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  1. New album to be released later this year through Escape Music. I suppose it's the same band that released '...Spin This' back in 1991. More info to come...
  2. Sweeet! I really liked the debut. From FB: The mixing has been completed for the upcoming Pinnacle Point CD. Onward to mastering, finalizing cover art, then release date will be announced. Stay tuned....
  3. From Escape Music: I am so pleased, delighted and over the moon to announce is Coming soon on Escape Music, LOVE of my life album, The Brilliant, The Wonderful, The Amazing, The Killer, The Classic album by LIAR – ”Set The World on Fire” first time on CD will be remastered digitally 24bits from the original quarter inch tape! Line up Clive Brooks (RIP) – Drums (x EGG) Dave Burton – Lead Vocals / Guitars Dave Taylor – Bass / Vocals Paul Travis – Guitars / Vocals Steve Mann – Guitars / Keyboards / Vocals (Michael Schenker Fest, Lionheart)
  4. New album 'Pure' out in March on Escape Music. More information to come.
  5. From Escape Music: Here is a track newly recorded by Liar from their unreleased third album title "Sunset Plaza Drive" will be released on Escape Music on the 20 March 2020'The song 'Woman' was written by the band's Paul Travis in 1979, some six months after Liar broke up. Had it been written six months earlier it may well have been among the songs on this album. Forty years later we have finally recorded it.'
  6. From Escape Music: Release Date: 24th April 2020 Catalogue no: ESM342 The Band is: Ben Green - Vocals Steve Newman - Guitar, Keyboards Dave Bartlett - Bass Toni Lakush - Drums 1. Skies OF Fire 8:44 2. Our Time On Earth Pt I 9:23 3. Caught In A Frame 5:26 4. Neon 7:19 5. The Preacher And The Pigeon Feeder 6:12 6. Another Life Suicide 5:38 7. A Warning from History 10:38 8. Our Time On Earth Pt II 4:13 Produced by: Steve Newman THE CONCEPTION The Compass story began back in December 2017 when singer songwriter Steve Newman decided to write a few songs that musically would step outside the barriers imposed by many years writing for his own band Newman. This was to be something very different, liberating, both musically and lyrically, from anything he had created before, with the freedom to move across genres and not be pigeon holed within any particular musical style. THE BAND Part of this removal from Steve’s previous work would involve looking for a singer to bring these ideas to life. After a few auditions and a few calls in the latter part of 2018 Steve started talking with singer Ben Green about the songs and through these conversations the nucleus of the band started to take shape. Ben “When Steve called to ask if I wanted be part of this band, I had to pinch myself. Learning from such an accomplished and talented musician and vocalist has been such a joy. I had such a great time putting these vocals down and feel privileged to be a part of this immense catalogue of songs. I think we have created something very special with this band and songs and I can't wait to get it out there!” Steve “There is something very unique about Ben’s voice and I knew after hearing him sing for the first time he could convey the sentiment behind these songs and carry these ideas forward to a different level. I have always been inspired by great singers with the ability to communicate in a very honest and believable way and to reach out to the listener, Ben has been born with this gift” David Bartlett joined the band in early 2019 and was a very natural choice, Dave being a member of the Newman touring band for the passed 9 years. With the addition of Toni Lakush filling the drum position most of the recordings were then completed between January and April in London UK. THE MUSIC A very eclectic mix pulling in influences from Dream Theater, Rush, Saga, through It Bites, and Pink Floyd. We hope that “Our Time On Earth” will take the listener on a musical and lyrical journey through emotions and the highs and lows of what essentially this collection of songs is about. Our lives, and the path that each individual takes and how their actions affect themselves and people around them “From our first breath to our death, this is our time on earth”.
  7. New album 'Scandalous' out in May on Escape Music. More info to come.
  8. News from Escape Music: Escape Music pleased to announce the the signing of Canadian band Storm Force Storm Force is the explosive new band that fans of classic hard melodic rock have all been waiting for. Led by Brighton Rock founder and fleet-fingered guitarist Greg Fraser and featuring one of today’s most powerful and versatile lead vocalists in Patrick Gagliardi, their debut record produced by Darius Szczepaniak combines colossal, crushing melodic rock with hook-laden ballads and massive choruses reminiscent of vintage Cinderella, balanced by classic rock sensibilities of acts like The Who and Van Halen. The group hails from Niagara Falls, Canada and is rounded out by the blistering one-two punch rhythm section of drummer Brian Hamilton & bassist Mike Berardelli. Storm Force’s ground-breaking new record is the result of a rich blend of rock influences spanning Triumph, Coney Hatch, Thin Lizzy, Foreigner, and so many more, and will be available on Escape Music worldwide January 2020 The album is being mastered by Alan Douches as we speak....more info to follow
  9. New single from the forth coming solo album by Mick Devine (Seven). Also on guitars and keys Steve Morris (Lonerider / Heartland / Ian Gillan Band) and on bass and drums Brian J Anthony (Lonerider / Steve Walsh /Overland).
  10. From Escape Music: Carl Sentance was born 28th June 1961 in Loughborough Leicestershire, UK and started his first band Leading Star playing guitar and singing in 1977. After participating in several local bands, he replaced John Deverill as a vocalist in the NWoBHM band Persian Risk. In 1981 he recorded his first single “Calling for You”, the band then recorded “Ridin High” in 1983. In 1984 Persian Risk toured with Motörhead throughout the UK and appeared on The Tube prime time TV on Ch4. In 1985 Carl recorded his first Persian Risk album "Rise up". At this point he received an offer from manager Smallwood Taylor to join Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) as lead singer in his solo project. The collaboration lasted from 1986 to 1988 and created demo songs, videos and various bootlegs. Carl left the Geezer Butler Band in 1988 to join the Welsh band "Monroe". In 1988 Carl decided to return to Cardiff and joined the band Tok-io Rose. In 1990 he decided to move to Florida to form the band "Ghost" with Welsh ex- UFO and WASTED guitarist Paul Chapman. In 1995 Carl returned to the UK. From 1996 to 1999 he sang in various musicals, such as JUDAS in Jesus Christ Super Star and the AMERICAN in Chess. From 1999 to 2002 Carl became the lead singer of the Swiss Hard rock band Krokus, with whom he recorded the album Round 13. In 2004 he then joined the Whole Lotta Metal Theatre Tour for 2 years. 2006 Carl joined up with Deep Purple's keyboardist Don Airey for his solo project "Don Airey and Friends" and has co-writen with Don ever since. Albums include "A Light in the Sky", "All Out", "Keyed Up" and "One of a Kind". In 2009 Carl recorded his first solo album MIND DOCTOR! That led him to try and reform the original Persian Risk but at the time the members were busy with other projects so Carl put a brand new Persian Risk together and came up with two great albums "Once a King" and "Who am I", which will be released by Escape Records in Summer/Autumn 2019. In 2015 Carl became the new singer for the band NAZARETH after founding member Dan McCafferty had to retire due to illness. More recently Carl has recorded Nazareth's latest studio album "Tattooed On My Brain" (song credits include "Never Dance With The Devil", "Change", "State Of Emergency", "Silent Symphony" and "Don't Throw Your Love Away"). Carl is currently touring all over the world. Release Date: 22nd November 2019 Catalogue Number: ESM338 WHO AM I? Musicians: VOCALS: CARL SENTANCE (Nazareth and Krokus) GUITARS: CARL SENTANCE / PHIL CAMPBELL (Motorhead) / MANY MAURER (Krokus / Killer) / JASON BANKS (Kee Marcello) / DANNY WILLSON (Martin Turner Wishbone Ash) KEYS: DON AIREY (Deep Purple / Ozzy Osborne etc) BASS: WAYNE BANKS (Brazen Abbot / Chris Ousey Heartland / Kee Marcello) DRUMS: TIM BROWN (Martin Turner Wishbone Ash) MIXED AND MASTERED BY DARIO MOLLO (Glen Hughes / Tony Martin / Graham Bonnet) AT DAMAGE INC STUDIOS, ITALY PRODUCED BY CARL SENTANCE LOGO&ARTWORK BY NELLO DELL’OMO AT ART FOR MUSIC STUDIO - NAPLES (ITALY) “CD1" WHO AM I? Track Listing 1. DON’T LOOK BACK 3.17 2. WHO AM I? 3.45 3. MY CREATION 4.29 4. IN MY LIFE 4.31 5. THE WRITING ON THE WALL 3.03 6. I FEEL FREE 3.44 7. DARK TOWER 4.08 8. FACING YOUR DEMONS 5.26 9. CALLING FOR YOU 4.10 10. I THOUGHT IT WAS YOU 3.52 11. DON’T WALK AWAY 4.52 Bonus Track 12. LIFE GOES ON 3.38 Bonus track “CD 2" ONCE A KING Musicians VOCALS - CARL SENTANCE GUITARS - CARL SENTANCE / HOWIE G / DANNY WILLSON BASS - CARL SENTANCE / CHRIS CHILDS / ALEX MEADOWS DRUMS - TIM BROWN KEYS - DON AIREY MIXED AND MASTERED AT BIGRED RECORDERS BY CHRIS CHILDS (Thunder / Lonerider / Tyketto) PRODUCED BY CARL SENTANCE Track listing: 1. ASYLUM (CHILD INSANE) 3.42 2. RIDING HIGH 3.03 3. KILLER 4.44 4. ONCE A KING 5.30 5. SOUL DECEIVER 4.06 6. BATTLECRY 3.36 7. SPIRIT IN MY DREAMS 3.41 8. RIDE THE STORM 4.43 9. FIST OF FURY 3.57 10. WOMAN AND ROCK 4.00 11. WASTELAND 4.26 12. MIND DOCTOR 4.28 Bonus track 13. GIRLS GOT FIRE 4.04 Bonus track
  11. New album to be released next year through Escape Music. More details to come...
  12. From Escape Music: Catalogue number : ESM333 Release date: 23 August 201 Tracks 1-Where The Truth Lies 4:21 2- In Denial 3:41 3-Try 3:22 4- Damage Done 4:07 5- Takes Me Back 4:57 6- Such A Shame 3:24 7- Unnoticed 4:23 8- Should’ve Been Gone 5:23 9- The Rising 5:02 10- All This Time 4:10 Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania - a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history. It is home of The Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously operating bookstore in the world dating back to 1745. Bethlehem Steel Corporation was the second largest steel producer in the United States and the largest ship builder. It manufactured steel for the George Washington Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Empire State Building, Hoover Dam, and many other American landmarks. It perfectly exemplified the hard working nature of the historic area. Bethlehem is also home of Eighteenth Hour, a band that has captured the Lehigh Valley’s hard working essence by continually reaching new heights throughout their extensive career. The most recent achievement being selected as the opening act for Bon Jovi in their hometown area. The band has gradually put a bigger and bigger stamp on the vibrant Lehigh Valley music scene and is now poised to break out. Eighteenth Hour’s musical prowess has earned them a reputation for being one of the area's best live original bands. Their music resonates with a broad audience as exemplified by the eclectic mix of artists they have shared the stage with including 3 Doors Down, Bret Michaels, Thin Lizzy, Spacehog, Collective Soul, Hinder, Skid Row, Days of The New, Saigon Kick, The Outfield, Ratt, Blessid Union of Souls, Great White, and blues great Shemeika Copeland. Eighteenth Hour's remarkable list of accomplishments includes being named "Best Band" in the Lehigh Valley Magazine's Best of The Valley Poll, “Best Original Band" in the Reader's Choice Poll of Pulse Weekly Magazine, winning the 95.1fm WZZO 15th Annual Backyard Bands Competition, and winning numerous Lehigh Valley Music Awards including "Best Rock CD" and "Best Original Band". The band’s high energy performances have captivated audiences along the east coast including such notable venues as PPL Center (Allentown, PA), Alive@Five Festival (Stamford, CT), World Cafe Live (Philadelphia, PA), The Bitter End, (New York NY), and the main stage of the USA’s largest free music festival, Musikfest. The CD you hold in your hand showcases straight-ahead rock & roll songwriting at its finest while capturing Eighteenth Hour's live performance musicianship, which is what this band has become known for over the years. Eighteenth Hour is: Tom Chaffier – Drums Geoff Houser – Vocals/Guitar Jim Touchton – Bass David Zullo – Guitar
  13. From Escape Music: Stranded is back with new album New Dawn this time with the brainchild, Producer and multi instrumentalists Lewis Nitikman, a talented musician from Winnipeg in Canada. Lewis moved to Vancouver when he was 14 and eventually started to produce numerous albums in Canada and was a staff writer for a number of major publishing companies. Lewis was actually in the band “Stonebolt” and replaced John Webster on keyboards in 1981, he featured on their 4th album “Juvenile American Princess”. Speaking of Stonebolt the “New Dawn” recording features none other than Ray Roper on guitars and backing vocals. If that isn’t enough the singer is Troy Reid, a man with a well- known set of pipes that graced albums by Canadian favourites “Agent” and, later, “Stranded” first album “Long Way To Heaven”. The tracks on “New Dawn” were actually penned some years ago by Lewis along with many co-writers which he met along the way. One of these is the talented John Reilly (Boy on a dolphin) as well as Daryl Burgess and Corey Abrahms. The end tweaks and the mixing was carried out by Bill Buckingham and it must be said that he has done a great job. New Dawn contains 11 tracks of West Coast / AOR that suits the voice of Troy Reid admirably and they are fine pieces of music that are so easy to listen to. These are all ideal for radio airplay, the opener “Not enough sorry” is testament to this as it is a wonderful tune with a fantastic keyboard sound and, of course, Troy’s unmistakable vocals. An album to look forward to indeed and finally a few words from Lewis himself “These songs were written during a particularly tumultuous time in my life and I’m very pleased that they are getting this opportunity to be heard”. Musicians are: Troy Reid: Lead Vocals (Agent) Lewis Nitikman: All instruments (ex Stonebolt) Ray Roper: Guitars and Backing Vocals (ex Stonebolt) Additional Guitars: Bill Buckingham Release Date: 19th July 2019 Catalogue No: ESM332 Track List: 1-Not Enough Sorry 4:15 2- I’ll Be The One 3:28 3- Get over this 4:06 4- Arrow 4:22 5- More than words can say 3:41 6- Take Good care of me 3:17 7- Power of Love 4:33 8- Cindy 4:23 9- One Piece of Heaven 3:51 10- Give Me Love 3:48 11- I Believe in this love 4:30
  14. From Escape Music: Escape Music is pleased and delighted to announce the return of Alliance with a brand new album Fire And Grace! The band is: Robert Berry: All vocals, Bass and keyboards (solo artist, 3, and GTR) Gary Pihl: All Guitars (Boston and Sammy Hagar) David Lauser: Drums (Sammy Hagar And The Waboritas) Release date: 24th May, 2019 Catalogue No CD: ESM330 Track listing: 1-DON’T STOP THE WHEEL TURNING 3:39 2- GOOD LIFE 4:03 3- UNCERTAIN 6:34 4- I'LL HAVE SOME OF THAT 4:43 5- FIRE AND GRACE 3:26 6- RAISE YOUR GLASS 3:24 7- TIME 4:38 / 8- REAL THING 4:33 9- REASON TO WALK AWAY 4:26 10- FAST FORWARD TO LAST NIGHT 3:13 11- CHANGE OF HEART 4:21 12- THE SAME 4:02 13*-YOU ARE THE HEROS 3:27 *bonus track with first pressing only It seems people often have differing recollections of important events. Everyone has their perspective or a different point of view. Sometimes it’s hard, even for trained eyes and ears to trace the roots of relationships or find the source of a fire. If you were a serious musical archaeologist or perhaps simply a curious person with a shovel, and you were in San Francisco’s fog shrouded North Beach area, specifically on Columbus Ave. in the late-80s you would have been digging through the ash and sifting through the rubble of Bill Graham’s venue known as Wolfgang’s after the big fire. If you were lucky you might have found crucial evidence, tattered threads or charred clues hinting to the origin of Alliance. It was at Wolfgang’s that long time Sammy Hagar drummer David Lauser and a bandmate, both recently set adrift from the positions they had graced for years until Hagar jumped to join Van Halen, came to see the Robert Berry Band perform. It seems Lauser, along with guitarist Gary Pihl and Gamma / Night Ranger keyboardist Alan ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald were searching for an allusive missing piece for a new project they were plotting. There was a spark for sure. But would it become a flame or a smouldering match? It seems like just yesterday that Gary called me about forming a group for the purpose of having a band outside of our main musical commitments. After several failed attempts with male and female vocalists and bassists, the illustrious A&R man, John Kalodner suggested we contact Robert Berry. Subsequently, Gary, Fitz and I jammed with Robert at Sammy Hagar's home studio. There was a definite spark. An immediate connection. Was that really 30 years ago? Spanning three decades and an ever changing musical landscape, Alliance has been truly a labor of love for all of us.” - David "Bro" Lauser I grew up thinking that being in a band would be the coolest thing ever. A musical oasis where everybody contributes creative parts to make a new and unique sound. Bands like Cream or Led Zeppelin had terrific guitar players but the other musicians were just as important in creating a style that was easily recognised and different from anyone else. Even different than the bands those players had been in before. The term, "supergroup" was coined to describe how several well-known players could bring their previous experiences to the melting pot of something new. A match, for sure. I'm very fortunate to be a part of what I think of as a supergroup. Fitz, David and Robert all have long histories with successful groups and Alliance has been our opportunity to take the best of what we have as individuals and create a new and unique identity. One of my proudest moments with the band was arriving at our first gig and instead of addressing us by our individual names or past affiliations, the promoter just said, "Alliance?" ... our answer; "Yes, We Are!" - Gary Pihl As I look back on this musical journey called Alliance I can’t help but think that my band mates were, and still are, the best musical partnership I could have ever dream of. But, it almost didn’t happen. Timing is always an important ingredient for success. In 1986 Sammy Hagar left his band to join Van Halen. David Lauser, Alan Fitzgerald and Gary Pihl from Hagar’s band, were determined to continue their musical endeavours together. In their search they had come to see my band at Wolfgang’s in San Francisco. It was complicated by the fact that Steve Howe had just invited me to join him in GTR and I had planned to move to England. Gary had been invited to join Boston and David was still performing solo shows with Hagar. Jump ahead to 1989 and Gary, David and FItz still hadn’t come up with the right combination. I had just returned to the U.S. and the timing was perfect to start this new, yet unnamed band. Now, 30 years later, after all the writing and recording, the many miles traveled, and an honest, supportive friendship, we’ve done what I believe is the definitive Alliance album. Creative, non-compromising, and putting our heart and soul into every song. Alliance has all the ingredients of what a band should be. The fire still burns. - Robert Berry
  15. New project featuring Steve Overland (FM), Simon Kirk (Bad Company, Free), Steve Morris (Heartland, Ian Gillan Band) and Chris Child (Thunder, Tyketto). 'Attitude' out April 26th on Escape Music
  16. From Escape Music: Stefano Viana is an Italian guitarist, songwriter and producer who has already caused a stir with his first album “Viana” (2017) which received very positive reviews. Following his passion with enthusiasm Stefano contacted singer and producer Bryan Cole (Giant, Steel City, solo artist) and started to work on new material. Alessandro Del Vecchio was the vocalist on the first outing but this time Bryan Cole is at the mike stand. The music was recorded in a studio like in the “good old days” and this has made a great impact on the end result as the musicians have bonded and made a richer sound. This new album features some great musicians such as Terry Brock and Francesco Marras and also boasts the talents of great American guitar player John Roth from Giant, Winger and Starship. The 10 tracks we have here are all strong songs, there are no fillers here.. just great melodic hard rock played with a passion and flair. This is one album that is going to be talked out in the coming weeks. Keep the flame of your passions alive and be “Forever Free”…. Bryan Cole – Lead Vocals / Backing vocals (Giant, Steelcity, Marc Scherer and Jennifer Batton “Battlezone”,and solo artist) Stefano Viana – Guitars Terry Brock – Backing vocals (duet on “Do you remember”) Anna Portalupi – Bass (Hardline, Terry Brock) Adam Ernst – Drums Francesco Marras – Guitar Pasquale India - Keyboards Special Guest: John Roth (Winger, Starship), lead guitar on “Heart of Stone” and “Forever Free” and second solo part “Do you remember” Mixed and Mastered by Alessandro Del Vecchio Produced by Stefano Viana & Bryan Cole / vocals produced by Terry Brock Release Date: 25th January 2019 Catalogue No: ESM326 Track list: 1- Forever Free 4:15 2- In the name of Love 3:55 3- Heart of Stone 5:26 4- We can’t choose 3:38 5- Who do you think you are 4:39 6- Live Free or Die 4:15 7- Do you Remember 4:59 8- Friday Night 3:39 9- I Wanna tell you 4:19 10- We will never say goodbye 4:47
  17. Release date 22 February 2019TUG OF WAR is:BK Morrison - Lead vocals,Tommy Denander - Guitars & keyboards,Billy Orrico - Drums,George Hawkins Jr Bass,Brian Anthony - BassChris Ousey - Backing vocalsBill Champlin - Backing vocalsJoseph Williams - Backing vocalsOnce in a while a new epic voice comes into the world of rock and roll!Let us introduce you to BK Morrison.Canadian singer BK Morrison has been a well kept secret from the world and only once he started posting some videos on Youtube of himself singing to various tracks in his living room did he attract the attention of Swedish guitarist, song writer and producer Tommy Denander.The two quickly became friends and Tommy felt that this amazing voice must finally be heard to everyone so he actually wrote a whole album of great songs.BK flew over to Stockholm and recorded all vocals at the famous old EMI/Abbey Road Stockholm studio where Tommy worked.Tommy played the album for Khalil Turk at Escape Music who really liked it and a deal was done.The plan in the future is to build a new band around BK so they chose the band name Tug Of war instead of doing a solo album.The album is solely written by Tommy Denander who plays guitars and keyboards plus also produced it together with Khalil Turk.It features a great list of people like Chris Ousey, Bill Champlin (Chicago) and Joseph Williams (Toto) on backing vocals, Billy Orrico on drums and Brian Anthony on bass plus mix and mastering.Get ready for a new favourite singer in the style of David Coverdale, Bob Seger, Richard Marx and Lou Gramm.
  18. From Escape Music: Release Date: 10th November 2017 Catalogue No: ESM311 Musicians are : Steve Walsh: Lead and backing vocals, piano Tommy Denander: All guitars and keyboards Jerome Mazza: Lead vocals on tracks 5,7 and 11 Steve Overland: Backing vocals Brian Anthony: Bass and string arrangements Peter Yttergren: Drums and percussion Produced by Khalil Turk and Tommy Denander Mixed and mastered by Brian J Anthony Executive producer: Khalil Turk for Escape Music Ltd. Logo & cover design by Eric Philippe Track List: 1. BORN IN FIRE 3:32 (duet with Jerome Mazza) 2. THE PIPER 6:02 3. GRACE AND NATURE 4:11 4. DEAR KOLINDA 4:59 5. WINDS OF WAR 4:45 6. TANGLEWOOD TREE 5:07 7. NOW UNTIL FOREVER 4:38 8. WARSAW 4:49 9. NOTHING BUT NOTHING 4:45 10. HELL OR HIGH WATER 5:14 11. MERCY ON ME 4:58 12. BILLY CARBORNE IS DEAD 4:52 All songs by Walsh / Denander except 2 Walsh / Denander / Ousey 5, 7, and 11 by Overland / Denander As the former lead vocalist and keyboards player for the American Classic and Progressive rock band Kansas, Steve Walsh is the voice behind the hits “Carry on my Wayward Son”, “Point of Know Return”, “Dust in the Wind” and “All I Wanted”. As a songwriter Steve is well known for penning a classic tune and his wide range of musical influences can be heard on his previous solo releases as well as the melodic rock band “Streets”. He has also contributed his vocal talents to more than a dozen projects by other artists covering a variety of musical genres. Steve is well known for his dynamic live performances, passionate vocals and multi instrumental talents on stage. In addition to keyboards Steve has played Congas, Harmonica, Glockenspiel, in short, an all-round great musician. Through their good friend Mike Slamer (Streets / Steelhouse Lane) Mike introduced Steve to Khalil and they hit it off instantly and Khalil invited Steve to guest on Radioactive “F4UR” album to sing one song and after that he was delighted to record an album for the label. Khalil had a few ideas and one of which was to involve a singer called Jerome Mazza to sing duet on “Born In Fire”.. Khalil had discovered Jerome on you tube singing for the band “Pinnacle Point”. Jerome is also the voice behind the second album by Angelica and was honoured to be asked to sing a duet on the album with Steve and asked if he could contribute more. As Jerome has such a fantastic voice it was an easy decision to make and the result is explosive! Black Butterfly is everything you would expect it to be from someone like Steve Walsh, the man is a legend and this album oozes quality from start to finish. This is the album everyone is talking about, and its finally here..
  19. From Escape Music: American Tears is an American keyboard trio that released it's first record, Branded Bad, on Columbia Records in 1974 and it's second, Tear Gas, in 1975. Formed in the fertile musical environment of Long Island, New York, the band was initially made up of Gary Sonny, on bass, Tommy Gunn on drums and Mark Mangold on keys and vocals. For the second record Greg Baze took over the bass duties. The band was a power keyboard trio, using keyboards of the day, Hammond organ, synths, mellotron, clavinet, electronic melodica and playing progressive music which showed the bands stellar musicianship. Eclectic in their approach, their heartfelt music ranged from aggressive keyboard based extravaganzas to beautiful lush melodies circling pop of the day.. The band was fortunate to have toured major venues with such bands as Peter Frampton, J. Geils, Alvin Lee, Gentle Giant, Gary Wright, John McLaughlin and many others. They reached a wide audience and had an impressive show, topped off by Mangold doing handstands on his Hammond. Mark, surrounded by 12 keyboards, Tommy being almost invisible behind a huge battery of drums, with Gary, and later Greg, showing their bass virtuosity in front of a wall of amps, the band stressed musicianship and musicality, while exploring new sounds, and always pushing the envelope. The third American Tears album, Powerhouse, added the guitarist and singer, Craig Brooks, and the band evolved into the critically acclaimed band Touch...but that is another story. This fourth American Tears album "Hard Core" heralds the return by Mark to this keyboard based approach, using instruments only available in the 70's when the band made it's first foray. In fact this band may be the only band on the planet playing exclusively keyboard rock. With influences from his earlier work, tipping an occassional hat to ELP, Moody Blues and even Deep Purple, this new album shows the daring, and pure emotion, that can be ripped out of those instruments. American Tears defies the term "generic" as this purely original music, and scathing lyrics, have few if any standards for comparison. Release date: 23rd April 2018 Catalogue Number: ESM318 Keys, drums, bass and Vocals: Mark Mangold BG Vocal on Fyre: Jake E Track List: 1. HARD CORE (3:03) 2. CARNIVORE (4:56) 3. LOST IN TIME (4.11) 4. FYRE (4:29) 5. SMOKE AND MIRRORS (5:06) 6. THE FERRYMAN (4:23) 7. NUCLEAR (4:10) 8. TEAR GAS (4:17) 9. LORDS OF LIGHT (5:29) 10. DEPLORABLE (4:57) 11. BOTTOMS UP (7:12) 12. AT LAST (5:37)
  20. Press release: Escape Music presents Heaven's Trail title "On The Rise" from the new album "Lethal Mind" Will be released in Japan on the 24th October 2018 via King Records and in Europe on the 26th October 2018 on Escape Music. Heaven's Trail is: Rick Altzi - Vocals (Masterplan) Barish Kepic - Guitars / Keyboards (ex Jaded Heart) Michael Müller - Bass (Jaded heart) Kevin Kott - Drums (Masterplan)
  21. Press release from Escape Music: Guild of Ages roots extend all the way back to 1989. The band was named Caught in the Act and they played every battle of the bands, benefit show or backyard party they could. The band quickly rose among the ranks of the most popular bands on the Denver rock scene. After winning a number of Battle of the Bands competitions, Caught in the Act started gaining attention from agents, management companies and A&R. The early 1990's brought about a significant change in the music scene away from Hard Rock, Metal and Melodic Rock. Bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam became popular. Caught in the Act seemed to press on, despite the unpopularity of their music and it paid off. The band was noticed by former Axe / Blackfoot vocalist and guitarist Bobby Barth. Barth lived in Los Angeles and brought the band out for a recording session in the summer of 1992. The trip changed the landscape for the band significantly. After a drummer replacement, Caught in the Act sent a number of demo recordings to various record labels in Europe, Japan and the US. The melodic rock scene was still very much alive in Europe and Japan. The Scandinavian record label Empire Records offered the band a recording and distribution deal in 1993 and Caught in the Act began recording ‘Act 1:Relapse of Reason’. Relapse of Reason was well received in both Europe and Japan. The boys began recording their follow up almost immediately after the release of their first effort, despite turmoil. Two member changes happened after the release of Relapse of Reason, but core members Antz Trujillo (guitar) and Danny Martinez (vocals) remained. Bassist Jim Lostetter and drummer Steve Stuntz joined in 1994, The band recorded and released Heat of Emotion and was subsequently signed to MTM Music in Europe and Toshiba EMI in Japan. The Heat of Emotion Cd received critical acclaim and served as a fantastic follow-up to their first release. The band was in demand and secured their first European tour as an opening act on the Pink Cream 69 - 1997 summer tour. Caught in the Act was sued shortly thereafter by a Scandinavian "Boy Band" with the same name. Despite using the acronym CITA, the band was issued a cease and desist order and forced to change the name after nearly a decade. Guild of Ages was reborn in 1998, toured Europe that year with Axe, released 3 more studio CD's (One, Vox Dominatas, Citadel) and 1 Live CD (Live Over Germany). The band parted ways in 2002... In August of 2014, GOA was asked to reunite and play a festival show in Nottingham, England. Firefest: The Final Fling! The band agreed to play the show. The band had a number of ‘warm up’ shows lined up to help get back into the groove known as Guild of Ages. It was evident that the band still had chemistry and sounded as if they had never split. During these warm up gigs, they decided to reunite Guild of Ages not only for Firefest, but for years to come. The band travelled to England knowing that they planned on putting the band back together, but they had no idea the fan base was so strong. Even after all those years. The band finished recording 12 new tracks in December 2017. A chance inquiry from Khalil Turk of Escape Music Ltd, happened in early January 2018. Escape Music was very interested to secured a deal to release the long-awaited new Guild of Ages album RISE …. now is coming on the 29th June 2018 All previous catalogue from CITA and Guild of Ages will be re-mastered and repackaged and will be available on Escape Music in the near future!!! Band is: Anthony 'Antz' Trujillo Guitars, keyboards, vocals Danny Martinez Jr Lead Vocals, guitars James Lostetter Bass Steve Stuntz Drums, vocals Additional Piano: JC Cernan on "All Fall Down" facebook Release date: 29th June 2018 Catalogue Number: ESM321 Track list: 1. Intro 2:27 2. Deep In Heaven 7:13 3. Around The Sun 4:30 4. Addicted 3:55 5. Every Road Leads Me Home 5:06 6. All Fall Down 4:47 7. Awaken 4:08 8. Love Rules All 4:13 9. I’ll Keep Burnin’ 4:10 10. Rise Another Day 3:37 11. Hearts Collide 4:46 12. Outro 0:54
  22. From Escape Music: Escape Music is pleased to announce the re-release of The Sign both titles “Signs Of Life” and "The Second Coming" as a Double CD Deluxe Digipack Boxset. "Sign Of Life" with two bonus tracks with the original mixes by Mark Mangold and Randy Jackson, and fully mastered by Jacob Hansen, and "The Second Coming" with one bonus track, fully re-mastered by Mats "Limpan" Lindfors", Limited Edition of 1000 copies only! Release Date: 24th August 2018 Catalogue Number: ESM323 CD 1 : Sign of life 1. I’ M ALIVE 7.12 2. CROSSED THE LINE 4.44 3. ARYON 5.47 4. FOREVER AGAIN 5.04 5. STRANDED 3.43 6. ALL YOUR LIFE 4.26 7. THE WAIT 4.26 8. I WILL BE THERE FOR YOU 4.32 9. NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE 5.36 10. WINE 3.57 11. DESPERATE HEART 4.09 12. SIGNS OF LIFE 5.08 *13. love is alive 4.45 *14. Aryon (Radio Edit) 4.41 (*BONUS TRACK) CD2 The second coming 1. Aryon Overture 2.16 2. Stained (Gone) 4.17 3. The Morning After (Time To Run) 5.16 4. Motorcycle Messiah 3.30 5. Shine 3.11 6. Bliss 2.07 7. If For One Moment 1.54 8. Canyon (We Are One Tribe) 1.20 9. Flame Of The Oracle 4.02 10. The ooze 1.52 11. Inner Child (Exorcise) 2.49 12. Black Mountain 3.49 13. Keep On Breathin' 4.39 14. Shine (Finale) 7.01 15. Trans Americana Symphony 2.05 16. Rapture (Ode to Aryon) 2.55 17. Maniacs 5.07 (BONUS TRACK) The Sign is: TERRY BROCK: Lead vocals of STRANGEWAYS RANDY JACKSON: Guitars of ZEBRA BILLY GREER: Bass of KANSAS, SEVENTH KEY and STREETS MARK MANGOLD: Keyboards of DRIVE, SHE SAID, TOUCH and AMERICAN TEARS, Michael Bolton BOBBY RONDINELLI: Drums of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT JOHN BIVONA: Bass of TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA SIGNS OF LIFE (The first CD) THE SIGN is made up of five very talented and seasoned stars of American hard rock music. With keyboard player and singer MARK MANGOLD, who earned cult fame in melodic rock circles penning hit songs for Michael Bolton and Cher, as well as being in AMERICAN TEARS (Columbia and Escape), TOUCH (Atlantic), DRIVE, SHE SAID (CBS Associated) and most recently FLESH AND BLOOD (along with MEGADETH AND TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist AL PITRELLI and TYKETTO singer DANNY VAUGHN). Joining Mangold are guitarist and singer RANDY JACKSON of ZEBRA (Atlantic) and LED ZEP SYMPHONY, and singer TERRY BROCK of STRANGEWAYS and LE ROUX, in addition to singing background on over 35 records for artists like MICHAEL BOLTON, KANSAS, VALENTINE and others, and of course his solo records. The rhythm section of THE SIGN consists of the amazing BILLY GREER, the bassist of KANSAS and SEVENTH KEY, and famed drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI (drummer of RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT). The band produced a phenomenal, critically acclaimed album with diverse styles, a mixture of the sounds of all their styles, with scathing musicianship, huge walls of vocals, and strong symphonic overtones. All these elements combine to create a signature sound, from stellar "I'M ALIVE" and "ARYON", to classic ballads "FOREVER AGAIN" and "I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU", to the heavy riffy "STRANDED" and more melodic rockers like "NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE", "THE WAIT" and "DESPERATE HEART" and the anthemic "LOVE IS ALIVE" and "SIGNS OF LIFE". All the songs have a common lyrical theme, essentially a flowing rock opera that follows the contemporary story of ARYON, a young girl who was raped by a priest, who she kills, and then escapes across country to find herself. This first record, originally mixed by Randy Jackson and Mark Mangold, has been remastered by Jacob Hansen and now sounds the way it was originally intended. THE SECOND COMING (The second CD) The second record by THE SIGN marks the introduction of a second guitarist in the band, the stellar JOHN BIVONA (also TRANS SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). The CD continues the story of Aryon...and delves into her tale; the abuse, the murder, the escape and the epiphany...meeting such colorful characters as the MOTORCYCLE MESSIAH, the OOZE...having a revelation on BLACK MOUNTAIN (a killer ZEP style riff rocker with huge drums). The exquisite STILL BREATHING stands out as a stellar melody and message. The record also explores various symphonic melodies as well as some scathing musicianship, guitar and keyboard solos by JACKSON, BIVONA and MANGOLD. This second record, the original mixes by Mark Mangold, Randy Jackson and Ed Douglas has been remastered by famed Swedish mastering engineer Mats "Limpan" Lindfors and now sounds as originally intended, far superior to any previous releases. Finally, these two records have been combined with a LIBRETTO to tell the very contemporary and portending STORY OF ARYON.
  23. From Escape Music: Coldspell are based in the north of Sweden and were formed in 2005 by guitarist and songwriter Michael Larsson. Since their first release ColdSpell have been one of the bands you like to mention when talking high class Scandi hard rock. Coldspell blasted onto the scene in 2009 with their own brand of hard rock/metal. They first took the world by storm with their "Infinite Stargaze" release, an album that created a stir in rock circles and the album received stunning reviews all over the world and was on several album "top lists" for 2009 and album of the year at various magazine´s and radio stations. Two years later in 2011 a brand new release "Out from the Cold" was put out to an eager audience, once again mixed by Tommy Hansen in Denmark, Tommy of course having previously worked with Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids, Jorn and Pagan's Mind. In 2013 Coldspell put out a new recording entitled "Frozen Paradise", once again with Tommy Hansen at the mixing desk. This was an unbelievable recording and the band have extended their expertise with razor sharp riffs, solid rhythms and great choruses. With three albums released so far the wait is over. Coldspell are ready to strike again with the brand new album titled “A New World Arise”. This is stunning recording that features 12 new songs of epic proportions and it’s going to put ColdSpell firmly on the map. This is Scandinavian melodic rock of the highest order and will be a strong contender for the hard rock album of 2017. Coldspell is: Niclas Svedentorp – Vocals Michael Larsson – Guitars Chris Goldsmith – Bass Per Johansson – Drums Additional musicians – Matti Eklund – Keyboards Guest Musicians: Jona Tee (Heat) - Keyboards on: It hurts / Love me like you do / Wait until tomorrow Ged Rylands (Tyketto/Rage of angels) – Keyboards on Get to the top / Just one night www.coldspell.se FB Release Date: 22 September 2017 Catalogue No: ESM308 Track list: 1 Forevermore 04:49 2 Call of the wild 05:17 3 It hurts 04:56 4 Miles away 05:23 5 Signs 05:00 6 Love me like you do 04:34 7 This is me 04:41 8 Get to the top 04:36 9 Wait until tomorrow 05:01 10 Losing my mind 04:30 11 Just one night 04:46 12 A new world arise 06:10
  24. From Escape Music: Signal Red is a brand new band from the UK and features two very respected musicians namely Guitarist Steve Grocott (ten) and Vocalist Lee Small (Phenomena / Shy / Lionheart). The collaboration first came together in February, 2013 when Steve was at a loose end. He had been in a band previously called “Sevendayz” which had recently folded and he contacted Lee as he had heard so much about him, mainly from the self-titled SHY album that appeared in 2011. The two hit it off straight away and it seemed inevitable that an album would follow. Steve got caught up working with the UK band (Ten) as Gary Hughes asked him to be in the bands line-up for some shows and to feature on the new album, so the Signal Red production was halted for a while. Eventually Steve’s time freed up so he could once again concentrate on new material for the album and the whole thing has just progressed into a fantastic recording. The collaboration with Lee was clearly a good match as Lee has already proved his worth with “Shy” as well as solo albums, the Phenomena project with Tom Galley and the rock band “Snowfall”. Lee is a very soulful, melodic vocalist and has featured on 17 albums as lead vocalist and on many more that have featured him as a guest, “Dante Fox” and “Magnum” to name but two. This exciting new venture is bound to cause a stir, and with Brian Anthony twiddling the knobs (Steve Walsh) then this is going to be one album people will be talking about. Lee came up with the title one day thinking that trying to get recognition for what you live and breathe for is like “living under the radar”. Well, they should not be living under it for much longer when this one hits the streets. This is a rock album that just begs to be heard… and we are sure that you will like what you hear. The Musicians are: Lee Small: Lead vocals and All Backing vocals (Phenomena / Shy) Steve Grocott: All guitars, Keyboards, Strings (Ten) Brian J Anthony: Bass (Steve Walsh) Dave Anthony: Drums (Dennis DeYoung) Release Date: 23 February 2018 Catalogue No: ESM314 Track List: 1. DEFIANT 4:36 2. HOUDINI 4:05 3. STRONGER 4:57 4. TELL IT TO THE BEES 3:57 5. MONSTER TRUCK 5:15 6. PYRAMIDS OF MARS 4:44 7. EMOTIONS IN MOTION 4:25 8. HIGHWIRE 4:40 9. MAKING CONTACT 4:15 10. GOTH THE GIRL 4:04 11. THE TIME MACHINE 7:59
  25. Press release from Escape Music: SEVEN originate from the AOR scene in the late eighties where Polydor records having been fairly successful in the U.K with the likes of Magnum and Little Angels, set their sights on SEVEN, a relatively unknown act that had started life as a successful South African group, reformed to hit the big time in the UK. SEVEN toured extensively supporting an eclectic variety of acts that included the likes of Jason Donovan, Richard Marx, The Monkees and Brother Beyond. It’s a time period that Mick Devine is keen to reminisce about, “Even though they were out and out pop gigs, we loved the crowds and the noise. We went from pubs to opening to 3000 screaming fans in Southampton. It is a very addictive adrenaline rush. We got to play all the top venues, which were fantastic; including Wembley Arena, the NEC, BIC, SEC and even the Royal Albert Hall. The Richard Marx tour was definitely the best for us with a more grown up audience we were able to rock it up and truly be ourselves. It went down really well!” Entering the recording studios, with John Parr at the production helm, they recorded two very strong singles in the shape of “Inside Love” and “Man with A Vision” both of which achieved moderate success in the UK. In 2014 the original bass player Pat Davey was working alongside Robert Hart on an Escape Music album when the name SEVEN cropped up in the conversation. It would seem that Khalil Turk was a big fan, as Devine explains, “Yeah, back in the day Khalil had really loved the band and he got in touch to see if we would be interested in finally releasing an album,” Without too much convincing the project was born. The production talents of Lars Chriss (who’s repertoire includes albums with Steve Overland, Chris Ousey, and Radioactive) were enlisted to produce the band’s debut album called ‘7’, which was released to critical acclaim and was held up as one of the “Albums of the Year” on many lists. SEVEN was born again! Following the success of the first album, a passion was re-kindled within Devine & McFarlane, who began work on new material, and along with the writing talents of Lars Chriss, Fredrik Bergh, Andy Loos, Kay Backlund and Jeff Paris, that passion was given focus and a place to come to life. What they discovered was a well of untapped creativity that had been hidden for far too long and the songs poured out. SEVEN ‘Shattered’ is a collection of wonderfully catchy songs that rely on clean and memorable melodies that allow Devine’s distinctive voice to shine through. It was Devine who took the lead in writing the lyrics on this album, matching the intensity and feel of the music to deliver a modern melodic rock album with influences ranging from hints of Foreigner in “A Better Life” and “Broken Dream”, Journey in “High Hopes” and even traces of Magnum in “Light of 1000 Eyes” and “Last Illusion” The lyrical themes are drawn from a depth of life experience and observations and are heartfelt and real. The production talents of Lars Chriss and the line up of truly great musicians, deliver an album of depth and variation which ranges from driving guitar-led tracks with memorable riffs to melodic anthems, all backed by stunning keys, bass and standout solo’s. It is an album that is a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed ‘7’. This album represents a natural progression for SEVEN and it features 11 stunning tracks that are laden with great musical performances and soaring vocals, and while being fresh and up to date, they have bite and edge and yet remain melodic and catchy. This is one superb follow up album that will not disappoint. Mick Devine – Lead Vocals Lars Chriss – guitars, drums Andy Loos - Bass Fredrik Bergh – Keyboards Kay Backlund – Keyboards Guest vocals Nigel Bailey and Lin Devine Release Date: 23 September 2016 Catalogue No: ESM295 Tracks: Light Of 1000 Eyes A Better Life Fight Shattered Live This Life Pieces Of You Broken Dream High Hopes I Needed Time Taking Over Last Illusion
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