Odyssey Desperado is a melodic hard rock project started by Odysseas Karapolitis in 2014 in Athens, Greece. His dream was to share the music, the melodies and the ideas he had in his mind with other people. For achieving this goal he worked with the multi-talented producer Bob Katsionis (Outloud, Firewind ) at Sound Symmetry Studio, also recruited one of the best Greek voices in the genre Manos Fatsis on lead vocals, and the legendary Paul Laine (ex-Danger Danger) on backing vocals. Four years later, the result of this cooperation has brought in the surface the album “Don’t Miss The Sunset, which he signed and will be released on 30 March 2018 by Lions Pride music.
1) Rush Of The Wave
2) You And Me Against The World
4) Dreams Die hard
5) Can’t Live Without You
6) Oasis (In The Desert Of Your Soul
7) Holding On To A Dream
9) Tomorrow You’ll Be Gone
10) Wings Of Silk
Odyssey Desperado are::
◾Odyssey Desperado – Lead & Rhythm Guitar’s
◾Bob Katsionis – Bass Guitar, Keyboards & Programming
◾Manos Fatsis – Lead Vocals
◾Paul Laine – Background Vocals
Mixed & Produced: Bob Katsionis Mastered by: Nassos Nomikos at Vu Productions Mastering Studio Recorded at: Sound Symmetry Studio, Athens, Greece.
After a long and rich year in releases presented on this page, AmadeuS Melodic Rock Show presents 2017 Top 20 AOR / Melodic Rock (and not only;) releases.
It was a very hard decision to choose among all the quality offered by the artists during 2017, but I had to pick up only 20 and here is what I came up with:
2017 – top 20 albums
01- Boulevard IV – Luminescence
02- Tony Mills – Streets of Chance
03- Cats in Space – Scarecrow
04- Threshold – Legends of the Shires
05- Nocturnal Rites – Phoenix
06- Code Red – Incediary
07- Stan Bush – Change the World
08- The Night Flight Orchestra – Amber Galactic
09- Wildness – ST
10- Steve Walsh – Black Butterfly
11- Crazy Lixx – Ruff Justice
12- Moritz – About Time Too
13- Shadowman – Secrets and lies
14- Revlin ProJect – Dimensión
15- Iconic Eye – Into the Light
16- Jim Jidhed – Push on through
17- Lionheart – Second Nature
18- Midnite City – ST
19- That Rock Guy – Nothin’ to Loose
20- Bonfire – Byte the bullet
2017 – Top 5 Singles
01- One Desire – Hurt
02- Roulette – The only way
03- Creye – Straight to the top
04- Taste – We are back
05- LEBROCK – Please don’t cry
HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE – KEEP ON ROCKIN.
-LINO “AmadeuS R.-
Rock Temple, the new international mail order dedicated to rock and metal music fans, in collaboration with Rocker Sound Agency & Burning Minds Music Group, is proud to announce the first official edition of its “Rock Temple Festival”, an event that promises to become a brilliant annual kermesse for all the passionate supporters of this kind of music. This edition coincides with the first official italian gig ever of one of the most beloved AOR bands… BOULEVARD! After two cult AOR releases in the late eighties, “BLVD” (1988) and “Into the Street” (1990), which gave them big exposure in their homecountry, Boulevard sadly dissolved in 1991, but finally reunited in 2014 starting to write new songs for their awaited studio come-back. The result is included in “Luminescence”, an unquestionable masterpiece of up to date melodic rock music, which is getting oustanding feedbacks from fans and critics, being already included in most of the “Top Album” lists of 2017.
ALDARIA released a new single track called “When The Time Has Come”. 100% of all income of this single will be donated to Cancer Research.
ALDARIA’s mastermind Frode Hovd comments: “This is a very important cause for me, as I lost my mother to this horrible disease in 2010. The single will be available across all streaming and digital platforms, and on the official webstore (www.aldariaband.com), where you will get a special edition with a lossless audio file, instrumental, high resolution cover art, and lyrics.”Line-up:Vocals: Chris Bay (Freedom Call), Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Ola Halen (ex Insania Stockholm), Yannis Papadopoulos (Beast In Black), Mike Livas, Victor Emenka (Soulspell), Terje Harøy(Pyramaze), Siegfried Samer (Dragony), Todd Michael Hall (Riot V), David Åkesson (Qantize)Guitars: Frode Hovd (Aldaria), Christer Harøy (Divided Multitude), Thobbe Englund (ex Sabaton), Lars Rettkowitz (Freedom Call), Jimmy Hedlund (Falconer)Bass: Ronnie König (Signum Regis)Orchestration: Peter Crowley’s Fantasy Dream & Frode HovdDrums: Morten Gade Sørensen (Pyramaze) Mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios
Swedish melodic hard rock band REACH is back – now as a power trio with a new album and video. First song to be revealed is the album title track ”The Great Divine” and it’s available on all digital platforms. A videoclip is also available on youtube and you can check it HERE
The lineup consists of Ludvig Turner (Guitars & Vocals), Marcus Johansson (Drums), Soufian Ma’Aoui (Bass).
The new material consists of 10 songs written by Ludvig Turner ranging from the modern up-tempo “Running on Empty” to the spooky “Nightmare“, the moody “River Deep“, the catchy “One Life” and the straight forward hard rock tune “Into Tomorrow” that sets the opening for the album.
1. Into Tomorrow
2. The Great Divine
3. Live or Die
5. Off the Edge
6. One Life
7. Running on Empty
9. You Say
10. River Deep
Swedish Melodic Hard Rock Band, VOLSTER feat. ex-members of Masquerade and House Of Heavy, have signed with European label ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. VOLSTERS’s debut album “Perfect Storm“, includes 12 tracks and is produced by VOLSTER, co-produced/mixed by Max Norman (Ozzy Osbourne, Lynch Mob, Armored Saint, Lizzy Borden, Megadeth, Y&T) and mastered by Thomas “Plec” Johansson (Soilwork, Onslaught, Armageddon, Degradead, Dynazty) at The Panic Room Mastering. A video teaser of new album “Perfect Storm” can be viewed here:
Henrik Lundberg says: “Brought up with music from the 70th and 80th the roots are deep. So it’s no surprise our music is built from these glorious decades even if we also involve more modern flavours. The main ingredient is the melody, what else makes a great song other than great vocals and interesting riffs of course. With members having been active in the music business for decades now is the time to make all our music dreams come true, playing the music we love. VOLSTER is melodic hard rock as it’s supposed to be.”
Peter Tenning – Vocals
Ulf Andersson – Guitar (ex-Masquerade)
Henrik Lundberg – Bass (ex-House Of Heavy, ex-Masquerade)
Daniel Granlund – Drums (Syconaut)
VOLSTER is a Swedish hard rock band started by guitarist Ulf Andersson and bass player Henrik Lundberg who were both members of the band Masquerade in the late 80s and early 90s. While Ulf left Masquerade for other projects, Henrik continued making a couple of albums with Masquerade before they broke up. In 2009 Henrik released an album with the band House of Heavy.
Ulf and Henrik met up again in 1996 to record a four song demo. This demo was called VOLSTER and in 2013 (17 years later) they decided to pick up where they left off and plans were made to start a band performing these songs and also write new ones. They kept the name VOLSTER.
Melodicrock.it, in collaboration with Burning Minds Music Group & Rock Temple, the new italian mail order dedicated to all the rock / metal music fans, is proud to announce the second official edition of “A Melodic Rock Night”! Organized by popular demand after the success of the first edition, “A Melodic Rock Night 2” will take place @ Dedolor Music Headquarters – Rovellasca (CO – ITALY). Italian melodic rock artists will represent once again the real event of the show, with three acts from the first edition of the festival (Hungryheart, Soul Seller & Wheels Of Fire) ready to offer a special acoustic set balanced on some of the best tracks taken from their discographies. Talking instead about the electric side of the show, we are proud to announce that veteran italian hard-rockers Danger Zone will perform presenting a setlist of songs taken from all their studio albums, including the last critical acclaimed “Closer To Heaven”.As per tradition “A Melodic Rock Night” will offer once again an exclusive event, so we are glad to present the first italian gig of danish artist Michael Kratz (recently signed by Art Of Melody Music), who will play songs taken from his forthcoming new album “Live Your Life”, a wonderful piece of art of classic AOR / Westcoast music, with legendary guest musicians involved in the line-up of the album (all details will be unveiled shortly). Michael Kratz will be expertly backed, for this special night, by italian newcomers Mindfeels, who recently proved their unquestionable skills thanks to their debut album “XXenty” (Art Of Melody Music), which they will present on-stage with two selected tracks performed during the show. But it’s not all folks! The second edition of “A Melodic Rock Night” will coincide with the official release party of Michael Kratz‘s new album “Live Your Life”, that will be available for purchasing exclusively at the venue one week before of the official release date. News, updates and info concerning tickets, running orders and more will follow shortly. Stay tuned for very welcome updates regarding exclusive rewards and special discounts for all the tickets owners! We would like to thank our official partners Sound Trek Distributions, Tanzan Music, Rock Of Ages radio show @ Radio City Trieste, Linea Rock radio show @ Radio Lombardia, Roxx Zone, Hardsounds.it, Moviedel Productions, PriStudio, W Studio Design, Atomic Stuff Studio & Atomic Stuff Promotion for the precious collaboration!
Swiss/Finnish/American hard rockers PANORAMA have released a lyric video for ‘Around The World‘, it’s the title song of their debut album, out on January 12, 2018 via ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. The album is produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward (Unisonic, Pink Cream 69). The cover artwork was made by Stan W Decker (Masterplan, Vanden Plas, Resurrection Kings, Stryper)
Finnish metal band, RANDOM EYES, will release their fourth album ‘Grieve No More‘ on January 19, 2018 via Rock’N’Growl Records. The album includes 10 tracks and was produced by Christian Palin (Panorama, ex-Adagio) and mixed/mastered by Angelo Buccolieri.
1. Trail of Tears
3. Grieve no More
4. Fates loves the Fearless
5. 2 Worlds Collide
7. Do what thou Wilt
8. Never too Late
10. The Final Quest
RANDOM EYES is singer/songwriter Christian Palin on vocals (Panorama, ex-Adagio) and Markus Grimald on guitars, plus studio musicians.
Danish old school heavy metal band, SAVAGE MACHINE, will release their first full-lenght album ‘Abandon Earth‘ on January 19, 2018. The album is produced, mixed and mastered Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, Pretty Maids) at Jailhouse Studios.
2. Age Of Machines
3. The Hunter
4. Time Traveler
5. Behind the Veil
6. Fourth Dimension
7. Fall Of Icarus
8. Event Horizon
10. Welcome To Hell
After a long time dormant, Savage Machine is armed, recharged and ready to resume their heavy metal crusade. The result is an ambitious full-length album with battering, yet playful riffs, powerful vocals and a rock-solid rhythm squad whose only purpose is to convert your heathen soul to that of a true headbanger. “Abandon Earth” takes you into the grim future of post-apocalyptic despair, where the war between man and machine rages. Earth Is dead and the last remaining resource’s are spent. The only salvation of mankind lies in the heavens but, who gets to go? Who deserves to go? And is there really anything other than darkness out there?
SAVAGE MACHINE is:
Troels Rasmussen – Vocals
Jacob V. D. Bruun – Lead Guitars and Rhythm Guitars
Simon Kalmar Poulsen – Rhythm Guitars
Martin Helbo – Drums
Benjamin Andreassen – Bass
Savage Machine, from Denmark, is honoring a proud lineage of Heavy Metal kings with a modern twist. Ambitiously, The machine delivers savage riffs, thundering drums and galloping bass over the grandiose vocals of pure metal thunder. Having existed since 2010, Savage Machine has been a big part of the danish underground scene for several years before emerging onto the international stage in 2015’s Wacken Open Air. In the past year, Savage Machine recorded a hard-hitting debut album and toured across Europe with Spain’s ”Lords of Black”.
Taste, consisting of brothers Christoffer (ex Art Nation) and Felix Borg (ex Art Nation)
releases “We are back”.
The band says: “We are very excited to finally release something new. It has been delayed for far too long now!”
“We are back” is a catchy and powerful song with melodies which will stick to your head from the first listen. From the wall of guitars to the drum machine like drums, Taste are not only back, They are here to stay.
Borg brothers wrote and produced the song together. “We are Back” single is recorded and mixed by Christoffer Borg (Evergrey, Art Nation, Kee Marcello) at Top Floor Studios,Gothenburg.
The single will be available on all digital platforms on January 5th.
Symphonic metal masters VISIONS OF ATLANTIS once more set sail to oceanic myths and the eternal dream of the sunken continent! Titled ‘The Deep & The Dark‘ and set for a release on February 16th 2018on Napalm Records, with their upcoming seventh studio album VISIONS OF ATLANTIS showcase all musical facettes of the genre with a breathtaking classic Symphonic Metal album.
Now the band fronted by the fascinating voice of Clémentine Delauney unveiled their album artwork and track list for ‘The Deep & The Dark‘!
Says the band: “This is the album we have always dreamed of making. It is everything fans of this genre love and Visions Of Atlantis was founded for. This is the heart & soul of this band and Symphonic Metal. We are proud and excited that after over 4 years we put out the best 10 tracks the band has to offer. This is Visions Of Atlantis – this is Symphonic Metal!”
1. The Deep & The Dark
2. Return To Lemuria
3. Ritual Night
4. The Silent Mutiny
5. Book Of Nature
6. The Last Home
7. The Grand Illusion
8. Dead Reckoning
9. Words Of War
10.Prayer To The Lost
Coming as exclusive Deluxe Box Set, CD Digipak and Digital Download editions, ‘The Deep & The Dark‘ is now available to pre-order HERE!
Hauntingly beautiful duets between vocalists supreme Clémentine Delauney and Siegfried Samer meet classic power metal infusions, embodying the symphonic metal cake: A must-have for all genre-fans and beyond!
To get a first taste of VISIONS OF ATLANTIS‘ upcoming album, the band premieres the scenic video for the track ‘Return To Lemuria‘!
With ‘The Deep & The Dark‘ VISIONS OF ATLANTIS created their most powerful and perfectly executed magnum opus to date, waiting to be performed live at the „Symphonic Metal Nights“ in February 2018:
w/ SERENITY, SLEEPING ROMANCE, SECRET RULE, EVENMORE
Presented by Sonic Seducer, Spark Rock Magazine, Slam, Metal Talk & Lords Of Metal
09.02.18 AT – Worgl / Komma
10.02.18 DE – Kaiserslautern / Kammgarn
11.02.18 CH – Wetzikon / Hall Of Fame
12.02.18 DE – Frankfurt / Nachtleben
14.02.18 UK – London / Underworld
15.02.18 DE – Vosselaar / Biebob
16.02.18 NL – Nijverdal / Cult Art Shop
17.02.18 NL – Haarlem / Patronaat
18.02.18 DE – Bochum / matrix
19.02.18 DE – Berlin / Bi Nuu
20.02.18 DE – Nuremberg / Der Cult
21.02.18 CZ – Prague / Nova Chmelnice
22.02.18 DE – Munich / Backstage
23.02.18 DE – Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
24.02.18 AT – Lenzing / Pfarrsaal
25.02.18 DE – Wacken / Wacken Winter Nights (VOA only)
Spanish melodic rock singer Alain Concepción presents his new project “Life Songs”, a live and living album, recorded in a single take with audience in a night at which 70s soul classics met the trio’s highly emotive compositions.
“Life Songs” is a unique experience which was also filmed for everyone’s enjoyment in a very special way. Therefore, the CD edition will include a DVD featuring part of that magic show.
Sneakout Records is glad to announce the signing of Italian hard rockers Stray Bullets for the release of their debut album. Their story begins back in 2007, when this hard rock combo coming from Verona (north of Italy) started to write the first songs together, in order to move their first steps for the making of their first studio album. It took three years to record and self-release “Lost Soul Town”, a demo/album with ten tracks entirely played and recorded by the band as a home-made recording. In the following years, Stray Bullets faced a series of line-up changes, which accidentally led them to focus their proposal on a more sleaze oriented rock style. In the summer of 2015, after the meeting with Oscar Burato and Stefano Gottardi of Burning Minds Music Group, Stray Bullets took the decision of putting the basis for a collaboration together, in order to improve the quality of their proposal. The band entered the doors of Atomic Stuff Studio under the artistic guidance of Oscar himself, finalizing (with the line-up composed by vocalist Alex Chinaski, guitar-players Steven Evil and Nick, bass-player Dave Dufford and drummer Zen) the eleven tracks of “Shut Up”, which includes most of the songs taken from “Lost Soul Town”, now re-written and re-arranged according to the soul and style of the new line-up. A new band, a new album, and a new adventure: Stray Bullets are ready to rock the world with the energy captured in their debut “Shut Up”.
Following on from their critically acclaimed 2015 independent debut album ‘Speedway’ Blood Red Saints make a welcome return with a brand new selection of top class hard rock. ‘Love Hate Conspiracies‘ sees the band make a progression into a more focused direction. Pete Godfrey (vocals) tells us more. “The Speedway album was a great debut for us no doubt about that but this new album is a massive step forward. We’ve really found our own sound and identity with this material, it feels a lot more cohesive and is without doubt, heavier in style. This feels like a real band all pulling together”
The new album also sees two new Saints baptised to join original members Pete Godfrey, Rob Naylor (bass) and Lee Revill (guitars). Neil Hibbs (formerly of Arkhams Razor, Shy) joins to add a harder edge with crunching guitars for a tougher approach for both live and studio work. Andy Chemney (drums) was an obvious choice having worked with Rob in their previous band ‘Angels Or Kings’. Rob takes up the story. “I’ve known Andy nearly all my life, he was the guy I wanted for our band and we are so pleased to have finally got our man”
So, what can we expect from ‘Love Hate Conspiracies?’ Lee Revill told us this “it’s musically in a heavier direction than Speedway. We still wanted big melodic choruses but we wanted to toughen them up a bit too. We’ve got such a strong set of songs here and we are all excited to finally let people hear them, on the album and also live, these songs are gonna kick ass”
The album features a writing and vocal contribution from Paul Laine (The Defiants) on ‘Is it over’ and a track ‘Turn on the Night’, written by Steve Brown (Trixter, Def Leppard, Tokyo Motor Fist)
Mixing and production was handled by Simon Humphrey who has worked with some of the biggest acts in music over many years and his input was invaluable in producing this record. Love Hate Conspiracies can be heard soon enough, with a release date for 26th January 2018 on the AOR heaven label.
Pete Godfrey leaves us on this note.
“We hope people will love this album as much as we do. A lot of hard work has gone into making it and we think it shows”
Catch BRS out and about throughout the year with HRH in North Wales in March and more shows to be announced soon. Check them out on Facebook too.
PAL is a Swedish musical collaboration between guitarist Roger Ljunggren and Peter Andersson and Peo Pettersson.
Roger and Peter, longtime friends, started writing and play music together way back. They first got to know each other in the early eighties. Growing up in Skara, a small town in the southwest of Sweden sharing a passion for music and specially song-writing the sweat out together in a small rehearsal studio together with some other local musicians.
The group started in 1987 when a demo was recorded in Peo’s studio Vanäs for a band called Escape which at that moment was short of a singer and Peo helped out.
Now, thirty years later the three musicians are making music together again. The songs on the debut album “Prime” are a collaboration between the three – where Roger wrote the music and recorded the guitars and solos and Peter arranged, produced and played the bass. Peo then added the vocals. Mauritz Petersson was hired to do the drums.
You can surely hear vintage elements in their music , but this time with a more modern approach and passion for the music they all grew up with. The first label that was invited to listen to the material was AOR Heaven in Germany. A record deal was signed with them shortly after. Release of the debut album “Prime” is scheduled in Europe January 2018.
Roger Ljunggren – Guitar
Peter Andersson – Bass
Peo Pettersson – Vocals / Keyboard
Mauritz Petersson – Drums