Mats Karlsson – “The Time Optimist” out in December 6th….

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Mats Karlsson, guitarist and songwriter with classic Swedish hard rock act 220 Volt is releasing his first ever solo album titl ed “The Time Optimist” on December 6th 2019. Mats, a native Swede grew up in Östersund in northern Sweden but has resided in Stockholm since the mid 80’s.
The new record is a collection of songs that are a bit more laid back than the 220 Volt stuff, and m ove freely between rock, hard rock, singer/songwriter style and some AOR touches here and there. Mats asked his brother Ulf to play all keyboards, and gathered some great musician friends to help out incl. drummer Björn “Grizzly” Höglund (Easy Action, The Summit, Hoven Droven), drummer Peter Hermansson (220 Volt, Talisman, John Norum), Bass ace Nalle Påhlsson (Therion, Treat, Easy Action), and also some well known musicians in Sweden as drummer Mike Ajax, bassist Lars Ericsson ( The Summit), the first 220 Volt singer Christer “Frille” Åsell and also vocalist Jenny Fall.
“The Time Optimist” consists of 11 tracks in different styles, nine tracks penned by Mats, one by Mats co written with Björn Höglund, and the album also has a cover of the track “Real Gone” by Sheryl Crow/John Shanks. There are two duets where Mats shares the lead vocals with singer Jenny Fall, and one with “Frille” Åsell.
The term “time optimist” is a Swedish expression referring to a person who is always positive that he/she will achieve a certain amount of work in specified time and often failing.
This self produced release will come out on CD, vinyl and on digital platforms on December 6th. 2019. “Megalo Seitani”  is available as a lyric video & single and a second track will also be released ahead of the album.

 

 

Carl Dixon – Unbroken set for release on November 29th….

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Dixon’s solo debut ‘One’ (1993), appears to have been a pretty obvious move for a man of his standing (at least from the European perspective). Carl, born in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario had come to prominence in the early 80s as one of the frontmen for the critically acclaimed Canadian hard rock band Coney Hatch.
However, having released three albums between 1982 and 1985, Dixon had become pretty disillusioned with his career at that point; tired of the many frustrations that being on a major label (who don’t appear to care) brings on a touring band trying to get noticed. Ironically, as has been shown time and again, North American bands often appear to be curiously shielded from any success they may be achieving abroad. In Coney Hatch’s case there was another market out there bursting to embrace them in Europe, if only they’d known about it.
After focussing on songwriting for other artists for a while, eventually switching focus from North America, where Grunge was on the brink, to Europe, especially Germany, where Coney Hatch made a much bigger impact, Carl wouldn’t fully learn about it only until Coney Hatch’ performance at the 2014 edition of Firefest, England.
’One’ features fifteen songs, one of them (‘One Good Reason’) a co-write with Brett Walker, another one (‘Taste Of Love’) Aerosmith meets Def Leppard flavored.
Dixon’s first wife Stella ended up adding backing vocals alongside e.g. Mark Santer (Santers) or Mike Shotton (Von Groove). It took a month of recording in four different studios especially focussing on how the guitars sound. The Canadian still is very proud of it and about the fact that people still remember the album.
After being with The Guess Who and April Wine for a while and a horrible car crash in Australia in 2008, he’s back with Coney Hatch leading to the 2013 record ‘Four’ and has released a couple of solo records since. Additionally, he’s having a brand new solo effort by the name of ‘Unbroken’ coming out soon on with he collaborated with Frontline’s Robby Böbel.
After the re-issue of the classic album “One” in October 2019, November sees the release of the first collaboration between Carl and Robert Boebel, a long-time stalwart on the German music scene with bands like Frontline and Phantom V, among many. The result is the new release, Carl Dixon UNBROKEN, a powerfully sung and performed album that reaches the heights of AOR Melodic Rock. Memorable hooks, strong melodies, great guitar playing and production, and drumming performed by Mark Santer (Santers) and newcomer Dylan Gowan (Vesperia, Cardinal Street).

Track List: 1. Can’t Love A Memory, 2. Bowl Me Over, 3. Nothing Lasts Forever, 4. Every Step Of The Way, 5. Summer Nights, 6. All My Love And Hopes For You, 7. This Isn’t The End, 8. Drive Just Drive, 9. Roll The Dice, 10. Keep The Faith, 11. Unbroken

Keen Hue – New album on November 29th….

On a summer´s day 1978, bass player Lars-Åke loaded his amp and speaker onto his bicycle trailer, heading for the first meeting and rehearsal with guitarist Åke and drummer Anders.
This was the start of KEEN HUE. At that time the band was exclusively playing covers from bands such as HURRIGANES and RAMONES. Three years later, the second guitarist Stefan and new drummer Peter joined the band. At this point they started to write their own music, influenced by acts like JUDAS PRIEST and BLACK SABBATH. As they were living in the same little village, the band was rehearsing almost everyday in the basement of Stefan’s parents´ house. When his mother started popping pills and his father’s hair turned white, they changed location. Next stop, Peter’s parents’ house.
Still rehearsing and gigging local venues, in the autumn of 1982, KEEN HUE also recorded and released their first 2-track single (“Spread Your Wings Of Fire/One Of Two“). The boys paid for it themselves and 500 copies were made. Another three years later, 1985, English record label Ebony Records signed the band for an LP. After the release of that album (“Ogre King“), the band had a good response from all over Europe and several countries around the world. Shortly thereafter, the band recruited bass player Kent so that Lars-Åke could focus on his vocals. The following years they did some touring in Sweden and in 1989 the singer Lars-Åke left KEEN HUE. After finding another frontman the band kept on writing songs and then released a CD in 1993 (“Juicy Fruit Lucy“). In the years to come, members changed but Stefan and Kent were still in the band, playing a lot, now under the name KEEN HUE-UNDER COVER.
Fast forward to 2018: Stefan came up with the idea to make new recordings of the old KEEN HUE-songs and contacted Lars-Åke, Åke, Kent and Peter. Everyone was onboard immediately recording the old songs with an updated sound. So here you are, 10 fresh songs written between 1981-1989. The HEYDAYS!

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Track List:
1 . Fly Away Honey,
2. Blue Girls,
3. Stay Around,
4. Crossfire,
5. Gimme Love,
6. Take It Or Leave it,
7. The Doctor´s Crying,
8. We Don’t Need War,
9. Wasted Time,
10. Ogre King

Line up:
Lars-Åke “Plåtis” Nilsson, Vocals
Stefan Morén, Guitar
Åke “Krumme” Nyström, Guitar
Kent Jansson, Bass
Peter “Zeke” Ytterberg, Drums

STATION – First single from the upcoming album out now…..

Melodic Rockers STATION have released the first single “A Matter of  Time” out of their upcoming album called “Stained Glass” set for release on November 1st.

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1. A Matter of Time
2. Emily
3. Never Enough
4. I See You Everywhere
5. Angel
6. Nothin’ But Love
7. Still Here
8. Burning Out Fast
9. I Need You Red
10. Stained Glass
11. All You Need Is A Heartbeat
Produced by STATION
All songs engineered by Emi Asta, Chris Lane, Anthony Lopardo, and Ray Marte, except for “Never Enough” and “All You Need Is A Heartbeat,” engineered by Ayad Al Adhamy and Joel Witenberg
Mixed by Emi Asta
Mastered by Ray Marte at Westfall Recording Company
Recorded at Bluebird Studios, Westfall Recording Company, Tone House Studios and Diamond City Studio

Art Direction: Crista Hartis
Photography: Tesha Lane and Steven Lane
Art Concept: Patrick Kearney and Chris Lane

VANDALLUS – ‘Outbreak’ Album Details Revealed, Out In December….

US Hard Rock / Metal band, VANDALLUS, will release their third powerhouse album ‘Outbreak‘ on December 12th, 2019 digital, CD and vinyl via Mercinary Records. It’s all about classic dynamic recordings with a real live drummer, no pitch shifting, and no crushed or fake elements.

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Tracklist:

1. Barricade
2. Not Alone
3. Heartbreak Eyes
4. Outbreak
5. Bang The City Down
6. Shotgun Lady
7. Indecision
8. Cold Hearted
9. Ready To Ride
10. Vandallus (Tape EP Bonus)

The album was produced by CrazyV & Vanik. Recorded at Mercinary Studios (Avon, OH). Mixed and mastered by CrazyV. Production asisstant Noah C. Buchanan.

VANDALLUS is:

CrazyV – Vocals (Eternal LegacyEGO)
Vanik – Guitars (MidnightBreakerManimalsEternal LegacyVanik)
Tim-Ay  – Bass (WretchEternal LegacyDestructor)
SteveD – Drums (Vindicator)

Outbreak studio musicans:

Jesse Stown – Drums (Vindicator)

VANDALLUS from Cleveland Ohio, USA feature two thirds of the mighty Midnight in their line-up. VANDALLUS is Jason’s baby “aka CrazyV”, Midnight boss Jamie Walters also wrote a few songs to kickstart the debut album “On The High Side (2016)” via High Roller Records. The idea came about of making an album in the vein of late 1970s/early 1980s hard rock. Being that there was a significant amount of underground buzz about the music, it had become a functioning band.

The sound of “On The High Side” is a very direct and sort of old school sound, according to Jason, that’s exactly how it was originally planned: “The main vibe with this band is all about capturing an era that won’t be forgotten, just straight forward old school hard rock without the bs. I had the debut album mastered by Arnie Acosta (Santa Monica Mastering) whom worked on many of the classic productions of that time. The follow-up album “Bad Disease” was recorded live in the studio and released in 2018, and now here comes the 3rd powerhouse “Outbreak” ready to be unleashed upon the world. “I’m all about classic dynamic recordings with a real live drummer, no pitch shifting, and no crushed or fake elements.

VANDALLUS are very much motivated to play live as often as they can. Generally, we like to stick to more festival-type shows because we like to put on a full out energetic performance without cutting any corners. The 80’s is an era that I’m truly inspired by, and through the music we’re trying to get the upcoming generations to be as inspired as I am. Our goal is to get the younger kids to see the energy and vibe, and experience what the classic shows were all about.

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