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Tue
13
Jan

SPIDERS & SNAKES - Year Of The Snake (Showcase)

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section name: 
SOUNDBYTES
Year Of TheSnake
Produced By: 
Gavin Ross and Spiders & Snakes
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
                                SPIDERS & SNAKES RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “KAWASAKI CITY,” FILMED IN JAPAN AND ON THE SUNSET STRIP
 
Sunset Strip veterans Spiders & Snakes, led by the storied legend Lizzie Grey, have released a music video for “Kawasaki City” from their new album, YEAR OF THE SNAKE (available now on Sansei Records).
Set in Kawasaki City, Japan and filmed on location at a real nightclub called Groupie Dolls, the song and music video clip recreate a true story.  Tim Yasui, drummer/singer and Spider & Snakes co-founder, had an unforgettable night at the club with Japanese punk metal band Dirtrucks, who are also featured in the video.
 
The “Kawasaki City” story is cut with live footage from the band’s recent concert at the Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip.  Grey was on leave due to illness, so Phil St. Vincent handled bass and vocals, with Yasui on drums and vocals and Chris Sheridan (Sweet Savage/James Kottak) on lead/rhythm guitars and vocals.
The video was edited by Scott Gawlik from Crazy Cow Productions (Green Day, Black Sabbath, Smashing Pumpkins).
 
SPIDERS & SNAKES “Kawasaki City” Music Video Link: http://youtu.be/0arba6dDE9s
 
The recording of “Kawasaki City” features Ryo Okumoto (ASIA Featuring Jon Payne/Spock’s Beard/Aretha Franklin) on keyboards and Betsy Weiss from Bitch on backing vocals, It was produced by Gavin Ross in Burbank, California, mixed by Anthony Focx (Steven Tyler, Vince Neil, Night Ranger, Ted Nugent) in Nashville, Tennessee, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum (Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Halford, Sepultra, YES) in Los Angeles, California during the Chinese calendar Year Of The Snake.
 
YEAR OF THE SNAKE is out now thru RSK ENTERTAINMENT http://www.rskentertainment.co.uk and It is currently available in the US at Amazon: http://geni.us/5lR or iTunes:  http://geni.us/19D8
 

 

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Thu
18
Dec

LEVEL 10 - Chapter One (Showcase)

Artist: 
Chapter One
Produced By: 
Mat Sinner
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Level 10 is a new Trans-Atlantic Metallic alliance between powerhouse vocalist Russell Allen (Symphony X, Adrenaline Mob) and the charismatic bassist/producer/writer Mat Sinner, one of the real flags of German Heavy Metal music.
 
 The pair met a few times during the years and swore to each other to fine the time and the chance to work together. The occasion came about when Frontiers President, Serafino Perugino managed to connect again the two and have them committed for the creation of a new Metal album which could melt the more contemporary and aggressive sound of Adrenaline Mob with the more traditional European Power Metal assault from Primal Fear.
 
 Sinner did not save any effort and put together a killer lineup for the album, including his Primal Fear cohorts Randy Black (on drums) and Alex Beyrodt (on guitar) and called Roland Grapow (ex Helloween) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline, Voodoo Circle) to complete the lineup on lead guitar and keyboards respectively. On the songwriting side – besides the band members – the album also seens contributions from Magnus Karlsson, Carsten Schulz, Ralf Scheepers, Johann Fiegl, Sander Gommans and Amanda Somerville.
 
 While the recording took a long time in between the commitments from the various musicians involved in this release, the result is an outstanding and super heavy – yet infectiously melodic album! With Allen’s over-the-top vocals and a powerful lineup second to none, the resulting album is – from start to finish a true delight for all the metal fans!
 
 LEVEL 10
 Russell Allen – Lead & Backing Vocals
 Mat Sinner – Bass & Backing Vocals
 Roland Grapow – Guitars
 Alex Beyrodt – Guitars
 Randy Black – Drums & Percussion
 Alessandro Del Vecchio - Keyboards
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Mon
15
Dec

SWEET & LYNCH - Only To Rise (Showcase)

Artist: 
Only To Rise
Produced By: 
Michael Sweet
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
SWEET & LYNCH is a brand new band centered around the talents of guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of  Christian hard rockers STRYPER and iconic guitarist George Lynch (LYNCH MOB, ex DOKKEN) along with bassist James Lomenzo (ex MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Brian Tichy (ex WHITESNAKE).

“SWEET & LYNCH was born as the brainchild of Serafino Perugino, President of Frontiers Music”, recalls Sweet. “He asked me to basically sing on this record and then I suggested producing it and co-wrote the songs with George”, continues the singer. Brian Tichy and James Lomenzo were then called in to complete the lineup. Now a complete a band, plans are being formulated to rehearse and book a tour to play the music included on this amazing debut album “Only to Rise” to the fans in a live setting.

“It’s an incredible combination of classic 70’s and 80’s”, tells Michael Sweet. “You will hear some flavors of Journey, Bad Company, Dokken, Van Halen and Stryper. James and Brian are amazing musicians. They tore it up. The drums and bass are just as impressive as the guitars. Everybody really delivered... The musicianship level on this is top notch. It sounds as if we were all in the studio playing together and we were not. Basically, George wrote some riffs about a minute to a minute and a half long. I wrote lyrics and melodies then arranged them. Then Brian and James came out and tracked the drums and bass, as well as some rhythm stuff. We then sent it back to George to add the guitars."

The combination of Sweet’s powerful, crystal clear vocals and Lynch’s unmatched guitar tone, provide the force and drive that the album needed. The result is truly a “state of the art” Hard Rock album, with fabulous melodies played to perfection.
An absolute must for all fans of Sweet and Lynch's musical stylings!

SWEET & LYNCH
Michael Sweet – lead vocals, guitars
George Lynch – lead guitars
James Lomenzo – bass guitar
Brian Tichy - drums

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Mon
15
Dec

Jorn Lande & Trond Holter present DRACULA - Swing of Death (Showcase)

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Running Time: 
45
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Norwegian Rock Stars, singer Jorn Lande and guitarist Trond Holter (aka Teeny of WIG WAM), have created a new Rock Opera concept album about the life of Count Vlad the III, Prince of Wallachia, widely known as Vlad, The Impaler or by his patronymic name Vlad Dracul(a). The whole story explores the inner struggle inside the multifaceted and engorging character that this mysterious 15th Century personality was, while also taking into account some of the metaphysical aspects that passed into literature, forming the whole basis of the vampire mythos.

On the album Jorn Lande– who impersonates the main character Dracula - shares lead vocal duties with Norwegian singer Lena Fløitmoen (representing Mina/Lucy from the Bram Stoker book). The duets feature Dracula and his women, which in the original Bram Stoker story is centered around Dracula’s first true love Mina (when he was a human before he sold his soul to the devil and became a vampire).

The drama of the story reveals Dracula’s inner battle, where he still remembers what true love was, and as he wandered the Earth for centuries with a thirst for blood, his loneliness and desire to be able to love again has led him to the brink of insanity. In the original Bram Stoker version, he leaves Transylvania by ship and when he meets Lucy's best friend, she reminds him so much of his first love Mina, that he becomes obsessed. Dracula sees her as some kind of "holy grail", too good to turn into a vampire.

Musically, “Swing of Death” is not like a typical rock opera or musical, since it has no storyteller or long instrumental parts or intros. It is an album that gets to the point with no detours and even if it exposes some diverse musical landscapes, it does include catchy and melodic songs with commercial radio potential. Musical influences come mostly from Meat Loaf and Queen with the ghost of Alice Cooper thrown in plus some Classic and more contemporary Hard Rock elements. The lyrics are not limited to the old days of Bram Stoker’s era and could easily be a Dracula story of today. 

Plans are being made to stage this entire Rock Opera on Norwegian theaters in 2015. More details will be revealed at a later stage.

Jorn Lande – Lead Vocals
Trond Holter – Guitar
Bernt Jansen – Bass
Per Morten Bergseth – Drums
Lena Fløitmoen Børresen – Duet vocals on “Under the Gun", "Into the Dark", "Save Me" and "River of Tears”
 
All songs written by Trond Holter & Jorn Lande
Produced by Jorn Lande & Trond Holter 

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Mon
15
Dec

AMMUNITION - Shanghaied (Showcase)

Artist: 
Shangheid
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
44
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
Age Sten Nilsen is picking up where his former band Wigwam left off. Penning new rock anthems with Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse/W.E.T) in Stockholm since October 2013.  When Wigwam surprisingly decided to call it a day after 13 years, Age Sten soon formed his own band, recording the new songs in the vein of the new band effort Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITION.
 
The new material wears the same catchiness as Wigwam, yet offers a rougher and more subtle sound and arrangements than his former bandʼs latter productions. Produced by one of melodic rocks most esteemed producers Erik Mårtensson, Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITON is now on the verge of promoting their first album “SHANGHAIED” due for a release in January.
 
With a dream team of rock musicians in the line-up Age Sten Nilsenʼs AMMUNITION has already had great success in Norway, playing shows to more than 5000 rockers.
 
This release is available on AOR Heaven outside of Scandinavia.
 
AGE STEN NILSEN - vocals
HAL PATINO - bass (King Diamond/PRETTY MAIDS/Nordic Beast)
ROBBAN BÄCK - drums (Sabaton/Eclipse)
ERIK MÅRTENSSON - guitars (W.E.T / Eclipse)
LASSE FINBRÅTHEN - keyboards (Wigwam/Circus Maximus)
JON PETTERSEN - guitars (Ågeʼs Queen show/Bad Habits/Wild Willyʼs gang)
 
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Mon
15
Dec

CARE OF NIGHT - Connected (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Connected
Produced By: 
Wigelius Brothers
Running Time: 
50
Release Date: 
January 23
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
When Swedish Heavy Metal band Seven Tears disbanded in 2009, three of the members, Kristofer von Wachenfeldt (keyboards), Jonathan Carlemar (guitars) and Fredrik Lager (bass) wished to carry on their musical endeavours.
 
Linus Svensson (drums) and Carl-Johan “Calle” Schönberg (vocals) rehearsed with the band way back in 2010, and eventually Linus became the band’s drummer. Singer Jens Andersson later joined the band and thus was the first line-up of CARE OF NIGHT complete. The band nicked their name from a poetry by Swedish poet Bruno K. Öijer, did some local shows and recorded two songs for a digital release.
 
In 2013, the band once again transformed as Fredrik and Jens both left the band. Jonas Rosengren became the new bass player while the Swedes still were in need of a lead vocalist. Calle Schönberg decided to join them permanently and completed the second and latest line-up of CARE OF NIGHT. Erik & Anders Wigelius (from Wigelius-fame) agreed to produce and mix a 4-song E.P. in 2013. The songs showcased the band’s song-writing abilities and with a powerhouse production, the E.P. became recognised and appreciated from fans of AOR/Melodic Rock around the globe at the Autumn of 2013.
 
CARE OF NIGHT once again turned to the Wigelius brothers to record their debut album “Connected” and signed a deal with AOR HEAVEN for a January 2015 release. The band is ready to serve a slice of sparkling hi-tech melodies, with amazing vocalist Calle Schönberg at the front.
 
- Calle Schönberg - Lead vocals
- Jonathan Carlemar - Guitars
- Kristofer von Wachenfeldt - Keyboards, backing vocals
- Jonas Rosengren - Bass
- Linus Svensson - Drums, backing vocals
 
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Fri
28
Nov

BAILEY - Long Way Down (Showcase)

Artist: 
Long Way Down
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
BAILEY is the new project masterminded by THREE LIONS frontman Nigel Bailey. Even if he is a new name on the scene, Nigel has a vast experience as songwriter and performer. His deal with Frontiers served to bring to light his shining talent both as a powerful singer and as songwriter.
 
Similar to THREE LIONS in terms of influences, BAILEY is slightly heavier, still maintaining the edge and the melodies of Classic British Hard Rock. This record will be a surprise for many and an absolute must for all fans!
 
Musicians:
Nigel Bailey: Lead and Backing Vocals, Bass, Guitars
Mario Percudani: Electric, Acoustic and Slide Guitars
Alessandro Mori: Drums
Additional backing vocals by Andy Bailey and Alessandro Del Vecchio
Keyboards by Alessandro Del Vecchio
 
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio
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Fri
28
Nov

FOREIGNER - Best Of Foreigner 4 And More (Showcase)

Artist: 
The Best Of Foreigner 4 And More
Produced By: 
Foreigner
Running Time: 
76
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
With ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 US hits, Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million.
 
Responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including “Juke Box Hero,” “Feels Like The First Time,” “Urgent,” “Head Games,” “Hot Blooded,” “Cold As Ice,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” and the worldwide #1 hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” Foreigner continues to rock the charts more than thirty years into the game.
 
At Foreigner’s core is founder and lead guitarist Mick Jones, the visionary maestro whose stylistic songwriting, indelible guitar hooks and multi-layered talents continue to escalate Foreigner’s influence, along with lead vocalist Kelly Hansen, bass guitarist Jeff Pilson and multi-instrumentalist Tom Gimbel.
 
Founded in 1976, Foreigner’s debut album produced the hits “Feels Like The First Time,” “Cold As Ice” and “Long, Long Way From Home.” The album Double Vision followed, as did a string of hits like “Urgent,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You.” Those songs helped give Foreigner’s next album, 4, its impressive run at #1 on the Billboard chart. At the zenith of 80’s sound, Foreigner’s fifth album, Agent Provocateur, gave the world the incredible #1 global hit,” I Want To Know What Love Is.” This musical milestone followed the record-breaking song “Waiting For A Girl Like You,” which appeared on the previous record “4”.
 
An unprecedented new level of energy commenced in 2002 when Mick Jones decided to take Foreigner to the next level. He was joined by the astonishing Kelly Hansen on vocals, and continues as they lead the group in a re-emergence of astounding music that speaks to long time Foreigner fans and younger generations. With renewed energy and direction, Foreigner hit the Billboard charts again with the 2005 release of their live greatest hits album, Extended Versions. Can’t Slow Down followed in 2009, and entered the Billboard chart in the Top 30, driven by two Top 20 radio singles, “In Pieces” and “When It Comes To Love.” To follow was the release of the band’s 3-disc set, Feels Like The First Time, which included an acoustic CD with an intimate and unique re-interpretation of many Foreigner classics, studio re-records by the new lineup and a live performance DVD showcasing the group’s exceptional live energy.
 
Foreigner experienced another surge in popularity when several of their hits were featured on the Rock Of Ages soundtrack, including “I Want To Know What Love Is,” “Juke Box Hero” and “Waiting For A Girl Like You” – more songs than any other one band on the soundtrack. Hollywood quickly took note, and several more tracks were featured in hit films “Anchorman 2,” “Magic Mike” and “Pitch Perfect,” sending Foreigner downloads up 400%. The video game industry was soon to follow. The blockbuster release, “Grand Theft Auto V,” features Foreigner’s “Dirty White Boy,” and “Hot Blooded” is included in the November 2013 release of “BandFuse”. The high visibility of Foreigner’s songs continues to introduce the band’s music to a whole future generation of fans.
On October 3rd & 4th 2014, Foreigner performed and record a unique event at the prestigious Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.  For the first time ever, the band presented 'The Best of Foreigner 4 & More' show.  This is a theme that will continue through select live shows, with a repertoire consisting of some of the best and most loved songs of Foreigner “4” plus a selection of other Foreigner timeless hits. Foreigner ”4” remains the best selling and fans’ favorite album in the entire Foreigner catalogue.  This is a release that will resonate very deeply with the Foreigner audience and go on to become a major release in Foreigner’s catalogue. 
 
FOREIGNER:
Mick Jones – Lead Guitar
Kelly Hansen – Lead Vocals
Jeff Pilson – Bass
Tom Gimbel – Flute, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone
Michael Bluestein - Keys
Chris Frazier – Drums
Bruce Watson - Lead Guitar
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Thu
27
Nov

HARMONY - Theatre of Redemption (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Theatre of Redemption
Produced By: 
Markus Sigfridsson and Tobias Enbert
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Impressive third album from the Swedish
melodic metal band Harmony, feat. Daniel Heiman
[ex. Lost Horizon, Heed] on vocals on all tracks! Mixed by
Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson [Scar Symmetry, Watain] – the vinyl version is limited to 500 copies!
 
HARMONY - Theatre of Redemption
 
Ulterium Records 2014
 
Format: CD
Cat.Nr.: ULTCD026
File under: Melodic Metal
 
 
Release: 28. November 2014 (USA: 2. December)
 
 
LP Tracklisting:
Side A
01. The Window of My Soul 04:44
02. Inhale 04:16
03. Crown Me King 04:51
04. Son of the Morning 05:32
05. Bloodbound 06:09
 
Side B
01. Theatre of Redemption 05:30
02. What If 04:15
03. You Are 05:59
04. Hands of Time 04:56
05. In Search Of 04:56
 
 
 
CD Tracklist:
01. The Window of My Soul
02. Inhale
03. Crown Me King                                  
04. Son of the Morning
05. What If
06. Theatre of Redemption    
07. Bloodbound
08. You Are
09. Hands of Time
10. In Search Of
 
Bio:
Harmony was formed in 2000 in Borås, Sweden by Markus Sigfridsson [guitars] and Tobias Enbert [drums]. The two were also joined by Henrik Båth on vocals. They recorded a demo in 2001 that received great reviews and also got them signed to German label Massacre Records in 2002.
 
Their debut album "Dreaming Awake" was recorded during 2002 and released in 2003 through Massacre. The band had created an album full of great melodic metal and at this time they had a complete line-up with Magnus Holmberg on keyboards and Andreas Passmark [Royal Hunt, W.E.T., Work of Art, Narnia] on bass. After the release of the album Harmony played a good number of shows in Sweden, but also in Norway and Finland.
 
After a few years of recording silence Harmony signed with the Swedish label Ulterium Records and finally released their second album "Chapter II: Aftermath" in 2008, an album that was received really well around the world. The album featured guest vocals by Daniel Heiman [ex Lost horizon, Heed] on the track "Inner Peace", and Kristoffer Gildenlöw [ex. Pain of Salvation, Dial] performed all bass on the album.
 
Markus, Tobias, Magnus and Henrik also played together in the progressive metal band Darkwater, and when the second Darkwater album “Where Stories End” was released in 2010 Henrik felt that he wanted to put more focus into Darkwater, so they all decided that it was best if he left Harmony, and so did Magnus. No hard feeling involved at all, and all the guys are still in Darkwater.
 
Markus and Tobias was eager to get to work on the third Harmony album, and they started to select which tracks that would appear on the album, and they decided to start recording it, even though Harmony didn't have a complete line-up yet.
 
Tobias had during that time started the band Empire 21, and through the contacts there he got to know Raphael Darfas, who also play with Almah. He agreed to perform the bass on the up-coming album, and to join the Harmony line-up. In Empire 21 Harmony also found their new keyboard player John Svensson. Markus and Tobias was impressed by his abilities so they asked him to join Harmony, and he said yes.
 
The tricky part was to find a new vocalist that would replace Henrik on the new album. After a couple of auditions without finding the perfect vocalist, Tobias and Markus agreed to ask Daniel Heiman to perform the vocals on the album since they both love his voice and since he did such a great job on the track "Inner Peace" on the previous Harmony album. He said "yes" and the strong line-up for the album was ready. To bring in an extra dimension to the new songs, Harmony asked Ulrik Arturén to perform backing vocals on the album, which he did with a fantastic result.
 
The third Harmony album entitled "Theatre of Redemption" was recorded at different studios around Sweden, the mixing was handled by Henrik Udd and Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall] and the mastering by Thomas "Plec" Johansson [Scar Symmetry, Watain]. When listening to the end result, it's obvious that "Theatre of Redemption" got the best production of the three Harmony albums, without competition.
 
With fast and powerful songs like the album opener “The Window of My Soul” and “Crown Me King”, epic mid-tempo songs like the title track and “Son Of The Morning” as well as more commercial metal songs like “Inhale” and “Hands of Time”, Tobias and Markus should be proud of themselves when it comes to the song-writing on “Theatre of Redemption”.
 
The strong and diverse songs, the emotional and technical guitar playing by Markus Sigfridsson and the fantastic vocals provided by Daniel Heiman brings Harmony up to the same level as the biggest bands in the melodic metal genre. Just listen and you will see. Follow us into the Theatre of Redemption. www.harmonymetal.net
 
line-up:               
Daniel Heiman – Guest lead vocals
Markus Sigfridsson – Guitars, voices, additional keyboards and programming
Tobias Enbert – Drums
John Svensson – Keyboards
Raphael Dafras – Bass
 
discography:
2014: Theatre of Redemption[Ulterium Records]
2008: Dreaming Awake [re-issue, Ulterium Records]
2008: Chapter II: Aftermath [Ulterium Records]
2003: Dreaming Awake [Massacre Records]
 
Mixed by: Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at Studio Fredman [At The Gates, In Flames, Hammerfall]
Mastered by:Thomas "Plec" Johansson [Scar Symmetry, Watain]
Produced by: Markus Sigfridsson and Tobias Enbert
Artwork by: Markus Sigfridsson
Backing vocals: Ulrik Arturén
 
Label info
Ulterium Records - www.ulterium-records.com
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Thu
27
Nov

AXENSTAR - Where Dreams Are Forgotten (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Where Dreams Are Forgotten
Produced By: 
Axenstar and PelleSaether
Running Time: 
50
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Swedish power metal of the highest class!
Mixed by Axenstar and PelleSaether [Wolf, Harmony,
Månegarm] at Studio Underground and mastered by
Daniel Beckman [Månegarm, In Mourning, Deals Death]
at Ridge Street Studios. Artwork by Felipe Machado
Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]
 
 
Inner Wound Recordings 2014 – IW83039
 
File under: Metal, Rock
Release: November 28th, USA: December 2nd
 
Tracklist:
01. Fear
02. Inside The Maze
03. My Sacrifice
04. Curse Of The Tyrant
05. The Return
06. Demise
07. Annihilation
08. Greed
09. The Reaper
10. This False Imagery
11. Sweet Farewell
 
Bio:
Axenstar was formed as a metal cover band in 1998 under the name Powerage, but shortly switched name to Axenstar and started to write their own material. In October 2002 the debut album “Perpetual Twilight” was released on the Spanish label Arise Records. The album got really good reviews all over the world and Axenstar got the chance to play at Motala Metal Festival, the biggest gig so far in their career.
 
The second album “Far From Heaven” was recorded during May of 2003 and just about a week after the recordings were done Axenstar played at the mighty Sweden Rock Festival, which was a great experience for the band. In January 2004 the opportunity was given to go ahead on their first European Tour as the opening act to Falconer.
 
The third album “The Inquisition” saw the light of day in 2005, and after that Axenstar signed with Massacre Records and released their fourth album "The Final Requiem".
 
In June 2007 Axenstar did three shows in Sweden together with Nocturnal Rites. After that some line-up changes took place and the band started to work on their next album "Aftermath" that was released in 2011. After the album was released Axenstar did a headline tour of the UK, and played at various clubs and festivals around Sweden.
 
The band then felt it was time to step up the game, and wrote and recorded what could be the best Axenstaralbum so far, called "Where Dreams Are Forgotten". A deal was inked with the Swedish label Inner Wound Recordings, and the album is scheduled to be released November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America.
 
"Where Dreams Are Forgotten" is a perfect mix of melody and power. The strong songwriting, musicianship as well as the powerful production made at Studio Underground will for sure be loved by the fans of melodic metal.
 
line-up:
Magnus Wilterwild - Vocals, Bass
Jens Klovegård - Guitar
JoakimJonsson - Guitar
Adam Lindberg – Drums
 
Discography:
2014: Where Dreams Are Forgotten [Inner Wound Recordings]
2011: Aftermath [Rock It Up Records/Ice Warrior Records]
2006: The Final Requiem [Massacre Records]
2005: The Inquisition [Arise Records]
2003: Far From Heaven [Arise Records]
2002: Perpetual Twilight [Arise Records]
 
Produced and mixed by: Axenstar and PelleSaether [Wolf, Harmony, Månegarm] at Studio Underground
Mastered by:Daniel Beckman [Månegarm, In Mourning, Deals Death] at Ridge Street Studios
Artwork by: Felipe Machado Franco [Blind Guardian, Rhapsody of Fire, Iced Earth]
 
Inner Wound Recordings contact
 
Axenstaron the web
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Thu
27
Nov

BLACK FATE - Between Visions & Lies (Showcase)

Artist: 
Between Visions & Lies
Produced By: 
Black Fate / Mixed by: Nikos Tsintzilonis
Running Time: 
50
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
Inspired by the giants in the genre, Black Fate
have managed to create a very memorable album filled
with crushing guitar riffs, haunting melodies, furious
technical and melodic solos and songwriting that will
satisfy even the most demanding metal fans. Led by the
incredible vocalist Vasilis Georgiou and the very
talented young guitar player Gus Drax, Black Fate are
ready to make a mark in the metal scene! Perfect for
fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Conception and
Evergrey.
 
 
Black Fate - "Between Visions & Lies"
 
Ulterium Records 2014 – ULTCD025
 
File under: Metal, Rock
Release: November 28th, USA: December 2nd
 
Tracklist:
1. Rhyme of a False Orchestra
2. Lines in the Sand
3. The Game of Illusion
4. Into the Night
5. In Your Eyes
6. Call of the Wild
7. State of Conformity
8. Without Saying a Word
9. Perfect Crime
10. Weight of the World
11. In Fear
 
Bio:
Black Fate was formed in 1990 in Larissa Greece by Nikos & Elias Tsintzilonis, Heracles Fanarakis andStelios Papakostas. They released two demos called “Black Fate” and “A Piece of Dream” which earned great reviews from the Greek metal media and the band started playing their first shows.
 
In 2000 after a few line-up changes the debut album “Uncover” was released by Secret Port Records and two years later the two first demos were also re-released together on an album with the title “A Piece of Dream”.
 
In 2007 Nikos Tsintzilonis met Vasilis Georgiou and decided to put Black Fate back on track. They started working on new material and writing new songs for a new album and began to make plans for a new beginning of the band. The result of all this work was the album "Deliverance of Soul" that was released in 2009 by Asiral Records.
 
After the album release the old line up couldn't follow the bands live obligations and the search for new band members started.
After some searching Black Fate recruited guitarist Gus Drax known for his presence in the progressive metal band Biomechanical from the UK, and also from Sunburst and his solo album "In Search of Perfection". Vasilis Liakos from the band Innosense also joined Black Fate.Together with vocalist Vasilis Georgiou and founding member and drummer Nikos Tsintzilonis the band was full again and started playing shows in support for "Deliverance Of Soul".
 
The shows went great, and Black Fate decided to keep on playing together and started working on the new album. After much hard work for 2 and a half years of composing and demoing ideas the band locked themselves in the studio and recorded 10 brand new songs for the new album.
 
This time with 7 string guitars the band went for a heavier but still very melodicstyle,combining modern and old school influences like Kamelot,Iron Maiden,Conception,Dream Theater and others while striving to create their own identity and mark as a band.
 
Black Fate recorded all drums, bass and acoustic guitars for the album in Warcry Studios in Larisa. All guitars and vocals were recorded at Gstudio and Hall studios. The album was mixed by Nikos Tsintzilonis in the Gstudio and was mastered by Eric Tordsson [End of September, Antestor] at Solid Mix Studios in Sweden.
 
A deal was inked with the Swedish label Ulterium Records and the new Black Fate album “Between Visions & Lies” is scheduled for a released on November 28th in Europe and December 2nd in North America.
 
Inspired by the giants in the genre, Black Fate have managed to create a very memorable album filled with crushing guitar riffs, haunting melodies, furious technical and melodic solos and songwriting that will satisfy even the most demanding metal fans.Led by the incredible vocalist Vasilis Georgiou and the very talented young guitar player Gus Drax, Black Fate are ready to make a mark in the metal scene!
 
line-up:
Vasilis Georgiou - Vocals
Gus Drax - Guitars     
Vasilis Liakos - Bass   
Nikos Tsintzilonis – Drums
 
Discography
2014: Between Visions & Lies[Ulterium Records]
2009: Deliverance of Soul
2002: A Piece of Dream
2000: Uncover
 
Mixed by: Nikos Tsintzilonis
Mastered by: Erik Tordsson [End of September, Antestor]
Artwork by: Vasilis Georgiou
 
Ulterium Records contact
 
Black Fateon the web

 

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Fri
14
Nov

HAREM SCAREM - 'Thirteen' (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Thirteen
Produced By: 
Harry Hess & Pete Lesperance
Running Time: 
38
Release Date: 
December 5
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
Canadian Rockers Harem Scarem are coming back - after a long 6 years hiatus - with their 13th original studio album cleverly entitled…"Thirteen".

After the band's return in 2013 with the release of "Mood Swings II" - the re-recorded version of their career-defining album "Mood Swings", originally released in 1993 - Harem Scarem embarked on an international tour and reconnected with all the fans. They were actually very pleasantly surprised about the level of interest in the band and decided to move forward.
"It’s been 6 years since our last studio album and we’re feeling rejuvenated and couldn’t be more excited about the new tunes!" tells singer Harry Hess and with juices of inspiration flowing it could not have been easier to give birth to a strong musical statement such as "Thirteen".

The new album encompasses everything that the fans would expect from Harem Scarem: very addictive guitar riffs, choruses from heaven with big, over the top and hooks. A definite and true return to the sound that put Harem Scarem on the map over 20 years ago.

With 12 top 40 hits around the world and with sales well over a million records in 43 countries, 2015 will see the Harem Scarem touring the world in support of their 13th studio album “Thirteen“!

HAREM SCAREM:
Harry Hess: Lead and backup Vocals/Keys
Pete Lesperance: Guitars/Bass/Keys
Creighton Doane: Drums
Darren Smith: Backup Vocals

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Fri
14
Nov

SCARLETT GYPSY - 'All Access' (Showcase)

All Access
Produced By: 
Mike Musmanno, Pete Kogler* & Scarlett Gypsy
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
Scarlett Gypsy #1 Debut Album All Access is Dead-On Revival of 80s Glam Rock

East coast band delivers fresh sounds combining old school rock, glam metal and melodic vocals to fans across multiple genres
 
The Glam Metal Rock Band Scarlett Gypsy has garnered the attention of fans and critics alike with the unveiling of their eagerly awaited debut album - All Access ' available now on Amazon, iTunes, CDbaby and Bandcamp.

 

The bevy of sub-genres associated with glam metal and hard rock have often given birth to one-off bands and songs, but rarely is there an entire band assembled with the primary purpose of getting in a room together to watch what happens when their respective creative juices blend into an album like All Access. Well, Scarlett Gypsy is one band that delivers it straight with the volume cranked up high.

Scarlett Gypsy is an American Rock Band originating from York, Pennsylvania with David Mathew on Lead Vocals, Steve Ray on Guitar & Vocals, Robert Douglas on Bass and Scotty Scarlett on Drums & Vocals. Together these four combined create a great new refreshing sound of old school rock complete with blazing guitar riffs, melodic vocals and infectious hooks.

The 2014 debut album delivers old school rock, ballads and wild party rock'n choruses for all new glam metal heads and rockers alike to enjoy. Boldly combining elements of raw rock with glam fueled gritty guitar riffs, melodic vocals and all-around high-octane music, this Gypsy Band is determined to please every fan's need to rock-out on hot summer nights to catchy hooks, fist-pumping party-rock choruses and rhythmically loose powerful rock music.

Visit YouTube to view all of Scarlett Gypsy's Music Videos - www.youtube.com/user/ScarlettGypsyBand 

Make sure to visit the Scarlett Gypsy social media sites for more photo's and their latest news and updates.

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Album - ALL ACCESS

1.       Don't Play Games With Love

-  This song is about someone playing games while in a relationship and teasing another for attention instead of love. The song drives home the sexy tone and grooving rhythm of Scarlett Gypsy music.

2.     When You See Me

-  A fan favorite "power ballad" about questioning your feelings of being in love. Our guitar player (Steve) sings lead on this song which is very emotional at the end.

3.     Black Betty

-  A huge crowd pleaser,-this is a remake of the song "Black Betty" that our guitar player Steve brought to the band and we made it our own (Scarlett Gypsy version). Some sources claim the song is derived from an 18th-century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket with a black painted stock; the "bam-ba-lam". Other sources give the meaning of "Black Betty" (from at least 1827) as a liquor bottle that may ultimately owe its origin to a famous pretty black barmaid. This isn't your old Ram Jam version either.

4.     Is This Love

-  A radio ready rock anthem about meeting a new girl and deciding if it is a real feeling of love or is it just another one night stand.

5.     Without Your Love (Not In Love Together)*

-  A dark 'power ballad' about not knowing what you got until it's gone away and you don't have it anymore.

6.     Tuff-E-Nuff*

-  This is the first song that the band wrote and recorded together and the version is the actual demo that was released as a single B-side on a cassette back in 1991. The song is about picking yourself up after a breakup and being tough enough to get back out into the game and moving forward. The song is centered around the band going out on the town and drinking some shots and looking for love.

7.     Don't Forget My Name

-  A song about meeting someone on a trip over the summer and wondering if they will remember your name as you both go your separate ways but want to be together.

8.     Luv'n Shuv'n

-  A song about hooking-up with someone you've been desiring. The song has a sexy groove which drives home a thumping rock back-beat feeling of needing it, wanting it and having to get some Luv'n Shuv'n tonight.

Scarlett Gypsy is David Mathew on Lead Vocals, Steve Ray Plonk on Guitar & Vocals, Robert Douglas on Bass and Scotty Scarlett on Drums & Vocals.

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by - Mike  Musmanno, Pete Kogler* & Scarlett Gypsy

Recorded at Block Studios, Pipe Dream Studios* & Sound Works Studio*

Mastered By CJ Jacobson for Audio Mastering and Mixing

 
 
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Wed
12
Nov

TEN - 'Albion' (Showcase)

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Released by: Rocktopia/Cargo Records

Release Date: November 24, 2014 (World)

Available exclusively online NOW exclusively from www.firefestofficial.com

Line Up:

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

Ten's first album 'X' was released in May 1996 and was warmly acclaimed by the fans and the press especially in the UK and Japan, where they were outselling huge rock bands, reaching sales of 100,000 records only during the first weeks of release. With the songs already written, the band returned to the studio in order to finish their second album. 'The Name Of The Rose' was released in September of the same year (1996) and was even more successful than 'X', gaining enthusiastic reviews from the critics. The title track was also voted "Song Of The Year" by the readers of BURRN! magazine in Japan and the band voted "Brightest Hope".

Ten's popularity in Europe increased when the band signed to major label Mercury Records in Japan and Frontiers in Europe for the release of their fourth studio album, 'Spellbound'. The album was released in April 1999, was produced by Rafe McKenna and was one of the most successful Ten albums in Europe. 'Spellbound' was also the first Ten album for which famous fantasy artist Luis Royo designed the cover.

In 1999, the band returned to the studio in order to begin the recordings of their next album. 'Babylon', which was released in August 2000 and featured keyboard player Don Airey (Deep Purple) and once again, proved to be another successful release for Ten and Gary Hughes, even entering the German Rock Album Charts.

Soon after, the band returned to the studio to record the follow-up album to Babylon, named 'Far Beyond The World'. The recordings took place in Hannover, Germany, with Tommy Newton behind the mixing desk and ex-Hard Rain keyboard player Paul Hodson taking the place of Don Airey. In December 2001, Ten released 'Far Beyond the World' but just before the promotion of the new album had begun, guitarist Vinny Burns (Dare/Asia) announced his departure from the band, citing creative differences.

After several albums and line-up changes, the band signed to the newly formed Rocktopia Records in 2013, and are recording back to back albums once more as they did back when they burst onto the scene all those years ago. The first of these is titled 'ALBION', which will be released worldwide on the 24th of November through Rocktopia Records (Marquee in Japan) and features stunning original artwork from Italian maestro Gaetano De Falco.

For years Gary Hughes has toyed with the idea of bringing even more power and width into the TEN live sound. To this end, TEN are proud to announce the arrival of two new members in the shape of guitar players Dann Rosingana and Steve Grocott which will enable the band to play more of the layers in Ten's studio sound live on stage.

This was demonstrated for the first time at a triumphant set at the final Firefest festival this October where the band played a storming set, and excellent reviews for 'Albion' continue to pour in, like this one below...

TEN "ALBION" Review by The Blast Magazine (US) "'Albion' is the first Ten release Blast Magazine has reviewed since the release of 'Babyon' which was released on August 28, 2000. This ten song CD is a complete master piece!!!! I mean there is not and I mean not a bad song on this CD. 'Albion' is one of those melodic metal CD's you can put in and listen to it from beginning to end without skipping a track. Lyrically and vocally Gary is in top form and at the top of his game. He sounds just as good today has he did the first time I heard him in 2000. This is one release you absolutely have to have!!!!"

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The fabulous new Ten album, 'ALBION', will be getting a first for Ten - a vinyl release. And not just any old vinyl release, oh no. Befitting such an incredible album, both in terms of artwork and music, 'Albion' is getting the full deluxe treatment. The 'Albion' vinyl release will be double album gatefold, and come with a lot of lavish Ten goodies that any fan will simply have to own. These include:

Eight A5 full colour postcards, 7 solo shots of all the band members, and one full band shot. Each solo shot will be PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by that band member.
A full colour 22x22 inch poster of the amazing Gaetano Di Falco 'Albion' cover.
Two full colour stickers: one of the album cover (10x10cm) and one of the Ten logo (10x8cm)
A highly detailed Ten guitar pick (shown both sides for display purposes only)
Full colour inner album sleeves with lyrics. 

This product is strictly LIMITED to 300 copies and will not be re-printed.
Anyone buying the vinyl will also be sent a link for 192kps mp3 download version of the album.
Depending on manufacturing turnaround (typically 3 months) product will be available for shipping late December/early January.
Album priced at GBP29.99 plus postage and available to pre-order from www.firefestofficial.com and will also be available on Amazon soon.

 

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Thu
06
Nov

HEART & Friends - 'Home For The Holidays' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Home For The Holidays
Produced By: 
Heart
Running Time: 
70
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.
Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this once-in-a-lifetime concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the beautiful Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle.

The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.

HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.
And adding to their list of awards, HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.

 

 

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Thu
06
Nov

WHITESNAKE - 'Live In 84 - Back To The Bone' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Back To The Bone - Live In 84
Produced By: 
Whitesnake
Running Time: 
71
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
2014 is the 30th Anniversary of the Whitesnake album ‘SLIDE IT IN’. The first multi-platinum album Whitesnake achieved. It features songs we still play all over the World...‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ ( Cozy Powell’s favorite )...‘Guilty Of Love’...‘Slow & Easy’...& of course ‘Slide It In’.
 
This ‘LIVE IN 84...Back To The Bone’ DVD-CD package features video footage & selected bootleg audio tracks, all taken from performances from our world tour 30 years ago in 1984.
 
It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who recorded the ‘SLIDE IT IN’ album with me have passed away. 
 
Incredibly difficult to articulate... Cozy Powell...Mel Galley...Jon Lord...Amazing people...amazing musicians...Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words…
 
Wait until you see & hear them playing as only they can & add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes...plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray… 
 
Watching the videos & listening to the live performances takes me right back to the time I was on stage with this super group...
 
For this is a time capsule to indulge in, even if you missed the action the first time around & if you did catch any of the shows back in the day, you can relive it now in all it’s sonic glory.
 
A truly great chapter of the band... One of my all time favorite chapters of Whitesnake.
 
My Co-Producer Michael McIntyre & I searched the world for decent video footage & audio from any of the 1984 shows & came up with ‘Super-Rock’, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo & a precious, invaluable video of Maestro Jon Lord’s final appearance with Whitesnake.
 
All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality. 
 
In other words, it should look & sound f’ing great!!
 
Some of the Special Features include never before seen or heard tracks, demos, photos...
 
These are memories I treasure & delight in sharing with you as we continue our Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE  ‘SLIDE IT IN’...
 
 
David Coverdale
Hook City, Reno, Nevada
August 2014
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Thu
06
Nov

CRAZY LIXX - 'Crazy Lixx' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Crazy Lixx
Produced By: 
Crazy Lixx / Mixed: Chris Laney
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
Every rock band needs a self titled album – The kind of album that really does the band’s name justice –The kind of album that shows both old and new fans what the band and their music is really all about – The kind of album that is the essence of the band and their sound and the kind of album that is the total sum of years of experience from playing, recording, writing songs and touring. This is that album for Sweden’s Crazy Lixx.

“We were discussing possible titles for the album and we didn’t really feel like any of the suggestions were quite right. Then I came up with the idea of a making it a self titled album and we all agreed this was the right time for one. You know, bearing the very name of the band, a self-titled album does have a lot to live up to, but we all felt that this album has what it takes to represent the band as a whole, both in terms of the songs, the sound and the performance.” - says lead singer and producer Danny Rexon.
With their fourth release, Crazy Lixx have grown as a band and perfected their personal sound into 11 anthemic rock songs that will satisfy both the hard core Lixx fans as well as fans of melodic hard rock and hair metal in general. By combining the strategies of recording and producing the album themselves along with utilizing the mixing qualities of the great Chris Laney, the sound of the album has once again returned to the bombastic sound of Crazy Lixx’ earlier work while at the same time adding the improved song-writing and playing qualities of today’s Crazy Lixx.

 “We’ve learned a lot through the years, especially when it comes to the recording process and we’ve put all that knowledge and experience to use on this album. We used many different studio settings to record different parts of the album and didn’t rush the recording but made sure everything was as good as it could get. At the same time we didn’t want to be too nitpicking with details, I mean we’re still in the business of rock n’ roll, right?”– adds guitarist and co-producer of the album Andy Zata (formerly Dawson)

In addition to returning to the old Crazy Lixx sound the band has also re-recorded fan favorite “Heroes are Forever” which was originally on the band’s first, now out of print album.  “It’s this one song, that was our first single back in around 2006, that we’ve played on almost every live show we’ve done since then, but when we started to think about it, it was a song that a lot of our fans had no chance of ever listening to. The first album, ‘Loud Minority’, which was released on a minor independent label, was only released in a limited printing which has long since sold out, and it isn’t available digitally either. Still we felt that the track was one of those songs that had a really fundamental Crazy Lixx vibe to it, so we decided to record it again and give the fans a nice treat. If you ask me, it came out way better this second time around.” – says drummer Joél Cirera

With the addition of bassist Jens Sjöholm and the return of original drummer Joél Cirera, Crazy Lixx Mk III has been proven to be the best constellation to date, both in concert and on a recording.“I think the fans will really enjoy what we’ve got in store for them with this album. Killer songs, great sound and memorable hooks combined with a bit of the twin guitar action and riff-based approach that we added to the sound on our last album.” – says guitarist Edd Liam.

Newest and youngest member, bassist Jens Sjöholm adds: “Being my first album release with Crazy Lixx I don’t really have any special expectations, but hearing the final result and seeing how fired up the guys are about it makes me look forward to seeing the reactions of the fans and media.”
It’s really a bit of a do or die, no guts, no glory situation – after all, you only get one chance to do a self titled album, so make sure you do it good.” – concludes Danny Rexon

CRAZY LIXX:


DANNY REXON Vocals
JOÈL CIRERA Drums
ANDY ZATA Guitar & B.Vocals
JENS SJOHOLM Bass
EDD LIAM Guitar & B.Vocals

Guests:
MATS LEVÉN (Backing vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11), TÅVE WANNING (Backing vocals on tracks 4 and 5)
 
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Tue
04
Nov

IN FAITH - There's A Storm Coming (Showcase)

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Back in the late 80s/early 90s, when Rock was King, Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall were both involved in various Manchester Rock Bands. It was inevitable that one way or another, their paths would at some point cross. Tony Marshall's name was mentioned when Pete was attempting to put together a Rock band around 1991, they met up in a rehearsal room somewhere in Eccles, they threw a few ideas around but nothing permanent came of this first meeting.

About six years later Pete was playing Lead Guitar in a local band and needed to bow out, Tony was the obvious choice, they met up with the intention of working through 20 songs, the truth being Tony listened to about three and said he would be fine with the rest (and he was!).

Fast forward through various bands including Contagious, Vaughn and more, Tony Marshall was now married with a young child and apart from being heavily involved with the annual Firefest shows, had pretty much retired from the "Rock Scene". Pete Godfrey had been writing pop tracks for a couple of years after fifteen years away from the industry, enjoying a little success but it wasn't satisfying from an artistic point of view. He decided to spend a few months writing what he felt instead of what he thought and came up with six or seven demos that were definitely Rock based. Pete approached Tony who listened to the tracks but to be honest, wasn't massively impressed with the style. The two decided to meet up to see if they could write together. The ideas flowed but it took time to get up to speed with the advances in recording technologies.

It became apparent pretty early on that the material was strong and what was originally intended to be a songwriting partnership quickly gathered momentum and a direction which was crying out for a band situation. To improve the tracks, Tony asked Pete Newdeck who at the time was still the drummer with Eden's Curse as well as fronting his own band Tainted Nation, to help with the drum programming. As an unexpected bonus, Pete Newdeck was also mixing songs in his own studio for his and other artists material, so, obviously, the honourable thing to do was to ask him to mix a few of Tony and Pete's songs, as it would have been rude not to! Pete loved the songs and pretty quickly was drafted in as the third member of the as yet unnamed outfit.

In August 2013, during a conversation with Kieran Dargan, the suggestion was made that Tony and the two Petes, write a track for use as the International Anthem for Firefest X. 'Church of Rock n' Roll' was that track and it was about this time that the boys decided to name the band IN FAITH. Over the next several months, songs were written, rewritten tweaked and improved until they were deemed ready to be presented as demos to a select group of trusted friends now known as "the Jury".

The comments were pretty much phenomenal across the board, with some very positive critique offered which was taken onboard (and only discarded when nobody was looking!!). Once the decision was made to give "the project" a name, the push was on to complete an album. Favours were called in from several friends: Chris Green of Rubicon Cross plays a solo on 'Addicted', Furyon's Pat Heath adds his considerable talents to 'Radio' and 'Learn to Fly', and Brooke St James of Tyketto contributed a guitar solo to the track 'Where I Wanna Be'.

In Faith's debut album 'There's a Storm Coming' was mixed and produced by Pete Newdeck and co-produced by Tony Marshall. 

It's taken two years to get to this point and we hope you agree with us that it has been worth all the work!

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Wed
22
Oct

WHITE WIDDOW - Crossfire (Showcase)

Artist: 
Crossfire
Produced By: 
White Widdow
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals) & Xavier (Keyboards) with Guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Dokken, Night Ranger, White Sister & Giuffria.

In 2010 White Widdow stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self titled debut album, filled with swirling keyboards, blistering guitar playing and big choruses. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine's top 10 AOR albums for 2010.  Hot on the heels of their debut, White Widdow quickly returned with their follow up release “Serenade” in September 2011. "Serenade" was heaped with praise by the press as one of the best albums in the genre of 2011, gaining 9/10 in both Classic Rock and Powerplay magazines and receiving a 94% on the coveted website melodicrock.com.

In support of "Serenade", White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK). This was followed in 2012 with a full tour of the UK as support band to English melodic rock band TEN.

White Widdow had initially hoped to release their third album at the end of 2013, however 2013 proved to be a difficult year for the band with original bass player Trent Wilson retiring from the music industry and the unfortunate death of drummer George Kristy. Despite these set backs, in early 2014 the Millis brothers and Almanzi regrouped with a rejuvenated new line up, featuring Ben Webster on Bass and Noel Tenny on Drums. The band set about making their third album “Crossfire“, which shows the band retaining their trademark keyboard driven Melodic Hard Rock. Showing at times a slightly more hard rock edge than on the previous albums, yet still drenched in melody and hooks.

Produced & engineered by Xavier Millis and mixed once again by Pelle Saether (Grand Design), White Widdow are back with quite possibly their best album yet. 
 
www.whitewiddow.com.au

 
 
 

 

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Wed
22
Oct

WICKED SENSATION - Adrenaline Rush (Showcase)

Adrenaline Rush
Produced By: 
Dennis Ward
Running Time: 
52
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
WICKED SENSATION from Karlsruhe introduce their 4th studio album "Adrenaline Rush".
 
On "Adrenaline Rush" a catchy tune follows another and it clearly shows that Michael Klein, the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, has enormously improved his songwriting from album to album.
 
None other than singer David Reece (ex Accept, Bangalore Choir) supported the band and substituted for Robert Soeterboek, who unfortunately was forced to step back because of personal health reasons.
 
David Reece immediately turned out to be the right choice for the band and perfectly blends into the songs of Wicked Sensation. Already the opener "King of the World" delivers superb hooks and melodies which reach their highlight in the chorus while Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) can be heard together with David Reece.
 
Without a break the band continues with "Same Old Situation" hich comes as a perfect blend of Van Halen and Extreme and is full of groove. Again, Harry Hess gives his honor and can be heard in the chorus, accompanied by Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnet) on the keyboard.
 
With "Misery" the album goes straight the way it started - delivering catchy tunes without a break, and Michael Klein and Sang Vong prove to be the perfect guitar duo.
 
Again on "Adrenaline Rush” all the typical song styles of Wicked Sensation can be found without the band moving away from their typical sound.
 
The title track "Adrenaline Rush" delivers a real “Metal Firecracker”, for which the band was able to sign on Mathias Dieth (ex U.D.O. guitarist) for an outstanding guitar solo.
 
In addition to their fourth “long player” the band fully relied on their producer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream69) to give "Adrenaline Rush" the necessary pressure and punch. The last song “This Time", an acoustic ballad, closes the curtains.
 
Discography:
Reflected 2001
Exceptional 2004
Crystallized 2010
Adrenaline Rush 2014
 
www.wicked-sensation.com
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Mon
20
Oct

ALLEN/LANDE - The Great Divide (Showcase)

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OUT NOW

The first chapter of Jorn Lande and Russell Allen’s collaboration, 'The Battle' was unleashed in September 2005 with unanimous acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Many websites and magazines named it 'Record of the Year'. Its success made it one of the most popular releases ever in Melodic Heavy Metal, thanks to beautiful, sweeping piano and keyboards, heavy guitar riffs, virtuoso guitar solos, hooky choruses and the vocal talents of two of the finest Heavy Metal vocalists around. Great part of the success of the release was also due to the multitalented Swedish guitar player and songwriter Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, LAST TRIBE, STARBREAKER).

In 2007 the second chapter entitled 'The Revenge' was released and met again with an amazing reaction from press and fans. Heavier and with a tighter production, thanks to the involvement of Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, ANGRA, PLACE VENDOME) at the mix, the album excited the many fans who loved the first chapter. Another succesful followed in 2010 entitled 'The Showdown' which closed the trilogy.

Russell Allen is the singer of the American Progressive Metal band SYMPHONY X, who have released six studio albums and one live record so far. More than once SYMPHONY X received accolades such as 'Best Progressive Power Metal Band Worldwide' or awards for the 'Best Progressive Metal Album of the Year'.

Highly rated MASTERPLAN and vocalist JORN LANDE has a vocal capability that is world class, distinctive, rich and spanning a large range. He is in high demand and has appeared as guest or sung for such bands and projects as AVANTASIA, ARK, THE SNAKES and many others. He is also a well-known solo artist with various successful studio albums released, since the debut 'Starfire' in 1999.

The new album, entitled 'The Great Divide' sees a majors change in the formula since songwriting and production is now in the hands of Timo Tolkki, former Stratovarius member. After the success of the initial trilogy a fresher musical direction was needed by to move forward to the next Allen Lande and certainly this new album, while moving in the usual musical landscape, offers fabulous songwriting and as usual some incredible vocals from the two amazing singers.

ALLEN / LANDE:

Jorn Lande: vocals
Russell Allen: vocals
Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass, keyboards
Jami Huovinen: drums

Produced and written by Timo Tolkki
Mixed: Dennis Ward

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Thu
18
Sep

STRYPER - Live At The Whisky (Showcase)

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Live At The Whisky
Produced By: 
Stryper
Running Time: 
70
Release Date: 
September 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
“Live at the Whisky” is the new Live cd/dvd package from Stryper featuring the original line up in a sold out show held in October 2013 at the Whisky Club in LA during a handful of shows in support of the release of the latest studio album “No More Hell To Pay”, the album that marked Stryper’s highest Billboard chart entry since the days of “To Hell With the Devil”.

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time.  Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century.  To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee.  Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

STRYPER:
Michael Sweet: Lead vocals, guitar
Oz Fox: Vocals, guitars
Tim Gaines: Bass, vocals
Robert Sweet: drums

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Tue
16
Sep

MOONLAND feat. Lenna Kuurmaa (Showcase)

Artist: 
Moonland
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Release Date: 
September 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
The anticipated MOONLAND project finally brings back to the spotlight on the international Rock music markets Estonian singer, actress and TV personality Lenna Kuurmaa.
Lenna has been the front-woman of the Pop-Rock sensation VANILLA NINJA, an all-female outfit, which debuted in 2002 with their self-titled album and went on to release  internationally another 3 very successful studio albums (which won Gold Records awards in Germany, Austria and Platinum in their home country, Estonia). In 2005 VANILLA NINJA also won the selection to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Festival with the song "Cool Vibes", ending at the 8th place.

The group's latest album, “Love is War”, was released in May 2006 and brought VANILLA NINJA to appear successfully at the Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. The latest release from the band was a single “Crashing Through the Doors”, a great rock song penned specifically for VANILLA NINJA by Roxette’s Per Gessle.

VANILLA NINJA however went into hiatus since then and the members started to get involved in different projects. Lenna Kuurmaa appeared as an actress and TV presenter in Estonia and started a musical solo project under her own name, until she was approached by Frontiers Records with a concept to be return with a new international release with songs tailored for her singing style, with musical influences ranging from classic Heart and Europe with a touch of Roxette.

With Alessandro Del Vecchio taking care of the production and a concert appearance in front of the Frontiers Rock Festival crowd in Milano in May, MOONLAND is a new exciting musical venture from Lenna Kuurmaa, which is ready again to show the World her brilliant voice and talents.

MOONLAND
Lenna Kuurmaa - lead vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Francesco Marras - guitars
Bruce Gaitsch - nylon guitar
Anna Portalupi - bass
Alessandro Polifrone – drums

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Mon
15
Sep

PROJECT ARCADIA - A Time Of Changes (Showcase)

9 Sept
Digital (world)
ON CD (North America)
26 Sept
ON CD
(SA, JAPAN, UK, EU excl. BG)
26 Sept
ON CD
(Rest of the world)

 

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Tracklist:

- 01. Here To Learn
- 02. Shelter Me
- 03. I Am Alive
- 04. Beggars At The Door
- 05. The Ungrateful Child
- 06. Timeless
- 07. Joy
- 08. A Time Of Changes
- 09. Formidable Foe
- 10. The Deal
- 11. Shadows Of The Night

Line-up:

Urban Breed - vocals
Plamen Uzunov - guitars
Dobromir Paraskov - bass
Villy Neshev - guitars
Daniel Dimitrov - drums


 
Nightmare Records is proud to bring you an exciting new album from... PROJECT ARCADIA!
 
Top Class Modern Melodic Metal with a touch of ProgPower "A Time of Changes" is the sophomore release in the discography
of this intriguing band hailing mostly from Bulgaria with the exception of their latest addition
Swedish singer now living in the United States Urban breed most known for his work in Tad Morose & Bloodbound.
 
Living up to the high expectations of Nightmare, we bring you a fantastic heavy metal album that any fan of the genre will appreciate,
it has powerful guitars, vocals and serious powerhouse of a rhythm section! For fans of old MSG, Tad Morose, Scorpions & Accept.
Mixed and Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden (Sabaton, Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate)
 
Video's debut for first single "Formidable Foe" directed by Firewind's Bob Katsionis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mon
15
Sep

Pre-Order New MRR Release XTASY 'Revolution' Now For Just $10

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SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE!

PRE-ORDER now and XTASY "Revolution" is yours

for just $10 (+$5 worldwide airmail shipping).

This price is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY!
 

RELEASED OCTOBER 20 - PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED OCTOBER 13

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to unveil yet another great new talent from the melodic rock friendly territory of Spain!
 
The female fronted melodic rock band Xtasy will release their debut album “Revolution” via MRR worldwide (CD and digital) on October 20. 
 
Xtasy was born in 2011 as a Studio Project between Jorge (guitar) and Silvia (vocals). Both started to work together on several songs which were recorded between Dec 2011 and Dec 2013 in R81 Studios in Noain-Pamplona.
 
Some additional friends participated in the recording sessions as guests:
Jon Huarte (Dreamwalker) and Josu Alzu (Six Miles Wide) on drums; Manolo Arias (Atlas, Niágara), Robert Rodrigo (Airless), Willy Gascón (Steelhorse), David Morales (Zinc), Roberto Martínez (Blackbeltz, Taxikarlo) and Ángel García (Meridiam) as lead guitar.
 
In late December of 2013 Xtasy becomes a real band, leaving the studio project behind. The band is rounded out with Ángel (guitar), David (bass), Tutumba (drums) and Jakin (keyboards).
 
During January and February of 2014 the songs of their forthcoming album are mixed and mastered in Stockholm by Erik Martensson (W.E.T, Eclipse) at “Blowout Studios”.
 
Track Listing  Soundbytes:

01. Stronger
02. Revolution
03. Million Miles Away
04. All For One
05. Scream
06. It Is You
07. Rebel Rider
08. Many Years
09. Rocking The World
10. Bye Bye

You can preview two full tracks from the album now!
 
The video for the lead single “Stronger” and a Soundcloud stream of the album cut “All For One”:
 

 

 
 
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE!

PRE-ORDER now and XTASY "Revolution" is yours for just $10 (+$5 worldwide airmail shipping).
This price is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY!

RELEASED OCTOBER 20 - PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED OCTOBER 13

 

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