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THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT Arrive On CD May 30

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is overjoyed to be bringing one of our favourite vocalists to the label. The mighty, Goran Edman is the frontman for the latest signing to the label, THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT.
 
MRR isn’t afraid to take chances when the music demands attention and The Senior Management is a no-brainer. Their mature mix of styles pushes the boundaries of melodic rock, westcoast AOR while including a touch of country and acoustic pop/rock.
 
The debut self-titled album is being exclusively handled by MRR for the CD format, with a digital release due early next month.
 
The MRR CD release will be a limited edition and is released May 30.
 
Check out these two monster songs that bookend the debut album:
 

 
 
The Senior Management Bio:
In the summer of 2015 guitarist Dennis Heltorp and drummer Henrik Zetterlund formed the rock band The Senior Management. Together they have been involved in different
music project since the late 80’s. During the first half of the 90’s they collaborated in the band
Y.M.I where they reached the finals in the Swedish championship of rock music.
 
In the mid 90’s Y.M.I played at a rock festival and was warm up act for Billionaires Boys Club who
was headlining. Billionaires Boy Club was Jörg Fischer (Accept), Anders Johansson (Yngwie Malmsteen) Göran Edman (Yngwie Malmsten, John Norum) and Magnus Rosén (Hammerfall).
Magnus was at the time in the beginning of his career and that later would bring him to several successful years with Hammerfall. Göran had recently left Yngwie Malmsteen
band when he replaced Marc Boals in Billionaires Boys Club. During this rock festival, it was the
first time we all met and none of us had any idea that we 20 years later would team up together as
The Senior Management.
 
Dennis Heltorp: “In order to find our sound, we did some demos with different voices like Tony Martin from Black Sabbath and Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, Soto, Sons Of Apollo). However, all pieces fell into place after the first demo run with Göran. He finally added with his voice and amazing vocal harmonies the missing piece to complete our sound.”
 
Some listeners say that The Senior Management sound like a blend of The Eagles and Thin Lizzy.
Others have said they sound like Journey or Bon Jovi.
 
 
Mon
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Apr

Helsinki-based VILE CALIBER Release New Track And Video

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Modern melodic / heavy rock band Vile Caliber from Helsinki have released a new track 'Willpower'. They combine influences from rock/metal classics such as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Guns ‘n’ Roses, Whitesnake and KISS, and bring it together with a modern twist. 

After releasing their debut album "Tomorrow's For Those Who Dare", the new single leans more towards their heavy metal sound. 

Vile Caliber's Drummer Vesa commented on the new single: "In terms of production and songwriting We have kicked it up a few notches and multiplied everything by a thousandfold. Roaring guitars with fast shredding, thunderous rhythm sections driving forward like a steamroller, with energetic and intense vocals as the icing on top of this heavy metal cake. Enjoy!"

Check the video @ Youtube:

 
 
Fri
13
Apr

Canadian Rockers THUNDERBIRD Strike With 3rd Album

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Canadian Hard Rockers Thunderbird To Release Third Album Feat. Members of Bachman Turner and Lee Aaron
 
'An enticing and ear-bending form of new classic rock is most definitely what Thunderbird have delivered...' - Martin Popoff

Canadian hard rockers Thunderbird are releasing their anticipated self-titled third album on Delinquent Records on April 25, 2018! 'Thunderbird' was recorded in Vancouver BC, produced by Marc LaFrance and Kelly Stodola and mixed by famed engineer Mike Fraser.

Says lead singer & producer Marc LaFrance, 'The album is like a collection of short stories. I am singing the songs as different characters, or telling their tales. A gallery of rogues from the dark side!'

Musically, the songs are inspired by classic hard rock. Heavy guitars, blistering solos, driving rhythms.

The songs were written during 2016, after the band finished their last album 'Heavyweight'. Recording began for a third album late 2016 at Vancouver's Armoury Studios with famed engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen). Sessions continued through the first half of 2017 at several Vancouver studios with other veteran engineers including Ken Burke, Kris Siegers and Mick Dalla-Vee. The finished album was mixed by Mike Fraser at The Armoury and mastered by Adam Ayan (Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Queen) at Gateway Mastering.

The band's former guitarist Rod 'Doc' Coogan was unable to take part this time due to other commitments, and rising young talent Brice Tabish joins Thunderbird on guitar. Rod still makes a welcome appearance with the guitar solo on opening track 'Liar (Fool's Gold)'. Guest musicians on the new album include jazz pianist Chris Gestrin, and a string section on closing track 'Vampire' arranged and conducted by film composer Peter Allen.

Thunderbird features:

 
Marc LaFrance (Vocals/Producer)
Very experienced, well-known and highly regarded in the music industry, Marc is not only a singer but also a drummer, songwriter and producer. He records and tours internationally with Randy Bachman and Bachman Turner as well as his own band Cease & Desist. He has contributed to over 100 albums, and countless sessions on recordings by Motley Crue, David Lee Roth, Bon Jovi, The Cult, Loverboy, Glass Tiger, Alice Cooper, Blue Murder, Scorpions, Cher and many others.

Rob Becker (Bass)
Award-winning bassist Rob Becker has been an active part of the Vancouver music scene for decades and maintains a busy schedule of touring and session work. He has recorded and performed with many artists including Colin James, Patricia Conroy, Barney Bentall, Jim Byrnes, Ridley Bent and Lee Aaron to name a few. He can be seen performing regularly in the US and Europe and has recently been on stages in Scotland, England and Australia. His extensive background in playing live and in the studio, combined with formal musical training, makes Rob musically versatile.

Kelly Stodola (Drums/Producer)
Kelly is immersed in session work and live performance in many diverse styles and has been heard across North America on alternative college radio and mainstream hard rock stations as well as country television. Credits include Lauren Starchuk, Version 3, The Blue Voodoo, Featherz Edge, The Steve Sainas Band and Magnus Rising. He continues to keep a busy schedule on the Vancouver music scene and looks forward to many more years of making music.

Brice Tabish (Guitars)
Brice Tabish may be only in his mid-twenties, but knows more about classic hard rock and metal than people who were there at the time! He is a real student of the genre and lives and breathes it. Already a seasoned player on the Canadian scene, Brice tours with 'metal queen' Lee Aaron and has recorded with the likes of Andrew Oldham (Rolling Stones). He performs live regularly in the Vancouver area with Las Divas and the John Pippus Band.


Tracks
1.  Liar (Fool's Gold)
2.  Little Jenny
3.  Star
4.  Rain
5.  Into the Sun
6.  Painted Lady
7.  Revolution
8.  Man of Clay
9.  I'm with You
10. On the Brink
11. King Rat
12. Vampire

The songs and lyrics will be available after release on the band's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNOMFBYJuT5gAqSdmKOOyw/playlists?sort=dd&shelf_id=0&view=1

Here's what the press have already said about Thunderbird:

'Aggressive energy and raw edge...Hard rocking and based on some smoking riffing' - Music Street Journal (USA)

'Hard rock veterans, Thunderbird are keeping the genre alive and well, and are doing so with original, hand-crafted material.' - The Ark of Music (USA)

'Hit all the right buttons' - Hallowed (Sweden)

'Thunderbird electrifies...Hits hard...There's no lack of breakneck drumming, smashing cymbals, or face melting solos...The band shows versatility on every track, while always remaining true to their clear brand of sound.' - Indie Band Guru (USA)

'Buckle your seat belt...A refreshing sound that harkens back to the glory days of hard rock music...helping to keep the torch burning for fans that still crave that classic rock sound that will never die.' - Metal Nexus (USA)

'In-your-face attitude...Hard rocking riffs abound...Back-to-the-roots shot of adrenaline fueled heavy rock to leave you wanting more. We can't wait to see what Thunderbird do next.' - Rock Hard (UK)

'Thunderbird know how to rock and they do it with style.' - Middle Tennessee Music (USA)

'Blasting through your speakers with riffage of AC/DC-level intensity...The guitar is chunky and virtuosic, the drums thunderous with machine-gun-like fills.' - Coyote Music (USA)

In closing the band has this to say to their fans worldwide, 'Keep on Rockin'!'

To purchase Thunderbird's new CD: https://www.amazon.com/Thunderbird-Explicit/dp/B07BNCNQKW
For more information: http://facebook.com/thunderbirdtheband

 
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Apr

AMANDA SOMERVILLE’S TRILLIUM 'Tectonic' Delivery June 8

Friday, June 8, 2018
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Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of the new studio album, "Tectonic" from Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM on June 8.
 
Best known for her collaborations with various high profile European metal bands like Avantasia, Epica, KAMELOT, After Forever, and her amazing musical partnership with Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske under the Kiske/Somerville banner, Amanda Somerville is easily one of the most sought after and gifted female vocalists of the current hard rock and metal scene. With a vocal range from tenor to soprano and a stylistically diverse singing ability, Amanda’s voice is well suited for multiple styles, but this new TRILLIUM album is firmly rooted in the metal genre, thanks also to the creative contribution from Amanda’s husband, former After Forever and HDK guitarist Sander Gommans. 
 
"Where [Trillium debut album] “Alloy” was rather dark and moody and restless, Tectonic is on the whole more uplifting and full of strength and character, though it’s just as full of emotion,” explains Amanda. "My life was shaken up by figurative earthquakes through several elements shifting in recent years and that’s what this album represents. It’s a challenge to make an album that’s musically heavy without being dragged down by melancholy, but that’s what Sander and I set out to do from the beginning and it worked out beautifully!”
 
Amanda continues, “The core and essence of Tectonic is very personal and comes, basically, from the hearts and minds of a singer and a guitar player and I think that’s very apparent when you listen to the songs. Sander and I didn’t want to overthink things and over-complicate the songs. There’s definitely some bombast in there because we both have a love of keyboard arrangements, but they don’t rule the roost here. Also, the only guest performances are by good friends from my hometown in Flint, Michigan who also played live with me solo and with Trillium, and also some great mates and colleagues of Sander’s, so it’s really a “family” kind of album. We tried to keep things simple, and yet I think it’s anything but low-key!”
 
Today, the first song and video, "Time To Shine" from the album has been premiered - click on the image to enjoy!
 
"The focus for the video was something where I wanted to show the essence of the album’s hopeful and uplifting spirit. “Time To Shine” depicts that positivity while maintaining a serious, hard-edge vibe, so it’s a good combination of the elements that I love about Tectonic. Besides being autobiographical, I feel like this is a song that says, “OK, I’ve arrived and it’s where I want to be: here I am, now let’s keep it going,” says Amanda. 
 
Fans of Trillium’s debut album, “ALLOY” as well as artists like The Dark Element, Tarja, Cellar Darling, Lacuna Coil, and the like will find much to enjoy in this beautiful new record! 
 

 
1. Time To Shine
2. Stand Up
3. Full Speed Ahead
4. Hit Me
5. Fighting Fate
6. Nocturna
7. Fatal Mistake
8. Shards
9. Cliché Freak Show
10. Eternal Spring
 
Produced by Amanda Somerville & Sander Gommans
 
Amanda Somerville’s TRILLIUM are:
Amanda Somerville - vocals
Sander Gommans - guitars & bass
Erik Van Ittersum - keyboards
Andre Borgman - drums
 
Except on:
“Full Speed Ahead”: bass by Mark Burnash, 2nd guitar solo by Paul Owsinski 
 
 
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Apr

MASS 'When 2 World's Collide' Arrives May

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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Track List: Just Can’t Deny (3:56) / Only A Dream (4:15) / Falling In Love (4:56) / Alive (4:31) / Second Hand Rose (5:06) / Turn it Over (4:08) / Revenge for the Maiden (3:36) / Some Time Ago (4:35) / Stand Alone (4:01) / Time Marches On (4:52) / When 2 Worlds Collide (5:47)
 
Louis St August - Lead & Backing Vocals
Gene D’Itria - Guitars
Joey “Vee” Vadala - Drums & Percussion
Michael Palumbo - Bass & Vocals
 
Guests: Jeremy Heussi - all keyboards, strings, etc / Michael Sweet - lead solo “Stand Alone”
Brian J Anthony: Mandolin, Acoustic Guitars, and Keyboards on Second Hand Rose
 
Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Executive Producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd.
 
Artwork by: Nello Dell’Omo
 
Boston’s hard rock legends Mass have had numerous accomplishments over the years but most notably is the selling of over half a million albums worldwide!
 
Mass are legends in the USA and have a good strong following in Europe where they have released eight studio albums on labels such as A&M, RCA, Enigma and of course Escape Music. They have worked with such producers as Tom Allom (Judas Priest), Jon Mathias (Joe Cocker), Tony Platt (Cheap Trick / Led Zep) and Michael Sweet (Stryper) who has also contributed to this very release. They have toured with Scorpions, Cinderella, Molly Hatchet, Tesla, The Ramones, Kix, Vince Neil to name but a few-. 
 
Mass first started recording music in the early eighties and since then have released 7 studio recordings and with “When 2 Worlds Collide” this will be their 8th studio album. Their music can only be described as Melodic Hard Rock of the highest order; they certainly have a pedigree in this type of music and they hail from Boston too, home of the band of the very same name! In fact Louis from Mass has sung on the Boston album “Love, Life and Hope”. 
 
Mass are an institution and if you are still unfamiliar with their music then this is a time to put things right. This new album is riddled with classic tunes that every 
melodic hard rock fan would want to hear if you love the hard edged US rock sound. These guys are the best in their field, go and check them out.
 
 
 
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Apr

AOR Heaven May Releases - IMPERIUM & FRONTLINE

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Friday, May 25, 2018
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AOR HEAVEN have most recently inked a new deal with Finnish Hard Rock prject IMPERIUM and will release their new album “Beyond The Stars” on May 25. On the same day, the former Japanese only release from German Melodic Rock group FRONTLINE, “Heroes”, will be released outside of Japan for the first time. This record will be ltd. to 1000 CD copies only and was remastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
 

Band: Imperium - Beyond The Stars
Release date: 25.05.2018
Label: AOR Heaven
 
 
Imperium is the solo project of drummer Mika Brushane. Mika has been playing drums and percussion in various bands since 1981 in all genres from jazz to metal and composed songs for different genres - and this legacy of mixed genres can be heard in the IMPERIUM sound! The music is Melodic Rock which has a big dose of 80’s feel and sounds in it.
 
The project started in 2012 when Mika composed a new track for the new STRIKE record “We’re back” and realized that there was more songs in him that needed to be released. In 2016, the debut album by IMPERIUM, “Dreamhunter”, saw the light of day on  AOR Heaven.
In IMPERIUM, Mika is in charge of the song-writing and playing all drums, bass, keyboards and the backing vocals. All lead vocals and guitars are performed by various very talented musicians from the rock/metal scene. 
Also the album’s post production was handled by top professionals, i.e. it was  mixed by Erkka Korhonen (Dark Sarah, Urban Tale, Northern Kings, Ari Koivunen, Raskasta Joulua) and mastered by the legendary Mika Jussila (Nightwish, Children of bodom, Stratovarius, HIM etc.) “Beyond The Stars” was produced and mostly recorded during 2017-2018 by Mika himself at his Groovehouse studio in Vantaa, Finland.
 
IMPERIUM is: Mika Brushane - Music, lyrics, drums, vst-bass, keyboards and backing vocals, Erkka Korhonen - Guitars, Samuli Federley - Guitars, Toni Huovinen - Guitars, Susanna Eronen - Backing vocals, Sini Heinilä - Backing vocals
Guest stars on “Beyond the stars”: Dennis Ward - Lead & backing vocals (Gus G, Khymera, Unisonic, Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Sunstrom, etc.); Markku Kuikka - Lead & backing vocals (Crow’s Flight, Agonizer, Kenziner, The Ragged Saints, Status Minor, etc.); Antti Railio - Lead & backing vocals (The Voice of Finland winner, Ex-Celesty, Solo artist, Raskasta Joulua tour etc.), Rob Lundgren - Lead & backing vocals, (solo artist, The Midgard project, Barque of Dante, etc.)
 
Sound clips in advance:
 
 

 

Band: Frontline - Heroes
Release date: 25.05.2018
Label: AOR Heaven
 
 
FRONTLINE from Nürnberg, Germany belong to the pioneers of the German hard rock scene. Founded in 1989 by Robert Böbel (guitars, keyboards; EVIDENCE ONE, PHANTOM V), Stephan Kämmerer (vocals), Thomas Riess (bass) und Stephan Bayerlein (drums), their debut album “The State Of Rock” finally hit the stores in 1994 - a true classic which until today still is regarded as the finest album of the band by many. This record also meant the breakthrough for the guys in Japan where they reached # 10 in the rock sales charts. Straightly after the release, FRONTLINE went on tour in Europe and had the honour to open for various great acts such as GOTTHARD, CRASH TEST DUMMIES, BONFIRE, TYKETTO and CASANOVA.
 
In 1995,  FRONTLINE pulled out the full acoustic album -Two Faced“. However, personal differences within the band followed and ended up in the departure of Stephan Bayerlein and Thomas Riess in 1996. They were replaced by Thomas -Hutch“ Bauer (Bass) und Rami Ali (Drums; EVIDENCE ONE, SHYLOCK). Still in the same year, FRONTLINE signed a record deal with a new label, recorded the single “Man In Motion” and the album “Heroes” which though officially only saw the light of day in Japan since their European label went out of business.
 
One year later, the band decided to start working on another new album which is well known under it’s working title “Heroes II” amongst the fans but never saw a release. Due to a complicated contractual situation many labels feared to contact FRONTLINE during the following years and the band went back to the underground again until Georg Siegl at AOR Heaven finally showed his interest in the band in the year 2000 and signed them for the first time. Just one month later, the album “Right Attitude” was released which can be regarded as a sort of compilation out of both “Heroes” albums -and “Right Attitude” became a huge success for the band again! The recordings for their 2002 output “Against The World” started the same year, and this album finally re-established FRONTLINE on the international hard rock market.
 
Throughout the months after the release of the best of compilation “Almost Unreleased” (2003) which also featured a couple of rare tracks for the fans, FRONTLINE again went into the studio and started to work on a new album called “The Seventh Sign” (2004). In the year 2006, the last studio album the German group called “Circles” was released.
 
On May 25th 2018, AOR Heaven now will re-issue the former Japanese only release “Heroes” as limited edition of 1000 copies. The album was  re-mastered by guitarist Robby Böbel.
 
 
 
 
Thu
12
Apr

SEVENTH WONDER To Release 'Tiara' October 12

Friday, October 12, 2018
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Heeding the ravenous Seventh Wonder fans’ requests to hear new music from the band, Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to finally announce the release of “Victorious,” the first single off of SEVENTH WONDER’s brand new studio album "Tiara", which is scheduled for release on October 12th!
Hailing from Sweden, progressive metal greats Seventh Wonder are thrilled to be releasing their long in the making fifth studio album Tiara, their first batch of new material since “The Great Escape,” originally released in 2010. Having previously released via Frontiers the live album and long-form video, “Welcome to Atlanta” (recorded at the ProgPower Festival in 2014), the band is now ready to “unleash the beast”!
Says bassist Andreas Blomqvist, “It has been many years in the making, but it is finally done and we couldn’t be happier with it. Tiara is everything you have come to expect from Seventh Wonder, but I also hope there are some new flavors in there to keep it interesting. We really didn’t think too much about what sound we were going for, nor did we have to force it, it all came natural, albeit slow this time around. We are super proud of this album and we are so much looking forward to sharing it with you!”
Continues Andreas, "Victorious was the first song on the album that was completed. It wasn’t written first, but it was the first one we sat down and wrote the lyrics for, so it is special to us. I am thrilled to finally be able to share a song off of Tiara with you!”
 
Tiara will be released on October 12, 2018 on CD, 2xLP, and MP3.
Originally formed in Stockholm in 2000, the band debuted in 2005 with “Become”. The second album, “Waiting in the Wings” - and first to feature Tommy Karevik on vocals - followed in 2006. Two more successful records, the concept album, “Mercy Falls” (2008) and “The Great Escape” (2010) followed before the band went on a hiatus of sorts following singer Tommy Karevik being chosen to take Roy Kahn’s place in KAMELOT. 
Tiara tracklisting:
1. Arrival
2. The Everones
3. Dream Machines
4. Against The Grain
5. Victorious
6. Tiara's Song (Farewell Pt. 1)
7. Goodnight (Farewell Pt. 2)
8. Beyond Today (Farewell Pt. 3)
9. The Truth
10. By The Light Of The Funeral Pyres
11. Damnation Below
12. Procession
13. Exhale
Seventh Wonder are: 
Bass: Andreas Blomqvist
Guitar: Johan Liefvendahl
Vocals: Tommy Karevik
Keys: Andreas Söderin
Drums: Stefan Norgren

 
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12
Apr

LORDS OF BLACK New Album, ‘Icons Of The New Days’ Out May 11

Friday, May 11, 2018
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After two critically acclaimed albums, the self-titled debut and sophomore album, “II”, it was time for Lords Of Black to craft their all important third album. With the anticipation created by the album’s predecessors and vocalist Ronnie Romero’s selection as the singer for Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow reunion, expectations are high and the pressure is on for the band to deliver. Have they?
 
“Icons Of The New Days” is more than enough proof that yes, the band has indeed delivered in spades! Lords Of Black has crafted a collection of amazing songs that draw from the influences of traditional heavy metal with elements of progressive metal thrown in the mix with robust production showcasing all the member’s talents. Guitarist Tony Hernando, drummer Andy C., bassist Dani Criado and vocalist Ronnie Romero are indeed a rising force to be reckoned with in the modern metal scene.
 
Tracks like the incredible album opener, “World Gone Mad” along with “Not In A Place Like This” and the title track set the bar high for an album that is going to be a contender for metal album of the year. “Forevermore” and “The Way I’ll Remember” are simply stunning and powerful metal tunes such as “When A Hero Takes A Fall” and “Wait No Prayers For The Dying” will cause you to thrust your fist to the sky. As has become the band’s tradition, epic songs like “King’s Reborn” and “All I Have Left”, the longest song ever written by Lords Of Black, anchor the proceedings.
 
 
Once again produced by Tony Hernando and Roland Grapow (who also handled mixing and mastering duties), the production and quality of the song arrangements are another decisive factor in the greatness on display here.
 
Last but not least, Felipe Machado has delivered another stunning album cover.
 
Fasten your seat belts and enjoy “Icons of the New Days”, an album that will be ultimately prove to be an iconic chapter in this band’s history.
 
Pre-order the album and stream singles here: http://radi.al/IconsOfTheNewDays
 
"Icons Of The New Days" Tracklisting:
 
1. World Gone Mad (6:48)
     I- History of Gods
    II- The Slaughter of Innocence
   III- World Gone Mad
2. Icons of the New Days (4:49)
3. Not in a Place like This (4:18)
4. When a Hero Takes a Fall (5:02)
5. Forevermore (6:04)
6. The Way I’ll Remember (5:09)
7. Fallin’ (4:25)
8. King’s Reborn (8:00)
9. Long Way to Go* (4:56)
10.The Edge of Darkness* (6:30)
11. Wait No Prayers for the Dying (4:55)
12. All I Have Left (11:32)
 
Bonus Disc Tracklisting (only available on CD/DVD Deluxe Ed. and Digital):
 
1. Innuendo (Queen cover)
2. Only (Anthrax cover)
3. Tears Of The Dragon (Bruce Dickinson cover)
4. Edge Of The Blade (Journey cover)
5. The Maker And The Storm (Bonus Track)
6. When Nothing Was Wrong (Bonus Track)
 
Available also as a MP3, 2xLP Gatefold, and Limited Edition Colored 2xLP, which is available exclusively at Frontiers EU webstore: www.frontiers.shop
 
LORDS OF BLACK
Ronnie Romero - Vocals
Tony Hernando - Guitars
Andy C. - Drums
Dani Criado - Bass
*Bass guitar on album by Tony Hernando. Piano, Synths and Keyboards on “Icons Of the New Days” and “Not In A Place Like This” by Andy C. Keyboards, Synths and Synth Guitars on “World Gone Mad”, “Forevermore”, “King’s Reborn” and “The Edge of Darkness” by Tony Hernando. Piano on “Fallin’” and “The Way I’ll remember” by Víctor Díez.
 

 

 
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New AIRRACE Album 'Untold Stories' Out August 10

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Friday, August 10, 2018
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One of the UK’s pioneering AOR acts, Airrace were originally formed in 1982. Having recently re-signed to the Frontiers label, they have today released a new single and announced a forthcoming album and a tour to promote it.
The single, ‘Summer Rain’, is described by band leader and guitarist Laurie Mansworth as “a song for the summer. I wanted to write something upbeat with a positive feel, as there is far too much doom and gloom around at the moment. This song will hopefully take you to a sunny day and lift your spirit." 
 
The album, entitled ‘Untold Stories’, will be released on 10th August. Mansworth continues : “We had a great time making the record. It’s not typically Airrace, with a lot of the material being more 70’s influenced. There is also a much wider spectrum between light and shade in the writing. I have always liked a wide range of different musical styles, from ELO to Led Zep, and when writing these songs I incorporated many of my influences from over the years.”
 
An eight date UK tour in September to promote the album will see Airrace pairing up with Frontiers labelmates The Treatment with support from Tequila Mockingbyrd. The itinerary is : 
21.09.18 CARDIFF Clwb Ifor Bach
22.09.18 LONDON Underworld
23.09.18 NORWICH Waterfront
24.09.18 CAMBRIDGE Portland
27.09.18 WOLVERHAMPTON Slade Rooms 
28.09.18 SHEFFIELD Corporation
29.09.18 NEWCASTLE Cluny
30.09.18 GLASGOW Stereo
Known in Hard Rock circles for being the band that saw the musical debut of drummer Jason Bonham, Airrace was the brainchild of former More guitarist Laurie Mansworth. Following the acclaimed 1984 release of their debut album, ’Shaft Of Light’, the band supported rock titans such as Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf, but they had crash-landed by the summer of 1985. It took a 25th anniversary reissue of the record to reunite the group (with a slightly amended line-up), and they eventually issued a second album, ‘Back To The Start’, via Frontiers in 2011. 
AIRRACE 
Adam Payne - vocals
Laurie Mansworth - guitar
Rocky Newton - bass
Linda Kelsey Foster - keyboards
Dhani Mansworth - drums
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Apr

STAGMA Debut Album Out Now

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Heavy rock band Stagma, the international musical collaboration featuring artists from Europe and the US, have dropped their debut album, the self-titled ‘Stagma’. The album, released on Lisbon-based Headshell Records, contains twelve tracks of Stagma’s signature heavy rock, including an introduction and conclusion by legendary videogame composer, Jeroen Tel.

Producer, composer and Stagma’s rhythm guitarist, Alex Santos says of working alongside Rob Mancini, Neil Fraser, Joe Petro, Vinny Appice, Patrick Johansson, and Jeroen Tel: ‘We’re really pleased that such a talented group of musicians could come together. We combined our efforts and produced an album we’re really proud of.’

He added: ‘When Simon Wright of AC/DC came on board to add drums to ‘Sister Sister’, it was then we knew we had something special.’ Having played and toured with acts such as TEN, Heaven and Earth, Black Sabbath, Maniacs of Noise, Yngwie Malmsteen, Scar For Life, Boneyard Dog, and others, these seasoned musicians plan to keep on producing more music for Stagma.

Song listing:
01 GENESIS // 02 POKERFACE
03 ROCKET MACHINE // 04 FACES IN THE MIRROR
05 PROMISE ME // 06 GATES OF VALHALLA
07 CASTAWAY // 08 BOUNTY HUNTER
09 SISTER SISTER // 10 VIKING NATION
11 WRITTEN IN STONE // 12 TO BE CONTINUED -

Lineup:
Rob Mancini - vocals
Alexandre Santos - rhythm guitars
Neil Fraser - lead guitars
Joe Petro - bass

Vinny Appice - drums on tracks #01 to #08
Simon Wright - drums on track #09
Patrick Johansson - drums on tracks #10 and #11
Jeroen Tel - synths and keyboards on tracks #01, #03, #06 and #12

Tracks #02 to #11 composed by Alexandre Santos
Tracks #01 and #12 composed and arranged by Jeroen Tel
All lyrics by Rob Mancini
 
Songs produced and arranged by STAGMA
Mixing and mastering by Alexandre Santos

Artwork by Zacarias d’Araujo

Watch Stagma’s latest single, ‘Promise Me’, herehttps://youtu.be/7nVytINSG0c

Listen to ‘Stagma’ on Deezerhttps://www.deezer.com/en/album/58401852

Download ‘Stagma’ on iTuneshttps://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stagma/1355830866

Links: www.stagmaband.com

 
Mon
09
Apr

Finland's Hard Rockers RUST N RAGE Sign To MRR

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the signing of one of Finland’s youngest and most hard hitting bands, RUST N RAGE.
 
RUST N RAGE have been kicking ass in their native country, performing since 2010. Their debut album ’Showdown’ was released in 2013, but now it’s time for their mega-cool follow-up, ’Tales From The Wasteland’, which will be released by MRR worldwide outside of Finalnd.
 
Track Listing:
01. Midnight Train 04:10
02. Dancing On The Edge 04:34
03. Riding On The Storm 04:31
04. Hungry For The World 06:09
05. Lethal Injections Of Love 03:46
06. Maze Of Pleasures 04:01
07. Blood On The Cross 06:39
08. Take It Off 04:36
09. Dreamcatcher 05:43
10. Revolution 02:32
 

 
 
Rust n’ Rage - Biography
 
Rust n’ Rage is a rock band formed in 2010, hailing from Pori, the west-coast of Finland. Founding members of the band are guitarist Johnny and drummer Jezzie. The original line-up had a different singer, bassist and also another guitarist, Martti. In the early years of the band, Rust n’ Rage mainly played covers, all the while creating their own material. The bands true spirit and line-up started forming when Vince took the mantle of the singer and Eddy grabbed the bass. Not long after, there was a demo-session of three songs, and two of the songs ended up in the debut album later on. Rust n’ Rage was going on strong as a five-man band, until Martti decided to focus on his own projects and passions. The band decided to keep on going as a four-man group, with only the power of one guitar.
 
At this point, they already had a lot of own material, and it was time to record a debut album. The debut, ”Showdown”, was released in the start of 2013 via local record company, Ektro Records. Three music videos were released from the album, and the record got mainly good reviews from all around the globe. After intense touring around Finland, it was time to start going abroad. Rust n’ Rage went for a six-gig tour, that consisted of gigs in Sweden, Latvia and ended in Estonia, in the summer of 2014.
 
From here, the band had loads of new ass-kickin’ material, and after choosing which songs to record for a second album, all that was left was to start recording it.
In the summer of 2015, Rust n’ Rage started ”Nothing to Lose-tour”, which was done with another Pori based band, Serpico. This tour had gigs in Latvia and Finland, and ended up with eight gigs, all around England.
 

 
From the upcoming album, two singles have been released already: ”Riding on the Storm”, as a lyric video and ”Take it Off”, as a music video. Third video “Dreamcatcher” will be released on spring 2018. The planned release date for the second album, “Tales from the Wasteland”, is coming in May.
 
 
Mon
09
Apr

MILLENNIAL REIGN Bring 'The Great Divide' May 25

Friday, May 25, 2018
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Millennial Reign "The Great Divide" is a really strong US power metal album that should be perfect for fans of bands like Queensryche, Crimson Glory, Stryper and Theocracy! Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]. Released May 25.
 
Tracklisting:
01. The Genesis
02. Break The Tide
03. More Than Scars
04. Imagine
05. Till The End
06. In Your Silence
07. The Day The Sun Stood Still
08. Behind The Time
09. Wounds In Hand
10. The Great Divide
 
The Great Divide album info
The US power metal band Millennial Reign are back with their new album "The Great Divide"! The album features new members Travis Wills [vocals], Steve Nichols [drums] and Neil Bertrand [bass] together with founding member Dave Harvey [guitars]."The Great Divide" is the follow-up to "Carry The Fire", the label debut for the Swedish label Ulterium Records. Since the release of "Carry The Fire" the band toured with Stryper on their "To Hell With The Devil 30th anniversary tour" as well as supported bands like Sonata Arctica, Leaves' Eyes, Theocracy, Omnium Gatherum, Hammerfall and Joe Lynn Turner.
 
"The Great Divide" feels like a more focused and powerful album than its precursor and the new vocalist Travis Wills [Infidel Rising] really shines through the album with his raw and emotional vocals. Fast, catchy songs like "Break The Tide" and "Imagine" are mixed with epic songs like "Till The End" and "Wounds In Hand" and together they form a great collection of songs that should appeal to fans of US power metal and melodic metal.
 
Millennial Reign are scheduled to support Stryper and Hammerfall in June and will also play in Mexico for the first time this year.
 
"The Great Divide" is a really strong US power metal album that should be perfect for fans of bands like Queensryche, Crimson Glory, Stryper and Theocracy!
 
Millennial Reign line-up:
Travis Wills  - Vocals
Dave Harvey - Guitars
Steve Nichols - Drums
Neil Bertrand - Bass
 
Millennial Reign discography:
2018: The Great Divide [Ulterium Records]
2015: Carry The Fire [Ulterium Records]
2012: Millennial Reign
 
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ty Sims
Artwork by Jan Yrlund [Battle Beast, Pyramaze, Korpiklaani]
 
Ulterium Records contact
Web: www.ulterium-records.com
 
Mon
09
Apr

THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Storm Back June 29

Friday, June 29, 2018
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After taking the world of rock music by storm with last year's surprise hit 'Amber Galactic', which also got nominated for a Swedish Grammy in the process, and leaving people speechless after a breath-taking first European tour in November/December, Swedish classic/progressive rock supergroup THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA have completed the works on their impatiently awaited next album.
 
Today the band reveals details of their upcoming album, entitled 'Sometimes The World Ain't Enough'.
Just like 2017's 'Amber Galactic' the album will feature two different cover artworks (see above) for the regular and limited editions.
The album is set for release on June 29, 2018 via Nuclear Blast and will contain 12 brand new songs. The limited first edition digipack CD as well as the vinyl will also feature an exclusive bonus track. The Japanese version will also feature an additional bonus track.
 
Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
01. This Time
02. Turn To Miami
03. Paralyzed
04. Sometimes The World Ain't Enough
05. Moments Of Thunder
06. Speedwagon
07. Lovers In The Rain
08. Can't Be That Bad
09. Pretty Thing Closing In
10. Barcelona
11. Winged And Serpentine
12. The Last Of The Independent Romantics

Limited edition digipack CD & Vinyl bonus track
13. Marjorie
Japanese Bonus Track
14. Pacific Priestess
 
'Sometimes The World Ain't Enough' was again produced by the band themselves and was recorded at Handsome Hard Music / Larsson Music Studio as well as Nordic Sound Lab in Skara, Sweden. Mixing duties were taken on by the band's guitarist/percussionist Sebastian Forslund and mastering was done by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson at The Panic Room.
Pre-orders will start soon.
 
Soon, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA will descend from their extraterrestrial orbit and take over your hometown. The place you thought you knew will for one very special night become a palace of sin, where the champagne hits you harder, the stakes are higher and all the women are undercover space commanders. And on top of all that, THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA will put on the rock show of the year, guaranteed to blow your mind.
Can you handle it?
 
 
Sat
07
Apr

STONELAKE 'Thunder And Rain' Pre-order Now

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
STONELAKE - Thunder And Rain ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
 
It is with great pleasure that MelodicRock Records announces the signing of Swedish hard rockers StoneLake for the release of their new studio release ‘Thunder And Rain’.
 

 
It is the third release in a partnership with StoneLake’s founder Jan Akesson, following previous albums from S.A.Y and Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
This will be StoneLake’s seventh album and their first in 5 years. The band might have a new updated logo, but ‘Thunder And Rain’ is an album of classic StoneLake you know and love – high octane guitar riffs, pounding rhythm section and layers of vocals and keyboards brining the melody.
 
Bound to appeal to fans of Swedish hard rock, TNT and Yngwie Malmsteen and the like…
 

 
Jan Akesson comments: “We are happy to announce the release of our 7th album "Thunder and Rain" through Melodic Rock Records! After a break of nearly 5 years it's great to have finished the work of an album that we are very proud of!”
 
Vocalist Peter Gundstrom: “With this work we are back to the roots where we once started off with melodic songs, harmonies and riffs like the old school! Everything comes from heart and soul and I am very humble still to be able and deliver what I love!”
 
Jan concludes: “To release this album is great because this means that we are back for the future again! We feel that the songwriting and production gets better all the time and this have no ending as long as we love what we are doing! We would also like to thank Andrew for believing in us and that our cooperation goes on and on!”
 
STONELAKE IS:
Peter Grundstrom – Vocals, Backing Vocals
Jan Akesson - Guitars – Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced By: Jan Akesson
Recorded, Mixed And Mastered By: Jan Akesson AT UMP Unlimited Music Production
 
 
StoneLake Bio:
In August 1984 guitarist Jan Akesson and singer Peter Grundstrom got to know each other after performing at the same show in different bands; Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight. Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jan’s work with Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall of the same year.
 
Whitelight’s focus was melodic hard rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and then by a 'new wave' of English, American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive record deal.
 
After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock. Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee Avenue.
Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger and Dr Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
 
Kee Avenue split up in 1991 after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band. After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept on writing songs, always looking for the right project to showcase his talent.
 
In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry.
 
Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a ‘reunion’. A good meal and a few beers was the spark that lit a new beginning.
 
The result was StoneLake.
 
'Thunder And Rain' will be released April 25 on MelodicRock Records.
 
 
Fri
06
Apr

CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD 'Struck By Lightning' Pre-order Now

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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PRE-ORDER NOW - EARLY DIGITAL AUDIO DELIVERY AHEAD OF CD SHIPPING APRIL 25
 
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD - Struck By Lightning ($15 + $5 worldwide shipping)
 
 
MRR APRIL RELEASE DEAL -
CAPTAIN BLACK BEARD + STONELAKE ($30 + $5 worldwide shipping) 
 
 
Swedish rockers Captain Black Beard have signed with Melodic Rock Records for the release of their new studio album ‘Struck By Lightning’, coming worldwide April 25.
 
The first single and video from the album “All The Pain”, is out now, with the new video 'Dead End Street' making it's debut now:

The new album sees a switch in musical direction for the band, unleashing a wave of powerful new anthemic, pure melodic rock songs.
 
“It’s an honor to work with such enthusiastic champions of our genre.” says bassist Robert Majd.
 

 
In the summer of 2017 Captain Black Beard entered the studio to write a new chapter in the bands history. Robert Majd and Christian Ek along with new lead singer Liv Hansson as well as producer Jona Tee (keyboardist in H.E.A.T) pretty much reinvented the band’s sound.
 
The album that was recorded is called ‘Struck By Lightning’ and features a fresh dose of high energy melodic rock. From the instant catchiness of the opening track “All The Pain” to the heavy closing of “Straight Out Of Hell”, the band combines their AOR influences with their hard rock roots.
 
“This is a tremendous album and I’m really excited for the guys,” states MRR owner Andrew McNeice. “They’ve created a great new sound that brings together everything I love about music – killer songs, big production and hooks and harmonies everywhere. This album is going to put the guys on the map.”
 
Captain Black Beard was formed in 2009. Their self-titled debut album was named one of the "Albums Of The Year" by legendary journalist Geoff Barton of Classic Rock. The follow-up "Before Plastic" featured guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) and Mats Karlsson (220 Volt). In 2016 the band released "It's a Mouthful" and toured with Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deep Purple), Robin Beck, House Of Lords and performed at the festival Hard Rock Hell AOR for the second time in their career.
 
A release party will be held in Stockholm, Sweden on the 9th of May. Check out the bands website or facebook-page for all the latest news: www.facebook.com/CaptainBlackBeardBand / www.CaptainBlackBeard.net
 
“Struck By Lightning” will be released via Melodic Rock Records on April 25.
 

 
 
Fri
06
Apr

BIG CITY Bring 'Big City Life' To Fans June 22

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Friday, June 22, 2018
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Norwegian melodic heavy rock/metal band, BIG CITY, have released a new lyric video for 'From This Day', the song is taken from their second album ‘Big City Life‘, which will be released as a double CD digipack including their 2013 never released debut album ‘Wintersleep‘, on June 22nd, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels RecordsBIG CITY features members of ScariotBlood Red ThroneWithemMaraton and Memoria Avenue. The video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/XUaJ5XShGwE
The video was made by Mitsos Tsou at Brutus Studios. Mixing, mastering and keys on both albums by Martin Berger (Screams Of Scarlet, Blood Red Throne, Zerozonic) at Skar Production. The album artwork was made by by Tim Eckhorst (Scorpions, Ektomorf, UDO, Wacken Open Air).
Big City Life‘ Tracklist:
1. Big City Life
2. Cryin’ In The Night
3. Daemon In The Dark
4. Rocket Man
5. Stars Surrounding
6. From This Day
7. Running For Your Life
8. Forgive Me Now
9. Tower Of Babylon
10. Home Again
Wintersleep‘ Tracklist:
1. Midnight Train
2. Innocence Of A Kill
3. Wintersleep
4. Fire And Stone
5. Too Late
6. The Last Sleep
7. Iseline
8. Love Break The Heart
9. Harbor Of Tears
10. Will You Be Gone
Big City is:
Jan Le Brandt - Vocals (Memoriaa AvenueNorthquake)
Daniel Olaisen - Guitars (Scariot
Blood Red Throne, ex-Satyricon)
Frank Ørland - Guitars (ex-Scariot)
Miguel Pereira - Bass (Withem)
Frank Nordeng Røe - Drums (Withem
Maraton)

BIG CITY is a melodic heavy rock/metal band from Norway with tons of experience in the music industry. The members have been playing or still play in extreme bands as Satyricon and Blood Red Throne, but also the up and coming prog metal band Withem and many other bands.
The reason for Big City is songwriter Daniel Olaisen and his ideas throughout the last 10 years. He wanted to put his 80’s heavy riffs in a band and find suitable people to join him. Bandmate, Frank Ørland, also played with Daniel in Scariot (1999-2005, prog/thrash/heavy band featuring Communic members) and was an obvious choice to bring to Big CityFrank Nordeng Røe (WithemMarathon, session drummer for Circus Maximus) on drums, was found when searching on internet. The band was completed with Jan Le Brandt on vocals and Geir Inge Olsen on session bass guitar. The debut album, Wintersleep, was recorded and released in 2013 digitally through Mayhem Music.
Big City continued to write material for another album. Miguel Pereira (Withem) was recruited as their new permanent bass player. Big City is now planning to perform live in 2018 for the first time!
 
Wed
04
Apr

HARTMANN Has Both 'Hands On The Wheel' For New Album

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Friday, May 18, 2018
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The new HARTMANN album 'Hands On The Wheel' will be released May 18 via Pride & Joy.
 
The history of HARTMANN started in 2005 with the debut 'Out in the cold', often reviewed as 'Album of the month' in a wide range of rock magazines all over the world. With their successful followers 'Home' (2006), '3' (2009), 'Balance' (2012), the live & acoustic DVD/CD 'Handmade' (2008) and the compilation 'The Best Is Yet To Come' (2013) the band has meanwhile worked out their status as being one of Germany’s best modern hard rock bands that is offering international high-class melodic rock. The band also enjoys the good reputation as an outstanding live band and has been called to tour with rock legends as Toto, The Hooters, Uriah Heep, Edguy, Mother’s Finest, Y&T and others. Their latest album ’Shadows & Silhouettes’ (2016) has been accompanied again with a club tour and many festivals last summer.  
 
Now the forthcoming new album ’Hands On The Wheel’ – way more rough and rocking and than its predecessor - will be released May 18th 2018 on the artist’s label Sonic 11 Records in cooperation with Pride&Joy Music/Soulfood, again co-produced by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Beyond The Black, Kamelot). Including the participation of guest musicians as Jimmy Kresic (The Roots, Rock Meets Classic), Karolina Galbavà & Irena Morisakovà (Hans Zimmer), the album will contain the catchy singles/videoclips ’Don’t want back down’ and the very special duet ’Simple man’ feat. Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin, accompanied by a huge promotion-/video-campaign of Germany’s No 1 rock radio station Rockantenne and a special Facebook & online campaign.  
 
Since the late 90’s founder Oliver Hartmann is known as a highly respected singer and guitarist on the international music scene due to four albums with the band At Vance, studio work for hard rock and metal acts as Hammerfall, Rhapsody, Helloween or Edguy, as a long time studio and live member of top sellers as Avantasia and as part of 'Rock Meets Classic' that is featuring the big names of the international rock scene: Alice Cooper, Ian Gillan, Uriah Heep, Status Quo, Thin Lizzy, Paul Rodgers, Eric Bazilian, Jimi Jamison, Midge Ure, Steve Lukather, Chris Thompson, Bonnie Tyler and many others. Besides that Oliver Hartmann is also fronting the successful Pink Floyd Tribute Echoes that climbed up to No 20 of the German charts in 2015 with their acoustic live DVD ’Barefoot To The Moon’ and received outstanding critics world wide. 
 
Line-up: Oliver Hartmann (vocals, guitar); Mario Reck (guitar); Armin Donderer (bass); Markus Kullmann (drums); additional keys by Jimmy Kresic 
 
 
01. Don’t Want Back Down, 02. Your Best Excuse, 03. Cold As Stone, 04. Simple Man, 05. Last Plane Out, 06. Soulmates, 07. The Harder They Come, 08. Dream World. 09. I Remember * 10. Lost In Translation, 11. The Sky Is Falling, 12. Heart Of Gold
 
 
Wed
04
Apr

Original VICIOUS RUMORS Bassist DAVE STARR Celebrates The 30-Year Anniversary Of 'Digital Dictator'

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ORIGINAL VICIOUS RUMORS BASSIST DAVE STARR CELEBRATES THE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BAND'S LEGENDARY 1988 ALBUM, 'DIGITAL DICTATOR,' WITH NEW FACEBOOK PAGE
 
Before playing guitar and bass in WildeStarr, and a run with CHASTAIN, Dave Starr was the bassist in one of the world's premier power metal bands; VICIOUS RUMORS (aka VR). As a member for 10 years on all of VR's greatest albums, tours, and videos, Dave was also the one responsible for bringing vocalist Carl Albert and guitarist Mark McGee into the band, thus cementing the greatest lineup in the bands history. 

The first album with this lineup, 'DIGITAL DICTATOR,' was recorded the summer of 1987, and released on Shrapnel records April of 1988. The record became an instant classic worldwide, and the band played tour dates in the USA, Mexico, Canada and Europe. The record is still in print and selling strong - 30 years after its release! 

Dave says: "Digital Dictator is generally regarded by VR fans as the band's best album. Everything clicked - we all contributed to the songwriting, and the amazing chemistry the 5 of us had just came through with incredible results."  

Shrapnel Records President Mike Varney recently said, "Vicious Rumors was one of the early bands that I signed to Shrapnel. Among many other distinctions, VR were a live band and not a studio project. 'Digital Dictator' has become a metal classic and, among other things, introduced amazing vocalist Carl Albert to the world. It's hard to believe that 30 years has passed but the quality of the performances has stood the test of time."

Dave has put together a new Facebook page dedicated to the VR 'Digital Dictator' album 30th anniversary: 

www.facebook.com/groups/DaveStarrVRDD30/?ref=bookmarks
 
This FB page will feature pics and stories from the classic 'Digital Dictator' era, and more importantly, Dave has finally unleashed never before seen videos he had filmed of the band! These videos have sat in boxes for over 30 years, until Dave started to transfer them to digital format this year. LIVE shows, backstage, in the studio, hanging out, etc. - a literal treasure trove of VR videos that are finally seeing the light of day!! The first 4 segments are up now for all the fans to see for the first time ever, with lots more videos to come.

Dave Starr is now available for interviews with the metal press worldwide to discuss the VR Digital Dictator 30th anniversary 1988 - 2018, and the new WildeStarr "Beyond the Rain" CD (issued in December of last year). And you can expect the following from Dave in conversation: 

* Unique insight from Dave Starr, who was the bassist in VR for 10 years, and played on all the bands greatest albums, tours, and videos. 
* Co-writer of 3 songs from the Digital Dictator album: RLH, Digital Dictator, and Replicant
* The straight story, with no BS and no filter. Dave tells it like it was...and is.
* The true story behind how Dave assembled the VR Digital Dictator lineup

 
FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:
 
 
Thu
29
Mar

SONS OF APOLLO Launch New EP

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March 28, 2018 -- SONS OF APOLLO--former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force)—released a six-song EP today, “ALIVE”/“TENGO VIDA,” which includes three versions of the latest single, “Alive,” from their #1 debut album, PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY, as well as three versions of the song in Spanish, “Tengo Vida.”  It’s available now on all digital outlets worldwide.
 
Here’s the complete track listing:
 
Alive – album version
Alive - radio edit
Alive - acoustic version
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – standard
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – radio edit
Tengo Vida (Alive Spanish version) – acoustic version
 
The Vicente Cordero-directed for “Alive” is now available in both versions.
 
 
The English version can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O8VZgL_9IQ.
 
“It was discussed we should do a Spanish language version of ‘Alive’ before our first tour in South America and I was excited to make it work,” explains singer Jeff Scott Soto. “I brought in my close friend Alex to help with the translation as well as coach me on my enunciation. I am not fluent in Spanish so it was a difficult process, but it sounds pretty damn cool now that we made it work. I think my favorite part is hearing Bumblefoot singing in Spanish!”
 
Guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal is excited about offering these new versions of “Alive” to their fans. "I love stripping down a song to its simplest form, showing the core of what the song is,” he says. “The acoustic version of ‘Alive’ has that naked vulnerability, and shows what a great lyricist and melody-maker Jeff is."

 

 
Tue
27
Mar

Motherlode Reload And Launch STONEFACE

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In 1982 the Swedish hard rock band Motherlode was formed. Now, 2018 three of the original band members launch Stoneface.
 
Their debut album will be released on the 7th April. No prizes for guessing the name of the album. 
 
The year 1982 was the beginning of an important era of Swedish modern hard rock history. Hard rock act Motherlode was formed in 1982 by Peter Rundstroem, (bass) and Tom Nilsson, (guitars), together with lyricist Christer Hellstroem. Martin Hedberg, (drums) joined 1985, and the band was a part of the Swedish hard rock scene in various settings until the final break-up in 2014, with Sonny Larsson as well as Per Englund as the bands lead vocalists.
Motherlode released The Sanctuary 1987, with producer Kit Woolven and Magnum keyboardist Mark Stanway, and Tomorrow Never Comes in 2010.
 
When Motherlode finally was put to rest in 2014, Tom decided to form a new band with his old band members, Peter, Christer and Martin. This setup with a lineup that hadn´t played together since 1996 started to produce new songs in 2014, and started the search for a new vocalist, preparing for their first gig, planned to be set for 2017.
When the name Stoneface was decided, the band recorded four demo songs in 2015, and hired gun Stefan Nykvist was brought in to put vocals to four demo songs. After almost two years of songwriting and producing, the band has now found their permanent vocalist, Andreas Novak, (Mind´s Eye, House of Shakira), and their new album Stoneface, is about to be released in April 2018.
 
Stoneface music, which comes in style of the hard rock/metal trade, with bands like Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Dream Theater, and Rush, and other contemporary bands during the late seventies, and early eighties. But, you can easily find more modern influences like Black Stone Cherry, and Black Label Society as well.
 
The brew is strong riffs, heavy drum grooves, and majestic basslines, with truly great harmonies and melodies, which leaves space and great opportunities for Mr. Novak to set the standard for the band to become a rock-solid diamond on the modern metal scene.
Stoneface debut album is due for release at their premier concert the 7th of April 2018 at The Frimis Salonger in Orebro.
 
Spring, summer and autumn 2018 you will be able to see Stoneface in action at a festival or rock club nearby, so keep them Heavy Metal Goggles open….
 
Tue
27
Mar

BLACK MAJESTY New Album 'Children Of the Abyss' Coming Soon

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Friday, September 21, 2018
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Australia's Black Majesty are happy to announce that the band's new upcoming full length album is titled CHILDREN OF THE ABYSS. The new album will be released on September 21st via Pride and Joy Music.
 
The album art has been created by Thomas Ewerhard (Avantasia, Masterplan, Edguy, Rage, Jorn Lande).
 
The new album will be available on CD and Vinyl/LP.
 
Mixing and Mastering will once again be handled by Roland Grapow at Grapow’s Studio in Slovakia.
 
Mon
26
Mar

Latest From Rock Candy - LEGS DIAMOND, MORNING STAR & NUTZ

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The following seven new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price.
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘S/T’ CANDY340
 
IF EVER THERE was a band that should have taken their music to the very top of the rock charts and beyond, then Legs Diamond were surely it. Feted by the cognoscenti, yet forever living in a shadow, the band’s influence and reputation has actually increased as the years have flown by. To many, their music has come to represent some of the greatest hard rock to have emerged from North America, with some calling them, quite accurately, the American Deep Purple.
The band’s debut album came to represent the very soul of a movement that was in full swing, led by the likes of Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, BOC and Montrose. There was nothing shallow about the band’s music or message; it was a full on assault of cock sure riffs, sublime vocals, intricate arrangements and a confidence that you only witness in the most talented acts.
 
SPECIAL DELUXE COLLECTOR’S EDITION 2CD EDITION, FULLY REMASTERED AUDIO, 12 BONUS TRACKS, 16 PAGE FULL COLOUR BOOKLET, 4,000 WORD ESSAY ABOUT THE MAKING OF THE ALBUM INCLUDING NEW INTERVIEW AND RARE PHOTOS
 
TRACK LISTING: CD 1: 1. IT’S NOT THE MUSIC 2. STAGE FRIGHT 3. SATIN PEACOCK 4. ROCK AND ROLL MAN 5. DEADLY DANCER 6. RAT RACE 7. CAN’T FIND LOVE. CD 2 BONUS TRACKS: 8. COME WITH ME 9. RAT RACE 10. THRIL SEEKER 11. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 12.  NOT YOURS NOT MINE 13. DEADLY DANCER 14. ONE WAY TICKET 15. AVALANCHE 16. TRACES 17. STREET RUNNER 18. CLOSER 19. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘A DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK’ CANDY341
 
HAVING RECORDED ONE of the best debut hard rock albums of the 1970s, Legs Diamond had set a seriously high standard that attracted the attention of connoisseurs worldwide. Against all odds, the band’s second album was not only a more impressive statement but also one that solidified the group’s reputation for years to come. Produced this time around by Eddie Leonetti (who worked with Angel, Moxy and Rex) the record is an astonishing continuation of their debut, helping the band to fully realise their enormous potential.
Released in the fall of 1977, it showcases the band at the very peak of their powers, unleashing a veritable barrage of rock solid material. Cleverly bridging the gap between balls to the wall hard rock and more constrained content, the album builds on their reputation as a band that could easily combine clever instrumental prowess with hard as nails riffs.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. DIAMOND IS A HARD ROCK 2. WAITING 3. LONG SHOT 4. WOMAN 5. JAILBAIT 6. I THINK I GOT IT 7. EVIL 8. LIVE A LITTLE 9. FLYIN’ TOO HIGH. BONUS TRACKS: 10. HIGH SCHOOL QUEEN 11. TEASER 12. IT TAKES MORE SOUL (TO ROCK & ROLL) 13. STUMBLER 14. SHOWTIME IN CHICAGO 15. EVIL
 
  
 
LEGS DIAMOND ‘FIRE POWER’ CANDY342
 
HAVING RECORDED TWO sensational albums for well heeled Mercury Records, the band were cast adrift when sales figures revealed unexpected and disappointing results. But with deep resolve they opted to carry on and found a new home with independent label, Cream Records. Unfortunately, as things turned out it was not the saving grace they had hoped for but it did provide them with the opportunity to record yet another album that significantly added to their reputation.
 
Issued in 1979, the record actually received well intentioned promotion and contained arguably one of their greatest tracks, namely ‘Underworld King’, a song that further bolstered their reputation as the American comparison to Deep Purple. Other highlights include ‘Come With Me’ and ‘Man At The Top’. It is an album of light and shade, clearly the result of behind the scenes influences, but at least the band’s heart and soul was still beating loud and clear, letting us know that they were still very much contenders to the throne.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. UNDERWORLD KING  2. MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE  3. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’  4. REMEMBER MY NAME  5. CHICAGO  6. MIDNIGHT LADY  7. HELP WANTED  8. COME WITH ME  9. TRAGEDY  10. MAN AT THE TOP. BONUS TRACKS: 11. WINDS OF FORTUNE 12. BETWEEN THE LEGS 13. HOUSE ON FIRE 14. SYMPTOMS OF PASSION 15. DANCE HALL GIGOLO 16. FIGHT FOR IT 17. HIDIN’ 18. GAMBLIN’ ON YOU 19. URBAN DESPERADO 20. CARD SHARK 21. SMOTHER ME
 
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YOU MAY NEVER have heard of Morningstar, but that’s no reason not to make a space in your life for them now. Formed in Kansas City during the early 70s, their debut album is a fitting period piece, eliciting comparisons to similar sounding mid-west champions such as Roadmaster, Trillion and Head East; all groups with a penchant for melody displaying respect for classy arrangements and impressive musicianship.
Issued in 1978, their hard driving edge and progressive flourishes made several tracks standout, such as the pounding ‘Turn Out All The Lights’, the epic six minute ‘Through The Night’ - a veritable stylistic cornucopia of heavy but melodious rock - and ‘Sad Lady’, a classy pomp rock prima donna blessed with layers of soaring vocals and impressive keyboards.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. SHOTGUN ROMANCE 2. PREMEDITATED RENDEZVOUS 3. SUNSHINE (CHANGIN’ OF THE SEASON) 4. THROUGH THE NIGHT 5. SWEET GEORGIA PEACH 6. SAD LADY 7. ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL SHOW 8. TURN OUT ALL THE LIGHTS 9. TOO MUCH TO LOSE.  BONUS TRACKS: 10. GENTLEMEN OF  FORTUNE 11. REMEMBER WHEN
 
MORNINGSTAR ‘VENUS’ CANDY301
 
‘VENUS’ WAS MORNINGSTAR’S second album, issued in 1979, on the Columbia label and like their debut, it failed spectacularly to bother the charts despite the quality of their music. However, to a select few, the band’s penchant for playing in a style later labelled as pomp rock (think Trillion, Roadmaster, Starcastle) gave them an undeniable edge, creating a small but dedicated following; one that would grow in later years with the Internet helping to tap into a scene ripe for reappraisal.
 
The album builds on their debut yet demonstrates a slightly more mainstream approach, best exemplified by the epic, Foreigneresque vibe of ‘Never Meant To Be’, the poptastic s groove of ‘Rosie’ and the classical pomp rock of ‘Let Me Dream’, with its majestic finale.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. ANGEL 2. EVERYBODY I LOVE YOU 3. LADY LOVE 4. ROCK & ROLL RODEO 5. NEVER MEANT TO BE 6. ROSIE 7. GIMME SOME LOVIN’ 8. HARD BARGAIN DRIVER 9. LET ME DREAM
 
  
 
NUTZ ‘S/T’ CANDY367
 
WITH THE RISE of British rock as a major, worldwide, force during the early seventies a slew of up and coming home grown acts also appeared including Nutz. Formed in their home city of Liverpool this four man unit fitted right into the scene and not surprisingly secured an influential deal with the A&M label. Issued in 1974, and housed in a highly controversial sleeve, the album attracted strong reviews and saw the band instigate an intense gigging schedule (including opening for Queen on their 1974 tour). The album is an impressive mixture of powerful hard rock, and more ambitious compositions such as the hard hitting ‘Ain’t No Thanks To You’ (featuring superb slide guitar), ‘As Far As The Eye Can See’ and ‘Poor Man’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. POOR MAN 2. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU 3. SPOKE IN A WHEEL 4. I CAN’T UNWIND 5. CAN’T TELL HER WHY 6. AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE 7. LOVE WILL LAST FOREVER 8. LIGHT OF DAY 9. ROUND & ROUND 10. JOKE.  BONUS TRACKS: 11. JUST FOR THE CRACK 12. JUST FOR THE CRACK (Live) 13. JOKE (Live) 14. I CAN’T UNWIND (Live) 15. AIN’T NO THANKS TO YOU (Live) 16. POOR MAN (Live) 17. ROUND & ROUND (Live) 18. LIGHT OF DAY (Live)
 
NUTZ ‘TOO’ CANDY368
 
WITH A POSITIVE reputation established via their debut album, Liverpool based quintet Nutz set about recording their follow-up album in London’s Trident studios utilising, once again, producer John Anthony who had so successfully guided their debut. It wise a wise move as the resultant record showed distinct maturity and a great gift for constructive arrangements. It also continued to showcase the inventive guitar playing of Mick Devonport and the impressive vocals of Dave Lloyd. Issued in 1975 ‘Nutz Too’ contained a brace of intelligent and well constructed tracks veering from on-point mid-seventies hard rock such as ‘Take It From Me’, ‘Cool Me Down’ and the jewel in the crown ‘Sinner’, to more introspective fair like ‘Dear Diary and ‘The Love You Lost’.
 
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TRACK LISTING: 1. NATURE INTENDED 2. I WANT NEVER GETS 3. TAKE IT FROM ME 4. CHANGE’S COMING 5. DEAR DIARY 6. IS IT ALL FOR REAL 7. COOL ME DOWN 8. R.S.D. 9. THE LOVE YOU LOST 10. SINNER 11. KNIFE EDGE BONUS TRACK: 12. LONG SHIPS
 
 
Fri
23
Mar

STEVEN TYLER Goes 'Out On A Limb' For New Doco

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Directed by Casey Tebo
 
Featuring interviews with Steven Tyler, The Loving Mary Band, Slash, Robert Deleo, Jaren Johnston, Starfighters, David Hodges, Chris Destefano, Nathan Barlowe
 
An intimate portrait of rock icon Steven Tyler as he embraces the challenges of shifting gears, both as a solo performer and in a new genre of music. Uncovering a side of Tyler many fans have never seen before, this inspiring story looks at the passion, drive and search for creative fulfillment that keeps artists pushing boundaries throughout their careers.
STEVEN TYLER: OUT ON A LIMB will kick off the opening night of the 49th Annual Nashville Film Festival on May 10, 2018. 

The Nashville Film Festival will take place in Music City on May 10-19 at the Regal Hollywood 27 theaters. See official press release attached.
Available on VOD and Digital HD on May 15, 2018 
 
Run Time: 96 minutes  |  Rating: Not Rated

 
Thu
22
Mar

PAUL DEAN Debuts New Solo Single 'Be With You'

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LOVERBOY guitarist PAUL DEAN starts Spring with his own renewal, digitally releasing a new song and accompanying video, 'Be With You' his first solo material in more than 20 years, since 1994’s album, Machine. The single will be available digitally on March 21st for streaming at all major sites, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and Deezer, as well as for download on iTunes and Amazon Music and viewing on YouTube.
 
 
“Be With You” is based on a song Paul reveals “has been kicking around since Loverboy’s “Just Getting Started” album, but its current iteration offers a “mariachi, south-of-the-border Mexicali blues” flavor, marked by Dean’s acoustic and twangy electric guitars – in large part thanks to his trusty Floyd Rose whammy bar. The result sounds like it could have come straight from a Traveling Wilburys’ album, or a Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez movie. “It was originally intended as part of a soundtrack to a screenplay I’m working on”, says Dean. It is the first of 11 new songs, many recorded at co-producer Mike Pisterzi’s Dallas-based Maximedia Studios with Loverboy mates Matt Frenette and Ken “Spider” Sinnaeve. Loverboy singer Mike Reno even contributes lyrics to one track.
 
“It’s a huge change musically for me from what I do with the band,” said Dean. “It reminds me of Loverboy’s debut album in its stylistic diversity, because each of the songs is so different. I just wrote what I was feeling and what I loved to hear and perform. It’s totally meant to be danced to, especially ‘Be With You’.”
 
Indeed, the video is a “celebration” of Loverboy and its fans, featuring Dean today (“My wife talked me into being real, owning up to who I am,” he says) playing over footage shot more than three decades ago with the band. The object of desire is an alluring woman, (who is featured in the cover band at the beginning of the band’s “Lovin’ Every Minute” video), whooping it up on stage in a display of self-empowerment, the unaware object of the narrator’s obsession.
 
“I like that kind of juxtaposition of really positive music with ambiguous lyrics,” says Dean, referencing such Loverboy classics as “Turn Me Loose” and “The Kid Is Hot Tonight,” the latter warning about the perils of fame. “Taken at face value, you could say “Be With You” is simply a love song.”
 
The new video comes on the heels of last year’s digital release of Dean’s 1989 solo debut, Hard Core, with it’s accompanying re-released videos of “Sword In Stone”, and “Draw The Line.” Dean says, “This is not a break from Loverboy. It’s meant to augment what we do as a band - to continue the dialogue, the conversation, with our fans, and keep them invested in us, individually and collectively.”
 
LOVERBOY's four-decade-long career began in Calgary when vocalist Mike Reno was introduced to guitar legend Paul Dean, the two eventually joined by keyboardist Doug Johnson, drummer Matt Frenette and bassist Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve, who replaced the late Scott Smith in 2000. The band’s releases include the four-million-selling Get Lucky, and three double-platinum releases in their self-titled 1980 debut, 1983's Keep It Up and 1985's Lovin' Every Minute of It, including the hits "Working for the Weekend," "Lovin' Every Minute of It.
 
 
Wed
21
Mar

MICHAEL BORMANN Gets 'Rock Hard' May 5

Saturday, May 5, 2018
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News from Michael Bormann:
 
We are in the middle of the first Michael Bormann´s Jaded Hard production. In advance, the previously announced 'Best Of Rock Songs' – album, Michael Bormann 'Rock Hard', will be released May 5.
 
A special package (CD, t-shirt, lanyard and autograph) for early birds will be offered until March 31. 
 
 
Tracklist: Conspiracy, I Will Hold The Line, Live Your Life, Anymore, Life Is A Miracle, I Wanna Be A Rockstar, When Push Comes To Shove, Come Take Me Higher, Won't Surrender, It's Only Physical, Let's Make History, Live And Let Die , Breathless, Stand Up 2017, I'm Not Your Entertainment , My Favorite Time

 

 

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