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MelodicRock Records

Tue
21
Mar

ARTI TISI Release 3 Anthology Discs Via MRR April 19

Artist: 
DISC ONE AND DISC TWO - FULL SOUNDBYTES ADDED!
 
Its finally time to announce the full details of the legendary ARTI TISI Archives!
 
We started with 55 tracks and took out a couple of duplicate alternative mixes and a few tracks that didn’t quite sonically match the quality of the main body of tracks. What is left is no less than 47 astonishing tracks that upon play back sound like a greatest hits album from the 80s. Except of course, none of these tracks have ever been released before!
 
Together with Arti Tisi, we’ve arranged the tracks into 3 separate discs that represent their own character and different eras in Arti’s recording career.
 
Disc One is ‘New York City’ – some of Arti Tisi’s best anthems and commercial melodic rockers alongside some amazing ballads.
 
Disc Two is ‘Back Again’ – a compilation of the harder edge of Arti Tisi’s songs, packing a hard rock punch not unlike Dokken, Hurricane, Lynch Mob or Shark Island.
 
Disc Three is ‘The Reeperbahn’ – Arti Tisi’s evolution as a songwriter and performer. This showcases a more diverse and eclectic side of Arti’s writing and vocal performances. There’s some bluesier numbers, a couple of modern rockers, a couple of fun numbers and once again, a couple of very fine ballads with a twist.
 

 
Overall these three discs showcase everything that Arti Tisi produced over a number of years in the 80s and 90s. There is no logical reason why these songs weren’t massive radio hits in the day and why Arti Tisi isn’t a megastar.
 
At least now we can finally take it all in and appreciate the sheer brilliance that is Arti Tisi!
 
‘New York City’, ‘Back Again’ and ‘The Reeperbahn’ are all released April 19. Pre-orders will be shipped prior.
 
All 3 CDs are available individually for $15 (+$5 worldwide airmail shipping).
 
BUT – if you pre-order all 3 CDs ($45 and just $5 worldwide airmail shipping), for a limited time, those that order will get a bonus digital download of some of the additional tracks that make up the complete archive.
 
A special thanks must go out to JK Northrup for his efforts in transferring these tunes from very old DATs and original reel to reel quarter inch tapes and then painstakingly remastered the audio so it now sounds just as good as was originally recorded.
 
Now, please enjoy the full length preview tracks – 2 from each album – and pre-order now!
 
ARTI TISI - The Archive Trilogy (All 3 CDs + Bonus Digital Download) $45 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
ARTI TISI - 'New York City' (1 Disc $15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
ARTI TISI - 'Back Again' (1 Disc $15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
ARTI TISI - 'The Reeperbahn' (1 Disc $15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
  
 
Disc 1 – “New York City” (Soundbytes Added)
 

01 Guilty Heart 04:08
02 A Little Too Early 03:20
03 Can't Live Without You 04:30
04 I'll Be There 04:32
05 Cut And Run 03:58
06 New York City 04:30
07 Love You Too Much 04:30
08 Joanne 05:25
09 One Bad Habit 03:41
10 Knock Knock 03:52
11 Love Finds You Guilty 03:43
12 Change Of Heart 05:45
13 Limits Of Love 04:26
14 Think About Love 04:14
15 My Father's Chair 03:36

 

 
Disc 2 – “Back Again”
 
 

 

 
Disc 3 – “The Reeperbahn”
 
01           I'm The Man                       04:04
02           Inside Story                        04:25
03           Lift Me Up                           04:04
04           Never Easy                          03:55
05           Hang On To Your Life      03:23
06           Black n White Of Love    04:38
07           My Suspicious Side          06:04
08           Restless                               04:22
09           Can't Stop Breaking Down  04:45
10           How I Fell                            03:24
11           When You Love Someone  03:37
12           Rockin Every Night           02:47
13           Night Child Blue                04:03
14           Break Away From You    04:19
15           Mother Naked                  04:11
16           The Reeperbahn              05:09
 

 

 

 

MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the signing one of the best collections of unreleased music to ever be left aside in the vaults, for a deal that will finally see this classic melodic hard rock material released to fans that have been demanding it for two decades.

Only one artist could possibly gather all these names into their recording career: Joe Lynn Turner, Tony Bruno, Al Pitrelli, Al Greenwood, A.J. Pero, Ian McDonald, Mark Hitt, Lincoln Schleifer, Tony Harnell, Bob Held, Phil Woods, Chuck Bonafante and even more…
 
The man that was once considered to replace Lou Gramm when he left Foreigner, a role he could have pulled off with ease.
 
Who else than ARTI TISI!
 
The Arti Tisi legend goes back many years. To the mid-to-late 80s, into the 90s…. Arti Tisi was one of the finest vocalists and go-to guys in the world. But why isn’t he the mega-star that the material demonstrates he should be?
 
It’s a mixture of bad timing, bad luck and bad record labels. Best that Arti explains himself:
 
I would never change a thing, not a single thing. I am so fortunate to have played with so many talents and I feel they were the reason the music was great and the reason I tried to always push myself to keep up. I think the thing is that a lot of the musicians I played with were trying to make a living in other bands. Talents like Al Pitrelli or Tony Bruno or John O’Reilly, they were so fantastic, so in demand. Denny McDermott who was on with Donald Fagen on drums and Mark Hitt on guitar and was soon off playing with John Entwistle.
 
It was so amazing, I had so many opportunities to record and work with many great producers, engineers, studios and musicians. And the constant team of John Greenberg, Billy Phelan and Billy Cinotti kept us together so that we could experience amazing, amazing times like when the guys from Deep Purple came to see us in Connecticut right after the ‘Perfect Strangers’ album and the next thing I know we are signed to Bruce Payne and Thames Talent! I mean c’mon Deep Purple’s management! That same year we began talking to Michael Wagener hoping to get something together between his producing the first White Lion and Skid Row records, then the amazing Jack Ponti who was another great mentor.
 
But I enjoyed working with Al Greenwood and Dave Greenberg the very most, they were the ‘Team’. Dave was an amazing engineer and Al a fantastic producer. Al, Bobby Held, Al Pitrelli and Tony Bruno would help by co-writing with me and getting me some great songs that they had written with Joe Lynn Turner with his amazing vocals, or Jordan Stanley with some fantastic lyrics, I mean we would just go in and record the songs  and everybody would go off and I would do my vocals with Al and David in the studio all of the backgrounds, and the odd guitar or drum part and what a treat to have Al occasionally play a B3 on some tracks and bam – Dave and Al mixed it in an amazing fashion – always.
 
We would do label showcases but then one guy went out with Doro or Alice Cooper so it was hard to get everybody together for longer than just the recording. I remember one time we did a showcase for Atlantic at like 10 o'clock in the morning!
 
We were playing around New York at the China Club or L’Amour Brooklyn, or L’Amour East or the Cat Club to make money, build our fans, hustling, a publishing deal here or there.
 
Then I had these opportunities like when Lou Gramm left Foreigner, I met with Bud Prager to be considered to replace him but Lou was my idol and his idols were my idols, guys like Steve Marriott and Paul Rodgers and then Terry Reid once Al introduced me to him. When Ray Gillen passed away, John Greenberg arranged for me to go to San Diego and audition with Jake E Lee and Badlands. When I was on the plane to California I popped in the tape of some of the songs to learn and the first song I heard was High Wire with Ray killing it!  I think I was paralytic with the guys (laughs) - Everyone I played with was amazing, all true gentlemen. They were so professional and creative; Complete masters of their craft.
 
No matter what the circumstances at the time or the way these tracks were recorded, the fact is they were and they are magnificent!
 
So fate has held them at bay all these years. At times there has been attempts by other labels to release these songs, to no avail. Arti Tisi’s work was left to be heavily traded via cassette in the 90s and then online in recent years. But no one has the masters. Or the complete picture. Until now.
 
After several months of conversations with MelodicRock Records, Arti Tisi is ready to unleash his collected works upon the world.
 
But what was uncovered is nothing short of spectacular. Going back through the collection of DAT tapes and quarter inch tapes was a vault of songs unprecedented in recent memory.
 
Of the 20 or so expected songs MRR was hoping to work with, we are now up to 53, with the possibility of still more.

All the cult classics will be included – A Little Too Early, I’ll Be There, Love You Too Much, Love Finds You Guilty….and plenty of never before heard songs, including a heartfelt cover of Rick Springfield’s My Father’s Chair. More details will be announced soon.
 
So with this rich vault of classic material to go through, fans can be guaranteed a treasure trove of killer music to add to their collections soon. All remastered by the guiding hand of JK Northrup.
 
Work continues on this right now and an announcement about a release will be made prior to the end of the year, with the aim to have this material officially released in the first quarter of 2017.
 
Classic American melodic rock, hard rock and AOR has never sounded better.
Categories: 
Release Year: 
2017
 
Wed
01
Mar

SHOTGUN SYMPHONY - The Last Symphony (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce a partnership with the fantastic East Coast melodic rock favourites SHOTGUN SYMPHONY for a complete overhaul of their discography in one special, limited edition package.
 
Regretfully, it is due to this special package that I have to announce a 1 week delay to the release. I was informed today that the slipcases printed up for the release have been incorrectly manufactured and do not fit over the CDs. So they are scrapping and re-printing, but the delay will hold up delivery until later next week. All pre-orders will be shipped the day they touch down.
The Johnny Lima release is also subject to this delay.
 
Please enjoy all the soundbytes from the 3 remastered albums (audio taken from the new masters), plus the 4th disc of rarities--------> 
 
 

SHOTGUN SYMPHONYThe Last Symphony is a 4-Disc set housed in two double jewel cases, with each one individually sealed, with a special slipcase that both discs go into. It was designed especially for this occasion.

Featured on the discs will be the albums Shotgun Symphony, On the Line of Fire and Sea of Desire all re-mastered from the original tapes!
 
On the 4th disc is a collection of the band’s rarities over the years - b-sides, bonus tracks, song demos, live recordings + a newly recorded version of Carousel of Broken Dreams with the band’s original line up and producer from the debut CD.
 
This is the first time the original line-up (including Ron) have been in the studio since 1999 and the first time working with Alan Douches (producer of the debut) in 25 years.
 
The 4-Disc set will retail for $50 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
 
THE LAST SYMPHONY $50 (Incl Worldwide Shipping)
PRE-ORDER NOW! RELEASED MARCH 8
 
 
 

MRR DEAL! JOHNNY LIMA & SHOTGUN SYMPHONY REISSUES - $70 (Incl. Worldwide Shipping - SAVE $5)

 
DISC ONE: SHOTGUN SYMPHONY
 
01.   Highway to Tomorrow   
02.   What Happens to Love   
03.   Way Back Home   
04.   Turn Around   
05.   Broken Promises   
06.   Lost Child   
07.   She's in Love   
08.   Running   
09.   Bitter Sweet Poison   
10.   Goodbye to the Night
 
DISC TWO: ON THE LINE OF FIRE
 
01.   Generation Clash
02.   Tell Me Why
03.   On the Line of Fire
04.   Hard to Hold Onto
05.   Thaw
06.   Solitary Zone
07.   Into the Vibe
08.   What It's Like
09.   Salvation
10.   This I Know
11.   Big Mistake
12.   Still The Same
 
DISC THREE: SEA OF DESIRE
 
01.   Sea of Desire
02.   Believe in Me
03.   Dancing on Fire
04.   S.O.S.
05.   Heart of Glass
06.   What I Wouldn't Give
07.   The Way That You Feel
08.   Phases
09.   Inside Out
10.   Between the Eyes (Eyes of Anger Part II)
 
DISC FOUR: THE BONUS TRACKS
 
01. Carousel Of Broken Dreams (New 2017)*
02. Highway To Tomorrow (Live 2010)+
03. Lost Child (Live 2010)+
04. Look Away (Unreleased 1993)†
05. What Happens To Love (Unedited Version 1993)†
06. Running (Song Demo 1992)
07. Turn Around (Live Acoustic 1994)•
08. Broken Promises (Live Acoustic 1994)•
09. Goodbye To The Night (Live Acoustic 1994)•
10. The One (Song Demo 2010)
11. A New Beginning (Song Demo 2010)
 
*Produced by Alan Douches & Shotgun Symphony
+Taken from the “Live from Firefest” CD courtesy of www.rocktopiarecords.com
†Taken from the debut CD recording sessions
•Recorded live at the FNAC Paris
 
FULL LENGTH AUDIO PREVIEWS! Newly remastered audio...
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon
06
Feb

JOHNNY LIMA - Johnny Lima & Made In California (MRR Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce another blast from the past, partnering with the one and only JOHNNY LIMA to reissue his long out of print self-titled debut (1996) album and the similarly out of print Made In California (2003).
 
The albums will be issued on a double disc jewel case with deluxe slipcover limited edition package on MARCH 1.
 
And yes, of course there are bonus tracks!
 
The 2-Disc set will retail for $25 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide for MRR.
 
 
JOHNNY LIMA - JOHNNY LIMA & MADE IN CALIFORNIA - $25 (Incl. Worldwide Shipping)
 
 
JOHNNY LIMA & SHOTGUN SYMPHONY REISSUES - $70 (Incl. Worldwide Shipping - SAVE $5)
 
 
HEY! I've already ordered Shotgun Symphony - add Lima in for me will ya? ($20)
 
 
CHECK OUT THE NEWLY ADDED ALBUM SOUNDBYTES --->
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Mon
05
Dec

JADED PAST - Believe (Showcase)

Artist: 
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’.
 
 
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Mon
28
Nov

MECCA - 3 (Showcase)

Artist: 
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
 

 

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Fri
25
Nov

BRYAN COLE - Sands Of Time (Showcase)

Artist: 
Sands Of Time
Produced By: 
Bryan Cole & Doug Kasper
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
New artists are what will sustain and grow this scene. It is essential to develop and expose new talent and despite the challenges of doing such, MelodicRock Records continues to bring the best undiscovered artists to the ever hungry fans of all things melodic.
 
One of Pittsburgh’s most gifted singer/guitarists will make his mark with this debut. Please make room in your music collections for BRYAN COLE and his sensational debut album ‘Sands Of Time’.
 
OUT NOW!
 
 
 
 
OUT NOW ON ALL DIGITAL PLATFORMS
 

 
Now here's one more preview track!
 
 
Melodic rock fans have been in need of an album just like this – the classic sound of bands like Giant, Bad English, Survivor and both Pride Of Lions and Brett Walker – the latter two artists both included in the material that comprises Sands Of Time.
 
Bryan Cole - "I have to say that I took a lot of time and care in recording my debut album ‘Sands Of Time’ and I knew I would go through the same process in finding the right label home for my music. I'm proud and honored to be a part of the MRR family and all the talented acts on their roster. Andrew McNeice and Melodic Rock Records, truly cares about their artists and I'm humbled and honored that they gave me a chance to make MY music and give me the extraordinary opportunities that the label offers Sands of Time is truly the first album project that is so honest, so pure and so Me! Every musical and vocal influence from my earliest memory, through my adult life is shown ever so clearly in this record and I'm so proud of it!"
 
The whole idea for the record came from Bryan recording a demo of the classic Brett Walker/Carl Dixon song ‘More Than a Memory.’ The feedback was unanimous, with Bryan receiving very positive and encouraging responses.
 
“I knew I was on to something very special. I began searching and writing material with the hopes of finding enough great songs to record a EP or full length album. During the course of this grueling process, I had experienced many personal and life changing experiences. The loss of several loved ones had brought me to my lowest point emotionally and I felt I couldn't go on being creative and making music. Out of the blue, I received a message from an old friend in Nashville, TN that heard my demo and had an idea of the perfect person to hook me up with.”
 
That person would be none other than Jim Peterik from Survivor. Bryan grew up listening to Survivor, Journey and many other classic AOR/Melodic Rock groups of the late 70's and 80's, so working with Jim was a dream come true. Jim Peterik contributed four amazing songs to the project that followers of Jim will recognize quickly.
 
Bryan continued to look for more songs that fit his style and lyrically had the right substance that he was looking for. Songwriters Joie Scott, Larry King and Steven McClintock, graciously lent their writing talents to the project. Bryan decided to record a second great Brett Walker song and to complete the album, and together with his long time writing partner DJ Gleason the duo wrote two songs to round out the album.
 
In conclusion, Bryan elaborates on the album recording process: “In addition to all of the great songwriters, I wanted to bring in the right group of musicians to help in the recording process. My first pick was former Giant bassist Mike Brignardello. I've been a Giant fan from their first record and they have always been a major influence on my music. I contacted Mike through a mutual friend and he jumped at the chance to be a part of the record.
 
The recording took approximately one whole year, with recording all of the tracks in my home studio in Pittsburgh, PA and Mike Brignardello recording his tracks in Nashville. I then appointed my longtime friend and mix engineer Doug Kasper, to mix the record at Tonic Recording Studios in Pittsburgh. Throughout this process, I began friendly conversations online with various industry folks including Andrew McNeice of MelodicRock Records. I had expressed interest in finding the right label home upon completion of the record. I just had a great feeling that MRR, was going to be the right fit. I was right! After submitting some rough mixes, I was offered a record deal with MelodicRock Records!
The label appointed Nello Dell'Omo to do the artwork and design and JK Northrup for final mastering. Both are absolutely brilliant! I'm honored to have worked with them.
 
To sum things up... Sands Of Time is a true inside look of who I really am. The musical and vocal influences that helped to mold me into the artist I am today and who I will continue to learn from. The happiness and sadness, as well as the struggles. They are all grains of sand that make me who I am.....the beginning.”
 
‘Sands Of Time’ track listing:
01. Burning With A Reason (J.Peterik, J.Van Zant)
02. Hard To Find An Easy Way (B.Walker)
03. When Love Breaks (S.Mcclintock)
04. What Kind Of Fool (J.Peterik)
05. Turn To Me (J.Peterik)
06. I’ll Be There For You (B.Cole, D.Gleeson)
07. We Lost The Fire (B.Cole, D.Gleeson)
08. More Than A Memory (B.Walker, C.Dixon)
09. Is It Really Love (S.Mcclintock)
10. Courage To Love (J.Peterik)
11. Nothing Matters (J.Scott, L.King)
 
It’s time to take a look into ‘Sands Of Time’ with the lead track ‘We Lost The Fire’, one of Bryan’s original tunes, showing his guitar and vocal skills off perfectly.
The album is released November 25 via MRR.
 

 
 
 
 
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Mon
17
Oct

ROADKILL - Extinct (Showcase)

Artist: 
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.
 
 
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Fri
14
Oct

DANGERANGEL - All The King's Horses (Showcase)(Order Here)

OUT NOW! Digital Due October 21 / EU Retail Release October 21
 
NEW VIDEO!
 

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the addition of another kick ass hard rock act to the label.
 
Please join us in welcoming Greek rock stars DANGERANGEL for the release of their hard hitting brand new studio opus All The King’s Horses.
 
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.
 
This time around, the production has been undertaken by the band, with new engineer for the mixing and mastering process. The songs are more powerful, heavier and more complex in their structure. The music has evolved, the lyrics have evolved, using the previous album as the stepping stone to the end that the band had in mind more than 4 years ago. This new album will be the defining moment for DangerAngel.
 
OUT NOW!
 
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)
 
 

 
And today is the world premiere of the band’s first video and single from the album – ‘Who You Are’:
 

 
DangerAngel All The King’s Horses is out worldwide now on MelodicRock Records.
 
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.
 
You can see a clip from that set below (but please note this is not the final audio mix):
 

 
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 4:38
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
 
DangerAngel are:
Tony V – Drums
Rudy Rallis – Bass
BJ – Vocals (Soto)
Ethan Snow – Guitars
Ahas – Keyboards
 
DangerAngel is a Hard/Heavy rock band coming from Athens, Greece. Formed in 2006, they have released two albums titled “Danger Angel” (2010) and “Revolutia” (2013). They are one of the most prominent bands in Greece and they maintain a healthy following around the world, after their two albums have been released worldwide to wide acclaim by fans and critics alike.
 
Members come from different backgrounds, Ethan Snow (guitars) and Rudy Rallis (bass) being former members of rock, hard rock and heavy metal bands like Sacrament, Vertigo and Delivers Of Rock, while AHAS (keyboards) came from a more funk-RnB oriented background, also being a founding member of the Christian Rock band “the Floks”, with whom he released two albums “No Matter What” (2003) and “Ystati Katharotita (tr. Ultimate Purity)” (2009). He was also the keyboards player for the Greek pop-rock band Nekyia (Warner Music) with whom he released an album titled “I Ekdikisi Tis Siopis (tr. Revenge Of Silence)” (2009). His ex-side project “Mamacita On Fire” was a band of a more Rock-RnB style. AHAS, is a certified keyboards, piano and jazz theory professor and also plays the trumpet. AHAS is also responsible for the Administration, Management and Maintenance departments of the “Anagennisi” (tr. Renaissance) Conservatory in Athens, Greece. 
 
Tony V. (drums) was a former member of Silver R.I.S.C. in the early nineties, with whom he released an album in 1992, titled “Anything She Does”. Tony has been a sought after session drummer ever since.
 
Vocalist B.J. started his career at 17, being a member of Brazilian local bands like Henceforth and Skyscraper while he recorded his first album at 18 with The Pills, making his debut appearance in the Brazilian MTV. Constant member of the Brazilian hard rock band Tempestt, he released an album titled “Bring ’em On” in 2008 followed by a world tour. He released his first solo album in 2013, titled “Acoustic Heroes” as a tribute to his influences. Since 2009 he is a steady member of the Jeff Scott Soto band and since 2014 he is a member of the new Jeff Scott Soto project SOTO. In 2014, he performed with Talisman as a keyboard player and back vocalist for their much anticipated reunion performance at the Sweden Rock Festival. Apart from his amazing vocal talent, BJ expertly plays guitar and keyboards.
 
Danger Angel and BJ introduced the new lineup in 2014 with the brand new track and video “Will You Follow.”
 
The future for DangerAngel in 2016 is already set in motion. A new, exciting singer, a new album and a new music direction. 
 
‘All The King’s Horses’ arrives September 30.
 
 
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Fri
14
Oct

SERPENTINE SKY $10 Dive In Deal!

 
MelodicRock Records is really excited to have another great Aussie rock band join the label roster. Melbourne based SERPENTINE SKY launch their self-titled debut album October 30.
 
DIVE IN DEAL - $10 + FREE SHIPPING!
 
 
 
"Serpentine Sky" Track Listing:
01. A Whole Lotta Love
02. Nobody's Girl
03. For Love The Way
04. Everybody Wears A Symbol
05. Look Into My Eyes
06. You're The One
07. Strong Is The Love
08. Groovy Feelin'
09. Flower Dolls
10. Midnight
11. Emotional Riot (Bonus Track, All Editions)
 
Additional Special Edition Bonus Tracks:
12. Strong Is The Love (Live Acousic Version)
13. Look Into My Eyes (Live Acoustic Version)
14. Sex And Money (1988 Demo - Dedicated To GK) 
 
Serpentine Sky is:

Patrick Creamer - Vocals
Zakk Zedras - Guitar
Rexx Fernandez - Guitar
Clinton Roche - Bass
Craig Whitelock - Drums
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Release Year: 
2015
 
Wed
21
Sep

THE RADIO SUN - Outside Looking In (Showcase)(Order Here)

 
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.
 
Here is the Tshirt that goes with the CD/T pack, which you can preorder while VERY LIMITED stock lasts - please indicate size required!
 

'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 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.
 
And New Video!!
 
 
 
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.
 
Please enjoy a brand new preview - the album's awesome opening track:
 

 
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)
 
 
 

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Fri
26
Aug

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA - Sour Grapes (Showcase)

Sour Grapes
Produced By: 
House Of Shakira
Release Date: 
August 26
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
OUT NOW! HOUSE OF SHAKIRA IS OUT WORLDWIDE!
 
ORDER HOUSE OF SHAKIRA 'Sour Grapes' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - JADED PAST and HOUSE OF SHAKIRA for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping).
 
 
 
 
One more track to celebrate the official release day for SOUR GRAPES!
 
 
 
Here is another full length preview and check out the rest of the album's soundbytes:
 

 
Review Quote from Get Ready To Rock: "There are two absolute monster tunes on here in the shape of ‘Bend The River’ (which sees the band’s trademark harmony vocals in overload) and ‘Hopeless Case’, the latter sees the band use keyboards to full effect. This is why I love this band their ability to produce a catchy tune and a chorus that doesn’t leave your head for days after first hearing it. Andreas Novak is singing up a storm on these two and you can see why House Of Shakira were quick to employ his services after leaving Mind’s Eye.

Quite possibly their best outing since the heady days of their ‘Lint’ album, yes it is really that good. House Of Shakira are one of the most consistent and enjoyable melodic hard rock bands out there, long may that continue. ****1/2"

 
 
One of Sweden’s legacy melodic rock acts HOUSE OF SHAKIRA are ready to deliver the best serving of Sour Grapes you’ve ever been fed.
 
Keeping the momentum going since lead singer Andreas Novak joined the band, Sour Grapes is the band’s third since Andreas’ 2012 debut. And as like the last album, the band has taken things to the next level, with more harmonies, more chorus hooks and more layers of everything….including for the very first time – keyboards!
 
Says frontman Andreas Novak: "A witty bio-update would be nice...just really can't figure out what...it’s the same line-up...Feel free to improvise on that one, Andrew - it doesn't even have to be true, just as long as it's good."
 
Label CEO Andrew McNeice: "Following Andreas’ instructions, I’d like to claim that owning Sour Grapes will improve your standing with the opposite sex; it will cure you of any hangover; playing it loud to your neighbors will indeed boost your reputation as the coolest person in the street and best of all, buying a CD will infinitely increase the riches of the band and the record label, allowing us all to retire that little bit sooner to the tropical island we have put a deposit on.”
 
House Of Shakira are a Swedish rock formed by guitarists Mats Hallstensson and Anders Lundström that started out in Stockholm around 1991 under the moniker The Station. The mid 1990's saw the band change their name to House of Shakira, named after a London bordello.
 
In their 25 year history the band has released seven previous studio albums, all of which have left their mark, making the band one of Sweden's best known musical exports as well as hometown heroes. Their famed debut album "Lint" remains a genre classic.
 
The House Of Shakira line-up of Mats Hallstensson (guitars), Anders Lundström (guitars), Andreas Novak (vocals) and the blistering rhythm section of Basse Blyberg (bass) and Martin Larsson (drums) locked themselves away in the studio, in what’s become a ritual designed to produce more glorious Scandinavian melodies.
 
Following the albums “House Of Shakira" and "Pay To Play"; the brilliant new “Sour Grapes” will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records/Cargo Records on CD August 26 and via digital outlets two weeks later on September 9.
 
 
And we are excited to debut the first brand new 2016 song for HoS right now. Here's 'Trial By Fire'!
 

 

 

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Fri
03
Jun

OUTLASTED - Into The Night (Showcase)

Artist: 
Into The Night
Produced By: 
Outlasted
Running Time: 
40
Release Date: 
July 1
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
 
PRE-ORDERS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION OPEN NOW!
 
ORDER OUTLASTED 'Into The Night' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
MelodicRock Records further expands its international roster with the signing of hot Norwegian newcomers OUTLASTED.
 
MRR will release the debut OUTLASTED album ‘Into The Night’ on July 1 in in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
The album is produced by guitarist Terje Fløyli and expertly mastered by Harry Hess.
 
One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted’s harmonic and melodic lineup comprises Glenn Wikran on vocals, Terje Fløyli on guitars, and Odd-Børge Hansen at the piano and keyboards. On the rhythmic side of its tracks are Aleksander Schjølberg holding down the bass, and drummer Rune Erling Pedersen who provides the percussive pyrotechnics of this exciting new ensemble that features great hooks, catchy choruses, and full background harmonies provided by all band members.
 
With a dedication to musical excellence, Outlasted fuses the sound of the golden age of recording with the compelling songwriting of classic rock and brings both into the future with modern production techniques and stellar musicianship.
 
Having played their first official gig as Outlasted on November 29, 2014, newfound fans can look forward to a full album release on July 1, 2016 featuring artwork by Italy’s premier graphic designer, Nello Dell’Omo of Art for Music Studio in Naples. In the meantime, to satisfy your urge for more inspired music, Outlasted has released its first video: “Someone Like You” - mixed to sound the way rock should by Ronny Wikmark (Stage Dolls) at Nidaros Studio in Trondheim, Norway.
 
The song feature a solid, punchy rhythm section, soaring vocals, and beautifully textured arrangements—in short, melodic rock at its finest.
 
 
 
 
 
OUTLASTED is:
Glenn Wikran - Vocals & Additional Guitars
Terje Fløyli - Guitars
Odd-Børge Hansen - Piano & Keyboards
Aleksander Schjølberg - Bass
Rune Pedersen - Drums
 
OUTLASTED – Into The Night
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock
CAT#: MRR047
 
Produced and Engineered by Terje Fløyli
Mix and Post Production by Ronny Wikmark
 
Additional Musicians:
Rune Bryn: Drums on All Tracks
Rickard Johannesson: Bass on Track 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 10
Kjetil Andreassen: Acoustic Guitar on Track 3
Lasse Ingebrigtsen: Backing Vocals on All Tracks Except Track 9
Ronny Wikmark: Additional Keyboards
Mastered By Harry Hess At Hbomb Mastering, Canada
 
And here is another full length preview track from the debut album! Pre-orders available shortly.
 

 
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Fri
03
Jun

PARIS - The World Outside (Showcase)

Artist: 
The World Outside
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
July 1
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
PRE-ORDERS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION OPEN NOW!
 
ORDER PARIS 'The World Outside' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
02. When You Find Love
03. Looking For You
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
06. I Feel Fine
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
 
11. Stronger (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
 
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Fri
29
Apr

PJ FARLEY - Boutique Sound Frames (Showcase)

Artist: 
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
 
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Sat
26
Mar

JULY REIGN & SHOWBIZ Out Now

Artist: 
Here Comes The Flood
Produced By: 
Sheldon Scrivner
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
OUT NOW
 
March 23 is the date for yet another classy debut album from MelodicRock Records. This time it’s time to get your metal on with JULY REIGN.
 
JULY REIGN is an international recording project featuring Sheldon Scrivner of Missoula, Montana, USA, Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Domain, Evidence One, Dead End Heroes) of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Mark Duran of Denver, Colorado.
 

SHOWBIZ’ debut album Enjoy The Ride will be released worldwide from March 23.

 
ORDER JULY REIGN 'Here Comes The Flood' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - SHOWBIZ and JULY REIGN for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Now here is another full length tune you can check out from the album and 90 second soundbytes are also available to sample.
 
 
 

 

 
After hearing Evidence One on Pandora, Sheldon contacted Carsten and asked him if he would be interested in collaborating on some recordings and sent him a few music samples. Carsten quickly responded and said he indeed would be interested, and the seeds of July Reign were planted.
 
A few songs evolved into a whole album. Sheldon and Mark's friendship and musical relationship go way back in time to the big-hair metal days of the late 80s in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Sheldon is influenced by the melodic emotion of David Gilmore, the energy of Joe Satriani, the fretboard acrobatics of guitar greats like Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, and many others. He has forged his own style of coaxing fire and passion out of six strings. Inspired early on by the hard rock guitarists of the 70s, weaned on the guitar frenzy heydays of the 80s, and energized by today's modern generation of shredders, Sheldon's playing has never been better.
 
Having played over the years in various bands and recording projects from the Bay Area in California to Phoenix, Arizona, Sheldon moved to Montana in '99.
 
JULY REIGN is:
Sheldon Scrivner: Guitars & Keys
Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz: Vocals
Mark Duran: Drums
 
 
JULY REIGN’s debut album Here Comes The Flood will be released worldwide by MelodicRock Records on March 23.
 
Pre-orders available shortly.
 

 
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Tue
01
Mar

JULY REIGN - Here Comes The Flood (Showcase)

Artist: 
Here Comes The Flood
Produced By: 
Sheldon Scrivner
Running Time: 
54
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Metal
 
March 23 is the date for yet another classy debut album from MelodicRock Records. This time it’s time to get your metal on with JULY REIGN.
 
JULY REIGN is an international recording project featuring Sheldon Scrivner of Missoula, Montana, USA, Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz (Domain, Evidence One, Dead End Heroes) of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Mark Duran of Denver, Colorado.
 

SHOWBIZ’ debut album Enjoy The Ride will be released worldwide from March 23.

 

You can pre-order JULY REIGN now:
 
ORDER JULY REIGN 'Here Comes The Flood' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - SHOWBIZ and JULY REIGN for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Now here is another full length tune you can check out from the album and 90 second soundbytes are also available to sample.
 
 
 

 

 
After hearing Evidence One on Pandora, Sheldon contacted Carsten and asked him if he would be interested in collaborating on some recordings and sent him a few music samples. Carsten quickly responded and said he indeed would be interested, and the seeds of July Reign were planted.
 
A few songs evolved into a whole album. Sheldon and Mark's friendship and musical relationship go way back in time to the big-hair metal days of the late 80s in Phoenix, Arizona.
 
Sheldon is influenced by the melodic emotion of David Gilmore, the energy of Joe Satriani, the fretboard acrobatics of guitar greats like Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert, Vinnie Moore, and many others. He has forged his own style of coaxing fire and passion out of six strings. Inspired early on by the hard rock guitarists of the 70s, weaned on the guitar frenzy heydays of the 80s, and energized by today's modern generation of shredders, Sheldon's playing has never been better.
 
Having played over the years in various bands and recording projects from the Bay Area in California to Phoenix, Arizona, Sheldon moved to Montana in '99.
 
JULY REIGN is:
Sheldon Scrivner: Guitars & Keys
Carsten 'Lizard' Schulz: Vocals
Mark Duran: Drums
 
 
JULY REIGN’s debut album Here Comes The Flood will be released worldwide by MelodicRock Records on March 23.
 
Pre-orders available shortly.
 

 
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Tue
01
Mar

SHOWBIZ - Enjoy The Ride (Showcase)

Artist: 
Enjoy The Ride
Produced By: 
ShowBiz
Running Time: 
45
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
MY APOLOGIES - BUT DUE TO MANUFACTURING ERROR, JULY REIGN & SHOWBIZ HAVE BOTH BEEN DELAYED UNTIL FRIDAY APRIL 1. SHIPPING OF PRE-ORDERS WILL GO OUT ASAP.
 
 
MelodicRock Records is heading back to Madrid for the next signing to the label. 
MRR is pleased to help introduce the world to SHOWBIZ and their fabulous uptempo, classic melodic hard rock.
 
SHOWBIZ’ debut album Enjoy The Ride will be released worldwide from March 23.
 
You can pre-order SHOWBIZ now:
 
ORDER SHOWBIZ 'Enjoy The Ride' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - SHOWBIZ and JULY REIGN for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Now here is another full length tune you can check out from the album and 90 second soundbytes are also available to sample.
 
 

 
Enjoy The Ride is a prime high energy mix of Firehouse, Van Halen and Poison, delivered with a crunching production and some truly memorable songs and blazing guitars.
 
ShowBiz is a band formed by Albert Maroto, ex-guitar player of Dreamaker and Dark Moor, who in the last decade has recorded several albums and toured around Spain and around the world.
He's also a die-hard fan of hard rock music in all its styles and eras, so he decided to begin writing songs of this musical style a few years ago, finishing his first ShowBiz full album Enjoy the Ride.
 
The band is also Nacho Arriaga on drums (Arwen, Monterrey and ex Inn-trance) and Xone Aranda on bass (Time Symmetry).
 
Albert Maroto - Lead Vocals & Guitars
Nacho Arriaga - Drums
Xone Aranda - Bass
 
And no introduction would be complete without a taste of what the album offers. So here are the first two tracks from the album – the opening track (and lyric video) What U See is What U Get as well as the following track, the instant classic Everybody's Got A Chance.
 
Both SHOWBIZ and the also announced JULY REIGN will be available for pre-order shortly.
 
 
 
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Wed
10
Feb

INTUITIVE - Reset (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records continues its strong affinity with exotic artists, quality melodic hard rock and fostering new artists that deserve exposure alongside the icons of the business.
 
One artist that fits all three of the above criteria is Portugese rockers INTUITIVE.
 
MRR will release Intuitive’s debut album ‘Reset’ on February 26.
 
GET IT FIRST! PRE-ORDER INTUITIVE 'Reset' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - INTUITIVE and STAR CHASE for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
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.
 
And so Intuitive is born - with no score to settle with the past and with their eyes set on the future. Melodic and powerful hard rock with a positive attitude is the soundtrack for this journey.  
 
The story is yet to be written, but Intuitive will try to write it with passion. With enthusiasm and humility, the band is ready to showcase the music in all corners of the world, and is thrilled to join the ranks of MelodicRock Records with this first release. Called ‘Reset’, it represents that fresh new start that we all, sometimes, seem to need and that the world so urgently desires.  
 
Intuitive‘s debut ‘Reset‘ will be released via MRR on February 26.
 
Pre-orders available now. Check out two FULL LENGTH preview tracks!
 

 

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Wed
10
Feb

STAR CHASE - The New Day (Showcase)

Artist: 
The New Day
Produced By: 
Star Chase
Running Time: 
44
Release Date: 
February 26
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR / Melodic Rock
 
In keeping with MelodicRock Records’ commitment to supporting new talent, the label is proud to announce the signing of another great new artist and their debut album – this time it’s from Melbourne melodic rockers STAR CHASE.
 
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.
 
Star Chase’s debut album will be released via MRR on February 26.
 

PRE-ORDERS OPEN!

 
CURRENTLY SOLD OUT!
 
 
Get ready for The New Day by checking out TWO FULL LENGTH TRACKS from the debut!
 
 
 

 

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Mon
01
Feb

AMBOAJE - All About Living (Showcase)

Artist: 
All About Living
Produced By: 
Amboaje
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
January 29
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
ORDER THE AMBOAJE DEBUT ALBUM. OUT NOW ON MRR/GMG.
 
BUY AMBOAJE CD:
 
 
OR:
 
MRR JANUARY DEAL - ORDER MRCD13 & AMBOAJE TOGETHER HERE FOR JUST $40 (THAT INCLUDES SHIPPING WORLDWIDE) That's 4CDs of material shipped out immediately.
 
 
 
 
NEW SONG! "My Heart Is Strong"
 
 
 
 

 
'All About Living' delivers pure Rock with memorable vocals and a unique style.
 
Amboaje pronounced (am-bo-age), led by front man Toni Amboaje who is by all accounts a self-taught composer with pure Rock running through his veins,
is a high-energy artist with his feet on the ground.
 
Toni began his solo career in 2011 when his self-penned songs won the XIV Ciudad de Oviedo Rock Contest. He performed his compositions that year and the following in front of thousands of people. In 2012 Toni competed successfully in the popular television program "The Voice". Out of 70,000 participants he reached the finals with his interpretation of Tina Turner's "Simply the Best" and was one of only 10 singers who were able to conquer all four judges: Melendi, Malu, Rosario and David Bisbal.
 
For more than five weeks the program was the undisputed leader in media impact on the social networks, with more than 15,000 followers.
 
For 2015 Toni has put the final touches on his new LP "All About Living" with a super band that bears his name. A very special collection of unforgettable songs with major collaborations, this is a recording for the ages.
 
All About Living represents a great jump at all levels and will surely stand as a before and after moment in his career. A career which boast 10 years as a composer and singer, more than 15,000 albums sold and over 200 concerts vast television experience.
It's safe to say Toni Amboaje's quest to be a unique artist who delivers classic American Rock is realized.
 
Track listing:
 
01. Over and Over Again
02. All About Living
03. Rise & Fall with You
04. Able
05. Five Years Gone
06. Gotta Be A Good Girl
07. Something to Say
08. Give Me The Real Thing
09. It’s Always You (w/ Paula Rojo)
10. Feels Like Saturday Night
11. My Heart is Strong
12. Once
 
 

 
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Mon
06
Jul

CONSTANCIA - Final Curtain (Showcase)

 
SPECIAL EDITION LIMITED STOCK STILL AVAILABLE.
 
MelodicRock Records will release the brand new studio album from Swedish melodic hard rockers CONSTANCIA.
 
Their new album is ‘Final Curtain’, which is the long awaited sequel to the first album ‘Lost And Gone’ (Frontiers/King Records, 2009).
 
Special Edition Track Listing (Featuring 3 exclusive bonus tracls! Limited Edition):
01. Don't Tread On My Heart
02. Spectres
03. Way To Life
04. Live A Lie
05. Hang Tough
06. Lucidia
07. Hold On My Heart
08. Greyhound Therapy
09. Lies Within Lies
(Bonus Track)
10. Little Fighter
11. In Your Eyes
12. Final Curtain
13. Wake Up Dreaming
(Bonus Track)
14. Trail Of Tears (Bonus Track)(Feat. Michael Mueller-Jaded Heart)
 
 
 CONSTANCIA 'Final Curtain' Special Edition $15 + $5 Shipping Worldwide

MelodicRock Records is excited to launch another full track preview of the coming album, with the great melodic hard rocker 'Hold On My Heart'
 
 
Don’t Tread:
 

 
Once again, following the fantastic reception to the ROOM EXPERIENCE Special Edition, the CONSTANCIA’s ‘Final Curtain’ release will also be available direct from MRR as a Special Edition limited release – again featuring three exclusive bonus tracks!
 
Another July 10 release from MRR is set to be announced and then details of pre-orders will be made available.
 
CONSTANCIA is:
David Fremberg: vocals (Andromeda)
Janne Stark: guitar (Grand Design, Overdrive, Locomotive Breath)
Mikael Rosengren: keyboards (Token, Scudiero)
Linus Abrahamsson: bass (Andromeda)
TrumPeter Svensson: drums (Faith, Mercy, Locomotive Breath)
 
 
Press comments for the first album 'Lost And Gone' (Frontiers/King Records 2009):
 
Classic Rock - 8/10 - “Class like this doesn’t come along too often”
Powerplay - “Climb up a mountain, rip out a guitar solo and remember that bands like Constancia are here to make rock music fun again”.
Fireworks - “…”Lost and Gone” is up there with the best of them”
Festivalfoto - 5/5 - “This is Top 3 of 2009”
Rock realms - 85/100
Rock Hard - 8/10
Rock It - 8/10
Spark - 4,5/5
Aardshock - 80/100
Scream - 4/5
Heavy Magazine - 9/10
 
History:
 
It all started in 2007, as the brainchild of former Scudiero/Token keyboard player Mikael Rosengren. He had written a bunch of songs that he wanted to record. He got in touch with guitarist Janne Stark (Overdrive, Grand Design, Locomotive Breath etc) and asked him to lay down some guitars. Janne loved the songs and got more and more involved in the process, and the seeds of Constancia were sown.
 
They now felt it was time to get a full band together. Janne contacted drummer Peter “TrumPeter” Svensson (ex-Mercy, Faith), with whom he had worked in Overheat, Locomotive Breath and Mountain of Power. Mikael drafted Jaded Heart bassist Michael Mueller, and they tried out various vocalists before finding David Fremberg. David is also fronting progressive rockers Andromeda and had also worked with Janne on his first Mountain Of Power album. They overcame the vast geographical distances, with Mueller living in Germany, and the debut album “Lost And Gone” saw the light of day in July 2009. The producer, Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed, Token, Eclipse), was carefully selected after the band had received outstanding test mixes from great people like Beau Hill, Pontus Norgren and Pelle Saether. Fredrik was just right for the band’s “melogressive” metal (melodic, yet a bit aggressive and a touch progressive). The album received rave reviews in magazines like Classic Rock, Rock Hard, PowerPlay, Fireworks and Rock It.
 
The geographical distances however made it difficult for the band to get a good live situation going.
 
In 2013 the work process for the band’s second album started. Since Michael Mueller was busy with other musical projects the band had to find a new bass player. Janne, David and drummer Peter are from the same region, and they figured getting a bass player from that region would be a good idea. Why not someone they already knew? Enter Linus Brahamson, also a member of Andromeda. Instead of rushing out a new album, the band let the process take some time and the band spent 2013 and most part of 2014 working on the songs, recording and mixing. The way the song-writing process goes is: Mikael writes the basic structure of the song with some vocal and lyrical ideas, then sends it to Janne, who pitches in with some additional ideas, arrangements, melodies and lyrics. David then adds some of his vocal melodies. This time the production was also kept under the Constancia umbrella. Since David is working as a producer, why not let him do it? This was a very smart plan, since David already had a lot of great production ideas.
 
Final Curtain? Is this the end? No way! The title track is about the end of a life but also that there may be something new and exciting behind that final curtain. A lot of the lyrical themes on the album reflect things and thoughts of everyday life such as not being true to yourself, political hypocrisy, the birth of a child, long bus rides with people not of your choice, love and the fascination of fear.
 
CONSTANCIA ‘Final Curtain’ is released via MelodicRock Records on July 10.
 

 

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2015
 
Fri
27
Mar

EAR MUSIC Making Moves Into USA Market

earMUSIC PARTNERS WITH ENTERTAINMENT ONE DISTRIBUTION (eONE DISTRIBUTION) FOR EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION IN THE U.S.
 
NEW RELEASES FROM ASH, DEEP PURPLE, ANGRA, THUNDER, GAMMA RAY + MORE ON THE WAY
(New York, N.Y.): earMUSIC has signed an exclusive deal with Entertainment One Distribution for distribution in the U.S., it was announced today. The deal is the first of many planned elements that will further nurture the earMusic label, brand and artists in the United States in 2015 and beyond.
 
Max Vaccaro, General Manager of earMUSIC comments, "During the first five years of earMUSIC, we have seen our label becoming a constant presence on the charts all over Europe. After some excellent years with our close friends at Eagle, we now feel its time to 'walk on our own two feet' and start developing our own presence in the United States. We approach this step in the most important market in the world knowing how challenging it will be to be as successful as we are in Europe. In a market where some of the best companies operate, we feel strong with having met a partner like eOne to share this ambition with."
 
Michael Healy, Executive Vice President of eOne Music, states, "We feel very fortunate to be able to add EarMUSIC to our strong list of labels and artists. It will be exciting to be a part of their continued success as they take these next steps to expand their footprint in the U.S. marketplace."
 
Scott Givens, VP Metal of eOne Music, adds, "I am thrilled to have earMUSIC join eOne Distribution and look forward to working with Max and his staff. This is another example of eOne's ongoing commitment to the rock and metal genres."
 
earMUSIC is the international record company of Edel Group. The label features an impressive repertoire of rock, pop, metal, and alternative rock artists. earMUSIC fuses the experience and tradition, a product of Edel's 25-plus years of worldwide success, with a renewed musical direction and a fresh approach to further artist's careers and to foster their new releases.
 
Additionally, earMUSIC offers artists a strong network of owned affiliates and long-term international partners. These top professionals and highly-regarded companies have been responsible for the success of countless independent labels and artists, all of which have benefitted greatly from their marketing, promotion, and distribution services, as well as their expertise, their experience, and their "know how."
 
Domestic label management for earMUSIC will be provided by the U.S. team of international promotion and marketing firm International Solutions, headed by Elias Chios in New York.
 
Internationally, earMUSIC's roster in Europe boasts some of the biggest names in rock music, including Deep Purple, Chickenfoot, Status Quo, Ash, Foreigner, Tarja, Thunder, Joe Jackson, Dragonforce, Gamma Ray, Kevin Costner & Modern West, Stratovarius, Baby Metal, Christopher Cross, and many others.
 
eOne Distribution is the largest independent music and video distributor in North America and holds the highest market share of any independent. The company boasts an unparalleled roster ranging from leading independent labels to major Hollywood studios covering a wide spectrum of genres in both music and video.  In addition to offering traditional wholesale and managed inventory services to some of North America’s largest retailers, the company’s fully staffed digital team operates its own in-house digital suite and provides a wide range of digital strategic services.
 
The first set of releases for May under this new deal are as follows:
 
May 12:

Deep Purple, Long Beach 1971: The release is the latest in earMUSIC's Deep Purple live series of the past two years, boasting rare material. Recorded at the Long Beach Arena on July 30, 1971 and broadcast on KUSC, 91.5 FM, this is a "must own" for fans of Deep Purple, spanning over 70 minutes of music that was remastered in 2014. earMUSIC has reached Gold Status with Deep Purple latest release "NOW What?!" in Germany where it charted at No. 1, and achieved over 10 top 10 positions worldwide, four of which were No. 1.
 
Angra, Secret Garden: Brazilian metal icons Angra, who have been a unit for two decades, are releasing their first music in over four years in the form of Secret Garden. It's a concept album which asks a critical question: Can something that does not exist to the eyes, or is not perceived by the senses, be considered as non-existent?
 
SOTO, Inside the Vertigo: Soto casts vocalist Jeff Scott Soto, formerly of Journey, amidst talented young turks who know their way around their instruments. The album is cathartic, as it finds Soto releasing the buildup of tension and frustration he has dealt with over the past several years, making for a fascinating listen that rock fans will love and be unable to turn away from.
 
May 26:

Thunder, Wonder Days: One of the most enduring British bands of the past two decades, Thunder roar again with their 10th studio album - their first in six years. Their sound is a tiimeless marriage of unforgettable melodies and sheer rock power and they have rightfully ascended into the rock pantheon. The album entered the UK Top 10, a first for the band in over 20 years.
 
ASH Kablammo!: A brand new studio album from the pop-punk sensations Ash, one of the most successful bands to emerge from Ireland in the last 20 years, is upon us. The album offers a great collection of instant classics for a band that has managed to stop time. It's a return home, as Ash had enjoyed great success in collaboration with the Edel network for their first three seminal albums.
 
June 9:

Gamma Ray, Best Of: The German power metal institution offers a selection of their best, most representative songs on one album! It's a collection of true greatness preparing the way to a complete catalogue reissue with extra disc made of brand new exclusive material. 

 

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Wed
26
Nov

Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day

 
Retailers & Indie Labels Pushing for Monday Global Release Day
 
In August, it was reported that the music industry had its eye on a Friday global release day that would take effect July 2015. Now that proposition is getting some pushback from a cohort of retailers and indie record labels, who are endorsing a Monday over a Friday street date. 
 
 
In an announcement made Tuesday (Nov. 25), organizations including the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), Amoeba Music, Newbury Comics, Rough Trade U.K. and U.S., and Redeye Distribution agree to the concept of a global release day -- they just want it on a different day.
 
This news follows opposition to a Friday date first broached in September, when Target spokeswoman Jill Hornbacher said her company believed Tuesday worked best for retail synchronization and logistical reasons, which were echoed by A2IM head Rich Bengloff. "It aligns with all the other entertainment properties in North America," she said. "Our guests have come to know that they can find new movies, new music and video games on that day."
 
"The evidence suggests that virtually all the benefits of a Global Release Date can be captured on a Monday without any additional costs," Kim Bayley, director general of the Entertainment Retailers Association, said in a statement. "It is a no-brainer. The potential to create a New Music Monday focusing all of the industry’s marketing efforts at the beginning of the week is very exciting."
 
 
The idea of a universal release date was initially floated to combat piracy: Australia currently has a Friday street date, which means digital piracy begins almost immediately once the new release is shared across the Web before fans in the U.K. (which has a Monday street date) or the U.S. (Tuesday) have a chance to purchase the music legally. Advocates for releasing albums in the beginning of the week point out that it would cost less than releasing them on Friday, as many labels already release albums, tracks, etc. on Monday. (Even though, as Australian Music Retailers Association executive director Ian Harvey told Billboard, the costs and logistics of moving to a Friday release date were "non-issues.")
 
Added Alison Wenham, chairman and CEO of the Association of Independent Music, "Supporting independent retailers is a core principal of independent record companies, and we work together very closely. If the retailers' view is that Monday is the best day for new releases -- why would we argue otherwise? They are after all the experts in retail."
 
The Department of Record Stores also endorses a Monday release date, as they initially argued that a Tuesday street date allows for errors in shipping and ordering that a Friday release date does not. Plus, a Monday/Tuesday release gives stores time to restock for the weekend in case an order gets lost in transit, a record is bigger than expected, or if a record happens to explode upon its release. 
 
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Fri
19
Sep

CD-Loving Japan Resists Move to Online Music

CD-Loving Japan Resists Move to Online Music

 
TOKYO —€” Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.
 
On a drizzly Sunday afternoon recently, Tower Records'€™ nine-level flagship store here was packed with customers like Kimiaki Koinuma. A 23-year-old engineer in a Dee Dee Ramone T-shirt, Mr. Koinuma said that, unlike most men his age around the world, he spends little time with digital services and prefers his music on disc.
 
€"I buy around three CDs a month,"€ he said, showing off a haul of six new albums, including the Rolling Stones€' classic "€œExile on Main St."€ and an assortment of the latest Japanese pop hits.
Japan may be one of the world'€™s perennial early adopters of new technologies, but its continuing attachment to the CD puts it sharply at odds with the rest of the global music industry. While CD sales are falling worldwide, including in Japan, they still account for about 85 percent of sales here, compared with as little as 20 percent in some countries, like Sweden, where online streaming is dominant.
 
"€œJapan is utterly, totally unique,"€ said Lucian Grainge, the chairman of the Universal Music Group, the world'€™s largest music conglomerate.
 
That uniqueness has the rest of the music business worried. Despite its robust CD market, sales in Japan — the world'€™s second-largest music market, after the United States —€” have been sliding for a decade, and last year they dropped 17 percent, dragging worldwide results down 3.9 percent.
 
Digital sales —€” rising in every other top market —€” are quickly eroding in Japan, going from almost $1 billion in 2009 to just $400 million last year, according to the Recording Industry Association of Japan.
Turning Japan around has become a priority for the global music business, which has struggled to regain its footing after losing about half its value since 2000, when digital technology began to disrupt the album-based business model.
But accomplishing change has been difficult, according to analysts and music executives in Japan and the West, in part because of a protectionist business climate in Japan that still views the digital business with suspicion.
 
Streaming music services like Spotify and Rdio, widely seen as the industry'€™s best new hope for new revenue, have stalled in efforts to enter Japan. Spotify, the biggest such player, has been stuck for two years in licensing negotiations with music companies in Japan, where homegrown pop idols by far outsell Western acts.

Read full article at: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/cd-loving-japan-resists-move-003123863.htm...

 

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Fri
29
Aug

Billboard: Album Sales Continue To Slide

 
 
The market for albums continues to recede, following a (now) long-standing trend that has been accelerated by streaming's success.
As streaming gathers momentum, the U.S. music industry keeps breaking sales milestones -- the wrong kind.
 
This week's 3.97-million album sales tally is the smallest weekly sum for album sales since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. It's also the first time weekly sales have fallen below four million in that time span.
 
Last week was fairly slow for the top releases. The top album, Wiz Khalifa's Blacc Hollywood, debuted with sales of 90,000 units, a figure below the first-week sales of many other top debuts of 2014. Three other albums debuted inside the top 10 but averaged only 31,000 units apiece. And the Frozen soundtrack is no longer moving in excess of 100,000 units per week.
 
To compare, a year ago this past week (ending Aug. 25, 2013), 4.88 million albums were sold. But sales have been losing steam all year. The weekly average number of album sales fell from 4.75 million units in the first quarter to 4.55 million units in the second quarter. In the first 8 weeks of the third quarter, the average has fallen further to 4.2 million.
 
This decline is actually in line with historical trends. In 2013, average weekly album sales experienced a similar fate, falling from 5.7 million units in the first quarter to 5.23 million units in the second quarter and then 4.86 million units in the third quarter. This year, overall U.S. album sales are down 14.6 percent, while digital album sales are down 11.7 percent and track sales are down 12.8 percent.
As more and more consumers transition from purchasing music to streaming tunes, it's natural to see album sales shrink. This year, there have only been five weeks where album sales were above 5 million.
 
Larger retailers and CDs, vestiges of an older record business, have been hit the hardest. Through August 24th, CD sales are down 19.2 percent year-over-year while sales at mass merchants and chains have fallen 23 percent and 25.6 percent, respectively.
Record label sales executives are not surprised by the latest downturn. "Sales have been going in the wrong direction all year," says one label sales head. "I guess its overdue, when you look at [the growth of streaming]." This year, label executives finally conceded something there were reluctant to acknowledge last year: Streaming is cannibalizing digital sales.
 
Last year, when Billboard covered the then-historic lows in album sales last August, weekly sales had dipped below 5 million units for five weeks in a row. Weekly sales fared even worse in the following weeks, falling under five million units in 10 of the next 13 weeks. There was even another five-week run of below-five-million weekly sales from early October to early November.
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The five-million-unit mark has been almost unreachable in 2014. So far this year, weekly album sales have fallen below that threshold in 29 of 34 weeks and in each of the last 18 weeks. No weekly sales tally has exceeded 4.5 million units since the middle of June.
 
"What can I say about this week's sales," says yet another distribution sales executive. "I remember when album sales fell under 10 million units and the industry reacted like it was a tragedy."
 
There is yet more bad news about the sales trend. Since album sales began to slide in 2002, the lowest-placed weekly sales floor by the end of the year tends to become the new ceiling for sales in the following year. Past history teaches us that, if weekly sales continue to fall below the three million mark, next year's norm will be in the three to four million range.
 
While some major label executives claim that revenue from streaming, which continues to grow, is offsetting declining digital sales revenue, not everyone agrees with that assessment.
 
"This year the bottom fell out of digital sales to a degree that we never anticipated, which is why many companies are not meeting this year's revenue projections," laments one indie distribution executive.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield

 

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