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Wed
21
Feb

BURN - Ice Age (Showcase)

Artist: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Ice Age
Produced By: 
Burn
Release Date: 
February 28
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 
 
Acclaimed UK rock band BURN are back and MelodicRock Records is thrilled to be a part of their plan for world domination. 
 
The band states: “We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.”
 
BURN - Ice Age (CD+DIGITAL ADVANCE DOWNLOAD+EARLY DELIVERY)($15 + $5 airmail shipping)
 
 
 
FEBRUARY DEAL:

STAR CHASE - Afterlife + BURN Ice Age ($30 + $5 airmail shipping)

 
 
Here's another full length preview to check out!
 

 
Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, ‘Global Warning’, finally another slab of classic British hard rock is on the way.
 
MRR and BURN are proud to announce that band’s fourth album, ‘Ice Age’, is mastered and ready for release.
 
The album has been produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)
 
 
Take a listen to the anthemic lead track 'Jealousy':
 
 
Let’s introduce the guys right now –
 
On lead vocals Burn welcome none other than Steve Newman.
“Steve is well known in the rock community through his numerous solo albums and other projects. He has built up a loyal and devoted following over many years and the consistent quality of his output was something that encouraged us to approach him.  Steve was our first choice to lead the new line up, as we view him as possessing one of the very best voices in rock. Burn is the first band that Steve has committed himself to for many years. We are honoured to have him on board and fronting the band.”
 
The other new member is the ridiculously talented Chris Green who brings his incendiary lead guitar skills to the band.
“Chris is a current member of Tyketto and hard rock fans will remember him from Furyon, Rubicon Cross and Pride, along with various other projects. We really couldn't think of another guitarist who could have done a better job on the new material than Chris.  His sense of melody and feel combined with tremendous technique have produced some awe-inspiring solos on this album.”
 
Burn’s history started in the heyday of melodic rock in the 1980’s, and from that foundation, through Global Warning and now Ice Age, the band has developed into a modern hard rock act.  With a multitude of influences and an open-minded view on song writing they push the boundaries of the genre while still retaining the core elements of power and melody.
In closing the band would like to add; “So, here we go. This is a new era for Burn and we are really looking forward to sharing our new stuff with everyone.”
 
Ice Age will get an initial release in Japan and Asia via Marquee/Avalon November 22 and worldwide via MRR on CD and all digital platforms February 28; with pre-sales in January (which will include an advance audio preview of the album for those that pre-order).
 

The band states: “We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.”

 
Tue
13
Feb

BURN 'Ice Age' Pre-Order Now

Artist: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Categories: 
 
Acclaimed UK rock band BURN are back and MelodicRock Records is thrilled to be a part of their plan for world domination.
 
 
BURN - Ice Age (CD+DIGITAL ADVANCE DOWNLOAD+EARLY DELIVERY)($15 + $5 airmail shipping)
 
 
 
 
Here's another full length preview to check out!
 

 
Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, ‘Global Warning’, finally another slab of classic British hard rock is on the way.
 
MRR and BURN are proud to announce that band’s fourth album, ‘Ice Age’, is mastered and ready for release.
 
The album has been produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)
 
The band states: “We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.”
 
 
Take a listen to the anthemic lead track 'Jealousy':
 
 
Let’s introduce the guys right now –
 
On lead vocals Burn welcome none other than Steve Newman.
“Steve is well known in the rock community through his numerous solo albums and other projects. He has built up a loyal and devoted following over many years and the consistent quality of his output was something that encouraged us to approach him.  Steve was our first choice to lead the new line up, as we view him as possessing one of the very best voices in rock. Burn is the first band that Steve has committed himself to for many years. We are honoured to have him on board and fronting the band.”
 
The other new member is the ridiculously talented Chris Green who brings his incendiary lead guitar skills to the band.
“Chris is a current member of Tyketto and hard rock fans will remember him from Furyon, Rubicon Cross and Pride, along with various other projects. We really couldn't think of another guitarist who could have done a better job on the new material than Chris.  His sense of melody and feel combined with tremendous technique have produced some awe-inspiring solos on this album.”
 
Burn’s history started in the heyday of melodic rock in the 1980’s, and from that foundation, through Global Warning and now Ice Age, the band has developed into a modern hard rock act.  With a multitude of influences and an open-minded view on song writing they push the boundaries of the genre while still retaining the core elements of power and melody.
In closing the band would like to add; “So, here we go. This is a new era for Burn and we are really looking forward to sharing our new stuff with everyone.”
 
Ice Age will get an initial release in Japan and Asia via Marquee/Avalon November 22 and worldwide via MRR on CD and all digital platforms February 28; with pre-sales in January (which will include an advance audio preview of the album for those that pre-order).
 
 
Mon
04
Dec

BURN Bring Their Epic 'Ice Age' Album to MRR

Artist: 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Categories: 
 
Acclaimed UK rock band BURN are back and MelodicRock Records is thrilled to be a part of their plan for world domination.
 
Unfortunately the worldwide release of the album has to be delayed until FEBRUARY 28. Preorders start in 4 weeks. All preorders will recieve a very special exclusive bonus.
 
But to make up for that - here's another full length preview to check out!
 
 

 
Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, ‘Global Warning’, finally another slab of classic British hard rock is on the way.
 
MRR and BURN are proud to announce that band’s fourth album, ‘Ice Age’, is mastered and ready for release.
 
The album has been produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)
 
The band states: “We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.”
 
Take a listen to the anthemic lead track 'Jealousy':
 
 
Let’s introduce the guys right now –
 
On lead vocals Burn welcome none other than Steve Newman.
“Steve is well known in the rock community through his numerous solo albums and other projects. He has built up a loyal and devoted following over many years and the consistent quality of his output was something that encouraged us to approach him.  Steve was our first choice to lead the new line up, as we view him as possessing one of the very best voices in rock. Burn is the first band that Steve has committed himself to for many years. We are honoured to have him on board and fronting the band.”
 
The other new member is the ridiculously talented Chris Green who brings his incendiary lead guitar skills to the band.
“Chris is a current member of Tyketto and hard rock fans will remember him from Furyon, Rubicon Cross and Pride, along with various other projects. We really couldn't think of another guitarist who could have done a better job on the new material than Chris.  His sense of melody and feel combined with tremendous technique have produced some awe-inspiring solos on this album.”
 
Burn’s history started in the heyday of melodic rock in the 1980’s, and from that foundation, through Global Warning and now Ice Age, the band has developed into a modern hard rock act.  With a multitude of influences and an open-minded view on song writing they push the boundaries of the genre while still retaining the core elements of power and melody.
In closing the band would like to add; “So, here we go. This is a new era for Burn and we are really looking forward to sharing our new stuff with everyone.”
 
Ice Age will get an initial release in Japan and Asia via Marquee/Avalon November 22 and worldwide via MRR on CD and all digital platforms February 28; with pre-sales in January (which will include an advance audio preview of the album for those that pre-order).
 
 
Wed
04
Oct

NEWMAN - Aerial (Showcase)

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

 
Tue
08
Aug

UK Rock Band BURN Returns With Steve Newman

Artist: 
Categories: 
 
Press Release from BURN: Away from the music scene for nearly 10 years since the release of the critically and commercially well received third album, Global Warning, another slab of British hard rock is on the way.
We are proud to announce that Burn's fourth album, Ice Age, will be unleashed on the planet in November 2017. It will be available in CD format and on all digital platforms.
 
We have taken 5 years to create this album, and it is something of which we are incredibly proud. We hope and believe that the thousands of people who enjoyed Global Warning will find plenty to enjoy in this new release. The album was produced by Barney Stackhouse and mixed by the Grammy award winning Tobias Lindell (Europe, H.E.A.T.)
 
We are also very proud to announce our new line-up. Although we have lost some great guys along the way, namely Jeff Ogden, Julian Nicholas (although he is still featured on one track on the new album) and Benji Reid, we are extremely lucky to have replaced them with a couple of outstanding new members.
 
On lead vocals we welcome Steve Newman. Steve is well known in the rock community through his numerous solo albums and other projects. Steve was our first choice to lead the line up, as we view him as possessing one of the very best voices in rock. Burn is the first band that Steve has committed himself to for many years. We are honoured to have him on board and fronting the band.
Our other new member is the ridiculously talented Chris Green who brings his incendiary lead guitar skills to the band. Chris is a current member of Tyketto and hard rock fans will remember him from Furyon, Rubicon Cross and Pride, along with various other projects. We really couldn't think of another guitarist who could have done a better job on the new material than Chris.
 
So, here we go. This is a new era for Burn and we are really looking forward to sharing our new stuff with everyone. We can't wait to get it out there. Further updates will follow.
 
Follow us and Like us on Facebook @BurnBandUK
 
Tue
01
Aug

AOR Heaven Announces Sept. 22 Releases - NEWMAN & MARTIN EDOFF

Artist: 
Categories: 
 
AOR Heaven‘s September 22 releases from Martina Edoff and Newman:
 
     
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 has been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics and released 10 studio albums and one best of compilation up to today. The previous release, "The Elegance Machine", was released  in 2015 and the band returned to the road with shows in Europe and their first UK headline tour.
 
Steve Newman continued to write throughout 2016, songs, of which some have featured on various artists releases, and some which are still to come. It was within this writing process that Newman started to piece together the ideas which would become his latest release, and 11th studio album.
 
"Aerial" now  features 12 tracks that return to the huge chorus's, maintaining the high quality production values that have been prevalent  over the last albums. But this record, above all, is all about the songs, you could say it's an unashamed AOR/Melodic Rock record and follows that rule across all 12 songs to give the listener a very consistent album. Once again Steve Newman has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last nine Newman albums), the album also features long time friend Mark Thompson-Smith lending his vocals to "Fear Of Flying" and " Two Sides". Finally the mastering was taken care of by none other than Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) at H Bomb Mastering.
 
Track list: 01. Fear Of Flying, 02. Don't Wake The Lion, 03. Can't Stop Loving You, 04. Life To Remember, 05. High Tonight (Aerial), 06. Vertigo (Leap Of Faith), 07. Two Sides, 08. I Am Your Man, 09. Always Strangers, 10. Nothing Left, 11. Still Bleeding, 12. You Don't Know Me
 
Soundclips:
 
The self-titled MARTINA EDOFF album was released in 2014, and nearly a year later, the second record called “Unity” took her and her band on a successful North American tour in September 2015.
 
She soon went to Argentina and performed for 6000 new fans as an opening act for Tarja Turunen. The tour went on to share the stage with The Winery Dogs on their European tour in early 2016. The UK audience welcomed her the same year for a mini tour and she later returned to the Rockingham Festival to perform.
Now she's back with the third record “We Will Align” which will be released on AOR Heaven on September 22.
 
Amongst the already acquired fans is the respected English rock journalist Dave Ling, who discovered MARTINA EDOFF’s eponymous titled solo debut, celebrated her with a full page article in Classic Rock AOR Magazine and put her album on his playlist, describing it as ”Stirring, confident melodies from an unashamed Swedish rock chick!” The great reviews kept on coming in from all over the world.
 
Together with her former co-producer and co-writer Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), Martina decided to work with him on the third album. In late 2016 the artist started to write on some new songs and found more co-writers who completed the music in the way she was looking for, such as Jonas Törnqvist (Deathriders, Bleed The Hunger, TreasureLland), Erik Mårtensson (Eclipse, Nordic Union, W.E.T), Benny Jansson (Ride The Sky), Billy Sheehan (Mr Big, The Winery Dogs), Jona Tee (H.E.A.T).
 
“We Will Align” is a melodic hard rock album with a bluesy note along with powerful pieces and it goes back to the roots where EDOFF has got her influences. The strong melodies are always there such as her powerful voice. The musicians are the best to find and they are by her side in the studio as well on stage, i.e. Björn Höglund (drums), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Stefan Bergström (guitar) and Jona Tee (keyboard/ hammond and production). The mixing went through the hands of the legendary Tobias Lindell.
 
Track list: 1. Turn our pages, 2. Champions, 3. Alive, 4. We will align, 5. Lay down your arms, 6. Face the mirror, 7. Set you free, 8. I’m invincible, 9. Truth came knocking, 10. Brand new world
Discography: Martina Edoff (2014), Unity (2015), We Will Align (2017)
 
Soundclips in advance:
 
 
Fri
22
Jul

PARIS Launch First Video From 'The World Outside'

Artist: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
The World Outside
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
July 1
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
European AOR group PARIS are excited to publish their brand new video for the song End Of My World, from the album The World Outside.
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, was released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 

 
 
THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION AVAILABLE NOW!
 
ORDER PARIS 'The World Outside' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 

MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.

 
Wed
29
Jun

PARIS 'The World Outside' Limited Edition In Stock & Shipping Now

 
PRE-ORDERS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION OPEN NOW!
 
ORDER PARIS 'The World Outside' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
02. When You Find Love
03. Looking For You
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
06. I Feel Fine
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
 
11. Stronger (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
 
 
Sat
25
Jun

PARIS 'The World Outside' Out Next Week

 
ORDER NOW - IN STOCK AND SHIPPING NEXT WEEK
 
ORDER PARIS 'The World Outside' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
02. When You Find Love
03. Looking For You
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
06. I Feel Fine
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
 
11. Stronger (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
 
 
Fri
03
Jun

PARIS - The World Outside (Showcase)

Artist: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
The World Outside
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
51
Release Date: 
July 1
Released: 
Worldwide
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
PRE-ORDERS FOR THE LIMITED EDITION VERSION OPEN NOW!
 
ORDER PARIS 'The World Outside' $15 (+$5 shipping)
 
 
 
MRR DOUBLE DEAL - OUTLASTED and PARIS for $30 (and still only pay $5 shipping)
 
 
 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
02. When You Find Love
03. Looking For You
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
06. I Feel Fine
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
 
11. Stronger (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
 
 
Fri
27
May

More Audio Samples From PARIS 'The World Outside'

Artist: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
 
 
Mon
23
May

PARIS Return With 'The World Outside' on MRR July 1

Artist: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
Categories: 
 
MelodicRock Records is excited to announce a new partnership with French melodic rock band PARIS. The band’s new album ‘The World Outside’, will be released via MRR on July 1 in two configurations – the regular edition and a limited Special Edition featuring 2 exclusive bonus tracks.
 
This follows the band’s debut album ‘Only One Life’ (produced by Alessandro Del Vecchio) which was released in 2013.
 
PARIS are:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead & Backing Vocals, Keyboards
Sébastien Montet: Lead & Rhythm Guitars
 
For album number two, the PARIS story hasn't changed: it's still the story of two friends since the youngest of age, growing up in the suburbs of Paris and fancying the same kind of music in the second half of the eighties! Life separated the pair geographically, but music kept them united.
 
‘The World Outside’ is expertly produced and mastered by Steve Newman - further entwining himself in the PARIS story. The British melodic rock singer/producer had added background vocals on the debut and repeats that role here, adding his voice once again to the rich harmonies on this album.
 
The result is the perfect mix of the band’s pleasing AOR debut, with the harmony drenched trademark that is found on the NEWMAN records.
Rounding out this album’s lineup is Steve's English teammates David Bartlett (bass) and Rob McEwen (drums), ensuring the best possible presentation for these songs.
And because the PARIS story is all based on friendship, Seb made sure that Robert Säll was involved again on one song, like on the debut and Alessandro Del Vecchio adds backing vocals on one track.
 
Frédéric says: “We're still writing songs together and we have a bunch of great tunes waiting in the vault, either for a next PARIS album or for any band or artist that requires new material.” 
 
Check out the first preview track from the album, the song Kitesurfing!
 

 
Credits:
Frédéric Dechavanne: Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘End Of My World’, ‘Looking For You’, ‘This Broken Heart’ & ‘Stronger’
Sébastien Montet: All Guitars, Keyboards, Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Additional Musicians:
Steve Newman: Background Vocals, Additional Guitar On ‘Unreachable’
David Bartlett: Bass, Background Vocals
Rob McEwen: Drums, Percussion
Special Guests:
Robert Säll: guitar (main solo) on ‘When You Find Love’
Alessandro Del Vecchio: Background vocals on ‘End Of My World’
Jean-Marc Perz: Additional Background Vocals on ‘Don’t Say A Word’, ‘In My Eyes’ & ‘When You Find Love’
 
Produced & Mastered By Steve Newman
 
Arranged by PARIS and Steve Newman Recorded at Chrome Dome, London (UK), Studio 109, Herblay (France) and Magic Moon Lane, Lüneburg (Germany)
Executive producers: Frédéric Dechavanne & Sébastien Montet
 
RELEASE DATE: July 1
GENRE: Melodic Rock / AOR
CAT#: MRR046
 
01. End Of My World
02. When You Find Love
03. Looking For You
04. Kitesurfing
05. This Broken Heart
06. I Feel Fine
07. Tears In Your Heart
08. In My Eyes
09. Haunted
10. Unreachable
 
11. Stronger (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
12. Don’t Say A Word (Special Edition - Bonus Track)
 
 
Frédéric and Sébastien met in the suburbs of Paris when they were still little kids, later in High School they discovered their common interest in AOR, Melodic Rock and Hard Rock.
In 1985 they founded their first band together and started to write their own songs inspired by the multi-platinum albums and concert visits of some of the most successful acts of the genre during their heyday in the late 80s, Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. The guys continue to work on their own material during the next couple of years, but life had other plans for the two friends, so from 1993 on their band and song writing activities were put on hold for almost two decades.
 
In 2010 the two friends, who always kept in touch through the years, rediscovered the joy of making music together. New technologies paved the way for their revitalized musical collaboration with Frédéric now living in Germany, and they eventually recorded a demo album with 11 newly songs in 2011.
 
The PARIS debut “Only One Life” was recorded with the help of an international line-up of studio musicians, resulting in a collection of truly catchy Melodic Rock tunes.
Now PARIS is ready to discover ‘The World Out There’ and take their reputation for catchy melodic rock to the next level.
 
 
Fri
21
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Review)

information persons: 
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
August 28
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Hard Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
Categories: 
 
Another of the hard working regulars of this scene is one Steve Newman. And he’s consistently delivered quality music year after year and is at it once again on The Elegance Machine.
Picking up where they left off with Siren, this album holds the same musical outlook that The Art Of Balance and Under Southern Skies both did.
So you know what you are going to get – a collection of punchy, guitar and keyboard driven melodic rock songs, with Steve’s distinctive voice and his layered harmony style choruses.
 
And as usual the album mixes uptempo harder tunes like The Suit, Illuminate and Confess alongside commercial melodic rock such as The Elegance Machine, Pretender Surrender and Send Us Salvation.
Moody tracks such as Halo and She Walks In Silence are balanced between the appearance of two cracking AOR numbers Don’t Stay Lonely and One Good Reason.
What I’m really enjoying on this album is the warmth of Steve’s voice on a few of the tracks (The Elegance Machine and Prayer For Apollo in particular).
Speaking of which, Prayer For Apollo is brilliant – this is a quirky track with a haunting intro and a brilliant anthemic chorus. A definite instant highlight.

Another winning slice of British classic melodic rock and AOR from one of the genre’s most reliable writers. If you own one, you must own them all. Now go get this latest opus.
Score: 
91
 
Thu
20
Aug

NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Showcase)

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
The Elegance Machine
Produced By: 
Steve Newman
Running Time: 
55
Release Date: 
August 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Melodic Rock
Categories: 
 
In 1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics. The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999 by the awesome "One Step Closer" album. Continuing the high standard came "Dance In The Fire" and then "Sign Of The Modern Times" in 2000, and 2003 respectfully. Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with an artist that would evolve and mature with them.
 
The year 2006 saw the release of "Heaven Knows", and once again proved beyond all doubt that Newman were becoming one of the top purveyors of Melodic Rock in the UK. Later in 2006 Steve Newman broke away from his former label to form "Chrome Dome", an independent label set up for the purpose of continuing to release the Newman product. Any doubts about the quality or consistency were cast aside when in 2007 "Primitive Soul" was released to great acclaim. This was followed in 2008 by "Decade" a double album celebrating 10 years of Newman. However, not wanting to take the usual route of a "hits" album this was packaged with a second CD containing another 14 unreleased songs which ended up being so well received it was reviewed as a new studio album. "Decade" may have been a great way for a band to sign off and call it a day, however, not only was this not even considered, the focus went into producing the next stage of the bands career.
 
In 2010 "The Art Of Balance" was released to huge acclaim from critics and fans. The band followed this up with a string of successful live dates including Cambridge Rock Festival, Firefest Festival, and a UK Tour supporting John Waite. All this was achieved in the face of huge emotional strain after Steve suffered losing both his parents that year. In fact, as the writing progressed onto the following recording "Under Southern Skies" this AOR Heaven release ended up being a very personal and reflective album for Steve.
 
All this time , the live band, with the addition of Pete Newdeck on Drums, joining Steve (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals) were gaining momentum, culiminating in shows in Greece, Spain, Germany, and the US.
 
2014 saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour with Vega.
 
Now, the legacy continues with the brand new release "The Elegance Machine", the culmination of songs written over the past two years and an album that once again encompasses what Newman stand for. The powerful guitars are present, as is the strong songwriting and huge melodies. But this time it also brings in modern influences such as on the title track "The Elegance Machine" and "Halo" giving the recognizable and reliable Newman sound a more contemporary edge. A natural follow up to "Siren" the album delivers a harder edge than its predecessor, but without losing the emphasis on strong hooks. Steve has always been known for his thought-provoking lyrics, and "The Elegance Machine" is no exception with subject matter ranging from corporate business greed (The Suit), through domestic violence (She Walks In Silence), and even onto the space themed (Prayer For Apollo).
 
Once again Steve has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last 8 Newman albums), and has also brought in the talents of Geoff Wootton backing vocals on "The Suit", "One Good Reason" "Halo", and Mark Thompson-Smith (Praying Mantis, Big Life) backing vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender".
 
Produced By Steve Newman;  All songs written by Steve Newman except: "Halo" written by Steve Newman and Paul Boyle.
 
 
On this album:
Steve Newman : Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards
Rob McEwen : Drums & Percussion
Geoff Wootton : Backing Vocals on “The Suit (Skyscraper)”, "One Good Reason" and "Halo"
Mark Thompson-Smith : Backing Vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender"
 
Live band:
Steve Newman: Vocals, Guitar
Shaun Bessant: Guitar, Vocals
Paul Boyle: Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Bartlett : bass, Vocals
Pete Newdeck : Drums, Vocals
 
 
Wed
01
Jul

NEWMAN Set To Deliver Elegant New Album

Artist: 
Release Year: 
2015
RELEASE MONTH: 
08
Categories: 

UK rockers NEWMAN are set to release the follow up to 2013's acclaimed "Siren" album.
 
The new album entitled "The Elegance Machine" continues in the same vein as its predecessor, combining powerful hard edged rock with massive hooks.
 
Songs set for inclusion are : "The Suit (Skyscraper)", "The Elegance Machine", "Don't Stay Lonely", "Illuminate", "Confess", "Halo", "One Good Reason", "Prayer For Apollo", "Send Us Salvation", "Pretender Surrender", "She Walks In Silence" and "Scars". 
 
"The Elegance Machine" will be released through the AOR Heaven label in August

You can also catch the band live at their only date in the UK this year:
 
29th August - Andover, UK - The Station
63 Bridge Street, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1BY
Tel: 01264 336585
http://www.stationinnandover.co.uk/
  
They will also be playing the "Just Say Yes" festival in January 2016 with more dates to follow.
 
30th January - Derby, UK - Just Say Yes Festival, The Spot
Wilmot Street West, DE1 2JW Derby
Tel: 01332 340766
https://www.facebook.com/events/1076833392345323/
 
www.newmansound.com
www.aorheaven.com

 

 
  
 
Thu
04
Dec

ISSA Returns With Original Album 'Crossfire' On Frontiers

Artist: 
Friday, February 20, 2015
Categories: 
 
ISSA is back with her anticipated new all original album release “Crossfire” - Out on Frontiers Music Srl in February!
 
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to present “Crossfire” the brand new studio album from ISSA the popular Melodic Rock Norwegian singer, which will be released on the label on February 20th in Europe and February 24th 2015 in North America.
 
This new release goes straight in a classic Melodic Rock / AOR musical direction with huge vocals, layers of keyboards and masses of guitars! Think ROXETTE meets ROMEO’S DAUGHTER melted with 80’s HEART albums, with a more up to date production and you won't be far away.
 
The album has been carefully produced by John Greatwood along with VEGA ivory-tinkler James Martin. Sessions started in early 2013 with a bunch of songs ISSA had co-written or demoed in the Martin Brothers songwriting sessions
 
Issa says: “After 5 years of working together with Tom and James, we had come up with a collection of songs I had to keep for myself.'' One song in particular sees ISSA teaming up with FM vocalist Steve Overland on the dramatic ballad “Raintown”. “This was a dream come true for me,” tells the Norwegian chanteuse. “Steve Overland is probably my favorite male singer and to get him on board was a true honor, his voice suits the song perfectly, wait till you hear this one!
 
Other guest musicians stepped up when asked upon to perform solo's include Daniel Palmqvist (XORIGIN), Alessandro Del Vecchio (HARDLINE), Steve Newman (NEWMAN), Robert Sall (WORK OF ART), Daniel Johansson (DEGREED), Stephen Chesney. As well as powerhouse choir including Pete Newdeck (IN FAITH/TAINTED NATION), Matt Black (FAHRAN) and Michael Kew (VEGA).
 
Look out for the moody and slick “New Horizon,” the ballsy rocker ''Electric Lights'' and the spine tingling ''Ghost Inside my Heart',' not forgetting the song with a million dollar chorus “Heartbeat”, plus the video track “Crossfire”. You can enjoy now the album EPK with an Issa interview and samples of new songs on YouTube:
 
 
“Crossfire” tracklisting includes: Crossfire; New Horizon; Raintown; Long Time Coming; Fight Fire With Rain; Heartbeat; Electric Lights; Ghost; Inside My Heart; Red Lights; We Rise; Only You.
 
ISSA:
 
Issa - vocals and bv's
James Martin – Keyboards
Tom Martin - bass and Guitars
Michael Cruise – Drums
Special guest: Steve Overland – duet on “Raintown”
 
Produced by John Greatwood and James Martin
 
 
Tue
21
Oct

NEWMAN Re-Recorded Debut Album Out Now

Artist: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Categories: 

NEWMAN 'IF IT'S LOVE 2014'

Newman have released the following video to

accompany the release of Newman ST 2014 on 22 October.

http://youtu.be/-Rw3JHfZ0d8


'If It's Love' is taken from the Limited Edition re-record of the debut album available now from www.newmansound and www.aorheaven.com

For further details/soundbytes visit www.newmansound.com

You can catch Newman live with Vega across the UK in November:

1st November - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

25 Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LB -- 0845 413 4444

http://www.rescuerooms.com/

6th November - Bolton, UK - Railway Venue

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. UK BL7 9LY 01204 306450

http://railwayvenue.com/contact

7th November - Swansea, UK - Static

63 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5HN 01792 467998

http://staticbars.co.uk/

8th November - London, UK - The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD 0207 6196721

http://mamacolive.com/thegarage/

 

 
Thu
28
Aug

NEWMAN To Release Re-Recorded Debut Album

Artist: 
Monday, September 8, 2014
Categories: 

NEWMAN TO RELEASE RE-RECORDED FIRST ALBUM AS A LIMITED EDITION

Since the first album was released in 1997, Newman have established themselves as one of the leading UK melodic rock artists over the last 17 years. Signing to Escape Music in 1998, they subsequently released albums "One Step Closer", "Dance In The Fire", "Sign of The Modern Times" and "Heaven Knows" to great acclaim. Moving from Escape Music in 2007 Steve Newman created his own label Chrome Dome and produced another 3 albums, "Primitive Soul", "Decade", and in 2010, the well-received "The Art Of Balance". After successfully rejuvenating the live band and playing shows in the UK including Cambridge Rock and the Firefest Festival, the album "Under Southern Skies" was released through AOR Heaven in 2011. Further live dates ensued both in the UK, Europe, and the US. In 2013 "Siren" was released to a great response, many stating this as one of the best Newman albums to date.

So, here we are today, 2014, and the completion of an idea that has been driven by you, the fans, because of all your support and belief in Newman over the years. The re-recording of the first Newman album offers the chance, not only to complete that collection, but to listen to these songs re-recorded, mastered with new technology, and added bonus tracks that were written at the time of the original sessions.

Newman 2014 will be available strictly as a limited edition release exclusively from

www.newmansound.com and all Newman live shows in 2014

As well as the 10 original tracks, the album also features 4 bonus tracks:

1. If It's Love

2. A Million Men

3. Say You Believe

4. What Does It Take

5. Faith

6. Let Your Heart Rule

7. When I Wake Up

8. That Kind Of Girl

9. I Know You

10. Tears Are Not Enough

11. Backdoor Man (originally bonus track for Japan)

12. Crush On You (unreleased)

13. Love By Design (unreleased)

14. Stand Up (unreleased)

The album will be available to pre-order from 8th September 2014 at

www.newmansound.com

"I've been extremely lucky to have had the chance to release so many albums over the years, and work with some great artists, little did I know it would come to this when I was recording the first album. I actually said to myself at the time, if this is the only album I record then I will be proud of my achievement. So I can look back now, 11 albums later, and be truly humbled by all the fans I have around the world that support and believe in my music. Over the years I have had so many requests to re-release or re-record the first album, so finally, here it is !!."

"I certainly had great fun recording this again, as I did the first time, and it brought back so many memories of those times up at Universal Sound in London. I hope that if you were fortunate enough to purchase the original album then this is a good trip down memory lane or , if you are listening to these songs for the first time, they will create some great future memories. In any respect, thank you for listening, sharing, and being a part of this journey." Steve Newman

Catch Newman live with Vega across the UK in November:

1st November - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms

25 Goldsmith Street Nottingham NG1 5LB -- 0845 413 4444

http://www.rescuerooms.com/

6th November - Bolton, UK - Railway Venue

37 Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, Lancs. UK BL7 9LY 01204 306450

http://railwayvenue.com/contact

7th November - Swansea, UK - Static

63 The Kingsway, Swansea SA1 5HN 01792 467998

http://staticbars.co.uk/

8th November - London, UK - The Garage

20-22 Highbury Corner, London, N5 1RD 0207 6196721

http://mamacolive.com/thegarage/


 
 
Fri
08
Aug

ACACIA AVENUE - Cold (Review)

information persons: 
section name: 
SCORE
content: 

 

83%
Produced By: 
Torben Enevoldsen
Running Time: 
48
Release Date: 
2014
Released: 
Europe
Musical Style: 
Melodic Rock
Label: 
AOR Heaven
Artist: 
Friday, August 8, 2014
Categories: 
 
This is a solid melodic rock release indeed. The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008, the brain child of guitarist Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A).
This is his second album and again sees Torben delivering some melodic rock tunes instead of his normally more metal-themed music. To handle vocals, Torben has gathered a number of guest vocalists to fill frontman duties.
 
These kinds of albums can appear very disjointed, but the quality of the production here is such that it all flows pretty seamlessly.
Torben takes care of all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) appears on drums. Good man for hiring an actual drummer, not a machine!
 
Song wise there are many highlights.
Time (feat. Steve Newman) is a first rate hard rocker, with Newman again getting heavier and sounding very comfortable doing it.
Love Will Survive (feat. Rob Moratti) is typically Moratti styled AOR with a very high vocal (of course) and a great chorus.
It's Over (feat. Albin Ljungqvist) is a wonderful little keyboard driven AOR number with a high pitch vocal and a highly memorable chorus.
Out Of The Business (feat. Mikael Roup) is another very catchy track that sounds more like Uriah Heep/Y&T. A little out of place here in the scheme of things, but catchy!
Signs Of Love (feat. Rob Moratti) is a melodic rock style track but doesn’t match the quality of his earlier track.
 
Cold (feat. Torben Lysholm) is about the same – ok, but not a highlight.
Angelina (feat. Steve Newman) is moody, but guitar driven and another great Steve Newman vocal.
You And I (feat. Mikael Roup) and Calling Out (feat. Nicklas Sonne) are skippers I’m afraid. They lack the hooks of previous songs.
How Many Nights (feat. Torben Lysholm) is better, but again is part of a group of songs that don’t match the quality of the first half of the record.
Freedom From Doubt (feat. Peter Sundell) features a strong bluesy vocal from Sundell and finishes the album with a different kind of song than anywhere else on the record.
 
A great first half of the album and an ok second half that requires a bit more attention to draw out the melodies. A solid record overall, which will stand comfortably alongside the debut. The best tracks are really special and worth the price of admission.
Very good production/mix quality lifts the results.
Score: 
83
 
Thu
22
May

ACACIA AVENUE - Cold (Showcase)

information persons: 
Artist: 
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Cold
Produced By: 
Torben Enevoldsen
Running Time: 
49
Release Date: 
June 28
Released: 
Europe
Genre: 
Hard Rock
Categories: 

Rob Moratti - Vocals
Steve Newman - Vocals
Albin Ljungqvist - Vocals
Mikael Roupé - Vocals
Torben Lysholm - Vocals
Peter Sundell - Vocals
Nicklas Sonne - Vocals

Torben Enevoldsen - Guitars, bass, keyboards., vocals
Lars Frandsen-Melau - piano on "Cold"
Dennis Hansen - Drums

The idea for Acacia Avenue began back in 2008. Founding member, Torben Enevoldsen (Fate, Fatal Force, Section A), spent most of that year writing new material.

Some of this new material came to be very melodic hard rock/AOR, and the idea of doing a full album in this style quickly emerged. In order to spice things up however, Enevoldsen decided to ask a few good friends of his to participate, both as singers, but also as co-writers.

The debut album featured Tony Mills (Ex-TNT, Shy), Geir Rönning (Radioactive), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell) and Lars Säfsund (Work Of Art) on vocals. Torben did the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as both lead and backing vocals on a few songs himself, and Thomas Heintzelmann (Decoy) did the drums. The self-entitled debut album was released on Lion Music in January 2010. Enevoldsen continued doing various projects, but at the end of 2010, Torben was asked to join the Danish hard rock band Fate.

He agreed and joined the band in January 2011. Although busy with Fate, Enevoldsen never stopped working on new material of his own. So the idea of doing another Acacia Avenue album was never far away. Torben grew up listening to bands like Boston, Journey, Toto and Survivor, so he thoroughly enjoyed writing in this very melodic and somewhat softer style. New songs were written and the first singer to get involved was Rob Moratti (Ex-Saga, Final Frontier).

Torben and Rob had met each other on MySpace, years before Rob joined Saga, and had discussed the possibility of working together. Acacia Avenue turned out to be the perfect vehicle to pursue this desire. Apart from Rob, the new album features vocal performances by Steve Newman (Newman), Torben Lysholm (Pangea, Mysterell), Albin Ljungqvist, Mikael Roupé (Bamboo Brothers), Peter Sundell (Grand Illusion, Decoy) and Nicklas Sonne (Defecto).

Once again, Torben was in charge for all the bass, keyboards and guitars, as well as singing background vocals on a few songs. New drummer, Dennis Hansen (Fatal Force) did the drums, and like last time, the majority of the recordings took place at Funny Farm Studios in Denmark, which is Torben's own studio. The new album, entitled "Cold", was mixed and mastered at Funny Farm Studios by Torben Enevoldsen. Enevoldsen also produced the album.  

 
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