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Fri
14
Nov

HAREM SCAREM - 'Thirteen' (Showcase)

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Artist: 
Thirteen
Produced By: 
Harry Hess & Pete Lesperance
Running Time: 
38
Release Date: 
December 5
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
Canadian Rockers Harem Scarem are coming back - after a long 6 years hiatus - with their 13th original studio album cleverly entitled…"Thirteen".

After the band's return in 2013 with the release of "Mood Swings II" - the re-recorded version of their career-defining album "Mood Swings", originally released in 1993 - Harem Scarem embarked on an international tour and reconnected with all the fans. They were actually very pleasantly surprised about the level of interest in the band and decided to move forward.
"It’s been 6 years since our last studio album and we’re feeling rejuvenated and couldn’t be more excited about the new tunes!" tells singer Harry Hess and with juices of inspiration flowing it could not have been easier to give birth to a strong musical statement such as "Thirteen".

The new album encompasses everything that the fans would expect from Harem Scarem: very addictive guitar riffs, choruses from heaven with big, over the top and hooks. A definite and true return to the sound that put Harem Scarem on the map over 20 years ago.

With 12 top 40 hits around the world and with sales well over a million records in 43 countries, 2015 will see the Harem Scarem touring the world in support of their 13th studio album “Thirteen“!

HAREM SCAREM:
Harry Hess: Lead and backup Vocals/Keys
Pete Lesperance: Guitars/Bass/Keys
Creighton Doane: Drums
Darren Smith: Backup Vocals

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Fri
14
Nov

SCARLETT GYPSY - 'All Access' (Showcase)

All Access
Produced By: 
Mike Musmanno, Pete Kogler* & Scarlett Gypsy
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
USA
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
 
Scarlett Gypsy #1 Debut Album All Access is Dead-On Revival of 80s Glam Rock

East coast band delivers fresh sounds combining old school rock, glam metal and melodic vocals to fans across multiple genres
 
The Glam Metal Rock Band Scarlett Gypsy has garnered the attention of fans and critics alike with the unveiling of their eagerly awaited debut album - All Access ' available now on Amazon, iTunes, CDbaby and Bandcamp.

 

The bevy of sub-genres associated with glam metal and hard rock have often given birth to one-off bands and songs, but rarely is there an entire band assembled with the primary purpose of getting in a room together to watch what happens when their respective creative juices blend into an album like All Access. Well, Scarlett Gypsy is one band that delivers it straight with the volume cranked up high.

Scarlett Gypsy is an American Rock Band originating from York, Pennsylvania with David Mathew on Lead Vocals, Steve Ray on Guitar & Vocals, Robert Douglas on Bass and Scotty Scarlett on Drums & Vocals. Together these four combined create a great new refreshing sound of old school rock complete with blazing guitar riffs, melodic vocals and infectious hooks.

The 2014 debut album delivers old school rock, ballads and wild party rock'n choruses for all new glam metal heads and rockers alike to enjoy. Boldly combining elements of raw rock with glam fueled gritty guitar riffs, melodic vocals and all-around high-octane music, this Gypsy Band is determined to please every fan's need to rock-out on hot summer nights to catchy hooks, fist-pumping party-rock choruses and rhythmically loose powerful rock music.

Visit YouTube to view all of Scarlett Gypsy's Music Videos - www.youtube.com/user/ScarlettGypsyBand 

Make sure to visit the Scarlett Gypsy social media sites for more photo's and their latest news and updates.

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Album - ALL ACCESS

1.       Don't Play Games With Love

-  This song is about someone playing games while in a relationship and teasing another for attention instead of love. The song drives home the sexy tone and grooving rhythm of Scarlett Gypsy music.

2.     When You See Me

-  A fan favorite "power ballad" about questioning your feelings of being in love. Our guitar player (Steve) sings lead on this song which is very emotional at the end.

3.     Black Betty

-  A huge crowd pleaser,-this is a remake of the song "Black Betty" that our guitar player Steve brought to the band and we made it our own (Scarlett Gypsy version). Some sources claim the song is derived from an 18th-century marching cadence about a flint-lock musket with a black painted stock; the "bam-ba-lam". Other sources give the meaning of "Black Betty" (from at least 1827) as a liquor bottle that may ultimately owe its origin to a famous pretty black barmaid. This isn't your old Ram Jam version either.

4.     Is This Love

-  A radio ready rock anthem about meeting a new girl and deciding if it is a real feeling of love or is it just another one night stand.

5.     Without Your Love (Not In Love Together)*

-  A dark 'power ballad' about not knowing what you got until it's gone away and you don't have it anymore.

6.     Tuff-E-Nuff*

-  This is the first song that the band wrote and recorded together and the version is the actual demo that was released as a single B-side on a cassette back in 1991. The song is about picking yourself up after a breakup and being tough enough to get back out into the game and moving forward. The song is centered around the band going out on the town and drinking some shots and looking for love.

7.     Don't Forget My Name

-  A song about meeting someone on a trip over the summer and wondering if they will remember your name as you both go your separate ways but want to be together.

8.     Luv'n Shuv'n

-  A song about hooking-up with someone you've been desiring. The song has a sexy groove which drives home a thumping rock back-beat feeling of needing it, wanting it and having to get some Luv'n Shuv'n tonight.

Scarlett Gypsy is David Mathew on Lead Vocals, Steve Ray Plonk on Guitar & Vocals, Robert Douglas on Bass and Scotty Scarlett on Drums & Vocals.

Produced, Recorded and Mixed by - Mike  Musmanno, Pete Kogler* & Scarlett Gypsy

Recorded at Block Studios, Pipe Dream Studios* & Sound Works Studio*

Mastered By CJ Jacobson for Audio Mastering and Mixing

 
 
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Wed
12
Nov

TEN - 'Albion' (Showcase)

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Released by: Rocktopia/Cargo Records

Release Date: November 24, 2014 (World)

Available exclusively online NOW exclusively from www.firefestofficial.com

Line Up:

Gary Hughes - Vocals, Guitars, Programming
Dann Rosingana - Guitars
Steve Grocott - Guitars
John Halliwell - Guitars
Steve Mckenna - Bass Guitars
Darrel Treece-Birch - Keyboards
Max Yates - Drums and Percussion

Ten's first album 'X' was released in May 1996 and was warmly acclaimed by the fans and the press especially in the UK and Japan, where they were outselling huge rock bands, reaching sales of 100,000 records only during the first weeks of release. With the songs already written, the band returned to the studio in order to finish their second album. 'The Name Of The Rose' was released in September of the same year (1996) and was even more successful than 'X', gaining enthusiastic reviews from the critics. The title track was also voted "Song Of The Year" by the readers of BURRN! magazine in Japan and the band voted "Brightest Hope".

Ten's popularity in Europe increased when the band signed to major label Mercury Records in Japan and Frontiers in Europe for the release of their fourth studio album, 'Spellbound'. The album was released in April 1999, was produced by Rafe McKenna and was one of the most successful Ten albums in Europe. 'Spellbound' was also the first Ten album for which famous fantasy artist Luis Royo designed the cover.

In 1999, the band returned to the studio in order to begin the recordings of their next album. 'Babylon', which was released in August 2000 and featured keyboard player Don Airey (Deep Purple) and once again, proved to be another successful release for Ten and Gary Hughes, even entering the German Rock Album Charts.

Soon after, the band returned to the studio to record the follow-up album to Babylon, named 'Far Beyond The World'. The recordings took place in Hannover, Germany, with Tommy Newton behind the mixing desk and ex-Hard Rain keyboard player Paul Hodson taking the place of Don Airey. In December 2001, Ten released 'Far Beyond the World' but just before the promotion of the new album had begun, guitarist Vinny Burns (Dare/Asia) announced his departure from the band, citing creative differences.

After several albums and line-up changes, the band signed to the newly formed Rocktopia Records in 2013, and are recording back to back albums once more as they did back when they burst onto the scene all those years ago. The first of these is titled 'ALBION', which will be released worldwide on the 24th of November through Rocktopia Records (Marquee in Japan) and features stunning original artwork from Italian maestro Gaetano De Falco.

For years Gary Hughes has toyed with the idea of bringing even more power and width into the TEN live sound. To this end, TEN are proud to announce the arrival of two new members in the shape of guitar players Dann Rosingana and Steve Grocott which will enable the band to play more of the layers in Ten's studio sound live on stage.

This was demonstrated for the first time at a triumphant set at the final Firefest festival this October where the band played a storming set, and excellent reviews for 'Albion' continue to pour in, like this one below...

TEN "ALBION" Review by The Blast Magazine (US) "'Albion' is the first Ten release Blast Magazine has reviewed since the release of 'Babyon' which was released on August 28, 2000. This ten song CD is a complete master piece!!!! I mean there is not and I mean not a bad song on this CD. 'Albion' is one of those melodic metal CD's you can put in and listen to it from beginning to end without skipping a track. Lyrically and vocally Gary is in top form and at the top of his game. He sounds just as good today has he did the first time I heard him in 2000. This is one release you absolutely have to have!!!!"

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The fabulous new Ten album, 'ALBION', will be getting a first for Ten - a vinyl release. And not just any old vinyl release, oh no. Befitting such an incredible album, both in terms of artwork and music, 'Albion' is getting the full deluxe treatment. The 'Albion' vinyl release will be double album gatefold, and come with a lot of lavish Ten goodies that any fan will simply have to own. These include:

Eight A5 full colour postcards, 7 solo shots of all the band members, and one full band shot. Each solo shot will be PERSONALLY AUTOGRAPHED by that band member.
A full colour 22x22 inch poster of the amazing Gaetano Di Falco 'Albion' cover.
Two full colour stickers: one of the album cover (10x10cm) and one of the Ten logo (10x8cm)
A highly detailed Ten guitar pick (shown both sides for display purposes only)
Full colour inner album sleeves with lyrics. 

This product is strictly LIMITED to 300 copies and will not be re-printed.
Anyone buying the vinyl will also be sent a link for 192kps mp3 download version of the album.
Depending on manufacturing turnaround (typically 3 months) product will be available for shipping late December/early January.
Album priced at GBP29.99 plus postage and available to pre-order from www.firefestofficial.com and will also be available on Amazon soon.

 

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Thu
06
Nov

HEART & Friends - 'Home For The Holidays' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Home For The Holidays
Produced By: 
Heart
Running Time: 
70
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Last December, HEART’s Ann and Nancy Wilson returned to their hometown of Seattle to stage a celebration of the season, gathering a few of their friends to join them in singing holiday classics, personal favorites and some of their own hits.
Special guests Shawn Colvin, Sammy Hagar, Richard Marx and Pat Monahan from Train joined HEART for this once-in-a-lifetime concert which was taped on December 12th 2013 at the beautiful Benaroya Symphony Concert Hall in Seattle.

The Wilson sisters performed an array of holiday songs originally written by Joni Mitchell, Harry Nilsson, Bob Dylan and Sammy Hagar in their Christmas set as well as some of HEART’s favorite songs. Colvin, Hagar, Marx and Monahan provided additional vocals on the tunes and/or sing duets with HEART.

HEART & FRIENDS: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ended a prolific and award-winning year in 2013 for HEART, who have been enjoying a resurgence of popularity since 2010′s “Red Velvet Car”, which became the group’s first Top 10 album in 20 years. Many successful live shows and tours (including a 2011 tour with Def Leppard, and their 2013 “Heartbreaker” tour) have occurred with 2012 seeing the release of “Strange Euphoria”, a definitive career-spanning box set; the arrival of “Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock and Roll”, a best-selling autobiography; the announcement of Ann and Nancy Wilson’s HEART star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the release of Fanatic, HEART’s 14th studio album.
And adding to their list of awards, HEART was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last April.

 

 

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Thu
06
Nov

WHITESNAKE - 'Live In 84 - Back To The Bone' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Back To The Bone - Live In 84
Produced By: 
Whitesnake
Running Time: 
71
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
2014 is the 30th Anniversary of the Whitesnake album ‘SLIDE IT IN’. The first multi-platinum album Whitesnake achieved. It features songs we still play all over the World...‘Love Ain’t No Stranger’ ( Cozy Powell’s favorite )...‘Guilty Of Love’...‘Slow & Easy’...& of course ‘Slide It In’.
 
This ‘LIVE IN 84...Back To The Bone’ DVD-CD package features video footage & selected bootleg audio tracks, all taken from performances from our world tour 30 years ago in 1984.
 
It’s still hard for me to find the words when remembering that half the incredible band who recorded the ‘SLIDE IT IN’ album with me have passed away. 
 
Incredibly difficult to articulate... Cozy Powell...Mel Galley...Jon Lord...Amazing people...amazing musicians...Their memories live on in our hearts & in the music they made. I miss them beyond words…
 
Wait until you see & hear them playing as only they can & add in the fiery guitar assault of the incredibly gifted John Sykes...plus the relentless melodic bass pounding of Neil Murray… 
 
Watching the videos & listening to the live performances takes me right back to the time I was on stage with this super group...
 
For this is a time capsule to indulge in, even if you missed the action the first time around & if you did catch any of the shows back in the day, you can relive it now in all it’s sonic glory.
 
A truly great chapter of the band... One of my all time favorite chapters of Whitesnake.
 
My Co-Producer Michael McIntyre & I searched the world for decent video footage & audio from any of the 1984 shows & came up with ‘Super-Rock’, recorded at the first Japanese rock festival at Seibu Stadium in Tokyo & a precious, invaluable video of Maestro Jon Lord’s final appearance with Whitesnake.
 
All of the features on this package have been treated lovingly & respectfully, with no expense spared, utilizing technology to improve sound & picture quality. 
 
In other words, it should look & sound f’ing great!!
 
Some of the Special Features include never before seen or heard tracks, demos, photos...
 
These are memories I treasure & delight in sharing with you as we continue our Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WHITESNAKE  ‘SLIDE IT IN’...
 
 
David Coverdale
Hook City, Reno, Nevada
August 2014
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Thu
06
Nov

CRAZY LIXX - 'Crazy Lixx' (Showcase)

Artist: 
Crazy Lixx
Produced By: 
Crazy Lixx / Mixed: Chris Laney
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
November 7
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
Every rock band needs a self titled album – The kind of album that really does the band’s name justice –The kind of album that shows both old and new fans what the band and their music is really all about – The kind of album that is the essence of the band and their sound and the kind of album that is the total sum of years of experience from playing, recording, writing songs and touring. This is that album for Sweden’s Crazy Lixx.

“We were discussing possible titles for the album and we didn’t really feel like any of the suggestions were quite right. Then I came up with the idea of a making it a self titled album and we all agreed this was the right time for one. You know, bearing the very name of the band, a self-titled album does have a lot to live up to, but we all felt that this album has what it takes to represent the band as a whole, both in terms of the songs, the sound and the performance.” - says lead singer and producer Danny Rexon.
With their fourth release, Crazy Lixx have grown as a band and perfected their personal sound into 11 anthemic rock songs that will satisfy both the hard core Lixx fans as well as fans of melodic hard rock and hair metal in general. By combining the strategies of recording and producing the album themselves along with utilizing the mixing qualities of the great Chris Laney, the sound of the album has once again returned to the bombastic sound of Crazy Lixx’ earlier work while at the same time adding the improved song-writing and playing qualities of today’s Crazy Lixx.

 “We’ve learned a lot through the years, especially when it comes to the recording process and we’ve put all that knowledge and experience to use on this album. We used many different studio settings to record different parts of the album and didn’t rush the recording but made sure everything was as good as it could get. At the same time we didn’t want to be too nitpicking with details, I mean we’re still in the business of rock n’ roll, right?”– adds guitarist and co-producer of the album Andy Zata (formerly Dawson)

In addition to returning to the old Crazy Lixx sound the band has also re-recorded fan favorite “Heroes are Forever” which was originally on the band’s first, now out of print album.  “It’s this one song, that was our first single back in around 2006, that we’ve played on almost every live show we’ve done since then, but when we started to think about it, it was a song that a lot of our fans had no chance of ever listening to. The first album, ‘Loud Minority’, which was released on a minor independent label, was only released in a limited printing which has long since sold out, and it isn’t available digitally either. Still we felt that the track was one of those songs that had a really fundamental Crazy Lixx vibe to it, so we decided to record it again and give the fans a nice treat. If you ask me, it came out way better this second time around.” – says drummer Joél Cirera

With the addition of bassist Jens Sjöholm and the return of original drummer Joél Cirera, Crazy Lixx Mk III has been proven to be the best constellation to date, both in concert and on a recording.“I think the fans will really enjoy what we’ve got in store for them with this album. Killer songs, great sound and memorable hooks combined with a bit of the twin guitar action and riff-based approach that we added to the sound on our last album.” – says guitarist Edd Liam.

Newest and youngest member, bassist Jens Sjöholm adds: “Being my first album release with Crazy Lixx I don’t really have any special expectations, but hearing the final result and seeing how fired up the guys are about it makes me look forward to seeing the reactions of the fans and media.”
It’s really a bit of a do or die, no guts, no glory situation – after all, you only get one chance to do a self titled album, so make sure you do it good.” – concludes Danny Rexon

CRAZY LIXX:


DANNY REXON Vocals
JOÈL CIRERA Drums
ANDY ZATA Guitar & B.Vocals
JENS SJOHOLM Bass
EDD LIAM Guitar & B.Vocals

Guests:
MATS LEVÉN (Backing vocals on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 11), TÅVE WANNING (Backing vocals on tracks 4 and 5)
 
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Tue
04
Nov

IN FAITH - There's A Storm Coming (Showcase)

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Back in the late 80s/early 90s, when Rock was King, Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall were both involved in various Manchester Rock Bands. It was inevitable that one way or another, their paths would at some point cross. Tony Marshall's name was mentioned when Pete was attempting to put together a Rock band around 1991, they met up in a rehearsal room somewhere in Eccles, they threw a few ideas around but nothing permanent came of this first meeting.

About six years later Pete was playing Lead Guitar in a local band and needed to bow out, Tony was the obvious choice, they met up with the intention of working through 20 songs, the truth being Tony listened to about three and said he would be fine with the rest (and he was!).

Fast forward through various bands including Contagious, Vaughn and more, Tony Marshall was now married with a young child and apart from being heavily involved with the annual Firefest shows, had pretty much retired from the "Rock Scene". Pete Godfrey had been writing pop tracks for a couple of years after fifteen years away from the industry, enjoying a little success but it wasn't satisfying from an artistic point of view. He decided to spend a few months writing what he felt instead of what he thought and came up with six or seven demos that were definitely Rock based. Pete approached Tony who listened to the tracks but to be honest, wasn't massively impressed with the style. The two decided to meet up to see if they could write together. The ideas flowed but it took time to get up to speed with the advances in recording technologies.

It became apparent pretty early on that the material was strong and what was originally intended to be a songwriting partnership quickly gathered momentum and a direction which was crying out for a band situation. To improve the tracks, Tony asked Pete Newdeck who at the time was still the drummer with Eden's Curse as well as fronting his own band Tainted Nation, to help with the drum programming. As an unexpected bonus, Pete Newdeck was also mixing songs in his own studio for his and other artists material, so, obviously, the honourable thing to do was to ask him to mix a few of Tony and Pete's songs, as it would have been rude not to! Pete loved the songs and pretty quickly was drafted in as the third member of the as yet unnamed outfit.

In August 2013, during a conversation with Kieran Dargan, the suggestion was made that Tony and the two Petes, write a track for use as the International Anthem for Firefest X. 'Church of Rock n' Roll' was that track and it was about this time that the boys decided to name the band IN FAITH. Over the next several months, songs were written, rewritten tweaked and improved until they were deemed ready to be presented as demos to a select group of trusted friends now known as "the Jury".

The comments were pretty much phenomenal across the board, with some very positive critique offered which was taken onboard (and only discarded when nobody was looking!!). Once the decision was made to give "the project" a name, the push was on to complete an album. Favours were called in from several friends: Chris Green of Rubicon Cross plays a solo on 'Addicted', Furyon's Pat Heath adds his considerable talents to 'Radio' and 'Learn to Fly', and Brooke St James of Tyketto contributed a guitar solo to the track 'Where I Wanna Be'.

In Faith's debut album 'There's a Storm Coming' was mixed and produced by Pete Newdeck and co-produced by Tony Marshall. 

It's taken two years to get to this point and we hope you agree with us that it has been worth all the work!

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Wed
22
Oct

WHITE WIDDOW - Crossfire (Showcase)

Artist: 
Crossfire
Produced By: 
White Widdow
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
AOR
 
Formed in Melbourne, Australia in 2008 and centered around the Millis brothers Jules (Vocals) & Xavier (Keyboards) with Guitar virtuoso Enzo Almanzi. Raised on a healthy diet of 80’s Arena Rock and influenced by artists such as Survivor, Dokken, Night Ranger, White Sister & Giuffria.

In 2010 White Widdow stormed onto the Melodic Rock scene across the globe with the release of their self titled debut album, filled with swirling keyboards, blistering guitar playing and big choruses. The release of the debut was met by the press with rave reviews making it into Classic Rock Magazine's top 10 AOR albums for 2010.  Hot on the heels of their debut, White Widdow quickly returned with their follow up release “Serenade” in September 2011. "Serenade" was heaped with praise by the press as one of the best albums in the genre of 2011, gaining 9/10 in both Classic Rock and Powerplay magazines and receiving a 94% on the coveted website melodicrock.com.

In support of "Serenade", White Widdow hit the road playing festivals and headlining club shows throughout Europe which saw them tour through Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece and England. Along the way performing at HEAT Festival (Germany) and Firefest (UK). This was followed in 2012 with a full tour of the UK as support band to English melodic rock band TEN.

White Widdow had initially hoped to release their third album at the end of 2013, however 2013 proved to be a difficult year for the band with original bass player Trent Wilson retiring from the music industry and the unfortunate death of drummer George Kristy. Despite these set backs, in early 2014 the Millis brothers and Almanzi regrouped with a rejuvenated new line up, featuring Ben Webster on Bass and Noel Tenny on Drums. The band set about making their third album “Crossfire“, which shows the band retaining their trademark keyboard driven Melodic Hard Rock. Showing at times a slightly more hard rock edge than on the previous albums, yet still drenched in melody and hooks.

Produced & engineered by Xavier Millis and mixed once again by Pelle Saether (Grand Design), White Widdow are back with quite possibly their best album yet. 
 
www.whitewiddow.com.au

 
 
 

 

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Wed
22
Oct

WICKED SENSATION - Adrenaline Rush (Showcase)

Adrenaline Rush
Produced By: 
Dennis Ward
Running Time: 
52
Release Date: 
November 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
WICKED SENSATION from Karlsruhe introduce their 4th studio album "Adrenaline Rush".
 
On "Adrenaline Rush" a catchy tune follows another and it clearly shows that Michael Klein, the band’s lead guitarist and songwriter, has enormously improved his songwriting from album to album.
 
None other than singer David Reece (ex Accept, Bangalore Choir) supported the band and substituted for Robert Soeterboek, who unfortunately was forced to step back because of personal health reasons.
 
David Reece immediately turned out to be the right choice for the band and perfectly blends into the songs of Wicked Sensation. Already the opener "King of the World" delivers superb hooks and melodies which reach their highlight in the chorus while Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) can be heard together with David Reece.
 
Without a break the band continues with "Same Old Situation" hich comes as a perfect blend of Van Halen and Extreme and is full of groove. Again, Harry Hess gives his honor and can be heard in the chorus, accompanied by Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnet) on the keyboard.
 
With "Misery" the album goes straight the way it started - delivering catchy tunes without a break, and Michael Klein and Sang Vong prove to be the perfect guitar duo.
 
Again on "Adrenaline Rush” all the typical song styles of Wicked Sensation can be found without the band moving away from their typical sound.
 
The title track "Adrenaline Rush" delivers a real “Metal Firecracker”, for which the band was able to sign on Mathias Dieth (ex U.D.O. guitarist) for an outstanding guitar solo.
 
In addition to their fourth “long player” the band fully relied on their producer Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream69) to give "Adrenaline Rush" the necessary pressure and punch. The last song “This Time", an acoustic ballad, closes the curtains.
 
Discography:
Reflected 2001
Exceptional 2004
Crystallized 2010
Adrenaline Rush 2014
 
www.wicked-sensation.com
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Mon
20
Oct

ALLEN/LANDE - The Great Divide (Showcase)

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The first chapter of Jorn Lande and Russell Allen’s collaboration, 'The Battle' was unleashed in September 2005 with unanimous acclaim from fans and critics alike.

Many websites and magazines named it 'Record of the Year'. Its success made it one of the most popular releases ever in Melodic Heavy Metal, thanks to beautiful, sweeping piano and keyboards, heavy guitar riffs, virtuoso guitar solos, hooky choruses and the vocal talents of two of the finest Heavy Metal vocalists around. Great part of the success of the release was also due to the multitalented Swedish guitar player and songwriter Magnus Karlsson (PRIMAL FEAR, LAST TRIBE, STARBREAKER).

In 2007 the second chapter entitled 'The Revenge' was released and met again with an amazing reaction from press and fans. Heavier and with a tighter production, thanks to the involvement of Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, ANGRA, PLACE VENDOME) at the mix, the album excited the many fans who loved the first chapter. Another succesful followed in 2010 entitled 'The Showdown' which closed the trilogy.

Russell Allen is the singer of the American Progressive Metal band SYMPHONY X, who have released six studio albums and one live record so far. More than once SYMPHONY X received accolades such as 'Best Progressive Power Metal Band Worldwide' or awards for the 'Best Progressive Metal Album of the Year'.

Highly rated MASTERPLAN and vocalist JORN LANDE has a vocal capability that is world class, distinctive, rich and spanning a large range. He is in high demand and has appeared as guest or sung for such bands and projects as AVANTASIA, ARK, THE SNAKES and many others. He is also a well-known solo artist with various successful studio albums released, since the debut 'Starfire' in 1999.

The new album, entitled 'The Great Divide' sees a majors change in the formula since songwriting and production is now in the hands of Timo Tolkki, former Stratovarius member. After the success of the initial trilogy a fresher musical direction was needed by to move forward to the next Allen Lande and certainly this new album, while moving in the usual musical landscape, offers fabulous songwriting and as usual some incredible vocals from the two amazing singers.

ALLEN / LANDE:

Jorn Lande: vocals
Russell Allen: vocals
Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass, keyboards
Jami Huovinen: drums

Produced and written by Timo Tolkki
Mixed: Dennis Ward

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Thu
18
Sep

STRYPER - Live At The Whisky (Showcase)

Artist: 
Live At The Whisky
Produced By: 
Stryper
Running Time: 
70
Release Date: 
September 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
 
“Live at the Whisky” is the new Live cd/dvd package from Stryper featuring the original line up in a sold out show held in October 2013 at the Whisky Club in LA during a handful of shows in support of the release of the latest studio album “No More Hell To Pay”, the album that marked Stryper’s highest Billboard chart entry since the days of “To Hell With the Devil”.

Stryper is one of the top Christian rock bands of all time.  Comprised of the original line-up of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), Stryper has been rocking since 1984, and is responsible for such '80s metal classic albums as SOLDIERS UNDER COMMAND, TO HELL WITH THE DEVIL, IN GOD WE TRUST and such MTV hit singles/videos as "Calling on You," "Free," and "Honestly." After a sabbatical for much of the 1990's, Stryper returned strong in the early 21st century.  To date, the band has sold upwards of 8 million records worldwide and is a Dove Award-winner and Grammy nominee.  Stryper is the first band to have two songs in MTV’s Top 10 simultaneously.

STRYPER:
Michael Sweet: Lead vocals, guitar
Oz Fox: Vocals, guitars
Tim Gaines: Bass, vocals
Robert Sweet: drums

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Tue
16
Sep

MOONLAND feat. Lenna Kuurmaa (Showcase)

Artist: 
Moonland
Produced By: 
Alessandro Del Vecchio
Release Date: 
September 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
 
The anticipated MOONLAND project finally brings back to the spotlight on the international Rock music markets Estonian singer, actress and TV personality Lenna Kuurmaa.
Lenna has been the front-woman of the Pop-Rock sensation VANILLA NINJA, an all-female outfit, which debuted in 2002 with their self-titled album and went on to release  internationally another 3 very successful studio albums (which won Gold Records awards in Germany, Austria and Platinum in their home country, Estonia). In 2005 VANILLA NINJA also won the selection to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Festival with the song "Cool Vibes", ending at the 8th place.

The group's latest album, “Love is War”, was released in May 2006 and brought VANILLA NINJA to appear successfully at the Viña del Mar Festival in Chile. The latest release from the band was a single “Crashing Through the Doors”, a great rock song penned specifically for VANILLA NINJA by Roxette’s Per Gessle.

VANILLA NINJA however went into hiatus since then and the members started to get involved in different projects. Lenna Kuurmaa appeared as an actress and TV presenter in Estonia and started a musical solo project under her own name, until she was approached by Frontiers Records with a concept to be return with a new international release with songs tailored for her singing style, with musical influences ranging from classic Heart and Europe with a touch of Roxette.

With Alessandro Del Vecchio taking care of the production and a concert appearance in front of the Frontiers Rock Festival crowd in Milano in May, MOONLAND is a new exciting musical venture from Lenna Kuurmaa, which is ready again to show the World her brilliant voice and talents.

MOONLAND
Lenna Kuurmaa - lead vocals
Alessandro Del Vecchio - keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Francesco Marras - guitars
Bruce Gaitsch - nylon guitar
Anna Portalupi - bass
Alessandro Polifrone – drums

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Mon
15
Sep

PROJECT ARCADIA - A Time Of Changes (Showcase)

9 Sept
Digital (world)
ON CD (North America)
26 Sept
ON CD
(SA, JAPAN, UK, EU excl. BG)
26 Sept
ON CD
(Rest of the world)

 

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Tracklist:

- 01. Here To Learn
- 02. Shelter Me
- 03. I Am Alive
- 04. Beggars At The Door
- 05. The Ungrateful Child
- 06. Timeless
- 07. Joy
- 08. A Time Of Changes
- 09. Formidable Foe
- 10. The Deal
- 11. Shadows Of The Night

Line-up:

Urban Breed - vocals
Plamen Uzunov - guitars
Dobromir Paraskov - bass
Villy Neshev - guitars
Daniel Dimitrov - drums


 
Nightmare Records is proud to bring you an exciting new album from... PROJECT ARCADIA!
 
Top Class Modern Melodic Metal with a touch of ProgPower "A Time of Changes" is the sophomore release in the discography
of this intriguing band hailing mostly from Bulgaria with the exception of their latest addition
Swedish singer now living in the United States Urban breed most known for his work in Tad Morose & Bloodbound.
 
Living up to the high expectations of Nightmare, we bring you a fantastic heavy metal album that any fan of the genre will appreciate,
it has powerful guitars, vocals and serious powerhouse of a rhythm section! For fans of old MSG, Tad Morose, Scorpions & Accept.
Mixed and Mastered by Jonas Kjellgren at Black Lounge Studios in Sweden (Sabaton, Scar Symmetry, Sonic Syndicate)
 
Video's debut for first single "Formidable Foe" directed by Firewind's Bob Katsionis.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mon
15
Sep

Pre-Order New MRR Release XTASY 'Revolution' Now For Just $10

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SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE!

PRE-ORDER now and XTASY "Revolution" is yours

for just $10 (+$5 worldwide airmail shipping).

This price is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY!
 

RELEASED OCTOBER 20 - PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED OCTOBER 13

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to unveil yet another great new talent from the melodic rock friendly territory of Spain!
 
The female fronted melodic rock band Xtasy will release their debut album “Revolution” via MRR worldwide (CD and digital) on October 20. 
 
Xtasy was born in 2011 as a Studio Project between Jorge (guitar) and Silvia (vocals). Both started to work together on several songs which were recorded between Dec 2011 and Dec 2013 in R81 Studios in Noain-Pamplona.
 
Some additional friends participated in the recording sessions as guests:
Jon Huarte (Dreamwalker) and Josu Alzu (Six Miles Wide) on drums; Manolo Arias (Atlas, Niágara), Robert Rodrigo (Airless), Willy Gascón (Steelhorse), David Morales (Zinc), Roberto Martínez (Blackbeltz, Taxikarlo) and Ángel García (Meridiam) as lead guitar.
 
In late December of 2013 Xtasy becomes a real band, leaving the studio project behind. The band is rounded out with Ángel (guitar), David (bass), Tutumba (drums) and Jakin (keyboards).
 
During January and February of 2014 the songs of their forthcoming album are mixed and mastered in Stockholm by Erik Martensson (W.E.T, Eclipse) at “Blowout Studios”.
 
Track Listing  Soundbytes:

01. Stronger
02. Revolution
03. Million Miles Away
04. All For One
05. Scream
06. It Is You
07. Rebel Rider
08. Many Years
09. Rocking The World
10. Bye Bye

You can preview two full tracks from the album now!
 
The video for the lead single “Stronger” and a Soundcloud stream of the album cut “All For One”:
 

 

 
 
SPECIAL PRE-ORDER PRICE!

PRE-ORDER now and XTASY "Revolution" is yours for just $10 (+$5 worldwide airmail shipping).
This price is for PRE-ORDERS ONLY!

RELEASED OCTOBER 20 - PRE-ORDERS SHIPPED OCTOBER 13

 

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Fri
12
Sep

BULLETRAIN - Start Talking (Showcase)

Artist: 
Start Talking
Produced By: 
Bulletrain & RamPac
Release Date: 
October 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
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Fri
12
Sep

ANGELS OR KINGS - Kings Of Nowhere (Showcase)

Kings of Nowhere
Produced By: 
Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart
Release Date: 
October 24
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock

 

If ever there was an eighties group of totally obscure proportions, then A.O.K fitted that bill perfectly. Founded in Manchester, England in 1988, they were made up of ex members of Sam Thunder, Circus and Strutz, to name a few, and tore it up on Oxford Road - Manchester’s answer to Sunset Strip – playing the Banshee and Rockworld and as opener in larger venues for Dare and Danger Danger. Their history is well documented in Tony Bell’s excellent book “Life In The Bus Lane”.

In the late eighties, early nineties they stood shoulder to shoulder with a plethora of unsigned acts, ultimately doomed to a life of obscurity.
 
A slew of promising demos quickly followed. Setting up camp in Shabby Road studios, the journey towards their debut album began in earnest. With the basics intact, and with original Drummer, Andy Chemmey, along for the ride, they moved to Mad Hat studios (Magnum) and under the guidance of Sheena Sear and Mark Stuart, they put the finishing touches to “The Kings Of Nowhere”.
 
They are the people’s band – winning a fan voted appearance at this year’s final Firefest proved that – and they deserve your utmost attention. They were stripped down to a final 10 who were then played on the Steve Price radio show. A final three made it through to a final. A.O.K. won, achieving over 3,500 votes. They have also just been added to Hard Rock Hell festival in March 2015 which is being headlined by Night Ranger.

It’s a little over twenty years since they called it a day, but these kings of nowhere are here to stay this time. They’ve loved and lost along the way but that’s just put some grit under their fingernails, enabling them to provide an album that is both honest and real. This is British songwriting at its absolute best!
 

 

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Fri
12
Sep

WORK OF ART - Framework (Showcase)

Artist: 
Framework
Produced By: 
Work Of Art
Release Date: 
September 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
 
“Framework” is the anticipated third album from the Swedish trio WORK OF ART. A release which has been in the works for more than one year and a half, but finally gets unleashed to the hungry legions of fans that this band has been able to build after just 2 albums.
 
WORK OF ART debuted in February 2008 with the release of “Artwork”.  Coming out of nowhere, the album immediately struck a chord with Melodic Rock lovers all around the world. With a sound inspired by such band as Toto, Giant & Journey, WORK OF ART quickly established themselves as one of the most promising newcomers in the genre. Soon after WOA guitar player and main composer Robert Sall joined W.E.T, the band project with Jeff Scott Soto and Erik Martensson from Eclipse, thus being immediately catapulted in the stardom of the genre!
 
As a consequence of this, expectations for the follow up “In Progress” were sky high. Work of Art managed to live up to that, entering the Swedish album charts on the week of release at number 30! The next step for the band was to start performing live on stage which they did for the first time in Madrid, Spain in January 2012 and was followed by several other shows in several other European countries.
 
“Framework” is therefore the logical next step: an album which encompasses all that Work of Art managed to create until now, offering another bunch of unforgettable songs with soaring melodies (courtesy of singer Lars Säfsund) and amazing instrumental prowess (offered by Robert and Herman). Overall this is certainly Work of Art’s most up-tempo and straight ahead album so far, but – as it should be – some unbelievable softer moments are there as well!
 
Get WORK OF ART live in action during the fall in Europe and the USA (Melodicrock Fest in Chicago)!
 
WORK OF ART:
Lars Säfsund – vocals
Robert Säll – guitars, keyboards
Herman Furin - drums
  
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Wed
10
Sep

FAITHSEDGE - The Answer Of Insanity (Showcase)

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After their debut album, Faithsedge return with The Answer Of Insanity, featuring singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, former Dokken lead guitarist Alex De Rosso, drummer Tony Morra (Van Zant) and two of the best keyboard players in melodic rock, Eric Ragno (Trixter /Fergie Frederiksen) andAlessandro Del Vecchio (Hardline).

The Answer Of Insanity is simply a perfect mix of hard rock, heavy metal and progressive, with plenty of melodic old school hooks, concept songwriting and stripped-down edgy in your face production to rebel back at current trends and fads in the music business. 

Produced by Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Vai/Steve Lukather) and mastered by Peter Doell (David Lee Roth/Richard Marx) at Universal Mastering in Los Angeles, the album is now available worldwide.

Lyric video link "Saving Anything":

Soundbytes:

- Now I Know the Truth
- Revolve My World
- The Way I Have to Let You Go
- Are We Gonna Stand?
- Comes Crashing Down
- Saving Anything
- Pray for This
- Until Your Home
- When I Lost You
- Destroy You

BUY "THE ANSWER OF INSANITY" NOW!

iTunes - 
itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-answer-of-insanity/id898494128

Amazon USA - 
www.amazon.com/Answer-Insanity-Faithsedge/dp/B00LJWUPSA

Amazon Italy - 
www.amazon.it/The-Answer-Insanity-Faithsedge/dp/B00LJWUPSA/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1409708377&sr=8-3&keywords=faithsedge

Amazon Japan - 
www.amazon.co.jp/Answer-Insanity-Faithsedge/dp/B00LJWUPSA/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1409708419&sr=8-5&keywords=faithsedge

Amazon UK - 
www.amazon.co.uk/The-Answer-Of-Insanity-Faithsedge/dp/B00LJWUPSA

 

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Fri
05
Sep

HOUSE OF SHAKIRA Release Limited Edition Live EP

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SOUNDBYTES
House of Shakira and MelodicRock Records are releasing a very Limited Edition EP from the band - "Paid To Play Live" on September 19.
 
STRICTLY LIMITED TO 200 UNITS - FIRST IN FIRST SERVED. JUST 25 LEFT!!
 
 
 
The 9 track extended EP, or "Official Bootleg" was Recorded live at the “Pay To Play” album release party at O-baren, Stockholm, Sweden, September 23, 2013.
 
The 7 track set is included in full on the EP. It was pro-recorded and features the songs:
 
1 Bending The Law
2 Pay To Play
3 When The Cat’s Away
4 All You Want
5 Give Me More
6 Dopamine Junkie
7 Draw The Line
 
In addition, there were two additional songs not included on the "Pay To Play" album, which are now included here as bonus tracks:
 
8 Shell Shock*
9 Financial Times*
 
SOUNDBYTES AVAILABLE BELOW.
 
You can pre-order the EP now via the PayPal link below. The EP is $10 + $5 shipping worldwide. Just like all regular MRR releases, the EP comes with full artwork, jewelcase and is shrink wrapped. Because of the low pressing number, the disc is a pro-duplicated CDR w/full color disc art.
 
The EP will be launched at MelodicRockFest 4 in Chicago, where House Of Shakira are scheduled to play on Saturday October 4. Tickets at: www.melodicrockfest.com
 
BUT! A limited number (100) are available for pre-order now and will be shipped out by September 19. FIRST IN - FIRST SERVED AND ONCE SOLD OUT - GONE FOREVER!
 

 
If you haven't yet purchased the band's awesome Pay To Play CD, you can tie that in with the EP and get a special package price of $23 + $5 shipping! See PayPal link below for that deal:
 
 
 
House Of Shakira is:
 
Andreas Novak Lead vocals
Mats Hallstensson Guitar & vocals
Anders Lundström Guitar
Basse Blyberg Bass & vocals
Martin Larsson Drums
 
Booklet and Cover artwork by Russin
Photos by Thorleif Robertsson
Recorded live by Andreas Baumann
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by: Mats Hallstensson @ Room of Doom Studio (www.roomofdoom.nu)
 
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Mon
01
Sep

MRR Deals! PLATENS, SECRET and SOUND OF ETERNITY - 1 Week Only!

MRR 1 WEEK SALE - FREE SHIPPING & DISCOUNTS ON THESE TITLES!

Buy PLATENS & SECRET together and pay discount rate of $28 + FREE SHIPPING!

 

    

 

Buy PLATENS, SECRET & HOUSE OF SHAKIRA EP together and pay the discounted rate of $38 + FREE SHIPPING!

 

Buy those 3 titles and add SOUND OF ETERNITY and pay just $48 for the 4 CDs with FREE SHIPPING!

 

 

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Thu
21
Aug

220 VOLT - Walking In Starlight (Showcase)

Artist: 
Walking In Starlight
Produced By: 
220 Volt
Running Time: 
60
Release Date: 
September 26
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt returns to the scene with a new album called “Walking In Starlight”. Anders Engberg (ex-Therion ex-Lions Share), who joined this group on late 2012, is the new voice of the band. This is his first full album with 220 Volt. Founding members Thomas Drevin and Mats Karlsson handle the guitars, and drummer Peter Hermansson completes the line-up.
 
220 Volt (founded 1979) was among the top hard rock acts in Scandinavia during the 80's and released their first, self titled album on CBS in June 1983. The band then went on to release five albums between 1983-1988. The last one recorded in the 80's was the album Eye to Eye which is their best selling album internationally, and it was also on heavy rotation on MTV and many radio stations around the world. It was produced by legendary producer Max Norman (Ozzy/Megadeth/Y&T etc..) and who also has mixed 5 tracks for “Walking In Starlight”.
 
The band’s reputation was built on frequent album releases and energetic live shows. Besides performing their own headline shows, the Swedes have also toured as support for AC/DC and Nazareth among others. In 1985, 220 Volt performed in front of 80.000 people in Warsaw, Poland. The show was broadcasted live on Polish TV, among the first ever TV-shows in the eastern block to feature a hard rock band.
 
220 Volt split up in 1992, but released the studio album Lethal Illusion in 1997.
 
The quartet was active for a while between 2002-2008 with members from an earlier line-up and produced two albums, “Volume 1” and the live album “Made in Jamtland”.
 
Songs like “Firefall”, “Love Is All You Need”, “Beat Of A Heart”, “The Harder They Come”, “Heavy X-mas” and “Power Games” to name a few, still get airplay around the world... Songs you'll be likely to hear live again soon!
 
Discography: 220 Volt (1983), Power Games (1984), Mind over muscle (1985), Young and wild (1987), Eye To Eye (1988), Lethal Illusion (1997), Volume 1 (2002), Made in Jamtland (2005), Heavy X-mas revisited (2009, EP), Walking In Starlight (2014)
 
 
::: style ::: Hard Rock
 
Anders Engberg – vocals
Thomas Drevin – guitars
Mats Karlsson – guitars
Peter Hermansson - drums
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Wed
13
Aug

GRAND DESIGN - Thrill Of The Night (Showcase)

Artist: 
Thrill Of The Night
Produced By: 
Grand Desgn
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
September 26
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Grand Design was formed in 2006 by singer/producer Pelle Saether, and the band’s first 1st album “Time Elevation” was released by AOR Heaven in October 2009.  The album featured guest spots from guitarists Janne Stark and Tommy Denander. The release gained massive success and was awarded ‘best album’ and ‘best song’ by BeRockRadio and received numerous top 10 positions for “best album 2009”. Several concerts, including the prestigious FireFest in Nottingham, UK proved that Grand Design also deliver live. Pelle Saether comments: ”Since we all love Def Leppard, it will always be an influence we use to spice things up.”
 
Two years later, it was time for Grand Design’s second album – “Idolizer”.
Pelle says: “We knew we had found a formula to make an 80’s rock record work in the 21st century – so why change it?” With new anthems like “Get On With Action”, “OughtoGraph” and “Your Love’s A Runaway”, “Idolizer” followed up the fans expectations. Grand Design again proved that the songs and sound of 80’s rock belong in your players and on the big stages.
 
In 2012 the line-up saw singer Pelle Saether and guitarist Dennis Vestman, now flanked by guitarist Janne Stark (Constancia, Overdrive etc), bassist Mats Vassfjord (Chris Laney Band, Scaar) and drummer Peter Hermansson (Talisman, John Norum, 220 Volt). The band continued playing shows and festivals, building a solid following.

Early 2013 the band recorded two new songs, featuring guest singer Susie Päivärinta (of Lili & Susie), of which the song “Baby It’s You” (Promises cover) was released as a digital only single and video in June 2013. The band also welcomed new drummer Magnus Ulfstedt (Eclipse, Jimi Jamison, Talisman, Lion’s Share etc), who made his debut in the video. The band also performed at festivals such as Skogsröjet and Rock Out Wild.
 
Early 2014 Grand Design started working on the third album, and we are now proud to present the band’s third outing: Thrill Of The Night. This album has definitely taken the band to a whole new level, musically, song wise and regarding production. The band is packed with potential hits and choruses that you will wake up in the middle of the night singing! Sorry about that, but that’s how it is. From the opening chords of U Got Me Good, followed by the anthem rocker “Rawk ‘N’ Roll Heart Attack”, to up-tempo rocker “10 Outta 10” and the big epic balladry of “When The Greatest Love Of All Kicks In”. This time the band has also had some outside help in the song writing, where melodic rock icon Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, W.E.T) has co-written the hit style “Who’s Gonna Rawk U Right” and “You’re The Only One”. The production, again by singer Pelle Saether, is big, ballsy yet ambient enough to probably make even John “Mutt” Lange proud.
 
Discography: Time Elevation (2009), Idolizer (2011), Thrill Of The Night (2014)

 
Pelle Saether: vocals
Dennis Vestman: guitar
Janne Stark: lead guitar
Mats Vassfjord: bass
Magnus Ulfstedt: drums
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Mon
11
Aug

PLATENS - Out Of The World (Showcase) PRE-ORDER NOW!

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MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the extension of our working relationship with Violet Sun mastermind Dario Grillo with the signing to the label of his brand new album with melodic progressive rockers Platens.
Platens is a melodic rock project brainchild of Dario Grillo, the Italian multi-instrumentalist.
 
After 10 years from the Platens’ debut album, Dario is coming back with a brand new album titled “Out Of The World” and a renewed line up:  Dario Grillo – vocals, guitars, keyboards; Riccardo Barbiera – drums; Domiziano Mendolia – bass; Gabriels - Hammond & synth.
“Out Of The World” continues to showcase Dario’s impressive writing skills and knack of working melody and mood into the most complex musical arrangements.
 
The 11 track, 54 minute album features inspired vocals, top class production and mix, outstanding individual performances from all and some complex, yet easily accessible powerful hard rock music.
 
The album mixes elements of progressive and symphonic rock, AOR and  melodic rock and will be released by MelodicRock Records SEPTEMBER 8.
 
PRE-ORDER NOW! ALL ORDERS SHIPPED PRIOR TO RELEASE DATE.
 
 
 
 
 
Track listing (WITH AUDIO SAMPLES):
 
 
Full Track:
 

 
 
 
 
Dario was born in Palermo, Italy in 1979. He learned to play guitar at the age of 6 years studying classical guitar and music theory at "Vincenzo Bellini" conservatory in Palermo. During the high school years he formed, with his brothers Max and Alex, his first hard rock band called Dragon’s Breath. In 1997, Dario joined some great bands as Cherry BombzSqueezy Boyz and Empty Roads.
 
At the same time, he began to study singing, improving his skills thanks to some stages with Elizabeth Sabine [singing-master of Axl Rose, Dave Mustaine, Ron Keel etc.]. In 1998 he joined the well-known power metal band Thy Majestie as lead singer, adapting his voice to the heavier sound of the band.
The original and clear voice of Dario gave to the music of Thy Majestie a melodic feeling melted with the power of heavy metal.  After two albums ["The Lasting Power" and "Hastings 1066"] and one EP ["Echoes of War"], Dario left the band in October 2003 in order to dedicate all his energies to his new project Platens where he played all the instruments.
 
This new musical adventure saw the light of day on Frontiers Records whose president and A&R director, Serafino Perugino, heard the first demos and was enthusiast with what he heard. The debut album “Between Two Horizons” was released in 2004 and featured a driving melodic hard rock approach very close to the sound of such bands as Fair Warning, Terra Nova and Grand Illusion
Between 2005 and 2014 Dario has been very busy in his activity as producer, composer and songwriter. He worked with many Italian talented singers and musicians like Katia Miceli (X-Factor 2009 and winner of “Cantagiro 2008”, one of the most important Italian festival), Gianni Bella, Giuseppe Finocchiaro, Lorencè Brahem, Pio Fanale, Riccardo Favara and he took part to some international musical projects (Charming Grace, Caravellus).

At the same time he started the work on his new band called Violet Sun with his brother Alex on drum and the talented singer Alessandra Amata. Together they recorded and produced the debut album “Loneliness In Supremacy “was released in 2010 on Melodic Rock Records.
 
 
 

 

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Tue
05
Aug

STATE OF SALAZAR - All The Way (Showcase)

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All The Way
Produced By: 
State Of Salazar
Running Time: 
47
Release Date: 
August 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
When State of Salazar released their debut EP ”Lost my Way” in the summer of 2012, it spread fast in magazines and blogs and created a flood of praise. The Swedish quintet has received many positive reviews from all over the world during a very short period.

“This is something that can grow really big.” “...State Of Salazar will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the genre.” “…this EP is an extremely polished piece of art...” “The performances and the production are superb…” etc. With bands such as Toto, Queen, Journey, Survivor and especially Bill Conti and Vince DiCola in their influences list, State of Salazar have indeed a lot to prove. They handle all this pressure with their honor intact and their heads held high.

State of Salazar started in 2010 by five students from the Malmö Academy of Music who wanted to play rock music made for the big arenas, and they have now started their journey towards the big crowds. The singer and songwriter, Marcus Nygren, began thinking of the concept of having a band like State of Salazar in 2009 when he wrote a couple of songs that did not fit his metal based band 8-Point Rose. “To find great musicians at the Academy was no problem,” Marcus says in one of the many interviews he has done lately, and all members of State of Salazar have a passion for West Coast, AOR and similar genres.

State of Salazar is just as much a group of good friends as it is a quintet with great musicians. All members – Marcus Nygren, vocals, Johan Thuresson, guitars, Johannes Hansson, bass, Kristian Brun, drums and Stefan Mårtenson, keyboards – are frequently hired in various events of different character. For instance Johan Thuresson plays in the progressive pop band The Million, Kristian Brun plays ska with Scaramanga and they have all appeared in several studio- and live-sessions in the past. In other words, State of Salazar know what they are doing.

There is no mistaking that the band delivers “feel good” music, and it is no wonder, since one of the biggest influences is “training montage” music. This is just one of many reasons why State of Salazar actually stands out from many of the other bands in the same genre. State of Salazar is not a retro band, or a walk down memory lane. They write songs and play music that strives forward and not backwards. Their songwriting, arranging and instrumental performance show that this is a band that wants to develop and give its contribution to the melodic rock genre.
 
STATE OF SALAZAR
Marcus Nygren – Vocals
Johan Thuresson – Guitar
Stefan Mårtenson – Keyboard
Johannes Hansson – Bass
Kristian Brun – Drums

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ADRENALIN RUSH - Adrenaline Rush (Showcase)

Adrenaline Rush
Produced By: 
Erik Martensson
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
August 22
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Fronted by one of the most talented and hottest chicks in today’s Hard Rock scene, Tåve Wanning (formerly part of the Teen-Pop duo Peaches), Adrenaline Rush promises to fire up the Rock scene with their lethal dose of heavy guitars, infectious hooks and full blown RnR attitude. Tåve hand-picked the guys from bands around Stockholm, all having different backgrounds but each an important piece of the puzzle.

With a debut album recorded under the direction of producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), this impressive band needs to be on the “to buy” list for all fans of Danger Danger, Motley Crue, Warrant, Treat and Crazy Lixx since the Adrenaline Rush sound features live oriented tracks with strong melodies, powerful guitars and interesting arrangements.

Frontiers launched the band with the release of their first video/single “Change” in late april and invited Adrenaline Rush to appear to the Frontiers Rock Festival in Milan, where the band left a lasting impression to the rockers that attended the venue.
Everything is finally in place and the band is ready to take the show on the road with this killer new release!
 
ADRENALINE RUSH
Tave Wanning - lead vocals
Ludvig Turner - lead guitar, vocals
Alexander Hagman - guitar, vocals
Soufian Ma'Aoui - bass, vocals
Marcus Johansson - drums

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