The first advance single out of four in total, “Point Of No Return”, from Swedish Rock act ALTZI is unleashed today on all digital platforms in English and in Spanish, and be followed by three more advance singles and one EP later in the year.
The line-up on this track is compound by some of the finest contemporary Melodic Rock/ Hard Rock musicians and song-writers, i.e. Rick Altzi (lead & backing Vocals), Peter Alpenborg (rhythm guitars & keyboards), Nalle Påhlsson (bass), Kevin Kott (drums), Olaf Lenk (lead guitar), Ulrick Lönnqvist (backing vocals), Victor Ohlsson (backing vocalsand Teresia Svensson (backing vocals).
ALTZI’s debut album entitled “All Eyes On Me” is scheduled for a release in early 2022 via the artist’s own label RA Music!
RICK ALTZI is an artist from Helsingborg, Sweden who started to play bass at the age of 14. He was a member in various tribute and original bands until 2004 and switched over to the microphone in 2005. His first album as vocalist saw the light of day in the year 2007 with the band AT VANCE. Since then, he has worked with a lot of outstanding musicians from bands such as Helloween, Accept, King Diamond, Pain Of Salvation, etc..
In 2020, Rick Altzi started to work on his first solo album under the moniker of ALTZI. Rick Altzi also is writing and recording with the bands Masterplan, Gathering Of Kings and Herman Frank.
UK rock band CATS IN SPACE return in 2021 with their new single and music video for ‘LISTEN TO THE RADIO’, taken from their hit album ‘ATLANTIS’. Released on all digital platforms, plus CD via the webstore, this classic slice of ‘Power Pop’ is another surefire smash. With their trademark ‘wall of vocals and guitars’ sound set to stun, the tune will blast through the airwaves in a way only Cats In Space know how to.
The success of the album gathers pace as newfound fans overseas, and indeed on home turf have ensured the new album is by far their most successful to date already, with sales reaching record numbers inside the first 3 months of release.
So much so the album amazingly went ‘straight toNo.1’ on the UK’s official breakers rock chart’ on it’s first week of release, and No.53 in the National album chart.
“Thanks to the incredible support of our fans and the live stream show we performed with ‘Better than Live’ before Christmas, 2020 was our most successful year in terms of sales despite the horrors of Covid-19. It has been yet another magical ride that is not stopping anytime soon”
The band are all poised and ready to hit the festivals this Summer, including two headline appearances, and their own headline tour in the Autumn. Plus there is some very exciting news yet to come on the ‘live shows front’, and more huge news for the Winter.
Yes 2021 is going to be another very busy year for the mighty CATS IN SPACE, so come ‘dive with us’ into a brighter future and get ready to rock.
CATS IN SPACE is:
DAMIEN EDWARDS (Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’) – Lead & backing vocals GREG HART (Asia, Mike Oldfield, Moritz) – Guitars, acoustic guitars, vocals, tubular bells, Moog STEEVI BACON – (Robin Trower) Drums, percussion, timpani, harmonica, whistles ANDY STEWART (Moritz) – Piano, electric piano, synthesizers DEAN HOWARD (Ian Gillan, Bad Company) – Guitars, slide guitar JEFF BROWN – (Sweet) Bass guitars, vocals
The Cats’ Story so far…
CATS in SPACE have caused quite a stir since landing in 2015. With their unique sounds they will transport you back to the heady days of 70’s Classic Rock. Think loud guitars and huge drums, walls of soaring multi-layered vocal harmonies, grandiose pianos and unforgettable singable choruses. It’s purr-fect!
Touring with legendary rock giants Deep Purple, Status Quo & Thunder playing UK arenas, as well as Hyde Park with Phil Collins and Blondie, the Cats have accumulated an ever growing army of faithful fans, gaining exceptional live reviews along the way. From humble beginnings to performing at The Hammersmith Odeon, The London Palladium and the London O2 Arena, shows the extent of the orbital journey for these Cats so far…
They have released two critically acclaimed albums in ‘Too Many Gods’ (2015) and ‘Scarecrow’ (2017) which made the UK national top 30 chart and were voted top 10 in the ‘Planet Rock album review’ of 2017. Reviews worldwide were nothing short of incredible, in fact “breathtaking” as one reviewer put it!
A storming live album, ‘Cats Alive!’ (2018) was released on all formats including vinyl, to document the magnificent live performance the band delivered at the Cardiff Motorpoint Arena, thus cementing the Cats as front runners in the UK rock scene.
In 2019, after a year in the making, the Cats unleashed their boldest, biggest and most adventurous album yet, ‘Daytrip to Narnia’ – the reviews were astounding, the sales were staggering and in turn forced the normally reserved Rob Evans at ‘Powerplay Magazine’ to state… ‘Daytrip to Narnia – Their finest hour, most definitely the album of the year, possibly of the DECADE’.
The ‘Narnia Part 1 tour’ was a runaway success. Many called it “One of the best shows they had ever seen” and although lead vocalist Paul Manzi left the ship at the end of the tour to venture onto pastures new, it did not stop the band’s profile soaring even higher as they ventured into the UK theatres for the first time along with larger venues.
As Paul said farewell, a new cat wandered inquisitively into the bustling Starship and the team welcomed aboard the talented and unassuming Mark Pascall – a brand new vocalist to join the Cats for ‘Part 2’ of their journey. A new version of ‘September Rain’, from the ‘Scarecrow’ album was released as the band played the legendary London Palladium! Then, heading overseas for the first time to spread their 70’s rock vibe to a whole host of new Cat fans, the band stormed the HEAT festival in Germany before returning home for a triumphant UK Christmas tour in support of their hit ‘My Kind Of Christmas’. 2019 ended with an almighty festive bang – two tours, two albums and a timeless Christmas hit all inside 12 months. The year 2020 arrived, the saddest year for the planet in a while with Covid 19. The Cats decided to ‘boldly go forth’ and help bring much needed musical relief. They battened down the starship hatches and submerged into the depths of the ocean, hoping to find inspiration (and a new aquanaut vocalist, in the shape of the star of Jeff Wayne’s ‘War of the Worlds’ musical, the astonishing DAMIEN EDWARDS).
Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of one of Germany’s standout rock acts, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE!
Founded in 2007 as a school band, the Swabian powerhouse acclaimed their status as one of the best live acts out there at more than 600 shows around the world, while sharing the stage with acts such as Powerwolf, Steel Panther and U.D.O.
With six studio albums and various chart entries (#7 on the German album charts with Ecstasy ), the band established their trademark style – characterized by modern sounds, massive anthems and catchy hooks, paired with an 80s stadium rock attitude and eccentric look. It’s their explosive mixture of potent rock ingredients that makes KISSIN’ DYNAMITE stand out and positions them right at the core of modern rock music. Now, the German high-flyers and Napalm Records join forces to mark the next step in the band’s highly successful career.
In addition to the record deal, KISSIN’ DYNAMITE signed a booking deal with Austrian Cobra Agency.
KISSIN’ DYNAMITE on the signing: “We’re beyond happy to announce that we just signed a record deal with well-known Austrian label Napalm Records, as well as Cobra Agency for our booking affairs. With this international-acting team by our side, we’re joining a club of companioned bands we’re sharing common memories with! Let’s do this together and #bringbackstadiumrock“
Napalm Records CEO Thomas Caser adds: “Welcome KISSIN’ DYNAMITE! One of the most energetic and up-and-coming bands Germany has produced in hard rock since the Scorpions! We are extremely motivated and are very much looking forward to a long-term cooperation with this highly talented band. Our focus will not only be on the domestic GSA market but specifically on the band’s international development. Great things are coming!”
Catch KISSIN’ DYNAMITE live in 2021: 15.07.21 AT – Leoben / Area 53 Festival 16.07.21 DE – Balingen / Bang Your Head Festival 17.07.21 DE – Fritzlar / Rock Am Stück Festival 29. – 31.07.21 DE – Wacken Open Air 31.07.21 CZ – Dolni Vitkovice / Ostrava v Plamanech 29.08.21 CH – Aarburg / Riverside
It’s that time of the year when you look back and try to choose the most interesting releases of 2020. This year was a horrible one for all the humanity and as we realize that there are harder times on sight for everyone of us but mostly for the artists who try to make a living through their music, here are some of the best releases of 2020.
Many thanks to everyone who support in every way the music we love.
Let’s hope for a better year ahead. See you all in 2021! Rock ON!
Debut album entitled “X Marks The Spot“ from Art Of Illusion will be released through AOR Heaven in Europe in January 29th. *Japan Release date: February 3rd through Marquee Avalon.
Art Of Illusion is a fusion of songwriter/producer Anders Rydholm, from the band Grand Illusion, and singer extraordinaire Lars Säfsund, from the band Work Of Art. “X Marks the Spot” is the first album from these Swedish musicians.
Track list: 1. Wild and free 2. Run 3. My loveless lullaby 4. Waltz for the movies 5. 4 AM 6. Go 7. Snakebite charm 8. Let the games begin 9. A culinary detour 10. Catch you if I can 11. Rampant wildfire 12. Race against time
Melody is the key in their music and there is a homage to melodic rock and bands like Queen, Giant and Big Money. Catchy melodies, great hooks and tons of glorious vocals are the formula for success. Anders plays keyboards, bass and rhythm guitars, while Lars sings lead and background vocals and also contributes some keyboards. The album is produced by Anders and Lars.
Guests on the album are guitarists Jay Graydon, Muris Varajic, Kristian Larsen, Pelle Holmberg and Daniel Rydholm. Drummer Frank ”Frallan” Nilsson, background vocalist Per Svensson and steel guitar player Tony Paoletta also appear. Music is written by Anders Rydholm. Lyrics by Anders Rydholm, Arlene Matza-Jackson and Patrik Ahlm.
JOE BOUCHARD, FORMER MEMBER OF BLUE OYSTER CULT SELLS OUT OF FIRST PRESSING OF “STRANGE LEGENDS”. ROCKHEART RECORDS/DEKO ENTERTAINMENT RELEASE SECOND PRESSING WITH ALTERNATE ARTWORK.
Joe Bouchard is best known as a founding member of Blue Öyster Cult. The original line-up sold millions of albums for Columbia Records, with such classic songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and the #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Burning For You”. Contributing to songwriting, and lead vocals on some of their greatest songs, such as “Hot Rails To Hell”.
Joe released his sixth solo album “Strange Legends” on July 31st though he and his brother’s (Albert Bouchard) new imprint RockHeart Records / Deko Entertainment (ADA/Warner Music Group). The album has been receiving a tremendous response around the globe and has sold out of its initial pressing.
When Deko Entertainment decided to do a repressing, they wanted to do something a little bit different to commemorate this accomplishment by issuing a slightly different version. Joe comments, “I am overwhelmed by the response to my album Strange Legends. I knew it was good, but the fan reactions from all over the world have been tremendous. After years of sweat and effort doing my solo albums, this one has really risen above the pack. With this second pressing of Strange Legends we have varied the artwork on the tray holder. My artist, Logan Cummings, created 11 different thumbnails for each song on the album. The first edition had the frogman that was the art for Bottom for the Bottomless. The second edition has the sailboat which is the art for Strangely in Love, one of my personal favorites. The team at Deko Entertainment have gone the extra mile with promotions, and it’s been an incredible ride. Hope to play these new songs in person as soon as touring returns.”
Bouchard’s manager, Jeff Keller, added, “we have been so pleased with the fan and critic response for this album. I feel that it is Joe’s best solo work to date, and the people are loving it”.
Joe has also recorded a series of videos giving you a song by song look at “Strange Legends”, stop by and check out “The Stories Behind the Songs” on the Deko Entertainment YouTube channel.
Also, be sure to check out the video for the second single off of the album, “She’s a Legend”, written by Joe and sci-fi writer John Shirley (The Crow, Deep Space Nine). John has dozens of books, screenplays in his catalog and often writes lyrics for the current Blue Öyster Cult.
– One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legends (Autographed) CD – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Signature Guitar Pick – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legend (Autographed) Poster – One (1) Joe Bouchard – Strange Legends Shirt – One (1) RockHeart Records – Cowbell (Autographed)
“Strange Legends” Tracklist:
1. The African Queen 2. Forget About Love 3. Walk of Fame 4. Hit and Run 5. Racin’ Thru the Desert 6. She’s a Legend 7. All Day and all of the Night 8. Once Upon a Time at the Border 9. Bottom for the Bottomless 10. Strangely in Love 11. Winter