Lionheart – New album in August

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LIONHEART was formed in late 1980 by Dennis Stratton (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Iron Maiden), Jess Cox (lead vocals, ex-Tygers of Pan Tang), Steve Mann (lead guitar/backing vocals, ex-Liar), Rocky Newton (bass guitar/backing vocals, ex-Wildfire) and Frank Noon (drums, ex-Def Leppard). The band began playing gigs including regular shows at London’s Marquee Club but had problems maintaining a consistent line-up. The core personnel of Dennis, Steve and Rocky remained but various singers passed through the band including Rueben Archer, John Farlham and Bob Hawthorn. They eventually settled as a 4-piece with Dennis and Rocky sharing lead vocal duties. The drummer’s stool was variously occupied by Les Binks (ex Judas Priest), Niko McBrain (ex Trust and subsequently Iron Maiden) and Clive Edwards (ex Wild Horses).
Between 1981 and 1984 LIONHEART played regular live shows and filled the support slot for tours by both Def Leppard and Whitesnake. In between gigs they spent many hours writing and recording demos of new songs while searching for a record deal. It wasn’t until 1984 that CBS Records in the USA offered them a contract, by which time they had recruited Chad Brown on lead vocals. They flew over to Los Angeles in March 1984 to record their debut album Hot Tonight with Kevin Beamish in the production chair and session man Bob Jenkins, who had previously worked with Leo Sayer and Kiki Dee, on drums. The album was recorded at the legendary Sound City Studios in Van Nuys and mixed at Kendun Recorders.
Upon their return to the England LIONHEART recorded a high-budget video for the single Die For Love. The late comic genius Rik Mayall played the part of the mad professor, which in later years achieved cult status on YouTube due in part to the wonderfully wooden acting of the band! Unfortunately, planned UK tours as support to Kansas and Foreigner were cancelled at the last moment. Promotion of the album suffered and LIONHEART found themselves in limbo. Chad Brown left the band in 1985 to be replaced by Keith Murrell, with Toby Sadler coming in on keyboards. More demos were recorded with the new line-up but unfortunately the momentum had been lost and the band eventually broke up. Rocky went on to record backing vocals on 2 Def Leppard albums and join Michael Schenker with Steve, while Dennis spent 15 years with Praying Mantis.
In 2016 Dave Herron, promoter of the Rockingham Festival in Nottingham, asked LIONHEART to reunite for one performance and all original members, apart from Chad Brown, did so. The reunion created quite a stir, not least within the band itself, and it was decided to carry on with the subsequent recording of a new album followed by an acclaimed appearance at Sweden Rock.
The new record, Second Nature, was created between November 2016 and May 2017 and was produced, engineered and mastered by Steve Mann in his own studio in Hannover. A mini tour of Japan with Praying Mantis was scheduled for June/July with further UK shows with Airrace in November/December.

The album release on AOR Heaven throughout Europe is set for 25th August.

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http://www.lionheart-music.com

Live with Praying Mantis:
30/06/2017 Umeda Club Quattro – Osaka – Japan
01/07/2017 Toyosu PIT – Tokyo – Japan

Live with Airrace: 30/11/2017 Fuel – Cardiff – Wales
01/12/2017 Slade Rooms – Wolverhampton – England
02/12/2017 The Underworld – London – England
03/12/2017 Hard Rock Hell – Sheffield – England
05/12/2017 The Cluny – Newcastle – England
06/12/2017 Bannermans – Edinburgh – Scotland

Discography: Hot Tonight (CBS/Epic) 1984; Unearthed – Raiders of the Lost Archives (Pony Canyon) 1999; Hot Tonight (Rock Candy digitally re-mastered re-release) 2012

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Da Vinci – New Album in August

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With the release of “Ambition Rocks”, their first album in 25 years, and with a new lineup, AOR & Classic Rock band Da Vinci returns with brand new songs.
The group was formed in Norway back in 1986, and after a short round with demos, the band got a record deal with Polygram Norway and released their debut album the following year.
Looking back on the Norwegian melodic rock of the 80’s, one of the bands to leave a major impression were undoubtedly Oslo’s Da Vinci. Enjoying as much radio play and charting nationally in the same league as Return, Stage Dolls and TNT, Da Vinci released two albums, ”Da Vinci” and ”Back in the Business” and a single in 91 “Ain’t No Goodbyes/ Blame it on the radio”.
Their greatest hits were “Forever in My Heart” and “Tarquinia” from the first album; and “Call Me a Liar” and “9&10” from “Back in Business”. DaVinci was touring constantly from late 86 to 92 and did over 600 performances in Norway. They also played as support for Status Quo on their Christmas Remedy tour in 1989 in Great Britain together with Ole Evenrude. The last concerts were two gigs at Wembley Arena. They split up in 93, but Selboskar, Westlie and Aass continued to write songs together for a few years. Some of these demo songs were illegally released in Europe.
Jarle Måløy moved to the north of Norway. Bjørn Boge started Street Legal together with Bjørn Olav Lauvdal and Selboskar was in the band on keys several years. Gunnar Westlie formed his own band called Tjugods and Lars Aass started working as a songwriter at Waterfall Productions. In 2004 Selboskar and Westlie started to write AOR songs together again and formed Eidsivating with the drummer from Son of Angels, Geir Digernes, and after some years with a lot of songs and different members, this project ended up in today’s Da Vinci.

“Ambition Rocks”was produced by Sverre E Henriksen and DaVinci; drums recorded in Oslo at Klang Studios with Johnny Skalleberg. The album was mixed by Sverre E Henriksen in hangar 7 and mastered by Nick Terry. Artwork & videos by Dag Selboskar.

The album will be released from AOR Heaven on August 25th.
Here’s a first bite……

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Frédéric Slama’ s AOR – New remastered compilation “The heart of L.A”

Perris Records is proud to announce the worldwide release of AOR  “The Heart Of L.A” CD. Frédéric Slama’ s AOR all star project is back with a remastered compilation called “The Heart Of L.A” featuring some of the best singers from the Melodic Rock world.  Imagine in the same album the incredible voices of Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteem, Talisman, W.E.T), Kevin Chalfant (The Storm, Two Fires, Journey, Shooting Star), Steve Overland (FM, The Ladder), Jesse Damon (Silent Rage, Kiss), Paul Sabu (Only Child, Kidd Glove, John Waite), Philip Bardowell (Unruly Child, Places Of Power), David Forbes (Boulevard), Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Bill Champlin (Chicago), Fergie Frederiksen (Toto), Paul Shortino (Quiet Riot) & many more stars. 2 unreleased tracks have been added to what might be the ultimate AOR album in the vein of Survivor, Foreigner, Giant & Toto. 16 tracks of pure Melodic Rock heaven like you’ve never heard them before.
A must have for any serious collector! For fans of Journey, Foreigner, Giant & Toto.

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TRACKLIST:

1) Angels Never Sleep

2) The Smartest Girl In L.A.

3) On The Edge Of Glory

4) Deep Whirlpool

5) The Main Attraction

6) Heart In Pawn

7) Jenny At Midnight

8) Silent Victory

9) Dangerous To Know

10) One Foot In Heaven

11) Closer To Zero

12) Secrets In The Shadows

13) You’re My Obsession

14)  From L.A. To Paris

Unreleased Bonus tracks:

15) Don’t Turn Back

16) When The Darkness Falls

 

CD is available for purchase direct from label:

http://www.perrisrecords.com/new_releases/aor___the_heart_of_l.a/

 

Catalogue No. CD: PER5452

UPC Barcode No.: 670573054528

TEN – NEW LYRIC VIDEO RELEASED

 

unnamed (2)The British Melodic Hard Rock band TEN, released the second single from their forthcoming 13th studio album entitled “Gothica”, which will be released on the 7th of July, 2017 via Frontiers Records. The brand new track entitled “La Luna Dra-Cu-La”, the lyric video of which we present to you today, is a fast rocker, based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which describes, according to band leader Gary Hughes, “the moment when guests approach Dracula’s castle for the first time, with the full moon illuminating an otherwise obscure and disturbing scene. The Dracula Moon, as the Transylvanian people call it.”

“Gothica” was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed/mastered by Dennis Ward, a longstanding professional association which has been ongoing since Dennis mixed TEN’s 2011 album, “Stormwarning”.

Additionally, the album features stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker, while the atmospheric sleeve photography is once again provided by the remarkably talented Adrian Ashworth.

You can preorder “GOTHICA” NOW: http://radi.al/Gothica

Frontiers: http://www.frontiers.shop

Amazon: http://radi.al/GothicaAmazon

iTunes: http://radi.al/GothicaiTunes

Google Play: http://radi.al/GothicaGooglePlay

 

Listen to TEN on Spotify: http://radi.al/GothicaSpotify

 

Tracklisting:

1. The Grail

2. Jekyll And Hyde

3. Travellers

4. Man For All Seasons

5. In My Dreams

6. The Wild King Of Winter

7. Paragon

8. Welcome To The Freak Show

9. La Luna Dra-cu-la

10. Into Darkness

 

TEN is:

Gary Hughes – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming
Dann Rosingana – Guitar
Steve Grocott – Guitar
John Halliwell – Guitar
Steve McKenna – Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums and Percussion

Additional Backing Vocals – Karen Fell

 

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https://twitter.com/TENOfficial_UK

Boulevard – New album on the way….

blvdCanadian AORsters BOULEVARD strikes back 27 years later with a new album soon to be released.

-“After 21 months of recordings in Abbey Road in London and Almacen in Vancouver the final mix it’s almost ready” – the band says.

*The last record from Boulevard was released back in 1990 and is called “Into the Streets”

ADAGIO premiere new song ‘The Ladder’

French symphonic progressive metal act ADAGIO have premiered their new single ‘The Ladder’ ahead of the release of forthcoming album, Life, on July 26th via Zeta Nemesis Records.

Taking their time to create their unique and highly personal fifth full-length album, Life, it has been seven years since Adagio’s last studio release, Archangels In Black.”The impetus behind the band’s dormancy spanning almost a decade was our commitment to doing justice to our material,” says guitarist Stéphan Forté. “To release the album in an incomplete or premature state would be a disservice to the music, the band, and most of all, to the fans.”With Life, ADAGIO pushes the experience past just music, plunging the listener into a powerful introspective experience. Stéphan says: “Fear, joy, sorrow, love, pain, ecstasy… What if we could visit each of these emotions like exhibits in a museum? ‘Life’ takes you on contemplative journey, exploring the complex yet beautiful contortions of the subconscious mind.” Each track is like a portrait in a gallery giving the audience a glimpse into the minds of the band members.Stylistically, Life brings ADAGIO back to their progressive roots while expanding their musical boundaries. From the heavy ‘Subrahmanya’ which is available as the first single now, and which combines traditional Eastern Ethnic and Djent influences, to the dark and mesmerizing ‘I’ll Possess You,’ Life is an epic canvas of atmospheres which will take the listener back to the ethereal places they had once visited but never managed to find again.This album features several lineup changes for ADAGIO. Life marks the return of singer Kelly “Sundown” Carpenter, who had previously performed live vocals for the band. It also brings us the new addition violinist Mayline, adding new ethnic textures and dimensions to the band’s sound.Life will be released worldwide through Zeta Nemesis, funded through a highly successful crowdfunding campaign. “The crowdfunding campaign was a great accomplishment for us; we’re incredibly thankful that our fans had such great faith in us, even after our long absence from the scene,” Stéphan says. “This organic grassroots process has yielded the purest results and we are confident that this release will be heralded as the band’s finest effort yet.”

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LIFE 
track listing:

1) Life
2) The Ladder
3) Subrahmanya
4) The Grand Spirit Voyage
5) Darkness Machine
6) I’ll Possess You
7) Secluded Within Myself
8) Trippin Away
9) Torn

 

The Night Flight Orchestra – New Album OUT

Swedish rockers The Night Flight Orchestra released their third studio album called “Amber Galactic” via Nuclear Blast Records on May 19th. Rolling through the late 70s n early 80s feelings this album will follow you for years.
The album is available worldwide on the links below:
NB Shop: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticNB
iTunes: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticIT
Apple Music: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticAM
Amazon MP3: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticAMP3
Google Play: http://nblast.de/TNFOAmberGalacticGP
NB Flac + Digital Stores: http://nblast.de/TNFODigital

Here’s a bite:

The Night Flight Orchestra are:

Björn Strid -Vocals,
Sharlee D’ Angelo – Bass,
David Andersson – Guitars,
Richard Larsson – Keyboards,
Jonas Källsbäck – Drums

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LION’S SHARE releases first new song in 8 years.

After a six-year hiatus, Swedish heavy metal band LION’S SHARE has just released a new lyric video, “Another Desire”. This is the group’s first new release since the Dark Hours album in 2009.

“The plan was always to release more LION’S SHARE material. And even though Lars [Chriss, guitar] and I live quite far apart, we have managed to squeeze in songwriting sessions here and there throughout the years,” lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson reveals.

“I’ve been working full time as a producer/mixer for the last six years, and Patrik has released albums and toured with both Civil War and Astral Doors, so it’s not like we’ve been out of the music business, even though LION’S SHARE as a band hasn’t been very public”, Chriss adds.

Both remark that they have always worked very well together, and at this point it feels the most natural to keep LION’S SHARE as a duo, with friends helping out wherever needed.

Well over 20 new LION’S SHARE songs are more or less written. About half of them are partly recorded as well, with original member Andy Loos handling the bass duties on the first batch of tracks. The plan is to release a couple of lyric videos – one by one – a couple of months apart, and to take it from there, depending on the response from fans.

Follow LION’S SHARE on http://www.facebook.com/lionsshareband and http://www.youtube.com/LIONSSHARE for more news and upcoming videos.

The official lyric video for “Another Desire” can be seen below.

LION’S SHARE – Another Desire [Lyric Video 2017]

https://youtu.be/zFA3xmndP18