MelodicRock Records

Fri
19
May

RIAN Set To Debut on MelodicRock Records July 22

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 

 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
A video for RIAN’s title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ will debut in the coming weeks.
 
 

 
 
Mon
15
May

Preorder JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION MRR Reissues

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance have been delayed by 10 days and will both be released May 29. 
 
Manufacturing set to take longer than anticipated - but ALL preorders will recieve digital audio links on the original release date of May 19 with CDs shipped when in stock.
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - The MRR Reissues Deal (Kick The Wall Deluxe 2CD and Going The Distance CD)
$32 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Kick The Wall' (2CD $17 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
15
May

MRR Oz Rock Deals - EMPIRES OF EDEN, ROADKILL, SERPENTINE SKY & THE RADIO SUN

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is offering a couple of very special deals with four very fine examples of Aussie hard rock/melodic rock.
 
There are two packages to choose from, or dive in and grab all 4 for the special price.
 
Deal 1 - HARD ROCK - EMPIRES OF EDEN 'Architect Of Hope' & ROADKILL 'Extinct' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Deal 2 - MELODIC ROCK - THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In - Special Edition' & SERPENTINE SKY 'Serpentine Sky - Special Edition' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Or dive in and buy all 4 for just $40 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

SAMPLE THE ALBUMS:
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Thu
20
Apr

BACK IN BUSINESS!

Computer Hell Day 13:
 
New motherboard installed.
Windows 10 fresh install (again...).
All drives reinstalled and set up.
Most of the programs I need installed.
 
297 emails left to reply to; news to post; stuff to announce...
And those damn USB3 orders to finalize. And the Jimmy Davis artwork files.
 
And....next week will see a LOT of catching up here.
 
There's been several MelodicRock Records releases and presales in the last month. Here's an update with links so you don't miss out on anything...
 
PREORDER JIMMY DAVIS (2x Releases):
 
 
ARTI TISI Archives Trilogy (Shipping Next Week):
 
 
SHOTGUN SYMPHONY 4 Disc Set (OUT NOW):
 
 
JOHNNY LIMA Double Reissue (OUT NOW):
 
 
BRYAN COLE - Sands Of Time (Back In Stock):
 

 

 
Thu
06
Apr

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Remasters Out May 19

 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
 
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance both released May 19. Preorders available shortly. 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19. Presales available shortly.
 
 
 
 
Tue
28
Mar

THE RADIO SUN Change Label; Change Members

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Categories: 
 
THE RADIO SUN SIGN TO PRIDE & JOY MUSIC - new album 'Unstoppable' out in October 2017.
 
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of Australian Melodic Rock band THE RADIO SUN! Based in Melbourne, Australia the band consisting of Jason Old (lead vocals & guitars), Stevie Janevski (lead guitar, backing vocals, and Gilbert Annese (drums & vocals) is currently working on their fourth release “Unstoppable” which is planned for release in late October 2017. This new album once again will be mixed by Paul Laine (solo, ex Danger Danger, Dark Horse).

The band has just completed another European tour which included an astonishing performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest and very successful shows in the UK and a gig in Greece. THE RADIO SUN will return to Europe with dates in the UK, Greece & Germany in March 2018.
*Anderstein Music will release the new album in Japan.

 

 
Fri
10
Mar

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Coming To MelodicRock Records

MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
 
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing about this album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album in May. Exact date, audio previews and pre-order details to follow soon.
 
 
 
Mon
05
Dec

JADED PAST - Believe (Showcase)

Believe
Produced By: 
George Baker
Release Date: 
August 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Midwestern Rock
 
OUT NOW!!
 
ORDER JADED PAST 'Believe' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
BRAND NEW VIDEO!
 
 
Here are another 2 full length previews and check out the rest of the album's soundbytes:
 

 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to reveal yet another new artist destined for bigger things. Plus at the same time, the label takes another musical turn with an album drenched in the authentic Midwestern rock n roll sound that such artists as John Kilzer, Henry Lee Summer and Little America delivered with such passion.
 
We’re talking about JADED PAST. And the new album ‘Believe’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on August 19.
 
Here is another full length preview from the album - check out the killer tune 'Dont Judge':
 

 
This is the second album for the band, with the debut released independently in 2012. Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker.
George has been a long time veteran of the East Coast music scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.
 
George has been in the studio, working tirelessly with producer Steve Brown (Trixter, 40ft Ringo), who also contributes some guitars and backing vocals for this release.
The result is a genuinely warm and engaging record that takes a guitar driven American rock sound and mixes in some Midwestern John Mellencamp styled high energy rock-n-country.
 
Following the release of the CD, Jaded Past will embark on a number of live performances beginning with a headlining show at the Jersey shore on August 13, 2016.
 
Then in the late fall, Becker will take Jaded Past on the road in support of the new CD release in areas spanning the East Coast, New England, Midwest, Southern Region and possibly The West Coast. For the 2016 live shows, Becker has enlisted the amazing line-up of Scott LaFlamme on lead guitar, Jason Cornwell on bass and Rob LaFlamme on drums.
 
A full 2016 concert schedule can be viewed at www.jadedpast.com.
 
George Becker also plays an array of Acoustic Solo and Duo shows all over the New Jersey / New York and Pennsylvania area and in 2016 will be branching out into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland. These dates can also be found on the Jaded Past website.
 
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Mojo Vegas Studios in Ringwood, NJ by Steve Brown.
 
Special Guests:
Steve Brown: Guitars / Backing Vocals
Dennis Zimmer: Drums
Ed Masterson: Harmonica
 
Track Listing:
01. Tattered
02. Don’t Judge
03. Believe
04. Good Bad Innocent
05. Whiskey Dreams
06. Be My Lady
07. Dashboard Jesus
08. Hurt
09. Scratch The Itch
10. Traces
11. Taken
 
Pre-orders will be available soon, but of course, it’s time to check out what this album has to offer right now with the album’s opening track, the rocking, feel good ‘Tattered’.
 
 
 
Mon
28
Nov

MECCA - 3 (Showcase)

3
Produced By: 
Shannon Forrest
Running Time: 
34
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
 
OUT NOW!! Regular Edition CD Now Shipping LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSING SOLD OUT
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 


MECCA - "3" CD $20.99 Including Shipping Worldwide. Please note that all sales (via the Paypal link below) are going direct to USA and will be shipped by the artist.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.

I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."

 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 

 

 
Mon
17
Oct

ROADKILL - Extinct (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, September 9, 2016
Categories: 
Extinct
Produced By: 
Joe Haley
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
September 9
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
OUT NOW!
 
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR ROADKILL 'Extinct' $15 (+$5 shipping) USD
 
 
AUSTRALIAN ORDERS ONLY: 'Extinct' $15 (+$5 shipping) AUD
 
 
2 NEW VIDEOS!
 

 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is once again turning ‘metal’ for a new release September. And we didn’t have to look far. MRR is proud to announce the signing of the first Tasmanian band to the roster.
 
ROADKILL release their new album Extinct via MRR on September 9.
 
Here is one more rockin' tune to preview in full:
 

 
Formed in April 2006 - ROADKILL is an 'old school' styled high octane, rock 'n' roll band that re-introduces that genre to the world!
 
ROADKILL released their debut album, "God Bless America" in 2007, produced by Brett Collidge at Izaneer Studios in Tasmania. It contained 12 in-your-face anthems including, Get Outta My Way, Lazy, God Bless America, Living In Hell, Day After Day and Hollywood – all proving popular in concert.
 
The band were then 'off the road' for two years from 2008 - 2010 due to two band members being involved in separate, serious car accidents while another member had to leave due to heart problems.
 
After a couple of personnel changes, the band settled with the current line-up of: Neil Steel - vocals, Zig - guitars, James Basser - guitars, Ted Tedington - bass guitar and Brendan 'Squid' Shelverton - drums.
 
The bands' second album finally surfaced in 2012. "Profanity & Innuendo" was produced by Michael Shelley (Tyrant/Rogue Sharks) and featured a more 'hard rock' flavour and included more anthems: Sex Drugs Rock N Roll, Rude Crude And Tattooed, Dirty Girls, Backstabbers and Every Dog Has It's Day.
 
Now ROADKILL are set to release their new 10 track album, "Extinct" on September 9.
The new album is a major step up for the band. The sonic energy is palpable. The set was produced by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and the overall sound incorporates classic hard rock songs full of tenacity including the lead video, 'Ready For War', out now.
 

 
ROADKILL state their influences include some classic rock heavyweights such as AC/DC, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Skid Row, Buckcherry, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society, Motorhead, Primal Fear, Van Halen and a plethora of other great 'classic' bands.
 
ROADKILL delivers a full frontal attack, with music that is aimed straight at the hearts and minds of rock fans - who crave and miss their dose of high octane, charged rock 'n' roll!
 
Extinct – out on MelodicRock Records September 9.
 
 
 
Mon
26
Sep

TERRA NOVA - Reinvent Yourself ($10 DIVE-IN DEAL)

Artist: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Categories: 
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.
 
TERRA NOVA
"Reinvent Yourself"
DIVE-IN DEAL!
$10 + free shipping (airmail worldwide)
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 

 

 
Sat
13
Aug

Pre-order THE RADIO SUN Limited Edition CD & Fan Pack

PAYPAL LINKS FIXED
 
MelodicRock Records is once again thrilled to work with THE RADIO SUN for the release of their brilliant third album Outside Looking In on September 30. The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
 
Outside Looking In showcases a progression from the band's debut album Wrong Things Right and the critically acclaimed Heaven Or Heartbreak. There's a good balance of uptempo songs with some superb ballads that sees the band throwback to bands like Firehouse and Trixter along with a good dose of Jani Laine/Warrant school of song writing.
 
The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
Ex-Danger Danger vocalist Paul Laine lends a hand with production duties and also features on the song Wink and Smile with a dual lead vocal alongside lead vocalist Jason Old.
Guitarist Stevie Janevski was also buzzed to have Brett Garsed of John Farnham and Nelson fame play a guest solo on the track Falling For You.
 
The first single 'Switch Off The World Tonight' reminds us of classic Damn Yankees with its catchy intro and feel-good chorus.
The band is rounded out with the thunderous rhythm section of Robbie Erdmanis on bass and Ben Wignall on drums...guys that are no slouches in the vocal dept. either, filling the album with those now trademark harmonies!
 
The Radio Sun will be launching the new album worldwide with upcoming dates scheduled in Australia, USA, UK and Japan.
 
Track Listing:
01) Can't Get You Out Of My Head 04:16
02) Standing On The Edge Of Love 03:50
03) You'll Never Know 04:04
04) Switch Off The World Tonight 03:13
05) Broken 03:24
06) Fall To Pieces 03:53
07) Wink & Smile 03:33
08) Outside Looking In 04:30
09) My Heart Is On Fire 03:57
10) Baby Blue 04:46
11) Falling For You 04:25
12) Bullet Proof 03:11

Bonus Tracks:
13) Someone Tell Me Why My Heroes Are Dying 04:07
14) Beautiful 03:17

 
PRE-ORDER OPTIONS:
'Outside Looking In' (Special Edition CD) $15 (+$5 shipping worldwide)
 

'Outside Looking In' Fan Pack - Special Edition CD & Album Cover T-Shirt $49
(free shipping worldwide). Please indicate shirt size in order. Limited to 100 Units Only.
 

'Outside Looking In' Triple Fan Pack - Special Edition CD & Album Cover T-Shirt PLUS Regular Editions of the band's first two albums 'Wrong Things Right' and 'Heaven And Heartbreak' $75 (free shipping worldwide). Please indicate shirt size in order.
 

'Outside Looking In' Triple Deal - Special Edition CD PLUS Regular Editions of the band's first two albums 'Wrong Things Right' and 'Heaven And Heartbreak' $45 (free shipping worldwide)
 
 
 

 
Thu
11
Aug

Pre-order DANGER ANGEL Limited Edition CD Out Sept 30

 
MelodicRock Records welcomes Greek rock stars DANGERANGEL for the release of their hard hitting brand new studio opus All The King's Horses, to be released September 30.
 
All The King's Horses is a major step forward for the band in terms of both production and songwriting. And along with the usual high energy, in your face performance from the guys, this combination makes this an album that will put the band firmly into the minds of all hard rock fans worldwide.
 
An exclusive limited Special Edition of the album will be available direct from MRR, featuring a bonus DVD that will include the band's new videos recorded for this album plus an "Official Bootleg" Live set, recorded in Athens, May 7, 2016.
 
Track Listing:
01) To Kill A Saint 04:16
02) Dia De Los Muertos 03:38
03) Dead In The Water 04:41
04) Who You Are 03:59
05) Call My Name 04:01
06) Best Of Me 04:38
07) All The King's Horses 07:04
08) Speak To Me 05:03
09) Will You Follow 04:16
10) How About Right Now 04:41
11) Devil's Waltz 04:29
12) Hollow Men 04:24
 
Special Edition Bonus:
DVD - Live In Athens, 2016 "All The King's Bootlegs"

Main:
01) To Kill A Saint (All The King's Horses 2016)
02) Dia De Los Muertos (All The King's Horses 2016)
03) Dead In The Water (All The King's Horses 2016)
04) Decadence (Revolutia 2013)
05) Anytime Anywhere (Gotthard - Lipservice 2005)
06) Falling (Revolutia 2013)
07) All The King's Horses (All The King's Horses 2016)

Extras:
1. Videos
Official Videos: Who You Are, Will You Follow.
Lyric Videos: Dia De Los Muertos, To Kill A Saint
2. Fan Footage: Don't Die Young (Revolutia, 2016); Call My Name (All The King's Horses, 2016); Mysterious (This Time It's Serious) (Talisman).

 
PRE-ORDER OPTIONS:
Order DANGERANGEL:

'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) $17 (+$5 shipping worldwide)


'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) PLUS THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In' (Special Edition) $32 (+$5 shipping worldwide)

'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) PLUS THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In' (S.E. Fan Pack) $68 (free shipping worldwide)

 

 
Mon
08
Aug

MRR Artist Discovery Deal - JADED PAST & ROADKILL

There have been some warm responses to recent unveiling of MelodicRock Records releases JADED PAST & ROADKILL.
 
Two very different releases of course! But there hasn’t been much action on the pre-order front.
 
Now, this I can understand. There are without doubt, an amazing number of titles released this year and money can only go so far.
 
I’d like to offer an incentive to those interested in these two artists. Normally when it comes to assigning priority for spending, the biggest and best known releases get poll position.
 
So here at MRR, we would like to make it easier to take a chance on two hard working independent artists that have both delivered quality albums that deserve to be heard.
 
So if you order both albums together, MRR will offer them at the special price of just $10ea and $5 shipping, so a total commitment of just $25 for two really well made albums!
 
 
Buy now!
 
JADED PAST & ROADKILL $25 (Incl. Shipping) Both titles will ship together by Sept. 1
 
 

 

 
Mon
01
Aug

MECCA Set October 14 For Analogue Masterpiece

Artist: 
Friday, October 14, 2016
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3 on October 14.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 
MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.
I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."
 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 
Mecca 3 will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records October 14 with 4 different options:
 
1 - Standard CD (available via Cargo Distribution)
2 - Limited Edition Numbered CD featuring special effects print on disc (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
3 - Fan Pack 1 - Limited Edition CD (as above) with Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
4 - Fan Pack 2 - Limited Edition CD (as above), Limited (150 ONLY) Vinyl LP, plus Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
 
 
Tue
26
Jul

ROADKILL Sign to MelodicRock Records For 'Extinct'

Artist: 
Friday, September 9, 2016
Categories: 
 
MYSTERY ARTIST REVEALED!
 
MelodicRock Records is once again turning ‘metal’ for a new release September. And we didn’t have to look far. MRR is proud to announce the signing of the first Tasmanian band to the roster.
 
ROADKILL will release their new album Extinct via MRR on September 9.
 
Formed in April 2006 - ROADKILL is an 'old school' styled high octane, rock 'n' roll band that re-introduces that genre to the world!
 
ROADKILL released their debut album, "God Bless America" in 2007, produced by Brett Collidge at Izaneer Studios in Tasmania. It contained 12 in-your-face anthems including, Get Outta My Way, Lazy, God Bless America, Living In Hell, Day After Day and Hollywood – all proving popular in concert.
 
The band were then 'off the road' for two years from 2008 - 2010 due to two band members being involved in separate, serious car accidents while another member had to leave due to heart problems.
 
After a couple of personnel changes, the band settled with the current line-up of: Neil Steel - vocals, Zig - guitars, James Basser - guitars, Ted Tedington - bass guitar and Brendan 'Squid' Shelverton - drums.
 
The bands' second album finally surfaced in 2012. "Profanity & Innuendo" was produced by Michael Shelley (Tyrant/Rogue Sharks) and featured a more 'hard rock' flavour and included more anthems: Sex Drugs Rock N Roll, Rude Crude And Tattooed, Dirty Girls, Backstabbers and Every Dog Has It's Day.
 
Now ROADKILL are set to release their new 10 track album, "Extinct" on September 9.
The new album is a major step up for the band. The sonic energy is palpable. The set was produced by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and the overall sound incorporates classic hard rock songs full of tenacity including the lead video, 'Ready For War', out now.
 

 
ROADKILL state their influences include some classic rock heavyweights such as AC/DC, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Skid Row, Buckcherry, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society, Motorhead, Primal Fear, Van Halen and a plethora of other great 'classic' bands.
 
ROADKILL delivers a full frontal attack, with music that is aimed straight at the hearts and minds of rock fans - who crave and miss their dose of high octane, charged rock 'n' roll!
 
Extinct – out on MelodicRock Records September 9.
 
 
 
Mon
25
Jul

More Preview Audio From JADED PAST 'Believe'

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to reveal yet another new artist destined for bigger things. Plus at the same time, the label takes another musical turn with an album drenched in the authentic Midwestern rock n roll sound that such artists as John Kilzer, Jon Bon Jovi, Bret Michaels, Henry Lee Summer and Little America delivered with such passion.
 
We’re talking about JADED PAST. And the new album ‘Believe’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on August 19.
 
Here are a few more audio samples frm the album. Pre-orders available this week.
 
 
 
 
Fri
22
Jul

Another Preview Track From JADED PAST 'Believe'

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to reveal yet another new artist destined for bigger things. Plus at the same time, the label takes another musical turn with an album drenched in the authentic Midwestern rock n roll sound that such artists as John Kilzer, Henry Lee Summer and Little America delivered with such passion.
 
We’re talking about JADED PAST. And the new album ‘Believe’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on August 19.
 
Here is another full length preview from the album - check out the killer tune 'Dont Judge':
 

 
 
This is the second album for the band, with the debut released independently in 2012. Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker.
George has been a long time veteran of the East Coast music scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.
 
George has been in the studio, working tirelessly with producer Steve Brown (Trixter, 40ft Ringo), who also contributes some guitars and backing vocals for this release.
The result is a genuinely warm and engaging record that takes a guitar driven American rock sound and mixes in some Midwestern John Mellencamp styled high energy rock-n-country.
 
Following the release of the CD, Jaded Past will embark on a number of live performances beginning with a headlining show at the Jersey shore on August 13, 2016.
 
Then in the late fall, Becker will take Jaded Past on the road in support of the new CD release in areas spanning the East Coast, New England, Midwest, Southern Region and possibly The West Coast. For the 2016 live shows, Becker has enlisted the amazing line-up of Scott LaFlamme on lead guitar, Jason Cornwell on bass and Rob LaFlamme on drums.
 
A full 2016 concert schedule can be viewed at www.jadedpast.com.
 
George Becker also plays an array of Acoustic Solo and Duo shows all over the New Jersey / New York and Pennsylvania area and in 2016 will be branching out into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland. These dates can also be found on the Jaded Past website.
 
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Mojo Vegas Studios in Ringwood, NJ by Steve Brown.
 
Special Guests:
Steve Brown: Guitars / Backing Vocals
Dennis Zimmer: Drums
Ed Masterson: Harmonica
 
Track Listing:
01. Tattered
02. Don’t Judge
03. Believe
04. Good Bad Innocent
05. Whiskey Dreams
06. Be My Lady
07. Dashboard Jesus
08. Hurt
09. Scratch The Itch
10. Traces
11. Taken
 
Pre-orders will be available soon, but of course, it’s time to check out what this album has to offer right now with the album’s opening track, the rocking, feel good ‘Tattered’.
 
 
 
Mon
11
Jul

JADED PAST Join MelodicRock Records with 'Believe' August 19

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to reveal yet another new artist destined for bigger things. Plus at the same time, the label takes another musical turn with an album drenched in the authentic Midwestern rock n roll sound that such artists as John Kilzer, Henry Lee Summer and Little America delivered with such passion.
 
We’re talking about JADED PAST. And the new album ‘Believe’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on August 19.
 
This is the second album for the band, with the debut released independently in 2012. Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker.
George has been a long time veteran of the East Coast music scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.
 
George has been in the studio, working tirelessly with producer Steve Brown (Trixter, 40ft Ringo), who also contributes some guitars and backing vocals for this release.
The result is a genuinely warm and engaging record that takes a guitar driven American rock sound and mixes in some Midwestern John Mellencamp styled high energy rock-n-country.
 
Following the release of the CD, Jaded Past will embark on a number of live performances beginning with a headlining show at the Jersey shore on August 13, 2016.
 
Then in the late fall, Becker will take Jaded Past on the road in support of the new CD release in areas spanning the East Coast, New England, Midwest, Southern Region and possibly The West Coast. For the 2016 live shows, Becker has enlisted the amazing line-up of Scott LaFlamme on lead guitar, Jason Cornwell on bass and Rob LaFlamme on drums.
 
A full 2016 concert schedule can be viewed at www.jadedpast.com.
 
George Becker also plays an array of Acoustic Solo and Duo shows all over the New Jersey / New York and Pennsylvania area and in 2016 will be branching out into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland. These dates can also be found on the Jaded Past website.
 
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Mojo Vegas Studios in Ringwood, NJ by Steve Brown.
 
Special Guests:
Steve Brown: Guitars / Backing Vocals
Dennis Zimmer: Drums
Ed Masterson: Harmonica
 
Track Listing:
01. Tattered
02. Don’t Judge
03. Believe
04. Good Bad Innocent
05. Whiskey Dreams
06. Be My Lady
07. Dashboard Jesus
08. Hurt
09. Scratch The Itch
10. Traces
11. Taken
 
Pre-orders will be available soon, but of course, it’s time to check out what this album has to offer right now with the album’s opening track, the rocking, feel good ‘Tattered’.
 
 
 
Mon
20
Jun

JAN AKERSSON'S SHADOW RAIN Signs to MRR For August Debut

MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akersson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015.
Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akersson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
 
Fri
27
May

ROOM EXPERIENCE Debut Out in Japan July 13

 
AnderStein Music is proud to announce the signing of Room Experience for a special Japanese edition of its debut album, set for release on July 13.

The limited edition of the album, initially released in 2015 by MelodicRock Records (feat. 3 bonus tracks), went sold out in less than two weeks after the official release date.
For all the fans and collectors who missed it comes this very special Japanese version printed in 500 copies, containing all the tracks from the first limited edition, plus the exclusive addition of a full revisited acoustic version of "Run To You", feat. Charles V. Rox Vaccaro (from 90s cult melodic rock band Lipstik) very special guest on acoustic guitar.

The AnderStein Music Japanese edition will feature also a new alternative cover artwork (designed once again by indipendent art designer Antonella Astori), classic OBI strip and a renewed booklet, with inside liner notes written by Masao Fujiki of Burrn! Magazine.
For the first 200 orders placed directly on the AnderStein Music website, the cd will also be shipped together with a special postcard of the band signed personally by Gianluca Firmo.

Links for purchasing:

INTERNATIONAL CUSTOMERS
- AnderStein Music
http://www.anderstein-music.com/#!product-page/tm6rf/b7f6c402-b27b-f183-...

JAPANESE CUSTOMERS
- AnderStein Music
http://www.anstemusic.com/product/4655
- Amazon JP
http://www.amazon.co.jp/ROOM-EXPERIENCE/dp/B01G5A0VQG/ref=sr_1_1?s=music...
- HMV Japan
http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/artist_Room-Experience_000000000609309/item__709...
- Tower Records JP
http://tower.jp/item/4285023/ROOM-EXPERIENCE
- DISK UNION
http://diskunion.net/metal/ct/detail/HMHR160524-201

 
 
Fri
29
Apr

PJ FARLEY - Boutique Sound Frames (Showcase)

Boutique Sound Frames
Produced By: 
PJ Farley & Steve Brown
Release Date: 
May 20
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Modern Melodic Rock
 
MelodicRock Records is very proud to announce a partnership with Trixter bassist P.J. FARLEY for the release of his debut solo album ‘Boutique Sound Frames’, due for release worldwide May 20.
 
‘Boutique Sound Frames’ is an outstanding musical statement from a dynamic singer/songwriter, who dives into 11 modern melodic rock tracks guaranteed to stay on high rotation in the months ahead.
 
P.J. describes the album he’s spent over a decade writing:
 
“I wrote and recorded these songs over the years alongside any band I was in at the time. I felt that the songs weren’t a good fit for any of those bands at that point. These songs are a lot more personal and I guess I always felt at some point I would release a solo record based on the nature of the lyrics.”
 
“They all came from a very genuine place creatively speaking. That there was no set goal with them enabled me to just write whatever I was feeling at the time, without having any pressure to conform to any certain mold, genre or label chirping. It took 12 years or so, haha, but a wise man once said, ‘If it’s good enough, it doesn’t matter when it comes out’”.
 
Well, it’s finally coming out May 20 and you can pre-order today! All pre-orders will receive a limited edition sticker of the album cover as well as getting the disc shipped ahead of the official release date.
 

Digital purchases are now available via iTunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/boutique-sound-frames/id1107790838 or https://itun.es/us/2V4bcb

MelodicRock Records is excited to be able to debut Trixter bassist P.J. FARLEY's first video from the album 'Boutique Sound Frames' - please enjoy the single "You'd Stick Out":

 
P.J. FARLEY started his professional career as a musician at the ripe old age of 16 as the bass player for Trixter (www.trixterrocks.com). The band signed its first major label record deal with MCA Records in 1989. Trixter went on to sell well over 1 million records and had 3 #1 videos on MTV. They toured with bands like Kiss, Poison, Scorpions, Warrant and more.
P.J. has played just about every arena/theater/outdoor pavilion and club all over the world.
 
In 2002 P.J joined up with Active Rock chart toppers RA (Universal/Republic) in which he embarked on the 2nd chapter of his recording and touring career. Sneaking into the Modern Hard Rock genre and touring with bands like Staind, Seether and Sevendust , P.J. was able to remain relevant and creative in the music business while Trixter took a 13 year hiatus.
 
In 2009 P.J. was asked to join up with Lita Ford and toured worldwide with her for almost 4 years, along with a number of short stints with other artists such as
Ours, Jimmy Gnecco and Deepfield.
All along this timeframe, P.J. had been quietly recording songs. Writing, performing all instruments and producing. Those songs have become a cohesive collection that now make up his debut solo album titled ‘Boutique Sound Frames’.
 
 
Album Credits:
 
Produced by P.J. Farley
Co-Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Steve Brown at Mojo Vegas Studios
* Suckerpunch Mixed by Pete Evick
 
Mastered by Jim Desalvo at Beanstudio Mastering
 
All Songs Written and Performed by P.J. Farley Except:
Guitar Solos on “Keepin It All Together”, “What You Do”, “The Afterglow”
and “The Fallen” by Steve Brown.
Textured Guitar on “Vow” by Steve Brown
Drums on “The Fallen” by Mike Luciano
Backing Vocals on “The Fallen” by Steve Brown
 
Twitter - @pjfarley1
Instagram - pjfarley
 
 
Wed
30
Mar

PJ FARLEY to Release Solo Debut on MelodicRock Records

 
MelodicRock Records is very proud to announce a partnership with Trixter bassist P.J. FARLEY for the release of his debut solo album ‘Boutique Sound Frames’, due for release worldwide May 20.
 
‘Boutique Sound Frames’ is an outstanding musical statement from a dynamic singer/songwriter, who dives into 11 modern melodic rock tracks guaranteed to stay on high rotation in the months ahead.
 
P.J. describes the album he’s spent over a decade writing:
 
“I wrote and recorded these songs over the years alongside any band I was in at the time. I felt that the songs weren’t a good fit for any of those bands at that point. These songs are a lot more personal and I guess I always felt at some point I would release a solo record based on the nature of the lyrics.”
 
“They all came from a very genuine place creatively speaking. That there was no set goal with them enabled me to just write whatever I was feeling at the time, without having any pressure to conform to any certain mold, genre or label chirping. It took 12 years or so, haha, but a wise man once said, ‘If it’s good enough, it doesn’t matter when it comes out’”.
 
Well, it’s finally coming out May 20 and you can pre-order today! All pre-orders will receive a limited edition sticker of the album cover as well as getting the disc shipped ahead of the official release date.
 

 
P.J. FARLEY started his professional career as a musician at the ripe old age of 16 as the bass player for Trixter (www.trixterrocks.com). The band signed its first major label record deal with MCA Records in 1989. Trixter went on to sell well over 1 million records and had 3 #1 videos on MTV. They toured with bands like Kiss, Poison, Scorpions, Warrant and more.
P.J. has played just about every arena/theater/outdoor pavilion and club all over the world.
 
In 2002 P.J joined up with Active Rock chart toppers RA (Universal/Republic) in which he embarked on the 2nd chapter of his recording and touring career. Sneaking into the Modern Hard Rock genre and touring with bands like Staind, Seether and Sevendust , P.J. was able to remain relevant and creative in the music business while Trixter took a 13 year hiatus.
 
In 2009 P.J. was asked to join up with Lita Ford and toured worldwide with her for almost 4 years, along with a number of short stints with other artists such as
Ours, Jimmy Gnecco and Deepfield.
All along this timeframe, P.J. had been quietly recording songs. Writing, performing all instruments and producing. Those songs have become a cohesive collection that now make up his debut solo album titled ‘Boutique Sound Frames’.
 
 
Album Credits:
 
Produced by P.J. Farley
Co-Produced, Engineered & Mixed by Steve Brown at Mojo Vegas Studios
* Suckerpunch Mixed by Pete Evick
 
Mastered by Jim Desalvo at Beanstudio Mastering
 
All Songs Written and Performed by P.J. Farley Except:
Guitar Solos on “Keepin It All Together”, “What You Do”, “The Afterglow”
and “The Fallen” by Steve Brown.
Textured Guitar on “Vow” by Steve Brown
Drums on “The Fallen” by Mike Luciano
Backing Vocals on “The Fallen” by Steve Brown
 
Twitter - @pjfarley1
Instagram - pjfarley
 
 
Wed
23
Mar

MR's 20th Anniversary Year. Now What?

 
2016 sees MelodicRock.com celebrate 20 years online.
 
It has been a privilege and an honor to be part of the melodic rock community for this length of time.
 
It has been both humbling and rewarding to be able to help promote many of the artists I grew up listening to. So many great musicians I have met along the way and am proud to call friends.
And I thank so many loyal readers and followers of the site for your friendship and support over the years.
 
To all the companies that have supported MelodicRock.com over that time, I thank you also. Such an investment has allowed me to do this “job” full time for a good part of the 20 years and I trust that my services have helped sell a lot of records over that time.
Some like Frontiers Records, AOR Heaven and NEH Records have been with me almost since the very start.
 
That said, times have changed since 1996 and the music business has changed. Information delivery has changed.
 
And now on the occasion of my 20th Anniversary, it is time for me to make a change. For the better I think. This is a long post and I hope folks will have the interest to read through it all. It’s not a missive of doom and gloom, but more a reality check from one person’s perspective and a look at what’s to come. Read on please…
 
 
The industry I started in some 20 years ago is all but gone as the music business continues on through a complete overhaul. The massive increase in piracy and the move by consumers to switch to digital formats and streaming has brought about the closure of a lot of companies. Magazines, retailers, labels, PR companies…
Many of those were companies that supported MelodicRock.com over the years with advertising and promotional activities.
 
Businesses have always come and gone, but these days the ones that go aren’t being replaced by new enterprises. Everything has consolidated to a handful of companies.
iTunes and Amazon rule pre-sales – but neither invest in advertising outside of their small % affiliate programs. YouTube and Facebook are the #1 outlets for promoting anything and they just want your money to support their bottom lines.
 
We must support the labels, stores and artists still willing to put everything on the line for the love of music. Anyone mentioned on my site is part of that.
 
On the subject of piracy, I filed complaints against a Blog yesterday for 9 different MRR related links. And today the bastards have up audio of an album not even released yet.
 
Basically there is very little money in the music industry for independent outlets. Everyone is struggling. Of course to state as much is bad for business… To survive, one must adapt.
 
There has been no decrease in users of the site over the past several years. Stats actually remain very constant and reliable. And I am absolutely dedicated to continuing to give all readers reasons to continue coming back!
But - if I still want to be here next week/month/year, then the focus must shift to where the income is today.
 
And that for me is MelodicRock Records. I’ve put a lot of energy into the label in the last 12 months and I think the results can be seen. In order to continue to focus on the label, there has to be some changes.
 
These changes will commence after this week’s Easter break.
 
 
The biggest change is to place the focus of the site back on reviews. Adding reviews for the latest and upcoming releases (in advance) will be the primary aim of day to day updates at the site.
The delivery of news will take a back seat to reviews.
Once it was awesome to be at the forefront of breaking news, but these days everything is so controlled, so safe and predictable. There is little opportunity today to discuss rumors, expose backroom deals or report a story that hasn’t just gone out on the wires to 45,000 other outlets.
 
Facebook ensures that any news sent anywhere is instantly everywhere else and for someone that thrived on being at the head of the pack, there is little inspiration served by cutting and pasting endless badly written press releases that are designed to say as little as possible.
 
I’m spending so much time cultivating content you can get anywhere else that I’m missing out on doing the thing I truly love – writing.
 
Of course all the important news will still be posted. And all the news that doesn’t get picked up by regular outlets – news from the melodic labels and artists that all too often get ignored. Nothing will change there.
 
You can follow breaking news and comments constantly via my Social Media outlets: Facebook (www.facebook.com/MelRockAU) and Twitter (@melodicrock)
 
It’s time for a shift of focus for my brand. Time for me to get back to what I wanted to do in the early days - exposing as many people as possible to the best music on the planet.
And I’m going to do that via this renewed focus on reviews.
 
Reviews are what have suffered most over the last 12 months and it is with these that I can still deliver exclusive content and do the best possible job of talking about everything that’s available to check out. I’d like to get back to focussing on discussing all new releases – the good, the bad and the Bret Michaels.
 
Additionally, I’ll take this opportunity to say that there are no further MelodicRock Fest events in planning. I’m really looking forward to the first MRF event here in Australia in May (www.melodicrockfest.com) and helping Justin Murr out at Rocknskull vs MRF 2016 in Illinois in October (https://www.facebook.com/events/1508106629513304). I’ll still help Justin and others out where possible if asked, but I’m not planning on doing any more standalone MRF events. The time and effort and stress that go into each one is simply too distracting.
 
 
Back to my other passion – working with artists. MelodicRock Records is something I’m very proud of and want to further expand. Despite those few willing to destroy the scene via uploading albums to pirate blogs, there is still a market for great music from new artists, plus artists that aren’t marquee names that are currently very limited in their options for releasing what we here all love – that “album” format.
 
This is where I can make a difference - and where I intend to focus my time outside of writing more of those reviews than ever. Getting great music and great artists to as many people as possible has always been the one thing I set out to achieve and get a lot of satisfaction out of.
 
I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to offer some truly inspirational artists an offer they can work with and the next 6 months is going to see the release of some truly amazing albums on MelodicRock Records.
 
So MelodicRock.com will focus more heavily on reviews and you’ll also get all the MRR news and previews as well as direct links to purchase. The advantage of selling direct to readers is a vital cog in the survival of the label and the promotion of these artists.
 
But I’m not stopping there.
 
It never ceases to surprise me how many comments I get when talking about past releases folks missed and are now curious about. And when better to take a look back than on a 20th Anniversary year?
 
Over the course of the year ahead I will be running a series of lists titled “20 from 20”. Taking a look back over the last 20 years and the music that has stood the test of time (and some that hasn’t) and the artists that have made it.
 
But first, the 2015 MelRock Awards
 
 
And finally….while I am here seemingly writing up my life story, it seems like a good time to introduce a couple of additional writing projects that I’ve been working on in a very piecemeal fashion for what seems like forever.
 
I harbor ambitions in writing greater than I’ve showcased to date. It’s time to introduce those projects, as perhaps by doing so it will be a catalyst to ensure I stay focussed and don’t come up with new reasons to procrastinate as I have done for too long.
If I’m honest, these ideas may not go as far as I’d like, but at least I will know in myself that I tried and gave it the chance I wanted to.
 
For the past several years I have been working on plans for a story surrounding my site mascot – The Wombat.
Those ideas have grown over time and I now believe there is a very commercial story that could find widespread appeal.
 
I’ll begin the process I think best suited to bringing “Rock Wombat” to life via Kickstarter in the coming weeks/months. As soon as possible... I have an updated Wombat to debut soon thanks to the pen of John Hageman and Mel Smith – two fantastic guys.
 
The other idea we’ll call “The Label”. It’s an idea that I’ve had for a long time - a way of telling some of the unbelievable things that go on in parts of this industry. The dysfunction and the bullshit, parts of which will be drawn from my experiences in the business; everything I have learnt (and shouldn’t have) along the way as well as stories I’ve been told, things I’ve been a party to or just witnessed and some of the strangest stuff – you just couldn’t make some of it up.
 
There are some truly hair-raising tales to be told and some that probably shouldn’t be.
 
As well as looking for investors in both projects, to help fund these plans I will continue to sell off unwanted CDs and LPs from my personal collection over the next month or two via Ebay and will post links when available.
 
And should you feel inclined to support what I’m doing, you can always invest in any of the great MelodicRock Records titles (via www.melodicrockdirect.com) or the upcoming Kickstarter campaign, or simply donate via Paypal using the username: ajm@melodicrock.com
 
Everyone’s support and friendship over the past 20 years has never been taken for granted and is wholly appreciated and friendships cherished. I’m privileged to be among such fine people and to have made so many lasting friendships.
 
It’s time to have some fun again and I believe this is the best way forward, the best way to keep me sane and a way to guarantee I can still be here to deliver the word on what to buy and when to buy it.
 
So maybe this is a slight detour from what everyone is used to, but I’m not going anywhere and long may this crazy ride continue!

 

 
Mon
22
Feb

MRR Out Now - STAR CHASE & INTUITIVE

 
In keeping with MelodicRock Records’ commitment to supporting new talent, the label is proud to announce the signing of two awesome debut albums.
 
Melbourne melodic rockers STAR CHASE and Portugal's INTUITIVE.
 
Both albums are out now and ready to ship. Time to check out another preview track from each of the albums:
 
ORDER STAR CHASE 'The New Day' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
ORDER INTUITIVE 'Reset' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - STAR CHASE and INTUITIVE for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 

 

ORDER LINK FOR AUSTRALIAN BUYERS: STAR CHASE 'Reset' $15AUD (+$3 shipping)

 
 
 
 
 
 

Star Chase is a new 5 piece melodic rock band featuring a very familiar name on lead vocals/guitars – Jason Old from The Radio Sun (and previously Safire, Square one, Someone Elses Life).

Joining Jason in Star Chase are:
Steve Martret - lead guitars/vocals (Safire); Gilbert Annese - drums (Square One,Someone Elses Life); Aaron Suter - keyboards/vocals (Safire); and Anthony Wong - bass/vocals (Someone Elses Life)
 
After the 15th anniversary of the original Safire EP, Steve and Jase began writing together initially for fun, with no other plan other than to write as many songs as they could. This eventually led to having over 20 songs written in a few months. After putting the band together it was clear there was a chemistry so the next step was to record an album with no real expectation. The resulting, The new day is collection of 11 rocking tunes for fans of “two guitar & keyboard“ rock with huge harmonies.
 
This band has their own unique sound. The New Day is an album that will delight fans of Jason and The Radio Sun, but also fans of classic feel good melodic rock, Australian style AOR and songswith big hooks and even bigger harmonies.

Intuitive is the brainchild of ex-Faithfull guitarist Rui Martins. After the end of Faithfull - a project that reached the charts in Japan with its two albums - guitarist and songwriter Rui Martins continued to compose music while playing live with his cover band Roadies, a band with 21 years in the business.

It’s in the midst of the Roadies family that Martins meets Alexandre “Xano” Fernandes, their former singer and also ex-Winesnake (Whitesnake tribute band). Owner of a deep voice and great stage presence, Alexandre Fernandes is the right choice to handle the vocal duties. For the bass spot, Martins invites his longtime friend and ex-Faithfull band mate, Mário Barbosa.
João Colaço (ex-Rage of Angels), one of the most sought-off session drummers in Portugal, completes the quartet.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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