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  1. Personnel includes Björn Strid, Jona Tee, Robin Eriksson, Linnéa Vikström and more. Press release: Nighthawk is the brand new soloproject by Robert Majd, also known as the bass player in Metalite and Captain Black Beard. When the pandemic hit in March last year and tours got cancelled left and right, Rob asked Jona Tee to help him record some rock’n’roll. The idea was just to have fun and get to play guitar again. Henrik Johansson joined on drums. No rehearsal, no preparations. Just spontaneous and energetic rock music! A few month later Rob came up with the name NIGHTHAWK and got the desire to do a full length album with a bunch of different guest vocalists. Another batch of songs were recorded in August, covers and originals, with Henrik and this time with Georgios Vamvatsicos on bass. ”Having all of these great musicians participating on my album is a real honor for me” says Robert. You’ll hear Björn Strid (The Night Flight Orchestra, Soilwork), Robin Eriksson (Degreed), Linnéa Vikström (Therion, At The Movies), Chips Kiesbye (Sator), Jona Tee (H.E.A.T), Peter Larsson (Manny Ribera) and Luka Ravase (Deeper Purple). The album includes seven original tracks and four cover songs. The covers are cult classics ”Firefall” (by 220 Volt) and ”It’s A Mad Mad World” (by Weapon), as well as an old Björn Skifs song called ”I Used To Love This City” and the never before released Frehley’s Comet song ”I Will Survive”. ”I didn’t change the cover songs much. I just wanted to pay tribute to these great artists and hopefully introduce them to people who might have missed them” says Robert. The album was produced by Erik Modin (Wildness) and will be released by MR Records. NIGHTHAWK – Midnight Hunter Track list: MIRACLE JUST LET GO STAY ALIVE I WILL SURVIVE BREAKING THE CHAINS COME TO ME I USED TO LOVE THIS CITY HERE COMES THE BEAST FIREFALL ON MY OWN IT’S A MAD MAD WORLD www.facebook.com/nighthawkrocknroll
  2. From MelodicRock Records: “It ain’t over, never over, ‘til we do it all over again!” is the hook-line and rallying cry from Vancouver-based melodic prog- rockers Mad Symphony on their forthcoming single ‘Do It All Over Again.’ While channelling the sounds of classic rock bands such as AC/DC, The Who and Led Zeppelin, Mad Symphony infuse their songs with modern elements of heavy guitars, elaborate keyboards and massive vocal harmonies to create a sound that is both contemporary and instantly recognizable by music fans of all ages. Examining the themes of love, loss, and betrayal with songs such as ‘Sell Me Out,’ ‘Reality Check’ and ‘Nothin,’ Mad Symphony seek to illuminate the pressures and struggles faced by all who live through these confusing and rapidly changing times. Mad Symphony is the collaboration of accomplished and professional Vancouver-based musicians who collectively have many years of experience writing, recording, and touring internationally with various acts. Formed from the ashes of Seattle grunge- metal band Soulbender (which also featured Michael Wilton of Queensryche fame on guitar), lifelong friends and collaborators Dave Groves (guitar) and Wes Hallam (drums) joined up with multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer Ted Tosoff (Blue Voodoo) in 2018 to begin writing for a new, as-yet-unnamed project. Ted knew of powerhouse vocalist Kevin Wright (The Wilds, TNT), whose raunchy and melodic vocal stylings a-la Bon Scott and Robert Plant, fit the new songs perfectly; Kevin was quickly recruited into the fold. To round out the line-up, the formative members didn’t have to look far. Dave and Wes had both played with keyboardist Mike Russell (Sweeney Todd) and bassist Amrit Prasad (Assault), but not always in the same bands or at the same time. With the addition of Mike on keys and Amrit on bass Mad Symphony immediately began recording their debut album and rehearsing tirelessly. With the goal of creating memorable and powerful music that resonates with the listener both in style and substance, Mad Symphony write songs with a message of hope and resiliency that harkens back to the glory days of rock and roll. Screaming guitars, driving drums, and huge vocals combine with melodic keyboard orchestrations and thundering bass to make the sonically dense and raucous sound that is... Mad Symphony. Track Listing: 1. Do It All Over Again 2. The Next Door 3. Sell Me Out 4. Nothin' 5. Bittersweet Bye Bye
  3. From melodicrock.com: SILENT TIGER is the next exciting chapter in the musical journey for MRR’s own Jean Funes, founding member and guitarist of Sound Of Eternity and Hearts On Fire. With HOF vocalist Richard Andermyr working on new RIAN material this year, Jean asked to be put to work and who better to work with than another stalwart of MRR, vocalist David Cagle. Together, along with master drummer Joel Mejia (Hearts On Fire), the trio forms SILENT TIGER. SILENT TIGER are: Jean Funes - Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Acoustic Guitar (Sound Of Eternity) David Cagle - Vocals (Northrup Cagle, LastWorld) Joel Mejia - Drums (Hearts On Fire, Codigo Eterno) With: Andreas Passmark - Bass Dennis Ward - Keyboards Jonas Oijvall - Keyboards Jean Funes comments: “It has been a pleasure working with David on this album. He adds that amazing and powerful soulful voice and takes every song to another level. We’ve been working for months on the songs and its wonderful how the songs have developed naturally and have taken life on their own. This album is going to have the right edge to it, but at the same time plenty of melody and uplifting songs. You will hear elements of Def Leppard, Van Halen, Dokken, Motley Crue, Europe and more, because every one of these bands are a big influence to us, but I think Silent Tiger is very original with its approach to rock music.” Nello Dell’omo continued the family affair by once again creating band’s great logo and the cover artwork, which will be revealed shortly. It is MRR and Silent Tiger’s pleasure to debut their first ever song, one which sets up the sound of the coming album. Please enjoy ‘Chasing The Wind’ in its entirety:
  4. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the first signing in the next phase of the label’s history. On November 22, MRR will bring the brand-new self-titled KING OF HEARTS album to fans of exquisitely produced and performed melodic rock. MRR will handle the CD release for the world except for North & South America and Japan. The band will handle those territories via their own distribution. The band recently released the first single from the all-new studio record, a masterpiece of mature AOR with performances only studio veterans of this calibre could deliver. The first single, “Don’t Wait,” is a poignant reminder to reach out to those we love today for tomorrow might be too late. For this album, KING OF HEARTS is: Lead Vocalist TOMMY FUNDERBURK Founding Member and Lead Guitarist BRUCE GAITSCH Producer/Engineer/Keyboardist CJ VANSTON Bassist JOHN PATITUCCI Drummer KEITH CARLOC “We were so excited about this new music and can’t wait to share it with everyone!” says King Of Hearts founding member Tommy Funderburk. The group’s lead vocalist has good reason to be elated. King Of Hearts has recorded their fabulous new album at Addiction Sound Studios in Nashville and Tree House Studios in LA with a band comprised of a who’s who of writers and players and one of the most recorded voices in music. “The sound of the record is “modern classic rock.” Funderburk explains “If you mix the sound of the Eagles, Don Henley, Bruce Hornsby with Toto and Def Leppard with a splash of Keith Emerson and Coldplay, what would that sound like?” It sounds awesome! We started referring to it as Modern Classic Rock because of all the different elements and textures to the music we were creating.” According to producer/engineer/keyboardist, CJ VANSTON, King Of Hearts might be the most famous band you’ve never heard. But, while you might not know them by name, you’ve heard them on thousands of hit recordings for some of the world’s most successful artists. In addition to recording with Toto, John Mayer, James Taylor, Diana Ross, Larry Carlton and many more, drummer, KEITH CARLOCK, has for the past 15 years been the driving force in the studio and on the road for Steely Dan. Sting calls Keith ”one of the greatest drummers in the world.” Multi Grammy winner, bassist, JOHN PATITUCCI, has played on countless albums and toured with artists such as B. B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, and Sting. In 1986, John was voted by his peers as the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences MVP on Acoustic Bass and most recently won his third Grammy as member of the legendary Wayne Shorter Quartet. Composer, producer, arranger, keyboardist, CJ VANSTON has worked with artists such as Prince, Toto, Def Leppard, Celine Dion, Justin Timberlake, Bob Seger and countless others. In addition to scoring the Christopher Guest’s films Waiting For Guffman, Best In Show, Almost Heroes and For Your Consideration, CJ has performed as musical director and keyboardist for Joe Cocker, Tina Turner, Tears For Fears and the legendary Spinal Tap along with recently produced Toto’s highly acclaimed album, Toto XIV. Founding member and lead guitarist, BRUCE GAITSCH has written with and for numerous platinum artists including Chicago, the number one songs “La Isla Bonita” (Madonna) and “It Don’t Mean Nothin” and “Right Here Waiting For You” (Richard Marx) and recorded with artists such as Roger Waters, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Chicago, Richard Marx, Celine Dion and many more. TOMMY FUNDERBURK established his recording career as lead vocalist in the critically acclaimed group, Airplay with David Foster that featured the original recording of the classic number one song, “After The Love Is Gone.” Tommy’s vocals are featured on hundreds of recordings with artists as diverse as Boston, Jimmy Page, Celine Dion, Whitesnake, Rod Stewart, David Foster, Toto, Bon Jovi, Heart, Spinal Tap, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, Yes, Bad Company, REO Speed Wagon, Motley Crue, Spinal Tap and many others. Some of today’s most respected studio musicians and legendary artists have adding their talents to the album including Timothy B Schmit (Eagles), Peter Cetera (Chicago), Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Chris Rodriguez (Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Vince Gill), and Janey Clewer(Sarah Brightman, Julio Iglesias, George Benson). KING OF HEARTS ‘King Of Hearts’ will be released worldwide November 22.
  5. From melodicrock.com: The name Mark Baker may not be immediately recognisable to many, but for liner note/album credits junkies, it signifies top shelf AOR songwriting. Whether it be anthems or ballads, a Mark Baker song means memorable hooks and a big chorus. Mark Baker is the man behind the iconic Signal ‘Loud & Clear’ album as well as many other songs including tracks for 38 Special, Paris Black, Triumph and Boulevard. He was also the main co-writer on House Of Lords’ acclaimed ‘Demons Down’ record, re-joining as co-writer on some of the band’s more recent albums too. ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ is a compilation of Mark’s songwriter demos from the 80s and 90s. The songwriter demos feature various singers, including the best session vocalist of them all – Mark Free. I’m pleased to say there are several unreleased Mark Free vocals. But that’s not all – there are some original demos from the House Of Lords ‘Demon’s Down’ record as well as an appearance from Chicago’s Bill Champlin on an amazing AOR anthem. Several of these demos have been traded online for years and MRR is thrilled to be able to bring one disc of this material to light in July. The tracks come from DAT masters and will as always be remastered by JK Northrup. Mark Baker ‘The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be’ will be released worldwide July 26 alongside Outlasted ‘Waiting For Daybreak’. Track Listing & Vocalist Featured: 01. Nobody Gets Out Alive (Mark Free) 03:38 02. The Future Ain't What It Used To Be (Mark Free) 04:35 03. Demons Down (Demo Version)(James Christian) 03:34 04. No Pleasure Without The Pain (Demo Version)(James Christian) 05:00 05. Someday You're Gonna Love Someone (Mark Free) 03:45 06. A Little Too Much (Mark Free) 04:23 07. First To Cry (Mark Free) 03:43 08. What Did You Do (Mark Free) 04:27 09. Nothin' (Mark Free) 04:48 10. Dream On Little Dreamer (Bill Champlin) 04:16 11. Give A Little (Vocalsist Unknown) 03:57 12. Cold Day In Hell (James Christian) 04:12 13. Questions Of The Heart (Gary O) 04:59 14. Brighter Day (James Christian) 04:32 15. Only Young (Vocalist Unknown) 04:01 16. Runaway (Mark Free) 03:53 17. Superhero (Mark Free) 04:46 18. X T C O I (Freddy Curci) 03:46
  6. Press release melodicrock.com: It is time at least for MelodicRock Records to announce the return of OUTLASTED with their second album 'Waiting For Daybreak', set for release worldwide July 26. Preorders with bonus audio delivery available this week. The CD release will feature 2 extra tracks over the digital release. “The new album ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ was recorded over a two year period starting right after the release of the debut. We had six songs written and demoed when ‘Into The Night’ was released. We had a clear vision of what we wanted the next album to sound like” says producer and guitarist Terje Fløyli. The album is once again mixed by Ronny Wikmark at Touchdown Studio in Trondheim, Norway. The artwork is designed by Nello Dell’Omo at Art For Music in Naples, Italy and mastering is done by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio, California USA. “The new album is a natural progression from the debut and showcases a more mature approach to the songwriting process. The first one was written over a ten year period and the lyrics were mostly about love and break ups. The songs on the new album is more uplifting and inspirational.” says keyboardist Odd-Børge. On ‘Waiting For Daybreak’ Glenn Wikran also contributed to the songwriting. “I’m very pleased with the songs on the new album. The first one was written by Terje and Odd-Børge so I was very happy to take part in writing this one. I think we have all evolved and grown over the last few years, something you can hopefully hear in the music.” adds Glenn. Outlasted had a lineup change in the fall of 2018. Andreas Jentoft replaced Rune Pedersen on drums and Lasse Ingebrigtsen replaced Aleksander Schjølberg on bass. Glenn Wikran (vocals), Odd-Børge Hansen (keys) and Terje Fløyli (guitars) remain from the original lineup. One of the new breed of Scandinavian rock bands, Outlasted picks up the mantle of classic rock and wears it with distinction. A five-piece band based in Norway, Outlasted fuses the sound of the golden age of recording with the compelling songwriting of classic rock and brings both into the future with modern production techniques and stellar musicianship.
  7. From melodicrock.com: CANNONBALLZ! Who are CANNONBALZ? Check this lineup for some of the best musicians on the planet! Vocals - Robbie LaBlanc (Fury, Blanc Faces, Find Me, Solo) Guitars - Alan Friedman (The Accounting Crows, Sessions, Solo) Bass - Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Tackhead, Mick Jagger) Keyboards - Vince DiCola (Transformers, Storming Heaven, Rocky IV, Staying Alive) Drums & Percussion - Jonathan Mover (Marillion, The Tubes, GTR, Joe Satriani) So what are this band of musicial icons doing together? Only making one of the best AOR/rock/midwestern/pop records you’ll ever hear, that’s what! There’s not one note out of place on this monster album - an eclectic mix of classic rock influences, with a level of musicianship completely off the scale. MRR A&R Andrew McNeice: "I'm so proud and thrilled to have these guys and this amazing album on MRR. The crisp, sharp production allows all the many layers to breathe and showcase the extraordinary talents these guys have. This is one of the finest albums for musicianship that I have heard in years!" After recording a few records with various well-known musicians, guitarist/songwriter Alan Friedman wanted to form a band with his favorite drummer, bassist, keyboardist and vocalist. His choices were easy, as he enlisted drummer Jonathan Mover (Aretha Franklin, Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani), bassist Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Jeff Beck, TackHead), keyboardist Vince DiCola (film score composer of ‘Rocky IV’ & ‘The Transformers: The Movie’), and killer AOR vocalistRobbie LaBlanc (Find Me, Fury). Together, they spent three days in L.A. studio “The Steakhouse” and wrote this entire record from scratch, including a complete rearrangement of the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” One of Jonathan’s many girlfriends (and there have been many) always called Alan “Kannenballs”because the name of Alan’s CPA firm is “Friedman, Kannenberg & Company.” And as they say, the rest is history. MelodicRock Records is honoured to be in the presence of such company and proudly releases the album ‘8Ballz2Many’ worldwide officially May 10. There is however, an exclusive offer available right now for direct pre-orders. A Limitd Edition (500 only) ‘8Ballz2many’ Special Edition offers the following: Tracklisting: 01. Sari 02. Never Giving Up 03. When I Think Of You 04. Justin Thyme 05. Heart Without A Soul 06. Sammy On The Wall 07. I’ll Take The Pain 08. Lost In Time 09. URanus? MYanus! 10. Tomorrow Never Knows
  8. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of the debut album ‘Time’ from new American melodic rock outfit LASTWORLD. What do you do when two of your artists come to you asking for something else to get stuck into? You put them together! LASTWORLD is guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter JIM SHEPARD and vocalist DAVID CAGLE. Their paring was a case of perfect timing, with Jim recently releasing his acclaimed last album‘Jaded’ and David Cagle looking to further enhance his vocal reputation after the monster JK Northrup & David Cagle record. Both guys wanted to keep busy, so MRR introduced the pair to see what could happen. Magic it seems – with Jim delivering his best songs and performance to date and David once again delivering a flawless rock vocal showcase. The master of mastering, JK Northrup as always has given the sonics a boost, so fans get to hear the best version of these recordings. The debut LASTWORLD album ‘Time’ will be released April 12. Tracklisting: 01. Time 02. Over The Lie 03. I Can Only Be Me 04. Four Leaf Clover 05. Love is Just a Matter of Time 06. Just Another Day 07. Fallen 08. Cry 09. Don't Bother Me 10. Alive 11. Walk Away 12. Don't Say Goodbye
  9. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is thrilled to announce the signing of Danish AOR hero MARTIE PETERS for his new MARTIE PETERS GROUP record ‘Unfinished Business’, due March 15. The new album is fabulous and filled with glorious melodic rock anthems that all fans of PUSH & the first two MPG albums will immediately recognise Hard rock singer MARTIE PETERS bounces back with the comeback of a lifetime and a new album in 2019. The new album is aptly titled "Unfinished Business" and after a ten-year absence from the hard rock scene, Peters and his group return with catchy hooks and heavy, grooving guitar riffs. Legendary producer NEIL KERNON (Dokken, Britny Fox, Hall & Oates, Queensrÿche and many, many more) handled the mix. Martie comments: “I am absolutely delighted about working with Andrew McNeice again, it feels like a homecoming. I have spent a lot of blood, sweat and hard work on this new album. It is such a thrill for me that Andrew and MelodicRock Records are on the same team as me. The forthcoming batch of songs are in good hands and that makes me PROUD!” MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “Martie and I have been mates for almost as long as I’ve been running MR. I’ve always been a huge fan of his work and style, so much so that I had them as part of the first MRF event back in 2007. I’m thrilled Martie has shown faith in MRR to get this cracking new album out to fans soon.” In the late 90's and early 00's Martie fronted the Sleaze Rock band PUSH, with who he released four albums. PUSH toured with Pretty Maids and opened up for artists such as Dio and Royal Hunt in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2004 the first Martie Peters Group album was released through German label MTM and Avalon in Japan. In 2007 the second album "Road to Salvation" which was mixed by TOMMY HANSEN at Jailhouse Studio and released through NL Distribution and through Spiritual Beast in Japan. Both albums got raving reviews from the rock press. ‘Unfinished Business’ is just that, it’s the next chapter in Martie’s musical journey. It is an album that will blow long-time fans away, while opening up his music to a whole range of newcomers The release date is March 15, with artwork and first audio previews to be unveiled next week! www.facebook.com/MartiePetersDK
  10. From melodicrock.com: For the last 12 months I have been working on a legacy box set for the late, great BRETT WALKER. Titled ‘Last Parade’ (after one of the unreleased tracks), the special limited-edition package is set to pay tribute to one of the great songwriters of this genre and is scheduled for release in November via MelodicRock Records. Brett tragically and suddenly passed away in July 2013, with a special tribute paid to him by his band and wife at MRF3. I kept in touch, recalling various conversations I had with Brett about releasing his Person To Person songs and some of his unreleased demos, which collectors had been trading for some years. Brett’s wife Sheron and I agreed to look at what was available and see what could be done. Brett’s entire DAT collection was sent to me to digitize, which lead to an extraordinary discovery. Over no less than 47 DATs, it became evident that Brett was sitting on a treasure trove of unreleased material. I was blown away at the quality and the brilliance of these songs, with a cross-reference of styles present from throughout Brett’s career. Some of the older unreleased material will rival the classic ‘Nevertheless’ album for melodic rock brilliance. Fans of all eras will in fact, be blown away I’m sure. ‘Last Parade’ is the most complex project I’ve ever put together, mainly because of the vast number of songs. At last count there was 174 song files in the “Work In Progress” folder. There were at least 2 versions of almost every track on the DATs and sometimes 5 or even 6! Some are from all different mixes, others various audio quality and some completely different versions of known songs. JK Northrup has been busy mastering and remastering for the past several months! Either way...hours and hours of listening time and so many amazing songs. This post is also an open invitation for those that personally knew Brett or were just big fans of Brett to submit some text for the accompanying booklet. If you’d like to pay tribute to Brett or write some good memories, please do so by August 15 via email (ajm@melodicrock.com) Please share this info if you know someone that would be interested. Long may Brett’s music live on.
  11. Press release from MelodicRock Records: It is with great pleasure that MelodicRock Records announces the signing of Swedish hard rockers StoneLake for the release of their new studio release ‘Thunder And Rain’. It is the third release in a partnership with StoneLake’s founder Jan Akesson, following previous albums from S.A.Y and Jan Akesson’s Shadow Rain. This will be StoneLake’s seventh album and their first in 5 years. The band might have a new updated logo, but ‘Thunder And Rain’ is an album of classic StoneLake you know and love – high octane guitar riffs, pounding rhythm section and layers of vocals and keyboards brining the melody. Bound to appeal to fans of Swedish hard rock, TNT and Yngwie Malmsteen and the like… Jan Akesson comments: “We are happy to announce the release of our 7th album "Thunder and Rain" through Melodic Rock Records! After a break of nearly 5 years it's great to have finished the work of an album that we are very proud of!” Vocalist Peter Gundstrom: “With this work we are back to the roots where we once started off with melodic songs, harmonies and riffs like the old school! Everything comes from heart and soul and I am very humble still to be able and deliver what I love!” Jan concludes: “To release this album is great because this means that we are back for the future again! We feel that the songwriting and production gets better all the time and this have no ending as long as we love what we are doing! We would also like to thank Andrew for believing in us and that our cooperation goes on and on!” STONELAKE IS: Peter Grundstrom – Vocals, Backing Vocals Jan Akesson - Guitars – Keyboards, Backing Vocals Lasse Johansson - Bass Jens Westberg - Drums Produced By: Jan Akesson Recorded, Mixed And Mastered By: Jan Akesson AT UMP Unlimited Music Production facebook StoneLake Bio: In August 1984 guitarist Jan Akesson and singer Peter Grundstrom got to know each other after performing at the same show in different bands; Jan was lead guitar in Ravage and Peter was fronting Whitelight. Their meeting led to the conclusion of Jan’s work with Ravage and he became a new member in Whitelight in the fall of the same year. Whitelight’s focus was melodic hard rock, initially influenced by Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Bad Company and then by a ‘new wave’ of English, American and Canadian bands such as Whitesnake, Van Halen, Journey, Toto, Riot, Wrabit and Dokken. Whitelight played many gigs and produced many demos in search of that elusive record deal. After 3 years with Whitelight, in 1987, Jan decided to leave the band and went his own way to spread his wings with tougher, more guitar-oriented hard rock. Peter stayed in Whitelight, who changed their name to Kee Avenue. Jan went on to form new bands Why Not, Perfect Stranger and Dr Blue, playing many very successful gigs and making several acclaimed recordings. Kee Avenue split up in 1991 after the bass player and the keyboard player left the band. After this final breakup Peter went on to play and sing with several different, mostly cover bands, though he kept on writing songs, always looking for the right project to showcase his talent. In 1994 Jan decided to step back from live performance to concentrate on writing and producing songs in his new studio on the emerging digital recording platforms that would soon come to dominate the music industry. Finally, 15 years after the two first played together, Jan decided to give Peter a call, thinking that it was time for a ‘reunion’. A good meal and a few beers was the spark that lit a new beginning. The result was StoneLake. 'Thunder And Rain' will be released April 25 on MelodicRock Records. Pre-order available shortly.
  12. Just seen this yesterday and ordered it,sounds pretty good to me,always liked his voice in KOTG and Dirty White Boyz was a nice release to me also,so now he's releasing a new solo effort. http://www.melodicrock.com/articles/news-feed/2018/08/01/tony-mitchell-delivers-melodic-rock-gem-beggars-gold-sept-14
  13. They're back with a new singer and album. To be released through MelodicRock Records in April. More details to come... www.captainblackbeard.net FB The latest video (taken from their previous effort 'It's A Mouthful'):
  14. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is excited to announce the release of one of the finest melodic hard rock records for 2018 – JK Northrup & David Cagle’s first collaboration together, titled ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’. There is no doubt whatsoever that this record is gonna leave a mark on fans of hard rocking, guitar driven melodic rock, with a production to die for and songs dripping in hooks and melodies. JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide. A very early demo form of this album was on select digital platforms under the Liberty & Justice banner, but ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ is a whole new ball-game from the ground up. MRR’s Andrew McNeice: “I’m immensely proud and excited to finally be releasing this killer record from JK and David. I’ve worked with JK since the very first MR.com compilation over 15 years back and he’s been there for me as a mastering engineer every time since. His work with me remastering some important archive releases in the last couple of years has only further emboldened my respect for him as a first rate professional and someone who can bring out the very best results in any situation. On top of that, he is a Grade A gentleman who I value as a friend and college. Everyone I have recommended Jeff to as an engineer or producer has ended up using him and continuing that relationship. But I’ve long felt that his name is undervalued as a writer and guitarist and I think this record is his finest achievement to date and a truly stunning release – in all facets – the guitar playing, the writing and production and David Cagle is one hell of a vocalist who I think we need to work with again ASAP!” Jeff Northrup: “David Cagle and I had worked together in the past and started this album back in 2014. Unfortunately, it was shelved due to 'circumstances'. We knew we had something special even then, and the time was right to pull out this great collection of songs, dust it off and polish it up. The result is 12 of the best songs put together on any album I've been a part of! Fast forward to 2017… After rewriting some of the lyrics, some arrangement changes, re-recording guitars and vocals, then bringing in the powerful rhythm section of Larry Hart - bass (Montrose, Gypsy Soul, King Kobra) and Steve Brown - drums (Montrose, Oleander-and Mick Brown's younger brother), the album has truly come to life! Larry and Steve have been playing live together for a couple years and are TIGHT. I've played on a few albums with Larry including King Kobra, Shortino-Northrup and Gypsy Soul, which began in 1987. When you hear the opening track 'The Night Is Mine', you'll know right away that you are going to Get Rocked HARD!!! David's modern approach on vocals is a breath of fresh air and I pull no punches on guitar!! With some heavy, powerful rock songs, to more main stream rockers and a couple killer ballads, it's all here!!! Although a predominately guitar driven album, Eric Ragno does a masterful job playing keyboards on 6 songs. The title track, 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' was written by myself several years back, but sounds as fresh and powerful as if written today. Some of the lyrics are based on true life experiences about love, hate and a relationship gone bad, which is reflected in the artwork that was done by the great Nello Dell'Omo. 'The Siren' cuts out your heart and leaves you still alive, clutching your chest. Been there, done that!!! I truly am excited for everyone to here this album!! Cheers!" ~ JK Northrup JK Northrup's professional career began in 1982 when bassist-songwriter Bruce Turgon (Lou Gramm, Foreigner) heard his demo tape and asked if he would like to record with him in Los Angeles. That offer was accepted and the next thing that happened was they were in the studio at Pasha Records being produced by the legendary Billy Thorpe (Children Of The Sun). In the next room, Quiet Riot was mixing their debut album 'Metal Health'. Billy asked JK, Bruce and Frankie Banali to tour for his new release and that's how it all began! Since then, JK has recorded with, toured with and produced some of the biggest names in music and that list continues to grow today. Not only known as an elite guitarist, songwriter and producer, but also as a recording engineer and mastering specialist. In 2017 alone, JK produced, mixed and/or mastered some of the top-rated rock albums for a who's who of recording artists. Having written songs that have been recorded by artists such as Foreigner, King Kobra, Great White, XYZ and including television and movies, the list continues to grow. JK has appeared on over 30 albums over the years as a songwriter, guitarist and producer, and has mixed and mastered many others. Now in 2018 comes a new album called JK Northrup & David Cagle, 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark'. This album showcases all of JK Northrup's skills as a songwriter, guitarist, producer, recording and mastering engineer. In JK's words, 'I'm just getting started! Enjoy the ride folks'. For more detailed bio and discography, please visit www.jknorthrup.com Award-winning international singer David Cagle has recorded vocals on more than 1000 songs over the past 10 years for clients all over the world, covering multiple genres of music. Although a singer of many styles, Cagle is most known for his melodic, soulful rock voice. A few of Cagle's credits include: - February Fallen: Black and White (all lead and backing vocals) - Marty and the Bad Punch: Moon Over Baskerville (all lead and backing vocals) *Winner of 4 awards at the 2015 German Rock and Pop Awards - Brannon: Welton St. and The Road Less Traveled (all lead and backing vocals), and many individually released singles *Winner of multiple international songwriting competitions - Majestic: V.O.Z, Epsilon 1, Epsilon 2 (lead and backing vocals on select tracks) - Fiction Syxx: Tall Dark Secrets (backing vocals on Given Sight and Your Promised Land) 'That's Gonna Leave A Mark' guest performers: Gunnar Nelson - backing vocal on ‘Forever Starts Tonight’ Richard Kendrick - backing vocal ‘Can't’ Kelly Keeling (MSG, Blue Murder) - backing vocal ‘For Sure Thing’ DanZoid (Ted Poley, Bridger) - drums ‘That's Gonna Leave A Mark’ Produced, Recorded, mixed and mastered by JK Northrup at Alien Productions Music Studio www.alien1111.com www.jknorthrup.com JK Northrup & David Cagle ‘That’s Gonna Leave A Mark’ arrives March 30 worldwide onMelodicRock Records
  15. From FB: Hey guys, Starchase is back with our second album "Afterlife" available early 2018 through MelodicRock Records. More details to follow but here is the cover artwork. Watch this space for the release of the first single coming soon
  16. From Melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is delighted to announce the release of the new SCHERER / BATTENalbum ‘BattleZone’, released worldwide September 22. Scherer/Batten is of course, none other than vocalist MARC SCHERER (Scherer/Peterik) and star guitarist JENNIFER BATTEN (Jeff Beck, Michael Jackson). Together the pair have teamed up with the same musical talent that featured on the 2015Peterik/Scherer album ‘Risk Everything’ together with some fresh new faces to help craft an absolute melodic rock gem. ‘BattleZone’ features material exclusively from the Jim Peterik (Ides of March, formerly of Survivor, Pride Of Lions) songbook. Featuring 8 rare musical gems from Jim’s songwriting vault, the album also features 3 brand new tracks, written for this project. That’s 11 new classic songs, produced by Jim Peterik and featuring the impressive lineup of: All Lead Vocals: Marc Scherer All Lead Guitars: Jennifer Batten Backing Vocals: Marc Scherer, Bill Champlin, Bryan Cole, Brian Hemstock, Danette Pahl Alternate Lead and Rhythm Guitars: Jennifer Batten, Mike Aquino, Dave Carl, Jim Peterik Bass Guitars: Bill Syniar, Klem Hayes Keyboards: Jim Peterik, Christian Cullen, Chris Neville, Barb Unger Drums: Dave Kelly, Ed Breckenfeld Sax: Mindi Abair Additional credits include: Executive Producer: Danette Pahl Engineered by: Larry Millas Mastered by: Larry Millas at World Stage Studios and JK Northrup at Alien Productions Mixed by: Jim Peterik and Larry Millas Keyboard Programming: Larry Millas and Christian Cullen Art Direction and Cover Art: Nello Dell'Omo Jim Peterik comments: “As a long time enthusiast of Marc Scherer's vocal chops and the expertise of rock guitar goddess Jennifer Batten, you can imagine how excited I am at the release of Scherer/ Batten ‘BattleZone’ album. As a song writer and producer, it was a dream come true mining some lost gems from my many years in rock, producing them to a new lustre and even writing three brand new cuts with Marc and Jennifer - Cuts Deep, The Harder I Try and the title track BattleZone. Andrew McNeice and Danette Pahl of Melodic Rock Records gave me the artistic leeway and financial support to create the album of a lifetime. Working with one of the best engineers in the business, Larry Millas, and musicians like multiple Grammy Award Winner Bill Champlin of Chicago, bassist Bill Syniar (formerly of Survivor), Mike Aquino (guitarist and singer from World Stage), and two-time Grammy Nominated saxophonist, Mindi Abair, along with Dave Kelly and Bryan Cole, brought depth and texture to the tracks that is palpable. You can hear our excitement in every song. I guess you can see I'm pumped. I dare you to crank up BattleZone or Tender Fire or Crazy Love and not rediscover why you fell in love with melodic rock in the first place. I double dare ya!!” Jennifer Batten: “It was such a pleasure to jump into such a high level inspiring project! Marc’s vocals are out of this world, the grooves are kickin’, and working with Jim Peterik is so joyous and creative. I can’t wait to take this to the stage!” And finally, the vocalist fronting this extraordinary project, Marc Scherer: “Even something as innocuous as lunch with Jim Peterik can inspire great things… It was during one such meeting that Jim and I conceived of an album showcasing his lost musical treasures. Thanks to the contributions of long-time Peterik enthusiast and personal friend Danette Pahl of MelodicRock Records, we now have lift-off! While the brain trust of talent surrounding Jim enhances any idea, this album is extra special because it features a collaboration with one of the world’s greatest guitarists, Jennifer Batten – who played three world tours with Michael Jackson and two with Jeff Beck. They say you know when it’s right in the first 30 seconds, but in this case, you can sense the magic in the first few notes. BattleZone blends the songwriting craftsmanship and storytelling genius of Jim Peterik with the artistry of some of the most amazing musicians in the business. As Jennifer observed, the battle can be internal: the fight to be better, to raise the bar and challenge yourself while stirring the musical cauldron. I truly believe that we have captured lightning in a bottle and I’m so eager for everyone to share in this experience.” Scherer/Batten ‘BattleZone’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on CD & Digital September 22.
  17. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is pleased to announce a partnership with the fantastic East Coast melodic rock favourites SHOTGUN SYMPHONY for a complete overhaul of their discography in one special, limited edition package released March 1. SHOTGUN SYMPHONY – The Last Symphony is a 4-Disc set housed in two double jewel cases, with each one individually sealed, with a special slipcase that both discs go into. It was designed especially for this occasion. Featured on the discs will be the albums Shotgun Symphony, On the Line of Fire and Sea of Desire all re-mastered from the original tapes! On the 4th disc is a collection of the band’s rarities over the years - b-sides, bonus tracks, song demos, live recordings + a newly recorded version of Carousel of Broken Dreams with the band’s original line up and producer from the debut CD. This is the first time the original line-up (including Ron) have been in the studio since 1999 and the first time working with Alan Douches (producer of the debut) in 25 years. The 4-Disc set will retail for $50 (including shipping) and is strictly limited to 500 units worldwide. THE LAST SYMPHONY $50 (Incl Worldwide Shipping) PRE-ORDER NOW! RELEASED MARCH 1 Shotgun Symphony: Tracy White - Vocals Mike Maino - Guitars Charlie Calv - Keyboards Ed Avila - Bass Ron Sivulich Jr. - Drums www.shotgunsymphony.net DISC ONE: SHOTGUN SYMPHONY 01. Highway to Tomorrow 02. What Happens to Love 03. Way Back Home 04. Turn Around 05. Broken Promises 06. Lost Child 07. She's in Love 08. Running 09. Bitter Sweet Poison 10. Goodbye to the Night DISC TWO: ON THE LINE OF FIRE 01. Generation Clash 02. Tell Me Why 03. On the Line of Fire 04. Hard to Hold Onto 05. Thaw 06. Solitary Zone 07. Into the Vibe 08. What It's Like 09. Salvation 10. This I Know 11. Big Mistake 12. Still The Same DISC THREE: SEA OF DESIRE 01. Sea of Desire 02. Believe in Me 03. Dancing on Fire 04. S.O.S. 05. Heart of Glass 06. What I Wouldn't Give 07. The Way That You Feel 08. Phases 09. Inside Out 10. Between the Eyes (Eyes of Anger Part II) DISC FOUR: THE BONUS TRACKS 01. Carousel Of Broken Dreams (New 2017)* 02. Highway To Tomorrow (Live 2010)+ 03. Lost Child (Live 2010)+ 04. Look Away (Unreleased 1993)† 05. What Happens To Love (Unedited Version 1993)† 06. Running (Song Demo 1992) 07. Turn Around (Live Acoustic 1994)• 08. Broken Promises (Live Acoustic 1994)• 09. Goodbye To The Night (Live Acoustic 1994)• 10. The One (Song Demo 2010) 11. A New Beginning (Song Demo 2010) *Produced by Alan Douches & Shotgun Symphony +Taken from the “Live from Firefest” CD courtesy of www.rocktopiarecords.com †Taken from the debut CD recording sessions •Recorded live at the FNAC Paris
  18. This is getting the remaster treatment. This was one of my favourite releases on the great MTM label. Press release: MelodicRock Records is very pleased to be giving one of the best melodic hard rock albums of the 2000s another run, releasing a brand-new version of the classic DOGFACE debut Unleashed on January 22. This time it’s called ReLeashed, because this is a turbo-charged record – remastered and remixed! Band founder, guitarist, writer and producer MARTIN KRONLUND has gone back over the album and given it a fresh new mix from original master files, as well as adding some fresh parts and even a new twist or two! Featuring the masterful Mats Leven on vocals, who delivers one of his most powerful and menacing performances alongside Stefan Egeman on bass; Anders Skoog on Hammond Organ and Patrik Engelbrektsson on drums. Thin Lizzy guitarist Brian Robertson guests with additional lead guitar on 3 tracks. And we’re not done there. ReLeashed also adds two exclusive bonus tracks: - A Little Ain’t Enough (originally recorded for a 3rd Dogface MTM Music release) - Pray For Me (from the debut recording sessions, reserved to be a Japanese bonus track) Over to Martin for comment: “The main reason why we do this is the enthusiasm and encouragement from Andrew and Melodic Rock Records. Without them, we would not have done this. When we started and opened up the project, we realized that we haven’t heard the record for more than 10 years. It was a passing stage, but it raised many nostalgic feelings. Dogface Unleashed was our first album and is like a baby to us. Fortunately, we found the main tracks on a backup hard disk and took it into my studio where everything came alive again. It was there and then we decided not only to remaster, but to remix the whole album. It has been a fantastic project that brought the original band back together, and we realized we still have a lot in common, musically and when it comes to friendship that we really have missed. This can be something to build on for the future - who knows! Many thanks to Andrew and the team at MelodicRock Records that you believe in the music of Dogface!” We do believe indeed! Dogface ‘ReLeashed’ features the following track listing: 01. Right Between Your Lies 02. Don't 03. I Don't Care 04. I Will Be There 05. A Single Reason 06. Rule the Night 07. You're Taken Me Down 08. Let It Out 09. Spit It Out 10. Set Me Free 11. Suicide 12. A Little Ain’t Enough (bonus Track) 13. Pray For Me (bonus track) Pre-orders available next week.
  19. From melodicrock.com: BOULEVARD Back With New Studio Album 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' MelodicRock Records is proud to announce the second release for September 22 – the AOR masterpiece that is the first BOULEVARD album in 27 years - ‘Boulevard IV - Luminescence’. It took just one listen to this supremely recorded album for MRR to realise that the guys had to be signed immediately. For those fans of the band’s first two MCA released records – ‘Boulevard IV - Luminescence’ is so worth the wait. From the breezy AOR perfection of Out Of The Blue, to the more intense and layered first single Life Is A Beautiful Thing and one of the best ballads you’ll hear in What I’d Give, to the moody essence that is I Can’t Let You Go that features an outstanding lead vocal and accompanying saxophone; ‘Luminescence’ is a very diverse album, gelled by the performance of a lifetime and the best possible production and mix studios likeAbbey Road can offer. MRR and Boulevard are proud to preview the lead track off the new album 'Boulevard IV - Luminescence' -'Life Is A Wonderful Thing' Boulevard is a Canadian band that got their start in Germany with the release of their first single “Rainy Day in London” in 1984 which went to #45 on the Billboard charts in Europe. Members are: David Forbes (vocals), Mark Holden (saxophone), Andrew Johns (keyboards, vocals), Dave Corman (Guitar, vocals) Randall Stoll (drums), Cory Curtis (bass). Known for their solid rhythms, layered melodies and vocal textures the band enjoyed success overseas prior to landing back in Canada. In 1987 the band signed a deal with MCA/Universal, which would see their first internationally released albumBLVD producing the hit singles ”Never Give Up” and “Far From Over” establishing them as a fixture of the Canadian Music scene in the 80’s. Their self-titled debut album was recorded at Ocean Sound and Little Mountain Sound in Vancouver by producer Pierre 'Baz' Bazinet and was mixed by notable rock producers Bob Rock and Mike Fraser and Umberto Gatica. Following two very successful tours with Glass Tiger and Boston, in 1988 Boulevard were awarded the coveted Peoples Choice Award by Music Express Magazine as “Best New Group”. Following the success of their first Album the band released Into The Street – in 1990, Produced by John Punter which produced the singles “Crazy Life” and “Lead Me On”. In 2014 the band were invited to perform at Firefest in Nottingham England, and played their first show in over 25 years, in front of many diehard fans. Many consider this to be one of the best shows ever at Firefest. 2015 the band released “Boulevard - Live from Gastown” a DVD which features all five of the bands Canadian top 40 singles, as well as some classic tracks from the bands repertoire. The DVD was filmed live on February 27th 2015 at Vancouver’s legendary Warehouse studio. Boulevard is back, bigger and better than ever with a brand new album titled ‘Boulevard IV’, The bands first studio album in 27 years. The band stays true to their passion charged rhythms, textured melodic landscapes, and powerful lyrics in this this Beautifully crafted body of work that will take the listener down the Boulevard of what is possible. Credits: Produced by Mark Holden, Dave Corman, and Eric Mosher David Forbes: Vocals Mark Holden: Tenor & Alto Sax Andrew Johns: Keyboards & Vocals Randall Stoll: Drums & Percussion Dave Corman: Guitars Cory Curtis: Bass Recorded at: Abbey Road Studio, London U.K.: Engineered by Chris Bolster, assisted by John Barrett. Warehouse Studio, Vancouver B.C: Engineered by Eric Mosher, Zak Blackstone & assisted by Matt Harvey and Ryan Enockson. Westsonic Music, Vancouver B.C.: Engineered by Dave Corman Guest artists: Keith Bennett: Harmonica Keith Scott: Guitar on Slippin Away Al Vermue: Guitar on Slippin Away Artwork: Brent Lunney ‘Boulevard IV – Luminescence’ will be released worldwide September 22. Pre-orders available shortly.
  20. "Rian is a melodic hard rock band from Stockholm, Sweden with a unique combination of 80’s AOR and modern American rock." Rian: Richard Andermyr - Vocals, Guitars Jan Johansson - Drums Jonas Melin - Bass FB
  22. Press release from melodicrock.com: The name MECCA is synonymous with quality AOR and melodic rock. Each of the 3 albums released to date have been crafted over several years, with each song racking up a seriously impressive number of demos, alternative versions, re-writes and re-mixes before being labelled “done”. So, while we wait for a new set of songs to go through that lengthy process, Joe Vana has given MelodicRock Records the green light to delve back into the many folders of Mecca music that has built up since the 2002 debut, to bring you a very cool limited edition release – MECCA “The Demos” But these aren’t any old demos; these are still of the highest quality and represent a rare insight into the recording process all artists go through. MECCA “The Demos” will feature songs from all three of the Mecca albums, plus the songs exclusively featured on several past MRCD compilations and several others that have never previously been released. Fans will hear songs you thought you knew, but with alternative lyrics or chorus hooks, plus work-in-progress home recordings, alternative mixes and even a couple of guest vocalists lending a hand. MECCA “The Demos” will be restricted to 1000 units only and released November 3. Full details of the 2-Disc set, along with an audio preview will be announced shortly. Joe Vana has asked that I make a digital download of this set available for free to all that purchased any of the Mecca 3 Tshirt and/or LP packs. Mecca 3 LP refunds are currently being discussed after plans to manufacture have been scrapped after multiple attempts to get quality units produced efficiently and economically. As a continuing gesture by Joe to get all of his fans squared away, he has asked that those few fans that still haven't received a refund AND all those that ordered the Fan Pack get the free download....and this will be expanded to free downloads of Mecca IV (in the works) and other exciting projects slated for 2018 release.
  23. From melodicrock.com: MelodicRock Records is excited to bring the peddle to the metal with a brand-new artist for fans of hard hitting, but very melodic metal. Introducing DEVOID – a debut album with the star power of a seasoned veteran artist; it features the respected vocal talents of Carsten ‘Lizard’ Schulz and special guest appearances by Mattias Ia Eklundh (Freak Kitchen - guitar), Henrik Danhage (Evergrey - guitar), Daniel Palmqvist (Beyond The Katakomb - guitar) and Magnus Karlsson (Primal Fear/The Ferrymen - guitar). DEVOID is the brainchild of French guitarist extraordinaire Mael Saout (Shadyon). Combing both technical finesse and outstanding arrangements with extremely memorable chorus hooks, the debut album ‘Cup Of Tears’ doesn’t have to hide behind the greats of the melodic/prog genre. Apart from establishing a brilliant line up for the band itself, featuring German vocal powerhouse Carsten Lizard Schulz, Shad Mae also managed to include some stunning guest performances by some of the finest guitarists out there! Line Up: Shad Mae (guitars) Carsten Lizard Schulz (vox) Jorris Guilbaud (keys) Ben Toquet (bass) Ben Wanders (drums) Tracklist: 01. Soldiers 02. Otherworld 03. Collective Heart 04. The Clock Is Ticking 05. Killing Hands 06. Religion (Preview Track) 07. Agony 08. Final Breath 09. Colours Fade To Grey 10. Mind Keeper 11. Cup Of Tears 12. Hollow Point Co-Produced/Mixed and Mastered by Gwen Kerjan at Slab Sound Studio Artwork by Nello Dell'Omo DEVOID ‘Cup Of Tears’ will be released via MelodicRock Records on Friday October 13!
  24. Press release: New artists are what will sustain and grow this scene. It is essential to develop and expose new talent and despite the challenges of doing such, MelodicRock Records continues to bring the best undiscovered artists to the ever hungry fans of all things melodic. On November 25, one of Pittsburg’s most gifted singer/guitarists will make his mark. Please make room in your music collections for BRYAN COLE and his sensational debut album ‘Sands Of Time’. Melodic rock fans have been in need of an album just like this – the classic sound of bands like Giant, Bad English, Survivor and both Pride Of Lions and Brett Walker – the latter two artists both included in the material that comprises Sands Of Time. Bryan Cole - "I have to say that I took a lot of time and care in recording my debut album ‘Sands Of Time’ and I knew I would go through the same process in finding the right label home for my music. I'm proud and honored to be a part of the MRR family and all the talented acts on their roster. Andrew McNeice and Melodic Rock Records, truly cares about their artists and I'm humbled and honored that they gave me a chance to make MY music and give me the extraordinary opportunities that the label offers Sands of Time is truly the first album project that is so honest, so pure and so Me! Every musical and vocal influence from my earliest memory, through my adult life is shown ever so clearly in this record and I'm so proud of it!" The whole idea for the record came from Bryan recording a demo of the classic Brett Walker/Carl Dixon song ‘More Than a Memory.’ The feedback was unanimous, with Bryan receiving very positive and encouraging responses. “I knew I was on to something very special. I began searching and writing material with the hopes of finding enough great songs to record a EP or full length album. During the course of this grueling process, I had experienced many personal and life changing experiences. The loss of several loved ones had brought me to my lowest point emotionally and I felt I couldn't go on being creative and making music. Out of the blue, I received a message from an old friend in Nashville, TN that heard my demo and had an idea of the perfect person to hook me up with.” That person would be none other than Jim Peterik from Survivor. Bryan grew up listening to Survivor, Journey and many other classic AOR/Melodic Rock groups of the late 70's and 80's, so working with Jim was a dream come true. Jim Peterik contributed four amazing songs to the project that followers of Jim will recognize quickly. Bryan continued to look for more songs that fit his style and lyrically had the right substance that he was looking for. Songwriters Joie Scott, Larry King and Steven McClintock, graciously lent their writing talents to the project. Bryan decided to record a second great Brett Walker song and to complete the album, and together with his long time writing partner DJ Gleason the duo wrote two songs to round out the album. In conclusion, Bryan elaborates on the album recording process: “In addition to all of the great songwriters, I wanted to bring in the right group of musicians to help in the recording process. My first pick was former Giant bassist Mike Brignardello. I've been a Giant fan from their first record and they have always been a major influence on my music. I contacted Mike through a mutual friend and he jumped at the chance to be a part of the record. The recording took approximately one whole year, with recording all of the tracks in my home studio in Pittsburgh, PA and Mike Brignardello recording his tracks in Nashville. I then appointed my longtime friend and mix engineer Doug Kasper, to mix the record at Tonic Recording Studios in Pittsburgh. Throughout this process, I began friendly conversations online with various industry folks including Andrew McNeice of MelodicRock Records. I had expressed interest in finding the right label home upon completion of the record. I just had a great feeling that MRR, was going to be the right fit. I was right! After submitting some rough mixes, I was offered a record deal with MelodicRock Records! The label appointed Nello Dell'Omo to do the artwork and design and JK Northrup for final mastering. Both are absolutely brilliant! I'm honored to have worked with them. To sum things up... Sands Of Time is a true inside look of who I really am. The musical and vocal influences that helped to mold me into the artist I am today and who I will continue to learn from. The happiness and sadness, as well as the struggles. They are all grains of sand that make me who I am.....the beginning.” ‘Sands Of Time’ track listing: 01. Burning With A Reason (J.Peterik, J.Van Zant) 02. Hard To Find An Easy Way (B.Walker) 03. When Love Breaks (S.Mcclintock) 04. What Kind Of Fool (J.Peterik) 05. Turn To Me (J.Peterik) 06. I’ll Be There For You (B.Cole, D.Gleeson) 07. We Lost The Fire (B.Cole, D.Gleeson) 08. More Than A Memory (B.Walker, C.Dixon) 09. Is It Really Love (S.Mcclintock) 10. Courage To Love (J.Peterik) 11. Nothing Matters (J.Scott, L.King) It’s time to take a look into ‘Sands Of Time’ with the lead track ‘We Lost The Fire’, one of Bryan’s original tunes, showing his guitar and vocal skills off perfectly. The album is released November 25 via MRR.
  25. Press release from melodicrock.com: Please join us in welcoming 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. This time around, the production has been undertaken by the band, with new engineer for the mixing and mastering process. The songs are more powerful, heavier and more complex in their structure. The music has evolved, the lyrics have evolved, using the previous album as the stepping stone to the end that the band had in mind more than 4 years ago. This new album will be the defining moment for DangerAngel. 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. DangerAngel are: Tony V – Drums Rudy Rallis – Bass BJ – Vocals (Soto) Ethan Snow – Guitars Ahas – Keyboards dangerangelband.com FB Tracks: 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 4:38 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
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