

AOR Heaven - www.aorheaven.com

NEH Records - www.nehrecords.com

Rock Avenue Records - www.rockavenuerecords.com

Disk Union - www.diskunion.net

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
24
Apr

FM - Heroes & Villains (Showcase)

Artist: 
Heroes & Villains
Produced By: 
FM
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR

'Heroes and Villains' is FM's much anticipated ninth original studio album, which follows the band's celebration in 2014 of their 30th Anniversary and the successful release of the 'Rockville' albums in 2013.
 
Comprising the ex-Samson pair of bassist Merv Goldsworthy and drummer Pete Jupp; the Overland brothers 'vocalist/guitarist Steve and lead guitarist Chris - plus the keyboard talents of Philip Manchester (AKA sci-fi nutcase Didge Digital), FM's first public appearance on Valentine's Day of 1985 was swiftly followed by the release of their debut album, 'Indiscreet'.  FM hit the road in Europe supporting the likes of Tina Turner, Meat Loaf, Foreigner, Gary Moore, Status Quo and the white-hot Bon Jovi on the 'Slippery When Wet' tour.
 
For the next 12 years FM consolidated their position at the forefront of British melodic rock, touring everywhere they could to promote releases such as 1989's 'Tough It Out' and 1992's 'Aphrodisiac'.  In1996, with 'grunge' fever sweeping the world, the band decided to call it a day... until October 2007, when FM at last played together again for the first time in 12 years, headlining a sold-out Firefest IV at Nottingham Rock City, showcasing new guitarist Jim Kirkpatrick.
 
This was followed in March 2010 by the release of their much-anticipated sixth studio album 'Metropolis'. The next 4 years saw FM touring extensively including tours with Thin Lizzy, Foreigner and Europe and festivals with acts like Toto, Survivor at Graspop, Sweden Rock, Loreley and Download Festival for the second time. For the first time in their history they also had songs play listed on national radio in the UK including "Story Of My Life'  and 'Better Late Than never' on BBC Radio 2.
 
The new album sees FM staying true to their musical legacy offering their classic sound updated in 2015 with great songwriting and performances and of course the 'golden voice' of Steve Overland. Another gem of an album which is undoubtedly going to please all the fans.
 
Check FM in their forthcoming tour!
 
FM
Steve Overland - lead vocals, guitar
Merv Goldsworthy - bass, backing vocals
Pete Jupp - drums, backing vocals
Jem Davis - keyboards, backing vocals
Jim Kirkpatrick - lead guitar, backing vocals
 
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
 
Mar 13 - Bedford Esquires UK
Mar 14 - Pwllheli HRH AOR 3 - Hafan Y Mor Holiday Park UK
Apr 3 - Grimsby Yardbirds UK
Apr 4 - Nantwich, Civic Hall Nantwich Jazz Festival UK
Apr 11 - Milan Live Club Frontiers Rock Festival Italy
May 1 - BristolBierkeller UK
May 2 - Wolverhampton Robin 2 UK
May 3 - Portsmouth Wedgewood RoomsUK
May 5 - Nottingham Rescue Rooms UK
May 6 - Glasgow Classic Grand UK
May 8 - Newcastle O2 Academy UK
May 9 - Manchester Academy 2 UK
May 10 - London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire UK
Jun 21 - Dessel Graspop Metal Meeting Belgium
 
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Fri
24
Apr

KISKE / SOMERVILLE - City Of Heroes (Showcase)

City Of Heroes
Produced By: 
Mat Sinner
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
2015
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal

The new chapter of the musical collaboration between vocalists Michael Kiske (ex-Helloween, Unisonic, Place Vendome) and Amanda Somerville (Trillium, Avantasia) is certainly one of the highlights of the season in Rock music.
 
'City of Heroes' is indeed a major step forward compared to the debut album, which saw the light of day and garnered glowing reviews in 2010. Kiske's soaring overtones seem to blend perfectly with the ethereal quality and diverse range of Amanda's voice and this time the results are truly over the top.
 
This exciting album sees Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) and Magnus Karlsson (Starbreaker, Primal Fear) handling most of the songwriting (with a song contribution 'Breaking Neptune' from Sander Gommans formerly of After Forever and Amanda Somerville herself) and with Sinner overseeing the production in various recording studios in Europe. Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Primal Fear, Pretty Maids, Doro etc.) then took care of the mix of the album ensuring a sonic quality second to none.
 
Considered a Metal Diva in the European symphonic metal scene, Amanda Somerville is an American singer-songwriter from Flint, Michigan whose catalogue of projects, guest appearances and live shows garnered to date is an impressive body of work. Since 1999, she has divided her time between the US and Europe, primarily Germany and the Netherlands. She co-wrote the metal opera "AINA," and has also been a vocalist, songwriter, producer and / or vocal coach for many bands like AVANTASIA, EPICA and KAMELOT, giving her more credibility in metal circles than she ever bargained for. Some of her most recent endeavors include working with renowned artists Alice Cooper, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Gillan (DEEP PURPLE) and many others.
 
Hamburg-born singer Michael Kiske is best known as the former lead vocalist for the German Metal Gods Helloween. After his departure from the band, Kiske recorded four solo albums, participated on various metal and rock related projects, such as Place Vendome and he also performed with numerous bands as a guest vocalist. In late 2009, he formed the hard rock/heavy metal band Unisonic and began touring again after 17 years.
 
Musicians
Lead & Backing Vocals by Michael Kiske & Amanda Somerville
Guitars & Keyboards: Magnus Karlsson
Bass & Backing Vocals: Mat Sinner
Drums: Veronika Lukesova 
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Wed
15
Apr

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
 
PRE-ORDER NOW!
ROOM EXPERIENCE - LIMITED SPECIAL EDITION
 
Room Experience - Special Edition (3 Exclusive Bonus Tracks)
$15 + $5 postage (airmail anywhere) Out May 22. ALL pre-orders shipped prior to release date.
 

 

PACKAGE DEAL -

Room Experience - Special Edition (3 Exclusive Bonus Tracks) & S.A.Y - Orion

$30 for both CDs and pay only $2 postage (airmail anywhere) Out May 22. ALL pre-orders shipped prior to release date.

 
 
MelodicRock Records has been bringing new and fresh talent to the fore for several years now and is proud to announce signing yet another high-class new artist to the label’s roster.
 
For the first time, MelodicRock Records will be offering something special and exclusive for this release.
For those tired of those deluxe/special editions appearing months after the original release – this is for you!
Available exclusively via MelodicRock.com pre-orders is a very limited ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition CD (limited to 500 units worldwide) - featuring exclusive bonus tracks and an exclusive variation on the regular release cover art.
 
 
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)
 
Bonus Tracks:
12. Wounds Of Love
13. Siren
14. Only Goodnight (Alt. Version - David Readman 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
18
Mar

PETERIK/SCHERER - Risk Everything (Showcase)

Risk Everything
Produced By: 
Jim Peterik
Running Time: 
52
Release Date: 
April 17
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
The partnership between Survivor founding member and Ides of March Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jim Peterik and singer Marc Scherer started when the latter began recording the vocals for his band Arc of Ages at the Burr Ridge studios in Chicago.
 
Peterik was so impressed with what he heard, that he chose Marc to demo the tunes he wrote which ended up on the last Pride of Lions album, 'Immortal'. Scherer's back-up singing on the album blends seamlessly with front man Toby Hitchcock's voice. 'When I heard Marc's amazing voice pouring though my studio door, I could not believe my ears' says Peterik. 'Truly one of the best voices I've heard- and I've worked with the best!'
 
One of the songs originally intended for that album, 'Change Everything', became Marc's debut single on a compilation of melodic rock artists entitled MRCD9 '15 Years Later', which is available from www.melodicrock.com.
 
Soon, Peterik started composing an album designed to showcase Marc's talent. This eagerly-awaited collection of songs promises to be the perfect vehicle for Marc's 5-octave range ' a voice of such astonishing clarity and strength that it is hard to believe he isn't already a major star.
 
Just a quick listen to songs like the title track, 'Cold Blooded' or the Styx-influenced 'Thee Crescendo' and you will easily realize that there is some of the real best Jim Peterik songwriting ever here, along with some vocal work that cannot pass un-noticed.
 
Marc will also appear on a special CD recorded as tribute to the two Melodic Rock singers Fergie Frederiksen and Jimi Jamison and will appear as special guest in the Pride of Lions forthcoming headlining show at the Frontiers Rock Festival II in Milano, Italy.
 
Musicians:
Lead Vocals- Marc Scherer
Drums- Ed Breckenfeld, Nick Rich
Bass- Klem Hayes, Bob Lizik, Bill Syniar
Guitar- Mike Aquino, Jim Peterik
Keyboards- Jim Peterik
 
Produced By: Jim Peterik
 
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Wed
18
Mar

IMPELLITTERI - Venom (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Venom
Produced By: 
Impellitteri and Greg Reely
Running Time: 
35
Release Date: 
April 17
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal

IMPELLITTERI had one vision when creating the music for VENOM, which was to create a record that would excite and musically satisfy every metal fan, rock fan, and musician around the world.  To add to their quest, they also wanted to create music that would take the listener on a musical journey thru different time periods of metal and rock.
 
Ultimately, the band wanted to make music that would please both a hard-core metal fan and discriminating musician, whilst also sonically pleasing human beings that are usually turned off from metal due to the lack of melody, especially women!   Whether the band has achieved this will be up to the listener.
 
During the writing and recording of VENOM the band pushed the limitations of their artistic abilities in both performance and composition. All musical areas and ideas were explored with only the best recorded.
 
Finally with the new album titled 'VENOM' IMPELLITTERI intend to deliver a record filled with addictive and memorable riffs, Guitar solos that feature IMPELLITTERI's blistering shredding technique coupled with strong melody and taste; and vocals that are mesmerizing, melodic, and that will make the listener sing along with each song long after the record is over. Lastly, the band wants to boggle the mind with brutal drumming filled with speed and groove and Beastly Bass Playing that supports IMPELLITTERI's sonic madness!
 
The Band:
Chris Impellitteri - Lead Guitar
Rob Rock - Lead Vocals
James Pulli - Bass
Jon Dette - Drums
 
Produced by: IMPELLITTERI and Greg Reely
 
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Wed
18
Mar

TOTO - XIV (Showcase)

Artist: 
Toto XIV
Produced By: 
Toto & CJ Vanston
Running Time: 
59
Release Date: 
March 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto. As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a HALF A BILLION albums. Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations.

With over 38 years together and thousands of credits and accolades to their names, Toto remains one of the top selling tour and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.
Toto has been hard at work in 2014 on a new studio album, their first since -Falling In Between- (2006). Keyboardist and founding member David Paich recently shared, "The repertoire is coming together so naturally it is as though we never took a break from creating as Toto in the studio. For the fans who have been waiting patiently and continually showing the band support and love over the last decade or so, this one's for you-.

The band is not afraid to take their chances and stretch their songwriting abilities. Certainly this is an amazing album which encompasses flawlessly Rock, Pop, Jazz, Blues and Progressive. The band includes now original members Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and sees also the return in the fold of the original bass player David Hungate. Joseph Williams (singer on -The Seventh One- and -Fahrenheit-) returns to handle lead vocals, while Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, Sting) now sits behind the drumkit.

In 2015, Toto will embark on a massive world tour where they will unveil some songs from their new album, share some deep tracks from past Toto albums, and perform all the hits their fans have come to love and expect.
Deluxe edition comes in ecolbook format, including an expanded booklet featuring a 3,000 words essay with exclusive interviews, exclusive pictures and a bonus DVD including a documentary -Making of- the album.
Box set edition includes deluxe edition cd/dvd, exclusive t-shirt (L size only), 2LP, poster and lithograph.

TOTO:
Joseph Williams - lead vocals
Steve Lukather - guitars, bass, vocals
David Paich - keyboards, vocals
Steve Porcaro - keyboards, vocals
David Hungate - bass
Keith Carlock - drums
Lenny Castro - percussion
Tom Scott - saxes and horn arrangements
Lee Sklar, Tal Wilkenfeld, Tim Lefebvre - bass
Martin Tillman - cello
CJ Vanston - additional synths
Michael McDonald, Amy Keys, Mabvuto Carpenter, Jamie Savko, Amy Wlliams - background vocals

 
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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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Mon
16
Feb

ISSA - Crossfire (Showcase)

Artist: 
Crossfire
Produced By: 
John Greatwood and James Martin
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR
Norwegian melodic rock queen ISSA is back with her fourth studio album ''Crossfire''. The new release is a melodic rock fans wet dream with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think Roxette, meets Romeo’s Daughter melted with 80’s Heart albums with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.

The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood (VEGA) and Vega ivory-tinkler James Martin. Sessions started in early 2013 with a bunch of songs ISSA had co-written or demoed in the Martin Brothers songwriting sessions
ISSA says: “After 5 years of working together with Tom and James, we had come up with a collection of songs I had to keep for myself.'' One song in particular sees ISSA teaming up with FM vocalist Steve Overland on the dramatic ballad ''RAINTOWN”.
ISSA says ''This was a dream come true for me, Steve Overland is probably my favourite male singer and to get him on board was a true honour, his voice suits the song perfectly, wait till you hear this one!!”

Other guest musicians stepped up when asked upon to perform solo's include Daniel Palmqvist (XORIGIN), Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), Steve Newman (NEWMAN), Robert Sall (WORK OF ART), Daniel Johansson (DEGREED), Stephen Chesney. As well as powerhouse choir including Pete Newdeck (IN FAITH/TAINTED NATION), Matt Black (FAHRAN) and Michael Kew (VEGA).

Look out for the moody and slick ''New Horizon'' , the ballsy rocker ''Electric Lights'' and the spine tingling ''Ghost inside my heart'' not forgetting the song with a million dollar chorus ''Heartbeat'' plus the video track “Crossfire”.

Produced by John Greatwood and James Martin

Issa - vocals and bv's
James Martin – Keyboards
Tom Martin - bass and Guitars
Michael Cruise – Drums

Steve Overland – duet on Raintown

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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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Wed
28
Jan

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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Fri
23
Jan

ECLIPSE - Armageddonize (Showcase)

Artist: 
Armageddonize
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
February 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock

Swedish Hard Rockers Eclipse are back with their anticipated after the critically acclaimed album “Bleed & Scream” from 2012. The band gained a solid reputation and a steady following with this album that took their melodic Hard Rock roots in a more contemporary direction.

Besides this, producer and main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson strongly improved their skills by writing and producing a vast amount of bands and projects, from the successful W.E.T. albums (together with singer Jeff Scott Soto and Robert Sall from Work of Art) to Toby Hitchcock, Giant, Jimi Jamison, Dalton, Adrenaline Rush just to name a few. This has gainedMårtenssona reputation as one of the top producers/song-writers in this genre today.
In the second half of 2014, Eclipse teamed up again to write their new studio album. The bar was set high and the initial goal was to top their latest album and the result was achieved brilliantly with the aptly titled “Armageedonize,” an album where the band rocks from start to finish like there is no tomorrow!

With “Armageddonize,” Eclipse show that they are not anymore the brightest hope for Melodic Hard Rock music, but a very solid and strong reality. They are young, ambitious and full of energy. Eclipse music is not a revival, and it’s not nostalgic. Still… it’s by far the best you can have today if you love rock music with energy, great songs, and want to hear a band that has the ambition to be on top of the world! Don’t miss their show on the road in the spring and summer of 2015 !

ECLIPSE
Erik Mårtensson: lead vocals, guitar
Magnus Henriksson: lead guitars
Robban Bäck: drums
Magnus Ulfstedt: bass

TOUR DATES
January 10 -Ice-Rock Festival, Wasen Switzerland
March 4 - Debaser Strand - Stockholm, Sweden
March 5  - KB - Malmö, Sweden
March 7  - Sticky Fingers - Goteborg, Sweden  
March 10  - Underworld - London, United Kingdom
March 11  - Yardbirds - Grimsby, United Kingdom
March 12 – Bannermans - Edinburgh, United Kingdom                   
March 15 - HRH AOR - Northam, United Kingdom          
March 20  - We Rock - Madrid, Spain                                     
March 21  - TBA - Pamplona, Spain                                         
March 22 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain                                          
April 11 - Frontiers Rock Festival - Milano, Italy                                
July 17  - Väsby Rock Festival - Upplands Vasby, Sweden

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Wed
21
Jan

SOTO - Inside The Vertigo (Showcase)

Artist: 
Inside The Vertigo
Produced By: 
Soto
Release Date: 
January 30
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Jeff Scott Soto – one of today's premier Rock frontmen and vocalists – and a union of hotshot young musicians bring you a slamming blend of melody and muscle in some of the freshest power metal to surface in years present. Together they are SOTO, and their debut album “Inside The Vertigo” will blow your mind away. The album is going to be released on January 30th, 2015 on earMUSIC
 
Full bio below...
 
 
 
Exclusive track by track comments from Jeff Scott Soto - and check out the exclusive 1 minute soundbytes while you read through.
 
1- Final Say - My good friend and brilliant guitarist/producer of Adrenaline Mob came to me with this blistering track that I knew was the perfect album opener for the album! He plays all instruments on the entire track as well, I did all the vocals. The lyrics are exactly what you think they're about, being pushed, bullied and taken advantage on for the last time...and doing something about it!
 
2- The Fall - The 1st single from the album, it was written with a young unknown bassist Tony Dickinson who I know from my touring with Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Tony is one of the backup musicians who knows the entire show if someone has an emergency to go home or becomes too sick to do the tour, he would step into the tour. Tony plays all instruments on the song except lead guitar which is done by another young sensation, Chris Feener. The lyrics are much the same as Final Say, being bullied by a schoolmate, boss or even family member...and seeking your revenge.

3- Wrath - Written with my dear friend Gus G, after working with him on a song for his 1st solo album, I asked him to give me something heavy for my next album. Gus plays all bass and guitar on this song, Edu Cominato covers the drums. As you can see a theme forming here, the lyrics are again a reminder that one has been pushed to the corner for too long and will seek retribution.

4- Break - This was written with another backup musician I know through Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Connor Engstrom, who is a backup musician for the band. Connor is a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist who gave me the music to this song based on my description of what I was looking for musically. He plays all music except Tony Dickinson is on bass and special guest Casey Grillo (Kamelot) on drums. The lyrics are about deceived and lied to over and over...about not putting up with the abuse anymore and breaking away.

5- Narcissistically Yours - Co-written and recorded by Brazilian guitarist Leo Mancini (Tempestt/Shaman) and Edu Cominato, bass by Henrique Baboom, Leo is a dear friend and colleague I have known and worked with for many years. The lyrics are about being cheated on and lied to in a relationship by a person who loves themselves  and thinks they could get away with it because they feel everyone wants them.

6- End Of Days - Another co-written with Connor Engstrom, this was one of the hardest songs I have ever written but one of the proudest moments of my career! I asked Connor to write me an epic, movie soundtrack, modern day Bohemian Rhapsody type song. He turned in the song exactly as you hear it, without vocals of course...this is when I had to take this 9 minute piece of music and create lyrics and melodies. Connor handles all the music except Tony Dickinson is on bass, Casey Grillo is on drums and I covered all the vocals except the children's choir, who is made up of my 2 nieces and stepdaughter. The lyrics are about the state of the world we live in, the future that we are stepping into from global warming to terrorism. I got my inspiration from watching Terminator 2 one afternoon at home and the lyrics wrote themselves!

7- Inside The Vertigo - Co-written and performed by Gary Schutt, I asked Gary if he had something that sounded futuristic and modern yet heavy and moody. Edu handles the drums and I do all vocals. The lyrics are also about escaping a life where you're constantly being told what to do, about sneaking away into the vertigo as an alternate way of life.

8- When I'm Older - Co-written with my drummer Edu Cominato, he turned in to me probably the closest thing to a ballad on the album, but I didn't want a standard ballad, it had to be something uptempo and not cheesy. I have been listening to a lot of Shinedown and Foo Fighters the past years so in creating the melodies, I wrote them based on being able to hear this sung by either band. When I was sitting around trying to come up with the lyrics, my wife Elena was scribbling some words and ideas reminding me she is quite creative with poems and thoughts. I asked her to send me what she was working on and it coincidentally matched what I was doing so I merged our lyrics together and fit them into the song.

9- Trance - This was a last minute addition to the album, Edu Cominato and his good friend and guitarist Hugo Mariutti (Angra, Shaman) gave to me to check out. I loved the modern day Sabbath vibe it gave off and came up with the lyrics and melodies with ease! Edu is on drums and loops here, Hugo on guitars, Henrique Baboom on bass, Jorge Salan on lead guitar and me on all vocals. The lyrics are about being so enamored with someone that you would do anything including give your life for them.

10- Jealousy - This one was co-written with BJ, my keyboard/rhythm guitarist. From the opening guitar riff on, I knew this was something I was missing and needed for the album. BJ does all bass and guitars, Leo Mancini is on lead guitar and Edu on drums. To color it up before we went to mix, I asked Connor Engstrom to create some orchestrations and the song was complete. Lyrically its exactly what the title states, but its about someone who lives their lives jealous of others instead of finding their own way and happiness.

11- Karma's Kiss - For years, I have been wanting and trying to collaborate with my old friend Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick as well, he handled guitar duties and the 1st ever Talisman tour back in 1990. I explained it had to be very heavy and he sent me one of the heaviest riffs I have ever heard from him! Jason handles all guitar duties, Saigon Kick bassist Chris McLernon handles the bass and Edu is on drums. The lyrics this time, I didn't want to be angry or negative, I wanted to see if I could write something positive and uplifting within the context of a dark and heavy song. It's about escaping inside the vertigo as well, but not running from anything, more about seeing life in a good light.

12- Fall To Pieces - Co-written and performed by my guitarist Jorge Salan, this was another Salan classic hard rock track! To make the recording easy, he brought in some local musicians in Spain, Juan Carlos Gibaja on bass and Edu Brenes on drums to submit to me. I wrote the lyrics also about being deceived and lied to by either a politician or even a relationship, how easy it is to be blinded by lies.

 
A neurotic blend of power metal, prog, groove-laden huge guitars, hooks and production, SOTO is a contender in today's modern Rock arena while capturing the essence of strong songwriting simultaneously.
 
Jeff explains, ''I've been in the game for a long time but my roots started more on the heavier side of the tracks, I thought it was about time I came home to visit the family and stick around for a while!''.
 
The band is comprised of Jeff's most current solo band, who he insisted on making this musical merge with him. Jorge Salan(lead guitar), BJ (keys, guitars), David Z (bass) and Edu Cominato (drums). Soto adds, ''These guys come from different parts of the world and bring their own influence to make this band very special. From the US to Europe to South America, we have an exciting mix of style and prestige that keeps us all on our toes''.
 
Jeff adds, ''The past 5 or more years have propelled me a plethora of anger and frustration, I'm actually quite pissed off about a lot of things, SOTO is my outlet to release some of this pent up emotion. We realize there are a lot of folks young and old who may be sharing these thoughts so this is especially for them too. We're not reinventing the wheel here, we're just creating an outlet for where our hearts are both musically and mentally…I’m just not in a 'touch your golden hair' mood right now!''.
 
Songs like Break”, “The Fall”, “Wrath”, “Narcissistically Yours” and Final Say” are perfect vehicles of raw emotion. Songs like “When I'm Older”, “Karma’s Kiss”, to the title track Inside The Vertigo” and the 9+ minute epic End Of Days” advocate a modern day reality/wake-up call.
 
Produced by Jeff Scott Soto, the album features tracks co-written with his bandmates as well as a of his famous friends/colleagues. Collaborators include guitarists Gus G (Firewind, Ozzy)Jason Bieler (Saigon Kick)Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob) and Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger/TSO), all of whom perform on their penned tracks for the album. Others appearing as guests/co-writers are Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Connor EngstromTony DickinsonLeo ManciniHugo Mariutti and Gary Schutt.
 
The album was recorded during the latter months of 2013 and mixed/mastered in Boston by Soto's long time engineer and friend John Ellis''Everyone from John to my amazing co-writers to some of my bandmates, especially Edu who was extremely instrumental on helping me stay on course musically, get overall credit for creating this album. I oversaw it as a whole knowing the vision I wanted to capture but I truly had a lot of help from my bros that appear on this masterpiece!'' exclaims Soto.
 
The release of the album intentionally coincides with the birth date of JSS’s fallen colleague and dear friendMarcel Jacob of Talisman. RIP.
 
Watch out for SOTO to follow up the release of “Inside The Vertigo” with extensive touring and appearances throughout 2015.
 
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Wed
14
Jan

TALON - Fourplay (Showcase)

Artist: 
Fourplay
Produced By: 
Ty Sims & Talon
Release Date: 
March 20
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
 
Talon is:
 
Michael O’Mara:  Lead and Backing Vocals
Kory Voxen:  Rhythm and Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Jim Kee:  Lead and Rhythm Guitar
Phil Keller:  Bass Guitar
John Parker:  Drums
 
Special Guest Musicians:
 
Tim Pierce:  Lead and Harmony Guitars on “Spun” and “Tonight”
Pete Fry:  Lead Guitar on “Love Is Like A Drug To Me”
 
Produced by Ty Sims
Co-Produced by John Parker, Kory Voxen and Michael O’Mara
Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by Ty Sims
 
All songs written by Michael O’Mara/Kory Voxen/John Parker except “I Don’t Wanna Cry” written by Kory Voxen
 
Los Angeles melodic hard rock rockers TALON have just completed work on their 2nd release for Escape Music and the CD titled “Fourplay” is tentatively scheduled for a March release. It was produced again by their long-time collaborator Ty Sims at The Recovery Room and proudly and defiantly presents the return of original lead vocalist Michael O’Mara and has already been praised as their best release to date!  
 
This is what founding member John Parker had to say, “When TALON became full circle with our original vocalist back in the fold and then after our storming performance at Firefest 8, we were on a roll – it just felt right. Songwriting flowed among us all, from demos to tracking then mixdown we grew from strength to strength, we were truly excited to complete the CD and get it out so everyone can enjoy this amazing release!  
 
To add to the fun they were having, they had the great pleasure to have contributions from some amazing friends and guitarists involved in the release. First off, top session guitarist extraordinaire Tim Pierce (Bonjovi, Ozzy, Santana, Elton John, etc.) provides Lead Guitar on 2 tracks and Pete Fry (FarCry, Rockarma) provides Lead Guitar on another track!   
 
With amazing tracks such as the emotional “Tonight”, the in-your-face “Evil”, the dirty groove of “Holly Would”, and the energetic fun of “Spun” – and many other outstanding tracks, this release is bound to show up on a lot of 10 Bests Lists for 2015!    
Talon recently played at MelodicRockFest4, previewing several of the new tracks and now with several shows being set up for 2015 to promote the upcoming release, look for Talon to play near you in 2015!!!!
 
Look for sneak peeks, special announcements and other updates very soon – all the latest is always available at the Talon Official Face book page.  In addition, you can also get the latest news, videos, photos, songs and more!  Also, the Talon Store is open and items available include the Blu-Ray/DVD “Talon – Live in Chicago” release and CD special-package reissues that include their original S/T release. To order, go to the “TALON OFFICIAL” Face book page and click on the “Talon Store” tab!
 
 

 
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Wed
14
Jan

RED MONDAY - Red Monday (Showcase)

Artist: 
Red Monday
Produced By: 
Jim Miller
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Genre: 
Classic Rock
 

 

·         Jim Miller has been a songwriter and musician for most of his life.

·         If you had asked him in his 20s if he’d be making a record in his 50s, he would have looked at you like you were crazy.

·         As a young songwriter and musician back in the 80s, making albums was reserved for the handful of bands that received record contracts and distribution deals.  That record deal never happened. No album was made.

·         Flash forward 25 years.  The spark for the Red Monday project ignited about 2 years ago when Jim ran into some old band mates at a former music club’s reunion show.

·         Following that chance meeting, Jim Miller, Rick Harris (lead vocal) and Mike McCarron (drums) get together and begin working on some of Jim’s original material. Jeff Kylloe was brought in to handle the bass duties.

·         Jim decides he’s like to turn this collection of songs into an album.

·         Thanks to today’s modern recording technology, it no longer takes a 6-figure budget, producer and engineer to make a great-sounding record and, the internet offers musicians the means to distribute music directly to their fans.

·         Basic tracks were recorded at McCarron’s Octagon Studio with Mike as engineer.  The album was finished, mixed and mastered at Jim Peterik’s World Stage Studios with Larry Millas (Ides Of March) at the controls.

·         The songs are amazing. The sound of the record is phenomenal.  This is a collection of 12 radio-friendly hits containing heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, powerful drums and memorable hooks.

·         It’s a modern rock album steeped in the power and melody reminiscent of the British and American Classic Rock songbook.

·         The album has been called “New Classic Rock”

 

 
I’ve been a songwriter and musician for most of my life. But if you would had asked me in my 20s if I’d be making a record in my 50s, I would have looked at you like you were crazy.  But somehow, whether by coincidence or destiny, the stars and moons have aligned so that I can share my new project, band and CD… Red Monday.
 
The spark for the Red Monday project ignited about 2 years ago when I attended a very special concert, organized by Guy Arnston, the former Editor of the Illinois Entertainer Newspaper. Billed as a Haymaker’s Reunion, Guy was able to reunite some of Chicago’s rock royalty from the 70’s and 80’s who played the legendary Haymaker’s club.
 
It was great to see bands like Pezband, Tantrum and The Hounds – acts who had signed record deals and gone on to some national fame back in their heyday – reunited and up on stage performing together again.
 
It was at this show that I reconnected with several old musician friends and former bandmates including singer - Rick Harris.  In the days following, as the buzz about the Haymaker’s show spread, I heard from an old drummer friend – Mike McCarron.  Catching up with Harris and McCarron, I was inspired to pick up the guitar, start writing and jamming again with my former band mates, and pull out an old notebook full of original songs - one of which had been penned exactly 25 years earlier to the day.
 
25 years ago, getting signed to a major label record deal was tough, and the thought of putting out a record independently was a pipe dream. Hiring a producer, engineer and securing studio time was astronomically expensive. Even if you could afford to make a record, a band still needed a record company to distribute the album into record stores (remember those?).
 
Thankfully, today, the indie music movement has changed everything and leveled the playing field. Musicians no longer need the blessing, approval or financing of a record company to make an incredible sounding record that rivals music being released by the major labels. The internet allows independent musicians and bands to distribute their music to a worldwide audience without the need for record companies or distributors, and, social media is the conduit that connects music with fans.
 
I’m not sure whether it was coincidence or destiny that brought us here, but it is with great pleasure that I share the debut CD from Red Monday. Featuring:
Rick Harris (Lead Vocal)
Mike McCarron (Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals)
Jeff Kylloe (Bass)
and myself, Jim Miller  (Producer, Songwriter, Guitars, and Backing Vocals)
 
Red Monday is steeped in the power, melody and movement reminiscent of the British and American Classic Rock songbook. Each track is crafted to evoke emotions through heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals, shimmering guitars, dynamic drum grooves and memorable hooks. 
 
Thank you for taking the time to check out our music.
~ Jim Miller
 
 
Red Monday website

http://redmondaymusic.com

Red Monday is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/red-monday/id893445639?uo=4

as well as 90 other online music outlets around the world including: CD Baby, Amazon mp3, Spotify, Rhapsody, iHeart Radio, and more.

 

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