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Tue
18
Sep

OUTLOUD - Virtual Hero Society (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Release Date: 
Out NOw
Released: 
Worldwide
Categories: 
 
 
OUTLOUD, the international melodic hard rock sensation consisting of Bob Katsionis (FIREWIND) and NYC-based singer Chandler Mogel has released 3 albums and an EP to wide critical acclaim in the hard rock / metal world, since its debut released on Frontiers Records in 2009, has appeared in hundreds of rock & metal publications both print and online, including features in major mags such as BURRN! Japan, Rock Hard, Fireworks, Metal Hammer, etc.
 
They have become the most viewed Greek Hard Rock band on YouTube. Their songs appear on a handful of reputable compilations such as Rock Hard, Metal Hammer & Classic Rock AOR and their track ‘We Run’ was named ‘Track of the Day’ in Classic Rock Magazine. The band has toured in Europe and in its home-base country of Greece multiple times, has appeared on national TV there (on MTV Greece, MAD TV and Radio Arvyla, the country’s biggest talk show) and also twice on the cover for Greek Metal Hammer, the country’s biggest rock publication. The band begin a new chapter of their career with their fourth full-length album, ‘Virtual Hero Society’ (aka VHS) on ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records, a new, on-the-rise hard rock label out of Greece.
 
This is their first full-length since 2014’s ‘Let’s Get Serious’, and their second release on ROAR, the first being Destination: Overdrive - the Best of Outloud, which featured their popular cover of the Pointer Sisters' hit ‘I’m So Excited’, in 2015. This time, with the album title, theme and title track and first single, "Virtual Heroes", Outloud abandons their general "playful" approach and goes toward deeper subject matter, tackling what could be called the "double-edged sword" of technology in today's society, as evidenced by the album cover.
 
Chandler Mogel, the American lead singer of the band, comments on the albums concept: "I know that Outloud of course is known for all our good time rock and roll and party vibe and all that, however this is a very important subject that needs to be addressed to the masses. "Cell phones and social media in general are very convenient and allow us to communicate to a broader audience , however they have some negative aspects which stem from misuse that not all people may realize. We hope to do some good for the society at large by giving back an important message in that we really want people not to abuse them nor do we want people to lose their humanity for one another, because they are so "zoned out" by their phone screens, etc. Take the time to reach out and touch someone - for real."
 
According to Bob Katsionis: ‘This time we tried to achieve the most difficult task of all: to have a personal sound that reminds of no other production in the genre, by combing the best of the analog world with the big disco snare drum sound and the analog mixing with the virtues of the new age with synthesizers, distorted basses and metal guitars! Same thing we did with the title of the album: the nostalgia of the VHS tapes-era that also translates to the harsh reality of the Virtual Hero Society we live in!’
 
Outloud is:
Chandler Mogel - All Lead & Background Vocals
Bob Katsionis - Lead Guitars & Keys
Sverd - Bass
Jim Scordilis - Guitars
Thanos Pappas - Drums
 
 
 

 
Mon
05
Mar

MICHAEL KRATZ - Live Your Life (Showcase)

Michael Kratz: Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitar (all tracks), Drums (6)
Kasper Viinberg: Drums (all tracks except 6), Bass (all tracks except 1),
Guitars, Backing Vocals, Percussion, Accordion, Programming (all tracks)
Steve Lukather: Guitar solo (3)
Michael Landau: Guitars (1)
David Garfield: Keyboards, Hammond, Piano (1, 3)
Dom Brown: Guitars (4, 5)
Christian Warburg: Guitars (8, 11, 12)
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Keyboards, Hammond (12)
Mikkel Risum: Bass (1)
Ole Kibsgaard: Backing Vocals (3)
Ole Viinberg: Backing Vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
Ida Lohmann: Backing Vocals (1)
Emma Viinberg: Choir (8)
Den Jyske Sangskole: Choir (8)
Kenneth Bremer: Cowbell (3)

PURCHASE LINKS:

Standard Edition - https://goo.gl/o3L4Sx
Special Ltd. Personalized Edition (Available exclusively @ www.rocktemple.it ) - https://goo.gl/NB2Puz
Japanese release info - https://goo.gl/K6ktV4 

Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are excited to announce the release date for "Live Your Life", new studio album by Danish AOR / Westcoast artist Michael Kratz, scheduled for release on March 3, 2018 via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group in Europe, and April 13, 2018 via AnderStein Music in Japan. Michael has had a long and rewarding career in the music business, especially in his home country. Having achieved multiple gold releases as the drummer of mainstream pop act, Kandis, his fanbase grew, thanks to his remarkable skills as a musician, which enables him to play any style of rock music. After an entire year of hard-work, Michael is ready to show to music fans the amazing result of "Live Your Life", a real masterpiece of classic AOR / Westcoast music, crafted with a top quality sound and an enviable attitude. 

Michael worked in the album with some legendary musicians like Steve Lukather (Toto), Michael Landau, Dom Brown (Duran Duran), David Garfield, Christian Warburg (Paul Young) & Alessandro Del Vecchio (Revolution Saints, Hardline). "Live Your Life" is going to become a true modern classic in AOR / Westcoast music, thanks to an outstanding overall quality both in songwriting and musicianship. CD graphics (including the alternative Japanese cover artwork) have been designed by Aeglos Art (Airbound, Raintimes, Viana, Charming Grace, Room Experience), while cd booklet features double liner notes written by Kenneth Bremer, editor in chief of renowned westcoast music website Blue Desert, and Steve Price, the star speaker behind renowned ARfm rock radio in UK. 

The release party for "Live Yor Life" is scheduled on February 24, 2018 in Italy in conjunction with the second awaited edition of the melodic rock music festival "A Melodic Rock Night", sponsored by Melodicrock.it, Burning Minds Music Group & Rock Temple. The first single "Never Take Us Alive" ( Official lyric video by Yellow Bang Studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20SGMEVI_y0 ) is available on all the major digital platforms and streaming services from February 9, 2018.

CREDITS: All songs written by Michael Kratz & Kasper Viinberg except 'This Town Is Lost Without You' (Michael Kratz, Kasper Viinberg & Bjarne Langhoff) Arranged by Kasper Viinberg & Michael Kratz Produced & mixed by Kasper Viinberg Mastered by Jan Eliasson Cover concept & logo by Michael Kratz Graphics & design by Aeglos Art

Links:
michaelkratz.net
www.facebook.com/michaelkratz.net

 

 
Tue
20
Feb

JARI TIURA - King Of Lions (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, March 23, 2018
Produced By: 
Jari Tiura
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
Product: Jari Tiura - King Of Lions
Release date: 23.03.2018
Label: AOR Heaven
 
Jari Tiura, former Michael Schenker Group and current Stargazery and Century Lost singer, will release his debut solo album on 23rd March 2018. ‘King Of Lions’ is a bit different than his previous outputs. The solo debut album has a mark of AOR to it, but also offers genuine hard rock feeling at times.
Jari Tiura was born 1968 in Tampere, Finland. He began to sing around the age of 17 when he also formed his first real band Crommer. Two years later the band changed their name to Bourbon and started to play gigs in their hometown.
 
A big change in Jari Tiura’s musical career happened in the end of the 90´s, when he joined Snakegod, a Finnish power metal band. With Snakegod he released an album called “Invitation” in 2001.
 
In 2004 Michael Schenker contacted Jari Tiura and asked him if he would like to fly over to London for an audition gig. Everything went well and Jari even recorded most of his lead vocals for the upcoming MSG release “Tales Of Rock N Roll” during his stay in London. The first MSG concert featuring Jari Tiura on vocals took place in 2006. The show was broadcasted live from Underground, Cologne and aired on the show “Rockpalast” on German TV.
 
Between 2006 and 2007 Jari toured with MSG in Europe, Asia, the USA and Japan, and played big festivals like Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock to name a few.
After leaving MSG, the singer joined Finnish band Stargazery. With Stargazery, he so far has released two albums, "Eye On The Sky" (2011) and "Stars Aligned" (2015). He is also a member of a new group called Century Lost which is currently working on a debut album to be released in 2018.
 
A few years ago Jari Tiura and his good friend and producer Sami Ala-lahti hooked up and started to write music together for his first solo album. “King Of Lions” is a release that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything he had done in the past. Sami Ala-lahti handled the production and also played rhythm guitars, sang backing vocals and did some programming.
 
This release also features Yrjö Ella on lead guitars, Jaan Wessman on bass and drums. On keyboards you will find Jussi Kulomaa, Jani Kemppinen and Mikko Kangasjärvi. Jari Tiura is the executive producer. “King Of Lions”  was mixed by Antto Tuomainen and mastered by Esa Orjatsalo.
 
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Thu
14
Dec

DANTE FOX - Six String Revolver (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, November 24, 2017
Six String Revolver
Produced By: 
Dante Fox
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
Dante Fox return with their 6th album Six String Revolver - It sees the band revolve and pay homage to their most popular songs from their First Two albums from the mid to late Nineties.
 
These are some of the songs that have enabled Dante fox to evolve over time they have been re-recorded with love,respect, precision and an excellent state of the art modern production from Sheena Sear & Mark Stuart at M2 Studio's . There are new arrangements and totally new musical sections added to long term favourites such as Lost And Lonely Heart and How do We Learn About Love which have taken the songs to a new level.
 
The album has been recorded with help from our good friend and Keyboard maestro Eric Ragno , Nigel Bailey ( backing vocals) and on Five tracks pulled from the original recordings Tony Mills( Backing Vocals) It has been a joy and we hope to carry on with these great talents for our seventh album in 2018.
 
Six String Revolver Cover photography by Paul Stuart - Hollingsworth and sleeve design / artwork Carl Beckston
 
Artist - Dante Fox
Album - Six String Revolver
Release date - 24th November 2017
Label - AOR Heaven ( UK and Europe )
 
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Tue
28
Nov

WILDNESS - Wildness (Showcase)

Artist: 
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 

 
The idea behind WILDNESS began to grow in the summer of 2013 when the first songs were written. With main focus on heavy guitars, wide keyboards, big drums, melodies and hooks the shape of something new and exciting began to emerge.

At this point, Wildness was more of a studio project and originally founded by drummer and songwriter Erik Modin while the guitar players Pontus Sköld and Adam Holmström were in to share the lead guitar parts early on. The search for the right lead singer wasn't easy as pie, but after a few months their destiny crossed with the unbelivable vocal talent Gabriel Lindmark in early 2014. More songwritings and demos recording came along, and it didn't take long until it was clear that WILDNESS deserved to be a real band.

On September 1st 2015, WILDNESS independently released their self-produced debut single "Collide" which immediately gained a lot of spins at various digital platforms such as a number of online radio stations focused on AOR and Melodic Rock. Live performances that followed showed that the band was capable to deliver on stage as well.
The second single "Turning The Pages" was released on January 14th 2016, and shortly after that WILDNESS was approached by Georg Siegl by German record label AOR Heaven.

The contact resulted in a record deal which allowed the band to finally begin the launch of their first full-length album. The choice for the producer fell on the creative and productive mastermind Erik Wigelius (Wigelius, Care Of Night) and the pre-production and recordings took place between during 2016 and 2017. The main part of the record was recorded at Erik Wigelius' studio, besides additional parts recorded by drummer and co-producer Erik Modin.

The two previous singles "Collide" and "Turning The Pages" were re-recorded for the album. The mixing and mastering was handled by Erik Wigelius, who really knows how to take the 80's-influenced sounds at put them in the 21th century! Despite their short career, WILDNESS have already shared stages with well established acts in the scene like WHITE WIDDOW and DYNAZTY.

Releases: Collide - Digital single (September 1th, 2015) ; Turning The Pages - Digital single (January 14th, 2016)

facebook.com/wildnessofficial / instagram: wildnessofficial


 
 
Mon
23
Oct

JAIMZ VOKINS - Time Machine (Showcase)

Artist: 
Time Machine
Produced By: 
Steevi Jaimz
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 

Steevi Jaimz, singer, songwriter. Probably best known for fronting the 1980’s big selling, over the top, Glam Metal band Tigertailz. With whom he wrote and recorded their first Shoot To Kill EP and the debut album Young & Crazy. After his spell in Tigertailz, he signed to Carlin Music Publishing and released his first solo EP Kick That Habit-Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, with which he worked on with legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham as producer. Two solo albums have followed that. Damned if I Do… Damned If I Don’t. And more recently, 2008’s My Private Hell. Recorded in Sweden with respected songwriter/Producers Chris Laney  (Zan Clan, Shotgun, Pretty Maids)  and Anders Ringman. Steevi says “My Privatee Hell was the record I’d always dreamed of making. Chris and Anders are incredible writers, musicians and Producers, and it was a pleasure to make from start to finish. I’m also very proud to call them great friends too”. In 2015 Steevi was personally invited by Cherie Currie (The Runaways) to join her onstage in London. Which led to the collaboration on the forthcoming Time Machine record.

Phil Vokins is an English guitarist, songwriter and arranger best known for his work with Persian Risk, Bill Ward (Black Sabbath), Tyrant, Strangeways and Wrathchild. Phil is mainly known for his on-stage, charismatic antics. But as a studio artist, Phil’s experience sets him apart as a more unique, and ready to listen to the ideas from those around him. As Phil quotes ” I just love to play, that’s really what it’s about for me, I never wanted to be a Rock Star ” I can’t even stand the term.

Their latest work together has brought them results with “Time Machine” via AOR Blvd. Records.

Jaimz’ tendancy to start bar fights in the bars of London in the hey-day was as likely as someone might spill a beer. But that was 30 years ago. Rumor has it, the chap has been a bit more controlled for a number of years now and the fist fights are well behind him.

One track sure to grab some attention as opposed to a bar brawl, is the remake of Cher’s 1971 hit “Gypsies Tramps & Thieves.”

The classic cover also features The Runaways vocalist Cherie Currie as a guest singer.

 

 
 
Mon
23
Oct

MIDNITE CITY - Midnite City (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, October 20, 2017
Midnite City
Produced By: 
Pete Newdeck
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
MIDNITE CITY were formed in January 2017 by current Tigertailz front-man (and former Vega, Steevi Jaimz and Teenage Casket Company member and songwriter) Rob Wylde.

Armed with an album's worth of material written under the working title of MIDNITE CITY, Wylde approached friend Pete Newdeck (Newman/ Eden's Curse, Blood Red Saints) to produce three songs forhim to shop to record labels.

Wylde sang, played guitar and bass on the recordings whilst Newdeck played drums, provided backing vocals and took care of the production. Wylde also brought in newcomer guitarist Miles Meakin who played  guitar solos on the recordings and former band mate James Martin (Vega) who laid down keyboards on the tracks. After being mixed by Newdeck, the songs were sent to Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) who mastered them at his studio in Canada.

The songs 'Nothing's Like Losing You', 'Summer Of Our Lives' and 'Think About You' were then sent out to labels and garnered considerable interest across the board, resulting in a deal being inked with German label AOR Heaven.

With a record deal in place, Newdeck officially joined the band as drummer in the Spring of 2017, alongside Miles Meakin on guitar and Shawn Charvette on keyboards.With the line up now in place, the band began work on their debut album at PNP Productions in Tewkesbury UK, completing the recordings in June 2017.

With a sound that the band describes as 'Timeless, melodic rock/ hair metal', MIDNITE CITY cover all bases when it comes to this much loved genre of music. From ultimate feel good, party rock anthems, to brooding melodic rock monsters, to spine tingling power ballads, they are all here in abundance, and then some.

With an album release being planned for October20th,  2017, MIDNITE CITY will be taking their explosive live show out on the road throughout the UK, Europe and the USA in late 2017/ 2018.

 
 

 

 
Wed
04
Oct

NEWMAN - Aerial (Showcase)

 
 
     
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 has been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics and released 10 studio albums and one best of compilation up to today. The previous release, "The Elegance Machine", was released  in 2015 and the band returned to the road with shows in Europe and their first UK headline tour.
 
Steve Newman continued to write throughout 2016, songs, of which some have featured on various artists releases, and some which are still to come. It was within this writing process that Newman started to piece together the ideas which would become his latest release, and 11th studio album.
 
"Aerial" now  features 12 tracks that return to the huge chorus's, maintaining the high quality production values that have been prevalent  over the last albums. But this record, above all, is all about the songs, you could say it's an unashamed AOR/Melodic Rock record and follows that rule across all 12 songs to give the listener a very consistent album. Once again Steve Newman has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last nine Newman albums), the album also features long time friend Mark Thompson-Smith lending his vocals to "Fear Of Flying" and " Two Sides". Finally the mastering was taken care of by none other than Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) at H Bomb Mastering.
 

 
Wed
27
Sep

DEVILFIRE - Dark Manouevers (Showcase)

 
Devilfire frontman Alex Cooper talks about the debut album:
 
The album has been pretty much a four year process for me…
 
I’ve written it three times… Re-tracked it four times
 
It’s been a massive evolution to find Devilfire and what I wanted it to be.
 
The band started out under the name Devilstar which became an issue when a merchandise company in Las Vegas already had copyright on the name, and even though the two were different in wording it came under the confusingly similar clause in trademark law. So we switched to the name Devilfire. A name which actually I now prefer.
 
‘Dark Manouevres’ is very much an inside look at my life over the last four years…the good times and bad on the UK rock n’ roll scene. Love, loss, hate, jealousy, arguments, all thrown against a background of excessive drink, drugs, and ego fuelled behaviour. Though not to blow these things out of proportion, it isn't like the dye of Motley Crue in the 1980s. These things are very subtly done nowadays, hence the album title. 
 
I’m an honest person, sometimes too honest, I put my life on the page and I don't care who knows… Turn the page…
 
1. Ready For War?
 
This is a song mainly about standing up for your individual rights in a relationship, and not letting yourself get beaten down. 
 
2. She's Like Fire
 
Being in the rock scene you encounter some pretty extrovert people, I love that! This was a song about someone I knew that was just a whirlwind to me "dancing with desire." I'm not afraid to say I was very into this person but not everything is meant to be.
 
3. (In And Out Of Love) All Of The Time
 
From my point of view its seems to be a very materialistic society these days. I have encountered this in my relationships with people. I wrote this song on tour in Bucharest. I think Rich (BloomerDavies, guitarist) still has the demo on his phone where i was like "quick record this I don't want to forget it!" So in five minutes, the song was done!
 
4. Waiting For A Rockstar
 
Although this song sounds like it’s about a girl, it’s actually not! The girl is a metaphor for the music industry; a cold callous femme fatal that can eat you up and spit you out, if you don’t get your head around things as best you can.
 
5. Lay It On The Line
 
A song very much about what I believe in and what drives me about putting it all out there and seeing what happens! Something people can be afraid to do... I'm not!
 
6. Kill Your Love
 
It seems to me as a writer I'm prone to putting my heart on the page. Kill Your love is an extension of that, a destructive relationship that no matter how hard you try to keep good; the other person is hell bent on destroying.
 
7. Tear Me Apart
 
Very simply this song is about love in its most epic form.  Have you ever felt emotion so deep towards someone you feel it might actually tear you in two ?
 
8. God Give Me Vengance
 
I’m sure we've all been put down and wronged at some point in our lives.  This is a song based around those feelings and crying to god for justice. Why me? What did I do so bad to deserve this? I'm sure we've all asked ourselves these questions at some point!
 
9. Devil In Your Eyes
 
I wanted to write a very upbeat Thin Lizzy style track and it eventually evolved into something different. Devil in your eyes is about having a love for something that will never go away, in my case rock music.
 
10. (You Gotta) Revolution
 
This is more to do with politics than anything. I don't write about political issues much but when I see what’s going on with the country, it makes me want to put pen to paper. And it’s not just our country either. While on tour with Tarja Turunen (former Nightwish singer) and talking to audiences from countries like Greece and Romania, this became a song that broke down barriers for people who felt oppressed by the powers that be. You Gotta Revolt!
 
11. She's Always On The Run
 
Quite simply written about a girl you can never settle, my ode to the James Bond themes of old which I love.
 
12. A Thousand Times
 
To be brutal this is about people not living up to the standards you set and the disappointment involved in that! 
 
13. Somehow
 
This is an incredibly personal song for me hence why it’s so sparse in its approach. Ever feel that no matter what you do, you can never do anything right? Yeah me too :)
 
For more information about Devilfire, click here. Debut album ‘Dark Manouevres’ out 6th October.
 
 
Mon
25
Sep

MARTINA EDOFF - We Will Align (Showcase)

Artist: 
We Will Align
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
The self-titled MARTINA EDOFF album was released in 2014, and nearly a year later, the second record called “Unity” took her and her band on a successful North American tour in September 2015.
 
She soon went to Argentina and performed for 6000 new fans as an opening act for Tarja Turunen. The tour went on to share the stage with The Winery Dogs on their European tour in early 2016. The UK audience welcomed her the same year for a mini tour and she later returned to the Rockingham Festival to perform.
Now she's back with the third record “We Will Align” which will be released on AOR Heaven on September 22.
 
Amongst the already acquired fans is the respected English rock journalist Dave Ling, who discovered MARTINA EDOFF’s eponymous titled solo debut, celebrated her with a full page article in Classic Rock AOR Magazine and put her album on his playlist, describing it as ”Stirring, confident melodies from an unashamed Swedish rock chick!” The great reviews kept on coming in from all over the world.
 
Together with her former co-producer and co-writer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), Martina decided to work with him on the third album. In late 2016 the artist started to write on some new songs and found more co-writers who completed the music in the way she was looking for, such as Jonas Törnqvist (Deathriders, Bleed The Hunger, TreasureLland), Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, Nordic Union, W.E.T), Benny Jansson (Ride The Sky), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, The Winery Dogs), Jona Tee (H.E.A.T).
 
“We Will Align” is a melodic hard rock album with a bluesy note along with powerful pieces and it goes back to the roots where EDOFF has got her influences. The strong melodies are always there such as her powerful voice. The musicians are the best to find and they are by her side in the studio as well on stage, i.e. Björn Höglund (drums), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Stefan Bergström (guitar) and Jona Tee (keyboard/ hammond and production). The mixing went through the hands of the legendary Tobias Lindell.
 
Discography: Martina Edoff (2014), Unity (2015), We Will Align (2017)
 
 
Fri
01
Sep

DA VINCI - Ambition Rocks (Showcase)

Artist: 
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Ambition Rocks
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
Categories: 
 
With the release of “Ambition Rocks", their first album in 25 years, and with a new lineup, AOR & Classic Rock band Da Vinci returns with brand new songs.
The group was formed in Norway back in 1986, and after a short round with demos, the band got a record deal with Polygram Norway and released their debut album the following year.
Looking back on the Norwegian melodic rock of the 80’s, one of the bands to leave a major impression were undoubtedly Oslo’s Da Vinci. Enjoying as much radio play and charting nationally in the same league as Return, Stage Dolls and TNT, Da Vinci released two albums, ”Da Vinci” and ”Back in the Business” and a single in 91 “Ain't No Goodbyes/ Blame it on the radio”.
 
Their greatest hits were “Forever in My Heart” and “Tarquinia” from the first album; and “Call Me a Liar” and “9&10” from “Back in Business”. DaVinci was touring constantly from late 86 to 92 and did over 600 performances in Norway. They also played as support for Status Quo on their Christmas Remedy tour in 1989 in Great Britain together with Ole Evenrude. The last concerts were two gigs at Wembley Arena. They split up in 93, but Selboskar, Westlie and Aass continued to write songs together for a few years. Some of these demo songs were illegally released in Europe.
 
Jarle Måløy moved to the north of Norway. Bjørn Boge started Street Legal together with Bjørn Olav Lauvdal and Selboskar was in the band on keys several years. Gunnar Westlie formed his own band called Tjugods and Lars Aass started working as a songwriter at Waterfall Productions. In 2004 Selboskar and Westlie started to write AOR songs together again and formed Eidsivating with the drummer from Son of Angels, Geir Digernes, and after some years with a lot of songs and different members, this project ended up in today’s Da Vinci.
“Ambition Rocks” was produced by Sverre E Henriksen and DaVinci; drums recorded in Oslo at Klang Studios with Johnny Skalleberg. The album was mixed by Sverre E Henriksen in hangar 7 and mastered by Nick Terry. Artwork & videos by Dag Selboskar.
 
Band: Gunnar Westlie - guitar, Dag Selboskar - keys, Erling Ellingsen en - vocal, Roy Funner - bass, Bjørn Olav Lauvdal - - drums
 
 
 
Mon
28
Aug

ZHENX - Zhenx (Showcase)

Artist: 
Zhenx
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
This is an interesting project put together by ex-Baron Rojo bassist, Gorka Alegre, in 2016.
 
This project enlists some of Spain's finest rock musicians along with a host of other well known guests.
 
Included in the line-up is Herman Rarebell who is ex-Scorpions drummer, Bill Leverty of Firehouse, on guitars and David Reece, ex-Accept and Bangalore Choir, providing duet vocals.
 
The handling of lead vocals and providing a contribution to songwriting is David Saylor, who was ex-Push UK.
The final result was undertaken over a 12 month period and was completed in 2017.
 
The finished hard rock album is superb, hard hitting and melodic.  Once again, David Saylor's voice feels so much at home but moves in a different direction to his solo albums and other projects he was involved with in the past.
 
Zhenx is for fans who are into bands like Def Leppard and China, aswell as early Gotthard albums.
 
David Saylor passed away early 2017 and sadly, he never got to hear the final mix.
 
 
 
Mon
28
Aug

LIONHEART - Second Nature (Showcase)

Artist: 
Second Nature
Produced By: 
Lionheart
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
LIONHEART was formed in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Iron Maiden), Jess Cox (lead vocals, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), Steve Mann (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Liar), Rocky Newton (bass guitar/backing vocals, ex-Wildfire) and Frank Noon (drums, ex-Def Leppard). The band began playing gigs including regular shows at London's Marquee Club but had problems maintaining a consistent line-up. The core personnel of Dennis, Steve and Rocky remained but various singers passed through the band including Rueben Archer, John Farlham and Bob Hawthorn. They eventually settled as a 4-piece with Dennis and Rocky sharing lead vocal duties. The drummer's stool was variously occupied by Les Binks (ex Judas Priest), Niko McBrain (ex Trust and subsequently Iron Maiden) and Clive Edwards (ex Wild Horses).
 
Between 1981 and 1984 LIONHEART played regular live shows and filled the support slot for tours by both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. In between gigs they spent many hours writing and recording demos of new songs while searching for a record deal. It wasn't until 1984 that CBS Records in the USA offered them a contract, by which time they had recruited Chad Brown on lead vocals. They flew over to Los Angeles in March 1984 to record their debut album Hot Tonight with Kevin Beamish in the production chair and session man Bob Jenkins, who had previously worked with Leo Sayer and Kiki Dee, on drums. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and mixed at Kendun Recorders. Upon their return to the England LIONHEART recorded a high-budget video for the single Die For Love.
 
The late comic genius Rik Mayall played the part of the mad professor, which in later years achieved cult status on YouTube due in part to the wonderfully wooden acting of the band! Unfortunately, planned UK tours as support to Kansas and Foreigner were cancelled at the last moment. Promotion of the album suffered and LIONHEART found themselves in limbo. Chad Brown left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Keith Murrell, with Toby Sadler coming in on keyboards. More demos were recorded with the new line-up but unfortunately the momentum had been lost and the band eventually broke up. Rocky went on to record backing vocals on 2 Def Leppard albums and join Michael Schenker with Steve, while Dennis spent 15 years with Praying Mantis.
 
In 2016 Rich Cliffe, promoter of the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, asked LIONHEART to reunite for one performance and all original members, apart from Chad Brown, did so. The reunion created quite a stir, not least within the band itself, and it was decided to carry on with the subsequent recording of a new album followed by an acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock. The new record, Second Nature, was created between November 2016 and May 2017 and was produced, engineered and mastered by Steve Mann in his own studio in Hannover. A mini tour of Japan with Praying Mantis was scheduled for June/July with further UK shows with Airrace in November/December. The album release on AOR Heaven throughout Europe is set for 25th August.
 
 
Live with Praying Mantis:
30/06/2017 Umeda Club Quattro - Osaka - Japan
01/07/2017 Toyosu PIT - Tokyo - Japan
 
Live with Airrace:
30/11/2017 Fuel - Cardiff - Wales
01/12/2017 Slade Rooms - Wolverhampton - England
02/12/2017 The Underworld - London - England
03/12/2017 Hard Rock Hell - Sheffield - England
05/12/2017 The Cluny - Newcastle - England
06/12/2017 Bannermans - Edinburgh - Scotland
 
Discography: Hot Tonight (CBS/Epic) 1984; Unearthed - Raiders of the Lost Archives (Pony Canyon) 1999; Hot Tonight (Rock Candy digitally re-mastered re-release) 2012.
 
 
Thu
01
Jun

RAW SILK - The Borders Of Light (Showcase)

Artist: 
Thursday, April 27, 2017
The Borders Of Light
Produced By: 
Raw Silk
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
Greek rockers Raw Silk have released their new album 'The Borders Of Light' via Fame Of Poets Records.
 
Raw Silk burst onto the Greek and European A.O.R. scene in the 90s with the legendary debut album 'Silk Under the Skin'. The 2004 re-release of the album on CD brought the band back to the forefront and led to high profile reunion concerts supporting Pink Cream 69, Jeff Scott Sotto and Winger. After a second long hiatus and led by composer-drummer and Raw Silk founder Kostas Kyriakidis the band has regrouped in the UK with a brand new lineup and will release the elusive and long-awaited follow-up to their revered debut 'Silk Under the Skin'.
 
The new album, entitled 'The Borders of Light', is a modern take on the classic metal sound of the late 80s featuring 10 brand new tracks with a total running time of over 60 minutes. Seamlessly bridging past and present, 'The Borders of Light' delivers strong melodies combined with signature keyboard lines and heavy riffs. Superbly recorded and produced at Vault Studios in the rock heartlands of the Black Country.
 
Listen to the band's first single and lyric video "Nobody Fills the Loneliness": https://youtu.be/GtJ9Atu7_H0
 
Tracklist:
1 One Lifetime, 2 Nobody Fills the Loneliness, 3 Chimera, 4 Night Time Angels, 5 The Road You've Taken, 6 Losing My Mind, 7 Distressed and Powerless, 8 Out of reach, 9 The Borders of Light, 10 Solitude of Pain
 
Members:
Chris Dando – Vocals, Keyboards
Daryl Gardner – Rhythm Guitar
KosKostas Kyriakidis – Drums, Keyboards
James Marshall Stanley - Lead Guitar
Paul Thompson – Bass Guitar
James Barratt - Acoustic guitars
Stephanie Fowler – Vocals
 
 
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Wed
31
May

STORMBURST - Raised On Rock (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, May 26, 2017
Raised On Rock
Produced By: 
Jonas Tornemalm
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
AOR Heaven are happy to announce the signing of Swedish Melodic Rock band STORMBURST! The band consisting of bass player Kent Jansson (Six Feet Under, Keen Hue, Steam), guitarist Thomas Hansson (Steam, Coastline), singer Lars-Åke ”Plåtis” Nilsson (Keen Hue), keyboardist Peter Östling (Six Feet Under) and drummer Peter ”Zeke” Ytterberg (Keen Hue, Moonshine Highway) will release their debut album “Raised On Rock” on May 26.
 
The band STORMBURST was formed in July 2014.  The original intention just was to make high quality music, have fun, and do what you believe in and without any musical compromises. No more covers, just self-composed material.
Bass player Kent Jansson (Six Feet Under, Keen Hue, Steam) and  guitarist Thomas Hansson (Steam, Coastline) started with singer Lars-Åke ”Plåtis” Nilsson (Keen Hue). To get the special sound that they wanted, they sent the keyboardist Peter Östling (Six Feet Under) a demo, who believed completely into the idea and joined immediately. Later on they recruited the hard hitting drummer Peter ”Zeke” Ytterberg (Keen Hue, Moonshine Highway) to complete the line-up.
 
The band’s name STORMBURST has the intention of uncompromisingly doing what you believe in even if you have a headwind. Even if the wind blows hard in life sometimes, is the love of music in all conditions strong and sustainable. STORMBURST is the ability to reflect it with music and lyrics. Their style can be described as Melodic Hard Rock & AOR.
The band is based in the heartland of Sweden, Dalarna, all the songs were written by Kent, Thomas and Lars-Åke. The composing and demo recordings of all tracks were done in the home studio of Lars-Åke in Vansbro to subsequently present them to the rest of the band.
 
The result, the debut album “Raised To Rock”, was mainly recorded, mixed and mastered at Studio Bakery, Äppelbo by Jonas Tornemalm between January and February 2017. The recordings of strings were made at the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm during the same period of time.
"Raised On Rock" is a tribute to all musical heroes the members in the STORMBURST grew up with.
 
The band on the web:
 
 
Wed
31
May

RADIOUX CITY - Soul Survivor (Showcase)

Artist: 
Soul Survivor
Produced By: 
Gary Brandon
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
Gary Brandon is one of the original co-founders of pomp LA band White Sister. A front Man keyboardist songwriter in his own right. In 1985, believing that the group should be fronted by one singer, the record label took a decision behind the scenes that White Sister was no longer going to have alternative lead singers. In addition to this, and to make the situation worse, Gary’s role in the band was reduced to less lead vocals and a position of keyboard player.
 
In 1986, as Gary was extremely unhappy with this decision, he decided to quit the band during the early stages of what was going to be the second White Sister album “Fashion by Passion”. Working on various songs that also a big part of the bands legacy
 
In order to survive, Gary found working in the John Parr Live Touring Band. This lay down the foundations to what would be the formation of his next band –  a band that would allow him to finally return to his originally intended path as front man, Radioux City.
 
In 1988, the first batch of demos were recorded. It was slow progress over the next three years creating the lineup of musicians and forming the structure of Radioux City.
 
The decline of all forms of rock music and the 90s music scene has been well documented over the years with a move towards grunge Seattle sound. Unfortunately, victims of this move were Radioux City.
 
However, a quarter of a decade later, and finally released from the vault is a highly anticipated and worthy CD release on ABR. Complete with new artwork and lyric booklet and remastered to capture the retro sound. In addition, there are three bonus tracks and a cover of Ted Nugent’s classic “Free For All ”.
 
LINE UP:
Gary Brandon - Lead vocals and synth
Sammy Brown - Rhythmn guitar
Pete Kneser - Drums
John Perez- Lead guitar
 
​The Radioux City sound is hard rock with a swagger and a mixture of infectious grooves.
The sound has been described as a meeting of King of the Hill, It’s Alive and some Early Extreme.
 
 
Wed
31
May

THAT ROCK GUY - Nothin' To Lose (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Nothin' To Lose
Produced By: 
That Rock Guy
Release Date: 
June 30
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
AOR HEAVEN is proud to announce the signing of THAT ROCK GUY and to announce the release date for the debut album “Nothin’ To Lose” which was set to June 30.
 
 
THAT ROCK GUY is arguably one of the hardest working artists in the world, performing over 1000+ live shows in the last three years alone. Performing energized melodic rock, the Australian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has released his debut album ‘Nothin’ To lose’ to the world, bringing his own brand of powerful no-frills melodic rock to the masses.
 
“He’s simply a brilliant performer, a guitar guru - the night he played ‘The Village’ was just incredible. I’ll never forget it” - Jon Proom, AusPro Radio, 2015. 
 
Currently on the final leg of an unprecedented three-year worldwide tour, THAT ROCK GUY has previously toured with The Alan Barnes Band who notably opened for rock superstars Bon Jovi on their ‘Sleep When I’m Dead’ tour. After joining them on the Sydney leg of their concert tour and receiving a plethora of positive reviews, he was enlisted to performed the lead guitar duties on XL’s self-titled debut album, mixed and produced in Melbourne by gold record award winner Andy Shanahan from Australian AOR classic rockers ‘Roxus’. Around 2001, he based himself in Europe, setting up a studio in Germany before heading out as a hired gun guitarist with international touring band BTB and performing multiple tour contracts across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. As a prolific songwriter, there was an ever-growing demand from fans at the live concerts for THAT ROCK GUY to record an album to satisfy the yearnings of his loyal and growing fan base.
 
On the strength of the demo recording and music video of the fan favorite live song ‘Through The Night’, That Rock Guy was offered a record deal with AOR Heaven and began recording the debut album during a tour of the Middle East. A truly international affair, he returned to Starship Studios in Germany to continue tracking the album in between tours with some additional guitar work at Split Second Sound in Amsterdam, and the final tracks were recorded at Studio 1206 in Japan. With the album fully recorded, the songs headed back to the world renowned Wisseloord Studios in Europe to be mixed by famed Swedish engineer Erik Wiss of WMP. The final touches were completed when the album was mastered by multiple Grammy, gold and platinum award winning mixing and mastering engineer Thomas “Plec” Johansson at the Panic Room in Sweden.
 
‘One of the best submissions I’ve ever heard’ - Martin Goulding, 2016 (martingoulding.com)
 
As the final leg of the world tour rolls on, stay tuned for upcoming music video releases and the debut album from THAT ROCK GUY ‘Nothin’ To Lose’ is available on the AOR Heaven record label worldwide.
 
 

 

 
Thu
06
Apr

ROCKETT LOVE - Grab The Rocket (Showcase)

Artist: 
Grab The Rockett
Produced By: 
Rockett Love
Release Date: 
April 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
After only one song on iTunes and Spotify and without any commercial backup, Swedish Melodic Rock band ROCKETT LOVE received a great deal of radio time and a fully seated venue playing their debut gig. The song “Rocket Love” had a big viral spin when Beau Hill took the song to his studio and produced it.
 
The band started in early 2015 when singer/songwriter Daniel Samuelsson met guitarist Stefan Westerlund at a local reunion concert. Fueled by mutual interest in 80’s rock, the two began recording original material in Daniel’s studio. ‘It became clear right away that we had something worthwhile after the first couple of songs’ says Daniel, ‘Stefan and me just clicked, and we knew the time was right to bring back this classic sound with a touch of modern production. The two began working on the EP “The best is yet to come” and contacted lead guitarist Gustav Eklund. He gave ROCKETT LOVE the tone and energy with his magic fingers that you only here in the great masters such as Michael Schenker and Gary Moore. Four songs were recorded, and the project emerged into a band. Bass player Dennis Vestman (Grand Design, Steel Attack) and drummer Fredrik Ahlin completed the group’s line-up. Fredrik and Daniel had a history as musical friends in both Sour System and Slip Into Silk.
 
With the band being complete and some new songs recorded ROCKETT LOVE entered the stage at Rockland, Sweden. Together with Grand Design they sold out the venue and the viral spin began. They had a really great song and sound in form of the track ‘Rocket Love’. The song traveled to the USA and was mixed there by Beau Hill. ROCKETT LOVE released ‘Rocket Love’ on various digital platforms in June 2016. With several gigs and a fast-growing audience the Swedes hit the studio to record their full debut album “Grab The Rockett” in Autumn/ Winter 2016. Halfway through the studio session ROCKETT LOVE contacted Studio Haga and met up with the young producer Christian Svedin. He had the ears, the courage and the stamina to lift the band even more.
 
The process in the studio shaped the tone of the band to what and where ROCKETT LOVE is today, and after almost a year of writing, recording and producing the album “Grab The Rocket” now is ready to show the world what good Hard Rock music is all about.
 
 
Thu
06
Apr

BLACK DIAMONDS - Once Upon A Time (Showcase)

information persons: 
Friday, March 24, 2017
Rock Of Life
Produced By: 
Tobias Lindell
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
 
Swiss Hard Rockers BLACK DIAMONDS will return with their second album “Once Upon A Time” on March 24 on German label AOR Heaven.
 

Black Diamonds, formed in 2004, are a hard rock band based in the Rhine Valley in eastern Switzerland. Musically and stylistically orientates on  80s rock music, which they pack into an energetic stage performance.

In 2008 the group released their first, self-produced album «First Strike». It contained ten original songs plus a cover version of Chuck Berry's classic «Rock n’ Roll Music». “First Strike” today is out of print. A couple of songs however were completely repolished and re-recorded and found their way to the latest album «Once Upon A Time».
Black Diamonds were asked to compose a club anthem for the local Black Thunder MC in 2011. This song is available as digital single.

2013 saw the recording and release of the second long player «Perfect Sin». It was followed up by the extended «Perfect Swiss» tour, which brought the band through their home country and the adjacent countries. The two videos for «We Want To Party» and «I’ll Be OK» were shot and released during the tour. In addition another digital single, a cover version of the Rolling Stones' classic «Jumpin’ Jack Flash», was released.

The quartet took part in the official TV spot for the Swiss railway company (SBB) in 2013. On the set they made acquaintance with the producer of the Swiss TV serial «Pimp it or kick it», who offered them to appear in a complete episode. The show was broadcasted in the same year.

The new album «Once Upon A Time» was recorded in the band-owned studio and mixed by Tobias Lindell. Dragan Tanaskovic from the Bohus Sound Studios in Gothenburg Sweden (ABBA, Europe, In Flames, H.E.A.T., and many more) took care of the mastering.
The only exception is an additional piano version of «Vampires Of The Night», which was completely produced by Andreas Frei (Fäaschtbänkler)

Line-up: Michael Kehl, vocals, guitar; Andi Fässler, bass; Manuel Peng, drums; Andreas Rohner, lead guitar.
 
Sound clips in advance:
 

 

 
Wed
08
Mar

BAI BANG - Rock Of Life (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, April 28, 2017
Rock Of Life
Produced By: 
Bai Bang
Release Date: 
2017
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
German label AOR Heaven will release the new album by Swedish Melodic Hard Rock band BAI BANG, “Rock Of Life”, and the debut by fellow Swedish rockers ROCKETT LOVE, “Grab The Rocket”, on April 28.
 
 

Bai Bang is a powerful Hard Rock act from Sweden featuring Diddi Kastenholt on lead vocals, Oskar Wennberg on drums, Filip Wilhelmsson on guitar and Christoffer Svensson on bass. Being a touring band, the Swedes have played many tours in Europe, Canada, Japan and the USA and big festivals including Wacken Open Air in Germany, Sweden Rock festival & Rocklahoma in the USA. Bai Bang appeared as special guest to Alice Cooper, DIO, Ratt, Bai Bang and shared stages with bands like Saxon, Axel Rudi Pell, Pretty Maids, LA Guns, Pretty Maids and many more.
 
Due to a lot of shows and tours during the last years it took some time to finish the new album. In 2015, Bai Bang played shows in nine countries and in 2016 in eight countries to promote the 2013 release “All Around The World”.
 
The brand new album and 8th studio release in total, “Rock Of Life”, will be out on AOR Heaven in April 2017. “Rock Of Life” was produced by Diddi Kastenholt and Pontus Assarsson and recorded at Sunshine Explosion Studios except for the drums which were recorded at Sound Center Studios in Helsingborg, Sweden and engineered by Lala Larsson and Micke Larsson. Martin Kronlund at JM Studios was again in charge of the mastering.
 
Live dates:
28.04. N-Oslo, Hard Rock Café
03.08. D-Wacken, Wacken Open Air
25.-26.08. S-Engelholm, Rock It Festival
02.-03.09. UK-Sheffield, Academy, Hard Rock Hell
 
Discography: Enemy Lines (1988), Cop To Con  (1992), Riding High (1996),  Attitude (2001), Best Of Bai Bang (2006), Are You Ready (2009), Living My Dream (2011), All Around The World (2013), Rock Of Life (2017)
 
 
 
Tue
07
Feb

SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS - Supernova Plasmajets (Showcase)

Friday, February 24, 2017
Supernova Plasmajets
Produced By: 
Supernova Plasmajets
Release Date: 
February 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
AOR Heaven’s upcoming February 24 are SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS and AGE OF REFLECTION.
 
Let’s talk about a bang. An explosion that generates plasma. The SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS have hit earth, are extremely explosive, and are also clearly more electrified than ever. You can hear their thrill for playing in every note. Add that to their natural knack for hooks, favorite melodies, and creating a wall of sound. That’s the way it’s supposed to be - the energy of the new generation! A slice of yesterday and a hint of tomorrow merged to get to the heart of things in the here and now!
When the well-rehearsed Supernova team discovered plasma-siren, Jennifer Crush (vocals), nothing could stand in the way of their fusion. Elements that belonged together came together. A new generation of hard rock was born - a contemporary take on 80s glam metal fused with heavy melodic rock, combined with a late 90s vibe, and then melded with the minimalistic electronic influences of the now. You only understood “plasma?” Then we did everything right!
Authentic, handmade rock music. BAM! POW! This is how we like it: Fat guitar riffs from genuine guys in jeans jackets and charged female vocals that are just bursting to be heard. Now we’ve come full circle: Back to explosions. Some things just can’t be held back. Even when it hurts.
 
After a year of work in the band’s own Kingfield Studios, the debut Album, SUPERNOVA PLASMAJETS, will be released by AOR Heaven (Soulfood) in February 2017. The band beamed in support from the interstellar realm: Vocal recordings from Hagen Grohe (Joe Perry Project), mixing and mastering by Nils Lesser (Beyond The Black, Cypecore, UMC).
 
The live show is also taking off - the band has already opened for Eskimo Callboy, J.B.O., Onkel Tom, Exilia, Sinner, Double Crush Syndrome, and many more.
 
Line-up: Jennifer Crush (vocals), Manni McFly (guitars), Alexis Rose (drums), Randy Stardust (guitars), Cliff Bourbon (bass)
Tracklist: 1.Leave Forever, 2. Supernovas Team, 3. Hold You Close, 4. Turn Off The Lights, 5. Will I Ever Know, 6. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Me Now, 7. Hangin’ On My Lips, 8. Faster, 9. Fallin’ Backwards, 10. Feel Your Fear, 11. Turn Around
 
PLASMA UNIVERSE
Instagram: @supernovaplasmajets #supernovaplasmajets #snpj
 
TOUR DATES:
12/17/2016 Dresden - Eventwerk (feat. Groovenom)
02/26/2017 Weinheim - Café Central / Release Concert (feat. UMC)
03/18/2017 Wiesloch - Rock und Pop Verein (feat. Pussy Sisster)
08/12/2017 Mainz - Lautlochtrappers Open Air
08/25/2017 Obrigheim - Rock im Hinterland
 
 
 
Tue
07
Feb

AGE OF REFLECTION - In The Heat Of The Night (Showcase)

Friday, February 24, 2017
In The Heat Of The Night
Produced By: 
Age Of Reflection / Mix by Erik Mårtensson,
Release Date: 
February 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
 
Shaping the Swedish melodic rock band AGE OF REFLECTION was not something that happened over night. On the contrary, it was the result of a two decade long process of waiting for the right opportunity and the right people. But then, a lifelong dream finally came true when founder Carl Berglund (guitar) got together with old friend Jan Skärming (bass) - a bandmate from several previous bands - to write songs shaped at its very core by 80’s rock giants. These were songs with emotional harmonies from pure British AOR, with the power of American hard rock, sprinkled with hooks from the new era of Swedish melodic rock.
 
You know those teenage dreams of rock bands we all have had at one point? The bands and the songs that never were, because of circumstances you couldn’t control. Well, this was now firmly within grasp.
When Carl Berglund quit the industrial metal band ONEbyONE in 2013 (coincidently a band where he played with Jan Skärming) it became the spark to form his illusive AOR band. Equipped with tons of hard hitting melodic rock song written, there were a few pieces of the puzzle still missing, and after years of searching those pieces turned out to be Jonas Nordquist (lead guitar) and Lars Nygren (vocals).
In May 2016 they picked 4 songs and published them onto Spotify, iTunes, and a few other places with amazing reviews and response.  In August 2016, the band signed a deal with AOR Heaven for a February 2017 release, and about that time they also added drummer Michael Sjöö (SEVEN TEARS, ONEbyONE) to complete their band. The album was recorded in Studio Thinner, the band's own studio, in the spring of 2016 in the band's hometown of Vasteras, Sweden. The album is also produced by AGE of REFLECTION but the mixing and mastering is done by Erik Mårtensson, Blowout Productions (Eclipse, WET a.o).
 
Age Of Reflections has a multifaceted meaning. Partly so, it means that we’re living in a time where we need to stop and reflect on what the consequences of our actions will be, what will happen if we do not take care of our planet, but also the band reflects of what at one time created their interest in music and they want to recreate the same feeling. Last but not least, the first letters of the bands name's also what we love and want to pass on, AOR.
Right now the band is ready to spread their music worldwide and is certainly looking forward to see you on the arenas.
 
Line-up: Carl Berglund: Guitar, Background vocals, Keyboard; Jan Skärming: Bass, Background vocals; Lars Nygren: Lead Vocals, Background vocals; Jonas Nordquist: Lead guitar; Michael Sjöö: Drums
Track list: 1. Borderline, 2. The mirror never lies, 3. Every time, 4. In the heat of the night, 5. Always, 6. Evelyn, 7. Blame it on my heart, 8. Now and forever, 9. You are my light, 10. Dying for your love, 11. Every time (alternative version)
 
 
 
Thu
22
Dec

SWEET MARY JANE - Winter In Paradise (Showcase)

 
Sweet Mary Jane - Winter In Paradise
 
Sweet Mary Jane was formed in the summer of 2012 in Sundsvall, Sweden, by Tomas Nässlin (ex, Roulette), Per Olof Åsberg (ex-Airborn) and young talents Alexander Olsson (ex-Anacondah) and Andreas Sparby (ex-L.A.C.K.).

They wrote the song “Fire in your eyes” with Tomas Lundgren from Roulette that Nässlin had kept in touch with from his time in the band. Later on Tomas Berggren (ex-Razamanaz) stepped up to take over the vocals. Tomas is the brother of Stefan Berggren who is known from Berggren Kerslake band, Grand Slam and also Snakes In Paradise.
 

The wide variety of musical influences really shows a great AOR sound that the band is really proud of. Lars Chriss of Lions Share produced their debut album “Winter In Paradise”.
 
 

 

 
Thu
22
Dec

JIM JIDHED - Push On Through (Showcase)

 
Jim Jidhed - “Push On Through”
 
Jim Jidhed, the singer of the band Alien singer,  will release his 6th solo album on January 27.
‘Push On Through’ is a heavier record than the previous ones. It still has the mark of AOR to it, but also a straight hard rock feeling at times. Producer Daniel Flores, who had a vision for this album, really nails that vision sound wise. Jim’s voice is stronger than ever at 53, and here all his experience, feeling, heart and soul come together in a very powerful way.
 
Jidhed was born 1963 in Gothenburg, Sweden. He began playing and singing around the age of ten, and formed his first real band when he was 12-13 years old. At the time he was 16 he started a group called ‘Glamour’, and it was with this band things began to get more serious. 1982, at the age of nineteen, Jidhed released his first ever single with the band ‘Glamour’.  The label was named ‘Polar’ and the woman who signed the band was Marie Andersson, daughter of Stickan (ABBA ) Andersson.
 
In 1986 Jidhed wrote a musical and played that in the spring of ‘87. At the same time, in December ’86, he teamed up with a new Swedish band that took the name ‘Alien’. Alien released two singles during ‘87, ‘Headstrong’ and ‘ I’ll Survive’, and by the fall they recorded  ‘Only One Woman’ at ‘Polar’ studio. Alien recorded their first album early in ’88, at ‘Sound City’ studios in Los Angeles, and just a bit later that year they got a huge hit with ‘Only One Woman’ and headlined a big tour the full  spring and summer. For personal reasons Jim left the band in the fall of 1988.
 
Between 1989 and 2005, the Swedish born singer released five solo albums until he and the original members from Alien teamed up once more, after over twenty years. They released a single, ‘Ready to fly’, and began playing some selected shows, performing  (the songs of) their debut album. They decided to write a new album, and released ‘ Eternity’ in 2014.
 
Jim released his fifth solo album in December 2015, titled ‘Tankar i vinternatten’. It’s kind of a Christmas record, but with Swedish lyrics more into to the depth of things surrounding Christmas, and the state of mind of people around that time of year.
 
This year 2016, Johan Nyhlén - a true fan of Jim, Alien and the AOR genre - introduced Jim to producer Daniel Flores. Daniel had wanted to work with Jidhed for a long time, and now the two of them hooked up. ‘Push On Through’ is an album that, from the beginning, was meant to sound different from anything Jim has done in the past. And for sure, Daniel has made that happen. Daniel, who played the drums on the album himself, produced a heavier and tougher sound.
Further, on the release you find Ken Sandin (Alien) playing the bass, guitars were performed by Michael Palace and Philip Lindstrand, and Rolf Pilotti took care of the backing vocals. Jim's son Robin Jidhed was both the engineer and sounding board when Jim recorded his lead vocals.

 

 
 

 
Fri
09
Dec

LOVE/HATE - Before The Blackout (Showcase)

Artist: 
Before The Blackout
Produced By: 
Love/Hate
Running Time: 
56.44
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
UK
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
AorBlvd Records are pleased to release Love Hate – Before The Blackout. A collection of demos recorded from 1986 – 1987. The cd also features liner notes by industry legend Dave Reynolds (Classic Rock/ Kerrang)
 
Looking back  at bands formation and recording history that  goes further back into the early 1980’s, starting  off as Data Clan who recorded an extremely rare EP and even performed a short tour of Japan.
 
In the Later half of the 1980’s together with a hard working attitude the band established a reputation on the tough Sunset Strip club gig scene, drafting in Ratt bassist Juan Croucier to produce working demos. 
This period saw the band   influenced and transforming into some of the most innovative styles of rock music, with lyrical topics of lifestyle and self-survival in CA  with a deeper gritty dark side.
 
In 1990 the grunge scene is in its later stage of infancy, Love Hate released their official debut with producer Tom Werman (Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister).  Instantly well received and
MTV rotation paid off as this led to supporting tours to AC/DC and Dio, As well as outstanding sales in the UK.
 
Love Hate to date have made 6 studio albums with various line ups.
 
TRACKLISTING:
⦁ Date with Fate
⦁ Extreme
⦁ Tranquilliser
⦁ I’ve Got to Dream
⦁ Good Ship Dolly Rock
⦁ Reincarnated
⦁ Skid Row Gypsy
⦁ Recognised
⦁ Soul House
⦁ The Outside
⦁ Love Burns
⦁ My Girl
⦁ Gypsy Love
 
For Japanese Release Only:
*Angel
*Why Do You Think
 
LINE UP
Jizzy Pearl – Lead Vocals
Skid Rose – Bass
Jon E. Love – Guitar
Joey Gold – Drums
 
 
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