Richard West comments on the song: “”Silenced is about how we seem to be heading towards less voices, less artists, less venues, less platforms where everyone can be heard. People seem so scared to speak out or debate anything anymore. I know I sound old but I miss the good old days! When freedom of speech goes then society is lost.””
Watch this space at 2pm BST / 3pm CST for another surprise we have in store for today!
Brand new album from Page 99 called “For imagination’s sake” is out now.
The second album from classic-sounding Yacht Rock and West Coast artist Page 99 features a stellar cast of musicians including Bill Champlin, Tamara Champlin, Peter Friestedt, Paul Pesco, Russ Fitzpatrick, Duane Allen Harlick, Colton Weatherston Andrea Di Puccio, Chip Kipps, Carlos Severiche, Bill Salisbury, and Chase Baird.
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.