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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.
 
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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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Tue
13
Jan

SPIDERS & SNAKES - Year Of The Snake (Showcase)

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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)

Artist: 
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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section name: 
TRACK LISTING
content: 
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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rockunited.com 4/5
Metalmessage.de - 10/10
BURRN! Magazine (Japan) - 84/100

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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