AOR and Melodic Rock News on 13/05/2014 Part II

Oh Captive drop new video and stand alone single

Rising Bristol post-punk quartet ‘Oh Captive’ have nationally unleashed their debut EP ‘Advance Creature’ and they now charge forward with their brand new stand alone video single ‘Tricking Us’ on Monday 12th May, view it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY 

Hailing from the South West, Oh Captive produce innovative music that rails against the din of predictability and still rings true with compelling clarity. Sparking glowing comparisons to the likes of Coheed & Cambria and Twin Atlantic, Oh Captive have crafted a sound of their own.

Originally formed less than two years ago, Oh Captive cut their teeth with countless hours in grimy rehearsal rooms before BBC Devon Introducing beckoned in early 2013. By the year’s end, Oh Captive had shared stages across the UK with Sonic Boom Six, Straight Lines, Max Raptor, Sharks, Blitz Kidz, I Divide and Scholars. The foursome fully honed their songs in the live arena in anticipation for completing a debut EP that would prove to startle and sparkle in equal measure.

The post-punk outfit have just released their debut EP ‘Advanced Creature’, which has already picked up widespread national praise. Big Cheese Magazine have featured the band in their April 2014 issue with an exclusive interview and Rocksound have recently reviewed the record and have placed a track on their covermount CD. The EP has already notched up key online and radio support, notably from XFM. Now with their brand new stand alone single in the shape of ‘Tricking Us’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-MwVnpTwbY ), which is out on 12th May , the foursome are set to hit new heights, and with UK shows in the pipeline throughout the year, just watch them soar.

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Zoltar Speaks release new video single from debut album

Rising female-fronted Brit metal crew ‘Zoltar Speaks’ have just released their explosive debut album ‘Save As I Save’ and now the melodic metallers set loose their new video single ‘Nothing In The World’ on Monday 12th May.

Pulling from everyone from the likes of Avenged Sevenfold and Iron Maiden to Coheed and Cambria, Zoltar Speaks are here to shake your world with a sound that merges both fiery and majestic vocals with hearty riffs and elephantine choruses.

Formed in 2009 and bursting out of the rural plains of Somerset, Zoltar Speaks are fronted by enigmatic vocalist Louise Body, with Ben Dean hammering at the drums, Simon Roocroft providing the backbone on bass, and Daniel Pratt and Jason Coles shredding it up on the guitars. The unstoppable five-piece have built up an army of dedicated followers fuelled by extensive touring throughout Southern England and Wales where they notched up supports with Idiom and Malefice. The release of the band’s debut EP ‘Treatment’ further increased their national profile, and now with the launch of their new full length album ‘Save As I Save’, the ascending metal crew are set to soar.

The south west melodic metal crew’s debut album ‘Save As I Save’ features twelve stunning slabs of cutting metal and has already racked up critical acclaim from Big Cheese, Metal Hammer, Rocksound and Powerplay. Metal Hammer in particular have been very supportive of the band by placing a track from the record on their cover CD. The band now surge forward with the release of the video single ‘Nothing In The World’, out this May and the cut is destined to grace TV screens.

++ ZOLTAR SPEAKS RELEASE ‘NOTHING IN THE WORLD’ ON MONDAY 12th MAY,

THE VIDEO CAN BE VIEWED HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKuimZxl5gk ++

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Canadian’s No Sinner release new video and announce UK tour dates

Canadian rockers NO SINNER have just launched the official video for their song Runnin’ to coincide with their “Save Your Soul”  UK Tour.  Watch the video on YouTube

In February 2014, Classic Rock Magazine listed No Sinner as one of their “Bands To Watch in 2014”.  Says Classic Rock, “Runnin’ hits notes of the Stooges and T-Rex just as comfortably as it has echoes of Etta James or The Supremes.”

Selected by Amazon UK for their 2014 “New and Emerging Artists” campaign, No Sinner follows in the footsteps of 2013’s featured bands (Haim, Daniel Avery and Chvrches).

The new video for Runnin’ is taken from the song of the same name, taken from debut album Boo Hoo Hoo, and precedes the band’s next single, Love Is A Madness,  released in the UK on May 26.

No Sinner – “Save Your Soul” UK Tour

Manchester’s Dot To Dot Festival            Friday 23rd May

Bristol’s Dot To Dot Festival                        Saturday 24th May

Nottingham’s Dot To Dot Festival            Sunday 25th May

Leeds Brudenell Social Club                       Tuesday 27th May

London Garage, Islington                             Thursday 29th May

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Metallica confirm Glastonbury and Sonisphere apperances

Metallica have added one more show to their European summer tour.   They had made no secret of the fact that there was still one live music festival on their wish list that had eluded them . . . until now!  It is with a great deal of pride that they announce they will be headlining the Pyramid Stage at  Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 28th!  The band said “There is such a vibe at Glastonbury and it’s maybe the most quintessentially English festival, so when we finally got that call to visit Worthy Farm, we just had to reply with a resounding “YES!” “Glastonbury is the largest green field festival in the world and over the forty plus years of its existence, a widely diverse group of artists have graced the stage including Paul McCartney, Oasis, David Bowie, U2, Muse, Stevie Wonder, Radiohead, Neil Young, Jay-Z and so many more.  We’re psyched and honored to be among the first hard rock bands to hit the Pyramid Stage and join this prestigious group.”  Michael Eavis commented  “Metallica are one of the most popular bands in the world! And they really are a phenomenal live act. This a band that can sell out stadiums in pretty much every country on the planet. From Newlyn to Newcastle on my travels, all through the years, people keep asking me, “When are Metallica going to play?” There’s a huge swathe of people who love Metallica to bits and just think they’re absolutely amazing. They’re worthy headliners!

As previously announced the band will also make a welcome return to the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth House on Sunday July 6th.  As a special tribute to their fans, the multi-platinum award-winning band has introduced “Metallica By Request”, the ultimate interactive concert experience.

Fans who purchase tickets online will be invited to vote on the songs Metallica will play at the show – giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica’s material and close to 140 recorded songs to date. Metallica’s traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs and, as the band did not want to be left out of the fun, they get to vote for the 18th slot, which will be a brand new song. Visit http://www.metallica.com for more details on the voting process.

The band confirmed the Glastonbury appearance will not be a “By Request” night, “guess we’ll have to go back to writing the set list ourselves!  For those of you looking for the By Request show or a second dose of ‘Tallica, we will be just down the road a week later at Knebworth for Sonisphere Festival on July 6th, which we thought might be our only chance to visit the U.K. this summer until the Glastonbury call came in last week.  Hope to see you at both!”

About Metallica

Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold 110 million albums worldwide and played to millions of fans all over the world. They have scored several multi-platinum albums, including 1991’s Metallica (commonly referred to as “The Black Album”), which is the best selling album in history of Soundscan scanning 16 million albums in the United States alone. Their latest album, Death Magnetic, was certified platinum just six weeks after it debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 Album chart in October 2008. Death Magnetic charted at #1 in 32 countries. Metallica have also garnered numerous awards and accolades, including nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Most recently the band spent 18 months touring and developing the staging for their groundbreaking 3D feature film Metallica Through The Never. Last summer, Metallica unveiled a brand new stage in Mexico City that featured iconic elements that spanned its 30-year career and is featured in the film. They played eight shows to nearly 180,000 fans at the Sports Arena in Mexico City . Starring Dane DeHaan, the film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built, state-of-the-art 3D photography captured on up to 24 cameras simultaneously and pioneering and innovative sound mixing. Metallica Through The Never was the first feature film to be released exclusively by IMAX in all of its theaters. The film was released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) in January this year through Blackened Recordings.

Hard Rock Hell announces 10 more bands to it’s line-up

LA psychedelic rockers Bigelf and Sweden’s Stoner rock act Truckfighters join a wealth of great new talented bands added to the line-up for this year’s Hard Rock Hell 8. Other acts added include the much raved about Aussie rock act Massive, Polish rockers Chemia, Sweden’s The Black Marbles & female shredders Thundermother and The Brew, Piston, More and Buffalo Summer from the UK.

For links of the above mentioned acts check out the below

Truckfighters – Desert Cruiser

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLMPA4xPFpg

Bigelf – The Evils of Rock & Roll

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fpkEsGMOHU

Massive – One by One

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1siVN-H7g

Chemia – Bondage of Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1s6VIJWmjI

The Brew – Repeat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhOIbj92wKs

They join already announced acts WASP, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Schenker & Y&T for what promises to be one of the best line-ups to date.

The line-up so far:-

Blue Oyster Cult

WASP

Krokus

Michael Schenker (Temple of Rock)

Y&T

Bigelf

Truckfighters

Vardis

Diamond Head

Bonafide

Electric Mary

Grifter

Thundermother

The Brew

Massive

Buffalo Summer

Heavy Metal Kids

More

Chemia

Carousel Vertigo

The Black Marbles

Piston

For more details and tickets go to www.hardrockhell.com or call 0203 287 6684

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The Quireboys announce 30th anniversary, Black Eyed Sons, UK Tour

Following three sold out intimate shows to mark the start of their 30th anniversary, The Quireboys will embark on a 5 month world tour which will commence with a long awaited return to The US & Canada early August.

They will be back mid November for the UK leg, which goes on sale this weekend. Expect new material from the forthcoming Black Eyed Sons, triple pack, rarities plus all the classics.

Special guests for the UK, will be Hispanic Blues Rock legends, Vargas Blues Band, who have recently signed to The Quireboys label, Off Yer Rocka Recordings.

UK dates can be found below

15th November: The Tivoli, Buckley

16th November: Academy3, Manchester

20th November: The Garage, Glasgow

21st November: The Limelight, Belfast

23rd November: The Riverside, Newcastle

26th November: O2 Academy, Islington, London

28th November: Rescue Rooms, Nottingham

29th November: The Corporation, Sheffield

30th November: Thekla, Bristol

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Introducing Adrenaline Rush

Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the digital release of Adrenaline Rush debut single Change. The new single is available from today for download (iTunes, Amazon etc) and legal streaming (Spotify, Deezer, etc) on all digital platforms across the world! The digital single is taken from the forthcoming debut album entitled Adrenaline Rush which is planned for release at the end of August on Frontiers.
Adrenaline Rush EPK can be enjoyed here:

Fronted by one of the most talented and hottest chicks in today’s Hard Rock scene, Tеve Wanning (formerly part of the Teen-Pop duo Peaches), Adrenaline Rush promises to fire up the Rock scene with their lethal dose of heavy guitars, infectious hooks and full blown RnR attitude. With a debut album recorded under the direction of producer Erik Martensson (Eclipse, W.E.T), this impressive band needs to be on the “to buy” list for all fans of Danger Danger, Motley Crue, Warrant, Treat and Crazy Lixx.
Adrenaline Rush will make their international live debut THIS WEEK on May 2 at the Frontiers Rock Festival in Trezzo, Milan – Italy! Come to enjoy this killer new band!
More info at www.adrenalinerush.se.

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Main Melodic Rock News On 17/04/2014

FATAL SMILE – R.I.P.:
Fatal Smile’s Mr. Y announces the demise of the band:

“At some point in your life you’ll have to ‘kill your darlings’…and it’s with a heavy heart I have to inform you that I’m laying my dear band Fatal Smile to rest…in peace!

I sure know it’s a really bad timing with a new album to be released & we just kicked off our first show of the tour last nite & really sorry for letting the fans down that have bought tickets for the shows… But at a certain point in life you’ll have to make decisions if things are really worth doing it…?? I have come to that point when the answer is no, it’s no longer worth sacrificing everything in my life, my heart & soul just to keep the ‘FS-train’ rolling…It’s been an epic journey since I started the band back in 1995 & I had a blast doing it & ‘living the dream’…

A million thanks to all of you for your endless support & love during those ‘Fatal years’ & thanks to all the band members during this time…I will sure keep writing & playing music, that’s for sure!!!
Also the new album & last Fatal Smile album “White Trash Heroes” will be released as planned on April 25. A few signed copies of the album & ‘special packages’ is still available for pre-orders at: gmrmusic.bigcartel.com/artist/fatal-smile.
Take care & be well…Peace & Love, Yaksel Unutmaz aka ‘MR. Y’ / ‘Yxan’.


WINERY DOGS SPECIAL EDITION OUT NOW:
April 15, 2014 — The Winery Dogs (Mike Portnoy, Billy Sheehan and Richie Kotzen) released their self-titled, self-produced and critically acclaimed debut album in North America on Loud & Proud Records today as two very special editions.
The Winery Dogs Special Edition is comprised of two-CDs. Disc 1 is the standard album and Disc 2 is entitled Unleashed In Japan 2013, comprised of 10 songs recorded live in Japan during their July ’13 tour, including Criminal, a track previously unavailable in the U.S., along with a 16-page booklet of live photos and lyrics. Unleashed In Japan 2013 is also available as a stand-alone digital album. Dog Treats: The Winery Dogs Deluxe Special Edition, a limited edition release, is being sold in a box resembling a box of dog treats, and includes the Special Edition collection of music, a DVD featuring four music videos and interview footage, demos from the original recording sessions, a “studio diary” written by Mike Portnoy, as well as some unique merchandise unavailable elsewhere. Portnoy recently gave fans a glimpse inside the packaging of the Dog Treats on Revolver magazine’s website.
After The Winery Dogs was originally released on July 23, 2013 on Loud & Proud Records, it debuted on Billboard’s “Top Alternative Albums” chart at #3, “Top Independent Albums” chart at #4, “Top Rock Albums” chart at #5, “Top Internet Albums” at #8 and “Top 200 Albums” chart at #27. 
Check out The Winery Dogs’ in-progress headlining tour at any of the U.S. tour stops (with more dates to be added in the coming weeks).
WebLinks: www.TheWineryDogs.com / www.facebook.com/TheWineryDogs.


LATEST EDEN’S CURSE STUDIO DIARY:
Multinational Melodic Metal band Eden’s Curse have released the sixth installment in their studio diaries documenting the recording process of their latest studio album “Symphony Of Sin” which was released in October 2013 via AFM Records. The video can be viewed here:youtu.be/mz8XYfubRm0.
This latest episode re-visits virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne (Hardline, Joe Lynn Turner’s Sunstorm, Demon Drive) and focus on the equipment he used to record the guitars on the new album, from guitars, amps, effects and all points in between.
Eden’s Curse will undertake their debut headline club tour of the United Kingdom next month in support of the new record.

The dates are as follows:
19/05/14 Ivory Blacks, Glasgow, Scotland w/Stormzone & Estrella
20/05/14 The Railway, Bolton, England w/ Fahran
21/05/14 Snooty Fox, Wakefield, England w/ Fahran & Skin&Bone
22/05/14 Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton, England
23/05/14 Yardbirds, Grimsby, England, Co-Headliner with Absolva plus Babylon Fire
24/05/14 Static Swansea, Wales w/ Tainted Nation & Mayhem Messiah
25/05/14 Underwold, London, England w/ Tainted Nation & Dendera
Tickets for all shows are now On Sale and can be purchased from the venues directly or online at www.edenscurse.com/uktour.

THIRD TIME’S A CHARM FOR FRAMING HANLEY:
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Framing Hanley’s 3rd release “The Sum Of Who We Are” will be released on April 29 on their new label, Imagen Records. The band will be doing all out touring and the first single “Criminal” is going to radio for impact on April 8 and already garnering attention with early adds at radio. The band will be hitting the road to promote to include dates with Three Days Grace in April, Devour The Day in May as well as headline shows. The follow up to the highly successful The Moment (featuring Lollipop, Hear Me Now) and their 2010 sophomore album A Promise To Burn (You Stupid Girl, Back To Go Again). It has been 4 years since Framing Hanley released a new album and they are re-energized and rearing to go.
The new single CRIMINAL Soundcloud link: soundcloud.com/framing-hanley/criminal.
WebLins: framinghanley.com / www.facebook.com/FramingHanley.

FOZZY TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “LIGHTS GO OUT” APRIL 25:
New Studio Album Coming This Winter! New Chris Jericho Autobiography Set For October 13 Release; ‘Talk Is Jericho’ Podcast Reaches No. 1 In Seven Countries.

When Lights Go Out, the new era of Fozzy will officially be upon us. The wowed audiences on Soundwave 2013 then returned to our shores last December alongside Steel Panther & Buckcherry and now their new music it about to hit the airwaves and most importantly hit you between the eyes.
Fozzy: frontman Chris Jericho, guitarists Rich Ward and Billy Grey, bassist Paul Dileo and drummer Frank Fontsere will release their new single “Lights Go Out” on April 25 across all digital platforms. The release will coincide with the track’s release to radio, and will be the first single from the band’s upcoming sixth studio album, set to hit stores this Winter.
‘Lights Go Out’ represents a brand new colour in the Fozzy spectrum,” says Chris Jericho of the new single. “Dark, sexy, sleek, dirty, heavy and catchy as f*ck, this song turns a whole new page in hard rock history – it doesn’t matter if you dance to it in a club or mosh to it in a pit, ”Lights Go Out” will make you move!”

The band return to the North American tour circuit in late April, where they will be making crowds move on America’s biggest festivals, including appearances alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Volbeat, Rob Zombie, Slayer and more at 98 Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range.
Also recently announced is the October 13, 2014 release of ‘the Best In The World: At What I Have No Idea,’ Chris Jericho’s third autobiography and the sequel to his New York Times bestsellers ‘A Lion’s Tale’ and ‘undisputed’.


MELODIC BRIEFS:
The Swedish melodic rock band Osukaru return to their edgy AOR roots with the new song “Arrows”, taken from their upcoming mini-album “Transition”. It’s mixed by Attila Bokor (BOA, Morph) and mastered by Kevin McNoldy (Dave Matthews Band, Backstreet Boys). The band is also making a video of “Arrows” as we speak and “Transition” will hit the shelves this summer on City of Lights Records / Membran Entertainment Group.
“This is, without a doubt, the best tune from Osukaru so far! I can’t wait to hear the new album.” – DrAOR www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rnfb1fQYKzY.

Triple Threat were a great hard rock band 20 years ago and they are trying to make their goal of $1500 so they can release it on CD for the first time, including new artwork. I’m sure if you made mention of this the band would make their goal. Hope you can help.
WebLink: www.kickstarter.com/projects/triplethreat/triple-threat-cd-release-of-we-aint-here-to-dance.

42 Decibel release a new video for the song “Rocker Soul” from their debut album “Hard Rock N Roll”youtu.be/19DacXdm0mU.

Highway by The Summit is released in Sweden today, and the video is out on YouTube. youtu.be/8xjtG1pPoOQ.

TOM PETTY SPREADS FULL MOON FEVER 25 YEARS AGO: INTHESTUDIO CELEBRATES ALBUM’S ANNIVERSARY:
Dallas, TX – April 16, 2014. North American syndicated Rock radio show and website InTheStudio: The Stories Behind History’s Greatest Rock Bands celebrates the highly contagious music of Tom Petty’s 1989 solo masterpiece Full Moon Fever on its 25th anniversary.
Two things happened after Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 7th album Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) that would signal the next phase in Petty’s illustrious music career. First, the band toured as Bob Dylan’s live band. Second, while on tour, Petty would meet and become friends with ex-Beatle George Harrison and producer, former ELO founder Jeff Lynne, setting in motion the supergroup of Dylan, Harrison, Orbison, Lynne and Petty named The Traveling Wilburys.
In between the tours with Dylan and The Traveling Wilburys recording Tom Petty, with the help of producer/songwriter Jeff Lynne, would find magic recording his first solo album, his most successful album ever with hits, “Free Fallin’”, “I Won’t Back Down”, “Love is a Long Road”, “A Face in the Crowd”, “Yer So Bad”, “Runnin’ Down a Dream” and the Byrd’s tribute “Feel A Whole Lot Better”.
Petty recalls to InTheStudio host Redbeard the importance of his producer partnership with Jeff Lynne for Full Moon Fever.
“Jeff Lynne is the consummate record producer. There aren’t many anymore like that. He really knows what he’s talking about and he understands every aspect of the recording and what’s going to go on. He also understands the tune, the feel, the performer. All of those things you gotta have in your mind. He just somehow handles it so casually.”
Tom Petty ‘Full Moon Fever’ /InTheStudio interview is available now to Stream at: www.inthestudio.net/redbeards-blog/tom-petty-full-moon-fever-25th-anniversary.

FRONTIERS ROCK FESTIVAL COMPILATION CD:
Frontiers Records is pleased to announce the release of the exclusive “Frontiers Rock Festival” Compilation CD which will be sold Exclusively at the forthcoming Frontiers Rock Festival which will be held at the Live Club In Trezzo (Milan, Italy) on May 1-2-3. Such compilation will be printed one-off in a very limited quantity (500 copies only) and will be sold exclusively at the Festival at the special price of 8.00 Euro.
Frontiers Rock Festival VIP tickets purchasers will have the compilation delivered within the ticket price in their special bag of goodies!

The tracklisting includes a total of 14 songs, out of which 9 are exclusive previews, unreleased or rare tracks! The Frontiers Rock Festival Official Compilation will include:
1. L.R.S. “Livin’ 4 a Dream” (taken from the album “Down to the Core”) 2. Adrenaline Rush “Change” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Adrenaline Rush) 3. Moon Land ft. Lenna Kuurmaa “Heaven Is to Be Close to You” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Moon Land”) 4. Three Lions ”Trouble In a Red Dress” (taken from the album “Three Lions”) 5. Crazy Lixx “Sympathy” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “TBA”) 6. State of Salazar “All the Way” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “All the Way”) 7. Issa “Invincible (Acoustic)” (previously unreleased in Europe) 8. Dalton “Hey You” (exclusive premiere from the forthcoming album “Pit Stop”) 9. W.E.T. “Victorious” (previously unreleased in Europe) 10. Hardline “Fever Dreams” (taken from the album “Danger Zone”) 11. Eclipse “Into the Fire” (previously unreleased outside Sweden) 12. Angelica “Can’t Stop Love” (taken from the album “Thrive”) 13. Place Vendome “Power of Music” (taken from the album “Thunder in the Distance”) 14. M.I.M. “On My Own” (exclusive premiere / special version for the FRF compilation).
Further info and ticket sales info available in www.frontiersrockfestival.com.

A little further info on those new preview tracks:
Adrenaline Rush “Change” (Erik Mеrtensson/Miqael Persson)
Featuring the stunning Tеve Wanning as front-woman, Adrenaline Rush are the newest sensation of the Swedish Melodic Hard Rock scene. Under the direction of producer and songwriter Erik Martensson, the band has recently finished the recording their debut album: a superb mix or melodies, energy and pure R’n’R attitude! Their debut album is planned for a release in late August.

Moon Land “Heaven Is to Be Close to You” (Alessandro Del Vecchio)
Lenna Kuurmaa is a 360° artist, singer and actress. Born in Estonia, Lenna has been the frontwoman of the Pop-Rock sensation Vanilla Ninja. Lately she started a solo career in her country. The Moon Land project sees her coming back to Melodic Rock with a musical style mostly akin to Heart and Europe. The debut album will be released in the fall of 2014.

Dalton “Hey You” (Bo Lindmark, Anders Lindmark, Ola Lindstrцm, Leif Westfahl, Mats Dahlberg, Anders Livеg. Text: Mikael Larsson)
Put together in 1985 by the former Treat drummer Mats “Dalton” Dahlberg, Dalton released two classic Swedish Melodic Hard Rock albums: “The Race Is On” (1987) and “Injection” (1989), before disbanding in the early 90’s. Now some 20 years later the magic is back and you can enjoy the first cut off the forthcoming album “Pit Stop” planned for a release in the fall.

M.I.M. “On My Own” (Christofer Bjцrk, Linus Blad)
M.I.M. (standing for “More IS More” – the forthcoming debut album title) is another super-hot Melodic Rock newcomer from Sweden featuring Chris Bjork, Jimmy Claeson, Linus Blad, Rickard Bonde and Kristian Larsen. Their sound is going to take by surprise all the Melodic Rock fans mixing influences from Bon Jovi and Toto and this song shows all the potential (though vocals on this exclusive version are performed by David Fremberg of Andromeda).


BRIAN HOWE SET TO RETURN TO STUDIO WITH PRODUCER BROOKS PASCHAL:
Three years after redefining his career with the critically acclaimed “Circus Bar”Brian Howe is entering the studio once again.
Reuniting with Producer Brooks Paschal, the 2 hope to recapture the magic that led to the international success of “Circus Bar”. However this time, the approach will be a little different. “I’m going back to my roots. I’m going to ROCK”, says Howe of the new album. 
With anticipation building, we all look forward to what he does next.

MelodicRockRecords Is Excited To Announce The Anticipated Release Of One Of 2014’s Finest Power Pop/Melodic Rock Releases

MelodicRockRecords is excited to announce the anticipated release of one of 2014’s finest power pop/melodic rock releases, the debut album from Aussie act The Radio Sun. The band’s debut album Wrong Things Right will be released worldwide May 19.

Australia’s The Radio Sun have been very busy since they formed in 2012. With past members from the excellent Square One and some of Melbourne’s best local musos, The Radio Sun are about catchy rocking songs with an emphasis on layered vocal harmonies somewhere in between Rick Springfield, Nelson, Firehouse and The Marvelous 3.
After locking in Paul Laine (solo, Danger Danger, Shugaazer) to mix the band’s debut album in 2013, The Radio Sun impressed so much that Paul Laine asked the guys to be his backing band on his recent tour downunder. The Radio Sun will also do double duty at next year’sMelodicRockFest 4 by again being a part of the Paul Laine band and then performing the very next day in their own showcase set. Things are definitely looking up for the boys from downunder with their debut album Wrong Things Right to be released throughMelodicRockRecords May 19.
The album cover and CD package was crafted by the always awesome Swedish artist Monowasp.
Pre-orders available this week…
WebLinks: www.facebook.com/theradiosun / www.melodicrockrecords.com.

“The Radio Sun debut album ‘Wrong Things Right’ has that ‘feel good’ sound with a focus on catchy choruses, big vocal harmonies and rokken guitars” ~ guitarist – Stevie Janevski.

Track listing: 01. Wrong Things Right 02. Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover 03. World’s Crazy Now 04. No Ordinary Star 05. Let’s Talk About Love 06. Julie 07. Do It Again 08. Take A Look Around 09. Summer Girl 10. Goodbye 11. Head Over Heels 12. Beginning Or The End.

Soundbytes: Wrong Things Right / Don’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover / Let’s Talk About Love / Julie.

Preview The Upcoming Platens Album

10 years have passed since the PLATENS debut album. Today we’re here again with a brand new album titled “Out of the world” and a renewed line up: Dario Grillo: vocals, guitars and keyboards; Riccardo Barbiera: drum; Domiziano Mendolia: bass; Gabriels: Hammond & synth. The cover artwork has been realized by Caio Caldas (Dragonforce, Violet Sun Etc).
The tracklist is: 01 – Running 02 – Time Will Tell 04 – You Won’t Bring Me Down 04 – Ask Yourself 05 – I Still Search For You 06 – Sometimes I Miss You 07 – Last Final Time 08 – Don’t Leave Me Alone 09 – Deep In My Heart 10 – No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper Cover) 11 – Save Me.
On the link below you can listen to the song “last final time”soundcloud.com/dario-grillo-1/platens-last-final-time.
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New From Rock Candy Records

The six new Rock Candy titles are all available now from www.rockcandyrecords.com for a discounted price including postage to anywhere in the world for the next two weeks ending on April 7.

Toto ‘S/T’ CANDY 221 / The release of the debut Toto album signalled a significant tipping point in the development of rock. Similar sounding acts such as Foreigner, Journey and Steely Dan had sowed the seeds of melodic AOR but none at that point had truly crafted the definitive role model. Toto took basic elements and turned them into pure gold by crafting a sound that was precise, cultivated and pretty much flawless, blending memorable songs with state of the art production and melodies that would propel their songs onto the airwaves from Los Angeles to London and all points in between. Formed by the cream of the LA session circuit, the band’s credential were further enhanced by keyboard player and composer David Paich, a man who had carved a successful song writing reputation with artists such as Boz Scaggs. Joining him was guitar prodigy Steve Lukather, lead vocalist Bobby Kimball, bassist David Hungate, and two brothers in keyboardist Steve and drummer Jeff Porcaro; all men with their eyes on the prize and talent to burn. Originally issued in 1978, the album produced two massive worldwide hit singles, ‘Hold The Line’ and ‘I’ll Supply The Love’, securing them a top ten album in the Billboard Charts and double Platinum certification. Elsewhere the tracks range from the soulful pop of ‘Georgy Porgy’ to the raging, almost malevolent, hard rock of ‘Girl Goodbye’.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 1 bonus track, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1 Child’s Anthem 2 I’ll Supply The Love 3 Georgy Porgy 4 Manuela Run 5 You Are The Flower 6 Girl Goodbye 7 Takin’ It Back 8 Rockmaker 9 Hold The Line 10 Angela Bonus Track: 11 Georgy Porgy (Extended remix)

Toto ‘Hydra’ CANDY 222 / It’s fair to say that Toto’s debut album was one of the surprise events of 1978. It was rammed to the rafters with methodically crafted tracks, and produced two bonafide hit singles; ‘I’ll Supply The Love’ and ‘Hold The Line’. It was these two songs that reshaped the sound of melodic rock, giving rise to the style that forever onwards became known as AOR. Certified double platinum, the future for Toto looked assured or so they thought… When they returned with their second album ‘Hydra’, originally released in 1979, their fans and critics were confronted with a work that although immediately recognisable, was considerably more advanced and complex. Instead of serving up another dish of stylistic pop rock, they reached deep inside and committed to elaborate compositions and intricate arrangements. In many respects the approach could be traced directly back to the band’s progressive rock leanings; something that their musical ability and dexterity had always hinted at. Actually ‘Hydra’ is arguably Toto’s finest hour. It is a record that combines all the positive aspects of a band that not only wrote great songs but also presented them in a format that wasn’t clichйd or pedestrian. The title track, for instance, is a seven minutes plus anthem that has become a career cornerstone, whilst shorter, sharper tracks such as ‘White Sister’ and ‘All Us Boys’ reinforced the AOR backbone in spectacular form.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, 16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Hydra 2. St. George And The Dragon 3. 99 4. Lorraine 5. All Us Boys 6. Mama 7. White Sister 8. A Secret Love.

Toto ‘Turn Back’ CANDY 223 / You could say that ‘Turn Back’ is the lost Toto album. Whilst their debut record achieved double platinum sales figures, producing two global hit singles, and it’s follow up ‘Hydra’, was eventually acknowledged as a neo progressive rock triumph, ‘Turn Back’ flew beneath the radar and barely caused a blip on the charts before disappearing from sight. The fact that their follow up album ‘Toto IV’ has won an unprecedented seven Grammys and contained three top 10 hit singles only seems to emphasise the point. But although it is the least well known early era Toto album, to die-hard fans of the band it is regarded as one of their creative highpoints. Originally issued in 1981, it found the band taking a far more aggressive approach, dialling down the keyboards and upping the guitar quota by a considerable margin. This was, for all intents and purposes, an arena rock album designed to stave off their detractors and emphasise that they could hold their own against meatier acts such as Foreigner and Boston. Once again, much of the material was written or co-written by David Paich but the songs are tougher and far more dynamic than their previous work. Much of this was due to the enlistment of renowned British co-producer Geoff Workman who provided a raw, heavy sound. Highlights include ‘Goodbye Elenore’, ‘A Million Miles Away’ and the brilliantly arranged ‘English Eyes’, a candidate for their greatest ever track.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Produced by Geoff Workman,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Gift With A Golden Gun 2. English Eyes 3. Live For Today 4. A Million Miles Away 5. Goodbye Elenore 6. I Think I Could Stand You Forever 7. Turn Back 8. If It’s The Last Night.

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Fiona ‘S/T’ CANDY235 / During the 1980s women in rock were, in many respects, unfairly treated; often cast aside as little more than irrelevant eye candy whilst their male counterparts were lauded as golden gods. This was the environment that New Jersey born chanteuse Fiona found herself battling against when launching her career. Fortunately her voice and tenacity forced naysayers to admit that she was a major new talent in the making, one that would ultimately record a brace of albums and establish herself as in internationally known figure. Fiona’s path to a career in music started early, singing in night clubs all the time looking for that elusive break. It wasn’t until she hooked up with producer Eddie Offord and members of progressive rock band Dixie Dreggs that she got her first break recording a set of demos that won her a contract with Atlantic Records. This, her debut album, originally released in 1985, was produced by former Good Rats leader Peppi Castro and features a number of prominent East Coast backing musicians including Lou Gramm guitarist Bobby Messano. Containing a blistering selection of quality tracks, Fiona’s strong and confident vocals ram home the message that she was one of the few female vocalists ready to take on the competition at their own game. Check out tracks such as ‘Love Makes You Blind’ and ‘Talk To me’ for clear cut proof.”
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Hang Your Heart On Me 2. Talk To Me 3. You’re No Angel 4. Rescue You 5. James 6. Love Makes You Blind 7. Over Now 8. Na Na Song.

Fiona ‘Beyond The Pale’ CANDY236 / Fiona’s self-titled debut album certainly introduced a sensational new talent to the world of femme fronted rock. Her striking looks and gilded vocals made for a fascinating combination, giving her an edge comparable to the anthemic styles of Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth and Heart. The debut album made a sure footed impact, nicely setting up her next long playing foray. For ‘Beyond The Pale’, Atlantic Records teamed her up with fast rising production talent Beau Hill, a man who made waves producing a variety of Platinum selling hard rock acts, including Ratt and Winger. It was Beau who recruited a top selection of prominent musicians including Nile Rodgers, Kip Winger and Reb Beach, as well as sourcing a number of key songwriters, including material from the pens of Billy Steinberg, Bob Halligan and Peter Wolf. This time around, the material was rockier and far more contemporary, without losing any of her roughhewn charm or bonhomie. Originally issued in 1986, the record successfully combined clean cut hi-tech production chops with sizeable blasts of anthemic rock, allowing her distinctive vocals to punch home the choruses like a hot knife through butter. Check out songs such as ‘Tragedy’, ‘Thunder & Lightning’ and the up tempo ‘You Better Wait’, for irrefutable proof.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, contains 2 Bonus tracks, Produced by Beau Hill,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Tragedy 2. Hopelessly Love You 3. Living In A Boy’s World 4. Thunder & Lightning 5. Tender Is The Heart 6. Running Out Of Night 7. In My Blood 8. He’s On My Side 9. You Better Wait 10. Keeper Of The Flame Bonus Tracks: 11. Hopelessly Love You (Vocal Remix) 12. Hopelessly Love You (Dub version).

Fiona ‘Heart Like A Gun’ CANDY237 / You can take the Girl out of the East Coast but you can’t take the East Coast out of the girl. For Fiona’s third album the diminutive singer was transported lock and stock and barrel to Los Angeles in an effort to give her a creative makeover. It was a move that shaped her label’s (Atlantic Records) deep rooted belief in her potential, after recording two albums of top drawer melodic rock that indicated she was on the verge of a major breakthrough. ‘Heart Like A Gun’, originally issued in 1989, was primarily produced by studio wizard Keith Olsen, a man who’d notched up several platinum plus selling albums from a string of artists, including Fleetwood Mac, Whitesnake and Journey. The belief was that Olsen’s magic touch would help craft an album that would catapult her into the spotlight. With help from a number of name players, including noted guitarists Brad Gillis, Mike Slamer, Tim Pierce and Dweezil Zappa, together with key song writing co-writes by Mark Mangold, Aldo Nova and Van Stephenson. Originally issued in 1989, the album exudes class and quality, a tremendous example of rugged yet melodic hard rock, with a polished and accessible sheen. Look out for the album standout, an anthemic duet with hard rock heart throb Kip Winger, ‘Everything You Do (You’re Sexing Me)’, one the most impressive tracks of the entire era.
Special Deluxe Collector’s Edition, fully remastered sound shaped from 24 BIT digital technology, Produced by Keith Olsen,16 page full colour booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork and rare photos.
Track Listing: 1. Little Jeannie (Got The Look Of Love) 2. Everything You Do (You’re Sexing Me) (Duet With Kip Winger) 3. Where The Cowboys Go 4. Mariel 5. Draw The Line 6. Here It Comes Again 7. Bringing In The Beast 8. Victoria Cross 9. Look At Me Now 10. When Pink Turns To Blue.

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Timo Tolkki’s Avalon To Release Sophomore Album In May On Frontiers

Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of Timo Tolkki’s Avalon sophomore album, “Angels of the Apocalypse” on May 16 in Europe and May 20 in North America.
Following the release of the debut album “The Land of New Hope”, the “Metal Opera” was met with critical and fan acclaim, entering the national album charts in seven European countries, including a top 10 entry in Tolkki’s home country, Finland. In August 2013, Tolkki flew to Greece to seek the right inspiration for the follow-up album and upon his return he managed to develop a sound that is even more grandiose and symphonic and yet heavier and darker in direction as compared to the debut album. “In August 2012 I planned to release a Metal Opera that had to be a trilogy. I am following a specific storyboard in a musical format and this time the musical direction is heavier and darker than the previous Avalon” says Tolkki. ”This was deliberate since the Apocalyptic scenes described in the lyrics demanded that”.
As for the players on the album, Tolkki finally managed to reunite the legendary Stratovarius “Dreamspace” lineup, calling Antti Ikonen and Tuomo Lassila to play keyboards and drums respectively. “It was really nice and brought good vibes and freshness to the album,”tells Timo. “Definitely the right move.”

The amazing cast of vocalists appearing this time includes Nightwish singer Floor Jansen – who takes care of the lead vocals on the first single “Design The Century” – along with Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele),Zachary Stevens (ex-Savatage, Circle II Circle), plus Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) – who appears again after contributing to the first album – and the stunning Chilean singer Caterina Nix, who is working on her debut album which is also produced by Tolkki. “Some songs were written with a specific singer in mind, while for some others I decided based on the knowledge that I had on how he or she would perform. I am particularly happy of how this record sounds especially two songs You’ll Bleed Forever and the 10 minute title track are among my favourite ever”, says Tolkki.   Once again the stunning artwork is provided by the French artist Stanis W. Decker and the first pressing of the physical edition will be available in a glossy digipak.

“Angels of the Apocalypse” final tracklisting: 1. Song For Eden 2. Jerusalem Is Falling 3. Design The Century 4. Rise Of The 4th Reich 5. Stargate Atlantis 6. You’ll Bleed Forever 7. The Paradise Lost 8. Neon Sirens 9. High Above Of Me 10. Angels Of The Apocalypse 11. Garden Of Eden.

The first single “Design The Century” (featuring Nightwish singer Floor Jansen) will be released digitally worldwide on April 7. You can enjoy a 20 second snippet from the album at this link: youtu.be/jIyw90HPjT4.
Weblinks: http://www.avalonopera.com / http://www.frontiers.it.
Musicians: Timo Tolkki: guitars, bass and keyboards; Tuomo Lassila: drums; Antti Ikonen: keyboards; Nicholas Jeudy: orchestration; Floor Jansen, Simone Simons, Fabio Lione, David DeFeis, Zachary Stevens, Elize Ryd, Caterina Nix: vocals. Produced by Timo Tolkki.

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