New York City cult AOR heroes VALENTINE have released their new single, “Heart of the City” as a precursor to their upcoming Demos From the Attic collection, which is scheduled for the end of July through 20th Century Music / Vanity Music Group.
Recorded in the early 90’s and intended to be included on the follow up to their Giant Records debut, the single, along with a plethora of other demos were stored away, seemingly forever until 20th Century kept approaching them about “any released material they may have.” Persistence pays off. Both guitarist, Adam Holland and bassist, Gerard Zappa suddenly remembered that they actually did have unreleased demos stored away in attics.
Adam Holland states “We all feel very good about it. It turns out we found gems instead of skeletons! We are proud of all of the many chapters of this band’s life as both Valentine and Open Skyz. This is Valentine’s second album if it would have come out in the 80s. It would have been an awesome sophomore album and it’s pretty cool to listen to these now. The whole process has been a lot of fun.”
Guests on Band Forever thus far include:
Gerard Zappa and Craig Pullman of Valentine Joey Cassata of Zo2 and Zrock Keith Douglass of Tora Tora Reggie Wu of Heaven’s Edge Michael Staertow of Lou Gramm / Slaughter Rob Hoffman of In The Pink and manager of Extreme and Ratt
The trans genre group Dream Drop have released the single “Reckless Demon Youth“ which is the 4th one from their upcoming album to be released later this year.
“Reckless Demon Youth is basically about calming down. It’s about wanting to end a destructive lifestyle and reaching out for help. I think as musicians we are often drawn into the cliché of the ‘broken artist’ and it might be because sad people are drawn to music as opposed to music drawing people into sadness but regardless we have to fight it. The term ‘Demon Youth’ is taken from the lyrics of Juice Wrld’s song ‘Legends’ which talks about the lost lives of musicians who couldn’t stop.” //Dream Drop
Dream Drop is a trans-genre band from Gothenburg, Sweden that thinks band bios are cringe and that bands should never talk themselves up as much as most of them do. Listen to the music and make up your own mind about what they’re like.
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.
Brand new album called “Angel’s Gate” is coming up from melodic rockers Autumn’s Child on February 26th.
Mikael Erlandsson needs no further introduction when it comes to melodic rock. He has released six successful solo albums and a lot of titles with groups like Phenomena, Salute among others. Between 2006 2018 Erlandsson front ed the Swedish super group Secret Service which he toured with live all over the world. Together with the fantastic guitar player Andy Malecek from the successful German hard rock band Fair Warning he founded the band LAST AUTUMNS DREAM in 2003 which also featured Ian Haugland, Mic Michaeli and John Leven of Europe fame at the time. The self titled debut album was produced by Claes Andreasson and became a great success. Last Autumn’s Dream went on releasing another 14 albums with different line ups including great musicians like Jamie Borger (Treat ) and Marcel Jacob (Talisman ). They toured Japan, England and Germany but decided to take a break in 2018. Shortly after, Erlandsson founded the group AUTUMN’S CHILD . Their self titled debut album was released in January 2019 through AOR Heaven feat. Jona Tee on keyboards (H.E.A.T), Robban Bäck , former drummer of Eclipse and currently in the line up with Swedish rock band Mustasch, Claes Andreasson of Swedish Westcoast/AOR band Heartbreak Radio who also produced the first Autumns Child album together with Mikael Erlandsson. Guitars come courtesy of Pontus Åkesson Moon Safari).
“Angel’s Gate” now marks AUTMUN’S CHILD’s return. This time they have defined their craft even more and the album is again filled with great songs and classy musicianship. The album starts off with the song “Where Angels Cry” which offers all of the Autumn’s Child’s typical elements: hard Melodic Rock with a Nordic touch. There are homages throughout the album to Whitesnake, AOR, Supertramp, Gary Moore,10cc, Manfred Mann and ELO but most of all it sounds like nothing else in today’s music scene.
The album was produced by Claes Andreasson and Mikael Erlandsson . Mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studio Vocals Mikael Erlandsson Drums Robban Bäck Bass Johan Strömberg Keyboard solo on 2 tracks Jona Tee Main Keyboards Mikael Erlandsson Guitars Pontus Åkesson Piano on ”Don’t ever leave me ’ Claes Andreasson
Coming March 12, 2021, a double dose of TEN/Gary Hughes releases in the form of a new solo album, “Waterside” AND a best of collection, “Decades” from Hughes. More details and first single from the new solo album coming on January 20th. Stay tuned….
1. All At Once It Feels Like I Believe 2. Electra- Glide 3. Lay Down 4. The Runaway Damned 5. Screaming In The Half Light 6. Waterside 7. Video Show 8. Save My Soul 9. Seduce Me 10. When Love Is Done
CD1 1. First Light 2. Wrecking Machine 3. Perfect Ten 4. In Your Eyes 5. Veritas 6. Dragon Island Cathedral 7. The Night The Love Died 8. This Thing Of Beauty 9. Seducer 10. Look At The Rain 11. It Must Be Love 12. We Walk With Angels 13. Heart Of A Woman 14. The Everlasting Light 15. Precious Ones
CD2 1. Blonde Angel 93’ 2. I Won’t Break Your Heart 3. Give My Love A Try 4. The Colors Of My Life 5. Divided We Fall 6. All I Want Is You 7. Wide Awake In Dreamland 8. There By The Grace Of The Gods (Go I) 9. Lies 10. The Miracle Is You 11. Be My Fantasy Tonight 12. This Time 13. Synchronicity 14. All Fall Down
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