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Tue
28
Apr

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

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DISC 1:

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

DISC 2:

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

DISC 3:

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

DISC 4:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 



 

xxx
Adam Gifford & Johnny X



QUICK FACTS:

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

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Rock Avenue Records - www.rockavenuerecords.com

Disk Union - www.diskunion.net

Rock Stakk - rockstakk.shop-pro.jp

Animal Records - www.animalrecords.com.br

Amazon - www.amazon.com

CD Baby - www.cdbaby.com

and iTunes

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

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

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

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



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



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



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



THE SUNSET STRIP



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



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



1970s - VAN HALEN & QUIET RIOT 



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



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




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



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



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



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



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




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



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



MID-1980s - GUNS N' ROSES



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




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



LATE 1980s - THE SCENE EXPLODES



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



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



ROCK 'N' ROLL REBELS



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



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



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


Hardly Dangerous


Byte The Bullet


Bad Bones


Agent Zero


Sam Mann And Thee Apes


Mad Reign


The Wild


 
 

Taz





Daddy Ray





Aces & Eights





Blackboard Jungle





Shake City





Hap Hazzard





Cold Shot

 

 

Rattlesnake Shake


Long Gone


Scratch

 

 

 

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Mon
27
Apr

MISS BEHAVIOUR - Last Woman Standing (Showcase)

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

 

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Fri
13
Mar

WINDSOR DRIVE - Windsor Drive (Showcase)

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

DAN REED - Transmission (Showcase)

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

EDENS' CURSE Live With The Curse (Showcase)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EMPIRES OF EDEN - Architect Of Hope (Showcase)

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

 

 

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Tue
10
Feb

TONK - Ruby Voodoo (Showcase)

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

 

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Tue
10
Feb

TERRA NOVA - Reinvent Yourself (Showcase)

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

 

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Wed
28
Jan

REVOLUTION SAINTS - Revolution Saints (Showcase)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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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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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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)

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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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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