Press Release: Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are glad to announce all the details of “The Golden Cage”, the new official studio album by Italian melodic rockers Saints Trade.
The album features 11 songs composed in the spring of 2020, during the Italian lockdown. The title is a reminder of those months when, due to the pandemic, people were forced indoor in a sort of ‘prison’, despite all the comforts and the safety in everyone’s home. At the same time, “The Golden Cage” is also a play on words recalling the expression “The Golden Age”, to highlight once again the gap between these years of big troubles and fears due to Covid-19 and the happier times in the past (also for music). So, with this title, the band wants to imply the hope for a general rebirth after the pandemic, especially for the rock scene.
“The Golden Cage” is scheduled for release on March 25, 2022 via Art Of Melody Music/Burning Minds Music Group. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Roberto Priori at Pri Studio and sees the participation of Paolo Caridi (Arthemis, Hollow Haze, Sweet Oblivion, Killing Touch) on the drums. CD graphics were designed by Aeglos Art (Wheels Of Fire, Raintimes, Platens, Alchemy, Firmo). The first single, “Casino Royale”, will be launched with an official video on February 1 (pre-save link here).
Tracklist: 01. Neverland 02. Break The Chain 03. Casino Royale 04. That’s What I Know 05. Stay With Me 06. Lockdown Blues 07. Mirror Of Myself 08. Once And For All 09. Together We Stand 10. Double Trouble 11. Born To Do (What I Want)
Line-up: Santi Libra: Vocals Claus: Guitars Andrea Sangermano: Bass
UK hard rock stalwarts TEN used the downtime during the worldwide pandemic to work on not one, but two new albums. The first album to be released, “Here Be Monsters”, will land on February 18, 2022. Their new single and lyric video for the track “Hurricane” is out today. You can watch the lyric video for “Hurricane” HERE:
Listen to our both singles so far – “Fearless” and “Hurricane” and pre-order/save “Here Be Monsters” on CD/LP/Digital HERE: https://orcd.co/herebemonsters
Following the success of the recent string of albums, from “Albion” to “Illuminati”, Hughes is joined once again by guitarists Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell along with bass player Steve McKenna, and keyboard maestro Darrel Treece-Birch. Drums on the album have been handled by Markus Kullman (Sinner, Glenn Hughes, Voodoo Circle). TEN continue to raise the musical bar higher for themselves, a goal they push on every release. Stunning guitar work, rich keyboards, excellent bass and drum interplay along with Hughes’ rich vocals are the order of the day here. “Here Be Monsters” was produced by Gary Hughes and mixed and mastered by Dennis Ward. TEN’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has been ongoing since he mixed their 2011 album, “Stormwarning” and has always guaranteed albums with stunning sound and production.
Fans should note that there are no ties between this and the next album, ie. “Here Be Monsters” is not a “Part One” or anything of this nature. The band has simply crafted two high quality releases and decided to put them out separately, in a fashion not too dissimilar to what happened to the amazing first two records which were recorded one after the other in a very short period of time.
British hard rockers TEN have an outstanding history of releases in their storied and revered catalog. Starting out as a sort of solo project built around singer and songwriter Gary Hughes, TEN found their audience playing a hard rock sound influenced by such giants as UFO, Thin Lizzy, Magnum, Giant, and Whitesnake in a time when playing this particular sound was considered ommericial suicide. The band’s early records such as “The Name Of The Rose”, “The Robe”, “Spellbound“, and “Babylon” established the band as mainstays in the melodic hard rock genre, which has continued throughout their now 26 year career over the course of 14 studio albums.
1. Fearless 2. Chapter And Psalm 3. Hurricane 4. Strangers On A Distant Shore 5. The Dream That Fell To Earth 6. The Miracle Of Life 7. Immaculate Friends 8. Anything You Want 9. Follow Me Into The Fire 10. The Longest Time
Gary Hughes – Vocals Dann Rosingana – Guitars Steve Grocott – Guitars Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards Steve McKenna – Bass
British legendary melodic rockers DARE announced their new album called “Road to Eden” set for release on April 1st 2022 from Legend Records / Cargo & Level Music / Warner. The first single will be released on all digital platforms on January 14th and it’s called “Born in the storm”. A vClip is already available on YT.
Dare are: Darren Wharton (vox) Vinny Burns (guitars) Nigel Clutterbuck (bass) Kev Whitehead (drums) Marc Roberts (keyboards)
The new album from Autumn’s Child called “Zenith” is set for release on January 14th.
Tracklist: 1. Emergency, 2. Evangeline, 3. Love Is A Fighter, 4. Nightingale, 5. Never Say Die, 6. Heaven Can Wait, 7. Angel Of Danger, 8. High On Love, 9. Crowdpleaser, 10. Don’t Wanna, 11. Damaged Goods
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 fronted 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). In 2020, the group released the sophomore album “Angel’s Gate”. January 2022 sees Autumn’s Child returning with album 3, “Zenith”, this time via Pride & Joy Music, which once again features Michael Erlandsson on vocals, keyboards & guitars, Pontus Åkesson on lead guitar, Robban Bäck on drums, Claes Andreasson on piano and Magnus Rosen on bass. Guests include Jona T. (Heat) with a keyboard solo on “Emergency”, Sayit Dölen on rhythm guitar on “High On Love”, Martin Olsson on bass on “Angel Of Danger”, “Evangeline”, “Love Is A Fighter” & “Nightingale”, Anna-Mia Bonde on background vocals on “Emergency”, Rasmus Ehrnborn ( Soilwork, Night Flight Orchestra ) on guest guitar on the track ” Don’t Wanna ” and Roberth Nygren on acoustic guitar on “Heaven Can Wait”. “Zenith” was produced by Erlandsson & Claes Andreasson, mixed and mastered by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studios, Sweden; drums recorded by Mikael Andersson at Soundport Studios.
Art Of Melody Music & Burning Minds Music Group are glad to announce a renewed deal with Italian melodic hard rockers Saints Trade for the release of their brand new studio album, “The Golden Cage”.
Saints Trade consist of singer Santi Libra, guitarist Claudio “Claus” Maccone and bassist Andrea Sangermano. The project was born in Bologna in 2009 and since then the band played many live shows in Italy and abroad. In 2012 they recorded their first EP “A Matter Of Dreams”, then in 2014 their debut album “Robbed In Paradise” was released by Italian label LOGIC IL LOGIC Records. After a few line-up changes, in 2019 the band recorded a new full-length titled “Time To Be Heroes”, published in December via Art Of Melody Music / Burning Minds Music Group. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic stopped the promotional tour for the new album at the very beginning, but 2020’s lockdown gave Saints Trade the chance to compose new songs. In early 2021, the band entered Pri Studio in Bologna to record the new album, produced, mixed and mastered by Roberto Priori. More info about official release date, final tracklist and cover artwork will be revealed in the forthcoming weeks. Web/Social Links: www.facebook.com/saintstrade www.saintstrade.com www.facebook.com/artofmelodymusic www.burningmindsgroup.com/art-of-melody-music www.instagram.com/burning_minds_music_group
Retro guitar hero FAZZIO (Theofilos Fazzio) released his new album called “Unshakable Support”. Forged with great inspiration and cool vibes every track is made to become the soundtrack for the days to come.
British rocker Romeo Crow released his new single called “A hole in my heart” out of the upcoming album set for release next spring. Listen to your favorite DIGITAL PLATFORM and feel free to spread the word. You can also support his music following this LINK.
All star super project Gathering of Kings released their first single “Vagabond Rise” out of the unnamed yet, upcoming album set for release on May 2022 via RN Records.
Line-Up on Vagabond Rise: Jonny Lindkvist – Lead Vocals Victor Olsson – Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals Magnus Mild – Rhythm Guitar Mikael Planefeldt – Bass Joel Selsfors – Keyboards Jonas Källsbäck – Drums Rick Altzi – Backing Vocals Alexander Frisborg – Backing Vocals
Special Appearance: Theresia Svensson – Backing Vocals
Happy New Year 2022 everyone! Italian progsters Silver Nightmares have released an official clip for the single “the Blue light of a Star” out of their upcoming album called “Apocalypsis” set for release in the next few months.
The video is Produced by Silver Nightmares Mixed by Massimiliano Bellavia/ Mind Studios Palermo Mastered by Giulio Maddaloni & Alberto Cutolo Character design by Ignazio Piacenti Video production by Daniele Massimi
Silver Nightmares are: Michele Vitrano – Lead & Backing vocals Mimmo Garofalo – Acoustic, Classic and Lap Steel guitars, Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Ukulele, Sitar. Emanuele Lo Giudice – Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Bass. Gabriele Esposito – Bass Gabriele Taormina – Keyboards Alessio Maddaloni – Drums and Percussion, Trumpet, Harp.
Out of the new album “Nights at Lake Milsen” OUT NOW brand new single called “Out in the City Lights” is released as Lyric video on YTube. Pure Dark POWER!!!! Midnight Danger teams up with with renowned rock and metal musicians, to deliver a monumental release. Guitarists Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper), Rafael Bittencourt (Angra), Martin Sweet (Crashdïet) and Sonia Anubis (Crypta); singer Danny Rexon (Crazy Lixx); and Australian saxophonist Max Cruise are amongst the roster and have pure adrenaline pumping tracks for your retro-souls to hear.
Written and Produced by Midnight Danger. Vocals by Danny Rexon Guitars by Kane Roberts
Napalm Records is proud to announce the signing of Swedish progressive metal juggernauts EVERGREY. The matchless force led by singer and guitarist Tom S. Englund has just inked a worldwide contract with the premier rock and metal label!
EVERGREY are truly Gothenburg’s finest exports, have been commanding the scene for over 25 years and have released twelve full-length records to date – starting with their blistering debut The Dark Discovery in 1998. Their latest chartbreaking high-quality offering, the critically acclaimed Escape Of The Phoenix (#12 on German album charts), was unveiled in early 2021, proving the inimitable ability of the five-piece to harmoniously weave dark lyricism with different shades of heaviness and musical influences. Over the course of time, EVERGREY remarkably managed to build their very own, powerful yet emotional sound that reaches the listener deep in their core and creates an exceptional experience with every note.
EVERGREY are currently working on new music. More to be announced soon.
UK rock/metal band, THE LAST SIREN, have released their third single ‘The Cage‘, the track is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘Counter Faith’, out on 15th October via Criminal Records. THE LAST SIREN is the latest contender from the South Coast music scene.
THE LAST SIREN recently signed to Criminal Records, London. The alt rock/metal project is led by touring musician Jayke Turl. Bassist of The Smokin’ Prophets and guest guitarist at The Kut. Jayke is certainly no stranger to the UK touring & festival circuit. THE LAST SIREN sees Jayke take centre stage, bringing with him heavy vocals, riffs and a new twisted reality.
‘The Cage‘ single follows ‘Crucify This’ & ‘Fight’, which launched the project and featured on Johnny Doom’s show on Kerrang! Radio. A message to those who oppress others with religious ideology, the single will be featured on the digipack EP, scheduled for release Friday 15th October and available on pre-order via Criminal Records store: https://shop.criminalrecords.cc
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.
UK rock band FERAL GHOST have released a music video for their brand new explosive single ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘, the song is taken from their second studio album scheduled for release in March 2021. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ can be ordered here: https://orcd.co/feralghost.
The alternative/melodic rock fusion delivers an electrifying arrangement with uplifting instrumentation and atmospheric vocals driven by infectious guitar riffs. The emotion-drenched vocal adorns the instrumental that shines and sparkles at every turn. This is precisely the kind of record that proves there is no doubt FERAL GHOST is a band to keep an eye on.
‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ will capture anyone from the first note and will leave people wanting more. Their message-heavy lyricism and wordplay will take listeners on a musical journey that highlights a motivating tale. Moreover, the lyricism sheds a light on the importance of making the best of the gifts life provides.
With powerful lyricism, FERAL GHOST maintains a fully charged arsenal of high-quality music that supports the fact that they are set to make a strong impact on the music industry and the charts. This release is a testament to their versatility as a band and their innate talent. ‘Say It’s Not Too Late‘ is a must-listen-to single as they are set to release more captivating music for years to come.
FERAL GHOST is:
Daniel Warwick – vocals, guitar Chloe Hunter – vocals, percussion Andy Watt – guitar Lisanne Otten – keys Marino Donati – bass Paul Castleman – drums
FERAL GHOST’s blend of classic songwriting, layered harmonies and accomplished musicianship, combined with memorable melodies and sharp modern production, has helped the band establish a unique musical voice since it was first put together by singer/songwriter Danny Warwick in 2012.
The London-based group’s debut album A Gathering Storm in 2014 was immediately singled out by reviewers and radio stations for its consistently strong melodies, and stadium sized hooks.
The album was also nominated for CD of the year by Indie Music Digest, which called it “an impressive debut statement that clearly proves this band is a force to be reckoned with in UK and beyond”.
FERAL GHOST’s classic melodic sensibilities and guitar driven sound have brought comparisons with the likes of Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles and Pink Floyd, as well as the indie pop and rock sounds of Coldplay and Snow Patrol. But the 6-piece band’s blend of thoughtful lyrics, heartfelt vocals and infectious energy are entirely its own.
Over the next couple of years, subsequent singles This Is Life and Could This Be Love went on to reach No.3 and No.7 in the Official European Independent Music Chart, as well as charting strongly in the US.
During this time FERAL GHOST consolidated their success with a string of concerts across the UK, including festivals and other established music venues. As a result, the group gained a swathe of new loyal followers by showcasing how well their emotionally powerful combination of up-tempo feel-good tunes and slow burn anthems translated to live performances.
Towards the end of 2018, the band went back into the studio to record a follow up album. But unforeseen personal circumstances, followed by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, meant that new music has taken longer than anticipated.
But now, after using this time to put the full force of their creativity into a new body of work, FERAL GHOST are back with a stunning new full length album, Speed of Light, due to be released in March 2021.
Reflecting the turbulent and uncertain times of its creation, the album contains an incredible collection of 12 songs that span themes ranging from fear and loss to love and hope.
Taking the band’s complex multi layered sound and sophisticated arrangements to a new level, while never straying from clarity of purpose and honesty of emotion, Speed of Light is FERAL GHOST’s most coherent, uncompromising and beautiful artistic statement so far.
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).