MelodicRock Records

Fri
30
Jun

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - Ascension (Showcase)

MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015. Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 

PRE-ORDER NOW! All pre-orders will ship early.

 
JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN - 'Ascension' ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
MRR August Deal:
 
FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN (Both Releases for $30 and just $4 shipping worldwide)
 
 
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
Fri
30
Jun

DON BARNES - Ride The Storm (Showcase)

 
MelodicRock Records is excited to see that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ is out worldwide now.
 
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end. The second Disc and bonus tracks appear only on the CD version (not digital) of this release.
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
DIGITAL LINKS (Also available on all other digital platforms)
 
 
 

 
ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' Out NOW!
 
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Fri
23
Jun

MelodicRock Records Artist Update

Categories: 
 
MRR is excited to present 3 more advance audio tracks from albums coming up by: RIAN, FICTION SYXX & JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN
 

 
And the DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' album is now listed at Digital Outlets for preorder. However, the only way to get the bonus disc/tracks is to grab the CD.
 
 
 
Google Play - http://bit.ly/2t1m7fT
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
21
Jun

Swedish Rockers RIAN Launch Debut Album & Single 'Out Of The Darkness'

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
 
Wednesday Update - New Audio!
 

 
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
MRR is very excited to launch the band's debut single, the lead song and title track, 'Out Of The Darkness' with this official video for the song:
 
 
Buy the single now via iTunes: http://apple.co/2swMA56 Apple Music: http://apple.co/2sxnTW1
 
RIAN - 'Out Of The Darkness' Debut Album ($15 + $5 shipping worldwide) Out July 22 (Pre-orders ship early)
 
 
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
A video for RIAN’s title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ will debut in the coming weeks.
 
 
 
Tue
20
Jun

JAN AKESSON'S SHADOW RAIN Signs to MRR For August Debut

Saturday, August 26, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is very pleased to announce an extension of the relationship with S.A.Y mastermind Jan Akesson, working with the guitarist/vocalist/songwriter/producer on his debut solo album ‘Ascension’, set to be released August 26 under the moniker Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain.
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is an intense, in your face hard rocking rollercoaster that is both unique and melodic as well as very familiar to fans of the debut S.A.Y album, released on MRR in 2015.
Guitars and menace run through the album’s 10 tracks, whilst each throws in a hook and melody that draws you back in for more.
 
Tracklist:
 
01. I Can’t Tell You No
02. The Promised Land
03. City Of Light
04. Into The Fire
05. Sound Of A Broken Heart
06. A Sound For Death
07. After The Love Is Gone
08. Cross The Universe
09. Love On The Run
10. Fool For Your Loving
 
Jan Akesson's Shadow Rain is:
Jan Akesson: Vocals, Guitars, Backing Vocals
 
Additional Musicians:
Sven Svantesson - Lead Guitars
Lasse Johansson - Bass
Jens Westberg - Drums
 
Produced, Mixed Mastered by: Jan Akesson
Recorded at Ump Unlimited Music Production
 
 
 
 
JAN ÅKESSON BIOGRAPHY
 
Sweden based multidimensional musician Jan Åkesson, was born in October 1965 and is known for his works with hard rock band StoneLake. Åkesson started playing guitar in 1978 and became a songwriter early in his life. In 1984 he got to know singer Peter Grundström while playing lead guitar in the band “Ravage”. Grundström was lead singer of the band “Whitelight” which Åkesson became a member of in the fall of the same year.
 
In 1987, Åkesson left ​Whitelight and wanted to pursue a career and a sound that was more guitar-oriented and harder. He went on to form new bands: “Why Not”, “Perfect Stranger” and “Dr. Blue”, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings.
In 1994 Jan decided to step back  from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. The studio he created in 2005, was called “UMP”, which is an abbreviation of: “Unlimited Music Production”.
 
After the split from Whitelight, who later changed their name to “Kee Avenue”, singer Peter Grundström was enrolled to join “StoneLake”. Åkesson and Grundström became a successful songwriting team and released several albums and singles on different record labels.
 
In 2008 they were invited to write all the music for the project “Solna” and shared the credits with well-known artists from the industry such as Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear, Gamma Ray), Alex De Rosso (Dokken), Rob de Luca (Lynch Mob, Sebastian Bach) and Pamela Moore who is known for her work with classic band Queensrÿche.
 
In 2015 the duo formed the project “S.A.Y.” and released the critically acclaimed album: “Orion”. Reviewer Kieran Dargan of the site “Rocktopia” wrote: “... the musical class on show here is simply too good to ignore. A rather fabulous little album that is well deserving of a home in your collection”.
 
Åkesson has been busy as a songwriter for different genres of music as well as hard rock, and has written pop music for numerous artists in Japan, but also hard rock music for artists such as “Liv Moon” and produced punk covers that were released on the album “MAX! - Punk it!”.
 
OFFICIAL FACEBOOK URLs:
 
Unlimited Music Production: ​www.facebook.com/UnlimitedMusicProduction
 
Look for ‘Ascension’, from Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain to be released wide and far by MRR on August 26 alongside the debut Fiction Syxx album ‘Talk Dark Secrets’.
 
 
Wed
07
Jun

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Out Now

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance  - OUT NOW!
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thu
25
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Storm

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Wed
24
May

Another DON BARNES Audio Preview - 'Ride The Strom'

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Don Barnes, Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
22
May

DON BARNES Lost Solo Album 'Ride The Storm' Comes To MRR

Artist: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce one of the biggest releases for the label thus far! How else could you describe an album featuring Dann Huff, Alan Pasqua, Jeff & Mike Porcaro, Jesse Harms and Denny Carmassi?
 
MRR will be the label finally able to extract one of the best “lost” albums of all time for an official release. Plenty have tried over the years, but timing is everything!
Nearly 30 years ago, what would have been an instant classic was relegated to storage thanks to the old story of record label machinations.
 
Of course, we are talking about the classic AOR masterpiece DON BARNES solo album ‘Ride The Storm’.
 
MelodicRock Records started a conversation with the legendary 38 Special vocalist nearly 12 months ago to the day, suggesting that more than enough time has passed and that this record deserves its time to shine.
 
So it is with great pleasure that MRR announces that DON BARNES ‘Ride The Storm’ will be released worldwide June 30.
 

 
And even better news for fans and collectors that have had this record in its various MP3 forms over the years, what you have isn’t the main record you’re about to hear.
In searching for the original masters for ‘Ride The Storm’, after being lost for two decades, Don found the only existing copy of a ‘rock mix’ that was commissioned back in 1989 to take a look at how the songs would sound, remixed for a bigger ‘rock’ impact.
Ever the completist, MRR’s Andrew McNeice insisted that both mixes of the classic album were included in the release – as well as the three individual, heavily traded, solo demo tracks that were recorded but not included on the original album.
 
The complete ‘Ride The Storm’ release will therefore be a 2CD set, featuring the album in its intended form, plus the second ‘alternate mix’ disc, on which the three additional bonus tracks are added at the end.
 
PRE-ORDER DON BARNES 'Ride The Storm' NOW! Out June 30 
 
 
 
 
As there was no original artwork yet conceived for ‘Ride The Storm’, so regular MRR artist extraordinaire Nello Dell'Omo was commissioned to come up with something amazing. And that he has. In collaboration with Don, who drove the vision and MRR, the end result might just be one of his best album covers yet!
 
Two individual sets of remastering also serve the album well – it sounds as fresh, punchy and as amazing as it ever has. Thanks to JK Northrup (Rock Mix) and Brian Foraker (Alt. Mix) for their vital work.
 
It’s time Don himself jumped in with the story behind this amazing solo album:
 
“Over two decades ago, with years of success as lead singer and guitarist with 38 Special, I was given an opportunity by A&M Records to create a side solo project as an artist.  A&M suggested putting several top-rated musicians in the studio with me and I would write and co-produce the project. I set about co-writing songs and was honored to have some of the industry’s top musicians join me in the recording.
 
All of these players were extraordinary talents in the music business; the great Jeff Porcaro along with his brother Mike, respectively the drummer and bassist from the band Toto - and the best 'bottom-end foundation’ for any session - came on board to help forge a great rock record.
 
We also had the masterful veteran drummer Denny Carmassi from the band Heart, noted session keyboardist and composer Alan Pasqua from the band Giant on keyboards...along with another music titan, virtuoso guitarist and now-producer Dann Huff, all of whom brought such excellence and talent to the sessions that I just can't find enough words of praise and appreciation for them.
 
Additionally, I was privileged to work and collaborate with two extremely talented producers - Martin Briley and Brian Foraker - both of whom brought a wealth of experience and cool vibe to our sessions. We had always felt that the combination of these powerhouse players together created a very special album, a unique ‘rock classic.' Many who have heard the album say that description still remains true today.
 
Unfortunately, unexpected situations arose in the record business at that time and corporate transitions got in the way of the release date. The album was finished, mixed, and ready to go, but what started out as a great rock record turned into a series of disappointing twists and turns.  Just as it was ready to be released, A&M Records was sold through a huge global acquisition and the company changed hands several times over the years. The new company and staff had their own difficulties getting accustomed to the transition and my project was put aside without a release date.  My solo album became one of those music stories of a great rock record that started in one direction but had corporate business dealings move it to some other outcome. 
 
I'm proud to finally present my solo album, complete with extras like the 3 additional recordings in demo form left off of the original group of songs, along with a second full CD of alternate mixes. 
 
We had a great time recording these big, explosive songs, all presented here with newly re-mastered technology.  You’ll hear the intensity and spirit of the songwriting, the excellence and power of talented players, and the absolute force we delivered on the recordings. 
 
This album and these songs made it through a rough storm and they rock stronger than ever today. Turn it up and enjoy a great ride.”
 
- Don Barnes, May 2017.
 
 
And who is responsible for the contents of this album alongside Don? Quite simply the best of the best.
 
Track List and Player Credit:
 
1. Ride The Storm
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar Solos - Dann Huff / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
2. Looking For You
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys and Additional Guitar - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Pocaro
 
3. I Fall Back
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
4. Don't Look Down
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Jesse Harms / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
5. Maybe You'll Believe Me Now
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
6. I'd Do It All Over Again
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
7. Every Time We Say Goodbye
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Rhythm Guitar - Tim Pierce / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
8. Feelin' Stronger Every Day
Guitars - Don Barnes / Additional Guitar - Dann Huff / Keys - Alan Pasqua / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Jeff Porcaro
 
9. After The Way
Guitars - Don Barnes / Keys - Martin Briley / Bass - Mike Porcaro / Drums - Denny Carmassi
 
10. Johnny Ain't So Cool
Guitars - Don Barnes / Bass Guitar - Mike Porcaro / Keys and Guitar Solo - Martin Briley / Drums - Denny Carmassi

 
Fri
19
May

RIAN Set To Debut on MelodicRock Records July 22

Artist: 
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is once again tapping into the magic that is Sweden’s reservoir of talent to bring you a monster debut album from one of the country’s best young bands.
We’re very excited to announce the signing of RIAN – a melodic hard rock trio from Stockholm.
RIAN’s melodic hard rock sound is a unique combination of 80s AOR with a modern American rock sound.
 
RIAN is:
Richard Andermyr: Vocals, Guitar
Jan Johansson: Drums
Jonas Melin: Bass
 
The guys have spent the last year working on their debut album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ with producer Daniel Flores (Mind’s Eye, Find Me, The Murder of My Sweet). Frontman Richard Andermyr was a fan of Daniel’s work and wanted to see if he could imagine mixing their recordings. After listening to the demos, he instantly understood the potential and said that he was ready to not only to mix, but also to produce and record their album.
 
The result is ‘Out Of The Darkness’, a powerful, melodic hard rock record that is filled with hooks, harmonies and a gritty edge that gives them an original sound. 
Their influences are many, including Bon Jovi, Chicago, Dokken, FM, Gary Moore, Giant, Journey, Metallica, Skid Row, Toto, Van Halen, Warrant, Whitesnake and Winger.
 

 
Richard Andermyr discovered his songwriting skills in the late 90s. In 2000 he moved to the USA for studies and teamed up with metal band Black Prizm. Back in Sweden Richard formed the hard rock band Whisperwave, who reached the finals in the Emergenza Festival 2 years in a row and were invited by Europe’s Ian Haugland to play live on the Swedish radio station “Rockklassiker”.
 
After spending some years playing covers, writing new material and building up his home studio, Richard teamed up with drummer Jan Johansson (Flower Punch, Kitto) in a new cover band. The musical connection was instant. Jan having heard some of Richard’s recordings, convinced him they needed to quit the cover scene and focus on original melodic hard rock. After auditioning several bassists, they found the right bass player in Jonas Melin (Asparagus, U R in Hot Water) and the lineup was complete.
 
The guys rehearsed and recorded demos in Richard’s basement; in the beginning of 2016 they started to see a strong album forming. They were right.
 
RIAN’s powerful debut album will be released worldwide on July 22 via MRR.
 
A video for RIAN’s title track ‘Out Of The Darkness’ will debut in the coming weeks.
 
 

 
 
Mon
15
May

Preorder JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION MRR Reissues

 
JIMMY DAVIS - Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance have been delayed by 10 days and will both be released May 29. 
 
Manufacturing set to take longer than anticipated - but ALL preorders will recieve digital audio links on the original release date of May 19 with CDs shipped when in stock.
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - The MRR Reissues Deal (Kick The Wall Deluxe 2CD and Going The Distance CD)
$32 + $5 shipping worldwide
 
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Kick The Wall' (2CD $17 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION - 'Going The Distance' ($15 + $5 shipping)
 
 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mon
15
May

MRR Oz Rock Deals - EMPIRES OF EDEN, ROADKILL, SERPENTINE SKY & THE RADIO SUN

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is offering a couple of very special deals with four very fine examples of Aussie hard rock/melodic rock.
 
There are two packages to choose from, or dive in and grab all 4 for the special price.
 
Deal 1 - HARD ROCK - EMPIRES OF EDEN 'Architect Of Hope' & ROADKILL 'Extinct' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Deal 2 - MELODIC ROCK - THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In - Special Edition' & SERPENTINE SKY 'Serpentine Sky - Special Edition' - Both albums for the combo sale price of $25 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

Or dive in and buy all 4 for just $40 (and free shipping worldwide)
 

SAMPLE THE ALBUMS:
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
Thu
20
Apr

BACK IN BUSINESS!

Categories: 
Computer Hell Day 13:
 
New motherboard installed.
Windows 10 fresh install (again...).
All drives reinstalled and set up.
Most of the programs I need installed.
 
297 emails left to reply to; news to post; stuff to announce...
And those damn USB3 orders to finalize. And the Jimmy Davis artwork files.
 
And....next week will see a LOT of catching up here.
 
There's been several MelodicRock Records releases and presales in the last month. Here's an update with links so you don't miss out on anything...
 
PREORDER JIMMY DAVIS (2x Releases):
 
 
ARTI TISI Archives Trilogy (Shipping Next Week):
 
 
SHOTGUN SYMPHONY 4 Disc Set (OUT NOW):
 
 
JOHNNY LIMA Double Reissue (OUT NOW):
 
 
BRYAN COLE - Sands Of Time (Back In Stock):
 

 

 
Thu
06
Apr

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Remasters Out May 19

Friday, May 19, 2017
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
 
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
Kick The Wall (Deluxe Edition, 2CD) and Going The Distance both released May 19. Preorders available shortly. 
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing of the 'Going The Distance' album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album May 19. Presales available shortly.
 
 
 
 
Tue
28
Mar

THE RADIO SUN Change Label; Change Members

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Friday, September 25, 2015
Categories: 
 
THE RADIO SUN SIGN TO PRIDE & JOY MUSIC - new album 'Unstoppable' out in October 2017.
 
PRIDE & JOY MUSIC is happy to announce the signing of Australian Melodic Rock band THE RADIO SUN! Based in Melbourne, Australia the band consisting of Jason Old (lead vocals & guitars), Stevie Janevski (lead guitar, backing vocals, and Gilbert Annese (drums & vocals) is currently working on their fourth release “Unstoppable” which is planned for release in late October 2017. This new album once again will be mixed by Paul Laine (solo, ex Danger Danger, Dark Horse).

The band has just completed another European tour which included an astonishing performance at Hard Rock Hell AOR Fest and very successful shows in the UK and a gig in Greece. THE RADIO SUN will return to Europe with dates in the UK, Greece & Germany in March 2018.
*Anderstein Music will release the new album in Japan.

 

 
Fri
10
Mar

JIMMY DAVIS & JUNCTION Coming To MelodicRock Records

Categories: 
MelodicRock Records is immensely proud and excited to be partnering with American musician Jimmy Davis to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jimmy Davis & Junction's debut album 'Kick The Wall'. Working with Jimmy over the past several months, MRR will chronicle the complete history of JD&J recordings and bring that to the fans, remastered from original master sources.
 
MelodicRock Records and Jimmy Davis will reissue the debut album 'Kick The Wall', freshly remastered by JK Northrup along with a very special bonus. The release will feature a second disc featuring a rare live concert, 'Live At The Bottom Line', as broadcast by Westwood One in 1987.
 
Jimmy Davis on that debut: "In the early 80s, I met John Scott. We were put together in a theme park show replacing my favorite local bluegrass band turned rock and roll band that featured fiddle, mandolin, guitar whiz Tommy Burroughs. I was already writing and wanted to incorporate all of my influences in one band like they did. But somewhere around 1985 I wrote 'Kick the Wall' and demoed it at John's home demo studio. We knew we were on to something. We started getting noticed and joined up with a new studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel. The studio started in our soon to be manager, Jon Hornyak's house. But they grew into a full on 24 track studio. Our hero Jack Holder and Don C Smith all took us in and we stared recording what became the debut album."
 
But that's not all! A conversation that started well over a year ago will result in the long desired official release of one of the best unreleased melodic rock albums ever. We're talking about the phenomenal shelved sophomore Jimmy Davis & Junction album 'Going The Distance'. It's a melodic rock masterpiece.
 
You could be forgiven for never hearing about this album previously, or even be entirely unaware of Jimmy Davis and his talents as a singer, guitarist and songwriter. It's never too late to discover a masterpiece. And that's exactly what these albums represent. An extremely talented band at their very best, another victim of record label machinations.
 
Jimmy on the 'lost' album: "We starred on the second record in Memphis and ended up doing 4 or 5 songs in LA with Danny Kortchmar with Chad on drums. It took a long time and we had amazing quests, Warren Hayes co-wrote and played, Kevin Dukes from Jackson Browne's band and the Memphis Horns... But things were changing going into the 90s. Grunge for one. I was tired and frustrated, nothing made sense. We made the record for three different label presidents and it was time for a change. I wanted to do what is now called Americana. I simply walked away and 'Going the Distance' was shelved."
 
No one knows how the original recording of 'Going The Distance' leaked, probably from one of the original advance cassette that Chrysalis Records sent out when the album was touted for release back in 1990.
But that would explain the less than perfect audio that has been heavily traded by collectors ever since.
And if that's you - wait until you hear this record remastered from the original tapes!
 
The power, passion and performances on 'Going The Distance' are nothing short of melodic rock perfection.
Mixing the rootsy, natural live Midwestern rock n roll style with the commercial melodic rock sound of the day is a brilliant combination.
Imagine Bryan Adams in his 'Into The Fire' style or John Mellencamp during his 'Scarecrow' period. Add in some Charlie Sexton, John Kilzer, Richie Sambora (solo) and Jimmy's own unique style and you get an amazing record that I personally would have had on regular rotation over the last two decades had the release gone according to plan.
 
Using previously unseen original artwork for both albums - including using the original cover Jimmy wanted for 'Kick The Wall' - this is an essential purchase for longtime Jimmy Davis fans. And there is no doubt that Jimmy is going to attract a whole new group of followers with these albums available soon.
 
MRR will release the 'Kick The Wall 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition' with bonus live disc and the 'Going The Distance' album in May. Exact date, audio previews and pre-order details to follow soon.
 
 
 
Mon
05
Dec

JADED PAST - Believe (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, August 19, 2016
Believe
Produced By: 
George Baker
Release Date: 
August 19
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Midwestern Rock
Categories: 
 
OUT NOW!!
 
ORDER JADED PAST 'Believe' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
BRAND NEW VIDEO!
 
 
Here are another 2 full length previews and check out the rest of the album's soundbytes:
 

 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to reveal yet another new artist destined for bigger things. Plus at the same time, the label takes another musical turn with an album drenched in the authentic Midwestern rock n roll sound that such artists as John Kilzer, Henry Lee Summer and Little America delivered with such passion.
 
We’re talking about JADED PAST. And the new album ‘Believe’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on August 19.
 
Here is another full length preview from the album - check out the killer tune 'Dont Judge':
 

 
This is the second album for the band, with the debut released independently in 2012. Jaded Past is the creation of lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter George Becker.
George has been a long time veteran of the East Coast music scene and has shared the stage with numerous national acts.
 
George has been in the studio, working tirelessly with producer Steve Brown (Trixter, 40ft Ringo), who also contributes some guitars and backing vocals for this release.
The result is a genuinely warm and engaging record that takes a guitar driven American rock sound and mixes in some Midwestern John Mellencamp styled high energy rock-n-country.
 
Following the release of the CD, Jaded Past will embark on a number of live performances beginning with a headlining show at the Jersey shore on August 13, 2016.
 
Then in the late fall, Becker will take Jaded Past on the road in support of the new CD release in areas spanning the East Coast, New England, Midwest, Southern Region and possibly The West Coast. For the 2016 live shows, Becker has enlisted the amazing line-up of Scott LaFlamme on lead guitar, Jason Cornwell on bass and Rob LaFlamme on drums.
 
A full 2016 concert schedule can be viewed at www.jadedpast.com.
 
George Becker also plays an array of Acoustic Solo and Duo shows all over the New Jersey / New York and Pennsylvania area and in 2016 will be branching out into Connecticut, Rhode Island and Maryland. These dates can also be found on the Jaded Past website.
 
Produced, Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Mojo Vegas Studios in Ringwood, NJ by Steve Brown.
 
Special Guests:
Steve Brown: Guitars / Backing Vocals
Dennis Zimmer: Drums
Ed Masterson: Harmonica
 
Track Listing:
01. Tattered
02. Don’t Judge
03. Believe
04. Good Bad Innocent
05. Whiskey Dreams
06. Be My Lady
07. Dashboard Jesus
08. Hurt
09. Scratch The Itch
10. Traces
11. Taken
 
Pre-orders will be available soon, but of course, it’s time to check out what this album has to offer right now with the album’s opening track, the rocking, feel good ‘Tattered’.
 
 
 
Mon
28
Nov

MECCA - 3 (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, October 14, 2016
3
Produced By: 
Shannon Forrest
Running Time: 
34
Release Date: 
2016
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
Categories: 
 
OUT NOW!! Regular Edition CD Now Shipping LIMITED EDITION FIRST PRESSING SOLD OUT
 
MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 


MECCA - "3" CD $20.99 Including Shipping Worldwide. Please note that all sales (via the Paypal link below) are going direct to USA and will be shipped by the artist.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.

I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."

 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 

 

 
Mon
17
Oct

ROADKILL - Extinct (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, September 9, 2016
Extinct
Produced By: 
Joe Haley
Running Time: 
42
Release Date: 
September 9
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
OUT NOW!
 
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR ROADKILL 'Extinct' $15 (+$5 shipping) USD
 
 
AUSTRALIAN ORDERS ONLY: 'Extinct' $15 (+$5 shipping) AUD
 
 
2 NEW VIDEOS!
 

 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is once again turning ‘metal’ for a new release September. And we didn’t have to look far. MRR is proud to announce the signing of the first Tasmanian band to the roster.
 
ROADKILL release their new album Extinct via MRR on September 9.
 
Here is one more rockin' tune to preview in full:
 

 
Formed in April 2006 - ROADKILL is an 'old school' styled high octane, rock 'n' roll band that re-introduces that genre to the world!
 
ROADKILL released their debut album, "God Bless America" in 2007, produced by Brett Collidge at Izaneer Studios in Tasmania. It contained 12 in-your-face anthems including, Get Outta My Way, Lazy, God Bless America, Living In Hell, Day After Day and Hollywood – all proving popular in concert.
 
The band were then 'off the road' for two years from 2008 - 2010 due to two band members being involved in separate, serious car accidents while another member had to leave due to heart problems.
 
After a couple of personnel changes, the band settled with the current line-up of: Neil Steel - vocals, Zig - guitars, James Basser - guitars, Ted Tedington - bass guitar and Brendan 'Squid' Shelverton - drums.
 
The bands' second album finally surfaced in 2012. "Profanity & Innuendo" was produced by Michael Shelley (Tyrant/Rogue Sharks) and featured a more 'hard rock' flavour and included more anthems: Sex Drugs Rock N Roll, Rude Crude And Tattooed, Dirty Girls, Backstabbers and Every Dog Has It's Day.
 
Now ROADKILL are set to release their new 10 track album, "Extinct" on September 9.
The new album is a major step up for the band. The sonic energy is palpable. The set was produced by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and the overall sound incorporates classic hard rock songs full of tenacity including the lead video, 'Ready For War', out now.
 

 
ROADKILL state their influences include some classic rock heavyweights such as AC/DC, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Skid Row, Buckcherry, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society, Motorhead, Primal Fear, Van Halen and a plethora of other great 'classic' bands.
 
ROADKILL delivers a full frontal attack, with music that is aimed straight at the hearts and minds of rock fans - who crave and miss their dose of high octane, charged rock 'n' roll!
 
Extinct – out on MelodicRock Records September 9.
 
 
 
Mon
26
Sep

TERRA NOVA - Reinvent Yourself ($10 DIVE-IN DEAL)

Artist: 
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Reinvent Yourself
Produced By: 
Fred Hendrix
Running Time: 
42.54
Release Date: 
March 23
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
AOR
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is very excited to announce another great addition to our roster of releases. Dutch melodic rock/AOR band TERRA NOVA.
 
TERRA NOVA
"Reinvent Yourself"
DIVE-IN DEAL!
$10 + free shipping (airmail worldwide)
 
 
 
 
Reinvent Yourself is the 6th studio album of the Dutch band Terra Nova. In 1996 their highly acclaimed debut album Livin´ It Up was launched. After that the albums Break Away in 1997 and Make My Day in 1999 followed.
 
After the first three albums the band had to split up due to a conflict with their Dutch record company.
Fred, Ron and Gesuino continued under the name Aquila and released two albums: Say Yeah 2001 and Man With A Mission 2004.
 
In 2004 the band was free from their contractual obligations towards their Dutch record company and signed a record deal with Frontiers Records.
 
The first album after their break was Escape released 2005 followed by the album Come Alive 2010.
 
In 2007 Fred, Ron, Gesuino and two woman: Esther Brouns and Anita Craenmehr got together as Two Of A Kind and released a superb album Two Of A Kind.
 
End of 2013 the Reinvent Yourself album was written by Fred and recorded and mixed during 2014. During 2014 the band and their record label Frontiers had different views on which direction the album should take. This resulted in Terra Nova moving on with their album without a record company.
 
In 2015 Terra Nova was signed by Melodic Rock Records for the world and King Records for Japan.
 
The album Reinvent Yourself is about trying to improve yourself over and over again. It´s a process of finding a better version of yourself. Trying to take it to the highest level.
 
 
 

 

 
Sat
13
Aug

Pre-order THE RADIO SUN Limited Edition CD & Fan Pack

Artist: 
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PAYPAL LINKS FIXED
 
MelodicRock Records is once again thrilled to work with THE RADIO SUN for the release of their brilliant third album Outside Looking In on September 30. The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
 
Outside Looking In showcases a progression from the band's debut album Wrong Things Right and the critically acclaimed Heaven Or Heartbreak. There's a good balance of uptempo songs with some superb ballads that sees the band throwback to bands like Firehouse and Trixter along with a good dose of Jani Laine/Warrant school of song writing.
 
The boys continue where they left off, with vocal harmonies, soaring guitar solos and catchy choruses once again dominating.
Ex-Danger Danger vocalist Paul Laine lends a hand with production duties and also features on the song Wink and Smile with a dual lead vocal alongside lead vocalist Jason Old.
Guitarist Stevie Janevski was also buzzed to have Brett Garsed of John Farnham and Nelson fame play a guest solo on the track Falling For You.
 
The first single 'Switch Off The World Tonight' reminds us of classic Damn Yankees with its catchy intro and feel-good chorus.
The band is rounded out with the thunderous rhythm section of Robbie Erdmanis on bass and Ben Wignall on drums...guys that are no slouches in the vocal dept. either, filling the album with those now trademark harmonies!
 
The Radio Sun will be launching the new album worldwide with upcoming dates scheduled in Australia, USA, UK and Japan.
 
Track Listing:
01) Can't Get You Out Of My Head 04:16
02) Standing On The Edge Of Love 03:50
03) You'll Never Know 04:04
04) Switch Off The World Tonight 03:13
05) Broken 03:24
06) Fall To Pieces 03:53
07) Wink & Smile 03:33
08) Outside Looking In 04:30
09) My Heart Is On Fire 03:57
10) Baby Blue 04:46
11) Falling For You 04:25
12) Bullet Proof 03:11

Bonus Tracks:
13) Someone Tell Me Why My Heroes Are Dying 04:07
14) Beautiful 03:17

 
PRE-ORDER OPTIONS:
'Outside Looking In' (Special Edition CD) $15 (+$5 shipping worldwide)
 

'Outside Looking In' Fan Pack - Special Edition CD & Album Cover T-Shirt $49
(free shipping worldwide). Please indicate shirt size in order. Limited to 100 Units Only.
 

'Outside Looking In' Triple Fan Pack - Special Edition CD & Album Cover T-Shirt PLUS Regular Editions of the band's first two albums 'Wrong Things Right' and 'Heaven And Heartbreak' $75 (free shipping worldwide). Please indicate shirt size in order.
 

'Outside Looking In' Triple Deal - Special Edition CD PLUS Regular Editions of the band's first two albums 'Wrong Things Right' and 'Heaven And Heartbreak' $45 (free shipping worldwide)
 
 
 

 
Thu
11
Aug

Pre-order DANGER ANGEL Limited Edition CD Out Sept 30

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MelodicRock Records welcomes Greek rock stars DANGERANGEL for the release of their hard hitting brand new studio opus All The King's Horses, to be released September 30.
 
All The King's Horses is a major step forward for the band in terms of both production and songwriting. And along with the usual high energy, in your face performance from the guys, this combination makes this an album that will put the band firmly into the minds of all hard rock fans worldwide.
 
An exclusive limited Special Edition of the album will be available direct from MRR, featuring a bonus DVD that will include the band's new videos recorded for this album plus an "Official Bootleg" Live set, recorded in Athens, May 7, 2016.
 
Track Listing:
01) To Kill A Saint 04:16
02) Dia De Los Muertos 03:38
03) Dead In The Water 04:41
04) Who You Are 03:59
05) Call My Name 04:01
06) Best Of Me 04:38
07) All The King's Horses 07:04
08) Speak To Me 05:03
09) Will You Follow 04:16
10) How About Right Now 04:41
11) Devil's Waltz 04:29
12) Hollow Men 04:24
 
Special Edition Bonus:
DVD - Live In Athens, 2016 "All The King's Bootlegs"

Main:
01) To Kill A Saint (All The King's Horses 2016)
02) Dia De Los Muertos (All The King's Horses 2016)
03) Dead In The Water (All The King's Horses 2016)
04) Decadence (Revolutia 2013)
05) Anytime Anywhere (Gotthard - Lipservice 2005)
06) Falling (Revolutia 2013)
07) All The King's Horses (All The King's Horses 2016)

Extras:
1. Videos
Official Videos: Who You Are, Will You Follow.
Lyric Videos: Dia De Los Muertos, To Kill A Saint
2. Fan Footage: Don't Die Young (Revolutia, 2016); Call My Name (All The King's Horses, 2016); Mysterious (This Time It's Serious) (Talisman).

 
PRE-ORDER OPTIONS:
Order DANGERANGEL:

'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) $17 (+$5 shipping worldwide)


'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) PLUS THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In' (Special Edition) $32 (+$5 shipping worldwide)

'All The King's Horses' (Special Edition CD/Live DVD) PLUS THE RADIO SUN 'Outside Looking In' (S.E. Fan Pack) $68 (free shipping worldwide)

 

 
Mon
08
Aug

MRR Artist Discovery Deal - JADED PAST & ROADKILL

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There have been some warm responses to recent unveiling of MelodicRock Records releases JADED PAST & ROADKILL.
 
Two very different releases of course! But there hasn’t been much action on the pre-order front.
 
Now, this I can understand. There are without doubt, an amazing number of titles released this year and money can only go so far.
 
I’d like to offer an incentive to those interested in these two artists. Normally when it comes to assigning priority for spending, the biggest and best known releases get poll position.
 
So here at MRR, we would like to make it easier to take a chance on two hard working independent artists that have both delivered quality albums that deserve to be heard.
 
So if you order both albums together, MRR will offer them at the special price of just $10ea and $5 shipping, so a total commitment of just $25 for two really well made albums!
 
 
Buy now!
 
JADED PAST & ROADKILL $25 (Incl. Shipping) Both titles will ship together by Sept. 1
 
 

 

 
Mon
01
Aug

MECCA Set October 14 For Analogue Masterpiece

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Friday, October 14, 2016
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MelodicRock Records is proud and excited to announce a partnership with MECCA to release their monumental new album Mecca 3 on October 14.
 
Records like this don't come along very often. At least not in 2016 they don't.
But this is one for the ages. Mecca will now find themselves sitting alongside genre classics from Toto, Mr. Mister, Survivor, Giant and Journey to name a few.
 
Recorded over the last 3 years in Nashville, this is a record that would have topped AOR charts back in the day. Make no mistake - this is a classic.
 
 
MRR's Andrew McNeice: "Joe has been a friend of mine since 1996 and I've seen him develop into one of the most reliable and mature songwriters in this game. On Mecca III he takes everything that came before as a launching pad for what must come next and Mecca III delivers. This is a monster record that is layers deep in rich textures that remain fresh to my ears even after first receiving the original writers' demos some 3 years ago.
I'm so proud of my friend and I'm honoured to be given the chance to bring this exceptional album to the world. The instrumentation is nothing short of world class, the production is analogue all the way - you can hear it in every crisp, clear note. And the vocals are quite simply the most stunning and emotion filled tones that I have ever heard from Joe. I simply cannot wait to hear fan reactions to this album. It's a masterpiece."
 
Joe Vana is equally as excited to finally reveal his masterpiece to the world. "Mecca III, here we are! I wanted to take all I had learned from the amazing list of players involved in Mecca up to this point...from Shannon Forrest to Pat Mastelotto...David Hungate to Tony Levin...Mike Aquino to Christian Wolff and my son Joey...and the production I learned over many years working closely with Jim Peterik on his songs as well as Mecca 1.
But...I wanted even more...I wanted A TRUE Audiophile record...not a pro-tooled, over edited mess of 100 takes edited into one...and the groove less, lifeless carcass that playing to the grid creates, the ruination of vibe, groove and soul in music.
I hope everyone digs the record....it's 8 tracks because that's all I needed to tell the story I wanted to convey...lyrically the record flows...All are separate but continuous chapters...vocally the songs even feel different as I move through different phases of my life."
 
And what does Toto's Steve Lukather think about it? "Killer new music! Great songs! Great playing from everyone...and Joe's vocals are better than ever! Smooth, real and soulful. I love the 'surprise modulations' that are now his style which make this a great listen for fans of his and the entire genre of melodic rock music. Creative arrangements throughout and I love the synth/keyboard work. David Hungate is amazing as is Shannon Forrest on drums and production. Great sounds + killer guitars all over it! Can't say what is my fave yet cause I love all of it. Summing it up in 3 words...Well f-ing done!" Luke - 2016.
 
The album was produced by new Toto drummer Shannon Forrest (Tim McGraw, Michael McDonald, Kenny Rogers, Don Henley), Associate Produced by Joey Vana and Recorded at Off The Grid Studios, Nashville Tennessee.
 
Alongside drummer Shannon Forrest, featured on the album are some of Nashville's very finest musicians:
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano (Rascal Flatts, Amy Grant, Kid Rock, Alabama); Toto's legendary bass man David Hungate; plus David Browning (Katy Perry, Amy Grant, Hollywood Heroes).
 
MECCA III is:
Joe Vana - Lead Vocals
Shannon Forrest - Drums and Percussion
David Hungate - Bass
Tim Akers - B3 and Piano, Background Vocals and Duet on "Believe"
David Browning - Synths
Joey Vana - Guitars
Mark Baldwin - Guitar
 
With:
Sol Philcox-Littlefield - Additional Guitars
Ethan Forrest - Additional Guitars
Rudy Chmelik - Additional Percussion on "Believe"
Bill Syniar - Vibe
 
All Lyrics and Melodies written by: Joe Vana
Except Track 8: Akers, Vana; Track 7 - Richard Page
 
Mecca 3 will be released worldwide via MelodicRock Records October 14 with 4 different options:
 
1 - Standard CD (available via Cargo Distribution)
2 - Limited Edition Numbered CD featuring special effects print on disc (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
3 - Fan Pack 1 - Limited Edition CD (as above) with Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
4 - Fan Pack 2 - Limited Edition CD (as above), Limited (150 ONLY) Vinyl LP, plus Mecca III Tshirt (pre-order soon via MelodicRock.com)
 
 
Tue
26
Jul

ROADKILL Sign to MelodicRock Records For 'Extinct'

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MYSTERY ARTIST REVEALED!
 
MelodicRock Records is once again turning ‘metal’ for a new release September. And we didn’t have to look far. MRR is proud to announce the signing of the first Tasmanian band to the roster.
 
ROADKILL will release their new album Extinct via MRR on September 9.
 
Formed in April 2006 - ROADKILL is an 'old school' styled high octane, rock 'n' roll band that re-introduces that genre to the world!
 
ROADKILL released their debut album, "God Bless America" in 2007, produced by Brett Collidge at Izaneer Studios in Tasmania. It contained 12 in-your-face anthems including, Get Outta My Way, Lazy, God Bless America, Living In Hell, Day After Day and Hollywood – all proving popular in concert.
 
The band were then 'off the road' for two years from 2008 - 2010 due to two band members being involved in separate, serious car accidents while another member had to leave due to heart problems.
 
After a couple of personnel changes, the band settled with the current line-up of: Neil Steel - vocals, Zig - guitars, James Basser - guitars, Ted Tedington - bass guitar and Brendan 'Squid' Shelverton - drums.
 
The bands' second album finally surfaced in 2012. "Profanity & Innuendo" was produced by Michael Shelley (Tyrant/Rogue Sharks) and featured a more 'hard rock' flavour and included more anthems: Sex Drugs Rock N Roll, Rude Crude And Tattooed, Dirty Girls, Backstabbers and Every Dog Has It's Day.
 
Now ROADKILL are set to release their new 10 track album, "Extinct" on September 9.
The new album is a major step up for the band. The sonic energy is palpable. The set was produced by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and the overall sound incorporates classic hard rock songs full of tenacity including the lead video, 'Ready For War', out now.
 

 
ROADKILL state their influences include some classic rock heavyweights such as AC/DC, Judas Priest, Scorpions, Accept, Skid Row, Buckcherry, Guns 'N' Roses, Black Label Society, Motorhead, Primal Fear, Van Halen and a plethora of other great 'classic' bands.
 
ROADKILL delivers a full frontal attack, with music that is aimed straight at the hearts and minds of rock fans - who crave and miss their dose of high octane, charged rock 'n' roll!
 
Extinct – out on MelodicRock Records September 9.
 
 
 

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