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12
Mar

RICK SPRINGFIELD Symphony Album Done

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RICK SPRINGFIELD's next release - a studio re-recordinging of his hits with a full 60-piece orchestra is done.
 
Rick will celebrate by holding a special live event March 30. Full info for that event: https://www1.ticketmaster.com/rick-springfield-acccompanied-by-symphony-...
 
The night before is a special fan night:
 
“Don’t know what a dress rehearsal is? Well, it’s like the ultimate sound check package lasting over 90 minutes. Watch Rick perform with his band and the award winning, eighty-member Santa Monica High School Symphony Orchestra, while they navigate through the line up for the next evening’s world premier of "Orchestrating My Life". There’s bound to be a tad of tom-foolery between the band and a wholelotta kick ass music. You’ll see a different side of Rick as he maneuvers though the evening making last minute adjustments to this amazingly personal show. We are limiting this rehearsal to only 200 guests to ensure EVERY seat is fantastic. Every guest receives a commemorative lanyard and a limited edition, fine art quality 16”x20” print signed and numbered by the photographer and personally autographed by Rick. Come spend a rare and special night with Rick Springfield at the beautiful Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on Friday, March 29th.”
 
 
The album details will be announced soon with track, label and release details pending.
 
 
Mon
11
Mar

The First Swedish AOR Convention Takes Place May 31 - June 2, 2019

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Swedish AOR Convention [31 May - 2 June, 2019]
 
Founded by Johan “DrAOR” Nylén to give the AOR community a happening beyond the usual
AOR Festivals, together with his trusted team of music lovers – we want to bring you not just
another festival, but a happening to remember.
 
This is the first AOR Convention of its kind and we wish you all very, very welcome.
After last year's success with MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia, the Swedish team felt that they
had so much more to give and took some time off to decide on what to do next. After some time,
Johan approached Anders “Theo” Theander with the idea to do something that has never been
done before - a convention with all the trimmings: meet & greet, signing sessions, AOR
lectures, a live radio broadcast and of course bands (8 showcase bands, two unplugged & two
headliners).
 
So once again Johan (PlanetAOR) teamed up with Theo (RoastingHouse) and gathered their
trusted team from our earlier festival arrangements.
 
We are proud to present the first eight showcase acts:
 
Shape of The New Sun (Skara), making their very welcome international debut at Swedish
AOR Convention.
Ozukaru (Göteborg), after frequently touring overseas, they’ve finally found their way back to us
in Malmö.
Age of Reflection (Västerås), after their huge success at Rockingham festival in 2018, the
Swedish audience will finally get to see their insanely strong live act.
Coastland Ride (Sundsvall), doing only their third gig after a massive and impressive 15 years
together. First time this far south, too.
Sapphire Eyes (Helsingborg), finally making their Swedish debut with Finnish singer Kimmo
Blom (Urban Tale).
Creye (Malmö), continuing their very successful festival run and making a welcome return to
where it all began.
Care of Night (Skåne/Blekinge), returning from overseas gigs such as H.E.A.T. festival, we
proudly announce another Swedish debut gig.
State of Salazar (Malmö), after releasing their super(hero) strong second album, the Malmö
audience are finally going to be able to see them on a festival stage.
 
Two more Headliners and two showcase unplugged acts are still to be announced.
 
Johan “DrAOR” Nylén:
The founder of PlanetAOR, is mainly known for his involvement in Firefest, Rock Weekend AOR
and MelodicRock Fest Scandinavia, and is also the A&R for the label Sharp Music Sweden
(who released the Grand Design “Idolizer” remaster last year).
What Johan doesn’t know about AOR is not worth knowing and he is considered to be an
AOR connoisseur. Not only a DJ,/booker but he is also a manager who worked with artist such
as Philip Lindstrand, Creye, Sapphire Eyes and State of Salazar, to name a few.
 
Anders “Theo” Theander:
Has been in the music industry for 30 years but started out as a drummer.
In 1988 and 1989, he worked as a professional drummer in LA for music creators Gene Page &
Sterling Radcliff (Barry White, Jackson Five, Michael Jackson etc), among others. In 1990 Theo
was contacted by the former owner of RoastingHouse Recording Studio and hired him to play
on an album they worked on and Theo never looked back.
Up to date he has recorded and produced 140+ albums with both upcoming and well known
bands and artists for major and independent companies, and he’s behind albums with artists
such as Urban Tale, Spin Gallery & Jim Jidhed and many more.
Today, Theo is the owner and managing director of RoastingHouse AB (Music Publishing - 12
Studio Complex - Record Labels - Production House)
representing multi Platinum and Gold awarded collaborative Songwriters/Producers who have
several cuts on various million selling albums world wide.
Thanks to his background as a drummer, he still has a soft spot for AOR and
wishes to keep contributing to the scene to keep it alive and well.
 
Kulturbolaget: https://bit.ly/2C4g4L2
 
Follow us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/SwedishAORcon/
For more info please contact Johan Nylén at johan.nylen@planetaor.com
Phone: +46 731 450957
 
MRR is proud to be associated with this event and will be represented in the merch department with all the label’s current releases.
 
 
Mon
11
Mar

FIRST SIGNAL Announce New Album ‘Line Of Fire’ Out May 17

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Friday, May 17, 2019
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After two critical and fan acclaimed albums, First Signal are returning with a new studio album, "Line Of Fire". First single, "Tonight We Are The Only" has been released today with an accompanying video. 
 
 
First Signal is the musical union between Harem Scarem band vocalist Harry Hess and Swedish drummer/producer Daniel Flores. Of their third collaboration together, Hess says, "once again it was a pure pleasure to be working on these songs. Daniel made it easy on me...just concentrating on being the singer is a luxury that I enjoyed immensely." Flores adds, "as a huge fan of Harem Scarem, I'm still asking people to pinch me to see if I'm still awake. Harry and his band made some of the most classic AOR and rock records ever, so I feel a responsibility to give the fans as close as possible to the quality that Harry continuously delivers with either his own solo work and Harem Scarem. Something the audience has certainly come to expect by now. I think the fans will love this one.”
 
Of the song songs on the record, Hess tells "there were three songs that I recommended to be included on the record. The first was “Born To Be A Rebel," which was a co-write that I did with Stan Meissner way back in 1989 and the other two were Stan Meissner songs “Walk Through The Fire” and “Never Look Back”. I have always loved these two songs and thought they were perfect for this project. Between Serafino (Perugino, President of Frontiers), Daniel, and myself we chose the rest of the songs from many great writers, whose songwriting fit perfectly in the First Signal vision." Flores says, "once again Harry and I worked closely with Serafino to find the perfect songs. It took about four months to find these gems. The writers are from all over the world and they all gave us their best songs. Harry's legacy had everyone, let's say, working at their best.”
 
Flores concludes, "there is more depth and structure now. The feel was right on the last record, but we hadn't found our groove yet. On this one Harry sings, in my opinion, like he has never done before. The audience will be surprised and delighted with his range and charisma here. The overall sound is heavier, but at the same time more melodic and more organic. I'm for sure really proud of the outcome.”
 
First Signal was first brought to life in 2010 when Frontiers President Serafino Perugino presented Harem Scarem singer Harry Hess with some melodic rock songs he thought would be a perfect fit for Harry to put his inimitable vocals on. The tunes specifically harkened back to the magic of the Harem Scarem sound, who at the time were on a hiatus. The project's self-titled debut was greeted with excellent reviews and enthusiasm from the melodic rock crowd, planting the seed for this to be more than a one-off.
 
Harem Scarem started up again after the release of the First Signal debut, but Harry was still wanting to go back and sing some excellent melodic rock songs that he had from various songwriters under the First Signal banner. The idea of a second First Signal album started to become realized and with the help of Swedish producer Daniel Flores (FIND ME, THE MURDER OF MY SWEET, etc.), the second record, "One Step Over The Line" started to take shape. Once again, the album was greeted with enthusiastic responses and acclaim from the fans and press alike upon release. So, it was a no-brainer to decide to release a new record and once again Daniel Flores teamed up with Michael Palace (guitars) and Johan Niemann (bass) and provided the basic tracks which Harry Hess and Darren Smith (background vocals) completed in their studio in Canada.
 
First Signal's third album “Line Of Fire” is once again a total delight for AOR and melodic rock fans and a contender for AOR album of the year! And be sure to follow First Signal on the newly launched Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/firstsignalband/
 
PRODUCED BY : Daniel Flores
 
BAND MEMBERS: 
Harry Hess - lead vocals
Daniel Flores - drums and keyboards
Michael Palace - guitars
Johan Niemann - bass guitar
Darren Smith - background vocals
 
Mon
11
Mar

RESTLESS SPIRITS Announce Debut Album Out May 17

Friday, May 17, 2019
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Lords Of Black​ guitarist Tony Hernando​ is one of the most exciting guitarists, writers, and producers in the European metal and rock scene today. With his many talents, it was a natural next step for him to stretch out and work on a solo album after the promotional cycle for Lords of Black third album, “Icons of the New Days” wrapped up. Hernando has always been passionate about melodic hard rock music, so the idea of pairing him with some of the best singers from his fellow labelmates' bands to lay their vocals over his songwriting seemed not only logical, but destiny. Thus, Restless Spirits​ was born and the self-titled debut will now be released on May 17, 2019.
 
Aside from Hilli, guest vocalists include none other than Johnny Gioeli​ (Hardline, Axel Rudi Pell), Deen Castronovo​ (Revolution Saints​, ex-Journey), Dino Jelusic​ (Animal Drive​), Alessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline​, Jorn), and Diego Valdez (Dream Child​ and now, the new vocalist for Hernando's main project, Lords of Black). In addition to vocal duties, Deen Castronovo also takes care of drums on every track.
 
Hernando says, "Restless Spirits is a melodic hard rock record featuring several singers that showcases some different sides of my playing and songwriting. We have rockers, ballads, and everything in between. I had the opportunity to work and co-write with some of the best guys in the business. I hope everyone can enjoy this album as much as I did recording it!”
 
Restless Spirits is an album that showcases some of the most outstanding vocal talents operating in the melodic hard rock scene right now, while also offering truly exciting and adventurous melodic hard rock songwriting. Enjoy!
 
 
Tracklisting:
1. Stop Livin' To Live Online (Johnny Gioeli on Vocals)
2. Unbreakable (Deen Castronovo on Vocals)
3. I Remember Your Name (Kent Hilli on Vocals)
4. 'Cause I Know You're The One (Dino Jelusic on Vocals)
5. Nothing I Could Give To You (Johnny Gioeli on Vocals)
6. Calling You (Deen Castronovo on Vocals)
7. Live To Win (Deen Castronovo on Vocals)
8. You And I (Alessandro Del Vecchio on Vocals)
9. When It Comes To You (Alessandro Del Vecchio on Vocals)
10. Lost Time (Not To Be Found Again) (Dino Jelusic on Vocals)
11. In The Realm Of The Black Rose (Diego Valdez on Vocals)
 
PRODUCED BY: Tony Hernando
 
MIXED BY: Dani Luna
Tony Hernando: All Guitars, Bass, Keyboards except where noted.
Deen Castronovo: Drums, Lead vocals on 2,6,7
Johnny Gioeli: Lead Vocals on 1, 5
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Lead Vocals on 8, 9, Background Vocals on 2,6,7
Diego Valdez: Lead Vocals on 11, Background Vocals on 2,3,6,7
Kent Hilli: Lead Vocals on 3
Dino Jelusic: Lead Vocals on 4,10
Victor Diez: Piano and Keyboards on 2,5,6,11
Leif Elhin: Keyboards on 3
 
 
 
Mon
11
Mar

MIKE MACHINE Release Debut Album ‘Alive’ April 26

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Friday, April 26, 2019
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MIKE MACHINE was formed in November 2017 in Piteå, Sweden by front man and songwriter Michael Löfqvist (Cryonic) plus Crazze Crantz and Johnny O’dee from the new line-up of Cryonic. The band was previously known as the power metal band Cryonic who’ve released several albums through the years.
 
MIKE MACHINE now is inspired by more 80s rock/glam styles in a modern way and boiled down the band to four members. The group had been working on a couple of new songs which were released as an EP in May 2017. The Swedes has made really good experiences with their live performance and love to kick ass and blow your brain out on stage. MIKE MACHINE also appears on a heavy metal sampler album released in Europe 2017 with the song called “No More”.
 
The plan was to release a full album as soon as possible. Mike Machine produced the album "Alive" in Piteå North of Sweden in a village called Sikfors in 2018. The band recorded all songs, mixed and mastered "Alive" in the studio "ITG Studio" with Tommy Eliasson. Finally, they signed a record deal with AOR Heaven from Germany in November 2018.
 
Line-up: Mike - Lead vocals; Mikael - Lead guitar; Crazze - Bass; Johnnny O’dee - Drums
 
Mike Machine’s "Alive" video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/YULqm97Gzmo
 
Soundfiles in advance:
 
MIKE MACHINE - Fight To Survive (Edit)
 
MIKE MACHINE - In Your Dream (Edit)
 
MIKE MACHINE - It's My Life (Edit)
 
 

MIDNITE CITY announce UK tour dates; Atlas support act!
 
MIDNITE CITY with supports: Devilfire & Atlas
01.06. UK-Bradford, Trash
06.06. UK-Stoke, Eleven
07.06. UK-Nottingham, Alberts
14.06. UK-Cannock, The Station
15.06. UK-Crumun, The Patriot
22.06. UK-Grimsby, The Yardbirds
 
Festivals:
16.03. UK-HRH AOR Festival
 
Current album: “There Goes The Neighbourhood” (2018, AOR Heaven)
 
 
Fri
01
Mar

LONDON Still Making Waves After 33 Years

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LONDON is an American Heavy Metal band, based out of Hollywood, California, founded by LIZZIE GREY and NIKKI SIXX of MOTEL CRÜE.
 
The band is perhaps most notable for its former members BLACKIE LAWLESS of WASP, NIKKI SIXX of MOTLEY CRÜE , STEVEN ADLER, SLASH and IZZY STRADLIN who are the 3 original members of Guns N’ Roses. Other members of LONDON would go on to play with famous bands such as GNR, WASP and Cinderella to mention a few.
 
LONDON's first album "Non Stop Rock" was produced by London, and was recorded at famed Sound City Studios in LA and Prairie & Sun Studios Sebastopol California. LONDON’s second album Don't Cry Wolf was produced by London and Kim Fowley (The Runaways), which was recorded in 1986 -1987.
 
LONDON's album Don’t Cry Wolf was recently re-released and digitally remastered at CAPITOL Records Studios in Hollywood, California, and it is now available online on Vinyl or CD.
 
LONDON is currently working on the re-release of the classic LONDON Playa Del Rock album from 1989 which was featured on MTV’s Headbangers Ball, VH1, IFC and more. LONDON Playa Del Rock was released out of Berlin on NOISE Records. The album was released the singles on Vinyl for the songs -Ride You Trough The Night, Heartbeat, Hot Child In The City was also on Radio all over Germany.
 
LONDON’s classic -Non Stop Rock album is now 2019 available on DigiPack on Ebay for the first time since 1985 so get yours. Never been available on CD with additional photos inside. LONDON appeared in the Penelope Spheeris film Cult Classic “The Decline of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years”, describing their band as a "Rock Star Training Academy”. Nadir D’Priest is featured on the cover of the new THE METAL YEARS Blue Ray DVD available now.
 
LONDON released the new self produced album titled "LONDON LIVE”, which was produced by Nadir D’Priest/LONDON and mixed by famed producer Michael Wagener (Ozzy Osborne, Metallica, Motley Crue) and additional mixes by Roy “Z” Ramirez (Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson). LONDON’s album includes two new studio tracks including the song "Get Back Home", written by Brian West (London TkO) and Nadir D’Priest. The band also included their first Rock en Español song crossover titled "Tu Cultura Y Tu Nación" (Your Culture and Your Nation).LONDON is the first Hard Rock Heavy Metal act to perform at the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville TN. LONDON Rocked the Opry for their annual AILA Awards Show.
 
The band has currently released the first studio album since the release of the classic LONDON’s Playa Del Rock album. The new album titled is LONDON -Call That Girl dropped on Jan 2nd 2019 and it is now available worldwide. The album started to get a buzz immediately after the announcement and getting a great response from new and old fans. The album is available online on digipack and most download formats.
 
Nadir will also be featured on the new official Larry Flynt (Hustler Mag) documentary which was shot on classic 35mm Panavision (c). No date set on release its sure to be a great watch. LONDON’s current lineup are as follows.
 
Vocals-Nadir D’Priest (London, D’Priest, Steel Prophet)
Drums-Alan Krigger (Giuffria)
Guitar-Ronee Peña (Nadir’s solo band)
Bassist-Billy The Fist (London, D’Priest)
Keys-Eric Ragno (Joe Lynn Turner, The Babys)
 
 
 
Fri
01
Mar

ANIMAL DRIVE Get 'Back To The Roots' On New Digital EP

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Friday, April 5, 2019
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Croatian hard rockers Animal Drive are preparing to begin work in earnest on the follow-up album to their stunning debut, "Bite!". To hold fans over while they wait for the band's new album, Animal Drive jumped in the studio to record a covers EP, “Back to the Roots”. The tracklisting includes a super-heavy rendition of Roxette’s “The Look” (featuring the guest vocals of Frontiers labelmate and fellow Trans-Siberian Orchestra artist Rosa Laricchiuta), a magnificent and epic version of Whitesnake’s “Judgement Day”, Skid Row’s “Monkey Business”, and Warrant’s evergreen classic “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Animal Drive showcase how much musical prowess the band possesses by covering these three hard rock classics and a mainstream '90s hit and completely making them their own.
 
On why the band chose to cover Skid Row's "Monkey Business", Dino Jelusic says “people used to, and still do sometimes, compare Animal Drive to Skid Row and their "Slave To The Grind" era. That song opens the "Slave To The Grind" album and it’s a monster jam, so it felt like a logical fit. Of the other covers on "Back To The Roots", Jelusic continues, "the other three songs are "Uncle Tom’s Cabin" by Warrant, "Judgement Day" by Whitesnake and "The Look" by Roxette. I've always wanted to cover "The Look" in a heavy way, so it was cool to finally do it. We are big Whitesnake fans and had to go for one of their more epic jams. The Warrant song is one of their absolute best and shows what a great songwriters Jani and the band are, plus it's a great fit for a heavy band to cover."
 
As for what can fans expect from the next Animal Drive album, Jelusic says, "I more or less have all the songs down. It will be epic, a lot more versatile than the first album, more pianos and orchestra, progressive, but still very heavy and melodic. Probably my finest lyrical and musical work to date."
 
 
Animal Drive's debut album, “Bite!” caused quite a stir in the hard rock scene, showcasing for the first time to the world the amazing vocals of Croatian singer Dino Jelusic. Originally formed in 2012 by Jelusic, who is the primary songwriter and driving force behind the band's sound, the band also features guitarist Ivan Keller, bassist Roko Nikolic aka Rokindja, and drummer Zvonimir Mihaljevic aka Zvone. Dino was chosen by the late, great Paul O'Neill to tour as a featured vocalist on Trans-Siberian Orchestra's most recent U.S. tours. Often compared to the likes of David Coverdale, Russell Allen, Sebastian Bach, and Steve Lee, Jelusic's commanding vocal presence is perfectly matched in Animal Drive's sound by guitarist Ivan Keller's monster riffs and screaming solos, and the thunderous rhythm section of Rokindja and Zvone.
 
Overall, Animal Drive showed, on their debut album, an impressive range of styles from Whitesnake and Skid Row at their heaviest to more modern hard rock/metal like Avenged Sevenfold and Alter Bridge to touches of progressive rock and metal elements the likes of Dream Theater thrown in the mix. The final result is melodic yet always very much possessing the hard rock "in your face" attitude.
 
"Back to the Roots” is a great chance to get accustomed with one of the hottest new Hard Rock bands around and if you are a serious fan, this time you can’t go wrong. Enjoy!
 
Tracklisting:
 
- "The Look" (featuring Rosa Laricchiuta)
- "Judgement Day"
- "Monkey Business"
- "Uncle Tom’s Cabin"
 
 
 
Wed
27
Feb

THE BRINK Debut 'Nowhere To Run' May 17

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Friday, May 17, 2019
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Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce the debut album, "Nowhere To Run" from the UK's The BrinkSet for release on May 17, 2019, fans can hear first single, "Break These Chains" today.
 
The band is part of the label's New Breed roster, a stable of young, up and coming bands forging the future of hard rock and metal.
 
Check out NOW the lyric video for "Break These Chains”
 
 
Influenced by classic bands of both the past and present, but with a modern edge added to the mix, The Brink bring new life and energy to the British hard rock scene with their vibrant 21st Century form of balls-to-the-wall rock ’n roll. 
 
Starting out in the Cambridge area, the group have worked their way up the ladder to headline in cities such as London, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Nottingham, while support slots have included a well received UK tour with The Departed in the autumn of 2018. 
 
Following two self-released EP’s, The Brink signed to Frontiers in 2017 and are now set to release their debut album, ‘Nowhere To Run’, which has been produced by Nick Tauber (Thin Lizzy, UFO, Marillion). Weaving delicate vocal and instrumental harmonies around driving rock riffs, the record is packed with fist-pumping anthems and solid ballads befitting early Def Leppard and Bon Jovi, although their fresh new style has already enticed fans from a variety of rock genres.
 
Singer Tom Quick states that the lyrics have “a theme of unity and compassion, and an understanding that no matter who you are, there is always a place for you in this world. The songs are written from the perspective of personal situations that the band members have been through and our hope is that listeners will be able to relate to what we are talking about and be inspired by it.” Musically, he continues, "it’s filled with hard hitting riffs, sing-along choruses and kick ass ballads!”
 
As for the new single, ‘Break These Chains’, Tom explains that the song “was inspired by friends of band bassist Gaz Connor, who “both had very strong work ethics in well paid jobs, but they never felt it was paying off and they knew there had to be more to life. They had to break the chains that bound them. Lexi [Laine, guitarist] wrote a hard hitting riff to back up the message behind the lyrics, to really make them come to life and tell the story.”
 
Backed up with an exciting live show full of youthful vivacity, The Brink are a band to keep your ears open for. 
 
Catch them on tour this March: 
13.03.19 EDINBURGH Bannerman’s Bar *
14.03.19 CARLISLE Brickyard *
15.03.19 PRESTATYN HRH AOR
16.03.19 CHESTERFIELD Real Time Live *
17.03.19 LONDON Underworld *
21.03.19 SHEFFIELD Corporation *
22.03.19 WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms *
23.03.19 GLASGOW The Cathouse**
24.03.19 NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms *
* with Jizzy Pearl’s Love/Hate
** with Bigfoot & Doomsday Outlaw
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. Little Janie
2. Break These Chains
3. Never Again 
4. Save Goodbye
5. Take Me Away
6. One Night Only
7. Wish
8. Said And Done
9. Fairytale
10. Don’t Count Me Out
11. Nothing To Fear
12. No Way Back
13. Are You With Me
14. Burn
 
Tom Quick - vocals
Lexi Laine - lead guitar
Izzy Trixx - rhythm guitar 
Gaz Connor - bass
Davide Drake Bocci - drums
 
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Fri
22
Feb

LONERIDER Arrive on Escape Music With 'Attitude' April 26

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

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

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MelodicRock Records is exciting to announce the return of popular Norwegian AOR outfit OUTLASTED.
 
MRR will release the band’s second album in the next few months, but preceding that, the band would like to give fans a taste of what’s to come with the first of two advance singles.
 
The new album is titled ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ and is once again produced by guitarist Terje Fløyli before being handed over to the master of mastering, JK Northrup. Full album details will be revealed soon!
 
For now, please enjoy the brand new single and video ‘Chains Of Destiny’, available to view on YouTube now; to stream via Apple Music & Spotify; plus download via iTunes and all good digital outlets.
 
 
 
The debut OUTLASTED album ‘Into The Night’ was released in 2016 and is now out of print. However, I do have 20 copies left of the original Special Edition that features 2 bonus tracks. You can sample and purchase that direct from MRR while stocks last via: http://www.melodicrockdirect.com/products-page/cd/outlasted-into-the-night/
 
One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted’s harmonic and melodic lineup comprises Glenn Wikran on vocals, Terje Fløyli on guitars, and Odd-Børge Hansen at the piano and keyboards. On the rhythmic side of its tracks are Aleksander Schjølberg holding down the bass, and drummer Rune Erling Pedersen who provides the percussive pyrotechnics of this exciting new ensemble that features great hooks, catchy choruses, and full background harmonies provided by all band members.
 
 
 
Wed
20
Feb

CRAZY LIXX Unleash New Album 'Forever Wild' May 17

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

MARTIE PETERS GROUP 'Unfinished Business' Pre-Order Available

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

MICHAEL JESSEN 'Bulletproof' Pre-Order Available

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

ROULETTE Release New Album, 'Now' March 22

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

 

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Thu
14
Feb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Wed
13
Feb

MICHAEL JESSEN Joins MelodicRock Records With 'Bulletproof'

Friday, March 15, 2019
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MelodicRock Records is excited to welcome guitarist MICHAEL JESSEN to the label.
 
MRR will release Michael’s new album ‘Bulletproof’ alongside fellow Dane Martie Peters on March 15.
 
Born and raised in Denmark, Michael Jessen played with several rock bands through his youth, including “McTamparcs” to “High Octane”, “RockStar” and several others.
He picked up the guitar by the age of 15, and a childhood friend taught him how to play the main riff for AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”.
 
For 2014’s debut ‘Memories’, Michael teamed with one of his vocal heroes Goran Edman, who I am very pleased to say is back in the frontman role for all vocals on the new ‘Bulletproof’ release.
 
The full album credits are:
 
Line-up:
Vocals: Göran Edman
Guitars: Michael Jessen
Bass: Christoffer Hoås
Drums: Mads Grunnet
 
All songs written by Michael Jessen
Produced by Christian Bonde and Michael Jessen
Mastered by Christian Bonde at CB Studios, Denmark
Guest Vocals on Beautiful Life by Lydia Salnikova
Piano on Beautiful Life by Morten Dybro
 
 
Tracklist:
01. Stand My Ground
02. Coming Home Tonight
03. Too Young To Die
04. Beautiful Life
05. Church Of Rock
06. Like A Game
07. This Generation
08. Lost Inside A Dream
09. Your Photograph
10. September 8
 
With this announcement, MRR and Michael Jessen are pleased to present the lead track from the album, ‘Coming Home Tonight’.
 
 
Bio:
The first band Michael joined was at the public evening youth club and was called “McTampacs”. It included bass player Christoffer Hoås, guitarist Daniel Beck, and not very long after the beginning, drummer Mads Grunnet. The band played a great deal of school contests and small-town markets, but after a few years Michael left the band as it was taking a more “laid back easy rock direction”.
 
All his former bands played guitar-oriented rock music and Michael started to compose more and more music. Some of his songs fitted his current bands and some were recorded with other artists.
 
In 2002 he teamed up with Christoffer Hoås and Mads Grunnet from the old band, and found
vocalist Michael Witus to form a band. The first band name was “High Octane” and only 6 months after the band’s debut, they recorded a 4-tack demo in a professional studio with songs by Michael Jessen.
 
The band continued for 10 years with shows, festivals gigs and another demo recording, but without getting the big attention. In 2012, lead singer Michael Witus quit the band, and in the aftermath, Michael got Christoffer and Mads involved with the new solo project.
 
Michael wanted to try out his talent as a solo artist. He got in contact with one of his vocals heroes,
Mr Göran Edman (ex- Yngwie Malmsteen singer) who agreed to do the vocals for an EP.
Michael then approached former band members Mads Grunnet and Christoffer Hoås to join him on drums and bass. The album was recorded through 2013, and also features Morten Dybro on piano, and a guest appearance by Michael’s childhood guitar hero John Norum (Europe).
 
The album titled ‘Memories’, was released wordwide by Massacre Records in December 2014.
It was very well received by critics all around the world.
 
In 2017-2018 Michael again teamed up with Göran Edman, Christoffer Hoås and Mads Grunnet.
Signed a new record deal with MelodicRock Records, and 10 new songs were rehearsed and recorded at CB studios, DK, by Christian Bonde Sørensen.
 
MelodicRock Records will release MICHAEL JESSEN ‘Bulletproof’ WORLDWIDE ON March 15.
 
Pre-orders available Friday.
 
 
Mon
11
Feb

A NEW REVENGE Set To Release Debut March 29

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

MARTIE PETERS GROUP Joins MelodicRock Records

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

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

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

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

Artist: 
Friday, March 22, 2019
Categories: 
 

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

MARCH 22nd Release Date

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

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

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

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

 

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

New FICTION SYXX Song Preview From 'The Alternate Me'

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

 

 
Thu
07
Feb

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

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The MRF5 USB (or USB4) had to take a back burner over the summer down under, but now we're almost ready to finalise it.
 
ALL PREORDER BUYERS will start getting the digital files in advance befoer the USB drops into the mail. 
 
And we're going to start with the full ADRIANGALE set from MRF5, which will go out to folks today.
 
Anyone still interested can read the details below - but there are only 10 LEFT!!!!!
 
 
USB4 PRE-ORDER
LIMITED TO 100 UNITS ONLY
Custom Design / 64G / $100 / Delivery September (TBC)
 
 

 

 
MRF5 is done and dusted, but once again I had the entire event filmed “official bootleg” style.
The footage is currently being put together and edited, as there are 4-6 camera angles to work out.
 
Select performances from the event will be available on MR-USB4, a strictly limited edition release of just 100 units. JUST 10 STILL AVAILABLE!
 
Here is the first video preview of some of the fully mixed/edited footage...
 
 
Below is the link to pre-order. Presales were offered to past participants and MRF VIPs, so there is less than half the allocation still left. It will sell out, just as the other USB drives have.
 
USB4 PRE-ORDER
LIMITED TO 100 UNITS ONLY
Custom Design / 64G / $100 / Delivery September (TBC)
 
 
 

 

Confirmed Artists (so far) for FULL SETS:

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

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

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

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