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Wed
29
Aug

HEAVEN'S TRAIL Debut 'Lethal Mind' Oct 26

Friday, October 26, 2018
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Escape Music pleases to announce the release date for Heaven’s Trail on Vinyl and CD!! 
The Vinyl will be limited Edition to 500 copies only in transparent colour Red, and all will be numbered!
 
Track List:
1 Lethal Mind (4.39) 
2 Too Late (4.37) 
3 Changes (5.03) 
4 Carousel (4.35) 
5 Feed my Soul (4.51) 
6 On The Rise (4.28) 
7 The Flame (4.59) 
8 Walking in the shadows (5.28) 
9 Voodoo (4.14) 
10 King of Pain (3.44) 
11 Simplified (4.25) 
 
Heaven’s Trail is:
Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan, ex At Vance)
Barish Kepic - Guitars and Keyboards (ex-Jaded Heart, Powerworld, and Evidence One)
Michael Muller - Bass (Jaded Heart, ex-Mad Max)
Kevin Kott - Drums (Masterplan, ex At Vance) 
 
Produced by Barish Kepic 
Mixed and Mastered by Brian Anthony
Executive Producer Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Heaven’s Trail is a brand new German Metal / Rock band formed by ex-Jaded Heart member Barish Kepic. Also in the line-up is another Jaded Heart member Michael Muller. These two respected musicians are joined by Masterplan members Kevin Kott on Drums and Vocalist Rick Altzi. So here we have an exciting new band that are made up of two of Germany’s finest Metal / Rock Bands. Barish Kepic is the principal songwriter and has arranged and produced all the songs on this exciting new album. With Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs then we are in for a real treat.
 
Their music is very powerful and hits home with great melodies and fantastic musicianship. Why not check out the video of “On the Rise” on you tube and get a taste of what these guys are all about. Make a date in your diary for October when this exciting album will be released, you won’t be disappointed.
 
 
 
Wed
29
Aug

SASCHA PAETH Names New Project MASTERS OF CEREMONY

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Frontiers Music Srl is thrilled to announce the signing of Masters Of Ceremony, a new project masterminded by none other than one of the most talented writers, musicians, and producers of the German Heavy Metal scene, Sascha Paeth.
 
To label Sascha Paeth a multi-talented producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter might not quite cover his full set of skills and achievements. The Wolfsburg-born German multi-musician has produced countless bands including Avantasia, KAMELOT, Rhapsody, Epica, and more. Having worked on, produced, and engineered over 200 albums since 1988, it’s fair to say he has a reputation for being at the forefront of shaping the European melodic power metal sound. Now, Paeth is taking the next step in his artistic journey by releasing his new project, “Sascha Paeth’s Masters Of Ceremony”.
 
Sascha says, “Finally, I am putting my energy into a metal project of my own. It is the sum of my experiences over the years and a bit of a revival of what I was doing in the past.”
 
As a 15 year old teenager, you might have found Paeth playing a more bluesy style, or Van Halen-meets-Accept style hard rock, but it wasn’t long before Paeth joined Heaven’s Gate, where the music was harder and heavier. The experience was where he learned to enjoy inspiration from adapting, from new styles, and from new collaborations. It was the start of a long journey through the music business, a journey that is far from over!
 
“It took a few years of nice, and ambitious, talks about a possible collaboration with Frontiers,” says Sascha. “It’s my very first metal solo album and I am looking forward to sharing the progress on the production and revealing the band members over the next weeks and months."
 
 
Tue
28
Aug

New GARY MOORE Tribute Lines Up All-Star Cast

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Friday, October 26, 2018
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The sky was crying when Gary Moore passed away on 6th February 2011.  From Thin Lizzy to Colosseum II, together with his solo hits ‘Parisienne Walkways’ and ‘Out In The Fields’, Gary influenced a whole generation of guitar players and guitar playing. 
The bass player/producer Bob Daisley had played with Gary since the 1980's, and is known for suggesting to Gary that he should make a blues album - the rest is history, ‘Still Got The Blues’ was an immense hit, followed by a series of classic modern blues albums. Bob, also known for his contributions to Rainbow and Ozzy Osbourne, was the driving force behind “Moore Blues For Gary”.
 
“In my opinion, Gary was one of the best guitarists who ever lived”, says Bob Daisley. “It was an honour for me to have worked with him and to have known him so well. When Gary passed away in 2011 the world lost one of the all-time greats. I don’t think that enough was said or done at the time to acknowledge the loss of such a great player so I took it upon myself to pay personal tribute to the man and record some new versions of his music, mostly from his blues catalogue.
 
I asked many members of the Gary Moore family tree, and some other great players, to contribute to the project. The response was not only encouraging, but very moving. It seems that the name Gary Moore is also synonymous with the words ‘respect’, ‘honour’ and ‘greatness’. I didn’t set out to recreate anything that Gary had done, or to compete in any way, these arrangements and performances represent a ‘hats off’ to Gary and nothing more. Long live the memory of Robert William Gary Moore. Yes, he was an­other ‘Bob’ - something that I wasn’t aware of for all of those years that I worked with him. I feel such gratitude towards the people who contributed to this album and I’m honoured to have worked with them all."
 
John Sykes (ex-Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake) makes a triumphant return after a long absence with an uber-emotional rendition of ‘Still Got The Blues’, with the soulful vocals by Daniel Bowes (Thunder) complementing each other.
‘Parisienne Walkways’ is played by Steve Morse (Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs) and Ricky Warwick (Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders, The Almighty), with the unlikely pair resulting in a miraculous chemistry.
Gary's friends are here - his rocking keyboard / guitar / vocal sidekick Neil Carter sings ‘Empty Rooms’, which he co-wrote with Gary. Don Airey (Deep Purple, Rainbow) and Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple) had joined forces with Gary on numerous occasions, together with Eric Singer (Kiss) and Darrin Mooney (Primal Scream). Brush Shiels, the leader of Gary's first professional band Skid Row, also makes an appearance.
 
Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), Steve Lukather (Toto), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Damon Johnson (Black Star Riders, Alice Cooper) and Stan Webb (Chicken Shack) also unsparingly pour all their emotions to show their appreciation to Gary. 
Gary's sons Jack and Gus are also involved, playing guitar and singing on ‘This One's For You’, showing that the ‘Blood Of Emeralds’ still runs their veins.
 
During his blues days, Gary made two albums to thank the guitarists that made him who he was: “Blues For Greeny” for Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac, and “Blues For Jimi” for Jimi Hendrix. Now this is his turn to be rewarded with an album full of love and respect.  We still got the blues for you.      
 
“Moore Blues For Gary”, due for a release on October 26, is available to pre-order: earmusic.lnk.to/MooreBluesForGaryPR
                                                                                                               
Tracklist
1. ‘THAT’S WHY I PLAY THE BLUES’
VOCALS - JON C. BUTLER; GUITARS - TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
2. ‘THE BLUES JUST GOT SADDER’
VOCALS - JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR - STEVE LUKATHER; RHYTHM GUITAR AND SLIDE GUITAR - TIM GAZE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
3. ‘EMPTY ROOMS’
LEAD VOCAL, KEYBOARDS - NEIL CARTER; BASS GUITAR, HARMONICA, BACKING VOCALS - BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;  GUITARS - ILLYA SZWEC; BACKING VOCALS - ROSANNA DAISLEY
4. ‘STILL GOT THE BLUES (FOR YOU)’
VOCALS - DANNY BOWES; GUITARS - JOHN SYKES; KEYBOARDS - DON AIREY; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY;    DRUMS - ROB GROSSER
5. ‘TEXAS STRUT’
VOCALS - BRUSH SHIELS; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; GUITARS - TIM GAZE; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER
6. ‘NOTHING’S THE SAME’
VOCALS - GLENN HUGHES; FRETLESS ACOUSTIC BASS - BOB DAISLEY; CELLO - ANA LENCHANTIN; GUITARS - LUIS MALDONADO 
7. ‘THE LONER’
GUITARS - DOUG ALDRICH; DRUMS - ERIC SINGER; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; KEYBOARDS - DON AIREY 
8. ‘TORN INSIDE’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR - STAN WEBB; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR - BOB OB DAISLEY; DRUMS - DARRIN MOONEY;    KEYBOARDS - LACHLAN DOLEY 
9. ‘DON’T BELIEVE A WORD’
VOCALS, LEAD GUITAR - DAMON JOHNSON; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
10. ‘STORY OF THE BLUES’
LEAD VOCAL - JON C. BUTLER; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR, BACKING VOCALS - BOB DAISLEY; LEAD AND RHYTHM GUITAR - TIM GAZE; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER; KEYBOARDS - LACHLAN DOLEY; BACKING VOCALS - ROSANNA DAISLEY 
11. ‘THIS ONE’S FOR YOU’
VOCALS - GUS MOORE; LEAD GUITAR - JACK MOORE; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
12. ‘POWER OF THE BLUES’
VOCALS - JOE LYNN TURNER; LEAD GUITAR - JEFF WATSON; BASS GUITAR, RIFF GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - DARRIN MOONEY; RHYTHM GUITAR - ILLYA SZWEC 
13. ‘PARISIENNE WALKWAYS’
GUITARS - STEVE MORSE; VOCALS - RICKY WARWICK; BASS GUITAR - BOB DAISLEY; DRUMS - ROB GROSSER;    KEYBOARDS - CLAYTON DOLEY
 
 
Mon
27
Aug

JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN Full Details For 'Voices From The Past'

Friday, September 28, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is excited to unveil the full album credits for 'Voices From The Past' - a very special double CD voyage into the heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen.
 
Track Listing (& Featured Vocalists)
 
Disc 1:
01. Billy Trudell - (Ain't No Honor) Among Thieves 04:12
02. Jeff Scott Soto - Ice 04:29
03. Sherwood Ball - City Of Angels 03:34
04. Mike Val - Ricochet 04:16
05. Mike Val - When A Heart Beats Alone 04:14
06. Guy Perry - Lay This Ghost To Rest 03:59
07. Guy Perry - I Wish You Heaven 04:52
08. Paul Bardot - Hearts Under Fire 03:59
09. Paul Bardot - Blood In The Water 04:14
10. Mona Moore - Second Nature 03:45
11. Steve Plunkett - Still On My Mind 04:44
12. Steve Plunkett - Baby You're The Blood 03:32
13. Steve Plunkett - Tough Enough 04:01
14. Laura Creamer - Naked 04:34
15. Billy Trudell - When It Was A Game 04:19
16. Guy Perry - Water Under The Bridge 04:08
 
Disc 2:
01. JP Palalenka - Talking To Myself 03:34
02. Phil Brown - Phantom Of Passion 04:32
03. Mona Moore - (Don't Give Up) On Me 03:43
04. Mona Moore - Thrill Of The Chase 03:00
05. Jamie St. James - Answers In Your Eyes 03:37
06. Guy Perry - Toys Night Out 03:47
07. Greg Edelman - Blow The Beast 03:18
08. Mona Moore - Hold The Night 03:28
09. Laura Creamer - Still On My Mind (Second Version) 04:40
10. Jamie St. James - The Other Side 04:20
11. Mona Moore - Word Of Honor 04:50
12. Greg Edelman - Thinking Is A Dangerous Game 03:56
13. Jimmy Waldo - Island In The Sun (Inst.) 04:06
14. Paul Shortino - Fire Burns Twice 03:21
15. Desi Rexx - Too Far Gone 04:34
16. Mona Moore - Death Of A Kiss 03:15
 
Pre-order WALDO/ROSEN - Voices From The Past (2CD Set) $18 + $5 shipping worldwide (Out September 28)
 
 
 
 
Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. But it didn’t stop there. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years. And featured on these songs are the cream of the city’s musicians and singers – Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Plunkett, Billy Trudell, Keith Howland, Tim Pierce, Sherwood Ball, Tommy Thayer, Jamie St James, Marc Ferrari, Bob Kulick and more!
 
It is a story best told by Steven Rosen, who has penned a detailed essay for the liner notes. Here he summarizes:
 
Steven writes: "This songwriting partnership endured and survived the pummelling and pulverizing hammer of the music business, one that relentlessly and thoughtlessly banged you on the head with rejections and the closing of doors. Reaching out hundreds and hundreds of times to publishers, managers, music supervisors and anyone else who might listen to our music, we were summarily dismissed out of hand.
We’d sit for hours writing, recording, bashing our brains out and always coming away with something cool.
 
A handful of the songs here were things I wrote with other people and which Jimmy engineered. Jimmy had by the time we met, already played keyboards in New England and Alcatrazz and would go on to become a member in Blackthorne, Murder’s Row, Quiet Riot and ultimately Graham Bonnet’s band.
 
As time passed, we began writing with more specific artists and projects in mind. 'Naked' was written as a possible song for Heart; 'Ricochet' and 'When A Heart Beats Alone' were written for an L.A. glam rock band Jimmy was producing called Lace; 'City Of Angels' was written for the JapaneseNHK network; and 'Outlaws' was written for an indie film of the same name and so on.
 
Because we were writing for certain artists, we both knew we needed to pull in guitar players and singers who could convey a specific vibe. We were able to work with mad gifted players like Keith Howland (Chicago), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah), Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Lance Morrison (Don Henley, Rick Springfield).
 
And the singers? Oh, my god. Mona Moore brought drama and passion to these songs like no other vocalist I’d ever heard. Billy Trudell, working in Warpipes at the time, brought soaring and melodic thunder to 'When It Was A Game,' 'Runaway Fire' and '(Ain’t No) Honor Among Thieves.'
 
The songs on ‘Voices From the Past’ have remained dormant for years, residing in boxes, hidden in dusty corners. Giles Lavery, Graham Bonnet’s manager and a music historian with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things rock bordering on ultra-nerd, discovered these DATs, ADATs, reel-to-reels, hard drives and even cassettes deep within the bowels of Waldo’s garage. He started listening and was enthralled with what he heard. Giles rescued, resuscitated and resurrected these songs and for that Jimmy and I are eternally grateful."
 
As per usual, JK Northrup has done his complete remastering service on the tracks and Nello Dell’Omo has put together some classy artwork to match.
 
The double CD will be released via MRR on September 28.
  
Album Artwork by: Nello Dell’Omo
 
 
Pre-order WALDO/ROSEN - Voices From The Past (2CD Set) $18 + $5 shipping worldwide (Out September 28)
 
 
 
 
FULL SONG CREDITS
 
Disc 1:
01. (Ain’t No) Honor Among Thieves
Vocals – Billy Trudell
Guitars – Harry Cody
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Patrick Dollahan
 
02. Ice
Jeff Scott Soto – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitar
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Writers: Jimmy Waldo/Jeff Scott Soto/Arlene Matza
 
03. City Of Angels
Vocals – Sherwood Ball
Guitars/bass – Michael Angelo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo/Grover Jackson
 
04. Ricochet
Vocals – Mike Val
Guitars – Keith Howland
Bass – Lance Morrison
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Drum programming – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Mike Val/Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo
 
05. When A Heart Beats Alone
Vocals – Mike Val
Guitars – Keith Howland
Bass – Lance Morrison
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
 
06. Lay This Ghost to Rest
Vocals – Guy Perry
Guitars – Tony Palacios
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo
 
07. I Wish You Heaven
Guitars – Tommy Thayer
Vocals/bass – Guy Perry
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Brad Bailey
Writers – Steve Rosen/Tommy Thayer/Adam Wolfe
 
08. Hearts Under Fire
Vocals – Paul Bardot
Bass – Lance Morrison
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards/production/drum programming
Writers – Steve Rosen/Lance Morrison
 
09. Blood In the Water
Vocals – Paul E. Bardot
Guitars – Keith Howland
Bass – Lance Morrison
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo
 
10. Second Nature
Vocals – Mona Moore
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass – Ron de la Vega
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
11. Still On My Mind
Vocals – Steve Plunkett
Guitars – Steve Plunkett
Keyboards – Steve Plunkett
Produced by – Steve Plunkett
Writers – Steve Plunkett/Steve Rosen
 
12. Baby You're The Blood
Steve Plunkett – Vocals
Bob Kulick – Guitars
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Plunkett/Kulick/Waldo
 
13. Tough Enough
Steve Plunkett –Vocals, guitars, bass, drum programming/production
Writers – Steve Plunkett / Steven Rosen
 
14. Naked
Vocals – Laura Creamer (Bob Seger)
Guitars – Keith Howland
Bass – Lance Morrison
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Drum programming/engineering – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo
 
15. When It Was A Game
Vocals – Billy Trudell
Guitars – Harry Cody
Keyboards/drum programming – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Jimmy Waldo/Steve Rosen
 
16. Water Under the Bridge
Vocals – Guy Perry
Guitars – Tommy Thayer
Bass – Guy Perry
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Brad Bailey
Writers – Tommy Thayer/Steve Rosen
 
Disc 2:
01. Talking To Myself
Vocals – J.P. Palalenka
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass – Ron de la Vega
Keyboards – Ron de la Vega
Drums – Pete Christian
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
02. Phantom Of Passion
Vocals/guitar – Phil Brown
Synclavier programming – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Phil Brown/Steve Rosen
 
03. (Don’t Give Up) On Me
Vocals – Mona Moore
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass – Ron de la Vega (Patti Griffith)
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writer – Steven Rosen
 
04. Thrill Of the Chase
Vocals – Mona Moore
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass – Ron de la Vega
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Jimmy Waldo
 
05. Answers In Your Eyes
Vocals – Jamie St. James
Guitars – Marc Ferrari
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steven Rosen/Mark Ferrari
 
06. Tough Enough (Second Vers)
Vocals – TBC
Steve Plunkett – Guitars, bass, drum programming/production
Writers – Steve Plunkett/Steven Rosen
 
07. Toys Night Out
Vocals – Guy Perry
Guitars – Harry Cody
Bass – Tim Skold
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Harry Cody/Tim Skold/Steve Rosen
 
08. Blow the Beast
Vocals – Greg Edelman
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass – Ron de la Vega
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Brian Levi
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
09. Hold the Night
Vocals – Mona Moore
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Keyboards – Steve Vonderheide
Writers – Steve Vonderheide/Steve Rosen
 
10. Still On My Mind (Second Vers)
Vocals – Laura Creamer
Guitars – Steve Plunkett
Keyboards – Steve Plunkett
Produced by – Steve Plunkett
Writers – Steve Plunkett/Steve Rosen
 
11. The Other Side
Vocals – Jamie St. James
Guitars/bass – Marc Ferrari
Writers – Steve Rosen/Marc Ferrari
 
12. Word of Honor
Vocals – Mona Moore
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Jimmy Waldo/Steve Rosen
 
13. Thinking Is A Dangerous Game
Vocals – Greg Edelman
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass/keyboards – Ron de la Vega
Recorded by – Brian Levi
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
14. Island In The Sun (New Inst. of Alcatrazz song)
Jimmy Waldo – All Instruments
Writer – Jimmy Waldo
 
15. Fire Burns Twice
Paul Shortino – Vocals
Paul Shortino – Guitar
Jimmy Waldo – Keybords
Drum Programming Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Jimmy Waldo/Paul Shortino
 
16. Too Far Gone
Vocals – Desi Rexx (D’Molls)
Guitars – Danny Johnson
Jimmy Waldo – Keyboards
Writers – Danny Johnson/Steve Rosen/Desi Rexx
 
17. Death Of A Kiss
Vocals – Mona Moore
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass/keyboards – Ron de la Vega
Programming – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
PRE-ORDER BONUS DOWNLOAD TRACKS:
 
Runaway Fire
Vocals – Billy Trudel
Guitars – Danny Johnson (Private Life, Steppenwolf)
Bass – Danny Johnson
Keyboards – Jimmy Waldo
Recorded by – Jimmy Waldo
Writers – Jimmy Waldo/Steve Rosen
 
Voice From the Past
Vocals – Ralph Morman
Guitars – Steve Rosen
Bass/keyboards – Ron de la Vega
Writers – Steve Rosen/Ron de la Vega
 
'Ice' featuring JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Vocals, BOB KULICK – Guitar, JIMMY WALDO – Keyboards. (Writers: Jimmy Waldo / Jeff Scott Soto / Arlene Matza)
 

Pre-order WALDO/ROSEN - Voices From The Past (2CD Set) $18 + $5 shipping worldwide (Out September 28)

 
Mon
27
Aug

ARION Return With 'Life Is Not Beautiful' Oct 19

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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AFM Records proudly announces the signing of Finnish melodic metal act ARION. The band led by guitarist Iivo Kaipainen, been around since 2011, when all members (most of them students of the Sibelius musical high school in Helsinki) were still teenagers. In 2013 ARION entered the limelight for the first time when participating in Finland's Eurovision Song Contest qualifiers with their song “Lost". The then unknown band ended up on a sensational #5 and shortly after was offered a deal by a Finnish label.
 
ARION's debut album “Last Of Us" was released to critical acclaim in 2014, delivering an extremely mellow up-to-date melodic/power metal in the tradition of Finnish metal greats such as Stratovarius and Sonata Arctica. In the past few years ARION have stood busy with live shows and working on new material for their upcoming album, so the band's sophomore opus, titled “Life Is Not Beautiful", will be released on October 19th (CD, Digipak with 3 bonus tracks, Vinyl).
 
Tracklisting:
 
01. The End Of The Fall
02. No One Stands In My Way
03. At The Break Of Dawn (feat. Elize Ryd)
04. The Last Sacrifice
05. Through Your Falling Tears
06. Unforgivable
07. Punish You
08. Life Is Not Beautiful
09. Last One Falls
10. Last Of Us (2018) – bonus track on Digipak
11. Seven (2018) – bonus track on Digipak
12. I Am The Storm (2018) – bonus track on Digipak
 

 
Sat
25
Aug

MADMAN'S LULLABY - Sins Of Greed ($10 Sale)

Friday, November 24, 2017
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the next release on the label. This band rocks hard!
This album is so ass-kickingly intense, so brain numbingly supersonic, that we dare only put 9 tracks on the disc! To add a 10th song would clearly risk the listeners head exploding :)
 
Please welcome American no-nonsense hard rockers MADMAN’S LULLABY for their new album Sins Of Greed, which will be released just in time for the silly season, November 24.
 
Madman’s Lullaby have been rocking us since 2007 and their 4th album is the one that sees them deliver everything you’ve loved about them in the past, with an even more high energy sonic hard rocking attack.
 
MADMAN's LULLABY 'Sins Of Greed' ($10 SALE)(+ Free Shipping Worldwide)
 
 
 
 
The album features the following tracks:
 
01. One Shot
02. Makes No Sense
03. Little Demons
04. Live Again
05. Don’t Walk Away
06. Quicker With Liquor
07. About You
08. The Storm
09. Melt Down
 
 
 
Sat
25
Aug

BRETT WALKER Rarities Box Set 'Last Parade' Due Nov via MRR

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AUG 25 UPDATE
 
BRETT WALKER ‘Last Parade’ is an historic release - a box set of the late, great singer/songwriter’s career – with a difference.
 
Almost the entire box set is unreleased, never before heard material.
 
The tracks you do recognise are mostly in a different form. Ballad versions or rockers; instrumental pieces; alt-mixes; heavier guitar versions…you name it!
 
For the rest of the unreleased tracks, this set is a veritable treasure trove of classic BRETT WALKER, representing his various career paths – AOR, melodic rock, midwestern, acoustic – anthems, ballads and those classic singalong songs only Brett Walker can do.
 
For the first time, MRR is excited to announce the details of BRETT WALKER ‘Last Parade’ Box Set.
 
‘Last Parade’ will be a 6-disc hardcover box set (DVD case sized package).
 
The Discs have been split into era and styles and are as follows:
 
 
Disc One:
The Early Years – Solo Demos 91-93 (16 Tracks)
 
Disc Two:
Person To Person & More – The Full Original P2P Recordings (19 Tracks)
 
Disc Three:
Album Cuts – The Alt-Mixes & Versions (19 Tracks)
 
Disc Four:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part One (18 Tracks)
 
Disc Five:
The Unreleased AOR Vaults – Part Two (incl instrumentals)(14 Tracks, TBC)
 
Disc Six:
The Unreleased Midwestern Vaults (19 Tracks)
 
 
The set will be priced at $99 (includes shipping, airmail worldwide)
 
‘Last Parade’ is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide and will not be re-pressed.
 
Pre-orders will be available shortly.
 
Those that do pre-order will receive a download of another full disc worth of audio that couldn’t fit or wasn’t quite suitable due to audio quality.
 
Track details will be announced next week. A release is still scheduled for November (TBC). Due to the complicated packaging requirements, a longer manufacturing process is required.
 

 
For the last 12 months I have been working on a legacy box set for the late, great BRETT WALKER.
 
Titled ‘Last Parade’ (after one of the unreleased tracks), the special limited-edition package is set to pay tribute to one of the great songwriters of this genre and is scheduled for release in November via MelodicRock Records.
 
Brett tragically and suddenly passed away in July 2013, with a special tribute paid to him by his band and wife at MRF3.
 
I kept in touch, recalling various conversations I had with Brett about releasing his Person To Person songs and some of his unreleased demos, which collectors had been trading for some years.
 
Brett’s wife Sheron and I agreed to look at what was available and see what could be done. Brett’s entire DAT collection was sent to me to digitize, which lead to an extraordinary discovery.
 
Over no less than 47 DATs, it became evident that Brett was sitting on a treasure trove of unreleased material. I was blown away at the quality and the brilliance of these songs, with a cross-reference of styles present from throughout Brett’s career.
 
Some of the older unreleased material will rival the classic ‘Nevertheless’ album for melodic rock brilliance. Fans of all eras will in fact, be blown away I’m sure.
 
‘Last Parade’ is the most complex project I’ve ever put together, mainly because of the vast number of songs. At last count there was 174 song files in the “Work In Progress” folder. There were at least 2 versions of almost every track on the DATs and sometimes 5 or even 6! Some are from all different mixes, others various audio quality and some completely different versions of known songs. JK Northrup has been busy mastering and remastering for the past several months!
 
Either way...hours and hours of listening time and so many amazing songs.
 
This post is also an open invitation for those that personally knew Brett or were just big fans of Brett to submit some text for the accompanying booklet.
If you’d like to pay tribute to Brett or write some good memories, please do so by August 15 via email (ajm@melodicrock.com)
 
Please share this info if you know someone that would be interested.
 
Long may Brett’s music live on.
 
 
Fri
24
Aug

ALDO NOVA Announces Return With '2.0' Release

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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Reintroducing Aldo Nova
 
Influential Rock Pioneer Drops from the Spotlight, Produces Celine Dion,
Returns 30 Years Later on His Own Terms with New Album 2.0 (October 19 / Megaforce), Featuring Re-recordings of His Biggest Hits
 
“I was like a ghost. I would always be there in the background, but I was never there in the foreground. I let the artists do that. And that was a plan.” - Aldo
 
A fit, handsome twentysomething in a leopard-print bodysuit exits a helicopter and is followed by armed guards toward some kind of warehouse. Entry is gained via a magical Gibson Les Paul, which, naturally, the young hero uses to fire laser beams at the door. Inside, he meets his band onstage and performs “Fantasy,” among the earliest staples on MTV, and one of the best and most perfect singles in rock history—a flawless balance of pop-metal craftsmanship, studio ingenuity and hard-earned musicianship, flaunting killer guitar leads and trailblazing synth parts.
 
“I don’t know what possessed me to wear a stripper’s leopard-print outfit,” Aldo Nova says today, chuckling. A remarkable record from start to finish, Also Nova can be understood in rock history as both an icon of its era and a profound but still unsung influence on things to come.
 
On October 19, the guitarist, vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter and producer will release his first new album release in over three decades. Titled 2.0 (Megaforce), it’s a collection of supercharged reinventions of six classic songs off his self-titled smash debut, plus one new original, “I’m a Survivor,” initially written for Foreigner singer Lou Gramm.
 
2.0 stands as a testament to the extraordinary integrity and continuing imagination of an uncompromising artist who would only make his comeback on his terms. “I thought, ‘I’m gonna become visible again when I have something to say, and when I have something that’s good enough that I can present it to my fans,’” Nova says. “Because that’s always been my priority.”
 
The idea for 2.0 was set in motion in late 2016. “When I turned 60, I told myself I was going to turn the page,” Nova says. “I realized I had to shut the book and write a completely new book.” He wanted to celebrate his debut’s 35th anniversary in some fashion, but rather than simply remaster and reissue the album, he thought to “bring the songs into the 22nd century.” He was sober, calm, confident, full of faith and in the best shape of his life. As it turned out, the angst, ego and hunger of his younger days were overrated.
 
A Montreal native, Nova was approached by a 15-year-old Celine Dion to producer her first album, and released Blood on the Bricks on Jon Bon Jovi’s Jambco label in 1991. It stood as the culmination of a long-running friendship and, as any knowledgeable rock fan might argue, a thank-you note of sorts: the rock superstar lifting up the personal hero whose sound provided the blueprint for his own hits.
 
Nova provided guitar, keys and background vocals for the demo of Bon Jovi’s first hit, “Runaway,” and ended up playing with an assemblage of session musicians throughout Bon Jovi’s 1984 self-titled debut. Nova’s imprint is also all over Jon Bon Jovi’s debut solo album, Blaze of Glory—especially the chart-topping title track, on which Nova’s writing and producing went uncredited but were absolutely essential.
 
Blood on the Bricks was released alongside “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and the landscape changed completely. “Nirvana was amazing,” he says. “Just the way Kurt Cobain could rip his own soul out when he sang.”
 
Over the next three decades, Nova’s journey would take him through great professional highs and painful personal lows, and eventually into self-discovery and spiritual contentment. He decided again to focus on his roles as a writer, producer and session musician, capitalizing on the goodwill he’d generated in the industry to put food on the table for his family.
 
During the ’90s and 2000s, in addition to tracks for popular foreign-language artists, Nova collaborated with Jon Bon Jovi, Faith Hill and Clay Aiken (he co-wrote his hit “This Is the Night”), and did hugely successful work with Celine Dion. In 1997, Nova won a Grammy for Dion’s blockbuster album Falling Into You—“It’s a paperweight,” he laughs; “what I do today is what counts”—and co-produced/co-wrote later Dion singles like the global smash “A New Day Has Come” and “You and I,” the latter chosen as Hillary Clinton’s campaign song in 2008.
 
Canadian music-industry bigwig Paola Simonetto became the love of Nova’s life, as well as his advocate and catalyst. Simonetto continues to inspire and support Nova, though not from this earthly plane. “During the time that I was working on 2.0, my wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer,” he explains. “I managed to finish the album right before she passed away on Christmas Day. I still was able to take care of every doctor’s appointment, every chemo treatment. I was cooking and cleaning and at night I worked on my album.
 
“She always had very good ears. She gave me a lot of pointers on what to do with the music and what not to do,” he continues. “She was a big part of why 2.0 sounds as good as it does.”
 
“With 2.0, my goal has already been achieved, as far as I’m concerned,” Nova says. “I wanted to beat the 1.0 to death. The second thing is to reintroduce my music to the old fans, and play to a new generation of fans who just developed an interest. I don’t think that young generation has heard music like this ever before. I’m on top of my game now. I’m ready for it.”
 
Aldo Nova 2.0 track listing
 
Fantasy 2.0
Ball and Chain 2.0
Heart to Heart 2.0
It’s Too Late 2.0
Can’t Stop Lovin’ You 2.0
Foolin’ Yourself 2.0
I’m a Survivor

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Wed
22
Aug

JETBOY Returns With New Album "Born To Fly" On January 25, 2019

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Friday, January 25, 2019
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Founded in 1983 by guitarists Billy Rowe and Fernie Rod, Jetboy continues to crank out their brand of rock n' roll in the 21st century with the same passion that has existed from the beginning.
 
And rock ‘n roll is what you’ll get on their upcoming new album “Born To Fly”, which is set for release January 25, 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl.
 
On the song and video for the title track, vocalist Mickey Finns says, “‘Born to Fly’ is just about the feeling of being meant to do something great, and fighting and working to make it happen, never giving up, or giving in and sticking to your guns to do it on your own terms. Remember sometimes greatness comes in small accomplishments. If it feels great to you, then it is great!!”
 
This new album – put together by the band’s core of guitarists Billy Rowe, Fernie Rod and vocalist Mickey Finn, alongside former faster Pussycat bassist Eric Stacy and drummer Al Serrato – is the first fully-fledged set of new material from JETBOY since 1990. “The band wasn’t working on any new material when Frontiers approached us. Mickey and I had written one or two songs a few years back, but that’s about it. For myself, I’ve been very into writing music and got very into recording, so I had a good amount of complete musical songs that I always felt could end up as new JETBOY material, and some of it did. But, the majority of the songs on this album were written within a couple of months after we got the offer from Frontiers,” says guitarist Billy Rowe of the writing process for “Born To Fly”.
 
Rowe continues, “Writing and recording this album came so naturally, there was no struggle at all. We feel it happened at the right time and was meant to be. The spirit of the band has been at an all time high ever since we started this new album. We shared ideas via email and then demoed every song before entering the studio. Once we started tracking this album we all felt something special was going on.”
 
Best described as a blend of edgy rock and roll with a traditional blues based influence, their new album “Born To Fly” is the perfect vehicle to exploit the commanding style of the bands classic rock ‘n roll sound. “The musical inspiration for the “Born To Fly” album came from a life long list of influences from bands we all grew up on from the 1970’s. JETBOY has always approached it’s writing with a simple stripped down, no nonsense rock n roll structure, starting with a great riff and a catchy hook. This album flowed so organically, everything felt like it was meant to be. We’ve also all really grown as musicians, which really helped capture what we feel is some of our best work to date,” states Rowe.
 
Vocalist Mickey Finn says the “lyrics flowed amazingly fast, with most songs being written in one sitting. My feelings were to stay true to JETBOY'S roots and style, but to also incorporate where we are at today, pleasing old and new fans alike. My wife was the inspiration for "Every Time I Go" and my firstborn son inspired "The Way You Move Me". Our life struggles as a band and lifelong friends inspired tracks like "Beating The Odds" and "Born to Fly". "Inspiration from Desperation" covers our political climate in America these days, "Brokenhearted Daydream" reminds us that love is sometimes fickle and hearts get broken, but don't let it destroy your heart, we have to learn to move on and allow love to come into our lives again. So, all in all, lots of inspiring messages on the record, as well as some good old rock ‘n roll fun and "Party Time" lyrics make it a well rounded listen!
“Born To Fly” is a fine rock record by any measure, hinting back to the band’s ‘80s sound and 70’s influences, while adding 30 years more experience to the grooves. JETBOY is ready to fly again.
 
“Born To Fly” Tracklisting:
1. Beating The Odds
2. Born To Fly
3. Old Dog, New Tricks
4. The Way That You Move Me
5. Brokenhearted Daydream
6. Inspiration From Desperation
7. All Over Again
8. She
9. A Little Bit Easy
10. Every Time I Go
11. Smoky Ebony
12. Party Time!
 
JETBOY Lineup:
Mickey Finn - Lead Vocals + Harmonica
Fernie Rod - Rhythm + Lead Guitar + Vocals
Billy Rowe - Rhythm + Slide Guitar + Vocals
Eric Stacy - Bass
Al Serrato - Drums
 
Connect with JETBOY:
 
Upcoming JETBOY Tour Dates:
+August 31.2018 - Trash In Bradford - W. Yorkshire, U.K.
+September 01.2018 - HRH Sleaze Fest @ 02 Academy Sheffield, U.K.
+September 02.2018 - The Underworld - London, U.K
+February 24th - March 1st 2019 Monsters of Rock Cruise
 
 
Tue
21
Aug

TONY MITCHELL 'Beggars Gold' Special Edition Sept 14

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce the signing of TONY MITCHELL – the voice of British hard rock band Kiss Of The Gypsy.
 
September 14 will see the release of Tony’s high-energy melodic rock masterpiece, TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’, his first solo album since 2011.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ started off as 22 songs, later trimmed to 13, only the best of the best included on the final cut. The album hits hard and is a relentless rollercoaster ride combining strong hooks & riffs as in ‘Playing with Fire’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘Blind’, ‘Our Song’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’.
 
Just when you think you can catch your breath, in fires the ultra-catchy duet, ‘What you Make it’ with Sue Willetts (Dante Fox) which would grace any radio station.
The album also has monster rockers like ‘Wild Side’, ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ & ‘Fire Me Up’, where Mitchell’s voice comes to the fore.
 
Tackling issues like self-confidence, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse & homelessness in songs like ‘Stone by Stone’, ‘Beggars Gold’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’, only adds more dynamics to the album.
‘Take a Look at Me Now’, highlights Mitchell’s songwriting craft, written about the disillusioned, talent show generation, with a tongue in cheek, sinister twist.
 
The ‘Beggars Gold’ album tries to give everything that any true melodic/AOR rock fan would want to hear from an album. Mitchell has thrown everything at this one, huge guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, gospel choirs, epic harmonies & raw, honest powerful rock vocals.
 
While you read the details, listen to the killer first preview track ‘Never Say Die’:
 
 
Tony Mitchell comments: “Beggar’s Gold is an album that has taken many twists & turns as I was writing & recording it. I wanted to write an album that had everything I would want from a melodic/AOR album & more, as a songwriter, I wanted to craft songs that had depth, dynamics, power & anthemic qualities.
I wanted to capture energy & attitude along with meaningful, emotional moments & I think that I have managed achieve that with this album. From the start, I wanted a barrage of songs that would get into the ears of those who like melodic rock with powerful guitars, huge harmonies & memorable hooks.
After pouring my heart & soul into the making of this album, I am very proud of it & in this age of writers/musicians not making any money from releasing their work due to free streaming/downloading etc., it’s my way of saying thanks to all the fans that have kept their faith in me & my music & to all the new fans who want to join me on this journey.
Climb aboard this rock n roll train, put the needle on the record & let’s dance!”
 
‘Beggars Gold’ will be released via MRR September 14 in two formats - regular jewel case CD and a limited Special Edition.
 
The Limited Special Edition (500 units only) will be a double CD format (jewel case). Featured on the bonus disc is Tony’s 2011 solo release ‘Far Away From Home’.
This hard-rocking release was previously only ever available for a short time direct from Tony and on digital platforms. In this format the double disc set will be housed in a special cardboard slipcase and once sold out, is gone forever.
But that’s not all - there is one more bonus! All Special Edition pre-orders of either will receive an exclusive digital download of a second acoustic solo album Tony recorded to accompany the ‘Far Away From Home’ release.
‘No Man’s Land’ features amore reflective side to Tony Mitchell the ‘rock star’.
 
Both formats can be pre-ordered right now!
 
A regular edition version will be released in Japan via AnderStein Music with the exclusive bonus track ‘Kiss Of An Angel’, date TBC.
 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ SPECIAL EDITION (2CD, Slipcase)(500 only) $25 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ Regular Edition $20 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
 
Bio:
Tony Mitchell is a singer/songwriter best known for being the front man & guitarist of 90s Rock band, ‘Kiss of the Gypsy’. Receiving rave reviews for their 1991 debut album & live shows, Kiss of the Gypsy were a force to be reckoned with until they called it a day in 1992.
Signed to Atlantic Records & Warner Chappell publishing, Mitchell has been a sought-after writer, performer & producer for many years, writing for many bands & artists, including ‘Paul Rodgers’.
 
He has released several albums as Mitchell, One, Kingdom of Deadmen, Boneyard Zombies, Syd Zilla & the latest being with 2017 melodic rock band, Dirty White Boyz with the album, ‘Down & Dirty’.
Mitchell has also sang & played guitar for Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson, Alan Parsons Project & Tony Hadley on the British Rock Symphony South American tour in 2000.
He sang lead vocals on ‘Mr Slow’ by Rick Wakeman, from his 1999 album, ‘Return to the Centre of the Earth’.
Mitchell continued to sing for the ATP tennis player’s live rock shows with the likes of Pat Cash, John McEnroe & Jannick Noah.
He continues to write for, produce & make music videos/films for countless artists, bands & projects along with composing soundtracks for TV, Film & Media all for XGYPSY Music & Video Productions.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ Track Listing:
01. Playing With Fire
02. Never Say Die
03. Blind
04. What You Make It
05. Someone Like You
06. Our Song
07. Stone By Stone
08. In Everyone Of Us
09. Wildside
10. Fire Me Up
11. Beggar's Gold
12. Take A Look At Me Now
13. Welcome To The Revolution
 
All songs written & composed by Tony Mitchell (c) 2018.
 
Tony Mitchell – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar & Keyboards.
 
Additional Musicians:
Chris Hunt – Lead Guitar
Paul Hume – Lead Guitar
James Marsh – Lead Guitar
Tim Manford – Lead Guitar
Eddie Anthony – Drums
Daniel Sings – Sax on ‘Someone Like You’
Sue Willetts – Vocals on ‘What You Make It’
Rouges Gallery Gospel Choir on ‘Stone By Stone’
 
Recorded at: XGypsy Studios
Produced by: Tony Mitchell
Executive Producer: Andrew McNeice
Mixed by: Tony Mitchell
Mastered by: Chris Clancy (Audioworks Productions)
 

 
Mon
20
Aug

POWER QUEST Announce New Guitarist

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Power Quest are delighted to welcome guitarist George “The Kid” Karafotis into the band. Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, George also plays in the bands Vermillion Days (Greece) and Wild Willy’s Gang (Norway) and was previously a member of Raven Lord and Exorcism.
 
Power Quest keyboardist and founder member Steve Williams had this to say on the matter:
 
“It’s fantastic news to have George as part of the band. I’ve known him for a couple of years now and our drummer Rich has known him for 5 years since they played together in Raven Lord. George obviously brings a highly skilled level of guitar playing to the table but in addition to that he also brings a wealth of knowledge and experience. On top of that he’s just a bloody nice bloke haha! I look forward to hitting the road and the studio with George in the months and years to come. Welcome aboard matey”
 
George recently travelled to Southampton, UK to meet the band and undertake his first photo shoot as a PQ member ahead of rehearsals and live shows coming later in the year.
 
George commented as follows:
 
“I can't even describe how happy and excited I am for this new era! It feels so amazing to be a part of this great group of smart, hard working and really talented musicians. I felt so welcome from the very first minute during the photo shoot that I wasn't even sure if I was a new member or if we had been playing together for a few years. I could feel the chemistry already. It was like the perfect balance of espresso and milk in a good hot cappuccino, hahaha!
When I first met Rich, he introduced me to Power Quest and I must say that I got stuck with the Blood Alliance album for many months, so when Steve contacted me about the guitarist's position some weeks ago, I felt that it was a straight "YES" before we even talked about the rest of the band's obligations.
I am really looking forward to hitting the road and the studio with my mates and deliver some high quality power metal to all of our friends/fans for many years to come! The Quest just started for me, see you all soon \m/"
 
For all the latest news, tour dates and more please check out the links below to discover more about the band.
 
Power Quest Online:
 
 
Thu
16
Aug

GLENN HUGHES Announces Live Show Downloads For Upcoming U.S. Tour

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GLENN HUGHES, Rock Hall of Fame Inductee as member of DEEP PURPLE, bassist/ vocalist with super group BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, announces the first time ever availability of concert recording downloads for the first leg of his upcoming U.S Tour of GLENN HUGHES performs “Classic Deep Purple Live.”
 
Not one to rest on his laurels, upon a classic rock history the equal of very few – GLENN is in the midst of a 130 date, 23 country tour – debuting a project that is both an homage to his Deep Purple Mark 3 & 4 legacy and a nod to his millions of fans … 250K following him on Facebook alone.
 
9 of the 18 U.S shows will be made available for download – as individual purchases of $11.95 … regional packages of 3 each for $29.95 … and for completists – all 9 shows for $74.95, which will include a bonus show not for sale anywhere, plus additional treasures from GLENN’s archive. Available now to pre-order, the downloads can be purchased via: https://bit.ly/GHDIGITAL

 

 
Wed
15
Aug

STEVE PERRY New Album 'Traces' Out October 5

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Friday, October 5, 2018
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**UPDATED**
 
STEVE PERRY will release his brand new 10 track studio album 'Traces' on October 5 worldwide via Fantasy Records (a division of Concord Records/UMG)
 
Total length: 40:13
 
 
Track List:
 
01. No Erasin' 04:07
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
 
02. We're Still Here 04:06
Writers: Steve Perry, Brian West
 
03. Most Of All 04:23
Writers: Steve Perry, Randy Goodrem
 
04. No More Cryin' 04:29
Writers: Dan Wilson, Steve Perry
 
05. In The Rain 04:06
Writers: Steve Perry, David Spreng
 
06. Sun Shines Gray 03:57
Writers: Steve Perry, John 5, Thom Flowers
 
07. You Belong To Me 04:07
Writers: Steve Perry, Barry Eastmond
 
08. Easy To Love 04:03
Writers: Steve Perry, Thom Flowers
 
09. I Need You 02:59
Writers: Steve Perry, George Harrison
 
10. We Fly 03:56
Writers: Steve Perry, Jeff Babko
 
Album Produced by: Steve Perry & Thom Flowers
 
 
Those are the fitting first words Steve Perry sings with tremendous soul and conviction on “No Erasin’” -- the life-affirming anthem that opens up Traces, his first solo album in nearly a quarter century. It is a rousing start to the most personal and emotionally powerful work yet from this legendary singer-songwriter who earned global fame as the voice of Journey before going on to significant solo success as well.
 
By any standard, Traces is an inspired and expansive work that has indeed been a long time coming. Yet in a very real way, Traces marks an extraordinary and welcome return to form that Steve Perry himself long assumed he would never make. Big and bold, yet intimate and revealing, Traces is not the sound of a veteran rock star dipping his toe back in the pool, but rather an artist who has reconnected with his music in a new way that surprised even Perry himself.
 
RELEASE DATE:
October 5th, 2018
 
TRACK LISTING:
1. No Erasin’
2. We’re Still Here
3. Most Of All
4. No More Cryin’
5. In The Rain
6. Sun Shines Gray
7. You Belong To Me
8. Easy To Love
9. I Need You
10. We Fly
11. October in New York (Deluxe edition only)
12. Angel Eyes (Deluxe edition only)
13. Call On Me (Deluxe edition only)
14. Could We Be Somethin’ Again (Deluxe edition only)
15. Blue Jays Fly (Deluxe edition only)
 
 
Tue
14
Aug

STEVE PERRY At Long Last Signals His Return

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Legendary AOR vocalist STEVE PERRY is BACK!
 
Well, not quite, but prepare yourselves for a well organised media campaign and NEW MUSIC.
 
Finally, the former frontman of Journey and driving force along with Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain behind some of the 80s biggest rock anthems, returns in 2018 after a decades long absence that has only been punctuated with a handful of brief public cameos: Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star ceremony with Journey in 2005; Baseball’s World Series in 2010; interviews in 2011 to discuss Sony’s Journey & Steve Perry catalogue reissues; joining The Eels on stage in 2014; and most recently just last year, the 2017 Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony to induct Journey.
 
He has teased fans with talk of new music along the way, in my own 2011 interview with Steve, he talked about commencing the recording process for new material.
 
Steve: “I've been sketching everything in my laptop in just a demo sketch form. And the good news is I've got some really fun moments in there, great things going. The bad news is that they're demos right now and they're just sketches.
I'm my own worst enemy. I have always been. I'll play things for friends and they just think they're really great. And they'll tell me the truth if they're not. I'll say, “Gee, my voice is a little out of tune here. I've got to sing this again. This bugs me, that bugs me.” And they'll say, “I'm sorry, I don't' hear that.” But I do. And so, you know, that's the problem.
I would never stop until I was happy. But I have been known to walk past some emotional moments reaching for things that I think could be better.”
 
So is 2018 really the year it will finally happen? Yes!
 
Steve Perry recently recorded a feature TV interview with CBS’ Sunday Morning program, which is the same outlet that did a Journey profile feature back in 2008.
The program is set to air Sunday, October 7.
 
Steve has just simultaneously launched his new social media platforms, which you can follow at the following links:
 
 
The 5 second video is a simple greeting: “I know it’s been a long time comin’…”
 
Yes it has. But I can confirm this is a definite music related publicity campaign. The long awaited new solo album is his first since 1994’s “For The Love Of Strange Medicine” and his first new music at all since the 1998 soundtrack song “I Stand Alone”.
 
Steve Perry has a new record deal, new management and as you have witnessed today, a new media presence ready to go (with new logo).
 
Stay tuned for more details ASAP.
 
 
Mon
13
Aug

DAN REED NETWORK Delivers 'Origins' Nov 23

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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DAN REED NETWORK RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘ORIGINS’ ON FRIDAY 23RD NOVEMBER
 
Dan Reed Network are ecstatic to follow up their UK November Tour announcement with details of their brand new studio album Origins, released on Friday November 23 via Dan Reed’s own ‘Zero One Entertainment’ Label.
 
Origins follows DRN’s hugely successful comeback album Fight Another Day (2016). Physical pre-orders for Origins are available from Friday 10th August directly from the Dan Reed Network website.  All orders will receive a digital version of the first single Fade To Light as a free download.
 
To celebrate the announcement of their new album DRN are also extremely proud to share the first single Fade To Light with a music video they feel encapsulates the whole experience of recording Origins.
 
 
“The video for Fade To Light is taken from the inaugural live studio recording session at Blueprint Studios in Manchester and is the perfect microcosm for this entire process. What I think really translates throughout is how having an audience in the room fed the band with a unique energy that pushed us to expand our creative horizons. We’re thrilled with the results,” explains Dan Reed.
 
While recording the album DRN opened the studio doors to the public and invited them in to be a part of an exclusive series of recording sessions that spanned the globe with tracks that would eventually become Origins recorded at Blueprint Studio’s in Manchester, The Power Station in NYC, Nia Studios in Portland Oregon and finally Studio 4 in Stockholm.
 
The concept allowed supporters of the band to intimately witness the whole process of recording a brand new song from scratch with the band individually tracking drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocals before inviting the audience to participate and provide backing vocals for the song as can be seen in the brand new video for Fade To Light. The audience were also witness to a classic Dan Reed Network being re-imagined right before their eyes.
 
DAN REED NETWOR “ORIGINS” NOVEMBER 2018 UK TOUR
Special Guests MASON HILL & HOLLOWSTAR
TICKETS www.danreed-network.com/tickets
 
Bilston, The Robin 2                                                                                        Wednesday 7 November
Newcastle, Riverside                                                                                     Thursday 8 November
Inverness, Monsterfest, The Ironworks                                                 Saturday 10 November
Glasgow, The Garage                                                                                     Tuesday 13 November
Wakefield, Warehouse 23                                                                           Wednesday 14 November
Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre                                                                    Friday 16 November
Chester, The Live Rooms                                                                              Saturday 17 November
Stoke, Eleven                                                                                                    Wednesday 21 November
Derby, The Venue                                                                                           Thursday 22 November
London, 229 Venue - Album Launnch Party                                           Friday 23 November
*London, The Landor - Exclusivve Album Listening Party                 Saturday 24 November (Sold Out)
Manchester, Club Academy                                                                        Sunday 25th November
 
* To be a part of the Networkers private event please join DRN’s ‘Networkers’ Facebook group
 
 
Fri
10
Aug

ACE FREHLEY Releases All New Solo album ‘Spaceman’ Due October 19

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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ACE FREHLEY RELEASES NEW TRACK, "ROCKIN' WITH THE BOYS" / ALL NEW SOLO LP, SPACEMAN, DUE OCTOBER 19, 2018
 
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Founding KISS guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame member ACE FREHLEY has released a new song today called "Rockin' With The Boys" This is the second song Frehley has released this year, from his forthcoming all-new Spaceman album, due October 19, 2018, via Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV.  Frehley previously released the track "Bronx Boy" in April.
 
 
Spaceman, Frehley's eighth solo LP, features nine new original tracks including a cover of Eddie Money's 'I Wanna Go Back' a ripping power pop makeover of the original.

'No need to worry, I'll be home soon, 'cause I'm rockin' with the boys,' Frehley sings on 'Rockin' With the Boys,' which tells the tales of life on the road. Ace says he wrote the original version of the song back in KISS's heyday in the '70s. Both "Rockin With The Boys" and "Bronx Boys" are available on all streaming platforms today, and are iTunes instant grat tracks for fans who preorder the album.

In addition to Ace's distinctive guitar sound on each track, Ace played bass on all of the songs on Spaceman except for two. The listener might recognize the mighty dinosaur growl of a bass tone belonging to Gene Simmons on the album opener, 'Without You I'm Nothing' which Gene also co-wrote, and "Your Wish Is My Command" Both songs were recorded at Frehley's home studio in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Ace's reconnection with Simmons and fellow KISS vocalist-guitarist Paul Stanley (who joined Ace on a cover of Free's 'Fire and Water' for 2016's covers LP Origins Vol. 1) might be chalked up to the fact that Frehley has been sober for more than a decade (he celebrates 12 years of sobriety in September). Ace's clean living no doubt has a lot to do with his productive streak, which began with the release of his Anomaly album in 2009. Spaceman (a title suggested by Simmons, himself) serves as the first collection of all new Frehley-penned material since 2014's Space Invader.

 
Space Invader received praise from critics. Rolling Stone wrote, "Gene Simmons has claimed Ace Frehley doesn't deserve to wear Kiss' Kabuki clown paint, but the former Spaceman's first solo LP in five years says otherwise" while Associated Press hailed, "...the original Kiss lead guitarist has recorded his best solo album since his groundbreaking self-titled album in 1978."
 
Widely known as the original 'Space Ace" and founding guitarist for 16 cumulative years (over 2 tenures) of the multi-platinum selling rock band KISS, Frehley is demonstrably the most popular original member. In addition to having the best-selling solo album career (vintage or current) among the original foursome, Frehley's self-titled Ace Frehley, released in 1978, went on to sell over one million copies, producing the only Top 40 single, 'New York Groove' from any of the legendary KISS solo albums (peaking at #13).
 
Spaceman will be released through Entertainment One (eOne)/SPV with an exclusive European cover artwork on October 19th, 2018 as CD DigiPak and LP version.
 
Tracklisting:
1. Without You I'm Nothing 4:07
2. Rockin' With The Boys 4:15
3. Your Wish Is My Command 3:38
4. Bronx Boy 2:51
5. Pursuit Of Rock N' Roll 4:32
6. I Wanna Go Back 4:01
7. Mission To Mars 3:39
8. Off My Back 3:37
9. Quantum Flux 6:30
 

 

 
Wed
08
Aug

STEVE N SEAGULLS Heads to 'Grainsville' For 3rd Outing

Friday, August 31, 2018
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In the current flux of the music business the new kings of the realm are the YouTube vloggers and cover artists playing the classic tracks of yesteryear. Finland’s favorite hinterland hicks STEVE ‘N’ SEAGULLS sort of unintentionally figured out how to be both.
 
A long story short: by nature, Steve’N’Seagulls is a Finnish band playing bluegrass(ish) versions of classic rock tracks with an astonishing arsenal of acoustic instruments ranging almost the whole alphabet starting from accordion, banjo, Cajon, double bass and so forth. Dressed in overalls, beaver hats and other clodhopper paraphernalia they look like preposterous stereotypes of your average moonshining, tobacco-chewing American corn-fed rednecks of bygone days.
 
Having originally uploaded their hilariously hillbillified but air-tightly played rendition of AC/DC’s seminal “Thunderstruck” on YouTube just for a laugh they found themselves in the receiving end of the shock of their lifetimes in the form of millions upon millions of viewers. The rollicking rednecks started to think there might actually be something here. After a couple more videos the joke first spun completely out of the band’s control, then grew bigger than them and has been snowballing ever since. Instead of merely cornering a predictable minuscule niche of their own, faster than a privileged internet social justice warrior can scream “cultural appropriation”, Steve’N’Seagulls ended up with a recording deal with Spinefarm Records, a continuous streak of tours and had their accomplishments plastered all over the pages and websites of all major metal media, with the likes of Guitar World, Revolver, Loudwire, Blabbermouth and Metal Sucks leading the charge.
 
After dropping their debut Farm Machine (2015) the band played 175 shows, toured in 20 countries and a dozen US states, made the audiences line-dance at the biggest rock festivals on the planet like Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock, Summer Breeze, Rencontres Trans Musicales, Qstock, Nummirock and so on. Mere 16 months removed from the debut, the country dropped the foundations-shaking sophomore album, Brothers In Farms. The album was a revelation. Not only did it feature the first original Steve’N’Seagulls song amongst its 13 tracks, it conquered the #1 position on the BillBoard Bluegrass Albums chart in January of 2016, signifying not just the first time a Finnish band has hit #1 on ANY BillBoard album chart but also the chuckle worthy occasion that a band from a country your average American redneck has never even heard of, beats the American hayseeds in their own game.
 
After the third album the number of countries where the Gulls have burned the barns in closing in 30 and the mileage their trusty clunker of a van has had to endure can be challenged only by spaceships. And more is to come!
 
On their third outing, Grainsville,the Gulls’ musical evolution gets more risqué. The album comes armed with three originals, and the new song arrangements too feature some fresh, unexpected twists. Instead of just having fun and merriment non-stop, the songs feature curveball influences from World Music, such as Mariachi horns, stomping Balkanite beats and some flashy fiddling. The album even features a haunting version of the probably most infamous disco booty call ever…the way an obsessed stalker might sing it.

With another landmark album under their belt it’s time for the Gulls to tour again ‘til the wheels fall off the wagon!
 
Pukki: Double bass, vocals | Hiltunen: Accordion, Mandolin, keyboards | Herman: Banjo, Guitar, vocals | Remmel: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, mandolin | Puikkonen: Drums, percussions, vocals
 
Track Listing:
   01 Are You Gonna Go My Way 2:44       
   02 Digging The Grave  2:36       
   03 Panama      2:28       
   04 I'm Broken 2:58       
   05 Alive             3:03       
   06 I Was Made For Loving You 4:04       
   07 Ghost Town              3:49       
   08 Sabotage    2:47       
   09 Down to the River  2:48       
   10 Gimme All Your Lovin            2:21       
   11 Faster Than Light     3:02       
   12 Voodoo Child            3:52
 
Wed
08
Aug

TOTO Answers Weezer Covers With Smoking Rendition Of “Hash Pipe”

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TOTO ANSWERS WEEZER COVERS OF “AFRICA” AND “ROSANNA”
WITH A SMOKING RENDITION OF “HASH PIPE”
 
August 7, 2018 - Los Angeles, CA --- Toto have recorded their personal interpretation of Weezer’s “Hash Pipe.”  The smoking rendition of the song is a direct response to the run-away success being witnessed globally for Weezer’s covers of the hits “Africa” and “Rosanna.”
 
Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We were blown away at the response Weezer got doing our old songs.  Tthey did a good job too, but we never saw hit records coming from it.  It was all started by a sweet 15-year-old girl named Mary. Then the ball started rolling it.  They did two of ours and ‘Africa’ took OFF.  It seemed only right that WE - Toto did a version of one of their songs so we started digging around, listening to a bunch of their music, which I have grown to like a lot. My 30 something kids were flipped over Weezer recording two of our songs as they are fans and we picked ‘Hash Pipe’. The irony that we were smoking hash before these guys were alive was not lost on us, and the other is it has a killer melody and a great groove.  We wanted to do something that rocked. We give you our version -- with a little of our thing on it like they did their ' thing' to ours. It is an unlikely collaboration, but some of the best ones are unexpected. Thanks to Weezer, their manager Jonathan, and their fans as they have been really nice to us…and they didn't have to be. Now I guess we have to do some crazy mash up live someday. In the meantime, continued success.  Thanks to all and hope to meet someday.  Gratitude to the fans for embracing this fun little accident. Ours drops Aug 10th, and I hear KROQ is getting thousands of requests from the teaser we recorded the other day - who knew? Kudos to Steve Porcaro for running with this as the Producer." 
 
Keyboardist Steve Porcaro offers, “Covering Hash Pipe was an absolute blast. When I asked my neighbor, a huge Weezer fan which record we should cover, he rattled off about five of their biggest hits, but then he smiled and said ‘but there’s nothing like driving down the freeway at 80 miles an hour with ‘Hash Pipe’ cranked’.  That stuck with me when it came time to decide.”
 
Singer Joseph Williams cannot be reached at this time as he is too high on hashish, but previously when asked about “Hash Pipe” shared simply, “Yeah.”
 
From the moment of release, Weezer’s version of “Africa” was embraced overwhelmingly by the public and music industry.  At iTunes, the recording peaked at #1 in sales and continues to show strong movement.  At Spotify, the cover hit #1 on the viral chart. And just this week the track has hit #1 in the U.S on the Modern Rock chart.  
 
Los Angeles alternative juggernaut KROQ placed Toto’s recording of “Hash Pipe” on-air to break the story of the new track’s existence.  On Friday, August 10, Toto’s rendition will be up on all streaming services, and delivered to radio for airplay globally.  For more detail keep an eye on www.totoofficial.com.
 
Toto has partnered with Republic on the release of “Hash Pipe.”  The company will be spearing the U.S. release of the recording.  Toto is currently touring North American in support of the band’s recent release 40 Trips Around The Sun.

In related news - Steve Lukather talks to Variety about the new single. Here's a coupl eof highlights!!

https://variety.com/2018/music/news/weezer-toto-cover-hash-pipe-africa-1...

“We could actually have a hit record at alternative, which is the funniest f—ing thing I’ve ever lived to see,” says Lukather, who explains Republic will be supporting the release with a radio promotion campaign at the format, where “Africa” has given Weezer its first radio hit in several years. Lukather admits Weezer’s use of a heavy guitar sound in their version of “Africa” has even influenced Toto’s current live rendition. “I enjoy being able to crank out the solos on that song,” he laughs. “It’s about time we put some nuts on that tune. I’m no musical snob. I listen to Miles Davis and Slipknot.”
 
In the meantime, Lukather is having a ball, introducing Toto’s cover of “Hash Pipe” every night with the same wisecrack. “We were smoking hash before those guys were alive.” Although these days, Lukather admits, marijuana in other forms is his go-to to kill the pain. “This cannabis cream saved my life,” he boasts. “I’d put it on my c— if I thought it would help.”
 
 
Tue
07
Aug

LEAH 'The Quest' Details Revealed

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Friday, October 5, 2018
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The Celtic metal songstress LEAH will release her new album "The Quest" on October 5th in Europe and North America through Inner Wound Recordings.
 
The album was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen [Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey] and musicians on the album includes Troy Donockley [Nightwish], Timo Somers [Delain], Chen Balbus [Orphaned Land], Barend Courbois [Blind Guardian] and Sander Zoer [ex. Delain].
 
With a strong Celtic & Fantasy connection, some prog rock elements, ethereal ambiance, combined with traditional Symphonic Metal elements, this is an album LEAH is very proud to present.
 
The concept for "The Quest" is very simple: we're all on a journey, and sometimes we lose our way. There are adventures, wildernesses, treasures, monsters, looters, people out to send us down the wrong path. Through it all, we must grow in wisdom and experience, find our compass once again and find our way back to the true path in order to reach our full potential: our destiny.
 
"The Quest" track listing
01. The Quest
02. Edge of Your Sword
03. Lion Arises
04. Heir
05. Ruins of Illusion
06. Labyrinth
07. Abyss
08. Oblivion (Between Two Worlds)
09. Ghost Upon a Throne
10. The Water Is Wide
 
LEAH online
 
Inner Wound Recordings online
 
 
Mon
06
Aug

DANIEL TRIGGER & JIM SHEPARD Albums Out This Friday

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DANIEL TRIGGER's 'Right Turn' and JIM SHEPARD's 'Jaded' both available this Friday. Preorders will ship out Thursday and retailers will get their supplies in due course. I've just been reminded that AOR Heaven is closed for summer vacations for the next two weeks, so European fans, if you'd like copies ASAP, then please order DIRECT FROM HERE and I'll ship them out as quickly as possible. They will stock after the break.
 
Pre-order DANIEL TRIGGER 'Right Turn' (Out Aug 10)($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
Pre-order JIM SHEPARD 'Jaded' (Out Aug 10)($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
ALL pre-orders will recieve TWO EXCLUSIVE NON-ALBUM BONUS TRACKS - Been There Before and I Wanna Know. These will be emailed to all orders with the lead singles from the album.
 
 
SUPPORT NEW ARTISTS Pre-order Deal: DANIEL TRIGGER 'Right Turn' & JIM SHEPARD 'Jaded' (Out Aug 10)
(Special Price $29 + FREE worldwide shipping)
 
 
Now, here's another full length tune from each artist!
 

 

 
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Now, here's another full length tune from each artist!

 
Mon
06
Aug

AOR Heaven Announces September Titles: NEWMAN & ATLAS

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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AOR HEAVEN sign UK Melodic Rock hopefuls ATLAS; new best of release from NEWMAN coming on September 28!
 
 
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. Today, the band consists of Steve Newman (Vocals, Guitar), Pete Newdeck on Drums, Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals).
 
On September 21st, 2018 NEWMAN will now release a double CD with 34 of their finest songs on AOR Heaven to celebrate the band’s 20th recording anniversary. Steve Newman says: “So here we are again, oh, but hang on, we’re another 10 years (after the decade I release) down the line on this musical journey. I can’t believe how quickly those years have gone by!! I wanted to keep the concept for this collection the same as the previous release, so once again, I am proud and excited to present to you another double CD re-performed and re-recorded featuring 35 songs from 2007 right through to 2017. 20 years since Newman first released the debut album, and I still get the same excitement and joy from recording and performing music. In the last 10 years the live band has gone from strength to strength and I am now surrounded by a bunch of really good friends who bring these songs to life whenever we play. My drive to write and perform is a selfish quest, however, my inspiration is you, everyone that supports my music, and the wonderful compliments I receive on a daily basis, thank you for your belief, this one is for you.” ~ Steve Newman
 
Disc 1 features 17 songs from the 2007 album “Primitive Soul” through “The Art Of Balance”, “Under Southern Skies”, “Siren”, and finally the 2015 album “The Elegance Machine”.
Disc 2 features another 17 songs, some that were written and even recorded, but not included on the final releases, songs that were written for other artists and 2 songs that were originally released as Japanese bonus tracks. There are some songs, as before, that were “works in progress” especially recorded for this release and also another 6 songs from the “Aerial” sessions.
 
Cd 1: 01 Hero To Zero, 02 Heading For Your Heart, 03 Ghost In The Night, 04 Feel Her Again, 05 Stay With Me, 06 The Elegance Machine, 07 Killing Me, 08 Primitive Soul, 09 Endless, 10 Fire With Fire, 11 Scar Of Love, 12 15 Minute Revolution, 13 She Walks In Silence, 14 Under Southern Skies, 15 Had Enough, 16 Tumble Down, 17 For The Man I Am
Cd 2: 01 Breaking The Barrier, 02 Girl Found Love, 03 Liar, 04 One More Night With You, 05 Fight No More, 06 She's The Woman, 07 Nightmare, 08 Angel, 09 World Keeps Turning, 10 In Too Deep, 11 The More I Love, 12 Crossed My Heart, 13 A Witness To Love's Decline, 14 Does It Feel The Same?, 15 Race Of A Lifetime, 16 Never Becomes Again, 17 My Fantasy
 
Fore more information: www.facebook.com/Steve.Newman.Music
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
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ATLAS is a Melodic Rock band from the North of England that is comprised of 5 young musicians, i.e. James Thorley (Keyboards, programming and percussion), John Moss (Lead Guitars), Howie Little (Lead Guitars), Chris Redfearn (Bass Guitar) and Craig Wells (Lead Vocals). Keyboard player Thorley founded the band in early 2017 with the intention to create a band that centered its roots around the AOR and Melodic Rock genre whilst delving into other areas of Hard Rock, Metal, Progressive and even Jazz. 5 keyboard demos were produced by Thorley during the first few months of 2017.
               
 
The name ‘Atlas’ came from the working title for these demos, which would soon be molded into the songs heard on the bands’ debut EP ‘World In Motion’. ATLAS drew heavily on influences stemming from the AOR classic standards of Toto and Journey to the modern era of Work of Art and W.E.T with subtle progressive elements of Dream Theater mixed in to forge the early sound heard throughout their EP. The recording and mixing duties fell upon keyboard player James Thorley. Sam Millar of UK rock band Bigfoot contributed to the backing vocals on this EP which got self-released through their band camp website in late August 2017. The end of 2017 found the band achieve three awards from AOR Underground (A feature of Powerplay magazine) for ‘Independent album of year 2017’ for their release of the EP ‘World in Motion’,  ‘Best Newcomer of 2017’ and ‘Song of the year’ with ‘Lost in The Moment’. This momentum and growing social media following provided the stepping-stone for the bands next endeavor. With strong motivation and after almost a year of working together as a band they were now eager to start collaborating on new material using the stronger aspects of their EP as a cornerstone.
 
The writing sessions for the debut album officially started in December 2017 and continued for 8 months. The band were given an opportunity in June to have a break from the album production when they were approached by UK Melodic Rock band Vega to open up for them and AOR Heaven rockers Midnite City in support of their latest album tour. Rob Evans of Powerplay Magazine had helped the band get in contact with Georg Siegl, the founder of AOR Heaven, and after discussions between the band and Siegl a contract was drawn up.
The album name ‘In Pursuit of Memory’ reflects the nature and themes of the songs heard throughout the album. With a common theme throughout the album being self-reflection, healing and learning from mistakes one has made; with lyricists Thorley, Moss and Wells all penning at least one track centered on those themes. The album was recorded and engineered by keyboard player James Thorley at his studio ‘The Woodshed”. Thorley also took on the role of the producer as he did on the bands previous self released EP.
 
Sam Millar of Bigfoot provided ‘guest vocals’ on the album as well; his vocal harmony contributions can be heard throughout most of the tracks and add a much desired AOR factor that the band often desire in their songs. Christoffer Borg (Taste, Art Nation) was chosen as the mixing and mastering engineer on ‘In Pursuit of Memory’. Borg’s credit’s, which include Anthrax, Evergrey & Kee Marcello gave the group confidence that he would be able to do the variety of songs they had written the justice it sonically deserved.
 
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
 
 
Fri
03
Aug

WHITESNAKE Unzip and Go Starkers October 19

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Friday, October 19, 2018
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5CD/DVD Set Highlights Rare And Unreleased Acoustic Performances Recorded Over The Past 20 Years, And Includes The North American-Debut Of Starkers In Tokyo
 
Single-CD, Double-CD, And Double-LP Versions Also Available On October 19
 
LOS ANGELES – It was the hard rocking sound of hits like “Still Of The Night” and “Give Me All Your Love Tonight” that brought Whitesnake worldwide, multi-platinum success. Even so, the band’s founder and lead singer, David Coverdale has never been a stranger to the occasional ballad, going back to his early days with Deep Purple on “Soldier Of Fortune” and, most famously, with Whitesnake on the 1987 #1 smash hit, “Here I Go Again.”
 
With the current summer tour with Foreigner behind them, the band will revisit some of its best acoustic performances with UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION. This 5 CD/DVD collection brings together unplugged and acoustic-based performances recorded over the past 20+years, including rare and unreleased studio and live recordings, acoustic demos, concert videos, interviews and more. The extensive set will be available on October 19. On the same day, Rhino will also release UNZIPPED in three other formats: single-CD, double-CD, and double-LP. All of the music will be available digitally and via streaming services.
 
The first disc from UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION mixes rare and unreleased versions of songs like “Summer Rain” and “Forevermore” from the band’s recent studio albums – Good To Be Bad (2008) and Forevermore(2011). Also included are songs like “Love Is Blind” from Coverdale’s solo album, Into The Light (2000); and a previously unreleased song, “All The Time In The World.” All 11 tracks are available on the single-CD, double-CD and double-LP versions of UNZIPPED.
 
UNZIPPED: SUPER DELUXE EDITION
 
Track Listing:
 
Disc One: Unzipped… In The Studio: The Love Songs
“Love Is Blind”
“One of These Days” *
“All The Time In The World” *
“Wherever You May Go”
“Easier Said than Done” *
“Fare Thee Well” *
“Summer Rain”
“Forevermore”
“’Till The End Of Time”
 
Bonus Tracks
“Wherever You May Go” (Instrumental) Strings only *
“Love Is Blind” (Instrumental) Strings only *
 
Disc Two: Starkers In Tokyo
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Love Ain’t No Stranger”
“Can’t Go On”
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Don’t Fade Away”
“Is This Love”
“Here I Go Again”
“Soldier Of Fortune”
 
Bonus Tracks
“Only My Soul” (Acapella) *
“Fool For Your Loving” (Excerpt) *
 
Disc Three: Snakeskin Boots: Starkers In Europe
 
Starkers In Warsaw (Poland, April 18, 1997)
Intro
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Stockholm (Sweden, December 2, 2006)
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Only My Soul” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Cologne (Germany, November 24, 2006)
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“All I Want Is You”
“Slow & Easy”
“Dog”
 
Starkers In Paris (France, November 30, 2006)
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Northwinds” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Blindman” (Acapella)
“Here I Go Again”
 
Disc Four: More Starkers
 
Promo Tour Rehearsals (2005)
“If You Want Me” *
“Give Me All Your Love” *
“Slow & Easy” *
“All I Want Is You” *
“Judgement Day” *
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More” *
“Dog” *
 
Starkers In New York (New York City, April 10, 2008)
“Give Me All Of Your Love”
“Can You Hear The Wind Blow”
“All I Want All I Need”
“Lay Down Your Love”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Here I Go Again”
“WSTV Jams” Excerpts (2012)
“Easier Said Than Done” (1:34)
“Fare Thee Well”
“Love Will Set You Free”
“Mistreated”
“Slide It In”
“’Till the End of Time
“Shake My Tree”
 
“Made In Japan” Soundcheck Versions (2011)
“Good To Be Bad”
“Tell Me How”
 
Disc Five: Up Close & Personal
“Wherever You May Go” (Demo Version) *
“Surrender” *
“Ain’t No Doubt About My Girl” *
“Scat Man Blues” *
“Love’s A Crazy Game” *
“I Will Love You” *
“Oh Baby You’re The One” *
“So Long” (Acapella) *
“So Long” *
“It Would Be Nice” *
“Slide Thingy Blues” *
“Down To The River” *
“Feel Your Love Grow Stronger” *
“Blues Jam Riff” *
“Fun Lick Blues” *
“Don’t Wanna Change The World” *
“It’s So Hard” *
“River Song” (Early Version) *
“Let’s Have A Drink Before I Go” *
“Can You Ever Forgive Me” *
“So Much To Live For” *
“Another Lick While The Missus Is Busy In The Kitchen” *
“Just The Two Of Us (Together You And I)” *
“Oh S___ Blues” (featuring Jessica) *
“Seasons” *
 
DVD
Starkers In Tokyo (1997)
Sailing Ships
Too Many Tears
The Deeper The Love
Can’t Go On
Is This Love
Give Me All Your Love
Here I Go Again
Soldier Of Fortune
Love Ain’t No Stranger
Don’t Fade Away
Only My Soul (Acapella)
12: Fool For Your Loving (excerpt)
 
Starkers In New York (2008)
“Give Me All Of Your Love”
“Can You Hear The Wind Blow”
“All I Want All I Need”
“Lay Down Your Love”
“Fool For Your Loving”
“The Deeper The Love”
“Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”
“Here I Go Again”
Starkers In Warsaw (Poland, April 18, 1997)
 
Intro
“Sailing Ships”
“Too Many Tears”
“Here I Go Again”
Starkers In Stockholm (Sweden, December 2, 2006)
 
Intro
“Give Me All Your Love
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“Only My Soul” (Acapella)
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
“Here I Go Again”
 
Starkers In Cologne (Germany, November 24, 2006)
“Give Me All Your Love”
“Ain’t Gonna Cry No More”
“All I Want Is You”
“Dog”
 
Starkers In Sofia (Bulgaria, November 24, 2015)
“Soldier Of Fortune”
 
Starkers In Paris 2 (France, June 4, 2009)
“Blindman”
 
Starkers In Wolverhampton (England, June 16, 2011)
“Fare Thee Well”
 
Starkers In Glasgow (Scotland, June 15, 2011)*
“One Of These Days”
 
Bonus Features
One-on-One with David Coverdale and Adrian Vandenberg discussing “Starkers”
Poor Albert’s Last: Photographic Slideshow (featuring audio from “Sailing Ships”)
Purplesnake’s “Forevermore” Video
“Love Is Blind” Music Video
 
* previously unreleased

 

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Thu
02
Aug

JIMMY WALDO & STEVEN ROSEN Deliver 'Voices From The Past' on MRR

Friday, September 28, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is proud to announce another fantastic 'from the vaults' archive project.
 
'Voices From The Past' is a very special double CD voyage into the heyday of the Los Angeles 80s rock scene, with your hosts Jimmy Waldo & Steven Rosen.
 
Jimmy Waldo and Steven Rosen were a prolific writing duo at the height of hard rock’s popularity and were two of the go-to-guys for songs. But it didn’t stop there. This writing partnership lasted more than 30 years. And featured on these songs are the cream of the city’s musicians and singers – Jeff Scott Soto, Steve Plunkett, Billy Trudell, Keith Howland, Tim Pierce, Sherwood Ball, Tommy Thayer, Jamie St James, Marc Ferrari, Bob Kulick and more!
 
It is a story best told by Steven Rosen, who has penned a detailed essay for the liner notes. Here he summarizes:
 
Steven writes: "This songwriting partnership endured and survived the pummeling and pulverizing hammer of the music business, one that relentlessly and thoughtlessly banged you on the head with rejections and the closing of doors. Reaching out hundreds and hundreds of times to publishers, managers, music supervisors and anyone else who might listen to our music, we were summarily dismissed out of hand.
We’d sit for hours writing, recording, bashing our brains out and always coming away with something cool.
 
A handful of the songs here were things I wrote with other people and which Jimmy engineered. Jimmy had by the time we met, already played keyboards in New England and Alcatrazz and would go on to become a member in Blackthorne, Murder’s Row, Quiet Riot and ultimately Graham Bonnet’s band.
 
As time passed, we began writing with more specific artists and projects in mind. 'Naked' was written as a possible song for Heart; 'Ricochet' and 'When A Heart Beats Alone' were written for an L.A. glam rock band Jimmy was producing called Lace; 'City Of Angels' was written for the Japanese NHK network; and 'Outlaws' was written for an indie film of the same name and so on.
 
Because we were writing for certain artists, we both knew we needed to pull in guitar players and singers who could convey a specific vibe. We were able to work with mad gifted players like Keith Howland (Chicago), Tim Pierce (Rick Springfield, Goo Goo Dolls), Harry Cody (Shotgun Messiah), Tony Palacios (Guardian) and Lance Morrison (Don Henley, Rick Springfield).
 
And the singers? Oh, my god. Mona Moore brought drama and passion to these songs like no other vocalist I’d ever heard. Billy Trudell, working in Warpipes at the time, brought soaring and melodic thunder to 'When It Was A Game,' 'Runaway Fire' and '(Ain’t No) Honor Among Thieves.'
 
The songs on ‘Voices From the Past’ have remained dormant for years, residing in boxes, hidden in dusty corners. Giles Lavery, Graham Bonnet’s manager and a music historian with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things rock bordering on ultra-nerd, discovered these DATs, ADATs, reel-to-reels, hard drives and even cassettes deep within the bowels of Waldo’s garage. He started listening and was enthralled with what he heard. Giles rescued, resuscitated and resurrected these songs and for that Jimmy and I are eternally grateful."
 
Complete details of 'Voices From The Past' will be announced shortly – including the full track list and player/singer credits.
 
As per usual, JK Northrup has done his complete remastering service on the tracks and Nello Dell’Omo has put together some classy artwork to match.
 
The double CD will be released via MRR on September 28.
 
For now, how about one preview track to get things rolling?
 
Here is 'Ice' featuring JEFF SCOTT SOTO – Vocals, BOB KULICK – Guitar, JIMMY WALDO – Keyboards. (Writers: Jimmy Waldo / Jeff Scott Soto / Arlene Matza)
 
 
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TONY MITCHELL Delivers Melodic Rock Gem 'Beggars Gold' Sept 14

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Friday, September 14, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce the signing of TONY MITCHELL – the voice of British hard rock band Kiss Of The Gypsy.
 
September 14 will see the release of Tony’s high-energy melodic rock masterpiece, TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’, his first solo album since 2011.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ started off as 22 songs, later trimmed to 13, only the best of the best included on the final cut. The album hits hard and is a relentless rollercoaster ride combining strong hooks & riffs as in ‘Playing with Fire’, ‘Never Say Die’, ‘Blind’, ‘Our Song’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’.
 
Just when you think you can catch your breath, in fires the ultra-catchy duet, ‘What you Make it’ with Sue Willetts (Dante Fox) which would grace any radio station.
The album also has monster rockers like ‘Wild Side’, ‘Welcome to the Revolution’ & ‘Fire Me Up’, where Mitchell’s voice comes to the fore.
 
Tackling issues like self-confidence, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse & homelessness in songs like ‘Stone by Stone’, ‘Beggars Gold’ & ‘In Everyone of Us’, only adds more dynamics to the album.
‘Take a Look at Me Now’, highlights Mitchell’s songwriting craft, written about the disillusioned, talent show generation, with a tongue in cheek, sinister twist.
 
The ‘Beggars Gold’ album tries to give everything that any true melodic/AOR rock fan would want to hear from an album. Mitchell has thrown everything at this one, huge guitar riffs, anthemic choruses, gospel choirs, epic harmonies & raw, honest powerful rock vocals.
 
While you read the details, listen to the killer first preview track ‘Never Say Die’:
 
 
Tony Mitchell comments: “Beggar’s Gold is an album that has taken many twists & turns as I was writing & recording it. I wanted to write an album that had everything I would want from a melodic/AOR album & more, as a songwriter, I wanted to craft songs that had depth, dynamics, power & anthemic qualities.
I wanted to capture energy & attitude along with meaningful, emotional moments & I think that I have managed achieve that with this album. From the start, I wanted a barrage of songs that would get into the ears of those who like melodic rock with powerful guitars, huge harmonies & memorable hooks.
After pouring my heart & soul into the making of this album, I am very proud of it & in this age of writers/musicians not making any money from releasing their work due to free streaming/downloading etc., it’s my way of saying thanks to all the fans that have kept their faith in me & my music & to all the new fans who want to join me on this journey.
Climb aboard this rock n roll train, put the needle on the record & let’s dance!”
 
‘Beggars Gold’ will be released via MRR September 14 in two formats - regular jewel case CD and a limited Special Edition.
 
The Limited Special Edition (500 units only) will be a double CD format (jewel case). Featured on the bonus disc is Tony’s 2011 solo release ‘Far Away From Home’.
This hard-rocking release was previously only ever available for a short time direct from Tony and on digital platforms. In this format the double disc set will be housed in a special cardboard slipcase and once sold out, is gone forever.
But that’s not all - there is one more bonus! All Special Edition pre-orders of either will receive an exclusive digital download of a second acoustic solo album Tony recorded to accompany the ‘Far Away From Home’ release.
‘No Man’s Land’ features amore reflective side to Tony Mitchell the ‘rock star’.
 
Both formats can be pre-ordered right now!
 
A regular edition version will be released in Japan via AnderStein Music with the exclusive bonus track ‘Kiss Of An Angel’, date TBC.
 
 
PRE-ORDER:
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ SPECIAL EDITION (2CD, Slipcase)(500 only) $25 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
TONY MITCHELL ‘Beggars Gold’ Regular Edition $20 (incl. shipping)
 
 
 
 
Bio:
Tony Mitchell is a singer/songwriter best known for being the front man & guitarist of 90s Rock band, ‘Kiss of the Gypsy’. Receiving rave reviews for their 1991 debut album & live shows, Kiss of the Gypsy were a force to be reckoned with until they called it a day in 1992.
Signed to Atlantic Records & Warner Chappell publishing, Mitchell has been a sought-after writer, performer & producer for many years, writing for many bands & artists, including ‘Paul Rodgers’.
 
He has released several albums as Mitchell, One, Kingdom of Deadmen, Boneyard Zombies, Syd Zilla & the latest being with 2017 melodic rock band, Dirty White Boyz with the album, ‘Down & Dirty’.
Mitchell has also sang & played guitar for Alice Cooper, Jon Anderson, Alan Parsons Project & Tony Hadley on the British Rock Symphony South American tour in 2000.
He sang lead vocals on ‘Mr Slow’ by Rick Wakeman, from his 1999 album, ‘Return to the Centre of the Earth’.
Mitchell continued to sing for the ATP tennis player’s live rock shows with the likes of Pat Cash, John McEnroe & Jannick Noah.
He continues to write for, produce & make music videos/films for countless artists, bands & projects along with composing soundtracks for TV, Film & Media all for XGYPSY Music & Video Productions.
 
‘Beggars Gold’ Track Listing:
01. Playing With Fire
02. Never Say Die
03. Blind
04. What You Make It
05. Someone Like You
06. Our Song
07. Stone By Stone
08. In Everyone Of Us
09. Wildside
10. Fire Me Up
11. Beggar's Gold
12. Take A Look At Me Now
13. Welcome To The Revolution
 
All songs written & composed by Tony Mitchell (c) 2018.
 
Tony Mitchell – Vocals, Guitars, Bass Guitar & Keyboards.
 
Additional Musicians:
Chris Hunt – Lead Guitar
Paul Hume – Lead Guitar
James Marsh – Lead Guitar
Tim Manford – Lead Guitar
Eddie Anthony – Drums
Daniel Sings – Sax on ‘Someone Like You’
Sue Willetts – Vocals on ‘What You Make It’
Rouges Gallery Gospel Choir on ‘Stone By Stone’
 
Recorded at: XGypsy Studios
Produced by: Tony Mitchell
Executive Producer: Andrew McNeice
Mixed by: Tony Mitchell
Mastered by: Chris Clancy (Audioworks Productions)
 

 
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DARK SARAH Return With 'The Golden Moth' Sept 21

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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The highly anticipated third album from Dark Sarah, the Finnish cinematic metal band of Heidi Parviainen (ex. Amberian Dawn). Features guest appearances by Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), Marco Hietala (Nightwish) and Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum).
 
Track listing
01. Desert Rose
02. Trespasser
03. Wheel
04. My Beautiful Enemy
05. I Once Had Wings
06. Pirates
07. Sky Sailing
08. Wish
09. The Gods Speak (feat. Marco Hietala & Zuberoa Aznarez)
10. Promise
11. Golden Moth
12. The Gate Of Time
 
Dark Sarah biography
Dark Sarah is a Finnish cinematic metal band led by classically trained singer/songwriter Heidi Parviainen. After parting ways with Amberian Dawn in late 2012, she started to build up a new project called Dark Sarah. Dark Sarah´s music combines metal, film music and theatrical elements. The albums are concept albums telling a continuing story of a young woman called Sarah and her evil half - Dark Sarah and a mystical journey through three worlds. All the three albums have been crowdfunded by the fans on Indiegogo.
 
Dark Sarah´s first trilogue - The Chronicles
 
PART 1 - Middle World The debut album called "Behind the Black Veil" was released in Europe and North America in 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The first published song called "Save Me" introduces the listener to the main character Sarah, a young woman left at the altar by her husband. When she is on the verge of breaking down, something wakes up inside of her and she changes into another person; her meaner half, Dark Sarah. The album leads you through the psychological adventure of Sarah, who is hovering between her two personalities. Sarah´s thoughts are at best depicted in the dialogues (duets) with the guests - Fate: Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria), Queen of No Good: Inga Scharf (Van Canto) and Moon: Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica).
 
PART 2 - The Underworld  Dark Sarah released the second album called "The Puzzle" in November 2016 in Europe and North America  through Inner Wound Recordings. "The Puzzle" tells a story of Dark Sarah who has been sent to Underworld, an island where the banished souls live. To get off the island she needs to solve the puzzle and find three keys. On the island she meets different characters, roles sang by the guests:   Fate: Manuela Kraller (ex Xandria),  Evil Siren Mermaid: Charlotte Wessels ( Delain) and The Dragon: JP Leppäluoto (Charon, Northern Kings).
 
PART 3 - The Upper World  The new third album called "The Golden Moth" is the last part of "The Chronicles" - trilogue. JP Leppäluoto (The Dragon) has joined Dark Sarah´s official lineup for the album. The story tells about Dark Sarah leaving the Underworld with the Iron Eagles and entering the Upper World, a deserted waste land where the gods rule. The Dragon has sneaked into the new world by following Dark Sarah. First Dark Sarah thinks he wants to harm her, but soon they team up. Together they try to find their way to the gods that live on an island floating upon the desert.

In the roles of The gods you will hear The Iron Mask: Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica), White Beard: Marco Hietala (Nightwish) and Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum) as Fortune Teller
 
Dark Sarah line-up:
Heidi Parviainen (as Dark Sarah) - vocals
JP Leppäluoto (as Dragon) - vocals
Erkka Korhonen - guitar
Sami Salonen - guitar
Rude Rothstén - bass
Thomas Tunkkari - drums
 
Special guests:
Zuberoa Aznarez (Diabulus In Musica)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish)
Netta Skog (ex. Ensiferum)
 
Dark Sarah discography:
2018: The Golden Moth [Inner Wound Recordings]
2016: The Puzzle [Inner Wound Recordings]
2015: Behind The Black Veil [Inner Wound Recordings]
 
Production, orchestrations and mixing by: Mikko.P.Mustonen - Pathos Music [Delain, Sonata Arctica, Ensiferum]
Mastered by: Henka Niemistö - Chartmakers [Volbeat, Sonata Arctica, Korpiklaani]
Arttwork by: Jan Yrlund, Darkgrove Design [Apocalyptica, Ensiferum, Sirenia]
 
 

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