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Wed
08
Mar

BAI BANG - Rock Of Life (Showcase)

Artist: 
Rock Of Life
Produced By: 
Bai Bang
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
German label AOR Heaven will release the new album by Swedish Melodic Hard Rock band BAI BANG, “Rock Of Life”, and the debut by fellow Swedish rockers ROCKETT LOVE, “Grab The Rocket”, on April 28.
 
 

Bai Bang is a powerful Hard Rock act from Sweden featuring Diddi Kastenholt on lead vocals, Oskar Wennberg on drums, Filip Wilhelmsson on guitar and Christoffer Svensson on bass. Being a touring band, the Swedes have played many tours in Europe, Canada, Japan and the USA and big festivals including Wacken Open Air in Germany, Sweden Rock festival & Rocklahoma in the USA. Bai Bang appeared as special guest to Alice Cooper, DIO, Ratt, Bai Bang and shared stages with bands like Saxon, Axel Rudi Pell, Pretty Maids, LA Guns, Pretty Maids and many more.
 
Due to a lot of shows and tours during the last years it took some time to finish the new album. In 2015, Bai Bang played shows in nine countries and in 2016 in eight countries to promote the 2013 release “All Around The World”.
 
The brand new album and 8th studio release in total, “Rock Of Life”, will be out on AOR Heaven in April 2017. “Rock Of Life” was produced by Diddi Kastenholt and Pontus Assarsson and recorded at Sunshine Explosion Studios except for the drums which were recorded at Sound Center Studios in Helsingborg, Sweden and engineered by Lala Larsson and Micke Larsson. Martin Kronlund at JM Studios was again in charge of the mastering.
 
Live dates:
28.04. N-Oslo, Hard Rock Café
03.08. D-Wacken, Wacken Open Air
25.-26.08. S-Engelholm, Rock It Festival
02.-03.09. UK-Sheffield, Academy, Hard Rock Hell
 
Discography: Enemy Lines (1988), Cop To Con  (1992), Riding High (1996),  Attitude (2001), Best Of Bai Bang (2006), Are You Ready (2009), Living My Dream (2011), All Around The World (2013), Rock Of Life (2017)
 
 
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Tue
03
May

AOR Heaven June Releases Announced: WICKMAN ROAD & FEATHERSTONE

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AOR HEAVEN will release the debut albums by Melodic Rock acts FEATHERSTONE, “Northern Rumble”, and WICKMAN ROAD, “After The Rain”, on June 24. Both bands are from Sweden.
 
    
 
Swedish melodic rock act FEATHERSTONE was founded by songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Rikard Quist in 2012. After writing for and playing with bands including Gypsy Rose, Don Patrol, Last Autumn´s Dream, White Wolf and Bangalore Choir for several years, he decided to focus his efforts on creating a masterpiece he could call his own.
Collaborating with friend and talented singer Lars Boden (Appearance), and with the addition of heavy drummer Niklas Osterlund (Headplate), Rikard found the melody and power needed and FEATHERSTONE quickly found its feet. More importantly it found its sound and, with the addition of British lyricist Jon Wilde (who Rikard had written with previously), the songs found their words.
 
The FEATHERSTONE album was written, recorded and produced by Rikard Quist in his own studio ”Eastern Palette Studio” in Gothenburg. Niklas and his thunderous drums were added thanks to the recording talents of Daniel Granstedt at Don Graniolo Sound Studio. The final mix and incredible mastering work was made by renowned and skilled engineer Martin Kronlund at JM Recording Studio.
The debut album ”Northern Rumble” from FEATHERSTONE contains 10 strong and timeless melodic rock songs filled with epic choruses, soaring melodies and ample overdriven power to keep you coming back again and again. It’s a musical journey from the 1970´s, the 1980´s, through the 1990´s right up until today.
 
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
 
 
Wickman Road is a young Swedish Melodic Rock Band with origins from the small town Rydaholm.
 
Henrik, Carl and Robert had been playing music together for years, but it was not until Eric joined up as a singer in 2011 that they grew an ambition to start a band for real. The two pair of brothers wrote several songs during the early stage and struggled to realize their ambition. The missing piece was added when Simon joined the band in 2014 and Wickman Road was officially born.
 
With Simon as the drummer, the band was provided with the spark needed to start their journey towards the debut album. Inspired by the AOR genre they started to write music in the true spirit of Melodic Rock, with their own touch of modern sound.
In the fall of 2015, eleven songs were recorded with the helpful hand of Producer Ola af Trampe at Studio 165. The recordings were done with great enthusiasm and resulted in Wickman Road’s first album “After the Rain”. 
 
For Wickman Road this album really is about getting past the struggles of doubt and finding your own way. With lyrics inspired by the band members’ own journey, Wickman Road is here to make their mark in the world of music.
The album was mixed and mastered by Ola af Trampe at Studio 165, Växjö, Sweden.
 
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
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Fri
29
Jan

GRAND SLAM - A New Dawn (Showcase)

Artist: 
A New Dawn
Produced By: 
Erik Wiss
Release Date: 
January 29
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
Grand Slam was founded in 2007 in Malmö, Sweden, by drummer Andy Swaniz (ex-Quadruple), with the aim to appeal to a wide audience with their melodic rock style.
Bassist Henrik Hansson (ex-Hollywood) got on board the same year and songwriter Peter Alpenborg was brought in to get the ball rolling. There have been several lineup changes over the years, as well as a number of musicians hired only for specific recordings or gigs.
 
Up until spring of 2010, the focus had been exclusively on studio recordings, but now it was time for the band to do a stage debut. The debut was made in "Grand"-style, with an appearance in the TV-show "Talang", Sweden's equivalent of "Britain's Got Talent", with over one million viewers.
 
Later that year, the band was joined by keyboardist Daniel Grönberg Svensson who also started contributing to the songwriting, and guitarist Thomas Klintberg.
In the summer of 2012, Grand Slam found the perfect lead singer and frontman for the band, Andy Sinner (ex-Trash Queen). With the addition of two female backing singers, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, Grand Slam was now ready to go out and perform for a live audience.
They entered the worldwide contest Emergenza and made it to the regional finals. The band continued to play live during the summer and autumn of 2013, gathering a strong fan-following.
 
There was still something missing, and the void was filled by the addition of another guitarist, Andreas Gullstrand. The backup vocalists, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, decided to leave the band that same year.
In 2014, Grand Slam went into the studio to record a three-song EP, "Waiting For Tomorrow", which received considerable attention worldwide. The EP was recorded and produced by Erik Wiss in Peekroom Studios.
Guitarist Thomas Klintberg left the band shortly thereafter, and the remaining band members signed a contract with AOR Heaven to release Grand Slam's debut album, "A New Dawn". Erik Wiss was once again brought in to record the album, which is best described as a well-balanced mix of the original and new Grand Slam sound.
 
 
 
Andy Sinner – Lead Vocals
Andreas Gullstrand – Guitar
Andy Swaniz – Drums
Henrik Hansson – Bass Daniel
Grönberg Svensson – Keyboards
 

 

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Release Year: 
2015
 
Fri
29
Jan

WIGELIUS - Tabula Rasa (Showcase)

Artist: 
Tabula Rasa
Produced By: 
Erik Wigelius
Release Date: 
January 29
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock / AOR
 
Wigelius was formed in late 2011 by Anders Wigelius, after doing a Swedish tv show that gained him a record deal with Frontiers Records. The idea at the time was to deliver 80's rock with a modern twist. What it became was a heartfelt brotherhood of people that really love good music. It was all about the love for the music and having fun.
 
When Reinventions was released in 2012, it got immediate attention from the AOR-scene and the expectations on the sophomore release have been very high. To really get the right sound this time around, the band decided to trust the production in the talented hands of their own Erik Wigelius. This also made the process of making the album very creative, with everybody working together on the songs in the studio. Letting all voices be heard, maximizing the potential in each song.
 
Erik and his brother Anders are also responsible for the production of Care of Night's debut album Connected and has produced many artists and bands all over the world.
Tabula Rasa is latin for "Blank slate" and as a title for this album it couldn't be more fitting. The idea is to show the world how Wigelius really sound, by keeping everything that was great about the first album, and the genre, but taking it one step further.
 
With Patrik joining, it gave an extra shot in the arm for the band, and finally it feels like all the pieces are together. It's a very diverse album, ranging between influences collected over many years. There are a lot of flavours to be heard in the songs, making the album hard to place in a single genre.
Wigelius is the love child of it's members, and they promise a great future with more releases in the years to come.
 
 
Mixed & mastered by Erik Wigelius
Produced by Erik Wigelius
Co-Produced by Anders Wigelius and Jakob Svensson
 
Discography
2012 - Reinventions
2016 - Tabula Rasa
 
Anders Wigelius - Vocals
Jakob Svensson - Guitars
Erik Wigelius - Drums
Patrik Janson - Bass

 

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Release Year: 
2015
 
Tue
17
Nov

AOR HEAVEN January 29 Releases Announced: WIGELIUS & GRAND SLAM

Artist: 
German Melodic Rock label AOR HEAVEN will continue to release fine Melodic Rock sounds from Sweden on January 29th, 2016 in the form of the new albums by GRAND SLAM and WIGELIUS.
 

To watch some videos in advance, click here:

 


 
Product: Wigelius - Tabula Rasa
Release date: 29.01.2016

Label: AOR Heaven

 

Wigelius was formed in late 2011 by Anders Wigelius, after doing a Swedish tv show that gained him a record deal with Frontiers Records. The idea at the time was to deliver 80's rock with a modern twist. What it became was a heartfelt brotherhood of people that really love good music. It was all about the love for the music and having fun.
 

When Reinventions was released in 2012, it got immediate attention from the AOR-scene and the expectations on the sophomore release have been very high. To really get the right sound this time around, the band decided to trust the production in the talented hands of their own Erik Wigelius. This also made the process of making the album very creative, with everybody working together on the songs in the studio. Letting all voices be heard, maximizing the potential in each song.

Erik and his brother Anders are also responsible for the production of Care of Night's debut album Connected and has produced many artists and bands all over the world.
 

Tabula Rasa is latin for "Blank slate" and as a title for this album it couldn't be more fitting. The idea is to show the world how Wigelius really sound, by keeping everything that was great about the first album, and the genre, but taking it one step further.
 

With Patrik joining, it gave an extra shot in the arm for the band, and finally it feels like all the pieces are together. It's a very diverse album, ranging between influences collected over many years. There are a lot of flavours to be heard in the songs, making the album hard to place in a single genre.
 
Wigelius is the love child of it's members, and they promise a great future with more releases in the years to come.
 

 
Soundfiles in advance:
 

Product: Grand Slam - A New Dawn

Release date: 29.01.2016

Label: AOR Heaven

 
 

Grand Slam was founded in 2007 in Malmö, Sweden, by drummer Andy Swaniz (ex-Quadruple), with the aim to appeal to a wide audience with their melodic rock style.

Bassist Henrik Hansson (ex-Hollywood) got on board the same year and songwriter Peter Alpenborg was brought in to get the ball rolling. There have been several lineup changes over the years, as well as a number of musicians hired only for specific recordings or gigs.
 
Up until spring of 2010, the focus had been exclusively on studio recordings, but now it was time for the band to do a stage debut. The debut was made in "Grand"-style, with an appearance in the TV-show "Talang", Sweden's equivalent of "Britain's Got Talent", with over one million viewers.
 

Later that year, the band was joined by keyboardist Daniel Grönberg Svensson who also started contributing to the songwriting, and guitarist Thomas Klintberg.

In the summer of 2012, Grand Slam found the perfect lead singer and frontman for the band, Andy Sinner (ex-Trash Queen). With the addition of two female backing singers, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, Grand Slam was now ready to go out and perform for a live audience.

They entered the worldwide contest Emergenza and made it to the regional finals.

The band continued to play live during the summer and autumn of 2013, gathering a strong fan-following.

There was still something missing, and the void was filled by the addition of another guitarist, Andreas Gullstrand. The backup vocalists, Ivana Papak and Lina Vernblom, decided to leave the band that same year.

In 2014, Grand Slam went into the studio to record a three-song EP, "Waiting For Tomorrow", which received considerable attention worldwide. The EP was recorded and produced by Erik Wiss in Peekroom Studios.

Guitarist Thomas Klintberg left the band shortly thereafter, and the remaining band members signed a contract with AOR Heaven to release Grand Slam's debut album, "A New Dawn".
Erik Wiss was once again brought in to record the album, which is best described as a well-balanced mix of the original and new Grand Slam sound.
 

Official website: www.grandslamsweden.com
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
Categories: 
Release Year: 
2015
 
Fri
25
Sep

AOR Heaven Video Launch - CWF, MAJOR INSTINCT, SKINTRADE

CWF (Champlin, Williams, Friestedt)
 
Champlin, Williams, Friestedt (CWF) will release first single and video from the coming CWF album for the song “Aria”! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JkJDZuPDPA
 
The digital single “Aria” will be released on Oct. 5th in advance and is taken from the coming CWF-album which is simply entitled “CWF”. The full CD will be released on 23.10.2015 by AOR Heaven.
 

SKINTRADE
     
 
Swedish Hard Rock act SKINTRADE have released a video clip for the song “Wide Awake”. http://youtu.be/YmbGXGE6ZKs
 
The track can be found on their current AOR Heaven release “Scarred For Life”.
 

MAJOR INSTINCT
After 25 years, seven highly critically acclaimed albums, charting and international touring, M.ILL.ION founder, main songwriter and bass guitarist B.J Laneby decided to put the band to rest. Now he’s back with a super strong, exciting new band called MAJOR INSTINCT from Gothenburg, Sweden! Handpicked musicians of the greatest calibre and a BAND, not a project! We’re talking classic hard rock with inspiration from the 70’s and early 80’s, huge melodies and real instruments used, autotuners not!
 
The first digital single and video "High Five” is released on September 30th  - a positive rock´n roll song about belonging and fighting together...be it the team, the band, the couple or "just" human beings overall. Suitable in these dark times...
The first  MAJOR INSTINCT album "Roots & Wings" will be released on November 27 in Europe by AOR Heaven.
 
But for now: It’s High Five time!  Do you have the instinct? The major one!?"
The video clip for the single “High Five” is found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E7CY79FyUQ&feature=youtu.be
 
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Wed
11
Feb

AOR Heaven Signs WIGELIUS, ART NATION and GRAND SLAM

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German AOR/Melodic Rock label AOR Heaven has added a couple of new bands to its rooster: WIGELIUS, ART NATION and ART NATION. All three bands are currently working on their new albums which all will be released later this year.

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The new yet untitled album by Swedish AOR band WIGELIUS is scheduled for a release in Summer 2015. Band leader Erik Wigelius says: “The new album is all about having fun and making the best modern sounding AOR music! And we have achieved that. We can't wait to get the new album out for you guys!“

Here comes a clip in advance:

Wigelius - Time Well Wasted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAxgKl9vAJI

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Alexander Strandell (ex Diamond Dawn) takes ART NATION to a whole new level with new fantastic musicians and killer songs.

The band has plans to tour around Sweden and Europe in the near future. The single "One Is Better Than No One" has become an explosion in the rock n roll world and compares with bands like Europe, Toto and H.e.a.t.

Art Nation is: Alexander Strandell - Vocals, Christoffer Borg - Guitars, Johan Gustavsson - Guitars, Simon Gudmundsson - Bass, Theodor Hedstrom - Keyboards, Carl Tudén - Drums

Please watch the video for their single “One Is Better Than No One” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4U44RMPIVI

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GRAND SLAM are another new force to reckon with! The melodic rockers from Sweden are about to release their debut album in the fall 2015. It will be a record with powerful songs where heavy riffs will be combined with melodies that will stick in your head the first time you hear the songs. Here's a teaser on what to expect from the new album. We give you "Face":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhW-LLRQjy8
  

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Tue
03
Feb

AOR Heaven Signs WINDSOR DRIVE For European Debut

Artist: 

The March 27th, 2015 release from AOR HEAVEN is US band WINDSOR DRIVE.
 
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, D, 2015)
 
 
Sound files in advance:
 

 
Line-Up: Kipp Wilde - Vocals / Keys, Daniel Sukow - Guitar / Vocals, Jon Wasleske - Bass, Owen Jones - Drums
 
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Fri
12
Sep

ANGELS OR KINGS - Kings Of Nowhere (Showcase)

Kings of Nowhere
Produced By: 
Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart
Release Date: 
October 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock

 

If ever there was an eighties group of totally obscure proportions, then A.O.K fitted that bill perfectly. Founded in Manchester, England in 1988, they were made up of ex members of Sam Thunder, Circus and Strutz, to name a few, and tore it up on Oxford Road - Manchester’s answer to Sunset Strip – playing the Banshee and Rockworld and as opener in larger venues for Dare and Danger Danger. Their history is well documented in Tony Bell’s excellent book “Life In The Bus Lane”.

In the late eighties, early nineties they stood shoulder to shoulder with a plethora of unsigned acts, ultimately doomed to a life of obscurity.
 
A slew of promising demos quickly followed. Setting up camp in Shabby Road studios, the journey towards their debut album began in earnest. With the basics intact, and with original Drummer, Andy Chemmey, along for the ride, they moved to Mad Hat studios (Magnum) and under the guidance of Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart, they put the finishing touches to “The Kings Of Nowhere”.
 
They are the people’s band – winning a fan voted appearance at this year’s final Firefest proved that – and they deserve your utmost attention. They were stripped down to a final 10 who were then played on the Steve Price radio show. A final three made it through to a final. A.O.K. won, achieving over 3,500 votes. They have also just been added to Hard Rock Hell festival in March 2015 which is being headlined by Night Ranger.

It’s a little over twenty years since they called it a day, but these kings of nowhere are here to stay this time. They’ve loved and lost along the way but that’s just put some grit under their fingernails, enabling them to provide an album that is both honest and real. This is British songwriting at its absolute best!
 

 

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Mon
25
Aug

AOR Heaven Announces BULLETRAIN & ANGELS OR KINGS For October

AOR Heaven’s October 24 releases from BULLETRAIN and ANGELS OR KINGS have been announced, with the details as follows:
 
 
     
 
If ever there was an eighties group of totally obscure proportions, then A.O.K fitted that bill perfectly. Founded in Manchester, England in 1988, they were made up of ex members of Sam Thunder, Circus and Strutz, to name a few, and tore it up on Oxford Road - Manchester’s answer to Sunset Strip – playing the Banshee and Rockworld and as opener in larger venues for Dare and Danger Danger. Their history is well documented in Tony Bell’s excellent book “Life In The Bus Lane”.
In the late eighties, early nineties they stood shoulder to shoulder with a plethora of unsigned acts, ultimately doomed to a life of obscurity.
 
A slew of promising demos quickly followed. Setting up camp in Shabby Road studios, the journey towards their debut album began in earnest. With the basics intact, and with original Drummer, Andy Chemmey, along for the ride, they moved to Mad Hat studios (Magnum) and under the guidance of Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart, they put the finishing touches to “The Kings Of Nowhere”.
 
They are the people’s band – winning a fan voted appearance at this year’s final Firefest proved that – and they deserve your utmost attention. They were stripped down to a final 10 who were then played on the Steve Price radio show. A final three made it through to a final. A.O.K. won, achieving over 3,500 votes. They have also just been added to Hard Rock Hell festival in March 2015 which is being headlined by Night Ranger.
 
It’s a little over twenty years since they called it a day, but these kings of nowhere are here to stay this time. They’ve loved and lost along the way but that’s just put some grit under their fingernails, enabling them to provide an album that is both honest and real. This is British songwriting at its absolute best!
 
 
Line-up: Rob Naylor – bass, Steve Kenny – guitars, keyboards, Baz Jackson – vocals, Tony Bell – guitars
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
 

 
       
 
Bulletrain was founded back in 2006 by guitarist Mattias Persson and drummer Jonas Tillheden in the suburbs of Helsingborg, Sweden. Led by their dreams they found like-minded people with singer Robert Lindell, bassist Tim Svalö and guitarist Adam Börvall who later was replaced by the guitarist Robin Bengtsson. Bulletrain released their first EP "Johnny Gonebad" on their own in 2007. The record was produced by Klas Ideberg, the guitarist of the Swedish thrash metal band Darkane. "Johnny Gonebad" was well received and the band expanded its fan base by playing along with bands such as Crashdïet, Bullet and Crazy Lixx.
 
Dedicated to achieve their dreams Bulletrain entered the studio again to record their second EP;  this time again with Klas Ideberg behind the mixing board. "Turn It Up!" was the result and the album was released in the early autumn of 2009. "Turn It Up!" gave the group plenty of speed and gigs followed one another. Influential webzine SleazeRoxx.com gave the album a big thumb up. In 2010, having made it through their first real setback due to Tim Svalö’s departure with the replacement by Emil Lundberg Bulletrain, the year began with playing at the Rest In Sleaze festival in Stockholm. A one-day festival in memory of the late singer of CrashDïet, Dave Lepard. This was a great honor for the group since Dave Lepard was a great inspiration to everyone in the band.
 
That show gave many ripples including a tour in Italy in the autumn of the same year and a very encouraging email by the "godfather" of Swedish sleaze, Chris Laney. Chris had heard of the group and as he is a Helsingborg native, he wanted to take the band under his wings and offered to produce their debut single. Of course the band accepted his offer and they recorded the single "Even with my eyes closed" with the b-side "Take me to the sun" in "Polar Studios" in Stockholm, July 2010.
 
Bass player on the recordings was Nalle Påhlsson from the Swedish band Therion since Emil Lundberg sadly chose  to leave the group the day before departure to Stockholm. The single "Even with my eyes closed" caught the interest of Georg Siegl at the record company AOR Heaven who offered to sign the group and release its debut album which also was supposed to be produced by Chris Laney. Several years out of hard work finally started to pay off. Just when the band was about to sign the record contract and have had a dream to come true,  singer Robet Lindell chose to leave the band. There and then they tumbled at the finish line. The record deal was lost and the album recording never happened. A few tough years came for the group and for a short time, they had the talented Mike Palace from Stockholm as frontman. Unfortunately, the distance that they had, had them to end the collaboration.
 
Bulletrain began to work with their debut album which they decided to produce themselves. Meanwhile they recorded they were looking for a singer and finally found him in the Växjö native Sebastian Sundberg.  In June 2013, the band played their first gig in over a year which also was the debut gig with Sebastian. The venue was The Tivoli in Helsingborg which the group sees like home. That night Niklas Månsson did his first show as the new bass player in Bulletrain.
 
In December 2013 the band went to Stockholm to record the voclas for their debut with the producer duo RamPac, who have produced CrashDïets "Generation Wild" and worked with Mötley Crüe's Mick Mars among others. The result was better than what they hoped for and was also a start for a collaboration. The album was ready to be mixed by Buster Odeholm from the extreme metal band "Humanity's Last Breath". In the summer of 2014 Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven decided to give the group a second chance and offered to release their debut album, "Start Talking".
 
 
Line-up: Sebastian Sundberg (vocals), Mattias Persson (lead guitars), Robin Bengtsson (rh. guitars), Jonas Tillheden (drums), Niklas Månsson (bass)
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
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Wed
13
Aug

GRAND DESIGN - Thrill Of The Night (Showcase)

Artist: 
Thrill Of The Night
Produced By: 
Grand Desgn
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
September 26
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009.  The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”
 
Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”.
Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.
 
In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band continued playing shows and festivals, building a solid following.

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut in the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild.
 
Early 2014 Grand Design started working on the third album, and we are now proud to present the band’s third outing: Thrill Of The Night. This album has definitely taken the band to a whole new level, musically, song wise and regarding production. The band is packed with potential hits and choruses that you will wake up in the middle of the night singing! Sorry about that, but that’s how it is. From the opening chords of U Got Me Good, followed by the anthem rocker “Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack”, to up-tempo rocker “10 Outta 10” and the big epic balladry of “When The Greatest Love Of All Kicks In”. This time the band has also had some outside help in the song writing, where melodic rock icon Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) has co-written the hit style “Who’s Gonna Rawk U Right” and “You’re The Only One”. The production, again by singer Pelle Saether, is big, ballsy yet ambient enough to probably make even John “Mutt” Lange proud.
 
Discography: Time Elevation (2009), Idolizer (2011), Thrill Of The Night (2014)

 
Pelle Saether: vocals
Dennis Vestman: guitar
Janne Stark: lead guitar
Mats Vassfjord: bass
Magnus Ulfstedt: drums
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Fri
08
Aug

ACACIA AVENUE - Cold (Review)

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83%
Produced By: 
Torben Enevoldsen
Running Time: 
48
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Score: 
83
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AOR Heaven
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This is a solid melodic rock release indeed. The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008, the brain child of guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A).
This is his second album and again sees Torben delivering some melodic rock tunes instead of his normally more metal-themed music. To handle vocals, Torben has gathered a number of guest vocalists to fill frontman duties.
 
These kinds of albums can appear very disjointed, but the quality of the production here is such that it all flows pretty seamlessly.
Torben takes care of all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) appears on drums. Good man for hiring an actual drummer, not a machine!
 
Song wise there are many highlights.
Time (feat. Steve Newman) is a first rate hard rocker, with Newman again getting heavier and sounding very comfortable doing it.
Love Will Survive (feat. Rob Moratti) is typically Moratti styled AOR with a very high vocal (of course) and a great chorus.
It's Over (feat. Albin Ljungqvist) is a wonderful little keyboard driven AOR number with a high pitch vocal and a highly memorable chorus.
Out Of The Business (feat. Mikael Roup) is another very catchy track that sounds more like Uriah Heep/Y&T. A little out of place here in the scheme of things, but catchy!
Signs Of Love (feat. Rob Moratti) is a melodic rock style track but doesn’t match the quality of his earlier track.
 
Cold (feat. Torben Lysholm) is about the same – ok, but not a highlight.
Angelina (feat. Steve Newman) is moody, but guitar driven and another great Steve Newman vocal.
You And I (feat. Mikael Roup) and Calling Out (feat. Nicklas Sonne) are skippers I’m afraid. They lack the hooks of previous songs.
How Many Nights (feat. Torben Lysholm) is better, but again is part of a group of songs that don’t match the quality of the first half of the record.
Freedom From Doubt (feat. Peter Sundell) features a strong bluesy vocal from Sundell and finishes the album with a different kind of song than anywhere else on the record.
 
A great first half of the album and an ok second half that requires a bit more attention to draw out the melodies. A solid record overall, which will stand comfortably alongside the debut. The best tracks are really special and worth the price of admission.
Very good production/mix quality lifts the results.
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Fri
08
Aug

GREGORY LYNN HALL - Heaven To Earth (Review)

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65%
Produced By: 
Gregory Lynn Hall
Running Time: 
53
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
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65
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AOR Heaven
I must admit to being very perplexed. I’ve always made production quality a theme of my reviews over the years. My determination of how good any album is reflects as much on how it sounds cranked to the max as well as the quality of performances and songwriting.
It’s those 3 ingredients that must come together to make a great album.
And on most reviews written for this album that I have seen, the context talks positively of two of those aspects, but complete ignores the elephant in the room – that is, the production here just doesn’t cut it in 2014.
 
This is a very thin sounding record, so much so that it makes the album impossible to crank to any great volume without having to adjust the equalizer in a desperate attempt to pump in some bottom end.
It’s a very sharp sound otherwise, with the rhythm section playing a very poor second to guitars and vocals. If this scene is to survive, then those reviewing material must reflect on this issue if there’s any hope of it improving.
 
I’m a big fan of Gregory Lynn Hall’s vocals. His work with 101 South has been previously praised and he’s a terrific guy to deal with.
On Heaven To Earth, GLH cranks his rock-o-meter into the red for a fired up hard rocking affair over the more laid back AOR strains of 101 South.
And it suits him. The raspy vocals and passionate delivery drive these at times fast and furious rockers in a way not heard before from the American singer.
 
The opening 4 tracks all rock (quality songs too) and it’s not until the ballad I Thought I Saw Heaven at track 5 until things let up.
From here there’s 3 ballads in 4 tracks, with Fly On the big 80s ballad of the collection. I can see old-school fans of that sound lapping this song up.
Cry No More signals the ramp up in tempo once again, but the mix here sounds atrocious and I just can’t play it.
Cryin’ is another ballad to finish the album.
 
A solid album in terms of songs, even if the better ones are stacked into the first half of the record. Things mellow out a little more on the second half.
I like the vocals a lot and I hope Gregory can come back with his next solo album sounding sonically better than on Heaven To Earth, as that aspect does let the whole project down.
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Fri
08
Aug

NIVA – Incremental IV (Review)

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85%
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Tony Niva
Running Time: 
39
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
Score: 
85
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AOR Heaven
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Tony Niva follows up his very good 2013 release Magnitude with the oddly titled Incremental IV record.
 
Following exactly where the last album left off, Incremental IV is more of the same – high energy, melodic rock-n-pomp, with high pitch vocals and plenty of those fluffy Scandinavian harmonies.
This is a very good sounding record with a great clear mix. Makes things so much easier to enjoy with the rhythm section pounding away with vocals gliding over the top.
I do think that Niva’s vocals are of the style that will appeal to some, but not to all; they are a bit over the top when going for notes on the higher end of the scale.
 
Best tracks here include the opening anthem Don’t You Know; the fast moving AOR of Crush; the slightly darker Better Just Forgotten and the AOR anthems The Reason Why and Play The Game.
The ballad Travel Back In Time is a good change of pace and is accompanied in like by the mid-tempo All By Myself.
 
Fans of Grand Illusion and Final Frontier should definitely add Niva to their list to check out – the bands have a lot in common aside from the vocal style.
A very good sounding record that will appeal to all fans of Niva and most pomp/Scandi AOR fans.
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Wed
23
Jul

New 220V Album Due on AOR Heaven September 26

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Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called “Walking In Starlight”.  Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.
 
220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for “Walking In Starlight”.
 
The band’s reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a hard rock band.
 
220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997. The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, “Volume 1” and the live album “Made in Jamtland”.
 
Songs like “Firefall”, “Love Is All You Need”, “Beat Of  A Heart”, “The Harder They Come”, “Heavy X-mas” and “Power Games” to name a few, still get airplay around the world... Songs you'll be likely to hear live again soon! 
 
Discography: 220 Volt (1983), Power Games (1984), Mind over muscle (1985), Young and wild (1987), Eye To Eye (1988), Lethal Illusion (1997), Volume 1 (2002), Made in Jamtland (2005), Heavy X-mas revisited (2009, EP), Walking In Starlight (2014)
 
 
Line-up: Anders Engberg – vocals, Thomas Drevin – guitars, Mats Karlsson – guitars, Peter Hermansson – drums 
 
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Thu
03
Jul

MISS BEHAVIOUR TURN DOUBLE AGENTS ON AOR HEAVEN AUGUST 29

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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 premi're live performance with the current lineup in front of 400000 radio listeners. Joining forces with former Backyard Babies manager Michael Sund'n 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 12, 2011. In the middle of the song writing and recordings of the new album Michael Sund'n 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  is finished and the band are more eager than ever to write the next chapter in their career.

Double Agent is produced by Daniel Gese and co-produced by Erik Heikne, Henrik Sproge and Sebastian Roos. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered in Studio L'rkbacken and Realtime Recording Studios, Norrk'ping, Sweden. String sessions are recorded and arranged by Ronnie Roos.

Discography: Heart Of Midwinter (2006), Last Woman Standing (2011), Double Agent (2014)

Line-up: Sebastian Roos  - Vocals; Erik Heikne ' Guitars, Henrik Sproge 'Keyboards; Nicky Bloom' Bass, Guitar; Magnum Jacobs ' Drums
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Thu
03
Jul

NIVA NEW OPUS INCREMENTAL IV OUT ON AOR HEAVEN AUGUST 29

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The history of NIVA began in Skövde in the mid 80’s and the place was the TBV Music House – this was an inspiring environment for many youths to discover their creativity in a lot of ways, especially regarding the chance to discover their musical abilities.
It was also here where a young Tony Niva set his path to be able to sing and write music, and also for the first time to sing through a microphone! It didn’t take long before an offer occurred. The band Zanity got Tony as their singer and their first demo ”Time Out Of Mind” got a lot of attention.
 
After appearing in a lot of bands around in Sweden  – for example  Vanessa, Swedish Erotica, Malibu Band and Tracy Goes Crazy, Tony got the opportunity to sing for Axia – a band situated and rehearsing in Skövde.
It was an ideal situation both musically and socially for the band and it didn’t take long before a Swedish tour started – both with Axia and later on with a cover band called ”Under Cover”. After some touring, the band drifted apart, and up from the ashes of Axia, NIVA was formed. The band recorded their debut album ”No Capitulation” and got a record deal with Zero Records in Japan in 1994. After recording an up to this date not released follow up album, NIVA was disbanded (1995). For a brief period in 2001, Tony was a member of the metal-act Lion’s Share and who released the album “Entrance” in the same year.
 
Moving forward to 2011 and a song called ”Janitor Of Love” written for the Swedish Eurovision song contest. This time collaboration partners are Roger Ljunggren and Marcus Persson and even if the song did not make it through, the musical work goes so smoothly, they decide to make another three songs for a demo, just to see if there is any interest for a band in the vein of AOR/Melodic Rock. And it sure is – Marquee Avalon signs with NIVA and after 16 years the band lives up and releasing the album ”Gold From The Future” in Japan, September 2011.
Tony did not settle down because of this, so after some negotiations a British based label released the album in Europe – now under the moniker Oxygen – Final Warning.  The album gets a lot of attention in both Europe and in the United States.
In 2013 NIVA released the CD Magnitude through AOR Heaven for the European market and now 2014 the sophomore album entitled “Incremental IV” is ready.
 
“Incremental IV” was produced and mixed by Marcus Persson at CM Music Skara, Sweden with executive producer Tony Niva and mastered by Börjesson, Ear Hear Studio Stockholm. Artwork design by Matthias Norén.
 
 
Line-Up: Tony Niva – Vocals, Roger Ljunggren – Guitars, Marcus Persson – Keyboards, Jan Stal – Bass, Bengan Andersson – Drums
 
Track list: 1. Don’t You Know, 2. Crush, 3. Better Just Forgotten, 4. Magnitude, 5. The Reason Why, 6. Travel Back In Time, 7. Play The Game, 8. Only You, 9. Lost And Found, 10. All By Myself, 11. Coming Back To You
 
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Tue
01
Jul

GREGORY LYNN HALL - Heaven To Earth (Showcase)

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Running Time: 
53
Release Date: 
July 25
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Gregory Lynn Hall, Southern California solo artist and singer for 101 South has had a long history in the music industry, in all areas from studio work to live shows. Gregory started off his music career singing gospel songs on his grandma’s piano bench with his 2 other cousins, doing harmonies when he was 3 years old. As an instrumentalist Gregory started playing drums and soon moved on to guitar, then bass and keyboards, producer, etc... - finding his nitch in the late 70s.
 
Gregory helped polish the band RAT SALLY in the early 80s and pounded the Hollywood scene playing at all the rock venues, from Gazzaris to the Troubadour, The Country Club-playing many gigs with Bands like Poison, Warrant, all the 80s rockers, hanging out with the typical Hollywood Rocker crowd. After the Seattle grunge sound came and changed the whole music scene, the musician moved to the mid-west where he found many new opportunities in Nashville (the whole mid-west region). He became a well sought after session vocalist, singing on many well known Christian artist’s albums including CARMAN and one of the most sought after jingle, commercial vocalists in the mid-west, with many local and national Jingles under his belt.
 
In the late 90s the artist returned to California and found himself reuniting with RAT SALLY and going in the studio to record a new EP. Following that, a reunion gig at the world famous Pelicans retreated in 1995. Gregory kept busy doing session work for the next few years.
 
In 1999 while doing a session in Malibu, he met Roger Scott Craig and was asked to do some demos and 101 SOUTH was born. Shortly after the first 101 SOUTH album (2000) was finished, Gregory was asked to join the band HEAVEN AND EARTH (Stuart Smith, Richie Onori, Kelly Keeling), as their bass player and toured with them to support the "Windows to the World" album, culminating with an All Star filled show for the orphans of 911 in Hollywood.
 
Gregory has had the honor of performing on stage, and working with; Keith Emerson (ELP), Gary Richrath (REO), Howard Leese (Heart), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Spencer Davis, Steve Priest (Sweet), Craig Goldy (Guiffria, Dio, Budgie), Stuart Smith (Heaven and Earth, Sweet), Richie Onori (Rick Derringer, ELP, Heaven and Earth), Kelly Keeling (Blue Murder, Lynch Mob), Don Cromwell (Eddie Money, Air Supply) and many other world class musicians. Gregory has also had the pleasure of working in some of the best studios in the world, INDIGO RANCH, Malibu ca.-THE CHURCH STUDIO, Tulsa Ok. Gregory has also worked with Eddie Money in the studio and teamed up with Roger Scott Craig to make another 101 SOUTH album in 2002 called ROLL OF THE DICE that made many top 10 lists in Europe. In Oct. 2008 they finished recording their 3rd 101 SOUTH album with a couple world class guest musicians incl. Ian Bairnson (PILOT, Allan Parsons Project) and Chris Thompson (Manfred Mann, Blinded by the light).
 
Gregory has just finished recording a solo album entitled “Heaven To Earth” which comes along with a little harder edge than 101 South. The album was recorded in Las Vegas at “The Hall Closet Studio” and mastered by Mike Turner at “The Chicken Shack” in Chattsworth, California.
 
Gregory Lynn Hall, all Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Harmonica.
 
Guest Drummer: Bandit Bellamia
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Craig Goldy (Heaven to Earth)
Billy Liesegang (Cry no More)
Jeff Duncan (Rockin the Road, Stars in the Night, Cryin)
Mike Turner (You got me Runnin)
Johnny Navarro (Mama Said)
 
 
 

 

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