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THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT Arrive On CD May 30

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is overjoyed to be bringing one of our favourite vocalists to the label. The mighty, Goran Edman is the frontman for the latest signing to the label, THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT.
 
MRR isn’t afraid to take chances when the music demands attention and The Senior Management is a no-brainer. Their mature mix of styles pushes the boundaries of melodic rock, westcoast AOR while including a touch of country and acoustic pop/rock.
 
The debut self-titled album is being exclusively handled by MRR for the CD format, with a digital release due early next month.
 
The MRR CD release will be a limited edition and is released May 30.
 
Check out these two monster songs that bookend the debut album:
 

 
 
The Senior Management Bio:
In the summer of 2015 guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the rock band The Senior Management. Together they have been involved in different
music project since the late 80’s. During the first half of the 90’s they collaborated in the band
Y.M.I where they reached the finals in the Swedish championship of rock music.
 
In the mid 90’s Y.M.I played at a rock festival and was warm up act for Billionaires Boys Club who
was headlining. Billionaires Boy Club was Jörg Fischer (Accept), Anders Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsten, John Norum) and Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall).
Magnus was at the time in the beginning of his career and that later would bring him to several successful years with Hammerfall. Göran had recently left Yngwie Malmsteen
band when he replaced Marc Boals in Billionaires Boys Club. During this rock festival, it was the
first time we all met and none of us had any idea that we 20 years later would team up together as
The Senior Management.
 
Dennis Heltorp: “In order to find our sound, we did some demos with different voices like Tony Martin from Black Sabbath and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Soto, Sons Of Apollo). However, all pieces fell into place after the first demo run with Göran. He finally added with his voice and amazing vocal harmonies the missing piece to complete our sound.”
 
Some listeners say that The Senior Management sound like a blend of The Eagles and Thin Lizzy.
Others have said they sound like Journey or Bon Jovi.
 
 
Mon
16
Apr

Gathering Of Kings - "Saviour" (Official Audio)

 
The Swedish Phenomena inspired AOR/melodic rock project Gathering Of Kings has released a brand new track titled "Saviour".
 
The third single from the yet untitled debut album is written by Victor Olsson and will be released at the end of the summer.
The album is being helmed by producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson, who has previously worked with Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra, Dynazty and Nocturnal Rites among others.
 
Line-up on "Saviour":
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals
Victor Olsson - lead guitar, backing vocals
Martin Sweet - rhythm guitar
Nalle Pahlsson - bass
Richard Larsson - keyboards
Jonas Kallsback - drums
Tobias Jansson - backing vocals
Alexander Frisborg - backing vocals
Ron Dahlgren - backing vocals
 
The full-length album will include following artists:
 
Bjorn Strid - Vocals (Soilwork, The Night Flight Orchestra)
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, Herman Frank, At Vance)
Tobias Jansson - Vocals (Saffire)
Apollo Papathanasio - Vocals (Spiritual Beggars, ex-Firewind)
Jens Westin - Vocals (Corroded)
Victor Olsson - Guitars (Saffire)
Stefan Helleblad - Guitar (Within Temptation, Jono)
Martin Sweet - Guitar (Crashdiet, Sister, Sweet Creature)
Erik Martensson - Guitar (Eclipse, W.E.T, Ammunition)
Nalle Pahlsson - Bass (Therion, ex-Treat)
Richard Larsson - Keyboards (The Night Flight Orchestra)
Erik Wiss - Keyboards (Cap Outrun)
Chris Laney - Keyboards (Pretty Maids)
Jonas Kallsback - Drums (The Night Flight Orchestra)
Efrain Larsson - Drums (Streamline, ex-Diamond Dawn)
Robban Back - Drums (Mustasch, W.E.T, ex-Eclipse)
 
YOUTUBE:
FOREVER AND A DAY: https://youtu.be/Mz1XqJj8TAs

 

 
Mon
16
Apr

Best Wishes To JOE LYNN TURNER

 
As you would have heard, JOE LYNN TURNER is undergoing treatment in Belarus after a heart related issue. No updates have been posted, I've sent Joe an email wishing him the best, hopefully he will be cleared and released soon.
 
Mon
16
Apr

DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK Diagnosed With Dementia

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DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK needs help.
 
Jerry has been diagnosed with a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer's and his son has set up a GoFundMe as well as a fundraising event to feature some of Jerrys friends, notably Danny Seraphin formerly of Chicago.
 
 

DAKOTA's JERRY HLUDZIK needs help.
 
Jerry has been diagnosed with a form of dementia similar to Alzheimer's and his son has set up a GoFundMe as well as a fundraising event to feature some of Jerrys friends, notably Danny Seraphin formerly of Chicago.
 
 

 
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16
Apr

Helsinki-based VILE CALIBER Release New Track And Video

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Modern melodic / heavy rock band Vile Caliber from Helsinki have released a new track 'Willpower'. They combine influences from rock/metal classics such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Whitesnake and KISS, and bring it together with a modern twist. 

After releasing their debut album "Tomorrow's For Those Who Dare", the new single leans more towards their heavy metal sound. 

Vile Caliber's Drummer Vesa commented on the new single: "In terms of production and songwriting We have kicked it up a few notches and multiplied everything by a thousandfold. Roaring guitars with fast shredding, thunderous rhythm sections driving forward like a steamroller, with energetic and intense vocals as the icing on top of this heavy metal cake. Enjoy!"

Check the video @ Youtube:

 
 
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Apr

KUNI 'Looking For Action' (Feat. JEFF SCOTT SOTO) & 'Masque' Reissues

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KUNI's cult melodic rock release 'Looking For Action' is back, with a Japanese limited release featuring 2 Bonus Tracks, as well as his debut album 'Masque' will be re-relased June 13.
 
The translated Japanese description reads: "Even after becoming out of production or manufacturing discontinuance, pick up the historical important board of Japanese music that was difficult to obtain even in the second hand market from persevering support and revaluation. Eighteen months after the release of the limited release sessions · album "Masque" with a suddenly super low price, including albums which are traded with high premiere, Jeff Scott Soto who also participated in the album of Yngwie Malmsteen in vocals With sorting, KUNI's heavy metal sound is established."
 
Order with confidence from CD Japan: 
 
 
Fri
13
Apr

Canadian Rockers THUNDERBIRD Strike With 3rd Album

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Canadian Hard Rockers Thunderbird To Release Third Album Feat. Members of Bachman Turner and Lee Aaron
 
'An enticing and ear-bending form of new classic rock is most definitely what Thunderbird have delivered...' - Martin Popoff

Canadian hard rockers Thunderbird are releasing their anticipated self-titled third album on Delinquent Records on April 25, 2018! 'Thunderbird' was recorded in Vancouver BC, produced by Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola and mixed by famed engineer Mike Fraser.

Says lead singer & producer Marc LaFrance, 'The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!'

Musically, the songs are inspired by classic hard rock. Heavy guitars, blistering solos, driving rhythms.

The songs were written during 2016, after the band finished their last album 'Heavyweight'. Recording began for a third album late 2016 at Vancouver's Armoury Studios with famed engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen). Sessions continued through the first half of 2017 at several Vancouver studios with other veteran engineers including Ken Burke, Kris Siegers and Mick Dalla-Vee. The finished album was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.

The band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan was unable to take part this time due to other commitments, and rising young talent Brice Tabish joins Thunderbird on guitar. Rod still makes a welcome appearance with the guitar solo on opening track 'Liar (Fool's Gold)'. Guest musicians on the new album include jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track 'Vampire' arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen.

Thunderbird features:

 
Marc LaFrance (Vocals/Producer)
Very experienced, well-known and highly regarded in the music industry, Marc is not only a singer but also a drummer, songwriter and producer. He records and tours internationally with Randy Bachman and Bachman Turner as well as his own band Cease & Desist. He has contributed to over 100 albums, and countless sessions on recordings by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Loverboy, Glass Tiger, Alice Cooper, Blue Murder, Scorpions, Cher and many others.

Rob Becker (Bass)
Award-winning bassist Rob Becker has been an active part of the Vancouver music scene for decades and maintains a busy schedule of touring and session work. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Colin James, Patricia Conroy, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent and Lee Aaron to name a few. He can be seen performing regularly in the US and Europe and has recently been on stages in Scotland, England and Australia. His extensive background in playing live and in the studio, combined with formal musical training, makes Rob musically versatile.

Kelly Stodola (Drums/Producer)
Kelly is immersed in session work and live performance in many diverse styles and has been heard across North America on alternative college radio and mainstream hard rock stations as well as country television. Credits include Lauren Starchuk, Version 3, The Blue Voodoo, Featherz Edge, The Steve Sainas Band and Magnus Rising. He continues to keep a busy schedule on the Vancouver music scene and looks forward to many more years of making music.

Brice Tabish (Guitars)
Brice Tabish may be only in his mid-twenties, but knows more about classic hard rock and metal than people who were there at the time! He is a real student of the genre and lives and breathes it. Already a seasoned player on the Canadian scene, Brice tours with 'metal queen' Lee Aaron and has recorded with the likes of Andrew Oldham (Rolling Stones). He performs live regularly in the Vancouver area with Las Divas and the John Pippus Band.


Tracks
1.  Liar (Fool's Gold)
2.  Little Jenny
3.  Star
4.  Rain
5.  Into the Sun
6.  Painted Lady
7.  Revolution
8.  Man of Clay
9.  I'm with You
10. On the Brink
11. King Rat
12. Vampire

The songs and lyrics will be available after release on the band's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNOMFBYJuT5gAqSdmKOOyw/playlists?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=1

Here's what the press have already said about Thunderbird:

'Aggressive energy and raw edge...Hard rocking and based on some smoking riffing' - Music Street Journal (USA)

'Hard rock veterans, Thunderbird are keeping the genre alive and well, and are doing so with original, hand-crafted material.' - The Ark of Music (USA)

'Hit all the right buttons' - Hallowed (Sweden)

'Thunderbird electrifies...Hits hard...There's no lack of breakneck drumming, smashing cymbals, or face melting solos...The band shows versatility on every track, while always remaining true to their clear brand of sound.' - Indie Band Guru (USA)

'Buckle your seat belt...A refreshing sound that harkens back to the glory days of hard rock music...helping to keep the torch burning for fans that still crave that classic rock sound that will never die.' - Metal Nexus (USA)

'In-your-face attitude...Hard rocking riffs abound...Back-to-the-roots shot of adrenaline fueled heavy rock to leave you wanting more. We can't wait to see what Thunderbird do next.' - Rock Hard (UK)

'Thunderbird know how to rock and they do it with style.' - Middle Tennessee Music (USA)

'Blasting through your speakers with riffage of AC/DC-level intensity...The guitar is chunky and virtuosic, the drums thunderous with machine-gun-like fills.' - Coyote Music (USA)

In closing the band has this to say to their fans worldwide, 'Keep on Rockin'!'

To purchase Thunderbird's new CD: https://www.amazon.com/Thunderbird-Explicit/dp/B07BNCNQKW
For more information: http://facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband

 
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AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM 'Tectonic' Delivery June 8

Friday, June 8, 2018
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the new studio album, "Tectonic" from Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM on June 8.
 
Best known for her collaborations with various high profile European metal bands like Avantasia, Epica, KAMELOT, After Forever, and her amazing musical partnership with Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske under the Kiske/Somerville banner, Amanda Somerville is easily one of the most sought after and gifted female vocalists of the current hard rock and metal scene. With a vocal range from tenor to soprano and a stylistically diverse singing ability, Amanda’s voice is well suited for multiple styles, but this new TRILLIUM album is firmly rooted in the metal genre, thanks also to the creative contribution from Amanda’s husband, former After Forever and HDK guitarist Sander Gommans. 
 
"Where [Trillium debut album] “Alloy” was rather dark and moody and restless, Tectonic is on the whole more uplifting and full of strength and character, though it’s just as full of emotion,” explains Amanda. "My life was shaken up by figurative earthquakes through several elements shifting in recent years and that’s what this album represents. It’s a challenge to make an album that’s musically heavy without being dragged down by melancholy, but that’s what Sander and I set out to do from the beginning and it worked out beautifully!”
 
Amanda continues, “The core and essence of Tectonic is very personal and comes, basically, from the hearts and minds of a singer and a guitar player and I think that’s very apparent when you listen to the songs. Sander and I didn’t want to overthink things and over-complicate the songs. There’s definitely some bombast in there because we both have a love of keyboard arrangements, but they don’t rule the roost here. Also, the only guest performances are by good friends from my hometown in Flint, Michigan who also played live with me solo and with Trillium, and also some great mates and colleagues of Sander’s, so it’s really a “family” kind of album. We tried to keep things simple, and yet I think it’s anything but low-key!”
 
Today, the first song and video, "Time To Shine" from the album has been premiered - click on the image to enjoy!
 
"The focus for the video was something where I wanted to show the essence of the album’s hopeful and uplifting spirit. “Time To Shine” depicts that positivity while maintaining a serious, hard-edge vibe, so it’s a good combination of the elements that I love about Tectonic. Besides being autobiographical, I feel like this is a song that says, “OK, I’ve arrived and it’s where I want to be: here I am, now let’s keep it going,” says Amanda. 
 
Fans of Trillium’s debut album, “ALLOY” as well as artists like The Dark Element, Tarja, Cellar Darling, Lacuna Coil, and the like will find much to enjoy in this beautiful new record! 
 

 
1. Time To Shine
2. Stand Up
3. Full Speed Ahead
4. Hit Me
5. Fighting Fate
6. Nocturna
7. Fatal Mistake
8. Shards
9. Cliché Freak Show
10. Eternal Spring
 
Produced by Amanda Somerville & Sander Gommans
 
Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM are:
Amanda Somerville - vocals
Sander Gommans - guitars & bass
Erik Van Ittersum - keyboards
Andre Borgman - drums
 
Except on:
“Full Speed Ahead”: bass by Mark Burnash, 2nd guitar solo by Paul Owsinski 
 
 
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13
Apr

HARDLINE Extend European Tour

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HARDLINE EXTENDS  25th ANNIVERSARY TOUR THROUGH DECEMBER 
 
Following last year’s successful Human Nature tour and selected 25th anniversary shows, frontman Johnny Gioeli has announced that Hardline will continue to tour in celebration of the anniversary of the band’s debut album, Double Eclipse.   The debut album which included Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo of Journey has long been considered a melodic hard rock classic, and shows are being planned into 2019 throughout Europe.  This year’s shows will highlight songs from the 1992 debut album Double Eclipse as well as fan favorites throughout the band’s five albums.  Gioeli says “Fans can expect to see us dig deeper into Double Eclipse as well as the other four albums.  We can never play it all, but we do want to listen to fan requests.  As an artist you can never forget or take for granted the fact that the fans put you where you are. “
 
The band will play three UK dates this summer along with the Masters of Rock Festival in the Czech Republic.  There is a mini German tour in December with support from Spanish bands Xtasy and DeVicious.  There will be more dates for the fall and winter announced soon.  Gioeli will also be a part of the upcoming “Bonfire & Friends Legends Tour” in November which will tour throughout Germany, performing select classic songs each night from the Hardline catalogue.  
 
 
Confirmed Hardline dates for 2018 are posted below.
 
6/1         Sheffield (UK) – Corporation
6/2         Pontypridd, Wales (UK) - Muni Arts Centre
7/13       Wolverhampton (UK) – The Robin 2
7/14       Vizovice (CZ) – Masters of Rock Festival
12/1       Jönköping (SE) -- Denim & Leather Rock Club
12/6       Hamburg (DE) – Logo
12/7       Bochum (DE) – Rockpalast
12/8       Morlenbach (DE) – Live Music Hall
12/9       Munich (DE) - Backstage
 
Video from the 2017 tour can be seen here:  

 

 
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MASS 'When 2 World's Collide' Arrives May

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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Track List: Just Can’t Deny (3:56) / Only A Dream (4:15) / Falling In Love (4:56) / Alive (4:31) / Second Hand Rose (5:06) / Turn it Over (4:08) / Revenge for the Maiden (3:36) / Some Time Ago (4:35) / Stand Alone (4:01) / Time Marches On (4:52) / When 2 Worlds Collide (5:47)
 
Louis St August - Lead & Backing Vocals
Gene D’Itria - Guitars
Joey “Vee” Vadala - Drums & Percussion
Michael Palumbo - Bass & Vocals
 
Guests: Jeremy Heussi - all keyboards, strings, etc / Michael Sweet - lead solo “Stand Alone”
Brian J Anthony: Mandolin, Acoustic Guitars, and Keyboards on Second Hand Rose
 
Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Artwork by: Nello Dell’Omo
 
Boston’s hard rock legends Mass have had numerous accomplishments over the years but most notably is the selling of over half a million albums worldwide!
 
Mass are legends in the USA and have a good strong following in Europe where they have released eight studio albums on labels such as A&M, RCA, Enigma and of course Escape Music. They have worked with such producers as Tom Allom (Judas Priest), Jon Mathias (Joe Cocker), Tony Platt (Cheap Trick / Led Zep) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) who has also contributed to this very release. They have toured with Scorpions, Cinderella, Molly Hatchet, Tesla, The Ramones, Kix, Vince Neil to name but a few-. 
 
Mass first started recording music in the early eighties and since then have released 7 studio recordings and with “When 2 Worlds Collide” this will be their 8th studio album. Their music can only be described as Melodic Hard Rock of the highest order; they certainly have a pedigree in this type of music and they hail from Boston too, home of the band of the very same name! In fact Louis from Mass has sung on the Boston album “Love, Life and Hope”. 
 
Mass are an institution and if you are still unfamiliar with their music then this is a time to put things right. This new album is riddled with classic tunes that every 
melodic hard rock fan would want to hear if you love the hard edged US rock sound. These guys are the best in their field, go and check them out.
 
 
 
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Apr

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - Struck By Lightning (Showcase)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Struck By Lightning
Produced By: 
Jona Tee
Release Date: 
April 30
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - Struck By Lightning ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard have signed with Melodic Rock Records for the release of their new studio album ‘Struck By Lightning’, coming worldwide April 25.
 
The first single and video from the album “All The Pain”, is out now, with the new video 'Dead End Street' making it's debut now:

The new album sees a switch in musical direction for the band, unleashing a wave of powerful new anthemic, pure melodic rock songs.
 
“It’s an honor to work with such enthusiastic champions of our genre.” says bassist Robert Majd.
 

 
In the summer of 2017 Captain Black Beard entered the studio to write a new chapter in the bands history. Robert Majd and Christian Ek along with new lead singer Liv Hansson as well as producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.E.A.T) pretty much reinvented the band’s sound.
 
The album that was recorded is called ‘Struck By Lightning’ and features a fresh dose of high energy melodic rock. From the instant catchiness of the opening track “All The Pain” to the heavy closing of “Straight Out Of Hell”, the band combines their AOR influences with their hard rock roots.
 
“This is a tremendous album and I’m really excited for the guys,” states MRR owner Andrew McNeice. “They’ve created a great new sound that brings together everything I love about music – killer songs, big production and hooks and harmonies everywhere. This album is going to put the guys on the map.”
 
Captain Black Beard was formed in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was named one of the "Albums Of The Year" by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock. The follow-up "Before Plastic" featured guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt). In 2016 the band released "It's a Mouthful" and toured with Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple), Robin Beck, House Of Lords and performed at the festival Hard Rock Hell AOR for the second time in their career.
 
A release party will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 9th of May. Check out the bands website or facebook-page for all the latest news: www.facebook.com/CaptainBlackBeardBand / www.CaptainBlackBeard.net
 
“Struck By Lightning” will be released via Melodic Rock Records on April 25.
 

 
 
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Apr

STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain (Showcase)

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thunder And Rain
Produced By: 
StoneLake
Release Date: 
April 30
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
 
 
It is with great pleasure that MelodicRock Records announces the signing of Swedish hard rockers StoneLake for the release of their new studio release ‘Thunder And Rain’.
 
It is the third release in a partnership with StoneLake’s founder Jan Akesson, following previous albums from S.A.Y and Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
This will be StoneLake’s seventh album and their first in 5 years. The band might have a new updated logo, but ‘Thunder And Rain’ is an album of classic StoneLake you know and love – high octane guitar riffs, pounding rhythm section and layers of vocals and keyboards brining the melody.
 
Bound to appeal to fans of Swedish hard rock, TNT and Yngwie Malmsteen and the like…
 

 
 
 
Jan Akesson comments: “We are happy to announce the release of our 7th album "Thunder and Rain" through Melodic Rock Records! After a break of nearly 5 years it's great to have finished the work of an album that we are very proud of!”
 
Vocalist Peter Gundstrom: “With this work we are back to the roots where we once started off with melodic songs, harmonies and riffs like the old school! Everything comes from heart and soul and I am very humble still to be able and deliver what I love!”
 
Jan concludes: “To release this album is great because this means that we are back for the future again! We feel that the songwriting and production gets better all the time and this have no ending as long as we love what we are doing! We would also like to thank Andrew for believing in us and that our cooperation goes on and on!”
 
STONELAKE IS:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals, Backing Vocals
Jan Akesson - Guitars – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced By: Jan Akesson
Recorded, Mixed And Mastered By: Jan Akesson AT UMP Unlimited Music Production
 
 
'Thunder And Rain' will be released April 25 on MelodicRock Records. Pre-order available shortly.
 
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AOR Heaven May Releases - IMPERIUM & FRONTLINE

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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AOR HEAVEN have most recently inked a new deal with Finnish Hard Rock prject IMPERIUM and will release their new album “Beyond The Stars” on May 25. On the same day, the former Japanese only release from German Melodic Rock group FRONTLINE, “Heroes”, will be released outside of Japan for the first time. This record will be ltd. to 1000 CD copies only and was remastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
 

Band: Imperium - Beyond The Stars
Release date: 25.05.2018
Label: AOR Heaven
 
 
Imperium is the solo project of drummer Mika Brushane. Mika has been playing drums and percussion in various bands since 1981 in all genres from jazz to metal and composed songs for different genres - and this legacy of mixed genres can be heard in the IMPERIUM sound! The music is Melodic Rock which has a big dose of 80’s feel and sounds in it.
 
The project started in 2012 when Mika composed a new track for the new STRIKE record “We’re back” and realized that there was more songs in him that needed to be released. In 2016, the debut album by IMPERIUM, “Dreamhunter”, saw the light of day on  AOR Heaven.
In IMPERIUM, Mika is in charge of the song-writing and playing all drums, bass, keyboards and the backing vocals. All lead vocals and guitars are performed by various very talented musicians from the rock/metal scene. 
Also the album’s post production was handled by top professionals, i.e. it was  mixed by Erkka Korhonen (Dark Sarah, Urban Tale, Northern Kings, Ari Koivunen, Raskasta Joulua) and mastered by the legendary Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of bodom, Stratovarius, HIM etc.) “Beyond The Stars” was produced and mostly recorded during 2017-2018 by Mika himself at his Groovehouse studio in Vantaa, Finland.
 
IMPERIUM is: Mika Brushane - Music, lyrics, drums, vst-bass, keyboards and backing vocals, Erkka Korhonen - Guitars, Samuli Federley - Guitars, Toni Huovinen - Guitars, Susanna Eronen - Backing vocals, Sini Heinilä - Backing vocals
Guest stars on “Beyond the stars”: Dennis Ward - Lead & backing vocals (Gus G, Khymera, Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Sunstrom, etc.); Markku Kuikka - Lead & backing vocals (Crow’s Flight, Agonizer, Kenziner, The Ragged Saints, Status Minor, etc.); Antti Railio - Lead & backing vocals (The Voice of Finland winner, Ex-Celesty, Solo artist, Raskasta Joulua tour etc.), Rob Lundgren - Lead & backing vocals, (solo artist, The Midgard project, Barque of Dante, etc.)
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
 

 

Band: Frontline - Heroes
Release date: 25.05.2018
Label: AOR Heaven
 
 
FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 - a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.
 
In 1995,  FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album -Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas -Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.
 
One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums -and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.
 
Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.
 
On May 25th 2018, AOR Heaven now will re-issue the former Japanese only release “Heroes” as limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was  re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
 
 
 
 

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