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Feb

BRETT WALKER 'Last Parade' OUT NOW. Limited Box Sets Left!

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Friday, November 23, 2018
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BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” – The Complete Unreleased Archives 6CD Box Set
 
OUT NOW. LIMITED STOCKS LEFT!
 
$99 (includes airmail shipping worldwide) ‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide. 40 BOX SETS LEFT.
 
 
After considerable work and time, the BRETT WALKER Archives Box is finally available for pre-order.
 
As previously revealed, the set features 6 discs spanning Brett’s entire career.
The audio has been meticulously remastered and perfected by JK Northrup, then further analysed and organised over several months by myself and has now been sequenced into what I consider six beautifully flowing albums. In total there is over 100 songs, with almost all of them previously unreleased.
 
NEW AUDIO PREVIEW!
 

 
INCLUDED AS PART OF THE $99 SET:
 
The 6 discs are split again into 2 volumes, each housing the 3CDs in a regular size jewelcase, with the usual full artwork packaging all MRR releases have.
 
These two volumes are then housed in a longbox slipcase, accompanied by an equal sized deluxe 24 page booklet featuring photos, credits and especially written liner notes from the people that knew Brett best and/or worked with him – his wife Sheron Hope Walker, Magnus Soderqvist, Derek Oliver, David Prater, Matt MacKelvie, Tommy “Mugs” Cain, Brian Brinkerhoff, Nick Gilder, Bryan Lynn Jones and of course, my own experiences working with Brett and some insight behind the construction of this project.
 
In addition to the physical product detailed about, the Box Set price includes exclusive access to an special weblink which will contain digital versions of all the tracks from the CDs as well as extensive bonus material that couldn’t fit on the discs. The details of the bonus material will be announced soon.
 
VOLUME ONE - FOUNDATIONS
 
Disc One:
The Early Years – Solo Demos & 91-93 Demos (Quality Varies Throughout)
 
Disc Two:
Person To Person & More – The Complete P2P Recordings
 
Disc Three:
Album Cuts – The Alt-Mixes & Alt Versions
 
VOLUME TWO – THE UNRELEASED RECORDINGS
 
Disc Four:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part One The AOR Anthems
 
Disc Five:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part Two More Anthems & Guest Spots
 
Disc Six:
Midwestern Moods - The Unreleased Midwestern Vaults
 
 
 
 
BRETT WALKER “Last Parade” Ltd Ed Box Set is priced at $99 (includes shipping, airmail worldwide)
 
‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide.
There is one additional option available now, due to the re-configuration of the project.
 
OUT NOW:
 
 
 

 
 
For those that aren't interested in the full box set with all the exclusive extras and bonus material, you can simply purchase either one of the 3-Disc sets as a stand alone product. These are packaged as regular shrinkwrapped jewelcases.
 
 
BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY - Volume 1 (Discs 1, 2, 3)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 
 
 
BRETT WALKER “LAST PARADE” CDs ONLY Volume 2 (Discs 4, 5, 6)($35 - includes airmail shipping)
 
 

 

 
Fri
22
Feb

LONERIDER Arrive on Escape Music With 'Attitude' April 26

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Friday, April 26, 2019
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Lonerider - Attitude
Release date: 26th April, 2019 
Catalogue No CD: ESM329
 
Band is:
Steve Overland: All vocals (FM / Shadowman / Solo artist)
Simon Kirke: Drums  (Free / Bad Company)
Steve Morris: All Guitars and keyboards  (Ian Gillan / Heartland)
Chris Childs: Bass (Thunder / Tyketto)
Brian J Anthony: Acoustic Guitars, mandolin and percussions (Steve Walsh / Overland)
 
Track List:
1- My Imagination 3:19 / 2- Lonerider 3:38 / 3- Hard Heart to Break 4:12 / 4- Fast Train 3:57 / 5- Wanted Man 4:32 / 6- Yesterday Heroes 4:02 / 7- Angel without Wings 3:39 / 8- Rock ‘N Roll Dreamer 5:00 / 9- One in A Million 3:33 / 10- Gimme Your Love 3:46 / 11- Rhythm of Life 3:32 / 12- Heart & Soul 3:59
 
Double LP with 4 Bonus Tracks LP ONLY:
 
When Love Leaves Town 6:32 
Have A Little Faith 4:01
Rock ‘N Roll Dreamer Acoustic version 5:00
Yesterday Heroes Acoustic version 4:02
 
Produced by Lonerider
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk 
Mixed and Mastered by Brian J Anthony
 
All songs by Steve Overland/Steve Morris
Recorded at: The Vale Studio, Worcestershire, UK by Chris D’Adda 
The Tremolo Studio, Silverdale, Stoke on Trent, UK by Dan Roley and by Brian J Anthony, USA
 
Every once in a while a new recording comes along with a line-up that makes your spine tingle, and here it is; “Attitude” by Lonerider. Not only does this quintet feature Steve Overland (FM, Solo, Shadowman), Steve Morris (Heartland, Shadowman) and Chris Childs (Thunder) but legendary drummer Simon Kirke of Free and Bad Company fame. With Brain J Anthony finishing the line-up we have a real force to be reckoned with. What are we to expect from this group of musicians? If you like Bad Company then this is going to be a treat for you. We have the feel of that classic Bad Company that we know and love, yet the songs are modern, fresh and vibrant. Simon has a drumming style that is unmistakeable and this shines through on all of the tracks (and an extra four on the LP version!). 
 
There is a buzz surrounding the release already and the feedback is looking very promising indeed, this has surely got to be a stand out releases for 2019.
 
 
 
Fri
22
Feb

OUTLASTED Debut New 2019 Single 'Chains Of Destiny' Out Now

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MelodicRock Records is exciting to announce the return of popular Norwegian AOR outfit OUTLASTED.
 
MRR will release the band’s second album in the next few months, but preceding that, the band would like to give fans a taste of what’s to come with the first of two advance singles.
 
The new album is titled ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ and is once again produced by guitarist Terje Fløyli before being handed over to the master of mastering, JK Northrup. Full album details will be revealed soon!
 
For now, please enjoy the brand new single and video ‘Chains Of Destiny’, available to view on YouTube now; to stream via Apple Music & Spotify; plus download via iTunes and all good digital outlets.
 
 
 
The debut OUTLASTED album ‘Into The Night’ was released in 2016 and is now out of print. However, I do have 20 copies left of the original Special Edition that features 2 bonus tracks. You can sample and purchase that direct from MRR while stocks last via: http://www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/outlasted-into-the-night/
 
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.
 
 
 
Wed
20
Feb

CRAZY LIXX Unleash New Album 'Forever Wild' May 17

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Friday, May 17, 2019
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Swedish hard rockers Crazy Lixx are back with another sleaze metal gem that harkens back to the best of 80s rock, while also keeping a foot planted in the 21st century. Forever Wild further cements Crazy Lixx as one of the leaders of the Scandinavian led 80s hard rock revival.
 
With huge choruses, memorable hooks and riffs, wailing, emotive guitar solos, and massive production by Danny Rexon and Chris Laney, this album is sure to resonate with old fans and new listeners alike.
 
The band explores a wider range of styles than ever before on Forever Wild. From the hard rocking and anthemic opening track “Wicked” to the AOR inspired upcoming single “Silent Thunder” to songs like "Eagle" that sound like they came off a Bon Jovi album circa 1986, Crazy Lixx manage to blend a love and reverence for 80s rock with their own stamp on each track. 
 
With Forever Wild", Crazy Lixx have set the bar very high against their own revered and celebrated catalog. Their best album yet? Wed say so!
 
Dont miss Crazy Lixx while theyre on the road in support of the album either, as their live shows are a sight to behold! Dates to be announced soon.
 
 
Tracklist:
  1. Wicked
  2. Break Out
  3. Silent Thunder
  4. (She's Wearing) Yesterday's Face
  5. Eagle
  6. Terminal Velocity
  7. It's You
  8. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
  9. Weekend Lover
  10. Never Die (Forever Wild)
Line-up:
Danny Rexon  vocals
Joél Cirera - drums
Jens Sjöholm  bass guitar
Chrisse Olsson - guitar
Jens Lundgren - guitar
 
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Fri
15
Feb

MARTIE PETERS GROUP 'Unfinished Business' Pre-Order Available

Friday, March 15, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish AOR hero MARTIE PETERS for his new MARTIE PETERS GROUP record ‘Unfinished Business’, due March 15.
 
The new album is fabulous and filled with glorious melodic rock anthems that all fans of PUSH & the first two MPG albums will immediately recognise.
 
 
PRE-ORDER NOW
 
MARTIE PETERS GROUP - 'Unfinished Business' - OUT MARCH 15 ($16 + $5 worldwide airmail shipping)
 
 
 
MARCH MELODICROCK DEAL:
 
MARTIE PETERS GROUP - 'Unfinished Business' & MICHAEL JESSEN - 'Bulletproof' - OUT MARCH 15 ($30 + $5 worldwide airmail shipping) SAVE $7
 
 
 
NEW AUDIO:
 
 
Hard rock singer MARTIE PETERS bounces back with the comeback of a lifetime and a new album in 2019. The new album is aptly titled "Unfinished Business" and after a ten-year absence from the hard rock scene, Peters and his group return with catchy hooks and heavy, grooving guitar riffs. Legendary producer NEIL KERNON (Dokken, Britny Fox, Hall & Oates, Queensrÿche and many, many more) handled the mix.
 
Martie comments: “I am absolutely delighted about working with Andrew McNeice again, it feels like a homecoming. I have spent a lot of blood, sweat and hard work on this new album. It is such a thrill for me that Andrew and MelodicRock Records are on the same team as me.
The forthcoming batch of songs are in good hands and that makes me PROUD!”
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “Martie and I have been mates for almost as long as I’ve been running MR. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and style, so much so that I had them as part of the first MRF event back in 2007. I’m thrilled Martie has shown faith in MRR to get this cracking new album out to fans soon.”
 
Track Listing:
01. When The Circus Hits The City 03:45
02. She's Got A Secret 03:58
03. Win Or Lose 04:00
04. No Win Situation 04:00
05. The Devil's Bargain 04:05
06. Chasing Shadows 03:38
07. Don't Kill The Messenger 03:14
08. Walk Tall 04:12
09. My Dreams Die Hard 03:53
10. Rat Race 03:19
 
Today Martie Peters and MRR are pleased to launch the lead track, with this lyric video:
 
 
Produced by Martie Peters
Mixed by Neil Kernon
Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Audio editing by Lukas Fredriksson
 
The album line-up includes all keyboards by the great ERIC RAGNO and guitars Konstantin Raidovski; bass Bent “BJ” Joergensen; drums Felix Engel + guests.
 
 
 
Fri
15
Feb

MICHAEL JESSEN 'Bulletproof' Pre-Order Available

Friday, March 15, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is excited to welcome guitarist MICHAEL JESSEN to the label.
 
MRR will release Michael’s new album ‘Bulletproof’ alongside fellow Dane Martie Peters on March 15.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW
 
MICHAEL JESSEN - 'Bulletproof' - OUT MARCH 15 ($16 + $5 worldwide airmail shipping)
 
 
 
MARCH MELODICROCK DEAL:
 
MARTIE PETERS GROUP - 'Unfinished Business' & MICHAEL JESSEN - 'Bulletproof' - OUT MARCH 15 ($30 + $5 worldwide airmail shipping) SAVE $7
 
 
 
NEW AUDIO:
 
 
Born and raised in Denmark, Michael Jessen played with several rock bands through his youth, including “McTamparcs” to “High Octane”, “RockStar” and several others.
He picked up the guitar by the age of 15, and a childhood friend taught him how to play the main riff for AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.
 
For 2014’s debut ‘Memories’, Michael teamed with one of his vocal heroes Goran Edman, who I am very pleased to say is back in the frontman role for all vocals on the new ‘Bulletproof’ release.
 
The full album credits are:
 
Line-up:
Vocals: Göran Edman
Guitars: Michael Jessen
Bass: Christoffer Hoås
Drums: Mads Grunnet
 
All songs written by Michael Jessen
Produced by Christian Bonde and Michael Jessen
Mastered by Christian Bonde at CB Studios, Denmark
Guest Vocals on Beautiful Life by Lydia Salnikova
Piano on Beautiful Life by Morten Dybro
 
 
Tracklist:
01. Stand My Ground
02. Coming Home Tonight
03. Too Young To Die
04. Beautiful Life
05. Church Of Rock
06. Like A Game
07. This Generation
08. Lost Inside A Dream
09. Your Photograph
10. September 8
 
With this announcement, MRR and Michael Jessen are pleased to present the lead track from the album, ‘Coming Home Tonight’.
 

 
MelodicRock Records will release MICHAEL JESSEN ‘Bulletproof’ WORLDWIDE ON March 15.
 
 
Fri
15
Feb

ROULETTE Release New Album, 'Now' March 22

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Friday, March 22, 2019
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ROULETTE release new song from forthcoming album "Now!" set to be released on the 22nd March 2019 from Black Lodge/Sound Pollution Distribution.
Album produced by Chris Rehn.
Hear the new single "We Can Make It" on Spotify & Tidal, download it on iTunes and see the Music Video soon.
 
Tracklist:
1. Never Enough
2. Keep On Dreaming
3. Soldiers Of Love
4. We Can Make It
5. Secret Room
6. Beter Day
7. Turn It Around
8. The Only Way
9. Another Night
10. Right By Your Side
 
Album produced by Chris Rehn (Takida)

 

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Thu
14
Feb

MARTIE PETERS GROUP Completes 'Unfinished Business' March 15 on MRR

Friday, March 15, 2019
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish AOR hero MARTIE PETERS for his new MARTIE PETERS GROUP record ‘Unfinished Business’, due March 15.
 
The new album is fabulous and filled with glorious melodic rock anthems that all fans of PUSH & the first two MPG albums will immediately recognise.
 
Hard rock singer MARTIE PETERS bounces back with the comeback of a lifetime and a new album in 2019. The new album is aptly titled "Unfinished Business" and after a ten-year absence from the hard rock scene, Peters and his group return with catchy hooks and heavy, grooving guitar riffs. Legendary producer NEIL KERNON (Dokken, Britny Fox, Hall & Oates, Queensrÿche and many, many more) handled the mix.
 
Martie comments: “I am absolutely delighted about working with Andrew McNeice again, it feels like a homecoming. I have spent a lot of blood, sweat and hard work on this new album. It is such a thrill for me that Andrew and MelodicRock Records are on the same team as me.
The forthcoming batch of songs are in good hands and that makes me PROUD!”
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “Martie and I have been mates for almost as long as I’ve been running MR. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and style, so much so that I had them as part of the first MRF event back in 2007. I’m thrilled Martie has shown faith in MRR to get this cracking new album out to fans soon.”
 
Track Listing:
01. When The Circus Hits The City 03:45
02. She's Got A Secret 03:58
03. Win Or Lose 04:00
04. No Win Situation 04:00
05. The Devil's Bargain 04:05
06. Chasing Shadows 03:38
07. Don't Kill The Messenger 03:14
08. Walk Tall 04:12
09. My Dreams Die Hard 03:53
10. Rat Race 03:19
 
Today Martie Peters and MRR are pleased to launch the lead track, with this lyric video:
 
 
Produced by Martie Peters
Mixed by Neil Kernon
Mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions
Audio editing by Lukas Fredriksson
 
The album line-up includes all keyboards by the great ERIC RAGNO and guitars Konstantin Raidovski; bass Bent “BJ” Joergensen; drums Felix Engel + guests.
 

 
In the late 90's and early 00's Martie fronted the Sleaze Rock band PUSH, with who he released four albums. PUSH toured with Pretty Maids and opened up for artists such as Dio and Royal Hunt in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
In 2004 the first Martie Peters Group album was released through German label MTM and Avalon in Japan. In 2007 the second album "Road to Salvation" which was mixed by TOMMY HANSEN at Jailhouse Studio and released through NL Distribution and through Spiritual Beast in Japan.
Both albums got raving reviews from the rock press.
 
‘Unfinished Business’ is just that, it’s the next chapter in Martie’s musical journey. It is an album that will blow long-time fans away, while opening up his music to a whole range of newcomers.
 
The release date is March 15. PREORERS AVAILABLE FRIDAY
 
 
 
Thu
14
Feb

JIM PETERIK & WORLD STAGE Signal 'Winds Of Change' April 26

Friday, April 26, 2019
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“Winds Of Change” is the long-awaited follow-up to Jim Peterik’s now legendary “Jim Peterik’s World Stage” album. Set for release on April 26, 2019, “Winds of Change”, is another musical masterpiece featuring brand new Peterik songs in collaboration with a who’s who of melodic rock’s greatest superstars, including Kevin Chalfant (ex-The Storm), Dennis DeYoung (ex-Styx), Matthew and Gunnar Nelson Band, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Lars Safsund and Robert Sall (Work of Art), Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions), Danny Vaughn (Tyketto), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon), Jason Scheff (ex-Chicago), and a very special previously unreleased track by the late, great Jimi Jamison.
 
“Since the success of my first World Stage album back in 2001 and countless shows since, I have wanted to create a new musical legacy with this format,” says Jim. "Listening to voices blending as one has always inspired me, going back to the Beatles and other great vocal groups. I have always considered myself as much a fan of great bands and artists as I am an artist myself, so a project like World Stage is a dream come true since I get to pay homage to those whose music I love, by writing and performing with them. With "Winds Of Change" I was honored to work with some of the best, adapting my writing and production styles to fit a particular act. Many of the songs were actually co- written with the artists appearing too.”
 
Jim Peterik and World Stage arose from the initial idea that the musical and spiritual collaboration of great artists and friends could be something truly special. The resulting album clearly displays the many talents of Jim Peterik, enhanced and embellished by a cast of noted singers and musicians.
 
"Mike Reno: I would always watch from the wings back in the 80’s when Survivor played dates with Loverboy. I’d see the crowd go nuts when they hit "Working For The Weekend", so that’s the vibe Mike and I tried to recreate with "Without A Bullet Being Fired", say Peterik.
 
 
He continues, "I am still pinching myself that I am now writing songs with Dennis DeYoung for his new album. "Proof of Heaven" is one of my proudest moments. Same inspiration was behind the title track "Winds Of Change" with Don Barnes and Danny Chauncey (.38 Special). Kelly Keagy and Kevin Chalfant and I had a blast capturing the energy of Night Ranger and The Storm’s hits with "I Will What I Want" and "Sometimes You Just Want More" respectively. And of course "Just For You" with the great Kevin Cronin is a very special moment for me. When I watched Danny Vaughn perform at Frontiers Festival a few years back, I immediately started planning to make him a part of World Stage. "The Hand I Was Dealt" is the result, which we co-wrote. "Home Fires" with the incredible Toby Hitchcock is a song I think any fan of Pride Of Lions will take to heart. And I have created new friendships with Work Of Art and Jason Scheff because of this record.”
 
"I am a rabid fan of every artist on the album and it was such a thrill to try and bring out their best essence, but for me the most touching moment of this record is reviving an amazing lost track by the late great Jimi Jamison. As I mixed the new version, it was again like having Jimi in the studio with me as his stunning voice came through the monitors. There was not a dry eye in the room. With "Love You All Over The World", his spirit is still with us all," adds Peterik.
 
In conclusion, Peterik says, "World Stage, which I created soon after I parted ways with Survivor back in 1996, was my way of bringing together the melodic rock community. Setting aside any competition between us to create great melodic rock for the audience that craves it. Since then, every World Stage show has been a total love fest with each show featuring an ever changing array of great artists.”
 
"Winds Of Change" certainly carries on that tradition and shows are in the planning stages that will reflect the line-up of this record.
 
Jim Peterik, through the years, has written or co-written some of rock's most memorable songs: "Vehicle" by the The Ides Of March (on which he was lead vocalist), "Eye Of The Tiger," "The Search Is Over," "High On You," and "I Can't Hold Back”, hits for .38 Special such as "Hold On Loosely," "Caught Up In You," "Fantasy Girl," and "Rockin' Into The Night", "Heavy Metal" with Sammy Hagar, and many many more. Peterik, now a part of Pride of Lions with vocalist Toby Hitchcock, is one of the most esteemed and loved recording artists and songwriters, not only on the Frontiers label, but in the larger melodic rock community.
 
Tracklist:
1. Winds Of Change (featuring Danny Chauncey and Don Barnes of .38 Special)
2. Without A Bullet Being Fired (featuring Mike Reno of Loverboy)
3. Proof Of Heaven (featuring Dennis DeYoung)
4. Sometimes You Just Want More (featuring Kevin Chalfant)
5. Home Fires (featuring Toby Hitchcock of Pride of Lions)
6. Just For You (featuring Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon)
7. The Hand I Was Dealt (featuring Danny Vaughn of Tyketto)
8. Where Eagles Dare (featuring Lars Safsund and Robert Sall of Work of Art)
9. I Will What I Want (featuring Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger)
10. You’re Always There (featuring Jason Scheff)
11. Avalanche (featuring Gunnar and Matt Nelson)
12. Love You All Over The World (featuring Jimi Jamison)
 
 
Lineup:
Jim Peterik- Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Aquino- Guitar- Lead And Rhythm
Ed Breckenfeld- Drums And Percussion
Dave Kelly- Drums
Colin Peterik- Drums
Klem Hayes- Bass
Bill Syniar- Bass
Bob Lizik- Bass
Jeff Lantz- Orchestral Arrangement Of “You’re Always There”
 
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Thu
14
Feb

WHITESNAKE 'Flesh And Blood' Out May 10; Track List & First Audio Available

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Friday, May 10, 2019
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WHITESNAKE's delayed new studio album 'Flesh & Blood' arrives May 10. It features the first single 'Shut Up & Kiss Me' and the following track list:
 
01. Good To See You Again 3.42
02. Gonna Be Alright 3.51
03. Shut Up & Kiss Me 3.37
04. Hey You (You Make Me Rock) 5.29
05. Always & Forever 3.53
06. When I Think Of You (Color Me Blue) 3.52
07. Trouble Is Your Middle Name 4.17
08. Flesh & Blood 5.18
09. Well I Never 4.01
10. Heart Of Stone 6.42
11. Get Up 4.45
12. After All 3.47
13. Sands Of Time 6.08
14. Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong (Bonus Track) 4.58
15. If I Can’t Have You (Bonus Track) 4.23
16. Gonna Be Alright (X-Tendo Mix – Bonus Track) 4.12
17. Sands Of Time (Radio Mix – Bonus Track) 6.20
18. Shut Up & Kiss Me (Video Mix – Bonus Track) 3.43
 
The single can be downloaded now and samples of every track on the album can be heard already via iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/flesh-blood/1452311485
 

 
Wed
13
Feb

MICHAEL JESSEN Joins MelodicRock Records With 'Bulletproof'

Friday, March 15, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is excited to welcome guitarist MICHAEL JESSEN to the label.
 
MRR will release Michael’s new album ‘Bulletproof’ alongside fellow Dane Martie Peters on March 15.
 
Born and raised in Denmark, Michael Jessen played with several rock bands through his youth, including “McTamparcs” to “High Octane”, “RockStar” and several others.
He picked up the guitar by the age of 15, and a childhood friend taught him how to play the main riff for AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.
 
For 2014’s debut ‘Memories’, Michael teamed with one of his vocal heroes Goran Edman, who I am very pleased to say is back in the frontman role for all vocals on the new ‘Bulletproof’ release.
 
The full album credits are:
 
Line-up:
Vocals: Göran Edman
Guitars: Michael Jessen
Bass: Christoffer Hoås
Drums: Mads Grunnet
 
All songs written by Michael Jessen
Produced by Christian Bonde and Michael Jessen
Mastered by Christian Bonde at CB Studios, Denmark
Guest Vocals on Beautiful Life by Lydia Salnikova
Piano on Beautiful Life by Morten Dybro
 
 
Tracklist:
01. Stand My Ground
02. Coming Home Tonight
03. Too Young To Die
04. Beautiful Life
05. Church Of Rock
06. Like A Game
07. This Generation
08. Lost Inside A Dream
09. Your Photograph
10. September 8
 
With this announcement, MRR and Michael Jessen are pleased to present the lead track from the album, ‘Coming Home Tonight’.
 

 
Bio:
The first band Michael joined was at the public evening youth club and was called “McTampacs”. It included bass player Christoffer Hoås, guitarist Daniel Beck, and not very long after the beginning, drummer Mads Grunnet. The band played a great deal of school contests and small-town markets, but after a few years Michael left the band as it was taking a more “laid back easy rock direction”.
 
All his former bands played guitar-oriented rock music and Michael started to compose more and more music. Some of his songs fitted his current bands and some were recorded with other artists.
 
In 2002 he teamed up with Christoffer Hoås and Mads Grunnet from the old band, and found
vocalist Michael Witus to form a band. The first band name was “High Octane” and only 6 months after the band’s debut, they recorded a 4-tack demo in a professional studio with songs by Michael Jessen.
 
The band continued for 10 years with shows, festivals gigs and another demo recording, but without getting the big attention. In 2012, lead singer Michael Witus quit the band, and in the aftermath, Michael got Christoffer and Mads involved with the new solo project.
 
Michael wanted to try out his talent as a solo artist. He got in contact with one of his vocals heroes,
Mr Göran Edman (ex- Yngwie Malmsteen singer) who agreed to do the vocals for an EP.
Michael then approached former band members Mads Grunnet and Christoffer Hoås to join him on drums and bass. The album was recorded through 2013, and also features Morten Dybro on piano, and a guest appearance by Michael’s childhood guitar hero John Norum (Europe).
 
The album titled ‘Memories’, was released wordwide by Massacre Records in December 2014.
It was very well received by critics all around the world.
 
In 2017-2018 Michael again teamed up with Göran Edman, Christoffer Hoås and Mads Grunnet.
Signed a new record deal with MelodicRock Records, and 10 new songs were rehearsed and recorded at CB studios, DK, by Christian Bonde Sørensen.
 
MelodicRock Records will release MICHAEL JESSEN ‘Bulletproof’ WORLDWIDE ON March 15.
 
Pre-orders available Friday.
 
 
Mon
11
Feb

A NEW REVENGE Set To Release Debut March 29

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
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The LA Based outfit, A New Revenge, featuring an all star line up of classic rock players, will release their debut album, Enemies & Lovers on March 29th, 2019 via Golden Robot Records.
 
Supergroup is a term that has been diluted over time. Throwing a bunch of people from other bands into a new project doesn’t automatically make them Super, but their bio’s will tell you otherwise. It’s time to seek revenge and reclaim that word!
 
A New Revenge is the very definition of a supergroup. One who’s members have more than earned their legendary statuses but also remain humble enough to let the music do the talking and not actually rely on the term.
 
Featuring one of the finest voices in metal of all time, Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (who’s voice is all over albums from Judas Priest, Iced Earth and Yngwie Malmsteen), one of the most versatile and name checked guitarists in rock Keri Kelli (Slash’s Snake Pit, Alice Cooper, Vince Neil Band and a hundred more) the most iconic bass player in heavy metal history, Rudy Sarzo (who’s work with Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, Whitesnake and many more has earned him an almost revered status in heavy music) and long time Scorpions drummer James Kottak (also from Montrose, Warrant, Kingdom Come & more)
 
Keri Kelli, the bands guitarist says of A New Revenge coming together; "Beginning the songwriting process we said 'Let's get together and come up with three or four original songs.' Without any pressure, just creating as we went. Finally we got to the eleven songs we were all happy with. 'Here’s To Us’ was the first song we wrote for this record. It came very fast and was pretty simple to write. Its basically an ode to hard rock fans the planet over”
 
To further, Kelli comments on the album Enemies & Lovers “It's been a long time coming but it's completely finished mixed, mastered and all ready to go. We all really, really excited to finally unleash this on the hard rock community.”
 
A New Revenge is greater than the sum of its’ parts, although its parts are pretty damn mind blowing!
 
The foursome is an explosive combination with every band member’s skillset and battle tested charisma breaking through the bleak wasteland of current day modern heavy metal.
Razor sharp riffs, thunderous drums and those soaring vocals that come charging in from on high to lay waste to the landscape. A New Revenge are forged from the very heart of heavy metal.
 
Confirmed track listing for Enemies & Lovers:
The Distance Between
The Way
Never Let You Go
Glorious
The Eyes
Fallen
Only The Pretty Ones
Enemies & Lovers
Here’s To Us
Scars
 
The first music released from Enemies & Lovers comes via The Way.
The video features the band with their good friend Phil Soussan stepping up for Rudy Sarzo who had to bow out at the last minute due to an unforseen scheduling conflict on shoot day.
The video for this track was released on Friday and has already been seen over 33 000 times!
 
 
Enemies & Lovers will be released on Friday, March 29th, 2019.
 
Pre-Orders available now: smarturl.it/anewrevenge
 
 
Fri
08
Feb

MARTIE PETERS GROUP Joins MelodicRock Records

Friday, March 15, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish AOR hero MARTIE PETERS for his new MARTIE PETERS GROUP record ‘Unfinished Business’, due March 15.
 
The new album is fabulous and filled with glorious melodic rock anthems that all fans of PUSH & the first two MPG albums will immediately recognise.
 
Hard rock singer MARTIE PETERS bounces back with the comeback of a lifetime and a new album in 2019. The new album is aptly titled "Unfinished Business" and after a ten-year absence from the hard rock scene, Peters and his group return with catchy hooks and heavy, grooving guitar riffs.
Legendary producer NEIL KERNON (Dokken, Britny Fox, Hall & Oates, Queensrÿche and many, many more) handled the mix.
 
Martie comments: “I am absolutely delighted about working with Andrew McNeice again, it feels like a homecoming. I have spent a lot of blood, sweat and hard work on this new album. It is such a thrill for me that Andrew and MelodicRock Records are on the same team as me.
The forthcoming batch of songs are in good hands and that makes me PROUD!”
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “Martie and I have been mates for almost as long as I’ve been running MR. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and style, so much so that I had them as part of the first MRF event back in 2007. I’m thrilled Martie has shown faith in MRR to get this cracking new album out to fans soon.”
 
In the late 90's and early 00's Martie fronted the Sleaze Rock band PUSH, with who he released four albums. PUSH toured with Pretty Maids and opened up for artists such as Dio and Royal Hunt in Copenhagen, Denmark.
 
In 2004 the first Martie Peters Group album was released through German label MTM and Avalon in Japan. In 2007 the second album "Road to Salvation" which was mixed by TOMMY HANSEN at Jailhouse Studio and released through NL Distribution and through Spiritual Beast in Japan.
Both albums got raving reviews from the rock press.
 
‘Unfinished Business’ is just that, it’s the next chapter in Martie’s musical journey. It is an album that will blow long-time fans away, while opening up his music to a whole range of newcomers.
 
The release date is March 15, with artwork and first audio previews to be unveiled next week!
 
 
Fri
08
Feb

FORTUNE Return April 26 With '2', First Album in Nearly 35 Years

Artist: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Categories: 
 
Cult melodic rock/AOR heroes Fortune are back with a new studio album, “II”!
 
The seeds of Fortune were planted by brothers Richard and Mick Fortune, who came from a family of professional musicians. Their mother was a singer and their father a singer and bassist. Richard started playing the guitar when he was 16 and went on to play guitar and tour with the likes of Buddy Miles, Booker T & The MGs, and Spirit, while Mick started out as an accordion, keyboard, and trombone player before switching to drums. The brothers formed Fortune in the '70s and cut a self-titled album, "Fortune" for Warner Brothers in 1978, but by 1982 had totally revamped the group. A key acquisition for the new version of the band being the recruitment of Roger Scott Craig. A classically trained pianist from the age of 8, the Irish born keyboard player was previously known for a successful stint with the Scouse pop group Liverpool Express in the '70s. The lineup was rounded out by Larry 'L.A.' Greene, also of Top Gun soundtrack fame, on vocals and Detroit area session player and Elton John bassist Bob Birch.
 
Fortune eventually released their second self-titled album in 1985 (not to be confused with the 1978 album) to a warm reception, especially in Japan and Europe. It is still highly regarded today by fans of the genre as being a crucial AOR/melodic rock release of the time period. For many fans, it is indeed considered one of the best, if not THE best AOR album of all-time. While this is of course very much open to debate, the reality is that Fortune’s album is one of those lost gems from yesteryear that has aged like fine wine while the years have passed.
 
Camel/MCA Records (the same label that had, at the time, launched Night Ranger and Giuffria to stardom) was the label home for the '85 album, but unexpectedly declared bankruptcy for undisclosed reasons not long after the release and refused to give up the masters of the album, making an album re-release impossible until fairly recently. The band remained silent for years and while Larry Greene and Roger Scott Craig started working together with the band Harlan Cage (who released several albums in the second half of the 90’s and early 00’s), the Fortune brothers started the band back up again as a trio in 2006, until a proper band reunion happened in 2016 when the band performed at the Rockingham Music Festival that same year and then - thanks to the acclaim that followed that performance - in 2017 as well. These appearances ultimately led to discussions with Frontiers about a new studio album, "II". Fortune hasn't lost a step and their new studio album promises to be one of the AOR highlights of 2019!
 
The band will also perform live at Frontiers Rock Festival on April 28th in Milan, IT. For more information, visit www.frontiersrockfestival.com
 
 
Tracklist:
1. Don’t Say You Love Me
2. Shelter Of The Night
3. Freedom Road
4. A Little Drop Of Poison (For Amy W.)
5. What A Fool I’ve Been
6. Overload 
7. Heart Of Stone
8. The Night
9. New Orleans
10. All The Right Moves
 
Lineup:
Mick Fortune - Drums
Richard Fortune - Guitar
Larry Greene - Vocals
Ricky Rat - Bass
Mark Nilan - Keyboards
 
 
 
Fri
08
Feb

TOTO DVD/BD/CD/LP '40 Tours Around The Sun' Finally Gets Worldwide Release

Artist: 
Friday, March 22, 2019
Categories: 
 

TOTO TO RELEASE 40TH ANNIVERSARY DVD/BLU-RAY/AUDIO SET 40 TOURS AROUND THE SUN

MARCH 22nd Release Date

On March 22nd, Eagle Rock will release TOTO’s 40 Tours Around The Sun. The set will be available in multiple formats – DVD, Blu-Ray, DVD & 2CD’s, Blu-Ray & 2CD’s, 3LP Vinyl, 2 CD’s and digitally as well. The set will be available worldwide outside of North America. The North American release date will be announced in the near future. Fans can pre-order here: http://smarturl.it/TOTO40Tours

This live performance was filmed in front of a sold-out crowd exceeding 18,000 fans on March 17, 2018 at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. TOTO performed a wide range of songs, including hit singles, rarely performed live deep cuts, and two recently recorded tracks which appeared on their new Greatest Hits album (40 Trips Around The Sun).

Also included is the “40 Tours Featurette,” a brand new interview with band members: Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Joseph Williams.

TOTO will be busy in 2019. The band just returned from a standing room only run of Australia and New Zealand, and head to Japan (including a sold out show at Budokan in Tokyo) and Indonesia in February. This spring in to the Summer, they’ll stage a long tour of Europe, combining top billing festival appearances and headline dates, after which they’ll bring their “An Evening With” show to North America this Fall. The 40 Trips Around The Sun tour is the band’s most extensive run in years with many more announcements to come.

 

I’m honoured to have once again been given the privilege of writing the liner notes. It’s an amazing set too!
 
Setlist:
 
Set 1
Alone
Hold the Line
Lovers in the Night
Spanish Sea
I Will Remember
English Eyes
Jake to the Bone
Lea
Rosanna
 
Acoustic Storytellers
Miss Sun
Georgy Porgy
Human Nature
Holyanna
No Love
Mushanga
Stop Loving You
 
Set 2
Girl Goodbye
Angela
Lion
Dune (Desert Theme)
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Stranger in Town
Make Believe
Africa
 
Encore:
The Road Goes On
 
 
 
Thu
07
Feb

New FICTION SYXX Song Preview From 'The Alternate Me'

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MRR second Premium Preorder campaign for progressive melodic rockers FICTION SYXX continues! Preorder customers will get the full length track Carry The Light, previewed below.
 
ALBUM RELEASE DATE REVISED TO APRIL. Preorders to get in March.
 

 
FICTION SYXX is dialling in on their sophomore release, ‘The Alternate Me’!
 
The line-up had one change - Larry Hart (King Kobra/Montrose) on bass guitar takes over for Tony “The Fretless Monster” Franklin.  This release is focused more on the core than their debut release ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. There are no guest artists on this one and JK Northrup & Mark Lanoue share the lead guitar duties. Prepare for a mix of melody, harmony, soaring slide, and at times SHRED!
 
Fiction Syxx is:
Mark Allen Lanoue - Lead Vocals & Guitar
JK Northrup - Guitar, B. Vocals & Production
Rory Faciane - Drums
Larry Hart - Bass
Eric Ragno - Keyboards
 
 
There will be 11 tracks … plus bonus material for Premium Preorder supporters. New PREVIEW - Preorders will have the full song delivered to them.
 
 
MRR and FICTION SYXX are excited to launch one full track right now – the epic album opening track ‘Tall Dark Secrets’. PP supporters will get a WAV file of this track delivered to them shortly, along with another full length mixed and completed track, plus an exclusive video of JK Northrup in the studio discussing this track.
 
MRR/FS2 Premium Preorder is available today for just $30
 
Standard inclusions in the PP Packs include the following:
 
- Exclusive ‘Longbox’ Cardboard Sleeve Slipcover CD Packaging
- WAV file of debut track
- Additional fully mastered, completed song
- Weekly updates from the artist
- Exclusive Advance Release Date, receiving the CD weeks ahead of an official release
- Names included in the CD booklet
- Additional demos and completed tracks sampled along the way
- Digital Download of completed release ahead of shipping of CD
- Airmail shipping cost included
 
Stay tuned for more and PREORDER NOW!
 
 

 

 
Thu
07
Feb

MRF5 USB4 Update - Preorder Still Available - Only 10 LEFT!

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The MRF5 USB (or USB4) had to take a back burner over the summer down under, but now we're almost ready to finalise it.
 
ALL PREORDER BUYERS will start getting the digital files in advance befoer the USB drops into the mail. 
 
And we're going to start with the full ADRIANGALE set from MRF5, which will go out to folks today.
 
Anyone still interested can read the details below - but there are only 10 LEFT!!!!!
 

 
USB4 PRE-ORDER
LIMITED TO 100 UNITS ONLY
Custom Design / 64G / $100 / Delivery September (TBC)
 
 

 

 
MRF5 is done and dusted, but once again I had the entire event filmed “official bootleg” style.
The footage is currently being put together and edited, as there are 4-6 camera angles to work out.
 
Select performances from the event will be available on MR-USB4, a strictly limited edition release of just 100 units. JUST 10 STILL AVAILABLE!
 
Here is the first video preview of some of the fully mixed/edited footage...
 

 
Below is the link to pre-order. Presales were offered to past participants and MRF VIPs, so there is less than half the allocation still left. It will sell out, just as the other USB drives have.
 
USB4 PRE-ORDER
LIMITED TO 100 UNITS ONLY
Custom Design / 64G / $100 / Delivery September (TBC)
 
 
 

 

Confirmed Artists (so far) for FULL SETS:

Acoustic Sets:
Jaded Past
The Radio Sun
Cassidy Paris
 
Friday:
Station (Confirmed, Full Set)
Grand Design
Jaded Past
Warp Drive
Fierce Heart
 
Saturday:
Gary Moon & Friends
Adriangale
Dave Friday Band
SJ Sindicate
Madman’s Lullaby
Far Cry
 
Sunday:
Boulevard
Shotgun Symphony
The Radio Sun
Gary Brandon
Lynn Allen
 
PLUS some more to be finalized, hopefully a few tracks each from the headliners and there will be some stuff from MRFAU and MRF3 & 4 that wasn't on past USBs.
 
Limited to 100 units only - once it's gone, it's gone.
 
 
Wed
06
Feb

NITRATE 'Real World' Cassette w/Bonus Track Available (Ltd Ed)

Artist: 
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Categories: 
 
One of 2018's most popular MelodicRock Records release was the debut NITRATE album.
 
I have a very limited number of a specially pressed cassette version of this album, which also includes the Japanese bonus track.
 
OUT NOW - NITRATE Cassette 'Real World' ($17 + includes worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
 
OR YOU CAN STILL GRAB A CD:
 
OUT NOW - NITRATE CD 'Real World' ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
British rockers NITRATE may be a new name, but you’ll recognise some of the faces.
 
NITRATE is:
Nick Hogg - Guitars & Keyboards
Rob Wylde - Lead, Rhythm, Bass Guitar & Backing Vocals (Midnite City, Tigertailz)
Joss Mennen - Lead & Backing Vocals(Zinatra/Mennen)
Pete Newdeck - Drums & Backing Vocals (Midnite City, Eden’s Curse, Blood Red Saints, Newman)
 

 
 
 
Wed
06
Feb

HARDLINE Give 'Life' To New Album April 26

Artist: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Categories: 
 
Hardline is back with a new studio album, “Life”!
 
In the past two years, Hardline has performed a number of shows across Europe, including festivals and more intimate gigs, and that live “energy” can certainly be felt on their new studio album. The band went back to 1992's “Double Eclipse” album for influence for the songs on this record, but additionally they also looked a little closer in the rearview at the tremendous predecessor to this album, “Human Nature”.
 
The resulting album, LIFE, perfectly blends the influences of those two albums and sees Hardline heavier, stronger, bigger, and better than ever. The band entered the studio feeling loose and relaxed from all their gigging. The two newest members, Marco Di Salvia on drums and Mario Percudani on guitar, had gelled seamlessly with the rest of the band from all those shows and combined with Anna Portalupi's pulsating rhythms and Alessandro Del Vecchio's songwriting and production abilities, LIFE was almost effortless for the band to create. And of course, Johnny Gioeli sings like only he can over top of these incredible musicians.
 
LIFE will be released April 26, 2019 on CD/LP/Digital.
 

 
More live dates will be forthcoming for the band, including a performance on April 27th at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, IT.
 
Tracklist:
1. Place To Call Home
2. Take A Chance
3. Helio's Sun
4. Page Of Your Life
5. Out Of Time
6. Hold On To Right
7. Handful Of Sand
8. This Love
9. Story Of My Life
10. Who Wants To Live Forever
11. Chameleon
12. My Friend
 
Lineup:
Johnny Gioeli - vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards
Mario Percudani - guitar
Marco Di Salvia - drums
Anna Portalupi - bass
 
Connect with Hardline:

 

 
Wed
06
Feb

MICHAEL THOMPSON BAND Returns With 'Love & Beyond' April 26

Friday, April 26, 2019
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The Michael Thompson Band is back with their brand new album, “Love And Beyond” on April 26, 2019! For this new release, Michael wanted to go back to the more polished AOR sound of the band’s debut album. Once again, he teamed up with Wyn Davis for the mix and also had the amazing Mark Spiro involved in the songwriting and appearing on vocals together with the awesome Larry King and Larry Antonino. Best known for being Unruly Child’s bass player, Antonino delivers a phenomenal vocal performance which can only be defined as stunning. Another Unruly Child member, Guy Allison appears on keyboards, while drums on the album are handled by Sergio Gonzalez and Tim Pedersen.
 
Amongst musician circles, Michael Thompson is considered one of the leading guitar players in the world. He was awarded the "Distinguished Alumni" award from his alma mater Berklee College of Music to commemorate his contributions to the music industry. Berklee's program for the event noted that "he is widely regarded as being among the elite studio session players, and his amazing list of credits includes such prominent names as Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, 'N Sync, Toni Braxton, Phil Collins, Rod Stewart, the Scorpions, Vince Neil, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Mariah Carey, Bette Midler, Madonna, Babyface, En Vogue, Gloria Estefan, Stanley Clarke and Ricky Martin."
 
Originally from New York, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1979 to begin a studio musician career. In 1988, after working to try and get a deal with his band Slang, he finally got signed by Geffen Records to release one album entitled "How Long", under the Michael Thompson Band (M.T.B.) monicker.On "How Long", more great studio musicians appeared as guests, in particular drummer-maestro Terry Bozzio, singer Moon Calhoun (ex The Strand), Pat Torpey (Mr Big), bassist Jimmy Haslip, John Elefante (Kansas), Toto's Bobby Kimball, and Great White associates Michael Lardie and Wyn Davis (who also produced the album). Songwriters would include, among others, AOR luminaries such as Jeff Paris, Mark Spiro, Billy Trudel and Brett Walker.
 
As of today, “How Long” is still regarded as one of the highest examples of hi-tech AOR / West Coast, with superb production and immaculate songwriting. Reissued in 2007 with 3 bonus tracks, it started a relationship between Michael Thompson and Frontiers, who put out the new Michael Thompson Band album in early 2012.
 
For the second album which Frontiers released in 2012, Michael teamed up with the awesome singer Larry King from the band Soleil Moon. Larry brought a new and more rocking approach to the MTB sound, but certainly the trademark elements of songwriting and melodies were still to be found on the “Future Past”.
 
Pure AOR can’t get much better than this!
 

 
Tracklist:
1 Opening
2 Love & Beyond
3 Save Yourself
4 Passengers
5 Red Sun (Interlude)
6 Supersonic
7 La Perouse (Interlude)
8 Don't Look Down
9 Far Away
10 Penny Laughed (Interlude)
11 Love Was Never Blind
12 Black Moon (Interlude)
13 Flying Without Wings
14 Forbidden City (Interlude)
15 Just Stardust
16 What Will I Be Without You
17 Starting Over
18 'Til We Meet Again
 
Lineup:
Guitars: Michael Thompson
Lead Vocals and bass: Larry Antonino
Lead vocals: Larry King, Mark Spiro
Drums: Sergio Gonzalez, Tim Pedersen
Keys: Guy Allison
 
 
Mon
04
Feb

TERRA NOVA CD 'Raise Your Voice' Arrived Today; Now Shipping

Artist: 
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce the return of TERRA NOVA with their new, 7th studio album ‘Raise Your Voice’ due out January 30.
 
The new studio album will feature a different running order for this release (compared to the Japanese release), as well as having alternative artwork and one exclusive additional track.
 
Best of all – pre-order now and a digital download of the full album will be delivered to your inbox within 24hrs.
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
04
Feb

A Message From VIC RIVERA Regarding ADRIANGALE

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Release Year: 
2018
Categories: 
A MESSAGE FROM VIC RIVERA REGARDING ADRIANGALE
 
 
Hi, all - hope you’re all off to a great start so far in 2019.
 
After much consideration, the time has come to make a few announcements.
 
To begin: there are many reasons for this but, above all else, because of the demands of my job I’m scaling back most of my music and audio production work. Now more than ever my position is a 24/7 requirement and those responsibilities prevent me from committing to multiple projects/clients without compromising enjoyment of life with my wife, family and friends. This wasn’t a quick decision to arrive at, but it’s the right one when the return on investment on every level for the time and energy I devote to the music business is no longer worth being at the expense of the parts of my life that are priority.
 
This is the largest of several factors which will unfortunately result in the Adriangale album that was in progress not being completed. I deeply regret this for all of those who were looking forward to it. Rest assured, this wasn’t my intent - especially since I’ve put very substantial work into ten great songs. Having said that, and my job withstanding, I can’t alter other circumstances beyond my control. I can only take appropriate action and, aside from the band’s catalogue staying up on digital media outlets, barring extraordinary developments it’s time to close the book on Adriangale.
 
I wish to be clear that this isn’t a reflection on Andrew McNeice or Melodicrock Records. Andrew has been a great and unparalleled friend since just about the beginning of my music work. He’s unquestionably one of the most upstanding, loyal and honorable people I’ve ever met. Our friendship is stronger than ever and if/when I’m able to commit to another project with the new songs I’ve put a ton of hard work into, his is still the label that will release it far as I’m concerned.
 
Regarding the questions about the Best of Adriangale: that collection was promised by my former label, I hope they will honor their commitment for the sake of those who still may be waiting for it.
 
I’m grateful for all of the things that I have done with my music and even more appreciative for the many amazing people I have met on account of my endeavors.
 
Thanks for reading - and once again wishing you all the best.
 
 
MRR’s Andrew McNeice responds:
 
Vic Rivera is without question, one of the most genuine and sweetest guys in this business and I’m proud to call him a friend for so many years.
With Adriangale, Vic delivered some of my favourite musical moments of the last decade and a half. With their relationship with their original label over, I was only too happy wot welcome Vic, Jamie and the guys to MRR.
 
I am disappointed to have to pass on this news, more for selfish reasons, I wanted new music from one of my favourite acts. But I totally respect Vic’s decision and know all too well the pressures of conflicting schedules and the lack of hours in the day to deal with everything life throws at you.
The work Vic has put in over the last year on this album won’t go to waste. No sir! When time permits these wonderful songs will see the light of day in one form or another.
 
For now, MRR wishes Vic nothing but love and Jamie and his unmistakable voice will pop up somewhere soon no doubt.
 
 
Fri
01
Feb

LEVERAGE Prepare For 'Determinus' April 26

Artist: 
Friday, April 26, 2019
Categories: 
LEVERAGE RETURN WITH HIGHLY ANTICIPATED FIFTH ALBUM, “DETERMINUS” 
OUT ON FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL ON APRIL 26 | FIRST SINGLE & VIDEO “BURN LOVE BURN” OUT NOW
 
Finnish heavy rockers Leverage finally put an end to their 10 year hiatus between studio albums with the announcement of the release of their highly anticipated new album, “Determinus”. Preceded by the release of the 2018 (digital only) EP “The Devil’s Turn”, Leverage are set to retake their place in the standings of the heavy metal/hard rock community with this new album. First single and video, "Burn Love Burn" is out today and you can see/hear it below:
 

 
Leverage is not a power metal band, nor an AOR band, and definitely not a throwback to the 80’s band. Leverage don’t fall into an easy category. Leverage developed their own style of heavy rock in the 2000’s. For the band, it has always been about making and playing music with all of their hearts and souls while having a blast doing it. Their sonic stamp says “Leverage”. That’s it. “The new album is the same but different,” says guitarist and founder Tuomas Heikkinen. “This is the way I write. It is heavy rock and draws from a variety of influences, mine or the other members. I used to make demos that had every bass, drum and keyboard note MIDI programmed to detail and then just asked the guys to reproduce that exactly, but now I only underline the passages that I feel are essential and let them have a go at expressing themselves as musicians. And just as importantly, I always try to hear the vocalist in my head when writing. Pekka and Kimmo are two different singers, that definitely guides the process.”
 
Leverage landed on the scene in 2006 with the independent release of their debut album, “Tides”. With their blend of symphonic and melodic hard rock combined with some progressive metal twists, Leverage created a buzz on the scene and were signed by Frontiers for the release of their second album, “Blind Fire” in 2008. Spinefarm/Universal picked the band up for their next album, “Circus Colossus” (2009), but the band became inactive not too long after. “People that have heard the music say that it definitely has the Leverage vibe, but also covers new ground. It has variety, ranging from pretty damn heavy to all kinds of far ends at times. This album sounds like a band playing and there’s movement where we didn’t use to have it. There’s less overdubs, not too many huge hired choirs, very little MIDI orchestrations and less tracks all together,” continues Heikkinen.
 
"Determinus" also introduces their amazing new singer, Kimmo Blom (Urban Tale, Raskasta Joulua) and a new guitar player, Mikko Salovaara. “Kimmo is a phenomenal and very versatile singer. He draws pictures in front of you the way he sings,” concludes Tuomas. "He has a huge presence, both seen and heard and is not the most typical vocalist in this scene. He approaches each song as a short story and really throws himself in there. Mikko is a monster guitar player with a background of very heavy and complex metal with a band called Kiuas. It was like "I am going to get him or Leverage will have only one guitar". I am happy he wanted to join the band. I have been blessed to get to work with outstanding guitar players in Leverage, first with Torsti and now with Mikko.”
 
"I’m really excited about all this, getting back to making Leverage music with a great group of people, old and new. And getting it out through a solid label to the fans," concludes Tuomas.
 
“DeterminUs” promises to be one of the highlights of the melodic metal genre in 2019.
 
Tracklist:
1. Burn Love Burn
2. Wind Of Morrigan
3. Tiger
4. Red Moon Over Sonora (album version)
5. Mephistocrate
6. Afterworld’s Disciple
7. When We Were Young
8. Heaven’s No Place For Us
9. Hand Of God
10. Rollerball
11. Troy
 
Line-up:
Kimmo Blom - vocals
Mikko Salovaara - guitars
Tuomas Heikkinen - guitars
Sami Norrbacka - bass
Valtteri Revonkorpi -– drums
Marko Niskala - keyboards
 
Links:
 
 
Fri
01
Feb

LANCE KING Ready To 'ReProgram' March 29

Artist: 
Friday, March 29, 2019
Categories: 
 
Legendary singer Lance King, original voice behind PYRAMAZE, AVIAN, BALANCE OF POWER and GEMINI is releasing his second solo album 'ReProgram' in the style of heavy metal that he has properly labeled as 'Celestial Metal', MARCH 29 is the new release date on Nightmare Records.
 
We are divided and torn by what we want to do and what we think we should to do. This is the ultimate struggle that every human being deals with during their lifetime. We all have the choice to take the road of conformity and compliance, or we can decide to live life to the fullest. We are often held back from our potential because of the many rules handed down to us, indoctrinated ideals of education, sexuality, gender, family, religion, and career.  People are usually tied to these rules on a deep level that often make no sense to them, but they prefer the comfort of feeling like they belong, to the often-lonely freedom of being the ones who live on their own terms. This is the internal and external struggle that Lance King wants to showcase with his music.
 
"ReProgram' is digitally available on iTunes and Amazon today Feb 1st, Pre-order and get an early "gratis track!"
 
There is a constant dissonance in our lives, and ReProgram looks to find harmony in the dissonant world that we have created. An album for the seekers of truth, for the ones who carry the fire and never let it die. Think of ReProgram as fuel for the restless soul that constantly pounds within your chest. An aural expression infused in metal and forged out of the promise of freedom. That wild and unapologetic inner-self that never fails to remind you of the passion, the adventure and the journey of life. That human being that wants to break away from the mindless zombie herds following the MEME culture.
An album for the Jedi, for the spiritually charged, for the ones that never fade away. Metal that supercharges the mind and encourages the body.
 
“The single most powerful thing you can do, is unlearn the limiting beliefs you have accepted as truths in your youth. This frees you from the chains that bind, the chains of the subconscious mind.” -- Lance King
 
Produced by Lance King & Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Evergrey, Epica, Amaranthe)
 
 
Co-Writing Performers:
Kim Olesen - (Anubis Gate)
(Guitars and Keys on 'ReProgram' and 'Technology')
 
Markus Sigfridsson - (Darkwater/Harmony)
(Guitars and Keys on 'Stand your Ground', 'Limitless', 'Perfect World')
 
Matt Hodsdon - (Chaos Frame)
(Guitars and Keys on 'Chaotica', 'Reaction Formation', 'Spell of Domestication')
 
Rich Hinks - (Annihilator / Aeon Zen)
(Bass on all tracks except (*) Guitar, Keys on 'Pointing Fingers', 'A Mind at War', 'Wide Open')
 
Lance's Featured Friends:
Morten Gade Sørensen  (Pyramaze/Anubis Gate) Massive Grooves and Percussion
Fred Columbo (Spheric Universe Experience)  (Keys transition between 'Wide Open & Chaotica', solo on 'Spell of Domestication' and 'A Mind at War')
Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen) (Guitar solo on 'Wide Open')
Jakob Riis  (L Wood Joy) ( *Bass on 'ReProgram' and 'Technology')
 
 
Tue
29
Jan

APPEARANCE OF NOTHING Fourth Album 'In Times Of Darkness' Out March 22

Friday, March 22, 2019
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Escape Music is pleased to announce the return of Swiss Progressive Melodic Metal Band Appearance of Nothing with their forth album "In Times Of Darkness"
 
Appearance of Nothing - In Times Of Darknesss
 
Release Date: 22 March 2019
Catalogue No: ESM328
 
Track Listing:
01 Inside these Walls 06:32
02 The Black Sea 09:26
03 Storm 04:25
04 Erase 07:00
05 Deception 07:01
06 Disaster (Sweetest Enemy) 05:28
07 Lost 05:17
08 The Huntress 09:22
 
Appearance of Nothing is:
Omar Cuna - Vocals and Bass
Marc Petralito - Piano, Hammond, Synth
Ronnie Wolf - Drums 
Manuel Meinen - Guitars
Albert Ibrahimaj - Guitars
 
Guest appearances:
Anna Murphy - Backing Vocals & Lead Vocals on ‘Storm’ & Lost’
Tina Guo - Cello on ‘The Black Sea’ & ‘Deception’
Christian Älvestam - Growls
Devon Graves - Vocals on ‘Disaster’
 
Drums, Vocals, Piano & Hammond recorded by Anna Murphy at Soundfarm Studios
Guitars & Bass recorded by Tommy Vetterli at New Sound Studio
Acoustic guitars recorded at Music’s Cool Studios Freiburg 
Mixed by Anna Murphy 
Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios 
 
Precision and prog metal: the two go hand in hand - esppecially in Switzerland, home to clockworks and quality craftsmanship.
 
True to that national spirit, Appearance Of Nothing are stepping right into the tradition of outstanding and unique metal, Made In Switzerland (ever heard of Coroner, Eluveitie, or perhaps Celtic Frost?). Honing their skills together since 2004, the band around founding members Marc Petralito (piano, hammond, synths) and Omar Cuna (bass & vocals), along with shredders Manuel Meinen & Albert Ibrahimaj  and drummer Ronnie Wolf, have always felt true to Prog with a capital letter - think Opeth, Dream Theater,, or Symphony X.
 
With their new single ‘Storm’ they mark an explosive return after parting ways with their former lead singer in 2017. Keys blazing, the creative driving force Marc proudly places his giant synth walls right where they should be: front and center. The newest family members Albert Ibrahimaj (two-time winner of a prestigious Berklee College of Music scholarship) and Manuel Meinen - both acclaimed guitar teachers - have found themselves right at home, driving the band’s sound forward along with Ronnie, who has been making a name for himself for over 30 years ever since his work on the legendary 1985 album ‘Young Blood’ by Killer. Omar, finally, having already made the unusual transition from dancer to bass player early in his career, showcases how he inherited the position of main vocalist and frontman without skipping a note on his bass.
 
A new album has been completed as well, although the band remain shrouded regarding a potential release date. They can, however, announce some explosive details already: the record has been recorded and produced with none other than the undisputed queen of Swiss metal, Anna Murphy (Cellar Darling, ex-Eluveitie) at Soundfarm Studios, has been mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Leprous, Symphony X & more), and features illustrious guest performers including Anna Murphy herself, cello virtuoso Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer, ‘Wonder Woman’ soundtrack), Devon Graves of the legendary Psychotic Waltz, and former Scar Symmetry vocalist Christian Älvestam. Last, but not least, Appearance of Nothing’s new guitar sound was created at Swiss guitar legend Tommy Vetterli’s New Sound Studio.
 
Appearance of Nothing are getting ready to take part in the European stages in 2019, 
 
Video for The Black Sea
 

 
Tour dates so far:
02.03.2019 - Switzerland, Musigburg Aarburg
 
UK & Ireland
21.03.2019 - Sheffield Studio
22.03.2019 - North Wales, Hammerfest
23.03.2019 - Cardiff The Globe
24.03.2019 - Birmingham Hare & Hounds
26.03.2019 - Norwich The Waterfront Studio
27.03.2019 - Hull The Welly 2
28.03.2019 - Glasgow Audio
29.03.2019 - Dublin On The Rox
30.03.2019 - Manchester Academy 3
31.03.2019 - London Jazz Cafe Camden
 
20.04.2019 - Germany, Lörrach
31.08.2019 - Switzerland, Club Natters
21.09.2019 - Switzerland, Club Metbar Lenzburg
13.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
14.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
15.09.2019 - Italy, to_be_confirmed
 
More dates will be announced soon including Germany!
 

 

 

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