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24
May

Spread Eagle To Release First Album in 26 Years 'Subway To The Stars' August 9

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Friday, August 9, 2019
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 Spread Eagle is back and will release their first album in over 26 years, "Subway To The Stars" on August 9th via Frontiers Music SRL. 
Today, fans can check out the first single and video from the album, "Sound Of Speed”.
 
"Our primary intention was to go back to the egg. Not to the debut album, but even before then. When we were unsigned, rehearsing in the East Village NYC and just putting our first songs together. We worked every day and night on our dream. We were a gang and no one could tell us we couldn’t accomplish something. That’s when we were at our rawest and nastiest and the intensity was completely off the meter. Of course, you can never truly go back in time, everyone learns and evolves; however, I wanted to remember that feeling of writing razor riffs in those basement spaces in 1989, then add it to current experiences," says founder and bassist Rob De Luca on what fans can expect.
 
On first single "Sound of Speed", De Luca continues, "We wanted something that had a strong sense of propulsion. After that verse riff popped out, the chorus and other sections flowed effortlessly. From very early on in the writing process, I felt this should be the song to reintroduce Spread Eagle. I was happy that Frontiers had that exact same vision for it. As I said above, it invokes the spirit of our inception with some additional skills that we’ve learned."
 
 
Spread Eagle burst upon the hard rock scene of the late ‘80s/early ‘90s playing a brand of rock that hailed straight from the mean streets of New York City. When Paul DiBartolo (guitar), Rob De Luca (bass), and Tommi Gallo (drums) moved to New York City and met up with Ray West (vocals), East Coast Streetmetal was born. The group was quickly snatched up and signed to MCA/Universal Records, then sent straight into the legendary Record Plant studios to record their debut album. The self-titled debut was produced by Charlie Gambetta and featured a gritty and dangerous sound, wailing vocals and razor sharp guitar, demonstrated through songs such as "Switchblade Serenade", "Scratch Like A Cat", and "Broken City". Four years later, after the release and touring of their second album, "Open To The Public" (also produced by Gambetta), the band took an extended break and went about their own personal projects.
 
Spread Eagle reformed in 2006 under the direction of Ray West and Rob DeLuca (who has also worked with UFO and Sebastian Bach) along with two new members, Ziv Shalev (guitar) and Rik De Luca (drums). The band has been together ever since and decided to start production on a new album, scheduled for release in August 2019 on Frontiers. Songs for “Subway To The Stars” were put together in the Music Building in NYC, which is the exact same place where the songs for their debut album were rehearsed and written. Recording took place at Studio E in Brooklyn, NY with Grammy Award winning engineer Tom Camuso. The new album does not disappoint and picks off up where the band left off. Spread Eagle is a welcome addition to the Frontiers' family, where they will become yet another vital band from the '80s/'90s rock scene to release amazing new music in the 21st century!
 
Tracklist:
1. Subway To The Stars
2. 29Th Of February
3. Sound Of Speed
4. Dead Air
5. Grand Scam
6. More Wolf Than Lamb
7. Cut Through
8. Little Serpentina
9. Antisocial Butterfly
10. Gutter Rhymes For Valentines
11. Solitaire
 
Line-up:
Ray West - Lead Vocals
Rob De Luca - Bass, Vocals
Ziv Shalev - Guitars
Rik De Luca - Drums, Percussion
 
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Thu
23
May

Billy Sherwood 'Citizen: In The Next Life’ Out July 12

Friday, July 12, 2019
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“Citizen: In The Next Life” is Billy Sherwood’s second release in the Citizen series, which follows the concept that he started with the “Citizen” album released in November 2015. The songs describe the individual experiences in a journey through time and space of a character, “The Citizen” through his own eyes: from an appearance in the Berlin bunker as Adolf Hitler in the final days of WWII to the Impressionist painter Monet, then as Stephen Hawking exploring the depths of the mind and the universe, Wyatt Earp, the legendary sheriff of Tombstone, Christopher Columbus, Romeo Montecchi and Mata Hari, among other real and fictitious characters.
 
On first single "The Partisan" and other songs on the album, Sherwood says, "the song is about Adolf Hitler and follows his rise to power and eventual fall. "Sophia" is about the first ever A.I. to be formally recognized and declared a citizen of a nation, Saudi Arabia. The song explores the notion that perhaps this isn't such a great idea and "just because we can does not mean that we should". "Monet" finds the citizen as the famous impressionist painter and expresses the beauty within the paintings themselves, "painting for all our eyes". "We Shall Ride Again" has the citizen as the famous lawman Wyatt Earp as he takes care of business, along with his brothers Virgil, Morgan and comrade Doc Holiday. "By Design" is a song where the soul of the main character is Romeo, expressing his love for his Juliet. "Mata Hari" is about the infamous spy who used her seductive ways to get vital information to the governments she worked for. The double agent would eventually find herself in front of a firing squad after being found out.”
 
 
For the first album in the Citizen series, Billy amassed an impressive list of guests, including the last recorded performance of original YES bass player Chris Squire, this time he wanted and managed to work on the concept on his own. The result is another splendid ride in human history, with an exceptional storyteller like Billy who is bringing us on a fascinating musical ride through the centuries. The album also includes an impersonation of the character “The Citizen” as Chris Squire. "Amazing Grace" is a famous bass solo that Chris used to do on stage and so it seemed a fitting tribute to him.
 
"I'm looking forward to this record coming out and having people take these jumps through time. The citizen is your guide and there are many interesting places this lost soul appears. I think of it as a sort of movie for your ears. I recommend a good set of headphones and let the stories take you on a journey," continues Sherwood.
 
Billy Sherwood is a current member of YES, handpicked by original founding member Chris Squire, before his untimely death in June 2015, to fill in for him. Billy was also asked by legendary progressive icon John Wetton to replace him in ASIA. Billy started his career in the band Lodgic and then World Trade, with whom he released two albums. He joined YES for the first time as touring member on the “Talk” tour in 1994, before becoming a full time member from 1997 to 1999. He also recorded two albums with Chris Squire on the “Conspiracy” project and released six albums with CIRCA, the band he formed with another former YES member, Tony Kaye.
 
Tracklist:
1. The Partisan
2. Sophia
3. Monet
4. Skywriter
5. We Shall Ride Again
6. Via Hawking
7. By Design
8. Sailing The Seas
9. Mata Hari
10. Hold Quite
 
Line-up:
Billy Sherwood: Lead & Backing Vocals / Guitars / Drums
 
 
Wed
22
May

MRR Dives Back Into The Archives With ROBIN & JUDITH RANDALL & MARK BAKER

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It is with great enthusiasm that I can announce the next participant in MelodicRock Records’ ambitious career spanning ‘From The Archives’ box set series. The first set, the Brett WalkerLast Parade’ 6-Disc retrospective was been met with fantastic critical and fan response and is approaching selling out.
 
That project took nearly a year to put together and the next release is likely to be just as big and just as comprehensive.
 
I’m talking about the legendary songwriting duo of Robin & Judith Randall.
 
Judith Randall sadly passed away in 2002, but Robin has kept writing and together the Randall’s have been responsible for some of AOR’s most memorable songs.
 
 
The classic Mark Free ‘Long Way From Love’ and both Venus & Mars’ albums to start with, plus songs for some of the great names of melodic rock – FM, Starship, James Christian, Roxus & Khymera to name a few.
 
Robin & Judith Randall wrote a staggering amount of songs, with many of the demos featuring vocals from Marcie Free, James Christian and Diana DeWitt, all of which have agreed to be part of this set.
 
Robin has already delivered a big batch of songs and is currently converting more DATs to digital with the help of Robert Tepper. She has reached out to many of her co-writers and vocalists and I’m excited to announce that writers like Tony Sciuto, Jeff Law & Aina have expressed interest in being involved.
 
Others have also been approached and news on that and other progress reports will follow in the weeks ahead. There is no planned release date at this stage, so stay tuned for updates.
JK Northrup is on standby to begin the restoration and remastering process.
 
Robin had this to say about the project: “I am thrilled to be bringing songs from the vault to light, to hear great voices and sounds again and to create new ones as well. My mother Judithe would've have been so over the moon about this!!”
 
There are many many songs previously unreleased and never before heard, so AOR fans are going to love this!
 
 
MRR is equally pleased to announce one other archive release, which will officially be announced in the next few days.
 
Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard.
 
Several unreleased Mark Baker songs featuring Mark Free on vocals from the 80s have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will be remastered by JK Northrup once again.
 
Release details coming right up!
 
More archive projects are in development. Stay tuned for updates.
 
 
Mon
20
May

HEARTS ON FIRE Ltd Longbox Edition (15 Only)

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The debut HEARTS ON FIRE album 'Call Of Destiny' is OUT NOW.
 
The premium pre-order customers recieved all the advance audio and bonus tracks, plus additional demos and mixes. And they also have been sent the deluxe longbox packaging as pictured below:
 
 
The preorder bonus material is of course no longer available, but there are a handful of longbox cases spare that I can offer first come first serve. The price will remain the same out of fairness to preorder customers and the high cost of the packaging and shipping. There is only a handful available, so order now. Regular edition available for shipping now - link below.
 
15 COPIES LEFT - $25 (Incl Shipping)
 
 
HEARTS ON FIRE ARE:
Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity)
Richard Andermyr - Vocals, Guitars (Rian)
Joel Mejia – Drums (Codigo Eterno)
Dennis Ward - Bass and Keyboards
 
 
 
Tue
14
May

WHEELS OF FIRE Will 'Begin Again' June 7

Friday, June 7, 2019
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Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce all the details of "Begin Again", new official studio album by Italian melodic hard-rockers, Wheels Of Fire. After two successful releases, that received great feedback from fans and critics all around the world (the debut album "Hollywood Rocks" reached #42 on the charts of renowned Japanese magazine, Burrn!), Wheels Of Fire are now back on the scene with what is going to be their strongest release so far, showcasing the noteworthy skills of a band at the top of its form. The new album includes experienced contributors, Pierpaolo "Zorro" Monti (Raintimes, Shining Line, Charming Grace) and Gianluca Firmo(Room Experience, Firmo), and offers an excellent mix of perfectly-balanced elements between the arena melodies unleashed in "Hollywood Rocks", and the prominent guitar work of "Up For Anything", featuring a bombastic and up-to-date sound thanks to the great mix and mastering work by Roberto Priori (Danger Zone, Raintimes, I.F.O.R., Alchemy).
 
Frontman Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri quotes: "Seven years have passed since the release of our second studio album, "Up For Anything". Seven long years where we never stopped writing new music, rehearsing together, playing live and believing in this band. This meant for us evolving both as artists and human beings, and this is something that inspired us to moving forward and creating this third official chapter. "Begin Again" represents a promising new beginning in our artistic career, that has been developed staying loyal to the sound and the style we all love: the great melodic rock music. I'm very proud of this work, and I can't really wait to share it to all the fans and friends around the world".
 
"Begin Again" is scheduled for release on June 7, 2019 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group. A special personalized edition has been created by Outward Styles in a very limited quantity of 50 copies, and is available exclusively on the label's online shop, Rock Temple. CD graphics have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Michael Kratz, Alchemy, Firmo), while the CD booklet features introductory liner notes written by Marco Aimasso (Metal.it). The release will be celebrated with an exclusive live event on June 8, 2019 @ Dedolor Music Headquarter (Rovellasca - CO / ITALY), during the second awaited edition of the "Rock Temple Festival".
 
Tracklist:
01. Scratch That Bitch
02. Lift Me Up
03. Tonight Belongs To You
04. Done For The Day
05. For You
06. Keep Me Close
07. Heart Of Stone
08. You'll Never Be Lonely Again
09. Another Step In The Dark
10. Call My Name
11. Can't Stand It
12. Wheels Of Fire (European Bonus Track)
 
Line-up:
Davide "Dave Rox" Barbieri: Vocals
Stefano Zeni: Guitars
Federico De Biase: Keyboards
Marcello Suzzani: Bass
Fabrizio Uccellini: Drums
 
Special guests:
Gianluca Ferro: Guitar Solo
Ivan Ciccarelli: Percussion
Susanna Pellegrini: Backing Vocals
Maryan: Backing Vocals
Marcello Spera: Backing Vocals
Matteo Liberati: Backing Vocals
 
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Mon
13
May

The Next Generation of Toto: ZFG Feat. Sons of Lukather and Porcaro

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ZFG will tour with Toto Summer 2019 in support of new single “Special”
 
Serendipitous is an adjective that describes accidentally being in the right place at the right time, like bumping into a good friend in some unusual location, or finding a hundred dollar bill on the ground. The word could also be used well in describing the inception of the band ZFG. Within its ranks you'll find seasoned songwriters and performers of which you may be familiar, but sometimes the sum of the parts is beyond expectations and lends itself to being genre defining.
 
“You guys are better musicians than KISS will ever be and you sound like you could be the next QUEEN.” - Gene Simmons
 
Based in Los Angeles, ZFG consists of Trev Lukather (son of legendary guitarist Steve Lukather and founding member of Toto), bassist Sam Porcaro (son of original bassist for Toto, Mike Porcaro), drummer Josh Devine of One Direction, and stellar vocalist Jules Galli.
 
The members were close friends in different projects, but decided to get into the studio for fun with a new approach in mind, making music with no rules or boundaries. “Zero F**ks Given” is what they called their first day in the studio, which led to their band name ZFG. After writing and recording together on day one, the chemistry was undeniable, so the decision was made to forge their individual projects into one. By melding anthemic, hook-filled melodies within funk rock guitar riffs and groove rock beats, the band shows their ability to compact a vast array of influence and experience into a signature sound with substance, style, and soul.
 
“Having released two songs already, 'Holehearted' and 'Special' it is now apparent just how good that chemistry is. Funk rock grooves and infectious backing vocals are just the first things to jump out at you. These guys can play. Of course when you carry the last name of rock royalty (Lukather and Porcaro) or come from a massive band like One Direction (Devine), people expect good things. These guys deliver that in spades.”
 
As serendipitous as the making of the band may have been, ZFG runs with a different mindset when approaching the music they write by not restricting themselves to purely rock-style songs. ZFG's music is infused in alternative, pop, R&B and a hybrid of other styles.
 
ZFG's radio campaign recently launched for their single “Special” and was officially released on April 26th on Spotify and all platforms via Cleopatra Records. “Special” landed #2 MOST ADDED spot on the Billboard (BDS) Mainstream Rock Indicator Chart and grabbed the coveted #1 MOST ADDED spot on the Foundations (SMR) Chart. “Special” lands among the Top 10 Greatest Gainers on BOTH the Billboard Indicator & Foundations Chart!
 
The band is currently on their first tour with Adelitas Way and The Winery Dogs. Fans can get a taste of their upcoming EP with the release of a lyric video for their single, “Special.”
 
Watch the lyric video for “Special”: https://youtu.be/Q50Zjwpt2M4
 
 
 
ZFG Summer 2019 tour dates:
June 25 - Opera Lesna - Sopot, Poland With Toto
June 27 - Budapest Arena - Budapest, Hungary With Toto
June 29 - Boerderij - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Headline
June 30 - Hedon - Zwolle, Netherlands - Headline
July 02 - Tollwood Festival - Munich, Germany With Toto
July 03 - Piazza Degli Scacchi - Marostica, Italy With Toto
July 04 - Auditorium Cavea - Rome, Italy With Toto
July 05 - Piazza Napoleone - Lucca, Italy With Toto
July 06 - Baladin Open Garden - Piozzo, Italy
July 10 - Mtc - Koln, Germany - Headline
July 11 - Nochtwache - Hamburg, Germany - Headline
July 12 - Musik And Frieden - Berlin, Germany - Headline
July 13 - Blues Garage - Isernhagen, Germany - Headline
July 14 - Gelsenkirchen Amphiteater - Gelsenkirchen, Germany With Toto
July 16 - Z7 Summer Nights Open Air - Pratteln, Switzerland With Toto
July 17 - Barockgardent - Fussen, Germany With Toto
July 18 - Schloss Open Air - Salem, Germany With Toto
 
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Thu
09
May

H.E.A.T Release Powerful Live Album On Audio & Video For The First Time Ever

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Friday, July 26, 2019
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“LIVE AT SWEDEN ROCK FESTIVAL” OUT ON JULY 26th, 2019 ON earMUSIC
 
If there is one hard rock band you need to see live, H.E.A.T should make the top of your list.
Singer Erik Grönwall’s striking charisma paired with the powerful energy created by the band makes every H.E.A.T concert an extraordinary experience. This was also true for the performance at Sweden Rock festival on June 7th, 2018 which followed their highly acclaimed studio album “Into The Great Unknown” (2017) (which Classic Rock UK praised as “the most complete album of their career”).
 
Their second ever live recording – and for the first time on video – includes all of the band’s remarkable hymns such as “Living On The Run”, “A Shot At Redemption” or “Bastard Of Society”. Every song from this setlist is as lively and intoxicating as the next, making this a memorable show that every rock music fan will enjoy.
 
Or as H.E.A.T themselves put it:
”We heard the call and answered. Fire and Hard Rock in the night.
For our entire career people have been going on about us making a ’DVD/Blu-ray’ and we can finally reveal that we will be releasing ’Live At Sweden Rock Festival’. For those of you who have yet to see us live, this is as close as it gets.
So go out and roll around in the garden, get an uneven tan, have 1-20 beers and kick back in your couch for the ultimate festival experience.
Happy watching!”
 
“Live At Sweden Rock Festival” will be released on July 26th, 2019 on earMUSIC as CD+BD Digipak and Digital.
 
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TRACK LIST
CD/BD
1. Bastard Of Society
2. Late Night Lady
3. Mannequin Show
4. Redefined
5. Heartbreaker
6. Shit City
7. Beg Beg Beg
8. Tearing Down The Walls
9. Eye Of The Storm
10. Emergency
11. Inferno
12. Living On The Run
13. A Shot At Redemption
 
Official Music Videos – BD only
1. It's All About Tonight
2. Tearing Down The Walls
3. Point Of No Return
4. Living On The Run
5. Eye Of The Storm
6. A Shot Of Redemption
7. Best Of The Broken
8. Drink Alone
8. Drink Alone

 

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Wed
08
May

JORN 'Live On Death Road' Out June 14

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Friday, June 14, 2019
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of JORN’s brand new live album & video, “Live on Death Road” June 14.
 
Recorded at the Frontiers Rock Festival 2018, this performance was captured when Jorn headlined the second night of the festival. Lande performed with a great band featuring long time members Tore More on guitar, Sid Ringsby on bass, producer/keyboardist Alessandro Del Vecchio, and not one, but two drummers: Beata Polak and Francesco Jovino (Primal Fear).
 
The tracklisting is certainly special and includes some timeless songs spanning the entire 20-year career of JORN. From “Sunset Station”, included on the “real” international debut “Worldchanger”, to absolute classics such as “Out to Every Nation,” “Stormcrow,” and “Lonely Are the Brave”. Some surprises are there too, such as “Walking on Water” from the Dracula Rock Opera and of course unmissable cover versions of “The Mob Rules” (Black Sabbath) and “Ride Like the Wind” (Christopher Cross).
 
All in all, this is another unmissable celebration of the talents of the Norwegian vocal god and a powerful testimony to a unique artist who offers an unbelievable live show here.
 
 
Available on 2CD/DVD and Blu-Ray.
 
CD1
My Road
Bring Heavy Rock To The Land
Life On Death Road
Blacksong
World Gone Mad
Stormcrow
Sunset Station
Ride Like The Wind
Out To Every Nation
 
CD2
Shot In The Dark
Walking On Water
Traveller
Rock And Roll Angel
The Mob Rules
Rainbow In The Dark
Lonely Are The Brave
 
DVD/Blu-Ray:
My Road
Bring Heavy Rock To The Land
Life On Death Road
Blacksong
World Gone Mad
Stormcrow
Sunset Station
Ride Like The Wind
Out To Every Nation
Walking On Water
Traveller
Rock And Roll Angel
Man Of The 80’s
The Mob Rules
Rainbow In The Dark
Lonely Are The Brave
 
Produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio and Jorn Lande
 
Jorn Lande: lead vocals
Tore Moren: guitar
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards
Sid Ringsby: Bass
Beata Polak: Drums
Francesco Jovino: Drums
 
 
 
Tue
07
May

SKID ROW Sign Global Deal With Australia's Golden Robot Records

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New Music To Be Released Late 2019
 
The world’s fastest growing independent rock label, Golden Robot Records, continues it’s upward trajectory into 2019. Starting the year off with a bang, the label recently welcomed guitar icons John Sykes and Gilby Clarke to the family as well as Alt Rockers, Trope, and is now thrilled to announce their latest signing!
 
Golden Robot Records is pleased to welcome hard rock legends Skid Row to their already impressive roster of artists!  The band recently signed a worldwide deal with Golden Robot Records, which will see their long anticipated forthcoming new album and first with new frontman ZP Theart released later this year.
 
'We are beyond excited to announce that we have signed with Golden Robot Records. The label is the perfect balance between old-school way of thinking with digital age sensibilities. We can think of no better company to release our third chapter of United World Rebellion and our first record with ZP” says Skid Row bassist, Rachel Bolan.
 
'We are honoured to welcome Skid Row to the GRR family they have always remained true to their fans with authenticity and passion. We are more than excited to be part of their next chapter and journey with a brand new album!' Mark Alexander-Erber, Golden Robot Entertainment Group Founder and President.
 
Skid Row burst onto the scene with their iconic self titled debut album in 1988. Fuelled with enough punk and metal attitude to take down any band on the West Coast but enough melody to battle them for airplay dominance.  Top Ten singles, Gold and Platinum sales in too many countries to count and a #1 album on the Billboard chart! They ruled the world for the next 8 years until an ill advised South American tour in 1996 brought the party to an end. The band was finished, but the core camaraderie never died.
 
In 2000 Skid Row returned to the big stage. Opening for Kiss, they were reinvigorated. Supercharged underdogs who needed to come out fighting to prove themselves once more. With a new frontman the renewed Skid Row played hundreds of shows, with every night being a hard fought battle to win new fans and convince the old ones they still had it. Two albums and two EP's later, the war was won, Skid Row have reestablished their position as one of rocks finest acts with authenticity and the fact they have stayed totally true to themselves and their fans.
 
With the current musical climate the way it is, Skid Row will continue down the EP path. “The idea really appealed to me,” says Bolan, “especially with the constantly changing musical climate.  I like the idea of a steady flow of new music, as opposed to releasing a full-length album then riding it for the next two years.
 
Armed with powerhouse vocalist ZP Theart, Skid Row in 2019 is as potent as ever. The twin guitar attack of Dave ’Snake Sabo and Scotti Hill is as legendary as any other classic duo and they are cemented in place by the massive driving force of Rachel Bolan on bass and Rob Hammersmith at the back on drums.
 
The band are currently in the studio recording the third in their United World Rebellion EP series and it will be released via Golden Robot Records in late 2019.
 
Skid Row will be playing in Europe throughout June and July appearing on festivals including Bang Your Head and Rockhard in Germany, Download UK, Norway RockSweden Rock and more!
 
These Links Lead to Skid Row
 
Skid Row are part of an international roster that includes such iconic artists as guitar legends John Sykes and Gilby Clarke (ex Guns ’n’ Roses), King's XLittle CaesarThe LazysTrope, Hookers & Blow, Guns ’n’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy Reed and the all-star A New Revenge.
 
Plus, Golden Robot Records boasts an incredible line up of Aussie acts, led by Rose TattooThe SuperjesusMisex and featuring Steve KilbeyPalace Of The KingJailbirdsFyre ByrdThe KidsDestrendsFlickertail and many more.  Watch out for more incredible names who will be joining GRR’s international roster in the near future!
 
Golden Robot Records now own five record labels and have teams in every major market in the world: Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, London, Tokyo and Auckland.  With globally experienced music industry veterans heading up key roles in A&R, Management, Marketing and Publicity, Golden Robot Records are able to give their roster maximum exposure and support.
 
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Mon
06
May

KARO To Release 'Heavy Birthday II & III' June 14

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Friday, June 14, 2019
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Berlin-based hard rock outfit KARO put out their only album release “Heavy Birthday“ in 1988. Praised by critics and fans alike their melodic but somehow rough style was met by great songwriting and musical talent. It has since been an open secret that KARO recorded more than thirty songs between 1987 and 1989 of which only ten ended up on their debut. Whereas Robert „Karo“ Straub played keyboard in Morgenrot and Lutz Salzwedel (v) fronted Karusell, both having German lyrics, Salzwedel later on put out several records under the name of Dan Lucas and recently won The Voice Of Germany Senior, it was the talent of Erich Holstein (g) that literally ignited the band KARO. Soon after recordings in Berlin and Frankfurt with producers Peter Hauke and Andy Lunn took place.
 
Recordings in London followed. Especially working on the songs “One Of A Kind“, “Sister Sister“ and “Wanna Be Loved“ in London with producer Tony Platt, who then already had worked with AC/DC, was quite an experience for the band and obviously brought attention, too. The idea of going there for production was to give the band more of an international sound. KARO right away played support shows for Meat Loaf but was dropped by the label in 1989.
 
The idea to put out “Heavy Birthday II & III“ as a double-decker CD was born. All tracks featured on any Karo release have been recorded within those three years of activity. With Holstein and Bosien having passed away already, this is the ultimate legacy of KARO. „This way KARO comes full circle“, says „Karo“ Straub.
 
 
Sat
04
May

MelodicRock Records Celebrates 100 Releases

Friday, May 31, 2019
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Since 2010 MelodicRock Records has been at the forefront of some of the best melodic music made available to fans.
 
It has been a great honor to be a part of each and every release – whether it be championing a new artist; digging something out of the vaults; or a brand-new release from an established act.
 
2019 sees MRR reach the milestone of 100 releases. So what better way to celebrate the milestone than a compilation of the artists featured on MRR.
 
This however, isn’t your average ‘best of’ affair – this compilation will feature songs that didn’t make the albums MRR released – hence the title ‘Left Off The First 99’.
 
‘Left Off The First 99’ will offer a range of bonus tracks featured from the first 99 releases, plus some exclusive unreleased tracks from the recording sessions that spawned those albums.
 
And for good measure – a little taste of what’s to come in the year ahead, with some exclusive preview tracks from upcoming MRR releases.
 
MRR100 is a 2CD set priced at $25 (including airmail shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units.
 
 
PRE-ORDER MRR100 'Left Off The First 99' (OUT MAY 31)
 
 
 
 
MRR100 – Track Listing (Not Yet Sequenced)
 
01)     All I Know - Consume Me (Non Album Bonus Track) 02:50
02)     All I Know - Only You (Non Album Bonus Track) 02:22
03)     Arti Tisi - Mama Sweet Evil (Demo)(Unreleased Extended Version) 04:21
04)     Brett Walker - Better Than Goodbye (Unreleased Remix) 04:19
05)     Brett Walker - Seeing You Around (Unreleased Longer Version) 05:04
06)     Boulevard - Good Enough (2017 Unreleased) 04:29
08)*    Fiction Syxx - Darkest Hour (New 2019) 04:11
09)     Waldo & Rosen Feat. Graham Bonnet - Hearts Under Fire (Unreleased Demo) 04:07
10)     Hearts On Fire - Fade Away (Demo) 03:17
11)     House Of Shakira - Financial Times (Non Album Bonus Track) 03:32
12)     House Of Shakira - Shell Shock (Non Album Bonus Track) 04:10
 
 
13)     Jim Shepard - Love, I'm Over You (Non Album Bonus Track) 03:20
14)     JK Northrup & David Cagle - Promises To God (Japanese Bonus Track) 04:15
15)     Nitrate - All I Need (Japanese Bonus Track) 04:50
16)     Andreas Novak - No Vacation (Unreleased Alt Mix, Extended Version) 04:41
17)     Paris - Don't Say A Word (Non Album Bonus Track) 04:44
18)     Paris - Stronger (Non Album Bonus Track) 04:05
19)     Royal Mess - Finally (Japan Bonus Track) 03:09
20)     American Heartbreak - Human Touch (Working Class Dogs, Non Album Bonus Track) 04:07
22)     The Vague - Love Is Alright Tonight (Working Class Dogs, Non Album Bonus Track) 03:25
23)     Scherer/Batten - Blue Letter (Unreleased) 03:31
24)     Secret - Fly Away (Instrumental)(Japanese Bonus Track) 04:28
25)     Street Talk - Sniper (Instrumental)(Unreleased) 04:44
26)     Tony Mills & Hardway - Remember Me (Unreleased, Writers Demo) 05:26
27)     Cannonballz - When I Think Of You (Unreleased Extended Version) 06:53
28)*    Ferreira - Higher (New Preview Track, Rough Mix) 04:50
30)     LastWorld - Lose You Now (Unreleased) 03:40
31)*    Mark Baker Feat. Mark Free - Nobody Gets Out Alive (Unreleased Writers Demo) 03:38
32)*    Outlasted - Chains Of Destiny (New Preview Track)
33)*    Silent Tiger - 
34)*    Super Monaco - Second Sight (Preview Track) 04:02
35)     Tony Mitchell - All She Wrote (Unreleased Solo Version) 04:54
36)*    
37)     The Radio Sun - The Way (Unreleased From Debut Album Sessions)
38)     Mecca - Unknown (Unreleased Alt. Mix Demo)
 
* Release Details To Be Announced
 
 
Thu
02
May

AOR Heaven June Releases - ROB MOROTTI & NITRATE

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::: Former SAGA and FINAL FRONTIER singer Rob Moratti releases solo album on June 21st, 2019! :::
 
Rob Moratti is a genuine and true original. With an astonishing range, he's carved such a unique style blending the finest elements of melodic and progressive rock. “Renaissance” will be released on June 21st, 2019 and marks his first release on AOR Heaven.
 
  
 
He started his career professionally in the early 90's as lead vocalist and songwriter of the band Moratti; entering the new millennium with Final Frontier. They immediately were well received making an impact on the airwaves of Japan and in Europe. Rob's future went forward with Final Frontier, soaring out four incredible melodic pieces.
 
Over the years in spite of all the changes in the music scene, Rob's perseverance and passion stood strong. His fate is so undeniable it captured the attention of multi-platinum selling and legendary progressive rock band SAGA. In 2008 the official announcement was made that Rob Moratti would become the new voice of Saga and at the age of 42 Rob's destiny would evolve.
 
Today his solo career has taken off quite well. Now in 2019, the singer is about to deliver his strongest solo record ever titled "Renaissance" which marks his first release with AOR Heaven. When it comes to songs, melodies, harmonies and range - as many know - Rob Moratti is in a league of his own.
 
The songs on "Renaissance" are astonishing as ever. Filled with his trademark harmonies and memorable chorus's that will capture the listener and engrave your soul. Working alongside with some the best songwriters and performers in the genre such as Torben Enevoldsen on guitars, Fredrik Bergh on keyboards, Stu Reid on drums and Tony Franklin on the Monster Bass.
 
Soundfiles in advance:

ROB MORATTI - Let Me Be The One (Edit)

ROB MORATTI - Lift You Up (Edit)

ROB MORATTI - You Are The One (Edit)

Web:  robmoratti.net

 


::: NITRATE - new signing on AOR Heaven; new album “Open Wide” out on June 21st, 2019!::: 

 
Nitrate is back bigger & better with their second album ‘Open Wide’ following on from their successful and highly rated debut ‘Realworld’ from 2018. The album will be released on June 21st, 2019 on AOR Heaven.
 
Inspired by the late 80’s rock scene with bands such as Def Leppard, Europe, Motley Crue, and Bon Jovi, Nitrate is the brainchild of song writer Nick Hogg (bass guitar/keyboards).
Once again, Rob Wylde (Midnite City/ Tigertailz/ Teenage Casket Company) co-wrote, produced the album and played rhythm guitar. Back on drums & mixing is Pete Newdeck  (Midnite City, Eden’s Curse, Blood Red Saints, Newman). New to Nitrate are Marcus Thurston (Vega) who took over lead guitar duties and on lead vocals and, all the way from Sweden, Philip Lindstrand (Find Me, East Temple Avenue, Strong). The mastering was once again handled by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem). Nitrate’s follow up album packs more punch than the first, with a more edgier, in your face feel complete with 10 hard hitting Hair Metal/AOR/Melodic Rock tracks with all out hooks and big backing vocals.
 
Nitrate is: Nick Hogg - Bass Guitar & Keyboards; Rob Wylde - Rhythm Guitars, Keyboards, Backing vocals; Philip Lindstrand - Lead & Backing Vocals; Pete Newdeck - Drums & Backing vocals; Marcus Thurston - Lead Guitar.
 
Produced by Rob Wylde; Mixed by Pete Newdeck; Mastered by Harry Hess; Engineered by Leon Bailey & Pete Newdeck
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
Wed
01
May

D-A-D New Album 'A Prayer For The Loud' Due May 31

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Eight years. That’s how long it’s been since Denmark’s most celebrated rock band D-A-D released their last studio album. But now the wait is over. The band’s legion of fans can start the countdown to May 31st when the Danish rock legends unveil their latest album, 'Prayer For The Loud’. It’s been a long time coming but it has been well worth it!

The new album harks back to the core of what D-A-D does better than most: four guys who play thrilling rock music with ferocious energy, catchy songs and an infectious commitment. 'A Prayer For The Loud’ has a clear musical link to classic D-A-D albums such as ‘No Fuel Left For The Pilgrims’ and ‘Riskin’ It All’.

The band was able to pick and choose from a large selection of songs which have been distilled down to what bassist Stig Pedersen describes as the “cream of the crop”. Among the 11 tracks on ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ you’ll find songs that fit right into a vintage D-A-D mould: throbbing, adrenaline-soaked rock, big ballads and mid-tempo songs guided by strong melodies. According to the band itself, this is a contemporary D-A-D album where the quartet has refined some of their cardinal virtues. Everything superfluous has been discarded in the editing suite, cutting the sound and the band’s expression right down to the core.
 
This is what D-A-D have to say about their new album:

“In the past we have occasionally gone down new avenues to try out stuff that was pretty far from the heart of what we do. It’s been a lot of fun, but this time we have tried to narrow it down to the essence. This time around, we are just being who we really are. ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ is a record where the focus is on melodies and energy. We’ve made a real effort when it comes to writing the choruses and it’s resulted in some great songs where we were meticulous with the details without losing the original rawness and pure energy.”

The band worked on ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ for the past three years, while breaking off to go touring. The album was produced in familiar surroundings at Grapehouse studio in Copenhagen with longtime collaborators Nick Foss and Rune Nissen Petersen. It’s resulted in a record which the band is thrilled about.
 
Frontman Jesper Binzer says: “Most of all we are proud that we have nailed 11 awesome tracks that are based on where we are right now. We are not shooting in the dark here – this is straight from the heart.”

D-A-D is currently on a short arena tour which will take them to Denmark’s three biggest cities. In the wake of the release of ‘A Prayer For The Loud’ the band will tour major summer festivals in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Germany. You can see the full touring schedule here: www.d-a-d.dk/tour  

‘A Prayer For The Loud’ is released May 31 on AFM Records.
 
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Tue
30
Apr

BONFIRE Prepare Live Album 'Live On Holy Ground 2018' Out June 14

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Friday, June 14, 2019
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German Hard Rock band BONFIRE for a couple of decades has been one of the busiest touring bands and consistently also is a regular guest at numerous big European Metal festivals. On August 4, 2018 the Ingolstadt based group once again set a highlight performance at the world’s biggest Heavy Metal festival: Wacken Open Air.
 
The show in Wacken was filmed and will now be released on June 14, 2019 as DVD, as CD, as LP and digital under the name “Live On Holy Ground 2018”. The main film offers a superb ‘best of’ journey through time and includes BONFIRE’s own classic hits like „Ready 4 Reaction“, „Sweet Obsession“ and „American Nights“. The DVD version with “Praying 4 A Miracle” (radio edit), “Locomotive Breath” (radio edit), “Sweet Obsession” (2019) and “American Nights” (2019) offers four bonus video clips which are also included on the CD, LP and digital as audio files. The first pressing of all three physical formats comes handsigned by the band.
 
Track Listing:
1.In the Beginning, 2.Ready 4 Reaction, 3.Never Mind, 4.Don't Touch The Light, 5.American Nights, 6.Give it a try, 7.Sword and Stone, 8.SDI, 9.Sweet Obsession, 10.Champion; Bonus Tracks: 11. Praying 4 A Miracle, 12.Locomotive Breath, 13. American Nights (2019), 14. Sweet Obsession (2019)
 
Filmed & recorded live at Wacken Open Air on August 4th, 2018
Mix & Mastering: Tom Müller (Flatliner Studios)
Produced by: Hans Ziller
Additional Recordings by Rolf Munkes at Empire Studios
 
BONFIRE are: Hans Ziller – Lead, Rhythm-Guitar, Backing Vocals; Alexx Stahl – Lead Vocals; Ronnie Parkes – Bass, Backing Vocals; Frank Pané- Lead, Rhythm-Guitar, Backing Vocals; André Hilgers – Drums, Percussion
 
Additional Musicians: Tim Breideband, Harry Reischmann – Drums; Paul Morris, Fredrik Bergh, Alessandro DelVecchio – Keyboards; Alessandro DelVecchio, Mike Gerhold – Backing Vocals
 
 
 
Mon
29
Apr

TERAMAZE Announce 'Are We Soldiers' Due June 21

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Friday, June 21, 2019
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Melbourne prog band, Teramaze have announced that their new album Are We Soldiers will be released on June 21, 2019 via Mascot Label Group. To celebrate the announcement the Australian band also released a new video for their song “Weight Of Humanity” which was directed by Wayne Joyner.
 
Watch The Video For First New Track “Weight of Humanity”
 

The track is the first music released from their upcoming album. Pre-order NOW! smarturl.it/Teramaze
 
Teramaze founder, guitarist and producer Dean Wells said of the video “Weight of humanity was one of the first songs we wrote for this album and I really believe it captures the true essence of what Teramaze is artistically and lyrically.The song touches on the pressures of living in our times and what we choose to believe and accept what is true or lies. It’s one of my favorite songs from the album and Wayne did an amazing job of creating something visually stimulating that blends well with the theme of the song.”
 
“Australian prog has been around for a while mate,” said Wells on the recent explosion of progressive-minded rock bands from Australia, of which Melbourne’s Teramaze are surely at the forefront. “It was kick started with bands like Cog, Karnivool, and now there’s stuff like Voyager and Caligula’s Horse and Plini and things like that.”
 
“Funnily enough I don’t really feel that we’re really a part of that,” he continues. The thing with Teramaze is we’re a progressive band but we’re closer to progressive metal and not progressive rock. But sometimes it’s not progressive rock at all, it’s more like metal with big pop choruses. I mean I like progressive metal because it gives me the chance to write anything under the banner of Teramaze. But sometimes I like writing pop songs. And it does leak into Teramaze, it always has. A song like ‘Her Halo’ itself for example.”
 
‘Her Halo’, Teramaze’s 2015 album, and their first for Mascot Records, saw the band take a big step up from previous albums ‘Anhedonia’ (2012) and ‘Esoteric Symbolism’ (2014), with the UK’s Prog Magazine calling the album “Exceptional” and stating it was “one of the finest prog metal releases of recent years.” Four years later and Wells and Teramaze are back with a new album, ‘Are We Soldiers’, another step up for the Australian band. It’s still Teramaze – all huge choruses, crashing guitar chords, intricate time changes and swooping melodies – but it’s a bigger, brighter and even better Teramaze.
 
There’s change beyond the music for Teramaze with ‘Are We Soldiers’, with original vocalist Brett Rerekura returning to the fold, replacing Nathan Peachey, who’d sung on ‘Her Halo’. With ‘Are We Soldiers’, Dean Wells and Teramaze have delivered another excellent piece of modern progressive metal. One that will inevitably build upon the progress achieved by ‘Her Halo’.
 
With plans afoot for European and UK live dates for later in the year, Teramaze are a band that are going to be occupying a lot of your time in 2019 and beyond.
 
“’Are We Soldiers’ is a bit more weighty, and it’s a long album,” smiles a proud Wells. “But I make no apologies for that. I enjoy it, and I just hope other people do too.
 
TRACKLISTING
Fight Or Flight
Are We Soldiers
Control Conquer Collide
From Saviour to Assassin
Orwellian Times
M.O.N.S.T.E.R.S.
Weight Of Humanity
Fact Resistant Human
The One Percent Disarm
Depopulate
 
Teramaze are:
Dean Wells- Guitars/ Vocals
Brett Rerekura -Vocals
Andrew Cameron- Bass Guitar
Jonah Weingarten- Keyboards
Chris Zoupa - Guitar
Rob Brens- Drums
 
 
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Mon
29
Apr

A Conversation with JOHN O.REILLY

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New from Dan Roth @ Music & Art Interviews
 
John O.Reilly, the world-class drummer from Long Island, NY, is probably most renowned for his keen sense of timing and his 15-year stint with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. But John has been on a remarkable musical journey since the early 1970's, playing with a multitude of bands and artists over the years including Blue Oyster Cult, Rainbow, O'2L, Richie Havens, Joe Lynn Turner and many others.
 
In 2018, John brought his collective blend of band and industry experience to Yuletide-rock sensations The Wizards of Winter, as he assumed the drum throne for their tour and upcoming new album.  While we certainly couldn't cover John's entire career in one afternoon (though we tried!), we did chat quite a bit about some of the defining points of his long and interesting career.
 
 
 
Fri
26
Apr

FAITHSEDGE Announce New Album ‘Bleed For Passion’

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Faithsedge have signed a new deal with Scarlet Records to follow up the 2016 acclaimed release ‘Restoration’. The band, which is known for their 80's arena rock style mixed with progressive and metal, enriched with soulful lyrics and in your face production, is ready to add a new, impressive chapter to its musical journey.
 
‘Bleed For Passion’ is the confirmed title of their new album, which marks the return of singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso and Mr.Big/Ace Frehley drummer Matt Starr, with the recent addition of ex-Stryper bassist Timothy Gaines.
 
Singer / Songwriter Giancarlo Floridia states “I'm looking to give people music that moves you like it used to when I was growing up in the mid 80's and early 90's . To bring back a high energy sound with hooks and melody but also have the lyrics connect with what’s going on in the world today.”
 
The album has been produced, mixed and mastered by guitarist Alex De Rosso and will be released this summer. More details will be revealed soon.
 
 
 
Fri
26
Apr

EDEN'S CURSE Call It A Day

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Sad news today from Paul Logue:
 
“It is with heavy heart that we announce that having evaluated our past and future, we have reluctantly mutually decided to bring Eden’s Curse to a natural end.
 
As you will hopefully agree, Eden’s Curse have always set the highest standards when it comes to songwriting, album production, artwork, live performances, set design, merchandising, social media presence and interaction with our fans.
 
Those high standards require significant investment of our money, our time, our families time and that of our label AFM Records.
 
To justify continuing this investment we must see benefits such as ever increasing:
 
- album sales
- concert attendances
- merchandise sales
- potential live opportunities
- booking agency & management interest
 
Our evaluation has lead us to this point where it is no longer desirable to continue operating as a band.
 
Nikola, Thorsten, Paul, Chrism and John do this with a great degree of sadness but we all recognise that this is the right decision for us at this time in our career and lives. We began our journey together as band mates and we bring it to an end as friends.
 
Our thirteen years together have brought us many wonderful experiences. We have been musically fulfilled beyond our wildest imagination and all of us have been dearly humbled by our wonderfully devoted and loyal fanbase.
 
We thank everyone dearly who has supported us, most especially Timo & Nils and all the wonderful staff at our record label AFM Records, our producer Dennis Ward, our artist Thomas Ewerhard, our great friends and colleagues Pete Newdeck and Carsten Schulz, Ryan Northrop at Metal Mayhem Music, Andrew McNeice at MelodicRock.com, Akira Sugiuchi at Spiritual Beast plus James LaBrie and Dream Theater, Pamela Moore, Liv Kristine, Doogie White, Shock City Productions and all members of Eden's Curse past and present.
 
Our website, online store and social media pages will remain until the end of May 2019.
 
They say all good things must come to an end."
 
So, for the last time ... STAY CURSED!
Nikola, Thorsten, Paul, Chrism & John.
 
 
Thu
25
Apr

TURBOKILL New Signing at Steamhammer/SPV

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First studio album by the german Heavy Metal band TURBOKILL has been announced for autumn 2019
 
TURBOKILL is one of the hottest and musically impressive Heavy Metal bands that Steamhammer/SPV have signed in recent years.
 
TURBOKILL is a new band, which singer Stephan Dietrich, formerly of Alpha Tiger, joined. Together with guitarists Ronny Schuster and Daniel Kanzler, bassist Marco 'Fox' Grünnwald and drummer Philipp 'Nafta' Dießl, they created a heavy metal monster.. Since their formation in 2017, they’ve become a real insider tip.
 
They put on an impressive live show, which they are continuously expanding. The signs of success are promising and the band is working hard on new songs for their first album "Vice World", which will be released in Autumn 2019.
 
Olly Hahn (Head of Steamhammer) has great confidence in the new SPV signing: "I am very delighted to be able to engage TURBOKILL for our label. I was impressed of singer Stephan Dietrich when he was a member of Alpha Tiger so there were absolutely no doubts to sign the band. TurboKill's future look bright and I'm happy to be a part of it!"
 
Singer Stephan Dietrich and his band members are also very optimistic: "We are happy and proud to have reached a milestone in our young band history. Because I worked very professionell with Olly Hahn at my time with Alpha Tiger so I was convinced immediately that Steamhammer is the perfect partner for us. We have big goals and it's fantastic that we both can do this now together...straight to the top!"
 
Photo from left to right:
Philipp "Nafta Dießl (TurboKill, drums), Marco "Fox" Grünwald (TurboKill, bass) , Olly Hahn (Labelmanager Steamhammer), Stephan Dietrich (TurboKill, vocals) , Ronny Schuster (TurboKill, guitar) , Björn von Oettingen (Head of Promotion Steamhammer), Daniel Kanzler (TurboKill, guitar)
 
 
 
Thu
18
Apr

DAMN YANKEES - The Truth Behind Their Mythical 3rd Album

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DAMN YANKEES remain one of the most loved American bands of the hard rock era. Two very popular albums and two tours were completed before the band split.
 
Recently there has once again been talk about a fabled 3rd Damn Yankees album, with one prominent American DJ claiming he had never even heard of this before, astonished with the revelation.
 
And there has been a lot of incorrect information posted over the years, as to what exactly was recorded and went on with DY3.
 
With this MelodicRock.com exclusive - for the first time, the full information and truth behind this album – what was recorded, what went wrong and why it won’t ever see the light of day.
 
 
Damn Yankees were signed to Warner Bros. in 1990. Their self-titled debut went double platinum (2 million units) and the follow up Don’t Tread in 1992 was certified Gold (500,000 units).
Aside from one additional song Bonestripper (recorded for the Nothing But Trouble soundtrack), that was it for the band.
 
In 1999, A&R guru John Kalodner moved back to Sony Music and reopened the Portrait Records imprint with plans to record new albums with classic artists. One of the bands he approached was Damn Yankees. A deal was signed and the band was to start writing and recording. Except they didn’t, or at least not in the way that the two previous albums were done.
 
Tommy Shaw was busy with Styx, so his part in the recording was considerably reduced. Michael Cartelone was also busy with Lynyrd Skynyrd.
So…in came an additional guitarist Damon Johnson, who co-wrote with Jack and even signs lead on one track and while Michael was present for some recording, Kelly Keagy also recorded some drum parts.
 
The band over the course of a year wrote 10 songs and recorded 11 – the extra being a cover of Sunshine Of Your Love.
The album was turned into Kalodner and Sony – who hated it. Kalodner had been battling cancer at the time, so had less input into the making of the record.
But the band weren’t happy either. None of the guys were familiar with the producer Sony had hired, Luke Ebbin who influenced the band to sound more contemporary, but the style didn’t suit.
 
A little-known fact was that the label sent the 11 tracks to producer Kevin Shirley, given the task to try and remix it into a record that would sound more like a Damn Yankees record should sound like.
He wasn’t able to.
 
I interviewed John Kalodner in the mid-2000s and asked him about the record. He stated “I didn't think it was quite good enough and at the time with 80's style rock you'd have to come up with something pretty spectacular. I was disappointed in the record mostly because of Tommy Shaw's non-participation. I say that was probably the greatest problem. Tommy was totally an integral part of it. He was busy with Styx and it was sort of my mistake because I just couldn't control him. It's one of those projects that I failed on. I mean the buck stops here. It lacked the input of Tommy Shaw.”
 
So the album was ditched. But only just before the full international release was planned. In fact, it was on Sony’s books in 2000 – with Sony Japan announcing a pending release on September 13, 2000.
 
 
The record was never sequenced or mastered and since then, a number of songs have appeared elsewhere among the members own projects. But there are also several tracks attributed to the Damn Yankees 3 album that weren’t in fact a part of it.
There were additional songs written – but not recorded at the time – that have also appeared on solo albums.
 
So what was the final track list (unsequenced) for the album?
 
THIS:
 
Even Though
Give Nobody Nothing
Too Much On My Mind
We Are The Ones
Sunshine Of Your Love
Mona Lisa
Don’t Say Goodbye
Shine On
Yes I Can
Damned If You Do
Don’t Stop Dreaming
 
 
The tracks from above that have been heard on other projects:
 
Damned If You Do – appeared on Ted Nugent ‘Craveman’
Yes I Can – appeared on Styx ‘Cyclorama’
Shine On – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
We Are The Ones – appeared on Jack Blades ‘Jack Blades’
 
The rest of the tracks remain locked away in Sony’s vault.
 
 
 
Wed
17
Apr

PHIL X AND THE DRILLS Announces the Forthcoming CD ‘Stupid Good Looking’

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Phil X, prolific studio guitarist, songwriter and renowned guitarist for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Bon Jovi, releases the lead single “Something To Say,” from the forthcoming studio album by his band, The Drills. The new album, featuring Drills bassist Daniel Spree, alongside Phil X and special guests (listed below), offers 6 new songs by the band and is scheduled for release on May 3rd, 2019.

Phil X And The Drills appeared in the rock music world with their first album release, “Kick Your Ass In 17 Minutes,” in September 2009. The opening track “Air Hockey Champion Of The World” established the group as serious rock contenders with an added touch of humor and a unique blend of modern rock that stated the obvious inspirations of the classic archives the band grew up on. Garnering immediate praise from critics, the band drew a global following in a short time with sales on 7 continents.

2011’s “We Bring The Rock n’ Roll” and 2012’s “We Play Instruments n’ Shit” offered a consistent stream of new music that showcased the above the board talents Phil X maintains. These have made him sought after for studio work with artists including Tommy Lee, Alice Cooper, Orianthi, Rob Zombie and Triumph among others. Cemented into the framework of modern rock music, Phil earned a slot in the band Bon Jovi, even performing on stage with the band during their 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.

Answering an interview after the recording of Bon Jovi’s 2016 release “This House Is Not For Sale,” Phil stated that a new album would be in the making, and it would include a host of friends recording it. Gathering the tribes and being patient has made it worth the wait.

The album is titled “Stupid Good Looking,” and has the abbreviation Vol. 1 on the corner. Phil X shared with publicist Joe Dolan that with the success of this recording and the fun he’s had making it … Vol. 2 is already looking like something to come in the near future.

The new recording features 6 tracks with vocals, drums and other performances from a variety of fellow artists.

Produced by: Phil X
Mixed by: Chris Lord Alge
Mastered by: Ted Jensen

The track listing is as follows:

 01. Something To Say

Guitars and Vocals: Phill X
Bass and Backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Matt Chamberlain
Percussion: Everett Bradley
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean
Guitar overdubs at Kronos Recording - Engineer: Eric Isaacson
Cello: Adrienne Wood - Engineer: Rob Rettberg

02. No Woman Of Mine

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Abe Laboriel Jr. at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean /
Guest Vocalist: Dug Pinnick at Spreeman Studios - Engineer: Daniel Spree

03. Too Much For My Own Good

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Taylor Hawkins at Grandmaster Studios Hollywood - Engineer: Ross Hogarth
Tenor Sax & Baritone: Doug Dehays
Trumpet & Trombone: Steve Jankowski at Jankland Recording - Engineer: Steve Jankowski
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean

04. I Want My Money Back

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Brent Fitz at Hideout Studios Las Vegas - Engineer: Kevin Churko
Assistant Engineer: Tristan Lee

05. Rock And Roll You All Night

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Glen Sobel
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean

06. Saddest Girl In The World

Guitars and Vocals: Phil X
Bass and backing Vocals: Daniel Spree
Drums: Randy Cooke / Tamborine: Abe Laboriel Jr
Gang Vocals: Steve Ferlazzo, Joe Lester, Matt Starr & Marq Torien at Atrium Studios - Engineer: Smiley Sean
Guitar Overdub at the Tone Factory - Engineer Vinnie Castaldo
Cello: Adrienne Wood - Engineer: Rob Rettberg
Wurlitzer & Organ: Steve Ferlazzo
Mellotron: Chris Lord Alge

To celebrate and commemorate the release of the recording, The Drills are embarking on a five date mini-tour to bring the songs to the stage. This run of shows will feature Mike Dupke (Dee Snider/WASP/John Mellencamp) on drums. Performances are as follows:

May 9th - West Hollywood, CA - The Whisky A Go-Go (http://www.whiskyagogo.com)
May 10th - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick (https://www.brickbybrick.com/)
May 17th - Scottsdale, AZ - BLK Live (http://blkliveaz.com)
May 19th - Las Vegas, NV - Vamp’d (http://www.vampdvegas.com/)
May 19th - Anaheim, CA - The Parrish Room at the House of Blues (http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim)
 
Tue
16
Apr

KINGS X Enter Studio To Record New Album

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KING'S X
Rock Legends Enter the Studio to Record First New Album in Over a Decade
New Album Coming this Year via Golden Robot Records
Rock legends KING’S X are thrilled to announce that they are entering the studio to record their highly-anticipated new album - the first to be releeased in over a decade - scheduled to drop this year via Austrralia’s leading international independent record label, Golden Robot Records. The label announced their global signing of KING’S X in December.
 
Today, KING’S X enters Blacksound Studio in Pasadena, California with renowned producer Michael Parnin - recognized for his work withh a varied range of artists, from Rage Against the Machine and Missy Elliott, to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Barbara Streisand.
 
Commenting on how it feels to be returning to the studio after 10 years, dUg Pinnick says, “Good question! I haven’t thought about it much, been super busy. But got a ton of tunes to submit. I never know what to expect. I’m always surprised when it’s done and can see it as a whole picture. And we’re making a record after how long?! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a very long time, and I’m totally looking forward to it.”
 
Jerry Gaskill adds, “It’s been a while since we’ve made a record together. I go back and forth between excitement and fear. But when it gets right down to it, I think excitement wins. I look forward to sharing all of our ideas together and seeing what comes of it all. If nothing else, it will be the next KING’S X record.”
 
Ty Tabor says, “I'm excited to see where we are at these days. We're all bringing ideas in.” 
 
Michael Parnin adds about recording the new album with KING’S X“A great story in the making… As a huge fan of the band from the beginning, I am unbelievably excited to work on the next long-awaited chapter. Some of my favorite and most artistically rewarding projects have been working with dUg over the past 10 years, namely “Strum Sum Up” and the fun Hendrix Tribute Album we did together- Likewise, I’m honored andd looking forward to working with Jerry and Ty who are each masters of their craft.”

Derek Shulman, Executive Chairman of Worldwide Expansion for Golden Robot Records adds, “I am delighted to finally be able to work with one of the most respected, creative rock bands of the past 30+ years. KING’S X is not only a superb rock band with an ardent fan base, but are also a ‘musician musicians’ band. Golden Robot Records is determined to finally help KING’S X receive the worldwide recognition it fully deserves.”

Since the release of their debut record, Out Of The Silent Planet, in 1988, KING’S X released over a dozen albums that have seen them rightfully earn their place on the rock royalty family tree. Fusing progressive metal, funk and soul grooves with vocal arrangements rooted in blues, gospel and even the British Invasion era influences, KING’S X created a style all their own which continues to be an inspiration for bands to this day.
 
Featuring vocalist and bassist Doug Pinnick, guitarist Ty Tabor and drummer Jerry Gaskill, KING’S X have never changed their line-up, a rarity in the music world and a testament to the band and musicians and friends.
 
Critically acclaimed from the start, KING’S X are musician’s musicians, name-dropped by everyone from Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies to Iron Maiden and Blue Murder for their instrumental prowess. Pearl Jam's bassist Jeff Ament even declared that "KING'S X invented grunge”. They also enjoyed a long life via the David Letterman Show with their track, “We Were Born To Be Loved” (from 1990’s Faith Hope Love), also a favorite of the Paul Shaffer’s CBS Orchestra to play during commercial breaks.
 
In 1992, KING’S X signed to Atlantic Records/Megaforce Records, released three albums and toured with bands as diverse as ScorpionsType O Negative and Pearl Jam. In the early 2000’s, KING’S X released three studio albums and their first official live album via Metal Blade Records. In 2005, the band signed to German-based progressive music specialty label, InsideOut Music, and released Ogre Tones, an album described as a return to the bands classic sound. KING’S X forged ahead with new albums, DVD’s and tours up until 2012, when drummer Jerry Gaskill suffered a major heart attack. The band then quickly compiled an exclusive live release from their archives entitled, Burning Down Boston. The proceeds of which went directly to assisting Gaskill with his medical expenses. They rolled on for two more years until Jerry suffered another heart attack, which resulted in him having a double bypass operation and ultimately led to the band taking an indefinite hiatus.
 
This break didn’t last long, as they were back on the road in mid-2015, shortly afterward announcing they would begin work on a new studio album. This would be the band’s first since 2008’s XVKING’S X began meetings with Golden Robot Records management in Los Angeles in early 2017, eventually signing a global deal in October 2018.
 
While it’s been a decade since KING’S X have released a new record, the wait has definitely been worth it! Watch this space for news on the forthcoming album in the very near future.
 
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KING'S X are part of an international roster that includes such iconic artists as, guitar legends John Sykes and Gilby Clarke (ex Guns ’n’ Roses), Guns ’n’ Roses keyboardist Dizzy ReedHookers & BlowLittle CaesarThe LazysTrope and the all-star A New Revenge.
 
Plus, Golden Robot Records boasts an incredible line up of Aussie acts, led by Rose TattooThe SuperjesusMisex and featuring Steve KilbeyPalace Of The KingJailbirdsFyre ByrdThe KidsDestrendsFlickertail and many more.  Watch out for more incredible names who will be joining GRR’s international roster in the near future!

Golden Robot Records now own five record labels and have teams in every major market in the world: Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Hamburg, London, Tokyo and Auckland.  With globally experienced music industry veterans heading up key roles in A&R, Management, Marketing and Publicity, Golden Robot Records are able to give their roster maximum exposure and support.

Golden Robot Records online: Web | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

 
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Apr

MARKO PUKKILA Solo Release 'Kiss My Covers' Out May 10

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EX-ALTARIA BASSIST RETURNS WITH COVER ALBUM FEATURING CURRENT / FORMER MEMBERS OF DIO, LA GUNS,
QUIET RIOT, BLACK SABBATH, SAIGON KICK, WAYSTED AND MORE
 
Marko Pukkila, former Altaria and current Stargazery and Shadow Tribe bass player, will release his
debut solo album on May 10. “Kiss My Covers” is a cover album featuring a long list of legends such as
Vinny Appice, Frankie Banali, Phil Lewis, Keri Kelli, Erik Turner, Rowan Robertson among others. The album
is a tribute to all the great bands that had a big influence on Marko´s life and musical career. Marko Pukkila has
been around the European rock scene for over two decades and has worked with a lot of renowned musicians
with whom he has toured worldwide.
 
A big change in Marko Pukkila´s musical career happened in 2000, when he co-founded Altaria with his former
Blindside bandmate, drummer Tony Smedjebacka. The band also featured two legendary guitarists: Jani Liimatainen
from Sonata Arctica and Emppu Vuorinen from Nightwish. Altaria released four albums and one compilation. All
albums were released worldwide. They also toured Europe with Doro and Sonata Arctica and played big festivals
such as Monsters Of Rock Kick Off (Germany), Pestpop (Belgium), Nummirock (Finland), Jalometalli (Finland) and
Springtime Rockfestival (Germany).
 
In 2005 Marko Pukkila formed a band called Wicked Outlaw together with former Dio guitarist Rowan Robertson.
They wrote songs together, but no official release was ever made.
 
In 2009 Marko Pukkila teamed up with former Europe guitarist Kee Marcello, Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero and
Bob Gilmartin to record a song called Elephant Man for an upcoming Eric Carr album called Unfinished Business.
Elephant Man was intended for KISS'  "Revenge" album in 1992, but Eric only managed to finish the lyrics and sadly
passed away due to cancer in November of 1991. Making this recording even more touching are backing vocals by
Eric´s sister Maria and niece Sara-Jean.
 
Marko Pukkila has also done a lot of all-star tribute recordings, mainly for the USA market. A few years ago, he got
an idea of releasing some of the tribute recordings he has done throughout the years as a solo cover album.
The album is now finally ready to be released and it will also include some totally new recordings.
 
This release features current/former members of Dio, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, LA Guns, W.A.S.P. , Saigon Kick,
Quiet Riot, Warrant, Slash´s Snakepit, Vince Neil Band, Britny Fox, Doro, Waysted, Lillian Axe, White Lion, Night Ranger,
Faster Pussycat, Hanoi Rocks, Skid Row, Pennywise, Bonham, Foreigner, Bulletboys, Gilby Clarke Band, 220 Volt,
Red Dragon Cartel, Lynch Mob, The Misfits, Bang Tango, Near Life Experience�
 
The album tracklist is as follows:

Dream Warriors (Dokken)
Dr Feelgood (Mötley Crüe)
That Time of Year (Vinnie Vincent)
Black Diamond (KISS cover),
Shot In The Dark (Ozzy Osbourne)
And The Cradle Will Rock (Van Halen)
Nightrain (Guns N Roses)
I Don't Believe In Love (Queenrÿche)
Tears Are Falling (KISS)
Rock N Roll Children (DIO)
November Rain (Guns N Roses)
Wild Child (WASP)
Finish What Ya Started (Van Halen)
Just Like Paradise (David Lee Roth)
Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)
Rock And Roll (Led Zeppelin)
Late Nights In Voodoo (Buckcherry)
 
Check out two tracks below.

DREAM WARRIORS (DOKKEN)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NKc4Z4Dank

I DON´T BELIEVE IN LOVE (QUEENSRYCHE)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfL9q72yWCs

For more information and updates check out Pukkila´s official Facebook page

 

 
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Apr

MINDKEY Looking For 'Aliens In Wonderland' June 14

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Frontiers Music Srl is delighted to announce the release of Italian prog metal band MIND KEY’s long awaited third album, “MK III - Aliens In Wonderland” on July 12. Today, the first single and video, "Alien In Wonderland" has been released.
 
 
"MKIII - Aliens in Wonderland" marks the return of one of the most gifted Italian progressive metal outfits to the scene after a nine year absence. Formed in Napoli in 1999 by Dario De Cicco (keyboards) and Emanuele Colella (guitars), the two wanted to create a band that melded the sound of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Evergrey, and Pain of Salvation with a songwriting approach inspired by '80/'90s hard rock style.
 
Mind Key released their debut album, “Journey Of A Rough Diamond” in July 2004 on the Frontiers label. The band played various gigs in support of the album’s release, including shows with Dream Theater, Vision Divine, and Pendragon, among others. They then began work on their second album, “Pulse for a Graveheart”. Released in 2009, the album saw the band refining their songwriting approach and introduced their new singer, Aurelio Fierro. Fierro was truly able to showcase his vocal potential on the album, which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale, and Jorn Lande.
 
“Pulse for a Graveheart” grew the band's fanbase along with touring for the album which included shows with Edguy, Vanden Plas, Europe, and Hammerfall. However, the band went on an unexpected hiatus afterwards. "On the one hand, you could say the delay was because we simply took the right time to write the songs and work harder on the arrangements and final product,” says Dario De Cicco “but on the other hand, we also had to face some lineup changes and with Emanuele and Lucio moving abroad for some time things became more complicated. I also had to face a severe illness in 2014, but I overcame the hurdle and I'm stronger than ever right now! Aurelio also spent some time with “The Voice” Italy TV show, which cause further delays. So, quite a lot of things happened, but our motivation and desire to accomplish this musical mission we began got the better of us and here we are!"
 
The band is joined on this album by new members bassist Lucio Grilli (ex-Soul Secret) and drummer Mirko De Maio (The Flower Kings, Hangarvain).
 
“MK III - Aliens in Wonderland” can be described as a further evolutionary step in Mind Key’s sound. "We all had a metal/hard rock/prog backgrounds, but we felt that our playing style was changing towards a more direct and concise approach,” says Lucio Grilli. "And our way to conceive the songs was influenced as well. In addition to that, we were also looking for something more suitable for Aurelio's powerful voice, something closer to rock/metal to fully let his voice be heard. It's more natural for us to talk about MK simply as a melodic metal band than a prog metal one."
 
Guitarist Emanuele Colella concludes, “the current line-up is the best one to achieve our goal to create the perfect mix of melodic rock, progressive metal, and classic hard rock. What made everything different and better was the alchemy, walking in the same exact direction. This, I really think, makes “MKIII - Aliens in Wonderland” truly special!”
 
“MK III - Aliens In Wonderland” tracklisting:
1. Alien In Wonderland
2. Hank (The Blazing Eyes)
3. Hate At First Sight
4. Angry Men
5. Hands Off Cain
6. Be-Polar
7. Oblivion
8. Psycho World
9. Vertigo (Where The Cold Wind Blows)
10. Pure He/Art
11. Non-Existence
 
Produced by Dario De Cicco
Mixed and Mastered by Riccardo Piscopo
 
Aurelio Fierro Jr. – Vocals
Dario De Cicco – Piano & Keyboards;
Emanuele Colella – Guitars;
Lucio Grilli – Bass;
Mirko De Maio - Drums
 

 

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Apr

SWEET OBLIVION Introduces GEOFF TATE To DGM Mastermind

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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of an exciting new project featuring legendary former Queensrÿche and current Operation: Mindcrime singer Geoff Tate on lead vocals, entitled Sweet Oblivion Band on June 14.
 
Sweet Oblivion sees Tate teaming up with a stellar cast of Italian musicians led by Simone Mularoni, the mastermind of prog metal masters DGM. Musically, this album marks a return to the more melodic metal style for Tate and showcases a fine collection of songs highlighting the great talents of Mularoni and his cast of musicians.
 
Geoff Tate says, "I was approached by Frontiers to do this record and am pleased I took this chance. It’s an album filled with fun and I believe a lot of the fans who dig the old Queensryche sound will enjoy this one!”
 
Simone Mularoni adds, "I grew up listening to the '70s and '80s rock and metal bands and, of course, Queensryche's classic albums are among my favorites ever. Having the opportunity and luck of working together with a musical giant like Geoff Tate has been a real blessing on both the human and the artistic side. I asked a few amazing musicians and friends to help me out and together we delivered a bunch of classic heavy rock songs in which I tried to fuse a more contemporary approach with a classic Queensryche vibe, the performances are amazing!”
 
The opening track and first video “True Colors” sets the pace for the entire release and shows what the listeners can expect from this record. Excellent musicianship and a sound that harkens back to the massive melodies and hooks of classic albums like “Empire,” “Rage For Order”, and “Operation: Mindcrime”. Enjoy!
 
"Sweet Oblivion" tracklisting:
True Colors
Sweet Oblivion
Behind Your Eyes
Hide Away
My Last Story
A Recess From My Fate
Transition
Disconnect
The Deceiver
Seek The Light
 
Produced by: Simone Mularoni
 
Geoff Tate - Vocals
Simone Mularoni – Guitars and Bass
Emanuele Casali - Keyboards
Paolo Caridi - Drums
 
Follow Sweet Oblivion on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SweetOblivionGeoffTate/
Photo credit: Ronnie Yonker

 

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